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November 10, 1994|KIRBY LEE


South Gate High Coach Gary Cordray notched his 100th career coaching victory in the Rams' 26-14 victory Friday over Jefferson. Cordray, who also coached at Washington from 1978-81, has a record of 100-70-2.

"I've never had a real goal to win 100, 150 or 200 games," Cordray said. "I like to think my success as a coach comes from doing a lot of studying game film and being prepared but I don't think of this victory as a milestone. It's just means I've been around the game a long time."

Cordray, 48, led South Gate to the 1988 City Section 3-A Division title and Southeastern Conference titles in 1988 and 1989, but he cites a 28-19 victory over Wilson as a first-year coach at Washington to end the Mules' 42-game win streak as one of his most memorable victories.

The 13th-year South Gate coach can garner another accolade tonight when the Rams play host to Fremont with the Southeastern Conference title on the line. South Gate (8-1) and Fremont (8-1) are 7-0 in conference.

Here's a rundown of other league races entering the final week of the regular season:

Almont: Montebello (8-1) visits Alhambra (9-0) tonight for the championship in a game between 4-0 teams.

Bell Gardens is in danger of missing the playoffs for only the third time in 18 years after forfeiting a 29-6 victory over Keppel on Oct. 14 because of an ineligible player.

Keppel (4-5, 2-2) holds a one-game lead over Bell Gardens (3-6, 1-3) and Schurr (2-7, 1-3) for third. Keppel plays at Schurr in the league finale tonight and Bell Gardens plays San Gabriel (3-6, 0-4).

Camino Real: After a 5-0 start, St. Anthony (7-2, 1-2) finds itself battling Cantwell-Sacred Heart (4-4, 1-2) for third. Harvard-Westlake (7-1-1) defeated second-place St. Monica (6-2, 2-1), 23-20, on Friday to finish its league schedule 4-0.

St. Anthony plays host to Verbum Dei (0-3, 5-4) at Clark Field on Friday and Cantwell plays St. Monica on Saturday night. St. Anthony defeated Cantwell, 16-14, Oct. 22 and will advance in the event of a tie.

Del Rey: Bishop Amat, the nation's top-ranked team, is in the driver's seat at 9-0 and 4-0. Crespi (5-4, 3-1), St. Paul (7-2, 2-2), Loyola (7-2, 2-2) and St. John Bosco (4-5, 1-3) are in contention for the two remaining playoff berths.

Friday's matchups include St. Paul at Bishop Amat, St. John Bosco at Alemany and Loyola versus Crespi at Pierce College.

Del Rio: Five teams are in contention for three playoff spots. Santa Fe (6-3) is 3-1 with California (4-5), El Rancho (3-6), La Serna (6-3) and Whittier (4-5) tied for second at 2-2. Santa Fe plays at Pioneer, La Serna visits California and Whittier is at El Rancho in tonight's games.

Mission Valley: Arroyo (7-2, 4-0) and South El Monte (6-3, 3-1) are leading the way and Cerritos (4-5, 2-2) and Rosemead (3-6, 2-2) are battling for third. Cerritos plays at Mountain View (0-9, 0-4) and Rosemead plays at El Monte (5-3, 1-3). In the event of a tie, Rosemead would advance to the playoffs by virtue of its 19-6 victory against the Dons on Oct. 28.

Moore: Lakewood (6-3, 4-0) clinched a share of its first league title since 1983 with a 25-21 victory Friday over Long Beach Jordan (6-3, 3-1). The Lancers can win the title outright with a victory over two-time league defending champion Long Beach Poly (8-1, 3-1) tonight at home.

A Poly victory coupled with a Jordan win at Long Beach Wilson (5-4, 2-2) would also give Jordan a share of the league title.

Olympic: Valley Christian (8-1, 4-0) is assured a share of the league title. The Crusaders play second-place Orange Lutheran (7-2, 3-1) Saturday night at Brea Olinda High.

San Gabriel Valley: Downey (7-2, 4-0), Paramount (7-2, 3-1) and Dominguez (5-3, 3-1) have clinched playoff spots. Downey can win the title outright with a victory against visiting Paramount tonight.

Suburban: La Mirada (9-0) plays host to Artesia (7-2) Friday night for the championship. Both teams are 4-0.

Bellflower (4-5, 2-2) can clinch the final playoff berth against Mayfair (2-7, 0-4). A Bellflower loss could create a tie for third with the winner between Norwalk (2-6, 1-3) and Glenn (2-6, 1-3).


Moore League champion Millikan (12-1) and runner-up Long Beach Poly (14-2) are seeded first and second, respectively, in the Southern Section Division II girls' volleyball playoffs. Millikan plays host to Immaculate Heart and Poly will play North Torrance at home in first-round matches tonight at 7.

La Serna (19-4) is the top-seeded team and Bell Gardens (24-2) is fourth in the Division III water polo playoffs. The Del Rio League champions will play San Marino at home in a first-round match this afternoon at 3:15. Bell Gardens, the Almont League champion that features three girls (Liz Garcia, Nadia Bueno, Brenda Villa) in its lineup, plays host to California.

Long Beach Wilson (20-4), seeded third in Division I, plays Crespi at Belmont Plaza.


Pitcher Angela Bessolo of Lakewood High has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Notre Dame, choosing the Irish over Ohio State, Northwestern and Long Beach State.

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