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League Wrap-Up: 5 Monsoon teams win league titles

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In a spectacular Winter Sports season, five Mayfair teams claimed at least a share of the Suburban League title.

Mayfair’s first girls wrestling team in school history turned in an impressive first league season as they rolled through the competition on their way to an undefeated league title. Ja’Mae Barnes, Elizabeth Graham, Sofia Rivera, and Cynthia Avila qualified for the CIF Finals, which start today at Roosevelt High School.

The boys wrestling teams dominated league teams night in and night out with an undefeated league season to win their fifth straight title. They also claimed a CIF Western Division championship last weekend and are heading into individuals season beginning today with the Suburban League Individual Championships.

Boys basketball dethroned the two-time defending league champion La Mirada Matadors with an 11-1 season. They clinched a share on the title with a huge win over Cerritos on Tuesday and claimed it outright on Thursday night with a 94-29 blowout ofJohn Glenn. Their only league loss was on the road against La Mirada, but the Matadors lost at Cerritos and finished a game back at 10-2. After starting the season at 4-9, Mayfair (16-10) finished strong, winning 12 of their last 13 games. Seniors Kyle Small and Darrius Turpin, juniors Caleb Christopher, Kameron Small, and Jared Springer, and frosh Josh Christopher were key players on a young team that liked to play fast and shoot. CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs start next week and playoff brackets will be released on Sunday.

Girls basketball finished as co-champions with Cerritos at 11-1. They dropped the first round game 53-51 to the Dons at home, but returned the favor on Tuesday night with a 67-65 win at Cerritos. On Thursday night they clinched their share with a 56-19 win over Glenn. Sophomore Ayah League proved to be an all-around contributor the Monsoons. Juniors Briauna Thompson and senior Kaylin Dent led a Monsoon frontline that dominated teams in the  paint while juniors Sarah Clausen and Brianna Portillo, and senior Naana Ahinasi, also played big roles in the league title. Mayfair (16-9) will be in the CIF-SS Division 2A playoff bracket that are set to start next week. Brackets will be released on Sunday.

Boys soccer had the biggest turn around to win their first league title since 1988. After finishing 2-9-1 in league last year, the Monsoons emerged from a vicious league season with an 8-4 record, good enough to tie with Bellflower and Norwalk for the league title. Going into the last day they needed to win against Glenn and Bellflower and Norwalk to lose. Everything fell into place and the Monsoons got their title. Senior captain Esteban Camacho did a little bit of everything for Monsoons as a midfielder. Junior Carlos Perez also closed the season strong in the midfield. Christian Lemus, Luis Atilano, and Angel Villalobos proved dangerous on the attack. Omar Navarro and Nelson Avalos split time in the goal while Kevin Fremgen and Jimmy Flores were key on defense. Mayfair (12-7-2) will enter the CIF playoffs as the top team from the Suburban League in the Division 5 bracket which will be released on Monday.

Girls soccer had a somewhat disappointing season. After entering the season with hopes of reclaiming the league title, the Monsoons struggled in 3-1 and 1-0 losses to La Mirada. After a 5-1 start, they went 2-3-1 in the second half to derail any hopes of a title. They finished in third with a 7-4-1 record behind the undefeated Matadors and a surprising Bellflower team that finished at 8-4. Long Beach State commit Nadiyah Siqueiros led the Monsoons all year while junior Lauren Vazquez came on strong in the last few games after coming back from a leg injury. Juniors Haley Davis and Brooke Tafoya were offensive threats as well while senior Kaitlyn Haibel acted as a defensive anchor. Freshman Jade Bernardo and junior Annie Mason split time in the goal. Mayfair (16-7-2) will look to get back on track and claim a CIF-SS Division 3 title. The playoff bracket will be released on Monday.