Schwesinger, Robinson help Cardinals to a fast start in Palmdale

The SCCS varsity girls basketball team opened the season with a statement Thursday against Guidance Charter of Palmdale, coming away with a 61-14 win. The Cardinals (1-0) opened the contest with a 28-1 first-quarter run and cruised from there.

Payton Schwesinger led SCCS with 18 points while teammate Aubrey Robinson added 17. Breanna Kronnick scored 10 points and Kayla Norton chipped in with eight.

Robinsonled the team in both offensive and defensive rebounds. Schwesinger (team-high six steals) and teammate Mackenzie Kennedy played strong on the defensive side of the ball.

The Cardinals will play next on Dec. 18 against Albert Einstein Academy.

Latch scores a pair as varsity boys soccer starts the season with a win

The SCCS varsity boys soccer team opened its 2014-15 season with a 4-1 win over Valley Torah in a game played at North Hollywood High School Tuesday.

Billy Latch scored twice and added an assist for SCCS. His first goal came 10 minutes into the second half to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Latch added a second goal later in the half to push the lead to 3-1.

Braeden Berentsen gave SCCS (1-0) the early lead with a first half goal off of a well-placed pass from Latch. Berensten would later return the favor, assisting on Latch’s first goal.

Dayton Muxlow added the Cardinals’ fourth goal to complete the scoring.

Cardinal goalkeeper Chandler Garrison collected 10 saves in the contest, including five in the first half to keep the game under control. Valley Torah got its first goal of the season in the 23rd minute of the second half.

On defense, the trio of Fady Nakhla, Carl Andersen and Thomas Zeilinger turned back several VT scoring opportunities.

Balanced scoring leads to season-opening win for Cardinal girls soccer

The SCCS varsity girls soccer team launched its season with a flurry of goals from seven different players in a 9-0 win over Calvary Chapel Tuesday.

Tiffany Shroyer and Shelby Boswell led the Cardinal attack with two goals each. SCCS (1-0) also got goals from Lauren Gallagher, Maya Rauch, Kalona Marr, Taryn Gallagher and Chloe Edwards.

JV boys stay unbeaten with a 60-39 win over AEA

The SCCS boys JV basketball team found itself in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night, trailing Albert Einstein Academy by eight points in the game’s opening minutes. But the Cardinals turned to what has been their most effective weapon so far this season … an aggressive defense … and that was the difference in a 60-39 Cardinal victory.

In the Cardinals’ first two wins, the team unleashed a full-court press. On Tuesday night, the team found success with a harassing man-to-man scheme for which AEA had no answer. By halftime, SCCS (3-0) had built a 10-point lead and never trailed after that.

AJ Caldwell paced the Cardinals on offense, hitting three 3-point shots on his way to 16 points. Xavier McCuin and Tyler Kalinske added 10 points each for SCCS.

Caldwell scores 27 to lead JV hoops over Desert Christian

The SCCS junior high boys basketball team captured its second win of the season Friday, 63-29 over Desert Christian.

The Cardinals (2-0) jumped ahead early, employing an aggressive, swarming defensive press that led to a 10-0 lead. Xavier McCuin knocked down a trio of 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.Tyler Kalinske harassed the Knights with his defense all night and also added 10 points.

AJ Caldwell led all scorers with 27 points.

A highlight at the end was a fade away high arching 3-point shot by Anthony Zeccardi.

JV boys basketball wins season opener

Trailing by a point at halftime in its season-opening game against Cal City on Tuesday, the SCCS boys JV basketball team employed a 1-3-1 trapping zone defense in the second half, and that made all the difference.

Behind the strength of 10 forced turnovers, which led to easy buckets, the Cardinals raced ahead in the third quarter and cruised to a 41-28 victory.

It was the first win of the season for SCCS (1-0), and the first win for first-year head coach JD Gregory.

AJ Caldwell led the Cardinals with 10 points and teammate Brandon Phillips added nine. LJ Liu turned in a strong performance off the bench with seven points. Aaron Robinson provided a defensive spark off the bench with a pair of blocked shots to go along with four points.