Spartans make hoops history

Rio Mesa High School senior captain Riley Abraham, center, is mobbed by classmates after the Spartan girls’ basketball team beat West Torrance 49-47 in overtime during last weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA semifinals. With the win, Rio Mesa advanced to its first section hoops final in program history. The Spartans, co-champions of the Pacific View […]

Ontiveros completes puzzle at Rio Mesa

Rio Mesa High girls basketball coach Tim Murray heard the rumor like everyone else.Ashley Ontiveros was moving into the Rio Mesa district and was considering transferring to the school from Newbury Park. Murray had never seen Ontiveros play, but had received good reviews from internal sources. Riley Abraham and Ashley Rodriguez — Rio Mesa’s two […]

Rio Mesa delivers upset to #1 ranked team

Basketball team is posing for photo.

Coach Tim Murray, Assistant Coach Joe Mollica and Rio Mesa Girl’s Basketball have cause to celebrate after a thrilling 49-47 overtime victory over #1 ranked West Torrance High School in the CIF 3AAA semi-final game on Saturday, February 25th. This is the first time Rio Mesa has had a basketball team, boys or girls, advance […]

Rio Mesa beats Westlake, 50-32

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

Ashley Ontiveros paused to catch her breath before answering a reporter’s question. It was understandable considering the fast style of play of the Rio Mesa High girls basketball team. The flu bug going around the Spartans locker room didn’t help. Rio Mesa shrugged off the effects of the flu in the Spartans’ 50-32 win Saturday […]

Rio Mesa girls’ basketball team puts together an impressive season

Interception of a player.

Once the Spartans get rolling, they’re difficult to stop. The Rio Mesa High girls’ basketball team started the season with a 58-5 victory. In the middle of the year, the girls launched a 15-game winning streak and later earned a share of the Pacific View League championship with Camarillo. Now the Spartans need to win […]

Rio Mesa holds off Pacifica, 47-39

Rio Mesa High School Logo.

The saying goes: “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” But for the Rio Mesa High girls basketball team on Tuesday night it was definitely how the Spartans started because how they finished wasn’t very pretty. After building a 24-point third-quarter lead, Rio Mesa suffered through some anxious moments before hanging on to […]

Rio Mesa celebrates, then gets back to work

If it had happened on a Tuesday, they would have only had a few hours to celebrate. But since their victory over Camarillo came on a Thursday, the Rio Mesa High girls basketball players were able to extend their happy period for a bit longer. But once the weekend ended and Monday arrived, it was […]