Renaissance wins regional title

By Keith Lair
ONTARIO – Did the basketball leave Marquise Mosley’s hand before the 30-second shot clock expired?
The Renaissance Academy junior guard said he was unsure. His coach, Sid Cooke, said the 3-pointer clearly beat the clock. View Park coach Ken Henderson said it did not.
No matter, the 3-pointer hit nothing but net with 3.3 seconds to play to give the Wildcats a 58-55 victory over View Park in the CIF State Division V Southern Regional championship game on Saturday afternoon at Colony High in Ontario.

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CIF State boys basketball playoffs: Santa Margarita rallies past St. Francis, 74-66

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
St. Francis High School’s best season ever is over, but the Golden Knights proved to be a tough out Saturday night.
Devonte Klines scored 22 points and Joe Furstinger had 19 and host Santa Margarita rallied for a 74-66 victory over St. Francis in a CIF State Southern California Regional Division III second-round boys basketball game.
Santa Margarita, also getting 10 points from Scott Wieserski, improved to 25-8 and will travel to Cathedral, an 82-52 winner over La Mirada in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.
St. Francis, which previously had never advanced to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals, finished 20-13, with a trip to the divisional finals and the state playoffs. Kyle Leufroy and Evan Crawford led the Golden Knights with 20 and 19 points, respectively.

For a while, it looked like the Golden Knights’ dream season might continue. They opened the second half with a 16-7 surge for a 54-48 lead late in the third quarter, and took a 55-52 advantage into the fourth. But eventually Santa Margarita’s size advantage, which features four players 6-foot-6 or higher, including Furstinger at 6-8, took it’s toll.
Wieserski made it 55-54 with two free throws at 7:47 before Klines hit a 3-pointer for a 57-55 lead 6:46, St. Francis’ Markar Agakanian made a layup to tie it before Santa Margarita put together a quick 7-0 blitz off turnovers and missed shots to go up 64-57 at 4:48 following a Furstinger putback, a 3-pointer by Yifan Shou and a fastbreak layup by Wieserski.
Wieserski and Furstinger made inside shots to push it to 70-59 with 2:23 left to all but clinch it. Crawford hit a 3-pointer to make it 72-66 with 37 seconds left, but Klines countered with a quick layup for a 74-66 lead with 29 seconds to play.

St. Francis co-head coach Ray O’Brien: “It was a great year. You saw the effort these kids putout tonight. We ended up coming up short in total points, but we probably played one of our best games of the year against a (CIF-SS) champion. They had a size advantage, but it didn’t kill us because of the effort these kids had and it was the same effort we’ve had all year. That’s why they have 20 wins, because of the effort they put out.”

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Monrovia blanks Alhambra to win Arcadia Elks Tournament … San Marino done in by Oak Hills ace Solomon Bates …

Arcadia Elks Championship

Monrovia 2, Alhambra 0 — Brian McConnell threw a one-hitter as Monrovia blanked a Marco Briones-less Moors team.


Oak Hills 5, San Marinp 0 — In a battle of aces, Oak Hills’ Solomon Bates got the better of San Marino’s Jeff Bain. Bates also went 3-4 at the plate to with his 11 Ks and six shutout innings.

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St. Francis (boys), La Canada (girls), South Pas (girls) all win on the road … Keppel (girls) lose a close one … Pas Poly (girls) cruise at home …



Division 3

St. Francis 67, Kearny 62 — The Knights never trailed in the second half, but when things got hairy toward the end, Evan Crawford hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play to extend a four-point lead to seven.

The Knights improved to 20-12 and will play at Santa Margarita on Saturday night.

St. Francis standout Kyle Leufroy finished with 17 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.


Division 1

Mission Hills 54, Keppel 50 — The Aztecs saw their season come to a close despite hanging tough on the road against Mission Hills.

Keppel lead by by two with just over two minutes to play, but foul trouble added up and the Aztecs couldn’t hold off the host Grizzlies.

Kelli Kamida led Keppel with 18 points and Sophia Song added nine. Keppel, which lost two games in the open division during the Southern Section playoffs, finished 25-4.

Division 3

South Pasadena 74, Sierra 69 — The Tigers got 28 points from Sophia Hathaway and double-digit performances from Lexie Scholtz, Kristen Kafkaloff and Elise Takahama to advance over host Sierra of Tollhouse.

South Pasadena improved to 21-6 and will play either Lakeside or Hoover in Saturday’s second round.

Clinging to a two-point lead in the final minute, Kafkaloff hit three free throws to keep Sierra, which never led in the second half, at bay.

La Canada 52, Eagle Rock 49 — Sarah Borland buried a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to bury Eagle Rock and send the Spartans onto the second round where they will play at top-seeded Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

Division 5

Pasadena Poly 71, Liberty Charter 26 — The Panthers opened a big early lead and never looked back. How big? Try 38-0. Nuff said.

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Soccer semifinals/Finals schedule

Scores from Tuesday’s games
Marshall 2, Garden Grove Santiago 1

St. Margaret’s 1, San Marino 0
La Canada 2, Hemet 0
Gabrielino 4, Santa Clarita Christian 1


Marshall vs. Baldwin Park at Downey Warren HS, 5 p.m.
La Canada vs. St. Margaret’s at Corona HS, 9:30 a.m.
Gabrielino vs. St. Monica at Warren, 9:30 a.m.

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Softball preseason Top 10

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Monrovia’s Adrienne Guerra and Elise McCarthy (photo by Walt Mancini)
A look at the softball Top 10:

1. Monrovia
The Wildcats have made long runs in the Rio Hondo League and CIF-Southern Section playoffs the last couple of years, but have come up empty in winning both.
2. La Salle
The Lancers return eight starters and have added a freshman that coach Rich Diaz expects to make an immediate impact.
3. Maranatha
The Minutemen have already lost two players to season-ending injuries, but they still have reasons to be confident, as nine players return.
4. La Canada
The Spartans finished only one win away from the Rio Hondo League title and are legitimate contenders again.
5. Temple City
The Rams have strength up the middle.
6. Rio Hondo Prep
Prep League Player of the Year Alexis Parker returns, along with five other seniors.
7. Pasadena Poly
The Panthers may not start off fast, but the they could finish by challenging for the Prep League title.
8. Alverno
The Jaguars will have to wait on the five just-returned soccer players to get back into softball shape before they will make any headway.
9. South Pasadena
The Tigers are rebuilding, but they return starting pitcher Cassie Baca and have some talented first-year players.
10. Duarte
Falcons coach Paul Viteri knows it will likely be a tough season.

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Saturday’s basketball semifinals


San Gabriel Academy 101, Pacifica Christian 44
Final: vs. Saddleback Valley Christian
Renaissance Academy 52, Orangewood Academy 29
Final: vs. Santa Clarita Christian

Open consolation

Alemany 61, Keppel 47
Inglewood 50, South Pasadena 43
Santa Margarita 69, La Canada 57
Pasadena Poly 70, Santa Clara 39
Final: vs. Desert

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Wrestling: Wick brothers score Masters titles; San Marino takes eighth

By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
The road to the CIF State wrestling championships didn’t run through the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday. It just seemed that way.
The area, led by brothers Evan and Zander Wick, of San Marino High School, scored four individual titles and had 19 competitors qualify for next weekend’s state meet in Bakersfield after putting together solid performances at the CIF-Southern Section Masters championships at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.
The area champions were the Wicks, who won titles at 120 and 26 pounds, respectively; San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106) and Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152). All followed up divisional championships last weekend with Master titles on Saturday.
Northview, whith a section-best six state qualifiers, won the team title, with San Marino, which qualified three, finishing eighth.
Also qualifying from the area were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106, sixth), Vincent Parra (113, third), John Rivera (132, third), Anthony Martinez (182, eighth) and Bryan Salinas (160, second); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106, seventh) and Mario Lopez (138, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, second); San Marino’s Julian Flores (132, second); Bonita’s Seth Morales (170, third); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182, ninth); Diamond Bar’s Dandrell Johnson (220, fourth); Arroyo’s Lois Hernandez (220, eighth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (132, fifth) and Glendora’s Guillermo Padilla (285, fifth).
Northview, with a section-best six state qualifiers won the team title.

For Zander Wick, Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Riverside King’s Kristian Vasquez, was all about redemption. Vasquez eliminated him at Masters last season.
He got some revenge after using two takedowns for a 4-1 lead before winning, 4-2.
“It was a drive from last year, because I didn’t make state,” Wick said. “Really, it was just me wanting to come back and win this, because last year I didn’t place.”
Evan Wick, who qualified for the state meet last season, but didn’t place, gets a second chance after wins by fall and technical fall and two decisions, including a 6-2 victory over West Torrance’s Yoshito Funakoshi in the finals.
“It’s definitely good,” Wick said. “I hadn’t had a Masters title under by belt yet. It’s good to come here, win CIF, win Masters. It’s good momentum for state.”
Gonzalez, ranked in state top 10 earlier this season, won against a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive week. Last week, he beat Northview’s Casillas, who was sixth in the state, for the Central Division title and followed it up with a 2-0 win over Alta Loma’s Zander Silva, who was rated No. 2. He scored a takedown with three seconds left in the first period than withstood a switch attempt by Silva in the final seconds.
“It feels really great,” Gonzalez said. “Last week, I had a tough match against Casillas and won, and this week against Silva. It’s a great to win a CIF belt, then a Masters belt. State is up next.”
Padilla, ranked No. 11 state, was dominant in winning at 152. He jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 7-1 before beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 14-6.
“It’s great just to be here,” Padilla said. “I’m just looking forward to continuing that at state and placing.”
Nigel, who lost to Corona Santiago’s Justin Thomas, 7-2, is Amat’s first state qualifier since 2008.
Salinas, ranked No. 1 in the state, lost in an upset at 160.

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