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Arcadia’s Tenny Chong, La Canada’s Dane Bell win titles at CIF-SS D2 swim championships

 Arcadia's Tenny Chong wins the 50 yard freestyle during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Arcadia’s Tenny Chong wins the 50 yard freestyle during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


RIVERSIDE >> Sonora High School’s Taylor Ault and Arcadia’s Tenny Chong were two of the area’s top swimmers throughout this season and both lived up to the billing on Saturday.
Ault won the 200-yard and 500 freestyles and Chong the 50 free to highlight the area’s efforts at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 swimming championships at Riverside City College.
La Canada’s Dane Bell and Sonora’s Simon Lamar were the other area winners, sharing the 500 free with a time of 4:29.63.
Ault used a late surge to win the 200 free, finishing in 1 minute, 46.07 seconds. Ayala’s Kenisha Liu (1:47), who led most of the race, was second.
“I’m a back-half swimmer,” Ault said. “It’s usually one of my strengths. I was just hoping I could keep going, and was happy I did.”
Ault was dominant in the 500, easily winning with a time of 4:43.46.
“It’s really good (to win CIF),” Ault said. “I won last year, and I had better times this year, so it feels really good.”
Chong was happy to win the 50 free for another reason.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Chong said. “When I was little, I always wanted to be like my brother, because he always won CIF. He’s like my role model and I’m glad I could match him.”
Chong, the top qualifier in the 50, led from start to finish with a time of 20.87. He was also fourth in the 100 backstroke (51.20).
“When I dove in (for the 50), I had my doubts,” Wong said. “After the turn, when I streamlined, I saw the guy on my right, and he was in front of my, but I’m really good the last 15 yards. It felt good.”
Bell was also fourth in the 200 free (1:41.44)
The Glendora girls team, which finished second to Crean Lutheran of Irvine in the team competition, has solid efforts from Catherine Sanchez, who was second in the 100 fly (0:54.51) and third in the 200 free (1:50.04); Jackie Basham, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.09), and Alexis Margett (54.73) and Gisel Olvera (56.35), who were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.
Other top performances by locals were South Pasadena’s Garrett Tse, who was fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:52.21); Damien’s Richie Campbell, who was fourth in the 50 free (21.31) and San Marino’s Javier Lopez, who was second in the 100 fly (49.85).
The Glendora girls also finished second in the 200 medley (1:46.12) and 200 free (1:36.92) relays.

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Baseball: Alhambra beats Schurr, 8-2

Alhambra defeats Schurr 8-2 at Schurr High School in Montebello on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

Alhambra defeats Schurr 8-2 at Schurr High School in Montebello on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez

MONTEBELLO — This week has the feeling of an elimination bracket for the Alhambra and Schurr high school baseball teams, who each began the week one game behind Almont leader Montebello and couldn’t afford to take a step backward.
Alhambra, at least for now, doesn’t have that concern.
Nick Giambalvo had three RBIs and the Moors kept pace in the race for the league title with an 8-2 victory over the host Spartans.
James Giambalvo also had two hits and allowed just one earned run on the mound for Alhambra, which improved to 11-5 overall and 6-2 in league play. Michael Corona had three hits and a RBI for Schurr, which slipped to 13-6-1 and 5-3. The two teams meet again at Alhambra’s Moor Field on Thursday.

Alhambra’s Nick Giambalvo: “We’re just going to have to come at Schurr (again) on Thursday and then really come at Montebello (next week). Our bats are coming alive now and we’re starting to become one as a team. (This win) means a lot. We have a lot to accomplish. We are going to keep trying and do our job.”

Schurr’s Michael Corona: “We just said to ourselves, ‘Hey, come on, we’re a good team, we can stay in it. Just fight.’ We did. Some hits were right at people and we’re outs and some where hits, but we all had good at-bats.”

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CIF State Basketball Pairings: Keppel girls seeded No. 1; Maranatha boys No. 2

Here is the CIF State basketball pairings released by the CIF State office today. The first round is scheduled for Wedneday, with the quarterfinals on Saturday. The regional semifinals are slated for March 17, with the regional finals on March 21 at either The Pyramid in Long Beach or Colony High School in Ontario. The state finals are scheduled for March 27-28 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
BASKETBALL
BOYS
DIVISION II

10 Gardena (21-9) at 7 La Mirada (26-5)
DIVISION III
12 El Cajon Valhalla (22-9) at 5 Sonora (28-4)
14 L.A. Franklin (13-16) at 3 Cantwell (15-13)
15 Selma (22-7) at 2 Damien (24-5)
DIVISION IV
15 Carlsbad Pacific Ridge (22-6) at 2 Maranatha (22-6)
GIRLS
DIVISION II

16 Hart (23-7) at 1 Mark Keppel (22-7)
DIVISION III
9 South Hills (23-7) at 8 Tulare Mission Oak (28-5)
10 South Gate Legacy (26-9) at 7 South Pasadena (23-2)
DIVISION IV
13 St. Paul (19-14) at 4 Los Angeles View Park (26-4)
DIVISION V
12 Douglas (17-17) at 5 Flintridge Prep (24-2)

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CIF Southern California Regional Soccer Pairings: Monrovia boys, Maranatha girls score home games

Here is the CIF Southern California Regional soccer pairings, just released by CIF. The first round is scheduled for Tuesday, with the semifinals on Thursday and finals on Saturday. All games begin at 4 p.m. and are at home sites.
BOYS
DIVISION III

8 La Canada at 1 Cathedral
5 San Dieguito Academy at 4 Monrovia
6 South Pasadena at 3 Cathedral Catholic
GIRLS
DIVISION I

7 La Serna at 2 Carlsbad
DIVISION II
5 West Torrance at 4 La Mirada
DIVISION III
5 Bishop Amat at 4 Santa Margarita
DIVISION IV
7 Chula Vista at 2 Maranatha

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CIF State Wrestling Championships: San Marino’s Julian Flores wins state title


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD >>
Julian Flores, along with brothers Zander and Evan Wick, were the core of San Marino High School’s rise from afterthought to one of the top wrestling programs in the state.
Saturday, Flores climbed the highest mountain, scoring the 132-pound title at the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena.
He’s San Marino’s first state champion.

“It’s unbelievable,” Flores said. “I really didn’t have a good postseason, but it all matters here in March. I just let it go. It was amazing.”
Flores title capped a stellar day for San Marino, which also had Zander Wick place second at 145, with Zander Silva (113), Luke Troy (152) and Evan Wick (138) all earning top-eight medals.
But Saturday was all about Flores, who opened the day with a 5-2 win over Pitman’s Angel Velasquez in the semifinals before scoring a 3-1 win over Mission Oak’s Jaden Enriquez in the final.
He used an escape with 1:25 left in regulation to force overtime before taking down Enriquez early in the extra period for the win.
“I wasn’t really panicking,” Flores said. “I knew I would get a takedown some how. I didn’t know what I was going to do exactly, but I just hit on something.”
Zander Wick, after beating Palm Desert’s Anthony Mantanona in the semifinals, was hoping to join his teammate atop the podium. But was denied by Poway’s Ralphy Tovar, 5-0.
“He definitely knew what I was going to do,” Wick said. He slowed me down and I couldn’t get any of my offense. I tried my all, but it just wasn’t good enough.
“As far as the season, I did really well this year. I didn’t place here last year. To make it to the finals is a huge accomplishment, but it’s always a bummer when you lose in the finals.”
It was also a strong weekend for area competitors, who scored 10 medals. The others were San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113, third), San Marino’s Silva (113, fifth), Wick (138, fourth) and Troy (152, third); Northview’s Richie Casillas (120, seventh) and Ricky Padilla (160, sixth); Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126, sixth) and Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, seventh).
Gonzalez fought back from 6-3 loss to Clovis’ Justin Meija in Friday’s quarterfinals to win four consecutive bouts on Saturday. He beat De La Salle’s Donovin Guerrero, 4-2, to take third.
“(Third is) the closest thing you can get in the consolation bracket,” Gonzalez said. “I came here to take first. Lost a tough one in the quarterfinals yesterday, and came back strong today.
“Once you lose, you can’t do any better. I wrestled my heart out. I can believe how fast these past four years have flown by. Everything worked out the way it did.”
Northview’s Joe Dominguez (145) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285) lost in the consolation fifth round and will not medal.

2015 AREA STATE MEDALISTS
113

David Gonzalez, San Dimas, 3rd
Zander Silva, San Marino, 5th
120
Richie Casillas, Northview, 7th
126
Russell Rohlfing, Sonora, 6th
132
Julian Flores, San Marino, Champion
138
Evan Wick, San Marino 4th
145
Zander Wick, San Marino, 2nd
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, 7th
152
Luke Troy, San Marino, 3rd
160
Ricky Padilla, Northview, 6th

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