Above: Laura Beeman’s Mounties opened the playoffs with a big win Saturday.
The Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team and the Citrus men’s team, both who won California Community College Athletic Association state titles last season, took the important first step to repeat, each scoring easy victories on Saturday.
The Mounties, getting 18 points from former Covina High star Blaire Egardo, scored an easy 76-51 victory over Cerritos, while Citrus got 25 points from Steven Bennett and rolled to a 95-81 victory over Victor Valley in the CCCAA Southern California Regional second-round games.
Both will play for Elite 8 appearances when they host SoCal Regional finals next week. Mt. SAC, which has won four of the past five CCCAA titles, host Fullerton. Citrus will be at home against Riverside City. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. starts. The CCCAA Elite 8 is scheduled for March 12-15 in Fresno.
The Citrus women’s team, making its first playoff appearance in four seasons, saw its year end with a 74-56 setback at No. 2 seed Ventura.
It was a good day for locals at the CIF-SS Masters Meet. Northview’s Steven Salinas led the way with the only individual title. But in all of our three zones, 23 local competitors punched their tickets to the CIF State championships in Bakersfield next week.
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News Flash: This is what I’m hearing, that Tip Sanders is working out the details before accepting the head coaching job at Duarte. It’s not a guarantee, but my source has been pretty good in the past, so lets watch how this unfolds
Not even the Glendora LeDucies could stop visiting Leuzinger from running the Tartans off the floor, 62-37. I hear Chino Hills and Damien went down to the wire, and Nogales was within six with three minutes left. The Tartans trailed 23-20 early in the third quarter, but Leuzinger went on a paralyzing 18-2 run, and that was that. “The tempo was the way we wanted in the first half,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “We weren’t running our offense real well, but give credit to them for playing great defense. We tried in the third quarter to get shots we wanted, but the pressure was so great we didn’t do a good job of handling it. We knew if we left them have a run it would be real difficult to stay in the game, and they got that run, and you can’t play from behind and try to catch those guys.”
Friday’s Semifinal results
Riverside King 76, Dominguez 70
Mater Dei 70, Etiwanda 60
Ventura 66, Chino Hills 59
Thousand Oaks 89, Marina 57
Leuzinger 62, Glendora 37
Eisenhower 48, Damien 45
Loyola 80, La Mirada 60
Anaheim Canyon 67, Nogales 56
Santa Margarita 44, Arroyo Grande 41
La Verne Lutheran 70, CAMS 46
Pacifica 4, Sierra Vista 1
Baldwin Park 2, La Canada 2, BP wins on PK’s, 5-3
Salesian 4, Monrovia 2
Mountain View 2, L.A. Baptist 0
Rosemead 5, Barstow 2
Pregame Preview: These are very winnable games for local teams. Let’s start with the locks, I have no problem saying Mountain and Rosemead will not only win, but meet in next week’s Division VI championship. To be honest, they don’t belong in this division, they’re much better than this. Unless they totally stumble, they should both be in the semifinals. But who knows, stranger things happen in soccer. Baldwin Park could have a tough time at La Canada, especially since they’re still missing three starters because of injuries. But La Canada does have field turf like B.P., which should play into the Braves’ hands. Sierra Vista has the toughest task against Pacifica, normally a physical team and a long trip. That’s a toss-up.
Above: Sorry Lad, this is what happens when you go up against the Eastside’s finest.