What’s taking so long to fill the head football coaching jobs at South El Monte, Duarte, La Puente and Western Christian? With spring football so close, administrators better get on it, especially those looking to move “in a new direction.”
Could the Damien soccer team continue on just like basketball? What a surprise. Not surprisingly is finding Baldwin Park, Rosemead, Mountain View and Sierra Vista in the second round, with all four having a great opportunity to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals. La Puente will have a tough time against North Torrance. Hopefully there’s no letdown after their dramatic 4-3 first round win over Bishop Amat.
Game Highlights: The second round of the playoffs sometimes provides a scare for the higher-seeded teams, but the Baldwin Park High School boys soccer team continues getting stronger.
Junior striker Edgar Padilla scored twice, and freshman Ruben Zamarripa added another as the Braves easily disposed of visiting Garden Grove Santiago 3-1 in the second round of the Division V playoffs on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s second round results
Note: All games start at 3 p.m.
Troy 1, Damien 0
North Torrance 2, La Puente 1
Sierra Vista 3, Crescenta Valley 2
Baldwin Park 3, Garden Grove Santiago 1
Mountain View 5, Ontario Christian 0
Silverado 2, Arroyo 1
Rosemead at Milken Community
Girls Water Polo
Bonita 11, Elsinore 3
Game Highlights: Andy Rosenberg has coached the Bonita High School boys water polo team in a CIF-Southern Section championship game, and now he will get the chance to lead the Bearcats girls team in one, too. Amber Pezzolla scored six goals and sister Megan Pezzolla had six saves as the Bearcats advanced to the Division VI championship game with an 11-3 victory over Elsinore at Lakeside High. Bonita, which also got three goals from Meghan Turner, improved to 25-5 and will face either Malibu or Chadwick for the divisional title at 10:40 a.m. on Saturday at Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine. Elsinore, getting two goals from Holly Thoman, finished 24-6.
“We did a good job on defense,” said Rosenberg, in his first season coaching the girls team after last guiding the boys team, a CIF-SS title game in 2000, “and that’s always going to be the key at this point in the playoffs
Corona Santiago 9, St. Lucy’s 8
Game Highlights: A thrill ride that went back and forth ended with Corona Santiago sneaking past second-ranked St. Lucy’s 9-8 in the CIF-Southern Section Division III girls water polo semifinals on Wednesday at Mt. SAC, ending the Regents’ hope of playing for their first title in school history. It was a sour ending for ninth-year coach David Miller, who is retiring after leading the Regents (29-3) to their first outright Sierra League title ever, and just their second semifinal since 2003. Sierra Smiley, who led the Sharks with four goals, came up with a huge assist when she whipped a pass in front to Ashley Dorrego, who converted the go-ahead goal to make it 9-8 with 3:05 left. The Regents, getting a team-high four goals from Emily Donohoe and two from Cambria Shockley, had several chances to even it down the stretch. Donohoe sent a shot over the net with 1:19 left, then Donohoe’s steal and quick outlet to Hanna Lancaster on the break ended with a great point-blank save from Sharks goalkeeper Meghan Rowland with 52 seconds left.
In the final seconds it appeared the Regents might tie it after Bianca Adams’ steal and quick pass in front to Shockley, but the horn sounded to end the game before Shockley could pull the trigger. “It shouldn’t of come down to the last couple seconds I guess,” explained Miller. “We had our chances, we had our opportunities, it just didn’t happen.”
An interesting boys soccer dilemma written by the Times’ Eric Sondheimer. In no way would I let this kid play on his high school team just for the playoffs. How is that fair to the kid he replaces that starts all season.
Above: Nogales coach Ricky Roper all smiles after Nogales’ 50-47 win over Palm Springs.
Tuesday’s Quarterfinal Results
Glendora 68, West Ranch 51
Thousand Oaks 62, Edison 45
Marina 71, Huntington Beach 70
Leuzinger 88, Valencia 66
Damien 66, Mayfair 64
Eisenhower 77, Loara 69
Loyola 88, Simi Valley 74
La Mirada 68, Ayala 48
Nogales 50, Palm Springs 47
Anaheim Canyon 70, Hart 47
Santa Margarita 64, North Torrance 63
Arroyo Grande 49, St. John Bosco 44
Gahr 63, Diamond Ranch 62
Harvard-Westlake 63, Bonita 49
Golden Valley 75, Foothill 72
Sonora 49, Apple Valley 47
Inglewood 77, Northview 47
Bishop Montgomery 58, Atascadero 53
Ocean View 70, San Luis Obispo 56
Gardena Serra 60, Compton Centennial 50
La Verne Lutheran 75, Faith Baptist 41
Glendora’s Calvin Smith scored 19 points in the Tartans’ victory
I was covering Glendora, here are the highlights
Glendora High School boys basketball coach Mike LeDuc finally broke a smile, looking almost like a proud father explaining how the Tartans went all the way to Valencia West Ranch, and did it again. Junior guard Calvin Smith was the big difference, breaking past the Wildcats’ constant pressure on his way to 19 points and five rebounds. Senior Kos Russell also scored 19, and Brad Gatlin had one of his finest games of the season, chipping in with 18 points as the Tartans outlasted the Wildcats 68-51 in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA quarterfinals.
“We knew we were facing a great defensive team,” Smith said. “They put a lot of pressure, but our guys kept moving and made it easier for me to find them.
“And when I had an opening I was able to knock down a few shots. But again, it was another total team effort.”
The third-seed Tartans (24-7) advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive season, where they will face third-seed Leuzinger, an 88-66 winner over Valencia, on Friday at Damien High School. LeDuc tried explaining how the magic continued.
“Our team has a high level of competitive spirit,” LeDuc said. “I know a lot of teams do also, but they seem to rise up to the occasion and take a lot of pride in the tradition we have. When they get an opportunity, they look forward to it, they don’t back away from it. I think that’s the difference.”
While it was a tough day for most area high school girls soccer team in the penalty shootout, Diamond Ranch came out on top. The Panthers pulled off the upset of the day, shocking top-ranked and undefeated Santa Ana Valley in penalty kicks after eighty scoreless minutes of regulation and two overtimes in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV second-round game. The Panthers (13-7-4) defeated Santa Ana Valley (23-1-1) 4-2 in penalty kicks to move to the quarterfinals on Thursday against either St.Joseph’s or California. “I’m really excited, that was the top team in our division and nobody had done this to them all year,” Panthers coach Victoria Hentges said. “They were an amazing team, it was so hard fought, I’m just so glad to get through it and move on, because we’ve never gone this far in the playoffs.”
Tuesday’s Second Round
All games at 3 p.m.
Crescenta Valley 1, South Hills 1, CV wins on PK’s, 4-2
Diamond Ranch 0, Santa Ana Valley 0, DRanch wins on PK’s, 4-2
Santa Ynez 0, Bishop Amat 0, Santa Ynez wins on PK’s, 4-3
Cathedral City 1, Los Altos 1, Cathedral City wins on PK’s, 4-3
Milken Community 1, San Dimas 0
Saddleback Valley Christian 0, Sierra Vista 0, Saddleback wins on PK’s, 5-4
CAMS 1, Arroyo 0
St. Genevieve 1, South El Monte 0
A few times I week I’m going to toss general sports questions your way. At the end of the day we’re all sports fans, so lets start with the biggest news of the month: You have had more than a week to digest news that Alex Rodriguez is an admitted steroids user for at least three years. Should this keep him out of the hall of fame?
Since we all love top ten’s, how about the top ten high school athletic programs in the Valley. I listed the top teams with the sports they’re the most competitive in compared to other teams in the Valley. I gave more weight to football, basketball, baseball and softball, since those are the marquee sports, with soccer a notch behind. Bishop Amat barely edges out Diamond Ranch for the top spot because in the signature sports, they’re a little better all the way around except for boys basketball.
1. Bishop Amat: Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Wrestling
2. Diamond Ranch: Football, Baseball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Track
3. South Hills: Football, Baseball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Cross Country
4. Bonita: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Baseball, Track, Girls and Boys water polo, Girls volleyball
5. Northview: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Baseball, Softball
6. Glendora: Football, Baseball, Softball, Boys Basketball, Swimming, Cross Country, Girls Soccer
7. Charter Oak: Football, Boys Basketball, Baseball, Girls Soccer, Softball, Swimming.
8. Walnut: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls Soccer, Boys and Girls Water Polo, boys and girls tennis, girls volleyball
9. Rosemead: Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Wrestling, Softball
10. San Dimas: Football, Baseball, Girls Soccer, Softball, Girls Volleyball
Out of the seven boys basketball teams remaining in the playoffs, who has been the biggest surprise? There hasn’t been a true standout like Dominic Tiger-Cortes to run away with player of the year, so have any suggestions? How about our Tribune top five? Coach of the year? This is extremely difficult also, but one of the coaches still alive are going to win, then will hopefully coach the all-star game.
Anything and anyone you want to talk about
A few weeks back I mentioned that CIF’s new basketball playoff structure, merging enrollment with competitive value, waters-down the importance of league play. Eric Sondheimer touched on it today in the L.A. Times, there could be three to four section champions from the same league, making you wonder if they need league’s anymore. You might as well just play a schedule, have more tournaments and do everything by enrollment. The Sierra League is looking the strongest around here with Chino Hills, Glendora, Ayala, and Damien alive in three separate divisions. By some miracle should the Sierra wind up with three CIF champions, how would you feel about it? Damien is a prime example. I’m fine with the fact that a fourth-place team can get an at-large, but to win a championship you should have to go through the teams that beat you in league to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I hope they all with section titles, but the system doesn’t sit right.
All games at 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 Bishop Amat (22-5) at No. 2 Summit (24-4)
No. 5 Magnolia (18-9) at No. 4 Diamond Ranch (19-4)
Saturday’s second round
Canyon Springs 66, Walnut 36
Bishop Amat 52, Keppel 49
Diamond Ranch 56, Segerstrom 21
Agoura 64, South Hills 42
Sonora 39, Sierra Vista 33
Monrovia 52, Bonita 35
Inglewood 71, Rosemead 23
Bishop Montgomery 45, Northview 27
With seven teams in the second round, we’re hoping to cover at least three on Tuesday, and possibly four. Why don’t you play prep editor and explain what games you would cover.
CIF Southern Section Playoffs
Note: All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Glendora at West Ranch
Damien at Mayfair
Palm Springs at Nogales
Gahr at Diamond Ranch
Bonita at Harvard-Westlake
Northview at Inglewood
Faith Baptist at La Verne Lutheran
The coaches finished voting, and no surprise, Northview and Bishop Amat are the top dogs in Division IV. South Hills starts high at No. 2 in Division III, but the big question is, where is Bonita folks? Why is everyone sleeping on the Cats?
1. El Toro
2. Notre Dame/SO
3. Palos Verdes
5. Redlands East Valley
9. La Mirada
10. Paso Robles
2. South Hills
4. Quartz Hill
5. Paloma Valley
7. La Serna
8. Laguna Hills
9. Santa Margarita
10. Diamond Ranch
2. Bishop Amat
3. St Paul
6. San Dimas
8. Don Lugo
9. Palm Desert
10. St Bonaventure
This from Mr. Pete Marshall at the Daily Bulletin
Rich Vasquez only departed last week as Damien’s baseball coach, but the Spartans already have his replacement: Al Leyva.
Leyva is the former Claremont High head coach from 2002-05, who most recently had been serving as the assistant coach and head recruiter for the University of La Verne.
“I feel very lucky to get the guy,” Damien athletic director Tom Carroll said. “I didn’t think he’d be available. We played against him at Claremont, so I knew him from there.”
Carroll said he was impressed with Leyva’s first day of practice on Wednesday. “It’s like he was on the ship the whole time,” Carroll said. “They didn’t miss a beat.”