I’m hearing that Duarte will hire either former La Puente coach Ray Hernandez or former Blair and Marshall coach Tip Sanders. An announcement could come as early as Monday.
I told you I had a feeling Damien felt like Diamond Ranch in football, nice to see the Spartans confident and moving on. In fact, check it out, we have seven teams in the quarterfinals, and most of them did it on the road.
Above: Kos Russell’s 3-pointer lifted Glendora in round one. Russell had another big night, scoring 23 points in the Tartans’ 68-65 win over San Bernardino. The Magic continues …
Friday’s second-round results
Simi Valley 67, Rowland 53
Glendora 68, San Bernardino 65
Damien 49, La Habra 47
Apple Valley 55, Charter Oak 54
Nogales 73. West Torrance 70
Santa Margarita 72, South HIlls 63
Diamond Ranch 41, Fullerton 38
Bonita 61, Garden Grove Pacifica 45
Serra 93, South El Monte 65
Northview 80, Citrus Hill 57
San Luis Obispo 43, Bishop Amat 40
Cathedral 70, Workman 50
La Verne Lutheran 79, Bloomington Christian 51
Charter Oak loses heartbreaker: Seconds away from dancing to the next round, the Charter Oak High School boys basketball watched it slip away. Literally.
Clinging to a one-point lead with the clock winding down and the game on the line, Charter Oak got exactly what it wanted, forcing Apple Valley guard Absalom Smith to take a running off-balance shot with Chargers guard Eric Rogers draped all over him.
For a moment it appeared Rogers grabbed the rebound, but the 5-foot-11 Smith reached in and wrestled it away, then drew a foul with four seconds left.
Smith calmly sank both free throws to finish with a game-high 23 points, and the Chargers couldn’t get a shot off before time expired, watching painfully as Apple Valley celebrated a 55-54 victory in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III–A playoffs on Friday.
Wednesday’s Second Round
Note: All games start at 3 p.m.
Troy at Damien
North Torrance at La Puente
Sierra Vista at Crescenta Valley
Garden Grove Santiago at Baldwin Park
Mountain View at Ontario Christian
Rosemead at Milken Community
Below: Win, and you won’t feel this way today
La Puente stuns Bishop Amat: There will be a boys soccer champion crowned in a couple weeks, but its hard to imagine a more exciting game and finish than La Puente High School’s 4-3 sudden-death overtime victory over Del Rey League champion Bishop Amat on Friday.
After the Lancers battled back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to finally tie it on Aaron Mireles’ header in the 68th minute, the Warriors rallied back to pull off the upset in overtime.
Leo Villagrana’s cross toward the back post was poked away by Lancers goalkeeper Christopher Mancilla, but sophomore David Ramirez cleaned it up, finishing in the 85th minute to send the Warriors (13-5-5) to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs. “I’ve always dreamed of something like this,” Ramirez said. “I was hoping it would get away (from the goalkeeper) and give me a chance, and to finish and beat a team like Bishop Amat, it’s a dream.”
Friday’s first round
Chino Hills 3, Canyon Springs 2
Arlington 0, Diamond Bar 0, Arlington advances, 4-2 on PK’s
Damien 1, Palmdale 0
Jurupa Valley 3, Rowland 2
Santa Maria 4, South Hills 2
Redlands 0, West Covina 0, Redlands wins 5-4 on PKs
Sierra Vista 2, Laguna Hills 1
La Puente 4, Bishop Amat 3, sudden death
Inglewood 1, Wilson 0
Mayfair 1, Los Altos 0
University 3, Diamond Ranch 2, sudden death
Baldwin Park 1, Pioneer Valley 0
Mountain View 5, Tahquitz 2
Arroyo 3, Dunn 2 (OT)
Rosemead 5, Beaumont 1
La Verne Lutheran 7, Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 0
Another great example of sportsmanship
“They may not remember our record 20 years from now, but they’ll remember what happened in that gym that night. –– Dave Rohlman, head coach.
On another thread one of you asked about the area’s top ten gyms. Joe Amat beat me to it and after reading his list, I really can’t complain.
Joe Amat’s top ten
10. Edgewood (Freddy, this ones for you. It’s on thee list if WSUSD woulda been smart enough to use that campus instead of WC)
9. Baldwin Park (there’s something about old elevated stands that I like-don’t know why)
8. Azusa (I swear…exactly the same as Glendora-just not as clean and without the history)
7. Charter Oak (haven’t been inside since the renovation, Better I’d hope? But can we finish the outside paint job?)
6. South Hills (now it at least doesn’t have a garage door for one whole wall
5. Covina (a lotta great players have been in that gym… floor is great, have we got new bleachers yet?)
4. Diamond Ranch (clean and new… but sterile with too much glass))
3. Glendora (when it’s full it is probably the best place to be in, two decks is awesome)
1.T Damien (1A & 1B – tough to choose, flip ’em if you want)
1.T Amat (some design flaws but the biggest thing wrong is the Activity Centers official name-that I’ll never utter)
Don’t try this at home….The NBA mascot actually tore his ACL falling through the hoop.
Cal State Fullerton hopes to celebrate like this in 2009.
Fred and I decided it would be neat to have a College Baseball thread, what with former local players making such a big impact on some of the teams throughout the country.
I will concentrate mostly on the Division I teams in Southern California, but it will not be limited to this region. It will include a little information, some opinion and perhaps some post-season predictions at the end of the year. I hope you enjoy it.
I will start with our top five rankings for the SoCal teams, so here goes:
Anything and anyone you want to talk about
The baseball and softball previews come out the first week of March, so be patient until we finish our coverage of winter sports. For now, here is a quick look at the Glendora tournament baseball schedule (click thread). Any thoughts on who will win it? Also, does anyone know what’s going on in Damien baseball search, and if anything else is happening in baseball or softball that we should know about it. I gotta tell ya, it’s hard keeping up with all of this.
Shocker: Lancaster 2, Walnut 0: This time of year is usually reserved for the Walnut High school girls soccer team, who won three straight CIF-SS divisional championships earlier this decade, and who advanced to the semifinals last year.
One and done is certainly not something the Mustangs are use to dealing with.
After not allowing a goal during its undefeated San Antonio League championship run, visiting Lancaster came in and stunned the host Mustangs, scoring two first-half goals and making it hold up for a 2-0 victory in the first round of the Division II playoffs on Thursday. The Eagles (10-7-1) had just two shots on goal in the first half, and finished both of them. Walnut (16-5-2) had five shots on frame the first 15 minutes, and couldn’t finish any. It was that kind of afternoon for the Mustangs, who were sent home in the first-round for the first time since coach Lorraine Hansen’s first year in 2000.
“It stings, it really does,” Hansen said. “We have a young team and hopefully they will remember how this feels and use it be stronger next season.”
Above: Walnut goes down, 2-0
Update: Tuesday’s Second Round
Crescenta Valley (18-2-4) vs. South Hills (15-8-1) at CDF
Diamond Ranch (12-7-4) at Santa Ana Valley (23-0-1)
Santa Ynez (20-4-3) at Bishop Amat (18-2-4)
Los Altos (17-7-2) at Cathedral City (15-4-3)
San Dimas (18-4-4) at Milken Community (13-2-4)
Duarte (11-11-1) at Animo Leadership (17-6)
South El Monte (13-4-1) at St. Genevieve (15-1)
Arroyo (11-6-6) at CAMS (16-4-1)
Sierra Vista (13-9-4) at Saddleback Valley Christian (13-5-3)
Thursday’s first round results
Lancaster 2, Walnut 0
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 2, St. Lucy’s 0
Corona del Mar 5, Rowland 0
South Hills 1, Chaffey 0, OT
Bishop Amat 1, Silverado 0, OT
Diamond Ranch 1, Cajon 0
Sultana 2, Bonita 0
Granite Hills 7, Charter Oak 2
Los Altos 3, Magnolia 0
San Dimas 3, Mammoth 2
Arrowhead 2, Northview 1, OT
Desert Hot Springs 1, Baldwin Park 1, DHSprings wins on PK’s
St. Paul 2, La Puente 0
Duarte 1, San Gabriel Mission 1, Duarte advances on PK’s
Laguna Blanca 3, Mountain View 1
St. Genevieve 4, Azusa 0
Arroyo 4, St. Mary’s Academy 0
Saddleback Valley Christian 2, El Monte 1
South El Monte 12, Bishop Contaty Loreto 0
Sierrva Vista 1, Sierra Canyon 0
Continue reading: Click the thread to read about the special thing the Bonita High School girls did prior to Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Anaheim.
Girls Basketball Update
Saturday’s Second Round
Walnut (18-8) at Canyon Springs (21-6)
Bishop Amat (21-5) at Keppel (18-10)
Segerstrom (20-7) at Diamond Ranch (19-4)
Agoura (24-3) at South Hills (18-7)
Sonora (16-10) at Sierra Vista (21-3)
Bonita (18-9) at Monrovia (18-7)
Rosemead (13-10) at Inglewood (13-15)
Bishop Montgomery (18-8) vs. Northview (18-9) at Damien
Thursday’s First Round
Etiwanda 67, Diamond Bar 42
Walnut 47, Fountain Valley 43
Crescenta Valley 50, West Covina 34
Newbury Park 65, Glendora 48
Bishop Amat 61, Arroyo 22
South Hills 65, Los Altos 34
Fullerton 49, Rowland 20
Rosemead 47, Charter Oak 36
Bonita 50, Beckman 39
Sonora 61, Wilson 41
Banning 54, Covina 52
Calabasas 59, San Dimas 46
Whittier Christian 61, El Monte 34
Atascadero 43, Azusa 39
Northview 50, St. Lucy’s 34
Harvard-Westlake 67, Duarte 28
Blair 71, Workman 44
La Salle 56, Western Christian 48
Los Angeles Adventist 46, La Verne Lutheran 35
All games have been updated. I still can’t believe that Glendora escape. We can cover three, maybe four games on Friday, which ones do you like?
Friday’s games, 7:30 p.m.
Glendora (22-7) at San Bernardino (15-11)
La Habra (21-7) at Damien (15-11)
Simi Valley (21-6) at Rowland (13-16)
Nogales (22-7) at West Torrance (18-9)
South HIlls (18-7) at Santa Margarita (18-8)
Diamond Ranch (19-3) at Fullerton (16-11)
Bonita (23-5) at Garden Grove Pacifica (17-10)
Apple Valley (19-7) at Charter Oak (19-9)
Northview (22-6) vs. Citrus Hill (16-9) at Martin Luther King H.S.
San Luis Obispo (19-6) at Bishop Amat (18-9)
South El Monte (17-9) at Serra (21-7)
Cathedral (13-15) at Workman (20-5)
La Verne Lutheran (21-6) at Bloomington Christian (21-3)
Did you see what happened in Alabama?
The La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team is 20-6, and the No. 2 seed in the Division V-A playoffs, with an opening round game tonight against Hamilton (13-13). The Trojans are the defending CIF champs with the area’s best chance of adding another section title. But why no love from the Tribune?
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The Scoop: Workman’s Cezar Guerrero scored 34 points and Bobby Miles Serrano added 23 points to lift the Lobos to a 73-62 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in the first-round of the Division IV-A playoffs on Wednesday. Glendora survives a scare in the first round, beating Ontario, 52-51. Joe Amat reports that Kos Russell hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Tarts the victory. Oh, that magic again.
Wednesday’s first-round results
All games start at 7:30 p.m.
Chino Hills 69, Riverside Poly 56
Colony 67, Diamond Bar 49
Buena 61, Walnut 59
Glendora 52, Ontario 51
Damien 59, Baldwin Park 49
Rowland 50, Sunny Hills 41
Nogales 75, San Marcos 60
South Hills 70, Norwalk 48
Diamond Ranch 74, Magnolia 38
Palm Desert 57, Sierra Vista 49
Bonita 51, Corona del Mar 38
Charter Oak 62, Segerstrom 55
Twentynine Palms 70, Mountain View 42
Northview 74, Ridgecrest Burroughs 46
South El Monte 56, Covina 37
Compton Centennial 68, Gladstone 41
Bishop Amat 53, San Dimas 48
JSerra 57, Rosemead 49
Citrus Hill 62, La Puente 55
San Luis Obispo 63, Wilson 36
Workman 72, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 62
La Verne Lutheran 84, Anza Hamilton 49
Above: Bonita’s Angelica Padilla scored both goals in Bearcats’ 2-0 victory over Anaheim in a Div. IV wild-card game on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s wild-card results
Laguna Hills 1, Glendora 0
Bonita 2, Anaheim 0
Charter Oak 1, Palm Desert 1, Charter Oaks wins on PK’s, 4-3
Wednesday’s wild-card results
Diamond Bar 1, Corona Centennial 0
Rowland 3, Redlands East Valley 1
Diamond Ranch 4, Azusa 0
Santa Monica 8, Gladstone 1
The great Jackie Robinson would bat leadoff on McConnel’s all-time SGV team. Hey Orange County folks, why don’t you try coming up with a better team than this? That’s what I thought.
Here’s the starting lineup for “your” San Gabriel Valley All-Stars:
1. Jackie Robinson (Muir Tech, PCC) 2B
2. Jim Edmonds (Diamond Bar High) CF
3. Nomar Garciaparra (Whittier) SS
4. Mark McGwire (Damien High) 1B
5. Ralph Kiner (Alhambra High) LF
6. Fred Lynn (El Monte High) RF
7. Cecil Fielder (Nogales High) DH
8. Darrell Evans (Muir, PCC) 3B
9. Lance Parrish (Walnut High) C
Starting Pitcher: Ewell Blackwell (Bonita High)
Here’s the remainder of the roster:
Starting pitchers – Hank Aguirre (Keppel); Mike Garcia (San Gabriel); Mike Krukow (San Gabriel); Mike McCormick (Keppel).
Relief pitchers – Rick Aguilera (Edgewood of West Covina); Bill Campbell (Mt. SAC); Jim Gott (San Marino); Jim Merritt (West Covina); Dan Quisenberry (University of La Verne); Todd Worrell (Maranatha).
Reserve infielders: Jack Clark (Gladstone); Bobby Knoop (Montebello); Bobby Lillis (Pasadena).
Reserve outfielders: Tom Brunansky (West Covina); Johnny Lindell (Monrovia); Irv Noren (Pasadena); Albie Pearson (El Monte).
Reserve catchers: Andy Etchebarren (La Puente); Jamie Quirk (St. Paul).
From the moment St. Paul fired coach Pete Gonzalez, who won a CIF championship in 2007, the writing was on the wall. Nobody at St. Paul would talk about it, but it finally happened, they re-hired longtime coach Marion Ancich?
Here is what Roger Murray wrote in today’s Whittier Daily News. Read it, principal Lori Barr finally speaks
By Roger Murray
Marijon Ancich, the former longtime San Pedro longshoreman who dabbled enough in football along the way to become California’s winningest high school football coach, has been named head coach at St. Paul High School. Again.
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