Duarte football nearing decision

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.

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Big Night: Damien Bonita, DRanch, Northview, Nogales and Glendora all win

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
Division II-AA
Simi Valley 67, Rowland 53
Glendora 68, San Bernardino 65
Division II-A
Damien 49, La Habra 47
Division III-AA
Apple Valley 55, Charter Oak 54
Nogales 73. West Torrance 70
Santa Margarita 72, South HIlls 63
Division III-A
Diamond Ranch 41, Fullerton 38
Bonita 61, Garden Grove Pacifica 45
Division IV-AA
Serra 93, South El Monte 65
Northview 80, Citrus Hill 57
San Luis Obispo 43, Bishop Amat 40
Division IV-A
Cathedral 70, Workman 50
Division V-A
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.

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BSoccer: La Puente stuns Amat, 4-3, OT; Miramonte and San Antonio get swept

Boy’s Soccer
Wednesday’s Second Round

Note: All games start at 3 p.m.
Division II
Troy at Damien
Division IV
North Torrance at La Puente
Sierra Vista at Crescenta Valley
Division V
Garden Grove Santiago at Baldwin Park
Division VI
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.”

CIF-SS Playoffs
Friday’s first round
Division II

Chino Hills 3, Canyon Springs 2
Arlington 0, Diamond Bar 0, Arlington advances, 4-2 on PK’s
Damien 1, Palmdale 0
Division III
Jurupa Valley 3, Rowland 2
Santa Maria 4, South Hills 2
Redlands 0, West Covina 0, Redlands wins 5-4 on PKs
Division IV
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
Division V
Baldwin Park 1, Pioneer Valley 0
Division VI
Mountain View 5, Tahquitz 2
Arroyo 3, Dunn 2 (OT)
Rosemead 5, Beaumont 1
Division VII
La Verne Lutheran 7, Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian 0

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Best gyms? Joe Amat’s handling this

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.

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College Baseball preview

Cal State Fullerton hopes to celebrate like this in 2009.

Hi all,

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:

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Just Tribbin: Glendora tourney coming soon

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.
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GSoccer: Walnut, St. Lucy’s Both Done

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
Division II
Crescenta Valley (18-2-4) vs. South Hills (15-8-1) at CDF
Division IV
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)
Division VI
San Dimas (18-4-4) at Milken Community (13-2-4)
Division VII
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
Division II

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
Division IV
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
Division VI
San Dimas 3, Mammoth 2
Arrowhead 2, Northview 1, OT
Desert Hot Springs 1, Baldwin Park 1, DHSprings wins on PK’s
Division VII
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.
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GHoops Thread: Second round update

Girls Basketball Update
Saturday’s Second Round
Division I-A

Walnut (18-8) at Canyon Springs (21-6)
Division II-A
Bishop Amat (21-5) at Keppel (18-10)
Division III-AA
Segerstrom (20-7) at Diamond Ranch (19-4)
Agoura (24-3) at South Hills (18-7)
Division III-A
Sonora (16-10) at Sierra Vista (21-3)
Bonita (18-9) at Monrovia (18-7)
Rosemead (13-10) at Inglewood (13-15)
Division IV-AA
Bishop Montgomery (18-8) vs. Northview (18-9) at Damien

Girls Basketball
Thursday’s First Round
Div. I-AA

Etiwanda 67, Diamond Bar 42
Div. I-A
Walnut 47, Fountain Valley 43
Crescenta Valley 50, West Covina 34
Div. II-AA
Newbury Park 65, Glendora 48
Bishop Amat 61, Arroyo 22
South Hills 65, Los Altos 34
Fullerton 49, Rowland 20
Div. III-A
Rosemead 47, Charter Oak 36
Bonita 50, Beckman 39
Sonora 61, Wilson 41
Div. IV-AA
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
Div. IV-A
Harvard-Westlake 67, Duarte 28
Blair 71, Workman 44
Div. V-AA
La Salle 56, Western Christian 48
Div. VI-AA
Los Angeles Adventist 46, La Verne Lutheran 35

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BHoops, Second Round

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.
Division II-AA

Glendora (22-7) at San Bernardino (15-11)
Division II-A
La Habra (21-7) at Damien (15-11)
Simi Valley (21-6) at Rowland (13-16)
Division III-AA
Nogales (22-7) at West Torrance (18-9)
South HIlls (18-7) at Santa Margarita (18-8)
Division III-A
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)
Division IV-AA
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)
Division IV-A
Cathedral (13-15) at Workman (20-5)
Division V-A
La Verne Lutheran (21-6) at Bloomington Christian (21-3)

Did you see what happened in Alabama?

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Boys Hoops: Workman Wins; Tartans Survive

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.

Div. I-AA
Chino Hills 69, Riverside Poly 56
Colony 67, Diamond Bar 49
Div. II-AA
Buena 61, Walnut 59
Glendora 52, Ontario 51
Div. II-A
Damien 59, Baldwin Park 49
Rowland 50, Sunny Hills 41
Nogales 75, San Marcos 60
South Hills 70, Norwalk 48
Div. III-A
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
Div. IV-AA
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
Div. IV-A
Workman 72, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 62
Div. V-A
La Verne Lutheran 84, Anza Hamilton 49

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Soccer: Bonita, COak win; Glendora done

Above: Bonita’s Angelica Padilla scored both goals in Bearcats’ 2-0 victory over Anaheim in a Div. IV wild-card game on Tuesday.

Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s wild-card results
Division II

Laguna Hills 1, Glendora 0
Division IV
Bonita 2, Anaheim 0
Charter Oak 1, Palm Desert 1, Charter Oaks wins on PK’s, 4-3

Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s wild-card results

Div. II
Diamond Bar 1, Corona Centennial 0
Div. III
Rowland 3, Redlands East Valley 1
Div. IV
Diamond Ranch 4, Azusa 0
Santa Monica 8, Gladstone 1

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McConnell picks baseball’s best ever

Jim McConnell, who writes a weekly Then & Now column, writes about the San Gabriel Valley’s best baseball players of all time. It’s a must read.

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).

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No surprise, St. Paul brings back Ancich

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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