Baseball: Bonita pulling away from the pack

At this point it would take a big stumble for the Bearcats to drop from the top spot. Not only has Jiovanni Mier been on fire, but pitcher Nico Calderaro is putting together another terrific season. As long as they keep playing with something to prove, they will prove their worth when it matters. Bishop Amat climbs back to No. 2 with a four-game win streak, but lets see how they do this afternoon against St. Paul. San Dimas makes the biggest leap to No. 3 after knocking off mentally fragile Northview, who at No. 4 is their lowest ranking in two years. Damien, Diamond Bar and Glendora are bunched together in the middle of the pack, and the more I look at the list, the more I believe the parity is closer than ever with Charter Oak at No. 10.

Big games this week:
Today

St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday
West Covina at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Friday
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Bishop Amat at La Salle, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.

Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bonita (7-1) - Not world-beaters but developing that repuation with a No. 3 ranking in the Times. Sure they had to rally to beat Charter Oak, but that’s what driven senior-laden teams do, they find a ways to win.
2. Bishop Amat (6-3) – Here they come, after a 2-2 start they’ve won four straight. Once they stop giving up all the unearned runs, the Lancers will be fine. They still have seasoned pitching and are batting well enough to win games.
3. San Dimas (6-2) - Yes, the Saints moved to 3-0 in the Valle Vista with last week’s 9-6 win over Northview. When you consider their only losses have come against Bonita and Chino Hills, the Saints deserve to move up the board. They have won three straight and five of six.
4. Northview (6-2) - The Vikings are finding out that you can’t lose seniors like Marc Andrade, Aaron Elias and Robert Williams, and pick up where you left off. They have the tools, but the swagger is missing. Not good with the National Classic on deck.
5. Diamond Bar (6-3) - One of the hottest teams at the moment, the Brahmas are the only 3-0 team in the Sierra after beating Glendora, Ayala and Chino.
6. Damien (5-2) – They beat Ayala, lose to Glendora, which is no surprise considering the Sierra League grind. But this is true, the Spartans are playing well and figure to be fighting for a league title at the end.
7. Glendora (6-3) – The Tartans rebound from a league opening loss to Diamond Bar with big wins over Damien and Chino Hills to move to 2-1 in league. If they can take care of Chino and Ayala next, they will be sitting pretty.
8. Nogales (10-3) - The 8-7 loss to Walnut might eventually hurt their chances of knocking off seven-time champion South Hills, but no arguing how much they’ve improved under legendary coach John Romano.
9. South Hills (5-4) – Forget their record, they’ve won four of five are and are improving by the week. Whatever off-field distractions they had early in the season are becoming a distant memory.
10. Charter Oak (7-5) - Had won five straight before loss to Bonita and split with Claremont on Saturday. They feel like one of those teams who can beat anyone, but certainly, they’re no lock to beat anyone either.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Softball: Conqs keep top spot … for now

Los Altos and Glendora are still the top two teams respectively, but they will be challenged when Los Altos goes to Charter Oak this afternoon and Glendora takes on Bishop Amat in a non-league game on Thursday. Bonita is a solid No. 3 and seems to be finding their mojo again, but let’s see how they do against much improved Walnut today. Keep an eye on Siera Vista and Walnut, if they keep winning, they will continue to climb up the polls.

Big games on deck
Today
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday
Northview at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday
Glendora at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Los Altos (8-3) – Went 3-1 in the Northwood Timberwolves Classic, losing to Dana Point, and a non-league loss to Ayala. But locally, they still haven’t been touched but get another Miramonte test this week against surging Charter Oak.
2. Glendora (5-2) – Unless there are games on the schedule we don’t know about, they Tartans haven’t played since their 3-0 loss to Etiwanda in the championship of the San Dimas tournament. But they get Bishop Amat on the road next.
3. Bonita (11-2) - Hard to believe all the bickering on the blogs about the Bearcats, they’re off to a terrific start, and only have lost to the top two teams in the area. After losing a heartbreaker to Los Altos, they rebounded by winning four straight.
4. Bishop Amat (7-5) – Sure they Lancers have lost three of their last four, but losing to Rosary, Mater Dei and splitting a doubleheader with Santa Margarita is nothing to worry about. Let’s see how they do in a big nonleague game against Glendora on Thursday.
5. San Dimas (6-3) - Are they finished with their traditional slow-starting ways? The surprise isn’t that they already have started 2-0 in the Valle Vista, the surprise is how they snuck past Covina and Northview to get there.
6. Charter Oak (8-3) – What you need to know about the Chargers is that they have scored 90 runs, but 34 of those runs came in a sweep over Wilson. Still, they have won six straight, though they do no have an impressive win on their resume … yet.
7. Sierra Vista (7-1) – After a season-opening loss to Montebello, the Dons have won seven straight. They should win at least their next five then enter the Charter Oak tournament, where we will find out just what they’re made of.
8. Walnut (6-2) – With San Antonio league wins over South Hills, Nogales and West Covina, the Mustangs are off to a great start and will face Bonita in a fun non-league game this week. The way they’ve played, it won’t be a surprise if they run the table in the San Antonio.
9. Northview (5-4) - I don’t know what’s more impressive, what the Vikings did last year with Hannah Fraijo, or what they’ve been able to accomplish without her. For a team with no expectations, they barely lose to San Dimas, 1-0.
10. South El Monte (4-3) -They haven’t played since March 23, but resume with a game against La Puente and a doubleheader on Saturday against Cantwell Sacred Heart before resuming Mission Valley league play next week.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Track Leaders; Covina Invite Next


Left: Diamond Ranch track standout Karynn Dunn.

The area track leaders submitted to EPI sports can be found by clicking the thread.
Next Up: On Saturday, the 18th Annual Covina Invitational will take place at Azusa Pacific University. the meet starts at 8 a.m., and the event is at 6:30 pm. Of the 40+ schools attending, local schools competing are: Ayala, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bassett, Bonita, Charter Oak, Chino, Covina, Damien, Diamond Ranch, El Monte, Gabrielino, Ganesha, Glendora, Maranantha, Monrovia, Mountain View, Northview, Pasadena, Pomona, Rowland, San Dimas, South Hills, St. Lucy’s, Temple City, Walnut, West Covina, Western Christian, and Wilson. The meet will also host Silverado and Green Valley HS from Nevada. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for 12 under.

“This meet provides a great mid season opportunity for athletes to prep for bigger meets ahead like Arcadia and the Mt. Sac Relays. The team competition should also be close on the boys and girls side. It’s going to be a fun day of track.” Meet Director – Kevin Glaspy
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Sunday Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Back from blog R&R and wondering what happened this past week that I should know about? You can help your favorite sportswriter by nominating boys and girls athletes of the week and explaining which games desperately need to be covered, but in the meantime, does it get any better for Bonita baseball? Seriously, No. 3 in last week’s L.A. Times poll? They might climb to No. 1 if they keep this up. And some of you had the audacity to question our No. 1 ranking. Just follow along folks, we know what we’re talking about, um, except when it comes to Bishop Amat and Northview. Don’t send the hate mail, you know I’m just Tribbin.

Excessive ping pong celebration or just a nut?

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Baseball: Bonita rallies to beat Charter Oak


Above: Bonita’s Brian Tuttle, center, celebrates with his Bearcats teammates after scoring the winning run in a 2-1 victory over Charter Oak

Bonita 2, Charter Oak 1: Maybe Bonita High School is a team of destiny this season.
The Bearcats looked the part Friday.
Jiovanni Mier hit a homerun in the sixth to to tie the score and Brian Tuttle scored on a wild pitch in the seventh as top-ranked Bonita rallied for a 2-1 victory over visiting Charter Oak.
Nico Calderaro tossed a one-hitter and struck out two to improve to the 3-1.
Tuttle went 2 for 3 for the Bearcats, who improved 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the Miramonte League. Joe Reynoso (2-2), who gave up four hits and struck out, was the tough-luck loser for the Chargers, who slipped to 6-4 and 3-1.
Tuttle let off the seventh with a single. Travis Santiago, who replaced Reynoso, then struck out Calderaro before pinch-hitter Evan Highley singled off shortstop Danny Tiffany’s glove. Tuttle and Highley then advanced following a wildpitch before Tuttle scored on a second wild pitch to win it.
Bonita coach John Knott: “We always tell them it’s one pitch at time. If you have a bad at-bat, flush it and root for the next guy. I think the kids stayed in the game. They didn’t put their heads down. We stayed in the game, played defense and Nico pitched a hell of game.
It was fun game. It was intense, every pitch mattered and we got a huge hit from Jiovanni, which allowed us to relax a bit. We’ll take it.”
Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley: “(Santiago) is going to be a good one. The ball just got away. It was a good curveball, (Jeff Gelalich) swung at it, but it bounced and ricocheted away.”
Other Scores
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat 8, Bishop Montgomery 5
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino 19, El Monte 7
South El Monte 13, Rosemead 1
San Antonio League
South Hills 11, Nogales 1
Nonleague
West Covina 6, La Puente 1
Linfield 6, Western Chr. 5

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San Dimas outlasts Northview, 9-6


Above: San Dimas’ Josh Leyland celebrates after hitting a tying home run on Thursday.

SAINTS TAKE STAGE 1: San Dimas fell behind 4-0, then rallied to score a 9-6 victory over the Vikings in the battle for supremacy in the Valle Vista League. Kevin Ponzo survived a rough start to get the win. Josh Leyland hit a home run to tie the score and Tim Brookes and Aaron Orona had key hits to push the Saints over the top.
San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “For one time this year, my guys fought back. We haven’t fought back at all. Today, we showed heart. At the beginning we made errors and we gave away four runs. When people have thrown up leads on us, we haven’t fired back.”
Northview coach Darren Murphy: “Ponzo did what we didn’t. He stopped the bleeding. When you give up a couple of runs, you stop it. If they get to three, it can’t go to four and he did a good job of leaving it there. He had that one bad inning but he gave his team a chance to win.”
Other area baseball scores
Montview League
Azusa 13, Bassett 3
Gladstone 6, Sierra Vista 3
La Puente 8, Duarte 5
Sierra League
Diamond Bar 4, Chino 3
Glendora 7, Chino Hills 3
Softball Scores
Miramonte League

Bonita 16, Wilson 0
Montview League
Sierra Vista 19, Duarte 3
Workman 11, Bassett 10
San Antonio League
Nogales 7, South Hills 1
Nonleague
Mater Dei 7, Bishop Amat 0
Boys Track
Mission Valley League

Rosemead 78, South El Monte 57
Montview League
La Puente 82, Gladstone 36
Nonleague
Rowland 83, Wilson 44
Girls Track
Mission Valley League

Rosemead 91, South El Monte 44
Montview League
Gladstone 65, La Puente 50
Nonleague
Rowland 73, Wilson 54

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Basketball: Hey there! You’re an All-Star! Get your game on!

Lets call it a Melendez Invasion. Freddy’s gone but I’m going to barge in here for a sec and post the Tribune All-Star rosters. For the record, I selected the Star-News roster, so it’s safe to say the Tribune’s run of winning the girls game is all but over!

Here are some quick facts about the game:

6th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When: Saturday, April 4
Where: Azusa Pacific University
Girl’s game: 5:30pm
Boy’s game: 7:30pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

Girls 3-point contest at halftime, boys Slam Dunk contest in-between games and boys 3-point contest (halftime).

SERIES RECORD
Boys: Star-News leads series, 4-1
Girls: Tribune leads series, 3-2

BOYS TRIBUNE ROSTER

Coach: Ricky Roper & Staff (Nogales High)
Team: Garrett Johnson (Diamond Ranch); Chris Cunningham (Diamond Ranch); Randall Guillory (Nogales); Aaron De Anda (Nogales); Anthony Farmer (Northview); Manny Acosta (South El Monte); Karlo Galvez (Walnut); Nolan Abernathy (Bonita); Danny Silva (Northview); Kosmond Russell (Glendora); Abel Rodriguez (Bishop Amat); Cody Bennett (Bonita); Gabriel Gamboa (Nogales); Brandon Stansell (Rowland); Jake Vieth (Damien); Jesmar Abad (South Hills).

GIRLS TRIBUNE ROSTER

Coach: Kieth Locklear & Staff (Sierra Vista High)
Team: Morgann Ellis (Bishop Amat); Courtney Tolentino (Rowland); Kai Brown (West Covina); Jessica Fontenette (Bishop Amat); Lauren Holguin (Wilson); Remy Mallett (Diamond Bar); Sandy Perez (Azusa); Janice Jimenez (Sierra Vista); Keyonna Arnwine (San Dimas); Lauren Williams (Nogales); Elva Salcido (Charter Oak); Lauren Gonzales (Western Christian); Jacqueline Salas (Bishop Amat); Melissa Mejia (Bassett).

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Softball Wednesday: Walnut 2, Nogales 0


Above: Walnut’s Devyn Craine delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s
San Antonio League game at Nogales. The Mustangs scored
a 2-0 victory.

Walnut 2, Nogales 0: Lauren Gomez had an RBI single in the seventh and was solid in relief to lead as the Mustangs took sole possession of first place in the San Antonio League.
Gomez gave up just one hit and struck out four in four innings to improve to 3-2. Walnut is now 5-2 and 2-0. Nogales, which had runners in scoring position with less than two outs in the first and third innings, slipped to 4-6 and 1-1.
Walnut coach Jennifer Cuevas: “For whatever reason, and I was joking (with the players) abou this, it seems to be a Walnut thing (to rally late). We always want to wait until the very last minute. I don’t know if its the pressure that gets to them and the adrenaline helps them, but we just seem to come through. They just do it. I think they just strive on making us (coaches) sweat it out.”
Nogales coach Tim Purcell: We couldn’t get that execution going. We were one base hit from scoring four runs (today). I just told my girls to keep it simple, keep your head up. We play them twice again, and we’ll be ready for them.”
Other Scores
San Antonio League

West Covina 4, Rowland 0
Valle Vista
Northview 25, Baldwin Park 1
San Dimas 4, Covina 1

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Baseball: Walnut outlasts Nogales


Above: Jimmy Saucedo, seen here pitching against Gabrielino last season, tossed a four-hit shutout to lead South El Monte past Mountian View on Wednesday.

Walnut 8, Nogales 7
I covered the Walnut at Nogales softball game, which Walnut scored two runs in the seventh to win, 2-0. After, I trotted over the baseball game, and watched the end as the Mustangs held off the Nobles, 8-7. Nogales athletic director Bruce Alley told me Walnut got up 8-0 before Nogales rallied. The Nobles got one runner on in the seventh, but they were unable to advance him and dropped the one-run decision.
South El Monte 7, Mountain View 0
Jimmy Saucedo tossed a four-hit shutout and struck out six to lead the Eagles.
Other Scores
Miramonte League

Charter Oak 10, Wilson 0
Bonita 24, Diamond Ranch 6
Nonleague
Western Christian 21, Morningside 3

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Softball Top 10: Los Altos still wears the crown

It’s still Los Altos: Los Altos solidified its hold on the top spot with a steady, 6-4 victory over Bonita. Glendora, which is off until the day after April Fools Day, stays at No. 2 while Bishop Amat enjoys a big win with the Arroyo Tournament championship and moves into No. 3. Bonita slides a bit to No. 4, with San Dimas rounding out the top 5. Azusa drops out after a three-game losing streak, which puts South El Monte back in.

This week’s big games:
Wednesday: Walnut at Nogales
Friday: Northview at San Dimas

Top 10 Rankings
1. Los Altos (5-2) -
The Conquerors lived up to their name with a 6-4 win at Bonita last week before splitting a pair of tournament games. Los Altos looks to have a firm hold on the top spot with Diana-lynn Patterson in the circle.
2. Glendora (5-2) – The Tartans have yet to capture the momentum, but it was the same last season, until a late-season run to the finals.
3. Bishop Amat (6-3) – The Lancers lived up to the billing by winning the Arroyo Tournament before looking respectable in a 3-2 loss to Rosary on Monday. Next up: Mater Dei.
4. Bonita (9-2) - The Bearcats gave Los Altos a run of its money, and it wouldn’t surprise most if they pulled off the upset in the rematch, except for the Conquerors.
5. San dimas (4-3) – The Saints look to take the quick lead in the Valle Vista League when they host Northview on Friday.
6. St. Lucy’s (7-5) - The Regents looked lost in a 10-0 loss to San Dimas, but fought back to get a split with a 1-0 victory. This team looks capable of making a run for the title in the Sierra League.
7. Charter Oak (6-3) - The Chargers have the best-hitting team in the area, and there are times when the pitching does come around. The key is consistency.
8. Northview (4-3) - The Vikings have looked steady, but they get a major test against San Dimas on Friday.
9. Sierra Vista (4-0) - The Dons, who were impressive last year, again look like the team to beat in the Montview League.
10. South El Monte (4-3) - Reina Gaber and the Eagles are finding their rhythm.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Baseball Top 10: Bonita keeps up the pace

Top 10 Rankings: Bonita continues to be the team beat, keeping the foot on the floor with victories over intra-district rival San Dimas and Los Altos. Northview continues to hold onto the second spot, but we have a few shuffling through the rest of the field as Damien moves up to No. 3 after a big win over Chino Hills. Nogales rides the arm of Andrew Melchor to No. 4, while Glendora, Bishop Amat and San Dimas drop a few positions. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Diamond Bar, South Hills and new entry Charter Oak.

Games to watch:
Today: Baldwin Park at Northview; Glendora at Damien;
Wednesday: Walnut at Nogales
Thursday: San Dimas at Northview
Friday: Charter Oak at Bonita

Top 10 Rankings
1. Bonita (5-1) –
It seems to be a two-race battle between the Bearcats and Vikings, and my gut says Northview is the better club, but Bonita, after being moved to No. 1 last week, did nothing to drop, and I won’t penalize the Bearcats after a good win over San Dimas. The big game is Friday against Charter Oak.
2. Northview (5-1) – The Vikings just continue to roll. They had the one hiccup against Claremont, but toyed with Pomona last week in going 2-0 for the week. They get to test Baldwin Park today before taking on San Dimas on Thursday.
3. Damien (4-1) – The Spartans showed they are for real. It wasn’t that they beat Chino Hills, but how easily. Now they get renew their rivalry with Glendora.
4. Nogales (7-2) – Andrew Melchor is as good as it gets from the hill, and he proved it with a solid outing in a 2-1 victory over South Hills. The Nobles now need to take care of business.
5. Glendora (4-3) – It was a tough week for the Tartans, who were hammered by Diamond Bar, then split with Don Lugo, and it’s not like the Conquistadors still have Chad Cordero.
6. Bishop Amat (4-3) – The Lancers took a major hit, being whitewashed by Chatsworth before following with victories over Cantwell and Southgate.
7. San Dimas (4-2) - The Saints get to prove their worth when they face Northview on Thursday.
8. Diamond Bar (4-3) - The Brahmas, who have given the Valley some of its most-talented players over the years, showed they are capable of challenging in the Sierra League with a big win over Glendora. But it gets tougher with a home encounter against Ayala today.
9. South Hills (4-4) - The Huskies split two games with Nogales in a week where they could have been 2-0 or 0-2. They get a test on Friday against Walnut.
10. Charter Oak (5-3) – Welcome back, Chargers! Charter Oak showed its ready to defend its crown with a sweep of Diamond Ranch. But a matchup against top-rated Bonita awaits on Friday.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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WBC: Has the U.S. lost its advantage?


Is America no longer the master of its own game?

There was a time when baseball was America’s game. But judging by the recent World Baseball Classic, which tonight concludes with a championship tilt featuring Korea vs. Japan, the sport may have passed the U.S. by.
How else would you explain Japan’s convincing 9-4 victory over Team USA on Sunday. I heard former New York Mets general manager and ESPN commentator Steve Phillips say in an interview on ESPN Radio that if there were no major leagues and you had a season of world baseball, the U.S. would be competitive, but they would not be the best team.
He also said that today foreign players make up 28 percent of MLB rosters and he wouldn’t be surprised if within 10 years that number is up to more than 50 percent.
Yes, the times are a changin.’

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BASEBALL: The week ahead


Above: Jose Reynoso, and the rest of the Charter Oak Chargers
take on Bonita on Friday.

The league schedule in baseball begins in earnest this week, with several big games on the docket. Those inlcude Northview hosting upstart Baldwin Park on Tuesday; Glendora taking on rival Glendora, also on Tuesday and Bonita against Charter Oak on Friday.
Who do you see as the big games, and what games should we cover?

Here’s this week’s schedule

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Steve Ramirez, take it from here …

Just when baseball and softball is taking off, I’m taking off for a week. I have to do it, the golf game is struggling and finally, I get a week away from the blog. Starting tomorrow, Stevie Ramirez will take over for a week, it’s his top ten’s, his games to choose, so enjoy. The boys basketball all-area team comes out on tuesday, girls basketball on wednesday and girls water polo on thursday. Boys and girls soccer and wrestling is the following week. The rosters for the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic on April 4. will be released later in the week. Fore!

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Just Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

The Catholic Association Members by a vote of 16-7, approved the revamped Serra League for 2010. The best thing about it? Three teams are guaranteed playoff spots. The Mission League is also below.

Serra League
Alemany, Bishop Amat, Crespi, Loyola, Notre Dame.
Mission League
Cathedral, Serra, St. Paul, St. Francis, Harvard-Westlake, Chaminade.

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Baseball: South Hills, Charter Oak win

Miramonte League: After crushing Diamond Ranch earlier in the week, Charter Oak made it a sweep with a 7-6 victory at home.

San Antonio League: South Hills held on to defeat Nogales 3-2 to avenge Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Nobles. The Huskies took a 3-0 lead into the seventh. After the Nobles trimmed it to 3-2, they had runners on second and third with two outs, but relief pitcher Christian Ibarra got a ground out to end the game.

Today: There are two games we have scheduled to cover. Charter Oak crushed Diamond Ranch 17-4 earlier in the week, and get the Panthers at home again this afternoon. The other game is South Hills and Nogales II. The Nobles won a thriller on Wednesday, 2-1, scoring in the bottom of the seventh. If the Nobles go to South Hills today and get a sweep, the San Antonio is theirs to lose.

Thursday’s results
Valle Vista League

Baldwin Park 13, Covina 2
Northview 15, Pomona 0
Ganesha, San Dimas, no result called in or updated on Maxpreps.
Sierra League
Diamond Bar 9, Glendora 3
Damien 11, Chino Hills 3
Chino 3, Ayala 2

Did you know: That Baldwin Park is now 5-1 and 2-0 after sweeping Covina. Northview is also 5-1 and 2-0. This is what I love about a new season. Last year it was Covina, San Dimas and Northview battling for the title. This year it appears that Baldwin Park is playing as well as anyone.

Sierra League watch: This is going to be such a close race to the end. Getting off to a quick start is important, you do not want to play catch-up, so Damien and Diamond Bar have to feel good about league opening wins. Even more impressive was how easy Damien beat Chino Hills, and how Diamond Bar went to Glendora and won by six runs.

Today’s games
Del Rey League

Cantwell Sacred Heart at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio League
Nogales at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Miramonte League
Los Altos at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Nonleague
Rowland at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Marshall, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Hondo Prep at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.

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Stop asking, track coverage is back!

Covina High School track coach Kevin Glaspy helped us last year provide weekly track leaders and it was a huge success. He sent an email saying he’s ready to go again, along with a message for track coaches, athletes and fanatics.

I found a way through Epi Sports to easily come up with the area’s top track marks without having to sift through every result. Dyestat as you all know is the track person’s everything resource. They have results from every track invitational in the state as well as top marks throughout the weeks. Please let your readers know the following:

1) All SGV top marks list will only be those marks submitted into the EPIsports or dyestatcal database. Do not send updated marks to the tribune or anyone else. Coaches have the ability to submit their weekly marks themselves.

2) Wind legal/aided marks are listed as indicated, as well as the date and site of the accomplishment and athlete information.

Thanks, Kevin Glaspy

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Bishop Breakdown: Serra adds Alemany


I just received word that the Catholic Association Members voted last night, and by a vote of 16-7, the Serra League will look like this in 2010. The best thing about it? Three teams are guaranteed playoff spots. The Mission League is also below.

Serra League
Alemany, Bishop Amat, Crespi, Loyola, Notre Dame.
Mission League
Cathedral, Serra, St. Paul, St. Francis, Harvard-Westlake, Chaminade.

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Softball: Los Altos rallies past Bonita, 6-4

Game Update: After Bonita took a 4-0 lead, Los Altos rallied back to tie it 4-4 in the fifth, then Courtney Gano hit a inside the park two-run homer in the fifth to win it, 6-4.

Today’s game: The Tribune’s No. 1 Los Altos is at No. Bonita, and I know that Bonita loves my predictions, because they shoved it in my face after I picked San Dimas to beat them, and we all know what happened with that. Sorry Cats, there is no way I can pick you today either. I know you’re improved, by far the most improved around, but I have a feeling the Conqs make a state this afternoon.

Did you know: That Bishop Amat only beat Arroyo 4-3 in six innings to go to 2-0 in the Arroyo tournament on Wednesday. It’s a win but, isn’t that cutting it kid a close? Amat beat Nogales 7-0 in the opener.

Results: Keep in mind that we have two phone people taking scores for the Whittier Daily News, Star-News and Tribune, so phone lines get busy. You can always call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or 2242, but it might be easier to just email results to scores@sgvn.com. Just send the information you normally would for a boxscore (look at the paper if you’re not sure) and send it in. If we get it by 9 p.m., it usually gets in the next day. Leave a call back number in case we have questions. How hard is that?

Today’s games
Miramonte League

Los Altos at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Nonleague
Alhambra at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday’s games called in or emailed to us
Nogales 7, South Hills 5
Bishop Amat 4, Arroyo 3
Keppel 8, El Monte 0
Monrovia 9, Azusa 6
San Gabriel 10, Rosemead 8
Sierra Vista 8, Baldwin Park 1

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Sierra Opener: Diamond Bar beats Glendora

Yes they did: Diamond Bar served notice that they have to be dealt with by going to Glendora and winning the league opener, 9-3.

Today’s Featured Game: Diamond Bar (3-3) at Glendora (3-1), 3:15 p.m. — The Sierra League is by far the most interesting because of the parity from top to bottom. I will not be surprised by whoever wins it, that’s how close it is. At home, though, I’m taking the Tarts.

Did you know: That Bonita is No. 5! in the LA Times poll. Thanks for the reminder Don, I skipped right past this. As Don said, when is the last time the Cats have been ranked this high? Looks like the Times people are listening to me.

You’re welcome coach: After writing that Nogales is the “Redeem Team,” on this blog, it sparked a fire in Nogales, apparently. After their 2-1 victory over South Hills Tuesday, Nobles coach John Romano said. “(The newspaper) is what spurned this team on for the comments that we’re `Team Redemption. How can we be `Team Redemption?’ We’ve been first or second in the last 20 years. Yeah, (South Hills) has won seven straight (San Antonio League) championships, but one of those years they tied with us (in 2005) and the other six we finished second. Calling us `Team Redemption’ got us fired up.”

A Big Thanks: To the Glendora tournament officials. If you’re wondering why that tournament was covered so well, it’s because officials emailed boxscores to our desk and me as soon as the games were over. It’s the most well-run and well-organized tournament around. Other tournaments should take note, you want better exposure, then get us results and update the pairings so we can get it to the readers.

Today’s games
Valle Vista League
Northview at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino Hills at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Chino, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday’s results called or emailed to us
Charter Oak 18, Diamond Ranch 4
Nogales 2, South Hills 1
San Marino 4, Gladstone 0
Sierra Vista 13, Mountain View 3

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UCLA will win tonight because …

Tonight: UCLA vs. Virginia Commonwealth, 6:40 p.m., Channel 2. I’m covering a Bonita-Los Altos softball game tonight. Please girls, make it quick :)


President Obama fills out his bracket and picks UCLA to lose. What is he thinking?

“Everybody is saying we’re going to lose the first game. Right there is enough motivation for myself.” — UCLA point guard Darren Collison.

President Obama filled out his bracket and picked the Bruins to lose…
I thought it was because we beat Oregon State twice,” said Bruins freshman guard Jrue Holiday, referring to Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, Obama’s brother-in-law. ”

Then it was Collison’s turn again … “When you have the President of the United States going against you, and Dwyane Wade also said VCU was going to beat us. That’s enough motivation. I don’t know what it is, but that’s enough right there.

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Baseball: It happened, Nogales knocks off South Hills in the bottom of the 7th

Big game update: It’s almost like live blogging, Stevie R., texted that South Hills and Nogales are tied, 1-1, bottom of the seventh. Update II Word from Stevie is that Nogales scores on a wild pitch, wins it 2-1. I would put a picture of Nogales, but I couldn’t find one in the archives…shame on us? But ones coming… Here it is


Nogales pitcher Andrew Melchor is off to a great start after sitting out his junior season because of injuries.

YESTERDAY: First lets note that our new No. 1 Bonita showed why again with a 6-2 win over San Dimas on Tuesday. Believe me when I tell you the Bearcats are going the distance. I feel the same way about them as I did Northview last year. They have seniors who have been through it and are hungrier than anyone else

DID YOU KNOW: Gladstone is the “only” undefeated team in the Valley and will put their 6-0 record on the line today at San Marino.

TODAY: Is Nogales the team to finally dethrone seven-time defending San Antonio league champion South Hills. The time has never been better, and I’m guessing the first step happens today. They will also play on Friday at South Hills so if the Nobles don’t get them now, they have a tough road to climb … again.

Today’s games
San Antonio League

South Hills at Nogales , 3:15 p.m.
Miramonte League
Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
Nonleague
Gladstone at San Marino
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.

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Is San Antonio softball on the rise?

This is going to sound horrible, but I don’t remember covering a San Antonio league softball game last year. The teams were average at-best, and so was the pitching. Is this changing? We covered West Covina’s 4-3 victory over Montebello in the Arroyo Tournament on Tuesday, and now the Bulldogs are 6-2. South Hills is 3-1, Walnut 2-1, and Rowland 3-3. You tell me, where does the San Antonio rank with the other leagues in our area?

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