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
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

For the first installment of area track leaders, click thread

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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 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.
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.
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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Baseball: Baldwin Park mercies Covina, 10-0

Baldwin Park scored eight unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth, capped by a grand slam by Gerardo Arias to give the Braves a 10-0 victory in their Valle Vista league opener against Covina to go to 4-1. Braves pitcher Andy Salcido allowed just two hits and had five strikeouts.

“It was kind of a statement game. We want to let other teams know that we’re not just going to roll over. Obviously when we get to San Dimas, Northview, they’re very good, don’t get me wrong. But we’re coming to compete and we want to win, there’s no doubt about it.” Baldwin Park coach Jake Barendregt on his teams 4-1 start.

“It’s just frustrating. I know it’s my job not to be frustrated, it just is. I told myself before the season we would go through this (learning curve) because we’re so young. Everybody wants to win and put out a good product. But it’s tough when you make mistakes that come back and bite you. But that’s part of learning.”— Covina coach Pete Loaiza on losing and giving up eight unearned runs in the fourth inning.

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Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic

The sixth annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic is coming soon. Players have been selected and are being contacted by coaches. I will release the rosters next week. Nogales coach Ricky Roper will coach the boys, and Sierra Vista’s Keith Locklear will coach the girls.

Above: Pasadena’s Keion Bell throws down one of his four perfect 10’s in last year’s dunk contest.

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: Three Girls from each team.
Boys Slam Dunk contest: Three boys from each team.
Boys 3-point contest: Three Boys from each team.

Series Record
Boys: Star-News leads series, 4-1
Girls: Tribune leads series, 3-2

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Blog Update: Help is on the way …

As most of you know comments are being held for approval until we have more control over the commenters. We do not have a registration in place that will work, but our tech people are looking into ways of improving it so that your comments will appear instantly like before. But we better controls first. It may take a couple weeks, a month, and the blog may have to be redone to make this work, but it will be worth it when it finally happens. Just be patient, I think most of you know this needs to be done, and done in time by football season right? Thanks for your patience, in the meantime, I will release your comments as soon as I can, but don’t get antsy, I need to have a life too :)

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