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
Mater Dei 7, Bishop Amat 0
Boys Track
Mission Valley League

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

Rosemead 91, South El Monte 44
Montview League
Gladstone 65, La Puente 50
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).

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


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).


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
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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