Baseball: Yes, Bonita takes top spot

TOP-TEN POLL: After one week the only undefeated team is Gladstone (6-0), and they’re not in our top ten? If you want an explanation, look at their schedule. Now, Bonita deserves No. 1, but Northview is right there. Bishop Amat does fall all the way to No. 5 with two losses, especially after allowing so many runs to Diamond Ranch. Nogales makes a big push in the rankings following the return of all-everything Andrew Melchor. Diamond Bar is the best .sub 500 team in the Valley. And Damien, look at what they did in that tournament east of here. The Sierra League is scary. Only three teams get to the postseason, but all six are talented. When Diamond Bar is the only team with a losing record, you know it’s going to be a long drawn-out fight until the end.

Games to watch this week:
Today: Covina at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday: South Hills at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday: Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.

Baseball Top Ten Poll
1. Bonita (3-1) — Leading up to the rankings I thought the Bearcats were a team too many slept on. They weren’t ranked in the preseason Division III poll, but had all the big pieces coming back. Northview fans are going to argue they won head-to-head, but it wasn’t convincing enough to stop the tournament champions from taking over the top spot.
2. Northview (3-1) – Beating Murrieta Valley, Diamond Ranch and Bonita is certainly impressive. But they lost to Claremont when they were 0-2 and that sticks out like a sore thumb. Who knows, maybe a little taste of humble pie will serve them well in the long run.
3. Glendora (3-1) — Except for their 8-4 loss to Bonita in the championship, the Tartans made a statement. They were the most consistent from start to finish, scoring 23 runs and allowing only 3 all the way to the finals.
4. Damien (3-1) — What a terrific job coach Leyva has done in his short time with the program. They went to the Chino tournament and beat Miller, which is Miller’s only loss; beat Kaiser and lost a close 3-2 game to Yucaipa. That’s impressive any way you look at it.
5. Bishop Amat (2-2) – The amount of runs the Lancers are allowing has to be concerning. They have two of the best pitchers back, but maybe they’re no so deep after that. It will be interesting to watch how they bounce back from two humbling losses in the Glendora tournament.
6. San Dimas (3-1) — We only know of the four games posted, and one was a 15-2 loss to Chino Hills. They might be the only team in the Valle Vista capable of dethroning Northview. But we still don’t know enough about them.
7. Nogales (4-1) — Andrew Melchor, injured his junior year is back and what a difference it makes. Are they good enough to topple South Hills in the San Antonio? We’ll see.
8. Diamond Ranch (2-2) — When you swing the bat as well as they do you have the potential to knock off good teams like Bishop Amat. But don’t expect any consistency.
9. Diamond Bar (2-3) — The Brahmas arguably have played the toughest schedule so far, and with it comes wins over Long Beach Wilson, Villa Park and a loss to El Toro, one of the best teams in the Southern Section.
10. South Hills (3-3) — After starting 0-3, the Huskies rallied back to win three straight, beating Arroyo, Colony and Don Lugo. They’re still a mystery. Maybe the loss of Shirley affected them early, but they seemed to have regained their form.
Others of note: Gladstone (6-0), West Covina, (3-1), Charter Oak (1-2).

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: Los Altos back on top

Let’s face it, the San Dimas tournament organizers messed it up by having the two best teams, Etiwanda and Los Altos, play in the first game. Although the Conqs lost, they shutout everyone else in their next three games and deserve to be No. 1 again. Glendorar hasn’t fired on all cylinders yet, and Bonita is the best early story of the year. Other surprises have been the starts for West Covina, South Hills and Walnut. Maybe the San Antonio will be interesting. Disappointments so far include South El Monte, Charter Oak and even San Dimas, but the season is long.

Games to watch this week:
Today: St. Lucy’s at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m., doubleheader; Walnut at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday: Los Altos at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Friday: West Covina at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Softball top ten
1. Los Altos (3-1) – With respect to Glendora, the Conqs were the most impressive team in the San Dimas tournament. After losing to eventual champion Etiwanda 2-0 in the first game, they shutout three straight opponents, including San Dimas 5-0 in the consolation final.
2. Glendora (5-2) – A good start for the Tartans, not a great start. Big win over Bonita without Waldusky. It seems to me they’ve still got a CIF championship game hangover. When they start swinging the bats, they will be fine.
3. Bonita (7-1) — Without a doubt the most improved and most surprising team in the area. Los Altos, Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, get ready for the ‘Cats.
4. Bishop Amat (2-2) – Went .500 in the tough Brea tournament, losses to Redlands, La Habra, wins over Villa Park and La Serna. My guess is they will win the Arroyo tournament this week.
5. San Dimas (2-2) — The Saints off to another notoriously slow start. But in all fairness, their only losses are to Bonita and Los Altos. I’m going to predict right now they go undefeated in the Valle Vista.
6. St. Lucy’s (4-4) — After a slow start, the Regents bounced back in the Brea Olinda tournament to beat Capistrano Valley, 2-0, in a consolation final.
7. Charter Oak (3-3) — The problem last year continues. They have scored 31 runs, but allowed 27. That won’t get it done with any kind of consistency in softball.
8. Northview (3-3) — After getting to the semfinals and facing some real heavyweights in the San Dimas tournament, Vikes got beat 14-0 and 7-4 by Etiwanda and Bonita respectively.
9. Azusa (4-1) — Off to a good start against opponents they should beat, however their only loss was a 10-2 pounding against Claremont.
10. Sierra Vista (2-0) – Don’t know if they have played more games, was one win was against a decent Colony squad, 9-0.
Others to watch: South Hills (3-1), West Covina (3-1), Walnut (2-1), South El Monte (2-3), Diamond Bar hasn’t updated any games, so don’t know.

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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March Madness: Take North Carolina

In an effort to help all of with your office polls, I’ve completed the best March Madness bracket possible. Fill it out, turn it in, and cash in at the end of the tournament. If you want to send me a kick-back as thanks, I’ll use it for the Covina District Field renovation plans. (I made that up, but the need to do something.) BTW, my heart would only allow me to go so far as to put UCLA in the Sweet 16. USC is going out in round II.

Above: I’m going with North Carolina to win it all.

Aram’s Final Four: (Wake, Pitt, UConn and UNC. )
Fred’s Final Four: (Louisville, UConn, Duke, North Carolina)

Second Round Winners:
West Region

UConn, BYU, Purdue, Washington, Utah State, Missouri, California, Memphis
Midwest Region
Louisville, Ohio State, Utah, Wake Forest, Dayton, Kansas, USC, Michigan State
Bottom Half
South Region
North Carolina, LSU, Illinois, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Syracuse, Michigan, Oklahoma
East Regio
Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Florida State, Xavier, UCLA, Villanova, Texas, Duke

Sweet 16
West Region
UConn, Washington, Missouri, Memphis
Midwest Region
Louisville, Utah, Kansas, Michigan State
South Region
North Carolina, Illinois, Syracuse, Oklahoma
East Region
Pittsburgh, Xavier, UCLA, Duke

Elite 8
West Region
UConn, Memphis
Midwest Region
Louisville, Michigan State
South Region
North Carolina, Syracuse
East Region
Pittsburgh, Duke

Final Four
Louisille (Midwest) vs. UConn (West)
Duke (East) vs. North Carolina (South)

North Carolina over Louisville.

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Softball: Arroyo tournament

The 18th annual Arroyo Softball Invitational starts this morning. There is no Los Altos, but Bishop Amat, Arroyo, NOgales, Rowland, Wilson and West Covina are all entered.

Glendora advanced to the finals of the San Dimas tournament before losing to Etiwanda, 3-0 on Saturday.

All games at Whittier Narrows Park
Monday’s games

Arroyo vs. Nogales, 4 p.m.
Cantwell vs. Wilson, 4 p.m.
Rowland vs. Schurr, 6 p.m.
La Serna vs. Montebello, 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s games
Nogales vs. Bishop Amat, 4 p.m.
Montebello vs. West Cvoina, 4 p.m.
Rowland vs. Schurr, 6 p.m.
Wilson vs. Claremont, 6 p.m.

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Blog Update: Some of you need a timeout

We had some way out of control bloggers over the weekend, so comments are being held for approval by Steve and I before being published. It’s not worth explaining or getting into, because these people aren’t worth the discussion, and it goes nowhere. So, for at least the next week and maybe longer, we will continue to release comments like this. It might even become permanent, but I need more time to think about it and discuss it with others. This doesn’t mean I’ve become a born-again blogger, but it does stop comments from getting through that should never through, like the foul language and obvious extreme personal comments. If you have a clear agenda to smear, don’t waste your time. Comments will still get up pretty quick, but there will be times when it takes hours, especially when we’re out and about. I know it’s not ideal, but it’s the only way of getting rid of certain cancers. If you’re upset that your comment didn’t run, I’m not going to get into an exchange about it, simply email me and I’ll discuss the reasons.

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Colleges: PCC goes for CCCAA title

I just arrived at Selland Arena for the final day of the California Community College Athletic Association state basketball championships.
The Pasadena City College women’s team, which rolled to a 106-93 victory over top-ranked Ventura in Saturday’s semifinals, goes for its first state championship when it faces San Joaquin Delta of Stockton at 3:30 p.m.. The Mustangs are here after ending Mt. San Antonio’s three-year reign with a convincing 70-55 victory over the Mounties.
This is PCC’s third appearance in the championship game, losing to Mt. SAC in 2004 and Cypress in 2005.
I will provide updates throughout the PCC game.

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Boys Volleyball: Ganesha loses in final

Ganesha Volleyball tournament Results. Hey, when they send it, I print it. Congrats Ganesha for making it to the finals. Help, how good is boys volleyball in the area?

Pool Play Pool A
Lynwood def. Bishop Amat 12-25, 25-20, 15-11
Ganesha def. San Gorgonio 25-23, 25-6
Bishop Amat def. San Gorgonio 25-13, 25-20
Ganesha def. Lynwood 25-20, 25-16
San Gorgonio def. Lynwood 25-15, 25-20
Ganesha def. Bishop Amat 25-18, 16-25, 15-10
Pool B
Sierra Vista def. Channel Islands 25-16, 25-20
Capistrano Valley def. Brentwood School 26-27, 25-23, 18-16
Brentwood School def. Channel Islands 25-14, 25-14
Capistrano Valley def. Sierra Vista 25-15, 25-8
Brentwood School def. Sierra Vista 26-24, 25-21
Capistrano Valley def. Channel Islands 25-11, 25-12
1st Place Game
Capistrano Vally def. Ganesha 25-16
3rd Place Game
Brentwood School def. Bishop Amat 25-21
5th Place Game
Sierra Vista def. San Gorgonio 25-19
7th Place Game
Channel Islands def. Lynwood 25-22

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Sunday Tribbin: An Aram sighting

Aram wrote this email saying he was feeling nostalgic and reading some old posts on the blog when he stumbled upon a conversation with who he calls, “legendary blogger” New York. It was about former Blair stud Sean Smith, who is going in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. Aram emailed “What a stud. Walter Thurmond III rocked him to the start the All-Star game and now both will be in the league some day. Just awesome. Ahh, the memories …

Here is Aram’s post to New York on June 16, 2006

Believe me when I tell you that Sean Smith is the best athlete to come out of the west SGV since Desmond Reed. I went to several of the West practices last year and this kid tore it up. He didn’t get a lot of notice because he went to Blair. He never left Blair, though, evern after supposedly getting a lot of pressure to go to Muir or PHS. He is now No. 2 on Utah’s depth chart at wide receiver. He is a redshirt frosh and has been converted from RB to WR. By the way, he’s 6-3, 215 lbs. Unreal!

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CCCAA State Championships: Semifnals

ABOVE: Mt. SAC’s Ashley Adams defends Fresno’s
Blakely Goldberg during Friday’s 70-64 victory in the
CCCAA quarterfinals.

I just arrived at Selland Arena in Fresno for day 2 of the California Community College Athletic Association state basketball championships.
Mt. San Antonio College, which has won the women’s title the past three seasons and four out of the past five, faces San Joaquin Delta at 5 p.m., while Pasandea City, which is making its fifth trip tot he final four in the past six seasons, faces top-ranked Ventura at 7 p.m.
The Mounties received 19 points from Jordan Kuzma and a key hoop from former Diamond Ranch star Eliza Dy to beat Fresno in the quarterfinals. PCC, getting a rebound follow from Allegra Kohley with 3.3 seconds left, survived overtime to defeat City College of San Francisco. They face a Ventura team, which is 34-0, but only beat Foothill of Los Altos, 60-59.
I will post updates on both games here, mainly at the 15, 10 and five-minute marks as well as the final score. Click thread to read and hope you enjoy

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TONIGHT; Bonita knocks off Glendora, 8-4 to win title; Northview wins, Bishop Amat loses

Championship: Corey Hare hit a two run homer for Bonita in the first, giving the Bearcats a 3-1 lead.
…Glendora’s Kyle Layton came right back with a two-run homer in the third to tie the score, 3-3. After another hit and pair of walks loaded the bases, Jacob Smigelsky scored on a wild pitch, putting the Tartans back in front, 4-3 in the third inning.
… With Bonita’s Mier on third with two outs in the bottom half of the third, Evan Highley hit a hard grounder to third that was bobbled, reaching first on an error while Mier scored to tie it again, 4-4.
….Oh Nicooooo Calderaro, the pitcher for Bonita, went deep to center in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Cats a 5-4 lead. Then Jason Plowman followed with an even deeper homer to center in the fifth, pushing their lead to 6-4. They added two more runs in the fifth to lead comfortably 8-4.

Breaking News: In the second game, Northview bounces back and defeats Diamond Ranch, 14-6 for third place.
Breaking News: The early game is over and Ayala beats Bishop Amat, 2-1.

Question: Should the winner of tonight’s game be the new No. 1 next week? I think so, but it’s debatable, Northview, Bishop Amat, Damien, they’re all right there. If Glendora wins it’s automatic, but if Bonita prevails, then you have a lot of good one-loss arguments. I am at Henderson field and will provide scoring updates when I get a chance.

Saturday’s Glendora tournament schedule
At Henderson Field

Glendora vs. Bonita, 7 p.m.
Third Place
Northview 14, Diamond Ranch 6
Fifth place
Ayala 2, Bishop Amat 1
Consolation at Glendora High
Claremont 10, Dystart 0
Crescenta Valley vs., Charter Oak, 11 a.m.
Murrieta Valley vs. Alta Loma, 3 p.m.

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CCCAA State championships live thread

Mt. San Antonio College is seeking a 4-peat at the CCCAA championships this weekend.

Hi all:
I’m in Fresno covering the CCCAA state basketball championships, where the Mt. San Antonio College women’s team, coached by Laura Beeman, seeks to score an unprecedented fourth consecutive state title.
I will live blog during both the Mounties game against Fresno City at 7 p.m. at Selland Arena, and Pasadena City’s encounter against North No. 1 City College of San Francisco, which is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
Until then, here’s my advance on Mt. SAC’s quest:
The tournament continues Saturday with the semifinals and the finals on Sunday.
I just arrived and the PCC and CCSF teams are warming up as I write this.
I like Mt. SAC and PCC today, although the Lancers have a tough nut to crack in CCSF, which defeated PCC earlier this year.
Mt. SAC has a tough opener as well . Fresno City should get a boost from the home crowd, but the Mounties appear to have a little too much.

Mt. SAC Update:
There seems to be a problem with posting comments, so I will update here.
Mt. SAC went on a 10-4 surge on back to back hoops by Ashley Adams and leads 27-17 with 2:50 left.
Halftime Update: Surniya Darden hit consecutive baskets to make it 27-22 with 1:07. But Adams followed with a putback with 50 seconds to go before Eliza Dy buried an off-balance jumper from 14 feet at the buzzer to give the Mounties a 31-22 lead at the half.
14:29 Update: …And we could have a game on our hands. Mt. SAC pushed the lead to 11 points, but Fresno came right back with a 5 footer from Blakely Goldberg and then a trey from the freshman to pull with in 39-35 with 14:29 left.
10:32 Update: Fresno just won’t go away. The Mounties, on an inside shot from Kuzma, pushed it to nine points at 44-35, but Darden led a 8-0 run with back to back fast break hoops to pull within 44-43 with 10:25 left.
4:51 Update: Mt. SAC pushes the led to 55-47 with 6:16 left following two free thrrows by Brittney Lewis following a technical foul on Fresno coach Brian Tessler. But another Mt. SAC turnover leads to an easy hoop by Darden and its 55-51 with 4:51 left.
1:00 Update:
Blaire Egardo converted a fast break with a layup for a 62-54 lead with 1:54 to play. But Goldberg hit two free throws and KIm Trevino hit a driving layup to make it 62-58 with a minute left.
Final: Mt. SAC 69, Fresno 64
Fresno went into foul mode and Mt. SAC made six of 8 during the final 40 seconds to clinch. The Mounties win their 13 consecutive Elite Eight tournament game and advance to the semifinals, where they will meet San Joaquin Delta here at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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SAN DIMAS TOURNAMENT: Glendora’s Waldusky injured, Tartans still win, 2-1

Update: Glendora pitcher Dana Waldusky sat out because of a hamstring injury, but sophomore Carly Argyle stepped in and earned a 2-1 victory by scattering six hits and using good defense behind her. Bonita’s Amber Bachman hit a solo bomb to left than she ran out for a homer to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead. But Glendora’s Dani Minor drove in a pair of runs in the second innings to seal the deal.

Today’s semifinals
Glendora 2, Bonita 1
Northview vs. Etiwanda, 5:15 p.m.
Note: Saturday’s championship, 6 p.m.

Prediction: Northview has been a good story to this point, and received a favorable draw compared to others, but Etiwanda is a mighty tall hill to climb, and should be in the finals tomorrow. Glendora and Bonita is a toss-up, but I have to give the edge to the more experienced Tartans. They have championship experience, and usually that makes a difference.

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With Nothview getting knocked out, Glendora and Bonita will play for the title

Northview goes down and Bishop Amat flirted with a second loss, guess that means the gap in the Valley is much closer than I thought. Are you ready for this: Bonita and Glendora will meet in the championship on Saturday night, and with it comes the area’s top ranking. Lets face it, they have been the two most impressive teams in the tournament, with the Bearcats losing only 4-3 to Northview, and Glendora sailing through in each round with great defense and hitting. On another note, even Northview coach Darren Murphy is disappointed the Vikings won’t be playing Bishop Amat in the Glendora tournament. With Amat and Northview in consolation games, he was hoping tournament officials would pair them up on Saturday. It’s not a bad idea, imagine the turnout and sales with Northview-Bishop Amat followed by Bonita-Glendora.

Saturday’s Glendora tournament schedule
At Henderson Field

Glendora vs. Bonita, 7 p.m.
Third Place
Diamond Ranch vs. Northview, 3 p.m.
Fifth place
Ayala vs. Bishop Amat, 11 a.m.
Consolation at Glendora High
Crescenta Valley vs., Charter Oak, 11 a.m.
Murrieta Valley vs. Alta Loma, 3 p.m.

Thursday’s Results
Claremont 10, Northview 7
Ayala 3, Crescenta Valley 1
Bonita 9, Murrieta Valley 3

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