SGV at its Best: Northview and San Dimas deliver another Classic, Vikings win in nine innings, 4-3

Northview, getting a solid outing from Ruben Ramirez, above, took a major step
towards a fourth Valle Vista League title with a 4-3 victory over San Dimas on Thursday.

Northview just continues to deliver, and now they are getting the production for the most unlikely of candidates.
Catcher and No. 9 hitter Arman Valenzuela hit Erik Salcido’s first pitch for home run with one out in the ninth inning and the Vikings took a major step towards their fourth consecutive Valle Vista League title with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Saints in a battle of two of the top three teams the area on Thursday.
Northview, getting a solid 3 1/3 innings of relief from Eddie Pedroza, improved to 15-4 overall and took over first place with a 9-1 league record. San Dimas, which got a two-run home run from Matt Thrall to tie it at 3 in the sixth, slipped to 15-5, 9-2.
Northview closes the regular season with home-and-home series against Ganesha and Covina and a home game against Pomona.
Northview coach Darren Murphy: “You don’t really expect your (No. 9) hitter to hit the walk-off homerun to win it, but we like storybook endings. I’m not much an author. I’ll take it whatever way it happens.
“Sometimes, it’s better to be the team (that does the catching), because when you do, you have all that momentum going. But I feel like we let a three-run lead go. I think for the most part, they had the momentum for about three or four innings. We were on our heels. We had to make some big plays, Eddie made some big pitches. But we escaped and got out of here, got out of here with a win. That’s a heckuva team. They are going to make a run in the playoffs, too.”
San Dimas coach Mike Regan (on his coach’s interference in the eighth): “I don’t have anything to say. I made a mistake. The kids played great and I screwed up.”
Northview’s Arman Valenzuela: I knew he was going to throw that fastball. I didn’t think he was going to leave it up, because he got me with it the last (at-bat). But he came back with that same pitch, I put a good swing on it and let it go. I was trying to get a gap hit, but I got it up and got a (homerun).”

Today’s games
Montview League

Sierra Vista 10, Bassett 0
Azusa at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Damien at Ayala, 3:15 p.m.
Chino 5, Diamond Bar 3
Chino Hills at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.

CIF-Southern Section Polls
Division II - 1. El Toro, 2. Yucaipa, 3. Upland, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Palos Verdes, 6. Chino, 7. Foothill, 8. Damien, 9. Arcadia, 10. San Luis Obispo
Division III - 1. Beckman, 2. Gahr, 3. Bonita, 4. Hemet, 5. South Hills, 6. Alhambra, 7. Downey, 8. Charter Oak, 9. San Gorgonio, 10. Laguna Hills.
Division IV – 1. Bishop Amat, 2. Northview, 3. San Dimas, 4. La Quinta, 5. Palm Desert, 6. Torrance, 7. Fullerton, 8. El Segundo, 9. Anaheim, 10. Colony.
Division V – 1. San Jacinto, 2. Santa Ynez, 3. Maranatha, 4. Calvary Chapel, 5. Campbell Hall, 6. Gladstone, 7. Woodcrest Christian, 8. Citrus Hills, 9. Cabrillo, 10. Linfield Christian.

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Championship Week: Los Altos moves closer to Miramonte League league title, beats Bonita, 3-1

Los Altos reigning player of the year Diana-lynn Patterson struck out eight and scattered four hits to lead the Conquerors to a 3-1 victory (just as predicted) over Bonita this afternoon to take over control of the Miramonte League title race. Bonita scored first when Jacki Campa’s double skipped past the left-fielder, allowing her to round third and go all the way home for a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Los Altos freshman Justine Zavala doubled home the go-ahead run in the second, and the Conq’s added a run in the seventh to secure the victory.

Miramonte League Softball title
CIF-Southern Section Division III

No. 10 Los Altos at No. 3 Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Prediction: Nothing would surprise me about today’s outcome. At this point, I don’t think the players need any extra motivational speeches, they should be fired up and emotions will be high, even for the spectators who hopefully remain civil and act with class no matter what happens. Games like this usually come down to experience and preparation, and Los Altos has both. The Conquerors are the defending champs and have played a tougher schedule. In case anybody missed it, they did just beat powerful Mater Dei. Bonita is by far the area’s most improved team, but if I’m picking the winner, Los Altos is still the better team. Prediction: Los Altos 3, Bonita 1.

Feature on Diamond Bar sophomore standout Stephany LaRosa

Today’s games:
Del Rey League

St. Joseph’s at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Miramonte League
Los Altos at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Bassett at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino Hills at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Chino at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Ayala, 3:15 p.m.

CIF-SS Softball Rankings
Division III – 1. Tesoro, 2. Oaks Christian, 3. Bonita, 4. Patriot, 5. Crescenta Valley, 6. Chino Hills, 7. Cajon, 8. Downey, 9. Ayala, 10. Los Altos. (Where is Glendora, this is beyond ridiculous).
Division IV – 1. Ocean View, 2. El Segundo, 3. St. Joseph’s, 4. Segerstrom, 5. Santa Monica, 6. Torrance, 7. Aquinas, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Morro Bay, 10. Buena.
Division V – 1. Woodcrest Christian, 2. Whittier Christian, 3. Village Christian, 4. Calvary Murrieta, 5. San Jacinto, 6. San Dimas, 7. Riverside Christian, 8. Sierra Vista, 9. La Canada, 10. Walnut.
Division VI – 1. La Salle, 2. Maranatha, 3. Marymount, 4. South El Monte, 5. Ramona Convent, 6. Oxford Academy, 7. Grace Brethren, 8. Campbell Hall, 9. Arroyo, 10. Marlborough.

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Championship Week: Charter Oak 6, Bonita 3

There was a time when Jake Bailey had solidified his spot in the Charter Oak High School baseball team’s starting line-up do his ability behind the plate.
But Wednesday the senior catcher showed he can be quite effective either behind the dish, or beside it.
Bailey hit two home runs and went 3 for 3 with five RBIs and the Chargers took over first place in the Miramonte League with a 6-3 victory over visiting Bonita in a battle of two of the top teams in the area.
Charter Oak, also getting a complete game from freshman Travis Santiago, improved to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in league play. Bonita, which will get a second, and final shot at the Chargers on Friday, slipped to 14-5 and 6-3.

Charter Oak catcher Jake Bailey: “I just had a lucky day. We had a freshman pitcher going today and I was just trying to give him some support. I wouldn’t say they were (mistake pitches). They were pretty good pitches. I got some good swings on them. (Bonita’s Jason Plowman) is one of their aces, so I wouldn’t say they were mistakes. They were pretty good pitches. I just got lucky.”
Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley: “We’ve put (freshman pitcher Travis Santiago) in some tough situations this year. I said (earlier) that he grew up. Well, today, he really grew up. He threw one heckuva game today.
Bonita coach John Knott:
“You have to give (Bailey) all the credit. He had two quality at-bats when they needed them. Their entire line-up hit the ball off Plowman really well, and obviously Bailey had two big hits.
“Friday’s going to determine our fate, our involvment in this league here. We’re just going to have to hit the ball better and ultimately play a better game, and come out with a little better energy and fire.”

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Baseball: Start thinking about All-Area teams

Since I asked the question in softball, I’m asking in baseball too. Start thinking of player of the year and first-team all area honorees. In all my years doing this, this could be the toughest of all. There are so many deserving players to choose from. You could come up with a solid first team all area’s just from the Sierra League alone. Of course the CIF playoffs will have a lot to do with it, but who are your leading candidates to this point. Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments.
Player of the year: ?
First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

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Jacob Shirley’s appeal denied, South Hills standout must sit out the rest of the season

Highly regarded junior shortstop/pitcher Jacob Shirley, who transferred from West Covina to South Hills high school over the summer, lost his appeal to the CIF-state appeals board and will be ineligible the rest of the baseball season. As its policy, the state had no comment. Shirley will be eligible for high school participation in the fall, but has not decided whether he will play football again. He was a starter on West Covina high’s football team as a sophomore, but hasn’t played since. CIF-Southern Section commissioner of athletics James Staunton handed down the initial ruling, explaining that Shirley’s transfer was “athletically motivated.”

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Another Instant Classic: Northview wins 7-6, rallying from 6-4 down in the seventh

“We were three-outs away from relinquishing a league title we have won three years in a row. But the the heart of a champion came out. If you’re going to beat us, you have to knock us out. They knocked us down a couple times today but we kept getting back up.” — Northview coach Darren Murphy.

“They went up, we fought back, they went up, we fought back, that’s Northview-San Dimas. I love my guys. We will come back on Thursday with the same guys and do it again. We’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves, that’s for sure.” San Dimas coach Mike Regan.

Game story: While the San Dimas High School baseball team ponders how it unraveled and loosened its grip on the Valle Vista League title chase, three-time defending league champion Northview found what it has desperately been searching for.
After scoring two runs to tie the score in the seventh inning, the Vikings pushed an unearned run across in the eighth inning to win it, 7-6. “”The swagger and the heart came back to life today,” explained Vikings coach Darren Murphy. “It always seems like it takes a do-or-die situation to bring out the best in us.”

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Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat holds steady, but San Dimas is knocking on the door

Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bishop Amat (16-5) – The CIF-SS Division IV’s top-ranked Lancers split a pair last week, losing to Long Beach Wilson then beating Lakewood, 12-6. Are they still the area’s best team? Yes, but it’s getting closer.
2. San Dimas (15-3) - – This is where we disagree with the Division IV polls. We think San Dimas deserves to be ahead of Northview because of their head-to-head win over the Vikes. Of course, that could all change this week in the much antcipated head-to-head series with the Vikings.
3. Northview (13-4) – We will find out what the Vikings are made of this week. Did competing in the National Classic prepare them for the must-win games they face this week and down the line in the playoffs? We’re about to find out.
4. Bonita (14-4) – By this time of year I expected the Bearcats to be crushing teams and running away with the Miramonte League title. It hasn’t happened, and another loss against a so-so Los Altos team makes you wonder. But hey, on paper you can’t argue with this group.
5. Glendora (13-6) – After a split with Diamond Bar and Damien, I still think the Tartans are the best of the three, but it’s so close. The Tartans impressive run in reaching the final of their own tournament and winning the Arcadia tournament will pay dividends down the stretch.
6. Damien (15-5) – How impressive has new coach Leyva been? They beat a very good Chino team and split with Glendora, leaving them in a three-way tie for second with Glendora and Diamond Bar. This race will continue to go back and forth until the end.
7. Charter Oak (13-6) – Losing Tiffany, their shorstop/pitcher and captain, is going to hurt. The Chargers were one of those teams that couldn’t afford injuries, so I’m guessing this plays a big role in the home-and-home against Bonita this week.
8. South Hills (12-7) – The Huskies closed out the week with a 6-2 loss to Alemany. They still lead the San Antonio, but the question of late is what’s happening with pitcher Jacob Shirley? He was declared ineligible when the season started, but his appeal should be heard any day now.
9. Diamond Bar (11-8) – The Brahmas are at No. 9 for now but can jump and jump quick if they go on a run the final two weeks. They can play with anyone and get beat by anyone. Either way, it sure is fun to watch.
10. Nogales (16-7-1) – There are two kinds of Nobles teams, the one when Andrew Melchor pitches, and the average Nobles when he doesn’t. The one with Melchor can beat anyone, which is going to make them a dangerous playoff opponent.

Did you know: That San Dimas center fielder Tim Brookes had a game for the history books. In a 20-4 win over Covina, Brookes hit two grand slams and finished with nine RBIs, which was the most RBIs in a single game in more than 20 years. His nine RBIs ties him with Rio Hondo Prep’s Jim Key (1977) and Don Lugo’s Bob Malins (1978) for second all-time in the CIF-SS record books for RBIs in a single game. Only Calvary Baptist’s Eddie Martinez had more, setting the record with 11 in 1977.

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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Girls Softball rankings: Glendora holds on to No. 1, but Los Altos is making a strong argument

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Glendora (14-2) – Out of respect for winning the San Dimas and Charter Oak tournaments, and for beating every area team that’s challenged them, the Tartans remain on top despite Los Altos’ big result over the weekend. It wasn’t just the win over San Dimas, it was how easily they did it.
2. Los Altos (12-5) – Oh my goodness, this is what I’m talking about, quality wins. I almost jumped the Conq’s to No. 1 simply because when you defeat powerful Mater Dei, 4-3, that’s making a statement. The Monarchs were the No. 4 team in Division I, and they beat their No. 1 pitcher Matthews in the process on Saturday in the Santiago tournament. Forget the 14-5 loss to Bishop Amat afterward, Patterson was sick and didn’t pitch. The swagger is back.
3. Bonita (16-3-1) – After easy wins over Diamond Ranch and Wilson, the Bearcats have one more tune-up against Charter Oak before hosting Los Altos on Thursday in the most anticipated softball game of the year. I’ll hold my prediction until then.
4. San Dimas (15-4) – It is clear the Saints are not ready for the top three but still a strong number four. I wonder what an 8-0 loss to Glendora will do to their confidence? They had a chance to prove they belonged with the area’s heavyweights, but played like it was their first game of the season.
5. Bishop Amat (12-11) – They defeat Los Altos without Diana-Lynn Patterson, which isn’t the same as beating Los Altos but still a nice result. The big win came in a 2-1 win over St. Paul.
6. South El Monte (12-6) – Reina Gaber is tough as nails, in the circle, at the plate, she can do it all. But South El Monte still loses games that make you go hommm, like that one to Ontario Christian
7. Sierra Vista (13-3) – How impressive is it that the Dons have compiled this record without standout pitcher Brittney Flores in the circle most of the season. This is a dangerous Div. V team is she’s healthy.
8. Walnut (12-6) – I know they lead the San Antonio, which is an improving league, but not there yet. What’s disturbing is a 2-0 loss to Diamond Bar, which shows outside of league, San Antonio teams still struggle.
9. South Hills (10-7-1) – The Huskies were idle last week, but overall record is encouraging.
10. Northview (9-7) – Not the same dominating Vikes, but a big win over rival Covina basically ties them for second with the Colts behind San Dimas. And since the Vikes won the recent head-to-head with the Colts, they land at No. 10.

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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Canada’s mom speaks out

Miguel Melendez posted this quote from Gala Canada, who is the mother of Jordan and Jaime Canada. Jordan and Jaime left Duarte High and are now enrolled at South Hills. With so such speculation surrounding her son’s transfers, Gala Canada contacted the newspaper to give her reasons for the move. Melendez left messages for Duarte officials seeking reaction, and if they choose to do so, we will give you their response.

“I need to make the statement clear, that’s partially the reason,” said Gala Canada in reference to the firing of coach Wardell Crutchfield, who has since been replaced by Tip Sanders. “That’s the only reason (Jordan and Jaime) were at Duarte was because of Wardell, but they’re leaving for a number of things. The athletic programs need help and someone needs to look at that. I have spoken to (Duarte) principal (Eric Barba) and athletic director (Robyn Garcia). The program needs a lot of help. I volunteered all last year to bring as much assistance I could, but I’m one person. They didn’t leave just because of the firing. We love coach Crutchfield but this (lack of support) started last year with the principal. This has been going on for a long time and I’ve had enough. (South Hills) had a little bit of everything. I looked at a lot of schools. This wasn’t just a decision we were going to make out of the blue. There was research that went into it and I evaluated a lot of schools.”

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Softball: If you took away the pitcher, who has the area’s best team?

While discussing all-area and player of the year on another thread, you realize how important a dominating pitcher is to the success of your team. But let me ask you this: If you took away the pitcher from the equation, who has the best softball team in the area? Who is the most complete from a defensive and offensive standpoint. In other words, using reigning player of the year Diana-Lynn Patterson as an example, if you put Patterson on (blank) team, they would become the best in the area.

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Steve Ramirez: Say it ain’t so, Brigham Harwell signs with the hated Washington Redskins

Above: Former Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell
signed with the Washington Redskins.

There was good news and bad news over the weekend, at least for this reporter, who is a fan of our former area stars. The good was that after failing to be picked in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, 2003 Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell of Los Altos signed a free-agent contract. The bad news, at least for this reporter, who is fan of the Dallas Cowboys, was that he inked with the hated Washington Redskins, and will turn his blue and gold in for cardinal and gold. Here’s the rest of my post on the Prep Stars: Where are you now? blog.
Also I have news on Damien’s Freddie Brown and Ian Johnson, Charter Oak’s Aaron Perez and Bret Lockett. All will get their shot in the NFL.

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The Aram Tolegian anniversary tour: Looking back at the resurrection of Bishop Amat football

As we celebrate the fourth-anniversary of the blog originator, Aram Tolegian, we’re looking back at some of his best topics throughout his one-year plus reign on the blog (2006-07), which brought out the best and worst of bloggers. On July 2, 2006, Aram wrote the five things Bishop Amat needed to do to turnaround its football program. It’s interesting how everything has unfolded since, and fun to look back now. At the time, Mark Verti was replacing Mike DiFiori after the Lancers went 6-4, but were 2-3 in the Serra league and missed the playoffs. Here is Aram’s No. 1, click the thread for 4-5.

Aram, July 2, 20061 . Hire a name coach – This one is completely off the books now, but it’s worth repeating. I am not saying Mark Verti isn’t going to do a good job. Nobody has a clue about him yet. But the school had a wide open door of opportunity after Mike DiFiori resigned, and they hired from within. Great.
Verti could either be the find of a lifetime or a 20-something-year-old gamble that sends Amat fans off the deep end. Not exactly the predicament most fans wanted to be in, but hey. Here’s the thing Verti has going for him. His youth can be played two ways. He’s either too young to handle such a position or he’s the young guy who relates to the players. No matter how you feel about himt, Verti is a former UCLA football player and he’s got that on any other local coach. He knows what it takes to go from Amat to the big-time. He can wield his connections to the next level as something that gets kids to Amat because the coach can help them to the next level.
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The releaguing appeals process; a note from CIF commisioner of athletics, Jim Staunton

Note: South Hills, Charter Oak, Glendora and Rowland have filed appeals to the recent Mt. SAC area realignment. Here is a note today from CIFSS-Commissioner Jim Staunton on what happens next.

The nine areas in Southern Section are finalizing their area configurations for the 2010-2014 releaguing cycle. The Section office recognizes that there may be schools dissatisfied with their placement. In accordance with Bluebook Article 3, Rule 32.5, number 2, the appeal process shall begin with a hearing before the Releaguing Committee. Any school seeking an appeal “is directed to forward a copy of the appeal to the CIF Southern Section office, a copy to the Area Releaguing Chairperson(s) and a copy to the principals of all schools assigned to the respective area(s). The appeal committee will meet May 6, 2009, beginning at 10:00 a.m. to hear appeals in the Southern Section office. Continue reading, click thread

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Softball: With a couple weeks left in the season, start filling in the blanks for All-Area

First-team all-area and especially player of the year is a tight race. Hey, it’s always a tight race. Last year Los Altos’ Diana-Lynn Patterson won player of the year with Northview’s Hannah Fraijo a close second. Will Patterson go back-to-back, or will it be someone else? Who will fill out the rest of our first team? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments.
Player of the year: ?
First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

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Championship week: Northview at San Dimas

This daily countdown is on, tomorrow we begin with the biggest baseball game of the season to date.
Tuesday: Baseball, Northview at San Dimas
Wednesday: Baseball, Bonita at Charter Oak
Thursday: Softball, Los Altos at Bonita; Baseball: San Dimas at Northview
Friday: Baseball, Charter Oak at Bonita

Division IV
No. 2 Northivew at No. 3 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas, 15-3, 9-0: Notable wins: Northview (9-6), Nogales (9-2), St. Francis (8-6). Notable losses: Chino HIlls (15-2), Bonita (6-2), Glendora (8-7).
Northview 13-4, 7-1: Notable wins: Bonita (4-3), Mamoreneck, NY (7-3), Jesuit (7-5). Notable losses: San Dimas (9-6), Claremont (10-7), Archbishop Mitty (8-7).
Runs scored/Against: Northview 147/66; San Dimas 188-62
The skinny: If San Dimas wins, they all but wrap up the Valle Vista League title, regardless of what happens when they meet again on Thursday at Northview. The Vikings have to sweep this week to have a realistic chance of defending their title.
Prediction: When you start looking at this close, you realize that other than beating Northview, the Saints haven’t had another huge win. They beat Nogales without Melchor pitching, which isn’t like beating Nogales. They beat St. Francis, but so did Nogales and Glendora. The Vikings proved themselves by going 2-2 in the National Classic and beat Bonita early in the year, but they’re not the same Vikings that won a championship last year. Their pitching isn’t as deep, and they miss the leadership of their big three, Aaron Elias, Robert Williams and Marc Andrade. Regardless of who pitches, I don’t see anyone dominating the other, I’m thinking a 4-3, 5-4 game is what we’re going to get. If San Dimas loses Tuesday, they will lose again at DustView on Thursday. But it’s not going to happen. The Saints are hungrier, a closer group, and at home, will never have a better opportunity than this. The Pick: San Dimas.

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Glendora shows again why it’s the undisputed number one team in the Valley

The cities of San Dimas and Glendora may share a border and a Costco, but Glendora High School proved there is a long way between the Sierra and Valle Vista leagues.
The Tartans (14-2), the Tribune’s top-ranked softball team, won the Charter Oak Classic Tournament with an 8-0 victory over the fourth- ranked Saints (15-4). To continue reading, click thread

Charter Oak Classic All-Tournament Team…
MVP: Brandy Andrews-Glendora
Tournament Batting Champ: Yumi Hiroto-San Dimas
Natalie Hernandez-Glendora
Kendra Alfonso-Glendora
Ariel Shore-San Dimas
Kortnie Clark-San Dimas
Catherine Flores-El Rancho
Marilyn Toriz-El Rancho
Chelsea Whisenant-Covina
Molly Ross-Covina
Erin Jones-Wesley-Los Osos
Reina Gaber-South El Monte
Lexi Thomas-Ontario Christian
Aimee Spathias-Charter Oak

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Get ready for a big week: Northview-San Dimas; Bonita-Charter Oak. In Softball, Bonita-Los Altos

The biggest week of the season is looming, a home-and-home series in baseball between Northview-San Dimas (Tues-Thursday) and Charter Oak-Bonita (Wed-Fri) that will ultimately decide the league titles. The drama-filled rubber-match between Los Altos and Bonita softball takes place on Thursday at Bonita. All these games get covered, my only big decision is who gets the cover on Thursday, Northview-San Dimas baseball or Bonita-Los Altos softball. If San Dimas knocks out Northview on Tuesday, then it’s a moot point. But if the Vikes win, Houston, we’ve got a problem. Your thoughts?

Above: Los Altos’ Courtney Gano gearing up for Thursday’s showdown at Bonita.

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If you took all the politics out and let me do it, realignment wouldn’t be hard at all

Principals are no different than politicians, they vote along party lines. That is why this process was more difficult than it should be. If the principals left the realignment in the hands of your favorite sportswriter, you would get rid of all the politics and it would like this, which makes sense from a competitive, geographical, financial, and common-sense standpoint. It’s very simple really, move Chino Hills to the Baseline. Glendora and Diamond Ranch go to the Sierra. This makes the Miramonte and Sierra a six-team league. Send Claremont to the Mt. Baldy, which like the Montview, would be a competitive eight-team league. You tell me, how does this not make the most sense?

Baseline League – Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Chino Hills, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Sierra League – Ayala, Charter Oak, Glendora, Diamond Ranch, Damien/St. Lucy’s, South Hills
Miramonte/San Antonio League – Bonita, Diamond Bar, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League – Chaffey, Chino, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario, Claremont
Valle Vista League – Baldwin Park, Covina, Nogales, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League - Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman

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Baseball Wrap: Bonita, Charter Oak both win, setting up next week’s big home-and-home series

Friday’s Results
Miramonte League

Charter Oak 7, Wilson 2
Bonita 7, Diamond Ranch 2
San Antonio League
Walnut at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.

Friday’s Wilson-Charter Oak update: The Wilson High School baseball team has been a pest against area heavyweights. Wilson, winners of just eight games last year, were expected to rebuild under first-year coach Gary Libby, but after knocking off Glendora tournament champion Bonita 4-3 on April 3, the Wildcats defeated Northview tournament champion Charter Oak 3-2 in eight innings on Wednesday, and were hoping to deal the Chargers another setback on Friday. The Wildcats kept themselves in position to pounce for most of the game, but the Chargers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break it open, winning 7-2 heading into a crucial home-and-home series next week with Bonita. Charter Oak improved to 13-6 and 5-2 with Bonita a half game ahead in the Miramonte League at 14-4 and 6-2. Bonita defeated Diamond Ranch on Wednesday, 7-2. The Wildcats are not far back, dropping to 11-6 and 3-3.

Thursday’s Wrap
Sierra League
: Once again, it looks like the Sierra League race could come down to the final week after Damien’s 6-3 win over Glendora, making both teams 5-4 in the Sierra along with Diamond Bar (5-4), a 9-3 winner over Ayala. All three teams are two games back of Chino (7-2), a 9-4 winner over Chino Hills. With Chino Hills (3-6) and Ayala (2-7) trailing and Chino pulling away, it is looking like one of our big three, Glendora, Damien or Diamond Bar, will not make the playoffs.
Montview League: Sierra Vista followed its thrilling 11-innings 6-5 victory over Azusa on Tuesday with a sweep over the Aztecs, winning 5-3 to improve to 12-5 and 7-1. La Puente kept pace with a 5-0 win over Workman, improving to 12-6 and 7-1. Gladstone (13-3, 4-2) remained in the race with a 11-4 win over Duarte.
Valle Vista League: San Dimas (15-3, 9-0) remained undefeated in the Valle Vista with a 12-0 win over Covina. Northview finished off its sweep with Baldwin Park, winning 8-4 to improve to 13-4 and 7-1, leaving the 1 1/2 games back of San Dimas heading into next week’s home-and-home showdown.

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: Glendora earns shot at San Dimas; South El Monte blanks Arroyo

Above: Brandi Andrews is all smiles Friday after her three-run homerun helped
Glendora to a 10-2 victory over El Rancho. Next up, San Dimas.

Friday Update: Brandi Andrews, Kendra Alfonso and Katrina Brandt all hit home runs and Carly Argyle was solid in the circle with eight strikeouts as Glendora rolled into Saturday’s Charter Oak Tournament championship game with an easy 10-2 victory over El Rancho in the semifinals. Next up is San Dimas, which beat Covina 11-1 in the other semifinal on Monday. Game time is Saturday….Reina Gaber was solid in the circle, tossing a four-hitter with seven strikeouts as South El Monte took sole possession of first place in the Mission Valley League with a 1-0 victory over Arroyo. Demi Nguyen had an RBI single in the fourth.

Other scores
Valle Vista League
Northview 5, Covina 3
Montview League
La Puente 3, Gladstone 2
San Antonio League
West Covina 5, Rowland 0

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: San Gabriel Valley Invite on Saturday at West Covina High School, 10 a.m.

Note: For the Area’s top track marks, click thread.

The fourth annual San Gabriel Invitational at West Covina High School on Saturday is picking up steam, with 29 schools already scheduled to take part, which could balloon up to 35 schools by the weekend. “Last year’s meet was the biggest yet, with 22 schools taking part despite the conflict with the Mt SAC Relays, and it was the deepest meet so far,” explained meet organizer, Bob Ramsey. “This year we hope to expand the meet to include many more of the 55 schools in our target area and to take further steps toward becoming a complete and high quality regional championship meet.” Saturday’s meet begins at 10 a.m., and will feature some of the area’s top track standouts, like Diamond Ranch’s Karynn Dunn Dunn, a senior, is the state leader in the girls long jump with a personal best 20-foot leap that she turned in at the Covina Invitational, followed by a 19-foot, 10 inch jump to win at Arcadia.Dunn, hoping to repeat her performance of three CIF-SS divisional titles next month, is hoping to advance to the state finals in the 100-meter hurdles and triple jump as well as her signature event, the long jump. Dunn has the fourth-best triple jump in California with a 39-7 at Arcadia. In the 100-meter hurdles she currently holds the eighth-best time in the state with a 14.34, which she is expected to improve upon. The boys meet includes shot put specialist Graham Vickers of Diamond Ranch, Bishop Amat speedster Sheldon Price, and the big surprise from Saturday’s Mt. SAC Relays, Glendora’s Chris Ramsey, who won the 800-meter invitational, and leads the area in two other events, the 400-meters and 1,500-meters.

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Legendary coach Jim Brownfield: The Ten Commandments of coaching

Joe Amat made a good point that Jim Brownfield, the legendary Muir football and track and field coach, didn’t get enough discussion on a recent thread. Brownfield told our reporter Jim McConnell that through the years, in addition to preaching the virtues of Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, he developed what he called “The Ten Commandments of Coaching.”

Here they are:

1. Safety First, Last and Always. “The worst thing a coach can do isn’t to lose,” Brownfield said. “It is not being attentive to the things that can prevent injuries. That’s why I made this commandment No. 1. You have to take care of your kids. Injuries happen, but you can do a lot to minimize them.”

2. Just Do The Right Thing. “You need to know the rules, and obey them. Once you start trying to cut corners, to cheat even a little bit, your players know it immediately. And you lose their respect. Once that’s gone, you’ve lost their attention.”

3. Teach Life Skills. “I had winning teams and was lucky enough to have some great athletes. But nothing makes me prouder than to know my players went on to have productive lives. You coach football, or basketball, or track but you also can do so much more. Nothing is more gratifying than to have a positive impact on a kid’s life.”

4. Know Your Clientele. “You should never expect more out of an athlete than they are capable of giving. This is especially true of young athletes. Coaches have to know their players’ strengths, and weaknesses. It’s just unfair to the kid not to.”

5. Their Bodies Are Their Temples. “This is where proper training and conditioning come in. Other teams may have had better athletes, but I never wanted a team of mine to lose because of lack of proper conditioning. And that includes making sure your athletes understand the dangers of substance abuse.”

6. Good Coaching is Good Teaching. “What works in a classroom will work on the football field. A great coach is always first and foremost a great educator.”

7. Be A Student of the Game. “You should always be learning. Attend clinics. Talk to other coaches. Watch game film. If you aren’t really interested in the sport you’re coaching, how in the world can you expect your athletes to be interested?”

8. Plan Ahead. “Sounds simple, but I am always amazed at how many in coaching and teaching are so disorganized. You have to have a plan. You should never be surprised or caught off-guard.”

9. Develop Your People Skills. “Hey, you’re not coaching donkeys, you’re coaching human beings. You need to learn how to communicate. You need to keep your commitments. Treat your players right and they will do right by you.”

10. Be a Pro. “You’re getting paid, act like it. Strive to better yourself. You want to get paid more? Better yourself first.”

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Softball: Ariel Whiteman’s walk off beats St. Paul

Above: Ariel Whiteman struck out 13 and hit the game-winning home run to
lead Bishop Amat over rival St. Paul on Thursday.

Ariel Whiteman did it all in leading Bishop Amat to a 2-1 victory over rival St. Paul in 10 innings on Thursday.
The senior was dominant in the circle, giving up just two hits and striking out 13. She also had the game-winning hit, a two-out bomb to left field to give Amat an important vicory in the Del Rey League. The Lancers are now 11-10 and 1-2 in league play. St. Paul slipped to 9-10, 1-2.
Ariel Whiteman: “I got it all the way to the full count and that pitch was right there. That was my pitch. I’ve been waiting for it all day long.”
Bishop Amat coach Jesse Mendez: “This was a big win for us today. We had to have it. (Both teams) came to play today. St. Paul is a good team, and Ariel did an awesome job today. We’re just working hard. We lost a tough one to (Bishop) Montgomery, which was the same type of game. But these girls are ready to make a run.”
St. Paul coach Craig Worthington: “This was a great game to be in. Both teams battled and it just came down to execution.”

Other scores:
Miramonte League

Los Altos 9, Charter Oak 2
Wilson 7, Diamond Ranch 5
Montview League
Azusa 7, Workman 3
Sierra League
Glendora 8, St. Lucy’s 0
Christian League

Western Christian 17, Loma Linda 4
Montview League
Gladstone 11, Duarte 4
La Puente 12, Workman 0
Sierra League
Damien 6, Glendora 3
Diamond Bar 9, Ayala 3

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