Keeping tabs on first round predictions, Robledo goes a modest 15-7 on Thursday; *Next Round Baseball and Softball updated

Quick Look ahead to Tuesday’s semifinals
Division II

Dos Pueblos (16-11) at Damien (20-8)
Notre Dame (23-5) at Chino Hills (17-10)
Division III
Charter Oak (16-9) at Palmdale (14-13)
Los Altos (13-11) at Santa Monica (17-14)
South Hills (18-8) at Hemet (17-9-1)
Bonita (20-5) at Alhambra (17-10)
Division IV
Bishop Amat (24-5) at La Habra (17-8)
San Dimas (20-5) at Sonora (18-10)
Northview (21-4) at St. Paul (17-12)
Division V
Sierra Vista (19-6) at Sultana (15-8)

Division III

Los Altos (21-6) at Oak Park (17-10)
Ayala (21-10) at Aliso Niguel (19-10-1)
Alemany (21-7) at Chino HIlls (21-10-1)
Knight (21-5-1) at Glendora (19-4)
Division IV
Lakeside (14-8) at Bishop Amat (17-12)
Division V
San Dimas (22-4) at La Canada (19-7)
San Jacinto (17-5) at Azusa (16-8)
South Hills (16-9-1) at Village Christian (24-5)
Northview (16-8) at Woodcrest Christian (17-9)
Whittier Christian (20-6) at Rowland (14-13)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel (19-6-1) at West Covina (15-10)
Division VI
Big Bear (14-11) at Arroyo (14-9)
South El Monte (19-6) at Desert Mirage (13-10)

The Tribune ball goes to Damien after its 4-1 win over No. 4 seed Palos Verdes

Because I know how important my picks are to you, I’m keeping tabs on the results, with a 15-7 mark in the first-round, going 10-4 in softball and 5-3 in baseball on Thursday.

In Softball, I picked Bishop Amat, South Hills, Rowland and Arroyo to all lose, and they won, probably the most surprising was Bishop Amat’s 7-1 win over 20-4 Morro Bay, and Arroyo’s 6-0 win over 17-1 Baptist Christian. I hate to toot my own horn, but I have been saying all along my reason for Glendora being No. 1 was the Sierra League, which not only went 4-0, but Chino knocked off No. 1 Cajon, 6-0. That’s a big ups to the Sierra. The Miramonte was lucky to not get swept thanks to Los Altos’ late rally to win in ten innings. Remember, it’s not the stats and the records that matter, it’s who you play. Also, give it up to Rowland as well, beating a very good Sierra Vista team, but more importantly, the San Antonio league softball, which I thought was average at best, went 3-0 in the first round with South Hills and West Covina both winning. Congrats, but don’t get use to it …

In Baseball, Division II crushed me, I went 1-3, picking Chino Hills and Damien to lose, and Chino to win, and missed all three. The big one was Damien, beating a 25-4 Palos Verdes team on the road 4-1 after playing a wild-card game. Can you give me a “Just like Basketball” chant? For the simple fact that three Sierra league teams played wild cards, it’s a credit to their league that they went 2-2 in the first round with Glendora also winning. Division IV was easy, Bishop Amat, Northview and San Dimas cruised as expected, and Baldwin Park fell. That was probably the easiest 4-0 prediction I ever had.

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Baseball game thread: Northview, Bishop Amat, San Dimas cruise; Damien wins shocker, Glendora, Baldwin Park eliminated

Northview update: No problem, the Vikings win 5-0 after Eric Ruvalcaba throws six shutout innings, allowing three hits. He also scored twice and hit a two-run homer. Bishop Amat also took care ob business, winning 4-1 over Calvary Chapel at home. BTW, St. Paul beat Oaks Christian 2-1 in eight innings, they will play Northview next on Tuesday.

RESULTS: All head coaches should call in results to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233, 2242 or email to, and since you’re reading this, at least POST your score on this game thread so we can get scores updates ASAP, thanks.

Today’s CIF-Playoff results

Division II
Redlands East Valley 4, Glendora 0
Damien 4, Palos Verdes 1
Chino Hills 4, La Mirada 3
Huntington Beach 5, Chino 3

Division IV
Bishop Amat 4, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 1
Northview 5, Granite Hills 0
St. Paul 2, Oaks Christian 1, 8 innings
San Dimas 5, Laguna Beach 1
Fullerton 13, Baldwin Park 2

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Softball game thread: Los Altos wins 4-3 in 10 innings, rallying from two runs down in the 7th

Los Altos High School, with its season on the brink, showed Thursday, it’s rich in heart as it is in talent.
Sophomore Courtney Gano hit a key double to spark a two-run rally in the seventh and freshman Lexi Garcia singled home Erica Cota in the 10th and the Conquerors rallied to score a 4-3 victory over visiting Sonora in a CIF-Southern Section Division III first-round game.
Los Altos, getting two RBIs from Garcia and a solid effort in the circle from senior Diana-lynn Patterson, improved to 21-6 and will face Oak Park, 2-0 winners over Burbank Burroughs Thursday, in the second round on Tuesday.
The Conquerors, getting sacrifice flies from Garcia and Patterson, scored two runs in the seventh to tie it at 3 before Garcia singled with two outs and the based loaded in the 10th to win it, 4-3.
Los Altos coach Lydell McCullough: “I was a little worried there. But we’ve been doing this all season. This is a veteran group and they never give up, and they believe they can get back in any game, any time.”
Courtney Gano: “We just never gave up. I know (early in the game) we were a little nervous because we didn’t know how (Sonora) was, but we came through. We never gave up. We showed heart.”
Lexi Garcia: “I knew I had to come through. I had a feeling I was going to get (the hit).”

With senior Diana-Lynn Patterson in the circle, can Los Altos finally make a deep playoff run? The Conquerors are off to a good start with a 4-3 victory over Sonora on Thursday.

RESULTS: All head coaches should call in results to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233, 2242 or email to, and since you’re reading this, at least POST your score on this game thread so we can get scores updates ASAP, thanks.

CIF-Southern Section playoff schedule
Thursday’s first-round results
Division III
Los Altos 4, Sonora 3, 10 innings
Chino Hills 4, Bonita 1
Glendora 3, Dana Hills 1
Knight 5, Charter Oak 3
Division IV
Bishop Amat 7, Morro Bay 1
Division V
South Hills 14, Keppel 4
San Dimas 16, Schurr 2
Azusa 2, Victor Valley 0
Northview 10, Savanna 1
Rowland 6, Sierra Vista 1
West Covina 6, Cerritos Valley Christian 1
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 6, Covina 5
Division VI
Arroyo 6, Baptist Christian 0
South El Monte 24, Sacred Heart of Jesus 0

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Temple City baseball coach Barry Bacon wants to know why CIF rewards so many teams

We love it when a coach speaks out. Star-Newbie reporter Miguel Melendez talked to Temple City coach Barry Bacon about the CIF playoff format, where just about anybody makes the playoffs. The Rams are in the Rio Hondo League and in Div. IV with San Dimas, Bishop Amat and Northview. Much like the Sierra, the Rio was a close race between several teams with Temple City finishing third and La Canada fourth, but did it really matter? Read on, Bacon tells you why it doesn’t?

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The Price Is Right, Bishop Amat siblings lead a strong pack from SGV into CIF track finals

The best brother-sister tandem in the nation? Steve Ramirez talks to the Lancers standouts and tells their story

CIF-SS Divisional Finals Info
Saturday, May 23rd @ Cerritos College
Field events @ 11 a.m.
Running events @ 1 p.m.

Southern Section’s top performers

Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section prelims results
Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV

Who you should look for?
Saturday could be a banner day for locals at the CIF-Southern Section divisional track and field finals. Several area competitors put themselves in solid positions toward possible individual titles following strong efforts at their respective CIF-SS prelims. To continue, click thread

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Rowland vote to Valle Vista nearly unanimous; South Hills, Glendora move forward to final meeting set for Oct. 22 in Long Beach

The Skinny on the Releaguing:
After a vote by 42 principals and two appeals hearings, The Mt. SAC-area league realignment for 2010-14 will go to a final vote on October 22 in Long Beach by the seven-league representatives that form the Mt. SAC area.
Three proposals are on the table for the Mt. SAC area league representatives to consider after Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Executive Council meeting passed Rowland’s appeal to move from the proposed San Antonio/Miramonte League to the Valle Vista by a near unanimous margin.
However, a lot would have to happen for Rowland’s appeal to actually become reality.
What happens next is the seven league representatives that form the Mt. SAC area, which include the Valle Vista, Montview, Sierra, San Antonio, Mt. Baldy, Baseline and Miramonte League’s, will each have one vote at the October meeting. To continue reading and peak at all the proposals, click thread

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SGV All-Star softball teams released

Above: Diamond Bar’s Erica Miller is on the South Team.
Admission: $5, Parking $2. Game Time: 6:30 p.m.

Rosters for the San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star softball game are here and ready for your discussion. The game is on Wednesday, June 3 at Mt. San Antonio College. Since the CIF finals are on June 6, any players on a team that gets to the CIF finals is obviously ineligible. The North team is coached by St. Lucy’s Pam Crampton. They are scheduled to practice on Monday, June 1. The South is coached by El Monte’s Kendra Navarro, and will practice on Tuesday June 2.

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Baseball: First Round updates and predictions

CIF-Southern Section playoff schedule
Thursday and Friday first-round and predictions
All games start at 3:15 p.m.

Division II, Thursday’s games
Redlands East Valley (20-6) at Glendora (19-7), Robledo (Glendora)
Damien (19-8) at Palos Verdes (25-4), Robledo (Palos Verdes)
Chino Hills (16-10) at La Mirada (18-11), Robledo (La Mirada)
Huntington Beach (15-12) at Chino (19-7), Robledo (Chino)

Division IV, Thursday’s games
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel (17-11) at Bishop Amat (23-5), Robledo (BAmat)
Laguna Beach (14-13) at San Dimas (19-5), Robledo (SDimas)
Baldwin Park (15-10) at Fullerton (19-7), Robledo (Fullerton)
Granite Hills (17-8) at Northview (20-4), Robledo (NView)

Division III, Friday’s games
Cajon (13-12) at Charter Oak (15-9), Robledo (COak)
Palmdale (13-13) at Nogales (21-7-1), Robledo (Nogales)
Quartz Hill (19-8) at South Hills (17-8), Robledo (SHills)
Pacific (12-12) at Bonita (19-5), Robledo (Bonita)
Los Altos (12-12) at Orange (18-7), Robledo (Orange)

Division V, Friday’s games
Arrowhead Christian (9-15-1) at Sierra Vista (18-6), Robledo (SVista)
South El Monte (11-7) at Downey Calvary Chapel (17-6), Robledo (DCC)
Mary Star (12-13) at La Puente (13-8), Robledo (Mary Star)
Paraclete (14-11) at Western Christian (17-8), Robledo (WChris)
Gladstone (19-5) at Santa Ynez (21-3), Robledo (Santa Ynez)

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Softball: Thursday’s first-round updated

CIF-Southern Section playoff schedule
Thursday’s first-round and predictions
All games start at 3:15 p.m.
Division III
Sonora (17-12) at Los Altos (20-6), Robledo (Los Altos)
Chino Hills (20-9-1) at Bonita (20-5-1), Robledo (Chino Hills)
Dana Hills (18-10) at Glendora (18-4), Robledo (Glendora)
Charter Oak (14-11) at Knight (20-5-1), Robledo (Knight)
Division IV
Bishop Amat (16-12) at Morro Bay (20-4), Robledo (Morro Bay)
Division V
Schurr (10-13) at San Dimas (21-4), Robledo (SDimas)
Azusa (15-8) at Victor Valley (14-10), Robledo (Azusa)
Keppel (18-5) at South Hills (15-9-1), Robledo (Keppel)
Northview (15-8) at Savanna (16-12), Robledo (Northview)
Rowland (13-13) at Sierra Vista (19-3), Robledo (Sierra Vista)
Cerritos Valley Christian (11-12-1) at West Covina (14-10), Robledo (WCovina)
Covina (15-10) at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel (18-6-1), Robledo (SACC)
Division VI
Arroyo (13-9) at Baptist Christian (17-1), Robledo (Baptist Christian)
Sacred Heart of Jesus (11-4) at South El Monte (18-6), Robledo (SEMonte)

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Executive Council expected to make final decision on Mt. SAC area realignment today

The Executive Council is scheduled to meet this afternoon to make a final decision about the Mt. SAC Area realignment. Glendora and South Hills won their appeals earlier this month, moving Glendora from the Baseline back to the Sierra, and South Hills moving from the Sierra to the San Antonio/Miramonte. Charter Oak lost its appeal to move out of the Sierra and Rowland lost its appeal to move from the Miramonte/San Antonio to the Valle Vista. Both Charter Oak and Rowland have filed final appeals to the Executive Council. Anything can still happen. The Council will look at the original proposal and the suggestive proposal from the hearings committee and make a decision. Hopefully.

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

Baseline League - Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Sierra League – Glendora, Ayala, Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Claremont, Damien/St. Lucy’s.
Miramonte/San Antonio League – South Hills, Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League - Chaffey, Chino, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario
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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Football: South Hills awaits word on Shirley, Canada tearing up in spring practice

Above: If former West Covina quarterback Jacob Shirley plays plays football and Jordan Canada becomes eligible, how dangerous will this make the Huskies?

At South Hills High School, the question still remains whether Jacob Shirley, who started at quarterback for West Covina as a sophomore before transferring to South Hills, will come out and challenge for the quarterback spot his senior year.
Freshman Vince Hernandez and sophomore Brock Booth are battling it out for the starting spot in spring, but Bogan is hoping to add a third to the depth chart.
“We talked to (Shirley) and let him know we would love him to play football,” Bogan said. “But that’s a decision he will have to make.” Duarte transfer running back Jordan Canada is practicing with the Huskies and making quite an impression. “Let’s just say he looks pretty good,” Bogan said. “I looked up good in the dictionary and there he was.” Canada still has to get clearance from the CIF-SS before he is eligible.

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Football: Damien coach Greg Gano talks about first impressions, and what has to be done

I had a chance to speak with Damien coach Greg Gano after opening spring practice on Monday. Here is what he said about the challenge of taking over a 3-7 team.
“It was a great first day. We had about 130 kids who were all enthused and ready to go. Everyone wants to know what team we’re going to have, but it’s way too early to tell. The most important thing is getting everyone comfortable with the coaching staff and buying into what we want to do. From that standpoint, we’re off to a good start.”
Gano’s top assistants at Los Altos, Lee Fair and John Howing, both moved to Damien with Gano, who got another gem when former Monrovia high school coach Steve Garrison joined his staff as well. Garrison took the year off after resigning at Monrovia, where he took the Wildcats to three CIF-SS divisional finals in the 1990s.
“Steve fits in perfectly, and he brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table,” Gano said.
Wilson athletic director Dave Merrill also is joining Gano’s staff. Not bad for a first impression.
“You have to surround yourself with quality coaches and quality people,” Gano said. “Kids aren’t stupid. They hear things and they read things. Hopefully we have that type of staff that they respect and want to play for.”
Junior James Guillen is still playing baseball, but he returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,319 yards and ten touchdowns. Running back Phillip Sainz returns too, but the biggest change will come in how Gano utilizes his players, particularly younger players that will challenge upper-classmen for starting spots.
“I don’t know if we have that super player, but we have a lot of good football players that if you blend them together right, we could have something,” Gano said. “I think the biggest difference is that we’re not going to platoon as many players as in the past. We’re going to have kids playing both ways. I come from the old school, your best kids have to be on the field.”
He also talked about a nonleague schedule that includes Bishop Amat, Charter Oak, Rancho Cucamonga and St. John Bosco.
“The biggest difference from starting at Los Altos and starting at Damien is the schedule,” Gano said. “Rancho is one of the best teams in the state, and everyone else we play are great football teams too. It’s a challenge, it really is, but that’s why I came here, to take it on.”

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Football: Goss and Barrios to join Cal Lutheran

I received word that two of South Hills’ best, Wayne Goss and Alex Barrios, who were both injured during the Huskies’ Southeast Division quarterfinal run, will attend Division III’s California Lutheran, joining former Huskies standout Jacob Calderon, who was named to the 2008 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-America Team. With South El Monte’s Jose Garay going to La Verne, it’s great to see these players continue their careers and get a good education.

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Prediction: Bonita makes its way to the Div. III title game, but the big shocker comes when San Dimas wins it all, beating Northview in the final

With all the talk about Bishop Amat and Northview, the spoiler will be San Dimas.

Today’s wild-card resutls
Division II

Glendora 10, West Torrance 1
Damien 10, Miller 4
Chino Hills 5, Burroughs 2, 8 inn
Division III
El Rancho 6, Walnut 3
Laguna Hills 6, Wilson 1
Los Altos 3, Elsinore 3
Division IV
Baldwin Park 6, Carpinteria 5
Division V
Cathedral 3, Arroyo 2
Citrus Hill 14, Azusa 3
Gladstone 9, Bosco Tech 2

Division II locals: Glendora (WC), Damien (WC), Chino Hills (WC), Chino.
Division II seeds: 1. El Toro, 2. Yucaipa, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Palos Verdes.
What should happen: The Sierra teams received tough draws, but it is what it is, making it extremely tough for the wild card teams to get out of week one. This isn’t like softball, pitching is a problem since teams will throw No. 1′s today and go with No. 2′s in the first-round on Thursday.
Prediction: Glendora and Damien will win wild card games at home. The Tartans would get another wild-card winner in round one, but then a huge second round game against top-seed El Toro ends their season, but will be fun to watch. Damien might want to throw their No. 2 today in hopes of having a chance on Thursday against No. 4 seed Palos Verdes. I know that’s not conventional wisdom, but why not take a shot. I wouldn’t be surprised if a Sierra team gets to the quarters, but getting two that far doesn’t appear realistic.

Division III locals: Charter Oak, South Hills, Nogales, Bonita, Walnut (WC), Wilson (WC), Los Altos (WC)
Division III seeds: 1. Beckman, 2. Bonita, 3. San Gorgonio, 4. Lancaster
What should happen: First, scratch all the wild cards, none of them will get to the first round. The top seeds are tough, but this could be a division full of surprises.
Prediction: For a No. 2 seed, Bonita could face a very tough game in the second round against Alhambra, but they should survive to face South Hills in the quarterfinals. In fact, I like Bonita’s chances of reaching the championship game. In fact, pencil it in. Nogales is my sleeper. They have a great No. 1 pitcher in Andrew Melchor, arguably as good as anyone in the division. Melchor could pitch games one and two, and two could be against Charter Oak in the second round. The quarterfinals could come against No. 1 Beckman, which likely ends Nogales’ season. But don’t count out the Nobles, I’ve seen teams ride No. 1 pitchers in the playoffs, and they’re riding this destiny thing. Does Bonita win it all? I’m not feeling it, but won’t be surprised if they do.

Division IV locals: Bishop Amat, Northview, San Dimas, Baldwin Park
Division IV seeds: 1. Bishop Amat, 2. Northview, 3. Torrance, 4. San Dimas.
What should happen: Bishop Amat and Northview meeting in the championship game, but hold that thought.
Prediction: I felt all along that Northview and Bishop Amat are good, just not as good as last year. But that doesn’t mean they’re not good enough to get back to the championship, I just won’t be surprised if they get knocked out along the way. Northview’s big hurdle could come in the second round against St. Paul, who has two solid pitchers to throw at them. Here’s how I will break this down, San Dimas will play Bishop Amat in the semifinals, and I’m predicting the big upset, Saints over the Lancers in a thriller. Northview will get past St. Paul and find its way to the championship, but San Dimas comes full circle and knocks off the Vikings in Anaheim. It’s about redemption, hunger, and a good story (haha). Bishop Amat-Northview seems to good to be true. This is the year of the spoiler, and who better to play the role than Mike Regan’s Saints.

Division V locals: Sierra Vista, South El Monte, La Puente, Arroyo (WC), Azusa (WC), Gladstone (WC).
What should happen: Quick early exit by local teams? Not so fast. There aren’t a bunch of world beaters in this division, and we have some teams that could make runs.
Predictions: I like Gladstone to win its wild card, but then it gets No. 2 Santa Ynez. Season over. Because Sierra Vista has one of the best pitchers in the division, I like their chances of reaching the quarterfinals, then it gets tougher against No. 1 San Jacinto. La Puente could win their first game, but Maranatha’s a tough second round game. All in all, I’m rooting for the Dons. Wouldn’t be shocked at all if they got to the semifinals, but history tells us otherwise.

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