Baseball rankings: Bishop Amat and Northview end where it began, on top of the polls

Nogales 8, South Hills 1: Nobles pitcher Andrew Melchor impoved to a perfect 8-0, and also scored twice as the Nobles defeated the Huskies to earn at least a share of the Miramonte League title, and the No. 1 seed from the Miramonte going into the Division III playoffs.

Today’s big games
San Antonio League
Nogales 8, South Hills 1
Sierra League
Chino 8, Damien 3
Glendora 5, Ayala 4
Miramonte League
Wilson at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.


Above: Nogales’ Andrew Melchor takes his undefeated 7-0 record to South Hills today with the San Antonio League title on the line.

Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bishop Amat (21-5) – The Lancers need a sweep against La Salle this week to hold on to the No. 1 ranking in Division IV. Anything short of that could drop them to No. 2 and possibly No. 3. But it’s not going to happen, not when you have two aces in Paez and Zuniga going back-to-back.
2. Northview (18-4) – Finishing the season with a pair against Ganesha means you can already mark it down, the Vikings will finish 20-4 and win their fourth straight Valle Vista League title. This also means they should be ranked No lower than No. 2 in Div. IV, and could get to No. 1 if Amat trips up.
3. Glendora (16-7) – How big was last week’s sweep over Chino? The Tartans went from needing to win to secure a playoff berth, to a tie for second with Damien, and only a game back of Chino for first place. The race to the finish is on.
4. San Dimas (17-5) - – Those two extra-inning losses against Northview has to naw at them, but it also shows they’re just as much a threat to win the Div. IV title as Bishop Amat and Northview.
5. Damien (18-6) – The Spartans’ stumble against Diamond Bar leaves them a game back of Chino with two against the Cowboys this week. A sweep and they earn at least a piece of the title.
6. Bonita (17-5) – With Charter Oak losing last week to Los Altos, the Bearcats need to win one of two games from Wilson to earn the Miramonte League title. Now how hard is that? If you have been paying attention to the upsets, apparently harder than it appears.
7. South Hills (17-7) – The Huskies lead Nogales by a game heading into today’s showdown at home with the Nobles, will will likely pitch Andrew Melchor, who is undefeated with a 7-0 record, and who beat South Hills earlier in the season.
8. Nogales (20-7-1) – They did what they had to do, keep themselves in position, only a game back heading into the rubber match against South Hills today. They’ve got their ace throwing, so all systems are go.
9. Charter Oak (15-8) – The Chargers should finish second after last week’s loss to Los Altos. They just don’t have the horses they had the previous two years, but they’re still a hard out when it counts.
10. Sierra Vista (17-6) – The Dons wrapped up the Montview League title and won seven of eight to crack the top ten rankings for the first time this season.

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 holding steady at No. 1, but finishes back-to-back against Ayala

Glendora gets beat: Ayala’s Jessica Hall pitched a one-hitter to defeat Glendora 8-0; setting up Thursday’s showdown at Ayala for the Sierra League title.

Read today’s player profile of South El Monte High School’s Reina Gaber. I enjoyed talking to her, she’s mature beyond her years and a great example of what a student-athlete should aspire to be.

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Glendora (18-2) – After climbing to No. 4 in Monday’s Div. III poll, the Tartans have their sights set on the Sierra League title, finishing with Ayala today and Thursday, needing to win either game to win the title outright. If they get swept, they finish in a tie, but Ayala wins the head-to-head and goes as No. 1 to the playoffs.
2. Los Altos (18-6) – They can wrap up the Miramonte with wins over Charter Oak and Wilson, the only thing stopping Los Altos is Los Altos themselves. But we think they have cured that problem.
3. Bonita (20-4-1) – They finish this season with Charter Oak then get re-energized for a playoff run. The Cats could be sleepers, they have done well in tournaments and they play with a hunger that wins close playoff games.
4. San Dimas (19-4) – The Saints are closing in on an undefeated run in the Valle Vista League, but still need to sharpen up for the playoffs.
5. South El Monte (16-6) – Can clinch the Mission Valley League outright with a victory over Arroyo. Of all the teams in our top ten, I really believe the Eagles have the best chance of winning a title in Division VI.
6. Sierra Vista (18-3) – What’s going on with girls sports at Sierra Vista? First the basketball team compiles a mighty impressive record, and now the softball team. I watched them last week and they’re for real. They have some very strong hitters 1-4. Definitely a sleeper to watch in the playoffs
7. Bishop Amat (14-12) – The Lancers will be at St. Paul in a key game to lock down at least third in the Del Rey and a playoff spot. If the Lancers lose, they will be tied for third with St. Paul, but the Lancers finish with Cantwell while St. Paul finishes with Bishop Montgmomery.
8. Northview (13-8) – Considering how much pitcher Hannah Fraijo meant to the Vikings last season, this was a great job of coaching to keep the Vikes in the top ten and in a fight for second in the VVL.
9. West Covina (13-9) – Winners of five straight, the Bulldogs get South Hills Wednesday and Friday with a chance to win the San Antonio title. Great year, great coaching job.
10. South Hills (13-8-1) – Real simple, they need to beat Nogales today, then sweep West Covina to win the San Antonio. Hey, it’s simple to write, not simple to do.

Today’s games
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m.
Miramonte League
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
South El Monte at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Ayala at Glendora, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.

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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The veteran Roger Murray gives a shout out to Bishop Amat freshman Rio Ruiz (also a future QB)

Whittier prep editor Roger Murray has covered high school baseball longer than just about anyone in Southern California, and knows his stuff, believe me. After watching Bishop Amat freshman third baseman Rio Ruiz, Murray offered this flattering compliment on his Whittier Blog …
Bishop Amat third baseman Rio Ruiz is everything and much more that the hype said he would be when he enrolled at the school. A 6-foot-1,175-pound (he looks bigger) standout at third base (could probably play anywhere on the field) and a disciplined hitter with maturity beyond his years at the plate. And the kicker – he’s a freshman. He is not the Lancers only talented player, but the fact he’s a freshman is what amazes when you watch him perform.”
By the numbers: Batting .360, 28 RBIs, 4 triples, 5 doubles, two home runs

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Glendora softball: Justice Served

Getting it right: I don’t want to pat myself on the back or say the blog had anything to do with it, but a week after pointing out the glaring injustice of the Glendora High School softball team not being ranked in the Division III poll all season, the Tartans are suddenly sitting at No. 4 this afternoon. You’re welcome Tartans.
Division III: 1. Oaks Christian, 2. Cajon, 3. Crescenta Valley, 4. Glendora, 5. Tesoro, 6. Patriot, 7. Los Altos, 8. Bonita, 9. Righetti, 10. Chino Hills.
Division V: 1. Calvary Murrieta, 2. Riverside Christian, 3. Woodcrest Christian, 4. Village Christian, 5. San Jacinto, 6. San Dimas, 7. Sierra Vista, 8. Keppel, 10. Heritage.
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. Big Bear, 10. Viewpoint.

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For the latest from the CIF-SS championships at Belmont Plaza Pool, we have the link

Click this link for instant swimming results from the CIF-SS Divisional finals this week at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. The heet sheets have been released.
IMPORTANT UPDATE Division IV Prelims. Due to problems at Belmont Plaza, the Division IV Swimming Prelims will be held at Mt. Sac on Tuesday, May 12th Warmup @ 10:30 AM, Competition @ Noon

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The San Gabriel Valley senior all-star game is a month away. Who should fill out the rosters?

Softball all-star game: South Hills coach Scott Fisch does a great job organing the San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star game, which will be held Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College.
The coaches
North coach: Pamela Crampton, St. Lucy’s
South coach: Kendra Navarro, El Monte
Admission: $5 and $2 parking

Important note: Coaches of senior players should send nominations to Scott Fisch at sfisch@cvusd.k12.ca.us. Please include players name, position and cell phone number. The Teams will be released around May 22 either on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune blog or through the newspaper. I am helping Scott identify players, so go ahead and make your arguments on the blog too.


I would like to nominate Sierra Vista pitcher Brittney Flores…

North schools include: Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bonita, Charter Oak, Covina, Duarte, Gladstone, Glendora, La Canada, Monrovia, Northview, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Vista, St. Lucy’s, Temple City, Western Christian (20)

South schools incluce: Arroyo, Bassett, Bishop Amat, Diamond Bar, El Monte, Gabrielino, Ganesha, La Puente, Los Altos, Mountain View, Nogales, Pomona, Rowland, South El Monte, South Hills, Walnut, West Covina, Wilson, Workman (19)

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Best pitcher in the Valley … So many to choose

Someone was asking how I’m going to select the top two, maybe three pitchers for the all-area team when there are so many with similar numbers to consider. I started taking a good look at all the teams and man, you can make an argument for so many. The CIF playoffs always helps sort this out, but take a look this list I put together … of course in no particular order.


Bishop Amat lefty Paul Paez.

Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista, 6-2, 1.94 ERA, 78 strikeouts
Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, 7-3, 2.11 ERA, 82 strikeouts
Erik Salcido, San Dimas, 8-1, 1.58 ERA, 61 strikeouts
Brady Zuniga, Bishop Amat, 9-1, 1.62 ERA, 63 strikeouts
Matt Whitehouse, Damien, 6-1, 2.78 ERA, 60 strikeouts
Nico Calderaro, Bonita, 6-2, 1.72 ERA, 64 strikeouts
Adam Plutko, Glendora, 5-3, 2.56 ERA, 49 strikeouts
Kenny Kissell, Charter Oak, 4-1, 2.65 ERA, 32 strikeouts

Then there are the unknowns who do not report stats, but we know who they’re
Derek Klena, South Hills, Huskies ace has them in control of San Antonio
Andrew Melchor, Nogales, having a tremendous season
Eddie Pedroza, Northview, Junior lefty came up big in series with San Dimas
Eric Ruvalcaba, Northview, Where would the Vikings be without this transfer?

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Football: Searching your memory banks

I have been handed a project for a new magazine that we’re going to publish. I don’t know all the details of the magazine or the publication day yet, I just know it has to be completed in the next couple of days. For football, they want to know the following:
Runaway moment of 2008? Team of 2008? Top athletes and college prospects? Athletes to watch next year? Programs to watch next year.

Best team of 2008? Hmm, let me think about that

Since spring football is up and running, how about this list of top ten players to watch out for next fall. In no particular order.
Adam Muema (RB, Charter Oak)
Miles Bevel (RB, South Hills).
Ricky Johnson (RB, West Covina)
Geoffrey Vaughns (WR, South Hills)
Darian Johnson (CB, Bishop Amat)
Leonard Rhodes, (RB, Walnut)
A.J. Powell (S, Charter Oak)
Ify Umodo (WR, South Hills)
Amari Staten (RB, Diamond Ranch)
Jordan Canada (RB, Duarte/South Hills)

Coming Wednesday, Area’s top ten quarterbacks, ranked in order.

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Bishop Amat is peaking and ready for another title run; All-Valley Top 20 released

I’m expecting a big crowd at Bishop Amat this afternoon to watch the Lancers wrap up the Del Rey League title with a sweep over St. Paul. Can you believe they won at St. Paul (14-11, 7-2) so easily on Tuesday, 7-1, with the Swordsmen’s big ace on the mound? It should be more of the same, the Lancers (20-5, 9-0) are peaking. Nobody combines pitching, defense and hitting as well as the Lancers. Sorry Northview and San Dimas, I’m predicting right now the Lancers will win their third straight CIF title.
Steve’s take:I’ll be the devil’s advocate and go with Northview to beat Bishop Amat for the CIF-SS title. The Vikings have that never-quit attitude, which usually comes into play in the big games. They remind me of the 2004 Cal State Fullerton Titans, who had that same mentality on the collegiate level. And if memory serves me well, the Titans upset No. 1 Texas to win the national title that year.

By the way, I was looking at the Star-News baseball poll, and figured I would do an all encompassing baseball poll between our two area’s. A top 20 would look like this based on games through Thursday.

1. Bishop Amat (20-5, Tribune)
2. Northview (18-4, Tribune)
3. Glendora (16-7, Tribune)
4. Arcadia (18-4, Star-News)
5. San Dimas (17-5, Tribune)
6. Damien (18-6, Tribune)
7. Bonita (16-5, Tribune)
8. Monrovia (15-7-1, Star-News)
9. South Hills (16-7, Tribune)
10. Charter Oak (15-7, Tribune)
11. Alhambra (15-7, Star-News)
12. San Marino (15-7, Star-News)
13. La Caada (15-5, Star-News)
14. Temple City (14-9, Star-News)
15. Nogales (19-7-1, Tribune)
16. Diamond Bar (12-11, Tribune)
17. Maranatha (18-5-1, Star-News)
18. Pasadena (13-10-1, Star-News)
19. St. Francis (15-12, Star-News)
20. Bosco Tech (14-6, Star-News)

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Just Tribbin, Spring Football next week

Anything and anyone you want to talk about.

Next week is the final week of the regular season in baseball, and the start of spring football for many. Which schools do you want to hear from first? What interests you most about spring football? Before I jump into this and we start our long campaign to the fall with the spring top ten and ranking of the players by position, what else do you want me to ask or report back on?

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Rowland needs to move to the Valle Vista

“Right now they put us in an eight-team league where we will be fighting for sixth and seventh place in all sports. Some sports will be able to compete, but our girls won’t have a chance, it’s not fair.” – Rowland principal Robbie Robinson.

At Thursday’s appeal hearing, I was moved at how passionate Rowland principal Robbie Robinson was. There is no way, no way that Rowland should be in the Miramonte/San Antonio league along with West Covina, South Hills, Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos and Walnut. If Wilson and Nogales were granted relief to the Valle Vista, tell me why you wouldn’t allow relief for Rowland as well? You want stats, Robinson pointed out in his written argument that Rowland has been to the playoffs a total of eight times in all sports during the past six and a half years, and in non-league games against Diamond Bar, Bonita and Diamond Ranch, they have yet to win a single girls head-to-head contest in at least three years. He pointed out that demographics, much like Wilson, are 79 percent Asian/Hispanic, making it difficult to compete in the “power sports.” “1,900 kids from some of these other schools are not the same 1,900 kids that we have. We have a minority school and a great school, but you’re comparing apples and oranges, and that bothers me.” Robinson went on to say that three athletic directors from the Valle Vista would welcome there move, but that others were non-committal. “Three AD’s said we were a good fit, but other AD’s said they needed to talk to their football coaches and when they came back, they thought we were a good fit everywhere except in football.” The Valle Vista League is already easy, my thinking is that the traditional schools like Northview, Covina, San Dimas and Baldwin Park like it that way, but give me a break, Rowland makes their first trip to the semifinals in football since 1964, and coaches are worried about their football team? Didn’t Covina have a great football team a couple years back with McDonough? Didn’t Northview have a two good years, San Dimas and Baldwin Park there also. Give me a break, the Valle Vista League AD’s need to get together and sign a petition welcoming Rowland into the league to make it an even eight-team league by the next hearing on May 20. Stop looking out for yourselves, and do what’s right. This politicking has to stop.

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Sierra League: Predicting the unpredictable, Damien, Glendora, Chino in a fight to the finish


Glendora (15-7, 7-5) threw the first stone earlier in the week, knocking off league-leading Chino (18-6, 9-3) on the road 3-1, setting up today’s showdown at Glendora. Another win and the Tartans move a game back of the Cowboys with two to play, and would own the tiebreaker if the two finish tied at the end of the season. Taking advantage of Glendora’s win was Damien (18-5, 8-4), who moved a game back of Chino with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Diamond Bar (11-11, 5-7). Damien hosts Diamond Bar today, and can move into a tie for first with a win and Glendora win, which would set up an exciting final week. Can you imagine if that scenario comes to fruition, you would have Chino and Damien tied going into a home-and-home series next week, with Glendora playing last-place Ayala. Glendora owns the tie-braker over Damien, so if all three finish in a first-place tie, Glendora goes to the playoffs at the No. 1. Everything, however, depends on what happens this afternoon.

Today’s games
Sierra League
Chino at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Covina at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
Bassett at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m

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Swimming and Track League Finals : Call in your results to get in the paper

High school swimming and track leaue finals take place today and Friday. Because we do not have the manpower to send reporters to all these league finals that deserve coverage, Steve Ramirez will be in the office Tonight and Friday night taking your calls to get a write-up and boxscores in the newspaper for all league finals events. If you want your results in the newsapaper, please bug your meet director to call in the results afterward to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or Steve directly at 2296. If you want coverage, this is the only way to try and satisfy everyone, thanks.

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Mt. SAC area realignment appeals heard: South Hills, Glendora pass; Charter Oak, Rowland denied. Next up, Executive Council

This is the latest after today’s appeals for Glendora, South Hills, Rowland and Charter Oak over the Mt. SAC realignment. Note, this is not final. There is a final meeting before the Executive Council on May 20.

Glendora: Won its appeal to move back to the Sierra League, which would make the Sierra league a six-team league with South Hills moving out. The Sierra would be Glendora, Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Ayala, Damien/St. Lucy’s and Claremont.
South HIlls: Won its appeal to be moved back to the Miramonte/San Antonio League, which would make it an eight team league along with Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina.
Charter Oak - Lost its appeal to reorganize the Sierra League and/or move down to the Miramonte/San Antonio League, which only would have worked if Rowland moved down to the Valle Vista.
Rowland - Lost its appeal to move down to the Valle Vista and make it an eight-team league.

Note: There also was a proposal voted down that would have included moving Charter Oak and South Hills to the Miramonte/San Antonio, with Glendora going to the Sierra league and Rowland going down to the Valle Vista league without moving other teams that are already in place. That proposal lost 5-3.
Fred’s thought: This would have been the proposal that satisfied all four parties, however when a committee member asked if anyone on the floor objected, only one raised their hand, Diamond Ranch principal Monica Principe. “I do not support it,” Principe said of allowing Charter Oak and South Hills into the Miramonte/San Antonio League, making it a seven-team league with Rowland moving to the Valle Vista. “It would make it very difficult for us to compete.”

What’s next: This is far from over. The original proposal and the proposal that was passed at the CIF-Southern Section Releaguing Committee on Wednesday now goes to the executive council May 20. Charter Oak and Rowland have the right and probably will file an appeal to the Executive council to be heard again.

ORIGINAL PROPOSAL BY MT.SAC PRINCIPALS
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

RELEAGUING COMMITTEE PROPOSAL THAT PASSED
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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Baseball: Sierra Vista and Bishop Amat take care of business, closing in on league titles

Update: Huerta strikes out 14 in 4-1 win over La Puente.

Feature on Sierra Vista junior pitcher Christian Huerta, who threw a no-hitter and struck out 18 against Workman earlier this season.

Today’s Big Showdowns
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat (19-5, 8-0) at St. Paul (14-10, 7-1): Bishop Amat won the first meeting 1-0, and does not want to return home on Friday with a do-or-die game against the Swordsmen. If they take care of business today, Friday’s a moot point. The pick: St. Paul.
FINAL SCORE: Bishop Amat 7-1, Paul Paez pitched another complete game, allows five hits and strikes out 11 as the Lancers inch closer to the Del Rey League title. Freshman Rio Ruiz hit a deep two-run homer and finishes with three RBIs and three hits.

Montview League
La Puente (11-5, 7-1) at Sierra Vista (16-5, 9-1) – The Dons can close in on the title and have their ace in Huerta starting for them at home. They have played two-more league games but are even in the loss column. The Warriors, who played Bishop Amat tough last year, won’t go easy. The Pick: Sierra Vista.
FINAL SCORE: Sierra Vista wins 4-1 as Huerta, who struck out 18 in a game earlier this season, finished with 14 strikeouts to continue his amazing season.

Sierra League
Damien (17-5, 7-4) at Diamond Bar (11-10, 5-6) — The Brahmas must win the first of a home-and-home at home. If they lose, they can start kissing any playoff plans goodbye. The Pick: Diamond Bar
FINAL SCORE: Damien 4, Diamond Bar 1, which moves the Spartans a game out of first place, and with another win at home against the Brahmas and a win by Glendora, and the Spartans will be tied for first going into the final week.

Glendora (14-7, 6-5) at Chino (18-5, 9-2) – The rest of the Sierra League is pulling for the Tartans to knock off Chino on the road so they don’t run away with the title. The Tartans need to win to make sure they don’t slip out of playoff contention. The Pick: Chino
FINAL SCORE Glendora 3, Chino 1. Backs against the wall, no problem. This makes Friday’s rematch even better. Another Tartans win sets up a crazy final week.

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Baseball Poll: Bishop Amat and Northview on top with Damien and South Hills making a move


Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bishop Amat (19-5) – The Lancers have won four straight, including a 15-0 win over South Torrance to capture the Redondo tournament on Saturday. They’re No. 1 in Division IV, and have cracked the L.A. Times’ top ten Southland poll.
2. Northview (15-4) – The Cardiac Kids are at it again, winning two extra-inning thrillers from San Dimas to take over control of the Valle Vista, where they’re hoping to claim their fourth straight league title.
3. Damien (17-5) – The Spartans have won seven of eight after sweeping Ayala last week, moving into sole possession of second in the Sierra League behind Chino. This should be a big week with a home-and-home against Diamond Bar.
4. San Dimas (15-5) - – How do you shake off not one, but two heartbreaking defeats to Northview? By finishing strong, which we expect the Saints to do. Sooner or later, what goes around, comes around.
5. Bonita (15-5) – After a mini-slump the Bearcats regained control of the Miramonte with Friday’s win over Charter Oak after losing to the Chargers earlier in the week. Wouldn’t say they’re firing on all cylinders, but their latest win has to help.
6. Glendora (14-7) – The Tartans have split with Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and Damien in the Sierra, leaving themselves in third with a couple weeks left. This could be a make or break week as far as playoff are concerneds, because they have a pair of games against league-leading Chino.
7. South Hills (15-7) – The Huskies are now 6-1 in the San Antonio league after a huge sweep over Walnut. But they still only have a one-game lead over Nogales in the loss column.
8. Charter Oak (14-7) – The Chargers have been up and down all season, but what they have proved is they’re no pushover for anyone. This is a team that can go out in the first round of the playoffs, or make a deep run.
9. Nogales (18-7-1) – The Nobles are surging again, winners of four straight with a pair of games against West Covina. If the Nobles survive, it will set up a huge game next week against South Hills for the league title.
10. Diamond Bar (11-10) – Back-to-back losses to Chino hurt their playoff hopes, but they can climb right back into it against Damien this week. The trouble is, that’s easier said than done.

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 Poll: Nothing changes at the top, Glendora, Los Altos, Bonita are top three by far

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Glendora (16-2) – After sweeping Division III’s No. 7 Chino Hills and moving to a perfect 6-0 in the Sierra League, the Tartans were so impressive they still didn’t make the Div. III top ten poll. At least we got it right.
2. Los Altos (17-6) – With its huge win at Bonita to all but wrap up another Miramonte League title, the Conquerors seemed prim for a playoff run. Beating Mater Dei will do that to your confidence.
3. Bonita (17-4-1) – There is nothing for the Bearcats to feel bad about after last week’s loss to the Conquerors. They have done well in tournaments, and will be a hard out when the playoffs begin.
4. San Dimas (17-4) – The Valle Vista isn’t what it was last year, except for the Saints. The problem is they have lost to Glendora, Bonita, Los Altos and St. Lucy’s. They do not have a win on their resume worth bragging about, but you look at their pitching and lineup and know that they’re capable.
5. South El Monte (14-6) – The Eagles now have a full two-game lead in the Mission Valley League and are running away with it. If you like numbers, check out all-everything Reina Gaber’s numbers: Batting .619 with 23 RBIs, 7 homers, 8 doubles and three triples. In the circle she has a 0.75 ERA, with 126 strikeouts.
6. Bishop Amat (13-12) – A tough loss last week to St. Joseph, but they remain in third in the tough Del Rey and should get a playoff spot. But that first round playoff game is looking tougher by the week.
7. Sierra Vista (16-3) – They keep on keeping on, and now with pitcher Brittney Flores back in the circle, the Dons have to be dealt with.
8. Northview (12-7) – The Vikings have won four straight to take over second by themselves in the VVL, but lets see how they do with a big test at San Dimas on Friday.
9. South Hills (12-6) – A huge sweep over Walnut last week has turned the San Antonio into a wild-race to the finish, with four teams separated by a game in the loss column.
10. West Covina (11-9) – The Bulldogs surged into the lead in the San Antonio with a win over Walnut last week, and continue to swing the bat as well as anyone.

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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Swimming and Track league finals take center stage: Call in your results to get in the newspaper

High school swimming and track league prelims and finals take place this week, with CIF-Southern Section preliminaries set to begin next week. Because we do not have the manpower to send reporters to all these league finals that deserve coverage, Steve Ramirez will be in the office on Thursday and Friday night taking your calls to get a write-up and boxscores in the newspaper for all league finals events. If you want your results in the newsapaper, please bug your meet director to call in the results afterward to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or Steve directly at 2296. If you want coverage, this is the only way to try and satisfy everyone, thanks.


Above: Glendora’s super sophomore Gretchen Jaques getting ready for her time of year.

The schedule for league track and swimming prelims and finals is as follows:
Montview League: Swimming, prelims Wednesday and finals on Friday at Sierra Vista High School. Track, finals at Bassett High School on Thursday.
Mission Valley League: Track, league prelims Wednesday at Mountain View, finals on Friday at Gabrielino.
Miramonte League: Swimming, prelims today and finals on Friday at La Flores Park. Track, prelims on Wednesday and finals Friday at Bonita High School.
San Antonio League: Swimming, prelims on Wednesday and finals Friday at Walnut High School. Track, prelims today and finals on Thursday at Rowland High School.
Sierra League: Swimming, prelims today and finals Thursday at Glendora High School. Track, finals at Diamond Bar on Thursday.
Del Rey League: Swimming, finals Friday at Las Flores Park. Track, finals Thursday at JSerra High School.
Valle Vista League: Swimming, prelims on Wednesday, finals on Friday at Baldwin Park High School. Track, prelims today and finals on Thursday at Baldwin Park High School.

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What will it take for the Glendora High School softball team to get some respect? Seriously now


Why is everyone on the fence with Glendora?

The CIF-Southern Section Division III softball polls are unexplainable. I’m sorry, but unlike our silly Tribune polls, these polls are used to rank teams for the playoffs. Where is Glendora? This was funny a few weeks ago when they played just one game in a month’s time, but what’s the excuse now? For a school that advanced to a championship game last year, this poll is difficult to understand. Is this politics as usual?

Just Released, May 4, Division III – 1. Oaks Christian, 2. Tesoro, 3. Cajon, 4. Crescenta Valley, 5. Summit, 6. Patriot, 7. Chino Hills, 8. Ayala, 9. Los Altos, 10. Bonita. Others: Alemany, Righetti and Downey. Note even a mention of Glendora.

The argument: Glendora is 16-2 and 6-0 in the Sierra League. The Tartans swept Chino Hills last week (4-0 and 5-3), and Chino Hills is still No. 7! Glendora beat Bonita without its best pitcher, 2-1, and Bonita is No. 10! Glendora captured the Charter Oak tournament and lost to Division II’s No. 6 Etiwanda in the championship of the San Dimas tourney. They split with Upland, ranked No. 5 in Division II. They also beat Bishop Amat and San Dimas rather easily. I thought the pollsters were being unfair to Rosemead football in the fall, but this may be the most ridiculous poll ever. This is taking forever to get right.

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If Northview and Bishop Amat met in the finals, it would be the most anticipated game since ?

There was a huge gathering at last year’s Glendora tournament championship between Northview and Bishop Amat. Northview won then, and went on to win the Division IV title. Bishop Amat went on to win its second consecutive Division V title. They have not met this season, but the banter continues. If they finish 1 & 2 in the Division IV polls, they could only meet in the championship game. If that game came to fruition, it would be the most anticipated Valley championship since who? Someone told me that Covina’s 10-7 win over Northview in the 1979 final at Angels Stadium was the biggest area championship ever. Are there others that come to mind?

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Northview’s Jim Arellanes forced to keep his options open, applies at Corona Santiago

Northview High School football coach Jim Arellanes has been through this before. Fearing budget cuts might cost him his job, Arellanes applied to become Monrovia High School’s football coach last spring, and was a finalist before the school named West Covina defensive coordinator Ryan Maddux to succeed Steve Garrison.
After learning last month that his name was on a list of possible teachers that could be laid off in the Covina School District, Arellanes recently applied for the vacant Corona Santiago head football coaching position, a job that is rumored to be filled by A.B. Miller’s Jeff Steinberg. To continue reading, click thread.

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Will Bishop Amat stay No. 1 by the end of the week? To do so, it has to go through rival St. Paul

After a great week of baseball, it’s time to focus on the Tribune’s No. 1 and Division IV’s top-ranked Bishop Amat baseball team. The Lancers won their fourth straight with a 15-0 win over South Torrance to capture the Redondo tournament, improving to 19-5. This week the Del Rey League title is at stake. The Lancers (8-0) can all but wrap it up with a win at St. Paul (7-1) on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m., but if the Lancers stumble, the rubber match will be at Bishop Amat on Friday.

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Sunday Tribbin: As far as predictions go, this was a classic from our very own Art Wilson

Anything and anyone you want to talk about. I’m accepting athlete of the week nominations

Art Wilson knows his horse racing, he really does, but this was a classic prediction that we will tease him about for a long time. Here is how he started his column on the Kentucky Derby.
Here’s the first thing I did while handicapping today’s Kentucky Derby – I took out a black pen and drew lines through five horses. They have zero chance. Zilch. Nada. My 14-year-old Labrador/Shepherd would have more of a shot, and he doesn’t get around very well anymore. The Five? Mine That Bird, Join in the Dance, Atomic Rain, Nowhere to Hide and Flying Private. If you’re planning to bet win money on any of those 3-year-olds, do us all a favor and just make out a check to the charity of your choice right now.Save yourself the anguish of rooting for a horse that might be lucky to finish before NBC signs off. Of Course, Mine that Bird, the 50-1 shot, won it. What’s worse, his prediction or mine that Hatton would win?.

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