“I’m ecstatic,” said Hernandez, who graduated from Servite in 1996 and played free safety at Division III St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. “I’m so fired up to be a part of this program. It’s been a goal of mine to be a head varsity coach and lead a program.”
Above: Sierra Vista stud Christian Huerta
One of the problems with baseball last year is that coaches — many from the top teams – do not report stats. This has to change, this is the Valley’s most dominant sport, we all deserve to know how the kids are doing. I can promise the coaches who don’t report loved seeing their stats and names in the paper when they were playing, so no more excuses of being scouted or this and that, if everyone is reporting, it’s an even playing field. All this stuff about not reporting because it’s about team and not the individual stats is baloney — that flies in Little League — not competitive high school baseball. Posting stats didn’t stop Amat from winning two titles in a row or San Dimas from winning a title last year, and besides, when coaches are posting, it’s fun to follow a year like the one Josh Leyland had with the Saints, and you can’t do that if teams aren’t reporting. I wanted to put a list of the top returning pitchers, but with half the Valley not reporting last year, these are the returners we know for sure.
1. Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, 10-3, 2.17
2. Adam Plutko, Glendora, 6-2, 2.64
3. Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista, 8-2, 1.96
4. Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar, 7-2, 2.30
5. Michael Luna, Los Altos, 5-2, 2.38
By Fred J. Robledo
As expected, the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team earn the top seed in Division 4 when the CIF-Southern Section girls soccer pairings were released on Monday. The undefeated Lancers (24-0-2), with 106 goals and 21 shutouts, will open the first round of the playoffs at home against Pacific View’s third-place finisher Adolfo Camarillo (7-8-4). All wild card games are Wednesday with the first round on Friday. All games start at 3 p.m.
By Fred J. Robledo
The Baldwin Park high school boys soccer team has been the top-ranked team most of the season in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 polls, so it was no surprise the undefeated Braves (20-0-2) earned the No. 1 seed when the boys soccer playoff pairings were announced on Monday. All wild card games are today with the first round on Thursday. All games start at 3 p.m.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
While Damien caught almost everyone by surprise when it advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A semifinals last year after finishing fifth in the Sierra League, the Spartans are not fooling anyone this time. After finishing second behind highly regarded Chino Hills in the Sierra, Damien (19-7) earned the No. 4 seed in Division 2A when the boys basketball pairings were announced on Sunday. All first-round games are Wednesday at 7 p.m.
By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
With reigning area player of the year Janelle Kearney returning last week from a knee sprain that sidelined her for nearly a month, the Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team is finally healthy and poised to make a run at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A title game after earning a No. 2 seed when the pairings were released on Sunday. All first-round games are on Thursday at 7 p.m.
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
West Covina High School didn’t win a CIF-Southern Section dual wrestling championship Saturday. But Bulldogs coach Donnie Stephens wasn’t too disappointed, either.
West Covina, despite missing one key competitor and having another athlete wrestle with an injury, enjoyed a solid day at the Division 2 meet at Canyon Springs in Moreno Valley. The Bulldogs upset No. 1 seed Corona Centennial, 39-35, in the second round before losing to Royal, 36-28, in the semifinals.
Bishop Amat High School’s April Juarez scored the equalizer in the 70th minute in what ended in a 1-1 draw against La Salle. But she’s frustrated after missing a couple chances to win it after the final whistle is blown.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
While La Salle gained some much needed swagger heading into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4 girls soccer playoffs, top-ranked Bishop Amat found out what it was made of with its undefeated season in jeopardy. Guess that’s why Friday’s 1-1 draw after 80 minutes and two overtimes was appealing to both coaches.
Chino Hills Tom checks out games all over the I.E., Friday he watched the Glendora boys soccer team clinch the Sierra League title with a 2-1 win over Ayala.
Tom Wrote: The Glendora high school boys soccer team will leave for the Baseline League next season, but not after winning its first Sierra League title in school history with a 2-1 victory at home over Ayala on Friday.
And what made it sweeter is that both goals came from an unlikely duo. Glendora junior defender Ferny Martinez finished Jeremy Bishop’s long cross in the 77th minute, breaking a 1-1 tie and ending a title drought that had lasted far too long for the Tartans. (To continue, click thread)
Spoke with West Covina coach Mike Maggiore, who said a game with Bishop Amat was close to happening, but he thought facing South Hills in week 2 on a Thursday night at the District Field was more appealing, and I couldn’t agree more now that the rivals are not in the same league anymore. BTW, I’m hearing that in addition to Garfield, Bishop Amat is close to inking a nonleague game with Venice at home.
Soccer: The Bishop Amat girls (24-0-1) take on La Salle today at 3:30 p.m., in hopes of completing an undefeated regular season heading into the D-4 playoffs next week. The
MVL boys hoops preview: The Mission Valley League title takes center stage tonight, with Rosemead (7-9, 7-2) hoping to wrap up the league title with a victory at South El Monte (11-11, 5-4). With Gabrelino (8-16, 6-3) already finished, if Rosemead loses, the Panthers and Eagles would share the league title. South El Monte needs to win to guarantee a playoff spot.
Final Friday before playoffs is here. Who’s still playing? Boys Basketball
Mission Valley League
Rosemead at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at San Gabriel, 6:30 p.m.
Mountain View at El Monte, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball
Mission Valley League
Rosemead at South El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at San Gabriel, 4:45 p.m.
Mountain View at El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Chino HIlls Tom wote: In what has been, at times, a frustrating season ended on a positive note for the Glendora Tartans after they avenged an earlier season loss to the Ayala Bulldogs Thursday night by getting their 18th win of the year 50-48. On senior night the Tartans started quick behind the hot outside shooting of Brett Helberg, who scored 8 of his game high 18 points in the first quarter, racing to a 7-0 lead and ending the 1st quarter up 12-8.
Rowland’s Henry Calistro was amazing, scoring his 32nd goal in the win “Henry is the best player I’ve seen in a long time. He should be our league MVP and do great wherever he goes. I’ll be interested to see where the future takes him, he’s tremendous.” — South Hills coach Casey Stratton
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
COVINA – The San Antonio League boys soccer race was exciting to the final whistle. After going winless the first 12 games of the season, South Hills had a chance to earn a share of the league title with a victory over Rowland on Thursday. But instead Rowland won its first league title since 1985 with a 2-1 victory at Covina District Field, which not only denied the Huskies a piece of the championship, but knocked them out of the playoffs entirely. (To continue, click thread).
The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.
Guru Says: Now that signing day has come and gone… its time to look into the future. Here is our first list of underclassman that our service is watching for in 2010. Two things are a must for us to be put on the list. Continue reading →
Chino Hills Tom checks out games all over the I.E., Monday he was at the Chino Hills-Diamond boys soccer game, check it out.
Tom Says: Chino Hills Soccer Coach Kyle Shuler knew what his team had to do at Chino High School on Wednesday Night, win and you have a shot at your third straight Sierra League Championship, lose and you may limp into the play-offs as the 3rd place team. Fortunately, Coach Shuler’s team was able to overcome a pesky Cowboy team that was honoring its seniors for their last home game of the season, 2-1. (To continue click thread)
BTW: For those who don’t know Tom, watch how I X’d him on the Jamie Kennedy experiment .. He’s in blue, I’m in red, the last 30 seconds I get him.
This is has been a strange year for boys basketball. Teams with the best records are South Hills and Baldwin Park. Diamond Ranch, Nogales and Glendora are struggling while La Verne Lutheran is the only team with multiple D-1 prospects. Bishop Amat, Bonita and Damien can all play, but they don’t have the high flyers that will captivate an audience and draw those who don’t normally follow their teams to games. Workman might have the best player in Bobby Miles Serrano, but he’s tough to showcase in the struggling Montview. They would have been more fun if CJ stuck around, but now he’s gone too. Even Northview didn’t win a Valle Vista league title, I guess it’s just one of those years. You know it’s strange season when you post top ten threads throughout the year and girls soccer continually draws more attention than supposedly the second biggest drawing sport in high school. What are you gonna do?
South Hills sophomore Ty France has joined fellow sophomore CJ Saylor in announcing his attention to go to San Diego State. This Huskies team already is loaded with Jacob Shirley going to UCLA. Between South Hills and Bishop Amat, this is a lot of D-1 talent. I said it once and I will say it again, baseball is our best sport in the SGV, I would take an all-star team of SGV players over Orange County any day of the week. Already there are plans in the works for an SGV-Long Beach all-star baseball challenge … More on that later.
Bishop girls win: Bishop Amat never trailed against Serra, getting 13 points from Arielle Wideman and Andrea Villanueva. The key, however, came in the fourth quarter when they clung to a 32-30 lead, Gina Henderson came up with five straight points, her only five of the night, sparking an eventual 8-0 run that gave the Lancers a 40-30 lead and they never looked back. Bishop Amat, Serra and Bishop Mongomery all finished in a three-way tie for the Del Rey League title with 4-2 records.
Chino Hills Tom on Damien-Ayala boys hoops: It shaped up to be a tough game when The Ayala Bulldogs traveled to Damien High school to take on the Host Spartans with the home team coming away with a hard fought 58-50 victory on Tuesday night. This Sierra league contest could of left 1 team alone in second place, but instead we have two tied with identical 6-3 records going into their final games on thursday night. (To continue click thread).