BRAVEHEART: If you haven’t jumped on the Braves Bandwagon, this is your chance to root for neighborhood kids on a dream run

With all due respect to Damien, Bishop Amat, and La Verne Lutheran, Baldwin Park is the feel-good story of the 2010 boys basketball playoffs. For one, they’re the only area public school left in CIF playoffs that are designed to benefit the rich private and public school powerhouses, which is why the best teams in the Southern Section are spread over so many divisions, making sure the best programs have the easiest roads to the finals, which is the best way for CIF to fill up its seats at the big venues and make its money. It’s awful, but that’s the way it is, which is why what Baldwin Park is doing is such a breath of fresh air. And look how they did it, squeezing out a 54-53 win over Eastside followed by another clutch 88-87 overtime victory on the road at Villa Park for their first playoff victories since 1984. Yes, 26 years! My goodness, now they get Keppel in the quarters at home on Tuesday, and though Keppel is extremely quick and talented, they’re not physically over-powering. The Braves have a shot, they really do. Keppel historically is a great home team with incredible fans, and they will bring it. Hopefully the city of Baldwin Park shows up on Tuesday, they will need every student, alumni, teacher and fan of the town to rock the house and make the Aztecs as uncomfortable as possible. The Braves (24-4) are 8-1 at home and four out of five of Keppel’s (23-5) losses have come on the road. If the Braves win, they could have the ridiculous task of having to face Pasadena in the semifinals, but enjoy this first. There might not be another season like this in Braveheart Country for years, so if you’re going to attend just one game, this is it.

Baldwin Park’s record-setting season
All these are bests in school hisotry

3 – Tournament Wins
24 – Most Wins in a Season
101 – Most points scored in a game
1,979 – Most points in a season
70.0 – Highest scoring average in a season.

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Playoffs, the second week: Four left in boys and girls hoops; Soccer looking strong after first round

Boys Basketball
Tuesday’s CIF-SS Quarterfinal Matchups
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

No. 12 University Irvine at No. 4 Damien
No. 3 Keppel at No. 11 Baldwin Park
Division 4A
No. 4 Bishop Amat at No. 12 Lawndale
Division 5AA
No. 6 Brentwood at No.2 La Verne Lutheran

Girls Basketball
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
All games start at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

No. 1 Diamond Ranch at No. 7 Anaheim Canyon
Division 3AA
No. 6 Sonora at No. 3 Bishop Amat
Division 3A
No. 1 Santa Margarita at No. 8 Sierra Vista
No. 5 Palos Verdes at No. 4 Bonita

Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s Second-Round
All games start at 3 p.m.

Division 2
Glendora at Riverside Poly
Division 4
Cathedral at Sierra Vista
North Torrance at Diamond Ranch
Santa Monica at Los Altos
Division 5
Baldwin Park at Desert Hot Springs
Division 6
El Monte at Oak Hills
Mountain View at Cerritos Valley Christian

Girls Soccer
Wednesday’s Second Round
All games at 3 p.m.
Division 2

Flintridge Sacred Heart vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien HS
Division 4
Bishop Amat at Rim of the World
Los Altos at California
Division 6
San Dimas at Calvary Murrieta
Division 7
Azusa at CAMS
Laguna Blanca at Arroyo
South El Monte vs. Alverno at Rio De Los Angeles Park
St. Matthias at Sierra Vista at 5 p.m.

Girls Water Polo
Wednesday’s Semifinals
Division 3

Riverside Poly vs. St. Lucy’s at Wm. Woolet Aquatics, 2 p.m.
Division 6
Los Altos vs. Chadwick at Mira Costa HS, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut vs. Malibu, 3:15 p.m.

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Wrestling: Area’s best bring home 8 CIF-SS titles

Here’s my story from Saturday’s CIF-SS divisionals, which proved to be quite productive for area competitors:

South Hills High School, after finishing in a three-way tie in the San Antonio League and losing a coin flip, didn’t get the opportunity to compete for a CIF-Southern Section dual championship last week.
The Huskies made up for it Saturday, finishing a solid third at the CIF-SS Southern Division championships at Chaparral High. Redlands East Valley won the meet with 212 points, with traditional power Temecula Valley second at 192.5 and the Huskies third at 181. West Covina was fourth at 138.5.

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Girls Basketball: Sierra Vista wins thriller; Bonita, Bishop Amat, Diamond Ranch advance; South Hills, St. Lucy’s, Northview all fall

Sierra Vista squeaks by
By Fred J. Robledo

Feeding off a rowdy home crowd, the Monrovia High School girls basketball team nearly knocked off a league champion for the second consecutive time in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs, but eighth-seed Sierra Vista held on for a 47-46 second-round victory on Saturday.


Above: Sierra Vista High School’s Dakota Fabro (22) ,left, celebrates with Stephanie Franco (55) as Sierra Vista beat Monrovia.

Girls Basketball
Tonight’s CIF-SS Second Round
All games at 7 p.m.

Division 2A
Diamond Ranch 58, Moorpark 24
Division 3AA
Bishop Amat 68, Cerritos 22
Division 3A
Sierra Vista 47, Monrovia 46
Bonita 58, Gahr 36
Citrus Hill 72, South Hills 55
Division 4AA
Harvard-Westlake 76, St. Lucy’s 54
Orange Lutheran 53, Northview 30

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Boys Hoops: After Friday’s second round the Trib is down to its Final Four: Baldwin Park, Damien, Bishop Amat and La Verne Lutheran

Tuesday’s CIF-SS Quarterfinal Matchups
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

No. 12 University Irvine at No. 4 Damien
No. 3 Keppel at No. 11 Baldwin Park
Division 4A
No. 4 Bishop Amat at No. 12 Lawndale
Division 5AA
No. 6 Brentwood at No.2 La Verne Lutheran

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San Dimas’ rally falls short
By Fred J. Robledo
With visiting Morningside raining three-pointers and driving up and down the court like dragsters, it appeared San Dimas was going to get run out of its own building during Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA second-round boys basketball playoff game.
But not only did the Saints take a good punch, they fought back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a three-point lead in the second half before eventually falling to the eighth-seed Monarchs, 80-68.

CIF-Boys Basketball
Friday’s Second-Round Results
Division 1A

Chino Hills 56, Walnut 38
Division 2A
Mayfair 52, Nogales 50
Damien 62, Westlake 50
Baldwin Park 88, Villa Park 87
Division 3A
Golden Valley 74, Bonita 66
Harvard-Westlake 80, South Hills 51
Centennial Compton 60, Charter Oak 54
Division 4A
Morningside 80, San Dimas 68
Bishop Amat 77, St. Francis 61
Division 5A
La Verne Lutheran 69, St. Margaret’s 52

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Girls Soccer first round: Bishop Amat, San Dimas, St. Lucy’s, Azusa, Los Altos win; Charter Oak, Bonita, Glendora and Walnut all bow out

Wednesday’s Second Round
All games at 3 p.m.
Division 2

St. Lucy’s vs. Saturday’s Flintridge Sacred Heart-Brea Olinda Winner
Division 4
Bishop Amat at Rim of the World
Los Altos at California
Division 6
San Dimas at Calvary Murrieta
Division 7
Azusa at CAMS
Laguna Blanca vs. Arroyo-Tarbut winner
South El Monte at Alverno
St. Matthias at Sierra Vista


Girls Soccer
Friday’s first round results
Division 2

Valencia 2, Walnut 1, OT
Hart 2, Glendora 1
Burbank 5, South Hills 2
St. Lucy’s 1, Lancaster 1, St. Lucy’s wins 4-1 PKS
Division 4
Bishop Amat 3, Adolfo Carillo 0
St. Joseph 5, Bonita 0
Los Altos 7, San Bernardino 0
Serrano 2, Charter Oak 1
Division 6
San Dimas 3, Bell Gardens 0
Oxford Academy 1, Northview 0,2OT
Division 7
Azusa 2, San Gabriel Mission 1, OT
Tarbut V Torah at Arroyo, 6 p.m.
Animo Leadership 3, Gladstone 0
South El Monte 3, St. Anthony 0
Cate 2, La Puente 0
St. Mathias 3, El Monte 2

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Boys Soccer: Los Altos wins in PKs over La Puente; MView, Glendora, BPark all win

Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s Second-Round
All games start at 3 p.m.

Division 2
Glendora at Riverside Poly
Division 4
Cathedral at Sierra Vista
North Torrance at Diamond Ranch
Santa Monica at Los Altos
Division 5
Baldwin Park at Desert Hot Springs
Division 6
El Monte at Oak Hills
Mountain View at Cerritos Valley Christian


Boys Soccer Playoff Schedule
Thursday’s first-round results
Division 2

Valley View 3, Diamond Bar 2
Glendora 4, Eastside 0
Division 3
Savanna 4, West Covina 2
Lompoc Cabrillo 5, Rowland 3
Montclair 2, Nogales 0
Division 4
Corona del Mar 4, Wilson 1
Sierra Vista 3, Rio Mesa 2, OT
Diamond Ranch 4, Fillmore 1
La Mirada 2, Bishop Amat 0
Los Altos 0, La Puente 0, Los Altos adv 5-4 PKs
Division 5
Baldwin Park 6, Bolsa Grande 1
Salesian 8, Northview 1
Division 6
El Monte 2, Silverado 1
Brentwood 3, South El Monte 2
Mountain View 2, Citrus Hill 1, OT

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Girls water polo: Contreras closing in on record


Above: Los Atlos’ girls water polo player Stephanie Contreras is closing in on the CIF-SS record for most goals in a season. She has 171 coming into Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff game against Valencia of Placentia.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer

HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Freshmen, it’s been said, are to be seen but never heard, and leading is usually definitely out of the question.
Then there’s Los Altos High School’s Stephanie Contreras, who’s proving to be the exception.
She’s not only disputing the adage, she’s blowing it out of the water, scoring 171 goals during the Conquerors water polo team’s first 21 games.
Contreras goes into her team’s CIF-Southern Section playoff opener a mere 12 goals from the CIF-SS single-season record of 183, set by La Salle’s Kara-Leigh Huse in 2008.

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Nogales names former Servite player Sebastian Hernandez to be next football coach

“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.”

After a long search that included several local candidates, Nogales High School has chosen Sebastian Hernandez to be its next football coach. You can also read about it In the Huddle with Aram Tolegian

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Baseball is a numbers game, but few coaches report the numbers. For the last time, update your stats fellas, no more hiding


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

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat No. 1 and Los Altos No. 3 in Division 4; Sierra Vista No. 2 in D-7

For the complete CIF-SS girls soccer pairings, visit the CIF Website

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.

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Boys Soccer: Baldwin Park No. 1 in Division 5; La Puente and Los Altos square off in D-4 first round

For the CIF-SS boys soccer playoff brackets, click thread

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.

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