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).
Below is Los Altos’ Courtney Gano. Sort of some breaking news for you, Natalie Sanchez, who pitched and played a key role in Whittier Christian’s run to a softball title last year, has transferred to Bishop Amat, though her transfer hardship request was denied by CIF-SS officials. From what I hear, she is appealing. If she’s able to play, this should help the Lancers tremendously.
Pitcher – Chloe Wurst, Bonita
Catcher – Brittney Rodriguez South Hills
Infield – Stephanie LaRosa, Diamond Bar
Infield – Courtney Gano, Los Altos
Infield – Natalie Hernandez, Glendora
Infield – Vanessa Bracamonte, Wilson
Outfield – Breeanna Sandoval, Bonita
Outfield – Courtney Hine, San Dimas
Outfield – Jazzmin Arant, Covina
Flex – Monica Gomez, Sierra Vista
Above: Bishop Amat lefty Paul Paez is the area’s best returning pitcher.
With baseball a few weeks from starting, I thought I would get the conversation going with the area’s preseason starting lineup. The top 9 are as follows:
* It has been confirmed that Covina’s Matt Munoz has transferred to San Dimas, so pending eligility, we will officially list him as a San Dimas player from now on
Pitcher: Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Catcher: Jerry McClanahan, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Infielder: Erik Lewis, Damien, Sr.
Infielder: Christian Ibarra, South Hills, Sr.
Infielder: Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, So.
Infielder: Matt Munoz, San Dimas, Jr. *(pending CIF eligibility)
Outfielder: Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Outfielder: Jacob Smigelski, Glendora, Sr.
Outfielder: Chester Pak, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Covina’s Matt Munoz shown here as a freshman. The junior recently transferred to CIF-SS Division IV champion San Dimas.
CIFs final regular season rankings for boys hoops are in, you might want to check it out to to where you local teams are. For example, Damien is No. 4 in Div. 2A, and will have a very good chance of getting to at least the semifinals. Pasadena is No. 2, and they lost to Burbank last week. Baldwin Park is No. 10 in the division, so a second round-game is entirely possible. In Div. 3A, locals that have had a great season like Bonita (No. 8), Charter Oak (No. 12) and South Hills (No. 15), will have an extremely tough time advancing in one of the most loaded divisions. In Division 4AA, though Bishop Amat is fourth in the Del Rey, they’re No. 5 in the division. Also, San Dimas is at No. 10 and Northview at No. 12. — talk about fortunate. Umm, Glendora is not ranked, and the team that will win a title, La Verne Lutheran, is No. 2 in Division 5AA
Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar said when the track season ends, they will begin renovations on a new field turf surface and track. In fact, graduations are at APU this June. If you’re wondering about the smurf turf, it ain’t gonna happen. Besides, if it happens anywhere, it should be at Bishop Amat. However, my only request is that the new field is in someway named after coach Farrar. You put in 40 years and win five championships, you deserve it. How does Farrar Field sound? The other CIF champion in town, San Dimas, is expected to have a new field turf surface in place in 2011. Still no word whether Los Altos will ever get one. You figure the school with 11 CIF championships would have one by now, but instead they probably have one of the worst fields in the SGV, go figure.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
LA PUENTE – About the only thing scarier than the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team’s 24-0-1 record and 106-5 goals differential is that the Lancers’ leading scorer is just a sophomore, and the next top two scorers are freshmen.
April Juarez, already a standout with the prestigious Irvine Strikers club soccer team, is the super sophomore that’s part of a new breed of Lancers who have quickly become one of the best teams in the CIF-Southern Section under third-year coach Ruben Gonzales.
Boys Basketball top ten 1. South Hills (19-3) – After winning 12 straight, the Huskies have cemented their status on top. We’re also hearing this is the first time they have been ranked this high by the Trib. 2. Bonita (21-4) - The 62-50 win over Diamond Ranch should be enough to earn the Miramonte League title. What can you say, another steady year from Eckler and Co. 3. Damien (17-7) – They should have had the goods to win the Sierra League title, so from that standpoint, the season was somewhat disappointing. But again, that’s how we felt last year before they blew us all away and stormed to the divisional semifinals. 4. La Verne Lutheran (15-8) -- The huge gap between Lutheran and the Arrowhead league is about the same as the huge gap between Lutheran and Price. We know the Trojans are good, but they’re not at the next level just yet. 5. Bishop Amat (17-8) – Facts are facts, they have lost three in a row and have fallen to fourth in the Del Rey. It’s a tough league right? It should be tough, that’s what an all-private league should be like. 6. Charter Oak (17-6) — They proved this year they’re more than just a “football” school. 7. San Dimas (16-8) – As long as they don’t trip over their own success, the Saints should wrap up the Valle Vista title this week. 8. Glendora (16-8) - With the playoffs approaching you have to wonder, will LeDuc work his magic again? I just don’t see it. 9. Baldwin Park (21-3) - The prevailing feeling is that as great as this season has been for the Braves, finishing third in the Valle Vista would be a disappointment. If they beat Northview, they can avoid it and finish second. 10. Northview (16-7) – After losing to San Dimas last week, will the Vikes get swept by Baldwin Park?