Baseball: Amat is No. 1…but for how long?

Here’s this week’s baseball rankings:
1. Bishop Amat (20-2) - Bring on the Huskies!
2. South Hills (15-3) – Can they take down Amat?
3. Glendora (16-2-1) – Plutko keeps them in first
4. Damien (13-5) - Split drops Sparta to second
5. Bonita (14-3-1) - Has free path to title
6. Northview (13-4-1) - Yet to lose in league
7. Diamond Bar (12-7) – Staying in contention
8. Los Altos (14-6) - Ended Bonita’s streak
9. Charter Oak (11-8) - Swept two from D-Ranch
10. Sierra Vista (13-4) – Team to beat in Montview

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Softball: Glendora is back on top


Here’s this week’s softball rankings:
1. Glendora (16-3) - Sierra League Showtown with Ayala looms
2. Bonita (19-2-1) – Short visit to the top
3. St. Lucy’s (13-9) – 1-2 week vs. the top two
4. Arroyo (15-1) - Battle royale vs. South El Monte awaits
5. West Covina (13-6) – Best hitting team in the area?
6. Northview (14-5) – Began the week in first
7. Covina (13-3) – Still in league title chase
8. San Dimas (11-7) - Still formidable
9. South Hills (15-7) - Loss to Saints hurts
10. Azusa (12-4) - Ruling the Montview

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Football: QB Chad Jeffries and OL Sioasi Aiono shine at Sunday’s NIKE Camp at USC

Glendora quarterback Chad Jeffries and South Hills offensive lineman Sioasi Aiono earned MVP distinctions at Sunday’s Nike Camp at USC, with Jeffries named the top quarterback prospect and Aiono named the top offensive lineman. Here is what Rivals.Com said about Jeffires.
Boise State is the main school showing interest in Jeffries and after Sunday’s performance it’s easy to see why. Jeffries looked good in his drops, scanned the field well, showed off a strong, consistent arm and usually seemed to hit the receivers right in the numbers. Jeffries won the MVP award and Los Angeles Loyola’s Jerry Neuheisel was right there with him. “He’s just the most solid overall,” quarterbacks coach Matt James said of Jeffries. “He and Jerry Neuheisel were the best two kids mechanically-speaking and depths in their drops, understanding of the game, their reads and throwing the ball, timing of throwing the ball. Jeffries and Jerry both had really good days.”

ESPN video interview with Sioasi Aiono CHAD JEFFRIES VIDEOS

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Record day at San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships at West Covina High School


Above: Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price was one of those athletes to set meet records. The junior broke records she set last year; she won the 100 in 12.18 and the long jump with a mark of 19-0 1/2.

Meet Story: In the world of sprinters, it seems to be habit that the best avoid each other until the season’s best meets. That’s not the case in the San Gabriel Valley. When Covina High School’s Remontay McClain won the 100 meters in the fifth annual San Gabriel Valley Track and Field Championships at West Covina High, the junior was bummed that his stiffest competition, West Covina’s Beejay Lee, was not in the race. “I kind of missed him,” McClain said, “But I got first place. He’s a fun guy to hang out with. He’s a fun guy to talk to.” McClain got his wish later in the day in the 200. Lined up next to McClain, in featured Lane 5, was Lee. It was the fifth time the pair have faced off against each other this season. Lee missed the 100 because he previously committed to the Nike football combine in Long Beach.

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Softball: St. Lucy’s might be 0-4 in the Sierra, but they beat top-ranked Bonita 2-1 to win the Charter Oak Tournament on Saturday

The truth is, St. Lucy’s is one of the top five teams in the Valley, no doubt. I saw them against Glendora, sophomore lefty Danielle O’Toole is already one of the area’s best pitchers, just a lot of bad luck, losing 2-0 and 3-2 to Glendora last week before beating Bonita in the Charter Oak tournament final, 2-1. This tells you how difficult the Sierra League is, and it won’t get easier for St. Lucy’s, who could be 0-6 with two games against Ayala this week. I’ll bet St. Lucy’s can’t wait to welcome Charter Oak and South Hills to the Sierra next year. When rankings come out Wednesday, who should be No. 1?

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It’s almost here: Bishop Amat-South Hills at Mt. SAC on Wednesday for King of the Valley

With Glendora going down this week to Damien, South Hills will jump back to No. 2 in our rankings next week, setting up a Classic 1 vs. 2 matchup at Mt. SAC. If anyone tells you it’s not important because it’s not a league game, a playoff game, etc, etc, don’t buy it. Bragging rights mean something to kids, coaches, parents, and these two teams know the Valley is looking forward to it, and ready to dissect the result right after. Remember when Northview beat Amat two years in the Glendora tournament and they both went on to win CIF championships. That Northview win helped settle our debate on who was the Valley’s top team that year, and this will do the same. Prediction: Bishop Amat 3, South Hills 1.

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All-Star Classic: Tribune boys end streak, win 118-111 in OT; Star-News girls edge Trib 72-70


Chris Adams drained five 3-pointers, won the 3-point contest and finished with 22 points to lead the Tribune to a thrilling 118-111 victory over the Star-News, ending their four-game winning streak and cutting the Star-News’ series lead to 5-2. Bishop Amat’s Tyler Goldston won the slam-dunk contest with some bounce passes from the rafters. South Hills’ Melinda Gomez earned Tribune MVP honors for the girls with 15 points and six rebounds as the Star-News extended its lead in the series over the Trib to 5-2. Walnut’s Diana Wang won the 3-point contest, totaling 17 points.

Boys Game Story: The Tribune All-Stars had had enough of Pasadena’s dominance of the Tribune/ Star-News All-Star Classic. Saturday night they did something about it. Damien’s Chris Adams scored a game-high 22 points, including four in overtime, and South Hills’ Ify Umodu had 21 and the Tribune team got a little revenge on its West San Gabriel Valley counterparts with a 118-111 victory in overtime in the boys game of the seventh annual contest at Damien High School.

Girls Game Story: The defending champion Pasadena Star-News girls All- Star basketball team survived a frantic finish and hung on for a 72-70 win over the San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Stars on Saturday. The win gave the Star-News team a 5-2 lead in the series. The annual game raises money for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. The Tribune team trailed 72-67 when Erica Greer (Diamond Ranch) hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. She then stole the ball, but the Tribune team couldn’t get a shot to fall and came up just short.

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Baseball: Glendora takes the series from Damien 5-2, back in first in the Sierra

By John Honell, Correspondent
Glendora High School followed the same pattern it has used all year to take a firm hold on first place in the Sierra League. The Tartans (16-2-1, 7-2) got solid pitching from their ace, Adam Plutko, and solid defense to beat Damien 5-2 on Friday. The win gave the Tartans a 2-1 edge in the season series between the teams and a one-game lead over the Spartans (13-5, 6-3) and Diamond Bar.

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Scouting Guru on how coaches and players should deal with college recruiters, plus much more

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 in the San Gabriel Valley.


“Great leaders don’t use people so that they can win. They lead people so that they all can win together. If that is truly your motivation, you can become the kind of person others want to follow – whether they are beside, above or below you in the organizational hierarchy.” — John Maxwell in his book “The 360 Degree Leader

Guru says: I think the great high school coaches follow the paragraph above. I was watching the NFL Network one night and they were profiling the 1969 Minnesota Vikings. And they were led by one of the greatest NFL coaches of all-time Bud Grant. Anyone that can get a team to FOUR Super Bowl’s can be called “one of the greatest.” They had a team motto for the year that was simple – 40 for 60. 40 players were committed to each other for the 60 minutes of a football game. There were signs all over the place at the old Metropolitan Stadium that had those words. And those words led them to Super Bowl III that year. Too bad they ran into a coach in Hank Stram that was way ahead of his time. So who will be the 40 for 60 team this year? Time will tell….

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Kacy Barlow returned to Diamond Bar after CIF denied his transfer to Diamond Ranch … Now he will show his stuff in the All-Star game

“There’s extra motivation because I want the (Star- News’ four-game win) streak to end. I know we can play with those guys and maybe even beat them. I don’t think it’s talent. I just think over in Pasadena they just think we’re softer. It’s really mental.” — Kacy Barlow

Kacy Barlow took a gamble and lost. It nearly cost him his senior season. Barlow, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward who played at Diamond Bar High School for his first three prep seasons, decided to transfer to Diamond Ranch for his senior season. CIF had other ideas, though, and denied him eligibility, and for a while it looked like one of the area’s top talents would be sidelined for the season. But who says you can’t go home again.

Girls Notebook: Walnut’s Ella Rodriguez and El Monte’s Sandra Gutierrez among surprises at Tribune girls all-star practices.

Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star Game
Seventh Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School

Girls game: 4 p.m.
Boys game: 6 p.m.
SERIES RECORD
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-1
Girls: Star-News leads series, 4-2

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Track: We can’t get enough of Beejay Lee and Remontay McClain, who clash again at the San Gabriel Valley Championships at West Covina HS

By Steve Ramirez
West Covina High School’s Beejay Lee and Remontay McClain have been the featured local attractions at invitational track and field meets the past few weeks. It will be no different during the San Gabriel Valley Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday at West Covina. The meet, which includes 36 schools, including some of the best athletes in the area, begins at 10 a.m.

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Softball: Northview rallies back to beat San Dimas 7-5, taking sole possession of first in the VVL


Above: Jazmin Chavez scoring for the Vikings after tripling home Makaila Garcia.

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
The way the San Dimas High School softball team jumped on Northview pitcher Chrissy McPhail, you might of thought Vikings coach Jeff Butler would start a rain dance hoping the light drizzle would turn into a down pour so they could start it all over another day.
But the Vikings and McPhail persevered, overcoming an early three-run deficit to pull out a 7-5 victory to take over sole possession of first in the Valle Vista League.

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Baseball: Let’s just say there isn’t anything Behr can’t do, South Hills rolls over Nogales, 7-0

By Steve Ramirez
There was a time when South Hills’ Dakota Behr was described as a football player/wrestler who sometimes played baseball. Thursday he showed that he is definitely a baseball player who also plays football and competes for the wrestling team. Behr pitched a four-hit shut out and struck out 10 as the Huskies remained in control of the San Antonio League race with a 7-0 victory at Nogales. South Hills also got two hits and three RBIs from Dominick Martinez and two doubles from Cameron Saylor, improved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in league. Nogales slipped to 12-8 and 2-3.

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