Track: Recap of Saturday’s Arcadia Invitational; Plus the first edition of the San Gabriel Valley’s top marks; Mt. SAC Invite up next

If you missed our complete coverage from Saturday’s Arcadia Invitational, it’s all here for you, including a race-by-race recap from As far as coverage, Covina’s Remontay McClain highlighted the day events, and the night events were spectacular as always, with Arcadia’s Catrina McAlister stealing the show.

Above: Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price leads the area in the girls long jump.

As we continue with track throughout the season, a wonderful new track site for San Gabriel Valley High Schools has been created. Coaches and athletes of the SGV are encouraged to click here, sign-up and register your marks. This is an easy way for the Valley and your local newspapers to follow Valley leaders on a weekly basis, which I also will continue to post for you by clicking on this thread.

The next big high school track events is this weekends Mt. SAC Invitational, click here for all the info.

For The Valley’s best times, click the thread

Above: San Dimas’ Katherine Salcedo’s at Saturday’s Arcadia Invite

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QB Brock Booth leaves South Hills for Amat …

Check out Aram’s Daily Diet and the scoop on South Hills quarterback Brock Booth, who has transferred to Bishop Amat. And oh yeah, the younger brother of Charter Oak stud Dennis Rufus is now at San Dimas … Moves like this help confirm my belief that schools don’t recruit kids that often, which is alleged on the blogs all the time. The reality is that parents and players will go where they feel like they can be successful and win championships, which on paper makes San Dimas and Bishop Amat more appealing than Charter Oak and South Hills — at least the next two years.

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Rice confirms that two Colony football players have transferred to Pomona

Updated: Former Colony football coach Anthony Rice has confirmed with us that two All-League Colony High football players, senior-to-be Makale McCobb (WR) and junior-to-be Jared Kough (OL), have both transferred to Pomona High School. Rice, who has applied for and is rumored to become the next Pomona High football coach, insists the two transfers left at their own discretion, and that it has nothing to do with him possibly becoming the next coach at Pomona. Rice is still a teacher and softball coach at Colony, and would likely not become the next coach at Pomona unless a teaching position comes with it. Before making confirmation about the alleged Colony transfers, is was striking that McCobb and Kough were mysteriously not on Colony’s 2009-10 MaxPreps roster or were removed, yet both were listed on the Mt. Baldy 2009-10 All-Area second-team list on MaxPreps.

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Glendora dominant again, beats host Arcadia to win second tournament of the season

Above: Glendora High School’s J.t. Riley (8) RBI against Arcadia High School in the first inning of the Apache Invitational Championship.

Glendora 10, Arcadia 2: They were exactly where Arcadia High School pitcher K.J. Edson wanted them. They were right where visiting Glendora wanted them, too. The Arcadia side-armed pitcher was inducing Glendora into hitting ground balls, but the grounders went right through the infield, just out of reach of the Apaches, for base hits. The Tartans put together four of those hits in the first inning and scored four runs en route to a 10-2 victory in the Apache Invitational championship game Thursday night.

Pasadena Poly 14, La Puente 2: Pasadena Poly’s Jordan Kutzer is a serious double threat, and La Puente High School’s baseball team learned that quickly. The 6-foot-6 junior allowed just two runs on five hits, struck out six, and went 4 for 4 at the plate to lead the Panthers to a dominating 14-2 nonleague victory Thursday.

Baseball Roundup: The Bishop Amat High School baseball team didn’t win the prestigious National Classic in Orange County, but the Lancers rebounded after a huge letdown in the quarterfinals to finish 3-1 in the tournament after defeating Salpointe of Arizona, 9-5, in a consolation game on Thursday at El Dorado High School.

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Arcadia Invitational: San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido leads a strong Valley contingent at the biggest high school track event in the country

For complete info on the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, including schedule, admission and more, click thread.

Katherine Salcedo feature: Is there anything in track and field San Dimas High School’s Katherine Salcido can’t do? Attend the Arcadia Invitational this weekend and you’re very likely to see the junior standout compete in a myriad of events. And don’t be surprised if she isn’t at or near the top in almost everything she does. Salcido will compete in the heptathlon, which started Thursday, and is expected to follow last weekend’s strong showing at the Covina Invitational with another smasher.

Arcadia Invite Advance: The area track and field season hits full stride with this weekend’s Arcadia Invitational. The meet, regarded as one of the top events in the country, begins today and runs through Saturday with some of the top high school athletes in the country. Area competitors include Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price and Darien Johnson; San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido; Diamond Ranch’s Ryan Gibson and Koree Hines; Glendora’s Anthony Castro; Rowland’s Michael Ball; Covina’s Remontay Mcclain and West Covina’s BeeJay Lee and Ricky Johnson.

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Bishop Amat suspends girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez; no further details at the moment

We have learned that Bishop Amat has suspended girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez, who is on a paid leave of absence from the school. We do not know the full details, will not speculate or allow comments at this time. Since taking over in 2007, Gonzalez has turned the Lancers girls soccer team into a Southern Section power. After going 11-7-8 in 2007-08, the Lancers were 18-3-4 last year and were 27-1-2 this past season, losing in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals.

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Wednesday’s wrap-up: Glendora playing host Arcadia for tourney title; Amat, South Hills get wins in Classic; Damien wins tourney opener

Thursday Update: Bishop Amat closed the Classic with a 9-5 victory over Salpointe to finish 3-1, and South Hills bounced back from an 0-2 start to win its final two games, beating Mater Dei 4-3 with Cody Doyle singling home Dominick Martinez in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. Our locals went 5-3 and 4-0 the last two days, showing once again the SGV can play with anyone. Also, Damien beat West Covina 12-4 and needs a win over Lakeside on Friday at 3 p.m., to advance to Saturday’s Chino High tournament finale.

I’m starting to wonder if the mega game of the year later this month between South Hills and Bishop Amat at Mt. SAC shouldn’t of been Glendora vs. Bishop Amat. At this point, they’re clearly the best two teams and would love to watch them in a quick three-game series, to see which pitching staff would win out. Amat has the better hitting and probably the best No. 1 in Paez, but the Tartans have a staff capable of shutting you down three straight. Too bad the Lancers skipped the Glendora tourney, would have been a great final.

Above: Glendora’s Jacob Cage

Apache Invitational — Thursday’s championship
Glendora at Arcadia, 7 p.m.

Today’s National Classic consolation games
Bishop Amat vs. Salpointe at El Dorado HS, 10 a.m.
South Hills vs. Mater Dei at Esperanza HS, 4 p.m.

Glendora 5, St. Francis 4: Glendora High School’s Joseph Winterburn didn’t have time to hang his head after giving up two runs in the seventh, an inning in which the Tartans saw their two-run lead dissipate. In the eighth, Winterburn redeemed himself when he knocked in the winning run with the bases loaded on a single to center to lead Glendora to a 5-4 win over St. Francis on Wednesday in the final day of pool play in the Apache Invitational at Arcadia High.

National Classic: Bishop Amat and South Hills both won on Wednesday. Paul Paez threw another gem, a two-hitter in a 2-0 win over Peninsula. After losing their first two games, South Hills bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Cottonwood behind freshman pitcher Adrian De Horta, who also threw a two-hitter and struck out six.

Chino Tournament: West Covina couldn’t overcome its miscuses, losing to Maranatha, losing 4-3 in the Chino Tournament.

Chino Tournament Schedule
All games at Chino High
Wednesday’s games

Damien 6, Westminster 1
Maranatha 4, West Covina 3
Chino 12, Lakeside 2

Thursday’s games
Maranatha vs Lakeside, 12 p.m.
West Covina vs Damien, 3 p.m.
Westminster vs Chino, 6 p.m.

Friday’s games
Westminster vs Maranatha, 12 p.m.
Lakeside vs Damien, 3 p.m.
Chino vs West Covina, 6 p.m.

Saturday’s Finals
6 p.m. at Chino HIgh

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At the midway point of the baseball season we take a look at the stat leaders, which is important to postseason all-area discussion … Once again, the usual suspect don’t post stats

When it comes to all-area selections at the end of the season, teams that post game-by-game and season stats will have the advantage over teams that don’t post anything all season. If teams do not wish to post on maxpreps, you can email them to me on a weekly basis. There is simply more accountability for stats when coaches are posting game-by-game rather than coaches than turn in what could be inflated stats at the end of the year, then nominate players for all-area. If we can’t follow what players are doing during the season, it’s kind of hard to consider those players for all area. Coaches, it’s up to you.

Top Five in each Category

1. Chris Corona, Los Altos, 21-37, .568, 2. Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, 17-30, .567, 3. Jeff Crowe, Diamond Bar, 31-57, .544, 4. Bobby Oatman, Damien, 18-34, .529, 5. Matt Gelalich, Bonita, 18-34, .529.
Home Runs
1. DJ Wallace, Charter Oak 6, 2. Robert Mier, Bonita 5, 3T. Jacob Smigelski, Glendora 4, 3T Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch 4; 3T Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat 4.
1. Chris Corona, Los Altos 23, 2. Robert Mier, Bonita 21, 3. Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch 19, 4. Hector Salcedo, Sierra Vista 18, Aaron Henry, Charter Oak 18.
1. Matt Gelalich, Bonita 20, 2. Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat 19, 3. Jeff Crowe, Diamond Bar 18, 4. Chester Park, Diamond Bar 18, 5. Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista 17.
1. Paul Paez, Bishop Amat 0.37, 2. Elias Novelo, Sierra Vista 1.05, 3. Jacob Smigelski, Glendora 1.11, 4. Adam Plutko, Glendora 1.14, 4T. Kenny Matthews, Diamond Bar 1.14
1. Adam Plutko, Glendora 61, 2. Paul Paez, Bishop Amat 53, 3. Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista 50, 4. Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar 46, 5. Brandon McNitt, Bishop Amat 32.
W-L Record
1. Paul Paez, Bishop Amat 6-0, 2. Kenny Mathews Diamond Bar, 5-0; 3. Brandon McNitt, Bishop Amat, 5-0, 4. Nick Amrhein, Damien 4-0; 5. Adam Plutko, Glendora, 5-1.

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Boys Basketball All-Area: Damien’s Chris Adams named player of the year; Baldwin Park’s Marc Hart coach of the year

Player of the year: Chris Adams, Damien, Sr. The Damien High School boys basketball team didn’t reach consecutive CIF-Southern Section Division 2A semifinals by accident. The Spartans had a leading man in every way imaginable. From his 3-point shooting to his defense, from a tireless work ethic to carrying it out on the floor, 6-foot-3 senior guard Chris Adams did it all. “I’m a huge believer that you will never meet your potential as a team without your best player being your hardest worker and great teammate,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “Chris was that for us. He was our hardest worker for 365 straight days, and when everyone else sees that, when your freshmen see that, it sets the tone for your whole program.”

Coach of the year, Marc Hart, Baldwin Park: Baldwin Park High School has long been known for football, a powerhouse in the 1980s and ’90s under former coach Tony Zane. Boys basketball? Once in a generation something happens, which was the case this past season. That’s why when the Braves’ boys basketball team hosted Mark Keppel in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A playoffs, coach Marc Hart took a moment to look around at his surroundings, which included nearly 100 standing-only spectators behind his bench, fans lined up behind each basket and packed stands across the way. For a season, the gritty and undersized Braves captured the imagination of the city and finished one of the best seasons in school history.

Player of the year: Chris Adams, Damien, Senior
Coach of the year: Marc Hart, Baldwin Park
First Team
Forward: Chris Reyes, Damien, So.
Forward: Bobby Miles-Serrano Workman, Sr.
Guard: Calvin Smith, Glendora, Sr.
Guard: C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran, Jr.
Guard: James Northup, Bonita, Jr.

Second Team
Center: Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran, So.
Forward: Ify Umodu, South Hills, Sr.
Forward: Evan Barr, Charter Oak, Sr.
Guard: Darnell Martin, Nogales, Sr.
Guard: Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat, Jr.

Third team
Forward: CJ Miller, Bonita, Sr.
Guard: Gerad Chin, Los Altos, Sr.
Guard: Joe Paul Rodriguez, South Hills Sr.
Guard: KJ Byrd, San Dimas Sr.
Guard: Fernie Morelos, Baldwin Park, Sr.

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Touching Base: Honell’s inside info on South HIlls

Correspondent John Honell is a longtime contributor to the Tribune, and well-known throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He knows the area’s history, coaches, and always seems to have insider information. He will share some of it with his “Touching Base” pieces that will run from time to time.

Honell said: Dmitri De La Fuente, former South Hills football and baseball star has signed with Cal State Fullerton. He originally, signed with Pepperdine then tore his ACL. Following surgery he enrolled at Cypress Community College. An outstanding hitter, a third baseman and closer for the Huskies, he has been converted to catcher and will play that position for the Titans. He will probably lead the NCAA in stolen bases by a catcher.

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Girls Basketball All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Arielle Wideman player of the year; Diamond Ranch coach Mike James earns coach of the year award

Player of the year: Arielle Wideman, Bishop Amat, Sr. Arielle Wideman’s means to an end rarely were pretty. But the bottom line speaks for itself. Toughing out a rebound among girls taller than her? No problem. Driving into traffic to hit a layup and ending up on the ground afterward? You got it. Locking up the other team’s best player on defense no matter the size? Consider it done. Bishop Amat High School has had an array of standout basketball players in recent years. From dominant post players like Erin Myrick and Candice Brown to poetry-in-motion stars like Kristen McCarthy, Wideman is the throwback of the bunch – gritty, old school and won’t take no for an answer.

Coach of the year, Mike James, Diamond Ranch: Not everything went according to plan for Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball coach Mike James this season. But you’d never know it by looking at the results. The Panthers had to overcome an injury to their star player and negotiate a difficult road in the postseason with several underclassmen in the lineup. The final tally? A 27-4 record, two local tournament championships, a Miramonte League championship, a trip to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals and a win in the state playoffs. For those accomplishments, James is the Tribune’s girls basketball Coach of the Year.

Player of the year
: Arielle Widemann, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Coach of the year: Mike James, Diamond Ranch
Forward: Ella Rodriguez, Sr, Walnut
Forward: Melinda Gomez, South Hills, Sr.
Forward: Erika Williams, Diamond Ranch, So.
Guard: Taylor Anderson, Bonita, So.
Guard: Erica Greer, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Second team
Center: Jeanelle Kearney, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Forward: Naijah Calhoun, Wilson, Sr.
Forward: Sarah LeTourneau, Glendora, Sr.
Forward: Leticia Galarza, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Guard: Diana Wang, Walnut, Sr.
Third Team
Center: Brianna Kennedy, Bonita, So.
Forward: Sandra Gutierrez, El Monte, Sr.
Forward: Crystal Avila, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Forward: Jackie Ford, Covina, Sr.
Guard: Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch, So.

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Northview Tournament: Charter Oak’s Santiago dominant in 3-0 victory over Los Altos

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Los Altos High School had faced Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago before, but that experience did little to help the Conquerors on Tuesday night.
The sophomore looked dominant, tossing a three-hitter and striking out nine, and the Chargers baseball team won the Northview Tournament for the second consecutive season with a 3-0 victory over Miramonte League rival Los Altos at Maverick Park.

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Arcadia Tournament: Glendora’s Adam Plutko impresses scouts in 2-2 tie with Temple City

Glendora, 2, Temple City 2, 10 innings: There were more than a dozen pro scouts with radar guns in hand to watch Glendora High School’s Adam Plutko pitch Tuesday afternoon. Most of them left by the fifth inning, but had they stayed longer, they would have been treated to a suspenseful game that saw Temple City stand tall against a perennial power in a 2-2 tie after 10 innings in the second day of pool play at the Apache Invitational at Arcadia High.

Pool A
: Arcadia, San Dimas, La Salle, California
Pool B: Temple City, Glendora, St. Francis, University

Temple City 4, St. Francis 3
California 9, La Salle 7
Glendora 3, University 0
Arcadia 3, San Dimas 1

San Dimas vs. La Salle, 10 a.m.
Glendora 2, Temple City 2
St. Francis vs. University, 4 p.m.
Arcadia vs. California, 7 p.m.

University vs. Temple City, 10 a.m.
St. Francis vs. Glendora, 1 p.m.
California vs. San Dimas, 4 p.m.
La Salle vs. Arcadia, 7 p.m.

All games at Arcadia High; championship game Thursday at 7 p.m.

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National Classic: South Hills goes 0-for-2; Bishop Amat blows 5-0 lead, gives up ten runs in fifth, loses chance to reach semifinals, 10-8

Bishop Amat-South Hills Classic Roundup: Before a full inning was complete, there were four errors, two infield hits – the first a slow roller through the infield, the next a sacrifice attempt on which nobody covered first base – two plays at the plate, one illegal bat tossed out and two runs scored, both unearned. And it only got wilder. Bishop Amat High School romped to a quick five-run lead in its quarterfinal showdown at the prestigious National Classic baseball tournament Tuesday, but six superbly played innings weren’t enough for the Lancers: One disastrous inning – the fifth – sent Edison to the semifinals of the wooden-bat event with a 10-8 victory at El Dorado High School.

Phone Update I: South Hills lost both games in the National Classic today, losing 4-1 loss to Salpointe in the morning and 2-1 to West Ranch in the afternoon. Bishop Amat is beating Edison 5-0 in the quarterfinals at El Dorado High School, and if the Lancers win, they will play in the semifinals on Wednesday at Cal State Fullerton at 7 p.m. Great thing about Amat so far is that they haven’t used lefty Paul Paez in the tournament. Amat’s sophomore Daniel Zamora is getting the job done today.

Phone Update II: Just got a call that Amat gave up ten runs in the fifth inning, not sure how it happened other than they gave up nine hits too. They wound up losing 10-8 and will play in a consolation game Wednesday at 1 p.m., at Esperanza High. I’m sure I jinxed it, we were already making coverage plans for tomorrow’s semifinal.

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Baseball Rankings: Glendora slips past South Hills to No. 2; Bonita, Charter Oak coming on strong

Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (12-1)
— What’s left to say, after an opening round win in the National Classic, I’m getting the feeling they can win the whole thing.
2. Glendora (11-1) — The most impressive stat of all is that the Tartans have a team ERA of 1.43. When you have four pitchers under 2.00, that’s mighty impressive.
3. South Hills (9-1) – Not advantageous to have to play a doubleheader in the Classic, especially for a team not as deep on the hill as Amat, or Glendora for that matter, which is why the Tarts have passed them in the rankings.
4. Bonita (10-2-1) — This is one of coach Knott’s most impressive jobs. They have won eight straight after going 3-0 in the Northview tournament.
5. Damien (7-3) — The Spartans needed that win over Diamond Bar to get them back in the Sierra race and some much needed momentum.
6. Northview (9-3-1) — The Vikings’ only losses have come in tournaments, and that 3-1 loss to Glendora looks more impressive today.
7. Los Altos (12-4) – After losing two big Miramonte League games, they go 3-0 in Northview tournament to play for tonight’s championship.
8. Diamond Bar (9-5) – Went 2-1 in the Northview tourney, losing a 10-9 game to Bonita. They don’t have the pitching depth for knockout tournaments, but I like them when their ace is on the hill.
9. Charter Oak (7-5) — Always nice to win five straight and advance to a championship game, which is what they have done in the Northview tournament.
10. Sierra Vista (8-4) — After a tough start, the Dons have won seven straight, finally becoming the team we thought they were when the season started.

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Softball Rankings: South Hills, West Covina climb into top five; Northview scoots to No. 6

1. Glendora (9-2) – They go into spring break with a 10-0 loss to Dana Hills and won’t play again until April 14. I complained about the long break last year, but they went to the championship so the Tarts know what they’re doing.
2. Bonita (12-1-1) — Have won seven straight with pitcher Chloe Wurst getting better each week. The back-to-back no hitters were impressive, but shutting out hard-hitting Charter Oak was impressive too.
3. South Hills (11-3-1) — The Huskies are on fire, having won seven straight heading into next week’s home-and-away against rival West Covina.
4. West Covina (9-5) – Went 2-2 in the Savanna tournament, but the big games come next week against the Huskies.
5. Arroyo (11-1) – The Knights won’t lose a Mission Valley League game, and that’s all they have left, so mark down 21-1, that’s how they will finish. But the lone loss sticks out like a sore thumb, a 6-4 setback against Covina. How good are they, not sure, not enough quality opponents to get a true feel.
6. Northview (7-4) – The Vikes should be much better than 7-4, they have a durable pitcher and plenty of hitting at the top of their lineup. Not sure they will lose another game in the VVL.
7. Los Altos (6-4) – They follow a nice 5-4 win over Diamond Bar with a 10-1 pounding by Charter Oak. The only thing we know is that they’re inconsistent.
8. Covina (7-2) – Getting mercied by Northview 10-1 sent the Colts back to reality. Not sure they’re among the top five in the area, but a top ten for sure.
9. St. Lucy’s (5-3) — A sweep over San Dimas gives the Regents a more respectable record, and we can’t forget they play in the brutal Sierra.
10. Charter Oak (8-7) – It’s the same old tune, when they’re scoring runs they can play with anyone, when they’re not, not enough pitching to get it done.

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Tribune boys and girls basketball All-Area Teams announced Wednesday and Thursday; All-Star Classic later this month

With Opening Day and the Men’s National Championship game being played today, we decided to push back the Tribune All-Area basketball teams. The girls team is slated to publish on Wednesday and the all-area package concludes Thursday with the release of the boys team. Also, the Star News/Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic will either be at Damien or Glendora High school on either April 17 or 24, we will let you know.

This is what we think of the Star-News team ….

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National Classic Update: Wooden bats no problem for Bishop Amat, Rio Ruiz hits a grand slam, Lancers beat Notre Dame Prep 11-1; South Hills game postponed until Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Bishop Amat wins: Rio Ruiz hit a grand slam with a wooden bat, which was no problem for the rest of the Amat hitters in an 11-1 victory over defending champion Notre Dame Prep (Arizona) in the first round of the National Classic on Monday. Amat will play its second round at El Dorado High School on Tuesday at 2 p.m., against the winner of Palm Desert and Edison, which was rained out and will be played at 9 a.m., at Edison with the winner playing Amat right afterward.

Rain Update: South Hills’ opening game with Salpointe was pushed back to Tuesday at Esperanza high school because of rain on Monday. If the Huskies win tomorrow’s opener, they will play the second-round at 1 p.m.

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Northview Tournament: Los Altos and Charter Oak to meet in Tuesday’s championship

Northview Tournament
Tuesday’s championship

Los Altos vs. Charter Oak at Maverick Park, West Covina, 7 p.m.

Monday’s round-robin
Northview 8, Pasadnea 7
Bonita 4, Covina 0
Charter Oak 8, South Pasadena 4
Los Altos 8, Ontario Christian 5
Diamond Bar 9, Walnut 2

Saturday’s Games
Los Altos 4 Covina 3
Los Altos 9 Pasadena 0
Covina 8 Pasadena 6
Charter Oak 11 Ontario Christian 4
Charter Oak 2 Walnut 0
Bonita 11 South Pasadena 0
Diamond Bar 10 S. Pasadena 1
Bonita 10 Diamond Bar 9
Northview 16 Ontario Christian 7
Walnut 8 Northview 6

Pool A: Arcadia, San Dimas, La Salle
Pool B: Temple City, Glendora, St. Francis, University

Temple City vs. St. Francis, 10 a.m.
La Salle vs. California, 1 p.m.
Glendora vs. University, 4 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Arcadia, 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s games

San Dimas vs. La Salle, 10 a.m.
Glendora vs. Temple City, 1 p.m.
St. Francis vs. University, 4 p.m.
Arcadia vs. California, 7 p.m.
Wenesday’s games
University vs. Temple City, 10 a.m.
St. Francis vs. Glendora, 1 p.m.
California vs. San Dimas, 4 p.m.
La Salle vs. Arcadia, 7 p.m.
Note: All games at Arcadia High; championship game April 7 at 7 p.m.

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Diamond Ranch’s Sermons breaks femur during UCLA spring practice

Above: Diamond Ranch’s Brandon Sermons, now at UCLA, broke a femur bone during spring practice on Saturday.

Hi All:
There was some bad news out of the UCLA spring practice.
Brandon Sermons, a former Diamond Ranch star, broke his femur during an individual drill on Day 3 of UCLA’s spring practice. Here’s what I wrote about Sermons injury on my college football blog – The Red Zone.

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The Sierra League does an about face, will not appeal move to the Inland Division while several in the Mid-Valley appeal only two playoff spots

Above: CIF assistant commissioner Rob Wigod

“At Chino Hills, we basically said, `Fine, let’s go see if we can play with the big boys. Rob Wigod knows what he’s doing. If that’s where he feels we belong, then that’s where we belong. We do have the smallest enrollments of any league in the division, so we’ll see what happens.” Chino Hills athletic director Jeff Stevens.

“At some point, it’s a compliment. Maybe it’s a bigger compliment than we deserved, but this is proof the whole Valley feels this way about us. They set it up; they didn’t want any part of this league, so they put us in there. Maybe we’re wrong and they (CIF) just have a deep respect for us and how much we can do with a thousand less kids.”South Hills coach Steve Bogan.

By Aram Tolegian
The deadline to file an appeal with the CIF- Southern Section in regard to the new playoff grouping proposals came and went Thursday, and the big surprise wasn’t the handful of local high school football leagues that filed an appeal, but the one league that didn’t.
The new-look Sierra League, which will house Ayala, Charter Oak, Chino, Chino Hills, Damien and South Hills, didn’t protest being placed in the Inland Division, which will happen should the proposals become official.

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Wrestling All-Area: Martinez adds to Northview lore, earns wrestler of the year award; Sierra Vista’s Tony Gonzales is coach of the year

Above: Northview’s Frank Martinez lived up to Vikings lore by winning a CIF state championship and earning All-Area Wrestler of the Year honors.

By Steve Ramirez

There’s a certain expectation to being a wrestler from Northview High School.
Frank Martinez not only understands that, he relishes in it.
And this season, the senior added to Vikings lore by becoming the school’s third state champion with an undefeated season and victory at the CIF State championships in Bakersfield.
For his efforts, Martinez is the area Wrestler of the Year.

Wrestler of the Year –
Frank Martinez, Northview, Sr.
Coach of the Year — Tony Gonzales, Sierra Vista
First Team
Nic Jacobo, Northview, Senior
112: Daniel Flores, South Hills, Senior
119: Christopher Tavizon, Bassett, Senior
125: Vincent Herrera, South Hills, Junior
130: Jacob Depraect, West Covina, Junior
135: Jose Maldonado, Sierra Vista, Senior
140: Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora, Junior
145: Noel Blanco, Arroyo, Senior
152: Elvis Arce, Northview, Senior
160: Jacob Hoxsey, Glendora, Senior
171: Raymond Medina, West Covina, Senior
189: Ray Garcia, Wilson, Senior
215: Jesus Vargas, La Puente, Senior
Hwt.: Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar, Junior
Second Team
Christian Betancourt, Arroyo, Junior
112: Daniel Nakatani, Northview, Junior
119: Jacob Martinez, San Dimas, Junior
125: Michael Sill, Walnut, Freshman
130: Chrystian Baneulos, San Dimas, Junior
135: Chris Caballero, West Covina, Sophomore
140: Trevor Behr, South Hills, Sophomore
145: Bradley Ojala, West Covina, Freshman
152: Jeremy Osborn, South Hills, Senior
160: Marcus Jimenez, Walnut, Junior
171: Dakota Behr, South Hills, Senior
189: Ryan McLaurin, West Covina, Senior
215: Jeff Vargas, South Hills, Junior
Hwt.: Chris Auxier, Northview, Junior

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Northview’s Makaila Garcia belts two homers to lead Vikes to an 11-1 win over Covina

Just watched the best leadoff hitter in the Valley. With a determinted look and a swing that matched it, Makaila Garcia ended the game with a three-run homer to center to give Northview an 11-1 victory over visiting Covina in a mercy-shortened five-inning game. “I always have this little song in my head to keep me relaxed,” Garcia explained. “But I’m not going to lie, I went up there thinking I wanted to end the game.” After the first round of the Valle Vista league, San Dimas, Covina and Northview are all tied with 4-1 records. Garcia belted two homers, her fifth and sixth of the season in a 4-for-4 performance with four runs scored. She came into the game batting almost .600, and is one of the most imposing lead-off hitters I’ve seen in a while. Granted, it’s just the first half of league and I haven’t seen everyone, but I walked away today mighty impressed .

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