Baseball Quarterfinals: Glendora’s Adam Plutko throws no hitter in return, Tartans beat Valencia 2-1; Bishop Amat knocked out by Torrance, 7-3; Bonita wins big, 11-1; Damien falls 7-0

Glendora’s Adam Plutko walked five but threw a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Placentia Valencia in the Division 2 semifinals. John Alexanders double scored Clinton Harwick and Jacob Smigelski in the first inning, and that was all the Tartans needed to advance to just its second semifinal ever, and first since 1989. Bishop Amat fell behind 6-1 early and never made it back, losing a shocker to Torrance, 7-3 in the D-4 quarterfinals. Bonita wins big, knocks off Lancaster 11-1 to reach semifinals for the fist time since 2001. We just learned that El Toro shutout Damien, 7-0


Above: Glendora’s Adam Plutko threw a no-hitter in Friday’s 2-1 victory.

Baseball
Friday’s games
Division 2

Glendora 2, Placentia Valencia 1
El Toro 7, Damien 0
Division 3
Bonita 11, Lancaster 1
Division 4
Torrance 7, Bishop Amat 3

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CIF Softball Results: Bonita wins 4-3 thriller, scores two in the bottom of the 7th; South Hills wins 10-3; San Dimas, Glendora both lose

Jacki Campa smacked a two-out hit to center to drive in two in the bottom of the seventh to give Bonita a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind win over Mission Viejo. South Hills scored seven runs in the 7th to pull out a 10-3 victory while Glendora and San Dimas both lost after going to the seventh in tie games. Village Christian scored three in the bottom of the 7th to pull out a 3-0 win over the Saints and Glendora gave up a run in the bottom of the seventh to lose 3-2 to Warren.

Bonita game story
South Hills game story
San Dimas game story
Glendora game story

CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Thursday’s results
Division 3

Bonita 4, Mission Viejo 3
Warren 3, Glendora 2
Division 5
Village Christian 3, San Dimas 0
South Hills 10, Cerritos Valley Christian 3

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Bonita will face Ayala’s Jessica Hall in Tuesday’s semifinals. After Ayala won, an O.C. reporter told Hall that Mission Viejo was beating Bonita and that’s who they would likely face next. Hall sounded disappointed she wasn’t going to face Bonita, noting that they wanted to face the Bearcats all along. This all stems from Bonita getting the No. 1 ranking, and No. 4 Ayala openly questioning the Bearcats’ credentials when the playoffs started. Well Ayala, now it’s time to walk the walk. You’re not the only team playing with a chip on you shoulder.

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Spring Football: Newbie coach Jim Arellanes busy identifying his playmakers at Los Altos

by Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Things are picking up at Los Altos as the Conquerors work through their second week of spring practice under new coach Jim Arrellanes. The Conquerors have 70 players in the program and not much in the way of position battles is known at this time. The quarterback position appears to be a two-headed monster in David Foyet and Shane Birnala, with the battle expected to continue well into the summer. One thing Arellanes does know is that returning skill player Scott Tibbs will get the ball in a lot of different ways. (To continue, click thread).

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Spring Football: Workman growing in numbers under first-year coach Scott Morrison

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Workman High School football coach Scott Morrison isn’t ready to talk about position battles or coaching staff roles. He’s too busy making up for lost time after being recently hired to take over the Lobos’ program earlier this month. Workman has started spring practice and the early numbers are good with Morrison reporting that about 65 players are in the program and that number could grow. (To continue, click thread).

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Boys Tennis: Arroyo, Rowland will compete for team titles on Wednesday in Claremont

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The Valley will double its pleasure at next week’s CIF-Southern Section boys tennis divisional finals, scheduled for The Claremont Club on Wednesday. Arroyo and Rowland high schools both advanced with victories in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Knights, the top seed in Division 5 after being a finalist last season, scored a 12-6 victory over Linfield Christian and will face No. 2 Arlington at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Arroyo, which beat Arlington in the semifinals last year, lost to Segerstrom in the championship round last year.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball game on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra’s Moor Field

The annual San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star baseball game is on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra High School’s Moor Field instead of Mt. San Antonio College, where the game has been in recent years. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke and Nogales’ John Romano run the event, and have released the rosters …

Blue Team
Head Coach:
Nick Lemas (Arcadia), Assistants, Brad Blackmore (Monrovia), Dave Moore (Monrovia), Joe Laski (Gabrielino)
Infielders: Brian Tuttle (Bonita) SS, Erik Lewis (Damien) 2B, Evan Heighley (Bonita) 1B, Robert Nakamura (Monrovia) 2B, Mike Maldonado (Montebello) 1B, Garrett Tuck (Arcadia) SS/1BJonathan Larson (Arcadia) 2B/1B
Outfielders: Bobby Oatman (Damien) LF, Joseph Eusebio (Amat) LF, Greg Saldate (Alhambra) RF, Justin De La Nuez (Monrovia) CF, Anthony Ramos (Bonita) LF, Jonathan Tom (Arcadia) LF/CF
Pitchers: Paul Paez (Amat), Brandon McNitt (Amat), Dylan Covey (Marantha), Jonathan Beltran (Alhambra), Aaron Murphree (Monrovia), Derek Penilla (San Dimas), Danny Beckwith (Marantha), Ruben Chavira (Walnut)
Catchers: Jerry McClanahan (Amat), George Ortega (Damien), Keith Clapp (Gabrelino). Chris Alas (Alhambra)

Red Team
Head Coach: Kevin Smith (South Hills), Assistants, Barry Bacon (TC), Rich Remkus (Gladstone), Jacob Barendregt (Baldwin Park)
Infielders: Brandon Cage (Glendora) 3B, Jake Shirley (South Hills) 3B, Christian Ibarra (South Hills) SS, Alan Gonzales 1B, Adrian Carillo (Pasadena) 2B, Dusty Sanderson (TC) 2B, Tom Remkus (Gladstone) 1B, Charlie Baxter (Pas. Poly) SS.
Outfield: DJ Wallace (Charter Oak) RF, Jeff Crowe (Diamond Bar) RF, Chester Pak (Diamond Bar) CF, Chris Holden (Charter Oak) LF, Branden Pultz (TC) RF, Louis Torres (Sierra Vista) LF, Efren Aguilera (Baldwin Park) CF
Pitchers: Adam Plutko (Glendora), Jacob Smigelski (Glendora), Dakota Behr (South Hills), Brian Hill (La Salle), Eddie Pedroza (Northview), Justin Smith (TC), Christian Huerta (Sierra Vista)
Catchers: Joe Winterburn (Glendora), Cody Doyle (South Hills), Arman Valenzuela (Northvew)

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We can peak ahead, coaches can’t …

Coaches and players can’t talk about the “next” round, but reporters can. Huge semifinal coin flips were held at the CIF-SS office on Wednesday, with the results as follows. In D-2 baseball, Glendora would be at home against Mira Costa and on the road at La Mirada. Damien is home no matter what against either Yucaipa or Santa Barbara. In D-3, Bonita is on the road at either San Gorgonio or Paloma Valley and Bishop Amat would be home over sweltering Indio (thank goodness) and on the road against Fullerton. In softball, Bonita would be on the road at Ayala or Aliso Niguel in D-3 while Glendora would be home against Chino Hills, or on the road at Oaks Christian. In D-5, San Dimas would be home against Whittier Christian or on the road at San Marino. South Hills would be at home against either Savanna or La Canada.

Below: Bonita coach Ken Carlson, hoping to guide his No. 1 Cats all the way to the finals.

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Quarterfinal Shakers: The Glendora’s and Bonita’s looking swell, leading eight to the Elite Eight

Three of the four softball teams hit the road in the quarters while three of the four baseball teams are at home. I’m starting to really, really wonder if Bonita and Glendora are on a collision course in the D-3 softball playoffs. When you hear of how the Tartans won it, surviving in 12 innings after La Habra’s dramatic comeback, and Bonita getting another shutout from the big lefty, it makes you wonder if this is destined to happen. San Dimas and South Hills in particular have looked great in the D-5 playoffs, but now they’re both facing powerful Olympic League teams, which also boasts No. 1 Whittier Christian, which is still in the playoffs. In baseball, there have been some upsets in D-2, particularly Damien, which knocked off No. 3 Redlands East Valley. It’s appearing more and more that with some fortune, Glendora and Damien could reach the semis, then who knows? Is that too much to ask? Bonita, Bonita, Bonita, the baseball team we (I) keep overlooking. All they’ve done is win, and now they’re doing it dramatically in the form of seventh-inning rallies, the formula teams use to stretch chemistry to championships. If you’re not pulling for them, you don’t like feel-good stories. Bishop Amat? I got the text they were trailing 6-4 in the 6th and almost dropped my cell. Twenty minutes later, they were up 14-6 and cruising. Now at home, or uh, at Rio Hondo College and with the “Animal” on the mound, should Amat honks really be worried?


Above: Glendora’s “Gnarly” Carly Argyle survives a 12-inning marathon in a win over La Habra.

CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Thursday’s games
Softball
Division 3

Mission Viejo at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Warren, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at Sun Valley Village Christian, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Cerritos Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.

Baseball
Friday’s games
Division 2

Placentia Valencia at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at El Toro, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Lancaster at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Torrance vs. Bishop Amat at Rio Hondo College, 3:15 p.m.

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Baseball Results: Bishop Amat, Damien, Bonita, Glendora advance; South Hills, Northview lose

Long trips worth it for Glendora, Bishop Amat, but not South Hills … Read on

Damien knocks off third-seed Redlands East Valley, behind more strong pitching and timely hitting.
Mier lifts Bonita to dramatic win in the bottom of the seventh.

CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs
Today’s second round results

Division 2
Glendora 5, Harvard-Westlake 3
Damien 6, Redlands East Valley 2
Division 3
Lancaster 8, South Hills 7
Bonita 2, Downey 1
Division 4
Bishop Amat 14, Colony 6
Indio 14, Northview 4
Division 5
Lompoc 4, Sierra Vista 0

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Softball Results: Glendora wins marathon in 12 innings, San Dimas, Bonita, South Hills win; Arroyo, Northview, Bishop Amat all bow out


San Dimas pitcher Kortnie Clark shows her relief after the Saints held on for a 7-5 win over West Covina. San Dimas took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but a homer and grand slam got the Bulldogs back in it. They actually brought the tying runner to the plate, but a pop out ended it.

Today’s CIF-SS Playoff Results
Softball
Division 2

Bonita 1, Sunny Hills 0
Glendora 11, La Habra 6, 12 innings
Division 4
Aquinas 3, Bishop Amat 2
Division 5
San Dimas 7, West Covina 5
South Hills 18, Barstow 0
La Canada 4, Northview 3
Division 6
Grace Brethren 10, South El Monte 8
La Salle 2, Arroyo 1

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Spring Football: Walnut trio making it tough to name a starting quarterback

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Walnut High School’s football team has gotten an early jump on the season, but that hasn’t made the quarterback battle an easier decision for coach Mike O’Shields. The Mustangs are auditioning three would-be signal callers for the job of throwing to Washington-bound receiver Aubrey Coleman. The race is between senior-to-be Brandon Roach and juniors-to-be Kevin Lopez and Chris Mendez. (To continue, click thread)>

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Muir’s legendary football and track coach, Jim Brownfield, passed on Monday. He was 81

Jim Brownfield, who coached John Muir High School to national prominence in the 1980s and 90s, died Monday. He was 81. The two-time national coach of the year spent 16 years at Muir – from 1980-1996 – compiling a 191-14-1 record, 22 league titles and six CIF championships. Under Brownfield, Muir won two CIF-Southern Section football titles in 1985 and 1986. He led the girls Mustangs track team to four CIF-SS track tiles and two CIF State tiles in 1985 and 1989.

San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group Managing Editor Steve Hunt, the Pasadena Star-News prep editor during Jim Brownfield’s tenure at Muir, wrote a touching column on Monday honoring Jim:

James Lewis Brownfield was one of the most amazing men I ever had the good fortune to know, report on, and count as a friend. I was unprepared for his death Monday, even though I knew he had been in poor health since he underwent heart surgery more than a year ago. (To continue, click thread)

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Track: Kylie Price leads the way at CIF Finals

CIF-Southern Section Division 1-4 finals results with videos.

Above: Bishop Amat High School’s Kylie Price wins in the 100 meter race during the CIF-SS Track and Field Finals at Cerritos College.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Kylie Price was right Saturday. The Bishop Amat High School junior won two events to highlight area performances during the CIF-Southern Section track and field championships at Cerritos College. Price finished first in the Division 3 long jump and 100-meter run and also was a solid second in the 200. Covina’s Remontay McClain, who won the Division 3 100; Bonita’s Jabre Millon, who won the Division 3 triple jump; and Diamond Ranch’s Marquise Cherry, who was first in the Division 3 long jump, were the other area competitors with first-place efforts. (To continue, click thread)

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