By Brian Day, staff writer
WEST COVINA - The baseball field at South Hills High School was found vandalized Saturday, a day after athletic authorities ruled in favor of the school in a contested victory. The vandalism resulted in an estimated $500 worth of damage, West Covina police Lt. Dave Rozeboom said. The incident is being investigated as felony vandalism. (To continue, click thread).
The most interesting part of the CIF-Southern Section’s decision to deny Montebello’s protest that South Hills took an illegal pre-game batting practice, and thus should forfeit its 3-2 victory, was the section’s acknowledgment that a rule was violated, but not severe enough to warrant a disqualification from the playoffs. “At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes. In the rules, it says a team `may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they `will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.” I’ll be honest, I thought if you violated this rule it was a slam-dunk disqualification. Simmons’ remarks and explanation were enlightening, to say the least. It’s good to know the section has the power in some instances to ask, “does the punishment fit the crime?” To weigh the rule versus the spirit of the rule, which Steve Ramirez so elegantly explained commenting on a previous thread, should be used in more situations. Click the thread to read what Steve wrote
For the record, Steve wrote this prior to CIF’s ruling.
Above: Dorian Granados hit a three-run homer to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning to lead Damien to a 6-3 victory over Palos Verdes.
Friday’s first-round results
Damien 6, Palos Verdes 3: Damien High School junior Dorian Granados is proof that playoff heroes aren’t predictable, they’re timely. After Damien rallied from three runs down in the fifth inning to tie the score 3-3, Granados hit a two-out, three-run homer off the scoreboard in left to lead the Spartans to a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over visiting Palos Verdes.
Glendora 4, Peninsula 1: Glendora High School set the tone early and let its dominant pitching do the rest in a 4-1 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round baseball playoff victory Friday against visiting Peninsula.
Bishop Amat 10, Patriot 0: The Lancers rode ace Paul Paez to a 10-0 victory over Patriot that sends the Lancers into Tuesday’s second round where they’ll face Colony.
Northview 7, Barstow 2:Damien Chico had three RBIs and a key two-run double in the first inning and Northview jumped to a quick six-run lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Aztecs on Friday.
Garey 9, San Dimas 1: Apparently no one told Garey High School ace Vincent Velasquez that he was facing the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball champions. The senior right-hander threw a complete game, allowing just an unearned run and striking out a career-high 17 batters to lead the host Vikings to a 9-1 victory over San Dimas in the first round of the playoffs on Friday afternoon.
Montebello files protest of South Hills’ 3-2 win: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.
South Hills wins protest — CIF officials denied Montebello’s protest of Thursday’s Division 3 first-round playoff win by South Hills, 3-2. The Oilers argued the Huskies conducted an illegal batting practice before the game. After watching video of the incident provided by Montebello, CIF ruled there was in fact a an illegal batting practice, but it was not enough to warrant a disqualification of South Hills from the playoffs. The rules allow CIF to make a judgment call in situations such as this.
“At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes.”
“In the rules, it says a ‘may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they ‘will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.”
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s second round games
South Hills at Lancaster, 3:15 p.m., (pending protest)
Downey at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Lompoc, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Sunny Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Burbank Burroughs, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.
Aquinas at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Barstow, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Grace Brethren, 3:15 p.m.
La Salle at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
BREAKING NEWS: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.
Story: Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Story: San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Story: West Covina 3, Temple City 1
Story: Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0
Baseball/Softball Roundup: Sierra Vista High School baseball standout Christian Huerta is used to taking matters into his own hands. And that’s exactly what he did on Thursday to advance the Dons to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Huerta had a two-run home run, an RBI double and went the distance as he struck out nine to get Sierra Vista past San Jacinto, 3-2.
Thursday’s first-round playoff results
Hemet 8, Diamond Ranch 4
Colton 6, Charter Oak 5
Gahr 10, Walnut 9
South Hills 3, Montebello 2
Bonita 3, Elsinore 1
Sierra Vista 3, San Jacinto 2
Campbell Hall 12, South El Monte 5
Lompoc Cabrillo 28, La Puente 5
Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Glendora 7, Quartz Hill 1
Ayala 7, Patriot 0
Bishop Amat 10, Rancho Alamitos 0
Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0, 10 innings
West Covina 3, Temple City 1
San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Village Christian 2, Duarte 0
South Hills 23, Azusa 1
Mayfield 3, Covina 0
Northview 6, Calvary Chapel 4
La Canada 15, Sierra Vista 0
South El Monte 5, Mary Star 0
Arroyo 25, Whitney 0
“We called him Mr. Accuracy because he was on the money with every throw,” lead quarterback coach Matt James said in an ESPN report. “I can only remember one ball hitting the ground all day, and that was late in the camp on a post-corner route.
By Aram Tolegian
Glendora’s Jeffries adds to growing list of laurels. Weeks after being named the top quarterback at the Nike Camp at USC, Glendora’s Chad Jeffries wowed scouts and recruiters at last weekend’s Elite 11 regional camp at Cal-Berkeley. “We called him Mr. Accuracy because he was on the money with every throw,” lead quarterback coach Matt James said in an ESPN report. “I can only remember one ball hitting the ground all day, and that was late in the camp on a post-corner route. He’s being way under-recruited right now and is a definite Division I prospect. He has good enough size, can make all the throws and is an athletic kid. He was probably my No.1 guy today.”
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Just because school is out when the Damien High School football team hits the field for practice doesn’t mean the Spartans don’t have something to learn. In fact, that’s about all Damien will be doing this spring and summer as coach Greg Gano tries to make do with a youthful roster the veteran coach is asking to do many things differently on offense. “We’re putting in a lot of new things on offense,” Gano said. “We’re going to do a lot of different things, so a lot of what we do this spring is teaching.”
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
From day one, Eddie Pedroza has been the Northview High School baseball team’s leader. That won’t change when the Vikings open up the CIF-Southern Section playoffs with a first-round home game against Barstow on Friday. The manner in how the left-hander leads will. Pedroza, one of the top pitchers in the area the past three seasons, and the guy most have tabbed as the key to the Vikings making deep run through the Division4 playoffs, has had to change his modus operandi a bit after injuring a tendon on the elbow of his throwing arm two weeks ago.
Question: What games do you want covered the most?
Thursday’s first-round games
Diamond Ranch at Hemet, 3:15 p.m.
Colton at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Gahr at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Montebello at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
San Jacinto at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Paraclete at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Campbell Hall, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Lompoc Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round games
Peninsula at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Patriot at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Question: What are the most intriguing games to cover on Thursday?
Thursday’s first-round Softball Games
Kaiser at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Quartz Hill at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Patriot at Ayala, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho Alamitos at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland at Whittier Christian, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Village Christian at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Mayfield, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at La Canada, 3:15 p.m.
Mary Star at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Whitney at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
First impressions aren’t everything when it comes to a football team, but new Nogales High School coach Sebastian Hernandez has liked what he’s seen from his players in their first week of spring practice. “The talent level is better than I thought when I first took the job,” Hernandez said. “I’m much more optimistic now. I thought there would be less talent judging from their record the past several years.” (To continue click thread)
Halftime use to be showtime at Nogales. Hernandez is trying to change that.
By Aram Tolegian
Charter Oak long snapper Tanner Gibas won the National Kicking and Snapping Spring Event put on by Chris Sailer Kicking/Rubio Long Snapping in Las Vegas last weekend. Gibas, who is also expected to start at linebacker for the Chargers, beat out 79 other long snappers from 40 states to take home the prize. His time, from first movement to ball arriving at the punter, was .68 seconds. (To continue, click thread).
El Rancho wanted no part of Diamond Ranch’s Rouric Bridgewater, perhaps the best kept secret in the San Gabriel Valley (I know, blame us). Bridgewater, batting .588 with 10 home runs, 40 RBIs, 11 doubles and four triples, hit a home run in the first inning then was intentionally walked four times in the Panthers’ eight-inning 9-8 win. The lesson here: Maybe if they waked him five times El Rancho would have won.
Above: La Serna’s Connor Burke (7) knocks the ball loose from Los Altos catcher Steven Camberos (2) as he slides in safely at home plate in their 2-1 wild-card win over the Conquerors.
Tuesday’s Wild Card results
Chaminade 3, Diamond Bar 2
Diamond Ranch 9, El Rancho 8, 8 innings
Palmdale 6, Nogales 3
La Serna 2, Los Altos 1
La Salle 3, Covina 2
San Jacinto 10, Mountain View 0
Serrano 3, Gladstone 1
Santa Ynez 7, Azusa 3
Cajon 10, St. Lucy’s 0
Dana Hills 4, Los Altos 2
Rowland 15, Gladstone 0
Covina 13, Tahquitz 0
Sierra Vista 1, Montebello 0