Breaking News: Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques breaks Janet Evans’ 1989 record in 200 medley

Glendora junior Gretchen Jaques broke a record at Friday’s CIF-SS Division II prelims at the Belmont Plaza pool that she won’t soon forget. Jaques’ winning qualifying mark of 1:59:00 in the 200 individual medley broke U.S. Olympian Janet Evans’ 1989 record of 1:59.96 that she set with El Dorado High School. Evans is arguably the most celebrated U.S. women’s swimmer ever. Jaques, who entered the race with a qualifying mark of 2:04.06, shattered her personal best and will compete for the title on Saturday.
More breaking News: Jaques also set a record in the 100 breaststroke, winning in 1:01.03, breaking the Div. II meet record of 1:01.96, set in 2008 by Hart’s Jordan Danny.

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We have learned that Bishop Amat’s Jay Anderson is not a lock to play football in the fall

This could break the heart of Bishop Amat football fans, but the word is, through several reliable sources, that junior running back Jay Anderson is not on the spring football roster, and might possibly not play football at all next season. Those speculating that he might transfer can forget it, a family member telling me he’s not going anywhere. (To continue, click thread)

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When all is done, if Bishop Amat, Glendora and South Hills win titles, which team would have had the most impressive season?

There is a great chance of this happening, with Glendora in Division II, South Hills the reigning champ in Division III and Bishop Amat heavy favorites in Division IV, despite losing the Del Rey League finale to St. Paul. You can even have a sleeper like Sierra Vista make a run in Division V, and don’t count out Bonita in Division III. Player of the year, coach of the year, all-team first team honors, all this stuff will be decided over the next few weeks. There is no clear cut favorites at this point, the postseason will determine all that, but enjoy it, the next few weeks should be exciting. The Pairings are released on Monday.

Above: Glendora pitcher Adam Plutko put together a spectacular season. Next up, the CIF playoffs.

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Swimming: San Dimas’ Shieh Shines at Division IV Finals; Jaques and Grant ready to go on Saturday

Click here for a complete list of swimming prelims, finals results and schedules.

Above: San Dimas’s Henry Shieh in the 200 yard IM during the CIF-SS Division 4 swim finals at Belmont Plaza Pool

Division IV Swim Finals: San Dimas High School’s Henry Shieh got a pair in Thursday night’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4 finals at Long Beach’s Belmont Plaza indoor pool. He finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 2.58 seconds and sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:05.06. He had a personal best in the IM. “All of my strokes were the same,” the senior said. “But the biggest improvement was on the turns on the butterfly and the backstroke. I thought I swam pretty well.”

Saturday’s Division II @ III Preview: The area’s best boys and girls swimmers will take an important step toward CIF-Southern Section individual titles when they compete at the Division II prelims, scheduled for this morning at 10 at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. Locals led by Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques, Walnut’s Andrea Grant and Rowland’s Kylie Garcia have a good shot at individual championships. Damien’s Jason Haney and Johnny Beal also will be in the running for Division II glory. Jaques and Grant won CIF-SS titles last season. The finals are scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m., also at Belmont Plaza. Jaques, who has won the 50-yard and 100 freestyles the past two seasons, is competing in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly this season, but hardly has missed a beat.

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Track: CIF-Southern Section prelims kickoff a big month ahead beginning on Saturday

Saturday, at Mission Viejo HS: Division I Prelim heet sheets.
Saturday, at Moorpark HS: Division II Prelim heet sheets.
Saturday, at Estancia HS: Division III Prelim heet sheets.
Saturday, at Carpineria HS: Division IV Prelim heet sheets.

Above: Glendora’s Lauren Justus in the 3,200 meters.

By Steve Ramirez, staff writer
This is a big weekend in track and field, which will have Saturday’s CIF-SS divisional prelims. They will be held at four sites. Division 1 is at Trabuco Hills High in Mission Viejo; Division 2 at Moorpark High; Division 3 at Estancia in Costa Mesa and Division 4 at Carpinteria High. All four meets begin with field events at 11 a.m., with the running events scheduled to begin at noon. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, May 22. The area will be led by sprinters Beejay Lee of West Covina and Remontay McClain of Covina. They have two of the quicker times in California in the 100 and 200 meters, respectively. Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price, one of the better competitors in the 200 and long jump, also is expected to do well.

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Softball: Glendora beats Ayala 3-1 to earn a share of the Sierra League title; South El Monte scored a dramatic run in the 7th to beat rival Arroyo, 4-3, winning the MVL title

South El Monte 4, Arroyo 3: With all the twists and turns of a good novel, it was only fitting that Thursday’s Mission Valley League showdown between the South El Monte and Arroyo high school softball teams ended with some drama. Angie Aguinaga led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a triple to the left-center-field gap and was awarded home plate when the throw in went into the South El Monte dugout for a 4-3 win that gave South El Monte its fifth consecutive league title.

Glendora 3, Ayala 1: For the third consecutive year, the Glendora High School softball team earned a piece of the Sierra League title with Ayala, but this one had a special feel to it. Glendora scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to squeeze out a 3-1 victory. The Tartans defeated Ayala’s UCLA-bound pitcher Jessica Hall for the first time and earned their first win over the Bulldogs in three years.

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Spring Football: Mater Dei transfer gives Diamond Bar a pair of quality quarterbacks in returner Andrew Cameron and transfer Harry Omana

Above: Diamond Bar’s Andrew Cameron threw for 1,795 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Diamond Bar coach John Martin may have a simple solution to his developing two- headed monster at quarterback – play both Andrew Cameron and Harry Omana, who transferred from Mater Dei late last season. “Both of them will play a little bit,” Martin said. “Both do things a little bit different.” Cameron, a senior-to-be, has plenty of experience. Omana, a junior-to-be, is versatile. When spring practice begins Monday, the two should put on quite a show. Quarterback is just one place where Martin has plenty of experience back. Diamond Bar returns 17 of 22 starters just in time to head into a new league and division: The Brahmas are leaving the Sierra League for the newly formed Hacienda League, which will produce exciting local matchups on a weekly basis. Diamond Bar is also changing to the Southeast Division.

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South Pas vaulter the center of national attention; our Keith Lair defends Knowles

National Reaction story: Commentators, bloggers and the national media continued Wednesday to debate the finish of a dual track meet that ended in controversy when a pole vaulter was disqualified for wearing a friendship bracelet.

Our Keith Lair, who covered the event, says don’t blame Monrovia coach Mike Knowles: One website said that Knowles could have suggested to Laird to remove the bracelet long before she jumped. Well, it was so cold that the athletes were not removing their sweats until they got on the runway, so there is no way Knowles could have known earlier that she was wearing a bracelet.

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Breaking News: Say goodbye to Bishop Amat’s National Ranking, St. Paul 3, Bishop Amat 2

Why do I feel like I jinxed it with the previous thread, or broke up a no-hitter by talking about it. Folks, this just in, St. Paul beat Bishop Amat 3-2 in the Del Rey League finale today, ending Amat’s 47-game league winning streak, and ending Paul Paez’s undefeated season. Bishop Amat had just moved to No. 2 in Baseball America’s National Rankings, but this surely will drop them way down. Gabe Encinas got the win for St. Paul, who scored in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. Both pitchers went the distance. We will have more in tomorrow’s newspaper, but you can blame us, it’s the Tribs fault.

St. Paul 3, Bishop Amat 2: St. Paul High School’s baseball team ended its regular season on an impressive note Wednesday, defeating Del Rey League rival Bishop Amat, 3-2. Gabriel Encinas threw a complete game for the Swordsmen, who snapped Bishop Amat’s 37-game league unbeaten streak. Encinas (8-2), who signed to attend Loyola Marymount, scattered six hits and struck out five

Sierra Vista 12, La Puente 7: Sophomore Giovanni Rivera and senior Christian Huerta had three RBIs apiece and Sierra Vista won its second consecutive league championship with a 12-7 victory over the Warriors.

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If Bishop Amat baseball wins out, they could win another mythical national title with Baseball America’s No. 2 ranking

The latest Baseball America/National Coaches poll ranks Bishop Amat No. 2 in the country, jumping all the way up from their previous spot of No. 24. In 2001 Bishop Amat was crowned USA Today’s National Champion. I know they already clinched league, but don’t say today’s game at St. Paul doesn’t mean anything. The Lancers also are trying to extend their 37-game league unbeaten streak. Check out “The Big River,” Rio Ruiz, he’s on the cover.

After all these years covering preps, I’ve never seen a better sophomore than shortstop Ruio Ruiz. Just enjoy it, he’s around two more years and will likely go down as one of the all-time greats. When you consider the teams and pitchers he’s faced throughout the season, his team-leading .520 batting average along with 28 RBIs and four home runs is amazing. Imagine if Amat had a fence, the homer total could be so much more. I guess the only negative thing I could say about him is he’s going to USC, :), someone should remind him he looks better in blue.

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Why couldn’t Monrovia just, “Do the Right Thing.” Who wants to win a title on a technicality, especially on something as silly as this …

This thread is running in Miguel Melendez’s Star-News blog, I just had to share it with you. Apparently Monrovia called a South Pasadena pole vaulter for wearing a friendship bracelet, which cost South Pasadena the league title … read on…By the way, shouldn’t high school officials remind participants to take off jewelry before events start? If you’re a coach (from any school) and you see this, shouldn’t you walk up and remind the person to take that off. To me that’s sportsmanship, not waiting until the end of the competition to call someone on a technicality that you probably knew all along that you could call at anytime.

Deadspin’s reaction from this story was harsh, so harsh in fact I couldn’t print it, but read on with caution if you wish.

Even Sports Illustrated chimed in:

South Pasadena’s Robin Laird thought she won meet April 29 with final pole vault. But opposing coach pointed out she had string friendship bracelet against rules. Laird was disqualified on technicality, giving Monrovia the victory and league title.

Our Keith Lair covered the event:

There likely will be very little friendship when the South Pasadena and Monrovia high school track and field teams meet next time.

That’s because a friendship bracelet decided the Rio Hondo League girls title.

With the pole vault deciding Thursday’s dual meet, Monrovia needed at least a second-place finish to claim its first league title.

South Pasadena’s Rachel Ma and Monrovia’s Samantha Boltz and Gabby McBride all cleared 7-0. South Pasadena’s Robin Laird, the Tigers’ best pole vaulter, passed at the height.

With a crosswind and both teams watching, cheering wildly on makes and groaning on misses, Laird easily cleared 7-6. Monrovia co-coach Mike Knowles pointed out Laird was wearing a friendship bracelet. Any jewelry calls for automatic disqualification. The coaches called CIF-Southern Section officials to confirm the disqualification.

“I hate that,” Knowles said. “I didn’t want to do that. I’ve lost a CIF title because a girl had one diamond earring she forgot to take out in the 4 by 400 relay.”

Laird’s disqualification gave the Wildcats a 65-62 win.

Migue Melendez’s take: Winning at all costs? I’m not a fan of it, and in this particular case I was not a fan of how Monrovia won the league title. Clearly, Laird won the event in dominating fashion. According to the Sports Illustrated report, South Pasadena coach PJ Hernandez asked Monrovia coach Mike Knowles “you really want it to come down to this?” I know, rules are rules, but c’mon. Really?

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Spring Football: Damien’s $220,00 weight room is the pride of the Valley, 80 lifting stations spread over 3,400 square feet

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Damien High School’s athletic upgrades took another big step this week with the unveiling of the school’s weight room located at Spartan Hall. Damien had already redone its baseball and football fields and built a new gym. Now students have what school staff are calling a state-of-the-art weight room to go along with it. (To continue click thread)

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Spring Football: Baldwin Park vs. Walnut on Friday Night at 7 p.m., under the lights

By Aram Tolegian
Walnut will host Baldwin Park in a passing game with a fall feel on Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be 11 on 11, with both teams treating preparations as if it were a typical regular-season game. Baldwin Park returns a veteran team but has questions at quarterback, so Friday’s game should help Braves coach James Heggins get a first look at what he’s got to work with. Fans will also get to see Mustangs standout Aubrey Coleman, who recently committed to Washington

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Softball: San Dimas back to its old tricks, on late season charge with 15-5 rout of Northview; Duarte inches closer to Montview title with 6-5 win over Azusa while Glendora falls to Ayala

San Dimas’ Kayla Norrie hit a two-run homer, had four hits, six RBIs and was a triple short of a cycle to lead San Dimas (17-7, 12-2) to a 15-5 rout over Northview (18-6, 12-2) in six innings to move into a first-place tie in the Valle Vista. In other big games, Duarte (12-6, 10-1) came back and beat Azusa (15-5, 10-2) 6-5 and can clinch the Montview league title with a win over Workman on Thursday. In the Sierra League, Ayala (24-4, 8-1) took a one game lead over Glendora (19-5, 7-2), though the Tartans will meet them again on Thursday at home in hopes of sharing the title.

Above: San Dimas junior shortstop Aleena Avalos reached base all five times in Tuesday’s win.

Story: Ayala 2, Glendora 0
Story: Duarte 6, Azusa 5
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
San Dimas High School catcher Kayla Norrie calls it late season team bonding while shortstop Aleena Avalos said when the Saints turn it on, there is no turning it back off.
Whatever the reason, late season charges have come to define the Saints in recent years, and they’re doing it again. San Dimas, who has reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 semifinals the past three years and the championship game last year, mercied rival Northview 15-5 in six innings on Thursday to move into a first-place tie in the Valle Vista League with the Vikings, though the tiebreaker goes to the Saints after taking two-of-three in the season series. (To continue, click thread).

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Charter Oak names John Phillips and Todd Quinsey to take over basketball programs

Charter Oak High School announced today that Damien High school assistant John Phillips has been named the new boys basketball coach, replacing Ray Walker, who resigned. Charter Oak also named former Northview coach Todd Quinsey the girls basketball coach, taking over for Keisa Pineda. Quinsey is a Trib favorite of ours, he is a former correspondent who also worked phones for us.

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