Hoops: Boys and Girls player of the year? Boys and Girls first team? Coaches of the year?

While we wrap up CIF championships this week, time to start discussing the big decisions. Who is your boys and girls basketball player of the year? Who are the boys and girls coaches of the year? And finally, the Tribune first-team is made up of the player of the year plus five players, so start your nominations. Should look like this
Player of the year:
Coach of the year:
First team (any combination of five, can be three guards, two forwards; two guards, three forwards or a traditional two guards, two forwards and a center).

Bonita photo gallery, last team standing: The Bonita girls basketball team will face Orange Lutheran in the CIF-SS Division 3A championship on Wednesday at the Anaheim Arena, 8:30 p.m.

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Under the title “Where’s the love for Soccer,” CIF suggests in a recent press release that soccer could be headed for probation unless they see better behavior and respect for the game

Don’t get me started with this, if CIF is concerned with behavior, they should start with head basketball coaches, by far the most animated, brutal on officials and capable of inciting a crowd more than any other sport. Baseball is probably second, yet they go on how brutal soccer coaches are on refs. Talk about a double standard? Soccer, more than any other sport, has strict rules when it comes to cautions and ejections, which obviously leads to more ejections than any other sport. If a player fouls out in basketball with five fouls, that’s the equivalent of a soccer player getting a yellow, then a red for persistent fouling. Also, when a basketball player gets called for a flagrant foul, or a football player a 15-yard penalty for an unsportsmanlike conduct, that’s nearly the equivalent of a soccer player getting tossed for a hard foul. Show me the stats of how many basketball players foul out, or football players receiving unsportsmanlike penalties, then we can discuss this. And before they single out players and coaches so quick, maybe they should consider the quality of officiating too. In my opinion, this release shows a lot of unfair bias toward soccer, not intentionally — more a misunderstanding and overreaction to something that isn’t as serious as they think. Maybe CIF should impose rigid soccer-type penalties on coaches and players in other sports for berating officials, you would see the ejections increase rapidly. If anything, soccer has the strictest rules of all sports when it comes to penalizing behavior, that should be applauded, not threatened with probation.

CIF Press Release:
WHERE’S THE LOVE FOR SOCCER?
High School soccer is flourishing in the Southern Section: fully 80% of our schools field boys and girls teams. We’re delighted so many students participate in a sport that is rigorous and demanding. We now offer a Southern California Regional Championship. One would think that the sport is enjoying strong, positive support from our school administrators. That is not necessarily true. (To continue click thread).

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Girls Hoops: Bonita punches its ticket to the Big Dance, wins rematch with Bishop Amat, 65-53; Diamond Ranch falls to Serra in OT, 82-70

CIF-SS girls basketball semifinals
Division 3A

Bonita 65, Bishop Amat 53
Division 3AA
Serra 82, Diamond Ranch 70, OT

Championship
Wednesday
At Anaheim Convention Center, 8:15 p.m.
Bonita vs. Orange Lutheran

Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley might be the best freshman I’ve ever seen. At least it feels like that after the performance she delivered tonight. Wheatley helped the Bearcats rally from a 30-26 halftime deficit, scoring 19 of her game high 26 points in the second half to lead the Bearcats to a 65-53 win over Amat and their first appearance in a championship game next week. Bonita won with a solid effort from their big four, who all finished in double figures. Taylor Anderson poured in 17 points and Madison Zylstra and Brianna Kennedy scored 11 each. Amat was paced by Vianai Austin (17 points) and Leeah Powell (16 points). Andrea Villanueva chipped in with 13 and Leticia Galarza had 7. That was it, four players from both teams providing all the scoring. When it was over, I followed the celebration on my little flip cam and talked to Wheatley, Anderson and Bonita coach Darrin Baumunk. It’s great stuff, check it out.

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Wrestling: Three win Masters’ titles; 18 headed to Bakersfield for state championships

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
TEMECULA
— South Hills’ Vincent Herrera, Glendora’s Haydn Scharbrough and Santa Fe’s Joey Davis had the CIF State wrestling championships as their seasonl ong goal.
They achieved it Saturday, while also adding the tile of CIF-Southern Section Masters champion after scoring individual titles at the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High Schoolon Saturday.
The trio topped a list of 18 locals who earned trips to next weekend’s state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The three champions followed up victories at the divisional finals with Masters titles, with Herrera winning at 119 pounds, Scharbrough at 145 and Davis, the No. 1 wrestler in his weight class, at 152. La Habra’s Elder Cruz was runner-up at 215, losing to state No. 1 Tank Knowles of Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana.
Also qualifying for the state meet were South Hills’ Thomas Morales (sixth at 130), Jeff Vargas (sixth at 215) and Peter Nonu (sixth at 285); Northview’s Gilbert Nakatani (seventh at 119) and Bryan Salinas (seventh at 135); Chino Hills’ Christian Martin (sixth at 103) and Brody Goens (seventh at 171); Rosemead’s Matt Fregoso (fourth at 125) and Alberto Flores (ninth at 135); Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt (fourth at 112); Alhambra’s Hugo Perez (eighth at 112); Covina’s Kyle Acevedo (fourth at 130); West Covina’s Brad Ojala (eighth at 152); and Diamond Bar’s Brian Ryu (fourth at heavyweight).

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Girls Wrestling: West Covina wins state title

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer

West Covina High School made history Saturday.
The Bulldogs, paced by junior Samantha Ortiz, won the first CIF State girls wrestling championship at Lemoore High School.
Northview finished third.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” West Covina coach Sergio Ortiz said. “They worked really hard. They wrestle just like the boys.
“We’re all pretty excited and stoked. It’s history for West Covina.”
Samantha Ortiz, one of the top competitors in the state the past few seasons, was the only area wrestler to win an individual title.
The junior had two victories by fall before getting a 4-2 victory in the 114-pound weight class finals. She scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to secure the title.
West Covina’s path to the title was also paved by Jessica Vasquez (146), who upset the No. 1 seed before losing in the finals.
“She was our surprise star,” Sergio Ortiz said. “She did something exciting.”
Northview’s Vanessa Gomez was second at 105.

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Boys Basketball: Elimination night, Damien, La Verne Lutheran go down in semifinals

Boys Hoops Semifinals
Division 3AA

Price 63, La Verne Lutheran 58
Division 3A
Harvard Westlake 59, Damien 56

Damien misses 3 at buzzer: Harvard-Westlake’s Damiene Cain and Jordan Butler scored 17 points each and Zena Edosomwan blocked a Calvin White 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Spartans lost in the semifinals for the third consecutive season with a 59-56 setback to the Wolverines in a Division 3A game at Calabasas High School.

By Fred J. Robledo
La Verne Lutheran staged a furious fourth-quarter rally against visiting Price in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA boys basketball semifinals at Citrus College on Friday, but the Trojans attempt to advance to a fourth straight divisional final came up short, 63-58. (To continue click thread).

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Wrestling: Area’s elite 8 punch tickets to Bakersfield by advancing to Masters semifinals; 17 others still alive for state bids

Friday, as far as area wrestlers were concerned, was a luke-warm day at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.
Eight competitors, including those from the East and West San Gabriel Valley and the Whittier area, advanced to the semifinals of their respective weight classes, and have clinched spots for next weekend’s CIF State Championships in Bakersfield. There are another 17 area wrestlers who are still alive to earn their state-meet bid. All must win fourth-round consolation matches Saturday morning to advance to next week. If they lose, they would drop into the ninth-place semifinals and would need to win two matches to advance.
Here’s the list:
103
Christian Martin, Chino HIlls (SEMIS)
Richie Taira, Walnut
112
Christian Betancourt, Arroyo (SEMIS)
Hugo Perez, Alhambra
119
Vincent Herrera, South Hills (SEMIS)
Miguel Rosales, Cal
Gilbert Nakatani, Northview
125
Matt Fregoso, Rosemead (SEMIS)
130
Thomas Morales, South Hills (SEMIS)
Mario Lopez, Rowland
Kyle Acevedo, Covina
Michael Sill, Walnut
135
Torrey Moreno, Cal
Bryan Salinas, Northview
Alberto Flores, Rosemead
140
NONE
145
Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora (SEMIS)
152
Joey Davis, Santa Fe (SEMIS)
Brad Ojala, West Covina
160
NONE
171
Brody Goens, Chino Hills
Kevin Kim, Diamond Bar
189
NONE
215
Jeff Vargas, South Hills (SEMIS)
Elder Cruz, La Habra (SEMIS)
Chris Auxier, Northview
HWT
Peter Nonu, South Hills
Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar

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Boys Soccer quarterfinals: Baldwin Park’s strong playoff march continues, knocks off Los Amigos 1-0; Claremont and Ganesha both win too

CIF-SS Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s semifinals at 3 p.m.
Division 2

M.L. King at Claremont
Division 4
Ganesha at El Rancho
Division 5
Baldwin Park at Animo Leadership

Braveheart: For the third time in the past four years, the Braves have advanced to the CIF-Southern Section playoff semifinals, using a goal by senior forward Jaime Reyes to beat previously unbeaten Los Amigos 1-0 in a Division 5 quarterfinal game Friday.

Boys Soccer CIF semifinals
Friday’s results
Division 2

Claremont 2, Foothill 0
Division 4
Ganesha 1, Cathedral 0
Division 5
Baldwin Park, 1, Los Amigos 0

Claremont advances to semifinals

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat and San Dimas both advance with 2-0 wins; Ayala takes care of Flintridge Prep, 3-1

Note: Looks like I’ve got a road trip somewhere on Tuesday ..
CIF-SS Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 3

Ayala at Santa Maria Righetti, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Granite Hills, 3 p.m.
Division 6
San Dimas at Hemet, 3 p.m.


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For a good part of Thursday afternoon’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer semifinal, visiting Serrano was much more physical than second-seed Bishop Amat, so much that the frustration started wear on the Lancers’ faces. The Diamondbacks sported a pair of imposing forwards in Kellsie Gleason and Katie Pound, but the Lancers stood their ground for the most part, getting a solid effort from goalkeeper Alexis Carillo, who came in an out of the penalty area to continually knock away crosses and keep the game scoreless long enough for the Lancers to get going. (To continue click thread).

CIF-SS Girls Soccer quarterfinal results
Division 3

Bishop Amat 2, Serrano 0
Ayala 3, Flintridge Prep 1
Division 6
San Dimas 2, Tahquitz 0
Division 7
Sierra Canyon 4, Arroyo 0

Inland Insider on Ayala’s big win. Ayala rematch with Bishop Amat a game away from fruition..

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You can run, but you can’t hide … We might get a Lutheran, Damien showdown in state playoffs

For all of our (my) complaining that you have three of the best teams in La Verne history not scheduling each other during the season and wasting all the money and excitement that comes with it, thank goodness for the playoffs. The Bonita-Damien game on Tuesday is why those two should play every year. It’s hard enough drumming up excitement for the boys basketball season, we don’t need top teams making it any harder by not scheduling each other. The Damien-Bonita game was by far the most packed and gut-wrenching game of the season. And we might not be done, with Lutheran and Damien still in the hunt (not guaranteed yet) for a Division III state playoff berth by reaching the divisional semifinals, wouldn’t that be something if their paths crossed in the state playoffs. … They can all hide all they want from each other during the season, but you can’t hide now …

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Remember how you voted before the playoffs began … I picked Amat girls hoops .. but St. Lucy’s water polo looks like the real deal

If you were voting now, St. Lucy’s girls water polo sure looks good, so does Bonita girls water polo, which wasn’t on the list. But the favorites that most selected are still in play, Damien boys basketball, Bishop Amat girls soccer, Bonita girls basketball. Curiously, not many picked Lutheran, maybe it’s that smaller school Price they’re worried about. P.S. – For Saturday’s Amat-Bonita game, I vote they play down the street at Edgewood, my alma mater. Covina or Northview are very good new gyms too. I here that Arroyo is probably out, let’s just hope they keep it close, it’s going to pour on Saturday night…

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Girls Basketball: Bonita and Bishop Amat will meet in semifinals on Saturday night; Diamond Ranch rallies in second half; Duarte eliminated …

By Fred J. Robledo
he Bishop Amat and Bonita High School girls basketball teams will meet for the second time this season in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A semifinals on Saturday night after advancing in Wednesday’s quarterfinals on the road. (To continue click thread).

Duarte finished: The best season in Duarte High School girls basketball history came to an end Wednesday. The fifth-seeded Falcons (25-2) made their first trip to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A quarterfinals but dropped a 54-45 decision to fourth-seeded Valley Christian.

CIF-SS Girls Hoops
Tonight’s quarterfinal results
Division 1A

Troy 42, Chino Hills 34
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch 40, Arroyo Grande 36
Division 3A
Bishop Amat 54, Temescal Canyon 48
Bonita 53, Palos Verdes 43
Division 4A
Cerritos Valley Christian 54, Duarte 45

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Football: Don Le Gro takes over at Sierra Vista; Ganesha looking to replace Dave Fleming

Sierra Vista offensive coordinator Don Le Gro has replaced Keith Locklear as the head football coach, Dons athletic Director Brett Stevens confirmed. Le Gro, who was hired last week, already has let go of a few assistants, according to sources. At Ganesha, coach Dave Fleming resigned and sources at the school confirmed several applicants have applied, though you can eliminate alum Roddy Layton, who was given a cursory call to see if he was interested, but he’s staying at Diamond Ranch.

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Boys Soccer: Ganesha holds on for 3-1 win over Bonita; Baldwin Park rallies, beats Lakewood 4-3 in sudden death OT; Glendora loses 1-0

Boys Soccer CIF semifinals
Friday’s games, 3 p.m.
Division 2

Claremont at Foothill
Division 4
Ganesha at Cathedral
Division 5
Los Amigos at Baldwin Park

Just got word that Baldwin Park scored twice in final ten minutes of regulation to force overtime, then won in suddent death, 4-3 .. Ganesha scored twice in the first six minutes and held on for a 3-1 win over Bonita ….La Puente lost a heartbreaker at home to top-seed Santa Monica, losing in a penalty shootout, 6-5, after a 1-1 tie in regulation and overtime. Also heard that Pomona lost in overtime at Cajon, 3-2. Glendora’s dream run in Division 1 ended in a 1-0 loss to Edison. Claremont scored a huge 2-1 victory over Valle View. Chino Hills couldn’t get anything going against La Habra, loses 2-0, and Diamond Ranch goes down 3-1 to Artesia.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
There was never a feeling out process during Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinal between Ganesha and visiting Bonita, a match-up of the Montview and Hacienda League champions, respectively. The Giants made sure of that, scoring twice in the first six minutes, and again three minutes into the second half, which was too much for the Bearcats to overcome. (To continue, click thread)

CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoff Results
Wednesday’s second-round
Division 1

Edison 1, Glendora 0
Division 2
Claremont 2, Valle View 1
La Habra 2, Chino Hills 0
Division 4
Santa Monica 1, La Puente 1, Santa Monica advances in PKs, 6-5.
Artesia 3, Diamond Ranch 1
Ganesha 3, Bonita 1
Division 5
Cajon 3, Pomona 2, OT
Baldwin Park 4, Lakeside 3, OT

Inland Insider Tom Kiss reporting on Chino Hills’ loss to La Habra

Below: Quick highlights from Claremont’s 2-1 win over Valle View … man I’m quick finding this stuff. Listen to the announcer, he was calling a play-by-play .. never heard that before.

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Girls Water Polo: St. Lucy’s and Bonita advance to championship games on Saturday

CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Semifinals
Division 3

St. Lucy’s 16, South Pasadena 8 — Emily Donohoe scored five goals and Sabrina Kaefer had four, and St. Lucy’s ended its final-four jinx with a 16-8 victory over South Pasadena in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinal at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.
Division 5
Bonita 9, Redlands East Valley 8 – Redlands East Valley High School girls water polo coach Troy Delmonico had a pretty simple formula for success before his top-seeded Wildcats took on Bonita on Wednesday at Mt. San Antonio College in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.

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Boys Hoops: Inland Insider’s highlight video from Bonita-Damien; plus semifinal schedule set

Boys Hoops Semifinals
Division 3AA

No. 1 Price (21-6) vs. No. 4 La Verne Lutheran (21-4) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
No. 4 Damien (26-3) vs. No. 1 Harvard Westlake (25-4) at Calabasas High School, 7 p.m.

Okay folks, check out the video highlights and interviews from Damien’s thrilling 52-44 win over Bonita…

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Boys Hoops Quarterfinals: Damien fends off Bonita, wins 52-44 in front of overflow crowd; La Verne Lutheran advances to meet Price; Bishop Amat, Northview and Walnut all lost

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Meeting for the first time in playoff history and in front of an overflow crowd bursting with energy, fourth seed and host Damien held off fifth-seeded Bonita, 52-44, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A boys basketball quarterfinals Tuesday to advance to the semifinals for the third straight year. (To continue click thread)

Northview rough up: Gabe York scored 22 points and James Douglas had 19, and Orange Lutheran overwhelmed the host Vikings en route to a 78-57 victory in a Division 4AA quarterfinal.

Lutheran advances to meet Price: Fourth-seeded La Verne Lutheran High School had to come from behind to knock off No. 5 seed Corona del Mar, 53-49, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA quarterfinal game at Chaffey College on Tuesday night.

Amat, Walnut season’s over: Bishop Amat High School’s boys basketball team saw its run end one win shy of reaching the semifinals for the second consecutive season, after a bad second half did in the Lancers in a 85-59 loss at Alemany in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A quarterfinals Tuesday night.

CIF-SS Boys Basketball playoffs
Tonight’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.

Division 1A
Aliso Niguel 73, Walnut 64
Division 3AA
La Verne Lutheran 53, Corona del Mar 49
Division 3A
Damien 52, Bonita 44
Division 4A
Alemany 85, Bishop Amat 59
Orange Lutheran 78, Northview 57

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Girls Soccer: Maribel Duran’s hat-trick leads San Dimas to 4-1 win over Alverno; Amat wins; Los Altos, Glendora, Bonita, Sierra Vista all lose

CIF-SS Girls Soccer quarterfinals set
Division 3

Flintridge Prep at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Serrano at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 6
San Dimas at Tahquitz
Division 7
Arroyo at Sierra Canyon

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The better the opponent, the more Maribel Duran feels she rises to the occasion. Just from her body language and the way she was fighting defenders on fifty-fifty balls, the junior wasn’t going to leave anything for chance, delivering a dominating performance with a hat-trick against fourth-seed Alverno in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. Not only did Maribel Duran score three goals, her freshman sister Daisy Duran scored the other, leading the Saints to a 4-1 victory and into the quarterfinals on Thursday, where the Saints (18-2-2) will be on the road against the Tahquitz-La Canada winner. (To continue reading click thread)

Below: Maribel Duran’s sick step-over left her defender in the ….. you get the picture. It led to the first of three goals.

Today’s CIF-SS Second Round Results
Division 2

Sunny Hills 3, Glendora 2
Division 3
Ayala 4, Lakewood St. Joseph 0
Righetti 1, Bonita 0
Garden Grove Pacifica 1, Los Altos 0
Serrano 1, St. Lucy’s 0
Bishop Amat 1, Santa Maria St. Joseph 0
Division 6
Ocean View 1, Northview 0
San Marino 1, Sierra Vista 0
San Dimas 4, Alverno 1
Division 7
Arroyo 3, Bell Gardens 2

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Hoops coin flip results: Lutheran home against Price; Amat home against Bonita girls

Coin-flips to determine the home teams for the semifinal round of boys and girls basketball have been completed. However, in the semifinals teams are not allowed to play at their home venues, but are allowed to choose a site as close to their school as long as they can show it can accommodate a visiting crowd.

Semifinal coin-flips finished
Boys Basketball

Division 1A - Walnut would be home against Silverado or Capistrano Valley
Division 3AA – Lutheran home against Price, road against La Habra
Division 3A - Bonita-Damien winner at Harvard Westlake or Cerritos
Division 4AA - Northview home vs. Atascadero; on road against St. John Bosco; Bishop Amat home against Windward, on road agaisnt El Segundo.
Girls Basketball
Division 3AA – Diamond Ranch home against Muir, on road against Serra.
Division 3A – Bishop Amat home against Bonita and Palos Verdes; Bonita home against Temescal Canyon.
Division 4A – Duarte home against Oaks Christian; on the road at Mission Prep

Coaches hate when we talk about the next round, so for all you players, here’s a reminder that Tuesday and Wednesday are all that matters…

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Northview or Amat could run into Mr. Bigtime, Cezar Guerrero, who is thriving after leaving Workman and returning to St. John Bosco

There’s no player in Southern California who means more to his team than Bellflower St. John Bosco guard Cezar Guerrero. Guerrero is averaging 27.9 points and has helped the Braves (21-8) reach the Southern Section Division 4AA quarterfinals. If Northview somehow upsets Orange Lutheran, they would likely meet St. John Bosco in the semifinals. If Bishop Amat somehow gets to the championship, they might meet Guerrero and Co. in the finals. Yes, the former Workman guard who so many of you thought was nothing more than a show, also knows how to help his team win too. He scored 46 in a game against Mater Dei earlier this season.

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The week ahead to CIF championship games ..

CIF championships are the best, but the week before championships are the most exciting to me. I absolutely love the quarterfinals and semifinals, the crowds are more intimate and you see the passion up close and personal. So, here is what we got going this week…


Above: This is what we usually do this time of year, follow the Amat girls basketball team and Wiard deep in CIF and in the state playoffs. But it’s been tough following them lately, it seems like the Amat boys and girls hoops teams are living on the road, and will be on the road again in the quarters….

Boys Hoops note: Bonita at Damien might be the biggest area playoff since what? It has all the intrigue, two teams with great records in the same city meeting for the first time this year. Not only that, this could be the best teams both schools have ever had, plus it’s at Damien, the perfect venue where the “Pit” will likely be shouting from start to finish. Walnut, love what they’re doing, and Bishop Amat, they have a real shot at reaching the finals. Northview is a feel-good favorite because anyone who follows hoops in this area would love to see coach Rice go as far as he can. And uh, Lutheran, we’ll have more when they place Price on Friday night.
CIF-SS Boys Basketball playoffs
Tuesday’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Division 1A

Walnut (18-10) at No. 2 Aliso Niguel (25-2)
Division 3AA
No. 5 Corona del mar (19-9) at No. 4 La Verne Lutheran (20-4)
Division 3A
No. 5 Bonita (26-3) at No. 4 Damien (25-3)
Division 4A
No. 1 Orange Lutheran (23-6) at No. 8 Northview (23-6)
No. 6 Bishop Amat (21-7) at No. 3 Alemany (19-10)

Girls Soccer note: You gotta love Glendora still fighting in D-2, who beat Upland late in the year. In D-3, Amat, Los Altos and Bonita all should be fearful, they’re all on the road and I guarantee not all will survive it. You want surprises? How far will Northview, San Dimas or Sierra Vista go in D-6? It’s one of those divisions where you won’t be surprised if any of them go all the way.
Tuesday’s CIF-SS Second Round Schedule
All games start at 3 p.m.
Division 2

Sunny Hills at Glendora
Division 3
Bonita at Righetti
Los Altos at Garden Grove Pacifica
St. Lucy’s at Serrano
Bishop Amat at Santa Maria St. Joseph
Division 6
Ocean View at Northview
Sierra Vista at San Marino
Alverno at San Dimas
Division 7
Bell Gardens at Arroyo

Girls hoops note: No home love, everyone on the road except for Chino Hills. Obviously, would love to watch Amat and Bonita go at it again in semifinals. Or how about a Diamond Ranch-Muir semifinal, which could happen too. But I gotta tell you, my feel-good team is Duarte, which is where I will be on Wednesday night.
CIF-SS Girls Hoops
Wednesday’s second round schedule
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 1A

Troy at Chino Hills
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch at Arroyo Grande
Division 3A
Bishop Amat at Temescal Canyon
Bonita at Palos Verdes
Division 4A
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian

Boys Soccer: I have had it wrong all year, Glendora is the area’s best team, they win the Baseline and are still around in D-1, by far the toughest of the divisions. If they win again, and they’re at home, that would be something special. Best game of the day is Bonita at Ganesha, and I’m picking the Giants. Baldwin Park is still alive too. Hey, wouldn’t that be something in the year you don’t expect the Braves to go far, they go all the way.
CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs
Wednesday’s second-round schedule
All games at 3 p.m.
Division 1

Edison at Glendora
Division 2
Valle View at Claremont
La Habra at Chino Hills
Division 4
Santa Monica at La Puente
Artesia at Diamond Ranch
Bonita at Ganesha
Division 5
Pomona at Cajon
Lakeside at Baldwin Park

Girls water polo note: How silly is it that two San Gabriel Valley based teams have to go to Irvine to play a semifinal at 5 p.m.? They should call CIF-SS and say thanks, but no thanks, we’ll do it right here at PCC where we can play in front of big home crowds, right? Well, I tried anyway. FYI, sorry South Pas, this St. Lucy’s team is gonna roll…Let’s also not forget Bonita, which won a CIF-SS title in 2008. The Bearcats face Division 5 top seed Redlands East Valley at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. SAC. The Bearcats are the No. 4 seed.
Girls Water Polo
Wednesday’s semifinals
Division 3

No. 1 St. Lucy’s vs. No. 4 South Pasadena at William Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, 5 p.m.
Division 5
No. 4 Bonita vs.No. 1 Redlands East Valley, at Mt. SAC, 7:30 p.m.
Wrestling Note: The Valley brings one of its bigger contingents to the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley. It will include 43 competitors, 10 of which won divisional individual championships last week.
CIF-SS Masters Meet
Friday and Saturday at Temecula High School

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Baseball: The family of Nick Wagner files lawsuit and will picket at CIF-SS office over section’s decision to deny Wagner a hardship claim

On Tuesday, the family of Glendora High School baseball senior Nicholas Wagner is planning to picket in front of the CIF-SS offices in protest of the section’s decision not to waive the eight-semester rule, denying Wagner’s hardship request to CIF-SS officials for what Wagner’s attorney claims was a decision based on an “athletically motivated,” transfer. I will have a story in Tuesday’s newspaper, but for now I will share the letter the Wagner family attorney sent to the media, along with a written response from CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons.

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Tuesday’s story: The family of Glendora High School baseball player Nicholas Wagner is planning to picket in front of the CIF-Southern Section office in Los Alamitos today (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) after he was ruled ineligible to participate in his senior year because of the eight-semester rule. After exhausting appeals with the section and state appeals panel board to waive the eight-semester rule under the category of a hardship, the Wagner family’s last hope is to win its battle against CIF through the Orange County Superior Court.

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Sunday Tribbin: Bonita dominating SGV as top sports school, and should continue dominating

Not only did the Bearcats reach the CIF-Southeast Division title game in football, but girls cross country and volleyball were solid too. And they’ve only grown stronger in the winter, with the boys and girls soccer teams, boys and girls basketball and girls water polo still alive as we enter the second week of the playoffs . That’s five for five. Plus, we know how great their baseball, softball, track and swimming teams will be in the spring. One thing is absolutely certain, while Charter Oak, South Hills and Glendora are suffering the most from releaguing, Bonita is thriving in all sports across the board. When releaguing was voted on, voters were supposed to consider all sports, not just football. Well, you’re seeing the results of voters who voted with their blinders on, considering just football in making their decisions while ignoring how dominant a school might be in other sports. But this is Just Tribbin, you can talk about anything you want …

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