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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Girls Hoops, tonight’s second round: Bonita absolutely dominant; Duarte winning streak swells to 23 games, Bishop Amat beats Irvine 40-38, Wilson’s dream season ends; Northview loses, coach Jeff Butler retires

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

By John Honell, Correspondent
The Bonita High School girls basketball team has been on a mission since losing in the semifinals of last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs. The Bearcats’ mission of winning a championship remains on track after an easy second-round win, 77-38, over Jurupa Valley on Saturday. (to continue click thread)

Northview coach Jeff Butler retires following loss: The Orange Lutheran High School girls basketball team showed its fans exactly why it is the No.1-seeded team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs as the Lancers beat Northview 63-31 in a second-round game.

Workman goes down: The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy girls basketball team scored 51 points in the first half of its CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA second-round playoff game en route to a 77-50 victory over visiting Workman on Saturday.

More on Amat, Duarte, Wilson: Bishop Amat High School’s girls basketball team once again had to count on its defense to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs with a 40-38 win at Irvine on Saturday.

CIF-SS Girls Hoops Playoffs
Saturday’s Second Round results
Division 1A

Chino Hills 52, Ventura 35
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch 55, North Torrance 43
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran 63, Northview 31
Bishop Amat 40, Irvine 38
Temescal Canyon 61, Wilson 38
Bonita 77, Jurupa Valley 38
Division 4A
Windward 78, Azusa 21
Sierra Canyon 72, Gladstone 28
Division 4A
Duarte 60, Estancia 48
Division 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 77, Workman 50

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Wreslting: Northview wins again; area athletes win 10 titles, with 43 advancing to Masters

By Steve Ramirez Staff Writer
BREA —
Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Southern Division wresting championships at Brea Olinda High School felt more like the San Gabriel Valley Invitational.
Area athletes were that dominant.
Valley competitors scored eight of the 14 class titles and qualified 29 for next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High.
The contingent was led by Northview, which won its 12th divisional team title, with West Covina (third), Rosemead (sixth), Walnut (eighth) and Diamond Bar (10th) finishing in the top 10. Arroyo was 11th.
“If you look at the champions and the finalists, I think we did a very good job as a Valley representing our area,” Northview assistant Bobby Bellamy said. “I take my hat off to these other programs. These other programs are well-coached, their kids are disciplined and they have a lot of heart.
“To win this championship, it stands out. It stands out from the previous ones because (we) had some very stiff competition. Our young group had to perform, and they had to build on last week (when Northview, along with West Covina, won dual titles).”

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Boys Hoops Quarterfinal schedule: Damien home against Bonita; Lutheran, Northview also home, Walnut, Bishop Amat on the road

Note: Damien and Bonita will be meet for the first time since last season. Bonita won last year’s game, 57-52. In 2009, the teams split. Can’t wait to see what the “Pit” comes up with for this one.

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)

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Boys Hoops: The biggest game in La Verne history is set, Bonita and Damien will meet in quarters; Bishop Amat, Walnut advance; Covina loses heartbreaker to No. 2 Maranatha, 54-52

All Scores Posted: Overall it was a big night for boys hoops, Northview and La Verne Lutheran also win, even Rowland gave one-loss Peninsula all it could handle before losing by ten, and La Puente lost in overtime to JSerra. Our Inland friends, Ayala and Chino Hills, both lost.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For a team that hadn’t led the entire night, Maranatha’s 6-foot-5 senior forward Stephen Van Spronsen calmly turned to Minutemen coach Tim Godley as the third quarter ended and told him not to worry, that he would find a way to get it done. With point guard Jeremy Major fouled out with nine points an all-everything guard Josh Chamberlain struggling to get open looks, Van Spronsen delivered on cue, hitting a running banker in the lane off glass with 25 seconds left to lead Maranatha to a 54-52 come-from-behind victory over Covina in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs on Friday. (To continue, click thread).

CIF-Southern Section Boys Basketball playoffs results
Friday’s second round

Division 1AA
Etiwanda 86, Chino Hills 54
Division 1A
Walnut 56, Quartz Hill 52
Division 2A
Palos Verdes Peninsula 59, Rowland 49
Gahr 77, Ayala 57
Division 3AA
Price 72, Nogales 50
La Verne Lutheran 80, Moorpark 39
Division 3A
Bonita 60, San Marcos 46
Damien 54, Woodbridge 27
Division 4AA
Northview 66, St. Francis 54
Bishop Amat 71, Palos Verdes 59
Division 4A
JSerra 64, La Puente 58, OT
Morningside 78, Wilson 72
Maranatha 54, Covina 52

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Wrestling: 35 area competitors still alive for CIF-SS titles; Northview leads Southern Divisional

Here’s some first-day results at the four CIF-SS divisional sites involving area competitors. Some 35 area athletes have advanced to the championship semifinals and are still in the running for CIF-SS titles.One of the better days was turned in by Northview’s 215-pounder Chris Auxier, who won all three of his matches by fall, with two pins coming in less than a minute. Northview leads after one day in the Southern Divisional, with West Covina third. South Hills is fourth in the Northern Divisional. The tournaments conclude today at the selected sites. Final rounds are scheduled for 5 p.m.

SOUTHERN
103: Richie Tiara, Walnut; Devin Ng, Rosemead
112: Christian Betancourt, Arroyo
119: Danny Arceo, WCovina; Gilbert Nakatani, Northview
125: Matt Fregoso, Rosemead
130: Daniel Valles, Northview; Kyle Acevedo, Covina; Jacob Depraect, West Covina
135: Chris Caballero, West Covina; Alberto Flores, Rosemead; Bryan Salinas, Northview
140: Javier Arellano,Northview
152: Brad Ojala, West Covina
160: Joaquin Ramos, Baldwin Park; Anthony Escarcega, Rosemead; Steven Lopez, Northview
171: Kevin Kim, Diamond Bar; Daniel Amaya, West Covina
189: Denis Ruan, Diamond Bar
215: Chris Auxier, Northview
Hwt: Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar
NORTHERN
103: Christian Martin, Chino Hills
112: Andrew Delgado, Ayala
119: Clint Stark, Chino Hills; Vincent Herrera, South Hills
125:Tim Tran, South Hills
130: Thomas Morales, South Hills
145: Trevor Behr, South Hills
171: Colin Dorner, Damien; Brody Goens, Chino Hills
215: Jeff Vargas, South Hills
Hwt: Peter Nonu, South Hills
EASTERN
103: Mike Madrid, Bishop Amat
CENTRAL
145: Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora

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