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:
Christian Martin, Chino HIlls (SEMIS)
Richie Taira, Walnut
Christian Betancourt, Arroyo (SEMIS)
Hugo Perez, Alhambra
Vincent Herrera, South Hills (SEMIS)
Miguel Rosales, Cal
Gilbert Nakatani, Northview
Matt Fregoso, Rosemead (SEMIS)
Thomas Morales, South Hills (SEMIS)
Mario Lopez, Rowland
Kyle Acevedo, Covina
Michael Sill, Walnut
Torrey Moreno, Cal
Bryan Salinas, Northview
Alberto Flores, Rosemead
Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora (SEMIS)
Joey Davis, Santa Fe (SEMIS)
Brad Ojala, West Covina
Brody Goens, Chino Hills
Kevin Kim, Diamond Bar
Jeff Vargas, South Hills (SEMIS)
Elder Cruz, La Habra (SEMIS)
Chris Auxier, Northview
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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