By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
After winning back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division 6 title, the Mountain View High School boys soccer team will try to win its third straight title in the Division 5 playoffs, where it earned the fourth seed when the playoff pairings were announced on Monday. Mission Valley League champion Mountain View will open the playoffs on Friday against the winner from Wednesday’s wild-card game between host Garden Grove and Oaks Christian. (To continue reading and to view pairings, click thread).
Playing an extremely tough non-league and tournament schedule, check that again, by far the toughest non-league and tournament schedule of any team in the San Gabriel Valley did not reward La Verne Lutheran(18-4) in the Division 3AA playoffs, where they were seeded fourth, which means they will likely have to face No. 1 Price, whom they already faced, in the semifinals. CIF screwed this up, lets leave it at that. No. 3 La Canada (23-3) should NOT have been seeded ahead of Lutheran. Not only was the Rio Hondo League one of the worst in decades, La Canada’s tournament schedule was one of the easiest around, staying in the SGV to compete in three area tournaments, where their biggest non-league win of the year is against Bonita, who they beat at home in their own tournament. The Spartans’ other tough nonleague games were against Montebello, who they lost to twice. We see this time and time again, CIF not factoring in strength of schedule as much as they should, instead looking at wins and losses. I know CIF has a tough job, especially when you consider how many divisions they have to seed, but time and time again we learn that tough schedules aren’t rewarded. My advice to Lutheran next year is to compete right here in the valley, whip everyone and get a high seed come playoff time.
We hope to cover at least three games, maybe more in the first round on Thursday, so let us know which games you think deserve the most coverage. For those on the road and games we can’t cover, we will have someone on the desk writing a round-up of the games on the phone so coaches please call in your results soon afterward to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242. You can also email your results to firstname.lastname@example.org, but if you do, please leave a phone number where you can be reached in case we have questions.
Below: The area’s top two-ranked teams, Bishop Amat and Bonita, could be on a collision course in the 3A playoffs. If all goes to form, No. 3 Amat would meet No. 2 Bonita in the semifinals on Feb. 26.
CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoff Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m.
Thursday’s first round Division 1AA
Ayala at Cajon Division 1A
Diamond Bar at Valencia
Los Alamitos at Walnut
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills Division 2AA
West Covina at Inglewood Division 2A
Beverly Hills at Arroyo Division 3AA
Rowland at Torrance
Sonora at Sierra Vista
Baldwin Park at Agoura
Peninsula at Rosemead
Beaumont at Diamond Ranch Division 3A
Los Altos at Orange Lutheran
Glenn at Northview
Buena Park at Bishop Amat
San Jacinto at Wilson
Palm Springs at Bonita, 5 p.m. Division 4AA
Rubidoux at Azusa
Gladstone at Desert Mirage
Covina at L.A. Baptist
La Canada at St. Lucy’s Division 4A
El Segundo at Duarte
San Dimas at 29 Palms Division 5AA
Workman at St. Monica Cathedral Division 5A
Bishop Diego at Pomona Catholic
CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Pairings
Tuesday’s wild card
A–Hueneme at Atascadero
B–Claremont at Whittier
C–Camarillo at Chaparral
D–California at San Marino
E–La Canada at Charter Oak
F–Righetti at Oxnard Wednesday’s first-round
WC A at #1 St. Lucy’s
Vista Murrieta at La Serna
WC B at Rio Mesa
San Luis Obispo at #4 South Pasadena Bottom Bracket
WC C at #3 Arroyo Grande
WC D at Ayala
WC E at El Rancho
WC F at #2 Murrieta Valley
Tuesday’s wild card
A- Burbank Burroughs at Perris Wednesday’s first-round Top Bracket
WC A at #1 Redlands East Valley
Glendale at La Sierra
Elsinore at Pasadena
Jurupa Valley at #4 Bonita Bottom Bracket
Yucaipa at #3 Crescenta Valley
Walnut at Arlington
Redlands at Los Altos
Burbank at #2 Temescal Canyon
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It seemed only fitting that a chaotic year atop the Mission Valley League boys basketball standings would end dramatically. That’s exactly what happened Friday night, thanks to Gabrielino High School’s Ryan Lam. Lam’s 3-pointer as time expired capped a stirring rally, and the Eagles posted a 52-50 victory over host Arroyo and clinched a share of the league championship with Mountain View.
The Eagles hit four 3-pointers in the final 1:01, two by Lam, including one that banked in, but Lam’s second 3, a buzzer-beater on the run as time ran out, hit nothing but net.
Editor’s note in today’s newspaper :Because of major technical problems, your Friday newspaper might be missing certain regular items. Also, Thursday’s articles will not be online until later this afternoon.
Inland Insider on the game: The Ayala Bulldogs (7-3, 18-8,) defeated their Cross town rivals the Chino Hills Huskies,( 7-3, 21-6), 50-41 behind Andrew Ortiz’s 27 pts. Both teams end up tied for 2nd in the Sierra league and will enter the playoffs next week, Ayala in the 2A division and Chino Hills in 1A.
Bishop Amat football has a new opponent in Week 2. Coach Steve Hagerty said Long Beach Jordan backed out of its commitment to play Bishop Amat at home in Week 2, but the Lancers quickly found a replacement, setting up a game with La Mirada at Kiefer Stadium, instead. I don’t know how good La Mirada will be next season, the Suburban League champions sent five players to Division I schools, including Isaac Luatua, who’s going to Alabama. La Mirada faded in the Southeast playoffs, however, losing in the first-round against Muir. But they did give Southwest Division champ La Habra all it could handle, losing 23-17. In any case, La Mirada typically travels well, so this is a good pick-up for the Lancers. Also, Bishop Amat’s game on the road against Venice in Week 5 has been moved to Thursday instead of Friday. For those curious about Amat, a Thursday night game allows the rest of the Valley to take a sneak peak.
“It would be incredibly intriguing for the community, and for (Bonita) coach (Greg) Eckler and myself. It would be a really tough game to play. If it happened, hopefully it would be in the finals.” – Damien coach Matt Dunn on possibility of meeting Bonita.
One of the intriguing possibilities in the 3A playoffs is a potential matchup between No. 3 Damien (22-3, 8-1) and neighboring Bonita (23-3, 11-0 Hacienda). Bonita is ranked fifth in 3A, has won 11 in a row and can finish unbeaten in league if it wins out this week.
Damien and Bonita haven’t met this season, but with only six losses between them a meeting in the playoffs would create one of the most exciting games in La Verne history.
“It would be incredibly intriguing for the community, and for (Bonita) coach (Greg) Eckler and myself,” Dunn said. “It would be a really tough game to play. If it happened, hopefully it would be in the finals.”
Dunn went on to give a quick preview of what might happen should they meet up.
“Because we’re so close, we know each other pretty well, even though we haven’t played,” Dunn said. “They do such a great job and it would be such a tough game to play. Hopefully when the pairings come out we’re on different sides of the bracket, because we would hate to face them anytime before the finals. That’s if we’re both fortunate enough to go on a (playoff) run.”
By John Honell, Correspondent
Senior Night emotion wasn’t enough for the Rowland High School boys basketball team to pull off an upset against Bonita on Wednesday night. The Raiders led at the end of the first quarter but the Bearcats, who already had clinched the Hacienda League championship, came from behind for a 60-44 win. The win was the 11th consecutive for the Bearcats (23-3, 11-0), who remained undefeated in league play with one game left at Diamond Ranch on Friday.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Los Altos High School girls soccer coach Chris Reeder wasn’t sure what to expect in the newly formed Hacienda League, which combined former Miramonte League powers Los Altos and Bonita with Walnut, which had won four consecutive San Antonio League titles.
Add a team like Diamond Bar from the Sierra League, and what you have is a playoff atmosphere every week.
Reeder hopes it pays off for the CIF-Southern Section Division 3′s eighth-ranked Conquerors when playoffs start next week. There have been many close games, but Los Altos has been the most consistent in its durability. It won another grind-it-out game on Tuesday at Diamond Bar, 2-1, and clinched at least a share of the league title with a chance to win it outright on Thursday against Walnut.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For those who don’t know South Hills High School football coach Steve Bogan, his belief in God and involvement with the Christian church is a huge part of his life.
That’s why it was no surprise Bogan was intrigued with the possibility of leaving South Hills for Maranatha, a Christian school in Pasadena with a highly touted sophomore quarterback in Andrew Elffers who could help the Minutemen compete for the Mid-Valley Division title over the next two years. But Bogan, who’s been teaching at South Hills since 1985 and has won four CIF-Southern Section division titles since taking over as head football coach in 1992, decided to remain at South Hills after weighing his options over the weekend.
1. Damien (22-2) – Dominated the Sierra
2. La Verne Lutheran (16-4) – Ready for playoff run
3. Glendora (20-5) – Better than expected
4. Bonita (21-3) –10 game win streak
5. Chino Hills (20-5) — Lost twice to Damien
6. Ayala (12-3) — Solid third in Sierra
7. Northview (20-6) — Valle Vista champs
8. Bishop Amat (17-8) — Lost two of three
9. Walnut (15-10) — Second in Hacienda
10. Rowland (16-9) — Solid overall record
Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (20-5) – Still best of the rest
2. Bonita (22-2) – Facing Diamond Ranch in finale
3. Duarte (20-1) – Young and scary good
4. Chino Hills (19-6) — Won nine straight
5. Diamond Ranch (13-9) — Waiting for Bonita rematch
6. Wilson (18-6) — Valle Vista champs
7. Sierra Vista (15-5) — Two losses to Duarte
8. St. Lucy’s (12-10) — Third in tough Sierra
9. West Covina (13-9) — Tie for third in Hacienda
10. Walnut (15-9) – Lost three of four
Tribune Soccer Rankings
1. Claremont (16-0-5) – Undefeated and new No. 1
2. Mountain View (9-2-5) – Back-to-back ties
3. Bonita (14-3-5) — Surges ahead in Hacienda
4. Glendora (14-6-5) — Dominated Baseline League
5. Damien (10-3-6) — Solid second in Sierra
6. Ganesha (12-5) — Montview league champs
7. Pomona (16-3-2) — 9-1 in Valle Vista
8. Baldwin Park (14-2-2) — Split with Pomona
9. Los Altos (10-5-3) — Fighting for playoff spot
10. Diamond Ranch (9-3-3) — Add to tough Hacienda teams
Girls Soccer rankings
1. Bishop Amat (20-1) — April Juarez with 37 goals
2. Ayala (16-4-3) — Beat St. Lucy’s, wins Sierra
3. Los Altos (16-3-4) — Clinging to lead in Hacienda
4. St. Lucy’s (10-5-2) — Solid second in Sierra
5. Glendora (14-6-4) — Still in playoff hunt
6. Bonita (15-4-2) — Finds ways to win
7. San Dimas (14-2-2) — Split with Northview
8. Northview (18-4) — Khalalah Todd with 45 goals
9. Diamond Bar (13-6-1) — Surprise team of Sierra
10. Claremont (15-6-2) — Another good Sierra team
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
There’s an empty space on the Wilson High School girls basketball team’s bench where longtime head coach Ed Bruyninckx used to sit. His chair has a cover that reads “Coach Ed,” and although nobody sits there anymore, everybody in the Wildcats’ gym can still see him, like he always was, intently watching his girls play. This year’s team believes Bruyninckx, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home in September, is still watching them and is very proud of what’s taking place.