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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