CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs
Wednesday’s second-round schedule
All games at 3 p.m.
Glendora vs. Edison, site TBA (coin flip)
Claremont vs. Valley View, site TBA (coin flip)
La Habra at Chino Hills
Santa Monica at La Puente
Diamond Ranch vs. Artesia, site TBA (coin flip)
Bonita vs. Ganesha, site TBA (coin flip)
Cajon vs. Pomona, site TBA (coin flip)
Lakeside vs. Baldwin Park, site TBA (coin flip)
CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Playoffs
Friday’s first round results
Glendora 1, Aliso Niguel 0
Chino Hills 2, Kennedy 1
Claremont 1, Indio 0
Capistrano Valley 2, Damien 1
Oak Hills 4, Los Altos 3
La Puente 3, Burroughs Burbank 1
Bonita 3, Glendale 1
Crescenta Valley 3, Diamond Bar 2
Ganesha 2, Saddleback 1, OT
Diamond Ranch 1, La Serna 0
Oaks Christian 1, Mountain View 0
Baldwin Park 5, Maranatha 2
Monrovia 1, South El Monte 0
La Canada 9, Nogales 3
Carpinteria 3, El Monte 0
Pomona 2, San Luis Obispo 1
Victor Valley 2, Northview 1
Everyone knows Amat has the best arsenal of hitters in the Valley, and perhaps the Southern Section, so adding a home run fence makes perfect sense. Only the pitching is suspect, though Nogales coach John “the legend” Romano told me recently that coach Beck is the best pitching coach in Southern California. In any case, I told head coach Andy Nieto the over/under on the length of Amat baseball games is 3 1/2 hours. When you consider their hitting, questionable pitching and the fact Nieto will call timeout roughly ten times a game, you know you’re in for a long afternoon. Maybe they can start games at 2:30 and give everyone a break. At least until daylight savings time.
According to the CIF-SS website, Northview catcher Stephen Zavala’s request for a hardship transfer to Northview was denied by CIF-Southern Section officials.
Zavala was the third player from Whittier to transfer to Northview in three years. The previous two were ruled eligible. Zavala, who batted .441 with 10 RBIs as a junior, transferred mid-year to Northview.
There were rumors that Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella was going to resign since the football season ended, but it finally became official today. One of the early front runners rumored to take over is La Puente coach Brandon Rohrer, an assistant at Glendora under Pasqy before he left for La Puente. For more reaction, visit Aram’s blog In the Huddle.
Tuesday’s CIF-SS Second Round Schedule
All games start at 3 p.m.
Sunny Hills at Glendora
Bonita at Righetti
Los Altos at Garden Grove Pacifica
St. Lucy’s at Serrano
Bishop Amat at Santa Maria St. Joseph
Ocean View at Northview
Sierra Vista at San Marino
Alverno at San Dimas
Bell Gardens at Arroyo
By Fred J. Robledo
If anyone is going to beat you, one would expect it to be Bishop Amat’s April Juarez, the one with 39 goals and 17 assists. But Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez noted how visiting Walnut loves to play on offside trap, so he turned speedy sophomore Natalie Rivas loose and she was off to the races. Rivas scored all three goals in Bishop Amat’s 3-1 victory over Walnut in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. (To continue, click thread).
Below: Bishop Amat’s Natalie Rivas showing her stuff in a previous match.
Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff results
Glendora 2, Great Oak 1
Ayala 4, Knight 0
Bonita 3, Sultana 1
Quartz Hill 1, Claremont 0
Los Altos 2, Arroyo Grande 1
St. Lucy’s 1, Yorba Linda 0
Bishop Amat 3, Walnut 1
Flintridge Prep 3, Diamond Bar 1
Cate 3, Gladstone 1
Beaumont 4, Wilson 0
Northview 3, San Jacinto 1
Sierra Vista 2, Sage Hill 1
San Dimas 8, La Puente 0
Segerstrom 3, Nogales 1
Garden Grove 1, Ganesha 0
Beverly Hills 1, Workman 0
Sierra Canyon 2, Mountain View 0
Over/Under 8 first-round prediction: I guess I owe the Inland Insider Tom Kiss an In N Out lunch. I bet that less than eight teams would advance past the first round with 23 games on the schedule. Ten teams advanced, so the over’s win.
CIF-SS Girls Hoops Playoffs
Saturday’s Second Round
All games start at 7 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ventura
North Torrance at Diamond Ranch
Orange Lutheran at Northview
Bishop Amat at Irvine
Temescal Canyon at Wilson
Jurupa Valley at Bonita
Azusa at Windward
Gladstone at Sierra Canyon
Estancia at Duarte
Workman at Flintridge Sacred Heart
By Steve Ramirez
La Canada High School’s girls basketball team finished fourth in the Rio Hondo League and was under .500 during the regular season.
St. Lucy’s Priory’s, meanwhile, enjoyed one of its better seasons in recent years, finished a strong second in the Sierra.
But the CIF-Southern Section playoffs often offer up surprises and Thursday’s opener was no exception. (To continue click thread)
Thursday’s Girls Basketball playoff results Schedule
Cajon 84, Ayala 22
Valencia 45, Diamond Bar 28
Los Alamitos 52, Walnut 42
Chino Hills 60, Redlands East Valley 29
Inglewood 97, West Covina 51
Beverly Hills 36, Arroyo 33
Torrance 52, Rowland 43
Sonora 58, Sierra Vista 44
Agoura 68, Baldwin Park 32
Peninsula 59, Rosemead 18
Diamond Ranch 53, Beaumont 46
Orange Lutheran 79, Los Altos 31
Northview 53, Glenn 36
Bishop Amat 53, Buena Park 33
Wilson 44, San Jacinto 33
Bonita 71, Palm Springs 38
Azusa 47, Rubidoux 19
Gladstone 59, Desert Mirage 58
L.A. Baptist 37, Covina 28
La Canada 52, St. Lucy’s 40
Duarte 64, El Segundo 41
29 Palms 65, San Dimas 62
Workman 84, St. Monica Cathedral 67
Survive and advance: Damien’s Chris Reyes hit a shot at the buzzer to avoid a mammoth upset in the first round of the Division 3A playoffs. The fourth-seed Spartans squeaked out a 58-56 overtime victory over Agoura.
Nogales lines up Arroyo, 59-45
Glendora goes out the exit door early
Diamond Bar can’t stay with Cajon in 64-37 loss
Bonita wins ..
By Fred J. Robledo
Calling three timeouts in the first five minutes was Temple City High School boys basketball coach Rich Hollinger’s best way of trying to slow high powered Bonita in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs on Wednesday. All that did, however, was prolong the inevitable as Bonita’s inside tandem of Garrett Pendleton and Garett Horine set the pace running the floor and dominating the paint in an 81-38 first-round victory for the fifth-seed Bearcats (25-3), who will have a home game in the second round on Friday against 12th seed San Marcos. (To continue, click thread).
CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoff results
Wednesday’s first round
Chino Hills 71, Leuzinger 62
Cajon 64, Diamond Bar 37
Capistrano Valley 59, West Covina 35
Walnut 57, Tesoro 51
Rowland 64, Ontario 57
Eastside 72, Glendora 65, OT
Foothill 79, Baldwin Park 37
Ayala 67, Don Lugo 60
Nogales 59, Arroyo 45
La Verne Lutheran 66, Claremont 48
Calabasas at Diamond Ranch
Bonita 81, Temple City 38
Damien 58, Agoura 56, OT
St. Francis 62, Sierra Vista 55
Northview 77, Northwood 76 2 OT
South El Monte at Atascadero
Bishop Amat 59, San Luis Obispo 47
Servite 69, San Dimas 53
Tahquitz 48, Mountain View 42
Whittier Christian 57, Workman 41
La Puente 49, Rubidoux 39
Wilson 63, Desert Hot Springs 57
Ontario Christian 67, Ganesha 50
Covina 73, Morro Bay 60
Below: Hey look, Bonita’s Greg Eckler has a new look. The locks are gone
Here’s Friday’s schedule for the CIF-SS Girls Water Polo quarterfinals:
La Serna vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien
Ayala at Arroyo Grande
Pasadena at Bonita
Crescenta Valley vs. Walnut at Mt. SAC, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Temescal Canyon
Game times are 3 p.m., unless noted
CIF press release: Four divisions of the CIF Southern Section-Ford Baseball Championships, presented by Farmers, will be held at Dodger Stadium over two nights in June. Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be held Thursday or Friday nights (specific divisions, times and dates to be determined), June 2-3 at the historic ballpark in Chavez Ravine. CIF-SS championship baseball will conclude on Saturday, June 4 with Divisions 5, 6 and 7 title games taking place at The Riverside Sports Complex on the campus of the University of California, Riverside.
Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said the Bearcats girls basketball team will face Palm Springs in the first round of the CIF playoffs at 5 p.m., instead of the regular 7 starting time on Thursday. One of the Palm Springs coaches had a death in the family and has a flight that leaves town at 9. Classy move by the Bearcats, that’s what pursuing victory with honor is all about.
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
As a heavyweight, Northview High School wrestler Chris Auxier was one of the best in the CIF-Southern Section. As a 215-pound competitor, he’s so much more. The senior now looks to prove it as he takes another step toward a CIF State title when he competes at this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Southern Division Championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Brea Olinda High School. (To continue, click thread)
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
You’ll have to excuse the Duarte High School girls basketball team for feeling a little overlooked this week after the pairings for the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs were announced. The Falcons have a 23-1 record and 21-game winning streak but were not made one of the top-four seeds in the playoffs. They instead were assigned the No. 5 seed and a home game with El Segundo on Thursday night. (To continue, click thread)
By Fred J. Robledo
Walnut High School girls soccer coach Lorraine Hansen set the table for Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 wild-card against visiting Highland by sporting the bling, wearing all three CIF championship rings from the Mustangs’ three-peat from 2003-05.
“She showed us and it got us going,” Walnut midfielder Nikki McKee said. “It was like an extra motivator to think we can get one of those for our finger too. Forget everything that happened before, that’s what we’re playing for now.” The Mustangs ended what felt like a season worth of missed chances and opportunities by routing visiting Highland 7-0 behind three goals from junior forward Stefanie Catone and two goals from McKee. (to continue click thread)
Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff schedule
All games start at 3 p.m.
Glendora at Great Oak
Knight at Ayala
Sultana at Bonita
Claremont at Quartz Hill
Arroyo Grande at Los Altos, 3:30 p.m.
Yorba Linda vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien
Walnut at Bishop Amat
Cate at Gladstone
Wilson at Beaumont
San Jacinto at Northview
Sage Hill at Sierra Vista, 5 p.m.
La Puente at San Dimas
Nogales at Segerstrom
Ganesha at Garden Grove
Mountain View at Sierra Canyon