Saturday’s CIF-SS Dual Meet Wrestling Finals
Northview 39, Servite 27
West Covina 31. Ventura 28
By Steve Ramirez
It was a crowning achievement for two of the area’s premier high school wrestling programs. But in a way, it was more than that for Northview and West Covina, who each won CIF-Southern Section dual division titles Saturday. The Bulldogs girls team also dominated en route to winning the CIF Southern California Regional championship.
“It’s, overall for our program, the greatest day in our program, to have both our boys and girls win CIF,” West Covina coach Donnie Stephens said. “We’re one big family. It was a pretty awesome feeling to see one team running off the bus to meet the other who was running out of the gym. It was a great day.” (To continue, click thread)
Above: West Covina wrestlers Adam Caballero, Chris Caballero, Eddie Lagarda and Danny Arceo celebrating the Bulldogs’ wrestling title.
“This is my 32nd year going to the playoffs and I’ve seen everything. Playoffs come down to being ready to play and play well, playing the teams you match up well against and getting lucky. I’m not sure if our league is going to prepare us or not. If this team (Eastside) is a lot like Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Los Osos or Alta Loma, then yeah, the league helped us because we’re ready.” — Glendora coach Mike LeDuc
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Last season marked only the second time since 1981 that Glendora High School’s boys basketball team failed to make it out of the first round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. But don’t expect the sting of that statistic to mean much to this year’s Tartans when they take the court on Wednesday in the first round of the Division 2A playoffs against Eastside. “Last year doesn’t matter at all,” Glendora coach Mike LeDuc said after practice on Monday. “We’ve already practiced for today, we’ve talked for today and it never came up in our talk. For a lot of years we won a lot of games because we had the best players. “Last year, I thought both the team we played (Burbank) and ourselves were fairly equal. I thought they played fairly well against us and I don’t think we played well at all, but I don’t think that carries into this year at all.”
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“We have to play well to win,” Ertle said. “We don’t have a team who can just show up and win games this year. Hopefully, the potential is there, but we’re just looking at one game at a time right now.” — Bishop Amat coach Brandon Ertle
By Aram Tolegian
Bishop Amat’s run to the semifinals of last year’s Division 4A playoffs took a lot of area fans by surprise, and the Lancers are looking to do the same thing again this season.
Amat, which finished 19-7 overall and second in the Del Rey League, gets the luxury of a home game against San Luis Obispo in Wednesday’s first round.
The good news for the Lancers is Price, which knocked out Amat last year before winning the division, has been moved out of 4A.
Robledo: Remember what I wrote about Walnut a couple weeks back. I still feel the same way, they can beat anyone.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With Walnut High School, one of the traditional girls soccer powers over the last decade fading to fourth in the Hacienda League after several closes losses down the stretch, Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez feared his league champion Lancers might pay the price when the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 pairings were announced on Monday.
Turns out he was right. Walnut lost four of its final five games by a goal, but it finished 12-9-2 overall, which included a penalty shootout victory over Glendora to win its own tournament in January. (To continue story and view pairings, click thread).
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
Ayala at Cajon
Diamond Bar at Valencia
Los Alamitos at Walnut
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills
West Covina at Inglewood
Beverly Hills at Arroyo
Rowland at Torrance
Sonora at Sierra Vista
Baldwin Park at Agoura
Peninsula at Rosemead
Beaumont at Diamond Ranch
Los Altos at Orange Lutheran
Glenn at Northview
Buena Park at Bishop Amat
San Jacinto at Wilson
Palm Springs at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Rubidoux at Azusa
Gladstone at Desert Mirage
Covina at L.A. Baptist
La Canada at St. Lucy’s
El Segundo at Duarte
San Dimas at 29 Palms
Workman at St. Monica Cathedral
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
WC A at #1 St. Lucy’s
Vista Murrieta at La Serna
WC B at Rio Mesa
San Luis Obispo at #4 South Pasadena
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
WC A at #1 Redlands East Valley
Glendale at La Sierra
Elsinore at Pasadena
Jurupa Valley at #4 Bonita
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.