Track: Covina’s Remontay McClain hoping to duplicate state titles in 100 and 200 meters

High School State Leaders on Dyestat

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Remontay McClain made history last year, and the Covina High School senior, who scored a rare double in winning the 100- and 200- meter runs at the CIF State track and field championships, plans on making more this season. “I think he’s naturally motivated,” Covina coach Kevin Glaspy said. “He understands that winning last year did not come easy. If anything, he’s even more hungry this year and works as hard as anyone. “We’ve had talks about it, and he wants to do it again. He’s up for the challenge.”

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With spring here (sort of), Aram takes a look at how football teams are getting prepared for 2011

Don’t expect Baldwin Park High School football coach James Heggins to back off his audacious offseason plans for his team this spring. The Braves, who last season did everything from typical weight-room workouts to playing under the lights on Friday nights in May, will be back at it again shortly. Baldwin Park has lined up two dates in late April and early May to play Walnut in 11-on-11 action in a home-and-home arrangement.

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Girls Soccer: All CIF Released; Amat’s April Juarez and coach Ruben Gonzalez earn top honors; Duran, Todd highlight Division 6 honors


CIF-Southern Section Teams
Division 3
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
– April Juarez, Jr. Forward, Bishop Amat
COACH OF THE YEAR – Ruben Gonzalez, Bishop Amat

FIRST TEAM
Players Name Grade Position School

Makenzy Doniak 11 Fwd Ayala
Alexis Weaver 12 Mid Ayala
Alicen Wright 12 GK Ayala
Alyssa Cabral 11 Def Bishop Amat
Jessie Gener 11 Def Bishop Amat
April Juarez 11 Fwd Bishop Amat
Yazmin Montoya 10 Fwd/Mid Bishop Amat
Haillee Worrell 12 Mid Bonita
Brooke Elby 12 Fwd/Mid Flintridge Prep
Connell Studenmund 11 Def Flintridge Prep
Kristine Pasek 12 Fwd Granite Hills
Rayana Speight 11 Fwd Granite Hills
Jill Wierzbicki 12 Def Granite Hills
Rebecca De Iorio 12 Def La Mirada
Kimberly Griffin 12 GK Pacifica/Garden Grove
Rachel Webb 12 Def Quartz Hill
Sierra Duarte 12 Fwd Righetti
Lara Wilson 12 Mid Righetti
Alex Magnifico 12 Def Serrano
Katie Pound 12 Fwd Serrano
Taylor Will 12 Fwd St. Joseph/Santa Maria
Victoria Camaj 11 Fwd St. Lucy’s

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Boys Soccer: Claremont’s Cory Hodge and coach Fred Bruce-Oliver dominate Division 2 voting


Above: Claremont coach Fred Bruce-Oliver raising Division 2 trophy

CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Teams
Division 2
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
– Cory Hodge, Sr. Defender, Claremont
COACH OF THE YEAR – Fred Bruce-Oliver, Claremont

FIRST TEAM
Players Name Grade Position School

Eduardo Morales 12 Fwd Arlington
Alex Wixted 12 Def Canyon/Anaheim
Michael Salazar 12 Fwd Canyon Springs
Felix Espinoza 12 Fwd Capistrano Valley
Jensen Lee 12 Def Capistrano Valley
Ben Manko 12 Def Capistrano Valley
Alex Sanchez 10 Mid Chino Hills
Troy Ford 11 Mid Claremont
Cory Hodge 12 Def Claremont
Alberto Villa 12 Fwd Coachella Valley
Cam Waymire 12 Fwd El Modena
William Bobo 12 Mid Foothill
Paul Malherbe 12 Def Great Oak
Evyn Hewitt 12 Mid Kennedy
Earvin Aleman 12 Def La Habra
Santiago Garcia 12 GK La Habra
Tylor Magdeleno 12 Mid La Habra
Giovanni Acosta 12 Def ML King
Andy Ho 12 Mid ML King
Ryan Felix 12 Def Santiago/Corona
Sung Moon 12 Fwd Sunny Hills
Alex Turkson 11 Fwd Valley View

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Softball: South Hills beats Ayala 7-6 and Charter Oak pounds Claremont, 12-5; Pitching not as dominant as it once was

Look at the high-scoring games above, that’s how it’s been this year. How much has moving the rubber from 40 to 43 feet changed the game? I can’t recall ever seeing so many softball boxscores that look like baseball boxscores. In a quick unscientific look at MaxPreps, the 20th ranked strikeout leader in the Southern Section last year finished with 223 strikeouts. This year No. 20 is at 53 strikeouts. In previous years I get texts all the time about so and so throwing a no-hitter or striking out 14, 15, 16 batters in a game. This year, not one text like that. While pitching is still the most important position, you can tell that hitters have a more even playing field now, and your defense needs to be much more accountable. You can’t rely on a dominant pitcher like previous years, you have to make plays now…I don’t know about you, but I like it.

MAXPREPS MADE EASY
Area League Standings, Rosters, Leaders
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Baseball: New horse in town as Covina opens VVL with 13-0 rout of Northview

Covina High School’s baseball team has lived in the shadow of rival Northview in recent years.
Tuesday the Colts emerged from darkness.
Nick Simons hit a home run and drove in four runs and Nick Hynes had three RBIs and Covina routed their intra-city rivals, 13-0 in a Valle Vista League game that was halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Covina, also getting a one-hitter from James Comarotto, improved to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in league play. Northview slipped to 4-4 and 0-2.
Covina coach Pete Loaiza: “I think it’s important to keep things in perspective. This is just one game. We just happened to open up with Northview. But our goal is not to beat Northview, it is, but our goals are bigger than just one game.”
Northview coach Darren Murphy: “It was an emotional game, a rivalry game. One team showed up and one team didn’t. I can’t say more than that. We put a lot of guys on base with free passes, but to (Covina’s) credit, we left the door open and they slammed it shut.”

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APU wins NAIA women’s basketball title, earns sweet revenge over Union, 65-59

All the Azusa Pacific Univeristy women’s basketball team wanted was a second chance, another shot to prove it was the best,
Tuesday night the Cougars showed why.
Junior guard Eboni Sadler and senior swing player Alex Moore-Porter scored 17 points each and junior Briana Hall had a steal and layup during a key stretch in the second half as APU scored some redemption from a loss in the championship game a year ago with a 65-59 victory over two-time defending titlist Union for the school’s first NAIA
basketball title in Jackson, Tenn.
The Cougars, who closed the season by winning 22 of their final 23 games, finished a program-best 33-5. Union, of Jackson, which got 21 points from Zeinab Chan and 17 from Kayla Hudson, finished 34-2.
“It’s just awesome,” APU coach T.J. Hardeman said. “Since losing here a year ago, we pointed to getting back here.
“Its huge. It’s a mindset. As a coach, as much as you want to say were not just happy to be here, we were pretty just happy to be (in the championship game last year). This year, it was totally different. We said, ‘We’ve been here, and it’s not that fun to lose
this game. Let’s go ahead and win it.’ They did. It says everythingfor the program and the girls.”

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Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat on top again; Charter Oak, Bonita, Glendora, Nogales surging


1. Bishop Amat ( 6-2) - Lancers allowed just two runs in last three wins, which includes a 5-0 blanking over Chatsworth. They’ve won six straight since starting 0-2 to let the SGV know who’s at the top of the chart.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) — After opening the Sierra with a big 4-1 win over Ayala, the Chargers get Claremont at home today hoping to leave a big imprint in the new league.
3. Bonita (5-2) — Suffered 10-4 loss to Long Beach Poly and opens Hacienda with a huge one at Diamond Bar on Friday, most likely against Mathews.
4. Glendora (4-2) — Opened the Baseline with back-to-back wins over Upland and Rancho Cucamonga and gets Alta Loma on Friday. You find out how good teams are when tournaments are over with.
5. Nogales (7-1) — The area’s biggest surprirse beat Northview to open the Valle Vista and swept Arroyo on Saturday. They get San Dimas next.
6. Damien (3-3) – Spartans look great in Sierra opening with over South Hills. If they can pitch, they have the bats to swing with anyone.
7. South Hills (4-2) – Opened the Sierra with a 7-4 loss to Damien, showing once again if you don’t have the pitching in the Sierra, each game is a fight.
8. Claremont (4-1) — After looking so great, Wolfback humbled in Sierra League opener in 5-0 loss to Chino Hills.
9. Chino Hills (5-2) – Beat previously unbeaten Claremont 5-0 for their fourth straight wins.
10. Diamond Bar (3-4) – The preseason No. 1 is slowly crawling back after Hacienda League opening win over West Covina. The proof comes Friday at home against Bonita.



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Softball Rankings: It’s starting to become clearer, Bishop Amat, Bonita and South Hills looking like league favorites


Above: You won’t find many better defensive catchers than Amat’s Jackie Carlin

1. Bishop Amat (7-1) — Not sure who can hang with them in the Del Rey and already off to a great start after going .500 last season.
2. Bonita (11-2) - The ‘Cats haven’t had many days off, already competing in three tournaments and winning twice. Looks like nothing’s wrong with them at all.
3. South Hills (7-3) — Since their shocking 3-2 loss to Northview in the Charter Oak tourney they’ve looked great, beating St. Lucy’s followed by wins over Covina and San Dimas.
4. Glendora (7-3) — Covered one game last week and already sensed a little friction in a loss to La Serna. The Tartans are too good for that, hope they get it together quick.
5. Ayala (3-3) – The Bulldogs played a tough nonleague schedule, but are 1-0 in league after beating Charter Oak, 5-3.
6. Charter Oak (7-4) — The Chargers can swing the bat and do enough in the circle to be competitive. They’re the type of team that can beat top contenders, but also lose to teams you never thought they would.
7. Claremont (8-1) — I kept hearing I had the Wolfpack ranked too high because they hadn’t played anyone. They finally played a good team in Chino Hills and lost 9-0. Shows what I know.
8. Chino Hills (4-2) – Huskies open league with a 9-0 win over Claremont.
9. West Covina (4-3) — After a slow start, Bulldogs have won three straight in getting ready for a wild Hacienda league race.
10. Northview (6-4) – You have to give it to them for knocking off South Hills, but the Vikes are like the rest of the Valle Vista. Good, but nothing great.

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Big week for baseball, softball

Well after a week in Arizona for some MLB spring training, I’m back, and I return with a big week in baseball and softball. One of the bigger matchups featues the South Hills softball team facing stalwarts Ayala and Chino Hills in back-to-back games. Other key games in baseball feature Covina at Northview in the Valle Vista League on Tuesday, with Charter Oak and Damien going at it in the Sierra League on Thursday.

Here’s this week’s schedule:

TUESDAY
BASEBALL
Nonleague

La Salle (Milwaukee, Ore.) at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at La Salle, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Claremont at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at Chino Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
SOFTBALL
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat vs. La Salle at Victory Park, Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Ayala at South Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Claremont at Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY
BASEBALL
Hacienda League

Diamond Bar at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Rowalnd, 3:30 p.m.
West Covina at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
SOFTBALL
Hacienda League

West Covina at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Rowland, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
THURSDAY
BASEBALL
Montview League

Duarte at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Bassett at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Charter Oak at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Claremont, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Chino Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Wilson at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
SOFTBALL
Montview League

La Puente at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
Bassett at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Charter Oak at St. Lucy’s, 3:30 p.m.
South Hills at Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
FRIDAY
BASEBALL

Baseline League
Alta Loma at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Del Rey League
St. Monica at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Rowland at West Coivna, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View
SOFTBALL
Hacienda League

West Covina at Rowland, 3:30 p.m.
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Wilson at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.

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Boys Hoops: La Verne Lutheran knocks out another one, will play for second straight title


CIF STATE DIVISION III
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

La Verne Lutheran 57, La Caada 47

Miguel Melendez by the quarters…

FIRST QUARTER

La Caada’s first three possessions: block, block, shot clock violation. Mike McGlashan, of course, scores the Spartans’ first bucket on a drive-in layup. Lutheran’s CJ Cooper scores the final bucket on a steal and jumper to pull Lutheran within 11-10 heading into the second quarter. La Caada’s finding success with constant movement and finding the open man inside. However, they can’t seem to buy a 3-pointer. So far they are 0 for 3. Lutheran is commiting uncharacteristic turnovers to keep the Spartans in the game.

SECOND QUARTER

And a HUGE ovation in the pro-La Caada crowd here at the Galen Center, where the Spartans take a 25-22 lead at the half after McGlashan’s trademark fade-away jumper. Backdoor passes for the Spartans are a thing of beauty. It’s what’s keeping La Caada intact. I just wonder if La Caada would have converted its first 3-pointers in the first quarter, because if it did you know La Verne Lutheran now is forced to defend the perimeter, leaving lanes open for easy buckets. It’s how La Caada plays, and it’s how the Spartans shocked Price in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship. La Verne Lutheran vowed it wouldn’t fall victim to the Spartans’ drawn-out offense, but so far the edge goes to La Caada. Grant Jarrett leads the Trojans with eight points in the first half on 4 of 7 shooting. McGlashan’s scored a game-high 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and fellow senior Matt Faber has 10 points. La Verne Lutheran shot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half to La Caada’s 55 percent. Say no more…

THIRD QUARTER

La Caada went 1 for 7 in the third quarter until Dario CiVon converted the game’s first 3-pointer in the game with 51.2 seconds left. The Spartans played for the last shot and Mason Holle laid in a beauty of a scoop as time expired to pull the Spartans within 34-32.

FOURTH QUARTER

Mason Holle scores opening bucket on a layup with 7:15 left to tie the game at 34-34. Grant Jarrett’s tip-in gave the Trojans a 40-34 cushion with 5:26 left in the game, prompting La Caada coach Tom Hofman to call a timeout. Spartans come out of timeout with yet another backdoor pass, this time to Matt Faber who converts the layup to pull the Spartans within 40-36. On the ensuing possession Jarrett is at it again to keep the lead at 42-36 on a jumper. McGlashan’s 8-footer brings the Spartans within 42-38 with 4:12 left in the game. It’s his first shot of the entire second half. Jarrett’s getting a bunch of tip-in baskets. He gets a 13-foot jumper to fall with 2:32 left to give the Trojans a 46-40 cushion. Eric Cooper hits a clutch 3-pointer with 1:39 left in the game to put the Trojans ahead 49-40 for the game’s biggest lead. Mason Holle steals the inbounds pass, dishes it out to McGlashan who hits a 3-pointer with 1:23 left to pull the Spartans within 49-45. La Verne Lutheran turns it over on the ensuing possession, but so did La Caada before Bruce English converts the layup to give the Trojans a 51-45 lead with 59.6 seconds left. McGlashan misses 3-pointer and is forced to foul Bruce English, who goes to the line with 45 seconds left. English converts the first free throw, misses the second but gets another try after the Spartans are called for a lane violation. With 10.7 seconds left, Hofman empties the bench. The clock finally struck midnight for La Caada, which got a roaring ovation as the starters headed to the bench.

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Baseball: Nogales welcomes itself to the Valle Vista with a 6-3 pounding over Northview; Amat almost blows it, rallies to beat St. Paul 3-2

Nogales opens VVL in style: Nogales High School settled into its first Valle Vista League baseball game since 1982 with a 6-3, league-opening victory over eight-time defending champion Northview on Friday. The Nobles (5-1), who moved over from the now-defunct San Antonio League, were spurred on by a four-run second inning.

Amat Lucky?: Donning their bright green jerseys a day after St. Patrick’s Day, the Bishop Amat High School baseball team needed the luck of the Irish to defeat St. Paul, 3-2, in eight innings in Friday’s Del Rey League opener.

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Softball: Fickle Bonita bloggers can’t complain about Bearcats’ 13-3 win over Northview; Bearcats advance to today’s championship against host Charter Oak

Charter Oak Tournament semifinals
Bonita 13, Northview 3
Charter Oak 9, La Serna 4
Today’s championship at Big League Dreams
Bonita vs. Charter Oak, 3 p.m.

Bonita, Charter Oak win: Bonita High School’s softball team has been on the road for the last two weeks but the Bearcats showed they packed their bats for the trip. The Bearcats (10-2) pounded out 17 hits and routed Northview, 13-3, in a semifinal game of the Charter Oak Tournament at Big League Dreams’ Fenway Park on Friday.

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Baseball: Only Damien wearing green after Sierra League opening win over South Hills

Sierra: Damien too much for South Hills: Both teams wore green but only Damien High School got to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a win. Senior left-hander Antonio Gonzales pitched a complete game and the Spartans (3-3) beat South Hills, 7-4, in Thursday’s Sierra League opener for both teams.
“We preach to our starters that it is their seven innings,” Spartans coach Al Leyva said. “We tell them it’s your job unless you want to give it up to the closer. He (Gonzales) threw 94 pitches and was still throwing at 84 (mph) at the end.”

Friday’s games
Baseline League

Glendora at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m.
Del Rey League
St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Rowland at West Covina, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista
Northview at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Nonleague
San Dimas at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.

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