Will post all-league teams next week: Hacienda girls have a couple shockers, where’s the justice for Lauren Stupin and Nikki Wheatley?

I won’t release the all-league teams until next week, but I have most of them with a couple of shocking decisions that stand out, both from the Hacienda League. How Cal State Fullerton bound midfielder Lauren Stupin wasn’t the player of the year in girls soccer is outrageous, she was far and away the best player on the best team in the Hacienda. That almost always results in an MVP, so not sure how they screwed that up. I guess politics as usual. Speaking of politics, I almost fell out of my seat looking at the Hacienda selections in girls basketball. I have to tell you, Bonita freshman guard Nikki Wheatley is getting strong player of the year consideration from us, but she’s not even on the first team in the Hacienda. Are you kidding me? I know she’s a freshman, but don’t penalize her for it, she’s obviously one of the best five players in the Valley, so for her not to be on a Hacienda first-team list (that includes seven players) is pure robbing the freshman of her just due.

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Baseball Rankings: Glendora tourney champ Claremont new No. 1; Bonita, Amat, South Hills and Charter Oak right behind

1. Claremont (4-0) — Out of nowhere, we got a new No. 1. The winners of the Glendora tournament pounded Ayala 14-1 in the championship with big wins along the way against Crescenta Valley, La Serna and El Rancho. Hey, they’re undefeated, so they’re on top.
2. Bonita (4-1) — Only loss to a very good Yucaipa squad in the Bonita-Northview tournament. Great wins over Damien and West Valley. Let’s see if the trend continues in a nonleague games against San Dimas this week.
3. Bishop Amat ( 4-2) - Early-season jitters are gone after a huge 5-0 win over Chatsworth on Monday. Pitcher Daniel Zamora looked the best he has all season. If the Lancers continue to pitch well, the wins will pile up.
4. South Hills (4-1) – a loss to undefeated Alta Loma, but a solid 7-1 win over Redlands East Valley, and wins over Covina and West Covina. Now, lets see how they do against Damien in the league opener on Thursday.
5. Charter Oak (3-1) — Only loss was a big one, a 7-0 blanking by Crescenta Valley, other than that they look sharp and dangerous.
6. Ayala (4-2) – Solid 8-4 win over Glendora before getting pounded by Claremont in the Glendora tournament finale. Another tough Sierra League team to keep an eye on.
7. Nogales (4-1) — You gotta love the start Nobles fans. In five games they only allowed 11 runs, which is terrific during tournament season. Coach John Romano’s group might just be the Valle Vista League favorites, and they open with Northview on Friday.
8. San Dimas (4-1) – Great start in the Arcadia tournament, their only loss a 3-2 setback against the host Apaches. However, not too many dangerous teams in the tournament, so jury is still out.
9. Glendora (2-2) — Ended own tournament with losses to Ayala and Crescenta Valley. The Baseline will be rough too, if you take out Glendora, the Baseline has an overall record of 24-3. That’s downright scary.
10. Diamond Bar (1-4) – Never has a preseason No. 1 fall this far after the first week, but not surprised during tournament season, either. They’re a team built for league and CIF. And I’m certainly not ready to give up on them just yet, three of their four losses were by a single run to San Clemente (4-3), Marina (3-2), and Millikan (2-1). They’re getting great pitching, once they score runs they will be fine. I still think they’re the favorites in the Hacienda.

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Softball Rankings: Amat keeps top spot, but there are plenty of changes in the top ten

South Hills wins opener in Charter Oak tourney: The offensive prowess of the South Hills High School softball team was on display in Monday’s opening-round game of the Charter Oak Tournament at Field of Dreams as the Huskies defeated Monrovia 11-1 in six innings.

1. Bishop Amat (6-1) — I love it when I go out on a limb and start a team No. 1 that had a .500 record last year, and then they start off like this. This is because I knew Amat was legit and they showed it in Arizona, going 6-1 in the Tournament of Champions, plus starting the year with an easy 9-0 win over Covina.
2. Glendora (6-1) — For a change the Tartans had an easy road to the San Dimas title game, but they do boast solid wins over La Canada and Northview. The bottom line is as long as pitcher Carly Argyle is doing her thing, the Tartans are in good shape.
3. Claremont (4-0) — The Wolfpack won a tournament in Upland, but haven’t beaten anyone worth bragging about. Let’s see how they fare in the Arroyo tourney.
4. South Hills (4-2) — Crushed Bonita and St. Lucy’s with losses to very good teams in the Brea Tournament, La Mirada and Northwood. The Huskies swing the bat with the best of them. Moving the rubber back a few feet might pay off for them the most.
5. Charter Oak (5-2) — You can throw out the 18-7 loss to Don Lugo in the second game of a doubleheader. They still score a lot of runs and beat Bonita and Covina most recently.
6. Bonita (7-2) - The ‘Cats win the Palm Springs tournament every year, so I don’t put too much stock in it. I thought they would roll through the San Dimas tournament, but they got pounded by South Hills (12-2), lost to Charter Oak and squeaked out a one-run win over San Dimas. Hmmm.
7. Ayala (2-3) – Just finished a very tough tournament in Corona, so don’t put too much stock in their record. You know when the Sierra rolls around, they will be one of the favorites.
8. Chino Hills (3-2) – Only losses to powerful Valencia and Corona with a notable win over Los Osos. The Huskies are another team that make the Sierra League extremely difficult.
9. Northview (4-2) – Surprising finalist in the San Dimas tournament, but lost in the final to Glendora, 8-3.
10. Duarte (4-1) — After a season-opening loss to Wilson (1-0) in their own tournament, the Falcons won four straight to win the consolation title. Haven’t played too many toughies yet, though.
Note: St. Lucy’s not ranked, full record not updated.

Monday’s Charter Oak Tournament Results
At Big League Dreams, West Covina

La Serna 9, South El Monte 0
Glendora 8, Sierra Vista 0
Bonita 6, Alhambra 3
San Dimas 7, Temple City 0
Charter Oak 6, Covina 1
South Hills 11, Monrovia 1
Tuesday’s games
La Salle vs. Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m. (Dodger Field)
Monrovia vs. Northview, 3:30 p.m., (Tiger Field)

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March Madness 101: Tips for filling out your bracket: The Dodo likes Toto, take Kansas

Yes, I picked Kansas and already in the office they’re calling me the, “Dodo that picked Toto.” Whatever, the last office pool I won was in 2008 with Kansas and every year I’m usually in the hunt going into the final weekend. Don’t look for me to go out on a limb, I like the top four seeds to reach the Final Four, and while that may seem boring, that’s how you win office pools, not trying to be too cute. I use to ask horse racing handicapper Jack Karlik why he always picked favorites, he would say, “you want the winners or not kid.” That goes for the NCAA tournament too, trying to pick too many upsets can ruin your bracket really quick. When picking the champion, don’t go with the most popular choice, go with the third, fourth or fifth most popular pick, which is why I like Kansas — again…

March Madness isn’t just about the upsets, buzzer beaters or Dick Vitale screaming through your television. It’s not just about tournament heavyweights Duke, Ohio State, Kansas and Pittsburgh walking a tightrope through early rounds or George Mason, Belmont, Oakland or USC hoping to become the next Cinderella at the dance.
March Madness is about everyone.
Whether you’re at work, home or by a computer or television, chances are you’re filling out your NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket this week and will have it somewhere by your side over the next three weeks until a champion is crowned April 4 in Houston. Although gambling on NCAA tournament pools is technically illegal, it’s what Americans do this time of year.The FBI estimates that $2.5 billion was wagered worldwide on the NCAA tournament last year. There are also estimates that March Madness will cost employers roughly $1.8 billion in “unproductive wages,” unless of course if you work in sports and have the designated task of breaking down the field from 68 to one. So, pay attention, if you’re filling out the bracket: There are four play-in games that start tonight so move Alabama State, Arkansas Little Rock, Clemson and USC into the field of 64. Now, let’s get started. (To continue, click thread).

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Softball: Charter Oak tournament begins today at Big League Dreams in West Covina

Charter Oak Softball Tournament
At Big League Dreams, West Covina
Game, team vs. team, time, field

1. La Serna vs. South El Monte, 3:45 p.m., Dodger
2. Sierra Vista vs. Glendora, 3:30 p.m., Edison
3. Bonita vs. Alhambra, 3:30 p.m., Wrigley
4. San Dimas vs. Temple City, 3:45, Yankee
5. Covina vs. Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m., Fenway
8. South Hills vs. Monrovia, 3:30 p.m., Tiger

Tuesday’s schedule
6. La Salle vs. Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m., Dodger
9. Monrovia vs. Northview, 3:30 p.m., Tiger

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So what did I miss?

When you take a week off and force yourself to stay away from all things prep sports, when you get back it feels like you’ve been gone for a month. Biggest surprise? La Verne Lutheran still in the state playoffs. All year we talk about Bonita, Damien and Bishop Amat and Bonita girls and Lutheran is back where they were last year, a game away from the state finals against La Canada, probably the best coached team in the Valley. Biggest disappointments, SGV baseball, Los Osos and Alta Loma in the final of the Covina/Northview tournament? Our preseason No. 1, Diamond Bar, 1-4? What happened to South Hills, Bonita, Los Altos and Damien? What’s going on with Bishop Amat, from what I can gather on MaxPreps they’re 3-2-1 with a couple games not reported? I’m scratching my head in softball too, Bonita dominated in Palm Springs, but couldn’t even beat Charter Oak for third in the San Dimas tournament? Give it up for Glendora, they won the San Dimas tourney after losing in previous years finals. I should have known with Argyle that they can beat anyone. I won’t apologize for our preseason No. 1, Bishop Amat, who is 6-1 after competing in the tournament of champions in Arizona. That’s a big-time result considering the teams in that tournament. So now that I’m back, what’s next?

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Area Colleges: Late bucket sinks Owls in CCCAA title game, 83-81

Citrus guard Lateef McMullan was long on this desperation trey as time expired in Saturday’s 83-81 loss to City College of San Francisco in the CCCAA title game at Ventura College. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

VENTURA – In time, the Citrus College men’s basketball team will look at the 2010-11 season as a success after advancing to the California Community College Athletic Association championship game for the second time in four years and the third time in school history.
But not today.
The Owls will, most likely, reflect on what might have been after City College of San Francisco’s De’End Parker tipped in a miss by Fred Sturdivant with 2.5 seconds left to give the Rams their first title in 49 years with an 83-81 victory Sunday at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center.
The Owls, getting 23 points from Lateef McMullan and 13 from Donte Archie, had a chance to win it, but McMullan’s 3-point attempt from 25 feet was long at the buzzer.
CCSF, led by 24 points and 12 rebounds from Sturdivant and 17 points from Collin Chiverton, finished 31-2 in securing its second state title. Ironically, the first came at Citrus’ expense in 1962.
“I thought we had some good looks at the end,” said Citrus coach Chris Victor, whose Owls finished 27-6. “We were unable to hit them.
“All you can ask is for a good opportunity, and we had that. We played hard toward the end, and unfortunately they hit the shot at the end. Box-outs hurt us all (game), offensive rebounds hurt all (game), and it came down to that last bucket.”
But at one point it looked like CCSF might run away and hide after taking a 49-40 lead early in the second half.

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State playoffs: La Verne Lutheran beats Harvard-Westlake, Bonita girls lose to Serra

Grant Jerrett was all over Harvard-Westlake, helping La Verne Lutheran advance to next weekend’s CIF Southern California Regional Finals at the Galen Center.

State playoffs
Southern California Regional
Division 3
La Verne Lutheran 61, Harvard-Westlake 45 — The Trojans face La Canada in a battle between two schools that are on the furthest ends of the SGV, geography-wise.

Southern California Regional
Division 3
Serra 59, Bonita 49 — The careers of Madison Zylstra, Taylor Anderson and Jaclyn Smith come to an end. But what an outstanding run!

Here’s the Los Angeles Daily News story on La Verne’s big win

….and from the South Bay Daily Breeze, Serra’s win over Bonita.

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Baseball/Softball: Glendora wins SD Tourney

Carly Argyle leads Glendora to the San Dimas Tournament title, 8-3 over Northview.

Here’s some scores from the area baseball and softball tournaments:

Clint Harwick Tournament
At Henderson Field

Claremont 14, Ayala 1
3rd Place – Crescenta Valley 11, Glendora 3
5th Place – Charter Oak 5, El Rancho 2
San Marino 17, La Serna 5
MVP - Kenny Chapman, Claremont
San Dimas Tournament

Glendora 8, Northview 3
3rd Place – Charter Oak 4, Bonita 3
Brea Olinda Tournament

South Hills 13, St. Lucy’s 0, 5 inn.

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Area Colleges: Citrus punches ticket to CCCAA title game, Mt. SAC knocked out again by Santa Rosa

I’m up here in beautiful Ventura for the California Community College Athletic Association basketball championships at Ventura College.
The Citrus College men’s team, which won a state title in 2008, advanced to the championship game with a convincing 94-84 victory over Fresno City on Friday. Now the Mt. SAC women’s team, arguably the top JC basketball program in the state over the past decade, fell to Santa Rosa at the state tournament for the second consecutive season, losing 56-55.
Let’s see if the Owls can bring home state gold on Sunday.

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State playoffs: Bonita girls explode in 4th quarter to topple Bell-Jeff, La Verne Lutheran boys roll over Orange Lutheran …

Bonita keeps rolling in state!

Division 3
Second Round
La Verne Lutheran 75, Orange Lutheran 58 — Trojans were up 40-15 at halftime! As I’ve told Robledo and Ramirez, Division 3 was the best and deepest division in boys hoops this year. This is what happens when a D-3 team (La Verne Lutheran) plays a D-4 team (O-Lu). It should be noted that O-Lu pulled within 61-52 with about 5 minutes left before a 6-2 run sealed it for the Trojans.
Division 3
Second Round
Bonita 67, Bell-Jeff 52 — Nikki Wheatley scores eight of her team’s first 12 points of the fourth to send the Bearcats to the semis. Bonita led 40-27 in the third, then fell behind 43-42 before going on a 23-4 tear.

Bearcats fans should see a lot more of their starting five tonight.

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Baseball/Softball Update: Finals set in area tourneys

Here’s the scores and schedule:
Thursday’s Scores
Southern California Pre-Season Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Alta Loma 12, Northview 2
Los Osos 6, Damien 1
South Hills 7, Redlands East Valley 1
Bonita 6, Rancho Cucamonga 1
Paloma Valley 3, West Covina 2
Yucaipa 8, Los Altos 7
Covina 10, Keppel 4
Clint Harwick Tournament
At Henderson Field

Claremont 6, El Rancho1
Crescenta Valley 4, La Serna 0
San Dimas Tournament

Northview 14, Walnut 2
Los Altos 19, Ontario Chrs. 0
Charter Oak 11, South El Monte 3
Glendora 3, La Canada 2
West Covina 4, Alta Loma 1
Burbank 5, Nogales 4
Bonita 7, San Dimas 6
Southern California Pre-Season Tournament presented by Dick Sporting Goods
Championship – 7 p.m.

Los Osos vs. Alta Loma, TBA
Third place – 3 p.m.

Northview vs. Damien, TBA
Clint Harwick Invitational
At Henderson Field, unless noted
Championship – 7 p.m.

Ayala vs. Claremont
San Marino vs. La Serna, at Glendora HS, 11 a.m.
El Rancho vs. Charter Oak, 11 a.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. Glendora, 3:30 p.m.
San Dimas Tournament
Championship – 2 p.m.

Northview vs. Glendora, SDHS Varsity Field, 2 p.m.
3rd Place – Charter Oak vs. Bonita, SDHS Varsity Field, noon
5th Place – La Canada vs. Los Altos, SDHS JV Field, noon
7th Place – San Dimas vs. West Covina, SDHS Varsity Field, 10 a.m.
Ninth Place – Burbank vs. Walnut, SDHS JV Field, 10 a.m.
11th Place – Alta Loma vs. South El Monte, SDHS Varsity Field, 8 a.m.
13th Place – Ontario Christian vs. Nogales, SDHS JV Field, 8 a.m.

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Baseball/Softball Update: Northview and Damien in separate semifinals today

Saturday could be a big day in the area, with locals all in the running to play for the championship of the Clint Harwark Invitational and the Southern California Pre-season Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournaments and the San Dimas softball tournament.
Here’s my story on Charter Oak’s 9-3 victory over San Marino in the Clint Harwick Invitational on Wednesday.

Here’s Wednesday’s scores and today’s schedule:


At Henderson Field
Charter Oak 9, San Marino 3
Ayala 8, Glendora 4
Southern California Pre-Season Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods
Alta Loma 10, South Hills 8
Northview 7, Fullerton 2
Los Osos 16, Keppel 0
San Dimas Tournament

Northview 10, Ontario Christian 2
Los Altos 11, South El Monte 2
Charter Oak 15, Nogales 0
La Canada 2, West Covina 1
Glendora 3, Alta Loma 0
Bonita 4, Walnut 2
Clint Harwick Inviational

Claremont vs El Rancho, 3:30 p.m.
La Serna vs. Crescenta Valley, 7:00 p.m.
Southern California Pre-Season Tournament presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods
Semifinals at Bonita HS

Northview vs. Alta Loma, 3:15 p.m.
Damien vs. Los Osos, 7 p.m.
Consolation Bracket
South Hills vs. Redlands East Valley, at Citrus College, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Bonita at Damien HS, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Los Altos at Alta Loma HS, 3:15 p.m.
Keppel at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Fullerton at Elsinore, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas Tournament

Walnut at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Ontario Christian at SDHS Varsity Field, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales vs. Burbank, at SDHS JV Field, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada vs. Glendora, at SDHS Varsity Field, 5:15 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. West Covina, at SDHS JV Field, 5:15 p.m.
Bonita at San Dimas, 7:15 p.m.

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Soccer: Claremont, Amat go down in regional semifinals

CLAREMONT - The only thing better than playing for two championships in two years is playing for three.
For two seasons in a row the Oak Hills High School boys soccer team has lost in the CIF-SS finals. But thanks to Wednesday’s hard-earned 1-0 semifinal victory over top-seeded Claremont in the Southern California Regional Championships, the Bulldogs will play for the Division II championship on Friday against third-seeded Santa Barbara at 7:30 p.m. at Warren High.
“We weren’t thinking about a title today, just thinking about beating a very good team,” Oak Hills coach Darren Goodman said.
“Nobody seems to give us much credit down the hill. We were ranked ninth in our own CIF division and here we are beating the Division 2 champ. If we win Friday we’ll get that respect.”
Wednesday’s victory, courtesy of Chazz Cameron’s counter-attacking goal in the 25th minute, marked the fifth win in six postseason games for Oak Hills, the lone exception a 4-2 loss to El Rancho on March 5 in the CIF-SS Division 4 final. CIF-SS Division 2 champion Claremont carried just one loss into the semifinal meeting with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (24-2-3).
Division II
La Jolla 2, Bishop Amat 0

Consecutive bus trips to Bakersfield and San Diego finally got the best of the Lancers, who had no answer for the Vikings (17-3-3) and Callan Parra, who scored two goals.
Bishop Amat (28-2) had three chances to score in the final 15 minutes but came up empty.
“We didn’t play one of our better games,” Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “All the credit goes to La Jolla. But we just ran out of gas.
“Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win (a CIF-Southern Section title). The rest was extra. But to play Friday, then turn around with trips to Bakersfield on Monday and here today finally caught up with us.”

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Baseball/Softball Updates: Bonita softball no match for power-hitting South Hills, 12-2

The South Hills softball team was one of the top hitting teams in the area last year, and the Huskies showed their prowess to Bonita last season, pounding the Bearcats, 12-2, in a nonleague game at Mt. San Antonio College
Britney Rodriguez and Sam Nieves had the big games for South Hills. Rodriguez had a home run and four RBIs, while Nieves had a triple and four RBIs. Keira Portell also had a home run for the Huskies, who improved to 1-1. Bonita slipped to 4-1.

Here’s the scores and schedules for the baseball and softball tournaments:
Bonita-Northview Tournament

Rancho Cucamonga 9, Los Altos 3
Damien 10, Arroyo 0
Yucaipa 6, Bonita 4
Covina 10, West Covina 5
Glendora Tournament
At Henderson Field

Claremont 8, La Serna 2
Crescenta Valley 7, Charter Oak 0
San Dimas Tournament

San Dimas 9, Alta Loma 3
La Canada 9, Nogales 4
Walnut 3, Burbank 2
Bonita-Northview Tournament

South Hills vs. Alta Loma, at Mt. SAC, 4 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Northview, at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Los Osoa, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora Tournament
At Henderson Field

San Marino vs. Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m.
Ayala vs. Glendora, 7 p.m.
San Dimas Tournament

Ontario Christian at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina vs. La Canada, at San Dimas, JV Field, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora vs. Alta Loma, at San Dimas Varsity Field, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte vs. Los Altos, at San Dimas, JV Field, 5:15 p.m.
Walnut vs. Bonita, at San Dimas, Varsity Field, 5:15 p.m.
Burbank at San Dimas, 7:15 p.m.

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State playoffs: La Verne Lutheran boys hoops wins close, Bonita girls hoops win, Amat loses; Baldwin Park and Ayala girls soccer both lose …

It took the Bonita High School girls basketball team longer than expected to put away visiting Cathedral Catholic on Tuesday night, but all that matters is that the Bearcats are moving on.
Bonita, the No. 4 seed in the Division 3 Southern California Regional, opened its first double-digit lead of the game midway through the third quarter, then spent the rest of the night holding off the pesky Dons for a 70-56 win in the opening round of the CIF State playoffs.

C.J. Cooper’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left broke a 55-55 tie and sent La Verne Lutheran to a 60-58 win over host University City of San Diego in front of a standing- room-only crowd in Tuesday’s opening round of the CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional playoffs.

Division III

La Verne Lutheran 60, University City/San Diego 58 — CJ Cooper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to break a 55-55 tie. Lutheran plays, who else, Orange Lutheran in Thursday’s second round.
Division III

Bonita 70, Cathedral Catholic 56 — Bonita coach Darren Baumunk played a lot of his roster early to keep the Bearcats fresh for what could be a long week. Nikki Wheatley had 24 for Bonita, which pulled away in the second half.
Mt. Miguel 48, Bishop Amat 40 — The Lancers led 34-25 going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 23-6 in the final period.
Division IV
Oaks Christian 73, Duarte 35
Thursday’s first round
Division I
Buchanan (Clovis) 2, Baldwin Park 0 — The Braves were down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes … but they still won CIF!
Thursday’s first round
Division I
Torrey Pines 4, Ayala 1 — Bulldogs coach Jeff Allen said it felt like his team was down 2-0 before it got off the bus. ‘Nuff said.

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SoCal Soccer Day 2: Baldwin Park boys, Ayala girls begin quest for regional glory

The CIF Southern California Regional soccer playoffs continue with play in Divisions I and III today.
The Valley will be represented by the Baldwin Park boys, who are Buchanan of Clovis in a Division I clash, and the Ayala girls, who are at Torrey Pines. Both games start at 4 p.m.
Here’s the roundup from Claremont and Bishop Amat’s big wins in Division II. It also includes San Dimas ending its best season ever with a tough 1-0 loss on the road.

Here’s the schedule
Division I

Baldwin Park at Buchanan/Clovis
Division I

Ayala at Torrey Pines
Division II

Oak Hills at Claremont
Division II

Bishop Amat at La Jolla
All games begin at 4 p.m.

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Baseball/Softball Updates

Here’s the schedule and Monday’s scores from the Glendora and Bonita-Northview baseball and the San Dimas softball tournaments. I also have been reminded that there is a big softball game between South Hills and Bonita, slated for tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College. That’s a game I would like to cover, but unfortunately it comes on a big basketball night. I’ll be at the Azusa Pacific-Concordia game, which is for the GSAC title, while Aram will be at the Bonita girls basketball game against Cathedral Catholic. We’ll get our spring coverage rolling on Wednesday, when I will cover the Charter Oak-San Marino game at the Glendora Tournament. The rest of the spring coverage for the week will be determined by how our basketball teams do tonight.


Glendora Tournament
At Henderson Field

Claremont vs La Serna 3:30pm
Charter Oak vs, Crescenta Valley 7:00 pm
Bonita-Northview Tournament
Los Altos vs. Rancho Cucamonga, Citrus College, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Yucaipa at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas Tournament

Alta Loma at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Burbank vs. Walnut, at SDHS, 5:15 p.m.
La Canada vs. Nogales, at SDHS, 7:15 p.m.

Glendora Tournament

Ayala 9, San Marino 6
Glendora 3, El Rancho 2
Bonita-Northview Tournament
South Hills 13, West Covina 4
Arroyo 8, Keppel 0
Paloma Valley 4, West Valley 0
Redlands East Valley 7, Elsinore 5
Rancho Cucamonga 7, Fullerton 6
San Dimas Tournament

Northview 4, South El Monte 0
Glendora 3, Los Altos 0
Charter Oak 5, West Covina 2

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Soccer Regionals: Amat girls, Claremont boys advance; San Dimas girls’ season ends with tough 1-0 loss

The Bishop Amat girls team, getting goals from Natalie Rivas and Kathleen Zamora, scored a 2-0 victory over No. 3 seed Frontier of Bakersfield in a SoCal Regional Division II first-round game on Monday.
San Dimas, playing in its first regional, wasn’t so looking dropping a 1-0 setback to No. 2 seed La Jolla. The Vikings will host the Lancers on Wednesday.
In the boys bracket, Claremont got an over-time goal from Hugo Lepe to beat Coronado, 1-0.


Claremont 1, Coronado 0

Bishop Amat 2, Frontier/San Diego 0
La Jolla 1, San Dimas 0

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….and don’t forget about the spring: Baseball/Softball tournament updates

With several winter teams advancing to their respective CIF State tournaments, let’s not foget that there is some solid spring tournament games this week.
South Hills continues its rivalry game against West Covina tonight at 7 at Maverick Field in West Covina. Charter Oak faces La Serna at Henderson Field in Glendora in the Glendora Tournament. The San Dimas softball tournament also begins today, with an intriguing game between Los Altos and Glendora at 3:15 p.m. at San Dimas. Charter Oak also hosts West Covina at 3:15 p.m.
Here’s today’s schedule
Bonita-Northview Tournament

Arroyo at Keppel, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills vs. West Covina at Maverick Park, 7 p.m.
Glendora Tournament
Ayala 9, San Marino 0
Glendora 3, El Rancho 2
San Dimas Tournament

Los Altos vs. Glendora at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Northview vs. South El Monte, at San Dimas, 5:15 p.m.

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CIF State Basketball Playoffs: LV Lutheran boys, Bonita, Bishop Amat and Duarte girls also in, while Damien and Diamond Ranch girls on the outside looking in

I just received pairings for the CIF State Southern California Regional basketball playoffs and there were some surprises, mainly Damien and the Diamond Ranch girls team missing the cut. La Verne Lutheran, which like Damien lost in the CIF-Southern Section semfinals,made the cut and received the No. 11 seed in Division 3. The Trojans open the playoffs at University City of San Diego on Tuesday. La Canada is the division’s top seed.
On the girls side, Bonita, which lost in the divisional finals, received the No. 4 seed in Division III and will host Cathedral Catholic of San Diego,also on Tuesday. Bishop Amat, which lost to Bonita in the CIF-SS semifinals, is the division’s No. 10 seed and will travel to No. 7 Mt. Miguel on Tuesday. The Lancers and Bearcats can’t meet before the regional finals. Duarte received the No. 10 seed in Division IV and travels to Oaks Christian on Tuesday.

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CIF SoCal Regional soccer pairings: Baldwin Park and Claremont boys, Bishop Amat, Ayala and San Dimas girls receive bids

The CIF State office has just released parings for this week’s Southern California Regional soccer playoffs, and the big winners for the area were the Claremont boys, who received the No. 1 seed in Division II. The Wolfpack opens at home against Coronado on Monday. Also receiving bids were were the Baldwin Park boys team and the Bishop Amat and Ayala girls teams.
The Braves are the No. 8 seed and travel to No. 1 Buchanan of Clovis on Tuesday. Bishop Amat, which won the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title on Friday, is the No. 6 seed in Division II and travels to Frontier of Bakersfield on Monday. San Dimas is the No. 7 seed in the division and travels to La Jolla, also on Monday. Ayala is the No. 7 seed in Division I and travels to Torre Pines on Tuesday.

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Sunday Tribbin: Not goodbye, it’s see you later

It’s my turn to take one of those mandatory vacations you have to take, so I’m gone for a week and leaving Stevie R., and Aram in charge of all things, including the blog. The CIF State boys and girls basketball, and girls and boys soccer pairings will be released today on the state website. Steve Ramirez will post the pairings later, and will update most scores, including baseball, softball tournaments and schedules on the blog. In soccer, Baldwin Park (boys), San Dimas (girls) and Bishop Amat (girls) are all locks for the state tourney, and you might even see Amat face San Dimas in the D-2 playoffs. In girls baketball, I’m hearing that Diamond Ranch, Bishop Amat and Bonita will all make it, though not as confident about La Veren Lutheran and Bonita boys, but we shall find out. See ya in a week.

STATS: Just created a MaxPreps made easy widget for area baseball fans which I will post throughout the season. Now if baseball coaches update rosters, stats and schedules, this widget will be golden, and if there is enough participation, I will run leaders each week in the Tribune. As it is, very few teams are updating scores or providing rosters, not to mention stats, which makes it very hard to follow your local teams, especially when we have more than 35 in the area. I can’t do it alone, if you want to see your team stats updated in the paper, start with your head baseball coach before you send emails my way. Stats and information has become so secretive not even Amat has a baseball roster posted yet.

Bonita/Northview Tournament
Saturday’s Results

West Valley 3, Elsinore 1
Los Osos 6, Redlands East Valley 1
Alta Loma 6, Covina 1
Damien 7, Yucaipa 0
Los Altos 2, Northview 0
Bonita 10, Paloma Valley 2

Monday’s games
Rancho Cucamonga at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina vs. South Hills at Maverick Park, 7 p.m.
Paloma Valley vs. West Valley at UC Riverside, 4 p.m.
REV vs. Elsinore at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Keppel, 3:15 p.m.

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Boys Soccer Finals: Finally, Baldwin Park captures Division 5 title, 1-0; Claremont pulls out 3-2 sudden-death win over Capistrano Valley

Division 2 championship at Mission Viejo
Claremont 2, vs. Capistrano Valley 1, sudden death overtime

Baldwin Park’s championship photo gallery.

By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
Baldwin Park’s sweet moment finally arrived.
Not long after Baldwin Park boys soccer coach Ricardo Mira took the championship plaque and raised it following the Braves’ 1-0 win over Carpinteria in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Warren high school in Downey on Saturday, he turned and stared at Eagles players picking themselves off the turf – a surreal appreciation of what they just accomplished, and how unlikely it was. (to continue click thread)

Note: For those El Rancho fans, El Rancho beat Oak Hills 4-2.

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Girls Soccer Finals: Bishop Amat shocks Ayala 1-0; St. Margaret’s ends San Dimas’ title hopes, 2-0

Video highlights and interviews with the Inland Insider from Bishop Amat’s 1-0 victory over Ayala in the Division 3 title game Friday night.

Amat, Ayala photo gallery

Amat wins first title: It was payback time for Bishop Amat. After being thoroughly dominated every way imaginable in a lopsided loss to Ayala in December, the Bishop Amat girls soccer team avenged its only blemish with a flawless performance in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship at Warren High School in Downey on Friday. Amat sophomore Natalie Rivas’ first-half goal stood up and Amat’s defense did the rest in a 1-0 victory that gives the Lancers (27-1) their first championship ever. (To continue, click thread or click link).

Saints lose, 2-0: In advancing past the second round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for the first time, the San Dimas High School girls soccer team willed itself to explore a brave new world this season and liked what it found, even if its world came crashing down in Friday’s Division 6 championship game.
The Saints’ unprecedented success and first foray into a CIF-SS title game culminated with a harsh conclusion as they were held to four shots and blanked 2-0 by top-seeded St. Margaret’s at Mission Viejo High School.

Note: If my sources are good Saints fans, I’m hearing that the Saints will make the Division 2 Southern California Regional playoffs along with Bishop Amat, which start Monday. The pairings are announced Sunday on cifstate.org

Girls Soccer
Tonight’s games

Division 6 championship
St. Marget’s 2, San Dimas 0, final
Division 3 championship
Bishop Amat 1, Ayala 0, final

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