CIF State Wrestling Day 2: Glendora’s Scharbrough’s fourth place leads four area medalists

By Steve Ramirez
Glendora High School’s Haydn Scharbrough came
north with no expectations.
He returns home as one of the top high school wrestlers in the
The senior took fourth place at 145 pounds to lead a group four area
competitors who earned top eight medals during the final day of the
CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
Also placing were Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt, who was sixth at
112; Northview’s Gilbert Nakatani, who was seventh at 119 and South
Hills’ Thomas Morales, who was eighth at 130.
South Hills’ Vincent Herrera (119) and Northview’s Bryan Salinas
(135) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not place.
Scharbrough, who was ranked No. 5 in the state coming into the
tournament, is Glendora’s first state medalist.
“I’m very satisfied,” said Scharbrough, who went 1-2 on Saturday
after winning four matches on Friday. “Before CIF, I was ranked 22,
after CIF, I was 12th, after Masters fifth. I very pleased.”

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Baseball: Bonita, South Hills win big, Diamond Bar beats Canyon; Glendora romps San Marino; Amat humbled in 5-1 loss to Palm Desert

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Bonita-Northview Tournament — Click the link for a great tournament website with updated scores, rosters, etc. Now, that’s how you promote a tournament, hope others are paying attention.
Friday’s Results
Bonita-Northview Tournament
South Hills 10 – Covina 3
Bonita 8 – Damien 1
Yucaipa 4 – Rancho Cucamonga 2
Northview 5 – Arroyo 2
REV 6 – Paloma Valley 1
Los Altos 6 – Fullerton 1
Alta Loma 11 – Elsinore 6
West Covina 12 – Mark Keppel 0
Los Osos 3 – Valley 1
Glendora Tournament
Glendora 16, San Marino 0
Ayala 8, El Rancho 5
Loara Tournament
Diamond Bar 3, Anaheim Canyon 1
Palm Desert 5, Bishop Amat 1

Northview/Bonita Tournament
Saturday’s games

Elsinore vs. West Valley at UC Riverside, 10 a.m.
REV vs. Los Osos, at UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. Covina at UC Riverside, 4 p.m.
Damien at Yucaipa, 1 p.m.
Keppel at Northview, 1 p.m.
Alta Loma at Covina, 1 p.m.
Paloma Valley at Bonita, 4 p.m.
Arroyo at Los Altos, 1 p.m.

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Softball Preview: Is this the year for Bishop Amat? Lancers start No. 1, but Bonita, Ayala, St. Lucy’s and South Hills and Glendora in the mix

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Anyone who follows high school softball knows that pitching is the great equalizer: Find a quality pitcher, and normally you have a competitive chance. This year, however, offensive production may have more of an impact than ever. With the high school softball season set to begin today, the big rule change is moving the pitching circle from 40 to 43 feet away from home plate, giving hitters a fighting chance against dominant pitching. “It’s going to create parity for a lot of teams,” Bonita coach Ken Carlson said. “You have some pitchers (club circuit) used to throwing at 43 feet, but many of them have not. “Forty feet was kind of cool because it really favored the fastball. Moving it back a few feet could change everything.” Even with the rule change, though, several area teams are expecting big years, starting with Bishop Amat, which starts the season as the Tribune’s top-ranked team. (To continue, click thread)

2011 Tribune Preseason
1. Bishop Amat (14-14)
2. Bonita (25-5-1)
3. Ayala (29-5)
4. St. Lucy’s (17-12)
5. South Hills (23-8-1)
6. Glendora (22-6)
7. West Covina (19-8)
8. Charter Oak (17-13)
9. Northview (20-7)
10. Diamond Bar (6-18)

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Wrestling: Davis, Scharbrough, Betancourt go to final four

BAKERSFIELD – Santa Fe High School’s Joey Davis has thought
about it since losing in the finals last March.
Glendora’s Haydn Scharbrough and Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt had
only recently put it on their radar. But it all points to same goal
– win a California wrestling title, and the trio put themselves to
live up to the billing Friday, winning quarterfinal matches at the
CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
Davis, the top-ranked competitor at 152 pounds; Scharbrough (145)
and Betancourt (112) face semifinal bouts this morning for a shot at
tonight’s matches, scheduled for 7.
Four other area competitors are still alive for a top-eight medal.
They are South Hills’ Vincent Herrera (119) and Thomas Morales (130)
and Northview’s Gilbert Nakatani (119) and Bryan Salinas (135). They
face fifth-round consolation matches this morning and need win to
guarantee at least an eighth-place finish.

Here’s a look how the area’ competitors did:

Christian Martin, Chino Hills: 1st round – Beat Chris Caldwell, f-3:51; 2nd round- lost to Juan Garza, 3-2; 2nd cons.-lost to Chris Tamez,Clovis East, 6-0.
Christian Betancourt:
Arroyo: 2nd round-Beat Pablo Rodriguez, Mt. Pleasant, 10-4; Rd. 16: -def Vincent Gomez,Frontier (CS), 6-4, OT; Quarterfinals-beat Andres Torres, Windsor, 12-2. Faces Josh Rodriguez, Righetti in semifinals,
Hugo Perez, Alhambra: 1st round-Lost to Micah Perez, Central Union, 9-4; 2nd cons.-lost to George Torrez, La Quinta/LQ, f-219..
Vincent Herrera, South Hills:
2n rnd.-def. Martin Sandoval, Porterville, 9-2; Rd.. 16-Def. Victor Lopez, Calexico, 2-0; Quarterfinals-lost to Stevan Knoblauch, Clovis West, 13-2.
Gilbert Nakatani, Northview: 2nd rnd.-beat Ty Stevenson, McKinnleyville, F-3:12; Rd. 16-def. Andre Delagnes, Menlo Atherton,14-0; Quarterfinals-lost to Ray Delgado, Oak Hills, 3-1.
Matt Fregoso, Rosemead:
2nd Rd.-def.Brian Ha,El Camino (CC), 11-4; Rd. 16-lost to Fabian Garica, Turlock, TF, 18-1; 3rd rd. cons.-lost to Ken Gerardi, Dougherty Valley, 7-4.
Kyle Acevedo, Covina:
Thomas Morales, South Hills: 2nd Rd.-lost to Natrelle Damon,Bakersfield, f-347; 1st rd. cons-def. Zach Wiley, Freedom, 12-0; 2nd rd.cons.-winner by default;3rd rd. cons-def. TJ Grisafe, La Costa Canyon, 4-1; 4th rd.cons.-def. Zach Contreras, Archbishop Riordan, 2-0. 5th rd.cons.-Faces Oscar Lizarraga, Brawley.
Bryan Salinas, Northview:
1st. Rd-def. Nick Rodriguez (SJ),7-4; 2nd rd.-lost to Miguel Gallegos, San Fernando, 11-7; 2nd rd. cons-def. Kimo Napohaku, Lakewood,3-0; 3rd rd.cons.-def. Devin Everk, Clovis North, 4-3; 4th rd. cons-def. Nico Serrano, Liberty, 6-2.
Albert Flores, Rosemead: 2nd rd.-lost to Blake Kastl, Gilroy, F-358: 2nd rd. cons.-lost to Eric Dunlap, Cajon, 8-1.
Haydn Scharbrough, Glendora:
1st rd.-def. Nate Vincent, Dublin,5-2; 2nd rd.-def. Ray Lomas, Central Catholic (SJ),5-4; Rd. 16-def. Brodie Chenworth, Ramona (SD), 7-0; Quarterfinals-def. Chase Boontjer,Foothill (NS), 6-4, OT. Semifinals-faces Jake Elliott,Oakmont.
Joey Davis, Santa Fe:
2nd rd.-def. Freeman Dillon, Granada Hills, TF,21-5; Rd. 16-def. Ian Messaros, Cupertino by fall, 5:21; Quarterfinals. def. Shirvin Iraniha, Monte Vista, 12-3. Semifinals-faces Adam Fierro, Bakersfield..
Brad Ojala, West Covina: 2nd rd.-def. Ryan Pickering, Pleasant Valley, 6-1; Rd. 16-lost to Shervin Iraniha, Monte Vista by fall, 1:54; 3rd. rd. cons-Def. Carlos Lazo, Crespi, 5-0; 4th rd. cons.-lost to Adam Wagner,Granite Bay, 6-4.
Brody Goens, Chino Hills:
1st rd.-lost to Trent Noon, 10-1; 1st rd. cons.-def. Anthony Navarro, Rancho Cotate (NC), 12-7; 2nd rd. cons.-def. Dan Cerrillo, Bellarmine Prep, 11-3; 3rd. rd. cons-lost to Devin Rhodes, Ramona, 7-0.
Jeff Vargas, South Hills:
2nd rd.-def. Kyle Clark, Antioch, 10-8; Rd. 16-lost to AC Brown,Oakdale, 3-2; 3rd. rd. cons.-def. Marshal Thrasher by fall, 2:11; 4th rd. cons-lost to David Ali, Porterville, 3-1.
Elder Cruz, La Habra: 1st. rd.-def.Vincent Ford, Roybal (LA), 9-3; 2nd rd.-def. Joey Ramos, Rocklin (SJ),14-3; Rd. 16-lost to Porfi Sosa, Poway by fall, 4:51; 3rd rd.cons.-lost to JJ Everard,Etiwanda by fall, :51.
Brian Ryu, Diamond Bar:
1st. rd.-def. Jose Cortez, Orange Glen (SD),9-2; 2nd rd.-def. Jordan Olgin, Foothill (CS),5-1; Rd. 16-lost to Johnny Schupp, Vacaville, 6-3; 3rd rd. cons-lost to Wyatt Baker, Servite by fall, 1:33.
Peter Nonu, South Hills: 2nd rd.-def. Jonathan Tuiolosega, Seaside(CC),8-0; Rd.16-lost to Nick Nevills, Clovis, 6-2; 3rd rd. cons-lost to Carl Hulick, Esperanza, 4-0.

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Let’s Play Ball: Northview/Bonita Baseball tournament starts today, Bishop Amat will host power Palm Desert at 3:15

The schedule for the Bonita/Northview baseball tournament is below, and you can view the rest of the schedule by clicking the thread. Also, Bishop Amat has a big non-league game at home today against Palm Desert at 3:15 p.m. Coaches, call scoring results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242, 2296 or 2233. Or, you can email boxscores to, but make sure you leave your name and contact info.

Northview/Bonita Teams
Pool A: Northview, Fullerton, Rancho Cucamonga, Los Altos, Keppel
Pool B: Bonita, Damien, Arroyo, Yucaipa
Pool C: Covina, Alta Loma, West Covina, South Hills
Pool D: Paloma Valley, West Valley, Redlands East Valley, Los Osos, Elsinore

Today’s Round-Robin games
Friday, March 4
Covina vs. South Hills, 4 p.m., Mt. SAC
Bonita vs. Damien, 7 p.m., Mt. SAC
Fullerton at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
REV at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Los Osos at West Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore at Alta Loma, 3:15 p.m.
Keppel at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.

To view the rest of the tournament schedule, click thread

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Wrestling: State championships in Bakersfield today and Saturday; Steve Ramirez will update with all the results

State Meet Wrestling Preview: t’s the goal of every high school wrestler in California. And now it’s a reality for a select few, who’ll take their shot at glory at this weekend’s CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The two-day tournament begins today at 9 a.m. with preliminary bouts, and concludes Saturday at 7 p.m. with the championship round. The area is well-represented with 18 competitors, including the big three of South Hills’ Vincent Herrera (119 pounds), Glendora’s Haydn Scharbrough (145) and Santa Fe’s Joey Davis (152). All three won CIF-Southern Section Masters titles last week and are solid contenders to score state titles and place among the top eight.

Feature on South Hill’s Herrera and Glendora’s Scharbrough: South Hills High School’s Vincent Herrera and Glendora’s Haydn Scharbrough took nearly identical paths to today’s CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

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Baseball Preview: Behind Mathews and Omana, expectations for No. 1 Diamond Bar are huge

Above: Diamond Bar has the best one-two punch in pitchers Kenny Mathews and Henry Omana, who have the Brahmas No. 1 in the Tribune

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Pitching will be at a premium among area high school baseball teams this season, which begins Friday with a handful of teams playing tournament and nonleague games.
The exception may be at Diamond Bar, where the Brahmas return both starters, including arguably the Valley’s best hurler – senior Kenny Mathews. He, along with junior Henry Omana, give Diamond Bar a top one-two punch, which has the Brahmas thinking about a Hacienda League title and beyond. (To continue, click thread)

Tribune preseason top ten
1. Diamond Bar (15-11)
2. Bishop Amat (27-4)
3. South Hills (20-7)
4. Bonita (24-5)
5. Damien (20-7)
6. Glendora (27-2)
7. Northview (18-7-1)
8. San Dimas (17-8)
9 Charter Oak (16-9)
10. Nogales (16-12)

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Girls Basketball: Bonita’s big night ends in championship loss to Orange Lutheran, 59-42

By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School hasn’t had a good track record in championship games, losing divisional finals in baseball last spring, football in the fall, and girls water polo last week.
You can add the girls basketball team to that list too.
Bonita’s first trip to a CIF-Southern Section Divisional girls basketball final ended with a 59-42 loss to Orange Lutheran in Wednesday’s Division 3A final at the Anaheim Arena Convention Center, marred by foul trouble to Bearcats freshman sensation Nikki Wheatley, and despite a huge effort from Loyola Marymount-bound senior Taylor Anderson, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. (To continue click thread)

I know it was a loss, but Tom’s wrap-up was great, check it out….

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CIF Soccer Finals schedule set; San Dimas, Bishop-Amat Ayala game on Friday; Claremont, Baldwin Park boys soccer on Saturday

Check out the video of San Dimas’ 3-1 win over Hemet .. Freshman Daisy Duran scored a beautiful goal and Jamie Quaternik finished the job with two more.

CIF-Southern Section Divisional finals schedule
Girls Soccer
Friday’s games
Division 3 championship

Bishop Amat vs. Ayala at Warren High School, Downey, 7:30 p.m.
Division 6 championship
San Dimas vs. St. Margaret’s at Mission Viejo HS, 5 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Saturday’s games
Division 5 championship

Carpinteria vs. Baldwin Park, at Warren High school, Downey, Noon.
Division 2 championship
Claremont vs. Capistrano Valley at Mission Viejo HS, 7:30 p.m.

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Diamond Ranch girls basketball controversy won’t go away; Serra coach answers questions in Breeze story; This sure put’s CIF’s motto, “pursuing victory with honor,” to the test; *VIDEO shows Serra player with five fouls

UPDATE: Explosive video shown by NBC’s Fred Roggin shows that No. 32 had five fouls …

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UPDATE: Serra answers questions in today’s Daily Breeze story…Serra coach McKinsey Hadley describes what happened at the scoring table … Read the full story: “There was some discrepancy at the referee’s table,” Hadley said. “The ref said she had five fouls, so I took her out. Then they came back to me and said she doesn’t have five fouls, so I put her back in the game.”

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Diamond Ranch High School’s girls basketball team is painfully coming to grips with the fact that nothing can be done about what the Panthers feel was a gross injustice that likely cost them a chance to play in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship game at Anaheim Convention Center. At issue is the final minute of regulation in Diamond Ranch’s 82-70 loss to Serra of Gardena on Saturday night in the semifinals of the 3AA playoffs at North Torrance High. With 32 seconds left to play in regulation and Diamond Ranch ahead 63-62, Serra’s Sierra Thompson picked up what Diamond Ranch officials believed to be her fifth foul, thus disqualifying her from the game. (To continue click thread)

Fred’s reaction: The only part that I question about Serra coach McKinsey Hadley’s comments is that one, coaches know when players are in foul trouble, they are constantly checking with assistants and scorekeepers during the game. In reading his comments it sounded to me that he was not interested at all in going over the video and finding the truth, he’s probably more concerned with preparing for Serra’s championship. If Hadley looked at the video and knows for sure whether his player fouled out or not, which is Diamond Ranch’s assertion, at the very least he and Serra should offer Diamond Ranch an apology. After all, if it was simply a mistake, it was a home team’s mistake that might have robbed the visitors of an opportunity to play for a title. Pursing victory with honor? This is what it’s all about.

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CIF Soccer: Bishop Amat wins in sudden death, 2-1; Ayala romps 4-0; San Dimas in final with 3-1 win; Claremont (1-0) and Baldwin Park (2-1) win sudden death thrillers too

Note: Will post stories on other games in the morning along with the CIF finals schedule.
By Fred J. Robledo
As cruel as last year’s CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinal loss was for the Bishop Amat high school girls soccer team, redemption came in the sweetest and dramatic of ways.
Granite Hills, on the other hand, will have a tough time forgetting it.
After Bishop Amat’s April Juarez scored just minutes from her team being eliminated on one of the best finishes you’ll ever see, Miranda Joya’s shot in sudden-death overtime ricocheted off a Granite Hills defender and snuck in, giving Bishop Amat a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the Division 3 semifinals on Tuesday, sending the Lancers (26-1) to their first championship ever. (To continue click thread)

Check out the video capturing Amat’s victory celebration with interviews with coach Ruben Gonzalez and Joya.

CIF-SS Girls Soccer
Today’s semifinals
Division 3

Ayala 4, Santa Maria Righetti 0
Bishop Amat 2, Granite Hills 1 sudden death OT
Division 6
San Dimas 3, Hemet 1 — San Dimas takes down Hemet, advances to division final

CIF-SS Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 2

Claremont 1, M.L. King 0 — Hodge comes through for Claremont in double OT
Division 4
El Rancho 1, Ganesha 0 — Lara helps El Rancho end Ganesha’s season
Division 5
Baldwin Park 2, Animo Leadership 1

Ganesha-El Rancho photo gallery.

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Did Serra goof in win over Diamond Ranch? *Update: Reaction from coach Mike James

Scorebook error?: In Diamond Ranch’s 82-70 overtime loss to Gardena Serra in Saturday’s Division 3AA girls semifinal at North Torrance HS, there were controversial scorebook issues that may have had a direct outcome in the game. In fact, in a letter addressed to Serra principal Mike Wagner on behalf of several Diamond Ranch parents (which I obtained), they want an apology, even suggesting that Serra should forfeit over what they feel was a huge injustice. Diamond Ranch coach Mike James explained what happened to me on Monday, but said the school is not protesting, though he is upset at how the events unfolded.

Clarification: coach Mike James filed a protest after the game, which was immediately turned down, he said. When I called CIF on Monday to ask if anything had been filed in regards to the game, they said no. What I gather from this is there was obviously a decision made after the game, and it ended there.

What happened: James said that Serra’s leading scorer Sierra Thompson (28 points) fouled out with just under a minute to play in Saturday’s game. James said Thompson left the game, sat on the bench, and put a jacket on looking distraught. At that time Serra’s scorekeeper alerted the Serra bench, saying it only had Thompson for three fouls. James immediately challenged, noting his scorekeeper and bench scorekeeper had Thompson for five fouls. James said while looking at Serra’s book, he also noted Serra had Diamond Ranch players marked with fouls who never played in the game. The officials gathered and determined the “home” book was the book of record, allowing Thompson back into the game with only three fouls. Thompson then hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to give Serra a two-point lead. Chelsea Barnes scored in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime. Thompson then scored 10 points in overtime to seal the victory. James knows there is nothing he can do now, but he said his athletic director watched the game on video and sure enough, he claims Thompson had five fouls.

Coach Mike James responds: Just to make sure that everyone is clear on this situation. There was a protest filed by Diamond Ranch. It was turned down. The ruling was that it was an officials judgment to allow this player to re-enter the game. The Diamond Ranch scorekeeper was checking with the official book to make sure that they matched up. All of a sudden they didn’t match up in the 4th quarter with 32 seconds left in the game. There were players from Diamond Ranch who had fouls and didn’t even play in the game. There were also players that fouled out who only had 3 fouls. This was a great game between 2 great teams. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. The bigger question is are we really to the point where winning at all cost is more important than sportsmanship and integrity. For these kids to have to lose in this manner just makes for a hard pill to swallow. Especially when the video clearly shows this player had fouled out.
CIF can’t just turn a blind eye to situations like this. Once you get to this level of the playoffs we have 3 man officiating crews and neutral sites. They need to take the next step and have a neutral party as the official scorer. This will of course will not help us this season since what is done is done. I just want people reading this to know that Diamond Ranch did talk to CIF officials about this situation. With all the evidence that was presented to them they have to think that at the very least there is SOMETHING there, and they need to make some changes in the near future.


Michael James
Diamond Ranch Girls Basketball

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Taylor “Swift Moves” Anderson does it all for Bonita, who plays for title Wednesday night

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Taylor Anderson’s role on the Bonita High School girls basketball team is easy to define: do a little bit of everything and do it well. Anderson, a senior who will play next year at Loyola Marymount University, has done her job to perfection this season for the Bearcats and is a big reason why the school’s girls basketball program will play in its first-ever CIF championship game on Wednesday against Orange Lutheran at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tip-off is 8:15 p.m. (To continue, click thread).

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