Days after Bonita knocked off Nationally Ranked Bishop Amat and beat Diamond Bar and Kenny Mathews for the second straight time, Los Altos, behind their own undefeated pitcher in Kyle Peck (7-0), held on for a 5-4 win on Friday. Bonita’s 6-foot-8 lefty Adam McCreery started, gave up three runs in the first and the Conquerors never looked back, leading 5-2 in the fifth before surviving a run in the fifth, and six. So, now I’ve got to ask, who’s number one on Tuesday?>
Rancho Cucamonga 8, Glendora 7 Hacienda League
Diamond Bar 16, Walnut 2
Diamond Ranch 15, Rowland 7 Mission Valley League
Arroyo 14, South El Monte 1
Upset: Trailing 2-1, Los Altos scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and pitcher’ Jennipher Solis went the distance in the Coquerors’ 4-2 win over Bonita, knocking of Division 2s top-ranked team. Not only did the Conqs spoil Courtney Gano’s return, they knocked the Bearcats out of first in the Hacienda with their second league loss. West Covina’s only loss was to Bonita, and the rematch is Friday at Bonita.
Todd Quinsey, the new coach at Glendora high school, confirmed this morning that Bonita coach and athletic director Eric Podley will not be joining his coaching staff, and that he is still in the process of putting his staff together.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Former Edgewood High School great Mike Pill, the father of Covina High graduates Tyler and Brett Pill, who are starring for Cal State Fullerton and the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, respectively, is arguably the greatest high school pitcher in the history of the San Gabriel Valley. Mike Pill holds the San Gabriel Valley record for most wins in a perfect season, and he did it twice, going 14-0 in 1976 and ’77 to lead Edgewood to back-to-back CIF-Southern Section titles. In fact, Pill still holds the CIF-SS record for consecutive wins, winning 33 straight from 1974-77, and he did it with a career ERA of 0.50. (To continue click thread)
Aram, apparently feeling like he got beat to the punch on Glendora hiring Todd Quinsey, posted late last night that his sources are telling him that Bonita coach and athletic director Eric Podley is mulling whether to join Quinsey’s staff as an offensive coordinator. If it happens, I would assume that Podley would remain at Bonita as a teacher or AD, no way in the world you leave to be a walk-on. I spoke with Podley at Wednesday’s Bonita-Diamond Bar baseball game and he didn’t hint at all that he might be on the move. When I talked to Quinsey Wednesday morning and asked if their were any big-time area assistants that he’s trying to secure that would be surprising, he said yes, but thought it might be a longshot. Stay tuned, Quinsey said he wants to have his staff in place by Friday.
By Steve Ramirez
GLENDORA – The stakes were pretty high for the Glendora and Los Osos high school softball teams Thursday.
Win, and the path toward the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs was pretty clear. Lose, and you could all but kiss those postseason hopes goodbye.
Advantage Los Osos.
Krista Mann had two RBIs and Hannah Peterson was solid in the circle and Los Osos all but ended Glendora’s hopes for a playoff bid with a 4-0 victory in a Baseline League game.
Los Osos, which began the day tied for second with Upland and one game ahead of Glendora, improved to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in league play. Glendora, which fell two games behind the Grizzlies, slipped to 12-9 and 5-6. Los Osos also has the tie breaker over the Tartans after beating Glendora for the second time this season.
Diamond Bar’s softball team stayed in the Hacienda League title chase with a 4-3 victory over Bonita on Wednesday, handing a rare loss to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2s top-ranked team. Brahmas pitcher Dani Wilson belted a two-run double in the first inning and kept it going in the cirlcle to hand the Bearcats (18-3, 6-1) their first league loss. Aubrey Horita and Lizzy McCabe each were 2 for 2 for the Brahmas (11-9, 6-2), who remain just a half game out of first place.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bonita High School baseball coach John Knott worried how his team would respond in a trap game after beating nationally ranked Bishop Amat in Monday’s area showdown at Mt. San Antonio College. He worried how junior pitcher Justin Garza would respond in a Hacienda League rematch for sole possession of first against Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews, the Cal State Fullerton-bound lefty who he outdueled in an eye-opening victory in their previous meeting.
But like everyone else, Knott’s learning that Garza isn’t fazed by anything, nor are the rest of his guys.
All Knott’s worries were put to rest after Bonita jumped on Diamond Bar for three runs in the first, then leaned on Garza, who was nearly perfect leading the Bearcats to a 5-1 victory, losing a shutout after giving up a two-out run in the seventh. (To continue click thread).
By Steve Ramirez
Chino Hills didn’t clinch the Sierra League baseball title Wednesday. But the Huskies are sitting pretty. Nathaniel Acosta had a RBI single in the sixth and Joseph Keller was solid on the mound and Chino Hills took control of the league race with a 3-2 victory over host South Hills in a battle of the top two teams in the league. (To continue click thread)
“Glendora’s going to be happy they hired Todd,” said Bonita coach Eric Podley, who coached Quinsey in high school and later hired Quinsey as an assistant when he was at Northview. “He was probably one of the best players that ever played for me, and helped us win a league title. He was a student of the game then and a student of the game now. He possesses the kind of qualities you think a coach should have. He was an over-achiever in high school. He wasn’t as athletic as others but he overcame that by being clever, and he was probably as competitive as a player I’ve ever had. He hated to lose and always looked for that edge you needed to win a ballgame.”
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer Story: Todd Quinsey, who coached the Northview High School football team to an 18-15 overall record in three years as its head coach from 2003-05, was named Glendora High School’s next football coach on Tuesday, replacing Mark Pasquarella, who resigned earlier this year after eight years in charge. Pasquarella revived Glendora’s football program when he took over and won three consecutive Sierra League titles from 2007-09, compiling a 55-33 overall record during his tenure. (To continue click thread).
Bishop Amat, the top-ranked team in Division 3, beat defending CIF-SS Division 1 champion Santa Margarita 2-0 at Citrus College in Wednesday’s fundraiser that benefits the R.J.’s Foundation. The R.J.s Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports terminally ill children and raises money for low-income families to promote professional, academic and athletic achievement. Also, it should be noted that Citrus College is a gracious host, offering to donate their facility tonight for a great cause.
By Aram Tolegian
It’s a good thing that South Hills High School baseball players C.J. Saylor and Ty France have been best friends for almost 10 years. Otherwise, what they often do during Huskies games all in the name of winning might not go as smoothly as it often does. Take a trip out to today’s Sierra League showdown between Chino Hills and host South Hills and you’ll probably see France and Saylor make an uncommon switch during the late innings. Saylor, arguably the top catcher in the area, will remove his gear and hand it to France, who’ll go from either pitcher or third base to behind the plate and catch his childhood friend.
After Damien beat Charter Oak 8-2 on Monday, the Chargers’ playoff hopes took a big hit in the rematch, Damien moving into sole possession of third in the Sierra League with a 3-0 win over Charter Oak on Tuesday. Chad Lee threw a 3-hitter and went the distance for the Spartans, who are now 9-10 and 7-5 in league. The Chargers are two games back of third with four to play, but those four are Chino Hills twice next week, and two with South Hills to end the season. Unless the Chargers make a dramatic turnaround, they won’t be playing in the postseason.
By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Scott Fisch explored the possibility, but the South Hills High School softball coach wasn’t about to play down the significance of Tuesday’s extra-inning, 4-3 win over first-place Chino Hills. “I guess I could give the politically correct answer that it was just another league game,” Fisch said. “No. This was huge. Chino Hills is a solid team and to get a win was huge.” Ten innings certainly is a huge number, but even bigger is the fact South Hills (14-5, 8-2 Sierra League) pulled even with Chino Hills (16-5, 7-2) atop the league standings thanks to an RBI double from first baseman Sabrina Perez with two outs in the 10th.
1. Bonita (18-3) — You can dissect Monday’s game all you want, the final score still says Bonita 2, Bishop Amat 1, moving the Bearcats to No. 1 in our poll, and well deserved. To have a Brandon Murfett to go with Justin Garza with Adam McCreery looming in the background is a scary staff come CIF. Maybe now the Bearcats will finally get the recognition they deserve outside the SGV. 2. Bishop Amat ( 21-3) – Losing to Bonita may have left a sour taste after winning the National Classic and jumping to No. 8 in the National Rankings, but the focus is still on the Division 4 title, where the Lancers are still ranked No. 1. However, in big head-to-head games since 2008 against area teams, Amat is 1-3. They lost to Northview in 2008, San Dimas in 2009, beat South Hills in 2010 and lost to Bonita, 2-1 Monday night. 3. South Hills (14-3) — Bonita and Bishop Amat deserve the top two-rankings but this is why the SGV is so good. South Hills could compete with both of them and have a chance to take over first in the Sierra with two games against Chino Hills this week. 4. Glendora (12-5-1) — The Tartans are pulling away in the Baseline with a two-game lead in the loss column. To emphasize again just how good the Valley is, remember that Glendora beat Bonita 10-0 in the Arcadia tournament. 5. Chino Hills (13-5) — The Huskies are still up a game in the loss column against South Hills with a home-and-home against them this week. Chino Hills is at South Hills Wednesday and South Hills goes there on Friday. 6. Diamond Bar (11-9) – Only record that matters is 6-1 in the Hacienda with a huge game at Bonita on Wednesday, figuring ace Kenny Mathews and Bonita’s Justin Garza will go head-to-head again. 7. Sierra Vista (16-3) — The Dons and La Puente both have 9-1 Montview records and won’t play until next week. But like a lot of successful teams in the Valley, they’re doing it with pitching, defense and great coaching. 8. La Puente (13-2) — The Warriors won’t play its big league games against Sierra Vista until next week, but they have an intriguing game on Wednesday at Damien. Kudos to La Puente for scheduling up and taking on the big boys. 9. San Dimas (15-8-1) — The Saints pulled out a dramatic 10-9 win over Covina to move into a first-place tie with the Colts in the Valle Vista. The Saints are coming on strong and playing well. 10. Covina (13-8) — Mark May 10 on the schedule, that’s when San Dimas visits Covina for the rubber game and likely the Valle Vista League title. Between now and then, however, the Saints and Colts must keep on winning.
1. Bishop Amat (19-2) — With the Del Rey already wrapped up, the Lancers turn to Wednesday’s game against reigning CIF champion Santa Margarita, whom they will face at Citrus College at 5:30 p.m., in a game benefiting the RJ’s Foundation. 2. Bonita (18-2) – Wish we could get an Amat-Bonita softball game just like in baseball. The Bearcats are playing so well it’s hard to know who the top team is. After beating Diamond Bar 7-0 on Monday, they face the Brahmas again Wednesday and Los Altos on Friday. 3. South Hills (13-5) — A game back of Chino Hills in the loss column, they need to win both take over sole possession of first with two weeks to go, and they will have to do it on the road in both games. 4. Glendora (12-7) — The Tartans are hanging tough in the Baseline, but need a win over Upland today and another against Los Osos later in the week to stay in the league chase. 5. Chino Hills (16-4) — The Huskies’ seven game winning streak put to the test this week against South Hills for first in the Sierra. Both games, today and Thursday, are at the Big League Dreams in Chino Hills. 6. West Covina (12-6) — The Bulldogs were on spring break last week but resume with a pair against Rowland starting Wednesday. They’re still only a game back of Bonita and will meet again next week. 7. Duarte (16-2) –Just like in basketball, the Falcons continue to look impressive, putting together on overall record as impressive as anyone. 8. San Dimas (14-7) — Starting to pull away in the Valle Vista with a 7-0 league record, two games ahead of Northview. 9. Los Altos (11-5) – The Conqs sit in fourth in the Hacienda, but that could change quick with Diamond Bar playing Bonita twice and the Conqs getting Bonita later in the week. 10. Northview (13-8-1) — The Vikings’ 12-11 loss to Covina put a serious hurt on their Valle Vista league title hopes.
Bonita softball continues its chase toward a Hacienda League title, getting three home runs in Monday’s win. Liza Liddell, Michelle Whitt and Breeanna Sandoval all sent balls over the fence for the Bearcats, who are 18-2 with another game at home against Diamond Bar, Wednesday.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer La Puente High School football coach Brandon Rohrer is staying put. Rohrer pulled out of the running for the vacant Glendora varsity head football coaching job late last week to remain at La Puente, where he has compiled a 16-6 record in two seasons. “I am officially out of the running,” Rohrer said Monday. “I pulled my name late last week. I’m very excited about what we have coming back at La Puente and part of me feels like our job is still not done. It was getting late in the game. It was about time we pulled our name out. A lot of the credit goes to the administration at La Puente because they wanted to keep us and they’ve done a lot of stuff to help us retain some coaches.” (To continue click thread)
Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
A Monrovia High School senior and standout football player pleaded not guilty Monday in Fontana Court to charges of attempted murder, attempted robbery, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Derrick Johnson, 18, of Monrovia, was arrested Wednesday following a botched robbery and shooting in Fontana. (To continue click thread).
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
This is why high school baseball in the San Gabriel Valley takes a back seat to nobody.
A week after Bishop Amat won Orange County’s prestigious National Classic and climbed to No. 8 in MaxPreps’ national rankings and No. 1 in its Southern California poll, the Lancers couldn’t extend their 21-game undefeated streak in a battle for best in the Valley. Bonita, behind a brilliant performance from senior pitcher Brandon Murfett, pulled out a 2-1 victory in front of standing-room only crowd at Mt. San Antonio College on Tuesday night in a charity game that benefited the R.J.’s foundation — a non-profit organization that supports terminally ill children and raises money for low-income families to promote professional, academic and athletic achievement. (To continue, click thread).
For the first time in the eight year history of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic, the Tribune team brought out the brooms, sweeping the Star-News in the boys and girls games at Damien High School. The Tribune girls won 80-69 behind game MVP Taylor Anderson (Bonita), who finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Madison Zylstra (Bonita) had 13 points and Leticia Galarza had 10 to pace the Tribune team. Zylstra also won the girls 3-point contest, connecting on 14 of 25 shots. In the the boys game, MVP Daniel Rodriguez (Bishop Amat) erupted for 19 first half points and finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two assists to lead the Tribune to a 98-87 win. Bruce English (La Verne Lutheran) had 14 points, James Northup (Bonita) had 13 and Jordan Butler (Bonita) finished with 11. Bishop Amat’s Tyler Hill lit it up to win the boys 3-point contest, connecting on 17 of 25 shots to win going away. Lutheran’s Bruce English won the dunk contest, going airborne and throwing one down on his final attempt to win it.
At Damien HS
Tribune 98, Star-News 87 STAR-NEWS (87)
Nick Holden (Pasadena) 10, Mike McGlashan (La Canada) 6, Jay
Henderson (Monrovia) 12, Jared Norsworthy (Flintridge Prep) 7, Hunter
Merryman (Pasadena Poly)10, Dario CiVon (La Canada) 10, Daniel Wohl
(Poly) 13, Kishon Sanders (La Salle) 3, Justin Knowles (Muir) 5, Matt
Faber (La Canada) 4, Justin Young (Keppel) 5, Stephen Van Spronsen
(Maranatha) 2. TRIBUNE (98)
Daniel Rodrigez (Bishop Amat) 20, Jordan Butler (Bonita) 15,
Bruce English (La Verne Lutheran) 14, James Northrup (Bonita) 12,
C.J. Cooper (LV Lutheran) 8, Sharif Watson (Rowland) 7, Tyler Hill
(Bishop Amat) 7, Gian Demano (Damien) 5, German Pompa (La Puente) 2,
Mark Roche (Arroyo) 2, Aubrey Coleman (Walnut) 2, Michael Doering
(Glendora) 2, Alvin Tan (Los Altos) 2.
Tribune 80, Star-News 68
Mian Dingle (Maranatha) 16, Ashley Cook (Monrovia) 13, Ashia
Owens (Muir) 11, Itos Aikhionbare (La Salle) 7, Bryttne Nakamura
(Keppel) 6, Kaila Turner (Maranatha) 5, Kelsey Lee (South Pasadena)
4, Jade Richard-Craven (Pasadena Poly) 2, Brittani Hirose (Keppel) 2,
Remi Kohno (San Marino) 2. TRIBUNE (80)
Madison Zylstra (Bonita) 13, Taylor Anderson (Bonita) 11,
Leticia Galarza (Bishop Amat) 10, Vianai Austin (Bishop Amat) 9,
Andrea Villanueva (Bishop Amat) 9, Amber Del Real (West Covina) 7,
Chariah Harris (Chino Hills) 4, Nnenna Abaeze (Walnut) 4, Nicole
Zugasti (St. Lucy’s) 3, Tatyana Warren (Baldwin Park) 3, Alexis
Arnold (Azusa) 3, Claudia Ramirez (Northview) 2, Amy McDill (Walnut).
By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
On a couple of occasions in the San Dimas High School baseball team’s key Valle Vista League contest against first-place Covina on Friday, Matt Lee couldn’t have imagined there would be any vital defensive plays to be made in the last inning. The first came when the senior watched his first-inning grand slam sail over the left-field fence, and the second when he was pitching with an eight-run lead after two innings.
Nevertheless, Lee snared a line drive in the seventh inning to help retire Covina in order for the first time since the first inning and preserve a 10-9 victory for San Dimas that put the Saints into a tie for first place.