CIF Federated Council approves regional bowl games in high school football; teams could play as many as 16 games

What happened: The CIF Federated Council approved regional bowl games in the North and South, starting in 2012.

L.A. Times: The regional format was approved despite unanimous opposition from the largest section in the state, the Southern Section. The Southern Section gets only 36 votes out of 137 on the Federated Council because of a weighted voting system even though it has 582 of the CIF’s 1,494 schools (39%). Schools that reach the finals could end up playing as many as 16 games, which was a major reason Southern Section schools were opposed to the proposal.

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Baseball: It’s not easy being No. 1, Los Altos ends Bonita’s dream week with a 5-4 win

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?>

Other Scores
Baseline League

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

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Softball: Jackie Wagner movs down South, 2-0; Big upset of the day, Los Altos over Bonita 4-2

Arroyo strong: Arroyo High School softball pitcher Jackie Wagner claims she isn’t fully recovered from offseason wrist surgery, but the junior pitched a two-hit shutout Friday, putting her team within one victory of the Mission Valley League title. The Knights scored 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and that was enough for Wagner in a 2-0 victory over five-time defending champion South El Monte.

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.

Also: Nogales 5, Covina 4

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Baseball: South Hills avoids sweep, back in Sierra title contention after 4-0 win

The Chino Hills High School baseball team apparently isn’t going to stroll to the Sierra League championship.
South Hills pitcher Ty France issued four walks Thursday, but that was about it as he one-hit Chino Hills in a 4-0 win that pulled South Hills within a game of the first-place Huskies in the final meeting between the top two teams in the league standings.

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Edgewood’s Mike Pill set the standard, but Bonita’s Garza and Sierra Vista’s Novelo still rolling along with undefeated records

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)

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Could Eric Podley really join Glendora’s staff?

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.

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