Baseball: San Dimas wins Valle Vista League title with 13-5 thumping over Covina

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs starting next week, No. 7 San Dimas is on roll. The visiting Saints never let Covina feel like it was in a game for the Valle Vista League title, scoring five runs in the first and two in the second before leaving with a 14-5 victory to clinch the league title on Tuesday. The Saints’ top three batters in the lineup, Matt Munoz, Shawn Kennedy and Jacob Ehret combined to score eight runs with five extra base hits. (To continue click thread).

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Baseball: South Hills stays in the Sierra League title chase with 3-2 win over Charter Oak

By Steve Ramirez Staff Writer
South Hills High School stayed in the hunt for the Sierra League baseball title Tuesday.
But their was another reason why Huskies’ coach Kevin Smith was happy about the 3-2 victory over visiting Charter Oak “We’re just trying to win out,” said South Hills coach Kevin Smith said. “It’s important (to win a league title). But were also trying to gain some momentum for the playoffs, because that’s what you work for (all season).

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Baseball Rankings: Bonita, Amat and South Hills all with four losses; San Dimas-Covina II today


Above: San Dimas beat Covina 10-9 in first meeting. What happens when they meet again at Covina today at 3:15 with first-place on the line….see ya there.

1. Bonita (22-4) — With Rowland and Diamond Ranch left on the schedule, the Bearcats should close out the Hacienda and keep the No. 1 seed in D-3. Question of the postseason is how much do you use McCreery with their starting pitching doing so well all season? My guess is McCreery will close.
2. Bishop Amat (23-4) — Back on track and just in time for the Division 4 playoffs. Can you win a CIF title without a true No. 1 pitcher? That remains to be seen, but the overall record is impressive.
3. South Hills (18-4) — They remain in a tie for first with Chino Hills with two games left against Charter Oak, who is out of the playoff picture. Chino Hills faces Ayala, edge to Chino Hills.
4. Glendora (15-6-1) — Not many Glendora teams have done well in the Baseline, but the Tartans’ baseball team is an exception, further showing the baseball talent in the SGV, and that coach Henley is among the best managers.
5. Chino Hills (16-8) — In best position to win Sierra league title with two games left against Ayala. Chances are, Charter Oak takes one from South Hills simply because of the rivalry.
6. Diamond Bar (14-10) – Yes, this is the team I pegged No. 1 the beginning of the season, and yes, this is the team I wouldn’t want to face in the playoffs with Mathews and Omana.
7. Los Altos (16-9) — They host Diamond Bar tomorrow for a chance to move into a second-place tie. The snuck up and beat Bonita recently, can they do the same to Diamond Bar?
8. San Dimas (17-8-1) — The Saints have a one game lead over Covina heading into today’s showdown. If today’s game is anything like San Dimas’ 10-9 win over Covina in the first meeting, we’re in for a treat.
9. Damien (13-11) — The Spartans already have locked up third in the Sierra and will be a third-place team nobody wants to face in the postseason.
10. Sierra Vista (18-4) — Got a split with La Puente last week, which was all it needed to take control of the Montview. Still, defense needs some work.



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Softball Rankings: Despite loss, Bishop Amat still No. 1; Diamond Bar, San Dimas move up

1. Bishop Amat (21-3) — So, Amat dropped a game to St. Joseph’s last week. Still, not enough to drop them from our top spot. If they play Bonita head-to-head, Amat wins.
2. Bonita (20-4) – Earned huge win over West Covina, giving the Bearcats (8-2), Diamond Bar (8-2) and West Covina (7-2) all two losses in the Hacienda going into the final week. Diamond Bar finishes with West Covina on Friday while Bonita has the luxury of going through Rowland and Diamond Ranch, and if they win out, will get the top seed over whoever they finish tied with.
3. Chino Hills (20-5) — The Huskies lead South Hills by a game with two left against Ayala. Ayala needs to win at least one to remain in third.
4. South Hills (16-6) — If the Huskies sweep Charter Oak, they’ve got a shot at tying for first. But sweeping Charter Oak, maybe the most unpredictable team, will not be easy.
5. West Covina (15-6) — The Bulldogs were great in the big games last year, especially against South Hills. This year not so much, losing twice to Bonita, which is going to cost them the league title.
6. San Dimas (18-7) — Looks like they will be the only area team to go undefeated in league. Say this about the Saints, they don’t rebuild, they keep reloading
7. Diamond Bar (13-9) — You have to give Brahmas coach Roberta Garcia-Uyemura a lot of credit for keeping her team in the Hacienda League race. Now let’s see how they finish.
8. Los Altos (13-6) – The Conquerors are fortunate the Hacienda sends four teams to the playoffs, because fourth is where they will finish.
9. Duarte (17-3) — Suffered a rare league loss to Azusa, who almost beat them the first time. Still, three losses is three losses. On paper, it looks great.

10. Arroyo (14-6) — Went 12-1 in the MIssion Valley League to win the league title. However, like the Montview, the MVL isn’t that strong.

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Swimming: Walnut’s Andrea Grant speeds to 50 and 100 free titles at Hacienda finals

Glendora’s Jaques dominates Baseline: The senior won the 50-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley to lead Glendora to first place with 341 points. Los Osos was second at 295.5, with Upland third at 242.5. Jaques, who won CIF-Southern Section titles in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke last season, easily won the 200 in 2:40.5. She then followed with a time of 22.45 to win the 50 freestyle.

By Aram Tolegian
Andrea Grant knew she had a lot to live up to when she first set foot on the Walnut High School campus. Grant’s sister Rachel was a CIF champion swimmer who never lost an individual league championship race. Andrea now can say the same thing.
Andrea Grant capped a perfect league season by winning the Hacienda League championship in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle at Friday’s Hacienda League finals at La Verne Aquatics Center.

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Glendora and Lauren “there is” Justus do just fine in the Baseline League track finals; Results here

Baseline League Finals Results

Hacienda League Finals Results

By Steve Ramirez
Glendora’s Lauren Justus is the two-time reigning area girls cross country of the year and brought that success to the track. Justus led a group of four Tartans to individual titles during the Baseline League finals at Los Osos High School on Friday.
Justus, who had a solid showing during last month’s Mt. San Antonio College Relays, won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She set the pace in the 1,600 with a time of 5:17.59. The senior then doubled in the 3,200, which she won in 11:32.5.

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Softball: Bonita freshman Anissa Sanchez delivers clutch peformance in 3-1 win over West Covina

By Fred J. Robledo
Fitting that on senior day it was a freshman who helped Bonita High School’s softball team inch closer to the Hacienda League title. Anissa Sanchez knew replacing area player and pitcher of the year Chloe Wurst would be a chore, especially with the pitching rubber moved back from 40 to 43 feet.
Sanchez found herself in a situation with pressure from the start, asked to anchor the CIF-Southern Section Division 2s second-ranked team. It’s been a work in progress, though there have been far more ups than downs.
But on Friday, in a game the Bearcats had to have against league-leading West Covina, Sanchez was at her best, battling out of jams and doing just enough to lead Bonita to a 3-1 victory, striking out eight and scattering seven hits. (To continue click thread)

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Baseball/Softball recap and schedule: Charter Oak baseball blows huge lead against Chino Hills; Glendora softball loses fourth straight in Baseline; Softball: Bonita-West Covina II this afternoon

Today: We’ve got today and a week left of baseball and softball until playoffs. The most intriguing on the schedule this afternoon is West Covina softball at Bonita for first in the Hacienda, which is where we will be.

Thursday’s Sierra League Baseball: Damien beat Ayala 8-6 behind senior Griffin Lord and sophomore Chad Hawkins, who each had two hits and two RBIs for the Spartans (13-11, 8-5) over Ayala (10-12, 2-11). Chino Hills’ Ameron Pongs hit a grand slam with two outs in a five-run seventh that helped the Huskies beat Charter Oak 7-6, and also keep Chino Hills (15-8, 10-3) tied for first with South Hills (18-4, 10-3), an 8-0 winner over Claremont. Charter Oak’s (10-11, 6-7) collapse in the seventh means it will not make the playoffs.

Thursday’s Sierra League Softball update: Chino Hills beat Charter Oak 9-7 and South Hills beat Claremont 10-7, giving Chino Hills (19-5, 10-2) a half game lead over South Hills (16-6, 10-3) with one week left. In the battle for sole possession of third, Ayala clipped St. Lucy’s 6-5. Ayala is 10-11 and 7-6 while St. Lucy’s dropped to 11-12 and 6-7.

Thursday’s Baseline League softball: Glendora lost its fourth straight and it wasn’t pretty, losing 18-4 to Rancho Cucamonga to effectively end its playoff chances.

Friday’s Baseball Schedule
Baseline League

Alta Loma at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Walnut at Rowland, 3:30 p.m.
West Covina at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.

Friday’s Softball Schedule
Walnut at Rowland, 3:30 p.m.
West Covina at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.

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Track: Remontay McClain and Beejay Lee run fastest 100 meters in California; San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido wins four VVL titles

Valle Vista League Finals photo gallery

Valle Vista League finals results

Sierra League finals results

More on Beejay Lee: Lee moved into the chase after running a blistering 10.36 seconds to win the 100 at Thursday’s Hacienda League finals at Rowland High.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Covina High School’s Remontay McClain let everyone know he’s serious about defending his 100 and 200-meter state titles at Thursday’s Valle Vista League finals at Baldwin Park, easily winning both races in league-record time. After matching his personal best in the 100 meters in 10.35 — the second fastest in the nation and best in the state this year, McClain followed with a blistering wind-aided (3.0) 20.92 in the 200 meters, also the fastest in California and the fourth fastest in the country in any conditions.
McLain, mild-mannered for a sprint champion, seemed oblivious to the history he’s chasing. Nobody in California prep history has ever won back-to-back titles in the 100 and 200 meters. In fact, only one person has won both in two different state meets.
Charles Paddock of Pasadena High did it in 1916 and 1918, then later went on to win the 100 meters at the 1920 Olympic games in Belgium. (To continue click thread)

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Softball: St. Joseph’s 2, Bishop Amat 1

By Aram Tolegian
The Bishop Amat High School softball team’s bid for a perfect season in the Del Rey League standings came to a sobering end on Thursday afternoon. St. Joseph, behind a strong performance from pitcher Maxine Rodriguez, got the clutch outs when it needed them most to post a 2-1 win that didn’t change the complexion of the standings, but did give the Lancers a rude wake-up call heading into next week’s playoffs. (To continue click thread).

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Baseball: Sierra Vista beats La Puente 11-9 in eight innings after Warriors seventh-inning rally

By John Honell
Sierra Vista High School went extra innings before senior Edward Huezo’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning put the Dons on top of the Montview League standings with an 11-9 victory over La Puente on Thursday. The Dons (18-4, 10-2) survived another late Warriors rally to take a one-game lead over La Puente with two games to play.

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Is a 16-game season too long? Is it safe? Should games start in August? Lots of questions following this week’s decision to expand the playoffs; Read reactions from coaches and state officials

“It’s too much. I think a 14-game season is long enough. I have mixed emotions on it. It’s a pretty long grind, especially getting ready for CIF (playoff games).West Covina coach Mike Maggiore.

“We’re getting closer to Texas and a true state champion. Of course, it makes the season longer, but I think it’s neat. It’s an interesting concept, but I wouldn’t want to see it take away from the division championship. But it hasn’t done that, I don’t think. It adds an interesting twist and I really don’t see a problem with it. The preseason may have to be adjusted.” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox.

“From a medical standpoint, there is not any definitive data that says five games is enough or 15. Most people don’t like this answer, but it really depends on the coach. The doctors said that if that coach is teaching and coaching correctly and what they mean by correctly in football is they’re hitting one day a week, they’re in pads one day a week and keeping the length of practice to a respectable time limit, and what we mean by that is two hours then these kids can play forever.” CIF associate director Roger Blake

By Aram Tolegian
STORY: Depending on who you ask, the lengthening of the prep football season is either a really good thing or something so bad it’s unimaginable. Late last week, the California Interscholastic Federation state council gave final approval to adding regional bowl games to the state championship bowl games format for high school football. And there’s been no shortage of opinions on whether the move was ahead-of-the-curve thinking or a money grab that jeopardizes the safety of student athletes. (To continue click thread)

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Track: League finals day, will report back with video and story from Valle Vista League finals; Covina’s Remontay McClain runs state-best 10.45 in 100 meter qualifier

Today is track and field finals days for most league’s in our area. The Sierra League finals are at Claremont HS (3:15 p.m.); Hacienda League finals at Rowland HS (3:15 p.m.); Del Rey League finals at Serra HS (3 p.m.); Montview League finals at Bassett HS (3:15 p.m.); and Valle Vista League finals at Baldwin Park (3:15 p.m). On Friday, the Baseline League finals are at Los Osos (3 p.m.) and Mission Valley at El Monte (3:15 p.m.)

Obviously, we can’t cover every finals meet, there are simply too many. For those who want their results in the paper, league coordinators must contact Steve Ramirez. He will be in the office later taking results over the phone and writing as much as he can. You can send him results at steve.ramirez@sgvn.com, but make sure you leave a contact number and have the results sent by 8 p.m., or call Steve in the office at 626-962-8811, ext. 2242 or 2233. I will report straight from the Valle Vista League finals at Baldwin Park, all others need to contact Steve.

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Baseball: Glendora’s John Alexander among state leaders with eight home runs

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Glendora High School’s John Alexander played a big role in helping the Tartans win last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball title by batting .395 with 27 RBIs and five home runs for the 27-2-1 Tartans. Several key players such as pitcher Adam Plutko, who is having a solid year at UCLA, graduated from that squad but Alexander returned and has not let up. He has helped the Tartans close in on the Baseline League title in their first year in the new league. The Tartans (14-6-1, 9-3) are a game ahead of Los Osos (15-5, 8-4) with four games left, the Tartans have beaten Los Osos two out of three games and own the tiebreaker should they finish in a tie.

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Softball: San Dimas beats Northview 8-2 to win Valle Vista League title

By John Honell, Correspondent
Clutch hitting and timely pitching were enough for San Dimas High School to clinch the Valle Vista League softball championship. The Saints scored their first five runs with two outs and pulled away for an 8-2 win over Northview on Wednesday. “That was a great win,” Saints coach Don Pollard said. “Beating them was a good win for us because they needed this game as much as we did. It clinched the league championship.”

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Baseball: South Hills tied for first in Sierra; San Dimas stays game ahead of Covina in VVL

Tuesday’s Sierra League results: Charter Oak’s Aaron Henry drove in the game-winning run that allowed the Chargers to beat Chino Hills 5-4 in eight innings to stay in playoff contention while dropping the Huskies to 9-3 in league. With South Hills beating Claremont 5-2, South Hills (9-3) is tied with Chino Hills for first with three to play. With Damien beating Ayala 9-3, they go to 7-5 in league, leaving them in sole possession of third and a game ahead of fourth-place Charter Oak (6-6). The same teams will play again on Thursday.

Tuesday’s Valle Vista results: San Dimas crushed Northview 12-2 in six innings to improve to 9-1 in league, with Covina staying close, beating Baldwin Park 10-3 to go to 8-2, just a game back. Baldwin Park and Northview are still tied for third, but well back at 4-5. Covina and San Dimas meet in the league finale on May 10.

Today’s games
Hacienda League
Bonita at Walnut, 3:30 p.m.
West Covina at Los Altos, 3:30 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Del Rey League
St. Monica at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Baseline League
Glendora at Alta Loma, 3:15 p.m.

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Softball: St. Lucy’s gets big win over Ayala; Chino Hills has 1/2 game lead over South Hills

Right: St. Lucy’s all everything Danielle O’Toole…

Tuesday’s Sierra League results: Chino Hills beat Charter Oak 5-3 to stay in the Sierra league lead, improving to 18-5 and 9-2. South Hills outslugged Claremont 9-5 to stay a half-game back of first, improving to 15-6 and 9-3 in league. St. Lucy’s pitcher Danielle O’Toole threw a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts for the Regents, who earned an much-needed 2-0 win over Ayala to move into a tie for third with the Bulldogs, who both sport identical 6-6 league records. All of these teams meet again on Thursday, St. Lucy’s needing to win again to move into third all alone. Meanwhile, Chino Hills and South Hills are still in a tight race for the title — neither can afford to stumble with three games left.

Today’s games
Hacienda League
West Covina at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.

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Read Aram’s latest, football finally has a Mercy rule; running clock starts with 35 point lead

Teams can still agree to a running clock with a 35-point margin at anytime during the contest, but with a 35-point lead entering the fourth quarter, the mercy rule is mandatory …

Aram’s take: I like it! This will effectively end the angry conversation I’ve had with myself (and many reporters have had with themselves) when a game gets out of reach and the clock can’t move quick enough … and I’m wondering “How did I pick this dud?” or … “How did Fred convince me to cover this dud?”

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New weight classes for wrestling …

There have been some significant changes in weight classes that were adopted by the NFHS Wrestling Rules Committee.

The 14 weight classes approved by the committee for 2011-12 are as follows: 106
(pounds), 113, 120, 126, 132, 138, 145, 152, 160, 170, 182, 195, 220 and 285. Three
middle weight classes – 145, 152 and 160 – were retained, although they are 7-8-9 in
order now rather than 8-9-10. The largest weight class (285 pounds) remains unchanged
as well.

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Football: Covina’s Darryl Thomas and Monrovia’s Ryan Maddux named head coaches for Hall of Fame game at West Covina on June 24

Great to see Thomas coaching the east, he’s a great choice. He’s pretty mild-mannered, but not during an emotion filled Thursday night game last fall. We obviously hadn’t written or talked about star-everything Vinny Venegas as much as we should have, so after Venegas went on a long TD run, Thomas turned and glared at myself, Steve Ramirez and Tom Kiss watching from the Colts sideline, pointed and screamed, “that’s why he’s all-area, that’s why he’s all-area.” He said it two, maybe three times — all in good fun, but I loved the passion. And he was right, Venegas was definitely all-area material and will be a senior to watch this fall.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Story: Coaches for the 31st Hall of Fame All-Star Game were announced Tuesday afternoon by game organizer Leon Ward. Covina’s Darryl Thomas will coach the East and Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox will coach the West in the game, which will take place June 24 at West Covina High School. “Our staff is honored to be chosen,” Maddox said. “It’s a good chance to coach our kids again and a good chance to coach some of the better kids in the area. An All-Star game is a celebration for all the kids who performed within the Valley. It’s a big deal to all the athletes throughout the Valley. It should be a lot of fun.”

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Track: Where do our area’s best stack up heading into track and field’s biggest month

For you track historians, you’re going to love this, California’s all-time leaders

California’s current high school leaders heading into league finals this week.

Below: San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION FORD PRESENTED BY FARMERS
TRACK & FIELD RANKINGS

The following team and individual rankings are based through meets as of April 30th, 2011. Points are based on the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system used through eight places at the divisional championships. Point totals are based on projected placement of individuals in specific events.
– Rich Gonzalez, DyeStatCal/ESPN RISE editor

Below are rankings with area teams/athletes involved:
DIVISION I BOYS
TEAM RANKINGS

1. Vista Murrieta (70)
2. Long Beach Poly (69)
3. El Toro (57)
4. Murrieta Valley (32)
5. Trabuco Hills (29)
6. Dana Hills (26)
7. Arcadia (25)
8. Paramount (24)
9. Great Oak (22)
10T. M.L. King (21)
10T. Rancho Cucamonga (21)

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
1. Bernard Quinn (Vista Murrieta) 22.25
2T. Jantzen Oshier (Trabuco Hills) 18
2T. Beejay Lee (West Covina) 18
2T. Jake Fraser (El Toro) 18
2T. Ammar Moussa (Arcadia) 18
6T. Ma’a Brown (Paramount) 16
6T. Kameron White (L.B. Poly) 16
8. Myles Andrews (L.B. Poly) 15
9. Laijon White (Rancho Cucamonga) 14.5
10. Jovonte Slater (Vista Murrieta) 14.25

DIVISION III BOYS
TEAM RANKINGS

1. Notre Dame-SO (72)
2. Servite 54
3. South Pasadena (39)
4. St. John Bosco (36)
5. Woodbridge (33)
6. Pacifica-GG (27)
7. Covina (25)
8. San Jacinto (21)
9T. Burroughs-Ridg. (20)
9T. Agoura (20)
9T. Diamond Ranch (20)

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
1. Remontay McClain (Covina) 21.25

2T. Jonathan Cabral (Agoura) 20
2T. Jayson Kovar (Burroughs-Ridg.) 20
2T. Sam Pons (South Pasadena) 20
5. Khalfani Muhammad (Notre Dame-SO) 18.5
6. Ahmed Mahmood (El Segundo) 14
7. Eric McDaniel (Notre Dame-SO )13.5
8. Malik Felton (Servite) 13.25
9. Ryan Collier (Northwood) 13
10. Josh Kingsland (Woodbridge) 12

GIRLS RANKINGS
DIVISION III
INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

1. Kylie Price (Bishop Amat) 30.5
1. Cami Chapus (Harvard-Westlake) 30.5
3. Abrianna Torres (San Luis Obispo) 28
4. Katherine Salcido (San Dimas) 26
5. Gabrielle Scott (Woodbridge) 21.5
6. Omhunique Brown (San Marino) 21
7. Heather Hawes (Nipomo) 20
8. Kayla Mallet (West Torrance) 19
Several tied at 14

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Baseball: La Puente beats Sierra Vista 4-3 to move into a first-place tie; They meet again Thursday at La Puente for sole possession

By Fred J. Robledo
Regardless of whether Montview League principals revisit or eventually overturn its March decision that forced the La Puente High School baseball team to forfeit a 3-0 win over Azusa for conducting an illegal batting practice prior to their game — the Warriors still controlled their own destiny in the league title chase, trailing league-leading Sierra Vista by one with two games against the Dons this week.
Now the forfeit might not matter at all. Even with Sierra Vista at home and undefeated senior Elias Novelo on the hill, La Puente overcame a two-run deficit to squeeze out an improbable 4-3 victory on Tuesday to move into a first-place tie in the Montview. (To continue, click thread).

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