CIF CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Chino Hills at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Claremont, 3 p.m.
St. Margaret’s vs. San Dimas at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Oak Park vs. Bishop Amat, 4:45 p.m., Anaheim Arena
Serra vs. La Verne Lutheran at Anaheim Arena, 4:45 p.m.
Bishop Amat defense too much for Covina in 46-32 win: Defense has been what’s taken the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball program to lofty levels. And it was defense on Saturday night that punched the Lancers ticket into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3A championship game at Anaheim Convention Center.
The Lancers got visiting Covina in a hole early, then used their defense to never allow the Colts to dig out. The 46-32 victory has Amat on the verge of winning its fifth Southern Section title under coach Richard Wiard.
Bonita can’t keep up with Arroyo Grande, loses 46-30: There will be no repeat of last year’s magical run to the CIF finals for the Bonita High School girls basketball team.
The second seeded Bearcats (27-4) lost to third seeded Arroyo Grande 46-30 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA semifinal game.
It was the final game in historic Ellsworth Green gym as the Bearcats’ new facility will open in the fall.
“The girls have a lot to be proud of,” Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk said. “No one expected us to be back in the semis after losing what we did last year. It’s tough right now but we defended our (Hacienda) league championship and had a really good run.
Diamond Ranch battled hard with No. 2 Alemany, but lost 46-34: The third-seeded Panthers (25-7) held a five-point halftime advantage and led 28-26 with two minutes left in the third quarter at No. 2 Alemany (29-2), but Diamond Ranch struggled down the stretch in the defeat.
Chelsea Barnes had 16 points to lead Diamond Ranch, which made only 2 of 15 field goals and committed five turnovers in the final 10 minutes.
Tyvette White added six points for the Panthers, who were outscored 27-10 in the second half, including being held scoreless for a stretch of nearly five minutes in the third and fourth quarters.
TEMECULA – It remains to be seen if the Northview High School wrestling team can win a CIF State championship.
But one thing is certain – the Vikings are the best in the CIF-Southern Section.
Northview flexed its muscle Saturday, qualifying a school-record seven for next weekend’s state championships in Bakersfield and outdueling Corona Centennial for the team title, 101.5-98, during the CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High School.
Sophomore Bryan Salinas led the Vikings’ charge with a second-place finish at 145pounds. Other Northview qualifiers were Vincent Parra (106, third), Eric Ochoa (113, eighth), Daniel Valles (136, third), Javier Arellano (152, ninth), Steven Lopez (160, eighth) and Eddie Bernal (182, eighth).
The Vikings’ dominance capped the area performances that saw 14 competitors qualify for state, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Chino Hills’ Christian Martin, who beat Diamond Bar’s Nathan Pike, 10-2, in the 113-pound final, was the area’s only champion. Other local qualifiers were Pike, Walnut’s Michael Sill (132, fourth), Rosemead’s Alberto Flores (145, seventh), South Hills’ Trevor Behr (152, fourth), West Covina’s Brad Ojala (170, fifth) and Chino Hills’ Brody Goens (182, sixth).
Northview assistant coach Bobby Bellamy: “This tournament’s a meat-grinder. It’s extremely difficult to get through this tournament and healthy to the next tournament. I’m just pleased we got seven guys to state. It’s the most guys Northview has ever had. It’s another milestone. We’ve never had seven state qualifiers. Hopefully, we can take them to Bakersfield and get them on the podium. I’m just so ecstatic. I’m overwhelmed with joy. I’m just so pleased with their effort. We have kids like Eric Ochoa, who placed fifth at (divisionals) and placed eighth here. Those kind of efforts … it’s just amazing.”
Chino Hills Christian Martin: I thought I could get to the semifinals and finals. But to tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure I could take it. After I saw who I had in the finals, I was confident I could beat him. I just went out there and wrestled smart.”
The drama that unfolded Saturday at the Woollett Aquatic Center in the CIF-SS Division 5 girls water polo championship demands an acting analogy: If you showed Bonita the script beforehand, any one of the Bearcats would have been justified for chucking it to the ground in exasperation.
For the second straight year, Temescal Canyon stunned Bonita with a fourth-quarter comeback to capture the section title. This time, the Titans walked away with a 12-11 victory on Dannielle Wenzel’s goal with 1.77 seconds left.