Girls Basketball Semifinals: Bishop Amat will play for fifth title under coach Wiard, beats Covina 46-32; Bonita, Diamond Ranch come up short

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.

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Masters Wrestling: Vikings Reign Surpreme; Next up state….championship?

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.”

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Bonita girls water polo loses heartbreaker of all heartbreakers, losing 12-11 on last-second goal

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.
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Baseball: Bonita beats Damien 6-0 in season opener, Bearcats pitcher Justin Garza throws six shutout innings

The Dicks Sporting Goods Preseason Baseball tournament began Friday with Bonita’s 6-0 win over Damien and another gem pitcher by Bearcats super senior Justin Garza, who threw six shutout innings to with his 14th straight game dating back to last year. The rest of the Saturday’s results are posted. You can also follow the tournament on the Dicks Sporting Goods preseason webpage. If you want me to tweet updates, send your final scores to sgvtribpreps@twitter and I will retweet them to our followers.

Dicks Sporting Goods Preseason Baseball Tournament
Pool A: Bonita, Covina, Arroyo, Damien, Tahquitz, Paloma Valley
Pool B: Northview, Claremont, Los Osos, Fullerton, West Covina, Keppel
Pool C: Orange Lutheran, Charter Oak, Los Altos, Alta Loma, La Puente
Pool D: South Hills, Crescenta Valley, Yucaipa, Chaffey, Rancho Cucamonga

Friday’s results
Bonita 6, Damien 0
Saturday’s games
Tahquitz6, Paloma Valley 2
Covina 20, Arroyo 1
West Covina 2, Claremont 1
Orange Lutheran 9, Alta Loma 1
Fullerton 13, Keppel 5
La Puente 10, Los Altos 1
South Hills 7, Crescenta Valley 3
Yucaipa vs. Charter Oak at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Chaffey at Cal Poly Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Alta Loma at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
Arroyo at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Tahquitz at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Paloma Valley at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Fulleton at Los Osos, 3:15 p.m.
Keppel at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Cahffey at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Friday, March 2
Claremont vs. Los Osos at Chaffey College, 3:15 p.m.
Orange Lutheran vs. Los Altos at UC Riverside, 4 p.m.
South Hills vs. Yucaipa at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga at Crescenta Valley, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 3
Keppel vs. Northview at Littleton Field, 10 a.m.
West Covina vs. Fullerton at Littleton Field, 1 p.m.
La Puente vs. Charter Oak at Littleton Field, 4 p.m.
Covina vs. Bonita at Littleton Field, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Tahquitz, 1 p.m.
Alta Loma at Chaffey, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 5
Paloma Valley vs. Damien at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.

Semifinals: Wednesday, March 7, at Bonita High, 3 and 7 p.m.
Championship: Saturday, March 10, at Bonita High, 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Quarterfinals: Bishop Amat rallies in final minutes to beat Ayala 4-3; St. Lucy’s, Chino Hills, Claremont and San Dimas all win

Bishop Amat scores three goals in final 15 minutes, and twice in last four minutes to beat Ayala 4-3

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Bishop Amat girls soccer team has been part of some incredible comebacks over the years, but this may trump them all.

The Lancers needed all of their championship swagger and used the finishing touches of a little-known freshman to shock host Ayala, 4-3, in a wild comeback thriller in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals on Friday.

Amat, which beat Ayala in last year’s title game, overcame a two- goal deficit with 15 minutes to play and scored twice in the final four minutes to pull off the stunner, getting the game-winner from freshman Jamie Peters on a cross from Miranda Joya in the 78th minute to send the Lancers (21-4-4) to Tuesday’s semifinals, where they will host Chino Hills, a 5-1 winner over Bonita.

“Wow,” were the first words out of Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez’s mouth. “You got to believe in God and in miracles. You need luck when you make runs deep into the playoffs. It was one of those games and fortunately for us we were on the wining side.” (To continue click thread).

Game Story: South Pasadena too much for Sierra Vista in quarterfinals, wins 4-0

Game Story: Claremont takes down visiting Diamond Bar in quarterfinals, 1-0

Game Story: Chino Hills continues postseason run with win over Bonita, 5-1

Game Story: St. Lucy’s reaches the semis after beating Valencia, 2-1

Above: St. Lucy’s celebrating 2-1 win over Placentia Valencia

Friday’s Quarterfinal Results
Division 3
Chino Hills 5, Bonita 1
Bishop Amat 4, Ayala 3
Claremont 1, Diamond Bar 0
St. Lucy’s 2, Placentia Valencia 1
Division 6
San Dimas 2, Loara 1
South Pasadena 4, Sierra Vista 0

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