BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Mountain View does it again, beats La Canada 2-0; Claremont advances, Damien, La Puente, Diamond Bar, Sierra Vista and Diamond Ranch lose

Update on Quarterfinal Schedule
Thursday’s games

Division 2
Claremont at La Sierra, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Mountain View at Lakeside, 3 p.m.

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer
It’s usually the La Caada High School boys soccer team that keeps teams on its heels.

Mountain View flipped the script on Tuesday.

The visiting Vikings, mounting constant pressure, made a set piece and attack down the wing count in a 2-0 victory in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.

Mountain View (13-4-5) lost the coin flip and will be on the road and face the Lakeside-Paso Robles winner.

La Caada (14-6-5) bows out of the playoffs in the second round for the third consecutive season. The Spartans’ season practically came in full circle. The teams previously tied 1-1 in the season opener. In that game, the Vikings also were dominant and finished with a 23-3 advantage in shots. (To continue click thread)

TUESDAY’S BOYS SOCCER RESULTS
Division 2
Claremont 3, Sunny Hills 0
Valley View 1, Damien 0, OT
Division 4
El Rancho 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Cathedral 3, La Puente 0
Crescenta Valley 1, Diamond Bar 0
Salesian 3, Sierra Vista 2
Division 5
Mountain View 2, La Canada 0
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Baseball Preview: Bishop Amat heads pack of talented baseball teams in the San Gabriel Valley

Note: Softball Preview will run on Tuesday, Feb. 28

From left, Rio Ruiz, Daniel Zamora and Adam Alcantara help make Bishop Amat one of the top high school baseball teams in the Southland. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

Standout players, teams grace the San Gabriel Valley in this year’s baseball preivew

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
It’s just a start, but what a way to get the 2012 high school baseball season under way.
On March 1, at 6 p.m., defending CIF-Southern Section Division 4 champion Bishop Amat goes to Mater Dei to take on the Monarchs, Maxpreps’ second-ranked team in the nation.

On Friday at 6, the second annual Dicks Sporting Goods tournament begins and features area heavyweights Damien and Bonita meeting at Bonita.

The Valley has been blessed over the years with superstar talents such as Michael Young (Bishop Amat), Jason Giambi (South Hills), Mark McGwire (Damien), Cecil Fielder (Nogales), Fred Lynn (El Monte), Rick Aguilera (Edgewood), Tom Brunansky (West Covina), Corey Lidle (South Hills) and many others who have gone on to play major league baseball.

Who’s next?

Perhaps it will be Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, South Hills’ C.J. Saylor and Los Altos’ Joe Munoz, all of whom all ranked in Baseball America’s list of top 100 seniors in 2012.

Or how about Bonita’s Justin Garza, who recently was clocked with a 94 mph fastball and is back after one of the best high school baseball seasons in Southern Section history. He’ll play for Cal State Fullerton next year.

Ruiz, the reigning CIF-SS Division 4 Player of the Year, ESPN California junior Player of the Year and Tribune Player of the Year, already has signed a national letter of intent with USC and is projected to be a first-round draft pack in this spring’s Major League Baseball First-Year
Player Draft.

Saylor and Munoz have committed to San Diego State, more proof that this is one of the most highly anticipated baseball seasons in recent memory.

As always, we begin with The Tribune’s annual top 10 preview. It’s loaded with heavyweights, starting with the defending champion. (To continue reading, click thread)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune Baseball Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (29-4)
2. South Hills (21-5)
3. Bonita (27-5)
4. Damien (17-13)
5. Covina (16-11)
6. Los Altos (18-10)
7. Glendora (17-7-1)
8. Diamond Bar (15-12)
9. San Dimas (19-9-1)
10. Charter Oak (10-14)

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Area Baseball Top Ten Preview on Tuesday; Dicks Sports Goods SoCal preseason tournament starts Friday, Damien at Bonita, 5 p.m.

Note: Bishop Amat opens the baseball season at Mater Dei, ranked second in the nation by Maxpreps, at Mater Dei on Thursday March 1 at 6 p.m.

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 game
Damien at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s games
Tahquitz vs. Paloma Valley at UC Riverside, Noon
Crescenta Valley vs. South Hills at UC Riverside, 3:30 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Charter Oak at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.
Covina at Arroyo, 1 p.m.
Claremont vs. West Covina at Citrus College, 10 a.m.
Orange Lutheran vs. Alta Loma at Citrus College, 1 p.m.
Fullerton at Keppel, 1 p.m.
Los Altos at La Puente, 1 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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The second week of the winter playoffs has arrived and we still have a lot going on; BTW, L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer and I have a bet on Bonita-Pasadena, check it out

The second week of the winter playoffs is one of my favorite’s of season, especially with so many area teams still alive. I will continue to post scores as much as I can as quick as I can and I should have everything posted by 10:30 or 11 p.m., each night. Twitter has been great. Last week several of you sent me updates and final scores to sgvtribpreps@twitter, and I retweeted for all our Trib followers and will continue to do so, keep them coming. Also, we need coaches to call in results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242, win or lose. We want your playoff results in the paper and on the prep scores blog, which is updated throughout the night. For Bonita boys hoops fans, listen and listen carefully. If you’re going to Pasadena for Tuesday’s quarterfinal game against the Bulldogs, GET THERE EARLY, at least a half hour or hour early. That place gets filled quick and they will lock the doors when they reach capacity. Once in, it’s one of the best atmosphere’s in high school basketball. That place is small and rockin, just get there early. You’ve been warned. By the way Bonita, I’ve got a food bet with the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer. He says you won’t beat Pasadena. I said you will, don’t let me down.

BIG TUESDAY
BOYS BASKETBALL
Tuesday’s second round and quarterfinal games
Division 1A
Second Round

Walnut at Capistrano Valley, 7 p.m.
Vista Murrieta at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Second Round

Leuzinger at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Second Round

Riverside Poly at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Damien at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
St. John Bosco at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Yorba Linda at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Quarterfinals

La Verne Lutheran at Oaks Christian, 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER
Tuesday’s second round schedule
Division 2
Sunny Hills at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Damien at Valley View, 3 p.m.
Division 4
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Cathedral at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Crescenta Valley, 3 p.m.
Salesian at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Mountain View at La Canada, 3 p.m.

BIG WEDNESDAY
GIRLS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s second and quarterfinal rounds
Division 1A
Second round

Diamond Bar at Temecula Valley, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Second round

Chino Hills at Ventura, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Agoura at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Palos Verdes at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Oak Park at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Lakewood St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Covina, 7 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER
Wednesday’s second round games
Division 3
Bonita at Granite Hills, 3 p.m.
La Mirada at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Quartz Hill, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Yorba Linda, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Serrano at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Mayfair at St. Lucy’s, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Wilson, 3 p.m.
Segrestrom at Ganehsa, 3 p.m.
Oxford Academy at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Arroyo at Citrus Valley, 3 p.m.
Firebaugh at Rosemead, 3 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO
WEDNESDAY’S SEMIFINALS
St. Lucy’s vs. Arroyo Grande, 1:45 p.m., at William Woolet, Irvine
DIVISION 5
Redlands East Valley vs. Bonita, 7:30 p.m., at Mt. San Antonio College

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Northview as dominant as ever at CIF-SS Southern Division finals, winning six individual titles

Below: Northview’s Carlos Garcia, left, beat Canyon’s Jaime Nunez in the 126lb match during the CIF-SS Southern Division Individual wrestling championships at Brea Olinda High

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
BREA – Excuse Northview assistant coach Bobby Bellamy if he confused the two-day CIF-Southern Section Southern Division wrestling championships as a dual meet.

On Saturday evening, the Vikings emerged with a breakout night, and a school record, winning six CIF-SS individual titles.

“Wow! Wow!” Bellamy said. “That pretty much sums it up. These kids performed at a level that exceeded my expectations.”

Vincent Parra, Carlos Garcia, Daniel Valles, Bryan Salinas, Javier Arellano and Eddie Bernal all scored victories.

“The whole team has been working hard,” Bernal said. “We stick together as a family and we work together. We are all connected and we all have one team goal and the coaches have made that very clear to us. They have high expectations and we embrace the challenge.”

Of the 11 finals matches in which the Vikings had competitors, they won 10.

“The championship round, they just clinged together,” Bellamy said. “It was amazing to win so many. The credit goes all to the kids. They really left everything on the mat.”
The only Northview loss in the day’s final matches was in the 160-pound championship match. Top seeded Steven Lopez fell to Arroyo Valley’s Bryan Garcia, 8-6. (To continue click thread)

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: Suarez scores final six to lead Charter Oak to a 47-46 win over San Dimas; Bonita, Diamond Bar, Covina, St. Lucy’s, Diamond Ranch and Bishop Amat all advance

Charter Oak’s Marissa Suarez scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the final six to lead the Chargers to a dramatic 47-46 victory over San Dimas in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs at Northview on Saturday night.
Charter Oak missed two free throws trailing by 3-points with just over a minute to play, but Suarez grabbed the rebound and scored. After San Dimas turned the ball over on the inbounds, Charter Oak fed Suarez under the basket, and she scored to put the Chargers in front, 45-44. After San Dimas scored, Suarez came back and scored again with 14 seconds left, scoring the final six points for the Chargers to go back up, 47-46. San Dimas had a chance to win on the final possession, but a lay-up at the buzzer rimmed out. Check the for story and reaction in tomorrow’s paper.

SATURDAY’S GIRLS BASKETBALL RESULTS
Division 1A
First round

Diamond Bar 32, La Sierra 26
Division 2AA
First round

Royal 84, Ayala 55
Thousand Oaks 53, West Covina 34
Chino Hills 52, Redlands East Valley 44
Division 2A
First-round

Saugus 57, Claremont 29
Division 3AAA
Second round

Arroyo Grande 62, Arroyo 36
Bonita 49, Los Amigos 35
Division 3AA
Second round

Antelope Valley 73, Rosemead 43
Diamond Ranch 61, Hawthorne 41
Irvine 58, Wilson 36
Division 3A
Second round

Charter Oak 47, San Dimas 46
Atascadero 66, Azusa 20
St. Lucy’s 65, Ocean View 34
Bishop Amat 65, Hesperia 34
Covina 58, Ganesha 20
Division 4A
Second round

Windward 115, Workman 46
Oaks Christian 59, Duarte 47

Wednesday’s second and quarterfinal rounds
Division 1A
Second round

Diamond Bar at Temecula Valley, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Second round

Chino Hills at Ventura, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Agoura at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Palos Verdes at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Oak Park at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Lakewood St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Covina, 7 p.m.

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Girls Water Polo results, St. Lucy’s beat Rio Mesa 15-8 and Bonita beat Pasadena Poly, 13-5

GIRLS’ WATER POLO PLAYOFFS RESULTS AND UPDATES

DIVISION 3
Saturday’s Results

Murrieta Valley 15, South Pasadena 6
La Serna 10, Charter Oak 6
Arroyo Grande 11, Vista Murrieta 8
St. Lucy’s 15, Rio Mesa 8
Wednesday’s semifinals at Heritage Park (Irvine)
St. Lucy’s vs. Arroyo Grande, 1:45 p.m.
La Serna vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.

DIVISION 5
Saturday’s Results

Bonita 13, Pasadena 5
Redlands East Valley 10, Burbank Burroughs 5
Crescenta Valley 14, Los Altos 13 (OT)
Temescal Canyon 13, Walnut 4
Wednesday’s Semifinals at Mt. San Antonio College
Crescenta Valley vs. Temescal Canyon, 6 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Bonita, 7:30 p.m.

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Boys Hoops: La Verne Lutheran advances with 68-52 win over Big Bear

La Verne Lutheran played its first game without Arizona-bound junior Eric Cooper Jr., who suffered a broken finger in Lutheran’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round win over Marshall.

Cooper’s broken finger will eventually require surgery and he’s doubtful for the rest of the playoffs, but the Trojans’ other Arizona-bound player, McDonalds All-American senior forward/center Grant Jerrett, is still what makes the Trojans go and he had another monster game in Saturday’s 68-52 second-round win over Big Bear at the University of La Verne.

Jerrett finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and had eight dunks to help the second-seed Trojans (20-6) advance to Tuesday’s second-round, where they will be on the road at Oaks Christian (22-5).

Lutheran’s game with Big Bear was postponed until Saturday because of snowy conditions in Big Bear that forced the Bears to wait until Friday to beat Banning in the first round.

Lutheran raced to a 14-0 lead, but couldn’t put away the feisty Bears, who knocked in 12 3-pointers and closed to within nine points in the fourth quarter, but that’s as close as they got, finishing the season 21-3.

Lutheran’s McKay Anderson also had a big game, finishing with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Cameron Osorno gave the Trojans three players in double figures, finishing with 10 points and five assists.

Listen to postgame reaction from Trojans coach Eric Cooper, who explains the challenge of trying to win a divisional title without Cooper Jr., and the chances of his return in the playoffs.

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Boys Basketball playoffs: Bishop Amat wins in miracle finish, rallying from 13 down with 2:01 to play to win OT, 66-61; Charter Oak shocks second seed San Marcos; Glendora, Damien, Bonita, Walnut, Covina and Chino Hills advance

Bishop Amat wins in overtime, 66-61: Bishop Amat’s unbelievable finish against visiting Wilson in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A boys basketball playoffs Friday night was worth every comeback cliche imaginable.

Game Story: Glendora Senior guard Kyle Gordon scored 26 points and the Tartans held host Whittier to 25 percent shooting as the Tartans won its first CIF-Southern Section playoff game in three seasons with a 57-37 victory over the Cardinals in a Division 2A game at Perry Gym.
Game Story: No. 1-seed Damien made such quick work of visiting Citrus Valley in a 54-31 victory in the Division 3AAA second round, that coach Matt Dunn found himself emptying his bench much to the delight of a rowdy student section that itself probably played a role in the Blackhawks’ demise.
Game Story: The Bonita High School boys basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 59-44 win over Brea Olinda in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA second-round playoff game at Sonora High on Friday night.

FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS

Division 1A
First-round games

Glendale 56, Diamond Bar 49
Chino Hills 57, Burbank 45
Walnut 73, Yucaipa 61
Division 2A
First-round

Don Lugo 40, Rowland 38
Glendora 57, Whittier 37
Leuzinger 80, Baldwin Park 39
Division 2AA
First-round

Ayala 46, Kaiser 32
Division 3AAA
Second round

Damien 54, Citrus Valley 31
Bonita 59, Brea Olinda 44
Pasadena 68, Beaumont 40
Division 3AA
Second-round

South Torrance 68, Los Altos 44
Charter Oak 48, San Marcos 45
Division 3A
Second round

Alemany 90, Azusa 45
Bishop Amat 66, Wilson 61, OT
Atascadero 60, Northview 51
Covina 50, St. Francis 41
Division 4AA
Second round

Serra 75, Workman 24
Saturday
Big-Bear-Banning winner vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 1 p.m.
The Inland Insider was at Chino Hills 57-45 win over Burbank. The Sierra League went 4-0 in the first round.

Tuesday’s second round and quarterfinal games
Division 1A
Second Round

Walnut at Capistrano Valley, 7 p.m.
Vista Murrieta at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Second Round

Leuzinger at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Second Round

Riverside Poly at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Damien at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
St. John Bosco at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Yorba Linda at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat beats Walnut 3-1; Sierra League dominates opening round, St. Lucy’s shocks No. 2 St. Joseph and Ayala, Claremont and Chino Hills win; Diamond Bar and Sierra Vista also advance

By Fred J. Robledo
Walnut girls soccer coach Lorraine Hansen had a few choice words about the officiating and Bishop Amat attacking midfielder April Juarez had a few words about the chippiness following the Lancers’ 3-1 victory over the Mustangs in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer playoffs.

It was the second straight year the defending champion Lancers ended the Mustangs’ season in the first round. It got physical and there were even a pair of players yellow carded after getting tangled and throwing punches.

Juarez, who had a pair of goals and was part of creating the game-clinching goal late, laughed it off.

“They’re fun to play against because they get mad at us because we’re winning and they want to hit us and stuff,” Juarez said of facing Walnut. “It just cracks me up.” (To continue click thread)

Amat–Walnut girls soccer photo gallery

Friday’s First Round Girls Soccer Playoff Results
Division 3
Bonita 4, Oak Hills 1
Chino Hills 1, Flintridge Prep1, Chino Hills advances on PKs
Ayala 3, Sultana 0
Bishop Amat 3, Walnlut 1
Claremont 3, Bishop Montgomery 0
Diamond Bar 2, Arroyo Grande 1
St. Lucy’s 2, St. Joseph 1, OT
Division 6
Garden Grove 5, Duarte 0
Ocean View 7, Nogales 2
Sierra Vista 1, Beaumont 0
Wilson 1, Cate 0
Segerstrom 6, Baldwin Park 0
Loara 1,La Puente 0
Division 7
Rosemead 1, Montebello 1, Rosemead advances on PKs
Arroyo 3, Animo Leadership 0
Viewpoint 5, South El Monte 0

Wednesday’s second round games
Division 3
Bonita at Granite Hills, 3 p.m.
La Mirada at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Quartz Hill, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Yorba Linda, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Serrano at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Mayfair at St. Lucy’s, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Wilson, 3 p.m.
Segrestrom at Ganehsa, 3 p.m.
Oxford Academy at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Arroyo at Citrus Valley, 3 p.m.
Firebaugh at Rosemead, 3 p.m.

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Northview looking to do more damage at CIF-Southern Section wrestling finals this weekend at Brea Olinda

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Fresh off of its second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Division 2 team championship, things will get progressively more difficult this weekend for the Northview High School wrestling team at the Southern Section individual championships.

The Vikings qualified all 14 members of their weight classes, but just how many win titles and/or advance to next week’s Masters meet figures to dwindle sharply, thanks to the strength of the Southern Division.

“These guys have won Five Counties, they’ve had an outstanding season, so they’re one of the best teams we’ve had here,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “I’m going to really honest, the division we’re in is very tough.

“We’re going to have to have really great tournaments or a lot of these guys won’t be wrestling next weekend. It’s a really competitive division.”

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: Bonita’s Brianna Kennedy has big night as Bearcats roll South Hills, 62-29; Diamond Ranch, Bishop Amat, Wilson, Workman and Duarte all advance

By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School sophomore Nikki Wheatley makes the game look so easy with her ball-handling and quickness that you forget the Bearcats have a 6-foot-3 senior center named Brianna Kennedy who is on her way to Loyola Marymount University.
Offensively, Kennedy didn’t do much this year. Not because she couldn’t, she didn’t need to with the speedy Wheatley scoring so much in transition and the Bearcats cruising to the Hacienda League title to earn the second-seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs.
But if Bonita has serious intentions of returning to the divisional championship game for a second straight season, Kennedy will have to be a force, especially in the later rounds against teams with more depth.
That’s why it was especially pleasing for Bonita coach Darren Baumunk to watch Kennedy finish with a game-high 19 points and eight blocks in Bonita’s easy 62-29 first-round victory over neighboring South Hills on Thursday.

Game Story: Wilson girls hangs on for win over La Mirada
Game Story: San Dimas no match for South Pasadena in 59-37 loss.
Game Story: Charter Oak takes care of El Monte in first-round girls hoops win

TONIGHT’S GIRLS BASKETBALL FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Division 3A
Charter Oak 46, El Monte 35
Azusa 25, Estancia 21
Bishop Amat 67, Santa Paula 32
Artesia 52, Gladstone 40
Division 3AAA
Gahr 71, Baldwin Park 27
South Torrance 55, Rowland 44
Arroyo 54, Fullerton 31
Los Amigos 53, Glendora 33
Bonita 62, South Hills 29
Division 3AA
Jurupa Valley 69, Sierra Vista 32
Rosemead 41, West Valley 34
Diamond Ranch 69, El Modena 18
Wilson 49, La Mirada 40
Division 4AA
Harvard-Westlake at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Duarte 70, San Marino 27
Workman 83, Harvard-Westlake 64

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
Division 1A
First round

La Sierra at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
First round

Ayala at Royal, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Thousand Oaks, 7 p.m.
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
First-round

Claremont at Saugus, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Second round

Arroyo Grande at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Los Amigos, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Second round

Rosemead at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Irvine, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Second round

Charter Oak vs. San Dimas at Northview, 7 p.m.
Azusa at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Ocean View at St. Lucy’s, 7 p.m.
Hesperia at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
Second round

Windward at Workman, 7 p.m.
Oaks Christian at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Mountain View magic is back, beats Santiago 4-3 in OT; Damien beats Esperanza 2-0; Mission Valley League champ South El Monte falls, 3-2; La Puente beats Serrano, 3-1

Wilson-La Caada highlights from Star-News staffer Miguel Melendez…

Game Story: La Canada beats Wilson, will host Mountain View on Tuesday in highly anticipated second-round match.
Game Story: Duarte hangs tough with champion El Rancho before falling, 1-0


THURSDAY’S BOYS SOCCER FIRST-ROUND RESULTS
Division 2
Claremont 2, Tustin 1
Indio 3, South Hills 1
Damien 2, Esperanza 0
Division 4
El Rancho 1, Duarte 0
Diamond Ranch 2, St. Genevieve 1
Santa Monica 4, Bonita 0
La Puente 3, Serrano 1
Sierra Vista 2, Beverly Hills 1, OT
Diamond Bar 2, Whittier 1
Oaks Hills 3, Ganesha 2, 2OT
Division 5
Monrovia 1, Baldwin Park 0
Santa Paula 3, South El Monte 2
Mountain View 4, Santiago 3, 2OT
La Canada 3, Wilson 0
Colton 4, Pomona 1

TUESDAY’S SECOND ROUND SCHEDULE
Division 2
Sunny Hills at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Damien at Valley View, 3 p.m.
Division 4
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Cathedral at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Crescenta Valley, 3 p.m.
Salesian at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Mountain View at La Canada, 3 p.m.

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What would happen if Charter Oak and Bishop Amat girls met in the Division 3A playoffs? Wiard would be in a tough spot

The Charter Oak girls basketball team is the ninth seed in the watered-down Division 3A basketball playoffs. Bishop Amat is the third seed. Amat advancing to the championship is a huge possibility while the Chargers are a longshot, but not impossible. But here’s the problem, Richard Wiard is both the athletic director at Charter Oak and the girls basketball coach at Bishop Amat. I don’t mind Wiard having both duties, he’s a coaching legend in these parts and is someone with great character, but this is a tough spot for him to be in. A meeting in the final would be a disaster for Wiard and raise a huge conflict of interest question. Fortunately for Wiard, Charter Oak is on the opposite side of the Division 3A bracket. Wiard can thank CIF for doing so, it would have been a P.R., disaster for Wiard if Amat had to meet Charter Oak in the first or second round. How would that look? There are no CIF rules preventing Wiard from being the AD at one school and a coach at another, but there are always the ethical issues of what happens if they meet, especially in the playoffs, or in this case, the championship. Good scheduling can prevent the two from meeting in a non-league or tournament, but CIF is CIF, Wiard has no control once the brackets are released.

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La Verne Lutheran’s Eric Cooper Jr., breaks and dislocates finger, doubtful for second round; Trojans may not play second round until Saturday because of snow in Big Bear

Where is Gary Vitti when you need him? La Verne Lutheran junior Eric Cooper, Jr., who averages 16 points for the two-time defending state champion Trojans, dislocated and broke the index finger on his right hand (his shooting hand) in the Trojans’ 72-28 win over Marshall and is listed as doubtful for the Trojans’ second-round Division 4 playoff game. “If it was just a dislocation he could play,” Trojans coach Eric Cooper said. “But a break is a different thing. He’s got a splint on it now and we’re going to see a specialist. He wants to play but he hasn’t even caught a ball yet. He’s day to day, we’ll see how it goes.”
Lutheran is scheduled to play the winner of tonight’s first-round game between host Big Bear and Banning on Friday at the University of La Verne at 7 p.m. The Big Bear-Banning game was postponed Wednesday because of snowy conditions and La Verne just got word that tonight’s game might be postponed again until Friday, which would push Lutheran’s second-round game to Saturday. If that happens, Cooper said the Trojans would host the winner at 1 p.m., at the University of La Verne. We’ll keep you posted

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Boys Basketball playoffs: Covina survives Pioneer’s late run, wins 63-58 and Valle Vista goes 3-for-3 with Northviw and Wilson winning; Damien, La Verne Lutheran and Workman win big; Lutheran’s Eric Cooper Jr., dislocates finger


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
COVINA HANGS ON: After scoring just one field goal in the second quarter and clinging to a one-point halftime lead, Covina High School boys basketball coach Will Bissman spoke with his point guard and floor leader Mike Peters and told him to go to work.

That’s exactly what Peters did, scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the third to lead Covina to a 63-58 victory over visiting Pioneer in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs on Wednesday.

Peters scored the Colts’ first four points in the third quarter, then set up Matt Hicks for an easy bucket, then found Nino Harrell open for a corner 3-pointer to go up 41-32 midway through the third to extend the lead. (To continue click thread)

Game Stories
Damien routs El Dorado 57-37
Los Altos holds on to beat Gabrielino 63-61
South Pasadena routs hapless San Dimas, 59-37

WEDNESDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS

Division 3AAA
Damien 57, El Dorado 37
Beverly Hills 61, Arroyo 38
Esperanza 73, South Hills 47
Bonita 80, Cerritos 28
Division 3AA
Agoura 67, Diamond Ranch 66
Torrance 67, Rosemead 48
Los Altos 63, Gabrielino 61
Charter Oak 60, Temescal Canyon 51
Division 3A
Azusa 62, Tahquitz 60
Bishop Amat 50, Santa Paula 36
Wilson 84, Rubidoux 55
South Pasadena 59, San Dimas 37
Santa Margarita 65, La Puente 35
Estancia 44, Gladstone 43 (OT)
Northview 85, Yucca Valley 71
St. Francis 66, Mountain View 33
Division 4AA
Workman 75, Bosco Tech 38
La Verne Lutheran 72, Marshall 29

LUTHERAN UPDATE …
La Verne Lutheran’s University of Arizona bound forward Grant Jerrett scored a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the second-seed Trojans to a 72-29 first round win over Marshall
The Trojans’ Cameron Osorno added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists and McKay Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The news wasn’t all good for the Trojans. Junior Eric Cooper Jr., left the game with a dislocated finger after scoring nine points with four assists and seven rebounds. Cooper will be re-evaluated for the next round.

FRIDAY’S BASKETBALL PLAYOFF LINEUP
Division 1A
First-round games

Diamond Bar at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Burbank at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Yucaipa at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
First-round games
Rowland at Don Lugo, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Second round games

Citrus Valley at Damien, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Brea Olina, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Second-round games

South Torrance at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
San Marcos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Second round games

Alemany at Azusa, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Northview at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Covina at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Second round games

Workman at Serra, 7 p.m.
Big-Bear-Banning winner vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Wild Card: St. Lucy’s Shannon Kent scores game winner, Regents beat Los Altos 1-0; Walnut wins 4-0, sets up rematch at Bishop Amat on Friday

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The rain and poor field conditions didn’t do St. Lucy’s or host Los Altos any favors during Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer wild-card game.
Neither team could muster much through the run of play, both struggling to push through puddles of water to earn clean shots on goal.
St. Lucy’s senior Shannon Kent, known more for her speedy runs and finishes around the goal, took advantage of one of the Regents’ few opportunities in the dying seconds of the first half.
With a loose ball rolling in front of her 20 yards away, Kent drove a right-footed shot that dipped under the crossbar in the 40th minute for the lone goal, giving St. Lucy’s a 1-0 victory. (To continue click thread).

Game Story: Rosemead makes a splash with 2-0 win over Kern Valley.

TODAY’S GIRLS SOCCER RESULTS
Division 3
St. Lucy 1, Los Altos 0
Walnut 4, Cerritos 0
Division 7
South El Monte 4, Cantwell Sacred Heart 0
Rosemead 2, Kern Valley 0
Rolling Hills Prep 1, Gabrielino 0

WE NEED RESULTS: We will post results immediately on the new Prep Scores Results Blog as soon as coaches or representatives from teams call them in. If you look at the Tribune prep sports webpage, you’ll see the blog in the top right corner which will be updated throughout the evening as soon as results are called in or emailed to us. You can call in results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233, 2242 or email results to scores@sgvn.com. I will also post the final scores and update as much as I can throughout the entire playoffs.

FRIDAY’S GIRLS SOCCER FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE
Division 3
Oak Hills at Bonita, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Flintridge Prep, 3 p.m.
Sultana at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Walnlut at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Bishop Montgomery at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Arroyo Grande at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at St. Joseph, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Duarte at Garden Grove, 3 p.m.
Nogales at Ocean View, 3 p.m.
Beaumont at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Cate at Wilson, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Segerstrom, 3 p.m.
Loara at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Rosemead at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Animo Leadership at Arroyo, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Viewpoint, 3 p.m.

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Boys Soccer wild-card: Pasadena beats Los Altos 2-1 even though Bulldogs played a man down; Bonita wins 5-1; Chino Hills loses 2-0

Los Altos falls to Pasadena, 1-0: Every time the Los Altos High School boys soccer team had an opportunity, there stood pesky Pasadena in the way Tuesday afternoon.
Whether it was clearing goals – twice, no less – in the mouth of the goal or scoring on a counter in the second half just before playing a man down nearly the entire second half because of a red-card ejection, the Bulldogs put on quite the tease before making it official with a 2-1 win over the Conquerors in the wild-card round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

TODAY’S BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFF GAMES
Tuesday’s Wild Card results

Division 2
Garden Grove Pacifica 2, Chino Hills 0
Division 4
Duarte 1, Bishop Montgomery 0
Bonita 5, Burbank 1
Pasadena 2, Los Altos 1
Division 5
Arroyo Grande 1, Arroyo 0
Santa Paula 1, Nogales 0
Wilson 0, Malibu 0, Wilson advances on PKs

Boys soccer wild card games kick-off the winter playoff season with Bonita, Arroyo and Nogales all at home, and Chino Hills, Duarte, Los Altos and Wilson on the road. We will post results immediately on the new Prep Scores Results Blog as soon as coaches or representatives from teams call them in. If you look at the Tribune prep sports webpage, you’ll see the blog in the top right corner which will be updated throughout the evening as soon as results are called in or emailed to us. You can call in results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233, 2242 or email results to scores@sgvn.com. I will also post the final scores and update as much as I can throughout the entire playoffs.

Tom Kiss was at Chino Hills’ 2-0 loss at Pacifica. Check out his highlights and postgame interviews.

THURSDAY’S FIRST-ROUND UPDATED
Division 2
Tustin at Claremont, 3 p.m.
South Hills at Indio, 3 p.m.
Esperanza at Damien, 3 p.m.
Division 4
Duarte at El Rancho, 3 p.m.
St. Genevieve at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Bonita at Santa Monica, 3 p.m.
Serrano at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Beverly Hills, 3 p.m.
Whittier at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Ganesha at Oak Hills, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Baldwin Park at Monrovia, 4:30 p.m.
Santa Paula at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Santiago at Mountain View, 3 p.m.
Wilson at La Canada, 3 p.m.
Colton at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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Ayala will not have super attacker Makenzy Doniak for Friday’s first-round playoff game

Ayala High School senior striker Makenzy Doniak, arguably one of the best attacking players in Southern California on her way to the University of Virginia, will not be with the team in Ayala’s Division 3 first-round game at home against Sultana on Friday, Bulldogs coach Jeff Allen said.

Doniak’s sister Kylie Doniak, a senior soccer player at the University of Texas and former Ayala standout, was injured in a hit-and-run car accident while crossing the street near the Texas campus earlier this month.

Kylie Doniak remains in intensive care while battling brain swelling and broken bones, but recently opened her eyes and is moving her fingers, her family said.

Makenzy Doniak left to be with her sister soon after the accident and returned to school on Monday. But Allen said she will return to Texas on Friday to be at her sister’s side.

“It’s obviously been a very difficult time for her and all of us,” Allen said. “She said she might play next week (if Ayala advances), but soccer isn’t as important as the life issues she’s dealing with. I think she’s the best player in California but being with her sister and family is more important. It’s a lot more important than soccer.”

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Northview edges rival West Covina to capture the CIF-Southern California girls wrestling regional crown

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
On the same day the Northview High School boys wrestling team won the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 dual team title, the Northview girls were making history of its own, edging rival West Covina to capture the CIF-Southern California Girls Wrestling Regional at Beaumont High School on Saturday.

Northview’s Vanessa Gomez (103 pounds) was the only individual champion for the Vikings, who won the team title with 242 points to hold off second-place West Covina with 235.
Even though West Covina beat Northview head-to-head in two different finals, it wasn’t enough to lift the Bulldogs past the Vikings in the team competition. (To continue click thread)

Below: Charter Oak junior Savanna Barr, who won the 114 pound division, receiving her medal.

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Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan is a rising star, appearing in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue

Nearly everyone I spoke with doesn’t remember Alex Morgan’s playing days at Diamond Bar High School, which is kind of shocking considering she’s become the face (and body) of women’s soccer. She graduated in 2007 with a Brahmas girls soccer team that was very average, which is shocking watching her play today. We have a reporter in our office that played at Diamond Bar and graduated a few years before Morgan’s playing days and when I asked about Morgan, she said, “She was not a star at all,” at Diamond Bar. Even Diamond Bar AD Kurt Davies had a difficult time explaining her soccer contributions with the Brahmas, so anyone that remembers her high school playing days, please feel free to share your comments. But hey, look at her now, she’s one of the rising stars on the U.S. National team and in today’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. In the name of local news, here’s her swimsuit shot. Don’t get righteous with me for showing it, it’s on virtually every sports website imaginable. Now, will someone get me a one-on-one, someone needs to do a Q&A on our local star. C’mon Davies, get to work on this, obviously you’ve got the connections with this prized picture below….

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Damien is No. 1 in 3AA, but Pasadena and Bonita are capapble of winning titles too

Damien excited about the No. 1 rankings in Division 3AAA. Will they cash it in for the school’s first title?

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Jeremy Hemsley (25) is one of the key players on a Damien team that is seeded No. 1 in the upcoming CIF-SS Division 3AAA playoffs. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)
After winning 24 of 26 games and sweeping the Sierra League this year, the Damien High School boys basketball team sits atop the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA bracket as the No. 1 seed.

The Spartans now have to hope their play over the next few weeks can justify the lofty seeding.

Damien (24-2) will get started at doing just that in Wednesday’s first round when it hosts at-large entry El Dorado (11-16) at 7 p.m.

“We’re ecstatic to be the

No. 1 seed,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “I think that’s a great accomplishment in itself and really shows you we’re consistent throughout the regular season. But to then play a team from a really good league like we do is always a little bit scary.”

Division 1A
Friday’s first-round games

Diamond Bar at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Burbank at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Yucaipa at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Friday’s first-round games

Rowland at Don Lugo, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Wednesday’s first-round games

El Dorado at Damien, 7 p.m.
Beverly Hills at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Esperanza, 7 p.m.
Cerritos at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Wednesday’s first-round games

Diamond Ranch at Agoura, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at Torrance, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wednesday’s first round games

Tahquitz at Azusa, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Santa Paula, 7 p.m.
Rubidoux at Wilson, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Santa Margarita at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Yucca Valley at Northview, 7 p.m.
Pioneer at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Wednesday’s first-round games
Bosco Tech at Workman, 7 p.m.
La Verne Lutheran at Marshall, 7 p.m.
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Girls Basketball Playoffs: No. 3 seed Bishop Amat on the road in the first round; Sierra League champ St. Lucy’s with a bye

Bishop Amat girls are the No. 3 seed but will be on the road in the first round. How does that happen?


By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It’s not often you see a No. 3 seed playing on the road in the first round of the playoffs. But that’s exactly what the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team will be doing Thursday when the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A postseason gets under way.

Amat, which finished out of the money in the difficult Del Rey League, needed an at-large berth to get into the field of 32. But once in, the Lancers’ overall body of work, strength of schedule and maybe a little history resulted in the No. 3 seed.

However, because first-, second- or third-place teams always get the home court over an at-large team, the Lancers (16-11) find themselves at Santa Paula (12-12) on Thursday.

“I think people recognized that we played a pretty tough schedule,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “The lowest-ranked team that we lost to, when I looked it up the other day, was ranked 37th in the state.

“We took it on the chin in league a few times, but I think in terms of our strength of schedule, that’s why we were able to get seeded third.”

Division 1A
Saturday’s first-round games

La Sierra at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Saturday’s first-round games

Ayala at Royal, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Thousand Oaks, 7 p.m.
Redlands East Valley at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Saturday’s first-round games

Claremont at Saugus, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Thursday’s first-round games

Charter Oak at El Monte, 7 p.m.
San Dimas bye
Azusa at Estancia, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s bye
Bishop Amat at Santa Paula, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Artesia, 7 p.m.
Covina bye.
Division 3AAA
Thursday’s first-round

Baldwin Park at Gahr, 7 p.m.
Rowland at South Torrance, 7 p.m.
Fullerton at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Los Amigos, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Thursday’s first round

Jurupua Valley at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
West Valley at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
El Modena at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
La Mirada at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Thursday’s first-round

Harvard-Westlake at Workman, 7 p.m.
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m.
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