Could Northview wrestling win a state title? No area team has done it since South Hills in 1981 and none from Southern Section since Calvary Chapel in 2001; This weekend’s Masters is crucial


Above: Northview’s Vincent Parra, top, beating Arroyo’s Jonathan Atherton in last week’s 106-pound final in the CIF-SS Southern Division individual championships, is one of 11 Vikings qualifiers at this weekend’s Masters Meet in Temecula. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

If Northview does well at this weekend’s Masters, Vikings could have shot at school’s first state title, and first since South Hills pulled the feat in 1981

By Steve Ramirez, staff writer
It’s been 31 years since an area wrestling team won a CIF State championship.

Northview High School, trying to become the first since South Hills in 1981, could take a big step this weekend when the Vikings, fresh off two record-setting weekends, compete at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet, scheduled for today and Friday at Temecula Valley High School.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. each day, with the final rounds slated for 2-5 p.m. on Saturday. The top nine in each of 14 weight classes advance to the CIF State championships, scheduled for next weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

The story this weekend will be the Vikings, who with 11 qualifiers, six who won divisional titles last week, have a shot to compete for the state title if a bulk of the contingent, which includes No. 1 seeds Bryan Salinas (145 pounds) and Javier Arellano (152), advance. (To continue click thread)

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La Verne Lutheran facing Southern Section giants in Division 4AA Final Four, beginning with Crespi tonight at the University of La Verne

“We are well aware of Grant. We will focus on him at practice. If we come out like we did tonight, it will be a close game. Our mentality is to hit the other team in the mouth before they hit us. We will come out intense and play good defense.” Crespi point guard London Perrantes on facing Grant Jerrett and La Verne Lutheran.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
In the past four years the La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team has won two CIF-Southern Section divisional titles and back-to-back state championships in Division 5 and 3, respectively.

But what the second-seed Trojans (23-6) face in trying to win their third section title by advancing to tonight’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA semifinal against Crespi (23-6) at the University of La Verne at 7 p.m., might be their most difficult challenge of all.

The Division 4AA bracket is arguably the toughest in the Southern Section, which includes top-seed Serra taking on fourth-seed Price in the other semifinal.
Crespi, a fourth-place team from the extremely difficult Mission League, knocked off third-seed Bishop Montgomery 73-67 in the quarterfinals and the Celts have impressive wins on the resume over Price, Alemany, Harvard-Westlake and Loyola.

“Look at some of teams already eliminated in our division too, Windward, Harvard-Westlake and Oaks Christian,” Trojans coach Eric Cooper Sr., said. “There are a lot of teams that have won CIF championships the last few years in our division. It is what it is, you have to play great to win it.” (To continue click thread).

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Dicks Sports Goods Preseason Baseball tournament begins with Damien at Bonita on Friday at 5 p.m., and a ton of games on Saturday

The Dicks Sporting Goods Preseason Baseball tournament begins on Friday with a dozzy, Damien at Bonita at 5 p.m.. The rest of the schedule is posted here and I will update scores as soon as I can. 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 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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Weekend playoff schedule is set, Girls Soccer leads the way; Bishop Amat hosting Covina is headliner on Saturday

BOYS BASKETBALL
Friday’s Semifinals
Division 4AA

Crespi vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER
Friday’s Quarterfinals
Division 3

Bonita at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Placentia Valencia vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien, 3 p.m.
Division 6
San Dimas at Loara, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista at South Pasadena, 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Saturday’s Semifinals
Division 3AAA

Arroyo Grande at Bonita, 6 p.m.
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch at Alemany, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Covina at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO
Saturday’s Championship at William Woollett, Irvine
Division 5

Bonita vs. Temescal Canyon, 11:40 a.m.

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Girls Water Polo semifinals: Bonita beat Redlands East Valley 10-9 in sudden death overtime; Arroyo Grande beats St. Lucy’s 7-6

Division 5 Semifinals
Bonita 10, Redlands East Valley 9, sudden death overtime

For the second consecutive season Redlands East Valley’s girls water polo team proved it was good enough to play for a CIF-Southern Section championship.

But for the second season in a row the Wildcats were denied that opportunity.

And again by the same team as Division 5 top seed Bonita advanced to the championship game with a sudden-death, 10-9 victory over the Wildcats at Mt. San Antonio College.

“It’s a shame that only one of these teams gets to play for the championship,” Bonita coach Andy Rosenberg said. “Redlands East Valley is a great team and they really deserve to play for the championship.”

Division 3 Semifinals
Arroyo Grande 7, St. Lucy’s 6

St. Lucy’s Priory held a 4-0 lead in Wednesday’s CIF-SS Division 3 girls water polo semifinals with 2:30 left in the first half at the William Woollett Aquatics Center.

But Arroyo Grande forward Katie Sverchek scored twice in 30 seconds to close the gap to 4-2 at halftime and the momentum drastically changed in the Eagles’ favor.

Kelsey Docouto’s deflected goal with 1:16 left in the game broke a tie and Arroyo Grande shocked St. Lucy’s 7-6 to move on to Saturday’s final against top-seeded Murrieta Valley.

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: Covina and Bishop Amat steamroll to semifinals, will meet on Saturday at Amat; Bonita and Diamond Ranch win too

Some of it was great defense and some of it was visiting La Canada missing open shot after open shot.

But in the end, Covina High School’s first trip to the Final Four in the school’s history was well deserved as the Colts steamrolled the Spartans in the second half to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A girls basketball semifinals with a 51-25 victory over the Spartans.

Covina (25-3), the second seed in the division, will face area juggernaut and third-seed Bishop Amat (19-11), a 54-30 winner over St. Joseph, at Bishop Amat in Saturday’s semifinal at 7 p.m.

Game Story: What was trending like a game that may come down to the final possession turned into anything but that for the Bonita High School girls basketball team Wednesday night.
The Bearcats played arguably their best five-minute stretch of the season and it was enough to avoid the need for any late dramatics as they put away visiting Agoura with a 53-45 win in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs.

Game Story: The third-seeded Diamond Ranch High School girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals for the third consecutive year with a 43-34 win over Palos Verdes in Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA quarterfinals.

Basketball Roundup leading with Amat’s win: The Lancers (19-11), opening a first-quarter lead of 17-2, advanced behind the play of Leeah Powell, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Paulina Santana contributed 11 points and Janae Chamois had 10 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Wednesday’s second and quarterfinal results
Division 1A
Second round

Temecula Valley 57, Diamond Bar 33
Division 2AA
Second round

Ventura 62, Chino Hills 22
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Bonita 53, Agoura 45
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Diamond Ranch 43, Palos Verdes 34
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Oak Park 64, Charter Oak 29
Atascadero 60, St. Lucy’s 55
Bishop Amat 54, Lakewood St. Joseph 30
Covina 51, La Canada 25

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Area teams go undefeated in D-3, Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s, Bishop Amat, Claremont, Bonita, Ayala and Chino Hills all win; San Dimas and Sierra Vista advance too

San Dimas Jeanette Jimenez enjoys playoff ride in Saints’ 10-0 win

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
After scoring three goals in San Dimas’ easy 10-0 victory over visiting Oxford Academy in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer playoffs, senior midfielder Jeanette Jimenez walked off with an ice pack on her knee, a reminder that she wasn’t part of the Saints team that reached the divisional final a year ago.

Jimenez, who will play at USC next fall, is magic in the midfield with the ball at her feet, but she hasn’t been around to showcase her skills since arriving as a talented freshman.
Jimenez was injured in league as a sophomore and missed the playoffs, and tore her ACL last year, cheering her teammates on the sidelines as they were eliminated in the championship game.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve got to experience this and I’m giving it 110 percent,” Jimenez said. “This is it for a lot of us. We’ve got a lot of seniors and we’re determined to get back to the championship and finish the job.”

Inland Insider Highlights and Reaction: The Chino Hills Huskies defeated the La Mirada Matadors 4-1 in a CIF Division 3 Girls soccer game at Chino Hills. After taking an early 1-0 lead the Matadors held the Huskies till the 60th minute when a defensive mixup allowed Kara Tabita from CH give them a 2-0 lead. It got close, at 2-1 but Ashley Gonzales scored 2 goals in the final 8 minutes to help the Huskies move on into the Quarter finals.

GIRLS SOCCER
Wednesday’s second round results
Division 3
Bonita 3, Granite Hills 2
Chino Hills 4, La Mirada 1
Ayala 2, Quartz Hill 0
Bishop Amat 3, Yorba Linda 1
Claremont 2, Pasadena Poly 0
Diamond Bar 2, Serrano 1
St. Lucy’s 4, Mayfair 1
Division 6
Sierra Vista 5, Wilson 1
Segerstrom 4, Ganesha 0
San Dimas 10, Oxford Academy 0
Division 7
Citrus Valley 8, Arroyo 1
Firebaugh 3, Rosemead 3 (Firebaugh advances, 2-1 on penalties)

Division 3 Quarterfinals
Friday’s matchups

Bonita at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Placentia Valencia vs. St. Lucys at Damien, 3 p.m.

PREGAME: If there is anything to be learned from winter sports, it’s that area girls soccer is the strongest of all. There is a really good chance of area domination in Division 3. I will not be surprised at all if area D-3 teams go 7-for-7, which would set up a wild quarterfinal and finish over the next two weeks. But then again, picking favorites in soccer is no gimmie when games are decided by one or two goals. But still, the area is in good shape and the Sierra League could send all four to the quarterfinals and if Bishop Amat wins too, you have a great quarterfinal match-up of Amat and Ayala, a rematch from last year’s championship, on Friday. One of the intriguing area games today is Wilson hosting Sierra Vista in D-6 and last year’s D-6 finalist San Dimas against Oxford Academy which will be played at Bonita. D-7 is so watered down that I love Rosemead and Arroyo’s chances of going on a deep run, which is why girls soccer will appear so dominant. There is the potential for three CIF champions in the seven divisions. But today is crucial, we’ll see what’s left and I need all of your help, there are far too many games to cover. Send me your updates on sgvtribpreps@twitter so I can retweet scores and update the blog. And coaches, please, please, call us with your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email to scores @sgvn.com. Some parents have emailed wondering why we’re not writing up certain games in the paper, the answer is as simple as we get no calls from head coaches. As you can see, there are lots of games today, so we need help. I have not seen San Dimas this year and will be at its game today tweeting updates. I also chose San Dimas for practical reasons, I need to cover La Canada-Covina girls basketball tonight, and this allows me to write my story, post scores and get to Covina in time for the game. For all other results, we need your help. By the quarterfinals, we should be able to cover most games. Good luck tonight.

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You remember Jelani Gardner, right? Why is he in hot water coaching 7 and 8 year olds?

“I never cursed in front of kids, I never threatened a referee. It’s unbelievable how someone who feels threatened by you because we’re in the same business, (basketball training) can create lies and it be released in the news…How can you have violated league rules and never received a technical foul?? How can you be suspended by the league, when the board is full of family and friends of the opposing coaches?? Not one of my parents complained, every complaint was from the board or a parent from the opposing team. What a joke the wcyl is, it’s sad because this lack of professionalism and lack of basic basketball knowledge is seting our youth up for failure. they’re kids depending on adults to teach them the correct way, the same as a first or second grade teacher. Because the leaders of the league, Carlos Ayon, and Tom Fraijo played middle school basketball. they have the responsibility of setting the foundation for the city of WC?? Ignorance is Bliss!”A comment from Jelani Gardner in the comment thread of this story, which is our number one read topic today, check it out.

You remember Jelani Gardner don’t you? Bishop Amat and St. John Bosco phenom. Star at Cal Berkeley. He’s also a resident of West Covina coaching 7 & 8 year olds in the West Covina Youth Basketball League.This is an interesting read, apparently Gardner has been suspended for one year for allegedly using profanity and arguing with referee’s, yet he’s never even received a technical in a game and denies the use of profanity. Is this parents over-reacting to an isolated incident?
Is this one or two parents of kids who probably aren’t playing much making a bigger issue than this needs to be? Or is Gardner truly too much for 7 and 8 year olds? Gardner complains in the story about the league’s rule of not allowing players to double team a star player, saying the league is teaching them the wrong way to play basketball, which I completely agree with. Who makes rules like that and for what reason? In any case, read the comments portion of the story, makes me believe this is another case of one or two trouble-making parents over-reacting more than a coach who is over-bearing. What I also found interesting was listening to our reporter who covered the recent board meeting related to Gardner. She said it was so passionate and loud it was frightening. Maybe the parents can set a better example by discussing instead of shouting because I’ll tell you what, I’ve been to plenty of youth and high school games, and the people in the stands or sidelines are usually far worse than the coaches they complain about. Your thoughts?

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Boys Hoops Playoffs: Elimination night in the SGV, Damien, Bonita, Glendora, Chino Hills, Walnut, Charter Oak, Ayala, Covina and Bishop Amat all lose; Two-time state champion La Verne Lutheran lone survivor in Friday’s semifinals

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
It wasn’t exactly shock and awe, but the Pasadena High School boys basketball team came close to it.

With precision, speed and execution, the second-seeded Bulldogs blitzed Bonita in the first quarter to end on a 15-3 run, en route to a 64-50 win Tuesday night in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs.

Pasadena (22-7) will host Beverly Hills (20-9) in Friday’s semifinals at Muir.
Bonita (25-5) had no answer for the Bulldogs in the first quarter, succumbing to their pressure that resulted in nine first-quarter turnovers. The Bearcats finished with 19 turnovers.

Pasadena led 22-7 after the first, and although Bonita, which trailed by as many as 19, made a valiant second-half run it never closed the gap under 10. (To continue click thread)

TUESDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS
Division 1A
Second Round

Capistrano Valley 58, Walnut 39
Vista Murrieta 69, Chino Hills 68
Division 2A
Second Round

Leuzinger 68, Glendora 59
Division 2AA
Second Round

Riverside Poly 44, Ayala 42
Division 3AAA
Quarterfinals

Arroyo Grande 50, Damien 43
Pasadena 65, Bonita 50
Division 3A
Quarterfinals

Alemany 68, Bishop Amat 37
St. John Bosco 68, Covina 35
Division 3AA
Quarterfinals

Yorba Linda 45, Charter Oak 28
Division 4AA
Quarterfinals

La Verne Lutheran 50, Oaks Christian 48

Friday’s Division 4AA semifinal
Crespi vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.

Glendora can’t match Leuzinger from distance
By Fred J. Robledo
Glendora shot the ball well from distance against visiting Leuzinger during Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2A second-round boys basketball playoff.

But Leuzinger stroked it better, nailing 10 three-pointers and hitting clutch three’s at the end of the half and third quarter and rode that momentum to a 68-59 victory to eliminate Glendora from the playoffs.

Fourth-seed Leuzinger (23-5) advances to Friday's quarterfinals against either Dominguez or Elsinore while the Tartans finish the season 20-10.
"They had a couple of those daggers that hurt us," Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. "They're so explosive and they shoot so many three's that we knew that could happen.

"They're kind of like us in that we shoot a lot of three's to go ahead. But they hit some big shots, particularly at the end of quarters."

Leuzinger's Eric Childress finished with a game-high 23 points and Eric Simms finished with 18. Both Childress and Simms nailed five 3-pointers each, and they needed all of them because the Tartans hit a bunch of long shots too.

Glendora's Kyle Gordon drained five 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 17 points and Wesley Burke and Alex Pink each had 12 points as the Tartans drained nine 3-pointers in all -- they just couldn't match the Olympians in the big moments.

After trailing by five points early in the second quarter, the Tartans scored seven straight points to take a 29-22 lead, but Childress hit a long 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the Tartans' lead to 29-25 at the break.

Gordon scored the first eight points of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers to give the Tartans their biggest lead, 37-28.

But the Olympians quieted the crowd with a 13-0 run to go up 41-27.
Glendora regained the momentum by scoring six quick points punctuated with Burke's 3-pointer. But Simms ended the quarter with a 3-pointer just past midcourt to give Leuzinger the momentum again and a 44-43 lead heading into the final quarter.

"Those six points (at the end of the second and third quarters) really hurt and we didn't play a good fourth quarter at all," LeDuc said. "They increased the pressure in the fourth quarter and we didn't respond.

"They really are a fine team, they're fast and shoot the ball well and they did both in the fourth quarter."

Leuzinger seized control by going on a 9-2 run to open the fourth to take a 53-45 lead.
Pink's dunk trimmed the Olympians' lead to 55-52, but Childress answered with another 3-pointer to go back up 58-52.

It was one of those nights. Every time it looked like the Tartans might make a push, the Olympians answered with a big shot.

It was a tough way for the Tartans to end.

They had big expectations when the season began, but injuries hampered them throughout the season and 6-foot-5 junior Nick Colletta, their leading scorer from a year ago, was not available for the playoffs because of lingering back issues.

"With all the bad luck we had with injuries, we still won 20 games and we had a great group of guys that really played well together and got along," LeDuc said. "So, overall, it was a really good year considering everything. I'm really proud of them. We had some seniors step up and play well, that's all you can ask for."
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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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