St. Lucy’s beats South Hills, 6-5, in 9-inning Sierra League thriller …

Shannon Kent scored the winning run (this wasn’t it) in the 9th as St. Lucy’s beat South Hills.

St. Lucy’s 6, South Hills 5, 9 inn.:
What can I say? It was a Sierra League thriller. Brandi Harkness delivered the game-winning single to score Shannon Kent in the bottom of the ninth to give the Regents the win in their Sierra League opener. South Hills is now 0-2 in league, but had this game won 5-4 in the eighth and saw it get tied up on an error on what should have been an easy ground out to win/end the game.

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Bonita bats come up big in 8-2 win over Los Altos

Tyler Heslop deposited a ball over the left-field fence in Bonita’s six-run fifth.

Bonita 8, Los Altos 2:
Bonita turned a 2-1 lead in the fifth into an 8-2 rout of Los Altos after scoring six times in the fifth before the Conqs recorded an out. Justin Garza went the distance for the Bearcats and took a one-hitter into the seventh before allowing two hits and a run in that inning while earning his fourth win of the season. Both teams entered Thursday’s action tied with Diamond Bar for first place in the Hacienda League with 2-0 records.

For photog Keith Birmingham’s gallery from Thursday’s game, please go HERE.

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St. Lucy’s Big Four of O’Toole, Swan, Mavridis and Harkness want to finish senior year with titles

From left, St. Lucy’s softball standouts Laura Swan, Danielle O’Toole, Danielle Mavridis and Brandi Harkness are hoping for a big finish to their senior seasons. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
The St. Lucy’s Priory softball foursome of Danielle O’Toole, Brandi Harkness, Danielle Mavridis and Laura Swan have gotten just about everything they’ve wanted out of their athletic careers. But something’s still missing.

Actually, two things. The first is a Sierra League championship and the second is a CIF championship. Beginning Friday, the quartet that has played together for the past 3 1/2 seasons will start a quest for championship glory when they and the rest of the Regents host South Hills in the Sierra League opener for both teams.

“Since this is our last run, it’s kind of upsetting and bittersweet,” O’Toole said. “It’s the last chance we have for a CIF title. The last chance we have for a league title. It’s probably the last chance for the school for a while to make something really big of the program.”

O’Toole and her three senior teammates who have been fixtures at their respective positions since their freshman seasons all will be playing at the next level at this time next year. Meanwhile, the next generation of St. Lucy’s softball hopefuls will have the difficult task of carrying on. (To continue click thread)

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Aram posted sad news for all of us, our beloved Big Bob passed away Wednesday evening …

Duarte/Monrovia area fixture “Big Bob” died in his sleep at home early Wednesday evening at age 52.

Big Bob, whose real name was Henry Clark, was best known in recent years for becoming one of Monrovia’s biggest football fans. He made appearances this past season on this website’s PrepXtra Live show as an outspoken Wildcats fan.

Here is Big Bob talking with us on PrepXtra Live in November. He joins us just after the 30-minute mark…I miss him already, can still hear him screaming, “That’s Baby Ball.” He loved to call and talk football and his infectious personality is why I enjoyed our conversations so much

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Baseball Final: South Hills 7, Chino Hills 3

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN,
As far as South Hills High School baseball coach Kevin Smith is concerned, no lead is safe enough in the Sierra League.

Even after Adrian De Horta’s three-run homer to left in the second inning staked South Hills to a seven-run lead, Smith didn’t start breathing easier until the Huskies walked away with a 7-3 victory over visiting Chino Hills on Wednesday.

“Chino Hills swings the bat so well you can’t relax,” Smith said. “You never know in this game, not until you get that final out.” (To continue click thread).

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Could Sierra League football wind up in the Southwest Division? Read what Orange County Register’s Steve Fryer has to say

From the O.C. Register: The Southwest Division’s counter-proposal, presented during the appeals process, stated that if the Sunset must leave the Pac-5 Division, which according to the CIF-SS recommendation would be replaced in the Pac-5 by the San Fernando Valley-based Marmonte League, that a move of the Sunset to the Inland Division would be a better competitive fit. The Southwest leagues would be willing to accept a corresponding move of the Sierra League, made up mostly of east Los Angeles County schools, to the Southwest Division for football playoffs.

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