La Verne Lutheran and Bishop Amat hoping to survive second round of state playoffs

It’s easy to look at tonight’s CIF State Division IV second-round boys basketball playoff game between Central Valley Christian of Visalia and La Verne Lutheran High School as anything other than a battle of two Pacific-12 Conference-bound standouts.

Central Valley Christian is led by 6-foot-8 forward Grant Verhoeven, who will play at Stanford next season. Lutheran, of course, features 6-10 forward Grant Jerrett, who will play at Arizona.

They figure to put on quite a show tonight at the University of La Verne. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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Softball: Host San Dimas to face La Canada in tourney title today at 2 p.m.

San Dimas High School came from behind in the fifth and final inning to defeat West Covina 4-3 in the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament Friday night.

The Saints (4-1) will play La Canada for the championship at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

The Saints have finished second twice but have never won their own tournament.

Junior pitcher Bethie Celaya singled with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth to drive in Deenah San Luis and Janell Wheaton with the tying and winning runs.

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New Football Divisions proposed for 2012-14; plus division realignment for all sports on CIF Website

CIF-SS Playoff Division Group Proposals for all sports for 2012-14
Here’s a quick glimpse of football with Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League remaining in the Mid-Valley, but it’s much tougher with the Alpha League and powers Paraclete and Sierra Canyon. The Sierra League with Charter Oak, South Hills and Damien remained in the Inland and West Covina surprisingly stays in the Southeast along with the Hacienda. However, the addition of the San Gabriel Valley League and Dominguez makes the Southeast a little stronger, but it’s still West Covina’s division to dominate. The Montview drops to the Northwest, is that finally a more winnable division for La Puente, Azusa and others? Check out the proposals for all the sports and let us know what you think.

2012-14 Football Playoff Division Proposals
Mid-Valley: Almont, Alpha, Mission Valley, Rio Hondo, Valle Vista
Inland: Baseline, Sierra, Big VIII, Citrus Belt, Southwestern
Southeast: Hacienda, Del Rio, Pacific, San Gabriel Valley, Suburban
Pac-5: Marmonte, Moore, Serra, South Coast, Trinity
Northwest: Montview, Del Rey, Olympic,Pioneer, Tri Valley

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Girls Soccer State Playoffs: St. Lucy’s loses 4-3 in PKS after a 2-2 tie; Amat beats Cathedral 3-2 in sudden death overtime

CIF-State Southern California Regional Playoffs
Girls Soccer Division II
Today’s Results

Santa Margarita 2, St. Lucy’s 2, Santa Margarita advances on PKs, 4-3
Bishop Amat 3, San Diego Cathedral Catholic 2, overtime
Championship: Saturday at Warren High in Downey, 10:30 a.m.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
SANTA ANA – While St. Lucy’s thrilling comeback ended in a heartbreaking 4-3 penalty-kick loss to top seed Santa Margarita after the Regents scored twice in the final 12 minutes to force overtime and tie the score, 2-2, Bishop Amat was mounting a rally of its own in San Diego during separate CIF-State Southern California Region Division II girls soccer semifinals on Thursday.

Bishop Amat junior Kathleen Zamora, who scored the game-tying goal against second-seed Cathedral Catholic in the 70th minute to force overtime, also scored the game winner in the fifth minute of sudden death to lift the Lancers (26-4-4) to a 3-2 victory over Cathedral to advance to Saturday’s championship against Santa Margarita (18-5-1) at Warren High School in Downey at 10:30 a.m.

St. Lucy’s came close to meeting Amat in Saturday’s final, but fell behind 2-0 after giving up two goals in the final ten minutes of the first half to the Eagles’ Kennedy Kraft (30th minute) and Samantha Trenary (35th). Earlier in the half, St. Lucy’s missed a breakaway and header at the back post in a half they clearly dominated except for the final ten minutes.

The Regents kept forcing the issue in the second half and finally cut the Eagles’ lead to 2-1 when Kennedy Lanier headed home Victoria Camaj’s corner kick in the 68th minute. Then after St. Lucy’s missed another breakaway, Shannon Kent sent the game into overtime with a goal in the 72nd minute to tie the score, 2-2.

But the Regents, who defeated Clovis North in penalty kicks in the first round on Tuesday, missed two PKs and lost, 4-3.

“It’s heartbreaking but I’m really proud of our girls,” said St. Lucy’s coach Andy Placentia, whose team finished 22-12-1. “We made two big mistakes in the first half but we kept believing in each other, that was the message at halftime and that’s what got us back in the game.

“It’s always tough to lose in PKs, but I”m really proud of them for fighting. Most teams would have folded up.”

After Yazmin Montoya scored to give Amat a 1-0 lead, Cathedral tied the score in the 45th minute and took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half on a Montoya own goal.

But Zamora came to the rescue.

After Zamora finished a through ball from April Juarez to tie the score 2-2 in the 70th, freshman Jamie Peters beat a defender and fed Zamora for the game-winning finish five minutes into sudden death.

After losing in last week’s CIF-SS Division 3 final to Claremont 2-0, the Lancers have an opportunity to finish with another title after winning last year’s CIF-SS Division 3 title.

“Sometimes you have to be lucky and good,” Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “We went down but we kept fighting and now we have a chance to hang another banner. Hopefully we won’t let this opportunity slip by us again.”
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St.Lucy’s semifinal photo gallery

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Award season: Your thoughts on boys/girls basketball coach of the year/players of the year

I’ll start asking about other sports in the coming days as we’re in the process of selecting all area teams for the winter sports, so let’s start with boys and girls hoops. Aram and I had a heated/fun exchange over coaching selections, so I would love to hear your thoughts on boys and girls basketball coach of the year and players of the year for boys and girls?

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The stage is set, Bonita and Justin Garza’s 19-game winning streak on the line in Saturday’s championship against South Hills at Jay Littleton Field in Ontario, 7 p.m.

Today’s games
Bonita 7, La Puente 2
South Hills 5, West Covina 0
Final: Bonita vs. South Hills at Jay Littleton Field, Ontario, Saturday at 7 p.m.

By Fred J. Robledo
The stage is set for Saturday night.

With Bonita High School’s 7-2 victory over La Puente in the semifinals of the Dicks Sporting Goods preseason tournament, the Bearcats advance to Saturday’s championship where Cal State Fullerton-bound pitcher Justin Garza will go for his 19th straight win dating back to his sophomore year.

Bonita will face South Hills, a 5-0 winner over crosstown rival West Covina in the Dicks Sporting Goods championship at Jay Littleton Field in Ontario at 7 p.m.

Littleton Field is where they filmed the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

“We’re hoping to get a good crowd,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “Any time you can get people to show up and get excited about a game, that’s what you want. We figure there will be a playoff atmosphere and that’s something you can draw back on later in the season.”

South Hills pitcher Kevin McKelvey pitched his second straight complete-game shutout in the win over West Covina.

South Hills coach Kevin Smith says his team is looking forward to the challenge of facing Garza.
“It’s always good when you get to go against a quality pitcher,” Smith said. “He’s one of the elite pitchers of the Valley, it’s a great test.”

Knott and Northview coach Darren Murphy, who are co-directors of the tournament, moved the championship from Bonita to Littleton Field because of the bleachers and fan-friendly setting.

“It shows that those two (Murphy and Knott) have a lot of class,” Smith said. “(John) could have easily had another home game but they did what they thought was right for the fans who will have a chance to sit down in nice seats and enjoy the game. Hopefully we get a good turnout.”

Bonita punched its ticket to the final by jumping all over La Puente in the first inning.

After Garza singled home Thomas Castro from third, Anthony Gonzalez belted a double with the bases loaded to drive in two more runs. After Tyler Heslop’s fly out scored Jacob Blunt, the Bearcats led 4-0.

“That’s the goal, to score early,” Knott said. “Any time you wait your first-round through the order (to score runs) which is easy to do, it’s already the fourth inning and the pressure mounts.
“We talk about that all the time, to come out, try to score first and set the tone and dictate the tempo.”

La Puente didn’t do itself any favors by squandering the lead runner in the first four innings.
After the Warriors’ Michael Patini led off the first with a double, he was picked off by Bearcats starter Parker Merritt, who got the win and pitched four scoreless innings.

La Puente’s lead runner was doubled-up in the second inning, caught stealing in the third and a double play ended any threat in the fourth.

“We made a lot of mental mistakes today,” Warriors coach John Hermosillo said. “The first couple innings we ran ourselves out of the game. We fought hard and made it 4-2, but we let some big opportunities get away from us early.”

Ethan Etchebarren’s single scored Ryan Franco from third and Patini’s fielder’s choice grounder scored Cody Hrey from third to cut Bonita’s lead to 4-2 in the fifth. La Puente kept plugging away and loaded the bases, but Luis Jacobo’s ground out ended the inning.

After Garza drove home his second run in the fifth to extend the Bearcats’ lead to 5-2, Justin Row hit a two-run homer in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Below: Bonita and South Hills will play at Jay Littleton Field where they filmed “A League of Their Own.”

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Bishop Amat bullies its way past Bonita 41-30; La Verne Lutheran rolls past Ontario Christian, 80-50

CIF-State Southern California Regional Playoffs
Saturday’s second-round

Division IV Boys
Visalia Central Valley Christian vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.
Division III Girls
Bishop Amat at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.

Bishop Amat-Bonita photo gallery

Amat wins: Of all the matchup advantages to be found on the court in Wednesday’s CIF State Division III first-round playoff game between the Bonita and Bishop Amat high school girls basketball teams, the biggest one turned out to be the heart of Lancers forward Leeah Powell.
Powell, who is 5-foot-5 but plays much bigger than that, scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter, to lift Amat to a 41-30 win over the visiting Bearcats.

Lutheran wins: It’s not often a CIF Southern California Regional playoff game is a warmup for later rounds, but that was the case Wednesday night for La Verne Lutheran when it took on Ontario Christian at the University of La Verne.
The Trojans (24-7) used a combined 43 points in limited action from their University of Arizona-bound seniors Eric Cooper and Grant Jerrett to easily dispatch of Ontario Christian, 80-50 in a Division IV first-round game.

Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard and forward Leeah Powell discuss Amat’s 41-30 victory over Bonita in Wednesday’s CIF-State Southern California Region Division 3 first-round.

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Glendora’s Taylor Langdon leads Tartans into San Dimas tournament semifinals

The Glendora High School girls softball team got timely hitting and solid pitching to defeat Northview 4-2 in pool play of the San Dimas Tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

The game was shortened to 5 1/2 innings due to the 90-minute time limit for tournament games.

The win clinched their pool and moved the Tartans (3-1), sixth in the Tribune’s preseason rankings, into the semifinals Friday at 3:15 or 5:15 p.m. against a team to be determined.


Alta Loma 8, Nogales 7
Whittier Christian 10, South El Monte 1
Glendora 9, Bonita 5
Charter Oak 10, Burbank 6
Glendora 4, Northview 2
La Canada 7, Nogales 2
San Dimas 7, Walnut 2
West Covina 1, Chaffey 0
Bonita vs Northview at Las Flores Park, 3:15
Alta Loma vs La Canada at San Dimas, 5:15

Friday’s Semifinals
Glendora vs. TBA

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Girls Soccer State Playoffs: Bishop Amat beats Coronado, 2-1; St. Lucy’s wins in PKs; Claremont loses 1-0

Bishop Amat defeated San Diego Coronado 2-1 behind first-half goals from Yazmin Montoya and April Juarez. Coronado scored on a PK early in the second half and nearly tied it in the dying minutes, but the Lancers move on to the second round of the CIF-State Southern California Division II Regional Soccer Playoffs at San Diego Cathedral on Thursday at 4 p.m. Cathedral beat Amat 4-1 in December……Aliso Niguel defeated Claremont 1-0 to advance in the Division I playoffs. Alexia Latkins scored the lone goal of for the Wolverines. Claremont took 10 shots on goal, but couldn’t knock one in. The Pack got a nice effort from keeper Drew Williams with six saves. Sorry we don’t have info on St. Lucy’s, we tried calling.

Bishop Amat game story: For the second year in a row, the Bishop Amat girls soccer team is headed to the semifinals of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division II playoffs. This time it’s courtesy of a 2-1 victory over visiting Coronado of San Diego on Tuesday afternoon.

CIF-State Southern California Regional Playoffs
Girls soccer
Division 1
Tuesday’s results

Aliso Niguel 1, Claremont 0

Division 3
Tuesday’s results

Santa Margarita 7, Cate 0
St. Lucy’s 0, Clovis North 0, St. Lucy’s advances in PKs
Bishop Amat 2, Coronado 1
Cathedral Catholic 3, Citrus vValley 0

Division 3 Semifinals
Thursday’s games

St. Lucy’s (21-11-2) vs. Santa Margarita (17-5-3) at Santa Ana Bowl, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat (25-4-4-) at San Diego Cathedral Catholic (17-6-5), 4 p.m.
Championship on Saturday at Warren High in Downey, 10:30 a.m.

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La Puente breaks with tradition, retires quarterback Anthony Calvillo’s No. 13 jersey

La Puente High retires Calvillo’s No. 13, but CFL’s top passer still going strong at 39

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Anthony Calvillo gave La Puente High School plenty of reasons to break its long-standing tradition of not retiring former athlete’s numbers. Over 70,000, in fact.

On Monday afternoon before a packed gymnasium, the school did just that by retiring Calvillo’s No. 13 jersey while he was surrounded by family and old friends.

Calvillo, a 1990 graduate of La Puente, became professional football’s all-time leader in passing yards last season as a member of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. He has 73,412 career passing yards.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know they were going to retire my number until yesterday (Sunday),” Calvillo said. “Then you find out it’s the first number to be retired here at the school, and it’s very heartwarming to see where you came from and that people are still very aware of what you’re doing.

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Bonita’s Justin Garza keeps on winning

Work ethic and dedication are keys to success for Bonita High pitcher Garza

By Fred J. Robledo

Beyond the unbelievable stats and the circus atmosphere of scouts that follow Bonita High School pitcher Justin Garza is what coach John Knott’s Cal State Fullerton-bound senior does when nobody is watching.

Garza, already 2-0 this season after back-to-back wins in the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament, is coming off a year in which he went 13-0 with a 0.51 ERA in 83 innings, striking out 75 and allowing just 10 earned runs.

“This guy warrants so much credit for his focus, discipline and work ethic that even as a coach sometimes you take it for granted,” Knott said. “He wakes up at five in the morning to run five miles throughout the week.

“He lifts (weights) on his own. He’s not a freakish player because he has freakish talent. He’s a freakish player because of his work ethic and dedication. I don’t have enough words for it.”

In the season opener against Damien’s powerful bats, Garza threw six shutout innings and allowed just four hits in a 6-0 win.

He was even more impressive on Saturday when he fired a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Covina to help the Bearcats improve to 3-0 and advance to Wednesday’s semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament, where the Bearcats will host La Puente (2-1) at 3:15 p.m.

In the second semifinal at Bonita, South Hills (3-0) will take on crosstown rival West Covina (2-1) at 7p.m., with the winners advancing to Saturday’s championship game at Bonita High at 7 p.m.

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San Dimas softball tournament underway; Glendora and Charter Oak open with wins Monday

The San Dimas Softball tournament begins on Monday, I will update as scores are reported. To phone in results call 626-962-8811, ext. 2233, 2242 or email to Also twitter updates to SGVTRIBPREPS@TWITTER so I can retweet results to our followers, thanks.

Alta Loma 8, Nogales 7
Whittier Christian 10, South El Monte 1
Glendora 9, Bonita 5
Charter Oak 10, Burbank 6
Glendora vs Northview at San Dimas, 3:15
Nogales vs La Canada at San Dimas, 5:15
Walnut vs San Dimas at San Dimas, 7:15
West Covina vs Chaffey at Lone Hills Park, 3:15
Bonita vs Northview at Las Flores Park, 3:15
Alta Loma vs La Cananda at San Dimas, 5:15

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Prep Roundup: Baseball Scores; Bishop Amat 4, Gahr 2; Glendora 19, Arroyo Valley 3; Ayala 2, Laguna Hills 0


Diamond Bar 6, Baldwin Park 4

Brahmas catcher Taylor Cavazos hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie to put Diamond Bar in the lead and seal the victory.

Henry Omana went 3 for 4 with two doubles in the Brahmas’ designated hitter spot.

Starting pitcher Zach Quiroz threw five innings and struck out four. Connor Meade got the win, allowing only one hit and striking out two batters, while teammate Zach Pereyra got his first save of the season.

Baldwin Park matched Diamond Bar (2-0) in hits with seven.

First Round
Charter Oak 10, Burbank 6

The Chargers defeated a pesky Bulldogs as second baseman Heather Ramirez went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Pitcher Brooke Clemetson threw two innings, allowing only one walk. She kept the Chargers’ offense rolling as she batted 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI.

Burbank’s Nalani Hernandez hit a double and a home run and drove in four runs. Charter Oak improves to 2-1.

Glendora 9, Bonita 5
Despite an hour-and-a-half time limitation imposed by the tournament, the Tartans managed to get past the Bearcats in four innings. Glendora (2-1) scored seven runs in the first inning and Bonita followed that up with four runs in the second inning. Tartans pitcher Taylor Langdon gave up four hits in getting the win. Michelle Whitt hit a home run in the fourth inning for Bonita.

Bishop Amat 9, Whittier 0

The Lancers cruised by the Cardinals, led by the efforts of Alexis Gonzalez, Victoria Saucedo and Miranda Larios, who each had three RBIs for Bishop Amat. Gonzalez and Saucedo both went 2 for 3 with a home run.

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Dunkers get out your video cameras, this newspapers dunk contest is to good to pass up

Get out your video cameras
San Gabriel Valley high school basketball players and high schooled aged-kids with hops are encouraged to participate in this newspapers slam dunk contest sponsored by Longo Toyota/Scion– a contest with $5,000 in scholarship prize money and a sweepstakes that includes an IPad 2 and Los Angeles Clippers tickets.

All students have to do is find a playground or use their high school gym and videotape their favorite dunks and submit them to our Facebook contest website’s at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (, Pasadena Star-News ( or Whittier daily News ( by March 15 to be eligible to participate.

The first four entries are automatically entered into a sweepstakes. The winner of the sweepstakes will be awarded an IPad 2.

Once the submission period ends on March 15, online voting begins on the Facebook pages. Online voters may vote once per day until the voting period ends.

The entrant with the most online votes will win a set of four Los Angeles Clippers tickets at the Staples Center.

There will be a live final round held at Longo Toyota / Scion in El Monte to coincide with the NCAA Final Four. All entrants will be invited to perform their dunks live and the grand prize will be presented to the winner that day.

A panel of Judges will award the winning dunk and a $1,500 scholarship provided by Longo Toyota / Scion. The winning school will also receive a $3500 scholarship from Longo Toyota/Scion.

Video entrants must be between the age of 13 and 19 years old and a legal California resident to enter.

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Bonita’s Justin Garza chasing history in Dicks Sporting Goods Tourney; Final Four is West Covina, Bonita, La Puente and South Hills

Wednesday’s semifinals
Bonita vs. La Puente, 3:30 p.m.
South Hills vs. West Covina, 7 p.m.
Final: Saturday’s championship at Bonita, 7 p.m.

GARZA CHASING HISTORY: Bonita’s Cal State Fullerton-bound pitcher Justin Garza is chasing history. After blanking Damien for six innings in the season opener, he threw a one-hit shutout over Covina (which included 7ks) on Saturday to run his record to 2-0 and stretch his winning streak to 18 dating back to the 2010 season, which moves Garza on the CIF-SS all-time top ten list for consecutive wins, with four players tied at 18. There are not enough games for Garza to catch Mike Pill (Edgewood) and Richard Hunter’s (Lindfield) all-time record of 33 straight, but he could finish third all time which is currently held by El Segundo’s Scott McGregor and Cornerstone’s Aaron Roth, who won 25 straight. As is stands now, Garza’s 18 consecutive wins is second all-time in SGV history behind Pill, arguably the greatest high school baseball player the SGV has ever produced. If Bonita defeats La Puente, Garza’s next start will be in the Dicks Sporting Goods final Saturday night against the West Covina-South Hills winner at Bonita at 7 p.m.

No. Player/School Year(s)
33 Mike Pill, Edgewood 1974-77
33 Richard Hunter, Linfield 1990-93
25 Scott McGregor, El Segundo 1971-72
25 Aaron Roth, Cornerstone Christian 2009-10
21 Dale Cook, San Bernardino 1934-35
21 Ian Kennedy, La Quinta/Westminster 2002-03
20 Jeff Pries, Corona del Mar 1979-81
20 Don Jamieson, El Dorado 1993-95
19 Greg Gregory, Millikan 1990-91
18 Scott McGregor, El Segundo 1971
18 Scott Davison, Redondo 1988
18 Gerardo Sanchez, Central 1990-91
18 Justin Garza, Bonita, 2010-Present

DICKS SPORTING GOODS SEMIFINALS The Dicks Sporting Goods preseason tournament round robin concludes with Damien playing on Monday, but Wednesday’s semifinals are set. The tiebreaker used fewest runs scored for La Puente and West Covina to advance out of their groups. Bonita and West Covina should have met in the semifinals, but the tournament decided beforehand that two league teams would not face each other before the finals, so Bonita will take on La Puente and South Hills will face West Covina in an all-area Final Four on Wednesday. See you there..

Dicks Sporting Goods Preseason Baseball Tournament Standings
Pool A: Bonita (3-0), Tahquitz (2-1), Covina (1-2), Damien (1-1), Paloma Valley (1-0), Arroyo (0-3)
Pool B: West Covina (2-0-1), Los Osos (2-0-1), Fullerton (1-1-1), Northview (1-1-1), Claremont (1-2), Keppel (0-3).
Pool C: La Puente (2-1), Orange Lutheran (2-1), Charter Oak (2-1), Alta Loma (2-1), Los Altos (0-3).
Pool D: South Hills (3-0), Crescenta Valley (2-1), Yucaipa (1-2), Rancho Cucamonga (1-2), Chaffey (0-3).

Monday’s final round-robin game
Paloma Valley vs. Damien at UC Riverside, 7 p.m.


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Claremont’s defense and goalkeeper Amanda Garvin come up big, beating defending champion Bishop Amat 2-0 in Division 3 title game

Claremont-Bishop Amat photo gallery.

Tom Kiss’ video highlights and interviews of Claremont’s 2-0 win

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
— Defense wins championships, but it sure helps to have great goalkeeping too.

Claremont High School central defenders Ariana Holmes and Taylor Fortson are imposing figures and a big reason the Wolfpack entered Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer title game against defending champion Bishop Amat without allowing a goal in the playoffs.

But who knows how the Wolfpack’s fortunes turn out without the incredible effort from goalkeeper Amanda Garvin.

Garvin helped the Wolfpack secure their seventh consecutive shutout by blanking the hottest scoring team in the playoffs with three head-shaking saves in the first half and Claremont took advantage of its scoring opportunities to secure its first girls soccer title since 1999 with a 2-0 victory over Bishop Amat at Mission Viejo High School.

Claremont, ranked third in the country by Maxpreps, improved to 27-1-4 while Bishop Amat dropped to 22-5-4. Both teams will be in the state playoffs, which begin on Tuesday.

Until then, Claremont’s going to enjoy its first section title in 13 years. (To continue click thread)

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CIF State Wrestling Championship Saturday: Northview’s Salinas tops locals with fourth-place finish at 145; Chino Hills’ duo Goens and Martin place fifth and seventh, respectively

BAKERSFIELD — Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas came up short in his quest to become the fourth Viking to win a state wrestling title.
But the weekend was hardly a failure for the sophomore, who followed up last season’s appearance at the CIF State championships with a fourth-medal after winning two of four matches Saturday at Rabobank Arena.
Salinas, who wrestles at 145 pounds, was joined on the medal podium with Chino Hills’ Brody Goens, who was fifth at 182, and Christian Martin, who was seventh at 113.
“It’s a good feeling,” said Salinas, who advanced to the semifinals on Friday before going 1-2 on Saturday, losing in the third-place match to Simi Valley’s Samuel Duchene, 6-5. “I would have liked to win that last match, but I made a few mistakes.
“But overall, it’s a great to finish fourth. I just want to keep improving. I’ll comeback next year and improve.”

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And then there was one: Northview’s Salinas alive for shot at state wrestling title

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School assistant wrestling coach Bobby Bellamy felt sophomore Bryan Salinas left a little bit on the table after finishing second during last week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet.
The 145-pound competitor didn’t make the same mistake Friday.
Salinas used a steady effort to march his way to the semifinals to lead area competitors during the first day of the CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
The sophomore is one of three locals still in position to earn a top-eight medal and the only one alive for a title. The Chino Hills’ duo of Christian Martin (113) and Brody Goens (182) lost in the quarterfinals and both must win morning matches to advance to the medal rounds.
Northview, which qualified a school-record seven competitors to this event, is just left with Salinas. The Vikings, whose best team finish was fifth in 2006, is ninth after one day with 36 points. Traditional state power Clovis, which has seven in the semifinals, leads with 164.5.
Northview’s Vincent Parra (106), Eric Ochoa (113), Daniel Valles (138), Javier Arellano (152), Steven Lopez (160) and Eddie Bernal (182); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Pike (113); Walnut’s Michael Sill (132); Rosemead’s Alberto Flores (145); South Hills’ Trevor Behr (152) and West Covina’s Brad Ojala (170) lost in consolation and didn’t advance.
The meet concludes today with the consolation fifth round scheduled for 9 a.m. The semifinals are slated to begin at 9:30 am., with the finals at 7:15 p.m.
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With Grant Jerrett in foul trouble, Serra took advantage and defeated La Verne Lutheran 69-59 in the Division 4AA championship

La Verne Lutheran photo gallery.

By Fred J. Robledo
Staff Writer
— There will be no third CIF-Southern Section divisional title in five years for the La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team. The two-time defending state champions in Division 3 and 5 respectively will have to set its sights on next week’s state tournament.

Top-ranked Gardena Serra made sure of that.

Serra’s dominant duo of Daddy Ugbede and Dakarai Tucker scored 32 and 21 points respectively to lead the Cavaliers to a 69-59 victory over the Trojans in Thursday’s Division 4AA championship at the Anaheim Arena.

The turning point came when the Trojans’ 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American center Grant Jerrett picked up his fourth foul with 1:32 left in the third quarter and the game hanging in the balance.

In a game that featured 15 lead changes and nine ties, the last thing the Trojans could afford was to lose minutes and aggression with its Arizona-bound standout, who left with the Trojans trailing 39-38 and returned with them trailing 52-48 with 5:51 left.

“We had to play small ball (with Jerrett in foul trouble) and eventually it caught up with us,” Lutheran coach Eric Cooper said. “They went up by a few points and even though we put Grant back in with about six minutes left, he couldn’t play aggressively and they scored layups at will.

“It was pretty tough to watch it. To watch him go down like that in foul trouble, it is what it is.” (To continue click thread).

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Baseball: Mater Dei scores in bottom of the seventh to beat Bishop Amat 5-4

With Bishop Amat trailing 4-3, Mater Dei walked in the game-tying run with the bases loaded and two-outs in the seventh to make it, 4-4. Rio Ruiz pitched the bottom of the seventh and walked two, got a strikeout and fly out. But with runners on the corners and two outs, a passed ball scored the runner from third and Mater Dei won, 5-4 in front of an estimated 1,000 fans at Mater Dei.

Game Story: Two storied high school baseball teams opened their nonleague schedules and didn’t disappoint those in attendance Thursday night.
With five CIF-Southern Section championships between Mater Dei and Bishop Amat in the past seven years, more than 1,000 fans showed up and saw the host Monarchs pull out a 5-4 victory on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.

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Softball: St. Lucy’s beats Bonita 7-2

Game Story: Experience was the difference in an opening day matchup between two of the San Gabriel Valley’s best softball teams.

St. Lucy’s Priory, ranked fourth by the Tribune, jumped out to an early lead and rode the strong left arm of senior Danielle O’Toole in knocking off fifth-ranked Bonita 7-2 Thursday afternoon.

The Regents, who were patient at the plate, took advantage of an error and scored two runs in the top of the first to take a lead they never gave up.

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