Undefeated South Hills (5-0) will take over top spot in Trib Baseball Rankings Tuesday; How far should struggling Bishop Amat (1-4) fall?

Bishop Amat baseball is struggling and struggling bigtime. The Lancers are 1-4 after losses to Mater Dei (5-4), Huntington Beach (3-2), JSerra (3-1) and Capistrano Valley (12-5). I can’t imagine leaving the Lancers in the top five in our Trib rankings. Meanwhile, South Hills has clearly proved it’s the best team in the area in 2012. They have the most complete pitching staff in the area and everyone knows they can swing the bat. I’ll post the first trip Top Ten rankings since the preseason rankings on Tuesday.

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One for the Thumb: Mt. SAC wins fifth CCCAA state title; Mounties rally past Foothill, 68-58

SACRAMENTO — As far as women’s basketball is concerned, Mt. San Antonio College has set the bar over the last decade in the California Community College Athletic Association.
The Mounties, who won state titles in 2004 before a three-peat run from 2006-08, added to that lore Sunday.
Shawlina Segovia scored 19 points and former San Dimas High School standout Ashley Burchfield had 11 and Mt. SAC won its fifth CCCAA title with a 68-58 victory over Foothill in the state championship game at Cosumnes River College.
The five state titles puts the Mounites one behind Ventura, which won it’s sixth in 2010. Mt. SAC, also getting 14 points from tournament MVP Morgan Mason and nine from Danielle Peacon, finished 31-3, losing to East Los Angeles in Febuary and twice to Ventura in November and December.. It was also Mt. SAC’s second title-game win over Foothill, beating the Owls, 65-57, in 2008.
Raeshel Contreras had 24 points and Nikki Powell 10 for Foothill, which finished 30-5.
Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “This is a true testament of what this program is all about.. It’s about all the players who were here before these girls, coach Beeman, the hard work of all the assistant coaches … everybody. It’s just a true testament of everybody working together. There’s no one person bigger than the team. We’ve been preaching that for years, and everybody played a part in this victory.”
Mt. SAC’s Shawlina Segovia: “Morgan’s a tough player. She has the most heart on our team. When they try to shut her down, they forget that other people can score, too. But we played as a team and that’s where this outcome came from. No one was selfish on the team, and that’s what got us the win.”

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South Hills combined two-hitter beats Bonita 2-0 and ends Justin Garza’s 18-game win streak

By Fred J. Robledo
ONTARIO — South Hills’ Adrian DeHorta didn’t care if the nearly dozen scouts at Saturday night’s championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball tournament at Littleton Field in Ontario were there to watch Bonita’s Cal-State Fullerton-bound pitcher Justin Garza, who had an 18-game winning streak dating back to 2010.

DeHorta, and the rest of the Huskies had their own point to prove, and they provided it loud and clear.

South Hills jumped on top of Garza early and DeHorta set the pace with a one-hitter over five innings to lead the Huskies to a 2-0 victory in front of a packed house at the 2,500-seat facility that was used in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

Ty France, named the Easton MVP, pitched the final two innings and combined with DeHorta to throw a two-hit shutout as the Huskies improved to 5-0 while the Bearcats dropped to 4-1 in a battle of early-season unbeatens.

DeHorta has one thing in common with Garza. The junior has given a verbal commitment to Cal State Fullerton.

“Tonight was the DeHorta and France show,” Huskies coach Kevin Smith said. “We knew we had a pretty good pitching staff but somewhere during this tournament the lights came on and we’re very proud of where we’re at. We beat some pretty goods teams over the last two weeks.”

Garza, who suffered his first loss in more than a year, pitched a complete game and gave up six hits. He struckout six and allowed one earned run to fall to 2-1 while DeHorta improved to 3-0.

Not only did the Bearcats struggle to provide runs for Garza, they didn’t help him defensively either.

Bonita’s two errors in the first inning helped South Hills take a 1-0 lead.

South Hills’ Danny Sheehan led off the game with a base hit and moved to third on a throwing error. Anthony Muniz walked to put runners on the corners, but Garza responded by striking out C.J. Saylor and Ty France. But on the strikeout to France, Muniz broke for second but Bonita’s throw to get him was intercepted to get Sheehan breaking for home and was thrown away, allowing Sheehan to score.

South Hills struck again in the second. After Isaiah Gonzales’ two-out double, James Arevalo singled him home to go up, 2-0.

“Anytime you can score early in a big game it puts presaure on the other team,” Bonita’s John Knott said of falling behind. “I thought Justin showed tremendous heart throughout the whole game, he didn’t get rattled by anything that didn’t go his way.

“They had first and third and nobody out in the first inning and he strikes out Saylor and France. You can’t ask for much more out of the kid. We got in this position because of him and it’s unfortunate it (winning streak) had to end, but they got good at-bats off of him and made the plays when they had to. Their pitchers also pitched well and made all the plays, so they were the better team definitely.”

Bonita’s best opportunity came in the fifth after DeHorta gave up back-to-back walks with two outs. But DeHorta struckout Garza on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the inning.

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Bishop Amat denied again, gives up late goal and loses to Santa Margarita 2-1 in CIF-State SoCal Division II Regional title game

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

If there is anything worse than having to sit through a trophy presentation as the runner-up team, it’s having to do it twice.

That’s how the season ended for the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team after losing to Santa Margarita 2-1 in the CIF-State Southern California Regional Division II championship at Warren High School in Downey on Saturday.

A week after losing to Claremont in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title game, Santa Margarita’s Samantha Trenary ended Amat’s title hopes with a 25-yard shot that dipped over the outstretched arms of Lancers goalkeeper Nicole Ragano in the 72nd minute for the game winner.

“It’s tough to lose in two finals because we feel like we didn’t play as well as we could have,” Lancers coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “We missed chances against Claremont and today I thought we battled and wanted it, we just didn’t play our best soccer.

“Sometimes instead of passing the ball we would take a shot and instead of shooting we would pass it. We made some poor decisions, that’s what’s disappointing about getting to two finals and not winning. But you look back and this team fought and gave us all some good memories this season, that’s for sure.” (To continue click thread)

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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.

Read more: http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_20144851/prep-softball-san-dimas-play-tourney-title#ixzz1oj475zpF

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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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