South Hills High School avoided a season sweep by Charter Oak when senior C.J. Saylor hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Huskies a 2-1 Sierra League baseball win Monday.
First, I was shocked Aram was up this early in the morning. This started when ESPNs
Mark Kreigler tweeted that Metta World Peace should be suspended for an indefinite period for elbowing Harden. What’s indefinite? The first-round, the rest of the playoffs? Has there ever been an indefinite suspension? I thought a 3-5 game suspension was reasonable, then came Aram, who not only thinks Peace should be suspended the rest of the playoffs, but should have been suspended for life for what happened at the Palace. FOR LIFE? He was serious. Check out the back and forth on twitter with Mr. Unforgivable and I @sgvtribpreps and @ChemicalAT, now it’s time for my coffee.
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
La Puente reliever Raymond Sedillo could hear the chatter in the Sierra Vista dugout after giving up a run in the seventh and walking the Dons’ Giovanni Rivera, putting the game-tying runner on first with only out.
But Sedillo didn’t flinch.
With Rivera inching toward second, Sedillo picked him off then finished the game with a called third strike to preserve La Puente’s 6-5 victory over three-time defending Montview League champion Sierra Vista on Friday.
Sierra Vista hammered La Puente 9-2 earlier in the week to move into a first-place tie in the Montview League with the Warriors, but La Puente (11-8, 7-1) moved back in first after breaking a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh to get the victory, dropping the Dons to 11-5 and 6-2. (To continue click thread)
Alta Loma 7, Glendora 3
Alta Loma took the rubber game of the series with Glendora to move back into a first-place tie with the Tartans in league play.
Glendora took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI double by Martin Gallegos. Tartans starting pitcher Kale Morton cruised through the first three innings but got into trouble in the fourth. A hit batter, walk and bunt single loaded the bases for the Braves as Justin Taylor hit a bases-clearing double to put the Braves up 3-1.
Glendora came back to tie the game in the top half of the fifth on DJ Peters’ two-run single.
Alta Loma regained the lead for good with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, which was good enough for Braves pitcher Nolan Sheridan, who recorded 10 strikeouts in a complete game.
Bonita 10, Diamond Ranch 1
The Bearcats (19-1, 7-0) routed the Panthers as Justin Garza improved to 6-1 by throwing five shutouts innings and striking out four. Offensively, the Bearcats were led by Nolan Henley who hit a grand slam in the fourth inning to break the game open.
Jake Blunt and Anthony Gonzalez each added two RBIs.
DEL REY LEAGUE
Bishop Amat 5, St. Joseph 1
Sabrina Anguiano recorded the win for the Lancers (14-3, 7-0). She pitched a complete game and allowed three hits and struck out four for her 12th victory of the season.
Brandy Galaviv of Bishop Amat hit a two-run double. Alexis Gonzalez contributed with an RBI double. St. Joseph fell to 13-4 overall and 3-4 in league. DEL RIO LEAGUE
Los Altos 10, Walnut 1
Jennifer Solis pitched a one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking three, and Los Altos (14-6, 5-1) had a strong offensive showing with 13 hits against Walnut (6-12, 0-6).
Leading the Conquerors was Alyssa Villapando, who went 4for4 with three doubles and four RBIs. Mariah Midyette and Dana Chavez each finished with one triple.
Bonita 11, Diamond Ranch 2
The Bearcats came out quickly, scoring four runs in the first inning and never looking back in a rout of Diamond Ranch. Leading Bonita was Jazzlyn Costa with a three-run home run, while Corrinna Liscano added a double and Liza Liddell had a triple.
Bonita got a solid pitching performance from Bianca Cockrell, who allowed one hit while recording the win. Anissa Sanchez came on in relief to face 10 batters and gave up no hits while striking out three. Bonita improved to 5-1 in league play.
La Puente 16, Workman 5
Linda Camacho allowed eight hits and improved to 3-3 on the season with Reyna Barba tossing an inning in relief as the Warriors scattered a total of 10 hits for the win.
Christine Lopez went 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs and Elisa Valenzuela went 2for4 with a home run. La Puente improved to 5-9 overall, 4-4 in league.
San Dimas 15, Wilson 0
Bethie Ceeya (10-5) went the distance for the Saints, recording five strikeouts and allowing four hits. San Dimas (13-7, 5-1) scored early and often with four in the first inning alone. Karissa Conner went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs and Janell Wheaton contributed to the offense with a 3-for-3 performance with a double and two RBIs. Ashley Vinsorhaler went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Wildcats dropped to 4-14 overall and 1-5 in league play.
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
The track and field action will be hot and heated at Mt. SAC this weekend.
Temperatures are expected to hit the high 80s and could peak in the 90s when the 54th annual Mt. SAC Relays begin today.
And the meet will have plenty of heat, too. It is an Olympic year and more than 800 elite and Olympic development athletes will be competing in the three-day meet, which began Thursday night with a distance carnival.
“The No. 1 problem this year is we have a lot of elite athletes,” said Brian Yokoyama, who pieced together the elite and Olympic development portion of the meet.
Athletes from more than 40 countries will be participating and athletes from six national teams: Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, Nigeria, Australia and Japan, have entered.
“It’s unusual,” Yokoyama said. “All these national teams are sending all of their top athletes. That’s the difference.”
Trailing 6-0 in the sixth and with Diamond Bar pitcher Henry Omana cruising with a one-hit shutout, the Bulldogs scored eight runs in the sixth to take the lead, and win it in extra innings on a bases-loaded walk, 9-8.
By Fred J. Robledo
West Covina High School baseball coach Drew Lorenger gave the old, “our kids never stopped believing,” explanation after a wild come-from-behind win, but how else could he explain it?
With Diamond Bar senior pitcher Henry Omana returning after breaking his foot two weeks ago and throwing a one-hit shutout through five innings with ten strikeouts, the Bulldogs looked totally deflated, especially after the Brahmas appeared to break it open with four runs in the sixth to go up 6-0.
But the Bulldogs chipped away and eventually knocked out Omana in the bottom half of the sixth and by the time the marathon inning was over, eight runs had crossed to give the Bulldogs an improbable two-run lead.
After the Brahmas rallied to tie it in the seventh with a pair of runs, the Bulldogs won it in the eighth inning after Brahmas pitcher Michael Pachuca walked Aaron Salgado with the bases loaded to force in D.J. Larios for the game-winning run and a 9-8 Bulldogs victory.
West Covina (8-10, 5-2) moved into sole possession of second in the Hacienda League with the win over the CIF-Southern Section Division 3s fourth-ranked Brahmas (12-5-2, 4-3). (To continue click thread)
It wouldn’t of changed the outcome of Chino Hills’ 11-2 win over St. Lucy’s on Wednesday, but here is the play Regents fans were furious about. Brandi Harkness smacked a lead-off liner to right field in the second inning and appeared (in the photo) to beat the throw at first, but the umpire emphatically called her out. Who knows if a big inning would have followed, St. Lucy’s only trailed 1-0 at the time, but it was a terrible call nonetheless, and not even close. You can see the ball still five to eight feet from the glove as Harkness touches the bag. What a potential momentum-killer. I was sitting near left-field and couldn’t help but notice Huskies outfielder Patricia Parks laughing about it.
Covina High School baseball coach Scott Root has resigned for family/personal reasons, Colts athletic director Darryl Thomas confirmed today. Gil Adame, who has been an assistant coach with the Colts for the past five seasons, will take over for the rest of the season. Covina, one of the preseason favorites to win the Valle Vitsta League, were recently swept by Nogales to fall to 9-6 and 2-2 in the VVL. Root, who was a co-head coach with the Colts a few years back, replaced Pete Loaiza this season. Please be respectful with your comments …
Bonita’s Rebecca Orozco, Michelle Whitt and Veronica Ortega all hit three-run homers and Anissa Sanchez hit a solo shot to lead Bonita to an easy victory to remain in a tie for first in the Hacienda. But on a big site note, Rowland junior Kaylea Snaer hit her 13th homer in the fourth and added an RBI double to drive in the Raiders’ only two runs. Snaer, who is batting. 569 with 34 RBIs, is five home runs shy of the all-time CIF-Southern Section single-season home run record set by Crescenta Valley’s Bailie Kirker with 18 in 2008. Snaer needs to tie or break the record over the final seven games since there is no way the Raiders make the playoffs. Remember when coach Craig Snyder worried if teams would pitch to her? He solved that by batting her leadoff. Plus, with the Raiders struggling, teams are taking on Snaer, especially in lopsided games, and she’s proving to be the real deal. It appears looking at this list, Snaer is already the SGV’s all-time single-season home run queen. I don’t remember ever crowning an area MVP whose team didn’t make the playoffs, but Snaer’s numbers are so ridiculous you have to consider it.
CIF-SS ALL-TIME HOME RUN LIST
18 Bailie Kirker, Crescenta Valley 2008
17 Lauren Chamberlain, El Toro 2010
16 Lisa Estill, Grace Brethren 1998
16 Bailie Kirker, Crescenta Valley 2009
15 Bailie Kirker, Crescenta Valley 2007
15 Taylor West, Estancia 2008
15 Brittany Spaulding, Los Alamitos 2008
15 Taylor Edwards, Vista Murrieta 2009
15 Lauren Sweet, Santiago/Corona 2011
14 Sheri Ramsay, Hesperia 1990
14 Crystal Roberts, Grace Brethren 1998
14 Anissa Young, Bloomington 2008
14 Shawna Wright, Lancaster 2007
14 Shawna Wright, Lancaster 2009
14 Alena Murgatroid, Quartz Hill 2009
13 Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, 2012
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN twitter.com/sgvtribpreps
The year before April Juarez arrived at Bishop Amat the Lancers won 11 games and finished fourth in the Del Rey League.
There were several surrounding Juarez that helped turned Bishop Amat into a CIF-Southern Section girls soccer power during Juarez’s four-year varsity career at the school, but she undoubtedly was the face of the program and has earned The Tribune girls soccer Player of the Year award for the third consecutive season.
Juarez, a striker with playmaking ability, finished with 26 goals and 26 assists in leading Bishop Amat to a 26-5-3 overall record. The Lancers advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 title game and the CIF-State Division 3 Southern California Regional final, but came up short in both games.
But it was another spectacular season for Juarez, named the Del Rey League Most Valuable Player after leading the Lancers to their third consecutive league title while also earning All-CIF-SS Division 3 first-team honors.
Juarez led Bishop Amat to its first CIF-SS title ever in winning the Division 3 title a year ago. She finishes her career with 108 goals and 80 assists while her Amat teams amassed a remarkable 99-11-10 overall record in her four-year career. (To continue click thread).
San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Area
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: April Juarez, Bishop Amat
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Tracey, Claremont
Goalkeeper: Heather Seman, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Defender: Ariana Holmes, Claremont, Jr.
Defender: Kennedy LaNier, St. Lucy’s Jr.
Defender: Karen Parga, Claremont Jr.
Midfielder: Madison Stark, Claremont, So.
Midfielder: Victoria Camaj, St.Lucy’s, Sr.
Midfielder: Yazmin Montoya, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Midfielder: Jeanette Jimenez, San Dimas, Sr.
Forward: Makenzy Doniak, Ayala, Sr.
Forward: Maribel Duran, San Dimas, Sr.
Forward: Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, So.
Goalkeeper: Nicole Ragano, Bishop Amar, Sr.
Defender: Kelli Creese, Bonita, Sr.
Defender: Ashley Anh, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Defender: Alyssa Cabral, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Midfielder: Shannon Kent, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Midfielder: Mimi Rangel, Chino Hills, Jr.
Midfielder: Amber Marini, Walnut, Sr.
Midfielder: Mayra Almazon, South Hills, Sr.
Forward: Rebekah Evans, Claremont, Sr.
Forward: Ashley Gonzales, Chino Hills, So.
Forward: Allison Kung, Wilson, So.