Breaking News: 30-day sit-out rule for transfers passes by ONE vote, 41-40, at CIF-Southern Section vote this morning … Watch PrepXtra Replay with CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons, Aram, Steve and I discussing today’s events

Story: One vote.

That was the margin by which the CIF-Southern Section Council approved one in a series of transfer proposals for high school athletes that figures to change the complexion of prep sports for the foreseeable future.

The most controversial proposal, loosely referred to as the “30-day sit-out rule,” passed 41-40. If it is approved at the state level, the rule would force athletes who change schools without changing their address to sit out 30 days before gaining eligibility.

BREAKING NEWS: Aram tweeted that the 30-day, sit-out transfer rule was voted in at the CIF-Southern Section meeting this morning, passing by ONE VOTE, 41-40. The proposal still has to pass at the state level during other section votes for it to go into effect for the 2012-13 season, but passing the Southern Section is a huge step. We will have more later. You can follow Aram on Twitter @ChemicalAT

What’s at stake in this morning’s preview: The complexion of the CIF-Southern Section’s transfer policy on high school athletes is set to get a major makeover today.

Representatives from the 86 leagues that comprise the Southern Section will vote on a proposal that will dramatically revise the rules for transfers in all varsity sports. The new transfer rule proposals will be the headliner of what should be the most anticipated Southern Section council meeting in recent history.

It begins at 9 a.m. at The Grand in Long Beach.

Below: Players like Kurt Scoby, who transferred from Charter Oak to Duarte earlier this month, could be eligible to play by Oct. 1 under the new 30-day sit-out rule passed at the Southern Section meeting this morning. Scoby could be eligible sooner with a valid change of address or hardship, but his worst-case scenario under the new proposal is that he and other players in his situation will not be forced to sit a whole season.

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Girls All-Area Water Polo: Bonita’s Ambyr Stewart and coach Andy Rosenberg take top honors


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Who knows what life will be like without Ambyr Stewart for the Bonita High School girls water polo team.

But one thing is certain, with Stewart the Bearcats were a force to be reckoned with the past four years, winning a CIF-Southern Section title her freshman year, advancing to the quarters her sophomore season and finishing with back-to-back title-match appearances as a junior and senior.

The ending wasn’t what Stewart was hoping for, but she enjoyed the journey.

Bonita gave up a goal with 1.77 seconds left in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game and lost for the second straight year in the final to Temescal Canyon, 12-11.

But for Stewart – who was named the Hacienda League MVP, Division 5 MVP and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year after amassing 109 goals for the season and scoring six in the title game – it was all a great ride. (To continue click thread)

Player of the Year: Ambyr Stewart, Bonita, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Andy Rosenberg: Bonita
Mia Rycraw, Walnut, Jr.
Stephanie Contreras, Los Altos, Jr.
Cambria Shockley, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Hanna Lancaster, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Natalie Rivas, Bonita, So.
Emily Randall, Bonita, Sr.
Megan Snow, Bonita, Sr.
Erin McCarthy, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Maddie Moran, Charter Oak, Sr.
Rachel Stock, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Catie Tuning, Los Altos, Sr.
Erica Venegas, Los Altos, Jr.
Kristen Swafford, Walnut Sr.
Mandy Darafeer, Charter Oak, Sr

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La Salle beats Bishop Amat for the first time in history, 7-6, giving the five-time league champs their second league loss since 2007


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When La Salle High School’s Bowdien Derby struckout Andrew Medina to end the game with Bishop Amat’s tying and game-winning runners in scoring position, La Salle coach Harry Agajanian’s face was a picture of relief.

La Salle overcame a five-run deficit to beat Bishop Amat 7-6 for its fist win over Amat in school history.

Agajanian made the risky decision of starting junior pitcher Austin Wallis instead of his senior ace Derby, especially with Amat sending out ace lefty Daniel Zamora
But it paid off.

With the exception of giving up five runs in the second inning, Wallis was solid while La Salle battled back before giving way to Derby to close it out by getting the final two outs in the seventh.

“I thought throwing Wallis we could get them off balance,” Agajanian said. “They’re a good fastball hitting team and Derby is a good fastball pitcher. That’s why we thought we would mix it up a little and throw Austin at them. He has a pretty live fastball too. It’s not 90, but he’s got some good off-speed that keeps you off balance. I think it worked.”

Since Amat entered the Del Rey League in 2007 it has won five straight league titles so impressively that that Tuesday’s loss was just its second loss in more than 70 league games since ’07. (To continue click thread)

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Former Glendora standout and CIF champion Adam Plutko of UCLA named to USA national team today

UCLA sophomore right-hander Adam Plutko has been named to the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Roster, as announced Tuesday afternoon by USA Baseball.

Plutko, a 6-foot-3 product from Upland, Calif., has gone 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in a team-leading 63.1 innings for the Bruins this season.

“I am honored to be selected as one of the collegiate players who will represent the United States this summer,” Plutko said. “This has been one of my dreams for a long time, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

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