Baseball: Sierra Vista ends La Puente’s unbeaten Montview record with 9-2 win, they meet again on Friday for first

Sierra Vista’s Giovanni Rivera improved to 6-1 with a solid performance in which he allowed three hits and struck out three. Rivera went 4 for 5 with an RBI. The Dons (11-4, 6-1) also got offensive support from Chris Novello, who was 3 for 3 with two RBIs. in doubt with Sierra Vista scoring two first-inning runs and then five more runs in the fourth inning to break it open.
Randy Anaya was knocked out of the game in the fourth for the Warriors after allowing eight hits as La Puente dropped to 10-8 and 6-1 in league. The teams meet again on Friday at Sierra Vista High School at 3:15 p.m.

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Tony Muniz belts a two-run walk-off homer in the 8th to give South Hills a 4-2 win over Damien

South Hills’ Tony Muniz hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Huskies the victory over the Spartans. It was South Hills’ first extra-inning win of the season. Kevin McKelvey went six innings, allowed five hits and struck out six to earn the win for South Hills.
Ty France pitched an inning in relief for the Huskies. Grant Hockin went the distance for Damien. The teams meet again on Friday at Damien High School.

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Softball: Chino Hills routs St. Lucy’s 11-2 and Huskies coach Mike Southworth doesn’t mince words with the Tribune: “Where we’re from they know about our players and I don’t think out here they have too much of a clue.”


It’s not enough that Chino Hills is the No. 1-ranked team in the Tribune, they were out to prove a point against No. 3 St. Lucy’s and did just that, hammering the Regents 11-2 to take over sole possession of first in the Sierra. St. Lucy’s slugger Brandi Harkness hit a two-run homer in the fourth that momentarily gave the Regents a 2-1 lead, but the Huskies exploded for five runs in the fifth to go up 6-2, then put it away behind Garie Blando’s grand slam in the sixth. Patricia Parks was 4-for-5 for the Huskies, who got 13 hits of St. Lucy’s lefty Danielle O’ Toole. Huskies pitcher Nikki Innamorato, who is 11-2 with a 0.72 ERA, gave up just three hits and struckout nine as the Huskies improved to 18-3 and 3-0 in the Sierra, dropping the Regents to 17-4 and 2-1. Afterward, Huskies coach and quote machine Mike Southworth let us have it, apparently because we don’t give Chino Hills enough props, even though they’re No. 1 in Tribland. Read on, this is great stuff from Southworth, and after the display today, I’m not countering anything the man has to say.

“The thing is, where we’re from they know about our players and I don’t think out here they have too much of a clue. We’ve got five seniors who have been with me since they were freshmen and all of them are good and when you have eight kids out there that are literally going division one, they can all play.

“It doesn’t surprise me (beating St. Lucy’s), we’ve been to to the CIF semifinals three years in a row, so we’ve had some tough games. Even though I know O’Toole is a good pitcher, for some reason we have her number, she hasn’t beaten us for four years. It doesn’t mean she won’t beat us the next time, but for some reason we seem to be really up when she pitches.”

Southworth got really fired up talking about his pitcher, Innamorato.

“She’s got 70 wins in four years. She’s been huge for us. She’s won more games in the CIF playoffs than anyone in the state, 11 of them, and yet she’s not an All-Valley player by the Tribune? It’s like okay, she’s a second thought. She was the best pitcher on the field here and she’s 7-0 or 8-0 against St. Lucy’s, so what does that tell you?”

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Softball: South Hills gets a much needed 1-0 win over Ayala

South Hills pitcher Kaitlyn Van Helmeryck (9-2) went the distance for the Huskies with four strikeouts. She also scattered seven hits. The Huskies scored the only run in the third inning when Abry Moreno scored on a passed ball. Brittney Amezquita went 2 for 3 to lead the Huskies, who improved to 13-6 and 1-2 in league play. The game got interesting in the bottom half of the seventh with two outs, but a lineout to short with Bulldog runners on second and third ended the game. Morgan Ettinger went the distance for Ayala, allowed two hits and struck out seven. Ayala dropped to 10-8 and 1-2 in league.

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Baseball: Oh my, San Dimas mercies Northview 13-3 in six innings

Something had to give in the tightly contested Valle Vista League with two undefeated teams going at each other Wednesday.

Round one went to the San Dimas Saints, who defeated visiting Northview, 13-3, in a league game called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

San Dimas (13-5, 6-0) and Northview (10-4-1, 5-1) will meet again Friday at Northview.

“I don’t expect anything (but) for them (Northview) to come back and be hungry,” San Dimas coach Mike Regan said. “We always play really good games with these guys and I expect a battle on Friday.”

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Baseball: Gabrielino stays in first in MVL with 8-0 win over South El Monte behind no-hitter and 10 strikeouts from phenom Angel Acosta

When Gabrielino High School’s Angel Acosta gets going on the mound there’s almost no stopping him.

But when the senior right-hander gets going at the plate, too, well, that’s just asking for trouble.

Acosta pitched his third no-hitter of the season, struck out 10and drove in two runs to lead host Gabrielino to an 8-0 victory over South El Monte on Wednesday afternoon in Mission Valley League play.

Gabrielino (9-7, 7-1) extends its league lead to two games over South El Monte (5-7, 5-3), which had only itself to blame after imploding in the third inning with several miscues and an error.

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Big games with bigtime predictions as the league title chases take shape on Big Wednesday

This is a great day to twitter updates, and I’ll post results of all these games soon after they’re completed. If you want to update your game, twitter it to me at twitter@sgvtribpreps


Northview (9-3-1, 4-0) at San Dimas (12-5, 5-0), 3:15 p.m.
With teams only meeting twice in league, the Vikings and Saints will start and finish their two game series on Friday, the winner taking a huge step toward the league title. Nogales is also 4-0 in the Valle Vista after sweeping Covina and still has to go through Northview and San Dimas. So, the first heavyweight battle starts today: The Pick: Northview

Damien (9-5-1, 4-2-1) at South Hills (9-6, 3-3), 3:15 p.m.
The top five teams in the Sierra are within two games of each other. The Spartans and Huskies meet twice this week, so this will go a long way in paving the path for the winner, especially with a sweep while possibly leaving the other on life support: The Pick: South Hills.

South El Monte (5-6, 5-2) at Gabrielino (8-7, 6-1), 3:15 p.m.
All five of the Eagles’ wins have come in the Mission Valley League and they can tie for first with a win today. But don’t bet on it, not if Gabrielino is throwing Angel Acosta. If you follow the West Valley, you know about Acosta. He had an 18 strikeout game against El Monte, a 13 strikeout game against Arroyo and most recently a 16 strikeout win over Mountain View. He also has a 0.70 ERA. The Pick: Gabrielino

Sierra Vista (10-4, 5-1) at La Puente (10-7, 6-0), 3:15 p.m.
Duarte and Azusa are right there at 4-2 in the Montview, so defending league champ Sierra Vista can make things interesting if they can hand the Warriors their first loss in league. In games like this, I always love the Dons’ pitching. The Pick: Sierra Vista

Chino Hills (17-3, 2-0) at St. Lucy’s (17-3, 2-0), 3:15 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine that these teams only have played two league games this late in the season, but it’s on now. All I’ve heard is how the Huskies are this great big Goliath, and I don’t mean the South Hills Huskies, the Regents took care of them. Both teams are hot, the pitching is great and though Chino Hills probably has more firepower, St. Lucy’s is finally producing for big lefty Danielle O’Toole. It probably comes down to the big error, and if I’m being honest with myself, well, I just don’t trust St. Lucy’s yet in those bigtime situations … The Pick: Chino Hills

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Boys Soccer All-Area: Claremont’s Sam Newton earns player of the year and South El Monte’s Nelson Rodriguez earns coach of the year

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Claremont High goalkeeper Sam Newton, the Tribune Player of the Year, had 14 shutouts this season. Claremont allowed just 22 goals in 27 games while going 22-3-2 and winning the Sierra League. (Watchara Phomicinda / Staff Photographer)

The San Gabriel Valley didn’t produce any boys soccer champions or teams that advanced to the finals.

It had more to do with misfortune than lack of talent, the Claremont High School boys soccer team being a prime example.

Claremont, the defending CIF-Southern Section Division 2 champion, was the top seed entering the Division 2 playoffs after going undefeated in the Sierra League. But the Wolfpack was upset 1-0 by La Sierra in the quarterfinals, finishing the season with a still-impressive 22-3-2 record.

Claremont, a team that did it with defense, allowed just 22 goals in 27 games, anchored by senior goalkeeper Sam Newton.

Newton, voted the most valuable player of his team, finished with 14 shutouts and was named the Sierra League player of the year and was a Division 2 first-team selection.

Newton’s season was so remarkable that he was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season, an award Wolfpack coach Fred Bruce-Oliver said was much deserved. (To continue, click thread).

COACH OF THE YEAR: Nelson Rodriguez, South El Monte
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sam Newton, Claremont, GK, Sr.
Defender: Stephen Barba, Claremont, Sr.
Defender: Michael Montoya, Chino Hills, Sr.
Defender: Jorge Jimenez, Ganesha, Sr.
Defender: Manuel Garcia, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Jorge Ramos, South Hills, Sr.
Midfielder: Agustine Huazano, La Puente, Sr.
Midfielder: Alex Casas, South El Monte, Jr.
Midfielder: Carlos Zarate, Mountain View, Jr.
Midfielder: Alexander Piceno, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Forward: Dennis Kantor, Claremont,Sr.
Forward: Keyran Kelly, Damien, Sr.

Goalkeeper: Julian Sanchez, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Defender: Martin Ruiz, Ganesha, So.
Defender: Luis Beltran, La Puente, Sr.
Defender: Luis Verdusco, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Defender: Kyle Goodenough, Damien, Sr.
Midfielder: Troy Ford, Claremont, Sr.
Midfielder: Alan Miranda, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Tommy Baker, South Hills, Sr.
Midfielder: Jordan Bingham, Damien, Sr.
Forward: Jorge Cruz, La Puente, Sr.
Forward: Raul Martinez, Bonita, Sr.

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Baseball: Bishop Amat crushes St. Paul, 12-1

“‘All hands on Deck.’ Ever since we lost Rio (Ruiz), that’s our term for the rest of the year. No one’s above the game. We need to circle the wagons together.” — Coach Andy Nieto

After a solid six innings by Bishop Amat left-hander Daniel Zamora, the senior was seen cleaning the mound after the game and coach Andy Nieto took note of his tidiness.

“All hands on deck,” Nieto said. “Ever since we lost Rio (Ruiz), that’s our term for the rest of the year. No one’s above the game. We need to circle the wagons together.”

Amat circled visiting St.Paul and had 10 hits en route to a 12-1 Del Rey League victory Tuesday afternoon.

The Lancers, ranked second in CIF-Southern Section Division 4, remained unbeaten at 7-0 in league and 13-7 overall.

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Baseball: Glendora takes over first in Baseline with 5-4 win over Alta Loma

Glendora wins Baseline League baseball showdown with Alta Loma

Overcoming some late-inning mistakes, the Glendora High School baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-4 win over Alta Loma Tuesday afternoon.

The win puts the Tartans (13-5, 7-1) in sole possession of first place in the Baseline League, one game ahead of the Braves. The teams will meet Thursday at Alta Loma in the rubber game in the season series.

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Baseball Rankings: Bonita holds firm, Amat to No. 2; South Hills slips to No. 8 and John Romano’s Nogales Nobles sneak in at No. 9

1. Bonita (17-1)
Much more than just Garza
2. Bishop Amat (12-7)
3-1 at National Classic
3. Damien (9-5-1)
Slight lead in Sierra
4. Diamond Bar (12-3-2)
Still 4-1 in Hacienda
5. Northview (10-3-1)
Perfect 5-0 in Valle Vista
6. Charter Oak (10-4)
Gladstone tourney winners
7. Glendora (12-5)
6-1 start in Baseline
8. South Hills (9-6)
Bad showing in San Diego
9. Nogales (13-4)
What a huge surprise
10. San Dimas (12-5)
Also 5-0 in the VVL

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Softball Rankings: Showdown of all showdowns on Wednesday, No. 1 Chino Hills at No. 2 St. Lucy’s

Kaylea Snaer watch: The Rowland Raiders’ slugger was named athlete of the week and is having one of the best seasons in recent memory after going 5-for-8 with two home runs and five RBIs last week. Snaer, batting a whopping .569, leads the CIF-Southern Section with 12 home runs, leaving her six shy of the CIF record 18 with a month to go in the season. She’s homered in 11 of 17 games for the Raiders, needing six homers in the final eight games to match the record.


1. Chino Hills (16-3)
Big games ahead
2. Bishop Amat (13-3)
Rested after break
3. St. Lucy’s (16-3)
Hosting No. 1 CHills Wednesday
4. Duarte (12-3)
No challengers in Montview
5. Charter Oak (10-5)
Sierra’s sleeping giant
6. South Hills (12-6)
Needs big second half
7. Bonita (9-6)
In four-way Hacienda tie
8. San Dimas (12-6)
4-0 in Valle Vista
9. Ayala (9-7)
Starting to fade?
10. Los Altos (10-6)
Big win over West Covina

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Nogales, a team not picked by many (including me) to make the playoffs, is suddenly 4-0 in the Valle Vista after a huge sweep of Covina

By John Honell, Correspondent
The Nogales High School baseball team, written off early in the season after a 1-4 start and likely upset three Valle Vista League teams were ranked ahead of it, won its 12th consecutive game Monday.

The visiting Nobles (13-4, 4-0) got a clutch seventh-inning double from junior Adrian Guzman to break a 1-1 tie and the Nobles went on to record their second consecutive one-run win over Covina, 3-2.

“We started two freshmen and only have two seniors,” Nobles coach John Romano said. “Early in the season we made some mistakes and lost some games, but they’ve worked hard and have been successful. (Assistant coach) Don Montanez has been with me for 29 years and his hard work has made it easy for us to be successful.” To continue click thread.

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