St. Lucy’s softball coach Ryan Nuveman and two of his assistants are no longer with the team, according to school officials, leaving the only remaining assistant, Laura Macias, to take over the rest of the season. It is not immediately known if Nuveman was fired or resigned after meeting with school officials. When we learn more, we will share it. St. Lucy’s is hosting Charter Oak and reporter John Honell is there, and confirmed that Macias is coaching the team. Honell said he spoke with a school official, who said Nuveman is no longer with the team for “personal” reasons. When Honell turns in his story with updates on the coaching situation, I will post it. The news comes a game after St. Lucy’s usual starter Danielle O’Toole did not start against Chino Hills in last week’s game that could gave given the Regents a share of the league title. Chino Hills won 7-3. St. Lucy’s is second in the Sierra League and ranked third in Division 3.
GAME STORY: St. Lucy’s defeated Charter Oak, 9-0.
By John Honell, Correspondent
It was Senior Day at the final home game of the season for the St. Lucy’s High School softball team.
Along with usual flowers and ballons given to the seniors on both teams, the Regents celebrated by pounding out 11 hits in a 9-0 win over Charter Oak on Tuesday.
Senior Danielle O’Toole threw a four-hit shutout and senior Brandi
Harkness hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs to lead the way. The win means the Regents (20-5, 7-2) will finish in sole possession of second place in the Sierra League. That should get the Regents a home game in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs that begin next week. (To continue click thread).
TRIBUNE BASEBALL TOP TEN
1. Bonita (24-2) — The Hacienda League champions gave J.W. North, ranked No. 3 in D-1, all it could handle in a 5-4 loss to finish up the Centennial tournament. There are two ways to look at this. In Bonita’s biggest three games of the year, they’re 1-2, losing to South Hills and North, and beating Palm Desert (3-1), a team ranked No. 1 in D-4. But more importantly, they competed in all three, a great indication of what they’re capable of when the playoffs start next week.
2. South Hills (15-7) – South Hills finally cracked the code to the Division 2 top-ten rankings, settling at No. 8. It’s a tough division, some say D-2 is even tougher than D-1. If the Huskies win one of two against Claremont this week, they win the Sierra League title. Yes, the Huskies can win the Sierra with four losses and possibly five, showing how tough the Sierra is from top to bottom.
3. Bishop Amat (18-9) - – Here’s what you have to realize about Bishop Amat. After losing twice to La Salle for the first time ever, and even after losing Rio Ruiz to what appears to be a season-ending situation, the Lancers are still the best bet for an area team to win a CIF title. They spent the preseason taking on D-1 ranked teams like Esperanza and Mater Dei. They go 3-1 in the National Classic and Saturday went North to beat state power Concord De La Salle. They won’t see anything like that in the D-4 playoffs and with a horse like Daniel Zamora on the hill, you have to like their chances to repeat.
4. Glendora (15-8) – With Alta Loma losing last week, the Tartans are tied for first in the Baseline with two to play against struggling Etiwanda. If the Tartans sweep, all they need if for third-place Upland to split with Alta Loma to clinch the title outright. Advantage, Glendora.
5. Nogales (20-5) – Here’s what you have to understand about sportswriters, we don’t root for teams, we root for great stories and what the Nobles are doing is a great story. They swept Northview last week winning two one-run games. I was there when they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the seventh to pull out a 3-2 victory in dramatic fashion. It was a sight to see watching legendary coach John Romano celebrating with his boys. He now has 593 career wins, and if the Nobles get a split against San Dimas this week, they win the Valle Vista League title.
6. San Dimas (16-7) — The Saints got what they wished for, a Nogales sweep over Northview, which allows the Saints to control their own destiny. San Dimas is a game behind Nogales heading into the home-and-away finale against the Nobles and with a sweep, they win the league title.
7. Damien (12-9-1) – The Spartans sit in fourth in the Sierra but the race for second, third and fourth is far from over. The Spartans have a good chance to finish third by finishing with Ayala while third-place Chino Hills goes to battle with fifth-place Charter Oak. There are too many scenarios to consider, so lets just let it play out and see what happens.
8. Los Altos (17-9) — The Conqs finish with Diamond Bar on Thursday for what will decide second in the Hacienda. The Conqs are good, but the knock on them is they haven’t won a big game all season. They beat who they’re supposed to beat and lose to the teams you figure they should lose to. Beating Diamond Bar with something on the line is what they need heading into next week. After all, they’re ranked No. 8 in D-3.
9. Northview (14-7-1) – After being in position to win the league title, the Vikings are fighting for their playoff fate this week against Covina. Both are 7-3 and tied for third with a home-and-home against each other. When the season started, I thought this season-ending series would be for the league title, not the battle for third.
10. Claremont (12-9-2) – Maybe the biggest surprise of the year is that the Wolfpack are in second in the Sierra League, ahead of Damien, Charter Oak and Chino Hills. I didn’t think anything could trump what Nogales is doing, but if Claremont sweeps South Hills and wins the league title, it would be by far the biggest shocker of the year.
Edward Lewis, the moderator of UCLA’s Bruin Blitz website, was asked about a recent 7-on-7 tournament/camp that he attended, and had this to say about Charter Oak’s Bryce Bobo, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound receiver who will be a senior this fall.
“The most underrated guy at the camp that I think UCLA should start taking a long look at was receiver Bryce Bobo from Charter Oak High. He’s got some natural talent and his ball skills are great too.” — Edward Lewis.
TRIBUNE SOFTBALL TOP TEN
1. Chino Hills (25-3) — On the verge of running the table in the Sierra, you have to give the Huskies credit. I thought the Sierra League champion, whoever it was, would have at least two losses because the league is so competitive. What it shows is that in a tough league Chino Hills is head and shoulders above everyone else. But can they win in the playoffs as the No. 1 seed with the bulls-eye square on its chest?
2. Bishop Amat (19-6) – The Lancers are closing in on an undefeated Del Rey League title, but lost a pair of games to Corona Santiago and Valencia’s West Ranch in Spring Fling tournament games last week. Apparently the Lancers weren’t treating the games like league or CIF playoff games, but the losses dropped them to No. 4 in the D-4 poll. If they’re the fourth-seed, that could mean a potential semifinal game with Chino Hills.
3. St. Lucy’s (19-5) — The sooner the Regents realize that the real prize is a CIF title, the sooner they erase the sour taste of another loss to Chino Hills. But lets get this straight, they don’t win a title or make a playoff run without O’Toole in the circle. Time for experimentation is over, you don’t get second chances in the one-and-done postseason.
4. Duarte (18-3) – There are some sports, like girls basketball and softball, where the Falcons are simply too good for the rest of the league. It must get boring winning so easily, but the Falcons have been in cruise control since February. Their record is so good it’s hard to believe they still can’t crack the top ten poll in Division 5, which isn’t exactly murders row with the exception of La Canada, by far the best team in the division.
5. Los Altos (17-6) — The Conquerors are closing the season in stride, winners of eight straight and the Hacienda League title within reach after recent wins over Bonita and its eight-inning win over West Covina. The Conqs weren’t the pre-season favorite, so a lot of credit has to go to its coaching staff for getting their players to buy in.
6. San Dimas (19-7) — Pitcher Elizabeth Celaya is as hot as anyone, throwing four straight shutouts including the 2-0 shutout over Northview last week that clinched at least a share of the league title, which they can win outright this week. They’re batting over .350 as a team, and in typical Saints fashion, are playing their best ball toward the end of the season, something Don Pollard-coached teams have always done.
7. Ayala (17-10) — With Claremont and St. Lucy’s left, my money is on the Bulldogs to break a third-place tie with Charter Oak and finish third in the Sierra. It’s a big accomplishment for a team that wasn’t expected in the top three when the season started, and they’re a team few would want to meet in the playoffs.
8. Charter Oak (13-8) — The Chargers are locked in a third-place tie with Ayala, both win 4-4 league records. The problem for the Chargers is they finish the season against St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills while Ayala gets Claremont and St. Lucy’s. Advantage, Wolfpack. However, the Chargers might make the playoffs as a wild card even if it finishes fourth.
9. Bonita (15-7) — They struggled at the beginning of the season, found their groove in the middle of it, now they’re struggling again late, losing their Hacienda League title hopes by getting routed by Los Altos. It’s hard to imagine any Hacienda League teams doing well in the D-2 playoffs, which is a tougher road than any of the Sierra League teams have to go through, so struggling late is what it is, the receipe for a first-round exit.
10. South Hills (15-10) — This isn’t the way Britney Rodriguez, Kristen Stewart, Sarah Macias and while she was there, Sydney La Follette, wanted to go out, but it is what it is. They ran out of steam and will miss the playoffs. Few players can say they played in a CIF final, but the Huskies seniors did just that and then some, going to back-to-back finals. There are no other players in the Valley who can say that.
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
For almost the past four years, Los Altos High School’s Joe Munoz has been playing some of the best baseball around. And finally, in his senior season, the most important people are starting to take notice.
It’s not uncommon these days for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound shortstop to have several Major League Baseball scouts watching his every move at each of his games. It goes with the territory when you’ve got Munoz’s size and are hitting over .400 at the plate.
“I think I’m more relaxed this season out of all the other seasons because I know I have a future right now,” Munoz said. “I’m focusing a lot better. The ball doesn’t seem like it’s moving a lot when I’m up there batting. It feels like I can see it perfectly.”
Munoz can relax because after the season either a career at San Diego State or an entry into the minor leagues awaits him. Whether he signs a contract with a major-league organization will depend on a lot of things, Munoz said.
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
After over 40 consecutive years of not missing the first day of spring practice, there was no way veteran Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar was going to let knee replacement surgery keep him away from the field Monday.
Farrar, who had the surgery last month, watched from a cart at the 50-yard line as the Chargers began preparations for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Farrar’s veteran staff conducted business as usual.
“You gotta be there,” Farrar said. “My kids are working hard and I have to work hard to be there with them. First day of spring practice is really the first day of the next season.
“It was great. I got to see the kids all before practice started. I wanted to make it. I wanted to get there. I was working everyday just to make sure that I was able to get out there the first day of spring practice.”
Farrar has been undergoing physical therapy three days a week and estimated he’s lost 25 pounds since the surgery. In order to make their coach feel even more a part of the situation, the upperclassmen presented Farrar with a spirit pack for which they each chipped in to buy.
“He’s present and accounted for,” Farrar’s son and assistant head coach Dominic Farrar said. “None of us expected otherwise. He’s set a precedent that’s been a standard for so long. We just kind of fell into place and assumed our roles and responsibilities.
“When my mom dropped him off, I think everybody felt like the football season had arrived.”
The Chargers have plenty to work on this spring on offense. Quarterback Travis Santiago, a three-year starter, and running back Kurt Scoby must be replaced. Defense is another story, though. Charter Oak returns the bulk of its starters and again should field one of the top stop units in the area.
Farrar is aiming to be at practice three times per week and gradually will increase his workload on and off the field.
Bishop Amat spent Cinco De Mayo in Northern California on Saturday, getting a huge non-league 5-4 win over Concord De La Salle at the Oakland Coliseum. Bishop Amat (18-9, 10-2) is finished with the Del Rey, but the Lancers earned a piece of their sixth-straight league title without even playing Monday. La Salle (17-7-1, 9-2) lost to St. Paul (13-15, 7-4) 8-1 to fall into a first-place tie with Amat. If St. Paul beats La Salle again on Wednesday at St. Paul, Amat wins the league title outright.
You can probably figure out who the leading contenders are, but here is what I came up with for top ten candidates with the playoffs beginning next week. There are players not on the list still up for consideration because plenty changes during the playoffs. This is a more difficult list than softball to compile because so many teams do not post stats, so until I get updated stats from certain teams, the teams that do not post will NOT be included. That doesn’t mean teams’ players who do not post will not be considered for player of the year or all area, they just won’t be mentioned for this discussion. I don’t know how they pick all-league teams without updating how players are doing game-to-game, but that’s the gamesmanship too many coaches are in favor of, so here goes….
TRIBUNE’S TOP TEN FAVORITES
Glendora’s Donovan Holmes, .479, 12 RBIs, 8 doubles, 15 SB
Bishop Amat’s Adam Alcantara, .432, 27 RBIs, 5 doubles, 4 triples
Los Altos’ Joe Munoz, .406, 4 HRS, 22 RBIs, 6 doubles, five triples
Bonita’s pitcher/infieder Justin Garza, 8-1, 0.47 ERA, 68ks; .batting 387, 15 RBIs
Bonita’s Tyler Heslop, .467, 26 RBIs, 2 HRs, 8 doubles
Bishop Amat pitcher Daniel Zamora, 7-3, 2.31 ERA, 60ks
San Dimas’ Shawn Kennedy, .407, 16 RBIs, 6 doubles, 3 triples
Sierra Vista’s pitcher/player Giovanni Rivera, .431, 19 RBIs, 17 SBs, 6-1, 1.19 ERA
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch, .413, 21 RBIs, 10 doubles, 2 triples
Zeph Walters, Diamond Bar, .500, 30 RBIs, 10 doubles, 2 HRs
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
For the previous four years the San Gabriel Valley has been spoiled with swimmers like Glendora High School’s Gretchen Jaques, who won every individual event she entered since her freshman year, going 8-for-8 in finals, which culminated in the Tartans girls swimming team winning a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 team title a year ago.
Now it’s time to pass the baton to a new era of area standouts as the CIF-SS swimming and diving finals move from the Belmont Plaza pool in Long Beach to its new home at the Riverside Aquatics Complex on the campus of Riverside Community College this week.
The Riverside center completed a renovation project that made it one of the most state of the art facilities in the country.
The Olympic-style venue has the ability to host swimming and diving in one location, and has the ability to accommodate more qualifiers and finalists. The CIF meet will now accept 36 qualifiers into the preliminary events with the top 20 returning for consolation and final heats.
The Division 2 swim finals feature the best area standouts with the Damien boys team among the favorites to compete for a team title with the preliminaries on Friday at 9 a.m., and the finals on Saturday at 10 a.m. (To continue click thread)
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
The CIF-Southern Section boys team tennis pairings were released Monday with Valle Vista League champion Wilson seeded second in Division 5.
Wilson will open the playoffs at home Wednesday against the winner of Tuesday’s wild card between Norte Vista and Riverside Notre Dame.
Mission Valley League champ Arroyo was seeded fourth and will await the wild card winner between Summit and Nogales in Wednesday’s first round.
Montview League champ Sierra Vista could possibly meet Arroyo in the second round if the Dons get past the wild-card winner between Nogales and Maranatha.
Mission Valley runner-up South El Monte will face either San Dimas or Santa Ana Valley, who meet in a wild-card match Tuesday.
In other wild-card matches in Division 5 on Tuesday, Covina will host Chino, Workman hosts Valley View, Rosemead is home against St. Monica Catholic and Ganesha is home against Don Lugo. Azusa is on the road at San Gorgonio.
In Division 2, Sierra League champion Claremont will host Walnut and Hacienda League title winner Diamond Bar is home against Cathedral City in first-round matches Wednesday.
Hacienda league runner-up Rowland is at Beverly Hills and Sierra second-place finisher Ayala is at Sea View champion Tesoro in first-round matches.
In D-2 wild-card matches Tuesday, South Hills is home against Atascadero and Bonita is away at Righetti.
Glendora is the lone area qualifier in Division 3. The Tartans finished third in the Baseline and will be home against Knight in Tuesday’s wild-card with the winner facing Citrus Belt champ Redlands in the first-round.
All matches are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
I put this list together in no particular order and the names can change depending on what happens over the next several weeks because playoffs have a habit of changing everything. You never know who gets hot and carries their team in the playoffs. But with a week to go before the postseason, this is what I came up with for the top ten MVP choices. Chino Hills, St. Lucy’s and Bishop Amat are clearly the top three teams and have other players to be considered. There are other players having great individual seasons that could have been mentioned as well, so if you think we missed someone, let us know … I’ll do a baseball top ten on Monday.
Bishop Amat’s Alexis Gonzalez (#40) is congratulated after hitting a home run. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/SPORTS)
Tribune’s Big 10 MVP candidates
Bishop Amat junior Alexis Gonzalez, .522, 28 RBIs, 8 HRs
Rowland junior Kaylea Snaer, .556, 14 HRs, 34 RBIs
Los Altos senior Alyssa Villalpando, .545, 10 HRs, 15 RBIs
St. Lucy’s senior Brandi Harkness, .471, 8 HRs, 37 RBIs
South El Monte freshman Ashley Diaz, .610, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs
Bishop Amat junior pitcher Sabrina Anguiano, 15-2, 0.78 ERA, 122Ks
Chino Hills senior pitcher Nikki Innamorato, 16-2, 0.97 ERA, 113Ks
St. Lucy’s pitcher Danielle O’Toole, 13-3, 1.70 ERA, 108Ks, batting .294, 11 RBIs
Chino Hills senior Nikki Girard, .385, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs
South Hills senior Britney Rodriguez, .453, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs
“The old school part of me think it’s kind of a sad thing now to do that (transfer),” San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow said when he heard the rule had passed. “But being a parent, I guess it’s good and empowering that you can take your child wherever you want them to go to school. Being a dad myself, I can see the benefit of that.”
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
A series of new transfer rule proposals, including the controversial 30-day sit-out rule, were passed by the CIF State Federated Council on Friday and will go into effect on July 1.
The proposals were approved at the Southern Section council meeting in late April, but that only got them a little more than halfway in the weighted vote needed to pass at the state level. The other nine sections that make up the state took care of the rest and on Friday the rules were passed at the State Federated Council meeting in Milpitas.
San Dimas’ league, the Valle Vista, was one of several local leagues to vote against the loosely labeled 30-day sit-out portion of the proposals at last month’s Southern Section Council meeting. In fact, that series of the proposals was barely approved by the Southern Section Council after a 41-40 vote of the 81 leagues who voted during the meeting. (To continue click thread)