SoCal Shootout Results: Glendora ends four-game skid, Damien battles, then falls to Centennial; Bishop Amat girls still best in the Valley

Saturday’s Southern California shootout
Glendora 58, La Canada 44Four-game losing streaks are a rare thing for the Glendora High School boys basketball program.
That’s why the Tartans were leaving nothing to chance on Saturday afternoon against perennial power La Canada in the Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.
Glendora jumped all over the Spartans in the first half and never looked back in a 58-44 win – ending a four-game skid it endured in the rugged Baseline League.

Corona Centennial 72, Damien 66 The Damien High School boys basketball team knows right where it stands.
The Spartans now know they can compete with Southern California’s best. That was evident in the 11th annual Southern California Shootout on Saturday evening at Azusa Pacific University.
In one of the shootout’s marquee games, Centennial of Corona went on a 3-point barrage to defeat Damien, 72-66.

Girls, Bishop Amat 49, Bonita 42 Strong defense at the start of the third quarter was enough to send the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team to a win over Bonita in a battle of the area’s top two teams Saturday at the Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.
The Lancers put the clamps on Bonita early in the third, and held the Bearcats scoreless for the first four minutes of the quarter to build a comfortable enough lead that ultimately resulted in a 49-42 victory.

Rio Hondo Prep 56, Alta Loma 49 After being held to just two points in the first half, Robert Cartwright scored 16 points in the second half to lead Flintridge Prep to a come-from-behind 56-49 win over Alta Loma (8-13) in the Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.
Other Scores:
Etiwanda 56, La Costa Canyon 51
Rowland 69, Saddleback 26

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Legendary coaches Mike LeDuc and Tom Hofman talk about today’s legendary meeting, and how they’ve done it all these years


Flintridge Prep v. Alta Loma, 9 a.m.
Rowland vs Saddleback, 10:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bonita (girls), Noon
La Canada vs. Glendora, 1:30 p.m.
Colony vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.
Claremont vs. Rancho Verde, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Corona Centennial, 6 p.m.
La Costa Canyon vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Maranatha, 9 p.m.

By Aram Tolegian

It seems nobody knows for sure when the last time was that the storied Glendora and La Canada high school boys basketball programs played each other.

Spartans legendary head coach Tom Hofman speculated it was in the early 1990s, but didn’t know the exact year for sure. Tartans legendary head coach Mike LeDuc said he had it in a book somewhere, but didn’t seem in a rush to find it.

The fact is that it hasn’t happened nearly enough, according to this fan/writer and most area hoops fans. But that will change, at least for one year anyway, on Saturday when La Canada takes on Glendora in the Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University. Tipoff is at 1:30p.m.

Saturday’s game figures to be one of those rare events in which the score of the game or talent on the court may not matter as much as the spectacle of seeing two of the best coaches not only in Valley history, but state history as well, square off against each other.

LeDuc has won a staggering 779 games in his 33 years as a head coach. Hofman has won 587 games in 27 years.

LeDuc has four CIF-SS championships. Hofman has two.

A big reason for those impressive numbers is that both men have mastered the art of maximizing the talent they have to work with, whether it be players who went on to the NBA, blue-chip recruits or the kid whose career ended after the 12th grade.

“I would hope that my impressions (of him) are the same as anybody’s in the coaching community, he’s an incredible coach,” LeDuc said of Hofman. “He gets the most out of his players every single year. Sometimes, they win CIF titles when their players are a little bit better than other years. Then, other years, they maybe win 20 games and win the league. He maximizes his talent, and every kid who’s ever played for him has had a great experience.”

The feeling was mutual when Hofman was asked his thoughts on LeDuc.

“He’s a great coach, an outstanding coach,” Hofman said. “He really knows how to coach offense. When I get a chance to watch them play, I’m studying the game more than I’m being a fan. I’m more of a student when I watch those guys play.”

In an era in which most of the top coaches are out hustling for talent on the travel ball circuit, Hofman and LeDuc are throwbacks. They prefer to let their record and expertise be the selling point for their programs. And if that doesn’t lure the next big prospect in the area, then so be it.

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Friday Scoreboard: Glendora falls to Rancho Cucamonga, 67-60, San Dimas beats Baldwin Park 52-51

That was some atmosphere at the Duarte-Workman girls hoops game. Loud, passionate it, into it .. my kind of crowd. Check out Keith Birmingham’s photo gallery of the game.

Boys Basketball

Rancho Cucamonga 67, Glendora 60
Mission Valley
South El Monte 65, El Monte 52
Valle Vista
San Dimas 52, Baldwin Park 51
Covina 65, Wilson 46 — Covina is now 16-5 and 8-0
Girls Basketball
Bonita 62, Diamond Ranch 45 — Nikki Wheatley scores 23 points in 2nd half, finishes with 29 and 9 rebounds.
Workman 77, Duarte 68 — Lobos snap Falcons’ 39-game league winning streak, and end their undefeated season.
Boys Soccer
Sierra League

Damien 3, Ayala 0 – Sam Williams scored and drew a PK to pace the league leaders on the road.
Chino Hills 3, Charter Oak 0 – -The Huskies got goals from Chandler Cullum, Jaie Peshawaria & Thomas Neel.
Claremont 1, South Hills 0 – Steven Macia scored a goal in the 86th minute for the winner.
Girls Soccer
Sierra League

St. Lucy’s 1, Ayala 0 – Sami James scored to keep the Regents in the playoff hunt, next up second-place Claremont.
Claremont 2, South Hills 1
Chino Hills 3, Charter Oak 0 – Ashley Gonzales scored twice for the Huskies.

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Workman’s young girls basketball team is the real deal, shocks undefeated Duarte 77-68 after the Falcons’ Imari Brown fouls out with 33 points

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Workman High freshman Leslie Rivera went nuts in the fourth quarter to help the Lobos pull off a comeback thriller over undefeated Duarte in front of packed house that never stopped shouting on Friday.
Rivera scored 15 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Workman rally past Duarte 77-68 to snap the two-time Montview League champions 39-game league winning streak.
Workman improved to 18-4 and 9-0 while the Falcons dropped to 17-1 and 7-1.
Rivera is one of three super freshman that start for the Lobos. Freshman combo guard Alize Williams finished with 18 points and sophomore sharpshooter Denise Gonzalez finished with a team high 24 points.
Duarte led 58-51 going into the fourth, but Rivera opened the quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, then got a steal and layup to give the Falcons a 59-58 lead. (click to continue reading)

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Friday’s Big Games: Undefeated Duarte at league undefeated Workman in girls hoops, 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball
Valle Vista

Covina (15-5, 7-0) at Wilson (11-11, 5-2), 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park (16-7, 5-2) at San Dimas (11-9, 4-3), 6:30 p.m.
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga (18-4, 4-1) at Glendora (15-6, 1-4), 6:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Montview League

Duarte (17-0, 7-0) at Workman (17-4, 8-0), 6 p.m.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch (15-6, 6-1) at Bonita (17-4, 7-0), 5 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Sierra League

Ayala (10-7-3, 3-2) at Damien (10-2-3, 4-1), 5:30 p.m.

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Video/Story: Former Amat legend Mark Paredes introduced as Damien’s next football coach

On facing former schools ..
“Bishop Amat is a high school that I love, JW North is a school that I love, St. Paul is a school that I love,” Paredes said. “I would not go and seek playing them only because you have mixed emotions. Let me put it this way, if I have to play them, I will play them. If I don’t have to play them, I won’t play them.”

By Aram Tolegian
Story: Mark Paredes, who coached Bishop Amat to arguably its best-ever season in 1992, was named the new varsity football head coach at Damien High School on Thursday.

Paredes, who spent the past three seasons as the head coach at JW North in Riverside, replaces Greg Gano, who resigned in December after four seasons at the school. Gano has since been named head coach at Tustin.

“I toyed with the idea and really didn’t think I was in the ballpark, and finally it came to fruition,” Paredes said of being hired. “It’s one of those things that everything came to be in place. They wanted me and I wanted them, and I decided that it was a good situation. I’m excited about building a program and continuing the Damien tradition.”

After leading Amat to California’s first-ever 15-0 season in 1992, which included a CIF championship and a win in the now-defunct Reebok Bowl, Paredes left in 1994.

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Bonita not ready to surrender Hacienda, beats Rowland 51-43

“Bonita is the class of the league right now,” Raiders coach Gordon Hamlow said. “They’re 30-1 in the last three years and until someone knocks them off, it doesn’t matter.”
Photo gallery of Bonita-Rowland

By John Honell
Two-time defending Hacienda League boys basketball champion Bonita stayed on top of the league race with a hard-fought 51-43 win over Rowland on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (18-5, 6-1) had chances to fold in the fourth quarter but got key baskets from Dane Hollar and Riley Brungard to hold off the Raiders (14-7, 4-3).

“Bonita is the class of the league right now,” Raiders coach Gordon Hamlow said. “They’re 30-1 in the last three years and until someone knocks them off, it doesn’t matter.”

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Sierra League Soccer Results; Damien boys, Chino Hills girls lead after first round

Wednesday’s Sierra League boys soccer results
Damien 4, Charter Oak 0
South Hills 2, Chino Hills 1
Ayala 3, Claremont 2
Damien 4-1
Claremont 3-2
South Hills 3-2
Ayala 3-2
Chino Hills 1-4
Charter Oak 1-4

Wednesday’s Sierra League girls soccer results
Chino Hills 4, South Hills 0
Claremont 0, Ayala 0
St. Lucy’s 3, Charter Oak 1
Chino Hills 5-0
Claremont 3-1-1
Ayala 2-1-2
St. Lucy’s 2-2-1
South Hills 1-4
Charter Oak 0-5

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Girls Basketball: Rosemead wins 41st straight Mission Valley contest with 42-24 victory over El Monte

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Any thoughts the El Monte High School girls basketball team had of snapping Rosemead’s 40-game Mission Valley League winning streak disappeared under the pressure of the Panthers’ hawking defense.
Rosemead pressed and forced turnover after turnover to build a quick 12-point lead and never let up, winning 42-24 for its 41st straight league win.
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South Hills’ David Denson is already hitting tape-measure jobs in practice, forcing the softball team to take cover

South Hills’ David Denson, who smacked a 515-foot home run at the Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in December, which was longer than anything Bryce Harper hit at the event before becoming the top pick in the MLB draft, may force softball players to wear helmets if he keeps this up. South Hills assistant softball coach Garrett Fisch tweeted about some of Denson’s homer’s in practice, saying, “All the baseball players kept yelling “heads up” over and over again.” Those are shots to right. I’m wondering if the lefty can go the opposite way and smack one across Cameron to the golf course. Players have (reportedly) knocked it in the streets before, but nobody, not even the Giambi’s, ever reached South Hills country club.

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Who will be No. 1 in softball? Depends on what happens with Patricia Parks

Chino Hills is undoubtedly the area’s No. 1 softball team if junior pitcher Patricia Parks returns. She wasn’t with Chino Hills during winter round-robin games this week and there is speculation that she might transfer. I’m trying to track this down, but you know how hard that can be. Parks, a junior who I consider the best player returning, helped lead Chino Hills to a CIF-SS divisional title with her bat and speed on the bases last season. She was mostly an everyday outfielder, but also pitched too. And anyone fortunate enough to have seen her pitch knows she might be the most dominant pitcher we’ve seen in a while, which is why she’s already committed to Pac-12 power Azizona. So here’s the deal, if Parks is at Chino Hills, no doubt they’re the No. 1 team to start this season. If she winds up with another area team, say Ayala, then that team is probably No. 1. If she leaves the area, then No. 1 is up for debate. The “other” contenders are Bishop Amat, San Dimas, Northview, Bonita, Los Altos, and Ayala, to name a few. Any questions?

Below: Parks sliding home for a run last season against St. Lucy’s. As a 5-foot-9 sophomore Parks batted .479 with 18 RBIs and three homers. As a part-time pitcher she finished 10-1 with a 1.07 ERA in 65 innings.

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