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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Boys Basketball Rankings: Chino Hills leaves no doubt who’s No. 1; Workman impressive 18-1

TRIBUNE BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
1. Chino Hills (16-4) — Huskies made this decision easy by hammering previously No. 1 Damien, beating the Spartans by 31 points.
2. La Verne Lutheran (18-6) — Give them credit, they’ve won 11 straight against most quality competition. They’re not the state-champ type team they once were, but still very good.
3. Damien (15-3) — After a humiliating night at Chino Hills, the Spartans bounce back with a 78-45 trouncing on Sunny Hills in Monday’s MLK Classic at Los Osos.
4. Bonita (15-5) — They still own the Hacienda, proving it again Monday with a 51-46 win over Diamond Bar.
5. Glendora (15-5) — Could finish fifth in Baseline. They’re scary because they shoot a lot of 3s. And they’re unpredictable because they shoot a lot of 3s.
6. Workman (18-1) — My scouting report on the Lobos is they have size inside and shooters on the perimeter. They’re too good for the Montview, but what happens when the playoffs start.
7. Covina (14-5) — They’re hoping to win the Valle Vista League outright for the first time in a long time. This should be the year to finally do it.
8. Claremont (13-7) — Arguably the third-best in the Sierra after Chino Hills and Damien.
9. Rowland (13-6) — They were so good in December before the injury-bug hit. If totally healthy, they’re very dangerous.
10. Diamond Bar (10-9) — Lacking consistency. They have solid wins and many questionable losses.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Chino Hills takes top spot; Diamond Bar and Los Altos meet for first in Hacienda

TRIBUNE GIRLS SOCCER RANKINGS
1. Chino Hills (12-2-4) — No debate, when you defeat No. 1 Claremont 3-0, you become No. 1
2. Claremont (17-3-1) — The defending champs will be back, they’re too good not to.
3. Diamond Bar (11-3-3) — Tatum Lockett and her area-leading 21 goals makes her an early player of the year candidate.
4. Bishop Amat (9-4-5) — The Lancers are starting to find their groove, but need a big game with St. Joseph’s in town on Thursday.
5. Sierra Vista (13-2-1) — Every year the Dons dominate the Montview. This year is no different, perfect 8-0.
6. San Dimas (10-4-2) — Who can stop them in the Valle Vista? Nobody, right?
7. St. Lucy’s (7-4-3) — They’re good, but not good enough for Sierra’s top two, Chino Hills and Claremont.
8. Los Altos (11-5-2) — After a slow start, the Conquerors are back in the Hacienda race with a big home game today against Diamond Bar.
9. South Hills (8-5-3) — They use to worry about having one tough game against Walnut in the old San Antonio League. Bet they wish the San Antonio existed today.
10. Charter Oak (9-5-2) — Remember when they were undefeated and beat St. Lucy’s in a nonleague game. I wondered if they were the area’s best. An 0-4 start in the Sierra answered that.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Damien still No. 1, but Sierra Vista, Walnut closing in


TRIBUNE BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS

1. Damien (9-2-3) — The Sierra League is no joke, so if you’re in first, you’re the leader of this poll.
2. Sierra Vista (12-1-3) — The Dons have been the most consistent over the past five or six years and have an eight-game unbeaten streak.
3. Walnut (12-1-1) — Rebounded after shocking 2-0 loss to West Covina, but still tied with Walnut in the Hacienda. Both 5-1.
4. South Hills (8-5-3) — Showed how good they can be in a win over Damien, and how vulnerable in a loss to Ayala.
5. Diamond Bar (10-4-2) — Tied for first in the Hacienda with Walnut. Both are 5-1. Should be a great race to the finish.
6. Nogales (8-2-1) — Dominating an average Valle Vista, but nice to know the Nobles are back on the soccer landscape.
7. Claremont (7-5-1) — Maybe the best seventh-ranked team in years. Seriously, the Wolfpack can beat anyone.
8. Los Altos (9-6-2) — Not completely out of the Hacienda picture, but at 3-3, they have some catching up to do.
9. Ayala (9-7-3) — Gives the Sierra four strong teams capable of beating one another.
10. Baldwin Park (7-4-1) — Should be so much better than 2-2 in the Sierra.

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Girls Basketball rankings: Amat and Bonita meet to settle No. 1 debate


Above: What is reigning player of the year Nikki Wheatley averaging for Bonita? Who knows, that requires teams to post stats. But we know she’s averaging a lot.

Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (16-4) – Still only 1-2 in Del Rey, but best in these parts.
2. Bonita (16-4) — Undefeated in Hacienda, will take on Amat in Saturday showcase at APU at Noon.
3. Duarte (16-0) — Undefeated record on the line Friday in showdown at Workman.
4. Workman (15-4) — Even though Duarte is undefeated, Workman is ranked higher on Maxpreps.
5. Diamond Ranch (14-5) — Always dangerous because it is always well coached
6. Ayala (12-7) — Bulldogs beat South Hills to take over first in the Sierra
7. Wilson (12-6) — Too bad there is no competition to test the Wildcats in the Valle Vista.
8. Chino Hills (11-7) — Always solid, though not as solid as the boys team.
9. Rosemead (13-6) — Keeps on trucking in the Mission Valley.
10. Glendora (14-6) — Solid 2-2 in the tough Baseline. Not bad at all

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Southern California falls to Arizona in Monday’s all-star football game 29-6, but West Covina’s Justin Hornsby was a welcome sight

“We were a decent team. They were just a bit better and played harder. It doesn’t always go the way it’s supposed to.” West Covina linebacker Justin Hornsby on playing for Southern California. Hornsby (below) returned after sitting out the second half of the Bulldogs’ season after suffering a broken leg in a September victory over South Hills.

By Louis Brewster, staff writer
Perhaps the Southern California team in the Canyon-Coast Classic all-star football game was thrown off stride by Monday’s sunshine that turned a January day into one better suited for April.

Or maybe it was the Arizona team that made key plays and not quite as many mistakes in posting a 26-6 victory in front of 2,600 at Riverside City College.

“They have a very legit team,” Kaiser High School’s Anthony Saenz said of the Arizona squad. “They had a lot of talent. We made some mistakes on offense and defense and that’s what happens.”

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SoCal Shootout on Saturday at APU

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Nobody will receive any banners for a win and nobody’s season will end with a loss. But area bragging rights will be on the line Saturday at the SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.

The field recently was announced and area fans are in for a treat. The headliner is La Canada against Glendora in a matchup of two of the top programs in Valley history, not to mention two of the top coaches in the Spartans’ Tom Hofman and the Tartans’ Mike LeDuc.

The game will be a matinee and is scheduled to tip off at 1:30 p.m.

Fans of the girls game are in for a treat at noon when Bishop Amat, arguably the top program in area history and led by coach Richard Wiard, takes on Bonita and standout point guard Nikki Wheatley.

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Bonita still the best in Hacienda, beats Diamond Bar 51-46

By John Honell, Correspondent
LA VERNE – The Hacienda League boys basketball teams have produced a lot of surprises through the first half of league play but, as usual, two-time defending champion Bonita is all alone in first place.

The Bearcats (17-5, 5-1) jumped out to an early lead, then held on down the stretch to knock off Diamond Bar 51-46 on Monday night.

“I thought we’d be chasing a couple teams this year,” Bearcats coach Greg Eckler said. “Especially after we lost that second (league) game to Diamond Ranch. I thought we’d have to make a late run to get back in it. So, to finish like this is pretty solid but there’s no time to take a breath. We get Rowland on Wednesday and Diamond Ranch on Friday. This is no time to celebrate, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

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WRESLTING: Northview wins 5-Counties Invitational; Ochoa, Valles score titles

Northview wrestling coach David Ochoa said this week that he believed the 2013 Vikings could be as solid a group as he’s had in 15-plus years at the Covina school.
Northview lived up to that bold statement Saturday, winning the 5-Counties Invitational at Fountain Valley High School. The annual event is considered the top tournament in the state, and a barometer for what might occur during next month’s CIF-Southern Section divisonal and Masters meets and the CIF State championships.
The Vikings had seven medalist, led by champions Eric Ochoa (113 pounds) and Daniel Valles (138). Bryan Salinas (171), Vince Parra (106) and Ricky Padilla (145) placed second, respectively, with Johnny Rivera (120) fourth and Tony Arellano (132) seventh.

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Sources: Former Damien football coach Greg Gano expected to be named head coach at Tustin High

Former Damien High School football coach Greg Gano is expected to be named the next head coach at Tustin High, possibly this week, sources say. Gano, who struggled to turn the Damien program around in four years as head coach after winning four CIF-SS titles at Los Altos, resigned as the Spartans coach in December. Gano reportedly turned down an offer to coach at Etiwanda in hopes of getting the Tustin job. Tustin was 12-1 last season, won the Empire League and advanced to the Southwest Division semifinals under longtime coach Myron Miller. Tustin won the Southwest title in 2011. Miller resigned after 18 years at the school, but remains as the school’s athletic director.

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Boys Basketball: Chino Hills routs Damien 72-39; Rowland back in Hacienda race with 56-51 win over DBar; Covina still unbeaten in VVL

Tom Kiss gets reaction from Chino Hills’ mind-boggling 33 point win over Damien

Chino Hills 72, Damien 39
By Steve Ramirez
The road to the Sierra League boys basketball title will run through Chino Hills. The Huskies left little doubt Friday night.
Bishop Mency scored 28 points and Mark Williams had 11 and Chino Hills rolled to a 72-39 victory over Damien in a battle of the top two teams in the league.
The Huskies, who shot nearly 60 percent from the floor, improved to 16-4 overall and 4-0 in the Sierra League. Isaiah McCullough had 12 points for Damien, which slipped to 15-3 and 3-1. Chino Hills, using a 20-2 run during a six-minute stretch during the first and second quarters, led 49-18 at halftime.
Chino Hills coach Steve Baik:“”If you would have given me a million dollars to say the game would have ended like this, I never would have fathomed this. (Damien’s) Matt Dunn is a phenomenal coach. I think early on our defense took away some of their momentum and it was capitalized by us hitting shots. We were relentless on the defensive end. That’s what we wanted to do. This is the first time we’ve put it together defensively.”
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “They are really good. They played great. I thought they played better, were better coached. I think they are really good. There was nothing about tonight that had to do with us. They are really good.”
TONIGHT’S BOYS BASKETBALL RESULTS
Baseline League

Los Osos 79, Glendora 68
Del Rey League
Serra 60, Bishop Amat 33
Hacienda League
Rowland 56, Diamond Bar 51
Los Altos 65, West Covina 51
Sierra League
Chino Hills 72, Damien 39
Claremont 68, Charter Oak 37
Valle Vista League
Covina 63, Pomona 38
San Dimas 64, Northview 44

BOYS BASKETBALL LEADERS
SCORING

1. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 25.9
2. Osnar Garcia, Workman, 23.0
3. Nnadi Udengwu, Diamond Ranch, 19.8
4. Joseph Dionisio, Rowland, 18.1
5. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 16.9
REBOUNDS
1. Joseph Cook, Bishop Amat, 13.6
2. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 10.6
3. Jordan Stokes, San Dimas, 10.5
4. Mario Macias, Workman, 9.6
5. Nnadi Udengwu, Diamond Ranch, 9.6
ASSISTS
1. Eugene Nierras, Baldwin Park, 6.0
2. Robert Adkins, Diamond Ranch, 4.9
3. John Paul Rodriguez, Workman, 4.5
4. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 4.3
5. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 3.5

FOLLOW ALL YOUR LOCAL TEAMS ON THE TRIBUNE’S MAXPREPS WIDGET, INCLUDING ROSTERS, SCHEDULES, LEAGUE STANDINGS AND GAME-BY-GAME SCORING UPDATES.



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Sierra League Soccer: Damien wins 2-1; Chino Hills girls remain unbeaten in league with 3-1 win over St. Lucy’s

SIERRA LEAGUE SOCCER
BOYS RESULTS

Damien 2, Chino Hills 1
Ayala 3, South Hills 1
Claremont 3, Charter Oak 1
League Standings: Damien (3-1), Claremont (3-1), Ayala (2-2), South Hills (2-2), Chino Hills (1-3), Charter Oak (1-3)
GIRLS RESULTS
Chino Hills 3, St. Lucy’s 1
Claremont 6, Charter Oak 0
Ayala 1, South Hills 0
League Standings: Chino Hills (4-0), Claremont (3-1), Ayala (2-1-1), St. Lucy’s (1-2-1), South Hills (1-3), Charter Oak (0-4).

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Boys Hoops: Glendora goes cold and falls to 1-3 in the Baseline after 79-68 loss to Los Osos

By Fred J. Robledo
It looked like it would be one of those nights for the Glendora High School basketball team.
Everything was falling.
The Tartans drained their first four 3-point attempts and raced to a 10-point lead in the first three minutes against visiting Los Osos on Friday.
But sometimes the green light isn’t always a go.
After the 3s stopped falling for Glendora, Los Osos climbed back and took over in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 79-68 victory after the Tartans led most of the night.
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Southern California shootout features a doozy, top-ranked Damien takes on power Corona Centennial … Good thing this is hoops, not football

Once again, Rowland coach Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow put together a great lineup of games at APU. Bishop Amat and Bonita girls followed by La Canada and Glendora boys in the afternoon is a must for San Gabriel Valley fans. And you have to stick around for the biggie at 6 p.m. Damien, ranked No. 1 in Division 3AA will take on Centennial, ranked third in Division 1AA behind Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly. It doesn’t get much better than that.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOOTOUT
AT AZUSA PACIFIC, SATURDAY, JAN. 26

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.

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Rowland football coach Craig Snyder has resigned

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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It’s the goal of every coach to leave their program in better shape than when they arrived.
Craig Snyder certainly did that for Rowland High School.
But after restoring one of the area’s better programs, Snyder announced he is stepping down as Rowland’s football coach.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into this,” said Snyder, who is in his 35th year at the school. “For me, I believe behind every successful football coach, there’s a great lady. For 35 years, my wife has allowed me to coach a variety of sports. I’ve watched her have her own career while handling the kids, taking them to youth games. We have an empty nest now, and she’s home a lot. I owe it to her and my grandkids to be with them.”
The veteran coach, who will continue to teach and coach softball at the school, was 42-35 in seven seasons with the Raiders.
He guided Rowland to a share of two league titles and the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals in 2008.
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Girls Cross Country All-Area: Marissa Scott leads a talented field

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RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Marissa Scott, Bonita, Sr.
The Bearcats’ senior earned her third consecutive Tribune Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year year award, but she also finished her high school career having helped build the program into a CIF-Southern Section and CIF-State team champion for the first time in school history.
Scott warmed up by winning seeded races at the Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals before gearing up for the postseason. She won the Hacienda League individual title and was the league’s MVP, quite an honor with the Bearcats so deeply talented.
At the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals, Scott anchored her team to the division title by finishing fourth in 17:03. It was her best performance of the season when the Bearcats needed it the most.
After winning the school’s first CIF team title, the Bearcats doubled their excitement with a CIF State Division 3 title. They won by 60 points.
Once again it was Scott leading the way. She finished a team-leading 10th (18:30) in the state finals in helping her team earn a stunning state championship.
“I was really nervous before the race,” Scott said. “I knew we trained all season for this and I knew we
would pull it off because I had a lot of confidence in my teammates. They gave their best effort.”

TRIBUNE FIRST TEAM
EMILY HUBERT, Bishop Amat, So.

The sophomore finished third in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (16:53) and was sixth overall at the Division 3 state finals at Woodward Park in Fresno, where she was timed in 18:20 to top all local performers. Hubert also won the Dana Hills and Arcadia High Apache invitationals.

ROXANNE VALLE, Azusa, So.
The Montview League individual champion finished 10th at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (17:17) and was 12th at the CIF-state Division 3 finals in Fresno (18:41). Valle also won the Rosemead Invitational and finished first in her division at the Mt. SAC invite.

KAILYN SCOTT, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-teamer finished third at the league finals, won the Warren Stauffer Invitational and was second at the Dana Hills invite. Scott also finished 16th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 17th overall (18:49) at the CIF-State Division 3 finals.

KELSEY CREESE, Bonita Fr.
The talented freshman was named to the Hacienda League first team after finishing fifth at league finals and also winning her division race at the Warren Stauffer Invite. She finished 17th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 21st at the CIF-State Division 3 finals (18:52) in helping her team win a state title.

MACKENZIE LANDA, Bonita, Jr.
She won her division at the Woodbridge, Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals and finished second at the Hacienda League finals. She also performed well in the postseason in finishing 15th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:27) and 23rd at the CIF-SS Division 3 state finals (18:53).

JORDIN PRADO, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-team selection finished fourth at league finals and played a big part in helping the Bearcats capture CIF and State team crowns. Prado was 19th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:36) and 34th overall at the Division 3 state finals (19:06). She also was third in her division at the Warren Stauffer Invite.

COACH OF THE YEAR: LONNY CARR, Bonita
The Bearcats’ coach finished a dream season in leading his team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title and a CIF-State Division 3 championship. It was the first time in school history the Bearcats girls cross country team had won CIF or State titles. They saved their best for last in winning the state title by a commanding 60 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.

SECOND TEAM
Aileena Moreno, Bonita, Jr.
Sydney Tullai, Ayala, Fr.
Megan Renken, Claremont, Jr.
Suzie Garza, Baldwin Park, Jr.
Micaela Lamb, Glendora, So.
Diana Garcia, Bonita, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION
Emily Hoey, Glendora, Jr.
Maria Hernandez, Sierra Vista, So.
Katelyn Breitschwerdt, St. Lucy’s, So.
Tanner Morgan, Ayala, So.
Kiana Cavanaugh, Claremont, So.
Cindy Phung, Rosemead, Sr.

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Basketball: Diamond Bar gets defensive to stay in first; Workman routs La Puente

Walnut High’s Miles Jackson, left, goes up for the last shot of the game vs Diamond Bar High’s Evan York at the Walnut campus gym Jan. 16, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

Don’t look now, but Diamond Bar is taking control of the Hacienda League, improving to 4-0 with a 59-57 victory over Walnut Wednesday. Over in the Montview League, Workman easily routed rival La Puente.
Here’s a brief recap of Wednesday’s games.

Diamond Bar 59, Walnut 57
WALNUT – Diamond Bar High School was the preseason pick to win the Hacienda League boys basketball title, but now there is no doubt the Brahmas definitely are the team to beat.
Kenneth Thai had a steal and layup with 41 seconds and Evan York had three blocks in the final 20 seconds, the last as time expired, as visiting Diamond Bar stayed perfect in league with a 59-57 victory over Walnut on Wednesday.
The Brahmas, getting 16 points from Marcus Favela and 12 from Sam Ting, improved to 10-8 overall and 4-0 in the Hacienda League. Rob Harrelson had 18 points and Zuri Williams 13 for the Mustangs, who slipped to 13-6 and 3-2.
Diamond Bar coach Ty Watkins:“We had a great group in (at the end of the game) defensively. Evan York with the blocks at the end really did a great job. We did a great job all game long with our defense. (Walnut) is such a great team, they shoot well here. We’re proud of our defense to finish up the game at the end.”
Workman 56, La Puente 44
Osnar Garcia had 18 points and Noah Juarez 10 to lead the first-place Lobos to an easy win. Workman (17-1, 6-0) opened with a 15-0 run and was never threatened. Matthew Arguello had 22 points for La Puente (5-10, 3-1).
Workman coach Martin Flores: We came out and played good defense. We did the things we needed to do and they had no answer. We want our guys to get to their spot and there’s nothing for them to get.”
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Boys Cross Country All-Area: Arroyo’s Samuel Garcia earns top honors

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AREA PHOTO GALLERY

Runner of the year: SAMUEL GARCIA, Arroyo, Sr.

At the two most important cross country meets of the season, the Knights’ sturdy senior showed why he’s the Tribune’s 2012 boys cross country runner of the year.

At the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 finals at Mt. San Antonio College, Garcia turned in the area’s best performance of the day by finishing ninth overall in 14:20.

At the Division 2 state finals a week later at Woodward Park in Fresno, Garcia finished ninth again – by far the best performance for local runners. The next-closest area finisher was Ayala’s Christian Eagon, who finished 38th.

The Mission Valley League Most Valuable Player also won the league title in 15:45 and was seventh at the Top Speed Super Classic at Bonelli Park in 15:54.

Garcia, who was injured last season, couldn’t believe how everything came together his senior year.

“I still can’t grasp the fact I went to state,” said Garcia, who plans on attending either Chico State or Cal State Fullerton. “I never thought I would be the top runner in the Valley. It’s incredible; all my dreams came true.

“Hopefully in college I can take it a step further and become an All-American. You have to dream big for
big things to happen.”

FIRST TEAM
DAVID GALVEZ, Rowland, Jr.: The senior was steady throughout the season in being named Hacienda League Most Valuable Player. He won the individual league title in 15:13 at Mt. SAC in a race he won by 12 seconds. Galvez bettered that mark at the CIF-Souhern Section Division 2 finals, where he was 10th overall in 14:21.

MARK HUIZAR, Los Altos, Sr.: Was a Hacienda League first-team selection after finishing second in the league finals in 15:25 at Mt. SAC. The senior finished 15th overall at the CIF-SS Division III finals and was the first Los Altos athlete to run in the meet. “It’s a big honor,” he said. “I felt like dying out at the end. I left it all on the field.”

RYAN SANCHEZ, Glendora, Sr.: The Baseline League first-teamer finished fifth at league finals in 15:59 to help the Tartans to a second-place team finish. At The CIF-SS Division 2 finals, he finished 24th overall, which was fourth among area athletes. He won the season-opening Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Invite in 15:46.

DILLON NOBBS, Bonita, Jr.: The Hacienda League first-team selection finished third at league finals and 23rd overall in the CIF-SS Division 3 championships in a season-best 14:49. Nobbs won the three-mile junior race at the Warren Staub invitational (15:12) and won a junior three-mile race at the Woodbridge Classic (15.02).

JEFF KIRWIN, Glendora, So.: The Baseline League first-team pick was fourth at league finals in 15:52 and followed with a season-best 14:44 in a 29th-place finish at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals. At the Top Speed Super Classic Invite at Bonelli Park, Kirwin finished second overall in 15:32. He also was eighth at the Bronco Invitational.

ANTHONY AVILA, Ayala, Jr.: After finishing ninth in the Sierra League finals, Avila was the school’s best finisher at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, where he was 28th overall in a season-best 14:41 as the Bulldogs placed fourth. At the CIF-State Division 2 finals in Fresno, Avila helped Ayala to a seventh-place finish by clocking 16:15 in the finals.

Coach of the Year: DON SUMNER, Glendora
The Tartans’ coach had another stellar season thanks to the likes of Ryan Sanchez, Jeff Kirwin, Mike Duke, Garrett Hernandez, Damon Payne, Johnny Samuel and Aaron Reyes, all of whom were among top 15 finishers at the Baseline League finals. The Tartans, who finished second behind Etiwanda, were 13th overall at the Division 2 finals.

SECOND TEAM
Samuel Tran, Ayala, Sr.
Christian Eagon, Ayala, Sr.
Mike Duke, Glendora, Jr.
Mica Van Setten, Walnut, Sr.
Andre Tattersall, Rowland, Sr.
Jimmy Baeskens, Claremont, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION
Mitchell Cameron, Damien, Jr.
Abraham Aldaraca, Pomona, Sr.
Andres Aparicio, Arroyo, Jr.
Douglas Castro, Bassett, Sr.
Millen Trujillo, Walnut, So.
Robert Martinez, Ayala, Sr.

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