Walnut and Diamond Bar both win Hacienda League girls soccer games; West Covina boys knock off undefeated Walnut

Girls resuls
*Diamond Bar’s Tatum Lockett scored three goals to bring her season total to 16 and Marissa Favella scored the other in the Brahmas’ 4-0 win over Diamond Ranch.

*Walnut’s girls soccer team won their first league game with a 4 – 0 win over West Covina. Priscilla Aguirre lead Walnuts scoring with three goals and Junior Melissa Dominguez scored the other.

Boys Soccer
*After making previously undefeated Walnut No. 1 in the Tribune this week, West Covina knocked off the Mustangs 2-0 on Wednesday night. That’s impressive considering Walnut had outscored its opponents 26-3 entering the match.

Thursday’s big game
Walnut vs. South Hills at Covina District, 5 p.m.

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How will Glendora boys basketball fare in the Baseline?

Glendora (14-2) opens the Baseline League tonight at Rancho Cucamonga (14-3) at 6:30 p.m., but each week in the Baseline is test. Every team has a winning non-league record. Etiwanda (9-2), Los Osos (11-4), Upland (10-5) and Alta Loma (8-6) easily make this one of the tougher leagues in the Southern Section top to bottom. Glendora probably still needs a healthy Nick Colletta, who averaged 19 points in just five games last year but sat out most of it with back issues. But in any case, Tartans coach Mike LeDuc always gets the most out of what he has, and this year should be no different.

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Area Soccer Rankings: Undefeated Walnut takes over top boys spot, Claremont still No. 1 in girls

TRIBUNE SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Walnut (8-0-1) — Best on paper, five straight shutouts, outscored opponents 26-3. What more do you want?
2. Damien (6-1-3) – Sierra League favorites after South Hills’ recent non-league collapse.
3. Sierra Vista (8-1-3) — Surprising 1-0 loss to Workman, solid other than that.
4. South Hills (6-3-3) — Lost No. 1 spot after three straight one-goal losses.
5. Diamond Bar (7-3-2) — Jumped out to a quick 2-0 start in the Hacienda.
6. Nogales (6-2) — Remember when the Nobles were national contenders in the 90s?
7. Los Altos (6-5-2) — Has lost several close games, much better than this.
8. Baldwin Park (5-4-1) — Expect the Braves to fight for the VVL title in the end.
9. Bishop Amat (3-3-1) — Solid wins on resume, including 1-0 win over Los Altos
10. Gladstone (6-2) — Who expected the Gladiators to play this well?


GIRLS SOCCER
1. Claremont (14-2-1) — This is a no brainer, they won CIF last year and have a lot of talent back.
2. Charter Oak (9-1-2) — Shocked I’m typing this, but Chargers proved themselves with 1-0 win St. Lucy’s.
3. Bishop Amat (6-3-3) — Finally rounding into form, but not as strong as previous years.
4. Chino Hills (8-2-5) — Could very well compete for the Sierra League title. As explosive as they come.
5. St. Lucy’s (6-3-2) — Shocking isn’t it, four of the top five ranked teams from the Sierra League.
6. Diamond Bar (8-3-2) — School that produced the best American girls player today is taking off.
7. Sierra Vista (9-2-1) — Fact check: Dons girls soccer is the only sport at Sierra Vista to win a CIF team title.
8. Diamond Ranch (5-1) — Schedule easy and not all games posted, but they’ll give Diamond Bar a run in the Hacienda.
9. South Hills (7-2-3) — Poor Huskies, great season, but probably only fifth-best in Sierra.
10. San Dimas (6-4-2) — Saints should be good enough to win VVL, but not as dominant as prior years.

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Tribune Boys and Girls Top Ten Basketball Rankings; Damien and Bishop Amat lead way as league races take shape


TRIBUNE BASKETBALL RANKINGS
BOYS HOOPS

1. Damien (12-2) — Won two local tournamnets
2. Chino Hills (12-4) — Good record, tough schedule
3. Glendora (14-2) — Gets tougher in Baseline
4. La Verne Lutheran (13-6) — Won SGV tournament over Maranatha
5. Bonita (13-5) — Finally lost a league game to Diamond Ranch on Friday
6. Claremont (11-5) – Sierra League will be tough again
7. Rowland (10-5) — Played well in December
8. Covina (10-5) — Valle Vista favorites
9. Diamond Ranch (8-7) — Ended Bonita’s streak
10. Workman (13-1) –Should dominate Montview


GIRLS HOOPS
1. Bishop Amat (15-2) — Even better than last year
2. Bonita (12-4) — Big win over Diamond Ranch, but need more than Nikki Wheatley.
3. Duarte (11-0) – Could this be the year Falcons go undefeated until CIF?
4. Workman (10-4) — All of a sudden, Workman a place to play basketball
5. Diamond Ranch (10-5) — Second best in Hacienda .. Right?
6. Wilson (10-6) –Should cruise in Valle Vista
7. Glendora (12-4) — Best start in years, but now Baseline starts
8. Chino Hills (8-6) — Best in watered-down Sierra League
9. Rosemead (9-6) — One of the best pound-for-pound.
10. Ayala (6-7) — Played a super tough schedule

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Walnut boys soccer remains unbeaten with 1-0 win over Los Altos

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
Los Altos defenders and particularly Aaron Preston were doing a fine job containing Walnut’s attackers in the final third in Friday’s Hacienda League boys soccer game.
The frustration was written all over Walnut striker Mario Interiano’s face, who failed several times to find cutters or create own his own shot, particularly with Preston shadowing him every time he looked for an opportunity to get a shot off.
But with the game winding down, Interiano finally got the best of Preston and the Conquerors’ defense. He spun away to free himself down the right side, then cut in front of Preston and held him off darting toward the goal, firing off the game-winner from a tough angle in the 72nd minute to give Walnut a 1-0 victory.
Interiano’s ninth goal of the season allowed Walnut (8-0-1, 1-0) to remain undefeated and more importantly, start the Hacienda League off on a positive note after finishing fourth last year. (click thread to continue reading)

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Maxpreps ranks the area’s top 35 boys and girls basketball teams. You might be shocked where some teams are ranked

I’m posting this comment from a reader because it’s a typical complaint we get from fans who want to follow their teams. The lesson here, coaches post your game results and stats …

Wow the DB girls are being ignored this year. Their record on maxpreps is wrong, they are 8-6 not 4-6. I saw their game against Los Altos, and Alabi is a force to be reckoned with. She had 26 points and 26 rebounds, who does that? Although many believe that the girls hacienda league title is a 2-team race, I really believe that Diamond Bar has a good chance at it.” GPrepBball

Today’s Hoops Schedule
Boys Basketball
Nonleague

Oak Hills at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat at St. Monica, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
Bonita at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
Los Altos at Walnut, 6:45 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Bonita at Diamond Ranch, 5 p.m.
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 5 p.m.
Los Altos at Walnut, 5 p.m.

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



Fred’s thoughts: Damien should be the top team in my opinion with Chino Hills second and Lutheran third. Glendora should probably be ranked fourth, but the rest is fair.
MAXPREPS TOP 35 AREA BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
1 Chino Hills (CA) 10-4 43 313 Sierra
2 Lutheran (La Verne, CA) 12-6 78 606 Freelance
3 Damien (La Verne, CA) 11-2 113 1125 Sierra
4 Bonita (La Verne, CA) 13-4 150 1644 Hacienda
5 Claremont (CA) 10-5 159 1767 Sierra
6 Glendora (CA) 13-2 170 1893 Baseline
7 Rowland (Rowland Heights, CA) 10-5 267 3215 Hacienda
8 Covina (CA) 10-5 287 3482 Valle Vista
9 Walnut (CA) 9-4 289 3492 Hacienda
10 Diamond Bar (CA) 6-8 311 3802 Hacienda
11 Diamond Ranch (Pomona, CA) 7-7 371 4520 Hacienda
12 Workman (City of Industry, CA) 13-1 387 4750 Montview
13 Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) 10-6 448 5684 Del Rey
14 Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) 8-5 462 5913 Sierra
15 Baldwin Park (CA) 11-6 507 6732 Valle Vista
16 South Hills (West Covina, CA) 8-8 513 6839 Sierra
17 Arroyo (El Monte, CA) 10-5 531 7119 Mission Valley
18 Wilson (Hacienda Heights, CA) 6-10 545 7319 Valle Vista
19 Northview (Covina, CA) 7-8 583 7878 Valle Vista
20 San Dimas (CA) 7-6 594 7978 Valle Vista
21 West Covina (CA) 8-8 595 7979 Hacienda
22 Los Altos (Hacienda Heights, CA) 7-6 596 7988 Hacienda
23 Gladstone (Covina, CA) 7-4 666 9211 Montview
24 Charter Oak (Covina, CA) 6-9 768 11206 Sierra
25 Nogales (La Puente, CA) 4-11 837 12374 Valle Vista
26 Mountain View (El Monte, CA) 8-7 868 12856 Mission Valley
27 South El Monte (CA) 3-11 877 12939 Mission Valley
28 La Puente (CA) 2-8 903 13335 Montview
29 Duarte (CA) 3-5 906 13368 Montview
30 El Monte (CA) 4-8 992 14713 Mission Valley
31 Rosemead (CA) 3-9 1026 15129 Mission Valley
32 Bassett (La Puente, CA) 2-8 1047 15387 Montview
33 Azusa (CA) 2-12 1108 16199 Montview
34 Sierra Vista (Baldwin Park, CA) 1-11 1131 16545 Montview
35 Ganesha (Pomona, CA) 0-10 1261 18298 Montview

Fred’s thoughts: Bishop Amat and Bonita are clearly the top teams again, but Diamond Ranch can prove otherwise hosting Bonita in tonight’s huge Hacienda League game at Diamond Ranch. Kind of shocking to see Workman ranked third ahead of undefeated Duarte. That’s a game in the Montview we’ll have to pencil in.

MAXPREPS TOP 35 GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS
1 Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) 14-2 28 179 Del Rey
2 Bonita (La Verne, CA) 10-4 137 1467 Hacienda
3 Workman (City of Industry, CA) 10-4 144 1555 Montview
4 Duarte (CA) 11-0 159 1711 Montview
5 Diamond Ranch (Pomona, CA) 10-4 189 2282 Hacienda
6 Wilson (Hacienda Heights, CA) 9-6 239 2977 Valle Vista
7 Chino Hills (CA) 8-6 290 3792 Sierra
8 Ayala (Chino Hills, CA) 6-6 294 3863 Sierra
9 Rosemead (CA) 9-6 325 4370 Mission Valley
10 Glendora (CA) 11-4 338 4587 Baseline
11 South Hills (West Covina, CA) 8-8 415 5823 Sierra
12 Diamond Bar (CA) 4-6 442 6364 Hacienda
13 Charter Oak (Covina, CA) 7-7 461 6627 Sierra
14 Walnut (CA) 4-5 466 6717 Hacienda
15 West Covina (CA) 5-8 504 7347 Hacienda
16 St. Lucy’s (Glendora, CA) 7-6 550 8147 Sierra
17 Claremont (CA) 6-5 560 8328 Sierra
18 Bassett (La Puente, CA) 1-4 571 8561 Montview
19 Arroyo (El Monte, CA) 7-8 603 9023 Mission Valley
20 Ganesha (Pomona, CA) 5-5 623 9277 Montview
21 El Monte (CA) 7-8 734 11092 Mission Valley
22 Baldwin Park (CA) 4-8 748 11249 Valle Vista
23 Covina (CA) 6-10 764 11537 Valle Vista
24 Rowland (Rowland Heights, CA) 2-9 799 12030 Hacienda
25 San Dimas (CA) 6-9 826 12420 Valle Vista
26 Nogales (La Puente, CA) 3-9 830 12525 Valle Vista
27 Los Altos (Hacienda Heights, CA) 1-10 887 13487 Hacienda
28 Azusa (CA) 3-11 934 14099 Montview
29 La Puente (CA) 1-4 938 14145 Montview
30 Northview (Covina, CA) 3-8 958 14550 Valle Vista
31 Mountain View (El Monte, CA) 1-3 969 14756 Mission Valley
32 South El Monte (CA) 2-4 1056 15898 Mission Valley
33 Gladstone (Covina, CA) 0-7 1110 16460 Montview
34 Sierra Vista (Baldwin Park, CA) 0-8 1132 16669 Montview
35 Lutheran (La Verne, CA) 4-3 1193 17360 Freelance

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Undefeated Walnut (7-0-1) hosts Los Altos (6-5-2) in boys soccer rematch and Hacienda opener today

Walnut has been one of the most impressive boys soccer teams over the holidays behind one of the school’s all-time great players and coach, Jerry Laterza. They’ve scored 25 goals and allowed just three and enter today’s Hacienda League opener with four straight shutouts, including a 1-0 victory over Los Altos in the championship of the Don Lugo tournament on Dec. 27. Now Los Altos gets its shot again at Walnut, only the stakes are higher. Los Altos, one of the pre-season league favorites, dropped its league opener to Diamond Bar 1-0 and can’t afford to drop to 0-2. We’ll be there today, check back for the story and video.

Hacienda League Boys Soccer
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m
Walnut at Los Altos, 3:30 p.m.

Hacienda League girls soccer
Diamond Bar at West Covina, 3:30 p.m
Walnut at Los Altos, 3:30 p.m.
Rowland at South Hills, 3:30 p.m., nonleauge

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Move over Bryce Harper, South Hills’ David Denson smacked a 515 foot home run at Marlins Park in Florida

By Fred J. Robledo

South Hills High School’s best kept secret is out of the bag.

David Denson, a 17-year-old senior who has never played for the Huskies’ baseball team because he competes for the ABD Academy and already is committed to play college ball at the University of Hawaii, turned heads at the prestigious Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in Florida earlier this week when he belted the longest tape-measure job in the park’s history.

Denson hit his mammoth blast during the showcase event that was held Dec. 27-30, but now that the homer has been posted on Youtube, it’s gone viral.

Denson, who won the seventh annual event with 19 eye-popping home runs, smacked a record 515-foot home run that bettered the bomb of Bryce Harper’s infamous home run in the same event in 2009 that measured 502 feet when Harper was 19. Harper now plays for the Washington Nationals and was the first-round pick in the 2010 MLB draft.

Denson, who spent his freshman year at Bishop Amat before transferring to South Hills his sophomore year, described the record homer he belted on New Years eve.

“It’s funny because during my whole trip to Florida everything went wrong,” Denson recalled. “The flight was bad, we had problems with the rental car and that day I hit (the 515-foot homer) everything was going wrong.

“But I remember stepping up to the plate and saying a little prayer in my head. I let one pitch go by and then put everything into the next one. When it took off I thought it would die down in center field, but my eyes didn’t see it. It kept going higher and higher and out of sight. I’m like man, ‘God is good.”

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Just when you thought it was Rowland’s year to take over the Hacienda, Bonita wins its 25th straight in league opener

Bonita-Rowland photo gallery

By John Sherrard

The Bonita High School boys basketball team just seems to have Rowland’s number.

In fact, the Bearcats (13-4, 1-0) have had everyone’s number since they entered the Hacienda League in the 2010 season.

The visiting Bearcats, behind a game-high 21 points from junior forward Dane Hollar, reeled off their 25th consecutive league victory and defeated Rowland, 57-47, on Wednesday in the league opener for both teams.

“The last tournament (San Gabriel Classic) my shot wasn’t going and I don’t what happened,” Hollar said. “But (Wednesday) I just started feeling it I guess, and got my shot back.”

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