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
Standings
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
Standings
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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