CIF-SS Wrestling: Northview is Team X after winning 10th division title; Valley dominates with 10 individual championships

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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RIVERSIDE –
Northview High School believed it left a little on the table when it came up short in the CIF-Southern Section dual wrestling championships last week.
The Vikings did something about it Saturday.
Northview, with five individual championships, scored the school’s 10 CIF-Southern Section team title by dominating at the Central Division championships at Norte Vista High School.
It was also an impressive performance for the area, which produced 10 of the 14 champions and qualified 36 to next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High School.
The 10 champions were Northview’s Vincent Parra (106 pounds), Eric Ochoa (113), Ricky Padilla (145), Steven Lopez (160) and Bryan Salinas (170); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (136); Walnut’s Freddie Hsiao (120); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182); Charter Oak’s Eric Prevost and South Hills’ Marco Valdivia (285).
“You have to give the kids all the credit,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “They came back hungry. To lose the way we lost last weekend and persevere and push through all the challenges they faced, I’m just extremely proud of them and ecstatic that we were able to get it done.”
Also qualifying from the area are Northview’s John Rivera (120, fourth), Tony Arellano (132, third), Daniel Valles (136, second) and Anthony Martinez (182, fourth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (126, third), Joey Castorena (132, fifth), Diego Cortez (152, fifth) and David Apodaca (285, fifth); Rowland’s Josh Martinez (106, second), Bruno Flores (126, fourth) and Greg Lawton (160, second); Diamond Bar’s Jeremy Foo (120, fifth), Matt Carrillo (195, third) and Dre Johnson (225, third); South Hills’ Kevin Kelly (126, second) and Matt Chavez (152, fourth); Chino Hills’ Nathan Aragon (160, fourth) and Garrick Gurney (170, fourth); West Covina’s Bradley Ojala (170, third) and Robert Montoya (182, fifth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106, third); Walnut’s Michael Sill (136, third); Covina’s Jose Lozano (113, fifth); Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285, third) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (152, third).
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Girls Basketball: Diamond Ranch takes care of Rosemead 50-33; Bishop Amat, Bonita, Glendora, Wilson advance

Diamond Ranch 50, Rosemead 33: Tai Lark scored a team-high 16 points and Lauren Graves added 12 for Diamond Ranch in its second-round victory over Rosemead, which had to play without three-time Mission Valley League MVP Melody Gauthier, who broke her hand in the final week of the season after averaging 23 points. Rosemead didn’t look intimidated early, racing to a 9-1 lead and getting a game-high 20 points from Sydney Hua and nine points from Lauren Diep, but Diamond Ranch was too physical and improved to 21-7 to move on to the quarterfinals. Diamond Ranch played without head coach Mike James, who was unavailable due to a death in the family. Rosemead finishes the season 20-7.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Saturday’s games
First Round
Division 1AA

Chino Hills 64, Edison 55
San Clemente 47, Diamond Bar 22
Division 1A
Bishop Amat 60, Katella 18
Division 2AA
Woodbridge 64, West Covina 41
Ayala 62, Redlands 34
Bonita 66, Heritage 46
Division 2A
Orange Lutheran 58, Baldwin Park 18
Redondo Union 55, Arroyo 19
Segerstrom 49, Claremont 25
Second round
Division 3AAA

Diamond Ranch 50, Rosemead 33
Glendora 39, South Torrance 30
Division 3AA
Wilson 60, Compton 32
Calabasas 75 South Hills 34
Division 3A
Chaminade 71, San Dimas 25
La Canada 60, El Monte 29
Division 4AA
JSerra 74, Workman 38

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Boys Basketball: Santa Fe rallies to oust Rowland, 56-55; plus Chino Hills’ postgame interviews following Huskies 68-40 win over Montclair

By Steve Ramirez
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ROWLAND HEIGHTS –
Santa Fe High School was down, but certainly not out Friday, and the Chiefs proved it when it mattered most.
Charlie Muhlenkamp made two free throws with two seconds left as Santa Fe rallied from a double-digit deficit to score a 56-55 victory over host Rowland in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA first-round game.
The Chiefs, getting 19 points from Muhlenkamp and 14 from Jonathan Parral, improved to 13-14 and advanced to Tuesday’s second round against either Eastside or No. 7 seed Camarillo.
Joseph Dionisio had 16 points for the Raiders, who finished 19-9. Rowland had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Dioniso’s half-court shot clanked off the back of the rim.
Santa Fe’s Charlie Muhlenkamp: “We’re a family and we didn’t give up on each other. We just got more aggressive (during the second half). We were a little lazy coming out, and we just picked it up.”
Rowland coach Gordon Hamlow: “I’m irritated. I thought there were some things that didn’t go our way that should have. (Santa Fe) did a great job. They hit the free throws to win it. Kudos to them.”

Chino Hills following big win over Montclair, Tom Kiss all over it.

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Boys Hoops: Damien makes it look easy in 60-45 win over Wilson; Chino Hills, Glendora, all advance; Santa Fe ousts Rowland

Damien-Wilson photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Damien sophomore point guard Jeremy Hemsley watched the lane open up late in the second quarter and took off just inside the free throw line, falling inches short of delivering a monstrous dunk in the the Spartans’ easy 60-45 victory over Wilson in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA boys basketball playoffs Friday.
On a night that got easier by the quarter for the second-seed Spartans, that qualified as a highlight as Damien advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season.
“I thought I had it,” said Hemsley, who dunked on a break minutes earlier. “My eyes got wide.”
Damien (22-7) advances to face unseeded Temescal Canyon, a 67-61 winner over seventh-seed Temple City, on the road Tuesday.
Hemsley scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and rested nearly all of the fourth as the Spartans built a 23-point second-half lead. (To continue click thread).

CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs
Boys Basketball
Friday’s first round results
Division 1AA

Chino Hills 68, Montclair 40
Division IA
Diamond Bar 64, California 50
Edison 64, Walnut 61
Division 2AA
Santa Fe 56, Rowland 55
Division 2A
Beaumont 73, Baldwin Park 63
Glendora 58, Hemet 48
Friday’s second round
Division 3AAA
Bonita 59, Colony 54
Royal 69, Claremont 29
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch 53, Jurupa Valley 52
Damien 60, Wilson 45
Temescal Canyon 67, Temple City 61
Division 3A
Cathedral 69, Bishop Amat 34
Tahquitz 61, Covina 58
St. Francis 61, San Dimas 38
Division 4AA
La Verne Lutheran 54, Muir 53
JSerra 65, Workman 38

Tuesday’s playoff schedule
Second Round
Division 1AA

Rancho Verde at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
El Toro at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Dominguez at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Quarterfinals
Division 3AAA
Bonita at Tustin, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch at Santa Margarita, 7 p.m.
Damien at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Windward vs. La Verne Lutheran at UOLa Verne 7 p.m.

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Damien’s Big Game Ben Jimenez does a trick on Tesoro in 3-1 win; Los Altos and Claremont also win

Damien-Tesoro photo gallery

Damien 3, Tesoro 1: After falling behind in the first minute on a bang-bang play in front of the goal, Damien’s Ben Jimenez got the Spartans back in it with a goal in the 30th minute, leveling the action 1-1 at half. Jimenez wasn’t done, he would finish with hat trick after scoring in the 43rd and 60th minute, plus he nearly added a fourth on a spectacular bicycle kick attempt. We talked to him afterward as the Sierra League Spartans (15-3-3) advanced to the second round of the Division 1 playoffs

CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Playoffs
Today’s First Round
Division 1
Damien 3, Tesoro 1
Claremont 1, Arlington 0, OT
Division 4
Artesia 2, Azusa 1
Perris 2, Sierra Vista 1
Cathedral 8, Duarte 0
Norwalk 3, Ganesha 0
Oak Hills 2, Bishop Amat 0
Division 5
San Jacinto 1, Baldwin Park 0, 2OT
Los Altos 2, Estancia 0
Granite Hills 2, Arroyo 1
Righetti 4, West Covina 1
Pomona 4, Yucca Valley 1
Silverado 2, Diamond Bar 1
Monrovia 1, Mountain View 1, Monrovia advances on PKs
Saddleback 3, Walnut 1
Arroyo Grande 2, Nogales 0

Wednesday’s second round games
Division 1

Damien at Palos Verdes, 3 p.m.
Redondo Union at Claremont, 5 p.m.
Division 5
Granite Hills at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Pomona at Marshall, 5 p.m.

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Girls Water Polo: Bonita, Los Altos and St. Lucy’s advance to quarterfinals

It’s down to the Elite Eight in girls water polo, with area teams Bonita, Los Altos and St. Lucy’s surviving the first round. All three will be in action in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

CIF-SS Playoffs
First Round
Division 3

St. Lucy’s 10, Peninsula 7
Division 4
No. 1 Bonita 18, Buena Park 5
No. 3 Los Altos def. Rio Mesa
Division 7
No. 1 Ocean View 20, La Puente 2
Chino 20, Nogales 4
Segerstrom 13, Wilson 1
SATURDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
Division 3

St. Lucy’s vs No. 1 Harvard-Westlake at Claremont HS, 2 p.m.
Division 4
No. 1 Bonita vs. Mission Viejo at Trabuco Hills HS, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Los Altos at South Pasadena, TBA

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Girls Soccer results: Walnut romps to 8-1 win over Barstow; Bishop Amat beats Oak Park 2-0

Walnut 8, Barstow 1: Walnut’s Catrina Gonzalez scored three goals and Marissa Lara scored twice in the Mustangs’ easy Division 3 first-round victory over Barstow. The Mustangs led 6-0 at half, also getting goals from Isabel Garay, Cassie Duran and Jolissa Avila. The Mustangs will face St. Joseph, a 4-0 winner over La Reina, in the second round.

Bishop Amat 2, Oak Park 0: Amat striker Katie Zamora scored both goals, notching one early in the 10th minute, and finishing Oak Park off in the 74th minute. It was a physical game on both sides with Amat getting most of the scoring opportunities. Amat is hoping to advance to a D-3 title game for the third straight year, having won it all in 2011 and runner up in 2012

CIF-Southern Section girls soccer playoff results
Thursday’s first round
Division 2

Claremont 4, Corona Centennial 1
ML King 3, St. Lucy’s 3, MLK wins in Pks 4-2
Chino Hills 6, Lakewood 0
Division 3
Granite Hills 3, Bonita 1
Diamond Bar 3, Western 0
Bishop Amat 2, Walnut 1
Pacifica 1, Los Altos 0, OT
Division 6
San Dimas 2, Camarillo 1
Sierra Vista 4, Carter 0
San Gorgonio 3, Azusa 0
Ocean View 2, Duarte 0
Santa Ana Valley at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Division 7
Marshall 2, Rosemead 0
Arroyo 1, Bell Gardens 0

TUESDAY’S SECOND-ROUND SCHEDULE
Division 2

Valencia Valencia at Claremont, 5 p.m.
Hart at Chino Hills, 5 p.m.
Division 3
Diamond Bar at Flintridge Prep, 5 p.m.
Righetti at Bishop Amat, 5 p.m.
Walnut at Lakewood St. Joseph, 3 p.m.
Division 6
San Dimas vs. Big Bear at Lucerne Valley HS, 5 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Santa Ana Valley, 5 p.m.
Division 7
Arroyo at Cate, 5 p.m.

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Girls Basketball: Wilson rallies past Charter Oak, 46-39, to advance in 3AA; Diamond Ranch, Workman and Rosemead also get wins; Duarte ousted by Notre Dame

Wilson’s Kaelyn Kawamoto (C) (24) shoo\ts over Charter Oak’s Alison Strycula (22) in the first half of a CIF-SS prep basketball game at Wilson High School on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Hacienda Heights, Calif. Wilson won 46-39.
(Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
HACIENDA HEIGHTS –
There were times Thursday night where the Wilson High School girls basketball looked overwhelmed.
But never doubt the heart of a champion.
Kaelyn Kawamoto scored 15 points and Kelli Calton had 11 and the host Wildcats overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to score a 46-39 victory over Charter Oak in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA first-round game.
Wilson, which went undefeated in the Valle Vista League, improved to 21-6 and advanced to face either Grand Terrace or Compton in Saturday’s second round. Tiffany Lam also had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats.
Elizabeth Bongo had eight points and eight rebounds for Charter Oak, which finished 12-15.
Wilson coach Tracy Calton: “We’re used (to games like this). We played a lot of tough games in nonleague. We were ready for a tough game. “It doesn’t effect this team. They know what to do, what’s at stake, and how to get the job done. It’s all a matter of working together.”
Charter Oak coach Jenny Strycula: “You have to give Wilson credit. “They did a good job defensively. We just needed to do a better job taking care of the ball.”

CIF-Southern Girls Basketball Playoffs
Tonight’s first-round games
Division 3AAA

Diamond Ranch 55, San Bernardino 32
Rosemead 51, Nogales 26
Glendora 41, Los Amigos 34
Division 3AA
Wilson 46, Charter Oak 39
South Hills 63, Magnolia 24
Division 3A
San Dimas 54, Azusa 43
Ocean View 22, Covina 18
Ganesha 52, Gabrielino 37
El Monte 46, Northview 27
Yucca Valley 64, South El Monte 48
Division 4AA
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 56, Duarte 41
Workman 89, Banning 54
Division 4A
Orangewood Academy 43, Bassett 39
Division 6
Cal Lutheran 55, La Verne Lutheran 28

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Boys Basketball: Workman grinds out a 60-53 victory over Cerritos Valley Christian; Covina, Bonita, Wilson, Amat, Damien all advance

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Workman High School boys basketball team dominated the Montview League so thoroughly it wasn’t in many close games like it was late in the second half against visiting Cerritos Valley Christian in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs on Wednesday.
But Workman pulled it out hitting clutch free throws down the stretch and getting crucial stops to squeeze out a 60-53 victory.
In what has been a record-breaking season of school victories for the Lobos, it almost ended too quick after a 14-point halftime lead was trimmed to one with 2:35 left after the Crusaders’ Chris Miller sank a pair of free throws to make it 50-49. (To continue click thread)

CIF-SS Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first-round results

Division 3AAA
Bonita 54, South Torrance 40
Claremont 60, Apple Valley 50
Servite 60, Arroyo 47
Division 3AA
Esperanza 76, Sierra Vista 41
Diamond Ranch 68, La Puente 38
Wilson 58, Irvine 39
Damien 74, Los Amigos 28
Division 3A
Burroughs/Ridgecrest 68, Northview 55
Bishop Amat 52, South El Monte 38
Barstow 41, Gladstone 38
Santa Paula 61, Mountain View 51
Covina 75, Antelope Valley 62
San Dimas 74, Pioneer 63
Division 4AA
La Verne Lutheran 83, Milken Community 36
Workman 60, Cerritos Valley Christian 53

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Boys Basketball: Pioneer scares another Valle Vista Leage foe, San Dimas survives, 74-63; Saints travel to St. Francis on Friday

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
SAN DIMAS — Pioneer High School might want to consider a move to the Valle Vista League.
The Titans certainly put up their best efforts against teams from the Valle Vista, scaring a team from the San Gabriel Valley league for the second consecutive season.
This time, it was host San Dimas, which breathed a sigh of relief after holding off Pioneer, 74-63, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A first-round game.
The Saints, getting 22 points from Jordan Stokes and 16 from Greyson McGee, improved to 16-10 and will travel to St. Francis in Friday’s second round.
Pioneer, which lost to Covina last season, finished 10-18. Courtney Ramon scored 30 points to lead the Titans.
San Dimas coach Bruce Robbins: “I guess (I feel relief). In the first half in particular (Pioneer) didn’t seem to miss anything. We changed up a little in the second half. They still made some, but it was nothing like the first half.”
Pioneer coach Gregory Gilmore: “Our guys played hard. We’re a great shooting team. Some of our role players who normally hit shots didn’t make those shots tonight. (Ramon) stepped up and had a great game. But a lot of our other shooters didn’t shoot the ball well tonight.”

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Boys Soccer Wild Card: Bishop Amat, Duarte and West Covina all win in overtime

Wednesday’s Boys Soccer Wild Card Results
Division 1

Long Beach Cabrillo 4, South Hills 0
St. John Bosco 3, Ayala 1
Division 4
Azusa 1, Lawndale 0
Duarte 0, Torrance 0, Duarte advances 7-6 PKS
Hart 2, Workman 0
Bishop Amat 2, Oaks Christian 1, OT
Division 5
Baldwin Park 4, Paso Robles 1
West Covina 4, El Monte 3, OT
Diamond Bar 2, Laguna Beach 1
Pioneer Valley 2, Wilson 0

FRIDAY’S FIRST-ROUND UPDATES
Division 1

Tesoro at Damien, 5 p.m.
Claremont at Arlington, 5 p.m.
Division 4
Azusa at Artesia, 5 p.m.
Perris at Sierra Vista, 5 p.m.
Duarte at Cathedral, 5 p.m.
Ganesha at Norwalk, 5 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Oak Hills, 5 p.m.
Division 5
Baldwin Park at San Jacinto, 5 p.m.
Estancia at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Arroyo at Granite Hills, 5 p.m.
West Covina at Righetti, 5 p.m.
Yucca Valley at Pomona, 5 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Silverado, 5 p.m.
Monrovia at Mountain View, 5 p.m.
Saddleback at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Arroyo Grande, 3:30 p.m.

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Workman in the worst division imaginable, Valle Vista has good chance to go 4-0

Observations: My first though is Northview coach Ron Rice may get another win at 8-14 Ridgecrest which could mean another home game for the coach who started at Northview in 1969 and is in his final season. For a league champ, Bonita probably has the toughest game at home against South Torrance and Bishop Amat can thank its lucky stars that league is over and things get easier in a division more to its liking at South El Monte. Also sad to look at one-loss Workman in such a tough division with Lutheran, Price and the others. Workman should be in 3A battling the Covina’s, Amat’s and teams from its own league like Gladstone. But for whatever reason the Workman boys, just like its girls, got screwed in playoff placement. But Workman should win round one. With four Valle Vista league teams in action, don’t be surprised if they go 4-0. Covina, San Dimas and Northview should all win, and Wilson is in a good spot at home.

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CIF-SS Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first-round games
Division 3AAA

South Torrance (16-9) at Bonita (23-5), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Claremont (19-9) at Apple Valley (15-9), 7 p.m.
No. 16 Servite (15-12) at Arroyo (20-6), 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
No. 16 Esperanza (8-19) at Sierra Vista (6-17), 7 p.m.
La Puente (9-14) at No. 13 Diamond Ranch (14-12), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Irvine (14-14) at Wilson (15-12), 7 p.m.
Los Amigos (12-12) at No. 2 Damien (20-6), 7 p.m.
Division 3A
No. 15 Northview (10-15) at Burroughs/Ridgecrest (8-14), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Bishop Amat (14-12) at South El Monte (9-16), 7 p.m.
Barstow (8-16) at No. 13 Gladstone (18-6), 7 p.m.
Mountain View (12-14) at No. 14 Santa Paula (13-10), 7 p.m.
Antelope Valley (7-15) at No. 6 Covina (20-5), 7 p.m.
Pioneer (10-17) at No. 10 San Dimas (15-10), 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
No. 5 La Verne Lutheran (21-6) at Milken Community (18-4), 7 p.m.
Valley Christian/Cerritos (11-15) at Workman (25-1), 7 p.m.

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Who will be La Puente’s next football coach after Brandon Rohrer leaves to take over at Etiwanda

The Bulletin’s Clay Fowler reported tonight that Brandon Rohrer, La Puente’s football coach for the last four seasons, has been hired (at Etiwanda), pending board approval, according to an anonymous source. This is no surprise. Aram and I mentioned last week that Rohrer was likely leaving for Etiwanda. The question now is who will La Puente get to replace a coach that was 33-11 at a school where winning isn’t that easy.

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CIF-SS GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Bishop Amat and Arroyo earn No. 4 seeds in D-3 and D-7, respectively

CIF-Southern Section Girls Soccer Playoffs
Thursday’s first round
Division 2
Corona Centennial at Claremont, 5 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Martin Luther King, 5 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 5 p.m.
Division 3
Bonita at Granite Hills, 3 p.m.
Western at Diamond Bar, 5 p.m.
Oak Park at Bishop Amat, 5 p.m.
Barstow at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Pacifica, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Duarte at Ocean View, 3:15 p.m.
Camarillo at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Azusa at San Gorgonio, 5 p.m.
Santa Ana Valley at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Carter at Sierra Vista, 5 p.m.
Division 7
St. Mattias at Arroyo, 5 p.m.
Alhambra at Saddleback Valley Christian, 5 p.m.
Avalon at Gabrielino, 5 p.m.
Rosemead at Marshall, 3:30 p.m.

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CIF-SS BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS: Sierra League gets four in, but advancing will be tough for all

CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Playoffs
Tribune area schedule

Division 1
Wednesday’s wild-card

St. John Bosco at Ayala
South Hills at Long Beach Cabrillo
Friday’s first-round
Tesoro at Damien
Claremont at Arlington
Division 4
Wednesday’s wild card

Lawndale at Azusa
Duarte at Torrance
Workman at Hart
Oaks Christian at Bishop Amat
Friday’s first-round
Sultana-Perris winner at Sierra Vista
Ganesha at Norwalk
Division 5
Wednesday’s wild card
Paso Robles at Baldwin Park
West Covina at El Monte
Laguna Beach at Diamond Bar
Wilson at Pioneer Valley
Friday’s first round
Estancia-Brentwood winner at Los Altos
Yucca Valley at Pomona
Monrovia at Mountain View
Saddleback at Walnut
Nogales at Arroyo Grande

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CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS: Bishop Amat gets top seed in Division IA; Diamond Ranch, Wilson also get top five seeds

There was good and bad news for Bishop Amat Sunday.
The good was that the Lancers received the No. 1 seed in Division 1A when the CIF-SS released pairings for the girls basketball playoffs. But the Lancers, as an at-large team after finishing fifth in the Del Rey League, will open on the road, traveling to Katella in Saturday’s first round.
Bishop Amat was one of three area teams to receive a top five seed. The others were Diamond Ranch and Wilson, who received No. 5 seeds, respectively, in divisions 3AAA and 3AA. The Panthers will host San Bernardino, and Wilson will get Charter Oak, also at home.
Bonita, ranked No. 2 in the area all season, received the No. 7 seed in Division 2AA and will host Heritage on Saturday.
Here is the rest of the area playoff schedule:
GIRLS BASKETBALL
DIVISION IAA
First Round
Saturday

Chino Hills at No. 12 Edison
Diamond Bar at No. 14 San Clemente
DIVISION IA
First Round
Saturday

No. 1 Bishop Amat at Katella
DIVISION 2AA
First Round
Saturday

West Covina at No. 5 Woodbridge
Redlands at No. 18 Ayala
Heritage at No. 7 Bonita
DIVISION 2A
First Round
Saturday

Baldwin Park at No. 1 Orange Lutheran
Arroyo at No. 6 Redondo
Claremont at No. 7 Segerstrom
DIVISION 3AAA
First Round
Thursday

San Beranrdino at No. 5 Diamond Ranch
Nogales at No. 12 Rosemead
No. 10 Glendora at Los Amigos
DIVISION 3AA
First Round
Thursday

Charter Oak at No. 5 Wilson
Magnolia at No. 11 South Hills
DIVISION 3A
First Round
Thursday

Azusa at No. 16 San Dimas
Covina at No. 12 Ocean View
Gabrielino at No. 13 Ganesha
Northview at No. 14 El Monte
South El Monte at No. 15 Yucca Valley
DIVISIONS 4AA
First Round
Thursday

No. 12 Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks at Duarte
Banning at No. 15 Workman
DIVISION 4A
First Round
Thursday

Bassett at No. 12 Orangewood Academy
DIVISION 6
First Round
Thursday

No. 14 La Verne Lutheran at Marywood Palm Valley

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CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS: Damien receives No. 2 seed in Division 3AA; Northview earns at-large bid to give long-time coach Ron Rice at least one more game

There weren’t too many surprises when the CIF-Southern Section released its boys basketball pairings Sunday. Damien, as most expected received the No. 2 seed in Division 3AA. But a highlight was Northview, not only earning an at-large bid, but a No. 15 seed in 3A, meaning Valley legend Ron Rice’s career is not over yet. The Vikings will open the playoffs with a long trip to Burroughs, of Ridgecrest, with the possiblity of meeting No. 1 seed St. John Bosco in the second round.
Here is the complete area schedule:

BOYS BASKETBALL
DIVISION IAA
First Round
Friday

Montclair at No. 8 Chino Hills
DIVISION IA
First Round
Friday

Diamond Bar at No. 16 California
Walnut at No. 13 Edison
DIViSION 2AA
First Round
Friday

Santa Fe at No. 10 Rowland
DIVISION 2A
First Round
Friday

Baldwin Park at No. 8 Beaumont
No. 10 Glendora at Hemet
DIVISION 3AAA
First Round
Wednesday

South Torrance at No. 9 Bonita
No. 12 Claremont at Apple Valley
No. 16 Servite at Arroyo
DIVISION 3AA
First Round
Wednesday

No. 16 Esperanza at Sierra Vista
La Puente at No. 13 Diamond Ranch
No. 15 Irvine at Wilson
Los Amigos at No. 2 Damien
DIVISION 3A
First Round
Wednesday

No. 15 Northview at Burroughs/Ridgecrest
No. 9 Bishop Amat at South El Monte
Barstow at No. 13 Gladstone
Mountain View at No. 14 Santa Paula
Antelope Valley at No. 6 Covina
Pioneer at No. 10 San Dimas
DIVISION 4AA
First Round
Wednesday

No. 5 La Verne Lutheran at Milken Community
Valley Christian/Cerritos at Workman

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Basketball Pairings: At-large entries are out, and Northview is on the list, meaning Ron Rice will have at least one more game

The at-large lists are out for the boys and girls basketball pairings, and one noticeable entry is the Northview boys, meaning Valley legend Ron Rice will be able to coach one more game.
Here’s the at-large entries for the boys and girls playoffs:
BOYS
DIVISION 1A

Diamond Bar
DIVISION 2A
Glendora
DIVISION 3A
Bishop Amat
Mountain View
Northview
Pomona
GIRLS
DIVISION 1A

Bishop Amat
DIVISION 2A
Claremont
DIVISION 3AAA
Glendora
Nogales
DIVISION 3AA
Charter Oak
DIVISION 3A
Azusa
Northview
South El Monte

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Girls Water Polo Pairings: Bonita gets top seed in Division 4; Los Altos is No. 3

It’s pairings day, and the girls water polo brackets came out first, with Bonita earning the top seed in Division 4. Los Altos, which finished second to the Bearcats in the Hacienda League, is No. 3 in the division. Both could meet for the championship game. The wild card rounds are Tuesday, with most first round games on Wednesday. Division 7 opens up with first-round games on Thursday. Second round games are slated for Saturday, with the semifinals on Wednesday. The finals will be Feb. 23 at William Woollett Acquatic Center in Irvine.
Below is the complete area schedule:

GIRLS WATER POLO
DIVISION 3
Wild Card Round
Tuesday

Charter Oak (14-14) at Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks (17-8)
(Winner at Palos Verdes)
First Round
Wednesday
Peninsula (16-8) at St. Lucy’s (15-12)
Louisville (17-12) at Ayala (24-4)
DIVISION 4
Wild Card
Tuesday

Pacifica/Oxnard (14-11) at Walnut (17-6)
Winner at Tesoro (17-10) on Wednesday
First Round
Wednesday

Buena Park (14-12)-Whittier (8-19) at No. 1 Bonita (21-7)
El Rancho (11-9)-Rio Mesa (18-11) at No. 3 Los Altos (20-8)
DIVISION 7
First Round

Thursday
La Puente (6-9) at Ocean View (20-8)
Nogales (5-8) at Chino (19-7)
Segerstrom (18-9) at Wilson (13-11)

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WRESTLING: Northview’s quest for CIF-SS 3-peat comes up short in 45-24 loss to St. John Bosco in Division 2 finals; Bishop Amat to semifinals in D-4; Northview girls win CIF-SS qualifier

Northview’s Steven Lopez, right, defeated St. John Bosco’s Leon Gonzalez 17-2 in the 170 lb match during the CIF-SS Division 2 Dual wrestling championships at South Hills High School on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in West Covina, Calif. St. John Bosco won 45-24.
(Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

PHOTO GALLERY

WEST COVINA — There will be no three-peat for the Northview High School wrestling team.
St. John Bosco, which lost to the Vikings for the division crown last season, rode a wave of three early wins by fall to score a 45-24 victory over Northview in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 dual finals Saturday at South Hills High School.

The Braves, who routed Redlands East Valley (75-6), Charter Oak (57-15 and Santa Ana (50-24) en route to the finals, opened the championship match with consecutive wins by fall from Johnny Zazazueta, Joseph Dominguez and Aaron Pico for an 18-0 lead.
Northview, which was dominant in victories over South Hills (50-13) and Servite (55-13), looked like it might rally, pulling within 30-24 following wins by fall from Bryan Salinas and Anthony Orozco in the 182-pound and 220 bouts, respectively.
But the Vikings’ fate was all but sealed when No. 2 heavyweight Jose Alonzo, filling in for Josh Alonzo, who was injured in the victory over Servite, was pinned by Charles Avidrez late in the second period, giving St. John Bosco a 36-24 lead with two matches left and forcing Northview to go for pins in the final two bouts.
Northview assistant coach Vince Le Farge: “Duals are a tournament of momentum. We lost some really close matches, and those were big point swings. We knew it was going to be a battle. Even on a good day, we knew it was going to be tough to beat those guys. They have a lot of talent, they’re well-coached. They are a good team. I think today we just have to take our hats off to them.”
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Rice calls it career as San Dimas scores 50-42 victory over Northview

orthview head coach Ron Rice who will retire after the season was honored prior to a prep basketball game against San Dimas at Northview High School on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Covina, Calif.
(Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

COVINA — In a perfect world, Northview High School boys basketball coach Ron Rice would have ended his career.
But sometimes life doesn’t work that way. San Dimas saw to it Thursday.
Austin Barbato scored 13 points and Jordan Stokes had 12 points and six rebounds as the visiting Saints likely ended Rice’s 44-year career at Northview with a 50-42 victory over the Vikings in a Valle Vista League game.
San Dimas improved to 15-10 overall and 8-4 in league play. James Cunnigan had 21 points and Daniel Johnson 10 for the Vikings, who slipped to10-15 and 4-8. Rice and Northview could still play at least one more game if they receive an at-large entry in the upcoming CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Pairings are announced on Sunday.
Northview coach Ron Rice: “The game takes it out of you, because you’re so involved it. It’s probably going to hit me later. There were so many wonderful people here tonight.
“There’s a lot of good memories. But I don’t know. It’s kind of emotional, but I’m a little disappointed in the outcome of the game, obviously.”

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Another Big Signing Day For Bishop Amat and Charter Oak: We’ve got the list, pictures, video and story

Check our our signing day page for UCLA, USC the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier

Bishop Amat signing day photo gallery
Charter Oak signing day photo gallery
Monrovia High signing day photo gallery

Today’s football signees
SGV and Whittier High Schools
Brandon Cox, Pasadena, QB, Utah
Brett Walsh, Monrovia, LB, Northwestern
Bryce Bobo, Charter Oak, WR, Colorado
Khari Garcia, Charter Oak, DB, Montana State
Matt Lopez, Bishop Amat, LB, Cal Lutheran
Riley Deen, South Hills, OL, Northern Arizona
Jared Lebowitz, St. Francis, QB, UNLV
Jack Austin, Chino Hills, WR, California
Lake Aiono, South Hills, OL/DL, Sacramento State
Andrew Hauser, Charter Oak, LB, Wake Forest
Darren Andrews, Bishop Amat, WR, UCLA
Joe Cook, Bishop Amat, WR, Dartmouth
Muleck Henderson, West Covina, WR/CB, Chadron State (Nebraska)
Azeem Victor, Pomona, LB, Washington
Louis Mozqueda, Ganesha, OL/DL, Ottawa
Dionza Blue, Bishop Amat, DB, Boise State
George Frazier V, Monrovia, Linebacker, Colorado
Mason Bryant, Monrovia, WR, Penn
Spencer Ueli-Fa’atoalia, La Mirada, OL, New Mexico State.
Coleman Shelton, Loyola (Pasadena resident), OT, Washington
LOCAL COLLEGES
Julian Gener, Mt. SAC, LB, Hawaii
David Metcalf, DB, Citrus College, Prairie View A&M
Nick Montana, Mt. SAC, QB, Tulane
Rodney Mathews, Citrus, DB, Fresno State
Dorian Crawford, Mt. SAC, DB, Texas Tech

FOR STORY ON TODAY’S SIGNEES AND VIDEO INTERVIEWS FROM BISHOP AMAT, CHARTER OAK AND MONROVIA, CLICK THE THREAD

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Non-football signees

Today was also national signing day for non-football players.
We know of three who signed today. Here is the list:

Yasmin Montoya, Bishop Amat, girls soccer, Louisiana Lafayette
Jaime Bejarano, Los Altos, softball, Southern Oregon
Kyleigh Morrison, Glendora, field hockey, University of Pacific

If anyone knows of any other non-football signings, email me at steve.ramirez@sgvn.com and I will add them to the list.

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The Big Day has arrived: Bishop Amat’s Dionza Blue, Darren Andrews, Joseph Cook and Charter Oak’s Bryce Bobo, Khari Garcia and Andrew Hauser headline national signing day today

Starting early and throughout the day, visit our national signing day football page for up to the minute commitments for USC, UCLA, the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier. We’ll compile a list throughout the day with bio information along with pictures and video interviews. You can also follow twitter.com/sgvnsports for updates throughout the day. If you have pictures of a sign ceremony, you can also email them to me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

By Fred J. Robledo

School football players throughout the country will turn their verbal commitments into signed national letters of intent today.

Area heavyweights Bishop Amat, Monrovia and La Mirada are just a few schools with signing-day ceremonies scheduled in front of family, friends, faculty and students on the first day football players can sign national letters of intent for the 2013 season.

La Mirada’s 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman Spencer Ueli-Fa’Atoalia is expected to sign with New Mexico State after considering offers from Nevada, Hawaii, and Wyoming.

“Spencer’s a big, physical interior offensive lineman who can play center or guard at the next level,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “They (New Mexico State) went after Spencer hard in the summer and he fell in love with the school. I have no doubt he’ll do great.”

La Mirada linebacker Koe Kaleopa’a, the 87th-ranked linebacker in California according to rivals.com, may or may not sign this afternoon. He’s choosing between California, Arkansas, Utah and Colorado. And there may be others who offer at the last moment.

“We’ll see what happens,” Moschetti said. “He could be a linebacker or put his hand down and be a defensive lineman. That’s what’s so intriguing about him.”

Bishop Amat’s 6-foot defensive back Dionza Blue is expected to sign with Boise State and wide receiver Darren Andrews is expected to sign with UCLA after de-committing from Duke.

Amat wide receiver Joseph Cook is signing with Dartmouth and linebacker Sal Velasquez is undecided.

“The first thing that comes to mind is they’re going to get their education,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “UCLA’s a great education. Boise State is a great institution and Dartmouth is a great fit for Joe Cook.”

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