READY FOR MORE: Catcher Jake Blunt, pitcher Parker Merritt and shortstop Justin Row are ready for a new season Feb. 20, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)
Here’s the initial area baseball rankings, which include the usual suspects. The story on the top 10 will be in Tuesday’s newspaper:
1. Bonita (32-2 in 2012) — Bearcats still formidable, aided by D-1 transfers 2. Bishop Amat (20-10) — Lancers serious contenders with 8 returning starters 3. South Hills (20-10) — Denson makes Huskies a powerful pick 4. Damien (15-11-1) — Will rely on UCLA commits Hockin and Olsen 5. Nogales (22-7) — Pitching tandem Gonzalez and Guzman are tough to beat 6. Glendora (18-11) — Tartans again the favorite in the Baseline 7. Los Altos (20-10) — If anyone can overtake Bonita in the Hacienda, its the Conqs 8. Northview (16-9-1) — All-leaguers Grijalva and Castaneda make the Vikes a tough out 9. San Dimas (18-9) — Saints will challenge Nogales, Northview for VVL supremacy 10. Diamond Bar (15-9-2) — Brahmas are young, but solid
BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Boys Basketball Anaheim Arena, Thursday Division 3AA Final
Santa Margarita vs. Damien, 8:15 p.m. Saturday
La Verne Lutheran vs. Serra, Noon. Girls Basketball
Anaheim Arena, Friday
Mark Keppel/J.W. North vs. Lynwood/Bonita, 5:15 p.m. Division 1A
Bishop Amat/Ventura vs. Vista Murrieta/Canyon Springs, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat 54, Westminster 50 Tuesday’s semifinal: Bishop Amat at Ventura, 7 p.m. Division 2AA
Bonita 60, Cajon 47
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat’s girls basketball team won its first two playoff games so easily — by an average of 53 points — you wondered what would happen when it went up against a team that could swing back, especially without one of its best players, junior Dagmar Ramirez, out the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Visiting Westminster, riding a 13-game winning streak and 25-3 overall record, certainly provided that.
But top seed Amat isn’t chasing its sixth divisional crown and second straight title without knowing what to do when the game’s on the line, and it proved it again with clutch baskets and free throws in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 54-50 victory in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A quarterfinals on Saturday.
Lancers junior Janae Chamois finished with 20 points, five assists and senior Mauriana Clayton dropped 14 points with 10 rebounds. But with the game on the line, junior Paulina Santana’s four consecutive free throws proved to be the difference. Continue reading →
By Steve Ramirez< twitter.com/SteveRRamirez
Northview High School’s wrestling program has build a solid reputation over the past two decades.
The Vikings’ girls team added to it Saturday.
Northview, with five competitors receiving a top eight medal, including one champion, secured the team title during the third annual CIF State championships at Lemoore High School.
Northview’s Sabrina Solis at 118 pounds, and West Covina’s Aylssa LaFrancis at 165 won individual titles, beating Loara’s Crystal Zamarripa and San Jose Edison’s Gabriela Guzman, respectively. The Vikings’ Maddie Tyrone was a finalist at heavyweight, losing to Santa Monica’s Jessica Walker.
Also receiving a top-eight medal for the Vikings were Rose Martinez (98, seventh), Lazmin Perez (122, seventh) and Katie Auxier (146, fifth).
Other area top-eight medalists were Charter Oak’s Brittny Hernandez (103, third) and Savanna Barr (114, third); Rowland’s Zitali Bailon (118, eighth); Sierra Vista’s Marisela Fierro (122, third) and La Puente’s Sharon Garcia (189, third).
Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas, right, battles King’s Harlan Kistler in the 170-pound final at the Masters Meet Saturday. Salinas won, 7-3. (Lafonzo Carter / Staff Photographer)
By Steve Ramirez
TEMECULA — For Northview High School wrestlers Daniel Valles and Bryan Salinas, Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet was all about redemption.
Salinas, who lost here in the finals last season, and Valles, who lost in the finals at last weekend’s Central Division championships, wanted to make up for coming up short previously.
Valles won at 138 pounds and Salinas at 170 to lead the area efforts at Temecula Valley High School.
The area, including Valles and Salinas, qualified 15 competitors to next weekend’s CIF State championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
St. John Bocos’s Aaron Pico, who is from Whittier, was lower weight MVP after winning at 132 with four wins by fall and one by default.
Northview, which won the team title last season, finished third with 121 points despite sharing top honors with Santiago, of Corona, with seven qualifiers each. Santiago finished first with 168. Bosco was second at 144.
Other area qualifiers were Northview’s Vincent Parra (106, third), Eric Ochoa (113, fourth), Tony Arellano (132, seventh), Ricky Padilla (145, fourth) and Steven Lopez (160, eighth); San Marino’s Evan Wick (113, second) and Julian Flores (120, third); Glendora’s Thomas Tello (132, fourth); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (138, second); Walnut’s Michael Sill (138, eighth); Chino Hills’ Garrick Gurney (170, fifth); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182, seventh) and La Habra’s Michael Rangel (106, ninth).
Valles got some revenge on Lopez, who beat him for the Central title last week.
“When I lost to him last week, I knew I could beat him, but I just wasn’t my best last week,” said Valles, who scored a 6-3 victory over Lopez on Saturday. “I just trained harder during the week and knew I could beat him this time.
“It all paid off and I’m ready for state.” Continue reading →