South Hills opens Sierra League with 6-2 victory over Claremont; Ayala beats Damien, 7-3

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
WEST COVINA — Claremont’s Josh Chua spoiled South Hills pitcher Adrian De Horta’s shutout attempt with a two-out double in the seventh inning that scored Matt Rhinehart, and the Wolpack scored again on Nick Costello’s RBI single.
But De Horta, obviously tiring down the stretch, finished the complete game to lead South Hills to a 6-2 victory in the Sierra League opener for both schools.
“What was that, a 10 or 12 pitch at-bat?” De Horta said of his battle with Chua. “But I tip my hat to him, he hit that change-up. You always want the shutout, but the win is what counts. I’m just glad I was able to finish.”
South Hills (6-1, 1-0), which split a pair of games this past week against Northview, including its only loss in the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament final over the weekend, is in search of its 11th straight league title and third straight in the Sierra.
Claremont dropped to 3-3 and 0-1. In another Sierra League game, Ayala defeated Damien 7-3.

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Bishop Amat baseball struggling, loses 9-2 to Chatsworth to fall to 1-4

“We’re not going to sacrifice the integrity of our program for rankings and records. We’re going to continue to play as difficult a schedule as we can. We think our body of work over the last six years, which includes three CIF championships, is one of the top programs in Southern California. Win or lose, we’re going to play a tough schedule and when all is said and done, we’re hoping our schedule has prepared us to play for a championship.
“It doesn’t get any easier, we got Lakewood, Tesoro, Alemany, Agoura, and you got to welcome the challenge. We’re scuffling right now, but we’re going to find a way to lick our wounds and pick ourselves up. We need to find out who the real tough guys are. We need to circle the wagons together and find out what we’re made of. This program has flourished for many years, and now it’s gut-check time.”
Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto, who talks at length with the Scouting Guru at the 9:15 mark.

By Jack Pollon
It was about time the Chatsworth baseball team scored some runs.
After scoring two runs or less in five of their first eight games, the Chancellors broke out Wednesday for a 9-2 intersectional victory against perennial state power Bishop Amat at USC’s Dedeuax Field.
The big blow came from No. 9 hitter Garrett Kueber, who tripled home three runs in the fourth.
Kueber, who only had one hit the entire season, lined a fastball into left-center that rolled all the way to the wall.
“I was looking for a fastball and just went with it,” Kueber said. “I squared up real good on that pitch. It felt good.”
Chatsworth coach Tom Meusborn added: “It was a great time for it. He stung it.”

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La Mirada football coach Mike Moschetti setting the bar on recruiting

One of the biggest complaints from players and parents is their high school football coach doesn’t do enough to promote players in hopes of earning a scholarship. Whether that’s working the phones with college recruiters or creating video highlight tapes to send out, seemingly everyone believes they’re good enough to play somewhere. Aram Tolegian wrote a great piece on La Mirada football coach Mike Moschetti, who has made it his mission to promote every player possible. This ought to make area coaches cringe with how hard Moschetti is working, but you have to admire his effort.
“A lot of schools have players, it’s just that nobody knows about them. When our football season is over, we make all our kids highlight tapes and start sending them out to every school in the country. We have guys who are relentless. Not just sending the film out, but you’ve got to email. We have 10 to 12 different coaches who are making phone calls every single day making sure the tape gets watched. — La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti.

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Nogales coach John Romano gets 600th victory as Nobles stay undefeated with 2-0 win over Temple City

Nogales-Temple City photo gallery

By John Honell
The 2-0 Nogales victory over visiting Temple City on Tuesday afternoon was more than just another early season high school baseball game.
It was win No. 600 in the storied 35-year career of Nobles coach John Romano.
“If nothing else gets written today I just want to thank everybody that has played for me,” Romano said. “If I hadn’t had baseball in my life, I don’t know what I would have done. I was able to make a nice career because all the kids were so unselfish when they played here.”
The Rams (3-2) went with ace Gabe Juarez, who pitched a four-hitter and gave up two runs in the fourth inning.
“He’s (Juarez) my number one guy,” Rams coach Barry Bacon said. “If he’s (Romano) going to win 600, I’m going to put my best guy on the mound and he’s going to have to beat him.” (To continue reading, click thread)

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Bishop Amat’s girls basketball season ends in 52-34 loss to Long Beach Poly

Amat-Long Beach poly photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
— Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard knew the Lancers would have a tough time against athletically-gifted Long Beach Poly, a program Wiard said has been the best defensively in Southern California over the past 20 years.
But Long Beach Poly was much more than that during Tuesday’s CIF-State Southern California Division I Regional semifinal, burying nine 3-pointers in rolling to a 52-34 victory over the Lancers.
The ninth-seed Jackrabbits (28-5) will face second-seed Canyon Springs in Saturday’s regional final at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario at 2 p.m.
Canyon Springs advanced with a 70-58 win over Vista Murrieta, and Saturday’s winner will advance to the state championship in Sacramento on March 22.
“Nine 3-pointers?” Jackrabbits coach Carl Buggs said. “That’s news to me. I knew we hit a lot of them and when we’re hitting like that we’re tough to beat.
“But give Bishop Amat a lot of credit, they made us work and it was closer than the score.”
Jackrabbits Junior guard Arica Carter buried four 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 15 points and Kansas State-bound Keyla Morgan finished with 11 points.
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South Hills beats Northview 8-3 in rematch Tuesday to raise money for 10-year-old Nathan Perez

UPDATE: South Hills avenged Saturday’s 5-3 tournament loss to Northview by defeating the Vikings 8-3 in Tuesday’s non-league charity game.

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School outlasted South Hills this past Saturday in an epic battle pitting two of the area’s best baseball teams.
The Vikings and Huskies will go at it again tonight, but for entirely different reasons.
The Valley stalwarts will meet at 7 p.m. at Mt. San Antonio College’s Mazmanian Field for a fundraiser to support Nathan Perez. The 10-year-old son of Northview football coach Marcel Perez suffers from Aplastic Anemia, a rare autoimmune disorder in which the bone marrow and blood stem sells are damaged.

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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat cements No. 1 spot after dominant run in San Dimas tournament

Tribune Softball Poll
1. Bishop Amat (4-2) – Couldn’t of been any more dominating in winning the San Dimas tournament. In addition to scoring 41 runs in the tourney, pitcher Sabrina Anguiano threw four shutouts and gave up a total of three hits, finishing with a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in the championship over La Canada.
2. Chino Hills (7-3) – Played in extremely tough Corona tournament and the always tough tourney in Arizona. They have solid wins on the resume, and arguably the best pitcher in Patricia Parks.
3. Ayala (5-1) – The Bulldogs could threaten Chino Hills for the Sierra League title. They’ve performed well in the Corona tournament and own a nice 5-3 win over Canyon Springs.
4. Charter Oak (5-1) – Considering only loss was an 8-0 shutout against top-ranked Bishop Amat, the Chargers deserve a bump up in the rankings, especially after solid 8-0 win over Monrovia. But we’ll find out more about the Chargers against Bonita on Wednesday.
5. Bonita (3-2) — Have won three straight after starting 0-2 and have a chance to show if it’s the real deal in the Charter Oak tournament after losing junior pitcher Anissa Sanchez and senior catcher Michelle Whitt, who are no longer with the team (for reasons that are too complicated to explain).
6. South Hills (6-2) — Considering all the turmoil, which includes losing longtime coach Scott Fisch while the school conducts an internal investigation into hazing allegations, the Huskies are still among the areas elite.
7. St. Lucy’s (3-3) — Struggling early after losing one of its best senior classes in history, but the Regents have played a tough schedule so far.
8. Northview (2-2) — Better than record, only losses to La Canada and Charter Oak, two games they played well enough to win, just came up short.
9. Covina (4-4) — Despite consecutive losses to Claremont to open the season, the Colts advanced to title game of the Duarte tournament, losing to San Marino 1-0 in title game.
10. San Dimas (4-4) – Split with Glendora with wins over Los Altos and South El Monte. Not great, but good enough to grab the 10 spot.

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Baseball Rankings: Northview takes over top spot, Damien, Bishop Amat drop out of top ten

FUN FACT: Valle Vista and Hacienda own eight of the top ten spots. When is the last time that happened?

Tribune Baseball top ten rankings

1. Northview (5-0) — Vikings earned No. 1 spot by defeating South Hills 5-3 in Saturday’s championship of the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament — a tournament that also featured Damien, Bonita, Los Altos and other local heavyweights.
2. South Hills (4-1) — Adding David Denson’s bat along with his ability to pitch makes the Huskies even more complete and the favorite to win the Sierra. But Huskies, help us out, post a roster somewhere.
3. Nogales (4-0) – Nobles already with wins over Capistrano Valley and Estancia in advancing to the Newport Elks tourney final (championship rained out). But the big news is that coach John Romano can get his 600th career victory at home against Temple City on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
4. Bonita (4-1) – Only loss a 6-1 setback against South Hills in a game where the Bearcats didn’t use one of their top two pitchers. We know they’re good and you know they’re good.
5. San Dimas (5-0) — Saints are rolling with two wins over Tahquitz and another over Chino Hills during the Chino High tournament. And they’ve done it in dominating fashion, outscoring opponents 39-5
6. Diamond Bar (5-0) — The Brahmas started well last year then faded. Will it happen again? Even though it’s just the Don Lugo tournament, the Brahmas are winning easy and have outscored opponents, 53-5.
7. Glendora (5-1) — Solid wins over Oak Hills and Riverside Poly after only loss against Fontana Kaiser.
8 . Baldwin Park (4-1) — Braves already with quality wins on the resume, beating Charter Oak 2-1 and Crescenta Valley 5-2. Pitcher Ben Fonseca is the real deal.
9. West Covina (7-0-1) — Biggest unbeaten surprise so far. They haven’t beaten or faced any San Gabriel Valley teams to make comparisons, but winning outside the SGV shows how well our teams do when they leave the Fish Bowl.
10. Los Altos (4-1) — Only loss to No. 1 Northview with a win over Damien and Yucaipa. This gives the Hacienda and Valle Vista league four teams in the top ten. Impressive.
11. Damien (3-2)
— Disappointing losses to Los Altos and Crescenta Valley during Dick’s Sporting Goods tourney. They were supposed to be better than this.
12. Bishop Amat (1-3) — Lancers fans will say ‘but look who we played?’ .. But my feeling is playing in the San Gabriel Valley is as tough as playing in any area, including Orange County.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament: Northview continues hot start, beats South Hills, 5-3, to claim title

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School coach Darren Murphy said before the season he believed the Vikings could be very good.
Northview continues to live up to that billing.
Jake Grijalva and Alex Labor had two RBIs each and Nick Chico was solid on the mound to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 victory over intra-district rival Northview to take the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament championship on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Chico gave up three hits and struck out nine for Northview, which improved to 5-0.
South Hills, which dropped to 4-1, cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh on a RBI single by Conor Pearson before reliever Kolby Oriti retired Jon Ayala to end the game.
The Vikings scored three runs in the fourth to take the lead.
Dom Baca reached on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Amaya walked before a Gabe Rojo followed with sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third.
Jake Grijalva then doubled to left for a 2-0 lead. Grijalva scored after back-to-back wild pitches for a 3-0 advantage.
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State Basketball Playoffs: Bishop Amat girls takes down Narbonne; Damien and La Verne Lutheran boys season comes to an end

Stories on all three games up later tonight

CIF-State Basketball Playoff results
Second Round
Boys Basketball Division III

Chaminade 59, Damien 48 - Sophomore Jeremy Hemsley scored a game-high 21 points, but Chaminade’s length was too much. Chaminade’s Justin Eisen sparked the Eagles in the first and fourth quarters and finished with a team-high 16 points to lead Chaminade to a 59-46 victory over Damien.
Division IV
Pacific Hills 63, La Verne Lutheran 56 - La Verne Lutheran’s boys basketball team, a squad that had two returning players on a roster of eight this season, saw its dream of a CIF State Division IV championship come to an end Saturday at Chaffey College.
Pacific Hills of West Hollywood got 28 points from Jahmel Taylor and 16 from Marcus Jackson in a 63-56 victory in a Southern California regional second-round game.

Girls Basketball Division 1
Bishop Amat 50, Narbonne 39 It was the experienced Bishop Amat squad that put a stop to Narbonne’s season, as the Gauchos watched the visiting Lancers hit 29 of their 38 free throws, including 19 of 24 in the fourth quarter, en route to a 50-39 win in a CIF State Southern California Regional Division I second-round game.

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San Dimas tournament: Bishop Amat and dominating Sabrina Anguiano shutout La Canada in title game

San Dimas Softball Tournament
Friday’s semifinal results

Bishop Amat 8, Charter Oak 0
La Canada 11, Northview 7, 8 innings
Saturday’s championship
Bishop Amat 7, La Canada 0

By John Honell
Sabrina Anguiano was almost perfect in pitching the Bishop Amat softball team to the championship of the San Dimas Tournament on Saturday with a 7-0 win over La Canada.
Anguiano allowed only one runner to reach base – Kelsey Drange, who walked in the fourth inning.
The senior, in addition to throwing a no-hitter, had two one-hitters and a two-hitter and didn’t allow a run in the tournament as she was a unanimous choice for MVP.
Amat scored all of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against the defending tournament champion Spartans.
“I wasn’t even thinking about (a no-hitter),” Anguiano said. “Those things just come as you play. My focus was just to get the win and my teammates backed me up, so I’m just thankful for a team like that.”

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Tourney: Surprise Northview meets South Hills in championship tonight at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

South Hills High School’s baseball team might be young this season, but the Huskies keep proving they are as talented as ever.
David Denson had two hits and three RBIs and combined on a two-hitter with Erik Martinez as South Hills stayed perfect with a 6-1 victory over Bonita Wednesday in a Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational semifinal at Jay Littleton Ball Park.
The Huskies, also getting three hits from Gabe Chavez, improved to 4-0 and advanced to face Northview, a 10-1 winner over Los Altos, in Saturday’s championship game at Mt. San Antonio College at 7 p.m.
The Bearcats, ranked No. 1 in the area to begin the season. slipped to 3-1.

South Hills coach Kevin Smith: “I feel real fortunate. We beat a quality team tonight. We had guys really step up. Our young kids are playing really good defense. The kids brought it tonight. I’m really proud of them. They really played well to beat a quality team.”
Northview 10, Los Altos 1
Northview put it away in the second inning, scoring seven runs on four hits, three walks and a key error with two outs.
Adrian Sabatino and Dominic Baca led off the second with singles before Anthony Amaya reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Los Altos’ starter Isaiah Roybal, who was solid in a 2-1 victory over Damien last week, then walked the next two batters to give the Vikings a 2-1 advantage.
Amaya stole home to make it 3-1 before Northview pushed it to 7-1 on a fielding error, which scored two runs, and a two-run double by Sabatino.
Northview coach Darren Murphy: “I was a little concerned in the first inning after giving up a run. But we bounced back offensively and put a string of hits together, which probably made the score a little too big for them to comeback.”

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Breaking News: South Hills softball coach Scott Fisch placed on administrative leave

By Steve Scauzillo, Staff Writer
A long-time coach of the South Hills High School softball team in West Covina was placed on paid administrative leave Friday pending the outcome of an investigation of an alleged hazing incident, sources said.
Scott Fisch, both the softball coach and an 11th grade counselor at the high school, is being investigated by the district, confirmed Covina-Valley Unified School District board president Richard White.

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Baseball: Romano closing it on 600…599 and counting; goes for milestone on Tuesday

UPDATE: Nogales’ game scheduled today against Segerstrom for the Newport Elks Tournament title was cancelled because of rain and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined. This means coach John Romano will go for his 600th career victory at home on Tuesday against visiting Temple City at 3:15 p.m.

By Steve Ramirez
Nogales High School’s John Romano is the dean of East Valley baseball coaches, whose won more games than anyone in area history.
Today, he can catch another milestone with win No. 600 when his Nobles travel to Santa Ana to face Segerstrom for the Newport Elks Tournament Friday at 3 p.m.
Still, Romano wants to know what all the fuss is about.
“It’s a positive thing in my life,” said Romano, who is 599-318-9 in 36 seasons at Nogales. “But I think (this) milestone is not as great as everyone seems to think it is. This is just my opinion, but I think guys who win Southern Section titles, is a much greater feat than what I’ve done. I’ve been lucky No. 1 to have a good wife (Therese) and a son (Christopher, a student at Michigan State), a good family at home, good health, and I have longevity, so I’ve been able to accomplish numbers.
“I think winning a section title is a much more positive feat than this. But this is just a longevity thing. It’s not the last game I’m going to win, because I’m going to coach for one more year than I’m going to retire.” Continue reading

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Kurt Scoby leaves Alemany, is he headed for Bishop Amat?

After Fox Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins tweeted Wednesday night that he heard former Charter Oak and St. Paul running back Kurt Scoby was leaving Alemany, the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer confirmed today that Scoby has in fact left Alemany, a school that he never played for. Sondheimer cited transportation issues as the reason for Scoby leaving Alemany. Since Scoby’s freshman year he has attended Charter Oak, Duarte, St. Paul, Cathedral and Alemany, but has only played football for Charter Oak and St. Paul. Rumors are going to swirl that Scoby will wind up at Bishop Amat. Scoby has indicated before he would like to play at Amat and still lives in the San Gabriel Valley. Plus, when someone asked Biggins where he thought Scoby would wind up, Biggins tweeted, “Rumor is Bishop Amat.” I was talking to a Bishop Amat football assistant last week who said they have everything but a running back, so stay tuned, this could get interesting.

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VIDEO: After fourth-quarter collapse, Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley hits game-winning 3-pointer in overtime to lift Damien to 74-72 victory in state playoffs

Damien sophomore Jeremy Hemsley rescued Damien with a dramatic 3-point buzzer-beater in overtime to in Wednesday’s incredible 74-72 victory for the Spartans.

Earlier, Mission Oak’s Blake Shannon sent the game to overtime with a half-court buzzer-beater to erase a 14-point deficit with under six minutes left to send it to overtime.

In other state playoffs games: La Verne Lutheran crushed visiting Sierra 85-42 in the Division IV boys basketball opener. In the girls state playoffs, Bishop Amat hammered El Camino Real 48-29 in Division I and Bonita lost La Costa Canyon 66-43 in Division II.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
— After Damien witnessed a mammoth fourth-quarter collapse that ended with visiting Mission Oak High School’s Blake Shannon banking in a half-court shot at the buzzer to send the CIF-State Boys Basketball Division III first-round regional playoff game to overtime, Damien sophomore Jeremy Hemsley rescued the Spartans with a buzzer-beater of his own.
Hemsley’s three-point shot as time expired in overtime lifted the Spartans from the jaws of defeat, giving the the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA champs a 74-72 victory to advance to Saturday’s second-round at second-seed West Hills Chaminade.
After Shannon, who finished with a team-high 25 points, hit two free throws to give the Hawks a 72-71 lead with 3.2 seconds left, the Spartans quickly advanced the ball to halfcourt and called a timeout with 2.4 seconds left.
“The coach set up a play and I told (teammate) Jared (Dizon) I wasn’t going to let us lose it,” Hemsley said. “I was going to take the last shot.”
That’s exactly how Damien coach Matt Dunn remembers the conversation too.
“When he walked off the court as calmly as could be he said, ‘I got it coach,’ Dunn said. “It doesn’t take a genius as a coach to know where the ball is going.”
Hemsley, who finished with a game high 31 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds, took the inbounds, made three dribbles and pulled up for the game-winner.
“He knew exactly how much time he had and make a great shot,” Dunn said. “Sometimes you have to give it to the special player.” To continue click thread

Damien coach Matt Dunn and Jeremy Hemsley talk afterward

Saturday’s State Playoff Schedule
Division III Boys

Damien at West Hills Chaminade, 7 p.m.
Division IV Boys
Pacific Hills at La Verne Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Division I Girls
Bishop Amat at Narbonne, 7 p.m.

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After missing a chance to earn 500th career victory in last week’s heartbreaking CIF-SS title loss, Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard gets 500th in Wednesday’s win

By John Honell, Correspondent
It wasn’t pretty, but the Bishop Amat girls basketball team, making its fourth consecutive appearance in the CIF State playoffs, gave coach Richard Wiard his 500th career victory with a 48-29 win over El Camino Real on Wednesday.
The Lancers (25-9)will play at Narbonne, the Los Angeles City Champion, in the second round of the CIF-State Division I Basketball Championships Saturday at 7 p.m.
Showing the effects of last Friday’s heartbreaking loss in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A championship game, the Lancers struggled in the first half but used a 13-2 run at the start of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

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CIF State Playoffs: Damien looks to add to its fun; Bishop Amat, Lutheran, Bonita also in first-round games

Staff photo by Keith Durflinger

By Steve Ramirez

What do you do after you win your school’s first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title?
You try for a CIF state championship.
Damien High School, fresh of winning a 3AA Division title, now takes its chance at a Division III state crown when it hosts Mission Oaks, of Tulare, in a Southern California Regional first-round game Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“We really already accomplished our goal and now we get to play again,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “It’s a challenge, but once you get here, you want to make the most of your opportunity to keep playing well.
“I keep telling our guys that the memories of winning CIF, no one can ever take that away. We’ll always be a CIF champ. But we want to continue to play well.”
It won’t be a simple task for the Spartans (25-7). The Hawks (27-4), who lost 62-60 to Independence, of Bakersfield, in the Central Section title game, feature five players who average close to 10 points a game, led by Blake Shannon, who scores at a 19.7 point clip. Mission Oak also looks to Bobby Alvarado (15.6), Austin Molezzo (11.1), Kollan Mundley (9.6) and Matt Zorn (8.8).
“There as good an offensive team as we’ve played all year,” Dunn said. “The point guard is really good and sets the tone for them. They shoot the ball really well, so they certainly present a problem for us.”
Damien has been as equally tough to guard, especially sophomore Jeremy Hemsley, who averages 18.2 points a game and had 17 points in a 54-40 victory over Santa Margarita in the Division 3AA title game last week. The Spartans also feature 3-point option Jared Dizon, who averages 14 a game, and Ayo Adedeji, who had 18 points in the win over Santa Margarita.
The winner advances to Saturday’s second round. The regional semifinals and finals are slated for next week, with the state championships scheduled March 22-23.
Sierra at LV Lutheran

The Trojans (25-7) are seeking their third state title four years.
Lutheran, which lost to Serra in the CIF-SS Division 4AA title game on Saturday, features four players who score in double figures, led by junior Joseph Rushing (15 ppg). The No. 4 seed Trojans also look to seniors Jay Miller (13.1), Skyler Williams (11.7) and McKay Anderson (11.1).
The No. 13 Chieftains, from Tollhouse, counter with senior Casey Blunt (16) and sophomore Brent Smith (13.5). Sierra lost in the Central Section semifinals.
El Camino Real at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.

[BODY]The host Lancers are looking to rebound from a 48-46 loss to Canyon Springs in the CIF-SS Division IA championship game.
Amat (24-9) has been led in the playoffs by junior Paulina Santana, who has scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, the Lancers last two games. Amat also looks seniors Mauriana Clayton and Leeah Powell and junior Janae Chamois.
The Conquistadors (20-7), who lost in the Los Angeles City Section semifinals, are led by seniors Cora Chan and Shaina Van Stryk.
Bonita at La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m.

The Bearcats have a tough task against the Mavericks (30-2), who won the San Diego Section title. La Costa Canon, of Carlsbad, features three players averaging nearly 15 points a game, led by Savannah Irwin (15.6). The attack also includes Taylor Price (15.5) and Esther Wofford (14.8).
Bonita counters with Nikki Wheatley, who has averaged more than 20 points a game during the playoffs.

Bishop Amat at Cathedral Catholic, 4 p.m.
The Lancers (24-5) look to beat the Dons for the second consecutive season.
Nayeli Requejo leads Bishop Amat with 24 goals

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San Dimas Softball Tournament: La Canada, Charter Oak in semifinals, South Hills pounds Whittier Christian

La Canada and Charter Oak already have punched tickets to Friday’s semifinals and two games today will decide the others. The winner of South Hills-Northview today at 3:15 p.m., will decide Group B and the winner of West Covina-Bishop Amat will decide Group D. My guess is that Northview and Bishop Amat both win. Friday’s semifinals are at 3:15 and 5:15 respectively, at San Dimas.

South Hills, Whittier Christian photo gallery

South Hills routs Whittier Christian: Missing the playoffs last year after making it to two consecutive CIF-Southern Section Division 2 finals appears to have inspired the South Hills High School softball team to have a better year in 2013.
The Huskies (4-1) jumped on top in the first inning and never looked back in a 12-0 win over Whittier Christian (0-2) in Tuesday’s opening-round game of the annual San Dimas Tournament.
South Hills will face Northview, an 8-0 winner over Alta Loma, today at 5:30 p.m.

San Dimas Saints Softball Classic:
Pool A:
South El Monte, La Canada, Temple City San Dimas
Monday’s games
La Canada 11, South El Monte 7
Temple City 4, San Dimas 3
Group winner: La Canada 7, Temple City 0

Pool B: Northview, Alta Loma, Whittier Christian, South Hills
Monday’s game

Northview 8, Alta Loma 0
Tuesday’s game
South Hills 12, Whittier Christian 0
Wednesday’s game
South Hills vs. Northview, 5:15 p.m.

Pool C: Charter Oak, Glendora, Los Altos
Monday’s game

Charter Oak 9, Glendora 1. 6 innings
Tuesday’s game
Charter Oak 9, Los Altos 6
Wednesday’s game
Glendora vs. Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.

Pool D: Bishop Amat, Nogales, West Covina
Monday’s game

Bishop Amat 13, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s game
West Covina 12, Nogales 0
Wednesday’s game
Bishop Amat vs. West Covina, 3:15 p.m.

Charter Oak’s pitcher Kaile Chavez during San Dimas Softball tournament game, Glendora vs. Charter Oak at Charter Oak High School in Covina on Monday, March 4, 2013. Charter Oak beat Glendora 9-1.
(SGVN/Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

By Steve Ramirez
There are very few softball teams in the area who can match the offensive prowess of Charter Oak High School.
The Chargers might be able to add some pitching to their repertoire this season, which would be bad news for the rest of the Valley.
Glendora got a taste of it on Monday.
Sophomore KaileChavez and Brooke Clemetson combined on a three-hitter and Charger Oak was its usual self offensively en route to a 9-1 victory over the Tartans in a San Dimas Tournament pool-play game that was halted in the sixth to the eight-run rule.
The Chargers, also getting two hits and three RBIs from Anissa Gallegos and two hits and two RBIs each from Nicki Sprague and Samantha Valadez, improved to 2-0.
Kayla Sok scored the only run for Glendora, which slipped to 2-2.

Chavez retired the first 11 batters and gave up a hit with two strikeouts in four innings. Clemetson gave up two hits and a run in two innings. She had three strikeouts.
Charter Oak coach Scott Higuera: “We were really pleased with Chavez today. She’s been in soccer, so we were hoping to get her a few innings, and she mixed up her pitches real well, threw strikes and got ground balls, which is what we wanted her to do to. I pleased with Brooke to come in relief and hold that lead for us. So far, we’re very pleased with how we’re doing pitching wise.”
Glendora coach Mike Quiroz: “Anytime you give a team like that five outs in an inning, they are going to score. Our pitchers did OK. They’ve been sharper. But the errors, combined with a lack of offense make it tough.”

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CIF-State SoCal Regional Basketball Pairings: Damien, Lutheran boys home; Bishop Amat girls home, Bonita gets in, on the road

CIF-State Basketball Playoffs
Southern California Regionals

Boys Basketball, Wednesday’s first round
Division 3

Mission Oak at Damien, 7 p.m.
Division 4
Sierra at La Verne Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball, Wednesday’s first round
Division 1
El Camino at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Division 2
Bonita at La Costa Canyon, 6 p.m.
Monroe at Keppel, 7 p.m.

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Bishop Amat girls soccer keeps the train moving in the SoCal Regional State playoffs, beating La Jolla, 3-2

“We talk about it (doubling) all the time. We won CIF and it was great in the moment and it’s not that we’re not satisfied, but our goal has always been CIF and state champs. It wasn’t one or the other. So, we’re really hoping we can get there (SoCal Regional final) and get it this time.” - Bishop Amat senior Nayeli Requejo on trying to become first Lancers girls soccer team to win CIF and state.

By Fred J. Robledo,Staff Writer
The Bishop Amat girls soccer team didn’t have much time to celebrate Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Pasadena Poly in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship game — the Lancers’ second divisional title in three years.
The CIF-State Southern California Division II Regional playoff pairings were announced Sunday and Bishop Amat was back on the field Monday for its first-round game against visiting La Jolla, a team that lost in Saturday’s CIF-San Diego Section finals.
But just like that, the Lancers picked up where they left off, squeezing out a 3-2 victory on senior forward Nayeli Requejo’s header in the 68th minute.
Requejo, who barely stands 5-feet, muscled her way through a group of defenders to finish home Cassandra Reyes’ corner kick for the winner.
“I’ve scored a few headers and sometimes it’s just luck,” Requejo said. “It tapped me (on the head) and went in. I was like, ‘yes, finally.’ It was a close game so I’m glad I got that for us, especially late in the game so we didn’t have to hold them off to long.”
Third-seed Bishop Amat advances (23-4-5) to Wednesday’s regional semifinal at second-seed San Diego Cathedral Catholic (23-3-4) at 4 p.m. Amat beat Cathedral Catholic in the regional semifinals last year 3-2, but lost in the championship game, 2-1, to Santa Margarita.
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Bishop Amat’s magic is back, wins second title in three years, beating Pasadena Poly 4-2 for the CIF-SS Division 3 girls soccer title

Bishop Amat, Pasadena Poly photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
Pasadena Poly played well enough and had its chances to raise the school’s eighth championship plaque and first girls soccer trophy since 2003.
But its return to glory has to wait.
This is still Bishop Amat’s time and moment. The Lancers punctuated their third straight CIF-Southern Section finals appearance with its second championship, scoring twice over the final 11 minutes to pull out a 4-2 victory over Pasadena Poly in the Division 3 girls soccer championship game at Corona High on Saturday night.

Tom Kiss captured all the excitement with highlights, postgame celebration and interviews

Amat counts down the seconds to its second title in three years

Amat goalkeeper Ruby Nichols’ gave-saving goal in the 68th minute with the scored tied, 2-2

Katy Zamora’s game-tying goal in the second half, making it 1-1

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CIF State Wrestling: San Marino’s Flores, Walnut’s Sill take fifth; Northview’s Salinas eighth

Walnut’s Michael Sill wrestles in the 138 semifinals. He lost, 8-4, and will try to finish third.

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
San Marino High School’s Julian Flores and Walnut’s Michael Sill showed Saturday they still rank among the best in their respective weight classes in the state,
The duo placed fifth at 120 and 138 pounds, respectively, to lead area performances at the CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
Northview’s Bryan Salinas, who fought back from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday, was eighth at 170 after defaulting the seventh-place bout due to an injured knee.
The Vikings’ Eric Ochoa (113) and Daniel Valles (138) and Chino Hills’ Garrick Gurney (170) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not receive a medal.

For Flores, it might a sign of greater things to come after placing fifth in his freshman season.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Flores said. “I had a lot of tough matches and I just kept fighting and tried to stay confident and I was able to get fifth.”
He fought back from a 5-0 loss to top-ranked Mason Pengilly, of Porterville, in the semifinals to beat Madera’s Daniel Ruiz, 11-4, in the fifth-place bout.
He controlled the match from the outset, using a takedown and nearfall for a 5-0 lead in the first period. He pushed it to 9-2 after two periods before getting a takedown in the third for the 11-4 victory.
“I knew he would be tough,” Flores said. “I just tried to do what I did all weekend and I got the win.”
For Sill, finishing fifth was more disappointment than thrill. He had his sights set on bigger glory after winning in the quarterfinals on Friday.
“It’s good (to finish fifth),” Sill said. “But I wanted to be a state champion. At least I won the last match of my high school career.”
Sill’s hopes for a state title were dashed with an 8-4 loss to San Francisco Riordan’s Elijah Davis in Saturday morning’s semifinals. But he rebounded from the setback to take fifth with a 4-3 victory over Corona Santiago’s Mike Long in the fifth-place bout,using a takedown in the final 10 seconds for the win.
“I just tried all my moves,” Sill said. “He really didn’t make a mistake. I was just trying to score. There was nothing to lose.”
Salinas, who won a CIF-Southern Section Masters championship last week, advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Los Osos’ Jonathan Solano (2-1) before losing to Madera’s Eric Gamboa (7-6). He injured his knee in that bout and defaulted the seventh-place bout.
Ochoa, Valles and Gurney lost in the consolation fifth round and did not medal.
Ochoa, who won his first CIF-SS division title two weeks ago, dropped a 3-1 setback to Jerry Vigil, of Heritage (Brentwood).
Valles, who lost to Sill in the quarterfinals on Friday, dropped a 6-4 setback to Nolan Kistler, of Martin Luther King (Riverside), with Gurney losing 7-3 to Harlan Kistler (King).
Ochoa and Gurney were attempting to medal after losing their opening matches on Friday.

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La Verne Lutheran falls to Serra in Division 4AA boys basketball title game, 70-52

By Tim Dutton, correspondent
Serra High’s boys basketball program had been here before. On paper, so had La Verne Lutheran, making it look like Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 4AA boys basketball championship game was a rematch of a year ago.
It clearly wasn’t, though, as defending champion Serra (25-6) used its superior size and athleticism to roll to a 70-52 victory at Anaheim Arena.
It was the Cavaliers’ seventh CIF sectional title and third in four years.
Serra beat La Verne Lutheran 69-59 last season, but the Trojans had only one starter and two players back from that team.
It showed in the early going Saturday as La Verne Lutheran (25-7) gave up the first six points and played catch-up the rest of the way.

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