State Track and Field Finals today and Saturday; tweet updates from @keithllair; results posted here

Follow @Keithllair at the state track and field championships in Clovis today and Saturday. Keith will be tweeting and posting Tout video’s of competitors at finals. For up to the minute results, click the CIF-State results link.
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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
La Salle High School graduate Daniel De La Torre has had a one-track mind this entire spring.
He missed last Friday’s graduation ceremonies to work on his one goal for this season: Win CIF State track and field championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He qualified in both events at last week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet. “It’s all been a progression,” the UCLA-bound runner said. “I’m ready to run in state. I’m going to finish what I started, which is to finish strong.”
The goal remains intact heading into today’s two-day meet at Clovis’ Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High. De La Torre finished ninth in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200 last year. He must finish in the top nine in a 1,600 qualifying race today. There is no 3,200 qualifier.
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Damien golfer Brandon Tsujimoto is heading to the state finals after shooting at 70 at Brookside

golfBy Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Brandon Tsujimoto will be enjoying two trips to Carmel in June.
The Damien High School graduate used Brookside Golf Course for the springboard for both trips, too. He qualified for the June 17-22 California Amateur last week on the facility’s No. 1 course and earned a berth in next week’s CIF State finals by shooting a 2-under-par 70 in Thursday’s CIF/SCGA Southern California regional on the same layout.
“My game has been coming around and my scores lower and lower,” he said. “Shooting a 70, especially with the competition here, it’s a great number.”
Tsujimoto went through graduation ceremonies last week. He finished sixth in Thursday’s one-day tournament to qualify for the finals, to be held Wednesday at Quail Lodge Golf Club.
“It was a really consistent round,” he said. “It feels great to go to state for the first time and in my senior year. It’s a great way to go out.”
Five other Valley golfers tried to duplicate Tsujimoto’s feat, but none qualified for the top nine spots. Arcadia’s Johnny Lai and La Canada’s Collin Morikawa came within one shot of getting into a playoff for one of four remaining slots. They had even-par 72s.
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With three months before the high school football season, we’ve got ten questions?

I’m already fired up for the fall. This is your football thread to discuss anything you want, the 10 questions, transfers, whose expected to transfer, coaching changes, gossip, whatever. We’ve got a lot to talk about over the next three months
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VBULLDOGS1. Will Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar, regain his football eligibility after CIF declared him ineligible citing an athletically motivated transfer. Hull’s family has hired an attorney to appeal the decision. My guess is nothing will change. If it didn’t change for South Hills’ Jordan Canada, it probably won’t change for Hull.

2. It appears Damien has had more high profile players transfer out than transfer in since former Bishop Amat legendary coach Mark Paredes took over. Before Damien heads to the Pac-5, will it do anything in the Sierra or Inland with Paredes in charge? My guess, they’ll probably go 5-5.

3. Will Gladstone and El Monte, who had two of the best season’s in school history, even make the playoffs after graduating so many talented players, especially Gladiators QB Kevin Amezquita and Lions QB Brandon Martinez? I say probably not.

hagerty4. Is Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes good enough or great enough to lead the Lancers to a Serra league title without a top back returning? Is Bishop Amat good enough to make the playoffs, period? The past few years Amat has been idling. They’re not going up, they’re not going down, they’re stuck in neutral. Will that change? Probably not, expect another second or third place finish in the Serra, and probably a first-round playoff exit.

payton5. Will San Dimas junior football standout Jake Payton, the Valle Vista League player of the year, remain at San Dimas? I’ve been told by a very reliable source that he is seriously considering transferring and that the wheels are already in motion. Stay tuned!

6. How many players will transfer to Charter Oak knowing they’re going back to the Hacienda League and probably the Southeast Division by 2014? And before it leaves, is there any chance of getting past the second round in the Inland Division? Over/Under is 5 on players transferring in, and no, they probably won’t get past the second round.

7. Will we ever watch Kurt Scoby play football again? He’s been at Charter Oak, Duarte, St. Paul, Alemany and now Monrovia. It’s his senior year, will he play? I’d set the odds at 70-30 that he never plays high school football again.

medrano8. Is West Covina football, after winning back-to-back Southeast titles in 2010 and ’11, on the decline? I’m afraid so, by 2014, Edgewood is taking over!

9. How good will the South Hills freshman football team be with head coach Steve Bogan in charge? He might be the first freshman football coach with four CIF titles.

10T. Who will be the top recruited football player in the Valley? Sadly, can’t think of many.

10T. Who are your sleeper teams for 2013? I’ll give you three, Diamond Bar, Bonita, Duarte.

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Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley not expected back

Sources at Charter Oak have confirmed that longtime Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley, a walk-on, will not be back next season. Quinley led Charter Oak to the CIF-SS Division 4 title in 2007, beating Santa Monica, 7-1. He also led the Chargers to the Division 4 title game in 2005. Charter finished one of its worst seasons in memory, finishing 9-14 and last in the Sierra League.
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Northview produces pictures and VIDEO alleging Aquinas softball took illegal batting practice

BREAKING NEWS: Northview coach Jeff Butler informed me that after discussing with school officials, they have decided not to file a protest.

NEW VIDEO: Video footage of Aquinas allegedly hitting off a tee in pre-game warm-ups prior to its 9-1 semifinal victory was sent to us today. Again, you be the judge, are players hitting off a tee?

northproNorthview High School spoke with CIF-Southern Section officials today accusing Aquinas, who it lost to 9-1 in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 softball semifinal, of conducting an illegal batting practice. If CIF determined an illegal batting practice took place, Aquinas would have to forfeit its victory. However, Northview only produced pictures, which I have obtained, but has no video evidence of Aquinas taking an illegal batting practice. Also, Northview never filed a formal protest with CIF officials, so it appears nothing will likely happen. But you be the judge, are these pictures enough? In the top photo Northview alleges this is a picture of an Aquinas player hitting off a tee. I can’t tell with certainty, the pictures are blurry. But it does appear the ball is stationary because the ball is in the hit-zone and the player still has the bat on her shoulders. But who knows, it could be an Aquinas player tossing the ball too. Those are just my observations. I never liked the rule anyway, but if you see it happening and believe you’ve caught a team violating it, get your video camera out.
The CIF-SS Softball playoff Bulletin states the following:
BATTING PRACTICE- Includes bunting or slap hittimg. Teams entered in the softball playoffs WILL NOT be permitted to take batting practice on the day of the scheduled contest. Batting practice will be construed as any type of pitching motion with ANY type of ball from in front of the batter (including pitching machines, underhand tossing, overhand throwing or pepper). THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE BATTING WARMUP WILL BE SIDE SOFT TOSS.
northpro2The player who tosses the ball should be on a knee and to the side of the batter. The ball should be lifted, not pitched, to the batter. THE PENALTY FOR BATTING PRACTICE WITH WIFFLE BALL, SOFTBALL, BASEBALL, ETC. MAY BE FORFEITURE OF GAME.

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Rowland’s Devin Thompson a feel-good comeback story; He will compete in long and triple jump at state finals

thompsonBy Keith Lair, staff writer
The surprise of the high school track and field season has been the late-season surge of Devin Thompson.
The Rowland High School senior is only one of two San Gabriel Valley athletes competing in two individual events in this weekend’s CIF State meet in Clovis.
Thompson did not compete for 1 1/2 years because of academic issues. He will try to qualify for the finals in both the long and triple jumps on Friday.
“It’s been a wake-up call,” Thompson said. “I’m treating this as more of a comeback season. I really have to thank coach (Dan) Luna and the staff for pushing me through all these obstacles and making me eligible for track.
“I went in as an underdog and I’ve come out out in the middle of the pack. I’m pretty confident at this point.”

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CIF-SS Baseball/Softball finals schedule

For those interested in attending CIF-SS baseball or softball finals this weekend, here’s your schedule.

CIF-SS BASEBALL FINALS
Division 1

Mira Costa vs. Harvard-Westlake, Friday, Dodger Stadium, 8 p.m.
Division 2
Temecula Valley vs. Cypress, Friday, Dodger Stadium, 5 p.m.
Division 3
Mira Costa vs. Serra, Friday, Dodger Stadium, 2 p.m.
Division 4
El Rancho vs., Oaks Christian, Saturday, UC Riverside, 7:30 pm.
Division 5
Ontario Christian/Oaks Hills winner vs. Citrus Valley, Saturday, UC Riverside, 1 p.m.
Division 6
Desert Christian Academy vs. Capistrano Valley Christian, Saturday, UC Riverside, 4 p.m.
Division 7
Firebaugh vs. Temecula Prep, Saturday, UC Riverside, 10 a.m.

CIF-SS SOFTBALL FINALS
Division 1

Corona Santiago vs. Norco, Saturday, Deanna Manning, 7 p.m.
Division 2
Lakewood vs. Chino, Saturday, Deanna Manning, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Sunny Hills vs. Righetti, Friday, Deanna Manning, 7:30 p.m.
Division 4
Santa Monica vs. Hemet, Saturday, Deanna Manning, 12:30 p.m.
Division 5
Montebello vs. Aquinas, Friday, Deanna Manning, 5:15 p.m.
Division 6
Mary Star vs. Bell-Jeff, Saturday, Deanna Manning, 10 a.m.
Division 7
Southlands Christian vs. Mesa Grande, Friday, Deanna Manning, 3 p.m.

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Softball: Aquinas ends Northview’s dream run, 9-1

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
COVINA –
Northview and Aquinas high schools began Tuesday dreaming of winning their program’s first CIF-Southern Section title.
For the visiting Falcons, that quest is still alive.
Jessica Valenzuela hit a three-run home run in the third inning and Allie Hotetz was solid in the circle and Aquinas advanced to its first CIF-SS championship game with a 9-1 victgory over the Vikings in a Division 5 semifinal.
Hotetz tossed a four-hitter and struck out three and Maritsa Cardona had four hits and two RBIs for the Falcons, who improved to 25-2 and will face either Silverado or Montebello in the title game, either Friday or Saturday at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The CIF-SS will release the championship game schedule today.
Northview, which was in the semifinals for the first time, finished 21-8.
“A lot of girls who have gone on to college have built this program when we got to the quarters and the semifinals and we couldn’t get over the hump and get to the finals,” Aquinas coach Chris Ybarra said. “These girls are proving to everyone that it doesn’t always mean how big your school is, as long as you can come together.
“I said it last week, they play for each other. They don’t play for individual stats. They want to play for their team, because they want to win it as group. And they are playing for their seniors. It’s exciting, and I’m very proud of my girls and I hope it can continue (in the championship game).”
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IT’S OVER: Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, San Dimas finished, and so is the SGV

Photo gallery of El Rancho, Baldwin Park

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
El Rancho’s history-making march in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs took another giant step.
El Rancho rallied for a 5-4 victory over Baldwin Park in the semifinals on Tuesday, sending the Dons to their first title game ever.
Baldwin Park was hoping to play for its first title since 1982, but El Rancho’s Joe Sanchez broke a 4-4 tie in the top of seventh with a single up that middle that drove in Nick Vasquez for the go-ahead run.
“I know I had two strikes on me, but there’s no time to press the panic button,” Sanchez said. “I knew I had to get the job done and got it done. I stuck with the basics and went up the middle. That’s what I was thinking the whole way.”
Baldwin Park had a chance to tie in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on first and third and two outs, Dons reliever Julian Vizcarra struck out Braves clean-up hitter Dominic Hilo to end the game.
“Every day we say believe, believe, believe,” Sanchez said. “We never gave up and never put our heads down. We’re 24 strong and we got it done.”
After finishing third in the Del Rio League, El Rancho (20-10) will face top seed Oaks Christian, a 3-0 winner over San Dimas, in the championship on Saturday at UC Riverside at 7:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park finishes 23-4. (To continue, click link).

TODAY’S CIF-SS SEMIFINALS
Baseball

Division 3
Serra 9, Diamond Bar 2
Division 4
Oaks Christian 3, San Dimas 0
El Rancho 5, Baldwin Park 4
Softball
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 5

Aquinas 9, Northview 1

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Baseball: The hits just kept on coming as San Dimas rolls Sonora, 19-5, to advance to semifinals

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
SAN DIMAS –
The general concept says that the degree of difficulty is supposed to increase the further a team advances in the CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs.
San Dimas High School might be the exception.
Ricky Ramirez had four hits and three RBIs and Josh Avila had four RBIs to lead a 22-hit attack as the Saints cruised to the semifinals with a 19-5 victory over visiting Sonora in a Division 4 quarterfinal game.
San Dimas, also getting three hits and three RBIs from Logan Murratalla and three hits and two RBIs from Andrew Espinoza, improved to 26-6 and will travel to top seed Oaks Christian, which eliminated Northview, 15-4, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
AJ Oviedo and Brandon Chandler had three hits each for Sonora, which finished 23-7.
“It did shock us,” said Ramirez, who had a double and single to highlight a 12-run third inning which put the game away. “We were expecting a battle. We had the opportunity to score a lot of runs and it made it a lot easier for us. It just made every thing go smooth.”
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Baseball: Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, San Dimas advance to semis; Bishop Amat, South Hills, Northview finished

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Baldwin Park pitcher Ben Fonseca pitched a complete game, allowing four hits with 11 strikeouts to lead the Braves to a 3-2 victory over Riverside La Sierra, sending the Braves to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals on Tuesday.
VNORTHVIEWBaldwin Park (22-6), seeking its first CIF title since 1982, will face El Rancho, a 6-4 winner over El Segundo, in the semifinals at a site to be determined by a coin flip.
“We just want to keep going,” Baldwin Park coach Jake Barendregt said. “Ben was his stellar self again, he’s been like that all year for us.”
La Sierra’s Matt Hardy belted two home runs, his home run in the first giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Baldwin Park’s Jordan Palacio scored Dominic Hilo on a ground out in the second inning to tie the score, 1-1.
The Braves took a 3-1 lead in the fourth.
Palacio’s ground out scored Hilo again, and Justin Tellez singled home Timothy Wells.
Hardy hit his second homer in the sixth inning to trim the Braves’ lead to 3-2, but they were able to hold on behind behind Fonseca and a clutch throw in the seventh.
Braves outfielder Ryan Cruz threw out the tying run at third to end the game.
“He (Foncseca) grinded it out and threw strikes,” Barendregt said. “He only made two mistakes (on the HRs), that’s it.”

sdimasTODAY’S QUARTERFINALS RESULTS
Division 2

Vista Murrieta 2, South Hills 1
Division 3
Mira Costa 4, Bishop Amat 2
Diamond Bar 5, Gahr 3
Division 4
Oaks Christian 14, Northview 4
San Dimas 19, Sonora 5
Baldwin Park 3, La Sierra 2
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 3

Serra vs. Diamond Bar
Division 4
San Dimas at Oaks Christian
Baldwin Park vs. El Rancho

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Mira Costa took advantage of Bishop Amat’s mistakes and senior lefty Chris Alcala did the rest, going the distance to lift the Mustangs to a 4-2 victory over the Lancers in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinal.
Mira Costa (23-11) advances to Tuesday semifinals, where it will face the Peninsula-Elsinore winner.
Alcala gave up just five hits and retired the Lancers in order in the seventh to finish it off.
“I just tried to go out there and throw strikes,” Alcala said. “Coming into the game coaches told me we’re going to try and saw them off, throw the fast ball soft and away. It definitely helped.”
Alcala and Amat starter Andrew Eppenbach battled through four scoreless innings when Amat’s defense let Eppenbach down.
VAMATWith a runner on first and two outs, Eppenbach got Mira Costa’s Austin Henning to hit a routine grounder to second, but Evan Claproth’s throw to first was dropped for an error.
After the runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, the Lancers walked clean-up hitter Jack Webber intentionally to load the bases.
Braden Casady made them pay, singling home a pair to go up 2-0.
Mustang’s coach Cassidy Olson hasn’t spoken to the local media this season and said he doesn’t want to jinx it now.
But assistant Rob Duron was more than happy to talk about Casady’s pay-off single.
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Who is the area softball player of the year? Coach of the year? Who should be on first team?

Let’s see how good you’re selecting a Tribune first-team softball team. Fill in the blanks and discuss it amongst yourselves.
Player of the year:
(2) Pitchers:
(4) Infielder:
(3) Outfielders:
(1) Utility:

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Masters Meet: Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley, Marissa Scott, Rowland’s Devin Thompson and Amat’s Darren Andrews hoping to reach state track finals

The Masters Meet at Cerritos begins with field events at 4 p.m., followed by track finals at 6 p.m. You can find all the up-to-minute results by clicking the link.
scottBy Keith Lair, Staff Writer
It’s the strangest track and field meet of the season.
When 16 Valley athletes gather at Cerritos College in Norwalk for today’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet, it will not be about winning. It will be be about qualifying for next week’s CIF state meet.
Fist place will be as good as sixth place. Twelfth place in distance events might be as good as first place, too. An event’s first six places or a qualifying standard set by CIF will decide who will be advancing to the two-day meet in Fresno on May 31 to June 1.
“My big goal is to achieve,” La Salle’s Daniel De La Torre said. “There’s a lot more room for improvement.”
Field events start at 4:30 p.m. with running events at 6.
The CIF-SS has been granted six spots, no matter the marks, into the state meet. As many as 10 Valley athletes could advance based solely on the standard.
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SOFTBALL: Northview’s Jocelyn Marquez hits game-winning HR in Vikes 5-4 win over Barstow, all others bow out

Photo gallery of Northview’s 5-4 win over Barstow
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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Northview has been riding the power of junior centerfielder Jocelyn Marquez and she delivered again, belting a solo shot to center in the bottom of the sixth inning for the go-ahead run, lifting the Vikings to a 5-4 victory over visiting Barstow in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals.
It was Marquez’s fourth homer of the playoffs and eighth of the season. She also hit two home runs in the Vikings’ second-round 7-1 win over Jurupa Hills.
marquezMarquez led off the bottom of the sixth with the score tied 3-3 and instructions from coach, Jeff Butler.
“Coach told me if you get two balls don’t swing at them unless you can hit it out,” Marquez said. “The first pitch was a foul ball and the second pitch … I felt that one. It felt like a beach ball.”
Northview (21-7) advances to the semifinals on Tuesday for the first time in school history. The Vikings will host Aquinas, a 5-3 winner over Downey Calvary Chapel.
Barstow, didn’t go quietly.
Miranda Peralta led off the seventh with a walk and quickly stole second, moving the Aztecs’ game-tying runner into scoring position with no outs.
The defensive play of the game came next.
Barstow’s Gabby Rodriguez hit a bloop fly to right that was caught by Northview’s Reyanne Gonzales. Peralta tagged and headed for third, but Gonzales’ long throw nailed her for a momentum-changing double play.
Barstow followed with back-to-back hits to keep the inning alive, but Vikings pitcher Ana Mejia got Meagan Alvarez to pop out to end the game.
The Vikings can thank Gonzales for that.
“That’s an unbelievable play,” Butler said of the double play in the seventh. “We had a play like that with (Gonzales) earlier in the season and the same right fielder air mailed the fence, the shed and threw it all over the place. She’s worked real hard, so I’m glad for her that she came through in a real clutch situation.”
marquez2Northview shortstop Sarina Jaramillo, who is headed to the University of Hawaii, was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored, and also made several dazzling defensive plays.
Freshman Monet Manning doubled home two runs in the first inning and finished with three RBIs.
Mejia was steady in the circle. She didn’t have a strikeout, but she put the ball in play and her defense made outs.
“That’s been our fortay all season,” Butler said. “Ana throwing strikes, them hitting it and us fielding it.”
Trailing 3-1, Barstow battled back to take a 4-3 lead in the third inning. After Gabby Rodriguez’s double drove in a run to make it 3-2, Meagan Alvarez singled home two more to go up 4-3. Alvarez finished with three RBIs.
Northview’s Manning singled home Jaramillo in the fourth to tie the score, 4-4.
That set the stage for Marquez’s heroics in the sixth.
“To be honest, we didn’t think we would go this far,” Mejia said. “But I knew we had it in us. It’s the best feeling in the world to go to the semifinals.”

CIF-SS SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
Thursday’s quarterfinals results
Division 2

Millikan 5, Ayala 3
Lakewood 2, Chino Hills 0
Oaks Christian 3, Charter Oak 1
Division 5
Montebello 10, Sierra Vista 1
Silverado 1, San Dimas 0, 9 innings
Northview 5, Barstow 4

Northview’s Jocelyn Marquez, Ana Mejia and coach Jeff Butler spoke afterward

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Softball: Hayes pitches Lakewood by Chino Hils, 2-0

By Steve Ramirez
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CHINO HILLS –
Lakewood High School didn’t need much to beat Chino Hills, but the Lancers don’t need much when Janelle Hayes is in the circle.
Thursday was no exception.
Hayes tossed a four-hit shutout and struck out 11 and Lakewwood advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinals with a 2-0 victory over host Chino Hills in a quarterfinal game at Big League Dreams Park.
The Lancers, getting a pair of RBI singles from Kylie Lundberg and Montana Dixon, improved to 23-6 and will travel to Millikan, a 5-3 victor over Ayala, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Trish Parks gave up for hits and struck out 10 for the Huskies, who finished 25-8. Chino Hills, which was seeking its second consecutive CIF-SS title after winning Division 3 last season, also received two hits from Shianne Brannan.
“It is what it is,” Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth said. “We hadn’t been shut out all year, so for them to shut us out, (Hayes) was obviously pretty effective. She worked the outside part of the plate really well, and that’s softball.
Chino Hills coach Mike Southworth: “It is what it is. We hadn’t been shut out all year, so for them to shut us out, (Hayes) was obviously pretty effective. She worked the outside part of the plate really well, and that’s softball. Her placement of her pitches was good enough to cause our kids some problems. It was tough.”
Lakewood coach Andy Miramontes: “We just had little base hits that we were able to cash in. It was a little flair here and there. I told the girls with a pitcher like (Parks), you just have to concentrate on putting the ball in play, which is what they did.”
Lakewood’s Janelle Hayes: They were helping me out, because they were taking some aggressive swings. Lindsay has been making some fantastic plays the past few games, so even when they hit it deep, I knew she was going to make a play. I was confident she was going to catch it.”

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Did South Torrance get robbed of a run in 5-4 loss to Northview? It sure looks like it .. We’ve got video, you decide

http://youtu.be/finaW-XjTAU

Here’s how I described Tuesday’s controversial call in Northview’s 5-4 win over South Torrance. The new video that surfaced seems to show that the South Torrance runner may have touched home. In Tuesday’s story I wrote: South Torrance was still trying to understand a controversial call moments earlier that took its go-ahead run away.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh, South Torrance loaded the bases with one out. Kyle Henmi doubled in the gap to score the tying runs with the go-ahead runner, Josh Rotuna, rounding third and colliding with Vikings catcher Gabe Rojo in a play at the plate. The umpire ruled Rotuna out, then after noticing that Rojo dropped the ball, ruled him safe, giving South Torrance a 5-4 lead. Northview appealed, arguing the runner never touched home and the umpire agreed, ruling the runner out at home, tying the score 4-4.
“The (umpire) called him out, then safe, then they rule he never touched the plate, a little confusing, “South coach Grady Sain said. “He (runner) wasn’t ruled out until after the play was dead and then they appealed.
“It’s one of those things where it could have gone either way and unfortunately it went their way.” Northview will advance to the quarterfinals to face Oaks Christian. Vikings coach Darren Murphy said he had a clear view of the play at home.
“It (the call) was a huge momentum changer but at the end of the day coaches always want the right call and that was the right call,” Murphy said. “He never touched home plate. Rojo’s tag knocked him off his feet and he was never within two or three feet of the plate.”
This was obviously much closer than two or three feet. It appears Rotuna’s foot did swipe home. In any case, tough for any of the umpires to know for sure, so surprised the call was changed on appeal. If I had to make the call based on the video, I’d rule him safe.

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Transfer Antonio “Noodles” Hull hires attorney to take on CIF

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
The family of Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull has hired an attorney to help appeal the CIF-Southern Section’s declaration of his ineligibility until Nov. 9. 2013.
VBULLDOGSHull, a junior-to-be, transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar this offseason with hopes of playing for the Brahmas this fall. Earlier this month, the CIF-Southern Section office declared him ineligible for varsity football participation until Nov. 9, 2013 after West Covina disputed the transfer on grounds that it was athletically motivated.
West Covina provided the CIF-Southern Section office with a letter from Hull’s father, which left the ruling body no choice but to declare Hull ineligible under Rule 510, which includes athletic motivation among other things.
Hull’s family will now state its case to a state appeal committee and they’ll do it under the guidance of Chris Prussak, an Orange County-based attorney who claims he specializes in CIF appeals cases.
“One hundred percent of athletes who make their appeal to CIF, they’re athletically motivated,” Prussak said. “They want to play athletics, therefore they are athletically motivated. Tell me the different degrees. It doesn’t say there are different degrees in the blue book, so I don’t understand that term.”
Hull shined as a sophomore at West Covina last fall, earning Tribune Newcomer of the Year honors after playing quarterback, running back and safety for the Bulldogs.
He was expected to be in the mix to play quarterback for Diamond Bar and also start at safety for the Brahmas.
On Aram’s In the Huddle blog, he further wrote that Prussak will also argue that it’s unconstitutional for CIF to step in and say Hull is ineligible when he made a valid change of residence. Other parts of his case will include academics and safety/threat issues that have been alleged in other emails.
Broadus gets another offer
broadusDiamond Bar wide receiver Cordell Broadus added LSU to his growing list of suitors when the Tigers became the latest big-name college team to offer the junior-to-be.
Broadus, whose father is famous rapper Snoop Dogg, already has offers from USC, UCLA and Washington, to name a few.
Scoby to miss spring
New Monrovia running back Kurt Scoby won’t join the team until after spring practice in order to focus on academics, according to Wildcats coach Ryan Maddox.
scobydoScoby, who last played at St. Paul, decided to transfer to Monrovia after several stops this offseason. Under an agreement with Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson to get his academics in order, Scoby won’t participate in team drills until this summer.
“He’s in the process of getting everything squared away grades-wise,” Maddox said. “He’s in good standing. He wanted to focus on his education and focus on getting into a Division I college.
“He’ll join us in the summer. Kurt will make the adjustments and know what’s doing. He’ll be just fine.”
Monrovia is loaded at running back with returner Darione Jones and two sophomores-to-be with bright futures in Cameron Johnson and Anthony Marquez.

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Can Northview handle Oaks Christian’s 96 MPH Phil Bickford, a MLB first-round prospect?

Northview baseball will likely face Oaks Christian’s 6-foot-4 righthander Phil Bickford in Friday’s Division 4 quarterfinal at home. Bickford, a potential Major League Baseball first-round selection in this year’s draft, was clocked at 96 MPH during a 4-1 victory over Bonita for the Redondo tournament title. Bickford draws a lot of attention from scouts, so expect a big crowd tomorrow. Interestingly, Bickford, a starter all season, has not started in the playoffs, making relief appearances in both. Bickford took over in the fourth in the Lions’ 1-0 win over San Marino and didn’t enter until the sixth inning in the Lions’ 5-2 win over Savanna. “It’s a little unusual, I’m not sure if he’ll start or of this is their way of using him in every game,” said Vikings coach Darren Murphy, who expects to face him at some point. “He’s as good as advertised, that’s for sure. We don’t need five or six (runs), we need one or two and hopefully you do that by plugging away and hoping there’s a crack.”

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Major Football News: Elijah Jones, Alex Powell transfer, Antonio Hull’s family hires attorney

Aram’s In the Huddle Blog has some big news to report. Damien sophomore Elijah Jones has transferred to Upland and Charter Oak junior Alex Powell, the younger brother of former Chargers stud A.J. Powell, has transferred to rival South Hills. Aram also is reporting that Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar and was declared ineligible by CIF (athletically motivated), has hired an attorney to appeal the decision.

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Baseball Playoffs: Northview wins in the bottom of the seventh, 3-2; South Hills’ David Denson homers in eighth, lifts South Hills to 4-3 win; Amat rallies, 8-6

What do we always say about baseball in the San Gabriel Valley, we can beat anyone. South Hills, Bishop Amat, Diamond Bar, San Dimas, Baldwin Park and Northview all win, giving SGV 6-0 record in Division’s 2-4. Bring on the freaking quarterfinals …
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Photo gallery of Northview, South Torrance
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
COVINA — How quickly momentum swings, just ask South Torrance.
Northview’s Kollby Oriti walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to force in the game winning run, scoring Alex Labor from third to give the Vikings a 5-4 victory over visiting South Torrance in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs on Tuesday.
“I’d rather hit my guy in,” Oriti said. “But who cares, we got the win and we’re moving on.”
South Torrance was still trying to understand a controversial call moments earlier that took its go-ahead run away.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh, South Torrance loaded the bases with one out. Kyle Henmi doubled in the gap to score the tying runs with the go-ahead runner, Josh Rotuna, rounding third and colliding with Vikings catcher Gabe Rojo in a play at the plate. (To continue click thread).

CIF-SS Baseball Playoffs
Tuesday’s Second Round Results
Division 2

South Hills 4, San Clemente 3
Division 3
Bishop Amat 8, Palm Desert 6
Diamond Bar 6, St. Paul 0
Division 4
Northview 5, South Torrance 4
San Dimas 1, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 0
Baldwin Park 6, La Serna 3
Division 5
Village Christian 14, El Monte 1
Oak Hills 14, Sierra Vista 1
FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
Division 2

South Hills at Vista Murrieta, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Mira Costa at Bishop Amat, 2:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Gahr, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Oaks Christian at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Sonora at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at La Sierra, 3:15 p.m.

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Ayala, Denson lead South Hills comeback as Huskies shock San Clemente, 4-3

By Steve Ramirez
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SAN CLEMENTE –
South Hills High School looked down, but the Huskies showed Tuesday they are never out.
Jonathon Ayala had a two-run double in the sixth and David Denson hit a lead-off home run in the eighth and South Hills rallied for a 4-3 victory over host San Clemente in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 game.
The Huskies, also getting a home run from Isaiah Gonzales, improved to 22-6 and advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals against Vista Murrieta at a site to be determined today by coin flip.
The Tritons, who led 3-0 after four innings on a home run by Jake Terkoski and RBIs by Lucas Herbert and Brock Eissman, finished 23-10.
South Hills, after being held to three hits through four innings, looked like its season might end. But the Huskies refused to give in.
Gonzales started the comeback when he lined a home run to right field to make it 3-1 in the fifth. South Hills then loaded the bases in the sixth on an error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Ayala followed with a two-run double to right field to tie the score at 3.
Denson, after reliever Adrian De Horta escaped a San Clemente’ rally in the seventh, led off the eighth with a home run to left-center for the 4-3 lead.
De Horta retired San Clemente in order in the eighth.
South Hills coach Kevin Smith: “It was a team win. The kids just kept battling, kept fighting. They believed they could do it. I’m just really emotional. It’s a great win for us, for the program, for the school, for these kids. It’s just a great win. I’m so proud of our kids to battle back, to be down three runs on the road. We could have just rolled over, died and the season’s over. But they kept fighting, fighting and fighting.”
South Hills’ David Denson: “I just told myself to try my best and get a hit. I didn’t try to go for the fence. All I can do is try and do the best I can, and that’s what I did.”
South Hills’ Adrian De Horta: “I tried not to think ahead. This thing can get away from you, if you think like that. I tried to think one pitch at a time and my defense made some great plays behind me.”

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Softball: Bishop Amat makes stunning exit, Sierra Vista and Ayala knock off Top Seeds; Northview, Charter Oak, San Dimas all advance

UPSET, Sierra Vista shocks Citrus Valley, 4-2: Things finally caught up to Citrus Valley’s softball team. Three seasons of unprecedented success – two league titles, two CIF-Southern Section title games and one CIF-SS championship – came to an abrupt halt with Tuesday’s 4-2 loss at Sierra Vista in a CIF-SS Division 5 second-round game.

VSANDIMASCIF-SS Softball Playoffs
Tuesday’s Second Round Results
Division 2

Ayala 3, Mission Viejo 2
Chino Hills 3, Yucaipa 1
Lakewood 1, Bonita 0, 8 innings
Dana Hills 5, South Hills 3
Charter Oak 5, Redlands East Valley 0
Division 3
La Serna 4, Bishop Amat 3
Division 4
Paloma Valley 1, South El Monte 0
Division 5
Sierra Vista 4, Citrus Valley 2
San Dimas 1, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 0
Northview 7, Jurupa Hills 1

Thursday’s quarterfinals
Division 2

Millikan at Ayala, 3:15 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Oaks Christian, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Sierra Vista at Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Silverado, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at Northview 3:15 p.m.

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