West Covina football camp in June, contact three-time championship coach Mike Maggiorre

What: West Covina High School Football Camp
When: June 17-19, 5 to 7 p.m.
For: Ages 6-13
Camp Inlcludes …
- Instructors will include former and current college players along with Bulldog coaches and players.
- $40.00 Fee – Cash or Check (made out to West Covina Football Boosters)
- Includes: Bulldog Camp T-Shirt, 3 – 2 hour sessions of instruction, Camp Certificate and Pizza Night (last night of camp)
- Register now (send to West Covina High School Football Boosters, 1609 E. Cameron Ave, West Covina, 91790) or Monday, June 17
- Any questions, Contact Camp Director: Corey Tello @ 626-859-2900 ext. 2945 or Mike Maggiore 626-859-2900 ext 2980


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Tuesday’s Second Round Baseball/Softball Schedule and predictions ..

It’s almost impossible to choose the right games to cover when there are so many to choose from. But predictions? I’ve got those. I’m predicting a great day for the Valle Vista, and not so great for the others. I’ve got the VVL going 3-0 along with South Hills advancing in D-2 and Diamond Bar in D-3. I’ve got Bishop Amat going down in Palm Desert as well as Sierra Vista and El Monte. In softball, you’ve got a train wreck waiting to happen. I’m predicting all five area teams in D-2 will go down, Bonita, Ayala, Chino Hills, Charter Oak and South Hills. I only have two softball teams advancing, Bishop Amat and San Dimas.

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2

urittiSouth Hills at San Clemente, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (South Hills)
Division 3
Bishop Amat at Palm Desert, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Palm Desert)
Diamond Bar at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Diamond Bar)
Division 4
South Torrance at Northview, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Northview)
San Dimas at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (San Dimas)
La Serna at Baldwin Park 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Baldwin Park)
Division 5
Village Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Village Christian)
Oak Hills at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Oak Hills)

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2

5-8-13 VDBARMission Viejo at Ayala, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Mission Viejo)
Chino Hills at Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Yucaipa)
Bonita at Lakewood, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Lakewood)
Dana Hills at South Hills, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Dana Hills)
Redlands East Valley at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Redlands E)
Division 3
Bishop Amat at La Serna, 3:15 p.m. – Pick (Bishop Amat)
Division 4
South El Monte at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Paloma Valley)
Division 5
Citrus Valley at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Citrus Valley)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m. – Pick (San Dimas)
Northview at Jurupa Hills, 3:15 p.m. — Pick (Jurupa Hills)

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CIF-Southern Section Track Finals: Bonita’s Marissa Scott ends senior year with CIF title, Claremont’s Brittany Brown doubles in sprints

RESULTS/WEBCAST: The CIF-Southern Section track finals complete results from Saturday’s Division 1-4 races at Mt. SAC.

Over 100 photo’s from the CIF-SS track finals by Keith Birmingham
By Steve Ramirez
Bonita High School’s Marissa Scott has been one of the top athletes during the past few seasons.
She lived up to that billing Saturday.
scottbScott led the area efforts at the CIF-Southern Section divisional track and field championships at Mt. San Antonio College, taking first in the 800-meter run and a solid third in the 1,600 to qualify in both events for next week’s Masters Meet at Cerritos College.
Other top performances included Claremont’s Brittany Brown, who won both the 100 and 200 in Division 3; Bishop Amat’s Darren Andrews, who was second in the 100 in Division 3; Damien’s Adam Williams, who was second in the 800 in Division 3; Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley, who was third in the Division 3 triple jump and fifth in the long jump, and Glendora’s Cade Lindsey, who was second in the 110 hurdles in Division 3.
“My focus was to just qualify for Masters. I did that in the 800 and 1,600, so I’m real happy about that,” said Scott, who won the 800 in a personal-best 2 minutes, 13.93 seconds and finished third in the 1,600, also setting a personal best at 4:55.03. “I just wanted to move on and do my best.”
Both races were quite similar, with Scott taking the final lap with a shot at victory.
In the 800, she pulled away down the stretch to beat San Juan Hills’ Kylee Vandenberg (2:15.86) and Mater Dei’s Ashlyn Rambo (2:17.08). The opposite happened in the 1,600, where she was passed down the stretch by winner Sydney Segal (4:52.53), of Beverly Hills, and Bishop Montgomery’s Danielle Shanahan (4:53.31) to finish third.
“I was really pleased with my race in the 800,” Scott said. “I (had a personal best) last week, so I came in pretty confident. I had a good feeling. I tried to stay calm and focus and do my best.
“I ran pretty similar to what I did last week. I knew the last 400, I could really make my move, which I did.”
tandrewsAndrews finished a solid second in the 100, breaking a personal record with a 10.54.
“I’ve been practicing for this day. It was a good day today,” Andrews said.
“It feels great, putting the hard work together. Mission accomplished.”
Brown dominated the Division 2 sprint events, easily winning the 100 in 11.49 and taking the 200 in 23.68.
Wheatley, who advanced to the state meet last season in the triple jump, will again get that chance after finishing third and qualifying for the Masters with a leap of 38 feet, one-half inch. She was fifth in the long jump at 17-1/2.
twheatley“I felt I did good,” Wheatley said. “I just wanted to make it to Masters. I know I can get better and improve as I keep going on.”
Williams and Lindsey each earned second-place finishes, Williams with a 1:56.27 in the 800 and Lindsey with a 14.81 in the 110 hurdles.
Webster was third in the Division 3 triple jump at 46-9 3/4. He also qualified for Masters.
Other strong area efforts were turned in by Walnut’s Ty’Jalayah Robertson, who was third in the Division 1 triple jump and qualified for Masters with a mark of 38-1/4; Chino Hills’ Dillon Groener, who was fourth in the Division 1 pole vault at 15 feet; and Arroyo’s Sam Garcia, who qualified for Masters after a fourth-place finish in the Division 2 3,200 at 9:20.97.
Rowland’s Dylan Thompson qualified for Masters with a mark of 45-4 1/2 in the triple jump.

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VIDEO: Charter Oak’s Aaren Vaughns scores three touchdowns in the East’s 42-18 victory over the West in the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star game

San Gabriel Valley East-West photo gallery

GAME STORY: Charter Oak High School’s Aaren Vaughns scored three times and Chino Hills quarterback Matt Simko threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the East took care of the West with a 42-18 win in the 34th Hall of Fame All-Star Game on Friday night at West Covina High.
The win upped the East’s lead in the series to 32-10-2. It also was the East’s sixth consecutive win in California’s longest-running high school all-star football game.

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Baseball Playoffs: Baldwin Park crushes Century 8-1 behind Hilo’s Grand Slam; San Dimas, South Hills, Northview advance

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When Baldwin Park’s Dominic Hilo watched Century centerfielder Chris Santana stop running, he knew it was time to get his trot on.
Hilo’s grand slam in the third inning combined with pitcher Ben Fonseca’s complete game, 11 strikeout performance was more than enough to lead Baldwin Park to an easy 8-2 victory over Century in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs on Friday.
Baldwin Park (21-5) will face La Serna, a 4-1 winner over La Habra, in the second round on Tuesday. Home field will be determined by a coin flip on Saturday.
“We’ve worked hard to get to this point,” Hilo said. “We’re trying to make a run at this thing, we’ve got four games to go.” To continue reading, click thread

San Dimas 7, Torrance 1: It wasn’t just gloomy weather that cast a shadow over Friday’s CIF Division 4 first-round baseball game between San Dimas and Torrance. The game was played with the Saints’ 2009 CIF championship banner, won against the Tartars, in the backdrop and draped over the wall in center field at San Dimas High. All of the players have departed from four years ago, but the result was the same as No. 4-seeded San Dimas (23-6) knocked Torrance (15-13) out of the playoffs with a 7-1 win. It was the Saints’ first postseason victory since beating the Tartars at Angel Stadium four years ago.

South Hills 2, Rio Mesa 1: South Hills’ baseball team got a two-hit pitching performance from senior Adrian DeHorta and defeated Rio Mesa 2-1 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round playoff game on Friday. The Huskies will face the winner of the San Clemente-Mayfair matchup in a second-round game on Tuesday at a site to be determined.

Friday’s First Round Results
Division 2

South Hills 2, Rio Mesa 1
La Mirada 7, Damien 4
Aliso Niguel 7, Claremont 1
Division 4
Northview 7, Ramona 4
San Dimas 7, Torrance 1
Baldwin Park 8, Century 2
Kaiser 3, Nogales 0
Tuesday’s Second Round Updated
Division 2

South Hills at San Clemente, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Bishop Amat at Palm Desert, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
South Torrance at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
La Serna at Baldwin Park 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Village Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Oak Hills at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.

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Great photo, don’t know if the West is predicting a W, or repping the West for Friday’s SGV All-Star football game at West Covina … But they will lose

GAME PREVIEW: A shootout is expected today when East meets West in the 34th Hall of Fame All-Star Game for soon-to-be graduating high school football seniors.
The question is whether the West can keep up with the East, which once again appears to have a decided talent edge on paper. The East leads the overall series 21-10-2 and has won the last five meetings. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m at West Covina.

Great picture, but I’ve got some news for the West, they’ve got zero chance against the East in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star game at West Covina, 7:30 p.m. But nice to see that El Monte and West Coach Joel Sanchez is up to his old tricks with this photo.

And as soon as I post this, here come the tweets … love it, game on.

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Baseball Playoffs: Cathedral shocks No. 1 and defending champion Bonita, 3-1; Diamond Bar, El Monte, Sierra Vista win

Highlights and interviews following Cathedral shocking 3-1 victory over Bonita, knocking off the defending champion and Division 3 top seed.

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
There’s a reason why CIF-Southern Section baseball playoff games are played on fields and not paper.
Bonita High School, which won the Division 3 title last season and was top seed this season, found out why Thursday.
Henry Martinez doubled home two runs in the top of the seventh inning and Willie Aguilar struck out Connor Renard in the bottom of the inning with they tying runs on second and third and visiting Cathedral shocked the No. 1 Bearcats, 3-1, in a first-round game at Las Flores Park.
Cathedral, which beat Xavier Prep, 4-0, in the wild-card round on Tuesday, improved to 15-16 and will face either Elsinore or Culver City in the second round on Tuesday. Bonita, which had tied the score at 1 on a bases-loaded walk to Austin McGilvra in the sixth, finished 26-4-1. The Bearcats, who are 58-6-1 during the past two seasons, also suffered their earliest playoff exit since losing to Northview in the second round in 2007. Bonita had gone to the finals, winning last season and losing in 2010, twice in the past three seasons.
“A lot of respect to Cathedral. They’re a tough team,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “But our guys played with a lot of heart. They didn’t quit, even after getting the first two out (in the seventh). We were a hit away from tying, and who knows. But I know Cathedral wasn’t going to back down either.
“It’s sad to end it this way, but we knew this was going to be a very tough game.”

CIF-SS Baseball Playoffs
Thursday’s First Round Results
Division 3

Cathedral 3, Bonita 1
Mira Costa 15, Los Altos 1
Diamond Bar, 3, West Torrance 0
Serra 12, West Covina 7
Division 5
El Monte 1, La Puente 0
Maranatha 7, Duarte 4
Sierra Vista 12, Mountain View 1
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Softball Playoffs: Bishop Amat survives scare, rallies in seventh for 3-2 win; South El monte shocks San Marino, 2-0

Plenty of drama during the first-round of the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs, Bishop Amat, the Tribune’s top team, trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh but rallied to defeat El Segundo, 3-2. South El Monte with the surprise result of the day, knocking off San Marino and super pitcher Michelle Floyd, 2-0. Other mild shockers, South Hills knocking off Pacific Coast League champion Beckman, 4-2. The Valle Vista league’s best two, Northview and San Dimas, both won easily and Charter Oak clobbered West Covina, 13-5


Thursday’s First Round
Division 2
Bonita 8, Tesoro 5
South Hills 4, Beckman 2
Charter Oak 13, West Covina 5
Ayala 14, Don Lugo 2
Chino Hills 6, Montclair 3
Division 3
Bishop Amat 3, El Segundo 2
Division 4
South El Monte 2, San Marino 0
Patriot 17, Arroyo 6
Division 5
San Dimas 9, Alhambra 0
Northview 14, Katella 3
Sierra Vista 7, Calvary Murrieta 4
Jurupa Hills 13, Duarte 1

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2

Mission Viejo at Ayala, 3:15 p.m.
Chino Hills at Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Lakewood, 3:15 p.m.
Dana Hills at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Redlands East Valley at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Bishop Amat at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
South El Monte at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Citrus Valley at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Jurupa Hills, 3:15 p.m.

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Baseball Playoffs: Steve Ramirez’s overview and projections

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The play-in games have been completed, now the CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs, sans Bishop Amat’s 12-3 victory over Garden Grove Santiago on Wednesday, kick into high gear, with first round games slated for today and Friday. I thought what a good time to look at the divisions involving local teams, where the area’s best hopes for championship glory rest with Division 3 defending champion Bonita. Here goes.

1. Redlands East Valley (22-4-1), 2. Temecula Valley (19-5), 3. Los Osos (20-2), 4. Cypress (21-8).
Locals: South Hills (21-6), Damien (17-10).
Darkhorse: La Mirada (19-10-1)
Projected champion: Los Osos
Thoughts: Locally, South Hills had another solid season, but the odds are stacked against the Huskies, who host Rio Miesa (11-13) today. South Hills should advance to second round, but will have to run the gauntlet, with likely facing San Clemente (22-8), which was the division’s top team for much of the season, in the round of 16 and No. 1 Redlands East Valley in the quarters. La Mirada features one of the better pitching staffs in the division and could pull off some surprises. Los Osos has had just a few slip ups, but has been lights out lately, so I go with “The Bears” Grizzlies.

1. Bonita (26-3-1), 2. Serra (24-5), 3. Gahr (20-5), 4. Palm Desert (16-7)
Locals: Bontia, Los Altos (16-9), Bishop Amat (17-11), Diamond Bar (19-6), West Covina (16-12-1)
Darkhorse: Bishop Amat
Projected champion: Bonita
Thoughts: Bonita, after going 61 years between CIF-SS titles, looks ready to go back-to-back. The Bearcats don’t have the offensive prowess they enjoyed last season, but very few can match their pitching. The exception to the rule might be Serra, which should also advance to the final, setting up an epic battle for title glory. Cathedral and starter Bryan Duenes might be the Bearcats toughest opponent prior to the final when they square off today. Go with the Bearcats in that one and for the division crown. Bishop Amat is a team to lookout for. The Lancers, after a slow start, have won 12 of 15, with the losses coming to Serra and Cathedral.

Seeds: 1. Oaks Christian (24-3-1), 2. Kaiser (23-3), 3. Laguna Beach (24-2), 4. San Dimas (22-6)
Locals: San Dimas, Northview (21-8), Baldwin Park (20-5), Nogales (22-6)
Darkhorse: Northview
Projected champion: Oaks Christian
Thoughts: Oaks Christian has never won a CIF-SS baseball title, but this year might be the exception. The Lions finished the regular season with 12 consecutive wins and feature arguably the top staff in the divisions, with their top two starters (Phil Bickford and Spencer Vogelbach) boasting ERAs under 2.00. Two of Oaks Christian’s three losses were to Division No. 1 seed Mater Dei and No. 3 Harvard-Westlake. There doesn’t appear to be a team in the division that can matchup, so I’ll go with chalk and pick the Lions. Northview, with victories over South Hills and close losses to Bonita and San Dimas, has shown it can matchup with most teams on a given day. The question is can the Vikings put a couple of those performances together. I can see Northview advancing to the quarters, where their season likely ends with a loss to Oaks Christian. Also be wary of San Dimas, which after struggling in the Arcadia Tournament, has found its way late and I wouldn’t be surprised of a 2009 repeat.

Seeds: 1. Paraclete (21-3), 2. Oaks Hills (21-7), 3. Ontario Christian (21-5), 4. Citrus Valley (19-5)
Locals: La Puente (13-10), El Monte (12-11), Duarte (13-12), Arroyo (13-8), Sierra Vista (17-5), Mountain View (10-14).
Darkhorse: Ontario Christian (21-5)
Thoughts: This division features the most area teams. But the added odds likely won’t keep Paraclete from making a title run. The Spirits are the team to pick after closing the regular season with 16 wins over their final 17 games. Sierra Vista, La Puente and Arroyo all should win first-round games, but all that gives La Puente and Sierra Vista, who shared the Montview League title, is encounters against the top two seeds. Arroyo has a tough matchup against Brentwood, and likely Ontario Christian in the second round.

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El Monte’s Brandon Martinez and Gladstone’s Kevin Amezquita pick up where they left off in Friday’s SGV Hall of Fame Game at West Covina

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
The last time El Monte High School standout quarterback Brandon Martinez and Gladstone signal caller Kevin Amezquita were on the field together, they put on quite a show.
Perhaps the best show in the Valley last season. The game took place on Sept. 14. It was an epic that Gladstone won 68-66 in three overtimes. Both teams went on to complete their best seasons in decades.
On Friday, the pair will meet again as Martinez quarterbacks the West and Amezquita the East in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game at West Covina High.
Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“It was touchdown after touchdown, just back and forth,” Martinez said while looking back on last fall’s game against Gladstone. “I think Friday’s game can become that type of game. It could turn out to be the same thing all over again.”
If Friday’s game does become a shootout, fans will be the biggest beneficiaries. The talented playmakers don’t stop at Martinez with the West and Amezquita with the East. Both teams have ample talent from other schools. But at its core, a large component of Friday’s game is El Monte-Gladstone.
The West will be coached by Martinez’s coach at El Monte, Joels Sanchez.
The East is coached by Albert Sanchez, who coached Amezquita at Gladstone.
Both coaches also have several others players from their schools on their rosters.
So given the familiarity that both Martinez and Amezquita have with what their coaches want to do, Friday’s
game could bring a level of offensive comfort that leads to plenty of points.
“It could be a shootout instead of one of those boring games like 3-0 or 10-6,” East coach Albert Sanchez said. “I’m hoping we can both light up the scoreboard.”
El Monte had a big lead in last September’s game before Amezquita helped lead a thrilling comeback. Once in overtime, both quarterbacks continued to make big plays with both their arms and legs.
Gladstone took a 68-60 lead and El Monte came right back and scored. The Lions had to go for two and convert in order to keep going, but running back Bryan Luevano, who had five touchdowns in the game, was stopped a half-yard short of the goal line.
bmartinezMartinez finished the game with 346 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also ran for 110 yards and two scores. Amezquita had 234 yards and three touchdowns passing while also rushing for 94 yards and a score.
Performances like that were commonplace for both quarterbacks last season.
The wins followed and each team produced the best season in school history.
Gladstone earned a share of the Montview League championship and won its first playoff game since the 1970s. El Monte won its first league title in over 20 years and also ended a long playoff drought.
Martinez went on to post one of the best single seasons in CIF-Southern Section history and was named Tribune Player of the Year. Amezquita, who rushed for over 1,600 yards and threw 18 touchdown passes, was named to the Tribune’s All-Area first team at quarterback.
Although last September’s game was long ago, bad memories still linger for Martinez, who said a part of him wants revenge.
“Amezquita got away with that one, I believe,” Martinez said. “We worked really hard for that one. That feeling when Amezquita won that game, it was harsh.
“It’s the Hall of Fame Game, it’s for everyone to have fun and play hard. But I still kind of have that chip on my shoulder after losing that game to Amezquita.”

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Baseball Playoffs: Bishop Amat knocks out Santiago 12-3; Thursday, Friday first-round schedule set

Bishop Amat-Santiago photo gallery


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Remember Bishop Amat, the team with the huge pre-season expectations that dropped five of its first six and 10 of 16 to disappear off the radar and out of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball rankings?
That seems so long ago.
Bishop Amat routed visiting Garden Grove Santiago 12-3 in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Wednesday, the Lancers’ 12th win in their last 13 to improve to 18-11.
Just like that, the Lancers are one of the hottest teams in the division and the timing couldn’t be better.
“There’s nobody in this (division) that’s played a tougher schedule and is as battle tested as us,” Lancers coach Andy Nieto said. “We’ve gone through a lot and we’ve continued to fight the fight.
“Down the stretch we’ve won half a dozen one-run games. That means you’re defendng well, you’re pitching well and closing out games. It means instead of finding ways to lose games, you’re clutching-up and closing it out.” (To continue reading click thread)

Wednesday’s First Round Result
Division 3

Bishop Amat 12, Garden Grove Santiago 3
Thursday’s First Round
Division 3

Cathedral at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Mira Costa, 3:15 p.m.
West Torrance at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Serra, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Maranatha, 6 p.m.
Mountain View at Sierra Vista
Friday’s First Round
Division 2

Rio Mesa at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at La Mirada, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont at Aliso Niguel, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Northview at Ramona, 3:15 p.m.
Torrance at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Century at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Kaiser, 3:15 p.m.

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VIDEO: Fred and Aram talk Noodles, Scoby, Hall of Fame, re-leaguing, Northview and much more …

4:30 mark: We discuss Andrew “Noodles” Hull’s transfer from West Covina to Diamond Bar that has been denied by CIF for athletically motivated reasons.
30:15 mark: Will Kurt Scoby ever play football at Monrovia?
38:15 mark: We discuss the Mt. SAC area realignment
47:00 mark: Damien moving to Pac-5, SGV All-star game on Friday, Charter Oak passing league on Saturday.
53:00 mark: Northview’s decision not to hire Brian Rice to succeed his father Ron Rice as the head basketball coach after Ron’s 41 years in charge.

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Baseball Wild Card: Northview, Nogales, Damien, West Covina advance; late rally sinks Glendora

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
The CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs can be cruel sometimes.
Glendora High School found that out Tuesday.
Shane Bieber scored on a wild pitch to tie the score and Kevin Cunningham had an infield single for the lead in the seventh inning and vsiting Laguna Hills rallied for five runs in the final two innings for a 5-2 victory to eliminate the Tartans in a Division 2 wild-card game.
The Hawks, also getting three RBIs from Jared Donahoe, improved to 18-13 and advanced to face Dos Pueblos in Friday’s first round. Glendora, getting a home run from Billy Sanford and five solid innings from pitcher Kale Morton, finished 17-10.
“We were in position to win this game,” Glendora coach Dan Henley said. “That’s a good position to be in. I’ll take a 2-1 lead going into the seventh anytime.
“It didnt’ work out. It’s unfortunate. They (the Glendora players) will wear it for awhile. Hopefully, they’ll look at it. The young guys will have to use it for motivation for next year, and the guys leaving will use it for motivation to pursuing their careers.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Baseball Wild Card
Today’s schedule/scores
Division 2

Righetti 3, Chino Hills 0
Laguna Hills 5, Glendora 2
Damien 9, Oxnard Pacifica 2
Division 3
West Covina 7, Palm Springs 5
Division 4
Northview 12, at Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
Nogales 8, Norte Vista 3
Division 5
Cerritos Valley Christian 9, Gladstone 2
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Softball Wild Card: South Hills and Super Soph Caitlyn Van Hemelryck beat Agoura, 2-1


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
South Hills’ present and future was on display during a grind out 2-1 victory over visiting Agoura during a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 wild card softball game on Tuesday.
Sophomore pitcher Caitlyn Van Hemelryck belted a line-drive two-run homer to center in the second inning and did the rest in the circle, allowing just one run on four hits to advance the Huskies to Thursday’s first-round at Pacific League champion Beckman.
“It feels amazing,” Van Hemelryck said. “It’s my first year going to CIF and being in the playoffs I knew my team would back me up.”
“I knew as long as I put it in play for my defense, they would help me out.”
South Hills interim head coach Brandon Gonzalez was not surprised, he’s watched Van Hemelryck blossom all season.
“When she’s on the rest of the team’s on,” Gonzalez said. “She’s tough and one of the toughest (players) out there. Everyone talks about other pitchers, but when she’s on she’s one of the best in the area.”
After Van Hemelryck gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the Chargers cut the lead in half in the third inning. (To continue reading, click thread)

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Today’s Wild Card Results
Division 2

Ayala 13, La Mirada 0
Aliso Niguel 9, Diamond Bar 1
Thousand Oaks 8, Los Altos 2
South Hills 2, Agoura 1
Division 5
Victor Valley 7, Covina 2
Archer School for Girls 15, La Puente 2
Lompoc 12, Azusa 1
Banning 14, Wilson 1
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Breaking News: Northview hires Eric Johnson to take over boys basketball program after 41 years of Ron Rice

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Northview High School issued a press release on Tuesday crafted by the “Northview administrative team” to announce that the school promoted junior varsity boys basketball coach Eric Johnson to take over the Vikings varsity program, succeeding legendary coach Ron Rice, who retired after 41 years and who started teaching at Northview in 1969.
The letter was released by athletic director David Ochoa, who along with principal Dr. Josie Paredes, made the decision.
Johnson graduated from Northview in 2007 and competed for San Francisco State University. Most recently, he has been the junior varsity coach the past two seasons. Johnson is not a full-time teacher, he’s a substitute working on his teaching certification.
It was a surprising decision considering Ron Rice’s son Brian Rice, his top assistant for more than a decade and the head of the social studies department at Northview, also had applied to succeed his father and continue the Rice legacy at the school.
Those were also Ron Rice’s sentiments, who admitted his disappointment last week when Ochoa confirmed the school had decided not to promote Brian Rice because of philosophical differences, a decision that Ochoa and Paredes, a first-year principal at the school, agreed on.
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Baseball pairings: Bonita earns the No. 1 seed in D-3; San Dimas No. 4 in Div. 4; South Hills home in first round

Full baseball pairings are posted on the CIFSS.ORG Website. We will post the results as soon as we get them.

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CIF-Southern Section Baseball Playoffs
Division 2
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Pioneer Valley at Arcadia; B: Yorba Linda at Beckman, C: Buena at Rio Mesa; D: Etiwanda at Mayfair: E: Chino Hills at Righetti; F: Great Oak at Yucaipa; G: Laguna Hills at Glendora; H: Bellflower at Irvine; I: San Luis Obispo at Burbank Burroughs; J: San Juan Hills at Pacifica, K: Oxnard Pacifica at Damien: L: Pasadena at Santa Barbara; M: Claremont at Upland; N: Cajon at Burbank; O: Kennedy at Norwalk
Friday’s First Round
Upper Bracket
WC A at No. 1 Redlands East Valley
WC B at Vista Murrieta
WC C at South Hills
WC D at San Clemente
WC E at Oxnard
WC F at Crescenta Valley
WC G at Dos Pueblos
WC H at No. 4 Cypress
Bottom Bracket
WC I at No. 3 Los Osos
WC J at Northwood
WC K at La Mirada
WC L at Reldands
WC M at Aliso Niguel
Camarillo at Placentia Valencia
WC N at Arroyo Grande
WC O at No. 2 Temecula Valley

Division 3
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Xavier Prep at Cathedral; B: Peninsula at Lancaster; C: Hawthorne at Temecula Canyon; D: Downey at Rialto; E: Highland at Beverly Hills; F: St. Paul at Rancho Alamitos; G: Redondo Union at Segerstrom; H: Cathedral City at Warren; I: Palm Springs at West Covina
Thursday’s First Round
Upper Bracket
WC A at No. 1 Bonita
Culver City at Elsinore
Westminster at Paramount
WC B at Carter
WC C at Quartz Hill
Los Altos at Mira Costa
Garden Grove Santiago at Bishop Amat
WC D at No. 4 Palm Desert
Bottom Half
WC E at No. 3 Gahr
San Gorgonio at La Quinta
West Torrance at Diamond Bar
WC F at Loara
WC G at Paloma Valley
WC H at Garden Grove
Knight at Santa Monica
WC I at No. 2 Serra

Division 4
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Fullerton at San Marino; B: Garey at Fontana; C: Estancia at Montebello; D: Northview at Ridgecrest Burroughs; E: Summit at Bell Gardens; F: Barstow at California; G: St. Bonaventure at Torrance; H: Victor Valley at Montclair; I: North Torrance at La Habra; J: Anaheim at El Rancho; K: Godinez at Bishop Diego; L: Chaffey at El Segundo; M: Nogales at Norte Vista
Friday’s First Round
Top Bracket

WC A at No. 1 Oaks Christian
WC B at Savanna
WC C at South Torrance
WC D at Ramona
WC E at Sonora
WC F at La Canada
SA Calvary Chapel at Chino
WC G at No. 4 San Dimas
Bottom Bracket
WC H at No. 3 Laguna Beach
La Sierra at Monrovia
WC I at La Serna
Century at Baldwin Park
WC J at Don Lugo
WC K at Alhambra
WC L at Granite Hills
WC M at Kaiser

Division 5
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Village Christian at Riverside Notre Dame; B: Lompoc at Cantwell Sacred Heart; C: Arrowhead Christian at Beaumont; D: San Jacinto at Apple Valley: E: Gladstone at Cerritos Valley Christian; F: Campbell Hall at Lompoc Cabrillo; G: Western Christian at Desert Hot Springs
Thursday’s First Round
Upper Bracket

WC A at No. 1 Paraclete
El Monte at La Puente
Hesperia at Woodcrest Christian
WC B at Tahquita
Calvary Murrieta at Shadow Hills
St. Bernard at Santa Ynez
Duarte at Maranatha
WC C at No. 4 Citrus Valley
Bottom Bracket
WC D at No. 3 Ontario Christian
Brentwood at Arroyo
Jurupa Hills at Big Bear
WC E at Templeton
WC F at Mary Star
Whittier Christian at Hemet
Mountain View at Sierra Vista
WC G at Oak Hills

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Sofball Pairings: Charter Oak vs. West Covina in D-2 first round; Bishop Amat No. 3 in D-3; San Dimas home against Alhambra

BREAKING NEWS: The San Gabriel Valley softball all-star game will be at Diamond Bar, Monday June 3 at 5 p.m. Coaches should get nominations to jmendez@bishopamat.org ASAP.


For a complete list of the CIF-SS Softball pairings, visit the CIF Website

Division 2
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Aliso Niguel at Diamond Bar; B: Ayala at La Mirada; C: Cajon at Millikan; D: Simi Valley at Montclair; E: Tesoro at Northwood; F: La Reina at Cerritos; G: Los Altos at Thousand Oaks; H: Agoura at South Hills; I: Long Beach Poly at Dana Hills; J: Chaffey at Laguna Hills: K: Norwalk at Oaks Christian.
Thursday’s First Round
Top Bracket
WC A at No. 1 Mission Viejo
WC B at Don Lugo
WC C at Nordoff
Woodbridge at Royal
WC D at Chino Hills
Capistrano Valley at Yucaipa
WC E at Bonita
WC F at Lakewood
Bottom Half
WC G at Chino
Oak Park at Trabuco Hills
WC H at Beckman
WC I at Mayfair
WC J at Redlands East valley
West Covina at Charter Oak
El Toro at Long Beach Wilson
WC K at Moopark

Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Downey at Santa Fe, B: San Gorgonio at Arcadia; C: Fontana at St. Paul; D: Arroyo Grande at Peninsula; E: Quartz Hill at Chaminade; F: Crescenta Valley at La Salle; G: El Segundo at Troy: H: West Torrance at Lancaster; I: Burbank Burrough at Arroyo Valley; J: Knight at Kaiser; K: El Rancho at Pioneer Valley.
Thursday’s First Round
Top Bracket
WC A at No. 1 Highland
WC B at La Habra
WC C at Alemany
WC D at North Torrance
Paramount at California
WE E at Redondo Union
Grand Terrace at Carter
WC F at No. 4 Rightetti
Bottom Half
WC G at No. 3 Bishop Amat
WC H at La Serna
Paso Robles at Harvard Westlake
WC I at Colton
WC J at Warren
Mira Costa at Torrance
Rialo at Sunny Hills
WC K at No. 2 Burbank

Division 4
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Coachella Valley at Los Amigos; B: Palm Springs at Hesperia, C: Ventura at San Marino; D: Bevely Hills at Ocean View; E: Serrano at Jurupa Valley; F: West Valley at Indio; G: La Quinta at Whittier Christian; H: Westminster at Cerritos Valley Christian; I: Apple Valley at Temescal Canyon; J: Gabrielino at Culver City
Thursday’s First Round
Top Half
WC A at No. 1 Segerstrom
WC B at Santa Monica
WC C at South El Monte
La Sierra at Paloma Valley
WC D at Rancho Alamitos
La Quinta at Beaumont
WC E at Maranatha
Monrovia at No. 4 Dos Pueblos
Bottom Half
Hawthorne at No. 3 Loara
Arroyo at Patriot
WC F at Oak Hills
WC G at Heritage
WC H at Hemet
WC I at Palm Desert
Garden Grove at Temple City
WC J at No. 2 Buena

Division 5
Tuesday’s Wild Card

A: Covina at Victor Valley; B: Estancia at Calvary Murrieta, C: Morro Bay at Ramona Convey, D: Archer School for Girls at La Puente; E: Barstow at Marshall; F: Woodcrest Christian at Laguna Beach; G: Wilson at Banning; H: Azusa at Lompoc
Thursday’s First Round
Top Half

WC A at No. 1 Citrus Valley
WC B at Sierra Vista
Montebello at Paraclete
WC C at Savanna
WC D at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Alhambra at San Dimas
Silverado at Ontario Christian
Immaculate Heart at No. 4 Nipomo
Bottom Half
WC E at No. 3 Lompoc Cabrillo
WC F at Schurr
Katella at Northview
Duarte at Jurupa Hills
WC G at Aquinas
Anaheim at Ridgecrest Burroughs
Godinez at Malborough
WC H at No. 2 Calvery Chapel Downey

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Mt. SAC Area League proposals: Charter Oak the big winner as Proposition H wins; Glendora back in the Sierra

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Breaking News: Proposal H won after heated discussions at Monday’s Mt. SAC re-league meeting that starts for the 2014-15 sports season. The big winner is Charter Oak, which moves from to the Sierra to the Hacienda League. Prop H granted some relief for Glendora, which moves from the Baseline to the Sierra while Chino Hills leaves the Sierra for the Baseline. Bonita, South Hills and Diamond Bar may not like the move to the Sierra, but without Damien, Chino Hills (and Charter Oak in football), it’s not that bad of a league. In fact it looks fair. The big question becomes, will the Sierra stay in the Inland Division for football? Probably not, at the end of the day, look for the Sierra to get relief in football. Big loser is Rowland, which was hoping to get relief from the Hacienda to the Valle Vista. Leaving Rowland in the Hacienda is a lose-lose all the way around. Another big loser is Chino Hills and Ayala, which will find it much tougher in all sports in the Baseline. Baldwin Park also must stay in the Valle Vista after pleading to move to the Montview and thank goodness, Edgewood is back in 2014. What are your thoughts on how it all went down?

Mt. SAC Area League realignment for the 2014-15 season
Proposal H wins
League 1 (Baseline)
: Chino Hills, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Ayala
League 2 (Sierra): Bonita, Chino, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
League 3 (Hacienda): Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
League 4 (Mt. Baldy): Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
League 5 (Valle Vista): Baldwin Park, Covina, Nogales, Northview, San Dimas, Wilson
League 6 (Montview): Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Sierra Vista, Workman
League 7 (Robledo League): Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona

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Swimming: Glendora’s Nicole Gautreau leads the way at Division 2 swim finals

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By Keith Lair
– If the Riverside City College swimming pool had been open for practice Nicole Gautreau, her Glendora High School teammates and coaches all would have plunged in.
Going for a dunk is a tradition for winning a CIF-Southern Section team championship, but certainly not for an individual title.
After Gautreau scored a surprising victory in the 500-yard freestyle in the CIF-SS Division 2 finals on Saturday morning at Riverside, the poolside celebration came close to a swimathon, if the boys 500 free was not next to start.
“I honestly did not think I would win,” Gautreau said. “I wasn’t expecting this.”

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Shocking News: Northview to name new basketball coach, but it’s not Brian Rice, the son of legendary coach Ron Rice, who retired after 44 years

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By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
When it comes to Northview High School basketball, the big curiosity is when the school will finally name the gym or floor after the house that legendary boys basketball coach Ron Rice built, not who would take over following his more than four decades at the school.
Naturally, most assumed, it would be his son Brian, his longtime assistant for more than a decade and also a social studies teacher at the school.
But in what is sure to be one of the most controversial decisions in years, Northview athletic director David Ochoa and first-year principal Dr. Josie Paredes have decided not to promote Brian Rice as the boys varsity basketball coach, according to Ochoa.
Instead, Ochoa explained, Paredes is expected to name a walk-on coach to replace Ron Rice, who retired this season after 44 years while grooming his son to take over.
Ochoa, also in charge of the wrestling program, would not comment on the reasoning behind the decision but acknowledged he supported his principal’s decision. Ochoa also said he expected the new coach to be named soon. Messages have been left for Paredes and Brian Rice seeking comment, but were not returned.
“I’ve been here 24 years and I’m behind her (Paredes) decision,” Ochoa said. “I think she’s a good person, and it wasn’t an easy decision for her, but it’s her decision. There’s just a difference in philosophy.”
At the Tribune/Star-News all-star classic at Damien a couple weeks ago, Ron Rice said he was disappointed the school decided to fly the position instead of naming his son the next coach.
“Mark Sims, the principal before (Paredes), said it was cut and dry Brian would be the coach when I left,” Ron Rice said. “Those were his wishes. He told me to coach as long as I liked and when you’re ready to make the switch, make the switch. It always seemed like the natural thing to do. He’s here, he teaches here and he’s been doing this with me for a long time.”
Ron Rice, who began teaching at the school in 1969 and became the head coach in 1971, retired this season after nearly 600 victories and winning the league title seven of the past ten years. He is not only one of the most decorated coaches in Valley history, he’s one of the most respected too.
“After 44 great years, to have this (decision) in my mind tarnishes it a bit,” Ron Rice said. “Obviously, it bothers me.”
It’s a difficult decision to understand given Ron Rice’s legacy, longevity and commitment to the school, that his son will likely be passed over for a walk-on coach.
“I’m in an awkward position being his dad,” Ron Rice said. “I didn’t get a whole lot of input and wasn’t asked a whole lot (about hiring the next coach).
“It’s obviously known what my wishes were and it’s been something Brian’s been looking forward to for a long time since he began teaching at Northview. He’s been part of this school forever, he started as our ball-boy, so, yeah, it’s hard for me to understand why they would do this.”

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Baseball: All league champions have been crowned, nothing left to settle but playoff spots … And why is Amat playing Saturday?

VSHILLSToday’s Sierra
Charter Oak at Damien, 3:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at South Hills, 3:30 p.m.
SIERRA SCENARIO: The Sierra League baseball wraps up today with South Hills (19-6, 11-3) already having clinched the league title going away. All that’s left is sorting out the remaining playoff spots for Division 2. South Hills is hosting Chino Hills (15-10, 7-7), who are currently tied for third with Damien (15-10, 7-7), who will host Charter Oak (9-13, 4-10), whose season is over after today. Second place Claremont (13-11, 8-7) is already finished, a half-game ahead of Damien and Chino Hills. Ayala (16-11, 6-9) can do no better than fifth. Based on last year, four Sierra League teams made the D-2 playoffs, with only South Hills getting a first-round game. Second, third and fourth in the Sierra all played wild cards, which is likely again, so safe to say, no matter what happens, Claremont, Chino Hills and Damien are probably in. Ayala has a decent overall record, but not sure a fifth team from the Sierra gets in.

WHIGHLANDERSToday’s Hacienda
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
HACIENDA SCENARIO: Bonita (24-3-1, 11-0) wrapped up the league title by defeating second-place Diamond Bar (19-5, 8-3) earlier in the week. They meet again today at Bonita. Diamond Bar needs to win to finish second by itself, otherwise it will finish in a tie for second with Los Altos (16-9, 8-4), who is already finished. Only question is will fourth-place West Covina (14-12-1, 4-7) earn an wild-card game. West Covina finishes with Rowland at home.

Baseline Today
Glendora at Los Osos, 3:15 p.m.
Etiwanda at Upland, 3:15 p.m.
Alta Loma at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m.
BASELINE SCENARIO: Los Osos (19-5, 12-2) won the league title with a 9-0 no-hitter over second-place Glendora (17-8, 9-5) on Tuesday. They will meet again at Los Osos today, but the order of finish already has been determined for the top two spots. Etiwanda (12-12-1, 7-7) needs to beat (15-9, 6-8) to finish third.

XVFALCONSMONTVIEW SCENARIO - La Puente wrapped up the Montview Leauge title with a 2-0 win over Workman on Thursday. Ramon Melendez had an RBI sacrifice bunt in the second inning and Anthony Eurchette hit a sacrifice fly to score the other run in the third for the lone runs. Ethan Etchebarren had 11 strikeouts and scattered four hits and three walks as the Warriors finished 13-8 and 11-2 to fend off Sierra Vista (17-5, 11-3) and Duarte (13-12, 10-4), who finished second and third, respectively.

MISSION VALLEY SCENARIO – All finished with Arroyo (13-8, 12-3) capturing the MVL league title with El Monte (12-11, 10-5) second and Mountain View (10-14, 8-7) third.

sdimasVALLE VISTA SCENARIO – In case you missed it, San Dimas (22-6, 11-1) swept Northview (20-8, 8-4) this week to capture the league title outright. Extremely impressive considering the quality this year. Baldwin Park (20-5, 9-3) winds up finishing second with Northview third and Nogales (21-7, 7-5) fourth. All four teams are expected to make the playoffs.

DEL REY SCENARIO: Serra (23-5, 10-0) won the league title and helped Bishop Amat (16-11, 7-3) finish second by sweeping Cathedral (14-15, 6-4) this week to move the Lancers past Cathedral. In one of the worst scheduling fiasco’s I can think of, Amat is traveling to Palm Desert for a non-league game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Now, why would you do that with the playoffs starting next week? In Amat’s defense, the schedule was made early in the season figuring they would have a long layoff down the stretch, but rain forced the Lancers to play win twice this week against Bishop Mongtgomery.

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