Photo gallery of Northview’s 5-4 win over Barstow 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. Marquez 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.” Northview 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.”
By Steve Ramirez
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.”
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.
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. Hull, 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 Diamond 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. Scoby, 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.
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.
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 … 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
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.
By Steve Ramirez
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.”
CIF-SS Softball Playoffs
Tuesday’s Second Round Results
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
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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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.
CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2 South 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)
CIF-SS SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2 Mission 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)
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. Scott 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.” Andrews 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. “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.