Arroyo Girls Basketball tournament: Bishop Amat advances to Friday’s semifinals against Cantwell

Arroyo Girls Basketball’s 19th Annual Gary Houston Memorial Christmas Classic
POOL A: Arcadia/Oak Hills/Temple City
POOL B: El Monte/La Canada/South Torrance
POOL C: Azusa/Bishop Amat/San Marino
POOL D: Arroyo/Cantwell/Sonora

Monday’s results
Arcadia 50, Temple City 29
Cantwell 58, Sonora 48
Bishop Amat 64, San Marino 24
La Canada 45, El Monte 34
Tuesday’s results
Azusa 56, San Marino 35
Sonora 37, Arroyo 27
Oak Hills 50, Temple City 30
South Torrance 47, El Monte 22
Wednesday’s games
Oak Hills 47, Arcadia 40
South Torrance 47, La Canada 41
Cantwell 53, Arroyo 39
Bishop Amat 53, Azusa 19

Friday’s semifinals
Oak Hills vs. South Torrance, 6 p.m.
Cantwell vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s finals
Third place, 6 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p

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San Dimas Girls Basketball tournament: Diamond Ranch, Chino Hills advance to Friday’s semifinals

By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
San Dimas High School girls basketball coach Gary Jackson figured the Saints would have a rough December, but could figure it out and be a challenger in the Valle Vista League come January.
But it’s hard to imagine he thought the start to the season would be this tough.
Chloe Werling scored 11 points and Morgan Allen had 10 and Chino Hills added to San Dimas’ woes with a 54-12 victory over the Saints in a San Dimas Sherise Edmonds Memorial Tournament pool-play game at San Dimas High School.
The Huskies scored 24 of the first 26 points and forced 26 turnovers to improve to 3-3.
Aunisha Leffridge scored six points for the Saints, who slipped to 0-6. San Dimas was 1 of 17 from the floor and had 13 turnovers in the first half.
San Dimas coach Gary Jackson: “It’s been our downfall all year. We’ve been battling some injuries and we seem to get off to slow starts. When we dig a hole that deep, (the opposition) sees blood, and its hard to fight back from the that.”

San Dimas Girls Basketball Tournament
Pool A: Gladstone, Claremont, Lakeside
Pool B: West Covina, Vista Murrieta, Upland
Pool C: Chino Hills, Diamond Ranch, San Dimas
Monday’s round-robin results
Claremont 57, Gladstone 17
Vista Murrieta 66, West Covina 26
Diamond Ranch 32, Chino hills 21
Tuesday’s round-robin results
Vista Murrieta 67, Upland 23
Lakeside 56, Claremont 34
Diamond Ranch 53, San Dimas 37
Wednesday’s round-robin results
Chino Hills 54, San Dimas 12
Lakeside 93, Gladstone 25
Upland 60, West Covina 43
Friday’s semifinals
Vista Murietta vs Chino Hills, 6 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs Lakeside, 7:30 p.m.

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Boys Basketball: Bonita gets defensive, uses key third quarter to beat South Hills, 59-33, in La Canada tourney game

By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on twitter
Bonita High School has fielded one of the more-consistent boys basketball teams in the area in recent years, and that has changed this season
Kyle Gray and Russell Hernandez scored 14 points each and Bonita outscored South Hills, 23-4 in the third quarter as it won for the fourth time in five games with a 59-33 victory over the Huskies in a La Canada Holiday Classic pool play game at La Canada High School.
Dane Hollar had 12 points for Bonita, which improved to 4-1. The Bearcats also forced 26 turnovers.
Darius Scott had nine points and Darik Pradia had eight for the Huskies, who slipped to 4-4.
Bonita, which was 7 of 27 from the floor in the first half and 21 of 56 for the game, limited South Hills to just two field goals and four shots in the third quarter. The Bearcats forced 10 turnovers in the quarter and outscored the Huskies, 23-4 for a 42-23 lead before cruising in the fourth quarter.
Bonita coach Greg Eckler: “Overall, the intensity for this team has been really good. The second half today was really good. We still have a long way to go as a team. The big change (Tuesday) was in the second half. We kind of cranked up the defense and shot the ball better.”
South Hills coach Marc Hart: “We had more turnovers than shots in that third quarter. Their zone pressure caused us a lot of problems.
“We were a totally different team in the second half. The first half I thought we played really well.”

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A high school football player suspended a year for “hugging” … Yes, you read that right, hugging

FROM CNN: To Sam McNair, a 17-year-old high school senior in Duluth, Georgia, it was an innocent hug. “You never know what someone’s going through,” McNair told CNN affiliate WGCL in Atlanta. “A hug might help.”
It didn’t in this case because after McNair hugged a teacher, he ended up with a year-long suspension from Duluth High School, putting his college plans in jeopardy. “He’s a senior; he plays football. He was getting ready for lacrosse season, and you are stripping him of the opportunity to even get a full scholarship for athletics for college,” April McNair, Sam’s mother, told WGCL.

In other news, what’s going on at Mater Dei, where a boys basketball player left the program over alleged “bullying” according to OC weekly. The allegations are chilling.

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Was the 1992 Bishop Amat football team the best in San Gabriel Valley history?

San Gabriel Valley Tribune sports historian Jim McConnell put together a list of the best football teams in San Gabriel Valley history a couple years ago. With football season winding down with the state championships on Saturday, it’s fun to look back at who McConnell thought was the best of the best. In subsequent articles, he called the 1992 Bishop Amat team the best ever. Look at all the teams on his list, did he get it right? Click on the link and you decide….

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Baldwin Park football coach Chris Williams resigns over philosophical differences with administration

Baldwin Park football coach Chris Williams, who guided the Braves football team to a 7-4 record after going 0-10 in his first season, resigned over the weekend citing philosophical differences with the school’s administration. Williams, a walk-on coach who subbed in the district, felt he wasn’t getting the support he needed from the school. “I thought we improved a lot and were doing good things, but I wasn’t getting the support I needed and felt the school didn’t appreciate the progress we made, that’s the frustrating part for me. My athletic director (Carlos Aparicio) was great, but the administration and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye.”
Williams said he will return to school to work on his teaching credential.
“That’s what I’ve got to do,” Williams said. “The best thing for me and my family is for me to get my credential and work toward the future.”

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CIF-SS Basketball Polls: If the Bonita girls keep winning, they will likely be in the Open Division at the end of the season

We’ll keep an eye on the area’s fab four of Chino Hills, Damien boys and Bonita, Bishop Amat girls. All four schools are on the bubble to be selected to the new Open Division at the end of the year. CIF will consider teams that finish in the top ten of their divisional rankings. Bonita girls are the area favorites to get selected. If they do well in the Centennial tournament in Las Vegas coming up, that could seal their fate in the Open Division. Bonita girls are 8-0, even if they lose once in Las Vegas, when they return to the Hacienda League they will likely go undefeated again, meaning they could finish the season with only one, maybe two losses. That could be enough to get them in, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Bishop Amat girls probably have no chance since they will likely lose a few once the Del Rey starts. Damien and Chino Hills will battle it out in the Sierra. My sense is if one sweeps the other, that could send the sweeper to the Open Division as well.

1. Mater Dei, 2. Etiwanda, 3. Loyola, 4. Corona Centennial, 5. Mayfair, 6. Long Beach Poly, 7. Chino Hills, 8. Damien, 9. Rancho Cucamonga, 10. Roosevelt.
1. St. John Bosco, 2. Redondo Union, 3. Mira Costa, 4. Anaheim Canyon, 5. Glendora, 6. Murreita Valley, 7. Thousand Oaks, 8. Canyon Country Canyon, 9. Foothill, 10. Westlake.
1. Santa Margarita, 2. Brea Olinda, 3. Corona del Mar, 4. La Mirada, 5. Atascadero, 6. San Marcos, 7. Western, 8. Servite, 9. Yorba Linda, 10. Bonita

1. Mater Dei, 2. Long Beach Poly, 3. Etiwanda, 4. Corona Santiago, 5. Lynwood, 6. Alemany, 7. Troy, 8. Bonita, 9. Canyon Springs, 10. Bishop Amat.
1. Lakeside, 2T. Diamond Ranch, 2T. Santa Barbara, 4. Garden Grove Pacifica, 5. San Juan Hills, 6. Esperanza, 7. South Hills, 8. Corona del Mar, 9. El Modena, 10. Wilson.

1. Lakewood St. Joseph, 2. La Canada, 3. Oak Park, 4. South Pasadena, 5. Inglewood, 6. Santa Margarita, 7. Estancia, 8. Ocean View, 9. Ridgecrest Burroughs, 10. Covina.


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Girls Soccer: South Hills is 5-0 with five shutouts after 7-0 victory over San Dimas, PLUS CIF RANKINGS

South Hills 7, San Dimas 0: The South Hills High School girls soccer team tied for last in the Sierra League a year ago and were 8-11 overall, but this season is a different story.
The visiting and unbeaten Huskies (5-0) recorded their fifth consecutive shutout in a 7-0 victory over San Dimas, ranked third in CIF-SS Division 6, on Monday.
Leading the way for South Hills, ranked fourth in the Valley, was sophomore forward Amber Marinero with two goals and an assist.

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Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
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South Hills baseball honors late Cory Lidle with 2-1 win over Chaparral

By John Sherrard
Recently hired baseball coach Darren Murphy of South Hills has only been on the job for two months and already he has helped guide the Huskies to a championship.
It may only be a fall baseball championship, but to win the 6th Annual Cory Lidle Memorial Tournament is special to the program, as Lidle was a graduate of South Hills.
South Hills, 5-1 in the tournament, won both a semifinal game (7-0 over Cathedral of Los Angeles) and the tournament final over Chaparral (3-2) of Temecula, 2-1, Saturday afternoon at South Hills high.
“It (win) takes a special angle of course because Cory is a graduate of South Hills so it’s a little extra significance,” Murphy said. “And also, us as a coaching staff, this is our first tournament with these kids, so it’s nice to win and change is good sometimes.”
In the championship game, pinch hitter Jake Johnson came off the bench and singled to left, scoring catcher Corey Cadek in the eighth inning for the win. Cadek opened the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second
This is the second tournament title for the Huskies.
In the semifinal game, pitcher Gavin Velasquez went the distance, striking out ten batters and allowed only a first inning single.
Velasquez, a junior who has committed to Cal State Fullerton, was given a $1,000 scholarship for college by the Lidle Foundation for his performance in the tournament. It was presented by Cory’s sister-in-law Brandie Peters.
Velasquez was 2-0 in the tournament.
“It’s an honor to be even mentioned next to his name, who did a lot for the community,” Velasquez said.
With South Hills holding a slim, 2-0 lead in the semifinal game, the Huskies blew the game open with a grand slam in the sixth inning by pinch hitter Brennan Piceino to give South Hills a 6-0 lead.
The tournament featured 191 total teams, 24 of which were in the high school division.

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Hemsley pours in 26 points as Damien rolls to 77-44 victory over Burbank to take Glendora boys tournament final

By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
Damien High School enjoyed a dream season a year ago, when it won its first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title and advanced two rounds in the state tournament.
The Spartans have picked up where they left off.
Jeremy Hemsley scored a game-high 26 points and Malik Fitts had 14 and Damien won its fifth consecutive game to start the season, a 77-44 victory over Burbank on Saturday to take the Glendora Tournament championship.
Damien, also getting 10 points from Isaiah McCullough, put this one away with first-half runs of 12-2 and 11-4 before opening the third quarter with surges of 8-4 and 20-10 to win handily.
Damien, getting 15 points from Hemsley, led 36-24 at halftime.
Jeremy Hemsley: “It feels real good. I think we play real hard. We have better chemistry than a lot of teams, so it feels good to be 5-0. We just want to continue to play hard, and if we do that I think we can win a lot more games.”

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Bonita’s dynamic duo, Nikki Wheatley and Kandyce Smith, too much for Bishop Amat in 49-41 victory to win Covina girls basketball tournament

Bonita, Bishop Amat photo gallery

Bonita (8-0) followed last week’s Brea Olinda tournament title with a 49-41 victory over Amat to win its second consecutive tournament to remain undefeated, dropping Amat to 4-1.
“They’re such a great program,” Bonita coach Darren Baumunk said of Amat. “They’re fundamentally sound as far as doing all the right stuff and they’ve done it that way for a very long time. For us to be disciplined against a team like that says a lot about our girls as well.”
Bonita’ Nikki Wheatley, named the tournament MVP, finished with 20 points and seven assists. Kandyce Smith drained four 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 21 points.
Bishop Amat’s Janae Chamois tried keeping the Lancers close, finishing with 19, but the Lancers couldn’t keep up.
“The last game I made two stupid fouls and I made sure in an important game like this I had to stay in the game the whole time,” Wheatley said. “Kandace and I have a lot of chemistry. She allows me to drive a kick. When she’s hitting shots it makes it great for everybody.”

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Basketball Semifinals: Damien gets past Walnut; Bonita, Bishop Amat square off in tourney final for No. 1 in the Valley

Damien 66, Walnut 60
It takes a lot to beat the Damien High School boys basketball team.
Walnut found out how tough it is Friday night.
Jeremey Hemsley scored 19 points and Malik Fitts had 18 and the Spartans used a 14-0 blitz during the middle of the fourth quarter to score a 66-60 victory over the Mustangs in a Glendora Tournament semifinal game at Glendora High School.

Damien, also getting 11 points from Micah Robinson, improved to 4-0 and advanced to tonight’s championship game to face Burbank — which beat South Pasadena, 54-42 — at 7:30.
Walnut, getting 16 points from Rob Harrelson and 14 from Zuri Williams, slipped to 4-4. The Mustangs, who led 35-30 at halftime, will face South Pasadena, also at Glendora High School at 6 p.m. Host Glendora will face Don Lugo at 4:30.
Damien, after trailing, 35-30, at halftime and 50-48 after three quarters, used a three-minute stretch to take command. Fitts hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 53 at with 6:27 left the fourth quarter before Hemsley made one of two free throws for a 54-43 advantage at 6:01. Fitts followed with a 3-point play before Tyler Ginyard hit a 3-pointer for a 60-53 edge with 4:22 remaining. Isaiah McCullough and Hemsley converted putbacks to complete the 14-0 blitz for a 64-53 lead with 2:57 left.
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “Walnut does a great job of keeping the game at their pace. We had trouble all game long. There was a three-minute window where we did things right. Malik Fitts hit some big shots and Jeremy made good decisions down the stretch. But I never really felt like we were in a very good rhythm.”
Jeremy Hemsley: “We started off kind of slow. It was kind of a sloppy game. We never lose confidence. Whenever where we are in a situation where we are losing, we always feel confident. We’re not going to get down on ourselves. We’re going to try and play harder than the other team.”
Burbank 54, South Pasadena 42
Burbank, after South Pasadena tied it at 40 during the middle of the fourth quarter, closed its semifinal win with a 14-2 run to advance to face Damien. Joey Toyama scored nine points to lead South Pasadena (4-3).
South Pasadena coach David Lutzeier: “We didn’t play our best game. I think it’s a hangover from beating Glendora (on Wednesday). We were really excited to beat Glendora, and I think it kind of drained us.”

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Friday’s semifinals

Damien 66, Walnut 60
Burbank 54, South Pasadena 42
Saturday’s championship at Glendora
Damien vs. Burbank, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s semifinals
Bonita 59, Cantwell Sacred Heart 51
Bishop Amat 42, El Rancho 33
Saturday’s Championship at Covina HS
Bonita vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.

Friday’s semifinals

La Canada 69, Montclair 55
California 54, Wilson 45
Saturday’s Championship at Arroyo
La Canada vs. California, 7:30 p.m.

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SOCCER: Chino Hills girls too good, beat Long Beach Poly 2-1; La Habra honors coach with 3-1 win over Mountain View


Chino Hills girls soccer stays undefeated: The set pieces told the story at Long Beach Poly High on Thursday afternoon as visiting Chino Hills netted two second-half goals to leave with a 2-1 Aliso Cup victory. The CIF-SS Division 2 No. 5-ranked Huskies (5-0-0) took Pool B with the victory and advanced to the Champion’s Cup bracket this weekend while the Jackrabbits (1-1-2) will play in the President’s Cup bracket for the second-place finishers from all eight pools.


La Habra wins emotional game over Mountain View, 3-1: The members of La Habra High’s boys soccer team found several ways to honor and remember coach Steve Aanderud, who died suddenly last weekend, during Thursday’s game against Mountain View at the Huntington Beach Tournament. Every player wore a black armband, and several wrote notes of thanks and remembrance to the longtime coach on their cleats.

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New football leagues for 2014 ..and is Monrovia and Paraclete headed to the Northwest Division?

These are the new Mt. SAC area teams for the 2014 football season. What we don’t know is what division they will compete in, or what happens to Damien while it fights CIF over joining a parochial league. It is unlikely that the Palomares League (formerly the Sierra), will stay in the Inland Division. Personally, would love the Palomares and Hacienda to both be in the Southeast. That would create some yummy playoff match-ups. Also, I’m hearing there could be a shake-up in the Mid-Valley Division. Likely to join the Mid-Valley are the Montview and the new Miramonte league. The two leagues that could leave the Mid-Valley to make room are the Rio Hondo (with Monrovia) and the Alpha League (which includes Paraclete). Those two leagues will likely join the Northwest.


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SOURCE: Former Los Altos and Damien coach Greg Gano applies for Wilson football job

Sources have confirmed that former Los Altos coach Greg Gano, who won four championships at Los Altos, has applied for the head coaching position at Wilson. It could be an ideal fit for Gano, who had a tough time at Damien and most recently Tustin, where he didn’t finish the 2013 season, resigning after an 0-4 start.

First thoughts: Wilson would be nuts not to hire Gano. You put Gano back in the SGV at a public school like Wilson, who competes in the Valle Vista league and is attractive from an academic standpoint for potential transfers and skies the limit. Plus, you’re hiring the former head coach of an old rival, which makes it even more appealing for the Wildcats. You want to instantly raise your street cred, this is the hire you make. Sources also suggest that Nogales could be appealing to Gano, but that the position may not become available. Athletic Director Bruce Alley, who took over the team just weeks before the 2013 season on an interim basis, is considering remaining on as the permanent coach.


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