“He told me that he wants to play for a bigger school to get him ready for college,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “We’re going to miss his presence at wide receiver. We wish him the best of luck.”
By Steve Ramirez
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EL MONTE — Bishop Amat High School has won the Gary Houston Memorial Christmas girls basketball Classic so much over the years, it’s almost like the Lancers’ home tournament.
Bishop Amat, which has won the 19th annual even 11 times, will get a chance tonight at an even dozen.
Paulina Santana scored a career-high 27 points, including 12 in a key second-quarter run, and the Lancers advanced to the championship game with a 50-40 victory over Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary in the semifinals Friday night at Arroyo High School.
Janae Chamois also had 11 points for Bishop Amat, which improved to 7-1. The Lancers will face South Torrance, a 43-41 winner over Oak Hills, in tonight’s title game at 7:30 p.m. at Arroyo High School.
Sylvia Garcia had 21 points for Cantwell, which slipped to 6-3. The Cardinals will face Oak Hills at 6.
Bishop Amat, getting 12 points on four 3-pointers from Santana in the second quarter, led 26-22 at halftime before using two surges to lead 41-29 at halftime. Cantwell countered with an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter before losing, 50-40. Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “We were OK (Friday). I don’t think it was our best defensive game. I know it wasn’t our performance. But obviously, we shot the ball well. But we can’t win a lot of games if we don’t get scoring closer to the basket. Our two starting post players had four points. We have to get the ball closer to the basket.” Cantwell coach Omar Villalta: “We’re a resilient bunch. We’re not going to die. We pushed the ball. We play the speed game. We knew, even down 16, that if we push the ball, play defense, we will be fine.” GARY HOUSTON MEMORIAL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
Bishop Amat 50, Cantwell 40
South Torrance 43, Oak Hill 41 Finals
Bishop Amat vs. South Torrance, 7:30 p.m.
Another league title for Bonita and Greg Eckler Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
ARROYO GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
South Torrance 43, Oak Hills 41 Bishop Amat 50, Cantwell 40 Saturday’s championship
Bishop Amat vs. South Torrance, 7:30 p.m.
SAN DIMAS GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Vista Murietta 62, Chino Hills 36
Lakeside 52, Diamond Ranch 48 Saturday’s championship
Vista Murietta vs. Lakeside, 2:30 p.m.
Third-Place: Diamond Ranch vs. South Hills, 1:30 p.m.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR EMILY HUBERT, BISHOP AMAT, JUNIOR By Stephen Ramirez
How good was Bishop Amat High School cross country runner Emily Hubert this season?
Well when you consider she missed significant training time due to injury and still set the pace for the area while qualifying for the CIF State championships for the second consecutive season, the answer is simple and to the point:
She was very good. For her efforts, Hubert is the 2013 Tribune Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.
“I had missed time in seasons before,” Hubert said. “I knew how to prepare myself and be ready for the big meets. This year, it was a little further into the season, so I was so scared, because I was so out of shape and state was coming up. It was nerve-wracking, but having everyone around me kept me positive, and I knew I just had to believe in myself.”
It worked. Hubert, who’s uncle is former Bishop Amat standout football player Joey Getherall, followed up with a solid effort at the CIF-Southern Section championships and state meet. At CIF-SS finals at Mt. San Antonio College, she placed fifth in Division 3 with a time of 18 minutes, one second, which was also good enough for 34th among all divisions and the best time among local runners.
At the state championships in Fresno, she led the Lancers’ team charge with a 10th-place finish in Division III at 18:19. She was 60th overall.
“I had high expectations this year,” Hubert said. “This was the first year where we had a (strong) team to work up with me, so I was really excited going into the season. I really wanted to place higher at state than I did last year. I had my sights set on going to state again, but wanted to do better than last year.”
Now she hopes to conclude here career with a state 3-peat.
“Next year, I definitely want to work on staying healthy,” Hubert said. “I havent’ been able to go through a whole season of training yet. I really want to go through a whole season working harder than I’ve ever done before. At the state meet this year, I did finish a few seconds faster than I did last year, but place-wise I went back. I was realy disappointed in myself. I know I have potential, so I definitely want to do the best I can without any excuses.” For a look at who made the all-area team, click the thread Continue reading →