Prices are right for Wilson; Wildcats rout San Dimas in Valle Vista League showdown

Wilson's Kyle Price (3) drives to the basket past San Dimas' Omar Nasri (50) in the first half of a prep basketball game at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Wilson’s Kyle Price (3) drives to the basket past San Dimas’ Omar Nasri (50) in the first half of a prep basketball game at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >>
Wilson High School began the season as the favorite to win the Valle Vista League boys basketball title, and the Wildcats will likely live up to that preseason billing.
Kyle Price scored a game-high 19 points and Kevin Price had 16 and 12 rebounds and host Wilson solidified its hold on first place with an 82-47 victory over second-place San Dimas on Friday.

The Wildcats, also getting nine points from Eric Lee and eight each from Justin Lee and Justin Chan, improved to 15-7 overall and 8-0 in league. San Dimas, getting 12 points each from Ryan Ocampo and Omar Nasri, slipped to 10-10 and 6-2.
Wilson, keyed by the inside play of Kevin Price and some cluth 3-point shooting from Li, put this one away after using runs of 11-1 and 14-6 in the third quarter to go up 53-33. The Wilcats then outscored San Dimas, 28-11 to win by 35.

Wilson coach Willie Allen: “It was huge and the boys knew it. They knew how big this was. They didn’t want to share any league title. They wanted to make sure we won this outright.
“We had a good game at San Dimas (earlier this season) that was close, and we wanted to send a message to the rest of the league.”

San Dimas coach Bruce Robbins: “We didn’t respond very well being down. Since we made the switch (to an up-tempo attack), we hadn’t been behind. Our kids just didn’t respond, or we didn’t respond to when we missed shots. When we missed shots, our heads went into the toilet somewhere. I guess I could have done something to slow the game down, but I really didn’t want to do that because we’re trying to get a certain way to playing in our kids’ minds that we think in the long run is better for us. I kept us playing the way we want to play, and Wilson did a nice job.”

Kevin Price: “We just (keep) our composure. (Basketball) is a game of runs. They had theirs and we had to stop it and get ours.”

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Amanda Ball scores two late goals to lift Chino Hills to a 3-0 girls soccer victory over South Hills

Check out Amanda Ball’s 30-yard goal and her celebration dance with Ashley Gonzales …

You be the judge … Was this a deserving red-card given to South Hills goalkeeper Alyssa Lopez on a breakaway foul taking out Chino Hills’ Ashley Gonzales?

Friday’s girls soccer results: Chino Hills 3, South Hills 0; Ayala 2, Claremont 1; St. Lucy’s 3, Charter Oak 2.
Friday’s boys soccer results: Chino Hills 3, South Hills 0; Damien 3, Charter Oak 2, Claremont 0, Ayala 0.

By Fred J. Robledo
COVINA — Chino Hills midfield attacker Amanda Ball scored two late goals in the 78th and 79th minutes to seal the deal against host South Hills, moving the CIF-Southern Section’s fourth-ranked girls soccer team a step closer to the Sierra League title after a 3-0 victory.

Ball, headed to UC Santa Barbara and Ashley Gonzales, the Long Beach State commit who notched her 23rd goal of the season in the first half to go up 1-0, are a potent combination that gives everyone fits.

But South Hills had an even bigger obstacle to overcome after sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Lopez was red-carded on a breakaway foul on Gonzales in the 32nd minute, forcing South Hills to play short-handed the rest of the way.

“Playing with 11 we had to have the perfect game plan against them,” South Hills coach Scott Mocabee said. “To have a player sent off put my girls in a tough spot.



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Could Charter Oak, Glendora, Monrovia and San Dimas all be in the same football playoff Division? Proposals coming March 14

Will the Palomares and Hacienda league be in the same playoff division? Will the Valle Vista and Rio Hondo, which have dominated the Mid-Valley Division with Monrovia and San Dimas combining to win the past five titles, be sent to a tougher playoff division and perhaps in the same division with the Palomares and Hacienda? Former Charter Oak athletic director and now Southern Section assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez will announce his proposals on March 14. Whatever happens, expect no complaints from Charter Oak, Glendora and South Hills, who will be happy to beat up on local schools again now that they’re not in the Baseline and Sierra, respectively, and especially the Inland Division.

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By Aram Tolegian
March 14.
That’s the date when area fans, players and coaches of high school football will find out just how much the local landscape will change as it pertains to the playoffs.
On that day, the CIF-Southern Section will make public the new football playoff division proposals by Southern Section assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez.
And as of now, questions abound about the fate of several local teams and leagues. Some teams could be in for a serious boost in competition by being placed in new divisions. Others could see their chances at championship glory improve greatly with the removal of powerful leagues from their current divisions.
If it sounds like we’re talking about Monrovia, it’s because we are. The Wildcats won three consecutive Mid-Valley Division championships between 2010-13 and were heavy favorites to win a fourth last season before being upset by Paraclete in the semifinals.
Will that setback be enough to keep Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League in the Mid-Valley Division? Or is Martinez about to move the league into tougher surroundings to ratchet up the competition?

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El Monte boys soccer dominates rematch with Arroyo, winning 4-2 to take over sole possession of first in the MVL

ELMONTESOCCER
STORY: The El Monte High School boys soccer team felt it let one get away a few weeks back at Arroyo, losing its only game of the season 1-0 after missing a penalty kick in the final minutes that would have tied it.
El Monte was ready for the rematch on Thursday for sole possession of first in the Mission Valley League. It wasted no time winning every loose ball and racing to a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes before settling on a 4-2 victory to improve to 11-1 overall and 5-1 in the MVL. Arroyo, which lost earlier in the week 3-2 to Mountain View, dropped to 12-2-4 and 4-2.
“They came out like a hurricane,” Arroyo coach Frank Raygoza said. “They’re a great team, let’s give them credit. We knew they were going to come strong and we thought we were prepared for it. I just felt they were a better team today.”

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Glendale spoils Kevin Smith’s Mt. SAC debut, 8-4, in 11 innings


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT >>
Kevin Smith’s debut as Mt. San Antonio College’s baseball coach didn’t go as planned on Thursday.
Nick Padilla hit a three-run double in the 11th inning and visiting Glendale spoiled Smith’s first game with an 8-4 victory over the Mounties at Mazmanian Field.
The Vaqueros, who won their first game after opening with losses to Oxnard and Cypress, also got two hits each from Jerry Ismerio and Jay Sheeley. Richie Rollice (South Hills High School) Kolby Oriti (Northview) and Carlos Martinez (Nogales) had two hits each for Mt. SAC.
Glendale didn’t waste it’s chance in the 11th. The Vaqueros loaded the bases with one out following to hit batters and a throwing error. Padilla then doubled down the right field line to score all three for a 7-4 lead.
Sheeley followed with an RBI single to make it 8-4.
Mt. SAC, which fell behind 4-0, tied it at 4 in the seventh. Richie Rollice (South Hills), Kolby Oriti and Carlos Martinez (Nogales) had singles before Edgar Cabral (La Puente), Dustin Fraley and Nico Contreras (South Hills) followed with RBI walks to make it 4-3. Boomer Baker then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Cabral and tie it at 4.
Mt. SAC coach Kevin Smith: “It’s a little bit quicker, pitchers throw a little bit harder and the game is a little bit faster (at this level), but baseball is baseball. If you catch and throw and hit the baseball in key situations you win. On the other hand, if you don’t, you’re going to lose. We didn’t do all the things we needed to do to win. I am happy with the effort the guys gave us tonight. They never gave up, worked hard. We’re OK.”

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Showdown turns into Big Letdown as Chino Hills crushes Damien 85-53 .. We’ve got postgame reaction

STORY: Chino Hills manhandled Damien in Wednesday’s Sierra League battle for first place. Chino Hills raced to a 29-point first-half lead and never looked back, winning 85-53. Chino Hills freshman LiAngelo Ball, the brother of UCLA sophomore commit Lonzo Ball, finished with 17 points with Bishop Mency and KC Cyprian scoring a game-high 18 each. Oh yeah, Lonzo Ball finished with 11. Malik Fitts led Damien with 16 and super junior Jeremy Hemsley was held to just 10.

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Gabrielino takes over Mission Valley League race with 58-43 win over South El Monte

South El Monte's Enrique Duarte (2) scrambles for the loose ball with Gabrielino's Eli Peters, left, and teammate Gary Hawkins in the first half of a prep basketball game at South El Monte High School in South El Monte, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

South El Monte’s Enrique Duarte (2) scrambles for the loose ball with Gabrielino’s Eli Peters, left, and teammate Gary Hawkins in the first half of a prep basketball game at South El Monte High School in South El Monte, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SOUTH EL MONTE >>
The race for the Mission Valley League boys basketball title is Gabrielino High School’s to lose.
Eli Peters scored a game-high 23 points and had eight rebounds and Gabrielino took over first place with a 58-43 victory over host South El Monte on Wednesday.
Grant Kirchhoff had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Bryan Phan had 13 points for Gabrielino, which improved to 17-3 overall and 5-0 in league play. South El Monte, getting 18 points from Eduardo Hernandez and 12 from Alex Ortiz, slipped to 10-5 and 4-1.

The key for Gabrielino on Wednesday, like it was in its 67-45 victory over El Monte last week, was the third quarter. Gabrielino was 10 of 15 from the floor during that stretch and opened the quarter with a 16-9 surge to go up 42-28 following three inside shots by Kirchhoff and a 10-footer by Peters.

Gabrielino coach John Carney: “It’s nice. We’ve talked before that its another step in the process, where we want to go and how we want to get there. But I was telling the guys, the second half of league is going to be tougher than the first half. We’re where we want to be, but it’s going to be harder than the fist half.”
Eli Peters: “We definitely got more intense (during the second half). We had that fire. We just kept rolling.”

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Girls Soccer: Late goal keeps San Dimas in control of Valle Vista League; Bonita shocks Diamond Bar, 1-0 in OT

HACIENDA SHOCKER: Big news on Tuesday is that Bonita knocked off defending Hacienda league champion Diamond Bar 1-0 in overtime. That momentarily puts Los Altos (12-2-3, 6-0-1) in sole possession of first with Diamond Bar (12-3-3, 5-1-1) second and Bonita (6-9, 4-2) in the title hunt on the outside looking it. Next Tuesday is the biggie when Diamond Bar visits Los Altos…

WEDNESDAY’S SIERRA LEAGUE RESULTS
BOYS SOCCER

Damien 4, Chino Hills 1
Claremont 1, Charter Oak 1
South Hills 1, Ayala 1
GIRLS SOCCER
Chino Hills 4, St. Lucy’s1
South Hills 3, Ayala 2
Claremont 3, Charter Oak 0

San Dimas' Morgan Quaternik (18) celebrates after scoring in the second half of girls soccer, Wilson High at San Dimas High in San Dimas on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2014. San Dimas won 1-0. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas’ Morgan Quaternik (18) celebrates after scoring in the second half of girls soccer, Wilson High at San Dimas High in San Dimas on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2014. San Dimas won 1-0. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN DIMAS >>
San Dimas High School has been the dominant girls soccer program in the Valle Vista League in recent years, and that doesn’t appear to be changing this season.
Senior Morgan Quaternik scored in the 72nd minute and the host Saints solidified their league lead with a 1-0 victory over Wilson on Tuesday. San Dimas stretched its league winning streak to 40 games.
San Dimas, with senior Daisy Duran getting the assist, improved to 13-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. The Saints are 2 1/2 games ahead of Baldwin Park, which beat Nogales on Tuesday. Wilson, which got 11 saves from senior goalie Minerva Lopez, slipped to 9-7-3 and 5-3 in league play. The Wildcats lost 1-0 for the second consecutive day, also losing to Nogales on Monday.

Duran, who was stopped by Lopez on a shot from just inside the penalty area in 66th minute, forced a cornerkick in the 72nd minute. She then lofted a crossing passing, which Quaternik was able to head to the left of Lopez for the 1-0 advantage.

San Dimas coach George Duran: “It was really important, because of the last time we played (Wilson), playing them in the rain with one girl down. It was really important. The girls wanted to come out here (and get the win) on our field.”
Wilson coach Ricardo Recinos: “That was the gameplan. They have the size, the speed, so we wanted to let them come to our side and try to get the counter attack. We had a couple of them, but unfortunately, we couldn’t put them in.”

San Dimas’ Morgan Quaternik: “Daisy and I connect really well together. She always finds me when she takes cornerkicks. When she was running up to (kick it), I just knew where I was supposed to be and when I was supposed to drop by head. I just felt it.”
Wilson’s Minerva Lopez: “It was last minute, and nothing you can really do about it. All we can do is learn from our mistakes.”

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Soccer Rankings: Northview cracks boys top ten; South Hills still No. 1 girls

VIDEO: Bishop Amat freshman Sofia Serafin scored twice to raise her season total to 17, but visiting St. Joseph’s scored in the final 15 minutes to help secure a 2-2 tie. Amat, the defending Division 3 champions, had several chances to win in the final minutes and overtime, but St. Joe’s missed its share of chances to win as well. Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez, freshman Sofia Serafin and goalkeeper Evelyn Fiero talked about it afterward …

AREA TOP 10 SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Sierra Vista (13-0-2) — Still undefeated, but tying Gladstone could be troublesome.
2. Damien (9-3-3) – Tied with Claremont for Sierra League lead.
3. Diamond Bar (12-5-1) — Already 5-0 with a full two-game lead over second-place Diamond Ranch
4. Arroyo (9-1-3) – Still undefeated (4-0) in the tough Mission Valley
5. El Monte (9-1-0) – Bet it can’t wait to get Arroyo rematch at home.
6. Los Altos (6-5-4) — Forget winning the Hacienda league title, it’s fighting for the playoffs.
7. Northview (11-3-2) — Beat Baldwin Park 4-3 on Saturday to move into tie for first in the Valle Vista. Yes, Northview.
8. Baldwin Park (10-4-2) – Knew it would get a challenge in VVL, but didn’t know it would be Northview.
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
9. Bishop Amat (7-4-3) — Finally reminding us they’re much more than just a girls soccer school.
10. Duarte (10-4) — 6-1 in the Montview, just a half-game back of Sierra Vista.

GOAL LEADERS
1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 18
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 15
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 11
4. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 9

GIRLS SOCCER
1. South Hills (13-1-2) – Earned a tie on the road at St. Lucy’s, and just half game back of league leading Chino Hills.
2. Bishop Amat (12-5-2) — Make-up week today vs. St. Joseph’s, who is 3-0 in Del Rey.
3. Diamond Bar (11-2-3) — Can add distance in Hacienda with wins over Walnut, Bonita this week.
4. Los Altos (10-2-3) — Has to keep winning and keep pace before getting rematch with Diamond Bar at home next week.
5. Sierra Vista (12-3-0) — Are Montview games any fun for the Dons, who have outscored league opponents, 42-2.
6. San Dimas (10-6-0) — Nothing like the Valle Vista to make the Saints feel like world beaters again.
7. St. Lucy’s (7-8-2) – Has a big make-up vs. Ayala today to stay in the Sierra playoff picture.
8. Charter Oak (8-8-0) – Same thing happened last year. Great non-league followed by brutal showing in the Sierra.
9. Wilson (9-7-3) – Wildcats have one chance to beat San Dimas on Tuesday. Her name is Allison Kung.
10. South El Monte (5-2-1) — 3-0-1 in the Mission Valley League.

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 18
2. Alison Kung, Wilson, 17
3. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 17
4. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 17
5. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 15

Below: Highlights from Claremont’s shocking 2-1 girls soccer victory over Chino Hills on Friday

walnutBOYS SOCCER, STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

amatgirlssoccerGIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Girls Basketball: Nikki Wheatley, Kandyce Smith lead Bonita over Diamond Ranch, 57-42

DYNAMIC DUO: Senior guards Nikki Wheatley and Kandyce Smith combined for 45 points as Bonita won the battle between two unbeatans, 57-42, over Diamond Ranch on Monday to take over sole possession of first place in the Hacienda League.

The win was Bonita’s seventh consecutive victory in head-to-head play against the Panthers, who haven’t lost a league contest to any team other than Bonita since February 2008.

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Bonita High School baseball to host fundraiser game Wednesday to support family of former coach Ted Persell, who died in December

FUNDRAISER: Ted Persell coached at Bonita High School for just one season, but he made enough of an impact that Bearcats coach John Knott wanted to honor the former Valley player and coach, who died in an auto accident in December.
Bonita will host Alta Loma at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in an exhibition game that will pay tribute to Persell and lend support to his family, which includes a sixth-month-old daughter, his girl friend, three sisters and a brother.
There will be no admission charge, but donations of any amount will be accepted, and all money made from the snack bar and concessions, along with a 50/50 raffle will go to his family, who will also be honored before the game.

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Boys Basketball: Walnut holds off Diamond Bar to take control of Hacienda League race


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT >>
Walnut High School didn’t win the Hacienda League boys basketball championship Monday. But the Mustangs took a major step.
Jeff Huang scored 20 points and Walnut took control of the league race after withstanding a furious second-half surge from Diamond Bar to score a 56-53 victory over the visiting Brahmas.
Walnut, also getting 9 points each from Zuri Williams and Richard Rycraw improved to 16-5 overall and 6-0 in league play to hold a two-game lead over Diamond Bar, which slipped to 7-14 and 4-2.

The Brahmas, after two free throws by Williams with 14 seconds left, had a chance to tie the score, but Bobby Meshesha missed back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds. Leo Li led the Brahmas with 17 points.
Walnut, after making 15 of 26 shots, including five 3-pointers in the first half, looked like it might cruise to the win after taking a 38-19 lead after the first two quarters. But Diamond Bar got back into it, holding the Mustangs to two field goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 43-37 going into the fourth before getting within three on an Evon Shubin putback with 57 seconds left to play.

Huang made one of two free throws to push it to 54-50 with 54 seconds remaining. Meshesha then missed a short jumper with 26 seconds left. But Huang couldn’t convert two free throws before Li nailed a 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds left to cut it to 54-53.
Williams was fouled on the in-bounds’ pass and calmly sank two free throws to push it to 56-53. Meshesha was short on a 3-pointer with about 8 seconds left before grabbing the rebound on a ricochet for a desperation attempt, which was short at the buzzer.

Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “They’re are our true rival. No one is going to quit on that rivalry, whether you are up by 20 or down by 20. But our guys were resilient. We have some three-year varsity players, so they are used to this.”
Diamond Bar coach Henry Frierson: “It’s not the way we drew it up. We got two good looks at the rim, and in a game like this that’s all you can ask for.Bottom line, is that we just dug ourselves too deep of a whole in the first half. The second half we made a valiant effort. But it was just too little, too late.”

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Basketball Rankings: No. 1 Damien ready for Wednesday’s monster showdown vs. Chino Hills

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Boys Basketball Top 10

1. Damien (18-3) — You had Jan. 29 circled on the calendar for a reason. Mighty Chino Hills comes to town.
2. Walnut (15-5) — Perfect 5-0 in the Hacienda, but host Diamond Bar tonight. Brahmas one game back at 4-1.
3. Glendora (15-6) — Not good enough for Baseline, but still one of areas best.
4. Los Altos (13-6) — Not getting it done in the Hacienda. Expected much more from Conqs.
5. Bonita (14-5) – Now that things have settled since the coaching changes, lets see what Cats have left.
6. Wilson (14-7) — Still undefeated in the Valle Vista, will host second-place San Dimas Friday.
7. South El Monte (10-4) – Will put 4-0 MVL record on line against Gabrielino’s 4-0 on Wednesday.
8. Workman (14-5) — Lobos a perfect 6-0 in the Montview.
9. Gladstone (15-2) — Fewest losses in the Valley.
10. South Hills (10-11) – We’ll cut them some slack for being the Sierra.

Girls Basketball Top 10
1. Bonita (18-2) – Lost a close one to Marlborough … every loss counts in hoping to avoid dreaded Open Division. Will host No. 3 DRanch tonight.
2. Bishop Amat (16-5) — Will do no better than third in the Del Rey. Already 1-2.
3. Diamond Ranch (15-4) — Coach Mike Power doing a great job in his first year with Panthers — but party ends at Bonita tonight.
4. Walnut (10-7) — Not easy being in a league with Bonita and Diamond Ranch.
5. South Hills (12-7) — Overall record looks nice, but they’re dying in the Sierra.
6. Covina (12-7) – Colts back in business at 6-0 in the VVL
7. Wilson (12-8) – Wildcats get their second shot at Covina next week.
8. Duarte (10-8) — Falcons crushed Workman in first meeting. What will happen in second?
9. Workman (11-8) — Won five straight and faces Duarte for first in Montview on Wednesday.
10. Arroyo (11-9) — In a three-way tie for first in the VVL.

TOUT VIDEO: Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian, David Felton and I will post 45 second video interviews, highlight clips and whatever during the prep season. You can view them all on this widget by simply watching and scrolling down. Most recent video’s appear first.



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Boys Basketball: Gabrielino too much for El Monte; Damien rolls past South Hills; Glendora held to 24 in blow-out loss to Etiwanda

Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News

Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News



GABRIELINO 67, EL MONTE 45
Gabrielino High School came up short in its quest to win the Mission Valley League boys basketball championship last season.
The Eagles are determined to come through this time, and they took another step Friday night.
Grant Kirchhoff scored a game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds and Gabrielino remained perfect in league play with a 67-45 victory over host El Monte.

Bryan Phan had 16 points for Gabrielino, which improved to 16-3 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Eagles are at South El Monte on Wednesday. South El Monte was 3-0 going into a league game vs. Arroyo on Friday.
Jacob Moran and Joe Chavez scored 10 points each for the Lions, who slipped to 13-8 and 2-2.
Gabrielino put this one away after outscoring El Monte, 41-13, in the second and third quarters.

Gabrielino coach John Carney: “It’s nice to get another win on the road against a league team. We didn’t’ play as well as we would have liked. But we got the win, and we’re moving on.”
El Monte coach Eric Tabatabai: “They keep coming and it’s very fast-paced. When our guys got a little tired, we made some turnovers that resulted into easy layups. You have to play the whole game. The middle of the game was definitely costly.”
Gabrielino’s Grant Kirchhoff: “It’s a great victory for us,” Kirchhoff said. “We’re kind of on the road to winning league, so this was one stepping stone.”
- Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter

DAMIEN 66, SOUTH HILLS 49
Damien got a spark from its defense in the second quarter and came from behind to beat an upset minded South Hills team, 66-49, Friday night.
The win keeps the Spartans, (18-3, 4-0)the Tribune’s top-ranked team, on top of the Sierra League standings as they head for their matchup with Chino Hills next Wednesday that will be for first place.
Trailing by eight points, the Spartans went on a 15-0 run in the last 3:18 of the second quarter to take a 25-18 lead at the half and take control of the game.
The Huskies (10-11, 1-3) started the second quarter on a 10-2 run, including 3-pointers by Jacob Estrada and Josiah Sotomayor that gave them an 18-10 lead with 4:20 to go in the half before Damien put the blitz on.
The Spartans had three players in double figures, led by Jeremy Hemsley with 22 points. Malik Fitts had 14 points and Tyler Ginyard had 12. Jacob Estrada had 15 points to lead the Huskies and Chris Martin had 11.
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “I thought we played really hard. We just didn’t make shots. Even though we weren’t shooting well we were rebounding and playing defense and eventually our defense got us going.”
- John Honell
ETIWANDA 66, GLENDORA 24
No typo, Etiwanda holds Glendora to what must be an all-time low, although I can’t remember the last time the Tartans didn’t score in the 30s. Thomas Rico led Glendora with eight points. The Tartans are just counting the days they get shipped to the Palomares League.

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Sad news to report .. Bonita’s legendary cross country and track coach, Lonny Carr, lost his battle with cancer

carrLonny Carr, who was extremely passionate about teaching, coaching and caring for his student-athletes, has died.
The longtime Bonita High School cross country coach, 60, died Friday morning from complications from melanoma at his home, with his family at his side. He coached the Bearcats for 23 years.
“He was cross country’s and track and field’s Mr. Bonita,” assistant principal and former football coach Eric Podley said. “He was a father figure to a lot of these kids. When it was announced, innumerable kids were in tears and meeting with counselors. Even though they knew he was sick for awhile, the reaction was that he had made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives.”
Carr would talk a mile a minute about his athletes for as long as people would listen. He cared for those athletes much like he cared for his wife, Becky, three children and five grandchildren. He coached his grandson, Dillon Beckum, in high school for the first time this past fall. Beckum advanced to the CIF State cross country meet, turning in the second-fastest freshman time at the meet.
Carr spent his entire teaching career in the Bonita Unified School District. He retired as an elementary school teacher a few years ago, but remained as the boys and girls cross country coach and as the girls track and field coach.

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Tonight’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Gabrielino meets El Monte for first in the Mission Valley

TODAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
BASELINE LEAGUE

Glendora at Etiwanda, 6:30 p.m.
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
Los Altos at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6 p.m.
Mountain View at Rosemead, 6 p.m.
Arroyo at South El Monte, 6 p.m.
MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Workman at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Azusa, 6 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at La Puente, 6 p.m.
SIERRA LEAGUE
Damien at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Northview at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.

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Sierra League Soccer: Claremont girls shock Chino Hills 2-1; Damien rolls 5-0 over South Hills

SIERRA LEAGUE SOCCER RESULTS
BOYS
Damien 5, South Hills 0
Ayala 2, Charter Oak 1
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 1
GIRLS
South Hills 1, St. Lucy’s 1
Ayala 1, Charter Oak 0
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 1

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Hacienda League
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Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Wrestling: Charter Oak rallies for 39-33 win over South Hills

STAFF PHOTO BY KEITH BIRMINGHAM

STAFF PHOTO BY KEITH BIRMINGHAM

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

WEST COVINA –
South Hills High School was hoping to use rival Charter Oak Thursday as a stepping stone toward the Sierra League wrestling crown.
The visiting Chargers had other ideas.
Jack Castorena scored an 11-7 decision and Daniel Garcia won by fall as Charter Oak won seven of the final nine bouts to rally for a 39-33 victory over the host Huskies in a league dual match.
Charter Oak, which won eight of the 14 matches, including five by fall, improved to 2-1 in league play. South Hills, which won four of the first five, all by fall, slipped to 2-1.
The key bouts came back-to-back at 120 and 126. Castorena, after South Hills took a 27-24 lead on an 8-5 victory by Christian Flores (113) over Luke Knight, fought back from an early deficit against Jacob Andrade to go up 8-5 with a near-fall at 1:12 in the third period before getting a takedown with 30 seconds left for the 11-7 win.
Garcia then overcame an early deficit to score a win by fall over Ivan Martinez in 2:23. Joe Alexander clinched it, giving Charter Oak a 39-27 lead with a win by fall in 3:36.

Charter Oak coach Tom Cote: “I told our guys down 24-6 that we had to make our comeback and that’s what we did. They are a really strong team, with some really good wrestlers. We didn’t get a possible matchup at 132 (between Charter Oak’s Joe Alexander and South Hills’ Kevin Kelly) and that worked out in our favor.”
South Hills coach Robb Froh: “We knew we had to get out to a big lead. We knew their upper weights were pretty tough, so we knew we would need that lead to build some momentum. We just didn’t come through in some of the lighter weights like we thought we would. There were a lot of matches that were pivotal. We just didn’t come out and perform like we needed to.”

Charter Oak’s Daniel Garcia: “We just have a lot of heart. When you see that score, it just time to turn it up and bring (our) score higher.”

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Boys Basketball: Walnut maintains lead in Hacienda, holds off Los Altos

WALNUT BOYS Walnut’s Richard Rycraw, right, blocks a shot by Los Altos’ Jayson Jones in the Mustangs’ 65-55 victory on Wednesday.
– Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

WALNUT 65, LOS ALTOS 55
By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT –
Walnut High School maintained its first-place lead in the race for the Hacienda League boys basketball title Wednesday. But just barely.
Senior Rob Harrelson scored a game-high 20 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch and area No. 3 Walnut withstood a fourth-quarter blitz from visiting Los Altos to score a 65-55 victory at home in a league game.

Fellow seniors Lawrence Besong and Richard Rycraw had 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Mustangs, who improved to 14-5 overall and 4-0 in the Hacienda League. Freshman post player Jayson Jones had 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead area No. 4 Los Altos, which slipped to 13-5 and 2-2.
Walnut led 51-36 with just under five minutes left before Los Altos, keyed by 5 points from Jones, used a 17-5 blitz to pull within 56-53 with 2:23 left. Harrelson then followed two free throws by Zuri Williams with a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to all but clinch it.

Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “You always get concerned. But I was very proud of them. I told them (after) that when you play good teams, they’re never going to give up. Los Altos came at us. We had to earn this win. It’s a good lesson for us to learn.”
Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas: “We’ve been resilient all year. We have a good group of guys. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but you can credit Walnut with that. It was a great effort by the guys coming back, but against a good team, it’s hard to comeback from that far. That run cut it to three, but had we played better earlier and been closer, than it would have given us the lead.”
Walnut’s Rob Harrelson: “We were calm. We just had to run our offense. It was tight, but at the end of the game we were able to hit our free throws and our shots.”

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Girls Basketball: El Monte moves into first Mission Valley League with win over rival South El Monte

EL MONTE 41, SOUTH EL MONTE 29
By John Honell
Correspondent
EL MONTE –
El Monte hasn’t hung a Mission Valley League girls basketball championship banner in its gym since 1991.
The school isn’t ready to hoist the banner quite yet but, its 41-29 win Wednesday night over South El Monte has put the Lions in sole possession of first place.
The Lions defense was the key to the win as it held high scoring Dorothy Tuala to eight points, all of them in the first half.
Sophomore Emmy Pham led the Lions (10-6, 3-0) in scoring with 16 points but her real contribution came on the defensive end where she fronted Tuala and helped hold her scoreless in the second half.
The Eagles (11-6, 2-1) used a 12-3 run to close the second quarter taking a two-point lead into the locker room at the break.
El Monte coach Christine Butler: “We were going to front her (Tuala) and get good weak side help. If they were going to try and pound it in to her we were going to have two people on her and force their outside girls to look for some shots.”
South El Monte coach Jose Herrera: “Our offense goes through Dorothy. (Pham) did a phenomenal job on Dorothy, credit to her, but I’m proud of the way our kids fought back. The school has only won one game in the last four years and the all-time school record for wins in a season is 12, so we’re in uncharted waters.”

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Basketball Rankings: Damien, Bonita continue to show the way

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AREA TOP 10 BASKETBALL RANKINGS
BOYS
1. Damien (16-3)
Pointing toward Chino Hills showdown
2. Glendora (15-5)
Counting days it leaves Baseline
3. Walnut (13-5)
Won 9 of 11
4. Los Altos (13-4)
Enjoying return to area elite
5. Wilson (13-7)
Will ‘Cats lose in VVL?
6. Diamond Ranch (10-8)
Contending in Hacienda
7. Bonita (12-5)
Downward spiral continues
8. Rowland (9-9)
In league title mix
9. Workman (12-5)
Nothing changes in Montview
10. Gladstone (13-2)
Lost showdown with Workman
LEADERS
Scoring

1. Isaih Mendoza, Mountain View, 24.1
2. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 22.2
3. John Paul Rodriguez, Workman, 21.5
4. Mathew Arguello, La Puente, 18.2
5. Ernest Ugoagu, Diamond Ranch, 18.0
6. Rob Harrelson, Walnut, 15.7
7. Andrew Bullock, Nogales, 14.6
8. Jonah Mendoza, West Covina, 14.4
9. Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, 14.4
10. Eduardo Hernandez, South El Monte, 14.2
11. Malik Fitts, Damien, 13.9
12. Eddie Howard, Duarte, 13.2
13. Edvin Peraza, La Puente, 12.6
14. Enrique Ramirez, La Puente, 12.6
15. Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat 12.4

GIRLS
1. Bonita (16-2)
Toyed with Walnut
2. Bishop Amat (16-5)
Held its own vs. Serra
3. Diamond Ranch (13-4)
Gets its shot at Bonita next week
4. Walnut (9-7)
Looked good vs. Bonita
5. South Hills (12-6)
Swept in Sierra last week
6. Covina (11-9)
Team to beat in VVL
7. Diamond Bar (8-10)
Seeking top 4 finish in league
8. Wilson (11-8)
Lost to showdown vs. Covina
9. South El Monte (11-6)
Rounding into form
10. Workman (9-8)
Rebounded from poor start
LEADERS
SCORING

1. Kaelyn Kawamoto, Wilson, 14.7
2. Jessica Rosas, Gladstone, 14.7
3. Dymond Mitchell, San Dimas, 14.1
4. Dominique Thesus, Covina, 12.7
5. Tiyana Watkins, El Monte, 11.3
6. Mackenzie Barnes, Duarte, 10.8
7. Jordan Veal, San Dimas, 10.7
8. Katie Taylor, Northview, 10.6
9. Kathy McKiernan, Duarte, 9.8
10. Bridget Phu, Rosemead, 8.9

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Soccer Rankings: Sierra Vista, South Hills remain at No. 1

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AREA TOP 10 SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Sierra Vista (13-0-1)
Dons just keep on rolling
2. Damien (8-3-2)
Keeping pace in Sierra
3. Diamond Bar (10-5-1)
Team to beat in Hacienda
4. Baldwin Park (10-3-2)
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
5. Los Altos (5-5-4)
Off to slow start in league
6. Arroyo (8-1-3)
Doing it right in Mission Valley
7. El Monte (8-1-0)
Played Arroyo tight
8. Bishop Amat (6-3-2)
Staying close in Del Rey
9. Duarte (9-4)
Lost to Sierra Vista last week
10. Diamond Ranch (7-3-2)
Sitting in second in Hacienda
LEADERS
GOALS

1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 18
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 15
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 11
4. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5. Kelly Craft, Diamond Bar, 8
6. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 8
7. Julio Sanchez, Duarte 8
8. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 8
GIRLS SOCCER
1. South Hills (12-1-1)
Found its match vs. Chino Hills
2. Bishop Amat (12-5-2)
Setting the pace in Del Rey
3. Diamond Bar (9-2-3)
Needed own goal to tie Los Altos
4. Los Altos (9-2-3)
Showed heart vs. Diamond Bar
5. Sierra Vista (11-3-0)
Ruling Montview
6. St. Lucy’s (6-8-1)
Lost its last three
7. Charter Oak (8-6-0)
Holding its own in Sierra
8. San Dimas (8-6-0)
Holding lead in Valle Vista
9. Wilson (9-6-3)
Can it knock off the Saints?
10. Azusa (5-3-3)
Keeping pace with Sierra Vista
LEADERS
GOALS

1. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 17
2. Alison Kung, Wilson, 17
3. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 16
4. Samantha Verduzzco, Los Altos, 11
5. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 11
6. Jackie Zemeno, South Hills, 10
7. Amber Marinero, South Hills, 9
8. Daisy Duran, San Dimas, 9
9. Ashley Bell, Diamond Bar, 9
10. Helna Kisor, Diamond Bar, 8
10. Caitlan Greenup, Wilson, 8

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Basketball: Bishop Amat girls’ big effort comes up short against highly-regarded Serra, 61-55

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SERRA 61, BISHOP AMAT 55
By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRAmirez on Twitter

LA PUENTE —
Bishop Amat High School knew it could not match the talent level of visiting Serra, which is one of the better girls basketball teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
The Lancers had to make up for the deficit with effort, and host Bishop Amat made a good account of itself, pushing the Division 4AA No. 1 Cavaliers before falling, 61-55, in a Del Rey League game on Tuesday.
Caila Hailey scored a game-high 16 points and Cydney Bolton had 13 for the Cavaliers, who improved to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in the Del Rey League. Bishop Amat, getting 15 points from Paulina Santana and 13 each from Dagmar Ramirez and Janae Chamois, slipped to 16-5 and 1-2.
Amat, which led for much of the first half, looked like it might pull the upset after it rallied back from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to twice pull within a bucket with less than a five minutes to play, failing to convert each time.
The Lancers, using an 11-4 blitz keyed by two baskets by Ramirez and one from Santana, cut it to 50-48 with 4:33 left on a 3-pointer by Amanda Alvarado, but with a chance to tie, Santana missed on a shot at 4:08.
Chamois, after Brijaye Brackett scored inside, cut it to 52-50 following two free throws with 3:31 to play. Amat then withstood back-to-back misses by Serra, but an Amat turnover after a pass inside, gave it back to the Cavaliers with 2:51 left.
Serra closed the final three minutes with a 9-5 run to win 61-55.

Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “They are a terrific team and I was very pleased with our effort. We never gave up. A couple of things went against us in the third quarter, but we never gave up. I was very, very pleased with that. Our effort was good the whole night. We made some mistakes. We didn’t get some rebounds we have to get, we threw the ball away. But (Serra is going to force) that. There’s a reason why they are so good. But by in large, I was very pleased with our effort.”

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Charter Oak’s Big Lou to coach SoCal All-Stars in the Canyon Coast Classic

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Charter Oak coaching legend Lou Farrar will coach a group of Southern California All-Stars against a team from Arizona on Monday in a the Canyon Coast Classic all-star football game at Riverside City College.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
The SoCal roster features Charter Oak’s Donavin Washington and Eric Prevost, South Hills Adam Goss and Chino Hills’ Chazz Eldridge.

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Boys Basketball: Workman outlasts Gladstone, 52-46

By John Honell
LA PUENTE — Champions can keep their composure in tight situations and find ways to win close games.
The Workman boys basketball team showed why it has won four of the last five Montview League championships by coming from 10 points behind in the second half to beat Gladstone 52-46 in overtime Friday night.
The win kept the Lobos (12-5, 5-0) tied with La Puente atop the league standings. It was the first league loss for the Gladiators and only their second loss of the season.
The Gladiators (13-2, 4-1) sent the game into overtime with a last-second shot by Ben Reaves, but the Lobos started overtime with back-to-back 3-pointers by Alan Matro and J.P. Rodriguez and went on to win.

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