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…


Damien 4, Chino Hills 1
Claremont 1, Charter Oak 1
South Hills 1, Ayala 1
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 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 …


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.

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

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

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Baseline 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 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

VDAMIENBasketball Rankings
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 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 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
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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