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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