CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs: Sierra Vista holds on for 2-1 victory; Baldwin Park wins, Damien ousted

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Mario Saenz delivers for Sierra Vista: The Sierra Vista High School boys soccer team entered Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4 boys first-round playoff game against visiting Culver City after learning earlier in the day it had lost junior forward Sebastian Ocampo, who was declared academically ineligible after scoring 24 goals and a big reason the Dons were undefeated and the second seed.
But Sierra Vista still has part of its dynamic duo with senior striker Mario Saenz, who picked up the slack by scoring both goals in the Dons’ 2-1 victory over the Centaurs to advance to Tuesday’s second round against either Bishop Amat or La Mirada.

Tom Kiss, the Inland Insider, has highlights and interviews of Santa Margarita’s 2-1 win over Sierra League champion Damien

BOYS SOCCER
THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND RESULS
DIVISION 1

Santa Margarita 2, Damien 1
Claremot 3, Vista Del Lago 1
Dos Pueblos 2, Chino Hills 1
DIVISION 4
Lawndale 4, Ganesha 1
Chino 2, Duarte 1
La Mirada 2, Bishop Amat 0
Sierra Vista 2, Culver City 1
DIVISION 5
Northview 3, Silverado 2
Citrus Hill 1, Los Altos 0
Marshall 4, Rowland 0
Godinez 1, Pomona 0
Shadow Hills 1, Mountain View 0
Baldwin Park 3, Arroyo Grande 0
Diamond Bar 5, Hemet 1

TUESDAY’S SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 1

Claremont at San Clemente, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 4
Sierra Vista at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Northview at Citrus Hills, 3 p.m.
Laguna Beach at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Monrovia, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs: Diamond Ranch, South Hills, Charter Oak and Wilson advance in 3AA playoffs; Workman ousted

La Salle's Claire Fitzgerald (C) (23) drives to the basket past Workman's Indelisa Bernal (13) in the first half of a prep playoff game at Workman High School in City of Industry, Calif., on Thursday, Feb.20, 2014. La Salle won 55-41. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

La Salle’s Claire Fitzgerald (C) (23) drives to the basket past Workman’s Indelisa Bernal (13) in the first half of a prep playoff game at Workman High School in City of Industry, Calif., on Thursday, Feb.20, 2014. La Salle won 55-41. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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LA SALLE 55, WORKMAN 41

INDUSTRY – La Salle High School struggled a bit while playing in arguably the toughest girls basketball league in the CIF-Southern Section.
But the payoff for being in the rugged Del Rey League, which features powers Serra, Bishop Amat and Bishop Montgomery, came Thursday night.
Claire Fitzgerald scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Lancers to a 55-41 victory over host Workman in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round game.
La Salle, also getting 10 points each from Caroline Knop and Dionna Williams, improved to 12-13 and will face either Flintridge Sacred Heart or No. 9 29 Palms in Saturday’s second round. The Lancers are the No. 8 seed.
Alize Williams had 22 points for Workman, which finished 18-9.
La Salle nearly put this one away during the first quarter, using a 16-2 run to start the game to take command. Williams finished the opening period with 14 points as the Lancers led 20-5. Workman was held to two field goals and committed five turnovers during the first five minutes.
But the Lobos, who went 13-1 in winning the Montview League, rallied. Workman, also getting 12 points from Alicia Aguirre, cut it to 24-15 early in the second quarter. Then after falling behind by 15 in the fourth quarter, the Lobos rallied to within 10 before two missed opportunities sealed their fate.

La Salle’s Claire Fitzgerald: “Playing those really great teams (in the Del Rey League) prepared us for the playoffs, because they are great teams. We were just 1-7 in league, but playing those great teams help us prepare for the playoffs.”

Workman’s Alize Williams: “We were on a downfall at first. We had to talk it up and see what we could do. It was tough.”
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CIF-SS PLAYOFF RESULTS
GIRLS BASKETBALL

THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Calabasas 58, El Monte 47
Diamond Ranch 53, Saddleback 15
Charter Oak 71, Hawthorne 60, OT
South Hills 53, Apple Valley 27
Wilson 57, Palm Desert 31
DIVISION 3A
Inglewood 77, Ganesha 24
St Joseph 40, St Lucys 31
Estancia 57, Gladstone 35
Ocean View 47, Pomona 39
Covina 52, Barstow 40
Atascadero 52, South El Monte 18
Santa Margarita 59, Azusa 23
DIVISION 4AA
La Salle 55, Workman 41
Harvard-Westlake 52, Duarte 38
DIVISION 4A
Banning 44, Bassett 29

SATURDAY’S FIRST-ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Bishop Amat at Oxnard Pacifica, 5 p.m.
Silverado at Bonita, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Arroyo at Foothill, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Baldwin Park at West Torrance, 7 p.m.
Claremont at Royal, 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes, 7 p.m.
San Juan Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Tustin at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Lakeside at Wilson, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Covina at Oak Park, 7 p.m.

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Gladstone hangs on 46-45 victory over Laguna Hills; San Dimas knocks off South El Monte, 68-66; Bishop Amat advances

San Dimas High's Ryan Ocampo, right, scores two on a break-away vs South El Monte High at the SEM campus Feb. 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

San Dimas High’s Ryan Ocampo, right, scores two on a break-away vs South El Monte High at the SEM campus Feb. 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

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Gladstone hangs on in the final seconds for a 46-45 victory over Laguna Hills in Wednesday’s Division 3A playoff. The Gladiators are an impressive 23-3, getting a team-high 13 points from Ben Reaves and 12 from inside bruiser Eddie Servin. We talked to both along with coach Gary Kilmer, as well as video of the final moments. Take a look

Bonita advances: Bonita knew San Gorgonio had a size advantage, so the Bearcats did the logical thing: they stayed outside.
Bonita jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and San Gorgonio never recovered, as Bonita pulled away late for a 63-43 victory in a CIF-SS Division 3AA first-round boys basketball game on Wednesday night.

Bishop Amat advances with defense: A young Bishop Amat boys basketball team overcame some early jitters and used a stifling defense to knock off Hawthorne 59-44 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A first-round game on Wednesday night.
The eighth-seeded Lancers will play the winner of the Pomona-Antelope Valley game at 7p.m. on Friday night at a site to be determined.

La Puente comes up short: The La Mirada High School boys basketball team hasn’t been out of the first round in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in five years.
Wednesday night at La Mirada, the Matadores erased that memory and gave third-year coach Bryce Jones his first playoff win with a 65-41 victory in the first round of Division 3AA over La Puente.

SAN DIMAS 68, SOUTH EL MONTE 66

SOUTH EL MONTE >> If the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs are all about advancing and surviving, then San Dimas High School certainly fit the bill on Wednesday.
Ryan Campo scored a game-high 20 points and the Saints withstood a rally by host South El Monte to score a 68-66 victory over the Eagles in a Division 3A first-round game.
San Dimas, also getting 14 points from Elias Hernandez and 10 from Greyson McGee, improved to 12-13 and will host No. 2 seed St. Francis in the second round on Friday.
South El Monte, getting 18 points each from Eduardo Hernandez and Alex Ortiz, finished 13-8. The Eagles, who trailed as much as 24 points during the first half, had a chance to win it at the end, but Marcos Lopez’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer was tipped and fell short.

South El Monte coach Robert Burgess: “We didn’t have any time outs left, so I did’t have a chance to set anything up. I really hoped we would just take the ball to the basket, because we were only down two. He thought he was open and tried the 3-pointer.”

San Dimas’ Ryan Ocampo: “They came at us. We thought we had the game already in our hands, but they came back. We had to calm down, regroup and grind it out. We just had to come out with the win.”

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND RESULTS
DIVISION 3AA

Northwood 61, Wilson 59
La Mirada 65, La Puente 41
Bonita 63, San Gorgonio 43
Palm Desert 71, South Hills 52
DIVISION 3A
Antelope Valley 76, Pomona 67
Bishop Amat 59, Hawthorne 44
El Monte 55, Hesperia 36
Oak Park 81, Covina 36
Gladstone 45, Laguna Hills 45
San Dimas 68, No. 15 South El Monte 66
DIVISION 4AA
Workman 62, Big Bear 52

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Diamond Bar at Damien, 7 p.m.
Los Osos at Walnut, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Westlake at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Nogales at Sonora, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Bonita at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Bishop Amat at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Lompoc Cabrillo, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Artesia, 7 p.m.
St. Francis at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
Oaks Christian at Workman, 7 p.m.

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Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys soccer wild card results: Pomona shuts out Walnut, 2-0

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ELMONTESOCCER
TUESDAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
BOYS SOCCER
DIVISION 4 WILD CARD

Ganesha 3, Perris 0
Chaffey 4, La Puente 0
DIVISION 5 WILD CARD
Brentwood 1, Arroyo 1, Brentwood advances on PKS, 5-4
Rowland 2, Rancho Alamitos 1, OT
Pomona 2, Walnut 0
Paso Robles 1, Nogales 1, Paso Robles won 5-4 on PKs
Estancia 2, Diamond Ranch 0
Beaumont 2, El Monte 1
Windward 2, Wilson 0
Hemet 4, South El Monte 1

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Azusa High School’s Patrick Cordova-Goff, the state’s first transgender student athlete, attends first practice with the Aztecs softball team

Photo Gallery of Azusa softball practice

patgoffBy Fred J. Robledo
Normally the first day of practice isn’t a big deal, but at Azusa High School, it was a groundbreaking moment as senior Patrick Cordova-Goff, the state’s first transgender student-athlete, attended her first practice with the Aztecs softball team after learning last week she made the varsity team following tryouts.

Cordova-Goff, who was born male, but identifies herself a female, took fly balls and played briefly at third base during the nearly two-hour practice on Tuesday.

New rules that went into effect for the 2013-2014 sports season state that students can participate in CIF-State activities “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records.”

Cordova-Goff, who also ran for homecoming queen and was a member of the school’s cheer squad, tried out for softball because of a new law that began in January written by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano — Assembly Bill 1266 — that states all schools in California have to allow students to participate in school activities — including athletic teams and competitions — and use facilities consistent with the gender identity with which the student identifies.

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Baseball: Northview to face South Hills in exhibition game to support RJ Legacy Foundation

Darren Murphy, a former Northview baseball coach who is now at South Hills, will face his old team in an exhibition game on Thursday to support the RJ Foundation. (File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer)

Darren Murphy, a former Northview baseball coach who is now at South Hills, will face his old team in an exhibition game on Thursday to support the RJ Foundation.
(File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer)

Former league rivals Northview and South Hills will square off on Thursday at Maverick Park in West Covina for an exhibition baseball game to support the RJ Legacy Foundation. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m.
The RJ game, the fourth since 2010, will feature new South Hills coach Darren Murphy, who previously coached at Northview and built the Vikings into one of the Valley’s top prorgrams, vs. Northview’s new coach Dan Roddy, a long-time assistant at South Hills.
Pre-game ceremonies include at tribute to RJ and late Alta Loma head coach and Bonita assistant coach Ted Persell, who died in December. Bishop Amat senior Scott Hurst, a member of the 2013 Team USA gold medal winning team, will throw out the first pitch. Food will be provided by Buckboard BBQ Covina at the concession stand and parking is free.
Maverick Park is located at 350 South Citrus Avenue in West Covina.

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Boys/Girls Soccer playoffs: Sierra Vista boys (D-4) and Los Altos girls (D-3) earn second seeds; Sierra Vista-San Dimas girls seeded in D-6

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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

BOYS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: The stage is set following the release of the CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer playoff pairings on Monday with undefeated and second-seed Sierra Vista (20-0-2) in Division 4 hoping to run the table and take on powerhouse and top seed Cathedral (21-1-1), ranked fifth in the state and 23rd nationally by MaxPreps in a much anticipated final.
But there’s a lot of work ahead to reach the finals for the Dons, starting with Thursday’s first-round game against the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between Saugus and Culver City.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BOYS SOCCER
DIVISION 1
Thursday’s first-round

Santa Margarita at Damien, 3 p.m.
Vista Del Lago at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Dos Pueblos, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s wild card

Ganesha at Perris, 3 p.m.
La Puente at Chaffey, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
Duarte at Chino, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
Culver City-Saugus winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Brentwood at Arroyo, 3 p.m.
Rancho Alamitos at Rowland, 3 p.m.
Pomona at Walnut, 3 p.m.
Paso Robles at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Estancia at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Beaumont at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Windward, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Northview at Silverado, 3 p.m.
Citrus Hills-Desert Springs winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Shadow Hills-Victory Valley winner at Mountain View, 3 p.m.
Los Amigos-Arroyo Grande winner at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Windward-Wilson winner at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.

GIRLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Los Altos High School girls soccer coach Chris Reeder has had several talented teams over the years that have gone deep in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, but earning the second-seed following the release of Monday’s girls soccer pairings goes hand-in-hand with Reeder arguing that this is probably his best team in nearly a decade at the school.
Los Altos (18-2-3), which went undefeated in the Hacienda League, will face the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card between Atascadero (13-11-1) and Bishop Montgomery (12-9-12) in Friday’s first-round.
“We have the complete team to go (far),” Reeder said. “We don’t have any glaring weakness, but the big challenge is going to be mental. We have some young players on this team and they have to be ready to go.”

GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 2
Friday’s first-round

M.L. King at vs. South Hills at CDF, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Buena, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Temecula Valley, 3 p.m.
West Ranch-San Marcos winner at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 3
Friday’s first-round

Walnut at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Mayfield at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Santa Paula at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Bonita at St. Joseph’s, 3 p.m.
Atascadero-Bishop Montgomery winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 6
Wednesday’s wild-card

Westminster at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Ganesha at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Yucca Valley at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Duarte at Los Amigos, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Fillmore, 3 p.m.
Big Bear at Azusa, 3 p.m.
San Gorgonio-Ganesha winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park-Yucca Valley winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 7
Wednesday’s wild card

Sacred Heart at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Arroyo at Schurr, 3 p.m.

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Boys basketball playoffs: Damien gets No. 4 seed in 1AA as 10 area teams receive seeds

Damien and coach Matt Dunn are ready for another playoff run. (File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Damien and coach Matt Dunn are ready for another playoff run.
(File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Damien High School, which won last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship, began this season as the area’s best chance to bring home a boys basketball title.
The Spartans still possess the area’s best hope after receiving a top-four seed after the CIF-Southern Section released its playoff pairings Sunday.
Damien, ranked No. 1 in the area most of the season, drew the No. 4 seed in Division 1AA and will host Diamond Bar, a former league foe, in the first round at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Spartans were one of 10 local teams to receive a top-16 seed among the 11 divisions but the only one to receive a top-four ranking.
Other area seeds were Walnut (14) in 1AA; Glendora (6) in 2AA; Los Altos (14) in 2A; Bonita (12) in 3AA; Bishop Amat (8), El Monte (12), Gladstone (10) and South El Monte (15) in 3A and Workman (15) in 4AA.

Damien coach Matt Dunn: It’s kind of funny. We’ve had years where we won a bunch of games, there’s been years where we struggled at the end. But ultimately, I think it comes down to whether your guys want to keep playing, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do that. I feel our guys are really excited for the playoffs. I think we’re in a good spot. We still have our best basketball ahead of us.”

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Girls basketball playoffs: Bonita gets top seed in 1AA; Diamond Ranch and Bishop Amat also get top five seeds

Is an elusive CIF-SS title finally within reach for the Bonita girls basketball team? (File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

Is an elusive CIF-SS title finally within reach for the Bonita girls basketball team?
(File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez

Bonita High School has seen its quest for a CIF-Southern Section girls basketball title come up short in recent seasons. But the Bearcats may have their best opportunity yet.
Bonita, after winning another Hacienda League title, received the top seed in Division 1AA when the CIF-SS released playoff pairings on Sunday. The Bearcats, who lost in the semifinals last season and in the finals in 2011, will host Silverado in the first round on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Bonita is one of six area teams to receive a top-16 placement, with Bishop Amat No. 5 in 1AA and Diamond Ranch No. 4 in 3AA. The others are South Hills (10) and Wilson (15) in 3AA and Covina (11) in 3A.

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CIF-SS Boys/Girls Basketball local pairings; Diamond Bar at Damien boys on Friday

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS
FRIDAY’S FIRST-ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Diamond Bar at No. 4 Damien, 7 p.m.
Los Osos at Walnut, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Rowland at No. 3 Westlake, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Glendora at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Nogales at No. 1 Sonora, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Northwood at Wilson, 7 p.m.
La Puente at No. 5 La Mirada, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Bonita at San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
South Hills at No. 13 Palm Desert, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Antelope Valley at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Hawthorne at No. 8 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Hesperia at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Covina at No. 4 Oak Park, 7 p.m.
Laguna Hills at No. 10 Gladstone, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 15 South El Monte, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
Big Bear at No. 15 Workman, 7 p.m.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION GIRLS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS
SATURDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Oxnard Pacifica at No. 5 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.
Highland at No. 2 Bonita, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Arroyo at No. 2 Foothill, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Baldwin Park at No. 1 West Torrance, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA
No. 16 Calabasas at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Saddleback at No. 4 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Hawthorne at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
No. 10 South Hills at Apple Valley, 7 p.m.
Palm Desert at No. 15 Wilson, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Ganesha at No. 1 Inglewood, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at No. 8 St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at No. 5 Estancia, 7 p.m.
Pomona at No. 12 Ocean View, 7 p.m.
Barstow at No. 11 Covina, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 7 Atascadero, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Santa Margarita at Azusa, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
No. 8 La Salle at Workman, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Harvard-Westlake at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Girls Water Polo Playoffs: Bonita gets top seed in Division 4

Bonita has been the best area girls water polo team throughout the season and that performance was awarded Sunday.
The Bearcats, who went undefeated in winning their fourth consecutive Hacienda League crown, received the top seed for Division 4 when the CIF-Southern Section released playoff pairings for girls water polo.

HERE IS THE LOCAL SCHEDULE:
GIRLS WATER POLO
DIVISION 3
Wild Card Round
Tuesday

Paso Robles at Charter Oak
First Round
Wednesday

Righetti at St. Lucy’s
Charter Oak-Paso Robles at Harvard-Westlake
DIVISION 4
Wild Card Round
Tuesday

Walnut at Sunny Hills
First Round
Thursday

Oxnard-San Marino at Bonita
Walnut-Sunny Hills at South Pasadena
Temple City at Los Altos
DIVISION 7
First Round
Thursday

San Dimas at Hemet
La Puente at Chino
Notre Dame/Riverside at Wilson

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Wreslting: Northview wins CIF-SS girls Finals title

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Northview High School, after winning a CIF state girls wrestling title last season, took a major step toward a repeat Saturday.
The Vikings, paced by individual champions Izzy Valles and Katie Auxier at 137 and 143 pounds, respectively, qualified a tournament-best eight for next week’s state championships in Visalia, to easily win the CIF-SS championship at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale.
The top eight in each of 14 weight classes qualified for the state championships, scheduled for Visalia on Feb. 28-March 1.
West Covina, with five qualifiers, was third, with Mountain View and Walnut, sixth and seventh, respectively.
Auxier, who was upper weight MVP, and Valles, led a group of six area competitors to win titles. The others were Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (106) and Mia Dow (116); Baldwin Park’s Jessica Villegas (189) and West Covina’s Jazmine Chavarria (235).
Other area state qualifiers are Northview’s Rose Martinez (106), Jazmin Perez (121), Daveena Banda (126), Jasmine Mendez (131), Mia Leon (160) and Deidra Valles (170); West Covina’s Melissa Ortiz (101), Esmeralda Garcia (143), Jackie Trujillo (150) and Yvette Garcia (170); Nogales’ Alondra Becerra (101); South El Monte’s Brittany Soto (101); Charter Oak’s Vanessa Felciano (106), Maria Rodriguez (111) and Adriana Oliva (137); Mountain View’s Inez Martinez (116), Rosemary Martinez (131) and Milagros Garcia (170); Rowland’s Marliena Granados (116); Covina’s Fay Venturina (116); San Dimas’ Daishea Jaimie (121) and Brandi Elizalde (126); Gladstone’s Nayza Martinez (126); Arroyo’s Jade Harvey (137) and Jackie Quinones (189) and Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa (160) and Evelyn Avila (235).

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CIF-SS Open Division pairings: Bonita girls in position to challenge 1AA title; Damien boys might get top four seed

The pairings for all divisions will be released on Sunday.

What does this mean for Bonita and Bishop Amat girls: Bonita was ranked ninth in this week’s Division 1AA poll. With the top seven-ranked teams in 1AA moving to the Open Division (Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Etiwanda, Alemany, Troy, Canyon Springs and Lynwood), it means by default, No. 8 Vista Murrieta is the New No. 1 with Bonita, currently ranked ninth, becoming No. 2, greatly increasing its chances of winning the division. Bishop Amat, which was ranked 13th, now becomes the sixth ranked team heading into Sunday’s pairings.
What does this mean for Damien boys: Damien was ranked 10th in this week’s Division 1AA poll. With six teams taken from 1AA to the Open Division (Mater Dei, Loyola, Etiwanda, Chino Hills, Long Beach Poly and Mayfair), Damien becomes the fourth-ranked team by default behind Long Beach Poly, Rancho Cucamonga and Mission Viejo. After all this, Damien could get a top four seed.
Keppel girls get jobbed: While it’s an honor to be among the top 12 getting selected to the Open Division, it virtually ruins the Aztecs’ chances of winning a title. But what’s more difficult to understand is how Keppel, ranked third in this week’s Division 1A poll, was selected to the Open Division while Camarillo and Ventura, ranked 1 and 2 respectively ahead of Keppel in 1A, were not selected to the Open Division. Camarillo, Ventura and Keppel were all on the watchlist and all three won their final games this week, so why does No. 3 Keppel get selected instead of the top-two ranked in their division, Camarillo and Ventura? Makes no sense. Let the controversy begin.

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Azusa student Patrick Cordova-Goff makes history by becoming the state’s first transgender athlete to participate on girls softball team

BREAKING, transgender student makes the team: The Azusa High School girls softball team will include the state’s first transgender student-athlete, district officials said Thursday.
A senior, Pat Cordova-Goff, 17, is a member of the school’s cheer squad and played on the school’s baseball team as a freshman.

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By Fred Robledo, Melissa Masatani and Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News
A transgender senior at Azusa High School could take the field this spring as a member of the girls softball team, California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section officials have determined.
“If the school determines the student-athlete is transgender, following the guidelines regarding this issue, the student-athlete would be eligible to participate on their softball team,” CIF-SS Director of Communications Thom Simmons said. “If they do not determine that the student-athlete is eligible for their softball team, that student-athlete may appeal that to the State CIF.”
New rules that went into effect for the 2013-2014 sports season state that students can participate in CIF activities “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records.”

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Northview girls wrestling hoping to repeat as state champs

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School won its first CIF State girls wrestling championship last season, and judging by a recent performance, the Vikings look like favorites to repeat.
Northview, well-known as the top boys program in the area over the past two decades, takes another step toward consecutive titles at this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section finals, scheduled for Saturday at Roosevelt High School in Corona. Opening rounds are scheduled for 10 a.m., with the finals slated for 6:15 p.m. The top eight in each weight class qualify for the state championships, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 in Visalia

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