Girls Soccer: Los Altos gets the best of Diamond Bar, 1-0, behind Samantha Verduzco’s game winner

Tuesday’s girls soccer score: Claremont 2, South Hills 1

By Fred J. Robledo
It has been a few years since the Los Altos girls soccer team three-peated as league champions, so coach Chris Reeder didn’t mind the gatorade shower following the Conquerors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Diamond Bar to inch closer to their first league title since 2010.

Los Altos (14-2-3, 7-0-1), ranked fifth in CIF-Southern Section Division 3, is a full two-games ahead of ninth-ranked Diamond Bar (13-4-3, 6-2-1) with five to play, and owns the tiebreaker over the Brahmas, the two-time defending league champs.

Los Altos tied Diamond Bar 1-1 earlier in the season.

“We’re two games ahead at this point and there are some good teams left to play, but it’s nice to put this space between us and everyone else,” Reeder said. “I told the team, we don’t have any Laurin Stupin’s or Tara Cofer’s (from past championships teams) on this (squad), but this might be the best team I’ve ever coached. Top to bottom we don’t have a lot of weaknesses. And we don’t have that crazy star player, but we’re a complete team and the girls really believe and work hard.”

VIDEO of Los Altos’ Samantha Verduzco scoring the game-winner in the 29th minute ..

VIDEO of Los Altos celebrating and coach Chris Reeder getting a shower afterward …

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Soccer Rankings: Sierra Vista boys remain undefeated, Diamond Bar, Los Altos girls meet today


1. Sierra Vista (16-0-2) — Trying to go undefeated in the regular season with a tough test Thursday at Duarte.
2. Damien (11-3-3) – Can all but secure Sierra League title with a victory over Claremont on Friday.
3. Diamond Bar (14-6-1) — Leading the Hacienda with big game against Diamond Ranch on Thursday.
4. El Monte (11-1-0) – Took it to Arroyo in the rematch, 4-2, to take control of MVL.
5. Arroyo (9-3-3) – Not a good week for the Knights, losing to Mountain View and El Monte.
6. Northview (13-3-2) — Can officially say the biggest surprise of the season by bar.
7. Baldwin Park (12-4-2) – Will host Northview next week for the Valle Vista league title.
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
8. Diamond Ranch (11-4-4) — Can get back in title race with a victory over Diamond Bar, Thursday.
9. Bishop Amat (8-5-3) — Trying to taste the CIF playoffs for the first time in a long time.
10. Duarte (12-5) — Gets big rematch at home with Sierra Vista on Thursday.

1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 25
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 21
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 19
4. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 12
5t. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5t. Evan Ball, Glendora, 11
5t. Federico Hurtado, Charter Oak, 11
5t. Jacob Bianchessi, Damien, 11
9t. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 9
9t. Kelly Craft, Diamond Bar, 9

1. South Hills (14-2-2) – Only losses to powerful Chino Hills. Will find out if it can hold on to second in Sierra with St. Lucy’s, Claremont, Ayala chasing them.
2. Bishop Amat (15-5-3) — On the road at St. Joseph’s today for sole possession of first in the Del Rey.
3. Los Altos (13-2-3) — Can take control of the Hacienda with a victory at home against defending champion Diamond Bar today.
4. Diamond Bar (13-3-3) — Big slip-up losing to Bonita in overtime.
5. Sierra Vista (15-3-0) — Enough practicing in the Montview, Dons are ready for the playoffs.
6. San Dimas (11-6-0) — Saints clinched the Valle Vista league and are ready for another post-season run.
7. St. Lucy’s (8-10-2) – Overall record ugly, but that’s the price for a tough non-league schedule and playing in the Sierra.
8. Charter Oak (8-10-0) – Before you wonder why the Chargers are still ranked, just look at their pre-league resume.
9. Wilson (10-8-3) – With Cal Poly Pomona bound Allison Kung, the Wildcats could do some damage in the playoffs.
10. South El Monte (6-3-1) — In first-place tie with Gabrielino for the MVL lead.

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 21
2. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 20
3. Alison Kung, Wilson, 19
4t. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 17
4t. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 17
6. Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos, 16
7. Daisy Ruiz, Sierra Vista, 14
8. Alejandra Vargas, Sierra Vista, 12
9t. Jackie Zermeno, South Hills 11
9t. Ashley Bell, Diamond Bar, 11

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Girls Basketball: Covina all but wraps up Valle Vista League after rallying for 45-37 victory over Wilson

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Covina and Wilson high school have taken turns winning the Valle Vista League girls basketball titles the previous two seasons, and Dominique Theus put the Colts in position to add to their trophy collection.
The senior scored a game-high 20 points and keyed a second-half surge as host Covina took a major step toward the league title with a 45-37 victory over Wilson on Monday.
The Colts, also getting 10 points from Mariah Sierra and eight from Daeanera Tuaua, improved to 15-9 overall and 9-0 in league play. Covina, ranked No. 6 in the Valley, moves two games ahead of Wilson with three games left. Wilson, which went 12-0 in winning the league title last season, slipped to 14-9 and 7-2. The Wildcats were led by Elizabeth Lau and Kaelyn Kawamoto, with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Sierra, after Lau made two free throws at 3:17, then hit a 3-pointer for a 38-37 lead with 2:48 left. Sierra then made a fast-break layup with 53 seconds left before Theus sank two free throws for a 43-37 lead with 42 seconds left to clinch it.

Covina coach Nick Masi: “I can’t be more proud of my players, my coaching staff from fighting back from unranked (to begin the season) to (possibly) league champs. I can’t be any more proud of them. I’ll be honest. Wilson was the league favorites. We knew that and (winning) it was our goal. It was something we just couldn’t do last year, but they became champions tonight by beating (Wilson) twice. That’s a big deal.”

Wilson coach Chris Roberts: “You have to give Covina all the credit in the world. We couldn’t get the shots we wanted today. It was the same thing when we ran into them at our place. They’re a very disciplined team, defensively. We tried has hard as we could, but in the end, they were more effective, defensively.”
Dominique Theus: “We were down by seven at halftime, but I told my team we have to win. We have to do what we have to do on defense, play smart and try our best on offense and come out ahead.”

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Breaking News: Diamond Bar football coach Ryan Maine resigns

WHO’S NEXT: Some of the immediate names that come to mind that Diamond Bar may pursue include South Hills’ Steve Bogan (not currently coaching), Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox (recently resigned), La Puente’s Scott Morrison, Rosemead’s Matt Koffler (not currently coaching) and Etiwanda’s Brandon Rohrer, to name a few. Diamond Bar is a great place to teach and coach football and the job will come with a teaching position, which should peak the interest of high-profile high school coaches.

ryanmainePRESS RELEASE: Diamond Bar school officials issued a press release announcing the resignation of Diamond Bar football coach Ryan Maine. The release stated, “Ryan and his wife Lindsay are pursuing opportunities for their family that may include relocation.” Maine will remain a teacher at Diamond Bar, at least for now.
“We truly appreciate all that Coach Maine has done for the program over his entire history at DBHS. We fully support him and his wife in their future endeavors and wish them the best of luck,” said Principal Catherine Real.

“We will be conducting a comprehensive search for a new Head Football Coach to ensure that our student athletes will be successful for years to come.”
Maine resigns after three years as the head coach.
“We appreciate the efforts that Coach Maine and his entire staff have made over the last three years,” Diamond Bar athletic director Kurt Davies wrote in a statement. We are in a much better place because of this. Principal Real and I have already begun the search for a new Head Coach and are excited to see where that search will take us. Coach Maine will still be around for the immediate future and will assist in making the transition as smooth as possible. I can’t thank Ryan and Lindsay enough for the extreme sacrifice they have made over the last three years to bring Brahma football back where it belongs.”

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Bishop Amat heading to Texas on Sept. 5 to take on Class 4A champion Aledo

Defending Class 4A champion Aledo (Texas) High has agreed to host La Puente (Cali.) Bishop Amat in the early going of the 2014 season.
Hercules Sports Management president Brian Hercules negotiated the game and informed that the two will play on Sept. 5 at 8pm in the Lone Star State.
Aledo was ranked No. 54 in the HSFB100 to conclude the 2013 season while Bishop Amat finished with a 6-4 record and was not ranked in the expanded California Top 30.


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Basketball Rankings: Damien, Bonita still No. 1; Glendora coach Mike LeDuc goes for 800th win at Claremont

glendorahoopsBasketball Rankings
Boys Basketball Top 10

1. Damien (19-4) — The best in the Valley? Yes. The best in the Sierra? Not even close, Chino Hills answered that with an easy blowout.
2. Walnut (17-5) — Can they go undefeated in the Hacienda? So far, so good
3. Glendora (16-7) — Coach Mike LeDuc goes for his 800th career victory on Tuesday at Upland.
4. Los Altos (15-6) — In a tight race for second along with Diamond Bar and Bonita.
5. Bonita (15-6) – Would have moved them ahead of Los Altos after beating Conqs, but it followed with a loss to struggling Diamond Ranch.
6. Wilson (16-7) — Should finish undefeated in the Valle Vista.
7. Workman (16-5) — Should finish undefeated in the Montview if it can beat Gladstone on the road Friday.
8. Gladstone (18-2) — Will get Workman at home Friday for a chance to tie for first in the Montview.
9. South Hills (10-11) – According to MaxPreps, Huskies should be area’s seventh-ranked team.
10. Bishop Amat (12-11) – Won three of its last four, including a win over La Salle and St. Bernard.

WheatGirls Basketball Top 10
1. Bonita (20-2) — Super senior Nikki Wheatley inching closer to closing her career with four straight undefeated Hacienda League seasons.
2. Bishop Amat (17-5) — Lancers not worried about the Del Rey, getting ready for another CIF playoff run.
3. Diamond Ranch (16-5) — One of the Valley’s best every year but always second-fiddle to to Bonita.
4. Walnut (11-8) — Hacienda will have three strong playoff entries.
5. South Hills (14-8) — Why can’t they compete in an average Sierra League?
6. Covina (13-9) – A perfect 8-0 in the Valle Vista League.
7. Wilson (13-8) – Will get a crack against Covina to move into a tie for first in the Valle Vista.
8. Workman (12-8) — Won rematch with Duarte to take over first in the Montview.
9. Duarte (11-8) — Falcons lose rematch with Workman, fall to second.
10. El Monte (12-7) — Tied for Mission Valley League lead with Gabrielino at 5-1

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