Bob Ramsey is a former San Gabriel Valley area coach who created a webpage specifically for our area, ranking the best performers in the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News area. Here are his top ten boys/girls area track rankings. For individual rankings, click on the thread.
FROM BOB RAMSEY: The past week brought great conditions and strong competition, and the excellent results contributed to a considerable shakeup in the San Gabriel Valley team rankings. This list is based on the number of athletes and relays in the 2014 SGV Track & Field Rankings through 3/29.
30 – Arcadia (Last Week – 1)
29 – Walnut (2)
27 – Damien* (4)
19 – Monrovia (6)
18 – South Pasadena (NR)
16 – Glendora (5)
14 – St. Francis* (7)
13 – La Salle (9)
12 – Bonita (NR), California (3), Santa Fe (8)
*Single gender schools. We are using their actual number x 1.8. Because math.
Arcadia continues to lead in overall and they also lead with rankings in 23 of the 32 events, and with 8 event leaders – G 400, B/G 1600 & 3200, G 4×400, B Shot & B Discus. Walnut follows closely in the “complete team” race, with rankings in 21 events and 5 event leaders. Monrovia also leads the SGV in five events.
Individually, there were two new event leaders in the SGV, while eight other leaders improved their seasonal bests.
The Pasadena Games also produced the only two new SGV Event Leaders for this week. In the 400m, St. Francis junior Ross Niederhaus dropped a huge 48.67 pr while finishing 4th. Not to be outdone, Barrett Weiss (Flintridge Prep/Jr) jumped 14’1-1/2″ to win the pole vault.
SGV leaders Damien, Monrovia, & South Pasadena also competed at PCC. Wildcat senior Cravon Gillespe confirmed his SGV 200m lead with a big 21.70 pr to win the event, and the Monrovia girls 4×100 time of 47.72 extended their SGV lead. 2012 State Champ Claire Kieffer-Wright jumped a seasonal best 5’10″ to win the high jump. Muir senior Tierra Adams match an earlier season best of 43’7″ to win the shot and maintain the top spot in the SGV.
The Arcadia and Walnut traveled to the Mt Carmel Invitational, where Mustang soph Kayla Richardson confirmed her SGV sprints leadership with a pair of second places in seasonal bests of 11.90 & 24.40. Her senior teammate Kyle King took the SGV High Jump lead with a 6’5″ effort to finish 4th. Apache seniors Kyra White and Veronica Yamane improved their SGV leading marks in the 400 (58.07/4th) and 3200 (11:05/5th) respectively.
Elsewhere among the SGV leaders, Bonita made their big meet debut along with Santa Fe at the Covina Invitational, while Div. IV power La Salle went south to the Calvin Christian Small Schools Invite. Glendora and California were idle.
First Round (Bracket play)
Aliso Niguel vs. San Dimas, today, Noon
Glendora 5, Granite Hills 1
Vista Murrieta 9, Bishop Amat 5
JSerra 8, San Fernando 2
Valencia 2, Grossmont 1
Temecula Valley 9, Cypress 5
Chino Hills 5, Great Oak 2
Mater Dei 16, Serra 2
Tuesday’s second round
Aliso Niguel winner vs. Glendora at Mater Dei, 3 p.m.
Vista Murrieta at JSerra, 6 p.m.
Valencia vs. Temecula Valley at JSerra, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Mater Dei, 6 p.m.
GLADSTONE HIGH SCHOOL JIM GRAHAM MEMORIAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Webb 4, Gladstone 3
Keppel vs. La Canada
South Pasadena vs. Vista Del Lago
Ontario vs. La Puente
Webb vs. Keppel-La Canada winner, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente winner vs. South Pasadena-Vista Del Lago winner, 10 a.m.
Gladstone vs. Keppel-La Canada loser, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente loser vs. South Pasadena-Vista loser, 10 a.m.
Semifinals winners, 2 p.m.
Conso semifinal winners, 2 p.m.
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
AZUSA – Azusa Pacific University softball coach Carrie Webber scored her 200th victory Saturday as the host Cougars split a
Pacific West Conference with Hawaii-Hilo.
APU, getting a home run and four RBIs from freshman and former Charter Oak High School standout Nicki Sprague, won the opener, 5-2, before the Vulcans jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to winning the second game, 13-8. The Cougars are now 27-12 overall and 15-9 in the PacWest. Hawaii-Hilo is 18-16 and 11-10.
Webber is 200-140 in her seventh season at APU.
The Cougars, after falling behind 9-0 in the second game, nearly rallied for the sweep. Abry Moreno (South Hills), who had three hits in the second game, and Sona Babayan, who had two hits in the second and four hits in the doubleheader, had RBIs to cut it to 9-4 in the third inning. Madison Hernandez, who had three RBIs in the second game, then had a two-run triple to highlight a four-run fifth that made it 10-8.
APU fell behind 1-0 in the first game, before Sprague gave the Cougars’ a 2-1 lead with a home run to right field in the first inning. She also had a two-run single in the second inning for a 4-1 lead. Pitchers Narissa Garcia and Carly Xepoleas combined on a seven-hitter for the win.
APU coach Carrie Webber: “That was really cool. I wasn’t really in the mindset of my 200th win. But it just goes to show the progress of what this program has accomplished over the last few years, and how we’re becoming a contender in any conference we’ve been in, (Golden State Athletic Conference) and PacWest. All the credit goes to the girls. The girls are the ones who get the wins. I just stand over here and try to look good while they are doing it. It’s exciting, but I just look forward to the next game.”
APU’s Nicki Sprague (on her home run): “I fouled off the pitch before and was upset that I missed my pitch. I got another one and gave it the same swing that I wanted on the first pitch. I was lucky to get that pitch again. You never try to hit those home runs, they just come.”
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN DIMAS – The race for the Valle Vista League baseball title is just one week old, but already a favorite as emerged.
San Dimas, the consensus pick to begin the season, has lived up to the billing after rallying for a 15-5 victory over Northview on Friday to complete a two-game sweep in a league opening series featuring the league’s top two teams.
Logan Muratalla had five RBIs and Daniel Millwee had four hits and a RBI for the Saints, who improved to 7-2. Peter Lambert and Michael Starns also had three hits each and two RBIs each for San Dimas, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4. Starns also got the complete game victory, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts.
Zack Rojo had three RBIs and Jake Harrison two for Northview, which slipped to 4-4.
Northview looked like it might get the split after taking a 5-3 lead in the fifth. But the Saints, considered one of the top hitting clubs in the area, put on a hitting display in its fifth, scoring six runs on eight hits for an 11-5 lead
Starns had the big hit, a two-run single to score Jacob Castillo and Jonathan Longtin for a 6-5 lead. Muratalla then capped the rally with a three-run double. He also had a two-run single in the sixth for a 15-5 advantage.
San Dimas’ Logan Muratalla: “It’s a big win. The guys stepped up today. The bats weren’t there at the beginning of the game, then we stepped up, everybody stepped up. Our coaches always tell us, work like you’re losing. That really helps, and a lot of guys stepped up. We kept getting hits. One guy would get a hit, and we just kept it going.”
San Dimas’ Michael Starns: “I felt like I had a good approach at the plate. I felt if I get these runs in, we’ve got a good chance to win the game.”
Northview’s Jake Harrison: “I was just trying to do what I could do to make the team better. Sometimes I’m not going to contribute, but sometimes I am. I’m always going to be there for my teammates.”
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT – Mt. San Antonio College has held a competitive advantage over region rival Citrus in recent years, and that didn’t change Friday.
Stefania Aradillas hit a grand slam and Charlotte Foster had two hits and a home run to lead the host Mounties to a 9-2 victory over the Owls in a nonconference softball game at Mt. SAC.
Alexandrea Simmons had three bunt singles and scored three runs and pitchers Natalie Sanchez (Bishop Amat High School) and Sabrina Garcia combined on a four-hitter and six strike outs for Mt. SAC, which improved to 24-4. Celina Felix also had three hits and scored three runs for the Mounties, who are ranked No. 9 in the state by the CCCAA and No. 6 in Southern California.
Citrus, getting two hits from Raeleen Tellez (Charter Oak), slipped to 16-10. The Owls are ranked No. 10 in Southern California.
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE – The moment called for something big to happen, and Chloe Melanson didn’t let her Bonita High School softball teammates down Thursday.
The junior right fielder hit a two-run homerun to highlight a five-run sixth inning and the host Bearcats opened Hacieinda League play with a 6-3 victory over West Covina, which is expected to be their chief challenger for a second consecutive league crown.
Veronica Ortega had two hits and Kaelin McFadden was steady in the circle for Bonita, which improved to 6-4.
Jade Nua and Maddy Tickey had two hits each for West Covina, which slipped to 7-5.
The Bulldogs were sitting pretty after taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a double by Nua and a fielding error. But the good fortune changed in the bottom of the inning.
Berlyn Benavides reached first on an error to lead off the inning, and Melanson followed with her two-run shot to left field for the 3-2 edge. Singles by McFadden and Leticia Morales and two more West Covina errors allowed the Bearcats to push it to 6-2.
Bonita’s Chloe Melanson: “The first two at-bats I popped up. The coaches told me we really had focus against this team. I didn’t want to be a selfish player, so as soon as we got a rally going, I just wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere. I was so excited, because I wasn’t even thinking about hitting a home run there. Our team was pumped to come from behind. We knew we had it in us, and we got it done.”
Bonita coach Art Montano: “I’m never concerned. That’s the reason you have back-up pitchers.”
West Covina coach Jesse Mendez: “We’re up 2-1 in the sixth. We have to make the routine plays. If you don’t make the routine plays, things like this happen. I thought we played well up to that inning. But I can’t wait until we play them again. Our pitcher Maddy Tickey did a good job controlling their batters. We made some mistakes, but we have to learn from them.”
Bishop Amat, St. Paul photo gallery
Round One went to St. Paul on Thursday, but two rounds with Bishop Amat remain.
The Swordsmen softball team scored six times in the fifth inning of its Del Rey League showdown with the visiting Lancers at York Field and earned a 7-5 victory. That leaves both teams at 2-1 in league play, atop the standings.
The victory was the first at any level – freshman, JV or varsity – for St. Paul’s seniors against Bishop Amat.
“It was a big win for us,” said St. Paul senior center fielder Lovie Lopez, “especially because they’re our rival.”
BREAKING NEWS: The Catholic Athletic Association approved new leagues on Thursday, voting to approve a proposal from Serra High School that puts Bishop Amat in the Catholic League South that also will include Loyola, Gardena Serra and surprising Salesian beginning in the fall.
Salesian, who just won the Northeast Division which is considered Division 13, will appeal the decision that would send the lower-division champions to the Pac-5 Division, which is considered the top division in Southern California. The Catholic North will consist of Alemany, Chaminade, Crespi and Notre Dame.
For all other sports, the Camino Deal Real Association proposal passed, which will group 17 boys and 16 girls into three leagues. They will be grouped into leagues by sport based on geography and competitiveness.
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By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
COVINA — If you give the San Dimas High School baseball team an inch, the Saints will take a mile; if you give them an error, they’ll take a game.
They did exactly that Wednesday.
David Vargas followed up an error with a two-run double in the seventh and Peter Lambert threw a five-hit shutout as visiting San Dimas opened Valle Vista League play with a 2-0 victory over rival Northview.
Lambert also struckout 10 for the Saints, who improved to 6-3. Northview, getting a four-hitter and eight strikeouts from James Ramos, slipped to 4-3. The teams will meet again on Friday at San Dimas.
Ramos was battling Lambert nearly pitch for pitch and strike out for strike out before the Vikings blinked with a two-out error in the seventh. The Saints made them pay.
Jonathan Longtin, who was 2 for 3, followed with a single before Vargas, who had two hits, hit a two-strike pitch to left-center field for a double, scoring pinch-runner Jeremy Marquez and Longtin for a 2-0 lead. Ramos struck out pitch-hitter Jared Leyland to end the inning.
Northview, which had a runner at third in the first, fourth and sixth innings, but failed to score, caught a break in the bottom of the seventh when Adrian Olivas reached on an error to lead off the inning. But he was stranded there by Lambert, who struck out the next three batters, including getting Jacob Amaya looking to end the game.
San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “We caught a little luck. They squeeze and we get the runner at home, we couldn’t punch any runners in, and then it came down to a big hit. David did a great job of being patient and driving the ball in the left-center gap. He’s been doing really well offensive for us.”
Northview coach Dan Roddy: “We had a few chances against a dynamite pitcher. That’s a good baseball team that we went toe-to-toe with for seven innings. We flinched first, with a two-out groundball that we misplay and they turned it into two runs. James matched (Lambert), but you can’t win a game when you don’t score any runs, so we have to do a better job of finishing.”
San Dimas’ David Vargas: “It was good to come through for the team. (Jonathan) Longtin kept the inning going with a single and I got a fast-ball where I wanted it.”
With the votes counted and Damien High School headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping and into the Baseline League beginning next fall, Spartans football coach Mark Paredes isn’t exactly breathing a sigh of relief.
Before Damien won its arbitration hearing to get out of the parochial grouping, the Spartans appeared on their way to being in a PAC-5 Division league along with several catholic football powers.
Now, Damien will be in the Baseline League where it traded the likes of Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Serra for Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Not exactly a huge relief.
“I like the league we’re in now and it’s a good opportunity to play great competition and I’m looking forward to it,” Damien head coach Mark Paredes said. “To me it doesn’t matter. We’re going to work hard and be ready to play in whatever league we’re going to be in.
“Whether we’re in the Pac-5 or where we are now, it’s really neither here nor there because we are where we are and I’m really excited about being in the Baseline League.”
The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at Tuesday’s banquet at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. The award is for scholar-athletes who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in college preparatory classes, demonstrate outstanding citizenship, leadership and community service. Each player was chosen following the nomination from their high school school with approval of both the student’s counselor and principal. Fox Sports analyst and former USC football player Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker.
STORY: The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at its 44th annual awards banquet at Brookside Golf Course Tuesday, handing out $20,000 in scholarship money.
It’s the most scholarship money and honorees in the events history, a huge accomplishment for president Tony Ortega and staff, who continue to raise the bar each year.
Fox Sports analyst and former USC Trojan Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker and humorous as usual. But his point was clear that athletes need to prepare for life after sports and that those honored Tuesday were a great example for others to follow for taking education seriously.
The National Football Foundation is also the group that conducts the annual senior Hall of Fame game, which has been held at West Covina High School in recent years.
2014 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete honorees
Jared Trujillo, San Dimas
Andrew Aselin, West Covina
Steven Garcia, West Covina
Darron McWhorter, Maranatha ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Will Genske, Pasadena Poly ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly
D’Angelo Ross, South Hills
Adam Goss, South Hills ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Tyler Gangi, St. Francis ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Fernando Garcia, Workman
David Perez, Duarte
Nathaniel Hiplolito, Duarte
Jose Bonilla, Charter Oak
Alex Haston, Charter Oak ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Jose Robles, South El Monte ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Jacob Moran, El Monte ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Jake Ferntheil, Temple City
Jordan Austin, Claremont
Cameron Tyus, Claremont
Nico Jaffe, Claremont
William Bryan, Diamond Ranch ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Marcus Briscoe, Diamond Ranch
Christian Clark, Marshall ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Charlie Henderson, Marshall
Richard Bramble, Santa Fe
Andrew Farmer, Santa Fe
Jesus Calvillo, Arroyo
Maurice Cortes, Northview
Daniel Valencia, Northview
Jared Brito, Northview ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Steven Ruvalcaba, Rosemead
Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos
Brandon Hayashi, Los Altos
Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos
Trevor Virnala, Los Altos
Hugo Montanez, Mountain View
Javier Carrillo, Jr., El Rancho
Eliel Flores, El Rancho
Adrien Perez, El Rancho ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner0
Andrew Pop, El Rancho
Jose Portillo, El Rancho
David Ramos, El Rancho
Andrew Ferraco, San Marino
San Dimas wins 20th straight in VVL: San Dimas took a big step in its quest for a sixth consecutive Valle Vista League softball title with an 11-0 win over Northview in the league opener for both teams Tuesday.
The Saints (6-6, 1-0) got 15 hits and strong pitching from junior Lindsey Hughes for their 20th consecutive win in league.
“That was a great way to start league play,” Saints coach Don Pollard said. “You never know how your kids are going to respond when they get into the pressures of league and everything went our way today.”