Baseball Smudge Pot: San Dimas beats rival Bonita for the first time since 2007

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Bonita High School may have won the football and basketball Smudge Pots, but the baseball version of the traditional rivalry game between the Bearcats and San Dimas was painted Saints blue and gold Wednesday night.
Peter Lambert hit a two-run home run in the first inning and was steady on the mound and visiting San Dimas beat its rival for the first time since 2007 with an 9-4 victory in the teams’ traditional game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs each from Logan Muratalla and Jonathan Longtin, improved to 4-2. Lambert gave up six hits and struck out nine for the Saints, who are ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4.
Bonita, getting two hits from Justin Gomez, slipped to 4-2. The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in Division 3.

The game was all but decided in the first after San Dimas took advantage of an error to score four runs in the first inning. Daniel Millwee led off with a single and Josh Avila reached on a fielding error. Elias Orona sacrificed both to second and third before Muratalla singled home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Lambert, who had two hits and scored run, then made it 4-0 with a home run to left field.
San Dimas pushed it to 7-0 after three innings, scoring a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Avila and two in the third on a RBI single by David Vargas and a hit by pitch to Jesse Garcia with the bases loaded.
Bonita came back to cut it to 7-3 in the third. Chris Lopez walked before Ethan Muro and Gomez had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Alex Gonzalez singled to make it 7-1. A fielding error in the outfield on the hit scored Muro and Gomez to make it 7-3. Lambert then struck out Nick Peifer to end the threat.

San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s huge. It’s a school rivalry and I don’t how long its been since we beat them, but it’s been a while. It’s huge.”
Bonita coach John Knott: “Our kids know to play all the way to the last out. They did a good job of that.”

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Baseball: Diamond Bar continues strong start with 7-3 win over Monrovia

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Diamond Bar High School graduated arguably its top two players from a team that reached the CIF-Southern Section baseball quarterfinals last season, but the Brahmas are proving that their cupboard is hardly bare.
Jacob Cooke had two hits and three RBIs and Chris Sanchez was steady on the mound as Diamond Bar continued its strong start to the season with a 7-3 victory over visiting Monrovia in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
The Brahmas, also getting a hit and two RBIs from Jonah Yang and two hits from Gabriel Duenas, improved to 6-2. Monrovia, getting two hits from Erik Cox slipped to 3-2

The Brahmas were not perfect Tuesday, but put Monrovia in an early hole, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Brahmas scored three runs in the fifth to put it away at 7-2.
Diamond Bar, after taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Yang, loaded the bases with no outs in the second and took a 3-1 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Cooke and Josh Sanchez. Nolan Luzzi, who singled, then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
Brett Tweedie had a RBI single and Cooke a two-run single to make it 7-2 in the fifth.
Chris Sanchez improved to 3-0 after giving up eight hits with five strikeouts.

Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez: “We took a lot from each other (last year). We put in more work (this season), because we know we can’t just expect to achieve that level again, especially with some new teammates. (It’s been) a very strong start, just some key mistakes (in the two losses). Clean it up a bit and we’ll be good.”

Diamond Bar’s Jacob Cooke: “It was right there and I just swing the bat. It got through.”

Monrovia’s Erik Cox: “We tried to come back. We just didn’t hit well in the clutch that much, but almost. We’ll get that straightened out.”

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CCCAA Title Game: Mt. SAC can’t overcome early deficit, loses to Ventura

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
History was made Sunday at Cerritos College.
It just wasn’t the California Community College Athletic Association milestone that the Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team was hoping for.
Adrianne Sloboh scored 27 points and had 19 rebounds and Ventura College won the race to seven state titles with a 68-55 victory over Mt. SAC, also gunning for a state-best seven CCCAA championships, in the title game.
Lisa Marie Sanchez had 22 points and Brooke Dixon 14 for the Pirates, who finished 32-3.
Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for the Mounties, who finished 29-5.
The Mounties’ fate was all but sealed during the first 14 minutes when it made just 2 of 23 from the field, keying Ventura to a 22-4 lead. Mt. SAC, which shot 18 percent in the first half, could never really recover, twice cutting the deficit to 13 points in the second half and 12 with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Pirates, who were held to 27-percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game, countered each move and pushed the advantage to 60-40 with just over three minutes to play.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “I’m proud of this group. They battled and competed all year long. I told them after, ‘Don’t hang your heads. You had a fantastic season, and this was the year when they said Mt. SAC would be down and you were in the championship.’ At the end of the day, we got out of them everything we could possibly get out of them this year, and I’m proud of them.”

Mt. SAC’s Shaela Flynn: “We got down so much in the first half. We fought to trimming the lead (in the second half), We came back and played at our tempo (in the second half), but we gave up too much in the first half.”

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Dick’s Tournament: Former league rivals Northview, South Hills meet for third place

Former Valle Vista League rivals Northview and South Hills will meet today at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC in the third-place game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament.
The game adds intrigue to the area as South Hills is now coached by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, and the Vikings are coached by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy.
It should be a great day of baseball as Mt. SAC is facing East Los Angeles, followed by Northview-South Hills, with the tournament championship game between Tahquitz and Alta Loma at 7:30 p.m.

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Charter Oak softball tournament: Battle of Whittier as La Serna and St. Paul advance to finals; Glendora faces Claremont for third place

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina. (Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina.
(Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

By David Felton
WEST COVINA — The softball teams from La Serna and St. Paul will meet Saturday for the second time this season after each won semifinal games Friday at the Charter Oak Tournament.
Paced by Dana De La Torre’s three-run home run in the first inning, La Serna posted a 4-3 victory over Claremont at Big League Dreams Park. And on an adjacent field at the same time, St. Paul overcame an early three-run deficit to beat Glendora 11-7.
The area rivals will play in the tournament final at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Claremont (4-4) and Glendora will meet in the third-place game at 1 p.m. La Serna and St. Paul met just over a week ago at the Brea Olinda Tournament, with the Swordsmen earning a 2-1 victory.

Friday’s semifinals
La Serna 4, Claremont 3
St. Paul 11, Glendora 7
Saturday’s Championship
At Big League Dreams

La Serna vs. St. Paul, 3 p.m.
Third-place game
Glendora vs. Claremont, 4:30 p.m.

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CCCAA Final Four: Mt. SAC beats SJ Delta, in positing for state-record seventh women’s basketball title

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

CERRITOS – Mt. San Antonio College will get its shot at history.
Sabrina Norton scored 15 points, including seven down the stretch, and the Mounties will get a shot at a record seventh women’s basketball state title after scoring a 51-47 victory over San Joaquin Delta in a California Community College Athletic Association semifinal Friday at Cerritos College.
Mt. SAC, also getting 10 points each from Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) and Johnea Thompson, improved to 29-4 and will face Ventura, an 87-73 winner over Fresno City, in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cerritos College. Ventura is also gunning for a seventh CCCAA title. The Mounties beat the Pirates, 63-54, in December.

San Joaquin Delta, getting 16 points from Selina Moore and seven from Kelci Haueter, finished 27-6.
It was looking bleak for the Mounties after Delta put together a 22-10 blitz for a 46-42 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Mt. SAC, which had lost back-to-back games in December after giving up late leads, showed it could win that way.
Norton, who had 11 points in the second half, made it 46-45 on a three-point play at 3:55 before Thompson scored in the lane for a 47-46 lead with 3:25 left.
Sashanique Youngblood and Tahniya Sweatt (Muir) scored on consecutive inside shots to push it to 51-46 with 1:33 left.
Delta’s Teylor McMiller (six points) made one of two free throws at 1:30 before the Mustangs missed consecutive shots with less than a minute to play to clinch it for the Mounties.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: We’re known for our defense and that’s what we were hoping for at that point. We needed to play defense and hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Mt. SAC’s Sabrina Norton: We all knew what we had to do and we weren’t ready to go home. It was whatever it took, whether it be making shots, getting a rebound or playing defense. We had to do it, and we won.”

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Dead ball, or groundball error?

Here’s the play from last night’s South Hills-Alta Loma baseball game, won by Alta Loma, 1-0. South Hills had the tying run on third with two outs. The Huskies’ Corey Cadek appears to hit a groundball that was misplayed for an error, allowing the tying run to score. But the umpire ruled the batted ball glanced off Cadek in the batter’s box, which is a dead ball.
What do you think. It’s hard to tell, but it appears to come off the ground too fast to have struck the player.

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Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus scores win No. 600


By John Honell, Correspondent

COVINA – The 5-2 Gladstone win over Rosemead on Wednesday afternoon, in front of a crowd of several hundred fans, was more than just an early season high school baseball game.
In a game that was played in a way that any of his former players would have recognized, Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus picked up the 600th win of his 30-year career at the school.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Remkus said. “The man up above has given me decent health so I could coach into my old age. I’ve just had wonderful, hard-working players and assistant coaches and the success has belonged to them. My 88-year-old mom is here and my dad was my biggest supporter. He was at all our games and he was down here working on this field the night before he died of a heart attack. I wish he could be here.”

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Diamond Bar names Marcus Hughes, from New York, as its next football coach

FROM IN THE HUDDLE: Diamond Bar has named Marcus Hughes, who most recently was head coach at Cornwall Central High in New York, as its new varsity football head coach. Hughes replaces Ryan Maine, who resigned after three seasons. Hughes was 67-13 in six seasons at Cornwall and his teams went to the state playoffs the past three seasons.

Here is Hughes in a video talking after a championship victory

Diamond Bar fans should be encouraged by this November story, which discusses how Hughes turned Cornwall Central into a power.


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DICK’S TOURNAMENT: Northview, South Hills lose semifinals games, will play for third on Saturday at Mt. SAC

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
South Hills and Northview high schools will meet Saturday at Mt. SAC in what might be the early-season game of the year.
The prize they will battle for will be remarkably different.
Both lost semifinal games Wednesday and will play for third place of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC.
South Hills, now led by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, lost a somewhat controversial decision, 1-0, to Alta Loma, with the Vikings, now led by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy, losing, 6-1, to Tahquitz. Alta Loma and Tahquitz will play for the championship at 7:30 p.m., also at Mt. SAC.
South Hills dropped to the third-place game after it appeared to tie Alta Loma on a mis-played groundball to first with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Jon Ayala, who led off with a single, to score. But it was ruled that the ball glanced off batter Corey Cadek, resulting into a foul ball and sending the runners, including Quinn Cotter, who was at first, back to their respective bases.
Cadek then flied out to center field to end the game.

“The ball takes a funny spin on a two-hopper to first base,” Murphy said. “But that’s what the call is. As I told the kids, you don’t want to put the game in the umpire’s hands, but we did. We had to rely on a call or two and when you do that, bad things are going to happen. It shouldn’t have come down to one play.”
The controversial ending overshadowed a solid performance by South Hills pitcher Gavin Velasquez, who gave up three hits and no earned runs in seven innings. He also struck out seven. Velasquez has yet to yield an earned run this season, falling to 0-1.
Alta Loma scored its only run in the fifth on back-to-back throwing errors.
“We have to score runs,” Murphy said. “We made two errors that led to their one run. It’s a tough one, but we came up short.”

Northview was no match for Tahquitz in the first game.
Junior Kaycee Garcia tossed a three-hitter and struck out 11. He retired eight of the final 11 batters.
The Titans, getting three hits and a RBI from Hayden Firth, led 5-1 after three innings.

“(Garcia) did a good job of keeping us off balance,” Roddy said. “We battled. We just didn’t seem to have much energy tonight. We had a tough time finding our rhythm. By that time, we were behind.”
Garcia also had two RBIs.
Nick Ybarra had a double for Northview, which scored its only run on a wild pitch in the second.


Alta Loma 1, South Hills 0
Tahquitz 6, Northview 1
Saturday’s Championship
At Mt. SAC

Alta Loma vs. Tahquitz, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place Game
At Mt. SAC

South Hills vs. Northview, 4 p.m.

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With Damien, St. Lucy’s winning arbitration to remain in Mt. SAC area questions remain on where to send them, and how league schedules can be redone

“There’s no reason to start this entire process over from scratch,” Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing chair Jeff Jordan said. “We worked really hard as a collective group to make necessary adjustments and changes and we haven’t started the new cycle yet. At this point, we have to amend some of our policies so we can effectively add the Damien/St. Lucy’s package back into the Mt. SAC Area.”

“The bye week and when we’re home and away, are all out the door and we have to start over,” Bishop Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said. “Outside of the inconvenience of not knowing when homecoming or senior night is, it’s just a matter of inconvenience not knowing who we’re going to play.”



STORY: Following last week’s arbitration ruling that sent Damien High School and St Lucy’s Priory back into the Mt. SAC Area for league groupings, several questions abound as to what the local league landscape will look like beginning next fall.
The schools that make up the Mt. SAC Area voted last May on a new set of leagues that were set to go into place this fall and run for the next two school years. They did so thinking that Damien and St. Lucy’s had been moved to the parochial area.
After Damien and St. Lucy’s won their arbitration hearing last week, both schools are back and now the Mt. SAC Area is hoping to avoid an extended trip to the drawing board in order to find them a new league home in a very limited amount of time.

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Baldwin Park boys soccer eliminated from state playoffs, 4-1; Danny Vega gets 40th

Story: Baldwin Park High School’s invitation to the CIF-State Southern California Division II boys soccer regionals was a brief one, losing to San Diego sectional champion Southwest, 4-1, on Tuesday at San Ysidro High School near the Mexican border.
Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scored in the 75th minute to help the Braves avoid the shutout, giving Vega his 40th goal to rank among the state leaders.
The Braves (21-5-1) gave up an early goal and another just before half to fall behind 3-0, perhaps hangover effects from their CIF-SS Division 5 championship on Friday.
Baldwin Park beat Marshall in penalty kicks for the sectional title, getting the game-winning penalty from Vega for the 5-4 PK victory after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes.
The Braves’ championship was their second in four years, but in the state playoffs, they’re 0-for-2, having lost in the first round of the state playoffs following their 2011 title as well.
Southwest (20-2-4) advances to Thursday’s regional finals against top seed Cathedral (27-1-1)

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Bonita wondering how it was the only CIF-SS basketball finalist not to make the state playoffs

wheatleyBy Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s girls basketball team is wondering how it’s the only CIF-Southern Section finalist in all the boys and girls divisions not to get invited to the CIF-State basketball playoffs that start on Wednesday.
You can blame the newly formed CIF-SS Open Division.
The state selection committee, which gets recommendations from the Southern Section for the state selection process, made sure all 12 girls basketball teams that were invited to the Open Division made the state playoffs, regardless of how they fared in the Open Division playoffs.
How did that affect Bonita?
Bonita, because of enrollment, was in the Division I state playoff pool of which 16 teams were selected for the Southern California Regionals, of which eight are automatic qualifiers from the Southern Section.
Of the eight girls teams selected to the Division I state playoffs from the Southern Section — six came from the Open Division, including Troy, Lynwood, Alemany, Sierra Canyon, Canyon Springs and Keppel. When CIF selected the Open Division it made it clear that being selected wouldn’t automatically lead to a state playoff berth, but that’s what apparently happened.

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Wouldn’t you like to watch Bishop Amat baseball take on locals? Not this year

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Charter Oak Softball Tourney: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Amat

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
South High School, which has been one of the better hitting softball teams in the area the past few seasons, believes its never out of a game.
It showed why Monday.

Marissa Reyes went 2 for 3 and Mariah Tovar hit a two-run home run in a four-run second inning and the Huskies rallied for a 4-2 victory over Bishop Amat in a battle of two of the top three teams in the area in a pool play game of the Charter Oak Charger Classic at Big League Dreams Park. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the tourney’s time-limit rule.
Freshman pitcher Natalie Lugo gave up two runs and struck out five for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. The Huskies, ranked No. 3 in the area to begin the season, opened the tournament with an 8-1 victory over Covina, also on Monday, to win their pool. Bishop Amat, getting two hits from Alyssa Barrera, slipped to 1-2. The Lancers began the season ranked No. 1 in the area.
South Hills, trailing 2-0, rallied back for the lead in the second. Tovar, after Christie Aguilar led off with a walk, tied it with a line-drive home run to right-center field. The Huskies then loaded the bases on a singles by Melysia Ortega and Caitlyn Felina and a walk to Lugo. Reyes singled to make it 3-2 before Felina scored on a passed ball for a 4-2 advantage.

South Hills’ Mariah Tovar: “We have a great team. We’ve all bonded and we never have our heads down and are always coming back. We got down, obviously. We were ready to fight and didn’t want to give this game to them. We just pushed, because we knew we could hang with them and we came back.”

Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “We came into this game really hungry. We really wanted to beat South Hills. It just didn’t’ work out the way we wanted it to. Our pitchers were good, our defense was good. Sometimes (the offense) can’t carry with the hits, but we just have to learn from our mistakes.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “I told the kids before the game started that when you play a good team like we played today, it’s going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. The way we started out wasn’t good. We made about three mistakes and they capitalized. But we didn’t give up and say the game’s over. We came back and tied it and went ahead.”

Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon: “Bottom line, we didn’t do our job hitting the ball. My defense did a great job fielding the ball. My pitchers did their best, but bottom line, you have to hit. You have to score more runs than the other team. We’re going to continue working on that.”

Yankee Pool: La Serna, West Covina, Alhambra
Monday’s games
La Serna 3, West Covina 0
Tuesday’s games
West Covina vs. Alhambra, 3 p.m.
La Serna vs. Alhambra, 5 p.m.

Wrigley Pool: La Habra, Monrovia, Schurr
Monday’s game
La Habra 9, Monrovia 2
Tuesday’s games
Monrovia vs. Schurr, 3 p.m.
La Habra vs. Schurr, 5 p.m.

Edison Pool: St. Paul, Los Altos, Glendora
Monday’s game
St. Paul vs. Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s games
Los Altos vs. Glendora, 3 p.m.
St. Paul vs. Glendora, 5 p.m.

Tiger Pool: Claremont, Bonita, San Dimas
Monday’s games
Claremont vs. Bonita, 3 p.m.
San Dimas 7, Bonita 2
Tuesday’s game
Claremont vs. San Dimas, 3 p.m.

Fenway Pool: Covina, South Hills, Bishop Amat
Monday’s games
South Hills 8, Covina 1
South Hills 4, Bishop Amat 2
Tuesday’s game
Covina vs. Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.

Dodger Pool: Montclair, Northview, Charter Oak
Monday’s games
Montclair 11, Northview 2
Charter Oak 11, Northview 4
Tuesday’s game
Montclair vs. Charter Oak, 3 p.m.

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Damien, St. Lucy’s win arbitration with CIF to remain in Mt. SAC area instead of going to Parochial leagues

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada, whose firm represented Damien and St. Lucy’s. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”


By Aram Tolegian, Erik Boal, Staff Writers
Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you, while Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure could be returning to a familiar place.

The four schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday, with Damien and St. Lucy’s headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping. Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure will remain part of the Northern Area.

“This has been a long, hard process, and we are pleased to have resolution,” said Jim McClune, assistant superintendent for the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ response to the ruling.

“We are glad that the arbitrator understood the concerns that we had about the Area Placement decision, and its effect on our students. We look forward to working cooperatively with CIF-SS to implement the arbitrator’s decision allowing us to remain in the Northern Area and Mt. SAC Areas. We appreciate that the independent arbitrator rendered his decision promptly, so that all the affected schools can begin planning for the upcoming year.”

Damien, St. Lucy’s, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-16.

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State Baskeball Playoffs: Bonita does not make state playoffs, Keppel girls get in

bonitalossThe CIF-State boys and girls basketball pairings were released Sunday with Southern California Regional games scheduled this week.
The biggest surprise locally was that the Bonita girls basketball team, which lost to Long Beach Millikan 56-53 in the CIF-SS Division 1AA championship on Saturday, didn’t make the 16-team Southern California Regional Division II bracket.
Bonita coach Darren Baumunk was surprised, texting, “I don’t know why. I can’t figure it out.”
Bonita was on the Open Division bubble most of the season and finishes 29-3.
In the SoCal Division I boys, Chino Hills, which lost to Mater Dei in the CIF-SS Open Division final on Saturday, earned the top seed and will host Dorsey in the first round on Wednesday.
Chino Hills was not selected for the state Open Division.
In Division IV boys, No. 10 La Mirada and No.11 St. Francis were among the 16 teams in the SoCal bracket
St. Francis will be on the road against sixth-seed San Diego Kearney while La Canada hits the road to take on Fresno High. Both games are Wednesday
In SoCal Division V, Renaissance Academy and San Gabriel Academy were the top two seeds respectively, and both have bye’s to the second round on Saturday. Renaissance Academy will face the first-round winner between Trinity Classical and Capistrano Valley while San Gabriel Academy hosts the winner between Escondido Adventist and Desert Chapel.
In the SoCal Division I girls, Keppel got in despite losing back-to-back CIF-SS Open Division games.
Keppel was seeded ninth and will be on the road at eighth-seed San Marcos Mission HIlls on Wednesday.
In SoCAl Division III, No. 10 South Pasadena will visit Central Section’s No. 7 Sierra and La Canada, seeded ninth, will visit eighth-seed Eagle Rock. Both first round games are Wednesday.
Pasadena Poly earned the seventh seed in SoCal Division V and will host No. 10 Liberty Charter.

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Watch Chino Hills’ 3-2 victory over Hart for the Division 2 girls soccer title … SoCal regional playoff pairings announced, Chino Hills and Baldwin Park boys are in it

STATE PLAYOFFS: The first round of the Southern California Regional soccer championships is on Tuesday for boys and girls with the semifinals scheduled for Thursday and championships on Saturday at Warren High School in Downey. All first round games are scheduled at 4 p.m., with lower seeded teams in each round hosting home games until the final.
The Baldwin Park (21-4-1) boys soccer team, who defeated Marshall 5-4 in penalty after a scoreless regulations and two overtimes on Friday, was seeded fifth and opens the first round of the Division II boys playoffs on the road at San Diego’ Southwest (19-2-4), the fourth-seed, on Tuesday.
If Baldwin Park wins, it could set up a meeting with top-seed and nationally ranked Cathedral (26-1-1) in the semifinals. Cathedral will host Animo Leadership (16-6) in the first round at La Salle HS.
Chino Hills (25-2-1) girls soccer, who won the CIF-SS Division 2 title 3-2 over Hart, was seeded second in Division I and will host Oxnard Pacifica (16-6-4) in the first round Tuesday.
The Gabrielino girls soccer team, who won the Division 7 title, did not get invited to the regional championships. Nor did the Marshall boys after reaching the Division 5 final.

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Danny Vega hits the game-winner in penalty shootout and Baldwin Park celebrates second championship in four years with 5-4 PK victory over Marshall for the CIF-SS Division 5 boys soccer title

Full video highlights, interviews from the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

Photo gallery of Baldwin Park’s 5-4 penalty shootout win over Marshall
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Baldwin Park wins second title in four years: The action, atmosphere and back and forth chances couldn’t have been more entertaining between Baldwin Park and Marshall for the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 boys soccer championship on Friday at Warren High School in Downey.
In the end, though, Baldwin Park had the guy it wanted with the game on the line, striker Danny Vega, who entered with a section-leading 39 goals and a chance to finish off the championship in a dramatic penalty shootout as the final kicker.
Vega didn’t disappoint, burying his final penalty and celebrating wildly as Baldwin Park held off Marshall 5-4 in the penalty shootout after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes to win its second championship in four years to improve to 21-4-2.
“My heart stopped a couple times walking up,” said Vega, who also won a title as a freshman. “I wanted this for our team, for our fans, for everyone. It feels so great to finish like this, the feeling is unbelievable.”

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Long Beach Millikan holds on for 56-53 victory over Bonita for the CIF-SS Division 1AA girls basketball title

By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s Nikki Wheatley is who she is because of her speed and aggressiveness, ability to attack the paint and defend the floor with her quick hands, especially on the ball against dribble-heavy guards.

But that style also has resulted in foul trouble at times for the UNLV-bound guard, and it couldn’t of happened at a worse time for the areas two-time player of the year than in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA girls basketball championship against Long Beach Millikan at Azusa Pacific University.

Wheatley picked up her fourth foul in the third, and fifth in crunch time. That ultimately was the difference with Millikan getting the big baskets and free throws down the stretch to deny top-seed Bonita a championship for the second time in fours years, winning 56-53 behind 20 points from senior center Alyssa Benton, and 19 points from penetrating guard Briana Guillory.

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CIF State Wrestling championships, Final Day: San Marino’s Julian Flores, Evan Wick take fifth; Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz, Northview’s Bryan Salinas, Bonita’s Seth Morales take eighth


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
There were no area champions, but locals still put together a strong showing at the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena on Saturday.
They produced five medalists, led by San Marino High School’s Evan Wick and Julian Flores, who took fifth at 120 and 132 pounds, respectively. The other placers were Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All were eighth after losing medal-round matches.
Flores began the day as the lone area competitor with a shot at the title. But he lost to Paradise’s Wyatt Wyckoff by fall in overtime in the semifinals, then re-grouped to finish fifth, losing to Clovis’ Isaiah Hokit in the third-place semifinals before beating Selma’s Ruben Garcia, 7-6, in the fifth-place match.

“I ended up taking fifth again,” said Flores, who was fifth at 120 last season after losing in the semifinals.
“I’m not really happy about that. It’s a lot of work. It sounds good, but placing fifth? I’m not really happy about it.”
It looked like Flores might have a chance to be the area’s first state finalist after he scored a reverse late in regulation against Wyckoff. But then was pinned with nine seconds left in the extra period.
“It was kind of tough coming back,” Flores said. “In some ways, I thought I had it. I lost that match and then the next one, and took fifth.”

Wick came back from a disappointing one-point loss in the quarterfinals to win three of four bouts on the day, beating Poway’s Kimo Dial in the consolation fifth round to ensure a top-eight finish before beating Bakersfield’s Carlos Herrera by fall (1:41) in the fifth-place bout.
“It’s definitely disappointing, not being in the finals, not taking first,” Wick said. “But fifth place I feel is still like a strong finish. It’s a tournament where everyone shows up. I feel I wrestled by best. It’s all behind us now.”

Ruiz went 1-2, but became the first Bishop Amat competitor to place at the state championships since Andrew Ortega was fifth at 125 in 2008. He secured a medal after beating Carter Armendarez, 7-6, in the consolation fifth round. He lost to El Dorado’s Gino Roman, 6-2, in the seventh-place match.
“It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that I accomplished something that no one (at Amat) has done in a while,” Ruiz said. “Overall, it was a great experience — my first time at state, first time getting this far. It feels pretty good.”
Salinas, who beat Liberty’s Jake Maas in the consolation fifth round, and Morales, who beat Corona Santiago’s Bryce DeCammargo in the consolation fifth round, defaulted their seventh-place matches.
San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106), San Marino’s Zander Wick (126), Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not medal.

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San Dimas softball tournament: Glendora beats Montclair for tournament title

SEMIFINALS: Glendora continued to hit the ball hard to start the season, pounding out 11 hits in a 6-2 win over West Covina in a semifinal game of the San Dimas Softball Tournament on Friday night.

The Tartans (3-0) will face Montclair at 4 p.m. today in the championship game at San Dimas High School.

The Tartans broke open a 2-1 game with three runs in the fifth inning. Alisha Brown hit a one-out home run, then Bailee Kirst drove in two more with a two-out single. Kirst had three RBIs to lead the Tartans.

FINAL: Good hitting, good pitching, aggressive base running and solid defense propelled the Glendora Tartans to the championship of the 21st annual San Dimas Softball Tournament on Saturday.
The Tartans (4-0) came from behind to score three runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to knock off Montclair 6-3 in the title match.
“This is the first time we’ve been in a championship game in a while,” Tartans coach Mike Quiroz said. “We’re really excited. This was the first time we’ve trailed in a game this year but when someone gets it started, it’s contagious and they all get going.”

Wednesday’s first round at San Dimas
Montclair 5, El Rancho 4
Bonita 5, San Dimas 2
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Glendora 11, South El Monte 0
West Covina 10, Whittier Christian 1
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Charter Oak 3, Los Altos 2
Montclair 6, Bonita 2
Friday’s semifinals
Montclair 5, Charter Oak 1
Glendora 6, West Covina 2
Saturday’s championship
Glendora 6, Montclair 3

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CIF State Wrestling Championships: San Marino’s Julian Flores lone area rep to semifinals

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
All San Marino High School Julian Flores, after losing in the semifinals last season, wanted was a second chance.
He’s getting it.
The sophomore will have his shot at redemption after a steady effort Friday at the CIF State wrestling championhips at Rabobank arena, advancing to the Final Four at 132 pounds to lead the area, which had six advance to the quarterfinals and 10 still in position to score a top-eight medal.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106); San Marino’s Evan Wick (120) and Zander Wick (126); Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All are still alive for a top-eight medal, but need to win their first match Saturday in the consolation fifth round to gaurantee a top-eight finish. Also advancing to the consolation fifth round after losing earlier in the tournament are Northview’s Richard Padilla (152), Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285).
The consolation rounds continue this morning at 9 with the semifinals slated for 9:30. The finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

“I made it to the semis last year and lost to the state champion,” Flores said. “This is a differenent story. I’m not losing in the semifinals this time.”
Flores gets his second chance after scoring decisions over La Costa Canyon’s Alec Baker (10-4) and De La Salle’s Nathan Cervantes (5-4) before beating Folsom’s Josh Lazaro by fall in the quarterfinals, pinning him in 3:14.

“I got behind (to Lazaro), used a double and put him on his back,” Flores said. “And I’m on my way to the semis.”
The other five area competitors to advanced to the quarterfinals were not as fortunate.
Gonzalez, who moved up to No. 2 at 106 after scoring titles at CIF-SS divisionals and Masters the past two weeks, lost 8-6 to Bakersfield’s Navonte Damison, giving up a takedown and escape to fall, 8-6. It’s his first loss since losing to Northview’s Richard Casillas in the Valle Vista League finals last month.
The Wick brothers also suffered heart-wrenching losses in the quarterfinals. Evan Wick lost, 2-1, to James Logan’s Jacob Donato, with Zander Wick falling, 4-3, to Madera’s Daniel Ruiz.
Salinas, who was ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 before losing in the finals at Masters last week, looked primed to get to the semifinals, carring a 3-0 lead over Oakmont’s Kaleio Romero into the third period. But he gave up a escape at 1:56 before yielding a takedown with 34 seconds left, then a near-fall with three seconds to go to lose, 4-3.

Morales lost, 6-2, to Gilroy’s Matt Penyacsek.
Failing to advance to the final day were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106), Vincent Parra (113), John Rivera (132) and Anthony Martinez (182); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106) and Mario Flores (138); Charter Oak’s Joe Alexander (132); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182); Arroyo’s Luis Hernandez (220) and Sierra Vista’s Isaac Aguilar (285).

David Gonzalez (San Dimas): Round 1: Def. Greg Viloria (West, SJS), 5-2; 2nd Rd: Def. Raymond Monela (James Logan, NS), 9-0; 3rd Rd: Def. Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 2-0, OT; Quarters:Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), 8-6. Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Javier Alanis (Clovis East, CS).
Miguel Juarez (Rowland): Round 2: Def. Jimmie Lopez (Christopher, CC), 8-4; 3rd Rd: Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 2:30; Conso Rd3: Lost to Andrew Nelms (Porterville, CS), 8-5. OUT
Richard Casillas (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Logan Eaton (Oakdale, SJS), 7-5; Conso 2nd Rd: Def. Ethan Diaz (Canyon Springs), by fall, :53; Conso Rd3: Lost to Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 6-3. OUT
Vincent Parra (Northview): Round 1: Def. Devon Silva (Chico, NS), 12-0; 2nd Rd: Def. Abbas Khan (El Camino Real), 10-2; 3rd Rd: Lost to Devan Turner (Dixon, SJ), by fall, 3:17; Conso Rd3: Def. Tanner Browning (Golden Valley, SJS), 10-2; Conso Rd4: Lost to Nico Colunga, Oakdale (SJS), by fall, 2:21. OUT
Evan Wick (San Marino): Round 1: Def. Alejandro Jimenez (Buchanan, CS), 5-1; 2nd Rd: Def. Isaiah Palomino (Bellarmine, SJS), by fall, 4:17; 3rd Rd: Def. Jake Schaffer (Otay Ranch, SD), 9-0; Quarters: Lost to Jacob Donato (James Logan, NCS), 2-1; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Kimo Dial (Poway, SD).
Zander Wick (San Marino): 2nd Rd: Def. Andy Alvarez (Granite Hills, CS), 12-2; 3rd Rd: Def. Devon Sookhoo (Enochs, SJS), by fall, 1:33; Quarters: Lost to Daniel Ruiz (Madera, CS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Angel Velasquez (Modesto, SJS).
Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak): Round 1: Lost to Lake Gee (Las Plumas, NS), 8-6; Conso Rd1: Def. John Rivera (Northview), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Lost to Jaden Enriquez (Mission Oak, CS), by fall, 4:27; OUT
Julian Flores (San Marino): Round 2: Def. Alec Baker (La Costa Canyon, SD), 10-4; Rd3: Def. Nathan Cervantes (De la Salle, NCS), 5-4; Quarters: Def. Josh Lazaro (Folsom, SJS), by fall, 3:14; Semifinals (Saturday): Vs. Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NCS).
John Rivera (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NS), by fall, 2:48; Conso Rd.1: Lost to Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak), 5-4. OUT
Mario Lopez (Rowland): Round 1: Def. Ethan Dunn (Modoc, NS), Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd2: Lost to Abel Contreras (Porterville, CS), 6-1, OT; Conso Rd2: Def. David San Miguel (Bellarmine, CC), 4-3; Conso Rd3: Lost to Sean O’Rourke (Mater Dei Catholic, SDS), 4-1. OUT
Nigel Ruiz (Bishop Amat): Round 2: Def. Ashton Demaree (El Diamante, CS), by Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd3: Lost to Jared Hill (Clovis, CS), 7-5; Conso Rd3: Def. Michael Ripley (Oroville, NS), by Tech. fall, 15-0; Conso Rd4: Def. Nathan Pimmentel (Dos Palos, CS), by fall, 4:21; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Cartr Armendarez (Temecula Valley).
Ricky Padilla (Northview): Round 1: Def. Tristan Smith (Bear Creek, SJS), by fall, 4:26; Rd2: Lost to Jesse Gregerson (Libert, NC), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Izzac Suarez (Dos Palos, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd3: Def. Dominic Kincaid (Clovis, CS), 2-1; Conso Rd4: Def. Rene Sanchez (Upland), by fall, 4:01; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Andrew Morgan (Fountain Valley).
Bryan Salinas (Northview): Round 2: Def. Chase Miles (Sutter, NS), 8-0; Rd3: Def. Michael Wright (Dinuba, CS), 3-1; Quarters: Lost to Kaleio Romero (Oakmont, SJS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Jake Maas (Liberty, CS).
Seth Morales (Bonita): Round 1: Def. Marcus Macias (Central, CS) by fall, 1:39; Rd2: Def. Chris Moran (Sanger, CS), by fall, :43; Rd3: Def. Will Sumner (Nevada Union, SJS), by default; Quarters: Lost to Matt Penyacsek (Gilroy, CC), 6-2; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Bryce Decamargo (Corona Santiago).
Kaulin Garcia (Damien): Round 2: Lost to Alec Gamboa (Madera, CS), 11-3: Conso Rd1: Def. Adrian Vizcaino (Central Valley, SJS), 1-0: Conso Rd2: DEf. Antonio Melo (Hilmar, SJS), by default; Conso Rd3: Lost to Zack Wally (James Logan, NCS), 11-5. OUT
Anthony Martinez (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Young Wooan (Buchanan, CS), 11-4: Conso Rd2: Def. Tyler Roman (University City, SDS), by fall, 1:57; Conso Rd3: Lost to Waseem Elhamad (Mira Mesa, SD), 8-2. OUT
Keandre Johnson (Diamond Bar): Round 1 Def. Jonathan Pohahou (Wilcox, CC), 10-2; Rd2: Def. Christian Hernandez (Mission, SFS); Rd. 3: Lost to Gabriel Gonzalez (Washington Union, CS), by fall, 2:41; Conso Rd3: Def. Brian Book (Durham, NS), by fall, 1:36; Conso Rd4: Def.
Luis Hernandez (Arroyo): Round 2: Lost to Victor Raigoza (Orland, NS), 6-4; Conso Rd. 1: Def. Zak Levatino (Buchanan, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd2: Def. Travis Yarbrough (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 3:24; Conso Rd3: Lost to Jeff Holsinger (Santa Margarita), by fall, 2:56. OUT
Ryan Padilla (Glendora): Round 1: Def. Wyatt Landreth (Foothill, NS) by fall, 5:06; Rd2: Lost to Saul Menses (Del Oro, SJS), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Miguel Villanueva (Madera South, CS), by fall, 4:33; Conso Rd3: Def. Jesse Gomez (Buena Park), 3-1; Conso Rd4:
Issac Aguilar (Sierra Vista): Round 2: Lost to Gary Miltenberger (Fremont, CC), 3-2; Conso Rd. 2: Lost to Dawuud Davis (Dinuba, CS), by fall, 1:55. OUT

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