Baseball: Alex Gonzalez, Joe Willard lead Bonita over Diamond Bar, 3-2

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita's Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita’s Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – Bonita High School has won five consecutive league crowns, and although some view this as a rebuilding season, the Bearcats showed Tuesday they are not quite ready to relinquish their championship form.
Alex Gonzalez’s RBI grounder gave Bonita the lead and pitcher Joe Willard turned away two scoring chances in the six and seventh innings as the Bearcats rallied for 3-2 victory over visiting Diamond Bar in the teams’ Hacienda League opener.
Justin Gomez and Ethan Muro also had RBIs for Bonita, which improved to 5-3. Diamond Bar, getting three hits and a RBI from Alek Jimenez and a solid effort on the mound from Chris Sanchez, slipped to 7-4.
Bonita, after tying it at 2 in the fourth on a RBI double by Ethan Muro and a sacrifice fly by Cory Kurkierewicz, took a 3-2 lead in the sixth following singles by Montgomery Montenegro and Chris Lopez and Gonzalez’ RBI grounder.
Willard, who gave up eight hits and struck out two, thwarted Diamond Bar rallies in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Brahmas put the tying and go-ahead runs on with no outs in the sixth following a lead-off single by Jimenez and a double by Brett Tweedie. But Willard ended the threat by inducing two flyballs and a groundout to keep the one-run lead.
The senior, after Diamond Bar loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, then secured the victory by getting Tweedie to fly out to center field.

Bonita coach John Knott: “Our guys did a good job of staying in the game. We didn’t put our heads down. Joe did a good job of keeping us in the game. We took advantage of an error, we had a hit, got a big double. It was great to (tie the score), then go ahead, and eventually get the win.”

Diamond Bar coach Eric Shibley: “I think we had our chances in five or six of the seven innings and not coming up with the timely hit. “We didn’t take advantage of the situation. You have to give credit to Bonita. We didn’t take advantage of their one mistake, and they took advantage of our mistake, and that was the difference.”

Bonita’s Joe Willard: “I was just trying to get ahead, throw strikes. I was really just trying to force (it on them), pitch to contact. We were fortunate that we got some good plays, and we did it.”

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The job former South Hills coach Steve Bogan almost took is open again, Maranatha football coach Jude Oliva resigns

Maranatha football coach Jude Oliva resigned on Monday following a bittersweet first and only season in charge.
The Minutemen were 8-3 during his short tenure, winning the Olympic League title, but they fizzled out in the first round of the Northwest Division playoffs, losing to Duarte 27-17.
Oliva was initially hired to become the offensive coordinator last spring under head coach Pete Karavedas, but Karavedas left to become the head coach at Sunny Hills, and Oliva was promoted to head coach.

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Baseball Rankings: South Hills edges San Dimas and Damien for top spot

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Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-1-1) – Acts and looks like the best team so far.
2. San Dimas (5-2) – Big win over rival Bonita, now faces Northview in Valle Vista opener.
3. Damien (5-2) — Trying to end final year in Sierra with a title.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Going to give them a pass for back-to-back losses to Walnut after starting 6-0.
5. Bishop Amat (3-4) — Three one-run losses and a two-run loss. Has played toughest schedule of all with solid pitching.
6. Diamond Bar (7-2) – Nothing strange about hot start, but how will it start league Tuesday against Bonita?
7. Bonita (4-3) — Get use to the fact this is probably a rebuild for Bearcats. Then again, a Bonita rebuild is probably a good year for anyone else.
8. Northview (4-2) – New Vikings coach Dan Roddy gets first big test vs. San Dimas
9. Sierra Vista (8-1) – Good coach with a solid record year in and year out. This year is no different. They host undefeated Gladstone (5-0) Tuesday.
10. Nogales (4-0-1) — Could be the final year of coaching legend John Romano.

Hitting leaders (based on Maxpreps)
1. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, .600 (12-for-24)
2. Jason Zeigler, Chino Hills, .571 (4-for-7)
3. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, .526 (10-for-22)
4. David Banuelos, West Covina, .500 (8-for-16)
5. Race Gardner, Glendora, .500 (6-for-12)
6. Daniel Roman, West Covina, .500 (4-for-8)
7. Mark Vega, Bassett, .500, (5-for-10)
8. Montenegro Montgomery, Bonita, .500 (2-for-4)
9. Israel Funtes, Chino Hills, .483 (14-for-30)
10. Brandon Buna, Rowland, 478 (11-for-23)



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Softball Rankings: Glendora non-league resume lifts Tartans to No. 1 over South Hills and Bishop Amat

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Above: Sierra Vista is areas only undefeated team, but Glendora is No. 1
Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Glendora (10-4) — Won San Dimas tournament and advanced furthest of all locals in Charter Oak tourney, reaching semifinals.
2. South Hills (8-3) — Solid wins over Bishop Amat, St. Lucy’s and Monrovia
3. Bishop Amat (8-4) — Scoring plenty of runs, now pitching needs to catch up.
4. Charter Oak (7-4) – Good wins mixed with surprising losses. But roster is legit.
5. Bonita (5-3) — Big non-league game at South Hills on Tuesday.
6. West Covina (6-4) – Should be co-favorite to win Hacienda along with Bonita.
7. Diamond Bar (4-3) – Beat Wilson 12-4 which is Brahmas’ only game against an area team
8. Los Altos (4-4) — Will have difficult time making the playoffs in Hacienda.
9. Sierra Vista (3-0-1) — So good so far, but need more games to really evaluate.
10. Arroyo (4-1) – Like Sierra Vista, record on paper nice, but who has it played?

Hitting Leaders (Based on Maxpreps)
1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, .667 (18-for-27)
2. Alyssa Yaynes, Edgewood, .630 (17-for-27)
3. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, .630 (17-for-27)
4. Jade Nua, West Covina, .600 (12-for-20)
5. Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, .577 (15-for-26)
6. Raquel Ramirez, Workman, .562 (9-for-16)
7. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, .560 (14-for-25)
8. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 548 (17-for-31)
9. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, .538 (14-for-26)
10. Ariela Burns, Northview, 533 (8-for-15)

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Damien/St. Lucy’s headed to the Baseline following Mt. SAC releaguing; Rowland to Valle Vista; Baldwin Park to Montview

Story: Representatives from the 42 schools that comprise the Mt. SAC area met on Friday at Walnut High School to discuss releaguing for the 2014-16 cycles after learning that Damien and St. Lucy’s Priory won its arbitration case against the CIF-Southern Section to remain in the Mt. SAC area for league placement rather than be placed in all Parochial leagues.
Mt. SAC area representatives already voted on releaguing a year ago with the understanding that Damien and St. Lucy’s would be in Parochial leagues.
Instead of simply voting to place Damien and St. Lucy’s into one of the newly formed leagues agreed on last year, representatives from the Mt. SAC area voted Friday to start the process all over again, which began with schools that asked for relief the first time, South Hills, Garey, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Pomona, Charter Oak and Glendora, asking for relief again.
Once that was established, schools and leagues met and six proposals were submitted for consideration.
Damien submitted a proposal that would have put the Spartans and St. Lucy’s in the Palomares League with Bonita moving from the Palomares to the Baseline, but Damien’s proposal was the first to be eliminated.

A proposal submitted by Azusa, Chino and the Baseline league at Friday’s Mt. SAC Area releaguing meeting at Walnut won over five other proposals. The Mt. SAC Area leagues for the 2014-16 seasons is listed below. The five other proposals considered can be viewed by clicking the thread.

Proposal B submitted by Azusa, Baseline and Chino
Baseline League

Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Palomares League
Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
Hacienda League
Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League
Nogales, Covina, Northview, Rowland, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League
Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, Workman
Miramonte League
Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona

Original proposal from last year
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Baseball: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Chino Hills in Sierra League opener

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
The game plan for the South Hills High School baseball team is pretty simple this season.
It includes getting good situational hitting, then turn it over to its pitching staff, which can be dominant at times.
The Huskies used both traits to perfection Friday.
Manny Munoz came through with a key at-bat during the fourth inning and Gavin Velasquez was steady on the mound as host South Hills rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chino Hills in the Sierra League opener for both teams.
Velazquez, who hadn’t given up an earned run in his two previous starts, tossed a 6-hitter and struck out four for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. Chino Hills, getting two hits from JP Hopkins, slipped to 7-1.
Velasquez, after giving up five hits during the first three innings, closed with dominance. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters, including nine of the final 10 to protect the lead. He gave up a lead-off single to Coby Myers in the seventh before closing the door on Chino Hills, with a groundout, a strike out and line drive to shortstop.

South Hills, after falling behind 2-0 after three innings, scored all its runs in the fourth. Quinn Cotter and Francisco Ramirez led off with singles. Brandon Jauregui walked to load the bases before Cotter scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. Nick Carrillo, after Gabe Chavez walked, singled home pinch-runner Ryan Cohen to tie it at 2.
Munoz then hit a hard grounder to third for a two-base error, scoring Jauregui and Chavez for a 4-2 lead.

South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “It’s a great win against probably the league favorite. That’s a huge one. Who ever got this first ‘W’ was going to put them in a good spot. I feel real happy for Gavin Velasquez. He’s thrown 15 innings without an earned run coming into today. Once we got up, he was pretty convinced the was going to get his first ‘W.’”

South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez: “After that big inning where we scored four runs, I settled down, We had momentum on our side. I was able to locate (the ball) a little better and that was it.”

South Hills’ Manny Munoz: “I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. I knew I had to runners in scoring position. I wanted to put it anywhere to get them in.”

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Video of Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst delivering the game-winning three-run double against San Fernando

Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst had 5 RBIs, including the game-winning three-run double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 6-3 victory over San Fernando Wednesday night at USC. The Lancers are just 2-4, but three were one-run losses and the other was a two-run loss. They’ve been in every game against a super tough schedule. Hurst, who finished the game on the mound, is part of a pitching staff that’s been lights out. Amat only has allowed more than three runs once — a 6-4 loss to Trabuco Hills.

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Softball: Angelica Ochoa, Melissa Gutierrez lead Sierra Vista over Workman, 6-0

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BALDWIN PARK –
Expectations are high for the Sierra Vista High School softball team this season, and so far the Dons, are living up to the billing.
Angelica Ochoa was dominant in the circle and Melissa Gutierrez had three RBIs as Sierra Vista remained undefeated in the Montview League with a 6-0 victory over Workman on Thursday.
Ochoa tossed a two-hitter and stuck out nine for the Dons, who improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Sierra Vista, which shared the league crown with Duarte last season, also got two hits from Brianna Moreno.
Jackie Negrete had two hits and a double for Workman, which slipped to 3-4 and 0-1.
Sierra Vista, which opened league play with a 2-1 victory over Azusa on Tuesday, led 4-0 after three innings, mostly on the bat of Gutierrez. She gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Gutierrez, following an error and a hit-by-pitch to Ochoa, made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the third. Maya Lopez had a sacrifice fly to score Gutierrez to make it 4-0 in the inning.
Ochoa did the rest. She yielded just four baserunners, giving up a single in the first and double in the seventh. Workman also had two other batters reach on errors. She retired nine of the final 10 to improve to 3-0.

Sierra Vista’s Melissa Gutierrez: “I’ve been working hard in practice, so I came up hoping to get a base hit. I clutched up today, I improved and had a (few) RBIs.”

Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa: “I’ve been working really hard in practice, but I felt like today was one of my better games. I was throwing harder and and I know if I listen to my coach and throw the pitches he wants me to throw, I can be effective.”

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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
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE —
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
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
DIAMOND BAR –
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
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
NORWALK –
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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