Cathedral wins appeal, forcing Catholic League into a seven-team league and six-team Mission

STORY: The Catholic Athletic Association left the fate of two of its most important leagues in the hands of the CIF-Southern Section Council and when all the votes were in, several representatives from some of the Southland’s top parochial football powers were disappointed.
The CAA saw its football-only league proposals voted in at Wednesday’s council meeting, then successfully appealed by Cathedral High School, which left one of the major goals of the association unmet. That goal was to create two, four-team leagues that will likely compete in the Pac-5 Division.

WHAT HAPPENED: With Cathedral winning its appeal at CIF this morning, this is how the new football leagues will shape up for the Catholic and Mission League. The Catholic was hoping for a North and South league made up of four teams each to maximize four playoff berths. In a seven-team league, it only gets three guaranteed spots. The Mission is now a six-team league instead of five, guaranteeing three playoff spots.

Catholic League
Bishop Amat, Serra, Loyola, Notre Dame, Alemany, Chaminade and Crespi
Mission League
St. Paul, St. Francis, Cathedral, Salesian, Harvard-Westlake and La Salle

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SGV All-Star Football game survives despite losing National Football Foundation as sponsor: “The game has been going on for 35 years and its tradition,” explained WC coach Mike Maggiore

The National Football Foundation, which has been the event coordinator and sponsor of the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame senior all-star football game for several years through its San Gabriel Valley chapter, officially pulled its affiliation from the game Wednesday just weeks before the annual East vs. West game, scheduled for May 16 at West Covina High School at 7 p.m.

West Covina football coach Mike Maggiore said the game will continue, however, because coaches and teams already have been selected. The game will simply be called the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame game.

“The most important thing is that the kids that were selected have the opportunity to play,” Maggiore said. “There are nearly 100 kids excited to play. This game has been going on for 35 years and its tradition in the San Gabriel Valley. We couldn’t just let it die.”

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Softball: Maddy Tickey, Alex Rodriguez lead West Covina over Bonita


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
West Covina High School felt it gave a way a 6-3 loss to Bonita last month.
The Bulldogs made up for it Tuesday.
Maddy Tickey was solid in the circle and had two hits and a RBI to lead West Covina to a 2-1 victory over the Bearcats in a key Hacienda League softball game.
Tickey gave up seven hits and struck out three for West Covina, which improved to 12-10 overall and 5-2 in league play. The Bulldogs also got two hits and a RBI from Alex Rodriguez.
Bonita, which was turned away with a runner on third in the sixth and seventh innings, slipped to 13-6 and 6-1. Chloe Melanson hit a home run in the fifth for the Bearcats’ only run. Bonita faces Los Altos, which is also 6-1 in league play, for first place on Thursday.
West Covina, which had seven hits, took a 2-0 lead in the third following RBI singles by Tickey and Rodriguez.
Tickey then shut the door on the Bearcats in the sixth and seventh.
In the sixth, Bonita put a runner on third with one out following a single by Veronica Ortega, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. But Tickey turned the Bearcats away by getting Alyssa Meyer and Lorraine Gatlin on groundouts.
The Bearcats pushed again in the seventh. Leticia Morales walked and Berlyn Benavides beat out a bunt for a single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch on a strike out by Melanson before Tickey ended it by getting Vienna Benavides and Ortega on ground outs.
West Covina’s Maddy Tickey: “I really wasn’t worried about the runners. I was more worried about the batters who were up. I’m the type of pitcher to worry about anything else but the batter.”

Bonita’s Chloe Melanson: “It was a tough loss, but we kept ourselves in the game. We had a lot of runners on. It was on us that we couldn’t get them in.”

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Area Baseball rankings and leaders: South Hills edges Glendora for top spot

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AREA TOP TEN
1. South Hills (16-3-1) — A full game ahead of Chino Hills after posting two impressive victories last week. Still, finishing first wont be easy.
2. Glendora (15-5) — The only sport at Glendora that has no probelm with the Baseline. The Tartans are in first and in firm control.
3. San Dimas (15-6-1) — Saints sweep Nogales and rest of the schedule friendly. They shouldn’t lose another game before the playoffs.
4. Bonita (16-6) — Had nine-game win streak snapped in 3-2 loss to Gahr, but has two big games this week against West Covina Tuesday and Friday.
5. Bishop Amat (11-9) — Lancers split last week, but still only game back of La Salle in the Del Rey, who it faces two more times.
6. Damien (13-6) – Went 0-2 in a make-or-break week for the Sierra title. Now the Spartans are battling just to make the playoffs in a tie for third.
7. Diamond Bar (14-8) — Brahmas seem like they can beat anyone, but they still could have problems making the playoffs in Hacienda.
8. Sierra Vista (14-2) — A perfect 8-0 in the Montview, the Dons have the fewest losses of any Tribune teams.
9. Los Altos (12-10) — Despite its barely above .500 record, the Conqs still only a game back of Bonita in the Hacienda.
10. West Covina (12-8) — If West Covina were in the Mission Valley or Montview, they would be undefeated in league. That’s how balanced the Hacienda is.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
HITTING

1. Mark Gonzalez, Pomona, 19-for-34, .559
2. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, 33-for-60, .550
3. Matt Arguello, La Puente, 17-for-32, .531
4. Derek Zavalla, South El Monte, 17-for-35, .486
5. Erik Gutierrez, Sierra Vista, 20-for-42, .476
6. Brandon Bradshaw, Bonita, 16-for-34, .471
7. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 22-for-47, .468
8. Derian Torres, Sierra Vista, 21-for-46, .457
9. Erick Morales, La Puente, 16-for-35, .457
10. Anthony Cuevas, Los Altos, 28-for-63, .444
HOME RUNS
4 – David Banuelos, Damien; Francisco Ramirez, South Hills
3 – Jordan Abernathy, Damien; Nicholas Hernandez, Charter Oak
RBIS
23 – Alex Gonzalez, Bonita
19 – David Banuelos, Damien
17 – Brennan McKenzie, Walnut; Jon Ayala, South Hills; Jordan Abernathy, Damien
ERA
1. Isaac Archer, Bishop Amat, 0.42
2. Gavin Velasquez, South Hills, 0.53
3. Eric Flores, Glendora, 0.90
4. Peter Lambert, San Dimas, 0.91
5. Erik Gutierrez, Sierra Vista, 0.94
WIN-LOSS PERCENTAGE
1. Kale Morton, Glendora, 7-0
2. Gerardo Ramirez, Diamond Bar, 7-1
3t. Eric Flores, Glendora, 6-1
3t. Anthony Deeter, West Covina, 6-1
5. Grant Hockin, Damien, 7-2



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Area Softball Rankings and Leaders: No. 1 South Hills gets mighty Chino Hills on Friday

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Above: Will South Hills get tough when it faces Chino Hills on Friday?

AREA TOP TEN
1. South Hills (17-4) — Big win over Charter Oak to keep pace with Sierra League frontrunner Chino Hills, who South Hills will host in Friday’s mammoth game. I’m taking the Huskies, lol.
2. Bonita (13-4) — With games at West Covina and Los Altos this week, the Bearcats can all but wrap up the Hacienda with a pair of wins.
3. Charter Oak (14-6) — Considering Charters’ only two league losses are to Chino Hills and South Hills, there’s no reason to drop it from top three.
4. Bishop Amat (12-8) — Only a game back of St. Paul in Del Rey standings, but time is running out. They host La Salle Tuesday and get St. Paul one more time.
5. San Dimas (15-7) — The Saints are already focusing on the playoffs because the Valle Vista is just to easy for them.
6. Los Altos (10-5) — The Conquerors have done their part since losing only Hacienda game to Bonita by winning every game since. They get their rematch at home against Bonita on Thursday.
7. Glendora (9-10) – Tartans can’t wait to get of the Baseline. Sadly, they’re closer to last than first.
8. Covina (12-6-1) — The Colts’ only loss in the Valle Vista is against San Dimas, who they will play in the league finale in a couple weeks. They need to keep winning to make the final game mean something.
9. West Covina (11-10) — The Bulldogs are coming on late and can show how far they’ve come by hosting Bonita on Tuesday. If they win, it could set up a wild finish in the Hacienda.
10. Sierra Vista (8-4-2) — A perfect 7-0 in the Montview and one-game lead over Duarte, who it plays on May 8.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
HITTING

1. Evelyn Sandoval, Arroyo, 21-for-36, .583
2. Celeste Wood, Los Altos, 19-for-33, .576
3. Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, 39-for-68, .574
4. Jackie Negrete, Workman, 20-for-35, .571
5. Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, 26-for-47, .553
6. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, 27-for-49, .551
7. Jada Richards, Duarte, 18-for-33, .545
8. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, 31-for-57, .544
9. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, 32-for-59, .542
10. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, 25-for-47, .532
HOME RUNS
8 – Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
7 – Chloe Melanson, Bonita; Ciara Granado, Edgewood
6 – Ashley Huber, Walnut; Alicia Brown, Glendora; Ashley Diaz, South El Monte; Adriana Fernandez, Workman
RBIS
31 – Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood; Ciara Granado, Edgewood
30 – Janell Wheaton, San Dimas
26 – Isabella Sierra, Covina; Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
25 – Princess Nava, Covina
24 – Ashley Diaz, South El Monte; Anette Mena, Edgewood
ERA
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills, 0.43
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak, 1.48
3. Princess Nava, Covina, 1.32
4. Kaelyn McFadden, Bonita, 1.45
5. Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas, 1.73
WIN/LOSS PERCENTAGE
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills, 12-2
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak, 9-2
3. Adriana Fernandez, Workman, 8-2
4. Princess Nava, Covina, 10-4
5. Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas, 9-5

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Baseball: Peter Lambert leads San Dimas over Nogales, 4-0


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA PUENTE –
As dominant as the San Dimas High School baseball team as been in the Valle Vista League this season, there are times when the Saints look beatable.
Friday was one of those days, but senior pitcher Peter Lambert refused to allow it.
Lambert tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out nine to lead San Dimas to a 4-0 victory over host Nogales in a league game.
Jonathan Longtin and Josh Avila had two RBIs each for the Saints, who improved to 15-6-1 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Anthony Guardado gave up seven hits and struck out eight for the Nobles, who slipped to 13-7-1 and 1-5.
Lambert, who improved to 7-1, got his nine strikeouts between the second and fifth innings, including turning away a Nogales’ scoring chance in the fourth. The Nobles put runners on first and second with no outs following a single by David Barcena and an error on a ground ball by Guardado. Lambert then struck out the next three batters to end the threat.
San Dimas took a 1-0 lead in the first on a triple by Daniel Millwee and a RBI ground out by Jonathan Longtin. Josh Avila made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the sixth before Longtin pushed it to 4-0 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.
San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “I felt pretty good. My catcher Daniel (Millwee) caught a great game. He gives me a lot of confidence when I know he’s going to catch and block every ball. It makes it a lot easier. We had a pretty good offensive game on Wednesday. Today wasn’t as good, but it was good enough and we got the win.”

Nogales’ Anthony Guardado: “Every game is tough to lose. But this one hurt the most, because we had some chances.”

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The Big River, Rio Ruiz takes on Clayton Kershaw and Rancho Cucamonga tonight

Clayton Kershaw will make the first rehabilitation start of his career Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
No timetable has been set for his return to a major-league mound, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Kershaw will need at least two rehab starts total. He’s expected to throw approximately 55 pitches Friday against the Lancaster Jethawks, who feature former Bishop Amat star and Tribune player of the year Rio Ruiz.
Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
“He came out of the bullpen good yesterday and we feel like we’re ready,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think anyone’s going to let him go out, even throw that sim game, if we weren’t allowing him just to go pitch.”
Kershaw hasn’t any setbacks in his recovery from a strained teres major muscle in his upper left back since he first threw off a mound 10 days ago.

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Longtime boys basketball coach and former Star-News coach of the year Hung Duong accused of “intimidation” tactics

By Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News
A Mark Keppel basketball coach allegedly used intimidation tactics recently to get a high school student to not “step out of line” by talking to the media, Anthony Acosta said.
Varsity Coach Hung Duong allegedly confronted Acosta, 17, less than 24 hours after a Star-News article quoted Acosta voicing his disappointment over Alhambra Unified School District’s decision to cut Horizons, a college preparatory program.
“He was like, ‘Why are you talking about this class? I don’t want you misrepresenting basketball,’” Acosta said. “It was just really intimidating. Like you would expect my coach to like encourage me to use my First Amendment right but, from what I got from him, he was basically saying don’t step out of line.”

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Is St. Francis football worried that it could win up in the Catholic South and Pac-5 Division?

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
There’s a vibe out there among those who closely follow the Catholic Athletic Association’s high school football re-leaguing process that one more twist or turn is coming.
It’s the same vibe that one might get while watching a cinematic thriller that fools you into thinking the ending is obvious before one final act shatters all preconceived notions and leaves the audience with its mouth open.
In theory, the final act to this saga should have already been played out when the CAA met on Tuesday and in a close vote put forth its latest and final proposal for league alignments that would span the next four years.

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Softball: Carlie Salm, Lindsey Hughes lead San Dimas over Northview


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN DIMAS –
San Dimas High School has been the dominant softball team in the Valle Vista League this season.
The Saints lived up to the billing Thursday.
Carlie Salm had two RBIs and scored two runs and Lindsey Hughes was solid in circle to lead host San Dimas to an 8-0 victory over Northview in a league game.
Hughes tossed a 3-hit shutout and struck out seven for the Saints, who improved to 15-7 overall and 7-0. San Dimas, which had 13 hits, also got two hits each from Jennifer Aguinaga, Janell Wheaton, Briana Quintana, Davina Doran and Kennedy Anderson.
Northview, getting a double from Ariela Burns, slipped to 9-10 and 4-3.
San Dimas led 6-0 after the first two innings. Salm hit a two-run triple in the first before Doran and Anderson followed with RBI hits for a 4-0 advantage. The Saints pushed it to 6-0 in the second on a RBI triple by Brooke Jackson and RBI single by Wheaton.
San Dimas’ Carlie Salm: “We knew they were going to come out harder this time, so we played our heart out. We didn’t want them to think they had a chance with us, so we came out hard.”

San Dimas’ Lindsey Hughes: “I felt really proud the way I pitched today. I know a shutout is a great thing, but I couldn’t have done it without my defense and offense helping me.”

Northview coach Jeff Butler: “They are a good hitting team all the way through. We tried to keep Janell from hurting us too bad. We played good, and the kids fought the whole time.”

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Feature: Gavin Velasquez steps up for South Hills

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
South Hills High School’s Gavin Velasquez was an after thought coming into the baseball season.
The junior pitcher had a limited role for the Huskies last season, and not many outside the program figured much more from him this season.
Everyone, but Velasquez, who has become one of the dominant players in the Valley, ranking among area leaders in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. He has filled in nicely replacing the gap left by 2013 Area Player of the Year Adrian De Horta, now playing minor league baseball for the San Diego Padres’ affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Velasquez’s transformation was even a surprise to new coach Darren Murphy, who has been pleasantly impressed with his new ace.

South Hills starter Gavin Velasquez has become one of the area's best pitchers this season, helping the Huskies to a 15-3-1 record. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starter Gavin Velasquez has become one of the area’s best pitchers this season, helping the Huskies to a 15-3-1 record.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


“Yes, it was (a surprise), but mainly because he was unknown,” Murphy said. “He had a great summer and a great fall and I had heard that coming in that he had really improved. But sometimes in a program like this, there are stars waiting to happen. They are kind of under wraps until they get their shot and he probably was in Adrian’s shadow a bit last year. But talking about a guy taking off when he’s given the opportunity, that’s Gavin.
“What makes Gavin special is the tougher the situation, the better he gets.”
Velasquez, who will be on the hill when South Hills visits Claremont at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, has flourished. He’s 5-1 with a 0.61 ERA while striking out 41 in 46 innings. The junior credits his effort to the preseason work he put in, knowing someone had to fill in on the mound for De Horta, His take was why not him?
“I didn’t get to pitch that much last year. I think I threw three innings the whole year,” Velasquez said. “But I got to learn a lot; the mental (aspect) was very big. When Adrian left that’s when everyone started doubting whether we would have (good) pitching this year.
“I took it among myself. (Teammate and starting pitcher Erik Martinez) and I talked a lot this year about how we needed to step it up this year. The big thing for us is not to panic, but to stay calm and play South Hills baseball.”
Velasquez has been the rock the Huskies have needed on the mound and a key to South Hills going 15-3-1 and sharing the first place with Damien and Chino Hills. The Huskies also won the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina in March and have been ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Top 10 all season.
The junior has lived up his role, including throwing two shut outs, while limiting the opposition to a .199 batting average in his seven starts. He’s has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 41-6 and has giving up just four earned runs. In two outings against Sierra League preseason favorite Chino Hills, Velasquez has yielded just one earned run, including a 5-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over Chino Hills last week.
“I just try to handle it mentally,” said Velasquez, who committed to Cal State Fullerton in December. “I just try to keep throwing strikes; (a) first-pitch strike for me is big. If I don’t get a first-pitch strike, I just try to keep throwing strikes, because I try to limit my walks. Walks can turn into runs, so if you don’t throw strikes, you can’t win ball games.”
And with Velasquez on the mound, the Huskies are good position to continue their winning ways.

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Softball: Caitlyn Van Hemelryck, Natalie Lugo lead South Hills over Charter Oak


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
South Hills High School has shown the ability to be mentally tough when it matters most in recent years, and the Huskies showed off the trait again Wednesday.
Caitlyn Van Hemelryck singled with the bases loaded in the sixth to drive in the go-ahead run and freshman Natalie Lugo was dominant in the circle to lead the host Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Charter Oak in a key Sierra League game.
Lugo tossed a 3-hitter and struck out 12 for the area No. 1 Huskies, who improved to 17-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Van Hemelryck also had two hits.
Sierra Hensel hit a home run in the sixth and Kaile Chavez had two hits for the area No. 3 Chargers, who slipped to 13-6 and 1-2.
South Hills, after falling behind 1-0 on Hensel’s home run, put runners on second and third with one out in the sixth following a lead-off walk to Marissa Reyes and a single by Marissa Thornburg. Charter Oak pitcher Brooke Clemetson, who relieved Chavez in the fourth, looked like she might get out of it after striking out Melysia Ortega.
But after Mariah Tovar was walked to load the bases, Ryenne Chavez reached on a fielding error, which scored Reyes and tied it at 1. Van Hemelryck with a line-drive single that hortstop Marissa Chavez was able to knock down before throwing to third late, allowing Thornburg to score for the 2-1 lead.
Lugo, who had 10 strike outs through the first four innings, got Charger Oak in order in the seventh, getting Marissa Chavez on a grounder back to the circle to end it.

South Hills’ Caitlyn Van Hemelryck: “This is a big win for us. Natalie did a great job of keeping them down and pitching great. It was a big win. We hadn’t beat Charter Oak in a while, so to come back the way we did felt good.”

Charter Oak’s Sierra Hensel: “It’s tough,” Hensel said. “All around as a team, we just need to take a few more cuts in the cage and come up with a little more focus. Hopefully, next time we can come out and do better.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “Every league game is like a playoff game. We battled back. We were down 1-0 and we came back and scored those two runs. It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done. We’ve done this before where we wake up and start scoring runs. It’s not a good thing to do, but for some reason that’s how they’ve been playing.
South Hills coach Scott Higuera: “Bottom line is we weren’t able to finish. (South Hills) did a good job of getting the ball in play in the bottom of the sixth inning. Overall, we could have done a better job of getting the ball in play all game long. Our at-bats weren’t very good. (Natalie) Lugo had a good came; credit to her. But I thought we could have had better at-bats.”

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Baseball: Glendora takes control of Baseline with 1-0 victory over Rancho Cucamonga

Glendora starting pitcher Kale Morton (C) throws to the plate against Rancho Cucamonga in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Glendora starting pitcher Kale Morton (C) throws to the plate against Rancho Cucamonga in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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


GLENDORA – Glendora High School didn’t clinch the Baseline League baseball title Tuesday, but the host Tartans took a pretty big step.
D.J. Peters scored on an error in the seventh inning and Kale Morton threw a 2-hit shut out as Glendora opened up a two-game lead in league play with a 1-0 victory over second-place Rancho Cucamonga.
Morton also struck out 10 and didn’t allow a base runner to reach third base for the Tartans, who improved to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the Baseline League.
Michael Lopez tossed a 4-hitter and struck out four for Rancho Cucamonga, which slipped to 10-9 and 5-3. The Tartans, who play at Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, moved to at last two games ahead of the Cougars and Upland, which was 14-3 and 4-3 coming into Tuesday. The win also gives Glendora the tie-breaking advantage, with two wins each against Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
Morton and Lopez battled back and forth before Glendora got the break it needed in the seventh.
Peters led off with a single and with one out advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored the winning run when Alex Briggs hit a chopper between third and short. Third baseman Logan Rinehart fielded it and while attempting to tag Peters, who had rounded third too wide, he dropped the ball, allowing Peters to score for the 1-0 victory.

Glendora coach Dan Henley: “The win was big. It gives us two games separation on them., which obviously means a lot. We lose the game and we’re tied up with a game on Thursday.”

Glendora’s DJ Peters: “I rounded third a little bit too much. Thankfully, he bobbled it, or I would’ve been out.”

Rancho Cucamonga’s Michael Lopez: “It’s really tough. But we’ll bounce back. We’ll take a lot from this loss.”

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Alemany proposal passes 12-11 to send Cathedral to PAC-5 while dropping Salesian to the Mission

After the CIF-Southern Section Executive Committee voted 13-3-3 to approve Salesian’s appeal to the 2014-18 Parochial Area Catholic League South football placement, which would have put Salesian in a Pac-5 football league with Loyola, Serra and Bishop Amat; Bishop Alemany submitted a new proposal on Tuesday that barely passed 12-11. The new proposal basically swaps Salesian with Cathedral, moving Cathedral into the powerful Catholic South and PAC-5 while dropping Salesian to the Mission League. Salesian appealed to CIF because it balked at the idea of essentially moving from Division 10 to Division I and prefered to play in the Mission League, though rumors persist that it does not want to be in the same league as rival Cathedral. Well, Salesian got its wish with Carthedral publicly stating at Tuesday’s meeting that it will appeal the decision to CIF, just like Salesian did. The CAA has until April 30 to submit Alemany’s proposal at which time Cathedral can appeal, leaving the next move up to CIF.

ALEMANY PROPOSAL PASSES 12-11
CATHOLIC NORTH: Alemany, Chaminade, Crespi, Notre Dame
CATHOLIC SOUTH: Bishop Amat, Cathedral, Loyola, Serra
MISSION LEAGUE: Harvard-Westlake, La Salle, Salesian, St. Francis, St. Paul
DEL REY LEAGUE: Bishop Montgomery, Cantwell Sacred Heart, St. Bernard, Verbum Dei
SANTA FE LEAGUE: Bosco Tech, Mary Star, St. Anthony, St. Monica, Bell Jeff, St. Matthias/Pius X

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Bob Ramsey’s weekly track roundup, team & individual leaders, and all-time SGV records list

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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.

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walnutgirlRamsey’s latest: We have a new boys team leader, three new event leaders and one change in the All-Time list as we finish the Big Invite portion of the track season.
DThe main action was at the massive Mt.SAC Relays – we are really fortunate to have two of the top high school tracks in the country right here in the SGV! The top performance came from Monrovia junior Sydney Mosey – her 13.88 in the 100m Hurdles placed her third in the Invite race, and she moved from 9th to 5th on the SGV All Time Performers List. Her teammate, senior Cravon Gillespie was 2nd in the Invite 100m with a wind-aided 10.69. In other top finishes at Mt.SAC, SGV record holder Claire Kieffer-Wright (Sr, South Pasadena) as 2nd/5’10″ in the high jump, the Monrovia girls were 3rd/47.42 in the 4×100 Relay, improving their SGV seasonal leading mark, and Eric Knowles (Sr, St. Francis) was 4th in the Invite Triple Jump with a PR and SGV leading 45’1-1/4″
We gained three new SGV seasonal leaders from Mt.SAC – Barrett Weiss (Jr, Flintridge Prep) regained the Pole Vault lead from his brother Gareth with a big PR 15’0″ (4th Seeded), and Michael Dondalski (Sr, Pasadena) continued his massive improvement with a 1:54.35 (2nd Seeded) finish in the 800m. in the Girls 800, where Susie Garza (Sr, Baldwin Park) took over the SGV seasonal lead with a PR 2:16.13 (3rd Seeded).
damien trackSGV 400m leader Ross Niederhaus (Jr, St. Francis) PR’d with a 48.54 (3rd Seeded), and girls 4×400 Relay leaders Arcadia improved to 3:54.85 (6th Invite)
The Cougar Classic, after being rained out on the opening weekend, was contested last weekend with an understandably diminished field. SGV athletes won most of the events, with notable performances coming from Thomas Medina (Sr, Santa Fe) 49.81/400m, Morgan Love (Jr, Charter Oak) 25.75/200m & 57.24/400m, and the Covina boys 4×400 – 3:27.51.
SGV athletes also competed at two small school meets, the Ocean View Invitational and the Russell Cup.
The Arcadia girls are holding steady at the top of the girls SGV Team Rankings. These rankings are based on the number of places in the top ten of the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Performance List. Following an excellent week Walnut moved back to the top of the boys rankings, with Flintridge Prep moving into the first ten for the first time.

SGV TEAM RANKINGS
GIRLS

1. Arcadia
2. Walnut
3. Monrovia
4. South Pasadena
5. Glendora
6. La Salle
7. Muir
8. Bishop Amat
9. Santa Fe
10. Bonita
BOYS
1. Walnut
2. Damien
3. California
4. Arcadia
5. Santa Fe
6. St. Francis
7. Covina
8. Maranatha
9. Glendora
10. Flintridge Prep

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Baseball Rankings and Leaders: Damien’s David Banuelos making a strong case for player of the year hitting .489 with 4HR and 19 RBIs

AREA TOP TEN
1. South Hills (14-3-1) — Why South Hills No. 1 and not Damien? Even though the Spartans won their only meeting so far, still believe the Huskies’ would be better in a long series.
2. Damien (13-4) – Tied with South Hills for lead in the Sierra. When Grant Hockin’s on the bump, they’re extremely tough to beat.
3. Bonita (15-5) — Hottest team of the moment, winners of nine straight which includes a big non-league victory at Harvard-Westlake.
4. Glendora (13-5) — Split with Upland, but still in first all alone in the Baseline. Coach Dan Henley proving again he’s one of areas best.
5. San Dimas (13-6-1) — Strange 1-0 loss to Wilson is only blemish in the Valle Vista. Looking at remaining VVL games, Saints shouldn’t lose again.
6. Bishop Amat (10-8) — Good teams find ways to win close games. That’s Amat’s problem, seven of its eight losses have been by two runs or less.
7. Diamond Bar (13-7) — Brahmas own a victory over Bonita and only sit a game back of the Bearcats in the standings.
8. Sierra Vista (14-2) — A perfect 8-0 in the Montview and only two losses to Monrovia and rival Baldwin Park.
9. Rosemead (10-6) — A perfect 9-0 in the Mission Valley league and swinging the bat very well. Non-league record isn’t impressive but they do own a win over Monrovia.
10. Charter Oak (9-8) — They beat Damien last week. Even though they’re last in the Sierra, how many area teams that you believe should be No. 10 instead of Charter Oak could do that?

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Above: David Banuelos (No. 18) celebrates with Grant Hockin. Banuelos is chasing an area triple crown while Hockin is 7-1 on the hill for the Spartans.

BASEBALL LEADERS
HITTING

1. Matt Arguello, La Puente, 17-for-32, .531
2. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, 23-for-46, .500
3. David Banuelos, Damien, 23-for-47, .489
4. Derek Zavala, South El Monte, 17-for-35, .486
5. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, 16-for-33, .485
6. Derrian Torres, Sierra Vista, 15-for-31, .484
7. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 22-for-47, .468
8. Erick Morales, La Puente, 16-for-35, .457
9. Anthony Cuevas, Los Altos, 23-for-51, .451
10. Michael Guzman, Baldwin Park, 18-for-40, .450
HOME RUNS
4 – David Banuelos, Damien; Francisco Ramirez, South Hills
3 – Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak; Jordan Abernathy, Damien.
RBIS
22 – Alex Gonzalez, Bonita
19 – David Banuelos, Damien
17 – Jordan Abernathy, Damien
16 – Jon Ayala, South Hills; Jonathan Olsen, Damien
ERA
1. Eric Flores, Glendora (0.24)
2. Gavin Velasquez, South Hills (0.72)
3. Peter Lambert, San Dimas (1.00)
4. Alex Garcia, Bishop Amat (1.26)
5. Anthony Deeter, West Covina (1.34)
Win-Loss record
1. Kale Morton, Glendora, 6-0
2. Grant Hockin, Damien, 7-1
3. Gerardo Ramirez, Diamond Bar, 6-1
4. Peter Lambert, San Dimas, 5-1
5. Ryan Mauch, South Hills, 4-0

Note: All stats provided by Maxpreps. If you’re name isn’t on this list and should be, tell your coach to update stats. It’s as simple as that.

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Softball Rankings and Leaders: San Dimas’ Janell Wheaton and South Hills pitcher Natalie Lugo having stellar seasons

AREA TOP TEN
1. South Hills (16-4) — Chino Hills put a whipping on the SH Huskies but that’s nothing to cry about, they’re that good. South Hills is still best of the rest with freshman sensation Natalie Lugo, and I’m sure they can’t wait to get a second shot at Chino Hills when they get them at home next time. But they can’t look ahead, Charter Oak visiting on Wednesday.
2. Bonita (11-4) — Has won six straight, is undefeated in the Hacienda, and probably won’t lose again until the playoffs start. Los Altos and West Covina are formidable challengers, but the Bearcats are simply better.
3. Charter Oak (13-5) — Only lost 3-0 to Chino Hills and beat South Hills in the Charter Oak tournament. But can it beat South Hills again. They will get its first crack in league at South Hills on Wednesday.
4. Bishop Amat (12-7) — Lancers are 5-2 in the improved Del Rey league which boasts four of its five teams with overall winning records. Still, when’s the last time Amat got swept by St. Paul in softball?
5. Glendora (9-7) – Started off the season hot but has fallen to 2-3 in the Baseline and needs to get going if it wants to reach the playoffs.
6. San Dimas (13-7) — The Valle Vista isn’t what it use to be except for the Saints, who are 5-0 and looking like it will run the table.
7. Los Altos (8-5) — Trying to keep pace with Bonita who handed Conqs only loss in the Hacienda. If it keeps winning league games, will get its rematch with a chance to tie for first.
8. Covina (10-6-1) — Only one loss in the Valle Vista and a good bet to finish second behind San Dimas.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-9) — Third at 3-3 in the Hacienda. They’re capable beating better teams, but also loses to teams in shouldn’t.
10. South El Monte (10-4) — Undefeated in the Mission Valley League and probably won’t lose again until the playoffs start.

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Above: Glendora pitcher Cambria Keefer among leaders with an 8-2 record.

SOFTBALL LEADERS
HITTING

1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, 27-for-45, .600
2. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, 22-for-37, .595
3. Evelyn Sandoval, Arroyo, 21-for-36, .583
4. Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, 31-for-55, .564
5. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, 23-for-41, .561
6. Celeste Wood, Los Altos, 15-for-27, .556
7. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 24-for-44, .545
8. Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, 24-for-44, .545
9. Monet Manning, Northview, 15-for-28, .536
10. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, 29-for-55, 527
HOME RUNS
8 – Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
7 – Ciara Granado, Edgewood
6 – Ashley Huber, Walnut; Alicia Brown, Glendora; Chloe Melanson, Bonita; Ashley Diaz, South El Monte
RBIS
31 – Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood; Ciara Granado, Edgewood
26 – Janell Wheaton, San Dimas
25 – Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
23 – Ashley Diaz, South El Monte; Anette Mena, Edgewood
ERA
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills (0.54)
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak (0.82)
3. Princess Nava, Covina (1.42)
4. Kaelyn McFadden, Bonita (1.67)
5. Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas (2.20)
Win-Loss
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills (10-1)
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak (8-1)
3. Cambria Keefer, Glendora (8-2)
4. Mia Luques, South El Monte (8-2)
5. Princess Nava, Covina (8-4)

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Baseball: South Hills beats Chino Hills, 1-0 to force 3-way tie for first in Sierra League

South Hills' Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills’ Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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


WEST COVINA – It was against conventional wisdom, but sometimes the correct call in baseball is to play a hunch.
The latter worked for host South Hills on Friday.
Erik Martinez, batting for the first time this season, came through with a RBI single in the sixth inning to lead South Hills to a 1-0 victory over Chino Hills in a key Sierra League game.
Gavin Velasquez threw a six-hit shutout with five strikeouts for the Huskies, who improved to 14-3-1 overall. The win also put South Hills, Chino Hills and Damien tied for first with 5-2 league records. Chino Hills, which got a solid effort on the mound from Aaron Dominguez is 14-4 overall.
Quinn Cotter, who had double in the second, doubled in the sixth with two outs. Murphy then played his hunch, sending up Martinez to hit for catcher Corey Cadek. The senior then hit a ground-ball single to right field to score Cotter for a 1-0 lead.
Velasquez, who beat Chino Hills earlier this season, made it stand up in the seventh. He gave up a one-out single Tyrus Lineberger before striking out JP Hopkins and getting Izzy Fuentes on a fly out to end the game.
South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “I look like a fool if he strikes out on three pitches. But Erik is a good athlete and in the past he’s hit well, just hasn’t done much hitting here at South Hills. It was just a hunch, it was luck. But Erik made me look good today.”

South Hills’ Erik Martinez: “Coach told me to get ready, so I just tried to get mentally ready. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and luckily it got through.”

Chino Hills’ Aaron Dominguez: “It was a good game. We played hard. Sometimes luck is not on your side.”

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All-Area Wrestling: Northview’s Bryan Salinas repeats as Wrestler of the Year; Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Coach of the Year

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

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

2013-14 ALL-AREA WRESTLING TEAM
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: BRYAN SALINAS, NORTHVIEW, SENIOR


For a career, no wrestler in the area has been better than Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas in recent seasons.
He finished with three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, four trips to the state championships and three state medals.
The 160-pounder concluded his career with a Central Division title, a runner-up finish at Masters and a top eight finish at the CIF State championships.
For his efforts, Salinas is Tribune Wrestler of the Year.
“It means a lot to me, placing three years at state is a hard challenge,” said Salinas, who also won the area award last season. “The list is short of wrestlers who have done that before. I’m proud to be part of that list.”
Salinas, also a key member of Northview’s drive to a Division 2 Dual title, more than lived up to the Northview reputation as the area’s best. His three state medals ranking only second in school history to former Northview competitor Caleb Flores, a four-time state medalist. But his worth to the Vikings was more than his talent on the mat. He proved to be just as good off it.
“He’s been consistent, pushed through his injuries, been a great leader and helped us win Masters twice in his four years and four consecutive CIF titles,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “None of that would have been possible without Bryan, and he started doing that right off the bat as a freshman. Especially last year, when he was physically beat up and had to wrestle at a higher weight, but he did it for us.”
The senior was 30-3 on the mat this season, with three losses being by default. The other three setbacks were by two points in the Masters final and by a point in the quarterfinals at state.
“It was a good season,” Salinas said. “I had a tough match at Masters and state didn’t work out the way I wanted. But I wanted to come back and keep our tradition alive for state placers.”
He will now take his talent to college wrestling, where he’s received a scholarship from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bishop Amat's Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


COACH OF THE YEAR:
THOMAS PIERRE, BISHOP AMAT

Pierre has been a key to the Lancers being one of the top programs in the area. He’s guided the Lancers to three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, six runner-up finishes and 19 league titles.
This season, Bishop Amat, despite heavy graduation losses from 2012-13, was stellar, going 13-2 in dual competition, winning the Mission League title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS dual championships. He also coached CIF State placer Nigel Ruiz, who was one of three area competitors this season to finish among the top eight at the state meet.
This (season) was special for so many reasons,” Pierre said. “After graduating 10 starters, I knew we had our work cut out for us. I sat our young kids down last March and told them, ‘You are the guys. We are going to depend on you next year.’ To finish 13-2, claim another Mission League championship, gain three CIF placers and a state placer in a rebuilding year was thrilling.
“Our success is never something that is easily gained or handed over to us. We have to do a lot of work to develop the wrestlers. Most of our guys start as freshman and we develop them within. I think we are good at making something out of what we get and we never count anyone out. We push them to be the kind of wrestlers we know they are.”
FIRST TEAM
DAVID GONZALEZ, SAN DIMAS, 106, SENIOR

Gonzalez was the top competitor in the area at 106 pounds. He followed up a second-place finish at the Valle Vista League finals with CIF-SS Central Division and Masters titles. He qualified for the state meet and came up one round short of receiving a top-eight medal.
RICHARD CASILLAS, NORTHVIEW, 106, SOPHOMORE
Casillas was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He won the Valle Vista League title before finishing second in the CIF-SS Central Division and sixth at the Masters Meet. He went 1-2 at the CIF State championships.
VINCENT PARRA, NORTHVIEW, 113, SENIOR
Parra was the top competitor at 113 pounds. He was one of 17 area athletes to advance to the state championships. He won titles at the Valle Vista League finals and the CIF-SS Central Division championships. He was third at the Masters Meet before going 3-2 at the state meet.
JOE ALEXANDER, CHARTER OAK, 132, SENIOR
Alexander was another member of the area’s top 17, who made it to the state championships. He won at 132 pounds at the CIF-SS Central Division championships before placing fifth at the Masters Meet. Alexander went 1-2 at the state championships.
MARIO LOPEZ, ROWLAND, 138, SENIOR
Lopez has been one of the area’s best over the past two seasons. This year he was the top competitor at 138 pounds and a key for Rowland winning the Hacienda League title. He was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and fifth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state meet.
NIGEL RUIZ, BISHOP AMAT, 145, JUNIOR
Ruiz came on strong down the stretch to place at the CIF State championships. He was fourth at the CIF-SS Coastal Division championships before taking second at Masters and taking eighth at the CIF state meet. He also went 3-2 at nationals. Earlier, he won three tournament titles and was runner-up at the Five Counties Invitational.
RICKY PADILLA, NORTHVIEW, 152, JUNIOR
Padilla was the area’s best at 152 pounds, and played a big part in Northview winning CIF-SS dual and team individual titles and the Masters team title. He won individual titles at the Valle Vista League finals, the CIF-SS Central Division championships and Masters Meet. He went 4-2 at the state championships, missing a top-eight medal by one round.
SETH MORALES, BONITA, 170, SENIOR
Morales as part of the area’s terrific trio that placed among the top eight at the state championships. The 170 pounder was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and third at the Masters Meet. He placed eighth at state championships, advancing to the quarterfinals. He won a consolation match before losing two matches by injury, dropping him to eighth.
KAULIN GARCIA, DAMIEN, 182, SENIOR
Garcia’s was the area’s best at 182 pounds. He was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state meet after placing third at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and ninth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
KEANDRE JOHNSON, DIAMOND BAR, 220, SENIOR
Johnson has been one of the area’s best the past two seasons. He followed up a third-place finish at CIF-SS divisionals with a runner-up finish this season. He also was fourth at the Masters Meet and qualified for the state championships, missing the medal rounds by one match. He also competed in the senior nationals.
LUIS HERNANDEZ, ARROYO, 220, SENIOR
Hernandez was arguably the top competitor in the Mission Valley League. He followed up a Mission Valley League title with a second-place at the Southern Division championships before placing eighth at Masters. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
RYAN PADILLA, GLENDORA, 285, SENIOR
Padilla was the top heavyweight in the area. He was the Tartan’s lone qualifier to the Masters Meet, winning at the Inland Division championships. Padilla, who was ranked in the state top 20 most of the season, was fifth at Masters. He went 3-2 at the state meet.
ISSAC AGUILAR, SIERRA VISTA, 285, SENIOR
Aguilar was steady all season and a big part of the Dons winning another Montview League title. He was second at the Northern Division championships before placing ninth at Masters to become one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He went 0-2 at the state meet.
JACKIE QUINONES, ARROYO, 189, JUNIOR
Quinones was the top girls competitor in the area and the only state champion of either gender. She was sixth at the CIF-SS Meet before rolling through the 189-pound division at the state championships. She dominated her bracket, winning three by all, including pinning Western Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu in the finals in 4:39.
SECOND TEAM
Miguel Juarez, 106, Rowland, Sr.
John Rivera, 132, Northview, Sr.
Anthony Martinez, 182, Northview, Sr.
Bruno Flores, Rowland, 126, Sr.
Patrick Sanchez, Damien, 285, Sr.
Abraham Soto, Sierra Vista, 132, Sr.
Christian Ramirez, Rowland, 120, Fr.
Jeremy Foo, Diamond Bar, 132, Sr.
Andres Estrada, Northview, 126, Jr.
Matt Chavez, South Hills, 152, Sr.
Chris Solario, Covina, 160, Sr.
Ian Alvarado, Sierra Vista, 195, Sr.
Katie Auxier, Northview, 145, Sr.
Alyssa Barredo, Walnut, 106, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION
Josias Nunez, Arroyo, 113, Sr.
Mark Cruz, Northview, 138, Sr.
Oscar Alfaro, Wilson, 170, Sr.
Andres Hooper, Northview, 120, So.
Inez Martinez, Mountain View, 116, Jr.
Izzy Valles, Northview, 137, Jr.
Mia Dow, Walnut, 116, Fr.
Angelica Ochoa, Sierra Vista, 162, Jr.
Evelyn Avila, Sierra Vista, 235, Sr.
Jessica Villagas, Baldwin Park, 189, Sr.
Jazmine Chavarria, West Covina, 235, Sr.
Ryan Blaschke, Bishop Amat, 182 lbs. Sr
Joshua Sapien, Bishop Amat, 285, Jr.
FINAL TOP 10
1. Northview
2. Rowland
3. Arroyo
4. Charter Oak
5. Bishop Amat
6. Diamond Bar
7. San Dimas
8. South Hills
9. Sierra Vista
10. Bonita
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Baseline League: Alta Loma
Hacienda: Rowland
Mission: Bishop Amat
Mission Valley: Arroyo
Montview: Sierra Vista
Sierra: Charter Oak
Valle Vista: Northview
CIF-SS CHAMPIONS
Northview (D2 Duals, Central Division, Masters)

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The next San Gabriel Valley powerhouse isn’t Damien, Bishop Amat or St. Francis, it’s Maranatha

“It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.” Aram Tolegian

By Aram Tolegian
Pasadena is there for the taking. I know it. You know it. Maranatha High School knows it. And more importantly, the school is doing something about it.

boganPasadena is well known as an athletics hotbed. It’s also no secret that its public school system, especially in terms of athletics, is a bit of a wreck. Coaches are woefully underpaid and the amount of turnover is staggering in terms of coaches and athletes is staggering.

Who better to take advantage of this than Maranatha?

And why not? There’s currently a pipeline of Pasadena football talent extending to the San Fernando Valley and beyond where schools like Alemany, Crespi and Oaks Christian are being bankrolled by our local talent.

What if those kids looking for an alternative to Pasadena public schools decided to stay close to home and pursue their athletic dreams locally? Maranatha, with its growing list of top-notch coaches, is doing whatever it can to make itself look like the top option.

tuckerIt simply can’t be on accident that in the last year Maranatha has hired Mr. Basketball in Pasadena, Tim Tucker, to head its boys hoops program. And now four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan has been brought in to coach the football team. It doesn’t stop there. In the girls basketball program, there’s a marquee name on the coaching staff like Tye’sha Fluker, who starred at Muir before attending Tennessee and playing with four teams in the WNBA. Think she can teach the younger generation a thing or two?

The baseball program has former Temple City standout pitcher Ryan Tucker, who had a brief career recently in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, on staff as pitching coach.

Again, none of these things are happening on accident. The collection of coaches being assembled on campus at Maranatha isn’t by mistake. It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.

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Bonita rallies again, sweeps Walnut, 4-2

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By John Honell
Bonita took a huge step towards a sixth consecutive Hacienda League title before moving to the new Palomares league next year with a 4-2 win over Walnut on Thursday afternoon.

The Bearcats (14-5, 5-1) got a two-out, bases-loaded single from sophomore Brandon Bradshaw in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and complete a two-game sweep of the Mustangs this week.

“It felt great to get that hit,” Bradshaw said. “If you’re going to be put in that position, you’ve gotta want it. To come through like that is big for my team. I do it for my teammates, it’s not for personal accolades. We’re all about each other.”

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Glendora High School names tennis courts the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
GLENDORA –
The former Glendora Tennis Championships, held from 1961-2003, were a major part of Paul Baiotto’s life, and Thursday, Baiotto, who died in 2012, was rewarded for that dedication.
Glendora High School officially named its tennis facility the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts onThursday during a ceremony prior to the Tartans Baseline League match vs. Etiwanda.
All in attendance believed it was a fitting tribute for a man who dedicated so much of his time for tennis and the Glendora community.

“We’re all still playing — thanks to Paul — enjoying the game of tennis,” said Karen Baiotto, Paul’s wife. “Our sons, Brian, Brad and Brent so appreciate this honor because it will help his legacy live on. Paul had a passion for tennis and a penchant for details, which enabled the tournament to become the wonderful event that it was.
“If Paul were here today, he definitely would want to share this day with (the tournament volunteers). They made the tournament what it was. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.”
Biaotto, who grew up in Glendora and was a Glendora High graduated started the tournament from the ground up in 1961 and it annually became one of the top summer events in the Valley, featuring between 700-1,500 entrants each year in a variety of different competition levels, including open, juniors and seniors. It was the largest event in the Southern California Tennis Association summer schedule, and helped fun the up keep of several court locations in Glendora, including those at Glendora High and Goddard Middle School.
Bob Waldman, Baiotto’s chief assistant for much of the tournament’s run, said that Biaotto was the driving force behind the tournament’s success, though his organization and how he treated the players, and that the naming of the Glendora High tennis courts was an honor well-deserved.
“His memory will live on right here at the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts at Glendora High,” Waldman told the crowd, some who were tournament volunteers and former players. “Paul, this one’s for you, your efforts truly embodied Glendora’s motto, ‘The Pride of the Foothills.’”
Glendora principal Paul Lopez and athletic director Rod Tilton, who along with Waldman help lead the charge for the dedication, were also in attendance as well as Glendora city council woman Karen Davis.
“It’s a great day,” Lopez said. “We’ve never done anything like this before. This may be the beginning of other things we may do on the Glendora campus to help serve the community. I have to thank our athletic director Rod Tilton, who did a great job of putting this event together.
“We’re very proud to name the courts after Paul Baiotto for all the service he did for the Glendora community and the high school for the many of years of teaching.”
Davis presented Karen Baiotto with a recognition award in Paul Baiotto’s honor.

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All-Area Girls Water Polo: Bonita’s Natalie Rivas wins Player of the Year

Bonita High's Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

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

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Sr.


Bonita High School has become a pretty good girls water polo factory in recent years. The Bearcats have made three trips to the finals since 2009, winning once, and fielded some of the area’s best players.
You can add Rivas to that list. She ranked among the leaders in scoring and keyed the Bearcats to their fourth consecutive Hacienda League crown. For her efforts, Rivas is Tribune Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
For Rivas, while not winning a division title was disappointing, she also enjoyed the experience she had with her teammates.
“Going into the season we, as a team, decided we wanted to try and play as many games as possible,” Rivas said. “So I’m glad we got to play in CIF and give the younger girls a chance to play in CIF and learn how to play in those games, which are high-intense games.
“I’m really happy. I love my team and it was a great experience.”
Rivas, along with junior Erin Gonzalez, keyed the run to a fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, scoring 100 goals. But she was also one of the better passers in the area, a solid defender and a good team leader.
“She is just a terrific all-around player and athlete,” Bonita coach Andy Rosenberg said. “I’ve had the good fortune of coaching a lot of good players over the years, and she’s one of the best I’ve had the privilege of coaching. It’s because of skill, but also game sense. She’s going to be really hard to replace.”
Rivas, a three-time All-CIF-SS player, now takes her game to Virginia Military Institute, of Lexington, Va., and she can’t wait.
“I’m really excited I’m getting the chance to play college water polo,” said Rivas, who was first team All-Division 4 and Hacienda League MVP this season. “VMI is a great school, and I’m glad they want me.”

Bonita High's Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Rosenberg, Bonita
Rosenberg is arguably the top coach in the area, leading the Bonita boys program to the CIF-SS finals three times during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and guiding the girls program to a title in 2009 and to the finals in 2011 and 2012. The Bearcats advanced to the semifinals in 2013 and to the quarterfinals this past season.
Bonita was 20-10, ranked near the top of Division 4 all season and won the Hacienda League for the fourth consecutive season.
The season was a lot of fun,” said Rosenberg, whose Bearcats lost to eventual division champion La Serna in the quarterfinals. “The girls — it’s cliche, but it’s actually true — worked hard, stayed together very well. It was a very enjoyable group to coach.
“This was my 20th year coaching, and I had much fun. It was as easy a team to work with as any of them.”
Bonita, after going 8-0 to win the Hacienda League, opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Oxnard, before losing, 9-8, to La Serna in overtime.
“It was disappointing to lose in the quarterfinals,” Rosenberg said. “We had hopes to go farther, for sure.”

FIRST TEAM
HILARY ADKINS, ST. LUCY’S JUNIOR

Adkins was a key player for the Regents, who once again were one of the area’s best, finishing second in the rugged Sierra League and advancing two rounds in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Adkins was first team All-CIF-SS Division 3 and first team All-Sierra League.
ERIN GONZALEZ, BONITA, JUNIOR
Gonzalez played a major role in Bonita scoring its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, and going 20-10 with a trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals. She ranked among the scoring leaders in the area and earned first team All-Division 4 and All-Hacienda League. She teamed with Natalie Rivas to form arguably the top offensive tandem in the area.
RACHEL GARWICK, BONITA, SOPHOMORE
Garwick was solid in goal for the Bearcats and played her part in Bonita going 20-10 and winning its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title. She saved her best efforts when it counted most, getting eight saves in a first-place showdown at Los Altos in February and five against Walnut, also in February. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
BROOKE CONTRERAS, LOS ALTOS, FRESHMAN
Contreras, whose older sister, Stephanie, and brother, Justin, earned respective player of year selections in recent seasons, lived up to the family name with a solid freshman season. She helped Los Altos to a 17-15 record and their second consecutive trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals. She was first team All-Division 4 and first team All-Hacienda League.
EMILY MENA, LOS ALTOS, SENIOR
Mena was a key piece for the Conquerors, who finished second in the Hacienda League and advanced to the Division 4 semifinals for the second consecutive season. She formed a solid scoring tandem with freshman Brooke Contreras. She finished strong, scoring four goals in a 12-5 loss to Troy in the semifinals. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
CHEYENNE WONG, SAN DIMAS, SR.
Wong was the pivotal player for the Saints, who finished 15-11 and shared the Valle Vista League title with Wilson. She proved to be an asset as a scorer and distributer from her hole position. She shared Valle Vista League co-MVP honors with Wilson’s Stephanie Gonzalez.
STEPHANIE GONZALEZ, WILSON, SR.
Gonzalez keyed the Wildcats run to a share of the Valle Vista League title with San Dimas. They were 15-10 and lost in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs. She ranked among the league leaders in points, including scoring 53 goals. She shared league MVP honors with San Dimas’ Cheyenne Wong.
SECOND TEAM
Danielle De Herrera, Bonita, Jr.
Elizabeth Cruz, West Covina, Jr.
Rachel Ramos, Rowland, Sr.
Rocky Gonzalez, Walnut, Sr.
Christine Hu, Walnut, Sr.
Joslyn Cuevas, Glendora, Sr.
Kelly Leathers, Glendora, Sr.
TOP TEN
1. Bonita (20-10)
2. Los Altos (17-15)
3. St. Lucy’s (20-9)
4. Charter Oak (19-8)
5. Walnut (10-14)
6., tie, San Dimas (15-11)
6., tie, Wilson (15-10)
8. Glendora (8-12)
9. Rowland (9-9)
10. La Puente (8-9)
LEAGUE CHAMPS
Baseline: Los Osos
Hacienda: Bonita
Sierra: Ayala
Valle Vista: San Dimas/Wilson

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Baseball: Serra holds off Bishop Amat, 6-5


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA PUENTE —
Serra High School, after losing to Bishop Amat on Tuesday, could not afford a setback in the rematch.
Marcus Wilson put those worries to rest on Wednesday.
The senior went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and turned away a Lancer rally in the seventh to give the visiting Cavaliers a 6-5 victory in a Del Rey League game.
Serra, also getting three hits from Denz’l Chapman and two hits and two RBIs from Adrian Morales, improved to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in league play. Morales had RBI singles in fifth and sixth for a 6-4 lead.
Christian Moya had two hits and Adryan Ramirez two RBIs for Amat, which slipped to 9-7 and 3-1. The Lancers had won six of their past seven after beginning the season 0-4.
Amat, after trailing 2-0, 4-1 and 6-4, looked like it might steal this one in the seventh. The Lancers loaded the bases with no outs following walks to Anthony Walters, Ramirez and Scott Hurst. But Wilson, who relieved Chapman after the first walk, struck out Michael Palos and got Sergio Robles to hit a sacrifice fly to left to cut it to 6-5.
Wilson then induced Bryan Mendez to hit into a force play at third to end it.

Bishop Amat’s Adryan Ramirez: “We couldn’t make plays we needed to make. There were some at-bats we couldn’t get that we should get. We didn’t execute like we did (the first game).”

Serra’s Marcus Wilson: “This was a very important win. We kind of backed down the first game, but we bounced back and were a really good team today. We did everything right at the right time. It was a good win.”

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