Boys Basketball playoffs: Walnut, Glendora advance to quarters; Bonita, Diamond Ranch in semifinals

Walnut-Mayfair photo gallery

Walnut routs Mayfair, Loyola next: Eighth-seeded Walnut continued its high scoring ways with an 84-65 win over ninth-seeded Mayfair in a second-round game of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A playoffs on Tuesday night.
It was the 15th consecutive win for the Mustangs (25-5), who will travel to top-seeded Loyola for a 7 p.m. quarterfinal matchup on Friday night.
The Mustangs started the third quarter on a 14-4 run to blow the game open and led 63-44 at the end of that period.

Bonita pulls it out: For the first time in 10 years, the Bonita High School boys basketball team has returned to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals.
The Bearcats held off a fierce comeback and defeated host Buena Park, 84-74, to advance to the Division 3AA semifinals on Friday night against Gahr, a 69-42 winner over Los Altos. Bonita (23-6) will host the game.
After building up a 17-point lead, 36-19, late in the second quarter Bonita looked like they were going to run Buena Park (21-8) out of the packed gym, but they came roaring back and by the end of the third quarter led by nine, 68-59.

Los Altos can keep up with Gahr: No. 2 seed Gahr High had little trouble Tuesday night at home as the Gladiators picked up a 69-42 win over Los Altos in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA quarterfinals behind balanced scoring and defense.
The win marked the third consecutive blowout victory for the Gladiators, who will take on Bonita on the road in the semifinals Friday
“This feels great. Last year we were out in the first round and it was the worst feeling ever,” said senior guard Gregory Carlyle, who led the team with 16 points. “It just feels amazing to be in the position.”

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 1A

Walnut 84, Mayfair 65
Division 2AA
Glendora 56, Woodbridge 31
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

Diamond Ranch 39, San Marcos 36
Bonita 84, Buena Park 74
Gahr 69, Los Altos 42
Wednesday’s Open Division consolation
Damien at Alemany, 7 p.m.

Friday’s quarterfinals
Division 1A

Walnut at Loyola, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Elsinore at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Friday’s semifinals
Division 3AA

Sonora at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Gahr at Bonita, 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat with another overtime thriller, beats Mesa 2-1; Sierra Vista wins 4-2

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ALEXA RUIZ WINS IT FOR AMAT: Bishop Amat senior Jamie Peters huddled her team together before Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 second-round girls soccer game against visiting Murrieta Mesa, telling her teammates to make them (Mesa) leave the field crying.
Junior Alexa Ruiz did just that.
Ruiz scored in the eighth minute of sudden-death overtime, lifting Bishop Amat to a 2-1 victory over Mesa with a Golden Goal in the 88th minute, sending the Lancers to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Ruiz, who scored the game winner in sudden death in a 2013 divisional quarterfinal at Diamond Bar that helped lead to the Lancers to their last CIF championship, said being at the right place at the right time is a matter of will.

South El Monte comes up short: Katy Coats had a clear shot at goal in a tie game with seven minutes to play. Until Maranatha High School teammate Ivahnna Espinoza got in the way.
The sophomore soccer player’s shot, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 second-round game against visiting South El Monte, rebounded off Espinoza and the Minutemen were eventually called for offsides.

Sierra Vista 4, Rialto 2 — Maria Hernandez scored twice and Giselle Garcia and Zitlali Jimenez each scored a goal for the Dons (20-4-1) in a Division 6 second-round playoff victory.

Girls Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s second-round
Division 2

Bishop Amat 2, Murrieta Mesa 1
Division 3
Buena 2, South Hills 1
Brea Olinda 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Quartz Hill 2, Los Altos 1
Division 6
Sierra Vista 4, Rialto 2
Maranatha 2, South El Monte 1
San Gorgonio 2, Duarte 0
Division 7
Grace Brethren 5, Pomona 1

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Tuesday Recap: Maria Hernandez scored twice to lead Sierra Vista to the Division 6 second-round playoff win

Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 4, Rialto 2 — Maria Hernandez scored twice and Giselle Garcia and Zitlali Jimenez each scored a goal for the Dons (20-4-1) in a Division 6 second-round playoff victory.
Boys basketball
Ayala 61, Eisenhower 45 — Austen Awosika had 21 points and John Edgar added 18 points for the Bulldogs (23-4) in a Division 2AA second-round win. Also contributing to Ayala’s victory were Sean Paul who had 13 points and Austin Sandel who had seven points.

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CIF-SS Preseason Baseball, Softball polls posted

My first thoughts are how much fun it’s going to be covering baseball with South Hills, Glendora, Bonita and Damien in the mix in Division 2, with probably San Dimas and Bishop Amat headed for a showdown in Division 3. My second thoughts are CIF really made life difficult for the Tribune areas best softball teams, most of whom will compete in Division 1 and 2, where you all know they don’t belong or proved they belong there. That’s silly. That’s why only San Dimas and Sierra Vista, in Division 5, are the only area teams ranked.


softball poll

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Master’s Preview: Northview wrestler Joe Dominguez has fit in well

There is usually a transitional period for student-athletes who transfer from one school to another.
Wrestler Joe Dominguez’s switch from St. John Bosco to Northview High School might be the exception.
He has fit in quite nicely with the Vikings, mainly because he’s been here before. The senior was part of Northview’s youth program prior to enrolling at St. John Bosco.
Now he’s back, and couldn’t be happier.
“It’s good,” said Dominguez, one of the top competitors in the state who will be competing at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet in Ontario on Friday and Saturday. “My whole life I’ve known them (the Northview team members). They are all my training partners and friends. Yeah, it’s like coming home. It’s good.”
Dominguez’s arrival enhances the Vikings, already viewed as one of the top programs in the state. Dominguez was runner-up at the Masters Meet at 126 pounds as a sophomore before placing sixth in the state at 138 last season.

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RJ Legacy Baseball and more: San Dimas beats Northview 4-0; Bishop Amat, South Hills tie 2-2; Bonita beats Damien 5-2

Heard there were over 1,500 in attendance for Saturday night’s RJ Legacy exhibition baseball games, a preview before the real season starts next week. San Dimas took care of Northview 4-0 in the opener, something everyone should get use to with the stacked Saints squad. San Dimas and South Hills probably have the best pitching in the Valley. In the late game, Bishop Amat and South Hills tied, yes tied, 2-2. I know, there are no tie’s in baseball, but hey, it was for charity, so everyone wins. In another exhibition, Bonita beat Damien 5-2 and I heard Damien went all out and threw its best. Nice showing by Bonita.

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Northview, San Marino score CIF-SS wrestling titles

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

SANTA MARIA — Another year, another CIF-Southern Section wrestling title for Northview High School.
The Vikings scored their fifth consecutive championship in dominating fashion, winning the Northern Division crown with ease.
Northview had six individual titles and qualified eight for next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario.
Scoring titles for the Vikings were Eddie Flores (106 pounds), Richie Casillas (120), Andres Estrada (132), Joe Dominguez (145), Ricky Padilla (160) and Roger Arce (170). Casillas was lower-weight MVP.

San Dimas’ David Gonzalez won at 113, scoring his second consecutive divisional title.
Thirteen area competitors qualified for the masters. Also advancing to next week are Northview’s Andres Hooper (126, third) and Steven Comstock (152, third); Rowland’s Christian Ramirez (132, second); San Dimas’ Julian Moreli (195, second) and Covina’s David Chavarria (220, fifth).

The top nine at Masters qualify for the CIF State championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on March 6-7.
Northview scored its second CIF crown in as many weeks. The Vikings won the Central Division dual championship two weeks ago.
“It’s just an attitude,” said Padilla, who beat Sultana’s Allen Dromeo by fall in the 160 bout. “Big props to all 14 guys. Everyone won a match. It was great. A real team effort.”
Casillas won four matches by fall, including pinning Simi Valley’s Jacob Cam in the 120 final at 5:59.
Estrada scored his first divisional title by rallying past Ramirez, 3-3, in the 132 final.
“This kid has beaten me before, so I went in there knowing it would be a tough match,” Estrada said. “I felt if I kept my head in the right place, and was disciplined enough, I’d come away with the ‘W.’”
Gonzalez was dominant in winning at 113. He scored three wins by fall before beating Santa Maria’s Issac Sechslingloff, 12-0, in the final.
San Marino had five individual champions and won the team title over second-place Victor Valley at Lakeside High School in Elsinore.
The champions for San Marino where Zander Silva (113), Julian Flores (132), Evan Wick (138), Zander Wick (145) and Aaron Padilla (160).
The other area qualifiers were Bishop Amat’s Sydney Flores (103, fifth), Jonathon Ornelas (126, fourth), Nigel Ruiz (145, second) and Joshua Sapien (285, second); San Marino’s Sebastian Velasquez (126, third), Luke Troy (152, second) and Tino Maese (182, fifth) and La Canada’s David Vardanian (220, fifth).
Damien’s Patrick Sanchez, who was second at heavyweight, and Bassett’s Arturo Vasquez, who was fifth at 182, were the lone area qualifiers at Grand Terrace High School.
Montebello’s Nico Gomez (106) and California’s Richard Pocock (132) scored wins at Marina High School.
Also qualifying for Masters were Cal’s Christian Espinoza (106, second), Peter Rodriguez (152, fourth) and Alex Sotelo (160, third); La Serna’s Damien Valdez (106, third) and Nick Garcia (195, fourth); Gladstone’s Mario Barrios (113, third); Santa Fe’s Jose Peraza (132, third) and John Robles (182, third); Schurr’s Joseph Staley (145, fifth) and Efren Velez (170, fifth) and Duarte’s Angel Villanueva (285, second).
Sonora enjoyed a daily double with wins by Russell Rohlfing (126) and Josh Kawaguchi (132) at Ayala High School. Rohlfing was also lower-weight MVP.
Area qualifiers were Arroyo’s Minh Nguyen (120, second), Thien Luu (145, fifth) and Jose Flores (195, fifth); Charter Oak’s Vincent Zavala (120, fifth), Jack Castorena (138, fifth) and Antonio Zavala (152, second); West Covina’s Frank Lopez (126, fifth), Gabriel Maldonado (132, fifth), Silvio Caceres (160, third) and Tyler Ili (182, fourth); Gabrielino’s Jael Yanes (132, third); Walnut’s Micah Maes (152, fourth); Diamond Bar’s Derek Moss (160, fourth); South El Monte’s Josh Escobedo (170, third); South Hills’ Carlos Calderon (182, fifth) and Austin Moreno (285, third); Rosemead’s Adam Macias (285, fourth) and Sonora’s Chance Lyster (220, fifth).

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