Saturday’s girls water polo; semifinal matchups

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 2
No. 4 Schurr 12, La Canada 10

Division 3
No. 2 Redondo 12, La Serna 8, OT

Division 4
No. 2 South Pasadena 7, Oxnard 1

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly 11, Fullerton 7

Division 7
No. 4 Whittier 8, Western 7, SD OT
No. 2 Diamond Bar 13, Valley View 7

Wednesday’s Semifinals

Division 2
No. 1 Agoura (22-8) vs. No. 4 Schurr (29-2) at Irvine HS
No. 3 King (20-10) vs. No. 2 Riverside Poly (20-9) at Irvine HS

Division 4
No. 2 South Pasadena (19-9) at No. 3 Peninsula (19-7)
No. 1 Canyon (A)(23-8) at No. 4 Claremont (22-8)

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly (21-5) at No. 4 Santa Ana Valley (24-7)
No. 2 Tesoro (15-16) at No. 3 Xavier Prep (25-7)

Division 7
No. 1 Santa Ynez (19-10) at No. 4 Whittier (19-9)
No. 2 Diamond Bar (25-7) at No. 3 Chaffey (25-5)

Finals at Irvine HS: Feb. 25

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: It’s Jeztini! Los Altos wins on Espinoza’s buzzer 3; Amat, Glendora, Rowland, Walnut, Duarte all win

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Saturday’s second round results
Division 1A

Duarte 49, Hart 44
Division 2AA
Los Altos 49, Arcadia 47, OT
Rowland 54, Arroyo Grande 30
Walnut 65, Temescal Canyon 48
Division 2A
Leuzinger 62, Covina 42
Division 3AA
Glendora 79, Gabrielino 47
Bishop Amat 50, Tahquitz 33
Division 4A
Pomona 48, Banning 37
First Round
Division 5AA

La Reina 44, Rosemead 33
Division 5A
La Puente at California Military

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Damien advances to take on top seed Sierra Canyon, Rowland in quarters for first time in 21 years

Damien advancese to take on top-seed Sierra Canyon: Damien’s Cameron Shelton was an unsung role player on Chino Hills’ undefeated state championship team a year ago.
The change of scenery to Damien, however, unleashed unlimited potential and it was on full display in Damien’s 78-69 victory over Corona Centennial in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Open Division boys basketball playoffs.
Damien (26-3) advances to the quarterfinals for the second straight year. On Tuesday, the Spartans will face top seed Sierra Canyon (26-1), which had to sweat out a 99-93 victory over Heritage Christian to advance.
Shelton scored inside, outside and got to the foul line to post a game-high 29 points. Elijah McCullough added 18 points, Ezekiel Alley had 12 and Justin Hemsley finished with 11 to give the Spartans four players in double figures.
But clearly, it was Shelton’s night.“He’s an incredible competitor,” Damien coach Mike LeDuc said of Shelton. “We’ve got a lot of competitors on this team but Shelton, he just loves to compete. He doesn’t back down from any challenge. He’s such a pleasure to have.”
Third-seed Los Altos falls: Peninsula didn’t lead Los Altos for very long on Friday night, but they did enough down the stretch to have the lead when it mattered most.
The Panthers battled from behind to force overtime and then pulled away from the third-seeded Conquerors for an 89-81 victory in the second round of the CIF-SS boys basketball division 1A playoffs.
Los Altos led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter, aided by 11 three-point baskets made through three quarters, but the hot shooting wasn’t there late, making only one in the fourth quarter and overtime.Peninsula looked like anything but a team heading to the quarterfinals when they lost their final two games of the regular season, each by double-figures.

San Dimas comes up short: Temescal Canyon broke open a tight game at the start of the fourth quarter then held on to knock off San Dimas 66-59 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A second-round boys basketball game.
It was the ninth consecutive win for the Titans (19-8) who will be on the road to play Hesperia or Palos Verdes Tuesday night.Until the Titans went on their fourth-quarter run there were three ties and 18 lead changes in the game.
The Titans went on a 15-5 run to start the fourth quarter, breaking a 39-39 tie at the end of the third quarter.
Jerred Jennen hit a pair of 3-pointers in the run and point guard Brandon Sapp got to the basket twice while Brandon Clemons controlled the offensive glass.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m.
Friday’s first round
Open Division

Damien 78, Corona Centennial 69
Chino Hills 105, JSerra 74
Second Round
Division 1A

Peninsula 89, Los Altos 81, OT
Division 3A
Temescal Canyon 77, San Dimas 69
Division 4AA
Rowland 67, Bolsa Grande 46
Hillcrest 66, Pomona 41
Division 5AA
Holy Martyrs 67, Nogales 47
Mountain View 91, Edgewood 54

Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Open Division

Damien vs. Sierra Canyon at Simi Valley HS, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rowland at Segerstrom, 7 p.m.
Division 5AA
Mountain View vs. Saturday’s Marshall-Valley Torah winner.

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Nogales, El Monte advance to next round

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Boys Soccer
Friday’s first round
Division 3

Diamond Bar 1, Garden Grove Pacifica 0, 2OT, Thursday
West Torrance 1, Bishop Amat 0
Claremont 1, Thousand Oaks 0
Division 4
Hoover vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Monday, 5 p.m.
Division 5
South El Monte at Chino, 5 p.m.
Garey 3, Mountain View 0
Sierra Vista at Moreno Valley
Walnut at Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Antelope Valley, moved to Saturday, 5 p.m.
El Monte 3, Monrovia 1, Thursday
Rialto 2, Pomona 0, Thursday
Division 6
Nogales 3, Crean Lutheran 1
Arroyo at Campbell Hall, moved to Saturday, 11 a.m.
Wilson vs. Mary Star at LA Harbor College, moved to Saturday, 6 p.m.
Azusa vs. Flintridge Prep at St. Francis HS, 7 p.m.
La Puente 2, South Pasadena 1
Division 7
Northview vs. Einstein Academy at El Cariso Park, Saturday 4 p.m.
Upland Christian University at Southlands Christian

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South Hills baseball, ranked 7th nationally by Baseball America, beats Damien 3-0 in RJ Legacy exhbition Wednesday

By John M. Sherrard
Correspondent
WEST COVINA
-The 2016 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball player of the year from South Hills High School was in midseason form in the sixth annual RJ Legacy charity game.
Junior Brandon Dieter struck out 11 batters in his five innings of work as the Huskies shutout Damien, 3-0, Thursday night at Maverick Field in West Covina.
South Hils enters the season ranked seventh natinoally by Baseball America and will compete in Division 1 along with Damien after winning the Division 2 title a year ago.
“Brandon showed who he is and he’s incredible,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said.
Dieter struck out the first seven batters of the game and allowed only a single by Damien first baseman Andy Garriola. He faced the minimum fifteen batters in the five innings as Garriola was retired on a double play.
“I just spotted a lot of good fast balls,” said Dieter, who was named the game MVP. “I just froze them and kept them on their toes.
“I really have to give it up to (catcher) Daniel (Genna) and the staff for calling a great game and it was just my job to put it there.”
Seniors Karlos Morales, Zach Bromstead and junior Michael Ortega finished up the last two innings on the mound.
“This is the fourth year we’ve been invited to play in this game,” Murphy said.
“It always makes it a little extra special that we get to play in memory of somebody. It sounds like he (RJ) was a super kid and you can tell by the amount of people here that he must have been special.”
The stands were packed and fans were lined up down the right field line.
This is the third win in the last four years for South Hills in the RJ Legacy game.
The play of the night for the Huskies was in the sixth inning at home plate by Genna. After a ball got away from the junior catcher, Spartan base runner John Lopez sprinted for home but Genna dove and tagged him out to preserve the shutout.
Damien junior starting pitcher Joe De Fina held the Huskies to three hits and no runs in his three innings and struck out four batters.
South Hills broke through with a solo run in the fourth inning as Morales came home from third on a Damien throwing error.
The next inning two more runs came across on RBI singles by senior shortstop Jacob Amaya (2 for 3, 2 SB) and senior first baseman Jonathon Dearth, scoring second baseman Nick Lugo and Amaya for the 3-0 lead.

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Girls Basketball playoffs: Covina, Duarte, Walnut all advance


Covinta holds off West Covina: Sixth-seeded Covina pulled away down the stretch and knocked off neighborhood rival West Covina 59-48 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A girls basketball first-round game on Thursday night.
The Colts (24-5) advance to Saturday night’s second round and will be at Leuzinger, which beat Mayfair 67-44.
Senior Mariah Sierra had 13 points to lead four Colts who scored in double figures. She added 14 rebounds and seven assists. Diana Navarro had 12 points and Allison Ayala and Valerie Hidalgo added 11 each.
“Mariah took over the game,” Colts coach Nick Masi said. “She dominated the paint, especially at the offensive end. She made some soft floaters and made really good decisions to put a lot of pressure on them. That’s senior leadership.”
In a game that had seen two ties and five lead changes, the key play came in the fourth quarter when Mariana Cruz converted a four-point play that stretched the lead to 50-42 with 3:36 left in the game.
“I thought she got fouled,” Masi said. “She got bumped on the way down an that was huge because she turned it into a four-point play.”
The Colts led 28-23 at the end of the first half but Pam Rongavilla and freshman Nikki Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half and give the Bulldogs a one-point lead.


Diamond Bar falls to Yucaipa: When sophomore Tori Guzman got the ball in the left corner with about 30 seconds remaining Thursday night and a three-point lead, Yucaipa High School girls basketball coach Jeremy Hoch had a fleeting thought.
“I thought, ‘Don’t shoot it. I want to run the clock,’” Hoch said.
But Hoch didn’t say it.
“Because I knew if she made it, the game would be over,” he said.
Diamond Bar coach Tony McCabe had a different thought: Don’t make it.
But Guzman made the 3-pointer and it essentially sealed a 65-59 victory in a CIF Southern Section Division 1A first-round game at Yucaipa. Citrus Belt League champion Yucaipa (21-4) advances to play Saturday at No. 1 seed King of Riverside.

Walnut gets past its nerves in win: The start of the CIF Southern Section playoffs can sometimes bring the jitters out of even the best athletes. That’s why Walnut High School girls basketball coach Lori Huckler said she likes to get past opening-round games. She said she wants all the nervous energy gone by the time the later rounds start.
Huckler said her team was a little nervous in its Division 2AA first round playoff game, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard. Walnut led from start to finish as it pulled away from San Gabriel in the fourth quarter to win 64-47 on Thursday night. Walnut will play host to Temescal Canyon on Saturday.
“We’re really excited,” Huckler said. “We’ve been working all season to get back to the playoffs. Last year we lost in the first round (56-49 to Huntington Beach). We were disappointed even though we lost to the No. 1 seed. We were winning with two minutes left in that game, so we feel we have more to prove this year.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Basketball Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s first round
Division 1A

Yucaipa 65, Diamond Bar 59
Duarte 51, Murrieta Valley 40
Division 2AA
Dos Pueblos 44, Bonita 36
Walnut 64, San Gabriel 47
Division 2A
Covina 59, West Covina 48
Division 3AA
Gahr 52, El Monte 40
Palos Verdes 58, Diamond Ranch 33
Division 3A
Rancho Verde 69, Sierra Vista 32
Division 4AA
Nipomo 55, San Dimas 39
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 31, Arroyo 26
Division 4A
Pioneer 55, Bassett 48

Saturday’s second round
All games start at 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Duarte at Hart
Division 2AA
Arcadia at Los Altos
Arroyo Grande at Rowland
Temescal Canyon at Walnut
Division 2A
Covina at Leuzinger
Division 3AA
Glendora at Gabrielino
Tahquitz at Bishop Amat
Division 4A
Banning at Pomona
Division 5A
La Puente at California Military
Division 5AA
La Reina at Rosemead
Division 6
Southlands Christian at Lucerne Valley

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Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat girls soccer roll to 3-0 win; Glendora, West Covina, San Dimas win too

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Soccer
All games at 3 p.m. unless noted
Thursday’s first round
Division 1

Chino Hills 1, Riverside Notre Dame 0, OT
Upland 2, South Hills 1
Division 3
Bishop Amat 3, North Torrance 0
Claremont 4, Barstow 1
Glendora 2, Placentia Valencia 0
Division 4
West Covina 1, Westridge 1, West Covina advances in PKs 3-1
Sierra Canyon 2, Sierra Vista 0
Bloomington 2, Walnut 1
Division 5
Palm Desert 3, Rowland 1
Rancho Verde 4, Nogales 3
San Dimas 2, St. Genevieve 1
Maranatha 2, Garden Grove La Quinta 1
Cathedral City 3, Covina 2
Division 6
Jurupa Hills 4, Duarte 0
Division 7
Lennox Academy 4, Southlands Christian 3
El Monte 3, Dunn 1
Arroyo 4, St. Mary’s Academy 0
Pomona 5, Ramona Convent 1
Ganesha 6, Providence Burbank 0

Boys Soccer
First Round
Division 3

Diamond Bar 1, Garden Grove Pacifica 0, 2OT
Division 5
El Monte 3, Monrovia 1
Rialto 2, Pomona 0

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