Girls Soccer All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Hanna Armendariz named player of the year

Top (left to right): Skylar Robledo (South Hills), Hailey Zerbel (South Hills), Jamie Peters (Bishop Amat), Danielle Herrera (Bishop Amat), Hanna Armendariz (Bishop Amat), Nicole Leggio (St. Lucy’s), Taylor Salgado (Charter Oak).
Bottom (left to right): Jazzmyn Esquivel (Los Altos), Maria Hernandez (Sierra Vista), Marissa Favela (Diamond Bar), Mia Trugerrio (Diamond Bar), Julia Bingham (St. Lucy’s).

Hanna Armendariz, Bishop Amat, Midfielder, Senior

The crafty midfielder did everything for the Lancers girls soccer team, finishing with an area-best 30 goals to go with 15 assists in helping her team to the Del Rey League title.
Armendariz, who is headed to the University of Portland on a soccer scholarship, was named the Del Rey League player of the year and also was selected to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first team.
For her efforts and outstanding season, Armendariz also has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2014-15 girls soccer player of the year.
“It went really good this year,” Armendariz said. “We were a little rusty in the beginning but everyone pulled through and finished fighting. I have to thank my teammates, I couldn’t do this without them, so i give props to them.”
Armendariz had four games with three or more goals, including a four-goal performance against St. Matthias Academy.
Armendariz, who won a CIF title with the Lancers as a sophomore, helped them reach the quarterfinals and also an at–large berth in the state playoffs.
“I wanted to come out this year and be a good leader for the team,” Armendariz said. “I wanted to be someone they could look up to so I worked hard being the best I could.”

Chris McMahon, Duarte

The Falcons finally closed the gap on Sierra Vista’s dominance in the Montview league, snapping the Dons’ 65-game league winning streak with a 3-2 victory. Sierra Vista won the rematch in the league finale 1-0 in overtime to claim the league title, but the Falcons finished 13-6-1 and won a CIF-SS divisional playoff game to finish its best season in history.
It was quite a turnaround after going 10-9-2 last year and 8-10-2 in 2013.
For his efforts, McMahon has been selected the Tribune 2014-15 girls soccer coach of the year
“I’m very happy with the girls, they battled and got better every game,” McMahon said. “They’re just a great group of girls. They’re already looking forward to playing again and they want to put a club team together so they can train and get ready for next year.”

First Team
Defender: Mia Trugerrio, Diamond Bar, Senior
Defender: Jazzmyn Esquivel, Los Altos, Senior
Defender: Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s, Junior
Midfielder: Marissa Favela, Diamond Bar, Senior
Midfielder: Skylar Robledo, South Hills, Sophomore
Midfielder: Maria Hernandez, Sierra Vista, Junior
Midfielder: Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s, Junior
Forward: Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, Junior
Forward: Jamie Peters, Bishop Amat
Forward: Taylor Salgado, Charter Oak, Junior
Goalkeeper: Danielle Herrera, Bishop Amat, Sophomore

Second Team
Defender: Sabrina May, Diamond Bar, Junior
Defender: Sarah George, Bishop Amat, Junior
Defender: Ronni Cuccia, South Hills, Senior
Midfielder: Zitali Jimenez, Sierra Vista, Sophomore
Midfielder: Giselle Garcia, Sierra Vista, Senior
Midfielder: Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Senior
Midfielder: Bria Salazar, Charter Oak, Senior
Forward: Cheyenne Cepeda, San Dimas, Junior
Forward: Amber Marinero, South Hills, Junior
Forward: Alexis Rushlow, Glendora, Senior
Goalkeeper: Amber Henry, Diamond Ranch, Senior

Final Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (19-9)
2. South Hills (16-6)
3. Los Altos (13-9-1)
4. Diamond Bar (12-8-2)
5. Sierra Vista (21-5-1)
6. Diamond Ranch (12-7-5)
7. Charter Oak (11-11-2)
8. Glendora (8-10-5)
9. Duarte (13-6-1)
10. San Dimas (8-12-2)

League champions
Baseline: Chino Hills
Del Rey: Bishop Amat
Hacienda: Chino
Miramonte: Pomona
Montview: Sierra Vista
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Palomares: Ayala
Valle Vista: San Dimas

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Friday Recap: Bonita and Ayala baseball both get 1-0 victories to create four-way tie for first in the Palomares League

Chino 8, Diamond Ranch 0
— Josh Thornton threw a complete-game shutout with five hits and five strikeouts for Chino. Jonathan Alba, Cesar Sandoval, and Mike Guerrero each had two hits for Chino.
Bonita 1, Claremont 0 — Isaiah Haro tossed a complete-game shutout to put the Bearcats (7-3, 2-1) in a four-way tie for first place in the Palomares League. The senior struck out three batters and allowed just three hits after carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning. Alex Gonzalez scored the team’s only run reaching base on a single. He then stole second base and advanced to third on a deep fly ball by Justin Gomez. Then a blooper by Kenji Henderson over the third baseman drove in the game’s only run.
Ayala 1, South Hills 0

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Damien closes out Division III state title with 70-57 win over Campolindo

STORY: The Damien Spartans capped off a storybook season with a 70-57 win over Northern Regional champion Campolindo on Friday at Haas Pavilion in the Division III State championship game.
The Spartans (29-5) trailed only once, that being at 20-19. They scored on the next possession and never looked back.
Damien led 39-35 after three quarters.
Their biggest lead came at 57-44 with 3:57 left on a bucket by Andy Torices. Jeremy Hemsley tallied 20 points and nine rebounds. Micah Robinson added 17 off the bench.

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Damien hoping to finish the season with a state championship


DAMIEN PREGAME: Win or lose, Damien High School boys basketball

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

coach Matt Dunn knows that Friday’s CIF State Division 3 championship game is his last with a very special group of players, and he’s OK with any result.
“Six of these guys who are seniors now were on the team as sophomores and two of those guys as freshmen,” Dunn said. “It’s been quite a journey. I think ultimately who they are on our campus and how they’ve represented our program as young men is what I’m proud of.
“This is a fun way to end our journey together.”
It ends at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley on Friday at 4 p.m. Whether it’s a happy ending depends on if the Spartans can get past Campolindo of Moraga.
Damien enters at 28-5. The Spartans beat highly rated Cathedral in last Saturday’s Southern California Regional finals to earn a berth in Friday’s state final. Prior to that state tournament, Damien suffered a loss in the first round in the Southern Section’s Open Division before winning a consolation bracket game.
The Spartans won the rugged Baseline League this season and prior to that played a difficult nonleague tournament schedule in December that Dunn hopes set them up well for moments like Friday.
“We thought this year that we had a chance to have a really special year,” Dunn said. “We thought it would be important to test ourselves in the nonleague. The MaxPreps Tournament in Palm Springs was just incredible. We played four teams and all of them ended up doing well in their state tournaments.

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Thursday Recap: Senior Anthony Franco shutouts Gladstone with 78 pitches to lead Baldwin Park baseball to 3-0 win

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Baldwin Park 3, Gladstone 0 — Senior Anthony Franco pitched a complete game, throwing 78 pitches, striking out six and allowing four hits to lead the Braves (2-6, 2-2) to the Montview League win.
Bishop Amat 4, La Salle 0 — Alexis Vargas pitched a complete game, shutting out La Salle. Madeline Ramierez had two RBIs and Eryn Sustayta had a triple and an RBI to lead Bishop Amat (8-4, 2-0) to the Del Rey League win.
West Covina 3, Corona 1 — Maddy Tickey pitched a complete game and Jade Nua hit a homer to lead the Bulldogs (8-2) to advance to the Diamond Bar Tournament quarterfinals. Ashley Mayorga and Nicole Gutierrez each had an RBI for West Covina. The Bulldogs will play tomorrow against Warren at 5 p.m. (Full Story in paper tomorrow)
Boys golf
Damien 390, Loyola 392 — Nathan Clark shot a 70 to lead the Spartans (5-3) to the nonleague win at Industry Hills Eisenhower Golf Course. Damien’s Jordan DellaGiustina shot a 77. The Spartans will participate today and tomorrow at the Champions Invitational in Indio.

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills shutouts Diamond Bar, 10-0 in baseball

South Hills 10, Diamond Bar 0 — Lefty Ryan Mauch took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up his only hit, and the Huskies (7-1, 2-0) backed him with 11 hits in the Palomares League win over the Brahmas (6-4, 1-1). Johnny Dearth and Ryan Carmona (3 RBIs) each knocked in a pair of runs in a five-run third inning.
Ganesha 10, Bassett 3 — Jesus Salcido went 4 for 5, and Enrique Valenzuela, Robert Cazares and Jonathan Marquez each had two singles to lead the Giants (4-3, 1-1) to their first Miramonte League victory. Christian Trujillo pitched five innings, striking out seven, for Bassett (3-3, 1-1).
Chino 7, West Covina 3 — Josh Jacquez was the winning pitcher, striking out five, Cameron White went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Jonathan Alba had two RBIs and a stolen base to lead the Cowboys (5-3, 2-1) to the Hacienda League victory.
Bonita 8, Ayala 1 — A.J. Woodall had a no-hitter until giving up a single in the sixth inning. He went the distance, striking out seven, and Danny Gelalich had a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to lead the Bearcats (6-3, 1-1) to their first Palomares League victory. Also for Bonita, Justin Gomez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Tommy Delgado went 2 for 5 and scored a run, and Brandon Bradshaw went 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.
La Puente 6, Garey 5 — Amanda Guillen and Alexus Samudio each had a double for the Warriors (1-3, 3-0) in their Miramonte League victory.
Gabrielino 9, Marshall 6 — Starting pitcher Amanda Morales struck out six and Amanda Borja finished in the circle, striking out five, to lead the Eagles (1-1-5) to their first Mission Valley League victory of the season. Also contributing to Gabrielino’s win was Angie Gonzales who had a home run and a single.
Boys golf
Bishop Amat 220, Bosco Tech 291 — Donovan Delgado shot a 6-over 41 to earn medalist honors and lead the lancers (5-2, 2-0) to a Del Rey League win at Whittier Narrows. Bosco Tech’s David Rojo and Amat’s Justin Bohol tied for second with 43s.

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Damien and new coach Andy Nieto struggling, off to 3-5 start and 1-2 in Baseline

DAMIEN STRUGGLING: Senior left-hander Bailey Falter tossed a one-hit shutout to give the Chino Hills High baseball team its first Baseline League victory this season, defeating Damien 6-0 on the road Wednesday afternoon.
Falter struck out seven batters and walked three to pick up the win. The 6-foot-4 southpaw carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, James Free broke it up with a single into left field.
“Bailey did an outstanding job for us today,” Huskies coach Kevin Chavez said. “He is coming along as a four-year varsity athlete. He has really matured as a pitcher, which has made him much stronger. He was dominant out there, and it’s tough for teams to beat him.”

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Damien’s Malik Fitts shares starring role with Jeremy Hemsley in road to Friday’s state title

fittsHE FITTS IN JUST FINE: Nobody around the Damien High School boys basketball program is willing to label Malik Fitts as the team’s second fiddle to standout Jeremy Helmsley. He’s too good for that.
But throughout basketball history there has always been a Scottie Pippen to a Michael Jordan. A Russell Westbrook to a Kevin Durant. And for Damien, a Fitts to a Helmsely.
Sure, Helmsley is thee man for the Spartans. Without the San Diego St.-bound guard, Damien likely isn’t playing in Friday’s CIF State Division 3 championship game against Campolindo at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

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South Hills baseball takes down Orange County giant Mater Dei, 3-1

HUSKIESBASEBIG WIN OVER ORANGE COUNTY GIANT: The South Hills baseball team showed the depth of its pitching staff with a 3-1 win over Mater Dei in a non-league game on Tuesday.
The Huskies (6-1) used five pitchers in the game and they scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked one in the victory.
“We have two league games this week,” Huskies coach Darren Murphy said. “We came in knowing it was going to be a staff game and all of them knew their role, and they all did a great job.”
The Huskies jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning. Frank Ramirez led off with a single and went to second on a wild throw to first.

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Tuesday Recap: Natalie Lugo struck out 10 to lead South Hills to shutout San Dimas 1-0

South Hills 1, San Dimas 0 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 10, Clarissa Perez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two singles and Sasha Allen went 2 for 4 with two singles to lead the Huskies (8-3) to the nonleague victory. Lindsey Hughes struck out 10, Davina Doran went 2 for 4 with two singles and Brooke Jackson had a triple for San Dimas (6-7).
St. Lucy’s 12, Maranatha 2 — Grazia Watkins was the winning pitcher and went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two home runs and Alyssa Avalos went 4 for 5 with a triple to lead the Regents (4-4) to the nonleague victory.
Nogales 9, Baldwin Park 8 — Lisette Rosales went 3 for 3 for the Nobles (9-2) in a nonleague win.
Southlands Christian 3, Lutheran 2 — James Goodwin pitched seven innings, striking out 11, and Daniel Scribner and Matt Murrieta each had an RBI to lead the Eagles (5-4) to their first San Joaquin League victory.
Sierra Vista 6, Gladstone 0 — The Dons (6-4, 2-1) beat the Gladiators (4-1, 2-1) for the Montview League win.

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Breaking News: South Hills girls basketball coach Tiffany Liang resigns


South Hills coach Tiffany Liang resigned on Tuesday, though she described it more as a retirement. “I’ve been doing this a long time and in basketball a long time,” Liang said. “I had been thinking about it and just thought it was the right time to spend more time with my family.”
If this is it for Liang, she’s going out on a high note.
Liang, in her eighth season as head coach, had never taken the Huskies past the second round of the divisional playoffs until this season, reaching the Division 3A semifinals, something the Huskies hadn’t done since Liang was a senior at South Hills in 1992. The Huskies finished 24-8 and shared a piece of the Palomares league title, something it hadn’t done since 2002. South Hills also was selected to the Division III state playoffs, beating Tulare before losing to top seed Brea Olinda, a team it led at half.

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Damien starting to size up Campolindo, its opponent for Friday’s Division 3 state championship


WHO IS CAMPOLINDO: The itinerary for the Damien High School boys basketball team’s trip to Berkeley for the CIF State Division 3 championship game is just about set.
According to Spartans head coach Matt Dunn, the team will leave Thursday morning, travel by chartered bus and practice upon arrival in the Bay Area. The team will also have a shoot around Friday morning after spending Thursday night in nearby Walnut Creek.
Damien’s game against Campolindo for the state championship is on Friday at 4 p.m. at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley.
“We don’t want to be too close, but we don’t want to be too far,” Dunn said of staying in Walnut Creek. “Our athletic director has done a great job. He’s handled all the logistics stuff, which I really appreciate.
“Every year the last three or four years, we’ve played in a tournament in Northern California. So, the process of going up is familiar to our guys. But obviously the stakes are a little bit different for this game. The challenge is to create an environment in which we can play our best.”

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Walnut expected to name Alfredo Silva its next football coach

Alfredo Silva is expected to be named Walnut High School’s head football coach, replacing Mike O’Shields, who resigned following the season. Silva already has been recommended by school officials and is awaiting board approval before being officially named.
Silva was a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Whittier College and also has experience coaching at Cal Lutheran and LA Pierce College.
The former Malibu High athletic director most recently has been teaching at Whittier High School.

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Damien punches ticket to state title game, holds off Cathedral, 68-62

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

ONTARIO — The best season in Damien High School basketball history will include a trip to Berkeley.
Bryce Peters had 20 points and Jeremy Hemsley had 17 and the Spartans scored their first trip to the CIF State championships with a 68-62 victory over Cathedral Saturday in the Division III Southern California Regional final at Colony High School.
Malik Fitts also had 15 points for No. 2 seed Damien, which improved to 28-5 and will face Campolindo, a 50-44 winner over Drake, for the state title next Friday at 4 p.m. at the University of California.
Kobe Paras had 23 points and Milan Acquah 17 for No. 1 Cathedral, which finished 22-8.
“It’s really special,” Damien coach Matt Dunn, whose Spartans won a CIF-Southern Section title in 2013. “It’s the one thing this group hasn’t done yet. They won a CIF championship when they were sophomores, won a (Baseline) League championship this year, so to get to the state title game is very special.”

For a brief moment, Cathedral looked like it might steal the opportunity from Damien. The Phantoms, who trailed by 16 in the first half and 12 early in the fourth quarter used an 8-2 run to pull within 57-52 following a 3-pointer by Acquah and a putback by Paras with 3:14 left.
But the Spartans countered with a surge of their own to put it away. Micah Robinson buried a 3-pointer at 2:30 for a 62-52 lead and Fitts, following a steal by Hemsley, sealed with a dunk for a 64-57 lead with 46 seconds left.

“We let up a little bit,” said Hemsley, who also had seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. “But we ended up getting the rebounds and stops that we needed to win the game.
“We shared the ball, which I think was key part of us winning the game. Cathedral is more of a one-on-one type team, so we shared the ball, and that contributed a lot to the win.”
Damien, getting 10 points each from Hemsley and Peters, led 31-21 at halftime. The Spartans took control early, breaking from the tip with a 9-3 blitz before using a 7-0 surge to go up 31-15 on a 3-pointer by Peters with 2:21 left in the half.
Paras, who had 16 points in the first half, hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 31-21 at halftime.
Cathedral, getting five of six free throws and a layup from Acquah cut it to 36-31 lead early in the third quarter. But Damien countered with consecutive layups by Fitts for a 43-35 lead going to the fourth.
The Spartans then held off a second Cathedral surge to win, 68-62, and advance to the state title game.
“At this moment, I just want to win the state championship,” Hemsley said. “I’m glad we got the win, I’m glad we’re going to the championship, but I’m looking to win it now.”

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