Bishop Amat, South Hills, Bonita and host Covina in strong field in girls hoops tournament

12th annual Covina Girls Basketball Tournament
16-team, bracket tournament
Upper Bracket

Roosevelt vs. Baldwin Park, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Garfield, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Bonita, Monday, 3:30 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Lower Bracket
Valley View vs. Sierra Visa, Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. California, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
South Hills vs. San Jacinto, Monday, 8 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Covina, Monday, 5 p.m.

Quarterfinals on Wednesday, will update

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Rowland, Walnut and host Duarte headline girls basketball tourney

Duarte Girls Basketball Tournament
Pool A:
Bell, Duarte, South Pasadena, Upland, West Covina]
Pool B: Banning, Bellflower, Knight, Rowland, Walnut

Round Robin Games at Duarte HS
Monday

Knight vs. Banning, 3 p.m.
West Covina vs. South Pasadena, 4:30 p.m.
Knight vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Bell vs. Duarte, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday
Bell vs. Upland, 3 p.m.
Walnut vs. Bellflower, 4:30 p.m.
Banning vs. Rowland, 6 p.m.
South Pasadena vs. Duarte, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday
Banning vs. Bellflower, 3 p.m.
Rowland vs. Knight, 4:30 p.m.
South Pasadena vs. Upland, 6 p.m.
West Covina vs. Duarte, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday
Bell vs. South Pasadena, 3 p.m.
Upland vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. Banning, 6 p.m.
Bellflower vs. Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Friday
Bellflower vs. Knight, 3 p.m.
West Covina vs. Bell, 4:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Upland vs. Duarte, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Championship
Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner, 6 p.m.

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Arroyo wins first title in 30 years in thrilling overtime victory, 35-34

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By Aram Tolegian
There was never a doubt. The Arroyo High School football team was going for the glory.
arroyo1Having just scored in overtime to get within one point of Rancho Mirage in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship on Saturday night, Knights head coach Jim Singiser didn’t waver. The veteran head coach sent his offense out on the field for one play to make history, and sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho found receiver Devin Knight, who scooped the sinking pass just before hit the turf for a successful 2-point conversion and a 35-34 win.
“That’s how we do things in El Monte,” Singiser said. “We’re down a couple guys on defense and we just thought if we get down there, why screw around and exchange (possessions)? We’re 21/2 yards away from a CIF championship. I like our guys and 2 or 3 yards.”
With the win, Arroyo improved to 13-1 and brought home the school’s first CIF championship since 1986. The Knights will now move on to the CIF State regional bowl playoffs. They will find out next week’s opponent on Sunday. Rancho Mirage finished 11-3.
The two teams entered overtime tied 27-27 after a grueling second half. Arroyo’s defense was obviously still feeling the effects, because Rattlers running back Kyle Whitfield went 25 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the extra period.
Arroyo took a little more time, but the Knights got within one on a sneak by Camacho to make it 34-33. Singiser arroyo2called timeout, not to decide whether to go for two but to solidify what the play was. Camacho took the snap and headed right before firing a pass to Knight, who had come open in the front right corner of the end zone. Still, though, Knight had to secure the tricky catch while falling to the ground.
“I was thinking ‘don’t drop it,’ ” said a tearful Knight. “I just had to zone all the crowd out and make sure I caught that ball. It was probably a foot off the ground, at most. It was an amazing feeling. I just started crying. Best feeling in the world.”
Added Camacho: “I knew we were going for two. He (Singiser) wanted to win the game right there. I just threw (the pass) out there. I kinda threw it soft, but he (Knight) came up with it and we won the game.”
Rancho Mirage appeared to be in good position to win the game in regulation. The Rattlers used a time-consuming arroyo3drive to get inside in the Arroyo 10-yard line with just over four minutes to play. But a holding penalty stalled things out and star kicker Daniel Whelan, who figures to sign with a major college in February, missed a 35-yard field goal wide to the right.
Strangely, it was Arroyo kicker Jesse Ortiz who had the big night. The junior boomed a pair of 41-yard field goals in the second half, the second one tying the score with 10:08 to play.
Arroyo controlled the first half despite being the visibly smaller team. The speedy Knights were able to burn the Rattlers’ defense thanks to another big showing by Camacho, who fired two touchdown passes in the first half to Yezdan Marquez. Arroyo led 21-13 at halftime.
A blocked punt that the Rattlers picked up for a touchdown made things closer in the third quarter. Rancho Mirage took its first lead on a 9-yard touchdown run by Whitefield late in the quarter.

In overtime with Arroyo trailing 34-27, I went live on Periscope to capture the final moments and it couldn’t of been more dramatic with Devin Knight catching the do-or-die two-point conversion in the corner from quarterback Ernesto Camacho for the game-winner, 35-34 over Rancho Mirage for the Division 12 title and Knights’ first since 1986. Watch it, and the celebration that follows. Great interview toward the end with coach Jim Singiser and Camacho.

Before the game, coach Jim Singiser let us broadcast his pre-game speech live, watch

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Damien basketball pulls away to beat Colony 97-80 for the championship of the Covina/Sierra Vista tourney title

Damien wins title: A dynamic duo has formed for the Damien High School boys basketball team. Guard Cameron Shelton and Forward Justin Hemsley each had a double-double as the two-man show took over the second half of a 97-80 win over Colony in the Sierra Vista/Covina tournament championship game on Saturday night.
Shelton, who was named tournament Most Valuable Player, led all scorers with 39 points. 24 of those coming in the second half after Damien (5-0) had a narrow 43-42 lead at halftime. He added 11 rebounds. Hemsley scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds.
“(Shelton) had an incredible tournament,” Damien head coach Mike LeDuc said. “He did a little bit of everything for us. He can score. He can rebound. He can pass and handle the ball well. He gets his hands on a lot of balls and gets a lot of steals. He’s also a great leader.”

THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Top Half at Sierra Vista High

Schurr 67, Northview 54
Damien 98, Don Lugo 31
Bottom Half at Covina High
Colony 80, Covina 45
Monrovia 52, Keppel 39
Friday’s
At Northview High School
Damien 79, Schurr 54
Colony 80, Monrovia 39
Saturday’s Championship
At Covina HS

Damien 97, Colony 80

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Saturday Recap: San Dimas boys basketball place third at Gary Prestesater Classic

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Boys basketball
San Dimas 67, South Hills 59 — Donnell Leffridge had 19 points and four assists and Spencer Bandow had 16 points for the Saints, who placed third at the Gary Prestesater Classic. Ronny Rafeh had 12 points and nine rebounds for San Dimas. Leffridge was selected for the all-tournament team.
Wilson 47, Don Bosco 42 — Ethan Sims had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Jeffrey Von had 10 points for the Wildcats in a nonleague game.
Colony 80, Monrovia 41 — Rory Hare and James Smith both scored 12 points for the Wildcats in a Sierra Vista Tournament loss Friday. Hare also had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and four blocks.

Girls basketball
Diamond Ranch 59, Bishop Connoly 30 — Ebony Cooper had 21 points for the Panthers, who placed third at the Rosemead Holiday Classic.
Hoover 38, Baldwin Park 24 — Liz Gomez had six points for the Braves in a Rosemead Holiday Classic loss.
Glendora 59, Ridgecrest Burroughs 53 — Alex Lowden had 19 points and Michelle Can and McKayla Tilton both had 12 points for the Tartans (4-0), who won the La Habra Tournament Friday. Lowden earned MVP honors.

Girls soccer
St. Lucy’s 1, Glendora 0 — The Regents defeated the Tartans in the San Dimas Tournament championship game. Goalie Molly Tucker earned tournament MVP honors after recording four shutouts.
West Covina 2, San Dimas 0 — Serina Vargas scored and had an assist and Victoria Sanchez scored for the Bulldogs in a nonleague match Friday.
Glendora 3, Monrovia 0 — MacKinley Gregus scored three goals for the Tartans in a San Dimas Tournament victory Friday.

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Los Altos football falls short in Division 6 title game, 21-14; Did miss call change the game?

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Los Altos falls short: The atmosphere was certainly championship caliber, but the sloppiness of the play resembled something closer to Week 1.
Ultimately, in a game decided by mistakes and missed calls, the Los Altos High School football team saw its dream season come to an end in a 21-14 loss to visiting Paraclete in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship on Friday night.
“Five questionable fumbles all went to Paraclete, what are you going to do?” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “That was the whole game. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but I’m super proud of the kids. They worked so hard for so long.”

Changing point? It appeared Tyler Nevens was down at the 2 and Los Altos would have a chance to finish the late third-quarter drive and take a 14-7 lead, but officials ruled he fumbled the ball into the endzone and Paraclete recovered. That led to Paraclete taking a 14-7 lead and Los Altos having to rally to tie and eventually fall, 21-14.

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Host San Dimas and South Hills fall in boys basketball tourney semifinals

San Dimas and South Hills fall in semis: Upland broke open a close game in the third quarter then made free throws down the stretch to hold off San Dimas in a 71-63 semifinal win in the Gary Prestesater boys basketball tournament at San Dimas on Friday night.
In the other semifinal, Kelvin Wright led Rancho Cucamonga with 15 points and Toby Okwuokei added 11 as the Cougars beat South Hills 52-42.The Highlanders will play Rancho Cucamonga for the championship on Saturday at 7:30 p.m, while San Dimas will take on South Hills at 6 p.m. in the third-place game.

FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
Rancho Cucamonga 52, South Hills 42
Upland 71, San Dimas 63
Saturday’s championship
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Upland, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place game
San Dimas vs. South Hills, 6 p.m.

Monday’s Round Robin
Rancho Cucamonga 73, Bell Gardens 27
South Hills 59, Burroughs Ridgecrest 46
Upland 79, Arcadia 45
San Dimas 48, Alta Loma 43

Tuesday’s Round Robin
Rowland 72, Bell Gardens 48
Arcadia 65, Silverado 44
Burroughs Ridgecrest 47, Kaiser 40
Alta Loma 83, South Hills 80, OT

Wednesday’s Round Robin
Upland 67, Silverado 59
Kaiser 60, South Hills 54
Rancho Cucamonga 68, Rowland 62
San Dimas 64, Bell Gardens 23

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