Damien boys basketball earns second straight invite to Open Division; pairings released Saturday

petersDamien, who qualified for the inaugural CIF-SS Open Division boys basketball playoffs last year and lost in the first round, was selected to the Open Division for a second straight season after finishing 24-3, which included two losses to No. 1 in the nation Chino Hills.
CIF decided against posting the brackets Friday, as it is explained in the press release. The Open Division pairings will be released Saturday at 11 a.m. The rest of the basketball playoff pairings will be released on Sunday. Ayala and Diamond Ranch, who were both on the Open Division bubble, didn’t get it. Ayala probably avoided an invitation with its 81-80 loss to Bonita in overtime on Thursday that allowed the Bearcarts to tie the Bulldogs for the Palomares title.


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Thursday Recap: Bonita boys basketball stuns No. 1 Ayala, 81-80, in OT

Boys basketball
Bonita 81, Ayala 80, OT The Bonita Bearcats were willing to take a two-point bucket. They had the ball with just seconds left, trailing Ayala by two points.
But the 3-pointer was there, and junior guard Joe Quintana delivered, knocking down the shot to give Bonita a heart-stopping overtime win over favored Ayala in the Palomares League finale for both teams.
The win gave the Bearcats (21-5, 9-1) a share of the league title with Ayala (23-3, 9-1), to whom they lost the first time 67-51.

San Dimas 53, Rowland 48 — Donnell Leffridge had 14 points and six rebounds, Ronny Rafeh added 12 points and had 14 rebounds and Andrew Sanchez scored 12 points for the Saints (20-6, 10-0) in a Valle Vista League game. Curtis Hong scored 18 points, Phillip Aguiniga added 12 points and Jonathan Hu had 11 points for Rowland (12-14, 5-5).
Wilson 71, Nogales 33 — Jared Chung had 10 points and four assists and Jared Kawamoto added 12 points to lead the Wildcats (15-11, 8-3) to second place in the Valle Vista League.
Diamond Bar 64, Glendora 32 — Malik Corey and Peter Valencia both scored 20 points for the Brahmas (8-18, 3-7) in a Palomares League win.
Girls basketball
St. Lucy’s 30, Los Osos 24 — Havalin Nyivih scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for the Regents (15-10, 2-8) in a Baseline League victory.
Boys Soccer
Los Altos 1, Diamond Ranch 1:
The Los Altos boys soccer team earned the top seed from the Hacienda League for next week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 Playoffs.
The Conquerors scored first and held on through two overtimes for a 1-1 tie with defending league champion Diamond Ranch on Thursday night.
The Conquerors (14-6-2, 7-2-1) had the tiebreaker and needed only a tie to earn the top seed after the Panthers suffered an upset loss to Chino on Tuesday.

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Are you ready for High School Baseball? Area’s best tournament starts on Feb. 27

Bonita baseball coach John Knott and South Hills coach Darren Murphy, with help from other area coaches, do a wonderful job putting together one of the best 32-team high school baseball tournaments in Southern California, and includes most of the area’s heavyweights like South Hills, San Dimas, Walnut, Chino Hills, Arcadia, St. Francis, and host Bonita. Check out the schedule, it all begins on February 27.

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Damien basketball expecting Open Division invite on Friday

damienstateDamien head coach Mike LeDuc is expecting his team will be in the Open Division when the pairings are announced on Friday. And if Tuesday’s strong effort against Chino Hills is any indicator, the Spartans just might be up to the challenge.
The Spartans are 23-3 in LeDuc’s return engagement as head coach, and according to key rankings, they’re certainly in the Southern Section’s top 16. And while being in the Open Division is nothing new to Damien, it is for LeDuc, who embraces the challenge.
“We’re ranked sixth in Divsion 1AA, so that means there would be 10 teams not in Division 1AA that are better than us,” LeDuc said. “In my opinion, I believe we’re going to be in the Open Division.”

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Wednesday Recap: Workman boys basketball beats Baldwin Park to clinched undefeated Montview campaign

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
Workman 51, Baldwin Park 30In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, Workman clinched its fifth consecutive Montview League boys basketball championship with a win over Baldwin Park on Wednesday night.The Lobos (18-7, 9-0) won their 17th consecutive league game and have gone 58-3 in league play the last five years.The Braves (13-10, 7-2) pulled within five points, 32-27, with six minutes left in the game, but junior Oliver Lopez and Alan Matronhit back to back 3-pointers as Workman took control of the game.
South El Monte 66, Arroyo 54 — Alex Hernandez scored 16 points, Chris Salcedo added 15 points and Adrian Diaz had 12 points for the Eagles (11-12, 7-4) in a Mission Valley League contest. Ben Lee and Justin Alfonso each had 11 points for Arroyo (13-12, 6-5).
Bishop Amat 65, Salesian 50 — Ryder Ruiz scored 22 points, James St. Louis had 15 points and Harrison Kay added 14 points for the Lancers (21-5, 7-3) in a Camino Real League game.
Chino 63, Diamond Ranch 57 — Roman Silva had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Tyler Velotta and Ahmad Chambers both had 10 points for the Panthers (19-7, 8-1) in a Hacienda League loss.Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 7, Duarte 3 — Samantha Loza scored three goals, Berenice Mancinas scored twice, Dianna Garcia scored a goal and had two assists and Maria Hernandez scored a goal to lead the Dons (20-2-1, 9-0), who clinched their ninth straight Montview League title.
Monrovia 2, South Pasadena 1 — Brandy Perez and Savanna Pfau each scored a goal and goalie Ariana Robles had eight saves to lead the Wildcats (14-6-3, 7-2-1), who won the Rio Hondo League title.
Girls basketball
Duarte 63, Sierra Vista 31 — Patricia Morris had 20 points and 12 rebounds and MacKenzie Barnes and Ryley Thompson each scored 13 points to lead the Falcons (23-3, 9-0), who clinched the Montview League title.

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Former San Dimas baseball standouts Jacob Castillo is at Etiwanda, and Tommy Acuna at Pomona, both both declared ineligible

jacobcastilloFormer San Dimas High school baseball players Jacob Castillo and Tommy Acuna, who both earned Tribune all-area honors for playing huge roles in the Saints’ dream season that saw it ranked No. 1 in the country by USA today before its undefeated season ended in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals in a 4-1 loss to Walnut a year ago, are both at different schools.
Castillo is enrolled at Etiwanda and Acuna is now at Pomona High under new coach Jesse Mendez, who for years made his name coaching softball at Bishop Amat and West Covina.
According to the CIF-Website for transfers, both have been ruled ineligible, and would have to appeal in hopes of having a chance to play. In the the case of Castillo, CIF noted there was disciplinary action at his former school
Both Castillo and Acuna transferred from San Dimas to Bonita in the fall, but never with the intention tommyacunaof playing baseball, Bonita coach John Knott said months ago.
Nobody at San Dimas, Bonita or the Bonita Unified School district would comment or explain why the two transferred schools within the district, nor would anyone say whether it was for disciplinary reasons. There was a lot of speculation that once the two finished the first semester at Bonita, they would transfer back to San Dimas and be ready for the baseball season. But it never happened.
Castillo, a verbal commit to San Diego State, had an insane season as a junior. As a pitcher he was 11-1 with a 0.43 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 82 innings. At the plate Castillo batted .341 with 16 RBIs.
Acuna, a University of Arizona commit, transferred to San Dimas last year from Bishop Amat and was the Saints’ best hitter. He batted .529 with 25 RBIs and 8 doubles, playing third and used as a designated hitter.

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Bishop Amat’s Torreahno Sweet shifts focus to baseball while waiting on college football offers

SWEET20By Aram Tolegian
It’s on to Plan B for some area high school football prospects whose phone never rang on signing day last week.
That means either figuring out an alternate route to the big time, or concentrating on another sport altogether. Bishop Amat’s Torreahno Sweet has chosen the latter.
Most area fans were stunned last week when the traditional recruiting process came to a close and Sweet did not receive an offer despite being one of the top running back in the Pac-5 Division this past season and setting records at Amat.
Now, Sweet has decided to put football on the back burner and focus on baseball where he’s got a chance to realize his dreams as a speedy center fielder who can switch hit.
“Baseball is kind of keeping me in the whole college/D-1 thing right now,” Sweet said. “If it happens (with football) it happens. There’s still some schools kinda looking at me.
“I would try to play both (at the next level), but if I had to play one, it would be baseball because that concussion thing, it’s scary.”
Sweet said he would consider playing football at a junior college if things don’t work out with baseball but a decision won’t be made until after baseball season.
“I was kind mad at it first, seeing my teammates sign, but at the same time if they want you, they want you and they’re going to do what they have to do to come get you,” Sweet said. “But at the end of the day, I was kind of glad that I had baseball to fall to. Because if I didn’t, that would be really bad.”

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