Los Altos girls beat Palm Desert 8-7 to claim D-5 girls water polo title

Check out the photo gallery from Los Altos’ thrilling 8-7 win over Palm Desert to claim the CIF-SS Division 5 girls water polo crown.
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LOS ALTOS WINS TITLE: The improbable happened. The Los Altos High School girls water polo had not rallied from a second-half deficit in one important game this season. The Conquerors trailed top-seeded Palm Desert by three goals in the third quarter on Saturday afternoon.
But Victoria Mezack scored three times in the second half and Brooke Contreras scored with 1:27 to play to give the Conquerors an improbable 8-7 victory and the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Irvine High’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics complex.
“That fourth quarter, we brought it,” Los Altos co-coach Chris Coleman said. “Winning the second half was our motto.”

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Wrestling: San Marino wins 2015 Masters title; Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones wins state title

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago's Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago’s Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Stephen Ramirez

ONTARIO –
San Marino High School had big expectations entering the 2015 wrestling season.
The Titans lived up to that billing Saturday.
San Marino, a few years removed from being the doormat in the Rio Hondo League, is the best in Southern California after taking the CIF-Southern Section Masters title in dominating fashion at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.

The Titans, led by two-time Masters champion Zander Wick (145 pounds) scored four individual championships and had six qualifiers to the CIF State championships en route to a first-place finish, St. John Bosco was second with Northview third. The Titans and Vikings each qualified six competitors to next weekend’s state championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The other individual champions for San Marino were Zander Silva (113), Julian Flores (132) and Luke Troy (152).
“We did really well,” said Wick, who won at 126 last season. “It was awesome. It’s amazing, because three years ago we weren’t even league champions, we were like last in our league. We got good coaches to come in and we got a lot better.

“Nobody would have thought back then we could come in and take first at Masters. It’s great.”
The rest of the area had a pretty solid day as well, with six champions. The other two were Northview’s Richie Casillas (120) and Ricky Padilla (160). The area qualified 21 to next week’s state championships.

The other area qualifiers were Montebello’s Nico Gomez (103, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Eddie Flores (103, seventh) and Nigel Ruiz (145, fourth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113, second); Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126, third) and Josh Kawaguchi (132, second); Northview’s Andres Hooper (126, sixth), Andres Estrada (132, fourth), Joe Dominguez (145, third) and Roger Arce (170, fifth); California’s Richard Pocock (132, fifth); San Marino’s Evan Wick (138, second) and Aaron Padilla (160, third); Charter Oak’s Antonio Zavala (152, seventh) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285).

Zander Wick was one of two from the area to repeat as Master champions. He was joined by Padilla, who won at 152 last season.
Wick, ranked No. 3 in the state, beat No. 2 Jeremy Thomas, of Corona Santiago, 7-2. He led 3-2 late getting a takedown and near-fall to win by 5.
“My match was very tough,” Wick said. “He had me on a single leg, and I can’t remember what I did but I was able to put him on his back to win 7-2.”
Padilla was steady in beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 3-0.
“It’s a great feeling to be two-time Masters champion,” Padilla said. “Not too many people have done it. It’s a tough section, so its real good.”

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
It was mission accomplished for Arroyo High School’s Jackie Quinones Saturday.
The senior had a season-long of goal of winning CIF-Southern Section and CIF state wrestling titles this season. She accomplished the former two weeks ago and finished off the aspiration by winning at 189 pounds at the CIF State championships at Visalia Convention Center.
Quinones’ title quest was the area highlight, which also included Northview finishing second for the second consecutive season.
The Vikings, who won a state title in 2013, had three competitors score a top-eight medal. They were Izzy Valles (137, second), Deidra Valles (150, fifth) and Azusenna Molina (170, second).
The area had 10 athletes win medals. The others were Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101, second) and Mia Dow (121, fourth); California’s Nadia Escamilla (111, sixth); West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116, seventh); Arroyo’s Lesly Ramirez (150, sixth) and San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121, second).

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South Hills girls basketball finished in semifinals; Damien bows out in open consolation

SOUTH HILLS FINISHED: South Hills’ run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs came to an end on Saturday night when it dropped a 66-50 decision to second-seeded El Dorado in the Division 3AA semifinals.
The Huskies (24-6), the Tribune’s top ranked team all season, made it to the semifinals for the first time since 1992 after knocking off No. 3 Antelope Valley in the quarters.
“There is no reason for these kids to hang their head,” Huskies coach Tiffany Liang said. “No one expected us to get this far. This was definitely the best team we’ve played all year. They have two (NCAA) Division I kids and they were in the CIF finals last year in a higher division (2A) and made a run in the State finals.”
The Huskies were outrebounded on the defensive boards and gave up too many second shots in the first half as well as having trouble stopping the Golden Hawks’ fast breaks, falling behind 40-24 at the half.

CIF-SS Playoffs
Girls Basketball
Division 3AA semifinals

El Dorado 66, South Hills 50
Boys Basketball
Open Division Consolation semifinals

Redondo Union 82, Damien 77, OT

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Dick’s Sporting Goods SGV Baseball Tournament: Bonita, San Dimas, Walnut, South Hills with opening wins

Follow Bonita’s website for Dick’s sporting Goods brackets and info throughout the tournament. It all starts Saturday and practically anyone who’s anyone is in it. The 32-team knockout will work just like a CIF playoff tourney with a consolation bracket as well. Home games are listed with an asterisk, and coin flips will determine subsequent home games just as CIF does. I’ll post updated brackets as we get them, but here’s a look at what’s happening Saturday.

Saturday’s games and results
South Hills 2, Fullerton 1
Walnut 16, Tahquitz 9
San Dimas 6, Carter 1
Bonita 7, Charter Oak 2
Etiwanda 2, Northview 1
Yucaipa 6, Covina 2
Chino Hills 3, Apple Valley 0
Arcadia 5, Montebello 1
Adelanto @ Temecula Valley 10am
Claremont @ Pasadena 11am
Crescenta Valley @ LB Cabrillo 1pm
La Canada @ Victor Valley 11am
Valencia @ Los Osos 11am

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Rough night as Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Glendora and Walnut all lose

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Gahr surges past Bonita: The Gahr Gladiators have a lot of weapons in their offensive arsenal. But Friday night it was Gregory Carlyle providing the punch and leading his team to an 84-73 win over Bonita in Division 3AA semifinal at Claremont High School.
Carlyle had 41 points, 24 of those coming in the first half of a game that was a battle all the way.

Glendora shots don’t fall: The atmosphere was back at Glendora, but the magic on the court was nowhere to be found.
Glendora was hoping to recapture the glory that produced four championships under legendary coach Mike LeDuc more than a decade ago with three titles in the 1990s and another in 2001.
But the second-seeded Tartans missed shot after shot and were never in it, knocked out by seventh-seeded Elsinore 53-30 in the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinals on Friday.
Elsinore (22-8) moves on to face either fourth-seeded Lawndale or Mira Costa in Tuesday’s semifinals, while the Tartans finish 25-5.

Walnut’s dream run ends: The Loyola High School boys basketball team put an end to Walnut’s run in the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs with a 93-78 quarterfinals home victory Friday night.
“This is one of my favorite teams I have ever coached,” Walnut head coach Joe Khouzam said following the loss. “They are great students, great kids, and they have a lot of talent. That’s a dying breed; you don’t have many teams like that anymore, so it was my honor to be their coach.”
Loyola’s Max Hazzard nailed three 3-pointers in a row in the second quarter to burst the Cubs’ lead into double-digits, and the No. 1 seed didn’t let the Mustangs (25-6) back into the game after that.

Diamond Ranch’s best season ends: There will be no CIF-Southern Section championship appearance for the Diamond Ranch High School boys basketball team.
With a big second half scoring surge that included 11 3-pointers, Sonora High School easily defeated Diamond Ranch, 76-56, in the CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinals Friday night.
Sonora (27-4) will take on Gahr, an 84-73 winner over Bonita, in the championship next week.

CIF-Southern Section Boys Basketball Playoffs
Friday’s games
Division 1A Quarterfinals

Loyola 93, Walnut 78
Division 2AA Quarterfinals
Elsinore 53, Glendora 30
Division 3AA semifinals
Gahr 84, Bonita 73
Sonora 76, Diamond Ranch 56
Saturday’s game
Open Division Consolation semifinals
Redondo Union at Damien, 7 p.m.

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Boys Soccer Quarterfinals: Arroyo advances to semifinals; Rowland, La Puente, Claremont lose

Cinderella Rowland knocked out: Playing in a steady drizzle, second-seeded Monrovia got two goals from Ulises Avila and dominated the midfield as it knocked off Rowland 3-0 in a quarterfinal game of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 boys soccer playoffs on Friday.
The Wildcats will play the winner of the Vista del Lago-La Canada game on Tuesday. They would be at home against Vista del Lago and on the road against Rio Hondo League rival La Canada.
“Our center forward (Avila) had the game of his life today,” Wildcats coach Michael Williams said. “He was really a dominant force today, and that’s what it takes is someone who plays with passion, and I was pleased with Brian Nava, who played defensive middle for a player who was coming off an injury.”

CIF-SS Boys Soccer Playoffs
Friday’s quarterfinal games
Division 3

Pasadena 1, Claremont 1, Pasadena advances on PKs, 4-3
Division 5
Arroyo 0, San Gorgonio 0, Arroyo advances on PKs, 4-2
Rialto 2, La Puente 1, sudden death OT
Division 6
Monrovia 3, Rowland 0

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Sierra Vista girls soccer advances to semifinals with 2-0 win; Bishop Amat finished with 2-1 loss

vistaSierra Vista forward Alejandra Vargas said the curse is over.
After three straight quarterfinal losses, Sierra Vista girls soccer finally got over the hump with a 2-0 victory over Schurr in Thursday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 quarterfinals.
Sierra Vista, which won the school’s only team title when it won a divisional soccer title in 2010, will host Temescal Canyon, a 1-0 winner over Summit, in Tuesday’s semifinals.“The quarterfinals had been (our) achilles,” Dons coach Steve Jimenez said. “It feels good to finally break through again and us getting home field advantage in the semifinals is huge. We’ll see how it goes.”

Girls Soccer Quarterfinals
Division 2

Westlake 2, Bishop Amat 1
Division 6
Sierra Vista 2, Schurr 0

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South Hills girls basketball reach semifinals; Damien advances to consolations semis

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SOUTH HILLS IN SEMIS FOR FIRST TIME IN 23 YEARS: Sixth-seeded South Hills earned its first trip to the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA semifinals since 1992 following a 50-47 win over third-seeded Antelope Valley on Wednesday night.
The last time the Huskies went to the semifinals, head coach Tiffany Liang (nee Hall) was the point guard who led her team to the CIF championship game.
“This brings back memories,” Liang said. “I’m just really excited and glad as a coach now to take a team there.”

Duarte falls to power Harvard-Westlake: The Harvard-Westlake High girls basketball team ended Duarte’s eight-game winning streak, starting both halves on fire and holding on for a 73-51 road victory in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs Wednesday night.
The No. 2-seeded Wolverines (20-11) needed just over two minutes to take an 11-0 lead over their seventh-seeded Falcons, and they started the second half with a similar run, scoring 15 of the first 17 points. That was all they needed, actually getting outscored 49-47 the rest of the game.

Walnut bows out: Perhaps it was only appropriate that the game ended with one more rebound by Eisenhower.
Despite missing its best player, Eisenhower used its size advantage to dominate rebounding. That advantage enabled the Eagles to rally in the fourth quarter for a 50-47 victory over Walnut in a CIF-SS Division 2AA second-round girls basketball game on Wednesday night at Eisenhower High School.

CIF-SS Playoff Schedule
Wednesday’s games
Boys Basketball

Open Division Quarterfinals
Mater Dei 73, Chino Hills 62
Open Division Consolation
Damien 74, Alemany 61
Girls Basketball
Second Round
Division 1AA

Great Oak 55, Chino Hills 37
Division 2AA
Redondo Union 56, Ayala 42
Eisenhower 50, Walnut 47
Mira Costa 63, West Covina 35
Division 2A
Lakeside 68, Arroyo 38
Quarterfinals
Division 3AA
South Hills 50, Antelope Valley 47
Division 4AA
Harvard-Westlake 73, Duarte 51

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Arroyo, La Puente, Rowland all reach quarterfinals

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS BOYS SOCCER
Wednesday’s Second Round

Division 3
Littlerock 2, Damien 1
Santa Maria 5, Chino Hills 2
Claremont 1, Ontario 1, Claremont wins in PKs, 4-3
Division 4
Godinez 2, Sierra Vista 0
Division 5
Arroyo 2, Granite Hills 1
La Puente 1, Charter Oak 1, La Puente wins 5-4 in PKs
Division 6
Sage Hill 3, Covina 0
Rowland 2, Ontario Christian 0

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

Walnut-Mayfair photo gallery

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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.

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

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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

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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
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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.
COASTAL DIVISION
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).
CENTRAL DIVISION
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.
SOUTHERN DIVISION
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).
EASTERN DIVISION
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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Girls Basketball: South Hills, Duarte advance to quarters; Arroyo, Walnut, West Covina also win

arroyofansArroyo reaches second round: Perseverance paid off for the Arroyo girls basketball team with a 47-43 win over Temple City in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A first-round playoff game on Saturday night.
The Knights, who have won eight consecutive games, will play at top-seeded Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) on Wednesday night at 7.
The Knights (18-9) took their first lead, 45-43, with 32.4 seconds left in the game when Naomi Aguilar made a layup and a free throw when she was fouled on the shot.
Temple City missed a 3-point attempt from the corner that would have won the game but Aguilar grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with one second left for the final margin.

CIF-Southern Section Girls Basketball Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Division 1AA

Windward 58, Bishop Amat 29
Chino Hills 44, Lakewood 35
Lynwood 57, Diamond Bar 21
Division 2AA
Ayala 54, Anaheim Canyon 48
Walnut 70, Whittier 48
West Covina 48, Moreno Valley 32
Mira Costa 61, Rowland 42
Division 2A
Arroyo 47, Temple City 43
Second Round
Division 3AA

South Hills 56, Pacifica 37
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran 42, Los Altos 30
Lompoc Cabrillo 46, Covina 37
Division 4AA
Rosary 50, Bassett 31
Duarte 99, Ganesha 56

Wednesday’s second round
Division 1AA

Great Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Mira Costa at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Ayala at Redondo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

Antelope Valley at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Harvard Westlake at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Saturday Recap: Alondra Reynoso scored with 15 seconds left in second overtime to lead San Dimas GWP to advance to the Semi-finals

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San Dimas 5, La Sierra 3 — Alondra Reynoso scored twice in second overtime to lead the Saints (20-10) to advance to the semi-finals against Foothill Tech. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory were goalie Shelby Garcia who had 15 saves, Natalie Molloy who scored twice and Hailey Gonzalez who scored one. San Dimas next game is on Wednesday at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach at 5 p.m.

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Friday Recap: Chino Boys Soccer defeats Ganesha 4-2 to continue on to the second round

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Chino 4, Ganesha 2 — Blaine Quinzon, Gerardo Cobarrubias, Angel Flores and Adrian Lopez each scored a goal to lead the Cowboys (16-6-2) to the Division 5 first-round victory.
Covina 6, Hawthorne 0 — Jose Ortega scored twice for the Colts (11-8) in the Division 6 first-round match-up along with Anthony Aguinaga, Abner Ortega, Edgar Guadalupe, and Fernando Pinedo who all contributed one goal each.
Claremont 3, Upland 2 — Justin Munevar scored twice and Nick Loeffler scored a goal for the Wolfpack (17-1-4) in a Division 3 first-round playoff win.
Boys basketball
Los Altos 55, Arlington 45 — Christian Espinoza had 19 points and David Tolmachoff had nine points and 11 rebounds to lead the Conquerors (20-8) to the Division 3AA first-round win. Michael Barrera had nine points and Jayson Jones had seven points for Los Altos.
Ventura 66, Rowland 52 — Junior Hernandez had 16 points and seven rebounds and Derek Ohara had 15 points and five rebounds for the Raiders (18-9) but it was not enough in the Division 2AA first-round loss. Tyler Gachett had 14 points and four rebounds for Rowland.
Garden Grove 75, Arroyo 61 — Justin Alfonso, and Fabian Gomez both scored 10 points alongside Moises Munoz who had 19 points for the Knights (13-14) in a Division 2AA first-round loss.

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Boys Basketball playoffs: Glendora, Walnut advance; Bonita, Los Altos, Diamond Ranch move to quarterfinals

TARTANS WIN: Glendora played without guard A.J. Bigornia, who is battling a calf injury, but Robert Miller stepped up and poured in a game-high 24 points and Brandon Brothers finished with 17 points to lead the Tartans to a 62-42 Division 2AA first-round win over Saugus. Watch highlights and listen to what Miller, Brothers and center Joseph Alvarez said afterward.

Tartans get it done: The Glendora High School boys basketball team showed why it is seeded No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs by defeating Saugus 62-42 on Friday night to set up a second-round matchup with No. 15 Woodbridge on Tuesday.
The Tartans (24-4) held Saugus (13-16) to just four points in the first quarter before the offense got going, scoring 54 points in the final three quarters.
“The score was stuck at 3-2 for quite a few minutes. We came out really amped and not as relaxed offensively as we needed to be,” Glendora head coach Michael LeDuc said, “but that really helped us defensively. When we got into the flow of the game, we started slowing things down and relaxed and the shots started going down.”

Walnut wins easy: Eighth-seeded Walnut jumped out to a quick 13-point lead and went on to rout Paloma Valley 90-58 in a first-round game of the boys CIF Southern Section Division 1A basketball playoffs on Friday night.
The Mustangs (24-5) will face the winner of the game between Mayfair and Camarillo on Tuesday at a site to be determined.
“We had a great crowd tonight,” first-year Mustang coach Joe Khouzam said. “They got everyone pumped up and came out and started hitting some shots. Shooting is contagious and we got hot early.”

West Covina gets rolled: La Mirada High School looked every bit like the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A boys basketball playoffs Friday.
Anthony Newman scored 32 points, including nine 3-pointers, and the Matadores smothered visiting West Covina, 70-23, in their postseason opener.
Kendall Lauderdale added 16 points for La Mirada, which improved to 24-4 and will travel to Agoura, a 66-38 winner over Rio Mesa, in Tuesday’s second round. AJ Garcia had six points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished 12-16.

Friday’s First Round
Division 1A

Walnut 90, Paloma Valley 58
Division 2AA
Glendora 62, Saugus 42
Ventura 66, Rowland 54
Garden Grove 75, Arroyo 61
Division 2A
La Mirada 70, West Covina 23
Friday’s Second Round
Division 3AA
Bonita 81, Don Lugo 61
Diamond Ranch 43, El Dorado 33
Los Altos 55, Arlington 45
Division 3A
Leuzinger 46, Bishop Amat 43
Division 4AA
Crespi 61, Pomona 45
Oaks Christian 61, Covina 55
Morningside 63, Workman 50

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 1A

Mayfair at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Glendora at Woodbridge, 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

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

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Sierra Vists wins in overtime; Covina, La Puente advance

Bishop Amat falls to Pasadena: If there was a time for Alex Hernandez to step into a key leadership role, Friday was it.
The junior had, by far, his biggest soccer game of his Pasadena High School career. He scored the first hat trick in school history and also had an assist to carry the host Bulldogs to a 4-1 CIF Southern Section Division 3 first-round playoff game.
“It is an unbelievable experience,” Hernandez said. “I can’t believe I scored three goals in a CIF game. To be honest, it’s all these guys. They did all the hard work for me. I just finished.”

CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Playoffs
Friday’s First Round

Division 3
Cathedral 5, Glendora 0
Damien 1, Yucaipa 0
Notre Vista 1, Diamond Bar 0, OT
Chino Hills 3, Knight 1
Pasadena 4, Bishop Amat 1
Claremont 3, Upland 2, OT
Division 4
Oak Hills 3, Duarte 0
Brea Olinda 3, Baldwin Park 2, OT
Sierra Vista 4, El Dorado 3, OT
Division 5
Arroyo 7, Environmental Charter 0
Garey 4, Mountain View 3
Adelanto 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Chino 4, Ganesha 2
Charter Oak 0, El Monte 0, Charter Oak wins in PKs 4-3
La Puente 6, Crossroads 5
Division 6
Covina 4, Hawthorne MSA 0
Nogales 1, Desert Mirage 1, Desert advancees on PKs, 4-1
Rowland 1, Pasadena Poly 0

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Orange Lutheran stuns Damien in first game of Open Division, 60-59; Also read how I would change format

HEMSLEYGROUND
By Fred Robledo
LA VERNEThat was quick.
Damien’s first trip to the CIf-Southern Section Open Division boys basketball playoffs, which takes the best 16 teams in the section and drops them into a super division, was not what it hoped it would be.
Orange Lutheran, seeded 12th, stunned fifth-seed Damien 60-59 in the first round on Thursday, sending Damien to the consolation bracket where it will face Alemany on the road Wednesday.
Orange Lutheran’s CJ Hankins knocked in a team-high 20 points, scoring 16 in the second half and Keisean Lucier-South finished with 17 points for the Lancers (22-5), who will take on Corona Centennial in the quarterfinals.

How I would change the format: I love the concept of the Open Division, but if you’re going to sacrifice the best teams in all 11 divisions for our enjoyment, make it worth it for them and us. In a traditional 32 team bracket, it takes 5 games to win a championship. What I would do is split the 16 Open teams into four groups of four. Just like the World Cup seed four 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s, put them in a hat and have a draw to formulate four even groups. We would be arguing who’s in the group of death. Each group plays three round-robin games to determine a group winner. Think of the excitement of watching the best go at for at least three games. This makes going to the Open worth it for everyone, especially the teams selected. Who wants to lose and go to a consolation bracket anyway? And it would guarantee that all of the teams get at least one home game, which they deserve. The Group winners then go to the Final Four with two games to determine a champion. Just like a 32-team bracket, it still takes five games to win it and it’s much more exciting for everyone.

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat rallies late, beats Beckman in PKs; Hailey Zerbel scores twice in South Hills win; Los Altos, Duarte, Sierra Vista, Diamond Ranch also advance

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Girls Soccer update: Bishop Amat scored in the final moments of injury time on a Hanna Armendariz penalty kick to send the game into overtime against Beckman. Then the Lancers won in PKs, 3-0 to advance. Camila Garcia scored three goals in South El Monte’s 3-2 win over Santa Ana and South Hills’ Hailey Zerbel scored both in the Huskies’ 2-1 win over South Torrance.

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Thursday’s first round
Division 2

Bishop Amat 1, Beckman 1, Amat advances in PKs 3-0
Division 3
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1
Diamond Ranch 1, Pasadena Poly 1, Diamond Ranch advances in PKs
Los Altos 3, Chadwick 0
Division 5
Lindfield Christian 2, Rowland 1
Viewpoint 2, San Dimas 0
Division 6
Rosemead at Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0
Duarte 3, Archer 0
South El Monte 4, Santa Ana Valley 2
Division 7
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1
Vistamar 8, Ganesha 0

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2
Murrieta Mesa at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
South Hills at Buena, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Yorba Olinda at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Quartz Hill at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Rialto, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Maranatha, 3 p.m.
Duarte at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Grace Brethren at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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