Glendora-Damien, plus South Hills, Bonita in today’s D-2 Baseball playoffs

With only Walnut, Bishop Amat and San Dimas surviving Thursday’s first round in Division 3 and all the Tribune teams getting eliminated in Division 5, we’re down to seven teams left with Bonita, South Hills and Damien facing Glendora in today’s Division 2 first round. I’m covering Damien-Glendora and will be tweeting @sgvnsports updates on others.


Friday’s first round
Division 2

Bonita at Cajon, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Mesa at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.

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Tuesday’s Second Round Baseball/Softball Playoff Schedule for SGVN

In Baseball, Division’s 2, 4 and 6 first rounds are contested Friday, so we will update Saturday. In softball, all second round games for the SGVN (Whittier, Pasadena and Tribune) are updated with home sites.

Tuesday’s second round
All games start at 3:15 p.m., unless noted
Division 3

Garden Grove at San Dimas
Temescal Canyon at Walnut
Bishop Amat at Rancho Alamitos
Division 5
Woodcrest Christian at San Marino
Citrus Hill at Temple City
Monrovia at Moreno Valley

Tuesday’s second round
All games start at 3:15 p.m
Division 2

Glendora at Westlake
South Hills at Villa Park
Division 3
St. Paul at Cerritos
Gahr at Santa Fe
Burbank at Bishop Amat
La Serna at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Division 5
Edgewood at San Dimas
Mary Star at Schurr
Silverado at Flintridge Sacred Heart
SA Calvary Chapel at Montebello
Division 6
Pasadena Poly at Yucca Valley
Windward at Alverno

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Playoff Thursday: Walnut, San Dimas, Bishop Amat baseball advance; Edgewood, San Dimas softball win to set up second-round battle


BIG INNING HELPS WALNUT ADVANCE: Walnut High School’s dream baseball season will continue.
Cody Dye tossed a six-hit shutout and the Mustangs, fresh off winning their first league crown in two decades, took advantage of three infield RBIs in the fifth inning en route to an 8-0 victory over visiting St. Paul in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 game on Thursday.

SAN DIMAS’ LAMBERT THROWS ONE-HITTER: No one will ever accuse San Dimas baseball coach Mike Regan of taking anything for granted.His unbeaten Saints may have been opening the playoffs against a team with a losing record that was only a third-place finisher in its league, but Regan never entertained the thought of going with a pitcher other than his senior ace Peter Lambert.

Thursday’s first round

Division 3
San Dimas 9, La Quinta 0
Walnut 8, St. Paul 0
Arroyo Grande 1, Nogales 0
Bishop Amat 7, Palos Verdes 1
Redondo Union 6, Charter Oak 1
Palm Desert 5, Northview 1
Division 5
Bishop Montgomery 5, Sierra Vista 3, 8 innings
Santa Ynez 7, Azusa 0
Temple City 4, Arroyo 3
Capistrano Valley 9, La Puente 2

Thursday’s first round
Division 1

Murrieta Valley 2, Los Altos 1
Valencia 2, Charter Oak 1, 8 innings
Division 2
South Hills 15, Oxnard Pacifica 1
Glendora 4, Paso Robles 1
Yucaipa 10, Bonita 0
Division 3
Bishop Amat 4, San Jacinto 1
Division 4
El Segundo 5, South El Monte 2
Santa Monica 10, Arroyo 0
Division 5
San Dimas 13, Barstow 1
Edgewood 14, Vista Del Lago 2
St. Monica Catholic 11, La Puente 0
Silverado 15, Nogales 0
Montebello 6, Covina 4
Duarte at Moreno Valley

SOUTH HILLS DOMINANT IN WIN: South Hills never let Pacifica of Oxnard get into the game as the Huskies scored five first-inning runs and cruised to a 15-1 five-inning mercy rule win in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round game on Thursday.
The Huskies (18-7) will play the winner of the Canyon Springs/Villa Park game Tuesday at a site to be determined.
“I told the girls that we needed to dominate early,” Huskies coach Brandon Gonzalez said. “They were never in the game and that’s what you need to do in the playoffs.”

BELOW: Watch South Hills’ Caitlyn VanHemelryck smack a grand slam to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead

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Thursday Recap: Edgewood softball continues to show they are in it to win it, still remains undefeated after first-round

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

Edgewood 14, Vista Del Lago 2 — Kennedy Cuevas was the winning pitcher and Ciara Granado went 3 for 4 with two homers, a double, six RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Lions (19-0) to the CIF-SS division 5 first-round victory. For Edgewood, Jasmine Coronel went 3 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, and Alyssa Yanez and Sammy Alvarado combined to score five runs.
Bishop Amat 4, San Jacinto 1 — Alexis Vargas was the starting pitcher and Samaria Diaz pitched the last three innings, striking out eight to lead the Lancers (18-7) to defeat the Tigers (22-7) in a CIF-SS division 3 first-round victory. Bishop Amat’s Julia Valenzuela went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Alyssa Barrera had a double and an RBI. The Lancers will play at Burbank for the second round on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2 — Gabby Walker was the winning pitcher, and had an RBI single to help lead the Swordsmen (21-6) to advance to the CIF-SS division 3 second-round. Also contributing to St. Paul’s victory were Niko Walker who went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Taylor Fogle who had an RBI triple. St. Paul will play against Cerritos on Tuesday.

Bishop Amat 7, Palos Verdes 1 — Isaac Esqueda was the winning pitcher, and Clarence Carter, Jayson Gonzalez and Ben Hurst each had two hits for the Lancers (15-12-1) in a CIF-SS division 3 first-round win.

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Damien boys volleyball advances to championship; Damien baseball to face Glendora

DAMIEN VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES TO FINALS: The Damien boys volleyball team wasn’t about to let a seven-point deficit get between them and the school’s first appearance in a CIF-SS title match.
fter comfortably winning the first two games 25-17, 25-19 against Santa Fe, the Spartans found themselves down in the third. They dug deep and won a stirring final game 29-27, the final point coming on a block by junior Michael Spinney on Santa Fe’s Boris Kortscheff.

DAMIEN ADVANCES TO FACE GLENDORA: Damien High School’s baseball team won five of its last six Baseline League games to make Wednesday’s Division 2 wild-card playoff game.
The Spartans (11-14), led by sophomore Isaiah Paige, kept it rolling.Paige pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits, and drove in both runs in Damien’s 2-1 win over visiting Burbank (12-13).
“We pitched well and defended well,” Damien coach Andy Nieto said. “These kids have been punched in the mouth this year quite a few times and I don’t think there are many teams that are as battled-tested as we are.”
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Garrett Weiss led off with a single to left field on a seven-pitch at bat. Harrison Spohn sacrificed Weiss over to second, and Paige drove him home after Nieto rolled the dice and called for a Weiss steal of third.

Boys Tennis
Wednesday’s semifinal results
Division 4

Laguna Beach 17, Rowland 1
Division 5
Warren 14, Arroyo 4

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Tuesday’s Wild-Cards: La Puente baseball crushes El Monte; Arroyo softball advances

La Puente routs El Monte: La Puente’s baseball team sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth and fifth innings and picked up its first playoff win since 2011 on Tuesday, knocking off El Monte 10-0 in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 wild-card game.The Warriors (12-10) will travel to San Juan Capistrano to face Capistrano Valley Christian in a first-round game on Thursday.Senior Anthony Villarreal was dominant on the mound for the Warriors. He struck out seven, didn’t walk a batter and scattered four hits as his team won its seventh consecutive game.“Everything was working for me today,” Villarreal said. “My fastball was working for me today and I just tried to make sure I was hitting my spots and my corners.”The Warriors pounded out 11 hits against three Lions pitchers, but the biggest hit was a bases-loaded double by sophomore Matt Marin in the bottom of the fifth inning that cleared the bases and put the final nail in the coffin for the Lions.

Tuesday’s wild card-results
Division 3

Northwood 10, Los Altos 0
Northview 7, Elsinore 0
Division 5
La Puente 10, El Monte 0
Templeton 9, Rosemead 2
Azusa 4, Pomona 3
Lompoc 8, Baldwin Park 2
Today’s wild-Card
Division 2

Burbank at Damien, 3:15 p.m.

Division 4

Monrovia 4, El Monte 1
Arroyo 5, Lancaster 2
Hawthorne 6, Gabrielino 0
Division 5
Morro Bay 5, Azusa 1

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Matt Fink, Trevon Sidney, Brian Lamb and Zion Echols selected to prestigious 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Glendora quarterback Matt Fink, Bishop Amat wide receiver/defensive back Trevon Sidney, Charter Oak running back Zion Echols and Diamond Bar defensive back Brian Lamb were selected to compete in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 9, a game that is televised live on NBC. The West squad is billed as the best 52 senior football players in the state.

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Coaches need to fill out forms for June 13 SGV Tribune All-Star Baseball games at Mt. SAC

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune area underclassmen and senior all-star games at Mt. SAC are scheduled for June 13 with the underclassmen game at 3 p.m., followed by the senior game at 7 p.m. San Dimas co-head coaches Mike Regan, Mark Chiappelli along with Covina’s Charles Green will coach the underclassmen game. Pasadena head coach Mike Parisi and Ayala’s Chris Vogt will coach the senior teams. Coaches from the Tribune area interested in nominating players should download and submit the following forms attached to South Hills coach and tournament director Darren Murphy at the school. If you want to nominate more than one player, make multiple copies of the nomination forms.

Nomination for senior game

Nomination for underclassmen game

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Rosters set for the annual Blue/Red All-Star games at Alhambra and ELAC

Rosters for the annual Blue/Red All-Star Baseball Underclassmen/Senior games have been set. The Underclassmen game will be played at Moor Field in Alhambra on Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m. The Senior Game will be played at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterey Park on Monday, June 8 at 7 p..m



UNDERCLASSMEN ROSTERS (Sunday, June 7, Alhambra HS, 2 p.m.)


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Tribune/Star-News/Whittier Softball All-Star game for seniors and underclassmen set for June 7 at U. of La Verne

West Covina High School softball coach Jesse Mendez, a catalyst in keeping the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game alive the past couple years, is working with San Gabriel Valley coaches with help from our San Gabriel Valley sports team of reporters to create the inaugural San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Star-News/Whittier Daily News senior all-star game AND Underclassmen game on June 7 at the University of La Verne’s state of art softball complex. Similar to the annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star basketball games, players will be selected from the SGVN readership, pitting the Tribune vs. the Star-News/Whittier Daily News All-Stars on Sunday, June 7, which follows the June 5-6 CIF softball championships. The game will be a doubleheader with the exciting underclassman game followed by the final game for seniors. Coaches in the Star-News area wanting to nominate players should reach out to and in Whittier email, and also include me in the emails at Tribune coaches should get in touch with me or Jesse Mendez and of course this thread is a good place for readers to suggest who should be in the games.

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CIF-SS team tennis playoffs

Division 1
Monday’s quarterfinals

San Marino 12, No. 4 seed University 6
Wednesday’s semifinals
San Marino at No. 1 seed Los Alamitos
No. 3 seed Harvard-Westlake at Beckman
Finals: Friday. Claremont Club, 11 a.m.
Division 2
Monday’s quarterfinals

No. 4 seed Sage Hill 12, Walnut 6
No. 3 seed San Clemente 14, Diamond Bar 4
No. 2 seed Arcadia 12, Crean Lutheran 6
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 2 seed Arcadia at No. 3 seed San Clemente
No. 4 seed Sage Hill at No. 1 seed Santa Margarita
Finals: Friday. Claremont Club, noon
Division 4
Monday’s quarterfinals

Rowland 14, No. 4 seed Maranatha 4
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 1 seed Laguna Beach at Rowland
Chino Hills at No. 2 Redlands
Finals: Friday. Claremont Club, 2:30 p.m.
Division 5
Monday’s quarterfinals

Arroyo 13, No. 4 seed Alta Loma 5
Wednesday’s semifinals
Warren at Arroyo
No. 1 seed Heritage at Hemet
Finals: Friday. Claremont Club, 2 p.m.

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Breaking News: Glendora’s legendary basketball coach Mike LeDuc is leaving to return to Damien

“I think the timing was right,” Mike LeDuc said. “I always thought I would go back to Damien. But there was never the opportunity to go back until now. I think it’s a good fit.”
By Steve Ramirez
Mike LeDuc is returning to where it all began.
LeDuc, arguably the best boys basketball coach in area history who earned legendary status at Glendora High School, is returning to Damien, where he coached from 1979-86. Damien announced the move on Monday.
LeDuc succeeds Matt Dunn, who left for St. John Bosco after guiding Damien to the CIF-State Division III title.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” LeDuc said. “Matt has done a great job building that program to a high level. For me, it’s about going home, to where I started. It’s come full circle.”LeDuc built quite a resume at Glendora and in 35 years as a head coach has won 826 games, including 702 with the Tartans.
At Glendora LeDuc won four CIF-Southern Section titles with seven trips to the divisional finals and 15 league championships.
Glendora was 25-5 and shared the Palomares League title this past season.His former players include area legends Tracy Murry and Casey Jacobson. His career win total ranks fourth all-time in California.

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Undefeated San Dimas earns top seed in D-3 Baseball Playoffs; Glendora No. 3 and South Hills No. 4 in D-2


STORY: The chase for perfection will begin Thursday for the undefeated San Dimas (28-0) High School baseball team after officially being named the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs Monday.
The Valle Vista League champions are hoping to become the first Southern Section team to run the table since Ontario finished 26-0 in 1991. Chatsworth, from the Los Angeles City Section, was the last California team to accomplish the feat, finishing 35-0 in 2004.
San Dimas, which also could be chasing a mythical national title after jumping to the top spot in USA Today’s most recent national poll, will host the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between La Quinta and Palmdale in Thursday’s first-round at 3:15 p.m.

CIF-SS Local Baseball Playoff Pairings
Division 2

Wednesday’s wild card
Burbank at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Bonita at Cajon, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Mesa at No. 4 South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Burbank-Damien wc winner at No. 3 Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Tuesday’s wild card

Los Altos at Northwood, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Elsinore, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
La Quinta-Palmdale WC winner at No. 1 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m
St. Paul at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Arroyo Grande, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes-Culver City wc winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Redondo Union, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Templeton at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Windward-Bishop Montgomery wc winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
San Marino-Desert Hot Springs wc winner at Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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