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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

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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Damien plays better in second loss to Chino Hills, 104-93; Is Open Division next?

ryanBy Michelle Gardner
The first time the Damien and Chino Hills boys basketball teams squared off, the Huskies prevailed by 28 points and the game wasn’t even that close.
The second meeting was far more competitive, but in the end it was Chino Hills still emerging victorious 104-93 on Tuesday. The win keeps the Huskies (26-0), ranked No. 1 in the country in multiple national polls, unbeaten and clinched the Baseline League title with one game left in the regular season.
But head coach Steve Baik wasn’t completely satisfied. While his team has proven it can score at will, it has been giving up more points than the veteran coach would like to see.

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Soccer: South Hills girls go undefeated in Palomares; Ganesha boys stun No. 1 Garey

marinero1South Hills girls soccer defended its No. 1 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 with a 2-0 victory over Claremont in the Palomares League finale on Tuesday, getting goals from Hailey Zerbel and a penalty kick from Skylar Robledo in the closing minute to head to next week’s playoffs with an 18-1-5 record and a lot of momentum.
The Huskies clinched its second league title in school history and first since 2007. But the Huskies were determined to finish undefeated in league, and they did just that, running the table to go 10-0.
Hannah Shields’ free kick set up Zerbel’s goal in the 29th minute, giving the Arizona State-bound striker her team leading 20th goal of the season.
“I can’t even describe how it feels, I’m speechless, we’ve been waiting for this the last four years,” Zerbel said of winning the league title. “We were so close the last few years and we finally got it. It’s a huge accomplishment for our team.”
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee knows he has a great offense, but the Huskies have been equally good on defense, recording their fifth straight shutout.
“We gave up six goals in the first half of league and then shut them all out the second half of league,” Mocabee said.“If we can tighten up the back four and keep this going I think we can make a run (in the playoffs.)
With two goals from Ganesha’s Gerardo Cazares and another from Imar Figueroa, the Giants, ranked No. 3 in Division 5, knocked off No. 1-ranked Garey 3-2 to capture the Miramonte League title on Tuesday in a winner-take-all.
Ganesha boys knocks off No. 1 Garey
With two goals from Ganesha’s Gerardo Cazares and another from Imar Figueroa, the Giants, ranked No. 3 in Division 5, knocked off No. 1-ranked Garey 3-2 to capture the Miramonte League title on Tuesday in a winner-take-all.
Ganesha (14-2-6, 8-0-2), tied Garey 1-1 earlier in the season (19-3-3, 8-1-1) and Tuesday’s win could push the Giants to the top seed when the pairings are announced
Los Altos girls turn it around
One of the biggest turnarounds of the season came during Hacienda League play for the Los Altos girls soccer team, who started 4-7-3, which included a lopsided 5-1 loss to South Hills and a 3-1 loss to Diamond Bar.
But the Conquerors rebounded to capture the Hacienda League and are now 12-7-3 and 8-0-1, hoping to go undefeated in league when it visits Diamond Ranch in Thursday’s league finale at 5:30 p.m.
“It wasn’t just that we figured things out, we were missing a lot of girls early in the season for various reasons, whether it was illness, or deaths in the family, we never got to put the starting lineup I wanted all along until we got to league,” Los Altos coach Chris Reeder said.
Los Altos isn’t tearing it up offensively, it rarely does. But Reeder’s teams always play defense, and that’s obvious because it has allowed just five goals in league.
“I’d be lying if I told you after the preseason we would be vying for the league championship, but I knew we would compete and they’ve bonded better than I thought they would. We haven’t loss since Christmas break.”
With the Division 3 playoffs starting next week, Los Altos finally cracked the CIF-SS rankings by checking in at No. 10.
Reeder likes his teams’ chances, and feels the Conquerors’ could be a sleeper.
“South Hills (No. 1) is clearly the class of our division, but when they beat us 5-1 we had three defensive starters out,” Reeder said. “If we play them again are we losing, 5-1? No way. I’m not foolish enough to not think they’re a great team, but with the way we’re playing now it would be a different game if we met again.”
Damien, Los Altos boys hoping for big finish
In boys soccer, the Hacienda and Baseline Leagues titles and playoff scenarios will likely come down to the final games with Los Altos and Damien needing wins in their league finale’s.
Los Altos (13-6-2, 7-2) trails Diamond Ranch (15-5-1, 8-1), ranked fourth in Division 5, but the Conquerors host the Panthers Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Since Los Altos beat Diamond Ranch 2-1 earlier in the season, a victory would complete a sweep and not only allow Los Altos and Diamond Ranch to tie for the league title, but Los Altos would head to the playoffs as the league champion because of its head-to-head results against the Panthers.
Damien (9-3-5, 5-2-2) has no shot at the Baseline league title, that likely belongs to Chino Hills (14-5-2, 7-2), but the Spartans can take over sole possession of second with a victory at Los Osos (9-6-5, 6-2-1) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

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La Salle boys basketball knocks Bishop Amat to third in Camino Real

lasalleHOW IT HAPPENED: When Johnny Knox gets going, the La Salle High School boys basketball team can be a tough proposition to stop.
Visiting Bishop Amat found that out on Monday night after Knox ignited in the second half to help turn what was a back-and-forth game into a 66-53 win for La Salle.
“When he gets it going like that and attacking the rim, it opens up his whole game,” La Salle head coach Mike Lynch said. “He shoots from the outside well, but he attacks the rim very well. And he did that for us in that stretch there.”
La Salle improved to 18-7 overall and 7-2 in Camino Real League play. More importantly, the Lancers took over sole control of second place with game left in league remaining. Bishop Amat fell to 20-5 overall and 6-3 in league.

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Soccer Rankings: Damien back to No. 1; South Hills girls trying to go unbeaten in Palomares


Tribune Soccer Rankings
Boys Rankings

1. Damien (9-2-5) — If it can win out, including a victory at Los Osos on Wednesday, the Spartans win the Baseline League title.
2. Diamond Bar (16-2-6) – Claremont beat Diamond Bar 3-0 to move into a first-place tie with Diamond Bar in the Palomares. It will likely finish that way.
3. Ganesha (13-2-6) — Is at Garey on Tuesday for a winner take all for the Miramonte League title.
4. South El Monte (13-2-0) – Shocking 3-0 loss to Rosemead, but still a half game lead over El Monte going into final week for the Mission Valley League title.
5. Gladstone (14-4-1) — Biggest surprise of the year is 8-0 in Montview with a sweep over Sierra Vista.
6. Diamond Ranch (14-5-1)– Leads Los Altos by a full game and can clinch Hacienda League title outright visiting Los Altos on Thursday.
7. Los Altos (12-6-2) – A 4-1 loss to Chino forces the Conqs to beat Diamond Ranch on Thursday just for a chance to tie for Hacienda.
8. El Monte (12-5-3) – Is a half game behind league leading South El Monte with two games to go in MVL.
9. Sierra Vista (15-6-1) – After 0-2 start in Montview, Dons rallied to finish second despite getting swept by Gladstone.
10. Covina (11-3-3) — Closing in on Valle Vista League title for first-year coach Jonathan Ortiz.

Girls Rankings
1. South Hills (15-1-5) – The trio of Hailey Zerbel, Amber Marinero and Skylar Robledo have a combined 51 goals for league unbeaten Huskies.
2. Sierra Vista (20-2-1) – Should finish undefeated in Montview with another typical dominant run by the Dons.
3. Los Altos (11-7-3) — Conquerors clinch the league title and hopes to go undefeated in the Hacienda with two to play.
4. Bishop Amat (11-6-1) – After getting swept by St. Joseph it loses to La Salle to fall into a tie for second in Del Rey.
5. St. Lucy’s (13-6-3) — In fourth in tough Baseline and would be a shame if it didn’t reach the playoffs.
6. San Dimas (10-8-2) — Even on a down year by Saints’ standards, the Saints are still in position to win the Valle Vista league title outright.
7. Glendora (10-8-7) — Big overtime victory over Claremont 2-1, and now needs South Hills to beat Claremont to finish second in Palomares.
8. Rowland (15-7) — Should finish second in Valle Vista, which is a great finish considering its soccer history.
9. South El Monte (12-5-1) – Will likely finish second in the Mission Valley by half game behind Gabrielino.
10. Charter Oak (6-8-3) – Tied with Diamond Ranch for third in the Hacienda, but owns tiebreaker over Panthers.

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Basketball Rankings: No. 1 Damien closing in on Open Bid; Diamond Bar girls hang on to No. 1 despite loss

Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (23-2)
— Damien’s 61-50 win over Etiwanda sealed its case to be an Open Division team when the pairings are released next week. But first, they get one more shot at No. 1 in the country Chino Hills on Tuesday.
2. Diamond Ranch (19-6) — Only question left is will it be Los Altos on Friday to go undefeated in the Hacienda.
3. Walnut (20-5) — Can tie with Los Altos for second in the Hacienda if Diamond Ranch beats Los Altos on Friday.
4. Los Altos (21-3) — Great season when you consider two losses came to Walnut and another to Diamond Ranch.
5. Bishop Amat (20-4) — Can finish second outright in the Camino Real with a victory Monday over La Salle.
6. Bonita (19-5) — Will have a chance to tie for the Palomares title on Thursday in finale at Ayala.
7. San Dimas (18-6) — Needs a win over Covina or Rowland this week to clinch the Valle Vista league title outright.
8. Workman (17-7) — Can clinch title outright with victory over Baldwin Park on Wednesday.
9. Wilson (13-11) — Closing in on second all alone in the Valle Vista.
10. Baldwin Park (13-9) — Braves lost by 12 to Workman in first meeting. It gets rematch at Workman on Wednesday for chance to tie for league title.

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (21-3)
— Even with a loss to South Hills to fall into a tie for first in Palomares, Brahamas’ overall body of work merits No. 1 still.
2. Rowland (20-2) — Can’t remember the Lady Raiders ever having a season this great. They should finish 10-0 in the VVL
3. Duarte (22-3) — Can clinch Montview league title outright with a victory over Sierra Vista on Wednesday.
4. South Hills (17-7) — Incredible victory over No. 1 Diamond Bar to move into a first-place tie in the Palomares. Who saw this coming?
5. Los Altos (18-6) — Loss to Chino forced the Conqs into a tie for first in Hacienda going into the final week.
6. Covina (19-6) — A 42-30 loss to Rowland ended any hopes of sharing the VVL crown.
7. Bonita (16-10) — Will finish third in the Palomares with one more shot at No. 1 Diamond Bar this week.
8. El Monte (15-7) — Should close out the week with wins over Arroyo and Marshall to clinch the Mission Valley outright.
9. Glendora (14-11) — To be fifth in the Palomares shows how difficult the league was this season.
10. Walnut (14-8) — Will finish third in the Hacienda behind Los Altos and Chino.

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