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

Big fourth quarter rally saves Rowland; Bishop Amat, Glendora roll again

ROWLAND KEEPS THE FAITH: When Rowland needed to keep the faith, it looked to junior sparkplug Faith Castillo, and did she ever deliver.
Castillo made the go-ahead free throws with 30 seconds left, and Rowland held on for a come-from-behind 53-52 victory over Walnut in Wednesday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinals, sending the Raiders (26-1) to Saturday’s semifinals where they will host Camarillo, a 57-39 winner over Downey.
Walnut’s sophomore center Theresa Lin opened the fourth quarter with six straight points to give the Mustangs a 48-40 lead with 5:50 left, but the Raiders kept battling.

Duarte comes up short: Every coach says that defense wins championships and the Huntington Beach High School full-court press was the difference as the Oilers shut down Duarte 51-34 in a CIF Southern Section Division 1A girls basketball quarterfinal match on Wednesday night.
The third-seeded Oilers (21-7) will be at second-seeded Esperanza in a semifinal game on Saturday night.“
I think our height advantage gave them a tough time,” Oilers coach Russell McClurg said. “We went after the weakness of their smaller guards and they had trouble throwing over the top of the press.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Results
Girls Basketball Basketball
Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Division 1A
Huntington Beach 51, Duarte 34
Division 2AA
JSerra 49, Los Altos 47
Rowland 53, Walnut 52
Division 3AA
Glendora 66, Yucca Valley 28
Bishop Amat 47, San Clemente 30
Division 4A
Pomona 51, Aquinas 32

Saturday’s semifinals
Division 2AA

Camarillo at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Bishop Amat at Thousand Oaks, 7 p.m.
Oxnard Pacifica at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
Pomona at Knight, 7 p.m.

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Boys Soccer playoffs: Nogales El Monte, Northview advances to quarterfinals

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s second round
Division 2

El Rancho 3, Chino Hills 1
Division 3
Citrus Valley 1, Diamond Bar 0
Claremont 2, Saddleback 0
Division 4
Norwalk 1, Glendora 0
Division 5
El Monte 1, Baldwin Park 0
Rialto 1, Diamond Ranch 0
Division 6
Nogales 2, Desert Hot Spring 0
Wilson 1, Azusa 0
Adelanto 6, La Puente 2
Division 7
Northview 1, University Prep 0

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Diamond Bar, Schurr, Pasadena Poly headed to girls water polo championships

Diamond Bar heads to title game: Ashley Yoo took up water polo three years ago because she thought it was a better alternative than having to take physical education when she was a freshman at Diamond Bar High School. It turned out to be a good decision.
Yoo scored four goals to lead the Brahmas to an 11-3 win over Chaffey on Wednesday in a CIF Southern Section semifinal at Ontario High.
The win sends Diamond Bar (26-7) into Saturday’s CIF-SS title match against top seed Santa Ynez (19-10), a 7-5 winner over Whittier in the other semifinal, at Irvine High.The win sends Diamond Bar (26-7) into Saturday’s CIF-SS title match against top seed Santa Ynez (19-10), a 7-5 winner over Whittier in the other semifinal, at Irvine High.
The match was one between two teams having their best season in school history. Neither had ever been to the playoffs previously.
Chaffey started its program in 2001 while Diamond Bar started its program only three year ago. The Brahmas were 7-22 a year ago, so the thought of winning a championship wasn’t necessarily there.

Girls Water Polo
Wednesday’s semifinals
Division 2

Schurr 7, Agoura 5
Division 4
Oxnard 10, South Pasadena 3
Division 5
Pasadena Poly 6, Santa Ana Valley 4, OT
Division 7
Santa Ynez 7, Whittier 5
Diamond Bar 11, Chaffey 3

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Damien comes up short in Open Quarters, falls 91-85; Rowland advances to semifinals

Damien falls late: For three quarters, Sierra Canyon and Damien went back and forth in a thrilling CIF Southern Section Open Division quarterfinal.
Only Sierra Canyon, however, had enough gas left to keep running in the fourth, using a layup parade to race past Damien 95-81 at Simi Valley High on Tuesday.
All but one of Sierra Canyon’s fourth-quarter field goals came on layups or dunks as Marvin Bagley and Cody Riley scored the Trailblazers’ last 20 points.
“We needed other guys to get hot shooting and once Damien spread their zone, we went right at them inside,” Sierra Canyon coach Ty Nichols said.

Rowland in semis for first time in 40 years: Rowland withstood a pesky Segerstrom team that kept it close before a run late in the third quarter gave it the separation it needed for a 65-56 victory on Tuesday night in the CIF-SS Division 4AA quarterfinals.
The Jaguars’ Luis Pacheco’s 3-point basket midway through the third quarter made it 37-35, but that was as close as Segerstrom got.
Rowland closed out the pivotal third quarter on a 12-5 run to open a 49-40 lead.The Raiders built on their lead, thanks in large part to senior Curtis Hong scoring 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Basketball
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Open Division

Sierra Canyon 95, Damien 81
Chino Hills 98, Long Beach Poly 74
Division 4AA
Rowland 65, Segerstrom 56
Division 5AA
Valley Torah 65, Mountain View 61

Friday’s semifinals
Division 4AA

West Torrance at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Friday’s Open Division quarterfinals
JSerra at Damien, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei vs. Chino Hills at Galen Center, 8:30 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Glendora, Bishop Amat, Arroyo, El Monte all advance to quarters

Glendora adances to quarters: The Glendora girls soccer team made history Tuesday night at Citrus College.
The Tartans (19-4-2) moved into the CIF-Division 3 quarterfinals for the first time in program history with a 3-0 shutout of Oxnard.The Tartans will play at second-seeded South Torrance at 5 p.m. on Friday afternoon.“
This is the first team to ever win a league soccer title and the first to get into the quarters,” Tartans coach Steve Jimenez said. “The reason we’re here is because of our defense. We’ve had 13 shutouts this year and defense wins championships.”The Tartans scored early when Hanna Goff put the ball into the back of the net in the 18th minute with an assist from Alexis Rushlow.“
We put them away early,” Jimenez said. “That helped tremendously but we lost some intensity and from now on we’ll play teams that attack the way we do so we’ll have to keep attacking.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Soccer
All games at 3 p.m. unless noted
Tuesday’s second round
Division 3

Bishop Amat 4, El Modena 2
Glendora 3, Oxnard 0
Division 4
Sierra Canyon 1, West Covina 0, OT
Division 5
San Dimas 6, Jurupa Valley 1
Division 7
Arroyo 1, Fillmore 0
El Monte 1, Carpineria 1, El Monte advances on PKs, 5-4
Pacific 3, Pomona 2, OT
Rancho Mirage 2, Ganesha 0

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Northview wrestling shows again why it’s the most dominant program in the San Gabriel Valley

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School has fielded one of the top wrestling programs in the CIF Southern Section for two decades.On Saturday, the Vikings outdid their own reputation, scoring one of the better efforts in Section history, obliterating the competition at the Inland Division championships at Temecula Valley High.
The Vikings, led by juniors Eddie Flores (106 pounds) and Steven Comstock (170) and senior Jackson Serna (heavyweight) won eight individual championships and qualified all 14 of their competitors for next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Northview finished 183.5 points ahead of second-place Temecula Valley. It was the program’s 14 divisional team title.
“I’m going to be honest. I’m speechless,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “I know I keep saying the same thing over again about the credit goes to the kids. But that’s all you can say when you see their effort and how they wrestle with so much passion. This is not an easy place to win at,
“Our kids persevered. They pushed past all the challenges. I’m just extremely happy and proud, all in one.”
The other champions for Northview were Dominick Arellano (113), Jason Valencia (120), Gabriel Cortez (132), Rick Marin (138) and Rigo Estrada (220). San Marino sophomore Beau Perez also won at 126. Perez was lower-weight MVP after scoring four wins by fall and one major decision.
The other area qualifiers were Northview’s Andrew Alamo (126, third), Zack Cunningham (145), Daniel Sanchez (152, fifth), Brando Reynoso (160, fifth), Lucian Duran (182, third) and David Barela (195, fourth); Rowland’s Richard Rojo (106, third) and Murrillo Armando (132, third); La Puente’s Edward Cox (170, fifth); San Dimas’ James Farmer (220, fifth) and Damien’s David Acosta (126, fourth).
Comstock’s win came after he missed most of the season with an injury. He followed up last week’s Valle Vista League win by scoring two wins by fall and defeating Mira Costa’s Jean Paul LeBosnoyani 13-9. LeBosnoyani defeated Comstock at Masters last season.
“My team pushed me, Coach Bellamy pushed me,” Comstock said. “The whole coaching staff, the school is awesome. Everyone is just a part of this win.
“It definitely feels a lot better, knowing I beat the kid who beat me last year. It’s a great feeling. But I just have to keep pushing through each match. These matches are tough. I’m winded, but we’re going to be good for the next few weeks.”
Serna won for the second consecutive season, beating Murrieta Mesa’s Rodrigo Nolan 6-3 in the final.
“It’s amazing,” Serna said of his team’s effort. “We have 14 guys going to Masters, which is amazing, but we trained all year and got progressively better. I still feel we’re underrated and you’re going to see what happens at Masters next week.”
The area qualified 18 competitors for Masters, led by Bonita’s Gevorg Hope, who won at 160.
The other qualifiers were Bonita’s Robert Casanave (106, third), Ryan Marquez (120, fifth) and Geovanny Torres (170, second); Montebello’s Ernie Espinoza (113, fourth) and Jesus Langarica (132, second); South Hills’ Dean Pons (120, third), Zack Pons (126, fourth), Nicholas McGuire (145, third) and Trung Tran (160, fourth); Schurr’s Adrian Guevara (120, fourth); Diamond Bar’s Micheal Cardial (126, second); California’s Christian Espinoza (126, third) and Seth Atilano (182, second); Santa Fe’s Eric Salas (138, fourth), Ronny Peraza (152, third) and James Cortez (220, fourth) and Alhambra’s Bobby Ramirez (195, fifth).
Arroyo led area efforts with two qualifiers — Victor Atherton (106, second) and Andy Voong (195, fifth). Gabrielino’s Harrison Sanin (138, fifth) also qualified.
Eight area competitors qualified, led by La Mirada’s Carlos Reyes and La Habra’s Brandon Murray, who were second at 132 and 170, respectively.
Other area qualifiers were Sierra Vista’s Alfredo Mares (113, fourth); Sonora’s Richie Herrera (113, fifth) and Hiwad Stanekzai (132, fourth); Bishop Amat’s Sidney Flores (120, fourth) and Vincent Moran (220, fifth) and La Mirada’s Manuel Romero (138, fourth).
Walnut’s Collin Hayes led an area list of six qualifiers by winning at 126.
The other area qualifiers were Walnut’s Daniel McNicholl (113, third), Brian Mariscal (120, fourth), Christian Elias (160, fifth) and Vincent Narvaez (Hwt., fifth) and Charter Oak’s Gustavo Garcia (152, second).

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: It’s Jeztini! Los Altos wins on Espinoza’s buzzer 3; Amat, Glendora, Rowland, Walnut, Duarte all win

Jeztini nails buzzer beater: Los Altos’ Jezteni Espinoza struggled hitting her shots throughout the entire game on Saturday night against Arcadia. The senior forward was 5 for 14 from the floor before getting her last shot attempt with five seconds left on the clock and her team facing a one-point deficit. Despite Espinoza’s early struggles, she hit it when it mattered most.
Behind Espinoza’s game-winning overtime 3-pointer, Los Altos defeated Arcadia 49-47 at home in the second round of CIF Division 2AA girls basketball playoffs.
“We basically called for Jez to pop out in the corner and if she didn’t have a shot, we were going to pound it in to (junior Ulani Wells),” Los Altos head coach Mark Vakamura said. “We also had (senior Kaylee Shozuya) and it worked out. Jez had been getting that shot all game long but that was the first one she hit and it counted the most.”

Glendora rolls past Gabrielino: The Glendora High School girls basketball team hopped on the fast lane in its first game of the CIF Southern Section playoffs on Saturday night.
The Tartans, the top seed in Division 3AA, found wide-open inside lanes to the basket and went on a 20-2 run in the first half en route to a 79-47 victory over host Gabrielino in the second round.“
We were expecting that to be a little harder,” Glendora junior Alexis Lowden said of the open layups. “It gave us a lot of confidence. We were more relaxed then.”
Glendora (24-5) scored 10 consecutive points in the first quarter to break open a 5-5 game and had another 10-0 run in the first and second quarter to open a 25-7 lead.

Rowland rolls past Arroyo Grande: Third-seeded Rowland put on a defensive clinic in the second half while beating Arroyo Grande 54-30 in a second-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA girls basketball playoffs on Saturday night.
The Raiders (25-1) won their 21st consecutive game and will host Walnut in a quarterfinal matchup at 7 p.m. Wednesday.The Raiders outscored the visiting Eagles 16-3 in the third quarter, holding them to three free throws and were never threatened the rest of the way.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Saturday’s second round results
Division 1A

Duarte 49, Hart 44
Division 2AA
Los Altos 49, Arcadia 47, OT
Rowland 54, Arroyo Grande 30
Walnut 65, Temescal Canyon 48
Division 2A
Leuzinger 62, Covina 42
Division 3AA
Glendora 79, Gabrielino 47
Bishop Amat 50, Tahquitz 33
Division 4A
Pomona 48, Banning 37
First Round
Division 5AA

La Reina 44, Rosemead 33
Division 5A
California Military 51, La Puente 37

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Division 1A
Duarte at Huntington Beach
Division 2AA
Los Altos at JSerra
Walnut at Rowland
Division 3AA
Yucca Valley at Glendora
Bishop Amat at San Clemente
Division 4A
Aquinas at Pomona

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