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Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker makes TONIGHT’S all-star game more interesting calling ESGV arrogant

STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR CLASSIC PREVIEW: “It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.
“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

PREVIEW: Last year’s results of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic haven’t sat well with many on the Pasadena-side of the San Gabriel Valley.

Both the Tribune girls and boys teams posted easy wins to sweep the games and will be looking for more on Friday when the rivalry for the Valley’s top senior basketball talent is renewed. Tipoff for the girls game is at 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 7:30. Both are at Damien High.

brittanywangThere will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of both games.

The Tribune leads the all-time boys series 6-5 and is favored to add to the lead thanks to players like the Damien tandem of Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts. As loaded as the Tribune looks, Star-News boys coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha isn’t buying that his team is going to get run out of the building.

“It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.

“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Although Tucker won’t have the area’s top player in Tyler Dorsey, who will be playing in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game in New York this weekend, he will have a strong complement of standouts capable of bringing back a win.

JeremyHemsleyRenaissance Academy guard Marquise Mosley is the best player in the Valley nobody has ever heard of. There’s good size with 6-foot-10 Cantwell center Gligorije Rakocevic and 6-foot-5 Duarte post player Josh Dorsey.

But as good as the Star-News is at certain positions, the game still comes down to Hemsley, Fitts and Damien teammate Micah Robinson playing their final prep game on their home court. Then throw in other area standouts like Glendora’s AJ Birgonia and Los Altos’ Christian Espinoza, and it’s easy to see why that the Tribune has no holes.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers,” said Tribune head coach Jeff Lucas of Los Altos. “Almost everybody on this team can shoot the ball. They all can put the ball on the floor. It should be a good game, obviously.”

The last time Star-News girls coach Joe Kikuchi of Keppel participated in the game was two years ago and his team came up on the short end of the scoreboard. It was a win the Tribune girls team used to help take what’s now a 6-5 series lead.
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Kikuchi returns with a powerful roster led by Maranatha’s Channon Fluker, Keppel point guard Lauren Saiki and South Pasadena forward Lexie Scholtz. The goal has been very simple in practice for the Star-News and that’s quite simply to win and get some respect for their side of town.

“No. 1, I always want to win and these girls always want to win,” Kikuchi said. “I really wasn’t happy about losing last time. The thing I wasn’t happy with is that we were so small and we would have to use our speed and defense to make up for our lack of height. But with the rules of not being able to press, we really couldn’t maintain anything and just wore down because they were bigger.”

LiangThe Tribune is coached by South Hills’ Tiffany Liang and led by the Huskies’ Brittany Wang. The Tribune is guard heavy, so getting into a shootout rather than a slug fest may prove beneficial to their chances.

“They’re very unselfish players,” Liang said of her team. “We want them to not be afraid to shoot the ball when they’re open.”

TRIBUNE BOYS
Tribune Boys Coach: Jeff Lucas (Los Altos). Assistants Matt Dunn (Damien), Will Bissman (Covina), Lydell McCullough (Los Altos), Mike Sandoval (Los Altos).
Tribune Boys Roster
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, Guard
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora, Guard
Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat
Zuri Williams, Walnut, Guard
Malik Fitts, Damien, Guard
Brandon Brothers, Glendora, Forward
Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard
Kenny Walter, Bonita, Guard
Micah Robinson, Damien, Guard
Kyle Price, Wilson, Guard
Ryan Herrera, Walnut, Center
Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, Guard
Kyle Gray, Bonita, Guard
Michael Barrera, Los Altos, Guard
Ryan Ocampo, San Dimas, Guard
Andres Guevara, Covina, Guard

TRIBUNE GIRLS
Coach: Tiffany Liang (South Hills). Assistants: Pete Weber (South Hills), Nick Masi (Covina), Chris Harrison (Glendora)
Tribune Girls Team
Brittany Wang, South Hills, Forward
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward
Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward
Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard
Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward
Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard
Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Guard
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard

STAR-NEWS BOYS
Coach:
Tim Tucker (Maranatha)
Bertram Mak, Keppel, Forward
Bailey Kikuchi, Keppel, Guard
Jeremy Hayes, Muir, Forward
Eli Peters, Gabrielino, Forward
Marquise Mosely, Renaissance, Guard
Josh Dorsey, Duarte, Forward
Joey Toyama, South Pasadena, Guard
Tey Williams, Maranatha, Guard
Ali Elwahary, Temple City, Guard
Jaylin Bledsoe, Pasadena, Guard
Kosta Jankovic, Renaissance, Forward
Gligorije Rakocevic, Cantwell, Forward
Arnas Dautartas, San Gabriel Academy, Guard
Christian Lee, South Pasadena, Guard

STAR-NEWS GIRLS
Coach:
Joe Kikuchi (Keppel)
Lauren Saiki, Keppel, Guard
Lexie Scholtz, South Pasadena, Forward
Sophia Hathaway, South Pasadena, Center
Elise Takahama, South Pasadena, Guard
Stephanie Esquivel, Rio Hondo Prep, Guard
Channon Fluker, Maranatha, Center
Caira Benton, Arcadia, Forward
Kiki Yang, Pas Poly, Guard
Emily Ho, Gabrielino, Guard
Kylie Fujioka, Keppel, Center
Kellie Kamida, Keppel, Guard
Tammie Matsukiyo, Keppel, Forward
Sabrina Law, Temple City, Guard
Melanie Chen, Arcadia, Forward,
Marie Weston, La Canada, Guard

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San Dimas’ Peter Lambert hurls shutout with 10ks in 5-0 win over Northview to push Saints to 20-0

Another Peter Lambert outing and another day filled with scouts as the UCLA signee hurled a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Northview to run the Saints’ perfect record to 20-0. Lambert gave up five hits, including a lead-off double in the seventh that he made up for with a pickoff. Whenever it looked like the Vikings might strike, that was when Lambert was at his best. The Saints are within seven games of matching Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record of 27 straight victories set in 1992. Lambert, shortstop/pitcher Jacob Castillo and coach Mike Regan talked about the perfect record and the pressure that comes with it.

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sdimassafSTORY: The San Dimas High School baseball team made it 20 wins in a row to start the 2015 season by defeating Northview 5-0 in a Valle Vista League game Thursday afternoon.
Pitching ace Peter Lambert tossed a complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts and just five hits allowed for his seventh win this year. On the season he has allowed just two earned runs in 47 innings.
Lambert did get into some trouble, allowing nine batters to reach base, but got out of the jam every time. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he gave up a leadoff double to Jaime Curiel, but Lambert picked off the base runner at second base to nullify the threat by Northview (5-13, 0-2).
“When times get tough, you just have to dig deep,” Lambert said, “and that’s what I did out there today.”

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Brenda Martinez among elite runners joining preps at Mt. SAC Relays Saturday

brendaMT. SAC PREVIEW: San Gabriel Valley track and field athletes are now getting a feel for the postseason.
A week after facing big names in the Arcadia Invitational, many of the same high school athletes will be taking part in the 57th annual Brooks/Mt. SAC Relays this weekend. In a way, it is a preview of what will come in late May when the same athletes try to qualify for the CIF State meet with nearly three weeks of eliminations.
Twenty-four area athletes and 13 relay teams have been invited to compete in the invitational portion of the meet, which features the top high school athletes. More than 100 area athletes will compete in open and seeded events throughout the two-day competition, which begins on Friday.
On Saturday, some of the world’s top athletes are scheduled to compete in elite events. That includes Allyson Felix, Brenda Martinez, Erik Sowinski, Maggie Vessey, Duane Solomon, English Gardner and Lashinda Demus. Covina’s Remontay McClain and San Marino’s Omhunique Browne are expected to compete in the elite portion of the meet.

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MaxPreps ranks undefeated San Dimas 14th in the country; Saints at Northview today

San Dimas’ undefeated historical season continues this afternoon at Northview at 3:15, where there have been many upsets and surprises over the years. The Saints, ranked 14th in the country by Maxpreps and sixth in the state, are 19-0 and closing in on Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record 27 straight victories, set in 1993. What’s interesting about the Saints is that coach Mike Regan posts stats. He always has while more than half the Valley and many in the Southern Section do not and the reason most coaches give is they’re afraid of getting scouted and giving away information. It’s always been a lazy bush-league response. The Saints are showing what everyone already knows, that good teams win whether you post stats or not. Facing the San Dimas pitching staff isn’t going to be any easier because you know it has a team ERA of 0.48. There’s only one way to scout, the old-fashioned way of watching. Reading stats won’t help or hurt anything.

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Bishop Amat baseball rallies for 7-5 win over Cathedral to take over first in the Del Rey

Bishop Amat takes over first: In a wild sixth inning, the Bishop Amat baseball team gave up three runs in the top half before scoring seven in the bottom half, leading the Lancers to a 7-5 victory over Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon.
The win gave Bishop Amat (10-7-1, 4-1) a commanding lead in the Del Rey League standings by completing the season sweep of Cathedral (9-9, 3-2), which entered the game tied with the Lancers for first place.
“It’s a big win for us,” said Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt. “We have the tiebreaker on them now, so going into Friday, we are staying in first and we have a chance to go up a couple games if we keep winning. We beat them 12-1 last time we played and they didn’t like that, and you could tell that they really came out to play today. We were just able to put it together for an inning with that seven-spot and that was what got us the win.”

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Tribune boys ready to put on a show against Star-News in Friday’s All-Star Classic at Damien

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

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Tribune boys ready to go: After holding one practice, the question around the Tribune boys basketball all-star team wasn’t what can they do well, but more like what can’t they do well.
Los Altos head coach Jeff Lucas, who will coach the Tribune team in Friday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic couldn’t really spot a weakness, and why would he given the amount of talent on this year’s roster. Tip-off for the boys all-star game is 7:30 p.m. at Damien High. The girls all-star game start at 5:30.
“All of us coaches were impressed with how they looked,” Lucas said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers. That’s the most dunks we’ve had at Los Altos in a long time.”
It’s not that the Tribune roster is overflowing with height, which makes dunking much easier. It’s more about an abundance of athleticism.

STAR-NEWS GIRLS SOMETHING SPECIAL?
There have been several dominating performances in the 11 previous meetings between the Star-News and Tribune girls all-stars. What happens Friday, though, could be something special.
A simply loaded Star-News team won’t be taking any prisoners if practice has been indicator and after losing last year’s game, the team likely wants to send a message about which side of the Valley plays the best girls basketball.
“We’re going out to compete,” Star-News co-head coach Tammy Lai of South Pasadena said. “We’re definitely looking to get the win. This is an all-star game and it should be fun, but we’re coming out to compete.”
Everywhere you look on the roster, the Star-News is set and the depth is something not often seen even in a all-star setting. All three player rotations the Star-News runs could have a center good enough to dominate the game inside.
Maranatha’s Channon Fluker leads the way. But then there’s also South Pasadena’s Sophia Hathaway and Keppel’s Kylie Fujioka.
“This is a very rare and unique group,” Lai said. “You’ve heard about all these other girls in the area and it’s exciting to put them all together and see what they can do as a team.”

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Big day for area athletes at Glendora, Bishop Amat and Los Altos who made college choices

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beccalowdenBIG DAY FOR AREA ATHLETES: Several area athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week during April’s signing period, including five athletes from Glendora High School, who celebrated in a signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday.
Tartans girls volleyball standout Becca Lowden was named the 2014 Tribune player of the year after an incredible fall season. She signed with Vanguard.
The outside hitter led the Palomares League in four of six categories and was ranked in the top 10 in every statistical category except for setting.

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Bob Ramsey’s weekly SGV Track and Field rankings following Arcadia Invite

PHOTOS: Track and Field guru Bob Ramsey releases his weekly San Gabriel Valley boys and girls San Gabriel Valley rankings.

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Girls Rankings: Arcadia, Ayala & Walnut remain solidly atop this week’s SGV Girls Team Rankings. The biggest mover was California, led by soph Lauren Anderson‘s 120-09 school record in the discus in the La Serna Dual Meet. At the massive national Arcadia Invitational, Monrovia senior Sydney Mosley led the SGV performers with her 13.85/3rd in the 100m hurdles. She is now ranked 4th All-Time among San Gabriel Valley athletes, and this was one of eight All-Time SGV performances at this big, big, meet.

Boys Rankings: Damien, the defending cup holders of SGV Championships continue to lead this year’s team rankings, which measure team depth as well as quality.
The top three of Damien, Covina and Walnut are unchanged from last week, but the point totals are dropping as more performances are added to seasonal records.
All three teams featured prominently last weekend at the national Arcadia Invitational. Senior Thaddeus Smith (Damien) was the top local performer with his 10.71/21.55 double in the sprints.
If you’re in the SGV’s, remember that entries are due Sunday night at 9:00pm.

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Star-News coach Tim Tucker says Mosley a “big key” to beating Tribune boys; Tribune girls hold first practice

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

STAR-NEWS’ MOSLEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: It’s possible that the most dangerous player in Friday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic will also be the smallest.
Renaissance Academy point guard Marquise Mosley has far exceeded whatever limitations his height put on him. And on Friday night, Mosley likely holds the key as to whether the Star-News team can beat the Tribune.
The 12th annual Classic at Damien High School begins with the girls game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
“He’s a great basketball player,” Star-News head coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha said. “He’s deceptive, has speed and his IQ for the game is incredible. After practice the other day, I told him he’s got to be a little more aggressive with what he does because he’s going to be a big key to us having a chance to win this game.”

TRIBUNE GIRLS COACH TIFFANY LIANG WANTS HER TEAM TO SHOOT: After holding the first practice for the Tribune girls all-star team, coach Tiffany Liang of South Hills came away thinking one of her team’s biggest strengths could be its biggest weakness.
Loaded with guards, the Tribune team saw many of its best players declining to shoot during its scrimmage in favor of passing the ball to teammates. Liang wants the opposite to happen on Friday.
“Our girls are kinda too nice, they don’t want to shoot the ball,” Liang said. “They’re very unselfish players. I think one of our coaches told them ‘We want to shoot the ball before we turn it over.’”
The Tribune roster is very guard heavy. Post players are a bit thin, which may prove costly against the taller Star-News.
When asked if any players stood out in the opening practice, Liang was quick to point to Rowland guard Emily Mesa, who helped the Raiders win 16 games this winter.

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Girls Basketball All-Area: South Hills’ Brittany Wang and Tiffany Liang earn top awards

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TRIBUNE GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA
Player of the Year: Brittany Wang, South Hills, Senior

Going into her senior season South Hills’ Brittany Wang had goals of becoming a complete player along with becoming a vocal leader on a squad that had talent, but always didn’t see eye-to-eye on things.
“(On paper) we knew we had a good team,” Wang said. “There were some ups and downs, no doubt about that, but when we needed to come together, everyone came together, including our (fans), and that’s why we had the season we did. It was something I’ll never forget.”

Wang was the point guard and catalyst, averaging a team-high 17.6 points while shooting 41 percent in helping the Huskies to the Palomares League co-title, something it hadn’t won or shared since 2002.
But the Huskies and Wang didn’t stop there.
South Hills advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3A semifinals for the first time since 1992, which earned the Huskies a ticket to the CIF-State Division 3 playoffs.
South Hills notched an impressive first-round win in the state playoffs over Tulare’s Mission Oak, 70-54, with Wang scoring a game-high 24 points.
Even though the Huskies’ dream run ended the next round against top-seed Brea Olinda, their best season in more than two decades was more than anyone had imagined.
Wang, named to the Palomares League first team and also the Division 3A first team, has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune girls basketball player of the year.
“It’s very humbling,” Wang said of the award. “It’s a big accomplishment for me and something I didn’t expect because we kind of snuck up on everyone and it helped because we used it as motivation.”
Wang also was quick to point out that without help from her teammates and fans, none of it was possible.
She singled out rebounding machine Joy Krupa and charge-taking sparkplug Sam Perez, and went down the line, even including players on the bench.
“Part of what I wanted to do this year was be a team leader and improve my game on both ends of the floor,” Wang said. “I thought my length helped get deflections on defense, and I had to work harder to get open shots with teams scouting me more.
“But nothing was better than watching us come together as a team and really grow as a team. Like I said, we had our ups and downs, but in the biggest games of the season, we all came to play and were there for each other.
“We weren’t afraid of any teams. We played a lot of good teams and we came out fighting and that’s how our season ended, giving it everything we had.”
Wang will continue her basketball career at Harvey Mudd in the nearby Claremont Colleges.
“I’m excited it’s close by,” Wang said. “It’s time to see how everything will go at the (next level).”

Coach of the year: Tiffany Liang, South Hills
tiffanyliangThe former South Hills player resigned following her eighth season as head coach, but what a way to go out for the Tribune coach of the year. Liang, who will coach the Tribune all-stars in the annual Classic against the Star-News on Friday, had never taken the Huskies past the second round of the divisional playoffs. But that changed this season with the Huskies reaching the Division 3A semifinals for the first time since Liang was a player for the Huskies in 1992. The Huskies finished 24-8 and shared a piece of the Palomares league title, something it hadn’t done since 2002. The season continued with a Division III state playoff berth. The Huskies beat Tulare in the first round before losing to top seed Brea Olinda, a team it led at half.

FIRST TEAM
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward, Senior

samperezA big part of the Palomares league co-champions, Perez averaged 11 points with four rebounds and an impressive three steals per game. She also was the teams’ sparkplug, sacrificing for the good of the team, taking a team-leading 16 charges. Perez earned Palomares league first-team honors and helped her squad reach the Division 3AA semifinals.

Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard, Senior
cassiemartinezWith three time-player of the year Nikki Wheatley graduated and now at UNLV, it was Martinez who took over the reigns, earning first-team Palomares league honors in helping her team finish third in the Palomares behind co-champions South Hills and Ayala. Martinez, who averaged eight points, six rebounds and three assists, played a big role defensively in the Bearcats’ stunning 44-40 league win over South Hills.

Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward, Senior
joykrupaThe incredibly athletic forward only averaged five points per game, but she made up for it with a team-leading 9.6 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks per game. Krupa, an all Palomares league honoree, was as feisty on the boards as anyone, and that played a big role in her team sharing the league title and reaching the Division 3AA semifinals.

Maria Sierra, Covina, Forward, Sophomore
mariasierraThe super soph had an incredible year for the Colts, averaging 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals per game for the Valle Vista league champions, earning Sierra league most valuable player honors. She had a 15 point, 12 rebound and seven assist performance in a win over Northview and also earned CIF-SS Division 2AA first-team honors.

Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward, Senior
katyaechavezThe Mustangs finished second in the Hacienda league behind Chino and 16-9 overall, but league coaches thought so highly of Echavez she was named league player of the year after averaging 20 points per game. She scored a season-high 30 against Los Altos and scored 25 points each against West Covina and Chino — both league rivals. She also helped the Mustangs reach the second round of the Division 2A playoffs.

Juliana Gamboa, Diamond Bar, Guard, Sophomore
julianagamboaThe Palomares League first team selection averaged a team-high 15 points with six rebounds per game. Gamboa scored 21 points to go with 11 rebounds in a huge win over co-league champion Ayala that helped the Mustangs clinch a playoff spot, and she scored 19 of the Brahmas’ 21 points in a 57-21 playoff loss to Lynwood.

Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard, Senior
brittneyyeeThe Mustangs’ sharpshooter averaged 13 points for the Hacienda league runner-ups, earning Yee a Hacienda league first-team selection. The Mustangs finished second to Chino in the Hacienda league and advanced to the second round of the Division 2A playoffs with Yee’s 3-point shooting a big reason why.

Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Forward, Senior
naomeaguilarThe 5-foot-9 forward averaged 15 points for the Knights in helping her team to an impressive 18-10 overall record and second place finish in the Mission Valley League, which also earned Aguilar co-most valuable player honors in the Mission Valley league. Aguilar also helped the Knights to a CIF-SS Division 2AA first-round win over Temple City, 44-40, scoring a team-high 16 points and hitting 10-of-11 shots from the foul line.

Kimberly Urbina, South El Monte, Guard, Junior
kimurbinaThe Mission Valley League and CIF-SS Division 3A first-team selection led the area in scoring averaging 23 points while also averaging an astonishing eight steals per game. She also averaged six rebounds and three assists for a team that finished an impressive 21-9. Her best performance came in a win over Pomona Catholic with a triple-double, pouring in 36 points with 13 steals and 12 rebounds.

Farrah Castillo, Rowland, Guard, Junior
farrahcastilloThe Raiders’ point guard earned Valle Vista league first-team honors, averaging 14 points, five steals and four rebounds per game after transferring from Diamond Ranch. The Raiders finished the season 16-8 and second to Covina in the Valle Vista league. Castillo had 25 points and six rebounds in a win over San Dimas and scored 16 points with 10 rebounds in a win over Wilson.

SECOND TEAM
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard, Senior
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard, Senior
Destinee Garr, Diamond Bar, Guard, Junior
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard, Senior
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard, Senior
Alexis Lowden, Glendora, Guard, Freshman
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard, Senior
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard, Senior
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard, Senior

FINAL AREA TOP TEN RANKINGS
1. South Hills (24-8)
2. Walnut (16-9)
3. Covina (19-10)
4. West Covina (19-9)
5. Duarte (20-9)
6. Glendora (15-12)
7. Rowland (16-8)
8. Arroyo (18-10)
9. South El Monte (21-9)
10. Bonita (14-15)

LEAGUE CHAMPS
Baseline: Etiwanda
Del Rey: Serra
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Miramonte: Bassett
Montview: Duarte
Hacienda: Chino
Palomares: South Hills, Ayala
Valle Vista: Covina

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Tribune Boys Basketball All-Area: Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley and Matt Dunn earn top awards

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2015 TRIBUNE BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA
Player of the Year: Jeremy Hemsley, Guard, Senior, Damien
Jeremy Hemsley is leaving Damien High School as one of the most celebrated players in area history and capped his senior year in style with a CIF-State Division III championship to go with the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship he won as a sophomore in 2013 when he was named sectional player of the year.
There have been great area scorers like Glendora’s Tracy Murray, who averaged 44 points a game in 1988-89 to set the CIF-SS mark for most points in a season with 1,505 and the Tartans’ Casey Jacobsen, who is the state’s all-time career scoring leader with 3,284 points (1996-99).

hemsley2But there may never have been a more complete player than Hemsley, who leaves Damien as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,262 points while also leading the team in assists in each of the past three seasons, and becoming the school’s second all-time assists leader. Hemsley also was one of the team’s best rebounders the past two seasons, and in four years on varsity won more games and playoff games that anyone in school history.
“He’s a winner, that’s the most important thing to know about him,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said of Hemsley. “He never once worried about his own stats, he worried about winning all the time.
“He could have scored 30 points whenever he wanted, and I know most kids will say that stats don’t matter and that winning matters the most, but I can honestly say when Jeremy says those things he means it and showed it throughout his career at Damien.”
Hemsley averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists his senior year and was named the Baseline League most valuable player after leading his team to the league title.
That alone was quite an achievement considering the Baseline is considered one of the toughest leagues in the state that includes Chino Hills, which advanced to the Division I state finals and Etiwanda, a team that advanced to the CIF-SS Open Division finals.
Hemsley also was named to the prestigious CIF-SS Open Division first team and has been selected the Tribune player of the year for a third straight season.
“Everything has been a blessing the past four years and I’m blessed to go to a school like Damien,” Hemsley said. “I’m going to miss it, but I think I left my mark and did what I needed to do. The way we closed out the season and my career, I wouldn’t of wanted it any other way.”
After finishing 1-2 in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, Damien set its sights on the Division III state title, beating top-seed Cathedral, 68-62, to capture the Southern California Division III regional title.
But the Spartans weren’t finished, adding another trophy by knocking off Northern champion Moraga-Campolindo 70-57 in Cal Berkeley’s Haas Pavillion for the Division III state title and Damien’s first in school history.
Hemsley finished the championship game with a stat line that defined his career, scoring 20 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists.
That unselfishness for a star player is what Dunn will miss the most, sharing his thoughts in the moments after Damien’s state title.
“This is very exciting and I am thrilled, but it’s sad to think this is my last game with him,” Dunn said of Hemsley. “He has been a great player and a great person, and he has set a high standard here. That’s a lot for future players to live up to and shoot for.”
Hemsley, ranked one of ESPN’s top 100 senior recruits, is on his way to San Diego State where he believes his hard work will pay off again.
“Being a complete player takes care of everything,” Hemsley said. “I want to be the best I can and if I put in the work, I’ll get there. I’m super excited for what’s next, but I’m going to miss my brothers at Damien. We had a lot of fun and good times together.”
mattdunncoCoach of the Year: Matt Dunn, Damien
Damien coach Matt Dunn was selected coach of the year after leading the Spartans to the CIF-State Division III championship with a 70-57 win over Moraga-Campolindo for the Spartans’ first state title in school history. In his 12th year at Damien, Dunn joins La Verne Lutheran coach Eric Cooper as the only area boys basketball coaches to lead his team to a CIF and state championship, having won the Division 3AA title in 2013. The Spartans finished 29-5 and also won the Baseline League title, which is arguably the toughest league in the Southern Section that includes Chino Hills and Etiwanda.
FIRST TEAM
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora, Guard, Senior
ajbigorniaOne of the purest shooters in the Valley averaged 18 points for the Palomares league co-champions, earning Bigornia Palomares first-team honors. This is Bigornia’s third all-area first-team selection. He was part of a Tartans squad that reached the Division 2AA quarterfinals, though an injury down the stretch limited his playoff action.
Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat, Forward, Senior
JoshandarzaThe 6-foot-1 forward averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for a Lancers team that finished 20-9 and advanced to the Division 3A second round. He was also the only Lancers player selected to the Camino Real first-team. He had a season-high 29 points against league champion Bell-Jeff, and tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds in a win over South Hills.
Zuri Williams, Walnut, Guard, Senior
zuriwilliamsThe Hacienda League player of the year finished his senior season in style, helping the Mustangs go undefeated in league while averaging 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. Williams also played a huge role in helping the Mustangs reach the Division 1A semifinals, and was named to the Division 1A first team. He scored a season-high 29 points in a win over Antelope Valley.
Malik Fitts, Damien, Guard. Senior
malikfittsThe 6-foot-5 wing player could do it all, hitting big shot after big shot to average 17 points and seven rebounds for the Baseline league and Division III state champs. Fitts earned Baseline league first-team honors and has college offers from Wyoming, Portland and UC Riverside, but is also listening to other offers. In the 70-57 win over Moraga-Campolindo for the state title, Fitts finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Brandon Brothers, Glendora, Forward, Senior
brandonbrothersBrothers could score inside and outside in helping the Tartans to the Palomares League co-title with Ayala. Brothers, who averaged 19 points a game, shared the Palomares league MVP award and was named to the Division 2AA first team. He also played a big role in the Tartans’ run to the Division 2AA quarterfinals.
Bryce Peters, Damien, Guard, Junior
brycepetersOne of the areas best pure shooters averaged 14 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Baseline and Division III state champions. In the 70-57 win over Moraga-Campolindo for the state title, Peters finished with 12 points and four assists. In arguably the toughest league in Southern California, Peters earned Baseline first-team honors to go with his first all-area first-team selection.
Dwight Ramos, Walnut, Guard, Junior
dwightramosAfter transferring from Mater Dei to play with his hometown team, Ramos was an immediate hit, averaging a team-high 20 points with six rebounds for the undefeated Hacienda league champions, earning Ramos first-team all league honors. In the Mustangs’ Division 1A semifinal loss to Loyola, Ramos had his best game of the season, pouring in 36 points to go with seven rebounds.
Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard, Senior
christianespinozaThe guard earned Hacienda League first-team honors, averaging 16 points, six rebounds and four assists per game for the Conquerors, who finished 20-9. He helped his team reach the Division 3AA second round before losing to eventual finalist Gahr.
Kyle Gray, Bonita, Guard, Senior
kylegrayWas one of the hottest players late in the season and a big reason why the Bearcats advanced to the Division 3AA semifinals for the first time in 10 years. The Palomares all-league selection averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists per game but shot 76 percent in the playoffs. He had a double-double in the semifinal loss to Gahr and averaged a team-best 16.7 points in the playoffs.
Kyle Price, Wilson, Guard, Senior
kylepriceThe Valle Vista League most valuable player helped the Wildcats to the league title by averaging 15 points. Only 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds, Price had back-to-back 21 point performances against San Dimas and Covina, and a 19 point game late in the season against Rowland that helped wrap up the league championship.

SECOND TEAM
Joe Quintana, Bonita, Forward, Sophomore
Roman Silva, Diamond Ranch, Center, Junior
Ryan Herrera, Walnut, Center, Senior
Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, Guard, Senior
Alban Fletcher, Pomona, Guard, Senior
Micah Robinson, Damien, Guard, Senior
Kenny Walter, Bonita, Guard, Senior
Andres Guevara, Covina, Guard, Senior
Omar Nasri, San Dimas, Forward, Senior
Ryan Ocampo, San Dimas, Guard, Senior
Christian Mora, Bishop Amat, Forward, Senior
Jarick Santos, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Michael Barrera, Los Altos, Guard, Senior

FINAL AREA TOP TEN RANKINGS
1. Damien (29-5)
2. Glendora (25-5)
3. Walnut (25-6)
4. Bonita (23-7)
5. Los Altos (20-9)
6. Diamond Ranch (20-9)
7. Wilson (21-6)
8. Bishop Amat (20-9)
9. Workman (20-8)
10. Covina (20-9)

LEAGUE CHAMPS
Baseline: Damien
Camino Real: Bell-Jeff
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Miramonte: Pomona
Montview: Workman
Hacienda: Walnut
Palomares: Glendora, Ayala
Valle Vista: Wilson

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Rosters announced for the 12th annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Boys Basketball Classic at Damien High, Friday, April 17

BOYS: Boys selected to the team should contact Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas for practice times at jlucas@hlpusd.k12.ca.us The Tribune boys are expected to practice next Tuesday and Thursday at Los Altos High from 7-9 p.m.
GIRLS: Girls selected to the team should contact South Hills coach Tiffany Liang for practice times at tliang@cvusd.k12.ca.us … The Tribune girls are expected to practice next Monday and Thursday at Covina HS from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Classic logoWhat: 12th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Senior Basketball Game
When: Friday, April 17
Girls Game: 5:30 p.m.
Boys Game: 7:30 p.m.
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS PREVIEW: After a clean sweep in last year’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic, the Tribune boys and girls teams will be looking for more on Apr. 17 at Damien High.
The rivalry that decides which side of the Valley plays the best basketball has gotten extremely close with the Tribune leading the boys all-time series, 6-5 while the Star-News girls lead the all-time series, 6-5.
The 12th meeting figures to be just as exciting with the girls game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of both games.

TRIBUNE BOYS
Tribune Boys Coach: Jeff Lucas (Los Altos). Assistants Matt Dunn (Damien), Will Bissman (Covina), Lydell McCullough (Los Altos), Mike Sandoval (Los Altos).
Tribune Boys Roster
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, Guard
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora, Guard
Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat
Zuri Williams, Walnut, Guard
Malik Fitts, Damien, Guard
Brandon Brothers, Glendora, Forward
Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard
Kenny Walter, Bonita, Guard
Micah Robinson, Damien, Guard
Kyle Price, Wilson, Guard
Ryan Herrera, Walnut, Center
Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, Guard
Kyle Gray, Bonita, Guard
Michael Barrera, Los Altos, Guard
Ryan Ocampo, San Dimas, Guard
Andres Guevara, Covina, Guard

TRIBUNE GIRLS
Coach: Tiffany Liang (South Hills). Assistants: Pete Weber (South Hills), Nick Masi (Covina), Chris Harrison (Glendora)
Tribune Girls Team
Brittany Wang, South Hills, Forward
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward
Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward
Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard
Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward
Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard
Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Guard
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard

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Baseball Rankings: San Dimas easy choice at No. 1; South Hills, Bonita, Glendora follow

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1. San Dimas (18-0) – Won third tournament title last week and is undefeated and chasing history with the 10-game Valle Vista league to close out the regular season. Just watch and enjoy.
2. South Hills (11-5) — Beat Bonita and then got no-hit in eight innings by Glendora’s Austin Isenhart in a 1-0 loss. If there is a chink in the Huskies’ armor, it’s their run production.
3. Bonita (12-5) — Beat Glendora then lost to South Hills and is 3-2 in a Palomares league that will likely go down to the wire.
4. Glendora (14-5) – Austin Isenhart’s no-no against South Hills might have been a season saver, allowing the Tartans at 2-3 to stay close to the league leaders.
5. Bishop Amat (9-7-1) — The Lancers are tied for first with Cathedral at 3-1 and host Cathedral on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
6. Wilson (11-3) — Been a good non-league season but now it starts league with a home-and-home against Covina starting on Tuesday.
7. Sierra Vista (9-4) – Has won four straight and is 4-1 in the Montview league and added a huge pitcher in West Covina transfer Anthony Deeter, who is eligible after finishing the sit-out period.
8. Nogales (11-6) — Has back-to-back games against Rowland and is hoping to build some momentum heading into next week’s showdown with two against No. 1 San Dimas.
9. Diamond Bar (9-8) – If the Brahmas want to be among the best in the Palomares they have to play well with a pair against South Hills this week.
10. Arroyo (6-3) – Early leader in the Mission Valley League with a 3-0 start, but hard to tell how good it is with such an easy schedule.

AREA LEADERS
Hitting

1. Brandon Buna, Rowland, 17-for-29, .586
2. Jacob Navarro, Charter Oak, 15-for-27, .556
3. Derek Martinez, Arroyo, 16-for-30, .533
4. Christian Mora, Wilson, 17-for-33, .515
5. Juan Pablo Garcia, Duarte, 13-for-26, .500
6. Francisco Martinez, Los Altos, 11-for-22, .500
7. Michael Vildosola, Rowland, 10-for-21, .476
8. Christian Fuentes, Rowland, 12-for-26, .462
9. Anthony Cuevas, Los Altos, 12-for-26, .462
10. Francisco Ramirez, South Hills, 23-for-50, .460

Home Runs
4 – Nick Kaye (Glendora).
2 – Sergio Robles (Bishop Amat); Francisco Ramirez (South Hills), Nicholas Hernandez (Charter Oak).

Pitching (ERA)
1. Jacob Castillo, San Diimas, 0.00 (28 innings)
2. Cody Dye, Walnut, 0.00 (22 innings)
3. Jonathin Longtin, San Dimas, 0.00 (17 innings)
4. Ryan Mauch, South Hills, 0.27 (25 innings)
5. Peter Lambert, San Dimas, 0.42 (33 innings).



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Softball Rankings: South Hills stays No. 1 with undefeated Edgewood moving to No. 6

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1. South Hills (11-4) - Win over Monrovia and loss to La Serna, but it gets serious this week with the Palomares next; Diamond Bar Wednesday and Bonita Friday, both on the road.
2. Bishop Amat (11-4) — Impressive 4-0 in the Del Rey League and should go to 5-0 with Cantwell Sacred Heart up next.
3. Charter Oak (10-6) – The Chargers’ non-league could have been better, but it gets to prove itself again with the Hacienda league starting this week.
4. Diamond Bar (10-5) — Had a tournament win over Glendora and opens league at home against No. 1 South Hills on Wednesday.
5. Glendora (13-5) – Has won three straight and five of six heading into Wednesday’s league opener at home against Bonita.
6. Edgewood (9-0) – Everyone says the schedule is weak, but undefeated is undefeated and it’s outscoring its opponents, 129-15. Lions also undefeated in league (5-0) with all shutouts.
7. West Covina (9-7) — The Bulldogs lost three straight after a terrific start to the season. Maybe it will turn it around with the Hacienda next.
8. St. Lucy’s (8-7) — Brutal start to the league schedule has the Regents taking on Upland (14-1) followed by Etiwanda (16-2). Welcome to the Baseline.
9. Bonita (6-7) — Has been up and down all year and starts league against two of the heavyweights, at Glendora Wednesday then home against No. 1 South Hills, Friday.
10. San Dimas (9-8) — If the Saints are still the team to beat in the Valle Vista, they get to prove it with games against Northview and Nogales this week.

AREA LEADERS
Hitting

1. Cierra Granado, Edgewood, 14-for-18, .778
2. Raquel Ramirez, Workman, 27-for-45, .600
3. Julissa Saldivar, Workman, 25-for-43, .581
4. Taylor Lara, Edgewood, 13-for-23, .565
5. Sammy Alvarado, Edgewood, 15-for-27, .556
6. Jade Nua, West Covina, 19-for-35, .543
7. Jessica Alvarez, Walnut, 23-for-43, .535
8. Rebecca Barbert, Arroyo, 13-for-25, .520
9. Cloe Ochoa, Charter Oak, 16-for-31, .516
10. Ruth Munoz, Diamond Bar, 18-for-35, .514.

Home Runs
5 – Taylor Tetone, (Glendora); Brittney Oroazco (Northview); Ashley Diaz, (South El Monte).
4 – Brooke Jackson, (San Dimas); Kaile Chavez (Charter Oak), Jade Nua (West Covina).

Pitching (ERA).
1. Destinee Lopez, Bonita, 0.23
2. Natalie Lugo, South Hills, 0.73
3. Princess Nava, Covina, 1.40
4. Andrea Gonzalez, Diamond Bar, 1.47
5. Cambria Keefer, Glendora, 1.67

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