About Fred Robledo

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

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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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

TOP BRACKET (click to enlarge)
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BOTTOM BRACKET (click to enlarge)
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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Rough night as Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Glendora and Walnut all lose

Check out the Bonita-Gahr photo gallery.

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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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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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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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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

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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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Girls Basketball playoffs: South Hills, Covina, Los Altos all advance

South Hills makes it look easy: South Hills led the Tribune girls basketball rankings from wire to wire this season.
The Huskies played the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs the same way, as they coasted to a 76-41 victory over Gahr on Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (21-6) will play at No. 11 seed Pacifica of Garden Grove at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
The Huskies were on fire from beyond the 3-point line, hitting seven of 10 shots in the first quarter on their way to a 26-8 lead and they never looked back.

Covina cruises to win: The Covina High School girls basketball team validated its No. 11 seed with a lopsided victory over Monrovia, 51-23, Thursday night to advance to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3A playoffs.
By halftime, the Colts (19-9) had a 25-10 lead, and that was all they would have needed offensively after holding the Wildcats (7-16) to just 13 second-half points.
The defense stepped up for Covina, forcing Remy Hare and Stephanie Perez into 18 combined turnovers. Mariah Sierra and Diana Navarro led the Colts’ defensive effort with seven and six steals, respectively.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Today’s first-round
Division 3AA
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Calabasas 65, Baldwin Park 42
South Hills 76, Gahr 41
Gabrielino 56, Diamond Ranch 40
Sonora 64, El Monte 28
Division 3A
Los Altos 38, Azusa 34
Brentwood 52, South El Monte 39
Covina 51, Monrovia 23
Barstow 64, Pomona 38
Yucca Valley 51, San Dimas 38
Orange Lutheran 67, Wilson 19
Division 4AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 56, St. Lucy’s 37

Saturday’s Games
Division 1AA

Bishop Amat at Windward, 5 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Lynwood, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Whittier at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Second Round
Division 3AA
South Hills at Pacifica, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Bonita, Covina, Los Altos, Workman, Bishop Amat all open boys basketball playoffs with first round wins

Workman beats neighboring San Dimas in opener: The No. 11 seed Workman High School boys basketball team saw a 22-point fourth-quarter lead be nearly completely erased, but held on to defeat San Dimas 68-60 to advance the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs on Wednesday night.
The Saints (11-16) trailed 58-36 at the start of the fourth quarter, but went on a 24-5 run to cut the lead to 63-60 in the final two minutes of the game.

South El Monte falls short: Legendary La Canada High boys basketball coach Tom Hofman liked what he saw so much from his team in the first quarter on Wednesday that he wished aloud that he could bottle some of it for use later in the playoffs.
The Spartans erupted in the first quarter, knocking down nine 3-pointers, and never looked back in a 69-33 win over South El Monte in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.
“That might be a school record for points in a quarter, it’s close,” Hofman said. “It’s definitely a school record for points in a first quarter. We were really on fire. We took good shots and made them. It would be nice to bottle that.”

Bonita cruises past Sulatana: Sultana boys basketball coach Jay Harrie thought his team was in good position when it finished the first quarter tied with third-seeded Bonita. But the Bearcats dominated after that and pulled away for an 86-56 win in a first-round CIF Southern Section Division 3AA contest Wednesday night at Bonita.
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40 — Josh Andarza had 11 points and Christian Mora had nine points to lead the Lancers (20-8) to the Division 3A first-round victory.
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 48 — Chidi Udengwu had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Roman Silva had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Panthers (18-8) in a Division 3AA first-round playoff win. Tyler McLean had nine assists and nine rebounds for Diamond Ranch.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first round results
Division 3AA

Pasadena 57, Rosemead 32
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 58
Bonita 86, Sultana 36
Los Altos 64, Baldwin Park 37
Palm Desert 78, El Monte 41
Division 3A
Palos Verdes 51, Wilson 49
Tahquitz 62, Charter Oak 32
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40
La Canada 69, South El Monte 33
Division 4AA
Pomona 72, Estancia 37
Covina 67, Yucca Valley 35
Workman 68, San Dimas 60
Division 4A
La Salle 69, Duarte 47

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Boys Soccer playoffs: Bishop Amat crushes Palmdale 5-1 behind two goals each from Brandon Arconado and Havier Zaragosa; Andre Gamboa with three in Diamond Bar rout

The Bishop Amat boys soccer team had reason to feel slighted when the CIF-SS Division 3 pairings were released. How could a team with just one loss all season to Cathedral, the top seed and arguably one of the best in Southern California, have to play in a wild card after finishing second to Cathedral in the Del Rey, and also boasting a 4-4 tie against them earlier in the year?
It made no sense and Amat showed how silly it was with an easy 5-1 victory over Palmdale in Wednesday’s wild card, advancing the Lancers (12-1-4) to Friday’s first-round game against Pacific League champion Pasadena.
David Cabral scored 30 seconds into the match and freshman Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice.
Zaragosa drew a penalty kick and finished it himself in the 12th minute, and added another in the 30th to give Amat a 3-0 lead.
Arconado, also a stud receiver for the Lancers in football, scored in the sixth minute and finished things off in the 70th.
Zaragosa and Arcondado spoke following the game, as did Pasadena coach Cherif Zein in the stands to watch. Watch and listen to what they had to say … In another D-3 game, Diamond Bar’s scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas added two give the Brahmas and easy 5-0 win over Templeton. Diamond Bar is another team that had no business having to play in a wild card.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s Wild Card games
Division 3

Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0
Chino Hills 7, Muir 1
Glendora 2, Beckman 0

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Saturday’s RJ Baseball classic a doozy; San Dimas vs. Covina; South Hills vs. Bishop Amat … Also, who are the area’s best?

The official start of the spring season when games actually count is Saturday, March 28, but for area fans there is nothing better than Saturday’s Spring Baseball Preview with the annual RJ Classic at Maverick Park in West Covina. San Dimas takes on Northview at 3 p.m., followed by South Hills vs. Bishop Amat at 7 p.m. In the meantime, I’m working on next week’s baseball preview. Any thoughts on the area’s top ten? Who’s No. 1. I welcome all your thoughts

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Girls Soccer playoff pairings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, Sierra Vista hoping for deep playoff runs

The CIF-SS girls soccer pairings found here

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Girls Playoff pairings story: The Bishop Amat girls soccer team has won two CIF-Southern Section championships and advanced to four finals games under coach Ruben Gonzalez in the past decade, but the Lancers were rarely ranked in the Division 2 polls most of the season, an indication that some think the Lancers aren’t ready after competing so many years at the lower levels.
The Lancers won the Del Rey League and outscored their opponents 33-4, but with only a 17-7 overall record they have much to prove following the release of the CIF-SS playoff pairings Monday.
Bishop Amat, the lone area team in Division 2, will host Beckman, a third-place squad from the Pacific Coast league in the first round on Thursday.

AREA GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Division 2
Thursday’s first round

Beckman at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

South Torrance at South Hills, 3 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Los Altos at Chadwick, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Cathedral City at Covina, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Rowland at Linfield Christian, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana-Viewpoint winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Covina-Cathedral winner at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Tuesday’s wild card

Calvary Murrieta at Rosemead
Baldwin Park at Marshall
Thursday’s first round
Calvary Murrieta-Rosemead winner at No. 1 Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Lakeside-Valley Christian winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana Valley at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Archer at Duarte, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Tuesday’s wild card

Southland Christian at Ganesha, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Garey at Alverno, 3 p.m.
Ramona Convent-Desert Hot Springs winner at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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