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

Baseball Rankings: No. 1 Bonita and No. 3 South Hills battle it out twice this week

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Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. Bonita (19-2) — No. 1 on the line hosting South Hills Wednesday and at South Hills Friday. Both 8-1 in the Palomares. It’s on.
2. Sierra Vista (15-1) — Dons keep winning and only have allowed 14 runs in 9-0 league start.
3. South Hills (15-7) — Tied with No. 1 Bonita, it all comes down to the two-game series with Cats this week.
4. Damien (10-7) — A two-game lead at 7-1 in the Baseline. This is what Andy Nieto coached teams do. They get better as season moves on.
5. Bishop Amat (12-10) — Perfect 6-0 in the Del Rey with a big game Thursday at La Salle.
6. Charter Oak (11-7) — Has won five straight to take over first in Hacienda at 8-1.
7. Covina (13-6) — Has a two-game lead in the Valle Vista at 8-1.
8. Walnut (13-8-1) — All of a sudden it can’t win, losers of five straight to drop out of first in Hacienda.
9. Northview (12-7-1) — Vikings a virtual lock to make playoffs, but still sit in third in VVL.
10. South El Monte (10-7) — Holds one game lead over El Monte and Rosemead in the Mission Valley.

AREA LEADERS
Hitting (Minimum 30 at bats)

1. Brennan McKenzie, Walnut, .500, 30-for-60
2. Daniel Lona, Sierra Vista, .458, 27-for-59
3. Nick Aguilar, South El Monte, .455, 15-for-33
4. Aaron Fong, South Hills, .453, 29-for-64
5. Ricardo Reyes, Sierra Vista, .449, 22-for-49
6. Felipe Perez, El Monte, .444, 20-for-45
7. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, .432, 16-for-37
8. Joshua Chaidez, Rosemead, .429 18-for-42
9. Aldo Perez, Gladstone, .429, 15-for-35
10. Isaiah Saavedra, South El Monte, .424, 25-for-59

Home Runs
5 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut), Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
RBIs
25 – Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita); 22 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 20 — Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 19 — Johnny Dearth (South Hills); 17 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
Pitching (Most Wins)
Christian Longoria (Walnut), 7-0; A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 7-0; Hayden Petrovick, (South Hills) 6-2; Adrian Cardenas (Sierra Vista), 5-1, Felipe Perez (El Monte), 5-1, Luiz Huizar (Rowland) 5-2, Nathan Schneider (Bonita), 5-2; Diego Barrera (Bishop Amat) 5-2; Angel Lopez (Rosemead) 5-3.
ERA Leaders
1. Ricardo Reyes, (Sierra Vista), 0.46; 2. Felipe Perez (El Monte), 0.60; 3. Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista), 0.65; 4. A.J. Woodall (Bonita), 0.99; 5. Christian Longoria (Walnut), 1.19.



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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, St. Lucy’s are clear top three

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Area Softball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (17-2) — After beating St. Paul, Lancers get them again Tuesday and with another win will practically wrap-up the Del Rey.
2. South Hills (14-7) — Huskies are 4-0 in the Palomares and all four wins were shutouts.
3. St. Lucy’s (12-4-2) — What a shocker, St. Lucy’s tied for first in Baseline with powerful Etiwanda at 4-1.
4. Glendora (13-3) — After horrible 0-3 start in Palomares, Tartans trying to claw way back for a playoff berth.
5. Edgewood (12-1) — In the Miramonte league Edgewood has scored 127 runs and allowed 2.
6. Los Altos (9-8-1) — Winners of five straight while only allowing one run in last four games.
7. Arroyo (12-3) — Knights a perfect 7-0 in the Mission Valley League and getting better.
8. Bonita (10-8) — A surprising second in the Palomares with a 3-1 record.
9. Charter Oak (12-7) — Only 2-2 in league. Needs to get going to guarantee a playoff berth.
10. Diamond Ranch (13-6) — Tied for third in Hacienda with Charter Oak.

Hitting Leaders (Minimum 30 at bats)
1. Berlin Bonilla, La Puente, .684, 26-for-38
2. Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, .632, 24-for-38
3. Melissa Felix, Los Altos, .579, 22-for-38
4. Sammy Alvarado, Edgewood, .571, 32-for-56
5t. Alexis Batres, Rosemead, .545, 24-for-44
5t. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, .545, 24-for-44
7. Randi Farricker, Glendora, .538, 28-for-52
8. Seanna Jimenez, El Monte, .535, 23-for-43
9. Alyssa Carrion, Walnut, .533, 16-for-30
10. Samantha Smith, Diamond Ranch, .518, 29-for-56

Home Runs
8 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 7 – Randi Farricker (Glendora), Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 6 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills).
RBIs
29 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 26 – Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 23 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 21 – Akyira Wiggins (Duarte); 20 – Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch).
Pitching: Most Wins
Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 11-5; Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch) 11-6; Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s) 10-2; Cambria Keefer (Glendora) 10-3; Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 9-1.
Pitching: ERA
1. Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 0.84; 2. Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 0.96; 3. EmaRae Flores, (Charter Oak) 1.97; 4. Cambria Keefer (Glendora), 1.98; 5. Alyssa Ochoa, Baldwin Park (2.09)

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Bonita not just winning, it’s dominating, routs Glendora, 12-1

“I thought it was a total team effort,” Bearcats coach John Knott said. “I’m really proud of the way our kids played today. Our guys swung the bat well, we made the plays defensively and, obviously, Nate (Schneider) did a stellar job throwing strikes and changing speeds.”

bonitaThe Dominating ‘Cats: Bonita kept its hold on a piece of the top spot in the Palomares League baseball standings with a 12-1 win over Glendora on Friday afternoon.The Bearcats (19-2, 8-1) completed a sweep of the season series against the Tartans.Bonita will play South Hills (14-7, 8-1) in a home-and-home series next week that will probably decide the league championship and the league’s top seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

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Bishop Amat’s 2016 football schedule, let’s predict the the Lancers’ record …

You don’t lose Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney, Damian Garcia, Torreahno Sweet, Matt Brayton, Steven Lopez, William Kelly, Kai Higgins, Xavier Chavez and more and expect to advance to the Division 1 semifinals for the third straight year. This will probably be coach Steve Hagerty’s most difficult challenge since taking over in 2008. Hags has never had a losing season, but this fall could be it. Don’t fool yourself, this isn’t a reload, it’s a rebuild and there’s probably nobody better than Hags and his great staff to take this on, but get ready for some growing pains. At best I’ve got them going 1-2 against Mater Dei, Servite and JSerra, with Mater Dei a possible blowout loss in the home opener. They should beat St. Paul no matter who they put on the field, but in league, I’m guessing they go 2-4 and miss the playoffs. So my overall prediction for 2016 is Bishop Amat, 4-6.

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Bishop Amat 2016 Football Schedule
Aug. 26 — Mater Dei, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 — At Servite, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 — JSerra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 — at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 — Loyola, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 — At Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 — At Crespi, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Serra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Alemany, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — Chaminade, 7 p.m.

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South Hills football coach Matt Bechtel says “culture change” needed to turn program around

By Aram Tolegian
New South Hills High School football coach Matt Bechtel isn’t wasting any time as he tries to return the Huskies to Southland prominence.
Bechtel has loaded his coaching staff with a mix of holdovers from last year, including former head coach Albert Rodriguez. He’s also made the entire defensive coaching staff be comprised of coaches from Chino Hills, where bechtelBechtel was head coach the past three years.
And then there’s the weight room, which Bechtel has made his project to be what he calls a “Division 1 weight room.”
“There does need to be a culture change here,” Bechtel said. “I say that because the group of kids here now don’t remember that South Hills won nine league titles in the 2000s. They don’t remember there were four CIF titles in the 2000s. For kids today, that seems like forever ago.”
The Huskies went 4-7 last season, making the playoffs because they were competitive in the Palomares League after a rugged nonleague schedule. In 2014, South Hills won the league championship, so Bechtel didn’t exactly inherit a downtrodden situation.
But compared to the powerhouse teams under former head coach Steve Bogan, the recent product hasn’t been up to historical standards. Bechtel, with his offensive flare and ability to develop quarterbacks, looks like the perfect hire to light things up.
South Hills will have four quarterbacks competing for the starting job when spring practice next week. Bechtel said that incoming freshman Khalil Ali, a youth football standout, is going to be in that mix and looks headed toward a bright future.
Then there’s the hopeful arrival of Jonathan Vaughns, who is the latest edition to lineage of Vaughns brothers who have starred at local schools. The most recent being Tyler Vaughns, who played at Bishop Amat and is headed to USC as a receiver.
Bechtel is uncertain whether the youngest Vaughns will be attending South Hills, but thinks there’s a good chance. If he does, then South Hills has arguably the top freshman class around. And that comes on top of a frosh team last year that went 9-1 and the one before it that when 8-2.

Here’s the prize everyone in the Valley wants. What’s interesting is that you think he would naturally follow his brother Tyler Vaughns, who just finished a stellar career at Bishop Amat. But word is Amat is probably not in the plans. If he doesn’t go to South Hills, St. John Bosco is a more likely landing spot. — Fred Robledo

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Damien takes control of Baseline with 17-6 pounding of Upland

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Damien takes over Baseline lead: The Damien Spartans met before Tuesday’s Baseline League game against Upland and the talk was about getting off to a good start and then not letting up. Well, they did and they didn’t.
The Spartans pounded out 19 hits and cruised to a 17-6 win at Memorial Park to move into first place in the competitive league.
Damien (9-7, 6-1) pushed across four runs in the top of the first off Upland starter Ryan Rodriguez on the strength of three hits, two walks and a throwing error. One of those hits was a sharp grounder back to the mound that caromed off Rodriguez, who was down for several minutes but remained in the game.
“We have all been on both sides of these kind of games,” Damien coach Andy Nieto said. “We know they are relentless and they’re going to come back so we couldn’t afford to sit on a lead. We were able to keep putting up runs today and it was a great game for us. But once we get on the bus it’s over and we’re worrying about the next one.”

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