Bob Ramsey is a former San Gabriel Valley area coach who created a webpage specifically for our area, ranking the best performers in the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News area. Here are his top ten boys/girls area track rankings. For individual rankings, click on the thread.
FROM BOB RAMSEY: The past week brought great conditions and strong competition, and the excellent results contributed to a considerable shakeup in the San Gabriel Valley team rankings. This list is based on the number of athletes and relays in the 2014 SGV Track & Field Rankings through 3/29.
30 – Arcadia (Last Week – 1)
29 – Walnut (2)
27 – Damien* (4)
19 – Monrovia (6)
18 – South Pasadena (NR)
16 – Glendora (5)
14 – St. Francis* (7)
13 – La Salle (9)
12 – Bonita (NR), California (3), Santa Fe (8)
*Single gender schools. We are using their actual number x 1.8. Because math.
Arcadia continues to lead in overall and they also lead with rankings in 23 of the 32 events, and with 8 event leaders – G 400, B/G 1600 & 3200, G 4×400, B Shot & B Discus. Walnut follows closely in the “complete team” race, with rankings in 21 events and 5 event leaders. Monrovia also leads the SGV in five events.
Individually, there were two new event leaders in the SGV, while eight other leaders improved their seasonal bests.
The Pasadena Games also produced the only two new SGV Event Leaders for this week. In the 400m, St. Francis junior Ross Niederhaus dropped a huge 48.67 pr while finishing 4th. Not to be outdone, Barrett Weiss (Flintridge Prep/Jr) jumped 14’1-1/2″ to win the pole vault.
SGV leaders Damien, Monrovia, & South Pasadena also competed at PCC. Wildcat senior Cravon Gillespe confirmed his SGV 200m lead with a big 21.70 pr to win the event, and the Monrovia girls 4×100 time of 47.72 extended their SGV lead. 2012 State Champ Claire Kieffer-Wright jumped a seasonal best 5’10″ to win the high jump. Muir senior Tierra Adams match an earlier season best of 43’7″ to win the shot and maintain the top spot in the SGV.
The Arcadia and Walnut traveled to the Mt Carmel Invitational, where Mustang soph Kayla Richardson confirmed her SGV sprints leadership with a pair of second places in seasonal bests of 11.90 & 24.40. Her senior teammate Kyle King took the SGV High Jump lead with a 6’5″ effort to finish 4th. Apache seniors Kyra White and Veronica Yamane improved their SGV leading marks in the 400 (58.07/4th) and 3200 (11:05/5th) respectively.
Elsewhere among the SGV leaders, Bonita made their big meet debut along with Santa Fe at the Covina Invitational, while Div. IV power La Salle went south to the Calvin Christian Small Schools Invite. Glendora and California were idle.
First Round (Bracket play)
Aliso Niguel vs. San Dimas, today, Noon
Glendora 5, Granite Hills 1
Vista Murrieta 9, Bishop Amat 5
JSerra 8, San Fernando 2
Valencia 2, Grossmont 1
Temecula Valley 9, Cypress 5
Chino Hills 5, Great Oak 2
Mater Dei 16, Serra 2
Tuesday’s second round
Aliso Niguel winner vs. Glendora at Mater Dei, 3 p.m.
Vista Murrieta at JSerra, 6 p.m.
Valencia vs. Temecula Valley at JSerra, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Mater Dei, 6 p.m.
Bishop Amat, St. Paul photo gallery
Round One went to St. Paul on Thursday, but two rounds with Bishop Amat remain.
The Swordsmen softball team scored six times in the fifth inning of its Del Rey League showdown with the visiting Lancers at York Field and earned a 7-5 victory. That leaves both teams at 2-1 in league play, atop the standings.
The victory was the first at any level – freshman, JV or varsity – for St. Paul’s seniors against Bishop Amat.
“It was a big win for us,” said St. Paul senior center fielder Lovie Lopez, “especially because they’re our rival.”
BREAKING NEWS: The Catholic Athletic Association approved new leagues on Thursday, voting to approve a proposal from Serra High School that puts Bishop Amat in the Catholic League South that also will include Loyola, Gardena Serra and surprising Salesian beginning in the fall.
Salesian, who just won the Northeast Division which is considered Division 13, will appeal the decision that would send the lower-division champions to the Pac-5 Division, which is considered the top division in Southern California. The Catholic North will consist of Alemany, Chaminade, Crespi and Notre Dame.
For all other sports, the Camino Deal Real Association proposal passed, which will group 17 boys and 16 girls into three leagues. They will be grouped into leagues by sport based on geography and competitiveness.
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With the votes counted and Damien High School headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping and into the Baseline League beginning next fall, Spartans football coach Mark Paredes isn’t exactly breathing a sigh of relief.
Before Damien won its arbitration hearing to get out of the parochial grouping, the Spartans appeared on their way to being in a PAC-5 Division league along with several catholic football powers.
Now, Damien will be in the Baseline League where it traded the likes of Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Serra for Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Not exactly a huge relief.
“I like the league we’re in now and it’s a good opportunity to play great competition and I’m looking forward to it,” Damien head coach Mark Paredes said. “To me it doesn’t matter. We’re going to work hard and be ready to play in whatever league we’re going to be in.
“Whether we’re in the Pac-5 or where we are now, it’s really neither here nor there because we are where we are and I’m really excited about being in the Baseline League.”
The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at Tuesday’s banquet at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. The award is for scholar-athletes who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in college preparatory classes, demonstrate outstanding citizenship, leadership and community service. Each player was chosen following the nomination from their high school school with approval of both the student’s counselor and principal. Fox Sports analyst and former USC football player Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker.
STORY: The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at its 44th annual awards banquet at Brookside Golf Course Tuesday, handing out $20,000 in scholarship money.
It’s the most scholarship money and honorees in the events history, a huge accomplishment for president Tony Ortega and staff, who continue to raise the bar each year.
Fox Sports analyst and former USC Trojan Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker and humorous as usual. But his point was clear that athletes need to prepare for life after sports and that those honored Tuesday were a great example for others to follow for taking education seriously.
The National Football Foundation is also the group that conducts the annual senior Hall of Fame game, which has been held at West Covina High School in recent years.
2014 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete honorees
Jared Trujillo, San Dimas
Andrew Aselin, West Covina
Steven Garcia, West Covina
Darron McWhorter, Maranatha ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Will Genske, Pasadena Poly ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly
D’Angelo Ross, South Hills
Adam Goss, South Hills ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Tyler Gangi, St. Francis ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Fernando Garcia, Workman
David Perez, Duarte
Nathaniel Hiplolito, Duarte
Jose Bonilla, Charter Oak
Alex Haston, Charter Oak ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Jose Robles, South El Monte ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Jacob Moran, El Monte ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Jake Ferntheil, Temple City
Jordan Austin, Claremont
Cameron Tyus, Claremont
Nico Jaffe, Claremont
William Bryan, Diamond Ranch ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Marcus Briscoe, Diamond Ranch
Christian Clark, Marshall ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Charlie Henderson, Marshall
Richard Bramble, Santa Fe
Andrew Farmer, Santa Fe
Jesus Calvillo, Arroyo
Maurice Cortes, Northview
Daniel Valencia, Northview
Jared Brito, Northview ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Steven Ruvalcaba, Rosemead
Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos
Brandon Hayashi, Los Altos
Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos
Trevor Virnala, Los Altos
Hugo Montanez, Mountain View
Javier Carrillo, Jr., El Rancho
Eliel Flores, El Rancho
Adrien Perez, El Rancho ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner0
Andrew Pop, El Rancho
Jose Portillo, El Rancho
David Ramos, El Rancho
Andrew Ferraco, San Marino
San Dimas wins 20th straight in VVL: San Dimas took a big step in its quest for a sixth consecutive Valle Vista League softball title with an 11-0 win over Northview in the league opener for both teams Tuesday.
The Saints (6-6, 1-0) got 15 hits and strong pitching from junior Lindsey Hughes for their 20th consecutive win in league.
“That was a great way to start league play,” Saints coach Don Pollard said. “You never know how your kids are going to respond when they get into the pressures of league and everything went our way today.”
Maranatha football coach Jude Oliva resigned on Monday following a bittersweet first and only season in charge.
The Minutemen were 8-3 during his short tenure, winning the Olympic League title, but they fizzled out in the first round of the Northwest Division playoffs, losing to Duarte 27-17.
Oliva was initially hired to become the offensive coordinator last spring under head coach Pete Karavedas, but Karavedas left to become the head coach at Sunny Hills, and Oliva was promoted to head coach.
Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-1-1) – Acts and looks like the best team so far.
2. San Dimas (5-2) – Big win over rival Bonita, now faces Northview in Valle Vista opener.
3. Damien (5-2) — Trying to end final year in Sierra with a title.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Going to give them a pass for back-to-back losses to Walnut after starting 6-0.
5. Bishop Amat (3-4) — Three one-run losses and a two-run loss. Has played toughest schedule of all with solid pitching.
6. Diamond Bar (7-2) – Nothing strange about hot start, but how will it start league Tuesday against Bonita?
7. Bonita (4-3) — Get use to the fact this is probably a rebuild for Bearcats. Then again, a Bonita rebuild is probably a good year for anyone else.
8. Northview (4-2) – New Vikings coach Dan Roddy gets first big test vs. San Dimas
9. Sierra Vista (8-1) – Good coach with a solid record year in and year out. This year is no different. They host undefeated Gladstone (5-0) Tuesday.
10. Nogales (4-0-1) — Could be the final year of coaching legend John Romano.
Hitting leaders (based on Maxpreps)
1. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, .600 (12-for-24)
2. Jason Zeigler, Chino Hills, .571 (4-for-7)
3. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, .526 (10-for-22)
4. David Banuelos, West Covina, .500 (8-for-16)
5. Race Gardner, Glendora, .500 (6-for-12)
6. Daniel Roman, West Covina, .500 (4-for-8)
7. Mark Vega, Bassett, .500, (5-for-10)
8. Montenegro Montgomery, Bonita, .500 (2-for-4)
9. Israel Funtes, Chino Hills, .483 (14-for-30)
10. Brandon Buna, Rowland, 478 (11-for-23)
Above: Sierra Vista is areas only undefeated team, but Glendora is No. 1
Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Glendora (10-4) — Won San Dimas tournament and advanced furthest of all locals in Charter Oak tourney, reaching semifinals.
2. South Hills (8-3) — Solid wins over Bishop Amat, St. Lucy’s and Monrovia
3. Bishop Amat (8-4) — Scoring plenty of runs, now pitching needs to catch up.
4. Charter Oak (7-4) – Good wins mixed with surprising losses. But roster is legit.
5. Bonita (5-3) — Big non-league game at South Hills on Tuesday.
6. West Covina (6-4) – Should be co-favorite to win Hacienda along with Bonita.
7. Diamond Bar (4-3) – Beat Wilson 12-4 which is Brahmas’ only game against an area team
8. Los Altos (4-4) — Will have difficult time making the playoffs in Hacienda.
9. Sierra Vista (3-0-1) — So good so far, but need more games to really evaluate.
10. Arroyo (4-1) – Like Sierra Vista, record on paper nice, but who has it played?
Hitting Leaders (Based on Maxpreps)
1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, .667 (18-for-27)
2. Alyssa Yaynes, Edgewood, .630 (17-for-27)
3. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, .630 (17-for-27)
4. Jade Nua, West Covina, .600 (12-for-20)
5. Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, .577 (15-for-26)
6. Raquel Ramirez, Workman, .562 (9-for-16)
7. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, .560 (14-for-25)
8. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 548 (17-for-31)
9. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, .538 (14-for-26)
10. Ariela Burns, Northview, 533 (8-for-15)
Story: Representatives from the 42 schools that comprise the Mt. SAC area met on Friday at Walnut High School to discuss releaguing for the 2014-16 cycles after learning that Damien and St. Lucy’s Priory won its arbitration case against the CIF-Southern Section to remain in the Mt. SAC area for league placement rather than be placed in all Parochial leagues.
Mt. SAC area representatives already voted on releaguing a year ago with the understanding that Damien and St. Lucy’s would be in Parochial leagues.
Instead of simply voting to place Damien and St. Lucy’s into one of the newly formed leagues agreed on last year, representatives from the Mt. SAC area voted Friday to start the process all over again, which began with schools that asked for relief the first time, South Hills, Garey, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Pomona, Charter Oak and Glendora, asking for relief again.
Once that was established, schools and leagues met and six proposals were submitted for consideration.
Damien submitted a proposal that would have put the Spartans and St. Lucy’s in the Palomares League with Bonita moving from the Palomares to the Baseline, but Damien’s proposal was the first to be eliminated.
A proposal submitted by Azusa, Chino and the Baseline league at Friday’s Mt. SAC Area releaguing meeting at Walnut won over five other proposals. The Mt. SAC Area leagues for the 2014-16 seasons is listed below. The five other proposals considered can be viewed by clicking the thread.
Proposal B submitted by Azusa, Baseline and Chino
Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League
Nogales, Covina, Northview, Rowland, San Dimas, Wilson
Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, Workman
Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona
Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst had 5 RBIs, including the game-winning three-run double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 6-3 victory over San Fernando Wednesday night at USC. The Lancers are just 2-4, but three were one-run losses and the other was a two-run loss. They’ve been in every game against a super tough schedule. Hurst, who finished the game on the mound, is part of a pitching staff that’s been lights out. Amat only has allowed more than three runs once — a 6-4 loss to Trabuco Hills.
By David Felton
WEST COVINA — The softball teams from La Serna and St. Paul will meet Saturday for the second time this season after each won semifinal games Friday at the Charter Oak Tournament.
Paced by Dana De La Torre’s three-run home run in the first inning, La Serna posted a 4-3 victory over Claremont at Big League Dreams Park. And on an adjacent field at the same time, St. Paul overcame an early three-run deficit to beat Glendora 11-7.
The area rivals will play in the tournament final at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Claremont (4-4) and Glendora will meet in the third-place game at 1 p.m. La Serna and St. Paul met just over a week ago at the Brea Olinda Tournament, with the Swordsmen earning a 2-1 victory.
La Serna 4, Claremont 3
St. Paul 11, Glendora 7
At Big League Dreams
La Serna vs. St. Paul, 3 p.m.
Glendora vs. Claremont, 4:30 p.m.
By John Honell, Correspondent
COVINA – The 5-2 Gladstone win over Rosemead on Wednesday afternoon, in front of a crowd of several hundred fans, was more than just an early season high school baseball game.
In a game that was played in a way that any of his former players would have recognized, Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus picked up the 600th win of his 30-year career at the school.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Remkus said. “The man up above has given me decent health so I could coach into my old age. I’ve just had wonderful, hard-working players and assistant coaches and the success has belonged to them. My 88-year-old mom is here and my dad was my biggest supporter. He was at all our games and he was down here working on this field the night before he died of a heart attack. I wish he could be here.”
FROM IN THE HUDDLE: Diamond Bar has named Marcus Hughes, who most recently was head coach at Cornwall Central High in New York, as its new varsity football head coach. Hughes replaces Ryan Maine, who resigned after three seasons. Hughes was 67-13 in six seasons at Cornwall and his teams went to the state playoffs the past three seasons.
“There’s no reason to start this entire process over from scratch,” Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing chair Jeff Jordan said. “We worked really hard as a collective group to make necessary adjustments and changes and we haven’t started the new cycle yet. At this point, we have to amend some of our policies so we can effectively add the Damien/St. Lucy’s package back into the Mt. SAC Area.”
“The bye week and when we’re home and away, are all out the door and we have to start over,” Bishop Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said. “Outside of the inconvenience of not knowing when homecoming or senior night is, it’s just a matter of inconvenience not knowing who we’re going to play.”
STORY: Following last week’s arbitration ruling that sent Damien High School and St Lucy’s Priory back into the Mt. SAC Area for league groupings, several questions abound as to what the local league landscape will look like beginning next fall.
The schools that make up the Mt. SAC Area voted last May on a new set of leagues that were set to go into place this fall and run for the next two school years. They did so thinking that Damien and St. Lucy’s had been moved to the parochial area.
After Damien and St. Lucy’s won their arbitration hearing last week, both schools are back and now the Mt. SAC Area is hoping to avoid an extended trip to the drawing board in order to find them a new league home in a very limited amount of time.
Story: Baldwin Park High School’s invitation to the CIF-State Southern California Division II boys soccer regionals was a brief one, losing to San Diego sectional champion Southwest, 4-1, on Tuesday at San Ysidro High School near the Mexican border.
Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scored in the 75th minute to help the Braves avoid the shutout, giving Vega his 40th goal to rank among the state leaders.
The Braves (21-5-1) gave up an early goal and another just before half to fall behind 3-0, perhaps hangover effects from their CIF-SS Division 5 championship on Friday.
Baldwin Park beat Marshall in penalty kicks for the sectional title, getting the game-winning penalty from Vega for the 5-4 PK victory after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes.
The Braves’ championship was their second in four years, but in the state playoffs, they’re 0-for-2, having lost in the first round of the state playoffs following their 2011 title as well.
Southwest (20-2-4) advances to Thursday’s regional finals against top seed Cathedral (27-1-1)
By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s girls basketball team is wondering how it’s the only CIF-Southern Section finalist in all the boys and girls divisions not to get invited to the CIF-State basketball playoffs that start on Wednesday.
You can blame the newly formed CIF-SS Open Division.
The state selection committee, which gets recommendations from the Southern Section for the state selection process, made sure all 12 girls basketball teams that were invited to the Open Division made the state playoffs, regardless of how they fared in the Open Division playoffs.
How did that affect Bonita?
Bonita, because of enrollment, was in the Division I state playoff pool of which 16 teams were selected for the Southern California Regionals, of which eight are automatic qualifiers from the Southern Section.
Of the eight girls teams selected to the Division I state playoffs from the Southern Section — six came from the Open Division, including Troy, Lynwood, Alemany, Sierra Canyon, Canyon Springs and Keppel. When CIF selected the Open Division it made it clear that being selected wouldn’t automatically lead to a state playoff berth, but that’s what apparently happened.
Bishop Amat baseball is no fun, when is it going to schedule area teams or an area tournament? In baseball, the SGV hangs with anyone
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) March 10, 2014
You think Bishop Amat baseball would schedule Damien, Glendora, South Hills, Bonita or one of our heavyweights … Nope, not one.
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) March 10, 2014
The closest non-league team facing Amat baseball is Loyola, and that game is at USC. Amat home fans won't see them again until April 11
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) March 10, 2014
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA — South High School, which has been one of the better hitting softball teams in the area the past few seasons, believes its never out of a game.
It showed why Monday.
Marissa Reyes went 2 for 3 and Mariah Tovar hit a two-run home run in a four-run second inning and the Huskies rallied for a 4-2 victory over Bishop Amat in a battle of two of the top three teams in the area in a pool play game of the Charter Oak Charger Classic at Big League Dreams Park. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the tourney’s time-limit rule.
Freshman pitcher Natalie Lugo gave up two runs and struck out five for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. The Huskies, ranked No. 3 in the area to begin the season, opened the tournament with an 8-1 victory over Covina, also on Monday, to win their pool. Bishop Amat, getting two hits from Alyssa Barrera, slipped to 1-2. The Lancers began the season ranked No. 1 in the area.
South Hills, trailing 2-0, rallied back for the lead in the second. Tovar, after Christie Aguilar led off with a walk, tied it with a line-drive home run to right-center field. The Huskies then loaded the bases on a singles by Melysia Ortega and Caitlyn Felina and a walk to Lugo. Reyes singled to make it 3-2 before Felina scored on a passed ball for a 4-2 advantage.
South Hills’ Mariah Tovar: “We have a great team. We’ve all bonded and we never have our heads down and are always coming back. We got down, obviously. We were ready to fight and didn’t want to give this game to them. We just pushed, because we knew we could hang with them and we came back.”
Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “We came into this game really hungry. We really wanted to beat South Hills. It just didn’t’ work out the way we wanted it to. Our pitchers were good, our defense was good. Sometimes (the offense) can’t carry with the hits, but we just have to learn from our mistakes.”
South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “I told the kids before the game started that when you play a good team like we played today, it’s going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. The way we started out wasn’t good. We made about three mistakes and they capitalized. But we didn’t give up and say the game’s over. We came back and tied it and went ahead.”
Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon: “Bottom line, we didn’t do our job hitting the ball. My defense did a great job fielding the ball. My pitchers did their best, but bottom line, you have to hit. You have to score more runs than the other team. We’re going to continue working on that.”
Yankee Pool: La Serna, West Covina, Alhambra
La Serna 3, West Covina 0
West Covina vs. Alhambra, 3 p.m.
La Serna vs. Alhambra, 5 p.m.
Wrigley Pool: La Habra, Monrovia, Schurr
La Habra 9, Monrovia 2
Monrovia vs. Schurr, 3 p.m.
La Habra vs. Schurr, 5 p.m.
Edison Pool: St. Paul, Los Altos, Glendora
St. Paul vs. Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Glendora, 3 p.m.
St. Paul vs. Glendora, 5 p.m.
Tiger Pool: Claremont, Bonita, San Dimas
Claremont vs. Bonita, 3 p.m.
San Dimas 7, Bonita 2
Claremont vs. San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Fenway Pool: Covina, South Hills, Bishop Amat
South Hills 8, Covina 1
South Hills 4, Bishop Amat 2
Covina vs. Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Dodger Pool: Montclair, Northview, Charter Oak
Montclair 11, Northview 2
Charter Oak 11, Northview 4
Montclair vs. Charter Oak, 3 p.m.