About Fred Robledo

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

San Dimas beats Bonita 2-1 in Dicks Baseball tourney final behind Peter Lambert complete game

STORY: Bonita learned the hard way that you have to be as close to perfect as possible if you’re going to beat San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.
An unearned run that scored without the aid of a hit was the difference in San Dimas’ 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament.
Lambert, who was named the tournament’s MVP, backed up last week’s 13-strikeout complete game shutout performance over South Hills with another gem, striking out nine Bearcats while allowing just one run in another complete game.
“Lots of fun,” said Lambert of the atmosphere around the game. “Against our arch-rival from across town, I wanted the ball and our team did well.”

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Damien survives sloppy finish to beat Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach CIF-State Division III regional semifinals

GAME STORY: Except for Damien nearly self destructing down the stretch, the Spartans did reach a historic milestone in the CIF State Southern California Division III regional quarterfinals Saturday night.

Second-seed Damien led by as many as 18 points before fending off pesky 10th seed Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.

Senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 21 points but wasn’t happy with how his team finished with several turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes that allowed the Sea Kings to get close.

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South Hills’ dream girls basketball season ends with 66-49 loss to top seed Brea Olinda in D-3 state quarterfinals

By John Honell
The incredible run of the under-sized, under-manned, over-achieving South Hills basketball team came to an end it but not before putting a scare into number one seed Brea-Olinda on Saturday night.
The ninth seeded Huskies (27-8) dropped a 63-49 decision to the Wildcats in a CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinal game.
The Huskies came out tentative to start the game and fell behind 16-1 with 1:56 left in the first quarter. At that point senior captain Brittany Wang took over, scoring the next 17 points, including five 3-pointers to give the Huskies an 18-16 lead midway through the second period.
Wang scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the second period as the Huskies went into halftime with a 28-27 lead. Sam Perez added 9 points for the Huskies.

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Azusa Pacific beats Cal Poly 77-62 to reach Monday’s NCAA D-2 West Regional final

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The first time the men’s basketball teams from Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific squared off, the Broncos were victorious, although they needed overtime. That was in a non-conference game the first week of the season.

The locals got a chance to meet again, this time when the stakes were significantly higher and it was Azusa Pacific avenging that earlier loss, registering a 77-67 win in an NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal Saturday at the Felix Events Center.

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Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona will meet in historic area matchup in NCAA D-2 West Regional semifinals TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY’S NCAA DIVISION II WEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
At Azusa Pacific University

Cal Poly Pomona vs. Azusa Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

CAL POLY ADVANCES ON BUZZER BEATER: Terrence Drisdom hit the winning shot at the buzzer to give the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team a 62-60 victory over Dixie State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Azusa Pacific University.
“It is kind of unreal,” Drisdom said. “That was my first game-winner in my entire life.”
Drisdom scored a game-high 18 points, including the winning shot that sent the Broncos to the semifinals today against the host team, Azusa Pacific, at 75-67 winner over Western Oregon.

APU ADVANCES WITH 75-67 WIN: Troy Leaf and Azusa Pacific defeated Western Oregon, 75-67, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Felix Event Center.
It was the first NCAA playoff win for the Cougars’ basketball program.
“It was a historic day for our school,” said Cougars coach Justin Leslie. “Someone had to win it, and I am glad it was us.”
Leaf led all scorers with 36 points, shooting a perfect 13 for 13 from the free-throw line.
“We made 17 of 18 free throws (as a team),” Leslie said. “You are going to win some games when you finish 17 of 18 from the line.”
The Cougars (25-5) struggled early, allowing the Wolves (23-7) to go on an 11-0 run before scoring their first points of the game with a 3-pointer by Robert Sandoval off an assist from Leaf.

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Saturday Preview: South Hills girls basketball on a thrill ride to state quarters; Damien home again

LiangState Playoff Preview: It has been a whirlwind of milestones and historic achievements for the South Hills High School girls basketball team, which will visit top-seed Brea Olinda in the CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ninth-seed South Hills (24-7) made the long haul to Tulare on Wednesday and knocked off CIF-Central Section Division III champion and eighth-seed Mission Oak, 70-54, to advance.
Brea Olinda (23-4) had a first-round bye and hasn’t played since losing to Mater Dei, 77-50, in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals on Feb. 24.
For South Hills coach Tiffany Liang, she represents the past and present.

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Boys Basketball
Division III Southern California Regional Quarterfinals
No. 10 Corona del Mar (25-7) at No. 2 Damien (25-5), 6 p.m.

The Spartans dusted off the rust of going 11 days without playing to post an easy 86-53 first-round victory over 15th-seed Selma while resting nearly all of their starters for the entire fourth quarter. The Sea Kings, which lost to Beverly Hills in the Division 3A championship game, 55-47, will give the Spartans a much tougher test that it received in the opening round. The Sea Kings knocked off seventh-seed El Cajon Valley 46-33 to advance and have played a tough schedule that includes non-league losses to Mater Dei (67-44) and Price (66-55).

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San Dimas and Bonita win meet in tonight’s Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball final at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S DICKS SPORTING GOODS FINAL
Bonita vs. San Dimas at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

By John Honell
San Dimas got a two-hit pitching performance by junior Jacob Castillo and beat Etiwanda 3-0 in the semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament Wednesday at Mt. Sac.
The Saints (4-0), the Tribune’s top-ranked team, will face arch-rival Bonita, a 4-1 winner over Alta Loma, in Saturday’s championship at Mt. SAC at 7 p.m.
The Saints struggled at the plate but used a hit batter, an error on a sacrifice bunt and a bases loaded single by centerfielder Jonathan Longtin that drove in pinch-runner Josh Aquilar and Peter Lambert with the first two runs of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Longtin scored the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice and that was enough for Castillo to improve his record to 2-0.
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South Hills’ VanHemelryck and Lugo lead Huskies to North Orange County softball title

The 2015 softball season may be young, but South Hills High School is off and running with a 6-2 record and a tournament championship.
After starting the season at 2-2, the Huskies have reeled off four consecutive wins and claimed the seventh annual North Orange County Championship Tournament title with a 4-1 victory over Valencia High of Placentia on Friday afternoon at Fullerton High.
Pitchers Caitlyn VanHemelryck (3-1) and Natalie Lugo combined for a two-hitter and allowed only four base runners.
VanHemelryck (five strikeouts), who was named to the all-tournament team, started and pitched the first four innings and Lugo, who was named the MVP, retired nine of the last 10 batters to get the save.
“It’s good to have Natalie backing me up (Friday),” VanHemelryck said. “As long as we score a few runs, me and Natalie together can keep the run count down.
“My rise ball was working thankfully. I’m more of a drop ball pitcher and my rise ball just helped me out more.”

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Mt. SAC area makes league changes starting in 2016-17

THURSDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Apparently there was some glitch in the voting and they will meet again on Monday at Walnut High School at 5 p.m. to vote again. Nothing is expected to change, however, but you never know.

Tuesday’s Results: Below is Proposal B, which was voted on this morning by the Mt. SAC area for league realignment starting in the 2016 season, creating a football only and all sports except football leagues. The Miramonte and Baseline leagues remain the same, but others made tweaks. Baldwin Park will go back to the Valle Vista and Nogales will move to the Montview league for all sports. The Palomares, Hacienda and Mt. Baldy leagues will remain the same as they’re now, however in football only, they will juggle it around.
Here’s how the football leagues will look in 2016
Palomares football: Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Colony, Glendora, South Hills (Adds Colony, ships Diamond Bar to Hacienda).
Hacienda football: Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, West Covina (Adds Diamond Bar, ships Walnut to Mt. Baldy).
Mt. Baldy League: Alta Loma, Chaffey, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario, Walnut (Adds Walnut, ships Colony to Palomares).

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Damien defeats Selma 86-53 in the first round of the CIF-State Division III regional

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STORY: After Damien’s Malik Fitts dunked in the first three seconds, the rest was a formality.
Damien cruised in the first round of the CIF State Southern California Division III regional playoffs with an easy 86-53 home victory over travel-weary Selma, a CIF-Central Section Division III semifinalist located 16 miles from Fresno.
The second-seed Spartans (25-5), which hadn’t lost at home in eight years before suffering back-to-back losses in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, will be at home again Saturday in the regional quarterfinals against 10th-seed Corona del Mar at 6 p.m. Corona del Mar upset sixth-seed El Cajon Valley, 46-33.

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Damien hoping state basketball playoffs will erase the taste of Open Division disappointment

“When we won CIF (in 2013), it was hard to get excited for the state playoffs because we had just achieved our goal,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “I think that feeling has switched on us, which is kind of strange. We’re as excited for this (state) as we normally would be getting ready for the CIF (divisional) playoffs.

Damien state playoff preview: After nearly two weeks off since losing in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division consolation semifinals to Redondo Union, 82-77, in overtime on Feb. 28, Damien’s boys basketball team is ready for the CIF-State Southern California Division III regional playoffs, where the second-seed Spartans (24-5) are one of the favorites.
Damien will host 15-seed Selma (22-7) in the first round Wednesday at 7 p.m. Selma, located 16 miles from Fresno, lost to Bakersfield West in the CIF-Central Section Division III semifinals, 87-63, and its best player is 6-foot-5 senior Anoop Grewal, averaging 16 points and six boards.
“I don’t know much about them,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said of Selma. “They didn’t play any Southern Section teams and all I could find was about a three-minute video on them online. I’m not sure how much it matters, at this point our guys are just ready to plan again.”

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San Dimas and Bonita in semifinals of Dicks Tournament and game away from meeting in title game

Dicks Sporting Goods San Gabriel Valley Baseball Tournament
Wednesday’s Semifinals

San Dimas 3, Etiwanda 0
Bonita vs. Alta Loma at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

STORY: San Dimas standout pitcher Peter Lambert dominated on Friday night, leading the Saints to a 5-0 victory over South Hills in the quarterfinals of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament in front of a large crowd at Mt. SAC.
The pregame hype around the game was all about the match-up between two of the area’s best in Lambert and Cal State Fullerton signee Gavin Velasquez. However, it was Lambert who stole the show, striking out 13 in a three-hit, complete-game shutout.
“He (Lambert) wanted the ball and he was focused and attacked,” said San Dimas head coach Mike Regan.

WEDNESDAY CONSOLATION GAMES IN DICKS TOURNEY
Los Osos @ Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
Pasadena @ South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga @ Valencia, 3:15 p.m.
Carter at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont @ Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.
Chino Hills @ Warren, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada @ Apple Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Arcadia @ Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Temecula Valley @ Victor Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos @ Tahquitz, 3:15 p.m.
Adelanto @ San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.
Paloma Valley @ Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak @ Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Covina @ Long Beach Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.

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Glendora baseball falls to Santiago in championship of Don Lugo tournament, 5-4

By John Honell, correspondent
Glendora scored early but left 11 runners stranded on base and couldn’t hang on as Santiago (Corona) rallied for five runs in the final two innings to knock off the Tartans 5-4 for the championship of the Don Lugo Baseball Tournament on Monday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans (4-1), who were the defending tournament champion, and ruined a good pitching performance by senior Ryan Beyer.
Beyer started the game and allowed only one hit and no runs in four and two-thirds innings but had to leave after 82 pitches. He hit one batter and gave up six walks to the Sharks.
“Ryan has quality stuff,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “When he throws strikes he’s really good. He’s been able to work out of those jams and keep his composure. He’s been great this year and has become a fine pitcher.”
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Damien gets No. 2 seed in CIF-State Division 3 boys basketball playoffs; South Hills hoops and Bishop Amat girls soccer also in.

Damien, which went 1-2 in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs, earned a CIF-State Division 3 playoff berth and the No. 2 seed when the pairings were announced Sunday. Damien will host something named Selma in the first round at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. The South Hills girls basketball team, which reached the divisional semifinals, earned the ninth seed in the Division 2 state playoffs and will be on the road at Mission Oak, Wednesday at 7.
Bishop Amat girls soccer, despite losing in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals, earned a Division 3 state playoff berth and a fifth seed. The Lancers will travel to face fourth seed Santa Margarita in the first round on Tuesday.

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WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND GAMES
BASKETBALL
BOYS
DIVISION II

10 Gardena (21-9) at 7 La Mirada (26-5)
DIVISION III
12 El Cajon Valhalla (22-9) at 5 Sonora (28-4)
14 L.A. Franklin (13-16) at 3 Cantwell (15-13)
15 Selma (22-7) at 2 Damien (24-5)
DIVISION IV
15 Carlsbad Pacific Ridge (22-6) at 2 Maranatha (22-6)
GIRLS
DIVISION II

16 Hart (23-7) at 1 Mark Keppel (22-7)
DIVISION III
9 South Hills (23-7) at 8 Tulare Mission Oak (28-5)
10 Legacy (South Gate) at 7 South Pasadena
DIVISION IV
13 St. Paul (19-14) at 4 Los Angeles View Park (26-4)
DIVISION V
12 Douglas (17-17) at 5 Flintridge Prep (24-2)

Here is the CIF Southern California Regional soccer pairings, just released by CIF. The first round is scheduled for Tuesday, with the semifinals on Thursday and finals on Saturday. All games begin at 4 p.m. and are at home sites.
TUESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND GAMES
BOYS
DIVISION III

8 La Canada at 1 Cathedral
5 San Dieguito Academy at 4 Monrovia
6 South Pasadena at 3 Cathedral Catholic
GIRLS
DIVISION I

7 La Serna at 2 Carlsbad
DIVISION II
5 West Torrance at 4 La Mirada
DIVISION III
5 Bishop Amat at 4 Santa Margarita
DIVISION IV
7 Chula Vista at 2 Maranatha

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