Daily Breeze prep reporter Tony Ciniglio did what any of us would do. He tried getting celebration video of Lawndale’s wild 54-48 2OT win over Leuzinger but as he followed the action, a near fight broke out and then a Lawndale player wound up smacking the phone from his hand .. If this is how you celebrate when you win, I’d hate to see what happens when you lose ..
GIRLS SOCCER RANKINGS
1. Diamond Bar (4-0-1) — Wins over Glendora, Rialto and Claremont
2. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Lost a close one to Upland, 1-0
3. St. Lucy’s (4-1) — Finally off to a good start
4. South Hills (3-0) — Wins over Monrovia and Walnut
5. Glendora (2-3) – Always plays a tough schedule
6. San Dimas (4-4) — Played a tough schedule, losses to Chino Hills, Glendora
7. Rowland (4-0) — Who are these girls? Four wins, four straight blank sheets
8. Sierra Vista (3-0) — Should be another stellar year
9. Diamond Ranch (2-0) — Hasn’t played anyone tough yet
10. Rosemead (4-0) — Can Panthers win the Mission Valley League?
BOYS SOCCER TOP TEN
1. Damien (4-1-1) — Beat Claremont and West Covina, 3-1 loss to Chino only setback.
2. Diamond Bar (3-1-1) – Off to good start with wins over Chino Hills and Walnut
3. Sierra Vista (4-0) — Looking good after 2-1 victory over rival Baldwin Park on Tuesday
4. Rosemead (4-0-1) — Nice win over San Marino, and wins over San Gabriel and Alhambra.
5. El Monte (4-0) — My early preseason Mission Valley League favorite
6. Baldwin Park (3-1-2) — Should contend for the Valle Vista league title
7. Walnut (2-2) — Probably hit and miss all season.
8. Los Altos (1-0-3) — Guess undefeated is undefeated
9. Nogales (4-0-1) — Nothing special except they remain undefeated.
10. Bishop Amat (2-1-3) — Not bad considering opponents, Beat St. Paul, ties against La Serna, Diamond Ranch
Bonita 50, Charter Oak 39: Bonita (5-0) won four games last week capped with a 63-60 win over tough Brea Olinda to win the Brea Olinda Ladycast Classic and its gearing up for a tournament later this month in Las Vegas, but Tuesday’s game against Charter Oak proved tough with Wheatley out with a headache.
Bonita struggled to victory over Charter Oak, getting 17 points from Smith and 14 from Ariana Abo. The Chargers and Bearcats were tied at half and it was a close third quarter before the Bearcats started pulling away.
Brooke Clementson and Erin Houston each scored 14 points for the Chargers.
Bonita will host Arroyo, a 40-26 winner over Arroyo, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at South Hills at 6:30 p.m.
“There’s no excuses on our part, “ Bonita coach Darren Baumunk said. “But after last week’s Brea Olinda tournament we were kind of beat up. We had a physical game against Brea Saturday night and Nikki’s been sick, Kandyce is dinged up, and we have another out with a concussion. But we’ve got a lot of girls trying to do the best they can and it gives them a chance to get their (games) going.”
COVINA GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
First round at Covina HS
Bonita 50, Charter Oak 39
Arroyo 40, Wilson 26
Ayala 51, West Covina 43
Cantwell 59, Covina 35
EL Rancho 60, AB Miller 35
South Hills 45, La Salle 39
Muir 35, St. Lucy’s 33
Bishop Amat 52, Jurupa Hills 36
Bonita 50, Arroyo 7
Cantwell Sacred Heart 69, Ayala 63
El Rancho 53, South Hills 49
Bishop Amat 55, Muir 25
Friday’s Semifinals at Covina
Bonita vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.
El Rancho vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.
“Those teams at the top (of the Open Division) are in a different class. I know they’re trying to sell the point that if you get selected to the Open Division you’ll make it to the state playoffs, but I think a CIF championship means more for schools like us.” – Bonita girls coach Darren Baumunk, whose team was moved from Division II-AA last season to Division I-AA this year.
“I don’t know that we would have been invited anyway, but winning Division III-AA was an incredible thing for our school and community. If we would have been selected to the Open Division and lost in the first round, there’s no way we would have felt the same way. You start your season every year with a goal to win a CIF title. There are a few teams like Mater Dei and others that would compete for the Open Division title every year, but for most of us, playing in the Open Division isn’t as ideal as being in the (division) you’re assigned to and having a chance to win it.” --Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn. Damien won the Division III-AA title last season and ascended to Division I-AA this year and faces the prospect of being selected for the Open Division.
By Erik Boal
When it comes to recognizing the best boys and girls basketball teams in the CIF-Southern Section among its 575 member schools, it’s rarely an open-and-shut case.
For the past five seasons, 12 division champions in each gender have been crowned, but even then there was separation based on enrollment, with schools boasting 1,250 or fewer students not getting the opportunity to challenge larger schools for section supremacy, if that was, in fact, their aspiration.
Even when state officials decided to incorporate an Open Division into last year’s state playoffs, only four Southern Section teams were included in both the boys and girls regional draws, with three of them in each gender coming from Division I-AA — considered the section’s most competitive playoff grouping — but it wasn’t a large enough sample size to end the debate.
The Glendora Boys Basketball tournament starts Tuesday with games at West Covina, Rowland at host Glendora. It’s a 16-team bracket tournament, so here ya go.
TUESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND GAMES
Damien 94, Bassett 33
San Dimas vs. Serrano at Glendora, 4:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. Don Lugo at West CovinA, 7:30 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. Walnut at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Rowland vs. Baldwin Park at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Burbank vs. Sierra Vista at West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. South Pasadena at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Northview vs. Glendora at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals are Wednesday, semifinals Friday and the championship on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Glendora
BREAKING: La Serna wins the Southeast Division title in double overtime, 41-38.
Frankie Palmer throws a game winning 19 yard TD.. Franky Football does it again, La Serna wins 41-38 in double overtime to win the Southeast
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) December 8, 2013
GAME STORY: Back in September, the San Dimas High School football team looked lost. Today the Saints are champions. Joseph Mayorga rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard run with 27 seconds left, and host San Dimas capped its run to a second CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley title with a 20-14 victory over visiting Paraclete on Friday night.
Aram’s column on coach Bill Zernickow winning a second title: When Bill Zernickow took over as head coach at San Dimas High School in 2005, the school was looking for some stability and proper leadership at the top of its football program. Anything beyond that, specifically wins, would simply be gravy given how the previous coaching staff’s tenure came to an end.
I’ll update with video highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider…
Mayorga’s game winning TD, final moments, celebration and interviews … later we’ll also have the Inland Insider’s postgame video with game highlights as well….
The Chino Hills High School boys basketball team used an 11-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away from Pasadena and post a 73-63 win in the quarterfinals of the Rose City Classic on Wednesday night at Maranatha High.
The Huskies (2-0) got double-figure performances from four players and that was enough to trump Pasadena (1-1) standout Ajon Efferson’s game-high 33 points and advance to play Sylmar in Friday’s semifinals.
Below: Saints’ six offensive lineman, from left, Mike Zapata, Derek Kearns, Fidel Castro, Nathan Alvarez, Jared Trujillo, and Noah Reep during practice at San Dimas High School football field on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
By Aram Tolegian
The San Dimas High School football team’s offensive line has no individual statistics of its own as proof of its prowess, only the gaudy numbers of the skill players it paves the way for. But ask anyone affiliated with the Saints and they’ll tell you the backbone of this year’s team is its offensive line. And if San Dimas wins the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship on Friday night, you can bet the line made it possible. The Saints host Paraclete in Friday’s Mid-Valley finals. Kickoff is 7 p.m. “There’s holes everywhere,” San Dimas running back Joseph Mayorga. “The holes are always big. There’s always a push behind them, so it’s always great running behind these guys.”
On the CIF jobs wanted website there are plenty of football openings in the Valley.
– Diamond Bar is seeking a defensive coach and possible coordinator for football. Those interested should contact coach Ryan Maine at email@example.com.
– Wilson High School is looking for a new head football coach, those interested should contact AD Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
California High School is looking for a new head football coach with possible teaching job with it. Contact James Arnold at email@example.com
– South El Monte is looking for an assistant football coach, contact AD Sonia Ayala at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Workman High School is looking for assistant football coach, contact head coach Eric MacIntyre 626-893-5135, email@example.com
– Bonita is looking for an offensive line coach, contact coach Adrian Medrano at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ganesha Girls Soccer tournament
Pool A: Arroyo, Gladstone, Ontario
Pool B: Ganesha, Pomona Catholic, St. Anthony
Pool C: Segerstrom, Pomona, Edgewood
Pool D: Alhambra, Northview, Birmgham Charter
Saturday’s Games at Ganesha
Arroyo vs. Gladstone, 8:45 a.m.
Edgewood vs. Pomona, 10 a.m.
Pomona Catholic vs. St. Anthony, 11:15 a.m.
Northview vs. Birmingham, 12:30 p.m.
St. Anthony vs. Ganesha, 1:45 p.m.
Segerstrom vs. Edgewood, 3 p.m.
Ganesha vs. Pomona Catholic, 8:45 a.m.
Alhambra vs. Northview, 10 a.m.
Gladstone vs. Ontario, 11:15 a.m.
Pomona vs. Segerstrom, 12:30 p.m.
Ontario vs. Arroyo, 1:45 p.m.
Birmingham vs. Alhabra, 3 p.m.
Semifinals and finals on Dec. 14, will update
POST SCORES:Following boys and girls soccer is as easy as your coaches make it. If they update scores and stats we can all follow along and have fun this season with MaxPreps standings, schedules, rosters and stats. So, encourage your coaches, this is your time and we want to follow you. You can also tweet me final scores to @sgvnsports or call in results to 626-544-0992 or email results to email@example.com. Next week I’ll post the first boys and girls soccer rankings along with the MaxPreps standings grid.
RANK ‘EM: Now an even better question … New year, new faces, so tell me some of the stud boys and girls I should keep an eye on and which teams are going to be good. For a while now it’s been about Bishop Amat, Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s, Sierra Vista, Walnut girls and Damien, Los Altos, Mountain View, Pomona, Ganesha and South Hills boys. Tell me there’s something new to write and talk about.
By Aram Tolegian
San Dimas High School quarterback Josh Avila is far more than a caretaker.
Unfortunately, that’s often the stigma a Saints quarterback gets because of the run-heavy offense the team runs under head coach Bill Zernickow.
But if Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game against Paraclete comes down to a passing situation in order for San Dimas to win, don’t put it past Avila to deliver when his team needs it most.
After all, he’s been doing it all season.
“We would not be here without him, that’s the bottom line,” Zernickow said of Avila. “He’s the glue that’s held everything together. He’s our best offensive football player.”
Mid-Valley Division Championship
Friday, San Dimas (9-4) vs. Paraclete (9-4) at San Dimas High School, 7 p.m.
Predictions: Aram (San Dimas); Fred (San Dimas); Steve (San Dimas)
Southeast Division Championship
Saturday, Norwalk (13-0) vs. La Serna (11-2) at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Predictions: Aram (La Serna); Fred (La Serna); Steve (La Serna)
Johny “Nut and Honey” Honell, one of our favorite and longtime Tribune correspondents, has a few thoughts to share on the Mid-Valley title game and other stuff..
My only prediction for the San Dimas – Paraclete Mid-Valley Championship game is, it will be over early.
Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia told me “when you throw the ball, three things can happen and two of them are bad.” (shades of Woody Hayes)
Couple that philosophy with the Saints’ “Wing Z” offense and the clock is going to keep moving. Get there early and keep your eyes open. (think Black Friday at Wal-Mart)
In the late 90’s I covered a few games for the Pasadena Star News.
Pat Haden’s son, Ryan, played high school football at Pasadena Poly and might have had the best hands of any wide receiver in the area. He didn’t have breakaway speed but, it was certainly a lot better than his dad’s. Getting a chance to talk with Pat while he was sitting in the “grass bleachers” at Poly was always fun plus, I finally got a chance to complain about him throwing the Tribune onto my roof instead of onto my driveway.
I ran into him a few years later when he was an “unpaid assistant” at Bosco Tech. (helping out a friend) The following year the head coaching job at the school became vacant. I understand it was not offered to Haden.
Speaking of coach “O,” he is one of the best college football recruiters in the country. Back in the day he made a few visits to the San Gabriel Valley to look for prospects. I don’t know how many kids he recruited but he certainly had the coaches ready to suit up. I’d pay to see it (not much) but, I don’t think Steve Bogan trying to cover Lou Farrar, or vice versa, on a post pattern would fill the Coliseum.
I don’t have an opinion about the Steve Sarkisian hire at USC, Pat Haden is a pretty smart guy (even if he didn’t get the Bosco Tech job) so I’m sure it will all be fine at USC. We’ll know for sure if we see Cher, (nee Sarkisian) doing the half-time shows. I’m not sure if that would be nepotism but, they are related. (If she sings one of my favorites, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” would it be a sign that a lot of players are leaving for the NFL?) All bets are off if the Trojan song girls start dressing like her. It would shock the Puritan minds of L.A. to see cheerleaders dressed in skimpy costumes.
It appears the CIF has gotten into the handicapping game and they aren’t very good at it. (wait until you see the “top 16” basketball division) The Montview and Sierra Leagues are good examples
of playoff divisions should be set up by enrollment and geography, Period. Schools in the same league could even play in different divisions. (they do in basketball, how hard can it be?). If some teams aren’t good enough, don’t complain, work harder and get better.
It’s the lunch that every high school football team in Southern California aspires to attend but only 26 actually get an invite.
The CIF-Southern Section hosted its annual championship week luncheon on Monday featuring teams who will play in this weekend’s 13 divisional championship games.
The lunch was held at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach and the lone local representative was San Dimas, which hosts Paraclete in the Mid-Valley Division championship on Friday night.
Below: San Dimas players Joseph Mayorga, Josh Avila and Jared Trujillo eating on CIFs dime on Monday. Enjoy it boys.
The Third Annual Christmas Combine Camp is set for Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 14 & 15 at Maranatha High School in Pasadena.
The two-day event, which features the mentoring from local legend and former Florida State quarterback and Fox Sports analyst Chris Rix is geared for all football positions in the following Divisions: QB, WR, RB, DB, LB, OL, DL, & Kickers with the following age ranges and groups.
*Collegiate Division: Varsity & College
*Prep Division: Grades 8/9/10th
*Rookie Division: Grades 3-7th
Cost for the Combine and Camp is $99 for both days. Athletes also have the option for $50 Camp fee if bringing an unopened holiday gift ($10-$50 value) that will be donated to a children’s charity.
The Camp website is WWW.AIMFORGREATNESS.COM. This year’s event has limited spots as local HS and College coaches will also be in attendance. To reserve camp spots parents and athletes can call the Camp Office @ (626) 581-7016 or email: ChampionOrganization@live.com
By Stephen Ramirez
Damien High School enjoyed a magical season in 2012-13.
The Spartans, after some heart-breaking close calls in recent years, finally broke through, winning the school’s first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title, with the 3AA Division crown and advanced two rounds in the state playoffs.
What do they do for an encore?
The task won’t be easy. Damien, for one has moved to four levels to Division 1AA, but with star Jeremy Hemsley, who went from inexperienced sophomore to Area Player of the Year, anything is possible. But for now, coach Matt Dunn will concentrate on the journey, which begins next Friday with a nonleague game at home against Sunny Hills.
“This is obviously a whole new group,” said Dunn, whose Spartans begin the season ranked No. 1 in the area. “We return some guys, but we have guys with new roles, and guys who are new, so the dynamic of the whole group changes. They’re better be a fire (to repeat). At this point, no one really cares what happened last year. This is its own individual journey.
“I think our guys understand that. We practice hard. I think we have a pretty high potential, but we have a ways to go to meet that potential, too.”
It’s starts with Hemsley, who is the key for Damien. The junior, who also was Division 3AA Player of the Year, averaged a team-high 19 points per game, while also bringing in 6.1 rebounds per contest. But also, if there was a key play to be made, Hemsley made it, including scoring seven points down the stretch to clinch last season’s title run in the championship game.
“I think he can be a lot better,” Dunn said of his star. “He’s the hardest worker on our team. I think he’s bigger than stronger, improved his shooting and he’s improved as a leader. Last year, he was a leader by example, now we need him to be more vocal.”
Damien, which lost first team All-Area guard Jared Dizon to graduation, also features junior wing Malik Fitts, who is expected to fill Dizon’s role as the No. 2 option; junior wing Isaiah McCullough and forward Thaddeus Smith. But this is a deep, experienced squad that features nine returning players.
“We have an awful lot of potential,” Dunn said. “Offensively, this is the most talented team we’ve had. And I think our kids are really good about sharing the ball. That’s a good place to start.
“But we don’t talk about winning and losing, just improving and reaching our potential. If this team is able to do that, I think at the end of the season, we’ll have a chance to win some games and see what happens then.”
FOR THE REST OF THE TOP TEN, CLICK THREAD. (Note, Chino Hills, Ayala and Claremont will not be included in the Tribune rankings. They will still be part of our Sierra League coverage, but they will be ranked and considered for all-area exclusively in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, our sister paper.
By Aram Tolegian
A short week punctuated by a holiday is not exactly the most optimal situation for trying to teach a bunch of teenagers how to defend the Wing-T offense.
But Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said he and his staff will make the best of it as they prepare for Friday’s semifinals showdown against San Dimas.
The Saints run the Wing-T offense, which some teams simply don’t ever see otherwise until they play San Dimas. That’s the situation Arroyo is in this week and it’s got Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday to contend with, too.
“If they go out and drop 50 or 60 on us, then I’ll tell you it was a difficult task,” Knights coach Jim Singiser said. “Our scout team can’t run in two days what San Dimas has been running in five years. That’s the problem, you can’t simulate it.
“And even if you can, San Dimas will do it better on Friday.”
STORY: “They have to play in the same weather we do,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “They’re probably a little more used to the cold weather. I was talking to (Paraclete head coach) Norm (Dahlia) and their kids don’t like freezing-cold weather. They might play in it more than we do, but it’s not like they’re hyped up for it to be freezing cold.”
That’s Lancaster, I can’t look at this schedule and not wonder what it will be like for Monrovia at Paraclete this week. Even snow isn’t out of the equation. I’ll bet Paraclete keeps this one at 7:30, just to make sure its a tad cooler. Now the big question for us, who’s gonna cover this sucker? Steve, Aram, Keith, any suggestions? And what are your thoughts on the other semifinal games? My Muir-La Serna prediction and San Dimas-Monrovia finals call is right on track.
TRIBSKIN PICK’EM: Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.
Aram Tolegian (11-5, last week); (186-75, season total)
Fred Robledo (15-1, last week); (193-68, season total)
Last Week: I’ve blown this open over the last two week and now lead by seven over the football expert. I went 15-1 in the second round, my only loss taking Rancho Cucamonga over Norco. Aram also lost that game plus he also lost taking Dominguez over Norwalk, Diamond Bar over La Serna, Carpinteria over El Segundo, Santa Fe over Burbank.
This week: Sticking with my pre-playoff predictions in the Mid-Valley and Southeast .. I like San Dimas facing Monrovia and if it happens, San Dimas gets the championship game at home. I’ve still got Muir meeting La Serna in the championship, nothing’s changed. I’m going on a limb and taking St. Francis over power Serra and Rio Hondo Prep over Salesian.
Monrovia at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
San Dimas at Arroyo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Burbank vs. La Serna at Cal Hi, 7:30 — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (Frankie Football)
Norwalk at Muir, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Serra at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (Serra)
Lompoc at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Chaminade); Aram (Chaminade)
Rio Hondo Prep at Salesian, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (Salesian)
Desert at Mission Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mission Prep); Aram (MP)
James Escarcega, also known as The Guru, deserves a lot of credit for pulling this off. And thanks to Arroyo coach Jim Singiser as well, the all access pre-game, post-game locker room talk was fantastic.
Tom Kiss, Courtney Ponce and highlights of La Serna’s win over Diamond Bar with postgame reaction …
La Serna stuns Diamond Bar: Third-seeded La Serna made sure of it, looking like the well-oiled machine that’s bidding for its third straight Southeast title game after losing the previous two, routing the host Brahmas 51-7 on Friday to advance to the semifinals next week against Burbank at Cal Hi.
San Dimas keeps on rolling: The San Dimas High football team turned on the speed against San Marino and marched into the CIF-SS Mid Valley Division semifinals with a 56-28 win over the Titans, Friday night at San Marino High.
Arroyo back in the final four: After a nine-year absence, Arroyo High School is headed back to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals. Arroyo, winning its 11th consecutive game, defeated Schurr 28-14 in the Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals Friday night at Schurr high, but not without a furious last-minute Schurr drive for a potential tying score.
Muir beats Los Altos without its quarterback: No Dejon Williams, no problem.Playing without its suspended star quarterback, the Muir High School football team turned to its defense on Friday night and stifled visiting Los Altos en route to a 27-2 victory in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.
Charter Oak no match for Vista Murrieta: With a 38-point second quarter, Vista Murrieta defeated Charter Oak, 52-7, in a CIF-Southern Section Inland Division quarterfinal game on Friday night
Paraclete beats Pomona 46-23: Pomona had its best season in a decade cut short by the fourth-seeded Spirits in a Mid-Valley Division game. The Red Devils (10-2) couldn’t overcome an on-side kick to start the second half and a controversial offensive pass interference penalty later in the third quarter as the Spirits broke open a close defensive battle in the second half.
Duarte can’t keep up: Bishop Diego (10-2) built a big lead against the host Falcons to advance to the Northwest Division semifinals, 41-7. Duarte (7-5) returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Cardinals play No. 2 seed Nordhoff, a 38-20 winner over Torrance.
FRIDAY’S QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
Monrovia 41, Montebello 7
Paraclete 46, Pomona 23
San Dimas 56, San Marino 28
Arroyo 28, Schurr 14
Semifinals: Monrovia at Paraclete; San Dimas at Arroyo
Norwalk 19, Dominguez 7
Muir 27, Los Altos 1
La Serna 51, Diamond Bar 7
Burbank 41, Santa Fe 0
Semifinals: Norwalk at Muir; Burbank at La Serna
Vista Murrieta 52, Charter Oak 7
Norco 23, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Corona Santiago 29
Corona Centennial 49, Chaparral 14
Semifinals: Vista Murreita at Norco, Corona Centennial at Upland
Bishop Diego 41, Duarte 7
Rio Hondo Prep 46, Excelsior Charter 7
Newport Harbor 49, La Habra 48
St. Francis 42, Camarillo 21
SNOOP’S PREGAME PREDICTION NEVER MATERIALIZED
Muir’s superstar quarterback Dejon Williams has been suspended for Friday’s huge Southeast quarterfinal at home against Los Altos because he received two taunting penalties, the second of which was caught on tape which resulted in his ejection in the final minutes of Muir’s 53-35 first-round victory over La Mirada. Per CIF rule, a player ejected must sit out the next game. What’s especially troubling is look at why he got the second taunting penalty in the video. Not sure why he got a flag. Williams points for a split-second to the sideline and then INNOCENTLY flips the ball to the referee after a touchdown. That’s a taunting penalty? Absolutely ridiculous. Horrible judgment, interpretation from the referee. It’s hard to imagine you would take away a players’ dream at a CIF title over something like this. Only the referee can rescind the decision, not CIF, and for this not to be rescinded after the fact for the sole purpose of DOING THE RIGHT THING, is horrible. But as of today, what’s in the referee report sticks. Williams is out. I’ll be honest, I doubt even Los Altos takes pleasure in this. Nobody wants to see anything like this happen to a player. It tarnishes was was building as one of the great quarterfinals between two storied and hungry programs. If this is taunting, then you might as well take the emotion out of the game altogether.
FROM CIF-SS SPOKESPERSON THOM SIMMONS: “The white hat, who has the ability and the power to rescind that ejection, is firm in his stance that the ejection is proper,” Simmons said. “The CIF-Southern Section considers the matter final and over. It’s not our place to have an opinion. Our place is to accept the report of the official and not second guess somebody who was actually on the field on the night of the event.”
STORY: After going back and forth throughout the regular season and taking turns securing bragging rights during the playoffs, Diamond Bar and Walnut were again separated by the narrowest of margins Wednesday at the state girls golf final.
When it came to challenging Torrey Pines for state supremacy, even the Hacienda League rivals had to tip their hats and visors in a show of respect.
Torrey Pines captured its fourth consecutive title and fifth overall with a 364 at Quail Lodge Golf Club, with Diamond Bar and Walnut tying at 396 and the Brahmas securing second place based on the sixth-golfer tiebreaker by one stroke.
CIF-SS DIVISION 5 BOYS WATER POLO
Glendale vs. Los Altos, William Woollett Center, Irvine, 2:30 p.m.
Los Altos 11, Pasadena Poly 7
Glendale 16, Walnut 12
Los Altos Wins: L.A. is renown as the city of Showtime. There was no better example of it than Wednesday evening, as Los Altos High School ran its fast-break offense to perfection in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 water polo semifinals. The Conquerors defeated 2012 champions Pasadena Poly, 11-7, at Mt. San Antonio College to advance to Saturday’s championship match.
Walnut Loses: Walnut High’s water polo team has been fighting — and overcoming — adversity all season. Beating Glendale, however, was a different matter.
Manuk Piloyan and Armon Momdzhyan scored five goals apiece to lead the Dynamiters to a 16-12 win over the Mustangs in the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday night at Mt. San Antonio College.