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

Undefeated San Dimas earns top seed in D-3 Baseball Playoffs; Glendora No. 3 and South Hills No. 4 in D-2


STORY: The chase for perfection will begin Thursday for the undefeated San Dimas (28-0) High School baseball team after officially being named the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs Monday.
The Valle Vista League champions are hoping to become the first Southern Section team to run the table since Ontario finished 26-0 in 1991. Chatsworth, from the Los Angeles City Section, was the last California team to accomplish the feat, finishing 35-0 in 2004.
San Dimas, which also could be chasing a mythical national title after jumping to the top spot in USA Today’s most recent national poll, will host the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between La Quinta and Palmdale in Thursday’s first-round at 3:15 p.m.

CIF-SS Local Baseball Playoff Pairings
Division 2

Wednesday’s wild card
Burbank at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Bonita at Cajon, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Mesa at No. 4 South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Burbank-Damien wc winner at No. 3 Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Tuesday’s wild card

Los Altos at Northwood, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Elsinore, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
La Quinta-Palmdale WC winner at No. 1 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m
St. Paul at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Arroyo Grande, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes-Culver City wc winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Redondo Union, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Templeton at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Windward-Bishop Montgomery wc winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
San Marino-Desert Hot Springs wc winner at Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF-Southern Section softball pairings: Edgewood, San Dimas, South Hills all home

STORY: The area’s best high school softball teams figure to have a tough time competing in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs after being moved to much tougher divisions this past season.
Teams from the Hacienda and Palomares leagues learned its fate on Monday following the playoff pairings and the road is difficult for sure.
Charter Oak, which shared the Hacienda League title with Chino, will compete with the best-of-the-best in Division 1 for the first time in more than a decade.
The Chargers, which lost the tiebreaker with Chino to finish second in the Hacienda, will be on the road in Thursday’s first round at Placentia Valencia, which finished second in the Foothill league.

CIF-Southern Section Area Softball parings
Division 1
Thursday’s first round

Los Altos at No. 4 Murrieta Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Placentia Valencia, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Thursday’s first round

Oxnard Pacifica at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Paso Robles at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

Bishop Amat at San Jacinto, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card

El Monte at Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
Lancaster at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Woodcrest Christian-El Sedundo wc winner at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Morro Bay at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Victor Valley at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago at Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Santa Monica Catholic, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Silverado, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Moreno Valley, 3:15 p.m.

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Glendora rocks South Hills 5-0 to capture the Palomares League title

South Hills, Glendora photo gallery

glendoraSTORY: Glendora (22-7, 10-4) won the Palomares League baseball title with a 5-0 victory over South Hills (19-8-1, 9-5-1) on Friday behind a five-hit shutout from senior pitcher Austin Isenhart, who also had four strikeouts. Glendora will enter the Division 2 playoffs as the league’s top entry and South Hills will enter as No. 2.
The third playoff spot will come down to Bonita’s (20-9, 8-6) game at Claremont on Saturday at 9 a.m. Ayala (16-12, 9-6) beat Diamond Bar 7-1 on Friday to force Bonita to come up with a win to knock the Bulldogs out. Bonita owns the tiebreaker against Ayala having beaten the Bulldogs three times, but with Ayala’s win Friday, it means Bonita must win on Saturday to advance, otherwise Ayala gets the Palomares’ third entry. The playoff pairings are announced on Monday at 9 a.m.

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Rowland’s Michael Wang sets CIF-SS Division 4 record in 100 freestyle

Division 4 swim photo gallery
DIVISION 4 SWIM FINALS: Rowland’s Michael Wang nearly collected two CIF-SS titles himself. The senior finished second in the 200 freestyle and not only did he win the 100 freestyle, he set a CIF-SS Division 4 record.
Wang’s 100 freestyle felt so fast, he thought his time was going to be lower than the record 45.58 seconds.
“I thought I was going faster,” Wang said. “I wanted to be under 45 seconds for sure.”
As a junior Wang notched a time of less than 43 seconds in the 100 freestyle. When he made the final turn more than a body length ahead of the closest competitor, he had visions of a similar result.Earlier in the meet, Wang placed second in the 200 freestyle in 1:40.77. Bringing home a CIF-SS title and a meet record was no small haul for the senior.

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Baldwin Park’s Paco Perez, rumored to transfer out, posts on twitter he’s staying at Baldwin Park

HE’S STAYING: In a recent post on Aram’s In the Huddle Five Burning Questions, he asked about the potential of Baldwin Park’s 6-foot-5 standout offensive lineman Francisco “Paco” Perez possibly transferring to Bishop Amat, Cathedral, La Mirada or somewhere else given Perez’s potential at the next level. But Perez, who has offers from Arizona State, Washington State, California, Stanford, Texas Tech, Kansas State and others, answered that question emphatically on twitter today announcing he isn’t leaving Baldwin Park.
Interesting isn’t it? It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a high school athlete announce on Twitter that he ISN’T transferring. Get use to it, this is where we’re going with social media. At the same time, good for Perez because nine out of ten times a player of his level would leave his friends behind for greener pastures. I guess he realized whether he’s at Mater Dei or Baldwin Park, his offers aren’t going to change.

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Damien boys volleyball sweeps Indian Springs to reach D-5 quarterfinals

DAMIEN BOYS VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES: Indian Springs boys volleyball coach John Arient knew his Coyotes were facing an uphill battle in the second round for the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. He is fielding a team of small athletes who excel in soccer. None are club volleyball players and the school itself is just three years old. Damien d might have the best team that school has fielded in five years. The Spartans, who have primarily club player, are also the top seed.The outcome was expected as Damien (22-6) prevailed 25-9, 25-10, 25-14 Thursday night.

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Walnut boys and girls swimmers finish third at Thursday’s Division 3 swim finals

THURSDAY’S D-3 SWIM FINALS: Turns out the Pasadena Poly girls swimming team could have been a little less than perfect.The Panthers claimed the first CIF-SS team championship in school history by a wide margin, winning Division 3 by 74 points over Royal, 293-219, on Thursday at Riverside City College.Considering the number of things that had to come together not only on Thursday, but throughout the season, perfection is practically required to claim a CIF-SS team title in the eyes of Poly coach Colin Allen.“It has to be perfect, right?” Allen said moments before jumping in the pool with his team and a CIF-SS championship plaque. “Every single heat is faster than it was last year… I can’t believe it’s actually happening. This is awesome.”

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Bishop Amat’s Trevon Sidney preparing for mammoth senior year at wide receiver and corner

OK Tre, we get it. You can play receiver.The offseason showcase at receiver of Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney continued last weekend when Sidney was chosen wide receiver MVP of the Rivals Camp Series at Fullerton College.“I’ve just been working on it more, trying to show people I’m a receiver,” Sidney said. “It’s just a good opportunity to show what I can do and I performed my best.”Last weekend’s MVP award, combined with one he got at the Passing Downs Tournament in March, is a culmination of an offseason campaign to open eyes to what Sidney can do with the ball in his hands and also show he’s not just a defensive back.

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San Dimas rallies for 3-2 win over Wilson to finish the regular season 28-0, setting SGV record for consecutive wins

By Fred J. Robledo
There’s usually no greater pressure than heading into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs as a divisional top seed.Except in San Dimas’ case, where the bullseye will take on an entirely different meaning when the Division 3 high school baseball pairings are announced on Monday.
acunaIt’s not just championship or bust, it’s history or bust. It’s trying to do something no Southern Section team has done in more than two decades or bust. Finish undefeated.
The Saints wrapped up a perfect regular season on Wednesday, beating Wilson 3-2 in dramatic fashion to improve to 28-0, which set a San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive victories, eclipsing Bishop Amat’s 1993 record of 27 consecutive wins.
It didn’t come easy.
Wilson’s Vincent Santana hit a two-out, two-run homer to left in the fourth inning to stun Saints ace Peter Lambert to take a 2-0 lead.
acuna2But the Saints rallied back with power of their own.
With runners on the corners in the fifth, Tommy Acuna belted a three-run homer to left — his first of the season — to give the Saints a 3-2 lead that sent them on their way to victory.
When Acuna walked to the plate, teammate Jacob Castillo whispered something in his ear.
“He (Castillo) said stay calm and do what you do best,” Acuna said. “We’ve come back from bigger deficits before, two runs is nothing for us.”
Other than giving up the homer, the UCLA-bound Lambert was dominant again, allowing two hits while striking out 15 to outduel Wilson’s Matthew Rodriguez, who dropped to 6-3.
But it was Acuna that saved the unbeaten season for the Saints.

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South Hills’ 5-4 victory over Glendora sets the stage for Thursday’s winner-take-all at Glendora

By Fred Robledo
South Hills has struggled so much to score runs to complement its dominant pitching staff that coach Darren Murphy couldn’t care less how it pushes runs across.
It took four walks and three Glendora errors for the Huskies to score four runs in the third inning on Tuesday, and that was the difference in a crucial 5-4 victory for South Hills to move it a half-game ahead of Glendora for first in the Palomares League with one to play.
“You can’t be picky,” said Murphy, whose Huskies had only three hits. “We’re not really looking for style runs, we’re looking for just runs. There’s been some big scores, some low scores, but it’s the team that bounces back and does what it has to do that’s going to win this thing.”
South Hills (19-7-1, 9-4-1) knew going into the final week before the playoffs it would need a sweep over Glendora (21-7, 9-5) to win the league title.The Huskies’ victory sets the stage for Thursday, when they meet the Tartans again at Glendora for the outright league title.

Below: The South Hills photo bombers clowning coach Darren Murphy during the interview is hilarious.

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San Dimas, ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, improved to 27-0 with 13-0 win over Wilson

Monday Update: San Dimas moved to 27-0 with a 13-0 victory over Wilson on Monday to match Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record of 27 consecutive victories set in 1993. San Dimas can break the record and head to the Division 3 playoffs undefeated with another victory over Wilson on Wednesday at home with Peter Lambert on the bump.

USA TODAY NO. 1: baserecordSan Dimas baseball’s historic season has it ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today’s Top 25 National rankings that was updated May 6. San Dimas is 26-0 following a 9-0 win over Rowland on Thursday, leaving it one game shy of matching Bishop Amat’s 1993 San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive baseball victories with 27. Bishop Amat didn’t win the championship that year, but its 27 straight wins is eighth all-time in the CIF record books. Lompoc owns the CIF record for consecutive wins with 36 set in the 1970-71 season.
Assuming San Dimas can win its next two games, which includes a pair next week against Wilson with a chance to close out the Valle Vista League undefeated, San Dimas would head to the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs with a perfect record and not just a chance to win a D-3 crown, but an opportunity to win a USA Today National title.

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St. Paul wins Del Rey showdown, rallies for 6-4 win over Bishop Amat

 Girls softball Bishop Amat vs. St. Paul for Del Rey Leauge title at York Field in Whittier on Monday, May 11, 2015. St. Paul wins 6-4. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

Girls softball Bishop Amat vs. St. Paul for Del Rey Leauge title at York Field in Whittier on Monday, May 11, 2015. St. Paul wins 6-4. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

WHITTIER >> The Del Rey League softball championship will remain at St. Paul High School.
Myranda Bueno had three hits and four RBIs and the Swordsmen clinched a share of the league title Monday with a 6-4 victory over rival Bishop Amat at York Field.
Gabby Walker was steady in the circle and had a RBI single for the go-ahead run in the fifth for St. Paul, which improved to 19-6 overall and 10-1 in league play. The Swordsmen won the Del Rey League en route to the CIF-Southern Section Division III title last season.
Alyssa Barrera hit a two-run home run in the seventh and Miranda Larios had four hits and a RBI for the Lancers, who slipped to 16-7 and 9-2.

“This means a lot,” Bueno said. “We knew people were talking about us this year, about how we lost all our seniors from last year. But we’re back in it.”
St. Paul, after giving up the lead in the top of the fifth, regained it in the bottom of the inning. Sydney Kriemann was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before Niko Walker walked. Gabby Walker, with runners on second and third and two outs, then lined a RBI single to right field for the 3-2 lead.
Jacilyn Candelas then walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 before Bueno singled to right-center for two runs and a 6-2 lead.
“I faced Samaria (Diaz) in practice on my travel ball team,” Bueno said. “I was just doing what I usually do.”
Bishop Amat tried to rally in the seventh. Rayne Barragan led off with a single and Barrera homered to right field to cut it to 6-4. Larios then singled with one out before Madeline Ramirez reached on a fielding error.
Gabby Walker then ended it by inducing Julia Menrad to pop out to short.

“It’s all about timely hitting,” Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon said. (St. Paul) came up with runners on base and they were able to put the ball in play.
“We started to rally back in the last inning, but we needed to do that earlier in the game.”
Bishop Amat took the early lead, going up 1-0 in the second on a walk to Menrad, a single by Julia Valenzuela and RBI ground out by Sabrina Gonzalez.
St. Paul countered with two runs on a pop double by Bueno for a 2-1 lead. The Swordsmen then put it away with its four-run fifth.

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Diamond Bar beats Long Beach Poly for CIF-SS Badminton title

DIAMOND BAR WINS TITLE: Saturday afternoon’s badminton showdown at Long Beach Poly matched the three-time defending CIF-SS champion Diamond Bar High against a Jackrabbit team making its first appearance in a CIF championship match. The reigning champions were as good as advertised, putting on an impressive performance to take a 16-5 victory. It is the fourth straight championship for the Brahmas and their sixth straight title game appearance.Diamond Bar head coach Kemp Wells was hoping for a good start from his team, looking to win three of the opening four matches. Instead, the Brahmas took the first eight matches of the day to storm to a commanding 8-0 lead.
“Rhythm is huge in high school sports, so it helps when you get that,” Wells said of his team’s commanding start. “It’s always nice when players exceed expectations.”
Poly’s first win of the day came from Kristine Nguyen, who knocked off Kristine Martinez, 21-7, 21-9.

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