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

CIF-SS Girls Basketball pairings: South Hills and Duarte have best chance

The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and can be viewed by clicking the link. All the local pairings are listed below.

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Story: The South Hills High School girls basketball team led the area rankings from nearly start to finish and was awarded a sixth seed when the CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoff pairings were announced on Sunday.
The Palomares league champion Huskies open the Division 3AA playoffs at home Thursday against Gahr.
Also in 3AA, Montview League runner-up Baldwin Park will host No. 14 Calabasas while El Monte visits No. 4 Sonora and Diamond Ranch travels to No. 10 Gabrielino.

GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
LOCAL MATCHUPS

Thursday’s first round
Division 3AA
Baldwin Park at No. 14 Calbasas, 7 p.m.
El Monte at No. 4 Sonora, 7 p.m.
Gahr at No. 6 South Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at No. 10 Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at No. 1 Orange Lutheran, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Los Altos at Azusa, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 6 Brentwood, 7 p.m.
Monrovia at No. 11 Covina, 7 p.m.
Pomona at No. 10 Barstow, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 15 Yucca Valley, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary-Granite Hills winner at Bassett (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.
No. 13 St. Lucy’s at No. 11 Flintridge Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s first-round
Division 1AA
Bishop Amat at No. 1 Windward, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at No. 5 Lynwood, 7 p.m
Division 2AA
Whittier at No. 14 Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at No. 7 Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
No. 15 West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at No. 2 Mira Costa
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.

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Girls Water Polo Playoffs: Charter Oak leads area as fourth seed in Division 5

CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Playoff Pairings Schedule
Area Schedule
Tuesday’s wild card
Division 7

Don Lugo at Wilson, 5 p.m.
Wednesday’s first-round
Division 5
Monrovia at Charter Oak, 5 p.m.
La Quinta at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
Division 2

St. Lucy’s at Long Beach Wilson
Division 4
Camarillo at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Division 7
Savanna at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Colony-Ramona WC winner at Workman, 5 p.m.

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Former South Hills softball coach Scott Fisch convicted of theft in 2014; Did district cover it up?

fischSECRET AGREEMENT AT SOUTH HILLS: A year before last month’s teacher/student sex scandals unsettled the South Hills High community, officials in the same school district put together a secret agreement that allowed a coach convicted of theft to keep his teaching credential and resign with little punishment, according to documents obtained by this news organization.

Additionally, the Covina-Valley Unified School District continued to pay softball coach Scott Fisch for more than a month following his February 2014 conviction for stealing money from his team. Though Fisch was ultimately forced to resign, his teaching credentials were not affected because of a plea deal that removed an embezzlement charge. He currently works as a teacher in another school district.

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Duarte’s 6-7 freshman Patricia Morris with a triple double in Falcons’ Montview clinching win over Sierra Vista

DUARTEDUARTE’S 6-7 FRESHMAN MAKING AN IMPACT: Patricia Morris of the Duarte High School girls basketball team is 6-foot-7 and is supposedly still growing. Her height comes from her parents, Kevin, who stands at 6-5, and her mother Emily, at 6-3.
The freshman admittedly is still a very raw talent.
“Throughout this season, she has improved a lot and it’s been fun,” said junior guard Mackenzi Barnes, who had a game-high 22 points. “We’re getting used to her more and more and she has so much potential.”

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Damien seeded fifth in Open Division, will play Orange Lutheran in first round Thursday

Damien coach Matt Dunn’s reaction: “First of all we’re excited to get a home game, that will be special to open the playoffs in front of our fans,” Dunn said. “Orange Lutheran is a team I know something about. We saw them during the fall. They’ve got a special guard like we do and we’re both pretty similar size-wize. You know, the draw (is what it is). It’s not like you’re waiting for the draw hoping you get this team or that team, they’re all good. We’re just excited to be in it and now that we know who we’re playing we can get prepared.”

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CIF-SS OPEN DIVISION BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Thursday’s first round

Top Bracket
No. 16 JW North at No. 1 Bishop Montgomery
No. 9 Cathedral at No. 8 Redondo Union
No. 12 Orange Lutheran at No. 5 Damien
No. 13 Alemany at No. 4 Corona Centennial
Bottom Bracket
No. 14 St. John Bosco at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
No. 11 Cantwell Sacred Heart at No. 6 Etiwanda
No. 10 Chino Hills at No. 7 Long Beach Poly
No. 15 Price at No. 2 Mater Dei

STORY: After a 21-3 regular-season record and Baseline League championship, the CIF-SS Open Division playoff pairing announcements on Friday afternoon weren’t a matter of if for the Damien High School boys basketball team.
More like a matter of who, when and where.
The Spartans knew they’d be invited to the Southland’s biggest dance and on Friday they got their first-round assignment: a home game against Orange Lutheran (22-4) on Feb. 19.
“We’re really excited,” Damien head coach Matt Dunn said. “If you have a team that you think can compete at that level, it’s an incredible opportunity. I think we’ve earned the right to play in the best of the best tournament.”
Damien was made the No. 5 overall seed. Orange Lutheran is the No. 12 seed. Only one other local boys team made the field and that was Cantwell Sacred-Heart, which went 15-11 and will play at Etiwanda (20-7) on Thursday.

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Damien expected to earn invite during today’s CIF-SS Open Division announcement at 3 p.m.

STORY: The Damien boys basketball team would be a heavy favorite to win its second CIF-Southern Section Divisional title in three years as the top seed in Division 3AA.
But that’s not going to happen.
Damien (21-3), ranked fifth overall in the Southern Section and sixth in the state by MaxPreps, is expected to earn an invitation to the prestigious CIF-SS Open Division — created last year to take the 16 best basketball teams from all 11 boys and girls divisions to form a best-of-the-best tournament to crown a true champion of the Southern Section.
Damien, which can clinch the Baseline League title outright with wins over Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga this week, is a lock to earn an invite when the teams are announced Friday, followed by the pairings on Sunday.

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Sierra Vista’s Giselle Garcia scores lone goal to lift Dons to 1-0 win over Duarte and eighth straight league title

donsSTORY: The Duarte girls soccer team snapped Sierra Vista’s 65-game league winning streak earlier in the season with a 3-2 victory over the Dons and had an opportunity to show it was no fluke in the rematch on Thursday for the Montview League title.
The Falcons certainly came to play, but Sierra Vista midfielder Giselle Garcia ended all the drama with the lone goal in the second overtime to give the Dons a 1-0 victory and their eighth straight league title.
Falcons goalkeeper Alexa Moreno had played a wonderful game to that point, but she stepped off her line for a moment and Garcia made her pay, floating a left-footed shot over her head from 20 yards for the game winner in the 96th minute.
Garcia’s eighth goal improved the Dons to 18-4-1 and 9-1 while Duarte, which just needed a tie to enter next week’s CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs as the league champion, dropped to 12-5-1 and 8-2.
“We had possession the whole game we just couldn’t get a goal,” Garcia said. “I just took a shot. Our coach (Steve Jimenez) always says just take a shot because you never know when it will go in.”

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Covina boys soccer wins first Valle Vista league soccer title in history with 2-1 win over Nogales

COLTS WIN FIRST TITLE EVER: It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.
That was the case not only for the Covina high school boys soccer team in its 2-1 Valle Vista League title-clinching victory over Nogales, but also over the course of the entire season.
The Colts (10-8, 8-2) start to the game couldn’t have been much worse, with Nogales (11-5-4, 6-3-1) scoring in the opening minute and nearly adding another just over a minute later.
However, Covina stayed patient, shutting out the Nobles offense for the remaining 79 minutes of play, and eventually got the game-winning goal from Luis Nahue.
After starting the season 3-7, Covina found a way to turn its season around to win seven of its last eight games, including each of the final five games. The final score of each of those games was 2-1, and each time, Covina had to come back after surrendering the first goal.

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Coach “totally upset” girls wrestlers weren’t awarded medals at CIF qualifying meet

Coach disappointed girls weren’t awarded medals: Monrovia High School girls wrestling coach Daniel Hernandez left the CIF-Southern Section Eastern Regional Qualifying Tournament with an empty feeling this past Saturday.
It wasn’t because his wrestler, Brianna Dominguez, underachieved. She didn’t. The senior was one of 12 area competitors to score final-round wins. But because this was one of four regional qualifying tournaments to this weekend’s section championships at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, no medals were awarded, which upset Hernandez.
“We were totally upset,” Hernandez said.” Even my athletic director (Randy Bell) was. But we’re new to having our girls program. My athletic director didn’t know what was going on, so he was kind of shocked too.

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Bonita girls basketball shocks and knocks South Hills out of first in the Palomares, 44-40

STORY: In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Bonita girls basketball team, the young Bearcats upset South Hills, the Tribune’s top ranked team, 44-40, on Monday.
The win clinched a spot for Bonita in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs, which begin next week.
“We had to win tonight to get in,” Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk said. “I’m proud of these girls the way they have stepped up. They’re a young group and they’re starting to learn that the harder they work, the better things get.”

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien No. 1 and getting ready for Open Division; South Hills girls on top

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Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (21-3) - Can clinch Baseline outright with wins over Los Altos and Rancho Cucamonga, and then will inevitably be selected to the CIF Open Division on Friday.
2. Glendora (22-4) — Hung on to beat Diamond Bar 57-56 and can share the league title with Ayala by defeating South Hills in Palomares finale.
3. Walnut (21-5) - Clinched Hacienda league title and can try to go undefeated in league with wins over Chino and Los Altos to close out.
4. Bonita (18-6) — Can finish third in Palomares with wins over South Hills and Claremont to close out.
5. Los Altos (18-6) — In second-place tie in Hacienda with Diamond Ranch who it plays on the road Wednesday for sole possession.
6. Wilson (19-5) – Needs victories over Nogales and San Dimas to win the Valle Vista league title outright.
7. Bishop Amat (17-7) — Playing its worst basketball down the stretch, losers of three straight.
8. Diamond Ranch (15-8) – It’s second place or bust at home vs. Los Altos Wednesday.
9. Covina (16-8) – Should finish with wins over Northview and Nogales and should Wilson stumble, could finish in a tie for VVL title.
10. Rowland (16-8) - Meets San Dimas Tuesday to break a three-way log-jam for second in the VVL.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (19-5) — Can clinch a share of the Palomares title with wins over Bonita and Glendora to close out.
2. Walnut (14-7) – A game behind Chino who it will visit on Tuesday in hopes of sharing the Hacienda league title.
3. Duarte (16-7) – Won the Montview league title with ease.
4. West Covina (16-8) — Could still finish in a tie for second in the Hacienda.
5. Covina (16-9) – All it needs are wins over Northview and Nogales to clinch the Valle Vista league title.
6. Los Altos (14-9) – Will finish fourth in a tougher-than-expected Hacienda.
7. Bonita (12-14) — Humbling season in first year since losing three-time player of the year Nikki Wheatley, whose jersey was retired last week.
8. Rowland (14-7) – After beating Wilson, Raiders need to win out to finish second in Valle Vista.
9. Arroyo (15-9) — Big one against South El Monte Tuesday for sole possession of second in the Mission Valley.
10. Bassett (13-9) – Needs to win one more to clinch the Miramonte league title outright.



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Soccer Rankings: Damien boys and Bishop Amat girls enter final week No. 1

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (15-3-2) – Clinched the Baseline league title and is unbeaten in six straight.
2. Bishop Amat (9-1-4) – When your only loss all season is to Cathedral you’re doing something right.
3. Sierra Vista (14-3-3) – Needs to finish with wins over Workman and Duarte to clinch in the Montview League title.
4. Diamond Bar (15-5-2) — Has second place clinched in the Palomares.
5. Diamond Ranch (12-5-3) — Big 3-2 win over Chino moves Panthers into first place tie in the Hacienda with a week to go.
6. La Puente (12-2-3) – After being undefeated all season, Warrior lose two straight to Garey and Ganesha.
7. Ganesha (14-4-4) – Big win over La Puente moves it into tie with Warriors for second in Miramonte.
8. El Monte (11-6-2) — Leads the MVL going into final week with Mountain View a game back.
9. Mountain View (11-6-3) — Finishes on the road at Rosemead and South El Monte.
10. Baldwin Park (9-6-5) - Beat Sierra Vista and is only a half game back in the Montview with a week to go.

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1. Bishop Amat (16-6) – Can clinch the Del Rey league title outright with a win at home against St. Joseph on Thursday.
2. South Hills (13-5) — Finishes second in the Palomares behind champion Ayala. Next stop, Division 2 playoffs.
3. Diamond Ranch (10-5-5) – Tied with Los Altos for second in Hacienda and is at Los Altos on Tuesday.
4. Sierra Vista (16-4-1) – Will likely face Duarte at home for the Montview league on Thursday.
5. Los Altos (10-8-1) — Continues to play well with a big home game vs. Diamond Ranch Tuesday.
6. Duarte (11-4-1) – Areas biggest surprise has a chance to sweep Sierra Vista and clinch Montview title on Thursday.
7. Glendora (8-9-5) — Tartans are battling Claremont for third playoff spot in Palomares.
8. St. Lucy’s (6-7-9) — It will finish last in the Baseline but as far as this poll is concerned, everyone knows the Regents are a top ten team.
9. South El Monte (10-4-1) — Will finish second in the Mission Valley League
10. Pomona (10-6) — Perfect 9-0 in the Miramonte League.

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Damien rallies late to pull out 69-64 win over Chino Hills in OT behind Jeremy Hemsley’s 28 points

STORY: Trailing 50-38 entering the fourth quarter, Damien rallied behind an inspired effort from Jeremy Hemsley, who scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half and overtime to help the Spartans to an improbable 69-64 victory over Chino Hills … Here are some highlights

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Workman boys basketball crushes Duate 93-35 to take Montview league title

STORY: It may have been the best eight minutes of basketball in Workman High School’s season.
The Lobos scored 39 points, created 15 turnovers and made 12 of 21 shots in the third quarter to turn their Montview League showdown against visiting Duarte into a rout. Workman went from a 12-point halftime lead to a lead of 46 points after three quarters en route to a 93-35 victory on Friday night.

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Glendora hangs on for 57-56 win over Diamond Bar; Ayala beats Bonita 71-68

With Ayala and Glendora both winning they remain tied for first in the Palomares league. Glendora is 22-5 and 7-2 and avoids third league loss. Ayala improves to 20-4 and 7-2.

HOW AYALA WON: Bonita’s boys basketball team fell behind early before starting a huge fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short against Ayala on Friday night.
The Bearcats (20-4, 7-3) rallied from a 13-point deficit at the end of three quarters and took the lead, but dropped a 71-68 decision to Ayala.
The win leaves the Bulldogs tied for first place with Glendora in the Palomares League standings.
“It felt like we didn’t play aggressive for the first three quarters,” Bearcats coach Tim Godley said. “We finally did in the fourth but you just can’t do that and expect to win.”
The Bearcats went on a 17-2 run to start the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers by Tyler Poepping and another by Joe Quintana, to tie the score at 59-59 with less than three minutes gone in the period.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Damien hosting biggie against Chino Hills and first on the line in Valle Vista and Montview

LASHOTNoteworthy games tonight: Damien is hoping to sweep Chino Hills which would keep them in first in the Baseline with a week a week to go. La Salle and Bishop Amat are fighting for a top three spot in the Camino Real. Ayala and Bonita battling for second behind Glendora in the Palomares. In the Valle Vista, one game separates four teams and they’re playing each other with San Dimas at Covina and Wilson at Rowland. Duarte is hoping to move into a tie for the Montview lead at league leader Workman and the two top teams in the Miramonte square off with Pomona at Garey.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball games
Baseline League

Chino Hills at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Real League
La Salle at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Palomares League
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Bonita, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Chino at Diamond Ranch, 6:30 p.m.
West Covina at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Wilson at Rowland, 6:30 p.m.
Northview at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Duarte at Workman, 6 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Mission Valley
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte at Marshall, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Pomona at Garey, 6:45 p.m.
Ganesha at Edgewood, 6:30 p.m.
Bassett at La Puente, 6 p.m.

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South Hills teachers avoid sex charges, face misdemeanor charges instead

Not enough evidence: “We investigated the sexual charges and we can’t prove those charges beyond a beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokesperson for the Orange County DA’s office.
And this: The district spokesperson said on Wednesday that it has already started the process of firing Ghirelli and Lippert, as well as three other employees accused of violating district policies.

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STORY: The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.”>The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.
The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.

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Former Glendora and Damien football coach Mark Pasquarella goes to Alta Loma

PASKYSTORY: Another of the vacant prep football positions has been filled as Mark Pasquarella has been selected to head the Alta Loma High School program. His appointment was finalized at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Pasquarella, 53, is no stranger to the local landscape. He has two daughters who attend Alta Loma and lives nearby, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
“The move just really made sense,” Pasquarella said. “I love what the school has to offer academically and athletically, and I’m from right here. This will be the first time I’ll be coaching where I actually live.”
Pasquarella’s last coaching job was at Glendora, a program he headed from 2003 to 2010. That tenure was highlighted by three straight Sierra League championships from 2007 to 2009. His record there was a stellar 55-33.

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Video, bio’s and pictures on National Signing Day in the San Gabriel Valley

CHECK OUT OUR NATIONAL SIGNING DAY PHOTO GALLERY

NATIONAL SIGNING LIVE CHAT UPDATES: As players sign for USC, UCLA and as area players signing their letters, follow the Tribune page for immediate updates.

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FOOTBALL STORY: Signing Day surprises usually don’t make their way to these parts, but there were two big ones Wednesday as local high school football players made their college destinations known.
The first came from Glendora offensive tackle Ben Northup, who was a Hawaii commit all the way into Wednesday morning before switching to Fresno State. The second was from Muir wide receiver/defensive back Taeon Mason, who switched from Washington State to San Jose State late Tuesday. Mason was also at one time a USC commit.
For both players, a late-stage recruiting visit last weekend was enough to sway them.

STORY ON OTHERS: Michaela Cappello has watched her fellow seniors mull over and worry about college applications and transcripts of late.
The Arcadia High senior, like 15 other San Gabriel Valley-area soccer players, has not had that worry in months. The players had made their collegiate decisions, for the most part, months ago. So Wednesday was a day of relief and relaxation as each officially committed to four-year programs.
“I see them struggle with it,” Cappello said of her classmates on choosing and waiting for schools. “I know I’ve been free with it. I loved the opportunity and signing feels so good.”
Football took center stage on Wednesday’s signing day, but athletes in soccer and boys water polo were able to officially make their decisions final, too.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know it’s official,” said Los Altos soccer player Sabrina Delgado, who signed with Division I Cal State Bakersfield. “It was the next step. The final step and a big weight off my shoulders.”

FOOTBALL BIOS
Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina, (Boise State, signed)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, (Harvard, signed)
Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (San Jose State, signed)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Fresno State, signed)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming, signed)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St., signed)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech, signed)
Blake Cusick, K, Monrovia (Fresno State, preferred walk-on)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA signed)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St., signed)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard, signed)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (University of Montana, signed)
Alex Camacho, WR/DB, Northview (Azusa Pacific, signed)
Jaron Reed, DE, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene, signed)
Jayson Miller, WR/DB, Baldwin Park (Idaho State, signed)
Ryan Oak, DE, Damien (University of San Diego)
Evan Rambo, WR, La Salle (California, signed)
Isiah Spencer-Lopez, WR, La Salle (Sacramento State, signed)
Hunter Smith, Damien, (University of San Diego, signed)
GIRLS SOCCER
Summer Rodriguez, Diamond Bar, Holy Names University
Jaclyn Arballo, Bonita, Holy Names University
Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Cal State Bakersfield
WRESTLING
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, United States Military Academy, Westpoint
BOYS WATER POLO
George Millard, Los Altos, Air Force Academy
BOYS GOLF
Austin Bishop, Glendora (Biola)

Below: Photo of Duarte’s Angel Villanueva signing with Montana.
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Below: Damien’s Ryan Oak and Hunter Smith sign letters of intent to play at the University of San Diego
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Below: Bishop Amat wrestler Nigel Ruiz (United States Military Academy, West Point) and linebacker Anthony Camargo (Harvard) in sign ceremony.
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Below: St. Francis; Drew Nixon (University of San Diego), Mason Williams (University of Penn), and John Carroll (San Diego State University) signing at the school.
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Below: Los Altos’ Sabrina Delgado signs soccer scholarship with Cal State Bakersfield
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Below: Los Altos George Millard sign with Air Force Academy to play water polo
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AntonioHullSIGNING PREVIEW: The decision was easy for Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull. The road getting there was not.
Hull, like a select group of other local football standouts, will partake in national signing day festivities for football recruits on Wednesday. He will sign with Wyoming marking the end of a long and tumultuous journey to reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“There were some days when I felt like it was over and I was going to have to take the JC (junior college route),” Hull said. “And then there were some days where I knew I was going to make it. I had a good supporting cast around me to bring my spirit up and keep me going forward into the next day.”
Hull lost all but one game of his junior season after being declared ineligible by CIF for what was ruled to be a athletically motivated transfer from West Covina, where Hull played the first two years of his prep career, to Diamond Bar.

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Etiwanda boys basketball snaps Damien’s 12-game win steak with 86-69 victory

damienlossEtiwanda handed Damien it’s first loss in the Baseline league with a 86-69 victory on Tuesday at Damien, snapping the Damien’s 12-game win streak and avenging a 60-58 loss to the Spartans in the first round. Damien (20-3, 6-1) leads Etiwanda (17-6, 5-2) by a game with mighty Chino Hills (11-10, 4-3) visiting the Spartans on Friday.

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High School Basketball Rankings: Damien boys and South Hills girls easy No. 1 choices

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Area boys teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: Open Div. watchlist (Damien); 1AA (8. Walnut); 2AA (2. Glendora); 3AA (1. Damien, 4. Bonita, 5. Los Altos, 8. Diamond Ranch); 3A (8. Bishop Amat)
Fred’s thoughts: You gotta love 3AA because the top three teams Damien, Sonora and Gahr all on the open division watchlist with Bonita and Los Altos next. Are you following? If CIF takes those three, we could have a Bonita and Los Altos as possible top two seeds. Love it or hate it?

Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (20-2) - No. 7 state ranking and Baseline title on the line with Etiwanda Tuesday and Chino Hills on Friday, both at home.
2. Glendora (21-3) — Loss to Bonita 59-56 ends chances of undefeated run in Palomres.
3. Bonita (17-5) — Great win over Glendora and can still finish second in Palomres with wins down the stretch.
4. Walnut (19-5) - With win over Los Altos the Mustangs are perfect 6-0 in the Hacienda with Diamond Ranch next.
5. Bishop Amat (17-5) — Lost both big games in Del Rey to Bell-Jeff, but both were competitive.
6. Los Altos (16-5) — Loss to Walnut drops it to third in Hacienda.
7. Diamond Ranch (14-7) – Can move into a tie for first in the Hacienda with win over Walnut on Wednesday.
8. Wilson (17-5) – Takes on Rowland on Wednesday with chance to move into a first-place tie with Raiders.
9. Diamond Bar (13-11) – Fourth in extremely difficult Palomares. Should be tested for the playoffs.
10. Rowland (15-6) - Leads the Valle Vista by one games with big games against Wilson and Covina still to play.

Area girls teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: 3AA (7. South Hills), 3A (10. Covina); 4AA (9. Duarte).
Fred’s thoughts: This could be the first time that the Tribune girls basketball teams are all eliminated by the first round. If anything, with Bonita and Bishop Amat fading out of the picture, the playoffs should go fast for the ladies.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Huskies get Ayala on Wednesday with chance to move into first-place tie with Bulldogs.
2. Walnut (12-6) – A firm second in Hacienda behind league leading Chino.
3. Duarte (13-7) – Stepped away from league and loss 49-45 to Brentwood.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Has played well this season but sits third in Hacienda.
5. Covina (15-8) – Colts a perfect 6-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Best overall record in the Valley.
7. Los Altos (13-8) – Tough week of back-to-back losses.
8. Bonita (11-13) — Still 3-3 in Palomares despite sloppy overall record.
9. Diamond Bar (10-12) – Should still make the playoffs with a 3-4 record in Palomares.
10. Rowland (12-7) – Solid second in Valle Vista which is a huge improvement over a year ago.



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High School Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat boys and girls are Trib No. 1s; Duarte girls impressive

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (9-0-4) - Biggest surprise of the year with a 1-0 win oved Salesian and earlier 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to remain unbeaten.
2. Damien (14-3-2) – Back on top on the Baseline at 6-1.
3. La Puente (12-0-3) – Still undefeated with a rematch against Ganesha on Friday.
4. Sierra Vista (13-2-3) – Leads Montview with home game vs. Baldwin Park on Tuesday.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-2) — Falls out of first in the Palomares after 2-0 loss to Claremont.
6. El Monte (10-6-2) — Lions get big 2-1 win over Mountain View to remain in first in MVL.
7. Ganesha (12-4-3) – Drops to third with another loss in the Miramonte.
8. Walnut (10-6) – Drops to second in Hacienda with 1-0 loss to Los Altos.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-5-3) — It replaces Charter Oak with two wins while the Chargers lost two last week.
10. Mountain View (9-6-3) — Falls to second in MVL after El Monte loss.

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-6) – On amazing run with 12 straight wins and nine straight shutouts.
2. South Hills (12-4) — A game back of Ayala with game at Ayala on Wednesday.
3. Diamond Ranch (9-5-4) – The 3-1 loss to Charter Oak almost eliminates possibility of winning Hacienda.
4. Glendora (7-8-5) — After strong start in Palomares, Tartans struggling to make the playoffs.
5. Duarte (9-4-1) – Falcons with shocker of the week, a 3-2 win over Sierra Vista and 4-0 win over Baldwin Park to move into a tie for first place.
6. Sierra Vista (14-4-1) – Nobody saw its 1-0 loss to Duarte coming except Duarte.
7. St. Lucy’s (6-6-8) — Even though its last in Baseline, Regents still a top ten in this group of ten.
8. Los Altos (8-8-1) — After slow start Conqs in position to make the playoffs with big wins down the stretch.
9. Diamond Bar (9-8-2) — Shocked the Brahmas still haven’t won a Palomares league game.
10. Baldwin Park (10-2-1) — 4-0 loss to Duarte all but eliminates it from a shot at Montview title.

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Saturday’s Shootout Scores: Damien, Glendora, Rowland, Diamond Bar, Walnut win

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At Azusa Pacific University

Rowland 55, Flintridge Prep 46
Walnut 73, Villa Park 60
Diamond Bar 77, Mission Viejo 39
Corona Santiago 61, Colony 49
Glendora 74, Los Osos 52
MLK 51, Los Altos 46
Etiwanda 63, Gahr 62
Damien 63, Cantwell 49
La Canada 57, Claremont 56

By Stephen Ramirez
AZUSA – Who is the best high school boys basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers coverage area?
For one night, the mythical crown goes to Damien.
Senior Jeremy Hemsley scored 27 points and Bryce Peters had 17 as the Spartans, ranked No. 1 by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, beat Whittier Daily News No. 1 Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, 63-49, in a Southern California Shootout game at Azusa Pacific.
Damien, also getting eight points from Malik Fitts, improved to 20-2. Gligorije Rakocevic had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who slipped to 12-10.
“It means a lot to win this game,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team, so this was a game we needed to play well in. We needed to just get back to our old ways, because we hadn’t played well this past week. This is a big win for us.”
The key moments for Damien, which made 19 of 47 shots, came at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. The Spartans, getting 11 points from Hemsley and nine from Peters, closed the half with a 17-8 surge to lead 29-20.
Damien then opened the third quarter with a 9-5 spurt to go up 38-25 at 4:28 following a Hemsley putback and a 3-pointer by Fitts.
“We knew we could put them away in the second half,” Hemsley said. “I think we did a good job of keeping the lead and playing together as a unit.”
Cantwell, getting consecutive baskets from Luka Radovic and Rakocevic, closed to within 48-42 with 3:40 left. But Damien countered with 3-point plays by Peters and Hemsley and a 3-pointer by Micah Robinson for a for a 58-47 cushion with 1:17 left.
“We played hard,” Cantwell coach George Zedan said. “We had some guys we were counting on who didn’t play well. It was a little frustrating with that. But they are a good team, ranked No. 8 in the state.
“When you have opportunities to score and you don’t make them, this is what happens against good teams. It was a tough matchup for us.”

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Walnut boys basketball gets huge 60-45 win over Los Altos to take ownership of the Heights

How Walnut did it: After suffering a defeat to Los Altos in the final of the Covina Tournament last month, the Walnut High School boys basketball team exacted some revenge on the Conquerors with an impressive 60-45 road victory in their first meeting in Hacienda League action Wednesday night.
The Mustangs, who were undefeated in league last year, won their fifth consecutive game to start league play this season with the help of a double-double from starting center Ryan Herrera. The 6-foot-7 senior had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, shutting down Los Altos’ pair of post players that gave Walnut (17-5. 5-0) so much trouble in the previous meeting.
“Ryan was big for us tonight,” Walnut coach Joe Khouzan said. “He was much more disciplined and held down the bottom for us. As a team, we took care of the ball a lot better this time around. We had a lot of turnovers last time, but we made some adjustments to handle their press and the team responded well to the in-game adjustments.”

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