About Fred Robledo

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

Monrovia running back Kurt Scoby signs with Fresno State

“It was either do or die for me and I’m not going to die,” Scoby said. “That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m going to be successful and I have something to prove. My reaction is thanking God and proving people wrong. I’ve dealt with adversity for a while and I wanted to prove people wrong and do what people said I couldn’t really do.”

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By Aram Tolegian
Monrovia High School running back Kurt Scoby made good on his promise to get his academics in order and signed with Fresno St. on Tuesday afternoon.
Scoby, one of the top running back recruits on the West Coast, originally chose Fresno St. in fall but was unable to sign in February due to some unmet academic requirements. Fresno St. reserved Scoby’s scholarship in hopes of him qualifying and that’s exactly what he did.

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Bob Ramsey’s San Gabriel Valley track rankings and news

Bob Ramsey is a former San Gabriel Valley area coach who created a webpage specifically for our area, ranking the best performers in the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News area. Here are his top ten boys/girls area track rankings. For individual rankings, click on the thread.

FROM BOB RAMSEY: The past week brought great conditions and strong competition, and the excellent results contributed to a considerable shakeup in the San Gabriel Valley team rankings. This list is based on the number of athletes and relays in the 2014 SGV Track & Field Rankings through 3/29.

30 – Arcadia (Last Week – 1)
29 – Walnut (2)
27 – Damien* (4)
19 – Monrovia (6)
18 – South Pasadena (NR)
16 – Glendora (5)
14 – St. Francis* (7)
13 – La Salle (9)
12 – Bonita (NR), California (3), Santa Fe (8)

*Single gender schools. We are using their actual number x 1.8. Because math.

trackgArcadia continues to lead in overall and they also lead with rankings in 23 of the 32 events, and with 8 event leaders – G 400, B/G 1600 & 3200, G 4×400, B Shot & B Discus. Walnut follows closely in the “complete team” race, with rankings in 21 events and 5 event leaders. Monrovia also leads the SGV in five events.
Individually, there were two new event leaders in the SGV, while eight other leaders improved their seasonal bests.
The Pasadena Games also produced the only two new SGV Event Leaders for this week. In the 400m, St. Francis junior Ross Niederhaus dropped a huge 48.67 pr while finishing 4th. Not to be outdone, Barrett Weiss (Flintridge Prep/Jr) jumped 14’1-1/2″ to win the pole vault.
SGV leaders Damien, Monrovia, & South Pasadena also competed at PCC. Wildcat senior Cravon Gillespe confirmed his SGV 200m lead with a big 21.70 pr to win the event, and the Monrovia girls 4×100 time of 47.72 extended their SGV lead. 2012 State Champ Claire Kieffer-Wright jumped a seasonal best 5’10″ to win the high jump. Muir senior Tierra Adams match an earlier season best of 43’7″ to win the shot and maintain the top spot in the SGV.
The Arcadia and Walnut traveled to the Mt Carmel Invitational, where Mustang soph Kayla Richardson confirmed her SGV sprints leadership with a pair of second places in seasonal bests of 11.90 & 24.40. Her senior teammate Kyle King took the SGV High Jump lead with a 6’5″ effort to finish 4th. Apache seniors Kyra White and Veronica Yamane improved their SGV leading marks in the 400 (58.07/4th) and 3200 (11:05/5th) respectively.
Elsewhere among the SGV leaders, Bonita made their big meet debut along with Santa Fe at the Covina Invitational, while Div. IV power La Salle went south to the Calvin Christian Small Schools Invite. Glendora and California were idle.

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Boras Baseball Classic Results: Glendora wins, Bishop Amat loses, San Dimas plays today at Noon

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Boras Baseball Classic Results
First Round (Bracket play)

Aliso Niguel vs. San Dimas, today, Noon
Glendora 5, Granite Hills 1
Vista Murrieta 9, Bishop Amat 5
JSerra 8, San Fernando 2
Valencia 2, Grossmont 1
Temecula Valley 9, Cypress 5
Chino Hills 5, Great Oak 2
Mater Dei 16, Serra 2

Tuesday’s second round
Aliso Niguel winner vs. Glendora at Mater Dei, 3 p.m.
Vista Murrieta at JSerra, 6 p.m.
Valencia vs. Temecula Valley at JSerra, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Mater Dei, 6 p.m.

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Bishop Amat softball loses to rival St. Paul, 7-5

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lariosRound One went to St. Paul on Thursday, but two rounds with Bishop Amat remain.
The Swordsmen softball team scored six times in the fifth inning of its Del Rey League showdown with the visiting Lancers at York Field and earned a 7-5 victory. That leaves both teams at 2-1 in league play, atop the standings.
The victory was the first at any level – freshman, JV or varsity – for St. Paul’s seniors against Bishop Amat.
“It was a big win for us,” said St. Paul senior center fielder Lovie Lopez, “especially because they’re our rival.”

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Bishop Amat football will be in Catholic South League with Loyola, Serra and Salesian; St. Francis, La Salle and St. Paul in Mission

BREAKING NEWS: The Catholic Athletic Association approved new leagues on Thursday, voting to approve a proposal from Serra High School that puts Bishop Amat in the Catholic League South that also will include Loyola, Gardena Serra and surprising Salesian beginning in the fall.
Salesian, who just won the Northeast Division which is considered Division 13, will appeal the decision that would send the lower-division champions to the Pac-5 Division, which is considered the top division in Southern California. The Catholic North will consist of Alemany, Chaminade, Crespi and Notre Dame.

The Serra Proposal was approved on Thurday, creating the following football leagues to start in the fall.
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For all other sports, the Camino Deal Real Association proposal passed, which will group 17 boys and 16 girls into three leagues. They will be grouped into leagues by sport based on geography and competitiveness.

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Damien coach Mark Paredes on joining the Baseline: “Whether we’re in the Pac-5 or where we are now, it’s really neither here nor there because we are where we are and I’m really excited about being in the Baseline League.”

paredessWith the votes counted and Damien High School headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping and into the Baseline League beginning next fall, Spartans football coach Mark Paredes isn’t exactly breathing a sigh of relief.

Before Damien won its arbitration hearing to get out of the parochial grouping, the Spartans appeared on their way to being in a PAC-5 Division league along with several catholic football powers.

Now, Damien will be in the Baseline League where it traded the likes of Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Serra for Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Not exactly a huge relief.

“I like the league we’re in now and it’s a good opportunity to play great competition and I’m looking forward to it,” Damien head coach Mark Paredes said. “To me it doesn’t matter. We’re going to work hard and be ready to play in whatever league we’re going to be in.

“Whether we’re in the Pac-5 or where we are now, it’s really neither here nor there because we are where we are and I’m really excited about being in the Baseline League.”

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Football players honored for hard work in classroom at National Football Foundation Scholar-athlete awards dinner

The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at Tuesday’s banquet at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. The award is for scholar-athletes who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in college preparatory classes, demonstrate outstanding citizenship, leadership and community service. Each player was chosen following the nomination from their high school school with approval of both the student’s counselor and principal. Fox Sports analyst and former USC football player Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker.

STORY: The National Football Foundation San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier Chapter honored 43 scholar-athletes at its 44th annual awards banquet at Brookside Golf Course Tuesday, handing out $20,000 in scholarship money.
It’s the most scholarship money and honorees in the events history, a huge accomplishment for president Tony Ortega and staff, who continue to raise the bar each year.
Fox Sports analyst and former USC Trojan Petros Papadakis was the keynote speaker and humorous as usual. But his point was clear that athletes need to prepare for life after sports and that those honored Tuesday were a great example for others to follow for taking education seriously.
The National Football Foundation is also the group that conducts the annual senior Hall of Fame game, which has been held at West Covina High School in recent years.

2014 National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete honorees
Jared Trujillo, San Dimas
Andrew Aselin, West Covina
Steven Garcia, West Covina
Darron McWhorter, Maranatha ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Will Genske, Pasadena Poly ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Michael Bowman, Pasadena Poly
D’Angelo Ross, South Hills
Adam Goss, South Hills ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Tyler Gangi, St. Francis ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Fernando Garcia, Workman
David Perez, Duarte
Nathaniel Hiplolito, Duarte
Jose Bonilla, Charter Oak
Alex Haston, Charter Oak ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Jose Robles, South El Monte ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Jacob Moran, El Monte ($2,500 scholarship winner)
Jake Ferntheil, Temple City
Jordan Austin, Claremont
Cameron Tyus, Claremont
Nico Jaffe, Claremont
William Bryan, Diamond Ranch ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Marcus Briscoe, Diamond Ranch
Christian Clark, Marshall ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner)
Charlie Henderson, Marshall
Richard Bramble, Santa Fe
Andrew Farmer, Santa Fe
Jesus Calvillo, Arroyo
Maurice Cortes, Northview
Daniel Valencia, Northview
Jared Brito, Northview ($1,000 scholarship winner)
Steven Ruvalcaba, Rosemead
Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos
Brandon Hayashi, Los Altos
Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos
Trevor Virnala, Los Altos
Hugo Montanez, Mountain View
Javier Carrillo, Jr., El Rancho
Eliel Flores, El Rancho
Adrien Perez, El Rancho ($500 Great Minds and Stem winner0
Andrew Pop, El Rancho
Jose Portillo, El Rancho
David Ramos, El Rancho
Andrew Ferraco, San Marino

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San Dimas softball rocks Northview 11-0 in league opener

San Dimas wins 20th straight in VVL: San Dimas took a big step in its quest for a sixth consecutive Valle Vista League softball title with an 11-0 win over Northview in the league opener for both teams Tuesday.
The Saints (6-6, 1-0) got 15 hits and strong pitching from junior Lindsey Hughes for their 20th consecutive win in league.
“That was a great way to start league play,” Saints coach Don Pollard said. “You never know how your kids are going to respond when they get into the pressures of league and everything went our way today.”

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The job former South Hills coach Steve Bogan almost took is open again, Maranatha football coach Jude Oliva resigns

Maranatha football coach Jude Oliva resigned on Monday following a bittersweet first and only season in charge.
The Minutemen were 8-3 during his short tenure, winning the Olympic League title, but they fizzled out in the first round of the Northwest Division playoffs, losing to Duarte 27-17.
Oliva was initially hired to become the offensive coordinator last spring under head coach Pete Karavedas, but Karavedas left to become the head coach at Sunny Hills, and Oliva was promoted to head coach.

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Baseball Rankings: South Hills edges San Dimas and Damien for top spot

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Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-1-1) – Acts and looks like the best team so far.
2. San Dimas (5-2) – Big win over rival Bonita, now faces Northview in Valle Vista opener.
3. Damien (5-2) — Trying to end final year in Sierra with a title.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Going to give them a pass for back-to-back losses to Walnut after starting 6-0.
5. Bishop Amat (3-4) — Three one-run losses and a two-run loss. Has played toughest schedule of all with solid pitching.
6. Diamond Bar (7-2) – Nothing strange about hot start, but how will it start league Tuesday against Bonita?
7. Bonita (4-3) — Get use to the fact this is probably a rebuild for Bearcats. Then again, a Bonita rebuild is probably a good year for anyone else.
8. Northview (4-2) – New Vikings coach Dan Roddy gets first big test vs. San Dimas
9. Sierra Vista (8-1) – Good coach with a solid record year in and year out. This year is no different. They host undefeated Gladstone (5-0) Tuesday.
10. Nogales (4-0-1) — Could be the final year of coaching legend John Romano.

Hitting leaders (based on Maxpreps)
1. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, .600 (12-for-24)
2. Jason Zeigler, Chino Hills, .571 (4-for-7)
3. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, .526 (10-for-22)
4. David Banuelos, West Covina, .500 (8-for-16)
5. Race Gardner, Glendora, .500 (6-for-12)
6. Daniel Roman, West Covina, .500 (4-for-8)
7. Mark Vega, Bassett, .500, (5-for-10)
8. Montenegro Montgomery, Bonita, .500 (2-for-4)
9. Israel Funtes, Chino Hills, .483 (14-for-30)
10. Brandon Buna, Rowland, 478 (11-for-23)



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Softball Rankings: Glendora non-league resume lifts Tartans to No. 1 over South Hills and Bishop Amat

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Above: Sierra Vista is areas only undefeated team, but Glendora is No. 1
Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Glendora (10-4) — Won San Dimas tournament and advanced furthest of all locals in Charter Oak tourney, reaching semifinals.
2. South Hills (8-3) — Solid wins over Bishop Amat, St. Lucy’s and Monrovia
3. Bishop Amat (8-4) — Scoring plenty of runs, now pitching needs to catch up.
4. Charter Oak (7-4) – Good wins mixed with surprising losses. But roster is legit.
5. Bonita (5-3) — Big non-league game at South Hills on Tuesday.
6. West Covina (6-4) – Should be co-favorite to win Hacienda along with Bonita.
7. Diamond Bar (4-3) – Beat Wilson 12-4 which is Brahmas’ only game against an area team
8. Los Altos (4-4) — Will have difficult time making the playoffs in Hacienda.
9. Sierra Vista (3-0-1) — So good so far, but need more games to really evaluate.
10. Arroyo (4-1) – Like Sierra Vista, record on paper nice, but who has it played?

Hitting Leaders (Based on Maxpreps)
1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, .667 (18-for-27)
2. Alyssa Yaynes, Edgewood, .630 (17-for-27)
3. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, .630 (17-for-27)
4. Jade Nua, West Covina, .600 (12-for-20)
5. Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, .577 (15-for-26)
6. Raquel Ramirez, Workman, .562 (9-for-16)
7. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, .560 (14-for-25)
8. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 548 (17-for-31)
9. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, .538 (14-for-26)
10. Ariela Burns, Northview, 533 (8-for-15)

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Damien/St. Lucy’s headed to the Baseline following Mt. SAC releaguing; Rowland to Valle Vista; Baldwin Park to Montview

Story: Representatives from the 42 schools that comprise the Mt. SAC area met on Friday at Walnut High School to discuss releaguing for the 2014-16 cycles after learning that Damien and St. Lucy’s Priory won its arbitration case against the CIF-Southern Section to remain in the Mt. SAC area for league placement rather than be placed in all Parochial leagues.
Mt. SAC area representatives already voted on releaguing a year ago with the understanding that Damien and St. Lucy’s would be in Parochial leagues.
Instead of simply voting to place Damien and St. Lucy’s into one of the newly formed leagues agreed on last year, representatives from the Mt. SAC area voted Friday to start the process all over again, which began with schools that asked for relief the first time, South Hills, Garey, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Pomona, Charter Oak and Glendora, asking for relief again.
Once that was established, schools and leagues met and six proposals were submitted for consideration.
Damien submitted a proposal that would have put the Spartans and St. Lucy’s in the Palomares League with Bonita moving from the Palomares to the Baseline, but Damien’s proposal was the first to be eliminated.

A proposal submitted by Azusa, Chino and the Baseline league at Friday’s Mt. SAC Area releaguing meeting at Walnut won over five other proposals. The Mt. SAC Area leagues for the 2014-16 seasons is listed below. The five other proposals considered can be viewed by clicking the thread.

Proposal B submitted by Azusa, Baseline and Chino
Baseline League

Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Palomares League
Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
Hacienda League
Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League
Nogales, Covina, Northview, Rowland, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League
Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, Workman
Miramonte League
Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona

Original proposal from last year
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Video of Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst delivering the game-winning three-run double against San Fernando

Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst had 5 RBIs, including the game-winning three-run double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 6-3 victory over San Fernando Wednesday night at USC. The Lancers are just 2-4, but three were one-run losses and the other was a two-run loss. They’ve been in every game against a super tough schedule. Hurst, who finished the game on the mound, is part of a pitching staff that’s been lights out. Amat only has allowed more than three runs once — a 6-4 loss to Trabuco Hills.

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Charter Oak softball tournament: Battle of Whittier as La Serna and St. Paul advance to finals; Glendora faces Claremont for third place

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina. (Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina.
(Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

By David Felton
WEST COVINA — The softball teams from La Serna and St. Paul will meet Saturday for the second time this season after each won semifinal games Friday at the Charter Oak Tournament.
Paced by Dana De La Torre’s three-run home run in the first inning, La Serna posted a 4-3 victory over Claremont at Big League Dreams Park. And on an adjacent field at the same time, St. Paul overcame an early three-run deficit to beat Glendora 11-7.
The area rivals will play in the tournament final at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Claremont (4-4) and Glendora will meet in the third-place game at 1 p.m. La Serna and St. Paul met just over a week ago at the Brea Olinda Tournament, with the Swordsmen earning a 2-1 victory.

Friday’s semifinals
La Serna 4, Claremont 3
St. Paul 11, Glendora 7
Saturday’s Championship
At Big League Dreams

La Serna vs. St. Paul, 3 p.m.
Third-place game
Glendora vs. Claremont, 4:30 p.m.

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Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus scores win No. 600

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By John Honell, Correspondent

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COVINA – The 5-2 Gladstone win over Rosemead on Wednesday afternoon, in front of a crowd of several hundred fans, was more than just an early season high school baseball game.
In a game that was played in a way that any of his former players would have recognized, Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus picked up the 600th win of his 30-year career at the school.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Remkus said. “The man up above has given me decent health so I could coach into my old age. I’ve just had wonderful, hard-working players and assistant coaches and the success has belonged to them. My 88-year-old mom is here and my dad was my biggest supporter. He was at all our games and he was down here working on this field the night before he died of a heart attack. I wish he could be here.”

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Diamond Bar names Marcus Hughes, from New York, as its next football coach

FROM IN THE HUDDLE: Diamond Bar has named Marcus Hughes, who most recently was head coach at Cornwall Central High in New York, as its new varsity football head coach. Hughes replaces Ryan Maine, who resigned after three seasons. Hughes was 67-13 in six seasons at Cornwall and his teams went to the state playoffs the past three seasons.

Here is Hughes in a video talking after a championship victory

Diamond Bar fans should be encouraged by this November story, which discusses how Hughes turned Cornwall Central into a power.

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With Damien, St. Lucy’s winning arbitration to remain in Mt. SAC area questions remain on where to send them, and how league schedules can be redone

“There’s no reason to start this entire process over from scratch,” Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing chair Jeff Jordan said. “We worked really hard as a collective group to make necessary adjustments and changes and we haven’t started the new cycle yet. At this point, we have to amend some of our policies so we can effectively add the Damien/St. Lucy’s package back into the Mt. SAC Area.”

“The bye week and when we’re home and away, are all out the door and we have to start over,” Bishop Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said. “Outside of the inconvenience of not knowing when homecoming or senior night is, it’s just a matter of inconvenience not knowing who we’re going to play.”

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STORY: Following last week’s arbitration ruling that sent Damien High School and St Lucy’s Priory back into the Mt. SAC Area for league groupings, several questions abound as to what the local league landscape will look like beginning next fall.
The schools that make up the Mt. SAC Area voted last May on a new set of leagues that were set to go into place this fall and run for the next two school years. They did so thinking that Damien and St. Lucy’s had been moved to the parochial area.
After Damien and St. Lucy’s won their arbitration hearing last week, both schools are back and now the Mt. SAC Area is hoping to avoid an extended trip to the drawing board in order to find them a new league home in a very limited amount of time.

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Baldwin Park boys soccer eliminated from state playoffs, 4-1; Danny Vega gets 40th

Story: Baldwin Park High School’s invitation to the CIF-State Southern California Division II boys soccer regionals was a brief one, losing to San Diego sectional champion Southwest, 4-1, on Tuesday at San Ysidro High School near the Mexican border.
Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scored in the 75th minute to help the Braves avoid the shutout, giving Vega his 40th goal to rank among the state leaders.
The Braves (21-5-1) gave up an early goal and another just before half to fall behind 3-0, perhaps hangover effects from their CIF-SS Division 5 championship on Friday.
Baldwin Park beat Marshall in penalty kicks for the sectional title, getting the game-winning penalty from Vega for the 5-4 PK victory after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes.
The Braves’ championship was their second in four years, but in the state playoffs, they’re 0-for-2, having lost in the first round of the state playoffs following their 2011 title as well.
Southwest (20-2-4) advances to Thursday’s regional finals against top seed Cathedral (27-1-1)

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Bonita wondering how it was the only CIF-SS basketball finalist not to make the state playoffs

wheatleyBy Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s girls basketball team is wondering how it’s the only CIF-Southern Section finalist in all the boys and girls divisions not to get invited to the CIF-State basketball playoffs that start on Wednesday.
You can blame the newly formed CIF-SS Open Division.
The state selection committee, which gets recommendations from the Southern Section for the state selection process, made sure all 12 girls basketball teams that were invited to the Open Division made the state playoffs, regardless of how they fared in the Open Division playoffs.
How did that affect Bonita?
Bonita, because of enrollment, was in the Division I state playoff pool of which 16 teams were selected for the Southern California Regionals, of which eight are automatic qualifiers from the Southern Section.
Of the eight girls teams selected to the Division I state playoffs from the Southern Section — six came from the Open Division, including Troy, Lynwood, Alemany, Sierra Canyon, Canyon Springs and Keppel. When CIF selected the Open Division it made it clear that being selected wouldn’t automatically lead to a state playoff berth, but that’s what apparently happened.

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Wouldn’t you like to watch Bishop Amat baseball take on locals? Not this year

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