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

Damien boys volleyball advances to Saturday’s Division 5 championship

damiensDAMIEN ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON: The Damien boys volleyball team knew it had to play better in the CIF Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday than it did four days ago, when it needed five sets to win a quarterfinal.
It did.
The Spartans polished off visiting North Hollywood-Oakwood 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) at Travers Cronin Athletic Center to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship match against Laguna Blanca at Cerritos College.
The Spartans (31-7) won their first CIF title a year ago but graduated a setter and their middle hitters. So the chance to be back on center stage again has been rewarding.
“At first we were trying to be last year’s team instead of playing to our strengths this year,” said senior Chris Mercado, one of three returning starters. “We’re a little bit different. Once we started figuring that out, things came together.”

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Baldwin Park, Wilson survive Wednesday’s baseball wild card

Baldwin Park advances in Division 5 wild card: Proving that baseball is a game of inches, cleanup hitter Freddy Quintana’s two-out single drove in Francisco Ruiz with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Baldwin park baseball team a 3-2 win over Twentynine Palms in Wednesday’s CIF-SS Division 5 Wild card game.
The Braves, who won their first playoff game since 2009, will travel to Cabrillo High School in Lompoc for a first round game on Friday.
With two out and two men on base, Quintana hit a fly ball down the right field line. Hunter Tygart, the Wildcats right fielder, was going at full speed when he dove and got the ball in his glove, but the ball popped out when he hit the ground and the Braves started celebrating.

Wilson 4, Palmdale 3 — Matthew Rodriguez pitched a complete game, striking out eight, and had an RBI for the Wildcats (13-7) in a CIF-SS Division 3 wild-card victory. Devin Ramirez went 2 for 2 and Mark Cazares and Matt Orozco both had a hit for Wilson.
Vista del Lago 19, Bassett 7 — Frank Villanueva pitched four innings, striking out five, Matthew Robles went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and Ricky Mejia went 2 for 4 with a double for the Olympians (11-11) in a CIF Division 5 wild-card loss.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Wednesday’s Baseball Wild Card
Division 3

Wilson 4, Palmdale 2
Segerstrom 2, Los Altos 1
Division 5
Vista del Lago 22, Bassett 4
Campbell Hall 15, Rosemead 5
Lompoc 7, Azusa 2
Rancho Mirage 10, Mountain View 2
Ontario Christian 11, El Monte 9
Baldwin Park 3, Twentynine Palms 2

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CIF softball wild card: Northview softball makes it look easy with 21-2 victory over Garey

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Northview routs GareyNorthview scored first and never looked back as they beat Garey 21-2 in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 Wild-Card game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The mercy rule is invoked in wild-card and first and second round playoff games.
The Vikings (11-13) will travel to five-seed Lompoc for a first-round game on Thursday at 3:15.Senior Monet Manning scored on a two-out RBI double by Britney Orozco to get the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning.Northview sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs and putting the game out of reach.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s wild card results
Softball
Division 4

El Monte 5, Lancaster 4
Division 5
Northview 21, Garey 2
Flintridge Sacred Heart 12, Sierra Vista 2

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Glendora hires Steve Jimenez to take over girls soccer and JJ Iles to take over boys program

Glendora has named two new head soccer coaches and made a big splash hiring Steve Jimenez from Sierra Vista, where he built that program into a small-school power. While at Sierra Vista from 2007-16, Jimenez led the Dons to the school’s first ever CIF-SS team championship, winning the Division 6 crown in 2010. He also led Sierra Vista to nine league championships and advanced to at least the quarterfinals in almost every year since winning the title in 2010. J.J. Iles will take over the boys soccer program. Iles was a head coach at Covina from 2013-15, winning the Valle Vista league title in 2015 before becoming an assistant with La Canada this past season, where he helped lead the Spartans to the Division 6 quarterfinals.

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CIF SS Baseball pairings: South Hills No. 1 seed in Division 2; Bishop Amat-Walnut could meet in second round

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South Hills, Bishop Amat earn seeds: As expected, the South Hills High School baseball team earned the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball playoffs following the release of the divisional pairings on Monday.
South Hills (21-7), winners of the Palomares League, will host Tuesday’s wild-card winner between Mayfair (11-6) and Burbank (9-12) in Thursday’s first round.All playoff games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., unless both teams agree to a different starting time.
Also on Thursday, Baseline league champion Damien (14-10) will host Royal (17-10), a third-place finisher from the Coastal Canyon League, and Bonita (25-5), runners-up to South Hills in the Palomares, will be at home against Villa Park (14-14), a second-place team from the North Hills League.
With Damien and South Hills on the top half of the Division 2 bracket, they could potentially meet in the semifinals.

CIF-Southern Section local playoff schedule
Division 2
Thursday’s First Round

Mayfair-Burbank winner at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Royal at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Villa Park at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Wednesday’s wild card
A- Palmdale at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
B – Segerstrom at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s First Round
Charter Oak at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at La Quinta, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo Grande at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Westminster La Quinta at Walnut, 3:15 p.m. — MOVED TO THURSDAY
Palos Verdes-Bevery Hills winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Wednesday’s wild card

B – Bassett at Vista del Lago, 3:15 p.m.
E – Rosemead at Cambell Hall, 3:15 p.m.
F – Azusa at Lompoc, 3:15 p.m.
I – Mountain View at Rancho Mirage, 3:15 p.m.
J – Ontario Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
K – Twentynine Palms at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first round
Saddleback Valley Christian at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Aquinas-Big Bear winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Bishop Montgomery-Santa Maria winner at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF Softball Pairings: Bishop Amat earns No. 2 in Division 3

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Bishop Amat earns No. 2 seed in Division 3: After winning the Del Rey League softball title and showing strength against a tough non-league schedule, Bishop Amat (20-4) was awarded the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff playoffs following the release of Monday’s divisional pairings.
All softball wild cards games are Tuesday and first round games on Thursday. All games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m, unless both teams agree to an alternative starting time.
Bishop Amat will host the winner between wild-card winner Paramount (8-8) and Burbank (11-16) in the first round, with Del Rio league champion California a possible second-round game for the Lancers. Bishop Amat boasts one of the section’s best pitchers in Samaria Diaz.

CIF-Southern Section local playoff schedule
Division 1
Thursday’s first round

St. Lucy’s at Santa Margarita, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Orange Lutheran, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Thursday’s first-round

Oxnard Pacifica at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Riverside Poly at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

Paramount-Burbank winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card

B – Lancaster at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
L – Highland at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
La Quinta/Jurupa Valley winner at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

B – Garey at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
D – Sierra Vista at Flintridge Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Azusa at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
Pomona at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF-SS Swimming Finals: Walnut, Damien boys win championships, Rowland girls finish second

Walnut celebrates winning the boys CIF-SS division 3 swimming championships on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
 
Walnut Boys win Division 3 title: It all came down to misfortune.Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.

Damien's Preston Planells competes in the 200 yard medley relay during the CIF-SS division 2 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Damien won the relay. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Damien wins Division 2 boys swimming title: Swimming was an afterthought.
When Mac Quinn enrolled at Damien High School four years ago, he was a baseball player. When he graduates later this month, he will be a CIF Southern Section championship, but not in baseball. The Spartans won the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming and diving championship on Saturday at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex.
“I did not swim much before my freshman year, but I felt comfortable in the water,” Quinn said. “I played water polo with my friends and decided to roll with it.

 

Rowland's Katelyn Nguyen wins the 200 yard freestyle during the CIF-SS division 4 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, May 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Division 4, Rowland’s Katelyn Nguyen leads Raiders: There is little room for error to maximize victories in the CIF Southern Section swimming championships. Swimmers have two chances to win CIF-SS titles in individual events and two chances in relay races.
Rowland High School’s Katelyn Nguyen came the closest to that magical finish in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex on Friday evening. The freshman won the 50 and 200 freestyles and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay team. She swam the anchor leg on the second-place 400 free relay team, too.

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