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
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Playoff Pairings Schedule Area Schedule Tuesday’s wild card
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings 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.
Noteworthy 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.
Friday’s Boys Basketball games
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.
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.
Etiwanda 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.
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.
Shocking that Arroyo girls have higher Maxpreps computer ranking than Bishop Amat. Of course, Mr. Amat Richard Wiard now assistant at Arroyo
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.
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.
Saturday’s SoCal Shootout Results
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.”