About Fred Robledo

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

Bonita knocks off Glendora 2-0 to capture the San Dimas softball tourney championship

IT’S DESTINEE: A dominating performance in the circle by senior Destinee Lopez led Bonita to the championship of the 23rd Annual San Dimas Classic Softball Tournament with a 2-0 win over two-time defending champion Glendora on Saturday night.
The Bearcats (4-0) scored a run with two outs in the first inning, then turned the game over to Lopez, who scattered three hits and struck out 16 Tartans as she picked up her third win of the season.Lopez also shut out Charter Oak in a semifinal game where she struck out nine batters in five innings.“I’m a senior,” Lopez said. “This was awesome. We play here every year and we’ve never gotten this far.”
All-tournament selection Lauren Flores was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Pinch runner Isabella Haslett went to third on a single by Brooke DeLao and scored on a single by Keagan Ward.

Monday’s Games
Charter Oak 20, La Salle 0
Temple City 5, Ontario Christian 4
La Canada 8, Montclair 4
Bonita 7, San Dimas 2
Tuesday’s Games
Charter Oak 26, Monrovia 1
Bonita 5, Whittier Christian 4
Glendora 10, Temple City 1
Montclair 2, El Rancho 0
Wednesday’s Games
La Salle 2, Monrovia 1
Glendora 3, Ontario Christian 1
San Dimas 11, Whittier Christian 4
El Rancho 6, La Canada 0
Friday’s semifinals
Bonita 5, Charter Oak 0
Glendora 8, El Rancho 3
Saturday’s championship
Bonita 2, Glendora 0

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Glendora girls basketball hoping to hang first championship banner on Saturday

GLENDORA PREVIEW: In Glendora high school’s basketball gym hang five CIF Southern Section championship boys basketball banners along with a hallway full of trophies and pictures that reminds anyone who walks past of the glory days.
On Saturday, Glendora’s girls basketball team will try to hang its first banner.
Top-seed Glendora (25-5) will wake up early and take on Thousand Oaks (17-14) in the Division 3AA championship at Honda Center, and nobody is more proud and determined to close the deal than second-year coach Adam Nunemaker.Before Nunemaker arrived, not only had Glendora never won a girls title, it had never been past the quarterfinals or even won a league championship.
The Tartans finished second to Bonita in the Palomares League, so even a league title will have to wait for another day. But let’s be honest, that’s not the hardware the Tartans have been eyeing all season.

By Fred J. Robledo
Glendora’s Alexis Lowden is everything a high school athlete should be, or use to be.In times of specialization when athletes are asked to pick a sport and focus us on it, Lowden is a three-sport athlete getting ready to play for her second CIF Southern Section championship in four months.
Lowden is the heart and soul of the Glendora (25-5) girls basketball team that will take on Thousand Oaks (17-14) in the Division 3AA championship on Saturday at the Honda Center at 9:30 a.m.
Lowden knows what this opportunity is all about because in November, she helped the Tartans’ girls volleyball team to the Division 3 championship game, losing in four games to St. Joseph.
That memory could be the inspiration she needs when the top-seed Tartans play for their first girls basketball title in school history.
“What I learned from that is nobody wants to go all the way to the finals and lose, it’s a terrible feeling,” Lowden said. “For anyone who goes through that, this is sort of redemption. We’ve all worked so hard and I’d rather be celebrating with my teammates than going through that again.”
Lowden is only a junior, but she’s well on her way to establishing herself as one of the Tartans’ all-time multi-sport athletes.
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Damien wins, will host Open Division Consolation final on Thursday against Roosevelt

DAMIEN ADVANCES TO OPEN CONSOLATION FINAL: Redondo High boys basketball coach Vic Martin knew the game plan for Damien High in advance of Tuesday night’s CIF Southern Section Open Division consolation semifinals.
“We knew what to expect, but we didn’t make them feel uncomfortable,” Martin said.
After settling into its comfort zone early, Damien sank six 3-pointers in the first quarter and 14 in the game before handing Redondo an 88-70 loss.
Damien (28-4) will host Roosevelt in Thursday’s Open Division consolation final, while Redondo (25-6) will wait to see who it draws when the CIF State Division 1 playoff matchups are released on Sunday.“We wanted to get out and run. It’s the game we like to play,” Damien’s Cameron Shelton said.
Colin Cuniff’s 3-pointer opened up an 11-4 Damien lead before Ezekiel Alley made it a 10-point game with his 3-pointer.
Damien wasn’t done yet, as Austin Cook hit a pair of 3-pointers to start the second quarter, his second putting Redondo in a 32-19 hole. Cook’s third 3-pointer of the quarter helped Damien take a 15-point lead.
“We pride ourselves on being able to hit our shots from the outside,” Shelton said. “It makes my job easier having guys that can hit from the outside.”

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Claremont knocks out Bishop Amat 1-0 in semifinals

By Fred J. Robledo
— Claremont knew was it was getting against top-seed Bishop Amat in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer semifinals on Tuesday, a team that had scored over a 100 goals on the season, and had a 41-goal scorer in Stanford-bound senior Sophia Serafin, who knocked in six goals in the quarterfinals.
But Claremont had a plan, and it worked to perfection, scoring early and holding off Bishop Amat and Serafin 1-0 to advance to the championship against second-seed South Torrance, a 5-2 winner over Flintridge Prep on either Friday or Saturday. The dates and times of the final will be released Wednesday.
Claremont’s Oxsana Sosnovsky sent a long throw in front of Amat’s goal in the 20th minute, and somehow Mackenzie Boulware emerged from the crowd to score.
The lone goal stood up, but Claremont (23-2-2) had to withstand a flurry of Amat (24-4) chances, especially in the second half.
“We bent, but we didn’t break,” Claremont coach Tim Tracey said. “I’m very proud of our team. Bishop Amat came after us hard again and again. I’m just glad we were able to absorb what they threw at us to advance.”
How rare is a shutout over Bishop Amat? It was the first all season, and snapped Amat’s 14-game winning streak.
“Claremont did what they had to do, they got the early goal,” Bishop Amat coach Guillermo Gonzalez said. “We knew they were dangerous on set pieces and they got us.”
Claremont central defenders Hope Hyland, Katie Weaver and a host of others shadowed Serafin throughout, but Serafin was not without her chances.
She nearly tied the game on two headers minutes apart early in the second half, and was tripped-up for a penalty kick in the 65th minute, but she missed the penalty, steering it wide right.
“We had our chances in the second half and the missed PK was tough,” Gonzalez said. “It’s always tough against a good defensive team to get any goals, but they did a great job keeping us off the scoreboard.”
Amat has lots of weapons, but clearly the focus was Serafin.
“We were going to double-team her anytime she received the ball,” Tracey said. “We didn’t want to allow her to turn to her strong foot. It was unfortunate she missed the PK, but for the most part, we did a good job keeping her in front of us and away from shooting on frame.”
The Wolfpack really had to roll up their sleeves the final 10 minutes after losing sophomore forward Sophie Jones to a red card, but still hung on with 10 players. Jones will have to sit out the final because of the ejection.
Ironically, Claremont’s last title came in 2012, beating Bishop Amat 2-0 in the championship.
“These girls worked so hard, they deserve the opportunity to play for a title,” Tracey said.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s semifinals

Division 2
La Mirada 2, Temecula Valley 1, double overtime
Division 3
Claremont 1, Bishop Amat 0
South Torrance 5, Flintridge Prep 2
Division 5
Crean Lutheran 1, Gabrielino 0
Division 7
San Gabriel Mission 2, Lennox Academy 1

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Glendora girls basketball reaches title game, but won’t face Amat; Rowland’s dream season ends

Glendora advances to title game: There are five CIF basketball championship banners hanging in the Glendora gym, all for the boys.The Glendora girls team will have a chance to put one of their own up next week after knocking off Pacifica (Oxnard) 62-52 in a CIF Southern Section Division 3AA semifinal game on Saturday night.
The Tartans (25-5) will play Thousand Oaks, a 50-40 winner over Bishop Amat, on Friday or Saturday at a time and place to be announced by on Monday.
“This is a special group,” Tartans coach Adam Nunemaker said. “The boys here are expected to be great, great, great but the girls didn’t get a lot of attention but now it’s starting to happen.”
The Tartans broke a tie at the start of the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to take control of the game.
“It took us three quarters to finally figure out what to do to attack their press,” Nunemaker said. “Then it seemed like we scored on every possession. Michelle (Can) got us going in the third and Alex (Lowden) was her normal self.
All over the place, rebounding, making a shot when we needed one and making passes where they needed to go.”

Rowland’s great season ends: After Camarillo made it to the CIF Southern Section finals in senior Cameran Bahnsen’s freshman year, she vowed to do whatever it took to make it back to the top before the end of her high school career.
After one half of basketball on Saturday night in the Division 2AA girls basketball semifinals, it looked like Bahnsen might come up short in reaching that goal. But quickly into the second half, visiting Camarillo made it a reality as the Scorpions outscored Rowland by 17 points in the third period en route to their 70-55 road victory.
“We’ve just been working staying together as a team for all these years and we do so well because we have great chemistry,” Bahnsen said. “I love my team. We’re all best friends and we have fun and that’s why we’re doing so well.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Basketball Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Saturday’s semifinals
Division 2AA

Camarillo 70, Rowland 55
Division 3AA
Glendora 62, Oxnard Pacifica 52
Thousand Oaks 50, Bishop Amat 40
Division 3A
Lancaster 53, La Salle 47
Division 4A
Knight 47, Pomona 31
Division 4AA
Village Christian 67, Pasadena 53
Division 5AA
Crean Lutheran at Westridge

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Nogales, El Monte, Wilson fall in PKs; Northview goes down 3-1

Watch El Monte’s heartbreaking penalty kick loss on periscope. It was intense, El Monte had four PKs to win, but eventually lost 8-7 in 13 rounds.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Soccer
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Division 2

Hueneme 2, El Rancho 0
Division 5
Citrus Hill 0, El Monte 0, 8-7 in PKs, 13 rounds
Division 6
La Canada 0, Nogales 0, LC advances on PKs 5-3
Dunn 4, Maranatha 1
Brentwood 3, Wilson 3, Brentwood advances on PKs, 4-3
Division 7
Santa Clara 3, Northview 1
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 6

La Canada at Dunn, 3 p.m.

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