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.”
By John M. Sherrard
LOS ANGELES –The Bishop Amat High School boys’ soccer team may not be on anyone’s radar outside of the San Gabriel Valley. Not anymore.
The undefeated Lancers, who aren’t in anyone’s top ten outside of The Tribune, including the poll that counts the most – the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 – might just creep into the conversation after a huge 1-0 Del Rey League victory over host Salesian of Los Angeles Wednesday night.
With the victory the Lancers and Cathedral are atop the league with identical records. Amat tied division 3 top-ranked Cathedral in its first league game, 4-4.
Cathedral is ranked second and Salesian fifth in Top Drawer Soccer.com’s Southern California rankings, which is a gauge of all of Southern California high school soccer. Continue reading →
Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley may go down as one of the San Gabriel’s Valley’s all-time best, right there with Tracy Murray, Casey Jacobsen, Cameron Murray, Keith Van Horn, Grant Jerrett, etc., as the Valley’s all-time greats. But on this night in the Northview basketball tournament in December, Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had a crossover and bucket that he can talk about forever … Enjoy it, because that will probably never happen again to No. 42.
What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star Football game Where: West Covina HS When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Above:Los Altos’ David Jimenez (C) (90) along with David Tolmachoff (C) (77) will compete for the West in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings 1. Damien (17-2) - With a win over Etiwanda and blowout at Chino Hills the Spartans are now ranked seventh in the state by MaxPreps. 2. Glendora (19-2) — Brandon Brothers and AJ Bigornia are too much for the rest of the Palomares. 3. Walnut (16-5) - Undefeated in Hacienda and will try to avenge non-league loss at Los Altos Wednesday. 4. Los Altos (15-4) — Came back to earth in loss to Diamond Ranch. But the big one is Wednesday at home against Walnut. 5. Bishop Amat (16-4) — Cruising along and gets a quick rematch with Bell Jeff on Friday at home. 6. Bonita (15-5) — Losses in league to Glendora, Ayala and Diamond Bar. 7. Diamond Ranch (12-7) – Back in the Hacienda mix with a win over Los Altos. 8. Wilson (16-4) – Gets big win over Rowland to move into three-way tie for first in VVL at 3-1 with Covina and Rowland. 9. Diamond Bar (11-10) – Back-to-back losses to league leaders Glendora and Ayala. 10. Covina (15-6) - Tied for first in Valle Vista at 3-1.
Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings 1. South Hills (17-5) — Best season in years with only league loss to strong Ayala squad. 2. Duarte (12-6) – 4-0 in the Montview and probably won’t be tested. 3. Walnut (11-6) – Crushed by Chino 61-40 to fall to second in Hacienda. 4. West Covina (13-7) — Back-to-back wins over Los Altos and Charter Oak. 5. Covina (13-8) – Undefeated at 4-0 in the Valle Vista. 6. South El Monte (16-3) — Has to wait until next week to rematch with Gabrielino, the only team to beat them in MVL. 7. Los Altos (13-6) – Tough loss to West Covina and now gets Walnut next. 8. Bonita (11-12) — Third in Palomares behind Ayala and South Hills. 9. Wilson (10-10) – Only Valle Vista league loss to Covina. 10. Bishop Amat (7-11) – Last place in Del Rey. If Amat misses the playoffs, it will be the first time in forever.
Boys Soccer Rankings 1. Diamond Bar (13-3-2) — Wins over Glendora and Ayala with showdown at Claremont Friday for sole possession of first in Palomares. 2. Damien (12-3-2) – Spartans 4-0-1 in league with only setback surprising loss to Chino Hills. 3. La Puente (10-0-3) – Huge 3-1 with over Ganesha to take over first in Miramonte and remain unbeaten. 4. Bishop Amat (5-0-4) - Undefeated Lancers with big match at Salesian on Wednesday. 5. Sierra Vista (11-2-3) – Surprising 2-2 at Gladstone followed by 2-0 win over Workman. 6. Charter Oak (15-3-2) — Bonced back strong from only league loss to Diamond Ranch. 7. El Monte (9-5-2) — Surges ahead in MVL at 6-0-1 to take over sole possession of first. 8. Ganesha (12-3-3) – Despite loss to La Puente, only a half game back in Miramonte standings. 9. Mountain View (8-5-3) — Takes on El Monte Thursday for sole possession of first. 10. Walnut (9-5) – Tied for first with Charter Oak at 3-1 in Hacienda.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings 1. Bishop Amat (12-6) – Has won seven straight while only allowing one goal during that stretch. 2. South Hills (11-4) — Followed another tough overtime loss to Claremont with 1-0 win at Glendora. 3. Glendora (7-6-5) — Went 0-1-1 last week to drop to third in Palomares. 4. Sierra Vista (13-3-1) – Has 37 goals with just 14 against. 5. Diamond Ranch (8-4-4) – Big 1-0 win over Los Altos after dropping 5-0 decision to power Chino. 6. St. Lucy’s (6-6-6) — As good as the Regents were early, the Baseline is swallowing them up. 7. Diamond Bar (9-6-2) – Through five games it can’t get in win in the Palomares with 0-3-2 start. 8. Baldwin Park (9-1-1) — Only blemish is a loss to Sierra Vista. 9. Los Altos (7-8) — Tied for third with Charter Oak in Hacienda. 10. South El Monte (7-3-1) — Could be second best in MVL behind Gabrielino
Damien, ranked No. 1 in Division 3AA, routed Los Osos 71-43 behind behind Bryce Peters’ 16 points. Jeremy Hemsley added 12 and Malik Fitts finished with 11. Damien improved to 17-2 and a perfect 4-0 in the Baseline.
Walnut remained in sole possession of first in the Hacienda League improving to 16-5 and 4-0 with its 77-22 rout of Chino. Diamond Ranch’s 54-51 win over Los Altos moved the Panthers into a tie for second with the Conquerors. Diamond Ranch is 12-7 and 3-1 and Los Altos is 15-4 and 3-1
Palomares Soccer Results
Friday’s boys games
Glendora 5, South Hills 2
Claremont 2, Bonita 1
Diamond Bar 4, Ayala 2 Friday’s girls games
South Hills 1, Glendora 0
Claremont 1, Bonita 1, OT
Ayala 3, Diamond Bar 2
Glendora’s AJ Bigornia scored 33 points and Brandon Brothers finished with 28 to lead the Tartans to an easy 93-40 win over South Hills to improve to 19-2 and 5-0 in the Palomares. Glendora is ranked No. 1 in Division 2AA. In another Palomares game, Ayala beat Diamond Bar 79-55.
Note: Report scores and results to firstname.lastname@example.org, call to 626-544-0992 and tweet finals to @sgvnscores. Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Los Osos at Damien, 6:30 p.m. Camino Real League
Salesian at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 6:45 p.m.
Chino at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m. Miramonte League
Bassett at Pomona, 6:45 p.m.
Edgewood at Garey, 6:30 p.m.
Ganesha at La Puente, 6 p.m. Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Mountain View at South El Monte, 4:45 p.m. Montview League
Workman at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Azusa at Duarte, 6 p.m. Palomares League
South Hills at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Bonita at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Ayala, 6:30 p.m. Valle Vista League
Covina at Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Nogales at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP
BOYS SOCCER Bishop Amat 5, Marshall 1 – Nathan DiFiori scored twice and Ralph Acosta, Arnold Fields and David Cabral each added a goal for the Lancers (6-4-0) in a nonleague victory. GIRLS SOCCER
Covina 2, San Dimas 1 — Wendie Umanzor scored a goal for the Saints (3-9-3, 2-1), but it was not enough in the Valle Vista League loss. Charter Oak 3, Walnut 0 — Taylor Salgado scored twice and had an assist, and Maggie Brown scored a goal for the Chargers (7-9-1, 2-1) in a Hacienda League win. Cameryn Corcan and Dayna Jaimes each had an assist. Sierra Vista 5, Gladstone 0 — Kimberly Araujo, Giselle Garcia, Maria Hernandez, Samantha Loza and Sonia Quiroa each scored a goal to lead the Dons (12-3-1, 3-0) to the Montview League victory. Zitlali Jimenez has two assists and Araujo and Hernandez each had an assist. GIRLS WATER POLO Charter Oak 19, Walnut 1 – Katie Fugit had eight goals and five steals, Sarah Adams had six goals, three assists and three steals, and goalie Destiny Ramirez had 15 saves for the Chargers (13-4, 2-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s win were Juliana Martinez, who had two goals, five assists and two steals, and Devynn Stein, who had two goals, two assists and five steals. Nikki Rubio scored the lone goal for Walnut. Bonita 15, Ayala 14 – Amanda Legaspi had seven goals and one assist, Erin Gonzalez had three goals and one assist, and goalie Rachel Garwick had seven saves and one assist to lead the Bearcats (12-3) to their first Palomares League victory. Kierra Hemric and Kayla DeHerrera each scored twice and Claire Turner had five assists for Bonita.