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

Girls Basketball: Glendora earns top seed in 3AA with Rowland No. 3 in 2AA

LINKS: Girls Basketball pairings

By Fred Robledo
There are several local teams with shots at chasing girls basketball divisional titles following the release of the CIF Southern Section girls basketball pairings on Sunday.
It might come as a huge surprise that Glendora and Bishop Amat, despite not winning league titles, were awarded the top two seeds respectively in Division 3AA.

Glendora (22-5), which tied for second in the Palomares League, will be on the road at Mission Valley League champion Gabrielino (16-8) in the second round on Saturday after both teams were given bye’s to the second round. Because Glendora is a second place team, it is on the road despite earning the top seed.
Second-seed Bishop Amat (18-7) finished second in the Camino Real and also was given a bye to the second round where it will await the winner between Tahquitz (15-7) and Serrano (10-6).
In other Division 3AA first round games, Diamond Ranch (13-12) is at Palos Verdes (18-9) while El Monte (10-15) is at Gahr (14-11).
Rowland, the area’s top-ranked team, was seeded third in Division 2AA after an impressive season that saw it finish 24-1.
Rowland will host the Temescal Canyon (21-5), Lakewood St. Joseph’s (17-7) winner in the second round on Saturday.
Los Altos (23-3), co-champions with Walnut in the Hacienda league, earned the fourth seed and also has a bye to the second round.
Los Altos will face the St. Monica Catholic (20-6)-Arcadia (14-12) winner in the second round.
In Division 2AA first round games on Thursday, Palomares league champion Bonita (18-8) will host Channel League at-large Dos Pueblos (19-6) while Walnut (23-3) hosts Almont third-place San Gabriel (18-7).
The best local matchup in Thursday’s first-round is in Division 2A with Covina (23-5), second to Rowland in the Valle Vista, hosting West Covina (17-10), a third-place team from the competitive Hacienda.
One year after the Duarte girls basketball team advanced to the Division 4AA championship game, the Falcons’ regular season success has continued, but now they will have to compete in Division 1A, where even a first round game is tough.
Duarte (25-4) will host Murrieta Valley (18-8) in the first round on Thursday.
Diamond Bar (20-7), which earned an at-large berth to Division 1A, will be on the road at Citrus Belt league champion Yucaipa (20-4), with the winner taking on top-seed Martin Luther King in the second round.
Sierra Vista (10-13) was the lone area participant in Division 3A and will be home in the first round on Thursday against Rancho Verde (14-12).
In Division 4AA first round games Thursday, San Dimas (10-17) is at Nipomo (15-11) while Arroyo (14-14) hosts Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (14-14).
Bassett (10-15), which finished second in the Miramonte, will be on the road in a Division 4A first-round game at Pioneer (17-11).
In Division 5AA, Workman (11-10) will host Heritage Christian (19-8) in a Wednesday’s wild card while Rosemead (16-10) hosts a first-round game Saturday against La Reina (10-11).
In 5A, La Puente (9-14) is at Riverside Prep in a wild card on Wednesday.

All games start at 7 p.m.
Division 1A – Thursday’s first round
Murrieta Valley at Duarte
Diamond Bar at Yucaipa
Division 2AA – Thursday’s first round
Rowland bye (Temescal Canyon-Lakewood St. Joe’s winner Saturday)
Los Altos bye (St. Monica Catholic-Arcadia winner Saturday)
Dos Pueblos at Bonita
San Gabriel at Walnut
Division 2A – Thursday’s first round
West Covina at Covina
Division 3AA – Thursday’s first round
Glendora bye (at Gabrielino Saturday)
Bishop Amat bye (vs. Tahquitz-Serrano winner Saturday)
Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes
El Monte at Gahr
Division 3A – Thursday’s first round
Rancho Verde at Sierra Vista
Division 4AA – Thursday’s first round
San Dimas at Nipomo
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Arroyo
Division 4A – Thursday’s first round
Bassett at Pioneer
Division 5AA – Wednesday’s wild card
Heritage Christian at Workman
La Reina at Rosemead (first round Saturday)
Division 5A – Wednesday’s wild card
La Puente at Riverside Prep

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Glendora settles for 0-0 tie with Claremont to share Palomares girls soccer title

It was fitting that Glendora and Claremont’s girls soccer teams posed together for pictures following Wednesday’s 0-0 tie that resulted in a share of the Palomares League title, because both teams shared chances and opportunities that just wouldn’t fall.
For Claremont (18-4-1, 9-1), the tie had extra meaning, because the Wolfpack, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 3, will head to the playoffs as the league’s top team by virtue of beating Glendora 4-1 in its prior encounter to earn the head-to-head nod over the Tartans (17-5-1, 9-1), ranked seventh in Division 3.“It was a good game by two good teams,” Claremont coach Tim Tracey said. “We knew we were going to have our hands full with Glendora. But we also knew what leaving here with a tie meant. It’s always nice to go the playoffs as the top team.”

Glendora obviously wanted to come away with the victory, but first-year coach Steve Jimenez talked about the positives that his team can build on.
“Welcome to the Palomares league,” Jimenez explained. “Every game in this league is a battle. We wanted the league title by ourselves but at the end of the day, this is the first girls soccer title in Glendora history, so we’ll build on this and take this momentum to the playoffs.”
Claremont forced the pace early and nearly took the lead in the 30th minute on a goal that was called back on offside.
A few minutes later, forward Lexi Deahl got around Glendora goalkeeper Sarah Reyes in the 35th minute, but her open netter floated over the crossbar.
Glendora was also fortunate to escape two tackles in the box in the final moments of the half that easily could have resulted in Claremont penalty kicks.
But Glendora had its chances in the first half too, particularly on set pieces, but it couldn’t put shots on frame or get on the end of crosses and corners.
Reyes saved Glendora in the early minutes of the second half, turning away two point-blank shots from Claremont’s Mackenzie Boulware. It was a spark that allowed Glendora to regain some momentum.
“I’ve always said bigtime players come up in big games,” Jimenez said. “She made some big saves that kept the game at zero, that’s all you can ask from your (goalkeeper).”
Glendora’s two bigtime strikers, Texas Tech-bound Alexis Rushlow and Washington State signee Hanna Goff, had a few chances, but not enough.
A lot of credit goes to Wolfpack central defender Hope Hyland and her outside backs for doing their best to contain the Tartans’ duo.
“It’s always really tough playing Glendora, they have Rushlow, Goff and all these good players,” Hyland said. “It’s good we tied, but I wish we would have won.”
In the two overtimes, Claremont hit the post and Rushlow nearly broke free in the final minute to win it.

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien and Los Altos have been 1-2 all season

Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (23-3)
— Has beaten everyone it’s supposed to beat.
2. Los Altos (20-4) — Tough schedule has prepared it for the playoffs.
3. Bonita (17-6) — Clings to one game lead in Palomares with two left.
4. Walnut (18-7) — Was swept by Los Altos in Hacienda.
5. San Dimas (17-8) — Two wins from perfect 10-0 in Valle Vista.
6. Workman (19-5) — Will it finally go on a deep playoff run?
7. Bishop Amat (18-6) — Better than expected season.
8. Rowland (16-8) — Battles Covina for second on Tuesday.
9. Charter Oak (14-10) — Tied with West Covina for third in Hacienda.
10. Glendora (14-11) — Is only 3-5 in Palomares.

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Girls Basketball Rankings: No. 1 Rowland having a dream season

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Rowland (22-1)
— Can clinch Valle Vista outright with win over Covina.
2. Walnut (21-3) — Beats Los Altos in rematch to tie for Hacienda lead.
3. Los Altos (21-3) — Is 7-1 and tied in Hacienda with Walnut with two to play.
4. Covina (22-4) — Can share Valle Vista title by beating Rowland.
5. Glendora (21-4) — Beat Bonita 51-38 to tie for Palomares lead.
6. Duarte (23-4) — Dominated Montview, ready for the playoffs.
7. Diamond Bar (19-6) — Still fighting for a playoff spot.
8. Bishop Amat (18-7) – Clinched second in Camino Real.
9. Bonita (16-8) — Tied for Palomares lead with Glendora, both 6-2.
10. West Covina (16-10) — Bulldogs a solid third in tough Hacienda.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat takes back top spot

Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (20-3) – Clinched Del Rey title and No. 1 in Division 3
2. Glendora (17-4-1) — Ten game win streak snapped in 4-1 loss to Claremont.
3. West Covina (10-2-9) – Clinched first-ever Hacienda title.
4. Nogales (14-3-3) – Only allowed two goals in Montview.
5. South Hills (12-8-1) — Clinched third in Palomares heading to D1 playoffs.
6. Rowland (13-6-2) – Needs to beat Covina to earn share of Valle Vista.
7. Covina (12-5-1) – Faces Rowland with league title on the line, Tueday.
8. Arroyo (9-5-9) – Will finish second in Mission Valley League.
9. Sierra Vista (6-6-2) — Will finish no worse than second in Montview.
10. Walnut (6-9-1) — Is third at 4-3-1 in Hacienda.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Glendora, Nogales, Baldwin Park closing in on league titles

Tribune Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Glendora (12-4-2) – Clinched share of Palomares league title
2. Nogales (13-3-4) — Only allowed five goals in the Montview.
3. Baldwin Park (14-2-3) – Has won 11 of 12 to take over Valle Vista lead.
4. La Puente (11-1-4) – Tied with Garey in Miramonte with two left.
5. El Monte (13-5-2) – Closing in on Mission Valley title.
6. Sierra Vista (12-5-3) – Will likely finish second to Nogales in VVL.
7. Walnut (12-6-1) – Tied with Diamond Ranch with two to play.
8. Wilson (9-3-3) – Solid second in Valle Vista.
9. Arroyo (11-6-1) – Fighting for playoff spot in tight Mission Valley.
10. Diamond Ranch (9-8-4) – Is 6-2 in the Hacienda.

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Stories and pictures from National Signing Day in the San Gabriel Valley

Wednesday was National Signing day for high school football, boys/girls soccer and water polo. Check out the stories and pictures on another Signing Day in the SGV.


Tribune Football Signees make choices: Brian Casteel never wavered when it came to his college of choice.
The Charter Oak High School football standout gave an early verbal commit to Arizona, never opened his recruitment back up to other schools and finally made things official on Wednesday by signing on the dotted line for the Wildcats.
“I really couldn’t believe that this day was here because this really is what I’ve been working for all my life,” Casteel said. “I just want to thank Arizona for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to continue doing what I love at their school.”

Big Day for Soccer Signees and others: While high school athletes across the country have sweated out the past few weeks waiting for offers in hopes of making their college choice on National Signing Day, some like Bishop Amat girls soccer player Sophia Serafin have been waiting years to make their intentions official.
That day finally came Wednesday.
Serafin, along with teammates Isabelle Juarez and Danielle Herrera, finally got to sign paperwork during ceremonies at Bishop Amat.

Brian Casteel, Charter Oak, University of Arizona
Antwaun Ayers, Northview, San Jose State
Tyler Nevens, Los Altos, San Jose State
Jarren Ford, Bishop Amat, Western Oregon
Andrew Manuele, Los Altos, Bemedji State
Josh Oregel, Damien, Western Oregon
Andrew Toothman, Damien, Abilene Christian
Jeff Lu, Diamond Bar, Stetson University
Trey Green, Diamond Ranch, Idaho State
Boys Water Polo
Chase Travisano, Damien, UCLA
Girls Soccer
Diamond Quinn, St. Lucy’s, Portland State
Isabelle Juarez, Bishop Amat, Texas Christian University
Skylar Robledo, South Hills, Loyola Marymount
Sophia Serafin, Bishop Amat, Stanford
Danielle Herrera, Bishop Amat, UC Riverside
Alexis Rushlow, Glendora, Texas Tech
Jolie Lopez, South Hills, CS San Bernardino
Hanna Goff, Glendora, Washington State
Jennifer Segura, Glendora, Cumberland University
Maggie Brown, Charter Oak, Rogers State
Bria Salazar, Charter Oak, Rogers State
Allexxis Hand, Los Altos, Cal State Monterey Bay
Kayla Pak, Diamond Bar, University of Pacific
Boys Soccer
Jonah Peck, Glendora, Azusa Pacific

Late Signees
Dylan Diaz, Glendora, Condordia-Portland
Dante Palacio, San Dimas, Cal Poly Pomona
Emma Rae Flores, Charter Oak, Chowan University
Marissa Chavez, Charter Oak, Brigham Young
Gabriella Bracamonte, Bishop Amat, CS San Bernardino
Anabelle Reyes, Glendora, Concordia-Nebraska
Ashley Carbajal, Los Altos, Averett University
Justine Greene, Charter Oak, University of La Verne
Brooke Fuss, San Dimas, Shepherd University
Eve Ramirez, San Dimas, Shepherd University
Boys Swimming
Cody Liske, Damien, University of Indianopolis
Girls Volleyball
Marissa Montoya, Glendora, Whittier College
Sidney Flores, Bishop Amat, United States Air Force Academy
Shyann Reynolds, Glendora, Cal State Long Beach
Shalee Reynolds, Glendora, Cal State Long Beach
Cross Country
Savanah Yi, Glendora, Vanguard

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