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

St. Lucy’s stuns undefeated Gahr, wins 10-4; Charter Oak holds on to beat Upland, 8-7; Los Altos, South El Monte also win

St. Lucy’s shocks unbeaten Gahr, 10-4: The Regents (18-6) upset the No. 1 seeded Gladiators (26-1), handing Gahr its first loss of the season in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 second-round game. Audrey Sellers hit a grand slam and Dakota Casper pitched a complete game for St. Lucy’s. The Regents will host Villa Park in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
“It feels good. It’s definitely a big momentum,” Casper said. “We’re just going to keep that momentum going on Thursday. Just stick to the same thing we did against Gahr and we’ll be successful.”
For the Regents, the game plan going into Tuesday’s matchup was to keep the Gladiators guessing.
“All week really we were told to stay on the corners, change it up and keep them off their toes basically,” Casper said. “And then my team, they’re my No. 1 supporters and they were just telling me the whole time to keep playing my game.”
Even when Gahr backed Casper into a corner, she did not falter under the pressure.
“They scored three runs one inning, it was bases loaded and no outs, but I had trust in my defense,” Casper said. “They’ve gotten me out of spots like that before.”
Although Gahr had not lost entering Tuesday, St. Lucy’s approached the Gladiators like they were just another opponent.
“We’re use to it,” Casper said. “With the league we play in, we have such intensity with Etiwanda, Upland and Chino Hills. So it just feels like another win in league honestly.”

Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1 — Elena Bahimtewa pitched a complete game, striking out four, improving her record to 8-3 and went 2 for 3 with a triple for the Wildcats (16-10-2) in the Division 6 second-round victory. Manelle Meono went 1 for 1, with a triple, a pair of walks, two runs scored and three stolen bases and Mia Ayala drove in the go-ahead run for Wilson. The Wildcats will face Harvard Westlake in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Salgado’s grand slam lifts Charter Oak to victory: There’s no sense playing with words, Charter Oak freshman Morgan Salgado is a beast at the plate, and she delivered like one in the third inning against Upland on Tuesday, belting a two-out grand slam to center that turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead, and was the difference in the Chargers’ 8-7 victory over Upland in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs.
Charter Oak advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals where it will host Dana Hills, a 1-0 upset winner over third-seed Rio Mesa. The home run was Salgado’s fifth to go with her 24 RBIs.
“Being a freshman and being able to do that is really exciting,” Salgado said. “I was looking for an inside pitch and it was literally right down the middle and I swang and it went over. Incredible.”

Los Altos keeps on rolling: Dominant is the only way to describe the performance of Savannah Diederich on Tuesday afternoon.
The Los Altos junior pitched a two-hitter, struck out 13 batters and knocked in two runs with a double and a home run to lead the Conquerors to an 8-0 win over Crescenta Valley in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second-round softball game.
The third-seeded Conquerors (24-6) will travel to Ayala for a quarterfinal game at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday. It is the Conquerors’ first appearance in the quarterfinals since 2009.

Tuesday’s second round results
Division 1

Pacifica 3, South Hills 0
Division 2
St. Lucy’s 10, Gahr 4
Charter Oak 8, Upland 7
Division 3
Los Altos 8, Crescenta Valley 0
Division 4
Montclair 12, Arroyo 1
Division 5
South El Monte 5, Barstow 2
Division 6
Wilson 3, Santa Paula 1
Culver City 7, Azusa 2
Division 7
Mountain View 10, Animo Leadership 0

Thursday’s quarterfinals
All games start at 3:15 p.m.
Division 2

Dana Hills at Charter Oak
Villa Park at St. Lucy’s
Division 3
Los Altos at Ayala
Division 5
Heritage Christian at South El Monte
Division 6
Harvard-Westlake at Wilson
Division 7
Mountain View at Century

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CIF-Southern Section Baseball polls released; Damien at South Hills highlights first round matchups


By Aram Tolegian
Read Pairings story:
It jumped right off the page for local high school baseball fans scanning the playoff pairings released Monday by the CIF Southern Section: Damien at South Hills in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs.
Words like “blockbuster” and “showdown” were being used on social media to describe it in the moments following the announcement.
“We know what they are, they’re very talented and they’re very dangerous,” Damien head coach Andy Nieto said of South Hills. “On our end, we’re very excited to join the party. We’ve had a rough year for a variety of sorts, but I’m really proud of our guys for toughing it out. “We like our chances. I don’t think there’s very many teams as battle tested as we are. I’m proud of my guys for weathering the storm.”
South Hills was made the No. 4 overall seed in the Division 1 field. The Huskies won Division 2 last season and got bumped up to the top-shelf grouping this season because of it. South Hills beat Damien in last year’s Division 2 semifinals. The Huskies enter this year’s postseason at 21-7 and co-champs of the Palomares League.

All games scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., unless noted
Division 1 First Round – Thursday’s games

Damien at South Hills
Chaminade at Bishop Amat
Division 2 First Round – Friday’s games
Woodcrest Christian at Glendora
San Dimas at Mira Costa
Division 3 Wild Card – Tuesday’s games
Cajon at Northview
Division 3 First Round – Thursday’s games
Wild Card winner F at Walnut
Charter Oak at Placentia Valencia
Division 4 First Round – Friday’s games
West Covina at Santa Ynez
Wilson at La Quinta
La Serna at Nogales
Sierra Vista at Sonora
Division 6 Wild Card – Tuesday’s game
Arroyo at Yucca Valley
Division 6 First Round – Friday’s Games
Rio Hondo Prep at El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Pomona
South El Monte at Moreno Valley
Division 7 Wild Card – Tuesday’s wild card
Rosemead at Bosco Tech
Division 7 First Round – Thursday’s Games
La Verne Lutheran at Hamilton
Gladstone at San Jacinto Valley Academy

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CIF Southern Section Softball pairings: St. Lucy’s at Glendora highlight’s Thursday’s First Round


By Fred J. Robledo
Softball Pairings story
: La Habra, South Hills and Bishop Amat knew its road would be tough in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 softball playoffs, and found out just how tough the roads would be following the release of the CIF-SS playoff pairings on Monday.
Freeway League champion La Habra will host Crestview league third-place finisher Yorba Linda while Del Rey League runner-up Bishop Amat has the task of visiting Trinity second-place and Orange County power Mater Dei in first round games on Thursday.
South Hills, who boasts Florida-bound pitcher Natalie Lugo, rallied to finish second in the Palomares. The Huskies will travel to take on Sunset League runner-up Huntington Beach.

CIF-Southern Section Softball Playoffs
All games start at 3:15 p.m. unless noted
Division 1 – Thursday’s first round

South Hills at Huntington Beach
Bishop Amat at Mater Dei
Division 2 – Thursday’s first round
St. Lucy’s at Glendora
Charter Oak at Simi Valley
Division 3 – Thursday’s first round
Mayfair-Palos Verdes WC winner at San Dimas
Glendale-Carer WC winner at Los Altos
Division 4 – Thursday’s first round
Arroyo at La Canada
Colton-Hemet WC winner at Edgewood
Division 5 – Thursday’s first round
Sultana at Sierra Vista
Duarte at Heritage Christian
Heritage at South El Monte
Division 6 – Tuesday’s wild card
Lancaster at El Monte
Wilson at Pomona
Division 6 – Thursday’s first round
Azusa at Notre Dame Academy
Northview at Garden Grove Santiago
Division 7 — Thursday’s first round
Mountain View at Lucerne Valley
La Verne Lutheran at Archer School for Girls

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South Hills Powder Puff game ends when girl gets steamrolled. Why are these games so vicious?

Remember when Power Puff football games was a friendly day of junior and senior girls laughing through a game of flag football? Not anymore, these games have grown more and more serious, and getting physical to a point where injuries are becoming a big concern.
South Hills had a powder puff game called last week after a girl was streamrolled in the open field. It was the kind of hit that would draws oohs and ahhs on any Friday night, except it happened in Powder Puff, which is not that uncommon. You hear stories that Powder Puff games are out of control, ending in fights, vicious blocks, and basically a no rules barrage that are putting the girls that play at risk. High School football summer 7 on 7 games are safer than this.
It might be a good time for school’s to take a serious look at the game and come up with ground rules that make it safe, and teach the game better so that hits like this don’t happen.
Covina-Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Richard M. Sheehan agrees that changes are needed.
“We are definitely reviewing the powder puff games,” Sheehan said. “Like all athletes, the girls are getting stronger and faster. We may take a look at the seven on seven rules currently used in tournaments and modify them appropriately. First and foremost the student safety comes first, but we want to let the kids have fun. It’s finding the balance of both.”

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Highlights from Saturday’s All-Star football game at Covina District

Arcadia’s Raeshawn Roland caught a 18 yard pass from Monrovia’s Richie Schroder with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lead the North team to a 22-18 win over the South in the Southern California All Star Game Saturday night at Covina District Field.
Muir’s Elijah Davis scored two 40-yard touchdown receptions for the North. Norwalk’s Jordan Thomas also scored on two touchdowns runs (2 and 30 yards) and Los Altos’ Andrew Manuele added another touchdown from three yards.
Schroder was named the North’s Offensive MVP with Muir’s Ahmir Davis garnering defensive MVP honors for the North. Bishop Amat’s Andrew Camargo was honored as the South’s defensive MVP while Thomas was named the South’s offensive MVP. — James Escarcega

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Big players at Saturday’s All-Star Football game at Covina District

By Aram Tolegian
Most high school football all-star games morph into defensive struggles that often end with a baseball score. Saturday’s North/South Southern Califiornia All-Star Game may be different.
Given the potential for big plays on the loaded North team’s offense, fans could be in for a bigger treat than usual. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Covina District Field. Fans are urged to arrive early to avoid long ticket lines.
“I think we’re pretty athletic,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez, who will coach the North. “I’ll be honest, I think we’re pretty good on defense, as well. It’s going to be one of those games. We’ll see how it all turns out. It’s kind of hard getting everybody on the same page in seven or eight practices.”

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Rowland Boys swimming takes Division 4 title with total team effort

By Keith Lair
It’s tough to win CIF Southern Section swimming championships without getting at least one victory.
Rowland High School made it look like a piece of cake. The Raiders scored points in practically every event in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College en route to its first boys championship. The Raiders won by 69 1/2 points with Valle Vista League rival San Dimas a distant second.
“The guys wanted to win the plaque and they worked really hard day in and day out,” coach Mike Cody said. “I told the guys I wanted to be inspired. They swam really well.“We put them in the right events and spread them out. Some people swam events they do not normally do, but that’s what team players do.”

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