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

Damien defeats Selma 86-53 in the first round of the CIF-State Division III regional

Damien-Selma photo gallery


STORY: After Damien’s Malik Fitts dunked in the first three seconds, the rest was a formality.
Damien cruised in the first round of the CIF State Southern California Division III regional playoffs with an easy 86-53 home victory over travel-weary Selma, a CIF-Central Section Division III semifinalist located 16 miles from Fresno.
The second-seed Spartans (25-5), which hadn’t lost at home in eight years before suffering back-to-back losses in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, will be at home again Saturday in the regional quarterfinals against 10th-seed Corona del Mar at 6 p.m. Corona del Mar upset sixth-seed El Cajon Valley, 46-33.

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Damien hoping state basketball playoffs will erase the taste of Open Division disappointment

“When we won CIF (in 2013), it was hard to get excited for the state playoffs because we had just achieved our goal,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “I think that feeling has switched on us, which is kind of strange. We’re as excited for this (state) as we normally would be getting ready for the CIF (divisional) playoffs.

Damien state playoff preview: After nearly two weeks off since losing in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division consolation semifinals to Redondo Union, 82-77, in overtime on Feb. 28, Damien’s boys basketball team is ready for the CIF-State Southern California Division III regional playoffs, where the second-seed Spartans (24-5) are one of the favorites.
Damien will host 15-seed Selma (22-7) in the first round Wednesday at 7 p.m. Selma, located 16 miles from Fresno, lost to Bakersfield West in the CIF-Central Section Division III semifinals, 87-63, and its best player is 6-foot-5 senior Anoop Grewal, averaging 16 points and six boards.
“I don’t know much about them,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said of Selma. “They didn’t play any Southern Section teams and all I could find was about a three-minute video on them online. I’m not sure how much it matters, at this point our guys are just ready to plan again.”

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San Dimas and Bonita in semifinals of Dicks Tournament and game away from meeting in title game

Dicks Sporting Goods San Gabriel Valley Baseball Tournament
Wednesday’s Semifinals

San Dimas 3, Etiwanda 0
Bonita vs. Alta Loma at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

STORY: San Dimas standout pitcher Peter Lambert dominated on Friday night, leading the Saints to a 5-0 victory over South Hills in the quarterfinals of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament in front of a large crowd at Mt. SAC.
The pregame hype around the game was all about the match-up between two of the area’s best in Lambert and Cal State Fullerton signee Gavin Velasquez. However, it was Lambert who stole the show, striking out 13 in a three-hit, complete-game shutout.
“He (Lambert) wanted the ball and he was focused and attacked,” said San Dimas head coach Mike Regan.

Los Osos @ Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
Pasadena @ South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga @ Valencia, 3:15 p.m.
Carter at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont @ Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.
Chino Hills @ Warren, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada @ Apple Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Arcadia @ Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Temecula Valley @ Victor Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos @ Tahquitz, 3:15 p.m.
Adelanto @ San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.
Paloma Valley @ Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak @ Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Covina @ Long Beach Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.

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Glendora baseball falls to Santiago in championship of Don Lugo tournament, 5-4

By John Honell, correspondent
Glendora scored early but left 11 runners stranded on base and couldn’t hang on as Santiago (Corona) rallied for five runs in the final two innings to knock off the Tartans 5-4 for the championship of the Don Lugo Baseball Tournament on Monday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans (4-1), who were the defending tournament champion, and ruined a good pitching performance by senior Ryan Beyer.
Beyer started the game and allowed only one hit and no runs in four and two-thirds innings but had to leave after 82 pitches. He hit one batter and gave up six walks to the Sharks.
“Ryan has quality stuff,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “When he throws strikes he’s really good. He’s been able to work out of those jams and keep his composure. He’s been great this year and has become a fine pitcher.”
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Damien gets No. 2 seed in CIF-State Division 3 boys basketball playoffs; South Hills hoops and Bishop Amat girls soccer also in.

Damien, which went 1-2 in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs, earned a CIF-State Division 3 playoff berth and the No. 2 seed when the pairings were announced Sunday. Damien will host something named Selma in the first round at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. The South Hills girls basketball team, which reached the divisional semifinals, earned the ninth seed in the Division 2 state playoffs and will be on the road at Mission Oak, Wednesday at 7.
Bishop Amat girls soccer, despite losing in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals, earned a Division 3 state playoff berth and a fifth seed. The Lancers will travel to face fourth seed Santa Margarita in the first round on Tuesday.



10 Gardena (21-9) at 7 La Mirada (26-5)
12 El Cajon Valhalla (22-9) at 5 Sonora (28-4)
14 L.A. Franklin (13-16) at 3 Cantwell (15-13)
15 Selma (22-7) at 2 Damien (24-5)
15 Carlsbad Pacific Ridge (22-6) at 2 Maranatha (22-6)

16 Hart (23-7) at 1 Mark Keppel (22-7)
9 South Hills (23-7) at 8 Tulare Mission Oak (28-5)
10 Legacy (South Gate) at 7 South Pasadena
13 St. Paul (19-14) at 4 Los Angeles View Park (26-4)
12 Douglas (17-17) at 5 Flintridge Prep (24-2)

Here is the CIF Southern California Regional soccer pairings, just released by CIF. The first round is scheduled for Tuesday, with the semifinals on Thursday and finals on Saturday. All games begin at 4 p.m. and are at home sites.

8 La Canada at 1 Cathedral
5 San Dieguito Academy at 4 Monrovia
6 South Pasadena at 3 Cathedral Catholic

7 La Serna at 2 Carlsbad
5 West Torrance at 4 La Mirada
5 Bishop Amat at 4 Santa Margarita
7 Chula Vista at 2 Maranatha

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tourney: No. 1 San Dimas, No. 2 South Hills to square off in Friday’s quarters at Mt. SAC, 5 p.m.

Follow Bonita’s website for Dick’s sporting Goods brackets and info throughout the tournament. The 32-team knockout will work just like a CIF playoff tourney with a consolation bracket as well. Home games are listed with an asterisk, and coin flips will determine subsequent home games just as CIF does. I’ll post updated brackets as we get them. The second round is Wednesday.

Just confirmed that not only is No. 1 San Dimas taking on No. 2 South Hills at Mt. SAC on Friday at 5 p.m.. Even better is that Saints ace Peter Lambert and Huskies ace Gavin Velasquez will take the hill. It’s on.

Walnut, Pasadena photo gallery
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Pasadena beats Walnut: In his first career varsity start, senior Luke Bolger carried a no-hitter into the final inning on his way to earning the victory for the Pasadena High School baseball team, which beat Walnut 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational.
“I was just zoned into what I needed to do and my job,” Bolger said. “I really just focused on my mechanics to do what I needed to do to help the team.”
Going into the seventh inning, Bolger had a 5-0 cushion against the Mustangs, who had just put 16 runs on the board in their season opener. Walnut’s Andre Alvarez got a leadoff single with a ground ball through the right side to break up the no-hitter.

Dick Sporting Goods tournament
Wednesday’s second sound championship bracket
Top Half

Etiwanda 6, Temecula Valley 5
Pasadena 5, Walnut 1
San Dimas 2, Paloma Valley 0
South Hills 2, Yucaipa 1
Bottom Half
Crescenta Valley 5, Victor Valley 2
Bonita 12, Warren 7
Los Osos 4, Arcadia 3
Alta Loma 2, Chino Hills 1

Friday’s quarterfinals
San Dimas vs. South Hills at Mt. SAC, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Etiwanda vs. Pasadena at Bonita, 11 a.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. Bonita at Bonita, 2 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Alta Loma at Bonita, 5 p.m.

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San Dimas Softball Tournament: Charter Oak, West Covina, Monrovia, Montclair reach semifinals

Charter Oak-El Rancho photo gallery

Chavez helps Charter Oak reach semifinals: The Charter Oak High softball team reached the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament with a 4-3 win over El Rancho in five innings on Thursday in a game that was called based on a time limit.
Marissa Chavez provided the Chargers with the offensive boost they needed in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run, and Charter Oak (2-0) led the rest of the way.

Top Bracket
La Canada 6, Wilson 1
West Covina 12, Whittier Christian 0
Montclair 10, Crescenta Valley 1
Temple City 6, Northview 2
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 12, Ontario Christian 2
El Rancho 9, South El Monte 0
Monrovia 4, Alta Loma 2
San Dimas 4, Bonita 2
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Top Bracket
West Covina 9, La Canada 5
Montclair 1, Temple City 0
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 4, El Rancho 3
Monrovia 4, San Dimas 1
Friday’s semifinals
Charter Oak 11, Monrovia 1
West Covina 10, Montclair 0
Saturday’s championship
Charter Oak vs. West Covina at San Dimas, 4 p.m.

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Glendora quarterback Matt Fink adds Notre Dame to list of offers

Glendora QB Matt Fink has received offers from Utah, Washington St., Nevada and Kansas in the last week. On Tuesday that list grew to include one of the most prestigious football schools in the country, Notre Dame.

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It’s all over for Sierra Vista girls and Arroyo boys in soccer semifinals

SIERRA VISTA, ARROYO LOSE: Sierra Vista and Maranatha were a game away from meeting in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer finals, but both couldn’t get it done in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Temescal Canyon knocked off host Sierra Vista 2-1 while Maranatha lost on the road to second-seed Paloma Valley 1-0.
Temescal Canyon and Paloma Valley will meet in the championship on Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.
“Give a lot of credit to Temescal Canyon, they’re a great team and they’re coached well,” Sierra Vista coach Steve Jimenez said. “I think we had our opportunities. We couldn’t finish and they had a few opportunities and took advantage of their chances better than we did ours.”

CIF-SS Soccer Playoffs
Today’s Semifinals
Division 3

Chaffey 2, Pasadena 1, sudden death ot
Division 5
Garden Grove Santiago 2, Arroyo 0
Division 6
Monrovia 1, La Canada 1, Monrovia wins in PKs 4-2
South Pasadena 2, Sage Hill 0
Division 4
La Mirada 2, Santa Monica 0
Division 5
La Serna 1, La Quinta 0
Girls Division 6
Temescal Canyon 2, Sierra Vista 1
Paloma Valley 1, Maranatha 0

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South Hills teachers face felony charges for supplying cocaine and having sex with students

Michelle Ghirelli, a former South Hills assistant softball coach, charged: Orange County prosecutors Monday said two female South Hills High School teachers supplied cocaine to students at a beach party where they also had sex with the teens.
Teachers Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, each could go to state prison for more than a decade if convicted, officials said.
A party, involving the two women and five male students, occurred in San Clemente between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 on a camping trip, according to a press release.
“At some point during the trip, Lippert is accused of facilitating Ghirelli’s sexual relationship with 17-year-old John Doe,” The press release said. “Ghirelli is accused of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with John Doe and orally copulating the victim.”
Prosecutors allege Lippert organized the trip by sending a group text message to Ghirelli and the five male students.

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After shockingly declaring a forfeit for wearing pink numbers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness; Narbonne girls basketball team reinstated

BREAKING NEWS: Narbonne wins appeal, is back in the City Finals. However, coach suspended for remainder of the playoffs

Narbonne’s girls basketball team won’t get its hard-earned shot at an L.A. City Section Open Division championship on Saturday, all because it decided to ‘think pink’ with its uniforms in its semifinal win last Saturday.
The L.A. City Section announced Monday that Narbonne would forfeit its 57-52 semifinal win over View Park and be immediately removed from the playoffs, all because the team wore pink letters and numbers on their jerseys in Saturday’s win.
Narbonne had been scheduled to face Palisades in the City final on Saturday night.
According to Article 1305 in the L.A. City Section Goldbook, “Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors as listed in the Board of Managers Gold Book” and adds that “Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contests.”

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San Dimas and Ace Peter Lambert are on top of the Tribune pre-season High School Baseball Rankings

By Aram Tolegian and Fred Robledo
Questions and optimism always abound at this time of year. The start of a new high school baseball season always brings with it both of those sentiments. This particular season there’s more than usual.
The offseason brought with it some drama as Bishop Amat said goodbye to wildly successful head coach Andy Nieto, who wound up at Damien. Will Amat continue to thrive? Is Damien about to find the postseason success that’s eluded the program in recent years?
Those are two of the biggest questions, but what about optimism? Every team has it. That’s fair. Some will prosper, most will not. One thing is for certain, though, fans who are excited to see nonstop top-notch action from the first year of the Palomares League probably won’t be disappointed.
Without further adieu, here is this newspaper’s opinion of the area’s top 10 teams entering the season.

Click the link above to read the Tribune’s full top ten preview
Tribune Top Ten

1. San Dimas
2. South Hills
3. Bishop Amat
4. Glendora
5. Damien
6. Bonita
7. Sierra Vista
8. Northview
9. Los Altos
10. Diamond Bar

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Los Altos girls beat Palm Desert 8-7 to claim D-5 girls water polo title

Check out the photo gallery from Los Altos’ thrilling 8-7 win over Palm Desert to claim the CIF-SS Division 5 girls water polo crown.

LOS ALTOS WINS TITLE: The improbable happened. The Los Altos High School girls water polo had not rallied from a second-half deficit in one important game this season. The Conquerors trailed top-seeded Palm Desert by three goals in the third quarter on Saturday afternoon.
But Victoria Mezack scored three times in the second half and Brooke Contreras scored with 1:27 to play to give the Conquerors an improbable 8-7 victory and the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Irvine High’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics complex.
“That fourth quarter, we brought it,” Los Altos co-coach Chris Coleman said. “Winning the second half was our motto.”

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