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

Walnut girls swimming win CIF Division 3 title

By Keith Lair
Walnut High School’s Alexis Grant looked to the swimming lane on her right side of Riverside City College pool and did not see Pasadena Poly’s Susannah Laster.
The freshman knew the Mustangs’ first CIF Southern Section Division 3 title in seven years would be at hand on Thursday evening.
“We were ahead and I really didn’t see anybody,” Grant said. “I was definitely scared because Susannah Laster can go out really fast; faster than me. It was nerve-wracking.”

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Walnut, Nogales, El Monte win league baseball titles; Glendora, South Hills share Palomares


Glendora, South Hills tie for Palomares League title: It was a must win game in a must win week of play for the Glendora baseball team.The Tartans came through with a 4-0 shut-out win over Claremont in the final game of the regular season on Thursday afternoon.
The win clinched at a share of the Palomares League championship after missing the CIF Souther Section Division 2 playoffs last season. South Hills beat Ayala 2-1 in 10 innings late Wednesday. Because Glendora is in Division 2, and South Hills in Division 1, both will head to the playoffs as the league’s top entry.The Tartans improved to 24-6 and 11-4.
“We didn’t want to put pressure on these young kids last week by telling them it was a must win week,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “But this week certainly was and today was certainly a must win for a league championship, so we’re really excited about it.”


Walnut beats Charter Oak to win Hacienda: Walnut High School is the stealth baseball team of the San Gabriel Valley; overlooked until the end of the season when it suddenly appears and drops bombs on the rest of the Hacienda League.
The Mustangs (20-8, 13-1) clinched their third consecutive league title with a 6-3 win over second place and higher ranked Charter Oak on Wednesday afternoon.
“This was a huge win for us,” Mustangs coach Paul Acosta said. “Sometimes we fly under the radar, but we don’t take offense. If people want to sleep on us, that’s OK.”


Nogales clinches Montview: Trust.
It’s the intangible that a player must have with his coach. In Nogales’ 1-0 win over visiting Sierra Vista on Tuesday that clinched the Montview League baseball championship, it played a key factor in the outcome, which sewed up the league title for the Nobles (23-2, 13-1).
The characters in this subplot were Nobles coach Donnie Montanez, assistant coach Tim Nolan and starting pitcher Juan Guardado.
In the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Mario Huizar and Fernando Bravo had singles for Sierra Vista (16-6, 11-3). Nolan then came out to the mound with every intention of replacing Juan with his older brother Jonathan.

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Tribune Baseball Rankings: Consistent San Dimas leaps to top spot


Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. San Dimas (19-5) – With everyone faltering, Saints jumps to top spot.
2. Glendora (22-6) – Back-to-back losses to fall in three-way tie for first.
3. South Hills (19-7) – Finishes with two against Ayala in fight for Palomares.
4. Charter Oak (15-4) – Game back of Walnut in Hacienda with two against Mustangs this week for the title.
5. Nogales (22-2) – Big week against Sierra Vista should decide Montview.
6. Bishop Amat (17-9) — Has clinched the Del Rey League title.
7. Walnut (19-8) — Needs a split against Charter Oak for Hacienda title.
8. Damien (11-12) – Back in playoff picture after winning three of four.
9. Bonita (13-11) – Beat South Hills, but might not be enough for playoff berth.
10. Sierra Vista (16-5) – Needs to sweep Nogales for Montview title.



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Tribune Softball Rankings: Los Altos, St. Lucy’s on top in final week before playoffs


Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Los Altos (20-6) – Clinched at least tie of Hacienda league title.
2. St. Lucy’s (15-6) – Impressive second-place showing in Baseline.
3. Glendora (19-8) – Loss to Ayala drops into first-place tie with South Hills.
4. Charter Oak (18-6) – Tied with Chino for second in Hacienda.
5. Edgewood (15-0) – Area’s only undefeated team, but weak schedule.
6. South El Monte (20-3) – Has a great shot at Division 5 title.
7. South Hills (17-11) – Record more impressive after Bonita forfeit win.
8. Bishop Amat (13-10-1) – Will host St. Joseph for league title Thursday.
9. San Dimas (16-9) – Undefeated in weak Valle Vista.
10. Bonita (12-15) — Forfeit and suspensions could end playoff hopes

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COLUMN: Lot of your favorite high school football coaches are leaving, Aram has a solution


The list of names is all-star caliber and seemingly grows by the day. But there’s nothing good about it. Mike Maggiore, Mike Moschetti, Joel Sanchez, Matt Koffler, Dale Ziola, Joel Sanchez, Marc Paramo, Albert Sanchez, I could go on and on. Head coaches by trade, but men who either will be assistants or not coaching at all next season.
Yes, there’s an inventory glut of top-notch head coaches who show up to work every day at a local high school campus near you, but aren’t actually the head coach of anything anymore. They teach. Most of them physical education, but some history or math or something else. Again, this is not a good thing.

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Bonita softball suspends four players and coach for illegal practices with travel team

Bonita High School officials have suspended four girls from its varsity softball team and head coach Mark LeVier for two games this week for violating CIF Southern Section rules, confirmed Bonita principal Derek Bub on Wednesday.
According to Bub, LeVier, who is also a Cal Thunder travel coach, was practicing with the suspended girls in correlation with the Cal Thunder team on Sunday’s over the past few weeks, which is against CIF rules.

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SGV League vs. League all-star baseball tripleheader back for a second year


After a huge success last year, the high school baseball league vs. league challenge is back for a second year, pitting league all-stars against each other regardless of grade. It’s a true all-star game. Players that are selected to all-league first teams automatically qualify, plus three more from the league decided by coaches. Head coach priority will go to first place teams as well as other coaches added to the staff. The games will be played at homer and fan friendly Maverick Park in West Covina on Saturday, June 10.
Here’s the lineup ..
Miramonte vs. Montview, Noon
Hacienda vs. Valle Vista, 3 p.m.
Baseline vs. Palomares, 6 p.m.

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