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

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs: Diamond Ranch, South Hills, Charter Oak and Wilson advance in 3AA playoffs; Workman ousted

La Salle's Claire Fitzgerald (C) (23) drives to the basket past Workman's Indelisa Bernal (13) in the first half of a prep playoff game at Workman High School in City of Industry, Calif., on Thursday, Feb.20, 2014. La Salle won 55-41. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

La Salle’s Claire Fitzgerald (C) (23) drives to the basket past Workman’s Indelisa Bernal (13) in the first half of a prep playoff game at Workman High School in City of Industry, Calif., on Thursday, Feb.20, 2014. La Salle won 55-41. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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LA SALLE 55, WORKMAN 41

INDUSTRY – La Salle High School struggled a bit while playing in arguably the toughest girls basketball league in the CIF-Southern Section.
But the payoff for being in the rugged Del Rey League, which features powers Serra, Bishop Amat and Bishop Montgomery, came Thursday night.
Claire Fitzgerald scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Lancers to a 55-41 victory over host Workman in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first-round game.
La Salle, also getting 10 points each from Caroline Knop and Dionna Williams, improved to 12-13 and will face either Flintridge Sacred Heart or No. 9 29 Palms in Saturday’s second round. The Lancers are the No. 8 seed.
Alize Williams had 22 points for Workman, which finished 18-9.
La Salle nearly put this one away during the first quarter, using a 16-2 run to start the game to take command. Williams finished the opening period with 14 points as the Lancers led 20-5. Workman was held to two field goals and committed five turnovers during the first five minutes.
But the Lobos, who went 13-1 in winning the Montview League, rallied. Workman, also getting 12 points from Alicia Aguirre, cut it to 24-15 early in the second quarter. Then after falling behind by 15 in the fourth quarter, the Lobos rallied to within 10 before two missed opportunities sealed their fate.

La Salle’s Claire Fitzgerald: “Playing those really great teams (in the Del Rey League) prepared us for the playoffs, because they are great teams. We were just 1-7 in league, but playing those great teams help us prepare for the playoffs.”

Workman’s Alize Williams: “We were on a downfall at first. We had to talk it up and see what we could do. It was tough.”
- Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter

CIF-SS PLAYOFF RESULTS
GIRLS BASKETBALL

THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Calabasas 58, El Monte 47
Diamond Ranch 53, Saddleback 15
Charter Oak 71, Hawthorne 60, OT
South Hills 53, Apple Valley 27
Wilson 57, Palm Desert 31
DIVISION 3A
Inglewood 77, Ganesha 24
St Joseph 40, St Lucys 31
Estancia 57, Gladstone 35
Ocean View 47, Pomona 39
Covina 52, Barstow 40
Atascadero 52, South El Monte 18
Santa Margarita 59, Azusa 23
DIVISION 4AA
La Salle 55, Workman 41
Harvard-Westlake 52, Duarte 38
DIVISION 4A
Banning 44, Bassett 29

SATURDAY’S FIRST-ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Bishop Amat at Oxnard Pacifica, 5 p.m.
Silverado at Bonita, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Arroyo at Foothill, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Baldwin Park at West Torrance, 7 p.m.
Claremont at Royal, 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Diamond Ranch at Palos Verdes, 7 p.m.
San Juan Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Tustin at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Lakeside at Wilson, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Covina at Oak Park, 7 p.m.

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Boys Basketball Playoffs: Gladstone hangs on 46-45 victory over Laguna Hills; San Dimas knocks off South El Monte, 68-66; Bishop Amat advances

San Dimas High's Ryan Ocampo, right, scores two on a break-away vs South El Monte High at the SEM campus Feb. 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

San Dimas High’s Ryan Ocampo, right, scores two on a break-away vs South El Monte High at the SEM campus Feb. 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

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Gladstone hangs on in the final seconds for a 46-45 victory over Laguna Hills in Wednesday’s Division 3A playoff. The Gladiators are an impressive 23-3, getting a team-high 13 points from Ben Reaves and 12 from inside bruiser Eddie Servin. We talked to both along with coach Gary Kilmer, as well as video of the final moments. Take a look

Bonita advances: Bonita knew San Gorgonio had a size advantage, so the Bearcats did the logical thing: they stayed outside.
Bonita jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and San Gorgonio never recovered, as Bonita pulled away late for a 63-43 victory in a CIF-SS Division 3AA first-round boys basketball game on Wednesday night.

Bishop Amat advances with defense: A young Bishop Amat boys basketball team overcame some early jitters and used a stifling defense to knock off Hawthorne 59-44 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A first-round game on Wednesday night.
The eighth-seeded Lancers will play the winner of the Pomona-Antelope Valley game at 7p.m. on Friday night at a site to be determined.

La Puente comes up short: The La Mirada High School boys basketball team hasn’t been out of the first round in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in five years.
Wednesday night at La Mirada, the Matadores erased that memory and gave third-year coach Bryce Jones his first playoff win with a 65-41 victory in the first round of Division 3AA over La Puente.

SAN DIMAS 68, SOUTH EL MONTE 66

SOUTH EL MONTE >> If the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs are all about advancing and surviving, then San Dimas High School certainly fit the bill on Wednesday.
Ryan Campo scored a game-high 20 points and the Saints withstood a rally by host South El Monte to score a 68-66 victory over the Eagles in a Division 3A first-round game.
San Dimas, also getting 14 points from Elias Hernandez and 10 from Greyson McGee, improved to 12-13 and will host No. 2 seed St. Francis in the second round on Friday.
South El Monte, getting 18 points each from Eduardo Hernandez and Alex Ortiz, finished 13-8. The Eagles, who trailed as much as 24 points during the first half, had a chance to win it at the end, but Marcos Lopez’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer was tipped and fell short.

South El Monte coach Robert Burgess: “We didn’t have any time outs left, so I did’t have a chance to set anything up. I really hoped we would just take the ball to the basket, because we were only down two. He thought he was open and tried the 3-pointer.”

San Dimas’ Ryan Ocampo: “They came at us. We thought we had the game already in our hands, but they came back. We had to calm down, regroup and grind it out. We just had to come out with the win.”

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND RESULTS
DIVISION 3AA

Northwood 61, Wilson 59
La Mirada 65, La Puente 41
Bonita 63, San Gorgonio 43
Palm Desert 71, South Hills 52
DIVISION 3A
Antelope Valley 76, Pomona 67
Bishop Amat 59, Hawthorne 44
El Monte 55, Hesperia 36
Oak Park 81, Covina 36
Gladstone 45, Laguna Hills 45
San Dimas 68, No. 15 South El Monte 66
DIVISION 4AA
Workman 62, Big Bear 52

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Diamond Bar at Damien, 7 p.m.
Los Osos at Walnut, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Westlake at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Nogales at Sonora, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Bonita at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Bishop Amat at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Lompoc Cabrillo, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Artesia, 7 p.m.
St. Francis at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
Oaks Christian at Workman, 7 p.m.

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Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys soccer wild card results: Pomona shuts out Walnut, 2-0

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ELMONTESOCCER
TUESDAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
BOYS SOCCER
DIVISION 4 WILD CARD

Ganesha 3, Perris 0
Chaffey 4, La Puente 0
DIVISION 5 WILD CARD
Brentwood 1, Arroyo 1, Brentwood advances on PKS, 5-4
Rowland 2, Rancho Alamitos 1, OT
Pomona 2, Walnut 0
Paso Robles 1, Nogales 1, Paso Robles won 5-4 on PKs
Estancia 2, Diamond Ranch 0
Beaumont 2, El Monte 1
Windward 2, Wilson 0
Hemet 4, South El Monte 1

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Azusa High School’s Patrick Cordova-Goff, the state’s first transgender student athlete, attends first practice with the Aztecs softball team

Photo Gallery of Azusa softball practice

patgoffBy Fred J. Robledo
Normally the first day of practice isn’t a big deal, but at Azusa High School, it was a groundbreaking moment as senior Patrick Cordova-Goff, the state’s first transgender student-athlete, attended her first practice with the Aztecs softball team after learning last week she made the varsity team following tryouts.

Cordova-Goff, who was born male, but identifies herself a female, took fly balls and played briefly at third base during the nearly two-hour practice on Tuesday.

New rules that went into effect for the 2013-2014 sports season state that students can participate in CIF-State activities “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records.”

Cordova-Goff, who also ran for homecoming queen and was a member of the school’s cheer squad, tried out for softball because of a new law that began in January written by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano — Assembly Bill 1266 — that states all schools in California have to allow students to participate in school activities — including athletic teams and competitions — and use facilities consistent with the gender identity with which the student identifies.

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Boys/Girls Soccer playoffs: Sierra Vista boys (D-4) and Los Altos girls (D-3) earn second seeds; Sierra Vista-San Dimas girls seeded in D-6

FOR DAILY SCHEDULES AND RESULTS DURING THE CIF-SS PLAYOFFS, VISIT THE TRIBUNE SCOREBOARD PAGE. You can help by tweeting final scores to @SGVNSPORTS

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CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF PAIRINGS

BOYS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: The stage is set following the release of the CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer playoff pairings on Monday with undefeated and second-seed Sierra Vista (20-0-2) in Division 4 hoping to run the table and take on powerhouse and top seed Cathedral (21-1-1), ranked fifth in the state and 23rd nationally by MaxPreps in a much anticipated final.
But there’s a lot of work ahead to reach the finals for the Dons, starting with Thursday’s first-round game against the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between Saugus and Culver City.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BOYS SOCCER
DIVISION 1
Thursday’s first-round

Santa Margarita at Damien, 3 p.m.
Vista Del Lago at Claremont, 3 p.m.
Chino Hills at Dos Pueblos, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s wild card

Ganesha at Perris, 3 p.m.
La Puente at Chaffey, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
Duarte at Chino, 3 p.m.
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 3 p.m.
Culver City-Saugus winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Brentwood at Arroyo, 3 p.m.
Rancho Alamitos at Rowland, 3 p.m.
Pomona at Walnut, 3 p.m.
Paso Robles at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Estancia at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Beaumont at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Windward, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Northview at Silverado, 3 p.m.
Citrus Hills-Desert Springs winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Shadow Hills-Victory Valley winner at Mountain View, 3 p.m.
Los Amigos-Arroyo Grande winner at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Windward-Wilson winner at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.

GIRLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Los Altos High School girls soccer coach Chris Reeder has had several talented teams over the years that have gone deep in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, but earning the second-seed following the release of Monday’s girls soccer pairings goes hand-in-hand with Reeder arguing that this is probably his best team in nearly a decade at the school.
Los Altos (18-2-3), which went undefeated in the Hacienda League, will face the winner of Wednesday’s wild-card between Atascadero (13-11-1) and Bishop Montgomery (12-9-12) in Friday’s first-round.
“We have the complete team to go (far),” Reeder said. “We don’t have any glaring weakness, but the big challenge is going to be mental. We have some young players on this team and they have to be ready to go.”

GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 2
Friday’s first-round

M.L. King at vs. South Hills at CDF, 3 p.m.
Ayala at Buena, 3 p.m.
Claremont at Temecula Valley, 3 p.m.
West Ranch-San Marcos winner at Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 3
Friday’s first-round

Walnut at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Mayfield at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Santa Paula at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Bonita at St. Joseph’s, 3 p.m.
Atascadero-Bishop Montgomery winner at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 6
Wednesday’s wild-card

Westminster at Nogales, 3 p.m.
Ganesha at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Yucca Valley at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Duarte at Los Amigos, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Fillmore, 3 p.m.
Big Bear at Azusa, 3 p.m.
San Gorgonio-Ganesha winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park-Yucca Valley winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 7
Wednesday’s wild card

Sacred Heart at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Arroyo at Schurr, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Boys/Girls Basketball local pairings; Diamond Bar at Damien boys on Friday

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BOYS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS
FRIDAY’S FIRST-ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Diamond Bar at No. 4 Damien, 7 p.m.
Los Osos at Walnut, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Rowland at No. 3 Westlake, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Glendora at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Nogales at No. 1 Sonora, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA

Northwood at Wilson, 7 p.m.
La Puente at No. 5 La Mirada, 7 p.m.
No. 12 Bonita at San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
South Hills at No. 13 Palm Desert, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Antelope Valley at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Hawthorne at No. 8 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Hesperia at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Covina at No. 4 Oak Park, 7 p.m.
Laguna Hills at No. 10 Gladstone, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 15 South El Monte, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
Big Bear at No. 15 Workman, 7 p.m.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION GIRLS BASKETBALL PAIRINGS
SATURDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Oxnard Pacifica at No. 5 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.
Highland at No. 2 Bonita, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2AA
Arroyo at No. 2 Foothill, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 2A
Baldwin Park at No. 1 West Torrance, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3AA
No. 16 Calabasas at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Saddleback at No. 4 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
No. 14 Hawthorne at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
No. 10 South Hills at Apple Valley, 7 p.m.
Palm Desert at No. 15 Wilson, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 3A
Ganesha at No. 1 Inglewood, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at No. 8 St. Joseph’s, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at No. 5 Estancia, 7 p.m.
Pomona at No. 12 Ocean View, 7 p.m.
Barstow at No. 11 Covina, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 7 Atascadero, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Santa Margarita at Azusa, 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4AA
No. 8 La Salle at Workman, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Harvard-Westlake at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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CIF-SS Open Division pairings: Bonita girls in position to challenge 1AA title; Damien boys might get top four seed

The pairings for all divisions will be released on Sunday.

What does this mean for Bonita and Bishop Amat girls: Bonita was ranked ninth in this week’s Division 1AA poll. With the top seven-ranked teams in 1AA moving to the Open Division (Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Etiwanda, Alemany, Troy, Canyon Springs and Lynwood), it means by default, No. 8 Vista Murrieta is the New No. 1 with Bonita, currently ranked ninth, becoming No. 2, greatly increasing its chances of winning the division. Bishop Amat, which was ranked 13th, now becomes the sixth ranked team heading into Sunday’s pairings.
What does this mean for Damien boys: Damien was ranked 10th in this week’s Division 1AA poll. With six teams taken from 1AA to the Open Division (Mater Dei, Loyola, Etiwanda, Chino Hills, Long Beach Poly and Mayfair), Damien becomes the fourth-ranked team by default behind Long Beach Poly, Rancho Cucamonga and Mission Viejo. After all this, Damien could get a top four seed.
Keppel girls get jobbed: While it’s an honor to be among the top 12 getting selected to the Open Division, it virtually ruins the Aztecs’ chances of winning a title. But what’s more difficult to understand is how Keppel, ranked third in this week’s Division 1A poll, was selected to the Open Division while Camarillo and Ventura, ranked 1 and 2 respectively ahead of Keppel in 1A, were not selected to the Open Division. Camarillo, Ventura and Keppel were all on the watchlist and all three won their final games this week, so why does No. 3 Keppel get selected instead of the top-two ranked in their division, Camarillo and Ventura? Makes no sense. Let the controversy begin.

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Azusa student Patrick Cordova-Goff makes history by becoming the state’s first transgender athlete to participate on girls softball team

BREAKING, transgender student makes the team: The Azusa High School girls softball team will include the state’s first transgender student-athlete, district officials said Thursday.
A senior, Pat Cordova-Goff, 17, is a member of the school’s cheer squad and played on the school’s baseball team as a freshman.

AZUSATRANSIf you choose to comment, please be respectful. You can discuss and leave your opinion whether a transgender athlete should be eligible to participate in softball or other sports, but inappropriate comments will be deleted.

By Fred Robledo, Melissa Masatani and Zen Vuong, Pasadena Star-News
A transgender senior at Azusa High School could take the field this spring as a member of the girls softball team, California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section officials have determined.
“If the school determines the student-athlete is transgender, following the guidelines regarding this issue, the student-athlete would be eligible to participate on their softball team,” CIF-SS Director of Communications Thom Simmons said. “If they do not determine that the student-athlete is eligible for their softball team, that student-athlete may appeal that to the State CIF.”
New rules that went into effect for the 2013-2014 sports season state that students can participate in CIF activities “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity, irrespective of the gender listed on a student’s records.”

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Northview girls wrestling hoping to repeat as state champs

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School won its first CIF State girls wrestling championship last season, and judging by a recent performance, the Vikings look like favorites to repeat.
Northview, well-known as the top boys program in the area over the past two decades, takes another step toward consecutive titles at this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section finals, scheduled for Saturday at Roosevelt High School in Corona. Opening rounds are scheduled for 10 a.m., with the finals slated for 6:15 p.m. The top eight in each weight class qualify for the state championships, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 1 in Visalia

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Mountain View comes out of nowhere to win Mission Valley League title; South Hills girls clinch playoff spot

The Inland Insider covered the win-or-stay home game between South Hills and Ayala girls. South Hills won 2-1 to clinch second and a playoff berth. Ayala fell to fourth and was eliminated. Tom Kiss has your highlights and post-game interviews. ALSO, At the 4:06 mark of video, watch as an Ayala player yanks down a South Hills player by pulling her hair. Kind of reminds me of the famous New Mexico player who did the same thing, in addition to several other hard fouls.

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By Fred J. Robledo
With the CIF-Southern Section boys and girls soccer pairings released on Monday, league titles and playoff berths were decided for several teams finishing up league play on Thursday.

There was no better come-from-behind story than the Mountain View boys soccer team, which was buried in fourth after the first-round of Mission Valley League play, but won its last four games to clinch the league title.

Andrew Centeno’s goal in the 20th minute lifted Mountain View (8-10-4, 6-2-2) to a 1-0 victory over Arroyo (11-4-4, 6-3-1), then the Vikings got some help from Rosemead to clinch it outright.

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Sierra League Soccer: Damien boys clinch Sierra; South Hills girls beat St. Lucy’s in overtime, 3-2

SIERRA LEAGUE BOYS SOCCER RESULTS
Damien 5, South Hills 0
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 0
Charter Oak 2, Ayala 0
Standings: Damien 7-0-2; Claremont 5-0-4; Chino Hills 4-4-1; South Hills 2-5-2; Ayala 1-5-3; Charter Oak 1-6-2

SIERRA LEAGUE GIRLS SOCCER RESULTS
South Hills 3, St. Lucy’s 2, overtime
Chino Hills 4, Claremont 0
Ayala 3, Charter Oak 0
Standings: Chino Hills 9-1; South Hills 5-3-1; Claremont 5-4; Ayala 5-4; St. Lucy’s 2-6-1; Charter Oak 1-8

The Inland Insider Tom Kiss was at Claremont’s 2-0 boys soccer victory over Chino Hills. Watch the highlights and post-game interviews.

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Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scores twice to lead Braves over Northview 2-0; Vikings question call that would have tied it 1-1 in final minutes

Below: Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega, the Valley’s leading scorer with 31 goals, scores twice in 2-0 win over Northview.
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IS THIS A FOUL? Northview’s Robert Munoz appeared to tie the score in the 75th minute, but a mystery call denied it. You be the judge. “It was a pretty tough call,” said second-year Northview coach Miguel Chavez. “You can never rely on refs, you get good refs and bad refs, but it doesn’t matter. I always tell the boys to never rely on the refs, it was just an unfortunate day for us. We were playing with heart, playing well, it was back and forth and there was really no threat from either team except for the free kicks.”

GOAL SCORER: Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scores his area leading 30th and 31st goals of the season. Check out his free kick in the 75th minute that gave the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Interviews from Northview coach Miguel Chavez, Baldwin Park forward Danny Vega and Baldwin Park coach Ricardo Mira.

By Fred J. Robledo
COVINA – Northview did all it could to deny the East San Gabriel Valley’s leading scorer, shadowing Baldwin Park striker Danny Vega and limiting his opportunities in the final third.
But Northview was helpless against Vega on two second-half free-kicks at the top of the penalty area, watching the senior bury both in the 60th and 78th minutes to lead the Braves to a 2-0 victory to clinch at least of share of the Valle Vista League title, which they can win outright with a victory over Wilson in the league finale on Thursday.
Vega picked his spot on both shots, darting one to the left corner and the other to the right to raise his area-leading goal-scoring total to 31.

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Soccer Polls: Sierra Vista boys No. 1 and still undefeated; Bishop Amat girls return to top spot

svistasoccerCIF-SS BOYS SOCCER FINAL POLLS BEFORE PAIRINGS DAY
AREA TOP 10 SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Sierra Vista (18-0-2) — Second in Division 4 behind nationally ranked Cathedral.
2. Damien (12-3-4) – Needs win or tie in final two to clinch the Sierra League title.
3. Diamond Bar (15-7-1) — Closing in on Hacienda League title.
4. Arroyo (10-3-4) – Back in first in MVL thanks to Mountain Views win over El Monte.
5. Northview (14-3-2) — Gets Baldwin Park rematch today for the Valle Vista League title.
6. Baldwin Park (14-4-2) – Needs to sweep Northview to claim Valle Vista
7. El Monte (11-3-0) – Back to back losses to South El Monte and Mountain View
8. Los Altos (10-5-6) — Only a game back of Diamond Bar after beating Brahmas, 2-1.
9. Bishop Amat (9-5-3) — At Cathedral, ranked fourth in the state by MaxPreps on Wednesday.
10. Duarte (13-6) — Gave Sierra Vista run for their money twice.

GOAL LEADERS
1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 24
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 23
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 21
4. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 15
5. Jacob Bianchessi, Damien, 12
6t. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
6t. Evan Ball, Glendora, 11
6t. Federico Hurtado, Charter Oak, 11
9t. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 10
9t. Julio Sanchez, Duarte, 10

jamiepetersCIF-SS GIRLS SOCCER FINAL POLL BEFORE PAIRINGS DAY
GIRLS SOCCER TOP TEN
1. Bishop Amat (17-5-3) — Doing what it always does, playing best at the end of the year and No. 3 in Division 3
2. Los Altos (16-2-3) — Defense wins Hacienda for Conqs, giving up only three goals in league.
3. South Hills (15-3-2) – Needs wins over St. Lucy’s and Ayala to guarantee playoff spot in the Sierra.
4. Sierra Vista (17-3-0) — So dominant in the Montview it outscored its opponents 81-4.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-3) — Loses Hacienda title game to Los Altos, 1-0
6. San Dimas (14-6-0) — Saints third in Division 6 behind No. 2 Sierra Vista.
7. St. Lucy’s (8-12-2) – Regents playoff hopes fade after back-to-back losses.
8. Charter Oak (8-12-0) – Chargers aren’t this bad and will benefit from re-leaguing next season.
9. Wilson (11-9-3) – Ranked ninth in Division 6
10. Azusa (9-4-4) — Solid second in Montview behind powerful Sierra Vista

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 28
2. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 25
3. Daisy Duran, San Dimas, 24
4. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 22
5. Alison Kung, Wilson, 21
6t. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 18
6t. Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos, 18
8. Jamie Peters, Bishop Amat, 16
9. Daisy Ruiz, Sierra Vista, 15
10. Alejandra Vargas, Sierra Vista, 14

walnutBOYS SOCCER, STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

amatgirlssoccerGIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Basketball Rankings: Walnut boys take over top spot; Bonita girls stay No. 1

CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL POLLS: Damien ranked tenth in Division 1AA and not on open Division watchlist. The top 9 in 1AA are still on the list, meaning Damien will likely get a top four seed.
CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS: Bonita girls ranked ninth in 1AA, but no longer on CIF Open Division watchlist. The top eight in 1AA are still on the watchlist. If all eight go, Bonita could get the top seed.

walnuthoopsBasketball Rankings
Boys Basketball Top 10

1. Walnut (19-5) — The new No. 1 hasn’t lost in 2014. Winners of 11 straight playing the best defense in the Valley.
2. Damien (20-5) — I know what your going to say, they beat Walnut twice, how do you drop them? A: Both games were close. B: Rankings about what you’ve done lately.
3. Glendora (18-7) — Big week with coach Mike LeDuc earning 800th coaching victory.
4. Wilson (19-7) — Best season in years.
5. Los Altos (16-7) — Still a game ahead of Bonita for third.
6. Bonita (15-7) – When was the late time the Bearcats were 4-5 in the Hacienda?
7. Workman (18-6) — Rallied to beat Gladsone for the Montview League title.
8. South Hills (12-13) – Huskies are what they’re, a good Valley team in over their head in the Sierra.
9. Bishop Amat (13-12) – As far as Bishop Amat boys basketball is concerned, a winning record is considered progress.
10. Gladstone (19-3) — Great season regardless of both losses to Workman.

workmangirlsGirls Basketball Top 10
1. Bonita (21-2) — Still on the Open Division bubble but my sources believe they won’t get selected, which is actually a good thing.
2. Bishop Amat (19-6) — There once was a day when the Lancers were capable of competing for the Del Rey. Not anymore.
3. Diamond Ranch (17-5) — Don’t be surprised if it goes deep in the playoffs.
4. Covina (16-9) – Colts just keep on winning.
5. South Hills (15-8) — Still on only 3-5 in the Sierra.
6. Walnut (12-9) — How did they lose to West Covina?
7. Wilson (15-9) – Solid second in the Valle Vista.
8. Workman (14-8) — Closing in on second straight Montview title.
9. El Monte (12-7) — Showdown with Gabrielino on Wednesday.
10. Duarte (12-9) — Will finish second in the Montview.



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Northview wrestling does it again, wins CIF Division 2 Dual Title; Arroyo, Rowland advance to divisional finals

NORTHVIEWWRENORTHVIEW CHAMPIONSHP PHOTO GALLERY
NORTHVIEW WINS DIVISION 2 TITLE: Northview High’s wrestling team left no doubt to any spectators in the South Hills High School gym Saturday night as to which team is the the best in Division II.
The Vikings claimed their third Division II CIF Dual championship in four years with a dominating 42-30 win over Servite.
“Each CIF championship is special, but this one is really special,” said Northview coach Bobby Bellamy. “We lost last year to Bosco, so we were able to get a little redemption and bring back the championship.”

ARROYO NEARLY WINS DIVISION 5 TITLE: Arroyo High’s wrestling team needed to win the final two matches of Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 5 Dual Meet Championships to dethrone defending champion Yorba Linda.
The Knights did just that, but not by enough points.
In Saturday’s second-to-last match at Irvine High, 220-pounder Joseph Pinon earned a 1-0 victory, which pulled Arroyo within five points of the Mustangs. That meant heavyweight Luis Hernandez needed to pin Yorba Linda’s Abe Ochoa for six team points.

ROWLAND SHOCKS EVERYONE ADVANCING TO DIVISION 3 FINALS: If you looked at the seedings, as well as history, it was supposed to be top-seeded, host and two-time defending champion Victor Valley facing No. 2-seeded and legendary Santa Ana Calvary Chapel in the finals.
But it was instead a pair of upstarts, No. 4-seeded Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon and No. 3-seeded Rowland, fighting for the CIF-SS Division 3 Dual Meet Wrestling Championship.

BLOOMINGTON WINS DIVISION 4 TITLE: The celebration started earlier than expected for Bloomington in the finals of the Southern Section Division IV dual-meet wrestling championships Saturday night at Quartz Hill High.
Four matches remained, but the result was a foregone conclusion after Derek Abeln pinned Downey’s Juan Soto in 1 minute, 21 seconds at 170 pounds to clinch the Bruins’ fifth consecutive division title.

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WRESTLING: Northview top seed at Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 2 dual finals at South Hills HS

STORY: Northview High School has been the area’s dominant wrestling program, winning six CIF-Southern Section dual championships, and the Vikings will get a chance to add to their trophy collection.
Northview received the top seed for Division 2 when the CIF-SS released pairings for its dual championships on Thursday.
The one-day event in scheduled for Saturday in six divisions at various sites. All first rounds are scheduled for 11 a.m., with the quarterfinals and semifinals slated for 3 and 5 p.m., respectively. The finals will be at 7:15 p.m.

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Boys Basketball Schedule: Workman visits Gladstone for all the marbles in the Montview

TONIGHT: The big game tonight is for first in the Montview, Workman (17-6, 10-1) at Gladstone (18-2, 9-1) for sole possession of first. John Honell is covering it for us. Steve Ramirez is covering Damien at Claremont.
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Boys Basketball Schedule
Baseline League

Glendora at Los Osos, 6:30 p.m. (for sole possession of third)
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at St. Bernard, 7 p.m. (Amat can lock down third)
Hacienda League
West Covina at Walnut, 6:45 p.m. (Mustangs can clinch league outright with win)
Los Altos at Rowland, 6:45 p.m. (Battling for third along with idle Bonita)
Diamond Bar at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m. (Brahmas can remain in second with win)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m. (Gabby still game ahead of SEL)
El Monte at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m. (Battle to secure second and stay in title hunt)
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m. (Fighting to avoid finishing last)
Montview League
Workman at Gladstone, 6 p.m. (Biggest game of the night for sole possession of first)
Azusa at La Puente, 6 p.m. (Warriors can do no worse than third)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 6 p.m. (Playing for pride)
Ganesha at Bassett, 6 p.m. (Ditto, playing for pride)
Sierra League
Chino Hills at Ayala, 6:30 p.m. (CHills still undefeated in league)
Damien at Claremont, 6:30 p.m. (Spartans can secure second and stay one-game back of CHills)
South Hills at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m. (Playing for area pride).
Valle Vista League
Northview at Wilson, 6:30 p.m. (Wilson won league, trying to stay unbeaten)
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m. (Pomona trying to remain in third)
Covina at Nogales, 6:30 p.m. (Covina one-game back of third)



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Girls Soccer: Ayala, Claremont, South Hills and St. Lucy’s battling for two playoff spots; Claremont-Damien boys battle Friday

While we were all focused on signing day, the Inland Insider Tom Kiss was at Ayala’s 1-0 victory over St. Lucy’s which makes the Sierra League standings crazy with a week left and three games to play. Chino Hills is in, but who gets the next two automatic D-2 berths. Ayala, Claremont, South Hills and St. Lucy’s will fight it out. In boys soccer, Claremont is at Damien on Friday. If Damien wins, they wrap-up the Sierra. If Claremont wins, they’re tied for first. Clay Fowler is covering it for us today and the Inland Insider is there for highlights.

Sierra Girls Soccer Standings
Chino Hills 6-1
Ayala 4-3
Claremont 4-3
South Hills 3-3-1
St. Lucy’s 2-4-1
Charter Oak 1-6
Friday’s games
Claremont vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien HS, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. South Hills at CDF, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.

Sierra Boys Soccer Standings
Damien 6-0-1
Claremont 4-0-3
Chino Hills 4-3
South Hills 1-4-1
Ayala 1-4-1
Charter Oak 0-5-2
Friday’s games
Damien at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
South Hills at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.

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WHO’S GOT NEXT: When will Kurt Scoby sign with Fresno State and where will area player of the year Joseph Mayorga play next? Read all about it

josephmayorgaSTORY: With Signing Day now in the rear view mirror, it’s time for area football fans to turn their attention to next year’s class of local high school football recruits. And if early returns are any indicator, the local class of 2015 it could be just as lucrative as ‘14.
Arguably the area’s biggest hotbed of recruiting activity will be at Muir where the Mustangs have two outstanding receiver/defensive back prospects in Taeon Mason and DeSean Holmes. Mason just recently gave an early verbal commitment to USC, but if recent history tells us anything, early commits are about as valuable as pet rocks.

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Sierra wraps up Montview League boys soccer title with 2-1 win over Duarte

SVISTACELE
Above: Sierra Vista’s David Rosales (11) celebrates with teammate Mario Saenz (15) after scoring the second goal of the game. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

STORY: It did not matter if Sierra Vista High School boys soccer coach Jose Rodriguez received a water cooler bath on Thursday. He was already drenched from the rain.
But the Dons players gave their coach the shower anyway after they defeated host Duarte, 2-1, to clinch the Montview League title with two games to play.
David Rosales scored in the game’s 37th minute to break a 1-1 tie, minutes after a steady downpour ended.
“We had to win,” Rodriguez said. “I was not too worried when it was 1-1. I was thinking we’ll go to overtime and keep working. You have to work out of it.”

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Serra routs Bishop Amat girls basketball, 65-26

STORY: Serra had only beaten Bishop Amat by six in their last meeting so they were not about to take the Lancers lightly at home.
After a slow first half, the Cavaliers turned up their defensive intensity and won 65-26 for a Del Rey League win.
Serra (21-2, 6-0) held Bishop Amat (19-7, 3-4) to only seven points in the second half and closed the game on an impressive 37-3 run.
“We tried to come out hard because this game meant a lot to us,” Kayla Bibb said. “They beat Bishop Montgomery earlier so we just wanted to win”

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Signing Day: High School athletes make their dreams come true on National Signing Day .. watch video, read bio’s

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY PHOTO GALLERY

Read updates and bio’s of area players signing national letters for USC, UCLA and where local players are headed. Get Live updates throughout the day

TRIBSIGNEES

SIGNING DAY FOOTBALL STORY: From Friday night lights to Saturday afternoon dreams.
The area sent another bumper crop of local high school football prospects to the next level on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day festivities.
From La Habra to Charter Oak to Diamond Ranch to Pasadena, and many places in between, top local football recruits realized their dreams by finalizing their college destinations.
At La Mirada, it was a who’s who of college football powers that saw Matadores join their respective programs. Tight end Tyler Luatua signed with Notre Dame and receiver Dallis Todd signed with Oklahoma.
They weren’t the only Matadores to sign on the dotted line, though. Lineman Michael Trani signed with Cal and Nofo Ti’i signed with Navy.

2014 February signees
Football
Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, Stony Brook
Eric Prevost, Charter Oak, Montana State
Jake Payton, Bonita, Army
Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch, Oregon State
Matt Preston, Diamond Ranch, Navy
Sidney Jones, West Covina, Washington
Tanner Carew, Damien, Oregon
Tristan Vizcaino, Damien, Washington
Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, Northern Arizona
Dallis Todd, La Mirada, Oklahoma
Darrel Cloy Jr., La Habra, Arizona
Dejon Williams, Muir, New Mexico State
Greg Gaines, La Habra, Washington
Michael Trani, La Mirada, California
Nofo Ti’i, La Mirada, Navy
Toa Lobendahn, La Habra, USC
Tyler Luatua, La Mirada, Notre Dame
Will Bryan, Diamond Ranch, Yale
Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, Fresno State
Khylan Brooks, Charter Oak, Azusa Pacific
Marcus Briscoe, Diamond Ranch, Columbia

SOCCERSIGNEES

Video interviews with signees from soccer, track and volleyball

Story: If national signing day is the Christmas Day of prospective college athletes, then the gifts were plenty for area competitors.Los Altos girls volleyball player Marisa Rojo led a list of 12 area athletes who signed scholarship offers on Wednesday.

BOYS SOCCER
Juan Raymundo Barajas Dominguez, Glendora, Loyola Marymount
Adam Fox, Los Altos, UC Irvine
GIRLS SOCCER
Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos, Biola
Drew Williams, Claremont, East Carolina University
Madison Stark, Claremont, Arizona State
Allison Kung, Wilson, Cal Poly Pomona
Amanda Ball, Chino Hills, UC Santa Barbara
Ashley Gonzales, Chino Hills, Long Beach State
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Marisa Rojo, Los Altos, San Francisco State
TRACK/CROSS COUNTRY
Mackenzie Landa, Bonita, Fresno State
Emily Hoey, Glendora, Tulane University

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Girls Soccer: Los Altos gets the best of Diamond Bar, 1-0, behind Samantha Verduzco’s game winner

Tuesday’s girls soccer score: Claremont 2, South Hills 1

By Fred J. Robledo
It has been a few years since the Los Altos girls soccer team three-peated as league champions, so coach Chris Reeder didn’t mind the gatorade shower following the Conquerors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Diamond Bar to inch closer to their first league title since 2010.

Los Altos (14-2-3, 7-0-1), ranked fifth in CIF-Southern Section Division 3, is a full two-games ahead of ninth-ranked Diamond Bar (13-4-3, 6-2-1) with five to play, and owns the tiebreaker over the Brahmas, the two-time defending league champs.

Los Altos tied Diamond Bar 1-1 earlier in the season.

“We’re two games ahead at this point and there are some good teams left to play, but it’s nice to put this space between us and everyone else,” Reeder said. “I told the team, we don’t have any Laurin Stupin’s or Tara Cofer’s (from past championships teams) on this (squad), but this might be the best team I’ve ever coached. Top to bottom we don’t have a lot of weaknesses. And we don’t have that crazy star player, but we’re a complete team and the girls really believe and work hard.”

VIDEO of Los Altos’ Samantha Verduzco scoring the game-winner in the 29th minute ..

VIDEO of Los Altos celebrating and coach Chris Reeder getting a shower afterward …

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Soccer Rankings: Sierra Vista boys remain undefeated, Diamond Bar, Los Altos girls meet today

AREA TOP 10 SOCCER RANKINGS
BOYS SOCCER

1. Sierra Vista (16-0-2) — Trying to go undefeated in the regular season with a tough test Thursday at Duarte.
2. Damien (11-3-3) – Can all but secure Sierra League title with a victory over Claremont on Friday.
3. Diamond Bar (14-6-1) — Leading the Hacienda with big game against Diamond Ranch on Thursday.
4. El Monte (11-1-0) – Took it to Arroyo in the rematch, 4-2, to take control of MVL.
5. Arroyo (9-3-3) – Not a good week for the Knights, losing to Mountain View and El Monte.
6. Northview (13-3-2) — Can officially say the biggest surprise of the season by bar.
7. Baldwin Park (12-4-2) – Will host Northview next week for the Valle Vista league title.
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
8. Diamond Ranch (11-4-4) — Can get back in title race with a victory over Diamond Bar, Thursday.
9. Bishop Amat (8-5-3) — Trying to taste the CIF playoffs for the first time in a long time.
10. Duarte (12-5) — Gets big rematch at home with Sierra Vista on Thursday.

GOAL LEADERS
1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 25
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 21
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 19
4. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 12
5t. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5t. Evan Ball, Glendora, 11
5t. Federico Hurtado, Charter Oak, 11
5t. Jacob Bianchessi, Damien, 11
9t. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 9
9t. Kelly Craft, Diamond Bar, 9

GIRLS SOCCER TOP TEN
1. South Hills (14-2-2) – Only losses to powerful Chino Hills. Will find out if it can hold on to second in Sierra with St. Lucy’s, Claremont, Ayala chasing them.
2. Bishop Amat (15-5-3) — On the road at St. Joseph’s today for sole possession of first in the Del Rey.
3. Los Altos (13-2-3) — Can take control of the Hacienda with a victory at home against defending champion Diamond Bar today.
4. Diamond Bar (13-3-3) — Big slip-up losing to Bonita in overtime.
5. Sierra Vista (15-3-0) — Enough practicing in the Montview, Dons are ready for the playoffs.
6. San Dimas (11-6-0) — Saints clinched the Valle Vista league and are ready for another post-season run.
7. St. Lucy’s (8-10-2) – Overall record ugly, but that’s the price for a tough non-league schedule and playing in the Sierra.
8. Charter Oak (8-10-0) – Before you wonder why the Chargers are still ranked, just look at their pre-league resume.
9. Wilson (10-8-3) – With Cal Poly Pomona bound Allison Kung, the Wildcats could do some damage in the playoffs.
10. South El Monte (6-3-1) — In first-place tie with Gabrielino for the MVL lead.

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 21
2. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 20
3. Alison Kung, Wilson, 19
4t. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 17
4t. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 17
6. Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos, 16
7. Daisy Ruiz, Sierra Vista, 14
8. Alejandra Vargas, Sierra Vista, 12
9t. Jackie Zermeno, South Hills 11
9t. Ashley Bell, Diamond Bar, 11

walnutBOYS SOCCER, STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

amatgirlssoccerGIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES, LEADERS
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Breaking News: Diamond Bar football coach Ryan Maine resigns

WHO’S NEXT: Some of the immediate names that come to mind that Diamond Bar may pursue include South Hills’ Steve Bogan (not currently coaching), Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox (recently resigned), La Puente’s Scott Morrison, Rosemead’s Matt Koffler (not currently coaching) and Etiwanda’s Brandon Rohrer, to name a few. Diamond Bar is a great place to teach and coach football and the job will come with a teaching position, which should peak the interest of high-profile high school coaches.

ryanmainePRESS RELEASE: Diamond Bar school officials issued a press release announcing the resignation of Diamond Bar football coach Ryan Maine. The release stated, “Ryan and his wife Lindsay are pursuing opportunities for their family that may include relocation.” Maine will remain a teacher at Diamond Bar, at least for now.
“We truly appreciate all that Coach Maine has done for the program over his entire history at DBHS. We fully support him and his wife in their future endeavors and wish them the best of luck,” said Principal Catherine Real.

“We will be conducting a comprehensive search for a new Head Football Coach to ensure that our student athletes will be successful for years to come.”
Maine resigns after three years as the head coach.
“We appreciate the efforts that Coach Maine and his entire staff have made over the last three years,” Diamond Bar athletic director Kurt Davies wrote in a statement. We are in a much better place because of this. Principal Real and I have already begun the search for a new Head Coach and are excited to see where that search will take us. Coach Maine will still be around for the immediate future and will assist in making the transition as smooth as possible. I can’t thank Ryan and Lindsay enough for the extreme sacrifice they have made over the last three years to bring Brahma football back where it belongs.”

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