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Steve Ramirez has covered prep sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers since 1989.

CIF-SS Wrestling Duals: Northview wins for third consecutive season

Montclair's Bryan Cubillo, bottom, tries to break free of Northview's Ricky Marin, top, during their 132-pound weight class match in the semi-finals of Saturday's CIF-SS Central Division Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA Saturday, February 6, 2016. Northview went on to win the tournament.   (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Montclair’s Bryan Cubillo, bottom, tries to break free of Northview’s Ricky Marin, top, during their 132-pound weight class match in the semi-finals of Saturday’s CIF-SS Central Division Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA Saturday, February 6, 2016. Northview went on to win the tournament.
(Photo by Mark Dustin for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The CIF-SS Central Division Dual-Meet Wrestling Tournament progressed as expected, which was good news for Covina Northview and bad news for everyone else.The top-seeded Vikings rolled through the bracket, routing second-seeded upstart Riverside Hillcrest in the championship match 41-13 Saturday at Alta Loma High School.It was Northview’s third-straight CIF-SS Dual Meet title and fifth in the past six years.“All the credit goes to the kids,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “They were great.”Some years, Northview wrestles a team in the finals with which it is very familiar. That was not the case this time, with Hillcrest, a fledgling school which was in its first final.“I didn’t know much about them,” Bellamy admitted. “I didn’t even have much of a chance to scout them, but I had all the respect for them.”
— Pete Marshall

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Girls Wrestling: West Covina, Northview dominate regionals; Valley sends 93 to CIF-SS championships

The CIF Southern Section Central Divison girls wrestling regional was a battle between West Covina and Northview, with the Bulldogs edging the Vikings.
West Covina scored four individual titles, with Northing getting three. The Valley scored 10 of the 14 titles, with Walnut, Gabrielino and Baldwin Park all getting one champion each.
The winners for West Covina were Grecia Monasterio (111), Jennifer Lopez (116), Yvette Garcia (160) and Janessa Munoz (235). Northview’s champs were Alyssa Martinez (101), Haven Driscoll (106) and Julia Padilla (131).
The area’s other winners were Walnut’s Mia Dow (121), Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza (189) and Gabrielino’s Jasmine Monroe (143).
The top eight qualifiers advance to next week’s CIF-SS championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale.

CIF-SS REGIONALS
CENTRAL REGION
101

1. Alyssa Martinez (Northview); 2. Justine Barredo (Walnut); 3. Trina Nguyen (Diamond Ranch); 5. Grace Padilla (Rowland); 6. Alicia Barrera (Sierra Vista); 8. Amairani Villa (Nogales).
106
1. Haven Driscoll (Northview); 2. Victoria Orozco (Sierra Vista); 3. Brianne Penunuri (El Monte); 3. Cassidy Do (Gabrielino); 5. Claire Garcia (San Marino); 7. Samantha Ma (Baldwin Park).
111
1. Grecia Monasterio (West Covina); 2. Victoria Gutierrez (San Dimas); 3. Lauren Cuellar (Walnut), 5. Krystal Velazquez (Sierra Vista); 5. Cristal Reyes (El Monte), 7. Steph Mondragon (Rosemead), 7. Alejandra Maldonado (Schurr).
116
1. Jennifer Lopez (West Covina), 2. Tiffany Juarez (Diamond Ranch), 3. Jeselle Corpus (Walnut), 3. Hannah Macias (South El Monte), 5. Julia Hooper (Northview), 8. Bianca Arenas (San Dimas).
121
1. Mia Dow (Walnut), 2. Sarah Zaragoza (Schurr), 4. Ana Maria Hidalgo (Northview), 5. Yessenia Deangel (El Monte), 7. Mary Tuite (Monrovia), 8. Briana Santos (Nogales).
126
3. Clarissa Gaeta (West Covina), 4. Brianna Vilchis (Sierra Vista), 5. Casey Youn (Arroyo), 6. Jennifer Garcia (El Monte), 7. Melissa Sanchez (Walnut), 8. Alondra May (Rosemead).
131
1. Julia Padilla (Northview), 2. Kelly Jimenez (Rowland), 3. Sarah Arellano (Walnut), 5. Amanda Calvanico (San Dimas), 6. Marissa Arechiga (Santa Fe), 8. Bobbie Devery (Baldwin Park).
137
3. Alyssa Gomez (Walnut), 4. Nelly Mendoza (El Monte), 5. Denae Rojas (Whittier), 6. Rosie Bolanos (Bassett), 7. Jackie Alzate (West Covina), 8. Angelica Garcia (Northview).
143
1. Jasmine Monroe (Gabrielino), 2. Mia Leon (Northview), 3. Natalie Romero (Bonita), 4. Roxanna Barragon (California), 5. Valerie Alacron (Bassett), 6. Alex Garcia (El Monte), 7. Maricela Ramos (Walnut), 8. Mercedes Gamboa (Arroyo).
150
2. Mariah Ramirez (Walnut), 3. Deidra Valles (Northview), 5. Valerie Clark (Bassett), 6. Marleen Hernandez (Diamond Ranch), 7. Aylin Garcia (Arroyo), 8. Chasity Cortez (Rowland).
160
1. Yvette Garcia (West Covina), 2. Alyssa Palmer (Bonita), 3. Brianna Harrison (Walnut), 4. Jaylene Tiki Jaime (San Dimas), 5. Skye-Lynn Bojorquez (San Gabriel), 6. Carissa Clark (Bassett), 7. Anisa Garcia (Northview).
170
2. Serena Carillo (Northview), 3. Makayla Hernandez (Baldwin Park), 4. Sophie Garcia ( La Canada), 5. Breanna Estrada (El Monte), 6. Natalia Puig-Falcon (Walnut), 8. Andrea Montes (Azusa).
189
1. McKayla Loza (Baldwin Park), 2. Kayli Carruthers (San Dimas), 3. Talia Schroeder (Northview), 4. Angelica Avila (Azusa), 5. Jezabel Diaz (Gabrielino), 6. Adzareli Ramirez (El Monte), 7. Cheyenne Garcia (La Canada).
235
1. Janessa Munoz (West Covina), 2. Briena Lopez (El Monte), 4. Miranda Marquez (Northview), 5. Alyssa Sanchez (Baldwin Park), 6. Kayla Villaescusa (South Hills), 7. Allison Zamorano (California), 8. Veronica Hernandez (South El Monte).
NORTHERN REGIONAL
126

7. Savannah Meave (Bishop Amat)
170
4. Gillian Almanza (Bishop Amat)
189
4. Vivianna Garcia-Reveles (Bishop Amat)

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Girls Basketball: St. Paul stretches win streak over Bishop Amat to three games, wins, 40-33

Varsity basketball action between the Bishop Amat Lady Lancer and the St. Paul Swordsmen at St. Paul Thursday January 14, 2016. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)

Varsity basketball action between the Bishop Amat Lady Lancer and the St. Paul Swordsmen at St. Paul Thursday January 14, 2016. (Correspondent photo by Chris Burt/Sports)

GIRLS BASKETBALL
ST. PAUL 40, BISHOP AMAT 33

SANTA FE SPRINGS — After years of being dominated by Bishop Amat High School, the St. Paul girls basketball team is slowly turning the tables on the Lancers.Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Amat holds an 11-3 advantage over the Swordsmen.But the Swordsmen won their third consecutive game over the visiting Lancers, dating back to last season, with a 40-33, victory Thursday night in a Del Rey League game.
Bishop Amat had won the previous three meetings before being swept last season.
Leading the way for St. Paul (13-8, 1-1) was sophomore forward Valerie Godinez and junior forward Na’lon Smith with 11 points each.
The Lancers (5-12, 0-2) were led by sophomore guard Casie Santos (11 points) and junior forward Natalie Rodriguez (10 points).
St. Paul went on a 7-2 run to start the quarter and held a 22-13 lead at the half.
St. Paul built up its biggest lead of the game, 29-17, in the third quarter on a three-pointer by senior forward Adriana Gonzalez with 2:50 remaining.
St. Paul coach Robert Miller: “I’m not going to lie, but to win three in a row is nice. It’s a great rivalry no matter what, even when they had the better talent. They didn’t feel comfortable coming here to play. This is a very tough league and we’re happy to get the victory. We lost three in a row, so it was a nice win.”
St. Paul’s Valerie Godinez: “It feels great, actually, to beat them. This is a big win for us in league. We played hard (early), but kind of slacked off a bit, but started playing hard at the end of the quarter.”
Bishop Amat coach Antoine Adkins: “We come out scrappy, that’s how we are and we’ll give it everything we got. Our defense is what is keeping us in games, but our offense and we’re always in the lab trying to find something new.”
— John Sherrard

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Boys Basketball: Charter Oak preps for Hacienda League with win over El Rancho

El Rancho plays Charter Oak in their non-league boys basketball game at El Rancho high School on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Charter Oak beat El Rancho 59-46. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

El Rancho plays Charter Oak in their non-league boys basketball game at El Rancho high School on Wednesday January 6, 2016. Charter Oak beat El Rancho 59-46. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

BOYS BASKETBALL
CHARTER OAK 59, EL RANCHO 46


PICO RIVERA — PICO RIVERA >> Charter Oak High School’s boys basketball team knew it could play better after losing to El Rancho in December.The Chargers showed it Wednesday.William Vest scored 18 points and Michael Anyanwu had 16 as Charter Oak got ready for Hacienda League play with a 59-46 victory over the host Dons in a nonleague game.
DJ Munoz and Andres Flores had six points each for the Chargers, who improved to 7-5. Jacob Baltierra scored 11 points and Noah Losoya had 10 for El Rancho, which slipped to 9-6.
The key moments for Charter Oak came in the first half went it put together a 12-2 blitz en route to leading 27-11 at halftime. Vest scored 13 in the first half, including back-to-back 3-pointers as Charter Oak outscored El Rancho 20-9 in the second quarter.
The Chargers also held the Dons to three field goals during the first half, including zero in the first quarter.
Charter Oak’s Michael Anyanwu: “I feel confident after getting this win to a team who beat us the last time. We can play with most teams and we’ll be ready. It’s a great win. I’m proud of my teammates. We all played hard. We had a big lead by halftime. We came out rolling.”
Charter Oak coach Randy Thatcher: “Defensively, we switched things up from when we played them the first time. But the real problem for us has been offensively, putting the ball in the hoop. Tonight, we scored pretty consistently.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Host Covina in semifinals of Covina girls basketetball tourney tonight; Duarte in Azusa girls final

Covina Girls Basketball tournament
Friday’s Semifinals:
Chino vs. South Torrance, 6::30 p.m.
Covina vs. Roosevelt, 8 p.m.
Championship: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Duarte Girls Basketball
Friday’s championship

Duarte vs. Louisville, 7 p.m.


By Stephen Ramirez
WEST COVINA — Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School dug itself a hole Wednesday. But unlike it’s one-point win over South Hills on Monday, the Cardinals couldn’t climb out of it.Stephanie Custodio scored 29 points and Alyssa Gonzalez had 21 to lead Chino to a 68-63 victory over Cantwell in a Covina Classic girls basketball tournament quarterfinal at South Hills High School.Rebecca Navar also had 10 points for the Cowboys, who improved 3-1. They will face either Bishop Amat or South Torrance in Friday’s semifinals at 6:30 p.m. at Covina High School.
Valeria Lizarraga had 21 points and Lily Perkins 18 for the Cardinals, who slipped to 5-1.
“I take nothing away from Chino,” Cantwell coach Matt Zamora said. “They played a very good game. We just have a knack of putting ourselves in holes, and sometimes you run out of time.
“It happened again today. Again, taking nothing away from them, it’s a result of some of our own actions. We need to stop doing that stuff.”
Cantwell rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half to lead 51-49 early in the fourth quarter following a putback by Perkins. But Chino countered with a 3-pointer by Navar and an inside basket and two free throws by Custodio to lead 56-53 with four minutes to play.
The Cowboys then outscored Cantwell 12-10 down the stretch.
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
Top Half
South Torrance 43, Bishop Amat 43
Chino 68, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary 63
Bottom Half
Covina 45, Bonita 40, 2OTs
Roosevelt 57, El Rancho 45

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Girls Tennis Playoffs: Maranatha, Arcadia, Alhambra receive top four seeds

By Stephen Ramirez
There were no surprises when the CIF-Southern Section released its girls tennis playoff pairings Monday.
Maranatha, Arcadia and Alhambra all received top four seeds as expected.
The trio will now begin the march to The Claremont Club, which begins Tuesday with wild-card rounds. The first round is scheduled for Wednesday, with the quarterfinals and semifinals slated for Nov. 9 and 11, respectively. The finals will be Nov. 13 at The Claremont Club.
Maranatha, which won the Division 5 title, is again the favorite in that division after receiving the No. 1 seed. The Minutemen, who are 13-3 and went 9-0 in winning the Olympic League, host either Heritage or Beaumont, who meet in the wild-card round, in the first round on Wednesday. They were the No. 3 seed last year and beat No. 4 Thacher in the final, 11-7.
Also in Division 5, Whittier Christian (11-5), arguably the top team from the Whittier area, is at Vista del Lago. The Heralds finished second to the Minutemen in the Olympic League.
Arcadia, which lost in the second round last season, is the No. 2 seed in Division 2. The Apaches, who are 17-0, will also host a wild-card winner, facing either La Reina or St. Joesph, of Santa Maria. Arcadia went 12-0 in winning the Pacific League.
Also in Division 2, Glendora, which finished second in the Palomares League, hosts San Luis Obispo.
Alhambra, which won the Almont League, is No. 4 in Division 4. The Moors, who are 14-1, face either St. Joseph, of Lakewood, or Bolsa Grande in the first round.
Other first-round matchups in Division 4 feature St. Lucy’s at Valle Vista champ Wilson, of Hacienda Heights; California at Arroyo and La Quinta, of Westminster, at Rowland. Del Rio League champ La Serna will host either Chaminade or Torrance.
Traditional area power San Marino, which won the Rio Hondo League, will host Xavier Prep in Division 1. La Canada is at Northwood, also in Division. I. South Pasadena, which was third in the Rio Hondo League, is at Dos Pueblos in a Division 1 wild-card match. The winner advances to No. 2 Corona del Mar.
Division 3 features Walnut, which is hosting Pacifica, of Garden Grove, and Mayfield, which is at Oakwood.
There are some area matchups in the wild-card round. Charter Oak hosts Pasadena Poly in Division 3, with Schurr at Bishop Amat; San Dimas at Marshall and La Salle at Rosemead in Division 4.

AREA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
FIRST ROUND
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4
DIVISION 1

La Canada at Northwood
Xavier Prep at San Marino
DIVISION 2
San Luis Obispo at Glendora
Camarillo at Ayala
La Reina-St. Joseph’s winner at No. 2 Arcadia
DIVISION 3
Pacifica/GG at Walnut
Mayfield at Oakwood
DIVISION 4
La Quinta/W at Rowland
California at Arroyo
San Dimas-Marshall at Flint. Sacred Heart
St. Joseph-Bolsa Grande at No. 4 Alhambra
St. Lucy’s at HH Wilson
Chaminade-Torrance at La Serna
DIVISION 5
Heritage Chr-Beaumont at No. 1 Maranatha
Edgewood-Montclair at Gladstone
Whittier Christian at Vista del Lago
WILD-CARD
TUESDAY
DIVISION 1

South Pasadena at Dos Pueblos – at No. 2 Corona del Mar
DIVISION 2
South Hills at Simi Valley – at Laguna Beach
DIVISION 3
Pasadena Poly at Charter Oak — at No. 4 Yucaipa
DIVISION 4
Schurr at Bishop Amat — at No. 1 South Torrance
San Dimas at Marshall — at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Santa Fe at J.W. North — at Notre Dame/Riverside
La Salle at Rosemead — at Garden Grove
Highland at Keppel — at Bishop Montgomery
DIVISION 5
Edgewood at Montclair — at Gladstone
Arroyo Valley at La Puente — at Foothill Tech
Duarte at Fairmont Prep — at No. 4 Maganolia
Shadow Hills at Azusa — Rim of the World

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Nogales’ John Romano, St. Paul’s Marijon Ancich receive their CIF-SS Hall pass

Former St. Paul football coach Marijon Ancich, right, with Former Nogales High School baseball coach John Romano after being inducted into the CIF-SS Hall of Fame at the Grand Long Beach Event Center in Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Former St. Paul football coach Marijon Ancich, right, with Former Nogales High School baseball coach John Romano after being inducted into the CIF-SS Hall of Fame at the Grand Long Beach Event Center in Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
LONG BEACH — Very few high school coaches have won like St. Paul’s Marijon Ancich and Nogales’ John Romano.

Both received their just rewards Wednesday for their accomplishments.
Ancich, the face of St. Paul football for more than 30 years, and Romano, Nogales’ baseball coach for 34 seasons, were inducted into the CIF-Southern Section Hall of Fame in a ceremony at The Grand Long Beach Event Center.
Former Diamond Bar athletics director Ray Moore, who is now at Vista Murrieta, and former Arcadia athletic director Doug Speck, who died in 2010, were honored with Distinguished Service awards.
“It’s fitting I’m (being inducted) with coach Ancich,” Romano said. “When I got into coaching, I wanted to be like (him). I wanted to share that.”
There’s a good reason to emulate Ancich, who retired in 2012. He is the winningest football coach in the section with a record of 360-134-4 and ranks second in the state behind De La Salle’s Bob Ladouceur (399-25-3).
Ancich won three section titles at St. Paul in 1968, ‘72 and ‘81. He also won two state titles and one mythical national championship. He also coached eight seasons at Tustin, before finishing with two stints at St. Paul, from 1993-2005 and then in 2009-12.
“I’m happy I’ve been able to obtain (the honor),” Ancich said. “I hope I can carry it on for anyone else who comes through.
“I would have liked to have had a few more victories at the right time, but just being out there was special for me. We had a great time, with great people. I was there at the right time.”
Romano, who spent one season at Yucca Valley before spending his last 34 seasons at Nogales, retired in 2014 with a record of 635-334-9. He guided his teams to six league titles and 30 CIF playoff appearances.
He was inducted into the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and the San Gabriel Valley Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014. He is a member of the CIF baseball coaches advisory committee.
Romano’s legacy is with his players, 18 of which were drafted by Major League teams and 29 received scholarships to four-year universities or colleges.
“This is an accumulation of an athletic department and a group of friends that are here today to celebrate with me that made it possible,” Romano said. “It could have easily been somebody else, but I was always fortunate to have enough people around me that made me look good.
“That’s basically what it was. A lot of people covered for me at Nogales. I had a lot of people helping me. This award should be shared by everybody.”
Romano said he will always be linked with Nogales alum and former Major Leaguer Cecil Fielder, but his legacy was obtained due to Paul Togneri, his first star.
“In 1982, I was asked to start winning, or sell insurance,” he said. “Togneri got me over the hump. Then in 1994, he came back (as a coach) and we won a (league) championship.”

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