By Steve Ramirez
COVINA – Charter High School, after losing 14-12 to Chino Hills on Tuesday, knew it couldn’t afford to open Sierra League play with back-to-back setbacks.
Pitcher Brooke Clemetson and catcher Monique Mata the Chargers won’t have to.
Clemetson tossed a five-hitter and struck out seven and Mata had two hits and two RBIs to lead host Charter Oak to a 3-1 victory over South Hills.
The Chargers, also getting and RBI from Clemetson, improved to 16-3 overall and 1-1 in the Sierra League. Lexi Robles had a RBI in the seventh for Charter Oak, which slipped to 11-4 and 0-1.
“In this league, you feel like you have to win everyone you can get, especially after the disappointment on Tuesday,” said Charter Oak coach Scott Higuera, whose team saw Chino Hills rally back from a 12-6 deficit three days ago. “I was hoping the we would bounce back, and despite a shaky seventh inning, I liked our effort today.” Continue reading →
By Steve Ramirez
LA PUENTE – If the Serra High School baseball team was hoping to make a statement in its first Del Rey League game, it made its point loud and clear Tuesday.
Soleman Bates tossed a one-hit shutout and had two RBIs and the visiting Cavaliers rolled to a 6-0 victory over six-time defending league champion Bishop Amat.
Serra, also getting three hits and two RBIs from Trent Hammond, improved to 14-5 overall. Bishop Amat slipped to 6-9.
Bates struck out 12 with two walks. He yielded just four baserunners and retired 11 out of the final 12 batters, including the last nine.
Serra led 4-0 after three innings, taking advantage of three Bishop Amat errors. Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “In important games the way you punch back and trade punches with the opponent is to equal them on defense. We gave them extra opportunities. We let a base-hit to right turn into a run. We let a well-positioned line drive turn into an extra at-bat that gave them two more runs.”
By Steve Ramirez
LA HABRA – There’s nothing in the Valley quite like San Dimas vs. Bonita.
The Saints and Bearcats, regardless of sport, always put on a show, and Friday was no exception.
Ashley Gauthier had a two-run single with two out in the sixth inning and San Dimas rallied for a 5-4 victory over Bonita in a Whittier Christian Tournament game that was halted after six innings due to a 90-minute time limit.
Deenah San Luis and Janell Wheaton also had RBIs for the Saints, who improved to 11-5. Bonita, getting a three-run home run from pitcher Bianca Cockrell, slipped to 10-7.
It looked bleak for San Dimas, which beat the time-limit by eight minutes and forced a sixth inning, which the Saints took advantage. San Luis, who went 2 for 3, led off with a double before Wheaton followed with a RBI single to cut it to 4-3.
Carlie Salm singled with one out before Rachael Connell drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Gauthier then followed with a pop up that fell between second and center field to score two runs and the 5-4 lead. San Dimas coach Don Pollard: “Bonita used to be in our league and (the games) were always good battles. We don’t see them as much, but when we do, it’s alway a battle. Today was a good pitching duel. Bethie (Celaya) pitched a great game today, she finished and we had some timely hits late in the game to really help us out.” San Dimas’ Ashley Gauthier: When I saw the pitch, I knew that was the one. I just went after it.” Bonita coach Ken Carlson: You have to give credit where credit is due. Deenah is such a great hitter. We knew we had to be spot on with our pitching and we missed a couple spots. (They) capitalized off it.”
By Steve Ramirez
ARCADIA – Arcadia High School was probably beginning to wonder if it would ever win its invitational baseball tournament again.
The Apaches, who hadn’t scored the tourney title in nearly a decade, put an end to those worries on Wednesday.
Austin Georgen gave up two hits and struck out seven in five innings and Arcadia combined three doubles with three Glendora errors in the first three innings en route to a 4-1 victory over the Tartans in the Arcadia Invitational championship game.
Brendan Toy had a double and scored two runs for the Apaches, who improved to 10-5. Glendora, getting two hits and an RBI from Garrett Ouellette, slipped to 11-5 Arcadia coach Nick Lemas: We’re playing our best baseball right now. It’s exciting. We’ve been in the championship game (against Glendora) before, and we finally got them. We were able to hit the ball a little bit in the first inning and take advantage of some mistakes that they made. We were able to get it done. It means a lot, because I don’t think we’ve won it since 2004. It’s been a long time, so it feels good.” Glendora coach Dan Henley: We had opportunities. They weren’t huge opportunities, but we just failed to put the ball in play. They are a quality opponent and are on a roll right now. We were very happy to be in this game. No, we don’t like the result, but we’ll learn from it.”
LOOK WHO’S NO. 1: Nogales, off to its best start in recent memory, takes its spot atop the area baseball rankings. Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
Here’s this week’s area baseball top 10 rankings: 1. Nogales (11-0) – Romano’s clan just keeps on winning. The Nobles one-two pitching tandem gives them the best chance in the home-and-home Valle Vista League format. 2. Bonita (9-1) – The Bearcats showed some of their muscle, rallying for a 6-5 victory over Cypress, which is one of the top teams in Orange County and ranked No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 2. Bonita still looks like the favorite in the Hacienda League. 3. South Hills (7-2) – It was a hit and miss week for the Huskies, who hit a bump in the road with an 8-7 loss to un-ranked Charter Oak, but responded with a 1-0 victory over Damien. You still have to put them as the Sierra favorite 4. Northview (8-2) – The Vikings tumbled a bit after losing to rival Covina at home, then returned the favor to beat the Colts. Expect Northview to be in the thick of the Valle Vista League race. 5. Diamond Bar (8-1) – The Brahmas looked like the real deal, sweeping Los Altos in dominating fashion after outscoring the Conquerors, 15-2. Are they ready to challenge Bonita? We find out later. 6. San Dimas (9-2) – The Saints took care of business with a sweep of Wilson. Now comes the real tests in coming weeks with home-and-homes against Baldwin Park, Covina, Northview and Nogales. 7. Glendora (7-3) – The Tartans drop a spot after losing on the road at Los Osos. But I still like Glendora to take the Baseline. 8. Bishop Amat (4-5) – The Lancers are finding their second win, riding a three-game win streak into this week, including an impressive win over Alemany, which was undefeated in the Mission League. 9. Baldwin Park (6-2) – It took a two-run seventh for Nogales to beat the Braves. This is a team that will make some waves in the Valle Vista title chase. 10. West Covina (9-2-1) – The Bulldogs are showing they are for real, holding their own in the Hacienda so far in the Hacienda, spliting their first two series. OTHERS: Damien (4-4), Los Altos (5-4), Charter Oak (3-3), Covina (5-5), Ayala (7-3)
HAMMERING THE COMPETITION: Bishop Amat, helped by Alexis Gonzalez (above), has felt very little resistance while racing to the top of the area rankings. Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
Here is this week’s top 10 rankings:
1. Bishop Amat (9-2) – The Lancers are showing they have no peer in the Valley and beyond, outscoring rivals St. Paul and La Salle, 22-0 last week. 2. Chino Hills (10-4) – The Huskies were idle last week, but should be refreshed for their Sierra League title run. 3. Ayala (8-2) – The Bulldogs also took a respite. They resume with tournament play before opening up the Sierra League in two weeks. 4. South Hills (11-3) – The Huskies showed their prowess with an impressive sweep over Bonita. Next up: The Sierra League. 5. Bonita (8-5) – Another hit and miss week for the Bearcats, who dominated Rowland before losing two to South Hills. 6. Charter Oak (10-2) – The Chargers are having a solid season, and continued it with a sweep of Fullerton and beating Schurr on Monday. 7. San Dimas (7-5) – The Saints are the favorite in the Valle Vista and showed it with an easy win at Wilson. 8. Northview (5-4) – The Vikings won another slugfest, beating rival Covina. Eventually, they’ll have to pitch. 9. Duarte (7-2) – The Falcons are the team to beat in the Montview and showed it against Azusa. 10. St. Lucy’s (3-6) – The Regents are a lot better than their record, which includes an impressive schedule.
By Steve Ramirez
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – San Dimas High School has been the dominant softball program in the Valle Vista League for more than a decade, and they Saints showed Friday that the trend might continue.
Jennifer Aguinaga scored three runs and led a trio of Saints with two RBIs each and San Dimas opened league play with a 14-3 victory over Wilson in a game that was halted after six innings due to the 10-run rule.
Deenah San Luis, Kennedy Anderson and Carlie Salm all had three hits and two RBIs to lead an 18-hit attack for the Saints, who improved to 7-5 overall. Bethie Celaya was steady in the circle after a slow start, giving up four hits with three strikeouts.
Yecenia Cardenas had a homerun and two RBIs for Wilson, which slipped to 5-3.
San Dimas, after falling behind 2-1 after the first inning, put it away with three runs in the third, four in the fourth and five in the sixth. San Dimas coach Don Pollard: “The league opener you never know. (Wilson) had been playing well, so you never know. You just have to take it, play hard and see what happens. It came our way this time.” Wilson coach Lindsay Schatzman: “Obviously, San Dimas has some big hitters. They had good approach at the plate and went after it. They attacked every pitch we threw at them. They got a lot of base hits and came back.”
Bishop Amat, winners of seven consecutive games, continues to look like the best team in the area. Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
Here’s this week’s area softball top 10
1. Bishop Amat (7-2) – The Lancers, after losing two early, are rolling with seven consecutive wins. They’ll test rival their streak vs. St. Paul today. 2. Chino Hills (10-4) – The Huskies have a deceiving record that’s been hampered by a tough schedule. They are still the favorite going into Sierra League play. 3. Ayala (8-2) – The Bulldogs look like Chino Hills’ chief challenger in the Sierra League. They enjoyed another solid week, with the only loss to a strong Los Osos squad. 4. South Hills (9-3) – The Huskies of West Covina are rounding into form, advancing to the finals of the Charter Oak tournament before losing to Corona Centennial. 5. Bonita (6-3) – The Bearcats look like the team to beat in the Hacienda League after reaching the Charter Oak Tournament semifinals. 6. Charter Oak (8-2) – The Chargers show how tough the Sierra League is, going 3-1 at their tournament, including a win over one of the top teams from Whittier in 2012 semifinalist La Habra. 7. Northview (4-4) – The Vikings have a solid start, advancing to the San Dimas Tournament semifinals and splitting four games at the Charter Oak tourney. 8. St. Lucy’s (3-5) – The Regents, who went 1-2 for the week, should make some noise in the Sierra League. But this still looks like a team finding its way. 9. San Dimas (6-6) – The Saints have been even keel until now, but their strength will be shown in Valle Vista League play. 10. Duarte (5-2) – The Falcons, the favorite in the Montview League have looked impressive in their last two games, outscoring the opposition, 37-0.
South Hills moves on up. Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
Here’s this week’s area baseball top 10 1. South Hills (6-1) – The Huskies take over the top spot after evening its series with Northview with an 8-3 victory. South Hills, which beat Claremont, 6-2, to open Sierra League play, also has a victory over Bonita on its resume. 2. Northview (6-1) – The Vikings are the real deal. Their resume includes winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational, which included area heavyweights South Hills, Bonita and Los Altos, and beating traditional power Millikan last week. 3. Nogales (8-0) – Longtime Nobles coach John Romano earned his 600th win last week, but lost in the hoopla is Nogales is off to its best start in recent memory. 4. Bonita (6-1) – Don’t sleepwalk on the Bearcats, who look as solid as ever. Bonita’s only loss is to South Hills. They rebounded from it with a 7-5 win over San Dimas last week. 5. Diamond Bar (6-1) – How good are the Brahmas? We might find out this week when they play a home-and-home against Los Altos. Diamond opened Hacienda League play by splitting a pair with West Covina, which has also lost just once. 6. Glendora (7-2) – The Tartans, the lone area entry in the Baseline League, get lost on the radar, but Dan Henley has another strong group. Glendora went 2-1 last week, beating Etiwanda and Upland. 7. San Dimas (6-2) – The Saints came down to early, losing to Bonita in extra innings. But they will make noise in the Valle Vista League title chase, which they begin this week with a home and home vs. Wilson. 8. Baldwin Park (6-1) – How good the Braves are should be answered this week when they play Nogales twice. 9. West Covina (8-1-1) – The Bulldogs earned a respectful split against Diamond Bar. Diamond Ranch (4-4) is up next. 10. Los Altos (5-2) – The Conquerors split two games last week to hold on to the No. 10 slot. They’ll have the opportunity to move up with games vs. Diamond Bar on the docket. OTHERS 11. Damien (3-3) – The Spartans could be in trouble. They opened Sierra League play with a loss to an improved Ayala squad, and now end the week with a trip to favorite and No. 1 South Hills. 12. Bishop Amat (2-5) – The Lancers, who won on Monday, are still bogged down by a tough nonleague slate. But the league season is fast approaching, which should see them get on a roll.
Diamond Bar High School started strong last baseball season, only to see it come apart in Hacienda League play.
The Brahmas, who won their first five nonleague games this season, are determined to not let it happen again, and they’ve already received some early answers after splitting a league series with West Covina last week.
Diamond Bar improved to 6-1 after rebounding from a 4-1 loss to the Bulldogs at home with a 14-3 shellacking on the road.
“It meant a lot (to beat West Covina),” Diamond Bar coach Eric Shibley said. “I think the guys showed the type of character they have. We made some adjustments after the first game.
“But the kids didn’t drop their heads and were ready to play.”
Diamond Bar’s strength this season has been in a the return of 10 players who had significant playing time in 2012. They’ve showed that experience early on.
The keys have been senior Zeph Walters, who is hitting .500 with 10 RBIs, and sophomore infielder/pitcher Jacob Cooke, who is hitting .500 with seven RBIs. Senior pitcher Sean Patton, who got the win against West Covina, is 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA.
“We have so many returners from last year and they’ve all contributed,” Shibley said. “They are just playing very well right now.
“Our strength of schedule is not the toughest, but I like how the guys have come out. We’ll find out more about ourselves this week.” Continue reading →
By Steve Ramirez
WALNUT – Northview High School coach Darren Murphy said before the season he believed the Vikings could be very good.
Northview continues to live up to that billing.
Jake Grijalva and Alex Labor had two RBIs each and Nick Chico was solid on the mound to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 victory over intra-district rival Northview to take the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament championship on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Chico gave up three hits and struck out nine for Northview, which improved to 5-0.
South Hills, which dropped to 4-1, cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh on a RBI single by Conor Pearson before reliever Kolby Oriti retired Jon Ayala to end the game.
The Vikings scored three runs in the fourth to take the lead.
Dom Baca reached on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Amaya walked before a Gabe Rojo followed with sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third.
Jake Grijalva then doubled to left for a 2-0 lead. Grijalva scored after back-to-back wild pitches for a 3-0 advantage. Continue reading →
South Hills High School’s baseball team might be young this season, but the Huskies keep proving they are as talented as ever.
David Denson had two hits and three RBIs and combined on a two-hitter with Erik Martinez as South Hills stayed perfect with a 6-1 victory over Bonita Wednesday in a Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational semifinal at Jay Littleton Ball Park.
The Huskies, also getting three hits from Gabe Chavez, improved to 4-0 and advanced to face Northview, a 10-1 winner over Los Altos, in Saturday’s championship game at Mt. San Antonio College at 7 p.m.
The Bearcats, ranked No. 1 in the area to begin the season. slipped to 3-1.
South Hills coach Kevin Smith: “I feel real fortunate. We beat a quality team tonight. We had guys really step up. Our young kids are playing really good defense. The kids brought it tonight. I’m really proud of them. They really played well to beat a quality team.” Northview 10, Los Altos 1
Northview put it away in the second inning, scoring seven runs on four hits, three walks and a key error with two outs.
Adrian Sabatino and Dominic Baca led off the second with singles before Anthony Amaya reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Los Altos’ starter Isaiah Roybal, who was solid in a 2-1 victory over Damien last week, then walked the next two batters to give the Vikings a 2-1 advantage.
Amaya stole home to make it 3-1 before Northview pushed it to 7-1 on a fielding error, which scored two runs, and a two-run double by Sabatino. Northview coach Darren Murphy: “I was a little concerned in the first inning after giving up a run. But we bounced back offensively and put a string of hits together, which probably made the score a little too big for them to comeback.”
UPDATE: Nogales’ game scheduled today against Segerstrom for the Newport Elks Tournament title was cancelled because of rain and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined. This means coach John Romano will go for his 600th career victory at home on Tuesday against visiting Temple City at 3:15 p.m.
By Steve Ramirez
LA PUENTE — Nogales High School’s John Romano is the dean of East Valley baseball coaches, whose won more games than anyone in area history.
Today, he can catch another milestone with win No. 600 when his Nobles travel to Santa Ana to face Segerstrom for the Newport Elks Tournament Friday at 3 p.m.
Still, Romano wants to know what all the fuss is about.
“It’s a positive thing in my life,” said Romano, who is 599-318-9 in 36 seasons at Nogales. “But I think (this) milestone is not as great as everyone seems to think it is. This is just my opinion, but I think guys who win Southern Section titles, is a much greater feat than what I’ve done. I’ve been lucky No. 1 to have a good wife (Therese) and a son (Christopher, a student at Michigan State), a good family at home, good health, and I have longevity, so I’ve been able to accomplish numbers.
“I think winning a section title is a much more positive feat than this. But this is just a longevity thing. It’s not the last game I’m going to win, because I’m going to coach for one more year than I’m going to retire.” Continue reading →
By Steve Ramirez
What do you do after you win your school’s first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title?
You try for a CIF state championship.
Damien High School, fresh of winning a 3AA Division title, now takes its chance at a Division III state crown when it hosts Mission Oaks, of Tulare, in a Southern California Regional first-round game Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“We really already accomplished our goal and now we get to play again,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “It’s a challenge, but once you get here, you want to make the most of your opportunity to keep playing well.
“I keep telling our guys that the memories of winning CIF, no one can ever take that away. We’ll always be a CIF champ. But we want to continue to play well.”
It won’t be a simple task for the Spartans (25-7). The Hawks (27-4), who lost 62-60 to Independence, of Bakersfield, in the Central Section title game, feature five players who average close to 10 points a game, led by Blake Shannon, who scores at a 19.7 point clip. Mission Oak also looks to Bobby Alvarado (15.6), Austin Molezzo (11.1), Kollan Mundley (9.6) and Matt Zorn (8.8).
“There as good an offensive team as we’ve played all year,” Dunn said. “The point guard is really good and sets the tone for them. They shoot the ball really well, so they certainly present a problem for us.”
Damien has been as equally tough to guard, especially sophomore Jeremy Hemsley, who averages 18.2 points a game and had 17 points in a 54-40 victory over Santa Margarita in the Division 3AA title game last week. The Spartans also feature 3-point option Jared Dizon, who averages 14 a game, and Ayo Adedeji, who had 18 points in the win over Santa Margarita.
The winner advances to Saturday’s second round. The regional semifinals and finals are slated for next week, with the state championships scheduled March 22-23. DIVISION IV
Sierra at LV Lutheran
The Trojans (25-7) are seeking their third state title four years.
Lutheran, which lost to Serra in the CIF-SS Division 4AA title game on Saturday, features four players who score in double figures, led by junior Joseph Rushing (15 ppg). The No. 4 seed Trojans also look to seniors Jay Miller (13.1), Skyler Williams (11.7) and McKay Anderson (11.1).
The No. 13 Chieftains, from Tollhouse, counter with senior Casey Blunt (16) and sophomore Brent Smith (13.5). Sierra lost in the Central Section semifinals. GIRLS
El Camino Real at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
[BODY]The host Lancers are looking to rebound from a 48-46 loss to Canyon Springs in the CIF-SS Division IA championship game.
Amat (24-9) has been led in the playoffs by junior Paulina Santana, who has scored 20 and 17 points, respectively, the Lancers last two games. Amat also looks seniors Mauriana Clayton and Leeah Powell and junior Janae Chamois.
The Conquistadors (20-7), who lost in the Los Angeles City Section semifinals, are led by seniors Cora Chan and Shaina Van Stryk. DIVISION II
Bonita at La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m.
The Bearcats have a tough task against the Mavericks (30-2), who won the San Diego Section title. La Costa Canon, of Carlsbad, features three players averaging nearly 15 points a game, led by Savannah Irwin (15.6). The attack also includes Taylor Price (15.5) and Esther Wofford (14.8).
Bonita counters with Nikki Wheatley, who has averaged more than 20 points a game during the playoffs. SOCCER
Bishop Amat at Cathedral Catholic, 4 p.m.
The Lancers (24-5) look to beat the Dons for the second consecutive season.
Nayeli Requejo leads Bishop Amat with 24 goals
Walnut’s Michael Sill wrestles in the 138 semifinals. He lost, 8-4, and will try to finish third.
By Steve Ramirez
BAKERSFIELD – San Marino High School’s Julian Flores and Walnut’s Michael Sill showed Saturday they still rank among the best in their respective weight classes in the state,
The duo placed fifth at 120 and 138 pounds, respectively, to lead area performances at the CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
Northview’s Bryan Salinas, who fought back from a loss in the quarterfinals on Friday, was eighth at 170 after defaulting the seventh-place bout due to an injured knee.
The Vikings’ Eric Ochoa (113) and Daniel Valles (138) and Chino Hills’ Garrick Gurney (170) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not receive a medal.
For Flores, it might a sign of greater things to come after placing fifth in his freshman season.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Flores said. “I had a lot of tough matches and I just kept fighting and tried to stay confident and I was able to get fifth.”
He fought back from a 5-0 loss to top-ranked Mason Pengilly, of Porterville, in the semifinals to beat Madera’s Daniel Ruiz, 11-4, in the fifth-place bout.
He controlled the match from the outset, using a takedown and nearfall for a 5-0 lead in the first period. He pushed it to 9-2 after two periods before getting a takedown in the third for the 11-4 victory.
“I knew he would be tough,” Flores said. “I just tried to do what I did all weekend and I got the win.”
For Sill, finishing fifth was more disappointment than thrill. He had his sights set on bigger glory after winning in the quarterfinals on Friday.
“It’s good (to finish fifth),” Sill said. “But I wanted to be a state champion. At least I won the last match of my high school career.”
Sill’s hopes for a state title were dashed with an 8-4 loss to San Francisco Riordan’s Elijah Davis in Saturday morning’s semifinals. But he rebounded from the setback to take fifth with a 4-3 victory over Corona Santiago’s Mike Long in the fifth-place bout,using a takedown in the final 10 seconds for the win.
“I just tried all my moves,” Sill said. “He really didn’t make a mistake. I was just trying to score. There was nothing to lose.”
Salinas, who won a CIF-Southern Section Masters championship last week, advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Los Osos’ Jonathan Solano (2-1) before losing to Madera’s Eric Gamboa (7-6). He injured his knee in that bout and defaulted the seventh-place bout.
Ochoa, Valles and Gurney lost in the consolation fifth round and did not medal.
Ochoa, who won his first CIF-SS division title two weeks ago, dropped a 3-1 setback to Jerry Vigil, of Heritage (Brentwood).
Valles, who lost to Sill in the quarterfinals on Friday, dropped a 6-4 setback to Nolan Kistler, of Martin Luther King (Riverside), with Gurney losing 7-3 to Harlan Kistler (King).
Ochoa and Gurney were attempting to medal after losing their opening matches on Friday.
BAKERSFIELD — San Marino High School’s Julian Flores and Walnut’s Michael Sill flew under the radar for much of the season.
But they will be on center stage today.
Flores and Sill advanced to the final four of their respective weight classes to lead area efforts Friday at the 41st CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena.
Flores, unranked at 120 pounds coming into the tournament, beat Ricky Coster, of Freedom (Oakley), 5-1, in the quarters and will go up against No. 1 Mason Pengilly, of Porterville this morning for a spot in tonight’s finals.
Sill beat Northview’s Daniel Valles, 7-4, to advance to the 138 semfinals. He will face Riordan’s Elijah Davis.
Northview’s Valles, Bryan Salinas (170) and Eric Ochoa (113) and Chino Hills’ Garrick Gurney (170) are still alive for a top eight medal. They will wrestle in the consolation fifth round today and need to win to finish among to qualify for the medal round and finish in the top eight.
Northview’s Vincent Parra (106), Tony Arellano (132), Rick Padilla (145), and Steven Lopez (160); San Marino’s Evan Wick (113); Glendora’s Thomas Tello (132); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (138) and Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182) lost two matches and didn’t advance. Walnut’s Michael Sill: “This is what matters, preseason doesn’t. The rankings don’t matter. I know I belong in the (top four), because I worked so hard during the year. I don’t think about rankings. I just think I can be the best wrestler I can be.” San Marino’s Julian Flores: “It’s great be in the semifinals. It’s what I worked for all year. I try to take every match here as the finals. To get to the semifinals is a tremendous honor.”
FINAL FIRST DAY RESULTS CIF STATE WRESTLING
VINCENT PARRA (Northview) — lost to Chris Cisneros (Selma), 8-3; def. Cons1: Def. Julian Gendreau (St. John Bosco), 5-2; Cons2: def. Isaac Blackburn (Del Oro), 5-4; Cons3: Lost to Carlos Herrera (Bakersfield), 5-1. OUT 113
EVAN WICK (San Marino) – def. Isaac Moreno (Brawley), TF, 17-1; def. Kenny Jones (Lassen), 7-3; Champ3: Lost Isaiah Hout (Wasco), 4-1; Cons3: Def. Anthony Hernandez (Vacaville), 6-1; Cons4: Lost to Eric Ochoa (Norvhview), 7-4. OUT ERIC OCHOA (Northview) — lost to Joseph Jauregui (Clovis East), 7-1; Cons1: Def. Luis Ortiz (Magnolia), 10-3; Cons2: Def. Elias Hernandez (Serra, San Mateo), 7-6; Cons3: Beat Marco Velasquez (Foothill, Bakersfield), 8-2; Cons4: Def. Evan Wick (San Marino), 7-4. ADVANCES TO SATURDAY 120
JULIAN FLORES (San Marino) — def, Brandon Vu (Rodriguez) by fall, 1:25; Champ3: def. Micah Perez (Central, San Diego), 3-1; def. Quarters: Def. Ricky Coster (Freedom), 5-1. ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS 132
TONY ARELLANO (Northview) — lost to Isaac Bertalotto (Turlock) by fall 5.00; Cons1: Lost to Antonio Gutierrez (Bakersfield) by fall, 1:53. OUT
THOMAS TELLO (Glendora) — lost to Kyler Hansen (Buchanan, Clovis), 9-0; Cons1: def. Jimmy Felix (Los Banos), 6-3; Cons2: Lost to Robb Rodriguez (San Benito), 5-4. OUT 138
DANIEL VALLES (Northview) — def. Brandon Matu (Antelope), 7-2; Champ3: def. Christian Rodriguez (Reedley), by tech. fall, 16-0; Quarters: Lost to Michael Sill (Walnut), 7-4. ADVANCES TO CONSOLATION ROUND ON SATURDAY MICHAEL SILL (Walnut) — def. Chris Garcia (Clovis West), 7-3; Def. Isaiah Alva (Merced), 10-4; Champ3: Def. Angel Beltran (Granada), 7-0; Quaurters: Def. Daniel Valles (Northview), 7-4. ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS ON SATURDAY MARIO LOPEZ (Rowland) — def. Giovanni Murillo (Bret Harte), 3-2; Champ3: Lost to Nikko Villarreal (Gilroy), 2-1; Cons3: Def. Uzo Owuyama (Bloomington), 6-4: Cons4: Lost to Nolan Kristler (Riverside King), 3-0. OUT 145
RICKY PADILLA (Northview) — def. Kyle Jones (Exeter), 6-1; Champ3: Lost to Jason Ladd (Clovis), 6-4; Cons3: Lost to Josh Cortes (Thousand Oaks) by fall, 4:59. OUT 160
STEVEN LOPEZ (Northview) — lost Cody Silva (Valley Center), 16-8; lost to David Jepsen (Central, Fresno) by fall, 4:44. OUT
BRYAN SALINAS (Northview) — def. Nathan Morris (Redwood) by fall, 5:46; Champ2: def. Jaime Martinez (Lemoore) by fall, 4:55; Champ3: Def. Jakob Schallberger (Tokay, Lodi), 6-2; Quarters: Lost to Jovan Villalobos (Alisal), 5-2, OT. ADVANCES TO CONSOLATION ON SATURDAY GARRICK GURNEY (Chino Hills) – def. Tucker Gulliford (Red Bluff), 11-4; Champ3: Lost to Alec Gamboa (Madera), 6-4; Cons4: Def. Max Kumashiro (Los Alamitos), 2-0. ADVANCES TO CONSOLATION FIFTH ROUND ON SATURDAY 182
NATHAN RODRIGUEZ (Diamond Bar) — lost to Adrian Salas (Clovis), default; lost to Juan Jimenez (Dos Palos) by default. OUT
1. Bishop Amat (24-7) – The Lancers have all the pieces for a run at a CIF-SS title 2. Chino Hills (32-3) – Can the Huskies repeat? You bet 3. Los Altos (20-8) – The favorite in the Hacienda 4. San Dimas (22-8) – Saints should rule the VVL and challenge for a D-5 title 5. St. Lucy’s (24-6) – Smith leads the way 6. Ayala (19-12) – Is there enough back to contend in the Sierra? 7. Charter Oak (14-11) – They can hit, but success will be decided in the circle 8. Bonita (18-8) – Losing Sanchez is a key blow for the Bearcats 9. South Hills (15-12) – Never doubt the Huskies 10. Duarte (20-4) – Strong returning core has Falcons eying repeat
READY FOR MORE: Catcher Jake Blunt, pitcher Parker Merritt and shortstop Justin Row are ready for a new season Feb. 20, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)
Here’s the initial area baseball rankings, which include the usual suspects. The story on the top 10 will be in Tuesday’s newspaper:
1. Bonita (32-2 in 2012) – Bearcats still formidable, aided by D-1 transfers 2. Bishop Amat (20-10) – Lancers serious contenders with 8 returning starters 3. South Hills (20-10) – Denson makes Huskies a powerful pick 4. Damien (15-11-1) – Will rely on UCLA commits Hockin and Olsen 5. Nogales (22-7) – Pitching tandem Gonzalez and Guzman are tough to beat 6. Glendora (18-11) – Tartans again the favorite in the Baseline 7. Los Altos (20-10) – If anyone can overtake Bonita in the Hacienda, its the Conqs 8. Northview (16-9-1) – All-leaguers Grijalva and Castaneda make the Vikes a tough out 9. San Dimas (18-9) – Saints will challenge Nogales, Northview for VVL supremacy 10. Diamond Bar (15-9-2) – Brahmas are young, but solid
By Steve Ramirez<
Northview High School’s wrestling program has build a solid reputation over the past two decades.
The Vikings’ girls team added to it Saturday.
Northview, with five competitors receiving a top eight medal, including one champion, secured the team title during the third annual CIF State championships at Lemoore High School.
Northview’s Sabrina Solis at 118 pounds, and West Covina’s Aylssa LaFrancis at 165 won individual titles, beating Loara’s Crystal Zamarripa and San Jose Edison’s Gabriela Guzman, respectively. The Vikings’ Maddie Tyrone was a finalist at heavyweight, losing to Santa Monica’s Jessica Walker.
Also receiving a top-eight medal for the Vikings were Rose Martinez (98, seventh), Lazmin Perez (122, seventh) and Katie Auxier (146, fifth).
Other area top-eight medalists were Charter Oak’s Brittny Hernandez (103, third) and Savanna Barr (114, third); Rowland’s Zitali Bailon (118, eighth); Sierra Vista’s Marisela Fierro (122, third) and La Puente’s Sharon Garcia (189, third).
Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas, right, battles King’s Harlan Kistler in the 170-pound final at the Masters Meet Saturday. Salinas won, 7-3. (Lafonzo Carter / Staff Photographer)
By Steve Ramirez
TEMECULA – For Northview High School wrestlers Daniel Valles and Bryan Salinas, Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet was all about redemption.
Salinas, who lost here in the finals last season, and Valles, who lost in the finals at last weekend’s Central Division championships, wanted to make up for coming up short previously.
Valles won at 138 pounds and Salinas at 170 to lead the area efforts at Temecula Valley High School.
The area, including Valles and Salinas, qualified 15 competitors to next weekend’s CIF State championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
St. John Bocos’s Aaron Pico, who is from Whittier, was lower weight MVP after winning at 132 with four wins by fall and one by default.
Northview, which won the team title last season, finished third with 121 points despite sharing top honors with Santiago, of Corona, with seven qualifiers each. Santiago finished first with 168. Bosco was second at 144.
Other area qualifiers were Northview’s Vincent Parra (106, third), Eric Ochoa (113, fourth), Tony Arellano (132, seventh), Ricky Padilla (145, fourth) and Steven Lopez (160, eighth); San Marino’s Evan Wick (113, second) and Julian Flores (120, third); Glendora’s Thomas Tello (132, fourth); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (138, second); Walnut’s Michael Sill (138, eighth); Chino Hills’ Garrick Gurney (170, fifth); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182, seventh) and La Habra’s Michael Rangel (106, ninth).
Valles got some revenge on Lopez, who beat him for the Central title last week.
“When I lost to him last week, I knew I could beat him, but I just wasn’t my best last week,” said Valles, who scored a 6-3 victory over Lopez on Saturday. “I just trained harder during the week and knew I could beat him this time.
“It all paid off and I’m ready for state.” Continue reading →
Former Bonita baseball pitcher Justin Garza, who was 25-1 the past two years, including helping the Bearcats to the school’s first CIF-Southern Section title since 1951, has continued that success in college.
The Cal State Fullerton freshman opened his NCAA career with a win. He threw six shutout innings in the Titans’ 9-0 victory over Nebraska on Saturday. Garza gave up two hits and struck out six. Fullerton, which opened with a win over USC before sweeping a doubleheader from Nebraska on Saturday and beating Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, is 4-0 and ranked No. 22 nationally.
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
RIVERSIDE – Northview High School believed it left a little on the table when it came up short in the CIF-Southern Section dual wrestling championships last week.
The Vikings did something about it Saturday.
Northview, with five individual championships, scored the school’s 10 CIF-Southern Section team title by dominating at the Central Division championships at Norte Vista High School.
It was also an impressive performance for the area, which produced 10 of the 14 champions and qualified 36 to next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Temecula Valley High School.
The 10 champions were Northview’s Vincent Parra (106 pounds), Eric Ochoa (113), Ricky Padilla (145), Steven Lopez (160) and Bryan Salinas (170); Rowland’s Mario Lopez (136); Walnut’s Freddie Hsiao (120); Diamond Bar’s Nathan Rodriguez (182); Charter Oak’s Eric Prevost and South Hills’ Marco Valdivia (285).
“You have to give the kids all the credit,” Northview coach Bobby Bellamy said. “They came back hungry. To lose the way we lost last weekend and persevere and push through all the challenges they faced, I’m just extremely proud of them and ecstatic that we were able to get it done.”
Also qualifying from the area are Northview’s John Rivera (120, fourth), Tony Arellano (132, third), Daniel Valles (136, second) and Anthony Martinez (182, fourth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (126, third), Joey Castorena (132, fifth), Diego Cortez (152, fifth) and David Apodaca (285, fifth); Rowland’s Josh Martinez (106, second), Bruno Flores (126, fourth) and Greg Lawton (160, second); Diamond Bar’s Jeremy Foo (120, fifth), Matt Carrillo (195, third) and Dre Johnson (225, third); South Hills’ Kevin Kelly (126, second) and Matt Chavez (152, fourth); Chino Hills’ Nathan Aragon (160, fourth) and Garrick Gurney (170, fourth); West Covina’s Bradley Ojala (170, third) and Robert Montoya (182, fifth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106, third); Walnut’s Michael Sill (136, third); Covina’s Jose Lozano (113, fifth); Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285, third) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (152, third). Continue reading →
By Steve Ramirez
ROWLAND HEIGHTS – Santa Fe High School was down, but certainly not out Friday, and the Chiefs proved it when it mattered most.
Charlie Muhlenkamp made two free throws with two seconds left as Santa Fe rallied from a double-digit deficit to score a 56-55 victory over host Rowland in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA first-round game.
The Chiefs, getting 19 points from Muhlenkamp and 14 from Jonathan Parral, improved to 13-14 and advanced to Tuesday’s second round against either Eastside or No. 7 seed Camarillo.
Joseph Dionisio had 16 points for the Raiders, who finished 19-9. Rowland had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Dioniso’s half-court shot clanked off the back of the rim. Santa Fe’s Charlie Muhlenkamp: “We’re a family and we didn’t give up on each other. We just got more aggressive (during the second half). We were a little lazy coming out, and we just picked it up.” Rowland coach Gordon Hamlow: “I’m irritated. I thought there were some things that didn’t go our way that should have. (Santa Fe) did a great job. They hit the free throws to win it. Kudos to them.”
Chino Hills following big win over Montclair, Tom Kiss all over it.
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
SAN DIMAS — Pioneer High School might want to consider a move to the Valle Vista League.
The Titans certainly put up their best efforts against teams from the Valle Vista, scaring a team from the San Gabriel Valley league for the second consecutive season.
This time, it was host San Dimas, which breathed a sigh of relief after holding off Pioneer, 74-63, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A first-round game.
The Saints, getting 22 points from Jordan Stokes and 16 from Greyson McGee, improved to 16-10 and will travel to St. Francis in Friday’s second round.
Pioneer, which lost to Covina last season, finished 10-18. Courtney Ramon scored 30 points to lead the Titans. San Dimas coach Bruce Robbins: “I guess (I feel relief). In the first half in particular (Pioneer) didn’t seem to miss anything. We changed up a little in the second half. They still made some, but it was nothing like the first half.” Pioneer coach Gregory Gilmore: “Our guys played hard. We’re a great shooting team. Some of our role players who normally hit shots didn’t make those shots tonight. (Ramon) stepped up and had a great game. But a lot of our other shooters didn’t shoot the ball well tonight.”