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Boras Classic: Kale Morton pitches Glendora over San Dimas to advance to semifinals


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SANTA ANA –
The area was already guaranteed of placing a team in the Boras Baseball Classic semifinals when San Dimas faced Glendora in the tournament quarterfinals Tuesday at Mater Dei High School.
Kale Morton made sure it was the Tartans who advanced.
The senior tossed a two-hitter to lead Glendora to a 5-0 victory over the Saints in a battle featuring two teams ranked in the area top 10.
The Tartans, also getting two RBIs each from Griffen Herrera and Justin Cage, led 3-0 after the first inning. Glendora improved to 9-2 and will face either JSerra or Vista Murrieta in Thursday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. at JSerra in San Juan Capistrano.
San Dimas, getting hits from Josh Avila and Daniel Millwee, slipped to 9-3. The Saints will play the loser of JSerra-Vista Murrieta game in a seventh-place semifinal at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Mater Dei.
Morton, who improved to 4-0, retired the first eight batters and didn’t allow a hit until Avila bunted for a single in fifth. Morton then hit David Vargas, but retired Jessie Garcia to end the inning. Millwee had an infield single in the sixth before Morton retired San Dimas in order in the seventh for the win.
Glendora took a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of three walks by Peter Lambert before Herrera doubled to left for a 2-0 advantage. Cage followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0. The catcher also had a RBI single in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
Glendora’s Kale Morton: “I felt good today. I commanded the zone, every pitch was working. I liked the first inning when we scored three runs. It gives me less pressure to pitch.”

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Gladstone Baseball Tournament

GLADSTONE HIGH SCHOOL JIM GRAHAM MEMORIAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday’s Games
First Round

Webb 4, Gladstone 3
Keppel vs. La Canada
South Pasadena vs. Vista Del Lago
Ontario vs. La Puente
Tuesday’s Games
Semifinals
Tuesday

Webb vs. Keppel-La Canada winner, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente winner vs. South Pasadena-Vista Del Lago winner, 10 a.m.
Consolation semifinals
Gladstone vs. Keppel-La Canada loser, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente loser vs. South Pasadena-Vista loser, 10 a.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Championship

Semifinals winners, 2 p.m.
Consoaltion championship
Conso semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

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Area College softball: APU splits doubleheader with Hawaii-Hilo as Cougar coach Carrie Webber scores 200th win


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
AZUSA –
Azusa Pacific University softball coach Carrie Webber scored her 200th victory Saturday as the host Cougars split a
Pacific West Conference with Hawaii-Hilo.
APU, getting a home run and four RBIs from freshman and former Charter Oak High School standout Nicki Sprague, won the opener, 5-2, before the Vulcans jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to winning the second game, 13-8. The Cougars are now 27-12 overall and 15-9 in the PacWest. Hawaii-Hilo is 18-16 and 11-10.
Webber is 200-140 in her seventh season at APU.
The Cougars, after falling behind 9-0 in the second game, nearly rallied for the sweep. Abry Moreno (South Hills), who had three hits in the second game, and Sona Babayan, who had two hits in the second and four hits in the doubleheader, had RBIs to cut it to 9-4 in the third inning. Madison Hernandez, who had three RBIs in the second game, then had a two-run triple to highlight a four-run fifth that made it 10-8.
APU fell behind 1-0 in the first game, before Sprague gave the Cougars’ a 2-1 lead with a home run to right field in the first inning. She also had a two-run single in the second inning for a 4-1 lead. Pitchers Narissa Garcia and Carly Xepoleas combined on a seven-hitter for the win.

APU coach Carrie Webber: “That was really cool. I wasn’t really in the mindset of my 200th win. But it just goes to show the progress of what this program has accomplished over the last few years, and how we’re becoming a contender in any conference we’ve been in, (Golden State Athletic Conference) and PacWest. All the credit goes to the girls. The girls are the ones who get the wins. I just stand over here and try to look good while they are doing it. It’s exciting, but I just look forward to the next game.”

APU’s Nicki Sprague (on her home run): “I fouled off the pitch before and was upset that I missed my pitch. I got another one and gave it the same swing that I wanted on the first pitch. I was lucky to get that pitch again. You never try to hit those home runs, they just come.”

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Baseball: San Dimas routs Northview, 15-5

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


SAN DIMAS – The race for the Valle Vista League baseball title is just one week old, but already a favorite as emerged.
San Dimas, the consensus pick to begin the season, has lived up to the billing after rallying for a 15-5 victory over Northview on Friday to complete a two-game sweep in a league opening series featuring the league’s top two teams.
Logan Muratalla had five RBIs and Daniel Millwee had four hits and a RBI for the Saints, who improved to 7-2. Peter Lambert and Michael Starns also had three hits each and two RBIs each for San Dimas, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4. Starns also got the complete game victory, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts.
Zack Rojo had three RBIs and Jake Harrison two for Northview, which slipped to 4-4.
Northview looked like it might get the split after taking a 5-3 lead in the fifth. But the Saints, considered one of the top hitting clubs in the area, put on a hitting display in its fifth, scoring six runs on eight hits for an 11-5 lead
Starns had the big hit, a two-run single to score Jacob Castillo and Jonathan Longtin for a 6-5 lead. Muratalla then capped the rally with a three-run double. He also had a two-run single in the sixth for a 15-5 advantage.

San Dimas’ Logan Muratalla: “It’s a big win. The guys stepped up today. The bats weren’t there at the beginning of the game, then we stepped up, everybody stepped up. Our coaches always tell us, work like you’re losing. That really helps, and a lot of guys stepped up. We kept getting hits. One guy would get a hit, and we just kept it going.”

San Dimas’ Michael Starns: “I felt like I had a good approach at the plate. I felt if I get these runs in, we’ve got a good chance to win the game.”

Northview’s Jake Harrison: “I was just trying to do what I could do to make the team better. Sometimes I’m not going to contribute, but sometimes I am. I’m always going to be there for my teammates.”

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Area Colleges: Mt. SAC gets the best of Citrus, 9-2

By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT –
Mt. San Antonio College has held a competitive advantage over region rival Citrus in recent years, and that didn’t change Friday.
Stefania Aradillas hit a grand slam and Charlotte Foster had two hits and a home run to lead the host Mounties to a 9-2 victory over the Owls in a nonconference softball game at Mt. SAC.
Alexandrea Simmons had three bunt singles and scored three runs and pitchers Natalie Sanchez (Bishop Amat High School) and Sabrina Garcia combined on a four-hitter and six strike outs for Mt. SAC, which improved to 24-4. Celina Felix also had three hits and scored three runs for the Mounties, who are ranked No. 9 in the state by the CCCAA and No. 6 in Southern California.

Citrus, getting two hits from Raeleen Tellez (Charter Oak), slipped to 16-10. The Owls are ranked No. 10 in Southern California.

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Softball: Bonita scores 6-3 win over West Covina

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Bonita players congratulate Chloe Melanson after her two-run home run helped the Bearcats to a 6-3 win over West Covina. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Bonita players congratulate Chloe Melanson after her two-run home run helped the Bearcats to a 6-3 win over West Covina.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – The moment called for something big to happen, and Chloe Melanson didn’t let her Bonita High School softball teammates down Thursday.
The junior right fielder hit a two-run homerun to highlight a five-run sixth inning and the host Bearcats opened Hacieinda League play with a 6-3 victory over West Covina, which is expected to be their chief challenger for a second consecutive league crown.
Veronica Ortega had two hits and Kaelin McFadden was steady in the circle for Bonita, which improved to 6-4.
Jade Nua and Maddy Tickey had two hits each for West Covina, which slipped to 7-5.
The Bulldogs were sitting pretty after taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a double by Nua and a fielding error. But the good fortune changed in the bottom of the inning.
Berlyn Benavides reached first on an error to lead off the inning, and Melanson followed with her two-run shot to left field for the 3-2 edge. Singles by McFadden and Leticia Morales and two more West Covina errors allowed the Bearcats to push it to 6-2.

Bonita’s Chloe Melanson: “The first two at-bats I popped up. The coaches told me we really had focus against this team. I didn’t want to be a selfish player, so as soon as we got a rally going, I just wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere. I was so excited, because I wasn’t even thinking about hitting a home run there. Our team was pumped to come from behind. We knew we had it in us, and we got it done.”

Bonita coach Art Montano: “I’m never concerned. That’s the reason you have back-up pitchers.”

West Covina coach Jesse Mendez: “We’re up 2-1 in the sixth. We have to make the routine plays. If you don’t make the routine plays, things like this happen. I thought we played well up to that inning. But I can’t wait until we play them again. Our pitcher Maddy Tickey did a good job controlling their batters. We made some mistakes, but we have to learn from them.”

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Baseball: David Vargas’ two-run double leads San Dimas over Northview, 2-0

San Dimas' David Vargas facts after a two run double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at Northview High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. San Dimas won 2-0. (Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas’ David Vargas facts after a two run double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at Northview High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. San Dimas won 2-0. (Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


COVINA — If you give the San Dimas High School baseball team an inch, the Saints will take a mile; if you give them an error, they’ll take a game.
They did exactly that Wednesday.
David Vargas followed up an error with a two-run double in the seventh and Peter Lambert threw a five-hit shutout as visiting San Dimas opened Valle Vista League play with a 2-0 victory over rival Northview.
Lambert also struckout 10 for the Saints, who improved to 6-3. Northview, getting a four-hitter and eight strikeouts from James Ramos, slipped to 4-3. The teams will meet again on Friday at San Dimas.
Ramos was battling Lambert nearly pitch for pitch and strike out for strike out before the Vikings blinked with a two-out error in the seventh. The Saints made them pay.
Jonathan Longtin, who was 2 for 3, followed with a single before Vargas, who had two hits, hit a two-strike pitch to left-center field for a double, scoring pinch-runner Jeremy Marquez and Longtin for a 2-0 lead. Ramos struck out pitch-hitter Jared Leyland to end the inning.
Northview, which had a runner at third in the first, fourth and sixth innings, but failed to score, caught a break in the bottom of the seventh when Adrian Olivas reached on an error to lead off the inning. But he was stranded there by Lambert, who struck out the next three batters, including getting Jacob Amaya looking to end the game.

San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “We caught a little luck. They squeeze and we get the runner at home, we couldn’t punch any runners in, and then it came down to a big hit. David did a great job of being patient and driving the ball in the left-center gap. He’s been doing really well offensive for us.”

Northview coach Dan Roddy: “We had a few chances against a dynamite pitcher. That’s a good baseball team that we went toe-to-toe with for seven innings. We flinched first, with a two-out groundball that we misplay and they turned it into two runs. James matched (Lambert), but you can’t win a game when you don’t score any runs, so we have to do a better job of finishing.”

San Dimas’ David Vargas: “It was good to come through for the team. (Jonathan) Longtin kept the inning going with a single and I got a fast-ball where I wanted it.”

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Baseball: Alex Gonzalez, Joe Willard lead Bonita over Diamond Bar, 3-2

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita's Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita’s Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – Bonita High School has won five consecutive league crowns, and although some view this as a rebuilding season, the Bearcats showed Tuesday they are not quite ready to relinquish their championship form.
Alex Gonzalez’s RBI grounder gave Bonita the lead and pitcher Joe Willard turned away two scoring chances in the six and seventh innings as the Bearcats rallied for 3-2 victory over visiting Diamond Bar in the teams’ Hacienda League opener.
Justin Gomez and Ethan Muro also had RBIs for Bonita, which improved to 5-3. Diamond Bar, getting three hits and a RBI from Alek Jimenez and a solid effort on the mound from Chris Sanchez, slipped to 7-4.
Bonita, after tying it at 2 in the fourth on a RBI double by Ethan Muro and a sacrifice fly by Cory Kurkierewicz, took a 3-2 lead in the sixth following singles by Montgomery Montenegro and Chris Lopez and Gonzalez’ RBI grounder.
Willard, who gave up eight hits and struck out two, thwarted Diamond Bar rallies in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Brahmas put the tying and go-ahead runs on with no outs in the sixth following a lead-off single by Jimenez and a double by Brett Tweedie. But Willard ended the threat by inducing two flyballs and a groundout to keep the one-run lead.
The senior, after Diamond Bar loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, then secured the victory by getting Tweedie to fly out to center field.

Bonita coach John Knott: “Our guys did a good job of staying in the game. We didn’t put our heads down. Joe did a good job of keeping us in the game. We took advantage of an error, we had a hit, got a big double. It was great to (tie the score), then go ahead, and eventually get the win.”

Diamond Bar coach Eric Shibley: “I think we had our chances in five or six of the seven innings and not coming up with the timely hit. “We didn’t take advantage of the situation. You have to give credit to Bonita. We didn’t take advantage of their one mistake, and they took advantage of our mistake, and that was the difference.”

Bonita’s Joe Willard: “I was just trying to get ahead, throw strikes. I was really just trying to force (it on them), pitch to contact. We were fortunate that we got some good plays, and we did it.”

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Baseball: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Chino Hills in Sierra League opener

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
The game plan for the South Hills High School baseball team is pretty simple this season.
It includes getting good situational hitting, then turn it over to its pitching staff, which can be dominant at times.
The Huskies used both traits to perfection Friday.
Manny Munoz came through with a key at-bat during the fourth inning and Gavin Velasquez was steady on the mound as host South Hills rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chino Hills in the Sierra League opener for both teams.
Velazquez, who hadn’t given up an earned run in his two previous starts, tossed a 6-hitter and struck out four for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. Chino Hills, getting two hits from JP Hopkins, slipped to 7-1.
Velasquez, after giving up five hits during the first three innings, closed with dominance. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters, including nine of the final 10 to protect the lead. He gave up a lead-off single to Coby Myers in the seventh before closing the door on Chino Hills, with a groundout, a strike out and line drive to shortstop.

South Hills, after falling behind 2-0 after three innings, scored all its runs in the fourth. Quinn Cotter and Francisco Ramirez led off with singles. Brandon Jauregui walked to load the bases before Cotter scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. Nick Carrillo, after Gabe Chavez walked, singled home pinch-runner Ryan Cohen to tie it at 2.
Munoz then hit a hard grounder to third for a two-base error, scoring Jauregui and Chavez for a 4-2 lead.

South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “It’s a great win against probably the league favorite. That’s a huge one. Who ever got this first ‘W’ was going to put them in a good spot. I feel real happy for Gavin Velasquez. He’s thrown 15 innings without an earned run coming into today. Once we got up, he was pretty convinced the was going to get his first ‘W.’”

South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez: “After that big inning where we scored four runs, I settled down, We had momentum on our side. I was able to locate (the ball) a little better and that was it.”

South Hills’ Manny Munoz: “I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. I knew I had to runners in scoring position. I wanted to put it anywhere to get them in.”

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Softball: Angelica Ochoa, Melissa Gutierrez lead Sierra Vista over Workman, 6-0

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BALDWIN PARK –
Expectations are high for the Sierra Vista High School softball team this season, and so far the Dons, are living up to the billing.
Angelica Ochoa was dominant in the circle and Melissa Gutierrez had three RBIs as Sierra Vista remained undefeated in the Montview League with a 6-0 victory over Workman on Thursday.
Ochoa tossed a two-hitter and stuck out nine for the Dons, who improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Sierra Vista, which shared the league crown with Duarte last season, also got two hits from Brianna Moreno.
Jackie Negrete had two hits and a double for Workman, which slipped to 3-4 and 0-1.
Sierra Vista, which opened league play with a 2-1 victory over Azusa on Tuesday, led 4-0 after three innings, mostly on the bat of Gutierrez. She gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Gutierrez, following an error and a hit-by-pitch to Ochoa, made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the third. Maya Lopez had a sacrifice fly to score Gutierrez to make it 4-0 in the inning.
Ochoa did the rest. She yielded just four baserunners, giving up a single in the first and double in the seventh. Workman also had two other batters reach on errors. She retired nine of the final 10 to improve to 3-0.

Sierra Vista’s Melissa Gutierrez: “I’ve been working hard in practice, so I came up hoping to get a base hit. I clutched up today, I improved and had a (few) RBIs.”

Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa: “I’ve been working really hard in practice, but I felt like today was one of my better games. I was throwing harder and and I know if I listen to my coach and throw the pitches he wants me to throw, I can be effective.”

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Baseball Smudge Pot: San Dimas beats rival Bonita for the first time since 2007

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE —
Bonita High School may have won the football and basketball Smudge Pots, but the baseball version of the traditional rivalry game between the Bearcats and San Dimas was painted Saints blue and gold Wednesday night.
Peter Lambert hit a two-run home run in the first inning and was steady on the mound and visiting San Dimas beat its rival for the first time since 2007 with an 9-4 victory in the teams’ traditional game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs each from Logan Muratalla and Jonathan Longtin, improved to 4-2. Lambert gave up six hits and struck out nine for the Saints, who are ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4.
Bonita, getting two hits from Justin Gomez, slipped to 4-2. The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in Division 3.

The game was all but decided in the first after San Dimas took advantage of an error to score four runs in the first inning. Daniel Millwee led off with a single and Josh Avila reached on a fielding error. Elias Orona sacrificed both to second and third before Muratalla singled home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Lambert, who had two hits and scored run, then made it 4-0 with a home run to left field.
San Dimas pushed it to 7-0 after three innings, scoring a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Avila and two in the third on a RBI single by David Vargas and a hit by pitch to Jesse Garcia with the bases loaded.
Bonita came back to cut it to 7-3 in the third. Chris Lopez walked before Ethan Muro and Gomez had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Alex Gonzalez singled to make it 7-1. A fielding error in the outfield on the hit scored Muro and Gomez to make it 7-3. Lambert then struck out Nick Peifer to end the threat.

San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s huge. It’s a school rivalry and I don’t how long its been since we beat them, but it’s been a while. It’s huge.”
Bonita coach John Knott: “Our kids know to play all the way to the last out. They did a good job of that.”

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Baseball: Diamond Bar continues strong start with 7-3 win over Monrovia

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
DIAMOND BAR –
Diamond Bar High School graduated arguably its top two players from a team that reached the CIF-Southern Section baseball quarterfinals last season, but the Brahmas are proving that their cupboard is hardly bare.
Jacob Cooke had two hits and three RBIs and Chris Sanchez was steady on the mound as Diamond Bar continued its strong start to the season with a 7-3 victory over visiting Monrovia in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
The Brahmas, also getting a hit and two RBIs from Jonah Yang and two hits from Gabriel Duenas, improved to 6-2. Monrovia, getting two hits from Erik Cox slipped to 3-2

The Brahmas were not perfect Tuesday, but put Monrovia in an early hole, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Brahmas scored three runs in the fifth to put it away at 7-2.
Diamond Bar, after taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Yang, loaded the bases with no outs in the second and took a 3-1 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Cooke and Josh Sanchez. Nolan Luzzi, who singled, then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
Brett Tweedie had a RBI single and Cooke a two-run single to make it 7-2 in the fifth.
Chris Sanchez improved to 3-0 after giving up eight hits with five strikeouts.

Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez: “We took a lot from each other (last year). We put in more work (this season), because we know we can’t just expect to achieve that level again, especially with some new teammates. (It’s been) a very strong start, just some key mistakes (in the two losses). Clean it up a bit and we’ll be good.”

Diamond Bar’s Jacob Cooke: “It was right there and I just swing the bat. It got through.”

Monrovia’s Erik Cox: “We tried to come back. We just didn’t hit well in the clutch that much, but almost. We’ll get that straightened out.”

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CCCAA Title Game: Mt. SAC can’t overcome early deficit, loses to Ventura


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
NORWALK –
History was made Sunday at Cerritos College.
It just wasn’t the California Community College Athletic Association milestone that the Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team was hoping for.
Adrianne Sloboh scored 27 points and had 19 rebounds and Ventura College won the race to seven state titles with a 68-55 victory over Mt. SAC, also gunning for a state-best seven CCCAA championships, in the title game.
Lisa Marie Sanchez had 22 points and Brooke Dixon 14 for the Pirates, who finished 32-3.
Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for the Mounties, who finished 29-5.
The Mounties’ fate was all but sealed during the first 14 minutes when it made just 2 of 23 from the field, keying Ventura to a 22-4 lead. Mt. SAC, which shot 18 percent in the first half, could never really recover, twice cutting the deficit to 13 points in the second half and 12 with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Pirates, who were held to 27-percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game, countered each move and pushed the advantage to 60-40 with just over three minutes to play.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “I’m proud of this group. They battled and competed all year long. I told them after, ‘Don’t hang your heads. You had a fantastic season, and this was the year when they said Mt. SAC would be down and you were in the championship.’ At the end of the day, we got out of them everything we could possibly get out of them this year, and I’m proud of them.”

Mt. SAC’s Shaela Flynn: “We got down so much in the first half. We fought to trimming the lead (in the second half), We came back and played at our tempo (in the second half), but we gave up too much in the first half.”

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Dick’s Tournament: Former league rivals Northview, South Hills meet for third place

Former Valle Vista League rivals Northview and South Hills will meet today at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC in the third-place game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament.
The game adds intrigue to the area as South Hills is now coached by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, and the Vikings are coached by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy.
It should be a great day of baseball as Mt. SAC is facing East Los Angeles, followed by Northview-South Hills, with the tournament championship game between Tahquitz and Alta Loma at 7:30 p.m.

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CCCAA Final Four: Mt. SAC beats SJ Delta, in positing for state-record seventh women’s basketball title

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

CERRITOS – Mt. San Antonio College will get its shot at history.
Sabrina Norton scored 15 points, including seven down the stretch, and the Mounties will get a shot at a record seventh women’s basketball state title after scoring a 51-47 victory over San Joaquin Delta in a California Community College Athletic Association semifinal Friday at Cerritos College.
Mt. SAC, also getting 10 points each from Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) and Johnea Thompson, improved to 29-4 and will face Ventura, an 87-73 winner over Fresno City, in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cerritos College. Ventura is also gunning for a seventh CCCAA title. The Mounties beat the Pirates, 63-54, in December.

San Joaquin Delta, getting 16 points from Selina Moore and seven from Kelci Haueter, finished 27-6.
It was looking bleak for the Mounties after Delta put together a 22-10 blitz for a 46-42 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Mt. SAC, which had lost back-to-back games in December after giving up late leads, showed it could win that way.
Norton, who had 11 points in the second half, made it 46-45 on a three-point play at 3:55 before Thompson scored in the lane for a 47-46 lead with 3:25 left.
Sashanique Youngblood and Tahniya Sweatt (Muir) scored on consecutive inside shots to push it to 51-46 with 1:33 left.
Delta’s Teylor McMiller (six points) made one of two free throws at 1:30 before the Mustangs missed consecutive shots with less than a minute to play to clinch it for the Mounties.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: We’re known for our defense and that’s what we were hoping for at that point. We needed to play defense and hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Mt. SAC’s Sabrina Norton: We all knew what we had to do and we weren’t ready to go home. It was whatever it took, whether it be making shots, getting a rebound or playing defense. We had to do it, and we won.”

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Dead ball, or groundball error?

Here’s the play from last night’s South Hills-Alta Loma baseball game, won by Alta Loma, 1-0. South Hills had the tying run on third with two outs. The Huskies’ Corey Cadek appears to hit a groundball that was misplayed for an error, allowing the tying run to score. But the umpire ruled the batted ball glanced off Cadek in the batter’s box, which is a dead ball.
What do you think. It’s hard to tell, but it appears to come off the ground too fast to have struck the player.

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DICK’S TOURNAMENT: Northview, South Hills lose semifinals games, will play for third on Saturday at Mt. SAC


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT —
South Hills and Northview high schools will meet Saturday at Mt. SAC in what might be the early-season game of the year.
The prize they will battle for will be remarkably different.
Both lost semifinal games Wednesday and will play for third place of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC.
South Hills, now led by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, lost a somewhat controversial decision, 1-0, to Alta Loma, with the Vikings, now led by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy, losing, 6-1, to Tahquitz. Alta Loma and Tahquitz will play for the championship at 7:30 p.m., also at Mt. SAC.
South Hills dropped to the third-place game after it appeared to tie Alta Loma on a mis-played groundball to first with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Jon Ayala, who led off with a single, to score. But it was ruled that the ball glanced off batter Corey Cadek, resulting into a foul ball and sending the runners, including Quinn Cotter, who was at first, back to their respective bases.
Cadek then flied out to center field to end the game.

“The ball takes a funny spin on a two-hopper to first base,” Murphy said. “But that’s what the call is. As I told the kids, you don’t want to put the game in the umpire’s hands, but we did. We had to rely on a call or two and when you do that, bad things are going to happen. It shouldn’t have come down to one play.”
The controversial ending overshadowed a solid performance by South Hills pitcher Gavin Velasquez, who gave up three hits and no earned runs in seven innings. He also struck out seven. Velasquez has yet to yield an earned run this season, falling to 0-1.
Alta Loma scored its only run in the fifth on back-to-back throwing errors.
“We have to score runs,” Murphy said. “We made two errors that led to their one run. It’s a tough one, but we came up short.”

Northview was no match for Tahquitz in the first game.
Junior Kaycee Garcia tossed a three-hitter and struck out 11. He retired eight of the final 11 batters.
The Titans, getting three hits and a RBI from Hayden Firth, led 5-1 after three innings.

“(Garcia) did a good job of keeping us off balance,” Roddy said. “We battled. We just didn’t seem to have much energy tonight. We had a tough time finding our rhythm. By that time, we were behind.”
Garcia also had two RBIs.
Nick Ybarra had a double for Northview, which scored its only run on a wild pitch in the second.

DICKS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
SEMIFINALS

Alta Loma 1, South Hills 0
Tahquitz 6, Northview 1
Saturday’s Championship
At Mt. SAC

Alta Loma vs. Tahquitz, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place Game
At Mt. SAC

South Hills vs. Northview, 4 p.m.

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CIF State Wrestling championships, Final Day: San Marino’s Julian Flores, Evan Wick take fifth; Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz, Northview’s Bryan Salinas, Bonita’s Seth Morales take eighth

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By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD —
There were no area champions, but locals still put together a strong showing at the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena on Saturday.
They produced five medalists, led by San Marino High School’s Evan Wick and Julian Flores, who took fifth at 120 and 132 pounds, respectively. The other placers were Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All were eighth after losing medal-round matches.
Flores began the day as the lone area competitor with a shot at the title. But he lost to Paradise’s Wyatt Wyckoff by fall in overtime in the semifinals, then re-grouped to finish fifth, losing to Clovis’ Isaiah Hokit in the third-place semifinals before beating Selma’s Ruben Garcia, 7-6, in the fifth-place match.

“I ended up taking fifth again,” said Flores, who was fifth at 120 last season after losing in the semifinals.
“I’m not really happy about that. It’s a lot of work. It sounds good, but placing fifth? I’m not really happy about it.”
It looked like Flores might have a chance to be the area’s first state finalist after he scored a reverse late in regulation against Wyckoff. But then was pinned with nine seconds left in the extra period.
“It was kind of tough coming back,” Flores said. “In some ways, I thought I had it. I lost that match and then the next one, and took fifth.”

Wick came back from a disappointing one-point loss in the quarterfinals to win three of four bouts on the day, beating Poway’s Kimo Dial in the consolation fifth round to ensure a top-eight finish before beating Bakersfield’s Carlos Herrera by fall (1:41) in the fifth-place bout.
“It’s definitely disappointing, not being in the finals, not taking first,” Wick said. “But fifth place I feel is still like a strong finish. It’s a tournament where everyone shows up. I feel I wrestled by best. It’s all behind us now.”

Ruiz went 1-2, but became the first Bishop Amat competitor to place at the state championships since Andrew Ortega was fifth at 125 in 2008. He secured a medal after beating Carter Armendarez, 7-6, in the consolation fifth round. He lost to El Dorado’s Gino Roman, 6-2, in the seventh-place match.
“It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that I accomplished something that no one (at Amat) has done in a while,” Ruiz said. “Overall, it was a great experience — my first time at state, first time getting this far. It feels pretty good.”
Salinas, who beat Liberty’s Jake Maas in the consolation fifth round, and Morales, who beat Corona Santiago’s Bryce DeCammargo in the consolation fifth round, defaulted their seventh-place matches.
San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106), San Marino’s Zander Wick (126), Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not medal.

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CIF State Wrestling Championships: San Marino’s Julian Flores lone area rep to semifinals

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD –
All San Marino High School Julian Flores, after losing in the semifinals last season, wanted was a second chance.
He’s getting it.
The sophomore will have his shot at redemption after a steady effort Friday at the CIF State wrestling championhips at Rabobank arena, advancing to the Final Four at 132 pounds to lead the area, which had six advance to the quarterfinals and 10 still in position to score a top-eight medal.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106); San Marino’s Evan Wick (120) and Zander Wick (126); Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All are still alive for a top-eight medal, but need to win their first match Saturday in the consolation fifth round to gaurantee a top-eight finish. Also advancing to the consolation fifth round after losing earlier in the tournament are Northview’s Richard Padilla (152), Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285).
The consolation rounds continue this morning at 9 with the semifinals slated for 9:30. The finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

“I made it to the semis last year and lost to the state champion,” Flores said. “This is a differenent story. I’m not losing in the semifinals this time.”
Flores gets his second chance after scoring decisions over La Costa Canyon’s Alec Baker (10-4) and De La Salle’s Nathan Cervantes (5-4) before beating Folsom’s Josh Lazaro by fall in the quarterfinals, pinning him in 3:14.

“I got behind (to Lazaro), used a double and put him on his back,” Flores said. “And I’m on my way to the semis.”
The other five area competitors to advanced to the quarterfinals were not as fortunate.
Gonzalez, who moved up to No. 2 at 106 after scoring titles at CIF-SS divisionals and Masters the past two weeks, lost 8-6 to Bakersfield’s Navonte Damison, giving up a takedown and escape to fall, 8-6. It’s his first loss since losing to Northview’s Richard Casillas in the Valle Vista League finals last month.
The Wick brothers also suffered heart-wrenching losses in the quarterfinals. Evan Wick lost, 2-1, to James Logan’s Jacob Donato, with Zander Wick falling, 4-3, to Madera’s Daniel Ruiz.
Salinas, who was ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 before losing in the finals at Masters last week, looked primed to get to the semifinals, carring a 3-0 lead over Oakmont’s Kaleio Romero into the third period. But he gave up a escape at 1:56 before yielding a takedown with 34 seconds left, then a near-fall with three seconds to go to lose, 4-3.

Morales lost, 6-2, to Gilroy’s Matt Penyacsek.
Failing to advance to the final day were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106), Vincent Parra (113), John Rivera (132) and Anthony Martinez (182); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106) and Mario Flores (138); Charter Oak’s Joe Alexander (132); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182); Arroyo’s Luis Hernandez (220) and Sierra Vista’s Isaac Aguilar (285).

106
David Gonzalez (San Dimas): Round 1: Def. Greg Viloria (West, SJS), 5-2; 2nd Rd: Def. Raymond Monela (James Logan, NS), 9-0; 3rd Rd: Def. Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 2-0, OT; Quarters:Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), 8-6. Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Javier Alanis (Clovis East, CS).
Miguel Juarez (Rowland): Round 2: Def. Jimmie Lopez (Christopher, CC), 8-4; 3rd Rd: Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 2:30; Conso Rd3: Lost to Andrew Nelms (Porterville, CS), 8-5. OUT
Richard Casillas (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Logan Eaton (Oakdale, SJS), 7-5; Conso 2nd Rd: Def. Ethan Diaz (Canyon Springs), by fall, :53; Conso Rd3: Lost to Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 6-3. OUT
113
Vincent Parra (Northview): Round 1: Def. Devon Silva (Chico, NS), 12-0; 2nd Rd: Def. Abbas Khan (El Camino Real), 10-2; 3rd Rd: Lost to Devan Turner (Dixon, SJ), by fall, 3:17; Conso Rd3: Def. Tanner Browning (Golden Valley, SJS), 10-2; Conso Rd4: Lost to Nico Colunga, Oakdale (SJS), by fall, 2:21. OUT
120
Evan Wick (San Marino): Round 1: Def. Alejandro Jimenez (Buchanan, CS), 5-1; 2nd Rd: Def. Isaiah Palomino (Bellarmine, SJS), by fall, 4:17; 3rd Rd: Def. Jake Schaffer (Otay Ranch, SD), 9-0; Quarters: Lost to Jacob Donato (James Logan, NCS), 2-1; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Kimo Dial (Poway, SD).
126
Zander Wick (San Marino): 2nd Rd: Def. Andy Alvarez (Granite Hills, CS), 12-2; 3rd Rd: Def. Devon Sookhoo (Enochs, SJS), by fall, 1:33; Quarters: Lost to Daniel Ruiz (Madera, CS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Angel Velasquez (Modesto, SJS).
132
Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak): Round 1: Lost to Lake Gee (Las Plumas, NS), 8-6; Conso Rd1: Def. John Rivera (Northview), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Lost to Jaden Enriquez (Mission Oak, CS), by fall, 4:27; OUT
Julian Flores (San Marino): Round 2: Def. Alec Baker (La Costa Canyon, SD), 10-4; Rd3: Def. Nathan Cervantes (De la Salle, NCS), 5-4; Quarters: Def. Josh Lazaro (Folsom, SJS), by fall, 3:14; Semifinals (Saturday): Vs. Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NCS).
John Rivera (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NS), by fall, 2:48; Conso Rd.1: Lost to Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak), 5-4. OUT
138
Mario Lopez (Rowland): Round 1: Def. Ethan Dunn (Modoc, NS), Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd2: Lost to Abel Contreras (Porterville, CS), 6-1, OT; Conso Rd2: Def. David San Miguel (Bellarmine, CC), 4-3; Conso Rd3: Lost to Sean O’Rourke (Mater Dei Catholic, SDS), 4-1. OUT
145
Nigel Ruiz (Bishop Amat): Round 2: Def. Ashton Demaree (El Diamante, CS), by Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd3: Lost to Jared Hill (Clovis, CS), 7-5; Conso Rd3: Def. Michael Ripley (Oroville, NS), by Tech. fall, 15-0; Conso Rd4: Def. Nathan Pimmentel (Dos Palos, CS), by fall, 4:21; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Cartr Armendarez (Temecula Valley).
152
Ricky Padilla (Northview): Round 1: Def. Tristan Smith (Bear Creek, SJS), by fall, 4:26; Rd2: Lost to Jesse Gregerson (Libert, NC), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Izzac Suarez (Dos Palos, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd3: Def. Dominic Kincaid (Clovis, CS), 2-1; Conso Rd4: Def. Rene Sanchez (Upland), by fall, 4:01; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Andrew Morgan (Fountain Valley).
160
Bryan Salinas (Northview): Round 2: Def. Chase Miles (Sutter, NS), 8-0; Rd3: Def. Michael Wright (Dinuba, CS), 3-1; Quarters: Lost to Kaleio Romero (Oakmont, SJS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Jake Maas (Liberty, CS).
170
Seth Morales (Bonita): Round 1: Def. Marcus Macias (Central, CS) by fall, 1:39; Rd2: Def. Chris Moran (Sanger, CS), by fall, :43; Rd3: Def. Will Sumner (Nevada Union, SJS), by default; Quarters: Lost to Matt Penyacsek (Gilroy, CC), 6-2; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Bryce Decamargo (Corona Santiago).
182
Kaulin Garcia (Damien): Round 2: Lost to Alec Gamboa (Madera, CS), 11-3: Conso Rd1: Def. Adrian Vizcaino (Central Valley, SJS), 1-0: Conso Rd2: DEf. Antonio Melo (Hilmar, SJS), by default; Conso Rd3: Lost to Zack Wally (James Logan, NCS), 11-5. OUT
Anthony Martinez (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Young Wooan (Buchanan, CS), 11-4: Conso Rd2: Def. Tyler Roman (University City, SDS), by fall, 1:57; Conso Rd3: Lost to Waseem Elhamad (Mira Mesa, SD), 8-2. OUT
220
Keandre Johnson (Diamond Bar): Round 1 Def. Jonathan Pohahou (Wilcox, CC), 10-2; Rd2: Def. Christian Hernandez (Mission, SFS); Rd. 3: Lost to Gabriel Gonzalez (Washington Union, CS), by fall, 2:41; Conso Rd3: Def. Brian Book (Durham, NS), by fall, 1:36; Conso Rd4: Def.
Luis Hernandez (Arroyo): Round 2: Lost to Victor Raigoza (Orland, NS), 6-4; Conso Rd. 1: Def. Zak Levatino (Buchanan, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd2: Def. Travis Yarbrough (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 3:24; Conso Rd3: Lost to Jeff Holsinger (Santa Margarita), by fall, 2:56. OUT
285
Ryan Padilla (Glendora): Round 1: Def. Wyatt Landreth (Foothill, NS) by fall, 5:06; Rd2: Lost to Saul Menses (Del Oro, SJS), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Miguel Villanueva (Madera South, CS), by fall, 4:33; Conso Rd3: Def. Jesse Gomez (Buena Park), 3-1; Conso Rd4:
Issac Aguilar (Sierra Vista): Round 2: Lost to Gary Miltenberger (Fremont, CC), 3-2; Conso Rd. 2: Lost to Dawuud Davis (Dinuba, CS), by fall, 1:55. OUT

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Softball Rankings: Amat still the one

The Bishop Amat High School softball teams is ranked No. 1 in the area on the strength of returning players, from left. Alyssa Barrera, Amanda Sanchez and Mandy Larios. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

The Bishop Amat High School softball teams is ranked No. 1 in the area on the strength of returning players, from left. Alyssa Barrera, Amanda Sanchez and Mandy Larios. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
There were no area CIF-Southern Section softball champions last year. But that may change this season.
Five local teams began the year ranked in their respective divisions and look capable of bring home championship hardware.

The top of the heap is traditional power Bishop Amat, which has been the area’s elite program in recent years, and that’s not expected to change in 2014.
The Lancers, who begin the season ranked No. 1 in the area, suffered big time losses, including coach Jesse Mendez to West Covina, but there’s plenty of optimism in La Puente with the return of arguably three of the better players in the area — third baseman Amanda Sanchez, shortstop Mandy Larios and outfielder Alyssa Barrera.
There’s also the factor of new coach Kristen Dedmon, whose experience includes three years as head coach at Capistrano Valley and being a graduate assistant at NCAA power UCLA in 2008.
“As a coach, it is exciting to join a program that has talent and a tradition of excellence,” Dedmon said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the team puts all of the things we’ve worked on into practice during the games.”
The talent is definitely still there, especially with Sanchez, who was one of the top hitters in the area last season, hitting .569 with 30 RBIs. She also She also scored 28 runs. Larios hit .264 with 13 RBIs, with Barrera hitting .338 with 11 RBIs. She also scored 20 runs.
The challenge will be in the circle, where Sabrina Anguiano is gone. The replacements will lie with senior Anissa Sanchez and sophomore Samaria Diaz. The two combined for 16 innings last season.
“My team knows that I expect a lot from them,” Dedmon said. “Having so many returners on the team is an asset because they have experience that they can pass on to their teammates. They know what it is like to play together and to make the postseason.
“The girls are really hungry to make CIF again this year and to advance further than they did last year. That being said, we’ll have to take this season one game at a time in order to reach our goals. As with any team, getting them to work together and persevere through the ups and downs of a season is one of the biggest goals and I’m pleased to say that this is a group of girls that loves to compete and thoroughly enjoy being teammates.”
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Wrestling: Northview takes Masters title, San Dimas’ David Gonzalez and Vikes’ Ricky Padilla win titles

HERE’S A VIDEO FROM THE GURU, JAMES ESCARCEGA;

San Dimas' David Gonzalez (blue) and Alta Loma's Zander Silva (white) wrestle during the 106lb championship match of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (blue) and Alta Loma’s Zander Silva (white) wrestle during the 106lb championship match of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
ONTARIO –
The road to the CIF State wrestling championships didn’t run through the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday. It just seemed that way.
The area, led by brothers Evan and Zander Wick, of San Marino High School, scored four individual titles and had 19 competitors qualify for next weekend’s state meet in Bakersfield after putting together solid performances at the CIF-Southern Section Masters championships at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.
The area champions were the Wicks, who won titles at 120 and 26 pounds, respectively; San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106) and Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152). All followed up divisional championships last weekend with Master titles on Saturday.
Northview, whith a section-best six state qualifiers, won the team title, with San Marino, which qualified three, finishing eighth.

Also qualifying from the area were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106, sixth), Vincent Parra (113, third), John Rivera (132, third), Anthony Martinez (182, eighth) and Bryan Salinas (160, second); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106, seventh) and Mario Lopez (138, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, second); San Marino’s Julian Flores (132, second); Bonita’s Seth Morales (170, third); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182, ninth); Diamond Bar’s Dandrell Johnson (220, fourth); Arroyo’s Lois Hernandez (220, eighth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (132, fifth) and Glendora’s Guillermo Padilla (285, fifth).
Northview, with a section-best six state qualifiers won the team title.
For Zander Wick, Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Riverside King’s Kristian Vasquez, was all about redemption. Vasquez eliminated him at Masters last season.
He got some revenge after using two takedowns for a 4-1 lead before winning, 4-2.
“It was a drive from last year, because I didn’t make state,” Wick said. “Really, it was just me wanting to come back and win this, because last year I didn’t place.”
Evan Wick, who qualified for the state meet last season, but didn’t place, gets a second chance after wins by fall and technical fall and two decisions, including a 6-2 victory over West Torrance’s Yoshito Funakoshi in the finals.
“It’s definitely good,” Wick said. “I hadn’t had a Masters title under by belt yet. It’s good to come here, win CIF, win Masters. It’s good momentum for state.”
Gonzalez, ranked in state top 10 earlier this season, won against a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive week. Last week, he beat Northview’s Casillas, who was sixth in the state, for the Central Division title and followed it up with a 2-0 win over Alta Loma’s Zander Silva, who was rated No. 2. He scored a takedown with three seconds left in the first period than withstood a switch attempt by Silva in the final seconds.
“It feels really great,” Gonzalez said. “Last week, I had a tough match against Casillas and won, and this week against Silva. It’s a great to win a CIF belt, then a Masters belt. State is up next.”
Padilla, ranked No. 11 state, was dominant in winning at 152. He jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 7-1 before beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 14-6.
“It’s great just to be here,” Padilla said. “I’m just looking forward to continuing that at state and placing.”
Nigel, who lost to Corona Santiago’s Justin Thomas, 7-2, is Amat’s first state qualifier since 2008.
Salinas, ranked No. 1 in the state, lost in an upset at 160.

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Girls Wrestling: Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones wins state title; Northview places second

Northview High School came up short in its quest for a second consecutive CIF State girls wrestling title, placing second to Albany Saturday night at the Visalia Convention Center.
Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones was the only area competitor to score an individual title, taking first at 189 pounds.
Eighteen area athletes took top eight medals. In addition to Quinones, they were Northview’s Daveena Banda (126), Katie Auxier (143, third), Jazmin Perez (121, fifth) and Diedra Valles (170, sixth); Nogales’ Alondra Becerra (101, fifth); Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (106, third); Mountain View’s Inez Martinez (116, fourth) and Milagros Garcia (170, third); Covina’s Fay Venturina (116, seventh); San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121, sixth) and Brandie Elizalde (126, third); Arroyo’s Jade Harvey (138, eighth); Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa (160, fifth) and Evelyn Avila (234, fourth); West Covina’s Yvette Garcia (170, seventh) and Jazmine Chavarria (235, eighth); Baldwin Park’s Jessica Villegas (189, fifth);

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Northview wins another CIF-SS wrestling title; seven area athletes win titles

Northview's Vincent Parra prior to defeating Righetti's Andrew Ibarra (not pictured) in the 113lb match during the CIF-SS Central Division wrestling championships at Notre Vista High School in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, Feb.22, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Northview’s Vincent Parra prior to defeating Righetti’s Andrew Ibarra (not pictured) in the 113lb match during the CIF-SS Central Division wrestling championships at Notre Vista High School in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, Feb.22, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
RIVERSIDE —
Northview High School has been one of the CIF-Southern Section’s elite programs for nearly two decades, and the Vikings added to that lore Saturday.
Senior Bryan Salinas, a favorite to win a state title, led a group of three Northview athletes who earned individual titles and the Vikings won their fourth consecutive team title at the Central Division championships at Norte Vista High.

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Baseball: Northview to face South Hills in exhibition game to support RJ Legacy Foundation

Darren Murphy, a former Northview baseball coach who is now at South Hills, will face his old team in an exhibition game on Thursday to support the RJ Foundation. (File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer)

Darren Murphy, a former Northview baseball coach who is now at South Hills, will face his old team in an exhibition game on Thursday to support the RJ Foundation.
(File photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff Photographer)

Former league rivals Northview and South Hills will square off on Thursday at Maverick Park in West Covina for an exhibition baseball game to support the RJ Legacy Foundation. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6 p.m.
The RJ game, the fourth since 2010, will feature new South Hills coach Darren Murphy, who previously coached at Northview and built the Vikings into one of the Valley’s top prorgrams, vs. Northview’s new coach Dan Roddy, a long-time assistant at South Hills.
Pre-game ceremonies include at tribute to RJ and late Alta Loma head coach and Bonita assistant coach Ted Persell, who died in December. Bishop Amat senior Scott Hurst, a member of the 2013 Team USA gold medal winning team, will throw out the first pitch. Food will be provided by Buckboard BBQ Covina at the concession stand and parking is free.
Maverick Park is located at 350 South Citrus Avenue in West Covina.

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