Star-News owns the night with a sweep over the Tribune in 12th annual All-Star Classic

PHOTOS FROM THE 12TH ANNUAL TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS ALL-STAR CLASSIC

Fans were treated to a thrilling show tonight, particularly in the boys game with the Star-News coming away with an impressive 109-102 victory over the Tribune to even the series at 6-6. Renaissance Academy’s Marquise Mosley earned MVP honors for the West with 14 points and five assists, and Cantwell Sacred Heart’s Oregon State-bound bigman Gligorije Rakocevic finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Tribune was led by three-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley from Damien, who earned East MVP honors with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Glendora’s Brandon Brothers finished with 19 points and Damien’s Malik Fitts had 14 points, seven boards and Micah Robinson finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Los Altos’ Michael Barrera won the three-point contest knocking down 13 buckets in the final.

In the girls game, Star-News and Maranatha’s Northridge bound center Channon Fluker dominated with 20 points, 14 reboounds and five blocks to earn West MVP honors in leading the Star-News to an easy 64-57 win over the Tribune to take a 7-5 lead in the overall series. South Hills’ Sam Perez had a good night finishing with 8 points and six rebounds to earn East MVP honors. South Pasadena’s Lexi Scholtz won the 3-point contest with 14 baskets in the final.

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Friday Recap: Bonita upsets South Hills softball with two runs on two hits against Natalie Lugo’s 11-strikeout performance

Softball
Bonita 2, South Hills 1
— The Bonita High School softball team had just two hits against South Hills pitcher Natalie Lugo, who was throwing an 11-strikeout gem, but the Bearcats turned both of those hits into runs for a 2-1 victory in a Palomares League contest Friday afternoon.
Destinee Lopez got the win for Bonita (7-8, 1-1) with a one-run complete game. The sophomore threw struck out six batters with just one walk. Her one run allowed came off a solo home run by Christie Aguilar.
“She has been such an amazing pitcher for us all year,” Montano said. “When opponents look at her, they see she’s only about five feet tall when she steps on the rubber,but she can pitch, and she has proven that this year with some really great performances. She really did well for us today, and this was a huge win for her.”
Bonita scored its first run against South Hills (12-5, 1-1) in the first inning, when a leadoff walk to freshman Megan Jones followed by a sacrifice bunt and error allowed Jones to score. Lugo didn’t walk another batter for the remainder of the game.
“We did our homework to get ready to face Lugo, and we remember her from last year,” Montano said. “She is a great pitcher, but the key is staying off her riseball. We were very disciplined today, and when you face a dominant pitcher like her, you have to get to her early and we did a great job of that with two runs in the first two innings.”
Jones then hit a solo home run in her next at-bat in the third inning to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Bonita defended its lead over the Huskies with Lopez preserving a shutout into the fifth inning. Bonita’s only other hit for the rest of the game was a double by Celine Spathias.
“Megan is only a freshman, and her focus and ability on the field is just unbelievable for a freshman,” Montano said. “She really is a great player already for us and will be an important part of Bonita softball for the next few years.”
Melysia Ortega went 2 for 3 for the Huskies boosting her batting average to .300 through 14 games played.
The Bearcats had just lost to Glendora two days prior in their Palomares League opener. Glendora won 7-6 in eight innings, putting pressure on Bonita to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole to start league play.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Montano said. “We had a chance on Wednesday against Glendora with a one-run lead, but we let that one slip away. This is still a really young team with just three seniors, so wins like these are amazing for us.”
Glendora 6, Ayala 2 — Cambria Keefer got the win for the Tartans, which are now 15-5 overall and 2-0 in Palomares League play this season. Glendora got a 7-6 win in extra innings over Bonita on Wednesday to open league play.
La Puente 13, Pomona 3 — All nine players in the La Puente lineup scored a run in the second inning, and the team finished with 12 runs in the inning, leading to a five-inning victory over Pomona. Berlin Bonilla and Gina Reyes each hit home runs into left-center field in the inning.
Baseball
Bonita 12, Glendora 8
— The Bearcats got outhit 13-9 and commited four defensive errors, but a six-run fifth inning led Bonita to a crucial win in the rubber match against Glendora. Bonita (13-6, 4-3) won the first contest this year between the two programs in their first meeting as Palomares League opponents, but on Wednesday the Tartans (15-6, 3-4) evened the season series with a 7-4 victory at Bonita.
With the series moving back to Glendora, Bonita took the rubber match with Isaiah Haro on the mound. Haro threw five innings with three runs allowed and three strikeouts, while receiving lots of offensive support. The Bearcats roughed up Austin Isenhart for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings even though Isenhart had just thrown an eight-inning no-hitter against South Hills in his outing last week.
The Bearcats put Jarret Lindsay in behind the plate, and moved Justin Gomez to first base to keep his bat in the lineup and the move paid off as Gomez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs on a home run and two runs scored, while recording eight putouts at first base.
Brandon Bradshaw went 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs for the Bearcats, and Nick Peifer was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run. Monte Montenegro also entered the game as a pinch hitter for the Bearcats and had a two-RBI single through the right side in part of the six-run fifth inning.
Although the Bearcats only had nine hits compared to the Tartans’ 13 in the contest, Bonita didn’t give up a single walk and only allowed one steal in the game, so the four errors only led to one unearned run.
Alex Briggs went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a home run for Glendora, while Caleb Watkins went 3 for 4 with an RBI and run as the leadoff hitter. On the mound, Isenhart finished the game with eight strikeouts, four walks, and three hits allowed.
La Puente 4, Pomona 0 — Anthony Villareal threw a complete game shutout for La Puente with five strikeouts and six hits allowed to defeat Pomona. Andrew Morales went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for La Puente, while his brother Erick Morales had a double in the fourth inning.
Damien 9, Upland 3 — The Spartans had a slow start to the season, but they turned that around by upsetting the current first place team in the Baseline League for their second win in a row. In its first year in the league, Damien started 1-4, and had consecutive games scheduled against Upland, which was off to a 5-0 start. The Spartans won both games to push their overall record to 5-10 and 3-4 in league, while Upland is now 13-5 overall and 5-2 in league, holding onto a one-game edge over Etiwanda and Chino Hills for first place. Harrison Spohn went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base for the Spartans, while Grant Woodward went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Isaiah Paige got the win, throwing 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one run allowed. Nick Lodolo came in the game in relief and gave up just one earned run in two innings pitched a struck out a batter.

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Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker makes TONIGHT’S all-star game more interesting calling ESGV arrogant

STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR CLASSIC PREVIEW: “It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.
“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

PREVIEW: Last year’s results of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic haven’t sat well with many on the Pasadena-side of the San Gabriel Valley.

Both the Tribune girls and boys teams posted easy wins to sweep the games and will be looking for more on Friday when the rivalry for the Valley’s top senior basketball talent is renewed. Tipoff for the girls game is at 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 7:30. Both are at Damien High.

brittanywangThere will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of both games.

The Tribune leads the all-time boys series 6-5 and is favored to add to the lead thanks to players like the Damien tandem of Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts. As loaded as the Tribune looks, Star-News boys coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha isn’t buying that his team is going to get run out of the building.

“It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.

“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Although Tucker won’t have the area’s top player in Tyler Dorsey, who will be playing in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game in New York this weekend, he will have a strong complement of standouts capable of bringing back a win.

JeremyHemsleyRenaissance Academy guard Marquise Mosley is the best player in the Valley nobody has ever heard of. There’s good size with 6-foot-10 Cantwell center Gligorije Rakocevic and 6-foot-5 Duarte post player Josh Dorsey.

But as good as the Star-News is at certain positions, the game still comes down to Hemsley, Fitts and Damien teammate Micah Robinson playing their final prep game on their home court. Then throw in other area standouts like Glendora’s AJ Birgonia and Los Altos’ Christian Espinoza, and it’s easy to see why that the Tribune has no holes.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers,” said Tribune head coach Jeff Lucas of Los Altos. “Almost everybody on this team can shoot the ball. They all can put the ball on the floor. It should be a good game, obviously.”

The last time Star-News girls coach Joe Kikuchi of Keppel participated in the game was two years ago and his team came up on the short end of the scoreboard. It was a win the Tribune girls team used to help take what’s now a 6-5 series lead.
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Kikuchi returns with a powerful roster led by Maranatha’s Channon Fluker, Keppel point guard Lauren Saiki and South Pasadena forward Lexie Scholtz. The goal has been very simple in practice for the Star-News and that’s quite simply to win and get some respect for their side of town.

“No. 1, I always want to win and these girls always want to win,” Kikuchi said. “I really wasn’t happy about losing last time. The thing I wasn’t happy with is that we were so small and we would have to use our speed and defense to make up for our lack of height. But with the rules of not being able to press, we really couldn’t maintain anything and just wore down because they were bigger.”

LiangThe Tribune is coached by South Hills’ Tiffany Liang and led by the Huskies’ Brittany Wang. The Tribune is guard heavy, so getting into a shootout rather than a slug fest may prove beneficial to their chances.

“They’re very unselfish players,” Liang said of her team. “We want them to not be afraid to shoot the ball when they’re open.”

TRIBUNE BOYS
Tribune Boys Coach: Jeff Lucas (Los Altos). Assistants Matt Dunn (Damien), Will Bissman (Covina), Lydell McCullough (Los Altos), Mike Sandoval (Los Altos).
Tribune Boys Roster
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, Guard
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora, Guard
Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat
Zuri Williams, Walnut, Guard
Malik Fitts, Damien, Guard
Brandon Brothers, Glendora, Forward
Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard
Kenny Walter, Bonita, Guard
Micah Robinson, Damien, Guard
Kyle Price, Wilson, Guard
Ryan Herrera, Walnut, Center
Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, Guard
Kyle Gray, Bonita, Guard
Michael Barrera, Los Altos, Guard
Ryan Ocampo, San Dimas, Guard
Andres Guevara, Covina, Guard

TRIBUNE GIRLS
Coach: Tiffany Liang (South Hills). Assistants: Pete Weber (South Hills), Nick Masi (Covina), Chris Harrison (Glendora)
Tribune Girls Team
Brittany Wang, South Hills, Forward
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward
Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward
Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard
Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward
Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard
Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Guard
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard

STAR-NEWS BOYS
Coach:
Tim Tucker (Maranatha)
Bertram Mak, Keppel, Forward
Bailey Kikuchi, Keppel, Guard
Jeremy Hayes, Muir, Forward
Eli Peters, Gabrielino, Forward
Marquise Mosely, Renaissance, Guard
Josh Dorsey, Duarte, Forward
Joey Toyama, South Pasadena, Guard
Tey Williams, Maranatha, Guard
Ali Elwahary, Temple City, Guard
Jaylin Bledsoe, Pasadena, Guard
Kosta Jankovic, Renaissance, Forward
Gligorije Rakocevic, Cantwell, Forward
Arnas Dautartas, San Gabriel Academy, Guard
Christian Lee, South Pasadena, Guard

STAR-NEWS GIRLS
Coach:
Joe Kikuchi (Keppel)
Lauren Saiki, Keppel, Guard
Lexie Scholtz, South Pasadena, Forward
Sophia Hathaway, South Pasadena, Center
Elise Takahama, South Pasadena, Guard
Stephanie Esquivel, Rio Hondo Prep, Guard
Channon Fluker, Maranatha, Center
Caira Benton, Arcadia, Forward
Kiki Yang, Pas Poly, Guard
Emily Ho, Gabrielino, Guard
Kylie Fujioka, Keppel, Center
Kellie Kamida, Keppel, Guard
Tammie Matsukiyo, Keppel, Forward
Sabrina Law, Temple City, Guard
Melanie Chen, Arcadia, Forward,
Marie Weston, La Canada, Guard

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San Dimas’ Peter Lambert hurls shutout with 10ks in 5-0 win over Northview to push Saints to 20-0

Another Peter Lambert outing and another day filled with scouts as the UCLA signee hurled a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts in a 5-0 win over Northview to run the Saints’ perfect record to 20-0. Lambert gave up five hits, including a lead-off double in the seventh that he made up for with a pickoff. Whenever it looked like the Vikings might strike, that was when Lambert was at his best. The Saints are within seven games of matching Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record of 27 straight victories set in 1992. Lambert, shortstop/pitcher Jacob Castillo and coach Mike Regan talked about the perfect record and the pressure that comes with it.

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sdimassafSTORY: The San Dimas High School baseball team made it 20 wins in a row to start the 2015 season by defeating Northview 5-0 in a Valle Vista League game Thursday afternoon.
Pitching ace Peter Lambert tossed a complete-game shutout with 10 strikeouts and just five hits allowed for his seventh win this year. On the season he has allowed just two earned runs in 47 innings.
Lambert did get into some trouble, allowing nine batters to reach base, but got out of the jam every time. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he gave up a leadoff double to Jaime Curiel, but Lambert picked off the base runner at second base to nullify the threat by Northview (5-13, 0-2).
“When times get tough, you just have to dig deep,” Lambert said, “and that’s what I did out there today.”

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Thursday Recap: West Covina’s Madelaine Tickey pitched a complete game and had a 3-run homer to shutout Walnut 18-0

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Softball
West Covina 18, Walnut 0 — Madelaine Tickey pitched a complete game, striking out five, and went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer, four RBIs and two runs scored for the Bulldogs (11-7, 2-0) in a Hacienda League victory. Also contributing to West Covina’s win were Ashley Mayorga who went 3 for 3 with four runs scored, Valarie Almarez who had three hits and knocked in three runs, Nicole Gutierrez who had three RBIs and scored a run, and Sabrina Corralez who went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and a double.
Chino 7, Los Altos 0 — Courtney Springman was the winning pitcher, Alyssa Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Corina Gamboa went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Cowboys (11-4, 2-0) to the Hacienda League victory. Chino’s Journey Rojas went 2 for 3.
San Gabriel Mission 8, Holy Family 1 — Tristen Oliva pitched five innings, striking out six, and went 2 for 4 with a double for the Pioneers (9-7, 3-1) in a Horizon League win. Patricia Rosales went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Alyssa Andrade had a double, two stolen bases and knocked in a run and Brianna Terzyan, Christina Rosas and Sarah Reyna each had an RBI for San Gabriel Mission.
Charter Oak 10, Diamond Ranch 0 — Kaile Chavez threw a complete game, allowing three hits, Eva Arretche went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a double, and Christine Pinela went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Chargers (11-7, 1-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Charter Oak’s Marissa Chavez went 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Chloe Chavez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jantzen Owen went 1 for 2 with a double.
Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 15, South Hills 3 — The Brahmas (10-2, 6-0) won all nine double sets for the Palomares League win. The winning double teams were David Chee and Russell Chen, Daniel Chai and Roger Wang and Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong. South Hills’ Kevin Tang swept in singles.

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Rancho Cucamonga’s Brenda Martinez among elite runners joining preps at Mt. SAC Relays Saturday

brendaMT. SAC PREVIEW: San Gabriel Valley track and field athletes are now getting a feel for the postseason.
A week after facing big names in the Arcadia Invitational, many of the same high school athletes will be taking part in the 57th annual Brooks/Mt. SAC Relays this weekend. In a way, it is a preview of what will come in late May when the same athletes try to qualify for the CIF State meet with nearly three weeks of eliminations.
Twenty-four area athletes and 13 relay teams have been invited to compete in the invitational portion of the meet, which features the top high school athletes. More than 100 area athletes will compete in open and seeded events throughout the two-day competition, which begins on Friday.
On Saturday, some of the world’s top athletes are scheduled to compete in elite events. That includes Allyson Felix, Brenda Martinez, Erik Sowinski, Maggie Vessey, Duane Solomon, English Gardner and Lashinda Demus. Covina’s Remontay McClain and San Marino’s Omhunique Browne are expected to compete in the elite portion of the meet.

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MaxPreps ranks undefeated San Dimas 14th in the country; Saints at Northview today

San Dimas’ undefeated historical season continues this afternoon at Northview at 3:15, where there have been many upsets and surprises over the years. The Saints, ranked 14th in the country by Maxpreps and sixth in the state, are 19-0 and closing in on Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record 27 straight victories, set in 1993. What’s interesting about the Saints is that coach Mike Regan posts stats. He always has while more than half the Valley and many in the Southern Section do not and the reason most coaches give is they’re afraid of getting scouted and giving away information. It’s always been a lazy bush-league response. The Saints are showing what everyone already knows, that good teams win whether you post stats or not. Facing the San Dimas pitching staff isn’t going to be any easier because you know it has a team ERA of 0.48. There’s only one way to scout, the old-fashioned way of watching. Reading stats won’t help or hurt anything.

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Bishop Amat baseball rallies for 7-5 win over Cathedral to take over first in the Del Rey

Bishop Amat takes over first: In a wild sixth inning, the Bishop Amat baseball team gave up three runs in the top half before scoring seven in the bottom half, leading the Lancers to a 7-5 victory over Cathedral on Wednesday afternoon.
The win gave Bishop Amat (10-7-1, 4-1) a commanding lead in the Del Rey League standings by completing the season sweep of Cathedral (9-9, 3-2), which entered the game tied with the Lancers for first place.
“It’s a big win for us,” said Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt. “We have the tiebreaker on them now, so going into Friday, we are staying in first and we have a chance to go up a couple games if we keep winning. We beat them 12-1 last time we played and they didn’t like that, and you could tell that they really came out to play today. We were just able to put it together for an inning with that seven-spot and that was what got us the win.”

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Wednesday Recap: Arroyo softball shutouts Rosemead 15-0

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Softball
Arroyo 15, Rosemead 0 — Dominica Mendoza was the winning pitcher, striking out seven, and Shynia Torrez went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and a triple to lead the Knights (11-2, 4-0) to the Mission Valley League win. Arroyo’s Reanne Moreno went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a double, Rebecca Barber went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two doubles and Jesseka Herrera and Danielle Dominguez each had a double.
South Hills 7, Diamond Bar 0 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 15, Mariah Tovar went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs and Clarissa Perez went 2 for 4 with double and an RBI to lead the Huskies (12-4) to their first Palomares League win of the season. Christie Aguilar went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and Caitlyn VanHemelryck had a double and two RBIs for South Hills.
Nogales 12, Rowland 9 — Juliana Purcell had two home runs and Peiu Tafisi and Mia Escobar each homered for the Nobles (12-3) in a Valle Vista League opener.
South El Monte 11, Marshall 1 — Mia Luques was the winning pitcher, striking out eight, and Alyssa Diaz went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and a triple to lead South El Monte (8-4, 4-0) to the Mission Valley League victory. Also contributing to South El Monte’s win were Ashley Diaz who went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two doubles and Danielle Ruiz, Alyssa Acosta and Jayda Reyes each had a double. Kristen McCann had an RBI and Miranda Bielski had a double for Marshall (3-9, 1-4).
Covina 12, Wilson 3 — Princess Nava was the winning pitcher, striking out seven, Valerie Espinoza had two RBIs, a double and a home run, and Ali Lenoue went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two triples to lead the Colts (10-6) to their first Valle Vista League win of the season. Samantha Hardwick went 3 for 5 with a triple and an RBI and Ricki Corvera had two RBIs for Covina.
San Dimas 18, Northview 1 — Lindsey Hughes went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, a double and a home run and Carlie Salm went 2 for 2 with four RBIs and two triples for the Saints (10-8, 1-0) in a Valle Vista league win. For San Dimas, Brooke Jackson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Alondra Reynoso had a double and Shelbie Moore had a triple.
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Bassett 9, Edgewood 4 — Frankie Villanueva was the winning pitcher, striking out six, and went 3 for 5 with four RBIs for the Olympians (5-4, 2-4) in a Miramonte League win. For Bassett, Christian Trujillo went 4 for 5 with two triples and two RBIs, Alexander Morales had an RBI and a double, Matthew Robles and Jonathan Torres each had a double and Mike Castanon had two singles.
La Puente 6, Pomona 4 — Andrew Morales hit the game-winning two RBI single to lead the Warriors (4-8, 4-2) to the Miramonte League win. Anthony Villareal was the winning pitcher and Erick Morales got the save.
South Hills 5, Diamond Bar 0 — Ryan Mauch improved to 5-0, and hit a single and Francisco Ramirez went 2 for 2 with an RBI to lead the Huskies (12-5, 4-2) to the Palomares League victory.
Glendora 7, Bonita 4 — Hayden Pearce pitched five innings, striking out five, and Raymond Romo went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double for the visiting Tartans (15-5, 3-3) in a Palomares League win. Glendora’s Griffen Herrera had two RBIs and Jake Bikle and Caleb Watkins each had a double.
Boys golf
Damien 206, Chino Hills 216 — Nathan Clark shot an even-par 36 to lead the Spartans (9-4, 4-0) to the Baseline League victory at Mountain Meadows Golf Course.

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Tribune boys ready to put on a show against Star-News in Friday’s All-Star Classic at Damien

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

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Tribune boys ready to go: After holding one practice, the question around the Tribune boys basketball all-star team wasn’t what can they do well, but more like what can’t they do well.
Los Altos head coach Jeff Lucas, who will coach the Tribune team in Friday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic couldn’t really spot a weakness, and why would he given the amount of talent on this year’s roster. Tip-off for the boys all-star game is 7:30 p.m. at Damien High. The girls all-star game start at 5:30.
“All of us coaches were impressed with how they looked,” Lucas said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers. That’s the most dunks we’ve had at Los Altos in a long time.”
It’s not that the Tribune roster is overflowing with height, which makes dunking much easier. It’s more about an abundance of athleticism.

STAR-NEWS GIRLS SOMETHING SPECIAL?
There have been several dominating performances in the 11 previous meetings between the Star-News and Tribune girls all-stars. What happens Friday, though, could be something special.
A simply loaded Star-News team won’t be taking any prisoners if practice has been indicator and after losing last year’s game, the team likely wants to send a message about which side of the Valley plays the best girls basketball.
“We’re going out to compete,” Star-News co-head coach Tammy Lai of South Pasadena said. “We’re definitely looking to get the win. This is an all-star game and it should be fun, but we’re coming out to compete.”
Everywhere you look on the roster, the Star-News is set and the depth is something not often seen even in a all-star setting. All three player rotations the Star-News runs could have a center good enough to dominate the game inside.
Maranatha’s Channon Fluker leads the way. But then there’s also South Pasadena’s Sophia Hathaway and Keppel’s Kylie Fujioka.
“This is a very rare and unique group,” Lai said. “You’ve heard about all these other girls in the area and it’s exciting to put them all together and see what they can do as a team.”

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Big day for area athletes at Glendora, Bishop Amat and Los Altos who made college choices

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beccalowdenBIG DAY FOR AREA ATHLETES: Several area athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week during April’s signing period, including five athletes from Glendora High School, who celebrated in a signing ceremony at the school on Wednesday.
Tartans girls volleyball standout Becca Lowden was named the 2014 Tribune player of the year after an incredible fall season. She signed with Vanguard.
The outside hitter led the Palomares League in four of six categories and was ranked in the top 10 in every statistical category except for setting.

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Bob Ramsey’s weekly SGV Track and Field rankings following Arcadia Invite

PHOTOS: Track and Field guru Bob Ramsey releases his weekly San Gabriel Valley boys and girls San Gabriel Valley rankings.

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Girls Rankings: Arcadia, Ayala & Walnut remain solidly atop this week’s SGV Girls Team Rankings. The biggest mover was California, led by soph Lauren Anderson‘s 120-09 school record in the discus in the La Serna Dual Meet. At the massive national Arcadia Invitational, Monrovia senior Sydney Mosley led the SGV performers with her 13.85/3rd in the 100m hurdles. She is now ranked 4th All-Time among San Gabriel Valley athletes, and this was one of eight All-Time SGV performances at this big, big, meet.

Boys Rankings: Damien, the defending cup holders of SGV Championships continue to lead this year’s team rankings, which measure team depth as well as quality.
The top three of Damien, Covina and Walnut are unchanged from last week, but the point totals are dropping as more performances are added to seasonal records.
All three teams featured prominently last weekend at the national Arcadia Invitational. Senior Thaddeus Smith (Damien) was the top local performer with his 10.71/21.55 double in the sprints.
If you’re in the SGV’s, remember that entries are due Sunday night at 9:00pm.

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Star-News coach Tim Tucker says Mosley a “big key” to beating Tribune boys; Tribune girls hold first practice

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When:
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

STAR-NEWS’ MOSLEY WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: It’s possible that the most dangerous player in Friday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic will also be the smallest.
Renaissance Academy point guard Marquise Mosley has far exceeded whatever limitations his height put on him. And on Friday night, Mosley likely holds the key as to whether the Star-News team can beat the Tribune.
The 12th annual Classic at Damien High School begins with the girls game at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30.
“He’s a great basketball player,” Star-News head coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha said. “He’s deceptive, has speed and his IQ for the game is incredible. After practice the other day, I told him he’s got to be a little more aggressive with what he does because he’s going to be a big key to us having a chance to win this game.”

TRIBUNE GIRLS COACH TIFFANY LIANG WANTS HER TEAM TO SHOOT: After holding the first practice for the Tribune girls all-star team, coach Tiffany Liang of South Hills came away thinking one of her team’s biggest strengths could be its biggest weakness.
Loaded with guards, the Tribune team saw many of its best players declining to shoot during its scrimmage in favor of passing the ball to teammates. Liang wants the opposite to happen on Friday.
“Our girls are kinda too nice, they don’t want to shoot the ball,” Liang said. “They’re very unselfish players. I think one of our coaches told them ‘We want to shoot the ball before we turn it over.’”
The Tribune roster is very guard heavy. Post players are a bit thin, which may prove costly against the taller Star-News.
When asked if any players stood out in the opening practice, Liang was quick to point to Rowland guard Emily Mesa, who helped the Raiders win 16 games this winter.

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Tuesday Recap: Vincent Santana belts grand slam to lead Wilson to 6-5 win over Covina; San Dimas goes to 19-0 with 4-0 win

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Baseball
Wilson 6, Covina 5 — Wilson was down three runs, until Vincent Santana hit a grand slam to lead the Wildcats (12-3) to their first Valle Vista League win of the season.
Baldwin Park 1, Duarte 0 — Anthony Franco threw a complete game, striking out nine for the Braves (4-6) in a nonleague win.
San Dimas 4, Northview 0 – The CIF-SS Division’s top-ranked Saints improved to 19-0 with the Valle Vista league opening shutout over the Vikings, whom the Saints will visit again on Thursday.
Softball
Bishop Amat 3, Cantwell Sacred Heart 0 — Alexis Vargas and Samaria Diaz combined on a no-hitter for the Lancers (12-4, 5-0) in a Del Rey League victory. Madeline Ramirez had an RBI for Bishop Amat.
Chino 7, Charter Oak 1 — Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out 12, Alyssa Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a home run, and Victoria Mata went 1 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the Cowboys (10-4) to their first Hacienda League win of the season.
West Covina 1, Diamond Ranch 0 — Madelaine Tickey pitched a complete game, striking out five and allowing four hits and Ashley Mayorga went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double for the Bulldogs (10-7) in a Hacienda League opener victory. For West Covina, Jade Nua went 2 for 3 and Nicole Gutierrez went 3 for 3 with a double.
Boys golf
Damien 199, Rancho Cucamonga 220 — Nowndale Sale shot a 36 and Nathan Clark shot a 38 to lead the Spartans (7-3, 3-0) to the Baseline League win.
Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 15, Ayala 3 — Garrett Masuda swept in singles and the teams of David Chee and Russell Chen and Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong swept in doubles for the Brahmas (9-2, 5-0) in a Palomares League win.

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Sierra Vista takes wins battle for first in Montview: In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, two-time defending Montview League baseball champion Sierra Vista knocked off Azusa 6-2 on Tuesday afternoon to put itself in sole possession of first place after the first round of league play
In a wild contest that featured eight wild pitches, three hit batters and five errors, the Dons (10-4, 5-1) got a complete game from junior Adrian Cardenas to break a first-place tie with the Aztecs.
Cardenas struggled through the first two innings but settled down and struck out 10 batters to pick up his fourth win.
“I didn’t feel like I had my stuff the first couple of innings,” Cardenas said. “I was missing my spot with my curve, but after that I just got after it and let my defense help me out.”

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Girls Basketball All-Area: South Hills’ Brittany Wang and Tiffany Liang earn top awards

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TRIBUNE GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-AREA
Player of the Year: Brittany Wang, South Hills, Senior

Going into her senior season South Hills’ Brittany Wang had goals of becoming a complete player along with becoming a vocal leader on a squad that had talent, but always didn’t see eye-to-eye on things.
“(On paper) we knew we had a good team,” Wang said. “There were some ups and downs, no doubt about that, but when we needed to come together, everyone came together, including our (fans), and that’s why we had the season we did. It was something I’ll never forget.”

Wang was the point guard and catalyst, averaging a team-high 17.6 points while shooting 41 percent in helping the Huskies to the Palomares League co-title, something it hadn’t won or shared since 2002.
But the Huskies and Wang didn’t stop there.
South Hills advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3A semifinals for the first time since 1992, which earned the Huskies a ticket to the CIF-State Division 3 playoffs.
South Hills notched an impressive first-round win in the state playoffs over Tulare’s Mission Oak, 70-54, with Wang scoring a game-high 24 points.
Even though the Huskies’ dream run ended the next round against top-seed Brea Olinda, their best season in more than two decades was more than anyone had imagined.
Wang, named to the Palomares League first team and also the Division 3A first team, has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune girls basketball player of the year.
“It’s very humbling,” Wang said of the award. “It’s a big accomplishment for me and something I didn’t expect because we kind of snuck up on everyone and it helped because we used it as motivation.”
Wang also was quick to point out that without help from her teammates and fans, none of it was possible.
She singled out rebounding machine Joy Krupa and charge-taking sparkplug Sam Perez, and went down the line, even including players on the bench.
“Part of what I wanted to do this year was be a team leader and improve my game on both ends of the floor,” Wang said. “I thought my length helped get deflections on defense, and I had to work harder to get open shots with teams scouting me more.
“But nothing was better than watching us come together as a team and really grow as a team. Like I said, we had our ups and downs, but in the biggest games of the season, we all came to play and were there for each other.
“We weren’t afraid of any teams. We played a lot of good teams and we came out fighting and that’s how our season ended, giving it everything we had.”
Wang will continue her basketball career at Harvey Mudd in the nearby Claremont Colleges.
“I’m excited it’s close by,” Wang said. “It’s time to see how everything will go at the (next level).”

Coach of the year: Tiffany Liang, South Hills
tiffanyliangThe former South Hills player resigned following her eighth season as head coach, but what a way to go out for the Tribune coach of the year. Liang, who will coach the Tribune all-stars in the annual Classic against the Star-News on Friday, had never taken the Huskies past the second round of the divisional playoffs. But that changed this season with the Huskies reaching the Division 3A semifinals for the first time since Liang was a player for the Huskies in 1992. The Huskies finished 24-8 and shared a piece of the Palomares league title, something it hadn’t done since 2002. The season continued with a Division III state playoff berth. The Huskies beat Tulare in the first round before losing to top seed Brea Olinda, a team it led at half.

FIRST TEAM
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward, Senior

samperezA big part of the Palomares league co-champions, Perez averaged 11 points with four rebounds and an impressive three steals per game. She also was the teams’ sparkplug, sacrificing for the good of the team, taking a team-leading 16 charges. Perez earned Palomares league first-team honors and helped her squad reach the Division 3AA semifinals.

Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard, Senior
cassiemartinezWith three time-player of the year Nikki Wheatley graduated and now at UNLV, it was Martinez who took over the reigns, earning first-team Palomares league honors in helping her team finish third in the Palomares behind co-champions South Hills and Ayala. Martinez, who averaged eight points, six rebounds and three assists, played a big role defensively in the Bearcats’ stunning 44-40 league win over South Hills.

Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward, Senior
joykrupaThe incredibly athletic forward only averaged five points per game, but she made up for it with a team-leading 9.6 rebounds to go with four steals and three blocks per game. Krupa, an all Palomares league honoree, was as feisty on the boards as anyone, and that played a big role in her team sharing the league title and reaching the Division 3AA semifinals.

Maria Sierra, Covina, Forward, Sophomore
mariasierraThe super soph had an incredible year for the Colts, averaging 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals per game for the Valle Vista league champions, earning Sierra league most valuable player honors. She had a 15 point, 12 rebound and seven assist performance in a win over Northview and also earned CIF-SS Division 2AA first-team honors.

Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward, Senior
katyaechavezThe Mustangs finished second in the Hacienda league behind Chino and 16-9 overall, but league coaches thought so highly of Echavez she was named league player of the year after averaging 20 points per game. She scored a season-high 30 against Los Altos and scored 25 points each against West Covina and Chino — both league rivals. She also helped the Mustangs reach the second round of the Division 2A playoffs.

Juliana Gamboa, Diamond Bar, Guard, Sophomore
julianagamboaThe Palomares League first team selection averaged a team-high 15 points with six rebounds per game. Gamboa scored 21 points to go with 11 rebounds in a huge win over co-league champion Ayala that helped the Mustangs clinch a playoff spot, and she scored 19 of the Brahmas’ 21 points in a 57-21 playoff loss to Lynwood.

Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard, Senior
brittneyyeeThe Mustangs’ sharpshooter averaged 13 points for the Hacienda league runner-ups, earning Yee a Hacienda league first-team selection. The Mustangs finished second to Chino in the Hacienda league and advanced to the second round of the Division 2A playoffs with Yee’s 3-point shooting a big reason why.

Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Forward, Senior
naomeaguilarThe 5-foot-9 forward averaged 15 points for the Knights in helping her team to an impressive 18-10 overall record and second place finish in the Mission Valley League, which also earned Aguilar co-most valuable player honors in the Mission Valley league. Aguilar also helped the Knights to a CIF-SS Division 2AA first-round win over Temple City, 44-40, scoring a team-high 16 points and hitting 10-of-11 shots from the foul line.

Kimberly Urbina, South El Monte, Guard, Junior
kimurbinaThe Mission Valley League and CIF-SS Division 3A first-team selection led the area in scoring averaging 23 points while also averaging an astonishing eight steals per game. She also averaged six rebounds and three assists for a team that finished an impressive 21-9. Her best performance came in a win over Pomona Catholic with a triple-double, pouring in 36 points with 13 steals and 12 rebounds.

Farrah Castillo, Rowland, Guard, Junior
farrahcastilloThe Raiders’ point guard earned Valle Vista league first-team honors, averaging 14 points, five steals and four rebounds per game after transferring from Diamond Ranch. The Raiders finished the season 16-8 and second to Covina in the Valle Vista league. Castillo had 25 points and six rebounds in a win over San Dimas and scored 16 points with 10 rebounds in a win over Wilson.

SECOND TEAM
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard, Senior
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard, Senior
Destinee Garr, Diamond Bar, Guard, Junior
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard, Senior
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard, Senior
Alexis Lowden, Glendora, Guard, Freshman
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard, Senior
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard, Senior
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard, Senior

FINAL AREA TOP TEN RANKINGS
1. South Hills (24-8)
2. Walnut (16-9)
3. Covina (19-10)
4. West Covina (19-9)
5. Duarte (20-9)
6. Glendora (15-12)
7. Rowland (16-8)
8. Arroyo (18-10)
9. South El Monte (21-9)
10. Bonita (14-15)

LEAGUE CHAMPS
Baseline: Etiwanda
Del Rey: Serra
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Miramonte: Bassett
Montview: Duarte
Hacienda: Chino
Palomares: South Hills, Ayala
Valle Vista: Covina

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