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Damien will take on Campolindo of Moraga in today’s CIF-State Division III championship game at Haas Pavillion in Berkeley. Follow along as Damien plays for its first state title in school history.

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Damien hoping to finish the season with a state championship

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DAMIEN PREGAME: Win or lose, Damien High School boys basketball

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

coach Matt Dunn knows that Friday’s CIF State Division 3 championship game is his last with a very special group of players, and he’s OK with any result.
“Six of these guys who are seniors now were on the team as sophomores and two of those guys as freshmen,” Dunn said. “It’s been quite a journey. I think ultimately who they are on our campus and how they’ve represented our program as young men is what I’m proud of.
“This is a fun way to end our journey together.”
It ends at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley on Friday at 4 p.m. Whether it’s a happy ending depends on if the Spartans can get past Campolindo of Moraga.
Damien enters at 28-5. The Spartans beat highly rated Cathedral in last Saturday’s Southern California Regional finals to earn a berth in Friday’s state final. Prior to that state tournament, Damien suffered a loss in the first round in the Southern Section’s Open Division before winning a consolation bracket game.
The Spartans won the rugged Baseline League this season and prior to that played a difficult nonleague tournament schedule in December that Dunn hopes set them up well for moments like Friday.
“We thought this year that we had a chance to have a really special year,” Dunn said. “We thought it would be important to test ourselves in the nonleague. The MaxPreps Tournament in Palm Springs was just incredible. We played four teams and all of them ended up doing well in their state tournaments.

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Thursday Recap: Senior Anthony Franco shutouts Gladstone with 78 pitches to lead Baldwin Park baseball to 3-0 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
Baldwin Park 3, Gladstone 0 — Senior Anthony Franco pitched a complete game, throwing 78 pitches, striking out six and allowing four hits to lead the Braves (2-6, 2-2) to the Montview League win.
Softball
Bishop Amat 4, La Salle 0 — Alexis Vargas pitched a complete game, shutting out La Salle. Madeline Ramierez had two RBIs and Eryn Sustayta had a triple and an RBI to lead Bishop Amat (8-4, 2-0) to the Del Rey League win.
West Covina 3, Corona 1 — Maddy Tickey pitched a complete game and Jade Nua hit a homer to lead the Bulldogs (8-2) to advance to the Diamond Bar Tournament quarterfinals. Ashley Mayorga and Nicole Gutierrez each had an RBI for West Covina. The Bulldogs will play tomorrow against Warren at 5 p.m. (Full Story in paper tomorrow)
Boys golf
Damien 390, Loyola 392 — Nathan Clark shot a 70 to lead the Spartans (5-3) to the nonleague win at Industry Hills Eisenhower Golf Course. Damien’s Jordan DellaGiustina shot a 77. The Spartans will participate today and tomorrow at the Champions Invitational in Indio.

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills shutouts Diamond Bar, 10-0 in baseball

Baseball
South Hills 10, Diamond Bar 0 — Lefty Ryan Mauch took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up his only hit, and the Huskies (7-1, 2-0) backed him with 11 hits in the Palomares League win over the Brahmas (6-4, 1-1). Johnny Dearth and Ryan Carmona (3 RBIs) each knocked in a pair of runs in a five-run third inning.
Ganesha 10, Bassett 3 — Jesus Salcido went 4 for 5, and Enrique Valenzuela, Robert Cazares and Jonathan Marquez each had two singles to lead the Giants (4-3, 1-1) to their first Miramonte League victory. Christian Trujillo pitched five innings, striking out seven, for Bassett (3-3, 1-1).
Chino 7, West Covina 3 — Josh Jacquez was the winning pitcher, striking out five, Cameron White went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Jonathan Alba had two RBIs and a stolen base to lead the Cowboys (5-3, 2-1) to the Hacienda League victory.
Bonita 8, Ayala 1 — A.J. Woodall had a no-hitter until giving up a single in the sixth inning. He went the distance, striking out seven, and Danny Gelalich had a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to lead the Bearcats (6-3, 1-1) to their first Palomares League victory. Also for Bonita, Justin Gomez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Tommy Delgado went 2 for 5 and scored a run, and Brandon Bradshaw went 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.
Softball
La Puente 6, Garey 5 — Amanda Guillen and Alexus Samudio each had a double for the Warriors (1-3, 3-0) in their Miramonte League victory.
Gabrielino 9, Marshall 6 — Starting pitcher Amanda Morales struck out six and Amanda Borja finished in the circle, striking out five, to lead the Eagles (1-1-5) to their first Mission Valley League victory of the season. Also contributing to Gabrielino’s win was Angie Gonzales who had a home run and a single.
Boys golf
Bishop Amat 220, Bosco Tech 291 — Donovan Delgado shot a 6-over 41 to earn medalist honors and lead the lancers (5-2, 2-0) to a Del Rey League win at Whittier Narrows. Bosco Tech’s David Rojo and Amat’s Justin Bohol tied for second with 43s.

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Damien and new coach Andy Nieto struggling, off to 3-5 start and 1-2 in Baseline

DAMIEN STRUGGLING: Senior left-hander Bailey Falter tossed a one-hit shutout to give the Chino Hills High baseball team its first Baseline League victory this season, defeating Damien 6-0 on the road Wednesday afternoon.
Falter struck out seven batters and walked three to pick up the win. The 6-foot-4 southpaw carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, James Free broke it up with a single into left field.
“Bailey did an outstanding job for us today,” Huskies coach Kevin Chavez said. “He is coming along as a four-year varsity athlete. He has really matured as a pitcher, which has made him much stronger. He was dominant out there, and it’s tough for teams to beat him.”

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Damien’s Malik Fitts shares starring role with Jeremy Hemsley in road to Friday’s state title

fittsHE FITTS IN JUST FINE: Nobody around the Damien High School boys basketball program is willing to label Malik Fitts as the team’s second fiddle to standout Jeremy Helmsley. He’s too good for that.
But throughout basketball history there has always been a Scottie Pippen to a Michael Jordan. A Russell Westbrook to a Kevin Durant. And for Damien, a Fitts to a Helmsely.
Sure, Helmsley is thee man for the Spartans. Without the San Diego St.-bound guard, Damien likely isn’t playing in Friday’s CIF State Division 3 championship game against Campolindo at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

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South Hills baseball takes down Orange County giant Mater Dei, 3-1

HUSKIESBASEBIG WIN OVER ORANGE COUNTY GIANT: The South Hills baseball team showed the depth of its pitching staff with a 3-1 win over Mater Dei in a non-league game on Tuesday.
The Huskies (6-1) used five pitchers in the game and they scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked one in the victory.
“We have two league games this week,” Huskies coach Darren Murphy said. “We came in knowing it was going to be a staff game and all of them knew their role, and they all did a great job.”
The Huskies jumped on top with a pair of runs in the first inning. Frank Ramirez led off with a single and went to second on a wild throw to first.

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Tuesday Recap: Natalie Lugo struck out 10 to lead South Hills to shutout San Dimas 1-0

Softball
South Hills 1, San Dimas 0 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 10, Clarissa Perez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two singles and Sasha Allen went 2 for 4 with two singles to lead the Huskies (8-3) to the nonleague victory. Lindsey Hughes struck out 10, Davina Doran went 2 for 4 with two singles and Brooke Jackson had a triple for San Dimas (6-7).
St. Lucy’s 12, Maranatha 2 — Grazia Watkins was the winning pitcher and went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two home runs and Alyssa Avalos went 4 for 5 with a triple to lead the Regents (4-4) to the nonleague victory.
Nogales 9, Baldwin Park 8 — Lisette Rosales went 3 for 3 for the Nobles (9-2) in a nonleague win.
Baseball
Southlands Christian 3, Lutheran 2 — James Goodwin pitched seven innings, striking out 11, and Daniel Scribner and Matt Murrieta each had an RBI to lead the Eagles (5-4) to their first San Joaquin League victory.
Sierra Vista 6, Gladstone 0 — The Dons (6-4, 2-1) beat the Gladiators (4-1, 2-1) for the Montview League win.

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Breaking News: South Hills girls basketball coach Tiffany Liang resigns

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South Hills coach Tiffany Liang resigned on Tuesday, though she described it more as a retirement. “I’ve been doing this a long time and in basketball a long time,” Liang said. “I had been thinking about it and just thought it was the right time to spend more time with my family.”
If this is it for Liang, she’s going out on a high note.
Liang, in her eighth season as head coach, had never taken the Huskies past the second round of the divisional playoffs until this season, reaching the Division 3A semifinals, something the Huskies hadn’t done since Liang was a senior at South Hills in 1992. The Huskies finished 24-8 and shared a piece of the Palomares league title, something it hadn’t done since 2002. South Hills also was selected to the Division III state playoffs, beating Tulare before losing to top seed Brea Olinda, a team it led at half.

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Damien starting to size up Campolindo, its opponent for Friday’s Division 3 state championship

 

WHO IS CAMPOLINDO: The itinerary for the Damien High School boys basketball team’s trip to Berkeley for the CIF State Division 3 championship game is just about set.
According to Spartans head coach Matt Dunn, the team will leave Thursday morning, travel by chartered bus and practice upon arrival in the Bay Area. The team will also have a shoot around Friday morning after spending Thursday night in nearby Walnut Creek.
Damien’s game against Campolindo for the state championship is on Friday at 4 p.m. at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley.
“We don’t want to be too close, but we don’t want to be too far,” Dunn said of staying in Walnut Creek. “Our athletic director has done a great job. He’s handled all the logistics stuff, which I really appreciate.
“Every year the last three or four years, we’ve played in a tournament in Northern California. So, the process of going up is familiar to our guys. But obviously the stakes are a little bit different for this game. The challenge is to create an environment in which we can play our best.”

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Walnut expected to name Alfredo Silva its next football coach

Alfredo Silva is expected to be named Walnut High School’s head football coach, replacing Mike O’Shields, who resigned following the season. Silva already has been recommended by school officials and is awaiting board approval before being officially named.
Silva was a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Whittier College and also has experience coaching at Cal Lutheran and LA Pierce College.
The former Malibu High athletic director most recently has been teaching at Whittier High School.

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Damien punches ticket to state title game, holds off Cathedral, 68-62

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


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


ONTARIO — The best season in Damien High School basketball history will include a trip to Berkeley.
Bryce Peters had 20 points and Jeremy Hemsley had 17 and the Spartans scored their first trip to the CIF State championships with a 68-62 victory over Cathedral Saturday in the Division III Southern California Regional final at Colony High School.
Malik Fitts also had 15 points for No. 2 seed Damien, which improved to 28-5 and will face Campolindo, a 50-44 winner over Drake, for the state title next Friday at 4 p.m. at the University of California.
Kobe Paras had 23 points and Milan Acquah 17 for No. 1 Cathedral, which finished 22-8.
“It’s really special,” Damien coach Matt Dunn, whose Spartans won a CIF-Southern Section title in 2013. “It’s the one thing this group hasn’t done yet. They won a CIF championship when they were sophomores, won a (Baseline) League championship this year, so to get to the state title game is very special.”


For a brief moment, Cathedral looked like it might steal the opportunity from Damien. The Phantoms, who trailed by 16 in the first half and 12 early in the fourth quarter used an 8-2 run to pull within 57-52 following a 3-pointer by Acquah and a putback by Paras with 3:14 left.
But the Spartans countered with a surge of their own to put it away. Micah Robinson buried a 3-pointer at 2:30 for a 62-52 lead and Fitts, following a steal by Hemsley, sealed with a dunk for a 64-57 lead with 46 seconds left.

“We let up a little bit,” said Hemsley, who also had seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. “But we ended up getting the rebounds and stops that we needed to win the game.
“We shared the ball, which I think was key part of us winning the game. Cathedral is more of a one-on-one type team, so we shared the ball, and that contributed a lot to the win.”
Damien, getting 10 points each from Hemsley and Peters, led 31-21 at halftime. The Spartans took control early, breaking from the tip with a 9-3 blitz before using a 7-0 surge to go up 31-15 on a 3-pointer by Peters with 2:21 left in the half.
Paras, who had 16 points in the first half, hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 31-21 at halftime.
Cathedral, getting five of six free throws and a layup from Acquah cut it to 36-31 lead early in the third quarter. But Damien countered with consecutive layups by Fitts for a 43-35 lead going to the fourth.
The Spartans then held off a second Cathedral surge to win, 68-62, and advance to the state title game.
“At this moment, I just want to win the state championship,” Hemsley said. “I’m glad we got the win, I’m glad we’re going to the championship, but I’m looking to win it now.”

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Saturday Recap: Nathan Schneider earns win for Bonita baseball over Servite in first varsity appearance

Baseball
Bonita 6, Servite 1
— In his first career varsity appearance, sophomore Nathan Schneider tossed five innings of one-run ball to lead the Bearcats to their fifth victory of the year defeating the Friars (3-7). Schneider finished the game with five strikeouts for Bonita (5-3) to earn the victory, while the offense supported him with six runs on eight hits.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a two-run single in the third inning, driving in Brandon Bradshaw and Danny Gelalich. Bradshaw, who has a team-best .524 batting average on the season, also went 2 for 4, singling twice and stole a base to get himself in scoring position before Gonzalez drove him in during the third. Freshman second baseman Tommy Delgado went 1 for 4 with a run and RBI in his first game as the leadoff hitter.
Schneider retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced and didn’t let a runner into scoring position through the first four innings. Servite threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but Jake Salsman came into the game to shut down the Friars with 1.2 scoreless innings, maintaining his perfect ERA on the year.
Glendora, Walnut — The Tartans and Mustangs played a non-league double-header with Glendora winning both games by scores of 7-6 and 6-5.
Softball
Glendora 7, Ontario Christian 5
— After getting an 8-0 win earlier in the day over Whittier Christian, Glendora won the championship of the Ontario Christian Tournament. Taylor Tetone was named the tournament’s MVP after hitting a home run in both of Saturday’s games. Kayla Sok and Hailey Mollno also were named to the all-tournament team.

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Damien supporting cast key to Saturday’s CIF-State Division 3 Regional final

CIF-STATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS
At Colony High School, Ontario

Damien vs. Cathedral, 8 p.m.

damienplDAMIEN READY FOR SOCAL FINAL: It’s easy to point to the matchup of two of the top guards in the Southland and get excited for Saturday night’s CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional final between the Cathedral and Damien High School boys basketball teams.
But Spartans coach Matt Dunn warns that while Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley against the Milan Acquuah is a sexy matchup, the game is likely to come down to which team finds the best supporting cast. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Colony High.
“I think that both teams are too talented offensively to think that it’s going to end up being a one-on-one type of game,” Dunn said. “Honestly, it will probably come down to which team has their other guys make shots.
“We have had that all year. We’ve had other guys step up and make shots and we’re going to need that again.”

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