Tuesday Recap: Maria Hernandez scored twice to lead Sierra Vista to the Division 6 second-round playoff win

Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 4, Rialto 2 — Maria Hernandez scored twice and Giselle Garcia and Zitlali Jimenez each scored a goal for the Dons (20-4-1) in a Division 6 second-round playoff victory.
Boys basketball
Ayala 61, Eisenhower 45 — Austen Awosika had 21 points and John Edgar added 18 points for the Bulldogs (23-4) in a Division 2AA second-round win. Also contributing to Ayala’s victory were Sean Paul who had 13 points and Austin Sandel who had seven points.

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CIF-SS Preseason Baseball, Softball polls posted

My first thoughts are how much fun it’s going to be covering baseball with South Hills, Glendora, Bonita and Damien in the mix in Division 2, with probably San Dimas and Bishop Amat headed for a showdown in Division 3. My second thoughts are CIF really made life difficult for the Tribune areas best softball teams, most of whom will compete in Division 1 and 2, where you all know they don’t belong or proved they belong there. That’s silly. That’s why only San Dimas and Sierra Vista, in Division 5, are the only area teams ranked.


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Master’s Preview: Northview wrestler Joe Dominguez has fit in well

There is usually a transitional period for student-athletes who transfer from one school to another.
Wrestler Joe Dominguez’s switch from St. John Bosco to Northview High School might be the exception.
He has fit in quite nicely with the Vikings, mainly because he’s been here before. The senior was part of Northview’s youth program prior to enrolling at St. John Bosco.
Now he’s back, and couldn’t be happier.
“It’s good,” said Dominguez, one of the top competitors in the state who will be competing at the CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet in Ontario on Friday and Saturday. “My whole life I’ve known them (the Northview team members). They are all my training partners and friends. Yeah, it’s like coming home. It’s good.”
Dominguez’s arrival enhances the Vikings, already viewed as one of the top programs in the state. Dominguez was runner-up at the Masters Meet at 126 pounds as a sophomore before placing sixth in the state at 138 last season.

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RJ Legacy Baseball and more: San Dimas beats Northview 4-0; Bishop Amat, South Hills tie 2-2; Bonita beats Damien 5-2

Heard there were over 1,500 in attendance for Saturday night’s RJ Legacy exhibition baseball games, a preview before the real season starts next week. San Dimas took care of Northview 4-0 in the opener, something everyone should get use to with the stacked Saints squad. San Dimas and South Hills probably have the best pitching in the Valley. In the late game, Bishop Amat and South Hills tied, yes tied, 2-2. I know, there are no tie’s in baseball, but hey, it was for charity, so everyone wins. In another exhibition, Bonita beat Damien 5-2 and I heard Damien went all out and threw its best. Nice showing by Bonita.

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Northview, San Marino score CIF-SS wrestling titles

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

SANTA MARIA – Another year, another CIF-Southern Section wrestling title for Northview High School.
The Vikings scored their fifth consecutive championship in dominating fashion, winning the Northern Division crown with ease.
Northview had six individual titles and qualified eight for next week’s CIF-SS Masters Meet at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario.
Scoring titles for the Vikings were Eddie Flores (106 pounds), Richie Casillas (120), Andres Estrada (132), Joe Dominguez (145), Ricky Padilla (160) and Roger Arce (170). Casillas was lower-weight MVP.

San Dimas’ David Gonzalez won at 113, scoring his second consecutive divisional title.
Thirteen area competitors qualified for the masters. Also advancing to next week are Northview’s Andres Hooper (126, third) and Steven Comstock (152, third); Rowland’s Christian Ramirez (132, second); San Dimas’ Julian Moreli (195, second) and Covina’s David Chavarria (220, fifth).

The top nine at Masters qualify for the CIF State championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield on March 6-7.
Northview scored its second CIF crown in as many weeks. The Vikings won the Central Division dual championship two weeks ago.
“It’s just an attitude,” said Padilla, who beat Sultana’s Allen Dromeo by fall in the 160 bout. “Big props to all 14 guys. Everyone won a match. It was great. A real team effort.”
Casillas won four matches by fall, including pinning Simi Valley’s Jacob Cam in the 120 final at 5:59.
Estrada scored his first divisional title by rallying past Ramirez, 3-3, in the 132 final.
“This kid has beaten me before, so I went in there knowing it would be a tough match,” Estrada said. “I felt if I kept my head in the right place, and was disciplined enough, I’d come away with the ‘W.’”
Gonzalez was dominant in winning at 113. He scored three wins by fall before beating Santa Maria’s Issac Sechslingloff, 12-0, in the final.
San Marino had five individual champions and won the team title over second-place Victor Valley at Lakeside High School in Elsinore.
The champions for San Marino where Zander Silva (113), Julian Flores (132), Evan Wick (138), Zander Wick (145) and Aaron Padilla (160).
The other area qualifiers were Bishop Amat’s Sydney Flores (103, fifth), Jonathon Ornelas (126, fourth), Nigel Ruiz (145, second) and Joshua Sapien (285, second); San Marino’s Sebastian Velasquez (126, third), Luke Troy (152, second) and Tino Maese (182, fifth) and La Canada’s David Vardanian (220, fifth).
Damien’s Patrick Sanchez, who was second at heavyweight, and Bassett’s Arturo Vasquez, who was fifth at 182, were the lone area qualifiers at Grand Terrace High School.
Montebello’s Nico Gomez (106) and California’s Richard Pocock (132) scored wins at Marina High School.
Also qualifying for Masters were Cal’s Christian Espinoza (106, second), Peter Rodriguez (152, fourth) and Alex Sotelo (160, third); La Serna’s Damien Valdez (106, third) and Nick Garcia (195, fourth); Gladstone’s Mario Barrios (113, third); Santa Fe’s Jose Peraza (132, third) and John Robles (182, third); Schurr’s Joseph Staley (145, fifth) and Efren Velez (170, fifth) and Duarte’s Angel Villanueva (285, second).
Sonora enjoyed a daily double with wins by Russell Rohlfing (126) and Josh Kawaguchi (132) at Ayala High School. Rohlfing was also lower-weight MVP.
Area qualifiers were Arroyo’s Minh Nguyen (120, second), Thien Luu (145, fifth) and Jose Flores (195, fifth); Charter Oak’s Vincent Zavala (120, fifth), Jack Castorena (138, fifth) and Antonio Zavala (152, second); West Covina’s Frank Lopez (126, fifth), Gabriel Maldonado (132, fifth), Silvio Caceres (160, third) and Tyler Ili (182, fourth); Gabrielino’s Jael Yanes (132, third); Walnut’s Micah Maes (152, fourth); Diamond Bar’s Derek Moss (160, fourth); South El Monte’s Josh Escobedo (170, third); South Hills’ Carlos Calderon (182, fifth) and Austin Moreno (285, third); Rosemead’s Adam Macias (285, fourth) and Sonora’s Chance Lyster (220, fifth).

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Girls Basketball: South Hills, Duarte advance to quarters; Arroyo, Walnut, West Covina also win

arroyofansArroyo reaches second round: Perseverance paid off for the Arroyo girls basketball team with a 47-43 win over Temple City in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A first-round playoff game on Saturday night.
The Knights, who have won eight consecutive games, will play at top-seeded Lakeside (Lake Elsinore) on Wednesday night at 7.
The Knights (18-9) took their first lead, 45-43, with 32.4 seconds left in the game when Naomi Aguilar made a layup and a free throw when she was fouled on the shot.
Temple City missed a 3-point attempt from the corner that would have won the game but Aguilar grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with one second left for the final margin.

CIF-Southern Section Girls Basketball Playoffs
Saturday’s Games
Division 1AA

Windward 58, Bishop Amat 29
Chino Hills 44, Lakewood 35
Lynwood 57, Diamond Bar 21
Division 2AA
Ayala 54, Anaheim Canyon 48
Walnut 70, Whittier 48
West Covina 48, Moreno Valley 32
Mira Costa 61, Rowland 42
Division 2A
Arroyo 47, Temple City 43
Second Round
Division 3AA

South Hills 56, Pacifica 37
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran 42, Los Altos 30
Lompoc Cabrillo 46, Covina 37
Division 4AA
Rosary 50, Bassett 31
Duarte 99, Ganesha 56

Wednesday’s second round
Division 1AA

Great Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Mira Costa at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Eisenhower, 7 p.m.
Ayala at Redondo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

Antelope Valley at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Harvard Westlake at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Saturday Recap: Alondra Reynoso scored with 15 seconds left in second overtime to lead San Dimas GWP to advance to the Semi-finals

Girls water polo
San Dimas 5, La Sierra 3 — Alondra Reynoso scored twice in second overtime to lead the Saints (20-10) to advance to the semi-finals against Foothill Tech. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory were goalie Shelby Garcia who had 15 saves, Natalie Molloy who scored twice and Hailey Gonzalez who scored one. San Dimas next game is on Wednesday at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach at 5 p.m.

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Friday Recap: Chino Boys Soccer defeats Ganesha 4-2 to continue on to the second round

Boys Soccer CIF

Boys soccer
Chino 4, Ganesha 2 — Blaine Quinzon, Gerardo Cobarrubias, Angel Flores and Adrian Lopez each scored a goal to lead the Cowboys (16-6-2) to the Division 5 first-round victory.
Covina 6, Hawthorne 0 — Jose Ortega scored twice for the Colts (11-8) in the Division 6 first-round match-up along with Anthony Aguinaga, Abner Ortega, Edgar Guadalupe, and Fernando Pinedo who all contributed one goal each.
Claremont 3, Upland 2 — Justin Munevar scored twice and Nick Loeffler scored a goal for the Wolfpack (17-1-4) in a Division 3 first-round playoff win.
Boys basketball
Los Altos 55, Arlington 45 — Christian Espinoza had 19 points and David Tolmachoff had nine points and 11 rebounds to lead the Conquerors (20-8) to the Division 3AA first-round win. Michael Barrera had nine points and Jayson Jones had seven points for Los Altos.
Ventura 66, Rowland 52 — Junior Hernandez had 16 points and seven rebounds and Derek Ohara had 15 points and five rebounds for the Raiders (18-9) but it was not enough in the Division 2AA first-round loss. Tyler Gachett had 14 points and four rebounds for Rowland.
Garden Grove 75, Arroyo 61 — Justin Alfonso, and Fabian Gomez both scored 10 points alongside Moises Munoz who had 19 points for the Knights (13-14) in a Division 2AA first-round loss.

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Boys Basketball playoffs: Glendora, Walnut advance; Bonita, Los Altos, Diamond Ranch move to quarterfinals

TARTANS WIN: Glendora played without guard A.J. Bigornia, who is battling a calf injury, but Robert Miller stepped up and poured in a game-high 24 points and Brandon Brothers finished with 17 points to lead the Tartans to a 62-42 Division 2AA first-round win over Saugus. Watch highlights and listen to what Miller, Brothers and center Joseph Alvarez said afterward.

Tartans get it done: The Glendora High School boys basketball team showed why it is seeded No. 2 in the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs by defeating Saugus 62-42 on Friday night to set up a second-round matchup with No. 15 Woodbridge on Tuesday.
The Tartans (24-4) held Saugus (13-16) to just four points in the first quarter before the offense got going, scoring 54 points in the final three quarters.
“The score was stuck at 3-2 for quite a few minutes. We came out really amped and not as relaxed offensively as we needed to be,” Glendora head coach Michael LeDuc said, “but that really helped us defensively. When we got into the flow of the game, we started slowing things down and relaxed and the shots started going down.”

Walnut wins easy: Eighth-seeded Walnut jumped out to a quick 13-point lead and went on to rout Paloma Valley 90-58 in a first-round game of the boys CIF Southern Section Division 1A basketball playoffs on Friday night.
The Mustangs (24-5) will face the winner of the game between Mayfair and Camarillo on Tuesday at a site to be determined.
“We had a great crowd tonight,” first-year Mustang coach Joe Khouzam said. “They got everyone pumped up and came out and started hitting some shots. Shooting is contagious and we got hot early.”

West Covina gets rolled: La Mirada High School looked every bit like the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A boys basketball playoffs Friday.
Anthony Newman scored 32 points, including nine 3-pointers, and the Matadores smothered visiting West Covina, 70-23, in their postseason opener.
Kendall Lauderdale added 16 points for La Mirada, which improved to 24-4 and will travel to Agoura, a 66-38 winner over Rio Mesa, in Tuesday’s second round. AJ Garcia had six points to lead the Bulldogs, who finished 12-16.

Friday’s First Round
Division 1A

Walnut 90, Paloma Valley 58
Division 2AA
Glendora 62, Saugus 42
Ventura 66, Rowland 54
Garden Grove 75, Arroyo 61
Division 2A
La Mirada 70, West Covina 23
Friday’s Second Round
Division 3AA
Bonita 81, Don Lugo 61
Diamond Ranch 43, El Dorado 33
Los Altos 55, Arlington 45
Division 3A
Leuzinger 46, Bishop Amat 43
Division 4AA
Crespi 61, Pomona 45
Oaks Christian 61, Covina 55
Morningside 63, Workman 50

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 1A

Mayfair at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Glendora at Woodbridge, 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

Diamond Ranch at San Marcos, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Buena Park, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Gahr, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s Open Division consolation
Damien at Alemany, 7 p.m.

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Sierra Vists wins in overtime; Covina, La Puente advance

Bishop Amat falls to Pasadena: If there was a time for Alex Hernandez to step into a key leadership role, Friday was it.
The junior had, by far, his biggest soccer game of his Pasadena High School career. He scored the first hat trick in school history and also had an assist to carry the host Bulldogs to a 4-1 CIF Southern Section Division 3 first-round playoff game.
“It is an unbelievable experience,” Hernandez said. “I can’t believe I scored three goals in a CIF game. To be honest, it’s all these guys. They did all the hard work for me. I just finished.”

CIF-Southern Section Boys Soccer Playoffs
Friday’s First Round

Division 3
Cathedral 5, Glendora 0
Damien 1, Yucaipa 0
Notre Vista 1, Diamond Bar 0, OT
Chino Hills 3, Knight 1
Pasadena 4, Bishop Amat 1
Claremont 3, Upland 2, OT
Division 4
Oak Hills 3, Duarte 0
Brea Olinda 3, Baldwin Park 2, OT
Sierra Vista 4, El Dorado 3, OT
Division 5
Arroyo 7, Environmental Charter 0
Garey 4, Mountain View 3
Adelanto 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Chino 4, Ganesha 2
Charter Oak 0, El Monte 0, Charter Oak wins in PKs 4-3
La Puente 6, Crossroads 5
Division 6
Covina 4, Hawthorne MSA 0
Nogales 1, Desert Mirage 1, Desert advancees on PKs, 4-1
Rowland 1, Pasadena Poly 0

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Orange Lutheran stuns Damien in first game of Open Division, 60-59; Also read how I would change format

By Fred Robledo
LA VERNEThat was quick.
Damien’s first trip to the CIf-Southern Section Open Division boys basketball playoffs, which takes the best 16 teams in the section and drops them into a super division, was not what it hoped it would be.
Orange Lutheran, seeded 12th, stunned fifth-seed Damien 60-59 in the first round on Thursday, sending Damien to the consolation bracket where it will face Alemany on the road Wednesday.
Orange Lutheran’s CJ Hankins knocked in a team-high 20 points, scoring 16 in the second half and Keisean Lucier-South finished with 17 points for the Lancers (22-5), who will take on Corona Centennial in the quarterfinals.

How I would change the format: I love the concept of the Open Division, but if you’re going to sacrifice the best teams in all 11 divisions for our enjoyment, make it worth it for them and us. In a traditional 32 team bracket, it takes 5 games to win a championship. What I would do is split the 16 Open teams into four groups of four. Just like the World Cup seed four 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s, put them in a hat and have a draw to formulate four even groups. We would be arguing who’s in the group of death. Each group plays three round-robin games to determine a group winner. Think of the excitement of watching the best go at for at least three games. This makes going to the Open worth it for everyone, especially the teams selected. Who wants to lose and go to a consolation bracket anyway? And it would guarantee that all of the teams get at least one home game, which they deserve. The Group winners then go to the Final Four with two games to determine a champion. Just like a 32-team bracket, it still takes five games to win it and it’s much more exciting for everyone.

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Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat rallies late, beats Beckman in PKs; Hailey Zerbel scores twice in South Hills win; Los Altos, Duarte, Sierra Vista, Diamond Ranch also advance

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Girls Soccer update: Bishop Amat scored in the final moments of injury time on a Hanna Armendariz penalty kick to send the game into overtime against Beckman. Then the Lancers won in PKs, 3-0 to advance. Camila Garcia scored three goals in South El Monte’s 3-2 win over Santa Ana and South Hills’ Hailey Zerbel scored both in the Huskies’ 2-1 win over South Torrance.


CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Thursday’s first round
Division 2

Bishop Amat 1, Beckman 1, Amat advances in PKs 3-0
Division 3
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1
Diamond Ranch 1, Pasadena Poly 1, Diamond Ranch advances in PKs
Los Altos 3, Chadwick 0
Division 5
Lindfield Christian 2, Rowland 1
Viewpoint 2, San Dimas 0
Division 6
Rosemead at Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0
Duarte 3, Archer 0
South El Monte 4, Santa Ana Valley 2
Division 7
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1
Vistamar 8, Ganesha 0

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2
Murrieta Mesa at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
South Hills at Buena, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Yorba Olinda at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Quartz Hill at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Rialto, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Maranatha, 3 p.m.
Duarte at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Grace Brethren at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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Girls Basketball playoffs: South Hills, Covina, Los Altos all advance

South Hills makes it look easy: South Hills led the Tribune girls basketball rankings from wire to wire this season.
The Huskies played the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs the same way, as they coasted to a 76-41 victory over Gahr on Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (21-6) will play at No. 11 seed Pacifica of Garden Grove at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
The Huskies were on fire from beyond the 3-point line, hitting seven of 10 shots in the first quarter on their way to a 26-8 lead and they never looked back.

Covina cruises to win: The Covina High School girls basketball team validated its No. 11 seed with a lopsided victory over Monrovia, 51-23, Thursday night to advance to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3A playoffs.
By halftime, the Colts (19-9) had a 25-10 lead, and that was all they would have needed offensively after holding the Wildcats (7-16) to just 13 second-half points.
The defense stepped up for Covina, forcing Remy Hare and Stephanie Perez into 18 combined turnovers. Mariah Sierra and Diana Navarro led the Colts’ defensive effort with seven and six steals, respectively.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Today’s first-round
Division 3AA
Calabasas 65, Baldwin Park 42
South Hills 76, Gahr 41
Gabrielino 56, Diamond Ranch 40
Sonora 64, El Monte 28
Division 3A
Los Altos 38, Azusa 34
Brentwood 52, South El Monte 39
Covina 51, Monrovia 23
Barstow 64, Pomona 38
Yucca Valley 51, San Dimas 38
Orange Lutheran 67, Wilson 19
Division 4AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 56, St. Lucy’s 37

Saturday’s Games
Division 1AA

Bishop Amat at Windward, 5 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Lynwood, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Whittier at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Second Round
Division 3AA
South Hills at Pacifica, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: Freshman goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded a shutout to lead Sierra Vista to 3-0 girls soccer win in a First-Round playoff match

Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0 — Freshman goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded a shutout and Maria Hernandez, Zitlali Jimenez and Samantha Loza each scored a goal for the Dons (19-4-1) in a Division 6 first-round match.
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1 — Hailey Zerbel scored twice to lead the Huskies (16-5) to the Division 3 first-round playoff win.
Duarte 3, Archer 0 — Ruth Macdonaugh, Lindsay Lathrop and Stephanie Flores each scored a goal and goalie Alexa Moreno recorded a shutout to lead the Falcons (13-5-1) to the Division 6 first-round playoff win.
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1 — Monique Escobedo and Victoria Barragan each scored a goal to lead the Red Devils (11-7) to the Division 7 first-round victory. Hannah Isidoro had an assist for Pomona.
Girls water polo
San Dimas 10, Savanna 9 — Madi Egan and Hailey Gonzalez each scored four goals in double sudden death overtime for the Saints (19-10) in a Division 7 first-round playoff victory.
Bonita 17, Camarillo 9 — Amanda Legaspi scored seven goals and Erin Gonzalez had three goals and two assists to lead the Bearcats (14-5) to advance to the quarter-finals against Mission Viejo on Saturday. Also contributing to Bonita’s win were goalie Rachel Garwick who had seven saves, Kirra Hemric and Ciara Dennison who both scored twice and Claire Turner who scored a goal and had five assists.

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Bonita, Covina, Los Altos, Workman, Bishop Amat all open boys basketball playoffs with first round wins

Workman beats neighboring San Dimas in opener: The No. 11 seed Workman High School boys basketball team saw a 22-point fourth-quarter lead be nearly completely erased, but held on to defeat San Dimas 68-60 to advance the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs on Wednesday night.
The Saints (11-16) trailed 58-36 at the start of the fourth quarter, but went on a 24-5 run to cut the lead to 63-60 in the final two minutes of the game.

South El Monte falls short: Legendary La Canada High boys basketball coach Tom Hofman liked what he saw so much from his team in the first quarter on Wednesday that he wished aloud that he could bottle some of it for use later in the playoffs.
The Spartans erupted in the first quarter, knocking down nine 3-pointers, and never looked back in a 69-33 win over South El Monte in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.
“That might be a school record for points in a quarter, it’s close,” Hofman said. “It’s definitely a school record for points in a first quarter. We were really on fire. We took good shots and made them. It would be nice to bottle that.”

Bonita cruises past Sulatana: Sultana boys basketball coach Jay Harrie thought his team was in good position when it finished the first quarter tied with third-seeded Bonita. But the Bearcats dominated after that and pulled away for an 86-56 win in a first-round CIF Southern Section Division 3AA contest Wednesday night at Bonita.
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40 — Josh Andarza had 11 points and Christian Mora had nine points to lead the Lancers (20-8) to the Division 3A first-round victory.
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 48 — Chidi Udengwu had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Roman Silva had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Panthers (18-8) in a Division 3AA first-round playoff win. Tyler McLean had nine assists and nine rebounds for Diamond Ranch.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first round results
Division 3AA

Pasadena 57, Rosemead 32
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 58
Bonita 86, Sultana 36
Los Altos 64, Baldwin Park 37
Palm Desert 78, El Monte 41
Division 3A
Palos Verdes 51, Wilson 49
Tahquitz 62, Charter Oak 32
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40
La Canada 69, South El Monte 33
Division 4AA
Pomona 72, Estancia 37
Covina 67, Yucca Valley 35
Workman 68, San Dimas 60
Division 4A
La Salle 69, Duarte 47

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Boys Soccer playoffs: Bishop Amat crushes Palmdale 5-1 behind two goals each from Brandon Arconado and Havier Zaragosa; Andre Gamboa with three in Diamond Bar rout

The Bishop Amat boys soccer team had reason to feel slighted when the CIF-SS Division 3 pairings were released. How could a team with just one loss all season to Cathedral, the top seed and arguably one of the best in Southern California, have to play in a wild card after finishing second to Cathedral in the Del Rey, and also boasting a 4-4 tie against them earlier in the year?
It made no sense and Amat showed how silly it was with an easy 5-1 victory over Palmdale in Wednesday’s wild card, advancing the Lancers (12-1-4) to Friday’s first-round game against Pacific League champion Pasadena.
David Cabral scored 30 seconds into the match and freshman Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice.
Zaragosa drew a penalty kick and finished it himself in the 12th minute, and added another in the 30th to give Amat a 3-0 lead.
Arconado, also a stud receiver for the Lancers in football, scored in the sixth minute and finished things off in the 70th.
Zaragosa and Arcondado spoke following the game, as did Pasadena coach Cherif Zein in the stands to watch. Watch and listen to what they had to say … In another D-3 game, Diamond Bar’s scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas added two give the Brahmas and easy 5-0 win over Templeton. Diamond Bar is another team that had no business having to play in a wild card.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s Wild Card games
Division 3

Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0
Chino Hills 7, Muir 1
Glendora 2, Beckman 0

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Wednesday Recap: Andre Gamboa scored three goals to lead Diamond Bar to win the Division 3 wild card match

Boys soccer
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0 — Andre Gamboa scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas scored twice for the Brahmas (17-5-2) in a Division 3 wild card victory.
Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1 — Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice to lead the Lancers (12-1-4) to advance to Friday’s first-round game against the Pacific League champions Pasadena High School. David Cabral scored a goal for Bishop Amat in the Division 3 wild card match.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 13, Monrovia 2 — Goalie Destiny Ramirez had 13 saves and Katie Fugit had five goals, five assists, and five steals to lead the Chargers (25-5) to the Division 5 first-round victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s win were Sarah Adams who had four goals and six assists and Devynn Stein who scored three goals.
Boys basketball
San Gabriel Academy 83, Heritage Christian 46 — The Eagles (14-9) won the Division 4A first-round contest against the Warriors.

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Tuesday Recap: Ganesha girls soccer win 3-1 and take the CIF SS Division 7 wild card victory

CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s wild card games

Division 5
Cathedral City 2, Covina 0
Division 6
Marshall 2, Baldwin Park 1: Early-round playoff home games are ones to cherish.
The Marshall High girls soccer team certainly loved its home-field advantage in its wild-card game in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles bounced their way along the natural grass, and in parts, dirt, en route to a 2-1 victory over Baldwin Park.
“It was a little crucial,” Marshall freshman Samantha Ramirez said. “It brought a lot of nerves with all the people that I know that are here, but we practice here every day, so we’re used to he field.”

Division 7
Ganesha 3, Southland Christian 1 — Alondra Castro, Ireni Melchor and Jamie Lopez each scored a penalty kick for the Giants (11-11-1) in a CIF SS Division 7 wild card victory. Goalie Mikael Wilson had 25 saves for Ganesha.

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Saturday’s RJ Baseball classic a doozy; San Dimas vs. Covina; South Hills vs. Bishop Amat … Also, who are the area’s best?

The official start of the spring season when games actually count is Saturday, March 28, but for area fans there is nothing better than Saturday’s Spring Baseball Preview with the annual RJ Classic at Maverick Park in West Covina. San Dimas takes on Northview at 3 p.m., followed by South Hills vs. Bishop Amat at 7 p.m. In the meantime, I’m working on next week’s baseball preview. Any thoughts on the area’s top ten? Who’s No. 1. I welcome all your thoughts


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Girls Soccer playoff pairings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, Sierra Vista hoping for deep playoff runs

The CIF-SS girls soccer pairings found here


Girls Playoff pairings story: The Bishop Amat girls soccer team has won two CIF-Southern Section championships and advanced to four finals games under coach Ruben Gonzalez in the past decade, but the Lancers were rarely ranked in the Division 2 polls most of the season, an indication that some think the Lancers aren’t ready after competing so many years at the lower levels.
The Lancers won the Del Rey League and outscored their opponents 33-4, but with only a 17-7 overall record they have much to prove following the release of the CIF-SS playoff pairings Monday.
Bishop Amat, the lone area team in Division 2, will host Beckman, a third-place squad from the Pacific Coast league in the first round on Thursday.

Division 2
Thursday’s first round

Beckman at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

South Torrance at South Hills, 3 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Los Altos at Chadwick, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Cathedral City at Covina, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Rowland at Linfield Christian, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana-Viewpoint winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Covina-Cathedral winner at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Tuesday’s wild card

Calvary Murrieta at Rosemead
Baldwin Park at Marshall
Thursday’s first round
Calvary Murrieta-Rosemead winner at No. 1 Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Lakeside-Valley Christian winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana Valley at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Archer at Duarte, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Tuesday’s wild card

Southland Christian at Ganesha, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Garey at Alverno, 3 p.m.
Ramona Convent-Desert Hot Springs winner at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Boys soccer pairings: Damien hoping for run in D-3; Baldwin Park hoping to repeat in D-4

The CIF-SS boys soccer pairings released and posted here.


BOYS SOCCER STORY: Area boys soccer teams started making postseason plans following the CIF-Southern Section pairings on Monday.
No area teams earned top seeds and in tough Division 3, only Baseline league champ Damien will not have to play a wild card to get into the first round.
Instead, Damien will host the winner of Wednesday’s wild card between Glendale and Yucaipa in the first round on Friday.
In Division 3 wild cards Wednesday, Glendora is home against Beckman, but the winner will have to take on top seed Cathedral, a nationally recognized program and heavy favorite to win it all.

Division 3

Wednesday’s wild-card
Glendora at Beckman, 3 p.m.
Templeton at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Palmdale at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Glendora-Beckman winner at No. 1 Cathedral, 3 p.m.
Yucaipa-Glendale winner at Damien, 3 p.m.
Templeton-Diamond Bar winner at Notre Vista, 3 p.m.
Palmdale-Bishop Amat winner at Pasadena, 3 p.m.
Division 4
Friday’s first-round

Duarte at Oak Hills, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista at El Dorado, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Friday’s first round

Mountain View at Garey, 3 p.m.
Adelanto at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 3 Arroyo Valley, 3 p.m.
Charter Oak at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Crossroads at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Friday’s first round
Hawthorne MSA at Covina, 3 p.m.
Nogales at Desert Mirage, 3 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Rowland, 3 p.m.

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Former San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow moving to Oregon to become head football coach at Tualatin High

San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow, who brought the Saints’ program to relevance over the past decade by winning two CIF-SS championships and making three finals appearances, is moving to Oregon to become the head football coach at Tualatin High School. It is rumored that some of Zernickow’s longtime assistants may take their families and join him as well.
Tualatin is roughly 10 miles from Portland.
“My family and staff can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Zernickow said. “Life is full of adventures and experiences. This new adventure was just too perfect to pass up. How many times in life can you actively teach your family how to trust in God and take a leap of faith.”
Zernickow certainly likes challenges, the Tualatin Timberwolves were 0-9 last season.
“I love the challenge,” Zernickow said. “Can’t wait to get started. I remember before I took the San Dimas job people told me I’d never win.”
Zernickow compiled an 87-37 record in 10 years with the Saints, winning four Valle Vista League titles with CIF championships in the Mid-Valley Division in 2009 and 2013.
After Zernickow resigned Dec. 1, the school hired one of his longtime assistants, Mark Holman, to take over the Saints’ football program.

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CIF boys basketball pairings: Damien and Glendora highlight the draw

The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and can be viewed by clicking the link. All the local pairings are listed below. The Open Division was released Friday with Damien earning a fifth seed and drawing 12th seed Orange Lutheran. Damien will host its first round game on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Story: Glendora coach Mike LeDuc has won over 1,000 games and has led the Tartans to four CIF-Southern Section championships during his tenure.
The legendary coach will get a chance to chase his fifth following the release of the boys basketball pairings on Sunday.
Glendora earned the second seed in Division 2AA and will host Foothill at-large Saugus in the first round Friday at 7 p.m.


Thursday’s first round
Top Bracket

No. 16 JW North at No. 1 Bishop Montgomery
No. 9 Cathedral at No. 8 Redondo Union
No. 12 Orange Lutheran at No. 5 Damien
No. 13 Alemany at No. 4 Corona Centennial
Bottom Bracket
No. 14 St. John Bosco at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
No. 11 Cantwell Sacred Heart at No. 6 Etiwanda
No. 10 Chino Hills at No. 7 Long Beach Poly
No. 15 Price at No. 2 Mater Dei

Wednesday’s first round
Division 3AA

Rosemead at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Norte Vista at No. 5 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Sultana at No. 3 Bonita, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at No. 7 Los Altos, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Palm Desert, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Palos Verdes at No. 9 Wilson, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at No. 3 Tahquitz, 7 p.m.
Shadow Hills at No. 6 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Estancia at No. 16 Pomona, 7 p.m.
Yucca Valley at No. 13 Covina, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 11 workman, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
No. 9 La Salle at Duarte, 7 p.m.

Friday’s First Round
Division 1A
Paloma Valley at No. 8 Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Saugus at No. 2 Glendora, 7 p.m.
Rowland at No. 12 Ventura
Arroyo at Garden Grove
Division 2A
West Covina at No. 1 La Mirada

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CIF-SS Girls Basketball pairings: South Hills and Duarte have best chance

The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and can be viewed by clicking the link. All the local pairings are listed below.


Story: The South Hills High School girls basketball team led the area rankings from nearly start to finish and was awarded a sixth seed when the CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoff pairings were announced on Sunday.
The Palomares league champion Huskies open the Division 3AA playoffs at home Thursday against Gahr.
Also in 3AA, Montview League runner-up Baldwin Park will host No. 14 Calabasas while El Monte visits No. 4 Sonora and Diamond Ranch travels to No. 10 Gabrielino.


Thursday’s first round
Division 3AA
Baldwin Park at No. 14 Calbasas, 7 p.m.
El Monte at No. 4 Sonora, 7 p.m.
Gahr at No. 6 South Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at No. 10 Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at No. 1 Orange Lutheran, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Los Altos at Azusa, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 6 Brentwood, 7 p.m.
Monrovia at No. 11 Covina, 7 p.m.
Pomona at No. 10 Barstow, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 15 Yucca Valley, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary-Granite Hills winner at Bassett (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.
No. 13 St. Lucy’s at No. 11 Flintridge Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s first-round
Division 1AA
Bishop Amat at No. 1 Windward, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at No. 5 Lynwood, 7 p.m
Division 2AA
Whittier at No. 14 Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at No. 7 Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
No. 15 West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at No. 2 Mira Costa
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.

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