Breaking News: Glendora’s legendary basketball coach Mike LeDuc is leaving to return to Damien

“I think the timing was right,” Mike LeDuc said. “I always thought I would go back to Damien. But there was never the opportunity to go back until now. I think it’s a good fit.”
By Steve Ramirez
Mike LeDuc is returning to where it all began.
LeDuc, arguably the best boys basketball coach in area history who earned legendary status at Glendora High School, is returning to Damien, where he coached from 1979-86. Damien announced the move on Monday.
LeDuc succeeds Matt Dunn, who left for St. John Bosco after guiding Damien to the CIF-State Division III title.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” LeDuc said. “Matt has done a great job building that program to a high level. For me, it’s about going home, to where I started. It’s come full circle.”LeDuc built quite a resume at Glendora and in 35 years as a head coach has won 826 games, including 702 with the Tartans.
At Glendora LeDuc won four CIF-Southern Section titles with seven trips to the divisional finals and 15 league championships.
Glendora was 25-5 and shared the Palomares League title this past season.His former players include area legends Tracy Murry and Casey Jacobson. His career win total ranks fourth all-time in California.

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Undefeated San Dimas earns top seed in D-3 Baseball Playoffs; Glendora No. 3 and South Hills No. 4 in D-2


STORY: The chase for perfection will begin Thursday for the undefeated San Dimas (28-0) High School baseball team after officially being named the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs Monday.
The Valle Vista League champions are hoping to become the first Southern Section team to run the table since Ontario finished 26-0 in 1991. Chatsworth, from the Los Angeles City Section, was the last California team to accomplish the feat, finishing 35-0 in 2004.
San Dimas, which also could be chasing a mythical national title after jumping to the top spot in USA Today’s most recent national poll, will host the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between La Quinta and Palmdale in Thursday’s first-round at 3:15 p.m.

CIF-SS Local Baseball Playoff Pairings
Division 2

Wednesday’s wild card
Burbank at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Bonita at Cajon, 3:15 p.m.
Rio Mesa at No. 4 South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Burbank-Damien wc winner at No. 3 Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Tuesday’s wild card

Los Altos at Northwood, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Elsinore, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
La Quinta-Palmdale WC winner at No. 1 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m
St. Paul at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Arroyo Grande, 3:15 p.m.
Palos Verdes-Culver City wc winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Redondo Union, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Templeton at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Windward-Bishop Montgomery wc winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
San Marino-Desert Hot Springs wc winner at Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF-Southern Section softball pairings: Edgewood, San Dimas, South Hills all home

STORY: The area’s best high school softball teams figure to have a tough time competing in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs after being moved to much tougher divisions this past season.
Teams from the Hacienda and Palomares leagues learned its fate on Monday following the playoff pairings and the road is difficult for sure.
Charter Oak, which shared the Hacienda League title with Chino, will compete with the best-of-the-best in Division 1 for the first time in more than a decade.
The Chargers, which lost the tiebreaker with Chino to finish second in the Hacienda, will be on the road in Thursday’s first round at Placentia Valencia, which finished second in the Foothill league.

CIF-Southern Section Area Softball parings
Division 1
Thursday’s first round

Los Altos at No. 4 Murrieta Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Placentia Valencia, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Thursday’s first round

Oxnard Pacifica at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Paso Robles at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

Bishop Amat at San Jacinto, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card

El Monte at Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
Lancaster at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Woodcrest Christian-El Sedundo wc winner at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Morro Bay at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Victor Valley at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago at Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Santa Monica Catholic, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Silverado, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Moreno Valley, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF-SS tennis second round, quarterfinal matchups

Division 1
Friday’s second round
San Marino 14, Mira Costa 4
Monday’s quarterfinals
No. 4 seed University at San Marino
Division 2
Friday’s second round
Crean Lutheran 9, Pasadena Poly 9, Crean wins on games, 81-65
No. 2 seed Arcadia 11, Valencia 7
Saturday’s second round
Walnut 10, Crescenta Valley 8
Diamond Bar 9, Villa Park 9, Diamond Bar wins on games, 80-72
Monday’s quarterfinals
Walnut at No. 4 seed Sage Hill
No. 3 seed San Clemente at Diamond Bar
No. 2 seed Arcadia at Crean Luthran
Division 4
Friday’s second round
Rowland 10, Los Osos 8
Chino Hills 11, No. 3 seed Keppel 7
Westminster 13, Covina 5
No. 2 seed Redlands 18, La Serna 0
Saturday’s second round
No. 4 seed Maranatha 10, Webb 8
Monday’s quarterfinals
Rowland at No. 4 seed Maranatha
Division 5
Friday’s second round
Downey 14, Duarte 4
Saturday’s second round
Arroyo 12, Savanna 6
Monday’s quarterfinals
No. 4 seed Alta Loma at Arroyo

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Saturday Recap: Diamond Bar boys tennis advances to the CIF quarterfinals

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Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 9, Villa Park 9 (Diamond Bar won in games 80-72) — Neil Tengbumroong swept in singles and the team of David Chee and Russell Chen swept in doubles to lead the Brahmas (16-2) to advance to the CIF quarterfinals against San Clemente on Monday at 3 p.m.

Nogales 5, Covina 3 — Chase Martinez got the win and Juliana Percell hit a three-run homer to lead the Nobles (16-7,6-4) to clinch second place in the Valle Vista League.

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Glendora girls finish second at CIF-SS D2 swim championships

 The 200 yard medley relay during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Glendora finished in second place. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The 200 yard medley relay during the CIF division 2 swimming finals in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Glendora finished in second place. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

RIVERSIDE >> Sonora High School’s Taylor Ault and Arcadia’s Tenny Chong were two of the area’s top swimmers throughout this season and both lived up to the billing on Saturday.
Ault won the 200-yard and 500 freestyles and Chong the 50 free to highlight the area’s efforts at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 swimming championships at Riverside City College.
La Canada’s Dane Bell and Sonora’s Simon Lamar were the other area winners, sharing the 500 free with a time of 4:29.63.
Ault used a late surge to win the 200 free, finishing in 1 minute, 46.07 seconds. Ayala’s Kenisha Liu (1:47), who led most of the race, was second.
“I’m a back-half swimmer,” Ault said. “It’s usually one of my strengths. I was just hoping I could keep going, and was happy I did.”
Ault was dominant in the 500, easily winning with a time of 4:43.46.
“It’s really good (to win CIF),” Ault said. “I won last year, and I had better times this year, so it feels really good.”
Chong was happy to win the 50 free for another reason.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Chong said. “When I was little, I always wanted to be like my brother, because he always won CIF. He’s like my role model and I’m glad I could match him.”
Chong, the top qualifier in the 50, led from start to finish with a time of 20.87. He was also fourth in the 100 backstroke (51.20).
“When I dove in (for the 50), I had my doubts,” Wong said. “After the turn, when I streamlined, I saw the guy on my right, and he was in front of my, but I’m really good the last 15 yards. It felt good.”
Bell was also fourth in the 200 free (1:41.44)
The Glendora girls team, which finished second to Crean Lutheran of Irvine in the team competition, has solid efforts from Catherine Sanchez, who was second in the 100 fly (0:54.51) and third in the 200 free (1:50.04); Jackie Basham, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.09), and Alexis Margett (54.73) and Gisel Olvera (56.35), who were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.
Other top performances by locals were South Pasadena’s Garrett Tse, who was fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:52.21); Damien’s Richie Campbell, who was fourth in the 50 free (21.31) and San Marino’s Javier Lopez, who was second in the 100 fly (49.85).
The Glendora girls also finished second in the 200 medley (1:46.12) and 200 free (1:36.92) relays.

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Glendora rocks South Hills 5-0 to capture the Palomares League title

South Hills, Glendora photo gallery

glendoraSTORY: Glendora (22-7, 10-4) won the Palomares League baseball title with a 5-0 victory over South Hills (19-8-1, 9-5-1) on Friday behind a five-hit shutout from senior pitcher Austin Isenhart, who also had four strikeouts. Glendora will enter the Division 2 playoffs as the league’s top entry and South Hills will enter as No. 2.
The third playoff spot will come down to Bonita’s (20-9, 8-6) game at Claremont on Saturday at 9 a.m. Ayala (16-12, 9-6) beat Diamond Bar 7-1 on Friday to force Bonita to come up with a win to knock the Bulldogs out. Bonita owns the tiebreaker against Ayala having beaten the Bulldogs three times, but with Ayala’s win Friday, it means Bonita must win on Saturday to advance, otherwise Ayala gets the Palomares’ third entry. The playoff pairings are announced on Monday at 9 a.m.

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Rowland’s Michael Wang sets CIF-SS Division 4 record in 100 freestyle

Division 4 swim photo gallery
DIVISION 4 SWIM FINALS: Rowland’s Michael Wang nearly collected two CIF-SS titles himself. The senior finished second in the 200 freestyle and not only did he win the 100 freestyle, he set a CIF-SS Division 4 record.
Wang’s 100 freestyle felt so fast, he thought his time was going to be lower than the record 45.58 seconds.
“I thought I was going faster,” Wang said. “I wanted to be under 45 seconds for sure.”
As a junior Wang notched a time of less than 43 seconds in the 100 freestyle. When he made the final turn more than a body length ahead of the closest competitor, he had visions of a similar result.Earlier in the meet, Wang placed second in the 200 freestyle in 1:40.77. Bringing home a CIF-SS title and a meet record was no small haul for the senior.

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Baldwin Park’s Paco Perez, rumored to transfer out, posts on twitter he’s staying at Baldwin Park

HE’S STAYING: In a recent post on Aram’s In the Huddle Five Burning Questions, he asked about the potential of Baldwin Park’s 6-foot-5 standout offensive lineman Francisco “Paco” Perez possibly transferring to Bishop Amat, Cathedral, La Mirada or somewhere else given Perez’s potential at the next level. But Perez, who has offers from Arizona State, Washington State, California, Stanford, Texas Tech, Kansas State and others, answered that question emphatically on twitter today announcing he isn’t leaving Baldwin Park.
Interesting isn’t it? It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a high school athlete announce on Twitter that he ISN’T transferring. Get use to it, this is where we’re going with social media. At the same time, good for Perez because nine out of ten times a player of his level would leave his friends behind for greener pastures. I guess he realized whether he’s at Mater Dei or Baldwin Park, his offers aren’t going to change.

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CIF-SS volleyball quarterfinals are set

Five San Gabriel Valley-area teams are in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section volleyball quarterfinals. Matches scheduled for 7 p.m.
Division 2
Thursday’s second round
Aliso Niguel def. La Canada 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.
Camarillo def. South Pasadena 25-18, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21
Division 3
Thursday’s second round
San Gabriel def. Bishop Montgomery 13-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-21
Saturday’s quarterfinals
San Gabriel at No. 1 seed El Segundo
Division 4
Thursday’s second round
Flintridge Prep def. Rio Mesa, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 15-12
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Flintridge Prep at No. 2 seed Bellflower
Division 5
Thursday’s second round
No. 1 seed Damien def. Indian Springs 25-9, 25-10, 25-14
Oakwood def. La Serna 25-19, 25-21, 25-18
No. 4 seed Santa Fe def. San Gabriel Academy 25-14, 25-20, 25-23
Ontario Christian def. West Covina 25-17, 18-25, 25-18, 22-25, 17-15
El Rancho def. Vistamar 25-2, 25-19, 25-23
Saturday’s quarterfinals
No. 1 seed Damien at Oakwood
Ganesha at No. 4 seed Santa Fe
El Rancho at No. 2 seed Arrowhead Christian

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