South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart resigns

South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart, who was the Tribune coach of the year in 2010 while with Baldwin Park and a divisional coach of the year that season, resigned as head coach of South Hills after a 7-20 season.
“Things just didn’t work out as planned going from Baldwin Park to here,” Hart said. “I didn’t get the development I had hoped and with sother personal things, I thought it was time.”

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Girls Water Polo All-Area: Los Altos’ Brooke Contreras named player of the year

By Keith Lair

Brooke Contreras has always thought of herself as a defensive stalwart.
“I am mostly a defensive player on my club team and I only play defense,” she said. “But my dad (Los Altos co-head coach Bobby Contreras) told me to become more of an offensive player and a defensive player.”
The sophomore scored 136 goals, 50 more than her freshman year. She also had 35 assists.
“Who doesn’t like scoring?” she said.
But it’s still not her forte.
“Defense wins games,” she said. “I like playing both. I have to make sure my offense is better and he (father Contreras) made me more of an offensive player.”

She scored with 1:27 to play to break a tie in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game and give the Conquerors an 8-7 victory over heavily favored Palm Desert.
She had 67 steals and drew 22 ejections, which helped the Conquerors create power-play situations.
“Winning the CIF title was amazing,” she said. “All of that hard work paid off. I can’t believe we won it. We worked so hard, going to morning practice and then to afternoon practice.”
It gives Brooke her first championship ring. Her brother, Justin, was selected the Tribune Player of the Year in the fall. But the senior failed to get a ring. The Conquerors lost in the CIF-SS Division 5 title game.
“I’ll be teasing him for weeks and weeks,” Brooke said.
It was the first time that the Conquerors have won a CIF-SS girls title in water polo.

San Dimas High School has had a girls water polo program for only two years, Danny Feola beginning the program only last year. The Saints finished second in the Valle Vista League in their inaugural season and then went undefeated in league play this season.
But it was in the playoffs that the Saints shined this season. They defeated Savanna in sudden death overtime in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs. The Saints had two blocked shots in a 5-3 quarterfinal victory over La Sierra before falling to eventual division champion Foothill Technology of Ventura in the semifinals. San Dimas finished the season 20-11.
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, senior
Sarah Adams, Charter Oak, junior
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, senior
Erin Gonzales, Bonita, senior
Victoria Mezack, Los Altos, senior
Shelby Garcia, San Dimas, junior, goalkeeper
Amanda Legaspi, Bonita, freshman
Devin Holcomb, St. Lucy’s, junior
Katie Fugnit, Charter Oak, sophomore
Kaitlyn Eng, Los Altos, senior
Samantha Murillo, Los Altos, senior, goalkeeper
Kirra Hemric, Bonita, sophomore
Hailey Gonzalez, San Dimas, junior
Rachel Garwick, Bonita, junior, goalkeeper
BASELINE: Los Osos (21-10)
PALOMARES: Ayala (23-7)
HACIENDA: Charter Oak (26-6), Los Altos (26-7)
VALLE VISTA: San Dimas (20-11)
MIRAMONTE: Workman (6-5)

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CCCAA Basketball Championships: Mt. SAC women, East Los Angeles women lose title games

By Stephen Ramirez
Mt. San Antonio College waited a year for a chance to get back to the California Community College Athletic Association women’s basketball title game.
The wait for state championship No. 7 will be a little longer.
Michelle Townsend hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left and Chabot, of Hayward, upset top the No. 1 Mounties, 63-58, in the CCCAA title game Sunday at Cerritos College.
Morgan Green scored 26 points and Townsend had 15 for the Gladiators, who finished 31-3 and won their first state championship.

Mt. SAC’s Priscilla Lopez drives the baseline on Chabot’s Brianna Booker during Sunday’s CCCAA women’s championship game. photo by blaine ohigashi

Mt. SAC’s Priscilla Lopez drives the baseline on Chabot’s Brianna Booker during Sunday’s CCCAA women’s championship game. photo by blaine ohigashi

Priscilla Lopez had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for Mt. SAC, which finished 34-1. The Mounties lost in the title game last season.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow said. “I know myself and the young ladies, we’re all hurting. We set goals at the beginning of the year and we were able to set all of them, except this one. But it doesn’t diminish the fact they were 34-1 and they played hard every game.
“It’s a little disappointing, but it’s life. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. Unfortunately, we came up on the wrong end.”
It seemed to be there for the taking for Mt. SAC, which used an 18-5 blitz for a 32-28 lead at halftime. But the Mounties couldn’t shake Chabot, which got a 3-pointer from Green and two inside shots from Alana Simon (17 points) to draw even at 58 with 1:35 to play.
Townsend then hit a 3-pointer for a 61-58 lead before Lopez and Youngblood missed 3-pointers with 30 seconds left and Lopez was long on a short jumper in the final seconds.
“Not being able to hit shots down the stretch hurt us,” Crichlow said. “We made some mistakes late, and it hurt us. It’s a tough way to go out this way when you fought so hard to get here.”

The Huskies, after an incredible run from No. 13 seed to the title game, finally ran out of magical moments.
Conor Clifford scored 16 points and the Gauchos (32-2) closed with a 10-2 run to secure their third CCCAA title since 2002 and deny the Huskies their first.
Marquis Salmon had 15 points for East Los Angeles, which finished 23-10. The Huskies had a chance to tie it late. But Te’Shon Burton missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left and Saddleback’s Dusty Baker intercepted a pass at the buzzer.

“We just didn’t execute down the stretch,” East L.A coach John Mosley said. “It was a little loud,a little noisy. We didn’t get a good possession at the end. But I’m proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished.”

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San Dimas beats Bonita 2-1 in Dicks Baseball tourney final behind Peter Lambert complete game

STORY: Bonita learned the hard way that you have to be as close to perfect as possible if you’re going to beat San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.
An unearned run that scored without the aid of a hit was the difference in San Dimas’ 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament.
Lambert, who was named the tournament’s MVP, backed up last week’s 13-strikeout complete game shutout performance over South Hills with another gem, striking out nine Bearcats while allowing just one run in another complete game.
“Lots of fun,” said Lambert of the atmosphere around the game. “Against our arch-rival from across town, I wanted the ball and our team did well.”

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Damien survives sloppy finish to beat Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach CIF-State Division III regional semifinals

GAME STORY: Except for Damien nearly self destructing down the stretch, the Spartans did reach a historic milestone in the CIF State Southern California Division III regional quarterfinals Saturday night.

Second-seed Damien led by as many as 18 points before fending off pesky 10th seed Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.

Senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 21 points but wasn’t happy with how his team finished with several turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes that allowed the Sea Kings to get close.

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South Hills’ dream girls basketball season ends with 66-49 loss to top seed Brea Olinda in D-3 state quarterfinals

By John Honell
The incredible run of the under-sized, under-manned, over-achieving South Hills basketball team came to an end it but not before putting a scare into number one seed Brea-Olinda on Saturday night.
The ninth seeded Huskies (27-8) dropped a 63-49 decision to the Wildcats in a CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinal game.
The Huskies came out tentative to start the game and fell behind 16-1 with 1:56 left in the first quarter. At that point senior captain Brittany Wang took over, scoring the next 17 points, including five 3-pointers to give the Huskies an 18-16 lead midway through the second period.
Wang scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the second period as the Huskies went into halftime with a 28-27 lead. Sam Perez added 9 points for the Huskies.

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Azusa Pacific beats Cal Poly 77-62 to reach Monday’s NCAA D-2 West Regional final

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The first time the men’s basketball teams from Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific squared off, the Broncos were victorious, although they needed overtime. That was in a non-conference game the first week of the season.

The locals got a chance to meet again, this time when the stakes were significantly higher and it was Azusa Pacific avenging that earlier loss, registering a 77-67 win in an NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal Saturday at the Felix Events Center.

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Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona will meet in historic area matchup in NCAA D-2 West Regional semifinals TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.

At Azusa Pacific University

Cal Poly Pomona vs. Azusa Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

CAL POLY ADVANCES ON BUZZER BEATER: Terrence Drisdom hit the winning shot at the buzzer to give the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team a 62-60 victory over Dixie State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Azusa Pacific University.
“It is kind of unreal,” Drisdom said. “That was my first game-winner in my entire life.”
Drisdom scored a game-high 18 points, including the winning shot that sent the Broncos to the semifinals today against the host team, Azusa Pacific, at 75-67 winner over Western Oregon.

APU ADVANCES WITH 75-67 WIN: Troy Leaf and Azusa Pacific defeated Western Oregon, 75-67, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Felix Event Center.
It was the first NCAA playoff win for the Cougars’ basketball program.
“It was a historic day for our school,” said Cougars coach Justin Leslie. “Someone had to win it, and I am glad it was us.”
Leaf led all scorers with 36 points, shooting a perfect 13 for 13 from the free-throw line.
“We made 17 of 18 free throws (as a team),” Leslie said. “You are going to win some games when you finish 17 of 18 from the line.”
The Cougars (25-5) struggled early, allowing the Wolves (23-7) to go on an 11-0 run before scoring their first points of the game with a 3-pointer by Robert Sandoval off an assist from Leaf.

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Saturday Preview: South Hills girls basketball on a thrill ride to state quarters; Damien home again

LiangState Playoff Preview: It has been a whirlwind of milestones and historic achievements for the South Hills High School girls basketball team, which will visit top-seed Brea Olinda in the CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ninth-seed South Hills (24-7) made the long haul to Tulare on Wednesday and knocked off CIF-Central Section Division III champion and eighth-seed Mission Oak, 70-54, to advance.
Brea Olinda (23-4) had a first-round bye and hasn’t played since losing to Mater Dei, 77-50, in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals on Feb. 24.
For South Hills coach Tiffany Liang, she represents the past and present.

Boys Basketball
Division III Southern California Regional Quarterfinals
No. 10 Corona del Mar (25-7) at No. 2 Damien (25-5), 6 p.m.

The Spartans dusted off the rust of going 11 days without playing to post an easy 86-53 first-round victory over 15th-seed Selma while resting nearly all of their starters for the entire fourth quarter. The Sea Kings, which lost to Beverly Hills in the Division 3A championship game, 55-47, will give the Spartans a much tougher test that it received in the opening round. The Sea Kings knocked off seventh-seed El Cajon Valley 46-33 to advance and have played a tough schedule that includes non-league losses to Mater Dei (67-44) and Price (66-55).

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San Dimas and Bonita win meet in tonight’s Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball final at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

Bonita vs. San Dimas at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

By John Honell
San Dimas got a two-hit pitching performance by junior Jacob Castillo and beat Etiwanda 3-0 in the semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament Wednesday at Mt. Sac.
The Saints (4-0), the Tribune’s top-ranked team, will face arch-rival Bonita, a 4-1 winner over Alta Loma, in Saturday’s championship at Mt. SAC at 7 p.m.
The Saints struggled at the plate but used a hit batter, an error on a sacrifice bunt and a bases loaded single by centerfielder Jonathan Longtin that drove in pinch-runner Josh Aquilar and Peter Lambert with the first two runs of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Longtin scored the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice and that was enough for Castillo to improve his record to 2-0.
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South Hills’ VanHemelryck and Lugo lead Huskies to North Orange County softball title

The 2015 softball season may be young, but South Hills High School is off and running with a 6-2 record and a tournament championship.
After starting the season at 2-2, the Huskies have reeled off four consecutive wins and claimed the seventh annual North Orange County Championship Tournament title with a 4-1 victory over Valencia High of Placentia on Friday afternoon at Fullerton High.
Pitchers Caitlyn VanHemelryck (3-1) and Natalie Lugo combined for a two-hitter and allowed only four base runners.
VanHemelryck (five strikeouts), who was named to the all-tournament team, started and pitched the first four innings and Lugo, who was named the MVP, retired nine of the last 10 batters to get the save.
“It’s good to have Natalie backing me up (Friday),” VanHemelryck said. “As long as we score a few runs, me and Natalie together can keep the run count down.
“My rise ball was working thankfully. I’m more of a drop ball pitcher and my rise ball just helped me out more.”

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Friday Recap: Maddy Tickey and Bella Montoya each had a double to lead West Covina softball to 5-4 victory

West Covina 5, Diamond Bar 4 — Maddy Tickey went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Bella Montoya went 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI, scored twice and had a stolen base to lead the Bulldogs (6-1) to the nonleague victory. Freshman Trinity Garcia pitched the remaining 2 and 2/3 innings and got the win and Miranda Gil went 2 for 3 and scored a run against Diamond Bar (4-3).
Bishop Amat 9, Los Altos 0 — Pitcher Alexis Vargas allowed two hits and Alyssa Barrera went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a home run to lead the Lancers (4-2) to the Charter Oak Varsity Tournament victory.
Chino 2, El Modena 1 — Emily Ballesteros had a two run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Cowboys (6-2) to their second victory at the Tournament of Champions. Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings had a complete game with a strikeout and gave up four hits and one run.
Pomona 16, Bassett 0 — Alexis Garcia pitched five innings, striking out nine and Adreena Ramierez went 3 for 3 with a home run to lead the Re Devils (1-1) to their first Miramonte League win of the season. Daisy Rocha went 2 for 4 and Deja Shelton went 3 for 4.
Charter Oak 11, La Habra 1 — Kaile Chavez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, two doubles and scored three runs, Taylor Guzman went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double and Christine Pinela went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead Charter Oak to the Charger Classic Tournament victory. Molly Montell had two RBIs and a double, Camille Greene went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a double and Cloe Ochoa and Marissa Chavez each went 3 for 4 for the Chargers (5-2).
Bassett 12, Pomona 8 — Mike Castanon went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two singles and Frankie Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the visiting Olympians (3-0, 1-0) to the Miramonte League victory. Also contributing to Bassett’s victory were Jonathan Torres who went 3 for 5 with three singles and Matthew Robles who went 2 for 5 with two singles. Richard Santana went 3 or 5 with three RBIs, a double and two singles and Daniel Guzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two singles for Pomona (1-1,0-1).

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CCCAA Final Four: Ex-Arroyo star Primitivo Gomez scores 21 points to lead East Los Angeles College into men’s basketball state title game

By Stephen Ramirez
East Los Angles College’s incredible playoff run will take the Huskies to the California Community College Athletic Association men’s basketball state championship game.
Former Arroyo High School standout Primitivo Gomez scored 23 points and Je’Ron Primus had 17 as East. L.A. continued its recent magic with a 94-83 victory over Merritt, of Oakland, in the state semifinals at Cerritos College on Friday.
Marcus Romain and Marquis Salmon also had 12 points each for the Huskies, who improved to 22-10 and advanced to face either Saddleback or Canada, of Redwood City, in Sunday’s title game at 1 p.m.
Gomez also had 12 rebounds for East L.A., which began the playoffs seeded No. 13 in the South.
DJ Kennedy had 20 points and Travon King had 19 points for Merritt, which finished 25-6.
East L.A. showed solid poise down the stretch, turning away two late pushes by the Thunderbirds to advance.

Merritt, the No. 1 seed from the North, trailed most of the game, but stalked the Huskies late, cutting a nine-point deficit to 81-79 with three minutes left.
East L.A., getting two free throws and a putback from Richard Bivens, pushed the lead to 87-81 with 1:04 to play before making five of six free throws down the stretch to seal it. The Huskies closed the game with a 9-2 surge.

East L.A.’s Primitivo Gomez: “It’s a great feeling. All of us felt a little bit disrespected (at the start of the playoffs), but we’ve worked really hard. We’re a team that believes in ourselves and that’s what matters. We play hard as a unit, and when you play as a unit, that’s how you win.”

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Thursday Recap: Chino Softball wins first game in Tournament of Champions in Arizona

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Chino 6, Santa Monica 3 — Tiffany Kennedy Cummings pitched a complete game and Pearl Barroso went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a homerun to lead the Cowboys (5-2) to the Tournament of Champions victory.

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Mt. SAC area makes league changes starting in 2016-17

THURSDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Apparently there was some glitch in the voting and they will meet again on Monday at Walnut High School at 5 p.m. to vote again. Nothing is expected to change, however, but you never know.

Tuesday’s Results: Below is Proposal B, which was voted on this morning by the Mt. SAC area for league realignment starting in the 2016 season, creating a football only and all sports except football leagues. The Miramonte and Baseline leagues remain the same, but others made tweaks. Baldwin Park will go back to the Valle Vista and Nogales will move to the Montview league for all sports. The Palomares, Hacienda and Mt. Baldy leagues will remain the same as they’re now, however in football only, they will juggle it around.
Here’s how the football leagues will look in 2016
Palomares football: Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Colony, Glendora, South Hills (Adds Colony, ships Diamond Bar to Hacienda).
Hacienda football: Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, West Covina (Adds Diamond Bar, ships Walnut to Mt. Baldy).
Mt. Baldy League: Alta Loma, Chaffey, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario, Walnut (Adds Walnut, ships Colony to Palomares).


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