Glendora hires Steve Jimenez to take over girls soccer and JJ Iles to take over boys program

Glendora has named two new head soccer coaches and made a big splash hiring Steve Jimenez from Sierra Vista, where he built that program into a small-school power. While at Sierra Vista from 2007-16, Jimenez led the Dons to the school’s first ever CIF-SS team championship, winning the Division 6 crown in 2010. He also led Sierra Vista to nine league championships and advanced to at least the quarterfinals in almost every year since winning the title in 2010. J.J. Iles will take over the boys soccer program. Iles was a head coach at Covina from 2013-15, winning the Valle Vista league title in 2015 before becoming an assistant with La Canada this past season, where he helped lead the Spartans to the Division 6 quarterfinals.

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CIF SS Baseball pairings: South Hills No. 1 seed in Division 2; Bishop Amat-Walnut could meet in second round

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South Hills, Bishop Amat earn seeds: As expected, the South Hills High School baseball team earned the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball playoffs following the release of the divisional pairings on Monday.
South Hills (21-7), winners of the Palomares League, will host Tuesday’s wild-card winner between Mayfair (11-6) and Burbank (9-12) in Thursday’s first round.All playoff games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., unless both teams agree to a different starting time.
Also on Thursday, Baseline league champion Damien (14-10) will host Royal (17-10), a third-place finisher from the Coastal Canyon League, and Bonita (25-5), runners-up to South Hills in the Palomares, will be at home against Villa Park (14-14), a second-place team from the North Hills League.
With Damien and South Hills on the top half of the Division 2 bracket, they could potentially meet in the semifinals.

CIF-Southern Section local playoff schedule
Division 2
Thursday’s First Round

Mayfair-Burbank winner at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Royal at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Villa Park at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Wednesday’s wild card
A- Palmdale at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
B – Segerstrom at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s First Round
Charter Oak at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at La Quinta, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo Grande at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Westminster La Quinta at Walnut, 3:15 p.m. — MOVED TO THURSDAY
Palos Verdes-Bevery Hills winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Wednesday’s wild card

B – Bassett at Vista del Lago, 3:15 p.m.
E – Rosemead at Cambell Hall, 3:15 p.m.
F – Azusa at Lompoc, 3:15 p.m.
I – Mountain View at Rancho Mirage, 3:15 p.m.
J – Ontario Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
K – Twentynine Palms at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first round
Saddleback Valley Christian at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Aquinas-Big Bear winner at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Bishop Montgomery-Santa Maria winner at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF Softball Pairings: Bishop Amat earns No. 2 in Division 3

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Bishop Amat earns No. 2 seed in Division 3: After winning the Del Rey League softball title and showing strength against a tough non-league schedule, Bishop Amat (20-4) was awarded the No. 2 seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff playoffs following the release of Monday’s divisional pairings.
All softball wild cards games are Tuesday and first round games on Thursday. All games are scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m, unless both teams agree to an alternative starting time.
Bishop Amat will host the winner between wild-card winner Paramount (8-8) and Burbank (11-16) in the first round, with Del Rio league champion California a possible second-round game for the Lancers. Bishop Amat boasts one of the section’s best pitchers in Samaria Diaz.

CIF-Southern Section local playoff schedule
Division 1
Thursday’s first round

St. Lucy’s at Santa Margarita, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Orange Lutheran, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Thursday’s first-round

Oxnard Pacifica at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Riverside Poly at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

Paramount-Burbank winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card

B – Lancaster at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
L – Highland at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
La Quinta/Jurupa Valley winner at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

B – Garey at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
D – Sierra Vista at Flintridge Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Azusa at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
Pomona at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.

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CIF-SS Swimming Finals: Walnut, Damien boys win championships, Rowland girls finish second

Walnut celebrates winning the boys CIF-SS division 3 swimming championships on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
 
Walnut Boys win Division 3 title: It all came down to misfortune.Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.

Damien's Preston Planells competes in the 200 yard medley relay during the CIF-SS division 2 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Damien won the relay. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Damien wins Division 2 boys swimming title: Swimming was an afterthought.
When Mac Quinn enrolled at Damien High School four years ago, he was a baseball player. When he graduates later this month, he will be a CIF Southern Section championship, but not in baseball. The Spartans won the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming and diving championship on Saturday at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex.
“I did not swim much before my freshman year, but I felt comfortable in the water,” Quinn said. “I played water polo with my friends and decided to roll with it.

 

Rowland's Katelyn Nguyen wins the 200 yard freestyle during the CIF-SS division 4 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, May 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Division 4, Rowland’s Katelyn Nguyen leads Raiders: There is little room for error to maximize victories in the CIF Southern Section swimming championships. Swimmers have two chances to win CIF-SS titles in individual events and two chances in relay races.
Rowland High School’s Katelyn Nguyen came the closest to that magical finish in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex on Friday evening. The freshman won the 50 and 200 freestyles and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay team. She swam the anchor leg on the second-place 400 free relay team, too.

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Wednesday’s CIF-SS volleyball semifinals

Division 2
Saturday’s quarterfinals
South Pasadena def. Laguna Beach 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-21
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 3 Burroughs (26-5) at South Pasadena (24-7)
No. 4 West Ranch at No. 1 Oak Park

Division 4
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Flintridge Prep def. Redlands 25-18, 23-25, 25-12, 24-26, 15-13
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 3 Flintridge Prep (24-4) No. 2 Crean Lutheran (22-2)
Cypress at No. 1 Saddleback Valley Christian

Division 5
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Damien def. Santa Fe 25-15, 22-25, 24-26, 25-15, 18-16
Oakwood def. California 26-24, 25-22, 25-13
Monday’s quarterfinal
No. 3 El Rancho (21-5) at Loma Linda Academy (21-0)
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Oakwood (21-5) at No. 1 Damien (29-7)
Pacific Christian (17-3) at No. 3 El Rancho (22-5) or El Rancho at No. 2 Laguna Blanca (23-3)
Finals: Saturday at Cerritos College

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Friday’s CIF-SS scores

CIF-SS tennis playoffs
Division 1
Friday’s second round
San Marino 14, Loyola 4
Monday’s quarterfinals
Beckman (15-6) at No. 1 San Marino (19-1)

Division 2
Friday’s second round
Crean Lutheran 13, Diamond Bar 5
Claremont 16, Pasadena Poly 2
Walnut 10, Sage Hill 8
Arcadia 17, Mater Dei 1
Monday’s quarterfinals
Walnut (20-1) at No. 2 Arcadia (19-0)

Division 4
Friday’s second round
Buckley 14, Maranatha 4
Rancho Cucamonga 11, Schurr 7
Rowland 15, Yucaipa 3
Keppel 11, Quartz Hill 1
Monday’s quarterfinals
Yucaipa (18-0) vs. No. 4 Rowland (20-3)
Etiwanda (19-4) Webb (13-2) at No. 3 Keppel (16-3)

Division 5
Friday’s second round
Arroyo 12, Gahr 6
Hemet 10, Marshall 8
Rosemead 10, Lynwood 8
Monday’s quarterfinals
No. 1 Heritage (19-2) at Arroyo (18-2)
No. 2 Beaumont (18-3) at Rosemead (13-6)

Semifinals: Wednesday
Finals at The Claremont Club: Friday

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Heartfelt tributes after passing of longtime area baseball coach Frank Amaya

There were kind words and tribute’s all over social media after the passing of area baseball coach Frank Amaya, who is the grandfather of South Hills shortstop Jacob Amaya, and who has been an assistant to Andy Nieto while at Bishop Amat and Damien, as well as the many he impacted in youth leagues around the SGV. From what I hear, he was an old-school baseball coach who didn’t need to yell and scream to get his message across, and was respected for his knowledge of the game and how to teach it …

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