Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (9-2) — Huskies easily take care of Diamond Bar 4-0 to open the Palomares.
2. Bishop Amat (7-6) – Has won four straight, including 5-0 win over Sierra Vista.
3. St. Lucy’s (6-2-5) — Opened league with a solid 0-0 tie against Upland.
4. Glendora (6-5-3) — Won three straight, including 2-1 win over Bonita to open league.
5. Diamond Bar (9-4) – With South Hills, Glendora, Ayala and Claremont in Palomares, making the playoffs could be tough.
6. Charter Oak (6-7-1) — Nonleague 3-1 loss at South Hills, but looked competitive.
7. Sierra Vista (9-3-1) – Humbling 5-0 loss to Bishop Amat before starting league.
8. Baldwin Park (6-0-1) — Takes in Sierra Vista on Thursday.
9. Bonita (2-5-3) – The Palomares is so good Bearcats could finish last.
10. Los Altos (5-6) — Lost two straight, including 1-0 loss vs. La Serna.
Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (9-2-1) – Opened the Baseline with a big 3-2 win over Upland.
2. Diamond Bar (10-3-1) — Looked good in Palomares opener, beating South Hills 3-0
3. Sierra Vista (7-1-2) – Has won four straight, starts league play this week.
4. La Puente (7-0-2) – Impressive 1-0 win over Pomona to open league.
5. Bishop Amat (3-0-4) - Very impressive 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to open league play.
6. Charter Oak (12-2-1) — Biggest goof last week was not ranking the Chargers.
7. Mountain View (5-4-3) — Tied El Monte, beat Marshall 3-0.
8. Ganesha (9-2-3) – Opened Miramonte with a 3-1 win over Garey.
9. Nogales (5-2-3) – Finally opens league this week.
10. El Monte (6-5-2) — Already 3-0-1 in always difficult Mission Valley league.
Glendora-Bonita photo gallery
Wherever A.J. Bigornia stands on the floor, he’s a threat to score.
The Glendora High School senior showed that in a big Palomares League opener on Friday night against visiting Bonita.
The 5-foot-9 guard, one of the smallest players on the court, knocked down 3-pointers from 35 feet out, from the baseline and from the top of the key, nearly all with Bearcat players all over him. He scored 33 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead the Tartans to a 70-58 victory.
“The last (two years) in the Baseline League definitely helped my self-confidence because I was playing against older players and D-I prospects,” he said. “It really got me ready for this season.”
Glendora (15-2) led for all but the game’s first 2 minutes, 40 seconds. The Tartans extended that lead to as much as 12 points late in the third quarter. Bonita (13-3) whittled it down to 55-49 on an Ashton McLaurin layup. Bigornia, who was 9-of-17 from the field for the game and 6-of-11 on 3-point attempts, knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with Tyler Poepping all over him with 3:16 to play to extend the lead back to nine points.
Damien will have tougher games in the Baseline league, but Friday’s 70-27 victory over Upland to open the league season wasn’t one of them.
San Diego State bound senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 19 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer as the Spartans improved to 13-2 while Upland dropped to 6-10.
In one of the most highly anticipated games in the Hacienda Heights in years, Los Altos pulled out a 43-32 victory over Wilson in a non-league boys basketball game between two of the hottest teams in the area.
Los Altos led the entire way, leading by as much as 14 points to improve to 11-3. The Conqs were led by senior guard Michael Barrera’s 10 points. Christian Espinoza added eight points and Brian Edwards finished with seven points.
Wilson, which won the Whittier tournament in December, dropped to 11-3 and was led by Kyle Price who had a game-high 14 points.
By John M. Sherrard
DIAMOND BAR For the second year in a row, the South Hills High School girls soccer team is off to another great early-season start with a 9-2 record.
Friday was no exception as the Huskies, ranked first in the area, received goals from four different players and shutout host Diamond Bar, 4-0, in the Palomares League opener for both teams.
The Huskies, as they have done so many times in the past, scored the initial goal of the game and led 2-0 at the intermission.
All four of the goals were by underclassmen forwards, freshman Maddy Warren, junior Amber Marinero, sophomore Skylar Robledo and junior Hailey Zerbel.
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee was pleased with the balanced scoring, “It’s kind of nice that we have a lot of weapons. I like how we have balance (on the team).”
Zerbel leads the team with nine goals, Robledo has eight and Warren has seven.
“This is a new league and Diamond Bar (9-4) has a winning tradition over here, so this was a good win for us,” Mocabee said.
West Covina boys basketball coach Manny Lopez resigned today for personal/family reasons, athletic director Brian Murphy said. Assistant coach Justin Potts will take over on an interim basis the remainder of the season. West Covina is 8-7 and has a non-league game at Bishop Amat tonight before starting Hacienda league play next week
“I ask myself, ‘why me?’ sometimes,” the 18-year-old said. “Everybody tells me that God picks the strongest people to go with some difficult stuff in life. It’s crazy though. It doesn’t hurt to touch, to breath; nothing. It’s just there and it does not bother me at all. I was not expecting to hear what I heard. I was expecting surgery and maybe it was gone.” – Anthony Ortega
FUNDRAISER: To help the Ortega family, the team has established an online website to help raise funds for the family, gofundme.com/21club.
STORY: After learning over Christmas break that he had throat cancer, Charter Oak High School basketball senior Anthony Ortega played in his final game for the Chargers on Wednesday before starting chemotherapy sessions Friday in what he and his family hope is the beginning stages to a long and healthy road back to recovery.
And what an emotional final game it was. Ortega converted the game-winning layup in the final seconds to lift Charter Oak to a 50-48 victory over Nogales on Wednesday. On the game winning play posted on Huddle, Amier Thomas (23) brings the ball up the court and runs a picture-perfect pick-an-roll with Ortega (21), who banks home the game winner with five seconds left. If there is anyone with additional video of the game-winning play, send it to us
WRESTLING EXTRAVAGANZA: Who are the best wrestlers in the San Gabriel Valley?
The area is about to find out.
Bishop Amat coach Tom Pierre, who was San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Year last season, announced this week that his school will host the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Wrestling Match.
The event is scheduled for Amat on Monday. Prelim bouts are slated for 6:30 p.m. with the finals at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission charge.
“Orange County has been doing it for years,” Pierre said. “I thought it would be a great idea to have all our top kids all in the same gym at the same time competing for that elite status of say San Gabriel Valley champion.
“I’ve talked to a lot of (area) coaches, got approval from CIF and everyone I’ve talked to is in favor of it. It’s really to just give the kids their do. They all work hard and we have in this area a lot of kids who are doing really well.”
Bishop Amat beats Whittier 46-39: December was hit and miss for the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team as it adjusted to first-year coach Treana Allen.
January has been much better.
Adrienne Franco scored 13 points and Damiana Bagues had 12 as the Lancers scored their second victory of the month with a 46-39 victory over host Whittier in a nonleague game on Thursday.
Marisa Brown also had 10 points for Bishop Amat, which improved to 7-9. Julia Ochoa had 14 points for the Cardinals, who slipped to 9-8.
“This is great,” Allen said. “I told our girls that we started the season strong, with three wins, now we’re finishing the preseason strong (with back-to-back wins in January).
La Serna girls soccer beats Los Altos 1-0: The La Serna girls soccer team wrapped up the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 1-0 road victory at Los Altos on Thursday night with the game’s only goal coming in the first half from Elizabeth Hernandez.
The Lancers (5-4-5) controlled possession for most of the first half and earned three corner kicks. However, the back line for Los Altos (5-5) held La Serna to just three shots on goal in the entire half. It was that third shot on goal when Hernandez scored.
From 10 feet outside of the box, the senior forward delivered a right-footed shot that bounced off the right post and rolled along the goal line before hitting the net on the left side of the goal.
In the first half, the Lancers had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks, while both teams put three shots on goal. La Serna saved one shot with a header right in front of the goal, while the other two were saved by Sabrina Sandoval, who earned the shutout.
San Bernardino Sun reporter Pete Marshall talked to Bloomington head coach Dale Chung after his team lost 161-2 to Arroyo Valley on Monday. You’ve got to read this: Bloomington High girls basketball had already lost one game this season by 91 points and Arroyo Valley had already won games by 73, 81, 74 and 98 points.
But when the two teams met on Monday at Arroyo Valley in a nonleague game, Arroyo Valley won by a score that some would say crosses the line of good sportsmanship: 161-2.
According to the most recent CIF-SS record book, it is the second-most points scored in a girls basketball game in second history, trailing only the 179 points scored by Cheryl Miller-led Riverside Poly against Riverside Norte Vista during the 1981-82 season.
“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale Chung said.
Chung said that Arroyo Valley (14-1) played a full-court press for the entire first half and led 104-1 at halftime.
“We only got the ball past halfcourt maybe four or five times in the first half,” Chung said.
The Bonita high school baseball program’s annual camp is this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10-11 at Bonita HS and Pelota Park for children ages 5-14. Former alumni Jiovanni Mier (MLB 1st round), Jeff Gelalich (UCLA, MLB 1st Round) and Justin Garza (CS Fullerton) are scheduled to be there with the campers. Those interested should contact coach John Knott at email@example.com
BISHOP AMAT HIT AND HUSTLE FOOTBALL CAMP
Bishop Amat’s popular football camp with coach Steve Hagerty and the football program is on Saturday, Jan. 17 for grades 3-8 at Bishop Amat high school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Football fundamentals will be taught by the coaching staff and players. Registration is $50 and includes instruction, a t-shirt, participation certificate & camp photo. or more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-962-2495, ext. 6001
ST. LUCY’S-BONITA PHOTO GALLERY
By Jared Pine
GAME STORY: Wednesday afternoon four of the San Gabriel Valley’s top boys and girls soccer teams participated in a nonleague doubleheader at Glenn Davis Stadium at Bonita High School.
In the first game, the St. Lucy’s girls defeated Bonita 5-1 behind a three-goal performance from captain Julia Bingham.
The junior forward now has seven goals on the season, and had one of her goals assisted by sophomore forward Diamond Quinn, who now has a team-high four assists. She was also assisted on a goal by Sarah Breitschewrdt.
The Regents (6-2-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead before halftime behind Bingham’s three goals. Bonita (2-4-3) ended the shutout early in the second half, when Sam Hanawalt scored from almost 25 yards out.
South Hills freshman Maddy Warren scored twice and senior Ronni Cuccia added another to lead the Huskies to a 3-1 win over Charter Oak in a game between two of the areas best teams. Over at Bonita, St. Lucy’s showed it’s going to be a threat when the Baseline league gets started by whipping Bonita, 5-1.
“Obviously there is a push to win league. We know Upland will be a tough team to open against and it is a very big game for us. We want to set the tone right away and let the rest of the league know Damien is here to win it. That is why it would be great to start with a win.” — ” Damien coach Eric McElrea
Watch highlights of Garrett Souza, last year’s Sierra League defensive player of the year
STORY: The Damien High School soccer team pushed its way around and through the Sierra League the last four years, winning the last two league titles and taking three out of the last four crowns. The Spartans are ready to extend that influence to the Baseline League.
“We watched most of the other teams,” Damien coach Eric McElrea said. “It is different this year. We do not know what the matchups are about and everything is unknown going in.”
What McElrea does know is that the Spartans are playing as well as possible entering Friday’s home game against Upland.
“We’ve played very well all preseason,” McElrea said. “If we play our game, we will get the results we want to get. If we do that, we’ll win.
“Obviously there is a push to win league. We know Upland will be a tough team to open against and it is a very big game for us. We want to set the tone right away and let the rest of the league know Damien is here to win it. That is why it would be great to start with a win.”
When the new Palomares league was created, there was a lot of excitement and anticipation for the boys basketball season, which gets underway Friday with arguably the two best teams going head-to-head in the opener.
Glendora (13-2), which was the CIF-SS Division 2AA preseason No. 1 and winners of its own Glendora tournament with a victory over San Dimas in the December final, will host Bonita (14-2) on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Glendora has been good for years but had struggled competing for league title in the Baseline, where it ran up against the likes of Etiwanda, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and others.
Now in the Palomares, the Tartans are considered the league favorites, though others like Bonita, winners of the La Canada tournament along with Ayala (12-2) and Diamond Bar (8-6), figure to give the Tartans all it can handle over the next two months.
“I think the league situation is great,” Glendora coach Mike LeDuc said. “When you’re in a league with Etiwanda, you knew it was almost impossible to get a win because they were so talented. What you have in the (Palomares) is a league where you can win or lose on any night, so you’ve always got a chance but you’ve got to come and play. I think that’s all you can ask.”
Bishop Amat boys basketball isn’t anywhere near some of the private school state powers, but the school has had success in recent years, advancing to the Division 3A quarterfinals three of the past four years, and figures to be a contender in 2015 with ten seniors back and returning all-league first team senior Josh Andarza.
The Lancers are 12-3 and winners of the Arroyo tournament with wins over La Canada in the semifinals and hot Wilson in the championship.
The Lancers were ranked fifth in the Division 3A preseason poll and have proved deserving, but coach Brandon Ertle doesn’t want to think that far ahead.
“We’re still trying to prepare and get better,” Ertle said. “We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be or how good we want to be. That’s pretty much the focus, to keep working and get better as a team.
“The football team played so well that some of our players got going late, so we’re still trying to sort everything out and be the best we can.”
Junior Tyler Vaughns, named the area football player of the year, is averaging nearly 10 points per game and improving with each game and practice. The Lancers also boast inside bruiser Anthony Camargo, who will be attending Harvard in the fall to play football.
Lancers quarterback Ryder Ruiz, who injured his finger in the Lancers’ Pac-5 Division semifinal loss to eventual champion Corona Centennial, is a sharp-shooter whose finger is just now getting better and will add more depth to the team.
By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School has fielded arguably the top wrestling program in the area for much of the past two decades.
But after the first month of the season, there appears to be a new bully on the block.
San Marino, after a few years of being one of the better up-and-coming programs, looks to be having a break-out season that could result in CIF-Southern Section and State glory. The Titans appear to be that good.
San Marino’s source of optimism is five competitors, who are ranked in the top 10 in the state in their respective weight classes. The group is led by 132-pound junior Julian Flores, who after earning a top-eight state medal each of the past two seasons, is ranked No. 2 in the state by TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. He finished sixth at last month’s Walsh Ironman in Ohio.
Roddy Layton, who led Diamond Ranch to two CIF-SS football finals as a head football coach, resigned after the 2013 season and became the school’s athletic director. Mario Gomez was hired to succeed season Layton, but after one season and a 6-4 overall record, Layton already has pulled the plug, firing Gomez, “to go in another direction,” according to Layton. Reporter Michelle Gardner has more, but apparently Gomez, who will remain a Spanish teacher at the school, was not happy with the decision. “It’s tough because I bleed black and blue,” Gomez said. “I was really looking forward to my first full season where I can implement on offseason plan. But that’s the decision they made and I have to live with it.” So, who will Layton look to take over the program in 2015?
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (12-2) - Jeremy Hemsley on a mission his senior year averaging 20 points a game. But it gets tougher now that the Baseline is about to start.
2. Glendora (13-2) – Normally the Tartans would start getting ready for annual beat downs in the Baseline. But now they’re favorites in the new Palomares. That ought to be fun.
3. Bonita (11-2) — One of the biggest surprises is that the Bearcats are playing so well having won the La Canada tournament.
4. Los Altos (9-3) — Impressive run to close out 2014 by beating Walnut 55-52 to capture the Covina Christmas tournament.
5. Wilson (13-2) – Looked great in the Whittier Holiday tournament, beating Whittier 55-50 in the championship game.
6. Walnut (10-5) - Impressive wins over Upland, Keppel and win over Bonita in the Covina tournament semifinals.
7. Bishop Amat (11-3) — Who would have thought the Lancers’ boys, not the girls, would be the team to watch in 2015?
8. Diamond Ranch (6-3) – Don’t judge the Panthers by their record. When they get all their players back, they’re the favorites to win the Hacienda. They also won the Azusa tournament.
9. Workman (10-4) - Beat Ontario Christian to win the Ontario Christian tournament to close out 2014
10. Diamond Bar (8-6) – Played a tough nonleague schedule and will be a pain to deal with in the Palomares league.
Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (8-2-1) – Impressive start that includes a 2-1 win over Valencia in the NOCC tournament championship game.
2. Diamond Bar (8-3-1) — Has only allowed eight goals and lost two 1-0 games. They should be the Palomares favorites.
3. Sierra Vista (7-1-2) – Only loss to Cerritos Valley Christian with ties against La Puente, Baldwin Park and 2-0 win over Etiwanda.
4. La Puente (6-0-2) – Impressive start with a 2-0 win over Mountain View, and ties against area powers Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park.
5. Mountain View (4-4-2) — Played a tough schedule that includes losses to Salesian, La Serna and Huntington Beach. But does own impressive wins over La Canada and Arroyo.
6. Ganesha (7-2-3) – Only losses to La Mirada and Upland with wins over Muir and Los Osos.
7. Nogales (5-2-3) – With Baldwin Park out of the Valle Vista, the Nobles should be the league favorites.
8. El Monte (5-5-1) — Three losses are forfeit losses, but they’re already 2-0 in the Mission Valley
9. Baldwin Park (3-3-4) - Slow start for the defending CIF champions, but they will be there in the end.
10. South Hills (4-3-2) — Played a tough schedule which includes a close 2-1 loss to No. 1 Damien.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (7-2) — Only two losses to powerful Los Osos in the Claremont tournament. They’re the team to beat in the Palomares.
2. Bishop Amat (6-4) – Has played toughest schedule of all area teams with wins over Newport Harbor, Los Alamitos and Verdugo Hills.
3. Diamond Bar (9-3) – Won the San Dimas tournament with a 1-0 win over Glendora, and another Palomares league contender.
4. Sierra Vista (9-2) – Beat Culver City 1-0 to win the Ganesha soccer tourney and undefeated against other area locals.
5. St. Lucy’s (5-2-4) — Should do well with well-known club coach George Sipa, but don’t expect miracles in the Baseline.
6. Bonita (2-3-3) – Don’t look at record, the Bearcats have played some tough competition and do own a 2-1 win over Los Altos.
7. Los Altos (4-4-3) — Solid win over Glendora, close losses to Bonita, South Hills.
8. Glendora (3-5-3) — Lost several close games and will likely battle for a playoff spot now that it’s out of the Baseline.
9. Charter Oak (6-6-1) — Wins over San Dimas, Covina, Bonita and a close 2-1 loss to Sierra Vista.
10. Baldwin Park (5-0-1) — Areas only undefeated team, but hasn’t played anyone tough, tying Nogales 0-0.
Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (11-4) — Has won five straight, including a 44-38 win over Los Altos to win the Corona Santiago Cavalier tournament.
2. Los Altos (9-3) – Had won nine straight before losing to South Hills in the Corona tournament.
3. West Covina (9-5) — Beat Bishop Amat and Bonita to advance to the finals of the Covina tournament.
4. Duarte (7-6) – Played a competitive schedule outside the San Gabriel Valley and has performed well.
5. Diamond Bar (6-6) — Impressive wins over Walnut, La Mirada and a close loss to Ayala.
6. Walnut (7-4) – Beat Twentynine Palms and Workman in the Ayala Best of the West Tournament.
7. Bishop Amat (5-9) – How important was losing coach Richard Wiard? Well, when can you remember the Lancers EVER starting like this, and losing to teams like West Covina, Diamond Ranch and barely beating Arroyo by two points. And ironically, Wiard is an assistant at Arroyo.
8. Bonita (7-8) — Kind of expected after losing three-time SGV Tribune player of the year Nikki Wheatley.
9. Glendora (10-6) – Will be interesting to watch how the Lady Tartans fare in the new Palomares.
10. Covina (8-7) – Should be the favorites in the Valle Vista, but you never know.
WILSON BOYS BEAT WHITTIER FOR SECOND TOURNEY TITLE: They don’t give out league or divisional boys basketball championships in December, but if they did, Wilson High School might be on the top of the list.
No area team appears to be playing better than the Wildcats in December.
Justin Chan scored 21 points and Kyle Price had 14 as Wilson won its second tournament of the month with a 55-50 victory over host Whittier to claim the fifth Whittier Holiday Tournament at the Bob Chandler Sports Complex.
Jared Kawamoto also had seven points and eight rebounds for Wilson, which improved to 13-2. Dominic Saldana had 21 points and Anthony Rios 12 for Whittier, which slipped to 11-2.
“The boys have been playing very well,” Wilson coach Willie Allen said. “They’ve been exceeding our expectations and rising to the challenge. We’ve played some good teams, and when the pressure is there, they make big plays.”
Covina Boys Basketball tournament
Los Altos 71, Cajon 69
Walnut 58, Bonita 67
Los Altos 55, Walnut 52
COVINA TOURNEY CHAMPIONSHIP: The Los Altos boys basketball team fended off a comeback from Walnut on Tuesday night to win the Covina Tournament with a 55-52 victory in a game between two Hacienda League teams.
Christian Espinoza had 17 points for the Conquerors (9-3), along with seven assists and five rebounds, and was named tournament MVP. He was guarded all night by Zuri Williams, who limited him to seven shots in the first three quarters. Willaims had 15 points of his own, along with seven assists.
Los Altos led by as much as 10 in the third quarter, but a pair of consecutive 3-pointers by Jefferey Huang in the final three minutes of the game gave the Mustangs their first lead since the first quarter. Williams assisted on both of those treys and made two of his own in the final quarter.
COVINA TOURNEY SEMIFINALS: Los Altos guard Christian Espinoza tallied 30 points in the first three quarters, but his only five points in the fourth quarter, which all came in the last 30 seconds of the game at the free-throw line, were what clinched the Conquerors’ 71-69 victory over Cajon Monday night in the Covina Tournament semifinals.
Espinoza finished the game with 35 points, and made 14 of 18 free throws with six rebounds and four assists. The senior guided his team to a 21-4 run that carried over in the third quarter after a 13-3 run to end the first half.
Nogales Boys Basketball tournament
Corona Santiago 70, Alta Loma 54
West Covina 70, Montebello 65
Corona Santiago 78, West Covina 68
NOGALES TOURNEY FINAL: The West Covina High School boys basketball team gave it everything it had in the 50th Annual Nogales High Christmas Tournament championship game, but fell short to a much taller Santiago of Corona team, 78-68, Tuesday night.
With West Covina (8-6) holding a six point lead late in the third quarter, 53-47, Santiago (12-1) went on a 9-0 run at the end of the quarter to lead by three, 56-53, and never trailed the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs, who were led by all-tournament sophomore guard Nick Hart (game-high 27 points), got within five points, 68-63 with 1:51 remaining, but Santiago built up an insurmountable 10-point lead, 73-63, with just over a minute to play in the game.
“We were right in that game,” West Covina assistant coach Chris Lopez said. “A couple of baskets go in and we were right there.
NOGALES TOURNEY SEMIFINALS: The West Covina High School boys basketball team held off a furious comeback by Montebello and held on to win 70-65 in a semifinal game of the 50th Annual Nogales Christmas Tournament on Monday night. Trailing by as many as 20 points early in the fourth quarter, the Oilers (6-6) outscored West Covina (8-5) 30-15 in the final eight minutes. The Bulldogs will play Corona Santiago (11-1), a 70-54 winner over Alta Loma, tonight at 6:30 p.m. for the tournament championship.
— Tommy Kiss (@TomKiss64) December 31, 2014