Boys Soccer Playoffs: Nogales, El Monte advance to next round

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Boys Soccer
Friday’s first round
Division 3

Diamond Bar 1, Garden Grove Pacifica 0, 2OT, Thursday
West Torrance 1, Bishop Amat 0
Claremont 1, Thousand Oaks 0
Division 4
Hoover vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Monday, 5 p.m.
Division 5
South El Monte at Chino, 5 p.m.
Garey 3, Mountain View 0
Sierra Vista at Moreno Valley
Walnut at Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Antelope Valley, moved to Saturday, 5 p.m.
El Monte 3, Monrovia 1, Thursday
Rialto 2, Pomona 0, Thursday
Division 6
Nogales 3, Crean Lutheran 1
Arroyo at Campbell Hall, moved to Saturday, 11 a.m.
Wilson vs. Mary Star at LA Harbor College, moved to Saturday, 6 p.m.
Azusa vs. Flintridge Prep at St. Francis HS, 7 p.m.
La Puente 2, South Pasadena 1
Division 7
Northview vs. Einstein Academy at El Cariso Park, Saturday 4 p.m.
Upland Christian University at Southlands Christian

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South Hills baseball, ranked 7th nationally by Baseball America, beats Damien 3-0 in RJ Legacy exhbition Wednesday

By John M. Sherrard
Correspondent
WEST COVINA
-The 2016 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball player of the year from South Hills High School was in midseason form in the sixth annual RJ Legacy charity game.
Junior Brandon Dieter struck out 11 batters in his five innings of work as the Huskies shutout Damien, 3-0, Thursday night at Maverick Field in West Covina.
South Hils enters the season ranked seventh natinoally by Baseball America and will compete in Division 1 along with Damien after winning the Division 2 title a year ago.
“Brandon showed who he is and he’s incredible,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said.
Dieter struck out the first seven batters of the game and allowed only a single by Damien first baseman Andy Garriola. He faced the minimum fifteen batters in the five innings as Garriola was retired on a double play.
“I just spotted a lot of good fast balls,” said Dieter, who was named the game MVP. “I just froze them and kept them on their toes.
“I really have to give it up to (catcher) Daniel (Genna) and the staff for calling a great game and it was just my job to put it there.”
Seniors Karlos Morales, Zach Bromstead and junior Michael Ortega finished up the last two innings on the mound.
“This is the fourth year we’ve been invited to play in this game,” Murphy said.
“It always makes it a little extra special that we get to play in memory of somebody. It sounds like he (RJ) was a super kid and you can tell by the amount of people here that he must have been special.”
The stands were packed and fans were lined up down the right field line.
This is the third win in the last four years for South Hills in the RJ Legacy game.
The play of the night for the Huskies was in the sixth inning at home plate by Genna. After a ball got away from the junior catcher, Spartan base runner John Lopez sprinted for home but Genna dove and tagged him out to preserve the shutout.
Damien junior starting pitcher Joe De Fina held the Huskies to three hits and no runs in his three innings and struck out four batters.
South Hills broke through with a solo run in the fourth inning as Morales came home from third on a Damien throwing error.
The next inning two more runs came across on RBI singles by senior shortstop Jacob Amaya (2 for 3, 2 SB) and senior first baseman Jonathon Dearth, scoring second baseman Nick Lugo and Amaya for the 3-0 lead.

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Girls Basketball playoffs: Covina, Duarte, Walnut all advance


Covinta holds off West Covina: Sixth-seeded Covina pulled away down the stretch and knocked off neighborhood rival West Covina 59-48 in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A girls basketball first-round game on Thursday night.
The Colts (24-5) advance to Saturday night’s second round and will be at Leuzinger, which beat Mayfair 67-44.
Senior Mariah Sierra had 13 points to lead four Colts who scored in double figures. She added 14 rebounds and seven assists. Diana Navarro had 12 points and Allison Ayala and Valerie Hidalgo added 11 each.
“Mariah took over the game,” Colts coach Nick Masi said. “She dominated the paint, especially at the offensive end. She made some soft floaters and made really good decisions to put a lot of pressure on them. That’s senior leadership.”
In a game that had seen two ties and five lead changes, the key play came in the fourth quarter when Mariana Cruz converted a four-point play that stretched the lead to 50-42 with 3:36 left in the game.
“I thought she got fouled,” Masi said. “She got bumped on the way down an that was huge because she turned it into a four-point play.”
The Colts led 28-23 at the end of the first half but Pam Rongavilla and freshman Nikki Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the second half and give the Bulldogs a one-point lead.


Diamond Bar falls to Yucaipa: When sophomore Tori Guzman got the ball in the left corner with about 30 seconds remaining Thursday night and a three-point lead, Yucaipa High School girls basketball coach Jeremy Hoch had a fleeting thought.
“I thought, ‘Don’t shoot it. I want to run the clock,’” Hoch said.
But Hoch didn’t say it.
“Because I knew if she made it, the game would be over,” he said.
Diamond Bar coach Tony McCabe had a different thought: Don’t make it.
But Guzman made the 3-pointer and it essentially sealed a 65-59 victory in a CIF Southern Section Division 1A first-round game at Yucaipa. Citrus Belt League champion Yucaipa (21-4) advances to play Saturday at No. 1 seed King of Riverside.

Walnut gets past its nerves in win: The start of the CIF Southern Section playoffs can sometimes bring the jitters out of even the best athletes. That’s why Walnut High School girls basketball coach Lori Huckler said she likes to get past opening-round games. She said she wants all the nervous energy gone by the time the later rounds start.
Huckler said her team was a little nervous in its Division 2AA first round playoff game, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard. Walnut led from start to finish as it pulled away from San Gabriel in the fourth quarter to win 64-47 on Thursday night. Walnut will play host to Temescal Canyon on Saturday.
“We’re really excited,” Huckler said. “We’ve been working all season to get back to the playoffs. Last year we lost in the first round (56-49 to Huntington Beach). We were disappointed even though we lost to the No. 1 seed. We were winning with two minutes left in that game, so we feel we have more to prove this year.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Basketball Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s first round
Division 1A

Yucaipa 65, Diamond Bar 59
Duarte 51, Murrieta Valley 40
Division 2AA
Dos Pueblos 44, Bonita 36
Walnut 64, San Gabriel 47
Division 2A
Covina 59, West Covina 48
Division 3AA
Gahr 52, El Monte 40
Palos Verdes 58, Diamond Ranch 33
Division 3A
Rancho Verde 69, Sierra Vista 32
Division 4AA
Nipomo 55, San Dimas 39
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 31, Arroyo 26
Division 4A
Pioneer 55, Bassett 48

Saturday’s second round
All games start at 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Duarte at Hart
Division 2AA
Arcadia at Los Altos
Arroyo Grande at Rowland
Temescal Canyon at Walnut
Division 2A
Covina at Leuzinger
Division 3AA
Glendora at Gabrielino
Tahquitz at Bishop Amat
Division 4A
Banning at Pomona
Division 5A
La Puente at California Military
Division 5AA
La Reina at Rosemead
Division 6
Southlands Christian at Lucerne Valley

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Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat girls soccer roll to 3-0 win; Glendora, West Covina, San Dimas win too

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Girls Soccer
All games at 3 p.m. unless noted
Thursday’s first round
Division 1

Chino Hills 1, Riverside Notre Dame 0, OT
Upland 2, South Hills 1
Division 3
Bishop Amat 3, North Torrance 0
Claremont 4, Barstow 1
Glendora 2, Placentia Valencia 0
Division 4
West Covina 1, Westridge 1, West Covina advances in PKs 3-1
Sierra Canyon 2, Sierra Vista 0
Bloomington 2, Walnut 1
Division 5
Palm Desert 3, Rowland 1
Rancho Verde 4, Nogales 3
San Dimas 2, St. Genevieve 1
Maranatha 2, Garden Grove La Quinta 1
Cathedral City 3, Covina 2
Division 6
Jurupa Hills 4, Duarte 0
Division 7
Lennox Academy 4, Southlands Christian 3
El Monte 3, Dunn 1
Arroyo 4, St. Mary’s Academy 0
Pomona 5, Ramona Convent 1
Ganesha 6, Providence Burbank 0

Boys Soccer
First Round
Division 3

Diamond Bar 1, Garden Grove Pacifica 0, 2OT
Division 5
El Monte 3, Monrovia 1
Rialto 2, Pomona 0

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Girls water polo scores, games

Thursday’s scores

Division 2
La Canada 8, Dana Hills 7
No. 4 Schurr 11, Bonita 8
Arroyo Grande 6, Temple City 3

Division 4
No. 2 South Pasadena 18, California 8

Division 6
Alta Loma 7, Walnut 4
Costa Mesa 5, Arcadia 1

Division 7
Second round
Whittier 3, West Valley 2
Nipomo 4, Santa Fe 3
No. 2 Diamond Bar 13, Don Lugo 2

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 2
No. 4 Schurr (28-2) vs. La Canada (21-8) at Diamond Bar HS, 2 p.m.

Division 3
No. 2 Redondo (26-3) at La Serna (17-12)

Division 4
Oxnard (21-11) at No. 2 South Pasadena (18-9)

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly (21-5) vs. Fullerton (16-6) at Sunny Hills HS, 2 p.m.

Division 7
Whittier (18-9) at Western (21-7)
Valley View (16-13) at No. 2 Diamond Bar (24-7)

Semifinals: Wednesday
Finals at Irvine HS: Feb. 25

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San Dimas, Rosemead, Nogales only area boys basketball teams to advance; Bonita, Walnut, Glendora, Covina all out

San Dimas rebounds in overtime: After blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, San Dimas regained its composure in overtime to post an 89-83 victory over Charter Oak in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3A boys basketball playoffs on Wednesday.
San Dimas (20-8) advances to Friday’s second round where it will be at home against Temescal Canyon, a 69-35 winner over Garden Grove Pacifica. Charter Oak finishes the season 14-11.
San Dimas’ Donnell Leffridge IV led all scorers with 33 points, including 12 in the third quarter. Ronny Rafeh and Abbas Darwiche added 15 points each for San Dimas. Spencer Bandow had 11 points and nine rebounds and Andrew Sanchez had 12 points and seven assists.

Covina falls to San Marino: San Marino High School boys basketball coach Mihail Papadopulos said when the CIF Southern Section playoffs start, each game is about grit and toughness.
His Titans team showed those two traits early in the game as they cruised to a 70-48 win over Covina in the first round of the Division 4AA playoffs on Wednesday night.
San Marino (14-13) will face Barstow at home on Friday in the second round. Barstow defeated Indio 82-68.
“(Covina) has some tough players,” Papadopulos said. “We had to do a good job of playing together defensively. In a playoff game, there are a lot of emotions. We had to keep those in check. I think we did that.”

Walnut falls in overtime: Loyola survived a fourth-quarter rally by host Walnut and pulled out a 63-62 overtime victory Wednesday night in the first round of the CIF-SS boys basketball Division 1A playoffs.
Sophomore Anthony Lucenti’s layup on the first possession was the only field goal made by either team in overtime.
Loyola (17-9) needed dramatics from senior point guard Elo Oti just to force overtime.With Walnut holding a two-point lead and seven seconds remaining in regulation, Mustangs guard Andrew Lee made his first free-throw attempt but missed the second.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games

Division 1A
Tesoro 55, Bonita 53
Loyola 63, Walnut 62, OT
Division 3AA
Mission Viejo 66, Bishop Amat 64, overtime.
Godinez 59, Diamond Bar 55
Ocean View 61, Glendora 56
Division 3A
San Dimas 89, Charter Oak 83, OT
Arroyo Grande 57, West Covina 43
Division 4AA
San Marino 70, Covina 48
Rowland 72, Jurupa Hills 65, OT
Pomona 54, South Torrance 46
Jurupa Valley 52, Workman 42
Westminster 69, South Hills 62
Division 4A
Salesian 68, Rosemead 41
Division 5AA — wild card
Arrowhead Christian 59, Sierra Vista 49
Nogales 81, Big Bear 74

Friday’s Games
Open Division – First Round

Corona Centennial at Damien, 7 p.m.
Second Round
Division 1A

Peninsula at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Temescal Canyon at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rowland at Bolsa Grande, 7 p.m.
Hillcrest at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Division 5AA
Nogales at Holy Martyrs, 7 p.m.
Edgewood at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Division 6
La Verne Lutheran at Pacifica Christian, 7 p.m.

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Wednesday’s water polo scores, new pairings

Wednesday’s first round

Division 3
Harvard Westlake 13, Los Altos 6
Warren 14, Westridge 9
La Serna 10, Long Beach Wilson 8

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly 13, Cypress 4
No. 4 Santa Ana Valley 5, Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, OT

Division 6
Downey 11, Wilson 6

Thursday’s first round
All games, 5 p.m. unless noted

Division 2
Dana Hills (16-13) vs. La Canada (20-8) at Pasadena City College
Bonita (23-6) at No. 4 Schurr (27-2)
Temple City (23-5) at Arroyo Grande (18-6)

Division 4
No. 2 South Pasadena (17-9) at California (18-8)

Division 6
Walnut (12-12) at Alta Loma (17-9)
Arcadia (17-8) at Costa Mesa (14-11)

Thursday’s second round

Division 7
West Valley (12-11) at Whittier (18-9), 4 p.m.
Nipomo (9-9) vs. Santa Fe (21-6) at Rio Hondo College, 3:15 p.m.
No. 2 Diamond Bar (23-7) at Don Lugo (10-11), 3:30 p.m.

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 3
No. 2 Redondo (26-3) at La Serna (17-12)

Division 5
No. 1 Pasadena Poly (21-5) at Fullerton (16-6)

Semifinals: Feb 22
Finals at Irvine HS: Feb. 25

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