Walnut girls swimming win CIF Division 3 title

By Keith Lair
Walnut High School’s Alexis Grant looked to the swimming lane on her right side of Riverside City College pool and did not see Pasadena Poly’s Susannah Laster.
The freshman knew the Mustangs’ first CIF Southern Section Division 3 title in seven years would be at hand on Thursday evening.
“We were ahead and I really didn’t see anybody,” Grant said. “I was definitely scared because Susannah Laster can go out really fast; faster than me. It was nerve-wracking.”

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Walnut, Nogales, El Monte win league baseball titles; Glendora, South Hills share Palomares


Glendora, South Hills tie for Palomares League title: It was a must win game in a must win week of play for the Glendora baseball team.The Tartans came through with a 4-0 shut-out win over Claremont in the final game of the regular season on Thursday afternoon.
The win clinched at a share of the Palomares League championship after missing the CIF Souther Section Division 2 playoffs last season. South Hills beat Ayala 2-1 in 10 innings late Wednesday. Because Glendora is in Division 2, and South Hills in Division 1, both will head to the playoffs as the league’s top entry.The Tartans improved to 24-6 and 11-4.
“We didn’t want to put pressure on these young kids last week by telling them it was a must win week,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “But this week certainly was and today was certainly a must win for a league championship, so we’re really excited about it.”


Walnut beats Charter Oak to win Hacienda: Walnut High School is the stealth baseball team of the San Gabriel Valley; overlooked until the end of the season when it suddenly appears and drops bombs on the rest of the Hacienda League.
The Mustangs (20-8, 13-1) clinched their third consecutive league title with a 6-3 win over second place and higher ranked Charter Oak on Wednesday afternoon.
“This was a huge win for us,” Mustangs coach Paul Acosta said. “Sometimes we fly under the radar, but we don’t take offense. If people want to sleep on us, that’s OK.”


Nogales clinches Montview: Trust.
It’s the intangible that a player must have with his coach. In Nogales’ 1-0 win over visiting Sierra Vista on Tuesday that clinched the Montview League baseball championship, it played a key factor in the outcome, which sewed up the league title for the Nobles (23-2, 13-1).
The characters in this subplot were Nobles coach Donnie Montanez, assistant coach Tim Nolan and starting pitcher Juan Guardado.
In the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Mario Huizar and Fernando Bravo had singles for Sierra Vista (16-6, 11-3). Nolan then came out to the mound with every intention of replacing Juan with his older brother Jonathan.

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SGVN volleyball results; Thursday’s pairings

Division 2
San Gabriel def. University 3-1
El Toro def. Temple City 25-9, 25-16, 25-11
Quartz Hill def. 25 13, 25-10, 25-21
South Pasadena def. Santiago(C) 27-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19

Division 3
Bishop Diego def. Alhambra 25-9, 18-25, 25-17. 25-10
Oxnard def. Flintridge Prep 25-18, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-5
Damien def. Laguna Blanca 3-0

Division 4
Whittier Christian def. Heritage Christian 25-20, 25-16, 25-21
Los Altos def. Mayfair at 25-19, 25-20, 25-14
Santa Ana Valley def. Pasadena Poly 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-10
La Salle def. Morro Bay 25-20, 25-15, 25-23
Windward def. Keppel 3-0
California def. No. 4 Bolsa Grande 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23
No. 3 Perris def El Rancho 25-16, 25-19, 25-21

Division 5
Orange def. Southwestern Academy 25-16, 25-15, 25-11
St. Genevieve def. Cantwell-Sacred 25-11, 25-17, 25-21
Avalon def. AGBU-Pasadena 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23
San Gabriel Academy def. San Gorgonio 25-16, 25-14, 25-14
No. 2 La Serna def. Pacifica Christian (O) 25-15, 25-9, 25-12

Thursday’s second round
All matches at 7 p.m. unless noted

Division 2
San Gabriel (14-1) at No. 1 South Torrance (27-5)
No. 2 Santa Monica (20-5) at South Pasadena (24-9)

Division 3
No. 3 Crean Lutheran (16-9) at Damien (19-12)

Division 4
Whittier Christian (15-12) at No. 1 Katella (21-4)
Los Altos (17-10) at Garden Grove (11-9)
Kennedy (20-6) at La Salle (14-10-1)
Windward (16-13) at California (19-6)

Division 5
St. Genevieve (17-8-2) at San Gabriel Academy (21-3)
Ganesha (19-6) at No. 2 La Serna (20-2)

Quarterfinals: Saturday
Semifinals: May 17
Finals: May 20

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Key softball showdowns coming up

A look at the last week of the softball regular season:

Almont
Montebello has won it

Baseline
St.Lucy’s, Upland and Chino Hills share title

Camino Real
St. Anthony has won it

Del Rey
Bishop Amat 9-2
St. Joseph    9-2
Thursday: St. Joseph at Bishop Amat

Del Rio
LaSerna has won it

Freeway
Sunny Hills 8-1
La Habra    8-1
Thursday: La Habra at Sunny Hills

Hacienda
Los Altos has won it

Horizon
Alverno has won it

Miramonte
Edgewood has won it

Mission
Alemany has won it

Mission Valley
South El Monte has won it

Montview
Sierra Vistahas won it

Olympic
Heritage Christian has won it

Pacific
Crescenta Valley 11-2
Burroughs           11-2
Arcadia                10-3
Thursday: Arcadia at Crescenta Valley; Burroughs at Burbank

Palomares
Glendora has won it

Prep
Pasadena Poly has won it

Rio Hondo
La Canada has won it

Suburban
La Mirada 10-1
Cerritos      9-2
Today: Mayfair at La Mirada; Glenn at Cerritos

Valle Vista
San Dimas has won it

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Baseball’s gut-wrenching time

Teams have one or two games remaining in the regular season. Here’s the skinny on league championships:

Almont
Schurr    10-4
Alhambra 9-5
Friday: Schurr at Keppel; Bell Gardens at Alhambra

Baseline
Etiwanda has won it

Camino Real
Cantwell has won it

Del Rey
Bishop Amat has won it

Del Rio
Santa Fe has won it

Freeway
Troy has won it

Hacienda
Walnut          12-1
Charter Oak 11-2
Today: Walnut at Charter Oak
Friday: Charter Oak at Walnut

Miramonte
Pomona 12-2
Garey     11-2
Today: Pomona at Bassett; Edgewood at Garey
Friday: Garey at Edgewood

Mission
Notre Dame has clinched share

Mission Valley
El Monte has won it

Montview
Nogales has won it

Olympic
Village Chr. 9-2
Maranatha  8-3
Thursday: Village at Maranatha

Pacific
Crescenta Valley has won it

Palomares
Glendora   10-4
South Hills 10-4
Ayala           9-5
Thursday: Glendora at Claremont; Ayala at South Hills

Prep
Pasadena Poly has won it

Rio Hondo
La Canada has won it

Suburban
La Mirada 10-1
Mayfair       9-2
Thursday: Cerritos at La Mirada; Mayfair at Glenn

Valle Vista
San Dimas has won it

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SGVN boys tennis pairings

All matches scheduled for 3 p.m.

Division 1
Westlake (11-4) at San Marino (9-3)
Loyola (13-5) at No. 4 Arcadia (17-0)
La Canada (11-3) at Los Alamitos (11-4)

Division 2
Temple City (15-6) at No. 1 Yorba Linda (19-1)
Camarillo (9-5) at Pasadena Poly (14-1)
Palm Springs (10-6) at Walnut (16-2-1)
Simi Valley (11-7) at Diamond Bar (13-3)

Division 3
La Mirada/Foothill at Laguna Beach (13-4)
Murrieta Valley (11-6)/Santiago of Corona (11-4) at Rowland (21-0-1)
Schurr (11-7) at Rancho Cucamonga (16-4)
Los Altos (9-6) at Riverside Poly (10-8)
Pasadena/ Thacher at Keppel (14-6)
Charter Oak/Flintridge Prep at Aliso Niguel (10-7)
Wild card
La Mirada (11-6) at Foothill (11-8)
Pasadena (7-10) at Thacher (1-0)
Charter Oak (8-8) at Flintridge Prep (6-6)

Division 4
Bellflower/Alhambra at Rim of the World (13-4)
Silverado/Downey at No. 4 La Serna (16-1)
Lakewood/Ocean View at Maranatha (13-1)
Wilson/Yucaipa at Rancho Mirage (13-3)
Rosemead/Chnanel Islands at Templeton (17-2)
El Rancho (14-6) at Arroyo (10-8)
San Dimas (13-7) at Beaumont (12-8)
Wild card
Bellflower (8-8) at Alhambra (12-5)
Wilson (13-5-3) at Yucaipa (15-3)
Rosemead (9-9) at Chnanel Islands (5-10)

Division 5
Bishop Montgomery (8-2) at Marshall (15-3)
Jurupa Hills/Ramona at Workman (14-2)
California/Azusa at Grand Terrace (12-3)
La Salle/Chaffey at Jurupa Valley (16-5)
Nipomo/Gahr at Bishop Amat (13-1)
Edgewood (8-8) at Granite Hills (9-5)
Valley Christian of Cerritos/Nogales at No. 2 Arrowhead Christian (14-1)
Wild card
California (9-9) at Azusa (11-9)
La Salle (8-7-2) at Chaffey (10-5)
K Valley Christian of Cerritos (9-6) at Nogales (13-6)

Wild-card: Tuesday
First round: Wednesday
Second round: Friday
Quarterfinals: May 15
Semifinals: May 17
Finals: May 19 at The Claremont Club

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Tribune Baseball Rankings: Consistent San Dimas leaps to top spot


Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. San Dimas (19-5) – With everyone faltering, Saints jumps to top spot.
2. Glendora (22-6) – Back-to-back losses to fall in three-way tie for first.
3. South Hills (19-7) – Finishes with two against Ayala in fight for Palomares.
4. Charter Oak (15-4) – Game back of Walnut in Hacienda with two against Mustangs this week for the title.
5. Nogales (22-2) – Big week against Sierra Vista should decide Montview.
6. Bishop Amat (17-9) — Has clinched the Del Rey League title.
7. Walnut (19-8) — Needs a split against Charter Oak for Hacienda title.
8. Damien (11-12) – Back in playoff picture after winning three of four.
9. Bonita (13-11) – Beat South Hills, but might not be enough for playoff berth.
10. Sierra Vista (16-5) – Needs to sweep Nogales for Montview title.



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