Damien boys volleyball captures CIF-SS Division 5 title

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DAMIEN WINS IT: Making history is always fun.
Just ask Christopher Jorritsma, a senior on the Damien boys volleyball team.The opposite side hitter was all smiles after he and the Spartans pulled off a four-set victory over Arrowhead Christian in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship final on Saturday at Cerritos College.
“So good, it feels so good,” Jorritsma said as the team posed with its new CIF championship plaque.The 12-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 triumph secured the program’s first CIF championship in just its fifth year.
“To know that we started this, it’s great to know that we got it going,” senior setter Christian Hernandez said. “We did this for the program, for the future.”

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Walnut’s Kayla Richardson dominant with a double at CIF-SS track and field finals

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WALNUT’S KAYLA RICHARDSON DOMINATES: Kayla Richardson admits that she was not happy running a lot of 400-meter races this season.
The Walnut High School junior is complaining no more. She used that two-curve experience to claim CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championships in both the 100 and 200 on Saturday afternoon at Cerritos College.
I think it helped me a lot mentally and physically,” she said. “My times were just average, but those races really helped me with my finish.”

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Damien rallies from five down to shock third-seed Glendora, 8-7; Rio Mesa knocks off fourth-seed South Hills 4-1

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DAMIEN STUNNER: In the shocker of all shockers, Damien rallied with two runs in the seventh inning to stun third-seed Glendora 8-7 in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs. It was tied 6-6 going to the seventh, Damien scored twice to go up 8-6 and Glendora tried to rally back, scoring to make it 8-7 with runners on second and third with two outs, but Damien got out of it to complete the miracle comeback. Damien, which needed to win a wild card on Wednesday just to get here, trailed 6-1 in the third against Tartans ace Austin Isenhart and somehow rallied back. Incredible. Call it the magic of first-year Spartans coach Andy Nieto, who won his fourth championship last year with Bishop Amat. With South Hills also losing, if Bonita doesn’t beat Cajon on Saturday, the Palomares will have gone 0-3 while the Baseline goes 3-0. Another wow.

SOUTH HILLS KNOCKED OUT South Hills’ futile offense caught up with it in a 4-1 loss to Rio Mesa in Friday’s Division 2 first round game. The fourth-seed Huskies entered the seventh trailing 4-0 with only one hit off Rio Mesa pitcher Jacob Flores. The Huskies tried to rally, managing two hits in the seventh and getting a walk with the bases loaded to break the shutout and bring the go-ahead run to the plate, but a pop out ended the game.South Hills pitcher Gavin Velasquez was cruising along and got the first two outs in the sixth, but after back-to-back walks he was pulled and the rally continued with three hits and four runs — all with two outs.

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CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
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Friday’s first round
Division 2

Rio Mesa 4, Damien 1
Damien 8, Glendora 7
Saturday’s first round
Bonita 5, Cajon 2

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Angelica Ochoa’s walk-off homer leads Sierra Vista softball to the second-round

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Sierra Vista 4, Victor Valley 3 — Angelica Ochoa hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Dons (16-6) into the second round of the CIF-SS Division 5 playoffs. Ochoa also pitched a complete game, striking out eight. Sierra Vista’s Lyndsi King and Abby Cardova combined for three RBIs. Sierra Vista will host Louisville on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.

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