Damien boys volleyball advances to Saturday’s Division 5 championship

damiensDAMIEN ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON: The Damien boys volleyball team knew it had to play better in the CIF Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday than it did four days ago, when it needed five sets to win a quarterfinal.
It did.
The Spartans polished off visiting North Hollywood-Oakwood 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) at Travers Cronin Athletic Center to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship match against Laguna Blanca at Cerritos College.
The Spartans (31-7) won their first CIF title a year ago but graduated a setter and their middle hitters. So the chance to be back on center stage again has been rewarding.
“At first we were trying to be last year’s team instead of playing to our strengths this year,” said senior Chris Mercado, one of three returning starters. “We’re a little bit different. Once we started figuring that out, things came together.”

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Baldwin Park, Wilson survive Wednesday’s baseball wild card

Baldwin Park advances in Division 5 wild card: Proving that baseball is a game of inches, cleanup hitter Freddy Quintana’s two-out single drove in Francisco Ruiz with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Baldwin park baseball team a 3-2 win over Twentynine Palms in Wednesday’s CIF-SS Division 5 Wild card game.
The Braves, who won their first playoff game since 2009, will travel to Cabrillo High School in Lompoc for a first round game on Friday.
With two out and two men on base, Quintana hit a fly ball down the right field line. Hunter Tygart, the Wildcats right fielder, was going at full speed when he dove and got the ball in his glove, but the ball popped out when he hit the ground and the Braves started celebrating.

Wilson 4, Palmdale 3 — Matthew Rodriguez pitched a complete game, striking out eight, and had an RBI for the Wildcats (13-7) in a CIF-SS Division 3 wild-card victory. Devin Ramirez went 2 for 2 and Mark Cazares and Matt Orozco both had a hit for Wilson.
Vista del Lago 19, Bassett 7 — Frank Villanueva pitched four innings, striking out five, Matthew Robles went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and Ricky Mejia went 2 for 4 with a double for the Olympians (11-11) in a CIF Division 5 wild-card loss.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Wednesday’s Baseball Wild Card
Division 3

Wilson 4, Palmdale 2
Segerstrom 2, Los Altos 1
Division 5
Vista del Lago 22, Bassett 4
Campbell Hall 15, Rosemead 5
Lompoc 7, Azusa 2
Rancho Mirage 10, Mountain View 2
Ontario Christian 11, El Monte 9
Baldwin Park 3, Twentynine Palms 2

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Wednesday’s CIF-SS tennis semifinals

Division 1
Monday’s quarterfinals
San Marino 15, Beckman 3
Wednesday’s semifinals
San Marino 11, Corona del Mar 7
Peninsula 11, University 7
Friday’s finals
At Claremont Club
No. 1 San Marino (21-1) vs. No. 3 Peninsula (22-2), 11:30 a.m.

Division 2
Monday’s quarterfinals
Arcadia 17, Walnut 1
Wednesday’s semifinals
Arcadia 14, West Ranch 4
Crean Lutheran 13, No 4. San Clemente 5
Friday’s finals
At Claremont Club
No. 2 Arcadia (21-0) vs. Crean Lutheran (13-6), 11 a.m.

Division 4
Monday’s quarterfinals
Rowland 10, Rancho Cucamonga 8
Keppel 13, Webb 5
Wednesday’s semifinals
Redlands 15, Rowland 3
Laguna Beach 10, Keppel 8

Division 5
Monday’s quarterfinals
Heritage 12, Arroyo 6
Beaumont 13, Rosemead 5

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Wednesday’s CIF-SS volleyball semifinals

Division 2
Wednesday’s semifinals
Burroughs def. South Pasadena, 25-22, 25-23, 25-11

Division 4
Wednesday’s semifinals
Crean Lutheran def. Flintridge Prep 2-20, 25-23, 25-15

Division 5
Wednesday’s semifinals
Damien def. Oakwood 25-17, 25-17, 25-16
Laguna Blanca def. El Rancho 25-20, 27-25, 25-18
Saturday’s Finals
At Cerritos College
No. 1 Damien (30-7) vs. No. 2 Laguna Blanca (24-3)

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CIF softball wild card: Northview softball makes it look easy with 21-2 victory over Garey

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Northview routs GareyNorthview scored first and never looked back as they beat Garey 21-2 in a CIF Southern Section Division 5 Wild-Card game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
The mercy rule is invoked in wild-card and first and second round playoff games.
The Vikings (11-13) will travel to five-seed Lompoc for a first-round game on Thursday at 3:15.Senior Monet Manning scored on a two-out RBI double by Britney Orozco to get the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning.Northview sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs and putting the game out of reach.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s wild card results
Softball
Division 4

El Monte 5, Lancaster 4
Division 5
Northview 21, Garey 2
Flintridge Sacred Heart 12, Sierra Vista 2

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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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