Read reporter Clay Fowler’s exceptional work on recruiting and the celebrity of Lonzo Ball

How high school athletes like Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball deal with new celebrity status: Fresh off a flight across the country, UCLA-bound Lonzo Ball stepped off the hotel elevator in Fort Myers, Fla., only to find autograph seekers waiting outside his room.
The Chino Hills High School senior’s national coming-out party wouldn’t occur for another couple of days, when his team would ascend to No. 1 in the country by winning one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball tournaments.

Dealing with the hype on social media can be a boon or burden for young athletes: Despite the fact that less than 2 percent reach the NBA, 76 percent of Division I basketball players think they have a “somewhat likely” chance to play in the NBA, according to a 2011 NCAA survey. The number only drops to 48 percent for Division II players. What role does social media play in all this?

The college recruiting game: Coaches take extraordinary measures for top talent: What goes on behind the scenes in college recruiting?

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Monrovia football coach Chris Stevens named head coach at Chino Hills

stevensStory: Truthfully, Chris Stevens’ initial hope was to stay as the head football coach at Monrovia High School.
But the commute of over an hour from his home in Chino to Monrovia took its toll on Stevens and his family. And when finding a house close to Monrovia didn’t work out, Stevens turned his focus to finding a job closer to home.Chino Hills turned out to be that job.
Monday, Chino Hills introduced Stevens as its new head coach to a group primarily of returning football players. His selection is pending school board approval.

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Soccer rankings: Diamond Bar Boys/South Hills girls No. 1

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Tribune Soccer Rankings
Boys Rankings

1. Diamond Bar (15-1-6) – Undefeated in Palomares and can all but wrap up league title if it beats second place Claremont at home on Tuesday.
2. Ganesha (12-2-5) — Keeps rolling in the Miramonte and tied with Garey at 6-0-1. They meet in league finale that will likely decide it all next week.
3. South El Monte (11-1-0) – Undefeated on field, but had to forfeit earlier tie to El Monte, then beat El Monte last week 2-0.
4. Damien (7-2-5) — Tie followed by 1-0 loss to Los Osos drops Spartans from first in Baseline.
5. Gladstone (12-4-1) — Undefeated in league, the Gladiators can wrap up league title with a win over Sierra Vista on Wednesday.
6. Los Altos (11-5-2) – After getting key 2-1 win over Diamond Ranch to take over sole possession of first in Hacienda, it loses 1-0 to Walnut to fall back into tie with Diamond Ranch.
7. Sierra Vista (12-5-1) – After starting 0-2 in Montview, is now 2-2 and trying to get back in title hunt.
8. Diamond Ranch (12-5-1)– Luckily for Panthers, after losing to Los Altos for first place, Los Altos lost later in the week and now they’re tied again.
9. El Monte (11-5-2) – Because of forfeit win over South El Monte from earlier in league play, Lions are tied with South El Monte for league lead despite losing 2-0 to the Eagles last week.
10. Covina (9-3-3) — Colts keeping its foot on the gas in Valle Vista, leading by a game over Nogales.

Girls Rankings
1. South Hills (15-1-5) – Wins over Bonita and Ayala this week will clinch the Palomares league title for 7-0 Huskies, also No. 1 in Division 3
2. Bishop Amat (10-5-1) – Lancers routed 4-1 by St. Joseph’s and can do no better than second in the Del Rey. But still easy No. 2 in this area.
3. Sierra Vista (18-2-1) – In Montview league has scored 37 goals and allowed just one.
4. St. Lucy’s (12-5-3) — a tie and 5-2 loss to Rancho Cucamonga leaves it in sole possession of second in tough Baseline.
5. Los Altos (9-7-3) — Is 5-0-1 in Hacienda and closing in on a league title with full two-game lead over Chino (3-2-1).
6. San Dimas (8-8-2) — Huge 2-0 win over Rowland to take over sole possession of first in the Valle Vista by half a game over the Raiders.
7. Glendora (7-8-7) — In a tough battle with Diamond Bar for third place and last guaranteed playoff spot from Palomares.
8. Rowland (13-7) — Falls to second in Valle Vista by half a game after 2-0 loss to San Dimas.
9. Charter Oak (6-7-2) – Can finish anywhere from second to fourth in Hacienda.
10. South El Monte (9-5-1) – Eagles remain second in Mission Valley behind undefeated Gabrielino.

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Basketball Rankings: Damien boys/Diamond Bar girls stay No. 1

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Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (21-2)
— Gets Upland first, then Etiwanda on the road Friday before taking on Chino Hills again next week.
2. Diamond Ranch (17-6) — Clearly the area’s second-best team after beating Walnut and Los Altos to take over first in the Hacienda.
3. Walnut (19-4) — Is 2-1 vs. rival Los Altos, beating them in December and splitting in league.
4. Los Altos (19-3) — Tough week for the Conqs, losing back-to-back to Diamond Ranch and Walnut to fall into a second-place tie with the Mustangs.
5. Bishop Amat (18-4) — Huge 43-42 win over league leading St. Anthony, now only a game back in standings with two weeks to go.
6. Bonita (18-5) — Took it on the chin in loss to Ayala for first in the Palomares, but still a solid second by two games in league.
7. San Dimas (16-6) — Coach Gordon Hamlow has done a tremendous job for the Saints, 6-0 in the VVL and poised to run the table.
8. Workman (15-7) — As expected, Lobos are 6-0 in the Montview and games aren’t even competitive.
9. Glendora (11-12) — Struggling in first year after departure of legendary coach Mike LeDuc.
10. Wilson (11-11) — Second in Valle Vista at 4-2 ahead of solid Rowland and Covina.

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (20-2)
— Juliana Gamboa leads the way averaging 14 points on a team 6-0 in the Palomares.
2. Duarte (20-3) — People keep telling me I’ve got Duarte ranked to high. I think I’m right and they’re wrong.
3. Rowland (18-2) — Nice to see the Raiders flourishing in the Valle Vista with a 6-0 league record.
4. Covina (18-5) — Will get another crack at Rowland on Friday in hopes of moving into a first-place tie.
5. Los Altos (17-5) — In sole possession of first in Hacienda and can stay there if it beats second-place Chino on Wednesday.
6. South Hills (15-7) — Considering how many top players graduated, Huskies are a solid second at 5-1 in Palomares.
7. Bonita (15-9) — Has two-game lead over Glendora for third in Palomares.
8. El Monte (13-7) — Huge 42-37 win over South El Monte to move into a first-place tie with the Eagles in the MVL.
9. Glendora (14-9) — Back to back losses drops Tartans to fourth in Palomares.
10. Walnut (12-8) — Tough week for the Mustangs, losing two straight to settle into third in Hacienda.



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Saturday Recap: Diamond Ranch boys basketball get another win, 11th straight victory for the Panthers

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Boys basketball
Diamond Ranch 57, El Camino 54 — Roman Silva scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds and Ryan Haywood added 15 points and had eight rebounds for the Panthers (17-6, 6-0) in a first-round Real Run LA game shootout.

Girls basketball
Duarte 46, Rio Mesa 32 — Ryley Thompson scored 17 points and MacKenzie Barnes added 14 points for the Falcons (20-3, 6-0) in a nonleague game.

Girls water polo
St. Lucy’s 11, La Serna 7; Ayala 17, St. Lucy’s 8 — Sienna Jagielski scored five goals, Devin Holcomb scored four goals and had six steals and goalie Ana Benson had eight saves for the Regents in a Bonita Tournament quarterfinals win. Jagielski had six goals and Clare Rowland scored twice to lead the Regents (15-9, 4-2) to place third at the tournament.

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Friday Recap: Daniel Felix scored the game-winning basket to lead Edgewood boys basketball to beat La Puente

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Boys basketball
Edgewood 44, La Puente 41 — Daniel Felix scored the game-winning basket and finished with 11 points to lead the Lions (8-14, 2-5) to the Miramonte League victory. Ozzy Mancilla scored 12 points and Michael Martinez added eight points and had 21 rebounds for Edgewood.
Northview 68, Rowland 65 — Curtis Hong scored 25 points, Jonathan Hu had 22 points and five rebounds and Anthony Lehr added 10 points and had six rebounds for the Raiders (10-12, 3-3) in a Valle Vista League game.

Girls basketball
Rowland 55, Northview 13 — Tianna Eaton had 21 points, six rebounds, five steals, two assists and two blocks for the Raiders (18-2, 6-0) in a Valle Vista League game. This is the best start for Rowland since 1988.

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Friday Recap: Dwight Ramos’ 37 points leads Walnut to 75-71 OT win over Los Altos; Bishop Amat gets big win over St. Anthony

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Boys basketball
Walnut 75, Los Altos 71, OTThe two-time Hacienda League defending champions stayed in the hunt for a third consecutive title as the Walnut High School boys basketball team defeated Los Altos in 75-71 in overtime to move into a tie for second place in the league thanks to a 37-point effort from Dwight Ramos.
Bishop Amat 43, St. Anthony 42 Bishop Amat played right into the thick of the Camino Real League race as it started the second round of league play with a 43-42 win over first-place St. Anthony on Friday night.The Lancers (18-4, 4-2), the Tribune’s sixth ranked team, moved to within one game of first place after handing the Saints their first league loss of the season.
South El Monte 61, El Monte 48 — Chris Salcedo had 29 points and Alex Hernandez added 12 points and had 10 rebounds for the Eagles (9-10, 5-2) in a Mission Valley League game. Edward Dominguez scored 13 points and Jordan Ayala added 12 points for El Monte (10-13, 1-6).
San Dimas 64, Wilson 59 — Ronny Rafeh scored 16 points and had six rebounds, Andrew Sanchez added 11 points and Donnell Leffridge had nine points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Saints (16-6, 6-0) in a Valle Vista League game. This was the Saints ninth-straight win. Jared Kawamoto had 21 points for Wilson (11-11, 4-2).
Diamond Ranch 81, West Covina 64 — Roman Silva had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Giraun Benjamin added 24 points to lead the Panthers (16-6, 6-0) to the Hacienda League win. This was Diamond Ranch’s 10th-straight win. Tyler McLean had 13 assists for the Panthers.
Girls basketball
Diamond Bar 45, Ayala 33 — Candace Black scored 15 points and had six rebounds, Juliana Gamboa added 14 points and had nine rebounds and Destinee Garr had 12 rebounds for the Brahmas (20-2, 6-0) in a Palomares League contest.
Bassett 49, Garey 20 — Kailey Gutierrez had 18 points and Kassandra Aguilar added 15 points to lead the Olympians (12-3, 7-0) to the Miramonte League victory.
Rancho Cucamonga 52, St. Lucy’s 47 — Danielle Tostado scored 23 points for the Regents (14-7, 1-5) in a Baseline League loss.

Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 2, Baldwin Park 0 — Zitlali Jimenez and Samantha Loza both scored a goal and Maria Hernandez had an assist for the Dons (17-2-1, 6-0) in a Montview League match.
Monrovia 7, Blair 0 — Alana Elliott and Savanna Pfau both scored twice for the Wildcats (11-5-3, 4-1-1) in a Rio Hondo League game. Michelle Palfrey, Aisling O’Beirne and Kate Ogilvie each scored a goal for Monrovia.

Girls water polo
St. Lucy’s 14, Glendora 7; St. Lucy’s 14, Charter Oak 7 — Sabrina Garabet scored six goals and Devin Holcomb had five goals for the Regents in their first-round Bonita Water Polo Tournament win of the day. Garabet scored six goals and had three assists, Sienna Jagielske had three goals and Clare Rowland scored twice to lead the Regents (14-7, 4-2) to their second-round win against Charter Oak.

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