South Hills football coach Matt Bechtel says “culture change” needed to turn program around

By Aram Tolegian
New South Hills High School football coach Matt Bechtel isn’t wasting any time as he tries to return the Huskies to Southland prominence.
Bechtel has loaded his coaching staff with a mix of holdovers from last year, including former head coach Albert Rodriguez. He’s also made the entire defensive coaching staff be comprised of coaches from Chino Hills, where bechtelBechtel was head coach the past three years.
And then there’s the weight room, which Bechtel has made his project to be what he calls a “Division 1 weight room.”
“There does need to be a culture change here,” Bechtel said. “I say that because the group of kids here now don’t remember that South Hills won nine league titles in the 2000s. They don’t remember there were four CIF titles in the 2000s. For kids today, that seems like forever ago.”
The Huskies went 4-7 last season, making the playoffs because they were competitive in the Palomares League after a rugged nonleague schedule. In 2014, South Hills won the league championship, so Bechtel didn’t exactly inherit a downtrodden situation.
But compared to the powerhouse teams under former head coach Steve Bogan, the recent product hasn’t been up to historical standards. Bechtel, with his offensive flare and ability to develop quarterbacks, looks like the perfect hire to light things up.
South Hills will have four quarterbacks competing for the starting job when spring practice next week. Bechtel said that incoming freshman Khalil Ali, a youth football standout, is going to be in that mix and looks headed toward a bright future.
Then there’s the hopeful arrival of Jonathan Vaughns, who is the latest edition to lineage of Vaughns brothers who have starred at local schools. The most recent being Tyler Vaughns, who played at Bishop Amat and is headed to USC as a receiver.
Bechtel is uncertain whether the youngest Vaughns will be attending South Hills, but thinks there’s a good chance. If he does, then South Hills has arguably the top freshman class around. And that comes on top of a frosh team last year that went 9-1 and the one before it that when 8-2.

Here’s the prize everyone in the Valley wants. What’s interesting is that you think he would naturally follow his brother Tyler Vaughns, who just finished a stellar career at Bishop Amat. But word is Amat is probably not in the plans. If he doesn’t go to South Hills, St. John Bosco is a more likely landing spot. — Fred Robledo

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Thursday Recap: West Covina baseball takes the win after nine innings

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Baseball

West Covina 2, Walnut 1 (9 innings) — Alex Orellana had a game-winning RBI double to lead the Bulldogs (11-11, 4-5) to the Hacienda League victory. Anthony Parada pitched five innings, giving up a hit, and Sean Vega pitched the final four innings to earn the win.

Boys tennis
Garey 16, Pomona 2 — Ermis Lopez swept in singles and the team of Miguel Lopez and Daniel Bedolla swept in doubles for the Vikings (15-2-1, 7-0) in a Miramonte League match.

Boys golf
GABRIELINO 208, MARSHALL 248 — Michael Lam shot a 37 for the Eagles (11-1-1, 8-0) in a Mission Valley League match at Eaton Canyon par 35. Cyrus Lam shot 40, Nathan Duong and Isaac Lam both shot a 43 and Ryan Tran shot 45 for Gabrielino.

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Wednesday Recap: Rowland’s Luis Huizar pitches a no-hitter

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Baseball

Rowland 5, Nogales 0 — Luis Huizar pitched a no-hitter to lead the Raiders (6-6, 3-5) to the Valle Vista League win.
Baldwin Park 6, Azusa 4 — Freddy Quintana had a double and two RBIs and Francisco Ruiz and Christian Cruz both had an RBI for the Braves (5-5, 3-4) in a Montview League game.
Garey 7, Bassett 3 — Michael Santana went 3 for 4 to lead the visiting Vikings (9-4, 7-0) to the Miramonte League win.
Sierra Vista 4, Gladstone 3 — Ricardo Reyes pitched seven innings to lead the Dons (14-1, 8-0) to the Montview League victory.
South Hills 10, Diamond Bar 5 (8 innings) — Aaron Fong went 4 for 5 with an RBI and four runs scored, Jacob Amaya went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and John Dearth was the winning pitcher and had a three-run triple for the Huskies (12-6, 7-1) in a Palomares League contest.
Edgewood 3, La Puente 1 — Chris Saylers threw a complete game, striking out four for the Lions (3-10, 2-6) in a Miramonte League game.

Softball
Edgewood 23, La Puente 0 — Kennedy Cuevas pitched a one-hitter and had five homers to lead the Lions (11-1, 7-0) to the Miramonte League win.

Boys tennis
Garey 12, Ganesha 6 — Ulysses Marquez swept in singles for the Vikings (14-2-1, 6-0) in a Miramonte League match.

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Softball: Bishop Amat beats rival St. Paul, 1-0

Bishop Amat starting pitcher Samaria Diaz, center, reacts along with her teammates after Sofia Saucedo (not pictured) scores against St. Paul in the sixth inning of a prep softball game at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., on Wednesday, April, 20, 2016. Bishop Amat won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Bishop Amat starting pitcher Samaria Diaz, center, reacts along with her teammates after Sofia Saucedo (not pictured) scores against St. Paul in the sixth inning of a prep softball game at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., on Wednesday, April, 20, 2016. Bishop Amat won 1-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

SOFTBALL
DEL REY LEAGUE
BISIOP AMAT 1, ST. PAUL 0


LA PUENTE — Bishop Amat High School, after a rain-out and two failed attempts for make-up dates, finally got on the field with rival St. Paul on Wednesday, and it was worth the wait for the Lancers.
Samaria Diaz tossed a three-hit shutout and Maddie Ramirez went 2 for 3 with the only RBI to lead host Bishop Amat to a 1-0 victory over rival St. Paul in a Del Rey League softball game.
Julie Menrad also had two hits for the Lancers, who improved to 16-2 overall and 6-0 in league play. Emilee Leonard gave up seven hits and struck out four for the Swordsmen, who slipped to 13-7 and 4-2.
Bishop Amat, which stranded a runners in scoring position in the second and fourth innings, finally broke through in the fifth. Bryanna Perez and Sofia Saucedo led off with consecutive singles. Ramirez then singled to center field with two outs to score Perez for a 1-0 lead.
SAFE OR OUT?:
St. Paul had a chance to tie it in the sixth. Jaclyn Candelas singled with two outs and Tatum Anzaldo was then hit by a pitch. Samantha Rivas followed with a single to center field.
Candelas tried to advance home, but pulled up and was trapped in a run-down. She then tried to avoid the tag from Diaz at the plate and was called out to end the inning.
Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon: “Of course, there is a little extra incentive to beat St. Paul, because the history of the rivalry. I think ultimately, they (the Amat players) came out here ready to play. It doesn’t really matter who is in the other dugout, my girls come out ready to play. It was really great to see them bring it all together.”
St. Paul coach Dena Slye: “I feel in softball you have to take your chances. We have no instant replay, but I don’t know if the tag was made. But I’m proud of my girls. We fought, and we still have two more games (vs. Bishop Amat). I tell them all the time the first game is like a feel game. We just have to win the next two. The goal of the year is to win the series.”
Bishop Amat’s Maddie Ramirez: “When I went up there, I wasn’t over thinking,” Ramirez said. “I knew there was a runner in scoring position, so I knew I had to do my job and bring her in.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Damien takes control of Baseline with 17-6 pounding of Upland

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Damien takes over Baseline lead: The Damien Spartans met before Tuesday’s Baseline League game against Upland and the talk was about getting off to a good start and then not letting up. Well, they did and they didn’t.
The Spartans pounded out 19 hits and cruised to a 17-6 win at Memorial Park to move into first place in the competitive league.
Damien (9-7, 6-1) pushed across four runs in the top of the first off Upland starter Ryan Rodriguez on the strength of three hits, two walks and a throwing error. One of those hits was a sharp grounder back to the mound that caromed off Rodriguez, who was down for several minutes but remained in the game.
“We have all been on both sides of these kind of games,” Damien coach Andy Nieto said. “We know they are relentless and they’re going to come back so we couldn’t afford to sit on a lead. We were able to keep putting up runs today and it was a great game for us. But once we get on the bus it’s over and we’re worrying about the next one.”

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Tuesday Recap: Alex Orellana leads West Covina baseball to defeat Walnut

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Baseball
West Covina 3, Walnut 2 — Alex Orellana hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth for the Bulldogs (10-11, 3-5) in a Hacienda League game.

Softball
Chino 17, West Covina 7 — Freshman Violet Salazar was the winning pitcher and Emily Ballesteros got the save for the Cowboys (9-7, 2-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Chino combined for 20 hits. Corina Gamboa went 5 for 5 with three homers, a double and six RBIs, Haley Wishner went 4 for 4 with three doubles and an RBI, Alyssa Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with a home run and an RBI, Pearl Barroso and Justine Briones both had a home run and two RBIs and Emily Ballesteros went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Nogales 5, San Dimas 4 — Peui Tafasi was the winning pitcher and Savanah Bonillas got the save, Mia Escobar went 3 for 4 and Alexis Morales had a three-run homer for the Nobles (9-7, 2-1) in a Valle Vista League game.

Boys tennis
Garey 15, Ganesha 3 — The team of Max Murillo and Mauricio Partida swept in doubles to lead the Vikings (13-2-1, 5-0) to the Miramonte League win.

Boys golf
Charter Oak 239, Diamond Ranch 267 — Austin Childers shot 43 and Cody Sharp shot 44 for the Chargers (6-2) in a Hacienda League match at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course.

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