Walnut’s Kayla Richardson finally healthy and set to go in Masters

KAYLAWALNUT SPEEDSTER SET FOR MASTERS: Kayla Richardson has finally stepped into the unknown.
he Walnut High School sprinter was expected to set foot in the final CIF-Southern Section track and field meet of the year, the Masters Meet, for the past two seasons, but a hamstring always managed to get in the way.
Not this time. The junior will be making her first Masters appearance as an individual in Friday’s meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk. Richardson has qualified in the 100- and 200-meter races.
“I’m pretty excited,” she said. “I’m obviously going in confident and will try and do as well as I can and see what happens. I think the biggest part of going into it is with confidence and to not let the previous race affect my next race. You have to go into it with the right attitude and let the legs do what they can do.”

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Charter Oak’s Zion Echols heading to Cal

ECHOLS TO CAL: One visit and Zion Echols was hooked.
That’s how the Charter Oak High School football standout felt about Cal and soon after setting foot on the Berkeley campus he was tweeting out to followers that his mind was made up.
Echols gave a verbal commitment to play at Cal this past weekend during a visit to the Bay Area, thus ending a recruiting process that saw the all-purpose threat pick up offers.
“I went on my visit last weekend and I just loved it. Everything about it,” Echols said. “I went on visits to Oregon, LSU, USC and Washington, but when I went to Cal it’s the first time ever I felt like home.”

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West Covina linebacker Isaiah Love could miss season with injury; coach Mike Maggiore not happy

LOVE SUFFERS NECK INJURY: West Covina defensive back Isaiah Love is in danger of missing his senior season after suffering a serious neck/upper back injury during a trip to the Bay Area on May 16 for an unofficial college visit.

Love was with Body By Tra, a workout club/7-on7 team owned and operated by Traison Lewis, on what was supposed to be an unofficial visit to Cal and San Jose St., and possibly a performance in that weekend’s Nike Camp in Oakland.

Instead, the van the team was traveling in was involved in an accident that saw several passengers end up hospitalized. Love wound up with a hairline fracture of one of his vertebrae’s and will be in a neck brace for eight weeks. The first specialist who saw him, according to Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore, said that Love won’t play his senior season.

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Former Covina coach Richard Sheehan named CVUSD Superintendent

FORMER AREA COACH RICHARD SHEEHAN NAMED SUPERINTENDENT: The Covina-Valley Unified board of education hired a district alumnus and former employee as its a new superintendent during a brief meeting Tuesday.

Richard M. Sheehan will receive a base salary of $259,000 annually beginning July 1 as part of the three-year contract, which was released after the board meeting.
“I’m very excited to be coming home,” Sheehan said.

The current Glendale Unified superintendent since 2010, Sheehan worked at Covina Valley for 17 years as a teacher and coach at Covina High School, then principal at Northview High School and director of curriculum and instruction at the district office, according to his Glendale Unified biography.

SHEEHAN BROUGHT IN TO CLEAN UP MESSES LIKE TODAY’S NEWS: South Hills High School spent $15,000 from a student-run account to pay for staff appreciation lunches, employee T-shirts and three trips to beach resorts in the last two years, according to documents obtained by this news organization.

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Tuesday Recap: Damien volleyball unable to get the win at the first-round of the California Regional State Playoffs

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 volleyball
Corona Del Mar 3, Damien 0 — Christopher Jorristsma had 10 kills, Chris Mercado had seven kills, Christian Hernandez had 28 assists and Nickolas Hibshman had 16 digs for the Spartans (26-7) in a 25-17, 25-15, 25-18 California Regional State Playoff first-round loss. “I couldn’t be happier with this season,” Damien coach Randy Bohlman said. “We have been league champions for three years in a row; we had a great season.” Damien’s volleyball program began in 2011, and won league championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Baseball
Walnut 4, Temescal Canyon 1 — Andre Alvarez went 2 for 2 with a double, two RBIs and had a stolen base, and Christian Longoria was the winning pitcher, striking out five to lead the Mustangs (19-7-2) into the CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinals with their 16th straight win. Mustang Andy Rodriguez had a base hit and an RBI.
Monrovia 4, Moreno Valley 3 — Eric Herrera had two hits with an RBI and Brian McConnell struck out six for the Wildcats (23-4) in a CIF-SS Division 5 second-round victory. Nick Garcia and Isaiah Ramos each had an RBI and Juan Quinonez had two stolen bases for Monrovia.

Softball
South Hills 2, Villa Park 1 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 15, Clarissa Perez went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Christie Aguilar had a single, a double and two runs scored for the Huskies (19-7) in a Division 2 second-round victory.
Bishop Amat 4, Burbank 3 — Samaria Diaz was the winning pitcher and Miranda Larios had two RBIs to lead the Lancers (19-7) to the Division 3 quarterfinals. Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera and Clarissa Bracamonte each had an RBI.

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