Arcadia Baseball, Los Altos Softball top inaugural all encompassing polls

The all-encompassing baseball and softball rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Baseball Top Ten
1. Arcadia (5-0)
No. 2 in Division 3 after impressive run in Frozen Ropes tournament.
2. Montebello (6-0)
No. 1 in Division 4 with Wins over Charter Oak, Crescenta Valley and Chino Hills.
3. South Hills (4-1)
On paper the Huskies are legit with best pitcher in Brandon Dieter.
4. La Salle (5-0)
Already with 33 runs which includes an 8-4 win over Monrovia
5. Alhambra (5-0-1)
Won five straight after an eight-inning 2-2 tie with San Marino
6. Bonita (4-1)
After a rough 2017 campaign, looks like Bearcats are back.
7. California (4-1)
Only loss a 1-0 setback to South Torrance in 8 innings.
8. Glendora (3-2)
Bruising 7-0 loss to Norco in the Chino tournament.
9. Temple City (4-1)
Wins over Sierra Vista, Pasadena Poly. Only loss to La Salle.
10. Northview (5-2)
Five victories includes four shutouts.
Softball Top Ten
1. Los Altos (6-1)
Hot start and ranked No. 6 in Division 1
2. La Habra (4-1)
Only loss to No. 1 Los Altos and ranked No. 10 in Division 1
3. South Hills (4-1-1)
Impressive wins over Bishop Amat, Upland and San Dimas
4. Bishop Amat (5-3)
Ranked No. 7 in Division 2; wins over Glendora, California.
5. La Salle (4-2)
Won three straight after 6-5 loss to Monrovia
6. Monrovia (4-1)
Impressive 6-5 win over La Salle, 8-1 loss to Arcadia
7. Charter Oak (5-2)
Won five of six since season opening 12-0 loss to La Mirada
8. La Mirada (5-5)
Played a tough schedule, ranked No. 6 in Division 3
9. Bonita (5-2)
Has won four straight after losses to Orange Lutheran and Los Altos
10. South El Monte (4-1)
Ranked No. 8 in Division 4

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West Covina baseball coach Ricardo Soriano fired after two games; cites parent complains

West Covina High School baseball coach Ricardo Soriano finally landed his dream job coaching his alma mater, but after just two games in his first season as coach, he was fired Thursday and was given an explanation that it had to do with parent complaints.

Soriano, a walk-on coach, graduated at West Covina in 2001, which was the last Bulldogs’ team to win a league title.

Soriano said he was given vague reasons for his removal.

“If I knew the exact reasons why I was (fired), I would tell you,” Soriano said.

Soriano was hired at West Covina after the departure of Kevin Smith, who is now at Covina High School.

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Glendora finishes perfection, Alexis Lowden leads the way

That is how you deal with redemption and perfection.
And fittingly, Glendora High School’s Alexis Lowden led the way.There was nobody more visibly shaken than Lowden following last year’s championship loss to Thousand Oaks in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA girls basketball title game.
The way Lowden played in Friday’s Division 2A championship against Downey, there was no way the senior or any of her teammates were leaving Azusa Pacific University without a celebration.Lowden set the tone with her ferocious play from the start and the rest followed.

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South Pasadena girls soccer take home Division 5 title

On a rainy Friday evening at Warren High School, South Pasadena girls soccer player Corey Segal raced down the middle of the field, wide open with a chance to score.
She received the ball from the right wing, flicked the first touch with her left foot, then tucked the ball into the corner of the back of the net with her second.The goal proved to be enough for second-seeded South Pasadena, which went on to shut out No. 5 seed Westminster 1-0 to win the CIF Southern Section Division 5 title.

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The magic ends for the Bishop Amat boys basketball team

The magic ran out for the Bishop Amat boys basketball team on Friday night.Making its first appearance in a CIF Southern Section championship game in 15 years, the Lancers (26-6) were defeated by Riverside Notre Dame 51-46 in the Division 3A title game at Azusa Pacific University.
It was a historic victory for the Titans (29-3) as it marked the first time in the history of the program that it won a sectional championship.
“It feels like the weight is off my shoulders,” Notre Dame coach Robert Robinson said of his team that won their 21st consecutive game. “I am so excited for the kids, this group worked as hard as any group you can imagine. They worked 365 days a year and took no days off. I have a great group of kids that ball.”

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San Gabriel Mission wins second straight girls soccer title

The Rialto girls soccer team had been playing the 2017-18 season with the expectation of making it to the CIF Southern Section finals.
But when the unseeded Knights reached the Division 6 championship game Friday night, they faced the defending CIF-SS champion San Gabriel Mission, which was not only seeded No. 1, but had extra motivation.It was too much to overcome.
Juliana Lopez scored two goals and set up a third when she was fouled in the penalty area as the Pioneers were victorious 4-0 at Corona High School. A year ago, San Gabriel Mission beat Pacific to win the Division 7 title.

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Boys Basketball Quarterfinals Schedule: Damien vs. Pasadena headlines

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Schedule
Boys Basketball
Tuesday’s Quarterfinals
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 1

Pasadena at Damien
Division 2A
Muir at Walnut
Division 2AA
Los Altos at Crossroads
Division 3A
Notre Dame at Diamond Bar
Division 3AA
St. Paul at St. Anthony
San Gabriel Academy at Crean Lutheran
Division 4A
Orangewood Academy at Covina
Division 4AA
Keppel at St. Bonaventure
Division 5A
Duarte at California School for Deaf
Division 5AA
Riverside City Ed. Academy at Southlands Christian
Hueneme at Nogales
Division 5AAA
La Puente at Malibu

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