Damien supporting cast key to Saturday’s CIF-State Division 3 Regional final

CIF-STATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS
At Colony High School, Ontario

Damien vs. Cathedral, 8 p.m.

damienplDAMIEN READY FOR SOCAL FINAL: It’s easy to point to the matchup of two of the top guards in the Southland and get excited for Saturday night’s CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional final between the Cathedral and Damien High School boys basketball teams.
But Spartans coach Matt Dunn warns that while Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley against the Milan Acquuah is a sexy matchup, the game is likely to come down to which team finds the best supporting cast. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Colony High.
“I think that both teams are too talented offensively to think that it’s going to end up being a one-on-one type of game,” Dunn said. “Honestly, it will probably come down to which team has their other guys make shots.
“We have had that all year. We’ve had other guys step up and make shots and we’re going to need that again.”

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Friday’s Recap: Charter Oak wins Hacienda League opener with extra-inning victory over Diamond Ranch

Baseball
Charter Oak 6, Diamond Ranch 3
— The Chargers scored three runs in the eighth inning to break the tie and went on to win the Hacienda League opener.
West Covina 1, Walnut 0 — Alex Carrillo threw a complete-game shutout with just three hits allowed and 10 strikeouts to lead the Bulldogs to victory in their Hacienda League opener against Walnut (2-2-2, 0-2). Eric Vasquez manufactured the only run for West Covina (5-3, 1-0) scoring on a wild pitch after reaching on a single and advancing on a stolen base and groundout.
Los Altos 6, Chino 3
South Hills 1, Claremont 0 — South Hills got a one-hit complete game shutout with four strikeouts from Gavin Velasquez, who also scored the only run of the game to defeat the Wolfpack (4-3, 0-1) in the Palomares League opener. Frank Ramirez drove in Velasquez with a single for the Huskies (5-1, 1-0) after Velasquez reached on an error in the third inning.
Ayala 4, Glendora 3
Diamond Bar 5, Bonita 3
Pomona 6, La Puente 4
Schurr 3, Alhambra 1
— Gilbert Rosario hit a two-run double in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie to give Schurr the victory and handing Alhambra its first Almont League loss since 2013. Kenny Carrillo got the win with six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Michael Corona came into the game in the bottom of the seventh for Schurr to get the save with a scoreless frame. Julian Zermeno hit an RBI-double for Alhambra’s only run of the game.
Damien 3, Los Osos 1

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Thursday Recap: West Covina softball hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh to lead to 5-4 victory

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Softball
West Covina 5, San Dimas 4 — West Covina hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Bulldogs (7-1) to the nonleague victory. Maddy Tickey hit a solo homer and Jade Nua hit the walk-off home run to defeat San Dimas (6-6).
Bishop Amat 14, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 0 — Samaria Diaz pitched five innings striking out nine and Julia Menrad went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, a home run and scored twice to lead the Lancers (6-2) to their first Del Rey League victory of the season. Alyssa Barrera went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, a double and a triple, Eryn Sustayta went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Madeline Ramirez had an RBI and a double, Julia Valenzuela had a double and Mandy Lanos and Clarissa Bracamonte each had two RBIs for Bishop Amat.
Glendora 15, Nogales 0 — Cambria Keefer pitched the last three innings striking out eight, Taylor Tetone went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a home run and Kayla Sok went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, two doubles and three stolen bases to lead the Tartans (5-3) to the Ontario Christian Tournament victory. Randi Farricker had two RBIs and two stolen bases, Nadine Garcia went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Kaylee Wallingford had two RBIs for Glendora.
Baseball
Baldwin Park 4, Sierra Vista 1 — Anthony Franco pitched eight innings striking out six and had an RBI triple and Isaiah Martinez went 2 for 4 with a home run to lead the Braves (1-5, 1-1) to the Montview League victory against Sierra Vista (5-4, 1-1).
Gladstone 14, Duarte 3 — The Gladiators improved to 4-1 overall with a Montview league victory against Duarte. Gladstone is 2-0 in league play.
Boys golf
Damien 190, Los Osos 204 — Nathan Sale shot 2-under-par 36 and Nowndale Sale shot an even-par 36 to lead the Spartans (4-3) to their first Baseline League victory of the season.

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Bishop Amat baseball struggles in Del Rey opener at rival St. Paul, losing 6-1

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Amat routed by St. Paul: St. Paul High School senior pitcher Emilio Sansores pitched his third complete game of the young baseball season en route to a 6-1 victory over visiting Bishop Amat in a Del Rey League opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon.
Sansores, a right hander, scattered seven hits, struck out five and even threw in some knuckleballs, evening his record at 2-2 and also getting the Swordsmen even on the season at 4-4-1.
“It (win) feels great,” said Sansores, who has been on varsity for three years. “This is my second year beating them.”
Junior catcher Juan Zuniga and sophomore first baseman Damian Lomeli each had two hits for St. Paul, while Amat third baseman Jayson Gonzalez had three hits and a stolen base.

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ALL-AREA: Northview’s Ricky Padilla named wrestler of the year

padillaPADILLA NAMED WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Northview High School’s Ricky Padilla didn’t reach his goal of winning a CIF State wrestling championship.
But it’s hard call his 2015 season a disappointment. He scored six tournament championships, including CIF-Souhern Section Northern Division and Masters titles. He also placed at the state tournament for the first time.
For his efforts, Padilla is San Gabriel Valley Tribune Wrestler of the Year.
Overall, it was a pretty great year,” said Padilla, who competed at 160 pounds. “I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to do at the end, but it happens. I don’t think that defines my career. I plan on doing better things in college.”

FIRST TEAM
106: Sidney Flores, Bishop Amat, So.
113: David Gonzalez, San Dimas, Sr.
120: Richie Casillas, Northview, Sr.
126: Andres Hooper, Northview, Jr.
132: Andres Estrada, Northview, Sr.
132: Christian Ramirez, Rowland, So.
145: Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Sr.
145: Joe Dominguez, Northview, Sr.
152: Antonio Zavala, Charter Oak, Sr.
170: Roger Arce, Northview, Sr.
182: Arturo Vasquez, Bassett, Sr.
195: Julian Moreli, San Diams, Sr.
285: Patrick Sanchez, Damien, Sr.

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Wednesday Recap: Angel Lopez strikes out 11 and went 4 for 4 to lead Rosemead Baseball to 14-4 victory

Baseball
Rosemead 14, Bosco Tech 4 — Angel Lopez pitched seven innings. striking out 11 and went 4 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a stolen base to lead the Panthers (4-3) to the nonleague victory. Also contributing to Rosemead’s victory were Dillon Wehrung who went 3 for 3 with four RBIs a home run and a double, Alejandro Dominguez who went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a double and scored twice and Johnny Leanos who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
La Puente 9, Bassett 6 — Jimmy Avellaneda was the winning pitcher and Eric Landin went 2 for 3 and had the game winning double in the top of the eighth to lead the Warriors (1-3) to their first Miramonte League win of the season.
Softball
Nogales 16, Mountain View 3 — Lisette Rosales hit a three-run homer and Juliana Purcell had two doubles for the Nobles (6-0) in a nonleague win.
La Puente 20, Bassett 5 — Amanda Guillen had two triples, two singles and a double and Jessica Salazar had two doubles, a single and a triple to lead the Warriors (1-4) to their first Miramonte League win of the season. Gina Reyes had a double and Berlin Bonilla had three singles for La Puente.
Azusa 5, Northview 4 – Alyssa Rodriguez had a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Aztecs to the nonleague victory. Rodriguez, Janae Moreno and Darlene Chavez each had a triple for Azusa.
Boys track and field
Bassett 100, Ganesha 21 — Manuel Fernandez won the 1600 meter (4:53) and the 3200 meter (10:41) and Juan Hernandez won the 400 meter (55.06) and the 200 meter (24.95) to lead the Olympians to their first Miramonte League win. Alejandro Barrios won the 100 meter high hurdles (19.89), Jose Dermudez won the high jump (5 ft), Arturo Vasquez won the shotput (38 ft and 4 in) and Danny Cabrerra won the discus throw (111 ft and 5 in) for Bassett. The Olympians also won the 4 x 100 (47:75).
Girls track and field
Bassett 79, Ganesha 38 — Victoria Cu won the 100 meters (13.02), 200 meters (28.08) and the highjump (4ft 4 in) and Leslie Hernandez won the 1600 meter and the 800 meters to lead the Olypians to their first Miramonte League win. Arcalie Perez won the 100 meter hurdles (20.18) and the 300 meter (57.62) and Dyana Jimenez won the shotput (26 ft and 2.5 inches) and the discus (71 ft and 10.5 inches) for Bassett.

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Damien advances to CIF-State Division III SoCal Regional final with 63-41 blowout over Cantwell

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NEXT STOP, REGIONAL FINALS: Damien knew it was undersized against Cantwell-Sacred Heart in Tuesday’s CIF State Division III Southern California regional semifinal, so it pressed, swiped at balls and doubled-team the Cardinals’ length whenever possible, turning its rematch into a repeat.
The relentless pace helped Damien to a 21-point first-half lead that it never surrendered, leading by double digits the rest of the way to defeat visiting Cantwell 63-41 to reach Saturday’s regional final at Colony High School at 8 p.m.

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Tuesday Recap: Kyle Karbowski pitched a no-hitter to lead Gladstone baseball to first league victory

Baseball
Gladstone 13, Workman 1 — Kyle Karbowski pitched a no-hitter to lead the Gladiators (3-1) to their first Montview League victory of the season.
Southlands Christian 8, Rowland 3 — James Goodwin pitched seven innings, striking out six and hit a three-run homer and Daniel Scribner went 2 for 3 with four RBIs, a single and a triple to lead the Eagles (4-3) to the nonleague victory.
Claremont 3, Covina 2 — Tyler Witt pitched five innings striking out six and Jake Gentry and Matt Hohn both went 2 for 3 and both had an RBI for the Wolfpack (4-2) in a nonleague win.
Rancho Cucamonga 3, Damien 2 — Andrew Garcia had a triple for the Spartans (2-4, 0-1) but it was not enough in the Baseline League loss.
Softball
San Gabriel Mission 12, Gladstone 2 — Anquelique Ramos pitched five innings striking out seven, Alyssa Andrade went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a home run and Tori Royster went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and three doubles for the Pioneers (5-3) in a nonleague win.

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Damien ready for rematch with Cantwell in tonight’s state regional semifinal

DAMIEN-CANTWELL REMATCH: Damien High School’s boys basketball team isn’t falling into the trap of thinking its January win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart holds any weight heading into Tuesday’s CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional semifinal playoff game.
Sure, the Spartans would have lots to like if they wanted to dwell on their 63-49 win at Azusa Pacific University in the SoCal Shootout. But according to head coach Matt Dunn, doing so would offer the Spartans a false sense security entering Tuesday’s rematch for much higher stakes.

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Monday Recap: Macie Lewis and Mia Escobar both homered to lead Nogales to 17-2 softball victory

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Softball
Nogales 17, El Monte 2 — Chase Martinez pitched a complete game, Macie Lewis had a triple and a home run and Mia Escobar had two singles and a home run to lead the Nobles (5-0) to the nonleague victory. Also contributing to Nogales’s win were Lisette Rosales who had a single, a double and a triple and Erin Recilles who had three singles.
Baseball
Nogales 17, El Monte 4 — Richard Felix pitched five innings, striking out nine and David Barcena went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a double for the Nobles (7-2) in a nonleague victory. Austyn Rivera went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a triple, Jonathan Guardado went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a double, Juan Guardado went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double and David Barcena went 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a double for Nogales.
Wilson 8, Western 1 — Aaron Quezada pitched a complete game striking out five and Hector Hernandez and Ethan Suarez both had two RBIs and a double to lead the Wildcats (7-1) to the nonleague victory. Christian Mora went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Hector Hernandez, Carlos Gonzalez, and Jose Felix each had a double for Wilson.

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South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart resigns

South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart, who was the Tribune coach of the year in 2010 while with Baldwin Park and a divisional coach of the year that season, resigned as head coach of South Hills after a 7-20 season.
“Things just didn’t work out as planned going from Baldwin Park to here,” Hart said. “I didn’t get the development I had hoped and with sother personal things, I thought it was time.”

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Girls Water Polo All-Area: Los Altos’ Brooke Contreras named player of the year

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By Keith Lair
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BROOKE CONTRERAS, LOS ALTOS, SOPHOMORE

Brooke Contreras has always thought of herself as a defensive stalwart.
“I am mostly a defensive player on my club team and I only play defense,” she said. “But my dad (Los Altos co-head coach Bobby Contreras) told me to become more of an offensive player and a defensive player.”
The sophomore scored 136 goals, 50 more than her freshman year. She also had 35 assists.
“Who doesn’t like scoring?” she said.
But it’s still not her forte.
“Defense wins games,” she said. “I like playing both. I have to make sure my offense is better and he (father Contreras) made me more of an offensive player.”

She scored with 1:27 to play to break a tie in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game and give the Conquerors an 8-7 victory over heavily favored Palm Desert.
She had 67 steals and drew 22 ejections, which helped the Conquerors create power-play situations.
“Winning the CIF title was amazing,” she said. “All of that hard work paid off. I can’t believe we won it. We worked so hard, going to morning practice and then to afternoon practice.”
It gives Brooke her first championship ring. Her brother, Justin, was selected the Tribune Player of the Year in the fall. But the senior failed to get a ring. The Conquerors lost in the CIF-SS Division 5 title game.
“I’ll be teasing him for weeks and weeks,” Brooke said.
It was the first time that the Conquerors have won a CIF-SS girls title in water polo.
feolaCOACH OF THE YEAR
DANNY FEOLA, SAN DIMAS

San Dimas High School has had a girls water polo program for only two years, Danny Feola beginning the program only last year. The Saints finished second in the Valle Vista League in their inaugural season and then went undefeated in league play this season.
But it was in the playoffs that the Saints shined this season. They defeated Savanna in sudden death overtime in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs. The Saints had two blocked shots in a 5-3 quarterfinal victory over La Sierra before falling to eventual division champion Foothill Technology of Ventura in the semifinals. San Dimas finished the season 20-11.
FIRST TEAM
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, senior
Sarah Adams, Charter Oak, junior
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, senior
Erin Gonzales, Bonita, senior
Victoria Mezack, Los Altos, senior
Shelby Garcia, San Dimas, junior, goalkeeper
Amanda Legaspi, Bonita, freshman
SECOND TEAM
Devin Holcomb, St. Lucy’s, junior
Katie Fugnit, Charter Oak, sophomore
Kaitlyn Eng, Los Altos, senior
Samantha Murillo, Los Altos, senior, goalkeeper
Kirra Hemric, Bonita, sophomore
Hailey Gonzalez, San Dimas, junior
Rachel Garwick, Bonita, junior, goalkeeper
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
BASELINE: Los Osos (21-10)
PALOMARES: Ayala (23-7)
HACIENDA: Charter Oak (26-6), Los Altos (26-7)
VALLE VISTA: San Dimas (20-11)
MIRAMONTE: Workman (6-5)

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CCCAA Basketball Championships: Mt. SAC women, East Los Angeles women lose title games


By Stephen Ramirez
NORWALK –
Mt. San Antonio College waited a year for a chance to get back to the California Community College Athletic Association women’s basketball title game.
The wait for state championship No. 7 will be a little longer.
Michelle Townsend hit a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left and Chabot, of Hayward, upset top the No. 1 Mounties, 63-58, in the CCCAA title game Sunday at Cerritos College.
Morgan Green scored 26 points and Townsend had 15 for the Gladiators, who finished 31-3 and won their first state championship.

Mt. SAC’s Priscilla Lopez drives the baseline on Chabot’s Brianna Booker during Sunday’s CCCAA women’s championship game. photo by blaine ohigashi

Mt. SAC’s Priscilla Lopez drives the baseline on Chabot’s Brianna Booker during Sunday’s CCCAA women’s championship game. photo by blaine ohigashi


Priscilla Lopez had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for Mt. SAC, which finished 34-1. The Mounties lost in the title game last season.

“It’s tough, it’s tough,” Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow said. “I know myself and the young ladies, we’re all hurting. We set goals at the beginning of the year and we were able to set all of them, except this one. But it doesn’t diminish the fact they were 34-1 and they played hard every game.
“It’s a little disappointing, but it’s life. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. Unfortunately, we came up on the wrong end.”
It seemed to be there for the taking for Mt. SAC, which used an 18-5 blitz for a 32-28 lead at halftime. But the Mounties couldn’t shake Chabot, which got a 3-pointer from Green and two inside shots from Alana Simon (17 points) to draw even at 58 with 1:35 to play.
Townsend then hit a 3-pointer for a 61-58 lead before Lopez and Youngblood missed 3-pointers with 30 seconds left and Lopez was long on a short jumper in the final seconds.
“Not being able to hit shots down the stretch hurt us,” Crichlow said. “We made some mistakes late, and it hurt us. It’s a tough way to go out this way when you fought so hard to get here.”

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SADDLEBACK 50, EAST L.A. 47 –
The Huskies, after an incredible run from No. 13 seed to the title game, finally ran out of magical moments.
Conor Clifford scored 16 points and the Gauchos (32-2) closed with a 10-2 run to secure their third CCCAA title since 2002 and deny the Huskies their first.
Marquis Salmon had 15 points for East Los Angeles, which finished 23-10. The Huskies had a chance to tie it late. But Te’Shon Burton missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left and Saddleback’s Dusty Baker intercepted a pass at the buzzer.

“We just didn’t execute down the stretch,” East L.A coach John Mosley said. “It was a little loud,a little noisy. We didn’t get a good possession at the end. But I’m proud of these guys and what they’ve accomplished.”

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San Dimas beats Bonita 2-1 in Dicks Baseball tourney final behind Peter Lambert complete game

STORY: Bonita learned the hard way that you have to be as close to perfect as possible if you’re going to beat San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.
An unearned run that scored without the aid of a hit was the difference in San Dimas’ 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament.
Lambert, who was named the tournament’s MVP, backed up last week’s 13-strikeout complete game shutout performance over South Hills with another gem, striking out nine Bearcats while allowing just one run in another complete game.
“Lots of fun,” said Lambert of the atmosphere around the game. “Against our arch-rival from across town, I wanted the ball and our team did well.”

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