Breaking News: South Hills girls basketball coach Tiffany Liang resigns

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South Hills coach Tiffany Liang resigned on Tuesday, though she described it more as a retirement. “I’ve been doing this a long time and in basketball a long time,” Liang said. “I had been thinking about it and just thought it was the right time to spend more time with my family.”
If this is it for Liang, she’s going out on a high note.
Liang, in her eighth season as head coach, had never taken the Huskies past the second round of the divisional playoffs until this season, reaching the Division 3A semifinals, something the Huskies hadn’t done since Liang was a senior at South Hills in 1992. The Huskies finished 24-8 and shared a piece of the Palomares league title, something it hadn’t done since 2002. South Hills also was selected to the Division III state playoffs, beating Tulare before losing to top seed Brea Olinda, a team it led at half.

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Damien starting to size up Campolindo, its opponent for Friday’s Division 3 state championship

 

WHO IS CAMPOLINDO: The itinerary for the Damien High School boys basketball team’s trip to Berkeley for the CIF State Division 3 championship game is just about set.
According to Spartans head coach Matt Dunn, the team will leave Thursday morning, travel by chartered bus and practice upon arrival in the Bay Area. The team will also have a shoot around Friday morning after spending Thursday night in nearby Walnut Creek.
Damien’s game against Campolindo for the state championship is on Friday at 4 p.m. at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley.
“We don’t want to be too close, but we don’t want to be too far,” Dunn said of staying in Walnut Creek. “Our athletic director has done a great job. He’s handled all the logistics stuff, which I really appreciate.
“Every year the last three or four years, we’ve played in a tournament in Northern California. So, the process of going up is familiar to our guys. But obviously the stakes are a little bit different for this game. The challenge is to create an environment in which we can play our best.”

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Walnut expected to name Alfredo Silva its next football coach

Alfredo Silva is expected to be named Walnut High School’s head football coach, replacing Mike O’Shields, who resigned following the season. Silva already has been recommended by school officials and is awaiting board approval before being officially named.
Silva was a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Whittier College and also has experience coaching at Cal Lutheran and LA Pierce College.
The former Malibu High athletic director most recently has been teaching at Whittier High School.

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Damien punches ticket to state title game, holds off Cathedral, 68-62

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


ONTARIO — The best season in Damien High School basketball history will include a trip to Berkeley.
Bryce Peters had 20 points and Jeremy Hemsley had 17 and the Spartans scored their first trip to the CIF State championships with a 68-62 victory over Cathedral Saturday in the Division III Southern California Regional final at Colony High School.
Malik Fitts also had 15 points for No. 2 seed Damien, which improved to 28-5 and will face Campolindo, a 50-44 winner over Drake, for the state title next Friday at 4 p.m. at the University of California.
Kobe Paras had 23 points and Milan Acquah 17 for No. 1 Cathedral, which finished 22-8.
“It’s really special,” Damien coach Matt Dunn, whose Spartans won a CIF-Southern Section title in 2013. “It’s the one thing this group hasn’t done yet. They won a CIF championship when they were sophomores, won a (Baseline) League championship this year, so to get to the state title game is very special.”


For a brief moment, Cathedral looked like it might steal the opportunity from Damien. The Phantoms, who trailed by 16 in the first half and 12 early in the fourth quarter used an 8-2 run to pull within 57-52 following a 3-pointer by Acquah and a putback by Paras with 3:14 left.
But the Spartans countered with a surge of their own to put it away. Micah Robinson buried a 3-pointer at 2:30 for a 62-52 lead and Fitts, following a steal by Hemsley, sealed with a dunk for a 64-57 lead with 46 seconds left.

“We let up a little bit,” said Hemsley, who also had seven rebounds, eight assists and three steals. “But we ended up getting the rebounds and stops that we needed to win the game.
“We shared the ball, which I think was key part of us winning the game. Cathedral is more of a one-on-one type team, so we shared the ball, and that contributed a lot to the win.”
Damien, getting 10 points each from Hemsley and Peters, led 31-21 at halftime. The Spartans took control early, breaking from the tip with a 9-3 blitz before using a 7-0 surge to go up 31-15 on a 3-pointer by Peters with 2:21 left in the half.
Paras, who had 16 points in the first half, hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 31-21 at halftime.
Cathedral, getting five of six free throws and a layup from Acquah cut it to 36-31 lead early in the third quarter. But Damien countered with consecutive layups by Fitts for a 43-35 lead going to the fourth.
The Spartans then held off a second Cathedral surge to win, 68-62, and advance to the state title game.
“At this moment, I just want to win the state championship,” Hemsley said. “I’m glad we got the win, I’m glad we’re going to the championship, but I’m looking to win it now.”

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Saturday Recap: Nathan Schneider earns win for Bonita baseball over Servite in first varsity appearance

Baseball
Bonita 6, Servite 1
— In his first career varsity appearance, sophomore Nathan Schneider tossed five innings of one-run ball to lead the Bearcats to their fifth victory of the year defeating the Friars (3-7). Schneider finished the game with five strikeouts for Bonita (5-3) to earn the victory, while the offense supported him with six runs on eight hits.
Shortstop Alex Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a two-run single in the third inning, driving in Brandon Bradshaw and Danny Gelalich. Bradshaw, who has a team-best .524 batting average on the season, also went 2 for 4, singling twice and stole a base to get himself in scoring position before Gonzalez drove him in during the third. Freshman second baseman Tommy Delgado went 1 for 4 with a run and RBI in his first game as the leadoff hitter.
Schneider retired nine of the first 11 batters he faced and didn’t let a runner into scoring position through the first four innings. Servite threatened in the bottom of the sixth, but Jake Salsman came into the game to shut down the Friars with 1.2 scoreless innings, maintaining his perfect ERA on the year.
Glendora, Walnut — The Tartans and Mustangs played a non-league double-header with Glendora winning both games by scores of 7-6 and 6-5.
Softball
Glendora 7, Ontario Christian 5
— After getting an 8-0 win earlier in the day over Whittier Christian, Glendora won the championship of the Ontario Christian Tournament. Taylor Tetone was named the tournament’s MVP after hitting a home run in both of Saturday’s games. Kayla Sok and Hailey Mollno also were named to the all-tournament team.

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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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