San Dimas, La Salle and Los Osos MLK Basketball showdowns set for today

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Monday’s MLK Showdown schedule t throughout the area
At San Dimas High School
9 a.m. – Garey vs. Baldwin Park (girls)
10:30 a.m. – Rowland vs. Garey (boys)
Noon – Diamond Ranch vs. St. Lucy’s (girls)
1:30 p.m. – Alta Loma vs. West Covina (boys)
3 p.m. – Upland vs. Ayala (girls)
4:30 p.m. – Glendora vs. Vista del Lago (boys)
6 p.m. – Rim of the World vs. San Dimas (girls)
7:30 p.m. – Colton vs. San Dimas (boys)

At Los Osos
8 a.m. – Montclair vs. San Gorgonio
9:30 a.m. – Pomona vs. Jurupa Hills
11 a.m. – Claremont vs. Gardena
12:30 p.m. – Twentynine Palms vs. Charter Oak
2 p.m. – Victor Valley vs. Rancho Cucamonga
3:30 p.m. – Diamond Bar vs. Silverado
5 p.m. – Los Osos vs. Riverside MLK
6:30 p.m. – Bishop Amat vs. Summit
8 p.m. – Rancho Verde vs. Damien

At La Salle HS
10 Trinity Classical Academy vs Keppel
11:30 Notre Dame vs Campbell Hall
1 San Diego Morse vs La Salle
2:30 Serra vs West Ranch
4 JW North vs Maranatha
5:30 El Camino Real vs Cantwell
7 Calabasas vs Etiwanda
8:30 Long Beach Poly vs Cathedral
At Price High School
2:30 Renaissance Academy vs University
4 Colony vs Crossroads
5:30 Diamond Ranch vs Beverly Hills
7 Hart vs Brentwood
8:30 Price vs Taft

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien, Glendora still on top with Los Altos, Walnut up next

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Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (14-2) - Huge, huge win over Etiwanda shows Spartans could be a real contender in tough Baseline. Bigger text comes next at Chino Hills on Wednesday.
2. Glendora (16-2) – Perfect 3-0 in the Palomares with test at Diamond Bar Wednesday.
3. Los Altos (13-3) — Schedule sets up perfect with Los Altos and Walnut going at it to end first half of Hacienda and to end with a showdown in finale.
4. Walnut (14-5) - Crushed Diamond Ranch to go to 2-0 in the Hacienda.
5. Diamond Bar (10-8) – Big 90-82 win over Bonita going into Glendora game.
6. Bonita (15-4) — As good as it is, starting 1-2 in the Palomares is no bueno.
7. Bishop Amat (14-4) — Should be a battle to the end in the Del Rey.
8. Rowland (11-5) – Big win over Covina sends it to 2-0 in the VVL. Next big test at Wilson on Wednesday.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-6) – How did it get waxed so bad by Walnut?
10. Covina (13-6) - Colts beat Wilson then lose a close one to Rowland.



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Girls Basketball Rankings: South Hills clings to No. 1, Walnut jumps up five spots to No. 2

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Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (14-5) — tough loss to Ayala, but still best of the rest.
2. Walnut (10-5-4) – Wins over Diamond Ranch and West Covina vault Mustangs to No. 2
3. Duarte (9-6) – Already 2-0 in the Montview.
4. West Covina (11-7) — Back-to-back losses leaves Bulldogs in last in Hacienda.
5. South El Monte (14-3) — Second behind Gabrielino in a tougher than expected Mission Valley.
6. Los Altos (11-5) – Expected loss to Chino, 1-1 in Hacienda.
7. Bonita (9-11) — Has fallen since league opening win over Glendora
8. Covina (11-8) – Big wins over Wilson and Rowland to go to 2-0 in VVL
9. Bishop Amat (7-10) – Bishop Amat is this close to falling out of the area rankings in a down year for girls basketball. My how the mighty have fallen and fallen fast.
10. Arroyo (10-8) – Have to remember it lost by only two points to Bishop Amat.



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Girls Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat, Glendora takes over top spots after South Hills loss

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Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (8-6) – Next two games will be the test against Bishop Montgomery Thursday followed by La Salle.
2. Glendora (7-5-4) — Look who’s leading the Palomares with a 2-0-1 record through two weeks. But will it last?
3. South Hills (10-3) — Edged Bonita and then lost to Ayala 2-1 in overtime in a game the Bulldogs controlled throughout.
4. St. Lucy’s (6-4-6) — Not good when you’re 0-1-2 in league and haven’t faced Los Osos yet.
5. Sierra Vista (11-2-1) – 2-0 in the Montview after beating previously undefeated Baldwin Park.
6. Diamond Bar (9-5-1) – Already 0-2-1 in the Palomares is a brutal start for a Brahmas team that had playoff and championship aspirations.
7. Diamond Ranch (4-3-4) – Wins over Charter Oak and Walnut to start 2-0 in Hacienda. After Chino, the rest of the Hacienda is very average at best.
8. Los Altos (6-7) — Played Chino tough in 2-1 loss and though overall record not eye-catching, they’ll start picking up steam in Hacienda.
9. Baldwin Park (7-1-1) — Dropped 4-0 result to Sierra Vista, but best of the rest in Montview.
10. South El Monte (6-4-1) — Should battle for a playoff spot in the MVL

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Diamond Bar takes over top spot with Sierra Vista No. 2

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (11-3-2) — Solid 1-1 tie vs. tough Claremont and 3-1 win over Bonita moves purple into top spot.
2. Sierra Vista (10-1-2) – Crushing 5-2 win over Baldwin Park. They should own Montview again.
3. Damien (10-3-2) – Beat Etiwanda 4-0, lost 2-1 to Chino Hills
4. La Puente (8-0-3) – Tied a good Garey squad, but still undefeated.
5. Bishop Amat (3-0-4) - Very impressive 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to open league play. Not reporting all scores, so a wait and see
6. Diamond Ranch (7-4-3) – Absolutely crushes Charter Oak 5-1, then losses to Walnut 1-0. In reality, I’ve got Charter Oak and Diamond Ranch ranked when maybe Walnut deserves it.
7. Ganesha (11-2-3) – Showdown as its hosts La Puente on Tuesday.
8. Mountain View (4-4-3) — Good 4-0-1 start in the MVL, tied for first with El Monte
9. El Monte (7-5-2) — Back-to-back shutout victories, tied for first at 4-0-1.
10. Charter Oak (12-3-2) — Embarrassing loss to Diamond Ranch, but can prove it belongs with Walnut up next.

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Walnut boys basketball absolutely crush Diamond Ranch 83-57

The Diamond Ranch boys basketball team was so well thought of, it was on the CIF-SS Open Division watch list this week. That won’t last long after Walnut’s crushing 83-57 victory over the Panthers Friday. In girls action, the Walnut girls also beat Diamond Ranch 60-51 behind 16 points from Cory Pitpit.

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STORY: In only his fourth game back in a Walnut High School basketball uniform, junior forward Dwight Ramos led the Mustangs with a game-high 23 points as they defeated host Diamond Ranch, 83-57, in a key early-season Hacienda League game Friday night.

But more important was the balanced scoring by the Mustangs, who had five players in double figures.

Senior guards Jefferey Huang and Zuri Williams tallied 16 points each, while senior forward Ryan Herrera had 15 and senior guard Jack Charles added 12 on four 3-pointers.

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Palomares Girls Soccer: Glendora moves into sole possession of first; Ayala beats South Hills 2-1 in OT

The Glendora girls soccer team tied Claremont 1-1 on Friday to go to 2-0-1 and take over sole possession of first in the Palomares. South Hills had a chance to be in first alone, but it couldn’t hold a 1-0 halftime lead over Ayala, who came back and beat the Huskies 2-1 in overtime. Ayala and South Hills are tied for second at 2-1.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Ayala’s Victoria Rama scored the game-winner in overtime to lift the Bulldogs (8-7-1, 2-1) to a 2-1 girls soccer victory over South Hills in the Palomares League. South Hills’ Maddy Warren scored in the first half to give the Huskies (10-3, 2-1) a 1-0 lead, but the Bulldogs’ Jackie Mejia tied it off a corner in the 62nd minute to send the game to overtime.

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Rowland boys basketball takes over first in Valle Vista with 65-60 win over Covina

Getting offensive rebounds and making six consecutive free throws down the stretch, Rowland knocked off Covina 65-60 and took over sole possession of first place in the Valle Vista League boys basketball race on Friday night.
“We spend a lot of time shooting free throws in practice,” Raiders first-year coach Jason Villanueva said. “We trust our guys and we were fortunate we got the ball to the right guys and they were able to put the ball in the basket.”
The Raiders (11-5, 2-0) were leading 55-54 with 4:08 left in the game when Elijah Beasley scored a layup on an inbound play under the basket.
On their next possession the Raiders got three offensive rebounds and finally got a basket from Derek Ohara on a jumper in the lane. Ohara finished the game with 11 points, including four consecutive free throws in the final 20 seconds.

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Friday Recap: Brandon Brothers drops 26 to lead Glendora to 83-54 win over Claremont; Diamond Bar Beats Bonita 90-82

BOYS BASKETBALL
Glendora 83, Diamond Bar 54: Brandon Brothers made sure the Glendora boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Palomares by dropping 26 points in a 83-54 win over Claremont. AJ Bigornia finished with 15 points and 10 assists. Diamond Bar gave Bonita its second loss in the Palomares with an eight point victory.

Diamond Bar 90, Bonita 82 –The Brahmas continued an excellent start to the Palomares League with the victory over the Bearcats.
Diamond Bar (10-8, 2-1) was led by Brandon Rice, who had 25 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Ginyar had 21 points and 10 assists for the Brahmas.
Bonita was led by Joe Quintana with 17 points and Kyle Gray added 16 points for the Bearcats (14-4, 1-2).
Lamar Johnson had 16 points and three assists for the Brahmas, who had 11 3-pointers. Tyler Peterson also had 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for Diamond Bar.

San Dimas 63, Nogales 58 –The Saints got their first win in Valle Vista League play as Omar Nasri had 22 points and 17 rebounds. Ryan Ocampa and Donnell Leffridge each had 12 points for the Saints.

Edgewood 57, La Puente 48 — Jared Barnes led all scorers with 19 points, while teammate Noah Yalch had 15 points for Edgewood. Barnes also had 10 rebounds.

GIRLS SOCCER
Diamond Bar 3, Bonita 1
– The Brahmas defeated the Bearcats in a Palomares League contest Friday night. Conner Donohue had the first goal for Diamond Bar. Andre Gamboa and Jordan Wong each had a goal and assist as well for the Brahmas in the victory.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
South El Monte 54, Marshall 30 — Kimberly Urbina had 29 points and Robyn Quintana added six points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for South El Monute. The win puts South El Monte at 14-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball schedule with best games, Walnut at Diamond Ranch and Rowland at Covina

Best games on the schedule include Walnut at Diamond Ranch in what could ultimately decide the Hacienda and Pomona and Ganesha, both 2-0 in the Miramonte, playing for first place. In the Palomares, Diamond Bar and Bonita is a big game to see who can keep pace with front-running Glendora for playoff spots and in the Valle Vista, Covina, who had a shocking two-point win over favored Wilson earlier in the week, hosts Rowland for sole possession of first in the VVL.
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Tonight’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Camino Real League

Bishop Amat at St. Monica, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
West Covina at Chino, 6:45 p.m.
Miramonte League
Pomona at Ganesha, 6:45 p.m. 2-0 vs. 2-0
La Puente at Edgewood, 6:45 p.m.
Bassett at Garey, 6:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Rosemead at Arroyo, 6:30 p.m.
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Marshall at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Azusa at Workman, 6 p.m.
Duarte at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Palomares League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 6:30 p.m.
Glendora at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Rowland at Covina, 6:30 p.m. for first
Northview at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
San Dimas at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: San Dimas, Los Altos and Sierra Vista girls soccer all win

To get results posted online, in the paper and twitter, here’s what you have to do. Call our sports clerks at 626-544-0992 after the game or email results to scores@sgvn.com. For those with twitter, always share results to @SGVNSCORES and check our twitter throughout the night for updates.

Girls Soccer
San Dimas 3, Nogales 2
— Krista Thomas scored twice and Cheyenne Cepeda scored a goal to lead the Saints (3-8, 2-0) to the Valle Vista League victory.
Duarte 5, Gladstone 0 — Ruth Macdonaugh scored four goals and Miriam Rodriguez scored a goal for the Falcons (5-4-1, 1-1) in a Montview League win.
Los Altos 3, Charter Oak 2 – Taylor Salgado scored a goal with an assist from Dayna Jaimes, and Maggie Brown also scored a goal with an assist from Diana Barbone for the Chargers (6-9-1, 0-2) in the Hacienda League loss.
Sierra Vista 4, Baldwin Park 0 — Samantha Loza scored twice and had one assist and goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded the shutout for the Dons (11-2-1, 2-0) in a Montview League win. Kimberly Araujo and Sonia Quiroa each scored a goal and Giselle Garcia, Maria Hernandez and Zitlali Jimenez each had an assist for Sierra Vista.
Boys Soccer
Nogales 4, San Dimas 1
— Marc Ramirez scored twice and Jonathan Arias and Emilano Silva each scored a goal for the Nobles (6-3, 1-1) in a Valle Vista League victory.
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Los Altos 11, Charter Oak 9
— Brooke Contreras had four goals, Victoria Mezak had three goals and Sam Murillo had six saves for the Conquerors (7-2) in a Hacienda League victory. Goalie Destiny Ramirez had 13 saves and Katie Fugit and Sarah Adams each had four goals for the Chargers (8-3). Fugit also had four steals and one assist and Adams had two assists and two steals.
Bonita 17, Diamond Bar 5 – Amanda Legaspie had three goals and three assists, Kirra Hemric added three goals and two assists and goalie Alisha Plum had nine saves for the Bearcats (11-3, 2-0) in a Palomares League win.
Also contributing to Bonita’s victory were Angie Morales and Reannon Urias, who each scored twice, and Jessica Argelander, Taylor Alley, Rachel Guarino and Ciara Dennison, who each scored a goal. Goalkeeper Denise Perez had six saves and Lina Solomon had four saves.
Maddie St. Pierre, Sierra Sanchez, Jenna Canova, Sameen Shakibai, and Patti Delgadillo each scored a goal for Diamond Bar.

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Charter Oaks boys soccer beats Los Altos 2-0; South Hills girls soccer set for showdown with Ayala

Charter Oak boys soccer stays hot: In a battle between two teams looking to bounce back from Hacienda League-opening losses, the Charter Oak High School boys soccer team defeated Los Altos 2-0 with two first-half goals within a minute of each other for a victory at home.
Following a foul near midfield, the Chargers (12-3-2) lined up for a free kick. The kick sailed past all of the offense, and took one hop to the goalkeepers’ hands. However, the ball was mishandled by Los Altos goalkeeper Eduardo Valdivia, leaving the ball right in front of an open net for Angel Aguirre to pounce on for the first goal of the game.
The goal was scored on the Chargers’ fifth shot on goal, and up to that point the Conquerors (2-7-3) had just one shot on goal.

South Hills girls soccer getting healthy, faces Ayala today at Citrus, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee knew the front line of his team was going to be solid. The question would be the defense.
“We spent a lot time on defense during training and tried a lot of people,” he said. “We have had a lot contribute and it has given us a look of consistency.”
Mocabee thought he had one solid returnee in center back Emily Shields. But the junior was lost for the season in a final club soccer game before the start of the high school season.
“We’ve had a lot of obstacles,” Mocabee said.
Ilene Gonzalez and Valerie Garcia have seen the most playing time at center back and have helped the Huskies to a fast start (10-2, 2-0).
“We’ve had so many players stepping into new roles and we’ve had returning players blending in with new players,” Mocabee said. “We’ve really found the combinations that work so far.”
His attacking unit was pretty much intact: Hailey Zerbel, Amber Marinero and Skylar Robledo.
“They’ve got experience working with each other,” Mocabee said.
South Hills defeated Bonita, 3-2, on Wednesday and faces Ayala today at 5:30 p.m. at Citrus College.
“Any win in the Palomares League will be tough,” he said. “If any one team is favored, it’s Ayala and they are definitely on our radar. If we win it puts us in a really good spot.”

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Incredible story of how Covina cross country coach Andrew Tachias survived the Christopher Dorner shooting rampage

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The goal was to lose weight, not to become a head coach.
But that is what has happened to Andrew Tachias. The Riverside Police Department officer, who was wounded in an alleged shooting spree by ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner in 2013, has become Covina High School’s cross country coach. He replaces Erik Starkey.
“I always thought in the back of my mind about coaching,” Tachias said. “I never thought it would work out, but the opportunity presented itself.”
Actually, it’s probably the last thing Tachias, 28, thought he would be doing.
“I expected to be a police officer for 30 years,” he said. “I trained and worked hard for that.”
It all changed on Feb. 7, 2013. He was on patrol when he and partner Michael Crain were allegedly ambushed in a hailstorm of gunfire at a Riverside intersection by Dorner. Crain died and Tachias was shot eight times. Dorner had just allegedly fired shots at a pair of LAPD officers and was fleeing the scene when he came across Tachias and Crain, waiting at a stoplight in southwest Riverside.

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Wednesday Recap: Glendora boys basketball holds off Ayala; Bishop Amat boys soccer wins 4-0

To get results posted online, in the paper and twitter, here’s what you have to do. Call our sports clerks at 626-544-0992 after the game or email results to scores@sgvn.com. For those with twitter, always share results to @SGVNSCORES and check our twitter throughout the night for updates.
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Boys basketball
Glendora 78, Ayala 64 – Brandon Brothers had 26 points and AJ Bigornia added 20 points for the Tartans (15-2, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory.
Northview 62, San Dimas 60 – Ulysses Aparicio had 22 points, Adam Winiecki added 18 points and Paul Cooper had 17 points for the Vikings (7-11) in their first Valle Vista League win. Omar Nasri had 15 points, Ryan Ocampo had 12 points, Josiah Erickson added 11 points and Ronny Rafeh had 10 points for the Saints (5-11, 0-1).
Diamond Ranch 79, Charter Oak 51 — JJ Watson had 20 points and six assists, Ethan Jarrell added 13 points and Latrelle Standifer had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (9-5, 1-0) in a Hacienda League victory.
Boys soccer
Bishop Amat 4, St. Monica 0 — Nathan Difiori scored twice and both Mathew Espinoza and Danny Tenorio each scored a goal for the Lancers (5-4-0) in a Del Rey League victory.
Damien 4, Etiwanda 0 – Francisco Cuellar, Herman Meza, Connal Dennison, and Timothy Ebiner each had one goal for the Spartans (9-2-2, 2-0) in a Baseline League victory.
Girls soccer
Glendora 1, Ayala 0
— Alexis Rushlow scored the winning goal for the Tartans (7-5-3, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory.
South Hills 3, Bonita 2 — Hailey Zerbel scored twice and Skylar Robledo added the other as the Huskies rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to pull out the win and go to 2-0 in the Palomares league with Ayala in town next on Friday.

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Girls Basketball: Walnut edges West Covina; South Hills blows past Bonita

walnutgirlKatya Echavez scores 18 to lead Walnut: In a Hacienda League opener, the Walnut High girls basketball team defeated West Covina 44-38 Wednesday night behind an 18-point performance from senior forward Katya Echavez.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Echavez led the Mustangs (9-4, 1-0) on a quick 6-0 run that
sharmainegave them a comfortable 39-29 lead. In that minute, Echavez had three steals, a pair of field goals and assisted a jumper by Brittany Yee, who finished the game with 13 points.
The Walnut defense held West Covina (11-6, 0-1) scoreless through the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead as high as 12, which West Covina never overcame. The Bulldogs did get the deficit down to as little as five, but another long jumper by Yee in the final two minutes put the game out of reach.

South Hills shows why it’s the Trib’s No. 1 team: Playing like the top-ranked girls basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley, South Hills jumped on top early and ran off to an easy 61-34 win over Bonita in a Palomares League game on Wednesday night.
Senior Brittany Wang scored 14 first-quarter points as the Huskies (14-4, 2-0) took a 20-6 lead after the first eight minutes and never looked back.
“We hadn’t beaten them in five years and we worked hard for it,” Wang said. “They were favored and we just wanted to let them know we were a good team.”
Wang finished with a game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Huskies won their eighth consecutive game, including the championship of the Santiago Garden Grove Tournament.
The Bearcats (9-10,1-1) had trouble solving the Huskies’ pressing defense as Wang, Joy Krupa and Sam Perez forced turnovers.

Arroyo Valley, the team that won 161-2, only won 80-19 in next game without its coach, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for their 159-point victory: It didn’t have its coach, but that didn’t prove to be a problem for the Arroyo Valley High girls basketball team.
In the Hawks’ first game since a triple-digit blowout of Bloomington last week, Arroyo Valley jumped out to a 19-point lead after a quarter and never looked back. Arroyo Valley routed Indian Springs 80-19 in the San Andreas League opener for both schools at Indian Springs High.
In fact, it was Indian Springs’ first-ever league girls basketball game.

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Bishop Amat boys basketball rally comes up short at Bell Jeff, 79-76

Bishop Amat’s hot start takes back seat in league opener, losing to Bell-Jeff: The newly configured Camino Real League is going to have a wild finish, with every team seemingly having a chance.
The first league matchup on Wednesday night proved that point. Bellarmine-Jefferson High survived three last-second 3-point attempts from visiting Bishop Amat to secure a 79-76 victory.
“It’s going to be a tough league, but we can pull out a lot of them,” said Bishop Amat senior Josh Andarza, who had a game-high 29 points.
The game was surprisingly not very close until the game’s final 2:08, when the Lancers (13-4) pulled to win four points, the closest they had been since the start of the second half. The Guards (13-3), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 5A, had dominated the second quarter to take a double-digit lead.
“We weren’t scared,” said Bell-Jeff center Abid Oses, who had 26 points. “We’ve had situations like that pretty much every game. We know what happens.”

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Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley unstoppable in 60-58 win over Etiwanda, finishing with 34 and game winner with two seconds left

STORY: Damien and two-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley had an incredible night, finishing with 34 points including the game winner with two seconds left to lift the Spartans to a 60-58 win over Etiwanda to go to 2-0 in the Baseline.

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South Hills wrestling coach Anthony Vidales arrested

STORY: The West Covina Police Department arrested a 29-year-old part-time wrestling coach Jan. 7 for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old student.
Police learned of the contact early Wednesday and booked Anthony Vidales, 29, of Covina, for inappropriate conduct with a minor, later that evening, according to a release by the department. Detectives released no other details on what occurred as they said it was an ongoing investigation.
Vidales’ bail was set at $20,000.

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Giambi brothers; Jim Bastion join South Hills’ Wall of Fame

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By Stephen Ramirez
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South Hills High School is arguably the elite baseball program in the Valley, and Tuesday the school paid homage to that history.
Brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi and coach Jim Bastion had their numbers retired in a ceremony in the school’s gym. All three retired jerseys (7, 7, 20) will rest on the gym’s wall of fame, joining Shawn Wooten and Cory Lidle.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Jason Giambi said. “It’s really an honor. I had some incredible times (at South Hills); played for some incredible coaches; had incredible teammates. The biggest thing is that I am truly honored.”


Jason Giambi is considered one of the top players in area history and deserving a spot on South Hills’ Mt. Rushmore. He was a three-sport star, including hitting .394 in three varsity seasons before helping Long Beach State to the 1991 College World Series and played in the 1992 Olympics. His 20-year MLB career features being a five-time All-Star, two Silver Slugger awards and the 2000 American League MVP. He’s played with the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and the last two seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi, a lifetime .277 hitter with 440 home runs, is currently a free agent.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired,” Giambi said. “I’m so glad (South Hills) coach (Darren) Murphy has brought back that pride. That was the one great thing about being a New York Yankee, they always brought back the older players, because there is such tradition. There were tremendous times (at South Hills) and it’s definitely an honor to stand up here.”
Jeremy Giambi’s baseball career almost mirrored that of his older brother. He hit .383 in three seasons for the Huskies, who he led to a CIF-Southern Section title. He then helped Cal State Fullerton win a College World Series championship in 1995 before spending five seasons in MLB.
He hit .263 with 52 home runs in stints with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox.
“This is a special moment for my family,” Jeremy Giambi said. “I appreciate everything that’s going on at South Hills. I want to thank everyone here to making this a special evening.”
Bastion, who coached South Hills for 23 seasons, was the foundation to the program being among the best in the area. He guided the Huskies to nearly 400 wins and three Southern Section titles in five trips to the finals.
“It’s just a situation that I can look around the room and say thank you very, very much,” Bastion said. “I appreciate it. I want to thank you very much for all the love you’ve given me and hopefully, all the love I can give out.”

Speaking of this story, yes, Deadspin went there ..

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South Hills alum Randy Aguirre succumbs to cancer

Randy Aguirre, who wrestled at South Hills before coaching at Covina and starting the wrestling program at Palisades, died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was 30.
There will be a prayer/vigil for Aguirre on Thursday from 6- 9 p.m. at the Church of our Heritage, which is located at 21300 Via Verde in Covina.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is at 344 West Workman Avenue in Covina.
Aguirre was a 4-year letterman at South Hills and was captain his senior season. He also wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College and San Francisco State University. He was an assistant at South Hills before becoming the head coach at Covina and later Palisades.
His Palisades team competed at the Tustin Tournament and finished 18th.

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CIF-Southern Section football teams released, find out what area players made it

STORY: The coaches’ votes are in, the All-CIF Souther Section teams for high school football were released on Tuesday afternoon and the local vanguard was represented well across an array of divisions.
In the Pac-5 Division, Bishop Amat’s run to the semifinals resonated well and receivers Tyler Vaughns and Brandon Arconado were chosen on the offensive team. Linebacker Christian Wiley was a defensive team selection.

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Are you ready for the Jan. 30 SGV/Inland Empire High School Football all-star game at West Covina?

What: San Gabriel Valley all-star football game, which has been expanded to include teams from the Inland Empie
When: Friday, January 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
schillingTwo CIF champion coaches and one legend have been selected to coach the upcoming San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game on Jan. 30 at West Covina High School.

Colony’s Steve Randall, who guided the Titans to a 12-2 record and the Central Division championship, will coach the East team. Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, who led the Falcons to a 14-0 record and the Southeast Division championship, will join forces with four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan of Maranatha to coach the West.

The game, which has traditionally been played in early summer, was moved to winter by game organizer and West Covina coach Mike Maggiore in order to provide players with one last recruiting showcase before signing day and hopefully lure some of the area’s top talent.

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