South Hills girls soccer defended its No. 1 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 with a 2-0 victory over Claremont in the Palomares League finale on Tuesday, getting goals from Hailey Zerbel and a penalty kick from Skylar Robledo in the closing minute to head to next week’s playoffs with an 18-1-5 record and a lot of momentum.
The Huskies clinched its second league title in school history and first since 2007. But the Huskies were determined to finish undefeated in league, and they did just that, running the table to go 10-0.
Hannah Shields’ free kick set up Zerbel’s goal in the 29th minute, giving the Arizona State-bound striker her team leading 20th goal of the season.
“I can’t even describe how it feels, I’m speechless, we’ve been waiting for this the last four years,” Zerbel said of winning the league title. “We were so close the last few years and we finally got it. It’s a huge accomplishment for our team.”
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee knows he has a great offense, but the Huskies have been equally good on defense, recording their fifth straight shutout.
“We gave up six goals in the first half of league and then shut them all out the second half of league,” Mocabee said.“If we can tighten up the back four and keep this going I think we can make a run (in the playoffs.)
With two goals from Ganesha’s Gerardo Cazares and another from Imar Figueroa, the Giants, ranked No. 3 in Division 5, knocked off No. 1-ranked Garey 3-2 to capture the Miramonte League title on Tuesday in a winner-take-all. Ganesha boys knocks off No. 1 Garey
With two goals from Ganesha’s Gerardo Cazares and another from Imar Figueroa, the Giants, ranked No. 3 in Division 5, knocked off No. 1-ranked Garey 3-2 to capture the Miramonte League title on Tuesday in a winner-take-all.
Ganesha (14-2-6, 8-0-2), tied Garey 1-1 earlier in the season (19-3-3, 8-1-1) and Tuesday’s win could push the Giants to the top seed when the pairings are announced Los Altos girls turn it around
One of the biggest turnarounds of the season came during Hacienda League play for the Los Altos girls soccer team, who started 4-7-3, which included a lopsided 5-1 loss to South Hills and a 3-1 loss to Diamond Bar.
But the Conquerors rebounded to capture the Hacienda League and are now 12-7-3 and 8-0-1, hoping to go undefeated in league when it visits Diamond Ranch in Thursday’s league finale at 5:30 p.m.
“It wasn’t just that we figured things out, we were missing a lot of girls early in the season for various reasons, whether it was illness, or deaths in the family, we never got to put the starting lineup I wanted all along until we got to league,” Los Altos coach Chris Reeder said.
Los Altos isn’t tearing it up offensively, it rarely does. But Reeder’s teams always play defense, and that’s obvious because it has allowed just five goals in league.
“I’d be lying if I told you after the preseason we would be vying for the league championship, but I knew we would compete and they’ve bonded better than I thought they would. We haven’t loss since Christmas break.”
With the Division 3 playoffs starting next week, Los Altos finally cracked the CIF-SS rankings by checking in at No. 10.
Reeder likes his teams’ chances, and feels the Conquerors’ could be a sleeper.
“South Hills (No. 1) is clearly the class of our division, but when they beat us 5-1 we had three defensive starters out,” Reeder said. “If we play them again are we losing, 5-1? No way. I’m not foolish enough to not think they’re a great team, but with the way we’re playing now it would be a different game if we met again.” Damien, Los Altos boys hoping for big finish
In boys soccer, the Hacienda and Baseline Leagues titles and playoff scenarios will likely come down to the final games with Los Altos and Damien needing wins in their league finale’s.
Los Altos (13-6-2, 7-2) trails Diamond Ranch (15-5-1, 8-1), ranked fourth in Division 5, but the Conquerors host the Panthers Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Since Los Altos beat Diamond Ranch 2-1 earlier in the season, a victory would complete a sweep and not only allow Los Altos and Diamond Ranch to tie for the league title, but Los Altos would head to the playoffs as the league champion because of its head-to-head results against the Panthers.
Damien (9-3-5, 5-2-2) has no shot at the Baseline league title, that likely belongs to Chino Hills (14-5-2, 7-2), but the Spartans can take over sole possession of second with a victory at Los Osos (9-6-5, 6-2-1) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
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Girls soccer Garey 2, Ganesha 0 — Goalie Iliana Gallegos had 12 saves and Veronica Alvarez and Isabel Correa each scored a goal to lead the Vikings (11-6-3, 9-1) to their first Miramonte League championship in school history. Rowland 1, Wilson 0 — Goalie Victoria Miranda recorded a shutout, Melissa Rodriguez scored a goal and Tyesha Valles had an assist for the Raiders (16-7, 8-1) in a Valle Vista League match.
Boys soccer Diamond Bar 2, Glendora 0 — Thomas Chiou and Mohamad Abboushi each scored a goal and Bryan Becerra and Andrew Ellis each had an assist to lead the Brahmas (17-2-6, 9-1) to a share of the Palomares League title with Claremont.
Girls water polo Bonita 14, Ayala 4 — Goalie Rachel Garwick recorded 13 saves, Amanda Legaspi scored seven goals and Kayla De Herrera and Claire Turner each had three goals to lead the Bearcats (15-7, 7-1), who are in a tie for the Palomares League title. St. Lucy’s 17, Chino Hills 5 — Sienna Jagielski scored seven goals, Sabrina Garabet had five goals and six assists and Devin Holcomb scored twice and had eight steals for the Regents (18-9, 7-2) in a Baseline League game.
Boys basketball San Dimas 55, Covina 44 — Donnell Leffridge scored 16 points and Andrew Sanchez had 15 points and three assists as the Saints (19-6, 9-0) clinched the Valle Vista League title. Ronny Rafeh had nine points and 10 rebounds for San Dimas, which won its 12th straight. Covina’s Angel Rivas had 13 points. Wilson 53, Rowland 46 — Ethan Sims had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Justin Chan added 13 points and Brandon Joh had eight points and five assists for the Wildcats (14-11, 7-2) in a Valle Vista League game. Jonathan Hu had 21 points and six rebounds, Phillip Aguiniga added 11 points and Curtis Hong had eight rebounds for Rowland (12-12, 5-4). Bassett 69, Edgewood 51 — Ruben Bermudez scored 20 points, Edgar Reyes added 16 points and Juan Mercado had 12 points to lead the Olympians (11-10, 6-4) to the Miramonte League win.
Girls basketball Glendora 63, Claremont 33 — McKayla Tilton scored 19 points and Michelle Can added 16 points for the Tartans (15-11, 3-6) in a Palomares League contest.
Tribune Soccer Rankings
Boys Rankings 1. Damien (9-2-5) — If it can win out, including a victory at Los Osos on Wednesday, the Spartans win the Baseline League title. 2. Diamond Bar (16-2-6) – Claremont beat Diamond Bar 3-0 to move into a first-place tie with Diamond Bar in the Palomares. It will likely finish that way. 3. Ganesha (13-2-6) — Is at Garey on Tuesday for a winner take all for the Miramonte League title. 4. South El Monte (13-2-0) – Shocking 3-0 loss to Rosemead, but still a half game lead over El Monte going into final week for the Mission Valley League title. 5. Gladstone (14-4-1) — Biggest surprise of the year is 8-0 in Montview with a sweep over Sierra Vista. 6. Diamond Ranch (14-5-1)– Leads Los Altos by a full game and can clinch Hacienda League title outright visiting Los Altos on Thursday. 7. Los Altos (12-6-2) – A 4-1 loss to Chino forces the Conqs to beat Diamond Ranch on Thursday just for a chance to tie for Hacienda. 8. El Monte (12-5-3) – Is a half game behind league leading South El Monte with two games to go in MVL. 9. Sierra Vista (15-6-1) – After 0-2 start in Montview, Dons rallied to finish second despite getting swept by Gladstone. 10. Covina (11-3-3) — Closing in on Valle Vista League title for first-year coach Jonathan Ortiz.
Girls Rankings 1. South Hills (15-1-5) – The trio of Hailey Zerbel, Amber Marinero and Skylar Robledo have a combined 51 goals for league unbeaten Huskies. 2. Sierra Vista (20-2-1) – Should finish undefeated in Montview with another typical dominant run by the Dons. 3. Los Altos (11-7-3) — Conquerors clinch the league title and hopes to go undefeated in the Hacienda with two to play. 4. Bishop Amat (11-6-1) – After getting swept by St. Joseph it loses to La Salle to fall into a tie for second in Del Rey. 5. St. Lucy’s (13-6-3) — In fourth in tough Baseline and would be a shame if it didn’t reach the playoffs. 6. San Dimas (10-8-2) — Even on a down year by Saints’ standards, the Saints are still in position to win the Valle Vista league title outright. 7. Glendora (10-8-7) — Big overtime victory over Claremont 2-1, and now needs South Hills to beat Claremont to finish second in Palomares. 8. Rowland (15-7) — Should finish second in Valle Vista, which is a great finish considering its soccer history. 9. South El Monte (12-5-1) – Will likely finish second in the Mission Valley by half game behind Gabrielino. 10. Charter Oak (6-8-3) – Tied with Diamond Ranch for third in the Hacienda, but owns tiebreaker over Panthers.
Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (23-2) — Damien’s 61-50 win over Etiwanda sealed its case to be an Open Division team when the pairings are released next week. But first, they get one more shot at No. 1 in the country Chino Hills on Tuesday. 2. Diamond Ranch (19-6) — Only question left is will it be Los Altos on Friday to go undefeated in the Hacienda. 3. Walnut (20-5) — Can tie with Los Altos for second in the Hacienda if Diamond Ranch beats Los Altos on Friday. 4. Los Altos (21-3) — Great season when you consider two losses came to Walnut and another to Diamond Ranch. 5. Bishop Amat (20-4) — Can finish second outright in the Camino Real with a victory Monday over La Salle. 6. Bonita (19-5) — Will have a chance to tie for the Palomares title on Thursday in finale at Ayala. 7. San Dimas (18-6) — Needs a win over Covina or Rowland this week to clinch the Valle Vista league title outright. 8. Workman (17-7) — Can clinch title outright with victory over Baldwin Park on Wednesday. 9. Wilson (13-11) — Closing in on second all alone in the Valle Vista. 10. Baldwin Park (13-9) — Braves lost by 12 to Workman in first meeting. It gets rematch at Workman on Wednesday for chance to tie for league title.
Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (21-3) — Even with a loss to South Hills to fall into a tie for first in Palomares, Brahamas’ overall body of work merits No. 1 still. 2. Rowland (20-2) — Can’t remember the Lady Raiders ever having a season this great. They should finish 10-0 in the VVL 3. Duarte (22-3) — Can clinch Montview league title outright with a victory over Sierra Vista on Wednesday. 4. South Hills (17-7) — Incredible victory over No. 1 Diamond Bar to move into a first-place tie in the Palomares. Who saw this coming? 5. Los Altos (18-6) — Loss to Chino forced the Conqs into a tie for first in Hacienda going into the final week. 6. Covina (19-6) — A 42-30 loss to Rowland ended any hopes of sharing the VVL crown. 7. Bonita (16-10) — Will finish third in the Palomares with one more shot at No. 1 Diamond Bar this week. 8. El Monte (15-7) — Should close out the week with wins over Arroyo and Marshall to clinch the Mission Valley outright. 9. Glendora (14-11) — To be fifth in the Palomares shows how difficult the league was this season. 10. Walnut (14-8) — Will finish third in the Hacienda behind Los Altos and Chino.
Montclair’s Bryan Cubillo, bottom, tries to break free of Northview’s Ricky Marin, top, during their 132-pound weight class match in the semi-finals of Saturday’s CIF-SS Central Division Dual Meet Wrestling Tournament at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA Saturday, February 6, 2016. Northview went on to win the tournament. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)