Girls Soccer Playoffs: Bishop Amat rallies late, beats Beckman in PKs; Hailey Zerbel scores twice in South Hills win; Los Altos, Duarte, Sierra Vista, Diamond Ranch also advance

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Girls Soccer update: Bishop Amat scored in the final moments of injury time on a Hanna Armendariz penalty kick to send the game into overtime against Beckman. Then the Lancers won in PKs, 3-0 to advance. Camila Garcia scored three goals in South El Monte’s 3-2 win over Santa Ana and South Hills’ Hailey Zerbel scored both in the Huskies’ 2-1 win over South Torrance.

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CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Thursday’s first round
Division 2

Bishop Amat 1, Beckman 1, Amat advances in PKs 3-0
Division 3
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1
Diamond Ranch 1, Pasadena Poly 1, Diamond Ranch advances in PKs
Los Altos 3, Chadwick 0
Division 5
Lindfield Christian 2, Rowland 1
Viewpoint 2, San Dimas 0
Division 6
Rosemead at Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0
Duarte 3, Archer 0
South El Monte 4, Santa Ana Valley 2
Division 7
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1
Vistamar 8, Ganesha 0

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2
Murrieta Mesa at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
South Hills at Buena, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
Yorba Olinda at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Quartz Hill at Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Sierra Vista at Rialto, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at Maranatha, 3 p.m.
Duarte at San Gorgonio, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Grace Brethren at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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Girls Basketball playoffs: South Hills, Covina, Los Altos all advance

South Hills makes it look easy: South Hills led the Tribune girls basketball rankings from wire to wire this season.
The Huskies played the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs the same way, as they coasted to a 76-41 victory over Gahr on Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Huskies (21-6) will play at No. 11 seed Pacifica of Garden Grove at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
The Huskies were on fire from beyond the 3-point line, hitting seven of 10 shots in the first quarter on their way to a 26-8 lead and they never looked back.

Covina cruises to win: The Covina High School girls basketball team validated its No. 11 seed with a lopsided victory over Monrovia, 51-23, Thursday night to advance to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3A playoffs.
By halftime, the Colts (19-9) had a 25-10 lead, and that was all they would have needed offensively after holding the Wildcats (7-16) to just 13 second-half points.
The defense stepped up for Covina, forcing Remy Hare and Stephanie Perez into 18 combined turnovers. Mariah Sierra and Diana Navarro led the Colts’ defensive effort with seven and six steals, respectively.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoffs
Today’s first-round
Division 3AA
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Calabasas 65, Baldwin Park 42
South Hills 76, Gahr 41
Gabrielino 56, Diamond Ranch 40
Sonora 64, El Monte 28
Division 3A
Los Altos 38, Azusa 34
Brentwood 52, South El Monte 39
Covina 51, Monrovia 23
Barstow 64, Pomona 38
Yucca Valley 51, San Dimas 38
Orange Lutheran 67, Wilson 19
Division 4AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart 56, St. Lucy’s 37

Saturday’s Games
Division 1AA

Bishop Amat at Windward, 5 p.m.
Lakewood at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Lynwood, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Whittier at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at Mira Costa, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Second Round
Division 3AA
South Hills at Pacifica, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Orange Lutheran at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo at Covina, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: Freshman goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded a shutout to lead Sierra Vista to 3-0 girls soccer win in a First-Round playoff match

Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 3, Lakeside 0 — Freshman goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded a shutout and Maria Hernandez, Zitlali Jimenez and Samantha Loza each scored a goal for the Dons (19-4-1) in a Division 6 first-round match.
South Hills 2, South Torrance 1 — Hailey Zerbel scored twice to lead the Huskies (16-5) to the Division 3 first-round playoff win.
Duarte 3, Archer 0 — Ruth Macdonaugh, Lindsay Lathrop and Stephanie Flores each scored a goal and goalie Alexa Moreno recorded a shutout to lead the Falcons (13-5-1) to the Division 6 first-round playoff win.
Pomona 2, Desert Hot Springs 1 — Monique Escobedo and Victoria Barragan each scored a goal to lead the Red Devils (11-7) to the Division 7 first-round victory. Hannah Isidoro had an assist for Pomona.
Girls water polo
San Dimas 10, Savanna 9 — Madi Egan and Hailey Gonzalez each scored four goals in double sudden death overtime for the Saints (19-10) in a Division 7 first-round playoff victory.
Bonita 17, Camarillo 9 — Amanda Legaspi scored seven goals and Erin Gonzalez had three goals and two assists to lead the Bearcats (14-5) to advance to the quarter-finals against Mission Viejo on Saturday. Also contributing to Bonita’s win were goalie Rachel Garwick who had seven saves, Kirra Hemric and Ciara Dennison who both scored twice and Claire Turner who scored a goal and had five assists.

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Bonita, Covina, Los Altos, Workman, Bishop Amat all open boys basketball playoffs with first round wins

Workman beats neighboring San Dimas in opener: The No. 11 seed Workman High School boys basketball team saw a 22-point fourth-quarter lead be nearly completely erased, but held on to defeat San Dimas 68-60 to advance the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs on Wednesday night.
The Saints (11-16) trailed 58-36 at the start of the fourth quarter, but went on a 24-5 run to cut the lead to 63-60 in the final two minutes of the game.

South El Monte falls short: Legendary La Canada High boys basketball coach Tom Hofman liked what he saw so much from his team in the first quarter on Wednesday that he wished aloud that he could bottle some of it for use later in the playoffs.
The Spartans erupted in the first quarter, knocking down nine 3-pointers, and never looked back in a 69-33 win over South El Monte in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.
“That might be a school record for points in a quarter, it’s close,” Hofman said. “It’s definitely a school record for points in a first quarter. We were really on fire. We took good shots and made them. It would be nice to bottle that.”

Bonita cruises past Sulatana: Sultana boys basketball coach Jay Harrie thought his team was in good position when it finished the first quarter tied with third-seeded Bonita. But the Bearcats dominated after that and pulled away for an 86-56 win in a first-round CIF Southern Section Division 3AA contest Wednesday night at Bonita.
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40 — Josh Andarza had 11 points and Christian Mora had nine points to lead the Lancers (20-8) to the Division 3A first-round victory.
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 48 — Chidi Udengwu had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Roman Silva had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Panthers (18-8) in a Division 3AA first-round playoff win. Tyler McLean had nine assists and nine rebounds for Diamond Ranch.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s first round results
Division 3AA

Pasadena 57, Rosemead 32
Diamond Ranch 94, Norte Vista 58
Bonita 86, Sultana 36
Los Altos 64, Baldwin Park 37
Palm Desert 78, El Monte 41
Division 3A
Palos Verdes 51, Wilson 49
Tahquitz 62, Charter Oak 32
Bishop Amat 44, Shadow Hills 40
La Canada 69, South El Monte 33
Division 4AA
Pomona 72, Estancia 37
Covina 67, Yucca Valley 35
Workman 68, San Dimas 60
Division 4A
La Salle 69, Duarte 47

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Boys Soccer playoffs: Bishop Amat crushes Palmdale 5-1 behind two goals each from Brandon Arconado and Havier Zaragosa; Andre Gamboa with three in Diamond Bar rout

The Bishop Amat boys soccer team had reason to feel slighted when the CIF-SS Division 3 pairings were released. How could a team with just one loss all season to Cathedral, the top seed and arguably one of the best in Southern California, have to play in a wild card after finishing second to Cathedral in the Del Rey, and also boasting a 4-4 tie against them earlier in the year?
It made no sense and Amat showed how silly it was with an easy 5-1 victory over Palmdale in Wednesday’s wild card, advancing the Lancers (12-1-4) to Friday’s first-round game against Pacific League champion Pasadena.
David Cabral scored 30 seconds into the match and freshman Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice.
Zaragosa drew a penalty kick and finished it himself in the 12th minute, and added another in the 30th to give Amat a 3-0 lead.
Arconado, also a stud receiver for the Lancers in football, scored in the sixth minute and finished things off in the 70th.
Zaragosa and Arcondado spoke following the game, as did Pasadena coach Cherif Zein in the stands to watch. Watch and listen to what they had to say … In another D-3 game, Diamond Bar’s scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas added two give the Brahmas and easy 5-0 win over Templeton. Diamond Bar is another team that had no business having to play in a wild card.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s Wild Card games
Division 3

Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0
Chino Hills 7, Muir 1
Glendora 2, Beckman 0

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Wednesday Recap: Andre Gamboa scored three goals to lead Diamond Bar to win the Division 3 wild card match

Boys soccer
Diamond Bar 5, Templeton 0 — Andre Gamboa scored three goals and Guy Horcasitas scored twice for the Brahmas (17-5-2) in a Division 3 wild card victory.
Bishop Amat 5, Palmdale 1 — Havier Zaragosa and Brandon Arconado each scored twice to lead the Lancers (12-1-4) to advance to Friday’s first-round game against the Pacific League champions Pasadena High School. David Cabral scored a goal for Bishop Amat in the Division 3 wild card match.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 13, Monrovia 2 — Goalie Destiny Ramirez had 13 saves and Katie Fugit had five goals, five assists, and five steals to lead the Chargers (25-5) to the Division 5 first-round victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s win were Sarah Adams who had four goals and six assists and Devynn Stein who scored three goals.
Boys basketball
San Gabriel Academy 83, Heritage Christian 46 — The Eagles (14-9) won the Division 4A first-round contest against the Warriors.

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Tuesday Recap: Ganesha girls soccer win 3-1 and take the CIF SS Division 7 wild card victory

CIF-SS Girls Soccer Playoffs
Tuesday’s wild card games

Division 5
Cathedral City 2, Covina 0
Division 6
Marshall 2, Baldwin Park 1: Early-round playoff home games are ones to cherish.
The Marshall High girls soccer team certainly loved its home-field advantage in its wild-card game in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs on Tuesday afternoon. The Eagles bounced their way along the natural grass, and in parts, dirt, en route to a 2-1 victory over Baldwin Park.
“It was a little crucial,” Marshall freshman Samantha Ramirez said. “It brought a lot of nerves with all the people that I know that are here, but we practice here every day, so we’re used to he field.”

Division 7
Ganesha 3, Southland Christian 1 — Alondra Castro, Ireni Melchor and Jamie Lopez each scored a penalty kick for the Giants (11-11-1) in a CIF SS Division 7 wild card victory. Goalie Mikael Wilson had 25 saves for Ganesha.

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Saturday’s RJ Baseball classic a doozy; San Dimas vs. Covina; South Hills vs. Bishop Amat … Also, who are the area’s best?

The official start of the spring season when games actually count is Saturday, March 28, but for area fans there is nothing better than Saturday’s Spring Baseball Preview with the annual RJ Classic at Maverick Park in West Covina. San Dimas takes on Northview at 3 p.m., followed by South Hills vs. Bishop Amat at 7 p.m. In the meantime, I’m working on next week’s baseball preview. Any thoughts on the area’s top ten? Who’s No. 1. I welcome all your thoughts

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Girls Soccer playoff pairings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, Sierra Vista hoping for deep playoff runs

The CIF-SS girls soccer pairings found here

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Girls Playoff pairings story: The Bishop Amat girls soccer team has won two CIF-Southern Section championships and advanced to four finals games under coach Ruben Gonzalez in the past decade, but the Lancers were rarely ranked in the Division 2 polls most of the season, an indication that some think the Lancers aren’t ready after competing so many years at the lower levels.
The Lancers won the Del Rey League and outscored their opponents 33-4, but with only a 17-7 overall record they have much to prove following the release of the CIF-SS playoff pairings Monday.
Bishop Amat, the lone area team in Division 2, will host Beckman, a third-place squad from the Pacific Coast league in the first round on Thursday.

AREA GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Division 2
Thursday’s first round

Beckman at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Thursday’s first round

South Torrance at South Hills, 3 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Los Altos at Chadwick, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card

Cathedral City at Covina, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Rowland at Linfield Christian, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana-Viewpoint winner at San Dimas, 3 p.m.
Covina-Cathedral winner at Hemet, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Tuesday’s wild card

Calvary Murrieta at Rosemead
Baldwin Park at Marshall
Thursday’s first round
Calvary Murrieta-Rosemead winner at No. 1 Grand Terrace, 3 p.m.
Lakeside-Valley Christian winner at Sierra Vista, 3 p.m.
Santa Ana Valley at South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Archer at Duarte, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Tuesday’s wild card

Southland Christian at Ganesha, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Garey at Alverno, 3 p.m.
Ramona Convent-Desert Hot Springs winner at Pomona, 3 p.m.

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CIF-SS Boys soccer pairings: Damien hoping for run in D-3; Baldwin Park hoping to repeat in D-4

The CIF-SS boys soccer pairings released and posted here.

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BOYS SOCCER STORY: Area boys soccer teams started making postseason plans following the CIF-Southern Section pairings on Monday.
No area teams earned top seeds and in tough Division 3, only Baseline league champ Damien will not have to play a wild card to get into the first round.
Instead, Damien will host the winner of Wednesday’s wild card between Glendale and Yucaipa in the first round on Friday.
In Division 3 wild cards Wednesday, Glendora is home against Beckman, but the winner will have to take on top seed Cathedral, a nationally recognized program and heavy favorite to win it all.

AREA BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Division 3

Wednesday’s wild-card
Glendora at Beckman, 3 p.m.
Templeton at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.
Palmdale at Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Glendora-Beckman winner at No. 1 Cathedral, 3 p.m.
Yucaipa-Glendale winner at Damien, 3 p.m.
Templeton-Diamond Bar winner at Notre Vista, 3 p.m.
Palmdale-Bishop Amat winner at Pasadena, 3 p.m.
Division 4
Friday’s first-round

Duarte at Oak Hills, 3 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Sierra Vista at El Dorado, 3 p.m.
Division 5
Friday’s first round

Mountain View at Garey, 3 p.m.
Adelanto at Diamond Ranch, 3 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 3 Arroyo Valley, 3 p.m.
Charter Oak at El Monte, 3 p.m.
Crossroads at La Puente, 3 p.m.
Division 6
Friday’s first round
Hawthorne MSA at Covina, 3 p.m.
Nogales at Desert Mirage, 3 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Rowland, 3 p.m.

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Former San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow moving to Oregon to become head football coach at Tualatin High

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San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow, who brought the Saints’ program to relevance over the past decade by winning two CIF-SS championships and making three finals appearances, is moving to Oregon to become the head football coach at Tualatin High School. It is rumored that some of Zernickow’s longtime assistants may take their families and join him as well.
Tualatin is roughly 10 miles from Portland.
“My family and staff can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Zernickow said. “Life is full of adventures and experiences. This new adventure was just too perfect to pass up. How many times in life can you actively teach your family how to trust in God and take a leap of faith.”
Zernickow certainly likes challenges, the Tualatin Timberwolves were 0-9 last season.
“I love the challenge,” Zernickow said. “Can’t wait to get started. I remember before I took the San Dimas job people told me I’d never win.”
Zernickow compiled an 87-37 record in 10 years with the Saints, winning four Valle Vista League titles with CIF championships in the Mid-Valley Division in 2009 and 2013.
After Zernickow resigned Dec. 1, the school hired one of his longtime assistants, Mark Holman, to take over the Saints’ football program.

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CIF boys basketball pairings: Damien and Glendora highlight the draw

The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and can be viewed by clicking the link. All the local pairings are listed below. The Open Division was released Friday with Damien earning a fifth seed and drawing 12th seed Orange Lutheran. Damien will host its first round game on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Story: Glendora coach Mike LeDuc has won over 1,000 games and has led the Tartans to four CIF-Southern Section championships during his tenure.
The legendary coach will get a chance to chase his fifth following the release of the boys basketball pairings on Sunday.
Glendora earned the second seed in Division 2AA and will host Foothill at-large Saugus in the first round Friday at 7 p.m.

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CIF-SS OPEN DIVISION BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Thursday’s first round
Top Bracket

No. 16 JW North at No. 1 Bishop Montgomery
No. 9 Cathedral at No. 8 Redondo Union
No. 12 Orange Lutheran at No. 5 Damien
No. 13 Alemany at No. 4 Corona Centennial
Bottom Bracket
No. 14 St. John Bosco at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
No. 11 Cantwell Sacred Heart at No. 6 Etiwanda
No. 10 Chino Hills at No. 7 Long Beach Poly
No. 15 Price at No. 2 Mater Dei

BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
LOCAL MATCHUPS
Wednesday’s first round
Division 3AA

Rosemead at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Norte Vista at No. 5 Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Sultana at No. 3 Bonita, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at No. 7 Los Altos, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Palm Desert, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Palos Verdes at No. 9 Wilson, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at No. 3 Tahquitz, 7 p.m.
Shadow Hills at No. 6 Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Estancia at No. 16 Pomona, 7 p.m.
Yucca Valley at No. 13 Covina, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 11 workman, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
No. 9 La Salle at Duarte, 7 p.m.

Friday’s First Round
Division 1A
Paloma Valley at No. 8 Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Saugus at No. 2 Glendora, 7 p.m.
Rowland at No. 12 Ventura
Arroyo at Garden Grove
Division 2A
West Covina at No. 1 La Mirada

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CIF-SS Girls Basketball pairings: South Hills and Duarte have best chance

The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and can be viewed by clicking the link. All the local pairings are listed below.

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Story: The South Hills High School girls basketball team led the area rankings from nearly start to finish and was awarded a sixth seed when the CIF-Southern Section girls basketball playoff pairings were announced on Sunday.
The Palomares league champion Huskies open the Division 3AA playoffs at home Thursday against Gahr.
Also in 3AA, Montview League runner-up Baldwin Park will host No. 14 Calabasas while El Monte visits No. 4 Sonora and Diamond Ranch travels to No. 10 Gabrielino.

GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
LOCAL MATCHUPS

Thursday’s first round
Division 3AA
Baldwin Park at No. 14 Calbasas, 7 p.m.
El Monte at No. 4 Sonora, 7 p.m.
Gahr at No. 6 South Hills, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at No. 10 Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at No. 1 Orange Lutheran, 7 p.m.
No. 16 Los Altos at Azusa, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at No. 6 Brentwood, 7 p.m.
Monrovia at No. 11 Covina, 7 p.m.
Pomona at No. 10 Barstow, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at No. 15 Yucca Valley, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rosary-Granite Hills winner at Bassett (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.
No. 13 St. Lucy’s at No. 11 Flintridge Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte (second round Saturday), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s first-round
Division 1AA
Bishop Amat at No. 1 Windward, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at No. 5 Lynwood, 7 p.m
Division 2AA
Whittier at No. 14 Walnut, 7 p.m.
Bonita at No. 7 Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
No. 15 West Covina at Moreno Valley, 7 p.m.
Rowland at No. 2 Mira Costa
Division 2A
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m.

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Girls Water Polo Playoffs: Charter Oak leads area as fourth seed in Division 5

CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Playoff Pairings Schedule
Area Schedule
Tuesday’s wild card
Division 7

Don Lugo at Wilson, 5 p.m.
Wednesday’s first-round
Division 5
Monrovia at Charter Oak, 5 p.m.
La Quinta at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
Division 2

St. Lucy’s at Long Beach Wilson
Division 4
Camarillo at Bonita, 5 p.m.
Division 7
Savanna at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Colony-Ramona WC winner at Workman, 5 p.m.

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Former South Hills softball coach Scott Fisch convicted of theft in 2014; Did district cover it up?

fischSECRET AGREEMENT AT SOUTH HILLS: A year before last month’s teacher/student sex scandals unsettled the South Hills High community, officials in the same school district put together a secret agreement that allowed a coach convicted of theft to keep his teaching credential and resign with little punishment, according to documents obtained by this news organization.

Additionally, the Covina-Valley Unified School District continued to pay softball coach Scott Fisch for more than a month following his February 2014 conviction for stealing money from his team. Though Fisch was ultimately forced to resign, his teaching credentials were not affected because of a plea deal that removed an embezzlement charge. He currently works as a teacher in another school district.

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CIF-SS Girls Wrestling Finals: Northview wins team title; San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime, Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones score individual titles


By Stephen Ramirez
EASTVALE – The San Gabriel Valley has been the dominant force since girls wrestling has been a CIF-sanctioned sport, and the area lived up to the billing at the CIF-Southern Section championship finals on Saturday.
Northview won its second consecutive section title and three area athletes scored individual titles at Roosevelt High School. The Valley also had 32 qualify for the CIF State championships, scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at the Visalia Convention Center.
The Vikings had a section-best nine state qualifiers, led by Deidra Valles, who was second at 150 pounds.
The area champions were San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121), Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones (189) and California’s Nadia Escamilla (111).


The other state qualifiers were Northview’s Haven Driscoll (101, fourth), Emily Hays (121, sixth), Julia Padilla (126, fourth), Izzy Valles (137, third), Mia Leon (160, fifth), Azusenna Molina, Serina Carrillo (189, eighth) and Desiray Galvez (235, seventh); Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101, second), Lauren Cuellar (111, fifth) and Mia Dow (121, second); West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116, third), Jimena Sarmiento (150, eighth) and Yvette Garcia (170, second); Sierra Vista’s Krystal Velazquez (111, eighth), Briana Villchis (126, sixth) and Angelica Ochoa (160, second); Bonita’s Natalie Romero (143, third) and Alyssa Palmer (160, sixth); Monrovia’s Brianna Dominguez (106, third); Schurr’s Sidney Valencia (106, seventh); Nogales’ Lizeth Flores (111, fourth); Santa Fe’s Nancy Guzman (116, sixth); Charter Oak’s Adriana Oliva (137, fourth); Gabrielino’s Jasmine Monroe (137, eighth); Rowland’s Cherydan James (143, fourth); Arroyo’s Lesly Ramirez (150, fifth) and San Dimas’ Haley Valdez (116, second).
“The expectations at Northview are high, whether it’s the boys or girls,” Northview coach Robert Dominguez said. “We’re family. We’re expected to go to class, get the grades and win championships. My girls came here and wrestled hard. It’s all about them. They had the right attitude. I’m proud of them.”

Jaime won an all-area battle in the 121 bout, beating Dow, 5-1.
“I feel accomplished,” Jaime said. “I got (Dow) back. I’ve been working really hard for this, so I’m really happy. I wrestled smart. I wasn’t focused on winning, like before. I was focused on working my moves.”

Quinones, who had four wins by fall, beat Pioneer Valley’s Torey Barrett, 5-0, in the 189 final. She won a state title last year, but after finishing sixth here last season.
“I want to win everything this year, because last year I didn’t win everything,” Quinones said. “Winning all of them is the goal again.”

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Duarte’s 6-7 freshman Patricia Morris with a triple double in Falcons’ Montview clinching win over Sierra Vista

DUARTEDUARTE’S 6-7 FRESHMAN MAKING AN IMPACT: Patricia Morris of the Duarte High School girls basketball team is 6-foot-7 and is supposedly still growing. Her height comes from her parents, Kevin, who stands at 6-5, and her mother Emily, at 6-3.
The freshman admittedly is still a very raw talent.
“Throughout this season, she has improved a lot and it’s been fun,” said junior guard Mackenzi Barnes, who had a game-high 22 points. “We’re getting used to her more and more and she has so much potential.”

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Friday Recap: South Hills girls soccer ends the season with a win over Bonita

Girls Soccer
South Hills 3, Bonita 1
— Amber Marinero scored twice for the Huskies, who secured a second place finish in their first season in the Palomares League with the win over the Bearcats (4-11-5, 1-7-2). Alina Cobian also scored for South Hills (15-5, 7-3), which finished just a game behind Ayala, who claimed the league title.

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Damien seeded fifth in Open Division, will play Orange Lutheran in first round Thursday

Damien coach Matt Dunn’s reaction: “First of all we’re excited to get a home game, that will be special to open the playoffs in front of our fans,” Dunn said. “Orange Lutheran is a team I know something about. We saw them during the fall. They’ve got a special guard like we do and we’re both pretty similar size-wize. You know, the draw (is what it is). It’s not like you’re waiting for the draw hoping you get this team or that team, they’re all good. We’re just excited to be in it and now that we know who we’re playing we can get prepared.”

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CIF-SS OPEN DIVISION BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Thursday’s first round

Top Bracket
No. 16 JW North at No. 1 Bishop Montgomery
No. 9 Cathedral at No. 8 Redondo Union
No. 12 Orange Lutheran at No. 5 Damien
No. 13 Alemany at No. 4 Corona Centennial
Bottom Bracket
No. 14 St. John Bosco at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
No. 11 Cantwell Sacred Heart at No. 6 Etiwanda
No. 10 Chino Hills at No. 7 Long Beach Poly
No. 15 Price at No. 2 Mater Dei

STORY: After a 21-3 regular-season record and Baseline League championship, the CIF-SS Open Division playoff pairing announcements on Friday afternoon weren’t a matter of if for the Damien High School boys basketball team.
More like a matter of who, when and where.
The Spartans knew they’d be invited to the Southland’s biggest dance and on Friday they got their first-round assignment: a home game against Orange Lutheran (22-4) on Feb. 19.
“We’re really excited,” Damien head coach Matt Dunn said. “If you have a team that you think can compete at that level, it’s an incredible opportunity. I think we’ve earned the right to play in the best of the best tournament.”
Damien was made the No. 5 overall seed. Orange Lutheran is the No. 12 seed. Only one other local boys team made the field and that was Cantwell Sacred-Heart, which went 15-11 and will play at Etiwanda (20-7) on Thursday.

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Damien expected to earn invite during today’s CIF-SS Open Division announcement at 3 p.m.

STORY: The Damien boys basketball team would be a heavy favorite to win its second CIF-Southern Section Divisional title in three years as the top seed in Division 3AA.
But that’s not going to happen.
Damien (21-3), ranked fifth overall in the Southern Section and sixth in the state by MaxPreps, is expected to earn an invitation to the prestigious CIF-SS Open Division — created last year to take the 16 best basketball teams from all 11 boys and girls divisions to form a best-of-the-best tournament to crown a true champion of the Southern Section.
Damien, which can clinch the Baseline League title outright with wins over Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga this week, is a lock to earn an invite when the teams are announced Friday, followed by the pairings on Sunday.

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Thursday Recap: Cecilia Swain scored the game-winning goal in OT for girls soccer to lead Rowland to clinch a share of Valle Vista League title

Girls soccer
Rowland 2, Northview 1 — Cecilia Swain scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the Raiders (9-5, 7-3) to clinch a share of the Valle Vista League title with San Dimas.
Wilson 2, San Dimas 1 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored a goal for the Saints (8-12-2, 7-3) but it was not enough in the Valle Vista League loss.
Girls basketball
Chino Hills 54, Los Osos 26 — Hayley Samuel had eight points, Marleigh Brown added seven points and Janessa Thropay had six points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies (18-6, 7-3) to the Baseline League victory.
Boys Basketball
Rowland 64, Northview 39 — Jesus Hernandez scored 20 points and had five rebounds and Derek Ohara added 10 points and had four assists to lead the Raiders (18-8, 7-3) to their final Valle Vista League victory of the season. Tyler Gachett had six points and six rebounds for Rowland.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 15, Chino 3 — Sarah Adams had seven goals, three assists and two steals to lead the Chargers (24-5, 9-1) to their last Hacienda League victory of the season. Devynn Stein and Katie Fugit both scored three goals for Charter Oak. Fugit also had five assists, six steals and two field blocks.

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Sierra Vista’s Giselle Garcia scores lone goal to lift Dons to 1-0 win over Duarte and eighth straight league title

donsSTORY: The Duarte girls soccer team snapped Sierra Vista’s 65-game league winning streak earlier in the season with a 3-2 victory over the Dons and had an opportunity to show it was no fluke in the rematch on Thursday for the Montview League title.
The Falcons certainly came to play, but Sierra Vista midfielder Giselle Garcia ended all the drama with the lone goal in the second overtime to give the Dons a 1-0 victory and their eighth straight league title.
Falcons goalkeeper Alexa Moreno had played a wonderful game to that point, but she stepped off her line for a moment and Garcia made her pay, floating a left-footed shot over her head from 20 yards for the game winner in the 96th minute.
Garcia’s eighth goal improved the Dons to 18-4-1 and 9-1 while Duarte, which just needed a tie to enter next week’s CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs as the league champion, dropped to 12-5-1 and 8-2.
“We had possession the whole game we just couldn’t get a goal,” Garcia said. “I just took a shot. Our coach (Steve Jimenez) always says just take a shot because you never know when it will go in.”

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Covina boys soccer wins first Valle Vista league soccer title in history with 2-1 win over Nogales

COLTS WIN FIRST TITLE EVER: It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.
That was the case not only for the Covina high school boys soccer team in its 2-1 Valle Vista League title-clinching victory over Nogales, but also over the course of the entire season.
The Colts (10-8, 8-2) start to the game couldn’t have been much worse, with Nogales (11-5-4, 6-3-1) scoring in the opening minute and nearly adding another just over a minute later.
However, Covina stayed patient, shutting out the Nobles offense for the remaining 79 minutes of play, and eventually got the game-winning goal from Luis Nahue.
After starting the season 3-7, Covina found a way to turn its season around to win seven of its last eight games, including each of the final five games. The final score of each of those games was 2-1, and each time, Covina had to come back after surrendering the first goal.

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