Diego Barrera’s father blasts Bishop Amat on social media after son Diego loses appeal to play at Bishop Amat

Junior pitcher Diego Barrera, who who left Bishop Amat and enrolled at Damien over the summer, was denied eligibility earlier this year by the CIF Southern Section until August 2017, citing an athletically motivated transfer/undue influence, after Bishop Amat submitted paperwork that led to the challenge.
The Barrera family appealed the decision, but lost Tuesday. The ruling essentially ends Barrera’s junior season.
Ed Barrera, Diego Barrera’s father, claims that Bishop Amat doctored statements attributed to him that he believes led to CIF’s decision and has started airing his complaints on Twitter. Read it and you be the judge.
Barrera started at Bishop Amat as a freshman, and arguably was its best pitcher last season as a sophomore, finishing 9-2 with a 1.84 ERA. He is verbally committed to the University of Washington.

On a separate note, CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod is encouring members to make revisions in the athletically motivated language. This needs to happen

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Tribune Baseball Rankings: South Hills holds on to top spot


Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (7-1) – Despite 3-0 loss to Bonita, Huskies hold on to top spot.
2. Charter Oak (5-1) – Opened Hacienda with 8-1 win over West Covina.
3. Glendora (9-2) – Early leader in Palomares after 3-1 win over Diamond Bar.
4. Bonita (5-3) – Follows South Hills win with loss to Ayala.
5. Bishop Amat (5-4) — Big 9-2 win over St. Paul to open Del Rey.
6. Walnut (6-3) — Lost doubleheader to Don Lugo on Saturday.
7. Wilson (6-1) – Valle Vista league favorites?
8. Nogales (7-1) – Opened Mission Valley with 11-1 win over Azusa.
9. Damien (3-4) – Spartans have already allowed 40 runs in seven games.
10. Sierra Vista (6-2) – Coming around after slow start.



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Tribune Softball Rankings: St. Lucy’s, Charter Oak lead the way


Tribune Softball Rankings
1. St. Lucy’s (5-1)
– After week off, opens Baseline at Rancho Cucamonga Friday.
2. Charter Oak (5-1) – Looks like the Hacienda league favorite.
3. Glendora (8-2) – Has won four straight and eight of nine.
4. Los Altos (6-4) – Has the ability to be areas best team.
5. Bonita (6-5) — Bad week for Bearcats after starting 0-2 in Palomares.
6. South Hills (5-5) – Rought start for Huskies, 0-1 in Palomares.
7. Mountain View (7-0) – Area’s biggeest surprise by far.
8. San Dimas (5-5) – Despite record, still Valle Vista favorites.
9. Baldwin Park (5-1) – After easy non-league schedule, Valle Vista begins.
10. Wilson (5-2-2) – Undefeated in last four games.

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Bonita’s Nathan Schneider blanks Big Bad South Hills, 3-0


SUPER SCHNEIDER: Dating back to its fall league, the South Hills High School baseball team hadn’t suffered a loss in almost four months. The Huskies had steamrolled through its nonleague schedule leading up to the Palomares League opener on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for visiting South Hills, it had to go up against Bonita ace, senior Nathan Schneider. He struck out nine and tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Bearcats to a 3-0 win.
“Schneider’s a good pitcher,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “(He’s) one of the top two or three pitchers in the league, so we knew it was going to be a game where you had to take advantage of opportunities. We had one, maybe two opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of it.”

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Damien basketball two wins away from Division I state title game

CIF-State Southern California Division I
Regional Semifinals
Corona Centennial at Damien, 7 p.m.

The Spartans are living up to their No. 1-seed billing in the state playoffs. Pick a style, and coach Mike LeDuc’s bunch is ready.
Against Central of Fresno in the first round, the Spartans rolled up 102 points in a fast-paced game. They followed that by getting defensive in a 60-44 win over Fairfax in a more methodical affair.
On Tuesday, a rematch looms with Corona Centennial, which Damien beat to start the Southern Section Open Division playoffs back on Feb. 17. Following that win, Damien was ousted by Sierra Canyon. But since then, Damien is on a five-game win streak and playing arguably its best ball of the season.

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Tribune Baseball Rankings: South Hills earns top spot, Charter Oak No. 2


Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-0) – Solidified top spot after winning 32-team Frozen Ropes Classic. Opens Palomares at Bonita.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) – Biggest surprise beating Bonita and advancing to Frozen Ropes final.
3. Glendora (7-2) – Opened with six straight wins, dropped 2 of last three.
4. Bonita (4-1) – Already with three shutouts despite tough 7-1 loss to Charter Oak.
5. Walnut (4-1) — Pitching has been great, allowed two runs or less in four wins.
6. Bishop Amat (4-3) — After slow start has won three of last four.
7. Damien (2-3) – Terrible start, but has played tough schedule.
8. Wilson (4-0) – Hasn’t played anyone tough, but still has outscored opponents 42-1.
9. Nogales (6-1) – Won first six before finally dropping a game.
10. Sierra Vista (4-2) – Improved non-league schedule, good 10-5 win over improved Muir.



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Tribune Softball Rankings: Surprise St. Lucy’s nabs top spot, Bonita No. 2

Tribune Softball Rankings
1. St. Lucy’s (5-1)
– Dakota Casper has been great in the circle, only loss to Los Altos
2. Bonita (4-2) — Looked great in winning the San Dimas tournament.
3. Charter Oak (5-1) – Avenged its only loss to Bonita and has shown lots of power at the plate.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Only losses to San Dimas, Bonita.
5. Los Altos (4-3) – Good record considering how difficult the schedule.
6. South Hills (2-4) – Surprising slow start during Florida-bound pitcher Natalie Lugo’s senior year.
7. San Dimas (4-2) – Still the Valle Vista league favorites.
8. Bishop Amat (2-3-1) – Not sure what to expect after graduating so many talented seniors
9. Baldwin Park (4-1) – Might challenge San Dimas for Valle Vista title.
10. Mountain View (4-0) – Area’s only undefeated team.

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