Soccer Rankings: Northview cracks boys top ten; South Hills still No. 1 girls

VIDEO: Bishop Amat freshman Sofia Serafin scored twice to raise her season total to 17, but visiting St. Joseph’s scored in the final 15 minutes to help secure a 2-2 tie. Amat, the defending Division 3 champions, had several chances to win in the final minutes and overtime, but St. Joe’s missed its share of chances to win as well. Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez, freshman Sofia Serafin and goalkeeper Evelyn Fiero talked about it afterward …


1. Sierra Vista (13-0-2) — Still undefeated, but tying Gladstone could be troublesome.
2. Damien (9-3-3) – Tied with Claremont for Sierra League lead.
3. Diamond Bar (12-5-1) — Already 5-0 with a full two-game lead over second-place Diamond Ranch
4. Arroyo (9-1-3) – Still undefeated (4-0) in the tough Mission Valley
5. El Monte (9-1-0) – Bet it can’t wait to get Arroyo rematch at home.
6. Los Altos (6-5-4) — Forget winning the Hacienda league title, it’s fighting for the playoffs.
7. Northview (11-3-2) — Beat Baldwin Park 4-3 on Saturday to move into tie for first in the Valle Vista. Yes, Northview.
8. Baldwin Park (10-4-2) – Knew it would get a challenge in VVL, but didn’t know it would be Northview.
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
9. Bishop Amat (7-4-3) — Finally reminding us they’re much more than just a girls soccer school.
10. Duarte (10-4) — 6-1 in the Montview, just a half-game back of Sierra Vista.

1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 18
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 15
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 11
4. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 9

1. South Hills (13-1-2) – Earned a tie on the road at St. Lucy’s, and just half game back of league leading Chino Hills.
2. Bishop Amat (12-5-2) — Make-up week today vs. St. Joseph’s, who is 3-0 in Del Rey.
3. Diamond Bar (11-2-3) — Can add distance in Hacienda with wins over Walnut, Bonita this week.
4. Los Altos (10-2-3) — Has to keep winning and keep pace before getting rematch with Diamond Bar at home next week.
5. Sierra Vista (12-3-0) — Are Montview games any fun for the Dons, who have outscored league opponents, 42-2.
6. San Dimas (10-6-0) — Nothing like the Valle Vista to make the Saints feel like world beaters again.
7. St. Lucy’s (7-8-2) – Has a big make-up vs. Ayala today to stay in the Sierra playoff picture.
8. Charter Oak (8-8-0) – Same thing happened last year. Great non-league followed by brutal showing in the Sierra.
9. Wilson (9-7-3) – Wildcats have one chance to beat San Dimas on Tuesday. Her name is Allison Kung.
10. South El Monte (5-2-1) — 3-0-1 in the Mission Valley League.

Goal Scoring Leaders
1. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 18
2. Alison Kung, Wilson, 17
3. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 17
4. Sofia Serafin, Bishop Amat, 17
5. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 15

Below: Highlights from Claremont’s shocking 2-1 girls soccer victory over Chino Hills on Friday

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Girls Basketball: Nikki Wheatley, Kandyce Smith lead Bonita over Diamond Ranch, 57-42

DYNAMIC DUO: Senior guards Nikki Wheatley and Kandyce Smith combined for 45 points as Bonita won the battle between two unbeatans, 57-42, over Diamond Ranch on Monday to take over sole possession of first place in the Hacienda League.

The win was Bonita’s seventh consecutive victory in head-to-head play against the Panthers, who haven’t lost a league contest to any team other than Bonita since February 2008.

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Bonita High School baseball to host fundraiser game Wednesday to support family of former coach Ted Persell, who died in December

FUNDRAISER: Ted Persell coached at Bonita High School for just one season, but he made enough of an impact that Bearcats coach John Knott wanted to honor the former Valley player and coach, who died in an auto accident in December.
Bonita will host Alta Loma at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in an exhibition game that will pay tribute to Persell and lend support to his family, which includes a sixth-month-old daughter, his girl friend, three sisters and a brother.
There will be no admission charge, but donations of any amount will be accepted, and all money made from the snack bar and concessions, along with a 50/50 raffle will go to his family, who will also be honored before the game.

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Boys Basketball: Walnut holds off Diamond Bar to take control of Hacienda League race

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Walnut High School didn’t win the Hacienda League boys basketball championship Monday. But the Mustangs took a major step.
Jeff Huang scored 20 points and Walnut took control of the league race after withstanding a furious second-half surge from Diamond Bar to score a 56-53 victory over the visiting Brahmas.
Walnut, also getting 9 points each from Zuri Williams and Richard Rycraw improved to 16-5 overall and 6-0 in league play to hold a two-game lead over Diamond Bar, which slipped to 7-14 and 4-2.

The Brahmas, after two free throws by Williams with 14 seconds left, had a chance to tie the score, but Bobby Meshesha missed back-to-back 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds. Leo Li led the Brahmas with 17 points.
Walnut, after making 15 of 26 shots, including five 3-pointers in the first half, looked like it might cruise to the win after taking a 38-19 lead after the first two quarters. But Diamond Bar got back into it, holding the Mustangs to two field goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 43-37 going into the fourth before getting within three on an Evon Shubin putback with 57 seconds left to play.

Huang made one of two free throws to push it to 54-50 with 54 seconds remaining. Meshesha then missed a short jumper with 26 seconds left. But Huang couldn’t convert two free throws before Li nailed a 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds left to cut it to 54-53.
Williams was fouled on the in-bounds’ pass and calmly sank two free throws to push it to 56-53. Meshesha was short on a 3-pointer with about 8 seconds left before grabbing the rebound on a ricochet for a desperation attempt, which was short at the buzzer.

Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “They’re are our true rival. No one is going to quit on that rivalry, whether you are up by 20 or down by 20. But our guys were resilient. We have some three-year varsity players, so they are used to this.”
Diamond Bar coach Henry Frierson: “It’s not the way we drew it up. We got two good looks at the rim, and in a game like this that’s all you can ask for.Bottom line, is that we just dug ourselves too deep of a whole in the first half. The second half we made a valiant effort. But it was just too little, too late.”

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Basketball Rankings: No. 1 Damien ready for Wednesday’s monster showdown vs. Chino Hills

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Boys Basketball Top 10

1. Damien (18-3) — You had Jan. 29 circled on the calendar for a reason. Mighty Chino Hills comes to town.
2. Walnut (15-5) — Perfect 5-0 in the Hacienda, but host Diamond Bar tonight. Brahmas one game back at 4-1.
3. Glendora (15-6) — Not good enough for Baseline, but still one of areas best.
4. Los Altos (13-6) — Not getting it done in the Hacienda. Expected much more from Conqs.
5. Bonita (14-5) – Now that things have settled since the coaching changes, lets see what Cats have left.
6. Wilson (14-7) — Still undefeated in the Valle Vista, will host second-place San Dimas Friday.
7. South El Monte (10-4) – Will put 4-0 MVL record on line against Gabrielino’s 4-0 on Wednesday.
8. Workman (14-5) — Lobos a perfect 6-0 in the Montview.
9. Gladstone (15-2) — Fewest losses in the Valley.
10. South Hills (10-11) – We’ll cut them some slack for being the Sierra.

Girls Basketball Top 10
1. Bonita (18-2) – Lost a close one to Marlborough … every loss counts in hoping to avoid dreaded Open Division. Will host No. 3 DRanch tonight.
2. Bishop Amat (16-5) — Will do no better than third in the Del Rey. Already 1-2.
3. Diamond Ranch (15-4) — Coach Mike Power doing a great job in his first year with Panthers — but party ends at Bonita tonight.
4. Walnut (10-7) — Not easy being in a league with Bonita and Diamond Ranch.
5. South Hills (12-7) — Overall record looks nice, but they’re dying in the Sierra.
6. Covina (12-7) – Colts back in business at 6-0 in the VVL
7. Wilson (12-8) – Wildcats get their second shot at Covina next week.
8. Duarte (10-8) — Falcons crushed Workman in first meeting. What will happen in second?
9. Workman (11-8) — Won five straight and faces Duarte for first in Montview on Wednesday.
10. Arroyo (11-9) — In a three-way tie for first in the VVL.

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Boys Basketball: Gabrielino too much for El Monte; Damien rolls past South Hills; Glendora held to 24 in blow-out loss to Etiwanda

Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News

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Gabrielino High School came up short in its quest to win the Mission Valley League boys basketball championship last season.
The Eagles are determined to come through this time, and they took another step Friday night.
Grant Kirchhoff scored a game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds and Gabrielino remained perfect in league play with a 67-45 victory over host El Monte.

Bryan Phan had 16 points for Gabrielino, which improved to 16-3 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Eagles are at South El Monte on Wednesday. South El Monte was 3-0 going into a league game vs. Arroyo on Friday.
Jacob Moran and Joe Chavez scored 10 points each for the Lions, who slipped to 13-8 and 2-2.
Gabrielino put this one away after outscoring El Monte, 41-13, in the second and third quarters.

Gabrielino coach John Carney: “It’s nice to get another win on the road against a league team. We didn’t’ play as well as we would have liked. But we got the win, and we’re moving on.”
El Monte coach Eric Tabatabai: “They keep coming and it’s very fast-paced. When our guys got a little tired, we made some turnovers that resulted into easy layups. You have to play the whole game. The middle of the game was definitely costly.”
Gabrielino’s Grant Kirchhoff: “It’s a great victory for us,” Kirchhoff said. “We’re kind of on the road to winning league, so this was one stepping stone.”
- Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Damien got a spark from its defense in the second quarter and came from behind to beat an upset minded South Hills team, 66-49, Friday night.
The win keeps the Spartans, (18-3, 4-0)the Tribune’s top-ranked team, on top of the Sierra League standings as they head for their matchup with Chino Hills next Wednesday that will be for first place.
Trailing by eight points, the Spartans went on a 15-0 run in the last 3:18 of the second quarter to take a 25-18 lead at the half and take control of the game.
The Huskies (10-11, 1-3) started the second quarter on a 10-2 run, including 3-pointers by Jacob Estrada and Josiah Sotomayor that gave them an 18-10 lead with 4:20 to go in the half before Damien put the blitz on.
The Spartans had three players in double figures, led by Jeremy Hemsley with 22 points. Malik Fitts had 14 points and Tyler Ginyard had 12. Jacob Estrada had 15 points to lead the Huskies and Chris Martin had 11.
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “I thought we played really hard. We just didn’t make shots. Even though we weren’t shooting well we were rebounding and playing defense and eventually our defense got us going.”
- John Honell
No typo, Etiwanda holds Glendora to what must be an all-time low, although I can’t remember the last time the Tartans didn’t score in the 30s. Thomas Rico led Glendora with eight points. The Tartans are just counting the days they get shipped to the Palomares League.

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Sad news to report .. Bonita’s legendary cross country and track coach, Lonny Carr, lost his battle with cancer

carrLonny Carr, who was extremely passionate about teaching, coaching and caring for his student-athletes, has died.
The longtime Bonita High School cross country coach, 60, died Friday morning from complications from melanoma at his home, with his family at his side. He coached the Bearcats for 23 years.
“He was cross country’s and track and field’s Mr. Bonita,” assistant principal and former football coach Eric Podley said. “He was a father figure to a lot of these kids. When it was announced, innumerable kids were in tears and meeting with counselors. Even though they knew he was sick for awhile, the reaction was that he had made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives.”
Carr would talk a mile a minute about his athletes for as long as people would listen. He cared for those athletes much like he cared for his wife, Becky, three children and five grandchildren. He coached his grandson, Dillon Beckum, in high school for the first time this past fall. Beckum advanced to the CIF State cross country meet, turning in the second-fastest freshman time at the meet.
Carr spent his entire teaching career in the Bonita Unified School District. He retired as an elementary school teacher a few years ago, but remained as the boys and girls cross country coach and as the girls track and field coach.


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Tonight’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Gabrielino meets El Monte for first in the Mission Valley


Glendora at Etiwanda, 6:30 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
Los Altos at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6 p.m.
Mountain View at Rosemead, 6 p.m.
Arroyo at South El Monte, 6 p.m.
Workman at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Azusa, 6 p.m.
Ganesha at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Damien at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Northview at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.

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Sierra League Soccer: Claremont girls shock Chino Hills 2-1; Damien rolls 5-0 over South Hills

Damien 5, South Hills 0
Ayala 2, Charter Oak 1
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 1
South Hills 1, St. Lucy’s 1
Ayala 1, Charter Oak 0
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 1

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Wrestling: Charter Oak rallies for 39-33 win over South Hills



By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

South Hills High School was hoping to use rival Charter Oak Thursday as a stepping stone toward the Sierra League wrestling crown.
The visiting Chargers had other ideas.
Jack Castorena scored an 11-7 decision and Daniel Garcia won by fall as Charter Oak won seven of the final nine bouts to rally for a 39-33 victory over the host Huskies in a league dual match.
Charter Oak, which won eight of the 14 matches, including five by fall, improved to 2-1 in league play. South Hills, which won four of the first five, all by fall, slipped to 2-1.
The key bouts came back-to-back at 120 and 126. Castorena, after South Hills took a 27-24 lead on an 8-5 victory by Christian Flores (113) over Luke Knight, fought back from an early deficit against Jacob Andrade to go up 8-5 with a near-fall at 1:12 in the third period before getting a takedown with 30 seconds left for the 11-7 win.
Garcia then overcame an early deficit to score a win by fall over Ivan Martinez in 2:23. Joe Alexander clinched it, giving Charter Oak a 39-27 lead with a win by fall in 3:36.

Charter Oak coach Tom Cote: “I told our guys down 24-6 that we had to make our comeback and that’s what we did. They are a really strong team, with some really good wrestlers. We didn’t get a possible matchup at 132 (between Charter Oak’s Joe Alexander and South Hills’ Kevin Kelly) and that worked out in our favor.”
South Hills coach Robb Froh: “We knew we had to get out to a big lead. We knew their upper weights were pretty tough, so we knew we would need that lead to build some momentum. We just didn’t come through in some of the lighter weights like we thought we would. There were a lot of matches that were pivotal. We just didn’t come out and perform like we needed to.”

Charter Oak’s Daniel Garcia: “We just have a lot of heart. When you see that score, it just time to turn it up and bring (our) score higher.”

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Boys Basketball: Walnut maintains lead in Hacienda, holds off Los Altos

WALNUT BOYS Walnut’s Richard Rycraw, right, blocks a shot by Los Altos’ Jayson Jones in the Mustangs’ 65-55 victory on Wednesday.
– Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Walnut High School maintained its first-place lead in the race for the Hacienda League boys basketball title Wednesday. But just barely.
Senior Rob Harrelson scored a game-high 20 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch and area No. 3 Walnut withstood a fourth-quarter blitz from visiting Los Altos to score a 65-55 victory at home in a league game.

Fellow seniors Lawrence Besong and Richard Rycraw had 19 and 12 points, respectively, for the Mustangs, who improved to 14-5 overall and 4-0 in the Hacienda League. Freshman post player Jayson Jones had 17 points and 19 rebounds to lead area No. 4 Los Altos, which slipped to 13-5 and 2-2.
Walnut led 51-36 with just under five minutes left before Los Altos, keyed by 5 points from Jones, used a 17-5 blitz to pull within 56-53 with 2:23 left. Harrelson then followed two free throws by Zuri Williams with a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to all but clinch it.

Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “You always get concerned. But I was very proud of them. I told them (after) that when you play good teams, they’re never going to give up. Los Altos came at us. We had to earn this win. It’s a good lesson for us to learn.”
Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas: “We’ve been resilient all year. We have a good group of guys. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but you can credit Walnut with that. It was a great effort by the guys coming back, but against a good team, it’s hard to comeback from that far. That run cut it to three, but had we played better earlier and been closer, than it would have given us the lead.”
Walnut’s Rob Harrelson: “We were calm. We just had to run our offense. It was tight, but at the end of the game we were able to hit our free throws and our shots.”

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Girls Basketball: El Monte moves into first Mission Valley League with win over rival South El Monte

By John Honell
El Monte hasn’t hung a Mission Valley League girls basketball championship banner in its gym since 1991.
The school isn’t ready to hoist the banner quite yet but, its 41-29 win Wednesday night over South El Monte has put the Lions in sole possession of first place.
The Lions defense was the key to the win as it held high scoring Dorothy Tuala to eight points, all of them in the first half.
Sophomore Emmy Pham led the Lions (10-6, 3-0) in scoring with 16 points but her real contribution came on the defensive end where she fronted Tuala and helped hold her scoreless in the second half.
The Eagles (11-6, 2-1) used a 12-3 run to close the second quarter taking a two-point lead into the locker room at the break.
El Monte coach Christine Butler: “We were going to front her (Tuala) and get good weak side help. If they were going to try and pound it in to her we were going to have two people on her and force their outside girls to look for some shots.”
South El Monte coach Jose Herrera: “Our offense goes through Dorothy. (Pham) did a phenomenal job on Dorothy, credit to her, but I’m proud of the way our kids fought back. The school has only won one game in the last four years and the all-time school record for wins in a season is 12, so we’re in uncharted waters.”

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Basketball Rankings: Damien, Bonita continue to show the way


1. Damien (16-3)
Pointing toward Chino Hills showdown
2. Glendora (15-5)
Counting days it leaves Baseline
3. Walnut (13-5)
Won 9 of 11
4. Los Altos (13-4)
Enjoying return to area elite
5. Wilson (13-7)
Will ‘Cats lose in VVL?
6. Diamond Ranch (10-8)
Contending in Hacienda
7. Bonita (12-5)
Downward spiral continues
8. Rowland (9-9)
In league title mix
9. Workman (12-5)
Nothing changes in Montview
10. Gladstone (13-2)
Lost showdown with Workman

1. Isaih Mendoza, Mountain View, 24.1
2. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 22.2
3. John Paul Rodriguez, Workman, 21.5
4. Mathew Arguello, La Puente, 18.2
5. Ernest Ugoagu, Diamond Ranch, 18.0
6. Rob Harrelson, Walnut, 15.7
7. Andrew Bullock, Nogales, 14.6
8. Jonah Mendoza, West Covina, 14.4
9. Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, 14.4
10. Eduardo Hernandez, South El Monte, 14.2
11. Malik Fitts, Damien, 13.9
12. Eddie Howard, Duarte, 13.2
13. Edvin Peraza, La Puente, 12.6
14. Enrique Ramirez, La Puente, 12.6
15. Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat 12.4

1. Bonita (16-2)
Toyed with Walnut
2. Bishop Amat (16-5)
Held its own vs. Serra
3. Diamond Ranch (13-4)
Gets its shot at Bonita next week
4. Walnut (9-7)
Looked good vs. Bonita
5. South Hills (12-6)
Swept in Sierra last week
6. Covina (11-9)
Team to beat in VVL
7. Diamond Bar (8-10)
Seeking top 4 finish in league
8. Wilson (11-8)
Lost to showdown vs. Covina
9. South El Monte (11-6)
Rounding into form
10. Workman (9-8)
Rebounded from poor start

1. Kaelyn Kawamoto, Wilson, 14.7
2. Jessica Rosas, Gladstone, 14.7
3. Dymond Mitchell, San Dimas, 14.1
4. Dominique Thesus, Covina, 12.7
5. Tiyana Watkins, El Monte, 11.3
6. Mackenzie Barnes, Duarte, 10.8
7. Jordan Veal, San Dimas, 10.7
8. Katie Taylor, Northview, 10.6
9. Kathy McKiernan, Duarte, 9.8
10. Bridget Phu, Rosemead, 8.9

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Soccer Rankings: Sierra Vista, South Hills remain at No. 1



1. Sierra Vista (13-0-1)
Dons just keep on rolling
2. Damien (8-3-2)
Keeping pace in Sierra
3. Diamond Bar (10-5-1)
Team to beat in Hacienda
4. Baldwin Park (10-3-2)
Sets the tone in Valle Vista
5. Los Altos (5-5-4)
Off to slow start in league
6. Arroyo (8-1-3)
Doing it right in Mission Valley
7. El Monte (8-1-0)
Played Arroyo tight
8. Bishop Amat (6-3-2)
Staying close in Del Rey
9. Duarte (9-4)
Lost to Sierra Vista last week
10. Diamond Ranch (7-3-2)
Sitting in second in Hacienda

1. Mario Saenz, Sierra Vista, 18
2. Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, 15
3. Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, 11
4. Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, 11
5. Kelly Craft, Diamond Bar, 8
6. Manuel Medina, Los Altos, 8
7. Julio Sanchez, Duarte 8
8. Michael Flores, Sierra Vista, 8
1. South Hills (12-1-1)
Found its match vs. Chino Hills
2. Bishop Amat (12-5-2)
Setting the pace in Del Rey
3. Diamond Bar (9-2-3)
Needed own goal to tie Los Altos
4. Los Altos (9-2-3)
Showed heart vs. Diamond Bar
5. Sierra Vista (11-3-0)
Ruling Montview
6. St. Lucy’s (6-8-1)
Lost its last three
7. Charter Oak (8-6-0)
Holding its own in Sierra
8. San Dimas (8-6-0)
Holding lead in Valle Vista
9. Wilson (9-6-3)
Can it knock off the Saints?
10. Azusa (5-3-3)
Keeping pace with Sierra Vista

1. Jaline Miranda, Azusa, 17
2. Alison Kung, Wilson, 17
3. Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, 16
4. Samantha Verduzzco, Los Altos, 11
5. Jessica Lopez, Sierra Vista, 11
6. Jackie Zemeno, South Hills, 10
7. Amber Marinero, South Hills, 9
8. Daisy Duran, San Dimas, 9
9. Ashley Bell, Diamond Bar, 9
10. Helna Kisor, Diamond Bar, 8
10. Caitlan Greenup, Wilson, 8

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Basketball: Bishop Amat girls’ big effort comes up short against highly-regarded Serra, 61-55

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By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRAmirez on Twitter

Bishop Amat High School knew it could not match the talent level of visiting Serra, which is one of the better girls basketball teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
The Lancers had to make up for the deficit with effort, and host Bishop Amat made a good account of itself, pushing the Division 4AA No. 1 Cavaliers before falling, 61-55, in a Del Rey League game on Tuesday.
Caila Hailey scored a game-high 16 points and Cydney Bolton had 13 for the Cavaliers, who improved to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in the Del Rey League. Bishop Amat, getting 15 points from Paulina Santana and 13 each from Dagmar Ramirez and Janae Chamois, slipped to 16-5 and 1-2.
Amat, which led for much of the first half, looked like it might pull the upset after it rallied back from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to twice pull within a bucket with less than a five minutes to play, failing to convert each time.
The Lancers, using an 11-4 blitz keyed by two baskets by Ramirez and one from Santana, cut it to 50-48 with 4:33 left on a 3-pointer by Amanda Alvarado, but with a chance to tie, Santana missed on a shot at 4:08.
Chamois, after Brijaye Brackett scored inside, cut it to 52-50 following two free throws with 3:31 to play. Amat then withstood back-to-back misses by Serra, but an Amat turnover after a pass inside, gave it back to the Cavaliers with 2:51 left.
Serra closed the final three minutes with a 9-5 run to win 61-55.

Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “They are a terrific team and I was very pleased with our effort. We never gave up. A couple of things went against us in the third quarter, but we never gave up. I was very, very pleased with that. Our effort was good the whole night. We made some mistakes. We didn’t get some rebounds we have to get, we threw the ball away. But (Serra is going to force) that. There’s a reason why they are so good. But by in large, I was very pleased with our effort.”

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Charter Oak’s Big Lou to coach SoCal All-Stars in the Canyon Coast Classic


Charter Oak coaching legend Lou Farrar will coach a group of Southern California All-Stars against a team from Arizona on Monday in a the Canyon Coast Classic all-star football game at Riverside City College.
Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
The SoCal roster features Charter Oak’s Donavin Washington and Eric Prevost, South Hills Adam Goss and Chino Hills’ Chazz Eldridge.

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Boys Basketball: Workman outlasts Gladstone, 52-46

By John Honell
LA PUENTE — Champions can keep their composure in tight situations and find ways to win close games.
The Workman boys basketball team showed why it has won four of the last five Montview League championships by coming from 10 points behind in the second half to beat Gladstone 52-46 in overtime Friday night.
The win kept the Lobos (12-5, 5-0) tied with La Puente atop the league standings. It was the first league loss for the Gladiators and only their second loss of the season.
The Gladiators (13-2, 4-1) sent the game into overtime with a last-second shot by Ben Reaves, but the Lobos started overtime with back-to-back 3-pointers by Alan Matro and J.P. Rodriguez and went on to win.

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Area games cancelled because of Colby Fire in Glendora Foothills .. If there are more, let us know

UPDATE: Glendora, St. Lucy’s, Covina, Northview, Baldwin Park, San Dimas, Walnut, La Puente, West Covina, Workman, Gladstone, Pomona, Bassett, Ganesha, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Wilson, Nogales, Rowland, Los Altos, Bonita and Duarte have cancelled outdoor activities — mostly boys, girls soccer and girls water polo because of the Colby Fire in Glendora and the huge cloud of smoke and ash over the San Gabriel Valley. Basically, entire Valle Vista, Hacienda and Montview League outdoor sports cancelled. In Whittier, the Whittier school district has cancelled all outdoor activities. La Mirada HS, St. Paul and El Rancho have suspended all outdoor activity.


TOUT VIDEO: Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian, David Felton and I will post 45 second video interviews, highlight clips and whatever during the prep season. You can view them all on this widget by simply watching and scrolling down. Most recent video’s appear first.

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Could Palomares and Hacienda be in same football division? One proposal says yes

Got a tip from someone “in the know” about one of the football proposals for the CIF-SS Playoff Division that will change in the fall for the next two years, the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Locally, it’s interesting. Let me share a few. Remember, this a proposal, nothing more. Love that the Palomares and Hacienda could be in the same division. That would put the East San Gabriel Valley public heavyweights all in the same division.

One proposal for 2014 and ’15 football division realignment.
Division 2AA: Palomares, Hacienda, Freeway, Sea View, Parochial C (which includes St. Paul, possibly Damien).
Division 4AAA: Valle Vista, Alpha, Parochial D, Ambassador, Rio Hondo, Mt. Baldy.
Division 5A: Mission Valley. De Anza, Olympic, Garden Grove, Orange.
Division 5AA: Almont, Parochial E, Golden West, Orange Coast, Miramonte, Montview

Like I mentioned, it’s just a proposal. Here are the dates and timeline from CIF for the new divisions to be finalized.

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Bishop Amat/Cerritos College girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez in Philadelphia to accept national coach of the year award

Bishop Amat and Cerritos College coach Ruben Gonzalez named Division III national junior college coach of the year by NSCAA: For the second year in a row and third time in his nine seasons as the Cerritos College head women’s soccer coach, Ruben Gonzales led his team to the CCCAA State Championship, finishing the season with a No. 1 ranking. Gonzalez has also now led his squad to three NCAA Division III National Championships.


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Soccer Wrapup: Chino Hills girls soccer knock off undefeated South Hills, 2-0

Boys Soccer
South Hills 3, Chino Hills 1 — Both struggled in non-league, SHills gets a boost, CHills in big trouble.
Damien 1, Charter Oak 0 — Defending champs favored again.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack with the best chance to dethrone Damien.
Girls Soccer
STORY: Chino Hills 2, South Hills 0 — South Hills was undefeated, but Chino Hills showed why it’s among the best in D-2
Charter Oak 4, St. Lucy’s 2 — Chargers went 1-9 in Sierra last year.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack could be Chino Hills’ biggest threat.

ABOVE: Sierra Vista’s Sebastian Ocampo (27), center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal against Duarte in the second half of Boys soccer

Sierra Vista 3, Duate 0There is a certain amount of luck to play to an undefeated season. Sierra Vista High School took a lot of that luck in its Montview League showdown against visiting Duarte on Tuesday afternoon. “It was at least a little bit of luck,” Sierra Vista senior Mario Saenz said of the 3-0 victory, “But the skill and effort are always there. Going undefeated is motivation for us. We’re just being humble and giving it our best.”
The Dons remained unbeaten, and once-tied. It was Duarte’s first league defeat.
“It was by far our worst game of the season,” Dons coach Jose Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what it was. If we would have played 50 percent of the way we practiced (Monday) night, it would have been a different thing. But the score was there.” Saenz had two goals and an assist.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 1, El Monte 0
Arroyo High School midfielder Adrian Ramirez said he woke Tuesday morning and felt he had a big game coming. He was right.
Ramirez scored the lone goal in the 76th minute to lift Arroyo to a 1-0 victory over El Monte in a battle of undefeated teams in the Mission Valley league opener.

The Knights’ Jose Meza got it started on a breakaway. Meza’s shot was poked away by Lions goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez but Ramirez was there to clean it up. Ramirez didn’t finish on his first shot, but followed up his own shot for the game winner
“I thought was going to miss,” Ramirez said. “But I felt calm and I knew the goal was inside me. I felt that anger inside me and I had to let it out. Our coach told us it’s all about winning.” El Monte (6-1, 0-1), which had outscored its opponents 56-2 entering the match, had a chance to tie a minute later, earning a penalty kick in the 77th minute. But Jesus’ Garcia steered his game-tying attempt wide and Arroyo remained undefeated, improving to 6-0-4 and 1-0 in league.
Montview League

Hacienda League

Los Altos 1, Diamond Bar 1
Los Altos didn’t beat Hacienda League girls soccer rival Diamond Bar on Tuesday.
It just felt that way.
Natalia Elizarraras scored with about five minutes to play in regulation to help the Conquerors tie the host Brahmas in a key league game.

The Conquerors, who got nine saves from goalie Daniela Gonzalez, are 8-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. Diamond Bar, which scored its only goal on an own goal in the first minute, is 9-2-3 and 2-0-1.
Los Altos coach Chris Reeder: “I told the girls that the way this league works, very few (teams) go undefeated in this league. When you go to somebody’s house, you have to get a point. Our goal was to tie the game. If you can get a win here great. We haven’t won here in a long time. We came away with a point, and get to play them at our place in the second round.”
Diamond Bar coach Matt Brummett: “It was a fair result, I think. It went back and forth. Both sides, there were chances to win the game. A good old-fashion Hacienda League matchup. It was a fair result. It’s unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win, but I’m sure they feel the same way.”

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Wednesday’s Boys Basketball: Damien crushes Charter Oak in Sierra opener; Walnut drops Bonita to 0-3 in the Hacienda

Walnut 67, Bonita 64
Richard Rycraw scored 16 points and had a key free throw with 23 seconds left as Walnut beat Bonita for the first time in three seasons.
Bonita (12-5, 0-3), which got 14 points from Tim Trisnaldi, had a chance to tie it with 1.1 seconds left. Walnut’s Lawrence Birdsong made the second of two free throws for a 67-64 lead. But Dane Hollar’s desperation heave at the buzzer was short.
Walnut (11-5, 2-0) trailed, 31-30, at halftime, before opening the second half with blitzes of 12-4 and 17-14 for a 59-49 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Trisnaldi hit two 3-pointers to cut it to 64-61, but Kenny Walker’s 3-pointer with 23 seconds was short.
Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to beat Bonita. We lost in overtime three times before. My guys really wanted to get that (win) for me, and I appreciate it.”

Walnut’s Richard Rycraw: “It’s great, especially since Bonita is not going to be in our league anymore. We had to send them out with a bang. “Last year, we came close to beating them, but we let it slip at the end. This game, there was a lot of pressure on us, but we had to prove that we are the better than them.”
– Steve Ramirez

By the way, if there is a bigger high school fan than the one pictured for Arroyo, commonly known in Arroyoland as Wolfie, I haven’t seen him.
Hacienda League
Walnut 67, Bonita 64
Rowland 54, West Covina 52, OT
Los Altos 63, Diamond Bar 59
Montview League
Mission Valley League
El Monte 52, Arroyo 41
Gabrielino 76, Rosemead 23
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 60, Nogales 48
Wilson 65, Pomona 50
Sierra League
Damien 60, Charter Oak 32
Claremont 59, Ayala 48
Chino Hills 104, South Hills 63

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Girls Basketball: Bonita lets Walnut back in, then slams the door, 60-50


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
For the Bonita High School girls basketball team, the question is not if it will win the Hacienda League title, but whether it will be challenged.
The Bearcats got an answer Wednesday, but not quite the one head coach Darren Baumunk was looking for, after he was forced to reinsert his starters during the fourth quarter to secure a 60-50 victory over host Walnut.
Nikki Wheatley scored 21 points and Kandyce Smith had 14 as Bonita, ranked No. 9 in CIF-Southern Section Division IAA, improved to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the Hacienda League. Walnut, getting 11 points each from Kim Mayekawa and Britney Yee, slipped to 9-6 and 1-1.
Bonita, also getting 11 points from Ariana Abo, blitzed Walnut early. The Bearcats closed the first quarter with a 15-3 surge to lead 24-8 before enjoying leads of 37-19 at halftime and 46-20 early in the third quarter.
The game got interesting down the stretch.

Bonita coach Darren Baumunk: “I was pleased with how we played the beginning. “We got off to a quick start, which was the first time this year we’ve gotten to that quick of a start. We pushed the ball and got to play our tempo early, and it got to a point where we (could insert the younger players). It was a struggle for them, and they have to understand it’s not going to be the last time to show what they can do. They have to step up.”
Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley: “We have a solid team. We struggled a little bit (in the second half), so we had to go back in. But I think the other girls did good, they just have to work on their passing a bit. I think it was a solid win, all around.”

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Northview wrestler Bryan Salinas ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 pounds

salinasNorthview’s Bryan Salinas ranked No. 1 in the state: Northview High School has been the dominant wrestling program in the area for nearly two decades and that trend is continuing this season.
The Vikings, armed with a trio of competitors who are contenders to place at the state championships in March, look as strong as ever. Northview is ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 this week after winning three tournaments and a top 10 finish at a fourth during the first two months of the season.
“We’re doing well,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “We won Carter, we won our tournament, we won at El Cajon. We were eighth at the Don Buchanan Tournament, which I thought was a pretty good showing for our team. We have a lot of kids who are having a good year.”

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Damien boys, Bishop Amat, Bonita girls on CIF’s first Open Division Watch List

CIF OPEN DIVISION WATCH LIST: For the first time, the CIF Southern Section Basketball Open Division Selection Committee has released their first “Open Division Watch List”. This list has been developed to identify the current pool of schools, based upon their performance this season, as possible “Open” division entrants into the 2014 CIF-SS Basketball Championships. The schools on the “Watch List” have shown that they are among the elite basketball teams currently in the Southern Section, based upon their performance, so far this season. The committee will update the list every week to track teams through league play, leading up to final “Open” division selection, on Friday, February 14, 2014. Teams may be added and/or dropped off the Watch List” between this initial list and final selection on February 14. Up to a maximum of 16 teams may be selected for the boys and girls “Open” division playoff bracket.

Who is on it: Damien is among 30 teams listed on the boys side and Bishop Amat and Bonita are among 23 teams listed on the girls side. Remember, they will take up to 16 teams.

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