TRACK FINALS WEEK: Damien speedster Zach Shinnick is fastest soph in the state and league finals results and stories with Bob Ramsey

WEEKEND FEATURE ON DAMIEN SPEEDSTER ZACH SHINNICK: The 400 meters might be the toughest high school track and field event. Athletes need speed and endurance to be successful.
Zach Shinnick, the fastest sophomore in the state, manages to have both.
“Besides the 400 hurdles in college and the 800, it has to be the hardest race,” the Damien High School sophomore said. “You have to sprint and you have to have strength to finish. Not many people have the best of both. I’m blessed to have both.“My times are a little bit surprising. Not many people think someone can do this when you’re so young. I knew I could do it. I believe in my capabilities to run these times.”

RESULTS: Area track and field guru Bob Ramsey will keep everyone up to date with this week’s area league track and field finals. I’ll post links on this thread of any video from events you want to share along with links to results from this week’s finals. We start with the Palomares, which finished on Wednesday.

Del Rey League
Del Rey League finals story: Bishop Amat’s Ally Palomino dominates with a double in 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
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Palomares League
Palomares league finals story: Veronica Smeltzer (Sr, Glendora) led the girls with three wins – 15.39/100 hurdles (#5 SGV, GHS record), 200/26.06 & 4×400/4:02.85 #3 SGV). But she was rivaled by two All-Time SGV performances. Bonita senior Cassidy Peng’s 11-00 pole vault win moves her to #13= All-Time, and #2 this year.
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Miramonte League
Miramonte League finals story:
Desmond Bobo (Sr, Pomona) took home four (!) first place medals and had the top performances in the meet. His 11.07 (2.8w) 100m win ranks 7th SGV and his 21-01.50 long jump best makes him #9 SGV. He was also best in the 200 – 22.99w and 4×100 – 43.77.Garey junior Brenae Jones matched Desmond’s three individual wins. She took the high jump: 4-06, long jump: 14-11, and triple jump: 33-00.
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Mission League
Mission League finals story:
People in the Mission League run really fast – it is one of the two or three strongest League meets in the country. St. Francis is the sole SGV member of that league, and their two best team members represented well at Thursday’s meet at Occidental College.Jasher Foster on his way to his best race… yet. Junior Jasher Foster won 110 Hurdles in 14.43, breaking his own school record. He ranks #2 SGV, and moves into the SGV All-Time Top 50 at #46. Jasher took over the SGV lead with his second place PR 38.56 in the 300 hurdles.

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Rowland’s Michael Wang dominates Valle Vista Swim Finals; Claremont’s Andrew Leahy win Palomares tennis title

ROWLAND’S MICHAEL WANG DOMINATES: Ten league records, including four individual marks by Rowland’s Michael Wang, were set in his own pool.“We swam lights out,” Rowland coach Mike Cody said. “San Dimas swam pretty well, too. It was a fast meet.”Wang qualified with meet records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.1) and the 100 backstroke (51.96). He led off both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and got records in each (21.10 in the 50 and 45.73 in the 100). Both Raiders relay teams set records as well (1:30.45 and 3:20.45, respectively).Every boys winner had an automatic qualifying time. Setting meet records were San Dimas’ Zach Patrick in the 200 free (1:51.73) and 500 free (5:08.27) and Rowland’s Andrew Phan in the 100 butterfly (51.34). Phan also won the 50 free.

CLAREMONT’S ANDREW LEAHY WINS PALOMARES TENNIS TITLE: Junior Andrew Leahy from Claremont High School claimed the boys tennis singles title in the Palomares League by beating South Hills’ Kevin Tang 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals and Neil Tengbumroong from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Thursday afternoon at the Claremont Club.
Bonita’s pairing of Matt Diamond and Bennett Williams won the league doubles title. They beat Roger Yang and Daniel Chai from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-4, and then defeated Glendora’s Dillon Barnard and Justin Lay 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match.

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Thursday Recap: West Covina softball back in the hunt for Hacienda League title after defeating Chino 7-2

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Photo taken by Valarie Almaraz

West Covina 7, Chino 2 — Maddy Tickey was the winning pitcher, giving up two unearned runs and Nicole Gutierrez had a two RBI single to lead the Bulldogs (15-11, 5-3) to defeat the Cowboys (15-6-1, 6-2) for the Hacienda League win. Jude Nua had a double and Valarie Almaraz had an RBI single for West Covina. The Bulldogs will play against Los Altos on Tuesday. to show they are still in the running for the Hacienda League title.
Bishop Amat 9, La Salle 3 — Samaria Diaz was the winning pitcher and Alexis Vargas got the save to lead Bishop Amat to the Del Rey League victory. Alyssa Barrera went 4 for 4, Eryn Sustayta hit a homer and Miranda Larios had two RBIs for Bishop Amat (16-6, 9-1).

Wilson 7, Nogales 2 — Matthew Alexander Rodriguez pitched seven innings, striking out three and had an RBI for the Wildcats (15-7, 4-4) in a Valle Vista League victory. Hector Hernandez went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, a double, a triple and two runs scored, Jose Felix had a double and Christian Mora and Vincent Santana each had an RBI for Wilson.

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Scott Wiard to coach Duarte girls basketball team with father Richard’s help

STORY: Duarte High School is hoping Scott Wiard is a chip off the old block.If he is, then the Falcons’ girls basketball program is set for liftoff.Duarte named 24-year-old Scott Wiard, son of legendary former Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard, its new varsity girls basketball head coach this week. Richard will assist his son.“I’m a little bit young, but I have had a lot of coaching experience and I knew I wanted to be a coach at a young age,” Scott Wiard said.During his father’s wildly successful 18-year run at Amat, Scott was never far from his side. In more recent years, he served as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls teams. Last season, he was an assistant at Brentwood School.Scott graduated from Amat in 2009, which was right around the tail end of his father’s tenure at the school. Richard Wiard won 466 games, five CIF championships and two state championships as Amat’s girls basketball coach.Richard Wiard resigned from Amat, calling the school a “difficult place to work.” Wiard is currently a teacher at Charter Oak. His wife Kathie is Director of Secondary Education for the Charter Oak Unified School District.

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Nomination forms for annual Blue-Red SGV All-Star Underclassman an Senior Baseball Games

BLUE-RED-GAME: Coaches in the East San Gabriel Valley need to contact Nogales baseball coach and all-star game organizer Don Montanez to nominate players for the San Gabriel Valley Blue-Red underclassman and senior games. The Underclassman game will be held at Moor Field in Alhambra on June, at 2 p.m. and the Senior game will be held at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterey Park on June 8, at 7 p.m. Danny Roddy of Northview and Danny Meza of Rosemead will coach the Underclassman Game. Paul Acosta of Walnut and Houston Hernandez of Schurr will coach the Senior Game.

MORE ALL-STAR GAMES: In addition to the Blue-Red game, this year there will be a San Gabriel Valley Tribune Area all-star underclassmen and senior baseball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, June 13. South Hills coach Darren Murphy is the tournament organizer along with help from other area coaches. Tribune area coaches interested in the game should contact Murphy at South Hills.



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