CIF-SS Boys and Girls Basketball pairings released

DAMIEN IN OPEN DIVISION: Damien (24-3) was rewarded with a home game in the first round of the CIF-SS Open Division Playoffs, drawing Crespi (24-3) in next Friday’s opener at 7 p.m. Crespi finished second in Mission League behind Alemany. The winner likely gets No. 2 seed Bishop Montgomery in the second round.
CIF-SS Open Division
Boys Basketball

Friday’s first-round games
Top Half
Santa Margarita at No. 1 Chino Hills
Inglewood at Alemany
Compton at Corona Centennial
Cantwell Sacred Heart at No. 4 Mater Dei
Bottom Half
Los Alamitos at No. 3 Sierra Canyon
Roosevelt at Redondo Union
Crespi at Damien
Orange Lutheran at No. 2 Bishop Montgomery

BOYS PAIRINGS PREVIEW: The CIF-Southern Section boys basketball pairings were released Sunday and many of the top area teams drew home games. All first-round games are slated to begin Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Walnut (22-5), which finished third behind co-champions Diamond Ranch and Los Altos in the Hacienda League, drew a home game in the first round of the Division 1A playoffs and will host Paloma Valley (17-9).
Diamond Bar (8-17) is the only other area team in Division 1A and is at Inland Valley runner-up Rancho Verde (25-2).Diamond Ranch heads a large contingent of area teams in Division 3A and earned the No. 2 seed. The Panthers (19-8) will host Palomares at-large South Hills (10-17) in the first round.

CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs
Wednesday’s first round
Division 1AA
Diamond Bar at Rancho Verde, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Paloma Valley at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Rowland at Capistrano Valley, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Tesoro, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Charter Oak at Adelanto, 7 p.m.
Servite at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Leuzinger at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Garey, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at Golden Valley, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Culver City at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Buena Park, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Esperanza, 7 p.m.
Sultana at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Sierra Vista at La Sierra, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Northview at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at San Gabriel Academy, 7 p.m.
Barstow at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
El Segundo at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Covina at Laguna Beach, 7 p.m.
Bassett at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Artesia at Workman, 7 p.m.

GIRLS PAIRINGS PREVIEW: After a sensational season that ended in a Valle Vista league championship for the Rowland High School girls basketball team, the Raiders (22-2) earned the top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A playoffs.
All the CIF-SS girls basketball pairings were released Sunday, and all first-round games are set to begin on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Raiders will host North Hills League at-large El Modena (10-15) in the opener. Arroyo was the only other area team in the Division 2A playoffs. The Knights (9-17) will visit second-seed Norco (18-9) in the first round.
Palomares League co-champion and the Tribune’s top-ranked Diamond Bar (22-4), which tied South Hills for the league title, will enter as the second-place team and will host tough Yucaipa (19-5) in the first round of the Division 1A playoffs.

CIF-SS Girls Basketball Playoff Pairings
Thursday’s First Round’
Division 1AA

Yucaipa at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
El Modena at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at Norco, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Bishop Amat at Jurupa Valley, 7 p.m.
Azusa at Lompoc Cabrillo, 7 p.m.
Paso Robles at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
San Luis Obispo at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Santa Paula, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Rancho Alamitos at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Monrovia at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Indio, 7 p.m.
Golden Valley at South Hills, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Savanna, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Gladstone at Estancia, 7 p.m.
Lakewood St. Joseph at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Fillmore at Covina, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Yucca Valley, 7 p.m.
Duarte, bye
La Puente at Laguna Beach, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Bassett, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Rosary Academy, 7 p.m.

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West Covina shines at CIF-SS Girls Wrestling championships

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
West Covina High School has been one of the top girls wrestling programs in Southern California the past few seasons, and the Bulldogs lived up to that billing Saturday.
West Covina scored an event-high three individual champions for a strong fourth-place finish at the CIF Southern Section championships at Roosevelt High School.
Hillcrest won the team title, with Northview, led by 150-pound finalist Deidra Valles, third. The Vikings had five competitors among the top eight, with West Covina next at four.
Scoring titles for West Covina were Grecia Monasterio (111), Jennifer Lopez (116) and Yvette Garcia (160). Also scoring a title was Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza, who beat Oak Hills’ Corey Burton in the 189 final. Other area finalists were Valles, Walnut’s Mia Dow (121) and Upland’s McKenna Hutchison (137).
All advance to the CIF State championships, scheduled for Visalia Convention Center on Feb. 26-27.
Other qualifiers were Walnut’s Justine Barredo (101, third), Lauren Cuellar (111, sixth), Jeselle Corpus (116, fourth) and Sarah Arellano (131, seventh); Diamond Ranch’s Trina Nguyen (101, fifth) and Tiffany Juarez (116, third); Rowland’s Grace Padilla (101, sixth); Northview’s Haven Driscoll (106, fifth), Julia Hooper (116, eighth), Julia Padilla (131, sixth) and Mia Leon (143, third); El Monte’s Brianne Penunuri (106, sixth); San Marino’s Claire Garcia (106, eighth); Barstow’s Elizabeth Wright (111, fourth); San Bernardino’s Andrea Contreras (111, eighth); Cajon’s Alicia Alba (121, fourth); Schurr’s Sarah Zaragoza (121, fifth); Bloomington’s Nicole Abea (121, eighth); Hesperia’s Suzy Chiquito (126, fourth); Chaffey’s Kimberly Espinoza (126, fifth) and Daisy Aguilar (170, sixth); Montclair’s Lesle Chicas (126, sixth); Sierra Vista’s Brianna Vilchis (126, eighth); Carter’s Michelle Camacho (143, fourth); Bonita’s Natalie Romero (143, sixth) and Alyssa Palmer (160, sixth); Gabrielino’s Jasmine Monroe (143, seventh); Chino’s Erika Aguila (150, seventh); Beaumont’s Kim Meza (160, sixth); San Dimas’ Jaylene Tiki Jaime (160, eighth); Baldwin Park’s Makayla Hernandez (170, fifth); Banning’s Aryana Ruth (235, fourth) and West Covina’s Janessa Munoz (235, eighth).
The big story, though, was the performance of West Covina’s winning trio, which was again led by Yvette Garcia, who scored four wins fall, including pinning Pioneer Valley’s Tiffany Santana at 3:31 in the 160 final. She’s had eight wins by fall the past two weekends. Her closest match was a 2-1 victory over Eastside’s Precious Bell in the semifinals.
“I really happy,” Garcia said. “I didn’t get to the finals last year. But it’s on my coaches for really pushing me.
“I dropped down a weight class (this season) and just tried to keep wrestling.”
Monasterio won at 111 after coming back from an early 2-0 deficit to win, 4-3.
“It’s unbelievable to win it,” Monasterio said. “Your whole season is striving to win it, and we you get it done, it’s a great feeling. We still have a long way to go, but it’s a great honor.”
Lopez had three wins by fall, including a pin at 2:41 over Coachella Valley’s Destiny Salinas in the 116 final. She came into to the meet ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS by The California Wrestler.
Baldwin Park’s Loza also had a comeback win. She came back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits to beat Burton.

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Friday Recap: Devin Holcomb scored 7 goals to lead St. Lucy’s girls Water Polo to victory

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Prep Girls Water Polo

St. Lucy’s 14, Rancho Cucamonga 9 — Devin Holcomb scored seven goals and two assists, Sabrina Garabet scored four goals and had two assists and goalie Ana Benson had 10 saves to lead the Regents (19-10, 8-3) to place second in the Baseline League.

Girls basketball
Duarte 58, Baldwin Park 35 — Patricia Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ryley Thompson added 15 points for the Falcons (24-3, 10-0) in a Montview League contest.

Boys basketball
Los Altos 70, Diamond Ranch 60 — Roman Silva had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks and Dante Ayala added 11 points for the Panthers (19-8, 8-2) in a Hacienda League loss.

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Thursday Recap: Bonita boys basketball stuns No. 1 Ayala, 81-80, in OT

Boys basketball
Bonita 81, Ayala 80, OT The Bonita Bearcats were willing to take a two-point bucket. They had the ball with just seconds left, trailing Ayala by two points.
But the 3-pointer was there, and junior guard Joe Quintana delivered, knocking down the shot to give Bonita a heart-stopping overtime win over favored Ayala in the Palomares League finale for both teams.
The win gave the Bearcats (21-5, 9-1) a share of the league title with Ayala (23-3, 9-1), to whom they lost the first time 67-51.

San Dimas 53, Rowland 48 — Donnell Leffridge had 14 points and six rebounds, Ronny Rafeh added 12 points and had 14 rebounds and Andrew Sanchez scored 12 points for the Saints (20-6, 10-0) in a Valle Vista League game. Curtis Hong scored 18 points, Phillip Aguiniga added 12 points and Jonathan Hu had 11 points for Rowland (12-14, 5-5).
Wilson 71, Nogales 33 — Jared Chung had 10 points and four assists and Jared Kawamoto added 12 points to lead the Wildcats (15-11, 8-3) to second place in the Valle Vista League.
Diamond Bar 64, Glendora 32 — Malik Corey and Peter Valencia both scored 20 points for the Brahmas (8-18, 3-7) in a Palomares League win.
Girls basketball
St. Lucy’s 30, Los Osos 24 — Havalin Nyivih scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds for the Regents (15-10, 2-8) in a Baseline League victory.
Boys Soccer
Los Altos 1, Diamond Ranch 1:
The Los Altos boys soccer team earned the top seed from the Hacienda League for next week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 Playoffs.
The Conquerors scored first and held on through two overtimes for a 1-1 tie with defending league champion Diamond Ranch on Thursday night.
The Conquerors (14-6-2, 7-2-1) had the tiebreaker and needed only a tie to earn the top seed after the Panthers suffered an upset loss to Chino on Tuesday.

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Damien basketball expecting Open Division invite on Friday

damienstateDamien head coach Mike LeDuc is expecting his team will be in the Open Division when the pairings are announced on Friday. And if Tuesday’s strong effort against Chino Hills is any indicator, the Spartans just might be up to the challenge.
The Spartans are 23-3 in LeDuc’s return engagement as head coach, and according to key rankings, they’re certainly in the Southern Section’s top 16. And while being in the Open Division is nothing new to Damien, it is for LeDuc, who embraces the challenge.
“We’re ranked sixth in Divsion 1AA, so that means there would be 10 teams not in Division 1AA that are better than us,” LeDuc said. “In my opinion, I believe we’re going to be in the Open Division.”

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Wednesday Recap: Workman boys basketball beats Baldwin Park to clinched undefeated Montview campaign

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Boys basketball
Workman 51, Baldwin Park 30In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, Workman clinched its fifth consecutive Montview League boys basketball championship with a win over Baldwin Park on Wednesday night.The Lobos (18-7, 9-0) won their 17th consecutive league game and have gone 58-3 in league play the last five years.The Braves (13-10, 7-2) pulled within five points, 32-27, with six minutes left in the game, but junior Oliver Lopez and Alan Matronhit back to back 3-pointers as Workman took control of the game.
South El Monte 66, Arroyo 54 — Alex Hernandez scored 16 points, Chris Salcedo added 15 points and Adrian Diaz had 12 points for the Eagles (11-12, 7-4) in a Mission Valley League contest. Ben Lee and Justin Alfonso each had 11 points for Arroyo (13-12, 6-5).
Bishop Amat 65, Salesian 50 — Ryder Ruiz scored 22 points, James St. Louis had 15 points and Harrison Kay added 14 points for the Lancers (21-5, 7-3) in a Camino Real League game.
Chino 63, Diamond Ranch 57 — Roman Silva had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Tyler Velotta and Ahmad Chambers both had 10 points for the Panthers (19-7, 8-1) in a Hacienda League loss.Girls soccer
Sierra Vista 7, Duarte 3 — Samantha Loza scored three goals, Berenice Mancinas scored twice, Dianna Garcia scored a goal and had two assists and Maria Hernandez scored a goal to lead the Dons (20-2-1, 9-0), who clinched their ninth straight Montview League title.
Monrovia 2, South Pasadena 1 — Brandy Perez and Savanna Pfau each scored a goal and goalie Ariana Robles had eight saves to lead the Wildcats (14-6-3, 7-2-1), who won the Rio Hondo League title.
Girls basketball
Duarte 63, Sierra Vista 31 — Patricia Morris had 20 points and 12 rebounds and MacKenzie Barnes and Ryley Thompson each scored 13 points to lead the Falcons (23-3, 9-0), who clinched the Montview League title.

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Former San Dimas baseball standouts Jacob Castillo is at Etiwanda, and Tommy Acuna at Pomona, both both declared ineligible

jacobcastilloFormer San Dimas High school baseball players Jacob Castillo and Tommy Acuna, who both earned Tribune all-area honors for playing huge roles in the Saints’ dream season that saw it ranked No. 1 in the country by USA today before its undefeated season ended in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals in a 4-1 loss to Walnut a year ago, are both at different schools.
Castillo is enrolled at Etiwanda and Acuna is now at Pomona High under new coach Jesse Mendez, who for years made his name coaching softball at Bishop Amat and West Covina.
According to the CIF-Website for transfers, both have been ruled ineligible, and would have to appeal in hopes of having a chance to play. In the the case of Castillo, CIF noted there was disciplinary action at his former school
Both Castillo and Acuna transferred from San Dimas to Bonita in the fall, but never with the intention tommyacunaof playing baseball, Bonita coach John Knott said months ago.
Nobody at San Dimas, Bonita or the Bonita Unified School district would comment or explain why the two transferred schools within the district, nor would anyone say whether it was for disciplinary reasons. There was a lot of speculation that once the two finished the first semester at Bonita, they would transfer back to San Dimas and be ready for the baseball season. But it never happened.
Castillo, a verbal commit to San Diego State, had an insane season as a junior. As a pitcher he was 11-1 with a 0.43 ERA with 119 strikeouts in 82 innings. At the plate Castillo batted .341 with 16 RBIs.
Acuna, a University of Arizona commit, transferred to San Dimas last year from Bishop Amat and was the Saints’ best hitter. He batted .529 with 25 RBIs and 8 doubles, playing third and used as a designated hitter.

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