South Hills girls soccer getting healthy, faces Ayala today at Citrus, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee knew the front line of his team was going to be solid. The question would be the defense.
“We spent a lot time on defense during training and tried a lot of people,” he said. “We have had a lot contribute and it has given us a look of consistency.”
Mocabee thought he had one solid returnee in center back Emily Shields. But the junior was lost for the season in a final club soccer game before the start of the high school season.
“We’ve had a lot of obstacles,” Mocabee said.
Ilene Gonzalez and Valerie Garcia have seen the most playing time at center back and have helped the Huskies to a fast start (10-2, 2-0).
“We’ve had so many players stepping into new roles and we’ve had returning players blending in with new players,” Mocabee said. “We’ve really found the combinations that work so far.”
His attacking unit was pretty much intact: Hailey Zerbel, Amber Marinero and Skylar Robledo.
“They’ve got experience working with each other,” Mocabee said.
South Hills defeated Bonita, 3-2, on Wednesday and faces Ayala today at 5:30 p.m. at Citrus College.
“Any win in the Palomares League will be tough,” he said. “If any one team is favored, it’s Ayala and they are definitely on our radar. If we win it puts us in a really good spot.”
To get results posted online, in the paper and twitter, here’s what you have to do. Call our sports clerks at 626-544-0992 after the game or email results to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those with twitter, always share results to @SGVNSCORES and check our twitter throughout the night for updates. Boys basketball Glendora 78, Ayala 64 – Brandon Brothers had 26 points and AJ Bigornia added 20 points for the Tartans (15-2, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory. Northview 62, San Dimas 60 – Ulysses Aparicio had 22 points, Adam Winiecki added 18 points and Paul Cooper had 17 points for the Vikings (7-11) in their first Valle Vista League win. Omar Nasri had 15 points, Ryan Ocampo had 12 points, Josiah Erickson added 11 points and Ronny Rafeh had 10 points for the Saints (5-11, 0-1). Diamond Ranch 79, Charter Oak 51 — JJ Watson had 20 points and six assists, Ethan Jarrell added 13 points and Latrelle Standifer had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (9-5, 1-0) in a Hacienda League victory. Boys soccer Bishop Amat 4, St. Monica 0 — Nathan Difiori scored twice and both Mathew Espinoza and Danny Tenorio each scored a goal for the Lancers (5-4-0) in a Del Rey League victory. Damien 4, Etiwanda 0 – Francisco Cuellar, Herman Meza, Connal Dennison, and Timothy Ebiner each had one goal for the Spartans (9-2-2, 2-0) in a Baseline League victory. Girls soccer
Glendora 1, Ayala 0 — Alexis Rushlow scored the winning goal for the Tartans (7-5-3, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory. South Hills 3, Bonita 2 — Hailey Zerbel scored twice and Skylar Robledo added the other as the Huskies rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to pull out the win and go to 2-0 in the Palomares league with Ayala in town next on Friday.
By Stephen Ramirez WEST COVINA >> South Hills High School is arguably the elite baseball program in the Valley, and Tuesday the school paid homage to that history.
Brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi and coach Jim Bastion had their numbers retired in a ceremony in the school’s gym. All three retired jerseys (7, 7, 20) will rest on the gym’s wall of fame, joining Shawn Wooten and Cory Lidle.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Jason Giambi said. “It’s really an honor. I had some incredible times (at South Hills); played for some incredible coaches; had incredible teammates. The biggest thing is that I am truly honored.”
Jason Giambi is considered one of the top players in area history and deserving a spot on South Hills’ Mt. Rushmore. He was a three-sport star, including hitting .394 in three varsity seasons before helping Long Beach State to the 1991 College World Series and played in the 1992 Olympics. His 20-year MLB career features being a five-time All-Star, two Silver Slugger awards and the 2000 American League MVP. He’s played with the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and the last two seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi, a lifetime .277 hitter with 440 home runs, is currently a free agent.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired,” Giambi said. “I’m so glad (South Hills) coach (Darren) Murphy has brought back that pride. That was the one great thing about being a New York Yankee, they always brought back the older players, because there is such tradition. There were tremendous times (at South Hills) and it’s definitely an honor to stand up here.”
Jeremy Giambi’s baseball career almost mirrored that of his older brother. He hit .383 in three seasons for the Huskies, who he led to a CIF-Southern Section title. He then helped Cal State Fullerton win a College World Series championship in 1995 before spending five seasons in MLB.
He hit .263 with 52 home runs in stints with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox.
“This is a special moment for my family,” Jeremy Giambi said. “I appreciate everything that’s going on at South Hills. I want to thank everyone here to making this a special evening.”
Bastion, who coached South Hills for 23 seasons, was the foundation to the program being among the best in the area. He guided the Huskies to nearly 400 wins and three Southern Section titles in five trips to the finals.
“It’s just a situation that I can look around the room and say thank you very, very much,” Bastion said. “I appreciate it. I want to thank you very much for all the love you’ve given me and hopefully, all the love I can give out.”
Speaking of this story, yes, Deadspin went there ..
Oh no, Deadspin picked up our Giambi induction story, but not for the reason you think … or maybe you do. http://t.co/Pmt3Cc1Krg
Randy Aguirre, who wrestled at South Hills before coaching at Covina and starting the wrestling program at Palisades, died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was 30.
There will be a prayer/vigil for Aguirre on Thursday from 6- 9 p.m. at the Church of our Heritage, which is located at 21300 Via Verde in Covina.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is at 344 West Workman Avenue in Covina.
Aguirre was a 4-year letterman at South Hills and was captain his senior season. He also wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College and San Francisco State University. He was an assistant at South Hills before becoming the head coach at Covina and later Palisades.
His Palisades team competed at the Tustin Tournament and finished 18th.
Colony’s Steve Randall, who guided the Titans to a 12-2 record and the Central Division championship, will coach the East team. Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, who led the Falcons to a 14-0 record and the Southeast Division championship, will join forces with four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan of Maranatha to coach the West.
The game, which has traditionally been played in early summer, was moved to winter by game organizer and West Covina coach Mike Maggiore in order to provide players with one last recruiting showcase before signing day and hopefully lure some of the area’s top talent.
Reaction to CIF soccer polls: That the Damien boys are in ready to win it all mode in Division 3. Seriously, Damien is a D-1 school that could own this division, especially with Cathedral tying Bishop Amat, and THAT’S the No. 1 team. Diamond Bar is strong too, but I’ll take Damien in this division all day. Sierra Vista might finally get it done in D-3, but where is Baldwin Park? Charter Oak ranked third in D-4 is a shocker, just because it’s CHARTER OAK boys soccer. Who would have thought? I love La Puente’s chance in D-5 and like Nogales’ even better in D-6, though Monrovia and Pas Poly are tough. In girls soccer, Bishop Amat is nowhere to be found in D-2, but I’m guessing now that they got some players back from winter break, they’ll be in the mix. South Hills, Ayala and Claremont can all make deep runs in D-3 girls soccer. I like Ayala, South Hills and Claremont in that order out of the Palomares. Sierra Vista, once again, should be a contender in D-6 girls.
Boys soccer rankings Division 3 - 1. Cathedral; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Chaffey; 4. Claremont; 5. La Sierra; 6. Redlands East Valley; 7. Oxnard; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Damien; 10., tie Salesian, Ontario and San Luis Obispo.
Division 4 – 1. Bellflower; 2. South Torrance; 3. Sierra Vista; 4. El Segundo; 5. Hart; 6. Oak Hills; 7. Placentia Valencia; 8. Santa Paula; 9. Lakeside; 10. Estancia.
Division 5 - 1. Granite Hills; 2. Indian Springs; 3. Charter Oak; 4. La Puente; 5. Rialto; 6. Ganesha; 7. Tahquitz; 8. Garden Grove Santiago; 9. Animo Leadership; 10. tie, Barstow and Diamond Ranch.
My thoughts on this weeks CIF boys basketball rankings: That Damien better be good, but not TOO good. If they’re TOO good they could wind up in the Open Division. If they’re TOO good and win the Baseline, they WILL be in the Open Division. If they lose a couple along the way, then yes, they stay in 3AA and win their second championship in three years. Glendora has a shot to guve 1,000-game winner Mike LeDuc another title in 2AA. Bishop Amat is hoping that Cathedral, Cantwell and Alemany all get sent to the Open Division so it can have a shot at the 3A crown. Poor Covina and Workman, they might be in 4AA, but that could be the toughest division of all. Must be no fun knowing you have no shot at postseason fun. I would discuss GIRLS BASKETBALL rankings, but there is no way anyone’s got a shot to do anything.
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings 1. Damien (13-2) - After crushing Upland in Baseline opener, Spartans get big test at Etiwanda (11-4) on Tuesday. 2. Glendora (14-2) – AJ Bigornia looked great in 70-58 win over Bonita; Ayala and Claremont up this week. 3. Los Altos (11-3) — Won big battle over Wilson 43-32 to take ownership of Hacienda Heights. 4. Bonita (13-4) — Tough way to open with a loss at Glendora, but they can get it going with South Hills, Diamond Bar up next. 5. Wilson (13-3) – Had six-game winning streak snapped by rival Los Altos. 6. Walnut (12-5) - Competitive way to open the Hacienda this week with games against West Covina and Diamond Ranch. 7. Bishop Amat (13-3) — Has won four straight heading into tough league opener on Wednesday at Bell Jeff. 8. Diamond Ranch (8-5) – Let’s face it they’re good, but not the super team we thought they would be. 9. Workman (10-5) - 54-49 loss last week against Esperanza nothing to feel bad about. 10. Diamond Bar (9-7) – Opened league with an easy win over South Hills, but it gets much tougher.
Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings 1. South Hills (13-4) — Palomares league opening 44-33 over Diamond Bar keep the train moving. 2. West Covina (11-5) — Has won three straight, including two wins over Bonita. 3. Duarte (8-6) – Should dominate the Montview league — again. 4. Bonita (9-9) — Bearcats go on the road and beat Glendora in Palomares opener. 5. Los Altos (10-4) – Closed non-league with a 49-36 loss at Wilson. 6. Bishop Amat (7-9) – Has won two straight, including nice win over rival St. Paul. 7. Walnut (8-4) – Hacienda should be great the way Los Altos and West Covina are playing. 8. South El Monte (11-2) — MVL favorites have won four of five. 9. Wilson (7-9) – Impressive win over Los Altos moves ‘Cats back in top ten. 10. Glendora (11-7) – Struggled at home against Bonita.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings 1. South Hills (9-2) — Huskies easily take care of Diamond Bar 4-0 to open the Palomares. 2. Bishop Amat (7-6) – Has won four straight, including 5-0 win over Sierra Vista. 3. St. Lucy’s (6-2-5) — Opened league with a solid 0-0 tie against Upland. 4. Glendora (6-5-3) — Won three straight, including 2-1 win over Bonita to open league. 5. Diamond Bar (9-4) – With South Hills, Glendora, Ayala and Claremont in Palomares, making the playoffs could be tough. 6. Charter Oak (6-7-1) — Nonleague 3-1 loss at South Hills, but looked competitive. 7. Sierra Vista (9-3-1) – Humbling 5-0 loss to Bishop Amat before starting league. 8. Baldwin Park (6-0-1) — Takes in Sierra Vista on Thursday. 9. Bonita (2-5-3) – The Palomares is so good Bearcats could finish last. 10. Los Altos (5-6) — Lost two straight, including 1-0 loss vs. La Serna.
Boys Soccer Rankings 1. Damien (9-2-1) – Opened the Baseline with a big 3-2 win over Upland. 2. Diamond Bar (10-3-1) — Looked good in Palomares opener, beating South Hills 3-0 3. Sierra Vista (7-1-2) – Has won four straight, starts league play this week. 4. La Puente (7-0-2) – Impressive 1-0 win over Pomona to open league. 5. Bishop Amat (3-0-4) - Very impressive 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to open league play. 6. Charter Oak (12-2-1) — Biggest goof last week was not ranking the Chargers. 7. Mountain View (5-4-3) — Tied El Monte, beat Marshall 3-0. 8. Ganesha (9-2-3) – Opened Miramonte with a 3-1 win over Garey. 9. Nogales (5-2-3) – Finally opens league this week. 10. El Monte (6-5-2) — Already 3-0-1 in always difficult Mission Valley league.
Damien will have tougher games in the Baseline league, but Friday’s 70-27 victory over Upland to open the league season wasn’t one of them.
San Diego State bound senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 19 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer as the Spartans improved to 13-2 while Upland dropped to 6-10.
In one of the most highly anticipated games in the Hacienda Heights in years, Los Altos pulled out a 43-32 victory over Wilson in a non-league boys basketball game between two of the hottest teams in the area.
Los Altos led the entire way, leading by as much as 14 points to improve to 11-3. The Conqs were led by senior guard Michael Barrera’s 10 points. Christian Espinoza added eight points and Brian Edwards finished with seven points.
Wilson, which won the Whittier tournament in December, dropped to 11-3 and was led by Kyle Price who had a game-high 14 points.
West Covina boys basketball coach Manny Lopez resigned today for personal/family reasons, athletic director Brian Murphy said. Assistant coach Justin Potts will take over on an interim basis the remainder of the season. West Covina is 8-7 and has a non-league game at Bishop Amat tonight before starting Hacienda league play next week
“I ask myself, ‘why me?’ sometimes,” the 18-year-old said. “Everybody tells me that God picks the strongest people to go with some difficult stuff in life. It’s crazy though. It doesn’t hurt to touch, to breath; nothing. It’s just there and it does not bother me at all. I was not expecting to hear what I heard. I was expecting surgery and maybe it was gone.” – Anthony Ortega
FUNDRAISER: To help the Ortega family, the team has established an online website to help raise funds for the family, gofundme.com/21club.