Edgewood’s Idalis Jimenez matches CIF-SS record with four homers in a game

Edgewood junior Idalis Jimenez matched a CIF-Southern Section record with four home runs in Wednesday’s 21-0 victory over Pomona, including two in the same inning in a mercy-shortened five inning game. jimenezJimenez belted a two-run homer in the first, two three-run homers in the second inning, and a solo shot in the fourth to finish with nine RBIS. Only four other softball players in section history had ever hit four homers in a single game prior to Jimenez’s feat. The last to do it was Montclair Prep’s Tamra Freedman 21-years ago in 1994. None of Jimenez’s homers were inside-the-park jobs, she belted all of them over the fence.


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High School coaches react to NFL’s billion dollar concussion settlement

1025_spt_sgt-l-shills-kb6LOCAL REACTION: A federal judge’s approval Wednesday of an NFL plan to pay $1 billion over 65 years to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits sent a ripple effect all the way down to the high school level.
Opinions varied among local prep football coaches, who are left trying to figure out what this means for the future of the sport.
Even those who might be considered experts concede there is more than one side to the story.
“There is no doubt that we need to take concussions more serious than coaches did 20 years ago, even 10 years ago,” said Hesperia Oak Hills High coach Chris Fore, who is also a consultant to coaches nationwide through ChrisFore.org and EightLaces.org. “The medical field is using technology to help us know more and more about the negative effects of repeated hits to the head.

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South Hills’ Ryan Mauch throws 1-0 shutout over Bonita; Glendora beats Ayala 5-4

South Hills’ Ryan Mauch improved to 6-0 with a clutch 1-0 complete-game shutout over Bonita to pull the Huskies within a game of first-place Ayala, who was beaten by Glendora 5-4 to tighten the Palomares League race. South Hills (15-6, 5-3) moved a game behind Ayala (13-8, 6-2) while the Tartans (16-6, 4-4) moved into a third-place tie with the Bearcats (13-7, 4-4). Mauch, who had two big pick-off plays to keep the shutout going, talked about the victory afterward along with Huskies coach Darren Murphy. We’ll post a story later.

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Wednesday Recap: Covina’s Princess Nava throws a gem in 5-1 softball stunner over D-5 No. 1 San Dimas to take over VVL


Covina 5, San Dimas 1 — Princess Nava was the winning pitcher and went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Samantha Medrano went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Colts (12-6, 3-0) in a Valle Vista League stunner over San Dimas, who was ranked No. 1 in this week’s CIF-SS Division 5 poll.
The victory moved Covina (12-6, 3-0) in to sole possession of first in the VVL while dropping the Saints to 11-9 and 2-1.
Covina’s Ricki Corvera had a double and Ali Lenoue and Lauren Bodden each had an RBI.
Edgewood 21, Pomona 0 — Freshman Kennedy Cuevas pitched a shutout, Idalis Jimenez went 4 for 4 with three homers, including a grand slam, and Taylor Lara also had a grand slam for the Lions (12-0, 8-0) in a Miramonte League victory.
South Hills 12, Ayala 1 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 13, and the Huskies had 12 hits for the Palomares League victory. Maria Tovar went 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and five RBIs, Christie Aguilar hit a homer and had three RBIs, Natalia Bocanegra went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Caitlyn VanHemelryck had two hits with a double and knocked in a run and Quinn DeAvila had two singles and an RBI for South Hills (13-5, 2-1).
Gabrielino 18, Rosemead 2 — Amanda Morales pitched six innings, striking out six, and had a triple and two singles and Jamie Hammon hit a homer and had three RBIs for the Eagles (4-5-1, 4-2) in a Mission Valley League victory. For Gabrielino, Angie Gonzales had a double and three singles and Sarah Hauffen had four runs scored.
Arroyo 3, El monte 1 — Dominica Mendoza pitched six innings, striking out five and Rebecca Barber went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI to lead the visiting Knights (12-3, 5-1) to the Mission Valley League victory. Danielle Dominguez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Madison Reyna knocked in a run for Arroyo. El Monte’s Melanie Urbina went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Glendora 3, Claremont 0 — Cambria Keefer was the winning pitcher, striking out nine, and Kayla Sok, Kaylee Wallingford and Randi Farricker each homered to lead the Tartans (16-5, 3-0) to the Palomares League victory. Amanda Woods, Wallingford and Farricker each had a double. Claremont’s Chloe Amarilla struck out eight and Loni Moreno had a double.

Claremont 1, Diamond Bar 0 — Tyler Witt pitched a complete game, allowing one hit and striking out 10, and had a double for the Wolfpack (7-9, 2-6) in a Palomares League win. Ryan Betancourt went 2 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI for Claremont.
Glendora 5, Ayala 4 — Griffen Herrera hit a two-run homer, Raymond Romo had an RBI single and Nick Kaye had a double for the Tartans (16-6, 4-4) in a Palomares League victory. Matthew Acosta went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs for Ayala (13-8, 6-2).
Gabrielino 10, Rosemead 2 — Ronnie Welslin pitched a complete game, striking out six, and Brandon Lara-Mack went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and five RBIs to lead the Eagles (5-9, 4-2) to the Mission Valley League win.
West Covina 7, Chino 2 — Alex Carrillo was the winning pitcher, striking out 12 and Andrew Sanchez had two hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs (10-10, 4-4) in a Hacienda League win. Eddie Vasquez and Eric Vasquez each had two hits and an RBI for West Covina.
Boys golf
Damien 194, Claremont 202 — Jordan DellaGiustina shot a 1-over 35 to earn medalist honors, leading the Spartans (9-3) to the nonleague victory at Marshall Canyon. Claremont’s Jonathan Yoo and Damien’s Nowndale Sale and Gabriel Sosa shot a 37.
St. Paul 254, Bishop Amat 262 — Brandon Baucom shot a 44 and Jason Gras shot a 45 for the Swordsmen (10-7, 5-3) in the Del Rey League match at Westridge Golf Course. Donovan Delgado shot a 42 for the Lancers (12-5, 6-2).
Boys Track and Field
La Puente 84, Bassett 43 — Jordan Fisher won the 100 meter (55.48 seconds) and the 200 (23.57) to lead the Warriors to the Miramonte League victory. Pedro Hernandez won the 100 high hurdles (17.57), Raul Christian won the 400 (55.48), Draven Puente won the 300 high hurdles, Jose Perez won the 3200 (10.37), Ronnie Morales won the discus throw (121-7.5), Raul Montiel won the shotput (42-4) and Jovanny Gonzalez won the long jump (18 ft) for La Puente. Basset’s Jose Bermudez won the high jump (5 ft) and the triple jump (36 ft), Manuel Fernandez won the 1,600 meter (4:49), Hector Dorado won the 800 (2:10).
Girls Track and Field
La Puente 68, Bassett 58 — Marlen Herrera won the 1,600 meter (5:49) and the 800 (2:38) and Yazmine Valencia won the 400 (1:07) and the 200 (28.31) to lead the Warriors to the Miramonte League victory. Also contributing to La Puente’s win were Kassandra Murillo who won the 3,200 (13:23), Jocelyn Figuero who won the shotput (26 ft) and Lizette Avina who won the discus throw (76-1). Karla Felix-Soto won the high jump (4 ft), the long jump (14ft) and the triple jump (25 ft), Victoria Cu won the 100 (14.17) and Araceli Perez won the 300 high hurdles (55.11) for Bassett.

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Damien baseball stuns the Baseline with sweep over Upland last week despite major injuries

By Aram Tolegian
With several weeks left to play, calling what the Damien and San Marino baseball teams did last week “salvaging the season” may be a bit too strong.
However, the alternative would have probably put both teams in too big of a hole to climb out of in their respective league races.With several weeks left to play, calling what the Damien and San Marino baseball teams did last week “salvaging the season” may be a bit too strong.
However, the alternative would have probably put both teams in too big of a hole to climb out of in their respective league races.
Damien, which has been besieged by injuries to some key pitchers, took two out of three against Upland to find its way back into a five-team logjam atop the Baseline League standings.
“Last week was huge because we were barely treading water,” Damien coach Andy Nieto said. “I’m really proud of our guys because of how they haven’t allowed the distraction of not being at full strength to deter them. For us, there’s no bigger urgency than one in a row.”
Before Damien took the series, Upland looked like it might pull away in the league standings. Now, the Scots have a one-game lead on Chino Hills and Etiwanda, and a two-game lead on Damien and Los Osos.
Damien enters the week at 5-11 overall and 3-4 in league. The Spartans have a huge two-game set with Etiwanda, which could go a long way toward getting even further back into the Baseline title race.
“There’s way less margin for error for us,” Nieto said. “We just have to continue to play good, sound, fundamental baseball and allow different contributors to step up and help.
“We’re playing the right teams in order to make a move. It’s one in a row. That’s where we’re at Etiwanda is a very dangerous team, offensively.”
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Tuesday Recap: Charter Oak’s Marissa Chavez had the game-winning RBI hit to defeat Los Alots 1-0; West Covina falls to Chino,7-1

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WEST COVINA FALLS TO CHINO: Chino may have changed leagues, but its softball team is in its usual spot, first place atop the standings.
The Cowboys took advantage of five West Covina errors to move into sole possession of first place in the Hacienda League with a 7-1 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cowboys, (12-4, 3-0) last lost a league game in 2012 while winning back to back CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championships in 2012 and 2013 as a member of the Mt. Baldy League, and were a finalist last year. Re-leaguing moved them into the Hacienda League for this season.

Charter Oak 1, Los Altos 0 — Marissa Chavez hit the game-winning RBI to score Chrstine Pinela in the top of the ninth for the Chargers (12-7, 2-1) in a Hacienda League win. Pitchers Cloe Ochoa, Sereena Ortiz and Kaile Chavez combined on a shutout, Chavez got the win.
Bishop Amat 7, La Salle 5 — Alyssa Barrera had five RBIs, four hits and a triple to lead Bishop Amat (13-5, 6-0) to the Del Rey League victory. Alexis Vargas was the winning pitcher and Samantha Diaz got the save.
Baldwin Park 2, Sierra Vista 1 — Anthony Franco pitched a complete game, striking out four and allowing five hits and Justin Padilla had two RBIs to lead the Braves (6-6, 5-2) to the Montview League victory.
Southlands Christian 5, Lutheran 3 — James Goodwin pitched a complete game, striking out nine, and Daniel Scribner went 2 for 3 with a home run for the Eagles (7-10, 3-2) in a San Joaquin League win. Francisco Garcia went 2 for 2 with a double for Southlands Christian.

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Where do you want the SGV All-Star baseball game, ELAC or Mt. SAC?

The San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game is tentatively set with the underclassmen game at Alhambra High School on Sunday, June 7, with the senior game on Monday, June 8 at East Los Angeles College? What are your thoughts, Mt. SAC, which hosted the game last year and has hosted it most of the time, is available and wants it back, and frankly, Mt. SAC is in the SGV. I have spoken with some Tribune area coaches who are not thrilled with the idea of playing a SGV all-star game in Los Angeles. ELAC does have a new state of the art facility that they want to showcase, but then again, will traveling that far west hurt the attendance or participation in the game? What are your thoughts, yes you like it, or no it should remain at Mt. SAC?

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Tribune/Star-News/Whittier Softball All-Star game for seniors and underclassmen set for June 7 at U. of La Verne

West Covina High School softball coach Jesse Mendez, a catalyst in keeping the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game alive the past couple years, is working with San Gabriel Valley coaches with help from our San Gabriel Valley sports team of reporters to create the inaugural San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Star-News/Whittier Daily News senior all-star game AND Underclassmen game on June 7 at the University of La Verne’s state of art softball complex. Similar to the annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star basketball games, players will be selected from the SGVN readership, pitting the Tribune vs. the Star-News/Whittier Daily News All-Stars on Sunday, June 7, which follows the June 5-6 CIF softball championships. The game will be a doubleheader with the exciting underclassman game followed by the final game for seniors. Coaches in the Star-News area wanting to nominate players should reach out to keith.lair@langnews.com and in Whittier email steve.ramirez@langnews.com, and also include me in the emails at fred.robledo@langnews.com. Tribune coaches should get in touch with me or Jesse Mendez and of course this thread is a good place for readers to suggest who should be in the games.

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San Dimas volleyball player Hannah Doonan and baseball player Jacob Castillo take part in “Every 15 Minutes” program to bring awareness to drunk driving


BELOW: San Dimas infielder/pitcher Jacob Castillo played the paralyzed victim of a mock DUI scene to bring awareness to drunk driving


EVERY 15 MINUTES: Marcus Colasuonno, a San Dimas High School junior, shook his girlfriend Hannah Doonan and pleaded for her to wake up, then shouted at best buddy Jacob Castillo to “stop fooling around.” But Jake, ejected from the back seat he shared with his now “unconscious” prom date Shelbie Moore, just moaned and didn’t move.
Silent and ashen-faced teens stood in front of the “accident” scene as victims of earlier fatal collisions.
“Grim Reapers” Al Martin and Casey Cox, flanking them, had pulled them from classes, the quad and playing fields at San Dimas High, their friends crying as their “obituaries” were read. They would spend the night at Sheraton Suites Fairplex in Pomona, isolated from their parents, families and friends until their “late lives” are celebrated at Tuesday morning’s memorial service in the school gym.
On Monday, 23 SDHS juniors and seniors played active parts in “Every 15 Minutes,” a program pioneered in 1995 by the Chico Police Department, to dramatically deliver the message to teens to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The 2-day exercise involves a simulated DUI-accident scene that law enforcement, fire, hospital, school and community officials, parents and students agree is “powerful, passionate and intense.”

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Monday Recap: Donovan Delgado shot a 42 and Brandon Morales shot a 43 for Bishop Amat boys golf to defeat Bosco Tech 227-305

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Boys golf
Bishop Amat 227, Bosco Tech 305 — Donovan Delgado shot a 42 and Brandon Morales shot a 43 for the Lancers (9-3, 6-1) in a Del Rey League win at Santa Anita Golf Course par 36. Justin Bohol shot a 45 for the Tigers (1-11, 0-7). Bishop Amat’s Jeremy Urueta and Pablo Diaz each shot a 47.
St. Paul 242, Cantwell Sacred Heart 264 — Jason Gras shot a 42 and Jacob Munoz shot a 45 to lead the Swordsmen (9-7, 4-3) to the Del Rey League win at Quiet Cannon Golf Course. Patrick Tan shot a 47 and Mikkey McArthur shot a 49 for Flintridge Prep (2-5). Adrian Peralta and Andrew Vaughn both shot a 51 and Jacob Bertram shot a 53 for St. Paul.

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Baseball Rankings: San Dimas still unbeaten while Palomares heats up this week

angelmaya1. San Dimas (20-0) — The Saints’ unbeaten streak could get tested with a pair against Nogales, who are tied for first in the VVL with the Saints at 2-0. The Saints are at the Nobles Tuesday, then get them again at home Thursday.
2. South Hills (14-5) — The Huskies’ split with Diamond Bar drops them two-games behind league leader Ayala with a pair of huge games against Bonita this week, whom they’re tied for second at 4-3.
3. Bonita (13-6) — The Bearcats got a much-needed win over Glenora to move into a second-place tie with South Hills, whom they will take on twice this week, starting with Wednesday’s showdown at South Hills.
4. Glendora (15-6) — If the playoffs started today, the Tartans would be out sitting in fourth place at 3-4. And this could be make-or-break week with a pair against league-leading Ayala, starting with Wednesday’s game at home.
5. Bishop Amat (10-8-1) — The Lancers couldn’t get the sweep against Cathedral and are now tied for first with the Phantoms at 4-2 in the Del Rey. Amat gets two against last-place La Salle in hopes of staying at least tied for first this week.
6. Diamond Bar (10-9) — The Palomares is so good that a team like Diamond Bar could split with South Hills and still be tied for fourth with a team like Glendora. Who said putting all these teams in the same league was a good thing?
7. Wilson (12-4) — The Wildcats split with Covina last week in a race for second in the Valle Vista league with probably Nogales.
8. Sierra Vista (11-4) — Has won four straight since a 7-4 loss to Azusa and now the fun begins with a pair of games against rival Baldwin Park.
9. Nogales (15-7) — The Nobles are tied for first in the Valle Vista with San Dimas, both 2-0 with a pair against the red-hot Saints this week. If the Nobles split, they will climb up the rankings quick.
10. Arroyo (8-3) – The Knights are 5-0 in the Mission Valley league and are looking like they will coast to the league title.

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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat climbs to No. 1 following Bonita’s upset over South Hills

1. Bishop Amat (12-5) — The Lancers are undefeated in the Del Rey, but were overmatched against one of the best teams in the state, Orange Lutheran, losing 18-4. Still, they move to No. 1 with South Hills’ upset loss to Bonita.
2. South Hills (12-5) – Falls from top spot its held since the season preview following a shocking 2-1 loss to Bonita to fall a game behind Glendora in the Palomares.
3. Charter Oak (11-7) — After getting routed by Chino the Chargers took it out on Diamond Ranch, 10-0. Hey, everyone know the Hacienda is a race for second behind Chino anyway.
4. Glendora (15-5) – The Tartans lead the Palomares at 2-0 with games against Claremont and Diamond Bar next.
5. Edgewood (11-0) — I realize the Miramonte isn’t that strong, but when is the last time you remember someone shutting out the entire league for an entire season? That’s what Edgewood has done so far. It’s 7-0 and has outscored its opponents 125-0.
6. Diamond Bar (11-6) — The Brahmas beat Glendora in its own tournament but can it do it again this week when it matters in league?
7. Bonita (7-8) — After losing in extra innings to Glendora, the Bearcats upset top-ranked South Hills 2-1 and is now in good position to battle for playoff spots while keeping themselves in the hunt for the league title.
8. West Covina (12-8) — The Bulldogs are 2-0 and tied for first in the Hacienda, but now it gets defending CIF champ Chino on Tuesday to break the tie for first.
9. San Dimas (11-8) — The Saints are tied for first in the Valle Vista with Covina, whom they will host on Wednesday to break the tie.
10. Covina (11-6) — The only team with a chance to beat San Dimas in league gets the Saints on Wednesday. Both are 2-0 in the VVL.

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Star-News owns the night with a sweep over the Tribune in 12th annual All-Star Classic


Fans were treated to a thrilling show tonight, particularly in the boys game with the Star-News coming away with an impressive 109-102 victory over the Tribune to even the series at 6-6. Renaissance Academy’s Marquise Mosley earned MVP honors for the West with 14 points and five assists, and Cantwell Sacred Heart’s Oregon State-bound bigman Gligorije Rakocevic finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Tribune was led by three-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley from Damien, who earned East MVP honors with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. Glendora’s Brandon Brothers finished with 19 points and Damien’s Malik Fitts had 14 points, seven boards and Micah Robinson finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Los Altos’ Michael Barrera won the three-point contest knocking down 13 buckets in the final.

In the girls game, Star-News and Maranatha’s Northridge bound center Channon Fluker dominated with 20 points, 14 reboounds and five blocks to earn West MVP honors in leading the Star-News to an easy 64-57 win over the Tribune to take a 7-5 lead in the overall series. South Hills’ Sam Perez had a good night finishing with 8 points and six rebounds to earn East MVP honors. South Pasadena’s Lexi Scholtz won the 3-point contest with 14 baskets in the final.





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Friday Recap: Bonita upsets South Hills softball with two runs on two hits against Natalie Lugo’s 11-strikeout performance

Bonita 2, South Hills 1
— The Bonita High School softball team had just two hits against South Hills pitcher Natalie Lugo, who was throwing an 11-strikeout gem, but the Bearcats turned both of those hits into runs for a 2-1 victory in a Palomares League contest Friday afternoon.
Destinee Lopez got the win for Bonita (7-8, 1-1) with a one-run complete game. The sophomore threw struck out six batters with just one walk. Her one run allowed came off a solo home run by Christie Aguilar.
“She has been such an amazing pitcher for us all year,” Montano said. “When opponents look at her, they see she’s only about five feet tall when she steps on the rubber,but she can pitch, and she has proven that this year with some really great performances. She really did well for us today, and this was a huge win for her.”
Bonita scored its first run against South Hills (12-5, 1-1) in the first inning, when a leadoff walk to freshman Megan Jones followed by a sacrifice bunt and error allowed Jones to score. Lugo didn’t walk another batter for the remainder of the game.
“We did our homework to get ready to face Lugo, and we remember her from last year,” Montano said. “She is a great pitcher, but the key is staying off her riseball. We were very disciplined today, and when you face a dominant pitcher like her, you have to get to her early and we did a great job of that with two runs in the first two innings.”
Jones then hit a solo home run in her next at-bat in the third inning to give the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Bonita defended its lead over the Huskies with Lopez preserving a shutout into the fifth inning. Bonita’s only other hit for the rest of the game was a double by Celine Spathias.
“Megan is only a freshman, and her focus and ability on the field is just unbelievable for a freshman,” Montano said. “She really is a great player already for us and will be an important part of Bonita softball for the next few years.”
Melysia Ortega went 2 for 3 for the Huskies boosting her batting average to .300 through 14 games played.
The Bearcats had just lost to Glendora two days prior in their Palomares League opener. Glendora won 7-6 in eight innings, putting pressure on Bonita to avoid falling into a 0-2 hole to start league play.
“It’s a huge win for us,” Montano said. “We had a chance on Wednesday against Glendora with a one-run lead, but we let that one slip away. This is still a really young team with just three seniors, so wins like these are amazing for us.”
Glendora 6, Ayala 2 — Cambria Keefer got the win for the Tartans, which are now 15-5 overall and 2-0 in Palomares League play this season. Glendora got a 7-6 win in extra innings over Bonita on Wednesday to open league play.
La Puente 13, Pomona 3 — All nine players in the La Puente lineup scored a run in the second inning, and the team finished with 12 runs in the inning, leading to a five-inning victory over Pomona. Berlin Bonilla and Gina Reyes each hit home runs into left-center field in the inning.
Bonita 12, Glendora 8
— The Bearcats got outhit 13-9 and commited four defensive errors, but a six-run fifth inning led Bonita to a crucial win in the rubber match against Glendora. Bonita (13-6, 4-3) won the first contest this year between the two programs in their first meeting as Palomares League opponents, but on Wednesday the Tartans (15-6, 3-4) evened the season series with a 7-4 victory at Bonita.
With the series moving back to Glendora, Bonita took the rubber match with Isaiah Haro on the mound. Haro threw five innings with three runs allowed and three strikeouts, while receiving lots of offensive support. The Bearcats roughed up Austin Isenhart for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings even though Isenhart had just thrown an eight-inning no-hitter against South Hills in his outing last week.
The Bearcats put Jarret Lindsay in behind the plate, and moved Justin Gomez to first base to keep his bat in the lineup and the move paid off as Gomez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs on a home run and two runs scored, while recording eight putouts at first base.
Brandon Bradshaw went 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs for the Bearcats, and Nick Peifer was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run. Monte Montenegro also entered the game as a pinch hitter for the Bearcats and had a two-RBI single through the right side in part of the six-run fifth inning.
Although the Bearcats only had nine hits compared to the Tartans’ 13 in the contest, Bonita didn’t give up a single walk and only allowed one steal in the game, so the four errors only led to one unearned run.
Alex Briggs went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a home run for Glendora, while Caleb Watkins went 3 for 4 with an RBI and run as the leadoff hitter. On the mound, Isenhart finished the game with eight strikeouts, four walks, and three hits allowed.
La Puente 4, Pomona 0 — Anthony Villareal threw a complete game shutout for La Puente with five strikeouts and six hits allowed to defeat Pomona. Andrew Morales went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for La Puente, while his brother Erick Morales had a double in the fourth inning.
Damien 9, Upland 3 — The Spartans had a slow start to the season, but they turned that around by upsetting the current first place team in the Baseline League for their second win in a row. In its first year in the league, Damien started 1-4, and had consecutive games scheduled against Upland, which was off to a 5-0 start. The Spartans won both games to push their overall record to 5-10 and 3-4 in league, while Upland is now 13-5 overall and 5-2 in league, holding onto a one-game edge over Etiwanda and Chino Hills for first place. Harrison Spohn went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base for the Spartans, while Grant Woodward went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Isaiah Paige got the win, throwing 3 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one run allowed. Nick Lodolo came in the game in relief and gave up just one earned run in two innings pitched a struck out a batter.

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Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker makes TONIGHT’S all-star game more interesting calling ESGV arrogant

STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR CLASSIC PREVIEW: “It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Star-News and Maranatha coach Tim Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.
“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Classic logoTribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Friday, Damien High School
Time: Girls game, 5:30 p.m.; boys 7:30
Series record: Tribune boys lead 6-5; Star-News girls lead 6-5.
Last year: Tribune boys won 89-81; Tribune girls won 85-60.

PREVIEW: Last year’s results of the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic haven’t sat well with many on the Pasadena-side of the San Gabriel Valley.

Both the Tribune girls and boys teams posted easy wins to sweep the games and will be looking for more on Friday when the rivalry for the Valley’s top senior basketball talent is renewed. Tipoff for the girls game is at 5:30 p.m. The boys game will follow at 7:30. Both are at Damien High.

brittanywangThere will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of both games.

The Tribune leads the all-time boys series 6-5 and is favored to add to the lead thanks to players like the Damien tandem of Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts. As loaded as the Tribune looks, Star-News boys coach Tim Tucker of Maranatha isn’t buying that his team is going to get run out of the building.

“It’s kind of funny to me, the arrogance of the east side and what they think,” Tucker said. “It’s not like they’ve blown us out. Every time we’ve played them the last couple years, half our team hasn’t shown up. I think, for the west side, we have to start taking the game more serious. I think they take it more serious than we do.

“I think that also has to do with the home-court advantage. Our fans don’t want to drive out there. But we’re coming to win. Simple and plain. I’m tired of the talk and the arrogance on that side, like they’re Kentucky and we’re Pasadena City College or something.”

Although Tucker won’t have the area’s top player in Tyler Dorsey, who will be playing in the Jordan Brand All-Star Game in New York this weekend, he will have a strong complement of standouts capable of bringing back a win.

JeremyHemsleyRenaissance Academy guard Marquise Mosley is the best player in the Valley nobody has ever heard of. There’s good size with 6-foot-10 Cantwell center Gligorije Rakocevic and 6-foot-5 Duarte post player Josh Dorsey.

But as good as the Star-News is at certain positions, the game still comes down to Hemsley, Fitts and Damien teammate Micah Robinson playing their final prep game on their home court. Then throw in other area standouts like Glendora’s AJ Birgonia and Los Altos’ Christian Espinoza, and it’s easy to see why that the Tribune has no holes.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are good shooters, good 3-point shooters, drivers/slashers and definitely we’ve got some good dunkers,” said Tribune head coach Jeff Lucas of Los Altos. “Almost everybody on this team can shoot the ball. They all can put the ball on the floor. It should be a good game, obviously.”

The last time Star-News girls coach Joe Kikuchi of Keppel participated in the game was two years ago and his team came up on the short end of the scoreboard. It was a win the Tribune girls team used to help take what’s now a 6-5 series lead.

Kikuchi returns with a powerful roster led by Maranatha’s Channon Fluker, Keppel point guard Lauren Saiki and South Pasadena forward Lexie Scholtz. The goal has been very simple in practice for the Star-News and that’s quite simply to win and get some respect for their side of town.

“No. 1, I always want to win and these girls always want to win,” Kikuchi said. “I really wasn’t happy about losing last time. The thing I wasn’t happy with is that we were so small and we would have to use our speed and defense to make up for our lack of height. But with the rules of not being able to press, we really couldn’t maintain anything and just wore down because they were bigger.”

LiangThe Tribune is coached by South Hills’ Tiffany Liang and led by the Huskies’ Brittany Wang. The Tribune is guard heavy, so getting into a shootout rather than a slug fest may prove beneficial to their chances.

“They’re very unselfish players,” Liang said of her team. “We want them to not be afraid to shoot the ball when they’re open.”

Tribune Boys Coach: Jeff Lucas (Los Altos). Assistants Matt Dunn (Damien), Will Bissman (Covina), Lydell McCullough (Los Altos), Mike Sandoval (Los Altos).
Tribune Boys Roster
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, Guard
A.J. Bigornia, Glendora, Guard
Joshua Andarza, Bishop Amat
Zuri Williams, Walnut, Guard
Malik Fitts, Damien, Guard
Brandon Brothers, Glendora, Forward
Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard
Kenny Walter, Bonita, Guard
Micah Robinson, Damien, Guard
Kyle Price, Wilson, Guard
Ryan Herrera, Walnut, Center
Jesus Hernandez, Rowland, Guard
Kyle Gray, Bonita, Guard
Michael Barrera, Los Altos, Guard
Ryan Ocampo, San Dimas, Guard
Andres Guevara, Covina, Guard

Coach: Tiffany Liang (South Hills). Assistants: Pete Weber (South Hills), Nick Masi (Covina), Chris Harrison (Glendora)
Tribune Girls Team
Brittany Wang, South Hills, Forward
Sam Perez, South Hills, Forward
Joy Krupa, South Hills, Forward
Cassie Martinez, Bonita, Guard
Katya Echavez, Walnut, Forward
Brittney Yee, Walnut, Guard
Naome Aguilar, Arroyo, Guard
Angelica Ramirez, Northview, Guard
Marisa Brown, Bishop Amat, Guard
Damiana Bagues, Bishop Amat, Guard
Alyiah Montiel, Azusa, Guard
Adriana Ramirez, West Covina, Guard
Breanna Marquez, Ganesha, Guard
Princess Nava, Covina, Guard
Maryrose Wintroath, St. Lucy’s, Guard
Emily Mesa, Rowland, Guard

Tim Tucker (Maranatha)
Bertram Mak, Keppel, Forward
Bailey Kikuchi, Keppel, Guard
Jeremy Hayes, Muir, Forward
Eli Peters, Gabrielino, Forward
Marquise Mosely, Renaissance, Guard
Josh Dorsey, Duarte, Forward
Joey Toyama, South Pasadena, Guard
Tey Williams, Maranatha, Guard
Ali Elwahary, Temple City, Guard
Jaylin Bledsoe, Pasadena, Guard
Kosta Jankovic, Renaissance, Forward
Gligorije Rakocevic, Cantwell, Forward
Arnas Dautartas, San Gabriel Academy, Guard
Christian Lee, South Pasadena, Guard

Joe Kikuchi (Keppel)
Lauren Saiki, Keppel, Guard
Lexie Scholtz, South Pasadena, Forward
Sophia Hathaway, South Pasadena, Center
Elise Takahama, South Pasadena, Guard
Stephanie Esquivel, Rio Hondo Prep, Guard
Channon Fluker, Maranatha, Center
Caira Benton, Arcadia, Forward
Kiki Yang, Pas Poly, Guard
Emily Ho, Gabrielino, Guard
Kylie Fujioka, Keppel, Center
Kellie Kamida, Keppel, Guard
Tammie Matsukiyo, Keppel, Forward
Sabrina Law, Temple City, Guard
Melanie Chen, Arcadia, Forward,
Marie Weston, La Canada, Guard

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