San Dimas beats Bonita 2-1 in Dicks Baseball tourney final behind Peter Lambert complete game

STORY: Bonita learned the hard way that you have to be as close to perfect as possible if you’re going to beat San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.
An unearned run that scored without the aid of a hit was the difference in San Dimas’ 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament.
Lambert, who was named the tournament’s MVP, backed up last week’s 13-strikeout complete game shutout performance over South Hills with another gem, striking out nine Bearcats while allowing just one run in another complete game.
“Lots of fun,” said Lambert of the atmosphere around the game. “Against our arch-rival from across town, I wanted the ball and our team did well.”

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Damien survives sloppy finish to beat Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach CIF-State Division III regional semifinals

GAME STORY: Except for Damien nearly self destructing down the stretch, the Spartans did reach a historic milestone in the CIF State Southern California Division III regional quarterfinals Saturday night.

Second-seed Damien led by as many as 18 points before fending off pesky 10th seed Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.

Senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 21 points but wasn’t happy with how his team finished with several turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes that allowed the Sea Kings to get close.

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South Hills’ dream girls basketball season ends with 66-49 loss to top seed Brea Olinda in D-3 state quarterfinals

By John Honell
The incredible run of the under-sized, under-manned, over-achieving South Hills basketball team came to an end it but not before putting a scare into number one seed Brea-Olinda on Saturday night.
The ninth seeded Huskies (27-8) dropped a 63-49 decision to the Wildcats in a CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinal game.
The Huskies came out tentative to start the game and fell behind 16-1 with 1:56 left in the first quarter. At that point senior captain Brittany Wang took over, scoring the next 17 points, including five 3-pointers to give the Huskies an 18-16 lead midway through the second period.
Wang scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the second period as the Huskies went into halftime with a 28-27 lead. Sam Perez added 9 points for the Huskies.

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Azusa Pacific beats Cal Poly 77-62 to reach Monday’s NCAA D-2 West Regional final

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The first time the men’s basketball teams from Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific squared off, the Broncos were victorious, although they needed overtime. That was in a non-conference game the first week of the season.

The locals got a chance to meet again, this time when the stakes were significantly higher and it was Azusa Pacific avenging that earlier loss, registering a 77-67 win in an NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal Saturday at the Felix Events Center.

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Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona will meet in historic area matchup in NCAA D-2 West Regional semifinals TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY’S NCAA DIVISION II WEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
At Azusa Pacific University

Cal Poly Pomona vs. Azusa Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

CAL POLY ADVANCES ON BUZZER BEATER: Terrence Drisdom hit the winning shot at the buzzer to give the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team a 62-60 victory over Dixie State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Azusa Pacific University.
“It is kind of unreal,” Drisdom said. “That was my first game-winner in my entire life.”
Drisdom scored a game-high 18 points, including the winning shot that sent the Broncos to the semifinals today against the host team, Azusa Pacific, at 75-67 winner over Western Oregon.

APU ADVANCES WITH 75-67 WIN: Troy Leaf and Azusa Pacific defeated Western Oregon, 75-67, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Felix Event Center.
It was the first NCAA playoff win for the Cougars’ basketball program.
“It was a historic day for our school,” said Cougars coach Justin Leslie. “Someone had to win it, and I am glad it was us.”
Leaf led all scorers with 36 points, shooting a perfect 13 for 13 from the free-throw line.
“We made 17 of 18 free throws (as a team),” Leslie said. “You are going to win some games when you finish 17 of 18 from the line.”
The Cougars (25-5) struggled early, allowing the Wolves (23-7) to go on an 11-0 run before scoring their first points of the game with a 3-pointer by Robert Sandoval off an assist from Leaf.

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Saturday Preview: South Hills girls basketball on a thrill ride to state quarters; Damien home again

LiangState Playoff Preview: It has been a whirlwind of milestones and historic achievements for the South Hills High School girls basketball team, which will visit top-seed Brea Olinda in the CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ninth-seed South Hills (24-7) made the long haul to Tulare on Wednesday and knocked off CIF-Central Section Division III champion and eighth-seed Mission Oak, 70-54, to advance.
Brea Olinda (23-4) had a first-round bye and hasn’t played since losing to Mater Dei, 77-50, in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals on Feb. 24.
For South Hills coach Tiffany Liang, she represents the past and present.

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Boys Basketball
Division III Southern California Regional Quarterfinals
No. 10 Corona del Mar (25-7) at No. 2 Damien (25-5), 6 p.m.

The Spartans dusted off the rust of going 11 days without playing to post an easy 86-53 first-round victory over 15th-seed Selma while resting nearly all of their starters for the entire fourth quarter. The Sea Kings, which lost to Beverly Hills in the Division 3A championship game, 55-47, will give the Spartans a much tougher test that it received in the opening round. The Sea Kings knocked off seventh-seed El Cajon Valley 46-33 to advance and have played a tough schedule that includes non-league losses to Mater Dei (67-44) and Price (66-55).

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San Dimas and Bonita win meet in tonight’s Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball final at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S DICKS SPORTING GOODS FINAL
Bonita vs. San Dimas at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

By John Honell
San Dimas got a two-hit pitching performance by junior Jacob Castillo and beat Etiwanda 3-0 in the semifinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament Wednesday at Mt. Sac.
The Saints (4-0), the Tribune’s top-ranked team, will face arch-rival Bonita, a 4-1 winner over Alta Loma, in Saturday’s championship at Mt. SAC at 7 p.m.
The Saints struggled at the plate but used a hit batter, an error on a sacrifice bunt and a bases loaded single by centerfielder Jonathan Longtin that drove in pinch-runner Josh Aquilar and Peter Lambert with the first two runs of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Longtin scored the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice and that was enough for Castillo to improve his record to 2-0.
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South Hills’ VanHemelryck and Lugo lead Huskies to North Orange County softball title

The 2015 softball season may be young, but South Hills High School is off and running with a 6-2 record and a tournament championship.
After starting the season at 2-2, the Huskies have reeled off four consecutive wins and claimed the seventh annual North Orange County Championship Tournament title with a 4-1 victory over Valencia High of Placentia on Friday afternoon at Fullerton High.
Pitchers Caitlyn VanHemelryck (3-1) and Natalie Lugo combined for a two-hitter and allowed only four base runners.
VanHemelryck (five strikeouts), who was named to the all-tournament team, started and pitched the first four innings and Lugo, who was named the MVP, retired nine of the last 10 batters to get the save.
“It’s good to have Natalie backing me up (Friday),” VanHemelryck said. “As long as we score a few runs, me and Natalie together can keep the run count down.
“My rise ball was working thankfully. I’m more of a drop ball pitcher and my rise ball just helped me out more.”

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Friday Recap: Maddy Tickey and Bella Montoya each had a double to lead West Covina softball to 5-4 victory

Softball
West Covina 5, Diamond Bar 4 — Maddy Tickey went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Bella Montoya went 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI, scored twice and had a stolen base to lead the Bulldogs (6-1) to the nonleague victory. Freshman Trinity Garcia pitched the remaining 2 and 2/3 innings and got the win and Miranda Gil went 2 for 3 and scored a run against Diamond Bar (4-3).
Bishop Amat 9, Los Altos 0 — Pitcher Alexis Vargas allowed two hits and Alyssa Barrera went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a home run to lead the Lancers (4-2) to the Charter Oak Varsity Tournament victory.
Chino 2, El Modena 1 — Emily Ballesteros had a two run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Cowboys (6-2) to their second victory at the Tournament of Champions. Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings had a complete game with a strikeout and gave up four hits and one run.
Pomona 16, Bassett 0 — Alexis Garcia pitched five innings, striking out nine and Adreena Ramierez went 3 for 3 with a home run to lead the Re Devils (1-1) to their first Miramonte League win of the season. Daisy Rocha went 2 for 4 and Deja Shelton went 3 for 4.
Charter Oak 11, La Habra 1 — Kaile Chavez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, two doubles and scored three runs, Taylor Guzman went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double and Christine Pinela went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead Charter Oak to the Charger Classic Tournament victory. Molly Montell had two RBIs and a double, Camille Greene went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a double and Cloe Ochoa and Marissa Chavez each went 3 for 4 for the Chargers (5-2).
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Bassett 12, Pomona 8 — Mike Castanon went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two singles and Frankie Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the visiting Olympians (3-0, 1-0) to the Miramonte League victory. Also contributing to Bassett’s victory were Jonathan Torres who went 3 for 5 with three singles and Matthew Robles who went 2 for 5 with two singles. Richard Santana went 3 or 5 with three RBIs, a double and two singles and Daniel Guzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two singles for Pomona (1-1,0-1).

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CCCAA Final Four: Ex-Arroyo star Primitivo Gomez scores 21 points to lead East Los Angeles College into men’s basketball state title game


By Stephen Ramirez
NORWALK >>
East Los Angles College’s incredible playoff run will take the Huskies to the California Community College Athletic Association men’s basketball state championship game.
Former Arroyo High School standout Primitivo Gomez scored 23 points and Je’Ron Primus had 17 as East. L.A. continued its recent magic with a 94-83 victory over Merritt, of Oakland, in the state semifinals at Cerritos College on Friday.
Marcus Romain and Marquis Salmon also had 12 points each for the Huskies, who improved to 22-10 and advanced to face either Saddleback or Canada, of Redwood City, in Sunday’s title game at 1 p.m.
Gomez also had 12 rebounds for East L.A., which began the playoffs seeded No. 13 in the South.
DJ Kennedy had 20 points and Travon King had 19 points for Merritt, which finished 25-6.
East L.A. showed solid poise down the stretch, turning away two late pushes by the Thunderbirds to advance.

Merritt, the No. 1 seed from the North, trailed most of the game, but stalked the Huskies late, cutting a nine-point deficit to 81-79 with three minutes left.
East L.A., getting two free throws and a putback from Richard Bivens, pushed the lead to 87-81 with 1:04 to play before making five of six free throws down the stretch to seal it. The Huskies closed the game with a 9-2 surge.

East L.A.’s Primitivo Gomez: “It’s a great feeling. All of us felt a little bit disrespected (at the start of the playoffs), but we’ve worked really hard. We’re a team that believes in ourselves and that’s what matters. We play hard as a unit, and when you play as a unit, that’s how you win.”

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Thursday Recap: Chino Softball wins first game in Tournament of Champions in Arizona

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Softball
Chino 6, Santa Monica 3 — Tiffany Kennedy Cummings pitched a complete game and Pearl Barroso went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a homerun to lead the Cowboys (5-2) to the Tournament of Champions victory.

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Mt. SAC area makes league changes starting in 2016-17

THURSDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Apparently there was some glitch in the voting and they will meet again on Monday at Walnut High School at 5 p.m. to vote again. Nothing is expected to change, however, but you never know.

Tuesday’s Results: Below is Proposal B, which was voted on this morning by the Mt. SAC area for league realignment starting in the 2016 season, creating a football only and all sports except football leagues. The Miramonte and Baseline leagues remain the same, but others made tweaks. Baldwin Park will go back to the Valle Vista and Nogales will move to the Montview league for all sports. The Palomares, Hacienda and Mt. Baldy leagues will remain the same as they’re now, however in football only, they will juggle it around.
Here’s how the football leagues will look in 2016
Palomares football: Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Colony, Glendora, South Hills (Adds Colony, ships Diamond Bar to Hacienda).
Hacienda football: Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, West Covina (Adds Diamond Bar, ships Walnut to Mt. Baldy).
Mt. Baldy League: Alta Loma, Chaffey, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario, Walnut (Adds Walnut, ships Colony to Palomares).

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills Girls Basketball is headed to the Regional Quarterfinals after beating Mission Oak 70-54

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Girls basketball
South Hills 70, Mission Oak 54 — Brittany Wang had 24 points, Samantha Perez added 18 points and Denise Wang had 13 points to lead the Huskies (27-5) to the CIF State Southern California Division III first round victory. It is South Hills first state win in 23 years.

“They played really hard,” head coach Tiffany Liang said. “Coming away with beating a CIF champion is outstanding.”

South Hills will play top seed Brea Olinda on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the regional quarterfinals.

Softball
South Hills 4, Vista Murietta 0 — Natalie Lugo struck out 12 and had no walks and Reyenne Chavez went 2 for 2 with a double, a single and an RBI to lead the Huskies (5-2) to the Fullerton Tournament victory.
St. Lucy’s 4, Sierra Vista 3 — Dakota Casper struck out eight and went 2 for 4 with two doubles and Carly Pina went 1 for 3 with a home run to lead the Regents (2-3) to the nonleague victory.
Baseball
South Hills 1, Pasadena 0 — Justin Gonzales hit the game winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Huskies (3-1) to the Dicks Sporting Good Tournament victory, Francisco Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a double, Gabe Chavez had a double and Hayden Petrovick got the win after pitching in the seventh.
Claremont 10, Fullerton 7 — Josh Jubile went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a double and Jeremiah Maldonado went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a double and had a stolen base for the Wolfpack (2-2) in a Dicks Sporting Good tournament win. Also contributing to Claremont’s win were Cole Prentice who went 2 for 4 with a double and Tyler Roebuck who went 1 for 4 with three RBIs and a double.
Boys golf
Bishop Amat 225, St Anthony 264 — Donovan Delgado shot a 42, Jonathan Ochoa shot a 43 and Brandon Morales shot a 44 at the Santa Anita Golf Course to lead the Lancers (2-2) to the nonleague victory.

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Damien defeats Selma 86-53 in the first round of the CIF-State Division III regional

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STORY: After Damien’s Malik Fitts dunked in the first three seconds, the rest was a formality.
Damien cruised in the first round of the CIF State Southern California Division III regional playoffs with an easy 86-53 home victory over travel-weary Selma, a CIF-Central Section Division III semifinalist located 16 miles from Fresno.
The second-seed Spartans (25-5), which hadn’t lost at home in eight years before suffering back-to-back losses in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, will be at home again Saturday in the regional quarterfinals against 10th-seed Corona del Mar at 6 p.m. Corona del Mar upset sixth-seed El Cajon Valley, 46-33.

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Damien hoping state basketball playoffs will erase the taste of Open Division disappointment

“When we won CIF (in 2013), it was hard to get excited for the state playoffs because we had just achieved our goal,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “I think that feeling has switched on us, which is kind of strange. We’re as excited for this (state) as we normally would be getting ready for the CIF (divisional) playoffs.

Damien state playoff preview: After nearly two weeks off since losing in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division consolation semifinals to Redondo Union, 82-77, in overtime on Feb. 28, Damien’s boys basketball team is ready for the CIF-State Southern California Division III regional playoffs, where the second-seed Spartans (24-5) are one of the favorites.
Damien will host 15-seed Selma (22-7) in the first round Wednesday at 7 p.m. Selma, located 16 miles from Fresno, lost to Bakersfield West in the CIF-Central Section Division III semifinals, 87-63, and its best player is 6-foot-5 senior Anoop Grewal, averaging 16 points and six boards.
“I don’t know much about them,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said of Selma. “They didn’t play any Southern Section teams and all I could find was about a three-minute video on them online. I’m not sure how much it matters, at this point our guys are just ready to plan again.”

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