Baseball Playoffs: Glendora, South Hills, San Dimas, Northview all win; Damien loses


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

SAN DIMAS – If the San Dimas High School baseball team is to have a lengthy stay in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the Saints are going to need solid efforts from pitcher Peter Lambert.
The junior showed why Thursday.
Lambert took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a 1-hit shutout to lead host San Dimas to a 6-0 victory over Grand Terrace in a Division 4 first-round game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs from Elias Orona and two hits each from Jonathan Longtin and Michael Starns, improved to 22-6-1 and advanced to face either Granite Hills in Tuesday’s second roun. The site will be determined by coin flip on Friday.
Josh McPherson had the only hit for the Titans, who finished 14-12-1.
San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s a great win. Obviously, it’s the first round, but it’s a great win and we’re on to the next one. This was really on the defense. They made great plays. I only struck out six, so I put this one on the defense.”

San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “That was a tough one (to give up in the seventh). We always think our guy should have made the play. We did very, very well.”

Grand Terrace coach Mike Reh: “Lambert was excellent today. Obviously, when you’re getting perfect-gamed, it’s extremely difficult to get anything going. His tempo was phenomenal. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to an outstanding performance.”

CIF-SS Baseball Playoffs
Today’s first-round
Division 2

Glendora 8, Rio Mesa 0
Crescenta Valley 6, Damien 1
South Hills 1, Oxnard 0, 8 innings
Division 4
Northview 5, Fullerton 3
San Dimas 6, Grand Terrace 0
Friday’s first-round
Diamond Bar at West Torrance, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Santa Monica, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore at Bishop Amat, 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral City at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Linfield Christian at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Templeton, 3:15 p.m.
St. Bernard at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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Former assistant goes on record with strong accusations against former Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton

By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Former Diamond Ranch High School assistant football coach Matt Johnson says that he, along with former Panthers head coach Roddy Layton and other members of the coaching staff, accessed rival Diamond Bar’s Hudl.com account in order to gain an advantage before last fall’s rivalry game.

Johnson, a 2008 graduate of Diamond Ranch and a team captain on the Panthers’ ‘07 team, said Layton and his staff obtained Diamond Bar’s Hudl log-in information from a former Brahmas player who transferred to Diamond Ranch last fall and used it to scout the week leading up to a 34-20 win on Oct. 18, 2013.

“We were actually watching their practices (on Hudl),” Johnson said. “We were watching what they were planning on doing to us. Roddy said we can’t tell anybody. He said let’s just watch it and see what happens. I was there. I’m not trying to spare myself. I was in there.”

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Softball Playoffs: San Dimas wins; La Serna ends Bishop Amat’s season again

CIF-Softball Playoffs
Today’s second round
Division 2
Moorpark 13, Los Altos 0
Division 3
La Serna 6, Bishop Amat 0
Division 5
San Dimas 11, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 2
Citrus Valley 8, Sierra Vista 0

La Serna ends Bishop Amat’s season again: There was no payback for the Bishop Amat Lancers softball team against third-seed La Serna in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 softball playoffs on Thursday.
La Serna Pitcher Jamie Wren and clutch hitting made sure of that with a 6-0 victory to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals against North Torrance, an 8-1 winner over Chaminade.
Bishop Amat was a big favorite to win the divisional crown a year ago, but La Serna knocked them out 3-2 in the second round.
La Serna also beat Amat 11-1 earlier in the year, and kept its foot on the gas.

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Columnist thinks La Mirada baseball coach Kim Brooks should be fired

By Frank C. Girardot, Pasadena Star-News
La Mirada High School baseball coach Kim Brooks needs his mouth washed out with soap.
A tongue lashing he gave his ballplayers following an Easter week loss is so foul, that an audio tape of the tirade led to his suspension while the La Mirada-Norwalk Unified School District investigates.

Of course, not everyone agrees …

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Area coaches react to La Mirada baseball coach Kim Brooks’ profanity-laced tirade

BROOKSAREA COACHES REACT TO KIM BROOKS PROFANITY-LACED TIRADE: It’s not only the court of public opinion where opinions are running rampant on the actions of suspended La Mirada High School baseball coach and athletic director Kim Brooks, who was placed on administrative leave earlier this week after his profanity-laden locker room speech went viral. Local baseball coaches also have something to say about it and they weren’t holding back Wednesday while their colleague awaits the results of a Norwalk-La Mirada School District investigation into the matter that could cost the veteran baseball coach his job.

“First, I don’t condone what Coach Brooks said at all. Coach Brooks has never lacked for trying to bring out the best in kids. He’s a true baseball educator. He’s an athletic director, history teacher and when you get involved in teaching that long you have to have a passion for teaching and mentoring kids. He’s a legend there and his big fault is that he used inappropriate language and that’s not acceptable. There are a lot of words in the English language you can use and that he should have used differently.”Bishop Amat baseball coach Andy Niteo.

“It sounded to me like a good, hard-nosed, old-school coach laying into his team. I think we all would like to hope that we didn’t use the language that sometimes comes out, but I’ve stood on a football sideline, too. Things happen in the heat of the moment. I took it as nothing more than a good coach being disappointed in his kids’ effort that day. I don’t think he was asking them to do anymore than wear the jersey with pride. The way he went about it obviously wasn’t perfect.” Monrovia co-head coach Brad Blackmore.

“I played in an environment when I went to Azusa Pacific University where nobody swore over there, so I know coaches can be effective and not use that language. In today’s generation, I tell myself, If they were to play it back, would you be OK with it?’ And that’s just the reality of it, like it or not.”Bonita baseball coach John Knott

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Baseball: West Covina advances with 6-1 vitory over St. Paul; Glendora’s Kale Morton keeps pitching tradition going

mortonMeet undefeated Kale Morton: Glendora High School, since Dan Henley has been head baseball coach, has been a pitching haven.
The Tartans have featured a who’s who of the Valley’s best in recent years, from Brandon Villalobos, to Wes Roemer to Adam Plutko.
Kale Morton is Henley’s latest to carry on the tradition. And like the others, the senior has gone from a limited role to greatness, setting a school record by going 10-0 during the regular season.
Even Henley didn’t really see his latest ace coming, at least not at the rate he’s progressed to this season.
“I knew he was capable of pitching like this,” said Henley, who is likely to turn to his latest protege when the No. 4 seed Tartans host Rio Mesa in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs Thursday at 3:15 p.m. “He had been very consistent for us. I’d be lying if I said he would be (10-0), and this dominant. He’s been extremely dominant. I knew that he had a quality arm. He didn’t pitch a whole lot last year, but the innings he did pitch where key moments and at times, he was electrifying.”
Morton has gone from that limited role to arguably the best pitcher in the area. He’s been a key for the Tartans’ run to their third Baseline League title in four seasons after going 10-0 with two saves during the regular season. He also has a 1.72 ERA in 12 appearances.

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West Covina advances: West Covina and St. Paul baseball teams had to win its last regular-season game last week just to qualify for the postseason.
It was back to win or go home on Wednesday.
West Covina will continue its season with a 6-1 victory over visiting St. Paul in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 wild-card game.

TODAY’S CIF-SS BASEBALL WILD CARD GAMES
Division 3

West Covina 6, St. Paul 1
Rialto 6, Walnut 0
Division 5
Cerritos Valley Christian 7, El Monte 2
Lompoc Cabrillo 9, Gladstone 0
St. Bernard 4, Azusa 0

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LISTEN TO AUDIO: Legendary La Mirada baseball coach Kim Brooks on leave after explosive audio ripping his team

COMMENTARY: It wasn’t the foul language that made Brooks’ tirade so troubling. Every player who was in that room hears or says many of those same words every day at school, at practice, walking from class to class or at lunch. They hear worse in the music that blares from car stereos. They hear worse on a nightly basis on HBO or Showtime.

BROOKSMUST READ: By Dave Felton
Longtime La Mirada High athletic director and baseball coach Kim Brooks has been suspended by the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District after a profanity-laced audio tape of Brooks screaming at his team following a loss was released.

“I’ve been here a long time,” Brooks said calmly at the beginning of the recording, “and I will tell you that was probably the most PATHETIC (EXPLETIVE) BASEBALL GAME I’VE EVER SEEN A GROUP PLAY!”

The 17-minute recording features Brooks repeatedly cursing at his players, questioning their dedication to the program and inviting players to transfer to another school.

Note: Audio excerpt is two-minutes of a 17-minute profanity laced-tirade from coach Kim Brooks to his players following a game.

Brooks has his supporters on twitter, many of whom are using the hashtag, #freetheredman … Here is what a few have to say

The Brooks story is everywhere, including at the Houston Press, which had this commentary from one of its blogs. I don’t know much about Brooks, other than his mustache game is strong, his first name is unfortunate, and his passion for high school boys baseball is disturbingly unchained. Based on the audio below following an 8-4 loss on April 26 to something called a Los Osos, Brooks might also be currently trying to quit smoking because he seems more than a little peeved at his team’s performance in that game:

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Baseball/Softball: Los Altos softball shocks South Hills 1-0; Damien baseball wins wild card, 3-2; Nogales coach John Romano’s 35-year career ends with 16-4 loss to Ramona

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By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


HACIENDA HEIGHTS – Celeste Wood wasn’t dominant Tuesday. She just got the job done, which is all that’s regarded in the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs.
Wood tossed a four-hit shutout to lead host Los Altos to a 1-0 victory over South Hills in a Division 2 first-round game.
The Conquerors, who scored the game’s only run on a throwing error in the first inning, improved to 15-6 and advanced to Thursday’s second round against Moorpark at a site to be determined. Freshman sensation Natalie Lugo gave up three hits and struck out 10 for the Huskies, who finished 21-8.
Wood, who improved to 12-1, turned away three scoring chances for the Huskies, who where 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Los Altos’ Celeste Wood: “I pitched for my team. It was a team win. I was focused on holding (South Hills), not letting them score, and helping my defense out. I just wanted to pitch with my best effort.”

Los Altos coach Nacho Hernandez: “We figured if we could get any type of run, my defense would come through. It did. It was an amazing game to watch.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “We just didn’t execute at the plate. You have to give the pitcher credit. She pitched a good game. Mine did to, but they got the run.”

TODAY’S CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
BASEBALL
DIVISION 2
Wild Card

Damien 3, St. Joseph 2
DIVISION 4
Wild Card

Wilson at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
Ramona 16, Nogales 4
Patriot 4, Baldwin Park 1
SOFTBALL
DIVISION 2
First Round

Mission Viejo 13, Diamond Bar 0
Capistrano Valley 7, Charter Oak 1
Los Altos 1, South Hills 0
Yucaipa 3, Bonita 0
DIVISION 3
First Round
Bishop Amat 6, Burroughs/Burbank 3
DIVISION 4
First Round
South El Monte at Patriot, 3:15 p.m
Heritage 10, Arroyo 0
DIVISION 5
First Round
Sierra Vista 8, Alhambra 3
San Dimas 11, Lompoc 0
Marlborough 14, Azusa 6
Paraclete 4, Edgewood 3
Ontario Chr. 4, Northview 0
Anaheim 2, Duarte 1
Cabrillo/Lompoc 6, Covina 5

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CIF Football Division proposals for 2014-16 cycle are set … Monrovia AD says Rio Hondo likely to appeal move to Central

The football proposals were released today and the two to pay attention to locally are the Central and Mid-Valley Division. For football fans, putting the Hacienda, Palomares and Rio Hondo in the Central division is a dream for area public heavyweights. We’ve wanted West Covina, Charter Oak, South Hills, Monrovia, Diamond Bar, Los Altos and Glendora all in the same football division for years, and now we’ve got it. There’s no more debate, the best area public school WILL be decided on the field. The Mid-Valley Division is led by second-tier area public schools led by defending champion San Dimas from the Valle Vista, and including the Montview and new Hacienda. Of course, the divisions aren’t set in stone yet. League’s will have a chance to appeal. There might be some in Southeast that do not like the inclusion of the Mission League, which includes St. Francis and other Catholic school teams on the rise that fought recently to keep some of its teams from the Pac-5. Now they’re competing with leagues from the Pacific, and Del Rio. Wow, expect St. Francis to have the same type of success that Monrovia had in the Mid-Valley. If they don’t win at least two championships over the next three years it will be a huge disappointment.
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Parochial A
Bishop Amat, Serra, Loyola, Notre Dame, Alemany, Chaminade, Crespi
Baseline League
Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Palomares League
Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
Hacienda League
Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League
Nogales, Covina, Northview, Rowland, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League
Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, Workman
Miramonte League
Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona

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News divisions for baseball, softball, boys/girls soccer and girls volleyball set for 2014-16

Baseline League
Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Palomares League
Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills
Hacienda League
Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League
Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League
Nogales, Covina, Northview, Rowland, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League
Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, Workman
Miramonte League
Bassett, Edgewood, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona

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Softball playoffs: Monet Manning’s walk-off homer sends Northview past Barstow, 5-4

Northview High players swarm over Monet Manning after her game winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning vs Barstow High at their Covina campus field May 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Northview High players swarm over Monet Manning after her game winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning vs Barstow High at their Covina campus field May 19, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


COVINA – Northview High School combined good play with some playoff magic to score the best season in its history last year.
The Vikings’ mojo appears to be back.
Monet Manning led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a home run to center field to give Northview a 5-4 victory over visiting Barstow in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 wild-card game on Monday.
The Vikings improved to 14-13 and will travel to Ontario Christian for a first-round game at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Barstow, which twice rallied from two-run deficits, finished 13-13.
Manning, who lined a single off the center field fence in the fifth, lived up to the billing, launching a shot a little higher in the seventh. It glanced off the glove of Jordan Neal and over for the 5-4 win.
Northview, after Barstow’s Gabby Rodriguez tied it at 2 with a two-run home run in the fourth, took a 4-2 lead in the bottom on the inning. Darlene Jaramillo tripled to left before Mia Lopez and Marissa Chacon had RBIs.
Barstow rallied to tie it at 4 in the sixth. Alexus Fermenic doubled to make it 4-3. Ann-Marie Hernandez, who had singled, over ran third, but scored on a botched run-down play to tie it at 4.
“They didn’t give up,” Barstow coach Richard Johannsen said of his team. “They kept trying and trying. It was a tough game.”
Northview coach Jeff Butler: “We talked before the game, that it was a new season (now). Last year, we got hot in the playoffs and I like our matchups. I’m glad for Mo. I knew she was going to hit a home run in that situation.”

Northview’s Monet Manning: “That line drive off the fence (in the fourth inning), I thought I just needed a little more power to get it over. I feel pretty amazed that I did do that. I’m happy it was the game-winning hit.”

OTHER CIF-SS SOFTBALL SCORES
DIVISION 2

South Hills 7, Tesoro 4
Redlands 10, West Covina 1
Diamond Bar vs. Ontario
DIVISION 3
Bishop Amat 17, Lancaster 0
DIVISION 5
Katella 20, Workman 0
Edgewood 7, Immaculate Heart 3
Azusa 3, Nipomo 1
Notre Dame/Riverside 4, Wilson 3

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CIF-SS Baseball pairings: Bonita No. 2 in D-3; Glendora No. 4 in D-2; San Dimas No. 3 in D-4

The CIF-SS baseball pairings are released at 9 a.m. We’ll post the local schedule here as soon as we get it.
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STORY: Glendora, Bonita and San Dimas earned seeds in its respective divisions following the CIF-Southern Section baseball pairings Monday.
After running away with the Baseline League title, Glendora earned the No. 4 seed in the competitive Division 2 playoffs and will host the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card between Rio Mesa and Arroyo Grande in Thursday’s first-round.
Damien, which finished fourth in the Sierra League, earned an at-large berth in Division 2 and will travel to Santa Maria St. Joseph for a wild card on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to face Redlands East Valley.
South Hills, which finished second to Chino Hills in the Sierra League, will host Pacific League runner-up Oxnard in a Division 2 first-round game Thursday.

CIF-SS AREA BASEBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
DIVISION 2
Tuesday’s wild card

Damien at St. Joseph, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s first-round
Rio Mesa-Arroyo Grande winner at No. 4 Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Damien-St. Joseph’s winner at Redlands East Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Oxnard at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
DIVISION 3
Wednesday’s wild card

St. Paul at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut at Rialto, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Diamond Bar at West Torrance, 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul-West Covina winner at No.4 Santa Monica, 3:15 p.m.
Rialo-Walnut winner at Downey, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore-Palos Verdes winner at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Lancaster-Cathedral City winner at No. 2 Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
DIVISION 4
Tuesday’s wild card

Wilson at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Ramona, 3:15 p.m.
Patriot at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m
Thursday’s first-round
Northview at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.
Wilson-Santa Ana Calvary Chapel winner at Don Lugo, 3:15 p.m.
Ramona-Nogales winner at Victor Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Grand Terrace-Godinez winner at No. 3 San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park-Patriot winner at No. 2 Sonora, 3:15 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Wednesday’s wild card

Cerritos Valley Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Lompoc Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.
St. Bernard at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Friday’s first-round
Cerritos Valley Christian-El Monte winner at No. 1 Santa Ynez
Linfield Christian at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Citrus Hill, 3:15 p.m.
Lompoc Cabrillo-Gladstone winner at No. 4 Woodcrest Christian, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Templeton, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa-St. Bernard winner at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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Today’s CIF-SS softball wild card games: South Hills, Bishop Amat, Northview, Diamond Bar, Azusa all home

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TODAY’S AREA CIF-SS SOFTBALL WILD CARD GAMES
DIVISION 2
Ontario at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Tesoro at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Redlands, 3:15 p.m.
DIVISION 3
Lancaster at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
DIVISION 5
Workman at Katella, 3:15 p.m.
Barstow at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Edgewood at Immaculate Heart
Nipomo at Azusa, 3 p.m.
Wilson at Notre Dame/Riverside, 3 p.m.

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Breaking News: Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton resigns amid allegations

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By Aram Tolegian
Roddy Layton resigned late last week as Diamond Ranch High School varsity football head coach as accusations swirl that the Panthers coaching staff hacked into rival Diamond Bar’s Hudl account to obtain important scouting information during the week of their game on Oct. 18, 2013.

Layton said his resignation is not related to a letter obtained by this publication and sent to the CIF-Southern Section last week by Diamond Bar that alleges Diamond Ranch coaches obtained Diamond Bar’s account information on Hudl and used video archives and notes to help prepare for the game.

Diamond Ranch won the game 34-20, but the night was marred by a benches-clearing brawl that led to the suspensions of several players from both teams. Diamond Bar forfeited its following game because it could not field a team. Diamond Ranch went on to win the league with a 6-0 record.

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Glendora wins D2 girls swim title; Tartans’ Alexis Margett, Rowland’s Michael Wang, Walnut’s Derek Kao win individual titles

Glendora is all smiles after winning the team event during the Division 2 CIF Southern Section Swimming Championships in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

Glendora is all smiles after winning the team event during the Division 2 CIF Southern Section Swimming Championships in the Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
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RIVERSIDE —
It’s likely too early to call the Glendora High School girls swimming team, with its recent accomplishments, a dynasty, but the Tartans took another step toward that type of dominance.
Freshman Alexis Margett breezed to the 100-yard butterfly title and Glendora scored wins in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays to lead the Tartans to their second Division 2 title in three seasons during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section divisional swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex.
Rowland’s Michael Wang and Walnut’s Derek Kao also scored individual titles, winning in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
“It is (a mini dynasty),” Glendora coach Janet Pollard said. “It’s big for our school and our program, because swimming is the only (girls) sport to win a CIF championship. No other sport has done that, so it means a lot for the (team). I’m really excited for them.”

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Softball playoffs: No top four seeds for area teams as Charter Oak, Los Altos and San Dimas earn first-round home games

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It’s been a funny season for the area softball teams in 2014.
The best team — Glendora — in the area during the pre-league tournament season didn’t make the playoffs and now no Valley team received a top four seed when the CIF-Southern Section released divisional playoff pairings
The area’s hotest teams — Charter Oak, Los Altos and San Dimas have their work cut out for them.
Charter Oak, which finished second to Chino Hills in the Sierra League hosts Capistrano Valley in a Division 2 first-round game on Tuesday. But the Chargers could meet top seed Mission Viejo in the quarterfinals. Los Altos, which stormed its way to a share of the Hacienda League title, hosts the winner of Monday’s wild-card game between South Hills and Tesoro, on Tuesday, also in Division 2, while San Dimas, which won another Valle Vista League title, hosts the Brentwood-Morro Bay in Division 5 on Tuesday.
Nine area teams will play wild-card games on Monday, with the first and second round scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday respectively. The finals are slated for May 30-31 at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.

AREA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
SOFTBALL
DIVISION 2
Wild Card
Monday

Ontario at Diamond Bar-A
Tesoro at South Hills-D
West Covina at Redlands-F
First Round
Tuesday

Diamond Bar-Ontario at No. 1 Mission Viejo
Capistrano Valley at Charter Oak
Tesoro-South Hills at Los Altos
West Covina-Redlands at No. 3 Chino Hills
Bonita at Yucaipa
DIVISION 3
Wild Card
Monday

Lancaster at Bishop Amat-G
First Round
Tuesday

Bishop Amat-Lancaster at Burroughs/Burbank
DIVISION 4
First Round
Tuesday

South El Monte at Patriot
Heritage at Arroyo
DIVISION 5
Wild Card
Monday

Workman at Katella-B
Barstow at Northview-D
Edgewood at Immaculate Heart-E
Nipomo at Azusa-I
Wilson at Notre Dame/Riverside-J
First Round
Tuesday

Workman-Katella at Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana
Brentwood-Morro Bay at San Dimas
Barstow-Northview at Ontario Christian
Duarte at Anaheim
Edgewood-Immaculate Heart at No. 4 Paraclete
Alhambra-Victor Valley at Sierra Vista
Covina at Cabrillo/Lompoc
Azusa-Nipomo at Marlborough
Wilson-Notre Dame/Riverside at No. 2 Savanna
All games are scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

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VIDEO: East wins seventh straight Hall of Fame game over East, 24-13; La Serna’s Frankie Palmer named MVP

Photo gallery of 35th annual Hall of Fame All-Star game

palmerBy Aram Tolegian
For a few moments early in the second half, it appeared the East might be in jeopardy of seeing its domination in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game come to an end.
Then, La Serna’s Frankie Palmer took over.
Palmer led two second-half touchdown drives and the East boosted its winning streak in the series to seven with a 24-13 win over the West on Friday night at West Covina High. The East leads the overall series 23-10-2.
“It’s an awesome experience,” said Palmer, who was named East Most Valuable Player. “To be among all these great players and I got (MVP), it’s just an awesome experience.”
The West led 7-3 at halftime and was moving the ball well on its first drive of the second half when disaster struck. Bishop Amat safety Michael Gonzales picked off an errant pass and returned it 64 yards for a 10-7 East lead.

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San Dimas serves up the hit of a lifetime for Pomona’s Tim Collins

San Dimas High School pitcher Peter Lambert threw a one-hitter to beat Pomona 10-0 in a mercy shortened six-inning game to close out the Valle Vista League on Thursday — but the lone hit is worth a lifetime of memories for Red Devils senior Tim Collins.

Collins is a mentally challenged special needs student who has been on varsity for the past two season’s. Thursday’s hit was the only hit of his high school career.

“Tim is on our team but he’s only had four or five at bats this season,” Pomona coach Jason Albaugh said. “San Dimas asked us before the game if they could do something nice for him. It was an incredible gesture, because their kid (Lambert) could have thrown a no-hitter, but they did this and it meant everything to (Collins).”

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East Meets West in Tonight’s annual SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Senior Football game that almost didn’t happen

What: 35th annual Hall of Fame All-Star Football Game
When: Friday
Where: West Covina High School, 7 p.m.
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By Aram Tolegian
Which side of the Valley, and surrounding parts, plays the best high school football will be decided Friday when East meets West in the 35th San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Senior game at West Covina High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
In recent years, the answer has been crystal clear that the East holds all the cards when it comes to the prep gridiron. The East will try to extend its series win streak to seven and bolster the all-time series lead which stands at 22-10-2 favoring the East.
For all of the great memories and large crowds that the game has produced over the years, it almost went the way of the dinosaur this year.
The National Football Foundation, which used to sponsor the game, abruptly pulled out after adopting a national policy to not put on any all-star games due to insurance concerns.

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Celeste Wood rallies Los Altos to 4-3 victory over West Covina to share Hacienda League title with Bonita

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By Fred J. Robledo
WEST COVINA
– There figured to be a dramatic ending to the Hacienda League softball title and Los Altos, West Covina and Bonita provided every bit of it entering the final day in a three-way tie for first.
Trailing West Covina by a run entering the top of the seventh, Los Altos junior Celeste Wood provided the spark with a game-tying solo home run, and Berlynne Delamora singled and later scored on a one-out passed ball to rally the Conquerors to a 4-3 victory.
Wood, who earned the victory in the circle, got West Covina clean-up hitter Maddy Tickey to ground out with the tying runner on second in the bottom of the seventh to earn the Conquerors (14-6, 10-2) a share of the league title.
Bonita (17-6, 10-2) hung on to share the title with Los Altos, getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh with a double play to hang on for a 10-8 victory over Diamond Ranch.
A coin flip will determine who enters the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs as the league’s top entry with West Covina (16-11, 9-3) finishing third.
Wood talked about her homer that gave the Conquerors life.

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Derick Martin comes up big as Arroyo earns back to back Mission Valley League titles with 3-2 win over rival Rosemead


By Stephen Ramirez
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The Mission Valley League baseball title will stay at Arroyo High School.
Senior Derick Martin singled home pinch-runner Anthony Barcelo in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host Knights rallied for a 3-2 victory over rival Rosemead on Thursday to secure the league title for the second consecutive season.
Martin and Damian Gutierrez had two hits each and Lorenzo Perez tossed a four-hitter for Arroyo, which improved to 14-7 overall and 13-2 in league play
Matthew Campos had two hits for Rosemead, which slipped to 13-19 and 12-3.
Perez started the winning rally with a lead-off walk. Barcelo then advanced to second on a sacrifice before taking third on a single by Gutierrez. Martin followed with his second RBI single to win it.
Arroyo’s Derick Martin: “It feels great. I knew all I needed was a little base hit. It feels so great to get it back-to-back. Our team hasn’t done this in a long time. I feel so honored to be just a part of this team. This is not really a team, it’s a family, and we’re just so proud of everything.”

Rosemead coach Daniel Meza: “They out hit us today and got it on a walk-off. Sometimes, it moments like this when everything is on the line, it takes just one key hit. They prevailed, so we have to tip our hat to them and give them credit for it.”

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Bonita baseball wins Hacienda League title in dramatic fashion, rallying from five runs down for 6-5 victory over Diamond Ranch; Diamond Bar second, West Covina gets third playoff spot

Bonita’s fifth come-from-behind win clinched the Hacienda League title in dramatic fashion with a 6-5 victory over Diamond Ranch in eight innings. Bonita (22-7, 10-2), the CIF-SS Division 3s second-ranked team, trailed 5-0 early and 5-3 in the seventh, but rallied to tie it and win in extra innings. Danny Gelalich’s RBI single scored Alex Gonzalez and Gelalich later scored on an error to tie the score, 5-5 in the seventh. Gonzalez’s walk-off RBI fly out brought in the game-winning run in the eighth inning to clinch the crown.
Diamond Bar (18-9, 9-3) clinched second with an 18-8 victory over Walnut (15-12, 6-6), dropping the Mustangs in a tie for third with West Covina (15-12, 6-6), who defeated Los Altos. Because West Covina swept Walnut, it earns the automatic third-place entry, leaving Walnut hoping for an at-large berth.

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Chino Hills baseball clinches Sierra, ending South Hills’ bid for 12th straight league title; Damien finishes fourth

Chino Hills (21-5, 12-3) baseball won the Sierra League title outright with a 16-9 victory over Damien (16-9, 8-7). South Hills, which needed Chino Hills to lose to earn its 12th straight league title, beat Ayala 4-2 behind a strong pitching performance from Gavin Velasquez, giving South Hills (20-5-1, 11-4) sole possession of second. Damien finishes in a tie for third with Ayala (15-12, 8-7), but Ayala won the season-series 2-1 and gets the third playoff spot. Unless Damien gets an at-large berth in the Division 2 playoffs, its season is over.

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