Softball Rankings: Glendora non-league resume lifts Tartans to No. 1 over South Hills and Bishop Amat

Above: Sierra Vista is areas only undefeated team, but Glendora is No. 1
Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Glendora (10-4) — Won San Dimas tournament and advanced furthest of all locals in Charter Oak tourney, reaching semifinals.
2. South Hills (8-3) — Solid wins over Bishop Amat, St. Lucy’s and Monrovia
3. Bishop Amat (8-4) — Scoring plenty of runs, now pitching needs to catch up.
4. Charter Oak (7-4) – Good wins mixed with surprising losses. But roster is legit.
5. Bonita (5-3) — Big non-league game at South Hills on Tuesday.
6. West Covina (6-4) – Should be co-favorite to win Hacienda along with Bonita.
7. Diamond Bar (4-3) – Beat Wilson 12-4 which is Brahmas’ only game against an area team
8. Los Altos (4-4) — Will have difficult time making the playoffs in Hacienda.
9. Sierra Vista (3-0-1) — So good so far, but need more games to really evaluate.
10. Arroyo (4-1) – Like Sierra Vista, record on paper nice, but who has it played?

Hitting Leaders (Based on Maxpreps)
1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, .667 (18-for-27)
2. Alyssa Yaynes, Edgewood, .630 (17-for-27)
3. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, .630 (17-for-27)
4. Jade Nua, West Covina, .600 (12-for-20)
5. Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, .577 (15-for-26)
6. Raquel Ramirez, Workman, .562 (9-for-16)
7. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, .560 (14-for-25)
8. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 548 (17-for-31)
9. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, .538 (14-for-26)
10. Ariela Burns, Northview, 533 (8-for-15)

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Damien/St. Lucy’s headed to the Baseline following Mt. SAC releaguing; Rowland to Valle Vista; Baldwin Park to Montview

Story: Representatives from the 42 schools that comprise the Mt. SAC area met on Friday at Walnut High School to discuss releaguing for the 2014-16 cycles after learning that Damien and St. Lucy’s Priory won its arbitration case against the CIF-Southern Section to remain in the Mt. SAC area for league placement rather than be placed in all Parochial leagues.
Mt. SAC area representatives already voted on releaguing a year ago with the understanding that Damien and St. Lucy’s would be in Parochial leagues.
Instead of simply voting to place Damien and St. Lucy’s into one of the newly formed leagues agreed on last year, representatives from the Mt. SAC area voted Friday to start the process all over again, which began with schools that asked for relief the first time, South Hills, Garey, Alta Loma, Baldwin Park, Pomona, Charter Oak and Glendora, asking for relief again.
Once that was established, schools and leagues met and six proposals were submitted for consideration.
Damien submitted a proposal that would have put the Spartans and St. Lucy’s in the Palomares League with Bonita moving from the Palomares to the Baseline, but Damien’s proposal was the first to be eliminated.

A proposal submitted by Azusa, Chino and the Baseline league at Friday’s Mt. SAC Area releaguing meeting at Walnut won over five other proposals. The Mt. SAC Area leagues for the 2014-16 seasons is listed below. The five other proposals considered can be viewed by clicking the thread.

Proposal B submitted by Azusa, Baseline and Chino
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

Original proposal from last year

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Baseball: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Chino Hills in Sierra League opener

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
The game plan for the South Hills High School baseball team is pretty simple this season.
It includes getting good situational hitting, then turn it over to its pitching staff, which can be dominant at times.
The Huskies used both traits to perfection Friday.
Manny Munoz came through with a key at-bat during the fourth inning and Gavin Velasquez was steady on the mound as host South Hills rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chino Hills in the Sierra League opener for both teams.
Velazquez, who hadn’t given up an earned run in his two previous starts, tossed a 6-hitter and struck out four for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. Chino Hills, getting two hits from JP Hopkins, slipped to 7-1.
Velasquez, after giving up five hits during the first three innings, closed with dominance. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters, including nine of the final 10 to protect the lead. He gave up a lead-off single to Coby Myers in the seventh before closing the door on Chino Hills, with a groundout, a strike out and line drive to shortstop.

South Hills, after falling behind 2-0 after three innings, scored all its runs in the fourth. Quinn Cotter and Francisco Ramirez led off with singles. Brandon Jauregui walked to load the bases before Cotter scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. Nick Carrillo, after Gabe Chavez walked, singled home pinch-runner Ryan Cohen to tie it at 2.
Munoz then hit a hard grounder to third for a two-base error, scoring Jauregui and Chavez for a 4-2 lead.

South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “It’s a great win against probably the league favorite. That’s a huge one. Who ever got this first ‘W’ was going to put them in a good spot. I feel real happy for Gavin Velasquez. He’s thrown 15 innings without an earned run coming into today. Once we got up, he was pretty convinced the was going to get his first ‘W.’”

South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez: “After that big inning where we scored four runs, I settled down, We had momentum on our side. I was able to locate (the ball) a little better and that was it.”

South Hills’ Manny Munoz: “I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. I knew I had to runners in scoring position. I wanted to put it anywhere to get them in.”

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Video of Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst delivering the game-winning three-run double against San Fernando

Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst had 5 RBIs, including the game-winning three-run double in the eighth to lift the Lancers to a 6-3 victory over San Fernando Wednesday night at USC. The Lancers are just 2-4, but three were one-run losses and the other was a two-run loss. They’ve been in every game against a super tough schedule. Hurst, who finished the game on the mound, is part of a pitching staff that’s been lights out. Amat only has allowed more than three runs once — a 6-4 loss to Trabuco Hills.

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Softball: Angelica Ochoa, Melissa Gutierrez lead Sierra Vista over Workman, 6-0

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Expectations are high for the Sierra Vista High School softball team this season, and so far the Dons, are living up to the billing.
Angelica Ochoa was dominant in the circle and Melissa Gutierrez had three RBIs as Sierra Vista remained undefeated in the Montview League with a 6-0 victory over Workman on Thursday.
Ochoa tossed a two-hitter and stuck out nine for the Dons, who improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Sierra Vista, which shared the league crown with Duarte last season, also got two hits from Brianna Moreno.
Jackie Negrete had two hits and a double for Workman, which slipped to 3-4 and 0-1.
Sierra Vista, which opened league play with a 2-1 victory over Azusa on Tuesday, led 4-0 after three innings, mostly on the bat of Gutierrez. She gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Gutierrez, following an error and a hit-by-pitch to Ochoa, made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the third. Maya Lopez had a sacrifice fly to score Gutierrez to make it 4-0 in the inning.
Ochoa did the rest. She yielded just four baserunners, giving up a single in the first and double in the seventh. Workman also had two other batters reach on errors. She retired nine of the final 10 to improve to 3-0.

Sierra Vista’s Melissa Gutierrez: “I’ve been working hard in practice, so I came up hoping to get a base hit. I clutched up today, I improved and had a (few) RBIs.”

Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa: “I’ve been working really hard in practice, but I felt like today was one of my better games. I was throwing harder and and I know if I listen to my coach and throw the pitches he wants me to throw, I can be effective.”

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Baseball Smudge Pot: San Dimas beats rival Bonita for the first time since 2007

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Bonita High School may have won the football and basketball Smudge Pots, but the baseball version of the traditional rivalry game between the Bearcats and San Dimas was painted Saints blue and gold Wednesday night.
Peter Lambert hit a two-run home run in the first inning and was steady on the mound and visiting San Dimas beat its rival for the first time since 2007 with an 9-4 victory in the teams’ traditional game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs each from Logan Muratalla and Jonathan Longtin, improved to 4-2. Lambert gave up six hits and struck out nine for the Saints, who are ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4.
Bonita, getting two hits from Justin Gomez, slipped to 4-2. The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in Division 3.

The game was all but decided in the first after San Dimas took advantage of an error to score four runs in the first inning. Daniel Millwee led off with a single and Josh Avila reached on a fielding error. Elias Orona sacrificed both to second and third before Muratalla singled home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Lambert, who had two hits and scored run, then made it 4-0 with a home run to left field.
San Dimas pushed it to 7-0 after three innings, scoring a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Avila and two in the third on a RBI single by David Vargas and a hit by pitch to Jesse Garcia with the bases loaded.
Bonita came back to cut it to 7-3 in the third. Chris Lopez walked before Ethan Muro and Gomez had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Alex Gonzalez singled to make it 7-1. A fielding error in the outfield on the hit scored Muro and Gomez to make it 7-3. Lambert then struck out Nick Peifer to end the threat.

San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s huge. It’s a school rivalry and I don’t how long its been since we beat them, but it’s been a while. It’s huge.”
Bonita coach John Knott: “Our kids know to play all the way to the last out. They did a good job of that.”

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Baseball: Diamond Bar continues strong start with 7-3 win over Monrovia

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Diamond Bar High School graduated arguably its top two players from a team that reached the CIF-Southern Section baseball quarterfinals last season, but the Brahmas are proving that their cupboard is hardly bare.
Jacob Cooke had two hits and three RBIs and Chris Sanchez was steady on the mound as Diamond Bar continued its strong start to the season with a 7-3 victory over visiting Monrovia in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
The Brahmas, also getting a hit and two RBIs from Jonah Yang and two hits from Gabriel Duenas, improved to 6-2. Monrovia, getting two hits from Erik Cox slipped to 3-2

The Brahmas were not perfect Tuesday, but put Monrovia in an early hole, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Brahmas scored three runs in the fifth to put it away at 7-2.
Diamond Bar, after taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Yang, loaded the bases with no outs in the second and took a 3-1 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Cooke and Josh Sanchez. Nolan Luzzi, who singled, then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
Brett Tweedie had a RBI single and Cooke a two-run single to make it 7-2 in the fifth.
Chris Sanchez improved to 3-0 after giving up eight hits with five strikeouts.

Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez: “We took a lot from each other (last year). We put in more work (this season), because we know we can’t just expect to achieve that level again, especially with some new teammates. (It’s been) a very strong start, just some key mistakes (in the two losses). Clean it up a bit and we’ll be good.”

Diamond Bar’s Jacob Cooke: “It was right there and I just swing the bat. It got through.”

Monrovia’s Erik Cox: “We tried to come back. We just didn’t hit well in the clutch that much, but almost. We’ll get that straightened out.”

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CCCAA Title Game: Mt. SAC can’t overcome early deficit, loses to Ventura

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
History was made Sunday at Cerritos College.
It just wasn’t the California Community College Athletic Association milestone that the Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team was hoping for.
Adrianne Sloboh scored 27 points and had 19 rebounds and Ventura College won the race to seven state titles with a 68-55 victory over Mt. SAC, also gunning for a state-best seven CCCAA championships, in the title game.
Lisa Marie Sanchez had 22 points and Brooke Dixon 14 for the Pirates, who finished 32-3.
Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for the Mounties, who finished 29-5.
The Mounties’ fate was all but sealed during the first 14 minutes when it made just 2 of 23 from the field, keying Ventura to a 22-4 lead. Mt. SAC, which shot 18 percent in the first half, could never really recover, twice cutting the deficit to 13 points in the second half and 12 with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Pirates, who were held to 27-percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game, countered each move and pushed the advantage to 60-40 with just over three minutes to play.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “I’m proud of this group. They battled and competed all year long. I told them after, ‘Don’t hang your heads. You had a fantastic season, and this was the year when they said Mt. SAC would be down and you were in the championship.’ At the end of the day, we got out of them everything we could possibly get out of them this year, and I’m proud of them.”

Mt. SAC’s Shaela Flynn: “We got down so much in the first half. We fought to trimming the lead (in the second half), We came back and played at our tempo (in the second half), but we gave up too much in the first half.”

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Dick’s Tournament: Former league rivals Northview, South Hills meet for third place

Former Valle Vista League rivals Northview and South Hills will meet today at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC in the third-place game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament.
The game adds intrigue to the area as South Hills is now coached by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, and the Vikings are coached by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy.
It should be a great day of baseball as Mt. SAC is facing East Los Angeles, followed by Northview-South Hills, with the tournament championship game between Tahquitz and Alta Loma at 7:30 p.m.

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Charter Oak softball tournament: Battle of Whittier as La Serna and St. Paul advance to finals; Glendora faces Claremont for third place

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina. (Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

St. Paul defeated Glendora 11-7 during a prep softball game during the Charter Oak Softball Tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams Sports Park in West Covina.
(Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

By David Felton
WEST COVINA — The softball teams from La Serna and St. Paul will meet Saturday for the second time this season after each won semifinal games Friday at the Charter Oak Tournament.
Paced by Dana De La Torre’s three-run home run in the first inning, La Serna posted a 4-3 victory over Claremont at Big League Dreams Park. And on an adjacent field at the same time, St. Paul overcame an early three-run deficit to beat Glendora 11-7.
The area rivals will play in the tournament final at 3 p.m. Saturday, while Claremont (4-4) and Glendora will meet in the third-place game at 1 p.m. La Serna and St. Paul met just over a week ago at the Brea Olinda Tournament, with the Swordsmen earning a 2-1 victory.

Friday’s semifinals
La Serna 4, Claremont 3
St. Paul 11, Glendora 7
Saturday’s Championship
At Big League Dreams

La Serna vs. St. Paul, 3 p.m.
Third-place game
Glendora vs. Claremont, 4:30 p.m.

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CCCAA Final Four: Mt. SAC beats SJ Delta, in positing for state-record seventh women’s basketball title

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

CERRITOS – Mt. San Antonio College will get its shot at history.
Sabrina Norton scored 15 points, including seven down the stretch, and the Mounties will get a shot at a record seventh women’s basketball state title after scoring a 51-47 victory over San Joaquin Delta in a California Community College Athletic Association semifinal Friday at Cerritos College.
Mt. SAC, also getting 10 points each from Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) and Johnea Thompson, improved to 29-4 and will face Ventura, an 87-73 winner over Fresno City, in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cerritos College. Ventura is also gunning for a seventh CCCAA title. The Mounties beat the Pirates, 63-54, in December.

San Joaquin Delta, getting 16 points from Selina Moore and seven from Kelci Haueter, finished 27-6.
It was looking bleak for the Mounties after Delta put together a 22-10 blitz for a 46-42 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Mt. SAC, which had lost back-to-back games in December after giving up late leads, showed it could win that way.
Norton, who had 11 points in the second half, made it 46-45 on a three-point play at 3:55 before Thompson scored in the lane for a 47-46 lead with 3:25 left.
Sashanique Youngblood and Tahniya Sweatt (Muir) scored on consecutive inside shots to push it to 51-46 with 1:33 left.
Delta’s Teylor McMiller (six points) made one of two free throws at 1:30 before the Mustangs missed consecutive shots with less than a minute to play to clinch it for the Mounties.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: We’re known for our defense and that’s what we were hoping for at that point. We needed to play defense and hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Mt. SAC’s Sabrina Norton: We all knew what we had to do and we weren’t ready to go home. It was whatever it took, whether it be making shots, getting a rebound or playing defense. We had to do it, and we won.”

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Dead ball, or groundball error?

Here’s the play from last night’s South Hills-Alta Loma baseball game, won by Alta Loma, 1-0. South Hills had the tying run on third with two outs. The Huskies’ Corey Cadek appears to hit a groundball that was misplayed for an error, allowing the tying run to score. But the umpire ruled the batted ball glanced off Cadek in the batter’s box, which is a dead ball.
What do you think. It’s hard to tell, but it appears to come off the ground too fast to have struck the player.

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Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus scores win No. 600


By John Honell, Correspondent

COVINA – The 5-2 Gladstone win over Rosemead on Wednesday afternoon, in front of a crowd of several hundred fans, was more than just an early season high school baseball game.
In a game that was played in a way that any of his former players would have recognized, Gladstone baseball coach Rich Remkus picked up the 600th win of his 30-year career at the school.
“I’ve been very fortunate,” Remkus said. “The man up above has given me decent health so I could coach into my old age. I’ve just had wonderful, hard-working players and assistant coaches and the success has belonged to them. My 88-year-old mom is here and my dad was my biggest supporter. He was at all our games and he was down here working on this field the night before he died of a heart attack. I wish he could be here.”

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Diamond Bar names Marcus Hughes, from New York, as its next football coach

FROM IN THE HUDDLE: Diamond Bar has named Marcus Hughes, who most recently was head coach at Cornwall Central High in New York, as its new varsity football head coach. Hughes replaces Ryan Maine, who resigned after three seasons. Hughes was 67-13 in six seasons at Cornwall and his teams went to the state playoffs the past three seasons.

Here is Hughes in a video talking after a championship victory

Diamond Bar fans should be encouraged by this November story, which discusses how Hughes turned Cornwall Central into a power.


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DICK’S TOURNAMENT: Northview, South Hills lose semifinals games, will play for third on Saturday at Mt. SAC

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
South Hills and Northview high schools will meet Saturday at Mt. SAC in what might be the early-season game of the year.
The prize they will battle for will be remarkably different.
Both lost semifinal games Wednesday and will play for third place of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC.
South Hills, now led by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, lost a somewhat controversial decision, 1-0, to Alta Loma, with the Vikings, now led by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy, losing, 6-1, to Tahquitz. Alta Loma and Tahquitz will play for the championship at 7:30 p.m., also at Mt. SAC.
South Hills dropped to the third-place game after it appeared to tie Alta Loma on a mis-played groundball to first with two outs in the bottom of the seventh that allowed Jon Ayala, who led off with a single, to score. But it was ruled that the ball glanced off batter Corey Cadek, resulting into a foul ball and sending the runners, including Quinn Cotter, who was at first, back to their respective bases.
Cadek then flied out to center field to end the game.

“The ball takes a funny spin on a two-hopper to first base,” Murphy said. “But that’s what the call is. As I told the kids, you don’t want to put the game in the umpire’s hands, but we did. We had to rely on a call or two and when you do that, bad things are going to happen. It shouldn’t have come down to one play.”
The controversial ending overshadowed a solid performance by South Hills pitcher Gavin Velasquez, who gave up three hits and no earned runs in seven innings. He also struck out seven. Velasquez has yet to yield an earned run this season, falling to 0-1.
Alta Loma scored its only run in the fifth on back-to-back throwing errors.
“We have to score runs,” Murphy said. “We made two errors that led to their one run. It’s a tough one, but we came up short.”

Northview was no match for Tahquitz in the first game.
Junior Kaycee Garcia tossed a three-hitter and struck out 11. He retired eight of the final 11 batters.
The Titans, getting three hits and a RBI from Hayden Firth, led 5-1 after three innings.

“(Garcia) did a good job of keeping us off balance,” Roddy said. “We battled. We just didn’t seem to have much energy tonight. We had a tough time finding our rhythm. By that time, we were behind.”
Garcia also had two RBIs.
Nick Ybarra had a double for Northview, which scored its only run on a wild pitch in the second.


Alta Loma 1, South Hills 0
Tahquitz 6, Northview 1
Saturday’s Championship
At Mt. SAC

Alta Loma vs. Tahquitz, 7:30 p.m.
Third-place Game
At Mt. SAC

South Hills vs. Northview, 4 p.m.

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With Damien, St. Lucy’s winning arbitration to remain in Mt. SAC area questions remain on where to send them, and how league schedules can be redone

“There’s no reason to start this entire process over from scratch,” Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing chair Jeff Jordan said. “We worked really hard as a collective group to make necessary adjustments and changes and we haven’t started the new cycle yet. At this point, we have to amend some of our policies so we can effectively add the Damien/St. Lucy’s package back into the Mt. SAC Area.”

“The bye week and when we’re home and away, are all out the door and we have to start over,” Bishop Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said. “Outside of the inconvenience of not knowing when homecoming or senior night is, it’s just a matter of inconvenience not knowing who we’re going to play.”



STORY: Following last week’s arbitration ruling that sent Damien High School and St Lucy’s Priory back into the Mt. SAC Area for league groupings, several questions abound as to what the local league landscape will look like beginning next fall.
The schools that make up the Mt. SAC Area voted last May on a new set of leagues that were set to go into place this fall and run for the next two school years. They did so thinking that Damien and St. Lucy’s had been moved to the parochial area.
After Damien and St. Lucy’s won their arbitration hearing last week, both schools are back and now the Mt. SAC Area is hoping to avoid an extended trip to the drawing board in order to find them a new league home in a very limited amount of time.

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Baldwin Park boys soccer eliminated from state playoffs, 4-1; Danny Vega gets 40th

Story: Baldwin Park High School’s invitation to the CIF-State Southern California Division II boys soccer regionals was a brief one, losing to San Diego sectional champion Southwest, 4-1, on Tuesday at San Ysidro High School near the Mexican border.
Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scored in the 75th minute to help the Braves avoid the shutout, giving Vega his 40th goal to rank among the state leaders.
The Braves (21-5-1) gave up an early goal and another just before half to fall behind 3-0, perhaps hangover effects from their CIF-SS Division 5 championship on Friday.
Baldwin Park beat Marshall in penalty kicks for the sectional title, getting the game-winning penalty from Vega for the 5-4 PK victory after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes.
The Braves’ championship was their second in four years, but in the state playoffs, they’re 0-for-2, having lost in the first round of the state playoffs following their 2011 title as well.
Southwest (20-2-4) advances to Thursday’s regional finals against top seed Cathedral (27-1-1)

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Bonita wondering how it was the only CIF-SS basketball finalist not to make the state playoffs

wheatleyBy Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s girls basketball team is wondering how it’s the only CIF-Southern Section finalist in all the boys and girls divisions not to get invited to the CIF-State basketball playoffs that start on Wednesday.
You can blame the newly formed CIF-SS Open Division.
The state selection committee, which gets recommendations from the Southern Section for the state selection process, made sure all 12 girls basketball teams that were invited to the Open Division made the state playoffs, regardless of how they fared in the Open Division playoffs.
How did that affect Bonita?
Bonita, because of enrollment, was in the Division I state playoff pool of which 16 teams were selected for the Southern California Regionals, of which eight are automatic qualifiers from the Southern Section.
Of the eight girls teams selected to the Division I state playoffs from the Southern Section — six came from the Open Division, including Troy, Lynwood, Alemany, Sierra Canyon, Canyon Springs and Keppel. When CIF selected the Open Division it made it clear that being selected wouldn’t automatically lead to a state playoff berth, but that’s what apparently happened.

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Wouldn’t you like to watch Bishop Amat baseball take on locals? Not this year

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Charter Oak Softball Tourney: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Amat

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
South High School, which has been one of the better hitting softball teams in the area the past few seasons, believes its never out of a game.
It showed why Monday.

Marissa Reyes went 2 for 3 and Mariah Tovar hit a two-run home run in a four-run second inning and the Huskies rallied for a 4-2 victory over Bishop Amat in a battle of two of the top three teams in the area in a pool play game of the Charter Oak Charger Classic at Big League Dreams Park. The game was called in the bottom of the fifth due to the tourney’s time-limit rule.
Freshman pitcher Natalie Lugo gave up two runs and struck out five for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. The Huskies, ranked No. 3 in the area to begin the season, opened the tournament with an 8-1 victory over Covina, also on Monday, to win their pool. Bishop Amat, getting two hits from Alyssa Barrera, slipped to 1-2. The Lancers began the season ranked No. 1 in the area.
South Hills, trailing 2-0, rallied back for the lead in the second. Tovar, after Christie Aguilar led off with a walk, tied it with a line-drive home run to right-center field. The Huskies then loaded the bases on a singles by Melysia Ortega and Caitlyn Felina and a walk to Lugo. Reyes singled to make it 3-2 before Felina scored on a passed ball for a 4-2 advantage.

South Hills’ Mariah Tovar: “We have a great team. We’ve all bonded and we never have our heads down and are always coming back. We got down, obviously. We were ready to fight and didn’t want to give this game to them. We just pushed, because we knew we could hang with them and we came back.”

Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “We came into this game really hungry. We really wanted to beat South Hills. It just didn’t’ work out the way we wanted it to. Our pitchers were good, our defense was good. Sometimes (the offense) can’t carry with the hits, but we just have to learn from our mistakes.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “I told the kids before the game started that when you play a good team like we played today, it’s going to come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes. The way we started out wasn’t good. We made about three mistakes and they capitalized. But we didn’t give up and say the game’s over. We came back and tied it and went ahead.”

Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon: “Bottom line, we didn’t do our job hitting the ball. My defense did a great job fielding the ball. My pitchers did their best, but bottom line, you have to hit. You have to score more runs than the other team. We’re going to continue working on that.”

Yankee Pool: La Serna, West Covina, Alhambra
Monday’s games
La Serna 3, West Covina 0
Tuesday’s games
West Covina vs. Alhambra, 3 p.m.
La Serna vs. Alhambra, 5 p.m.

Wrigley Pool: La Habra, Monrovia, Schurr
Monday’s game
La Habra 9, Monrovia 2
Tuesday’s games
Monrovia vs. Schurr, 3 p.m.
La Habra vs. Schurr, 5 p.m.

Edison Pool: St. Paul, Los Altos, Glendora
Monday’s game
St. Paul vs. Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s games
Los Altos vs. Glendora, 3 p.m.
St. Paul vs. Glendora, 5 p.m.

Tiger Pool: Claremont, Bonita, San Dimas
Monday’s games
Claremont vs. Bonita, 3 p.m.
San Dimas 7, Bonita 2
Tuesday’s game
Claremont vs. San Dimas, 3 p.m.

Fenway Pool: Covina, South Hills, Bishop Amat
Monday’s games
South Hills 8, Covina 1
South Hills 4, Bishop Amat 2
Tuesday’s game
Covina vs. Bishop Amat, 3 p.m.

Dodger Pool: Montclair, Northview, Charter Oak
Monday’s games
Montclair 11, Northview 2
Charter Oak 11, Northview 4
Tuesday’s game
Montclair vs. Charter Oak, 3 p.m.

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Damien, St. Lucy’s win arbitration with CIF to remain in Mt. SAC area instead of going to Parochial leagues

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada, whose firm represented Damien and St. Lucy’s. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”


By Aram Tolegian, Erik Boal, Staff Writers
Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you, while Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure could be returning to a familiar place.

The four schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday, with Damien and St. Lucy’s headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping. Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure will remain part of the Northern Area.

“This has been a long, hard process, and we are pleased to have resolution,” said Jim McClune, assistant superintendent for the Department of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ response to the ruling.

“We are glad that the arbitrator understood the concerns that we had about the Area Placement decision, and its effect on our students. We look forward to working cooperatively with CIF-SS to implement the arbitrator’s decision allowing us to remain in the Northern Area and Mt. SAC Areas. We appreciate that the independent arbitrator rendered his decision promptly, so that all the affected schools can begin planning for the upcoming year.”

Damien, St. Lucy’s, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-16.

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State Baskeball Playoffs: Bonita does not make state playoffs, Keppel girls get in

bonitalossThe CIF-State boys and girls basketball pairings were released Sunday with Southern California Regional games scheduled this week.
The biggest surprise locally was that the Bonita girls basketball team, which lost to Long Beach Millikan 56-53 in the CIF-SS Division 1AA championship on Saturday, didn’t make the 16-team Southern California Regional Division II bracket.
Bonita coach Darren Baumunk was surprised, texting, “I don’t know why. I can’t figure it out.”
Bonita was on the Open Division bubble most of the season and finishes 29-3.
In the SoCal Division I boys, Chino Hills, which lost to Mater Dei in the CIF-SS Open Division final on Saturday, earned the top seed and will host Dorsey in the first round on Wednesday.
Chino Hills was not selected for the state Open Division.
In Division IV boys, No. 10 La Mirada and No.11 St. Francis were among the 16 teams in the SoCal bracket
St. Francis will be on the road against sixth-seed San Diego Kearney while La Canada hits the road to take on Fresno High. Both games are Wednesday
In SoCal Division V, Renaissance Academy and San Gabriel Academy were the top two seeds respectively, and both have bye’s to the second round on Saturday. Renaissance Academy will face the first-round winner between Trinity Classical and Capistrano Valley while San Gabriel Academy hosts the winner between Escondido Adventist and Desert Chapel.
In the SoCal Division I girls, Keppel got in despite losing back-to-back CIF-SS Open Division games.
Keppel was seeded ninth and will be on the road at eighth-seed San Marcos Mission HIlls on Wednesday.
In SoCAl Division III, No. 10 South Pasadena will visit Central Section’s No. 7 Sierra and La Canada, seeded ninth, will visit eighth-seed Eagle Rock. Both first round games are Wednesday.
Pasadena Poly earned the seventh seed in SoCal Division V and will host No. 10 Liberty Charter.

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Watch Chino Hills’ 3-2 victory over Hart for the Division 2 girls soccer title … SoCal regional playoff pairings announced, Chino Hills and Baldwin Park boys are in it

STATE PLAYOFFS: The first round of the Southern California Regional soccer championships is on Tuesday for boys and girls with the semifinals scheduled for Thursday and championships on Saturday at Warren High School in Downey. All first round games are scheduled at 4 p.m., with lower seeded teams in each round hosting home games until the final.
The Baldwin Park (21-4-1) boys soccer team, who defeated Marshall 5-4 in penalty after a scoreless regulations and two overtimes on Friday, was seeded fifth and opens the first round of the Division II boys playoffs on the road at San Diego’ Southwest (19-2-4), the fourth-seed, on Tuesday.
If Baldwin Park wins, it could set up a meeting with top-seed and nationally ranked Cathedral (26-1-1) in the semifinals. Cathedral will host Animo Leadership (16-6) in the first round at La Salle HS.
Chino Hills (25-2-1) girls soccer, who won the CIF-SS Division 2 title 3-2 over Hart, was seeded second in Division I and will host Oxnard Pacifica (16-6-4) in the first round Tuesday.
The Gabrielino girls soccer team, who won the Division 7 title, did not get invited to the regional championships. Nor did the Marshall boys after reaching the Division 5 final.

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