Damien wins back-to-back CIF-SS boys volleyball titles

Damien Spartans of La Verne won the CIF-SS Division 5 boys volleyball championship against Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara by winning three matches in a row at Cerritos College Saturday, May 21, 2016.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Damien Spartans of La Verne won the CIF-SS Division 5 boys volleyball championship against Laguna Blanca Owls of Santa Barbara by winning three matches in a row at Cerritos College Saturday, May 21, 2016.(Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
This area has produced its fair share of dynasty programs. You can add another one to the list.
Michael Spinney had 12 kills and Damien High School won it’s second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division 5 boys volleyball title by sweeping Laguna Blanca, of Santa Barbara, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23, at Cerritos College.

Jack Mitchner had 25 assists and Daniel Enriquez and Marco Rodriguez-Fleishman had five kills each for the Spartans, who improved to 32-7.
Damien, which beat Arrowhead Christian for the Division 5 title last season, dominated the playoffs, sweeping four of their five matches, only pushed to five sets by Santa Fe in the quarterfinals. The Spartans are also eligible for the CIF State Southern California Regionals, which begin next week. The pairings will be released Sunday.
Laguna Blanca, slipped 28-5.
“It feels great,” Spinney said. “We knew coming into the season we had a good chance. I’m just happy we were able to fulfill it.
“We played as a team throughout the season and it really came together at the end.”
The Spartans used the same formula in each set — breaking away during the mid-point to close strong and win.
Damien, after falling behind to begin the third set, used a 7-3 surge to rally for a 17-15 lead. The Spartans, getting an ace from Mitchner and a kills from Spinney and Enriquez, then closed the match by winning six of the final nine points, including a spike by Enriquez down the middle that began the celebration.
“That’s how we’ve been able to play,” said Damien coach Randy Bohlmann, whose program also boasts four consecutive league titles. “In the quarterfinals, we had some match points against us against Santa Fe. We were able to withstand those and win the match.
“We were very battle-tested. I thought we played really well all day today. Our passing was good. We played solid volleyball.”
The Spartans used a 7-3 surge to break free from a 12-12 tie for a 19-15 lead in the first set. Damien then won the final five points, getting an ace by Nick Hibshman and a kill by Andrew McCarson, to win, 25-18.
Laguna Blanca, which got 14 kills from Philip Fauntleroy and 13 from Chris Costantino, scored seven of the first 11 points in the second set. But couldn’t withstand another Damien blitz.
The Spartans, getting kills from Spinney and Rodriguez-Fleishman, then countered with an 8-3 surge to lead, 12-10.
Damien, after pushing it to 19-15, then closed the set with a 6-4 run, winning it on a kill by Enriquez.
The Spartans then clinched the match by winning the final two points of the third set.
“We just found a way to push through,” Spinney said. “We were able to come together when it really mattered. The last two matches we were able to fullfil our destiny. It feels great.”

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Friday Recap: La Salle baseball is headed to the CIF-SS Division 3 second-round

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La Salle 8, Rancho Alamitos 3 — Zane Lindeman was the winning pitcher, Ryan Garcia went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, and Sammy Martinez went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI for the Lancers (20-7) in a CIF-SS Division 3 first-round win. Eric Zimmerman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Joel Brown went 2 for 4 for La Salle.

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Friday’s CIF-SS baseball scores

Division 3
Friday’s first round
Redondo 9, Wilson 1
La Salle 8, Rancho Alamitos 3
La Quinta(LQ) 6, Covina 5 (8 innings)
San Dimas 3, Arroyo Grande 2
Walnut 3, La Quinta(W) 1
Bishop Amat 9, Palos Verdes 0

Division 5
Friday’s first round
Woodcrest Christian 8, Whittier Christian 0
Sierra Vista 5, Aquinas 1
Tahquitz 4, Maranatha 3
Monrovia 5, Campbell Hall 0
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 4, Ontario Christian 1
Garey 4, San Marino 2 (10 innings)
Capistrano Valley Christian 1, Temple City 0
Cabrillo(L) 6, Baldwin Park 1

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Baseball Playoffs: Sierra Vista, San Dimas, Charter Oak, Bishop Amat all advance


donsBy Fred J. Robledo
Baldwin Park
For a team that allowed just 30 runs, and 16 earned all season, Sierra Vista’s baseball team and its pitching staff that boasts an eye-popping team ERA of 0.83, wondered how it would hold up in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
For a game at least, senior Adrian Cardenas answered that, throwing a three-hitter to lead Sierra Vista to a 5-1 victory over visiting Aquinas to advance to Tuesday’s second round on the road at Tahquitz, a 4-3 winner over Maranatha.
“It was a great win,” Cardenas said. “My defense had my back the whole game, they made the major plays when they had to.”
The Dons’ (21-2) offense did their job too.
Austin Morales singled home Jamyz Celiz for a 1-0 lead in the second and Matthew Aguayo singled in Cardenas for a 2-0 lead in the third. That should have been it, but an Aquinas (16-10) error led to two more runs and a 4-0 lead.
Aquinas had a huge opportunity to claw back in the fourth inning after Nick Ojinaga and Julian Holendor led off with back-to-back singles. Andrew Aguilera’s slow roller to third was mishandled and leaked into left field, allowing Ojinaga to score to make it 4-1 with two runners on and no outs.
But Cardenas, who improved to 8-1, showed why he’s so good by striking out the next three batters to get out of it. He finished with seven strikeouts.
For Falcons coach Robert De La Torre, that was the turning point.
“We had a run in and guys on base and no outs against a team that gave up 30-something runs all year and we couldn’t do it,” De La Torre said. “That was our chance to do something. He’s (Cardenas) been a bulldog all year long and after he struck out the side to get out of it, their was no touching him after that.”
Sierra Vista’s Daniel Lona scored from second on a failed pickoff attempt in the fourth, and that’s typically how the Dons score runs, being aggressive on the bases, and chipping away inning after inning.
“We take a lot of pride in our running and pressuring people,” Stevens said. “If you can keep it up and keep the pressure on for seven innings, a high school baseball team usually breaks. We forced them into a couple of errors and that’s how we play.”

Bishop Amat’s win sets up second rounder at Walnut: The only thing standing in the middle of an all-San Gabriel Valley CIF Southern Section Division 3 second-round matchup between Walnut and Bishop Amat, was Palos Verdes.
Isaac Esqueda pitched a complete game, scattering four hits while striking out five as Bishop Amat (18-12) punched its ticket to Tuesday’s matchup with a 5-0 win over visiting Palos Verdes (20-11-1).
“That was one of the best third-ranked teams in the whole draw,” said Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt of Palos Verdes. “We scored three in the first, which was big for us.”

San Dimas squeezes out 3-2 win: San Dimas used solid defense and got an outstanding pitching performance from junior Alonzo Llorens in knocking off Arroyo Grande 3-2 in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 first-round game on Friday.
The Saints (15-12), who won their eighth consecutive game, will play at Irvine Woodbridge on Tuesday at 3:15 in a second-round matchup.
“This was, by far, our best game of the season,” Saints co-head coach Mike Regan said. “Zo hasn’t gone deep into games this year but he stepped up with his best outing. That was just tremendous.”

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Schedule
Friday’s first-round results
Division 3

Charter Oak 5, Paloma Valley 3
La Quinta 6, Covina 5
San Dimas 3, Arroyo Grande 2
Bishop Amat 5, Palos Verdes 0
Division 5
Sierra Vista 5, Aquinas 1
Ganesha 4, Bishop Montgomery 3
Lompoc Cabrillo 6, Baldwin Park 1
Saddleback Valley Christian at South El Monte, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 2

South Hills at Paramount, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at Oxnard, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Bishop Amat at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Woodbridge, 3:15 p.m.
Beckman at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Sierra Vista at Tahquitz, 3:15 p.m.
Monrovia at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.

Division 2

South Hills at Dana Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Bishop Amat at Chaffey, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
Fillmore at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.

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South Hills baseball, Bishop Amat softball take care of business in first round of the playoffs

By Fred Robledo
Bishop Amat waited longer than it wanted to break the game open against visiting Paramount in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 softball playoffs, but when the second-seed Lancers broke through, they kept their foot on the gas.
amatscoresBishop Amat catcher Julia Valenzuela belted two doubles, scored and drove in two runs. Alyssa Barrera had a pair of doubles and an RBI and pitcher Samaria Diaz threw a complete game two-hit shutout, and doubled home three runs in an 8-0 rout over Paramount to advance to Tuesday’s second round on the road against Chaffey, a 5-4 upset winner over California.
“We wanted to come out with a bang and put a lot of runs on the board,” Barrera said. “We got to get the bats going, so that’s great to see the bats coming together in the first round.”
After wasting the lead runners in the first three innings, Valenzuela doubled to lead off the fourth. Two outs later, Barrera doubled her home for a 1-0 lead.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the fifth, Valenzuela came through again, doubling home Diaz and Karissa Dunn for a 3-0 lead. Aja Martinez singled home Valenzuela to make it 4-0, which was more than enough for Diaz.
“I’m really trying to go up there and get on base and get my team started because I have a great lineup all around me,” Valenzuela said.
Diaz helped herself with a bases-loaded double in the sixth that cleared the bases for a 7-0 lead and she was her dominating self in the circle, allowing just a hit in the first and seventh, retiring 15 straight at one point. She also had six strikeouts.
“It’s a good (start),” Diaz said. “We gotta lot of games to go and we want to win them all. We’ve got to stay efocused.”

South Hills softball routs Pacifica: It was deja vu all over again.
On Thursday, South Hills met Oxnard Pacifica in a first round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 softball playoffs for the second consecutive season.
For the second consecutive season, South Hills won the game by the 10-run mercy rule.The Huskies (21-7) sent 13 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 10-0 win over the Tritons.

Bonita loses, coach John Knott tenure over: Villa Park’s Alex Sosnowski went 3 for 4, with a go ahead two-run home run as the visiting Spartans knocked off No. 3 seed Bonita 8-1 in Thursday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 baseball playoff game.
Cole Wiens pitched six shutout innings for Villa Park allowing six hits.
“We knew, this team (Bonita) was a fantastic team,” Villa Park coach Chris Van Champ said. “We had to be perfect defensively, and come up with some timely hits.”

Brandon Dieter leads South Hills baseball to victory: Pitching has been a big part of the South Hills High School baseball team’s success this season and in the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs the Huskies’ Brandon Dieter shut down Mayfair, 4-0, allowing three hits in five innings in a Division 2 game Thursday afternoon.
Top seed South Hills (22-7) will travel to Paramount (20-11), a 3-0 winner over Moorpark, in the second round on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. Mayfair finished 15-12.

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Results
Thursday’s first-round games
Division 2

South Hills 4, Mayfair 0
Damien 4, Royal 1
Villa Park 8, Bonita 0
Division 3
Walnut 3, La Quinta 1
Division 1

Valencia 3, Diamond Ranch 0
Santa Margarita 10, St. Lucy’s 0
Orange Lutheran 11, Los Altos 1
Division 2
South Hills 10, Oxnard Pacifica 0
Riverside Poly 1, Glendora 0
Division 3
Bishop Amat 8, Paramount 0
Division 4
Heritage Christian 6, El Monte 3
La Quinta 11, Arroyo 0
Jurupa Hills 14, South El Monte 4
Division 5
San Dimas 9, Azusa 0
Edgewood 8, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 6
Lompoc 6, Northview 2
Nogales 11, Pomona 2
Lompoc Cabrillo 10, Duarte 4

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Thursday Recap: Edgewood’s Kennedy Cuevas strikes out 11 in CIF-SS Div. 5 first-round win

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Edgewood 8, Calvary Chapel 6 — Kennedy Cuevas struck out 11 and was the winning pitcher, and Ciara Granado went 3 for 3 with a homer to lead the Lions (20-1) to the CIF-SS Division 5 first-round win.
Nogales 11, Pomona 2 — Peiu Tafisi was the winning pitcher and had two homers and five RBIs for the Nobles (14-10) in a CIF-SS Division 5 first-round victory. Mia Escobar went 2 for 4 for Nogales.
Chino 5, Rosary Academy 1 — Courtney Springmen was the winning pitcher, Alyssa Gonzalez had a three-run homer and Pearl Barroso had a home run for the Cowgirls (15-10) in a CIF-SS Division 1 first-round win.

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Damien boys volleyball advances to Saturday’s Division 5 championship

damiensDAMIEN ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON: The Damien boys volleyball team knew it had to play better in the CIF Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday than it did four days ago, when it needed five sets to win a quarterfinal.
It did.
The Spartans polished off visiting North Hollywood-Oakwood 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) at Travers Cronin Athletic Center to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship match against Laguna Blanca at Cerritos College.
The Spartans (31-7) won their first CIF title a year ago but graduated a setter and their middle hitters. So the chance to be back on center stage again has been rewarding.
“At first we were trying to be last year’s team instead of playing to our strengths this year,” said senior Chris Mercado, one of three returning starters. “We’re a little bit different. Once we started figuring that out, things came together.”

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