Bonita girls basketball shocks and knocks South Hills out of first in the Palomares, 44-40

STORY: In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Bonita girls basketball team, the young Bearcats upset South Hills, the Tribune’s top ranked team, 44-40, on Monday.
The win clinched a spot for Bonita in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs, which begin next week.
“We had to win tonight to get in,” Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk said. “I’m proud of these girls the way they have stepped up. They’re a young group and they’re starting to learn that the harder they work, the better things get.”

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien No. 1 and getting ready for Open Division; South Hills girls on top

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Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (21-3) - Can clinch Baseline outright with wins over Los Altos and Rancho Cucamonga, and then will inevitably be selected to the CIF Open Division on Friday.
2. Glendora (22-4) — Hung on to beat Diamond Bar 57-56 and can share the league title with Ayala by defeating South Hills in Palomares finale.
3. Walnut (21-5) - Clinched Hacienda league title and can try to go undefeated in league with wins over Chino and Los Altos to close out.
4. Bonita (18-6) — Can finish third in Palomares with wins over South Hills and Claremont to close out.
5. Los Altos (18-6) — In second-place tie in Hacienda with Diamond Ranch who it plays on the road Wednesday for sole possession.
6. Wilson (19-5) – Needs victories over Nogales and San Dimas to win the Valle Vista league title outright.
7. Bishop Amat (17-7) — Playing its worst basketball down the stretch, losers of three straight.
8. Diamond Ranch (15-8) – It’s second place or bust at home vs. Los Altos Wednesday.
9. Covina (16-8) – Should finish with wins over Northview and Nogales and should Wilson stumble, could finish in a tie for VVL title.
10. Rowland (16-8) - Meets San Dimas Tuesday to break a three-way log-jam for second in the VVL.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (19-5) — Can clinch a share of the Palomares title with wins over Bonita and Glendora to close out.
2. Walnut (14-7) – A game behind Chino who it will visit on Tuesday in hopes of sharing the Hacienda league title.
3. Duarte (16-7) – Won the Montview league title with ease.
4. West Covina (16-8) — Could still finish in a tie for second in the Hacienda.
5. Covina (16-9) – All it needs are wins over Northview and Nogales to clinch the Valle Vista league title.
6. Los Altos (14-9) – Will finish fourth in a tougher-than-expected Hacienda.
7. Bonita (12-14) — Humbling season in first year since losing three-time player of the year Nikki Wheatley, whose jersey was retired last week.
8. Rowland (14-7) – After beating Wilson, Raiders need to win out to finish second in Valle Vista.
9. Arroyo (15-9) — Big one against South El Monte Tuesday for sole possession of second in the Mission Valley.
10. Bassett (13-9) – Needs to win one more to clinch the Miramonte league title outright.



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Soccer Rankings: Damien boys and Bishop Amat girls enter final week No. 1

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (15-3-2) – Clinched the Baseline league title and is unbeaten in six straight.
2. Bishop Amat (9-1-4) – When your only loss all season is to Cathedral you’re doing something right.
3. Sierra Vista (14-3-3) – Needs to finish with wins over Workman and Duarte to clinch in the Montview League title.
4. Diamond Bar (15-5-2) — Has second place clinched in the Palomares.
5. Diamond Ranch (12-5-3) — Big 3-2 win over Chino moves Panthers into first place tie in the Hacienda with a week to go.
6. La Puente (12-2-3) – After being undefeated all season, Warrior lose two straight to Garey and Ganesha.
7. Ganesha (14-4-4) – Big win over La Puente moves it into tie with Warriors for second in Miramonte.
8. El Monte (11-6-2) — Leads the MVL going into final week with Mountain View a game back.
9. Mountain View (11-6-3) — Finishes on the road at Rosemead and South El Monte.
10. Baldwin Park (9-6-5) - Beat Sierra Vista and is only a half game back in the Montview with a week to go.

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1. Bishop Amat (16-6) – Can clinch the Del Rey league title outright with a win at home against St. Joseph on Thursday.
2. South Hills (13-5) — Finishes second in the Palomares behind champion Ayala. Next stop, Division 2 playoffs.
3. Diamond Ranch (10-5-5) – Tied with Los Altos for second in Hacienda and is at Los Altos on Tuesday.
4. Sierra Vista (16-4-1) – Will likely face Duarte at home for the Montview league on Thursday.
5. Los Altos (10-8-1) — Continues to play well with a big home game vs. Diamond Ranch Tuesday.
6. Duarte (11-4-1) – Areas biggest surprise has a chance to sweep Sierra Vista and clinch Montview title on Thursday.
7. Glendora (8-9-5) — Tartans are battling Claremont for third playoff spot in Palomares.
8. St. Lucy’s (6-7-9) — It will finish last in the Baseline but as far as this poll is concerned, everyone knows the Regents are a top ten team.
9. South El Monte (10-4-1) — Will finish second in the Mission Valley League
10. Pomona (10-6) — Perfect 9-0 in the Miramonte League.

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Northview wins wrestling dual title — again

NVIEWWRESTSTORY: Bloomington High had won five straight CIF-SS Wrestling Dual Meet Championships, but the Bruins had never faced a team as good as Covina Northview.

On Saturday, second-seeded Bloomington got its chance but it was top-seeded Northview that came away with the CIF-SS Central Division title, with a 31-28 victory in the final at Alta Loma High School.

Northview continued to be a thorn in Bloomington’s side. Bloomington had finished runner-up to Northview four straight years in the CIF-SS Individual Championships, although they are not in the same division this year.

“They’re a premier program,” Northview head coach Bobby Bellamy said. “We knew we were in for a war, and we were preparing for a war.”

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Damien rallies late to pull out 69-64 win over Chino Hills in OT behind Jeremy Hemsley’s 28 points

STORY: Trailing 50-38 entering the fourth quarter, Damien rallied behind an inspired effort from Jeremy Hemsley, who scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half and overtime to help the Spartans to an improbable 69-64 victory over Chino Hills … Here are some highlights

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Friday Recap: Justin Munevar scored twice to lead Claremont boys soccer to clinch the Palomares League championship

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Claremont 3, South Hills 0 — Justin Munevar scored twice and Jack Kolodge added a goal to lead the Wolfpack (15-1-4, 8-0-1), which clinched the Palomares League championship. Mato Pacheco had an assist for Claremont.
Diamond Bar 4, Glendora 0 — Andre Gamboa scored twice and had an assist and Guy Horcacitas and Jordan Wong each scored a goal for the Brahmas (15-5-2, 6-2-1) in a Palomares League match.
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Diamond Bar 2, Glendora 0 — Ashley Bell and Valerie Swisher each scored a goal for the Brahmas (11-8-2, 2-5-2) in a Palomares League match.
South Hills 2, Claremont 0 — Amber Marinero and Hailey Zerbel each scored a goal for the Huskies (13-5, 5-3) in a Palomares League win. Goalie Alyssa Lopez recorded a shutout for South Hills.
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South El Monte 63, Marshall 45 — Marco Gonzalez had 13 points and Chris Salcedo added 12 points for the Eagles (10-8, 6-4) in a Mission Valley League victory.
Glendora 57, Diamond Bar 56 — Brandon Brothers had 18 points and Aj Bigornia added 17 points to lead the Tartans (22-4, 7-2) to the Palomares league win. Joseph Alvarez had 10 points for Diamond Bar.
San Dimas 58, Covina 52 — Ryan Ocampo had 22 points and Omar Nasri added 20 points for the Saints (11-13, 5-3) in a Valle Vista League victory in overtime. Gregory Hutchinson had 19 points and Andrew DeLaTorre added 13 points for Covina (17-8, 5-3).
La Salle 65, Bishop Amat 60 — Javan Burnum had 17 points for La Salle (13-11, 5-2) in a Camino Real League contest.
Girls Basketball
South Hills 42, Claremont 36 — Brittany Wang had 19 points and Samantha Perez added 11 points to lead the Huskies (19-5, 7-1) to the Palomares League victory. Natalia Bertirotti had 13 points for Claremont (8-15, 0-9).

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Workman boys basketball crushes Duate 93-35 to take Montview league title

STORY: It may have been the best eight minutes of basketball in Workman High School’s season.
The Lobos scored 39 points, created 15 turnovers and made 12 of 21 shots in the third quarter to turn their Montview League showdown against visiting Duarte into a rout. Workman went from a 12-point halftime lead to a lead of 46 points after three quarters en route to a 93-35 victory on Friday night.

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Glendora hangs on for 57-56 win over Diamond Bar; Ayala beats Bonita 71-68

With Ayala and Glendora both winning they remain tied for first in the Palomares league. Glendora is 22-5 and 7-2 and avoids third league loss. Ayala improves to 20-4 and 7-2.

HOW AYALA WON: Bonita’s boys basketball team fell behind early before starting a huge fourth-quarter comeback that fell just short against Ayala on Friday night.
The Bearcats (20-4, 7-3) rallied from a 13-point deficit at the end of three quarters and took the lead, but dropped a 71-68 decision to Ayala.
The win leaves the Bulldogs tied for first place with Glendora in the Palomares League standings.
“It felt like we didn’t play aggressive for the first three quarters,” Bearcats coach Tim Godley said. “We finally did in the fourth but you just can’t do that and expect to win.”
The Bearcats went on a 17-2 run to start the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers by Tyler Poepping and another by Joe Quintana, to tie the score at 59-59 with less than three minutes gone in the period.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Damien hosting biggie against Chino Hills and first on the line in Valle Vista and Montview

LASHOTNoteworthy games tonight: Damien is hoping to sweep Chino Hills which would keep them in first in the Baseline with a week a week to go. La Salle and Bishop Amat are fighting for a top three spot in the Camino Real. Ayala and Bonita battling for second behind Glendora in the Palomares. In the Valle Vista, one game separates four teams and they’re playing each other with San Dimas at Covina and Wilson at Rowland. Duarte is hoping to move into a tie for the Montview lead at league leader Workman and the two top teams in the Miramonte square off with Pomona at Garey.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball games
Baseline League

Chino Hills at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Real League
La Salle at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Palomares League
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Bonita, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Chino at Diamond Ranch, 6:30 p.m.
West Covina at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Wilson at Rowland, 6:30 p.m.
Northview at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Duarte at Workman, 6 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Mission Valley
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte at Marshall, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Pomona at Garey, 6:45 p.m.
Ganesha at Edgewood, 6:30 p.m.
Bassett at La Puente, 6 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: Sarah Adams scored six times as Charter Oak defeats Walnut in girls water polo

Girls Water Polo
Ayala 13, Bonita 12
— Ayala handed the Bearcats their first Palomares League loss in seven games. Sawyer Belville had six goals for Ayala. Amanda Legaspi led Bonita in scoring with seven goals. Rachel Garwick had five saves for the Bearcats.
Charter Oak 15, Walnut 4 — The Chargers picked up a Hacienda League victory over Walnut with six goals from Sara Adams, who also had two assists and four steals. Katie Fugit added four goals, five assists, and seven steals for Charter Oak, while Devynn Stein added three goals and three assists. In goal, Samantha Wilson had seven saves, while holding the Mustangs to just four goals. Walnut was led by Erin D’Anda, who had two goals.
Girls Soccer
Covina 2, San Dimas 1
— The Colts earned a Valle Vista League victory over the Saints by one goal. San Dimas’ only goal came on a corner kick from Cheyenne Cepeda, which was headed into the back of the net by Samantha Galan.
Rowland 1, Wilson 0 — The Raiders got a goal from Edith Mejia to defeat Wilson in a Valle Vista League contest. Rowland in now 6-2 in league.

St. Lucy’s water polo falls to Los Osos: The first time the girls water polo teams from St. Lucy’s and Los Osos squared off, the Grizzlies won, but by just one goal.
The most recent showdown was close for a half, but Los Osos, the perennial CIF title contender, scored six unanswered goals to start the third quarter and went on to a 15-12 win Thursday in a Baseline League contest.
The win secured a 10th straight league title for the Grizzlies (19-8, 9-0), and a win against Chino Hills in its final league game on Tuesday would make it seven years the Grizzlies have won league without dropping a game.

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South Hills teachers avoid sex charges, face misdemeanor charges instead

Not enough evidence: “We investigated the sexual charges and we can’t prove those charges beyond a beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokesperson for the Orange County DA’s office.
And this: The district spokesperson said on Wednesday that it has already started the process of firing Ghirelli and Lippert, as well as three other employees accused of violating district policies.

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STORY: The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.”>The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.
The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.

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Wrestling: Northview, San Marino receive top seeds for dual championships

By Stephen Ramirez
Northview and San Marino, arguably the top two wrestling teams in the area, received top seeds in their respective divisions when the CIF-Southern Section released pairings Thursday for Saturday’s the dual championships.
The Vikings, who won a dual title last season, are No. 1 in the Central Division, with San Marino taking the top spot in the Western Division.
The 16-team tournaments will be Saturday at selected sites. Preliminary rounds begin at 11 a.m., with the finals slated for 7:15 p.m. The six host sites are Alta Loma High School (Central), Marina (Coastal), Carter (Eastern), Dos Pueblos (Northern), Redondo (Southern) and Millikan (Western).

Northview has a bye in the first round and will face the winner of Colton and Norte Vista in the quarterfinals. Other area first-round matchups are Bonita vs. Walnut, San Dimas vs. No. 3 Ayala; Hillcrest vs. Charter Oak and Diamond Bar vs. No. 2 Bloomington.
San Marino faces Lakewood in the first round of the Western Division. Other area first-round matchups are Arroyo vs. California; Montebello vs. Millikan; La Canada vs. Gabrielino and Santa Fe vs. No. 2 Downey.
Bishop Amat is No. 2 in the Northern Division and faces Channel Islands in the first round.
Bassett, which won its first league title in nine seasons with a Miramonte League championship, is no. 3 in the Southern Division. The Olympians face Fillmore in the first round. The other area first-round matchup is Montview League champion Duarte vs. La Puente,
Sonora, which won the Freeway League, faces San Clemente in Coastal first-round matchup.
GIRLS REGIONAL PREVIEW
Northview will host the CIF-SS Eastern Region girls wrestling championships on Saturday.
The event features some of the top competitors in the area. Preliminary rounds are slated to begin at 10 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Other regionals are slated for Tustin, Pioneer Valley and Upland high schools. The CIF-SS finals are scheduled for next weekend at Roosevelt High School, with the state finals slated for Visalia Convention Center on Feb. 27-28.
Regional host Northview, which won the CIF-SS meet last season, is led by seniors Izzy Valles (137 pounds) and Daisy Velasquez (143) and sophomore Deidra Valles (150).
Other key area athletes competing are El Monte’s Brianne Penunuri (101) and krissiana Fregoso (11); San Dimas’ Haley Valez (116), Daishea Jaime (121) and Monique Barajas (126); Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101), Lauren Cuellar (111) and Sarah Arellano (131); Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa (160) and West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116).

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Former Glendora and Damien football coach Mark Pasquarella goes to Alta Loma

PASKYSTORY: Another of the vacant prep football positions has been filled as Mark Pasquarella has been selected to head the Alta Loma High School program. His appointment was finalized at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Pasquarella, 53, is no stranger to the local landscape. He has two daughters who attend Alta Loma and lives nearby, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
“The move just really made sense,” Pasquarella said. “I love what the school has to offer academically and athletically, and I’m from right here. This will be the first time I’ll be coaching where I actually live.”
Pasquarella’s last coaching job was at Glendora, a program he headed from 2003 to 2010. That tenure was highlighted by three straight Sierra League championships from 2007 to 2009. His record there was a stellar 55-33.

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills girls basketball shock Ayala; Covina boys beat Rowland; Bishop Amat soccer falls to power Cathedral

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COVINA BOYS GET BIG WIN: Covina came from 14 points down in the second half to pull out a 64-58 win over No. 10-ranked Rowland on Friday night.
The win throws the Valle Vista League standings into chaos with only three games left in the regular season.
The Colts are now in a three-way tie with Rowland and Wilson for first place, with San Dimas only one game behind.
“We’ve been calling these guys the cardiac kids,” Colts coach Will Bissman said. “It seems like every game has been like this, but the kids are just learning to play under pressure.”
Trailing 42-28 with 5:37 left in the third quarter, the Colts (17-7, 5-2) went on a 16-0 run to get back in the game.

BISHOP AMAT SOCCER FALLS TO NO. 1 CATHEDRAL: The Cathedral High boys soccer team took over first place in the Del Rey League with a 3-0 victory over Bishop Amat at Keifer Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
In the first meeting, the top two teams in the league rankings tied 4-4, but the Phantom defense stepped up in the second meeting, shutting out the Lancers for its 12th shutout this year.
Derrick Garcia was in goal for Cathedral (15-2-4, 4-0-1) and had four saves to maintain the shutout. He also stopped the best scoring chance for Bishop Amat (9-1-4, 4-1-1). In the first half, Brandon Arconado had to only get passed Garcia, but the goalkeeper forced him to rush his shot, which went sailing over the crossbar.

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South Hills 54, Ayala 45 — Brittany Wang had 20 points and Sam Perez added 14 points to lead the Huskies (18-5, 7-1) to the Palomares League victory. Jackie Ricketson had 19 points and Terra DeKnikker added 14 points for Ayala, the Bulldogs received their first league lost of the season.
Boys basketball
South El Monte 53, Rosemead 44 — Marcos Lopez had 24 points and Luis Barahona added nine points to lead the Eagles (9-8,5-4) to the Mission Valley League victory in overtime.
San Dimas 66, Nogales 53 — Omar Nasri had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Ryan Ocampo added 16 points for the Saints (10-13, 4-3) in a Valle Vista league victory. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory were Joey Erickson who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Ronny Rafeh who had nine points and 11 rebounds and Russell Ocampo who had five points and four assists. Justin Rogue had 11 points and Josh Hebreo and Sean Jones both had 10 points for Nogales.
West Covina 79, Chino 51 — Jacob Acosta had 26 points and Nick Hart added 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (11-13, 3-4) to the Hacienda League victory.
St Monica 50, Bishop Amat 49 — Tyler Vaughns had 11 points and Harrison Kay added 10 points for the Lancers (17-6, 3-3) but it was not enough in the Camino Real League loss.
Bonita 71, Diamond Bar 59 — Joe Quintana had 22 points, Tyler Poepping had 16 points and Kyle Gray added 14 points to lead the Bearcats (18-5, 4-3) to the Palomares League win.
Girls soccer
Diamond Bar 3, Bonita 0 — Goalie Stevie Eide recorded a shutout and Marissa Favela, Hayley Everhart, and Helena Kisor each scored a goal to lead the Brahmas (10-8-2, 1-5-2) to the Palomares League victory.

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Video, bio’s and pictures on National Signing Day in the San Gabriel Valley

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FOOTBALL STORY: Signing Day surprises usually don’t make their way to these parts, but there were two big ones Wednesday as local high school football players made their college destinations known.
The first came from Glendora offensive tackle Ben Northup, who was a Hawaii commit all the way into Wednesday morning before switching to Fresno State. The second was from Muir wide receiver/defensive back Taeon Mason, who switched from Washington State to San Jose State late Tuesday. Mason was also at one time a USC commit.
For both players, a late-stage recruiting visit last weekend was enough to sway them.

STORY ON OTHERS: Michaela Cappello has watched her fellow seniors mull over and worry about college applications and transcripts of late.
The Arcadia High senior, like 15 other San Gabriel Valley-area soccer players, has not had that worry in months. The players had made their collegiate decisions, for the most part, months ago. So Wednesday was a day of relief and relaxation as each officially committed to four-year programs.
“I see them struggle with it,” Cappello said of her classmates on choosing and waiting for schools. “I know I’ve been free with it. I loved the opportunity and signing feels so good.”
Football took center stage on Wednesday’s signing day, but athletes in soccer and boys water polo were able to officially make their decisions final, too.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know it’s official,” said Los Altos soccer player Sabrina Delgado, who signed with Division I Cal State Bakersfield. “It was the next step. The final step and a big weight off my shoulders.”

FOOTBALL BIOS
Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina, (Boise State, signed)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, (Harvard, signed)
Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (San Jose State, signed)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Fresno State, signed)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming, signed)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St., signed)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech, signed)
Blake Cusick, K, Monrovia (Fresno State, preferred walk-on)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA signed)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St., signed)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard, signed)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (University of Montana, signed)
Alex Camacho, WR/DB, Northview (Azusa Pacific, signed)
Jaron Reed, DE, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene, signed)
Jayson Miller, WR/DB, Baldwin Park (Idaho State, signed)
Ryan Oak, DE, Damien (University of San Diego)
Evan Rambo, WR, La Salle (California, signed)
Isiah Spencer-Lopez, WR, La Salle (Sacramento State, signed)
Hunter Smith, Damien, (University of San Diego, signed)
GIRLS SOCCER
Summer Rodriguez, Diamond Bar, Holy Names University
Jaclyn Arballo, Bonita, Holy Names University
Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Cal State Bakersfield
WRESTLING
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, United States Military Academy, Westpoint
BOYS WATER POLO
George Millard, Los Altos, Air Force Academy
BOYS GOLF
Austin Bishop, Glendora (Biola)

Below: Photo of Duarte’s Angel Villanueva signing with Montana.
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Below: Damien’s Ryan Oak and Hunter Smith sign letters of intent to play at the University of San Diego
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Below: Bishop Amat wrestler Nigel Ruiz (United States Military Academy, West Point) and linebacker Anthony Camargo (Harvard) in sign ceremony.
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Below: St. Francis; Drew Nixon (University of San Diego), Mason Williams (University of Penn), and John Carroll (San Diego State University) signing at the school.
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Below: Los Altos’ Sabrina Delgado signs soccer scholarship with Cal State Bakersfield
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Below: Los Altos George Millard sign with Air Force Academy to play water polo
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AntonioHullSIGNING PREVIEW: The decision was easy for Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull. The road getting there was not.
Hull, like a select group of other local football standouts, will partake in national signing day festivities for football recruits on Wednesday. He will sign with Wyoming marking the end of a long and tumultuous journey to reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“There were some days when I felt like it was over and I was going to have to take the JC (junior college route),” Hull said. “And then there were some days where I knew I was going to make it. I had a good supporting cast around me to bring my spirit up and keep me going forward into the next day.”
Hull lost all but one game of his junior season after being declared ineligible by CIF for what was ruled to be a athletically motivated transfer from West Covina, where Hull played the first two years of his prep career, to Diamond Bar.

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Tuesday Recap: Goalie Christian Salas recorded a shutout to lead Nogales to 1-0 boys soccer win

Boys soccer
Nogales 1, San Dimas 0 — Goalkeeper Christian Salas recorded a shutout and Ivan Vargas scored a goal with an assist from Anthony Dominguez to lead the Nobles (10-3-4, 5-1-1) to the Valle Vista league win.
Covina 2, Rowland 1 — The Colts (7-8, 5-2) won the Valle Vista league match against the Raiders (5-7-2, 4-2).
El Monte 2, Gabrielino 0 — Jesus Garcia and David Martinez both scored a goal and goalie Adrian Cuevas recorded a shutout for the Lions (11-6-2, 8-1-1) in a Mission Valley League match.
Girls soccer
Duarte 3, Gladstone 1 — Stephanie Flores scored twice and Evelyn Vega scored a goal to lead the visiting Falcons (10-4-1, 6-1) to the Montview League victory. Ivette Ayala scored a goal for Gladstone.
San Dimas 3, Nogales 0 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored twice and Haley Miano scored a goal for the Saints (7-10-2, 6-1) in a Valle Vista League match.
Rowland 1, Covina 0 — Briana Silaphet scored the winning goal to lead the Raiders (7-4, 5-2) to the Valle Vista League victory.
Sierra Vista 4, Baldwin Park 2 — Alejandra Vargas scored twice and Kimberly Araujo and Giselle Garcia each scored a goal to lead the Dons (15-4-1, 6-1) to the Montview League win.
Chino 7, West Covina 1 — Alyssa Munoz scored twice and Traci Martinez, Jillian Kato, Leslie Dorador, Brooke Ligtenberg and Savannah Mkhitaryan each scored a goal for the Cowboys (16-4-1, 5-1-1) in a Hacienda League match.
South El Monte 4, Rosemead 1 — Camila Garcia scored three goals and Yvonne Razon scored a goal for the Eagles (9-4-1, 6-3) in a Mission Valley League match.
Los Altos 2, Charter Oak 1 — Maggie Brown scored a goal with an assist from Amber Alveraz for the Chargers (9-10-2, 3-4-1) but it was not enough in the Hacienda League loss. Goalie Riley Barbota had seven saves, Bria Salazar had 25 steals and Dayna Jaimes had 22 steals for Charter Oak.
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Charter Oak 11, Los Altos 8 — Sarah Adams had four goals, three assists, and three steals and Savannah Austria had three goals and an assist to lead the Chargers (21-5, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Goalie Destiny Ramirez had nine saves, Devynn Stein had two goals and three assists and Katie Fugit scored a goal and had two field blocks and five steals for Charter Oak. Brooke Contreras has six goals and goalie Sam Murillo had three saves for Los Altos.
Bonita 18, Diamond Bar 6 — Angie Morales and Amanda Legaspi each scored three goals and Jessica Argelander, Taylor Alley and Erin Gonzalez each scored twice to lead the Bearcats (12-3, 6-0) to the Palomares League victory. Also contributing to Bonita’s victory were goalie Alisha Plum who had six saves, Rachel Guarino who scored a goal and had four assists, Kirra Hemric, Claire Turner and Jessica Carnahan who each had a goal and two assists and Ciara Dennison and Autumn Slater who each scored a goal. Jenna Canova and Sierra Sanchez both scored twice and goalie Lina Solomon had six saves for Diamond Bar.

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Etiwanda boys basketball snaps Damien’s 12-game win steak with 86-69 victory

damienlossEtiwanda handed Damien it’s first loss in the Baseline league with a 86-69 victory on Tuesday at Damien, snapping the Damien’s 12-game win streak and avenging a 60-58 loss to the Spartans in the first round. Damien (20-3, 6-1) leads Etiwanda (17-6, 5-2) by a game with mighty Chino Hills (11-10, 4-3) visiting the Spartans on Friday.

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High School Basketball Rankings: Damien boys and South Hills girls easy No. 1 choices

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Area boys teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: Open Div. watchlist (Damien); 1AA (8. Walnut); 2AA (2. Glendora); 3AA (1. Damien, 4. Bonita, 5. Los Altos, 8. Diamond Ranch); 3A (8. Bishop Amat)
Fred’s thoughts: You gotta love 3AA because the top three teams Damien, Sonora and Gahr all on the open division watchlist with Bonita and Los Altos next. Are you following? If CIF takes those three, we could have a Bonita and Los Altos as possible top two seeds. Love it or hate it?

Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (20-2) - No. 7 state ranking and Baseline title on the line with Etiwanda Tuesday and Chino Hills on Friday, both at home.
2. Glendora (21-3) — Loss to Bonita 59-56 ends chances of undefeated run in Palomres.
3. Bonita (17-5) — Great win over Glendora and can still finish second in Palomres with wins down the stretch.
4. Walnut (19-5) - With win over Los Altos the Mustangs are perfect 6-0 in the Hacienda with Diamond Ranch next.
5. Bishop Amat (17-5) — Lost both big games in Del Rey to Bell-Jeff, but both were competitive.
6. Los Altos (16-5) — Loss to Walnut drops it to third in Hacienda.
7. Diamond Ranch (14-7) – Can move into a tie for first in the Hacienda with win over Walnut on Wednesday.
8. Wilson (17-5) – Takes on Rowland on Wednesday with chance to move into a first-place tie with Raiders.
9. Diamond Bar (13-11) – Fourth in extremely difficult Palomares. Should be tested for the playoffs.
10. Rowland (15-6) - Leads the Valle Vista by one games with big games against Wilson and Covina still to play.

Area girls teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: 3AA (7. South Hills), 3A (10. Covina); 4AA (9. Duarte).
Fred’s thoughts: This could be the first time that the Tribune girls basketball teams are all eliminated by the first round. If anything, with Bonita and Bishop Amat fading out of the picture, the playoffs should go fast for the ladies.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Huskies get Ayala on Wednesday with chance to move into first-place tie with Bulldogs.
2. Walnut (12-6) – A firm second in Hacienda behind league leading Chino.
3. Duarte (13-7) – Stepped away from league and loss 49-45 to Brentwood.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Has played well this season but sits third in Hacienda.
5. Covina (15-8) – Colts a perfect 6-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Best overall record in the Valley.
7. Los Altos (13-8) – Tough week of back-to-back losses.
8. Bonita (11-13) — Still 3-3 in Palomares despite sloppy overall record.
9. Diamond Bar (10-12) – Should still make the playoffs with a 3-4 record in Palomares.
10. Rowland (12-7) – Solid second in Valle Vista which is a huge improvement over a year ago.



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High School Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat boys and girls are Trib No. 1s; Duarte girls impressive

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (9-0-4) - Biggest surprise of the year with a 1-0 win oved Salesian and earlier 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to remain unbeaten.
2. Damien (14-3-2) – Back on top on the Baseline at 6-1.
3. La Puente (12-0-3) – Still undefeated with a rematch against Ganesha on Friday.
4. Sierra Vista (13-2-3) – Leads Montview with home game vs. Baldwin Park on Tuesday.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-2) — Falls out of first in the Palomares after 2-0 loss to Claremont.
6. El Monte (10-6-2) — Lions get big 2-1 win over Mountain View to remain in first in MVL.
7. Ganesha (12-4-3) – Drops to third with another loss in the Miramonte.
8. Walnut (10-6) – Drops to second in Hacienda with 1-0 loss to Los Altos.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-5-3) — It replaces Charter Oak with two wins while the Chargers lost two last week.
10. Mountain View (9-6-3) — Falls to second in MVL after El Monte loss.

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-6) – On amazing run with 12 straight wins and nine straight shutouts.
2. South Hills (12-4) — A game back of Ayala with game at Ayala on Wednesday.
3. Diamond Ranch (9-5-4) – The 3-1 loss to Charter Oak almost eliminates possibility of winning Hacienda.
4. Glendora (7-8-5) — After strong start in Palomares, Tartans struggling to make the playoffs.
5. Duarte (9-4-1) – Falcons with shocker of the week, a 3-2 win over Sierra Vista and 4-0 win over Baldwin Park to move into a tie for first place.
6. Sierra Vista (14-4-1) – Nobody saw its 1-0 loss to Duarte coming except Duarte.
7. St. Lucy’s (6-6-8) — Even though its last in Baseline, Regents still a top ten in this group of ten.
8. Los Altos (8-8-1) — After slow start Conqs in position to make the playoffs with big wins down the stretch.
9. Diamond Bar (9-8-2) — Shocked the Brahmas still haven’t won a Palomares league game.
10. Baldwin Park (10-2-1) — 4-0 loss to Duarte all but eliminates it from a shot at Montview title.

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Saturday’s Shootout Scores: Damien, Glendora, Rowland, Diamond Bar, Walnut win

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jhemSaturday’s SoCal Shootout Results
At Azusa Pacific University

Rowland 55, Flintridge Prep 46
Walnut 73, Villa Park 60
Diamond Bar 77, Mission Viejo 39
Corona Santiago 61, Colony 49
Glendora 74, Los Osos 52
MLK 51, Los Altos 46
Etiwanda 63, Gahr 62
Damien 63, Cantwell 49
La Canada 57, Claremont 56

By Stephen Ramirez
AZUSA – Who is the best high school boys basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers coverage area?
For one night, the mythical crown goes to Damien.
Senior Jeremy Hemsley scored 27 points and Bryce Peters had 17 as the Spartans, ranked No. 1 by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, beat Whittier Daily News No. 1 Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, 63-49, in a Southern California Shootout game at Azusa Pacific.
Damien, also getting eight points from Malik Fitts, improved to 20-2. Gligorije Rakocevic had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who slipped to 12-10.
“It means a lot to win this game,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team, so this was a game we needed to play well in. We needed to just get back to our old ways, because we hadn’t played well this past week. This is a big win for us.”
The key moments for Damien, which made 19 of 47 shots, came at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. The Spartans, getting 11 points from Hemsley and nine from Peters, closed the half with a 17-8 surge to lead 29-20.
Damien then opened the third quarter with a 9-5 spurt to go up 38-25 at 4:28 following a Hemsley putback and a 3-pointer by Fitts.
“We knew we could put them away in the second half,” Hemsley said. “I think we did a good job of keeping the lead and playing together as a unit.”
Cantwell, getting consecutive baskets from Luka Radovic and Rakocevic, closed to within 48-42 with 3:40 left. But Damien countered with 3-point plays by Peters and Hemsley and a 3-pointer by Micah Robinson for a for a 58-47 cushion with 1:17 left.
“We played hard,” Cantwell coach George Zedan said. “We had some guys we were counting on who didn’t play well. It was a little frustrating with that. But they are a good team, ranked No. 8 in the state.
“When you have opportunities to score and you don’t make them, this is what happens against good teams. It was a tough matchup for us.”

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West proves best … routs in East in Hall of Fame Game …

Photo gallery from Friday’s All-Star game

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Editor’s note: To the players, thanks for the memories and best of luck in the future!

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Different boundaries, different result.

The tweak in geographic areas to pool talent from for the West team in the SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors paid big dividends on Friday night.

The West ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 31-14 win over the East in the game’s 36th renewal. The East still leads the all-time series 23-11-2.

With the West struggling in recent years, game organizers changed the borders used to pool talent from previously the 605 Freeway to now Azusa Ave. The game was also moved from late spring/early summer to January in an effort to help players get some last-minute recruiting attention before signing day next week.

The West held up much better in the trenches than in year’s past and that’s all its offense needed to put up big numbers. Maranatha quarterback Eli Snyder threw two touchdown passes, both to Crescenta Valley receiver Jordan Lobianco.

Muir defensive back Brian Reyes had two interceptions, one of them he returned for an 82-yard touchdown in the second half to give the West a 31-7 lead. It was part of a dominant effort by the West defense.

The West lead 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Montebello’s Enrique Lozano and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Lobianco. Reyna hit UCLA-bound Monrovia receiver Octavius Spencer on a 53-yard touchdown pass and it was 17-0 early in the third quarter.

The East got a little momentum after a turnover lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bonita’s Angel Verdugo. Another West turnover gave the East more hope, but the West clamped down and didn’t allow any points.

Snyder’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Lobianco on the ensuing possession made it 24-7. The East tried to answer and was driving when Reyes made his second interception of the night and took it back for a score.

La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara hit Pomona’s Manny Luna midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the East.

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Friday Recap: Joey Erickson and Omar Nasri get double-doubles in San Dimas’ Valle Vista League win over Northview in boys basketball

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Rowland 56, Nogales 47 — Earl Allen earned a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Raiders to a Valle Vista League victory. Tyler Gachett and Junior Hernandez had 11 points each and Derek Ohara added 10 points.
San Dimas 66, Northview 53 — Joey Erickson recorded 14 points, 23 rebounds, and four assists in the Saints’ Valle Vista League win over Northview (8-14, 2-4). Omar Nasri led San Dimas (9-13, 3-3) in scoring with 23 points and also had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Ryan Ocampa added 16 points and four assists. Northview was led in scoring by Ulysses Aparicio and Adam Winiecki, who each had 11 points.
South El Monte 55, El Monte 38 — Alejandro Berber scored 17 points to help the Eagles hand the Lions just its third loss in the Mission Valley League. Adrian Diaz added 14 poitns and Alex Hernandez had 10 for South El Monte (8-7, 4-3). Justin Lamb had 17 points and Edward Dominguez had eight for El Monte (13-10, 5-3).
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St. Lucy’s 19, Glendora 3
— Sabrina Garabet scored nine goals to lead the Regents to a blowout victory over the Tartans at the Bonita Tournament. Hilary Adkins and Seinna Jagieslski each added four goals for St. Lucy’s, and Devin Holcomb had two.
St. Lucy’s 13, Righetti 3 — In the second round of the Bonita Tournament, the Regents earned another comfortable win with six goals from Sabrina Garabet, who also had four assists and three steals. Hilary Adkins had four goals, and Devin Holcomb had two goals and three assists for St. Lucy’s.

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Boys Soccer: El Monte boys soccer edges Mountain View, 2-1

 El Monte's Jesus Garcia, top, scores past Mountain View goal keeper Michael Garcia (74) in the first half of a prep soccer match at South El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

El Monte’s Jesus Garcia, top, scores past Mountain View goal keeper Michael Garcia (74) in the first half of a prep soccer match at South El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Jared Pine
EL MONTE — After tying its previous meeting with Mountain View this year, the El Monte High School boys soccer team defeated the Vikings 2-1 with a goal from Ramon Rodriguez in the 77th minute for the Mission Valley League victory at home Thursday afternoon.
The win gives El Monte (10-6-2, 7-1-1) a game and a half lead over Mountain View (9-6-3, 5-2-1) in the league standings. The two teams were nearing their second 1-1 tie this season, but with just three minutes left in the game, El Monte earned a corner kick. The Spartans directed the kick out of the box, but when the ball came back in, Rodriguez was there and put his head on the ball amidst the Vikings’ defensive scramble, knocking the ball just over the line for the go-ahead goal.
Mountain View had a chance to answer in the final minute after Mauricio Rodriguez got a yellow card just outside the box on the goalkeeper’s left side. Valera Moises took the free kick for the Vikings, which was punched out by goalkeeper Jose Paredes. The ball was controlled by Roberto Alvarez, who took one dribble to control the ball and lifted it toward the goal. Paredes jumped up for the floater and knocked it over the cross bar, and Mountain View couldn’t get a shot off on the ensuing corner kick right before time expired.

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Girls Basketball: St. Paul completes sweep of Bishop Amat

 St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
SANTA FE SPRINGS – There was no league title at stake when the St. Paul High School girls basketball team hosted Bishop Amat on Thursday. It just seemed that way.
That’s what sweeping your rival for the first time in nearly three decades will do for you, especially one that has had the upper hand in the series.
Clarissa Perez scored 19 points and Adrianna Gonzalez had 14 as the Swordsmen beat the Lancers for the second time, scoring a 53-38 victory in a Del Rey League game at St. Paul.
St. Paul, which won at Amat (69-45) on Jan. 13, improved to 14-10 overall and 2-3 in league play. Bishop Amat, getting 14 points from Jurhandi Molina, slipped to 7-15 and 0-5.


St. Paul, after falling behind, 16-7, after the first quarter, put together a 14-minute stretch in the second, third and four quarters where it outscored the Lancers, 27-4, for a 45-28 advantage late in the fourth. The stretch included keeping Bishop Amat scoreless for more than eight minutes over the final seven of the third and the first of the fourth.

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez: “It’s a great feeling to sweep Amat. Coach (Robert Miller) said its the first time in 24 years we’ve swept Amat. It’s a great win for us, and I’m very proud of all my teammates.”

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