Rowland 2, Northview 1 — Cecilia Swain scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the Raiders (9-5, 7-3) to clinch a share of the Valle Vista League title with San Dimas.
Wilson 2, San Dimas 1 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored a goal for the Saints (8-12-2, 7-3) but it was not enough in the Valle Vista League loss.
Chino Hills 54, Los Osos 26 — Hayley Samuel had eight points, Marleigh Brown added seven points and Janessa Thropay had six points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies (18-6, 7-3) to the Baseline League victory.
Rowland 64, Northview 39 — Jesus Hernandez scored 20 points and had five rebounds and Derek Ohara added 10 points and had four assists to lead the Raiders (18-8, 7-3) to their final Valle Vista League victory of the season. Tyler Gachett had six points and six rebounds for Rowland.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 15, Chino 3 — Sarah Adams had seven goals, three assists and two steals to lead the Chargers (24-5, 9-1) to their last Hacienda League victory of the season. Devynn Stein and Katie Fugit both scored three goals for Charter Oak. Fugit also had five assists, six steals and two field blocks.
South Hills 53, Glendora 28 — Brittany Wang had 13 points and Joy Krupa had 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks to lead the Huskies (20-6, 8-2) to clinch a share of the Palomares League title with Ayala. It is the Huskies first league title since 2002. Sam Perez had nine points and Denise Wang added eight points for South Hills. Michelle Can had nine points for Glendora.
Diamond Ranch 63, Los Altos 41 — Roman Silva had 24 points to lead the Panthers (16-8, 7-2) to the Hacienda League victory.
Claremont 2, Bonita 1 — Nick Kim and Jack Kolodge both scored a goal to lead the Wolfpack (16-1-4, 9-0-1) to the Palomares league victory. Alex Alvarado and Austin Antillon both had an assist for Claremont.
Damien 3, Rancho Cucamonga 0 — David Gang, Garrett Souza and Lucas Terriquez each scored a goal to lead the visiting Spartans (16-3-3, 8-1-1) to the Baseline League victory
Bishop Amat 2, Salesian 1 — Havier Zaragoza and Matthew Espinosa both scored a goal for the Lancers (11-1-4, 5-1-1) in a Del Rey League match.
Diamond Bar 3, Ayala 2 — Josh Bortis scored the winning goal in overtime to lead the Brahmas (16-5-2, 7-2-1) to the Palomares League victory. Guy Horcasitas and Chase Yamauchi both scored a goal, goalie Alec Arguello had six saves and Jordan Wong had two assists for Diamond Bar.
Diamond Bar 1, Ayala 0 — Emily Slater scored a goal with an assist from Helena Kisor for the Brahmas (12-8-2, 3-5-2) in a Palomares League match. Goalkeeper Stevie Eide recorded a shutout for Diamond Bar.
South Hills 2, Glendora 0 — Amber Marinero scored a goal and goalies Alyssa Lopez and Amanda Vallado combined for the shutout to lead the Huskies (14-5, 6-3) to place second in the Palomares League.
Girls water polo
San Dimas 6, Wilson 5 — Alondra Reynoso scored five goals and goalie Shelby Garcia had 10 saves to lead the Saints (18-10, 9-0) to finish their season being undefeated in the Valle Vista League. Reynoso scored the winning goal in overtime against the Wildcats (12-9, 5-4). Kyana Emeterio scored twice and Lizette Perez, Taylor Jaurique and Amber Espinoza each scored a goal for Wilson.
The South Hills High School baseball program will debut the improvements to its field when it hosts its annual alumni game on Saturday.
All alumni are welcome to attend. Pre-game batting practice is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.
Second-year coach Darren Murphy said the turnout was good last season and he’s hoping more players/fans show up on Saturday.
The improvements to the field include a new backstop and screen.
Charter Oak High School senior Anthony Ortega, who scored the game-winning basket in a 50-48 win against Nogales on Jan. 7 and then found out he has Stage 1 Hodgkin lymphoma, has been cleared to play a few minutes in Friday night’s regular-season finale against visiting Chino.
“He got clearance from his doctor,” Chargers coach Brandon Cunningham said. “He will only be able to play a couple of minutes.”
Cunningham said Ortega will likely start on senor night and play sparingly. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
The Chargers are 6-14 on the season.
Here is the story from when he found out he was done for the season:
Duarte 3, Azusa 0 — Goalie Alexa Moreno recorded her fourth straight shutout and Lindsey Lathrop, Gaby Melendez and Lori Near each scored a goal to lead the Falcons (12-4-1, 8-1) to the Montview League victory. Jackie Hurtado and Savannah Cook both had an assist for Duarte.
San Dimas 4, Rowland 3 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored three goals for the Saints (9-11-2, 8-2) in a Valle Vista League match. Cepeda scored the third goal with 10 seconds left with an assist from Taylor Sunga. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory was Hailey Miano who scored a goal. Alexis Caceres and Edith Mejia both scored a goal for Rowland (8-9-2, 6-3).
Charter Oak 3, West Covina 0 — Amber Alveraz scored a goal with an assist from Samantha Morales for the Chargers (11-10-2, 5-3-1) in a Hacienda League match.
El Monte 2, Marshall 1 — Jesus Garcia and David Martinez each scored a goal for the visiting Lions (12-6-2, 9-1-1) in a Mission Valley League match.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 25, West Covina 2 — Hailey Siedentopp scored five goals and had two assists and Jiselle Moreno had three goals and two steals to lead the Chargers (23-5, 8-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Michelle Moran and Emily Tuck both scored twice for Charter Oak.
Bonita 15, Claremont 3 — Amanda Legaspi and Erin Gonzalez both scored five goals to lead the Bearcats (14-5, 7-1) to their final Palomares League win of the season. Goalies Rachel Garwick and Alisha Plum combined had 14 saves and Kirra Hemric scored twice for Bonita.
Rowland 65, San Dimas 53 — Jesus Hernandez had 19 points and four rebounds and Derek Ohara had 12 points and five assists to lead the Raiders (17-8, 6-3) to the Valle Vista League victory. Jonathan Hu had 11 points and four rebounds, Earl Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremiah Galvez had nine points and six rebounds for Rowland.
Girls water polo
San Dimas 8, Rowland 4 — Hailey Gonzalez scored five goals and goalie Shelby Garica had 13 saves to lead the Saints (17-10, 8-0) to the Valle Vista Lague win. Alondra Reynoso scored twice for San Dimas.
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.
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.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
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.
STORY: 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
Noteworthy 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.
Friday’s Boys Basketball games
Chino Hills at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Real League
La Salle at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Bonita, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Duarte at Workman, 6 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte at Marshall, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at Garey, 6:45 p.m.
Ganesha at Edgewood, 6:30 p.m.
Bassett at La Puente, 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).