The area may have sent its smallest contingent in more than a decade to the CIF State wrestling championships in Bakersfield, but the cream definitely rose to the top on the first day.
Northview’s Eddie Flores (106 pounds) and Steven Comstock (170) and Bishop Amat’s Sidney Flores (120) advanced to the semifinals in their respective weight classes to lead the local efforts on Friday at Rabobank Arena.
Northview heavyweight Jackson Serna and Rowland’s Richard Rojo (106) rebounded from early losses and won third-round consolation matches to advance to Saturday and stay alive for a top-eight medal.
The meet continues Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. with consolation matches. The semifinals are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with the finals at 7 p.m.
Flores looked every bit like the best 106-pound competitor in the state, advancing to the semifinals with a win by fall in the second round and a major decision in the third round. He then beat Selma’s Tristan Lujan, 3-1, in the quarterfinals. He faces No. 5 Cole Reyes, of Frontier, in the semifinals.
Comstock looked fully recovered from last week’s knee injury after getting a win by fall in the second round before advancing to the semifinals by beating Concord De la Salle’s Jonathan Hackett 6-3 in the third round and Sultana’s Joey Griego 5-4 in the quarterfinals. He gets top seed Anthony Mantanona, of Palm Desert, in the semifinals.
Sidney Flores placed fourth and third during the past two weekends at CIF-SS meets, but looked like one of the better 120 competitors on Friday. He won by fall over Frontier’s Ryan Morphis in the third round before a 5-4 victory over De la Salle’s Patrick Ramirez in the quarterfinals. He gets top seed Ethan Leake, of Clovis Buchanan, in the semifinals.
Northview’s Dom Arellano (113), Gabriel Cortez (132) and Ricky Marin (138); Rowland’s Armamdo Murrillo (132); Charter Oak’s Gustavo Garcia (152) and Santa Fe’s Ronny Peraza (152) lost in the consolation rounds and did not advance.
IT’S DESTINEE: A dominating performance in the circle by senior Destinee Lopez led Bonita to the championship of the 23rd Annual San Dimas Classic Softball Tournament with a 2-0 win over two-time defending champion Glendora on Saturday night.
The Bearcats (4-0) scored a run with two outs in the first inning, then turned the game over to Lopez, who scattered three hits and struck out 16 Tartans as she picked up her third win of the season.Lopez also shut out Charter Oak in a semifinal game where she struck out nine batters in five innings.“I’m a senior,” Lopez said. “This was awesome. We play here every year and we’ve never gotten this far.”
All-tournament selection Lauren Flores was hit by a pitch with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Pinch runner Isabella Haslett went to third on a single by Brooke DeLao and scored on a single by Keagan Ward.
Charter Oak 20, La Salle 0
Temple City 5, Ontario Christian 4
La Canada 8, Montclair 4
Bonita 7, San Dimas 2
Charter Oak 26, Monrovia 1
Bonita 5, Whittier Christian 4
Glendora 10, Temple City 1
Montclair 2, El Rancho 0
La Salle 2, Monrovia 1
Glendora 3, Ontario Christian 1
San Dimas 11, Whittier Christian 4
El Rancho 6, La Canada 0
Bonita 5, Charter Oak 0
Glendora 8, El Rancho 3
Bonita 2, Glendora 0
GLENDORA PREVIEW: In Glendora high school’s basketball gym hang five CIF Southern Section championship boys basketball banners along with a hallway full of trophies and pictures that reminds anyone who walks past of the glory days.
On Saturday, Glendora’s girls basketball team will try to hang its first banner.
Top-seed Glendora (25-5) will wake up early and take on Thousand Oaks (17-14) in the Division 3AA championship at Honda Center, and nobody is more proud and determined to close the deal than second-year coach Adam Nunemaker.Before Nunemaker arrived, not only had Glendora never won a girls title, it had never been past the quarterfinals or even won a league championship.
The Tartans finished second to Bonita in the Palomares League, so even a league title will have to wait for another day. But let’s be honest, that’s not the hardware the Tartans have been eyeing all season.
By Fred J. Robledo
Glendora’s Alexis Lowden is everything a high school athlete should be, or use to be.In times of specialization when athletes are asked to pick a sport and focus us on it, Lowden is a three-sport athlete getting ready to play for her second CIF Southern Section championship in four months.
Lowden is the heart and soul of the Glendora (25-5) girls basketball team that will take on Thousand Oaks (17-14) in the Division 3AA championship on Saturday at the Honda Center at 9:30 a.m.
Lowden knows what this opportunity is all about because in November, she helped the Tartans’ girls volleyball team to the Division 3 championship game, losing in four games to St. Joseph.
That memory could be the inspiration she needs when the top-seed Tartans play for their first girls basketball title in school history.
“What I learned from that is nobody wants to go all the way to the finals and lose, it’s a terrible feeling,” Lowden said. “For anyone who goes through that, this is sort of redemption. We’ve all worked so hard and I’d rather be celebrating with my teammates than going through that again.”
Lowden is only a junior, but she’s well on her way to establishing herself as one of the Tartans’ all-time multi-sport athletes.
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Bonita 1, Maranatha 0 — Nathan Schneider pitched a two-hitter, striking out nine for the Bearcats (2-0), who advanced to the third round of the Frozen Ropes Tournament.
Los Altos 13, Rancho Cucamonga 7 — Sam Gomez was the winning pitcher, Niko Santiago went 3 for 4, Andrew Chavez went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and Estaban Castro went 2 for 4 for the Conquerors (2-0) in a Frozen Ropes Classic victory.
Webb 10, Flintridge Prep 6 — Spencer Stewart had a home run and Eric Evans had two RBIs for the Gauls, who won their season opener.
South Hills 7, Rosary Academy 4 — Natalie Lugo had 13 strikeouts for the Huskies, who won their season opener.
Wilson 17, West Covina 1 — John Situ won once in singles for the Bulldogs in a nonleague loss.
Glendora 242, St. Francis 248 — Julio Ibarra shot 35 and Daniel Futral and Brad Jarvie both shot 38 for the Tartans in a nonleague win at Brookside Golf Course Tuesday.
By Fred J. Robledo
LA PUENTE — Claremont knew was it was getting against top-seed Bishop Amat in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer semifinals on Tuesday, a team that had scored over a 100 goals on the season, and had a 41-goal scorer in Stanford-bound senior Sophia Serafin, who knocked in six goals in the quarterfinals.
But Claremont had a plan, and it worked to perfection, scoring early and holding off Bishop Amat and Serafin 1-0 to advance to the championship against second-seed South Torrance, a 5-2 winner over Flintridge Prep on either Friday or Saturday. The dates and times of the final will be released Wednesday.
Claremont’s Oxsana Sosnovsky sent a long throw in front of Amat’s goal in the 20th minute, and somehow Mackenzie Boulware emerged from the crowd to score.
The lone goal stood up, but Claremont (23-2-2) had to withstand a flurry of Amat (24-4) chances, especially in the second half.
“We bent, but we didn’t break,” Claremont coach Tim Tracey said. “I’m very proud of our team. Bishop Amat came after us hard again and again. I’m just glad we were able to absorb what they threw at us to advance.”
How rare is a shutout over Bishop Amat? It was the first all season, and snapped Amat’s 14-game winning streak.
“Claremont did what they had to do, they got the early goal,” Bishop Amat coach Guillermo Gonzalez said. “We knew they were dangerous on set pieces and they got us.”
Claremont central defenders Hope Hyland, Katie Weaver and a host of others shadowed Serafin throughout, but Serafin was not without her chances.
She nearly tied the game on two headers minutes apart early in the second half, and was tripped-up for a penalty kick in the 65th minute, but she missed the penalty, steering it wide right.
“We had our chances in the second half and the missed PK was tough,” Gonzalez said. “It’s always tough against a good defensive team to get any goals, but they did a great job keeping us off the scoreboard.”
Amat has lots of weapons, but clearly the focus was Serafin.
“We were going to double-team her anytime she received the ball,” Tracey said. “We didn’t want to allow her to turn to her strong foot. It was unfortunate she missed the PK, but for the most part, we did a good job keeping her in front of us and away from shooting on frame.”
The Wolfpack really had to roll up their sleeves the final 10 minutes after losing sophomore forward Sophie Jones to a red card, but still hung on with 10 players. Jones will have to sit out the final because of the ejection.
Ironically, Claremont’s last title came in 2012, beating Bishop Amat 2-0 in the championship.
“These girls worked so hard, they deserve the opportunity to play for a title,” Tracey said.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
La Mirada 2, Temecula Valley 1, double overtime
Claremont 1, Bishop Amat 0
South Torrance 5, Flintridge Prep 2
Crean Lutheran 1, Gabrielino 0
San Gabriel Mission 2, Lennox Academy 1