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
WEST COVINA —
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.”

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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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Danny Vega hits the game-winner in penalty shootout and Baldwin Park celebrates second championship in four years with 5-4 PK victory over Marshall for the CIF-SS Division 5 boys soccer title

Full video highlights, interviews from the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

Photo gallery of Baldwin Park’s 5-4 penalty shootout win over Marshall
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Baldwin Park wins second title in four years: The action, atmosphere and back and forth chances couldn’t have been more entertaining between Baldwin Park and Marshall for the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 boys soccer championship on Friday at Warren High School in Downey.
In the end, though, Baldwin Park had the guy it wanted with the game on the line, striker Danny Vega, who entered with a section-leading 39 goals and a chance to finish off the championship in a dramatic penalty shootout as the final kicker.
Vega didn’t disappoint, burying his final penalty and celebrating wildly as Baldwin Park held off Marshall 5-4 in the penalty shootout after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes to win its second championship in four years to improve to 21-4-2.
“My heart stopped a couple times walking up,” said Vega, who also won a title as a freshman. “I wanted this for our team, for our fans, for everyone. It feels so great to finish like this, the feeling is unbelievable.”

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Long Beach Millikan holds on for 56-53 victory over Bonita for the CIF-SS Division 1AA girls basketball title

By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School’s Nikki Wheatley is who she is because of her speed and aggressiveness, ability to attack the paint and defend the floor with her quick hands, especially on the ball against dribble-heavy guards.

But that style also has resulted in foul trouble at times for the UNLV-bound guard, and it couldn’t of happened at a worse time for the areas two-time player of the year than in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA girls basketball championship against Long Beach Millikan at Azusa Pacific University.

Wheatley picked up her fourth foul in the third, and fifth in crunch time. That ultimately was the difference with Millikan getting the big baskets and free throws down the stretch to deny top-seed Bonita a championship for the second time in fours years, winning 56-53 behind 20 points from senior center Alyssa Benton, and 19 points from penetrating guard Briana Guillory.

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CIF State Wrestling championships, Final Day: San Marino’s Julian Flores, Evan Wick take fifth; Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz, Northview’s Bryan Salinas, Bonita’s Seth Morales take eighth

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By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD —
There were no area champions, but locals still put together a strong showing at the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena on Saturday.
They produced five medalists, led by San Marino High School’s Evan Wick and Julian Flores, who took fifth at 120 and 132 pounds, respectively. The other placers were Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All were eighth after losing medal-round matches.
Flores began the day as the lone area competitor with a shot at the title. But he lost to Paradise’s Wyatt Wyckoff by fall in overtime in the semifinals, then re-grouped to finish fifth, losing to Clovis’ Isaiah Hokit in the third-place semifinals before beating Selma’s Ruben Garcia, 7-6, in the fifth-place match.

“I ended up taking fifth again,” said Flores, who was fifth at 120 last season after losing in the semifinals.
“I’m not really happy about that. It’s a lot of work. It sounds good, but placing fifth? I’m not really happy about it.”
It looked like Flores might have a chance to be the area’s first state finalist after he scored a reverse late in regulation against Wyckoff. But then was pinned with nine seconds left in the extra period.
“It was kind of tough coming back,” Flores said. “In some ways, I thought I had it. I lost that match and then the next one, and took fifth.”

Wick came back from a disappointing one-point loss in the quarterfinals to win three of four bouts on the day, beating Poway’s Kimo Dial in the consolation fifth round to ensure a top-eight finish before beating Bakersfield’s Carlos Herrera by fall (1:41) in the fifth-place bout.
“It’s definitely disappointing, not being in the finals, not taking first,” Wick said. “But fifth place I feel is still like a strong finish. It’s a tournament where everyone shows up. I feel I wrestled by best. It’s all behind us now.”

Ruiz went 1-2, but became the first Bishop Amat competitor to place at the state championships since Andrew Ortega was fifth at 125 in 2008. He secured a medal after beating Carter Armendarez, 7-6, in the consolation fifth round. He lost to El Dorado’s Gino Roman, 6-2, in the seventh-place match.
“It’s an amazing feeling, knowing that I accomplished something that no one (at Amat) has done in a while,” Ruiz said. “Overall, it was a great experience — my first time at state, first time getting this far. It feels pretty good.”
Salinas, who beat Liberty’s Jake Maas in the consolation fifth round, and Morales, who beat Corona Santiago’s Bryce DeCammargo in the consolation fifth round, defaulted their seventh-place matches.
San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106), San Marino’s Zander Wick (126), Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285) lost in the consolation fifth round and did not medal.

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San Dimas softball tournament: Glendora beats Montclair for tournament title

SEMIFINALS: Glendora continued to hit the ball hard to start the season, pounding out 11 hits in a 6-2 win over West Covina in a semifinal game of the San Dimas Softball Tournament on Friday night.

The Tartans (3-0) will face Montclair at 4 p.m. today in the championship game at San Dimas High School.

The Tartans broke open a 2-1 game with three runs in the fifth inning. Alisha Brown hit a one-out home run, then Bailee Kirst drove in two more with a two-out single. Kirst had three RBIs to lead the Tartans.

FINAL: Good hitting, good pitching, aggressive base running and solid defense propelled the Glendora Tartans to the championship of the 21st annual San Dimas Softball Tournament on Saturday.
The Tartans (4-0) came from behind to score three runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to knock off Montclair 6-3 in the title match.
“This is the first time we’ve been in a championship game in a while,” Tartans coach Mike Quiroz said. “We’re really excited. This was the first time we’ve trailed in a game this year but when someone gets it started, it’s contagious and they all get going.”

Wednesday’s first round at San Dimas
Montclair 5, El Rancho 4
Bonita 5, San Dimas 2
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Glendora 11, South El Monte 0
West Covina 10, Whittier Christian 1
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Charter Oak 3, Los Altos 2
Montclair 6, Bonita 2
Friday’s semifinals
Montclair 5, Charter Oak 1
Glendora 6, West Covina 2
Saturday’s championship
Glendora 6, Montclair 3

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CIF State Wrestling Championships: San Marino’s Julian Flores lone area rep to semifinals

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD –
All San Marino High School Julian Flores, after losing in the semifinals last season, wanted was a second chance.
He’s getting it.
The sophomore will have his shot at redemption after a steady effort Friday at the CIF State wrestling championhips at Rabobank arena, advancing to the Final Four at 132 pounds to lead the area, which had six advance to the quarterfinals and 10 still in position to score a top-eight medal.
Also advancing to the quarterfinals were San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106); San Marino’s Evan Wick (120) and Zander Wick (126); Northview’s Bryan Salinas (160) and Bonita’s Seth Morales (170). All are still alive for a top-eight medal, but need to win their first match Saturday in the consolation fifth round to gaurantee a top-eight finish. Also advancing to the consolation fifth round after losing earlier in the tournament are Northview’s Richard Padilla (152), Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145), Diamond Bar’s Keandre Johnson (220) and Glendora’s Ryan Padilla (285).
The consolation rounds continue this morning at 9 with the semifinals slated for 9:30. The finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

“I made it to the semis last year and lost to the state champion,” Flores said. “This is a differenent story. I’m not losing in the semifinals this time.”
Flores gets his second chance after scoring decisions over La Costa Canyon’s Alec Baker (10-4) and De La Salle’s Nathan Cervantes (5-4) before beating Folsom’s Josh Lazaro by fall in the quarterfinals, pinning him in 3:14.

“I got behind (to Lazaro), used a double and put him on his back,” Flores said. “And I’m on my way to the semis.”
The other five area competitors to advanced to the quarterfinals were not as fortunate.
Gonzalez, who moved up to No. 2 at 106 after scoring titles at CIF-SS divisionals and Masters the past two weeks, lost 8-6 to Bakersfield’s Navonte Damison, giving up a takedown and escape to fall, 8-6. It’s his first loss since losing to Northview’s Richard Casillas in the Valle Vista League finals last month.
The Wick brothers also suffered heart-wrenching losses in the quarterfinals. Evan Wick lost, 2-1, to James Logan’s Jacob Donato, with Zander Wick falling, 4-3, to Madera’s Daniel Ruiz.
Salinas, who was ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 before losing in the finals at Masters last week, looked primed to get to the semifinals, carring a 3-0 lead over Oakmont’s Kaleio Romero into the third period. But he gave up a escape at 1:56 before yielding a takedown with 34 seconds left, then a near-fall with three seconds to go to lose, 4-3.

Morales lost, 6-2, to Gilroy’s Matt Penyacsek.
Failing to advance to the final day were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106), Vincent Parra (113), John Rivera (132) and Anthony Martinez (182); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106) and Mario Flores (138); Charter Oak’s Joe Alexander (132); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182); Arroyo’s Luis Hernandez (220) and Sierra Vista’s Isaac Aguilar (285).

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David Gonzalez (San Dimas): Round 1: Def. Greg Viloria (West, SJS), 5-2; 2nd Rd: Def. Raymond Monela (James Logan, NS), 9-0; 3rd Rd: Def. Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 2-0, OT; Quarters:Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), 8-6. Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Javier Alanis (Clovis East, CS).
Miguel Juarez (Rowland): Round 2: Def. Jimmie Lopez (Christopher, CC), 8-4; 3rd Rd: Lost to Navonte Demison (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 2:30; Conso Rd3: Lost to Andrew Nelms (Porterville, CS), 8-5. OUT
Richard Casillas (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Logan Eaton (Oakdale, SJS), 7-5; Conso 2nd Rd: Def. Ethan Diaz (Canyon Springs), by fall, :53; Conso Rd3: Lost to Kai Middlebrook (Poway, SD), 6-3. OUT
113
Vincent Parra (Northview): Round 1: Def. Devon Silva (Chico, NS), 12-0; 2nd Rd: Def. Abbas Khan (El Camino Real), 10-2; 3rd Rd: Lost to Devan Turner (Dixon, SJ), by fall, 3:17; Conso Rd3: Def. Tanner Browning (Golden Valley, SJS), 10-2; Conso Rd4: Lost to Nico Colunga, Oakdale (SJS), by fall, 2:21. OUT
120
Evan Wick (San Marino): Round 1: Def. Alejandro Jimenez (Buchanan, CS), 5-1; 2nd Rd: Def. Isaiah Palomino (Bellarmine, SJS), by fall, 4:17; 3rd Rd: Def. Jake Schaffer (Otay Ranch, SD), 9-0; Quarters: Lost to Jacob Donato (James Logan, NCS), 2-1; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Kimo Dial (Poway, SD).
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Zander Wick (San Marino): 2nd Rd: Def. Andy Alvarez (Granite Hills, CS), 12-2; 3rd Rd: Def. Devon Sookhoo (Enochs, SJS), by fall, 1:33; Quarters: Lost to Daniel Ruiz (Madera, CS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Angel Velasquez (Modesto, SJS).
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Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak): Round 1: Lost to Lake Gee (Las Plumas, NS), 8-6; Conso Rd1: Def. John Rivera (Northview), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Lost to Jaden Enriquez (Mission Oak, CS), by fall, 4:27; OUT
Julian Flores (San Marino): Round 2: Def. Alec Baker (La Costa Canyon, SD), 10-4; Rd3: Def. Nathan Cervantes (De la Salle, NCS), 5-4; Quarters: Def. Josh Lazaro (Folsom, SJS), by fall, 3:14; Semifinals (Saturday): Vs. Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NCS).
John Rivera (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Wyatt Wyckoff (Paradise, NS), by fall, 2:48; Conso Rd.1: Lost to Joseph Alexander (Charter Oak), 5-4. OUT
138
Mario Lopez (Rowland): Round 1: Def. Ethan Dunn (Modoc, NS), Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd2: Lost to Abel Contreras (Porterville, CS), 6-1, OT; Conso Rd2: Def. David San Miguel (Bellarmine, CC), 4-3; Conso Rd3: Lost to Sean O’Rourke (Mater Dei Catholic, SDS), 4-1. OUT
145
Nigel Ruiz (Bishop Amat): Round 2: Def. Ashton Demaree (El Diamante, CS), by Tech. Fall, 15-0; Rd3: Lost to Jared Hill (Clovis, CS), 7-5; Conso Rd3: Def. Michael Ripley (Oroville, NS), by Tech. fall, 15-0; Conso Rd4: Def. Nathan Pimmentel (Dos Palos, CS), by fall, 4:21; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Cartr Armendarez (Temecula Valley).
152
Ricky Padilla (Northview): Round 1: Def. Tristan Smith (Bear Creek, SJS), by fall, 4:26; Rd2: Lost to Jesse Gregerson (Libert, NC), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Izzac Suarez (Dos Palos, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd3: Def. Dominic Kincaid (Clovis, CS), 2-1; Conso Rd4: Def. Rene Sanchez (Upland), by fall, 4:01; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Andrew Morgan (Fountain Valley).
160
Bryan Salinas (Northview): Round 2: Def. Chase Miles (Sutter, NS), 8-0; Rd3: Def. Michael Wright (Dinuba, CS), 3-1; Quarters: Lost to Kaleio Romero (Oakmont, SJS), 4-3; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Jake Maas (Liberty, CS).
170
Seth Morales (Bonita): Round 1: Def. Marcus Macias (Central, CS) by fall, 1:39; Rd2: Def. Chris Moran (Sanger, CS), by fall, :43; Rd3: Def. Will Sumner (Nevada Union, SJS), by default; Quarters: Lost to Matt Penyacsek (Gilroy, CC), 6-2; Conso Rd5 (Saturday): Vs. Bryce Decamargo (Corona Santiago).
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Kaulin Garcia (Damien): Round 2: Lost to Alec Gamboa (Madera, CS), 11-3: Conso Rd1: Def. Adrian Vizcaino (Central Valley, SJS), 1-0: Conso Rd2: DEf. Antonio Melo (Hilmar, SJS), by default; Conso Rd3: Lost to Zack Wally (James Logan, NCS), 11-5. OUT
Anthony Martinez (Northview): Round 2: Lost to Young Wooan (Buchanan, CS), 11-4: Conso Rd2: Def. Tyler Roman (University City, SDS), by fall, 1:57; Conso Rd3: Lost to Waseem Elhamad (Mira Mesa, SD), 8-2. OUT
220
Keandre Johnson (Diamond Bar): Round 1 Def. Jonathan Pohahou (Wilcox, CC), 10-2; Rd2: Def. Christian Hernandez (Mission, SFS); Rd. 3: Lost to Gabriel Gonzalez (Washington Union, CS), by fall, 2:41; Conso Rd3: Def. Brian Book (Durham, NS), by fall, 1:36; Conso Rd4: Def.
Luis Hernandez (Arroyo): Round 2: Lost to Victor Raigoza (Orland, NS), 6-4; Conso Rd. 1: Def. Zak Levatino (Buchanan, CS), 5-2; Conso Rd2: Def. Travis Yarbrough (Bakersfield, CS), by fall, 3:24; Conso Rd3: Lost to Jeff Holsinger (Santa Margarita), by fall, 2:56. OUT
285
Ryan Padilla (Glendora): Round 1: Def. Wyatt Landreth (Foothill, NS) by fall, 5:06; Rd2: Lost to Saul Menses (Del Oro, SJS), 5-4; Conso Rd2: Def. Miguel Villanueva (Madera South, CS), by fall, 4:33; Conso Rd3: Def. Jesse Gomez (Buena Park), 3-1; Conso Rd4:
Issac Aguilar (Sierra Vista): Round 2: Lost to Gary Miltenberger (Fremont, CC), 3-2; Conso Rd. 2: Lost to Dawuud Davis (Dinuba, CS), by fall, 1:55. OUT

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CIF-Southern Section scoring leader Danny Vega ready to rev up the engine as Baldwin Park boys soccer takes on Marshall seeking second championship in four years

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CIF-Southern Section Division 5 boys soccer championship
At Warren High School, Downey

Marshall (22-2) vs. Baldwin Park (20-4-2), 5 p.m.

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GAME PREVIEW: The only time before this week that the Marshall High School boys soccer team played in a championship game, it was a forgettable experience, as the Eagles lost 6-1 to Salesian in the 2007 CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game.

Marshall (22-2), which knocked off top seed Corona Santiago 2-1 in the Division 5 semifinals and survived back-to-back penalty-kick shootouts in the second round and quarterfinals, hopes to erase those memories when it takes on Baldwin Park (20-4-2) in the championship tonight at Warren High School in Downey at 5 p.m.

“We’re very focused on what the goal is here,” Marshall coach Dino Barbiera said. “We’re all excited. For me as a coach, I’m kind of calm because because I trust our guys and they trust me. We knocked off the biggest team (Santiago) out there, and there’s a reason for that. Our guys trust the system and they trust me, they know it inside and out, so all we have to do now is go out and play.”

Valle Vista League champion Baldwin Park is no stranger to the championship experience. Veteran coach Ricardo Mira is leading the Braves to their third title game since 2009.

After losing to Salesian 2-1 in overtime in the 2009 championship, Baldwin Park returned two years later and won the school’s first soccer title, defeating Carpinteria 2-1 for the 2011 Division 5 crown.

“Having been there (the finals) before, you realize that getting there is not easy, it takes a lot of work and you’re proud of that,” Mira said. “But when the game starts it’s another game. You have to settle your nerves and hopefully not give up an early goal in the process. But once everything settles down, it’s like any other game, you have to take advantage of your opportunities.”

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Football: Baldwin Park hires Daniel Al-Gattas; Monrovia hires Chris Stevens

Baldwin park hired Mt. San Antonio College assistant coach Daniel Al-Gattas to take over its program and Monrovia, which won three straight titles before losing in the semifinals this past season, is hiring Ontario Christian coach Chris Stevens to replace Ryan Maddox, who recently resigned. Also, Bobby Godinez is one of the finalists at Diamond Bar, according to athletic director Kurt Davies, who said an announcement will come next week. There are four finalists, according to Davies.

Daniel Al-Gattas takes over at Baldwin Park: Baldwin Park High School announced Wednesday that it has named Daniel Al Gattas as its new varsity football head coach.
Al Gattas, an assistant coach at Mt. San Antonio College last season, replaces Chris Williams, who left after two seasons at the school with a 7-14 record.
“Since I was last here, this was always a place I wanted to come back to,” said Al Gattas, who served as an assistant coach at Baldwin Park for one season in 2008. “I knew what the players are like and the mentality they had. I felt like if this job ever came open and I was ready, I felt like it was something I very much wanted.”

Monrovia hires Chris Stevens: Monrovia High School finally has its man.
Chris Stevens, head coach at Ontario Christian the past six years, was named the Wildcats new head varsity football coach, ending a search that lasted a bit longer than most expected for one of the Valley’s premier jobs.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Stevens said. “It’s just a fantastic opportunity for me and my family to join such a great a community and a great athletic family.
“I was humbled at the fact that they chose me and I’m very excited to continue the winning tradition over there. I told them in the interview that I’m the perfect fit into an already outstanding mold. My job is to go in there and not change anything. My job is to keep everything going in the right direction.”

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Softball Rankings: Amat still the one

The Bishop Amat High School softball teams is ranked No. 1 in the area on the strength of returning players, from left. Alyssa Barrera, Amanda Sanchez and Mandy Larios. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

The Bishop Amat High School softball teams is ranked No. 1 in the area on the strength of returning players, from left. Alyssa Barrera, Amanda Sanchez and Mandy Larios. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
There were no area CIF-Southern Section softball champions last year. But that may change this season.
Five local teams began the year ranked in their respective divisions and look capable of bring home championship hardware.

The top of the heap is traditional power Bishop Amat, which has been the area’s elite program in recent years, and that’s not expected to change in 2014.
The Lancers, who begin the season ranked No. 1 in the area, suffered big time losses, including coach Jesse Mendez to West Covina, but there’s plenty of optimism in La Puente with the return of arguably three of the better players in the area — third baseman Amanda Sanchez, shortstop Mandy Larios and outfielder Alyssa Barrera.
There’s also the factor of new coach Kristen Dedmon, whose experience includes three years as head coach at Capistrano Valley and being a graduate assistant at NCAA power UCLA in 2008.
“As a coach, it is exciting to join a program that has talent and a tradition of excellence,” Dedmon said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the team puts all of the things we’ve worked on into practice during the games.”
The talent is definitely still there, especially with Sanchez, who was one of the top hitters in the area last season, hitting .569 with 30 RBIs. She also She also scored 28 runs. Larios hit .264 with 13 RBIs, with Barrera hitting .338 with 11 RBIs. She also scored 20 runs.
The challenge will be in the circle, where Sabrina Anguiano is gone. The replacements will lie with senior Anissa Sanchez and sophomore Samaria Diaz. The two combined for 16 innings last season.
“My team knows that I expect a lot from them,” Dedmon said. “Having so many returners on the team is an asset because they have experience that they can pass on to their teammates. They know what it is like to play together and to make the postseason.
“The girls are really hungry to make CIF again this year and to advance further than they did last year. That being said, we’ll have to take this season one game at a time in order to reach our goals. As with any team, getting them to work together and persevere through the ups and downs of a season is one of the biggest goals and I’m pleased to say that this is a group of girls that loves to compete and thoroughly enjoy being teammates.”
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Bonita girls basketball punches its ticket to Saturday’s Division 1AA title game with 56-49 semifinal victory over Great Oak

Saturday’s Division 1AA Final at Azusa Pacific University
Bonita vs. Long Beach Millikan, Noon

By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
TEMECULA –
Kandyce Smith was expected to be the difference maker for the Bonita High School girls basketball team when the she transferred from La Salle to the La Verne school before the season.
The senior guard lived up to the billing Tuesday night.
Smith scored a game-high 22 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter and the Bearcats advanced to the CIF-Southern Section 1AA finals with a 56-49 victory over host Great Oak in a semifinal game.
Bonita, also getting 12 points from Nikki Wheatley and nine from Ariana Abo, improved to 27-2 and will face Long Beach Millikan, which beat Brea Olinda, in Saturday’s championship game at noon at Azusa Pacific University.
Great Oak, getting 15 points from Abbey Welch, slipped to 22-4.
Smith, who scored 15 points in the second half to help the Bearcats rally back from a 24-19 deficit after two quarters, gave Bonita 43-38 lead early in the fourth quarter after hitting a 3-pointer at 6:52 and a 14-foot jumper at 6:09.
The senior, after Great Oak closed to within 45-43 following an inside by Cheldon Alcantara and 3-point play by Welch, pushed the lead back to five points on a 3-pointer for a 49-44 advantage with 2:08 to play.
Smith and Abo then combined on seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Bonita coach Darren Baumunk: “It was key to see Kandyce get her confidence and get some shots in the fourth quarter. She needed the confidence. If we can get that confidence from her, and Nikki and Ari and Cassie and the rest of the girls on the team, it’s only going to make us a better team for the next game. It’s nice to get back (to the title game). But like I told all our girls after the game, we didn’t come all this way just to get to the title game. We have one more game to win.”

Kandyce Smith: “I knew I had to step up for my team, because Nikki was struggling a little bit. I knew I had to come and step up. This was a great game. We knew we had to come out strong to pull it out, and we stepped up tonight.”

Nikki Wheatley: “Kandyce is definitely a difference maker for us, because they can’t key in on me. They were trying to pressure me, but Kandyce took over. She hit her shots, and they couldn’t do anything about it.”

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CIF Soccer Semifinals: Baldwin Park boys soccer heading to the D-5 championship vs. Marshall on Friday at Warren High, Downey

Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship
At Warren High, Downey

Pasadena Marshall vs. Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.


Baldwin Park celebrates: Baldwin Park High’s boys soccer team accomplished its first season goal a few weeks ago when it clinched the Valle Vista League title. It can fulfill its second this weekend at the CIF-SS Division 5 final.
Thanks to a remarkable second-half goal by senior Andy Castillo, the Braves will play for their first CIF title since 2011 at this weekend’s final. Castillo broke a tie in the 62nd minute Tuesday evening and led Baldwin Park to a 2-1 victory over a very tough group from Estancia.
“At the beginning of the season, we had two goals,” Castillo explained, “to win league and win the CIF final. … We’re not gonna be satisfied until we win.”

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Los Altos loses in OT: The only thing crueler that losing in a penalty shootout is losing in the final minutes of sudden-death overtime on a penalty kick, something the Los Altos girls soccer team couldn’t avoid trying to contain St. Joseph super sophomore Savannah DeMelo.
DeMelo, who had several big-time colleges chasing her before committing to USC, gave Los Altos fits with her speed and craftiness, forcing the Conquerors to bunker up even more than it normally does trying to contain her.
It almost worked, but with just four minutes before having the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinal decided on PKs, DeMelo cut inside the box and was tripped up from behind by Los Altos defender Kelly Richardson, setting up a penalty kick.
Jesters senior Natalie de Leon stepped up and took it, tucking it in the left corner in the 96th minute for a 1-0 victory on Tuesday.

Sierra Vista’s undefeated season ends: A two-goal lead in the second half isn’t safe in the world of soccer, yet it seemed likely since the team that was ahead, Oak Hills, hadn’t lost all season.
But then again, neither had their opponent, Sierra Vista.
Second-seeded Sierra Vista scored a late goal, but it was third-seeded Oak Hills that was able to hold on to a 2-1 victory in a CIF-SS Division 4 semifinal game on Tuesday afternoon at Oak Hills High School.

BOYS SOCCER SEMIFINALS
TODAY’S GAMES
DIVISION 4

Cathedral 4, Lakeside 1
Oak Hills 2, Sierra Vista 1
DIVISION 5
Marshall 2, Santiago 1
Baldwin Park 2, Estancia 1
GIRLS SOCCER SEMIFINALS
DIVISION 2

Chino Hills 2, Mira Costa 1
DIVISION 3
St. Joseph’s 1, Los Altos 0, 2OT

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Tribune Baseball Rankings: San Dimas lead the way with No. 1 ranking

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By Steve Ramirez
The San Gabriel Valley, with past stars as Mark McGwire, Cecil Fielder and Michael Young, has always been viewed as a baseball hotbed, and that tradition of success is expected to continue this season, which opens today for several of the area’s top programs.

There’s somewhat of a changing of the guard this season, with long-time Northview coach Darren Murphy now running the show at South Hills, and Husky assistant Dan Roddy taking over at Northview. This is also the final season for Nogales coach John Romano, who is retiring. And all eyes will be on Gladstone early in the season as veteran coach Rich Remkus is closing in on win No. 600. He begins the season at 597.

It’s also expected to be a banner season for area teams, with no less than five beginning the season with CIF-Southern Section title aspirations.
The group is led by San Dimas, which begins the season ranked No. 1 in the area after going 26-7 last season and advancing to the Division 4 semifinals, losing to eventual champion Oaks Christian. The Saints, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 4 to begin this season, look loaded for another run.

“Last year was a tremendous experience for these guys,” said San Dimas coach Mike Regan, who guided the Saints to the Division 4 title in 2009. “You never know what you are going to get each year, but I like our team a lot. They’re a bit battle-tested, and hopefully when we get to it, we show up and play hard. But I like our chances.”

The Saints not only enjoyed the best season in the area last year, but they return most of the key pieces from that team, including first baseman Logan Muratalla, who hit .415, with 38 RBIs, and outfielder Elias Orona, who hit .438 with 30 RBIs.

San Dimas will be led on the mound by junior Peter Lambert and senior Daniel Millwee (2-1, 1.19 ERA).

The Saints are the favorite to win the Valle Vista League, but it will be one of the toughest gauntlets in the area to conquer, with Northview, Baldwin Park and Nogales all expected to be very competitive.

“When people think you’re good, you have to show up every day,” Regan said. “They want to beat you, so for us to be consistent and maintain a high level of play will be huge. We just have to show up every day.”

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Wrestling: Northview takes Masters title, San Dimas’ David Gonzalez and Vikes’ Ricky Padilla win titles

HERE’S A VIDEO FROM THE GURU, JAMES ESCARCEGA;

San Dimas' David Gonzalez (blue) and Alta Loma's Zander Silva (white) wrestle during the 106lb championship match of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (blue) and Alta Loma’s Zander Silva (white) wrestle during the 106lb championship match of the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA., Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin


By Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
ONTARIO –
The road to the CIF State wrestling championships didn’t run through the San Gabriel Valley on Saturday. It just seemed that way.
The area, led by brothers Evan and Zander Wick, of San Marino High School, scored four individual titles and had 19 competitors qualify for next weekend’s state meet in Bakersfield after putting together solid performances at the CIF-Southern Section Masters championships at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.
The area champions were the Wicks, who won titles at 120 and 26 pounds, respectively; San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (106) and Northview’s Ricky Padilla (152). All followed up divisional championships last weekend with Master titles on Saturday.
Northview, whith a section-best six state qualifiers, won the team title, with San Marino, which qualified three, finishing eighth.

Also qualifying from the area were Northview’s Richard Casillas (106, sixth), Vincent Parra (113, third), John Rivera (132, third), Anthony Martinez (182, eighth) and Bryan Salinas (160, second); Rowland’s Miguel Juarez (106, seventh) and Mario Lopez (138, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, second); San Marino’s Julian Flores (132, second); Bonita’s Seth Morales (170, third); Damien’s Kaulin Garcia (182, ninth); Diamond Bar’s Dandrell Johnson (220, fourth); Arroyo’s Lois Hernandez (220, eighth); Charter Oak’s Joseph Alexander (132, fifth) and Glendora’s Guillermo Padilla (285, fifth).
Northview, with a section-best six state qualifiers won the team title.
For Zander Wick, Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Riverside King’s Kristian Vasquez, was all about redemption. Vasquez eliminated him at Masters last season.
He got some revenge after using two takedowns for a 4-1 lead before winning, 4-2.
“It was a drive from last year, because I didn’t make state,” Wick said. “Really, it was just me wanting to come back and win this, because last year I didn’t place.”
Evan Wick, who qualified for the state meet last season, but didn’t place, gets a second chance after wins by fall and technical fall and two decisions, including a 6-2 victory over West Torrance’s Yoshito Funakoshi in the finals.
“It’s definitely good,” Wick said. “I hadn’t had a Masters title under by belt yet. It’s good to come here, win CIF, win Masters. It’s good momentum for state.”
Gonzalez, ranked in state top 10 earlier this season, won against a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive week. Last week, he beat Northview’s Casillas, who was sixth in the state, for the Central Division title and followed it up with a 2-0 win over Alta Loma’s Zander Silva, who was rated No. 2. He scored a takedown with three seconds left in the first period than withstood a switch attempt by Silva in the final seconds.
“It feels really great,” Gonzalez said. “Last week, I had a tough match against Casillas and won, and this week against Silva. It’s a great to win a CIF belt, then a Masters belt. State is up next.”
Padilla, ranked No. 11 state, was dominant in winning at 152. He jumped out to leads of 3-0 and 7-1 before beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 14-6.
“It’s great just to be here,” Padilla said. “I’m just looking forward to continuing that at state and placing.”
Nigel, who lost to Corona Santiago’s Justin Thomas, 7-2, is Amat’s first state qualifier since 2008.
Salinas, ranked No. 1 in the state, lost in an upset at 160.

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Girls Basketball Playoffs: Bishop Amat goes cold in 50-45 loss to Great Oak; Bonita advances to semifinals

CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
TONIGHT’S QUARTERFINALS
Bonita 55, M.L. King 32
Great Oak 50, Bishop Amat 45
TUESDAY’S SEMIFINAL
Bonita at Great Oak, 7 p.m.

By Fred J. Robledo
LA PUENTE
– Bishop Amat’s girls basketball team played as well as it could defensively against Temecula Great Oak’s 5-foot-10 Roya Rustamzada and 6-foot-1 center Mikayla Williams, but going nearly 11 minutes without a field goal in the second half sealed its fate against the Wolfpack, falling 50-45 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA quarterfinals on Saturday.
Bishop Amat was trying to do its part to set up an all-area semifinal against top-seed Bonita, who crushed M.L. King 55-32, but instead finishes the season 23-7 after reaching the divisional title game last year.
“They were big, very big, and they were taller at every position than us,” Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “And sometimes significantly taller, and skilled, that makes it tough.”
Amat rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a 36-33 lead with with 3:08 left in the third quarter, but the Lancers didn’t score another field goal until Dagmar Ramirez’s lay-up with 22 seconds left when the game already was out of reach.
“I thought we were playing pretty good defensively and there weren’t a lot of possessions in there because we were making them take a lot of time on offense,” Wiard said. “But every time we missed it kind of got magnified and the misses added up.
“We certainly had the opportunities, but we let them get the last four points of the third quarter (to trail 40-36) and those two plays hurt.”
Great Oak (22-4) will host Bonita (28-2) in Tuesday’s semifinal at 7 p.m.
Bonita got a game-high 20 points from guard Nikki Wheatley and Kandyce Smith chipped in with 17 points to pace the Bearcats.
Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk was pleased with the easy victory and got a scouting report on Great Oak by watching them earlier in the season.

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Girls Wrestling: Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones wins state title; Northview places second

Northview High School came up short in its quest for a second consecutive CIF State girls wrestling title, placing second to Albany Saturday night at the Visalia Convention Center.
Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones was the only area competitor to score an individual title, taking first at 189 pounds.
Eighteen area athletes took top eight medals. In addition to Quinones, they were Northview’s Daveena Banda (126), Katie Auxier (143, third), Jazmin Perez (121, fifth) and Diedra Valles (170, sixth); Nogales’ Alondra Becerra (101, fifth); Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (106, third); Mountain View’s Inez Martinez (116, fourth) and Milagros Garcia (170, third); Covina’s Fay Venturina (116, seventh); San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121, sixth) and Brandie Elizalde (126, third); Arroyo’s Jade Harvey (138, eighth); Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa (160, fifth) and Evelyn Avila (234, fourth); West Covina’s Yvette Garcia (170, seventh) and Jazmine Chavarria (235, eighth); Baldwin Park’s Jessica Villegas (189, fifth);

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