Heavyweights South Hills, Bishop Amat baseball advance in D1; Glendora advances Friday

Friday’s Results
Division 2

Glendora 7, Woodcrest Christian 2
Mira Costa 7, San Dimas 3
Division 4
Santa Ynez 1, West Covina 0
Wilson 5, La Quinta 1
Nogales 4, La Serna 1
Sonora 2, Sierra Vista 1
Division 6
El Monte 11, Rio Hondo Prep 7
South El Monte (15-10) at Moreno Valley (12-13)

South Hills eliminates Damien: For the second time in a year, Damien and South Hills high schools met in the CIF Southern Section baseball playoffs.
Much more was at stake last season as the Huskies advanced with a semifinal victory and eventually won the Division 2 title.But there was no need to tell any of the South Hills players the importance of Thursday’s Division 1 4-0 first-round victory over the Spartans (11-15).
“After winning last year, the first playoff game is going to be the toughest one,” said South Hills winning pitcher Brandon Dieter, who has verbally committed to Stanford. “It’s tough to repeat and that’s why not many people do it.”
That new challenge in Division 1 continues with a second-round game Tuesday as No. 4 seed South Hills (22-7) will travel to J.W. North of Riverside (18-12), a 2-1 winner over Mission Viejo.Dieter (9-2, 0.80 ERA) gave up only three hits and struck out four in his complete-game victory in which the junior allowed only seven baserunners. Only three Damien runners reached second base.

Thursday’s First Round Results
Division I
South Hills 4, Damien 0
Bishop Amat 2, Chaminade 1, 8 innings
Division 3
Walnut 5, California 0
Charter Oak 5, Placentia Valencia 4
Division 7
Hamilton 8, La Verne Lutheran 1
Gladstone 7, San Jacinto Academy 5

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 1

South Hills at JW North, 3:15 p.m.
El Toro at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Rio Mesa at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Ventura/Sierra Canyon winner vs. Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Righetti at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Santa Ynez at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Serra, 3:15 p.m.
Division 6
Rancho Christian at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Division 7
Joshua Sprints at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.

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St. Lucy’s knocks off Glendora in first round of softball playoffs; Los Altos, South Hills, Charter Oak, South El Monte all win

By John Honell
St. Lucy’s Priory hadn’t advanced past the first round of the CIF Southern Section softball playoffs since 2012 when it went to the semifinals in Division 3.
The visiting Regents (17-6) scored early then held off a hard-charging Glendora team for 5-3 win in a Division 2 first-round game on Thursday afternoon.St. Lucy’s will host undefeated top-seeded Gahr on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
“We got those two runs (in the first inning) and that was fine,” Regents coach David Gaither said. “Then I thought they were going to score real quick when they got the bases loaded, but we stopped them in the first inning.”

CIF-Southern Section Softball Results
Thursday’s First Round
Division 1

South Hills 4, Huntington Beach 3
Mater Dei 5, Bishop Amat 1
Division 2
St. Lucy’s 5, Glendora 3
Charter Oak 1, Simi Valley 0, 9 innings
Division 3
Mayfair 10, San Dimas 3
Los Altos 6, Glendale 3
Division 4
Arroyo 8, La Canada 5
Hemet 14, Edgewood 3
Division 5
Sultana 13, Sierra Vista 2
Heritage Christian 9, Duarte 1
South El Monte 10, Heritage 0
Division 6
Azusa 10, Notre Dame Academy 6
Garden Grove Santiago 7, Northview 6
Lancaster 13, El Monte 2
Wilson 4, Desert Christian Academy 3
Division 7
Mountain View 23, Lucerne Valley 0

Tuesday’s Second Round
Division 1

Garden Grove Pacifica at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Division 2
Gahr at St. Lucy’s, 3:15 p.m.
Upland at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Crescenta Valley at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Montclair at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
South El Monte at Barstow, 3:15 p.m.
Division 6
Culver City at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Division 7
Animo Leadership at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.

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Wednesday’s tennis semifinals

Monday’s quarterfinal

Division 1
San Marino 10, No. 4 Arcadia 8

Semifinals: Wednesday
Division 1
No. 1 Peninsula (22-0) at San Marino (12-3)
No. 3 University (19-2) at No. 2 Harvard-Westlake (22-2)

Division 4
No. 3 Maranatha (16-1) at No. 2 Mission View (14-3)
Los Osos (16-7) at Downey (14-4)

Division 5
California (13-9) at Gahr (14-4)
No. 1 Magnolia (20-0) at Paloma Valley (14-3)

Finals: Friday at The Claremont Club

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CIF-Southern Section Baseball polls released; Damien at South Hills highlights first round matchups


By Aram Tolegian
Read Pairings story:
It jumped right off the page for local high school baseball fans scanning the playoff pairings released Monday by the CIF Southern Section: Damien at South Hills in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs.
Words like “blockbuster” and “showdown” were being used on social media to describe it in the moments following the announcement.
“We know what they are, they’re very talented and they’re very dangerous,” Damien head coach Andy Nieto said of South Hills. “On our end, we’re very excited to join the party. We’ve had a rough year for a variety of sorts, but I’m really proud of our guys for toughing it out. “We like our chances. I don’t think there’s very many teams as battle tested as we are. I’m proud of my guys for weathering the storm.”
South Hills was made the No. 4 overall seed in the Division 1 field. The Huskies won Division 2 last season and got bumped up to the top-shelf grouping this season because of it. South Hills beat Damien in last year’s Division 2 semifinals. The Huskies enter this year’s postseason at 21-7 and co-champs of the Palomares League.

All games scheduled to start at 3:15 p.m., unless noted
Division 1 First Round – Thursday’s games

Damien at South Hills
Chaminade at Bishop Amat
Division 2 First Round – Friday’s games
Woodcrest Christian at Glendora
San Dimas at Mira Costa
Division 3 Wild Card – Tuesday’s games
Cajon at Northview
Division 3 First Round – Thursday’s games
Wild Card winner F at Walnut
Charter Oak at Placentia Valencia
Division 4 First Round – Friday’s games
West Covina at Santa Ynez
Wilson at La Quinta
La Serna at Nogales
Sierra Vista at Sonora
Division 6 Wild Card – Tuesday’s game
Arroyo at Yucca Valley
Division 6 First Round – Friday’s Games
Rio Hondo Prep at El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Pomona
South El Monte at Moreno Valley
Division 7 Wild Card – Tuesday’s wild card
Rosemead at Bosco Tech
Division 7 First Round – Thursday’s Games
La Verne Lutheran at Hamilton
Gladstone at San Jacinto Valley Academy

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CIF Southern Section Softball pairings: St. Lucy’s at Glendora highlight’s Thursday’s First Round


By Fred J. Robledo
Softball Pairings story
: La Habra, South Hills and Bishop Amat knew its road would be tough in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 softball playoffs, and found out just how tough the roads would be following the release of the CIF-SS playoff pairings on Monday.
Freeway League champion La Habra will host Crestview league third-place finisher Yorba Linda while Del Rey League runner-up Bishop Amat has the task of visiting Trinity second-place and Orange County power Mater Dei in first round games on Thursday.
South Hills, who boasts Florida-bound pitcher Natalie Lugo, rallied to finish second in the Palomares. The Huskies will travel to take on Sunset League runner-up Huntington Beach.

CIF-Southern Section Softball Playoffs
All games start at 3:15 p.m. unless noted
Division 1 – Thursday’s first round

South Hills at Huntington Beach
Bishop Amat at Mater Dei
Division 2 – Thursday’s first round
St. Lucy’s at Glendora
Charter Oak at Simi Valley
Division 3 – Thursday’s first round
Mayfair-Palos Verdes WC winner at San Dimas
Glendale-Carer WC winner at Los Altos
Division 4 – Thursday’s first round
Arroyo at La Canada
Colton-Hemet WC winner at Edgewood
Division 5 – Thursday’s first round
Sultana at Sierra Vista
Duarte at Heritage Christian
Heritage at South El Monte
Division 6 – Tuesday’s wild card
Lancaster at El Monte
Wilson at Pomona
Division 6 – Thursday’s first round
Azusa at Notre Dame Academy
Northview at Garden Grove Santiago
Division 7 — Thursday’s first round
Mountain View at Lucerne Valley
La Verne Lutheran at Archer School for Girls

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South Hills Powder Puff game ends when girl gets steamrolled. Why are these games so vicious?

Remember when Power Puff football games was a friendly day of junior and senior girls laughing through a game of flag football? Not anymore, these games have grown more and more serious, and getting physical to a point where injuries are becoming a big concern.
South Hills had a powder puff game called last week after a girl was streamrolled in the open field. It was the kind of hit that would draws oohs and ahhs on any Friday night, except it happened in Powder Puff, which is not that uncommon. You hear stories that Powder Puff games are out of control, ending in fights, vicious blocks, and basically a no rules barrage that are putting the girls that play at risk. High School football summer 7 on 7 games are safer than this.
It might be a good time for school’s to take a serious look at the game and come up with ground rules that make it safe, and teach the game better so that hits like this don’t happen.
Covina-Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Richard M. Sheehan agrees that changes are needed.
“We are definitely reviewing the powder puff games,” Sheehan said. “Like all athletes, the girls are getting stronger and faster. We may take a look at the seven on seven rules currently used in tournaments and modify them appropriately. First and foremost the student safety comes first, but we want to let the kids have fun. It’s finding the balance of both.”

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Highlights from Saturday’s All-Star football game at Covina District

Arcadia’s Raeshawn Roland caught a 18 yard pass from Monrovia’s Richie Schroder with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lead the North team to a 22-18 win over the South in the Southern California All Star Game Saturday night at Covina District Field.
Muir’s Elijah Davis scored two 40-yard touchdown receptions for the North. Norwalk’s Jordan Thomas also scored on two touchdowns runs (2 and 30 yards) and Los Altos’ Andrew Manuele added another touchdown from three yards.
Schroder was named the North’s Offensive MVP with Muir’s Ahmir Davis garnering defensive MVP honors for the North. Bishop Amat’s Andrew Camargo was honored as the South’s defensive MVP while Thomas was named the South’s offensive MVP. — James Escarcega

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