TRACK FINALS WEEK: Damien speedster Zach Shinnick is fastest soph in the state and league finals results and stories with Bob Ramsey

WEEKEND FEATURE ON DAMIEN SPEEDSTER ZACH SHINNICK: The 400 meters might be the toughest high school track and field event. Athletes need speed and endurance to be successful.
Zach Shinnick, the fastest sophomore in the state, manages to have both.
“Besides the 400 hurdles in college and the 800, it has to be the hardest race,” the Damien High School sophomore said. “You have to sprint and you have to have strength to finish. Not many people have the best of both. I’m blessed to have both.“My times are a little bit surprising. Not many people think someone can do this when you’re so young. I knew I could do it. I believe in my capabilities to run these times.”

RESULTS: Area track and field guru Bob Ramsey will keep everyone up to date with this week’s area league track and field finals. I’ll post links on this thread of any video from events you want to share along with links to results from this week’s finals. We start with the Palomares, which finished on Wednesday.

Del Rey League
Del Rey League finals story: Bishop Amat’s Ally Palomino dominates with a double in 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
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Palomares League
Palomares league finals story: Veronica Smeltzer (Sr, Glendora) led the girls with three wins – 15.39/100 hurdles (#5 SGV, GHS record), 200/26.06 & 4×400/4:02.85 #3 SGV). But she was rivaled by two All-Time SGV performances. Bonita senior Cassidy Peng’s 11-00 pole vault win moves her to #13= All-Time, and #2 this year.
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Miramonte League
Miramonte League finals story:
Desmond Bobo (Sr, Pomona) took home four (!) first place medals and had the top performances in the meet. His 11.07 (2.8w) 100m win ranks 7th SGV and his 21-01.50 long jump best makes him #9 SGV. He was also best in the 200 – 22.99w and 4×100 – 43.77.Garey junior Brenae Jones matched Desmond’s three individual wins. She took the high jump: 4-06, long jump: 14-11, and triple jump: 33-00.
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Mission League
Mission League finals story:
People in the Mission League run really fast – it is one of the two or three strongest League meets in the country. St. Francis is the sole SGV member of that league, and their two best team members represented well at Thursday’s meet at Occidental College.Jasher Foster on his way to his best race… yet. Junior Jasher Foster won 110 Hurdles in 14.43, breaking his own school record. He ranks #2 SGV, and moves into the SGV All-Time Top 50 at #46. Jasher took over the SGV lead with his second place PR 38.56 in the 300 hurdles.

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Rowland’s Michael Wang dominates Valle Vista Swim Finals; Claremont’s Andrew Leahy win Palomares tennis title

ROWLAND’S MICHAEL WANG DOMINATES: Ten league records, including four individual marks by Rowland’s Michael Wang, were set in his own pool.“We swam lights out,” Rowland coach Mike Cody said. “San Dimas swam pretty well, too. It was a fast meet.”Wang qualified with meet records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.1) and the 100 backstroke (51.96). He led off both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and got records in each (21.10 in the 50 and 45.73 in the 100). Both Raiders relay teams set records as well (1:30.45 and 3:20.45, respectively).Every boys winner had an automatic qualifying time. Setting meet records were San Dimas’ Zach Patrick in the 200 free (1:51.73) and 500 free (5:08.27) and Rowland’s Andrew Phan in the 100 butterfly (51.34). Phan also won the 50 free.

CLAREMONT’S ANDREW LEAHY WINS PALOMARES TENNIS TITLE: Junior Andrew Leahy from Claremont High School claimed the boys tennis singles title in the Palomares League by beating South Hills’ Kevin Tang 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals and Neil Tengbumroong from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Thursday afternoon at the Claremont Club.
Bonita’s pairing of Matt Diamond and Bennett Williams won the league doubles title. They beat Roger Yang and Daniel Chai from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-4, and then defeated Glendora’s Dillon Barnard and Justin Lay 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match.

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Thursday Recap: West Covina softball back in the hunt for Hacienda League title after defeating Chino 7-2

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Photo taken by Valarie Almaraz

West Covina 7, Chino 2 — Maddy Tickey was the winning pitcher, giving up two unearned runs and Nicole Gutierrez had a two RBI single to lead the Bulldogs (15-11, 5-3) to defeat the Cowboys (15-6-1, 6-2) for the Hacienda League win. Jude Nua had a double and Valarie Almaraz had an RBI single for West Covina. The Bulldogs will play against Los Altos on Tuesday. to show they are still in the running for the Hacienda League title.
Bishop Amat 9, La Salle 3 — Samaria Diaz was the winning pitcher and Alexis Vargas got the save to lead Bishop Amat to the Del Rey League victory. Alyssa Barrera went 4 for 4, Eryn Sustayta hit a homer and Miranda Larios had two RBIs for Bishop Amat (16-6, 9-1).

Wilson 7, Nogales 2 — Matthew Alexander Rodriguez pitched seven innings, striking out three and had an RBI for the Wildcats (15-7, 4-4) in a Valle Vista League victory. Hector Hernandez went 2 for 4 with four RBIs, a double, a triple and two runs scored, Jose Felix had a double and Christian Mora and Vincent Santana each had an RBI for Wilson.

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Scott Wiard to coach Duarte girls basketball team with father Richard’s help

STORY: Duarte High School is hoping Scott Wiard is a chip off the old block.If he is, then the Falcons’ girls basketball program is set for liftoff.Duarte named 24-year-old Scott Wiard, son of legendary former Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard, its new varsity girls basketball head coach this week. Richard will assist his son.“I’m a little bit young, but I have had a lot of coaching experience and I knew I wanted to be a coach at a young age,” Scott Wiard said.During his father’s wildly successful 18-year run at Amat, Scott was never far from his side. In more recent years, he served as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls teams. Last season, he was an assistant at Brentwood School.Scott graduated from Amat in 2009, which was right around the tail end of his father’s tenure at the school. Richard Wiard won 466 games, five CIF championships and two state championships as Amat’s girls basketball coach.Richard Wiard resigned from Amat, calling the school a “difficult place to work.” Wiard is currently a teacher at Charter Oak. His wife Kathie is Director of Secondary Education for the Charter Oak Unified School District.

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Nomination forms for annual Blue-Red SGV All-Star Underclassman an Senior Baseball Games

BLUE-RED-GAME: Coaches in the East San Gabriel Valley need to contact Nogales baseball coach and all-star game organizer Don Montanez to nominate players for the San Gabriel Valley Blue-Red underclassman and senior games. The Underclassman game will be held at Moor Field in Alhambra on June, at 2 p.m. and the Senior game will be held at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterey Park on June 8, at 7 p.m. Danny Roddy of Northview and Danny Meza of Rosemead will coach the Underclassman Game. Paul Acosta of Walnut and Houston Hernandez of Schurr will coach the Senior Game.

MORE ALL-STAR GAMES: In addition to the Blue-Red game, this year there will be a San Gabriel Valley Tribune Area all-star underclassmen and senior baseball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, June 13. South Hills coach Darren Murphy is the tournament organizer along with help from other area coaches. Tribune area coaches interested in the game should contact Murphy at South Hills.



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Palomares Baseball: Bonita gets must 7-5 win over Ayala; South Hills falls out of first with 2-2 tie with Claremont

Bonita got itself back in playoff contention and in the title hunt with a 7-5 win over Ayala, and needs to sweep the Bulldogs Friday in order to put itself in great position going into next week. South Hills’ inability to score runs is catching up with the Huskies, who could do no better than a 2-2 tie in 13 innings against struggling Claremont.That tie allowed Glendora to take sole possession of first with three games to go and leaves the Huskies in second, but only a half-game (or a tie) ahead of Ayala and Bonita with three games to go. Who knows how that tie will affect things down the stretch, but the truth is Glendora and South Hills control its own destiny because they finish the season with a head-to-head next week that will likely determine the league title. If one of the two gets swept, that could possibly knock it out the playoffs entirely. It should be fun.


Bonita 7, Ayala 5: Bonita High School’s baseball team gave up an early 4-0 lead, but the Bearcats scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to defeat Ayala 7-5 Wednesday afternoon to move into a tie with the Bulldogs for third place in the Palomares League.Ayala (14-11, 7-5) got all five of its runs with two outs in the top of the fifth, using three of its four hits on the day to take a 5-4 lead.However, Bonita (19-8, 7-5) answered an inning later and reliever Nick Johnson retired the side in order for the second inning in a row to get the win for the Bearcats.
Glendora 2, Diamond Bar 0 — Ryan Beyer improved to 5-1, striking out six and Hayden Pearce got the save for the Tartans (20-6, 8-4) in a Palomares League victory. Glendora’s Raymond Romo went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Nolan Collett had an RBI.
South Hills 2, Claremont 2: The Wolfpack scored twice in the third and the Huskies answered back with two in the fourth and that was it as they settled for a 13-inning tie that was called because of darkness.

Glendora 8-4 (20-6)
South Hills 7-4-1 (17-7-1)
Ayala 7-5 (14-10)
Bonita 7-5 (18-8)
Claremont 3-8-1, (10-14)
Diamond Bar 3-9 (10-14)

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Wednesday Recap: Glendora softball blanks Ayala 5-0; South Hills crushes Bonita 14-4

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Gabrielino 9, El Monte 1 — Ronnie Welflin was the winning pitcher, striking out 11 and Brandon Lana-Mack went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs to lead the Eagles (8-10, 7-3) to the Mission Valley League victory. Carlos Montoya went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and had two stolen bases for Gabrielino.

Glendora 5, Ayala 0 — Kaylee Wallingford was the winning pitcher, striking out five, and Destiny Rojas, Kayla Sok, Taylor Tetone and Wallingford each had a double to lead the Tartans (19-6, 6-1) to the Palomares League victory.
South Hills 14, Bonita 4 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 and Mariah Tovar had three singles and two RBIs to lead the Huskies (16-6, 5-2) to the Palomares League victory. Huskies Christie Aguilar, Melysia Ortega, Clarissa Perez and Caitlyn Van Hemelryck each had two singles. Ortega and Van Hemelryck each had two RBIs and Perez had an RBI. Megan Jones, Gabriella Underwood and Alyssa Garcia each had a home run for Bonita (9-11, 3-5).
Gabrielino 4, El Monte 1 — Amanda Morales pitched seven innings, striking out nine and had three singles and Breanna Castro hit a homer for the Eagles (6-9-1, 6-4) in a Mission Valley League victory.
St. Paul 7, Cantwell Sacred Heart 1 — Gabby Walker was the winning pitcher and had two RBIs and Alexis Bermudez went 2 for 3 with two triples and an RBI to lead the Swordsmen (18-6, 9-1) to the Del Rey League victory. Sydney Kreimann had a triple and an RBI and Jaclyn Candelas had three singles for St. Paul.

Boys golf
Baseline League Individual Finals — Damien’s Nathan Clark shot a 146 at Los Serranos Golf Course to advance to the CIF Individual Championships at Victoria Golf Course. Also advancing to the finals are Nowndale Sale of Damien and Zach Caufmann of Chino Hills who each shot 148, Huskie Darren Lin shot a 150, Upland’s Connor Davis and Chino Hills’ Jesse Powell each shot a 151 and Damien’s Aaaron Coiner shot a 155.

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Palomares Baseball: Bonita battling to stay in title chase and playoff picture against Ayala

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora's La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora’s La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

When the Palomares league was created, it was baseball that caught everyone’s attention. Throwing area heavyweights Bonita, Glendora and South Hills in the same league with Ayala, Claremont and Diamond Bar was sure to create some excitement, and it has, with three-teams tied for first and Bonita only a game back with four to play. It will all be settled by next week, but some good teams won’t make the playoffs. The biggest home-and-home series is Bonita and Ayala, with the Bearcats hosting today at 3:15 p.m. A Bearcats sweep could put them in title contention, however if they get swept they likely get knocked out of the playoffs completely.
Today’s schedule
Ayala at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:30 p.m.
South Hills at Claremont, 3:30 p.m.

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Track and Field league finals sets the tone for the big weeks that follow


PRELIMS: Results from Tuesday’s Baseline, Hacienda, Mission Valley, Rio Hondo & Valle Vista League Prelims.

LEAGUE FINALS WEEK: This may be the biggest week of the season for high school track and field athletes.But then again, each weekend until the end of the month is also that biggest week. That’s because it’s playoff time.The season begins its nitty-gritty with 16 league finals involving San Gabriel Valley schools to be held in the next three days.“The big picture is qualifying,” Covina coach Kevin Glaspy said. “Obviously, that’s the priority.”The winners of each event will receive an automatic entry into the next round of competition, the CIF-Southern Section preliminary meet. But that does not knock out other athletes, either.

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Who’s got next at Damien? Greg Eckler, Mike LeDuc, Richard Wiard, Don Grant?

With Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn leaving for St. John Bosco and the Trinity League, the Spartans have a new opening at a place that just won a Division 3 state championship and a 2013 divisional crown. With a state of the art facility and one of the best student crowds in the section factored with coaching in the attractive city of La Verne, this becomes one of the hottest openings in the Southland. So who’s next?
Could it be Damien assistant Greg Eckler, who had years of success at Bonita before losing his job over a player wrestling incident? If Damien can look past it, Eckler’s resume speaks for itself and a year on staff should help his case.
wiard2How about this wild card, former Bishop Amat girls coach Richard Wiard? Wiard won multiple CIF and state girls tiles before a falling out with Amat last year. Factor in that Damien’s principal is Dr. Merritt Hemenway, who is really close with Wiard during a time when Hemingway was the principal at Amat. Hemingway hired an Amat guy to take over football in Mark Paredes, so this might not be that far-fetched.
Could this be a position that finally wrestles away Glendora’s Mike LeDuc for a return to Damien where he started? Chances are slim, but don’t ever close that door. Or how about former Muir coach Don Grant who was at Chino Hills before bringing on Steve Baik as an assistant, and then turning the position over to Baik. Grant agreed to be Baik’s assistant, but left this past year. He’s someone who would be a great fit given the opportunity. It’s a huge hire for Damien, especially considering area private’s like Maranatha spent big money to lure Pasadena’s Tim Tucker to the school. Also down the 210 freeway, La Salle wrestled Mike Lynch away from Price. Since the Dunn to Bosco story broke, a coach who won a state championship on the East Coast already hit me up on twitter asking about Damien and said he would apply. So, expect the unexpected and for all the rumors to be out there.

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Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn leaving to take over at St. John Bosco

By Fred Robledo
Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn is cashing his chips and hoping the grass is greener on the other side.
After leading Damien to the CIF-State Division 3 championship in March to go with his CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship in 2013, Dunn announced his resignation at Damien on Tuesday to become the head coach at St. John Bosco where he will compete in the prestigious Trinity League that includes Mater Dei.The 38-year-old Dunn leaves Damien after 12 years, where he compiled a 252-108 record at the school and is 279-131 all-time as a head coach.
It’s a big move for Dunn, who likely received a bump in pay to pry him away from Damien, where he’s had so much success.Dunn was offered the position late last week and struggled with it over the weekend before making a decision.
“It was a tough decision,” Dunn said. “I love Damien, our entire family has put our heart and soul into the school and there are some incredible memories. The coaches and players that I’ve been around I have incredible memories with. Anytime you have to make a decision to leave all that it’s hard.”

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Baseball: Bishop Amat stays in Del Rey League race with 3-1 win over St. Paul

LA PUENTE — St. Paul can end rival Bishop Amat’s quest for a Del Rey League title and enhance its own with a victory in of two games this week.
The Swordsmen will carry that aspiration to Friday.
Amat sophomore Isaac Esqueda saw to that Tuesday.
Esqueda tossed a four-hitter and struck out 11 as Amat remained in the race with a 3-1 victory over St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.
The host Lancers improved to 14-11-1 overall and 8-3 in league play. The loss dropped St. Paul into a virtual second-place tie with Amat, falling to 13-12-1 and 7-3. Cathedral, which beat Serra, leads the league at 8-2.
Bishop Amat, scoring two unearned runs in the second, led 3-0 after two innings.



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Tuesday Recap: Courtney Springman was the WP and Pearl Barroso had a 2-run homer to lead Chino Softball back to the winning direction

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Chino 4, Los Altos 3 — Courtney Springman was the winning pitcher and Pearl Barroso went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer to lead the Cowboys (15-5-1, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Corina Gamboa had an RBI triple and Amanda Brashear had a hit and an RBI for Chino.
San Gabriel Mission 5, Holy Family 2 — Patricia Rosales went 2 for 3 with two doubles, Christina Rosas had two RBIs, a single and a double and Aeriel Lewandowski had an RBI to lead the Pioneers (13-8, 7-2) to the Horizon League victory.
St. Paul 4, St. Joseph 1 — Gabby Walker pitched a complete game, and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the Swordsmen (17-6, 8-1) to the Del Rey League victory. For St. Paul, Niko Walker had two hits and two runs scored and Taylor Fogle had a hit and an RBI.
Charter Oak 11, Diamond Ranch 5 — Cloe Ochoa was the winning pitcher, Sereena Ortiz got the save and Marissa Chavez went 3 for 5 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Chargers (16-7, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Chargers’ Eva Arretche went 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Chloe Evans went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Baldwin Park 3, Gladstone 1 — Pitcher Anthony Franco improved to 6-1 and went 2 for 3 to lead the Braves (8-8, 7-4) to the Montview League victory. For Baldwin Park, Isaiah Martinez went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

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Glendora quarterback Matt Fink chooses USC over Notre Dame and others with Twitter announcement Monday


STORY:The brief recruiting frenzy that saw Glendora High School quarterback Matt Fink go from relative unknown to national sensation ended early Monday afternoon when the standout picked USC with an announcement on his Twitter account.
Fink hinted Monday morning he would make his decision, tweeting: Very big day today! with a #nomorewaiting hashtag. Just before 3 p.m., Fink made good on his promise, choosing USC over more than a dozen schools, including Notre Dame, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon and others.

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Area running back Kurt Scoby leaving Fresno State for Azusa Pacific

STORY: Former standout running back Kurt Scoby, who shined at several area high schools before spending one season at Fresno St., is back in the San Gabriel Valley.Scoby has left Fresno St. and transferred to Azusa Pacific University, Cougars head coach Victor Santa Cruz confirmed on Monday.Because Santa Cruz is limited with what he could say due to NCAA rules, all that was confirmed is that Scoby has signed a scholarship offer and will be enrolling at APU in the fall.Scoby’s career at Fresno St. never got off the ground. He suffered a concussion during fall practice and never got a carry in a game this season. He projected to be one of several backups to returning starter Marteze Waller this fall.

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