Softball: La Serna beats South Hills in battle of of top teams


By Stephen Ramirez

La Serna's Reanne Martinez scores against South Hills in the first inning of a prep softball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 09, 2015. La Serna won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

La Serna’s Reanne Martinez scores against South Hills in the first inning of a prep softball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 09, 2015. La Serna won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)


WEST COVINA – La Serna High School followed a tournament win last week with an unexpected loss. The Lancers made sure they wouldn’t repeat the trend Thursday.
Jamie Wren tossed a four-hitter and Jelli Lopez hit a two-run home run to lead La Serna to a 3-1 victory over host South Hills in a battle of the two of the top softball teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
La Serna, ranked No. 1 in Division 3, improved to 12-3. They have followed a 3-0 loss to Sonora with three consecutive wins, including decisions over Division 1 No. 7 Mater Dei (6-0) on Monday and Division 2 No. 6 South Hills on Thursday.
Natalie Lugo gave up five hits and struck out 10 for South Hills, which slipped to 11-4. Quinn DeAvila had a RBI triple for the Huskies.


La Serna’s Jamie Wren: “We all have our games. It was a difficult loss (to Sonora last week), but it motivated us. We knew what we did wrong and what we have to work on. We picked it up (Thursday).”

La Serna co-coach Mike Orona: “We didn’t do what we wanted to offensively. (Lugo) is a quality pitcher and she pretty much dominated the game. We put enough together offensively to get the victory and Jamie did a great job pitching.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: We just didn’t hit. She’s a quality pitcher, but we didn’t hit. We’ve been in a couple of these type of games. We didn’t adjust.”

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With offers from Notre Dame and USC, Glendora’s Matt Fink a secret no more

MattFinkFINK’S OFFSEASON GETS BETTER AND BETTER: There likely isn’t a high school football player around who’s having a better offseason than Glendora quarterback Matt Fink.
When Fink’s offseason started, the all-important one between a prospect’s junior and senior year, the goal was to make him more visible on college recruiters’ radars.
Around these parts, Fink is known as the speedy Tartans quarterback with a cannon for an arm and a knack for pulling out close games late. Packaged with his 6-foot-5 inch frame, those talents figured to make him a irresistible target for recruiters.
One problem, though, Fink hadn’t gotten the exposure that other quarterbacks of his stature had because he never played with a travelling 7-on-7 team, which often serves as a showcase for recruiters.
Everything changed, however, in February. Fink participated in the Blue Grey All-American Southern California Regional combine in Ventura. Fink was named Offensive MVP and that week the college offers started to flood in.

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Bonita, the team San Dimas whacked three times, thumps Glendora 14-3

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BONITA PUTS GLENDORA IN BIG HOLE: Bonita got its first two home runs of the season, took advantage of nine walks and three hit batters, and coasted to a 14-3 win over Glendora in a Palomares League game on Wednesday.
Danny Gelalich and Nick Peifer got back-to-back walks in the second inning then worked a double steal to set up sophomore Kenji Henderson, a late addition to the lineup who singled up the middle for the first two runs of the game.
Henderson, who replaced an ill Brandon Bradshaw just minutes before the first pitch, also had a home run and a double and knocked in five runs for the Bearcats.
“We certainly don’t like to yank our No. 3 hitter just before the game,” Bearcats coach John Knott said. “We knew Kenji was a good hitter but he’s a left-handed hitter and they started a lefty and we didn’t know what kind of swings he would put on it. He’s only a sophomore and he hit the ball well.”

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Wednesday Recap: West Covina scores six in a row to beat Charter Oak in Hacienda League baseball

Baseball
West Covina 6, Charter Oak 5
— Darron Benton lifted the Bulldogs to a comeback victory over Charter Oak in Hacienda League play with a walkoff RBI-single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh for his second RBI of the day. The Chargers raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning off a three-run home run by Nick Hernandez. However, West Covina’s Alex Carrillo shut down Charter Oak for the next three innings, recording nine strikeouts in five innings of work. Carrillo also had a pair of singles and a double to help the Bulldogs claw their way back into the game. Then with the bases loaded, Andrew Maxson drew a walk to tie the game and set up Benton’s game winning hit. Steven Ramirez got the win in relief throwing two shutout innings.
San Dimas 7, Maranatha 0 — San Dimas continues its winning streak to 16 games to start the season.
Santa Margarita 8, Ayala 0 — Ayala fell in its third contest of the 2015 National Classic, which it is hosting.
Walnut 3, Desert Christian Academy 0

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Bishop Amat transfer Angel Maya throws a no-hitter for San Dimas

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MAYA THROWS A NO-NO: The San Dimas baseball team already had a pretty formidable 1-2 punch on the mound with senior Peter Lambert and junior Jacob Castillo. Now they might actually have a third ace.
Junior right-hander Angel Maya, a transfer from Bishop Amat, hurled the Saints past Southlands Christian 16-0 on Tuesday in a first-round game of the Don Lugo Easter Tournament. Maya threw a seven-inning no-hitter, striking out six. He issued one walk and hit a batter in his debut, which comes after the transfer sit-out period.
“This was his first time out there other than a bullpen,” Saints coach Mike Regan said, “He’s not the power pitcher the other two are, but he has a good curve ball and a split finger, so he’s going to add to the depth we have on the mound. It just gives us one more option and another dimension. It really helps when you have these tournaments and have a lot of games in a few days.”

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South Hills’ Caitlyn VanHemelryck dominant in Huskies’ 10-0 softball rout of Monrovia

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nataliabocanegraPITCHING DOMINANCE: South Hills scored five runs in the first inning and coasted to a 10-0 win over Monrovia on Tuesday afternoon.
The Huskies, (12-3) ranked No. 1 by the Tribune, dominated in the circle, giving up only one hit, and snapped the Wildcats’ seven-game winning streak to hand the Pasadena Star-News’ No. 1-ranked team its first shutout loss of the year.
“They’ve got great pitching,” said Wildcats coach David Guzman, whose team fell to 11-4. “I wish we could have put up a better fight, but it was one of those days.”
Senior Caitlyn VanHemelryck, who has signed with Southeastern Louisiana University, started the game and pitched four innings of no-hit ball, giving up an unearned run in the top of the third inning.
She struck out three batters and didn’t allow a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning. She saw only one baserunner, a hit batter, as she picked up her fifth win of the season.

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Tuesday Recap: Frankie Villanueva pitched seven innings, striking out 10 to lead Bassett baseball to 4-1 win vs Rosemead

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

Baseball

Bassett 4, Rosemead 1 — Frankie Villanueva pitched seven innings, striking out 10, and Matthew Robles had three singles for the visiting Olympians (4-4) in a nonleague win. Angel Lopez struck out 11, and Alejandro Dominguez had a triple for the Panthers (6-6).
South Hills 1, Downey 0 — Andres Alvarez was the winning pitcher, Hayden Petrovick got the save and John Dearth had an RBI for the Huskies (10-4) in a nonleague win.
Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 13, Bonita 5 — Teams of David Chee and Russell Chen, Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong and Daniel Chai and Sho Uchida swept in doubles and Neil Tengbumroong swept in singles to lead the Brahmas (7-2, 3-0) to the Palomares League victory.

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Baseball Rankings: San Dimas without a doubt No. 1 at 14-0

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1. San Dimas (14-0) – Three wins over Bonita along with two tournament titles make the Saints the slam dunk top choice, just the way it started the season.
2. Bonita (11-4) — Considering three losses have come against San Dimas, and two of those were finals we can say Bonita’s a solid No. 2.
3. South Hills (9-4) — Has done extremely well considering the schedule, which includes a win over Mater Dei and a finals appearance in a tough Florida tourney last week.
4. Glendora (13-4) – After dominating the Baseline last year, the Tartans are finding the Palomares tough, already 1-2 with losses to Ayala and Diamond Bar. That’s a dangerous way to start with South Hills and Bonita in the league as well.
5. Bishop Amat (6-6-1) — Although the overall record stinks, the Lancers are tied for first in the Del Rey at 3-1. Besides, they started this way last year and won a title.
6. Wilson (11-3) — Great overall record, but not completely surprising looking at the schedule. The truth will come when the Valle Vista starts.
7. Sierra Vista (8-4) – After an unusual slow start, the Dons have rushed to 4-1 in the Montview and are looking like the team we thought they were with a pre-season top ten ranking.
8. Nogales (11-6) — A couple losses in the Lions Tournament, but overall not bad under first year coach and longtime assistant Donald Montanez.
9. Diamond Bar (7-6) – Brahmas can compete with anyone in the Palomares, but not sure they’ll be good enough down the stretch to earn a playoff spot.
10. Charter Oak (5-6-1) – Compared to the Palomares, the Hacienda is clearly the “B” League, and despite their weak overall record, the Chargers are 3-0 in league.

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Softball Rankings: South Hills’ strong pitching has Huskies No. 1

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1. South Hills (10-3) - Have two super pitchers and after winning a tournament in Anaheim, hasn’t slowed down, beating El Segundo and St. Paul with last two wins.
2. Bishop Amat (11-4) — Lancers have come on strong to lead the Del Rey at 4-0, mighty impressive considering St. Paul and La Salle are both in it and having solid seasons.
3. Charter Oak (9-6) – Even though West Covina has done well, the Chargers look like the favorites in the Hacienda with so many solid hitters and good pitching to go with it.
4. West Covina (9-4) — Opened the season with the championship in the San Dimas tournament, but has lost two of three against tough opponents in the Diamond Bar tourney.
5. Diamond Bar (8-5) — Could be the sleeper team in the Palomares, showing signs of it with a win over Glendora. South Hills is clearly the best, after that the league is up for grabs.
6. Glendora (10-5) – Started the Palomares with a 2-1 loss to Diamond Bar, but other than that, has been a solid start for the Tartans after recent years of struggling in the Baseline.
7. Bonita (5-4) — Three straight wins over Covina, San Dimas and Los Altos is the kind of momentum it was looking for with the Palomares up next.
8. Edgewood (7-0) – The best team nobody’s ever heard of is also this editor’s alma mater. The Lions are 3-0 in league and looking at the schedule won’t lose another game until the playoffs start.
9. St. Lucy’s (7-6) — Has played a decent schedule and advanced to the finals of the Northview tournament last week. Could be best year since Danielle O’Toole’s departure.
10. San Dimas (6-7) — Not an impressive overall record, but looking at its line-up no doubt it’s an area top ten. Should be better than this.

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If past area baseball champions met, who would be the best?

With San Dimas 14-0 and No. 1 in Division 3, it makes you wonder if it could be better than all recent champions. Here’s a list of area champions since 2007, which of these teams is the best of the best and would win out if they all met in a tournament today?

Bishop Amat, 2011: Won Division 4 title in Rio Ruiz’s junior season with a 7-0 victory over Palm Desert in which Ruiz homered to right field.

San Dimas, 2009: The Saints won the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title with a 4-2 victory over Torrance, it’s first baseball title since 1985.

South Hills 2009: After losing in the championship the year before, the Huskies returned and won the Division 3 title with an 8-2 win over Beckman, giving coach Kevin Smith his long awaited title.

Bonita, 2012: Pitcher Justin Garza’s incredible career was capped with a 5-1 victory over Alhambra for the Division 3 title and the Bearcats’ first championship since 1951

Glendora, 2010: Tartans pitcher Adam Plutko, who went on to win a national title at UCLA, pitched a gem in the Division 2 championship to beat Yucaipa, 10-3

Northview, 2008: Northview’s 37-year drought ended in a 1-0 victory over Diamond Ranch to claim the CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship at Dodger Stadium, giving the top-ranked Vikings their first title since 1971. It was the Vikings’ 12th straight win, finishing the season 26-4.

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Walnut boys, Arcadia girls lead SGV track and field rankings with Bob Ramsey

For the latest and best news on track and field in the San Gabriel Valley follow Bob Ramsey on his San Gabriel Valley track and cross country website.

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FROM RAMSEY: We’ve changed our method of ranking teams for 2015, giving more emphasis to overall depth and strength. (You can read about the details on the post for the girls rankings below).
Walnut HorseWalnut and Damien are strong and complete teams, with Championship level athletes in most events and the ability to score in every event in a dual meet, That strength is shown in the first team rankings where they are separated by just one point!
D3 power Covina is another all-around team that has jumped up to third, followed by distance-heavy SGV newcomers Ayala. Special honor to Claremont and Rowland who have made huge progress in the new season. And so here’s this years first list…

BOYS TEAM RANKINGS
1. 146 – Walnut (Ranked 1st in 2014)
2. 145 – Damien (2nd)
3. 133 – Covina (5th)
4. 113 – Ayala (4th)
5. 98 – Monrovia (6th)
6. 97 – Claremont (18th!)
7. 91 – Bonita (9th)
8. 76 – Arcadia (3rd)
9. 75 – Rowland (26th!)
10. 73 – California (4th)

GIRLS TEAM RANKINGS
1. 167 – Arcadia (1st in 2014)
2. 147 – Ayala (new to the SGV)
3. 140 – Walnut (2nd)
4. 128 – Claremont (6th)
5. 107 – Monrovia (7th)
6. 102 – Glendora (3rd)
7. 80 – Bonita (10th)
8. 79 – El Rancho (NR)
9. 79 – South Pasadena (4th)
10. 77 – St. Lucy’s (11th)

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Will Bishop Amat turn Tre Sidney loose at WR, which is the position he wants to play in college

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SIDNEY TURNING HEADS AT WIDE RECEIVER: Already one of the country’s top recruits at corner back, Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney wanted to use this offseason to showcase to college recruiters what he can do with the ball in his hands.
Sidney, the Tribune’s 2013 Newcomer of the Year after picking off 10 passes as a sophomore, and a 2014 All-Area selection at defensive back, prefers to play receiver. Both now and in college.
The gamble to showcase his prowess catching balls at the expense of developing further at corner has already started paying off.
TRESIDNEYSidney was named Offensive MVP of the Passing Downs Tournament in Fontana last weekend while competing on behalf of the Body By Tra team. The team also includes five-star receiver recruit and Sidney’s Bishop Amat teammate Tyler Vaughns.
Also at receiver for Body By Tra is former St. Francis standout Dylan Crawford, who hopes to play his senior season at Santa Margarita. Crawford has multiple college offers. Charter Oak’s Zion Echols, a running back for the Chargers, also is part of the receiving corps.

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Thursday Recap: Covina softball shutouts Azusa 11-0 for Northview Tournament victory

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

Softball
Covina 11, Azusa 0 — Princess Nava pitched five innings, striking out seven and had four RBIs, and three doubles to lead the Colts (8-5) to the Northview Tournament victory. Also contributing to Covina’s victory were Samantha Medrano who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a home run, Ali Lenoue who had an RBI and a home run and Samantha Hardwick who had two RBIs and three stolen bases.
Baseball
IMG Academy (FLA.) 2, South Hills 1 — John Dearth pitched six innings, striking out three and Francisco Ramirez went 2 for 3 with a double for the Huskies (9-4) but it was not enough to win the IMG Academy Championship.
Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 11, Claremont 7 — The teams of David Chee and Russell Chen and Daniel Chai and Roger Yang swept in doubles and Neil Tengbumroong swept in singles for the Brahmas (6-2, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory.

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