Friday Recap: Maddy Tickey and Bella Montoya each had a double to lead West Covina softball to 5-4 victory

Softball
West Covina 5, Diamond Bar 4 — Maddy Tickey went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Bella Montoya went 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI, scored twice and had a stolen base to lead the Bulldogs (6-1) to the nonleague victory. Freshman Trinity Garcia pitched the remaining 2 and 2/3 innings and got the win and Miranda Gil went 2 for 3 and scored a run against Diamond Bar (4-3).
Bishop Amat 9, Los Altos 0 — Pitcher Alexis Vargas allowed two hits and Alyssa Barrera went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a home run to lead the Lancers (4-2) to the Charter Oak Varsity Tournament victory.
Chino 2, El Modena 1 — Emily Ballesteros had a two run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Cowboys (6-2) to their second victory at the Tournament of Champions. Tiffany Kennedy-Cummings had a complete game with a strikeout and gave up four hits and one run.
Pomona 16, Bassett 0 — Alexis Garcia pitched five innings, striking out nine and Adreena Ramierez went 3 for 3 with a home run to lead the Re Devils (1-1) to their first Miramonte League win of the season. Daisy Rocha went 2 for 4 and Deja Shelton went 3 for 4.
Charter Oak 11, La Habra 1 — Kaile Chavez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, two doubles and scored three runs, Taylor Guzman went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double and Christine Pinela went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead Charter Oak to the Charger Classic Tournament victory. Molly Montell had two RBIs and a double, Camille Greene went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a double and Cloe Ochoa and Marissa Chavez each went 3 for 4 for the Chargers (5-2).
Baseball
Bassett 12, Pomona 8 — Mike Castanon went 2 for 3 with four RBIs and two singles and Frankie Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double to lead the visiting Olympians (3-0, 1-0) to the Miramonte League victory. Also contributing to Bassett’s victory were Jonathan Torres who went 3 for 5 with three singles and Matthew Robles who went 2 for 5 with two singles. Richard Santana went 3 or 5 with three RBIs, a double and two singles and Daniel Guzman went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two singles for Pomona (1-1,0-1).

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CCCAA Final Four: Ex-Arroyo star Primitivo Gomez scores 21 points to lead East Los Angeles College into men’s basketball state title game


By Stephen Ramirez
NORWALK >>
East Los Angles College’s incredible playoff run will take the Huskies to the California Community College Athletic Association men’s basketball state championship game.
Former Arroyo High School standout Primitivo Gomez scored 23 points and Je’Ron Primus had 17 as East. L.A. continued its recent magic with a 94-83 victory over Merritt, of Oakland, in the state semifinals at Cerritos College on Friday.
Marcus Romain and Marquis Salmon also had 12 points each for the Huskies, who improved to 22-10 and advanced to face either Saddleback or Canada, of Redwood City, in Sunday’s title game at 1 p.m.
Gomez also had 12 rebounds for East L.A., which began the playoffs seeded No. 13 in the South.
DJ Kennedy had 20 points and Travon King had 19 points for Merritt, which finished 25-6.
East L.A. showed solid poise down the stretch, turning away two late pushes by the Thunderbirds to advance.

Merritt, the No. 1 seed from the North, trailed most of the game, but stalked the Huskies late, cutting a nine-point deficit to 81-79 with three minutes left.
East L.A., getting two free throws and a putback from Richard Bivens, pushed the lead to 87-81 with 1:04 to play before making five of six free throws down the stretch to seal it. The Huskies closed the game with a 9-2 surge.

East L.A.’s Primitivo Gomez: “It’s a great feeling. All of us felt a little bit disrespected (at the start of the playoffs), but we’ve worked really hard. We’re a team that believes in ourselves and that’s what matters. We play hard as a unit, and when you play as a unit, that’s how you win.”

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Thursday Recap: Chino Softball wins first game in Tournament of Champions in Arizona

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Softball
Chino 6, Santa Monica 3 — Tiffany Kennedy Cummings pitched a complete game and Pearl Barroso went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and a homerun to lead the Cowboys (5-2) to the Tournament of Champions victory.

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Mt. SAC area makes league changes starting in 2016-17

THURSDAY BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Apparently there was some glitch in the voting and they will meet again on Monday at Walnut High School at 5 p.m. to vote again. Nothing is expected to change, however, but you never know.

Tuesday’s Results: Below is Proposal B, which was voted on this morning by the Mt. SAC area for league realignment starting in the 2016 season, creating a football only and all sports except football leagues. The Miramonte and Baseline leagues remain the same, but others made tweaks. Baldwin Park will go back to the Valle Vista and Nogales will move to the Montview league for all sports. The Palomares, Hacienda and Mt. Baldy leagues will remain the same as they’re now, however in football only, they will juggle it around.
Here’s how the football leagues will look in 2016
Palomares football: Ayala, Bonita, Claremont, Colony, Glendora, South Hills (Adds Colony, ships Diamond Bar to Hacienda).
Hacienda football: Charter Oak, Chino, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, West Covina (Adds Diamond Bar, ships Walnut to Mt. Baldy).
Mt. Baldy League: Alta Loma, Chaffey, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario, Walnut (Adds Walnut, ships Colony to Palomares).

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills Girls Basketball is headed to the Regional Quarterfinals after beating Mission Oak 70-54

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Girls basketball
South Hills 70, Mission Oak 54 — Brittany Wang had 24 points, Samantha Perez added 18 points and Denise Wang had 13 points to lead the Huskies (27-5) to the CIF State Southern California Division III first round victory. It is South Hills first state win in 23 years.

“They played really hard,” head coach Tiffany Liang said. “Coming away with beating a CIF champion is outstanding.”

South Hills will play top seed Brea Olinda on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the regional quarterfinals.

Softball
South Hills 4, Vista Murietta 0 — Natalie Lugo struck out 12 and had no walks and Reyenne Chavez went 2 for 2 with a double, a single and an RBI to lead the Huskies (5-2) to the Fullerton Tournament victory.
St. Lucy’s 4, Sierra Vista 3 — Dakota Casper struck out eight and went 2 for 4 with two doubles and Carly Pina went 1 for 3 with a home run to lead the Regents (2-3) to the nonleague victory.
Baseball
South Hills 1, Pasadena 0 — Justin Gonzales hit the game winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Huskies (3-1) to the Dicks Sporting Good Tournament victory, Francisco Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a double, Gabe Chavez had a double and Hayden Petrovick got the win after pitching in the seventh.
Claremont 10, Fullerton 7 — Josh Jubile went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and a double and Jeremiah Maldonado went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a double and had a stolen base for the Wolfpack (2-2) in a Dicks Sporting Good tournament win. Also contributing to Claremont’s win were Cole Prentice who went 2 for 4 with a double and Tyler Roebuck who went 1 for 4 with three RBIs and a double.
Boys golf
Bishop Amat 225, St Anthony 264 — Donovan Delgado shot a 42, Jonathan Ochoa shot a 43 and Brandon Morales shot a 44 at the Santa Anita Golf Course to lead the Lancers (2-2) to the nonleague victory.

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Damien defeats Selma 86-53 in the first round of the CIF-State Division III regional

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STORY: After Damien’s Malik Fitts dunked in the first three seconds, the rest was a formality.
Damien cruised in the first round of the CIF State Southern California Division III regional playoffs with an easy 86-53 home victory over travel-weary Selma, a CIF-Central Section Division III semifinalist located 16 miles from Fresno.
The second-seed Spartans (25-5), which hadn’t lost at home in eight years before suffering back-to-back losses in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, will be at home again Saturday in the regional quarterfinals against 10th-seed Corona del Mar at 6 p.m. Corona del Mar upset sixth-seed El Cajon Valley, 46-33.

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Damien hoping state basketball playoffs will erase the taste of Open Division disappointment

“When we won CIF (in 2013), it was hard to get excited for the state playoffs because we had just achieved our goal,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “I think that feeling has switched on us, which is kind of strange. We’re as excited for this (state) as we normally would be getting ready for the CIF (divisional) playoffs.

Damien state playoff preview: After nearly two weeks off since losing in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division consolation semifinals to Redondo Union, 82-77, in overtime on Feb. 28, Damien’s boys basketball team is ready for the CIF-State Southern California Division III regional playoffs, where the second-seed Spartans (24-5) are one of the favorites.
Damien will host 15-seed Selma (22-7) in the first round Wednesday at 7 p.m. Selma, located 16 miles from Fresno, lost to Bakersfield West in the CIF-Central Section Division III semifinals, 87-63, and its best player is 6-foot-5 senior Anoop Grewal, averaging 16 points and six boards.
“I don’t know much about them,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said of Selma. “They didn’t play any Southern Section teams and all I could find was about a three-minute video on them online. I’m not sure how much it matters, at this point our guys are just ready to plan again.”

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San Dimas and Bonita in semifinals of Dicks Tournament and game away from meeting in title game

Dicks Sporting Goods San Gabriel Valley Baseball Tournament
Wednesday’s Semifinals

San Dimas 3, Etiwanda 0
Bonita vs. Alta Loma at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.

STORY: San Dimas standout pitcher Peter Lambert dominated on Friday night, leading the Saints to a 5-0 victory over South Hills in the quarterfinals of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament in front of a large crowd at Mt. SAC.
The pregame hype around the game was all about the match-up between two of the area’s best in Lambert and Cal State Fullerton signee Gavin Velasquez. However, it was Lambert who stole the show, striking out 13 in a three-hit, complete-game shutout.
“He (Lambert) wanted the ball and he was focused and attacked,” said San Dimas head coach Mike Regan.

WEDNESDAY CONSOLATION GAMES IN DICKS TOURNEY
Los Osos @ Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
Pasadena @ South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga @ Valencia, 3:15 p.m.
Carter at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont @ Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.
Chino Hills @ Warren, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada @ Apple Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Arcadia @ Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Temecula Valley @ Victor Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos @ Tahquitz, 3:15 p.m.
Adelanto @ San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.
Paloma Valley @ Montebello, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak @ Yucaipa, 3:15 p.m.
Covina @ Long Beach Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.

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Softball: Claremont knocks off Charter Oak 6-4 in quarterfinals of Charter Oak tourney

Charter Oak Softball Tournament
Wednesday’s quarterfinals at Big League Dreams, West Covina
All Games at 3:15 p.m.

La Serna 4, Burbank 2
St. Paul 3, Yorba Linda 1
Upland 3, La Habra 1
Claremont 6, Charter Oak 4
Friday’s semifinals at 3:15 p.m.
La Serna vs. St. Paul
Upland vs. Claremont


By Stephen Ramirez
WEST COVINA —
It wasn’t perfect, but coming off a tough loss, winning mattered most for the Charter Oak High School softball team on Monday.
Cloe Ochoa had three hits and three RBIs and was steady in the circle to lead the Chargers to a 6-4 victory over Montebello in Chargers Classic first-round game at Big League Dreams Park.
Marissa Chavez also had two hits and a RBI for Charter Oak, which improved to 4-1. The Chargers will face Claremont, a 4-2 winner over Bishop Amat, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m.
Destenie Castillo and Mariah Ginez each had a RBI for the Oilers, who slipped to 1-1. Montebello faces Bishop Amat in a consolation quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. today.

Charter Oak coach Scott Higuera: “I thought Chloe pitched very well and we were able to bounce back from a tough loss on Saturday. It’s always important to forget the tough ones go and move on to the next game. I feel we did that. We didn’t’ play real crisp, like we like to, but overall, I’m happy with the win of course, but we need to get back to work at practice tomorrow and get ready to face Claremont on Wednesday.”

Montebello coach Laurie Capps: “I’m proud of the way we bounced back. It’s only our second game of the season. We didn’t falter, which I’m proud of. We hung in there. We did a good job.”

Charter Oak’s Cloe Ochoa: “I just wanted to give back to my team, since they help me so much on defense. I wanted to make it a little less stressful on the field for them.”

Charter Oak Softball tournament
Monday’s first round results at Big League Dreams
Upper Bracket

La Serna 10, Alhambra 0
Burbank 9, Covina 0
St. Paul 8, Bonita 0
Yorba Linda 6, Glendora 4
Lower Bracket
Upland 6, San Dimas 2
La Habra 4, Los Altos 3
Claremont 4, Bishop Amat 2
Charter Oak 6, Montebello 4

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Tuesday Recap: Nogales Softball scores seven runs in the first inning to defeat Workman 13-3

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Softball
Nogales 13, Workman 3 — The Nobles (2-0) scored seven runs in the first inning to defeat Workman for the nonleague victory. Chase Martinez pitched five innings with one earned run, Juliana Percell hit a homer and Lizzete Rosales and Macie Lewis each had a double.
Baseball
Covina 6, Southlands Christian 0 — James Goodwin pitched six innings striking out eight and Matt Quesada went 2 for 3 with a double for the Eagles (3-1) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.

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Monday Recap: Natalie Lugo throws perfect game and Natalia Bocanegra homers to lead South Hills Softball to victories in Fullerton tourney

Softball
South Hills 1, Troy 0; South Hills 6, Brea Olinda 4 — Natalie Lugo pitched a perfect game with 15 strikeouts to lead the Huskies (4-2) to victory in the Fullerton Tournament. Natalia Boconegra and Christie Aguilar both went 2 for 3 and both had two singles and Mariah Tovar went 2 for 3 with two singles and an RBI. Caitlyn VanHemelryk struck out four and Natalia Bocanegra went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double and an RBI to lead the Huskies to win the second game of the tournament. Christie Aguilar went 2 for 3 with two singles and Reyenne Chavez went 2 for 3 with a single, a double and two RBIs for South Hills, who advance to Wednesday’s tournament semifinals.
Claremont 4, Bishop Amat 2 — Samaria Diaz pitched five innings striking out 6 and Alyssa Barrera went 2 for 3 with a home run for the Lancers (2-2) but it was not enough in the Charter Oak Tournament loss against Claremont (3-2). Maddie Ramirez went 1 for 2 with an RBI for Bishop Amat.
Baseball
Diamond Ranch 4, Knight 2 — Austin Ruiz pitched six innings, striking out six and went 1 for 3 with a triple for the Panthers (1-4) in a Don Lugo Tournament victory. Jorge Rauda went 2 for 2 with an RBI, scored a run and had two stolen bases to lead Diamond Ranch to its first win of the season.
Nogales 6, Estancia 5 — Richard Felix pitched six innings striking out six to lead the Nobles (4-2) to the Newport Elks Tournament win. David Barcena went 2 for 4 with an RBI and scored a run and Chris Lopez went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Nogales.
Boys golf
Damien 194, Claremont 224 — Nowndale Sale shot a 36 to lead the Spartans (2-1) to the nonleague victory.
Bishop Amat 236, St. Genevieve 296 — Paul Vigil shot a 45 and Brandon Morales shot a 46 at Knollwood Golf Course for the Lancers (1-2) in a nonleague victory. Jonathan Ochoa and Dylan Agustin each shot a 48 and Donovan Delgado shot a 49 for Bishop Amat.

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Glendora baseball falls to Santiago in championship of Don Lugo tournament, 5-4

By John Honell, correspondent
Glendora scored early but left 11 runners stranded on base and couldn’t hang on as Santiago (Corona) rallied for five runs in the final two innings to knock off the Tartans 5-4 for the championship of the Don Lugo Baseball Tournament on Monday afternoon.
It was the first loss of the season for the Tartans (4-1), who were the defending tournament champion, and ruined a good pitching performance by senior Ryan Beyer.
Beyer started the game and allowed only one hit and no runs in four and two-thirds innings but had to leave after 82 pitches. He hit one batter and gave up six walks to the Sharks.
“Ryan has quality stuff,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “When he throws strikes he’s really good. He’s been able to work out of those jams and keep his composure. He’s been great this year and has become a fine pitcher.”
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Damien gets No. 2 seed in CIF-State Division 3 boys basketball playoffs; South Hills hoops and Bishop Amat girls soccer also in.

Damien, which went 1-2 in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs, earned a CIF-State Division 3 playoff berth and the No. 2 seed when the pairings were announced Sunday. Damien will host something named Selma in the first round at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. The South Hills girls basketball team, which reached the divisional semifinals, earned the ninth seed in the Division 2 state playoffs and will be on the road at Mission Oak, Wednesday at 7.
Bishop Amat girls soccer, despite losing in the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals, earned a Division 3 state playoff berth and a fifth seed. The Lancers will travel to face fourth seed Santa Margarita in the first round on Tuesday.

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WEDNESDAY’S FIRST ROUND GAMES
BASKETBALL
BOYS
DIVISION II

10 Gardena (21-9) at 7 La Mirada (26-5)
DIVISION III
12 El Cajon Valhalla (22-9) at 5 Sonora (28-4)
14 L.A. Franklin (13-16) at 3 Cantwell (15-13)
15 Selma (22-7) at 2 Damien (24-5)
DIVISION IV
15 Carlsbad Pacific Ridge (22-6) at 2 Maranatha (22-6)
GIRLS
DIVISION II

16 Hart (23-7) at 1 Mark Keppel (22-7)
DIVISION III
9 South Hills (23-7) at 8 Tulare Mission Oak (28-5)
10 Legacy (South Gate) at 7 South Pasadena
DIVISION IV
13 St. Paul (19-14) at 4 Los Angeles View Park (26-4)
DIVISION V
12 Douglas (17-17) at 5 Flintridge Prep (24-2)

Here is the CIF Southern California Regional soccer pairings, just released by CIF. The first round is scheduled for Tuesday, with the semifinals on Thursday and finals on Saturday. All games begin at 4 p.m. and are at home sites.
TUESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND GAMES
BOYS
DIVISION III

8 La Canada at 1 Cathedral
5 San Dieguito Academy at 4 Monrovia
6 South Pasadena at 3 Cathedral Catholic
GIRLS
DIVISION I

7 La Serna at 2 Carlsbad
DIVISION II
5 West Torrance at 4 La Mirada
DIVISION III
5 Bishop Amat at 4 Santa Margarita
DIVISION IV
7 Chula Vista at 2 Maranatha

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CIF State Wrestling Finals: San Marino’s Julian Flores wins state title


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BAKERSFIELD >>
Julian Flores, along with brothers Zander and Evan Wick, were the core of San Marino High School’s rise from afterthought to one of the top wrestling programs in the state.
Saturday, Flores climbed the highest mountain, scoring the 132-pound title at the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena.
He’s San Marino’s first state champion.

“It’s unbelievable,” Flores said. “I really didn’t have a good postseason, but it all matters here in March. I just let it go. It was amazing.”
Flores title capped a stellar day for San Marino, which also had Zander Wick place second at 145, with Zander Silva (113), Luke Troy (152) and Evan Wick (138) all earning top-eight medals.
But Saturday was all about Flores, who opened the day with a 5-2 win over Pitman’s Angel Velasquez in the semifinals before scoring a 3-1 win over Mission Oak’s Jaden Enriquez in the final.
He used an escape with 1:25 left in regulation to force overtime before taking down Enriquez early in the extra period for the win.
“I wasn’t really panicking,” Flores said. “I knew I would get a takedown some how. I didn’t know what I was going to do exactly, but I just hit on something.”
Zander Wick, after beating Palm Desert’s Anthony Mantanona in the semifinals, was hoping to join his teammate atop the podium. But was denied by Poway’s Ralphy Tovar, 5-0.
“He definitely knew what I was going to do,” Wick said. He slowed me down and I couldn’t get any of my offense. I tried my all, but it just wasn’t good enough.
“As far as the season, I did really well this year. I didn’t place here last year. To make it to the finals is a huge accomplishment, but it’s always a bummer when you lose in the finals.”
It was also a strong weekend for area competitors, who scored 10 medals. The others were San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113, third), San Marino’s Silva (113, fifth), Wick (138, fourth) and Troy (152, third); Northview’s Richie Casillas (120, seventh) and Ricky Padilla (160, sixth); Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126, sixth) and Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145, seventh).
Gonzalez fought back from 6-3 loss to Clovis’ Justin Meija in Friday’s quarterfinals to win four consecutive bouts on Saturday. He beat De La Salle’s Donovin Guerrero, 4-2, to take third.
“(Third is) the closest thing you can get in the consolation bracket,” Gonzalez said. “I came here to take first. Lost a tough one in the quarterfinals yesterday, and came back strong today.
“Once you lose, you can’t do any better. I wrestled my heart out. I can believe how fast these past four years have flown by. Everything worked out the way it did.”
Northview’s Joe Dominguez (145) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285) lost in the consolation fifth round and will not medal.

2015 AREA STATE MEDALISTS
113

David Gonzalez, San Dimas, 3rd
Zander Silva, San Marino, 5th
120
Richie Casillas, Northview, 7th
126
Russell Rohlfing, Sonora, 6th
132
Julian Flores, San Marino, Champion
138
Evan Wick, San Marino 4th
145
Zander Wick, San Marino, 2nd
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, 7th
152
Luke Troy, San Marino, 3rd
160
Ricky Padilla, Northview, 6th

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