CIF-SS Swimming Finals: Walnut, Damien boys win championships, Rowland girls finish second

Walnut celebrates winning the boys CIF-SS division 3 swimming championships on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
 
Walnut Boys win Division 3 title: It all came down to misfortune.Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.

Damien's Preston Planells competes in the 200 yard medley relay during the CIF-SS division 2 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Damien won the relay. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Damien wins Division 2 boys swimming title: Swimming was an afterthought.
When Mac Quinn enrolled at Damien High School four years ago, he was a baseball player. When he graduates later this month, he will be a CIF Southern Section championship, but not in baseball. The Spartans won the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming and diving championship on Saturday at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex.
“I did not swim much before my freshman year, but I felt comfortable in the water,” Quinn said. “I played water polo with my friends and decided to roll with it.

 

Rowland's Katelyn Nguyen wins the 200 yard freestyle during the CIF-SS division 4 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, May 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Division 4, Rowland’s Katelyn Nguyen leads Raiders: There is little room for error to maximize victories in the CIF Southern Section swimming championships. Swimmers have two chances to win CIF-SS titles in individual events and two chances in relay races.
Rowland High School’s Katelyn Nguyen came the closest to that magical finish in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex on Friday evening. The freshman won the 50 and 200 freestyles and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay team. She swam the anchor leg on the second-place 400 free relay team, too.

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Wednesday’s CIF-SS volleyball semifinals

Division 2
Saturday’s quarterfinals
South Pasadena def. Laguna Beach 19-25, 25-19, 27-25, 25-21
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 3 Burroughs (26-5) at South Pasadena (24-7)
No. 4 West Ranch at No. 1 Oak Park

Division 4
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Flintridge Prep def. Redlands 25-18, 23-25, 25-12, 24-26, 15-13
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 3 Flintridge Prep (24-4) No. 2 Crean Lutheran (22-2)
Cypress at No. 1 Saddleback Valley Christian

Division 5
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Damien def. Santa Fe 25-15, 22-25, 24-26, 25-15, 18-16
Oakwood def. California 26-24, 25-22, 25-13
Monday’s quarterfinal
No. 3 El Rancho (21-5) at Loma Linda Academy (21-0)
Wednesday’s semifinals
No. 4 Oakwood (21-5) at No. 1 Damien (29-7)
Pacific Christian (17-3) at No. 3 El Rancho (22-5) or El Rancho at No. 2 Laguna Blanca (23-3)
Finals: Saturday at Cerritos College

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Friday’s CIF-SS scores

CIF-SS tennis playoffs
Division 1
Friday’s second round
San Marino 14, Loyola 4
Monday’s quarterfinals
Beckman (15-6) at No. 1 San Marino (19-1)

Division 2
Friday’s second round
Crean Lutheran 13, Diamond Bar 5
Claremont 16, Pasadena Poly 2
Walnut 10, Sage Hill 8
Arcadia 17, Mater Dei 1
Monday’s quarterfinals
Walnut (20-1) at No. 2 Arcadia (19-0)

Division 4
Friday’s second round
Buckley 14, Maranatha 4
Rancho Cucamonga 11, Schurr 7
Rowland 15, Yucaipa 3
Keppel 11, Quartz Hill 1
Monday’s quarterfinals
Yucaipa (18-0) vs. No. 4 Rowland (20-3)
Etiwanda (19-4) Webb (13-2) at No. 3 Keppel (16-3)

Division 5
Friday’s second round
Arroyo 12, Gahr 6
Hemet 10, Marshall 8
Rosemead 10, Lynwood 8
Monday’s quarterfinals
No. 1 Heritage (19-2) at Arroyo (18-2)
No. 2 Beaumont (18-3) at Rosemead (13-6)

Semifinals: Wednesday
Finals at The Claremont Club: Friday

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Heartfelt tributes after passing of longtime area baseball coach Frank Amaya

There were kind words and tribute’s all over social media after the passing of area baseball coach Frank Amaya, who is the grandfather of South Hills shortstop Jacob Amaya, and who has been an assistant to Andy Nieto while at Bishop Amat and Damien, as well as the many he impacted in youth leagues around the SGV. From what I hear, he was an old-school baseball coach who didn’t need to yell and scream to get his message across, and was respected for his knowledge of the game and how to teach it …

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North vs. South High School All-Star Football Game tonight at Citrus College

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If you thought you had seen the last of the area’s top senior class football talent, think again.
northsouthThere’s still one game left to be played and that’s the new Southern California North/South All-Star Game on Friday night at Citrus College. Introductions are at 7 p.m. and kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“Just with all the talent in the valley, we thought we’ll try and put on a game and see how it goes,” game organizer Leon Ward said. “It’s been successful having it in May in the past and that’s why we’re doing it.”
The rosters are made up primarily of players from San Gabriel Valley schools, although both teams feature players in a format that divides the player pool by using the 10 Freeway.
The North team will be coached by San Dimas’ Mark Holman and the South is coached by Montebello’s Pete Gonzalez. Ward reports that both teams have had excellent player turnout and should have full rosters on Friday night.
The North is led by the quarterback tandem of Bonita’s Tanner East and Pomona’s Darreon Lockett. The South is led by a mammoth offensive line with several 300-pounders.

La Salle holds first passing tournament
La Salle High School will host the first local passing tournament of the offseason on Saturday with 12 teams set to go at it in hopes of getting some early momentum.
The tournament starts at 2:30 p.m. and features La Salle, South Pasadena, Pasadena and Arcadia. Crespi is the biggest name in the group, but it also includes Paracelete and Sierra Canyon.
Charter Oak will host a 24-team tournament the following weekend.
Gladstone, Workman name coaches
Gladstone has filled its open coaching vacancy with former San Dimas coach and longtime area assistant Ted Clarke, who was at Laguna Beach last season.
Workman also filled its opening by hiring Bill Malavasi, the son of former Los Angeles Rams coach and Bill Malavasi.

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Inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School Baseball All-League, All-Star Challenge set for June 12 at Mt. SAC

allstarpicThe inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School Baseball All-League, All-Star challenge at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday, June 12, is a wonderful way to celebrate the area’s best. The idea of it is fantastic, and it’s a true all-star game. There are three games pitting area all-league all-stars against each other as follows:
Miramonte vs. Montview, Noon.
Hacienda vs. Valle Vista, 3 p.m.
Baseline vs. Palomares, 6 p.m.

Making the roster is simple. If you’re a first team all-league selection from one of the league’s in the game, you’re automatically in. It’s not a senior game, it’s a true all-star game that includes every first team selection. In the event more players are needed to fill out a roster, coaches may choose some from the second team to fill out the roster. Honorary head coaches for each league goes to the team that wins the league title, which is a wonderful award earned by the coach. What’s even better, is it will not interfere with the traditional San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game for seniors, which will be played on Sunday, June 5, at Ben Hines Field at the University of La Verne at 3:30 p.m.

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Walnut boys end 24-year drought by wining the CIF-SS Division 3 swimming title

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Walnut boys win first title in 24 years: It all came down to misfortune.
Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.
The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.
It was the difference in the meet. The Mustangs won by 10 points.

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