Nearly half of the CIF-SS swim champions are skipping the state meet in Clovis this weekend

WHY ARE SWIMMERS SKIPPING THE STATE MEET: The inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships is akin to senior ditch day.
Only a select few students will show up.That is what is apparently happening at the inaugural statewide swim meet, which began Friday at Clovis West High School. Of the 44 CIF-Southern Section champions, only 23 will compete in the two-day meet, which had qualifying on Friday and the finals are on Saturday.
“High school swimming is like a different sport,” said Saugus High School’s Abbey Weitzeil, who set high school national records in the 50 and 100 freestyles last week in the CIF-SS Division 1 finals. “Its not really my focus; it’s just fun. I have bigger things to think about this summer.”
The problem appears to be a matter of scheduling.
“It’s a tough time,” said Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Aquatics team coach Jeff Julian. “The main issue for us is in that California that creates and extends another week of the high school season.”
The high school meets are in 25-yard pools and Southern California’s USA Swimming junior national 50-meter long course program generally begins the season with the Speedo Grand Challenge, a major national meet in Irvine this weekend.

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Playoff Thursday: Walnut, San Dimas, Bishop Amat baseball advance; Edgewood, San Dimas softball win to set up second-round battle

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BIG INNING HELPS WALNUT ADVANCE: Walnut High School’s dream baseball season will continue.
Cody Dye tossed a six-hit shutout and the Mustangs, fresh off winning their first league crown in two decades, took advantage of three infield RBIs in the fifth inning en route to an 8-0 victory over visiting St. Paul in a CIF Southern Section Division 3 game on Thursday.

SAN DIMAS’ LAMBERT THROWS ONE-HITTER: No one will ever accuse San Dimas baseball coach Mike Regan of taking anything for granted.His unbeaten Saints may have been opening the playoffs against a team with a losing record that was only a third-place finisher in its league, but Regan never entertained the thought of going with a pitcher other than his senior ace Peter Lambert.

CIF-SS PLAYOFF RESULTS
Baseball
Thursday’s first round

Division 3
San Dimas 9, La Quinta 0
Walnut 8, St. Paul 0
Arroyo Grande 1, Nogales 0
Bishop Amat 7, Palos Verdes 1
Redondo Union 6, Charter Oak 1
Palm Desert 5, Northview 1
Division 5
Bishop Montgomery 5, Sierra Vista 3, 8 innings
Santa Ynez 7, Azusa 0
Temple City 4, Arroyo 3
Capistrano Valley 9, La Puente 2

Softball
Thursday’s first round
Division 1

Murrieta Valley 2, Los Altos 1
Valencia 2, Charter Oak 1, 8 innings
Division 2
South Hills 15, Oxnard Pacifica 1
Glendora 4, Paso Robles 1
Yucaipa 10, Bonita 0
Division 3
Bishop Amat 4, San Jacinto 1
Division 4
El Segundo 5, South El Monte 2
Santa Monica 10, Arroyo 0
Division 5
San Dimas 13, Barstow 1
Edgewood 14, Vista Del Lago 2
St. Monica Catholic 11, La Puente 0
Silverado 15, Nogales 0
Montebello 6, Covina 4
Duarte at Moreno Valley

SOUTH HILLS DOMINANT IN WIN: South Hills never let Pacifica of Oxnard get into the game as the Huskies scored five first-inning runs and cruised to a 15-1 five-inning mercy rule win in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round game on Thursday.
The Huskies (18-7) will play the winner of the Canyon Springs/Villa Park game Tuesday at a site to be determined.
“I told the girls that we needed to dominate early,” Huskies coach Brandon Gonzalez said. “They were never in the game and that’s what you need to do in the playoffs.”

BELOW: Watch South Hills’ Caitlyn VanHemelryck smack a grand slam to give the Huskies a 5-0 lead

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Thursday Recap: Edgewood softball continues to show they are in it to win it, still remains undefeated after first-round

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Softball
Edgewood 14, Vista Del Lago 2 — Kennedy Cuevas was the winning pitcher and Ciara Granado went 3 for 4 with two homers, a double, six RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Lions (19-0) to the CIF-SS division 5 first-round victory. For Edgewood, Jasmine Coronel went 3 for 3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, and Alyssa Yanez and Sammy Alvarado combined to score five runs.
Bishop Amat 4, San Jacinto 1 — Alexis Vargas was the starting pitcher and Samaria Diaz pitched the last three innings, striking out eight to lead the Lancers (18-7) to defeat the Tigers (22-7) in a CIF-SS division 3 first-round victory. Bishop Amat’s Julia Valenzuela went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Alyssa Barrera had a double and an RBI. The Lancers will play at Burbank for the second round on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2 — Gabby Walker was the winning pitcher, and had an RBI single to help lead the Swordsmen (21-6) to advance to the CIF-SS division 3 second-round. Also contributing to St. Paul’s victory were Niko Walker who went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Taylor Fogle who had an RBI triple. St. Paul will play against Cerritos on Tuesday.

Baseball
Bishop Amat 7, Palos Verdes 1 — Isaac Esqueda was the winning pitcher, and Clarence Carter, Jayson Gonzalez and Ben Hurst each had two hits for the Lancers (15-12-1) in a CIF-SS division 3 first-round win.

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Damien boys volleyball advances to championship; Damien baseball to face Glendora

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DAMIEN VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES TO FINALS: The Damien boys volleyball team wasn’t about to let a seven-point deficit get between them and the school’s first appearance in a CIF-SS title match.
fter comfortably winning the first two games 25-17, 25-19 against Santa Fe, the Spartans found themselves down in the third. They dug deep and won a stirring final game 29-27, the final point coming on a block by junior Michael Spinney on Santa Fe’s Boris Kortscheff.

DAMIEN ADVANCES TO FACE GLENDORA: Damien High School’s baseball team won five of its last six Baseline League games to make Wednesday’s Division 2 wild-card playoff game.
The Spartans (11-14), led by sophomore Isaiah Paige, kept it rolling.Paige pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits, and drove in both runs in Damien’s 2-1 win over visiting Burbank (12-13).
“We pitched well and defended well,” Damien coach Andy Nieto said. “These kids have been punched in the mouth this year quite a few times and I don’t think there are many teams that are as battled-tested as we are.”
The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Garrett Weiss led off with a single to left field on a seven-pitch at bat. Harrison Spohn sacrificed Weiss over to second, and Paige drove him home after Nieto rolled the dice and called for a Weiss steal of third.

Boys Tennis
Wednesday’s semifinal results
Division 4

Laguna Beach 17, Rowland 1
Division 5
Warren 14, Arroyo 4

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