San Dimas Softball Tournament: Charter Oak, West Covina, Monrovia, Montclair reach semifinals

Charter Oak-El Rancho photo gallery
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Chavez helps Charter Oak reach semifinals: The Charter Oak High softball team reached the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament with a 4-3 win over El Rancho in five innings on Thursday in a game that was called based on a time limit.
Marissa Chavez provided the Chargers with the offensive boost they needed in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run, and Charter Oak (2-0) led the rest of the way.

Top Bracket
La Canada 6, Wilson 1
West Covina 12, Whittier Christian 0
Montclair 10, Crescenta Valley 1
Temple City 6, Northview 2
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 12, Ontario Christian 2
El Rancho 9, South El Monte 0
Monrovia 4, Alta Loma 2
San Dimas 4, Bonita 2
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Top Bracket
West Covina 9, La Canada 5
Montclair 1, Temple City 0
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 4, El Rancho 3
Monrovia 4, San Dimas 1
Friday’s semifinals
Charter Oak 11, Monrovia 1
West Covina 10, Montclair 0
Saturday’s championship
Charter Oak vs. West Covina at San Dimas, 4 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: West Covina softball advances to the Semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament

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
West Covina 9, La Canada 5 — Senior Maddy Tickey struck out four in three innings and Freshman Nadya Orozco pitched a scoreless last inning and went 2 for 3 and scored twice to lead the Bulldogs (2-0) to advance to the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament. Nicole Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Bella Montoya went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a stolen base for West Covina.
Chino 27, Hillcrest 1 : Chino 2, Murrieta Mesa 0 — Emily Ballesteros had a grandslam and Justine Briones went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, a single, a double, and a triple to lead the Cowboys (4-0) to their third victory at the Upland Varsity Tournament. Tiffany Kennedy Cummings threw a complete game with eight strikeouts and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Chino in the second game win.
Workman 15, La Puente 5 — Amanda Guillen went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, a triple and a home run and Driana Ruedas went 1 for 2 with a double and scored twice for the Warriors (0-2) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.
Baseball
Bonita 12, Warren 7 — Noah Williams went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI and AJ Woodall went 5.1 innings and struck out five to lead Bonita to advance to the semifinals of the Dicks Sporting Good Classic.
Wilson 14, La Puente 2 — The Wildcats improve to 3-0 overall with a nonleague victory against the Warriors.
Gladstone 11, El Monte 7 — The Gladiators (1-1) got their first win of the season after defeating the Lions (0-2).
Esperanza 4, Damien 3 — The Spartans (0-1) lost at the Newport Elks Tournament.

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Wednesday Recap: Kaile Chavez pitched five innings and had seven strikeouts to lead Charter Oak softball to 12-2 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
Charter Oak 12, Ontario Christian 2 — Kaile Chavez pitched five innings and had seven strikeouts and allowed two hits to lead the Chargers (1-0) to the San Dimas Tournament victory. Cloe Ochoa and Christine Pinela each had two hits for Charter Oak.
Baldwin Park 5, La Puente 3 — Darlene Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double and Driana Ruedas went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Warriors (0-1) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss. Gina Reyes had an RBI, a double and scored a run for La Puente.
West Covina 12, Whittier Christian 0 — Maddy Tickey completed the game with four innings, three strikeouts and allowed two hits and Valarie Almaraz had a three-run homer to lead the Bulldogs (1-0) to the San Dimas Tournament victory. Ashley Mayorga went 3-4 with a triple, Nadya Orozco went 2-3 with a double and scored three times for West Covina.
Boys golf
St. Monica 239, Bishop Amat 244 — Donovan Delgado and Brandon Morales each shot a 46 at the Santa Anita Golf Course but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.

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Tribune Top Ten Softball Preview: South Hills leads the pack

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SOUTH HILLS NO. 1, click top ten preview: It will be an interesting year for softball pitchers with the possibility of some of the best in the San Gabriel Valley not throwing a complete game.
That’s because, coaches say, they have a wide variety of pitchers with different styles to choose from. Teams can throw a fastball, rise-style pitcher the first three-plus innings and when opponents finally get adjusted to that speed, coaches can turn around and offer a pitcher that has more movement on the ball.

“We’re looking forward to pitchers in different roles, starting and relieving, and all different kinds of styles,” Charter Oak coach Scott Higuera said of his plan to platoon his three pitchers. “We’ll use them all. That keeps them all in shape and we hope keeps on giving us a competitive edge.”

TRIBUNE TOP TEN
1. South Hills
2. Bishop Amat
3. Charter Oak
4. Los Altos
5. San Dimas
6. Glendora
7. Bonita
8. Covina
9. Northview
10. South El Monte

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Glendora quarterback Matt Fink adds Notre Dame to list of offers

Glendora QB Matt Fink has received offers from Utah, Washington St., Nevada and Kansas in the last week. On Tuesday that list grew to include one of the most prestigious football schools in the country, Notre Dame.

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Tuesday Recap: Frankie Villanueva with nine strikeouts to lead Bassett baseball to 4-1 win

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Boys baseball
Bassett 4, South El Monte 1 — Frankie Villanueva pitched five innings and had nine strikeouts to lead the Olympians (1-0) to the nonleague victory. Jonathan Torres went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Matthew Robles went 2-for-4 and scored a run and Christian Trujillo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run for Bassett.
Wilson 11, Ganesha 0 — Frank Sanchez went 2-for-2 and had four RBIs, a triple and scored twice and Jose Felix went 2-for-4 and had 3 RBIs for the Wildcats (1-0) in their season opener.
Girls softball
Chino 8, Claremont 0 : Chino 14, Kaiser 1 — Tiffany Cummings pitched a two-hitter as she threw a complete game and also went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Cowboys (2-0) to their first game victory at the Upland Varsity Tournament. Emily Ballesteros had a double and 2 RBIs for Chino. Alisa Gonzalez went 2-for-3 and had 3 RBIs and a homerun to lead the Cowboys to the second Upland Varsity tournament win. Corina Gamboa had two doubles and scored a run, Amanda Brashear went 2-for-2 and had 2 RBIs and Ballesteros went 2-for-3 and had 2 RBIs for Chino.
Boys golf
Damien 200, South Hills 236 — Nathan Clark shot a 39 for the Spartans (1-0) in a nonleague win.

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It’s all over for Sierra Vista girls and Arroyo boys in soccer semifinals

SIERRA VISTA, ARROYO LOSE: Sierra Vista and Maranatha were a game away from meeting in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer finals, but both couldn’t get it done in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Temescal Canyon knocked off host Sierra Vista 2-1 while Maranatha lost on the road to second-seed Paloma Valley 1-0.
Temescal Canyon and Paloma Valley will meet in the championship on Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.
“Give a lot of credit to Temescal Canyon, they’re a great team and they’re coached well,” Sierra Vista coach Steve Jimenez said. “I think we had our opportunities. We couldn’t finish and they had a few opportunities and took advantage of their chances better than we did ours.”

CIF-SS Soccer Playoffs
Today’s Semifinals
Division 3

Chaffey 2, Pasadena 1, sudden death ot
Division 5
Garden Grove Santiago 2, Arroyo 0
Division 6
Monrovia 1, La Canada 1, Monrovia wins in PKs 4-2
South Pasadena 2, Sage Hill 0
Division 4
La Mirada 2, Santa Monica 0
Division 5
La Serna 1, La Quinta 0
Girls Division 6
Temescal Canyon 2, Sierra Vista 1
Paloma Valley 1, Maranatha 0

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South Hills teachers face felony charges for supplying cocaine and having sex with students

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Michelle Ghirelli, a former South Hills assistant softball coach, charged: Orange County prosecutors Monday said two female South Hills High School teachers supplied cocaine to students at a beach party where they also had sex with the teens.
Teachers Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, each could go to state prison for more than a decade if convicted, officials said.
A party, involving the two women and five male students, occurred in San Clemente between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 on a camping trip, according to a press release.
“At some point during the trip, Lippert is accused of facilitating Ghirelli’s sexual relationship with 17-year-old John Doe,” The press release said. “Ghirelli is accused of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with John Doe and orally copulating the victim.”
Prosecutors allege Lippert organized the trip by sending a group text message to Ghirelli and the five male students.

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After shockingly declaring a forfeit for wearing pink numbers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness; Narbonne girls basketball team reinstated

BREAKING NEWS: Narbonne wins appeal, is back in the City Finals. However, coach suspended for remainder of the playoffs

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Narbonne’s girls basketball team won’t get its hard-earned shot at an L.A. City Section Open Division championship on Saturday, all because it decided to ‘think pink’ with its uniforms in its semifinal win last Saturday.
The L.A. City Section announced Monday that Narbonne would forfeit its 57-52 semifinal win over View Park and be immediately removed from the playoffs, all because the team wore pink letters and numbers on their jerseys in Saturday’s win.
Narbonne had been scheduled to face Palisades in the City final on Saturday night.
According to Article 1305 in the L.A. City Section Goldbook, “Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors as listed in the Board of Managers Gold Book” and adds that “Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contests.”

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San Dimas and Ace Peter Lambert are on top of the Tribune pre-season High School Baseball Rankings

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By Aram Tolegian and Fred Robledo
Questions and optimism always abound at this time of year. The start of a new high school baseball season always brings with it both of those sentiments. This particular season there’s more than usual.
The offseason brought with it some drama as Bishop Amat said goodbye to wildly successful head coach Andy Nieto, who wound up at Damien. Will Amat continue to thrive? Is Damien about to find the postseason success that’s eluded the program in recent years?
Those are two of the biggest questions, but what about optimism? Every team has it. That’s fair. Some will prosper, most will not. One thing is for certain, though, fans who are excited to see nonstop top-notch action from the first year of the Palomares League probably won’t be disappointed.
Without further adieu, here is this newspaper’s opinion of the area’s top 10 teams entering the season.

Click the link above to read the Tribune’s full top ten preview
Tribune Top Ten

1. San Dimas
2. South Hills
3. Bishop Amat
4. Glendora
5. Damien
6. Bonita
7. Sierra Vista
8. Northview
9. Los Altos
10. Diamond Bar

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Los Altos girls beat Palm Desert 8-7 to claim D-5 girls water polo title

Check out the photo gallery from Los Altos’ thrilling 8-7 win over Palm Desert to claim the CIF-SS Division 5 girls water polo crown.
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LOS ALTOS WINS TITLE: The improbable happened. The Los Altos High School girls water polo had not rallied from a second-half deficit in one important game this season. The Conquerors trailed top-seeded Palm Desert by three goals in the third quarter on Saturday afternoon.
But Victoria Mezack scored three times in the second half and Brooke Contreras scored with 1:27 to play to give the Conquerors an improbable 8-7 victory and the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship at Irvine High’s William Woollett Jr. Aquatics complex.
“That fourth quarter, we brought it,” Los Altos co-coach Chris Coleman said. “Winning the second half was our motto.”

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Wrestling: San Marino wins 2015 Masters title; Arroyo’s Jackie Quinones wins state title

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago's Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Zander Wick, from San Marino, celebrates after defeating Corona Santiago’s Jeremy Thomas during their 145 pound match Saturda at the CIF-SS Master Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario February 28, 2015. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

By Stephen Ramirez

ONTARIO –
San Marino High School had big expectations entering the 2015 wrestling season.
The Titans lived up to that billing Saturday.
San Marino, a few years removed from being the doormat in the Rio Hondo League, is the best in Southern California after taking the CIF-Southern Section Masters title in dominating fashion at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena.

The Titans, led by two-time Masters champion Zander Wick (145 pounds) scored four individual championships and had six qualifiers to the CIF State championships en route to a first-place finish, St. John Bosco was second with Northview third. The Titans and Vikings each qualified six competitors to next weekend’s state championships, scheduled for Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The other individual champions for San Marino were Zander Silva (113), Julian Flores (132) and Luke Troy (152).
“We did really well,” said Wick, who won at 126 last season. “It was awesome. It’s amazing, because three years ago we weren’t even league champions, we were like last in our league. We got good coaches to come in and we got a lot better.

“Nobody would have thought back then we could come in and take first at Masters. It’s great.”
The rest of the area had a pretty solid day as well, with six champions. The other two were Northview’s Richie Casillas (120) and Ricky Padilla (160). The area qualified 21 to next week’s state championships.

The other area qualifiers were Montebello’s Nico Gomez (103, fifth); Bishop Amat’s Eddie Flores (103, seventh) and Nigel Ruiz (145, fourth); San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113, second); Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126, third) and Josh Kawaguchi (132, second); Northview’s Andres Hooper (126, sixth), Andres Estrada (132, fourth), Joe Dominguez (145, third) and Roger Arce (170, fifth); California’s Richard Pocock (132, fifth); San Marino’s Evan Wick (138, second) and Aaron Padilla (160, third); Charter Oak’s Antonio Zavala (152, seventh) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285).

Zander Wick was one of two from the area to repeat as Master champions. He was joined by Padilla, who won at 152 last season.
Wick, ranked No. 3 in the state, beat No. 2 Jeremy Thomas, of Corona Santiago, 7-2. He led 3-2 late getting a takedown and near-fall to win by 5.
“My match was very tough,” Wick said. “He had me on a single leg, and I can’t remember what I did but I was able to put him on his back to win 7-2.”
Padilla was steady in beating Hemet’s Caleb Wilson, 3-0.
“It’s a great feeling to be two-time Masters champion,” Padilla said. “Not too many people have done it. It’s a tough section, so its real good.”

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
It was mission accomplished for Arroyo High School’s Jackie Quinones Saturday.
The senior had a season-long of goal of winning CIF-Southern Section and CIF state wrestling titles this season. She accomplished the former two weeks ago and finished off the aspiration by winning at 189 pounds at the CIF State championships at Visalia Convention Center.
Quinones’ title quest was the area highlight, which also included Northview finishing second for the second consecutive season.
The Vikings, who won a state title in 2013, had three competitors score a top-eight medal. They were Izzy Valles (137, second), Deidra Valles (150, fifth) and Azusenna Molina (170, second).
The area had 10 athletes win medals. The others were Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101, second) and Mia Dow (121, fourth); California’s Nadia Escamilla (111, sixth); West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116, seventh); Arroyo’s Lesly Ramirez (150, sixth) and San Dimas’ Daishea Jaime (121, second).

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South Hills girls basketball finished in semifinals; Damien bows out in open consolation

SOUTH HILLS FINISHED: South Hills’ run in the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs came to an end on Saturday night when it dropped a 66-50 decision to second-seeded El Dorado in the Division 3AA semifinals.
The Huskies (24-6), the Tribune’s top ranked team all season, made it to the semifinals for the first time since 1992 after knocking off No. 3 Antelope Valley in the quarters.
“There is no reason for these kids to hang their head,” Huskies coach Tiffany Liang said. “No one expected us to get this far. This was definitely the best team we’ve played all year. They have two (NCAA) Division I kids and they were in the CIF finals last year in a higher division (2A) and made a run in the State finals.”
The Huskies were outrebounded on the defensive boards and gave up too many second shots in the first half as well as having trouble stopping the Golden Hawks’ fast breaks, falling behind 40-24 at the half.

CIF-SS Playoffs
Girls Basketball
Division 3AA semifinals

El Dorado 66, South Hills 50
Boys Basketball
Open Division Consolation semifinals

Redondo Union 82, Damien 77, OT

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