High School athletes celebrate national signing day

Story: For parents, athletes and family members that spend countless weekends and hours honing their craft in club sports, private training and with their high school sports teams, Wednesday was a date to celebrate all the hard work paying off during National Signing Day for most sports other than football and soccer.
Athletes celebrated in sign ceremonies throughout the Southland and many of them from the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier came to our office in Monrovia for a group picture to celebrate their hard work and dedication.

Boys Basketball
Cameron Shelton, Damien, Northern Arizona
Elijah McCullough, Damien, Sacramento State

Girls Basketball
Kyra Zovak, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Alexis Lowden, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Patricia Morris, Duarte, Oregon

Brandon Dieter, South Hills, Stanford
John Lopez, Damien, St. Mary’s College
Jack Noble, Claremont, University of Oregon
Diego Barrera, Damien, University of Washington
Tommy Delgado, South Hills, Loyola Marymount
Andrew Garriola, Damien, Old Dominion
Zachary Kirby, Damien, Eastern Tennessee State University
Cody Rawson, Damien, San Diego State
James Arakawa, Walnut, University of Pacific
Zane Lindeman, La Salle, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Nick Lugo, South Hills, Hawaii Hilo
Mark Ortega, South Hills, Hawaii Hilo
Daniel Genna, South Hills, Azusa Pacific
Ben Hurst, Bishop Amat, Long Beach St.
AJ Barraza, Bishop Amat, Cal State San Bernardino

Clarissa Reynoso, San Dimas, University of San Diego
Amber Arreola, Temple City, Idaho State
Samantha Garcia, San Dimas, Cal State Northridge
Trinity Garcia, West Covina, Felician University
Nadya Orozco, West Covina, University of Texas El Paso
Savannah Diederich, Los Altos, Mississippi
Brianna Santos, Los Altos, Sacred Heart University
Bailey Chavez, Los Altos, Holy Cross
Danielle Michaels, Los Altos, Concordia University
Leah Macias, South Hills, University of Minnesota Crookston
Hannah Macias, South Hills, University of Minnesota Crookston
Alexis Abboud, La Canada, Syracuse
Holly Stoner, La Canada, Washington University, St. Louis
Yamila Evans, San Marino, Siena College
Katie Greep, St. Lucy’s, Kennesaw University
Kiara Mills, St. Lucy’s, Creighton University
Lauren Nunez, St. Lucy’s, Providence College
Samantha Garcia, St. Lucy’s, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Dominique Jimenez, El Rancho, Western Michigan Unviversity

Girls Volleyball
Claire Forrest, La Salle, Seton Hall
Victoria Ashkinos, La Salle, Stanford
Sofia Sanchez, La Salle, University of Seattle
Sophia Anderson, La Salle, University of San Francisco
Kylie Robinson, Claremont, University of Oregon
Emilee Rohrer, Claremont, Loyola Marymount\

Girls Water Polo
Sienna Jagielski, St. Lucy’s, Fresno State

Karina Parker, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Jackie Basham, Glendora, UCLA
Katie Sulkevich, Glendora, UCLA
R’Rian Ocampo, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
James Torrez, La Salle, George Washington University

Girls Golf
Juliana Gomez, Claremont, Cal State Bakersfield


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Sunday’s High School Football Pairings released: Charter Oak, Schurr, South Hills earn top seeds

TRIBUNE PREVIEW: The CIF Southern Section football playoff pairings were released on Sunday and the surprise wasn’t that undefeated Charter Oak (10-0) earned the top seed in the Division 3 playoffs, it was the Chargers’ first-round opponent.
Crespi (1-9), which went 0-6 in the Mission League and whose only win was back in August’s season opener over Sylmar, 13-0, was given an at-large berth to the playoffs because in Division 3, 16 of the 18 pool of teams make the postseason.
The two teams left out of the Division 3 playoffs were Serrano (2-8) and Buena Park (1-9). Interestingly, Serrano didn’t turn in an at-large application so it came down to Crespi or Buena Park for the last spot, and Crespi’s strength of schedule won out.

STAR-NEWS PREVIEW: There is a common feeling among head football coaches that it is very tough to defeat the same team twice in one season. That is the assignment that St. Francis has in the first round of the CIF Southern Section PlayoffsThe Golden Knights (9-1), which finished second in the Angelus League, will host La Serna (6-4) in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Friday. Both teams played each other back in Week 2 (at St. Francis, ironically) with St. Francis easily defeating the Lancers, 49-20.

WHITTIER PREVIEW: The La Habra High football team cruised through the Freeway League during the regular season but face a tough challenge in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 first round game against Edison.
Things won’t be that simple in the postseason as they were during the year. Especially with the Highlanders (7-3) receiving a tough draw in their bracket that features the top four teams ahead of them in the Division 2 rankings.

CIF Southern Section Playoff Schedule
Friday’s First Round Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted

CIF-Southern Section Football Playoffs
Thursday’s First Round
Division 7
Oxnard Pacifica (2-8) vs. South Hills (9-1) at Covina District Field
Division 13
La Puente (6-4) at Nogales (9-1)
Friday’s First Round
Division 1
Bishop Amat (5-5) at St. John Bosco (8-2)
Division 2
Edison (7-3) at La Habra (7-3)
La Mirada (5-5) at Heritage (9-1)
Division 3
Crespi (1-9) at Charter Oak (10-0)
La Serna (6-4) at St. Francis (9-1)
Division 4
Damien (6-4) at Paso Robles (5-5)
Corona Santiago (7-3) vs. Glendora (7-3) at Citrus College
Division 5
Los Altos (7-3) at Moorpark (8-2)
Division 6
Summit (5-5) at San Marino (7-2)
Sonora (6-4) at Saugus (4-6)
St. Paul (4-6) at West Torrance (5-5)
Division 7
Don Lugo (8-4) at Pomona (6-4)
Yorba Linda (7-3) at Monrovia (4-6)
Diamond Ranch (7-3) at Palmdale (7-3)
Division 8
Kaiser (7-3) at San Dimas (7-3)
Northview (7-3) at Millikan (8-2)
Division 9
Maranatha (6-4) at San Bernardino Aquinas (10-0)
Division 10
Montebello (7-3) vs. Pasadena Poly (8-1-1) at South Pasadena HS
Whittier (5-5) at Garden Grove Pacifica (9-1)
Gahr (7-3)) at Santa Fe (6-4)
Division 11
Victor Valley (5-5) vs, Covina (8-2) at Covina District Field
Arcadia (7-3) vs. Hillcrest (7-3) at Norte Vista HS
Lakeside (7-3) at Arroyo (10-0)
Division 12
Santa Ana Valley (3-7) at Schurr (9-1)
El Dorado (5-5) at South El Monte (9-1)
Division 13
Workman (4-6) at Santa Clara (8-2)
Azusa (5-5) at Rio Hondo Prep (6-3)
Orange (8-2) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (6-4)

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St. Paul, La Salle girls volleyball sweep; semifinals schedule set

St. Paul storms past Diamond Bar: The St. Paul High girls volleyball team almost had a case of dejá vú Saturday night when it hosted Diamond Bar in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals match.
The Swordsmen (24-10), who went the distance in their previous match against Rim of the World after jumping out to a two set to none lead but let it slip away, fell behind early in the third against the Brahmas (16-11, 5-5).
St. Paul dominated the first set and hung on late in the second set against Diamond Bar. Senior outside hitter Alex Diaz believed the team was still perplexed over the letdown Thursday.

La Salle girls volleyball rallies for playoff sweep: The battle started early and was hard-fought.In its CIF Southern Section Division 3 girls volleyball quarterfinal, top-seed La Salle clashed against visiting No. 9 Yorba Linda in a back-and-forth first set that featured seven lead changes.
Down by three points, the Lancers rallied behind Claire Forrest and Victoria Ashkino, who forced a tiebreaker before Elizabeth Harrity capped off the first-set win.
La Salle went on to sweep Yorba Linda 26-24, 25-14, 25-20 at home on Saturday to reach the semifinals for the second time in four years.

Covina falls to Upland Charter in straight sets: Covina knew it would have to play near perfect against top seed Upland Charter Academy in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 8 girls volleyball playoffs on Saturday, but the Eagles’ size wore the Colts down and they lost in straight sets, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-16.
Upland Charter’s six foot Giselle Vogel finished with 10 kills and six blocks and 5-foot-9 Jenna Holmes had 10 kills as the Eagles improved to 25-3 and will face Buckley in the semifinals on Tuesday.
“They (Covina) played us tough the first two sets, especially the second,” Upland Charter coach Micah Langston said. “We knew they weren’t just going to lay down, but we weathered the storm.”

Saturday’s Quarterfinal Schedule
All matches start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 3

La Salle def. Yorba Linda 26-24, 25-14, 25-20
Westridge def. Laguna Beach 26-24, 17-25, 27-25, 25-21
Division 4
Culver City def. Pasadena Poly 25-14 , 17-25 , 25-16 ,25-9
Santa Monica def. La Canada 25-21, 25-20, 25-9
Division 5
Sonora def. Laguna Blanca 30-28,25-19,25-23
St. Paul def. Diamond Bar 5-10, 25-23, 25-22
Division 6
Aquinas def. Walnut 25-21, 25-23, 25-20
Loma Linda Academy def. Gabrielino 25-12, 25-14, 25-16
Division 7
Heritage Christian def. Duarte 3-0
Foothill Technology def. Gladstone 25-19, 25-15, 25-9
Division 8
Upland Charter Academy def. Covina 25-17, 25-22, 25-16
Division 9
Mammoth def. Southlands Christian, 3-0

Tuesday’s semifinals
All matches start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 3

La Salle at Sage Hill
Sierra Canyon at Westridge
Division 5
La Reina at Sonora
Quartz Hill at St. Paul

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Saturday’s boys water polo quarterfinal results and Wednesday’s semifinal schedule

CIF-SS Boys Water Polo Playoffs
Saturday’s Quarterfinal results
Division 3

La Serna 10, Righetti 7
Woodbridge 12, Bonita 3
Division 4
Temple City 13, Peninsula 12
Walnut 13, Newbury Park 8
South Pasadena 10, Montebello 7
Division 5
Don Lugo 9, San Marino 6
Division 6
Garden Grove Pacifica 7, California 6
Division 7
El Rancho 12, Palm Springs 6
Pioneer 7, Savanna 4

Wednesday’s semifinals
All matches start at 5 p.m. unless noted

Division 3
La Serna at Ayala
Division 4
Temple City at Walnut
South Pasadena at Redondo Union
Division 7
Hillcrest at El Rancho
Valley View at Pioneer

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San Marino, Arcadia headline Monday’s CIF-SS girls tennis quarterfinals

CIF-SS Girls Tennis Playoffs
Friday’s second round results
Division 1

San Marino 11, San Clemente 7
Arcadia 15, Northwood 3
Division 2
Santa Monica 11, Walnut 7
Great Oak 12, La Canada 6
Division 3
Pasadena Poly 10, Garden Grove 8
Brentwood 12, Mayfield 6
Long Beach Poly 13, Wilson 5
Division 4
St. Lucy’s 12, Arroyo 6
Rosemead 9, Quartz Hill 9, Rosemead wins on games
Division 5
Maranatha 9, Laguna Blanca 9, Maranatha wins on games
Montebello 10, La Salle 8
El Monte 14, Woodcrest Christian 4

Monday’s quarterfinals
All matches start at 2 p.m. unless noted
Division 1

San Marino at Corona del Mar
Palos Verdes at Arcadia
Division 3
Crescenta Valley at Pasadena Poly
Division 4
St. Lucy’s at Rancho Mirage
Rosemead at Glendale
Division 5
Maranatha at Montebello
El Monte at Orange

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Azusa, La Habra clinch league titles; Bishop Amat, St. Francis fall in title games

Nogales wins first league title since 1991: A year after being knocked out of the playoffs on the final game, Nogales put all those bad memories to rest with a shockingly easy 41-10 victory over Azusa on Friday at Citrus College to go undefeated in the Montview League and win its first league title since 1991.
The Nobles’ defense entered allowing a fraction over three points per game in league and they dominated while their offense went to work, building a 25-point halftime lead even though starting quarterback Joshua Lopez sat out the first quarter.
Lopez still threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown.

La Habra clinches Freeway title: La Habra drove for touchdowns at the start of both halves and relied on its defense the rest of the way to claim the Freeway League title Friday night, Nov. 3, with a 17-0 triumph at Fullerton.Skyler Taylor ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, surpassing 1,100 yards for the season, and the Highlanders (7-3 overall, 5-0 Freeway) limited Fullerton (6-4, 4-1) to 130 yards and seven first downs through the first three quarters en route to their 10th league championship in 11 years.

Bishop Amat no match against Chaminade: It’s not often that a running back who scores four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in a league championship game is not the No. 1 star of the contest.
But Chaminade quarterback Ryan Stevens was just that good against Bishop Amat on Friday night.
Stevens was nearly perfect in leading the Eagles to their first Mission League championship since 2012, completing 23 of 26 passes to power Chaminade to a 57-33 victory over visiting Bishop Amat.

St. Francis title bid comes up short: In a football game between two evenly matched teams playing for a championship, it’s expected things would go back and forth.
That was true between St. Francis and Cathedral for most of Friday’s game, before Cathedral came up with clutch plays in the fourth quarter to win the Angelus League title 28-16.
The Phantoms (9-1, 5-0) will host a game in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs, while St. Francis (9-1, 4-1) will find out on Sunday if it will have a home game in the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs.

Muir wins the Turkey Tussle: Down five. Four minutes to go.
In a last-ditch effort, Pasadena went for a two-point conversion late in the 71st Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl on Friday night against crosstown rival Muir to try to chip away at the Mustangs’ lead.
The attempt failed, Muir scored in the dying moments of the Pacific League game and defeated Pasadena 33-21 to claim the Victory Bell for the second year in a row.

Damien finishes with a win: In a game that could have gone either way, Damien knocked off visiting Etiwanda 34-28 in a Baseline League finale Friday night to force a three-way tie for third place.
Damien, Etiwanda and Los Osos all finished with 2-3 league records, leaving a coin flip to decide the No. 3 spot out of the Baseline League for the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs between Damien and Etiwanda, while Los Osos will await its fate for the Division 5 postseason.

The crazy scenario was all set up by Damien’s improbable victory, which allowed the Spartans (6-4 overall) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Pasadena Poly wins Prep League title: The Rio Hondo Prep High football team knew that it faced a tall order against Prep League rival Pasadena Poly.
]For about three quarters and a half, the Kares managed to hold a second-half lead against the reigning league champion Panthers.
But after Pasadena Poly running back Jackson Treister broke off a go-ahead 61-yard touchdown run with 2:36 remaining in the game, Rio Hondo Prep had to go to the air with little time left.


La Habra 17, Fullerton 0
Sunny Hills 49, Buena Park 7
Sonora 21, Troy 14
Schurr 48, Alhambra 20
Montebello 45, Bell Gardens 15
San Gabriel 14, Keppel 0
Cathedral 28, St. Francis 16
Harvard-Westlake 53, La Salle 23
St. Paul 42, Salesian 6
Rancho Cucamonga 62, Chino Hills 14
Damien 34, Etiwanda 28
Upland 56, Los Osos 7
La Serna 28, California 7
Charter Oak 52, West Covina 0
Diamond Ranch 42, Los Altos 6
Chino 29, Walnut 19
Pomona 40, Ganesha 6
Chaminade 57, Bishop Amat 33
Alemany 27, Loyola 24
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 41, Crespi 7
Mountain View 20, Gabrielino 0
Rosemead 41, El Monte 14
South El Monte 65, Marshall 12
Workman 20, Duarte 0
Gladstone 31, Sierra Vista 28
Nogales 42, Azusa 10
Muir 33, Pasadena 21
Claremont 42, Diamond Bar 35
Pasadena Poly 20, Rio Hondo Prep 13
Monrovia 40, Temple City 20
San Marino 55, South Pasadena 14
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 30, Bishop Montgomery 23
San Dimas 62, Baldwin Park 0
Covina 28, Rowland 17
Northview 35, Wilson/HH 6
Whittier Christian 54, Ribet Academy 22

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