Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley may go down as one of the San Gabriel’s Valley’s all-time best, right there with Tracy Murray, Casey Jacobsen, Cameron Murray, Keith Van Horn, Grant Jerrett, etc., as the Valley’s all-time greats. But on this night in the Northview basketball tournament in December, Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had a crossover and bucket that he can talk about forever … Enjoy it, because that will probably never happen again to No. 42.
Damien, trailing 62-49 entering the fourth, scored the final quarter’s first 12 points and kept it going to pull out a 76-72 victory over Rancho Cucamonga to improve to 18-2 and 5-0 in the Baseline. All-everything Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 28 points, including 16 in the decisive fourth quarter. Malik “Will Give You” Fitts added 25 and Justin Hemsley had 10 boards for the Spartans, who have beaten Etiwanda, Chino Hills and now Rancho Cucamonga during its impressive 10-game win streak.
Duarte 3, Sierra Vista 2 — Lindsey Lathrop scored twice, Ruth Macdonaugh scored a goal and goalie Alexa Moreno had seven saves to lead the Falcons (8-4-1, 4-1) to the Montview league victory against the Dons (13-4-1, 4-1). Duarte is the first team to beat Sierra Vista in a league match this season.
San Dimas 3, Wilson 2 — Kayla Higheros, Samantha Galan, and Cheyenne Cepeda each scored a goal to lead the Saints (5-10-2, 4-1) to the Valle Vista league win.
Bishop Amat 2, St. Joseph 0 — The Lancers recorded their seventh straight shutout, getting a pair of goals from Hannah Armendariz, helping the Lancers improve to 14-6 overall and 4-0 in the Del Rey League.
Rowland 3, Northview 2 — Host Rowland (5-9-1, 3-2) won the Valle Vista League match against the Vikings.
Bassett 3, Edgewood 0 — Goalkeeper Carlos Ramierez recorded a shutout, Richard Cueva scored twice and Ernesto Cueva scored a goal to lead the visiting Olympians (6-8, 2-4) to the Miramonte League victory.
Diamond Ranch 5, West Covina 0 — Mariano Bernal scored three goals and goalies Carlos Aldrete and Alejandro Romo recorded a shutout for the Panthers (9-5-3, 3-2) in a Hacienda League victory. Anthony Vargas and David Pino each scored a goal for Diamond Ranch.
South El Monte 3, El Monte 2 — Jesus Garcia and Ramon Rodriguez each scored a goal for the Lions (9-6-2, 6-1-1) but it was not enough in the Mission Valley League loss.
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Charter Oak 19, Chino 6 — Sarah Adams had eight goals, five assists and three steals and Katie Fugit had five goals, five assists, and four steals for the Chargers (15-4, 4-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s victory were Devynn Stein who had four goals, two assists, and three steals and Julianna Martinez who had a goal, three assists, and a steal. Maddie Meza had four goals for Chino.
Bonita 20, Glendora 3 — Erin Gonzalez, Kayla DeHerrera, and Amanda Legaspi each scored four goals for the Bearcats (11-1, 5-0) in a Palomares League win. Taylor Alley and Reannon Urias each scored twice and goalies Rachel Garwick had seven saves and Alisha Plum had six saves for Bonita. Glendora’s Carly Kesterson scored three goals.
St. Lucy’s 15, Upland 8 — Devin Holcomb had four goals and two steals and Sabrina Garabet had four goals, three assists and two steals to lead the Regents (13-6, 6-1) to the Baseline League victory. Hilary Adkins had three goals, five assists, and a steal and goalie Nichol Feldtz had six saves for St. Lucy’s.
What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star Football game
Where: West Covina HS
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Above: Los Altos’ David Jimenez (C) (90) along with David Tolmachoff (C) (77) will compete for the West in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
HALL OF FAME NOTEBOOK: In years past, the West team’s achilles’ heel in the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors has been an inability to stack up in the trenches.
That’s probably not going to be much of an issue this season. Thanks to a tweak in the borders that determine the talent pools, the West should be just fine at the line of scrimmage on Friday night at West Covina High. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve heard there’s not as big of a difference as there has been,” West coach Steve Bogan of Maranatha said. “It would be nice to have another couple of linemen, but we’re good. We have some good-sized guys out there.”
Thanks to linemen like West Covina’s Eric Quevedo, who will play next season at Boise St., Los Altos’ David Tolmachoff and Bishop Amat’s Andrew Lopez, who under previous guidelines would have been on the East roster, the West’s skill players may thrive a bit more than local fans are used to seeing.
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Bonita 13, Claremont 3 — Goalie Rachel Garwick had 11 saves and two assists and Amanda Legaspi scored six goals to lead the Bearcats (10-1, 4-0) to the Palomares League victory. Erin Gonzalez and Taylor Alley each scored twice and Kayla DeHerrera, Jessica Carnahan and Jessica Argelander each scored a goal for Bonita. Claremont’s goalie Morgan Stockhom had nine saves and Lauren Hoyle and Kyra Machunich each scored a goal. Bonita will play at home tomorrow against Glendora at 4 p.m.
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (17-2) - With a win over Etiwanda and blowout at Chino Hills the Spartans are now ranked seventh in the state by MaxPreps.
2. Glendora (19-2) — Brandon Brothers and AJ Bigornia are too much for the rest of the Palomares.
3. Walnut (16-5) - Undefeated in Hacienda and will try to avenge non-league loss at Los Altos Wednesday.
4. Los Altos (15-4) — Came back to earth in loss to Diamond Ranch. But the big one is Wednesday at home against Walnut.
5. Bishop Amat (16-4) — Cruising along and gets a quick rematch with Bell Jeff on Friday at home.
6. Bonita (15-5) — Losses in league to Glendora, Ayala and Diamond Bar.
7. Diamond Ranch (12-7) – Back in the Hacienda mix with a win over Los Altos.
8. Wilson (16-4) – Gets big win over Rowland to move into three-way tie for first in VVL at 3-1 with Covina and Rowland.
9. Diamond Bar (11-10) – Back-to-back losses to league leaders Glendora and Ayala.
10. Covina (15-6) - Tied for first in Valle Vista at 3-1.
Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Best season in years with only league loss to strong Ayala squad.
2. Duarte (12-6) – 4-0 in the Montview and probably won’t be tested.
3. Walnut (11-6) – Crushed by Chino 61-40 to fall to second in Hacienda.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Back-to-back wins over Los Altos and Charter Oak.
5. Covina (13-8) – Undefeated at 4-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Has to wait until next week to rematch with Gabrielino, the only team to beat them in MVL.
7. Los Altos (13-6) – Tough loss to West Covina and now gets Walnut next.
8. Bonita (11-12) — Third in Palomares behind Ayala and South Hills.
9. Wilson (10-10) – Only Valle Vista league loss to Covina.
10. Bishop Amat (7-11) – Last place in Del Rey. If Amat misses the playoffs, it will be the first time in forever.
Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (13-3-2) — Wins over Glendora and Ayala with showdown at Claremont Friday for sole possession of first in Palomares.
2. Damien (12-3-2) – Spartans 4-0-1 in league with only setback surprising loss to Chino Hills.
3. La Puente (10-0-3) – Huge 3-1 with over Ganesha to take over first in Miramonte and remain unbeaten.
4. Bishop Amat (5-0-4) - Undefeated Lancers with big match at Salesian on Wednesday.
5. Sierra Vista (11-2-3) – Surprising 2-2 at Gladstone followed by 2-0 win over Workman.
6. Charter Oak (15-3-2) — Bonced back strong from only league loss to Diamond Ranch.
7. El Monte (9-5-2) — Surges ahead in MVL at 6-0-1 to take over sole possession of first.
8. Ganesha (12-3-3) – Despite loss to La Puente, only a half game back in Miramonte standings.
9. Mountain View (8-5-3) — Takes on El Monte Thursday for sole possession of first.
10. Walnut (9-5) – Tied for first with Charter Oak at 3-1 in Hacienda.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (12-6) – Has won seven straight while only allowing one goal during that stretch.
2. South Hills (11-4) — Followed another tough overtime loss to Claremont with 1-0 win at Glendora.
3. Glendora (7-6-5) — Went 0-1-1 last week to drop to third in Palomares.
4. Sierra Vista (13-3-1) – Has 37 goals with just 14 against.
5. Diamond Ranch (8-4-4) – Big 1-0 win over Los Altos after dropping 5-0 decision to power Chino.
6. St. Lucy’s (6-6-6) — As good as the Regents were early, the Baseline is swallowing them up.
7. Diamond Bar (9-6-2) – Through five games it can’t get in win in the Palomares with 0-3-2 start.
8. Baldwin Park (9-1-1) — Only blemish is a loss to Sierra Vista.
9. Los Altos (7-8) — Tied for third with Charter Oak in Hacienda.
10. South El Monte (7-3-1) — Could be second best in MVL behind Gabrielino
Covina-Northview photo gallery
The police needed to clear the area following Covina’s 53-42 boys basketball victory over rival Northview. The victory broke a four-way tie for first with Covina improving to 15-6 and 3-1 in the Valle Vista while Northview dropped to 8-13 and 2-2. Rowland stayed tied with Covina by defeating San Dimas 65-57 behind 24 points from Jesus Hernandez and 22 points and five assists from Derek Ohara. Rowland is now 13-6 and 3-1
South Hills teacher Sean Kane allegedly wrote in the Facebook post that the male students tied to the arrests of two female teachers should have kept their “stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”
Two South Hills female teachers and wrestling coach arrested in separate sex scandals: Deputies arrested two Covina Valley Unified School District teachers on Saturday on suspicion of having sexual relationships with students, officials said.
South Hills High School teacher Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, of Covina and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, who was working on special assignment at the district office, are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with male students during two separate trips to San Clemente State Beach late last year, according to Orange County sheriff’s and CVUSD officials.
South Hills choking allegations: The Covina-Valley Unified School District was sued today by a former student who alleges he was choked by a teacher and berated in front of other students.
Joseph Leyba Jr. filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the district and teacher Scott McDonald Stragier. Leyba, who has since graduated and is now an adult, alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
A district representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
The alleged choking occurred at South Hills High School in West Covina on March 14, 2014, the lawsuit states. The school is the same campus where Melody Lippert taught before she and CVUSD teacher Michelle Ghirelli were arrested over the weekend for allegedly having sex with students in Orange County.
South Hills teacher on administrative leave after alleged Facebook rant: A South Hills High School art teacher has been put on paid leave while the Covina Valley Unified School District investigates a Facebook post where he allegedly condones teachers having sex with students, the district said Wednesday.
Sean Kane allegedly wrote in the Facebook post that the male students tied to the arrests of two female teachers should have kept their “stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”
A teacher in the district since 2001, Kane could face disciplinary action up to termination if the district determines he posted the message, according to district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden.
“The teacher has been removed from the classroom, he’s been placed on administrative leave as of this afternoon,” she said.
Husband/Wife at South Hills also placed on paid administrative leave: Covina Valley Unified School District placed a married couple on paid leave the same day as two female teachers accused of having sex with students at an Orange County beach party, according to the district.
Larry Anderson, a South Hills science teacher, and his wife Lisa Anderson, a teacher at Ben Lomond Elementary, have not been arrested, according to district spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden. She said she was advised by legal counsel to not provide the reason why the couple was placed on leave.
“I can’t disclose anything other than the fact that they’ve been placed on administrative leave as of Sunday,” she said.
Lisa Anderson, when reached at her home in Covina, slammed her door shut and yelled for a reporter to leave the property.
South Hills students stay positive with #HuskieUplift: The creator of the hashtag and the @HillsUplift account, who wanted to remain anonymous, evolved the idea from an English project about bullying prevention. He said he was not sharing who he was because he wanted the movement to have its own life.
“What our school really needs is unity, for everyone to stand together, that’s what I was driving towards,” he said. “With everything that has been going on, it’s what our school needs.”
Bonita 88, Claremont 83 — Tyler Poepping scored 24 points to give the Bearcats (16-5, 2-3) at Palomares League victory over the Wolfpack (10-12, 2-3). Kyle Gray added 16 points for Bonita, while point guards David Neff and Joe Quintana each had 14.
Rowland 65, San Dimas 57 — Junior Hernandez and Derek Ohara had 24 and 22 points respectively for Rowland to defeat San Dimas in a Valle Vista League contest. Ohara also had five assists for the Raiders (13-6, 3-1).
South Hills 54, Glendora 36 — The Huskies (16-5, 4-1) picked up a Palomares League win at Glendora (12-10, 1-4). The Huskies were led by Brittany Wang with 19 poitns, while Sam Perez had 13 and Caitlyn Felina with 12. Glendora was led by a pair of freshmen, Michelle Can and Makaya Tilton, who had 11 and nine points respecitively. All of Tilton’s points came from beyond the arc.
Diamond Bar 4, Ayala 2 >> — The Brahmas claimed a Palomares League victory over Ayala with four goals. Daniel Stelzreide, Tony di Donato, Andre Gamboa, and Jordan Wong each scored for Diamond Bar. Gamboa and Wong each had assists as well.
Var BSOC beats Ayala 4-2. Go Brahmas!! pic.twitter.com/ahhKtV0QcS
— DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) January 24, 2015
Palomares Soccer Results
Friday’s boys games
Glendora 5, South Hills 2
Claremont 2, Bonita 1
Diamond Bar 4, Ayala 2
Friday’s girls games
South Hills 1, Glendora 0
Claremont 1, Bonita 1, OT
Ayala 3, Diamond Bar 2
STORY: Grant Kirchhoff is not necessarily big for a center. He is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 170 pounds. On his best day.
But the junior is a big presence inside for Gabrielino High School. Errant balls seemingly have a knack of finding their way to him. He scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds in three quarters of play to help the Eagles to a 74-29 blowout of host Rosemead in a Mission Valley League basketball first-place showdown on Friday afternoon.
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Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Los Osos at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Real League
Salesian at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at West Covina, 6:45 p.m.
Chino at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
Bassett at Pomona, 6:45 p.m.
Edgewood at Garey, 6:30 p.m.
Ganesha at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Mountain View at South El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Workman at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Azusa at Duarte, 6 p.m.
South Hills at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Bonita at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Ayala, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Covina at Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Nogales at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
With the rosters for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors now released, game organizer Mike Maggiore of West Covina High is claiming victory.
Maggiore isn’t about to pick a side, but his goal of leveling out the talent pool for both the East and West teams looks like a major win for a game that in recent years had become one-sided for the East.
“To me, it should be a pretty competitive game and that’s what we wanted,” said Maggiore, who changed the geographical guidelines that determine the East and West’s boundaries for this year’s game.
Instead of using the 605 Freeway as the divider in years past, the game now uses Azusa Avenue. Any schools west of Azusa Avenue. now constitute the West’s talent pool. Any schools east of Azusa Avenue are the East team’s talent pool. Sprinkle in some other areas like Whittier and Los Angeles and the rosters are better than ever.
“There’s a little bit of a larger pool to draw from,” Maggiore said. “There’s going to be some kids who are going to be left out, but that’s always the case. You always have kids who are left out. But I think it’s going to be competitive.”
STORY: With the help of a two-goal efforts from both Aleena Garcia and Hanna Armendariz, the Bishop Amat girls soccer team took sole possession of first place in the Del Rey League, defeating Bishop Montgomery 4-0 at Kiefer Memorial Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Lancers (9-6, 2-0) scored two goals early in the contest, with Garcia and Hanna Armendariz each scoring in the first 11 minutes of the game.
“It’s a good win,” Bishop Amat head coach Ruben Gonzalez said following the team’s sixth consecutive victory. “It’s only our second league game this year, and we are just trying to win as many games as we can to finish on top this year.”
El Monte 3, Rosemead 1 — Jesus Garcia scored twice and Henry Sandoval scored a goal to lead the visiting Lions (9-5-2, 6-0-1) to the Mission Valley League victory. Goalies Gustavo Arrayga had four saves, Jose Paredes had three saves and Adrian Cuevas had two saves for El Monte.
San Dimas 2, Rowland 0 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored twice to lead the Saints (4-10-2, 3-1) to the Valle Vista League win against the Raiders (4-8-2, 2-2).
Duarte 1, Azusa 0 — Goalie Alexa Moreno recorded a shutout and Lindsay Lathrop scored the winning goal for the visiting Falcons (7-4-1, 3-1) in a Montview League victory.
Sierra Vista 4, Workman 0 — Freshman goalie Vanessa Tapia recorded a shutout and Kimberly Araujo, Maria Hernandez, Samantha Loza and Alejandra Vargas each scored a goal for the visiting Dons (13-3-1, 4-0) in a Montview League win.
Chino 1, Walnut 0 — Traci Martinez scored the winning goal and Britni Armas recorded a shutout for the Cowboys (15-3, 4-0) in a Hacienda League victory.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 26, West Covina 3 — Hailey Siedentop had four goals, one assist and a steal and Michelle Moran had two assists and two steals for the Chargers (14-4, 3-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s victory were Cameron Salgado who had five assists and Savannah Austia who had two assists. Goalie Nicki Preciado had four saves, Clair Ramero scored twice and Kalani Ortez scored a goal for West Covina.
Word from Chino Valley Unified School District, Chino Hills forfeiting 11 games in boys basketball. Will work on finding out more details
— Michelle Gardner (@MGardnerSports) January 22, 2015
STORY: How good is Damien? After beating Rancho Cucamonga on the road, Damien went to power Chino Hills and came away with a 94-78 boys basketball victory to take control of the Baseline, one of the best leagues in the Southern Section. Jeremy Hemsley finished with 33 points, Malik Fitts added 23 and Bryce Peters finished with 21
Glendora wins fourth straight: The Glendora High School boys basketball team earned its fourth consecutive victory since joining the Palomares League Wednesday night, holding off a Diamond Bar comeback for a 39-33 road victory.
The Tartans (18-2, 4-0) held a 35-21 advantage going into the final frame, and up to that point in the game, the Brahmas had been shooting under 20 percent from the field. However, Diamond Bar (11-9, 2-2) started the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run, cutting the Tartan lead to just four.
“Diamond Bar had great defense tonight, which made it difficult for us,” Glendora head coach Michael LeDuc said. “Still, we had some good looks I thought, but we didn’t make them. We started playing tentative basketball, and they took advantage of that.”
Diamond Bar 2, Glendora 1 — Andre Gamboa and Jordan Wong each scored a goal for the visiting Brahmas (12-3-2, 3-0-1) in a Palomares League victory. Gamboa and Guy Horcasita each had one assist and goalie Alec Arguello had three saves for Diamond Bar.
Damien 2, Los Osos 0 – Herman Meza and David Gang each scored a goal to lead the visiting Spartans (11-3-2, 3-1) to the Baseline League win.
Claremont 7, South Hills 2 — Jack Kolodge scored three goals, Justin Munevar scored twice and Mato Pacheco and Osvaldo Lopez each scored a goal for the Wolfpack (10-1-4, 3-0-1) in a Palomares League victory.
South El Monte 43, Arroyo 35 – Kimberly Urbina had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals and Jennifer Jimenez had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (15-3, 4-1) in a Mission Valley League victory. Urbina played the entire game on a bad knee, she is averaging 23 points, seven rebounds, and seven steals a game so far this season.
What’s going on at South Hills? Less than two weeks after West Covina police arrested South Hills High School part-time girls’ wrestling coach Anthony Vidales, 29, of Covina on suspicion of having sex with a female student , two female South Hills teachers were arrested over the weekend, and one is former junior varsity softball coach Michelle Louise Ghirelli, who records indicate coached the Huskies from 2010-12. Also arrested was Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38. On Tuesday, A flurry of media vans greeted South Hills High School students as they returned to school. Read what some students and parents had to say.
While dropping their kids at school, some parents said that while they were concerned about the arrests they weren't surprised. #WestCovina
— Stephanie K. Baer (@skbaer) January 20, 2015
"It's existed since I was a teenager." -South Hills HS dad on teachers having sex w/ students #WestCovina
— Stephanie K. Baer (@skbaer) January 20, 2015
@Rosezmz17 Hello. Would you be willing to talk about the South Hills High teacher arrests? If so, please give me a call: 626-544-0874
— Stephanie K. Baer (@skbaer) January 19, 2015