La Serna in volleyball semifinals

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 4
No. 1 Katella def. Los Altos 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10
Kennedy def. California 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14

Division 5
No. 2 La Serna def. San Gabriel Academy 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22

Semifinals: Wednesday
Matches at 7 p.m.

Division 5
No. 3 Riverside Poly (22-1) No. 2 La Serna (22-2)
No. 1 Cerritos (26-9) at No. 4 West Valley (20-4)

Finals: Saturday

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Big players at Saturday’s All-Star Football game at Covina District

By Aram Tolegian
Most high school football all-star games morph into defensive struggles that often end with a baseball score. Saturday’s North/South Southern Califiornia All-Star Game may be different.
Given the potential for big plays on the loaded North team’s offense, fans could be in for a bigger treat than usual. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Covina District Field. Fans are urged to arrive early to avoid long ticket lines.
“I think we’re pretty athletic,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez, who will coach the North. “I’ll be honest, I think we’re pretty good on defense, as well. It’s going to be one of those games. We’ll see how it all turns out. It’s kind of hard getting everybody on the same page in seven or eight practices.”

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Rowland Boys swimming takes Division 4 title with total team effort

By Keith Lair
It’s tough to win CIF Southern Section swimming championships without getting at least one victory.
Rowland High School made it look like a piece of cake. The Raiders scored points in practically every event in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College en route to its first boys championship. The Raiders won by 69 1/2 points with Valle Vista League rival San Dimas a distant second.
“The guys wanted to win the plaque and they worked really hard day in and day out,” coach Mike Cody said. “I told the guys I wanted to be inspired. They swam really well.“We put them in the right events and spread them out. Some people swam events they do not normally do, but that’s what team players do.”

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Saturday’s volleyball quarterfinals set

Thursday’s second round

Division 2
No. 1 South Torrance def. San Gabriel 25-10, 25-21, 25-23
No. 2 Santa Monica def. South Pasadena 26-24, 27-25, 25-22

Divison 3
No. 3 Crean Lutheran def. Damien 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20

Division 4
No. 1 Katella def. Whittier Christian 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18
Los Altos def. Garden Grove 25-14, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18
Kennedy def. La Salle 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9
California def. Windward 15-25, 19-25, 25-19-, 25-22, 15-12

Division 5
San Gabriel Academy def. St. Genevieve 25-21, 25-16, 25-12
No. 2 La Serna def. Ganesha 25-12, 25-16, 25-22

Saturday’s quarterfinals
All matches at 7 p.m. unless noted

Division 4
No. 1 Katella (23-4) at Los Altos (18-10)
California (20-6) at Kennedy (21-6)

Division 5
No. 2 La Serna (21-2) at San Gabriel Academy (18-8-2)

Semifinals: Wednesday
Finals: May 20

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Walnut girls swimming win CIF Division 3 title

By Keith Lair
Walnut High School’s Alexis Grant looked to the swimming lane on her right side of Riverside City College pool and did not see Pasadena Poly’s Susannah Laster.
The freshman knew the Mustangs’ first CIF Southern Section Division 3 title in seven years would be at hand on Thursday evening.
“We were ahead and I really didn’t see anybody,” Grant said. “I was definitely scared because Susannah Laster can go out really fast; faster than me. It was nerve-wracking.”

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Walnut, Nogales, El Monte win league baseball titles; Glendora, South Hills share Palomares


Glendora, South Hills tie for Palomares League title: It was a must win game in a must win week of play for the Glendora baseball team.The Tartans came through with a 4-0 shut-out win over Claremont in the final game of the regular season on Thursday afternoon.
The win clinched at a share of the Palomares League championship after missing the CIF Souther Section Division 2 playoffs last season. South Hills beat Ayala 2-1 in 10 innings late Wednesday. Because Glendora is in Division 2, and South Hills in Division 1, both will head to the playoffs as the league’s top entry.The Tartans improved to 24-6 and 11-4.
“We didn’t want to put pressure on these young kids last week by telling them it was a must win week,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said. “But this week certainly was and today was certainly a must win for a league championship, so we’re really excited about it.”


Walnut beats Charter Oak to win Hacienda: Walnut High School is the stealth baseball team of the San Gabriel Valley; overlooked until the end of the season when it suddenly appears and drops bombs on the rest of the Hacienda League.
The Mustangs (20-8, 13-1) clinched their third consecutive league title with a 6-3 win over second place and higher ranked Charter Oak on Wednesday afternoon.
“This was a huge win for us,” Mustangs coach Paul Acosta said. “Sometimes we fly under the radar, but we don’t take offense. If people want to sleep on us, that’s OK.”


Nogales clinches Montview: Trust.
It’s the intangible that a player must have with his coach. In Nogales’ 1-0 win over visiting Sierra Vista on Tuesday that clinched the Montview League baseball championship, it played a key factor in the outcome, which sewed up the league title for the Nobles (23-2, 13-1).
The characters in this subplot were Nobles coach Donnie Montanez, assistant coach Tim Nolan and starting pitcher Juan Guardado.
In the sixth inning of a scoreless game, Mario Huizar and Fernando Bravo had singles for Sierra Vista (16-6, 11-3). Nolan then came out to the mound with every intention of replacing Juan with his older brother Jonathan.

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SGVN volleyball results; Thursday’s pairings

Division 2
San Gabriel def. University 3-1
El Toro def. Temple City 25-9, 25-16, 25-11
Quartz Hill def. 25 13, 25-10, 25-21
South Pasadena def. Santiago(C) 27-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-19

Division 3
Bishop Diego def. Alhambra 25-9, 18-25, 25-17. 25-10
Oxnard def. Flintridge Prep 25-18, 18-25, 21-25, 25-20, 15-5
Damien def. Laguna Blanca 3-0

Division 4
Whittier Christian def. Heritage Christian 25-20, 25-16, 25-21
Los Altos def. Mayfair at 25-19, 25-20, 25-14
Santa Ana Valley def. Pasadena Poly 22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-10
La Salle def. Morro Bay 25-20, 25-15, 25-23
Windward def. Keppel 3-0
California def. No. 4 Bolsa Grande 23-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23
No. 3 Perris def El Rancho 25-16, 25-19, 25-21

Division 5
Orange def. Southwestern Academy 25-16, 25-15, 25-11
St. Genevieve def. Cantwell-Sacred 25-11, 25-17, 25-21
Avalon def. AGBU-Pasadena 20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23
San Gabriel Academy def. San Gorgonio 25-16, 25-14, 25-14
No. 2 La Serna def. Pacifica Christian (O) 25-15, 25-9, 25-12

Thursday’s second round
All matches at 7 p.m. unless noted

Division 2
San Gabriel (14-1) at No. 1 South Torrance (27-5)
No. 2 Santa Monica (20-5) at South Pasadena (24-9)

Division 3
No. 3 Crean Lutheran (16-9) at Damien (19-12)

Division 4
Whittier Christian (15-12) at No. 1 Katella (21-4)
Los Altos (17-10) at Garden Grove (11-9)
Kennedy (20-6) at La Salle (14-10-1)
Windward (16-13) at California (19-6)

Division 5
St. Genevieve (17-8-2) at San Gabriel Academy (21-3)
Ganesha (19-6) at No. 2 La Serna (20-2)

Quarterfinals: Saturday
Semifinals: May 17
Finals: May 20

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