Why can’t the Star-News side of town hit for power like the East side?

nickkaye“In general, on our side of the Valley I don’t think we have the same size guys that the east side of the Valley has in terms of natural build,” Monrovia head coach Brad Blackmore said. “You get out in the Inland Empire and you just see some big dudes. To make the answer real simple, we’re not growing those guys at Monrovia or Alhambra.
“You can get them as strong as you can in the weight room, but you can’t replace natural height. You just can’t. You can offset it by asking how many D-1 college pitchers have come out of this area in the past few years, but where are the D-1 hitters? All of the guys on our side of the Valley who have been monsters the past couple years have all been pitchers.”

Gladstone’s Aldo Perez leads the state with nine home runs. Glendora’s Nick Kaye (pictured above) has 4 .. But what about the West side? There’s a power outage in one section of the San Gabriel Valley.
Yes, your lights still work if you’re in the West San Gabriel Valley. But no, your favorite local high school baseball team can’t hit the ball over the fence with any regularity.
Yep, the most popular moment in baseball, the one chicks dig, has almost vanished from these parts. In fact, home runs are so rare among WSGV baseball teams that a white smoke signal should go out whenever one happens.
The funny thing is, the issue seems to be only effecting teams playing in the east of Glendale but west of the 605 Freeway. Go east of the 605 and there’s a sophomore masher at Gladstone named Aldo Perez, who leads the entire state in home runs with nine.
A sophomore!
Further down from Perez in the standings is Glendora’s Nick Kaye with four. As for the WSGV area, there’s three players — Monrovia’s Eric Herrera and Pasadena’s Niko Lopez and Tyler Bradley — tied with two apiece.

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Boras Classic took Damien instead of the areas best, 14-0 San Dimas

San Dimas snubbed by Boras: The prestigious Boras Classic that takes place in Orange County next week won’t include undefeated San Dimas, who improved to 14-0 after beating rival Bonita for the third straight time this season, 5-0, to capture the Anaheim Lions tournament title on Wednesday.
San Dimas has won two tournaments, also beating Bonita in the championship of the 32-team Dicks Sporting Goods tourney in March, winning, 2-1.
San Dimas and co-head coach Mike Regan won a CIF title with the Saints in 2009, but Regan knew entering 2015 that on paper this is the best team he’s coached at the school, with the Saints ranked No. 1 in Division 3.
The Boras Classic is an invite only tournament that will include Mater Dei, Huntington Beach, Palm Desert and Damien from the San Gabriel Valley.
Damien coach Andy Nieto and his strong ties in the Southland may have had something to do with the Spartans getting an invite over San Dimas, but Damien is struggling at 3-6.
San Dimas was in the Boras Classic last year and went 1-3, which is probably why it didn’t get invited back.
“Damien’s a very good team, they’ll get it going,” Regan said. “But I tried my best to get us in the Boras tournament again. I sent many emails and texts trying to get us in and this year we wren’t invited back. it’s a big-time tournament and I thought we had the team that could compete well this year.
“But we don’t have a good track record based on last year, and it’s a lot about who you know and your program’s history that gets you in there.”

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South Hills advances to IMG National Classic title game

The South Hills baseball team  during the IMG National Classic  tournament dinner on Monday. The Huskies are 3-0 in the tourney and advanced to Thursday's championship game with a 6-1 win in the semifinals.

The South Hills baseball team during the IMG National Classic tournament dinner on Monday. The Huskies are 3-0 in the tourney and advanced to Thursday’s championship game with a 6-1 win in the semifinals on Wednesday.

South Hills High School is enjoying a fun spring break.
The Huskies are on the verge of winning an out-of-state baseball tournament for the second consecutive season.
South Hills, which on a tourney in South Carolina last season, advanced to the IMG National Classic championship game in Bradenton, Fla., with a 6-1 victory over George Jenkins (Fla.) on Wednesday.
Gavin Velasquez gave up three hits in 5 1/3 innings and freshman Brandon Dieter went 2 for 2 with three RBIs to lead the Huskies, who improved to 9-3. South Hills faces host IMG Academy in the title game on Thursday at 4 p.m. IMG is 17-4.

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Wednesday Recap: Bishop Amat softball remains undefeated in the Del Rey League after defeating St. Joseph 10-2

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Softball
Bishop Amat 10, St. Joseph 2 — Alexis Vargas was the winning pitcher and Julia Menrad had three RBIs and a two-run homer for the Lancers (11-4, 4-0) in Del Rey League win.
Gabrielino 4, El Monte 1 — Amanda Borja struck out 11 and Angie Gonzales went 3 for 3 with two doubles to lead the Eagles (2-5-1, 2-2) to the Mission Valley League victory.
Covina 13, Gladstone 1 — Princess Nava had a double, an RBI and three runs scored, Brittany Ching had three RBIs and Samantha Medrano went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the Colts (7-5) to the Northview Tournament win.
St. Lucy’s 7, Montebello 3 — Dakota Casper was the winning pitcher, Carly Pina went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a double, Gianna Ceccarelli went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Alyssa Avalos went 2 for 4 with a triple to lead the Regents (8-5) to advance to the Northview Tournament Championship.
South El Monte 16, Rosemead 2 — Alyssa Diaz went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, a triple and a home run and Ashley Diaz went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and a home run for the Eagles (7-4, 3-0) in a Mission Valley League victory. For South El Monte, Natalie Serrano went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Mia Luques had a double.
Baseball
South Hills 6, George Jenkins (FLA.) 1 — Gavin Velasquez was the winning pitcher, striking out six and Gabe Chavez went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a double to lead the Huskies (9-3) to the IMG Academy Classic Championship. For South Hills, Brandon Dieter went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Favian Chavira had a double.
Rosemead 5, South El Monte 2 — Angel Lopez pitched seven innings, striking out five and had an RBI and Johnny Leanos had an RBI and a triple to lead the Panthers (6-5, 2-1) to the Mission Valley League victory. Joshua Nava and Alejandro Dominguez each had an RBI for Rosemead.
Ayala 7, Claremont 6 — Daniel Mendez went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double and Matthew Acosta went 3 for 3 with a double for the Bulldogs (8-4, 3-1) in a Palomares League victory. Also contributing to Ayala’s victory were Daniel Ramirez who went 3 for 4 with a double and Cheyenne Lopez who had two RBIs.

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Former South Hills softball coach Scott Fisch could lose teaching credential over stolen funds

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FISCH MAY LOSE LICENSE OVER STOLEN FUNDS: A former South Hills High School coach and counselor who stole thousands of dollars from student fundraisers, scholarship donations and test fees to pay for meals, car repairs and his dog’s teeth cleaning may lose his state teaching credential, according to documents obtained by this news organization.
Scott Fisch was notified last month that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing plans to revoke his credentials.
Its decision came roughly a year after Fisch’s conviction for theft and his resignation from the Covina-Valley Unified School District.
The loss of his credentials would cost Fisch his new job at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to Arina Goldring, the academy’s executive director.

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Tuesday Recap: St. Lucy’s softball defeats Gladstone 20-5 at Northview Tournament

Softball
St. Lucy’s 20, Gladstone 5 — Grazia Watkins was the winning pitcher, Katie Greep and Kim Cortez each had five RBIs and a double and Gianna Ceccarelli went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a double to lead the Regents (7-5) to the Northview Tournament victory.
Bishop Amat 9, Brea Olinda 2 — Alexis Vargas pitched a complete game, Alyssa Barrera had three hits and Julia Menrad had three RBIs to lead the Lancers (10-4) to the nonleague win.
Baseball
South Hills 8, Pelham (Alabama) 1 — Ryan Mauch pitched six innings, striking out seven and Francisco Ramirez went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a home run to lead the Huskies (8-3) to advance to the IMG Academy Classic semifinals in Florida. For South Hills, Marcos Campos went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Ryan Cohen had an RBI double.
Boys golf
Bishop Amat 231, St. Paul 233 — Jason Gras shot a 4-over 36 for the Swordsmen (5-6, 1-2) but it was not enough to win the Del Rey League match at Santa Anita Golf Course. Donovan Delgado shot a 41 and David Rojo shot a 43 for the Lancers (7-2, 3-0).
Boys tennis
Diamond Bar 15, South Hills 3 — Teams of Daniel Chai and Roger Yang and Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong swept in doubles to lead the Brahmas (5-2) to their first Palomares League win of the season.

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Baseball: Bonita scores 3-1 win over Sonora

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora's La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora’s La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


By Stephen Ramirez

LA HABRA — Bonita High School usually doesn’t beat itself, and the Bearcats lived up to their reputation Tuesday.
A.J. Woodall tossed a four-hitter and Bonita took advantage of two Sonora miscues to score a 3-1 victory over the host Raiders in an Anaheim Lions Tournament game at Anderson Field.
Jarret Lindsay also had a RBI single for the Bearcats, who improved to 11-3. Gabe Armstrong had a home run for Sonora, which slipped to 8-6-1. The Raiders were denied a chance at possibly tying the game in the seventh when Bonita center fielder Danny Gelalich threw out the Raiders’ JonPaul Sarro at third to end the game.

Bonita coach John Knott: “That was awesome right there. It was kind of risky. When they get a hit and the guy goes first to third, if he’s safe that puts the tying run in scoring position. But we have a lot of confidence in (Gelalich) and he has a lot of confidence in himself and he made a heck of a throw. It was awesome.”

Bonita’s A.J. Woodall: “I have to give it my team. I just tried to throw strikes and my teammates made the plays behind me. I just try to give us the best chance to win, while they make plays behind me.”

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Boys Soccer All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Nathan DiFiori and Memo Gonzalez take top awards

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Top Row (left to right): Mountain View’s Adrian Garcia, El Monte’s Jesus Garcia, Damien’s Garrett Souza, Charter Oak’s Federico Hurtado, Bishop Amat’s David Cabral, Bishop Amat’s Nathan DiFiori and Diamond Bar’s Andre Gamboa
Bottom Row (left to right): Sierra Vista’s Sebastian Ocampo, Damien’s Tim Ebiner, Dimond Bar’s Guy Horcasitas and La Puente’s Josue Horan in West Covina, Calif., on Thursday, March 18, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

DIFIORIBOYS SOCCER
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nathan DiFiori, Bishop Amat, Midfielder, Senior

Amat played in arguably one of the toughest leagues in the CIF-Southern Section, battling eventual divisional and state champion Cathedral, who is also the mythical overall state champion for Top Drawer Soccer, which also ranked Cathedral fifth in the country. DiFiori, who finished with a modest seven goals and six assists, was a finalist for player of the year in the Del Rey, which eventually went to Cathedral’s Saul Reyes. But the respect shown to DiFiori, who had a goal and assist in a 4-4 tie against Cathedral, shows what his value was to a Lancers’ team who had one of their best seasons in recent memory, finishing second to Cathedral with a 12-2-4 overall record before bowing out to eventual semifinalist Pasadena in the Division 3 playoffs.
For his effort, the Del Rey first-team selection has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys soccer player of the year for 2014-15.
“We had a lot of returning seniors with a lot of leadership under our belts,” DiFiori said. “Every game was hard in our league, so every game you knew you had to battle. We knew we were going to have a good year, but part of getting this (player of the year) was the fact I had a lot of good players around me.”

MEMOCOACH OF THE YEAR
Memo Gonzalez, Bishop Amat

The Lancers struggled in recent years just to stay above .500 and were rarely discussed when ranking the area’s best teams, but they showed they were not only in the discussion this season, but arguably the top team around. The Lancers boasted the area’s biggest result, a 4-4 tie against powerful Cathedral in the Del Rey League and a sweep over Salesian, which led to a second-place finish in the Del Rey, which is arguably one of the toughest in the section.
Bishop Amat finished 12-2-4, losing only to Cathedral in a second meeting for the league title and to eventual CIF-SS Division 3 semifinalist Pasadena.
For his efforts, Gonzalez has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys soccer coach of the year for the 2014-15 season.
“This team had a lot of heart, there was no question the workrate day in and day out was there for us. There’s no question we had a tough league, but I thought we battled, we had 15 seniors and a lot of leadership and it showed.”

First Team
Defender: Josue Horan, La Puente, Senior
Defender: Tim Ebiner, Damien, Sr.
Defender: Adrian Garcia, Mountain View, Sr.
Midfielder: Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, Senior
Midfielder: Jesus Garcia, El Monte, Junior
Midfielder: Andre Gamboa, Diamond Bar, Senior
Midfielder: David Cabral, Bishop Amat, Junior
Midfielder: Garrett Souza, Damien, Senior
Forward: Federico Hurtado, Charter Oak, Sr.
Forward: Sebastian Ocampo, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Carlos Ibarria, Northview, Senior

Second Team
Defender: Elmer Jacobs, Sierra Vista, Senior
Defender: Reginaldo Escobedo, Baldwin Park, Senior
Defender: David Alas, Covina, Senior
Defender: Sergio Medina, Baldwin Park, Senior
Midfielder: Xavier Jaime, Arroyo, Senior
Midfielder: Luis Diaz, Covina, Senior
Midfielder: Jayson Gomez, Diamond Ranch, Junior
Forward: Adrian Ramirez, Arroyo, Forward
Forward: Jhonata Batista, South Hills, Forward
Forward: Carlos Sierra, Charter Oak, Junior
Goalkeeper: Alec Arguello, Diamond Bar, Senior

Final Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (12-2-4)
2. Damien (17-4-3)
3. Diamond Bar (17-6-2)
4. La Puente (15-3-3)
5. Sierra Vista (16-5-3)
6. Diamond Ranch (14-6-3)
7. Arroyo (15-7-1)
8. Charter Oak (18-7-2)
9. Baldwin Park (11-7-5)
10. Covina (11-9)

League champions
Baseline: Damien
Del Rey: Cathedral
Hacienda: Diamond Ranch
Miramonte: Garey
Montview: Baldwin Park
Mission Valley: El Monte
Palomares: Claremont
Valle Vista: Covina

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Monday Recap: Mike Guerrero went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, a double and a triple to lead Chino Baseball to Anaheim Lions Tournament win

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Baseball
Chino 9, Buena Park 1 — Kenny Meza pitched five innings with one earned run, Mike Guerrero went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, a double and a triple and Cesar Sandoval went 3 for 3 with three doubles to lead the Cowboys (7-4) to the Anaheim Lions Tournament win.
Hewitt 3, South Hills 2 — Gabe Chavez had a double and an RBI and John Dearth had a single for the Huskies (7-3) in a Florida IMG Academy Classic loss. Ryan Cohen and Francisco Ramirez each had a stolen base for South Hills.
Gladstone 9, Edgewood 6 — Eric Albarran pitched six innings, striking out three, Martin Tapia went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Juan Cervantes had three RBIs and a double to lead the Gladiators (5-3) to the Jim Graham Memorial Tournament win.
Softball
Nogales 11, Southland Christian 1 — Lisette Rosales went 3 for 3 with two doubles and Juliana Purcell had two doubles for the Nobles (10-3) in a nonleague win.
St. Lucy’s 5, Covina 0 — Dakota Casper was the winning pitcher, she also had a double and an RBI and Katie Greep went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Regents (6-5) in a Northview Tournament victory. Carly Pina had a home run and two RBIs and Emily Sierra had a double for St. Lucy’s.

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Softball: Bishop Amat gets revenge on rival St. Paul; takes over first in 11-3 win


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER —
Bishop Amat High School, after being swept by rival St. Paul last season, waited nearly a year for redemption against the Swordsmen.
The Lancers didn’t waste the opportunity Monday.
Alyssa Barrera and Julia Menrad had three RBIs each and Bishop Amat enacted some sweet revenge with an 11-3 victory over St. Paul in a Del Rey League softball game at York Field.
Menrad and Barrera also hit home runs for the Lancers, who took over first place at 9-4 overall and 3-0 in league play. Niko Walker had two hits and Taylor Fogle a two-run triple for the Swordsmen, who slipped to 11-6 and 3-1.

Bishop Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “We really wanted this game, especially because of what happened last year. Our goal was to not let (St. Paul sweep three games) ever again. We came out on the field, every inning wanting to win this game. Every at-bat, we all were 100-percent in, and we came out with a great win.”

St. Paul’s Taylor Fogle: “I felt I needed to do something with my bat. When I got up there and she (Bishop Amat’s Samaria Diaz) threw me that pitch, I was like, ‘I got to hit that.’ When I hit (it), I felt, ‘Whoo, there’s a fire right there.’ We were right there.”

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Girls Soccer All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Hanna Armendariz named player of the year

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Top (left to right): Skylar Robledo (South Hills), Hailey Zerbel (South Hills), Jamie Peters (Bishop Amat), Danielle Herrera (Bishop Amat), Hanna Armendariz (Bishop Amat), Nicole Leggio (St. Lucy’s), Taylor Salgado (Charter Oak).
Bottom (left to right): Jazzmyn Esquivel (Los Altos), Maria Hernandez (Sierra Vista), Marissa Favela (Diamond Bar), Mia Trugerrio (Diamond Bar), Julia Bingham (St. Lucy’s).

armendarizPLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hanna Armendariz, Bishop Amat, Midfielder, Senior

The crafty midfielder did everything for the Lancers girls soccer team, finishing with an area-best 30 goals to go with 15 assists in helping her team to the Del Rey League title.
Armendariz, who is headed to the University of Portland on a soccer scholarship, was named the Del Rey League player of the year and also was selected to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first team.
For her efforts and outstanding season, Armendariz also has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2014-15 girls soccer player of the year.
“It went really good this year,” Armendariz said. “We were a little rusty in the beginning but everyone pulled through and finished fighting. I have to thank my teammates, I couldn’t do this without them, so i give props to them.”
Armendariz had four games with three or more goals, including a four-goal performance against St. Matthias Academy.
Armendariz, who won a CIF title with the Lancers as a sophomore, helped them reach the quarterfinals and also an at–large berth in the state playoffs.
“I wanted to come out this year and be a good leader for the team,” Armendariz said. “I wanted to be someone they could look up to so I worked hard being the best I could.”

mcmahonCOACH OF THE YEAR
Chris McMahon, Duarte

The Falcons finally closed the gap on Sierra Vista’s dominance in the Montview league, snapping the Dons’ 65-game league winning streak with a 3-2 victory. Sierra Vista won the rematch in the league finale 1-0 in overtime to claim the league title, but the Falcons finished 13-6-1 and won a CIF-SS divisional playoff game to finish its best season in history.
It was quite a turnaround after going 10-9-2 last year and 8-10-2 in 2013.
For his efforts, McMahon has been selected the Tribune 2014-15 girls soccer coach of the year
“I’m very happy with the girls, they battled and got better every game,” McMahon said. “They’re just a great group of girls. They’re already looking forward to playing again and they want to put a club team together so they can train and get ready for next year.”

First Team
Defender: Mia Trugerrio, Diamond Bar, Senior
Defender: Jazzmyn Esquivel, Los Altos, Senior
Defender: Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s, Junior
Midfielder: Marissa Favela, Diamond Bar, Senior
Midfielder: Skylar Robledo, South Hills, Sophomore
Midfielder: Maria Hernandez, Sierra Vista, Junior
Midfielder: Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s, Junior
Forward: Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, Junior
Forward: Jamie Peters, Bishop Amat
Forward: Taylor Salgado, Charter Oak, Junior
Goalkeeper: Danielle Herrera, Bishop Amat, Sophomore

Second Team
Defender: Sabrina May, Diamond Bar, Junior
Defender: Sarah George, Bishop Amat, Junior
Defender: Ronni Cuccia, South Hills, Senior
Midfielder: Zitali Jimenez, Sierra Vista, Sophomore
Midfielder: Giselle Garcia, Sierra Vista, Senior
Midfielder: Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Senior
Midfielder: Bria Salazar, Charter Oak, Senior
Forward: Cheyenne Cepeda, San Dimas, Junior
Forward: Amber Marinero, South Hills, Junior
Forward: Alexis Rushlow, Glendora, Senior
Goalkeeper: Amber Henry, Diamond Ranch, Senior

Final Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (19-9)
2. South Hills (16-6)
3. Los Altos (13-9-1)
4. Diamond Bar (12-8-2)
5. Sierra Vista (21-5-1)
6. Diamond Ranch (12-7-5)
7. Charter Oak (11-11-2)
8. Glendora (8-10-5)
9. Duarte (13-6-1)
10. San Dimas (8-12-2)

League champions
Baseline: Chino Hills
Del Rey: Bishop Amat
Hacienda: Chino
Miramonte: Pomona
Montview: Sierra Vista
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Palomares: Ayala
Valle Vista: San Dimas

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Friday Recap: Bonita and Ayala baseball both get 1-0 victories to create four-way tie for first in the Palomares League

Baseball
Chino 8, Diamond Ranch 0
— Josh Thornton threw a complete-game shutout with five hits and five strikeouts for Chino. Jonathan Alba, Cesar Sandoval, and Mike Guerrero each had two hits for Chino.
Bonita 1, Claremont 0 — Isaiah Haro tossed a complete-game shutout to put the Bearcats (7-3, 2-1) in a four-way tie for first place in the Palomares League. The senior struck out three batters and allowed just three hits after carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning. Alex Gonzalez scored the team’s only run reaching base on a single. He then stole second base and advanced to third on a deep fly ball by Justin Gomez. Then a blooper by Kenji Henderson over the third baseman drove in the game’s only run.
Ayala 1, South Hills 0

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Damien closes out Division III state title with 70-57 win over Campolindo

STORY: The Damien Spartans capped off a storybook season with a 70-57 win over Northern Regional champion Campolindo on Friday at Haas Pavilion in the Division III State championship game.
The Spartans (29-5) trailed only once, that being at 20-19. They scored on the next possession and never looked back.
Damien led 39-35 after three quarters.
Their biggest lead came at 57-44 with 3:57 left on a bucket by Andy Torices. Jeremy Hemsley tallied 20 points and nine rebounds. Micah Robinson added 17 off the bench.

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Damien hoping to finish the season with a state championship

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DAMIEN PREGAME: Win or lose, Damien High School boys basketball

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Damien head coach Matt Dunn reacts after a basket against Cathedral in the second half of the CIF State Division 3 Regional Basketball Final at Colony High School in Ontario, Calif., on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Damien won 68-62. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

coach Matt Dunn knows that Friday’s CIF State Division 3 championship game is his last with a very special group of players, and he’s OK with any result.
“Six of these guys who are seniors now were on the team as sophomores and two of those guys as freshmen,” Dunn said. “It’s been quite a journey. I think ultimately who they are on our campus and how they’ve represented our program as young men is what I’m proud of.
“This is a fun way to end our journey together.”
It ends at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley on Friday at 4 p.m. Whether it’s a happy ending depends on if the Spartans can get past Campolindo of Moraga.
Damien enters at 28-5. The Spartans beat highly rated Cathedral in last Saturday’s Southern California Regional finals to earn a berth in Friday’s state final. Prior to that state tournament, Damien suffered a loss in the first round in the Southern Section’s Open Division before winning a consolation bracket game.
The Spartans won the rugged Baseline League this season and prior to that played a difficult nonleague tournament schedule in December that Dunn hopes set them up well for moments like Friday.
“We thought this year that we had a chance to have a really special year,” Dunn said. “We thought it would be important to test ourselves in the nonleague. The MaxPreps Tournament in Palm Springs was just incredible. We played four teams and all of them ended up doing well in their state tournaments.

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