Walnut finishes third in Covina boys basketball title; J.W. North wins it.

Walnut's Agassi Goantara (24) fights for the ball with JW North's Sadiq Muhammad as teammate Mason Westlake (12) looks on in the first half of a Covina Christmas Tournament prep basketball game at Covina High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Walnut’s Agassi Goantara (24) fights for the ball with JW North’s Sadiq Muhammad as teammate Mason Westlake (12) looks on in the first half of a Covina Christmas Tournament prep basketball game at Covina High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)


By Stephen Ramirez
COVINA — There will be no local teams in the Covina High School boys basketball tournament championship game, but Walnut made a strong run Wednesday.Cameron Nunley tipped in a putback shot with three seconds left and J.W. North rallied for a 60-58 victory over the Mustangs in the semifinals at Covina High.
Walnut (10-5) had a chance to win it, but Eli Ramos’ desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer was wide.
North (8-3) will face Cajon, a 72-60 winner over Fremont, in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Walnut faces Fremont at 6.
Mason Westlake led North with 17 points. Ryan Dai had 17 for Walnut.

“We played well,” Walnut coach Joe Khouzam said. “We had a couple of mental breakdowns at the wrong time. But I love this group. They fight, they don’t quit. It’s a young group and they are learning. I’m happy with how we played tonight.”
Walnut almost got it done. But North used a 15-8 blitz down the stretch to win.
The Huskies trailed most of the second half before putting together an 8-3 surge to take a 51-50 lead on a LaShawn Jackson’ 3-pointer with 3:27 remaining.
The teams then traded baskets before Walnut’s Andrew Lee (nine points) drained a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to tie it at 58.
North then ran the clock down to about 10 seconds left when Melvin Walker missed from just inside the free-throw line. Nunley (13 points, 7 rebounds) got the rebound and tipped in an off-balance putback for the 60-58 lead.
Ramos took the in-bounds pass before missing his 3-pointer from just inside the half-court line at the buzzer.
“(North’s) last possession, we were trying to get it out of their best shooter’s hands,” Khouzam said. “We emphasized blocking out. But they got a lot of size on us and got the tip back.
“Last play, we were trying to get a deep pass down (the court). It didn’t work out as well as we wanted it to go.”
North, getting seven points from Walker and six from Westlake, led 26-25 at halftime.
Walnut opened the third quarter with a 10-5 blitz to lead 35-31 before finishing the quarter with a 7-5 run for a 42-38 lead.
The Mustangs pushed the advantage to five points twice in the fourth before North rallied.
“Tomorrow is a big game for us,” Khouzam said. “We always want to come out of a tournament 3-1 or 4-0. We still have that opportunity. If we win, we’ll get out of here 3-1, which is really good for us.”

The annual Covina Boys Basketball Christmas knockout tournament starts on Monday. Here’s the schedule, will update scores during the week.

Monday’s First Round
Top Bracket

Cajon 74, South El Monte 38
South Hills 65, Sierra Vista 40
Fremont 67, Lakeside 64
Mountain View 84, Northview 79
Bottom Bracket
Bishop Amat 81, Duarte 11
Walnut 60, California 31
JW North 76, Arroyo 27
Florida Ransom Everglades 42, Covina 34
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Cajon 76, South Hills 70, OT
Fremont 67, Mountain View 65
Walnut 62, Bishop Amat 59
J.W North 50, Florida Ransom Everglades 43
Wednesday’s semifinals
Cajon 72, Fremont 60
J.W. North 60, Walnut 58
Thursday’s championship
J.W. North 49, Cajon 38
Third place game
Walnut 65, Fremont 61

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Thursday Recap: South Hills boys basketball gets win at Covina Tournament

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Boys basketball
South Hills 78, Mountain View 68 — Jason Rodriguez had 26 points, Justin Acosta had 17 points and Damon Reygadas had 13 points for the Huskies (7-7) in a Covina tournament victory. Also for South Hills, Dalton Clevenger had seven points and 16 rebounds. The Huskies will play Bishop Amat today at 4:30 p.m.
Charter Oak 64, Rowland 61, OT — Jermaine Braddock had 19 points and William Vest and Chase Evans each had 15 points for the Chargers (8-2) in a Wilson tournament victory. Curtis Hong had 23 points and Jarbas Faria had 14 points for the Raiders (9-4).
Diamond Ranch 61, Hoover 53 — Coree Joseph had 22 points and six rebounds and Garrett Parker had 12 points and four rebounds for the Panthers (3-9) in an Orange Holiday Classic win. Diamond Ranch will play against Chino today at 10:30 a.m.
Edgewood 81, Southlands Christian 67 — Daniel Felix had 23 points and Niko Yamaoto had 16 points for the Lions (12-2) in a nonleague win. Also for Edgewood, Ozzy Mancilla had 13 points and 16 rebounds and Sebastian Andrade had 10 points.

Girls basketball
Glendora 73, Montclair 37 — Alex Lowden and Michelle Can each had 14 points for the Tartans (12-1) in a Glendora tournament victory. McKayla Tilton had 11 points for the Tartans, who won their eighth consecutive game. Glendora will play against La Salle today in a semifinal game.
Buena Park 45, Rosemead 37 — Sophomore Kathleen Phan scored 12 points for the Panthers (5-9) in an Ontario tournament pool-play loss.
Claremont 52, Wilson 34 — Kendra Ukita had 14 points and Miya Yi had 12 points for the Wildcats in an Ontario tournament loss Tuesday.

Girls soccer
Glendora 2, Arcadia 0 — Alexis Rushlow scored twice and Amy Bishop and Jennifer Segura each had an assist for the Tartans (7-3-1) in a Sunny Hills Classic victory.
Rowland 2, Pomona Catholic 0; Rowland 5, Whittier Christian 0 — Ruby Fernandez and Melanie Romero each scored a goal and goalie Viktoria Kozak had a shutout to lead the Raiders to their first-game victory at the Ontario Christian tournament. Melissa Rodriguez scored three goals, Fernandez scored a goal and goalie Kozak had another shutout to lead the Raiders to their second tournament win.

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Tuesday Recap: Rowland boys basketball defeat Dymally thanks to Curtis Hong and Jarbas Faria

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Boys basketball
Rowland 84, Dymally 40 — Curtis Hong had 22 points, five assists and five steals, Jarbas Faria added 13 points and had eight assists and seven steals for the Raiders (9-3) in a Wilson Tournament pool-play victory. Also for Rowland, Paul Granadozin had 10 points.
Diamond Bar 56, San Dimas 54 — Myles Corey had 15 points and Malik Corey had 10 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Brahmas (10-2) in a Damien Tournament bronze division second-round victory. Also for Diamond Bar, Chris Chebat had nine points. Donnell Leffridge had 22 points, Ronny Rafeh added 15 points and Spencer Bandow had 13 points for the Saints (8-4).
Bellflower 52, Diamond Ranch 49 — Micheal Miller Jr. scored 16 points for the Panthers (2-9) in an Orange Holiday Classic loss.
Cajon 76, South Hills 70, OT — Jason Rodriguez had 25 points, Damon Reygadas added 15 points and Justin Acosta had 12 points for the Huskies (6-7) in a Covina Tournament quarterfinal loss. Also for South Hills, Dalton Clevenger had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Huskies will play Mountain View today at 3 p.m.

Girls basketball
Glendora 68, Temple City 29 — McKayla Tilton scored 24 points, Michelle Can added 14 points and Kyra Zovak had 10 points for the Tartans (11-1) in a Glendora Tournament pool-play victory. Glendora will play Montclair today at 6 p.m.
Rosemead 59, Edgewood 27 — Kelly Cao scored 18 points and Amy Ung and Krystal Espinoza each had 10 points for the Panthers (5-8) in an Ontario Tournament pool-play victory. Sophie King had 11 points for Edgewood.

Girls soccer
Mayfair 3, Glendora 2; Glendora 2, Riverside Poly 0 — Alexis Rushlow and Blake Manke each scored a goal and Amy Bishop had an assist for the Tartans in their first loss at the Sunny Hills Classic. Rushlow scored twice and Gaia Dennison and Bishop each had an assist to lead the Tartans to their first tournament victory.

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Monday Recap: South Hills boys basketball defeats Sierra Vista in a Covina Tournament game

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Boys basketball
South Hills 65, Sierra Vista 40 — Jason Rodriguez scored 16 points, Justin Acosta added 14 points and Damon Reygadas had 13 points for the Huskies (6-6) in a Covina Tournament first-round victory. Also for South Hills, Dalton Clevenger had 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Huskies will play Cajun in the quarterfinals today at 3 p.m.
Rowland 51, Perris 47 — Curtis Hong scored 22 points and had seven steals, Phillip Aguiniga had 12 points, six rebounds and five assists and Jarbas Faria added 12 points for the Raiders (8-3) in a Wilson Tournament pool-play victory.
San Dimas 68, Pomona 34 — Donnell Leffridge scored 15 points and Spencer Bandow added 11 points and had four rebounds for the Saints (8-3) in a Damien Tournament bronze division first-round victory. Also for San Dimas, Elijah Jackson had six assists and Russell Ocampo had five assists. Ivan Richmond had eight points for Pomona. San Dimas will host Diamond Bar today at 4:30 p.m.
West Covina 64, Silverado 59 — Nick Hart scored 31 points and Darian Nickols added 16 points for the Bulldogs (8-4) in a Damien Tournament bronze division first-round victory.
Crean Lutheran 63, Diamond Ranch 43 — Michael Miller Jr. had 11 points and Anthony Enriquez and Marcus Ratliff each had nine points for the Panthers (2-8) in an Orange Holiday Classic loss.
Charter Oak 74, Dymally 14 — The Chargers (6-2) defeated the Challengers (1-8) in a Wilson Tournament first-round game.

Girls basketball
Glendora 74, La Quinta 11 — Alex Lowden had 17 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds and Kyra Zovak and Michelle Can each scored 10 points for the Tartans (10-1) in a Glendora Tournament pool-play win. Glendora will play Temple City today at 1:30 p.m.
Duarte 64, Santa Paula 27 — Ryley Thompson scored 19 points, Patricia Morris had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Macy Barnes added 11 points for the Falcons (9-3) in a West Coast Holiday Classic first-round victory.

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Friday Recap: El Monte girls basketball defeat Rosemead

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Girls basketball
El Monte 31, Rosemead 29 — Giselle Alarcon had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions in a Mission Valley League victory.

Boys soccer
West Covina 2, South Hills 0 — Jason Dominguez and Brandon Gonsalez each scored a goal for the Bulldogs in a nonleague victory.

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Thursday Recap: Bishop Amat boys basketball improve to 9-1 after defeating Salesian

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Boys basketball
Bishop Amat 72, Salesian 35 — Gjerrard Wilson had 20 points, Ismael Arrellano had 16 points and Jonathan Aguirre had 12 points for the Lancers (9-1) in a nonleague win.
Edgewood 65, Avalon 45 — Niko Yamamoto had 12 points and five assists and Sebastian Andrade and Ardy Peralta each had 11 points for the Lions (11-2) in a nonleague victory. Also for Edgewood, Ozzy Mancilla had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Damien 92, Long Beach Jordan 74 — Ezekiel Ally scored 26 points and Justin Hensley had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans in a nonleague win.
Rosemead 60, El Monte 29 — Ivan Ip had 13 points and Steven Mach had 12 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Panthers (4-6, 1-1) in a Mission Valley League victory. Also for Rosemead, Sean Duong had 11 points and three steals. Devin Romero had 10 points for the Lions (7-7, 0-2).

Girls basketball
West Covina 53, San Dimas 32 — Katrina Ponce de Leon had 22 points and Andrea Bustillos had 15 points for the Bulldogs in a nonleague victory.

Boys soccer
Arroyo 3, Mountain View 0 — Abraham Figueroa scored twice and Alex Fletes scored a goal for the Knights (7-2. 2-0) in a Mission Valley League match.

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Glendora’s Marissa Montoya headlines Tribune Girls Volleyball All-Area Team

PHOTO GALLERY OF TRIBUNE ALL-AREA TEAM
By Keith Lair
Tribune Girls Volleyball Player of the Year
Marissa Montoya
Outside hitter, senior, Glendora

montoyaIt is every high school athlete’s dream that in the final year of school to win nearly every match and make a long run in postseason play.
Marissa Montoya accomplished that dream, and more, in the 2016 volleyball campaign. She helped Glendora High School to a co-Palomares League title and helped get the Tartans to the CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship match.

It is the furthest the Tartans have advanced in postseason play.
“We worked really hard this year,” Montoya said after a quarterfinal sweep of Bishop Montgomery. “This was our goal and we finally made it. Getting to the finals would be a dream come true.”
Glendora defeated host Foothill of Santa Ana in the semifinals to get to that dream and Montoya added to it by earning San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year honors.
In the division final, Glendora won the first set against St. Joseph of Lakewood, but the Jesters came back to win the title in four sets.
“We kind of put our heels back,” the outside hitter said of those final three sets. “We thought maybe it would be easier on us. They definitely pushed through. They were just at a fast tempo and that definitely was a problem.”
Montoya led the Tartans in kills in the match.
But the season was not over. Glendora earned a berth in the CIF State Division II playoffs, eventually losing in the Southern California semifinals to state champion Cathedral Catholic of San Diego in four games.
Montoya was one of the three Tartans’ go-to girls, which created havoc for defenses. She finished in the top 25 in the CIF-SS in kills with 381. She had a .246 hitting percentage.
She never left the court either, and was just as impressive in the back row. She had 449 digs, which was among the top 20 in the CIF-SS. She also had 52 aces.

Coach of the year
Clara Lowden, Glendora

claralowdenThe Glendora High School girls volleyball team never could seemingly get over that final hump.
Coach Clara Lowden finally helped the Tartans accomplish the feat. After two consecutive years of elimination in the CIF-SS quarterfinals, Glendora made it past the quarters. Way past. The Tartans played for their first CIF-SS title in program history and made their first CIF State appearance, reaching the Southern California semifinals.
Lowden earns San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Year honors for the feat.
She took over the team four years ago and in the last three years Glendora has won the Palomares League each year, tying for the title this season. Glendora has had at least 20 victories in each of those seasons.

First team
Giselle Alarcon
Middle blocker, Senior, El Monte

alarconAlarcon tried to help the Lions overcome Gabrielino for the Mission Valley League title; their lone two league defeats. She had a team-high 122 kills and a team-high 18 blocks. “Our season was spectacular,” she said. That included a playoff victory over Whittier.

Kaitlyn Iwamoto
Libero, Senior, Los Altos

iwamotoThe senior helped the Conquerors win their fifth consecutive Hacienda League title with her stellar defense. Los Altos went 10-0 in league play. The Conquerors had a top defensive backcourt and it was Iwamoto leading the way. She had 374 digs, more than twice as many than any of her teammates and she successfully handled 308 serve/receive opportunities, nearly three times more than any other teammate.

Alexis Lowden
Outside hitter, Junior, Glendora

alexislowdenLowden may have been the Tartans’ most versatile player and biggest option. She was one of Glendora’s top hitters, but she was just as adept at the backrow with big defensive plays while still contributing to the offense. She consistently had backrow kill attempts that forced defenses to scramble.

Sahara Martinez
Setter, Senior, Bonita

martinezThe Bearcats’ run to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals was squarely put in Martinez’s passes. The senior had nearly 2,000 assists, teammates combined for only 28 more assists. She had only 10 ballhanding errors on the season. She also had 36 aces, 17 blocks, 60 kills and 261 digs, second-most on the Bearcats. She will play at UTEP next season.

Lisette Ramos
Middle hitter, Junior, Gladstone

ramosRamos has helped the Gladiators to the best of times. Gladstone won its second consecutive Montview League title and was the top seed entering the CIF-SS Division 8 tournament. But Gladstone was knocked out in the quarterfinals. ”I think the pressure got to us,” Ramos said. “But we were really prepared as a team.” She led the Gladiators with 287 kills and 32 blocks. She also served 57 aces.

Kaylee Sadler
Outside hitter, Senior, Northview

sadlerThe Vikings won their second consecutive Valle Vista League title and Sadler has been the key component each time. She was the league MVP on a team that went 21-9, but was upset in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. “It was painful, definitely painful,” she said.

Emma Svagdis
Outside hitter, Senior, Glendora

svagdisSvagdis made defenses think twice. Defenders could not just concentrate on Marissa Montoya. They had to content with Svagdis, too. It made the Tartans a dangerous offensive team, enough to get to the CIF-SS championship match for the first time. She will play at Azusa Pacific next season.

Second team
Rachel Demerjian, setter, junior, Glendora
Julia Hooper, libero, senior, Northview
Carrie McGlohon, opposite, senior, Bonita
Anadina Morales, outside hitter, senior, Duarte
Kellie Pichotta, outside hitter, senior, Bonita
Jocelyn Portillo, outside hitter, junior, Duarte
Celina Vargas, outside hitter, senior, Gladstone

Honorable mention
Kassandra Aguilera, middle blocker/outside hitter, senior, Bassett
Jenna Bailey, setter, senior, St. Lucy’s
Patti Delgadillo, outside hitter/middle blocker, senior, Los Altos
Selena Jara, setter/opposite, senior, Gladstone
Cassidy Marshman, libero, senior, Glendora
Brennan Miller, libero, senior, St. Lucy’s
Johanna Rodriguez, setter, senior, Edgewood

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