CIF State Wrestling Championships: Area bites back with six semifinalists


By Stephen Ramirez
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Area wrestlers, after not producing a state finalists the previous two seasons, had their day of redemption on Friday
Six locals advanced to the semifinals, with six others in line to earn top-eight medals highlighted the first day of the CIF State championships at Rabobank Arena.
San Marino, which won its first CIF-Southern Section Masters title last week, continued its upward trend, getting four to this morning’s semifinals. Julian Flores (132 pounds), who had advanced to the semifinals the past two seasons, led the contingent that also includes Zander Silva (113), Zander Wick (145) and Luke Troy (152).
Northview’s Ricky Padilla (160) and Sonora’s Russell Rohlfing (126) round out the area semifinalists.
The six will face morning matches beginning at 9:30 a.m. for a chance to advance to the finals, scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

“It’s great,” said Flores, of San Marino’s effort. “As a team, we want to be on top. Hopefully, we can continue to do well in this tournament.”
Still alive for a top-eight finish are San Dimas’ David Gonzalez (113); Northview’s Richie Casillas (120) and Joe Dominguez (145); San Marino’s Evan Wick (138); Bishop Amat’s Nigel Ruiz (145) and Damien’s Patrick Sanchez (285).
All but Dominguez advanced to the quarterfinals before losing. All will also need to win in the consolation fifth round, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., to earn a top-eight medal.
Dominguez lost in the third round, but came back to win two consolation rounds to advance to today.
Flores was steady all day, scoring two close decisions before dominating Kenny Jones (Lassen), 10-1, in the quarterfinals.
“It’s nice to be back in the semis,” Flores said. “The last two years I made it to the semis and failed to do what I set out to do. This year, I have so much more confidence, and I feel a lot more confident for tomorrow.”
Silva was dominant at 113, earning a technical fall and a win by fall before beating Javier Alaniz (Clovis West), 10-2, in the quarterfinals.
Troy and Padilla advance after earning Master titles last week.

“It’s not my goal (to just get to the semis),” Padilla said. “I want to be at the top of the podium at the end of the day.”
Rohlfing advanced after losing in the quarterfinals last season.

“Last year, I lost in the quarters, so this is really big for me,” Rohlfing said. “I’m really excited. I’m just going to take it to him.”
Failing to qualify for today were Montebello’s Nico Gomez (106); Bishop Amat’s Sidney Flores (106); Northview’s Andres Hooper (126) , Andres Estrada (132) and Roger Arce (170); Sonora’s Josh Kawaguchi (132); California’s Richard Pocock (132); Charter Oak’s Antonio Zavala (152) and San Marino’s Aaron Padilla (160)

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Arcadia Elks baseball tournament schedule

The 16th annual Arcadia Elks baseball tournament has been expanded to 16 teams. Here is the tournament schedule:
Pool A
Alhambra
Rosemead
La Salle
South Gate
Pool B
Sierra Vista
Keppel
Temple City
Beverly Hills
Pool C
Pasadena Poly
Hamilton
Marshall
South Pasadena
Pool D
Monrovia
Salesian
St. Francis
Bell Gardens

Friday’s games
South Gate vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 3:15 p.m.
Salesian at Monrovia, 3:15 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Bell Gardens at Veterans Park, 3:15 p.m.
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City vs. Beverly Hills at La Cienega Park, 3:15 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Hamilton, 3:15 p.m.
Marshall at South Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Saturday’s games
Rosemead vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 11 a.m.
South Gate vs. La Salle at Arcadia County Park, 11 a.m.
St. Francis at Monrovia, 11 a.m.
Bell Gardens vs. Salesian at East L.A. College, 11 a.m.
Sierra Vista at Temple City, 11 a.m.
Marshall at Pasadena Poly, 11 a.m.
Hamilton at South Pasadena, 11 a.m.
Beverly Hills at Keppel, 11 a.m.
Tuesday’s games
Alhambra vs. La Salle at Arcadia County Park, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at South Gate, 3:15 p.m.
Salesian vs. St. Francis at Robinson Stadium, 6 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Bell Gardens at Veterans Park. 5:45 p.m.
Keppel at vs. Temple City, 3:15 p.m.
Beverly Hills at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena, 3:15 p.m.
Hamilton at Marshall, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday’s games
Game 1 (championship semifinals): Pool A #1 vs Pool B # 1 at Moor Field
Game 2: Pool A #2 vs Pool B # 2 at Arcadia County Park
Game 3: Pool A #3 vs Pool B # 3 at Temple City
Game 4: Pool A #4 vs. Pool B # 4 at Monrovia
Game 5 (championship semifinals): Pool C #1 vs. Pool D #1 at Keppel
Game 6: Pool C #2 vs. Pool D # 2 at Pasadena Poly
Game 7: Pool C #3 vs. Pool D # 3 at South Pasadena
Game 8: Pool C #4 vs. Pool D #4 at Marshall
Saturday, March 14
Championship:
Winner of Game 1 vs. winner of Game 5 at Arcadia County Park
Third place: Loser of Game 1 vs. loser of Game 5 at Alhambra
Fifth place: Winner of Game 2 vs. winner of game 6 at Temple City
Seventh place: Loser of Game 2 vs. loser of game 6 at Monrovia
Ninth place: Winner of Game 3 vs. winner of Game 7 at South Pasadena
11th place: Loser of Game 3 vs. loser of Game 7 at Pasadena Poly
13th place: Winner of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 8 at Rosemead
15th place: Loser of Game 4 vs. loser of Game 8 at Marshall

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tourney: No. 1 San Dimas, No. 2 South Hills to square off in Friday’s quarters at Mt. SAC, 5 p.m.

Follow Bonita’s website for Dick’s sporting Goods brackets and info throughout the tournament. The 32-team knockout will work just like a CIF playoff tourney with a consolation bracket as well. Home games are listed with an asterisk, and coin flips will determine subsequent home games just as CIF does. I’ll post updated brackets as we get them. The second round is Wednesday.

Just confirmed that not only is No. 1 San Dimas taking on No. 2 South Hills at Mt. SAC on Friday at 5 p.m.. Even better is that Saints ace Peter Lambert and Huskies ace Gavin Velasquez will take the hill. It’s on.

Walnut, Pasadena photo gallery
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Pasadena beats Walnut: In his first career varsity start, senior Luke Bolger carried a no-hitter into the final inning on his way to earning the victory for the Pasadena High School baseball team, which beat Walnut 5-1 on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational.
“I was just zoned into what I needed to do and my job,” Bolger said. “I really just focused on my mechanics to do what I needed to do to help the team.”
Going into the seventh inning, Bolger had a 5-0 cushion against the Mustangs, who had just put 16 runs on the board in their season opener. Walnut’s Andre Alvarez got a leadoff single with a ground ball through the right side to break up the no-hitter.

Dick Sporting Goods tournament
Wednesday’s second sound championship bracket
Top Half

Etiwanda 6, Temecula Valley 5
Pasadena 5, Walnut 1
San Dimas 2, Paloma Valley 0
South Hills 2, Yucaipa 1
Bottom Half
Crescenta Valley 5, Victor Valley 2
Bonita 12, Warren 7
Los Osos 4, Arcadia 3
Alta Loma 2, Chino Hills 1

Friday’s quarterfinals
San Dimas vs. South Hills at Mt. SAC, 5 p.m.
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Etiwanda vs. Pasadena at Bonita, 11 a.m.
Crescenta Valley vs. Bonita at Bonita, 2 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Alta Loma at Bonita, 5 p.m.

This is what you get on Friday …

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San Dimas Softball Tournament: Charter Oak, West Covina, Monrovia, Montclair reach semifinals

Charter Oak-El Rancho photo gallery
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Chavez helps Charter Oak reach semifinals: The Charter Oak High softball team reached the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament with a 4-3 win over El Rancho in five innings on Thursday in a game that was called based on a time limit.
Marissa Chavez provided the Chargers with the offensive boost they needed in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run, and Charter Oak (2-0) led the rest of the way.

Top Bracket
La Canada 6, Wilson 1
West Covina 12, Whittier Christian 0
Montclair 10, Crescenta Valley 1
Temple City 6, Northview 2
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 12, Ontario Christian 2
El Rancho 9, South El Monte 0
Monrovia 4, Alta Loma 2
San Dimas 4, Bonita 2
Thursday’s quarterfinals
Top Bracket
West Covina 9, La Canada 5
Montclair 1, Temple City 0
Bottom Bracket
Charter Oak 4, El Rancho 3
Monrovia 4, San Dimas 1
Friday’s semifinals
Charter Oak 11, Monrovia 1
West Covina 10, Montclair 0
Saturday’s championship
Charter Oak vs. West Covina at San Dimas, 4 p.m.

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Thursday Recap: West Covina softball advances to the Semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Softball
West Covina 9, La Canada 5 — Senior Maddy Tickey struck out four in three innings and Freshman Nadya Orozco pitched a scoreless last inning and went 2 for 3 and scored twice to lead the Bulldogs (2-0) to advance to the semifinals of the San Dimas Tournament. Nicole Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Bella Montoya went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a stolen base for West Covina.
Chino 27, Hillcrest 1 : Chino 2, Murrieta Mesa 0 — Emily Ballesteros had a grandslam and Justine Briones went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, a single, a double, and a triple to lead the Cowboys (4-0) to their third victory at the Upland Varsity Tournament. Tiffany Kennedy Cummings threw a complete game with eight strikeouts and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Chino in the second game win.
Workman 15, La Puente 5 — Amanda Guillen went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, a triple and a home run and Driana Ruedas went 1 for 2 with a double and scored twice for the Warriors (0-2) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.
Baseball
Bonita 12, Warren 7 — Noah Williams went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI and AJ Woodall went 5.1 innings and struck out five to lead Bonita to advance to the semifinals of the Dicks Sporting Good Classic.
Wilson 14, La Puente 2 — The Wildcats improve to 3-0 overall with a nonleague victory against the Warriors.
Gladstone 11, El Monte 7 — The Gladiators (1-1) got their first win of the season after defeating the Lions (0-2).
Esperanza 4, Damien 3 — The Spartans (0-1) lost at the Newport Elks Tournament.

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Wednesday Recap: Kaile Chavez pitched five innings and had seven strikeouts to lead Charter Oak softball to 12-2 victory

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Softball
Charter Oak 12, Ontario Christian 2 — Kaile Chavez pitched five innings and had seven strikeouts and allowed two hits to lead the Chargers (1-0) to the San Dimas Tournament victory. Cloe Ochoa and Christine Pinela each had two hits for Charter Oak.
Baldwin Park 5, La Puente 3 — Darlene Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double and Driana Ruedas went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Warriors (0-1) but it was not enough in the nonleague loss. Gina Reyes had an RBI, a double and scored a run for La Puente.
West Covina 12, Whittier Christian 0 — Maddy Tickey completed the game with four innings, three strikeouts and allowed two hits and Valarie Almaraz had a three-run homer to lead the Bulldogs (1-0) to the San Dimas Tournament victory. Ashley Mayorga went 3-4 with a triple, Nadya Orozco went 2-3 with a double and scored three times for West Covina.
Boys golf
St. Monica 239, Bishop Amat 244 — Donovan Delgado and Brandon Morales each shot a 46 at the Santa Anita Golf Course but it was not enough in the nonleague loss.

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Tribune Top Ten Softball Preview: South Hills leads the pack

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SOUTH HILLS NO. 1, click top ten preview: It will be an interesting year for softball pitchers with the possibility of some of the best in the San Gabriel Valley not throwing a complete game.
That’s because, coaches say, they have a wide variety of pitchers with different styles to choose from. Teams can throw a fastball, rise-style pitcher the first three-plus innings and when opponents finally get adjusted to that speed, coaches can turn around and offer a pitcher that has more movement on the ball.

“We’re looking forward to pitchers in different roles, starting and relieving, and all different kinds of styles,” Charter Oak coach Scott Higuera said of his plan to platoon his three pitchers. “We’ll use them all. That keeps them all in shape and we hope keeps on giving us a competitive edge.”

TRIBUNE TOP TEN
1. South Hills
2. Bishop Amat
3. Charter Oak
4. Los Altos
5. San Dimas
6. Glendora
7. Bonita
8. Covina
9. Northview
10. South El Monte

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Glendora quarterback Matt Fink adds Notre Dame to list of offers

Glendora QB Matt Fink has received offers from Utah, Washington St., Nevada and Kansas in the last week. On Tuesday that list grew to include one of the most prestigious football schools in the country, Notre Dame.

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Tuesday Recap: Frankie Villanueva with nine strikeouts to lead Bassett baseball to 4-1 win

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Boys baseball
Bassett 4, South El Monte 1 — Frankie Villanueva pitched five innings and had nine strikeouts to lead the Olympians (1-0) to the nonleague victory. Jonathan Torres went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Matthew Robles went 2-for-4 and scored a run and Christian Trujillo went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run for Bassett.
Wilson 11, Ganesha 0 — Frank Sanchez went 2-for-2 and had four RBIs, a triple and scored twice and Jose Felix went 2-for-4 and had 3 RBIs for the Wildcats (1-0) in their season opener.
Girls softball
Chino 8, Claremont 0 : Chino 14, Kaiser 1 — Tiffany Cummings pitched a two-hitter as she threw a complete game and also went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Cowboys (2-0) to their first game victory at the Upland Varsity Tournament. Emily Ballesteros had a double and 2 RBIs for Chino. Alisa Gonzalez went 2-for-3 and had 3 RBIs and a homerun to lead the Cowboys to the second Upland Varsity tournament win. Corina Gamboa had two doubles and scored a run, Amanda Brashear went 2-for-2 and had 2 RBIs and Ballesteros went 2-for-3 and had 2 RBIs for Chino.
Boys golf
Damien 200, South Hills 236 — Nathan Clark shot a 39 for the Spartans (1-0) in a nonleague win.

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It’s all over for Sierra Vista girls and Arroyo boys in soccer semifinals

SIERRA VISTA, ARROYO LOSE: Sierra Vista and Maranatha were a game away from meeting in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer finals, but both couldn’t get it done in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Temescal Canyon knocked off host Sierra Vista 2-1 while Maranatha lost on the road to second-seed Paloma Valley 1-0.
Temescal Canyon and Paloma Valley will meet in the championship on Friday or Saturday at a site to be determined.
“Give a lot of credit to Temescal Canyon, they’re a great team and they’re coached well,” Sierra Vista coach Steve Jimenez said. “I think we had our opportunities. We couldn’t finish and they had a few opportunities and took advantage of their chances better than we did ours.”

CIF-SS Soccer Playoffs
Today’s Semifinals
Division 3

Chaffey 2, Pasadena 1, sudden death ot
Division 5
Garden Grove Santiago 2, Arroyo 0
Division 6
Monrovia 1, La Canada 1, Monrovia wins in PKs 4-2
South Pasadena 2, Sage Hill 0
Division 4
La Mirada 2, Santa Monica 0
Division 5
La Serna 1, La Quinta 0
Girls Division 6
Temescal Canyon 2, Sierra Vista 1
Paloma Valley 1, Maranatha 0

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South Hills teachers face felony charges for supplying cocaine and having sex with students

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Michelle Ghirelli, a former South Hills assistant softball coach, charged: Orange County prosecutors Monday said two female South Hills High School teachers supplied cocaine to students at a beach party where they also had sex with the teens.
Teachers Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, each could go to state prison for more than a decade if convicted, officials said.
A party, involving the two women and five male students, occurred in San Clemente between Dec. 27 and Dec. 29 on a camping trip, according to a press release.
“At some point during the trip, Lippert is accused of facilitating Ghirelli’s sexual relationship with 17-year-old John Doe,” The press release said. “Ghirelli is accused of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with John Doe and orally copulating the victim.”
Prosecutors allege Lippert organized the trip by sending a group text message to Ghirelli and the five male students.

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After shockingly declaring a forfeit for wearing pink numbers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness; Narbonne girls basketball team reinstated

BREAKING NEWS: Narbonne wins appeal, is back in the City Finals. However, coach suspended for remainder of the playoffs

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Narbonne’s girls basketball team won’t get its hard-earned shot at an L.A. City Section Open Division championship on Saturday, all because it decided to ‘think pink’ with its uniforms in its semifinal win last Saturday.
The L.A. City Section announced Monday that Narbonne would forfeit its 57-52 semifinal win over View Park and be immediately removed from the playoffs, all because the team wore pink letters and numbers on their jerseys in Saturday’s win.
Narbonne had been scheduled to face Palisades in the City final on Saturday night.
According to Article 1305 in the L.A. City Section Goldbook, “Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors as listed in the Board of Managers Gold Book” and adds that “Penalties will include probation and forfeiture of contests.”

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San Dimas and Ace Peter Lambert are on top of the Tribune pre-season High School Baseball Rankings

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By Aram Tolegian and Fred Robledo
Questions and optimism always abound at this time of year. The start of a new high school baseball season always brings with it both of those sentiments. This particular season there’s more than usual.
The offseason brought with it some drama as Bishop Amat said goodbye to wildly successful head coach Andy Nieto, who wound up at Damien. Will Amat continue to thrive? Is Damien about to find the postseason success that’s eluded the program in recent years?
Those are two of the biggest questions, but what about optimism? Every team has it. That’s fair. Some will prosper, most will not. One thing is for certain, though, fans who are excited to see nonstop top-notch action from the first year of the Palomares League probably won’t be disappointed.
Without further adieu, here is this newspaper’s opinion of the area’s top 10 teams entering the season.

Click the link above to read the Tribune’s full top ten preview
Tribune Top Ten

1. San Dimas
2. South Hills
3. Bishop Amat
4. Glendora
5. Damien
6. Bonita
7. Sierra Vista
8. Northview
9. Los Altos
10. Diamond Bar

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