Softball league showdowns

A look at where SGVN softball races are headed, with key matchups:

Almont
Montebello 7-0
Alhambra   6-1
Monday: Montebello at Alhambra

Baseline
Upland       6-2
Chino Hills 5-3
St.Lucy      5-3
Two games remaining for all

Camino Real
St. Anthony has clinched

Del Rey
Bishop Amat 7-2
St Joeseph   7-2
St. Paul         6-3
Monday: St. Joseph at St. Paul
Thursday May 11: St. Joseph at Bishop Amat

Del Rio
La Serna 7-0
Whittier 5-2
Today: La Serna at Whittier

Freeway
Sunny Hills 6-0
La Habra    5-1
Wednesday La Habra at Sunny Hills

Hacienda
Los Altos     7-0
Charter Oak 6-1
Chino           5-2
Thursday: Charter Oak at Chino
Monday: Chino at Los Altos
Wednesday: Los Altos at Charter Oak

Horizon
Alverno 8-0
Ramona 7-1
Today: Ramona Convent at Alverno

Miramonte
Edgewood clinches

Mission
Alemany clinches

Mission Valley
South El Monte has clinched share

Montview
Azusa         7-1
Sierra Vista 7-1
Nogales       5-3
Today: Azusa at Sierra Vista

Olympic
Heritage Chr. 5-2
Village Chr     4-2
Whittier Chr    4-3
Heritage clinches with one win

Pacific
Crescenta Valley 9-2
Arcadia                9-2
Burroughs            9-2
Tuesday: Arcadia at Burroughs
Thursday May 11: Arcadia at Crescenta Valley

Palomares
Glendora 10-3
South Hills 9-4
Glendora clinches share with one win

Prep
Chadwick 8-1
Pasadena Poly 8-1
Mayfield 7-3
Friday: Mayfield at Chadwick
Monday: Chadwick at Pasadena Poly

Rio Hondo
La Canada has won

Suburban
La Mirada 9-0
Cerritos    7-1
Mayfair     6-2
Monday: La Mirada at Cerritos
Wednesday: Mayfair at La Mirada

Valle Vista
San Dimas 7-0
Northview   5-1
Friday: San Dimas at Northview

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Baseball league title showdowns

Curious of how league championship races are shaping up? A quick look with a week and a half to go…. Key league matchups noted.

Almont
Alhambra   8-4
Montebello 8-4
Schurr        8-4
Friday: Alhambra at Montebello
All have three games to play

Baseline
Etiwanda has clinched

Camino Real
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 8-1
Bishop Montgomery     6-3
Monday: Bishop Montgomery at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Wednesday: Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Bishop Montgomery
Cantwell can clinch with win vs. Mary Star Friday

Del Rey
Bishop Amat 9-0
Serra             6-3
Monday: Bishop Amat at Serra
Thursday May 11: Serra at Bishop Amat
Bishop Amat can clinch with with vs. La Salle Friday

Del Rio
Santa Fe 10-2
California 8-4
Santa Fe can clinch share of title Friday
Both have two games next week

Freeway
Troy      10-2
Fullerton 9-3
Sonora   7-5
Friday: Sonora at Troy

Hacienda
Walnut         10-1
Charter Oak 10-1
Wednesday: Walnut at Charter Oak
Friday May 12: Charter Oak at Walnut

Miramonte
Pomona 11-1
Garey     10-2
Friday: Garey at Pomona

Mission
Notre Dame clinches with one win

Mission Valley
El Monte           8-2
South El Monte 6-3
Arroyo               6-3
El Monte clinches share with win at Mountain Viewq Friday

Montview
Nogales       11-1
Sierra Vista 10-2
Tuesday: Sierra Vista at Nogales
Thursday May 11: Nogales at Sierra Vista

Olympic
Village Chr 8-1
Maranatha 7-2
Tuesday: Maranatha at Village Christian
Thursday May 11: Village at Maranatha

Pacific
Crescenta Valley 11-0
Arcadia                10-1
Tuesday: Arcadia at Crescenta Valley
Friday May 12: Crescenta Valley at Arcadia

Palomares
Glendora   9-3
South Hills 8-4
Ayala         8-4
Friday: Glendora at Ayala

Prep
Pasadena Poly  8-1
Rio Hondo Prep 6-3
Flintridge Prep   6-4
Poly clinches with win at Chadwick today

Rio Hondo
La Canada clinched

Suburban
La Mirada 6-1
Mayfair     6-1
Friday: Mayfair at La Mirada

Valle Vista
San Dimas    6-1
Baldwin Park 4-3
Northview      4-3
Covina           4-3
Today: Baldwin Park at San Dimas
Tuesday: Covina at San Dimas, Northview at Baldwin Park
Thursday May 11: San Dimas at Covina; Baldwin Park at Northview

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Bonita softball suspends four players and coach for illegal practices with travel team

Bonita High School officials have suspended four girls from its varsity softball team and head coach Mark LeVier for two games this week for violating CIF Southern Section rules, confirmed Bonita principal Derek Bub on Wednesday.
According to Bub, LeVier, who is also a Cal Thunder travel coach, was practicing with the suspended girls in correlation with the Cal Thunder team on Sunday’s over the past few weeks, which is against CIF rules.

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SGV League vs. League all-star baseball tripleheader back for a second year


After a huge success last year, the high school baseball league vs. league challenge is back for a second year, pitting league all-stars against each other regardless of grade. It’s a true all-star game. Players that are selected to all-league first teams automatically qualify, plus three more from the league decided by coaches. Head coach priority will go to first place teams as well as other coaches added to the staff. The games will be played at homer and fan friendly Maverick Park in West Covina on Saturday, June 10.
Here’s the lineup ..
Miramonte vs. Montview, Noon
Hacienda vs. Valle Vista, 3 p.m.
Baseline vs. Palomares, 6 p.m.

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Big names in SGV All-Star Football game at Covina District Field on May 13


By Aram Tolegian
The second North/South Southern California All-Star Game for high school football seniors promises to be a lot better than the first, if early rosters are any indicator.
The game, run by area football guru Leon Ward, is an attempt to bring back the old Hall of Fame All-Star Game, which has now morphed into the SGV All-Star Game and is now played in January instead late spring or summer.
But instead of dividing the boundaries of the talent pool by taking players from east and west of the 605 Freeway, the North/South game uses the 10 Freeway and players are likely to come from as far east as Chino and as far west as Lincoln High in Los Angeles. But mostly, it’s a San Gabriel Valley talent pool.
The game will be played on May 13 at Covina District Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Although last year’s game could be characterized, at best, as a defensive slugfest, this year’s has more potential for fireworks given the collection of offensive talent, especially on the North roster. The North is coached by Northview’s Marcel Perez.

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Bishop Amat baseball closing in on Del Rey League title


Bishop Amat and La Salle left-handed pitchers Isaac Esqueda and Grant Fosselman were mowing batters down.
Through 4 2/3 innings, neither team had put a runner past second base, there were a combined two hits and 12 strikeouts in the Del Rey League baseball game on Tuesday afternoon at Arcadia County Park.
Amat’s Richard Castro, who had struck out twice and had faced an 0-2 count with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, two pitches later delivered a single to right field to score two runs to help carry Bishop Amat to a 4-1 victory and at least a share of its fourth consecutive league title.
“I was trying to lock in and stay focused on the next pitch and try and get the ball in play,” the junior said. “I was just trying to make contact and take it to the right side, get those runners in.”

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Do you agree with Aram on winners and losers on 2018-19 League Realignment

Aram Tolegian’s winners and losers column …. What’s your take?

Now that everyone’s had a couple days to digest the outcome of the CIF Southern Section’s Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing vote this week, it’s time to look at who were the winners and losers.
The newly structured leagues won’t kick in until the 2018-19 school year, but already there’s plenty of conclusions to be made. Remember, league placement is more critical than ever in terms of CIF-SS playoff success.
In football, playoff divisions are now determined by competitive equity and not league placement. The same with basketball. So, where you finish in league is critical since simply making the playoffs could mean a big postseason is in the offing.

WINNER — South Hills baseball. This is probably the most obvious in the area. The Huskies are already the top baseball program in the area, but even this year’s results show that it doesn’t mean they’re infallible.
South Hills has lost Palomares League games to Bonita and Glendora this season, but won’t have to see those teams anymore when they join the Hacienda League. Who’s going to beat them in the Hacienda? Charter Oak is decent. Walnut is solid. But yeah, it ain’t happening.
The Huskies can likely coast through league, inflate their record at the perfect time of year and posture nicely for a high seeding from the playoff committee. A high seeding matters in the Division 1 playoffs — where South Hills currently is — because you’re looking for any little advantage possible at that level.

LOSER — South Hills football. The Huskies are exiting the Palomares League where they were around the top of the heap and now heading to the Hacienda League, which is the toughest football league in the area.
Area powers Charter Oak and Los Altos play in the league and West Covina has owned South Hills recently in the Kings of Cameron rivalry. Throw in Diamond Ranch and you can see how much of a challenge this will be.
For fans, it will be great to see South Hills play Charter Oak every year and have the West Covina game mean something more than bragging rights. South Hills is a program on the rise, but it better really pick up the pace now.

WINNER — Diamond Bar. Not bad for a first-year principal. Ruben Jones, Diamond Bar’s new man in charge, had one mission at Tuesday’s meeting and that was to get his school out of the Palomares League and into something more doable. Mission accomplished.
Jones took the microphone at one point during the meet and made his case the other school representatives as to why Diamond Bar so badly needed relief across the board. He also worked the room. It paid off with Diamond Bar now headed to the Mt. Baldy League where travel may be slightly more hectic, but competitive equity will be much better.

LOSER — Walnut football. The Mustangs football program just can’t catch a break. Walnut is more than fine in the Hacienda League in terms of just about every sport but football. Help is not on the way, however.
The Hacienda League is the area’s toughest football division. Walnut had just 12 freshmen come out for football last season and had to combine its freshmen and sophomore programs. To further put things in perspective, the CIF-SS has placed Walnut in Division 12. That’s right, a Hacienda League team is in the second-lowest division in the section.
But that division placement doesn’t matter if Walnut can’t make the postseason. And without finishing in the top three in league, that’s just not likely to happen for the Mustangs. There were proposals for a football-only scenario, but it didn’t get enough support.
Walnut now has to figure out a way to simply stay solvent until the next re-leaguing vote, which won’t kick until after the next three school years are completed.

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