Baseball Rankings: Bonita, Sierra Vista, South Hills, Damien lead way

Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. Bonita (17-2) — Is 6-1 in Palomares with a pair against Glendora next.
2. Sierra Vista (12-1) — Big meeting this week against Azusa for first in the Montview. Both are 6-0.
3. South Hills (12-7) — Won four straight including a sweep over Glendora last week.
4. Damien (8-7) — Big sweep over Rancho Cucamonga, at Upland Tuesday for sole possession off first in Baseline.
5. Walnut (13-5-1) — Mustangs dominating the Hacienda, off to a 7-0 start, but lost both games of doubleheader to Corona.
6. Bishop Amat (8-10) — Lancers making a push to get to .500, and more importantly, still 3-0 in league.
7. Glendora (11-9) — Is only 3-4 in the Palomares with two tough games against Bonita looming.
8. Azusa (8-2) — Aztecs, 6-0 in Montview, put it all on the line at Sierra Vista next.
9. Covina (11-6) — Colts in sole possession of Valle Vista league lead at 6-1.
10. Charter Oak (9-7) — At 6-1 in Hacienda, the only team that can challenge Walnut for the title.

Hitting (Minimum 25 at bats)

1. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, .500, 15-for-30
2. Brennan McKenzie, Walnut, .489, 23-for-47
3. Nick Aguilar, South El Monte, .464, 13-for-28
4. Angel Lopez, Rosemead, .455, 15-for-33
5. Keola Viloria, Diamond Bar, .455, 15-for-33
6. Joshua Chaidez, Rosemead, .452, 14-for-31
7. Dante Castillo, Bishop Amat, .450, 18-for-40
8. Joseph Kim, Diamond Bar, .449, 22-for-49
9. Bryce Wooldridge, Glendora, .426, 23-for-54
10. Gabriel Contreras, Gladstone, .423, 11-for-26

Home Runs
4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 3 – Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita).
18 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 16 – Jake Bryant (Glendora); 14 – Bryce Wooldridge (Glendora); Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita); 13 – Austyn Rivera (Nogales), Justin Torres (West Covina).
Pitching (Most Wins)
Christian Longoria (Walnut), 6-0; Hayden Petrovick (South Hills), 6-2; A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 5-0;
A.J. Woodall (Bonita), 5-0; Emilio Delgado (Ganesha) 5-1; Alfred Arcos (Mountain View) 5-1;
ERA Leaders
1. Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista), 0.29; 2. Ricardo Reyes (Sierra Vista), 0.67; 3. Felipe Lopez (El Monte) 0.70, 4. A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 0.93; 5. Alfred Arcos (Mountain View) 0.95.

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Softball Rankings: Cream rising, Bishop Amat and South Hills on top where it belongs

Area Softball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-2) — Perfect 5-0 in the Del Rey with a big home game vs. St. Paul on Wednesday.
2. South Hills (12-7) — Florida bound pitcher Natalie Lugo struck out 19 in a 2-0 shutout over Glendora.
3. St. Lucy’s (10-4-2) — Is 2-1 in Baseline after win over Rancho Cucamonga and huge win over Etiwanda.
4. Glendora (11-3) — Tartans are 11-0 against non-league teams and 0-3 in Palomares.
5. Edgewood (10-1) — Numbers look ridiculous with 120 runs scored, 29 against.
6. Charter Oak (11-6) — Tough 5-2 loss in eight innings to Chino.
7. Arroyo (10-3) — Looks like real deal with 5-0 record in MVL.
8. Diamond Ranch (12-5) — Beat West Covina, lost to Charter Oak.
after winning last week’s Whittier tournament.
9. Bonita (9-7) — Look who’s 2-0 in the Palomares.
10. Los Altos (7-8-1) — After slow start is 2-0 in the Hacienda.

Hitting Leaders (Minimum 25 at bats)
1. Berlin Bonilla, La Puente, .686, 24-for-35
2. Alma Lopez, La Puente, .640, 16-for-25
3. Monica Guzman, Workman, .607, 17-for-28
4. Randi Farricker, Glendora, .600, 24-for-40
5. Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, .593, 16-for-27
6. Melissa Felix, Los Altos, .586, 17-for-29
7. Alyssa Carrion, Walnut, .558, 24-for-43
8. Rebecca Barber, Arroyo, .542, 13-for-25
9. Seanna Jimenez, El Monte, .541, 20-for-37
10. Marina Roski, Diamond Ranch, .524, 22-for-42

Home Runs
7 – Randi Farricker (Glendora), Ciara Granado (Edgewood); 6 – Taylor Tetone (Glendora); 5 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills), Shynia Torrez El Monte); 4– Alison LeNoue (Covina); Marissa Chavez (Charter Oak), Kiara Mills (St. Lucy’s).
21 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 19– Ciara Granado (Edgewood), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 16 – Akyira Wiggins (Duarte), Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch).
Pitching: Most Wins
Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch), 9-4; Cambria Keefer (Glendora), 8-2; Natalie Lugo (South Hills), 8-5; Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 7-1; Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s), 7-2; Alexis Vargas (Bishop Amat), 6-0.
Pitching: ERA
1. Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat), 0.98; 2. Natalie Lugo (South Hills), 1.19; 3. EmaRae Flores (Charter Oak), 1.97; 4. Trinity Garcia (West Covina), 2.23; 5. Cambria Keefer (Glendora), 2.33.

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Clean sweep for Tribune in Friday’s All-Star Classic


Photo Gallery: The Tribune earned a clean sweep at Friday’s Tribune/Star News All-Star Classic. The Tribune boys fell behind briefly after blowing a 27 point lead, but came back to win 106-92 behind Damien’s Bryce Peters, the MVP with 22 points and Walnut’s Dwight Ramos with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Bonita’s Tyler Poepping won the boys 3-point conteest and the win gives the Tribune boys a 7-6 lead in the overall series. San Dimas’ Dy’mond Mitchell scored 13 points with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the Tribune girls team to an 80-72 win over the Star-News, cutting the Star-News’ lead in the series to 7-6. Arcadia’s Kristin Shigenaga wins the girls 3 point contest

Story: There was no way Damien High School boys basketball standout Bryce Peters was going out a loser in his final game on his home court.
Peters erupted down the stretch en route to a game-high 22 points and helped the Tribune team post a 106-92 win over the Star-News in the 13th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for local high school basketball seniors.

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South Hills’ Natalie Lugo flirts with no-hitter, strikes out 19 in 2-0 shutout over Glendora

lugoLugo strikes out career high 19: It may only be one game into league play, but South Hills High School softball pitcher Natalie Lugo is in midseason form.
The junior was in total command in the circle as she tied a career high with 19 strikeouts and flirted with a perfect game and no-hitter, before settling for a one-hitter, as the Huskies (11-7, 1-0) defeated host Glendora 2-0 in a Palomares League game Wednesday afternoon.

“They (Glendora) haven’t played in three weeks and I knew their timing would be a little off,” South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez said. “With her (Lugo) throwing I knew they haven’t seen anything like that.”
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13th annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star boys/girls basketball classic is Friday at Damien


What: 13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Where: Damien High School
When: Friday
Game Time: Girls game 5:30 p.m.; Boys game 7:30 p.m.

Tribune/Star-News Classic Preview: After 12 years, there’s still no clear answer as to which side of the Valley has the best boys prep basketball talent.
Entering Friday’s 13th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for area high school basketball seniors, the series is tied at 6-6. Tip off for the boys game is at 7:30 p.m. at Damien High. The girls game, which the Star-News leads the series 7-5, is at 5:30.
“They seemed to develop good chemistry right away as they got to know each other,” Tribune boys head coah Tim Godley of Bonita said. “They played with a lot of effort in practice. We’re going to play everybody, if it’s close at the end we’ll go for the win. It seemed like they wanted to win it for the area.”

Diamond Ranch big-man Roman Silva ready to go: At 7-foot-1, Diamond Ranch High School center Roman Silva knows all eyes will be on him Friday night in the 13th annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at Damien High.
After all, it’s not there’s a legitimate 7-foot college prospect around these parts. Silva is hoping to go out a winner while putting on a show to conclude a career that saw him lead Diamond Ranch to a CIF Southern Section championship last month.
“I’ve been dealing with that for the last two seasons, so it’s something I’m used to,” Silva said when asked if he’s ready to be the focal point on Friday. “I’m just really excited to go out there and just play. I know a lot of people on this team and I just want to go out and play.”

Team’s announced for 13th Annual All-Star Game: The debate over which side of the Valley rules the hardwood will be renewed on Friday, Apr. 15 when Damien High School hosts the 13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for local high school seniors.
So far, there isn’t much splitting the two sides. The boys game is an even split after 12 years with the Star-News winning six games and the Tribune getting the other six. The girls series is almost as tight with the Star-News girls leading 7-5. The Star-News swept last year’s games.
“I think we will have every opportunity in the world to keep the tradition going on the Star-News side and remind them that our side of town is really strong with girls basketball,” said Star-News head coach Sarah Beattie of La Canada.


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Girls Basketball All-Area: Rowland’s Tianna Eaton and Duarte coach Scott Wiard share top honors

Player of the Year: Tianna Eaton, Rowland, Guard, Junior
The great thing about Rowland High School’s Tianna Eaton is she’s got another year to showcase all she can do.
And if the preview is any indication of what’s in store, area fans are going to get their money’s worth her senior year.

Rowland, not your typical girls basketball powerhouse, went undefeated in the Valle Vista League with eaton2the junior earning league most valuable player honors. It was the Raiders’ first league title since 1988.
Not done, Eaton helped lead the Raiders to the CIF Southern Section Division 2A semifinals, losing a heartbreaker to Agoura, 43-41.
It was another historic milestone for Rowland, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 1979.
At the center of it all was Eaton, who in addition to be named to the Division 2A first team, has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2016 girls basketball player of the year.
Eaton, who who is considering Loyola Marymount, Hawaii, U.C. Riverside and others as schools start to notice her all-around game, was thrilled to accomplish so much this past season.
“It was such a great feeling winning a league title,” Eaton said. “Coming into high school it was a goal of mine and achieving it felt amazing. As far as the playoffs, we had a great run and I believe we made it further than people expected. We know what we need to work on and we will be back next year.”
eaton3That win also did wonders for the school and community.
“Putting Rowland on the map for girls basketball was a process,” Eaton explained. “As a team, we had to learn to embrace the underdog role. The students and staff at Rowland are very supportive and I am very glad Rowland is finally getting recognition.”
Eaton, a 6-foot-1 guard/forward combo, helped Rowland finish a remarkable 25-3 while averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
When she arrived at Rowland she thought she would spend her years in a forward role, but her athleticism helped her make a seamless transition to guard, and she’s thrived as a do-it-all player.
“When she got here she was apprehensive about dribbling the ball and working out with guards,” Rowland coach Quentin Carr said. “I told her you’re going to work out with the guards and she did it so well. She got rebounds, pushed in transition and it helped make everyone around her better.”
It was something Eaton knew she could do.
“All my life I’ve trained as a guard and a post and I believe that is what separates me from other players,” Eaton said. “My trainers Jelani Gardner & Fred Castillo have always emphasized how important it is for taller players to be able to have an outside game as well as inside.”
Eaton’s most memorable game came in a clutch 66-64 second-round playoff win over Thousand Oaks, in which she scored a career high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds.
“My entire family took the long drive to Thousand Oaks and my dad flew out to California from Ohio to watch my team and I play,” Eaton recalled. “Having my family there pushed me even harder and in the end I was able to score my career high.”

wiardCoach of the Year: Scott Wiard, Duarte
Talk about a chip off the old block.
Scott Wiard, the son of legendary girls basketball coach Richard Wiard, who won multiple CIF Southern Section and State titles, and multiple area coach of the year awards during his long tenure at Bishop Amat, has carved a name for himself in just his first year as a head basketball coach at Duarte High School.
After leading Duarte to the Montview League championship, Duarte kept it going, defeating Yucca Valley, El Segundo, and Lompoc before losing in the final seconds to St. Paul, 45-44, in the CIF SS Division 4AA championship game at Azusa Pacific University. It was Duarte’s first girls basketball championship appearance in school history.
Although the Falcons came up short, you got the idea that under Scott Wiard, there will likely be many more opportunities. For his efforts, Wiard has been named the 2016 Tribune girls basketball coach of the year.
“It was an amazing experience to get to the CIF finals,” Scott Wiard said. “I think it was very rewarding for the kids who worked so hard all year to accomplish something special.”
Wiard said the best moment came in a come-from-behind 43-42 semifinal win over Lompoc on the road that punched the Falcons’ championship ticket.
“It defined who we were so well,” Wiard recalled. “The walk through and pre game were business like because we knew we had a job to do.
“Then we stressed all year “32 minutes of us” and that game defined it especially as we overcame them jumping out to an early lead. Then the long ride home was so much fun. When we stopped for dinner, none of the kids were on their phones, they were just enjoying the moment with each other because more important than anything, our kids were a family.”
Duarte also beat Orosi in the first round of the Division IV state playoffs before losing to St. Anthony in the second round to finish a remarkable 28-5 overall.
And like his days at Amat when Scott Wiard was an assistant to his father Richard, they kept the family affair going. Richard was Scott’s assistant coach and his mom Kathleen kept the scorebook.
“I would like to say that this year proves you can still be successful in high school with kids from the same neighborhood if they believe in each other and have a common goal,” Scott Wiard said. “I’d also like to thank my family. My dad who helped make decisions on and off the court, my mom who kept score for us, and my sister who kept score a few games, filmed a few games, and even helped scout a few games.”

garrTribune First Team
Destinee Garr, Diamond Bar, Guard, Senior

The Brahmas captain helped her team to a 24-5 overall record averaging six points and seven boards per game. But numbers didn’t tell everything, she was a factor in everything that they did, which was evident with Garr being named to the Palomares League first team and the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A first team.

krupaJoy Krupa, South Hills, Guard, Senior
The heart and soul of the Huskies’ Palomares league championship squad was a constant triple-double threat, which is why she was named the Palomares League MVP and also was named to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA first team. Her constant pressure, rebounding and scoring helped the Huskies reach the quarterfinals for a second straight year.

barnesMacKenzie Barnes, Duarte, Senior, Guard
The Falcons’ do-everything senior averaged 15 points with six rebounds and five assists and was named the Montview League most valuable player and also was a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA first team selection. She was a key reason why the Falcons advanced to the Division 4AA championship before losing a heartbreaker to St. Paul.

gamboaJuliana Gamboa, Diamond Bar, Forward, Junior
The feisty all-around junior could do it all, averaging 12 points, four rebounds and nearly three steals per game. She had 17 points and 11 boards in a win over Bonita and scored a season-high 28 against South Hills. She was named to the Palomares and CIF-SS Division 1A first team.

castilloFarrah Castillo, Rowland, Guard, Senior
The sensational shooter and slasher helped the Raiders to the Valle Vista League title and a CIF-Southern Section Division 2A semifinal appearance in helping her squad to a 25-3 overall record. The 5-foot-2 guard averaged 14 points with four rebounds and four assists while nailing 46 3-pointers. She was selected to the Valle Vista league first team.

sierraMariah Sierra, Covina, Forward, Junior
The Colts standout averaged 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and was named to the Valle Vista League first team and also was a CIF-SS Division 4AA first-team selection. Her best game came in a 44-36 win over Sierra Vista, scoring 18 points with 15 rebounds. She also helped the Colts reach the second round of the playoffs

urbinaKimberly Urbina, South El Monte, Guard, Senior
The Mission Valley League first team selection was a scoring machine, averaging 16 points with eight rebounds, five assists and five steals per game. She could do it all, helping the Eagles to a second place finish in the MVL and a 19-8 overall record. She scored a season high 31 points in a 52-24 win over league champion El Monte.

phamEmmy Pham, El Monte, Forward, Senior
Pham was named the Mission Valley league most valuable player after leading the Lions to the league championship and an 18-8 overall record. The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 10 points with seven rebounds and scored a season-high 18 points in a 44-30 win over Montebello. El Monte also advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoffs.

gonzalezJenna Gonzalez, Bonita, Center, Senior
The 5-foot-10 center was named to the Palomares League first team after helping her team to a third-place finish in a tough league that included league champion South Hills and Diamond Bar. She nearly averaged a double-double, averaging 9 points with 10 rebounds and nearly two blocks per contest. She also helped the Bearcats reach the CIF-SS Division 3AA second round.

morrisPatricia Morris, Duarte, Center, Sophomore
The 6-foot-7 sophomore is going to be a hot ticket on the recruiting trail as she continues to grow not just in size, but her game. She averaged a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds in leading her team to the Montview League title and CIF-SS Division 4AA championship game. She was named to the Montview League first team and also was a Division 4AA first team selection.

Tribune Second Team
Natalie Guillen, St. Lucy’s, Forward, Senior
Denise Wang, South Hills, Junior, Guard
Michelle Can, Glendora, Guard, Sophomore
Ulani Wells, Los Altos, Guard, Sophomore
Ryley Thompson, Duarte, Guard, Guard, Junior
Diana Navarro, Covina, Guard, Junior
Dy’mond Mitchell, San Dimas, Guard, Senior
Kayla Rice, Diamond Bar, Guard, Senior
Taylor Riggs, Bonita, Guard, Senior
Jezteni Espinoza, Los Altos, Guard, Junior

Tribune Third Team
Selena Guerrero, Sierra Vista, Guard, Junior
Jenna Pitpit, Walnut, Guard, Junior
Nicole Valdiviez, West Covina, Guard, Senior
Yasmin Dabbous, Walnut, Forward, Sophomore
Sara Kretschmar, Diamond Ranch, Forward, Senior
Faith Castillo, Rowland, Guard, Sophomore
Alyssa Ono, Bonita, Guard, Junior
Allison Ayala, Covina, Guard, Sophomore
Vanessa De La Garza, Nogales, Forward, Senior
Chloe Nakamoto, Rowland, Guard, Senior

Final Top Ten Rankings
1. Rowland (25-3)
2. Duarte (28-5)
3. South Hills (21-8)
4. Diamond Bar (24-5)
5. Los Altos (20-8)
6. Covina (22-7)
7. El Monte (18-8)
8. Bonita (19-11)
9. Bassett (17-4)
10. South El Monte (19-8)

League Champions
Baseline: Etiwanda
Del Rey: Serra
Hacienda: Chino
Miramonte: Bassett
Mission Valley: El Monte
Montview: Duarte
Palomares: South Hills
Valle Vista: Rowland

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Boys Basketball All-Area: Damien’s Bryce Peters and Bonita coach Tim Godley share top honors

Photo’s: The 2016 Tribune Boys Basketball All-Area team.
Player of the Year: Bryce Peters, Damien
Damien High School’s Bryce Peters didn’t get to hoist a trophy like he did his junior season when the Spartans won a CIF-State Division III title, but he stepped up after the graduation of two key players and helped the Spartans qualify for the CIF-SS Open Division and state playoffs his senior year.Peters, who is headed to the University of Colorado, was selected to the prestigious Baseline League first team and was an Open Division first team selection. That’s quite an honor being mentioned with the best of the best, and another reason he has been selected the 2016 Tribune boys basketball player of the year.
Damien (25-6) finished second in the Baseline to Chino Hills, who ran the table and finished as the consensus high school national champion. Damien advanced to the second round of the Open Division playoffs, which left a sour taste in the competitive Peters’ mouth.
peters“No, I wasn’t happy with the way we finished because I felt like we could have beaten every team, including Chino Hills,” the always confident Peters said. “Even in the Open Division I felt like we should’ve won it because of the talent we had. Plus, I’ve never been on a team that played so hard and was so competitive on and off the court. I wanted more for all of us.”
Peters averaged 22 points and five assists and broke three-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley’s single-season scoring mark that he set last year by notching 683 points, which leaves Peters second all time in school history behind Brian Jackson.
Peters finished his career with 1,197 points and set a school record for most points in a game with 44 against Etiwanda.
“I was playing against some of my former (club) teammates like Kessler Edwards, Krystian Wilson and petersMiles Oliver,” Peters said of the Etiwanda game. “It was hilarious seeing the Etiwanda fans and players faces after the game when they realized that I had scored 44 and their whole team scored 45.”
Peters set other school records with most 3-pointers in a game (9) and most free throws in a game (19).
And though it was clear he was the focus of every team’s defense, he was much more than a scorer.
“Teams who focused on me gave me countless opportunities to get my teammates involved and share it with them,” Peters said. “I know I’m not a one dimensional player so getting my teammates easy points was (great).”
When asked what he’ll remember most at Damien, it wasn’t the championship, it was the rowdy student section otherwise known as “The Pit”.
“Without them (student section) the majority of our wins wouldn’t be possible,” Peters said. “At away games they made it feel like we were right at home. “They showed my teammates and I tremendous love even after a loss. I have the upmost respect for our student section because they brought the energy, pride, and sensation to the game. There’s a reason why they are the best student section in California.”
On his way to Colorado, Peters had a lot to thank
“My parents, (club coaches) Cameron and Tracy Murray and coaches at Damien have prepared me mentally and physically to compete on the college level,” Peters said. “I feel that I’m ready to succeed at Colorado.”

Coach of the Year: Tim Godley, Bonita
It’s fair to say that Bonita High School’s boys basketball team, with no player taller than 6-foot-2, exceed expectations and then some.
godleyNot only did the Bearcats find a way to defeat eventual CIF Southern Section Division 2AA champion Ayala in the Palomares League finale 81-80 in overtime to tie for the league title, but it used that momentum to make deep runs in the section and state playoffs.
“We went into the Ayala game knowing that we would leave no worse than second,” Godley recalled. “ So our attitude was, why not take a shot at it. We started early in prepping for that game and went to the “lab” to try something different. The players really bought into what we were going to try and played great.”
The momentum carried over.
Bonita defeated Sultana, Pasadena, Palm Desert and Calabasas before losing to Oak Park in the Division 3A championship game, which was the Bearcats’ first championship appearance in 65 years.
And it wasn’t done. In the CIF State Division III playoffs, Bonita defeated La Jolla Country Day, Santa Barbara and Calabasas before losing to league rival Ayala in the Southern Regional final, 63-54, to finish a remarkable 28-7 in just the second season under Godley.
Godley, who took the Bearcats to the semifinals in his first season a year ago, has been a head basketball coach for 20 years, winning five league titles. He won three at Duarte, one at Maranatha and shared the title this season.
For his efforts, Godley has been selected the 2016 Tribune boys basketball coach of the year — an award long overdue.
“I thank God for the opportunity to be at Bonita,” Godley said. “I am so thankful for this honor, but I think it is really a reflection of our coaches and players who all contributed so much to a great season. On my bad days, they picked me up and together we tried to offer our best each time out. I’m confident we did that.”
Going into the playoffs Godley knew his boys could compete, but so much had to go their way.
“ I thought we had a chance at advancing, but you never know how far,” Godley said. “The way these guys work and how smart they’re, I thought we’d have a chance against most teams. But yes, it was great to be able to beat some bigger teams with some really great team defense.
“I knew we could score, the question was could we defend bigger guys. I think we answered that for the most part. I think in the locker room, our players believed. Being undersized by basketball standards, we had to have a plan for bigger teams. I can’t say enough about how they embraced what we tried to do.”

lucasTribune First Team
Jarod Lucas, Los Altos, Guard, Freshman

The sensational frosh was named the Hacienda League most valuable player and was selected to the CIF-SS Division 3AA first team after averaging 26.4 points a game to lead all California freshman in scoring. He also scored a season high 45 points in a Covina tournament game, and helped his team to a 24-4 record, it’s best finish in 41 years.

poeppingTyler Poepping, Bonita, Guard, Senior
The 5-foot-6 guard played well above his size in earning Palomares League first team honors and being selected to the CIF-SS Division 3AA first team by averaging 16 points a game with his clutch outside shot. He played a key role in helping the Bearcats reach the CIF-SS Division 3AA finals and CIF-State Southern California regional semifinals. Bonita finished an impressive 28-7.

quintanaJoe Quintana, Bonita, Guard, Junior
The 6-foot-2 point guard shared Palomares League most valuable player honors after leading his team to to a co-championship with Ayala, and then helping his team advance to the CIF-SS Division 3AA finals and CIF-State Southern California regional semifinals. Quintana, also a Division 3AA first-team selection, averaged 22 points with six rebounds and five assists per game.

haywoodRyan Haywood, Diamond Ranch, Guard, Senior
The Hacienda League first-team selection and CIF-SS Division 3A second team honoree helped lead the Panthers to the Division 3A championship, a 53-48 win over Chaminade. Haywood scored 20 or more points nine times and averaged 14 points a game. He scored 16 points in a close 48-45 victory over Beverly Hills in the semifinals.

ramosDwight Ramos, Walnut, Guard, Senior
The San Gabriel Valley’s best pure scorer averaged 28 points and had five games scoring 40 or more points, including a pair of 45 point outbursts against Upland and Bishop Amat, both victories. Ramos, named to the Hacienda and CIF-SS Division 1A first team, was also a big reason the Mustangs advanced to the Division 1A quarterfinals and finished with an impressive 24-6 record.

kayHarrison Kay, Bishop Amat, Forward, Senior
The 6-foot-11 center was a big reason the Lancers finished 22-6, averaging 17.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and two blocks per game. He was named to the Camino Real and Division 3A first team, and also was the Arroyo tournament most valuable player. He had 24 double-double’s and a sensational 24 point, 17 rebound game in a 58-40 win over Santa Monica

rafehRonny Rafeh, San Dimas, Forward, Junior
The Saints’ junior was named the Valle Vista League most valuable player after leading the Saints to the league title, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds in league. For the season Rafeh averaged 12 points with nine rebounds and shot at a 55 percent clip. He also was named to the CIF-SS Division 4AA second team and helped the Saints finish an impressive 21-7.

whiteIsaiah White, Damien, Forward, Senior
The Spartans senior was a big part of their success, finishing second in the Baseline to undefeated Chino Hills, who won the mythical national title after winning the CIF-SS and state open division titles. White, who earned Baseline League first-team honors, was a deadly outside shooter, averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game for the 25-6 Spartans, who won the Sierra Vista tournament and MaxPreps Holiday Classic Ford Dealers Division.

hemsleyJustin Hemsley, Damien, Forward, Junior
The younger brother of three-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley, now at San Diego State, stepped up big-time, averaging eight points and eight rebounds to earn Baseline League second team honors — quite an accomplishment in one of the toughest leagues in the state and nation. With Bryce Peters and Isaiah White gone to graduation, Hemsley will take on a bigger role as a senior.

SilvaRoman Silva, Diamond Ranch, Center, Senior
The 7-foot-1 center is one of the most underrated big men in high school basketball. Silva was dominating late in the season and was named the CIF-SS Division 3A player of the year after a clutch performance in the championship game, scoring 22 points with 10 rebounds in leading his school to its first championship in a 53-48 victory over Chaminade. For the season, Silva averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds, but averaged 24 points a game in the divisional and state playoffs.

Tribune Second Team
Justin Alfonso, Arroyo, Guard, Senior
Tyler McLean, Diamond Ranch, Guard, Senior
Justin Chan, Wilson, Guard, Senior
Nick Hart, West Covina, Guard, Senior
Alan Matron, Workman, Guard, Senior
Jonathan Hu, Rowland, Guard, Senior
Jacob Acosta, West Covina, Guard, Senior
Malik Corey, Diamond Bar, Guard, Junior
Jamie Strong, Glendora, Forward, Junior
Elijah McCullough, Damien, Forward, Sophomore

Tribune Third Team
Liam Ryan, Damien, Center, Senior
Ryder Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Guard, Senior
Paul Cooper, Northview, Guard, Senior
Ruben Bermudez, Bassett, Guard, Senior
Russell Hernandez, Bonita, Guard, Senior
Jordan Montenegro, Walnut, Guard, Senior
Donnell Leffridge IV, San Dimas, Guard, Sophomore
Julian Lopez, Los Altos, Guard, Sophomore
Angel Rivas, Covina, Guard, Junior
Alex Hernandez, South El Monte, Guard, Senior
James St. Louis, Bishop Amat, Forward, Senior

Final Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (25-6)
2. Bonita (28-7)
3. Diamond Ranch (25-9)
4. Los Altos (24-4)
5. Walnut (24-6)
6. Bishop Amat (22-6)
7. San Dimas (21-7)
8. Workman (20-8)
9. Wilson (15-12)
10. Baldwin Park (14-11)

League Champions
Baseline: Chino Hills
Camino Real: St. Anthony
Hacienda: Diamond Ranch, Los Altos
Miramonte: Pomona
Mission Valley: Gabrielino
Montview: Workman
Palomares: Ayala, Bonita
Valle Vista: San Dimas

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