Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School enjoyed a season for the ages this spring.
The Cardinals’ success, which included going 28-5 and advancing to the CIF Southern Section divisional finals for the first time in school history, was created by several factors. But none more important than the emergence of senior Andrew Quillen, who was solid on the mound and at the plate and helped keep together a youthful group through unchartered waters.
For his efforts, Quillen is Whittier Daily News baseball player of the year.
“He just grew and grew and grew,” said Larry Patino, who coached CSHM the past three seasons before moving to Warren after this season. “As far as chemistry, he was kind of the clown on the team; the guy that kept everything loose.
“Then halfway through the season he just got focused and everyone followed him. It was awesome to see his growth.”
It was a long road to become the team’s ace and leader. It started with a troubled sophomore year where he had to adopt to Patino’s coaching style. It continued despite missing all of last season because of an injury.
“It was hard,” Quillen said. “I couldn’t pitch all year and I felt if I could, we could have won a couple of more games. This year, I was able to pitch and I kind of proved that.
“It meant the world to me to come back. Not being able to pitch and knowing that we could have won more games last year tore me apart. I was just happy I was able to be on the mound this year.”
He shined this season. He got some key wins against St. Monica and Mary Star during the league season and got CSHM’s playoff run going with a victory in the opener.
He was also solid offensively, arguably the Cardinals’ second most-productive hitter. He batted .373 with 22 RBIs and scored 13 runs.
He was a key part of CSHM’s late-season run, which included winning 13 consecutive games to advance to the school’s first title game, which it lost, 11-0, to No. 1 seed Woodcrest Christian.
“We had a great season,” Quillen said. “We fell short, but it was a great accomplishment for us.”
COACH OF THE YEAR: LARRY PATINO, CANTWELL-SACRED HEART OF MARY
Patino, who recently resigned to become the co-head coach at Warren, changed the culture at CSHM, taking the Cardinals to the CIF-SS playoffs each of his three seasons. This spring was the best of all. The Cardinals went 28-5, won their second Camino Real League title in three seasons and advanced to the CIF-SS finals for the first time in school history.
CSHM recovered from a mid-season loss to league rival Bishop Montgomery to win 13 consecutive games to reach the Division 5 title game, losing to No. 1 seed Woodcrest Christian. The Cardinals also defeated eight league champions en route to the championship game.
For his efforts, Patino is Whittier Daily News coach of the year.
“As a coach, I’m really proud of the season my guys had,” Patino said. “As a group, it was a roller coaster from the summer to the end of the season.
“It was an amazing run. To see the growth of the players as a group — because they were all very talented — (was special). It wasn’t about who was doing what, but working together, trusting to each other … and all the magic just started.”
PITCHER: JAKOB FARMER, CALIFORNIA, SENIOR
Farmer was part of the Condors one-two punch on the mound that keyed Cal’s run to a share of their fifth consecutive Del Rio League title and a third consecutive trip to the CIF-SS quarterfinals. He went 7-3 with a 1.03 ERA. The senior also had 73 strikeouts in 61 innings. He was first team All-CIF-SS Division 4 and first team All-Del Rio League.
PITCHER: SHAWN DUMSER, LA MIRADA, SENIOR
Dumser was dominant in helping the Matadores to a 23-8 record, a Suburban League title and the CIF-SS quarterfinals. The senior went 9-2 with a 0.83 ERA. He also threw a no-hitter against Lakewood in March. Dumser was first team All-Suburban League.
CATCHER: JARED THOMAS, CANTWELL-SACRED HEART OF MARY, FRESHMAN
Thomas was part of the big three — brother Zachary and Quillen — for the Cardinals, who put together arguably the best season in the program’s history. He hit .422 with a team-high 24 RBIs and scored 25 runs to help CSHM win its second Camino Real League title in three seasons and advance to the CIF-SS divisional finals for the first time, losing to Woodcrest Christian. Thomas was first team All-CIF Division 5 and All-Camino Real League.
INFIELDER: JOSE MACIAS, MONTEBELLO, SOPHOMORE
Macias transferred to the Oilers from Mexico and made an immediate impact to help Montebello win its second consecutive Almont League crown and advance to the CIF-SS divisional semifinals for the first time in four decades. He hit .509 with 21 RBIs and scored 17 runs. The first baseman also had 11 extra-base hits, including seven doubles. He was All-CIF-SS Division 4 and first team All-Almont League.
INFIELDER: EDGAR VELASQUEZ, MONTEBELLO, SENIOR
Velasquez was a double threat for the Oilers, who won their second consecutive league title and advanced to the CIF-SS semifinals for the first time in four decades. He was one of the area’s better pitchers, going 10-2 with a 2.14 ERA and had 72 strikeouts in 75 innings. Offensively, he hit .372 with 16 RBIs and scored 10 runs. He also had nine doubles. He was All-Almont League.
INFIELDER: KEVIN KENDALL, LA MIRADA, JUNIOR
Kendall showed why he is a UCLA commit while helping La Mirada to the CIF-SS quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons. He hit .453 with 30 RBIs and scored 28 runs to help the Matadores go 23-8, which included winning the Suburban League title. He had eight extra-base hits, including four triples. He was first team All-CIF-SS Division 2 and first team All-Suburban League.
INFIELDER: ZACHARY THOMAS, CANTWELL-SACRED HEART OF MARY, SOPHOMORE
Thomas, like his brother and Quillen, played a big role in the Cardinals winning their second league title in three seasons and advancing to the CIF-SS finals for the first time in school history. Thomas hit .447 with 21 RBIs and scored 22 runs. He also was a solid option on the mound. He was first team All-Camino Real League, helping CSHM to a 28-5 record.
OUTFIELDER: JONATHAN SANCHEZ, SCHURR, SENIOR
Sanchez helped the Spartans to another solid season, which included a second-place finish in the Almont and a spot in the CIF-SS playoffs. He hit .391 with 29 RBIs and scored 21 runs. Sanchez also had 16 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles. He was first team All-Almont League.
OUTFIELDER: VINCENT FUENTES, EL RANCHO, SENIOR
Fuentes keyed the Dons run to the quarterfinals for the second time in four seasons. He is the all-time career wins leader at El Rancho with 21 victories after going 10-4 with a 1.58 ERA. He hit .281 with 13 RBIs and scored eight runs. He also had 14 extra-base hits, with 12 doubles.
OUTFIELDER: ROBERT LUCIA, SANTA FE, SENIOR
Santa Fe enjoyed its best season in two decades and Lucia played a pivotal role in the Chiefs earning a share of their first league title since the early 1990s and advancing to the CIF-SS quarterfinals. On the mound, Lucia went 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA. He also hit .364. Lucia was Del Rio League MVP and first team All-CIF-SS Division 4.
UTILITY: JAKOB GONZALEZ, LA MIRADA, SENIOR
Gonzalez was a dual threat for the Matadores, who won the Suburban League and were one of six area teams to advance to the CIF-SS quarterfinals. He was solid on the mound and at the plate. Offensively, Gonzalez hit .443 with 16 RBIs and scored 19 runs. He was part of a one-two punch on the mound with Dumser. Gonzalez went 7-1 with a 1.14 ERA. He also had 62 strikeouts in 54 innings. He was Suburban League MVP.
Pitcher: Jake Johnston, Cal, Sr.
Pitcher: Michael Corona, Schurr, Sr.
Catcher: Adam Rubio, Montebello, Sr.
Infielder: Daniel Jung, La Mirada, Sr.
Infielder: Javy Espinoza, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, Fr.
Infielder: Elijah Vasquez, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, Jr.
Infielder: Zach Pentikoff, Santa Fe, Sr.
Outfielder: RJ Lan, La Mirada, Jr.
Outfielder: Chad Wilson, La Mirada, Jr.
Outfielder: Christian Alvis-Labadie, Whittier Chr., Sr.
Utility: Dylan Villalobos, Sonora, Jr.
Josh Lambert, Cal, Sr.
Christian Beltran, Montebello, Sr.
Eric Sotelo, Cal, Sr.
Andrew Alvarado, Schurr, Sr.
Trevor McGee, Whittier Christian, Sr.
Christian Covarrubias, Montebello, Fr.
Jake Carmichael, Cal, Sr.
Zack Stack, La Habra, Sr.
Jason Vela, El Rancho, Sr.
Ruben Rios, Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, Jr.
Luis Aguilar, Santa Fe, Sr.
1. Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary (28-5)
2. La Mirada (23-8)
3. Montebello (21-12)
4. California (20-10)
5. Santa Fe (18-14)
6. El Rancho (17-15)
7. Schurr (19-12)
8. Sonora (16-16)
9. Whittier Christian (16-12)
10. La Serna (17-14)
Camino Real: Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary
Del Rey: Bishop Amat
Del Rio: Cal, Santa Fe
Olympic League: Village Christian
Suburban League: La Mirada
The CIF Southern Section released its new playoff division groupings for the 2016 football season Thursday. Below is where area teams were placed.
The CIF-SS also released playoff groupings for girls volleyball, boys water polo and girls tennis.
HERE’S THE FULL STORY: Arguably the most important news of the season came early for local high school football teams on Friday when the CIF Southern Section released its playoff groupings for the upcoming season two months sooner than expected.Originally, teams thought they’d be getting their divisional assignments in August, but given that this is the first year CIF-SS is using a playoff groupings system that uses competitive equity as its only deciding factor, the Southern Section felt it necessary to get the jump on any potential mistakes.“The sooner it’s out there, the more time we have until August to fix anything we don’t know of,” CIF-SS Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “We feel pretty confident that we have with football is going to be the final version. But I can’t say that until August, when, via the bylaws, we stated we will be releasing the final version.”
Rio Hondo Prep
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary
South El Monte
By Stephen Ramirez
RIVERSIDE >> Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary’s quest to win its first CIF Southern Section baseball title will have to wait for another year.
Branden Boissiere gave up one hit and struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings to lead top seed Woodcrest Christian to an 11-0 victory over the Cardinals in the Division 5 championship game Saturday at UC Riverside.
Wesley Scott had three hits and two RBIs and David Garman had three hits and an RBI for the Royals, who finished 29-5. They scored their fourth title since 2000. Woodcrest Christian outscored its five playoff opponents 33-5.
CSHM, which was held to one hit, finished 28-4. The Cardinals, who were not seeded, were in a divisional final for the first time.
“We had a great season,” CSHM coach Larry Patino said. “We fought and fought and our boys showed up every game. I’d be lying if I said we had a good shot at winning this.
“We showed up, had maybe two good innings. Woodcrest Christian, we should really be talking about them. That team is amazing. They hit the snot out of the ball and Boissiere was dominant.”
Woodcrest Christian started quickly, getting three singles for a 1-0 lead in the first. Pitcher Andrew Quillen looked like he might get out of it, striking out Jordan Keller for the second out. But Garman followed with a ground-ball single to score Boissiere for the lead.
The Royals had four consecutive hits to push it to 4-0 in the fourth.
Garman led off with a single before scoring on a double to right-center field by Gabriel Ramos. Brandon Cody then made it 3-0 with a triple to left-center field before Justin Cross singled with the infield playing in for the four-run lead.
Boissiere took care of the rest. The sophomore, who finished the season 5-1 with an ERA under 1.00, gave up a double to Jared Thomas to start the game before retiring 12 of the next 13, finishing the first three innings with seven strikeouts while using 38 pitches.
He retired 10 consecutive batters before Elijah Vasquez walked with two outs in the fourth. Boissiere then induced Zachary Thomas to fly out.
Woodcrest Christian pushed it to 6-0 in the sixth. Cody and Evan Castillo had singles before Trevor Berl singled with two outs for a 5-0 advantage. Boissiere, who also had two hits and an RBI, followed with a bloop single to make it 6-0.
CSHM, which upset No. 2 seed Paraclete in the quarterfinals and beat Citrus Hill in the semifinals, had one look at the game. The Cardinals loaded the bases in the sixth on three walks, with the first two forcing Boissiere from the mound. But reliever Adam Zellers induced Zach Thomas to pop out to first to end the threat.
The Royals pushed it 11-0 in the seventh. Berl and Castillo had RBIs before Scott had a two-run double. The fifth run came in on a fielding error.
Woodcrest had 16 hits off three CSHM pitchers.
“We’ve talked about how we are a team of destiny,” Patino said. “Down 6-0, we loaded the bases. If it was God’s will, we get a base hit there and something good could have happened.
“We had a great season and our boys laid it on the line this year. But their pitching was amazing. They cut us up. We’ll have to go back to work. Getting here in my third year was a great accomplishment.”
How athletes placed at Saturday night’s CIF State track and field championships at Buchanan High in Clovis:
400: Alex Perez Damien 5th, 47.95
1,600: Samantha Huerta 9th 4:55.23
3200: Katie Scoville La Canada 17th 10:51.41
110HH: Alan Tantiwassadakran, Walnut 3rd 14.03
Jasher Foster, St. Francis 7th 14.46.
300LH: Jasher Foster, St. Francis 9th 39.74
3200: Katie Scoville La Canada 17th 10:51.41
3200: Jack Van Scoter, Flintridge Prep 5th 8:55.60
Salvador Capetillo, Baldwin Park 19th 9:15.07
HJ: Hannah Nance, San Dimas, 8th 5-5
PV: Esteban Suarez, South Pasadena 2nd, 16-2
TJ: B.J. McLaurin, Bonita 7th 47-9 ½
TJ Sela Pastrana, Charter Oak 10th 37-2 ¼
CIF-SS Division 5 Championship
At UC Riverside’s Sports Complex
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary (29-4) vs. No. 1 Woodcrest Christian (28-5), 7 p.m.
The Riverside Sports Complex is located at the corner of Blaine Street and Rustin Ave.
Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for students, children (3-13)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary-Woodcrest Christian preview: The dream postseason run of the Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School baseball team seems almost fitting given the drama the Cardinals had to endure this season.What would be even more fitting is if it all resulted in an improbable championship. The Cardinals get their chance on Saturday night at UC Riverside when they play Woodcrest Christian for the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.“I’ve got my boys totally believing that this was all meant to be,” Cantwell head coach Larry Patino said. “I’ve won many championships in my years, at a way higher level, and I’ve never felt this calm.”CSHM enters Saturday’s game at 29-4 and riding a 14-game winning streak. As sexy as those numbers look, the Cardinals were not one of the division’s top-four seeds. But they’ve certainly played like one of the favorites throughout the postseason.Woodcrest Christian (28-5) is the division’s top seed. The Royals are led by sophomore ace Gabriel Ramos, who has won 10 games this season and has a 0.98 ERA.CSHM will counter with senior Andrew Quillen, who has won two playoff games and has emerged as his team’s ace after not pitching last season due to a elbow injury.
CSHM’s Andrew Quillen takes long road to glory: Andrew Quillen isn’t letting the magnitude of the situation mess with him.In fact, the Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School senior won’t even think about the stakes of his final prep start until he’s on the mound on Saturday night and ready to throw his first pitch against Woodcrest Christian in the CIF Southern Section Division 5 championship at UC Riverside.“So far, it hasn’t hit me,” Quillen said of getting the ball in his team’s biggest game of the year. “This will be my third start of the playoffs and in the other starts, it didn’t hit me until the first pitch. I just really don’t think about it.”