Girls Wrestling: West Covina, Northview dominate regionals; area sends 93 to CIF-SS championships

The CIF Southern Section Central Divison girls wrestling regional was a battle between West Covina and Northview, with the Bulldogs edging the Vikings.
West Covina scored four individual titles, with Northing getting three. The Valley scored 10 of the 14 titles, with Walnut, Gabrielino and Baldwin Park all getting one champion each.
The winners for West Covina were Grecia Monasterio (111), Jennifer Lopez (116), Yvette Garcia (160) and Janessa Munoz (235). Northview’s champs were Alyssa Martinez (101), Haven Driscoll (106) and Julia Padilla (131).
The area’s other winners were Walnut’s Mia Dow (121), Baldwin Park’s McKayla Loza (189) and Gabrielino’s Jasmine Monroe (143).
The top eight qualifiers advance to next week’s CIF-SS championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Roosevelt High School in Eastvale.


1. Alyssa Martinez (Northview); 2. Justine Barredo (Walnut); 3. Trina Nguyen (Diamond Ranch); 5. Grace Padilla (Rowland); 6. Alicia Barrera (Sierra Vista); 8. Amairani Villa (Nogales).
1. Haven Driscoll (Northview); 2. Victoria Orozco (Sierra Vista); 3. Brianne Penunuri (El Monte); 3. Cassidy Do (Gabrielino); 5. Claire Garcia (San Marino); 7. Samantha Ma (Baldwin Park).
1. Grecia Monasterio (West Covina); 2. Victoria Gutierrez (San Dimas); 3. Lauren Cuellar (Walnut), 5. Krystal Velazquez (Sierra Vista); 5. Cristal Reyes (El Monte), 7. Steph Mondragon (Rosemead), 7. Alejandra Maldonado (Schurr).
1. Jennifer Lopez (West Covina), 2. Tiffany Juarez (Diamond Ranch), 3. Jeselle Corpus (Walnut), 3. Hannah Macias (South El Monte), 5. Julia Hooper (Northview), 8. Bianca Arenas (San Dimas).
1. Mia Dow (Walnut), 2. Sarah Zaragoza (Schurr), 4. Ana Maria Hidalgo (Northview), 5. Yessenia Deangel (El Monte), 7. Mary Tuite (Monrovia), 8. Briana Santos (Nogales).
3. Clarissa Gaeta (West Covina), 4. Brianna Vilchis (Sierra Vista), 5. Casey Youn (Arroyo), 6. Jennifer Garcia (El Monte), 7. Melissa Sanchez (Walnut), 8. Alondra May (Rosemead).
1. Julia Padilla (Northview), 2. Kelly Jimenez (Rowland), 3. Sarah Arellano (Walnut), 5. Amanda Calvanico (San Dimas), 6. Marissa Arechiga (Santa Fe), 8. Bobbie Devery (Baldwin Park).
3. Alyssa Gomez (Walnut), 4. Nelly Mendoza (El Monte), 5. Denae Rojas (Whittier), 6. Rosie Bolanos (Bassett), 7. Jackie Alzate (West Covina), 8. Angelica Garcia (Northview).
1. Jasmine Monroe (Gabrielino), 2. Mia Leon (Northview), 3. Natalie Romero (Bonita), 4. Roxanna Barragon (California), 5. Valerie Alacron (Bassett), 6. Alex Garcia (El Monte), 7. Maricela Ramos (Walnut), 8. Mercedes Gamboa (Arroyo).
2. Mariah Ramirez (Walnut), 3. Deidra Valles (Northview), 5. Valerie Clark (Bassett), 6. Marleen Hernandez (Diamond Ranch), 7. Aylin Garcia (Arroyo), 8. Chasity Cortez (Rowland).
1. Yvette Garcia (West Covina), 2. Alyssa Palmer (Bonita), 3. Brianna Harrison (Walnut), 4. Jaylene Tiki Jaime (San Dimas), 5. Skye-Lynn Bojorquez (San Gabriel), 6. Carissa Clark (Bassett), 7. Anisa Garcia (Northview).
2. Serena Carillo (Northview), 3. Makayla Hernandez (Baldwin Park), 4. Sophie Garcia ( La Canada), 5. Breanna Estrada (El Monte), 6. Natalia Puig-Falcon (Walnut), 8. Andrea Montes (Azusa).
1. McKayla Loza (Baldwin Park), 2. Kayli Carruthers (San Dimas), 3. Talia Schroeder (Northview), 4. Angelica Avila (Azusa), 5. Jezabel Diaz (Gabrielino), 6. Adzareli Ramirez (El Monte), 7. Cheyenne Garcia (La Canada).
1. Janessa Munoz (West Covina), 2. Briena Lopez (El Monte), 4. Miranda Marquez (Northview), 5. Alyssa Sanchez (Baldwin Park), 6. Kayla Villaescusa (South Hills), 7. Allison Zamorano (California), 8. Veronica Hernandez (South El Monte).

7. Savannah Meave (Bishop Amat)
4. Gillian Almanza (Bishop Amat)
4. Vivianna Garcia-Reveles (Bishop Amat)

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Basketball: El Rancho girls clinch share of Del Rio League title with 57-45 win over Whittier

Whittier's Amy Navarro (22) cheers after a basket as they play El Rancho in their Del Rio League girls basketball game at Whittier High School on Friday February 5, 2016. El Rancho defeated Whittier 57-45. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Whittier’s Amy Navarro (22) cheers after a basket as they play El Rancho in their Del Rio League girls basketball game at Whittier High School on Friday February 5, 2016. El Rancho defeated Whittier 57-45. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


WHITTIER — The Del Rio League girls basketball crown will stay at El Rancho High School.Brittany Corona scored 17 points and Amy Navarro had 15 for the Dons, who clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive league title with a 57-45 victory over host Whittier in a league game on Friday.Susy Regalado had 13 for El Rancho, which improved to 20-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. Alyssa Lomeli had 19 points for the Cardinals, who slipped to 14-10 and 6-2.
Whittier, which lost to El Rancho, 52-34, on Jan. 20, looked like it might pull even in the standings with the Dons after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the first half to pull within one at 43-42 following a 14-foot jumper by Mariah Rivera with 4:52 left in the fourth quarter.
But El Rancho made enough good plays down the stretch to pull away.
Navarro scored on two inside shots for a 47-43 lead before the Dons pushed it to 51-44 with 2:08 left following a putback by Regalado and a fast-break layup by Corona.
The Dons then made four of five free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
El Rancho’s Brittany Corona: “It feels really good (to win league again). I’m really proud of my team. We worked really hard for this. I’m happy. I feel really good.”
— Stephen Ramirez

St. Bernard 54, Cantwell 51
Whittier 69, El Rancho 61
La Serna 64, Pioneer 46
Santa Fe 70, California 41
Sonora 68, Troy 64
Fullerton 39, La Habra 36
St. Paul 69, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 25
La Mirada 76, Glenn 35

Schurr 56, San Gabriel 45
Montebello 48, Bell Gardens 33
La Serna 60, Pioneer 32
Santa Fe 42, California 36
Troy 49, Sonora 36
La Habra 50, Fullerton 14
La Mirada 46, Glenn 36

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Girls Basketball: St. Paul denied sweep of Bishop Montgomery, 64-62

St. Paul High girls basketball vs Bishop Montgomery at St. Paul's Santa Fe Springs, Calif. campus gym Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)..

St. Paul High girls basketball vs Bishop Montgomery at St. Paul’s Santa Fe Springs, Calif. campus gym Feb. 4, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)..


SANTA FE SPRINGS — St. Paul High School has never swept the season series from Bishop Montgomery in girls basketball.The Swordsmen were oh so close Thursday night.Kayla Padilla scored on a layup with three seconds left and the Knights scored a 64-62 win over host St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.
Jessica Malazarte scored 14 points and Padilla had 13 for Bishop Montgomery, which improved to 11-12 overall and 2-4 in league play. Valerie Godinez had 20 points and Adriana Gonzalez 15 for the Swordsmen, who slipped to 15-11 and 3-4.
St. Paul, which beat Bishop Montgomery (58-54) on Jan. 19, had a chance to tie or win it at the end. But Padilla was able to intercept a pass near the top of the key as time expired.
St. Paul coach Robert Miller: “It would have been the first time we’ve ever (swept Bishop Montgomery). We certainly had an opportunity. I feel bad for these kids, because I screwed up (with the defensive alignment on the winning basket). It was a great run to get us in position. I just made a mistake putting us in that situation.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Basketball: Cantwell boys get revenge on Serra, 70-58

Cantwell-Sacred Heart High's Jacob Davison (#10), center, controls a rebound vs Serra High's Mikah Dykes (#21), right, at CSHM Montebello, Calif. campus gym Feb. 3, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Cantwell-Sacred Heart High’s Jacob Davison (#10), center, controls a rebound vs Serra High’s Mikah Dykes (#21), right, at CSHM Montebello, Calif. campus gym Feb. 3, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)


MONTEBELLO — Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School felt it gave one away the last time in faced Serra in a boys basketball game.The Cardinals made sure history didn’t repeat itself Wednesday.
Jacob Davison scored 20 points and Cantwell blitzed the Cavaliers in the third quarter en route to a 70-58 victory in a Del Rey League game.
Luka Radovic, Jaedyn Bonilla and Avery Martinez had 10 points each for the Cardinals, who improved to 15-8 overall and 2-3 in league play. Darien Guyton had 25 points for Serra, which slipped to 10-12 and 3-3.
The key moment for Cantwell came during the first part of the third quarter when the Cardinals opened the second half with an 11-4 surge to go up 42-33 with four minutes left.
Davison had a 3-pointer and a driving layup during the blitz to key the run. Bonilla and Radovic also had layups during the surge.
Cantwell’s Jacob Davison: “This is a great accomplishment for the team/ We messed up the first time playing them, we lost by one (53-52). It feels great to come to our house and beat them.”
Cantwell coach George Zedan: “We were winning the rebound battle, the turnover battle, the free throw battle (in the first half). Those are three things we like to win. We felt if we could just get stops (in the second half) we would be able to pull away. That’s what happened. It’s always nice when you talk about something at halftime and it actually works.”

El Rancho 63, La Serna 62, OT
Whittier 69, Cal 41
Sonora 57, Sunny Hills 44
Buena Park 66, La Habra 53
St. Paul 58, Verbum Dei 44
La Mirada 61, Artesia 44
El Rancho 75, La Serna 48
Whittier 45, Cal 33
Sonora 58, Sunny Hills 17
La Habra 60, Buena Park 30
La Mirada 39, Artesia 36

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: La Mirada, La Habra enjoy big day

By Stephen Ramirez
La Mirada and La Habra high schools were the top two football teams in the area this past season, with each winning respective CIF Southern Section titles.
Wednesday, each received their just rewards for those accomplishments as seven players from the schools signed scholarship offers on National Signing Day.
The top two players to sign were La Habra’s Eric Barriere, who will take his quarterback skills to Eastern Washington, and La Mirada defensive end Keanu Saleapaga, who will play for Brigham Young.
“It’s a surreal moment,” Barriere said. “I just want to thank God that it’s over. Now I can concentrate on college. But it’s also sad, because high school is almost over. I’ll miss everyone I played with (here), but I’m looking forward to playing in college.”
Also signing was La Habra defensive back Jacob Colacion (Arizona); La Mirada’s Tevaka Tuioti (New Mexico), Jared Enrico (New Mexico), Ty Ueli-faatoalia (Western New Mexico), Micah Croom (Dartmouth) and Titus Dixon (Minot State, North Dakota), and Whittier Christian’s Nick Watase (Trinity International, Chicago).
Barriere was one of the top players in the state. He keyed La Habra’s run to its seventh CIF Southern Section title. He accounted for nearly 4,000 yards and 58 touchdowns, throwing for 3,077 while leading the Highlanders to a 13-2 record that included the Southwest Division title and a spot in the state regionals.
The senior, who was area player of the year, also connected on two Hail Mary passes, the second to Prince Ross that beat San Clemente, 39-36, to win the division title.
He had an offer from Hawaii, but chose Eastern Washington, noted for developing quarterbacks.
“It was that it’s a real college town and how everyone (there) was as a whole,” Barriere said. “It’s a real family. I feel that was the program that was right for me.
“I knew Vernon Adams went there, and a lot of people say I’m like him, so I feel I can be like him, or even a little better.”
Saleapaga, who had originally committed to USC, was one of the top defensive line players in the Southern California, and helped La Mirada to its Southeast Division title and a CIF State Division 3AA title. He had 62 tackles, including 13.5 for a loss.
“I felt at home (at BYU),” Saleapaga said. “(Former La Mirada player Tyler Luatua) is going there in the fall and touring the campus with him and his family, I felt at home.
“I love the new coaching staff and they convinced me they care about us (players) as people and not just football players. That’s the one thing that’s in my head.”
Colacion goes to Arizona after being selected All-Freeway League defensive each of the past two seasons.
“Arizona was the school I’ve always had in mind,” Colacion said. “It was kind of easy when they offered me. I took my official visit there and it helped in me making a decision.”
Croom, who was a standout on offense and defense for the Matadores, said it was no-brainer for him to go to Dartmouth. He turned down offers from Illinois and Western Michigan to play for the Big Green.
“Academically, when you step into the Ivy League the academic ceiling is there is no ceiling,” Croom said. “Sky’s the limit. But major thing was how good of chance to I have going there and still (get to the NFL)? I looked at the players (they have who were drafted) and they have had a few. To still get that training to play at a high level, while getting a great education, I felt like I couldn’t lose. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Player, High School, Position, College

Eric Barriere, La Habra, Quarterback, Eastern Washington
Jacob Colacion, La Habra, Defensive Back, Arizona
Jared Enrico, La Mirada, Long snapper, New Mexico
Micah Croom, La Mirada, Defensive Back, Dartmouth
Keanu Saleapaga, La Mirada, Defensive Line, Brigham Young
Titus Dixon, La Mirada, Linebacker, Minot State, North Dakota
Ty Ueli-faatoalia, La Mirada, Defensive Line, Western New Mexico
Nick Watase, Whittier Christian, Receiver, Trinity International, Chicago

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