California’s bench reacts after scoring against La Serna in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game at California High School in Whittier , Calif., Wednesday, April 22, 2015. California won 10-4. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
California High School last won a CIF-Southern Section baseball title in 2000. The Condors will get a shot to match that glory this season.
California received the top seed in Division 4 when the CIF-SS released its baseball playoff pairings on Monday.
The Condors are one of 10 area teams who will participate in the playoffs, but the only local team to receive a top-four seed. They will host the wild-card winner between Jurupa Valley and Schurr in the first round on Friday.
The second round and quarterfinals are scheduled for next week, with the finals on June 6. Divisions 1-4 will be at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, with divisions 5-7 at UC Riverside.
All games before the finals are slated for 3:15 p.m. starts.
“We’re excited and honored to get the No. 1 seed,” California coach Tony Nieto said. “All of our work has paid off. It’s great to get the No. 1 seed, but it’s also a burden. We have to come out and be ready. It doesn’t matter where you are seeded, because everyone who is in the playoffs is good. We’re in for a battle.”
California, which beat Santa Fe on Saturday to claim its fourth consecutive Del Rio League crown is 23-5. The Condors advanced to the semifinals last season. They feature two-time Del Rio League Pitcher of the Year Daniel Alvarez.
Schurr is 18-7-1 and finished third in the Almont League. Jurupa Valley is 11-14 and shared second in the River Valley League. The two meet in the wild-card round on Wednesday.
Montebello (14-10), which won its first Almont League title in 10 seasons, and Sonora (18-8-1), which won the Freeway League, is also in the division. The Oilers will host Troy (16-10-2), with Sonora getting either Carpinteria or Alhambra. Both games are Friday.
Santa Fe (14-15-1) and Whittier (17-12), which finished second and third, respectively, in the Del Rio League, host wild-card games on Wednesday. Santa Fe faces West Torrance (18-10), with Whittier meeting Rim of the World (12-11).
La Mirada (17-14) and St. Paul (15-13-1) are the lone area teams in Division 2 and 3.
The Matadores, who advanced to the semifinals last season, will travel to Moorpark (20-9) for a Division 2 game on Friday.
The Swordsmen, who shared the Del Rey League title with Bishop Amat and Cathedral, are at Hacienda League champion Walnut (17-7-2) on Thursday in Division 3.
In Division 5, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary (13-11) and Whittier Christian (16-12) host wild-card games on Tuesday. Cantwell faces Southlands Christian (9-15), of Walnut, with Whittier Christian facing Campbell Hall (14-10).
CIF-SS BASEBALL PAIRINGS
La Mirada at Moorpark
St. Paul at Walnut
Jurupa Valley-Schurr at No. 1 Cal
Carpinteria-Alhambra at Sonora
Troy at Montebello
Jurupa Valley at Schurr
Rim of the World at Whittier (at No. 4 Serrano)
West Torrance at Santa Fe (at Ramona)
Southlands at Cantwell (winner at No. 4 Sierra Canyon)
Campbell Hall at Whittir Chrisitan (winner at No. 3 Monrovia)
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham
The CIF-SS track and field prelims are completed and the area’s Elite Eight qualified for next weekend’s divisional finals. Here’s the list of who advanced.
WHITTIER AREA TRACK QUALIFIERS
9. Thomas Medina (Santa Fe) 49.25
1T. Jorge Zapien (California) 14-6
4. Aleksie Dominguez (St. Paul) 1:58.23
8. Joe Gallardo (St. Paul) 44-1.25
7. Lauren Anderson (California) 121-10
6. Crystal Rodriguez (El Rancho) 37-0.5
9. Samantha Huerta (La Mirada) 5:06.19
4. Sarah Hernandez (St. Paul) 36-2.75
9. Sarah Hernandez (St. Paul) 107-4
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California 3, Santa Fe 2 — Brandon Acosta had a two RBI single and pitcher Daniel Alvarez got the save to lead the Condors (23-5, 12-3) to the Del Rio League title.
La Serna 7, El Rancho 2 — Jamie Wren was the winning pitcher, striking out eight, and had a triple and three RBIs for the Lancers (21-6, 9-1) in a Del Rio league victory. Lancers’ Reanne Martinez went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and had a stolen base and Liz Brautigam had a double.
California recovered from a loss to Pioneer earlier this week and swept Santa Fe to win its fourth consecutive Del Rio League title.
The Condors rallied for a 3-2 victory over the host Chiefs on Saturday.
Brandon Acosta had a two-run single in the fifth for the game winner. Two-time league pitcher of the year Daniel Alvarez shut down the Chiefs in the final two innings for the win.
California, a good bet for a top four seed in Division 4, finished the regular season 23-5 overall and 12-3 in league play.
Santa Fe finished 14-15-1 and 10-5.
CIF-SS releases the baseball pairings on Monday.
By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
RIVERSIDE >> Sonora High School’s Taylor Ault and Arcadia’s Tenny Chong were two of the area’s top swimmers throughout this season and both lived up to the billing on Saturday.
Ault won the 200-yard and 500 freestyles and Chong the 50 free to highlight the area’s efforts at the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 swimming championships at Riverside City College.
La Canada’s Dane Bell and Sonora’s Simon Lamar were the other area winners, sharing the 500 free with a time of 4:29.63.
Ault used a late surge to win the 200 free, finishing in 1 minute, 46.07 seconds. Ayala’s Kenisha Liu (1:47), who led most of the race, was second.
“I’m a back-half swimmer,” Ault said. “It’s usually one of my strengths. I was just hoping I could keep going, and was happy I did.”
Ault was dominant in the 500, easily winning with a time of 4:43.46.
“It’s really good (to win CIF),” Ault said. “I won last year, and I had better times this year, so it feels really good.”
Chong was happy to win the 50 free for another reason.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Chong said. “When I was little, I always wanted to be like my brother, because he always won CIF. He’s like my role model and I’m glad I could match him.”
Chong, the top qualifier in the 50, led from start to finish with a time of 20.87. He was also fourth in the 100 backstroke (51.20).
“When I dove in (for the 50), I had my doubts,” Wong said. “After the turn, when I streamlined, I saw the guy on my right, and he was in front of my, but I’m really good the last 15 yards. It felt good.”
Bell was also fourth in the 200 free (1:41.44)
The Glendora girls team, which finished second to Crean Lutheran of Irvine in the team competition, has solid efforts from Catherine Sanchez, who was second in the 100 fly (0:54.51) and third in the 200 free (1:50.04); Jackie Basham, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.09), and Alexis Margett (54.73) and Gisel Olvera (56.35), who were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 fly.
Other top performances by locals were South Pasadena’s Garrett Tse, who was fourth in the 200 individual medley (1:52.21); Damien’s Richie Campbell, who was fourth in the 50 free (21.31) and San Marino’s Javier Lopez, who was second in the 100 fly (49.85).
The Glendora girls also finished second in the 200 medley (1:46.12) and 200 free (1:36.92) relays.