CIF-SS boys tennis playoffs: Schedule and pairings for the opening rounds

The CIF-SS boys tennis playoff pairings were released Monday, May 17.

OPEN DIVISION

Quarterfinals, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Mira Costa at University

Woodbridge at Peninsula

Corona del Mar at Calabasas

Fountain Valley at Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 1

First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Palos Verdes at Arcadia

Etiwanda at Valencia

Yorba Linda at San Marino

Pasadena Poly at Newbury Park

Brentwood, bye

Rancho Cucamonga at Great Oak

Ayala at Palm Desert

Loyola, bye

Claremont, bye

Oak Park at Sage Hill

Westlake at West Ranch

Northwood at Walnut

Ventura at San Marcos

Valencia at La Canada

Cypress at San Clemente

Foothill, bye

DIVISION 2

First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Portola at Aliso Niguel

Windward at Burbank

Temple City at Troy

South Torrance at Dos Pueblos

Santa Margarita at Xavier Prep

Santa Barbara at Simi Valley

Cerritos at Trabuco Hills

Los Osos, bye

Canyon at Bolsa Grande

St. Margaret’s at Camarillo

Tesoro at Laguna Beach

Palm Springs at King

Culver City at Redlands East Valley

Crescenta Valley at West Torrance

St. Francis at San Juan Hills

Hart at Viewpoint

DIVISION 3

First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Servite, bye

Mayfair at Cate

Temecula Valley at La Serna

Santiago/Corona at Redlands

Rowland at Sunny Hills

El Dorado at Arroyo

Nordhoff at Rio Mesa

Bonita at Buckley

Villa Park, bye

Crean Lutheran at Carpinteria

Canyon Springs at Arlington

Westminster La Quinta at JSerra

Long Beach Poly at Torrance

Vista Murrieta at Diamond Bar

Whitney at Milken

Marina, bye

DIVISION 4

First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Millikan, bye

Santa Fe at San Gabriel

Rancho Alamitos at San Dimas

Paloma Valley at Serrano

de Toledo at Bishop Montgomery

Pasadena Marshall at Warren

Villanova Prep at Quartz Hill

Fairmont Prep at Oxford Academy

Coachella Valley at Arrowhead Christian

Gahr at Magnolia

Charter Oak at La Mirada

Centennial at Jurupa Valley

Buena Park at Montclair

Garden Grove at Keppel

Twentynine Palms at Silverado

Patriot at Riverside Poly

DIVISION 5

Wild-card round, Tuesday, 3 p.m.

A: Montebello at Whittier

B: Bishop Amat at Downey

C: Palmdale at Barstow

D: Desert Mirage at Apple Valley

E: Knight at Westminster

F: Chino at Rancho Verde

First round, Thursday, 3 p.m.

Winner WC A at Riverside North

Estancia at Norte Vista

Covina at Ocean View

Winner WC B at Valley View

Beaumont at Summit

Chaffey at Duarte

Temescal Canyon at Yucca Valley

Winner WC C at Burroughs/Ridgecrest

Heritage at Rim of the World

Winner WC D at Aquinas

Moreno Valley at Garey

Winner WC E at Costa Mesa

Edgewood at Rosemead

Winner WC F at Granite Hills

La Salle at Lancaster

Channel Islands at Foothill Tech

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Lorena Gonzalez once again puts union power ahead of workers

Leave it to Lorena Gonzalez to name a bill the FAST Recovery Act even though it would slow the state’s economic rebound.

Gonzalez, D-Organized Labor, is best known as the author of Assembly Bill 5, which gained national notoriety after it stripped countless freelancers of their incomes. Voters in 2020 delivered a resounding verdict on the law’s applicability to “gig workers,” approving the Proposition 22 ballot measure which preserves these workers’ status as independent contractors.

Not content to just micromanage the careers of freelancers, Gonzalez has now turned her attention to fast food workers. Her FAST Recovery Act — that’s shorthand for Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, or Assembly Bill 257 — would empower an 11-member council of political appointees to dictate wages and working conditions for the entire fast food industry. These unelected officials would have the power to override even the state legislature, with little recourse for affected parties.

If you are pleased with the state bureaucracy’s (mis)management of unemployment insurance benefits, you’ll love what they have in mind for your favorite restaurant. The labor groups behind Gonzalez’s plan have endorsed union-style work rules where layoffs must occur on the basis of seniority, restrictive scheduling rules that reduce the availability of part-time work, and pay mandates approaching $20 an hour or more. The council could micromanage almost every aspect of a business’s operation.

Gonzalez’s justification for the bill is a case study in cognitive dissonance, requiring readers to discount a decade of self-congratulatory press statements about California’s progressive governance. As recently as February, groups in Gonzalez’s orbit praised a “renaissance in the [Labor Department’s] enforcement activity, with strategic reforms that resulted in record setting recoveries and relief for some of the state’s most abused and marginalized workers.” Robert Reich boasted that California has “the nation’s foremost set of laws to protect workers.”

Yet in her legislation, Gonzalez walks it all back, claiming that “existing enforcement and regulatory mechanisms have proved inadequate…”

The evidence offered in support of this claim is scant. Gonzalez cites “numerous complaints filed by fast food workers with local health departments” during the pandemic, but many of those complaints were filed with the assistance of union operatives. Neutral data from state and local health authorities tells a different story: Of the nearly 7,000 Cal/OSHA inspections that took place between March 2020 and April 2021, just 88 were at fast food restaurants, and only half of those were the result of a complaint. In LA County, only 0.4% of county-level citations for noncompliance with COVID protocols went to chain fast food restaurants covered by this bill.

The rest of Gonzalez’s case rests largely on a questionable report co-authored by the Labor Centers at UC-Berkeley and UCLA, whose researchers never met a mandate they didn’t like. The report draws a spurious link between fast food restaurants and sexual harassment complaints, stating inaccurately that more than a third of such claims come from restaurants. (In fact, only about 6% come from restaurants.) Other claims cite back to prior Labor Center analyses, or to polling data supported by the same labor unions that now endorse the FAST Recovery Act.

The real motivation behind the Act was let slip in a press statement by the SEIU, which has invested more than $100 million into its “Fight for $15 and a union” since 2012. The union’s press materials say it has demanded “a voice on the job” for fast food workers and praised Gonzalez for “taking the boldest steps yet to empower fast food workers….”

The president of SEIU California, in a goalpost-moving statement for the ages, said that all of California’s labor laws “won’t amount to anything” without workers having “a voice in their industry.” (Read: SEIU representation.)

It does not speak well of the SEIU’s value proposition that its only path forward to represent fast food workers is for the state government to force the union’s dictates on an entire industry.

Michael Saltsman is managing director at the Employment Policies Institute, where Rebekah Paxton is the director of research and state coalitions.

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Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Sunday May 16

The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Sunday May 16 for horse racing at Santa Anita.

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Brandon Figueroa stops Luis Nery in 7th round to win WBC belt

  • Referee Thomas Taylor raises the hand of Brandon Figueroa who defeated Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (R) and Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (L) and Luis Nery during the second round in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa stands on the ringside rope after defeating Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (R) lands a right hook on Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (R) fights Luis Nery during the third round in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Luis Nery goes to the floor after a body shot by Brandon Figueroa in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (R) and Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Brandon Figueroa (R) is hit by Luis Nery in the WBA & WBC Super Bantamweight World Championship bout at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 15, 2021 in Carson, California. Figueroa won with a Knock Out in the seventh round (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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CARSON — Brandon Figueroa was known as a volume puncher who lacked power entering his Saturday unification bout against Luis Nery at Dignity Health Sports Park. That narrative changed for the junior featherweight from Texas.

Nery was supposed to have the power advantage, but he ended the night on the canvas after Figueroa landed a series of body shots in the seventh round. Nery never made it to his feet during referee Thomas Taylor’s 10 count and the bout ended at the 2:18 mark of the seventh round.

Figueroa’s high-volume punching was doubted by many pundits, but his pressure and cardio dominated the fight after a sluggish start. Figueroa took Nery’s WBC junior featherweight title to go along with his WBA secondary belt.

Nery controlled the bout early with his powerful left hooks, and briefly stunned Figueroa with that shot midway through the first round when both fighters tangled to the ground.

But Figueroa picked up the pace in the third round and didn’t allow Nery to unleash his left hooks from a power stance. Figueroa’s phone-booth style did damage in the middle rounds, as Nery dropped his punching rate.

WBO champion Stephen Fulton was ringside to see the slugest and examine his next opponent. Fulton was scheduled to fight the winner of Nery-Figueroa on Sept. 11 for a unification bout on Showtime.

“I envisioned everything,” Figueroa said. “I envisioned beating Nery and fighting Fulton.”

Fulton pushed for a bout with Figueroa before he fought Nery. Fulton and Figueroa have traded verbal jabs on social media.

“I match up best with Figueroa because he’s an action-packed fighter,” Fulton said. “With Nery, I feel like he’s too small. I can keep him out of range with boxing too easy.

“(Figueroa) gets hit a lot. I like his style, don’t get me wrong. His style is tailor-made for me. It’s the perfect style.”

UNDERCARD BOUTS

In the co-main event, Los Angeles native Danny Roman recorded a hometown victory with a unanimous decision over Ricardo Espinoza (97-93, 98-92, 98-92).

Roman, a former junior featherweight champion, used his range to land vicious uppercuts and nearly recorded a stoppage after the eighth round, but the ringside doctor allowed Espinoza to continue. He was gushing blood from his mouth and nose.

“He’s a tough fighter,” Roman (29-3-1, 10 KOs) said. “He hits hard. I had to make adjustments … I started getting my distance, I started fighting my fight, I started controlling. After the eighth round, I thought he was going to go down. … He showed a lot of heart.”

Roman is the mandatory challenger for the WBC champion, but he’ll have to wait his turn until after the Sept. 11 bout between Fulton and Figueroa.

To open the Showtime-televised event, Xavier Martinez outpointed Juan Carlos Burgos in an entertaining 10-round super featherweight slugfest.

Martinez won by unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 99-91, but the fight fans in the stands viewed the bout much closer and booed the results.

Martinez (17-0, 11 KOs) is known for his patient boxing skills, but Burgos (34-4-2, 21 KOs) pushed him to the center of the ring for an all-out brawl, especially in the later rounds.

“He’s tough as nails,” Martinez said about Burgos.

BENAVIDEZ WANTS CANELO

David Benavidez wants to end Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s reign at super middleweight.

Benavidez said he’s aiming to fight Alvarez to regain his WBC super middleweight title and earn respect as one of boxing’s best fighters.

“The main reason I want that fight (with Alvarez) is not because of money, it’s not because of all that,” Benavidez told the Southern California News Group while sitting ringside for the Showtime boxing event. “I want my respect from the people. I’ve been a professional (fighter) for almost eight years, so I feel like if I get prepared for that fight, I win that fight, I’ll get my respect from everybody.

“Undoubtedly, you have to give David Benavidez his respect, but (Alvarez) has all the titles.”

Before Alvarez joined the 168-pound division, Benavidez was viewed as the top champion, but he was stripped of the WBC belt for missing weight at his previous fight in August.

Alvarez owns three of the four major belts in the division after victories against Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. All signs point to Alvarez fighting Caleb Plant next because he’s the IBF champion and a victory over him would make Alvarez the undisputed champion at super middleweight.

Benavidez said he wants to fight the winner of Alvarez-Plant if that fight gets scheduled. Benavidez is booked for an Aug. 28 bout versus Jose Uzcategui in a WBC title eliminator.

Benavidez (24-0, 21 knockouts) vouched for Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) to fight him in the near future because it would do well financially as two fighters with Mexican backgrounds.

“I feel like I have a lot of weapons that could neutralize Canelo, just seeing his past opponents,” Benavidez, 24, said. “ But Canelo is a beast. At the end of the day, he’s a beast. That would be a great fight to be made, not just for me, but for the fans.

“It hurt me a lot losing the title, but I’m right back in there. I got 24 fights, I got 21 knockouts, so I’m just ready for whoever.”

 

 

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Fountain Valley basketball finishes off Marina to clinch share of league title

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — With an important victory in reach during the final quarter of a Wave League matchup, Aden Casarez put the game away for good for Fountain Valley’s boys basketball team.

The junior hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter to lead the No. 7-ranked Barons to a 71-52 victory over Marina on Friday night at Fountain Valley High.

The victory gave the Barons a share of the Wave League title, their first league championship since the 2012-13 season. They will be outright league champs if they beat Corona del Mar on Tuesday, May 18.

“That’s what he’s here for,” Fountain Valley guard Roddie Anderson said of Casarez, who finished with 15 points. “He’s a shooter and we all trust him. We just wait for him to knock it down every time.”


Fountain Valley’s Roddie Anderson had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds in a victory over Marina on Friday, May 14 that clinched a share of the Wave League title. (Photo by Manny Alvarez, Contributor)

While Casarez had the hot hand for Fountain Valley (10-2, 4-0 in league), it was Anderson who had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds.

The Barons had several comfortable leads in the game, but Marina (9-7, 2-2) kept racing back thanks to Eric Hodgkins’ 17 points.

“It’s always tough when they have guys who are fast that get under you,” Fountain Valley coach D’Cean Bryant said. “It’s really tough to stop them at the rim. The biggest thing is if we get to the rim, stay at the rim and make them finish over the top.

“For the shooters in the corners, we have to take that away. I think we did a decent job, but we have to get better at transition at defending the action and contain the guys on one side of the floor.”

Postgame interview with Fountain Valley coach D’Cean Bryant as the Barons are a step closer from the Wave League Title! @ocvarsity @FVHS_Athletics @fvasb @FVHSBsktBall pic.twitter.com/lgyGUE0hAZ

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) May 15, 2021

AJ Robinson scored 10 points and had five assists for the Vikings, and Kyle Magdangal added eight points to go with five rebounds. Robert Aguirre added seven points and six assists.

JJ Grey scored 10 points for Fountain Valley, and Jeremiah Davis added six points and five steals. Preston Amarillo added six points and five assists for the Barons.

“We have to keep our momentum on defense,” Casarez said. “I think the last two games we have been getting at it on defense. That’s what we have been working on. If we get working on it against the Sea Kings, I think we’re good.”

Postgame interview with Aden Casarez of Fountain Valley. 15 points, all of them 3-pointers to give the Barons the win!@ocvarsity @FVHS_Athletics @fvasb @FVHSBsktBall pic.twitter.com/GU1s9H9psp

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) May 15, 2021

Postgame interview with Roddie Anderson as Fountain Valley is one step closer to the Wave League Title!@ocvarsity @FVHS_Athletics @FVHSBsktBall @fvasb pic.twitter.com/CWWDkEoIis

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) May 15, 2021

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Foothill basketball knocks off Canyon to clinch share of Crestview League title

TUSTIN — Foothill’s boys basketball team erased an early 11-point deficit and used Cruz Billings’ fourth-quarter performance to defeat Canyon 67-60 Friday night at Foothill High.

In his second season, Foothill coach Yousof Etemadi has the Knights (17-3, 4-1) on top of the Crestview League with one league game remaining.

“This is great for our program and great for our kids.” Etemadi said. “This is huge, we get a share of it (league) tonight, at least, but we still have work to do with Villa Park.”

Foothill wins! The Knights defeat Canyon 67-60 and take a giant step towards the league championship, the school’s first since 2015. @ocvarsity @foothillbball_ pic.twitter.com/jShFb6tQeu

— David Delgado🇪🇨 (@DavidDelgado_OC) May 15, 2021

Foothill, ranked No. 16 in Orange County, can clinch an outright league championship if it beats No. 15 Villa Park (3-2 in league) on Thursday, May 20. The Spartans won the first league matchup with the Knights, 73-54.

Foothill and No. 14 Canyon (13-5, 3-2) entered the fourth tied 46-46, and then Billings left his imprint on the game.

The 5-foot-8 point guard scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the decisive quarter. When the Knights needed a basket, the junior delivered time and time again.

“He’s the smallest guy on the court with the biggest heart,” Etemadi said of his team’s point guard.

Foothill got 14 points from Colin Holt and Jacob Horton added 12 points including a 3-pointer that gave the Knights a 52-51 lead early in the fourth.

There were seven lead changes in the final quarter with the Knights getting timely contributions from Trevor Telson and Carlo Billings.

The Comanches were led by Cody Jones, who scored a game-high 16 points. Jaden Goodall added 12 points and Tyler Howard finished with 10 points.

Canyon opened the game in control, using its 2-3 zone to race out to a 16-8 advantage. Every Comanche starter scored in the opening quarter, but Horton ended the quarter with five points to bring Foothill within four, 18-14.

“Teams have been zoning us all year, it took us a little bit to warm up tonight,” Etemadi said.

Holt played a large role in Foothill’s efforts. He found spots in the paint where he could knock down shots, which helped chip away at Canyon’s lead.

“He was amazing tonight, he saved us offensively,” Etemadi said of Holt.

Austin Overn and Barrett Lehnertz were also key figures as the Knights pulled within one point in the second quarter after falling behind 29-18.

The Knights’ bench scored 30 points, which, Etemadi noted, was not unusual for the team.

“The good thing about this team is we don’t have just one ‘guy’,” he said, “we have a bunch of different guys that step up every night.”

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CIF-SS boys soccer playoffs: Thursday’s scores, updated schedule for second round

Scores from the CIF-SS boys soccer playoff games Thursday and the updated schedule for the second round on Saturday, May 15.

CIF-SS BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFFS

Thursday’s results

First round

DIVISION 1

Millikan 2, Newport Harbor 0

Mira Costa 2, Santa Margarita 1

Los Alamitos 0, San Clemente 0 (Los Alamitos wins PKs, 6-5)

North Torrance 4, Notre Dame/SO 2

Santa Ana Valley 2, Tesoro 0

Godinez 6, Paramount 1

JSerra 4, University 0

Loyola 8, Santa Ana 0

Santa Barbara 2, Palos Verdes 1

Edison 2, Mater Dei 1

Capistrano Valley 3, Century 0

Downey 2, Harvard-Westlake 1

Anaheim 3, Mission Viejo 2

Long Beach Poly 3, Channel Islands 2

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Millikan at Cathedral

Mira Costa at Los Alamitos

Santa Ana Valley at North Torrance

Godinez at JSerra

Loyola at Santa Barbara

Edison at Capistrano Valley

Downey at Anaheim

Long Beach Poly at Servite

DIVISION 2

Pacifica/Oxnard 1, Dos Pueblos 0

Warren 1, Woodbridge 1 (Warren wins PKs, 4-2)

St. Francis 1, El Dorado 0

Aliso Niguel 2, Laguna Beach 0

Arlington 3, Redlands East Valley 0

Norwalk 3, Saddleback 0

San Marcos 3, Oxnard 0

Hart 1, Lakewood 0

Tustin 3, Camarillo 3 (Tustin wins PKs, 4-3)

Huntington Beach 5, Estancia 1

Fullerton 3, Bellflower 2

Foothill 2, Long Beach Wilson 1 (OT)

Bell Gardens 4, Katella 0

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Pacifica/Oxnard at Valencia

St. Francis at Warren

Arlington at Aliso Niguel

San Marcos at Norwalk

Hart at Santiago/GG

Huntington Beach at Tustin

Fullerton at Foothill

Bell Gardens at Santiago/Corona

DIVISION 3

Westminster 3, Esperanza 0

Westlake 1, Oak Park 0

La Mirada 2, Northwood 1 (OT)

Sonora 2, California 1 (OT)

West Torrance 3, Hueneme 0

Buena 4, Leuzinger 0

Montebello 3, Canyon 0

Villa Park 4, Santa Fe 1

Oaks Christian 3, Los Amigos 1

Beckman 3, Schurr 2

Valley View 3, Corona 0

Lynwood 2, El Rancho 0

Valencia 3, Moorpark 0

Agoura 3, Alta Loma 1

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Westminster at Norte Vista

La Mirada at Westlake

Sonora at West Torrance

Montebello at Buena

Villa Park at Oaks Christian

Beckman at Valley View

Valencia at Lynwood

Agoura at Salesian

DIVISION 4

Desert Hot Springs 2, Riverside Poly 1

Beverly Hills 1, Animo Leadership 0

Cajon 4, Oak Hills 3

Arroyo Valley 5, Vista Murrieta 0

Santa Monica 3, Calabasas 1

Fillmore 3, South Torrance 1

Ganesha 1, King 1 (Ganesha wins PKs, 6-5)

Pasadena 2, Troy 1 (OT)

Montclair 3, La Serna 0

Ayala 5, Bishop Amat 1

Fontana 5, Los Osos 1

Nogales 2, Santa Paula 0

Chaparral 1, Carter 0

Desert Mirage 3, Damien 2

Eastvale Roosevelt 5, Crescenta Valley 1

Palmdale 6, Sierra Vista 2

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Beverly Hills at Desert Hot Springs

Arroyo Valley at Cajon

Fillmore at Santa Monica

Pasadena at Ganesha

Ayala at Montclair

Nogales at Fontana

Desert Mirage at Chaparral

Eastvale Roosevelt at Palmdale

DIVISION 5

Mountain View 4, Tahquitz 0

Grand Terrace 2, La Salle 2 (Grand Terrace wins PKs, 5-3)

Rancho Mirage 1, Murrieta Valley 0

Cerritos Valley Christian 3, Foothill Tech 1

Palm Springs 4, Chino 0

Crean Lutheran 3, St. Margaret’s 0

Upland 3, Eisenhower 0

Baldwin Park 2, Diamond Bar 1

Granite Hills 2, Quartz Hill 0

La Canada 3, Rubidoux 1

Dunn 4, West Ranch 2

Diamond Ranch 1, Sultana 1 (Diamond Ranch wins PKs, 3-2)

Artesia 0, Cate 0 (Artesia wins PKs, 5-4)

Eastside 2, Beaumont 1

Bloomington 3, Garey 0

Citrus Hill 1, Riverside North 0

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Mountain View at Grand Terrace

Cerritos Valley Christian at Rancho Mirage

Palm Springs at Crean Lutheran

Upland at Baldwin Park

Granite Hills at La Canada

Dunn at Diamond Ranch

Artesia at Eastside

Bloomington at Citrus Hill

DIVISION 6

Northview 2, Nuview Bridge 0

Vista del Lago 4, Fairmont Prep 0

Cornerstone Christian 3, Lakeside 3 (Cornerstone Christian wins PKs, 5-4)

Temple City 2, Los Altos 0

Pasadena Poly 4, Verbum Dei 2

Da Vinci 4, Bassett 0

Palmdale Aerospace 2, Sage Hill 1

Linfield Christian 2, Hemet 1

Crossroads 2, South Hills 0

San Jacinto 3, Indian Springs 1

Orange Vista 8, Ontario Christian 2

Flintridge Prep 2, Adelanto 1

Aquinas 2, Pioneer 0

Arroyo 5, Heritage 2

Tarbut V’Torah 2, Samueli 1

Charter Oak 1, Monrovia 0

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Vista del Lago at Northview

Temple City at Cornerstone Christian

Pasadena Poly at Da Vinci

Palmdale Aerospace at Linfield Christian

San Jacinto at Crossroads

Orange Vista at Flintridge Prep

Arroyo at Aquinas

Tarbut V’Torah at Charter Oak

DIVISION 7

Rosemead 1, Int’l School of L.A. 0

Paraclete 1, Buckley 0

Whitney 3, de Toledo 2

Windward 6, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 3

West Covina 2, Vasquez 0

Mary Star 6, Holy Martyrs 0

Duarte 5, Desert Christian/BD 0

Pilibos 2, Rowland 1

Maranatha 3, Pacifica Christian/Santa Monica 0

Riverside Prep 8, Capistrano Valley Christian 0

Whittier Christian 4, San Jacinto Valley Academy 1

Waldorf OC 4, Lucerne Valley 0

St. Monica 2, Milken 1

Second round, Saturday

(Game times TBD)

Rosemead at University Prep

Paraclete at Apple Valley

Whitney at Windward

Mary Star at West Covina

Pilibos at Duarte

Riverside Prep at Maranatha

Waldorf OC at Whittier Christian

St. Monica at Sierra Canyon

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Man pleads guilty in series of Southern California Trader Joe’s robberies

LOS ANGELES — A Huntington Park man pleaded guilty Wednesday to carrying out more than a dozen robberies of Trader Joe’s stores throughout Southern California during a four-month crime spree last year.

Gregory Johnson, 43, admitted federal counts of interference of commerce by robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Johnson faces between seven years and life in federal prison, with sentencing set for Aug. 2.

The defendant admitted that from last Aug. 28 to Dec. 4, he robbed Trader Joe’s stores in Eagle Rock, Sherman Oaks, Chatsworth, Pasadena, Culver City, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Brea, Santa Ana, Tustin and Chino Hills, and attempted to rob locations in Simi Valley and Corona.

During many of the robberies, Johnson brandished a handgun. On two occasions, he robbed stores in Rancho Palos Verdes and Brea, and returned weeks later to rob them again.

Johnson and his son, Gregory E. Johnson, were arrested following the Chino Hills robbery on Dec. 4, after a witness gave authorities a description of their getaway vehicle and license plate.

The younger Johnson, 20 at the time he was charged in December, pleaded guilty to participating in the Chino Hills and Chatsworth robberies. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 12 in downtown Los Angeles.

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Girls basketball: Hannah Stines’ late 3-pointer lifts Orangewood Academy past Sage Hill

NEWPORT COAST — Sage Hill High’s up-and-coming girls basketball team played another tough opponent down to the wire on Wednesday, May 12.

Hannah Stines of Orangewood Academy made sure the Lightning remain in search of a breakthrough victory.

The guard sank a 3-pointer with about a minute left in the fourth quarter to help lift visiting No. 2 Orangewood Academy past No. 7 Sage Hill 57-53 in the teams’ first of consecutive games in the San Joaquin League.

First-place Orangewood Academy (9-3, 5-1) plays host to third-place Sage Hill (12-4, 3-2) again on Thursday, May 13.

Stines’ 3-pointer gave the Spartans a 55-50 lead and answered a 3-pointer by Sage Hill junior guard Isabel Gomez, who made her shot after a slick, pump-fake and side-step from the wing.

Here’s the dagger 3 from Hannah Stines of @OASpartans, maybe the best junior in the county at this pt pic.twitter.com/jNm2W5wsPF

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) May 13, 2021

Stines added two free throws with 24.5 seconds left and a steal at half court as time expired. The junior finished with a game-high 22 points and added 13 rebounds and six assists.

Orangewood Academy senior center Aixchel Hernandez, playing with a broken nose, supported Stines with a season-high 18 points.

Sage Hill trailed 50-39 early in the fourth quarter before surging to the finish. Freshman guard Zoie Lamkin sparked the surge with consecutive field goals and scored 10 of her 12 points in the period. Center Emily Elliott led Sage Hill with 17 points.

Freshman forward Emily Eadie and Gomez added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Sage Hill, playing without two, key freshmen due to injuries, led 30-28 at halftime but Orangewood outscored the Lightning 18-4 in the third to take the lead. The Lightning also have narrow losses to Sierra Canyon and Fairmont Prep.

 

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Foothill boys lacrosse holds off St. Margaret’s to win regular-season showdown

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Foothill’s boys lacrosse team withstood a late rally from St. Margaret’s to beat the Tartans 9-8 Tuesday for the first time since 2017.

The two programs have been the best in Orange County recently and have met in the last two Orange County Championship games.

Foothill (8-2) had a 9-4 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game before St. Margaret’s (11-2) went on a scoring run. Seth Forstot and Owen Binder each scored for the Tartans in a nine-second span to cut the lead to three.

Shortly after, a Foothill defender was flagged for an illegal body check which was ruled a two-minute, unreleasable penalty. Kai Todd and Riley Chester scored when the Tartans had the man advantage to cut the lead to one.

“We challenged our guys down by five to finish the game and not give up,” St. Margaret’s coach Brian Kelly said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how our guys finished.”

Foothill was dominant before the fourth quarter and held St. Margaret’s scoreless for over 30 minutes of game time. Goalie Joey Garcia, who was recently named Orange County boys athlete of the week, had 16 saves.

“He’s a big part of us,” Foothill coach John Fox said of his Utah-committed goalie. “He’s a quarterback out there and saves our behind a ton. They (St. Margaret’s) had some chances at the end and Joey stepped up and made the saves.”

“Tip of the hat to their goalie,” Kelly said of Garcia. “He made a lot of saves early that kept us from breaking the game open.”

The Foothill defense led by Josh Anderson, Adam Oman and Easton Jellerson forced turnovers throughout the game and made St. Margaret’s take difficult shots.

Kenny Seiler scored four goals for the Knights and Easton Babb added two. Sophomore Luke Fox had a goal and an assist for Foothill.

Tempers flared a bit in the second half between the two teams. Both teams had unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called on them and there was some dialogue between the two coaching staffs.

“It’s so much fun playing St. Margaret’s,” Fox said. “They are a great team with great coaches, and even though both teams got a little fired up during the game, I think we are all friends after the final whistle.”

This is the first season that the playoffs will be played under the CIF umbrella in lacrosse. Foothill is ranked fourth in the latest CIF-SS polls and St. Margaret’s is ranked third.

Like many past seasons, there is a good chance the two teams will see each other again in the playoffs, which begin May 25.

“It’s a great win for the program. We let a few slip away against these guys the past couple years,” Fox said. “It was real important for these seniors to get a chance to get a win against St. Margaret’s.”

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