CIF-SS baseball playoffs: Friday’s scores, schedule for semifinals Tuesday, June 15

The scores from Friday’s CIF-SS baseball quarterfinals and the updated schedule for the semifinals on Tuesday, June 15.

CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

(Semifinals start at 3:15 p.m.)

DIVISION 1

Quarterfinals

JSerra 7, Yucaipa 1

Ayala 7, Corona 3

Orange Lutheran 2, Bishop Amat 1 (8)

Harvard-Westlake 11, Cypress 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

JSerra at Ayala

Orange Lutheran at Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 2

Quarterfinals

Thousand Oaks 12, San Dimas 1

Bonita at Los Alamitos (Saturday, 11 a.m.)

Camarillo 6, Yorba Linda 5

Trabuco Hills 2, Sierra Canyon 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Thousand Oaks at TBD

Trabuco Hills at Camarillo

DIVISION 3

Quarterfinals

Hart 3, Calabasas 2 (8)

Millikan 9, Saugus 0

Palos Verdes 2, Fountain Valley 1

Arlington 6, Capistrano Valley Christian 5

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hart at Millikan

Arlington at Palos Verdes

DIVISION 4

Quarterfinals

Murrieta Mesa 6, Monrovia 2

Rancho Cucamonga 4, Downey 0

Royal 3, Charter Oak 2

Paraclete 3, Heritage 0

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Murrieta Mesa at Rancho Cucamonga

Paraclete at Royal

DIVISION 5

Quarterfinals

Citrus Valley 7, Sultana 3

Laguna Hills 4, Crean Lutheran 2

Cajon 4, Malibu 3

North Torrance 6, Hemet 4

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Laguna Hills at Citrus Valley

North Torrance at Cajon

DIVISION 6

Quarterfinals

Aquinas 1, Buena 0

Elsinore 5, South Pasadena 3

Barstow 6, Calvary Chapel/SA 4

La Habra 11, Linfield Christian 1

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Aquinas at Elsinore

La Habra at Barstow

DIVISION 7

Quarterfinals

Hesperia Christian 9, Temecula Prep 2

Arroyo Valley 13, Milken 5

Lancaster 12, Tarbut V’Torah 3

Western Christian 16, Vasquez 2

Semifinals, Tuesday, June 15

Hesperia Christian at Arroyo Valley

Western Christian at Lancaster

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CIF-SS softball playoffs: Semifinals scores and matchups for the championship games on June 18-19

Scores from Thursday’s CIF-SS softball playoff games and the matchups for the championship games on Friday-Saturday, June 18-19 in Irvine.

CIF-SS SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS

DIVISION 1

Semifinals results

Esperanza 7, Norco 2

Eastvale Roosevelt 7, Chino Hills 6

DIVISION 2

Semifinals results

Upland 3, Camarillo 2

Villa Park 7, Westlake 4

DIVISION 3 results

Sultana 4, Cerritos 3

Redondo 3, Beckman 2

DIVISION 4

Semifinals results

Hemet 3, Segerstrom 1

Rosary 2, Oxnard 1

DIVISION 5

Semifinals results

Western Christian 3, Heritage Christian 2

Ocean View 1, San Marcos 0

DIVISION 6

Semifinals results

St. Bonaventure 2, Alhambra 0

Lompoc at Orange Vista (Friday)

DIVISION 7

Semifinals results

St. Monica 8, Alverno 4

Lakeside 10, Providence/Burbank 5

Championship games, June 18-19

at Bill Barber Park, Irvine

Dates and times are TBA

Division 1: Eastvale Roosevelt vs. Esperanza

Division 2: Villa Park vs. Upland

Division 3: Sultana vs. Redondo

Division 4: Rosary vs. Hemet

Division 5: Ocean View vs. Western Christian

Division 6: St. Bonaventure vs. TBD

Division 7: Lakeside vs. St. Monica

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CIF roundup: Esperanza softball upsets No. 1 Norco to reach Division 1 final

Esperanza High’s softball team upset yet another No. 1-ranked opponent on Thursday, June 10.

Now, the Aztecs will get a chance to cement their standing as the best team in the CIF Southern Section.

Senior pitcher Emily Gomez recovered from a rocky first inning to fire a five-hitter and senior center fielder Hannah Coor homered for the second consecutive game as Esperanza stunned top-seeded and host Norco 7-2 in the Division 1 semifinals.

No. 4 seeded Esperanza (21-3) will face Roosevelt, a 7-6 winner against Chino Hills, in the championship game next week at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. The schedule is expected to be released soon by the CIF Southern Section.

Norco (27-2) entered Thursday riding a 26-game winning streak and having outscored its three playoff opponents 36-1, including an eye-popping 15-1 margin against Los Alamitos.

But the Cougars became the third No. 1-ranked team to fall to the Aztecs this spring.

Esperanza also has defeated previously No. 1-ranked Chino Hills 3-2 and Villa Park, formerly the top-ranked squad in Division 2, 1-0 in the Crestview League.

“The girls on the team knew they could compete,” Esperanza coach Ed Tunstall said after Thursday’s triumph. “They were not intimidated, and they all stepped up.”

Norco scored twice against Gomez in the first inning but didn’t plate another run against the steady senior, who struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Esperanza scored seven consecutive runs after falling behind 2-0. Beside the two-run homer by the Oklahoma-bound Coor, the Aztecs received three hits from sophomore shortstop Sharyn Duncan and two from freshman right fielder Taylor Shumaker.

Tunstall noted that eight different players either scored or drove in a run for the Aztecs. Sophomore second baseman Audrey Robles had two RBIs while courtesy runner Makenna Milliman scored a run. “Big team win,” Tunstall said.

Sophomore Mya Perez had two of Norco’s five hits.

Esperanza advanced to its second section final. In 2001, the Aztecs fell in the Division 1 championship to Rancho Cucamonga 1-0 in 12 innings.

Roosevelt finished second to Norco in the powerful Big VIII League.

More updates to come.

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Pacifica Christian girls basketball battles to the end, but loses to Louisville in Division 5A title game

NEWPORT BEACH — The Pacifica Christian girls basketball team made its debut in a CIF Southern Section final, and for the first eight minutes looked uncomfortable on the big stage.

The young Tritons rallied to take a brief third-quarter lead but ultimately fell to Louisville in the Division 5A championship game 57-49 Thursday night at Pacifica Christian High.

The Royals (10-3) won their first girls basketball CIF title in school history behind their bigs, freshman Taylor Westbrook, who scored a game-high 22 points, and Katherine Csiszar, who had 14 points.

“That was our game plan coming in,” Louisville coach Monica Hernandez said. “We knew that they had one big, but if we could dominate in the paint we would have a better chance at winning the game.”

Pacifica Christian (15-4) only made two field goals in the opening quarter, both by freshman guard Lauryn Ham, and fell behind 14-5.

Ham finished with 15 points and freshman Annika Jiwani, who was averaging a team-high 21.5 points a game, was held to 11 points.

Pacifica Christian coach James Parker felt that the pressure of playing in a final was a factor for some of his players.

“This is a lot of pressure and she’s (Jiwani) not used to having such adversity and trouble to be able to get going,” Parker said. “I think what happens with the pressure and this game, as a young person, is trying to figure out how they’re going (to make) things happen for themselves and how they’re going to be able to step aside and let the game come to them.”

Parker also believed defensive breakdowns were the reason for the Royals’ success in the low post.

“It was more of our defense breaking down and being out of position,” Parker said. “That was my biggest concern, not getting the rotations we needed and therefore, you got a big body that has the ball in a good position.”

The Royals had a 27-20 halftime lead but the Tritons deployed their full-court press which helped them to an 8-0 run sparked by Charis Wondercheck and Jiwani.

Louisville responded with a 15-2 run to end the third and took a 42-30 advantage to the final quarter.

“We just told them, especially in this type of setting, that runs would make the difference, so if they make a run stay composed and get stops when it mattered, and we did that,” Hernandez said.

Pacifica Christian began the fourth quarter with four quick points on baskets by Nola Mihaly-Garvin (eight points) and Wondercheck (nine points).

The Tritons got within six points at 42-36, but Westbrook scored eight points in the final period and Alyssa Saldana (11 points) hit a shot with 1:25 left in the game to put Pacifica Christian away for good.

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19 arrested in raid of illegal gambling operation in Garden Grove neighborhood

GARDEN GROVE — Police said they made 19 arrests Wednesday evening at an illegal gambling operation in a Garden Grove neighborhood.

Police responded about 7 p.m. to the 10000 block of McMichael Drive, near Brookhurst Street and north of Chapman Avenue, and determined a residence “was in fact operating as an illegal gambling establishment,” according to Sgt. Troy Haller of the Garden Grove Police Department.

A search warrant was served at the home and 12 gambling machine consoles and a gun were found and seized, Haller said.

Officers arrested 19 people for illegal gambling violations and/or outstanding arrest warrants, Haller said.

 

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US routs Costa Rica 4-0 to finish 4-game, 11-day stretch

SANDY, Utah (AP) — The United States finished a grueling stretch of four games in 11 days over 5,400 miles that resulted in three wins, including the CONCACAF Nations League trophy. Twenty-four players saw action, and eight scored.

Prep time for the Europe-based players is over. Next up is the start of World Cup qualifying in September.

“The depth of this team will really come in handy,” Brenden Aaronson said after scoring in the eighth minute Wednesday night to start a 4-0 exhibition rout of Costa Rica. “I think it’s it’s going really well so far. And I think we showed that today.”

Daryl Dike and Reggie Cannon added their first international goals and Gio Reyna converted a penalty kick in the 77th, three minutes after entering.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter changed nine starters from the lineup he used to beat Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Sunday to win the first CONCACAF Nations League.

Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent didn’t play at all.

Defender Mark McKenzie, the target of racial abuse on the Internet after a poor first half Sunday, was the only player to start for the fourth straight game and had a stronger effort.

“I came of out of the Mexico game being extremely proud of Mark and the way he handled himself,” Berhalter said. “He didn’t need to play another minute today and I still would have been proud of him.”

This schedule was designed to mimic pandemic-delated World Cup qualifying, where the U.S. opens with three matches from Sept. 2-8, a window FIFA designed for two.

“What I realized is that it’s going to take a group to get this done. It’s not going to take 11 starters,” Berhalter said. “We think we have a young, talented group. And to gain that CONCACAF experience was massive. And when we turn around and we go into World Cup qualifying, we’ll have a good idea of what that’s going to be like and what the three-game rhythm’s going to be like.”

Reyna was the only multiple goal scorer over the four games, which began with a 2-1 friendly loss at Switzerland on May 30 and was followed by last Thursday’s 1-0 win over Honduras in the Nations League semifinal. Pulisic, McKennie, Jordan Siebatcheu and Sebastian Lletget also scored.

“I think there’s guys that will be able to go three games and 90 minutes, but it’s not going to be many, especially given the way we want to play and the way we want to press,” Berhalter said.

Europe-based players will go on brief vacations and then skip next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup to report for preseason ahead of 2021-22 club seasons.

The 20th-ranked U.S. improved 11-1-1 in its last 13 matches and won its 10th consecutive game against a regional opponent since a 2019 Nations League loss to Canada, matching the American high set in 2013. The U.S. beat its top three regional rivals within a week.

Ethan Horvath was rarely tested and got the shutout on his 26th birthday after taking over when Zack Steffen sustained a bone bruise in his left knee during the second half on Sunday.

The 50th-ranked Ticos are winless in 11 games since 2019, with six losses and five draws that included a pair of penalty-kicks defeats.

The U.S. team, wearing rainbow numbers on white jerseys for LGBTQ Pride month, dominated and went ahead after Lletget passed to Antonee Robinson on the left flank, and he crossed for Dike. Francisco Calvo knocked the ball away, but it bounced into the path of Aaronson, whose right-footed shot from 8 yards beat goalkeeper Leonel Moreira for his third goal in seven international appearances.

Dike, six days past his 21st birthday and making his third international appearance, scored in the 42nd minute. McKenzie fed a through pass from just short of the midfield stripe, and Dike ran onto the ball and scored from 14 yards.

A crowd of 19,007 was unusual for Dike, who has played most of his pro career in empty stadiums or in front of limited crowds.

“It was incredible to have fans,” Dike said. “It’s something that you’ve always kind of looked forward to as a young kid to be able to play in front of thousands and thousands of fans.”

Cannon picked up an errant sideways clearance attempt by Yeltsin Tejeda in the 52nd minute, dribbled in, cut around Joseph Mora and scored with a left-footed shot from 14 yards.

Reyna was awarded the penalty when he was knocked over by Keysher Fuller. The 18-year-old, a son of former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, became the youngest American to convert a penalty kick with his fourth international goal.

Notes:

Siebatcheu entered in the 74th minute and appeared to hurt his right knee in an aerial challenge, forcing the U.S. to finish a man short.

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Former O.C. chiropractor convicted of defrauding insurers of $2.2 million

SANTA ANA — A 56-year-old former Orange County chiropractor was found guilty Tuesday of defrauding health insurers out of about $2.2 million in a scheme that spanned more than three years.

Susan H. Poon of Dana Point submitted false reimbursement claims to the health insurance providers Anthem and Aetna from January 2015-April 2018 for false diagnoses and chiropractic services that were not performed, according to Ciaran McEvoy, a public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Poon also submitted fraudulent prescriptions containing fabricated medical diagnoses of dependents of Costco and United Parcel Service employees, McEvoy said.

Poon unlawfully took the personal identification information of the victims by attending health fairs at various UPS warehouses and Costco locations, and soliciting the information from employees.

Poon, whose office was located in Rancho Santa Margarita, had her chiropractic license revoked in July 2019, according to the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Poon was found guilty of five counts of health care fraud, three counts of making false statements relating to health care matters and one count of aggravated identity theft, McEvoy said.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter scheduled a sentencing hearing for Aug. 30. Poon faces a maximum sentence of 67 years in federal prison, McEvoy said.

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Man gets 5 years in prison for shooting at occupants of a vehicle on the 91 Freeway in Riverside

RIVERSIDE — A 32-year-old man with a previous felony conviction pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of shooting at occupants of a vehicle on the Riverside (91) Freeway and was immediately sentenced to five years in state prison.

Lorenzo Antonio Parra of Corona admitted one count each of shooting at an occupied vehicle, felony driving under the influence and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped three related charges in exchange for Parra’s admissions under the plea agreement.

Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno accepted the plea during a status hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, imposing the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a Chevrolet Silverado going west on the Riverside Freeway, near Adams Street in Riverside, came under fire about 10:40 p.m. on May 22.

CHP Officer Juan Quintero said the victim, whose name was not disclosed, exited the freeway on McKinley Avenue in Corona and called 911, describing the vehicle from which the shots originated as a burgundy Honda Accord, occupied by two people.

“The victim related that he observed the muzzle flash and heard the gunshots but did not know where the bullets struck his vehicle and was not able to obtain a license plate” number, Quintero said.

Neither the driver or his passenger was injured.

Quintero said patrol units canvassed the freeway and surrounding streets, locating Parra’s sedan on the westbound Riverside Freeway at Maple Street in Corona nearly two hours later.

Because Parra’s car matched the description given by the victim, it was stopped as it exited the freeway onto Green River Road, according to Quintero.

After officers confirmed that Parra was driving on a suspended license, he was detained, along with his companion.

“A thorough search of the suspect vehicle resulted in locating a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun, loose ammunition and one used shell casing,” Quintero said.

Parra was taken into custody without a struggle, and his passenger was released after questioning.

Investigators determined the shooting was not connected to the rash of vandalism attacks targeting vehicles traveling the Riverside Freeway between Anaheim and Riverside from mid-April to late May, resulting in windows being blown out by projectiles, identified as BBs and pellets.

Another convicted felon, 34-year-old Jesse Leal Rodriguez of Anaheim, was arrested and charged in connection with at least one of the attacks, though authorities believe he’s responsible for more.

According to court records, Parra has prior convictions for driving under the influence, felony evading and driving on a suspended license.

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DL Jay Toia commits to UCLA after spending spring with USC

Grace Brethren defensive lineman Jay Toia has flipped his commitment to UCLA, after spending spring camp with USC.

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound incoming freshman becomes the highest-rated recruit for the Bruins’ 2021 class. He first committed to the Trojans in 2018 and signed his national letter of intent in December 2020.

He entered the transfer portal after announcing his decision to leave USC in May. He enrolled early and found himself competing alongside the first- and second-team defense throughout spring practice.

“The 2020 pandemic was tragic to so many that lost so much,” Toia wrote in a Twitter post on May 31. “For me and especially my parents we felt forced to make a major decision signing with USC based on limited information because of COVID-19 restrictions. We were not able to take any official or unofficial visits to any of the other schools on our short list such as Michigan, Utah, UCLA, Miami among others.”

Following his departure from the Trojans, he made visits to Michigan and UCLA.

USC coach Clay Helton identified Toia as one of the standouts from the Trojans’ spring game in April.

“You’re talking about off the field the sweetest human being you will ever meet, but I don’t know who he becomes when it’s a competitive situation,” Helton said. “He is a different person and it has been really neat to see how talented he is but also what an unbelievable sense of urgency that guy has to be great and to help this team next year.”

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CIF roundup: Esperanza softball reaches Division 1 semifinals on walk-off home run by Hannah Coor

The magical finishes to games are spreading at Esperanza High.

Oklahoma-bound center fielder Hannah Coor belted a walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, June 8 to lift the Aztecs’ softball team past visiting Murrieta Mesa 5-2 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.

Coor’s dramatic homer arrived on the heels of two last-second victories by Esperanza’s girls basketball team during its playoff run, which hits the Division 1 final at Long Beach Poly on Thursday.

Coor’s blast sent the No. 4 seeded Aztecs into the semifinals Thursday at No. 1 Norco, which defeated Los Alamitos 15-1.

Esperanza senior pitcher Emily Gomez went 11 innings to earn the victory, scattering five hits and striking out eight.

Freshman Taylor Shumaker and sophomore second baseman Audrey Robles each added three hits for Esperanza.

In other quarterfinals Tuesday:

In Division 5:

Ocean View 3, Capo Valley 1: Desyree Arizmendi fired a complete game with six strikeouts and Emma Craft had three hits to help the Seahawks upset No. 2 seeded and host Cougars.

Ocean View, the third-place team from the solid Golden West League, will play host San Marcos in the semifinals on Thursday.

Western Christian plays host to Heritage Christian in the other semifinal.

In Division 4:

Rosary 5, Citrus Valley 1: Hannah Hernandez and Danica Silvestri each had three hits and Natalie Romero threw seven strong innings as No. 2 seeded and host Royals reached the semifinals. Rosary will play host Thursday to Oxnard, an 8-0 winner against Arlington.

In Division 3:

Beckman 5, Arcadia 0: The visiting Patriots moved onto Thursday’s semifinals against Redondo. The semifinal will be played at Beckman.

In Division 2:

Villa Park 3, Downey 0: Arizona-committed junior Sydney Somerndike fired a one-hitter and struck out 16 and Jordyn Lawhon added two hits as the No. 2 seeded Spartans reached Thursday’s semifinals. Villa Park will play host to Westlake for a trip to the finals.

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