Collins Hayes

22 Feb 19
SCNG
There were no real surprises on the first day of competition at the CIF State Wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. At the end of first night of competition, seven wrestlers in the boys division advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. Bishop Amat has the most wrestlers in the quarterfinals with three. Marcos Polanco (132-pounds), who many consider to be the area’s best chance at winning a state title, looked very impressive in winning both of his matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-0 victory over Vacaville’s Jacob Peralta. Christian Nunez had little trouble in both of his matches at 126 pounds. He dominated Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley High (25-9) and pinned Clovis’ Austin Rhodes in the first-period of their round of 16 match. Guillermo Escobedo (225) narrowly defeated Mateo Morales of Clovis West High, 2-1, to advance the quarterfinals. Rowland’s Fernando Barreto (106) won his round of 16 match with a first-period pin over Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran High. Northview’s Collin Hayes (132) had little trouble dispatching Rocky Raby of West Valley (18-2) and Jonathon Viveros of Kingsbury (11-3) on his road to the quarterfinals. San Marino will have two wrestlers advanced on the quarterfinals. In a bit of an upset, senior Beau Perez, seeded tenth at 138-pounds, defeated seventh-seeded Eli Blake of Del Oro, 7-3, to secure his spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Teammate Luka Wike went 3-0 on the day – advancing the quarterfinals with a first-period pin over Sammy Silveriera of Pittman High. Of the 21 area grapplers that qualified for the tournament, 19 remain alive in either the championship or consolation bracket. In the girls division, Walnut is in fifth-place in the team race with several wrestlers in contention for a state title. Justine Barredo pinned Evergreen Valley’s Maira Joya in the first-period of their round of 16 match at 106-pounds. She’ll have a rematch against Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals. Do came from behind to pin Fremont’s Nicole Lee in overtime in their round of 16 match. Do defeated Barredo last week at the CIF-SS Girls Championships. There were two big upsets of the day. Walnut’s Mariah Dow, who finished in sixth-place last week at CIF-SS championships, upset seventh-seeded Tiffany Calderon of Birmingham High in the second-period of their round of 16 match at 143-pounds. Northview’s Tiera Jimerson upset Silver Creek’s Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-4, in their round of 16 match at 131-pounds. Viking teammate Alexis Medina (11) easily defeated Righetti’s Gabby Rincon, 11-1 to advance the quarterfinals. Two of the heavy favorites to win a state title had little trouble in their matches. California’s Kelly Escamilla pinned Madison’s Amber Plasencia in the first period of their round of 16 match at 126-pounds. Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman pinned both of her opponents along her road to the quarterfinals. San Dimas had two wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. Junior Cianna Riley defeated Allyson Hyatt of Durham High, 5-1, in their 189-pound round of 16 contest. Ciara Boyd scored a 9-2 decision over Selma’s Arykah Cuevas in a 235-pound round of 16 match. Here are Friday’s quarterfinal matches: BOYS 106: #6 Fernando Barreto, Rowland vs #3 Andre Gonzales, Poway 126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #6 Cole Reyes, Frontier 132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #11 Logan Gioffre, Buchanan; #7 Collin Hayes, Northview vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North 138: #10 Beau Perez, San Marino vs. #2 Chase Saldate, Gilroy 145: #4 Luka Wick, San Marino vs #5 Joseph Martin, Buchanan 220: #4 Guillermo Escobedo, Bishop Amat vs #5 Mike Ruiz, Villa Park GIRLS 106: #5 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs. #4 Cassidy Do, Gabrielino 113: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #5 Samantha Martinez, Ayala 126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #7 Shawntel Copple, Las Plumas 131: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley; Tiera Jimerson, Northview vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills 143: Mariah Dow, Walnut vs #2 Francesca Lopresti, Albany 189: #7 Cianna Riley, San Dimas vs Jasmin Clarke, Kelseyville 235: #6 Ciara Boyd, San Dimas vs #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory, Lakewood Fans can keep track of all the action by visiting http://www.flowrestling.org Day 1 of the 2019 CIF State Wrestling Championships ✔️#CIFWrestling Link for Day 1 Boys Wrestling results –> https://t.co/PsFaZD1rpGLink for Day 1 Girls Wrestling –> https://t.co/UWVqHNk2cd Other information 👇Championship Information: https://t.co/dySkpo3ymG pic.twitter.com/Kudj1zYjNI — CIF State (@CIFState) February 22, 2019 BASEBALL La Canada 7, Westlake 2: The Spartans (3-2) scored three runs in the first and second inning to defeat the host Warriors in Easton Tournament action. Connor Buchanan, a USC-signee, was the offensive star of the day for La Canada with two home runs. St. Francis 6, San Dimas 5: The Golden Knights (3-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Saints (2-2) to win a non league contest at the Glendale Sports Complex. Doyle Kane smacked two hits and scored twice. Angel Sanchez and Joseph Olivares drove in two runs for the Saints. South Hills 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2: Anthony Rasmussen played a huge factor in the Huskies (3-1) win over the Cougars in Inland Valley Tournament action. Rasmussen drove in three runs. Justin Magallanes held the Cougars hitless for 3 and ⅓ innings to earn the win. Los Altos 13, Eastside 2: The Conquerors’ (3-1) Jared Ibarra had a big day at the plate in their win over the Lions in Don Lugo Tournament action. The senior went three for four and drove in four runs. Alvaro Ortega went four solid innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and struck out three, to earn the decision. Campbell Hall 8, Pasadena Poly 6: The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Panthers (0-1) in non league play. David Mathias connected on three hits and Robby Wilson drove in two runs. Alhambra 9, Cathedral 0: Victor de leon struckout out nine Phantoms and had a three- run double as part of a nine run sixth inning in the Moors (5-0) win as part of the Dave Moore Tournament. De Leon pitched a complete game to earn the win. Xavier Perez, Lenny Arriaga and David Beltran each had two hits. SOFTBALL Diamond Bar 12, Bellflower 0, 5 innings: The pitching combination of Miranda Montes and Anna Lasko held the Buccaneers scoreless while allowing only seven hits in the Brahams (2-0) non league win. Sarah Ruhl had three RBIs. No matter the conditions, our Brahma Softball team shows its resilience that is forged through their relentless work ethic and commitment to their team. 11-0 over Bellflower, 2-0 to start the season. #hardworkpaysoff pic.twitter.com/vDqqWRolEW — DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) February 22, 2019 Santa Fe 10, Mayfair 1: The Chiefs (3-1) blew the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the host Monsoons in a non league game. Sophomore Monique Rangel was the offensive stand out in the game with two doubles, a triple and bringing in two runs. Freshman Lanna Martinez pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three. Los Alamitos 5, La Serna 4: The Lancers (2-1) fell behind 5-0 early and mounted a late rally just fell just short in losing to the Griffins in non league action. Kyra Sunga drove in two runs. Calvary Chapel 9, Azusa 6: The visiting Aztecs (0-2) fell behind 8-0 before launching a seventh-inning rally that fell short against the Grizzlies in non league play. Arianna Sosa brought in three runs.  
22 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
There were no real surprises on the first day of competition at the CIF State Wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. At the end of first night of competition, seven wrestlers in the boys division advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. Bishop Amat has the most wrestlers in the quarterfinals with three. Marcos Polanco (132-pounds), who many consider to be the area’s best chance at winning a state title, looked very impressive in winning both of his matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-0 victory over Vacaville’s Jacob Peralta. Christian Nunez had little trouble in both of his matches at 126 pounds. He dominated Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley High (25-9) and pinned Clovis’ Austin Rhodes in the first-period of their round of 16 match. Guillermo Escobedo (225) narrowly defeated Mateo Morales of Clovis West High, 2-1, to advance the quarterfinals. Rowland’s Fernando Barreto (106) won his round of 16 match with a first-period pin over Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran High. Northview’s Collin Hayes (132) had little trouble dispatching Rocky Raby of West Valley (18-2) and Jonathon Viveros of Kingsbury (11-3) on his road to the quarterfinals. San Marino will have two wrestlers advanced on the quarterfinals. In a bit of an upset, senior Beau Perez, seeded tenth at 138-pounds, defeated seventh-seeded Eli Blake of Del Oro, 7-3, to secure his spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Teammate Luka Wike went 3-0 on the day – advancing the quarterfinals with a first-period pin over Sammy Silveriera of Pittman High. Of the 21 area grapplers that qualified for the tournament, 19 remain alive in either the championship or consolation bracket. In the girls division, Walnut is in fifth-place in the team race with several wrestlers in contention for a state title. Justine Barredo pinned Evergreen Valley’s Maira Joya in the first-period of their round of 16 match at 106-pounds. She’ll have a rematch against Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals. Do came from behind to pin Fremont’s Nicole Lee in overtime in their round of 16 match. Do defeated Barredo last week at the CIF-SS Girls Championships. There were two big upsets of the day. Walnut’s Mariah Dow, who finished in sixth-place last week at CIF-SS championships, upset seventh-seeded Tiffany Calderon of Birmingham High in the second-period of their round of 16 match at 143-pounds. Northview’s Tiera Jimerson upset Silver Creek’s Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-4, in their round of 16 match at 131-pounds. Viking teammate Alexis Medina (11) easily defeated Righetti’s Gabby Rincon, 11-1 to advance the quarterfinals. Two of the heavy favorites to win a state title had little trouble in their matches. California’s Kelly Escamilla pinned Madison’s Amber Plasencia in the first period of their round of 16 match at 126-pounds. Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman pinned both of her opponents along her road to the quarterfinals. San Dimas had two wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. Junior Cianna Riley defeated Allyson Hyatt of Durham High, 5-1, in their 189-pound round of 16 contest. Ciara Boyd scored a 9-2 decision over Selma’s Arykah Cuevas in a 235-pound round of 16 match. Here are Friday’s quarterfinal matches: BOYS 106: #6 Fernando Barreto, Rowland vs #3 Andre Gonzales, Poway 126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #6 Cole Reyes, Frontier 132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #11 Logan Gioffre, Buchanan; #7 Collin Hayes, Northview vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North 138: #10 Beau Perez, San Marino vs. #2 Chase Saldate, Gilroy 145: #4 Luka Wick, San Marino vs #5 Joseph Martin, Buchanan 220: #4 Guillermo Escobedo, Bishop Amat vs #5 Mike Ruiz, Villa Park GIRLS 106: #5 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs. #4 Cassidy Do, Gabrielino 113: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #5 Samantha Martinez, Ayala 126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #7 Shawntel Copple, Las Plumas 131: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley; Tiera Jimerson, Northview vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills 143: Mariah Dow, Walnut vs #2 Francesca Lopresti, Albany 189: #7 Cianna Riley, San Dimas vs Jasmin Clarke, Kelseyville 235: #6 Ciara Boyd, San Dimas vs #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory, Lakewood Fans can keep track of all the action by visiting http://www.flowrestling.org Day 1 of the 2019 CIF State Wrestling Championships ✔️#CIFWrestling Link for Day 1 Boys Wrestling results –> https://t.co/PsFaZD1rpGLink for Day 1 Girls Wrestling –> https://t.co/UWVqHNk2cd Other information 👇Championship Information: https://t.co/dySkpo3ymG pic.twitter.com/Kudj1zYjNI — CIF State (@CIFState) February 22, 2019 BASEBALL La Canada 7, Westlake 2: The Spartans (3-2) scored three runs in the first and second inning to defeat the host Warriors in Easton Tournament action. Connor Buchanan, a USC-signee, was the offensive star of the day for La Canada with two home runs. St. Francis 6, San Dimas 5: The Golden Knights (3-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Saints (2-2) to win a non league contest at the Glendale Sports Complex. Doyle Kane smacked two hits and scored twice. Angel Sanchez and Joseph Olivares drove in two runs for the Saints. South Hills 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2: Anthony Rasmussen played a huge factor in the Huskies (3-1) win over the Cougars in Inland Valley Tournament action. Rasmussen drove in three runs. Justin Magallanes held the Cougars hitless for 3 and ⅓ innings to earn the win. Los Altos 13, Eastside 2: The Conquerors’ (3-1) Jared Ibarra had a big day at the plate in their win over the Lions in Don Lugo Tournament action. The senior went three for four and drove in four runs. Alvaro Ortega went four solid innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and struck out three, to earn the decision. Campbell Hall 8, Pasadena Poly 6: The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Panthers (0-1) in non league play. David Mathias connected on three hits and Robby Wilson drove in two runs. Alhambra 9, Cathedral 0: Victor de leon struckout out nine Phantoms and had a three- run double as part of a nine run sixth inning in the Moors (5-0) win as part of the Dave Moore Tournament. De Leon pitched a complete game to earn the win. Xavier Perez, Lenny Arriaga and David Beltran each had two hits. SOFTBALL Diamond Bar 12, Bellflower 0, 5 innings: The pitching combination of Miranda Montes and Anna Lasko held the Buccaneers scoreless while allowing only seven hits in the Brahams (2-0) non league win. Sarah Ruhl had three RBIs. No matter the conditions, our Brahma Softball team shows its resilience that is forged through their relentless work ethic and commitment to their team. 11-0 over Bellflower, 2-0 to start the season. #hardworkpaysoff pic.twitter.com/vDqqWRolEW — DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) February 22, 2019 Santa Fe 10, Mayfair 1: The Chiefs (3-1) blew the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the host Monsoons in a non league game. Sophomore Monique Rangel was the offensive stand out in the game with two doubles, a triple and bringing in two runs. Freshman Lanna Martinez pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three. Los Alamitos 5, La Serna 4: The Lancers (2-1) fell behind 5-0 early and mounted a late rally just fell just short in losing to the Griffins in non league action. Kyra Sunga drove in two runs. Calvary Chapel 9, Azusa 6: The visiting Aztecs (0-2) fell behind 8-0 before launching a seventh-inning rally that fell short against the Grizzlies in non league play. Arianna Sosa brought in three runs.  
22 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
There were no real surprises on the first day of competition at the CIF State Wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. At the end of first night of competition, seven wrestlers in the boys division advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. Bishop Amat has the most wrestlers in the quarterfinals with three. Marcos Polanco (132-pounds), who many consider to be the area’s best chance at winning a state title, looked very impressive in winning both of his matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-0 victory over Vacaville’s Jacob Peralta. Christian Nunez had little trouble in both of his matches at 126 pounds. He dominated Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley High (25-9) and pinned Clovis’ Austin Rhodes in the first-period of their round of 16 match. Guillermo Escobedo (225) narrowly defeated Mateo Morales of Clovis West High, 2-1, to advance the quarterfinals. Rowland’s Fernando Barreto (106) won his round of 16 match with a first-period pin over Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran High. Northview’s Collin Hayes (132) had little trouble dispatching Rocky Raby of West Valley (18-2) and Jonathon Viveros of Kingsbury (11-3) on his road to the quarterfinals. San Marino will have two wrestlers advanced on the quarterfinals. In a bit of an upset, senior Beau Perez, seeded tenth at 138-pounds, defeated seventh-seeded Eli Blake of Del Oro, 7-3, to secure his spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Teammate Luka Wike went 3-0 on the day – advancing the quarterfinals with a first-period pin over Sammy Silveriera of Pittman High. Of the 21 area grapplers that qualified for the tournament, 19 remain alive in either the championship or consolation bracket. In the girls division, Walnut is in fifth-place in the team race with several wrestlers in contention for a state title. Justine Barredo pinned Evergreen Valley’s Maira Joya in the first-period of their round of 16 match at 106-pounds. She’ll have a rematch against Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals. Do came from behind to pin Fremont’s Nicole Lee in overtime in their round of 16 match. Do defeated Barredo last week at the CIF-SS Girls Championships. There were two big upsets of the day. Walnut’s Mariah Dow, who finished in sixth-place last week at CIF-SS championships, upset seventh-seeded Tiffany Calderon of Birmingham High in the second-period of their round of 16 match at 143-pounds. Northview’s Tiera Jimerson upset Silver Creek’s Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-4, in their round of 16 match at 131-pounds. Viking teammate Alexis Medina (11) easily defeated Righetti’s Gabby Rincon, 11-1 to advance the quarterfinals. Two of the heavy favorites to win a state title had little trouble in their matches. California’s Kelly Escamilla pinned Madison’s Amber Plasencia in the first period of their round of 16 match at 126-pounds. Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman pinned both of her opponents along her road to the quarterfinals. San Dimas had two wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. Junior Cianna Riley defeated Allyson Hyatt of Durham High, 5-1, in their 189-pound round of 16 contest. Ciara Boyd scored a 9-2 decision over Selma’s Arykah Cuevas in a 235-pound round of 16 match. Here are Friday’s quarterfinal matches: BOYS 106: #6 Fernando Barreto, Rowland vs #3 Andre Gonzales, Poway 126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #6 Cole Reyes, Frontier 132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #11 Logan Gioffre, Buchanan; #7 Collin Hayes, Northview vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North 138: #10 Beau Perez, San Marino vs. #2 Chase Saldate, Gilroy 145: #4 Luka Wick, San Marino vs #5 Joseph Martin, Buchanan 220: #4 Guillermo Escobedo, Bishop Amat vs #5 Mike Ruiz, Villa Park GIRLS 106: #5 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs. #4 Cassidy Do, Gabrielino 113: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #5 Samantha Martinez, Ayala 126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #7 Shawntel Copple, Las Plumas 131: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley; Tiera Jimerson, Northview vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills 143: Mariah Dow, Walnut vs #2 Francesca Lopresti, Albany 189: #7 Cianna Riley, San Dimas vs Jasmin Clarke, Kelseyville 235: #6 Ciara Boyd, San Dimas vs #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory, Lakewood Fans can keep track of all the action by visiting http://www.flowrestling.org Day 1 of the 2019 CIF State Wrestling Championships ✔️#CIFWrestling Link for Day 1 Boys Wrestling results –> https://t.co/PsFaZD1rpGLink for Day 1 Girls Wrestling –> https://t.co/UWVqHNk2cd Other information 👇Championship Information: https://t.co/dySkpo3ymG pic.twitter.com/Kudj1zYjNI — CIF State (@CIFState) February 22, 2019 BASEBALL La Canada 7, Westlake 2: The Spartans (3-2) scored three runs in the first and second inning to defeat the host Warriors in Easton Tournament action. Connor Buchanan, a USC-signee, was the offensive star of the day for La Canada with two home runs. St. Francis 6, San Dimas 5: The Golden Knights (3-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Saints (2-2) to win a non league contest at the Glendale Sports Complex. Doyle Kane smacked two hits and scored twice. Angel Sanchez and Joseph Olivares drove in two runs for the Saints. South Hills 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2: Anthony Rasmussen played a huge factor in the Huskies (3-1) win over the Cougars in Inland Valley Tournament action. Rasmussen drove in three runs. Justin Magallanes held the Cougars hitless for 3 and ⅓ innings to earn the win. Los Altos 13, Eastside 2: The Conquerors’ (3-1) Jared Ibarra had a big day at the plate in their win over the Lions in Don Lugo Tournament action. The senior went three for four and drove in four runs. Alvaro Ortega went four solid innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and struck out three, to earn the decision. Campbell Hall 8, Pasadena Poly 6: The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Panthers (0-1) in non league play. David Mathias connected on three hits and Robby Wilson drove in two runs. Alhambra 9, Cathedral 0: Victor de leon struckout out nine Phantoms and had a three- run double as part of a nine run sixth inning in the Moors (5-0) win as part of the Dave Moore Tournament. De Leon pitched a complete game to earn the win. Xavier Perez, Lenny Arriaga and David Beltran each had two hits. SOFTBALL Diamond Bar 12, Bellflower 0, 5 innings: The pitching combination of Miranda Montes and Anna Lasko held the Buccaneers scoreless while allowing only seven hits in the Brahams (2-0) non league win. Sarah Ruhl had three RBIs. No matter the conditions, our Brahma Softball team shows its resilience that is forged through their relentless work ethic and commitment to their team. 11-0 over Bellflower, 2-0 to start the season. #hardworkpaysoff pic.twitter.com/vDqqWRolEW — DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) February 22, 2019 Santa Fe 10, Mayfair 1: The Chiefs (3-1) blew the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the host Monsoons in a non league game. Sophomore Monique Rangel was the offensive stand out in the game with two doubles, a triple and bringing in two runs. Freshman Lanna Martinez pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three. Los Alamitos 5, La Serna 4: The Lancers (2-1) fell behind 5-0 early and mounted a late rally just fell just short in losing to the Griffins in non league action. Kyra Sunga drove in two runs. Calvary Chapel 9, Azusa 6: The visiting Aztecs (0-2) fell behind 8-0 before launching a seventh-inning rally that fell short against the Grizzlies in non league play. Arianna Sosa brought in three runs.  
22 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
There were no real surprises on the first day of competition at the CIF State Wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. At the end of first night of competition, seven wrestlers in the boys division advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals. Bishop Amat has the most wrestlers in the quarterfinals with three. Marcos Polanco (132-pounds), who many consider to be the area’s best chance at winning a state title, looked very impressive in winning both of his matches. He advanced to the quarterfinals with a 10-0 victory over Vacaville’s Jacob Peralta. Christian Nunez had little trouble in both of his matches at 126 pounds. He dominated Christian Antonio of Evergreen Valley High (25-9) and pinned Clovis’ Austin Rhodes in the first-period of their round of 16 match. Guillermo Escobedo (225) narrowly defeated Mateo Morales of Clovis West High, 2-1, to advance the quarterfinals. Rowland’s Fernando Barreto (106) won his round of 16 match with a first-period pin over Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran High. Northview’s Collin Hayes (132) had little trouble dispatching Rocky Raby of West Valley (18-2) and Jonathon Viveros of Kingsbury (11-3) on his road to the quarterfinals. San Marino will have two wrestlers advanced on the quarterfinals. In a bit of an upset, senior Beau Perez, seeded tenth at 138-pounds, defeated seventh-seeded Eli Blake of Del Oro, 7-3, to secure his spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. Teammate Luka Wike went 3-0 on the day – advancing the quarterfinals with a first-period pin over Sammy Silveriera of Pittman High. Of the 21 area grapplers that qualified for the tournament, 19 remain alive in either the championship or consolation bracket. In the girls division, Walnut is in fifth-place in the team race with several wrestlers in contention for a state title. Justine Barredo pinned Evergreen Valley’s Maira Joya in the first-period of their round of 16 match at 106-pounds. She’ll have a rematch against Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals. Do came from behind to pin Fremont’s Nicole Lee in overtime in their round of 16 match. Do defeated Barredo last week at the CIF-SS Girls Championships. There were two big upsets of the day. Walnut’s Mariah Dow, who finished in sixth-place last week at CIF-SS championships, upset seventh-seeded Tiffany Calderon of Birmingham High in the second-period of their round of 16 match at 143-pounds. Northview’s Tiera Jimerson upset Silver Creek’s Adaugo Nwachukwu, 6-4, in their round of 16 match at 131-pounds. Viking teammate Alexis Medina (11) easily defeated Righetti’s Gabby Rincon, 11-1 to advance the quarterfinals. Two of the heavy favorites to win a state title had little trouble in their matches. California’s Kelly Escamilla pinned Madison’s Amber Plasencia in the first period of their round of 16 match at 126-pounds. Rowland’s Cheyenne Bowman pinned both of her opponents along her road to the quarterfinals. San Dimas had two wrestlers advance in the championship bracket. Junior Cianna Riley defeated Allyson Hyatt of Durham High, 5-1, in their 189-pound round of 16 contest. Ciara Boyd scored a 9-2 decision over Selma’s Arykah Cuevas in a 235-pound round of 16 match. Here are Friday’s quarterfinal matches: BOYS 106: #6 Fernando Barreto, Rowland vs #3 Andre Gonzales, Poway 126: #4 Christian Nunez, Bishop Amat vs #6 Cole Reyes, Frontier 132: #3 Marcos Polanco, Bishop Amat vs #11 Logan Gioffre, Buchanan; #7 Collin Hayes, Northview vs #2 Ryan Franco, Clovis North 138: #10 Beau Perez, San Marino vs. #2 Chase Saldate, Gilroy 145: #4 Luka Wick, San Marino vs #5 Joseph Martin, Buchanan 220: #4 Guillermo Escobedo, Bishop Amat vs #5 Mike Ruiz, Villa Park GIRLS 106: #5 Justine Barredo, Walnut vs. #4 Cassidy Do, Gabrielino 113: #4 Alexis Medina, Northview vs #5 Samantha Martinez, Ayala 126: #2 Kelly Escamilla, California vs #7 Shawntel Copple, Las Plumas 131: #1 Cheyenne Bowman, Rowland vs Aliana Lefotu, Golden Valley; Tiera Jimerson, Northview vs #4 Athena Willden, Oak Hills 143: Mariah Dow, Walnut vs #2 Francesca Lopresti, Albany 189: #7 Cianna Riley, San Dimas vs Jasmin Clarke, Kelseyville 235: #6 Ciara Boyd, San Dimas vs #3 Sierra Adams-Gregory, Lakewood Fans can keep track of all the action by visiting http://www.flowrestling.org Day 1 of the 2019 CIF State Wrestling Championships ✔️#CIFWrestling Link for Day 1 Boys Wrestling results –> https://t.co/PsFaZD1rpGLink for Day 1 Girls Wrestling –> https://t.co/UWVqHNk2cd Other information 👇Championship Information: https://t.co/dySkpo3ymG pic.twitter.com/Kudj1zYjNI — CIF State (@CIFState) February 22, 2019 BASEBALL La Canada 7, Westlake 2: The Spartans (3-2) scored three runs in the first and second inning to defeat the host Warriors in Easton Tournament action. Connor Buchanan, a USC-signee, was the offensive star of the day for La Canada with two home runs. St. Francis 6, San Dimas 5: The Golden Knights (3-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally by the Saints (2-2) to win a non league contest at the Glendale Sports Complex. Doyle Kane smacked two hits and scored twice. Angel Sanchez and Joseph Olivares drove in two runs for the Saints. South Hills 5, Rancho Cucamonga 2: Anthony Rasmussen played a huge factor in the Huskies (3-1) win over the Cougars in Inland Valley Tournament action. Rasmussen drove in three runs. Justin Magallanes held the Cougars hitless for 3 and ⅓ innings to earn the win. Los Altos 13, Eastside 2: The Conquerors’ (3-1) Jared Ibarra had a big day at the plate in their win over the Lions in Don Lugo Tournament action. The senior went three for four and drove in four runs. Alvaro Ortega went four solid innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits and struck out three, to earn the decision. Campbell Hall 8, Pasadena Poly 6: The Vikings scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Panthers (0-1) in non league play. David Mathias connected on three hits and Robby Wilson drove in two runs. Alhambra 9, Cathedral 0: Victor de leon struckout out nine Phantoms and had a three- run double as part of a nine run sixth inning in the Moors (5-0) win as part of the Dave Moore Tournament. De Leon pitched a complete game to earn the win. Xavier Perez, Lenny Arriaga and David Beltran each had two hits. SOFTBALL Diamond Bar 12, Bellflower 0, 5 innings: The pitching combination of Miranda Montes and Anna Lasko held the Buccaneers scoreless while allowing only seven hits in the Brahams (2-0) non league win. Sarah Ruhl had three RBIs. No matter the conditions, our Brahma Softball team shows its resilience that is forged through their relentless work ethic and commitment to their team. 11-0 over Bellflower, 2-0 to start the season. #hardworkpaysoff pic.twitter.com/vDqqWRolEW — DBHS Athletics (@DBHS_Athletics) February 22, 2019 Santa Fe 10, Mayfair 1: The Chiefs (3-1) blew the game open by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to defeat the host Monsoons in a non league game. Sophomore Monique Rangel was the offensive stand out in the game with two doubles, a triple and bringing in two runs. Freshman Lanna Martinez pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up one run on five hits and striking out three. Los Alamitos 5, La Serna 4: The Lancers (2-1) fell behind 5-0 early and mounted a late rally just fell just short in losing to the Griffins in non league action. Kyra Sunga drove in two runs. Calvary Chapel 9, Azusa 6: The visiting Aztecs (0-2) fell behind 8-0 before launching a seventh-inning rally that fell short against the Grizzlies in non league play. Arianna Sosa brought in three runs.  
22 Feb 19
Rosemary & Brett Collins

Chapter 2 – Early years Let us go back in time to those days of early childhood, which are remembered only because of particular incidents, which occurred, or because of things recounted by others. I was born in a small wooden cottage in the suburb of Wallsend, which is part of the city of Newcastle […]

21 Feb 19
The Catholic Sun

Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Costello stands outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse in this file photo. (Sun photo | Matt Coulter)   Editor’s note: This story comes from the Catholic Sun’s archives; it was originally published in the May 6 – 12, 2004, edition. That edition highlighted diocesan priests celebrating milestone ordination […]

21 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The high school wrestling season comes to a dramatic conclusion this weekend with the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. This year’s tournament has a bit of a unique twist in that it’ll be a three-day tournament, Thursday through Saturday, with the inclusion of the girls tournament. The biggest ramification is that for the first time all season, wrestlers will have to weigh in three times during the tournament. Here are the four weight classes that figure to have the attention of area wrestling fans: 1. GIRLS 106 POUNDS: The intrigue starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with one of the more balanced brackets of the tournament. Walnut’s Justine Barredo advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing to ML King’s Marissa Ritchie. This season, Barredo has hasn’t been able to “break through the ceiling” at some of the elite tournaments. However, the bracket appears to be in her favor and she’s on a crash course to having a rematch with Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals on the second day. Last week, Do defeated Barredo, 6-5 in overtime, at the sectional championships. The winner of their potential rematch will most likely take on top-seeded Adrienna Turner of Davis High (San Jose). Barredo lost a tough match to Turner this season at the Tournament of Champions in Sacramento. Many inside the Barredo camp think that she’s in the best physical shape of the season and have studied video of her prior matches to correct the mistakes she has made. PREDICTION: BARREDO WINS 106. 2. GIRLS 111: Alexis Medina has been the shining star on a Northview team that is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The senior looked great while winning the Warrior Classic at La Puente High School earlier in the season. She appeared to be the favorite to win this weight class until Corona’s Danielle Garcia decided late in the season to drop from 116 pounds to 111. The two squared off in the sectional final last week and Garcia dominated the match, pinning Medina in the first period. While many think Garcia could be destined to face off against top-seeded Jennifer Soto of Orland High (San Jose), Medina can’t easily be forgotten. Look for Garcia to have learned her lessons from last week’s loss and turn the tables to win a state title. PREDICTION: MEDINA WINS 111 3. BOYS 132: Area wrestling fans had to be excited when the pairings were released. The bottom half of this bracket is absolutely loaded with quality wrestlers. Bishop Amat’s Marcos Polanco is hitting his best stride at the right time. He was impressive while defeating Northview’s Collin Hayes last week at the Masters Meet. It would be a huge surprise if he didn’t advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The question becomes who will he take on in the semifinals? Hayes has wrestled some of the best in the state and has more than held is own. He lost a narrow 7-5 decision to second-seeded Ryan Franco of Clovis North High at the Zinkin Tournament earlier this year. With any type of improvement, Hayes is more than capable of earning a rematch against Polanco in the semis. While many have already conceded the championship to top-seeded Kyle Parco of De La Salle, look for Polanco to win a state title in a bit of an upset. PREDICTION: POLANCO WINS 132 4. BOYS 220: This has been one of the most intriguing weight classes to follow in Southern California. Just when you think there is a favorite, an upset occurs that throws everything into chaos. Mike Ruiz of Villa Park appeared to the one to beat when the postseason began, but he lost some of his seeming invincibility when he suffered losses to Chaminade’s Erich Osteen at divisionals and to Bishop Amat’s Guillermo Escobedo in the semifinals, 6-4 in overtime, at the Masters Meet. Escobedo went on to defeat Osteen 3-2 in a highly emotional final. Many are projecting Escobedo to face off against Ruiz in the round of 16 on the first night of the tournament. Escobedo has the experience factor in his favor and his confidence is at an all-time high. He’ll have to go through top-seeded Victor Jaquez in the semifinals. With upsets looming on the bottom side of the bracket, look for the fourth-seeded Escobedo to reach to the top of the medal stand Saturday night. PREDICTION: ESCOBEDO WINS 220. Fans can follow the action at http://www.flowrestling.org.
21 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
The high school wrestling season comes to a dramatic conclusion this weekend with the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. This year’s tournament has a bit of a unique twist in that it’ll be a three-day tournament, Thursday through Saturday, with the inclusion of the girls tournament. The biggest ramification is that for the first time all season, wrestlers will have to weigh in three times during the tournament. Here are the four weight classes that figure to have the attention of area wrestling fans: 1. GIRLS 106 POUNDS: The intrigue starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with one of the more balanced brackets of the tournament. Walnut’s Justine Barredo advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing to ML King’s Marissa Ritchie. This season, Barredo has hasn’t been able to “break through the ceiling” at some of the elite tournaments. However, the bracket appears to be in her favor and she’s on a crash course to having a rematch with Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals on the second day. Last week, Do defeated Barredo, 6-5 in overtime, at the sectional championships. The winner of their potential rematch will most likely take on top-seeded Adrienna Turner of Davis High (San Jose). Barredo lost a tough match to Turner this season at the Tournament of Champions in Sacramento. Many inside the Barredo camp think that she’s in the best physical shape of the season and have studied video of her prior matches to correct the mistakes she has made. PREDICTION: BARREDO WINS 106. 2. GIRLS 111: Alexis Medina has been the shining star on a Northview team that is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The senior looked great while winning the Warrior Classic at La Puente High School earlier in the season. She appeared to be the favorite to win this weight class until Corona’s Danielle Garcia decided late in the season to drop from 116 pounds to 111. The two squared off in the sectional final last week and Garcia dominated the match, pinning Medina in the first period. While many think Garcia could be destined to face off against top-seeded Jennifer Soto of Orland High (San Jose), Medina can’t easily be forgotten. Look for Garcia to have learned her lessons from last week’s loss and turn the tables to win a state title. PREDICTION: MEDINA WINS 111 3. BOYS 132: Area wrestling fans had to be excited when the pairings were released. The bottom half of this bracket is absolutely loaded with quality wrestlers. Bishop Amat’s Marcos Polanco is hitting his best stride at the right time. He was impressive while defeating Northview’s Collin Hayes last week at the Masters Meet. It would be a huge surprise if he didn’t advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The question becomes who will he take on in the semifinals? Hayes has wrestled some of the best in the state and has more than held is own. He lost a narrow 7-5 decision to second-seeded Ryan Franco of Clovis North High at the Zinkin Tournament earlier this year. With any type of improvement, Hayes is more than capable of earning a rematch against Polanco in the semis. While many have already conceded the championship to top-seeded Kyle Parco of De La Salle, look for Polanco to win a state title in a bit of an upset. PREDICTION: POLANCO WINS 132 4. BOYS 220: This has been one of the most intriguing weight classes to follow in Southern California. Just when you think there is a favorite, an upset occurs that throws everything into chaos. Mike Ruiz of Villa Park appeared to the one to beat when the postseason began, but he lost some of his seeming invincibility when he suffered losses to Chaminade’s Erich Osteen at divisionals and to Bishop Amat’s Guillermo Escobedo in the semifinals, 6-4 in overtime, at the Masters Meet. Escobedo went on to defeat Osteen 3-2 in a highly emotional final. Many are projecting Escobedo to face off against Ruiz in the round of 16 on the first night of the tournament. Escobedo has the experience factor in his favor and his confidence is at an all-time high. He’ll have to go through top-seeded Victor Jaquez in the semifinals. With upsets looming on the bottom side of the bracket, look for the fourth-seeded Escobedo to reach to the top of the medal stand Saturday night. PREDICTION: ESCOBEDO WINS 220. Fans can follow the action at http://www.flowrestling.org.
21 Feb 19
SCNG
The high school wrestling season comes to a dramatic conclusion this weekend with the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. This year’s tournament has a bit of a unique twist in that it’ll be a three-day tournament, Thursday through Saturday, with the inclusion of the girls tournament. The biggest ramification is that for the first time all season, wrestlers will have to weigh in three times during the tournament. Here are the four weight classes that figure to have the attention of area wrestling fans: 1. GIRLS 106 POUNDS: The intrigue starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with one of the more balanced brackets of the tournament. Walnut’s Justine Barredo advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing to ML King’s Marissa Ritchie. This season, Barredo has hasn’t been able to “break through the ceiling” at some of the elite tournaments. However, the bracket appears to be in her favor and she’s on a crash course to having a rematch with Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals on the second day. Last week, Do defeated Barredo, 6-5 in overtime, at the sectional championships. The winner of their potential rematch will most likely take on top-seeded Adrienna Turner of Davis High (San Jose). Barredo lost a tough match to Turner this season at the Tournament of Champions in Sacramento. Many inside the Barredo camp think that she’s in the best physical shape of the season and have studied video of her prior matches to correct the mistakes she has made. PREDICTION: BARREDO WINS 106. 2. GIRLS 111: Alexis Medina has been the shining star on a Northview team that is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The senior looked great while winning the Warrior Classic at La Puente High School earlier in the season. She appeared to be the favorite to win this weight class until Corona’s Danielle Garcia decided late in the season to drop from 116 pounds to 111. The two squared off in the sectional final last week and Garcia dominated the match, pinning Medina in the first period. While many think Garcia could be destined to face off against top-seeded Jennifer Soto of Orland High (San Jose), Medina can’t easily be forgotten. Look for Garcia to have learned her lessons from last week’s loss and turn the tables to win a state title. PREDICTION: MEDINA WINS 111 3. BOYS 132: Area wrestling fans had to be excited when the pairings were released. The bottom half of this bracket is absolutely loaded with quality wrestlers. Bishop Amat’s Marcos Polanco is hitting his best stride at the right time. He was impressive while defeating Northview’s Collin Hayes last week at the Masters Meet. It would be a huge surprise if he didn’t advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The question becomes who will he take on in the semifinals? Hayes has wrestled some of the best in the state and has more than held is own. He lost a narrow 7-5 decision to second-seeded Ryan Franco of Clovis North High at the Zinkin Tournament earlier this year. With any type of improvement, Hayes is more than capable of earning a rematch against Polanco in the semis. While many have already conceded the championship to top-seeded Kyle Parco of De La Salle, look for Polanco to win a state title in a bit of an upset. PREDICTION: POLANCO WINS 132 4. BOYS 220: This has been one of the most intriguing weight classes to follow in Southern California. Just when you think there is a favorite, an upset occurs that throws everything into chaos. Mike Ruiz of Villa Park appeared to the one to beat when the postseason began, but he lost some of his seeming invincibility when he suffered losses to Chaminade’s Erich Osteen at divisionals and to Bishop Amat’s Guillermo Escobedo in the semifinals, 6-4 in overtime, at the Masters Meet. Escobedo went on to defeat Osteen 3-2 in a highly emotional final. Many are projecting Escobedo to face off against Ruiz in the round of 16 on the first night of the tournament. Escobedo has the experience factor in his favor and his confidence is at an all-time high. He’ll have to go through top-seeded Victor Jaquez in the semifinals. With upsets looming on the bottom side of the bracket, look for the fourth-seeded Escobedo to reach to the top of the medal stand Saturday night. PREDICTION: ESCOBEDO WINS 220. Fans can follow the action at http://www.flowrestling.org.
21 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
The high school wrestling season comes to a dramatic conclusion this weekend with the CIF State Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. This year’s tournament has a bit of a unique twist in that it’ll be a three-day tournament, Thursday through Saturday, with the inclusion of the girls tournament. The biggest ramification is that for the first time all season, wrestlers will have to weigh in three times during the tournament. Here are the four weight classes that figure to have the attention of area wrestling fans: 1. GIRLS 106 POUNDS: The intrigue starts at 9 a.m. Thursday with one of the more balanced brackets of the tournament. Walnut’s Justine Barredo advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing to ML King’s Marissa Ritchie. This season, Barredo has hasn’t been able to “break through the ceiling” at some of the elite tournaments. However, the bracket appears to be in her favor and she’s on a crash course to having a rematch with Gabrielino’s Cassidy Do in the quarterfinals on the second day. Last week, Do defeated Barredo, 6-5 in overtime, at the sectional championships. The winner of their potential rematch will most likely take on top-seeded Adrienna Turner of Davis High (San Jose). Barredo lost a tough match to Turner this season at the Tournament of Champions in Sacramento. Many inside the Barredo camp think that she’s in the best physical shape of the season and have studied video of her prior matches to correct the mistakes she has made. PREDICTION: BARREDO WINS 106. 2. GIRLS 111: Alexis Medina has been the shining star on a Northview team that is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The senior looked great while winning the Warrior Classic at La Puente High School earlier in the season. She appeared to be the favorite to win this weight class until Corona’s Danielle Garcia decided late in the season to drop from 116 pounds to 111. The two squared off in the sectional final last week and Garcia dominated the match, pinning Medina in the first period. While many think Garcia could be destined to face off against top-seeded Jennifer Soto of Orland High (San Jose), Medina can’t easily be forgotten. Look for Garcia to have learned her lessons from last week’s loss and turn the tables to win a state title. PREDICTION: MEDINA WINS 111 3. BOYS 132: Area wrestling fans had to be excited when the pairings were released. The bottom half of this bracket is absolutely loaded with quality wrestlers. Bishop Amat’s Marcos Polanco is hitting his best stride at the right time. He was impressive while defeating Northview’s Collin Hayes last week at the Masters Meet. It would be a huge surprise if he didn’t advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The question becomes who will he take on in the semifinals? Hayes has wrestled some of the best in the state and has more than held is own. He lost a narrow 7-5 decision to second-seeded Ryan Franco of Clovis North High at the Zinkin Tournament earlier this year. With any type of improvement, Hayes is more than capable of earning a rematch against Polanco in the semis. While many have already conceded the championship to top-seeded Kyle Parco of De La Salle, look for Polanco to win a state title in a bit of an upset. PREDICTION: POLANCO WINS 132 4. BOYS 220: This has been one of the most intriguing weight classes to follow in Southern California. Just when you think there is a favorite, an upset occurs that throws everything into chaos. Mike Ruiz of Villa Park appeared to the one to beat when the postseason began, but he lost some of his seeming invincibility when he suffered losses to Chaminade’s Erich Osteen at divisionals and to Bishop Amat’s Guillermo Escobedo in the semifinals, 6-4 in overtime, at the Masters Meet. Escobedo went on to defeat Osteen 3-2 in a highly emotional final. Many are projecting Escobedo to face off against Ruiz in the round of 16 on the first night of the tournament. Escobedo has the experience factor in his favor and his confidence is at an all-time high. He’ll have to go through top-seeded Victor Jaquez in the semifinals. With upsets looming on the bottom side of the bracket, look for the fourth-seeded Escobedo to reach to the top of the medal stand Saturday night. PREDICTION: ESCOBEDO WINS 220. Fans can follow the action at http://www.flowrestling.org.
20 Feb 19
Ohio Agricultural Law Blog

Written by Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, OSU Extension Agricultural & Resource Law Program The 133rd Ohio General Assembly and 116th United States Congress have released their committee assignments for the upcoming legislative terms.  Chamber leaders like the House Speaker or party leaders generally select committee chairs and members, but the members themselves often have an […]

20 Feb 19
Variety

In a time when news viewers are splintering around partisan leanings, CNN is proving to be a uniter, not a divider: people from both sides of the political aisle are eager to criticize its business decisions and news coverage. The one-time plain vanilla network can’t win for losing as it tries to achieve an elusive […]

20 Feb 19
alibrarymama

In 2018, I did the diversity challenge from Pam at an Unconventional Librarian.  Although she’s a children’s and YA book blogger, I’ve included some of my diverse adult reading as well – I’ll note if that’s the case.  I realized I didn’t post my updates the whole second half of 2018 – bolded titles are […]

20 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
Five years ago, Marcos Polanco was in the position that many baseball players his age could only dream about. He was selected for the highly respected West Covina Dukes 14U team and many observers projected him to be a top-class baseball player in high school. While going to practice one day, a funny thing happened to Polanco – he lost the love for the sport. “I was going to practice one day and I remember telling myself, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ ” said Polanco, who also played flag football and soccer while growing up in Covina. “I just lost the love for the sport and that really kicked my passion for wrestling.” It is his passion for the sport that could lead Polanco to a CIF State wrestling championship this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. He is considered to be the area’s best chance at winning the 132-pound title. He is seeded third and knows the feeling of what it is like to be on the medal stand. Last year, Polanco was the area’s highest finisher at the tournament when he placed fourth at 132 pounds. This season has seen Polanco win the prestigious Zinkin Classic at Clovis Buchanan High, finish second at the Doc Buchanan Classic (a tournament many feel is a preview of the state tournament), a CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship and a CIF-SS Masters championship. Polanco was a 7-year-old when he started wrestling for the Tough Kids Wrestling Club at Sierra Vista High School. “I loved it. I loved everything about the sport, and best part was that my dad was really supportive during that time,” Polanco said. “The thing I love about the sport was the fact when you won a match, you get your hand raised. I love the feeling so much.” After deciding baseball was no longer something he wanted to do, prior to his eighth-grade year, Polanco’s wrestling career flourished while competing with the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. While attending the CIF-SS Masters Meet in 2015, the family started to watch Servite’s ultra-talented state champion Liam Cronin. They were so impressed with how he and the rest of the team performed that they decided to attend the school. “The first year that I was at Servite, I was really happy,” Polanco said. “All the seniors were great with me and Liam Cronin became my mentor. He taught me so many things. We stay in touch to this day.” His sophomore year was filled with frustration. He tore the MCL in his thumb during the first part of the season and then broke two fingers when he returned for the second half of the campaign. According to Polanco, not being able to compete at the Trinity League postseason championships, despite getting himself back to top shape, was the deciding factor for him to depart the program. “I wanted to wrestle at the league meet at the end of the year,” Polanco said. “But the coaches said that I couldn’t wrestle. It was so disappointing. But I still love those coaches to this day.” After looking at a couple of schools, which included a long look at Damien, Polanco decided to attend Bishop Amat. The transition was made easier thanks to teammate Guillermo Escobedo, who also decided to transfer from Servite to Amat. “Guillermo was the best guy to have during that time we transferred,” Polanco said. “It made the transition that much simpler.” Last season saw Polanco win some tournaments, but when it came to the elite tournaments, he just couldn’t get over the hump. It all changed at the state meet with his fourth-place performance. Polanco strongly feels that it was his mental game became a lot better after that tournament. “When the meet was over, all the coaches told me that you deserved to be feared,” Polanco said. “When I used to wrestle against opponents that were really good – I gave them way too much respect. When I step on to the mat, I have the mentality that you can’t hang with me, I don’t like you and I’m going to make it a long six minutes.” Polanco’s future has already been determined. He recently signed with the University of Minnesota, becoming the latest wrestler from the area to sign with a Big Ten Conference program. (San Marino alums Evan and Zander Wick are competing with the University of Wisconsin.) This will be the final weekend of high school wrestling for Polanco and he is well aware of the competition that awaits him in Bakersfield. Many project that he may have another encounter with Northview’s Collin Hayes in the quarterfinals. The two elite wrestlers squared off at the Masters Meet with Polanco winning 4-1. “The one thing that Cronin has taught me is to visualize myself standing on top of the medal stand,” Polanco said. “I know that the competition is going to be tough, but I’ve worked very hard to be where I am. It’s going to be a great weekend.”
20 Feb 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Five years ago, Marcos Polanco was in the position that many baseball players his age could only dream about. He was selected for the highly respected West Covina Dukes 14U team and many observers projected him to be a top-class baseball player in high school. While going to practice one day, a funny thing happened to Polanco – he lost the love for the sport. “I was going to practice one day and I remember telling myself, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ ” said Polanco, who also played flag football and soccer while growing up in Covina. “I just lost the love for the sport and that really kicked my passion for wrestling.” It is his passion for the sport that could lead Polanco to a CIF State wrestling championship this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. He is considered to be the area’s best chance at winning the 132-pound title. He is seeded third and knows the feeling of what it is like to be on the medal stand. Last year, Polanco was the area’s highest finisher at the tournament when he placed fourth at 132 pounds. This season has seen Polanco win the prestigious Zinkin Classic at Clovis Buchanan High, finish second at the Doc Buchanan Classic (a tournament many feel is a preview of the state tournament), a CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship and a CIF-SS Masters championship. Polanco was a 7-year-old when he started wrestling for the Tough Kids Wrestling Club at Sierra Vista High School. “I loved it. I loved everything about the sport, and best part was that my dad was really supportive during that time,” Polanco said. “The thing I love about the sport was the fact when you won a match, you get your hand raised. I love the feeling so much.” After deciding baseball was no longer something he wanted to do, prior to his eighth-grade year, Polanco’s wrestling career flourished while competing with the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. While attending the CIF-SS Masters Meet in 2015, the family started to watch Servite’s ultra-talented state champion Liam Cronin. They were so impressed with how he and the rest of the team performed that they decided to attend the school. “The first year that I was at Servite, I was really happy,” Polanco said. “All the seniors were great with me and Liam Cronin became my mentor. He taught me so many things. We stay in touch to this day.” His sophomore year was filled with frustration. He tore the MCL in his thumb during the first part of the season and then broke two fingers when he returned for the second half of the campaign. According to Polanco, not being able to compete at the Trinity League postseason championships, despite getting himself back to top shape, was the deciding factor for him to depart the program. “I wanted to wrestle at the league meet at the end of the year,” Polanco said. “But the coaches said that I couldn’t wrestle. It was so disappointing. But I still love those coaches to this day.” After looking at a couple of schools, which included a long look at Damien, Polanco decided to attend Bishop Amat. The transition was made easier thanks to teammate Guillermo Escobedo, who also decided to transfer from Servite to Amat. “Guillermo was the best guy to have during that time we transferred,” Polanco said. “It made the transition that much simpler.” Last season saw Polanco win some tournaments, but when it came to the elite tournaments, he just couldn’t get over the hump. It all changed at the state meet with his fourth-place performance. Polanco strongly feels that it was his mental game became a lot better after that tournament. “When the meet was over, all the coaches told me that you deserved to be feared,” Polanco said. “When I used to wrestle against opponents that were really good – I gave them way too much respect. When I step on to the mat, I have the mentality that you can’t hang with me, I don’t like you and I’m going to make it a long six minutes.” Polanco’s future has already been determined. He recently signed with the University of Minnesota, becoming the latest wrestler from the area to sign with a Big Ten Conference program. (San Marino alums Evan and Zander Wick are competing with the University of Wisconsin.) This will be the final weekend of high school wrestling for Polanco and he is well aware of the competition that awaits him in Bakersfield. Many project that he may have another encounter with Northview’s Collin Hayes in the quarterfinals. The two elite wrestlers squared off at the Masters Meet with Polanco winning 4-1. “The one thing that Cronin has taught me is to visualize myself standing on top of the medal stand,” Polanco said. “I know that the competition is going to be tough, but I’ve worked very hard to be where I am. It’s going to be a great weekend.”
20 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
Five years ago, Marcos Polanco was in the position that many baseball players his age could only dream about. He was selected for the highly respected West Covina Dukes 14U team and many observers projected him to be a top-class baseball player in high school. While going to practice one day, a funny thing happened to Polanco – he lost the love for the sport. “I was going to practice one day and I remember telling myself, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore,’ ” said Polanco, who also played flag football and soccer while growing up in Covina. “I just lost the love for the sport and that really kicked my passion for wrestling.” It is his passion for the sport that could lead Polanco to a CIF State wrestling championship this weekend at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. He is considered to be the area’s best chance at winning the 132-pound title. He is seeded third and knows the feeling of what it is like to be on the medal stand. Last year, Polanco was the area’s highest finisher at the tournament when he placed fourth at 132 pounds. This season has seen Polanco win the prestigious Zinkin Classic at Clovis Buchanan High, finish second at the Doc Buchanan Classic (a tournament many feel is a preview of the state tournament), a CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship and a CIF-SS Masters championship. Polanco was a 7-year-old when he started wrestling for the Tough Kids Wrestling Club at Sierra Vista High School. “I loved it. I loved everything about the sport, and best part was that my dad was really supportive during that time,” Polanco said. “The thing I love about the sport was the fact when you won a match, you get your hand raised. I love the feeling so much.” After deciding baseball was no longer something he wanted to do, prior to his eighth-grade year, Polanco’s wrestling career flourished while competing with the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club. While attending the CIF-SS Masters Meet in 2015, the family started to watch Servite’s ultra-talented state champion Liam Cronin. They were so impressed with how he and the rest of the team performed that they decided to attend the school. “The first year that I was at Servite, I was really happy,” Polanco said. “All the seniors were great with me and Liam Cronin became my mentor. He taught me so many things. We stay in touch to this day.” His sophomore year was filled with frustration. He tore the MCL in his thumb during the first part of the season and then broke two fingers when he returned for the second half of the campaign. According to Polanco, not being able to compete at the Trinity League postseason championships, despite getting himself back to top shape, was the deciding factor for him to depart the program. “I wanted to wrestle at the league meet at the end of the year,” Polanco said. “But the coaches said that I couldn’t wrestle. It was so disappointing. But I still love those coaches to this day.” After looking at a couple of schools, which included a long look at Damien, Polanco decided to attend Bishop Amat. The transition was made easier thanks to teammate Guillermo Escobedo, who also decided to transfer from Servite to Amat. “Guillermo was the best guy to have during that time we transferred,” Polanco said. “It made the transition that much simpler.” Last season saw Polanco win some tournaments, but when it came to the elite tournaments, he just couldn’t get over the hump. It all changed at the state meet with his fourth-place performance. Polanco strongly feels that it was his mental game became a lot better after that tournament. “When the meet was over, all the coaches told me that you deserved to be feared,” Polanco said. “When I used to wrestle against opponents that were really good – I gave them way too much respect. When I step on to the mat, I have the mentality that you can’t hang with me, I don’t like you and I’m going to make it a long six minutes.” Polanco’s future has already been determined. He recently signed with the University of Minnesota, becoming the latest wrestler from the area to sign with a Big Ten Conference program. (San Marino alums Evan and Zander Wick are competing with the University of Wisconsin.) This will be the final weekend of high school wrestling for Polanco and he is well aware of the competition that awaits him in Bakersfield. Many project that he may have another encounter with Northview’s Collin Hayes in the quarterfinals. The two elite wrestlers squared off at the Masters Meet with Polanco winning 4-1. “The one thing that Cronin has taught me is to visualize myself standing on top of the medal stand,” Polanco said. “I know that the competition is going to be tough, but I’ve worked very hard to be where I am. It’s going to be a great weekend.”