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West San Gabriel Valley Prep Roundup

A look at how some west San Gabriel Valley prep teams have faired in the CIF Southern Section postseason: Soccer - Arlington 1, Schurr 0

It is playoff season for winter sports. Playing on the road, the second place Almont League Spartans gave up a corner kick goal at around the 17-minute mark and fell to the Arlington High boys' soccer team on Feb. 17.

Schurr High coach Tomas Haynes said his team just had trouble getting the ball past the Arlington goalkeeper, though there were ample opportunities.

"Arlington had the advantage the first half and then we kept pounding them and pounding them, dominating them," Haynes said. "We had about five chances to score, but we couldn't put the ball into the net."

So, what can be expected of the Spartans next season?
"I think we'll be better next year," Haynes said. "I'm only losing two seniors. The other ones are coming back. We'll have guys with a lot more experience, so I like our chances."

Basketball - Campbell Hall 70, Rosemead 50

Despite winning the Mission Valley League title, the Rosemead High boys' basketball team and its great turnaround ended on Feb. 16 as the Panthers fell to visiting Campbell Hall, 70-50.

Andrew Diaz scored 17 points and Greg Parham added 15 in the loss.

But coach Gilbert Jimenez is already looking forward to next year.

"We should be alright," he said. "We are losing some seniors, but the lower classmen got to play a lot this year. In the offseason, we should be able to do some work and be competitive next year."

Boys Basketball

Mark Keppel 63, Norwalk 54 (second round)

Mark Keppel 58, West Valley 50 (first round)

The Mark Keppel High boys' basketball team has moved into the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals with a home victory in round one on Feb. 17 against West Valley High and a second round road win on Friday night against Norwalk High.

Mark Keppel coach Hung Duong said the Aztecs were led by Timmy Wong, Justin Young, his twin brother Jordan and Sam Thim.

Duong added he's been very pleased with his team's play.

"The kids are very focused, very excited for the opportunity," Duong said. "We're in the quarterfinals. We're playing well. We just need to stay focused and execute our game plan."

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