Highland’s Aguilera wins tourney title
UPLAND — Highland first-year wrestler Bricia Aguilera won the champion- ship at 113 pounds in the girls wrestling Black Watch Tournament on Saturday.
Aguilera is a senior with a background in Jiu Jitsu, but had never wrestled before joining the Bulldogs this season.
“It’s pretty amazing for her to win the championship,” said first-year Highland coach Tim DeVestern. “I’m very proud of her.”
DeVestern said Aguilera also beats up some of the boys wrestlers in practice. Wrestling against the boys seemed to pay off for all of the Highland girls, as three more wrestlers placed in the tournament on Saturday.
Senior, four-year wrestler Naomi Diaz finished third at 150 pounds, while Aubrey Moore was fifth at 170 pounds and sophomore first-year wrestler Cierra Abrego took seventh at 189 pounds.
The Bulldogs placed seventh as a team.
Boys Basketball Paraclete 59, Cabrillo 51
VENTURA — The Paraclete boys basketball team bounced back from Friday’s loss with a 59-51 victory over Cabrillo on the third day of the Ventura Kiwanis Tournament on Saturday.
The game was tied at halftime before the Spirits (13-2) built a double-digit lead. But Cabrillo didn’t back off and Paraclete held on for the victory.
“I’m proud of the guys,” Paraclete coach Newton Chelette said. “We fought through a little bit of adversity, kept our composure and cranked up the defense.”
Amado Coleman led the Spirits with an impressive double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while JC Anthony recorded 14 points and six blocks and Jaren Johnson added 12 points.
Paraclete finishes play in the tournament at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Manuel Arts 53, Lancaster 51 Lancaster 78, Western 45
MONROVIA — The Lancaster boys basketball team lost to Manuel Arts 5351 on the second day of the San Gabriel Tournament on Friday night. The Eagles rebounded with a 78-45 victory over Western on Saturday.
Lancaster (8-3, 5-1 in Golden League) missed the first day of the tournament on Thursday, as did Palmdale, because of snow.
Jordan Roach led the Eagles with 11 points against Manuel Arts, as Lancaster led 30-23 at halftime, but was outscored 17-11 in the fourth quarter after leading 40-36 after the third.
Roach again led the Eagles on Saturday, scoring 28 points. Malcolm Hodges put in 16 points and Kaelin Smith added 12.
“We were glad to get a win,” Lancaster coach Sid Melvin said, adding the defense played well. “It was a total team effort.”