Duarte, Nogales Win CIF Titles

Danny Pina led Duarte to the CIF Division 5A title. (Photo by Duane Barker.)

By MVS Staff

Montview League teams Duarte and Nogales both won CIF Championships Saturday to cap off memorable seasons. The Falcons rolled through the first three games of the playoffs winning by an average of almost 40 points per game.

They cruised in the championship game as well until a late run made it respectable. Nogales completed its playoff run with a 13 point victory.

Duarte 75 Da Vinci Design Academy 65 – DIV 5A   

Danny Pina scored 32 points to lead the way as the Falcons opened up a big early lead and cruised to a 10 point victory at Colony High School. Duarte led 20-6 in the first quarter and opened it up by 20 at 48-28 at halftime. The lead was 26 at one point before a late Da Vinci run made it respectable. De ‘Von Hemlsey and Isaiah Aceves each scored 12 and Eli Baxter added 10 – all in the first half.

Kolby Bernard had 27 for Da Vinci Design Academy in a losing cause.


Nogales 78 Foothill Technology 65 – DIV 5AA

Dale Batac scored 30 points including five three pointers for the Nobles as they claimed the CIF Division 5AA title at Azusa Pacific University. Matthew Frazier added 16 points and six rebounds. Bershoun Levi cleaned up inside with 14 rebounds.


Santa Clarita Christian 66 La Puente 27 – DIV 5AAA

Santa Clarita Christian jumped out to a 17-2 lead and rolled to a 66-27 rout of La Puente in the CIF Division 5AAA Championship game at Colony High. the Warriors, who beat Santa Maria on a last second shot in the semis, just couldn’t stay with hot shooting Santa Clarita.

10 Comments to "Duarte, Nogales Win CIF Titles"

  1. On Campus's Gravatar On Campus
    March 6, 2018 - 10:32 am | Permalink

    It really has been great here the last few weeks and with state playoffs coming up everyone is excited at the school and in the community. People that had neglected the school are now back with pride.

  2. Say Again?'s Gravatar Say Again?
    March 6, 2018 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    CIF apparently knew Duarte was a shoe-in to win 5A, as evidenced by the federation granting the Falcons a bye in round one. Perhaps the federation is picking winners in advance, with the aim of rousing interest among the have-nots.

  3. New Divisions's Gravatar New Divisions
    March 5, 2018 - 3:42 pm | Permalink

    The new divisions are doing exactly what they were designed for in giving schools a chance to win CIF that never would have if the old divisions were still in place. Arroyo in football would have never had a chance if it still had to play Sierra Canyon, and Duarte and Nogales in basketball would never have win in D3 and D4, but thanks to Wigod they dont have to and there will be many more teams in the years to come to win CIF championships that will benefit.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 5, 2018 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    @Say Again?
    That was pretty good, I think they were both. Blind and deaf.

  5. Say Again?'s Gravatar Say Again?
    March 5, 2018 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    To be honest, I had forgotten about Arroyo’s title of a couple years ago. Was their opponent deaf or blind?

  6. Coacher's Gravatar Coacher
    March 4, 2018 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I don’t care if I played school of the deaf and blind if I’m winning a title, so what!

  7. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    March 4, 2018 - 4:21 pm | Permalink

    @Say Again
    You say, ” Not to denigrate…” then that is exactly what you do.
    Congratulations to Duarte HS and Nogales HS. Enough said.

  8. Champion's Gravatar Champion
    March 4, 2018 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

    They both beat schools most of us never heard of but a Championship is a Championship, does anyone remember 2nd place? Does anyone remember who Arroyo beat in football a couple years ago or who the Kings beat in the Stanley cup a few years back.

  9. Tony Ortega's Gravatar Tony Ortega
    March 4, 2018 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to Duarte HS and Nogales HS on the their
    CIF-SS Championship.

  10. Say Again?'s Gravatar Say Again?
    March 4, 2018 - 12:49 am | Permalink

    I don’t know about most readers of these boards, but I had never heard of Da Vinci Design Academy before yesterday. Not to denigrate the fine kids at Duarte, but it sounds like they got put into CIF’s divisional equivalent of the new 605 league.

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