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Walnut stays competitive in Hacienda with 61-57 win over Diamond Ranch

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Brandon Croom stands ready to deliver a free throw friday night as the Mustangs edged out the Panthers credit: Ariel Carmona Jr.

Ariel Carmona Jr.

The Walnut Mustangs’ varsity boys basketball team were fortunate to have Senior Brandon Croom be a more active participant in Friday night’s Hacienda League win over the host Diamond Ranch Panthers.

Croom was limited to 11 points, two rebounds and a block on Wednesday night in a loss to the league leading Bearcats, but rebounded with a phenomenal game as the Mustangs (15-7, 4-2) continue to fight with Rowland to keep pace with Bonita, edging out the Panthers in the second half of a close contest.

The Mustangs too an early 22-19 at the end of the first period and went on an 8-2 run before Diamond Ranch climbed back into the game as the halftime difference was only 3 points 35-31.

The one key sequence in the third quarter was when Croom was fouled hard going inside, resulting in a 3 point play which put the Mustangs up 43-37 at the 4:15 mark. Junior James Te’s shot was blocked on a subsequent Walnut possession, but Croom rebounded the miss to increase Walnut’s lead to 45-37 with at the 3:24 mark.

The Panthers made an attempt at a comeback in the final period when they hit on a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 50-40, but despite scoring 9 points in the final minutes, repeated misses on long ranged outside shots sealed the win for Walnut.

“We just stayed aggressive. We are very young, a game like this for us, coming down the stretch is very good for us to grow,” said Walnut Coach Josh Cameron, “After graduating 10 guys last year, started a freshmen and played sophomores, it’s good for our guys to play in a game like this.”

Cameron said the key to Walnut’s run in the 3rd quarter after a tightly contested first half was concentrating in getting the ball in the high post, because Diamond Ranch left a gap in their defense in their zone.

“In the 3rd quarter is where we were able to pull away. We just ran our stuff, got some good looks, we didn’t always make the layups we should have, if we just make layups and free throws, which we don’t do enough, the game wouldn’t have been as close as it was in the end.”

“We tried to just stay in front, rebound the best we could and take care of the ball,” said Cameron, “A credit to them, they played all hard all the way through and they battled in their home court, they fed off the crowd, and they made it interesting.”

Diamond Ranch is now 4-16 overall and 1-4 in league.

Earlier in the day, the Walnut varsity girls team lost 57-29. Coach Huckler’s team is now 5-14 overall and 1-4 in league play.


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January 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Mustangs Fall to Bearcats 55-40

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The Mustangs fall to the guest Bearcats during Wednesday's matchup

by Henry Montemayor

WALNUT – The Walnut High School boys’ basketball team dropped its second league contest of the year Wednesday night, falling to the Bonita Bearcats 55-40.

Ryan Ramirez scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to pull away from a stubborn Mustang team who was able to hang around until the fourth quarter, when Bonita used a 12-7 run to seal the victory.

Matt Adamo tallied 11 points and a rebound, while Garrett Horine, who had a slow start in the first half finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Bearcats.

Trailing 29-19, the Mustangs opened the third quarter with some energy when Garrett Vita connected with Brandon Croom on an ally oop dunk. The two would hook up again on the very next possession to close the gap 23-29, which would be as close as Walnut would get, as Ramirez would heat up, scoring 10 of the 11 points in the third quarter.

“We broke down defensively tonight, communication wise and whatnot.”  Mustangs Coach Josh Cameron said.  “And with us missing some key free throws, and their hitting the big shots when they have to, that was the difference.”

Croom, despite being relegated to the bench because of foul trouble for most of the first half, finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a block.  Matt Chen chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and an assist, while Rob Harrelson tallied six points and two rebounds.

“Brandon (Croom) battled with foul trouble all game long which frustrated him,”  Cameron said.  “Because of that, he was unable to get into any kind of rhythm.”

Walnut (14-7, 3-2) looks to get back on the winning track as they visit the Diamond Ranch Panthers Friday.  Tipoff is at 6:30 pm.


BONITA (55) – Ryan Ramirez (18), Matt Adamo (11), Garrett Horine (10), Brandon Ko (7), Dane Hollar (5), Tony Digirolamo (4)

WALNUT (40) –  Brandon Croom (11), Matt Chen (8), Rob Harrelson (6), Jeff Huang (3), Garrett Vita (3), Myles Jackson (3), CJ Besong (3), James Te (3)

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January 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Covina Keeps Walnut Winless in a 42-6 Rout

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Colts vs. Mustangs at Covina District Field Sept.23, 2011

The Covina Colts were heavy favorites going into Friday night’s nonleague game against visiting Walnut and they had very little trouble corralling the Mustangs in front of their home crowd, scoring 30 first half points en route to a 42-6 non league win.

The Colts (2-1) were coming off a 52-10 trouncing of the El Monte Lions last week, while Walnut (0-4) was seeking its first win of the season after opening up with three straight losses including a 46-20 loss to Claremont last week.

Covina’s senior wide receiver Vincent Venegas continues to terrorize opposing defenses this season. Venegas scored on touchdowns of 7 and 23 yards in the first half and the Colts added a 36-yard touchdown run by Gevontray Ainsworth to take a 21-0 lead on the Mustangs with just under 3 minutes to go in the first half.

Things went further south for visiting Walnut before the half ended.

When punting deep out of their own territory in the closing minutes of the first half, Covina’s Nicholas Hynes blocked a punt for a safety to make the score 23-0. On the play, Walnut’s kicker Orlando Ochoa alertly kicked the ball out of the end zone to prevent Covina from scoring six points instead of the deuce.

“We’re a good defensive unit as a whole,” said Hynes, who attributes the Colts’ success to the fact they have good team chemistry and to players having bonded while playing together over an extended length of time.

After the Colts scored one last time to take a 30-0 lead into the locker room, they opened up the second half where they left off offensively. It took them just 55 seconds to score again on an 81-yard touchdown run, in which Venegas broke several tackles on his way to the end zone.

Despite getting some offensive production out of senior running back Devin Brown, Walnut was unable to score a touchdown this week, scoring on field goals of 36 and 24 yards.

The Mustangs were also plagued with a rash of injuries on their offensive line, which coach Michael O’Shields said was a source of great concern to him as the team enters Hacienda league play next week.

“I’m going to have to assess that tomorrow and see who I’ve got left, and who I don’t, and some young guys may be in playing,” O’Shields said following the loss.

“We need to get better, all teams are 0-0 in league and our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs, so what we gotta do is to continue to play.”

The Mustangs open up Hacienda League play at home against Los Altos next week with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.


School Name        1      2      3      4      Final
Walnut        0  0      3      3            6
Covina       14 16      6      6          42

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September 25, 2011 at 4:45 am

Walnut Football Suffers Third Consecutive Loss 46,20

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Walnut High School prepares to battle Claremont at home

The Mustangs prepare to play Claremont at home on Friday.

Despite throwing a touchdown and running for two other scores, senior quarterback Chris Mendez and his Mustang teammates were unable to overcome four second half scores by visiting Claremont High.

The Wolfpack jumped all over Walnut High School en route to a 46-20 non-league win at Ken Gunn Stadium Friday night.

Claremont’s sophomore running back Cecil Fleming burned the Mustangs (0-3) on scoring runs of 15 and 25 yards and also caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Claremont quarterback Gabe Schaper in the second quarter of play.

After falling behind on the scoreboard 21-7 following Fleming’s long touchdown catch, Mendez brought the Mustangs to within eight, as he called his own number on a five-yard run.

Unfortunately for Walnut, that would be the last time they would find the endzone until the final quarter, while Claremont scored the next four touchdowns on their way to the victory.

Senior Chris Mendez has had flashes of brilliance in the three non-league losses he’s started for Walnut, but he may not yet have a handle on the spread offense which allowed last year’s quarterback Brandon Roach to throw for almost 2,500 yards.

The one bright spot in the evening for the Mustangs was the play of senior running back Devin Brown.

Brown finished over 130 yards on 25 carries, despite not being able to find the endzone.

“He did a good job. He had a really good game,” said Walnut Coach Michael O’Shields. “We’ve been waiting for that good game, we needed it.”

O’Shields said the score notwithstanding, there were a number of positives the team could take away from the loss.

“We didn’t finish drives during the first two weeks, and we finished three drives tonight,” he said. “And I think that is something to build on. We just need to finish a few more in the second half.”

Mendez scored the Mustang’s first touchdown on a 49-yard run with time expiring in the first quarter. He scored again on the keeper, with 3:27 to go before halftime. Walnut’s third and final touchdown came with the game well in hand for Claremont leading 46-13. Mendez connected with Cody Lepp on a 10-yard pass.

The Mustangs will try to get their first win of the season next week as they travel to Covina District Field to battle the Colts before opening up league play against Los Altos on Sept. 30.

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September 19, 2011 at 4:26 am