Taking a stab at picking the Thursday night winners

We have two games on the prep football schedule tonight and it will be Colony and Chaffey playing at home.

Here is a link to info boxes from those games.

Now to pick the winners . . .

La Habra 32, Colony 21 – Mad props to the Titans for playing a brutal schedule. We won;t know till later in the season if that is paying off. So far the going has been tough for the defending CIF champions.

Chaffey 28, Colton 7 – No one has been able to stop Mikey Dean and Colton won’t either. He’ll get his 200 yards rushing and all four touchdowns.


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“Champions for Character” Awards include several locals

The CIF Southern Section will hold its 12th annual “Champions for Character” Awards dinner at The Grand in Long Beach on Monday. Several locals will be among those honored.

The honors go to student-athletes, coaches and administrators who best exemplify the “Six Pillars of Character” – trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Here are the individuals and schools that will be honored:

Marie Abe, North Torrance
Cristian Ayala, Oxnard Pacifica
Emily Bacon, Newport Harbor
Tayler Bennett, St. Anthony
Madeline Coppersmith, Mayfield
Logan Dreese Heritage
Tyler Gerrard, Lakeside
Emma Hovanec, Westridge
Lucky Jordan, Barstow
Jack Koulos, Long Beach Wilson
Elisa Pierre, Golden Valley
Emma Reed, Aliso Niguel
Seve Rodriguez, La Canada
Allison Samp, Academt of Academic Excellence
Destiny Tellez, Azusa

Kelle Bond, Volleyball, Capistrano Valley Christian
Aaron Flowers, Football, San Juan Hills
Andrew Gates, Swimming/Water polo, Damien
Colin Gilliland, Soccer, Lakeside
Jack Hastert, Golf, St. John Bosco
Gary Jackson, Basketball, San Dimas
Scott Larsen, Soccer, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Jon McFarland, Swimming, Oxnard Pacifica
Ed Prange, Basketball, Loara
Adam Schullhofer, Baseball, Canyon Country Canyon
Erik Starkey, Cross Country, Covina

Kristen Braun, Athletic Director, Jurupa Hills

Michael Gerakos, Activites Director, University High
Kitt Holk, Athletic Director, Bonita
Kirk Kennedy, Principal, Fountain Valley
Matt Maeda, Athletic Director, San Gorgonio
David Martinez, Assistant Principal, Estancia
Craig Miller, Athletic Director, Hamilton
Ramiro Rubalcaba, Principal, Azusa

Commissioner’s Awards
Kimberly Fricker, Principal, Anaheim Canyon
John Hansen, Athletic Trainer, Los Alamitos
Holli Jackson, Athletic Trainer, Edison

Elsinore, Hemet, Lakeside, Sherman Indian

Cary Osborne, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports Editor, Santa Clarita Signal

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Five local teams make CIF Central football ranking

Glendora holds the top spot in the Central Division this week.

Here are this week’s CIF football polls . . .

Central Division – 1. Glendora (3-0); 2. Charter Oak (3-1); 3. San Marino (4-0); 4. Bonita (4-0); 5. Summit (3-0); 6. Colony (1-2); 7. Kaiser (2-1); 8. Claremont (4-0); 9. West Covina (1-3); 10. Los Altos (3-1).

Eastern Division – 1. Palm Springs (4-0); 2. Serrano (4-0); 3. Norte Vista (3-0); 4. Moreno Valley (3-0); 5. Barstow (4-0); 6. Rubidoux (4-0); 7. Ramona (3-1); 8. Vista del Lago (3-1); 9. Oak Hills (1-3); 10. Silverado (2-2).

East Valley Division – 1. St. Margaret’s (3-0); 2. Grace Brethren (4-0); 3. tie, Calvary Murrieta (4-0), Saddleback Valley Chr.¬† (3-0), Brethren Chr. (4-0); 6. Desert (3-1); 7. St. Anthony (1-2); 8. Santa Paula (3-1); 9. Webb (3-1); 10. Capo Valley Chr. (2-2).

Inland Division – 1. Heritage (4-0); 2. Carter (3-0); 3. Redlands East Valley (2-1); 4. Cajon (3-0); 5. Citrus Hill (3-1); 6. Redlands (2-1); 7. Rancho Verde (2-2); 8. San Jacinto (4-0); 9. Paloma Valley (2-2); 10. Riverside Poly (1-2).

Mid-Valley – 1. Sierra Canyon (4-0); 2. Montebello (4-0); 3. Pomona (2-2); 4. Northview (3-1); 5. Paraclete (1-3); 6. San Dimas (2-1); 7. Bell Gardens (3-1); 8. Brentwood (2-1); 9. Arroyo (2-2); 10. El Monte (2-2).

Northwest Division – 1. Linfield Chr. (4-0); 2. Templeton (4-0); 3. Nipomo (2-2); 4. Riverside Notre Dame (3-0); 5. Cerritos Valley Chr. (4-0); 6. Mission Prep (3-0); 7. Bishop Montgomery (3-1); 8. Twentynine Palms (3-0); 9. Ontario Chr. (3-1); 10., tie Maranatha (2-2) and Pasadena Poly (3-1).

West Valley Division – 1. Mission Viejo (5-0); 2. Vista Murrieta (3-0); 3. Tesoro (3-1); 4. Los Alamitos (2-1); 5. Upland (2-2); 6. Rancho Cucamonga (3-1); 7. San Juan Hills (4-0); 8. Hart (3-0); 9. Edison (2-2); 10. Murrieta Valley (3-1).








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Local teams scattered among CIF volleyball polls

No. 6 Chino Hills lost to No. 3 Corona Santiago last week.

Division 1 – 1. Redondo Union; 2. Corona del Mar; 3. Great Oak; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Marymount; 7. Chaparral; 8. Los Alamitos; 9. Lakewood; 10. Huntington Beach.

Division 1AA – Aliso Niguel; 2. Rancho Cucamonga; 3. Corona Santiago; 4. Villa Park; 5. ML King; 6. Chino Hills; 7. San Marcos; 8. Ventura; 9. Valencia; 10. Westlake.

Division 2AA Р1. Chadwick; 2. Village Christian; 3. Esperanza; 4. Mayfield; 5. Laguna Beach;  6. Arroyo Grande; 7. South Torrance; 8. Whittier Christian; 9. South Pasadena; 10. Brea Olinda.

Division 2A – 1. Louisville; 2. Troy; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Glendora; 5. Bonita; 6. Serrano’ 7. Windward; 8. Claremont; 9. Oxnard; 10. La Quinta.

Division 3AA – 1. Sage Hill; 2. St. Margaret’s; 3. Elsinore; 4. Quartz Hill; 5. Culver City; 6. Rim of the World; 7. Crean Lutheran; 8. La Serna; 9. Santa Monica; 10. Highland.

Division 3A – 1. Saddleback Valley Christian; 2. Woodcrest Christian; 3. Loma Linda; 4. Linfield Christian; 5. La Sierra; 6. Hemet; 7. Termpleton; 8. Santa Ynez; 9. San Gabriel; 10. Aquinas.

Division 4AA – 1. La Reina; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Laguna Blanca; 4. Vistamar; 5. St. Bonaventure; 6. St. Paul; 7. Don Lugo; 8. Shadow Hills; 9. St. Anthony; 10. Pacifica Christian.

Division 4A – 1. Cate; 2. Desert; 3. Duarte; 4. Gladstone; 5. Summit; 6. Fontana; 7. St. Genvieve; 8. Mary Star of the Sea; 9. Mammoth; 10. Bishop Conaty-Loretto.

Division 5AA – 1. Santa Clarita Christian; 2. Upland Christian; 3. La Sierra; 4. Temecula Prep; 5. California Lutheran; 6. Buckley; 7. Coast Union; 8. Faith Baptist; 9. Trinity Classical; 10. Calvary Murrieta.




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The latest CIF tennis polls are out: Los Osos, Montclair among top teams

Division 1 – 1. Peninsula; 2. Campbell Hall; 3. University; 4. Corona del Mar; 5. Mira Costa; 6. Dana Hills; 7. Santa Margarita; 8. Harvard-Westlake; 9. JSerra; 10. Villa Park.

Division 2- 1. Valencia; 2. Arcadia; 3. Laguna Beach; 4. Sage Hills; 5. Murrieta Valley; 6. Beverly Hills; 7. Arroyo Grande; 8. Santa Monica; 9. Hart; 10. Troy.

Division 3 – 1. Placentia Valencia; 2. Santa Ynez; 3. Redlands; 4. Rio Mesa; 5. Orcutt Academy; 6. Warren; 7. Cypress; 8. Brea Olinda; 9. Pasadena Poly; 10. Templeton, Flintridge Prep.

Division 4 – 1. South Torrance; 2. Riverside Poly; 3. Serrano; 4. Alhambra; 5. Los Osos; 6. Arlington; 7. JW North; 8. West Torrance; 9. Garden Grove; 10. Bishop Montgomery.

Division 5 – 1. Maranatha; 2. Montclair; 3. Segerstrom; 4. Thacher; 5. Orange; 6. Webb; 7. Garey; 8. Alta Loma; 9. Norte Vista.



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A quick rundown on all the prep football action for Week 3

Upland football team overwhelmed by national power Mater Dei 43-14

Here are all the scored from Friday night’s football action starting with how the top 10 fared:

1. Upland (2-2) lost Mater Dei 43-14
2. Rancho Cucamonga (3-) beat Murriegta Valley 34-28
3. Carter (3-0) Did not play
4. Chino Hills (2-2) lost to Bishop Amat 62-28
5. Pomona (2-2) lost to Villa Park 56-14
6. Summit (3-0) beat Alta Loma 42-7
7. Colony (1-2) did not play
8. Chaffey (4-0) beat Bloomington 48-10
9. Claremont (4-0) beat Damien 42-17
10. Diamond Bar (3-1) lost to Brea17-14

Other scores
Bishop 21, Arrowhead Christian Academy 14
Bonita 49, South El Monte 7
Chino 52, Ontario 13
Colton 49, Arroyo Valley 10
Diamond Ranch 35, Schurr 3
Dominguez 70, Jurupa Hills 7
Eisenhower 44, Rialto 25
Etiwanda 31, Oak Hills 30
Ganesha 34, San Gabriel 7
Hillcrest 48, Pacific 14
Kaiser 40, Valley View 16
Los Osos 42, JW North 26
Miller 36, Fontana 14
Ontario Christian 56, Verbum Dei 8
Perris 45, San Bernardino 40
Redlands 31, Palm Desert 14
Redlands East Valley 38, Rancho Verde 34
Rim of the World 25, Desert Hot Springs 0
Saddleback Valley Chr. 49, Garey 13
San Dimas 69, Rosemead 24
Temecula Chaparral 35, Don Lugo 13
Temecula Great Oak 24, Ayala 12
Twentynine Palms 51, Indian Springs 0
Whittier Christian 7, Western Christian 28
Yucaipa 47, San Gorgonio 7

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Picking the Week 3 winners . . .

Time to roll the dice again and pick the high school football winners. Hope this gets easier now that the teams have a little body of work behind them.

I’m 54-20 on the season. I MUST do better.

Mater Dei 24, Upland 21 – Can’t pick against the juggernaut. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Upland can win but the Monarchs have beaten the Highlanders the last two years so . . .

Rancho Cucamonga 21, Murrieta Valley 14 – Ok, so I wasn’t impressed with the Cougars last week. I am confident they will get their act together and be the team we all expect them to be.

Claremont¬† 28, Damien 14 – Spartans coach Mark Paredes says his team had trouble stopping the run last week and that’s what Claremont does. So I go with them and Duy Tran-Sampson.

Los Osos 28, JW North 10 – This foe was one of the Grizzlies two wins last year and they have some momentum and confidence after a nice win last week. They should take this one.

Etiwanda 21, Oak Hills 17 – Two teams that have more talent than their 1-2 record would indicate. This could go either way. I’ll go with the Eagles thanks to the return of QB Andrew Kanatsky.

Bishop Amat 38, Chino HIlls 21 – Amat is loaded this year and it is on a roll. The Huskies will have their hands full.

Summit 32, Alta Loma 21 – Huge test for Mark Pasquarella’s team but the SkyHawks have a few too many potent weapons.

Ayala 21, Great Oak 20 – Great Oak is a surprising 0-3 but has played quality teams. i have no idea what to expect from Ayala, it’s down, it’s up, it’s down. That means this should be an up week.

Chaffey 45, Bloomington 7 – The Tigers can name the score. Mikey Dean will have another 250 yards in three quarters.

Bonita 36, South El Monte 7 – South El Monte was no match for Chino this week. I think Bonita cruises this week as well.

Chino 28, Ontario 20 – This might be the most interesting game of the night. Two teams that have struggled lately but are off to great starts and neither has played a quality for to date. Who will stay on a roll? I think it will be the Cowboys.

Diamond Bar 24, Brea Olinda 10 – I put the Brahmas in my Top 10 this week which means they’ll probably lose. Just kidding, Have to go with Dimaggio Rico & company.

Diamond Ranch 32, Shurr 14 – Jimmy Welker’s bunch is going to keep it going.

Don Lugo, 14, Chaparral 10 – This is probably a coin toss. I like what Luis Garcia has done with the program so I am giving it to him.

Eisenhower 14, Rialto 13 – Both teams are struggling badly. Someone has to win. The Eagles probably have slightly better athletes.

Fontana 14, Miller 7 – Two more struggling teams. I liked some of the athletes I saw on Fontana last week but the Steelers are down to a No. 3 quarterback so this could go either way.

Ganesha 21, San Gabriel 7 – The Giants won the first two, then got a little humbled last week. That dose of reality will get coach Don Cayer’s team back in gear.

Saddleback Valley Chr. 42, Garey 7 – The Vikings haven’;t had any luck, This will be a tough one too.

Dominguez 45, Jurupa Hills – Not expecting the Spartans to pull this one off.

Kaiser 28, Valley View 7 – The Cats got pummeled last week. They will get back on teh winning track however.

Pomona 21, Villa Park 17 – Tough picking a game against out of area teams because I nothing about its opponents. So going with the home team.

Ontario Christian 24, Verbum De1 14 – I pick the Knights to win and they lose and I pick them to lose and they win. So I’ll probably miss on them again. But I hope they win.

San Dimas 32, Rosemead 0 – The Saints WILL bounce back from last week’s loss to Diamond Bar.

Whittier Christian 21, Western Christian 0 – Western is struggling. Not that Whittier is much better but it will probably win.






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Colony football coach Steve Randall doesn’t regret challenging his team

Few teams are playing a tougher non-league schedule than the defending CIF Central Division champion Colony Titans.

Coach Steve Randall’s team has already played West Covina, Alemany and Bishop Amat with games around the corner against La Habra (Sept. 24) and Riverside Poly (Oct. 2).

The Titans are 1-2 with the losses coming to Alemany 42-0 and Amat 59-20. Those are pretty decisive losses. So does Randall regret scheduling such formidable foes? No, at least not yet.

“I don’t,” he said. “If you want to raise the profile of your program those are the teams you need to go out and play. We’re looking at the bigger picture and our guys are smart enough to know what we’re facing and where we want to be in the end.”

Randall added that the biggest risk is that the physical nature of those opponents could possibly lead to costly injuries. But so far, so good in that department. RB Fred Harrison is out with a nagging shoulder injury but it is one that has lingered.

Senior quarterback Josh Thompson has taken some extra hits but only because he is running the ball a little more often.

Randall thinks the schedule will prepare his team for Mt. Baldy League play which gets underway on Oct. 8 against Montclair. The league looks to be improved with Chaffey, Ontario and Montclair all off to 3-0 starts, Alta Loma sitting at 2-1 and energized by veteran coach Mark Pasquarella.

Don Lugo is 1-2 but was the most improved team in the league a year ago.

Those teams haven’t played the schedule Colony has so the jury is still out on them.

Other coaches get it though.

“If Colony played the teams we have all played they’d be 3-0 too,” Chaffey coach Chris Brown laughs. “I give them a lot of credit for going out and playing that type of schedule. Not everybody an do that.”

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Damien basketball standout Bryce Peters commits to Colorado

Damien basketball Bryce Peters has made a verbal commitment to Colorado, doing so following a visit to that school last week.

“I got there and really just felt a positive energy everywhere around me,” he said. “It was from the coaching staff on down in the community. It was different from other places.”

Peters had a final six that also included Wyoming, Utah, Kansas State, UNLV and Grand Canyon. Wyoming and UNLV were the options that came closest to Colorado.

Peters, a 6-foot-4 guard, is looking for playing time immediately.

“I was the only guard they recruited. They went after big men. So I am looking forward to getting in there and playing,” he said.

Peters averaged 14.4 points, earning first-team All-Baseline League honors and teaming with Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts to give the Spartans three double-figures scoring options. Among his top performances was a 20-point showing in the Southern California Regional final win over Cathedral. Also had 22 in first win over Chino Hills.

He is one of few returners from a team that won the Division 3 state championship and is eagerly awaiting his senior season.

“The decision is out of the way so I can focus on school and my senior year,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty exciting.”


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