Monrovia beats Buena Park to win SGV Shootout at Arroyo HS … Los Altos and CV bow out in semis …

New head coach. New quarterback. No problem.

Monrovia’s impressive summer passing circuit campaign under new head coach Chris Stevens continued on Saturday as QB Asaph Zamora and the Wildcats’ stable of top athletes were enough to beat Buena Park and win the SGV Shootout.

Monrovia beat Crescenta Valley in one semifinal to reach the championship. Buena Park beat Los Altos in the other semi.

The Wildcats will play in the Central Division this season and look like they’ll be up to the test if summer passing games are any indicator. The Wildcats also had an solid showing at the Bonita Air Assault two weeks ago.

Time to take South Hills serious? Huskies lose to Loyola in Tournament of Champions at Santa Fe HS championship game …

I heard several positive things about South Hills at the Bonita Air Assault and the Huskies were at it again on Saturday, taking second place in the Tournament of Champions at Santa Fe.

QB Garrett Fonseca is back for the Huskies, but I thought the rest of the skill spots looked shaky on paper. Guess not. Supposedly this team is just fine at receiver, thank you very much.

Making the finals on Saturday before losing to Loyola is pretty solid. Where the Huskies fit in the Palomares League is anybody’s guess, though. But it’s clear they’re going to have the skill players to run around with Glendora and Ayala and the rest.

Groups announced for this weekend’s Tournament of Champions at Santa Fe …

Games begin at 9 a.m.

Pool A


Pool B

Canyon Springs

Pool C

Olympus (Utah)
Mira Costa
Chavez (AZ)
West Torrance

Pool D

North Torrance
Garden Grove Santiago

Pool E

Santa Fe
Pacific palisades
LB Wilson
Garden Grove

Pool F

Sage Hills
W. Adams

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Noodles to play at Diamond Bar this season …


The first one to arrive at photo day at the Tribune yesterday was none other than Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who informed me has indeed playing for Diamond Bar this season (despite no physical still).

Noodles told me he’s going to surprise even me by how good he will be this season and that he’s looking forward to putting together a year so good that the college offers will roll in. He is behind in the recruiting process a bit due to missing all but one game of his junior due to being ruled ineligible by CIF for an athletically motivated transfer from West Covina.

Noodles said he attended some camps and that Arizona and Arizon St. expressed interest and one or both are close to offering. So that’s great news. Noodles will likely be a corner back in college and said that’s what he’ll play this fall for the Brahmas.

As for Kanya Bell, the jury is still out. He is attending summer school at Diamond Bar and may end up being part of the Brahmas squad after all once he’s recovered from a knee injury. Another one of the talented players who left D-Bar also might be trying to come back, but he’ll remain nameless.

Aram’s Take: Very happy I get a chance to cover Noodles’ senior season. Hoping he shows everyone just how big-time of a talent he is this fall.

Bishop Amat beats Valencia to win Bonita Air Assault (AGAIN!) …

Bishop Amat beat Valencia to win the Bonita Air Assault on Saturday night. The Lancers won the tournament for the second consecutive season.

Amat beat Charter Oak 30-28 in the semifinals to reach the championship game. Valencia beat Monrovia to reach the finals.

Villa Park won the consolation championship over host Bonita.


PHOTOS, PHOTOS, PHOTOS of Day 1 at Bonita Air Assault

GAME OF THE DAY: Pomona beat Bishop Amat in pool play after Eric Harper intercepted a pass in the closing seconds of a tie game with Amat driving. The win gave the Devils two points and led to a 34-32 final. Pomona jumped all over Amat early but the Lancers found their sea legs and battled back and were on the doorstep of a win before the interception. Kudos to the Pomona fans who ran their smack earlier this week. The Devils look real, real good. Nobody in the Miramonte League is touching them and they look like real legit Mid-Valley Division title contenders. Lotsa talent. Amped up coaching staff who looks to have a good thing going on. As for Amat, QB play looks to be a serious issue as of now. A lot of guys broke open, the QBs saw it too late and the balls got their too late. But that’s what all this is for … so hopefully things get better. Both Amat and Pomona went 4-1 in the pool.

PHOTO GALLERY OF Day 1 at Bonita Air Assault

La Mirada’s Tony Brown named wide receiver MVP at USC Rising Stars Camp


La Mirada wide receiver/defensive back Tony Brown was named wide receiver MVP at the USC Rising Stars Camp on Wednesday.

Brown transferred to La Mirada from Servite this offseason and figures to be one of the top weapons around. He has eight college offers currently from SMU, Utah, Purdue, Washington St., Iowa St., San Jose St., Utah St. and Colorado.

Brown and another transfer, QB Christian Lara (formerly of Santa Fe), are big reasons why there are high expectations for La Mirada yet again.