Thursday Recap: Curtis Hong had 21 points for Rowland boys basketball win

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Boys basketball
Rowland 64, Milken 42 — Curtis Hong scored 21 points, Phillip Aguiniga had 16 points and five rebounds and Jarbas Faria had 13 points for the Raiders (5-3) in a nonleague game.
Bishop Amat 64, Norte Vista 54 — Gjerard Wilson had 20 points and Ismael Arellano and Noah Guzman both had 11 points for the Lancers (6-0) in a pool-play Orangewood Academy Tournament win Wednesday.
Monrovia 69, Linfield Christian 46 — Ajay Woods had 19 points and seven rebounds, Rory Hare had 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and James Smith had 14 points for the Wildcats (4-2) in a nonleague game Wednesday.

Girls basketball
Glendora 71, Orange 17 — The Tartans (5-1) had four players score in double figures to defeat Orange in a pool-play Orange Tournament game. McKayla Tilton had 16 points, Michelle Can had 13 points and Alexis Lowden and Sarah Zweerink each had 11 points.

Girls soccer
West Covina 3, San Dimas 1 — Serina Vargas scored twice and Lauren Enriquez had two assists for the Bulldogs in a nonleague victory. Vanessa Benitez scored the other West Covina goal with an assist from Kayla Soto.
Garey 1, Charter Oak 1 — Andrea Noguez scored with an assist from Daisy Villanueva and goalie Iliana Gallegos had 27 saves for the Vikings (1-2-2) in a nonleague tie. Vanessa Reynoso scored with an assist from Lori Torres for the Chargers (3-0-1).
Long Beach Poly 2, Diamond Bar 1 — Freshman Marissa Vasquez scored and goalie Samantha Blazek had nine saves for the Brahmas (1-2-1) in a Aliso Cup pool-play loss.

Boys soccer
West Covina 2, San Dimas 0 — Jose Arellano and Mark Munoz scored for the Bulldogs (2-1-1) in a nonleague win.

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Shocker, Los Altos football coach Dale Ziola has resigned


By Aram Tolegian
The man responsible for bringing Los Altos High School’s football program back from the dead has walked away after completing one of the most remarkable turnarounds in recent area history.
Dale Ziola resigned Thursday as Conquerors varsity football coach after six seasons, during which he guided two teams to the CIF Southern Section finals and won a league championship. Ziola was 48-24.
This fall was Ziola’s finest work as he led Los Altos to a 13-1 record and a Hacienda League championship. The Conquerors reached the Division 6 championship game before losing to Paraclete last Friday, 21-14.
Los Altos also reached the finals in 2014.
Los Altos is one of the Valley’s most-storied programs, having won 11 CIF championships in 16 finals appearances. The Conquerors had hit hard times before Ziola, a little known coach who grew up outside the area, took over 2011.
In 2010, Los Altos went 0-10. In Ziola’s first year, the Conquerors were the surprise of the town by going 8-4 in a dramatic change of fortunes. Ziola brought some of his own touches to the program, like holding the first practice of summer at midnight.
Ziola said Thursday that he won’t comment on his resignation until Friday. He has looked into other jobs in the past, most recently at California High in Whittier, which is near his home.
Los Altos will also say goodbye to a stellar senior class, which accounted for just about every starting position on this season’s roster. Los Altos last won a CIF championship in 2003 under head coach Greg Gano. After Gano left in 2007, the Conquerors turned to former player Felipe Aguilar and then Jim Arellanes, but neither could get anything going and the program won four games in three years.

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Aram writes season’s biggest winner is new CIF football playoff format

Photos/Gallery: Arroyo celebrates last week’s CIF Division 12 title with a ceremony at the school.

By Aram Tolegian
Here’s something you don’t hear very often: CIF got it right.
The first full set of results as it pertains to the new divisional grouping format for football are in and one doesn’t need to wait for all the data to be crunched to determine it was a rousing success. Those who thought things would wildly change were wrong in the end. Those who thought things would be watered down saw the opposite happen. At almost every turn, the system that was the brainchild of Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod did what it was supposed to do. Before understanding what went right, we must know what was wrong. It’s possible that doing things the traditional way of grouping divisions based on league had gotten so ingrained that football fans didn’t realize all that was dysfunctional about it.

arroyosingTo drag an entire league into a certain division just because one or two teams are a fit is flawed thinking. That’s how we used to do things. It was a disaster, the culmination of which was seen in last year’s Pac-5 (or Division 1) playoffs when it was very obvious that several teams in the field of 16 simply didn’t belong in that tournament or even ones several divisions lower.
The blowouts in the first, and even second rounds, were something that Wigod and his crew could no longer put up with. Wigod had to act out of necessity more than anything else. Not because he had a great, new option to put in place, but because the old one was circling the drain and taking the legitimacy of the Southern Section football playoffs with it.
In future interviews and discussions, Wigod may use Long Beach Wilson, his alma mater, as a glowing example of why the new format worked. Forever, the Bruins were trapped in the very highest division because they’re in the same league as stalwart Long Beach Poly. Where Poly went, so did the rest of the league, regardless of merit.
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Rowland, Diamond Bar, Covina, Duarte are tops in Tribune girls basketball preview


By Fred J. Robledo
As the high school girls basketball seasons continues through the holidays in preparation for league and the CIF Southern Section playoffs that follow, plenty of area teams have reason to think big.
Duarte advanced to the Division 4AA championship last year, losing to St. Paul 45-44 in the final, and has key players back.
Rowland advanced to the Division 2A semifinals, and returns arguably the best player in Tianna Eaton, the reigning area player of the year.
Diamond Bar advanced to the quarterfinals in Division 1A, one of the toughest divisions in Southern California, and South Hills made it to the Division 3AA quarterfinals.And now there are others looking good in holiday tournaments like Covina, Walnut, Los Altos, West Covina, Bonita, and Glendora, all of whom find themselves in the Tribune’s first top ten rankings of the season.So where does everyone fall in line? Here’s our first look.

1. Rowland
The Raiders went undefeated in the Valle Vista League, earning their first league title since 1988 and parlayed that into a Division 2A semifinal appearance, their first since 1979.
The Raiders, who were a stunning 25-3 last year, will remain in Division 2A and have nearly everyone back in hopes of chasing a championship in a couple of months led by reigning area player of the year Tianna Eaton, who also was a CIF first team selection.
Eaton, headed to UC Riverside, averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds, and she has a fine supporting cast that includes junior Faith Castillo, who plays with a chip on her shoulder, and will likely be the teams’ second-leading scorer.
Also back is junior and two-year starter Nicolle Woo, who was injured most of last year and is huge piece to have back, and junior Rachel Campinia, a strong defender who will be asked to score more this season.
Also keep track of freshman Kaylin Ngo, who already is averaging 10 points for a Raiders team off to a 6-1 start having advanced to the finals of the Bonita tournament, and playing well in this week’s Duarte tournament, hoping to advance to Saturday’s championship.

2. Diamond Bar
The Brahmas return all-around senior Juliana Gamboa, who earned area first team honors last year after averaging 12 points, four rebounds and three steals, and she showed a preview of what her senior year is all about with a quadruple-double this week with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals in a 85-48 victory over Wilson.
The Brahmas, who were 24-5 last year and reached the Division 1A quarterfinals, will remain in Division 1A and will likely be the Palomares League favorites after finishing second to South Hills a year ago.
Another big reason for optimism is senior center Candace Black, who had 19 points and seven rebounds in the win over Wilson, and senior Lauryn Del Campo. Add freshman Karen Shao, and no wonder the Brahmas are off and rolling to a 4-0 start.

3. Covina
A year after finishing 22-7, the Colts return Tribune first-team selection Mariah Sierra, who also was a Division 4AA first team standout after averaging 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
The early returns are promising for the Colts, off to a perfect 6-0 start, which includes a 49-36 victory over South Hills in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of its own Covina tournament. The Colts will face Valley View in Friday’s semifinals at 8 p.m.
Along with Sierra, the Colts welcome back senior Diana Navarro, a second-team all-area selection who averaged 10 points, and junior Allison Ayala, a third-team all-area selection from a year ago who averaged 12 points, but who has upped her game, currently leading the team in scoring with an 18 point average through six games.
There is also returning sophomore Mariana Cruz, who averaged nearly 10 points as a freshman, so expect the Colts to give Rowland all it can handle in the chase for the Valle Vista league crown.

4. Duarte
The Falcons had a dream season under first year coach Scott Wiard, advancing to the Division 4AA title game and losing a heartbreaker to St. Paul in the final seconds, 45-44.
The Falcons return 6-foot-7 junior Patricia Morris, who earned area first team honors after averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds, and second-team all-area standout Ryley Thompson, a senior averaging 11 points through the first two weeks.
The Falcons also expect sophomore Delaney Thompson to be a big help, but they graduated super guard MacKenzie Barnes, and though the Falcons remain the Montview League favorites, their success last year has catapulted the Falcons to Division 1A in the first year of division realignment that places teams in divisions based solely on competitive equity, so a deep run in the playoffs will be much more difficult.
The Falcons are off to a 3-1 start, which included a surprising loss to West Covina this week in its own tournament, which makes the chance of the Falcons advancing to the finals on Saturday much more difficult.

5. Walnut
The Mustangs are usually fighting for the Hacienda League title under longtime coach Lori Huckler, but they only finished 15-10 and wound up third in the Hacienda a year ago.
But with nearly everyone back, they’ll be in the league title hunt.
The Mustangs return two all-area third steam standouts in junior Yasmin Dabbous, a forward, and senior Jenna Pitpit, a guard.
The Mustangs are off to a 3-0 start, which includes a pair of wins in this week’s Duarte tournament, defeating Knight 58-32 and Bellflower, 71-39. If the Mustangs defeat Banning on Thursday, they will get a shot at No. 1 Rowland on Friday in the final round of pool play that will determine who advances to Saturday’s championship.

6. Los Altos
The Conquerors were 20-8 last season and finished second to Chino in the Hacienda League, and return nearly everyone, including junior Ilani Wells, who earned second-team all-area honors as a sophomore.
Two seniors to watch out for are Jezteni Espinoza and Kaylee Shozuya, and don’t let the Conquerors’ early 4-2 start fool you, both losses were to quality teams, losing to Sonora in the Whittier tournament and recently to power Roosevelt in the quarterfinals of the Covina tournament.

7. Glendora
The Tartans were 15-12 last year, but were only 3-7 in the strong Palomares League, tying for fourth with Ayala.
Expect the Tartans to be much better, as evidenced by its 4-1 start that includes a 59-53 victory over Burroughs to capture the La Habra tournament last week.
Returning is all-area second team selection Michelle Can, a junior leading the team this season with 11 points a game, but also watch out for junior Alexis Lowden, averaging 10 points and who was named the most valuable player of the La Habra tourney.
Also playing well is junior McKayla Tilton, averaging almost 10 points, and sophomore Kayla Sera.

8. West Covina
The Bulldogs are the biggest surprise in the top ten, and beating Duarte 50-47 was a big reason why.
The Bulldogs were 11-15 last year, but senior Katrina Ponce De Leon, averaging 15 points, is shooting the ball well, and fellow senior Andrea Bustillo is averaging 10 points, and had 20 points in the win over Duarte.
There are also two freshman to keep an eye on. Lauren Bustillos, Andrea’s sister, is playing well and freshman Nikki Thompson notched 11 points in the win over Duarte.
The Bulldogs are 4-2, which includes losses to Rowland and tough Murrieta Valley early, but if they finish the Duarte tournament with wins over Upland and Bell, they’ll advance to Saturday’s championship, which might be a rematch with Rowland.

9. South Hills
The Huskies graduated all-everything Joy Krupa, but returning is all-area second-team guard Denise Wang, who can light it up from distance.
The Huskies were 21-8 last year and aren’t nearly as deep. Their 2-4 start is some reason for concern, but losses to JSerra, Lakewood and Covina are nothing to worry long-term about, but don’t expect a repeat of the Palomares league title. Diamond Bar is clearly the favorite, but the Huskies should battle Bonita, Ayala and Glendora for the next three spots.

10. Bonita
The Bearcats return senior guard Alyssa Ono, named to the all-area third team last season after helping her team finish 19-11 and 7-3 in the Palomares League.
The Bearcats are off to a 4-2 start, which included a first-round victory over Charter Oak in the Covina tournament, however they were knocked out in Wednesday’s quarterfinals by Cantwell Sacred Heart, 49-30.
In addition to Ono, sophomore Sami Riggs is expected to be a big contributor. She had 12 points in the loss to Cantwell.

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Arroyo’s Yesdan Marquez making most of second chance


It’s been a crazy season for the Arroyo High School football. And at the center of the craziness you’ll usually find Yezdan Marquez.
The standout receiver/defensive back has proven himself to be one of the top two-way players around, and when fans look back on the Knights’ magical 2016 season, Marquez will be one of the names they remember.
When Marquez looks back on it, though, he’ll not only recall the good — and there’s plenty of it to go around — but also the tough lessons learned.
“He’s always got a smile on his face, but there are times I wish he wouldn’t be so jovial,” Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser said. “He’s a light-hearted soul and he loves to play football.”

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West Covina shocks host Duarte in girls basketball tourney; Rowland still rolling

Duarte Girls Basketball Tournament
Pool A:
Bell, Duarte, South Pasadena, Upland, West Covina]
Pool B: Banning, Bellflower, Knight, Rowland, Walnut

Round Robin Games at Duarte HS
Monday’s Results

Knight 71, Banning 41
West Covina 48, South Pasadena 45
Walnut 58, Knight 32
Duarte 44, Bell 5
Tuesday’s games
Upland 69, Bell 15
Walnut 71, Bellflower 39
Rowland 76, Banning 19
Duarte 48, South Pasadena 39
Wednesday’s games
Bellflower 39, Banning 21
Rowland 63, Knight 40
South Pasadena 53, Upland 50
West Covina 50, Duarte 47
Thursday’s games
Bell vs. South Pasadena, 3 p.m.
Upland vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. Banning, 6 p.m.
Bellflower vs. Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s games
Bellflower vs. Knight, 3 p.m.
West Covina vs. Bell, 4:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Upland vs. Duarte, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s Championship
Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner, 6 p.m.

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Covina lone area survivor in semifinals of own Covina girls basketball tourney


Quarterfinals: Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School’s Lily Perkins has been one of the better players in the area during the past three seasons, and she showed Wednesday that’s continuing in 2016-17.
Perkins scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals to a 49-30 victory over Bonita in a Covina Classic quarterfinal at Covina High.

12th annual Covina Girls Basketball Tournament
16-team, bracket tournament
Upper Bracket

Roosevelt 71, Baldwin Park 13
Los Altos 72, Garfield 44
Bonita 37, Charter Oak 22
Cantwell Sacred Heart 68, Jurupa Hills 16
Lower Bracket
Valley View 88, Sierra Vista 18
Bishop Amat 46, California 27
South Hills 64, San Jacinto 48
Covina 50, Arroyo 26
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
Top Half

Roosevelt 69, Los Altos 33
Cantwell Sacred Heart 49, Bonita 30
Bottom Half
Valley View 68, Bishop Amat 47
Covina 49, South Hills 36
Friday’s semifinals
Roosevelt vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.
Valley View vs. Covina, 8 p.m.
Saturday’s championship at 7:30 p.m.


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