Diamond Ranch wins Azusa boys basketball tournament after Gabrielino buzzer-beater rattles off the rim

By John Honell
It looked like a repeat of the 2013 championship game of the Azusa Boys Basketball Tournament
Defending champion Gabrielino, which won on a buzzer-beater last year, once again had a shot at the buzzer against Diamond Ranch but this time the ball rolled off the rim and the Eagles dropped a 59-58 decision to the Panthers.
“This was stressful,” Panthers first-year coach Eric Cooper said. “They got all the way to the basket and with five seconds left, you have to cut off that drive. I guess I’d rather be lucky than good.”
The Panthers had trailed 58-51 with 2:21 left in the game when they rallied for eight consecutive points and the victory.
“There were a couple of plays in a row where we gave it up,” Eagles coach John Carney said. “We tried to be aggressive against their press where we had some success earlier but, we gave it up.”
Tyler McLean came up with a huge block on a fast-break layup attempt by the Eagles with 1:20 left in the game and the Eagles leading by five points.
“We had an opportunity to take it up strong and finish it,” Carney said. “But, they got the block and the momentum.”

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Mt. SAC baseball team to deliver toys to Queen of the Valley Hospital children’s ward

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The Mt. San Antonio College baseball team is getting into the holiday spirt.
Members of the team will deliver the toys it has collected as part of its second consecutive toy drive to the children’s ward at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. The players are scheduled to visit the hospital at 2 p.m.
“I wanted our players to enjoy the season of gift-giving, but in a way that they could appreciate it in a better way for those who are suffering,” Mt. SAC coach Kevin Smith said. “Every one of our players contributed to this toy drive and I’m very appreciative of that.”
– Correspondent John Sherrard contributed to this post

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Adrian De Horta leads South Hills baseball toy drive on Sunday

One0time Tribune Baseball Player of the Year Adrian De Horta will return to his alma mater South Hills to lead a toy drive that will benefit the children’s ward at Queen of the Valley in West Covina.
The toy drive will be held Sunday at the South Hills baseball field from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
De Horta, now playing professionally in the San Diego Padres organization, will be at the field along with members from the current Huskies baseball team to accept any unwrapped toys.
The toys will be collected and dropped off at Queen of the Valley later this month.

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With this season in the books, Bishop Amat’s Ryder Ruiz ready for the next

I guess after watching Corona Centennial beat St. John Bosco for the Pac-5 title 48-41, the same team that beat Bishop Amat by inches 38-37 to reach the title game, a certain QB at Amat started getting hungry for next year

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Colony crushes Los Altos 35-7 to claim Central Division football title

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CIF-SS Central Division Title
Saturday’s game
Colony 35, Los Altos 7

It wasn’t painless, but at least it was quick.
The Los Altos High School football team fell behind early to Colony in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship at Cerritos College and never recovered in a 35-7 loss on Saturday night.
colonycele“Colony is a good team and they did a helluva job tonight,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “We knew they were fast, we just didn’t get the push we thought we’d get some times. The lead just got too big and the rest is history.”
Los Altos, which needed to win its final two regular-season games just to make the playoffs as the Hacienda League’s third-place team, finished the season 8-6. The Conquerors were bidding for the 12th title in school history while making the program’s 15th finals appearance. Colony (12-2) was just too fast and it was apparent from the start. The Titans scored on a 63-yard touchdown run by Ryan Kinard on the game’s third play and didn’t look back.


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Pomona seals the deal, wins fist championship since 1951 with 37-29 victory over Paraclete in Mid-Valley Division title

Pomona photo gallery: “We were playing harder and harder and that’s all we did,” linebacker Andre Walker said. “We believed we could and we really stepped up.”

CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division Title
Pomona 37, Paraclete 29
Pomona makes history with first title since 1951: Pomona High School waited 63 years to get a shot at winning its second CIF-Southern Section football championship.
The Red Devils didn’t waste the opportunity Friday. Darreon Lockett threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and Pomona captured its first CIF title since 1951, winning the Mid-Valley Division with a 37-29 victory over Paraclete in the championship game at Antelope Valley College.

Pomona’s defensive stands make the difference: Offense might be the first reason to determine why Pomona High School won its first CIF-Southern Section football championship since 1951.
For good reason. The Red Devils piled up the points and the yards in Friday night’s 37-29 Mid-Valley Division victory over Paraclete at Antelope Valley College. Quarterback Darreon Lockett came up with big passing numbers, 366 yards and three touchdowns.
But overlooked would be the Red Devils’ defense. The Spirits, the tournament’s top seed, were held to one offensive touchdown.

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Jeremy Hemsley scores 22 to lead Damien to 67-53 win over Glendora in Sierra Vista/Covina tourney boys final

The semifinals of the Sierra Vista/Covina tournament moved to Northview for the semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s semifinals at Northview HS
Glendora 72, Colony 69
Damien 77, Thousand Oaks 38
Saturday’s Championship at Northview
Damien 67, Glendora 53

Glendora advances to meet Damien in finals: Defending tournament champion Glendora fought off a challenge from an aggressive Colony team to beat the Titans 62-59 in a semifinal game of the fifth annual Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament on Friday night at Northview High School.
The second-seeded Tartans (5-0) will face top-seeded Damien, a 77-38 winner over Thousand Oaks, in the championship game at 7:30 tonight at Northview.
After falling behind 18-15 early in the second quarter the Tartans went to a match-up zone defense that started them on a 15-3 run and a 30-24 lead at the half.
“We’ve been trying to switch up our defense,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “We’re trying to not stay in the same thing too long but they’re just a tough team to play against.”
The Tartans built a 14-point lead, 39-25, before the Titans battled back to close the gap to seven points at the end of the third quarter.

hemsley2Damien knocks out Diamond Ranch in quarters: Damien, the Tribune’s boys basketball preseason No. 1 team, broke open a close game in the second half and pulled away for an 85-58 win over Diamond Ranch in the quarterfinals of the Fifth Annual Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament on Thursday night.
The Spartans (3-0) will play the winner of the Keppel-Thousand Oaks game at 7:30 tonight in the semifinals at Northview High School.
Two-time Tribune Player of the Year Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts sparked a 23-8 run from the two-minute mark of the third quarter to the 3:24 mark of the fourth as the Spartans put the game out of reach.
“We settled down a little in the second half,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “(Diamond Ranch) doesn’t have a lot of depth right now. We know they’ll be a lot better in January when their transfers are eligible so I thought we wore them down because of their lack of depth.”


Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Damien 85, Diamond Ranch 58
Thousand Oaks 46, Keppel 43
Glendora 65, LA Fremont 35
Colony 69, Walnut 68

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Can Los Altos stop Colony’s Ryan Kinard? Pomona’s offensive line big reason Red Devils are playing for a title

Colony graduated some key football players from a team that advanced to the Central Division semifinal a year ago. Among those top receiver Kyle Curry and top running back Devan Imbach. So head coach Steve Randall was looking for someone to step up.
He got exactly what he wanted.
Versatile senior Ryan Kinard has been the Titans jack-of-all-trades. He is the leading rusher and a big-play threat on special teams. As the situations and games got more important he was also used at cornerback.
That huge contribution has boosted the Titans (11-2) into the CIF championship game against Los Altos (8-5) on Saturday at Cerritos College.

POMONA’S OFFENSIVE LINE LEADS THE WAY The consensus at Pomona High School is that the football team has been missing one component the last 63 years.
Before and since the Red Devils’ last CIF championship in 1951, the school never had a shortage of athletes. The unit responsible for bridging the gap during Pomona’s run to Friday’s CIF-SS Mid-Valley championship game is the offensive line.
Acting head coach Keith Richardson graduated from Pomona in 1989 and has been on staff for 10 of the last 15 years. In other words, he is deeply versed in the team’s history.
“The achilles heel has always been the offensive line,” Richardson said. “We’ve had good players on the offensive front before, but the cohesion this group has shown is the difference.”

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San Dimas Tournament: Upland too much for the host Saints

By Stephen Ramirez
SAN DIMAS >> Eventually, the light will go on for the San Dimas High boys basketball team.
But until then, the Saints will just have to live with the growing pains.
Wednesday night was another hard lesson for the San Dimas.
Isaiah White scored 20 points and Chris Sanchez had nine to lead Upland to a 53-46 victory over the host Saints in the San Dimas Gary Prestesater Classic.
Ryan Ocampo had 18 points and Donnell Leffridge 10 for San Dimas, which slipped to 0-2. Upland improved to 1-1.
“We’ve played two tough teams,” said San Dimas coach Gordon Hamlow, who is in his first season with the Saints after more than a decade at Rowland. “Alta Loma and Upland are good teams. We played hard … We’re still a work in progress. We’ve got things to learn. It’s not four years of guys learning the same things. It’s learning new stuff.”

Victor Valley 67, Arcadia 65
Rancho Cucamonga 70, Rowland 51
Burbank Burroughs 72, Roosevelt 70

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Championship Week: Los Altos’ David Tolmachoff tells legendary story of totaling a car with his bike

CIF-Southern Section Central Division championship
At Cerritos College, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Colony (11-2) vs. Los Altos (8-5)


By Aram Tolegian
here’s not too many people who can take on a car moving at 30 miles per hour and win. Los Altos High School lineman David Tolmachoff is one of the exceptions.
The experience wasn’t by choice. It certainly provided a scare and lots of pain. Yet the unintended consequences like adding to Tolmachoff’s almost folklorish presence at school have been priceless for his teammates and coaches.
Tolmachoff will get one last chance to add to his legacy Saturday when the two-way standout lineman leads Los Altos against Colony in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division championship.
“We really just keep him around for the entertainment value,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said of Tolmachoff. “But he’s a huge asset to the team. We’re glad he’s on our side and not someone else’s side.”

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Mission League Football All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns named Co-MVP


Mission League Football All-Area 2014
Co-Players of the year: Tyler Vaughns (Bishop Amat); John Huston (Serra)
Co-Offensive players of the year: TJ Brumfield (Crespi); Khalil Tate (Serra)
Tri-Defensive players of the year: Christian Wiley (Bishop Amat); Rasheem Green (Serra); DJ Beavers (Crespi).
MVP Lineman: Oluqokie Betiku (Serra); Vaimoe Sekona (Crespi).

First Team Offense
Jalen Starks, RB, Crespi, Jr.; Brandon Arconado, WR, Bishop Amat, Sr.; Deontay Burnett, WR, Serra, Sr.; Desean Holmes, WR, Alemany, Sr.; Dymond Lee, WR, Chaminade, Jr.; Brandon Pierce, WR, Alemany, Sr.; CJ Sanders, WR, Notre Dame, Sr.; Robert Alexander, OL, Serra, Sr.; Matt Brayton, OL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Josh Davis, OL, Serra, Sr.; Andrew Lopez, OL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Bar Milo, OL, Chaminade, Sr.; Marcus Moore, OL, Crespi, Jr.; Moyo Uili, Crespi, Sr.

First-team Defense
Brandon Burton, DB, Serra, Jr.; Zari Leacock, DB, Crespi, Jr.; Chris May, DB, Crespi, Sr.; Chris Pollard, DB, Serra, Jr.; Trevon Sidney, DB, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Marvell Tell, DB, Crespi, Sr.; Andrew Vasquez, DL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Austin Swanson, DL, Notre Dame, Sr.; Christian Rector, DL, Loyola, Sr.; Tyree Thompson, DL, Alemany, Sr.; Ryan Munoz, DL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Brandon Lawless, DL, Crespi, Sr.; Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, Sr.; Nolan Jackson, LB, Alemany, Sr.; Tysyn Parker, LB, Serra, So.; Mike Ramos, LB, Notre Dame, Sr.; Blake Walls, LB, Serra, Jr.

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Valle Vista All-League Football: Northview’s Alex Camacho named player of the year

Valle Vista All-League Football, 2014
League MVP: Alex Camacho, Northview
Lineman of the year: Jaron Reed, Northview
Offensive MVP: Pearnell Smalley, Covina
Defensive MVP: Ricky Padilla, Northview
First Team Offense
WR: Eric Williams, Covina
WR: Zack Moreo, Covina
WR: Paul Cooper, Covina
Backs: Steven Comstock, Northview
Backs: Manny Elizalde, San Dimas
Backs: Joe Benavediz, Covina
Backs: Chris Osorio, Wilson
Backs: Cameron Eaglin, Nogales
OL: Nick Torres, Northview
OL: Yousef Hanna, San Dimas
OL: Ruben Retana, Covina
OL: Nathan Reep, San Dimas
OL: Eric Archuleta, Wilson
TE: Blake Lowary, San Dimas
First Team Defense
DB: Paul Cooper, Northview
DB: Chris Rufus, San Dimas
DB: Abraham Trejo, Covina
DB: Erick Ware, San Dimas
DL: Bobby Rios, San Dimas
DL: Michael Roberts, Covina
DL: Anibal Lopez, Northview
DL: Earl Allen, Rowland
LB: Josiah Erickson, San Dimas
LB: Chris Osorio, Wilson
LB: Ryan Cavaness, Covina
LB: Elijah Grijalva, Northview
PK: Erick Ware, San Dimas

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Los Altos to play “home” game in Central Final vs. Colony at Cerritos College; … Plus video of Los Altos at Monday’s championship luncheon

Breaking News Tuesday afternoon: Los Altos-Colony championship will be at Cerritos College on Saturday night.
Statement from CIF: “There’s a feeling and a belief, and from the experience of the people in this office and the people who are involved from Colony High School and to a certain extent Los Altos High School, they feel that facility does not fit the crowd needs for that particular game and does not fit the field conditions that would be necessary for a CIF-Southern Section championship game,” CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons said Tuesday afternoon.

Los Altos coach Dale Ziola following decision: “The playing surface shouldn’t really matter. Two of our three playoff games, we had to go and play on the road on artificial turf despite practicing on a natural grass surface. Now, it’s our home game, so why should it have to be different the other way around?”

Los Altos Athletic director Andrew Formano on CIF statement: We were absolutely prepared to host the game here at Los Altos and were prepared to bring in more seating if that was needed but we thought we had more than adequate seating. We’ve sold 7,000 tickets for graduation before. We’ve hosted big football games and didn’t think that was an issue at all. We have one of the biggest stadiums in the San Gabriel Valley, certainly bigger than some high schools that were approved to host championship games in the past. We never thought seating was an issue.
Formano on Los Altos’ field issues: Our field is our field, we use it every week for practice, for games, for playoff games. We thought it was suitable compared to what CIF has approved in the past.”
Formano On moving the game to Cerritos: It was one of the only choices left. We tried Mt. SAC, Citrus and Cal State Fullerton, but they all were unavailable for (different) reasons. We didn’t look at a nearby high school because we felt our high school was the most suitable. Eventually we chose Cerritos College because of the stadium capacity and there weren’t many other choices at that point.”

Photos from today’s CIF-SS Champions Luncheon in Long Beach
Teams not in CIF-SS championships at Angel Stadium are allowed to host CIF-SS football championships at home if they won the coin flip, are the designated home team and can prove to CIF it can accommodate a championship crowd for both teams and has an adequate enough surface to host it. We’ve seen it happen recently with Monrovia and San Dimas hosting championships and many other schools in the Southern Section. Los Altos has the home game in Saturday’s Central Division championship against Colony, but there is a push by Colony to move losaltoscifthe game from Los Altos which CIF is strongly considering. It is believed Los Altos can handle the crowd, the issue is its field. Is it worthy enough to hold a championship game? Consider this: When West Covina played La Serna in the 2011 championship, West Covina argued days in advance that the game shouldn’t be at California High School, where La Serna normally plays home games. It argued the grass surface was dead and not adequate enough, nor did Cal Hi have press boxes for coaches, media or TV media outlets broadcasting the game on live stream. Back then I argued the game should be moved for those reasons too, that championships deserved marquee venues whenever possible and ideal playing surfaces. CIF sided with La Serna after visiting California High on the Wednesday before the game, determining that Cal Hi had enough seating capacity and that the dead grass was not an issue, allowing the game to be played there. There is no difference between that situation vs. Los Altos’ right to host a game on Saturday at its venue. Los Altos’ grass field is no different than the Cal Hi field, plus it has more than enough seating on both sides to stage a championship, plus it has two press boxes for coaches, media and broadcast media. If you’re going to say yes to Cal Hi, you need to say yes to Los Altos because a precedent already has been set. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, I’m hearing the game could get moved to nearby Walnut High, Mt. SAC or possibly Fullerton. But if you ask me, if CIF is going to allow a game at Cal High, then to force Los Altos to move would mean making its own rules as it goes along. Stay tuned, there is sure to be more on this.

CIF approved this field at California High in 2011 for the La Serna, West Covina championship game. Even Los Altos’ field, which is the worst in the SGV, isn’t like this … That’s why I said, If CIF approved Cal Hi, how can you NOW say no to Los Altos. It comes down to this, if your field is playable enough to host playoff games, then you can’t argue the surface isn’t capable now, especially looking at the Cal Hi pictures. The only question should be weather Los Altos can handle the crowd, which it obviously can. Los Altos is one of the larger stadiums with huge bleachers on each side. This should be a no brainer.

Also, in CIF’s football playoff handbook, the only criteria it mentions is crowd size, which Los altos has covered.

calhi's field


More precedent for Los Altos’ argument is Rio Hondo Prep getting a home game in 2012 against Mission Prep. Not only was the field in terrible shape, the visiting sidelines force players to stand on a hill.

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Breaking News: San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow has resigned


STORY: One of the areas top prep football coaches has decided to move on.
Veteran San Dimas coach Bill Zernikow resigned on Monday after a decade heading the Saints program. The move had everything to do with his family as he and wife Laurie have three children who are all active in sports.
He would like to be there more for their athletic events.
“I really don’t have a plan,” he said of his next move. “I have tried to be at all their events and it can be hectic when I am dealing with football too. My wife has to be the main one making sure they get where they need to be. It’s really all been on her.”
Zernickow, 41, has compiled an 87-37 mark in his tenure dating back to his rookie season in 2005. His team won four Valle Vista League titles and came home with CIF titles in 2009 and 2013.

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Pomona playing for first title since 1951 … We talked to coach Keith Richardson and players at today’s CIF champions luncheon

Pomona will face top-seed Paraclete on Friday’s CIF-SS championship at Antelope Valley College. We
Pomonaplayerstalked to coach Keith Richardson and players at today’s CIF-SS champions luncheon in Long Beach.
We also printed a story on Friday that incorrectly stated that Pomona was making its first CIF finals appearance in 86 years, losing to Covina 7-0 in 1928. Pomona also played for the 1917 championship and lost 27-0 to Manuel Arts. In fact, at today’s champions luncheon, CIF’s media guide also stated the same thing. However, in CIF’s record book it clearly shows that Pomona did win a CIF football title in 1951 — the school’s only football title. Pomona defeated Monrovia 26-13 at Mt. SAC and we believe this is a picture of the 1951 championship team, sent to us by one of our readers.


Pomona 1952 team

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South Hills wins Cory Lidle Memorial Baseball Tournament

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South Hills continued its recent dominance of the Cory Lidle Memorial Baseball Tournament last week.
Frank Martinez hit two home runs and earned tournament MVP as the Huskies went 6-0, including a 3-2 win over Alta Loma in the championship game.
South Hills, also keyed by senior Jacob Ramos with two wins and three saves, won the tournament for the second consecutive season and scored its third win overall.
The charitable tournament was started in 2006 by local baseball coaches Darren Murphy and Tom Quinley. Lidle was a former star at South Hills who played Major League Baseball. He was killed in a plane crash in 2006.
South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “Timely hits and great pitching gave us a chance to win the ninth annual tournament. It’s great to win this tourney, which takes on special significance with the Lidle connection to this school, as Cory is a former player.”
– Stephen Ramirez

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Aram and I having a hard time with player, coach of the year and the rest of the best

This is the time we start thinking Tribune football player of the year, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, coach of the year and first team. Aram and I were talking this morning, the big awards are so difficult to choose. Good luck picking player and coach of the year, you pick one you can make a great argument for a couple more. Anyways, that’s what we’ve got to sort out during championship week

Mid-Valley Division Final
Friday’s game

Pomona at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m.
Central Division Final
Saturday’s game

Colony at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.


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Bishop Amat’s miracle comeback falls agonizingly short, 38-37; Los Altos and Pomona punch tickets to championship games


Los Altos going for 12th championship: The Los Altos football team has officially shed its third-place moniker. The third-place team from the Hacienda League can finish no worse than second — in the CIF-SS Central Division.
Tyler Nevens, who ran for 296 yards, sealed Los Altos’ 27-13 win over Bonita on Friday night with his second touchdown of the game on fourth down from the 1-yard line with seven minutes to play.

Bishop Amat’s miracle rally falls short: Bishop Amat’s last minute miracle comeback fell short, crushing the Lancers’ dream of playing for their first championship since 1995 in a 38-37 loss at Corona Centennial on Friday.
Centennial’s near self-destruction allowed for a crazy finish after running back Sammonte Bonner fumbled a game-clinching touchdown run inches from the end zone, allowing the Lancers to get it back with just over a minute left at their own 3.
Bishop Amat quarterback Ryder Ruiz, who finished with 411 yards and three touchdowns, engineered a 97-yard scoring drive in the final minute, connecting with Brandon Arconado on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left.

Pomona in first championship since 1928: To say it’s been a long time since the Pomona High School football team has been in a championship game, is saying that it’s been a while since the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series.
That day is finally here as Pomona defeated visiting Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, 33-20, in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals Friday night.
Third-ranked Pomona (9-4) will play Paraclete (10-3), a 15-12 winner over Northview in the other semifinal game, Friday at Antelope Valley College.
It’s been 86 years since the Red Devils have been in a title game, losing to Covina 7-0 in 1928. The Red Devils were also in the CIF championship game 11 years earlier, losing to Manuel Arts, 27-0.

Colony knocks out Charter Oak: The dream season of the Colony High School football team lives on. The Titans parlayed eight Charter Oak turnovers into a 35-26 victory on Friday night in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs. Colony improved to 11-2 and will play Los Altos in next Saturday’s championship game. Charter Oak finished 8-5.
All of Charter Oak’s turnovers certainly helped Colony, but Khalil Dorsey made sure the Chargers paid dearly for their seventh.
With Colony leading 29-26 and Charter Oak at the Titans’ 38 with 3:01 to left to play, Dorsey stepped in front of a pass to the flats by Charter Oak quarterback Kam Brown. Dorsey intercepted the ball and returned it 65 yards for the icing score.

Northview nearly knocks off No. 1 Paraclete: Northview’s dream season came to an end after a tough 15-12 loss to top-seeded Paraclete (10-3), which will go to its fifth consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship game.
The Spirits took their first and only lead with 2:33 left in the game on an 8-yard run by Ethan Clark. Their two-point conversion was good, setting the stage for one last attempt by Northview (11-2) trailing by three.
The Vikings drove to midfield, but when freshman quarterback Steven Comstock’s fourth-and-2 pass fell incomplete with 29 seconds left, the game and chance to play for the title was sealed for the Spirits.
“We knew going into the game that it was going to come down to defense,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez. “They just made one more stop than we did in the second half.”

CIF-SS High School Football Playoff results
Pac-5 Division

St. John Bosco 33, Long Beach Poly 21
Corona Centennial 38, Bishop Amat 37
Saturday’s championship: Centennial vs. St. John Bosco, Angels Stadium, 8 p.m.
Central Division
Colony 35, Charter Oak 26
Los Altos 27, Bonita 13
Saturday’s championship: Colony at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete 15, Northview 12
Pomona 33, Sierra Canyon 20
Friday’s championship: Pomona at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m.
Southeast Division
Crescenta Valley 41, La Serna 36
Downey 35, Salesian 14
Friday’s championship: Crescenta Valley at Downey, 7:30 p.m.
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Bishop Amat reaches semifinal by building its team from the ground up … by not giving into transfers, and that’s just fine for coach Steve Hagerty

In this day and age, teams that typically compete for a CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship, the most coveted and competitive division in Southern California, are usually loaded with big-time transfers and several others supported by tuition assistance.
Bishop Amat, who advanced to the Pac-5 semifinals with a 24-17 win over second-seed JSerra and will travel to the Inland Empire to take on third-seed Corona Centennial on Friday at 7:30 p.m., is not a school known to operate that way.
Bishop Amat is making its first trip to the semifinals since 1998 and hoping to cash in on its first championship since 1995.
Maybe the long drought has something to do with a school that doesn’t hand out financial assistance like they’re giving out college scholarships. That’s not to say Bishop Amat doesn’t hand out financial assistance, but it hasn’t used it as a tool to attract whoever it wants.
And since coach Steve Hagerty took over in 2008, the school hasn’t had a significant game-changing transfer that’s made a difference. In fact, more impact players have transferred out than transferred in during Hagerty’s tenure.

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Bonita’s Angel Verdugo thankful for a second chance as Bearcats on verge of title game

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High RB Angel Verdugo (#23) tries to push the football in for a touchdown despite having his helmet torn off vs San Dimas High at Citrus College Stadium in Glendora, Calif. October 2, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Angel Verdugo is thankful for one thing in particular this Thanksgiving: a second chance.
Verdugo, the Bonita High School football team’s star running back was almost the latest chapter in the sad ongoing story about talented players whose off-the-field problems keep them from ever realizing their on-field potential.
“There were a lot of times that I lost a lot of sleep wondering what was going to happen with this kid,” Bonita head coach Adrian Medrano said. “There were a lot of times when I was very concerned.”

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