Big Thursday: Will Glendora get revenge on South Hills?


Here is how it all went down last year with South Hills SHOCKING Glendora for the Palomares league title. Tartans QB Matt Fink, who was injured in that game, has had a year to wait for it again.

Tonight’s game and prediction
Glendora (4-1) vs. South Hills (1-4) at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)

By Aram Tolegian
If you go by last year’s performance, then the South Hills High School football has the Palomares League right where they want it.
Sure, the Huskies are 1-4 entering league. But they were last year, too, and swept the league en route to the championship. The Valley will find out Thursday whether history is about to repeat itself when the Huskies host Glendora (4-1) at Covina District Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
“It’s just how we drew it up,” South Hills head coach Albert Rodriguez said sarcastically. “We have the same exact record going in (to league play), but it’s two different football teams. We are who our record says we are.
“We’re a 1-4 football team who is struggling to find out who we are both offensively and defensively.”
Glendora could care less. The Tartans have had this game circled on their calendar since last year’s league finale. On that night, both South Hills and Glendora met with unbeaten records in league, but the Huskies came away with the win after Tartans star quarterback Matt Fink was injured and left the game.
Rodriguez knows that stopping Fink will be key to his team’s chances and he expects to get Glendora’s best shot considering what happened last season.
“They’re angry and they’re a good group,” Rodriguez said of Glendora. “A lot of people tend to just look at Fink. And Fink is obviously who he is. You’re not going to able to stop the kid. He’s going to make his plays. He’s a great player. But they have a good supporting cast around him.”
Points have been a problem for South Hills, which is averaging 5.8 points per game and hasn’t scored more than eight points in a game.
Glendora bounced back from a stunning loss to Charter Oak by rallying to beat Kaiser last Thursday. Fink’s big play in the game came as a receiver on a trick play to set up the winning score. The Tartans have played arguably the toughest nonleague schedule of any team in the league.

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Thursday Recap: Garey girls tennis remain undefeated in league after sweeping Pomona

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls tennis
Garey 18, Pomona 0 — The team of Danielle Castaneda and Jannyda Sre swept in doubles and Sunita Bohara swept in singles for the Vikings (14-1, 11-0) in a Miramonte League win.
Gladstone 14, Duarte 4 — The teams of Anahi Sandoval and Brianna La Rue and Valeria deLeon and Melina Ramos swept in doubles and Marina Chow swept in singles for the Gladiators (9-1, 6-0) in a Montview League victory.

Boys water polo
Claremont 12, Ayala 8 — Goalie Kellan Grant had 10 saves, Bruno Snow registered six goals and Jonathan Wong added four goals to lead the Wolfpack ( 10-6, 2-0) to the Palomares League victory. Also contributing to Claremont’s win were Lenny Davis and Mat Turk who each scored a goal. Neil Arnett had three goals and Anthony Carzo scored twice for Ayala.

Girls volleyball
Diamond Ranch 3, Charter Oak 0 — Jackie Graves registered 11 kills and Marina Roski added nine kills for the Panthers (13-3, 2-0) in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-22 Hacienda League win.
Duarte 3, Azusa 1 — Daisy Portillo had 24 kills and six digs and Rossana Rico had 31 assists, four aces and nine digs for the Falcons (16-5, 2-1) in a 13-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18 Montview League win. Duarte’s Elva Sandoval had 11 digs and Ryley Thompson had eight kills.
St. Lucy’s 3, Etiwanda 1 — Loryn Carter had 18 kills and Jenna Bailey and Amber Mendoza each had seven aces for the Regents (8-7, 2-1) in a 25-10, 25-27, 25-12, 25-6 Baseline League victory.
La Salle 3, Bishop Amat 2 — Ashley Tobar and Nicole Ramirez each had 10 kills and Camille Ferguson had nine kills and five aces for Bishop Amat in a 25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 16-25,15-10 Del Rey League loss. Sara Ward had 20 assists and four aces and Lauren Baca had five aces for Bishop Amat.

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Friday Countdown: Bonita-Claremont, Someone’s 0 must go; Amat-Serra in battle to take over Mission

Friday’s High School Football scoreboard

PrepXtra Live Chat Countdown: Mike the Cousin will launch tonight’s Scribble chat from Alemany as it takes on Bishop Amat in a battle of once-beaten teams vying for sole possession of first in the Mission. Aram Tolegian will also be on hand to join the chat and offer his thoughts throughout the game. Michelle Gardner is at tonight’s game of the night, undefeated Claremont at Bonita in the Palomares league opener and Guillermo Tovar will update undefeated Chino at Charter Oak in the Hacienda opener. I’ll also be chatting and tweeting throughout and when it’s all over, get ready for the PrepXtra Live postgame show at 11 p.m., on this thread.

Battle of unbeatens preview, Claremont-Bonita: A coach from the Oregon State football program made a stop at the Claremont High School campus recently to talk to Wolfpack running back Duy Tran-Sampson. The junior never watched much football on television growing up, and he still doesn’t today. He is just now learning the ins and outs of the game as well as college recruiting.

Friday’s Featured game previews: Bishop Amat-Serra; Bonita-Claremont; Chino-Charter Oak; Arcadia-Muir; Diamond Ranch-West Covina; La Canada-South Pasadena; Sonora-La Habra; California-Pioneer

Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga at Damien — Robledo (RC); Aram (RC)
Hacienda League
Chino at Charter Oak — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Diamond Ranch at West Covina — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Los Altos at Walnut — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Ganesha — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Garey at La Puente — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Serra — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at El Monte — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Marshall vs. Arroyo at Pasadena — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Rosemead at South El Monte — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
Montview League
Gladstone at Duarte — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Duarte)
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Palomares League
Claremont at Bonita — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Claremont)
Diamond Bar at Ayala — Robledo (DBar); Aram (Ayala)
Valle Vista League
Nogales vs. Covina at CDF — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Northview at Rowland — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Wilson at San Dimas — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)

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Bring it on: Competitive Cheer to become a CIF sport in 2017-18



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Predictions: Expect Charter Oak, Glendora, Northview, Baldwin Park and Pomona to win league titles

My football league predictions entering league this week …

Hacienda League
1. Charter Oak, 2. West Covina, 3. Los Altos, 4. Diamond Ranch, 5. Chino, 6. Walnut
Buying: What the Chargers did to Glendora shows me they’re the best of the best. West Covina’s three losses were to Colony, Tesoro and St. Francis, I just think their size will take care of everyone but the speed of Charter Oak. Once Los Altos gets away from silly trick plays, they’re a legitimate playoff contender. They could possibly finish second, but that’s their ceiling.
Not buying: Diamond Ranch’s wins have come against opponents with a combined 4-17 record and they lost 7-0 to South Hills. Chino may be undefeated, but that’s only because they played the weakest schedule among the group. Barely beating Rowland means they’ll probably lose to Charter Oak by 30 on Friday.

TartyPalomares League
1. Glendora, 2. Bonita, 3. Claremont, 4. Diamond Bar, 5. Ayala, 6. South Hills.
Buying: Extremely tough league to call. Any of the top four could possibly win it, but buying the Tartans because of QB Matt Fink. Charter Oak matched up well and blew out the Tartans, but the Tartans have played a tough schedule, tougher than anyone in the Palomares and should be good enough to win it. Will they go undefeated? Not sure, but they’re the best of the rest. Bonita’s win over Monrovia was impressive and what they’ve done to teams they’re supposed to beat is impressive, but can they keep it going? The Bearcats’ league title hopes will be determined the first two weeks opening with Claremont followed by Glendora.
Not Buying: I love the defense Diamond Bar is playing, I just feel the teams I have ahead are better. Slightly. Ayala and South Hills are just spoilers, if they win one or two, that’s their ceiling.

vikingsValle Vista League
1. Northview, 2. Covina, 3. San Dimas, 4. Rowland, 5. Nogales, 6. Wilson
Buying: I’m drinking Northview’s cool-aid and the Vikings’ ability to go undefeated in the VVL. If there’s a chance they lose, I expect it to come from rival Covina more than San Dimas. The top three are far and away the top three. Covina has the head-scratching loss to Baldwin Park, but they almost beat Claremont, losing in the final seconds. San Dimas is tough to call. They’ve looked great at times and shaky at times. I just think Northview and Covina are slightly better.
Not buying: Rowland, Nogales and Wilson have no shot at the top three, but among those, Rowland has looked the best while Nogales and their uniforms look the best. For Wilson and Gano, good thing they had a scheduled win against Keppel or it could have been 0-10.

pacoperezMontview League
1. Baldwin Park, 2. Duarte, 3. Azusa, 4. Gladstone, 5. Sierra Vista, 6. Workman
Buying: The Braves should win league easy, they’re simply better than everyone else. They will win the way Azusa use to own this league when they were rolling. What’s interesting is the battle for second and third, and I’m going with two teams, Duarte and Azusa, who are both 0-5. When I look at who they played and some of the scores, it’s more impressive to me than the wins Sierra Vista and Gladstone have. Nobody has played any super giants, but Duarte and Azusa’s schedule will pay off in Montview playoff spots, you watch and see.
Not buying: Sierra Vista or Gladstone. Sierra Vista’s only win came against Keppel and Gladstone’s wins came against Nogales and Garey in close games.

pomonatitleMiramonte League
1. Pomona, 2. Ganesha, 3. Bassett, 4. La Puente, 5. Garey
Buying: The defending champion Red Devils will take it, but not as easy as I thought when the season began. Ganesha could be dangerous and has a legitimate chance to knock off Pomona. Bassett is much improved too. What the Miramonte has shown me during non-league is that it’s better than the Montview from top to bottom. You couldn’t say that a year ago.
Not buying: La Puente has fallen on hard times losing two solid head coaches in recent years and Garey is still Garey. Not sure either two have a shot at cracking the top three.

Plus … a question of the day

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Walnut edges San Marino in own golf tournament


Walnut won its own golf tournament at California Country Club in Whittier, edging San Marino when the teams tied for first.
The Mustangs won on the sixth player after the top five players from each team shot a combined 392. Walnut won on the sixth player, 85-91.
San Marino’s Elizabeth Wang shot an even-par 72 to take the individual title.
Katherine Muzi shot a 74 to tie for fourth to lead the Mustangs.
Beth Lillie of Troy and Andrea Lee of Mira Costa both shot a 73. Venessa Wang of La Serna also had a 74.
In the championship flip, La Serna finished in fourth place, the Walnut No. 2 team in sixth, Glendora in 12th and Bishop Amat in 13th. La Serna’s Briana Chacon, San Marino’s Bella Setio and Walnut’s Abigail Wiranatha all tied for seventh with 77s.
In the A flight, where four scores counted among five players, Walnut No. 3 won with a 352 with Walnut No. 4 second at 390. West Covina was sixth, Charter Oak seventh, Arcadia eighth and Diamond Ranch ninth.

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