Charter Oak and San Dimas punch championship tickets; Bishop Amat routed by St. John Bosco


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Bosco too much for Amat: Bishop Amat knew its chances were slim and whatever other superlatives you want to use to describe its upset chances against St. John Bosco, ranked No. 1 in the country by several publications, including USA Today and MaxPreps, in Friday’s CIF-SS Pac-5 Division semifinal in front of an estimated 12,000 at Cerritos College.
While Amat took eventual champion Corona Centennial to the final seconds a year ago before bowing out in the semifinals, it was never a factor against Bosco, which routed Amat 63-10 and forced a running clock in the fourth for the 12th time in 13 games.

Charter Oaks rallies past Glendora: GLENDORA — Longtime Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar has seen his teams come through a lot hairy situations through the years.So, for the five-time CIF Southern Section champion coach to admit he was nervous when Glendora took a two-score lead in the first half of Friday’s Central Division semifinals is really saying something.But fear not, Big Lou. The Chargers had an answer. A resounding one, and rattled off the next four scores to post a 28-14 win. Charter Oak improved 12-1 and will host San Marino (13-0) in next week’s championship game. Glendora finished 11-2.“(Glendora is) a really good football team and they were well-prepared,” Farrar said. “Hell yes, I was nervous. I think my wife may have been passed out up there (in the stands). We just had to eliminate some mistakes and get some breaks.”The win marked the second time Charter Oak topped Glendora this season. The Chargers won 28-7 on Sept. 25. But Glendora hadn’t lost since and looked well on its way to sweet revenge early.
— Aram Tolegian
San Dimas 56, Viewpoint 30
AGOURA >> San Dimas High School used a punishing rushing attack to defeat Viewpoint 56-30 Friday night at Agoura High School in a CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinal game.Tailback Jarell Sykes rushed for three touchdowns and 148 yards on 24 carries while also catching a touchdown pass for 23 yards. Teammate Dominic Cortez scored two rushing touchdowns of 8 and 6 yards, while rushing for 184 yards on 21 carries. The Saints (10-4) rushed for 348 yards.San Dimas will host undefeated Sierra Canyon in next week’s division title game. The Trailblazers defeated 2014 champion Pomona, 65-26.San Dimas broke the game open in the second quarter, scoring 21 points in 27 seconds. After Sykes scored his second touchdown of the game on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Joey Tamayo, the Saints recovered the ensuing kickoff on the Viewpoint 1-yard line and Sykes scored on the next play. Twenty-five seconds later, Dylan Ware intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown, giving the Saints a 28-3 second-quarter lead.“We have a lot of film on (Sierra Canyon) and they are very good,” San Dimas coach Mark Holman said. “We have to cut down on our mistakes and penalties.”
Sierra Canyon 62, Pomona 26
GRANADA HILLS >> For a full year, Sierra Canyon’s CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinal loss to Pomona lingered over the team like a foul odor.When the chance for revenge came Friday at Granada Hills High in this year’s semifinals, the Trailblazers did not wait long to dish out what they had pent up so long.Eric Markes kick-started the fun with a 90-yard touchdown on a punt return in the first quarter and by the fourth, a running clock was established as Sierra Canyon won 62-26 to reach its first CIF final since 2011.
Friday’s CIF-SS Playoff results
Pac-5 Division

St. John Bosco 63, Bishop Amat 10
Southwest Division
La Habra 42, Villa Park 21
San Clemente 63, Buena Park 24
Championship: San Clemente vs. La Habra, Friday
Southeast Division
La Serna 24, St. Francis 10
La Mirada 38, Cathedral 7
Championship: La Serna at La Mirada, Saturday
Central Division
Charter Oak 28, Glendora 14
San Marino 35, Summmit 30
Championship: San Marino at Charter Oak, Saturday
Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Canyon 65, Pomona 26
San Dimas 56, Viewpoint 30
Championship: Sierra Canyon at San Dimas, Friday.

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Saturday Recap: Jonathan Hu had 20 points to lead Rowland boys basketball to win its season opener

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Boys basketball
Rowland 69, Fullerton 47 — Jonathan Hu had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, Curtis Hong registered 24 points, five steals and three assists and Phillip Aguiniga added 13 points, 11 assists, six steals and five rebounds for the Raiders (1-0) in a nonleague win.
Arroyo 56, Torres 51 — Justin Alfonso had 23 points, Francisco Martinez added 10 points and Fabian Gomez had 12 rebounds to lead the Knights (4-0) to the Lions Take of the Turkey Tournament win.
Mendez 45, Edgewood 41 — Terrell Lewis had 14 points and Michael Martinez had 10 rebounds for the Lions (1-4) in a Lions Take of the Turkey Tournament loss.

Girls basketball

Glendora 68, Ramona 30 — Michelle Can had 17 points and Alexis Lowden added 13 points to lead the Tartans (2-1) to the South El Monte Tournament victory.

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Friday Recap: Makayla Tilton had 17 points for Glendora girls basketball but it wasn’t enough to take the victory

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Girls basketball
El Rancho 56, Glendora 52 — Makayla Tilton had 17 points, Michelle Can added 14 points and Kayla Sera registered 10 points for the Tartans (1-1) in a South El Monte Tournament loss.

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It’s a new era for girls basketball with Duarte No. 1


Girls Basketball Top Ten Preview by Keith Lair
The Duarte High School girls basketball program has been no stranger to success.
The Falcons have had four 20-plus winning seasons in the last four years and have been to the CIF Southern Section playoffs every year since 2010. They went to the CIF State tournament in 2010 and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS divisional playoffs last year.
But the Falcons appear to have stepped up their game. They have hired Scott Wiard as head coach. Scott helped his father, Richard, to two CIF State and five CIF-SS titles at Bishop Amat.
“They’ve had a pretty good run the last five years and we’re trying to build on that,” Scott Wiard said. “The kids are used to competing at a high level. We’re trying to build a CIF championship program and when we came from Amat we thought we can do it here.”
The Wiards, with Richard as an assistant coach, will find the cupboards are not bare. The Falcons have two of the best players in the west San Gabriel Valley, which is why they earned the preseason No. 1 position.
Six-foot-seven sophomore Patricia Morris is back, along with a top point guard and a top scorer.
Morris averaged 9.2 points and nine rebounds on a team that went 20-9 last year.
“From May until now she is so much better,” Wiard said. “She presents problems with her height. She is such a good athlete. She played tennis and has improved her footwork. She will be pretty special for us.”
And then there is senior Mackenzie Barnes, who led the Falcons in scoring last year playing point guard.
“I think in girls basketball if you have a really good point guard and a big girl in the middle, you’ll be pretty decent,” Wiard said. “We’re pretty blessed because we are fortunate to have both.
“(Barnes) does the right things and gets in the right spots and she’s gotten a lot better.”
Then there’s junior Ryley Thompson, one of the top 3-point shooters in the valley. Seniors Karmeece Robinson and Sofia Calvo also return. Freshman Delanye Thompson, Ryley’s sister, is expected to see playing time off he bench.
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Tribskin Pick’em: Got Charter Oak, San Dimas reaching finals; Bishop Amat bowing out

This simple Tweet went viral late Friday with a lot of folks thinking I lost my mind for thinking Amat could be on the same field with St. John Bosco. I stand by what I wrote, that I like their chances, and what I mean by that is I like their chances for a mammoth upset. But am I ready to predict it? No. Nobody in their right mind would pick Amat if you were asked to bet the mortgage on it. But I don’t think it’s impossible and I do believe it will be a winnable game in the fourth quarter. I was wavering on Charter Oak and Glendora before finally settling on Charter Oak. I watched the first game and Charter Oak handled Glendora up front. That’s going to be the difference again. But it will be closer than 28-7 the second time around. I love San Dimas’ chances against Viewpoint after watching how close Covina came to beating them. I picked San Dimas to upset Paraclete and get to the finals and not changing my mind now. I also like Sierra Canyon to beat Pomona in a not-so-close game. In other out of area games, take St. Francis in an upset over No. 1 La Serna and go with La Mirada to reach the finals over Cathedral. I also have La Habra all day over Villa Park.

Friday’s CIF-SS Playoff Schedule and predictions
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted
Pac-5 Division

Bishop Amat vs. St. John Bosco at Cerritos College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bosco); Aram (Bosco)
Southwest Division
Villa Park at La Habra — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (Aram)
Southeast Division
La Serna at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (La Serna)
La Mirada at Cathedral, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (La Mirada)
Central Division
Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (Charter Oak)
Summit at San Marino — Robledo (San Marino): Aram (San Marino)
Mid-Valley Division
Pomona vs. Sierra Canyon at Granada Hills HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
San Dimas vs. Viewpoint at Agoura HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (San Dimas)

holman HOLMAN DELIVERING IN FIRST SEASON: Raise your hand if you picked the San Dimas High School football team to reach the semifinals or beyond of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Besides Saints fans, very few football fans around the Valley had San Dimas surviving its second-round trip to No. 2 seed Paraclete. But that’s exactly what happened.San Dimas scored arguably the most impressive victory of any Valley team last Friday when it toppled Paraclete, 43-28, at Antelope Valley College.
“My guys, they wanted Paraclete,” first-year San Dimas head coach Mark Holman said. “We were just really focused. We’ve been getting better every week since the Northview loss. We are built for this kind of football.”Now, the path is clear for San Dimas to reach the championship game. Despite being on the road in Friday’s semifinals, San Dimas (9-3) is favored by most to beat Viewpoint (7-5).

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Damien and new coach Mike LeDuc headline Tribune Pre-Season Boys Basketball top ten poll


Damien boys basketball standout Bryce Peters, who signed a national letter of intent with Colorado and is the headliner for the Spartans’ defending Division III state champions, was asked what it has been like since legendary area coach Mike LeDuc took over.
“He looks re-charged,” Peters said. “It’s been great. He’s excited for something new.”
LeDuc is one of the winningest boys basketball coaches in section history with 826 career wins. LeDuc won four CIF championships and 15 league titles in nearly 30 years at Glendora before deciding the time was right to return to Damien, where he began his coaching career from 1979-86 before moving to Glendora in 1987.
The opportunity to take over at Damien became available when Spartans coach Matt Dunn, who won a divisional and state title with the Spartans, bolted for St. John Bosco.
“I’m not coming in with the expectation of doing what they did last year, they had a real special team,” LeDuc said. “Our goal is to win as many games as we can and be the best we can possibly be.
“Last year was an incredible year for Damien basketball. Now, we’ve got a new group of kids who are going to write their own story.”
And that group is still pretty special, which is why Damien leads the way as the Tribune’s top-ranked squad as the season gets underway this week.
“The (change) has been great,” LeDuc said. “Of course Glendora was special and there are a lot of memories there. But this is something new and I’m excited about it.”
LeDuc always has let scorers score, so expect Peters to average more than 20 points with a supporting cast that will compete in the super tough Baseline League and be among the favorites in Division 1AA.
Along with Peters, the Spartans return junior Justin Hemsley, the brother of Jeremy Hemsley, who was the back-to-back player of the year now at San Diego State.
Add to that Elijah McCullough, Kaleb Wilborn and 6-foot-7 transfer Isaiah White from Upland to round out what will likely be the starting five.
Peters averaged 14 points last year as the third option behind Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts.
“Bryce is a very, very talented player and this is going to be his opportunity to shine, lead and show what he’s capable of doing,” LeDuc said. “Last year he had to play a different role, this year it’s different and I expect him to have a fantastic season.”

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