Don’t look now: Diamond Bar 2-0 in league; Glendora 0-2 …

Is there a Sierra League championship in the Brahmas’ future?

You saw this coming if you read the Trib’s boys hoops preview. It wasn’t a memorable issue, but we did warn you about the Brahmas. Anyway, there’s still ocho games left in the Sierra League, but I’d be getting worried if I were Glendora. DB is for real. Ayala is Ayala. Damien is solid, so is Chino Hills. Or, perhaps the Tartans are following last year’s pattern. Diamond Bar has the world on a stick right now, and Glendora is under the gun. By far, this is the best boys hoops league in the area.

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Late updates for a busy Wednesday ….

He’s healed!: Glendora guard Dominic Tiger-Cortes, who was thought to be out for 4-6 weeks with a broken toe, played Wednesday night. He entered the game in the second quarter and played limited minutes, scoring six points. Evidently, Tartans coach Mike LeDuc was told by a doctor to limit Tiger-Cortes to 2-4 minutes at a time.

Bench clearing brawl, cops respond: I have very limited info about a bench clearing brawl tonight at the Duarte vs. Workman boys hoops game. All I’ve heard is that the cops had to escort Workman out of Duarte HS. If any bloggers want to add some credible info to this, please do so below. I will follow-up on it tomorrow.

Amat linebacker Carlton Fletcher headed to West Point: Bishop Amat linebacker Carlton Fletcher will sign a letter of intent to play at Army next season. Fletcher is reportedly the first Amat football player to attend West Point.

I met Randy: Yep, loyal blogger “Randy” was at Wednesday’s Diamond Bar-Glendora boys hoops game watching his Brahmas get a big road win over the Tartans.

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UPDATED: South El Monte football coaching staff shake-up!!!

South El Monte offensive coordinator Jerry Urias was fired by the school just before Christmas break. Urias had been with the Eagles for four seasons, including the most successful campaign in school history in 2005. Although, controversial at times, Urias was considered one of the top assistants in the area and a major reason for the Eagles’ recent turnaround. South El Monte reached the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs in 2005 and finished in a three-way tie for the Mission Valley League championship in 2006.

Eagles head coach Erick Escamilla is fearful that Urias’ firing will lead to other assistant coaches leaving in protest. Even Escamilla’s own situation is somewhat up in the air, but the 10th year coach said he will likely return.

Urias was an off-campus coach, who graduated from El Monte and played defensive back collegiately at PCC and Temple. He also played in the CFL with Hamilton. He currently also coaches defensive backs at Compton College.

South El Monte should be one of the better teams in the area next season with several key contributors returning, including wide receiver Tommy Cogburn and quarterback Jose Garay.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: I spoke with Coach Urias and SEM principal Silvia Montero on Wednesday. Montero wouldn’t comment. Urias did. There will be an article in the Tribune about the firing on Thursday.

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