Good times are here again? Glendora downs El Dorado …

Kyle Gordien dropped 21 on El Dorado.

Glendora 60, El Dorado 52 (No matter how bad things get, LeDuc isn’t losing a wild card game)
South Hills 77, Citrus Hills (Kobe Santos scored 29 because he wanted to get out of the first round)
Santa Fe 61, West Covina 45 (Dawgs go bye bye early again)
Arroyo 60, Garden Grove 52 (Carmelo Morita had 18)
South El Monte 62, Capistrano Vly Chr. 47 (MVL ballin in the dance)

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HOME COOKING … (get to a game)

Rowland’s fans have it right. Lost in that crowd was Asst. Principal Bob Withers.

QUICK ARAM THOUGHT: You’d have thought we were on Tobacco Road and not right near a crater in Irwindale while at the office on Monday. Hoops fever was in full effect. Yep, it’s true. Anyway, my thought of the day was … What will El Dorado’s fans be thinking when Glendora shows up with 500-1,000 fans for a wild card game?


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HOOPS PLAYOFFS … this week

Can Damien shake last Thursday’s disaster?

BOYS HOOPS: Uh, how’s your confidence in area boys hoops? I won’t lie, mine isn’t high. I hope I’m wrong. The season was very entertaining, but that was SGV on SGV. Once our boys step into competition against the outside world, i.e. those who don’t know what it’s like to have an Alfredo’s just around every corner, it could be scary. Damien has been No. 1 in the area for quite some time and even though Sparty lost to G-Dora, I still think they represent the area’s best chance at making a run.

GIRLS HOOPS: The Amat Chicas of La Puente, as always, will have all eyes on them. I hope the Amat faithfful have plans to get involved and support this team early. The new division should see Amat in major battles starting in the second round. You Golden A supporters can’t just plan to catch up with the team at The Pyramid, because that might be too late. Covina and Diamond Ranch have had tremendous regular seasons and should make big noise in their respective divisions. C-Town has a nice Saturday nite home game coming up. Hopefully, the Rowdy Rooters show up in force. Also, don’t forget about Sierra Vista. The Dons have a first round bye in their division and could make a little run before it’s all said and done.

REQUEST: Get to a game!!!!!! Basketball gyms can be a crazy place when packed. And that could create a nice homecourt advantage for some of the SGV fans. There’s nothing like a playoff game in a packed gym. Good crowd support could be the difference between some of our teams pulling an off an upset, or not.

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P-Chase calls his shot; Glendora ruins Damien

Loyal blogger Philip Chase (right) went off against WestCo

Glendora 62, Damien 60 (Damien’s share of the Sierra League crown goes bye bye … never trust LeDuc)
Bonita 59, Diamond Ranch 57 (D-Ranch is shakey, but still …)
Rowland 71, West Covina 57 (P-Chase goes for 30, 15 in the 4th … Raiders earn co-champ status)
Walnut upset Nogales (no score yet, but I know the result)

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Signing Day …

If you want to sign, you have to perfect the art of looking “hard” in photos.

Congrats go out to …
William Wallace, West Covina (Oregon)
Terrence Dennis, Diamond Ranch (Fresno State)
Jermaine Thomas, Duarte (Fresno State)
Mike Harris, Duarte (UCLA)
Daniel Harper, Damien (Georgetown)
Carlton Fletcher, Bishop Amat (Army)

Again, congratulations to all of you. I’m sure I speak for the entire SGV when I say we look forward to watching you all on Saturdays!!!! I had met most of these guys before, but it was great to see them all again and do some interviews and photo shoot at Tribune today. Everyone should be very proud of you for realizing your dream!!!

And to all those who didn’t sign … Remember, it’s not over. If you didn’t have the grades or test scores, you should know that the world is full of guys who didn’t have their stuff together after HS, but figured it out at a JC or elsewhere. It’s a setback, but nothing you can’t overcome. Also, if somebody didn’t think you were fast enough or big enough, the world is full of guys i.e. Jason David who were told the same things, but made it all the way to the show. If this applies to you, hopefully none of you give up on your dreams.

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BREAKING NEWS: Diamond Bar hires new football coach

John Martin, who coached from 2002 to 2005 at Rowland, has been named Diamond Bar’s head varsity football coach. Martin left Rowland after the 2005 season because he needed to work on his degree and could no longer coach/teach without it. He was an assistant for the Raiders this past season, coaching linebacker and tight ends. He replaces Nick Cuccia, who was fired soon after this past season.

QUICK ARAM THOUGHT: I like the hire. I think that Coach Martin did a good job at Rowland and he will probably get these kids to play hard for him. I still don’t think DB is anywhere close to Damien or Chino Hills. And then there’s always Chino and Glendora. The problem for DB is that they’re probably No. 5 or 6 in the league in terms of talent and then when you factor in the savvy coaching i.e. Roche, Pasqy and Morrison, I’m just not sure DB can expect much. Things just aren’t ever going to be the same with DRanch, Ayala and CH in the Brahmas’ backyard. I could be wrong … some people say there are football players on campus who don’t come out for the sport. Hoopster Elijah York comes to mind for me. He’s got at D-1 receiver’s body. I think Martin will do a good job, I just hope the Brahma fans don’t expect the world of him. He is stepping into a much better situation than the past few years.

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