Here’s the story, what’s your take? I’ll have more to say later

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
DUARTE - Duarte High School football coach Wardell Crutchfield isn’t a favorite among his coaching peers in the Montview League, and those emotions spilled out in Friday’s league opener against visiting Gladstone.
A sideline-clearing brawl with 3:28 remaining and the Falcons leading 34-3 forced referees to end the game.
The Mid-Valley Division’s top-ranked Falcons improved to 4-1 and 1-0, while Gladstone dropped to 1-3 and 0-1, but the heated post-game comments from Crutchfield and Gladiators coach Albert Sanchez indicates bad blood exists.
It all started when Falcons running back Chris Harris, who rushed for 215 yards, scored his third touchdown with 6:13 left to give the Gladiators a 34-3 lead.
Instead of kicking an extra point, the Falcons went for a two-point conversion and failed.
That bothered Sanchez so much he asked for a running clock, which Crutchfield laughed off on the sidelines.
“He’s a coward,” Crutchfield said. “You can put that in the paper.”
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POSTGAME … Saturday Morning Quarterback …Top-ranked Los Altos goes down, Duarte-Gladstone ends in brawl

Above: This taken from a spectator when fight breaks out between Gladstone and Duarte. I’ll have a different thread on this incident later this weekend.

Above: Duarte’s Desmond Hayes eludes a defender during Falcons 34-3 win

Friday’s results
Duarte 34, Gladstone 3 — I’ll explain this later, game ends in brawl with 3:28 left. Chris Harris look great though, rushing for 215 yards and three touchdowns.
Bonita 28, Northview 12 – Podley continues to work magic with Bearcats; Saints next
Damien 14, Charter Oak 14 — What, no overtime? Give Spartans credit for bouncing back after last week’s loss.
South Hills 28, Fullerton 7 — Not surprised they won, but shocked at how easy it was
St. Francis 35, Los Altos 21 – I have to watch the video. I can’t explain how the team I saw last week loses at St. Francis and gives up 35 points.

Above: St. Francis QB Austin Heyworth running for a touchdown against Conqs.

Rancho Cucamonga 42, West Covina 21 — Too many athletes for Bulldogs to keep up with
Wilson 42, Montebello 20 — Chalk up another solid win for Wildcats
Rosemead 34, Temple City 12 -- Took a while for Panthers to finish them off
Azusa 39, Sierra Vista 14 — Aztecs could be a force in Montview
Don Lugo 22, Rowland 21 — Another close loss for Raiders
Corona del Mar 22, South El Monte 14 — Closer than I expected
La Puente 39, Workman 9 – These Warriors are a force
El Monte 22, Baldwin Park 21 – Lions go for two and win on final play of the game
Arroyo 28, El Rancho 21 — Didn’t think Knights would struggle, but they did
Diamond Ranch 15, Ayala 12 - Ranch struggles with team that beat Duarte
Nogales 7, Montclair 3 – One touchdown is all it takes

Thursday’s results
Glendora 28, West Ranch 14 — Tartans look flat early, but bounce back and beat a very good West Ranch team.
Troy 42, Diamond Bar 38 — Brahmas lose, but make their point. If I’m one of the so-called Sierra League favorites, the Brahmas would worry me.

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Temple City coach Randy Backus fights back from prostate cancer

Our prayers are with you - Let’s all wish coach Backus a healthy and speedy recovery. Keep fighting the fight coach. I was at a Temple City baseball game in 2003 when my dad called to tell me had prostate cancer. It was devastating news, but he had the surgery, stays on top of his health, and is looking and feeling as good as ever. I know you’ll be back soon, this is just a small bump in the road.

Temple City football coach Randy Backus learned he had prostate cancer over the summer, but waited until this week to tell his football team. Backus underwent prostate cancer surgery on Monday and will be out indefinitely.
“I’ve heard everything from two weeks to two months,” Temple City athletic director John Van De Veere said.
Van De Veere described Backus’ procedure as successful.
“I talked to his wife today and the surgery seemed to be successful and they won’t find out until Thursday if they got it all. Our prayers and wishes are with him, and we’re going on from there.”
In a season where the Rams have struggled with an 0-3 record and lost their top running back to injury, to be without their head coach is not only disappointing, but disheartening.
According to Van De Veere, Backus found out about the cancer during a routine physical over the summer.
Backus, in his 13th season with the Rams, did his best to keep it a private matter until announcing it to the team over the weekend.
“It’s something that we didn’t want to distract the kids with and they’ve had a hard time,” Van De Veere said. “They lost Mike Mooney and Williams Do got hurt a couple of weeks ago. And now Randy’s gone down, so the kids are going through some trying times.”

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Sound off: Week Four, Robledo and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller and Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo discuss four of this week’s top games. By the way, Miller does a great job following our local teams and beyond on his popular site “A Local Sports Show” … go check it out.

West Ranch vs. Glendora at Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Los Altos at St. Francis, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Damien at Charter Oak, Friday, 7 p.m.

Bonita vs. Northview at Covina District Field, Friday, 7 p.m.

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Football news

Sad news to report: Glendora running back Brent Marteney tore his ACL and MCL is last week’s 13-7 loss to Charter Oak. He’s lost for the season, so lets wish him a healthy and speedy recovery.

Old rivals, La Puente and Workman, ready for showdown

Getting a line on success: Longoria and Rodriguez lead Los Altos defense

Above: The unstoppable Bryce Mahmud-McBride

Tribune Top Ten rankings
1. Los Altos (3-0)
2. Diamond Ranch (2-1)
3. Charter Oak (2-1)
4. Glendora (2-1)
5. South HIlls (1-2)
6. Bishop Amat (1-3)
7. Damien (2-2)
8. San Dimas (4-0)
9. Rosemead (2-1)
10. Duarte (2-1)

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VOLLEYBALL: Los Altos tops the list

Above: Bonita’s Katy McCreery ,11, scores past San Dimas’s Madison Horsley ,2, and Nicole Ellis ,4, in the second game as Bonita beat San Dimas 15-5 in the fifth and final set last week.
1. Los Altos (12-2)
2. Walnut (7-2)
3. Diamond Bar (8-4)
4. St. Lucy’s (4-4)
5. Bonita (3-2)
6. Glendora (3-2)
7. Wilson (5-4)
8. South Hills (3-4)
9. San Dimas (3-4)
10. Gladstone (5-4)
The Conquerors, led by OH Jade Esquivel, finished just fourth in the Miramonte League, but have jumped out strong this fall, winning 12 of 14 while playing a tough schedule. They have wins over St. Lucy’s and Walnut. The Mustangs, keyed by Melissa Cole, have also looked solid, scoring a win over St. Lucy’s, which entered the year as one of the top teams in the area. Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s and Bonita round out the top five.
THIS WEEK: There are two big matches to circle on your calendar. Bishop Amat travels to top-rated Los Altos and traditional-powers South Hills and St. Lucy’s meet in Glendora. Bot matches are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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This and that …

Injury updates: Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella said running back Brent Marteney was being examined on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered in the first half of Friday’s loss. He should have the results by Tuesday. Also, Covina’s Nate Nakelski, who was taken away by ambulance following a blow to the head against Walnut on Sept. 13, suffered a concussion. He missed Friday’s game against Rosemead, and is expected to miss up to two more weeks.

He said it: Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar following 13-9 win over Glendora. “They are huge. They are everything they were billed to be and more. They told our kids they were too small to play. What the hell, are we a Pop Warner football team? I didn’t know you had to weigh in to go play varsity football, but, anyway…. My kids just have big hearts. They are not very big right now, we ran through those big guys, but big heart, a lot of good pride and a lot of good character and it shows up in the fourth quarter.”

Said Arroyo coach Jim Singiser after 42-14 loss to Alhambra: : Coaches got to do a better job, players go to do a better job. Just all around we got our butts kicked … no excuses.”

YouTube highlights of Los Altos’ Bryce Mahmud-McBride’s first three weeks

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Robledo: Last week (18-6); Season (67-19)
Ramirez: Last week (17-7); Season (63-23)

I was able to pick up a winner on Steve this week, but did it the hard way. We both missed on the same five games by picking Glendora over Charter Oak, Wilson over Schurr, Northview over Rosemead, Brea Olinda over Diamond Bar, and Western Christian over St. Anthony. Steve got me by picking Whittier over South El Monte, but I picked up the extra winner because I had Sonora over Rowland, and Alhambra over Arroyo, which he both had going the other way.

Thursday’s games
West Ranch vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora), Ramirez (Glendora)
Diamond Bar vs. Troy at Fullerton, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Troy), Ramirez (Diamond Bar)

Friday’s games
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte), Ramirez (Duarte)
Bonita vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita), Ramirez (Northview)
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak), Ramirez (Charter Oak)
South Hills at Fullerton, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Fullerton), Ramirez (South Hills)
Los Altos at St. Francis, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos), Ramirez (Los Altos)
Rancho Cucamonga at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Montebello at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson), Ramirez (Wilson)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7:00 p.m. – Robledo (Rosemead), Ramirez (Rosemead)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa), Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Don Lugo at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Don Lugo), Ramirez (Don Lugo)
South El Monte at Corona del Mar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Corona del Mar), Ramirez (Corona del Mar)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (La Puente), Ramirez (La Puente)
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Baldwin Park), Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Arroyo at El Rancho, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo), Ramirez (Arroyo)
Diamond Ranch at Ayala, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DRanch), Ramirez (DRanch)
Nogales at Montclair, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Montclair), Ramirez (Nogales)

Final thoughts: The Montview League opens on Friday, and if anyone has a remote chance of beating Duarte, it’s Gladstone. But don’t see it happening, so the Falcons essentially can wrap up the league title with a win at home. Also wondering if Charter Oak can go back-to-back against two of the best teams in the Sierra with a win at home against Damien, and how will Northview hang with Bonita a week after losing to Rosemead? Is El Monte quietly becoming a Mission Valley League contender? The Lions are 2-1 at home against 2-1 Baldwin Park, which is another tough game to call. Also, expect Los Altos to avenge last year’s loss against St. Francis. I’m going with West Covina to make it three straight against Rancho Cucamonga, and think South Hills will go down at Fullerton.

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POSTGAME: Saturday Morning Quarterback


Friday’s results
Los Altos 31, Damien 20 …. You have to see Mahmud-McBride (219 yards, 3 TDS) to appreciate him.
Charter Oak 13, Glendora 7 …. If you say you saw this coming, you must be from Charter Oak.
Schurr 43, Wilson 33 …..Everyone knows the Wildcats can score, but ohhh that defense.
South Hills 32, Claremont 7 …..Huskies fans are sleeping well, and can finally enjoy Saturday morning paper.
Rosemead 35, Northview 21 …..Uh oh, what happened to the Vikes. Yikes!
Baldwin Park 40, Sierra Vista 12 ….And the city bragging rights goes to the Braves.
Bishop Amat 20, Rancho Cucamonga 7 …. Told you they would start winning.
Alhambra 42, Arroyo 12 …..We heard the Moors were good, but geez louise.
West Covina 41, Locke 21 …..They’re really 2-0 if you throw out Mater Dei
Duarte 85, Ganesha 0 …..Did I just print that. Yes, it’s right.
San Dimas 41, Ontario 21 ….And the Saints keep marching on
Pioneer 34, Gladstone 0 …..And that Gladiators have to face Duarte next.
Chaffey 29, Nogales 13 …..Chaffey’s been tough on SGV teams.
Whittier 41, South El Monte 28 ….Not the year Eagles expected.
Mountain View 12, Keppel 6 ….It’s only Keppel, but still a big win for MView.
San Marino 55, Workman 14 ….Lobos get smashed by 3-0 Titans.
El Monte 39, Pomona 19 ….Lions continue to get better
California 53, Bassett 0 …..Some things are better left un-said
Bosco Tech 13, La Puente 0 ….Hey, didn’t think Warriors would be this close

Above: Covina quarterback Jacob Olivas, right, is congratulated by teammate Greg Reid, left, after Olivas made a touchdown during the Colts’ win over Walnut.

Thursday’s results
Covina 36, Walnut 29 …. Hmmm, Northview hammers Mustangs, Colts squeak by.
Sonora 17, Rowland 14 ….Raiders coach Craig Snyder thought it would be close.
Diamond Bar 32, Brea Olinda 13 ….. Working way back to the good ole’ days.
Chino Hills 36, Tesoro 27 ….Bet Diamond Ranch enjoys every CHills victory.

Game of the week, Los Altos vs. Damien

FINAL OBSERVATIONS: One of the great benefits of being on the sidelines is watching someone like Mahmud-McBride punish defenders the way he did. It was almost like he welcomed having someone step in front of him. He hit guys with so much force you thought it was a car accident. This kid is the real deal. He has great cutback moves, great acceleration through the holes and finishes off plays as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time. I know Gano keeps talking about having to have a passing game, but until someone figures out how to stop McBride, Tamayo can keep having 100-yard plus games and they’ll be fine. And I love Raymond Rodriguez — dominating on both sides and what a weapon at tight end on short yardage plays.

All about the Miramonte
Guess we can end the debate between the Miramonte and Sierra. I think it’s clear with Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Charter Oak, and mid-range toughies like Wilson and Bonita that the Miramonte is clearly the area’s top league.
Spartans not sharp at all
Damien’s tough to explain. Without Marcus Williams, they don’t have much of a running attack. They need Pertusati to come up big, but it’s just not happening. I know coach Morrison said his receivers need to catch balls, but there were also a lot of overthrown passes. But I wouldn’t give up on the senior QB, he’s too good of an athlete and competitor.
Could they have scored a 100? Glad they didn’t.
Duarte rolls up 71 first-half points en route to an 85-0 victory. I don’t care who they play that’s a lot of points. And don’t get on Crutch for running up the score, it was 41-0 in the first quarter. They tuned in down, scoring only 14 in the second half.
You see a trend here?
Northview, what happened to Northview? I thought watching them last week against Walnut that their defense was shaky. This 35-21 loss to Rosemead only confirms it. The Vikes are going to score every week, but until they shore up that defense, expect more shootouts like this…And give Rosemead credit, they’re only loss was to Los Altos (35-0), which also goes to show how great the Conquerors are too.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy … Hope Ruedaflores goes all the way.
Alhambra 41, Arroyo 12…never saw this coming. knew Alhambra was talented because of Smith and Brown, but thought the Knights could score points on them too. Happy for Alhambra coach Gil Ruedaflores, he’s in his 20th and final year, and this might be his best team ever.
The Charter Oak we didn’t know about, vs. the not-so Goliath Glendora Tartans
Finally, Charter Oak. This is the magic of the Farrar’s I guess. I kept telling Ramirez in the office that I wasn’t that impressed with the Chargers last week against La Mirada, even though it was 27-0. I wasn’t convinced. They weren’t moving it well enough on the ground, and QB Chris Allen looked out of sorts at times. But Ramirez said Farrar would have them ready, and said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Chargers won a game like this when everyone was picking Glendora. And Tartans fans, I wouldn’t fret too much over it. You lost to a very good team. Just regroup, and get ready for the next one, because the Sierra League is up for grabs.

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Fans fight in the stands during Bonita’s victory over San Dimas

I know it’s a rivalry, but … You have to give it to our photographer Keith Birmingham, he never misses a thing. And parents, fans, or whoever you’re, you should be embarrassed. That’s why we’re throwing your childish act on the blog.

The latest: Two adult spectators caught on camera fighting in the stands during last week’s Bonita-San Dimas girls volleyball match have been contacted and disciplined, a school district official said Monday.
William Brinegar, the assistant superintendent in charge of human resources at the Bonita Unified School District, said the names of those involved and the sanctions will not be released, per district policy.
“We’re certainly disappointed it occurred,” Brinegar said of the altercation. “You never want that sort of thing happening. But given that it did, actions have been taken regarding those involved.”
According to an eyewitness who asked not to be identified, the fight started after fans began throwing food and other items in the stands.
The witness said an adult approached a student he felt was responsible for throwing items, and that’s when another adult became involved, resulting in the altercation between the two adults.
“Bottom line is there was a disagreement and misunderstanding and it resulted in two parents getting into an altercation,” Brinegar said. “We don’t generally get into specifics because there isn’t much benefit to it.
“However, the person we’ve identified as being responsible for starting it has been contacted and is receiving appropriate sanctions. The others involved that we have identified also have received appropriate sanctions.”
No assault charges have been filed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
“As far as an assault being committed, it’s up to the individual who believes they were assaulted to file a report,” Brinegar said. “That’s something for the appropriate party to consider. There’s not much we can do about that.”
San Dimas High School principal Kristine Kulow also would not elaborate but appeared frustrated by the attention the altercation has received.
“The people involved know what’s happening,” Kulow said. “Why don’t you just let it die? It’s being handled.”
Thom Simmons, director of sports information for the CIF-Southern Section, said he was aware of the incident and was satisfied that both schools acted appropriately.
“The sanctions should come from the schools,” Simmons said. “We can make suggestions, but to our understanding they’ve taken it in-house and are acting appropriately.
“The only time we would step in is if an obvious egregious act had occurred and the schools did nothing about it. But that’s not the case here.”

Back to the real action.

Above: Bonita players celebrates five-game victory over rival San Dimas, winning 15-5 in the fifth game.

Above: San Dimas players feeling the sting of five-game loss.

By Pete Marshall
SAN DIMAS – You don’t expect a girls volleyball team trailing in the fifth game to reel off 11 consecutive points.
That is, unless you’re Bonita coach Morgan Coberly. Bonita surprised many by scoring the final 11 points en route to a 25-23, 19-25, 25-13, 17-25, 15-5 victory over San Dimas on Wednesday in a heated nonleague rivalry in front of a raucous crowd at San Dimas High School.
“With this team, I almost do expect it,” Coberly said. “Early this season, we’ve been really streaky.”
The Bearcats trailed 5-4 in the fifth when Kristen Phillips’ kill got things started by tying the score and giving the ball to Kaitlyn Mang to serve. Mang didn’t give it up and served an ace on the line for the second-to-last point. Katy McCreery’s kill on the final point then finished off the Saints.
(As of Monday)
Division I-AA
1.Mira Costa; 2. Redondo Union; 3. Los Alamitos; 4. Vista Murrieta; 5. Santa Margarita; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Long Beach Poly; 8. Lakewood; 9. Rosary; 10. Long Beach Wilson.
Division I-A
1. Marymount; 2. Santa Barbara; 3. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; 4. Harvard-Westlake; 5. Notre Dame Academy; 6. El Dorado; 7. Brea Olinda; 8. Upland; 9. Valencia; 10. Arroyo Grande.
Division II-AA
1. Laguna Beach; 2. Corona Del Mar; 3. Norco; 4. Oxnard; 5. Bishop Montgomery; 6. Walnut; 7. Ayala; 8. St. Lucys; 9. Diamond Bar; 10. Beckman.
Division II-A
1.Elsinore; 2. North Torrance; 3. El Segundo; 4. M.L. King; 5. South Torrance; 6. La Caada; 7. Pasadena; 8. Burbank Burroughs; 9. Arcadia; 10. Hemet.
Division III-AA
1. Warren; 2. La Reina; 3. Oak Park; 4. Downey; 5. Oaks Christian; 6. Santa Ynez; 7. California; 8. Garden Grove Pacifica; 9. Lancaster; 10. Cypress.
Division III-A
1. Brentwood; 2. La Quinta; 3. Bell Gardens; 4. Bonita; 5. Cerritos Valley Christian; 6. Maranatha; 7. San Dimas; 8. La Mirada; 9. Palm Desert; 10. Mayfair.
Division IV-AA
1. Mayfield; 2. Westridge; 3. Viewpoint; 4. Ontario Christian; 5. Arrowhead Christian; 6. St. Margarets; 7. Providence; 8. St. Paul; 9. Rio Hondo Prep; 10. Gladstone.

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How big are the other games in the SGV?

Read this blog and you know everything about Los Altos, Glendora, South Hills, Bishop Amat, Damien, Covina, Northview, San Dimas, West Covina and Bonita. But what about the others teams in the SGV? There’s a guy in our office who keeps telling me the Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park game on Friday is a huge city rivalry. I’m sure its big for the fans and alumni of those schools, but it’s not one of those rivalries that draws much interest outside their circle. I do get those occasional phone calls asking why we always feature the same schools and big games on our front page, and the explanation is always that we play-up the teams that are having successful years and generate the most reader interest. Baldwin Park is having an average year and Sierra Vista is down, but being a rivalry, we will give it the attention it deserves. But be honest, most of our readers aren’t rushing out on Saturday to find out what happened in Baldwin Park. They want to know about Los Altos-Damien, or Charter Oak-Glendora. At least this week. So again, to those who ask about other rivalries like Workman-La Puente, Mountain View-El Monte or Gladstone-Azusa and wonder why they’re not covered as thoroughly as the others, tell us why they should.

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TOP TEN: Los Altos, Glendora, DRanch, clearly the top three

Tribune Top Ten Rankings
1. Los Altos (2-0) - Mahmud-McBride area’s best player?
2. Glendora (2-0) - Where’s the weakness?
3. Diamond Ranch (2-1) - Oaks Christian, two weeks and counting?
4. Charter Oak (1-1) - Lots of questions, offensively and defensively
5. Damien (2-1) – Will know more after Los Altos
6. South Hills (0-2) – Still not ready for heavyweights
7. Bishop Amat (0-3) - Prediction: Lancers will win four of next five
8. Northview (2-0) – Might stay undefeated for a while
9. Arroyo (2-0) – Huge test coming against Alhambra
10. San Dimas (3-0) – Winning and winning big

Which game is bigger?
Los Altos vs. Damien
Charter Oak vs. Glendora

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Robledo: Last week (19-6); Season (49-13)
Ramirez: Last week (20-5); Season (46-16)
Last week was another case in point why picking winners in high school football games is so tough. I was able to edge Fred out, thanks in part to another strong showing by Glendora and Western Christian coming up big vs. Bloomington Christian. But we both swung and missed on Long Beach Jordan edging Diamond Bar, Mountain View stepping up to beat Azusa and Garey beating Gladstone.
Thursday’s games
Walnut vs. Covina at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. – (Covina), Ramirez (Covina)
Rowland vs. Sonora at La Habra HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Sonora), Ramirez (Rowland)
Diamond Bar at Brea Olina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Brea Olinda), Ramirez (Brea Olinda)
Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Chino Hills), Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Friday’s games
Los Altos at Damien, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos), Ramirez (Los Altos)
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora), Ramirez (Glendora)
Wilson at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson), Ramirez (Wilson)
South Hills vs. Claremont at Covina District Field – Robledo (South Hills), Ramirez (South Hills)
Northview at Rosemead – Robledo (Northview), Ramirez (Northview)
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park – Robledo (Baldwin Park), Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Bishop Amat vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos HS, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Bishop Amat), Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Arroyo vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Alhambra), Ramirez (Arroyo)
Locke at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte), Ramirez (Duarte)
San Dimas vs. Ontario at Montclair HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Dimas), Ramirez (San Dimas)
Gladstone vs. Pioneer at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pioneer), Ramirez (Pioneer)
Nogales at Chaffey, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Chaffey), Ramirez (Chaffey)
Whittier at South El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (South El Monte), Ramirez (Whittier)
Mountain View at Keppel, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Mountain View), Ramirez (Mountain View)
Workman at San Marino, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Marino), Ramirez (San Marino)
Pomona at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Monte), Ramirez (El Monte)
Bassett at California, 7 p.m. – Robledo (California), Ramirez (California)
La Puente vs. Bosco Tech at St. Matthias HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bosco Tech), Ramirez (Bosco Tech)
Saturday’s game
St. Anthony vs. Western Christian at Citrus College, noon – Robledo (Western Christian), Ramirez (Western Christian)

Final thoughts:
This is a big week for Valley football, with two featured games – Los Altos travels to La Verne to face Damien, while Glendora goes to Covina to face Charter Oak in the battle for the Mayor Cup. All four teams were ranked in our top 10 last week. South Hills and Bishop Amat have yet to taste victory in the young season, but Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga should be what the doctor ordered this week.

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POSTGAME: Saturday Morning Quarterback

Above: Charter Oak’s Kyle Rycraw celebrates first half touchdown

Friday’s results
La Habra 31, South Hills 6 … 0-3 start last year; 0-2 start this year. Not good folks
Charter Oak 27, La Mirada 0 …. Heard Chargers players saying “We want Glendora”
West Covina 14, Baldwin Park 6 …. Be honest, was this closer than you expected?
Damien 27, Claremont 20 …. Wasn’t this close, Spartans jumped on them quick
Covina 39, Ontario Christian 16 …. Dont count out the Colts just yet
Los Altos 39, Long Beach Wilson 7…. Trib’s top-ranked team goes to Damien next
Canyon 49, Bonita 28 …. They can score, but defense need to do their job too
Hart 21, Bishop Amat 3 …. 0-3! Has Bishop Amat ever started 0-4?
Duarte 26, El Segundo 25 …. Another solid win for the Falcons
Wilson 41, Glenn 7 …. That’s two straight blowouts for Wildcats
San Dimas 42, Montclair 9 …. So far so good (3-0)
Rowland 32, Montebello 26 …..Nothing like winning on new home turf
California 33, El Monte 6 …. What your expected, right?
Jordan 17, Diamond Bar 16 …. Unlucky. They’re better than 1-2
Mountain View 24, Azusa 18 …. Kind of a surprise
Pioneer 29, South El Monte 14 …. Expected Eagles offense to be better than this
Ontario 44, Nogales 12 …. Thought they would lose, but not like this
Arroyo 24, Warren 14 …. Knights have a huge test next at Alhambra
Bosco Tech 49, Workman 16 …. Those Tech boys can play
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 40, Bassett 6 …. It was over when it started
Garey 27, Gladstone 10 …. Three games in, already a roller coaster
Lawndale 53, Sierra Vista 40 ….Dons quarterack Justin Flores did his part.

Above: Vikings getting ready to roll all over Mustangs

Thursday’s results
Northview 39, Walnut 0 ….. No contest, it was 26-0 in the first quarter. I watched the first half and I’m still not sure if the Vikings are this good, or if Walnut is that bad. But for sure, the Vikings’ offense is legit. Defensively, I’m not so sure how they will do against tough running teams like San Dimas.
Glendora 31, Etiwanda 13 ….. Can’t believe I just typed it. They don’t just shoot hoops in the foothills anymore. It was only this close because Etiwanda scored late in the game against the Tartans’ reserves. If they can score like this against a powerful foe like Etiwanda, then with that defense, who knows, maybe the Tartans are the best team in Trib country.

Game of the week video: La Mirada vs. Charter Oak

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The best damn high school football movies, period.

Brought to you by Steve Ramirez
High school football is more than a game, but in someways a fabric of American life. A point that the Hollywood movie industry has discovered over the years, which brings up an interesting point: Which is the best movie about high school football?
Now this type of debate could be heated as much as who is the top team in the Valley this fall. But from my perspective, here are the top five that I have saved permanently on my Blockbuster Online account:

1. All the Right Moves
The Take: This is top dog, the Picasso of the genre. It stars a very young Tom Cruise and we get a side of Craig T. Nelson that we never saw in “Coach.” This tale of the Ampipe football team hits a home run in epitomizing the passion that a community has for its high school football team. The action scenes are also believable, except maybe Coach Nickerson’s decision not to take a safety in the waning moments, which result in a heart-breaking loss to a rival school.
Best Line: ” A fluke? That pass-interference penalty was no fluke. If you had done it the way I taught you, they never would’ve been down there in the first place, and they never would’ve scored, and we would’ve won that game!” Craig T. Nelson as Coach Nickerson scolding Tom Cruise’s Stef Djordjevic

2. Remember the Titans
The Take: This is the true tale of the 1971 T.C. Williams High (Va.) football team and how its ability to put race aside bring a town together. Denzel Washington and William Patton are certainly believeable as head coach Herman Boone and defensive coordinator Bill Yost. I like everything from the training camp scenes to the on-the-field action. The end is somewhat of a cliche, though. I just find it hard to believe in a championship game that a defense would let one team score on a 70-yard run as time expired.
Best Line: “If we don’t come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other of not, but you will respect each other. And maybe… I don’t know, maybe we’ll learn to play this game like men. ” – Denzel Washington as coach Herman Boone giving a motivational speech to his team.

3. Friday Night Lights
The Take: Another true tale, this time from Odessa, Texas. The story is very believable and inspirational. The final play is awesome, because its true to life. Plus, the hidden message – that its not about the final answer but the journey; that being perfect is not about going 14-0, but giving your all.
Best Line: “Being perfect is not about that scoreboard out there. It’s not about winning. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself, your family and your friends. Being perfect is about being able to look your friends in the eye and know that you didnt let them down because you told them the truth. And that truth is you did everything you could. There wasnt one more thing you could’ve done. Can you live in that moment as best you can, with clear eyes, and love in your heart, with joy in your heart? If you can do that gentleman – you’re perfect!”
- Billy Bob Thornton as coach Gary Gaines giving an emotional halftime speech during the Texas State championship game.

4. School Ties
The Take: High School football is nearly a back drop to a film about a jewish quarterback, played by Brendan Fraser, who has to deal with the racism of playing at parochial school in the 1950s. We also learn that recruiting players from other schools wasn’t a concept born in the 1990s.
Best Line: “Was it worth it? Breaking a tradition just to win a football game? – Peter Donat’s Headmaster Bartram talking to Fraser’s David Greene.

5. Best of Times
The Take: This is one of my personal favorites on the list and the only comedy. It’s the tale of Jack Dundee, a banker, who can’t forget dropping the winning TD pass some 13 years before and preventing Taft from upsetting rival Bakersfield. It’s more about adults trying to recapture their past glory, but high school football is the on-going theme. And it hits home to anyone who has failed in sports and would love to make up for it.
Best Line: “I’m not a has-been. I’m a never-was. I aspire to be a has-been. – Robin Williams as Jack Dundee, wanting desperately to make up for his blunder years before

Varsity Blues – A fictional tale about playing football in Texas. Jon Voigt is good as the coach you love to hate. But this is a cheap version of “Friday Night Lights.”
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – A 1970s cult classic that only misses the list because its more about high school life than football, but the football scenes and references are classic.
Gridiron Gang - A pretty good take on the beginnings of the Camp Kilpatrick football program.

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Week Two: Sound off with Robledo, Ramirez and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune prep writer Steve Ramirez and
prep editor Fred J. Robledo discuss five of this week’s top games. By the way, Miller does a great job following our local teams and beyond on his popular site “A Local Sports Show” … go check it out.

Glendora vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS, Thursday, 7 p.m.

South Hills at La Habra, Friday, 7 p.m.

La Mirada at Charter Oak, Friday, 7 p.m.

West Covina at Baldwin Park, Friday, 7 p.m.

Claremont at Damien, Friday, 7 p.m.

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Los Altos back on top

Tribune top ten rankings
1. Los Altos (1-0)
2. Glendora (1-0)
3. Diamond Ranch (1-1)
4. South Hills (0-1)
5. Charter Oak (0-1)
6. Bishop Amat (0-2)
7. Damien (1-1)
8. Northview (1-0)
9. Arroyo (1-0)
10. San Dimas (2-0)

Northview quarterback Oscar Robles

Mid Valley Division
1. Bishop Diego; 2. Santa Clara; 3. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 4. Duarte; 5. Los Angeles Baptist; 6. Cerritos Valley Chr.; 7T. Villiage Christian, 7T. Temple City, 9. Paraclete; 10. Verbum Dei.
Southeast Division
1. Troy; 2. Schurr; 3. La Serna; 4. California; 5. La Habra; 6. Westminster; 7. Santa Fe; 8. Arroyo; 9. Alhambra; 10. Fullerton.
Southwest Division
1. El Dorado, 2. Los Altos; 3. Mayfair; 4. Foothill; 5. Trabuco Hills; 6. Anaheim Canyon; 7. Charter Oak, 8. Diamond Ranch, 9. El Toro, 10. West Covina.
Northwest Division
1. Oaks Christian; 2. Oak Park; 3. Harvard-Westlake; 4. Morro Bay; 5. South Torrance; 6. Templeton; 7. Serra; 8. Pioneer Valley; 9. San Dimas, 10. Cathedral.
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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and Fred J. Robledo going head-to-head throughout the season.

Robledo: Last week (18-6); Season (30-7)
Ramirez: Last week (17-7); Season (26-11)
Notes: What a tough week to pick football games. Ramirez and I both missed Duarte beating Monrovia, St. John Bosco knocking off Damien, and Trabuco Hills over South Hills. I called the Upland over Charter Oak and Ramirez called West Valley over Bonita, but where I edged him out for the week was picking El Monte over Sierra Vista.

Thursday’s games
Northview vs. Walnut at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Northview), Ramirez (Northview)
Glendora vs. Etiwanda at Colony HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Etiwanda), Ramirez (Glendora)

Friday’s games
South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. – Robledo (La Habra) , Ramirez (La Habra)
La Mirada at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak), Ramirez (Charter Oak)
West Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. – Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Claremont at Damien, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Damien), Ramirez (Damien)
Ontario Christian vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Covina), Ramirez (Ont Christian)
Long Beach Wilson at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos), Ramirez (Los Altos)
Canyon at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Canyon), Ramirez (Canyon)
Bishop Amat vs. Hart at Canyon, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Hart), Ramirez (Hart)
El Segundo at Duarte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Segundo), Ramirez (Duarte)
Glenn at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson), Ramirez (Wilson)
San Dimas at Montclair, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Dimas), Ramirez (San Dimas)
Montebello at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland), Ramirez (Rowland)
California at El Monte 7 p.m. – Robledo (California), Ramirez (California)
Jordan at Diamond Bar p.m. – Robledo (Diamond Bar), Ramirez (Diamond Bar)
Azusa at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa), Ramirez (Azusa)
South El Monte at Pioneer 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pioneer), Ramirez (South El Monte)
Ontario at Nogales, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Ontario), Ramirez (Ontario)
Warren at Arroyo, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo), Ramirez (Arroyo)
Bosco Tech vs. Workman at St. Matthias HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (BTech), Ramriez (BTech)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Bassett, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Cantwell), Ramirez (Cantwell)
Garey at Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Gladstone), Ramirez (Gladstone)

Saturday’s game
El Cajon Christian vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DRanch), Ramirez (DRanch)
Bloomington Christian vs. Western Christian at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (BloomChristian), Ramirez (West Christian)

Final thoughts: If I’m right, South Hills is 0-2 after what will probably be another close loss at La Habra. This is what happens when you play a tough schedule. Nothing wrong with it, Huskies will bounce back and still win the San Antonio, but from a SGV swagger standpoint, losing your two opening games hurts. Also expect Damien to bounce back big as well as Charter Oak. They won’t be losing this week. Also think West Covina will throw the Mater Dei video tape in the trash and handle Baldwin Park. Also hoping Diamond Ranch doesn’t stumble on Saturday against El Cajon Christian after last week’s big win. In fact, that game is at Ganesha, so hopefully SGV fans will turn out to see for themselves how good this team really is. Oh yeah, picking against Duarte again this week. I’m 0-2 picking the Falcons, so that has to change.

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POSTGAME: Saturday Morning Quarterback

Above: Baldwin Park’s William Castro breaking a tackle in Thursday’s win.
Thursday’s results
Northview 40, Montebello 14 …..Heard it was the Vikings’ defense, not its offense, that was impressive
Baldwin Park 12, Azusa 6, OT …..Only surprise is how close it was.
Nogales 13, Garey 10 …. Nobles offense needs to do better than this

Above: Glendora offensive lineman Addison Bachman shows his loyalty.

Friday’s results
Glendora 51, Covina 6 …. Are the Tartans for real or what?
Los Altos 35, Rosemead 0 …. Conqs defense as good as advertised
Duarte 42, Monrovia 21 …. Give Falcons their due, maybe Ayala was that good
Trabuco Hills 13, South Hills 6 … Tribune’s top team go down at home
Mater Dei 58, West Covina 6 … What else did you expect
Upland 14, Charter Oak 0 … All those weapons and they get blanked
San Dimas 21, South El Monte 14 … S El Monte had chances, but Saints too tough
Orange Lutheran 38, Bishop Amat 7 …. Here we go again
West Valley 33, Bonita 21 ….Long way home from Hemet
Diamond Bar 31, Walnut 6 ….Bounced back after opening loss
Arroyo 38, Temple City 35 ….QB Partida is the real deal
California 19, Rowland 6 …. Raiders youth apparent after loss
Diamond Ranch 42, Chino Hills 28 …. Not a misprint, the Ranch is for real
El Monte 32, Sierra Vista 24 …. Lions might be a factor in MVL
Gladstone 41, Ganesha 0 …. Must feel good after blowout loss to San Dimas
St. John Bosco 24, Damien 13 …. Totally unexpected, can someone explain?
Workman 20, Keppel 18 …. Lobos sneak past Aztecs
Wilson 40, La Puente 21 ….. Wildcats inching closer to top ten ranking
Bell-Jeff 41, Mountain View 16 ….Long season lies ahead
Norwalk 57, Bassett 12 …… Ditto to that

Hmmmm: Five of Tribune’s top ten teams go down. Who should be No. 1 on Tuesday?

Surprises: Diamond Ranch handling Chino Hills. Roddy Layton wasn’t kidding. Off this performance and a close loss against Edison, DRanch has to be considered the early Miramonte League favorites. And what happened to Damien. Didn’t see them losing to St. John Bosco at all. And of course there’s Duarte, the valley’s most unpredictable team, and it’s only week one. The Falcons bounce back and beat Monrovia after getting humbled a week earlier. Question, is Ayala that good, Monrovia overrated, or are the Falcons a legitimate top ten Tribune team?

Disappointments: South Hills going down at home in a year with so much expectation and hype is a big letdown. And though I picked Upland to beat Charter Oak, I thought the Chargers would do more offensively.

Friday’s video game of the week, Temple City at Arroyo

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Ranking the SGV and parts of Inland Empire …. Is this list accurate?

At the Star-News, I encouraged bloggers to email me at if they had a blog topic they wanted discussed. I’m the moderator but all of you make this work, so I’m always interested in entertaining questions and ideas.
This morning I got an email from Don, a regular blog contributor, who suggested we discuss this…
Going into Week 1 with many teams yet to play their opening game, I used the current CalPrep Ratings for each team and then averaged them per team. Leagues that play easy schedules suffer here. The guys who lose while playing easy schedules do the worst.
League rankings
Baseline ……….. 120.9/6 = 20.15
Miramonte …….. 89.3/5 = 17.86
Sierra …………… 91.7/6 = 15.28
Mt. Baldy ………. 27.05/6 = 4.51
San Antonio ….. 2.2/5 = .44
Almont …………. -28.9/6 = -4.166
Pacific ………….. -38.6/8 = -4.825
Valle Vista …….. -31.1/6 = -5.18
Rio Hondo ……… -34.3/6 = -5.72
Mission Valley .. -56.9/6 = -9.48
Montview ……… -146.4/7 = -20.91

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Is Horton’s move good or bad for the SGV?

Unless you were out of town over the Labor Day weekend, like me, you probably heard that Cal State Fullerton baseball coach George Horton has decided to leave Southern California and become the new coach at Oregon, which is reviving its baseball program, beginning in 2009.
Now the comings and goings of an out-of-area college coach usually isn’t expected to get much play on a blog that covers SGV prep sports. But in recent years, Cal State Fullerton was practically Cal State SGV. Several of the Titans top players in recent years came from SGV high schools, including former Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year Wes Roemer (Glendora) and all-conference players Sergio Pedroza (Northview), Brett Pill (Covina), Danny Dorn (Diamond Bar) and Richie Burgos (Bishop Amat). Horton played a big part in that. When Augie Garrido was at the helm, Fullerton rarely recruited outside the OC borders. But Horton changed that. He recognized the SGV for what it is – a baseball hotbed. The results speak for themselves. With some SGV flavor, Fullerton became an elite program, making six College World Series appearances and winning one national title during his 10-year reign. But even better, the Titans were clearly the SGV Titans.
The question now is what effect will his departure mean to SGV baseball? Will they still be the SGV Titans or will SGV’s best follow him to the Pacific Northwest? Or worse, will they be spread throughout the land, losing that name recognition of showing the nation at the CWS how good the baseball in the SGV really is.
The anwer, probably, will not come soon enough.

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