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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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