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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