Girls Volleyball Rankings

Above: Bonita wins big game over Charter Oak on Tuesday.

Girls Volleyball Top 10
1. South Hills (14-8) Huskies are closing strong
2. Los Altos (19-8) Travels to Bonita Thursday
3. Walnut (17-6) Upset Bonita last week
4. Bonita (13-3) Goes for outright league title vs. L.A.
5. Gladstone (19-9) Rolling through Montview League
6. Diamond Bar (16-10) Lost in five to St. Lucys
7. Bishop Amat (13-7) Seeks second-place finish
8. San Dimas (14-6) Saints are back on track
9. St. Lucys (11-10) On playoff bubble
10. Glendora (10-8) Needs big week
Rankings are based on matches played through Oct. 29

Comments: This was the toughest week to rank our top 10. Walnut’s upset of Bonita last week threw the rankings into a big scramble, but made it clear that the top four are separated by a slot you couldn’t slide a credit card through. But someone has to be No. 1, and this week it is streaking South Hills, which have suddenly caught fire. As for the next three positons, I decided to fall back on my theory in rankings teams, which is that a season-long resume carries more weight than a one-game happening and that a loss to a lesser-ranked team trumps a win over a higher-ranked team. So with that in mind, Los Altos, Walnut and Bonita are No. 2, No. 3 and No.4, respectively. But they could very easily be 2a, 2b and 2c. … Gladstone, which is No. 5 this week, continutes to take care of business in the Montview League, although the Gladiators dropped their first game of the league season after being pushed to four games last week in a victory over Sierra Vista. Gladstone, which is 11-0 in league play, has won 33 of 34 games in the Montview League.

On Sunday afternoon (around noon), CIF playoff brackets will be released. Click on this link above to access all the playoff pairings. Steve Ramirez will have a story in Monday’s newspaper with all the local matchups.

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Let’s rank ’em all: Tribune Super List

1. Charter Oak (6-1-1)
2. South Hills (6-2)
3. Glendora (6-2)
4. Diamond Ranch (1-7)*
5. Duarte (7-1)
6. Baldwin Park (6-2)
7. San Dimas (8-1)
8. Los Altos (5-3)
9. South El Monte (4-4)
10. Rosemead (5-3)
11. Damien (3-4-1)
12. Northview (5-3)
13. Arroyo (5-3)
14. Bonita (5-3)
15. Bishop Amat (2-6)
16. Covina (5-3)
17. La Puente (5-3)
18. West Covina (4-4)
19. Mountain View (4-3)
20. Wilson (3-4)
21. El Monte (4-3)
22. Diamond Bar (2-6)
23. Rowland (2-6)
24. Nogales (2-6)
25. Azusa (3-5)
26. Workman (2-6)
27. Gladstone (3-6)
28. Sierra Vista (2-6)
29. Walnut (1-7)
30. Western Chirstian (2-6)
31. Bassett (0-8)
* Forfeited five wins

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Sound Off: Week Nine with Robledo, Ramirez and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez 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.

Thursday’s game
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s games
Ayala vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m.

Bonita at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.

Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.

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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 (17-1); Season (133-46)
Ramirez: Last week (17-1); Season (134-45)

Notes: Steve and I brought our “A” game last week. Obviously there was a reason we both picked all the same games. Our only loss was picking El Monte over Mountain View, and as you all know, the Vikes pulled off the big upset. We’re in crunch time now, only two weeks left and then playoffs. Ramirez only has a one game lead and there is a big lunch riding on this, so the pressure’s on.

Thursday’s games
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South HIlls)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)

Friday’s games
Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Glendora vs. Ayala at Citrus College — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat — Robledo (Notre Dame); Ramirez (Notre Dame)
Bonita at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Covina at Baldwin Park, p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Los Altos at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Northview vs. Pomona at Covina District Stadium — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEl Monte); Ramirez (SEl Monte)
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Diamond Ranch at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Walnut)
San Dimas at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Chino Hills at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino Hills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Western Christian at Aquinas, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Western Christian); Ramirez (Aquinas)

Final Thoughts: Is there anything better than live television? Don’t miss the Fox Sports West telecast of South Hills vs. West Covina at the District Field on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. On paper, it looks like the Bulldogs will get blown out, but I bet they bring something special to this game. Should be a lot of fun and excitement for the valley and the San Antonio League title is on the line. Of course, two other great league title games with Glendora hosting Ayala and Duarte going to La Puente.

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Area’s best receivers

Above: South Hills’ Brandon Parham making a tough catch against Los Altos

There is room for two, and sometimes three receivers on the Tribune All-Area first team. We have a great collection of wideouts, but we’ve narrowed it to the top ten (in no particular order).

Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte — Obviously one of the most talked about entering the season. He had a slow start but has lived up to expectations of late, helping the Eagles go to 3-0 in the MVL. He has 54 receptions for 810 yards and 9 TDs.

Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista — Area’s leading receiver with 47 receptions for 1,101 yards and 9 TDs.

Brandon Parham, South Hills — Who would have thought the starting quarterback at the beginning of the season would be on this list. He has great hands and big play ability. He’s averaging 18.9 yards a catch with five touchdowns after starting at wideout in week three. Huskies are undefeated with him at receiver.

Donnie McWhirter, Western Christian — Small school consideration because his numbers are so good, 48 receptions, 1,090 yards and 13 TDS.

Andrew Romero, Wilson — I haven’t seen him, but reporters who have rave about his athleticism and catching ability. He has 39 receptions for 667 yards.

Kyle Warren, Diamond Bar — Maybe it helps when your brother is also the quarterback. But there’s no doubt he’s among the valley’s elite.

Kevin Jones, Northview — Very good playmaking receiver with 467 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mikey Harrell, Charter Oak — With 36 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns, he doesn’t have the numbers of the others, partly because the Chargers’ offense is so versatile. But ask anyone, and they’ll tell you he’s among valley’s elite.

Tanner Zylstra, Bonita — Marveled at Zylstra when I watched him against San Dimas. If we had a draft, I’m guessing he would be a top three pick.

Frank Lopez, Bishop Amat — If the Lancers were having a better season, there would be more talk about this guy. He has great hands, and has 27 receptions for 415 yards.

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Monday Night Football: Glendora, Duarte keep on rolling

It’s official, three championship games on Friday

Duarte (4-0) at La Puente (4-0)

Ayala (3-0) at Glendora (3-0)

Bonita (2-0) at Charter Oak (2-0)

Monday’s results
Duarte 49, Bassett 6 — The formality is over, time for the Falcons and Warriors to play for the league title.

Glendora 28, Chino 14 — Not this close, really, Tartans led 21-0 in the first quarter and coasted home. Get ready Tartans fans, you’ve got a championship game on Friday against Ayala.

Ayala 19, Chino Hills 10 — This Ayala story is amazing. To go from 0-10 to beating Damien, Chino Hills and now playing Glendora for the Sierra League title was unthinkable at the beginning of the season. And they sure do make Duarte’s only loss not that big of a deal.

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You will be banned

This weekends Saturday Morning Quarterback was the worst, and won’t be tolerated any longer. The foul-language, signing on with well-known users screen names, and going so off topic that it’s turning away our favorite people. I now have the authority to ban IP Addresses, and already have banned a few. If you’re a regular poster, and someone else is using your screen name, email me ASAP and I will ban the imposters. To everyone else, consider this your only warning. And if you are banned and want to be reconsidered, you’ll have to email me personally at
Sorry it came to this, but enough is enough.

Need your input: What are your thoughts on registration? You would still be anonymous but be required to use a screen name to post comments. Hopefully, these were just a few idiots I had to ban over the weekend and we can go back to normal conversation. Personally, I’d like to avoid registration. But if it comes to it, we may have to do it for the sanity of the blog.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak, San Dimas and South El Monte all come up big

Glendora on Monday: The Chino School District canceled all events for its teams through the weekend. Therefore, Glendora will be at Chino, and Chino Hills will be at Ayala on Monday Night, 7 p.m.

Duarte-Bassett postponed until Monday: Bassett football coach Leon Ward said their game against Duarte has been rescheduled for Monday night at 6 p.m.

Above: Eagles march out, then march past host Arroyo, 40-19.

South El Monte-Arroyo game of the week highlights and interviews

Friday’s results
San Dimas 35, Northview 3 — Had a feeling the Saints would bounce back.
Charter Oak 49, Los Altos 21 — Conq’s led 14-0, but Chargers just too good.
South El Monte 40, Arroyo 19 — Three touchdowns in fourth broke it open for Eagles.
Diamond Ranch 35, Wilson 28 — DRanch almost blew a huge lead.
Crespi 55, Bishop Amat 5 — When’s the last time Amat got beat this bad?
West Covina 44, Nogales 22 — It’s settled, South Hills-West Cov to play for title on Thursday.
South Hills 42, Rowland 10 — Huskies cruise as expected; on Fox Sports live vs. Bulldogs
Damien 41, Diamond Bar 12 — Spartans needed this in the worst way.
Rosemead 27, Gabrielino 6 — No surprise, Panthers back in playoff contention.
Covina 40, Ganesha 21 — BPark-Covina should be interesting this week.
Mountain View 33, El Monte 15 — Well, lets call it the shocker of the night.
La Puente 34, Gladstone 7 — Warriors ready for showdown with Duarte next.
Azusa 38, Workman 22 — Azusa inching closer to playoff berth.
Bonita 35, Walnut 7 — Okay, lets see how they finish against Los Altos and Charter Oak.

Saturday’s games and predictions
Western Christian vs. Ontario Christian at Citrus College, Noon — Robledo (Ont Christian); Ramirez (Ont Christian)

Monday’s games and predictions
Duarte at Bassett, 6 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Glendora vs. Chino, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)

Baldwin Park 33, Pomona 22 — Tied 14-14 at half, Braves go on 12-0 third-quarter run to improve to 3-0 in Valle Vista

For quarter-by-quarter updates of Friday’s games, click scoreboard:

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Fire Update: Glendora game moved to Monday. Baldwin Park still on. Orange County cancels all games

Tonight’s scheduled games
Baldwin Park vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Chino, 7 p.m., Monday, 7 p.m..

Live blogging of today’s events, with updates as soon as we get them ….

4:35 p.m. — Just finished my final round of phone calls with coaches, and everything scheduled for Friday is still on. In fact, nearly every coach I talked to sounded optimistic about getting the games in. If there are any cancellations on Friday, I’ll let you know as soon as I can. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

3:54 p.m. — Glendora school officials said they will not play on Friday. They’re hoping to play on Saturday instead.

3:50 p.m. — It is official, Baldwin Park is playing tonight vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m.

12:18: p.m. — Glendora athletic director Brock Jacobsen said their game against Chino has been postponed because of poor air quality. They will try to reschedule it for Friday, but have not determined a site. Chino High School is unavailable, so they’re looking at the possibility of playing at Chino Hills High.

11:51 a.m. — Whittier Daily News reporter Roger Murray informed me that the Whittier School District has postponed all outdoor athletic events through at least Friday. This means all Del Rio League football games scheduled for Friday (La Serna-California; El Rancho-Whittier, and Santa Fe-Pioneer) have been postponed. They’re discussing the possibility of play them on Saturday instead.

10:45 a.m. — Los Altos coach Greg Gano said that he expects to play Friday’s game against Charter Oak. He said the Hacienda Heights school district has given them the green light to do a light practice today. Also, at Rowland, coach Craig Snyder said they will take a wait and see approach and make a final decision on whether to play Friday’s game against South Hills on Friday. As of now, the plan is to play the game.

10:18 a.m. — Went to L.A. Times website, in which reporter Dan Arrittt reports that all football games scheduled to be played this week in Orange County have been canceled, according to county superintendent Bill Habermehl, who spoke on Fox news this morning and said:
“We had a conference call with all of our districts and superintendents and their representatives this morning to talk about the air quality and the decision about, not only athletics, but other extracurricular activities, and the weather and air is so bad here in Orange County and all of Southern California that all 15 of our district superintendents decided to cancel all athletic events and extracurricular activities through the weekend.”

10:05 a.m. — I spoke with Glendora officials, who repeated that they will wait until noon to make a decision on whether to play tonight’s game at Chino. The alternative is to play at Downey High School.

9:54 a.m. — Just got off the phone with Baldwin Park athletic director Mike Zimmerman who told me that Baldwin Park’s game vs. Pomona at Ganesha tonight is still on.
“We’re doing everything possible to get it played,” Zimmerman said. “We’re monitoring the situation closely, and would never put kids health in jeopardy. Unless something drastic changes, the plan is to play the game tonight. Our bus leaves at 4 p.m., so we have until then to make a final decision. But as of now, the game is on.”

Thursday’s game and predictions
Baldwin Park vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark), Rameriz (BPark)

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Breaking News update: Diamond Ranch will forfeit all five wins, including both Miramonte league wins

LATEST: Because of an ineligible player, Diamond Ranch, which was in prime position to make a run at the Miramonte League title, is now fighting for its playoff life. The school learned of an ineligible player, and reported itself to CIF, thus forfeiting all wins up to this point, including both Miramonte League wins over Bonita and Los Altos. Diamond Ranch was 5-2 and 2-0, and now will be 0-7 and 0-2, according to CIF spokesperson, Thom Simmons. Simmons also informed me that they have received the paperwork requesting a hardship for the player who Diamond Ranch has declared ineligible. Simmons said typically, it takes 7-10 days for CIF to make a determination on his eligibility.

On Wednesday, The Pomona Unified School Disctrict released this statement
When a student transfers to another high school and wants to compete in athletics, the proper transfer-eligibility paperwork has to be filed with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). It was discovered late Tuesday afternoon that in the case of one Diamond Ranch High School (football) player that didnt happen. As a result, the Panthers must now forfeit their two league wins, and its not yet known whether that player will be given permission to play in the teams remaining games, pending a hardship application.
This was our mistake entirely, said Principal Monica Principe. The rules are very clear and we just didnt follow up to make sure CIF had received the paperwork we sent, and they say they didnt. Were terribly sorry for disappointing our players, their families, our students, and all the fans.
Diamond Ranch still has two Miramonte League games left, and could still be playoff- eligible, depending on the results of those games and on the end-of-season decision by league members on which teams to send to the playoffs.
We have personally delivered the required paperwork to CIF today, and are hoping to find out by Friday if this student will be allowed to play in the remaining games, said Principe.

As a result, the Miramonte League standings are as follows.
Bonita 2-0
Charter Oak 1-0
Los Altos 1-0
Diamond Ranch 0-2
Wilson 0-2

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Fire Update: Glendora, Baldwin Park games still on … For now.

UPDATE: Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella said as of now, Thursday’s game at Chino High School is still on, but they will make a final determination on Thursday at Noon. If the game can’t be played at Chino because of poor air quality, he said the schools have tentatively agreed to move the game to Downey High School. Also, Baldwin Park coach James Heggins said they’re in the same situation. They’re scheduled to play Pomona at Ganesha on Thursday. A final decision will be made on Thursday, but no alternate site has been selected at this point. As soon as I have new information, I’ll pass it along.

Fire Update: We have not been informed of any Thursday or Friday night football games being canceled because of poor air quality stemming from the fires throughout the Southland. Several High School football teams were forced to cancel practice on Tuesday, and more may continue today. We will keep you posted.
If there are cancellations, leagues have two options on how to handle it because CIF will not extend the season.
The 2003 fires in Corona and Riverside forced the postponement of several league games. As a result, several leagues opted to use the final week of the regular season to play on Monday and Friday to get the games in. Some leagues decided not to reschedule, and played a shortened league season.
“The plan is to let the leagues and the schools decide what’s best for them,” said CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons. “If they can’t play their full compliment of games, that’s their decision.”
Question: How would you decide it?

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Sound Off: Week Eight with Robledo, Ramirez and Miller

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez 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.

Thursday’s game
Glendora at Chino, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m.

Charter Oak at Los Altos, 7 p.m.

Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m.

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Volleyball Top 10

Above: San Dimas players celebrating win over Ganesha on Monday.

Girls Volleyball Top 10 Rankings
1. Bonita (10-2)
One-two punch has Bearcats rolling
2. South Hills (9-6) Starting to find some consistency
3. Los Altos (17-5) Falls after back-to-back losses
4. Walnut (13-4) Gets shot at Huskies tonight
5. Diamond Bar (14-9) Still in Sierra hunt
6. Bishop Amat (12-7) Scored big win over La Salle
7. Glendora (7-6) Rallied vs. St. Lucy’s, then lost
8. Gladstone (14-4) Has yet to drop a game in league
9. San Dimas (13-6) Valle Vista is Saints to lose
10. St. Lucy’s (9-8) Here come the Regents
Note: Rankings and records are based on matches played thru Oct. 22

Above: South Hillscelebrates Tuesday’s win over Walnut

Comments: After several comments from a few readers, I’ve decided it would be best to base the rankings through Monday’s matches, and will will continue that through the rest of the season…The extra day to determine the top 10 had no bearing on who’s No. 1, however. Bonita showed it deserved to be King for the week after knocking off previous No. 1 Los Altos in four games…It was a tough week for the Conquerors, who drop to No. 3 after following up the loss to the Bearcats with a five-game setback to South Hills, whiich appears to have solved its consistency problems…Props go to Covina, which is slowing moving up the latter following last week’s upset of Valle Vista frontrunner San Dimas…The Saints recovered nicely with a victory over Ganesha in a battle for first place Monday, sweeping the Giants in three…St. Lucy’s, which lost its coach a few weeks ago, is also making a second-half push and has now won four consecutive matches going into today’s first-place battle with Sierra leader Ayala. The Regents’ streak inlcudes a five-game win over rival Glendora, which rallied from two games down to force a fifth game before losing.
Quote of the week: “It’s interesting how the mental toughness was there (in game four), but not in the fifth game. If you can figure that out, let me know.” – Glendora coach Jen Barbone after the Tartans lost in five games to St. Lucy’s.

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Let’s rank ’em all: Tribune Super List

Above: Baldwin Park players celebrate a touchdown. The Braves made the biggest jump in this weeks rankings, going from No. 13 to No. 9 after 12-6 win over San Dimas

Tribune rankings from top to bottom
1. Charter Oak (5-1-1)
2. Diamond Ranch (5-2)
3. South Hills (5-2)
4. Glendora (5-2)
5. Los Altos (4-3)
6. Duarte (6-1)
7. Northview (5-2)
8. Arroyo (5-2)
9. Baldwin Park (5-2)
10. San Dimas (6-1)
11. Bishop Amat (2-5)
12. El Monte (4-2)
13. Rosemead (4-3)
14. Damien (2-4-1)
15. South El Monte (3-4)
16. Bonita (3-4)
17. Covina (3-3)
18. La Puente (4-3)
19. Diamond Bar (2-5)
20. Wilson (3-3)
21. West Covina (2-4)
22. Mountain View (3-3)
23. Rowland (2-5)
24. Nogales (2-4)
25. Sierra Vista (2-5)
26. Workman (2-5)
27. Gladstone (3-5)
28. Walnut (1-6)
29. Azusa (2-5)
30. Western Christian (2-5)
31. Bassett (0-7)

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