Area’s top offensive lineman: “The Sweet 16″

In no particular order, these area the area’s top offensive lineman. Obviously this is the toughest category to nail down. Stats don’t do these guys justice, and they hardly ever get their names mentioned in the newspaper, but they’re the heart and soul of any football team. Thanks to the coaches and those of you who emailed in to help put this list together. Inevitably, there will be a few players who are deserving that we left off, but we did the best we could.

Above: Glendora center Austin Sefton getting ready to snap the ball to Drew Kaluzny.

Dominique Austin, Bishop Amat, 6-4, 250, senior — The area’s biggest and baddest stud.
Willie Vess, Covina, 5-11, 230, senior, — One of the reason’s the Colts move so easily on offense.
Nick Longoria, Los Altos, 6-2, 240, senior – Need to step up more than ever with depleted frontline.
Domanic Blanco, Charter Oak, 6-0, 240, senior – When pressed, Farrar said he’s the one
Robert Diaz, Northview, 6-0, 270, senior — Vikings don’t have a lot of seniors, but he’s a special one.
Austin Sefton, Glendora, 5-10, 235, senior, — Arguably the area’s best center.
Ryan Doll, San Dimas, 6-0, 220, junior — Already a two-year starter who makes life easy for Nico Barbone.
Carl Schmitz, Damien, 6-6, 322, senior — Incredible size and potential.
Charles Cisneros, Diamond Ranch, 6-3, 275, senior — Three year starter who thrilled coach at Army All-American combine.
Roland Penaloza, Arroyo, 5-11, 225, senior — Knights coach Jim Singiser has nothing but praise for the tough guy.
Jarred McGarry, Glendora, 5-11, 290, senior — Another one of the Tartans’ big hogs.
Andrew Oviedo, Rosemead, 6-1, 240, senior — Koffler always has good offensive lineman and he’s one of them.
John Earnest, South Hills, 5-10, 270, senior — Was second team all league as a junior.
Stephen Ochoa, Bishop Amat, 6-4, 235, senior — Guys love running behind this big senior.
Rod Arrant, Covina, 5-11, 280, senior — Another Colt that league coaches had high praise for.
Cory Geer, San Dimas, 6-4, 205, senior — Saints three-year varsity starter.


Above: Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar looking over his O-Line.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


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

Records:
Robledo: Last week (14-4); Season (116-45)
Ramirez: Last week (14-4); Season (117-44)

Notes: With three weeks left in the regular season and the playoffs looming, Ramirez and I are neck-and-neck. We both went 14-4 last week, sharing three of the same losses. We both picked Bishop Amat over Alemany, Rosemead over El Monte and San Dimas over Baldwin Park. Steve got me on picking La Puente over Sierra Vista, but I had Chino beating Diamond Bar, so he will take his one-game lead into this week. And nothing’s going to change. For the first time, we picked all the same games. That’s just how it worked out, I always pick my games first then ask Steve for his. He doesn’t know who I picked, so that’s how the cards fell.

Game of the week: South El Monte (3-4, 2-0) at Arroyo (5-2, 2-0), 7 p.m.

Thursday’s games
Baldwin Park vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (BPark)
Glendora at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)

Friday’s games
Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Charter Oak at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (SElMonte)
Diamond Ranch vs. Wilson at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (DRanch)
Bishop Amat vs. Crespi at L.A. Pierce College, 7:30 p.m. — Rolbedo (Crespi); Ramirez (Crespi)
Nogales at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
South Hills at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Damien at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Covina vs. Ganesha at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Walnut at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)

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

Final Thoughts: Los Altos apparently has lost Bryce Mahmud-McBride for the rest of the season with a broken leg. He joins fellow seniors Raymond Rodriguez and Josh Contreas, who were all potential Miramonte League standouts if not obvious first-team choices. Yet, even without Mahmud-McBride for nearly the whole game, the Conquerors had Diamond Ranch beat with less than a minute left before Diamond Ranch’s miracle. What I’m saying is as bad as looks, don’t ever count Los Altos out in a game against Charter Oak, which I’m guessing will be much closer than people think it will. I thought Friday would settle the Valle Vista League title until Baldwin Park showed up and knocked out undefeated San Dimas. If Northview wins on Friday, circle your calendar for Nov. 9 — when the Braves take on the Vikings at Covina District. Arroyo and yes, South El Monte could be deciding the Mission Valley League title this week. Both teams are 2-0 while pre-league favorite Rosemead is a shocking 0-2. South El Monte is becoming the feel-good story of the year. To start 0-4 and come back the way they have says a lot about those kids character, and the determination of their coaching staff.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Glendora takes control of Sierra; Baldwin Park knocks off undefeated San Dimas


Friday’s results
Glendora 27, Chino Hills 20 — Tartans in the drivers seat in Sierra, now lets see how they handle the drive home. Clearly, a huge win for their program over another quality opponent. Games left against Chino, Ayala and Diamond Bar. Ayala obviously poses a threat, but it’s their title to lose now.
Charter Oak 55, West Covina 28 — That’s back-to-back whippings over Wilson and West Cov.
Baldwin Park 12, San Dimas 6 – Who would of thought a year after losing Harris the Braves would be in the thick of the Valle Vista League race. Got to tell ya, they have a tough, tough defense. They’ll give Northview fits when they meet in the Nov. 9 league finale.
Arroyo 37, Mountain View 12 — Knights set up showdown next week with South El Monte
El Monte 17, Rosemead 16 — My gosh, what happened to the Panthers. I know, I know, I should be giving El Monte credit. But who in the world thought Rosemead would start 0-2 in the MVL?
South El Monte 18, Gabrielino 7 — Forget the 3-4 record, that’s three straight wins and 2-0 in the MVL.
Gladstone 15, Bassett 14 — Gladiators rallied from a 14-0 deficit
Duarte 49, Workman 0 – That’s why I call getting your mojo back
La Puente 34, Sierra Vista 18 — Warriors looking more and more like a playoff team.
Bonita 42, Wilson 7 — Bearcats roll while Tim Gilmore goes out with a hurt knee in second quarter.
Rowland 14, Nogales 7 — Finally, the Raiders on the winning end of a close game
South Hills 42, Walnut 3 — No surprise at all, Huskies should continue to cruise through San Antonio
Ayala 34, Damien 33 — Spartans blow a 33-14 lead; playoff chances fading
Covina 41, Pomona 14 – Colts bounce back after Northview loss
Alemany 27, Bishop Amat 9 — What’s it gonna take for the Lancers to win in consecutive weeks?
Chino 49, Diamond Bar 36 – Brahmas scoring points, but giving up way too much
Aquinas 27, Azusa 24 – Much closer than Ramirez and I thought it would be

Thursday’s results
Diamond Ranch 28, Los Altos 24 — Conquerors took a 24-21 lead with just over five minutes left and appeared to have it won. But Diamond Ranch’s Brandon Sermons got open for an 83-yard TD reception with 26 seconds left to give DRanch the victory. Amazing it was close considering Mahmud-McBride got injured on his first play from scrimmage and watched the rest of it on crutches. Appeared to be his knee, but don’t know his status, which would be another terrible blow to the Conqs. DRanch coach Roddy Layton was ejected, and will miss their next game.
Northview 34, Ganesha 0 — The warm-up show is over, time to face San Dimas. Do the Vikes have what it takes to be the first to knock off the Saints? Find out next Friday unless Baldwin Park figures it out first.

For quarter-by-quarter updates and scores, click scoreboard

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Volleyball Top 10


Above: Bonita players celebrating victory over top-ranked Los Altos on Tuesday.

Girls Volleyball Top 10 Rankings
1. Los Altos (17-3)
Taking care of business
2. Bonita (8-2) Swept its past five matches
3. South Hills (7-6) Finding its rhythm
4. Walnut (11-4) Drops one after splitting two
5. Diamond Bar (9-7) Battling inconsistency
6. Glendora (7-6) Big win over Ayala
7. Bishop Amat (11-5) Hitting its dead zone
8. San Dimas (11-5) Road to VVL title runs through the Saints
9. Gladstone (19-9) Rolling through Montview
10. Northview (9-2) Falls after losing last two
Note: Rankings and records are based on matches played thru Oct. 13


Above: St. Lucy’s celebrates five-game victory over Glendora on Wednesday.

Comments: First off, if these rankings were based as of today, the top two would obviously be flip-flopped. Bonita definitely showed its ability with Tuesday’s four-game win over Los Altos. But the Conquerors showed they are no slouch, surviving five match points before the Bearcats finally broke through. The rematch is scheduled for Nov. 1, so circle your calendar. … Is there a tougher league than the Sierra? While the Miramonte boasts the top two clubs in the area, its harder to find a more balanced league in the Sierra League, where Ayala, Diamond Bar, Glendora and Chino Hills began the week separated by a match and now you can add St. Lucy’s to the mix after the Regents beat Chino Hills on Monday….South Hills, after struggling with inconsistency, appears to have found its second wind after winning its last three, including a win over Walnut. The Mustangs hope to pay back their San Antonio League rival when they host the Huskies next Tuesday…The Valle Vista League is once again San Dimas’ to win or lose after the Saints exercised their might with back-to-back wins over contenders Northview and Ganesha.

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Let’s rank ‘em all: Tribune Super List

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

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Sound Off: Week Seven with Robledo, Miller and Ramirez

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss three 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.
http://www.alocalsportsshow.com/main.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alocalsportsshow.com%2F

Friday’s games

San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101707_SANDIMASBPARK.asp

Glendora at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101707_GLENDORACHINOHILLS.asp

West Covina at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101707_WESTCCHARTER.asp

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Charter Oak, Glendora end contract

I know many of you have asked why Charter Oak and Glendora are not playing each other next season, so I asked both coaches why the contract wasn’t renewed. The answers were interesting, leading me to believe there is much more going on behind the scenes.


Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar: “They (Glendora) dropped us. We would have loved to play them, it was very disappointing. I always thought it was a great game. There was a mayor’s trophy involved and all that good stuff. It was good for both places in terms of excitement about the game and from a revenue standpoint. You would have to ask them why we’re not playing, we wanted to continue it.”


Glendora coach Mark Pasquarella:: “From our standpoint, there was a difference in philosophy. I’d rather not get into all the details, but it’s an emotional game for our kids, and I didn’t like the way it was set up.”

Noteworthy: As a result, Farrar went on to say that he tried to schedule Northview next year, but he heard the Vikings are already signed to play Los Altos in week one.

Five games I would love to watch next season
Bishop Amat vs. Los Altos
South Hills vs. Diamond Ranch
Charter Oak vs. Muir
San Dimas vs. Glendora
Northview vs. Damien

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Area’s top defensive front players


Above: South Hills’ Damon Kuklinski getting ready to make a tackle.

In no particular order, these are the area’s top muscle men. Obviously, this is a tough group to pick. There are so many more names that we could have included, but this isn’t a bad list to start with. By the way, this list isn’t broken down into top linebackers, lineman, etc, just top defensive front guys.

Dominique Austin, Bishop Amat - Could be best of the best. Listed at 6-5, 250 pounds, the Lancers standout is leaning toward Arizona and San Diego State.

Damon Kuklinski, South Hills - He’s out with an injury, but he was the Huskies’ leading tackler when he went down.

Spencer Stueve, Diamond Ranch – The senior is averaging 10 tackles per game on one of the area’s best defenses.

Chris Kovar, Glendora - All conversations about the Tartans’ talented D-Line starts and ends with Kovar, a returning All-Sierra League selection.

Nick Padilla, Charter Oak - Coming off his best game, a three-sack performance in a 50-6 win over Wilson.

Marc Felix, Los Altos - Ray Rodriguez and Josh Contreas should be on this list too, but both are out with season-ending injuries. In any case, Felix is having another great season.

Bronze Withem, San Dimas – The 5-foot-11, 200 pound senior is averaging 11 tackles per game and has 69, including 39 solo on the season.

Kebin Umodo, South Hills – The returning All-CIF Southwest Division first-team selection is having another fine year for the Huskies. In fact, the Huskies are loaded with guys on the D-Line.

Andrew Rodriguez, Northview – The Vikings need more tough guys like Rodriguez if they hope to stop San Dimas next week.

John Rabe, Damien -- The Spartans standout is having a great season despite his teams struggles. At 6-5, 260 pounds, should make a great addition at Oregon.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


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

Records:
Robledo: Last week (11-7); Season (102-41)
Ramirez: Last week (14-4); Season (103-40)

Notes: The world’s falling apart. I haven’t won the office pool since Labor Day and now Ramirez has passed me in the season total. Time to man-up and drink by bottle of get tough. Steve got me in the big games, going with Bishop Amat over St. Paul and Glendora over Damien, and got lucky with Walnut over Nogales. We both missed South El Monte over Rosemead, Gabrielino over Rosemead, Western Christian over Riverside Christian (upset of the week) and Ayala over Diamond Bar. Well, guess it’s time to find my second wind.

Thursday’s games
Diamond Ranch vs. Los Altos at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Northview vs. Ganesha at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)

Friday’s games
Arroyo at Mountain View, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South El Monte); Ramirez (South El Monte)
Bassett vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Duarte vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (La Puente)
Wilson at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Rowland at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
South Hills vs. Walnut at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Diamond Bar at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Ramirez (Diamond Bar)
Glendora at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Ramirez (Ayala)
San Dimas at Baldwin Park (CA), 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Covina vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Bishop Amat at Alemany, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Azusa at Aquinas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Aquinas); Ramirez (Aquinas)
West Covina at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)

Final Thoughts: Hard to go with Los Altos over Diamond Ranch. I don’t know if Ray Rodriguez would have changed the outcome in last week’s loss to South Hills, but it was obvious the Conquerors missed him. You have to think that DRanch, after shutting out Bonita, will pin a second straight loss on the Conqs. Also wondering if Baldwin Park, whose only two setbacks were close losses to West Covina and El Monte, can hang with San Dimas at home. If not, it will likely set up the Valle Vista league title showdown next week when the Saints take on Northview at the District Field. The Sierra League title will likely be decided this week. Yes, Ayala’s a sleeper, but if Glendora can follow its win over Damien with a win at Chino Hills, you have to like their chances of winning the Sierra, or at least earning a tie. Glendora fans may not like this, but I’m going with the Tartans this week. I know I’ve been more wrong that right with you guys, but I’ve got that feeling again.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: South Hills, Northview, Glendora make statements


Above: South Hills High’s Brandon Parham, left, congratulates Alex Bromstead, right, after Bromstead scored in the first quarter against Los Altos.

Friday’s results
South Hills 35, Los Altos 21 – Nobody playing better than the Huskies in last four games. All their big names showed up and had an impact.
Glendora 35, Damien 14 – Didn’t see them putting a whipping on the Spartans like this
Bishop Amat 31, St. Paul 30 (3 OT) – Fans treated to a triple-overtime thriller at Kiefer
Charter Oak 50, Wilson 6 – After all those close Miramonte wins last year, this must of fell great for Farrar and Co.
Northview 38, Covina 13 – The Vikings needed a wake-up call, and that’s what their crosstown rival provided. There will be a new champion in the Valle Vista. It Should probably come down to Northview-San Dimas.
Diamond Ranch 19, Bonita 0 – You know what the Panthers are thinking: Bring on Los Altos, coming Thursday.
Arroyo 19, El Monte 14 – Lions figured to give the Knights all they could handle, and did.
West Covina 27, Rowland 0 – Bulldogs figure to be only team that might, and that’s a big might, that can compete with South Hills in San Antonio.
Duarte 31, Azusa 17 – Wasn’t this closer than you thought it would be?
South El Monte 20, Rosemead 14 — Unbelievable. Best 2-4 team not named Bishop Amat.
San Dimas 41, Pomona 13 – Nothing can stop this scoring machine
Ayala 29, Diamond Bar 0 – Hmmm, Glendora, Chino Hills have another contender to worry about.
Sierra Vista 34, Bassett 7 – The Don’s high-flying aerial show continues
Walnut 7, Nogales 6 -- Finally, Mustangs find the win column.
Gabrielino 27, Mountain View 6 – Vikings great start goes up in flames against Eagles.


Above: Baldwin Park running all over Ganesha.

Thursday’s results
Baldwin Park 38, Ganesha 0 – Braves (4-2, 1-0) are just a few plays from being undefeated after close losses to West Covina and El Monte. Do they have any chance next week against San Dimas?
Workman 29, Gladstone 20 – It was a must win for the Lobos, and they got it, knocking off Happy Rock for the second straight year.

Watch Friday’s video highlights of Bishop Amat’s thrilling 31-30 triple overtime victory over St. Paul

Also, nobody tailgates like Bishop Amat, and enjoy the 50th homecoming celebration with fans

For final scores, click scoreboard

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Football Super List: Let’s rank ‘em all. No. 1 vs. No. 4 sqaure off on Friday

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

Note: By popular demand, coming next week, area’s top ten defensive lineman.

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Sound off: Week Six with 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.
http://www.alocalsportsshow.com/main.html?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.alocalsportsshow.com%2F

Friday’s games

South Hills at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101007_SHILLSVSLOSALOS.asp

St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101007_BAMATVSSTPAUL.asp

Covina vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101007_NORTHVVSCOVINA.asp

Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/101007_ROSEMEADVSSELMONTE.asp

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VOLLEYBALL TOP 10


Above: South Hills middle blocker Melinda Gomez in a match against St. Lucy’s. Gomez was named the Tribune athlete of the week

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
1. Los Altos (15-3)
The Conquerors train keeps on rolling
2. Bonita (6-2) Bearcats taking care of business
3. Walnut (10-3) Drops a spot after South Hills loss
4. Diamond Bar (9-6) Showing steady progress
5. Bishop Amat (11-4) Big three doing their part
6. South Hills (7-6) Shows it still rules San Antonio
7. Northview (9-0) Even coach didnt expect this start
8. Glendora (6-3) Scored nice split last week
9. Gladstone (10-4) Looks ready to reclaim Montview
10. San Dimas (9-5) Off to good start in VVL
Note: Rankings and records are based on matches played thru Oct. 6


Above: San Dimas players celebrate recent win over Northview

Comments: South Hills shook up the rankings a bit after pushing Los Altos to five games and upsetting Walnut in five. The Huskies have some impressive wins in the early season, but coach Charm Doyle is still looking for some consistency. If she gets it, this could be a team to watch in November. … There are two big matches today to keep an eye on. Undefeated Northview faces its first big test of the season when it hosts defending Valle Vista League champion San Dimas at 3:15 p.m. … There’s also a top-five battle when No. 2 Bonita hosts No. 3 Walnut at 5:15 p.m. in a nonleague match… Gladstone, which gave up its stranglehold of the Montview League last season, appears ready to move back to the top of the Montview League mountain after starting 5-0 in league play. … Charter Oak, which falls just outside the top 10, gets a chance to bump its way in today as it faces No. 1 Los Altos.

St. Lucy’s fire head volleyball coach, Art Garcia
Read Pete Marshall’s story and Garcia’s explanation …
http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_7143616

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Injuries hurt Los Altos, South Hills

Los Altos paid a hefty price for defeating Western, 35-27, last week.
A week after losing two-way lineman Josh Contreas to a potential season-ending broken leg, two-way standout Raymond Rodriguez suffered a broken arm in last weeks victory, and will miss the remainder of the season.
Rodriguez, a senior, is not only one of the areas best defensive ends, but arguably the areas best tight end. As a junior, he was named to the Tribune first-team.
Its devastating, Conquerors coach Greg Gano said. You cant replace Ray. He did too much on this team to just replace him. He was an anchor for us on offense. We were counting on him to make big plays for us, and he already has.
But again, we cant feel sorry for ourselves, weve got South Hills coming here on Friday.”
The Huskies also will be without one of their marquee players. Running back/linebacker Damon Kuklinski suffered a sprained MCL in Thursdays 28-7 win over Rancho Cucamonga.
Huskies coach Steve Bogan said Kuklinski could be out two to four weeks.
Damons our LenDale White on offense, Bogan said. And one of our best linebackers. Anytime you lose someone like that for an extended period of time, its tough to replace.

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