Withem family shares their story

Above: Single parent Tina Withem stands with her sons Bronze (right) and Kyle (left) in front of the Red Roof Inn Motel in San Dimas, where she and her four other children lived for nearly three years. Bronze and Kyle are standout linebackers on the Saints football team.
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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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