Southwest Final: South Hills loses heartbreaker, 23-17 in OT

Saturday’s Southwest Semifinal
El Dorado 23, South Hills 17, OT

Robledo’s Thoughts: If you’re supposed to play every high school playoff game like it’s your last, then South Hills High School football players can wake up on Sunday and feel proud of their effort. It’s no fun being on the losing side of one of the most dramatic football games of the season, but as Bogan said afterward, it’s just a game.
The Huskies trailed 10-0 and looked like they were about to get blown out when El Dorado QB Kane Wilson threw a deep pass inside the Huskies’ 10, but Dorian Wells stripped it and Eric Glaster pounced on the fumble, which changed the momentum. The Huskies kicked a field goal with less than a minute left in the half, and only trailed 7-3 at the break.
Late in the third quarter, Huskies linebacker Chris Bowden picked off Wilson, and returned it to the Hawks’ nine, setting up Deen’s nine-yard TD pass to Dimitri De La Fuente to tie the score, 10-10, with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
The Huskies went in front when Eric Glaster picked off Wilson, and returned it 55-yards for a touchdown and 17-10 lead with 5:06 remaining, which set up the dramatic final moments. The Hawks tied the score 17-17 on Wilson’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Sheldon with 1:08 remaining. Maybe it’s the hometown reporter in me, but I swear he was out of bounds on that catch.
But Deen, who was 10-0 as a starter, showed why, leading the Huskies back with an 11-yard pass, then a clutch 36-yard strike to De La Fuente with 52 seconds left, and following a roughing penalty on Deen, the Huskies suddenly had the ball on the Golden Hawks’ 9-yard line with 52 seconds left.
A couple of runs set up kicker Michael Scott, but he lost his footing on a muddy 25-yard game winning field goal attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
“He didn’t get a good plant,” Huskies coach Steve Bogan said. “We thought it was a sure thing. But it happens. It’s not his fault.”

Below: Huskies players look on as FG attempt sails wide

The Huskies had the ball first in overtime, but couldn’t move it, and Scott’s 41-yard field goal attempt came up short.
On the next play, Wilson, who threw for 226 yards, scored on a 25-yard run up the middle to send the top-ranked Golden Hawks (12-1) to the championship game, where they will play for their second consecutive title and put their 12-game winning streak on the line Friday against Trabuco Hills.
Obviously, it was a bitter defeat, but Bogan put it in perspective.
“It’s hard, it’s a big disappointment, especially in that situation,” Bogan said. “You don’t want to get overly philosophical. You’re lying if you don’t say it’s a big disappointment. But it is a game. This is when you learn the most. You celebrate when you win, and you learn what you’re made of when you don’t. We’ll be fine.”

Southwestern Division semifinals
Friday’s game

No. 3 Trabuco Hills 27, No. 4 Charger Oak 3
Robledo’s thoughts: Don’t blame it on the weather or the officiating, Trabuco Hills was just better on Friday night. Maybe if the score was 10-3, or 13-3, you could make that argument, but the Mustangs outscored the Chargers 20-0 in the second half to punch their ticket to next week’s final. Mustangs running back Matt Wagner rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, and the Mustangs defense limited Chargers back Kanaan Snowden to just 51 yards. Chargers QB Chris Allen was 6 of13 for 55 yards. Charter Oak had its chances. Mikey Harrell had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown called back early in the first quarter because of holding. And just prior to that, it appeared Charter Oak had picked off Cory Brandt’s first pass and had a clear path to the endzone, but the Chargers DB couldn’t control it.
Joshua Aussem scored with 5:47 left in the half to give the Mustangs a 7-0 lead, but the Chargers came right back and appeared to tie the game on Allens’ five-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds left, but the side judge made an absolute horrible call, flagging Allen for a face mask when all he did was straight arm a defender out of the way. Check out our video on Saturday if you don’t believe me. The Chargers settled for a field goal, so instead of possibly being up 14-7, they were down, 7-3.
Again, that wasn’t the difference. The Mustangs were clearly better in the second half, moving the ball at will. And they didn’t beat themselves in the muddy conditions, fumbling just once early, and not getting flagged by the officials until late in the fourth quarter. I thought the wet conditions took away Charter Oak’s athleticism, particularly with Snowden, who didn’t have a lot of chances in the open field. Wagner, more of a straight forward bruiser, just followed his blocks and picked up first downs six and seven yards at a time. Congrats to Charter Oak on a great season, and good look to Trabuco Hills in the final.

Video Highlights of Charter Oak-Trabuco Hills

Click on tonight’s scoreboard for score-by-score updates.

South Hills score-by-score updates

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Breaking News: Wilson football coach Robert Oviedo resigns

Wilson football coach Robert Oviedo resigned this week. We’ll have more in Thursday’s newspaper. Oviedo will remain a teacher at the school, but wanted to take a year off to spend more time with his family. Oviedo has two kids, and his wife Dr. Monica Oviedo is the principal at Santa Fe. It was a good season for the Wildcats, who beat Los Altos to recapture the “Wheel” for the first time in nine years, and they advanced to the CIF-SS Southwest Division quarterfinals. Oviedo was at Wilson for seven years, and finishes with an overall record of 34-41-1.

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Will it be Charter Oak-South Hills? Or will the O.C. spoil it …


Read Wednesday’s stories on this weekend’s Southwest Divisional semifinal games

Rivalry brewing between SGV and O.C.

South Hills notebook

Charter Oak notebook

OC Register on El Dorado-Charter Oak
Best comment from OC’s Adam Maya: “Devin Deleon leads a consistent running game, Kane Wilson runs the offense well, and that defensive line is nasty. I dont see this team losing.”

OC Register on Trabuco Hills -Charter Oak
Best Comment from OC’s Artie Casas: “Momentum is such an X-factor in football. I have to give the edge to a battle-tested Trabuco Hills team that seems to be peaking at the right time. I like the Mustangs to control the tempo of the game with their running attack and edge out Charter Oak to avenge last years playoff loss 24-17.”

Thursday’s stories

Chargers seniors ready to go

South Hills notebook

Charter Oak notebook


South Hills’ season has been a tribute to fallen teammate

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Two Minute Drill: The Final Four

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss this week’s CIF-SS Southwest Division semfinal football 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


Trabuco Hills (11-1) at Charter Oak (10-1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

South Hills (10-2) vs. El Dorado (11-1) at Valencia HS in Placentia, Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Girls Basketball: Guess who’s on top again? … Yeah, it’s Amat

Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat
2. Diamond Ranch
3. Sierra Vista
4. Covina
5. Walnut
6. South Hills
7. Glendora
8. Wilson
9. Nogales
10. La Puente

Girls Basketball top ten preview

Girls Basketball tournaments
Wilson tournament continues this week; Friday (semifinals, 6:30, 8 p.m.), Saturday (championship, 7:30 p.m.).
Covina tournament, Dec. 3-8
Duarte tournament, Dec. 3-8
Rancho Cucamonga tournament, Dec. 5-8 (Includes Bishop Amat)

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Boys Basketball: Diamond Ranch starts out on top


Tribune Top Ten
1. Diamond Ranch (16-10)
2. Bonita (17-11)
3. Damien (23-6)
4. Glendora (16-14)
5. Nogales (19-9)
6. West Covina (16-12)
7. Diamond Bar (16-13)
8. Northview (18-11)
9. South Hills (19-9)
10. Charter Oak (13-16)
Boys Basketball preview story

First Big Event of the year
Glendora Triple Crown Challenge
Wednesday’s games
Hart vs. La Canada, 5 p.m.
Claremont vs. Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona vs. Glendora, 8 p.m.

Next week, tournaments heat up.
Glendora/Rowland Tournament, Dec. 3-8
Diamond Bar/San Dimas Tournament, Dec. 3-8
Arroyo Tournament, Dec. 3-8

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours. Finally, it’s here, the O.C. vs. SGV


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

Records:
Robledo: Last week (4-1); Season (167-55)
Ramirez: Last week (5-0); Season (169-53)

Notes: Looks like Ramirez is a step closer to earning that lunch bet. The difference, he picked California over South El Monte, and the Condors pulled it out. I don’t think I can catch him, and to be honest, I don’t want to. I’m going with El Dorado this week, but I would love to see Charter Oak and South Hills in next week’s final.

CIF-SS Southwest Division semifinals
Friday

Trabuco Hills (11-1) at Charter Oak (10-1-1), 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak), Ramirez (Charter Oak)

Saturday
South Hills (10-2) vs. El Dorado (11-1) at Placentia HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Dorado); Ramirez (South Hills)

Friday game Stories from the OC Register on this week’s SGV opponents.
El Dorado 27, El Toro 9
By BRIAN SMITH
Special to OCVarsity.com

Behind a four-touchdown performance from senior running back Devin Deleon, El Dorado took another step toward defending its CIF-SS Southwest Division championship with a 27-9 victory over El Toro in a second-round game Friday night at Trabuco Hills High
The victory, the Golden Hawks’ 10th in a row after a season-opening loss to Esperanza, was much like what El Dorado has done all year: get out to a quick lead and let the defense do the rest. El Dorado put up 264 yards in the first two quarters and held the host Chargers (6-6) to just 99.
After forcing a three-and-out on the El Toro initial drive, the Golden Hawks went 44 yards in four plays, Deleon going the final 30 on a delayed draw into the end zone with less than four minutes gone.
El Toro got on the board with a 43-yard Vince D’Amato field goal on the ensuing drive before El Dorado marched 65 yards in six plays, Deleon going the final 48 as part of a 99-yard, four-carry first quarter.
A 48-yard pass from Kane Wilson to Nolan Sheldon closed a first quarter where El Dorado put up 177 of its 356 total yards. It was more Deleon in the second quarter, scoring on a 4-yard run and a 1-yard run set up by a Ryan Cardenas interception.
El Dorado’s defense picked off passes from three Chargers quarterbacks. Anthony Laurenzi and Kevin O’Connell also had interceptions for the Golden Hawks defense.
After a scoreless third quarter, El Toro used a Jeff Dunlap interception to set up a 30-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard dive from Jai Morris early in the fourth quarter.
An onside kick on the ensuing kickoff was recovered by Cardenas and El Dorado was able to prevent any El Toro comeback.

Trabuco Hills 55, Wilson 6
By TOM CONNOLLY
Special to OCVarsity.com

Matt Wagner rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead Trabuco Hills to a 55-6 victory over Wilson of Hacienda Heights on Friday in a CIF Southwest Division playoff game at Wilson High.
The Mustangs (11-1) have won 10 consecutive games and advances to the semifinals next week to play Charter Oak.
Weve been consistent on offense and stout on defense this season, said Mustangs coach Jason Negro, whose team has outscored its past four opponents, 182-23.
Leading 7-0 in the first quarter, Wagner capped a 91-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. He added a 7-yard TD run in the second quarter, and Cory Brandt threw a 54-yard scoring pass to Adam Mooney to give the Mustangs a 28-0 lead at halftime. Mooney had four catches and two TDs.
Wagner added a scoring run in the second half and Kevin Halloran retuned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown.
Trabuco Hills linebacker Evan Pesonen had two sacks as the Mustangs forced five turnovers and held the Wildcats to 61 yards of offense in the first half.
Tim Gilmore led Wilson (6-6) with 124 yards rushing. Joshua Aussem scored the Mustangs first TD on a 14 yard run, following an interception by JB Torsy.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak, South Hills advance


Friday’s CIF-SS Quarterfinal results

Southwest Division
Charter Oak 40, West Covina 21 – It was only 27-21 Charter Oak going into the fourth quarter when Kanaan Snowden put it away, scoring two of his three touchdowns in a four-minute span. Chargers will host Trabuco Hills next Friday.
Trabuco Hills 55, Wilson 6 — No more lifelines left for the Cats. But it was a great run and Happy Gilmore is back next season.
South Hills 41, Foothill 17 — This is the kind of statement win the Huskies needed. That’s a thorough vicotry over one of the division’s best teams. It’s on to ElDo.
El Dorado 27, El Toro 9 — Hmm, not exactly blowing away the competition are they?

Southeast Division
California 34, South El Monte 21 — At the end of the night, Cal’s rushing attack just too much.

Inland Division
Corona Centennial 49, Glendora 7 — Centennial the real deal, ending one of best Tartans runs in over a decade.


CIF-SS Southwest Division semifinals
Friday

No. 3 Trabuco Hills (11-1) at Charter Oark (10-1-1), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday
No. 4 South Hills (10-2) at El Dorado (11-1), 7:30 p.m.


Click here for quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games

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Two Minute Drill: Breaking down the Big Six

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss this week’s CIF-SS quarterfinal football 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 El Monte at California, 7 p.m.

Trabuco Hills at Wilson, 7:30 p.m.

Foothill vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7 p.m.

Charter Oak at West Covina, 7 p.m.

Glendora at Centennial, 7:30 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.

Records:
Robledo: Last week (15-4); Season (177-56)
Ramirez: Last week (17-2); Season (178-55)

Notes: Ramirez rallied to take the lead in the playoffs, going 17-2, and is back in front by taking Wilson over Mayfair, and Temple City over La Puente. We both picked Duarte over Cerritos Valley Christian and Baldwin Park over Compton Centennial, and lost both. What happened to the Falcons, that was one of my locks of the week? All three of us, including Reginald Miller from Time Warner Cable, picked the Falcons to win the division. Big disappointment after they reached the quarters last year. By the way, on our best chances for upsets, two of our three picks came through, with Wilson and West Covina winning first-round games.

Friday’s CIF-SS quarterfinal games and predictions

Southwest Division
No. 2 Charter Oak (9-1-1) at West Covina (6-5), 7:30 p.m — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
No. 3 Trabuco Hills (10-1) at Wilson (6-5), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Trabuco Hills); Ramirez (Trabuco Hills)
Foothill (9-2) vs. No. 4 South Hills (9-2) at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)

Southeast Division
South El Monte (7-4) at No. 4 California (10-1), 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (California)

Inland Division
Glendora (9-2) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Centennial); Ramirez (Centennial)

Final Thoughts: Big rematch on Friday, Charter Oak at West Covina, a game the Chargers won at home, 55-28, earlier in the season. The Bulldogs are much improved, but so are the Chargers, if you can believe that. It won’t be as lopsided, but the Chargers will win again. South Hills has a tough game at the District Field against Foothill. They haven’t played a team this tough since Los Altos back in week five, when the Conquerors had Bryce Mahmud-McBride. If anyone thinks the Huskies will have a chance against ElDo in the the semis or Charter Oak in the finals, this game will be the indicator. Wilson and the Gilmore show continues, and don’t be surprised if they give Trabuco Hills a run for their money. Wilson has as much offensive firepower as anyone, and if they play defense like they did against Mayfair, they’ve got a shot. South El Monte is on fire, winners of seven straight, and will beat California on Friday. Mark that down, this is a team on a mission, and my pick to go the semifinals, where the fun will end against La Habra. By the way, Whittier Daily News reporter Andrew Campa, who picked the Eagles to win the Mission Valley League at the beginning of the season when everyone else was going with Rosemead or Arroyo, says, and I quote, “South El Monte has no chance against Cal.” Glendora, this is just too tall a hill to climb. Corona’s only loss is against power Mater Dei and they’ve beaten plenty of heavyweights. For the Tartans to have a chance, they have to methodically move the chains behind Jake Vega and Andre Holmes. If they can move the ball, they won’t get blown out. But, seriously, don’t see how they can win this one.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Glendora wins thriller; Four advance in Southwest; South El Monte keeps rolling; Montview and Valle Vista all go down

Friday’s CIF results
Inland Division
Glendora 29, Upland 28, OT – Unbelievable. After Upland took a 28-21 lead in overtime, Glendora scored, then went for the two-point conversion and won it. Pasqy showed a lot of guts, congrats Tartans.
A.B. Miller 43, Damien 14 – Spartans run into a buzzsaw, get rolled by A.B. Miller

Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete 52, Sierra Vista 7 – Dons made the playoffs, that should be good enough.
Temple City 25, La Puente 20 — It was a great season for the Warriors, but it ends in first round
Cerritos Valley Christian 31, Duarte 21 — So much for our Mid-Valley championship prediction. This is a huge disappointment.
La Salle 30, Azusa 3 – All it does is make the Montview League 0-4 in the playoffs.

Northwest Division
Morro Bay 42, Northview 7 — Long road trip for Vikings ends in a disappointing blowout.
Compton Centennial 14, Baldwin Park 12 — The Valle Vista’s only real chance of making the second round goes down too.
Oaks Christian 56, San Dimas 27 — It’s just not fair.

Southeast Division
South El Monte 54, Sonora 7 — The Jose Garay (6TDs)-Tommy Cogburn (4 TD receptions) show on full display.
Fullerton 41, Arroyo 20 — Not the kind of trip to the O.C. the Knights had hoped for.
Schurr 27, Rosemead 6 — Defending champs pull away from Panthers.

Southwest Division
El Dorado 40, Rowland 7 — Raiders go down against top-ranked powerhouse.
South Hills 59, La Mirada 33 – Huskies cruise as expected, will get Foothill in second round at home.
Foothill 52, Bonita 14 – After waiting two years to get into the playoffs, this wasn’t the welcome they had in mind.
Wilson 21, Mayfair 13 – Wildcats storybook season moves on to the quarterfinals.
West Covina 28, Anaheim Canyon 21 — Bulldogs get their wish, a rematch against Charter Oak.
Charter Oak 40, Norwalk 0 — Might as well been a bye week for the Chargers.

Read today’s story on Wilson running back Tim Gilmore

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.
Tribune Scoreboard

CIF-SS Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 23

Inland Division
Glendora (9-2) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-1) … Centennial a 59-14 winner over Carter

Southeast Division
South El Monte (7-4) at No. 4 California (10-1) … California a 27-0 winner over Santa Ana

Southwest Division
No. 2 Charter Oak (9-1-1) at West Covina (6-5)
No. 3 Trabuco Hills (10-1) at Wilson (6-5) … Trabuco Hills a 38-7 winner over Brea Olinda
Foothill (9-2) vs. No. 4 South Hills (9-2) at Covina District … Foothill a 52-14 winner over Bonita

Glendora-Upland Highlights Video

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Sound Off: CIF playoffs, breaking it down with Robledo, Miller and Ramirez

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss all the local divisions competing in the CIF-Southern Section football playoffs. Don’t miss it, this is a thorough breakdown of all your local teams with the brackets for you to follow along and break down with us. 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

Inland Division

Mid-Valley Division

Northwest Division

Southeast Division

Southwest Division

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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 (13-4); Season (163-52)
Ramirez: Last week (12-5); Season (162-53)

Notes: I rallied in week ten to claim the regular season title from Ramirez. It will probably never be that close again, one game separating over 200 games to choose from. We both missed Bonita over Los Altos, Damien over Chino Hills, Bishop Amat over Loyola and Bassett over Workman. We knew going in we only picked one game differently, and he chose Baldwin Park and I took Northview, and the Vikes pulled it out for me. I don’t know how much of a reward that was for the Vikes, though, they lost the coin flip and now take on top-ranked Morro Bay (10-0) in the first round. Well, finally, the playoffs are here, as well as our first-round predictions.

Friday’s first-round games
Inland Division
Upland (7-3) vs. Glendora (8-2) at Citrus College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (A.B. Miller); Ramirez (A.B. Miller)
Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Norco); Ramirez (Norco)

Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Ramirez (Paraclete)
Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (Temple City)
Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)
Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Ramirez (La Salle)

Northwest Division
Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Morro Bay); Ramirez (Morro Bay)
Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (BPark)
Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Oaks Christian); Ramirez (Oaks Christian)

Southeast Division
Sonora (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SEl Monte); Ramirez (SEl Monte)
Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Fullerton); Ramirez (Fullerton)
Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Ramirez (Schurr)

Southwest Division
Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Dorado); Ramirez (El Dorado)
La Mirada (4-6) vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Foothill); Ramirez (Foothill)
Wilson (5-5) at Mayfair (7-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mayfair); Ramirez (Wilson)
West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Canyon); Ramirez (Canyon)
Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (COak)

Final Thoughts:
Guaranteed first-round winners: Charter Oak, South Hills, South El Monte, and Duarte will all make it to the second round, don’t think about it twice.
Guaranteed first-round losers:: Rowland, Damien, Sierra Vista, Azusa, San Dimas, Northview have way to tall a hill to climb. Unfortunately, it’s one and done.
Best chances for upset: West Covina, Wilson, Bonita.

CIF Playoff brackets

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CIF Pairings released; Charter Oak/South Hills on opposite ends of Southwest; Glendora takes on Upland; Valle Vista gets tough draw in Northwest

I will be at the CIF pairings on Sunday at the offices in Los Alamitos. Hopefuly, I will have all your local pairings up Sunday night. But don’t wait, CIF will release the bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and you can access them by clicking on this link.
www.cifss.org/landing_index

Southwest Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. El Dorado, 2. Charter Oak, 3. Trabuco Hills, 4. South HIlls
Top Half: Rowland (3-7) at El Dorado (9-1); El Toro (5-5) at Bellflower (7-3); Bonita (6-4) at Foothill (8-2); La Mirada (4-6) at South Hills (8-2).
Bottom Half: Brea Olinda (5-5) at Trabuco Hills (9-1); Wilson 5-5) at Mayfair (7-3); West Covina (5-5) at Anaheim Canyon (8-2); Norwalk (5-5) at Charter Oak (8-1-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Just what you expected with Charter Oak getting No. 2 and South Hills No. 4. Love the potential second round matchups of South Hills-Bonita or Charter Oak-West Covina, but when it all comes down to it, the top four seeds are legit and it should play out that way until the semifinals.
Final Four prediction: El Dorado, South Hills, Trabuco Hills, Charter Oak
Championship prediction: Charter Oak over El Dorado

Inland Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Corona Centennial, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Redlands East Valley, 4. A.B. Miller
Top Half: Carter (4-6) at Corona Centennial (9-1); Upland (7-3) at Glendora (8-2); Los Osos (8-2) at Chaparral (7-3); Damien (5-4-1) at A.B. Miller (9-1)
Bottom Half: Murrieta Valley (6-4) at Redlands East Valley (10-0); Ayala (7-3) at Norco (8-2); Corona Santiago (5-4) at Etiwanda (6-4); Yucaipa (7-3) at Vista Murrieta (10-0).
Fred’s thoughts: The Sierra League has it tough across the board. Glendora opens with a difficult Upland team, and then could meet top-ranked Centennial in the quarterfinals. Damien has a tough opener against No. 4 A.B. Biller, and Ayala is on the road against Norco, an 8-2 team. Maybe Glendora gets past the first round, but don’t expect any of the Sierra League teams to be playing the following week.
Final Four prediction: Corona Centennial, Los Osos, Redlands East Valley, Vista Murrieta
Championship prediction: Redlands East Valley over Los Osos

Mid-Valley Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Paraclete, 2. Santa Clara, 3. Blair, 4. Bishop Diego
Top Half: Sierra Vista (3-7) at Paraclete (10-0); Monrovia (5-5) at Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-3); Temple City (4-6) at La Puente (7-3); Mary Star (5-5) at Bishop Diego (8-2)
Bottom Half: Malibu (5-4) at Blair (8-1); Cerritos Valley Christian (5-5) at Duarte (8-2); Azusa (4-6) at La Salle (5-5); Village Christian (2-8) at Santa Clara (7-1-1)
Fred’s thoughts: All these coaches at the pairings draw felt they had a good shot, and why not, it’s wide open. I like the potential of Duarte and Blair meeting in the second round. And there’s a great first-round game of Temple City at La Puente. I keep hearing that Monrovia, at 5-5, is the sleeper because of how well it played at the end of the year, but when all is settled, this is my final four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, Santa Clara.
Final Four prediction: Paraclete, Bishop Diego, Duarte, La Salle
Championship prediction: Duarte over Paraclete

Northwest Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. Morro Bay, 2. Serra, 3. Torrance, 4. Nordoff
Top Half: Northview (7-3) at Morro Bay (10-0); North Torrance (4-6) at St. Bernard (6-4); Compton Centennial (5-5) at Baldwin Park (7-3); Nipomo (5-5) at Nordoff (6-3-1).
Bottom Half: Harvard-Westlake (7-3) at Torrance (7-3); Santa Maria St. Joseph (7-3) at Oak Park (7-3); Oaks Christian (7-3) at San Dimas (9-1); Pioneer Valley (6-4) at Serra (9-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Let’s face it, the Valle Vista league took one on the chin. The CIF people basically felt this was the worst league in the division. How else do you explain Northview, at 7-3, having to face top-ranked Morro Bay in the first round. Or San Dimas, at 9-1, facing Oaks Christian, who defeated Diamond Ranch earlier this year and is still mighty tough even without Jimmy Clausen. Baldwin Park has a winnable draw facing Compton Centennial in their opener at home. But boy, after a three-way tie in the Valle Vista, winning that coin flip was important and the Braves got it.
Final Four prediction: Morro Bay, Nordoff, Oak Park, Oaks Christian
Championship prediction: Oaks Christian over Morro Bay

Southeast Division
Pairings/Top Seeds: 1. San Gabriel, 2. Westminster, 3. Fullerton, 4. California
Top Half: Santa Fe (5-5) at San Gabriel (8-2); Ocean View (7-3) at La Habra (9-0); Sonoro (5-4) at South El Monte (6-4); Santa Ana (5-5) at California (9-1).
Bottom Half: Arroyo (6-4) at Fullerton (6-3); Alhambra (7-3) at La Serna (7-3); Rosemead (7-3) at Schurr (6-4); El Rancho (5-5) at Westminster (7-3)
Fred’s thoughts: What a whacky division, seriously, San Gabriel the No. 1 seed. And what do they get for their reward, a tough Santa Fe squad followed by possibly La Habra (in quarters), who I still think is the best in the division. South El Monte drew Sonora, and the Eagles are the wild-card after playing so well at the end of the year. I would love to see South El Monte play California in the quarters, that would be special. Arroyo has a tough task of opening at No. 3 Fullerton, and Rosemead is at defending champion Schurr. This was a crazy division last year, and figures to be again.
Final Four prediction: La Habra, California, Alhambra, Westminster
Championship prediction: La Habra over Alhambra

Interviews with coaches at Sunday’s pairings draw

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Northview wins, shares Valle Vista League crown with San Dimas and Baldwin Park. Bassett earns first W, and South El Monte firing on all cylinders


Friday’s results
Northview 28, Baldwin Park 19 — As it should, Vikings, Braves and Saints all deserved a piece of the crown.
South El Monte 52, El Monte 0 – How in the world did they ever lose four games playing like this. Maybe that’s it, they never played like this before.
Bishop Amat 27, Loyola 14 — Nice way for Lancers to finish, but the moaning and groaning will come back soon.
Rosemead 51, Mountain View 0 — Panthers thunder their way into the playofs.
Arroyo 44, Gabrielino 26 — Knights surviv penalty-filled game.
La Puente 24, Azusa 13 — Warriors clinch outright Montview League title, go 6-0.
Bassett 21, Workman 20 — When next weeks final rankings comeout, Olympians will no longer be No. 31. Great way to finish fellas.
Western Christian 38, Arrowhead Christian 7 — Lancers secure their only league victory, and QB Alex Beaton finished with 2,226 pasing yards and 15 touchdowns.



Thursday’s results
Charter Oak 48, Diamond Ranch 7 — Chargers leave no dobut who the top team in the SGV is.
Bonita 16, Los Altos 6 — Conq’s eliminated from playoff for first time since 1994
San Dimas 35, Covina 21 — Saints clinch playoff berth and become Northview’s biggest cheerleader on Friday vs. Baldwin Park in hopes of sharing league title.
Damien 33, Chino Hills 17 — Spartans earn their way into the playoffs after 0-2 Sierra League start.
West Covina 27, Walnut 0 — Bulldogs clinch second place in San Antonio.
Glendora 42, Diamond Bar 7 — Finished Sierra in style, by going a perfect 5-0.
South Hills 43, Nogales 14 — Would love to see them meet up with Charter Oak at some point in Southwest playoffs.
Wilson 37, Rowland 25 — Biggest news is that Wildcats won coin flip over Los Altos and Diamond Ranch to reach the playoffs.
Duarte 42, Sierra Vista 17 — Falcons bounce back after losing Montview league title last week to La Puente.

For quarter-by-quarter updates and final results, click scoreboard.

http://lang.sgvtribune.com/preps/scoreboard/week10.asp

Also: I will create a CIF-SS playoff thread on Sunday night with all the first-round matchups. CIF will release bracket sheets from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and you can access them by clicking on this link
www.cifss.org/landing_index

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

Thursday’s games
Charter Oak vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha HS, 7 p.m.

http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/110707_CHARTEROAKvsDRANCH.asp

Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/110707_BONITAvsLOSALTOS.asp

Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/110707_SANDIMASvsCOVINA.asp

Friday’s game
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.

http://lang.sgvtribune.com/multimedia/asps/110707_BALDWINPARKvsNORHVIEW.asp

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Let’s rank ‘em all: Tribune Super List

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

CIF Polls heading into final week (Pairings released on Sunday)

Southwest Division
1. El Dorado (8-1), 2. Charter Oak (7-1-1), 3. Trabuco Hills (8-1), 4. South Hills (7-2), 5. Foothill (7-2), 6. Diamond Ranch (2-7), 7. Mayfair (6-3), 8. Bellflower (6-3), 9. Anaheim Canyon (7-2), 10. El Modena (6-3).

Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial (8-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (9-0), 3. Redlands East Valley (9-0), 4. Norco (8-1), 5. A.B. Miller (8-1), 6. Chaparral (6-3), 7. Los Osos (7-2), 8. Glendora (7-2), 9. Upland (6-3), 10. Etiwanda (6-3).

Mid-Valley Division
1. Paraclete (9-0), 2. Santa Clara (6-1-1), 3. Blair (7-1), 4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (7-2), 5. Bishop Diego (7-2), 6. La Puente (6-3), 7. Duarte (7-2), 8. Temple City (4-5), 9. Cerritos Valley Christian 5-5), 10. La Salle (4-5).

Northwest Division
1. Morro Bay (9-0), 2. Serra (8-1), 3. Oaks Christian (6-3), 4. Oak Park (6-3), 5. San Dimas (8-1), 6. Torrance (6-3), 7. Baldwin Park (7-2), 8. St. Bernard (6-3), 9. Harvard/Westlake (6-3), 10. Templeton (6-3).

Southeast Division
1. La Habra (8-0), 2. California (9-0), 3. Troy (6-2), 4. Alhambra (7-2), 5. La Serna (7-2), 6. San Gabriel (7-2), 7. Westminster (6-3), 8. Rosemead (6-3), 9. Schurr (5-4), 10. Fullerton (4-4).

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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 (17-2); Season (150-48)
Ramirez: Last week (16-3); Season (150-48)

Notes: Finally, I tied Ramirez. With one week left in the season, it’s come down to Northview-Baldwin Park, the only game we picked differently this week. Steve will explain why he chose to go with Baldwin Park and not his alma mater, and I’ll tell you why I’m picking Northview in an upset in this week’s two-minute drill. The lunch bet includes the playoffs, but the regular season bragging rights is on the line. Last week, Steve and I both didn’t believe La Puente could beat Duarte, and it happened. Congrats to the Warriors, that was a gutty performance in taking the Montview League title. I also picked Wilson to beat Los Altos and Rowland to beat Walnut, grabbing two wins on Steve who went the other way. But Steve got one back by picking Aquinas over Western Christian, and after seeing how easy Aquinas won, I’m wondering why I gave Steve that freebie. Get ready for a great final week, lots of games on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday game of the week: Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch
Friday game of the week: Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District

Thursday’s games
Charter Oak vs. Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino Hills): Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Ramirez (West Covina)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
South Hills at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South HIlls); Ramirez (South Hills)
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Ramirez (Duarte)

Friday’s games
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (SElMonte)
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Loyola); Ramirez (Loyola)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Azusa at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Arrowhead Christian vs. Western Christian at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Western Christian); Ramirez (Western Christian)

Final Thoughts: Once again, the Miramonte League heads into the final week with all five teams in the playoff hunt. It’s a headache going over all the scenarios, but Wilson’s alive because if Charter Oak beats Diamond Ranch and Bonita beats Los Altos, there will be a three-way tie for third between Los Altos, Diamond Ranch and Wilson, with a coin flip deciding the final entry into the Southwest playoffs. For Diamond Ranch to get in, they need a win and a Bonita win over Los Altos. For Los Altos to get in, they simply need a win over Bonita. Charter Oak and Bonita are in regardless of what happens. In the Valle Vista, Baldwin Park has clinched a share of the league title, but If Northview wins on Friday and San Dimas beats Covina, there will be a three-way tie for first, meaning coin flips will decide the order of finish into the playoffs.

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Girls Volleyball playoff schedule; Bonita last team standing, will play top-ranked Village Christian in Tuesday’s semis


Above: Bonita advances to semifinals, and will face top-seeded Village Christian (26-2), a 28-26, 25-20, 25-18 quarterfinal winner over San Gabriel in Tuesday’s semifinals at Village Christian.

CIF-Southern Section playoffs
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division III-AA
Bonita (15-4) at Village Christian (26-2), 7 p.m.
Brentwood (23-9) at La Quinta (14-11), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s quarterfinal results
Division II-AA
Corona del Mar def. St. Lucy’s 25-18, 25-9, 25-17
Bishop Montgomery def. South Hills 25-20, 25-21, 25-12
Division III-AA
Bonita d. Palm Desert, 25-21, 25-17, 25-23


Above: South Hills celebrating first-round win over Diamond Bar.
Tuesday’s first-round results
Division II-AA
Beckman d. Glendora, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22
Walnut d. Corona Santiago, 25-23, 25-23, 29-27
Norco d. Bishop Amat 25-21, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15
South Hills d. Diamond Bar, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 27-25
Estancia d. Rowland, score unavailable

Division III-A
Palm Springs d. Arroyo, 25-11, 25-13, 27-25, 25-22
San Dimas d. South El Monte 23-25, 25-13, 25-12, 25-16
Bonita d. Maranatha, 25-12, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23
Los Altos d. Bell Gardens, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20
Covina d. La Mirada, 16-25, 25-16, 7-25, 25-16, 25-8
Charter Oak d. Patriot, 27-25, 25-21, 25-12
Gabrielino d. Ganesha, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18

Division IV-AA
La Puente d. Bishop Diego 22-25, 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 17-15
Viewpoint d. Sierra Vista, 25-12, 25-15, 25-13
Aquinas d. Gladstone, 25-18, 16-25, 12-25, 25-23, 15-12
St. Margaret’s d. Azusa, 25-5, 25-9, 25-9

Here’s our Final regular-season rankings
1. South Hills (16-8) Riding seven-match win streak
2. Los Altos (22-9) Gains some sweet revenge
3. Walnut (19-7) Best No. 2 in the area
4. Gladstone (20-6) Was perfect in Montview
5. Bonita (12-4) Slippin and a slidin
6. Bishop Amat (17-9) On four-match win streak
7. St. Lucy’s (13-10) Has looked good lately
8. Diamond Bar (16-11) Opens playoffs at South Hills
9. San Dimas (16-6) Closed deal in Valle Vista
10. Glendora (10-5) Advances after big win

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Boys Water Polo playoff schedule


Above: Walnut High’s Derek Chung looks to pass vs Rowland High in match earlier this season. Walnut hosts Palm Springs in a playoff match on Thursday.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s Wild Card
Division V

Corona at Rowland, 3 p.m.
West Covina at Upland, 3 p.m.
Thursday’s first round
Palm Springs at Walnut, 3 p.m.

Tuesday’s first round
Division VI

Sierra Vista at Santa Monica, 3 p.m.
El Segunod at San Dimas, 3 p.m.

Thursday’s first round
Division III

Troy at Bonita, 3 p.m.
El Rancho at Damien, 3 p.m.
Charter Oak at South Pasadena

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Special Report: The rise and fall of Baldwin Park’s Lawrence Phillips

Trouble has continued to follow Baldwin Park standout Lawrence Phillips. Once a running back at the University of Nebraska and in the NFL with several teams, Phillips, 31, was recently convicted of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon for driving a car at group of young men, injuring three after a losing pickup football game near the Coliseum. He faces 10-20 years in prison.

Interview with former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane, who coached Lawrence Phillips

Phillips faces long prison term. Our reporter, Dan Abendschein, tells his story.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/search/ci_7365713?IADID=Search-www.sgvtribune.com-www.sgvtribune.com

Running back remembered as one of the best
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7365981

Former Tribune prep sports editor Steve Hunt writes about Phillips. Hunt is now this newspapers managing editor.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_7354339

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