Girls Cross Country: Nunez a step above

Runnner of the year: Jessica Nunez
School: South Hills
Grade: Junior
Notable: Nunez finished the season the way she began – as the top girls runner in the area. She opened the fall by winning the Fastback Shootout at Mt. San Antonio College and completed it with a solid showing at the CIF State cross country championships. In between were solid performances, including a personal best time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds at the Woodbridge Invitational, where she finished sixth overall. Her season began on a hot and sunny day in Walnut at the Fastback Shootout on Sept. 8, when she turned in a stunning time of 11:33 to take first. But more importantly to her, she beat rival Hillary Hayes of Edison High School, who finished 18 seconds behind. She then went to Woodbridge and finished a strong sixth with a personal record of 16:55. Nunez was the dominant runner in the San Antonio League, earning MVP honors after sweeping several league meets and finishing first at league finals with a steady 18:11 time. She followed that up with a sixth-place finish in the Division II race at the CIF-SS championships with a time of 17:43. Nunez concluded the season with a 13th-place finish and a time of 18:26 at the state
Quotable: “The highlight for me was at the Woodbridge Invitational. I really wanted to use that (event as a barometer) and I was really pleased to run that 16:55.”

Coach of the year: Dave McKissick, South Hills

First Team
Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Fr.
Liz Zuniga, South Hills, Jr.
Angela Tu, Wilson, Jr.
Lenore Moreno, West Covina, Sr.
Natalie Decamp, Charter Oak, So.

Second Team
Lauren Justus, Glendora, Jr.
Amanda Camarillo, South Hills, Jr.
Priscilla Llanos, Rowland, Fr.
Reina Sotelo, Los Altos, So.
Heather Jackson, Bonita, Fr.

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Boys Cross Country: Perez outran them all

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Runner of the year: Jason Perez
School: South El Monte
Grade: Sophomore
Notable: The sophomore enjoyed a breakout season and finished with a steady performance at the CIF-State championships. Perez, despite his youth, was the area’s lone qualifier to the state meet in Fresno, placing 31st in the Division III race with a solid run of 16 minutes, 20 seconds. His road to Fresno was paved by winning the
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Mission Valley League title and qualifying for the state meet by finishing 11th with a time of 15:44 at the CIF-Southern Section championships. He also had the best time of his career with a 15:26 earlier in the season.
Quotable: “I was so thrilled to race at (the state championships). It was amazing. It started a whole new chapter in my life. It was a super year, and I’m only a sophomore, so I think next year I have a good shot at winning (a state title).”

Coach of the year: Sonia Ayala, South El Monte

First Team
Andrew Centeno, South El Monte, Sr.
Thomas Finnigan, Glendora, Sr.
Brad Hernandez, Los Altos, Sr.
Eduardo Hernandez, Rowland, Sr.
Ricardo Rodriguez, La Puente, Sr.

Second Team
Sean Davidson, Walnut, Sr.
Joey Divizia, Glendora, Sr.
Randy Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Micah Ramos, Western Christian, Sr.
Simon Wong, Arroyo, Sr.

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Is Roche really done? It sure sounds like it

By Pete Marshall, Bulletin Staff Writer
CHINO HILLS – This time, Terry Roche said, he’s really done.
Roche announced his resignation as Chino Hills High School football coach and apparently ended one of the most successful head coaching careers in the area.
Roche, 56, will remain at the school as a work experience teacher, although he plans to retire from teaching in the next few years.
“I’m just getting a little bit older,” Roche said. “And I’m not as passionate as I’d like to be. I figured it’s time. It’s been a great seven years.”
Roche is the only head football coach the school has known since it opened with freshmen only in 2001.
In five varsity seasons at Chino Hills, Roche compiled a 39-15-1 record and took the Huskies to the playoffs four out of five years. The best season at Chino Hills was 2005, when the Huskies went 11-1. Chino Hills failed to make the playoffs in 2007.
Roche’s career record was 223-82-7, including stints at Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Bellflower St. John Bosco, Ontario and Chowchilla high schools.
At Diamond Bar, Roche won four CIF-Southern Section titles, in 1984, ’95, ’98 and ’99, three of which were perfect 14-0 seasons. His Diamond Bar teams had a 27-game win streak in 1984-85 and a 26-game win streak in 1999-2000.
He stepped down after Diamond Bar lost in the 2000 CIF-SS semifinals to eventual champion Upland.
“That time, I left the door open (for a return),” Roche said. “It’s not open any more.”
Roche initially was only helping Chino Hills with the search for a new coach, but then became a candidate.
The only door Roche said will remain open is that of an assistant coach, if the new coach wants Roche to help.
“Coach Roche has built a solid program and never had a losing season here at Chino Hills High School,” Chino Hills principal Carl Hampton said in a statement. “We are grateful to him for all that he has brought to the program and our students. We look forward to having him continue to serve on our staff.”
Roche would like to have input on the hiring of a new coach and said he expected one or more of his assistants to apply.
“I’d hope I’d have a little bit of input,” he said. “You never know. I just want to spend more time with my grandchildren.”
He said there are no serious health issues, but Roche did admit the heat during August and September practices got to him.
“I had to get out of the heat a couple of times and I had a hard time breathing,” Roche said.
He said he initially told Chino Hills he would give the school five years. The thought of stepping down entered his mind early this season.
Roche also sees the sport changing, with teams opting for a spread offense.
“If I was 10 or 15 years younger, I’d be more willing to (change offenses),” Roche said. “I think four or five years down the road, that’s what people are going to.”
But Roche said he knows it would be hard to quit cold turkey.
“I wouldn’t want to do it full-time, but I’d like to help out at game time or part-time,” Roche said. “These are wonderful kids.”

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Boys Water Polo: Schofield earns top honors

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Player of the year: Nick Schofield
School: Damien
Grade: Senior
Position: Two-meter
Notable: Schofield enjoyed a banner season in leading the Spartans to another Sierra League championship. He ranked among the area leaders in goals and assists and did it while being the focal point of the opposition’s defensive game plan. The Spartans were ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Top 5 most of the season before finishing the season with a tough 10-9 setback to South Pasadena in the quarterfinals. Schofield’s postseason honors included being named Sierra League MVP and earning All-CIF-SS for the second consecutive year, following up last season’s third-team selection with a first-team honor.
Quotable: “I’m grateful for everything. I put a lot of hard work in, and it all paid off in the end. I was surprised to (be named player of the year).”

Coach of the Year: Lani Ruh, Walnut

First Team
Gilbert Bonilla, Los Altos, Sr.
Brendan Cheng, Walnut, Sr.
Jeff Davis, Bonita, Sr.
Brian Donohoe, Damien, Jr.
Jeff Hoover, Bonita, Sr.
Jordan Rivas, Charter Oak, Sr.
Anthony Wade, San Dimas, Sr.

Second Team
Doug Carter, Damien, Sr.
Joey Convertino, Bonita, Sr.
Matthew Morales, Walnut, Jr.
Tommy Pacheco, Damien, Jr.
Michael Ruiz, La Puente, Sr.
Tyler Watkins, Rowland, Jr.
Steve Wosman, Rowland, Sr.

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Girls Volleyball: Esquivel leads the way

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Player of the year: Jade Esquivel, Los Altos
School: Los Altos
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Notable: Esquivel helped the Conquerors enjoy one of their strongest campaigns in recent years. Los Altos earned a share of the Miramonte League title with Bonita and advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, finishing with a 22-10 record. Esquivel, the focal point of most opponents’ game plans, averaged nearly four kills per game. She also had the incredible knack of finding open space on the opposition’s side of the net, often when the defense appeared to be in perfect position. She also earned co-league MVP honors with Bonita’s Katy McCreery. She has yet to finalize her collegiate plans, but said she is leaning toward attending Cal State Los Angeles, where her mother was a volleyball standout.
Quotable: “It feels awesome (to be player of the year). I’ve been playing so long, so to finally be honored like this, it’s something I deserve.”

Coach of the year: Morgan Coberly, Bonita

First Team
Melissa Cole, Outside Hitter, Walnut, Sr.
Katy McCreery, Outside Hitter, Bonita, Sr.
Amanda Remy, Outside Hitter, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Torrie Brown, Middle Blocker, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Melinda Gomez, Middle Blocker, South Hills, So.
Daniela Macias, Setter, Gladstone, Sr.

Second Team
Courtney Donaldson, Outside Hitter, Bonita, Jr.
Madison Horsely, Outside Hitter, San Dimas, Sr.
Cursty Jackson, Outside Hitter, Rowland, Sr.
Jazmen Russell, Middle Blocker, Los Altos, Fr.
Kelly Mort, Middle Blocker, South Hills, Sr.
Monique Sena, Setter, Bishop Amat, Sr.

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Tribune 2007 All-Area Football

Merry Christmas and best wishes to everyone during the holiday season. I’m only going to ask one thing, to be respectful with your comments. C’mon it’s Christmas, I know you can do it.

Above: Tribune player of the year, Dorian Wells. Reprints of the page can be purchased by visiting our website.

Player of the Year: Dorian Wells, South Hills
Wells feature

Coach of the Year: Mark Pasquarella, Glendora
Pasquarella feature

First Team Offense
QB – Jose Garay, South El Monte, Jr.
RB – Tim Gilmore, Wilson, Jr.
RB – Chris Harris, Duarte, Sr
AP - Kanaan Snowden, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR - Andrew Romero, Wilson, Sr.
WR - Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte, Sr.
WR - Brandon Parham, South Hills, Sr.
OL - Nick Longoria, Los Altos, Sr.
OL - Austin Sefton, Glendora, Sr.
OL - Domanic Blanco, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL - Charles Cisneros, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
OL - Dominique Austin, Bishop Amat, Sr.
K - – Dejon Miller, Damien, Sr.

First Team Defense
DL - Kebin Umodu, South Hills, Sr.
DL - Drew Carreon, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL - Charles Shorts, Covina, Sr.
LB - Mike Howard, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB - Chad Young, Glendora, Sr.
LB - Damon Kuklinski, South Hills, Sr.
LB - Isaac Tucker, West Covina, Sr.
DB - Tanner Zylstra, Bonita, Sr.
DB - Michael Edwards, Glendora, Sr.
DB - Angel Acevedo, Baldwin Park, Sr.
SS - Ryan McMahon, Damien, Sr.
P - Nico Barbone, San Dimas, Jr.

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Second Team Offense
QB - Chris Allen, Charter Oak, Jr.
RB - Bryce Mahmud-McBride, Los Altos, Sr.
RB - Jake Vega, Glendora, Sr.
AP - Tra Sumler, Rosemead, Jr.
TE - Raymond Rodriguez, Los Altos, Sr.
WR - Mikey Harrell, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR - Manny Acosta, South El Monte, Sr.
OL - Jon Earnest, South Hills, Sr.
OL - Daniel Centeno, Arroyo, Sr.
OL - Carl Schmitz, Damien, Sr.
OL - Addison Bachman, Glendora, Sr.
OL - Hugo Zuniga, La Puente, Sr.
K - Jeremy Brown, Los Altos

Second Team Defense
DL - Oscar Molina, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DL - Bryan Bonilla, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
DL - Nick Padilla, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB - Wayne Goss, South Hills, Jr.
LB - Joseph Garcia, La Puente, Sr.
LB - Brent Seals, Bishop Amat, Jr.
LB - Bronze Withem, San Dimas, Sr.
DB - Jiovanni Mier, Bonita, Sr.
DB - Eric Glaster, South Hills, Sr.
DB - Sheldon Price, Bishop Amat, Jr.
DB - Ryan Henson, West Covina, Sr.
P - Nick Lenhart, Bishop Amat, Jr.

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They’re talking about us …

The Glendora High School newspaper wrote an article about this blog. I thought it was a fair discussion so I’m posting it. Like anything else, the negative stuff always grabs the headlines, that’s how it is. But I give Shield reporter Alex Moskowitz a lot of credit for running with this, and he did an excellent job of remaining impartial. By the way, did you know this website is banned at some schools and school districts because of its content (at least that’s what I’ve been told). Administrators don’t want students wasting school time reading all this stuff, and I don’t blame them. It’s probably the right thing to do. Students who want this will go home and read it and comment anyway. So again, be careful about what you post. Think before you hit send. For all the great comments we read on these blogs, it’s the stupid and unnecessary comments that will always grab the attention. It’s the world we live in.


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Football: Tribune All-Area on Christmas Day

It’s coming, the Tribune All-Area football package, which will include a short video from every player selected to the team. In the following days we’ll also have all-area packages for girls volleyball, girls tennis, boys water polo and cross country. Thanks to all of you for making the fall season a memorable one, and wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas weekend and Happy New Year. And for all you football honks, following All-Area will be an early look at the 2008 top ten poll, followed by top returning quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, etc. I’m sure there’s enough to talk about until spring football rolls around.

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Wrestling: Northview on top; Williams the top dog

I know, I know, this is a wrestling town. I’m watching the Mayweather-Hatton fight the other night, and our host Joe took it as an opportunity to bug me all night about wrestling coverage. That’s what I get for going to an SC guys house. My roommate says he’s a former CIF champion who happens to be another Joe, though I can’t find his title anywhere in the record books. I’ll let him go on this, he’s too proud of that mythical title. But I know he’s still into it, he spent a free weekend at the Northview tournament. Who does that? Listen, I’m no stranger to wrestling, not after watching one of the greatest wrestling teams of all time in the San Gabriel Valley. The 1983 Ray Rodi coached Edgewood Trojans won the 2-A title and could have wrestled with anyone. We had Scott Schumm, the 132-pound state title winner whose letterman jacket was so decorated you just wanted to touch it. Those were the days when wrestling was King. Our wrestling matches were bigger than basketball, and that’s the truth. The stands were packed and the fans were loud. It was like those old-time wrestling movies. If you saw “Vision Quest” you know what I mean. Anyways, Steve Ramirez will keep a wrestling thread going once a week, and I’ll chime in too. I told him I think we need a weekly top ten at each wrestling weight and he said that will take some time to put together, but you can help keep us up to speed, that is if you show the same passion on these threads that you have for your sport.
Well, here goes, this is Steve’ preseason top five

Can’t touch this: South Hills’ Thomas Williams, the defending 112-pound state champion.

1. Northview
2. South Hills
3. Bishop Amat
4. Rosemead
5. San Dimas

Wrestling Preview

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Basketball rankings: Bonita moves to top on boys poll

Above: Bonita’s Robert Schmidt dropping two on Santa Fe in Alhambra tournament championship game.

Boys Basketball
1. Bonita (9-1)
Alhambra tourney champs should be considered Miramonte League favorites
2. Damien (9-3)
Great showing in And1 tourney; Austin Napolitano averaging 16 points and eight boards
3. Diamond Ranch (6-3)
Triple threat with Chris Cunningham, Ryan Kelly and Garrett Johnson
4. Nogales (9-3)
One of area’s hottest teams has won seven of last eight
5. Glendora (7-4)
Three-straight wins, but going to need more than just Dominic Tiger-Cortez
6. Diamond Bar (6-4)
Should give Damien a run for their money in Sierra
7. Northview (8-4)
Hard to digest how they lose such an ugly game, 28-25 to Alhambra
8. South Hills (7-1)
Okay, so it was just the Azusa tournament, but a title is a title
9. Walnut (7-3)
Love the overall record, but can’t escape the two blowout losses by more than 40 points
10. La Verne Lutheran (7-0)
Could go undefeated with a group of freshman and soph’s leading the way

Above: Amat’s Kristen McCarthy earned second straight tournament MVP honors after win over Monrovia in championship of Arroyo tourney on Monday.

Girls Basketball
1. Bishop Amat (8-0)
Arroyo tournament was too easy, let’s see how they do in Ayala tourney after Christmas
2. Covina (9-0)
If Colts win Rowland tournament next week, they will go undefeated until the playoffs
3. Diamond Ranch (7-4)
Obviously not the team they’ve been in recent years, but still one of area’s best
4. Wilson (8-2)
Coach Ed Bruynincx had a smile from ear to ear talking about this team
5. Walnut (6-3)
Ella Rodriguez doing it all as Mustangs the clear favorites to take San Antonio
6. Glendora (6-4)
Don’t look at the losses, look at the solid wins over Upland and Sonora
7. Azusa (5-1)
The early surprise of the season has a 46-40 win over South Hills on resume
8. South Hills (4-2)
Sophomore Melinda Gomez is already one of area’s best, but she needs help
9. Sierra Vista (4-4)
Should be better than this, but to be fair, all four losses were to quality teams with winning records
10. South El Monte (5-3)
You win three straight and have a winning record, you should be in top ten

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Football: Quick look ahead at South Hills for 2008

I’ve seen a lot of discussion on the blog about who South Hills will and will not play. No, they’re not playing Bishop Amat, though it was a game briefly discussed. And yes, they will play Northview, and …. Duarte, coach Wardell Crutchfield is finally stepping and playing the big boys like we’ve all asked.

South Hills 2008
Week Zero: Either Crespi or St. Francis. It looks like Crespi, but either game would be a great way to open the season. This could be Los Altos too.
Game 2: Ayala. A great match-up against the feel good story of the year from the Sierra League.
Game 3: La Habra. A rematch against the Southeast champ, and the only team to knock the Huskies around this season.
Game 4: Duarte. Would have been a bigger game this season, but give the Falcons credit for calling around and scheduling this.
Game 5: Northview: Word on the street is the Vikings feel this is their best team in a decade, and wanted this one against an old rival.
Game 6: Rosemead: This will be tough too. They’ve got Tra Sumler, who will be one of the best senior backs next season.

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Mission Valley League: Big-time Cogburn named MVP

Player of the Year: Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte
Back of the Year: Jose Garay, South El Monte
Lineman of the year: Daniel Centeno, Arroyo High School

Above: South El Monte cleaned up with ten first-team honors

First Team offense
QB: Jose Garay, South El Monte
RB: Jonathan Mendoza, South El Monte
RB: Luke Ayala, El Monte
RB: Tra Sumler, Rosemead
WR: Manny Acosta, South El Monte
WR: Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte
TE: Mike Sotelo, Arroyo
OL: Joel Talavera, South El Monte
OL: Robert Cedeno, South El Monte
OL: Richard Lopez, Rosemead
OL: Carlos Chacon, South El Monte
OL: Andrew Oveido, Rosemead

First Team Defense
DB: Neiko Padilla, South El Monte
DB: Luis Illescas, El Monte
DB: Justin Fregoso, Rosemead
DL: Daniel Centeno, Arroyo
DL: Andrew Barrera, South El Monte
DL: Joseph Eddy, Rosemead
DE: Juan Perez, South El Monte
DE: Roland Penaloza, Arroyo
LB: Tra Sumler, Rosemead
LB: Davie Padilla, South El Monte
LB: Cesar Chavez, Rosemead
LB: Julio Tena, El Monte

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Montview League: Harris, Garcia share top honors

Offensive MVP: Chris Harris, Duarte
Defensive MVP: Joseph Garcia, La Puente
Lineman of the year: Hugo Zuniga, La Puente

Above: Duarte’s Chris Harris named offensive MVP

First Team Offense
QB: Austin Goldsmith, Duarte
RB: Marco Negrete, Azusa
RB: Robert Cruz, La Puente
RB: Steve Barrientos, La Puente
RB: Alonzo Webb, Bassett
WR: Rauley Zaragoza, Azusa
WR: Brandon Castaneda, Duarte
WR: Carlos Rios, La Puente
WR: Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista
TE: Steven Arceo, Azusa
TE: Angel Ontiveros, Sierra Vista
OL: Alberto De La Cruz, La Puente
OL: Javier Gallardo, Azusa
OL: Kevin Gonzalez, La Puente
OL: Abraham Gama, Azusa
OL: David Zarazua, Sierra Vista
OL: Carlos Aguirre, Bassett
PK: Andy Vasquez, Duarte

Above: La Puente’s Joseph Garcia named defensive MVP, but it shown carrying the ball here.

First Team Defense
DB: Darius Reese, Duarte
DB: Richard Gurrola, Gladstone
DB: Gabriel Ortiz, La Puente
DB: Steven Barrientos, La Puente
DB: Carlos Ruiz, La Puente
LB: Steven Arceo, Azusa
LB: Sean Gatlin, Duarte
LB: Austin Goldsmith, Duarte
LB: Chris Harris, Duarte
LB: Fabian Otton, Gladstone
LB: Michael Villa, Gladstone
DL: Abraham Gama, Azusa
DL: Chris Benavides, Duarte
DL: Adam Ortega, Gladstone
DL: Ezikiel Aguilar, La Puente
DL: Kevin Gonzalez, La Puente

Final Tally:
La Puente (12 first team selections)
Duarte (9 first team selections)
Azusa (7 first team selections)
Gladstone (4 first team selections)
Sierra Vista (2 first team selections)
Bassett (2 first team selections)
Workman (0 first team selections)
Note: Workman should of at least been given one first-team nominee.

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Is steroids a problem in high school sports?

Thursday’s Mitchell Report linked several of today’s prominent players to using steroids, like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and even hometown heroes like Mark McGwire (Damien) and Jason Giambi (South Hills). Giambi admitted to using steroids months ago, and Huskies baseball coach Kevin Smith said he would love to have Giambi come back and talk to his players about the negative effects of using steroids. But seriously, how prevalent is steroid use in high school sports today? Do you suspect high school players, do you know of anyone or have you heard of anyone using it. You won’t be allowed to name names here, but your observations and discussions are welcome.

Read today’s local reaction from Northview coach Darren Murphy and South Hills coach Kevin Smith

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Sierra League: Edwards stands above them all

Player of the Year: Michael Edwards, Glendora, WR/DB
Offensive player of the year: Matt Baca, Ayala QB
Defensive player of the year: Chad Young, Glendora, LB

Above: Sierra League player of the year Michael Edwards looking mighty intimidating.

First Team offense
QB: Taylor Fallon, Chino
RB: Victor McDowell, Ayala
RB: David Garcia, Chino
RB: MIchael Harris, Chino Hills
RB: Jake Vega, Glendora
FB: Daniel Lopez, Chino Hills
TE: Corey Harkey, Chino Hills
WR: David Quiroga, Ayala
WR: Ramel Rose, Chino
WR: Damon Baca, Ayala
WR: Kyle Warren, Diamond Bar
Guards: Ryan Noriega, Glendora
Guards: Wesley Galaz, Damien
Center: Austin Sefton, Glendora
Tackles: Carl Schmitz, Damien
Tackles: Addison Bachman, Glendora
Kicker: DeJon Miller, Damien

First Team Defense
DB: Derek Brandon, Ayala
DB: Sammy Reyna, Chino Hills
DB: Alex Koprcina, Damien
DB: Reggie Young, Glendora
DL: Eric Villanueva, Ayala
DL: Cory Harkey, Chino Hills
DL: Jake Salter, Damien
DL: Chris Kovar, Glendora
DL: Garrett Bowdry, Glendora
DE: Ryan McMahon, Damien
DE: Robert Horn, Glendora
LB: Kevin Estipular, Ayala
LB: Wade O’Neal, Chino Hills
LB: Kenny Dominguez, Damien
LB: Mikey Niles, Glendora

Final Tally:
Glendora (11 first team selections)
Damien (7 first team selections)
Ayala (7 first team selections)
Chino Hills (6 first team selections)
Chino (3 first team selections)
Diamond Bar (1 first team selection)

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Basketball Rankings: Amat, Dranch still on top

Above: If Bishop Amat loses a game in the Arroyo tournament, I’ll personally buy pizza’s for the winning team. But my money’s safe, I know it’s not happening.

Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (5-0)
2. Covina (8-0)
3. Diamond Ranch (4-3)
4. Wilson (6-2)
5. Sierra Vista (2-2)
6. Walnut (5-3)
7. South Hills (4-1)
8. Azusa (5-1)
9. Glendora (3-3)
10. West Covina (3-2)

Arroyo Tournament — Winners bracket quarterfinals

Thursday’s games
Sonora vs. Glendora, 6 p.m.
San Marino vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.

San Dimas tournament
Thursday’s semifinals

Chaffey vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 6 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Charter Oak, 7:30 p.m.

Above: Glendora’s Dominic Tiger-Cortes is such a great shooter he’ll be double-teamed like this all season.

Boys Basketball rankings
1. Diamond Ranch (3-1)
2. Bonita (4-1)
3. Northview (7-1)
4. Damien (5-2)
5. Glendora (4-3)
6. Nogales (5-3)
7. Diamond Bar (4-2)
8. Walnut (4-2)
9. West Covina (5-2)
10. La Verne Lutheran (5-0)

Azusa Tournament
Thursday’s round-robin games
El Monte vs. Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Covina vs. Marshall, 4:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. South Hills, 5:45 p.m.
Mountain View vs. Azusa, 7 p.m.

West Covina tournament
Thursday’s round-robin games

Whittier vs. Arroyo, 4 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Ontario, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Mayfair, 7 p.m.
West Covina vs. Montclair, 8:30 p.m.

Alhambra tournament
Thursday’s round-robin games

Bellflower vs. Bonita, 3 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Gabrielino, 4:30 p.m.
Northview vs. Montebello, 6:15 p.m.
Alhambra vs. Santa Fe, 7:45 p.m.

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Miramonte League: Snowden best of all

Player of the year: Kanaan Snowden, Charter Oak
Offensive Co-MVP: Tim Gilmore, Wilson; Chris Allen, Charter Oak
Defensive MVP: Mike Howard, Charter Oak

Above: Miramonte MVP Kanaan Snowden scoring against Diamond Ranch

First Team Offense
QB: Terry Paradez, Bonita
RB: E.J. Reyes, Bonita
RB: Bryce Mahmud-McBride, Los Altos
RB: Jeff Martinez, Los Altos
RB: Brian Spirlin, Diamond Ranch
WR: Andrew Romero, Wilson
WR: Tony Seanez, Los Altos
WR: Mikey Harrell, Charter Oak
TE: Daniel Wolsky, Wilson
TE: Raymond Rodriguez, Los Altos
TE: Andrew Loya, Charter Oak
OL: Aaron Michaelis, Bonita
OL: Frank Ayala, Wilson
OL: Domanic Blanco, Charter Oak
OL: Charles Cisneros, Diamond Ranch
PK: Jeremy Brown, Los Altos

First Team Defense
DB: Tanner Zylstra, Bonita
DB: Jiovanni Mier, Bonita
DB: Tim Gilmore, Wilson
DB: Ray Washington, Charter Oak
DB: Ben Counce, Charter Oak
DL: Ruben McQueen, Bonita
DL: Nick Longoria, Los Altos
DL: Tyler Perri, Charter Oak
DL: Evan Williams, Charter Oak
DL: Bryan Bonilla, Diamond Ranch
LB: Jeff Gelalich, Bonita
LB: Mark Felix, Los Altos
LB: Drew Carreon, Charter Oak
LB: Nick Padilla, Charter Oak
LB: Spencer Stueve, Diamond Ranch
Punter: Kanaan Snowden, Charter Oak

Final Tally:
Charter Oak (11 first-team selections)
Los Altos (7 first-team selections)
Bonita (7 first-team selections)
Diamond Ranch (4 first-team selections)
Wilson (4 first-team selections)

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Blog Upgrade .. It is time

You must now type in an email address and use an anonymous screen name before posting a comment. This will still allow you to remain anonymous, but there will be no more anonymous comments, you must use a screen name. By requiring emails and screen names, it is hoped that we can slow down and begin to eliminate the foul-mouth and personal attack comments that have ruined this blog in recent months.

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San Antonio League: Wells earns league MVP honors

San Antonio League
MVP – Dorian Wells, South Hills
Offensive MVP - Isaac Tucker, West Covina
Defensive MVP – Damon Kuklinski, Kebin Umodu

Above: San Antonio league MVP Dorian Wells against Los Altos.

First Team Offense
QB – Cameron Deen, South Hills
RB – Brandon Stansell, Rowland
RB – Ricky Johnson, West Covina
RB – Nofoaiga Iosua, Nogales
RB – Leonard Rhodes, Walnut
WR – Brandon Parham, South Hills
WR – Josh Thomas, West Covina
TE – Oliver Estrella, Nogales
OL – Sean Veal, South Hills
OL – Albert Cid, West Covina
OL – Chris Warren, Walnut
OL – Jon Earnest, South Hills
OL – Kebin Umodu, South Hills
OL – Fernando Valdez, West Covina
PK – Robert Rodriguez, West Covina

First Team Defense
DB – Eric Glaster, South Hills
DB – Ryan Henson, West Covina
DB – Josh Thomas, West Covina
DB – Miles Bevel, South Hills
LB – Isaac Tucker, West Covina
LB – Jessie Ili, Nogales
LB – Chris Bowden, South Hills
DE – Alex Barrios, South Hills
DE – Alonzo Nevarez, West Covina
DE – Wayne Goss, South Hills
DE – Danny Davis, Rowland
DL – Jon Earnest, South Hills
DL – Sean Allen, Rowland
DL – Ryan Diaz, West Covina
DL – Albert Cid, West Covina

Final Tally
South Hills (12 first team selections)
West Covina (11 first team selections)
Rowland (3 first team selections)
Nogales (3 first team selections)
Walnut (2 first team selections)

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Hoops tournamnet schedules

Arroyo Tournament
Monday (tonight’s) first-round games
El Rancho vs. Monrovia, 3 p.m.
California vs. Kennedy, 4:30 p.m.
Upland vs. Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Montebello, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s first-round games
San Marino vs. Downey, 3 p.m.
Sonora vs. Pioneer, 4:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. Glendora, 6 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.

San Dimas girls tournament
Monday’s (tonight’s) round-robin
Charter Oak vs. Rosemead, 3 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.
Chaffey vs. Diamond Bar, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Fullerton, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Northview vs. Chino Hills, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Diamond Ranch, 6 p.m.
Rosemead vs. San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.

West Covina tournament
Monday (tonight’s) round-robin
Don Lugo vs. Charter Oak, 6 p.m.
West Covina vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Montclair vs. Arroyo, 6:30 p.m.
Mayfair vs. Ontario, 8 p.m.

Azusa boys tournament
Tuesday’s round-robin
El Monte vs. Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View vs. South Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Marshall vs. El Monte, 5:45 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Azusa, 7 p.m.

Alhambra boys tournament
Tuesday’s round-robin
Warren vs. Monrovia, 3 p.m.
Hoover vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.
Bonita vs. Temple City, 6:15 p.m.
Alhambra vs. Franklin, 7:45 p.m.

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Valle Vista League: Shorts, Acevedo, players of the year

Each day this week I’ll release a new all-league football team (First teams only). Today we start in the Valle Vista, where Baldwin Park’s Angel Acevedo and Covina’s Charles Shorts earned top honors.

Valle Vista League
Back of the year: Angel Acevedo (Baldwin Park)
Lineman of the year: Charles Shorts (Covina)

Above: Baldwin Park’s Angel Acevedo named Valle Vista league back of the year.

First team Offense:
WR – Ralphie Inocentes (Baldwin Park)
WR – Kevin Jones (Northview)
WR – Dontra Johnson (Pomona)
Back – Nico Barbone (San Dimas)
Back – Andy Salcido (Baldwin Park)
Back – Jacob Olivas (Covina)
Back – Jason Knowles (Northview)
Back – Erek Brown (San Dimas)
Lineman – Anthony Witty (Baldwin Park)
Lineman – Dustin Nichols (Baldwin Park)
Lineman – Santos Guevara (Baldwin Park)
Lineman – Julian Flores (Covina)
Lineman – Robert Diaz (Northview)
Lineman – Randy Hoskins (San Dimas)
Tight End – Oscar Molina (Baldwin Park)

Above: Covina’s big bad Charles Shorts is carrying the rock, but on the defensive side is where he earned top honors.

First Team Defense
DB – Ralphie Inocentes (Baldwin Park)
DB – Anthony Farmer (Northview)
DB – Kevin Jones (Northview)
DB – Howard Martin (Northview)
Lineman – Anthony Witty (Baldwin Park)
Lineman – Oscar Molina (Baldwin Park)
Lineman – Matt Talbot (Covina)
Lineman – Rashad Tillman (Northview)
Linebacker -Wilson Truong (Baldwin Park)
Linebacker – Andrew Rodriguez (Northview)
Linebacker – Bronze Withem (San Dimas)
Linebacker – Kyle Withem (San Dimas)
Kicker – Daniel Lugo (Pomona)

Final Tally:
Baldwin Park (10 first team players)
Northview (8 first team players)
San Dimas (5 first team players)
Covina (3 first team players)
Pomona (2 first team players)

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City College of San Francisco holds off Mt. SAC, 31-28

CCCAA State Championship
City College of San Francisco 31, Mt. SAC 28.

Highlights: Mt. SAC QB Kevin Craft completed 25 of 45 passes for 298 yards and two TDS, but after throwing just seven interceptions during the first 12 games, he tossed three on Saturday….Mt. SAC receiver Aiona Key came up big, catching 12 passes for 179 yards and a TD….CCSF’s Andre Patterson was impressive, running for 122 yards and a TD, all in the second half.
Final thoughts: This one was as good as the score indicated. I was really impressed with how Mt. SAC fought back after falling behind, 17-0. I’ve covered a lot of JC football games, both for our newspaper, and was the Sports Information Director at Citrus College during the late 1980s and early 1990s, so I know how sometimes players at the JC ranks tend to throw in the towel when things don’t go their way. But the Mounties didn’t do that. They kept fighting and after being dominated for much of the first half, actually looked like they were going to win.
But as most coaches tell you time and time again, you can’t turn the ball over against good teams, and the Mounties paid for doing just that. Those three interceptions amounted to a difference in 28 points. CCSF returned the first pick back for a TD, the second one was in the end zone and ended a Mt. SAC scoring opportunity and kept the then score at 17-0. The third was also in the end zone and kep Mt. SAC from taking a 28-24 lead, or tying it at 24-24. And it was followed by a CCSF TD.

But in defense of Kevin Craft, who had a phenomenal season, and who is someone who might be throwing for June Jones at Hawaii next season, the ball was tipped at the line on one of those interceptions, and from the press box it appeared the defensive backs just made great reads on the other two. Those are the breaks.
This was my first junior college game in quite sometime, having been on the prep beat for the most part since 2000, but I’m already excited about seeing some area college football next fall, providing it doesn’t interfere with my dates at the Rose Bowl and UCLA football, which I’m a faithful season-ticket holder.
I guess this truly ends the Valley football season.
Don’t worry, summer passing league will be here before we know it.

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SGV neighbors St. Paul, La Habra win CIF football titles; El Dorado wins its second straight crown over Trabuco.

Whittier Daily news reporter Andrew Campa called to rub it in, saying the high school football teams on his side of town just won two CIF titles. La Habra beat Fullerton 16-6 to win the Southeast Division and St. Paul hammered Palmdale, 42-14 to win the Western Division. Obviously my response was, does that mean Bishop Amat is the true Western Division champ? They did beat the Swordsmen 31-30 in triple overtime if I remember correctly. Oh Andrew, settle down. That’s what’s wrong with Amat, they’re in the wrong division. And by the way, El Dorado beat Trabuco Hills 13-12 to claim the Southwest title. Darn it, that should have been South Hills celebrating tonight. In other games, Oaks Christian beat Nordoff 52-7 to claim the Northwest (So San Dimas, don’t feel so bad).

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This is hard for me to say: I’m pulling for ‘SC

From left: Kasey Johnson (La Salle), Marihelen Tomer (Diamond Ranch), Janessa Currier (Walnut), Coach Ali Khosroshahin (Edgewood), Lauren Brown (St. Lucy’s), Ashley Nick (Arcadia)

I can’t believe I just wrote that. Die-hard Bruins fans aren’t allowed to root for Trojans, but I’m feeling the USC women’s soccer team. First of all they’re coached by Ali Khosroshahin, and we go back a long way. We grew up in youth soccer and were teammates at Edgewood High School, where he was the young junior coming off the bench for yours truly, the starting senior. At least that’s how I still tell it, and like to remind Ali when I see him. But look at him now, I’m so proud. He’s taken the USC women’s soccer team to the Final Four and they’re playing UCLA on Friday. And he’s doing it with homegrown talent from the San Gabriel Valley. There are six players from the SGV on the Lady Trojans and most of them are making a huge impact. It was just last March I was covering La Salle’s Kasey Johnson and watching her lead the Lancers to a CIF title, and now she’s scoring game-winning playoff goals for the Trojans. All these names should be familiar, like St. Lucy’s Lauren Brown, Walnut’s Janessa Currier, Arcadia’s Ashley Nick, Diamond Ranch’s Marihelen Tomer, and Bonita goalkeeper Brittany Massro. Read Friday’s story by Scott French. Scott’s also a good friend and one of the best soccer writers in the country. I asked if he could do a story for us, and he delivered.
Read it, read it! This is how you represent the San Gabriel Valley.

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Hoops tournament updates

Thursday’s semifinal results
Glendora/Rowland semifinals
Rancho Cucamonga 72, Vista Murrieta 61
Corona Centennial 66, Glendora 52

Friday’s Championship at Glendora
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Corona Centennial, 8 p.m.

Arroyo tournament semifinals
West Covina 65, Los Altos 60
Walnut 58, La Canada 55

Friday’s championship at Arroyo
West Covina vs. Walnut, 7:30 p.m.

Diamond Bar/San Dimas tournament semifinals
Thursday’s games
Etiwanda vs. Valley View at San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Diamond Bar at Diamond Bar, 7:30 p.m.

Covina Girls Basketball semifinals
Friday’s games

South Hills vs. Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Valley Christian vs. Covina, 8 p.m.

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