Guess who’s going to Fresno? Mt. SAC football and boys soccer looking for state titles

Note: Reporter Steve Ramirez and photographer Keith Birmingham will be at the state championships in Fresno this weekend. Ramirez will update this thread with results as soon as they happen.

Story on Mt.SAC football and men’s soccer competing for state titles
Men’s Soccer Final Four
Friday’s games at Fresno Pacific

Mt. SAC (20-0-2) vs. Taft (15-4-3), 4 p.m.
Santa Rosa (18-4-1) vs. Santa Ana (16-4-3), 7 p.m.
Saturday’s state football championship
Mt. SAC (10-2) vs. City College of San Francisco (11-2), 1 p.m. at Grizzlies Stadium in Fresno

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


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

Final Records:
Robledo: Last week (1-1); Season (168-56)
Ramirez: Last week (0-2); Season (169-55)

Notes: Okay, Steve beat me and it’s all Charter Oak’s fault. I needed Charter Oak to win it all to pass Steve. The Chargers’ semifinal loss to Trabuco Hills basically gave him a free lunch on me. I picked El Dorado to beat South Hills, and got it. But with Charter Oak out of it, the season ended and I fell a game short. Congrats Stevie R., it was fun. I wish we could have had an all-area final, but that’s the way it goes. Both teams represented the SGV well. Here’s the Tribune’s final football poll

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

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Football: Tribune All-Area on Christmas Day, Nominations please

This is what the All-Area team consists of ...

Player of the Year – ?
Coach of the Year – ?

OFFENSE
QB – 1
RB – 2
WR -2
TE – 1
AP – 1
OL – 5
K – 1

DEFENSE
DL – 4
LB – 4
DB – 3
P – 1


Who will be next after two-time player of the year Mike McDonough of Covina?

Player of the Year (1969-present)
1969 Fred McNeil, Baldwin Park RB
1970 Pat Haden, Bishop Amat QB and John McKay Jr., Bishop Amat WR
1971 Mike Vicino, Royal Oak RB
1972 Rob Hertel, Los Altos QB and Ron Himes, Walnut QB
1973 Dennis Sproul, Los Altos QB
1974 Brian Bethke, South Hills QB
1975 Richard Nyden, Azusa QB
and John Van Vuren, South Hills RB
1976 Bob Epps, West Covina DL
1977 Don Roberts, Temple City RB
1978 Ron Stivers, West Covina RB
1979 Ray McNeill, El Monte WR
and Danny Trejo, Baldwin Park WR
1980 Bill Stone, Charter Oak RB
1981 Blake Smith, Los AltosQB
and Steve Lauter, Los Altos WR
1982 Mike Smith, Los Altos QB
1983 Randy Tanner, Bishop Amat; Paul Hewitt, Monrovia
1984 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park QB
1985 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop AmatRB
1986 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop Amat RB
1987 Bill Gallis, Northview QB
1988 Jason Martin, Los Altos TE/DB
1989 Marshawn Thompson, Bassett RB
1990 Jason Patterson, Bishop Amat FB/DE
1991 Marc Ruiz, Baldwin ParkQB
1992 Lawrence Phillips, Baldwin Park RB-DB
1993 Miguel Meriwether, West Covina QB/DB
1994 Daylon McCutcheon, Bishop Amat RB/FS
1995 Oscar Interiano, Sierra Vista RB
1996 Oscar Arzu, Sierra Vista RB
1997 Nick Covarrubias, Covina QB/DB
1998 Steve Stevenson, Charter Oak WR/RB/DB
1999 Jason Wright, Diamond Bar, RB/DB
2000 – Felipe Aguilar, Los Altos, QB
2001 – Donnie McCleskey, Bishop Amat RB
2002 – Daniel Drayton, Randall Brown, Los Altos RBs/DBs
2003 – Brigham Harwell, Los Altos DE
2004 – William Wagner, Bishop Amat RB
2005 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2006 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2007 – ?

Coach of the Year (since 1988)
1988 Dwayne DeSpain, Los Altos
1989 Mark Pasquarella, Covina
1990 Tony Zane, Baldwin Park
1991 Tony Zane, Baldwin Park
1992 Mark Paredes, Bishop Amat
1993 Don LeGro, Sierra Vista
1994 Tom Salter, Bishop Amat
1995 Dick Sheehan, Covina
1996 Tom Caines, Wilson
1997 Frank Alonzo, Mountain View
1998 Terry Roche, Diamond Bar
1999 Larry Hatley, Bonita
2000 – Steve Bogan, South Hills
2001 – Matt Koffler, Rosemead
2002 – Greg Gano, Los Altos
2003 – Robert Oviedo, Wilson
2004 – Mike Maggiore, West Covina
2005 – Steve Bogan, South Hills
2006 – Lou Farrar, Charter Oak
2007 – ?

Player of the Year leaders
Los Altos: 9
Bishop Amat: 8
Baldwin Park: 5

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Hoops tournaments heat up this week; Glendora/Rowland tourney winner to meet Arroyo tournament winner in championship on Saturday night

Note: Will coaches or tournament directors please call me daily at 626-962-8811, Ext. 2161 to update tournament bracket schedules.

It’s not the San Gabriel Valley boys basketball championship, but it’s the closest thing to it. The winner of the annual Glendora/Rowland tournament will meet the champion from the Arroyo tournament on Saturday at Glendora High School at 7:30 p.m. Essentially, it’s a 32-team field with nearly all the local heavyweights in it.

We love to do predictions, so here’s mine.
Glendora/Rowland Semifinals
Damien-Rancho Cucamonga
Centennial-Glendora
Friday Final: Centennial over Damien
Arroyo Tournament semifinals
La Canada-Montclair
South El Monte-West Covina
Friday Final: La Canada over West Covina
Saturday’s championship prediction: Centennial over La Canada.

Or, you can decide for yourself
Tournament Schedules
Glendora/Rowland Tournanment
Top Half
Monday, Dec. 3

Damien vs. Claremont, at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Rowland vs. Vista Murrieta, at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
North Hollywood vs. Rancho Cucamonga, at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bonita, at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.

Bottom Half
Monday, Dec. 3
Troy vs. Arcadia at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Ganesha vs. Glendora at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Northview vs. Centennial Corona at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Wilson vs. Los Osos, at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.

Arroyo Tournament
Top Half
Monday, Dec. 3
California vs. Bell Gardens, 6 p.m.
Pomona vs. La Canada, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
La Puente vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Montclair, 7:30 p.m.

Bottom Half
Monday, Dec. 3
Monrova vs. South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Bravo, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Keppel vs. Workman, 3 p.m
Covina vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.

Also this week, Diamond Bar-San Dimas boys basketball tournament
Pool Play
Monday, Dec. 4
Kaiser vs. Palmdale at San Dimas, 4:30 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Fontana at San Dimas, 6 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Valley View at San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Alta Loma at Diamond Bar, 4:30 p.m.
Little Rock vs. Crespi at Diamond Bar, 6 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Vista del Lagao at Diamond Bar, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Valley View vs. Fontana at San Dimas, 4:30 p.m.
Palmdale vs. Etiwanda at San Dimas, 6 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Kaiser at San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. Vista del Lago, at Diamond Bar, 4:30 p.m.
Crespi vs. Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Little Rock at Diamond Bar, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Covina/Northview Tournament

Round Robin
Monday, Dec. 3

South Hills vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart at Northview, 4 p.m.
Chino vs. Bonita at Northview, 5:30 p.m.
San Gabriel vs. Northview at Northview, 7 p.m.
San Gorgonio vs. Wilson at Northview, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
West Covina vs. Don Lugo at Covina, 3:30 p.m.
Valley Christian vs. Charter Oak at Covina, 5 p.m.
Rowland vs. Temple City at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Gabrielino vs. Covina at Covina, 8 p.m.

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Mt. SAC knocks off No. 2 ranked team in the country, 47-42, to advance to state finals

I know it’s not prep sports, but MT. SAC beat the No. 2-ranked team in the nation on Saturday, beating Bakersfield, 47-42 in the Southern California junior college championship game in front of more than 12,000 fans in Baskersfield.
The win propels Mt. SAC (10-2) into next Saturday’s 1 p.m. state championship game in Fresno against City College of San Francisco, which won the Northern California title earlier Saturday with a 24-10 win over Sierra. The Mounties will be looking for their first state title since 1997, a game they won in dramatic fashion over San Francisco under then-quarterback Mike Moschetti, who went on to play at Colorado. Is this something you want to blog about. Steve and I have recently been put in charge of our area colleges. I think at least in football, maybe we should blog our area colleges next season and follow the Mounties through to the title game on Saturday. Your thoughts?

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