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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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 – ?

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

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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