Just Tribbin: Any New Years Resolutions?

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Not knowing how functional I’ll be around midnight, there will be no live blogging of the New Year’s countdown. I know, I know, I ruined all your plans, right? :) Since I’m covering the Rose Bowl, I’ll probably be in bed soon after anyway. BTW, did you know that next year there will be a Rose Bowl game on New Years, and the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl a few days later? In any case, all of you enjoy tonight’s festivities and be safe, smart, and bring the New Year in right. 2009? It’s goes so fast.

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Boys Hoops: Nogales, Bonita finish strong

Above: Nogales’ Randal Guillory scored 23 points in Tuesday’s win.

Nogales tournament: Aaron De Anda scored 28 points and Randal Guillory had 23 as Nogales defeated Damien, 75-68 to finish third in their own tournament on Tuesday. Nogales improved to 12-4 while Damien, who got a team-high 16 points from Chris Adams, dropped to 10-4.
Covina tournament: Zach Brungard drained a 3-point shot at the buzzer to lift Bonita to a 43-40 victory over Bishop Amat in the third-place game of the Covina tournament. “That was my first game-winner at the buzzer,” Brungard said. “I just saw James (Northrup) driving to the hole and I spotted up. I shot it just ike normal and it went in.” Tim Fassas led the Bearcats (14-1) with 15 points and Nolan Abernathy chipped in with 10. Bishop Amat (11-3) was paced by Dion Hudson’s game-high 18 points.

When they New Year begins, the boys top ten will look something like this

1. Diamond Ranch (7-3)
2. Bonita (14-1)
3. Nogales (12-4)
4. Northview (10-5)
5. Glendora (9-5)
6. Damien (10-4)
7. Bishop Amat (11-3)
8. Walnut (9-2)
9. Workman (6-5)
10. La Verne Lutheran (5-6)

Boys Basketball standings
Arrowhead League
Christian League
Del Rey League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League
Montview League
Mission Valley League
Miramonte League

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Are we talking baseball already?

Just Tribbin threads are whoever and whatever you want to talk about, and you made it clear in the last Tribbin thread you’ve got baseball on your mind a couple months before the season starts. Why the excitement, because baseball in the San Gabriel Valley is our bread and butter. Our top teams can compete with any top teams in the Southland, which is something you can’t say in another other sports, with the exception of wrestling. Guess we can thank Northview and South Hills for that. When I’m out and about, there’s already a discussion of who’s going to start No. 1. It should probably be Northview or Bishop Amat, though I think Bonita, with a pair of guys going Division I and their pitching back, could be No. 1 too. Charter Oak and Diamond Ranch might round out the top five, but we’ll see. I can’t believe I’m discussing this, it’s not even 2009 for a few more hours. Anyway, here are some of the things you’ve been saying on other threads.

Posted by Tough Choices: If there are baseball games being played right now, then why are they not listed in some sort of schedule ? I would very much like to go see a few of these games myself. Anyone have an updated schedule ?
Hmmm: Can someone please explain.

Posted by Jonesy: I know Northview has the core of it’s players back but who do they have for pitching? They lost the heart of their team last year with Williams, Elias and Andrade. Keep hearing how strong they will be again but who is pitching?
Hmmm: I think they have someone named Pedroza.

Posted by Amat90: Pitching? When it comes to pitching I don’t think any teams in the SGV have as much as Amat which returns Paez, Zuniga, Fitz, Grijalva, Mcnitt, & Cuevas (Injured last season)all quality pitching, now on the offensive side I don’t see the fire power of the past two season after losing Reyes, Fox, & Mistone, but with all the pitching Amat should be able to win most games by scoring 1 to 3 runs per game. It is going to be very fun to watch, can’t wait ’til the Glendora tournament begins.
Hmmm: Neither can I

Posted by Baseball in the Valley: The top players in the valley have to be: Northview SS- Pedroza (Fullerton), 3B- Arnold (UNLV), C- Valenzuela (LMU), LHP- Pedroza. Bonita, SS- Mier (USC), OF- Gelalich (UCLA), P- Calderarom, San Dimas, P- Ponzo (Utah), C- Leyland Wash. St.), GlendoraINF- Regis (UCLA), P- Plutko, P- Cage, INF- Wooward, Bishop Amat, LHP- Paez (USD), P- Zuniga (UNLV), C- McClanahan, 2B- Bergara, Charter Oak, C- Bailey, Diamond Ranch, INF- Licon (LMU), South Hills, SS-Ibarra, C- Doyle, Maranatha P- Covey (USD), La CanadaSS- Smith (Stanford), Rancho Cucamonga, C- Page (APU), ArcadiaP/SS- Rutherford, 1B- Smoley
Reaction: Like I said, the SGV can compete with anyone. Just look at all the major colleges next to these kids’ names.

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South Hills wrestles with a heavy heart

By Louis Brewster
There wasn’t much of a celebration for South Hills High School following the Huskies’ impressive and dominant victory Tuesday at the annual Blackwatch Invitational Wrestling Tournament. South Hills had five individual champions, including the lower weight MVP in Daniel Flores, and finished 84.5 points ahead of runner-up Alta Loma in the two-day event. However, Chris Taylor’s squad of a dozen wrestlers competed with heavy hearts.
“One of our ex-wrestlers (a 2006 graduate) lost both parents in the Christmas Eve shootings in Covina,” said Taylor, who opted not to identify him “out of respect for his privacy. t was the rudest kind of wake-up call,” said Taylor. “However, as a testament to our community, team and boosters, the one question was `How can we help?”‘
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Girls Basketball: South Hills 64, Glendora 52

Above: It helps that the Huskies have one of the area’s best all-around players in junior Melinda Gomez, who filled out the stat sheet with 25 points, 12 rebounds, six steals and three assists.

After graduating four starters and struggling the early part of December, the South Hills High School girls basketball team was looking for something positive to come out of the Glendora High School girls basketball tournament.
That might be the understatement of the week.
All South Hills did was beat host Glendora, 64-52, to claim the tournament title on Tuesday, showing Huskies coach Tiffany Liang what 32 minutes of defense is worth.
“I told the girls that we would struggle early while we get to know each other,” explained Liang, whose Huskies improved to 7-5 after entering the tournament 3-5. “We just kept working hard and it paid off in this tournament. Our chemistry is coming together but the the big difference was our defense. We made them take tough shots, we rotated well, and got a nice win. Our biggest win of the season for sure.”

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Football: All-CIF Southeast Division

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Allen, Charter Oak
Defensive Player of the Year: Evan Williams, Charter Oak
Coach of the Year: Lou Farrar, Charter Oak

First Team Offense
Quarterback: Cameron Deen, South Hills
Running Back: Adem Nuema, Charter Oak
Running Back: Brian Spirlin, Diamond Ranch
Running Back: Ruben Thomas, Muir
Running Back: Dominique Barnes, Burbank Burroughs
Running Back: Daniel Enriquez, Whittier
Running Back: Brandon Stansell, Rowland
Wide Receiver: Derrick Price, Bonita
Wide Receiver: Kiely Reclaw, Charter Oak
Wide Receiver: Cody Cardenas, Burbank
Wide Receiver: Myles Campbell, Muir
Wide Receiver: Geoffrey Vaughns, South Hills
Wide Receiver: Angel Sanchez, Schurr
Offensive Lineman: Matt Chan, Charter Oak
Offensive Lineman: Kevin Butikofer, Charter Oak
Offensive Lineman: Graham Vickers, Diamond Ranch
Offensive Lineman: Sebastian Valenzuela, Burroughs
Offensive Lineman: Mike Sanez, La Serna
Offensive Lineman: Albert Sid, West Covina
Offensive Lineman: Ty Olsen, South Hills
Offensive Lineman: Ceasar Estrada, Bell Gardens
Kicker: Eric Stern, California

First Team Defense
Defensive Back: A. J. Powell, Charter Oak
Defensive Back: Brandon Sermons, Diamond Ranch
Defensive Back: Tyree Mills, Muir
Defensive Back: Marcus Graves, Muir
Defensive Back: Carlos Arrendondo, Schurr
Linebacker: Kyle Lengyel, Diamond Ranch
Linebacker: Todd Golper, Arcadia
Linebacker: Jake Walker, Cres. Valley
Linebacker: Louie Lozano, La Serna
Linebacker: Alonzo Nevarez, West Covina
Linebacker: Pedro Lara, Rowland
Defensive Lineman:Tyler Perri, Charter Oak
Defensive Lineman: Bryan Bonilla, Diamond Ranch
Defensive Lineman:Nikolia Crouch, Santa Fe
Defensive Lineman: Alex Barrios, South Hills
Defensive Lineman: Chima Ike, Walnut
Defensive Lineman: Daniel Ramos, Bell Gardens
Punter: Daniel Colby, Charter Oak

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