Hoops Thread: Tartans win again, 54-40

There was nothing complicated about Glendora High School’s gameplan against rival Damien.
But the Tartans showed Friday night that even the simpliest of things can be quite effective.
Kos Russell and Calvin Smith scored 13 points each and Glendora shut down the Spartans in the first half to stay in the hunt for a Sierra League boys basketball title with a 54-40 victory at Damien High.
Glendora, also getting 10 points from Brian Downard and 12 rebounds from Brad Gatlin, held the Spartans to just four field goals and 11 points in the first half to improve to 18-6 overall and 5-1 in league. Damien, getting12 points from Chris Adams and 11 from Jacob Latham, lost for the fifth time in six league games and dropped to 14-9 overall.

To get results into the newspaper, call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233, 2242 or email to scores@sgvn.com. If you email, make sure to leave a contact number in case one of our reporters has questions. Also, we do not have reporters at every game like football, so the scoreboard is tough to update. If you’re at a game, please come back and post the final score in the comments section, thanks.

Friday’s boys basketball schedule
Sierra League
Glendora 54, at Damien 40
Chino at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley League
At Gabrielino 64, South El Monte 59
Rosemead at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo 50, at El Monte 40
Montview League
Sierra Vista at Workman, 6 p.m.
Gladstone 49, at Azusa 44
Bassett at La Puente, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
At Nogales 80, South Hills 74
Walnut 64, at West Covina 60
Valle Vista League
Northview at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Pomona at Covina, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
Nonleague
At Rowland 72, Wilson 42

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Football: New Direction is No Direction

View from the Sidelines Column
It’s been an interesting year for high school football coaches. Maybe a sad and hard-to- understand year is a better way of describing it.
Over at St. Paul, principal Lori Barr fired coach Pete Gonzalez a year after he won a championship – and didn’t offer any explanation, choosing to take the “no comment” route.
Wilson first-year coach Greg Hoyd wasn’t fired, but was basically forced to resign after going 1-9 and being transferred from Wilson to another school in the district.
A year after La Puente Coach Ray Hernandez won a league title and coached in the Hall of Fame All-Star game, he butted heads with his own school’s administration on how he should discipline players. That led to his resignation.
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Soccer postgame: Braves sneak by, 1-0

The Baldwin Park boys soccer team improved to 18-1, but it wasn’t easy. Northview gave them everything they could handle before losing 1-0 on a penalty kick in the 57th minute converted by Edgar Padilla. The Braves dominated in the second half, but as well as the Vikes played, they didn’t deserve to lose on a silly penalty-kick call that normally isn’t called in a situation like that. The small bumpy field didn’t help the Braves, but they played well in the second half and deserve to be ranked No. 1 when the new rankings come out next week.

To get results into the newspaper, call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233, 2242 or email to scores@sgvn.com. If you email, make sure to leave a contact number in case one of our reporters has questions. Also, we do not have reporters at every game like football, so the scoreboard is tough to update. If you’re at a game, please come back and post the final score in the comments section, thanks.

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Breaking News: South Hills hosting Tesoro

Just when you thought South Hills was afraid of playing the big-time heavyweights, coach Steve Bogan surprises everyone with this announcement. Because of the state of the Duarte High School football program, the Huskies have dropped their week three game with the Falcons for a mammoth game against Tesoro at Covina District Field in the middle of September. This is the same Tesoro that lost to Long Beach Poly in the Pac-5 championship, and should put to rest any kind of thought that South Hills is afraid to take on the big boys. Charter Oak, now it’s your turn. Mission Viejo or Bishop Amat will do.

Coach Bogan shown living it up on his wave runner, showed his competitiveness as well by signing a big-time contract to host Tesoro.

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Bishop Breakdown: Serra getting tougher?


I got some information from last night’s Catholic Athletic Association meeting for football re-leaguing, where a serious discussion broke out in regards to making the Serra League arguably the toughest league in the Southern Section. Basically it was proposed that Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure join the Serra along with Notre Dame, Crespi, Bishop Amat and Loyola to form a mammoth six-team league in 2010. The first round of official proposals are due on March 11, the second round of proposals due on April 8, with a final decision on April 29. Stay tuned.

Another great Amat Video …

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The rumors are flying, Sanders ain’t denying

I get all call this morning from one of Duarte’s biggest boosters, telling me that Lavelle “Tip” Sanders is interested in taking over at Duarte. My first thought is he would work and do wonders, if Duarte is willing to take on a walk-on coach, because Sanders doesn’t have a credential, he’s a security guard who happens to be one of the best coaches in the Valley. There’s no arguing that. When I was working at the Star-News, I watched him take a nothing team at Marshall and turn them into league champs and a CIF semifinal appearance. Everyone watched him take lowly Blair to the Rio Hondo League title and quarterfinal appearance in just his second season at the school in 2007, earning Star-News coach of the year honors. Tip is a no-nonsense coach that demands respect, and if he doesn’t get it, you won’t play for him, period. He didn’t coach anywhere this past season, and speaking honestly like he always does, he said his first preference is Pasadena. He’s been an assistant there off and on for many years, and that’s his dream job. But he also like’s the thought of Duarte. Here’s a little Q & A from our conversation. To read it, click thread

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