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.

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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.

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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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Nogales cheerleaders are the best

I’m not talking about cheer tournaments and trophies, I’m talking about the best cheer at games, period. I don’t know how many Monster or Red Bull’s it takes to do what they do, but they’re entertaining. I found this video to show one one of their tricks, but it still doesn’t do them justice. This is sure a lot better than other cheer teams that rarely leave the bench.

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Hoops Thread: DRanch wins, 63-46

Diamond Ranch 63, Nogales 46 – The Panthers duo were simply too much as 6-foot-10 center Chris Cunningham had 21 points and 17 rebounds and Garrett Johnson finished with a game high 27 points, hitting four-of-five from the 3-point range. Aaron De Anda had 12 for Nogales and Randal Guillory finished with 13.

Sierra League
Glendora 52, Ayala 38
Diamond Bar 62, Damien 45


Above: Nogales coach Ricky Roper has his team ready for the big game.

We may not have a CIF tournament in the San Gabriel Valley, but in our little Tribune Poll, this is for all the marbles, for the undisputed top ranking in the San Gabriel Valley. No. 1 Diamond Ranch (16-4) is hosting No. 2 Nogales (17-5) at 6:30 p.m.

Fred’s pick: We haven’t seen the best of Nogales yet, I’ve been so impressed with their starting lineup and overall depth. My guess is there will be a new No. 1 when the night is over. Nogales by 3.

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Wednesday’s results
Boys Basketball
Nonleague
Diamond Ranch 63, Nogales 46
Del Rey League
Serra at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. (Pick: Serra)
Miramonte League
Charter Oak at Bonita, 6:30 p.m. (Pick: Bonita)
Wilson at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m. (Pick: Los Altos)
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 52, Rosemead 49
Mountain View 53, El Monte 46
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m. (Pick: Arroyo)
Montview League
Workman 74, La Puente 48
Sierra Vista 74, Azusa 72, 2 OT
Gladstone 45, Duarte 44
San Antonio League
South Hills 54, West Covina 49
Walnut at Rowland, 6:30 p.m. (Pick: Walnut)
Valle Vista League
Nothview 68, Covina 49
Baldwin Park at Ganesha, 6:30 p.m. (Pick: BPark)
San Dimas 47, Pomona 38

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Signing Day Feb. 4

Above: Last year’s signees came to the Tribune for a group picture.

I’m gathering a list of local athletes that are signing national letters of intent next week. I have most of them, but go ahead and list who you know because someone always slips through the cracks. It seems every year there are a few we miss simply because we never have any information passed on from the school or the players. Here’s your chance, I want to mention everyone in a story next week.

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Breaking News: Escamilla resigns

I just got an email from South El Monte head football coach Erick Escamilla, who is stepping down after 12 years with the Eagles. We will have more later, but here is the email he sent out to his colleagues, friends and news outlets…

The time has come to step down as Head Football Coach at South El Monte HS. Thank you to all the players who played for me, all the coaches who coached with me, and to all the fans who supported us. I have been Head Coach for 12 years and have coached at SEM for all 17 years of its existence. So many great memories, too many to mention.. but I must say thank you to Bill Thompson, my mentor, the man who taught me that their is no substitute for discipline and hard work, all success of SEM Football goes back to Coach Thompson. Also to Vic Chavez, the first principal at SEMHS, and the man who had the guts to hire me as Head Coach at age 29, thanks Bill and Vic. So it is time for someone else to take the torch from my hands and to lead the Eagles to bigger and better things, again, thanks to everybody and it’s been a hell of a run.
– Erick Escamilla

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Soccer Postgame: Bonita edges Charter Oak

Bonita High’s McKenna Tippings scores the game winner on a beautiful assist from Angelica Padilla, both seen here celebrating

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Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s results

Los Altos 3, Wilson 2 — Los Altos jumps out to a 3-0 lead and holds on to knock off Tribune’s top-ranked team.
Bonita 1, Charter Oak 0 - Scott McGrath scored in the 15th minute for the lone goal.
West Covina 2, South Hills 0 -- In a battle for first place in the San Antonio, Ivan Del Real and Lous Arevalo scored as the Bulldogs improved to 10-2-2 and 4-0. South Hills is now 8-4-2 and 3-1.
Gladstone 3, Duarte 1 – Antonio Bernal scored twice as the Gladiators improved to 10-7-1 and 5-2.
Sierra Vista 4, Azusa 0 – The Dons continued their scorring barrage, getting two from Eddie Gomez to improve to 14-2-2 and a perfect 8-0 in the Montview.
La Puente 1, Workman 0 - Alex Velazquez scored the long goal in the 55th minute to improve to 8-4-5 and 5-2-1.

Girls Soccer
Bonita 2, Charter Oak 1, OT – Freshamn McKenna Tippings scores in second overtime on an assist from Angelica Padilla to lift the Bearcats to victory.
Bishop Amat 5, Mary Star 0 – Selena Quezada and April Juarez each scored a pair of goal as the Lancers got a big Del Rey league win to improve to 13-2-3 and 1-2-1.
La Puente 1, Workman 0 – We got just a score
Walnut 3, Rowland 0 — Ditto, just a score
South Hills 6, West Covina 0 – Natalie Maxey scored a pair as the Huskies improved to 11-7-1 and 3-1.


Above: Bonita’s Padilla getting a little crazy … I guess this is what she calls “Kicking Butt”

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Is coach guilty of reckless homicide?

Read today’s column by John Smallwood of the Phadelphia Daily News. He tackles the recent arrest of Kentucky High School football coach David Jason Stinson, who pleaded not guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a 15-year-old player who collapsed while running sprints during a football practice in the hot August sun. On Thursday, we’ll have a story with local reaction from area coaches on how this recent development changes their approach.


By John Smallwood
Philadelphia Daily News

No matter what the verdict is, this will be extremely difficult.
On one hand, there is a dead child — 15-year-old Max Gilpin who collapsed and died of heat stroke during practice for a high school football team in Louisville, Ky.
Then there is David Jason Stinson, the coach at Pleasure Ridge Park High who ran practice on that tragic day last August.
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High Schools: Then and Now

This story comes from longtime staffer Jim McConnell, the man we call, “The King” around the office. He writes a weekly Then & Now column. This week he writes about girls basketball.

CIF-sanctioned girls basketball has been around for 35 seasons.
During that time, two things have become abundantly evident: A) the girls can’t jump, run or dribble with the same efficiency as boys; and B) “a” doesn’t matter.
Girls basketball is a sport onto itself. Judged on their own merits, CIF-Southern Section programs have been quite successful.
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BHoops: DRanch, Nogales will finally meet


Above: Nogales’ Aaron De Anda licking his chops in anticipation of Wednesday’s showdown against Diamond Ranch for area supremacy.

Boys Basketball top ten poll
1. Diamond Ranch (16-4)
Escaped with one-point win over Rowland
2. Nogales (17-5)
Takes on No. 1 DRanch in huge nonleague showdown Wednesday
3. Bonita (18-3)
Waiting for Feb. 4 rematch with Diamond Ranch
4. Glendora (16-6)
Tartans steadily improves as season moves on
5. Damien (14-7)
Nice head-to-head win over Northview
6. Northview (15-6)
Does extremely well for a team this undersized
7. Bishop Amat (16-5)
Will struggle to make playoffs in Del Rey
8. Diamond Bar (12-8)
Gets a huge, huge win over Chino Hills, 56-53
9. Workman (14-5)
Cezar Guerrero averaging area best 27 points
10. Walnut (15-5)
Hammered in showdown against Nogales

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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GSoccer: St. Lucy’s-Glendora meet Friday


Above: Glendora’s Aissa Sanchez celebrates a goal. Her Tartans host No. 1 St. Lucy’s on Friday.

Girls Soccer top ten poll
1. St. Lucy’s (10-2-4)
Oooh weee, 4-0 in the Sierra and getting better
2. Glendora (13-5-3)
Huge rematch against St. Lucy’s on Friday
3. Walnut (8-5-2)
They’re baaaack, on four-game win streak
4. Bishop Amat (12-2-4)
Del Rey league is certainly humbling
5. South Hills (9-7-2)
Struggling with consistency, can’t get over that hump
6. Los Altos (12-6-2)
After brief skid, they’re back after DRanch win.
7. Diamond Ranch (5-5-2)
Loses 1-0 to Los Altos, 3-1 in Miramonte
8. Charter Oak (11-5-3)
In tight three-team league race
9. San Dimas (11-4-4)
Not many tests in the Valle Vista
10. Rowland (7-5-3)
Surprising 2-1 start in San Antonio

Girls Soccer standings
Del Rey League
Christian League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Soccer: Wilson jumps to No. 1


Above: Wilson standout Mira Valdez

Boys Soccer top ten poll
1. Wilson (14-2-2)
Mira Valdez is the straw that stirs the drink
2. Baldwin Park (16-1)
Unbelievable start, but too bad VVL isn’t tougher
3. Sierra Vista (12-1-2)
Did they really beat Gladstone 9-4? That’s a hockey score
4. Mountain View (12-4-2)
Already 4-0 in MVL. Could go unbeaten in league
5. Diamond Ranch (10-3-1)
Four-time league champs losing grip on league race
6. West Covina (9-2-2)
Bulldogs taking control of San Antonio
7. Bishop Amat (12-5-2)
Tough 4-3 loss to Bosco Tech
8. Los Altos (9-2)
Huge showdown with rival Wilson
9. Rosemead (8-4-3)
Only league loss against Mountain View
10. Diamond Bar (8-6-2)
Humbled in 4-0 loss to Chino Hills

Note: South Hills not reporting scores, stats or schedule, so they can’t be ranked without information.

Boys Soccer Standings
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Girls Hoops: It’s still Dranch, Amat closes in


Above: South Hills coach Tiffany Liang is expecting soon. We heard she planned her end of the season team party near the hospital, just in case that time comes sooner that expected.

1. Diamond Ranch (15-4)
How scary considering they start two freshman
2. Bishop Amat (16-3)
Impressive three-game win streak
3. Sierra Vista (14-3)
Coach Locklear is way underrated
4. Walnut (12-7)
Huge win over much-bigger South Hills
5. South Hills (12-6)
Turnover prone. Guards need to step up.
6. St. Lucy’s (11-6)
Fighting for playoff spot in Sierra
7. Bonita (13-7)
Looks good whenever they don’t play DRanch
8. Diamond Bar (10-9)
Much improved over a year ago
9. Covina (13-6)
No real challenges in Valle Vista
10. West Covina (12-8)
Third-best in tight league race.

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

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Breaking News: Crutchfield fired at Duarte

First, St. Paul principal Lori Barr fires coach Pete Gonzalez, then doesn’t explain why she fires a coach who won a championship the previous year. Now you have this first-year principal, Eric Barba at Duarte, firing coach Wardell Crutchfield, then hiding behind his “we want to move in a different direction,” statement. Just once I wish these principals would tell us what direction it is they wish to head in. With respect to Crutchfield, why did Barba wait so long? Now the Falcons are in the 11th hour looking for a coach with spring practice around the corner. Barba’s timing couldn’t of been any worse. Not even sure if there’s a teaching position available since Crutchfield will remain at the school as a teacher. Is this really the best move in these economic times? Duarte was 9-22 combined in the three years before Crutchfield arrived. During Crutch’s tenure, four of his players earned D-1 scholarships. He took the Falcons to the quarters in three of the four years he was there, and though he spoke his mind, which sometimes got him in trouble, his players loved him because he always had their best interest in mind. They were 6-6 this past season, but so what, he took a team from a bad league and challenged South Hills, Ayala, rival Monrovia. In fact, all four non-league teams the Falcons faced had winning records. This was a bad move all the way around, and another principal making a change without thinking it all through. Don’t be surprised if the Falcons lose loyal Crutchfield players to neighboring schools, and believe me, there are many of them.

Tuesday’s story
Without offering any details or commenting on his coaching performance, first-year Duarte High School principal Eric Barba fired Falcons football coach Wardell Crutchfield, one of the most successful coaches in the school’s history. Crutchfield, who graduated from San Diego State, played in the Arena Football League and also is a math teacher at the school, told this newspaper in December he was looking forward to next season with the return of standout running back Jordan Canada and his son Wardell Crutchfield III, who will be a junior.
The Falcons were 6-6 this past season, finished second in the Montview League and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals before losing 41-21 to Monrovia.
“Coaching assignments are on a year-by-year basis,” Barba explained on Monday. “Next year we’re looking to make a change. We’re appreciative of the time Mr. Crutchfield has given to Duarte and our football program, but we want to move in a different direction.”
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Baseball: Amat No. 1 from SGV in this poll

Posted by Here We Go Again
Fred, The new baseball polls came out yesterday for the state of California. Did you happen to notice which team from the SGV is rated the highest?
2009 Baseball Resource.Com preseason poll
Rank School Overall
1 El Toro 25-7 Sea View CIF-SS
2 Simi Valley 25-8 Marmonte CIF-SS
3 Capistrano Valley 20-9 South Coast CIF-SS
4 Norco 24-4 Mountain View CIF-SS
5 Mater Dei 24-7 Trinity CIF-SS
6 Bishop Amat 27-4 Del Rey CIF-SS
7 Cathedral 27-8 Western CIF-SDS
8 Northview 26-4 Valle Vista CIF-SS
9 Oxnard 21-6 Pacific View CIF-SS
10 Los Alamitos 26-4 Sunset CIF-SS
11 La Costa Canyon 22-13 Palomar CIF-SDS
12 Poway 31-6 Palomar CIF-SDS
13 Patriot 27-3 Sunkist CIF-SS
14 Royal 19-9 Marmonte CIF-SS
15 Grossmont 29-7 Grossmont – North CIF-SDS
16 Chatsworth 29-5 West Valley CIF-LA
17 Lancaster 16-12 Golden CIF-SS
18 Thousand Oaks 20-10 Marmonte CIF-SS
19 Wilson 28-6-1 Moore CIF-SS
20 Orange Lutheran 23-6 Trinity CIF-SS

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Anything and anyone you want to talk about

It’s that time again, I want your boys and girls athlete of the week suggestions and games that you think have to be covered.

The Scouting Guru made the LA Times. Here’s what high school reporter Eric Sondheimer had in today’s column.

A look at 2010
James Escarcega, who keeps track of top football prospects in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, is already identifying top early offer candidates for the class of 2010.

His top prospects include linebacker Ronald Powell from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (USC offer), running back Deontae Cooper from Perris Citrus Hill, running back Jordon James from Corona, receiver Kenneth Scott from Ontario Colony and running back Derrick Malone from Colton.

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Football: Deen, Lockett make decisions

South Hills quarterback Cameron Deen has given a verbal commitment to Northern Colorado University during his NCAA official school visit over the weekend. UNC offered Deen last week. Deen chose Northern Colorado over Division II school Missouri Western and Wingate (North Carolina). Deen also had a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Southern California (USC) and a greyshirt offer from Fresno State University. Deen becomes the first quarterback at South Hills to earn a D-1 scholarship offer since Ryan Leadingham during the 1999 season.

“I am very happy to be going to a great program like Northern Colorado,” Deen said. “The campus is great, the coaches are terrific and this was a situation that was too good to pass up. I am very thankful to Coach Bogan (South Hills HS Head Football Coach), Ms. (Judi) North (Principal at South Hills High School) and the rest of the coaching staff at South Hills for all of their support. I also want to thank my family and all my friends who helped me throughout this process.”

“This is another great day for South Hills HS Football,” commented South Hills Head Coach Steve Bogan said. “Cameron did an outstanding job for us this year and we are very excited that he has picked a great university in Northern Colorado. They are getting a great quarterback and most importantly, an outstanding student with great family support. Plus, he’s a team leader. On behalf of South Hills Football, we wish him nothing but the best in his new journey in life.”


By Brandon Huffman, Scout.com
West Recruiting Manager

Diamond Bar cornerback Colin Lockett committed to San Diego State after making a trip south to visit the Aztecs
“My trip went real good,” said Lockett. “I actually committed while I was on my visit.”
New cornerbacks coach Tony White was recruiting Lockett, and White knew of Lockett, having been a grad assistant at UCLA when his older brother, Bret, was playing for the Bruins. “Coach White was there while my brother was there so it’s pretty good to have him there,” said Lockett. Lockett was getting anxious about his future, especially late in the game. “I was pretty excited, because recruiting wise, it was about to end soon. So when they offered me on the visit, I didn’t take long at all to answer. It’s close to home and I’ll get a good education.”

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Texas coached fired after 100-0 victory

Associated Press
DALLAS — The coach of a Texas high school basketball team that beat another team 100-0 was fired Sunday, the same day he sent an e-mail to a newspaper saying he will not apologize “for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.”
Kyle Queal, the headmaster for Covenant School, said in The Dallas Morning News online edition that he could not answer if the firing was a direct result of coach Micah Grimes’ e-mail disagreeing with administrators who called the blowout “shameful.”
Queal did not immediately answer phone messages or e-mail from The Associated Press.

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Southern California Shootout

I just arrived at Azusa Pacific for today’s SoCal Shootout. I’m covering the Rowland-Diamond Ranch, Damien-Northivew and Ontario Christian-Glendora games.
Here are the early scores:
Flintridge Prep 67, Walnut 55
Bishop Amat girls 56, Sonora 28
Ayala 54, West Covina 21

Final: Diamond Ranch 47, Rowland 46
Garrett Johnson buried an 18-footer near the top of the key with 20 seconds left to win it for Diamond Ranch, which rallied from 10 points down in the second half.
Brandon Stansell drove the late with six seconds left, but Chris Cunningham blocked his effort and grabbed it with 0.6 ticks left to win it. Johnson had 18 points to lead Diamond Ranch, which improved to 16-4. Stansell had 11 for Rowland
Final: Damien 76, Northview 73Zach Ward’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was short and the Spartans survived for the win. Jacob and Justin Latham scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to lead Damien. Rigel Skinner had 18 for Northview, which came up short after using a 23-13 surge over the final six minutes.
Final: Glendora 51, Ontario Christian 33Koz Russell had 23 points for the Tartans.

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