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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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