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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Hoops: Friday’s postgame thread

Tonight’s big game comes from the Valle Vista League, featuring Baldwin Park and Northview at Damien High School for the outright lead in the VVL.

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 Basketball
Friday’s games

Del Rey League
St. Bernard at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Azusa at Bassett, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
West Covina at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Rowland at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Damien at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview vs. Baldwin Park at Damien HS, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Nonleague
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY AT AZUSA PACIFIC
Southern California Shootout Event Coordinator Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow, also the Rowland boys basketball coach, has staged another treat for San Gabriel Valley basketball fans. Here is Saturday’s lineup.

Southern California Shotout
Flintridge Prep vs. Walnut, 8:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat Girls vs. Sonora Girls, 9:55 a.m.
West Covina vs. Ayala, 11:30 a.m.
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch, 12:45 p.m.
Damien vs. Northview, 2:10 p.m.
Glendora vs. Ontario Christian, 3:35 p.m.
Vista Murrieta vs. La Canada, 5 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Golden Valley, 6:25 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Colony, 7:50 p.m.
Brea vs. Diamond Bar, 9:15 p.m.

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Do you want an NFL Stadium in Industry?

By Ben Baeder
Over objections from attorneys representing Walnut and Diamond Bar and about 20 angry residents, the Industry City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an environmental report clearing the way for a professional football stadium.
About 60 people squeezed into the standing-room-only City Council chamber before the decision. The room was peppered with people holding “No Stadium” signs. After the vote, Industry Mayor Dave Perez said he still thought the project was good for Industry and the region.
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Weekly Column: View from the Sidelines

Today is the first of weekly column’s called “View from the Sidelines,” in which I share topics and blogger opinions. Obviously I have to be careful about the comments I share, but there are enough articulate and well-thought out opinions to make this work.

When I started in this business, a tough day was getting chewed out over the telephone by an angry reader or getting an e-mail asking why we don’t cover a certain school enough.
Now we have blogs, and in case you haven’t noticed, those same complaints and criticisms are there for all to read at insidesocal.com/tribpreps. I spent a large portion of my day writing blog entries and officiating reader comments, which can get very messy and personal at times.
But for the most part, we have some of the most fascinating and articulate fans here in the San Gabriel Valley. I read other high school blogs, but few generate the insane number of comments that ours does, especially during the high school football season, when Friday night postgame threads typically generate well over 100 comments.
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