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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