BSoccer: Braves clinging to No. 1


Above: South Hills and Bishop Amat battle in recent game

Boys Soccer top ten poll
1. Baldwin Park (13-1)
Beat Ganesha in showdown
2. Wilson (12-2-2)
Playing well, DRanch next
3. Sierra Vista (11-1-2)
Quick 5-0 start in Montview
4. Mountain View (10-4-2)
Gets two big Mission Valley League wins.
5. Diamond Ranch (10-2-1)
Only two losses in 13 games against a tough schedule
6. South Hills (9-6-1)
This should be a big week for Huskies
7. Bishop Amat (11-4-2)
Off to 2-0 start in Del Rey
8. West Covina (8-2-2)
Gets South Hills this week
9. Los Altos (8-2)
What, no ties?
10. Diamond Bar (8-5-2)
Easy 3-0 win over Glendora

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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GHoops: Diamond Ranch widens gap

Girls Basketball top ten poll
1. Diamond Ranch (12-4)
When you beat the closest rival in the Miramonte by 40, league is too easy.
2. Bishop Amat (15-3)
A 3-point loss to Bishop Montgomery leaves Lancers 1-1 in Del Rey.
3. South Hills (11-5)
Will the Huskies finally wrestle the control away from Walnut on Wednesday?
4. Sierra Vista (12-3)
You can say this about the Dons: It’s 32-minutes of pressure
5. St. Lucy’s (10-5)
Beats Glendora in opener, holding strong in Sierra
6. Bonita (12-5)
40-point loss to Diamond Ranch, don’t expect it to get better at home next time around.
7. Diamond Bar (10-7)
Look who’s 2-0 in Sierra. Yes, the Lady Brahmas
8. Covina (11-6)
Looks like the old Colts again, then again, the weak Valle Vista will do that too you.
9. Azusa (12-5)
Waiting for rematch with Sierra Vista on Jan. 28
10. Walnut (10-7)
Trying to defend San Antonio, but could be South Hills’ year.

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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Supporters walk the walk, raise $18,000

At best, organizers for Monday’s Ortega Family fundraiser featuring the baseball teams from Northview, Covina, South Hills and Charter Oak hoped to raise two, maybe three thousand. All four teams chipped in with $150 each to start, but over the weekend, Texas Rangers shortstop and all-star Michael Young dipped into his pockets and donated $10,000. You remember Young, who grew up in Covina, attended Bishop Amat and the longtime member of the Rangers. Then at the end of the night Monday, after fifty-fifties, auction’s, snack bar sales, and a much larger crowd than expected, $8,000 more was raised, bringing the grand total to a little more than $18,000.


Above: South Hills players greet Joseph Ortega between games along with Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton. Ortega, 20, threw out the first pitch in both games. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out here today to support our family. It means a lot. You can’t ask for anything more than what the community has done. It helps, it really does.”


Above: Michael Young’s Godfather Pete Chavez presented the $10,000 check to Joseph Ortega on his behalf.

Northview coach Darren Murphy on Young’s donation:
“It’s incredible what he did. Most people think because you have a lot of money that it’s not such a big deal, but it’s still amazing for him to do it. He didn’t have to do it. He’s (Young) still in Texas, this was all communicated through the telephone and the news. He reached back and wanted to give back to his community. I would hope that he’s (Young) the guy that our young kids in the area would look up to now. He’s everything that I would want my players to be like. His donation just tells you what kind of person he is.”


Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton: “The unity this shows, the dedication and the love this community has for each other is heart-warming, it’s wonderful to see. To have all these people here on a day off, on a three-day weekend give their money and their time to raise money for the victims of this horrible crime is beyond words. I’m at a loss for words actually, which is kind of rare for a politician, but that’s how moved I am by this event.”


South Hills coach Kevin Smith seemed moved by the large gathering as well, and told a story about a Northern California couple he met pulling into the parking lot. “I get tired of people saying the American people are selfish and only care about themselves. It’s a three-day weekend, there’s barbeques everywhere, the weather is awesome, and there’s this huge turnout for high school baseball games in January. When we pulled in we met this couple from Northern California who didn’t know anybody, but heard about this game in the news and wrote a check for a $100 bucks. They just said ‘Here, this is a great thing you’re doing.’ Absolutely incredible, it really is. It takes your breath away that in a couple of weeks we could raise this kind of money for a family in need.”

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Just Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

I’m working on game-coverage for the week, and athlete of the week considerations, so lets hear from you.

BTW, this post came from Don ….
I for one, don’t think that Fred posts enough lists here. I mean, he does OK as far as he goes, but judging from the response to the lists he does put up, there needs to be more. A lot more. So as (another) public service, I would like to offer my top ten list of yet undone Top Ten Lists. You go ahead and figure out which ones are tongue in cheek.

1.Top Ten Football Fields
2.Top Ten Feeder Programs
3.Top Ten Snack Bars, High School Division
4.Top Ten “Travel Teams”, Girls Division (we may want to expand this one to top 20 or 25)
5.Top Ten “Travel Teams”, Boys Division
6.Top Ten Places for Post-Season Banquets
7.Top Ten Sports Towns, (No Freddie, West Covina and Covina do not count as the one Town)
8.Top Ten Baseball Fields
9.Top Ten Uniforms, (any sport)
10.Top Ten Snack Bars, Open Division

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Great Day for baseball, let’s play two

What: Ortega Family Fundraiser
Who: Covina vs. Charter Oak, 2 p.m.; Northview vs. South Hills, 5 p.m.
Where: Azusa Pacific University, Monday Jan. 19
Cost: Minimum $2 donation, with all snack bar sales benefitting the Ortega family


Darren Murphy grew up in Covina, attended Northview High School and coached his alma mater to a CIF-SS divisional baseball title last spring.
But the reasons Murphy, South Hills’ Kevin Smith, Charter Oak’s Tom Quinley and Covina High’s Pete Loaiza coach are for moments like today, when the four high schools gather for an exhibition doubleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Azusa Pacific University to benefit the Ortega family, who lost nine members in the impossible-to-fathom Christmas Eve Massacre in Covina.
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Hoops Postgame: Nogales looks unstoppable


Above: Nogales’ Randal Guillory scoring two of his 18 points in Nogales’ 82-61 victory over Walnut on Friday.

Walnut High School’s impressive boys basketball resume included the championship of the Arroyo tournament, and victories over Bishop Amat, JSerra and West Covina. The Mustangs brought an eight-game winning streak to defending San Antonio League champion Nogales on Friday in hopes of taking the next big step. But it was Nogales that stomped all over the Mustangs, leading by as many as 36 points before settling on an 82-61 victory to improve to 15-5 and 2-0 in the San Antonio while the Mustangs dropped to 14-3 and 1-1. The Mustangs figured to have problems with the Mustangs’ size, particularly against 6-foot-5 senior Randal Guillory, who finished with 18 points. But when the Nobles are draining 3-pointers, and they buried 14-of-25 attempts, they’re nearly impossible to keep pace with. Aaron De Anda nailed three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points, and sixth-man Trevon Smith knocked in four 3-pointers to finish with 18 points.

Friday’s Boys Basketball results
Del Rey
Bishop Montgomery 65, Bishop Amat 42
Miramonte
Diamond Ranch 63, Bonita 56
Charter Oak 59, Wilson 47
Mission Valley
Mountain View at Arroyo, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte 55, El Monte 41
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
Montview
Workman 75, Duarte 35
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Bassett, 6 p.m.
San Antonio
Nogales 82, Walnut 61
Rowland 48, West Covina 39
Sierra League
Glendora 52, Diamond Bar 38
Chino Hills 70, Damien 53
Valle Vista
Northview 55, San Dimas 44
Baldwin Park 57, Pomona 52
Covina at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Nonleague
Los Altos at South Hills, 7 p.m.

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Football: Wilson announcement on hold

Wilson athletic director Dave Merrill said on Thursday the school was down to its final two head football coaching candidates and that a decision could be announced today, however, that announcement is on hold, Merrill said Friday. “We’re in a holding pattern. Because of District personnel reasons, the announcement will be made early next week.” I know there will be a lot of speculation over the weekend, so go ahead and speculate.

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Big Bad St. Bonaventure coming to town


Just got word that Bishop Amat has finalized a week four game at home against powerful St. Bonaventure. Does it get much bigger than this? All St. Bonaventure did was go 14-1, beat Saugus 35-8 for the Northern Division title, then win a state bowl game a week later over Santa Rosa’s Cardinal Newman, 28-6. The Seraphs’ only loss was a close 14-6 setback against Pac-5 champion Long Beach Poly. The Lancers’ are still looking for a week one opponent, and word is they want a Pac-5 opponent.

Pac-5 First Teamers? Bishop Amat defensive back Sheldon Price and linebacker Brent Seals were the only two Lancers named to the prestigious Pac-5 first team list. Congrats!

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Football: All CIF-SS Central Division

All-CIF SS Central Division
Offensive Player of the year: Greg Watson, QB, Rancho Cucamonga
Defensive Player of the year: Daniel Fonua, LB, Rancho Cucamonga


Above: Glendora’s Wallace Gonzalez was one of only two sophomores on the first team.

First Team Offense
QB: Richard Brehaut, Los Osos
RB: Walter Kazee, Cajon
RB: AJ Johnson, Chino Hills
RB: Courtney Samuel, Ayala
RB: Josh Nunes, Upland
OL: Bryan Townsend, Rancho Cucamonga
OL: Josh Andrews, Colony
OL: Thomas Lilly, Glendora
OL: Michael Phillip, Arroyo Grande
OL: Gary Berwick, Rancho Cucamonga
OL: Shane Sweeney, Chino Hills
WR: David Quiroga, Ayala
WR: Wallace Gonzalez, Glendora
WR: Tyrone Richardson, West Valley
WR: Irshad Stolden, Rancho Cucamonga
WR: Randal Telfer, Rancho Cucamonga
UT: Arby Fields, Los Osos
PK: Alejandro Maldonado, Colton

First Team Defense
DL: Ibe Nouka, Etiwanda
DL: Sione Kauvaka, Rancho Cucamonga
DL: Jake Salter, Damien
DL: Marcus Bennett, Rancho Cucamonga
DL: Quaushawne Buckley, Colony
DL: Andrew Henderson, Paloma Valley
DL: Buddy Welka, Rancho Cucamonga
LB: Jesse Gonzalez, Los Osos
LB: Nat Berhe, Colton
LB: Lawrence Lariver, Ayala
LB: Chad Young, Glendora
LB: Logan Lazscyk, Chino Hills
DB: Taj Johnson, Upland
DB: Oshon Irabor, Upland
DB: Deveion Bauman, Chaffey
DB: Derek Brandon, Ayala
DB: Ifo Ikpre-Olomu, Chino Hills
DB: Marlon Pollard, Cajon
UT: Justin Meng, Upland
PT: Ethan Betance, Damien

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Thursday’s Soccer: Amat finally beaten

Note: If you’ve come back from a game and have the results, post them in the comments section. I’ll update in the morning. Next week we hope to launch a daily preps scoreboard that will look similar to our blog, only you won’t be able to comment, it will simply be used to update scores as they’re called into us.


Above: Bishop Amat’s Jasmine Roth making a fine tackle in Thursday’s 3-0 loss, the Lancers’ first of the season.

The honeymoon is over for the Bishop Amat girls soccer team. After a great start, the Lancers are facing the harsh realities of the Del Rey League. After opening the Del Rey with a hard-earned tie on the road against Bishop Montgomery, the Lancers suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday, getting hammered 3-0 by visiting St. Joseph to fall to 12-1-4 and 0-1-1 in league. St. Joseph striker Arielle Rodrigues was the difference-maker, scoring two goals and assisting the other as the Jesters improved to 5-3-1 and 1-1-1. “We didn’t show up to play,” Lancers second-year coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “Nothing went right, we got outworked and we got outplayed.

Thursday’s called-in results
Boys Soccer
Wilson 2, Charter Oak 1
Gladstone 2, Bassett 1
Sierra Vista 2, La Puente 0
West Covina 4, Rowland 0
Bishop Amat 4, La Salle 1
Girls Soccer
Mountain View 2, Arroyo 1
South Hills 3, Los Altos 0

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Boys Basketball: Glendora rolls past Damien


Damien-Glendora game story.
Glendora’s Kosmond Russell scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Tartans to a 65-45 victory over Damien in the Sierra League opener for both teams Wednesday night. The Tartans nearly blew an 18-point fourth quarter lead. Glendora led 47-29 with 6:47 left, but the Spartans went on a 14-1 run to cut the lead to 48-43 with 4:17 to go. The Tartans then closed the show with a 15-0 run to improve to 12-5. Damien dropped to 12-5. Glendora’s Calvin Smith had 16 points and Juan Martinez had seven. Damien was paced by Justin Latham’s 13 points and Chris Adams had 10.

Wednesday’s scoreboard
Baldwin Park 65, San Dimas 56
Arroyo 61, El Monte 58
Mountain View 49, Rosemead 45
Walnut 78, West Covina 74, 2 OT
Northview 102, Ganesha 56
Diamond Ranch 58, Charter Oak 44
South El Monte 62, Gabrielino 48
Sierra Vista 55, Bassett 33
Rowland 60, Wilson 58
Village Christian 67, Flintridge Prep 40
La Salle 63, Mary Star 42
St. Paul 58, Cantwell 52
Muir 47, Arcadia 29
Temple City 57, South Pasadena 41
La Mirada 83, Mayfair 67

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Football: Koffler not going anywhere


This week I called Rosemead coach Matt Koffler. Obviously he loves when I call, he picked up in the restroom, complaining that he drinks too much coffee. Okay, no further details needed, but as always, Koffler answers every question, talking about this season’s 11-3 team that advanced to the championship, and what’s the future holds for Panthers football.
2009 nonleague games: Covina, Monrovia, Harvard-Westlake, South Hills and Monrovia.
2009 Panthers to look out for: Joey Diaz (RB), Luis Diaz (TE/DE), Conrado Simpson (TE/DE), Matt Macias (QB).

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Baseball: Doubleheader on Monday

Ortega Family Fundraiser
Monday, Jan. 19, Azusa Pacific University

Charter Oak vs. Covina, 2 p.m.
Northview vs. South HIlls, 5 p.m.

When Northview coach Darren Murphy called to say the four Covina High School baseball coaches were getting together to create a charity game for the Ortega Family, who had nine family members tragically murdered on Christmas Eve, it was moving to say the least. They will play on Monday, Jan. 19, on Martin Luther King Day at Azusa Pacific University. There will be a $2 donation, but of course you can leave more. All snack bar proceeds also benefit the family. To start things off, Charter Oak, Northview, Covina and South Hills all have donated $150 each, so already there’s a pot of $600 and growing. We’re covering the doubleheader on Monday, but the score won’t be in Tuesday’s newspaper. It doesn’t matter. To use a soccer term, “it’s a friendly.” I don’t need rosters, I’m not keeping a book, I’m just going to watch baseball. But it got me thinking, in the years that follow, with four great baseball traditions in Covina, it would be great if the four schools got together in this kind of format in the future. You could call it the “Ortega Memorial tournament.” But on Monday, it’s a charity game, the way it should be. And as a Covina resident myself, it would be great to see APU packed.

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