It’s official, Vasquez out at Damien

Damien Principal and Father Patrick Travers has confirmed that baseball coach Rich Vasquez is no longer in charge just weeks from opening day on March 5. Travers said Vasquez and the school came to a mutual agreement, adding “that’s all we’re saying at the moment.” Vasquez led the Spartans to a 17-9 record in 2008, finishing second in the difficult Sierra League and losing in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. Vasquez has not returned several calls seeking comment. Travers said the school will begin an immediate search, with some suggesting the Spartans could bring back former coach Bobby Sheridan, who coached six years at Damien.

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CIF: Wrestling dual titles on Saturday

Before you read Stevie’s R’s advance of tomorrow’s team duals, please explain why some teams don’t send their best wrestlers to dual meet championships? I don’t know if it’s the case this season, but it’s happened in the past. If the best high school teams don’t send their best wrestlers, then why have dual meet team team championships? I know the argument, that the best individuals have to rest for CIF prelims the following week, but what happened to sucking it up and winning one for the team, especially for that kid who works just as hard, but isn’t going anywhere individually, but could do enough to help his team win a CIF team titloe, if only his best teammates were along for the ride. I grew up enjoying the duals, and think there isn’t enough emphasis placed on them anymore.

Above: Our salute to late Rosemead coach Lou Madrigal. May you rest in peace Big Fella.

By Steve Ramirez
South Hills, Northview, Bishop Amat and Sierra Vista high schools were awarded top four seeds when the CIF-Southern Section released its pairings Thursday for Saturday’s Toyota Dual Meet championships.
The division tournaments will be held at six campus sites. First-round matches begin at 11 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Column: Will baseball season hurry up

Fasten your seat belts – the CIF-Southern Section’s winter playoffs are around the corner. The section office will release boys and girls basketball pairings Sunday, then follow with boys and girls soccer and girls water polo pairings on Monday.
But the general feeling I’m getting around the Valley is that everyone is waiting for the baseball season to begin March 5. And why not, because baseball is where our Valley shines.
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Coach of the year choices not easy

The sixth annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls all-star basketball game is set for April 4 at Azusa Pacific University, and who coaches the games usually depends on who earns coach of the year honors. We were talking about coaches of the year for all winter sports, and it created quite a discussion. There are no knockdown easy choices. With the playoffs nearing, here are a few of the candidates. Again, this is just a sample, who knows what happens in the playoffs.

Above: Northview girls basketball coach Jeff Butler deserves recognition for leading the Vikes to a 40-36 win over rival Covina, ending the Colts’ long hold on the Valle Vista league.
Boys Basketball
Ricky Roper, Nogales
Loren Grover, Diamond Ranch
Ron Rice, Northview
Martin Flores, Workman
JT Cameron, Diamond Bar
Girls Basketball
Jeff Butler, Northview
Keith Locklear, Sierra Vista
Lori Huckler, Walnut
Michael James, Diamond Ranch
Chris Morrison, Bishop Amat
Boys Soccer
Ricardo Mira, Baldwin Park
Jeff Hess, Los Altos
Jose Rodriguez, Sierra Vista
Felipe Corona, Mountain View
Juan Rodriguez, Bishop Amat
Girls Soccer
Rob Rodrigues, St. Lucy’s
Lorraine Hansen, Walnut
Chris Reeer, Los Altos
Ruben Gonzales, Bishop Amat
Kelly Kocalis, San Dimas

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It’s that dreaded day

Play at your own risk: Now I know why virtually every league finished on Thursday instead of today. Not the Mission Valley League, they’re playing, South El Monte and Rosemead for the boys basketball title tonight at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m…….

I say if you know anyone name Jason, like the Celtics dude in our office, avoid them at all costs.

Yahoo says you should avoid these things today.
A black cat crossing your path
Spilling salt
Breaking a mirror
Walking under ladders
Putting a hat on the bed
Taking off your wedding ring
Seeing an owl during the day
Opening an umbrella indoors
Killing a cricket
Putting your left foot on the floor first up when you get out of bed
Putting shoes on a table

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Could recession mean fewer games?

I found this interesting item in the Daily Breeze prep blog, run by prep writer Tony Ciniglio. First, this is another great high school blog at one of our sister papers, and its building steam. Hopefully we can have some tongue and cheek chatter with them during crossover games this fall. You can also follow our blog on twitter, which has helped our numbers increase. But for now, here’s a story Ciniglio had on his blog from the associated press, which calls for shorter high school season’s in New York because of the economy. I was talking with Arroyo girls basketball coach Mike Gorball about it this morning. He says they might be asked to player fewer games next season, so it looks like it’s already starting to take effect around here. This is something we need to pay close attention to, so if you hear anything along these lines, we’d love to hear about it.

Please don’t cut our games: Okay, so I’m having a little fun, but I love the picture, which goes to show these girls leave it all on the line.

This story comes from The Associated Press in Albany, N.Y.
Here’s a new play call courtesy of the recession: shorter seasons for high school athletes. The group that oversees public high school athletics in New York state recently
approved shaved-down schedules next school year as a cost-cutting measure, the
latest to take the step nationwide. Cuts vary by sport in New York: Baseball teams that play 24 regular-season games will go to 20, football teams will go from 10 games to 9 or 8, depending on regional officials.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says the shorter
schedules allow schools to cut budgets without cutting programs. Critics — including
coaches and kids — claim the new policy unfairly targets student athletes.

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Soccer thread: Los Altos wins, 2-1

After forfeiting a game because of an ineligible player to fall out of first place, Los Altos was forced to win the Miramonte League boys soccer title the hard way, going through rival Wilson
and securing a 2-1 victory behind first-half goals from Alan De La Rosa and
Kevin Martinez. Wilson tried to come back in the final minutes, getting a 76th minute
goal from Gary Quintero, but their rally fell short.
When Los Altos beat Wilson 3-2 in their first meeting, Martinez was sent off with a double-yellow red card, but played in their next game against Bonita, a Conquerors’ victory. Players must sit out their next games after red cards, but Conquerors coach Jeff Hess was under the impression Martinez could play because he received a double-yellow instead of a straight red card.
Hess was wrong, Wilson officials called him on it, and they had to forfeit, adding fuel to an already intense rivalry. That made winning Thursday’s Miramonte League title even more
meaningful for the Conquerors, who improved to 12-5-3 and 5-1-2. Los Altos (17-5-2, 5-3), needing just a tie to win the league title, finished in second.
“We’re the only team in league that hasn’t lost a game on the field,” Hess said. “We deserved this win, we won it on the field. This is my first league title in five years as the head coach. Last year we won our first CIF game in school history, and this is just our second league title ever, so I couldn’t be more prouder.”

Above: Wilson’s Mira Valdez couldn’t stop Los Altos from winning again, 2-1, to secure the Miramonte League title.

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Boys Soccer schedule
Miramonte League

Los Altos at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at Gladstone, 5 p.m.
Duarte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Bassett at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio League
West Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 5 p.m.
Rowland at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino Hills at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista
Ganesha at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Covina, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Miramonte League
Wilson at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Azusa at Bassett 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio League
South Hills at West Covina, 5 p.m.
Walnut at Rowland, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista
San Dimas at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.
Pomona at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.

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Hoops Thread: DRanch by a nose, 62-60

The Diamond Ranch boys basketball proved again it deserves the area’s top ranking, but Nogales isn’t that far behind. In a hotly contested non-league game between two league champions just before the CIF-Southern Section pairings are announced Sunday, the Division III-A’s top-ranked Panthers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat host Nogales, 62-60, on Thursday night.
Nogales had the ball last and opted to go for the game winner, but Randal Guillory’s desperate three-point attempt at the buzzer was short, giving the Panthers (22-4) a season sweep over the Div. III-AA’s fourth-ranked Nobles (22-6). “They’re a heck of team, especially in their building,” Panthers coach Loren Grover said. “We knew they were going to make shots, it’s just a matter of making those shots as tough as possible on them. I thought we did a great job of contesting them in the second half, and making them take a tough shot at the end. For us, the main thing is creating momentum heading into the playoffs, so this was a good win. You never like to go in with a loss.”
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Thursday’s games
Boys Basketball

Diamond Ranch 62, Nogales 60
Arrowhead League
California Lutheran at La Verne Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Bonita at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Duarte at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Azusa, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
West Covina at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Rowland at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra League
Glendora at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Damien, 7 p.m.
Chino at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.
Note: All varsity girls games start before the boys games.

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GSoccer: San Dimas wins VVL; LA beats CO

San Dimas won the Valle Vista League title with a 5-3 victory over Northview on Tuesday. Ariel Shore, Erika Kalmar, Rachel Quaternik and Shannon McKee each scored in the second half Tuesday as the Saints secured a rare come-from-behind victory. The Saints, who also received a first-half goal from Quaternik, improved to 16-4-4 overall and 9-0 in league. Northview, receiving goals from Natalie Barbera, Marissa Cross and Alyssia Fuentes, slipped to 12-10-2 and 6-3.

Look at these wonderful pictures, taken by award-winning sports photographer Keith Birmingham. Check out Birmingham’s photo gallery, whether he’s covering the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, UCLA, USC, or SGV preps, he takes the same time and effort putting these galleries together.

Los Altos 3, Charter Oak 2: — Los Altos girls soccer coach Chris Reeder knows his team is young and inexperienced, but he never stopped preaching will over skill, and on Wednesday the Conquerors’ gutty effort prevailed, just as it has all season long. After falling behind twice, Los Altos rallied for a 3-2 victory over host Charter Oak, and can clinch the Miramonte League title outright with a victory over Wilson Thursday, which would be the Conquerors’ first league title since 1993 — also the last time the Conquerors won a CIF-SS divisional title. The Conquerors improved to 15-7-2 and 4-1-2 while the Chargers dropped to 15-7-2 and 3-3-1.
“To be honest I really didn’t expect this from us,” Reeder said. “We pretty much got outplayed on the field today. Charter Oak is a great team but our energy picked up in the second half and we started winning 50-50 balls and giving ourselves chances in front of the goal.”
After Conquerors’ forward Tara Coffer narrowly beat an offside trap and finished on a breakaway to level the match 2-2 in the 68th minute, sophomore midfielder Lauren Stupin delivered the knockout minutes later.
Running down the left flank looking for someone to cross the ball into, Stupin curled a shot toward the far post that kept on curling. It seemed to confuse Chargers goalkeeper Elvia Gonzalez, who back-peddled quickly to get finger on it, but she couldn’t stop it from sneaking in, giving Stupin and the Chargers a 75th minute game winner.

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Final thoughts from the Scouting Guru

The Scouting Guru wraps up the 2008 football season with his final thoughts. As always, the man who follows San Gabriel Valley football and beyond, says he will be back in the fall, althought not in the same capacity. I’d like to thank him for all his hard work, which he provides to us free of charge.

Scouting Guru says: So, we have found out that you don’t need to be a five-star player to make it to the first round of the NFL Draft. So who are the players that signed last week that we feel have the potential to being quality football players? Well, for the use of this list, we looked at players that are 3-stars or lower on either Rivals or We have five players that we feel have tremendous upsides that will make their colleges happy. Let’s call these “red-dot specials.”
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Duarte football nearing decision

I got word from a very good source that Duarte is down to its final few candidates in its search to replace football coach Wardell Crutchfield, fired late last month after principal Eric Barba explained the school wants to move in a different direction. Former Marshall and Blair coach Tip Sanders is believed to be among the final candidates along with former La Puente coach Ray Hernandez, who is also believed to be interested in South El Monte after coach Erick Escamilla’s resignation. Duarte could make an announcement as soon as Friday or early next week. Stay tuned.

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MVP vs. Player of the year

Whittier Prep editor Roger Murray has been covering high school sports since I was in high school, and he had an interesting take in discussing the difference between an MVP and Player of the year, and the criteria for coach of the year. Here’s Roger’s explanation.

An MVP is someone who, if subtracted from his team, would have the greatest impact on its success, or lack thereof. A Player of the Year is the individual whom, based upon his talent, you would select first if you were building a team.
Coach of the Year should be the individual who gets the most out of his players. This could be the individual whose team wins the championship even if he or she had the most talent with which to work, or perhaps someone whose roster lacked talent or experience and finished well back in the pack.

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Charter Oak-Bishop Amat might happen

Since Charter Oak and Bishop Amat have week one games still available, the two schools have finally had “actual” conversations about meeting up next fall. If it happens it would likely be at Bishop Amat, so stay tuned, my gut feeling is that it’s going to happen. Finally.

Also: Word over at South El Monte is that former La Puente coach Ray Hernandez is interested in the position. Stay tuned for more news on that front.

Below: Another cool Amat video. This time you get a rare glimpse of coach Steve Hagerty firing up his troops in the locker room.

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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.

The power of the press.
Don’t laugh. History teaches us not to underestimate the role newspapers play in human events. Especially sporting events.
Many is the athlete whose very first non-parental recognition came via his hometown paper. There remains a certain magic over seeing your name in print – providing it isn’t at the top of an obit or in the crime log. Which brings us back to May 24, 1950. The place? The Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The occasion? The Pasadena Star-News Sports Jamboree.
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BHoops: DRanch-Nogales one more time

Boys Basketball Top Ten
1. Diamond Ranch (20-4)

No. 1 in Div. III-A; at Nogales at Thursday
2. Nogales (20-6)
A win over Diamond Ranch would be huge heading into postseason
3. Bonita (21-4)
No. 5 in Div. III-A, overall record impressive considering two losses to DRanch
4. Northview (19-6)
No. 5 in Division IV-AA
5. Glendora (19-7)
Another loss to Chino Hills ends Sierra title hopes
6. Workman (18-5)
Cezar Guerrero on fire, averaging 27 points a game
7. Diamond Bar (16-10)
Brahmas have quietly put together a great season
8. Bishop Amat (17-8)
Ugly 2-5 in Del Rey, but should still make playoffs
9. Damien (15-10)
Only way to explain is they lost their confidence along the fall
10. South Hills (15-7)
Solid win over Walnut, still third in San Antonio

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 hangs on to No. 1

Above: South Hills player can’t believe their 1-0 loss to Walnut. The Mustangs’ Krissy Slusser scored with 45 seconds left to clinch the San Antonio League title.

Girls Soccer Top Ten
1. St. Lucy’s (14-3-4)

Loss to Ayala snaps 10-game win streak
2. Walnut (14-4-2)
What’s new, they beat South Hills again, and win the San Antonio again
3. Bishop Amat (16-2-4)
Great finish, beats La Salle to take over first in Del Rey
4. Glendora (15-7-3)
A solid third-place finish in tough Sierra
5. South Hills (11-8-2)
Finishing against good defensive teams a recurring problem
6. Los Altos (13-7-3)
In Miramonte League drivers seat, but the road is bumpy
7. Diamond Ranch (6-6-3)
Despite overall record, they can still win Miramonte too
8. San Dimas (15-4-4)
Valle Vista League not much of a test for Saints
9. Charter Oak (14-6-3)
Missed playoffs in final week last year; in same situation again.
10. Bonita (10-10-1)
Bearcats better than overall record indicates

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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BSoccer: Braves continue to win

Boys Soccer top ten poll
1. Baldwin Park (19-1)

No. 2 in Division V, ready for playoff run
2. Sierra Vista (17-2-2)
Impressive undefeated run in always dangerous Montview
3. Wilson (17-3-2)
Needs huge finish to capture tight Miramonte race
4. Mountain View (14-4-4)
Will win Mission Valley, but not closing strong. But hey, No. 1 in Div. VI
5. West Covina (12-3-2)
Needs win over South Hills to clinch San Antonio outright
6. Los Altos (10-5-3)
Still has shot to share a piece of Miramonte, gets rival Wilson Thursday
7. Diamond Ranch (11-4-1)
Four-time league champs losing grip on league race
8. Rosemead (11-4-4)
Not ranked in Div. VI. Why? The Panthers are a sleeper
9. Bishop Amat (13-5-3)
Great tie against Bishop Montgomery, playoffs next
10. South Hills (11-3-3)
Can’t argue with overall record, they can play with anyone

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: Nothing changes in top five

1. Diamond Ranch (19-4)
All that matters now is its No. 5 rankings in Div. III-AA
2. Bishop Amat (19-5)
Loss to Serra sort of ruined rematch with St. Paul
3. Sierra Vista (20-3)
Show them love, it’s been a terrific season
4. Bonita (16-8)
Much improved, league champ DRanch was just too much
5. Walnut (15-8)
Winning the San Antonio all about coaching
6. South Hills (15-7)
Lost to West Covina ruined San Antonio title hopes
7. West Covina (15-9)
Another very improved team over a year ago
8. Covina (16-7)
Gunning for fifth straight league title on Thursday
9. Northview (15-9)
In position to fight for Valle Vista League title
10. Diamond Bar (12-11)
Tough two-loss week for the Brahmas

strong>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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Something different from the Guru

From James Escarcega, AKA the “Scouting Guru”
As we finally put the final touches to signing day (or signing week for some of us), one thing that assumes me to no end is how much the national recruiting websites miss on players that are going to be first round draft choice in the NFL. Now, we are here to say that we are the best at what we do, but we try. No service watches as much film as we do and goes out to games to get a feel for a player. But, in this line of business, everyone, and I mean everyone is going to miss out on players. Or have them graded badly. Hey, if the college scouts missed out on Tom Brady, Wes Welker and countless others, its going to happen in high school recruiting.
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Should high school baseball be worried?

Riverside Press reporter Michael Becker wrote this story about a club baseball league that could compete against high school baseball by pulling away its best players. Is this something for baseball fans to be concerned with?

The Press-Enterprise

An Inland man with hefty influence in amateur baseball has formed a club league that could, if successful, compete directly with high school baseball by poaching its most promising athletes. The league — said to be the first of its kind — will take place in the spring and provide an alternative opportunity for players dissatisfied with the high school baseball experience, said Mike Spiers, the league’s founder. But he is facing stark opposition from high school coaches and administrators who question his motives and worry that such action might someday cripple the high school game.
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Soccer: Players of the year?

With one week before the boys and girls soccer playoffs, who is leading the race for the boys and girls soccer player of the year award? While you’re chewing on that, here are the latest CIF rankings heading into this weekends CIF pairings.

Above: The Walnut girls team may have wrapped up the San Antonio League title with last week’s thrilling 1-0 victory over South Hills in double overtime, but neither South Hills or Walnut are ranked in Division II.

Boys Soccer
Division IV

1. Norwalk, 2. Sierra Vista, 3. Channel Islands, 4. Estancia, 5. Wilson, 6. North Torrance, 7. Pasadena, 8. Carpinteria, 9. Bishop Amat, 10. Artesia.
Division V
1. Righetti, 2. Baldwin Park, 3. Salesian, 4. Apple Valley, 5. Hesperia, 6. Animo Leadership, 7. Monrovia, 8. Ganesha, 9. Pomona, 10. La Canada.
Division VI
1. Mountain View, 2. Silverado, 3. Buckley, 4. Granite Hills, 5. Arrowhead Christian, 6. Linfield Christian, 7. Brentwood, 8. Valley Christian, 9. Windward, 10. Citrus Hill.

Girls Soccer
Division II
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 2. Anaheim Canyon, 3. Harvard-Westlake, 4. St. Lucy’s, 5. Chaminade, 6. Saugus, 7. Valencia Valencia, 8. Crescenta Valley, 9. Yucaipa, 10. Canyon Country Canyon.
Division IV
1. Santa Ana Valley, 2. Granite Hills, 3. Serrano, 4. La Serna, 5. California, 6. Santa Ynez, 7. St. Joseph, 8. Sultana, 9. Pacifica, 10. Bishop Amat
Division VI
1. San Jacinto, 2. Ontario Christian, 3. Lancaster Desert Christian, 4. St. Margaret’s, 5. Arrowhead Christian, 6. Calvary Murrieta, 7. San Dimas, 8. Malibu, 9. Viewpoint, 10. Desert Hot Springs.

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Hoops rankings and MVP chase

With the boys basketball playoffs beginning next week, who has the best chance of winning or advancing the furthest in the CIF playoffs? Obviously Diamond Ranch, No. 1 in Division III-A, has the best chance and should be the top seed entering next weeks playoffs, as long as they don’t stumble on Thursday in a big non-league showdown at Nogales. Here’s a quick look at our ranked teams.

Above: This is how Nogales felt after losing to Diamond Ranch earlier this season. They play again on Thursday at Nogales.

Division III-A
1. Diamond Ranch, 2. Sonora, 3. Harvard-Westlake, 4. Golden Valley, 5 Bonita, others. 13 Charter Oak.
Division II-AA
1. Thousand Oaks, 2. Leuzinger, 3. Glendora, 4. Marina, 5. Huntington Beach, others. 11. Walnut
Division III-AA
1. Cambell Hall, 2. Anaheim Canyon, 3. Santa Margarita, 4. Palm Spring, 5. Nogales, others 16. South Hills
Division IV-A
1.Bishop Montgomery, 2. Serra, 3. Ocean View, 4. Inglewood, 5. Northview, others 7. Bishop Amat, 14. South El Monte
Division V-A
1. Windward, 2. La Verne Lutheran, 3. Brethren Christian, 4. Buckley, 5. Sierra Canyon.

This is about the time we start thinking about the boys basketball player of the year. I’ll give you ten choices, and feel pretty good that a player from this list will win it all. In no particular order, here is the top ten candidates …

Chris Cunningham, Diamond Ranch
Cezar Guerrero, Workman
Garrett Johnson, Diamond Ranch
Manny Acosta, South El Monte
Aaron De Anda, Nogales
Nolan Abernathy, Bonita
Randal Guillory, Nogales
Kos Russell, Glendora
Danny Silva, Northview

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Hoops Postgame: Chino Hills 41, Glendora 38

Glendora High School’s success in big games over the years combined talent with a little Tartan luck.
Karma took some of the back Friday.
Michael Rodriguez scored back-to-back baskets in the final 90 seconds and visiting Chino Hills overcame a nine-point deficit by limiting Glendora to one point in the fourth quarter to score a 41-38 victory over the Tartans in a game featuring the top two teams in the Sierra League.
Glendora had a chance to tie the score in the final five seconds, but Kos Russell’s 3-pointer from the left side bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.
Derek Brown had 11 points for Huskies, who took over first place and improved to 20-6 overall and 7-1 in league play. Glendora, getting 13 points from Calvin Smith and 12 from Russell, slipped to 19-7 and 6-2.

Friday’s boys basketball games
Sierra League
Chino Hills 41, at Glendora 38
Ayala at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Damien 60, at Chino 40
Miramonte League
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Bonita, 7 p.m.
San Antonio League
At South Hills 70, Walnut 34
Rowland at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
At South El Monte 70, Arroyo 64
Mountain View 25, at Gabrielino 23
Rosemead 48, at El Monte 40
Montview League
Duarte at Workman, 6 p.m.
At Gladstone 46, Bassett 38
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 65, at Covina 54
Pomona vs. Northview at Damien HS, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
At Charter Oak 53, West Covina 42

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