Column: Enjoying the great LeDuc


When Edgewood High School, my alma mater, closed it doors after the 1988 graduating class, I found myself gravitating toward Bishop Amat football on Friday nights, where a guy named Eric “The Enemy” Bienemy was keeping the Lancers’ proud tradition alive.
On the other side of town, a tradition was just taking shape at Glendora High School.
After Mike LeDuc cemented his status as the greatest boys basketball coach in the history of the San Gabriel Valley with his 700th career victory over Diamond Bar on Wednesday, it brought back memories of the early days, which started with a kid named Tracy Murray.
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Soccer Postgame: Walnut wins thriller in OT


WALNUT – Walnut High midfielder Krissy Slusser had never scored off a header in high school, and couldn’t remember ever finishing one that way.
She won’t forget this one.
After a tiring afternoon of rain and back-and-forth action, Slusser scored the most dramatic of goals, heading home Megan Leu’s cross with 45 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over visiting South Hills on Thursday.
The goal was a dagger for the Huskies (11-8-1, 5-2), who watched the Mustangs (14-4-2, 7-0) celebrate another San Antonio League title.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Huskies coach Scott Mocabee said. “It’s the second time in a row we put ourselves in a spot to possibly win. They’re a good team, I can’t say we should have or would have won. But you put yourself in spots to win, we get chances, then you come up short and lose like that. It’s tough to swallow.”
Mustangs assistant Tosha Davda joked with Slusser about finishing with her head, but she was all smiles after knocking home her team-leading 12th goal of the season.
“We just kept fighting,” Slusser said. “I don’t know how to describe putting that in, I just know it feels great. It was a great cross and I didn’t think about it, I just hit it hard and it was perfect.”
South Hills dominated the first half, but finishing was a problem with defenders Nikkie McKee, Helena Simich, Marissa Woods and Leu constantly clearing through balls and keeping Huskies forward Natalie Maxey in check.
The Huskies were awarded a free kick at the top of the penalty area early in the second half, but couldn’t get a clear shot on frame.
Huskies freshman Mayra Almazan created havoc late, and it nearly paid off when her left-footed shot in the 56th minute narrowly missed wide. Maxey had her chance in the 65th minute, sending a 35-yard shot barely over the crossbar.
In the first OT, Slusser’s cross to Erika Garay was headed just over the bar. Minutes later, South Hills’ Arianna Vaughn missed a shot at the near post.
Finally, in the 100th minute, Slusser finished it.

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Just Tribbin: Baseball still a month away

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

I know everyone’s practicing and you want to talk about baseball, and it should be an extremely entertaining season, especially with Bishop Amat and Northview in the same division. But relax, we’ve still got a month before the season starts. I will reveal that I’ve decided that Northview gets the cover shot for the baseball preview, because they will be No. 1 out of the gate. They deserve it, they ended No. 1 last year, and with what they have coming back, there’s no reason to believe they’re not the favorites to repeat. Sorry Bishop boys, you’ll have to earn it back. While The Vikes and Lancers are No. 1 and 2 respectively, Bonita is super strong, and so is South Hills, San Dimas and Charter Oak. I’ll leave it at that.

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Price interested in Duarte

Tim Price, who graduated at Duarte in 1985, is believed to be interested in taking over his alma mater after the firing of Wardell Crutchfield. Price, a star at Duarte, has been coaching in Oregon. He had a real successful stint with Jefferson High in Oregon and was the defensive line coach at Southern Oregon from 2005 to 2007. A source called and said his mother still lives in Duarte, and he would like to come back home and coach. I don’t know much about him, but he seems to have solid credentials.

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Big day for area signees


A day of tears, pride and dreams realized hit home on national letter of intent signing day, where about a dozen area high school football players made their college choices official during a wild day in the San Gabriel Valley on Wednesday. Diamond Ranch, which advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game for the first time in school history, landed an area-best four players to Division I schools, led by cornerback Brandon Sermons, who chose UCLA even though Washington and others were still trying to pry him away early Wednesday.
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BHoops: LeDuc becomes Mr. 700

Glendora High School has been the face of Valley basketball for more than two decades.
The Tartans’ rosters have featured a who’s who of the area’s best, whether it be Tracy Murray in the 1980s, Cameron Murray and Casey Jacobsen during the 1990s and Davon Roberts, Dominic Tiger-Cortes and Kos Russell this decade.
But the one constant has been coach Mike LeDuc and Wednesday night the Valley’s most-successful mentor scored a magical number.
Russell had a game-high 21 points and senior center Brian Downard had 10 points and 11 rebounds as LeDuc earned his 700th career victory with Glendora’s 49-37 victory over visiting Diamond Bar in a key Sierra League game.
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Above Glendora coach Mike LeDuc, looking for win No. 700 tonight

Results of those who called in scores
Sierra League
Glendora 49, Diamond Bar 37
Chino Hills 67, Damien 52
Ayala 87, Chino 49
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch 64, Bonita 55
Del Rey League
Bishop Montgomery 57, Bishop Amat 49
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 61, El Monte 42
Mountain View 64, Arroyo 63, 2OT
Montview League
Sierra Vista 75, Bassett 44
San Antonio League
Nogales 70, Walnut 61
Rowland 63, West Covina 53
Valle Vista
Northview 76, San Dimas 74
Baldwin Park 71, Pomona 50
Nonleague
South Hills 65, Los Altos 55
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Just Tribbin: Who’s going where?

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Today’s Just Tribbin seeks out the players changing addresses. We just posted that Neiko Padilla is going from South El Monte to South Hills, and South Hills freshman quarterback Travis Santiago has moved to Charter Oak, where he will likely compete against Josiah Thropay for the starting job next fall. Your turn, anything else happening?

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Football: Padilla enrolls at South Hills

This is the time when we see who’s changing addresses and it appears South El Monte junior running back/defensive back Neiko Padilla has already checked out and is taking classes at South Hills in preparation for next fall. This is what Padilla told the Mid-Valley news. “There were a few reasons why but it’s mainly because my Dad lives out by South Hills and Coach (Erick) Escamilla stepping down here,” Padilla said. “I know they have real good program there. It’s going to real competitive. It looks like I’ll be playing mostly strong safety and little bit of outside linebacker. I’ve already been working out there.” Padilla rushed for 431 yards on 61 carries, and scored seven touchdowns. He had 19 tackles on defense.

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Legendary LeDuc a win away from No. 700


The winningest high school boys basketball coach in the history of the San Gabriel Valley is approaching an unthinkable milestone. Mike LeDuc, who began his coaching career at Damien in 1979 before winning four CIF-Southern Section championships with Glendora and coaching three of the top four Southern Section scoring leaders of all time, is gunning for his 700th career victory.
LeDuc, sitting on 699 wins, can earn the big one tonight when the Tartans (18-6, 5-1) host Diamond Bar (15-9, 4-2) at 7 p.m., or at home Friday against Chino Hills (18-6, 5-1), which could ultimately decide the Sierra League title.
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Wilson makes it official: Zavala takes over

After agreeing to become Wilson High School’s next head football coach more than a week ago, the Wildcats made it official on Monday by hiring Northview High assistant Brian Zavala.
He replaces Greg Hoyd, who resigned after one year and a 1-9 record. Hoyd butted heads with the school’s boosters and administration and never was well-received. He resigned after being transferred to another school in the district.
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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 shares his emails.

It is the age of enlightenment, at least for this columnist. In response to recent columns, several readers have supplied additional information on local high school sports stars.
Andy Sais e-mailed a mini-biography of Mark Costello, the 1950 CIF Large Schools basketball Player of the Year from El Monte High. Costello went on to play for John Wooden at UCLA and graduated with a degree in engineering in 1954.
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BHoops: DRanch undisputed No. 1

Boys Basketball top ten poll
1. Diamond Ranch (18-4)
Too much athleticism and size for the rest of the Valley
2. Bonita (20-3)
Much anticipated rematch with Ranch on Wednesday
3. Nogales (18-6)
They have the tools, but so do the teams ranked above them.
4. Glendora (18-6)
League title could be decided at home Friday against CHills
5. Northview (17-6)
Back in comforts of Valle Vista League
6. Diamond Bar (15-9)
On four-game win streak, at Glendora Wednesday
7. Damien (14-9)
They went from slipping to falling in a blink
8. Workman (16-5)
Not just winning Montview, crushing everyone in path
9. Bishop Amat (16-7)
1-4 in Del Rey. Say goodbye to CIF playoffs
10. Walnut (17-5)
Not bad for tenth-best in Valley.

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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Boys Soccer: Bravetown back on top

Boys Soccer top ten poll
1. Baldwin Park (17-1)
The depth is everywhere and so is the consistency
2. Sierra Vista (15-2-2)
Handling the Montview with relative ease
3. Wilson (15-3-2)
Couldn’t handle rival Los Altos on the road
4. Mountain View (13-4-3)
Managed 1-1 tie on road against Rosemead
5. Los Altos (11-2)
Take your off, 4-0 in the tough Miramonte
6. West Covina (13-2-2)
Beats South Hills in battle for first
7. Diamond Ranch (11-3-1)
Four-time league champs still in the race
8. Bishop Amat (14-5-1)
Leading tight Del Rey League race
9. Rosemead (9-4-4)
Big improvement over year ago
10. South Hills (9-3-3)
West Covina has their number

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 Soccer: St. Lucy’s pulling away

Just like last year, the Miramonte League title is a four-team race that will come down to the final week. The same goes for Bishop Amat in the Del Rey League. It’s a situation where you’re still in the hunt for league title, but you can also miss the playoffs entirely.


St. Lucy’s defender Lynsey Browne is a big reason why the Regents are No. 1

Girls Soccer top ten poll
1. St. Lucy’s (12-2-4)
Closing in on prestigious Sierra League title
2. Walnut (10-4-2)
The wining streak is at six, South Hills in town Thursday
3. Glendora (13-7-3)
St. Lucy’s in their head, has their number
4. Bishop Amat (14-2-4)
In tight four-team race for Del Rey title.
5. South Hills (11-7-2)
Needs to win a statement game. They get their chance at Walnut
6. Los Altos (13-7-2)
Leading Miramonte by the slimmest of margins
7. Diamond Ranch (5-5-2)
Loses 1-0 to Los Altos, 3-1 in Miramonte
8. San Dimas (13-4-4)
Record getting more impressive each week
9. Charter Oak (12-6-3)
Lose overtime thriller to Bonita
10. Bonita (9-9-1)
In the hunt for Miramonte league title

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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Girls Hoops: Panthers still purring

1. Diamond Ranch (17-4)
They playoffs can’t start soon enough. Can they win it all?
2. Bishop Amat (18-4)
Loss to St. Paul all but ends league title hopes
3. Sierra Vista (18-3)
Making it look too easy now
4. Walnut (14-7)
I thought this was supposed to be a rebuilding year?
5. Bonita (15-7)
They’re good, just not Diamond Ranch good
6. Diamond Bar (12-9)
Closing in on precious playoff spot in Sierra
7. West Covina (13-9)
Big win over South Hills, then loses to Walnut
8. South Hills (13-7)
Let’s face it, they should be better than this.
9. Covina (14-7)
Northview’s shocks Colts, three-way tie for first in VVL
10. St. Lucy’s (11-8)
Only 2-4 in Sierra; playoffs in serious doubt

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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Signing Day on Wednesday

As of Monday, this is the list of football players that are expected to sign national letter of intent on Wednesday. This is one of the largest groups we’ve ever had, and give Diamond Ranch credit, they’ve got four and Brian Bonilla could be a fifth if he finalizes is plans. For everyone listed below, congratulations and see you in the office for a group picture on signing day. If there are any more football players expected to sign national letters of intent, call or email me.

Isaiah Bowens, Bishop Amat, UCLA
Brandon Sermons, Diamond Ranch, UCLA
Sheldon Price, Bishop Amat, UCLA
Colin Lockett, Diamond Bar, San Diego State
Graham Vickers, Diamond Ranch, Navy
Kyle Lengyel, Diamond Ranch, Air Force
Kyle Salm, San Dimas, Idaho
Cameron Deen, South Hills, Northern Colorado
Greg Reid, Covina, Southern Utah
Brent Seals, Bishop Amat, Stanford
Xavier-Molina Williams, Diamond Ranch, Colgate

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Guru ranks WAC and MWC

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley. Today he offers his post-season high school football thoughts, and the latest in the football recruiting wars.

It’s tough to recruit on the west coast if you are coaching in either the WAC or the MWC. Kids can say that they like you, but once the Pac-10 comes calling, kids tend to opt for those schools more than the MWC or the WAC. But, these guys do a really good job year in and year on. So here is a look at some team in the conferences and what kids they took from the SGV and the IE…
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Did our blog play a role in coaching firings?


What role did the blog play in former Bishop Amat coach Mark Verti deciding to resign last season?

After last week’s column in which I talked about the large number of coaches getting fired, I received a voice mail from an area coach I don’t need to identify, but he said our blog plays a large role in what’s happening, because the perception that it creates with reader comments. I haven’t met one football coach who has told me they like the blog, but I know they all read it, and they’re aware of what’s being said. Does it play a role in what’s happening? If we never had a blog, would Greg Hoyd still be at Wilson, would Damien have kept Scott Morrison? How about Wardell Crutchfield? I think there is a lot of truth to what the coach said on that voice mail, and he’s right, we play a role in the process. Maybe a bigger role that I imagined, but what are we gonna do, blogs and the internet aren’t going anywhere.

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Scouting Guru ranks the Pac-10

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley. Today he offers his post-season high school football thoughts, and the latest in the football recruiting wars.

As we get you ready for signing day on Wednesday, we felt that it was time to take a look at some of the schools that did well and other that didn’t do so well. We are taking our perspective based on the players from the SGV and the IE. So without further adieu, it’s time today to take a look at the Pac-10 schools. And we’ll start with the men of Troy…

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