Just Tribbin: Football

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It’s about that time we start looking into spring football, with top players at each position coming soon, followed by best teams, most improved teams and who will fall the most, etc, etc. We already have plenty of coaching changes. Glendora assistant Brandon Rohrer is at La Puente, with former Warriors coach Ray Hernandez going to South El Monte. Former Blair and Marshall coach Tip Sanders is at Duarte with fired Falcons coach Wardell Crutchfield possibly becoming an assistant at Baldwin Park, it hasn’t been confirmed, but that’s what everyone tells me. The biggest move came at Damien, where legendary coach Greg Gano is taking over with an all-star staff that rivals Bishop Amat’s. The San Gabriel Valley Hall of fame All-Star football game will be coached by Rosemead’s Matt Koffler (West) and Northview’s Jim Arellanes (East) on June 26 at Bassett High School. If there is anything you would like to discuss, blog topics etc, feel free to post them. Next week I’ll start out with the Spring Top Ten and go from there.

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GLENDORA TOURNAMENT: Bishop Amat Rallies, Tartans cruise; Diamond Bar will host El Toro on Thursday

GLENDORA TOURNAMENT BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Amat scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to squeeze out a 12-11 victory over Charter Oak in both teams’ final round-robin games in the Glendora tournament Wednesday. Seriously, what’s up with the Lancers’ pitching? This could become a concern, the questions going into the season were about the Lancers’ hitting, not pitching. In the late game, Glendora punched its ticket to Saturday’s championship with an 11-1 victory over Diamond Ranch.

Loara tournament: Despite losing 12-9 to Servite, Diamond Bar is 2-1 in the Loara tournament and is hosting powerful El Toro at Diamond Bar High Thursday at 3 p.m. El Toro, remember, was No. 2 in the Los Angeles Times’ pre-season poll behind Mater Dei. They lost to Loara on Tuesday, which set up Thursday’s big game at Diamond Bar. C’mon Brahmas, send them back to O.C. on a two-game slide.

Glendora tournament Prediction: After the first two round of the Glendora tournament, the picture is getting clearer. First, Northview, even with the target on its chest, is making a convincing argument that it deserves the top ranking. They just beat two of the best teams in the tournament, Bonita and Murrieta Valley, and will clinch their spot in Saturday’s championship with a win over Claremont on Thursday at Henderson Field. Assuming the Vikings advance, they will play the winner of tonight’s Diamond Ranch-Glendora game. Both teams are 2-0, and the Panthers are coming off a 12-11 thriller over Bishop Amat in eight innings. As impressive as that win was, you can’t out-slug your way to a title, so I like Glendora to meet Northview in the title Saturday night, with another Vikings championship to add to their resume. What is not clear is if Northview loses Thursday, who will play the DRanch-Glendora winner? Tiebreakers will sort that out.

Tonight’s games
Alta Loma 9, Dystart 0
Bishop Amat 12, Charter Oak 11
Glendora 11, Diamond Ranch 1
Thursday’s games
Claremont vs Northview 3:30 Henderson
Ayala vs Crescenta Valley 7:00 Henderson
Murrieta Valley vs Bonita 7:00 Azusa Pacific Univ.

Loara Tournament consolation
Thursday’s games

El Toro at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.

Other tournament scores on Tuesday
Arcadia Elks
Gabrielino 9, Duarte 0
Hoover 11, El Monte 7
Pasadena 2, Walnut 1
St. Francis 12, Sierra Vista 3
Loara Tournament
Servite 12, Diamond Bar 9

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SAN DIMAS TOURNAMENT: Glendora, Bonita, Northview, Etiwanda in Final Four

Friday’s semifinals
Glendora vs. Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Northview vs. Etiwanda, 5:15 p.m.
Note: Saturday’s championship, 6 p.m.

San Dimas update: Northview beats South El Monte 1-0 to advance to Friday’s semfinals. In the other game, Glendora was beating Charter Oak 6-1 or 7-1 late in the game, it appears they will advance too. Hopefully Tartans, someone over there will phone in the result!.

Prediction: Now that we’re in the Elite Eight and two tournament favorites, Los Altos and San Dimas, have both been eliminated by tough first-round opponents, the final four is a little easier to predict. South El Monte and Etiwanda will advance in the top half of the bracket. Glendora will knock off Charter Oak and I’m going with Bonita to continue their run and knock off Alta Loma. The championship is looking like Etiwanda and Glendora, and if that comes to fruition, look for Etiwanda to take it all.

San Dimas tournament
Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Top Bracket
Northview 1, South El Monte 0
Etiwanda 8, West Covina 0
Bottom Bracket
Glendora 9, Charter Oak 3
Bonita 3, Alta Loma 2

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Boys Soccer – Vikings season is over

Mountain View fell behind by two goals in the first twenty minutes and couldn’t battle back, losing 2-1 to San Diego Cathedral in the first-round of the Southern California Division II regional playoffs on Tuesday. Cathedral, which advanced to the regional final last year, is the back-to-back Division III champ in San Diego. After winning the CIF-SS Division VI title on Saturday, the Vikings finish the season 21-5-4. I’ll update all the scores in a couple hours.

Boys Soccer
Southern California Regional Playoffs
Thursday’s Semifinals — All games at 5 p.m.
Division I

#5 El Camino Real (18-7-3) at #1 El Toro (26-1-3)
#3 San Diego Torrey Pines (20-4-3) at #2 Fresno Bullard (22-3-2)
Division II
#4 Rio Mesa (16-8-3) at #1 San Diego Cathedral (18-6-4)
#3 El Cajon Valhalla (18-2-3) at #2 St. Francis (17-6-4)
Division III
#4 Parlier (23-2-2) at #1 Salesian (23-2-3)
#3 Animo Leadership (21-3-5) at #2 Chula Vista Mater Dei (14-6-1)

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Baseball top ten poll: Vikings roll again

GLENDORA UPDATE: Northview followed its 4-3 win over Bonita with a 13-2 win over Murrieta Valley on Tuesday. Now all they probably need is a win over Claremont on Thursday to reach Saturday’s championship. RJ Arnold hit his second homer and had three RBI’s for Northview. Eddie Pedroza went five innings to get the win. Bonita goes to 1-1 after 10–6 win over Crescenta Valley.

TOP-TEN POLL: Big changes after the season preview. Northview and Bishop Amat will keep the top two sports, despite Bishop Amat’s big loss on Monday against Diamond Ranch. Damien and Glendora move up the list along with Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar. South Hills, starting 1-3, drops from No. 3 to No. 8., and Charter Oak and Azusa drop out of the top ten. Nogales is the biggest surprise addition, opening the season with back-to-back shutouts.


Glendora baseball off to a quick 2-0 start in own tournament, facing 2-0 Diamond Ranch on Thursday with the winner likely playing in Saturday’s championship.

Glendora Tournament
Tuesday’s results

Northview 13, Murrieta Valley 2
Ayala 6, Claremont 5
Bonita 10, Crescenta Valley 6
Wednesday’s games
Alta Loma vs Dysart 3:30 Henderson
Bishop Amat vs Charter Oak 3:15 Glendora H.S.
Diamond Ranch vs Glendora 7:00 Henderson
Thursday’s games
Claremont vs Northview 3:30 Henderson
Ayala vs Crescenta Valley 7:00 Henderson
Murrieta Valley vs Bonita 7:00 Azusa Pacific Univ.

Baseball Top Ten Poll
1. Northview (1-0) - Huge opening 4-3 win over No. 3 Bonita. Great pitching by both, but again, the Vikes find ways to pull it out. Facing Murrieta Valley tonight will be an even tougher test.
2. Bishop Amat (1-1) – Okay, so the Lancers lose 12-11 marathon in eight innings against Diamond Ranch. I’m sorry, but this is a small chink in the armor. The problems were supposed to be hitting though, not pitching.
3. Damien (2-0) – A pair of one-run wins over Palm Springs and Miller to open the Chino tournament. They get Kaiser tomorrow.
4. Glendora (2-0) — Sort of a surprise, beating two solid teams. The winner of Glendora-Diamond Ranch on Thursday will likely play for the Glendora tourney title on Saturday.
5. Diamond Ranch (2-0) – They may not have the pitching, but if they keep out-slugging teams like Bishop Amat, they will be fine.
6. Diamond Bar (2-0) – The biggest surprise so far, following a 12-7 win over Long Beach Wilson with a 3-1 win over Villa Park to start 2-0 in the Loara tournament.
7. Bonita (0-1) — Played No. 1 Northview tough, second round robin against Crescenta Valley tonight.
8. South Hills (1-3) – First Shirley declared ineligible, then Huskies lose first three games (Don Lugo, swept by Ayala) before finally beating Arroyo, 11-0. Is this a sign of things to come?
9. San Dimas (1-1) — 14-2 win over Colony, then a 13-2 loss to Chino Hills. Hmm, maybe we’ll know more after the Don Lugo tournament.
10. Nogales (2-0) – How interesting, the open witha pair of wins in the Costa Mesa tournament over Warren and Orange, both shutouts.
Others of note: Charter Oak (1-1), Azusa (0-0)

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Softball top ten poll: Bonita beats San Dimas

Update: True story, after Bonita knocked off San Dimas 5-3 in the San Dimas tournament on Tuesday, first-year coach Ken Carlson walked up and handed me a printed-copy of my prediction that they wouldn’t beat the Saints. Glad to be of assistance, but seriously, they’re legit and will give Los Altos and Charter Oak a run for their money in the Miramonte.

SAN DIMAS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Tuesday’s results
Glendora 4, Ontario Christian 1
Charter Oak 4, Nogales 1
Alta Loma 19, La Puente 0
Bonita 5, San Dimas 3

Monday’s results
Northview 10, Arcadia 1
South El Monte 4, Wilson 0
West Covina 4, Rialto 0
Etiwanda 3, Los Altos 0

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Northview vs. South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina vs. Etiwanda, 5:15 p.m.

Glendora pitcher Dana Waldusky hopes to lead Tartans to San Dimas tournament win.

Girls Softball top ten
1. Glendora (2-1) - A split with Upland won’t drop the Tartans, but how they do in the San Dimas tournament later in the week will have a big impact.
2. Los Altos (0-1) - The Conquerors open the season with a 3-0 loss to Etiwanda in the opening of the San Dimas tournament. My question, why schedule two of the best teams in the first-round?
3. San Dimas (0-0) — The Saints season starts this afternoon against rival Bonita. Now that’s how to open your own tournament.
4. Bishop Amat (1-1) – Losing to Redlands in the Brea tournament was expected, but a nice rebound win over Villa Park.
5. South El Monte (2-0) – This is a team to watch behind Garber and some pretty decent hitting. They could be the sleeper in the San Dimas tournament.
6. Bonita (3-0) – Nobody knows for sure how good those teams were in the Palm Springs tournament, but the Bearcats are obviously improved after winning the tourney.
7. Charter Oak (1-1) – A split with Claremont to open the season. Looks like they can still score, but allowing runs could be an ongoing problem.
8. Diamond Ranch (2-0) — Interesting start, wins over Eisenhower and Hemet to open the season.
9. Azusa (2-0) — They allowed just one run in two wins. You have to keep an eye on the Aztecs, pitching wins games and they have pitching.
10. Sierra Vista (0-0) - Let’s see how they do in the San Dimas tournament, another sleeper along with South El Monte.
Others to watch: Northview (2-1), West Covina (3-1). Diamond Bar hasn’t updated any games, so don’t know.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Breaking News: Rohrer takes over at L.P.

“That’s a good spot for him to begin his head coaching career, we’ll miss him,” said Glendora high football coach Mark Pasquarella said. “He’s young, he has a bright mind, and the kids are going to love playing for him. He’s got the kind of mind that works with new trend stuff, like the spread. He see’s the big picture and knows football is not the end all, he will do well.”

La Puente high school named Glendora high assistant Brandon Rohrer to take over its football program after Ray Hernandez resigned and took over at South El Monte High School. Rohrer, who already was a math teacher at La Puente, has been an assistant at Glendora for six years, and most recently has been the wide receivers coach. He also played at Glendora and attended Cal State Fullerton. It’s his first head coaching job, but after working for Mark Pasquarella, this sounds like a great hire.
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Just Tribbin through All-Area

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Steve and I are finalizing the all-area teams for boys and girls basketball, soccer, girls water polo and wrestling, and should be inviting first-teamers in soon for pictures. Picking players of the year has been extremely difficult, but so is separating the first and second teams. If you have any final input on anyone, go ahead, we’re listening.

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Glendora tournament: Down goes Amat, Down goes Amat, Diamond Ranchs wins marathon, 12-11, in eight innings

The Latest:Thank goodness we didn’t try to cover this on deadline, because officially ending around 11:15 p.m., Diamond Ranch, a 1-0 loser to Northview in last year’s Division IV finals, stunned Bishop Amat at the Glendora tournament, outslugging their way to a 12-11 victory in eight innings on Mondy night night in front of a packed house at Henderson field, so I’ve veen told. Whatta ya think, instead of Amat-Northview II, looks like we might be revisiting DRanch-NView II. Unless say, Glendora has something to say about it.

So Northview beats Bonita 4-3, Bishop Amat beats Alta Loma 8-2 and Glendora opens with a 5-0 win over Charter Oak. Those were the big highlights to open the Glendora tournament, which continues today with Bishop Amat playing Diamond Ranch, and 18-4 winner over Dyestart, in the second leg of round-robin tonight at 7 p.m. at Henderson field. Those who have seen a few games, is there any reason to believe we won’t be watching Northview-Bishop Amat II on Saturday in the championship?


After calling on head coaches to input rosters and stats on MaxPreps, I’m happy to say that I see more and more starting to do it (South Hills, San Dimas are you listening). It’s great to see, especially from Northview, who now has a roster up. I won’t get pushy about stats yet, this is a start.

Glendora tournament
Monday’s games

Glendora 7, Alta Loma 2
Charter Oak 11, Dysart 0
Diamond Ranch 12, Bishop Amat 11, 8 innings

Tuesday, March 10
Claremont vs Ayala 3:30 Henderson
Crescenta Valley vs Bonita 7:00 Henderson
Murrieta Valley vs Northview 7:00 Azusa Pacific Univ.

Wednesday, March 11
Alta Loma vs Dysart 3:30 Henderson
Bishop Amat vs Charter Oak 3:15 Glendora H.S.
Diamond Ranch vs Glendora 7:00 Henderson

Thursday, March 12
Claremont vs Northview 3:30 Henderson
Ayala vs Crescenta Valley 7:00 Henderson
Murrieta Valley vs Bonita 7:00 Azusa Pacific Univ.

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Softball: No. 1 Los Altos goes down; South El Monte, West Covina and Northview win big

Plenty of good local team are in this San Dimas tournament, which starts today. This is a great chance to see Los Altos in a very tough game against Etiwanda, but the game I really want to watch is the Smudge Pot softball style tomorrow between Bonita and San Dimas at 3:15 p.m. Bonita is fresh of the Palm Springs tournament title and is becoming the sleeper everyone has talked about on the blogs. But I don’t think they beat San Dimas.

SAN DIMAS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday’s results

Northview 10, Arcadia 1
South El Monte 4, Wilson 0
West Covina 4, Rialto 0
Etiwanda 3, Los Altos 0

Tuesday’s games
Ontario Christian vs. Glendora, 7:15 p.m.
Nogales vs. Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. La Puente, 5:15 p.m.
Bonita vs. San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Northview vs. South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina vs. Etiwanda, 5:15 p.m.

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BSoccer: State playoffs next for CIF-SS Division VI Champion Mountain View

I guess my only problem with this is why is Mountain View the No. 8 seed? Is San Diego and Central section soccer that great? I guess we’re going to find out soon. It’s a tough road for the Vikings, who would have to play both rounds on the road. If I had to guess who’s going to win it, I’d take St. Francis. Salesian? We’re pulling for you, you’re our adopted team because of the great show of sportsmanship you displayed along with Baldwin Park this week. Hopefully you can knock off the school from the island tomorrow.

Boys Soccer
Southern California State playoffs
Division II — All games start at 5 p.m.

Tuesday’s quarterfinal games
#8 Mountain View (Southern Division VI champion, 21-4-4) at #1 San Diego Cathedral (San Diego Division III champion, 17-6-4)
#5 Porterville (Central Division III runner-up, 27-4-1) at #4 Rio Mesa (Southern Division IV champion, 15-8-3)
#6 North Torrance (Southern Division IV semifinalist, 18-5-3) at #3 El Cajon Valhalla (San Diego Division II champion, 17-2-3)
#7 Canoga Park (City quarterfinalist, 15-4-1) at #2 St. Francis (Southern Division I semifinalist, 16-6-4)

Division III
Tuesday’s quarterfinal games
#8 Avalon (Southern Division VII runner-up, 17-4-3) at #1 Salesian (Southern Division V champion, 22-2-3)
#5 Tranquillity (Central Division VI champion, 21-4) at #4 Parlier (Central Division V champion, 22-2-2)
#6 Rosamond (Southern Division VII champion, 15-5-4) at #3 Animo Leadership (Southern Division V semifinalist, 20-3-5)
#7 Annenberg (City small schools champion, 18-3) at #2 Chula Vista Mater Dei (San Diego Division IV champion, 13-6-1)

Tuesday’s quarterfinal games
Division I
#8 Fresno Central (Central Division I runner-up, 18-4-7) at #1 El Toro (Southern Division I champion, 25-1-3)
#5 El Camino Real (City champions, 17-7-3) at #4 Millikan (Southern Division I runner-up, 27-4-2)
#6 Great Oak (Southern Division III champion, 18-4-5) at #3 San Diego Torrey Pines (San Diego Division I champion, 19-4-3)
#7 Placentia Valencia (Southern Division II champion, 23-4-1) at #2 Fresno Bullard (Central Division I champion, 21-3-2)

Note: Semifinal games on Thursday and championship on Saturday at Warren High in Downey.

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BHoops: Mater Dei 88, Chino Hills 55

What do you think of the first-round game in the Division I boys state playoffs, Chino Hills (25-7) at Mater Dei (30-1), 7 p.m., on Monday Night. Yes, I’m on the Chino Hills bandwagon, this is an exciting game for Sierra League fans to keeps tabs on. Don Grant is a great for the Huskies, when I started in Pasadena he was the coach of Muir, and had some darned good teams there too. Muir hasn’t been the same since he left. And they’re getting the Monarchs at the right time, just after a devastating loss in the championship, hopefully the Huskies rain 3′s all night long.
Answer: So, much for that

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Wrestling: CIF State Championships – Day 2


Above: Northview’s Matt Lopez battles Fresno Edison’s Rykeem Yates in a 215-pound preliminary bout earlier in the CIF State wrestling championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

Good morning all:

I just arrived at Rabobank Arena for the final day of the CIF State wrestling tournament.
Our area has five competitors still alive, four of which are in the semifinals.
La Habra’s Aaron Le Farge just got knocked out the tournament. He lost by fall in the consolation fifth round by Sean Silva of Barstow.
The remaining four are Northview’s Steven Salinas (119) and Frank Martinez (130), California’s Matt Melendrez (145) and Santa Fe’s Nikolai Crouch (189). I will update how they do today in the comments section.
Ready, set….rassle!

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Soccer: Mountain View wins title in sudden death, Baldwin Park falls in sudden death


Division VI championship
Mountain View 2, Silverado 1, overtime: Julio Fernandez finished Diego Rodriguez’s cross in the first sudden-death overtime (89th minute), lifting Mountain View to the Division VI title, their second championship since 2005. Mountain View’s Uziel Merino scored in the 13th minute to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead, but Silverado tied the match in the 72nd minute on a 30-yard free kick from Arturo Rodriguez.


Division V championship
Salesian 2, Baldwin Park 1, overtime
: I don’t have all the details, but Baldwin Park tied the match late, then defending Division III state champion Salesian won it in the 95th minute — in the second sudden death overtime period just five minutes before sending the match into penalty kicks.

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La Verne Lutheran falls short, 72-62

La Verne Lutheran staged a late rally, but it wasn’t enough. Sophomore Carl Cooper had 16 points and Kevin Payne and Jordan Salley each had 13 points for for the Trojans, but they couldn’t overcome a 17-points second-half deficit in a 72-62 loss to Los Angeles Windward in Friday’s CIF-SS Division V-A championship at Colony High School. Windward was led by UCLA-bound center Anthony Stover, who finished with 19 points.

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Weekend Baseball thread — Northview edges Bonita, 4-3

Saturday’s Glendora tournament games
Northview 4, Bonita 3, Northview’s Eric Rubalcaba 7K’s, Bonita’s Nico Calderaro 9 K’s
Diamond Ranch 18, Dyestart 4
Crescenta Valley 5, Claremont 4

The baseball season begins today, so come back and post your scores int he comments section. Also, to get results in the newspaper, call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or 2242. Or, you can email them to scores@sgvn.com (make sure to leave a call-back number for questions.) We won’t have any game coverage until next week, when we pick up the Glendora tournament on Monday, so hopefully all of you will tell us what happened today and Saturday…I’ll post the Glendora scores as soon as they’re available.

Glendora Tournament
Friday’s games

Bishop Amat 8, Alta Loma 2 – boxscore click thread – Freshman Ruiz 3 hits in debut
Glendora 5, Charter Oak 0 – boxscore click thread
Murrieta Valley 12, Ayala 1

Other Friday scores:
Elks Tournament

La Salle 25, Duarte 0
Western Christian 11, El Monte 3
Chino Classic
Damien 3, Palm Desert 2
Don Lugo tourney
Azusa 4, Arroyo 3
Los Altos 14, Chino Hills 6
San Dimas 14, Colony 2
Montebello tourney
El Ranch 5, Wilson 4
Nonleague
Diamond Bar 12, Long Beach Wilson 7
Los Osos 4, South Hills 1

Monday’s Glendora touranment games
Glendora vs Alta Loma at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Charter Oak vs Dysart at Henderson, 3:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs Diamond Ranch at Henderson, 7 p.m.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Weekend Softball thread

The softball season begins today, so come back and post your scores int he comments section. Also, to get results in the newspaper, call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or 2242. Or, you can email them to scores@sgvn.com (make sure to leave a call-back number for questions.) We won’t have any game coverage until next week, when we start covering the San Dimas tournament, so hopefully all of you will tell us what happened today and Saturday…

SAN DIMAS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday, March 9
Arcadia vs. Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Wilson vs. South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina vs. Rialto, 5:15 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Etiwanda, 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Ontario Christian vs. Glendora, 7:15 p.m.
Nogales vs. Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. La Puente, 5:15 p.m.
Bonita vs. San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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La Verne Lutheran hoping to repeat

This is going to be a treat tonight because Windward is no joke, and heck, you might even see Denzel Washington at the game, his youngest son, Malcolm Washington, is one of their best players. For a wonderful story on Jordan Salley, read below.

Tonight: CIF-SS Division V-A championship
Who: No. 1 L.A. Wiindward (24-6) vs. No. 2 La Verne Lutheran (24-6)
Where: Colony High School, 4:30 p.m.

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Who knows what course Jordan Salley’s basketball career would have run had his mother not developed a cancerous brain tumor. He wouldn’t have been forced to transfer from La Puente’s Bishop Amat High School. He wouldn’t have had to adjust to a new team, a new coach and a new school in the midst of his sophomore season.
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CIF messed up “Soccer Saturday”

“We tried (to move the game) but CIF had nothing to do with it. We proposed a neutral site and Salesian agreed that we should play at Sierra Vista for all of our fans, but CIF said, ‘no, you’re playing at 11:30 a.m. in Mission Viejo.’ I don’t know why they’re doing that to us, they’ve made exceptions in the past. It just doesn’t seem right.” — Baldwin Park coach Ricardo Mira

Saturday’s CIF Championship games
Division V

Baldwin Park vs. Salesian, 11:30 a.m., at Mission Viejo High School
Division VI
Mountain View vs. Silverado, 11:30 a.m., Warren High School, Downey

The CIF-Southern Section sure didn’t do the San Gabriel Valley any favors with Saturday’s soccer schedule. I’ve already received several emails complaining about this. Why in the world would they send Baldwin Park and Los Angeles Salesian all the way to Mission Viejo instead of nearby Warren High in Downey makes no sense at all. I’ve heard the schools agreed to play closer, even at Sierra Vista, but CIF said, no. It doesn’t make geogrpahic sense to go Mission Viejo, it doesn’t make sense from a money-making point a view, and now fewer fans will likely attend. How great would it have been for the Baldwin Park and Mountain View games to have been back-to-back at Downey far all to witness. I’m upset because now I can’t see both, but that’s life. On the plus side, CIF split up the venues because for the first time, there will be no co-champions. There will be sudden death and penalty kicks if needed to decide champions.

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Arellanes, Koffler named All-Star coaches

Hall of Fame coordinator Leon Ward called this morning to inform us that Northview football coach Jim Arellanes will coach the East, and Rosemead coach Matt Koffler will coach the West in the 30th annual Senior Hall of Fame All-Star game at Bassett high school on June 26. Ward said he’s not sure if that other all-star game that took players away last year is happening, so maybe we can return to the good ole days. I like the coaching choices, and Ward says all schools should have received nomination forms for players. If not, you can reach him at 626-258-5219.

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Northview begins where it ended, No. 1

Northview an impressive No. 6 in LA Times All-Southern Section poll. Bishop Amat not far back at No. 8.

A charity doubleheader for the Ortega family in January, which featured Northview, South Hills, Charter Oak and Covina high schools in front of an overflow crowd at Azusa Pacific University, raised $18,000 to aid the remaining members of the Ortega family following the Christmas Eve massacre. It also showed the passion and quality of baseball in the San Gabriel Valley, where not only 2008 CIF-Southern Section Division IV champion Northview and back-to-back Division V champion Bishop Amat are coming off memorable seasons, but South Hills and Diamond Ranch return after divisional finals appearances. One of the big changes in 2009 is divisional realignments, with Bishop Amat and the Del Rey League moving to Division IV to challenge Northview and the rest of the Valle Vista League. In the Division IV preseason poll, Northview is No. 1 with Bishop Amat No. 2. “I think it’s exciting,” Northview coach Darren Murphy said of having Bishop Amat in the same division. “Our kids know their kids and their kids know our kids. There’s an unspoken rivalry there, so it should be fun. We look forward to it.”
The Miramonte League moves from Division IV to Division III, where it will challenge South Hills and the rest of the San Antonio League. The Sierra League will remain in Division II, and the Montview and Mission Valley leagues will compete in Division V. As always, one of the hottest debates to start the year is the area’s top team, and the honor goes to Northview, which defeated Bishop Amat in their head-to-head meeting in the championship of the Glendora Tournament last year and then continued on to win the Valle Vista League title and its first divisional championship since 1971. Bishop Amat and Northview could meet again in the Glendora Tournament, which starts Friday, but the Vikings will head into 2009 as the area’s top team.
Tribune’s Preseason Top Ten
1. Northview
2. Bishop Amat
3. Bonita
4. South Hills
5. Damien
6. Glendora
7. San Dimas
8. Charter Oak
9. Diamond Ranch
10. Azusa

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Calling on all high school coaches to …

With the baseball and softball season starting Friday, MaxPreps made easy by yours truly is the best way to follow standings, schedules, rosters, stats and game-by-game results, as long the head coaches in your area don’t play the “we don’t want to get scouted,” card again, and don’t post anything. Bishop Amat baseball posted all last year and won their second straight championship. If you’re good enough, it won’t matter, so stop hiding. There is absolutely no excuse for not posting rosters, schedules and results, but still many of our area coaches do not post anything when this is their responsibility, and they know who they’re. So, parents, players and fans, please remind your high school coach to take care of this, which makes it easier for all of us to follow what’s going on with your high school teams. Why CIF hasn’t made this mandatory is beyond me, because coaches who do post on a regular basis have become punished by coaches who hide their stats, then surprise us with mind-boggling final numbers at the end of the year. It’s not fair and it won’t be until everyone plays by the same rules. I guarantee before the internet that every coach who once played loved seeing their stats in the paper, especially those who had great high school careers. So, now it’s the coaches’ turn to do the same for their players, because after all, what do coaches always tell us, “it’s about the kids.” Okay, then make it about the kids. There is only so much I can do, and last year was a pathetic example of too many coaches not posting anything.

TOURNAMENT ALERT: I have the Glendora tournament schedule, but I need baseball and softball tournament schedules for all other area tournaments. Please email them to me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com, or fax to 626-856-2758. Also, to report scores call 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242. You can also email results to scores@sgvn.com, and please make sure to leave a call-back number in case we have questions. Let’s have another great year.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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CIF Denies Shirley, explaining his move to South Hills was “athletically motivated.”

This is the story running in tomorrow’s paper, however I will not allow comments at this time.

Highly regarded junior shortstop/pitcher Jacob Shirley, who transferred from West Covina to South Hills high school over the summer, has been declared ineligible to play baseball for the Huskies this season.
CIF-Southern Section commissioner of athletics James Staunton handed down the ruling, explaining that Shirley’s transfer was “athletically motivated.”
Shirley’s family originally applied for a hardship according to Staunton, but later decided to move into the South Hills school district hoping to improve Shirley’s chances of becoming eligible. Staunton cited Rule 207 in the CIF Blue Book under Section C, under (3) and (4) as reasons for declaring Shirley ineligible. To continue reading, click thread

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