Colleges: Mt. SAC goes for 4-peat


Mt. San Antonio College is seeking a 4-peat at the CCCAA championships this weekend.

Hi all:
I’m in Fresno covering the CCCAA state basketball championships, where the Mt. San Antonio College women’s team, coached by Laura Beeman, seeks to score an unprecedented fourth consecutive state title.
I will live blog during both the Mounties game against Fresno City at 7 p.m. at Selland Arena, and Pasadena City’s encounter against North No. 1 City College of San Francisco, which is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
Until then, here’s my advance on Mt. SAC’s quest:
The tournament continues Saturday with the semifinals and the finals on Sunday. I like Mt. SAC and PCC today, although the Lancers have a tough nut to crack in CCSF, which defeated PCC earlier this year. Expect Ventura to take down PCC on Saturday with the Mounties and Ventura in the championship game, which I think is a pick ‘em game. Ventura beat Mt. SAC during the tournament season, and in convincing fashion, but Mt. SAC is playing very well right now, and is getting more out of its freshman players than it did earlier in the year.

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The race for the Sierra will be fun again

If Northview beats Claremont this afternoon at Henderson field (3:30 p.m.) the Vikings will play for their second straight Glendora tournament championship on Saturday against host Glendora, who has been very impressive in their own tournament. In fact, the Sierra League has been extremely impressive, with all teams combining for a 17-4 overall record. Damien has started 3-0 in the Chino tournament and will face Yucaipa next. Chino Hills (4-1), Chino (3-1), Ayala (3-1) and Diamond Bar (2-1) all have just one loss and of course Glendora (3-0) is undefeated. Last year I thought the Valle Vista had the best league with San Dimas, Covina and Northview all strong, this year that goes to the Sierra, so lets rank ‘em.

1. Sierra League – See argument above
2. Miramonte – Diamond Ranch, Bonita and Charter Oak. That’s enough to make a great three-team race.
3. Del Rey - Bishop Amat, St. Paul and La Salle are all legitimate in what is simply a three-team race.
4. San Antonio – Maybe this sounds crazy, but Nogales, West Covina and Walnut are off to good starts, and there is still South Hills. They might lack the heavyweight punch, but there are no gimmies.
5. Valle Vista – After Northview and San Dimas there is a big drop. Covina and Baldwin Park need to play better to improve this ranking.
6. Montview League – Gladstone is 3-0 and Azusa will be there at the end. Right now they’re just a notch above the MVL.
7. Mission Valley League — So far, all six teams struggling in tournaments

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Boys Hoops: Workman-La Verne Lutheran?

Workman wants to become the first area team to challenge La Verne Lutheran next season, either in a non-league game, or hopefully in the Southern California shootout at APU if organizers allow it. La Verne Lutheran brings about everyone back, and a couple talented freshman are expected to enroll. This could be Workman’s best team ever, with senior-to-be Bobby Miles-Serrano and junior-to-be Cezar Guerrero, who averaged 28 points a game. Lobos coach Martin Flores said he is contacting Lutheran coaches to try and make this happen. Now if we could just get Glendora, Bonita, Damien and others to step up to Lutheran and Workman, this would be fun next season. As far as I know, Lutheran is still having no success getting into local tournaments. Workman said they’re hopeful of getting in the Covina Christmas tournament or the Arroyo tournament, stay tuned.

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Just Tribbin: Football

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

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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