Finally, South Hills and Bishop Amat are hooking up … in Baseball … This spring at Mt. SAC

The word on the street is that defending Division III champion South Hills will take on former back-to-back Division V champion Bishop Amat in a baseball doubleheader at Mt. SAC this spring. Based on what both teams have coming back, it’s also safe to assume they will likely be the two best teams to start the season, so this is great news for area baseball fans. Now, if they could only hookup in football ….

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There was nothing like the 80s

To all the less fortunate who missed the 80s, know that we didn’t have cell phones, we suffered through land lines and busy signals. We didn’t have text messages, we slipped notes. We didn’t sit in front of our computers with a Wii, we hiked to the nearest corner and dropped quarters on Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Pacman, etc. And the movies, don’t get me started. I’m not talking about the Academy Award winners, I’m talking about the top 15 movies from the 80s that you memorized line-for-line and can watch over and over again……

The 80’s signature cuff (we all did it) … And yes, the hair presented by Aqua Net…

Fred’s top 15
1. Breakfast Club (1985)
2. Caddyshack (1980)
3. The Karate Kid (1984)
4. Weird Science (1985)
5. Three Amigos (1986)
6. Say Anything (1989)
7. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
8. Better off Dead (1985)
9. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
10. Fletch (1885), 11. Lucas (1986), 12. A Christmas Story (1983), 13. Risky Business (1983), 14. Top Gun (1986), 15. Vacation (1983)

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Steve’s Counterpoint: 70s were numero uno

Sorry, Fred, my good man, but the 1970s trump the 1980s. The 70s was the birth of the summer blockbuster), Monday Night Football, Pong and who could forget Bell-bottoms.
It’s also considered the glory years of the NFL, when the Cowboys, Rams and Vikings dominated the NFC. Did you know that from 1973-78, either the Cowboys, Rams or Vikings played in…and the AFC was always the Raiders, Steelers, Dolphins and Oilers. I still say Drew Pearson didn’t push off in the “Hail Mary” Game. Ah, those were the days!

My 1970s top 10 moves:
1. All the President’s Men (I am a journalist, after all)
2. Jaws
3. Star Wars
4. The Godfather
5. American Graffiti
6. Dog Day Afternoon
7. Patton
8. Rocky
9. The Dear Hunter
10. The Exorcist
HM: The Verdict, Brian’s Song (TV Movie), Young Frankenstein.

Here’s one of my favorite scenes from All the President’s Men. It’s not included, but my favorite line from the movie comes from Jason Robards as editor Ben Bradlee: Nothing’s riding on this mind you, except the first amendment of the Constitution, freedom of the press and perhaps the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys (mess) up again, I’m going to get mad!”

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Charter Cove comes up short, still advances

The Charter Cove Post 755 baseball team, made up mostly of players from Charter Oak High School, came up short Tuesday in its quest to win a American Legion California State championship.
San Bernardino, which lost in the first round of the tournament, came all the way back to win the event, scoring wins of 5-4 and 20-12 over Charter Cove to win a state title.
Both teams advanced to the regionals, with San Bernardino playing in the West Regionals in Fairfield and Charter Cove traveling to Medford, Ore. for the Northwest Regionals.
Charter Cove, which lost in the championship round to Merced last year, advanced to the regionals for the second consecutive season.
Here is the story from our sister paper, the San Bernardino Sun, which rounds up San Bernardino’s sweep.
Charter Cove coach Jon Garkow: “Although I’m disappointed that we didn’t bring home our first state title, I’m very proud of the effort we put forth. These kids played their hearts out and finishing as state runners-up for the second consecutive year is quite an accomplishment, especially considering we only had 10 players.”

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Who has the toughest schedules in the SGV? Bishop Amat, Damien and Glendora

We’re only in July, so instead of doing the top ten preseason football teams, how about the top ten toughest schedules in 2009. There is no surprise with Bishop Amat and Damien 1 & 2, but a mild surprise to list Charter Oak at No. 7. You tell me, do you agree or would you chage it up …

1. BISHOP AMAT
Note:
Ending with Loyola, Crespi and Notre Dame give the Lancers the edge, plus big nonleague games agisnt St. Paul and St. Bonaventure.
Sept. 11 DOMINGUEZ, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Damien, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 ST. BONAVENTURE, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 ALEMANY, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30 *LOYOLA, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 6 *At Crespi, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 *NOTRE DAME, 7:30 p.m.

2. DAMIEN
Note
: From start-to-finish this is easily the second toughest. Four straight against Bishop Amat, Charter Oak, Chino Hills and Glendora is brutal.
Sept. 4 at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 at St. John Bosco, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 CLAREMONT, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 BISHOP AMAT, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *CHINO HILLS, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *AYALA, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 *CHINO, 7 p.m.

3. GLENDORA
Note
: Not one easy non-league game on the schedule, plus the difficult Sierra League
Sept. 11 at Upland, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 CANYON, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 DIAMOND RANCH, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 EL DORADO, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *DAMIEN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *at Chino, 7 p.m.
Nov. 12 *AYALA, 7 p.m.

4. DIAMOND RANCH
Note
: Not as brutal as last year, but still tough with Bishop Amat, Glendora, Chino Hills and Muir
Sept. 4 at Muir, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 COLONY, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Elsinore, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 BISHOP AMAT, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 *CHARTER OAK, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 *at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Nov. 7 *LOS ALTOS, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 *WILSON 7 p.m.

5. SOUTH HILLS
Note:
La Habra and Tesoro are the highlights, but Northview, Rosemead and Los Altos not back for second-tier games
Sept. 11 AYALA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 TESORO, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 NORTHVIEW, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 ROSEMEAD, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 *WEST COVINA, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Nogales, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 *WALNUT, 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 *at Rowland, 7 p.m.

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