CIF state appeal for Canada brothers on Friday

We have learned that the California state appeal for South Hills senior Jordan Canada and his sophomore brother Jamie will be heard on Friday afternoon. Both players were declared ineligible by CIF-SS officials after their change of residence transfer from Duarte to South Hills was denied by CIF-SS officials, who ruled it was an “athletically motivated,” transfer.

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The Scouting Guru isn’t that impressed with San Gabriel Valley football in 2009

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 and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Guru Says: Well, the first half of the high school football season is just completed and if there is one phrase to summarize the season – it’s this: A complete dud! After watching CO’s implosion in the second half of their game Friday night against Rancho Cucamonga (and I don’t want to hear the excuses…everyone was healthy, primed and ready for the showdown), this is the first thought that came to my mind.

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Smudge Pot begins a week early, pizza-eating fundraiser at Michealangelo’s on Friday


The second annual pizza-eating fundraiser between San Dimas and Bonita high school football players is on Friday at Michealangelo’s Pizza in San Dimas at 3:30 p.m.

A week later the football teams collide in the 38th annual Smudge Pot game between the rival schools, which is one of the most-attended games in the Valley.

Friday’s pizza-eating fundraiser is for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides full scholarship grants and family counseling to surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to wounded special operations personnel and their families.

Last year players from both teams raised $4,904.68, and donations at the game raised an additional $1,854.35.

This year $1 from each ticket purchased for the Smudgepot game on Oct. 9 will go to the charity.

“It’s a great rivalry, the kids always look forward to it,” Podley said. “In the spirit of the rivalry, it’s great to see the kids come together and raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

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West Covina took it on the chin, swung back, and now the outlook has a little Bulldog bite to it


Above: The West Covina coaching staff deals with injuries and losses to start 0-3, but the Bulldogs are on their way back.

By Fred J. Robledo
Victories, not schedule strength, appear to be the most important criteria each week when the CIF-Southern Section polls are released. After defending Southeast Division champion Charter Oak’s 35-25 loss to defending Central Division champion Rancho Cucamonga ended the Chargers’ 17-game unbeaten streak while extending the Cougars’ unbeaten streak to 18, the Chargers (3-1) were dropped to No. 4 in the Southeast polls.

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Girls Volleyball: Ganesha closes out Rowland

Today’s notebookWalnut High’s Samantha Sheller now on the radar for Mustangs

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
ROWLAND HEIGHTS
– It wasn’t the Ganesha High School girls volleyball team’s easiest match of the season, but meetings against Rowland rarely are cakewalks for the Giants. The host Raiders again proved to be quite a pest for Ganesha before succumbing 25-17, 22-25, 25-13, 25-16 in a nonleague match on Tuesday.

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Here’s Johnny

Correspondent John Honell is a longtime contributor to the Tribune, and well-known throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He knows the area’s history, coaches, and always seems to have insider information. He will share some of it with his “Touching Base” pieces that will run from time to time.

Two Bagger:
West Covina football coach, Mike Maggiore, proved he has patience and a long memory. (or vice versa) Last Friday, West Covina knocked off Glendora 22-21 on a two point conversion. Ten years ago, when the Bulldogs were still in the Sierra League, they lost a homecoming game to Damien, 22-21. The Bulldogs were leading 21-7 when the Spartans scored then pulled off a surprise two point conversion. There are “cheat sheets” for coaches telling them when to go for a two point conversion or to kick the ball. Trailing 21-13, all those sheets say a kick for the extra point. The Bulldogs had the wrong defense on thefield and the surprise was total. The coach of that Damien team was
Mark Pasquarella, the current coach at Glendora.

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Breaking News: Gonzalez is at Bishop Amat


Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo confirmed today that Wallace Gonzalez is now at Bishop Amat High School. Gonzalez, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver and baseball standout, was removed from the Glendora High School football team after its first game against Upland, then left the school a week later. Glendora football officials have maintained that Gonzalez’s departure from the team was mutual. Manzo indicated that transfer paperwork will likely be filed to the CIF-Southern Section shortly, and it will be up to CIF-SS officials in regards to whether Gonzalez will become eligible immediately or have to sit out a full calendar year of varsity sports.

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Girls Volleyball Top 10: Tartans zoom to the top

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10

1. Glendora (4-0)
The Tartans have looked impressive early on, and that includes a four-game win over previously No. 2 Walnut. Senior Valerie Brain came up huge against the Mustangs with 28 kills and nine blocks. Glendora closes out the nonleague season against Hart on Wednesday before opening up Sierra League play against Diamond Bar.
2. Bonita (5-3)
The Bearcats feature a solid triple threat in hitters Allie LaPierre and Katie Kirby and setter Ashley Maxfeldt. They survived a scare against San Dimas early before sweeping the rival Saints. But they followed it up by being swept at Troy, which is ranked No. 3 in Division 2-A.
3. South Hills (4-1)
The Huskies have looked good with the sister tandem of Melinda and Marissa Gomez, who are both capable of double-digit attack numbers. They will be tested when they travel to St. Lucy’s on Thursday.
4. Walnut (3-2)
The Mustangs drop a bit after losing in four to Glendora, but this is still a solid team. Hitter Samantha Sheller has lived up to expectations early on.
5. Los Altos (9-2)
The Conquerors appear to be back. They swept St. Lucy’s two weeks ago, battled Walnut before losing five games last week, then followed up by taking the Mayfair Tournament.
6. St. Lucy’s (8-3)
The Regents appear to have settled into the season following up the loss at Los Altos with wins over Rosary and Alta Loma. We will find out more when they face South Hills this week.
7. San Dimas (5-2)
The Saints looked very solid in jumping out to a lead against Bonita. And although they dropped in three games, this is still a solid team. They get a test Wednesday against Walnut.
8. Diamond Bar (6-6)
The Brahmas, also a youthful, group are holding their own, but will need to step up once Sierra League play starts.
9. Ganesha (11-3).
The Giants have looked like their mascot early on, but should get a test from San Dimas in the Valle Vista League. They face Rowland today.
10. Gladstone (12-5)
The Gladiators are the team to beat in the Montview League and are off to a solid start. They had a solid weekend up north at the Carpinteria.

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Cross Country: Many locals fared well at Stanford

Once again, a local coach has stepped up and offered to help give insight to what’s going on in cross country. This comes from Glendora assistant coach Bob Ramsey

Tribune Roundup, Week 3: Saturday, September 26

Ramsey: Cross country is a tough sport – no breaks, no time outs to consult with the coaches, with steep and unpredictable surfaces. And in this part of the season – we also get heat. Saturday was blazing hot, but the SGV’s runners overcame the heat to turn in some amazing performances, most notably Jessica Mendez’s 19:32 for 5k at the Stanford Invite, ran when it was 104 degrees! She was joined by Duarte’s Fabian Velasco as the SGV’s top performer for Week 3, while the Los Altos boys turned in the top team performance with their Div 2 win at the Bell-Jeff Invitational at L.A’s Griffith Park.

Trib Area Top Performers – Week 2
Note: It is notoriously difficult to compare XC performances over different terrain, distances, surfaces and weather conditions. The rankings below reflect a rough attempt to rank performances while trying to account those differences. Your mileage may vary.

Girls
19:32 Jessica Mendez, SR-West Covina – Stanford 5k gently rolling
18:19 Lexie Jackson, FR-Bonita – Dana Hills, 3 miles net downhill
19:37 Reina Sotelo, Los Altos – Bell-Jeff, 3 miles hilly
19:34 Vanessa Lopez, Rowland – Sunny Hills, 3 miles rolling hills
19:36 Kristen Galvez, Rowland – Sunny Hills
18:33 Marissa Scott, FR-Bonita – Dana Hills
19:43 Carly Lake, SO-Charter Oak – Sunny Hills
19:35 Shavonn Johnson, SO-Bonita – Dana Hills
19:42 Heather Jackson, JR-Bonita – Dana Hills
20:41 Kristen Allen, SO-West Covina – Stanford

Boys
15:35 Fabian Velasco, Duarte – Bell-Jeff, 3 miles hilly
15:55 Avedis Gertmenian, SR-Duarte – Bell-Jeff
16:19 Miguel Gonzalez, Los Altos – Bell-Jeff
16:25 Judd Mateo, Los Altos – Bell-Jeff
15:48 Alexander Harvey – Diamond Bar – Dana Hills, 3 miles net downhill
16:51 Israel Orosco – SR, Azusa – Stanford 5k gently rolling
16:35 Jair Juarez, Los Altos – Bell-Jeff
16:38 Josh Sanchez, Los Altos – Bell-Jeff
16:44 Norris Sabio, Bassett – Bell-Jeff
15:58 Eric Espinosa, SR-Bonita – Dana Hills

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Football Super 31: Bishop Amat rises to the top; Rowland, Walnut sneak up to No. 3 and 4


Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (3-0)
– With St. Bonaventure next, the stay at the top could be brief. But lets be honest, this is where the Lancers belong. Are they really better than Charter Oak? That’s still up for debate.
2. Charter Oak (3-1) – It’s a good thing Friday’s loss to Rancho Cucamonga wasn’t for a championship, because the Chargers would have been sick to their stomach for giving up the momentum-swinging plays. The true measure is how they bounce back at home against Damien.
3. Rowland (3-0) - The Raiders are a lock at No. 3 at least the next two weeks with Covina and El Monte to follow before the league opener against Walnut.
4. Walnut (3-0) - Some aren’t convinced the Mustangs are this good after squeaking past Covina, 31-27. But a bigger test looms on Friday against 2-1 Arroyo, hungry after a Claremont defeat.
5. West Covina (1-3) – Okay, so you think I’m crazy for leaping the Bulldogs from No. 14 to this spot. That’s what happens when you lose to teams like Bishop Amat, Venice, then beat a Glendora. The schedule matters.
6. Glendora (1-2) – The Tartans are not as powerful as we thought they were when the season started, but there is still a long way to go. If they get their offense rolling, they should be fine.
7. San Dimas (3-1) – The Saints took one on the chin against Monrovia, and believe me, if they see the Cats again in the playoffs, they will be better for it.
8. South Hills (1-2) – I’m reluctant to drop teams too far when the losses are against La Habra, a defending champion, and Tesoro, a Pac-5 finalist. Injuries are still a problem, but the schedule isn’t for the next two weeks against Northview and Rosemead.
9. Arroyo (2-1) — How do the Knights jump into the top ten after a loss? Because they should have been here in the first place, and can prove they deserve it with a win over Walnut.
10. Baldwin Park (3-1) — A tough 9-3 loss to Bonita, but they were in it all the way. So how come the Bearcats aren’t ranked ahead of these guys, because they have three losses and the win over BP wasn’t convincing enough to warrant it.

The Middle 10
11. Bonita (1-2), 12. Damien (1-3), 13. Workman (3-1), 14. Diamond Ranch (1-3), 15. La Puente (3-1), 16. Azusa (3-1), 17. Wilson (2-1), 18. Gladstone (3-1), 19. Bassett (3-1), 20. Los Altos (1-2).
On the bottom looking up
21. Sierra Vista (2-1), 22. Covina (1-2), 23. Rosemead (1-2), 24. Nogales (2-2), 25. Diamond Bar (0-3), 26. Northview (0-3), 27. El Monte (0-3), 28. South El Monte (0-4), 29. Mountain View (0-4), 30. Ganesha (0-4), 31. Duarte (0-4)

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CIF Polls: Goodbye Charter Oak, Rowland, Walnut No. 1 and 2 in Southeast, San Dimas No. 4 in Mid-Valley, Amat No. 11 in Pac-5

Southeast Division
1. Rowland, 2. Walnut, 3. Bell Gardens, 4. Charter Oak, 5. Crescenta Valley, 6. South Hills, 7. El Rancho, 8. Burbank, 9. Santa Fe, 10. Diamond Ranch, Others: Wilson, Whittier, Schurr, Alhambra.
Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. San Marino, 3. Pomona, 4. San Dimas, 5, Azusa, 6. Paraclete, 7. Arroyo, 8. Baldwin Park, 9. Bassett, 10. Rosemead, Others: Workman, Gladstone, La Puente, Village Christian, Sierra Vista, Temple City.
Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Upland, 3. Elsinore, 4. Colton, 5. Colony, 6. Chino Hills, 7. Cajon, 8. Etiwanda, 9. Ayala, 10. Arroyo Valley, Others: Claremont, Glendora.
Pac-5 Division
1. Edison, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. Servite, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Lakewood, 6. Los Alamitos, 7. Fountain Valley, 8. Crespi, 9. Orange Lutheran, 10. Newport Harbor, others: Bishoop Amat, JSerra, Mater Dei, Millikan, San Clemente, Long Beach Poly.

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Still hard to believe that refs wouldn’t allow OT

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

The San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association will gather tonight in a special meeting in the aftermath of last week’s game between Temple City and Arcadia high schools which ended in a 28-28 tie because game officials refused to stay for an overtime period. Temple City coach Anthony White and Arcadia’s Jon Dimalante met at midfield after regulation was over and agreed to play overtime. The players wanted it and so did the crowd, which had been treated to an exciting game.

“They just told me it wasn’t a league game and we weren’t going to do overtime. My thought was it doesn’t matter if it’s a league game or not. It would be good for our teams to do overtime and good for (the) crew to practice overtime. They just decided that they weren’t. Everyone wanted to see an overtime. I don’t know why they didn’t.”Arcadia coach Jon Dimalante

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With the Montview League starting, Duarte’s Tip Sanders not ready to throw in the towel

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Imagine if Duarte High School still had Jordan and Jamie Canada, Wardell Crutchfield Jr., Demetrius Jackson, Jerome Cox, and the several other standouts that left the school or quit the team in the months after school officials removed Wardell Crutchfield as head coach. The Falcons would likely have been league favorites instead of where they sit now, which is 0-4 and still without any points, having been outscored, 205-0. It’s hard to blame first-year coach Lavelle “Tip” Sanders, who inherited a team with only 18 players. But Sanders refuses to give up hope with the Montview League season beginning this week.

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Girls Volleyball: Bonita’s Allie LaPierre making a difference on and off the court

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Volleyball is near the top of Bonita High School senior Allie LaPierre’s priority list.
But it’s not the only thing that she finds important. LaPierre knows all about maintaining the proper balance between athletics and academics. But she also pays attention to the issues of the day. And now LaPierre has found a way to combine her love for volleyball with an issue that is important to her.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours: Bishop Amat a 24-point underdog at home


Steve and I will go head-to-head throughout the season. Here is our updated records on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.

Robledo: Last week/Total: 13-8/61-21
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 11-10/53-29

Last Week: In three years of doing this, we both have never had a worse week. Steve barely stayed about .500 and I had eight losses. I completely missed on the big three, taking Charter Oak, Monrovia and Damien, who all lost. Other mild surprises included West Covina beating Glendora, and Bonita knocking off unbeaten Baldwin Park. Workman also suffered its first loss.

This week: Calpreps projects St. Bonny as a 24-point favorite over Bishop Amat, which I don’t think will be that lopsided, but the Lancers will suffer their first defeat. Damien and Charter Oak is interesting because both teams are coming off losses and are hungry. Whether you call me a homer or not, Charter Oak did more to lose that game against Rancho than Rancho did to win it, so I’m taking the Chargers again this week. Walnut hosting Arroyo is an intriguing game. After the Mustangs narrowly beat Covina, I like the Knights to bounce back from their loss to Claremont and get a win. The Montview gets going this week, look for Azusa, Gladstone and La Puente to all start 1-0.

Thursday, Oct. 1
Covina vs. Rowland at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Diamond Bar vs. Troy at Fullerton, 7:00 p.m. — Robledo (Troy); Ramirez (Troy)

Friday, Oct. 2
St. Bonaventure at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Bonaventure); Ramirez (St. Bonaventure)
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Bassett)
Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (Duarte)
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Glendora vs. Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark): Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Nogales at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Ramirez (Montebello)
Mountain View at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Ayala at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Ramirez (Ayala)
South Hills vs. Northview, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Arroyo at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Walnut)
Los Altos at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Blair at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)

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Here’s Johnny: Correspondent John Honell joins the blogosphere with “Touching Base.”

Correspondent John Honell is a longtime contributor to the Tribune, and well-known throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He knows the area’s history, coaches, and always seems to have insider information. He will share some of it with his “Touching Base” pieces that will run from time to time.

TOUCHING BASE
by John Honell
Fred has asked me to send my observations on high school sports, hence the name “Touching Base.” I talk to almost everyone and hear things that might not rate a full story in the paper but deserve to be mentioned. Haven’t done this for a while so will tell you my rules. I don’t say negative things about high school athletes. I try and have fun and don’t mind poking it at people and organizations that deserve it. I don’t blog. (my dad told me to never argue with a fool. Others can’t tell which one is the fool) Don’t assume my political party based on what I write. I may take a shot at the Dems one week or Reps another. (I’m an Army vet and on Social Security and Medicare so I have “views.”) I will take any info you want to send me but, you must include your (real) name and a phone number where, and when, you may be contacted. (I won’t publish it). You may email me direct at: touchingbase2@yahoo.com. Hope you enjoy me staggering around the bases. Note: Joe Haakenson, the former Tribune beat writer for the Angels, is currently the sports editor at our sister paper, The Long Beach Press-Telegram. Joe was a wrestler in high school at 98 pounds. That weight class no longer exists for CIF or for Joe. To read John’s Column, click thread

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Sunday Tribbin: The refs blew it, “officials are supposed to be there until the game ends, period,” CIF spokeperson Thom Simmons says

Anything and anyone you want to talk about..

The Refs blew it: According to our Miguel Melendez, who covered Temple City-Arcadia’s 14-14 tie on Friday, both teams had agreed to play overtime, the crowd was screaming for it, but apparently the refs had other plans. “We don’t get paid for overtime,” was the excuse they used, according to Melendez. The refs then jogged off the field to a chorus of boos. I thought you got paid by the game, not the quarters. Ben Bolch takes a closer look in today’s Times Article.

Quoteworthy: “The officials are supposed to be there until the game ends, period. You get paid from when the game starts to the game ends, depending on what those schools agree to.” — CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons tells the Times.

Ben Bolch wrote: Umpire Darren Winkley, who worked the game as part of the crew from the San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Assn., said none of the officials made a comment about overtime pay. Winkley said his crew’s policy was not to allow overtime before league games.

Athletes of the week: Looking for nominations for boys and girls athlete of the week.

This Friday’s game of the week: St. Bonaventure at Bishop Amat. There were others we considered, but this is the game. If you thought Charter Oak had it tough with Rancho, you haven’t seen nothing yet. The Lancers are right where they’re supposed to be, 3-0, with a chance to knock off one of the best teams in the Southern Section at home. Do they have a shot?

Top Teams: After updating the Trib’s Top 20 records, how should the rankings change. This is I can guarantee, there will be some major adjustments.
1. Charter Oak (2-1), 2. Bishop Amat (3-0), 3. Glendora (1-2), 4. San Dimas (3-1), 5. Rowland (3-0), 6. South Hills (1-2), 7. Walnut (3-0), 8. Baldwin Park (3-1), 9. Damien (1-3), 10. Wilson (2-1), 11. Arroyo (2-1), 12. Diamond Ranch (1-3), 13. Workman (3-1), 14. West Covina (1-3), 15. Rosemead (1-2), 16. Los Altos (1-2), 17. Nogales (2-2), 18. Sierra Vista (2-1), 19. La Puente (3-1), 20. Azusa (3-1).

LA Times’ new rankings: Amat gets No. 4 while Rancho Cucamonga’s win over Charter Oak leaves them at No. 7
1. Crenshaw 4-0
2. Oaks Christian 3-0
3. Edison 4-0
4. St. Bonaventure 4-0
5. Lakewood 3-1
6. Servite 3-1
7. Rancho Cucamonga 4-0
8. Gardena Serra 4-0
9. Moorpark 3-0
10. Los Alamitos 3-0

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Shocks to the system, Charter Oak unwinds; Bishop Amat makes a statement, San Dimas eaten up by ‘Cats

Tonight’s results
Rancho Cucamonga 35, Charter Oak 25 — What can I say that you didn’t see on television. The Chargers were up 14-0 and in control late in the first half when disaster struck. The ten-point switch in the final six seconds on the block punt that was returned for a TD tied the score 14-14, but more importantly sapped the confidence, energy and swagger from the Chargers for good.
Bishop Amat 29, Damien 20 — No doubt the Lancers jump to No. 1 next week heading into the showdown against St. Bonaventure. Any predictions how the Lancers finish the final 7?
Monrovia 36, San Dimas 17 -- I never expected this. It looks like like its good times in M-Town again. When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong. Our reporter Scott French said the Cats will go 14-0.
Chino Hills 17, Diamond Ranch 14 – You know what the Panthers are doing, saving it for the Miramonte and another late season run. Yeah right.
Rowland 49, Northview 22 – The Raiders continue to pile on the points, third straight blowout win.
West Covina 22, Glendora 21 — The Bulldogs needed this in the worst way and got it, avoiding 0-4 while dropping the suddenly what’s-going-on Tartans to 1-3.
Bonita 9, Baldwin Park 3 — You knew the Bearcats were better than their record indicated, and they proved it against the undefeated Braves.
Azusa 34, Gabrielino 20 – We’re starting to find out the Aztecs weren’t a one-year wonder. Coach Scherf is doing it again.
Walnut 31, Covina 27 — The Colts are obviously much improved from last year, but so too are the Mustangs, now 3-0.
Claremont 42, Arroyo 21 — The Knights suffer their first loss against a tougher-than-expected Claremont team.
Gladstone 10, El Monte 7 — The Gladiators improve to 3-1, and if not for a close loss to Bosco Tech, would be undefeated.
Harvard-Westlake 42, Rosemead 0 — The Panthers are a long way from the Panthers of old. Ouch.
Schurr 42, Wilson 0 — I’m speechless.
Ayala 28, Los Altos 12 — The Conquerors are getting better, but they’re obviously not there yet.
Western Christian 16, Sierra Vista 8 — That’s Upland Western Christian to all of you. The Dons’ good start comes to a screeching halt.
Chaffey 34, Nogales 7 — Not a huge surprise, this is one of Chaffey’s better teams and it showed.
Bassett 28, Mountain View 10 — Is this the Tony Zane magic or what. He shows up and they’re 3-1. Coaching matters.
Brea Olinda 20, Diamond Bar 12 — With the Sierra League around the corner, it looks like another long year for the Brahams.
Montclair 23, Workman 22 — The Lobos first loss of the season is a one-point setback. That’s tough to swallow.

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.

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Thursday Final: La Puente rolls over South El Monte; Tesoro too much for South Hills

Tonight’s results
La Puente 35, South El Monte 6 — Ray Hernandez’s return to La Puente wasn’t a memorable one. The Warriors jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back, improving to 3-1 while the Eagles dropped to 0-4.

Tesoro 34, South Hills 21 — The Huskies were shorthanded and clearly outplayed, but still only trailed 14-6 before giving up a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to go down 21-6. In the second half they played them even, it just wasn’t good enough.

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.

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The Scouting Guru breaks down PAC-10 recruiting for the I.E., and San Gabriel Valley schools

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 and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Guru Says: It’s that time of year where the season is just about coming into focus and so is college football recruiting. I thought it would be a great idea to take a look the west coast schools and see where they stand from the point of view of the Inland Empire and the East San Gabriel Valley. For many football fans, the football season in college recruiting. So this week we will take a look at the Pac-10, next week the WAC and the Mountain West Conference. We’ll start with the defending Pac-10 champions…

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Charter Oak-Rancho Cucamonga: We caught up with Cougars coach Nick Baiz for a quick Q and A

Charter Oak (3-0) is hosting Rancho Cucamonga (3-0) on Friday live on Fox Sports at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are 16-0-1 since last season and defending divisional champs. Their only blemish, a 14-14 tie against each other. We caught up with Rancho coach Nick Baiz to get his thoughts on the game.

Impression of Charter Oak
“They’re obviously a really good team, they have a ton of great athletes a good coaching staff, it’s a big concern.”
On what to focus on
“You have to start with their running back (Adam Muema), he’s a special player. We have to try and contain him before anything else.”
On this game having state playoff implications
“I don’t know about that, we have no say in those things. We’re treating it as a big game, if feels like a CIF championship type of game. We’re going to feed off the energy, but by no means is our season dependent on this game.”
Who does it mean more to?
“I can’t speak to that, that’s something you have to ask Lou. For us, we know it’s a big game. I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry or anything. We know they’re a good team and defending CIF champions. The fact that it’s on TV probably adds a little more to it.”
On how his team is playing
“I thought our first two games were a little flat. I don’t know if our kids have played to their potential yet. They should get our best game on Friday.”
On his quarterback Greg Watson, who was offered by Oregon in the spring, but has since had that offer pulled off the table.
“He’s a phenomenal athlete and just a winner. He’s a great student, a great leader and a competitor. He’s one of those guys who hates to lose and plays that way.”
On how live television changes things.
“This is our first time being on television with our coaching staff and kids. I’m not sure if (the hype) is about the rematch of two 13-0-1 teams or the television, but I think the team that blocks out the television (aspect) the best may win the game. The team in awe of it may not be as focused.”
Last year’s game ended in a 14-14 tie, will there be a tiebreaker this time in case of another tie?
“I don’t think either one of us will agree to a tie. It will be settled one way or another.”

Below: Rancho Cucamonga QB Greg Watson

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Arroyo QB Steven Rivera and WR Chris Rodriguez proving to be a dangerous combination

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet. Arroyo High School football coach Jim Singiser did last year, and now his decision is paying dividends. The Knights, who were just 3-8 last year, have broken out from the gate quick, winning their first two games, and are ranked No. 3 in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division poll. The big reason for the resurgence is the Knights’ vertical game, led by sophomore quarterback Steven Rivera, who started as a freshman, and senior receiver Chris Rodriguez.

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