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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