Cross Country: Locals do well at Santa Fe Dam


Above: Bishop Amat runner Samantha Cabrera.

By Andrew J. Campa, Staff Writer
A combination of heat, sand and fatigue made Wednesday afternoon’s Camino Del Rey Association cross country cluster meet challenging and rewarding. While the individual times were a bit down for Santa Fe Dam’s fast course, that didn’t stop a few locals from putting up solid performances in the combo meet that joined the Camino Real and Del Rey leagues.

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Two-Minute Drill: Robledo, Ramirez and Miller discuss this week’s top football games

The Tribune’s Fred Robledo, Steve Ramirez and Time Warner’s popular Reginald Miller discuss four of Friday’s top games. Don’t miss it!

Friday’s games
Rancho Cucamonga (3-0) at Charter Oak (3-0), 7:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat (2-0) at Damien (1-2), 7 p.m.
San Dimas (3-0) at Monrovia (3-0), 7 p.m.
Glendora (1-1) at West Covina (0-3), 7 p.m.

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Bishop Amat-Damien, who do you like?

Fred J. Robledo
Damien football coach Greg Gano was finally able to exhale following Friday’s 24-0 victory over Claremont, but now he takes another deep breath with parochial rival Bishop Amat in town next.
The undefeated Lancers (2-0) visit the Spartans (1-2) on Friday after Gano and Co. desperately avoided an 0-3 start. “You can say that again,” Gano said. “You don’t want to face those guys spinning your wheels and with your confidence shaken, and that’s really what it’s about for us.” To continue reading, click thread

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The early candidates for coach of the year starting to appear with Wilson’s Brian Zavala and San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow at the top of the list

For some, three weeks of football are in the bank, and already we have early candidates for coach of the year. Wilson coach Brian Zavala is a no-brainer. This is a simple case of one of the worst programs a year ago, inner-turmoil everywhere, and he steps in and changes the culture, and everyone seems to have bought in. Not only are they 2-0, but they beat a 2-0 Glenn team, an amazing turnaround after going 1-9. San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow is right there because frankly, the Saints look better this year than the senior-laden team a year ago. It’s simply great coaching, they’re not just winning, they’re crushing opponents and seemed to have improved on defense to go 3-0. Others to consider are practically every coach in the Montview league because outside of Duarte, the rest of the Montview is 13-4 and no longer the worst league in the area, that tag probably goes to the Mission Valley, though nobody in the Montview could touch Arroyo, who’s coach Jim Singiser deserves to be mentioned here as well. If Rowland coach Craig Snyder and Walnut coach Mike O’Shields continue winning and beat worthy opponents, they will leap into consideration too. And lets not forget the job Baldwin Park coach James Heggins is doing. If they defeat Bonita this week, I really believe they will go 9-0 before facing San Dimas in the VVL finale.

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Cooper back and making a difference for Walnut

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Walnut High School football fans are finally reacquainting themselves with quarterback Austin Cooper. As a sophomore, Cooper went through all the growing pains. He was 0-8 as a starter, throwing for just 441 yards with eight interceptions and one touchdown. Just five plays into the 2008 season opener against Diamond Bar, Cooper suffered a severe ankle sprain and missed the rest of the season. Now healthy, the senior is one of the big reasons the Mustangs are off to a 2-0 start and the third-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division poll.

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Marcus Price to speak with student athletes about the importance of college recruiting

I was sent this press release about former NFL Star Marcus Price, who will speak to high school student athletes and their parents at Azusa High School on Wednesday, Sept. 30 about the importance of college recruiting. This is open to everyone. Contact Azusa for more information.
Press release says: The start of a new school year offers high school student-athletes the opportunity to put their best foot forward in both athletics and academics. Success in both is extremely important especially for the student athlete hoping to pursue a collegiate athletic career. The recruitment process can be very confusing and frustrating for many students and their parents, but retired NFL star and Educational Speaker, Marcus Price, will be in town to clear up the myths and misconceptions of the college recruitment process through the popular seminar, “College Recruiting Simplified” at Azusa High School on Wednesday, September 30th.

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Girls Volleyball: Bonita Smudges San Dimas in three; Top Ten rankings leave Bearcats on top too


Bonita spiked San Dimas in three games Tuesday.

San Dimas High School has controlled the Smudge Pot in football, but the girls volleyball rivalry between the Saints and intra-district rival Bonita has been colored Bearcat green.
That didn’t change Tuesday.
Senior Allie LaPierre had 18 kills and 15 digs and junior Ashley Maxfeldt had 32 assists and seven aces and Bonita continued its recent dominance in the series with a 26-24, 25-16-25-20 victory in a nonleague match at San Dimas.
The Bearcats, who are ranked No. 1 in the area for the second consecutive week, are 7-0 against their rivals since 2004 and improved to 5-2 this season. San Dimas, ranked No. 7, received five kills from Ashley Burchfield. The Saints slipped to 3-2.
Bonita coach Adriana Contreras: “This is always a great match,” Bonita coach Adriana Contreras said. “San Dimas and Bonita have always been rivals, so this is great school spirit on both sides.
“This is a match that everybody, the entire team looks forward to playing. They are just very pumped for it.”
San Dimas coach Nicki Bonomo: “Bonita’s a good team,” Bonomo said. “Our girls are young and they played hard, they played well.
“They gave it their best shot. You can’t take anything away from Bonita. They are a good team.”

THIS WEEK’S TOP 10
1. Bonita (4-2)
2. Walnut (1-1)
3. South Hills (2-1)
4. Glendora (2-0)
5. Los Altos (2-0)
6. St. Lucy’s (2-3)
7. San Dimas (3-1)
8. Diamond Bar (3-3)
9. Ganesha (9-3)
10. Gladstone (4-3)

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Breaking News: Glendora’s all-everything Wallace Gonzalez has checked out of school; Could Bishop Amat or Charter Oak be the next stop?

A Glendora High school official has confirmed this morning that highly regarded baseball and football player Wallace Gonzalez has left the school one week after being removed from the football team for disciplinary reasons. Gonzalez, a 6-foot-5 junior who was one of the area’s best receivers as a sophomore, has already given a verbal commitment to attend the University of San Diego on a baseball scholarship. According to a source, Gonzalez will likely wind up at either Bishop Amat or Charter Oak. Although Gonzalez currently resides in Glendora, I have heard that he has a family member that lives in the Charter Oak school district, and has a freshman sister at Bishop Amat. To add to this news, I heard on Friday Gonzalez was set to leave the school, and at least two well-placed sources have told me his first choice is with Bishop Amat. Stay tuned.

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Football Super 32: Chargers still on top; San Dimas leaps to No. 4; Wilson checks in at No. 10

Tribune Top Ten
1. Charter Oak (3-0)
- We know the Chargers have offensive weapons, but the defensive is getting it done, allowing just 20 points in three games. Now comes the mother of all tests, Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Bishop Amat (2-0) - The gutty Little Lancers? Why not, they’re not the biggest on the D-Line, but they’re quick and have got it done two straight weeks. They need another win against Damien, then the schedule really gets difficult.
3. Glendora (1-1) - The last minute “drive” kept the Tartans from going 0-2. That’s the kind of win that sets the tone the rest of the season. They can finally put the Wallace Gonzalez situation to rest.
4. San Dimas (3-0) - Everyone talks about the big three coaches, Farrar, Bogan and Gano, but Bill Zernickow is right there. When you lose as much talent as they did and continue to win with authority, that says a lot about a coaching staff.
5. Rowland (2-0) – The Raiders made a huge leap to No. 2 in the Southeast polls. They haven’t beaten anyone worthwhile, but they have looked solid regardless.
6. South Hills (1-1) – We have seen this before, a slow start, tough schedule, this is nothing new to the Huskies who are still sorting themselves out. They get Pac-5 Tesoro on Thursday, and fortunately, Tesoro isn’t what it use to be.
7. Walnut (2-0) - The Mustangs have just beat two opponents with a combined record of 0-5, but they’re averaging over 40 points and doing it in dominating fashion.
8. Baldwin Park (3-0) — When you look at their schedule, if they beat 0-3 Bonita on Friday, they could go 9-0 before facing San Dimas at the end of the season. If the Saints beat Monrovia, they could both be 9-0 when they meet.
9. Damien (1-2) – They needed a victory over Claremont in the worst way, and got it with a 24-0 convincing victory. If they defeat Bishop Amat this week, the confidence is back.
10. Wilson (2-0) – I bet nobody thought the Wildcats could make the top ten this season, but after defeating 2-0 Glenn, they deserve it. Can we say Brian Zavala is the early coach of the year candidate?

The Middle 10
11. Arroyo (2-0), 12. Diamond Ranch (1-2), 13. Workman (3-0), 14. West Covina (0-3), 15. Rosemead (1-1), 16. Los Altos (1-1), 17. Nogales (2-1), 18. Sierra Vista (2-0), 19. La Puente, 20. Azusa (2-1).
On the bottom looking up
21. Gladstone (2-1), 22. Bonita (0-3), 23. Covina (1-1), 24. Bassett (2-1), 25. Diamond Bar (0-2), 26. Northview (0-2), 27. El Monte (0-2), 28. South El Monte (0-3), 29. Mountain View (0-3), 30. Ganesha (0-3), 31. Mountain View (0-3), 32. Duarte (0-3)

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Cross Country: South El Monte’s Jayson Perez, Glendora’s Lauren Justus have best marks

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

Ramsey: The season’s second week saw most area teams take part in the gigantic Woodbridge Invite in Irvine or what we could call the local version of that meet – the Rosemead Invitational. Both meets are run at the high school and surrounding park, both are flat, and both run under the lights, which leads to fast times.

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.

Boys
14:10 Jayson Perez, SR-South El Monte – Rosemead 2.9ish flat
16:07 Anthony Castro, JR-Glendora – Mt. Carmel, 2.95 miles rolling
16:14 Austin Goodheart, SR-Glendora – Mt. Carmel
16:36 Austin Mendoza, SO-Glendora – Mt. Carmel
15:03 Avedis Gertmenian, SR-Duarte – Rosemead
15:53 James McCreary, SO-Diamond Bar – Woodbridge 3 miles flat
15:09 Efren Alcala, SR-Arroyo – Rosemead
16:51 Kelly Hernandez, JR-Glendora – Mt. Carmel
15:10 Raul Quintero, SR-Duarte – Rosemead
15:10 Isaias Hinojosa, SR-South El Monte – Rosemead

Girls
16:24 Lauren Justus, JR-Glendora – Mt. Carmel 2.75 miles rolling
18:10 Marissa Horton, JR-St. Lucy’s – Woodbridge 3 miles flat
18:14 Taylor Hebb, JR-St. Lucy’s – Woodbridge
17:28 Brittnie Munoz, SR-Rosemead – Rosemead 2.9ish flat
18:23 Katy Hebb, SO-St. Lucy’s – Woodbridge
18:26 Kristyn Hebb, JR-St. Lucy’s – Woodbridge
17:44 Jessica Mendez, SR-West Covina – Rosemead
18:50 Lexie Jackson, FR-Bonita – Woodbridge
17:35 Vianca Holguin, JR-South Hills – Mt. Carmel
19:14 Emily Bruce, JR-St. Lucy’s – Woodbridge

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Charter Oak-Rancho Cucamonga countdown: Chargers QB situation a nice problem to have

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer

It has been circled on the calendar since last year’s stalemate and has continued to gain momentum since Fox Sports announced it will show it on live television. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0), defending CIF-Southern Section Central Division champion, will visit defending Southeast Division champion Charter Oak (3-0) on Friday in one of the most anticipated nonleague games in years. Both teams finished undefeated and 13-0-1 last season. Their only blemish was a 14-14 tie against each other at Los Osos High.

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Baldwin Park feeling confident; Rowland realistic about start; Wilson deserves a bow

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Baldwin Park’s impressive 30-7 victory over previously undefeated La Puente on Friday night was just what coach James Heggins was hoping for. The Braves have been physical, especially on defense, where they’re allowing just 12 points a game. “I like our energy, we’re playing for the moment and enjoying it to the fullest,” Heggins said. “The things we’re talking about and practicing during the week are showing up on Friday.” The undefeated Braves (3-0) host winless Bonita (0-3) on Friday, a game that concerns Heggins because of the Bearcats’ tradition.

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McConnell: The best football teams in San Gabriel Valley history? It’s down to the Elite Eight

By Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
If there is one constant in high school football – then and now – it’s emotion. Talent is important, but momentum means a lot. In putting together a mythical All-Valley playoff it is, of course, impossible to incorporate all the intangibles. But history does tell us strange things can happen. And happen they did in the second round of the playoffs. Here’s how it went in this reporter’s minds-eye: Continue on for all the games

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CIF Polls: Monrovia-San Dimas No. 1 and 2 in Mid-Valley and meeting on Friday; Rowland, Walnut No. 2 and 3 respectively in Southeast

Reaction: The new polls are out and there is much to debate. First, Bishop Amat is finally listed in “others” in the Pac-5 ahead of powers like Mater Dei, St. John Bosco and Loyola. This is what a 2-0 start will do for you. In the Southeast, no surprise that Charter Oak is No. 1, but Rowland (No. 3) and Walnut (No. 3) are right behind with Wilson at No. 7. This is not a shocker considering what has happened to West Covina, South Hills and Diamond Ranch, but lets be honest, scheduling plays a big role in this. If West Covina, South Hills and Diamond Ranch played the same teams as Rowland, Walnut and Wilson, they would be undefeated too. Once again, how do you weigh schedule strength against easy wins? And look at the Mid-Valley, with defending champ Paraclete going down, Monrovia and San Dimas are on top of the polls and meeting in an epic showdown on Friday. You gotta love it.

Pac-5 Division
1. Servite, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. Edison, 4. Orange Lutheran, 5. Notre Dame, 6. Lakewood, 7. Crespi, 8. Long Beach Poly, 9. Los Alamitos, 10. San Clemente, Others: Fountain Valley, Millikan, Bishop Amat, Newport Harbor, Compton, Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, Loyola.

Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Cajon, 3. Upland, 4. Elsinore, 5. Colton, 6. Colony, 7. Chino Hills, 8. Etiwanda, 9. Glendora, 10. Ayala, Others: Arroyo Valley, Damien, Los Osos.

Southeast Division
1. Charter Oak, 2. Rowland, 3. Walnut, 4. Bell Gardens, 5. South Hills, 6. Crescenta Valley, 7. Wilson, 8. Burbank, 9. El Rancho, 10. Diamond Ranch, Others: Schurr, Burroughs, Santa Fe.

Mid Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. San Dimas, 3. Arroyo,
4. Paraclete, 5. San Marino, 6. Pomona, 7. Rosemead, 8. Baldwin Park, 9. Workman, 10. Temple City, Others: Sierra Vista, Whittier Christian, Valley Christian.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours … Fasten your seat belts, Rancho Cucamonga at Charter Oak, and Bishop Amat at Damien


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: 19-3/48-13
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 16-6/42-19

Last Week: Steve and I both missed Ontario Christian over Azusa and Glenn over Wilson, and my third loss was picking Diamond Ranch over Elsinore. Steve made a lot of other mistakes, taking Rosemead over Monrovia, La Puente over Baldwin park, Gladstone over Bosco Tech and Bonita over Santa Fe.

This week: This is one of the most exciting nonleague weekends of the season. Thursday night South Hills takes on once-mighty Tesoro at the District. Tesoro is 1-2 and Calpreps even predicts the Huskies will win, but until the Huskies can show consistency on offense, I don’t see it. Rancho Cucamonga visits Charter Oak on Friday live on Fox Sports. It doesn’t get any better than this, two 3-0 teams and defending divisional champions. Both are 16-0-1 over the last two years, with their only tie against each other. Take the Chargers at home, after a weak opening week, they look like the Chargers of old. We will see their best come Friday. Bishop Amat at Damien is another classic, and this time, I’m taking the Spartans in an upset. I was not that impressed with Bishop Amat against West Covina, they appeared small on the D-Line, and the Spartans are feeling good after a blowout over Claremont. San Dimas at Monrovia also has become huge. Both are 3-0 and both have made it look easy. It’s a Mid-Valley showdown and don’t be surprised if they meet again in the playoffs. I’m taking the Saints, they fooled me a couple times and won’t do it again. Steve will update with his predictions later.

Thursday, Sept. 24
South Hills vs. Tesoro at CDS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Ramirez (South Hills)
South El Monte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)

Friday, Sept. 25th
Rancho Cucamonga at Charter Oak, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Bishop Amat at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
San Dimas at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Diamond Ranch at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino Hills); Ramirez (DRanch)
Northview at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Glendora at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Bonita at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Azusa at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Covina vs. Walnut at CDS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Claremont at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Ramirez (Claremont)
Gladstone at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Harvard-Westlake at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Harvard-Westlake); Ramirez (H-Westlake)
Wilson at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Ramirez (Wilson)
Los Altos at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Ramirez (Ayala)
Montclair vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Sierra Vista at Western Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Nogales at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chaffey); Ramirez (Chaffey)
Bassett at Mountain View 7p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Diamond Bar at Brea Olinda, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Ramirez (Diamond Bar)

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Former Bishop Amat stud Sheldon Price made his starting debut for UCLA on Saturday

“I had a feeling they would pick on me early,” Price said told the L.A. Times about his start against Kansas State on Saturday. “I told myself, ‘Just make plays, just make tackles, it will stop eventually.’ “

Above: No. 22 Sheldon Price making a tackle for UCLA.

The L.A. Times wrote a nice piece on Sheldon Price this morning: Sheldon Price had jitters. It would have been strange if he didn’t. Price, who was playing cornerback at La Puente Bishop Amat last season, was about to make his college starting debut for UCLA. Price knew his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame was on the Kansas State game plan.

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Bring back the Rams: Official says an agreement “in principle” has been reached for NFL stadium

By James Wagner, Staff Writer
An agreement has been reached “in principle” in the ongoing settlement talks over the proposed NFL stadium in Industry, a city official said Friday. Industry Mayor Dave Perez said that all sides came to the tentative agreement concerning a settlement over a lawsuit filed by Walnut over Majestic Realty Co.’s 75,000-seat stadium. “It’s fair for both sides,” he said. Any agreement would have to be approved or rejected by Industry and Walnut city councils. Perez said he couldn’t give specifics because of a confidentiality agreement barring public comments on the details of talks.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat runs away in second half, beats West Covina 21-7

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

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 21, West Covina 7 — After 7-7 at halftime, the Lancers pulled away in the second half. RB Jay Anderson finished with171 yards rushing and 3 TDs. QB Jerry McClanahan hit a big 53-yard pass to Darien Johnson to set up the go-ahead score, a 3-yard run by Anderson in the third quarter for a 14-7 lead. Ricky Johnson had 49 yards rushing for WC. George Johnson had the only TD, a 1-yard run in the second quarter
Monrovia 33, Rosemead 7 — This sets up a huge game next week when undefeated San Dimas comes to town. Outside of Paraclete, these are the next two best teams in the division.
Arroyo 27, Northview 9 – Yes, Arroyo appears to be the real deal, and they’re still such a young team. We can say now they’re the favorites to win the MVL
Baldwin Park 30, La Puente 7 — The Warriors hung tough for a half, but the Braves are proving to be the real deal.
Charter Oak 48, Diamond Bar 0 — Now that this is over, get ready for the mother of all games next week against Rancho Cucamonga, both are 16-0-1 since last season.
Damien 24, Claremont 0 — The Spartans can breathe a little easy after avoiding an 0-3 start. Next up, bring on Bishop Amat.
Workman 14, South El Monte 7 — Look at the Lobos, 3-0 with a big win over the Eagles. Their defense has been solid week in and week out.
Covina 13, El Monte 0 — The Colts get a much needed win after a close loss against Rosemead. Face it, they’re better than most thought.
Walnut 47, Garey 17 — The Mustangs continue to deliver as advertised, making San Antonio league foes shake at the knees.
Nogales 42, Ontario 21 — Big win for the Nobles, where did this offense come from?
Sierra Vista 14, Mountain View 7 — After going 0-4 in nonleague last year, the Dons are 2-0 under coach Keith Locklear.
Wilson 35, Glenn 14 — Look at the Wildcats, 2-0 under Zavala. This was a big win, and another huge confidence booster.
Santa Fe 43, Bonita 22 — The Bearcats just don’t have it. I’m starting to wonder what kind of chance they will have in the Smudge Pot.
Rowland 42, Montebello 12 — Those who thought the Raiders were just about quarterback Michael Ball were dead wrong.
Bosco Tech 23, Gladstone 19 – The Gladiators winning were for most of the game before falling late in the fourth quarter.
Elsinore 15, Diamond Ranch 3 — What’s going on with the Panthers’ offense. Just 3 points?
San Dimas 41, Magnolia 12 — Could the Saints actually be better than last year. Considering they have a throwing game to go with their Wing T, maybe so.
Bassett 20, Ganesha 7 — When was the last time Bassett won two straight. Congrats guys.
Azusa 28, Ontario Christian 27 — What a thriller, I can hear Aztec Warrior telling us he told us so.

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Thursday Night Lights: Glendora wins in final seconds, 21-20; South Hills hammered by La Habra; Duarte shutout third straight week

Thursday’s results
Glendora 21, Canyon 20 — After blowing an early lead, the Tartans rally. They go on a 91-yard game-winning scoring drive and finish with a touchdown pass by Chad Jeffries with four seconds left.
La Habra 37, South Hills 10 — The Huskies hung tough early, but the two-time divisional champs beat the Huskies for the third straight year.
Pomona 29, Duarte 0 – The Falcons shutout for the third straight week, continuing worst start in school history.

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

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The Scouting Guru weighs in on the tough decision of naming a starting quarterback

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: In reading the comments on this blog after the first two weeks of football, you would think that it would be easy to pick a starting quarterback. Well as Lee Corso on ESPN would say, “Not so fast my friend.” First, you have the Charter Oak situation that will most likely not be clear by the time the league starts. Those were the words of head coach Lou Farrar after the game. Then there is the situation at South Hills where the Huskies have three really good QB’s and they are also working on the rotation system as well. What makes it more interesting is that one of them – Vincent Hernandez – is the best sophomore defensive back in the area…bar none!

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The Montview League off to its best start in years

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Montview League has long been the Rodney Dangerfield of the San Gabriel Valley, even though two Montview League teams, Azusa and Duarte, advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals last year, and Duarte had some other deep playoff runs in recent years. “It’s no secret the Montview League doesn’t get a whole lot of respect,” Workman coach Fred DeLelio said. “We don’t play the toughest teams in the Valley, but we’re beating the teams in front of us.” That’s certainly true this season. Workman (2-0), La Puente (2-0), Gladstone (2-0) and Sierra Vista (1-0) are all undefeated, a huge turnaround from a year ago, when the Montview League was 5-23 and four Montview League teams went winless in nonleague games.

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Los Altos is back after sweeping St. Lucy’s


By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Los Altos High School served notice to the rest of the area Wednesday that last season is a distant memory. The Conquerors, who were 13-12 in 2008, received five kills each from Erica Chavez and Amanda Brown and four each from Jazmen Russell and Katherine Nazaroff to score a 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 victory over visiting St. Lucy’s Priory in a nonleague match featuring two of the top teams in the Valley.

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What to do about the Swine Flu? We asked athletic directors, who are taking precautions

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
The flu season is still months away, but with the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) outbreak still very much on people’s minds – and its effects recently felt at some major Division I football programs – high school athletic directors and coaches across the San Gabriel Valley are stepping up precautionary measures to prevent the same from happening here.

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Transfers at all-time high, the question is, why?

According to an LA Times report, the CIF-Southern Section is reporting a record number of transfers. Section spokesman Thom Simmons told the LA Times that from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, the section processed 670 transfers, 149 hardship, 76 foreign exchange and 364 valid chance of residence, for a grand total of 1,259. Simmons went on to explain why he felt transfers are at an all-time high, telling the Times that the economy and new rule that allows one-time transfers for sophomores are at the top of the list. Families paying thousands of dollars for their kids travel ball, club teams and personal instructors also plays a huge role, because if parents aren’t satisfied with their kids high school sports experience, they will change high schools like a travel team.

Seriously, don’t you wonder how many of these 1,259 transfers are “athletically motivated,” or how CIF can possibly police them all and do justice for everyone so there is a level playing field across the board? They can’t, it’s impossible, which is why I always have said that if a kid transfers, is accepted, is making the grades and has no disciplinary issues, then CIF should get out of the way and let them participate in sports. This is between parents, children and the school they choose to go to. Why is it that in any other extra curricular activity, you can transfer from school to school and participate, whether it’s cheerleading or the chess club? Why are sports any different? If you’re athletically motivated, you’re forced to become academically motivated too. Sports are a deterrent to other activities that might otherwise get you in trouble if sports were not available, why would you want to take that away? Why would you want to take scholarship opportunities away? I’m not saying you don’t punish schools for blatant recruiting, or have restrictions for kids that want to transfer two or three times in the same school year. But I don’t get the “athletically motivated,” rule, because athletic motivation is what keeps a lot of kids in high school in the first place.

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