Saturday Morning Quarterback: RIO NICE! Bishop Amat wins in OT, 27-24; Glendora shocks Chino Hills; West Covina knocks off No. 1 Rowland

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 27, Loyola 24 — Cubs QB Jerry Neuheisel completed 20-of-24 for 256 yards and RB Jared Baker rushed for 109 yards, but the Lancers scored on two trick plays in the first half to make it 14-14, then won it in overtime when Jerry McClanahan floated a 14-yard TD pass sophomore to Rio Ruiz to win it. Another amazing win as they rallied in the final four minutes to tie it in regulation on Jay Anderson’s one-yard touchdown with 56 seconds left. Ruiz also threw a touchdown pass to McClanhan with seconds left in the half. The Lancers are now 8-0
San Dimas 28, Pomona 0 — That’s three straight shutouts for the Saints defense. Lets just get to the finale and Baldwin Park already.
Glendora 24, Chino Hills 23 — Amazing isn’t it. Not only is Mark Pasquarella dancing on the busride home, but so is Damien coach Greg Gano, whose Spartans are in the drivers seat.
West Covina 32, Rowland 10 — You knew at some point the Radiers were going to miss quarterback Michael Ball. The Bulldogs were just too physical and it showed.
Diamond Ranch 36, Bonita 29 — The Panthers win a shootout in the battle for second in the Miramonte. But don’t expect another miracle run to the title game.
Damien 17, Ayala 7 — This is why we have the Spartans ranked so high, because when you play as many tough teams like they have, it was only a matter of time before they cracked through. A share of the Sierra League title is almost a formality now.
Charter Oak 41, Wilson 0 — That’s three straight Miramonte league shutouts for the Chargers, who can goose the league in the finale against Los Altos in a couple weeks.
South Hills 29, Los Altos 7 — What once was a great non-league rivalry turned into another easy win for the Huskies.
Azusa 47, Duarte 6 — The Aztecs a win a way from going undefeated in league for the second straight year.
Arroyo 45, El Monte 0 — They shouldn’t be tested again until the Mid-Valley playoffs.
Rosemead 31, South El Monte 28 — The Panthers gave up the lead with 55 seconds left, then won it with eight seconds left.
Gladstone 38, Workman 0 — You knew the Lobos not having Bradford would be tough, but not this tough.
Sierra Vista 19, Bassett 0 — The Dons all but clinch a playoff berth.
Walnut 55, Nogales 17 — The Mustangs bounced back after two straight losses. Now they have to beat South Hills next week to earn a playoff spot.
Covina 47, Ganesha 0 — The Colts bounce back in a big way. It’s looking more and more like they will be No. 3 from the VVL.
Gabrielino 12, Mountain View 7 — The Eagles remain in the hung for a playoff spot.

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

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Thursday Night Lights: Baldwin Park takes care of business; Diamond Bar breaks through

Above: Manny Salcedo leads Baldwin Park over Northview on Friday.


Baldwin Park 33, Northview 6 – Manny Salcedo threw for 147 yards and accounted for four TDs as the Braves remained on course for a possible Valle Vista League showdown against San Dimas in a few weeks. The Vikings received 151 yards rushing from Marquise Thomas, who broke the shutout with an 80-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

Diamond Bar 34, Chino 17 – Calvin Bishop accounted for three TDs, inlcuding a 95-yard kickoff return and the Brahmas broke through for their first win of the season. Andrew Cameron also passed for 190 yards for Diamond Bar, which improved to 1-7 overall and 1-2 in the Sierra League. Chino slipped to 0-8 and 0-3.

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Why the system works for some, and not others ..

When you think of all the grief that Jordan and Jamie Canada went through trying to become eligible at South Hills, their family moving into the area only to be declared ineligible because of “athletically motivated,” reasons, it stinks why others are allowed to transfer, even when on the surface it’s obvious it’s just another athletically motivated transfer. If a school has a grudge against a player, as was the case with Duarte’s administration in regards to the Canada’s, they can stop them by crying foul. If a school lets the kids do what their families wish, in Long Beach Poly’s case, as with other cases like South Hills allowing Travis Santiago to go to Charter Oak without a fight, they can transfer without suspicion. The system isn’t working, it isn’t fair, read Bob Keisser’s column in the Long Beach Press Telegram about Dylan Lagarde.

By Bob Keisser: In football, you know to watch the ball at all times, because no one has ever scored a point without catching it, running with it, kicking it or pursuing it. When it comes to quarterbacks in high school, however, you need to expand your field of vision beyond 100 yards. Perhaps to 100 miles, in some cases.

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Alemany’s Dean Herrington says of Bishop Amat in comparing them to Oaks Christian, “I think they are a more well-rounded football team.”

Bishop Amat just got enough big pat on the back, this time from Alemany coach Dean Herrington, who told the L.A. Times the Lancers are better than, gulp, Oaks Christian, the top-ranked team in the state in some polls, and No. 5 nationally by USA Today. Bishop Amat defeated Alemany 36-14. Oaks Christian defeated Alemany 28-17 in the seaon opener.

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Cross Country: Locals perform well at Mt. SAC

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

Said Ramsey: Mt. Sac is the standard for cross country in the Southern Section, and this past weekend two thirds of the local schools tested themselves against the course’s three huge hills and the intensity of the big meet atmosphere. Glendora had the top team performance, with their 80:27 effort earning them a #2 CIF-SS Div 2 ranking in the polls released Monday. The Tartans had 4 of the top 6 local performers and 5 of the top 9. In a merge of all 21 local schools, the Tartans lead with only 22 points, meaning that if they had raced against the 7 best performers from all of the other ESGV schools, Glendora would win 22-33. Los Altos, led by soph Joshua Sanchez, also put in a strong performance team performance and showed a big upside.

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The race for player of the year is on …

With less than a month before the playoffs, I’m going to list ten players in the running for player of the year. If you’re not on this list, that doesn’t mean you won’t win it. So much can change once the playoffs begin, but if it ended today, these are the top ten in consideration. In no particular order of course.

Above: Azusa QB John Chavez, who is having a terrific season for the Aztecs.

Michael Ball, QB, Rowland — He’s played enough and done enough to warrant consideration. Who knows, if he returns in the second or third round of the playoffs, assuming the Raiders are still alive, it’s not out of the question that he could do something magical and lead the Raiders to a title. Wishful thinking? Probably, but possible.

Tre Evans, RB/WR, San Dimas — He does a little of everything for the one-loss Saints, ranked No. 2 in the Mid-Valley Division. If the Saints win it all, he could very well end up CIF player of the year. He leads the team in rushing, second on receiving and is among their top tacklers.

Geoffrey Vaughns, RB/WR, South Hills — Moving the receiver to running back was the best thing to happen to the Huskies. He already has three 100-yard plus games rushing, but now is more of a combo threat with 502 rushing yards to go with 402 receiving yards. He’s also huge on defense and the most complete player they have.

Manny Salcedo, QB, Baldwin Park — Like the Saints, the Braves are a one-loss team and Salcedo is a huge reason. He is averaging a 143 yards passing, and has thrown over 100 yards in every game while almost averaging 50 yards on the ground. If the Braves win the VVL, he’s your league MVP

Adam Muema, RB, Charter Oak — Though he almost always seems injured, he continues to be the straw that stirs the drink for the defending champions. He leads the Valley with 950 yards, averaging 118 a game. He could have so much more, but he rarely plays a full game because the outcome is usually decided by the fourth quarter.

Darian Johnson, WR/DB, Bishop Amat — The most electrifying player in the Valley. What he did against St. Bonaventure, the return kick and INT for a touchdown is what legends are made of. He doesn’t have the amazing stats, he just makes amazing plays, the kind that knock the wind out of your opponents.

Steven Rivera, QB, Arroyo — There is no QB with numbers that really compare, and this kid is just a sophomore. He’s already thrown 1,306 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging almost 200 yards a game for the soon-to-be-crowned Mission Valley League champs. I still say the Knights are the Mid-Valley Division sleeper.

Jay Anderson, RB, Bishop Amat — If Anderson doesn’t move the chains as consistently as he does for the Lancers, they’re not undefeated, not even close. He has over four 100-yard plus games, averages 100 yards, and that’s against competition most on this list no nothing about, unless of course if you’re a Lancer.

John Chavez, QB, Azusa — The Aztecs QB does a little of everything for the soon-to-be back-to-back Montview league champs. He’s averaging 120 yards passing, is third on the team in rushing and second in tackles. What more could you ask of your two-way player?

Chad Jeffries, QB, Glendora –– Only a junior, he already has led the Tartans on two dramatic game-winning drives, and is among the area leaders in passing, averaging 130 yards with two 200-plus games. If the Tartans protect him, he’ll deliver.

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Monrovia’s No. 1, but is that the No. 1 spot?

Above:That’s right I said it.

There is a discussion on the Star-News blog about Monrovia being in the best shape to win its first championship after like, seven or eight finals trips. I’m sorry to say it, but they’re not getting to the finals.

Mid-Valley rankings 1. Monrovia, 2. San Dimas, 3. Azusa, 4. Baldwin Park, 5. Paraclete, 6. San Marino, 7. Village Christian, 8. Arroyo, 9. Gladstone, 10. La Puente.

Message to Monrovia: I post these rankings to show the championship is going to be San Dimas and Paraclete. Sorry MTown, Paraclete is a different animal and its a shame that because they lost to some very tough teams, they will probably get the No. 4 seed when the playoffs start, which means they will knock off No. 1 Monrovia in the semis. I’m guessing No. 2 San Dimas will beat Baldwin Park for the VVL title, knocking Baldwin Park behind Paraclete, and moving Paraclete to No. 4. There is no way Azusa is losing to anyone in the Montview, so they’re locked in at No. 3. Just as San Dimas and Northview found out last year, the rankings can work against you. Monrovia should play someone like Azusa in the semis, but with Paraclete looming at No. 4, I’m afraid they won’t get to stop San Dimas again, Paraclete will.

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Robledo’s top ten sports movies of all-time

About a year back Stevie R., listed his best high school football movies of all-time, but how about the best darn sports movies, period. I left out Steve’s favorite, All the Right Moves, and also Eight Men Out, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, but hey, this is my top ten. The comments aren’t all mine, they’re borrowed from film teaser’s and MoviePhone with an added twist from your host. Here ya go, Robledo’s top ten.

1. Rocky: The fist-pumping score, the charismatic turn by Sly Stallone, the glorious training montage, the pitch-perfect ending in which Rocky shows the champ what “showtime at the Apollo” really means … I remember leaving the movie theatre and shadow boxing all the way to our car. I went back the next day to see it again. For the rest of the top ten, click thread

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Bishop Amat: So far, so good, but Hagerty says the Lancers still have a long way to go

“You’re asking for measuring sticks and what this and that means to this point. I don’t see how you can measure something that isn’t finished.” — Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty on the Lancers’ 7-0 start, and what it means.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
There’s more than just good old- fashioned tailgating and the fresh taste of kettle corn on Friday nights at Kiefer Stadium. The Valley’s proudest football tradition continues on its comeback trail, albeit with cautious optimism. With Bishop Amat 7-0 and off to its best start since beginning 9-0 in 1998, it’s a reminder of how far the Lancers have come under second-year coach Steve Hagerty, but also a reminder of how prestigious the Lancers’ program once was. To continue, click thread

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Super 32: No. 1 Bishop Amat Ready for the Serra Stretch run; Rowland defends No. 3 against W.C.

Above: Charter Oak’s A.J. Powell running in for a touchdown

Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (7-0) – The best start since beginning 9-0 in 1998, a streak that was ended with a 7-7 tie against Loyola. Guess what, they get Loyola on Friday in the Serra opener. Keep it up boys, the Valley is watching.
2. Charter Oak (7-1) – With Bishop Amat playing so well, we almost forget the Chargers are on track to repeat as champions, a feat they have never accomplished in the long history of Big Lou.
3. Rowland (7-0) – If the Raiders can somehow defeat West Covina without Michael Ball, they should beat Nogales and go into the South Hills finale 9-0. I don’t think they can do it, but I didn’t think they would reach the Southeast Semi’s last year either.
4. South Hills (5-2) – The most improved team over the course of the season, which is no surprise considering Steve Bogan is in charge. He generally uses the preseason to play tough teams and tinker with lineups. Now in the stretch run, the Huskies are starting to fire on all cylinders.
5. San Dimas (6-1) – What can you say, the defense is still nails, leading the Valley by allowing an average of just under ten points a game. If they keep this up, a rematch with Monrovia in the playoffs would be mighty interesting.
6. Baldwin Park (6-1) — Beating Pomona 33-12 was impressive, and they should have no problem going through Northview and Ganesha next before getting San Dimas in the league finale.
7. West Covina (4-4) – The Bulldogs 33-11 win over Walnut should at least guarantee a playoff spot, and they can secure second with another win over Rowland on Friday.
8. Damien (2-5) – What’s a 2-5 team doing in the top ten? Well consider this: The Spartans are the only team in the Valley whose opponents all have a winning record, and four of them have just one loss or less. And yeah, their victories are over Claremont and Glendora.
9. Glendora (4-3) — The danger of losing running back Andre Holmes for an indefinite period could affect theTartans’ playoff hopes. If they don’t beat Chino Hills on the road Friday (and the probably won’t), they will have to beat Ayala in the league finale to get in.
10. Azusa (7-1) — The defending Montview league champions are the the first team in the Valley to qualify for the playoffs. If they get a good draw, they could reach the Mid-Valley Division semis.

The Middle 10
11. Walnut (5-2), 12. Arroyo (5-2), 13. Pomona (5-2), 14. La Puente (6-2), 15. Workman (5-2), 16. Bonita (2-4), 17. Los Altos (3-4), 18. Diamond Ranch (1-6), 19. Gladstone (5-2), 20. Rosemead (2-5).

On the bottom looking up
21. Covina (2-5), 22. Wilson (2-5), 23. Sierra Vista (3-4), 24. Nogales (2-5), 25. Bassett (3-4), 26. South El Monte (2-5), 27. Ganesha (1-6), 28. Northview (1-6), 29. Diamond Bar (0-7), 30. El Monte (0-7), 31. Mountain View (0-7), 32. Duarte (0-7)

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Girls Volleyball Top 10: St. Lucy’s sets the pace

1. St. Lucy’s (21-4)
2. South Hills (13-5)
3. Walnut (14-4)
4. Bonita (11-6)
5. Los Altos (13-4)
6. Glendora (7-3)
7. San Dimas (16-4)
8. Ganesha (17-4)
9. La Puente (12-10)
10. Gladstone (20-6)

Comments: St.Lucy’s is still is the barometer, winning two league matches by sweeps last week. South Hills takes advantage of Walnut’s win over Bonita and moves into No. 2, with the Mustangs claiming No. 3. Bonita grabs No. 4 by following up the loss to Walnut with a victory over Division 3-AA power Brentwood. Los Altos rounds out the top five after taking care of business. A few words about the rankings: I base my rankings how a particular team is doing that week. If a particular team is No. 4, they hold at least that position, unless, in my view, they have played their way out, either by losing or not playing up to expectations against a particular opponent. If a team is rated No. 3 one week, they meet expectations by winning, and the second-ranked team loses, the move up. It’s no different than what the Associated Press does with its rankings. AP moved Alabama up to No. 1 after Florida was sluggish the week before, then moved them back after Alabama almost lost the next week. No different here.

UPDATE: St. Lucy’s rallies to beat Glendora, 22-25, 25-16, 26-24, 29-27
Deanna Dalton and Alissa Young had 14 kills each to lead the Regents (23-3, 7-0), who rallied back from a 12-4 deficit to outlast the stubborn Tartans (7-4, 3-2), who received 19 kills from Valerie Brain.
Glendora led 12-4 in the third game and 17-10 in the fourth, but couldn’t hold off St. Lucy’s, which clinched the match on back-to-back kills by Jasmine Warmington and Brenda Moscoso. There was also a funny set of circumstances in the second game. Glendora won the first game, 25-22, and jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second when game officials noticed a line-up discrepancy in Glendora’s rotation. They ruled to restart the game. But this time St. Lucy’s jumped out to the early advantage, taking leads of 7-3 and 17-7 before winning, 25-16.
St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “This is a group where I can challenge them, and they like to rise to challenges. I don’t like playing matches like this, when they are crazy. But when push comes to shove, we push pretty hard, and I’m proud of them.”
Glendora coach Jennifer Barbone: “I had never seen that before. But I tell my girls all the time that you can’t make execuses, so that’s not an excuse. You have to play no matter what.”
Bontia def. Los Altos, 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21
Allie LaPierre (B) 25 kills, Katie Kirby (B) 21 kills, Victoria Dennis (B) 10 kills.
Other Scores
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat def. St. Paul 12-25, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24, 15-12
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch def. Charter Oak 24-26, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23.
Montview League
Bassett def. Sierra Vista 25-16, 19-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10.
Gladstone def. Workman 25-15, 25-21. 25-11.
San Antonio League
South Hills def. Nogales 25-6, 25-11, 25-9.
Walnut def. West Covina 25-16, 25-12, 25-6.

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Now that releaguing is finished, what about playoff divisions? The Sierra to the Southeast?

I’m working on this for tomorrow, but I thought I would give you a sneak peak.

Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar brought up a good point when asked about the results of last week’s releaguing, which puts Charter Oak and South Hills in the Sierra League for the releaguing cycle than runs from 2010-14.
The Chargers are leaving the Miramonte and the Huskies the San Antonio for the more powerful Sierra, which will include Damien, Claremont and Chino Hills.
Farrar was asked how the Chargers would not only compete in the Sierra, but how they would do in the Central Division, which includes the Baseline, San Andreas, Sunbelt and Mt. Baldy Leagues. “Are we still in that division?” Farrar asked. To continue, click thread

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Thanks to releaguing, don’t expect Glendora-Damien in the near future; West Covina-South Hills still a possibility; Wilson-Los Altos a go

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With releaguing for 2010-14 finalized last week, some of the area’s biggest rivalries are in jeopardy. For instance, with Glendora going to the Baseline League and Damien remaining in the Sierra League, Spartans coach Greg Gano and Tartans coach Mark Pasquarella agreed that it’s probably better not to schedule a nonleague game against each other, since both teams will still compete in the Central Division and could meet in the playoffs. “We’re not fond of meeting teams in our own division,” Pasquarella said. “It’s a game the school will miss, but not one that I will miss because of my ties to Damien (where he once coached). But I know the community would like us to play, so you never close the door on it. It’s still a possibility.”

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CIF Polls: Bishop Amat No. 7 in Pac-5; Azusa, Baldwin Park among top five in Mid-Valley; Rowland still No. 1 in Southeast

CIF-SS Polls
Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. San Dimas, 3. Azusa, 4. Baldwin Park, 5. Paraclete, 6. San Marino, 7. Village Christian, 8. Arroyo, 9. Gladstone, 10. La Puente.
Pac-5 Division
1. Edison, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. Servite, 4t. Notre Dame, 4t. Lakewood, 6. Fountain Valley, 7. Bishop Amat, 8. Los Alamitos, 9. Dana Hills, 10. Millikan
Southeast Division
1. Rowland, 2. Charter Oak, 3. South Hills, 4. Burbank, 5. Crescenta Valley, 6. Walnut, 7. Bell Gardens, 8. Schurr, 9. Santa Fe, 10. Burroughs.
Central Division
1. Upland, 2.Colton 3 Rancho Cucamonga , 4. Colony, 5. Chino Hills, 6. Ayala, 7. Etiwanda, 8. Elsinore, 9. Cajon, 10. Arroyo Valley..

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