While we wait for the status on Glendora two-way standout Andre Holmes, who injured his right knee and watched the rest of the Damien game on crtuches, there are two other high-profile injuries to report. Workman’s Kalin Bradford, among the area leaders with 846 yards and nine touchdowns, injured his right knee in Friday’s game and will have an MRI this week. X-Rays were negative, but coach Fred DeLelio said they’re aren’t taking any chances. “We will probably sit him down the next two weeks and go from there,” DeLilio said. Wilson quarterback Moses Vega injured his shoulder against Rowland Friday, but coach Brian Zavala is optimistic he will bounce back. “The x-rays were negative. He feels ok, hopefully he can bounce back soon.”
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: 14-3/112-35
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 12-5/103-44
Last Week: Steve and I missed on the same three games, taking Glendora over Damien, Los Altos over Bonita and drumroll….Northview over Ganesha. Let me type that again, Northview over Ganesha? When you think of tough Northview was last year, it’s amazing to think they would lose to Ganesha a year later. I picked up two games on Steve because he was foolish enough to take Pomona over Baldwin Park and El Monte over South El Monte.
This week: There are four games I want to point out, first, Bishop Amat is almost in a must win in the Serra opener. With two of three at home, they do not want to wait to the season finale at home against Notre Dame, who has owned them since moving to the Serra, to clinch a playoff berth. Loyola is also the easiest of the three Serra teams, so take care of business now. With Glendora losing Andre Holmes to a knee injury, this could seriously dampen their playoff hopes. I’m taking Chino Hills at home over the Tartans, who will likely have to beat Ayala later to reach the postseason. If Michael Ball had been healthy, I might have changed plans and took the Raiders over West Covina, but not now. There is just no way they’re going to win without Ball on the field. I’m also taking Damien over Ayala. Think of it, if the Spartans win, all they have to do is beat Diamond Bar and Chino the final two weeks to finish .500, and with it a second place finish in the Sierra.
This week’s games and predictions
Diamond Bar at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Ramirez (Diamond Bar)
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Pomona at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Glendora at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (Rowland)
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Charter Oak at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
South Hills at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Gladstone vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7 p.m — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Bassett)
Nogales at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Covina vs. Ganesha at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Ramirez (Gabrielino)
Breaking News: Fine, I’m being a little sarcastic, but the stats are on MaxPreps for all to read and digest.Go check it out.
By the numbers
Quarterback Jerry McClanahan — 55 of 83 for 672 yards with 4 TDs against just 1 INT
Running Back Jay Anderson — 120 carries for 550 yards (91 average) with 11 TDs
Receiving Darien Johnson — 14 receptions for 233 yards; 4 kickoff returns for TDs, 2 punt returns for TDs, INT return for a TD.
Anything and anyone you want to talk about
Game of the week? As long as Bishop Amat keeps winning, they will start to dominate games of the week from here on out, and Friday is warranted facing Loyola in the Serra opener. This is the biggest of the three games by far, if the Lancers win, they will undoubtedly make the playoffs as a Pac-5 wild card at worst, which will take some pressure off in pursuit of winning the Serra title. If they lose, hold your breath, because they will either have to win at Crespi or home in the season finale against Notre Dame to get in. They might be 7-0, but the “real” season starts now.
Athletes of the week: Looking for nominations for boys and girls athletes of the week.
Diamond Bar at Chino, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m.
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m
Pomona at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at Wilson, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7 p.m
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
Nogales at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Covina vs. Ganesha at Covina District, 7 p.m.
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Damien coach Greg Gano
“It’s a long time coming. Our kids played a heck of a football game. Maybe we will get some momentum, because we’re a better team than what we showed against Chino Hills (38-6 loss). We needed this very badly.”
Glendora’s Mark Pasquarella on losing Andre Holmes to a first-quarter knee injury.
“We kind of scrambled a little bit because he’s a big part of what we do. But the big issue was we couldn’t protect our quarterback. If we can’t protect him it’s going to be a long night no matter who we’re playing.”
Damien 21, Glendora 0 – The Spartans are back in the Sierra League race after blanking the Tartans and sacking quarterback Chad Jeffries five times. The news is worse for Glendora, who lost RB/DB Andre Holmes to a knee injury in the first quarter. He watched the rest of the game on crutches.
Bishop Amat 36, Alemany 14 — The wins are more impressive by the week. The Lancers are no longer squeaking by quality opponents, they’re shoving them aside with the powerful Serra League up next.
Bonita 26, Los Altos 20 — It went back-and-forth with the Bearcats mounting a last minute drive to pull it off. The heartache continues for the Conqs.
Charter Oak 12, Diamond Ranch 0 — The Panthers usually play the Chargers tough, but the outcome is always the same, another loss.
La Puente 38, Bassett 6 – Another easy win for the Warriors, making you wonder what happened against Azusa.
Workman 45, Sierra Vista 20 — The Lobos keep themselves in the thick of the Montview race with a whipping over the Dons.
South Hills 42, Nogales 17 – The Huskies put on the breaks by halftime and cruised home. They get Los Altos before finishing with Walnut and Rowland.
West Covina 31, Walnut 11 — The Bulldogs bounce back, winning the game both teams had to have in a tight playoff race in the San Antonio.
San Dimas 35, Covina 0 – The Saints defense does it again, blanking an offensive-minded Colts squad.
Ganesha 9, Northview 7 — The Vikings allow the Giants to win their first Valle Vista league game since 2002 … Can you say, “ouch.”
Rowland 56, Wilson 12 — The Raiders don’t have any problems in game one after Michael Ball’s injury, but they still have South Hills and West Covina to deal with at some point.
Arroyo 41, Gabrielino 0 — The Knights continue to cruise through the Mission Valley league, winning another easy one.
Rosemead 41, Mountain View 7 — The Panthers need wins to get themselves back in the playoffs. This only helps.
Ayala 43, Diamond Bar 10 — The Brahmas continue to struggle and struggle badly.
South El Monte 22, El Monte 19 — That’s 2-0 in the MVL for the Eagles, who won the first annual Griffin Bowl
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
LONG BEACH - Dwayne DeSpain’s status at Los Altos, and in the Valley, was legendary. The former Los Altos High School football coach is arguably the best coach in the area’s history, and now he has his spot among the best in the CIF-Southern Section.
DeSpain, who won seven CIF-SS divisional titles from 1972-1988, was inducted into the CIF-SS Hall of Fame on Thursday during the CIF-SS Council meeting at The Grand Event Center. “I humbly accept it,” said DeSpain, who now lives in San Diego. “I had a great staff. They were very loyal and they worked hard. And I had good principals who backed us 100 percent, and we had great athletes.”
I just got back from the CIF-SS meeting and Proposal A, which called for moving Glendora to the Baseline League and South Hills and Charter Oak in the Sierra League and keeping Rowland in the Miramonte/San Antonio League was approved 6-1 by the Mt. SAC area league resenatives. Appeals by South Hills, Rowland and Glendora in favor of Proposal C, which would have kept Glendora in the Sierra League and moved Rowland into the Valle Vista League was denied by the CIF-SS council, 37-27, with five abstentions.
Here’s how the Mt. San Antonio College area will now look, beginning next fall.
Baseline League: Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Glendora, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Sierra League: Ayala, Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Claremont, Damien/St. Lucy’s, South Hills
Miramonte/San Antonio League: Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League: Chaffey, Chino, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League: Baldwin Park, Covina, Nogales, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League: Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When it comes to the production of Glendora High School senior running back Andre Holmes, the facts are indisputable for the third-year starter. Give him the rock, and he will take care of the rest. Only four times in Holmes’ career has he been given 20 or more carries, and look what he’s done each time coach Mark Pasquarella has called his number. To continue reading, click thread
With Bishop Amat enjoying its best start in more than a decade, how will the 6-0 Lancers finish the season? Their remaining schedule is as follows
Friday: vs. Alemany (3-3), 7:30 p.m. — Alemany beat Crespi 21-17, lost to Oaks Christian (28-17).
Oct. 30: vs. Loyola (3-3), 7:30 p.m. — Loyola beat St. John Bosco 21-10, lost Mission Viejo, 36-7.
Nov. 6: at Crespi (3-3), 7:30 p.m. — Crespi beat Saugus 50-0, lost St. Bonaventure 42-41 OT
Nov. 13: vs. Notre Dame (5-1) — Notre Dame beat St. Francis 28-24, lost Moorpark, 27-14
You want rumors, the buzz I’m hearing is that if Glendora is moved to the Baseline Leauge, which is my opinion is a completely raw deal based on the procedures that are supposed to be used in determining whether schools should move up or down, the Tartans could push to be come a freelance school and play a nonleague schedule in all sports. I don’t think it will happen, but that’s what I have heard. The other buzz I’m hearing is that Proposal A will likely pass on Thursday, so get ready for more last-minute appeals, which seem to be the only chance that Glendora, Charter Oak, South Hills and Rowland have.
Today’s story: After a vote by 42 principals and two appeals hearings, the Mt. SAC- area league realignment for 2010-14 will go to a final vote on Thursday at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach by the seven league representatives that form the Mt. SAC area, which includes the Baseline, Miramonte, Montview, Mt. Baldy, San Antonio, Sierra and Valle Vista leagues. Three proposals are on the table for the Mt. SAC-area league representatives to consider, beginning with Proposal A, which was the original proposal voted on last spring by the 42 principals of the Mt. SAC area. To contiue, click thread
Above: Rowland wide receiver Leonardo Freeman becomes the quarterback in Michael Ball’s absence.
Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (6-0) – If someone told me the Lancers would start 6-0 with what they had returning, I would have stuck one of those Bishop Amat bumper stickers over their mouth and laughed. It’s amazing, the Lancers deserve to stay No. 1 even if they lose, but I caution, this could be where the rubber meets the road. The next four include Alemany, Crespi, Loyola and Notre Dame.
2. Charter Oak (6-1) – After the Chargers dispose of Diamond Ranch on Friday (whom they beat every year), they will cruise through the rest of the Miramonte to finish 4-0 and 9-1 overall, which will be good enough for the top seed in the Southeast playoffs. How’s that for an obvious prediction?
3. Rowland (6-0) - It’s not fair to drop a team after they win as impressively as the Raiders did, knocking off undefeated Walnut 27-7. But the fact is they’re holding onto this ranking by a thread now that that all-everything QB Michael Ball broke his collarbone and is out six weeks.
4. South Hills (4-2) – The Huskies make the biggest leap from No. 7 after thoroughly dominating rival West Covina. Jacob Shirley looks like he’s locked in at QB, and now they have a legitimate one-two punch in the backfield with Geoffrey Vaughns and Jamel Hart.
5. Glendora (4-2) – The Tartans seemed to have sorted out their consistency issues, winning three straight, but that loss to West Covina is glaring considering what South Hills just did to them.
6. San Dimas (5-1) – With Covina, Ganesha and Northview to follow, there is no reason to believer the Saints won’t be 9-1 going into the league finale against Baldwin Park.
7. Walnut (5-1) - They’re in the passenger seat, knowing they will have to beat West Covina this week or South Hills later to have a realistic shot at a playoff berth. That’s right, they could finish 7-3 and not get in.
8. Baldwin Park (5-1) — Just when you might be doubting the Braves, they come back and prove you wrong again. Just like San Dimas, they will be 9-1 when they meet the Saints in the league finale.
9. West Covina (3-4) – They better drink a bottle of get tough, because they follow their South Hills loss with Walnut and Rowland. I’m still not sure if the Huskies were that good, or if the Bulldogs had an off night, but I’m sure we will find out over the next two weeks.
10. Azusa (6-1) — The defending Montview champs are at it again, winning by a 23-point margin in the most balanced Montview in years.,
The Middle 10
11. Arroyo (4-2), 12. Damien (1-5), 13. Los Altos (3-3), 14. La Puente (5-2), 15. Workman (4-2), 16. Gladstone (5-1), 17. Diamond Ranch (1-5), 18. Bonita (1-4), 19. Covinan (2-4), 20. Wilson (2-4).
On the bottom looking up
21. Gladstone (4-2), 22. Sierra Vista (3-3), 23. Rosemead (1-5), 24. Northview (1-5), 25. Nogales (2-4), 26. Bassett (3-3), 27. Diamond Bar (0-6), 28, South El Monte (1-5), 29. El Monte (0-6), 30. Mountain View (0-6), 31. Ganesha (0-6), 32. Duarte (0-7)
The number on St. Lucy’s setter Jackie Macy’s jersey says it all. The Regents are still No. 1
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10
1. St. Lucy’s (15-3)
2. Bonita (9-5)
3. South Hills (11-5)
4. Walnut (12-4)
5. Los Altos (11-4)
6. Glendora (6-3)
7. San Dimas (13-4)
8. Ganesha (14-4)
9. La Puente (9-10)
10. Gladstone (17-6)
Notes: St. Lucy’s continues to earn the top ranking after sweeping its fifth consecutive opponent. Bonita continues to pressure the Regents, also winning two matches in six games. The Bearcats should be tested against No. 4 Walnut. They can earn some brownie points with a sweep, but I wouldn’t count on it. South Hills got the upper hand with a five-game victory over Walnut, but the rematch is in the 909. Los Altos moves up to No. 5 with its five-game win over South Hills, but how are the Conquerors stretched to five games against Diamond Ranch two nights later? Glendora slips after losing to Ayala on Monday. The Tartans have left little margin for error if they want to remain in the Sierra League race. The Valle Vista League is San Dimas’ to lose after sweeping Ganesha. La Puente cracks into the top 10 with a four-game win at Gladstone, which was barely in the match.
Update: Walnut def. Bonita 20-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-22 – The wild ride of the area schedule continued Tuesday night as the Mustangs, fresh off a five-game loss to San Antonio League rival South Hills, rebounded with a win over Bonita. Walnut had four players with at least five kills, including Samantha Sheller with 12 and Leau Quiocho with 11. Allie LaPierre had 17 for Bonita, but the Mustangs were able to slow her down in games two and three to hold off the Bearcats. Bonita also got 16 from Katie Kirby.
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: East SGV athletes had a great week 6, winning individual honors at two invites, and doing it in conditions that ranged from driving rain to high heat. Senior Jayson Perez (South El Monte) and soph Kristy Hebb (St. Lucy’s) were the top individual performers.Kristy ran a strong second place in the rain in the tough Sierra League on Tuesday, while Jayson was easily the overall winner at Saturday’s Bell Gardens Invite, where junior Lauren Justus (Glendora) was the girls winner. — To continue, click thread
1. Edison (6-0), 2. Mission Viejo (6-0), 3. Servite (5-1), 4. Notre Dame (5-1), 5. Lakewood (6-1), 6. Fountain Valley (6-0), 7. Bishop Amat (6-0), 8. Los Alamitos (5-1), 9. JSerra (6-0), 10. Newport Harbor (4-2).
1. Rowland (6-0), 2. Charter Oak (6-1), 3. South Hills (4-2), 4. Burbank (5-1), 5. Walnut (5-1), 6. Bell Gardens (5-1), 7. Crescenta Valley (4-2), 8. Schurr (4-1-1), 9. Santa Fe (4-2), 10. El Rancho (4-2).
1. Monrovia (6-0), 2. San Dimas (5-1), 3. Azusa (6-1), 4. Baldwin Park (5-1), 5. San Marino (5-1), 6. Paraclete (4-3), 7. Gladstone (5-1), 8. Arroyo (4-2), 9. Village Christian (6-1), 10. Pomona (5-1).
1. Rancho Cucamonga (6-0), 2. Upland (5-0), 3. Colton (5-1), 4. Colony (5-1), 5. Chino Hills (5-1), 6. Elsinore (5-1), 7. Ayala (5-1), 8. Etiwanda (3-2), 9. Cajon (4-2), 10. Glendora (4-2).
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