After two appeals, area realignment will finally be settled on Thursday, deciding the fate for Glendora, Charter Oak, South Hills and Rowland

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

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Football Super 32: Bishop Amat remains on top, South Hills, Glendora making their move


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)

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Girls Volleyball Top 10: St. Lucy’s continues to rule the nest; Walnut pink slips Bonita


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.

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Cross Country: Jayson Perez and Kristy Hebb big winners over the weekend

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

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CIF Polls: Bishop Amat moves to No. 7 in Pac-5; Charter Oak, South Hills chase Rowland in Southeast; San Dimas No. 2 in Mid-Valley

CIF Polls
Pac-5 Division

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).
Southeast Division
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).
Mid-Valley Division
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).
Central Division
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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Breaking News: Rowland’s all-everything Michael Ball out six weeks with a broken collarbone

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Junior quarterback/defensive back Michael Ball, broke his collarbone when Walnut’s Aubrey Coleman pulled his face mark. It resulted in an unsportsmanlike penalty and Ball leaving the game in an ambulance. Rowland coach Craig Snyder said Ball is out at least six weeks, which means he possibly could return in time for the second or third round of the playoffs should the Raiders reach that stage. “It was a blatant cheap shot,” Snyder said of Coleman’s action. “He tackled all night going for the head. When you watch him tackle, his arms are always going above the pads.” To continue, click thread

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

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: 10-6/98-32
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 13-3/91-39

Last Week: Steve is chipping away, making up three games over the weekend to cut my lead to seven. The big differences were that he took South Hills over West Covina, Northview over Pomona and Baldwin Park over Covina, which obviously I missed and missed badly. We both missed terribly picking Damien. I was getting text message updates from my buddy Tom and by the end of the first quarter, that game was over.
This week: Not a real difficult time making these picks, if I lose more than two something’s wrong. The only real difficult games were Los Altos-Bonita, of which I took L.A., and Alemany-Bishop Amat, which of course I’m sticking with the Lancers (even though Alemany is 4-2 with a win over Crespi). I would have included Damien-Glendora in the toss-ups, but not after what Chino Hills did to the Spartans on Friday.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games
Azusa vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Baldwin Park vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (Pomona)
Friday’s games
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Diamond Ranch vs. Charter Oak at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (Ch. Oak)
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SElMonte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman vs. Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
South Hills at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Ramirez (West Covina)
Damien vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Diamond Bar at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala): Ramirez (Ayala)
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Ganesha vs. Northview at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)
Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)

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This falls under quotable….

Talk about quotable, this is one of the best of the year from Citrus coach Ron Ponciano after receiver Matthew Cheaney couldn’t hold on to a fourth-down throw from quarterback DeQuan Everett at the Cerritos 15 with two minutes to play. Citrus lost 21-16. “I wish I could have that last one back,” Cheaney said. “That’s a play I need to make.” Said Ponciano: “The ball was right in his chest. If it were a knife, it would have killed him.”

For those who will take that too seriously, lighten up with the infamous “Baby Dance” making its rounds on YouTube.

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Sunday Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Quotable:“That’s unreal,” former Lancers and UCLA corner Sheldon Price said of Bishop Amat’s start. “When you think of who they lost – myself, DeShawn Gaisie, Isaiah Bowens and all those guys on defense – I would have never expected it. They’re having a better year than we had (7-4). I’m so proud of them. It all goes to show what hard work can get you.”

Game of the week? There are four under consideration, Charter Oak-Diamond Ranch, Damien-Glendora, Walnut-West Covina, Alemany-Bishop Amat.
Bishop Amat history?: The 6-0 start is the best this decade, can anyone tell me the last time a Lancers team started 6-0 or better?
More Bishop Amat: It’s just a thought, but someone over there should start inputting stats on MaxPreps or provide some public forum for fans to access stats. If Bishop Amat can sell season seats, they can certainly provide stats for the community.
Athletes of the week: Looking for nominations for boys and girls athletes of the week.

Thursday’s games
Azusa vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Friday’s games
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Charter Oak at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Workman vs. Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Nogales, 7 p.m.
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Chino Hills at Chino 7 p.m.
Damien vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Ganesha vs. Northview at Covina District, 7 p.m.
Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m.

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Breaking News: Wallace Gonzalez denied

Wallace Gonzalez’s hardship transfer request to Bishop Amat was denied by CIF-Southern Section officials on Friday, ruling that Gonzalez is not eligible for any sports the remainder of the school year, including baseball. Gonzalez, a junior wide receiver, played one game for Glendora before leaving the team for reasons Tartans coach Mark Pasquarella described as “mutual.” A week later, he left the school and enrolled at Bishop Amat.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Rowland, South Hills win easy; Bishop Amat crushes rival St. Paul

Friday’s results
Rowland 27, Walnut 7 — The Raiders’ remain perfect but it was costly. Quarterback Michael Ball left the field in an ambulance, a possible injury to his collarbone. The Raiders’ D was mighty impressive again.
South Hills 27, West Covina 6 — This wasn’t even as close as the score indicated. South Hills rushed for 277 team yards with Geoffrey Vaughns going for 167 yards and two TDs. The Bulldogs only had two first downs midway through the fourth.
Bishop Amat 38, St. Paul 6 – We know this isn’t one of the better St. Paul teams but still, the Lancers put them away like a Pac-5 power should.
Arroyo 14, Rosemead 12 — The Panthers didn’t want to give up the Mission Valley league title without a fight, and that’s what they gave the Knights, who won’t lose an MVL game the rest of the way.
Baldwin Park 28, Covina 7 — The Braves needed a statement win, and beating the Colts as thoroughly as they did makes a statement.
La Puente 32, Workman 7 – Did I just type that? A week after the Warriors get hammered by Azusa, they do the hammering against a crosstown rival.
Charter Oak 31, Bonita 0 — Just what you expected from the defending champs, who for all intents and purposes can wrap up league next week against Diamond Ranch.
Chino Hills 38, Damien 7 – This was a step-back bigtime. The Spartans should have been able to make a better game of this with two weeks at home to prepare. Guess what, Glendora’s next.
Glendora 40, Diamond Bar 19 — The Tartans rolled, and now can get ready to face Damien at Citrus College on Friday.
Azusa 34, Sierra Vista 13 – Not a bad showing for the Dons, but once again, the Aztecs just too much.
Los Altos 54, Wilson 17 — It was only 14-10 Los Altos at half, but the Conqs opened it up in the second half. The game ended with an ugly scene as fans piled onto the field.
Gladstone 40, Duarte 14 — The Happy Rockers roll over the punchless Falcons.
Gabrielino 21, El Monte 14 — Somebody had to win, right?
South El Monte 35, Mountain View 6 — Did we wee the Eagles have a terrible non-league a few years back then rally to win league? Just saying.


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The Scouting Guru says there are three players he would pay money to watch … When’s the last time he paid for anything?

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: We are officially at the halfway point in the season. Rather than give your favorite team grades and make a fool out of myself (did I say that it would take a miracle for a Bishop Amat to defeat St. Bonaventure…I meant to say that it would take St. Bonnie’s a miracle to win over Amat…yeah, right. And what is going to happen next…the Dodgers are going to sweep the Cardinals and take on Philly in the NLCS…oh wait – that happened too?…This has been some year!), I wanted to go in a different direction.

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Inside the St. Paul-Bishop Amat rivalry

By Andrew J. Campa, Staff Writer
With seemingly all the history and present factors stacked against it, maybe it’s fitting that the St. Paul High School football team is looking for venerable coach Marijon Ancich to lead it to a victory versus archrival Bishop Amat on Friday. The visiting Lancers (5-0 overall) ride into the 7:30 p.m. contest as high as they’ve ever been this decade, two weeks removed from a stunning victory over state power St. Bonaventure, 24-23.
Bishop Amat is ranked No. 11 in the entire CIF-Southern Section by calpreps.com and is eighth in the Pac-5 Division in this week’s CIF-SS poll.

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Thursday Night football: Pomona beats Northview; San Dimas cruises


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

Thursday’s Results
Pomona 28, Northview 10:
Pomona High School, based on the nonleague portion of its schedule, hadn’t received much respect.
The Red Devils earned a little Thursday night.
Darrian Lewis threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Taj Teague scored two touchdowns and Pomona opened Valle Vista League play with a 28-10 victory over Northview at Covina District Field.
Pomona, also getting 69 yards rushing and a touchdown from Jamal Overton, improved to 5-1. Northview, which received 122 yards rushing from Kameron Germany, slipped to 1-5.
Pomona coach John Brown: “We just played the schedule they gave us. I took over, there was a schedule there and we played it. People are going to bash it, but the truth to it is, 4-1 is 4-1. No matter which way you put it. We’re a 4-1 team and that’s what we are. Now we’re 5-1.”
Northview coach Jim Arellanes: They hit us with some big plays. We just couldn’t execute, and make things happen. It’s kind of been the story of our season.”

San Dimas 63, Ganesha 0: Sophomore quarterback Shawn Kennedy completed 6 of 8 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yarder to Dillon Corona that began a 28-point second-quarter flurry and the Saints rolled to a 42-0 half-time edge. San Dimas compiled 387 yards, 242 in the first to improve to 5-1 in its Valle Vista League opener.
San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow: “Obviously our intensity needs to increase next week. But we got some good experience tonight. Our young guys all got to play and we’re hoping that will pay off for us in the future.”
Ganesha coach Dave Flemming: “We’ve taken a few steps back. We lost some key seniors from last year but give these kids credit. They tried hard. We’re looking forward to getting into that new league next year.”

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There are no clear-cut favorites in the Sierra: Ayala coach Tom Inglima on Damien, “I don’t care that their record is 1-4, they look very good.”

By Pete Marshall, Bulletin: The Sierra League football season last year was quite a race, with Chino Hills, Ayala and Glendora finishing in a three-way tie for the top. These are the same three expected to battle for the top spot this year. As league play opens this week, perhaps a fourth team could battle for the league crown, too.
“I don’t care that their record is 1-4,” Ayala coach Tom Inglima said. “They look very good.” That 1-4 team is Damien, which has played one of the toughest nonleague schedules around. Damien’s nonleague opponents are a combined 22-4 this season, and the Spartans lost their past two games to La Puente Bishop Amat and Covina Charter Oak by a combined 12 points. To continue reading, click thread

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Even after they vote for realignment, Los Altos-Wilson rivalry will continue … So who wins “The Wheel” on Friday?

Los Altos High School football coach Felipe Aguilar and first-year Wilson coach Brian Zavala want to make sure the annual rivalry game – when the two schools compete for “The Wheel” – doesn’t end after this season. The CIF-Southern Section Council is expected to cast its final vote on Oct. 22 to decide the Mt. SAC area league realignment for the 2010-14 seasons, with Wilson expected to move to the Valle Vista League while Los Altos remains in the Miramonte League. The schools haven’t always been in the same league, but they have met annually since 1969, with Los Altos owning a 31-11-1 record, which includes playoff encounters. To continue reading, click thread

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Cross Country: St. Lucy’s wins SGV championships at Mt. SAC; South’s Jayson Perez impressive again

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: Last weeks major was the San Gabriel Valley 1 v 1 Championships, where many local teams made their Mt. SAC debut. The St. Lucy’s girls won the team title, while South El Monte’s Jayson Perez and Bonita’s frosh pair, Lexie Jackson and Marissa Scott were the top individuals, as the girls were in the Miramonte League race earlier in the week. Full coverage of these meets is below.
Also on Saturday, Rosemead traveled to the statewide Clovis Invitational, run over the same 5k course that hosts the State Championships. Seniors Brittnie Munoz and Elizabeth Lyons led the Panthers to a high finish in their race, while Christopher Le was the team’s top boy. To Continue Reading, click thread

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Touching Base with John “Nut & Honey” Honell

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.

Back at the plate
Just returned from “A taste of St. Louis.” That is an annual street event staged by downtown restaurants with the Arch in the background. Good, cheap ($2 for an appetizer sized sample) food is something I’ve never been able to pass up. Former Diamond Bar star, Jim Edmonds has a steak house in St. Louis called, remarkably “Jim Edmonds Steakhouse.” He has been traded to the Cubs (much hated in St. Louis) but his steakhouse serves a super horseradish Bar-B-Q sauce. Even though the Cubs – Cardinals rivalry is longer and more intense than the Dodgers – Giants, Edmonds received a standing ovation on his first trip back. (I used to think the Angels would have been better off getting rid of Tim Salmon and kept Edmonds. The Angels were right and,
once again, I was wrong. To touch all the bases, click thread

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Girls volleyball top 10: St. Lucy’s is soaring

By Pete Marshall: The St. Lucy’s volleyball team isn’t facing much adversity from its Sierra League opponents so far this season. On Tuesday, the Regents had to overcome what they perceived as a bit of adversity from officials. It still wasn’t enough, though, as St. Lucy’s swept Ayala 25-21, 25-12, 25-18 at Ayala High School.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10

1. St. Lucy’s (12-3)
2. Walnut (11-3)
3. South Hills (6-4)
4. Bonita (7-5)
5. Glendora (5-2)
6. Los Altos (9-4)
7. Ganesha (13-3)
8. San Dimas (8-3)
9. Gladstone (17-5)
10. Bishop Amat (10-3)
Notes: Normally, I don’t like leap-frogging a team when the team above has done everything asked of them, like Walnut did last week, sweeping two opponents. But it was just too hard to ignore what St. Lucy’s did last week. The Regents not only swept two opponents, but did it against two of the better teams in the Sierra League in Chino Hills and Glendora, and the Tartans also were our No. 1 team the past few weeks. St. Lucy’s now has defeated two teams ranked our top five its past two matches. It does set up a monster match on Thursday between Nos. 2 and 3 at South Hills. The two teams have split their last four matches, including the past two going five games. Thursday should be no different. Glendora dropped down four slots to No. 4, but when they get swept and the teams ahead of them all swept opponents, including Bonita winning in three against ranked Los Altos, it was explainable. Tonight we have a big non-league match between Los Altos and South Hills. But I will be at the big Montview League showdown between defending champion La Puente and preseason favorite Gladstone. Both teams are 4-0 in league play.

TUESDAY’S RESULTS
La Puente def. Gladstone, 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-14 -
The Warriors won their 20th consecutive Montview League match to take over the league title chase, improving to 8-10 and 5-0. Gladstone, ranked No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 4-A, slipped to 17-6, 4-1. Rocio Armendariz had 14 kills and Elisa Valenzuela had eight for La Puente. Marissa Flores led Gladstone with nine kills.
La Puente coach Daniel Krawiec: “It’s exciting beating Gladstone. The girls were nervous before the (match), but once it started we got into rhythm. This was the best we played all year.”
Gladstone coach Jeff Divine: “We were out of sync. One of our problems has been hitting errors, but lately we’ve been overcoming that.
“La Puente had a good defense, but our setting was inconsistent. The hitters were trying to things they couldn’t normally do.”

Other Scores
Miramonte League

Bonita def. Diamond Ranch, 25-19, 25-22, 25-8
Wilson def.Charter Oak, 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 25-15
San Antonio League
Walnut def. Nogales, 25-8, 25-7, 25-4
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s def. Ayala, 25-21, 25-12, 25-18
Glendora def. Chino Hills, 25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24

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Breaking News: Canada’s denied again

The CIF-state appeals board ruled against South Hills’ Jordan and Jamie Canada, who have not played football for the Huskies, and who will likely sit out the remainder of the season unless a family attorney files an injunction through the state courts and is successful, which is considered a longshot. The brothers were hoping the state appeals board would overturn the CIF-Southern Section’s decision to declare them ineligible after transferring from Duarte High School to South Hills. The Canada’s mother, Gala Canada, moved with her sons to the South Hills high school district over the summer and filed a “change of address” request through the school in hopes of her sons becoming eligible.
However, that request was denied by CIF after Duarte officials filed paperwork with the CIF-SS offices claiming the Canada’s left to South Hills for “athletically motivated,” reasons.

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Long Overdue: The winningest coach in SGV history, Los Altos’ Dwayne DeSpain, will finally be inducted into the CIF Hall of Fame

By Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
This month, former Los Altos High School football coach Dwayne DeSpain will be inducted into the CIF Hall of Fame. It’s an honor long overdue. DeSpain’s credentials speak for themselves. More than 30 years in education. Over 200 coaching wins. Nineteen consecutive winning seasons. Ten league titles. Seven CIF-Southern Section titles.

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Football Super 31: Bishop Amat strengthens its case as No. 1; Glendora moves up one to No. 6

Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (5-0) – We may need Joe Amat’s help on this, but as far as I can tell, this is the best Lancers start since beginning 4-0 in the Del Rey League in 2001 when they finished 9-2, and obviously the best start ever since moving to the Serra League. With St. Paul next, there’s no reason to believe they won’t make it 6-0.
2. Charter Oak (5-1) – The Chargers might not be perfect, but considering they beat two very good teams in Damien and Etiwanda a week after losing to Rancho Cucamonga, they’re still very, very good and probably won’t lose another game.
3. Rowland (5-0) - The most impressive stat other than being undefeated is that the Raiders are beating teams by a Valley best 25-point margin. They’re averaging nearly 40 points on offense, and allowing just 14 a game. That’s what I call a “wow” factor.
4. Walnut (5-0) - Is this the point of the season where the rubber meets the road for the Mustangs? Are they good enough to challenge for the league title? Are they good enough to make the playoffs. We will all soon find out.
5. West Covina (3-3) – Not ranked or even listed in “others” in the Southeast rankings, the Bulldogs are still considered by many to be the “actual” San Antonio League favorites, and what better way to start league than with rival South Hills.
6. Glendora (3-2) – The Tartans’ victory over El Dorado was by far their most impressive of the season. Offensively and defensively, they’re starting to click, and what better time to do so than with league starting up.
7. South Hills (3-2) – The Huskies learned this week that Jordan and Jamie Canada’s state appeal was denied, so the question now becomes are they good enough to contend with what they will have the rest of the way.
8. San Dimas (4-1) – After losing to Monrovia a couple weeks back, the Saints needed a “swag” victory over Bonita to feel good about themselves heading into the Valle Vista. Guess what, they got it.
9. Baldwin Park (4-1) — The verdict is still out as the Braves open the VVL with a much improved Covina squad that is 3-2 and hoping to become the league sleeper.
10. Damien (1-4) — The Spartans’ second season begins on Friday against Chino Hills followed by Glendora next week. Talk about a tough way to start the Sierra.

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

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

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Rowland’s Michael Ball has emerged as one of the best all-around weapons in the Valley

By Steve Ramirez
As far as Michael Ball is concerned, nothing has changed. The junior quarterback is still one of three main options for the Rowland High School football team, and the Raiders are still one of the top teams in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division. “Last year I had a lot of players to work with, the coaching staff was great and I felt we really worked well together as a team,” Ball said. “We had team leaders and it all came together. This year, it’s just like last year, except we have new players and a new system.
“It really doesn’t change anything for me. I’m going to still play my game. If (the defense) focuses on me more, that gives my teammates like Josh (Onovughe) to show what he has, or (receiver Leonardo Freeman) to do what he can do. If the pressure is on me, I can get it to one of them, and they’ll do the job.”

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Girl Power: Walnut football/soccer player Nikki McKee making a difference for Mustangs

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Friday’s battle of unbeatens between the Southeast Division’s top-ranked Rowland (5-0) and No. 2 Walnut (5-0) in the San Antonio League opener could go down to the wire. If it does, a girls soccer player might decide it. Walnut junior Nikki McKee, a center back and midfielder on the girls soccer team, also is the Mustangs’ placekicker on extra points and – guess what – is 19 for 19. “I’m not surprised at all,” Mustangs coach Mike O’Shields said. “She’s accurate in practice, too.”

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CIF Football Polls: No major changes, Rowland, Walnut still top Southeast (where’s WC?); Bishop Amat No. 8 in Pac-5; San Dimas moves to No. 3

CIF-Southern Section Polls
Southeast Division
1. Rowland (5-0), 2. Walnut (5-0), 3. Charter Oak (5-1), 4. South Hills (3-2), 5. Burbank (4-1), 6. Santa Fe (4-1), 7. Bell Gardens (4-1), 8. Crescenta Valley (3-2), 9. Alhambra (3-1), 10. El Rancho (3-2); Others: Burroughs (3-2), Whittier (3-2), Wilson (3-2). Explanation please: Where’s West Covina (3-3), not even a mention?
Pac-5 Division
1. Edison (5-0), 2. Mission Viejo (5-0), 3. Servite (4-1), 4 Notre Dame (4-1), 5. Lakewood (4-1), 6. Los Alamitos (5-0), 7. Fountain Valley (5-0), 8. Bishop Amat (5-0), 9. Crespi (3-2), 10. Mater Dei (3-2).
Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia (5-0), 2. San Marino (5-0), 3. San Dimas (4-1), 4. Azusa (5-1), 5. Baldwin Park (4-1), 6. Paraclete (3-3), 7. Gladstone (4-1), 8. Arroyo (3-2), 9. Village Christian (4-1), 10. Pomona (4-1); Others: La Puente (4-2), Bassett (3-3), La Canada (2-2).
Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga (5-0), 2. Upland (5-0), 3. Colton (4-1), 4. Colony (4-1), 5. Chino Hills (5-1), 6. Elsinore (4-1), 7. Ayala (4-1), 8. Cajon (3-2), 9. Etiwanda (3-2), 10. Claremont (4-1); Others: Glendora (3-2), Don Lugo (3-2), Damien (1-4).

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