San Antonio League prediction: West Covina is the “real” favorite; 1 vs. 2 will likely settle No. 3


Above: They get excited at West Covina, check out the vertical leap by one of the Bulldogs’ coaches.

Is there a more competitive race in the Valley that what will go down in the San Antonio League with two undefeated teams, Rowland (5-0) and Walnut (5-0), No. 1 and 2 respectively in the Southeast, along with who I believe are the real two favorites, No. 4 South Hills (3-2) and unranked West Covina (3-3)? If you’re really going to dissect this and pick a winner, forget the Huskies and Bulldogs’ losses, look at their quality wins. South Hills beat Ayala, a team that is 4-1 and a better win than anything Rowland and Walnut has done. West Covina’s win is even bigger, beating Glendora, a team that just beat El Dorado and has played everyone on their schedule close. With West Covina as close to healthy as they have been since week one, they’re good enough to beat South Hills on Friday. However, a decision on Jordan and Jamie Canada’s status for the Huskies could come this week, and if they both become eligible, I’m switching gears and taking the Huskies. Stay tuned. Rowland and Walnut still have a lot to prove, and though this is 1 vs. 2, I really believe this is for third place and the final playoff spot. What a shame that with four great teams, one has to go.
San Antonio Prediction: 1. West Covina, 2. South Hills, 3. Rowland, 4. Walnut, 5. Nogales.

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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: 14-1/88-26
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 14-1/78-36

Last Week Steve should have chipped away at my lead by going 14-1, but I went 14-1 also, which equals our best week combined. The only games that kept us from being perfect is that I stubbornly picked La Puente over Azusa, and he picked Bassett over Workman. The darn Montivew, it got us again.
This week: The San Antonio is going to be a great race all the way. Friday’s game of the week is between undefeated and Southeast No. 1 Rowland against undefeated No. 2 Walnut, a game that sounds great on paper, but I’m leaning heavily towards the Raiders, who have been more impressive in nonleague. How about West Covina and South Hills? If the Huskies had the Canada’s, I would take the Huskies but without them, I like the Bulldogs’ chances to beat them for a second straight year. Chino Hills and Damien is another special one, and though the Spartans have burned me before, I’m taking them again with two weeks off to prepare and being at home. Bishop Amat and St. Paul in most weeks would get top billing, but this might not be as close as past encounters, the Lancers are playing too well.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Northview vs. Pomona at Covina District, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Northview)
San Dimas at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Friday’s games
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (SHills)
Bishop Amat at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina): Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman): Ramirez (Workman)
Bonita at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Los Altos at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m. (S El Monte); Ramirez (S El Monte)
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone): Ramirez (Gladstone)

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Sunday Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Game of the week: Steve and I were debating this, is is undefeated Rowland-Walnut, the top two-ranked teams in the Southeast Division meeting in week one of the San Antonio League. Or is it traditional rivals West Covina and South Hills at Covina District Field?
Bishop Amat: What the Lancers did last night was impressive. What I thought could be a letdown turned into a confident group of guys who now have that swag. Roddy probably said it best when he said all is well in the San Gabriel Valley.
Athlete of the week: Need boys and girls athlete of the week nominations
Mid-term grades?: This week in the blog we will grade every team in the SGV, and start league predictions.
I knew we could all get along: Blog Harmony? It appears so after blog regulars Randy and Frank talked at the game last night and patched-up whatever differences they had.

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

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Saturday Night Football: Bishop Amat rolls over Diamond Ranch, 41-13

Bishop Amat 41, Diamond Ranch 13 – Darien Johnson returned a punt back 53 yards for a touchdown and it went downhill from there for the host Panthers, who were totally thrashed. Jay Anderson rushed for just 75 yards, but hit paydirt four times to lead the Lancers, who also took advantage of four Diamond Ranch turnovers.
Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty: “We started off quick. We never considered it to be a trap game. (Diamond Ranch) is a good football team. We know if we don’t show up and play hard every week, we have problems.”
Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton: “All is right in the San Gabriel Valley. Bishop Amat is back on top. Historically, they are the best. To play a good team like that, and for us to play our worst football, I don’t want to take anything away from them, but I’m just disappointed we didn’t play our best football and give them a game.”

Box Score
Bishop Amat 41, Diamond Ranch 13
Bishop Amat 7–21–13–0–41
Diamond Ranch 0—7—-0–6—-13
1st Quarter
BA: Darien Johnson 53 punt return (Alexander Ragsdale), 10:39, 7-0
2nd Quarter
BA: Jay Anderson 1 run (kick failed), 10:46, 13-0
BA: Anderson 1 run (Ragsdale kick), 7:35, 20-0
BA: Anthony Avila 12 pass from Jerry McClanahan (Idilio Sanchez pass from McClanahan), 3:36, 28-0
DR:Elisha Henley 70 pass from Gus Viramontes (Jeff Stamp kick), :01, 7-28
3rd Quarter
BA: Anderson 1 run (kick failed), 10:37, 34-7
BA: Anderson 1 run (Ragsdale kick), 8:41, 41-7
Fourth Quarter
Cesar Carillo 3 run (pass failed), :25, 13-41

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: San Dimas Smudges Bonita Again; Charter Oak rallies for victory; Azusa runs over La Puente

Tonight’s Results:
San Dimas 21, Bonita 13 — Ryan Kohler scored all three touchdows as the Saints kept the Smudge Pot for the third straight year. The Saints also forced two turnovers and stopped Bonita at the Saints 32 with a minute left.
Charter Oak 27, Etiwanda 26 – Trailing 19-7 at half, the defending Southeast Division champs were forced to dig deep and pull one out.
Glendora 24, El Dorado 3 — The Tartans finally flexed their muscles, dominating an Orange County power that once gave Charter Oak and South Hills fits.
South Hills 30, Rosemead 9 – After dropping 60 on Northview, the Huskies let off the gas and cruise to another win. Um, bring on West Covina.
West Covina 41, Diamond Bar 20 – That’s three straight for the Bulldogs, but the real proof comes next week against the team above.
Azusa 51, La Puente 20 – The Aztecs rushed over 50 times, getting 179 yards and two TDs from Kendrec McDade and 153 yards and two TDs from Steven Blount.
Workman 42, Bassett 23 – The Lobos keep pace with Azusa, and is probably the only Montview team that has a chance to knock them off.
Arroyo 31, La Canada 27 – The Knights bounce back after two straight losses, getting a key win against a Mid-Valley foe.
Covina 21, Wilson 17 — The Colts squeeze one out against an improved Wildcats squad.
Rowland 42, El Monte 14 – the Southeast Division’s top team stays undefeated heading into next week’s showdown against No. 2 Walnut.
Los Altos 14, La Serna 7 – The Conqs needed a win to feel good about opening the Miramonte next. Mission accomplished.
Northview 27, Nogales 7 – The Vikings finally get in the win column after last week’s tough loss.
Walnut 14, Sonora 7 – The Mustangs hang on, stay unbeaten, and now will host Southeast No. 1 Rowland to open the San Antonio.
Sierra Vista 33, Duarte 7 — Not a surprise the Dons won, but significant in that the Falcons scored their first touchdown of the season.

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

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Girls Volleyball: Bonita wins the pressure points, sweeps Los Altos to take control in Miramonte

Los Altos hung with Bonita for the most part, but the Bearcats won all the pressure points, sweeping the Conquerors 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21 in pursuit of their third straight Miramonte League title. UCLA bound Allie LaPierre had 17 kills and Katie Kirby had 9 kills and 9 digs to pace the Bearcats, now 7-5-1 and 2-0 in league. Ashley Maxfeldt was huge too with 27 assists and six clutch aces. Jazmen Russell and Amanda Brown paced the Conq’s with 6 kills each.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
There is something about facing Los Altos that brings out the best in the Bonita High School girls volleyball team. The Bearcats, entering the week with a .500 record and questions about their confidence and consistency, found all the motivation they needed on the opposite side of the net and swept Los Altos, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-21 as they continued pursuit of their third consecutive Miramonte League title.

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Just Tribbin: If forced to pick the best darn top ten period, what can I say, I still like Charter Oak

With no football in the area tonight I thought I would answer a question that gets asked a lot in regards to our football rankings: Who are the “real” top ten teams in the Valley? People always ask things like, “How can you rank Baldwin Park and San Dimas ahead of Damien when you know if Damien really played them, Damien would win.” Same could be said about Diamond Ranch. Or how could we rank Walnut and Rowland ahead of South Hills and West Covina when they have competed against far different competition. Wouldn’t West Covina and South Hills be undefeated if they played the same opponents? Probably. But to answer the question, wins and records do matter in rankings. Whether it’s the Associated Press, USA Today, the CIF poll or ours, you get rewarded for winning and impressive win-loss records. I do reward teams when they lose close games against superior competition, as is the case with West Covina, South Hills, and Damien, all of whom also have solid wins on their resume, but it’s a balancing act and the end result will always be debatable. So, to answer the original question, if I had to pick the best teams in the Valley based purely on who I think are the best teams, regardless of record, and based on what I have seen so far,it would look like this. I know I’m going to get hammered for taking Charter Oak over Bishop Amat, but I still believe in a head-to-head, the Chagers edge them out.

1. Charter Oak
2. Bishop Amat
3. West Covina
4. Damien
5. South Hills
6. Glendora
7. Diamond Ranch
8. Rowland
9. San Dimas
10. Walnut

BTW, you have to check out this video. I felt bad for the kid, but almost fell to the floor laughing…..

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Former Wilson coach has made a huge differene for San Dimas’ defense heading into Smudge Pot

Brian Mustain loves his new role as San Dimas High School’s defensive coordinator about as much as coach Bill Zernickow loves having him. “He is more detailed than any coach I have ever been around,” Zernickow said. How ironic, because paying attention to detail was something the Saints defense needed to do a lot better.

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Girls Volleyball: Mission Valley; El Monte rallies past rival South, Eagles extend streak to 50

El Monte-South El Monte: El Monte High School was down in its Mission Valley League girls volleyball match against South El Monte on Wednesday. But the Lions showed they were definitely not out. Middle blocker Sandra Gutierrez had 14 kills and El Monte rallied from two games down to score a 23-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 15-10 victory over the host Eagles in the league opener.

Arroyo-Gabrielino:The tendency is to take it easy. That’s what happens when a team has won 50 consecutive league volleyball matches. Gabrielino High School took it easy only once in its Mission Valley League opener on Wednesday. The Eagles got out to a quick 2-0 lead, but lost the third game to host Arroyo before rebounding for a four-game victory, 25-17, 25-12, 22-25, 25-14.

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Should Darien Johnson be more involved with the Lancers offense, or is that asking too much?

For those at Bishop Amat’s game on Friday, you know what an exciting player they have in Darien Johnson, but could the Lancers get even more out of him? He has been amazing on special teams, but with just 10 receptions, is he getting the rock enough to really make the offense click? Far be it from me to tell a coach what he should do when his team is 4-0 and just knocked off one of the top ranked teams in the state and country, but wouldn’t you like to see Johnson with more touches in the backfield? If this is him as a sophomore, I can only imagine what he could do now with 10-12 rushing attempts a game. Against Notre Dame that sophomore year he had a season-high nine carries for 72 yards.

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Meet the San Gabriel Valley’s statistical leaders (of those daring enough to report to MaxPreps)


Above: Gladstone quarterback Paul Flores leads the Valley in passing.

Top Ten Quarterbacks
1. Paul Flores, Gladstone: 68-129, 873 yds, 174 avg. 9 TD, 3 INT
2. Andrew Cameron, Diamond Bar: 66-113, 802 yds, 200 avg, 7 TD, 5 INT
3. Steven Rivera, Arroyo: 51-94, 785 yds, 196 avg, 10 TD, I INT
4. Austin Cooper, Walnut: 52-85, 776 yds, 194 avg, 8 TD, I INT
5. John Chavez, Azusa: 46-75, 701 yds, 140 avg, 6 TD, 3 INT
6. Chad Jeffries, Glendora: 42-82, 626 yds, 156 avg, 3 TD, 5 INT
7. Garrett Hrey, La Puente: 32-65, 579 yds, 144 avg, 6 TD, 3 INT
8. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak: 27-47, 527 yds, 105 avg, 6 TD, 2 INT
9. Garrett Pendleton, Bonita: 42-78, 504 yds, 126 avg, 5 TD, 4 INT
10. Michael Ball, Rowland: 24-37, 475 yds, 118 avg, 7 TD, 1 INT

Top Ten Receivers
1. Chris Rodriguez, Arroyo: 15 rec, 371 yds, 5 TD
2. Abraham Ochoa, Azusa: 20 rec, 314 yds, 5 TD
3. Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak: 16 rec, 312 yds, 3 TD
4. Leonard Rhodes, Walnut: 19 rec, 295 yds, 4 TD
5. Geoffrey Vaughns, South Hills: 16 rec, 274 yds, 2 TD
6. Jesse Rodriguez, Gladstone: 22 rec, 257 yds, 3 TD
7. Ify Umodo, South Hills: 11 rec, 241 yds, 3 TD
8. Jesus Romero, Azusa: 11 rec, 232 yds, 1 TD
9. Jossymar Ulloa, Mountain View: 10 rec, 220, 0 TD
10. Dawani Bankhead, Glendora: 16 rec, 219, 2 TD

Tackle Leaders: Joseph Herrera, Gladstone, 64; Jhossep Juarez, Gladstone, 53; Jesus Vargas, La Puente, 52; Alfred Zamora, Gladstone, 57; Andrew Varela, Bassett, 46; Max Paronelli, San Dimas, 45; Alejandro Restrepo, Walnut, 45; Keith Smith, Charter Oak, 44; Sam Uweh, Diamond Bar, 43; Michael Gonzalez, Glendora, 41.
Sack Leaders: Christian Morgan, San Dimas 11; Sal Paris, Gladstone, 10; Donte Hughes, Covina, 4.5; George Frossine, Walnut, 4.5; Justin Winrow, San Dimas, 4; Joseph Herrera, Gladstone, 4.

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Glendora to honor 1989 CIF champions on Friday, special tributes to Karnoski and Baiotto

Glendora’s football team is honoring the 20th anniversary of its 1989 CIF-Southern Section Division IV co-championship team during its homecoming game against El Dorado on Friday at Citrus College. Late Tartans coach Dean Karnoski will be honored along with several members of the 1989 championship team during an afternoon parade in downtown Glendora, and later during festivities at the game. There will also be a special tribute for 1989 starting tight end/defensive end and captain Brad Baiotto, who will not be able to attend. Baiotto is a First Sgt. with the U.S. Marines in Ferrah, Afghanistan. The Tartans shared the 1989 title with Ramona, a game that finished in a 28-28 tie.

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Bishop Amat has filed transfer paperwork on Gonzalez; a decision could take up to two weeks

As you know by now, former Glendora receiver Wallace Gonzalez has enrolled at Bishop Amat, and the school has moved quickly in filing a hardship request to CIF for him to become eligible. The forms were filed on Monday, but CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons said it could take up to two weeks before a ruling is made. For those wondering what his chances of becoming eligible are, read what Mr. Rules himself, Joe Amat, wrote on a recent thread by clicking this thread….
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Workman figures to challenge for the Montview; but the first big clash is Azusa at La Puente

By Fred J. Robledo
If La Puente High School’s football team is going to give defending Montview League champion Azusa fits during Friday’s showdown between the Mid-Valley Division’s No. 5 Aztecs (4-1, 1-0) and No. 9 Warriors (4-1, 1-0), quarterback Garrett Hrey will probably have some say. Few have experienced the type of roller-coaster career Hrey has gone through. In 2007, Hrey led the Warriors to a dramatic 10-7 victory over Duarte in the Montview finale to clinch the league title.

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Glendora’s Casey Jacobsen writes about his AAU basketball experience in Slam Magazine

You have to read what Glendora High school’s Casey Jacobsen, a Tartans Hall of Famer and one of the best basketball players in Valley history, wrote in Slam Magazine on greed and corruption in AAU basketball.

Said Casey: “By the time I was 13, I was traveling all over California and Las Vegas, Nevada for AAU tournaments. When I arrived in high school, that is when things changed. I first noticed the change on the annual basketball tournament in Las Vegas. I went to a shopping mall with my team and coaches in the “Caesar’s Palace” hotel on the Vegas trip. I was 14 years old and a member of Southern California All-Stars, a collection of the best high school players in Los Angeles. The coach/owner of the team was a man named Pat Barrett, an employee of Nike and a well-known man in the AAU basketball circles. Mr. Barrett took all of us into this giant shoe store in the mall and told each kid that they can have any two pairs of Nike basketball shoes we wanted. I was so excited! Although we were already sponsored by Nike and wore their sneakers, I had never had a “shopping spree” (can two pair of shoes be considered a spree?) before. Little did I know, it was just the beginning of what was to come.”

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Football Super 31: Bishop Amat strengthens its case at No. 1; San Antonio owns spots 3 through 6


Johnson and Anderson: Bishop Amat’s version of thunder and lightning.

Tribune Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (4-0)
– The Lancers are 11-4 in the Hagerty-era, and with a win over Diamond Ranch on Saturday, would become a perfect 6-0 against area teams in his two-year tenure.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) – The expectations were so high, even a close win over Damien felt somewhat disappointing. It doesn’t get any easier with Etiwanda in town next, but it’s another game that should net a W.
3. Rowland (4-0) - The Southeast No. 1 for the second straight week blew out Covina, and will probably do the same with El Monte next. We know they’re good, we just don’t know how good.
4. Walnut (4-0) - Ditto for Walnut, though beating Arroyo was a nice sign. But again, until they bang heads with the San Antonio’s traditional finest, South Hills and West Covina, we just don’t know for sure.
5. West Covina (2-3) – Beating Los Altos doesn’t register like it once did, but still a sign the Bulldogs are on their way back. After Diamond Bar, they get South Hills at the District.
6. South Hills (2-2) – The Huskies took out their frustration on Northview, and solved a problem in the process. It appears that senior Jacob Shirley will be the starting quarterback the rest of the way after a dominant performance. Now, if they could just get the Canada’s ….
7. Glendora (2-2) – You have to give it up to quarterback Chad Jeffries. Twice now, he’s led Tartans on last minute drives to victory. That’s good to know come playoff time when the season is on the line.
8. San Dimas (3-1) – You know what’s up next, the Saints hoping to drop a three-peat on rival Bonita in the Smudge Pot.
9. Baldwin Park (4-1) — The Braves continue to pile up the wins, and should pile up a few more in the Valle Vista until they get San Dimas at the end of the year. But oh, don’t forget stubborn Pomona.
10. Damien (1-4) — When does a loss move you in the top ten? When they’re close back-to-back losses to Bishop Amat and Charter Oak in consecutive weeks, not to mention a tough loss against Rancho Cucamonga. Or tell me this, who ranked below has a more impressive victory than the Spartans’ 24-0 shutout over Claremont?

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

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

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Girls Volleyball Top 10: Glendora still on top; Walnut makes a push; St. Lucy’s, SHills next


Above: Rowland and Ganesha in last week’s action.

Girls Volleyball Top 10
1. Glendora (5-2)
2. Walnut (7-3)
3. St. Lucy’s (10-3)
4. South Hills (4-4)
5. Bonita (5-5)
6. Los Altos (9-3)
7. Ganesha (11-3)
8. San Dimas (6-3)
9. Gladstone (14-5)
10. Bishop Amat (9-2)

Comments: The Tartans took a drop, losing to Hart last week, but not enough to knock them off the top perch. It will be interesting to see how they do in the first week of Sierra League play, first tonight at Diamond Bar, then at St. Lucy’s on Thursday…Walnut and St. Lucy’s look to be settling in to how we saw them before the season…Bonita has hit a slump I didn’t think they would make. But the Bearcats will have to have their ship righted by Thursday when they visit Los Altos in a much-anticipated match…Ganesha is off to a fast start and now may be the best in the Valle Vista League heading into league play. But I wouldn’t count out San Dimas just yet…I expect Gladstone to get on a roll now that they have began league play…I couldn’t ignore Bishop Amat’s record anymore, so let’s see what the Lancers do with the attention….We have some big matches this week, with the two best on Thursday. St. Lucy’s is hosting Glendora in the battle of the foothills and Bonita is at Los Altos for the war of the Miramonte, chapter 1. Bishop Amat also hosts St. Paul, in another traditional battle. I will be at the Glendora-Diamond Bar match tonight and will cover Bonita-Los Altos on Thursday. We also plan to have someone at the Glendora-St. Lucy’s match.

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McConnell’s mythical champion: 1966 El Rancho beats 1992 Bishop Amat to claim the title of best team in San Gabriel Valley history

Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
It’s down to the Final Four in our mythical All-Valley football playoffs. The four survivors – 1992 Bishop Amat, 1971 Bishop Amat, 1966 El Rancho and 1965 West Covina – have two things in common: outstanding coaches and rock-solid defenses. Oh yes, they also finished their seasons undefeated. Here we go with the semifinals: click thread to continue

Wow, we found video of El Rancho’s 1966 team

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Damien knocked down, but not out, hoping they becoming a second-half of the season type team


Above: Damien hopes there are more chest bumps in their future.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
First-year Damien coach Greg Gano is no fan of moral victories. But after staying close with Rancho Cucamonga, arguably the best team in the Inland Empire, and going toe to toe with the San Gabriel Valley’s two best teams in Bishop Amat and Charter Oak in consecutive weeks, Gano is feeling all right for a team with a 1-4 record. “I’m not happy we’re 1-4,” he said. “It could be worse. We could be 0-5. It’s a two-edged sword. We have been playing some tough football against great teams. Those leadership plays you need to make at the end against good teams we haven’t made yet. But that will come, the real-part of the season is just getting started.”

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Smudge Pot XXXVII: Pizza Fundraiser nets $5,619

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
San Dimas High School will host the 37th annual Smudge Pot football game against Bonita on Friday, a contest that drew more than 5,000 fans at Bonita last year and raised more than $6,000 for charity. San Dimas is looking for its third consecutive Smudge Pot victory and owns a 19-16-1 lead in the series. It’s become such a huge rivalry Bonita coach Eric Podley jokingly described it as “the contract renewal game.”

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Young Noah Ramos battles aplastic anemia; La Verne Heights elementary seeking donations

By Imani Tate
Staff Writer
LA VERNE
– Noah Ramos, a tough and nearly 10-year-old boy with lots of friends who share his love of sports, skateboarding and bicycling, needs help and La Verne Heights Elementary School classmates, teachers, staff, administrators and parents are working together to make sure he gets it.
Noah was diagnosed with aplastic anemia on Sept. 4 at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Thomas Hofstra, a hemotologist, headed the medical team that conducted tests to determine what was wrong with Noah.

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CIF Rankings: Bishop Amat leaps to No. 8 in Pac-5; Rowland, Walnut tops in Southeast; Montview lands three among Mid Valley’s best

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

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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: 13-4/74-25
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 11-10/64-35

Last Week: Neither of us were bold enough to take Bishop Amat over St. Bonny’s, but the difference was the Montview league, I went 3-0 and Stevie went 0-3. That has stretched my lead over Ramirez to ten, the biggest difference in our three years doing this. We also both missed taking Mountain View over Keppel and Rosemead over Temple City.

This week: The Smudge pot game between San Dimas and Bonita takes center stage, and though I expect it to be closer than last year’s Saints blowout, I’m still taking the Saints in a close one at home. Charter Oak faces a very formidable opponent in Etiwanda, whose only loss is to Norco. Calpreps takes the Chargers by a touchdown, which sounds about right. Azusa and La Puente are both 4-1. Though Workman will have something to say about it, the winner has the inside track toward the league title. Take La Puente, they’re playing too well at the moment. On Saturday the entire Valley can watch Bishop Amat vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha. It’s a trap game for the Lancers. Diamond Ranch has them just where they want them, on a high coming off the big win over St. Bonny. Bishop isn’t good enough to win on just talent alone, so expect another tight one, but another Lancers victory.

Friday’s games
Bonita at San Dimas, 7 pm — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Etiwanda at Charter Oak, 7 pm — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak):
Glendora vs. El Dorado at Citrus College, 7pm — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
South Hills vs. Rosemead at Covina District, 7 pm — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 7 pm — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Azusa at La Puente, 7 pm — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (Azusa)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 pm — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Workman at Bassett, 7 pm — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Bassett)
Arroyo at La Canada, 7 pm — Robledo (Arroyo): Ramirez (Arroyo)
Covina at Wilson, 7 pm — Robledo (Covina): Ramirez (Covina)
El Monte at Rowland, 7 pm — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
La Serna vs. Los Altos at California, 7 pm – Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Northview at Nogales, 7 pm — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)
Sonora at Walnut, 7 pm — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Saturday’s game
Bishop Amat vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (BAmat)

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Smudge Pot XXXVII, Bonita at San Dimas

What: Smudge Pot
When: Friday
Where: San Dimas HS
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
When it started: 1972
Series record: San Dimas leads 19-16-1
Streaky: San Dimas won 50-33 last year, its second straight win after snapping Bonita’s three game winning streak prior. However, the Bearcats have won 10 of 13 Smudge Pots since 1996.
Records: San Dimas (3-1); Bonita (1-3).
Predictions: Robledo (San Dimas)
Thoughts: In my two years covering this, it has been Saints domination, and truly one of the special rivalries in the Valley. Get there early, seats go fast, and if you have never been to one of these, make plans on Friday. These are two teams that truly dislike each other, you won’t want to miss it. The Bearcats have a worthy 9-3 win over Baldwin Park., but not much more. Last year Nico Barbone rush for 201 yards and five touchdowns, and Daniel Joseph rush for 219 yards and two touchdowns. They rushed for 454 yards in all. While I don’t expect the Saints to pile up the same numbers, especially after they got manhandled by Monrovia, the Bearcats still have allowed 21 points or more in three losses, including a 43-22 loss to Santa Fe. See where I’m going with this, a Saints 3-peat.

Video Highlights of 2008 Smudge Pot


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