Who’s next at Los Altos? I’m throwing out four names that I would consider

It has been more than a week since Felipe Aguilar’s resignation at Los Altos, a job that becomes quite appealing for a coach hoping to bring the Conquerors their 12th CIF championship, especially at a time when the Southeast Division will appear more winnable with Charter Oak and South Hills going to the Sierra League. I have no idea which direction they’re heading, but I’m going to throw out a few local names that would seem like a good fit. Why not Northview’s Jim Arellanes, who had a tough year and has considered other alternatives in recent years. I also like La Puente’s Brandon Rohrer, a program guy who did a wonderful job improving the Warriors. Why not former South El Monte coach Erick Escamilla or former Lancers coach Mark Verti, who both might be ready to step back in the coaching circle.

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What do you think of Tigergate? There are two sides to every story, who do you agree with, Fox’s Jason Whitlock or Mark Kriegel?

Fox Sports Columnist Jayson Whitlock weighs in on the Tiger Woods story. As most of you know, he was in a car accident over the weekend and pulled out of this week’s World Challenge tournament, which he hosts on behalf of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Whitlock says Tiger doesn’t owe us an explanation. “The price of fame and wealth should not be the sacrifice of marital privacy. Tiger Woods plays golf for our enjoyment. He didn’t marry Elin Nordegren for our entertainment.” — Whitlock writes. Fox Sports’ other columnist, Mark Kriegel, says he should show up at his tournament and, If that’s the case, then he should attend the Chevron World Challenge, an event to benefit his own foundation this week at the Sherwood Country Club in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He should answer the questions as best he can (hey, at least have the stones that A-Rod had), and be done with it. Unless, of course, he has something to hide. — writes Kriegel

From the Associated Press

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What’s going on with Cezar Guerrero?

Does anyone know if if Cezar Guerrero is playing for St. John Bosco this season. He’s on their MaxPreps roster. In case you were following, he played his freshman year at St. John Bosco, transferred to Workman and won a state appeal to become eligible. Over the summer, he went back to St. John Bosco, where he is apparently on the roster. However, when you look at CIF’s transfer approval/denial list, his name isn’t mentioned. With all the denials we’ve had in the Valley, I would like to know how this shakes out. I would agree that going from St. John Bosco to Workman is in now way athletically motivated, but going from Workman to St. John Bosco, that’s a different story.

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29th Annual Wilson Ladycat Classic kicks off the girls basketball season, which starts tonight

The Wilson/Los Altos girls basketball tournament begins tonight, here is the Monday-Tuesday Round Robin Schedule. All games are at Los Altos Monday-Wednesday, then go to Wilson Thursday-Saturday

Monday Round-Robin at Los Altos High School
California vs. Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Nogales vs. Sonora, 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Covina, 6 p.m.
Rowland vs. Temple City, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday Round-Robin at Los Altos High School
La Habra vs. Garey, 3 p.m.
Walnut vs. Western Christian, 3 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. Wilson, 6 p.m.
La Salle vs. La Mirada, 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday Tribbin

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Finals Coin Flips: The coin flips for home games in the CIF finals were held this morning. In the Mid-Valley Division, Monrovia gets the home game over San Dimas, and Azusa gets the home game over Monrovia. Whittier Christian gets the home game in both scenarios if it advances. In the Southeast, Diamond Ranch gets the home game if it wins. Charter Oak gets the home game over South Hillls, and South Hills gets the home game over California.

Doubling Up: This is what I call transition week at the Tribune. While we still have two weeks of football left, boys and girls basketball and soccer begin this week, with our hoops previews coming out Tuesday and Wednesday, and soccer the following week. Are there any good tournaments or games you want covered this week?

Can we have a four-way tie?: San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow, Azusa’s Joe Scherf, Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton and Bishop Amat’s Steve Hagerty all are deserving of coach of the year honors to the point. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Who’s No. 1: You thought we were finished with Bishop Amat? No matter what happens the rest of the way, Bishop Amat finishes the season as the Tribune’s No. 1 team. Do I need to explain? St. Bonaventure, Notre Dame, Mater Dei, etc, etc.

Predictions: I just want to point out that I correctly picked the final four in the Southeast Division, and on track to pick the Mid-Valley Division final of San Dimas and Monrovia.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat’s dream season ends 34-17; Charter Oak runs away from West Covina 35-10; Azusa wins 27-24

Tonight’s results
Pac-5 Division

Lakewood 34, Bishop Amat 17 — Bishop Amat had a chance to extend the lead up 17-13 in the third quarter, but missed a field goal and never got the momentum back. Still, this is a season Lancers fans will never forget.
Southeast Division
Charter Oak 35, West Covina 10 — West Covina had five turnovers, but Charter Oak was too good regardless. Muema rushed for 142 yards and two TDs, and Santiago threw for 208 yards and two TDs.
California 24, Burbank 21 — The Condors will be a tough foe at Charter Oak next week.
Diamond Ranch 33, Schurr 27 — The Panthers are amazing come playoff time, just throw their record out the window and get out of the way. Next week they get South Hills at Covina District, a rematch of last years second-round Panthers win over the Huskies.
South Hills 33, Crescenta Valley 23 – The Huskies raced to a big lead then cruised home. They’re a win away from a possible dream final with Charter Oak.
Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia 14, Paraclete 3 — Congrats M-Town, see you in the final against San Dimas…or uh, Azusa?
Whittier Christian 27, Baldwin Park 17 — Who would have thought the last Olympic League team standing would be these guys, not Paraclete or Valley Christian.
Azusa 27, San Marino 24 — Wow, on to the semifinals for the first time in school history. It just gets better and better under second-year coach Joe Scherf.
San Dimas 37, Cerritos Valley Christian 14 — Another convincing win for the Saints, setting up a semifinal against Azusa.

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

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Happy Thanksgiving, have a great day with your family, a big meal, plenty of sleep, then get ready for another Fabulous Football Friday

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When high school football teams gather in the spring and regroup in the summer, one of the biggest goals throughout camp is practicing on Thanksgiving, which eight area teams have the privilege of doing today after advancing to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs. For South Hills, practicing on Thanksgiving is almost a tradition. The Huskies haven’t missed a second-round appearance this decade, and have advanced to the second round 16 of the last 17 years.
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Adam Muema joins long list of great Charter Oak running backs, and can become first to win back-to-back titles

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The list is a who’s who of some of the best running backs in the area over the past decade. It includes Jason David, Patrick Fuller, Aaron Capers and Kanaan Snowden.
All former Charter Oak High School tailbacks.
It’s not lost on the Chargers’ Adam Muema, the latest protege for what is becoming Tailback High School. “He’s also one of our better historians of Charter Oak football,” said Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar, who coached all the above and more. “Since he was a sophomore, he’s taken home all the game films of the previous running backs and watched them all. He knows every move, watched all the big plays from those guys. He wants to know more about the guys who came before him.” To continue, click thread

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Two-Minute Drill: Robledo, Ramirez, Miller and the Scouting Guru talks about this week’s quarterfinal games

The Tribune’s Fred Robledo, Steve Ramirez, Time Warner’s popular Reginald Miller and the Scouting Guru mix it up and discuss four of Friday’s CIF quarterfinal playoff games. Check it out

Friday’s quarterfinals games
Bishop Amat (10-1) at Lakewood (10-1), 7 p.m.
Charter Oak (10-1) at West Covina (7-4), 7 p.m.
South Hills (9-3) vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS, 7 p.m.
San Marino (9-2) vs. Azusa (10-1) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.

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Amat Watch: After facing QBs Neuheisel, Kasdorf, Bennett and Wittek, Lakewood has the best of them all, USC-Bound Jesse Scroggins

“In my opinion, he’s the best quarterback in the country. He’s got a great arm, makes great decisions and he really understands what we want to do.” Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal on QB Jesse Scroggins

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For the past month the Bishop Amat football team has dealt with some of the best quarterbacks in the Southland, including Loyola’s Jerry Neuheisel, Crespi’s Bryan Bennett, Notre Dame’s Ryan Kasdorf and Mater Dei’s Matt Wittek. But none of them compare to the test the Lancers (10-1) will get on Friday in their Pac-5 Division quarterfinal against No. 4 Lakewood (10-1) at 7 p.m. As far as Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal is concerned, third-year starting quarterback, Jesse Scroggins, who chose USC over other high- profile schools such as Florida and Tennessee, is among the best anywhere. (To continue, click thread)

AMAT TICKET UPDATE: Bishop Amat has sold out of their allotted tickets for Friday’s game at Lakewood. Anyone wanting a ticket should show up early to Lakewood and buy from the box office before they sell out and close the gates. Otherwise, follow it with us on COVERITLIVE with my cousin Mike (an Amat alum).

Don’t want to alarm you Amat fan, but this is some impressive stuff

The Long Beach Press Telegram has a thread on the Bishop Amat-Lakewood game. They point out that Bishop Amat is 8-1 all-time against the other Lancers, which includes Bishop Amat’s infamous 1970 championship, when they were led by future USC and Rams quarterback Pat Haden.

Bishop Amat leads playoff series, 8-1
1970: Amat 18-17 in 4A championship.
1982: Lakewood 31-amat 12 in first round
1983: Amat 14-7 in OT in the second round.
1985: Amat 27-10 in first round
1987: Amat 35-7 in first round
1990: Amat 31-13 in first round
1993: Amat 37-6 in first round
1997: Amat 13-3 in first round
2003: Amat 35-18 in first round
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Azusa on the verge of history again; Scherf gets an email from Burch Drake, who coached there more than 30 years ago

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Former Azusa High School football players have been hanging around lately. Aztecs coach Joe Scherf talks to them in church, has seen them around practice and recently got an email from former Aztecs coach Burch Drake, who coached at the school in the late 60′s and was part of the 1974 Aztecs team that reached the CIF-Southern Section Divisional quarterfinals when it was a 32-team playoff format. To continue, click thread

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Cross Country: State Finals in Fresno this weekend, Glendora looking for big showing

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: Cross Country racing in Southern California is mostly about how one runs on the famous 2.91 mile course at Mt.Sac in Walnut. Over the course of the season, XC athletes compete over a variety of distances, surfaces, terrains, but Mt.Sac is the standard. Between the two invitational meets, two league finals, CIF Prelims & Finals, almost every one of the 32 teams in the ESGV raced there at least once.
2009 was a very strong year, with 4 girls and 6 boys at or below last year’s best marks. So who came out on top? As expected, CIF Champs and #2 California ranked Glendora is heavily represented, with their five usual scorers ranking in the top 7, and they’re joined by individual State qualifier Fabian Velasco (Duarte). Among the girls, the three local individual State qualifiers, Lauren Justus (Glendora), Brittnie Munoz (Rosemead) and Marissa Scott (Bonita) lead the list.
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Girls Volleyball: It’s over; state championship dreams end for Los Altos, Bonita

The dream of CIF State championship glory ended for the Los Altos and Bonita high school girls volleyball teams. The Conquerors, fresh off a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA title on Saturday, lost in four games in the Southern California Regional Division III first round to Valley Center of San Diego. The Bearcats, meanwhile, lost in three games to Division 3A champ Mayfield.

Here’s a quick recap:

Valley Center 3, Los Altos 1: The Conquerors, getting 14 kills from Meagan Macias and 11 from Jazmen Russell, couldn’t hold off the Jaguars, losing 18-25, 25-22, 25-21 and 25-17. The controlled the play in the first game, but melted under the service barrage of Valley Center, which forced to receive errors, which slowed Los Altos passing game. The Conquerors did hold leads in games 2 and 3, but couldn’t stop the Jaguar machine. Valley Center, getting 15 kills from Megan Glennie and 11 from Stephanie Becvar, jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the fourth game and cruised to the match victory.
Los Altos coach Jaime Ornelas: “I’m proud of my girls. They played their (behinds) off. We have (CIF-SS) rings. We might not have state rings, but we have CIF rings. Our record is amazing. Our girls are amazing. I’m proud of them.”

Mayfield 3, Bonita 0: The Bearcats battled the Cubs toe-to-toe, but eventually caved to Mayfield’s consistency, losing 26-24, 29-27 and 25-18.
Bonita coach Adriana Contreras: “Emotionally we were drained. We could not get into a rhythm at all. We were on an emotional roller coaster. It was a tough (match) to play after having to prepare all week for the title game.”

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Multi-tasking: Rio Ruiz, Jerry McClanahan and Jay Anderson’s best sports are baseball, but they’re doing it at the highest levels in football too

Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said he encourages multiple-sport athletes, then I hear from so many parents who say coaches, “strongly suggest,” they concentrate on one particular sport if they want the best chances of playing time, or um, satisfying their coaches’ requests. Here is what Hagerty said about it.

“It’s good (playing multi-sports). We make it a point to make it happen at the school; we realize the kids are the ones that benefit from it all,” Hagerty said “That why we’re here in the first place. If we can share these athletes all the programs at our school benefit from it.”

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Will it be Monrovia-San Dimas in Mid-Valley Final? Paraclete-Valley Christian looks more like it

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The top two-ranked teams in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division might feel more like underdogs in the second round on Friday. Top-seeded Monrovia (11-0) is at defending champion Paraclete (7-4) a week after the Spirits dismantled La Puente in the first round, 45-0. Olympic League champion Cerritos Valley Christian (8-3), which beat Paraclete in the league finale, whipped La Ca ada 45-0 and will be at No. 2 San Dimas (10-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. With Whittier Christian’s 27-24 win over Mission Valley League champion Arroyo, the Olympic League went 3-0 in the first round.
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Football playoffs not as predictable as you think

Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar and South Hills’ Steve Bogan talk about Friday’s near disasters…

Anytime you overcome adversity successfully it builds depth and adds a component of confidence that you know how to find a way to win,” Bogan said. “When I was (a player) at Cal Lutheran, there was an expectation that you were going to win even when you were down, because that’s what you do. You can’t talk that into someone; that’s experience that builds on you.”Steve Bogan

By Fred J. Robledo
Bishop Amat’s last-minute 28-21 victory over Mater Dei in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff opener was the game of the night Friday, but Charter Oak and South Hills, the top two teams in the Southeast Division, played perhaps the best games of survive and advance. Charter Oak hung on to defeat Muir 20-19 after nearly blowing a 20-0 lead in the fourth quarter and survived a do-or-die two-point conversion attempt by the 4-7 Mustangs.
South Hills raced to a 21-0 lead against Bonita (3-8), but needed Jamel Hart’s 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 28-21 win after the Bearcats rallied to tie the score in the third quarter.
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CIF-SS Semifinal Home Games set after coin flips

The CIF-Southern Section held coin flips to determine semifinal home games. In the Mid-Valley Division, if Baldwin Park defeats Whittier Christian on the road Friday, they will be at home against the Paraclete-Monrovia winner.
If Azusa wins on the bottom half of the bracket, they would be at home against Cerritos Valley Christian or on the road against San Dimas.
San Dimas would only be on the road against San Marino.
In the Southeast Division, if Charter Oak beats West Covina, they will be at home in the semifinals against the California-Burbank winner.
If West Covina wins, they’re at home against California and on the road against Burbank.
On the bottom half of the Southeast, if South Hills beats Crescenta Valley on Friday, they will be on the road against Schurr, or at home against Diamond Ranch.
If Diamond Ranch beats Schurr, they would be home against Crescenta Valley.
If Bishop Amat defeats Lakewood and advances to the semifinals, they will be at home a week from Saturday against either Dana Hills or top-ranked and undefeated Edison.

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Azusa girls tennis player misses her chance to compete in CIF playoffs; parents blame school

By Steve Ramirez
Azusa High School’s Alyssa Pritchett thought she did all she could. The Aztecs tennis player put in extra work and it paid off with the Montview League singles championship. She also qualified for the opening rounds of the CIF-Southern Section individual championships, which were scheduled for this past Friday and Saturday. To Continue, click thread

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BASEBALL: Fourth Annual Cory Lidle tournament to be played over Thanksgiving Weekend

Press Release info: The 4th Annual Cory Lidle Tournament will be played over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Cory Lidle Tournament was started to celebrate the life of Cory and his foundation. The Foundation raises money for the Make A Wish Foundation, in addition we have been able to contribute to the Mt. San Antonio Cory Lidle Memorial Scholarship, the Mt. San Antonio Tyler Stanger Memorial Scholarship and establish the Cory Lidle High School Baseball Scholarship.
This tournament will be preview of the upcoming season. There are 12 high schools, 25 18U and 21 16U travel teams entered in this years event. Many of the top local high schools are entered. The schedule is posted at: http://www.eteamz.com/corylidle/news/

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Steve Hagerty on CBS with Steve Hartman; more live blogging at Lakewood on Friday, tickets on sale at Bishop Amat Tuesday, Wednesday

Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty in studio with Steve Hartman and Rahshaun Haylock, who talk about the first round of the Pac-5 playoffs. Our man Steve Ramirez will cover Friday’s game. We will set him up with a twitter account, and post his twitter page on the blog for quick updates.

Breaking News: Bishop Amat officials hoped to get Friday’s game against Lakewood moved because of their traveling fans, but it was confirmed today that Friday’s game will be at Lakewood at 7 p.m., and that 1,850 tickets have made been available to Amat, which can be purchased at Bishop Amat’s athletic office on Tuesday from 8-Noon, and Wednesday from 8-noon and 1-4 p.m.

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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: 12-4/175-41
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 12-4/161-55

Last Week: Not a bad first round, my losses were picking Damien over Upland, Elsinore over Chino Hills, Whittier Christian over Arroyo and Rosemead over San Marino. Steve also missed the Arroyo and Rosemead game, and also lost taking Burroughs over Diamond Ranch and Rowland over California. But Steve did call the Chino Hills win and Upland’s win over Damien.

This week: There are no real surprises, it doesn’t make sense to pick against Bishop Amat now. I know they’re on the road, and I don’t know as much about Lakewood as I should, but I know enough about the Lancers to know if they get this road win, they’re probably hope in the semifinals against No. 1 Edison, but first things first. Charter Oak and South Hills will bounce back and advance again this week, though West Covina is going to give the Chargers a run for their money. In the Mid-Valley, I’m taking Monrovia and San Dimas, but won’t be surprised at all if they lose. It’s pretty obvious, the Olympic is the best league in the division, cemented when their No. 3 Whittier Christian beat Arroyo, moving all three Olympic teams to the next round. Azusa-San Marino is a toss-up, but I have that Aztec feeling.

Friday’s quarterfinal predcitions
Pac-5 Division
Bishop Amat (10-1) at No. 4 Lakewood (10-1) — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Southeast Division
No. 1 Charter Oak (10-1) at West Covina (7-4) — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
No. 4 Burbank (9-2) at California (8-2-1) — Robledo (California); Ramirez (Burbank)
No. 3 Schurr (9-1-1) at Diamond Ranch (5-6) — Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
No. 2 South Hills (9-2) at Crescenta Valley (8-3) — Robledo (South Hills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Mid-Valley Division
No. 1 Monrovia (11-0) at Paraclete (7-4) — Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Paraclete)
Baldwin Park (9-2) at Whittier Christian (8-3) — Robledo (Whittier Christian); Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
San Marino (9-2) at No. 3 Azusa (10-1) — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Cerritos Valley Christian (8-3) at No. 2 San Dimas (10-1) — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)

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