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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Sunday Tribbin: Just wondering; South Hills and Charter Oak, Overconfident or Overrated?

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Bishop Amat’s victory over Mater Dei wasn’t the talk of the office on Friday, it was the near-gigantic upsets of Charter Oak and South Hills, the top two teams respectively in the Southeast Division after ripping through league like it was just a formality before a long November run. South Hills didn’t have quarterback Jacob Shirley because of an injury, which kind of explains the close call against Bonita, but how do they blow a 21-0 point lead with that defense, needing a late touchdown to pull out a 28-21 victory. Charter Oak was even more shocking, giving up a dramatic 30-yard touchdown with four seconds left, then stuffing a two-point conversion that would have knocked them from the playoffs for good. To answer the question, overconfident or overrated, I would have to lean toward overconfidence, simply because people like me pump these teams up so much, that you forget that teams like Bonita and Muir might just get ticked off enough to lay it like they haven’t all year. When everyone’s penciling you in the championship, you just want to get the first round over with, so emotions are not always what they should be. Overrated? No way, not with their body of work and how easily they dismantled other area teams, some of whom are still alive. It might just be a wake-up call, and the best thing to ever happen to them. How often do teams that win championships survive scares along the way? South Hills is more questionable because of their quarterback situation, but I stand by my prediction that these two will meet in the finals.

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Bishop Amat Next: Lakewood, No. 4 Seed, 10-1

The L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer writes that Pete Carroll should think about Bishop Amat’s Rio Fuiz in football, he already committed to the Trojans in baseball. But they have a long wait, he’s just a sophomore.

Things you should know about Lakewood, their only loss is to undefeated Crenshaw in the opener 28-27, they crush teams they’re supposed to crush, and have notable wins over name teams like Long Beach Poly, and smacked the heck out of Newport Harbor last week. They haven’t lost at home, and win by a 32-point margin. Not trying to scare Amat Nation, I’m just sayin …

Know your opponent: Highlights of the Lakewood-Crenshaw game.

Read the Lakewood local angle from J.J. Fiddler on LBPOST.Com, Despite yet another slow start for Lakewood, the Moore League Champions cruised in the second half and took out Newport Harbor, 41-17, in the first round of the CIF Pac-5 Playoffs. The Lancers spotted the Sailors 10 points after just five plays, but 221 yards on the ground and more stingy defense from the Red Swarm was the difference as Lakewood advances to the quarterfinals where they will face Bishop Amat, the #1 seed from the Serra League.

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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL FINAL: Los Altos pulls it off, knocks off Bonita in five games, 25-16, 21-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-10 to take Division 3AA title


In Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA championship at Cypress College, Los Altos (30-8) took the first game, then fell behind 2-1, rallying for a five-game 25-16, 21-25 18-25, 25-23 and 15-10 victory over the No. 2 Bearcats (18-7) to claim their first girls volleyball championship after coming up short in title games in 1975 and 1977.
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Those Still Alive on Thanksgiving Week

Friday’s second’round matchups
Pac-5
Dana Hills (9-2) at No 1 Edison (11-0)
Bishop Amat (10-1) at No. 4 Lakewood (10-1)
No. 3 Servite (10-1) at Long Beach Poly (6-5)
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (9-2) at No. 1 Mission Viejo (11-0)

Southeast Division
No. 1 Charter Oak (10-1) at West Covina (7-4)
No. 4 Burbank (9-2) at California (8-2-1)
No. 3 Schurr (9-1-1) at Diamond Ranch (5-6)
No. 2 South Hills (9-2) at Crescenta Valley (8-3)

Mid-Valley Division
No. 1 Monrovia (11-0) at Paraclete (7-4)
Baldwin Park (9-2) at Whittier Christian (8-3)
San Marino (9-2) at No. 3 Azusa (10-1)
Cerritos Valley Christian (8-3) at No. 2 San Dimas (10-1)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat beats Mater Dei in the final minute, 28-21; Charter Oak and South Hills Survive and Advance; West Covina, San Dimas romp into quarters

Friday’s Results
Pac-5 Division
Bishop Amat 28, Mater Dei 21 — Sophomore Rio Ruiz caught a 40-yard touchdown from Jerry McClanahan with 38 seconds left, giving the Lancers their second win over Mater Dei in the playoffs since 1962. They will be at Lakewood in the quarterfinals.
Central Division
Rancho Cucamonga 27, Glendora 14 — The Tartans fell behind early and never recovered, losing to the defending champions.
Upland 30, Damien 6 — When you rush for 15 yards total and seven of those yards come in the final moments, you won’t win a lot of games. QB Guillen sacked five times. Just too much Upland.
Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia 40, South El Monte 7 — Exactly what you expected from the No. 1 Cats, but now they get defending champion Paraclete on the road.
Paraclete 45, La Puente 0 — Those doubting how difficult the Spirits are once the playoffs arrive only need to look at this score.
Baldwin Park 38, Gladstone 17 — The Gladiators made a game of it for a while, but the Braves were too much in the end.
Whittier Christian 27, Arroyo 24 — I don’t know if you call it a shocker, but it does go to show how difficult the Olympic League is this year.
San Marino 42, Rosemead 20 –I’m going to keep a close eye on these Titans. Any team with defensive coach Mike Mooney associated with it has a pretty good chance.
San Dimas 48, Workman 6 — Way too much firepower from the No. 2 Saints. I don’t see anything stopping their trip to the finals.
Southeast Division
Charter Oak 20, Muir 19 — Shocked is the appropriate word. I should have known not to underestimate the Mighty Mustangs. They had a two-point conversion chance to knock off the defending champions. Incredible.
West Covina 40, San Gabriel 14 — With all these Southeast scares, the Bulldogs take care of business, host Charter Oak next.
California 55, Rowland 27 — The Condors are the team everyone should look out for how. That’s a lot of points against the Raiders’ D.
South Hills 28, Bonita 21 — It wasn’t as close a scare as Charter Oak, but pretty darn close. The Huskies blew a 21 point lead as the Bearcats tied it in the fourth quarter, but the Huskies found a way to advance

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