San Dimas pulls it off, shocks undefeated Monrovia in the rematch, wins first title 12-7; Cats lose ninth straight championshp game

Game Story: Not until the driving rain storm stopped late in Saturday’s fourth quarter did San Dimas secure its grip on a CIF title that’s been slippery enough to evade Monrovia in nine trips to the championship game.

San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow
“We worked our butt of for it. Our kids played hard, we knew what was at stake and we learned a lot from the first game. Nobody said it could be done, but we showed a lot of effort. They (Monrovia) had a big monkey on their backs, I don’t know how that played into it, but I’m proud of our kids, they executed the game plan. We came out with the no huddle and made plays.”

Monrovia’s Nick Bueno
“They got way better. We couldn’t get it done tonight. It hurts, I don;t know what else to say.”

San Dimas’ Ryan Kohler with 108 yards, as four Saints had 60 or more yards rushing for 217 yards from scrimmage.
“We had to keep running hard, we couldn’t let up.They’re an awesome team, we had to keep playing hard, none of this was easy, it was a battle.”

Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox
They brought a great game plan, hats off to them, they beat us up front. They completely took us out of our offense. We struggled all night.”

Mid-Valley Division scoring updates
San Dimas 3 7 0 0 — 10
Monrovia 0 0 0 7 – 7
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
SD: Dillon Corona 35-yard field goal, 7:02
Second Quarter
SD: Jordan Taylor 27-yard touchdown (Corona kick)
Third quarter
No scoring
Fourth quarter
MO: Nick Bueno 11 run (kick good)
SD: Safety

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Back-to-Back for Charter Oak and a High Five for Big Lou, the Chargers win Southeast title again

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
The drive for five sped into history without a glitch, proving once again that defense wins championships.
The smothering and physical dominance that the Charter Oak High School football team showed during four straight shutouts during the Miramonte League showed up again in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game against league foe Diamond Ranch on Friday at Ayala High School.
Brandon Golden had two interceptions, and Dennis Rufus had another, and with running back Adam Muema providing the finishing touches with 177 yards and two touchdowns, Charter Oak won its first back-to-back championship in school history with a 21-0 victory over the Panthers.
“We started the season with a motto to make sure you keep your swag caps on,” said Golden, who also scored on a 41-yard touchdown run with 2:15 left to provide the exclamation point. “We started a little shaky in the first half, but our swag caps were tight in the second half. It’s history man, our coaches talked about it all year, making history at Charter Oak and we did it.”
For Chargers coach Lou Farrar, it was his fifth championship, making him second all-time in Valley history behind Los Altos’ Dwayne Despain.
The Chargers finished 13-1 and were 26-1-1 over two years as the Panthers finished 7-7 after winning six straight to reach the final. But it was the Panthers’ second straight defeat to the Chargers in the championship.
“Look, it’s been a decade of dominance with Charter Oak and they punctuated it tonight,” Panthers coach Roddy Layton said. “The way their coaching staff gets their players prepared for championships is a testament to Big Lou. I’m proud to say I coached against him, he’s moved on to legendary status.”
The Chargers’ defense hounded Panthers quarterback Gus Viramontes, sacking him five times as he finished just 6-of-14 for 94 yards and three interceptions. Running back Amari Staten finished with just 41 yards.
“Their defense played well, we couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Layton said. “If you put your defense on the field long enough a good team like that is going to score.”
Farrar soaked it all in during the moments that followed.
“Five and I’m alive,” Farrar said. “The kids were unbelievable. The coaching staff was unbelievable, that was a heck of a team over there and to get our fifth shutout against another Miramonte League team, I don’t know what to say. Give a lot of credit to Roger (Lehigh, defensive coordinator) and the kids, they really wanted to finish this strong and they did.”
The Chargers fumbled on their first possession at their own 32, but the Panthers couldn’t take advantage, missing on Jeff Stamps’ 56-yard field goal attempt with 7:44 left in the first quarter.
The lone points of the first half came on the Chargers’ 13-play, 60-yard drive that included two pass interference penalties, the second giving the Chargers a first down at the Panthers’ 12.
After Leon Youngblood’s 2-yard run and Golden’s 9-yard run to the one, Muema finished it, scoring from a yard out to give the Chargers a 7-0 lead as the first quarter expired.
It was more of the same in the second half.
After the fifth sack on Viramontes, the Chargers got going offensively behind Muema, who followed a 38-yard run with a pair of 11-yard runs to the Panthers’ 2-yard line. A couple plays later, Muema finished it, scoring on a one-yard touchdown, his second of the night, giving the Chargers a 14-0 lead with 11:11 left.
“It feels good to be part of history,” Muema said. “My line did an amazing job, it’s the best feeling ever. To be the first Charter Oak team to ever go back-to-back … I can’t think of a better way to finish my career.”
Muema simply wore the Panthers down in the second half.
“The kid is a horse, he’s a beast,” Farrar said. “He’s going to make somebody very happy next year playing on Saturday’s. I’m going to miss him, he’s the best back we ever had.”
Corner A.J. Powell made big play after big play, and thought about Monday’s banquet as he walked off the field.
“(UCLA coach Rick) Neuheisel said you’re going to remember this for the rest of your life, I know what he means now,” Powell said. “This is indescribable. I don’t have words for it.”

Southeast Championship
Scoring
Charter Oak 7 0 0 14 — 21
Diamond Ranch 0 0 0 0 — 0
Scoring Summary
CO: Adam Muema 1 run (Robert Poage kick), 0:00
CO: Muema 1 run (Poage kick), 11:11
CO: Brandon Golden 40 run (Poage kick), 2:17

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San Dimas’ Justin Winrow adds defensive swagger to Saints title chances on Saturday night

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Juston Winrow’s demeanor provides the perfect cloak to the unbridled excitement that courses through the San Dimas High School tight end when a rare pass play is called.
“I try to act the same,” Winrow said, “so the defense doesn’t pick up on anything.”
For the senior, who is low-key to put it lightly, unbridled excitement isn’t too far down the list from, say, obvious apathy.
Until the snap of the football, that is.
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Thursday Roundup: Nothing settled in showdown as Los Altos and Bishop Amat girls soccer tie, 0-0

In Thursday’s boxscores, nothing was settled when the Tribune’s No. 1 hosted No. 4 Los Altos in a battle of unbeaten girls soccer teams already with tournament titles under the belts. Los Altos (6-0-1) and Bishop Amat (6-0-1) played to a nil-nil draw (0-0), and the Conquerors still have not allowed a goal this season. For all of Thursday’s boxscores, click thread

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Arroyo Boys Basketball tournament

FYI: I will post schedules and update tournaments if coaches or tournament directors give me the information. When I receive a schedule and updates from the West Covina girls and Covina girls basketball tourney, as well as the San Dimas boys tournament, I will post it like I did here for the Arroyo tournament. Again, all it takes is an email and scores…

52nd Arroyo Boys Basketball Invitational
Monday’s first-round
Top Bracket

La Canada 100, South El Monte 57
Keppel 55, West Covina 37
Montclair 64, Los Altos 57
Bishop Amat 76, Arcadia 61
Bottom Bracket
California 49, La Puente 46
Walnut 58, Bosco Tech 35
Wilson 51, Arroyo 40
Chino 45, Monrovia 38

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
At Arroyo High School
Top Bracket

La Canada 57, Keppel 50
Bishop Amat 59, Montclair 45
Bottom Bracket
Walnut 59, California 38
Chino 43, Wilson 37

Friday’s semifinals
Walnut vs. Chino, 5 p.m.
La Canada vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.

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Mr. Winter, Gus Viramontes, leads Diamond Ranch to back-to-back comeback seasons

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
There’s no way of knowing for certain, because the CIF-Southern Section history books don’t keep track of such things, but few would argue that Diamond Ranch High School’s 1-6 start in back-to-back seasons and subsequent appearances in championship games probably is the first time a team has fallen five games below .500 in consecutive years and played for a title each time. After losing in last year’s Southeast Division championship to Charter Oak, the Panthers (7-6), winners of six consecutive games, get another shot at the defending champion Chargers (12-1) in Friday’s Southeast championship at Ayala High School at 7:30 p.m. To continue reading, click thread

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Breaking News: Charter Oak and Diamond Ranch to meet at Ayala in Friday’s championship

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Diamond Ranch High School surprised Charter Oak officials on Tuesday when it announced Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game will be played at Ayala High at 7:30 p.m. Charter Oak would have been more comfortable at Mt. San Antonio College, where the Chargers defeated the Panthers 30-14 last year. It’s also where they have won three of their four division titles and have a perfect 3-0 record.
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My baseball experiment thread …

In my third year running this blog, you could probably go from football to baseball without a complaint from basketball bloggers. Unless someone is complaining about La Verne Lutheran, or chiming in on Glendora, there isn’t much of a basketball discussion. Frankly, girls soccer gets the most discussion this time of year when we’re not talking football or baseball. Heck, even girls volleyball and softball is a more popular thread item than boys and girls hoops. So lets experiment, next week I will begin to post the fall all-league teams, followed by Tribune all area teams up until Christmas. Then we will continue to discuss football, and jump right into baseball, because that’s what you want, right? Someone asked that we have a baseball thread every week, do you agree. If so, I’m on it.


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It could be a wet and slippery night in the CIF championships, who does it favor?

The weekend weather forecast is cold and rainy. The latest forecast is as follows: Thursday (Rain, 58 High, 45 low); Friday (Rain, 59 High, 47 Low), Saturday (Rain, 61 high, 49 low)…..

How will this affect Friday’s Southeast championship between Diamond Ranch-Charter Oak and Saturday’s final of Monrovia and San Dimas at Citrus College. For the Saints, it has to help. When you run as much as they do, especially through the trenches, it’s an advantage. We keep hearing how Monrovia is more athletic, more explosive, well rain can neutralize that. But, it is on an artificial surface, which takes the mud out of play, and helps with footwork. The reason Diamond Ranch and Charter Oak haven’t settled on a location as of this morning is because of the forecast. They would both like to play at Mt. SAC, but the field already is in terrible shape. Citrus is already booked for Upland and Los Osos, leaving Pasadena City College as a viable alternative, not far down the 210 freeway. It’s a beautiful stadium with an artificial surface, which is huge if your Diamond Ranch. You don’t want to go muscle-to-muscle in the mud with Charter Oak and Adam Muema. Panthers QB Gus Viramontes has been too big in the playoffs, he needs an artificial surface and his receivers need their footing. You know, they might as well even play at Ganesha at this point.


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Monday’s meet-and greet luncheon message was simple, “You will remember this game for the rest of your lives.” And then there was Oaks Christian

At Monday’s CIF luncheon with 26 finalists, each coach stands up and introduces the players and people at the table, which is usually three, maybe four players. It’s normally a smooth process, but Oak Christian coach Bill Redell came off as cocky to many. While most coaches introduce their players by position, Redell brought six players who are all big Div. I signees, and introduced them like, “Here’s Nick Montanta, Washington; Alana Fua, Brigham Young,” and so on. There was also Zac Stout (Brigham Young), Cassius Marsh (Louisiana State), Malcolm Jones ( UCLA) and Erik Kohler (Washington). Needless to say, the coaches around him weren’t thrilled by his presentation, which came off as big-timing the others in the room. It wasn’t just me, others felt it. And it came right after Rob Wigod’s “Pursue Victory with Honor,” speech. Yikes.

CIF Finals luncheon with San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow, Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton and Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar. BTW, A.J. Powell told me they call Charter oak Lou-Ville.
“We didn’t even know this event (champions luncheon) existed last year. It was all brand new. You had a coaching staff and players that had never experienced championship week. We had to deal with so many things like how to host it. There were so many things outside of football that you had to deal with. This year it’s all familiar and we know what we’re up against. They’re (Chargers) still the best until you knock them off. I can’t tell you how much respect I have for their team and their coaching staff, they do a tremendous job.”Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton

The Star-News covered Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep at Monday’s luncheon. Nobody racks up titles like the Kares, going for their 12th championship. But our focus is Monrovia.

“It’s not going to be any different. We preach one game at a time, and to live by that this week is truly it. This is our last game of the year. We’re going to prepare for it like we have all year. San Dimas is a good football team. We know they’re good, and our kids are pumped up to play.”Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox

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Notebook: Baldwin Park boys hoops win Don Bosco tourney, Los Altos, Bishop Amat girls soccer meet Thursday; Nogales dismisses football coach

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Baldwin Park High School’s boys basketball team won its first tournament in 26 years on Saturday by beating Firebaugh 63-59 in the championship of the Don Bosco Tournament.
The Braves’ Eddie Gamboa scored 16 points in the final and Joe De La Torre had eight rebounds.
But the Braves duo of Fernie Morelos and Tomas Montes were named tournament co-MVPs. to continue, click thread

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Breaking News: Just to confirm, San Dimas and Monrovia will play at Citrus College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Diamond Ranch and Charter Oak are still weighing their options, but the leading candidate at this point is Pasadena City College on Friday night, which would be a great move for the Panthers. Mt. SAC might be too muddy and slippery. A field turf surface gives the Panthers a better shot, especially with QB Viramontes and his receivers playing so well.


Above: Former West Covina assistant and Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox getting his team ready for the perfect season.

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: 4-2/187-44
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 5-1/171-60

Last Week: Yup, Diamond Ranch did it to us again, Steve and I both missing their upset win over South Hills, setting up another Diamond Ranch-Charter Oak final. I also missed taking Rancho Cucamonga over Upland, but San Dimas, Charter Oak and Monrovia got it done, so here we go, championship week. By the way, Steve owes me a steak dinner for the head-to-head. He won in 2007, but I went back-to-back on him in 2008-09.

This week: It’s almost anti climactic making predictions now, you know how I feel. In Diamond Ranch’s case, it’s not as simple as saying “it’s hard to beat a good team twice.” Charter Oak has a psychological edge, because all they’ve ever known is beating Diamond Ranch. Could that change this week? I just can’t envision it, but I do envision a close game to the end. San Dimas? That’s another story. Monrovia is not going to face the same team it did in September, it’s at a neutral site, and then there’s the Billy Cats 0-8 record in championship games. You would be a fool not to make Monrovia the favorites and from my time covering them, I know how much it means to that community, they truly are a class act over there, a great sports school, and have a better team on paper. But I like the Saints. They won a baseball title when everyone was screaming Bishop Amat and Northview. They have kids, particularly young kids, who always fight-the-fight, a characteristic that usually ends up with things like championships.

CIF-SS Championship predictions
=Southeast Division
Friday
Diamond Ranch (7-6) vs. Charter Oak (12-1), TBA — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Mid-Valley Division
Saturday

San Dimas (12-1) vs. Monrovia (13-0) at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)


Monrovia’s cheerleaders running after one of the many touchdowns in the Cats’ 36-17 win over San Dimas in September.

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What else is going on this week? I would love to know which games you would like covered?

We will obviously be in football mode this week, and also time to start putting our fall all-area girls volleyball, boys tennis, cross country, boys water polo and football teams together, but we will have time to sneak out to a few games, so what games should grab our attention. Anything in boys or girls soccer. Any great hoops games? Let us know. When I get the San Dimas boy tournament schedule, I will post it.

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