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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