Diamond Bar’s Brandon Riley won’t be forgotten


Above: Friend and teammate of Brandon Riley, Andrew Stilkey hangs Riley’s letterman jacket on his chair before a match. The Diamond Bar High School wrestling team, who has had to deal with the death of captain Brandon Riley, who died in September after falling into a coma after several seizures.

Staff photographer Eric Reed’s photo gallery at Diamond Bar’s final home match against Damien last Thursday.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
DIAMOND BAR
- Before each home wrestling match, the Diamond Bar High School wrestling team sets the letterman jacket of Brandon Riley on the chair he once occupied.
For them it’s a reminder of how precious life is, and a memorial to a 16-year-old who lived his to the fullest before his death as a result of spinal meningitis on Sept. 11. “I look back and think of Brandon as this underdog you wanted to root for because of the cards he was dealt in life, and how he responded to it all,” Diamond Bar’s wrestling coach, Scott Usher, said. (To continue, click thread)

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Friday Boxscores: San Dimas beats Baldwin Park again; Charter Oak shocks Bonita; Damien sweeps Glendora; Rowland knocks off Walnut


Above: San Dimas’ KJ Byrd finished with 11 points and did a terrific job limiting Baldwin Park scorer Tomas Montes to just five points. For boxscores from Friday’s boys and girls basketball and soccer, click thread.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
SAN DIMAS
— San Dimas high school boys basketball coach Bruce Robbins may not have all the answers, but he may have figured the solution to solving pesky Baldwin Park — take away one of its two high-powered scorers. While Baldwin Park’s Fernie Morelos scored a team-high 17 points, San Dimas’ K.J. Byrd smothered the Braves’ other big scorer for the second straight time, holding Tomas Montes to just five points — his second worst game of the season in San Dimas’ 70-56 victory on Friday. (To continue, click thread)

Boys hoops results
Charter Oak 58, Bonita 55
Damien 56, Glendora 47

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Inland Insider: Reporting from Ayala-CHills

Chino Hills Tom checks out games all over the I.E., Friday he was at all thing Chino Hills Ayala, check it out.

In Boys soccer, Chino Hills tied for first place with Diamond Bar, beat Ayala 1-0 on a goal by Cesar Pompa Guerrero, the goal was assisted by Jacob Chaver’s long thrown in helping them to improve to 5-1, and 10-6-4, Ayala fell to 0-5 and 4-8-1….To continue, click thread

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Glendora tournament missing a few heavyweights

The Glendora baseball tournament begins the first week of March, and though I like the line-up, I’m disappointed that Bishop Amat is not in it this season, they kind of added drama to the mix, you all remember the infamous game against Northview a couple years back, without going into details of course. Also missing are the two defending divisional champions, South Hills and San Dimas, but they usually don’t take part anyway. Other than that, it should be good again with host Glendora and Diamond Ranch in the same pool, Bonita and Northview matched in another pool, and Charter Oak in tight with usually tough Crescenta Valley. For the complete schedule, click thread.

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Riley to UCLA? C’mon Bonds, you can do it

Miguel Melendez tracked down one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits, St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley, who says the Bruins have a slight edge. C’mon coach, your Jimmy Bonds, from one Bruin to a future Bruin, hammer it home.

Melendez wrote: I had a chat with St. Francis’ Dietrich Riley earlier today and he said UCLA was at the top of his list, but emphasized it’s not necessarily where he’ll sign to play football next season. The announcement will come next week on ESPN. (To continue, click thread)

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Thursday Boxscores: Sierra Vista stops red-hot Duarte, and Mountain View takes Rosemead rematch; Amat beats rival St. Paul in girls hoops

In Thursday’s boxscores, Bishop Amat girls soccer pounds Something by the Sea, San Dimas and Sierra Vista girls win also, Mountain takes care of Rosemead in the big boys soccer rematch, Los Altos pounds Wilson and Sierra Vista beats Duarte in huge Montview showdown. For other scores, click thread


Above: Sierra Vista High School’s Luis Fuentes (2), right, celebrates a goal with John Contreras (20) against Duarte High. Keith Birmingham photo

Sierra Vista wins: Sierra Vista High goalkeeper Rigo Moreno dove to his right and blocked the freshman Duarte midfielder Angel Espa’s penalty kick 20 minutes into the second half to preserve a 1-0 shutout in Thursday’s Montview League game.

Mountain View wins rematch: Mountain View High School’s boys soccer team can continue pursuing that dream after it defeated Rosemead, 2-0, in a key league match Thursday.

Amat girls hoops beat St. Paul: Bishop Amat’s Leticia Galarza had 24 points and scored on a rebound follow from eight feet with 11 seconds left, and Bishop Amat survived a scare from rival St. Paul for a 60-57 victory over the visiting Swordsmen in a Del Rey League girls basketball game.
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Basketball Notes: Gutierrez the state leader in girls blocks; Adams, Smith, Serrano and Gomez are McDonald All-American nominees

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The El Monte High School girls basketball team might be struggling to a 7-11 overall record and fighting to stay in the hunt for the Mission Valley League title with a 3-1 record, but imagine how worse it could be if not for 6-foot-2 senior center Sandra Gutierrez protecting the lane. (To continue click thread)

Below: Glendora’s Calvin Smith one of four area players to receive prestigious McDonalds All-American nomination.

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Sipa hosting a soccer clinic tonight at Bonita with proceeds going to the Red Cross for Haiti

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
LA VERNE
— George Sipa is one of the San Gabriel Valley’s well-known soccer trainers, spending most of his time with FC Barcelona and the La Verne Lazers soccer clubs.
The Cameroon-born coach who grew up in France and recently became an American Citizen also runs several soccer clinics a year, and wants to invite kids of all ages to his shooting clinic tonight from 6-8 p.m., at Bonita High School, where all money raised from donations will go the Red Cross for Haiti Relief fund. This was originally scheduled last week, but postponed until tonight because of the storms.(To continue, click thread)

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Dragging their feet: Still no word at Nogales, Bassett or Los Altos football

While we still wait for the head football coaching positions at Nogales, Bassett and Los Altos to eventually be filled, the successor to replace longtime coach Gil Ruedaflores at Alhambra has come down to three candidates, San Gabriel high offensive coordinator Jude Olivas, Temple City wide receivers coach Zeke Prado and athletic director Lou Torres.

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Boys Basketball Notes: Barlow back at Diamond Bar; Howland at La Verne Lutheran

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Kacy Barlow didn’t do himself or the Diamond Bar High School boys basketball team any favors, but he is back playing with the Brahmas after transferring to Diamond Ranch, then transferring back after learning his hardship request to CIF-Southern Section officials was denied. The 6-foot-3 forward has averaged 22 points in the five games since his return on June 13 against Chino, a game the Brahmas won 48-42 for only their third victory of the season.


Above: UCLA coach Ben Howland was at La Verne Lutheran practice recently, coach Cooper saying he’s looking at sophomore Grant Jerrett and freshman guard Eric Cooper, Jr.

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The Inland Insider: Glendora’s rough ride in the Sierra continues, this time to Ayala

Chino Hills Tom (he actually went to Workman), checks out games all over the I.E., tonight he was at Glendora-Ayala. Here’s how it went down

Despite a game high 21 points from Calvin Smith, Glendora fell to Ayala 54-43. Smith had 12 points in the second half but the Tartans were outscored 34-20. Ayala applied constant pressure to force turnovers and used an 8-0 run in the last three minutes of the game to seal it.

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Boys Hoops: Bonita is No. 1 in the Valley, but the private schools have the best postseason chances

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs begin next month, La Verne Lutheran (12-7) figures to be the area team with the best chance of winning a division title, its second in three years. The Trojans are on top of the Division 5-AA poll with Windward and Flintridge Prep the only legitimate contenders. The rest of the Valley, however, may find it difficult in the new playoff divisions, except for the area’s other private schools. (To continue reading, click thread)

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I’m kicking myself for missing Los Altos-Bishop Amat part I, is part II too much to ask?


Above: Los Altos’ Lauren Stupin

I wanna see it, I really do, the numbers are sickly ridiculous. No offense to anyone out there, its just too intriguing, two talented young teams that are dominant, the perfect beginnings for a long-time rivalry, and that’s before the welcomed sight of Walnut and Los Altos in the same league next season. But that’s for another day, how can you not like the possibilities and the drama unfolding in D-4. You got Bishop Amat, No. 1 in the division, 19-0-1 with a 79-7 goals against average and the only team they tied (0-0), No. 2 Los Altos, 18-1-1 with a 68-7 GAA. I promise to check out an Amat game soon, but what struck me after watching Los Altos beat Charter Oak 5-1 today is they did it so effortlessly. I’m not sure they played all that well, the rain probably having something to do with it, but they play with a purpose, go outside-in extremely well, and that Lauren Stupin, she finishes chances as well as any outside midfielder I remember, scoring three more today. They weren’t all that spectacular, but they came because she’s always poking around the goal, knows when and where to make a run, crosses darts into the area, and doesn’t waste many opportunities, which is clutch in a game where one chance can decide it. And I knew before asking the question that Conqs coach Reeder is keeping tabs on Amat too, going so far as to say they need to run the table the rest of the way to maintain their No. 2 spot, expecting that Amat will do the same. If that happens, there’s only one place they can meet.

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Bishop Amat update: St. Bonaventure dropped from schedule; Amat officials meeting in February to discuss future playoff division

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
LA PUENTE
- Bishop Amat High School football coach Steve Hagerty said it’s not a crisis, but he is concerned that the Lancers are eight months away from starting the 2010 season and they still have four nonleague games to fill on their schedule.
Alemany will join the Serra League this fall to make it a five-team league, which has left a Week 9 nonleague hole for the Lancers to fill. The only nonleague opponents secured by the Lancers are Dominguez in Week 1 and Damien in Week 3. They still need to find four opponents for games that can be played in Weeks 0, 2, 4, 5 and 9. One of the weeks would be a bye. (To continue, click thread)

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Boys Basketball: Bonita in control; South Hills leaps to No. 2; Damien, Glendora struggling


Above: After losing big game to Chino Hills, Glendora bounces back with win over Walnut in Southern California Shootout on Saturday at APU.

Boys Basketball top ten
1. Bonita (18-3) - Easy wins over Diamond Ranch and Wilson, it gets tougher this week against Walnut and Charter Oak.
2. South Hills (15-3) – Beat Walnut and now has won eight straight. Don’t know if they’re a legit No. 2, but they keep winning while others are falling.
3. Damien (14-6) – Mid-season blues or what, the Spartans drop three of four, including two straight. Big one on Friday at Glendora.
4. Bishop Amat (16-5) – After a Del Rey League opening pounding from Serra, they bounce back with win two straight wins.
5. Glendora (15-5) - With losses to Chino Hills and Damien in league, their backs are against the wall with Damien coming to town Friday.
6. Baldwin Park (18-2) - The Braves flex their muscles, end Northview’s 31-game Valle Vista winning streak.
7. Nogales (14-7) – Still 2-1 in the San Antonio, but that 30-point loss to South Hills has to sting.
8. Charter Oak 14-6 — Gets another crack at top-ranked Bonita this week.
9. Northview (13-8) – With loss to Baldwin Park, Vikings, Braves and San Dimas all 3-1 in league.
10. San Dimas (12-8) — Saints could be in the drivers seat because they get Northview and Baldwin Park at home in second half.

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Girls Soccer: With Bishop Amat and Los Altos No. 1 and 2 in Division IV, they could meet again

Bishop Amat win over St. Joseph from Long Beach PT: In the collective minds of the St. Joseph High girls soccer team, Monday’s match against undefeated and CIF Southern Section Division IV top-ranked Bishop Amat was seen as a showdown, a chance to make a real statement. But for some reason or another, the Jesters didn’t come out as ready as need be and fell victim to the visiting Lancers in a 6-2 Del Rey League affair.

Above: St. Joseph’s Hannah Bredesen, right, battles with Bishop Amat’s Miranda Joya for a loose ball in the Lancers’ 6-2 win.

Girls Soccer Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (19-0-1) - Can you remember the last time a team was this dominant? They give up two goals against St. Joseph, now they have just outscored opponents, 79-5. What a bunch of slackers, :)
2. Los Altos (17-1-1) - Conqs coach Chris Reeder admits they keep a close eye on Bishop Amat, whom they tied on the road for all of you keeping track.
3. Walnut (13-3-2) - The shutout streak is at five and counting. Let’s be honest, the top two are legit, but Walnut would give them both a run for their money.
4. St. Lucy’s (9-6-2) — Suffered first league loss to Ayala 1-0, but still in thick of league race.,
5. Bonita (8-5-2) – After a nonleague game against Walnut, they will find out where they stack up with games against Charter Oak and Los Altos.
6. Charter Oak (14-3) – Another team that didn’t play last week, but fasten up, they host Los Altos today.
7. San Dimas (7-3-2) – What’s most impressive is they only have allowed 11 goals this season.
8. Sierra Vista (15-2) — Like the girls basketball team, nobody is touching the Dons in the Montview.
9. Glendora (7-7-3) – Tartans still 2-1 in Sierra, with plenty of time left to still fight for the league title.
10. Northview (9-4-1) — Since they didn’t play also, I repeat: Vikings forward Khalalah Todd has 37 goals, 13 shy of the big 50, which would put her in rare company. After tying San Dimas 2-2 on the road, the Vikes have the inside track to the VVL too.

Girls Soccer standings, schedules and leaders
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Soccer: Montview League with three teams in top eight, Baldwin Park still No. 1


Above: Rosemead won earlier this season, but they meet again on Thursday at Mountain View.

Boys Soccer Top Ten
1. Baldwin Park (13-0-2) – Braves are making it look easy in the Valle Vista, beating San Dimas 9-0 and Covina 11-1.
2. Los Altos (12-2-3) – No games last week, lots of make-ups left, but Conqs appear to be in control of Miramonte.
3. Rosemead (9-1-4) – Can they make it two in a row at Mountain View on Thursday?
4. La Puente (8-2-3) – Defense has been nails, they have allowed just four goals in last six games.
5. Glendora (11-4-3) – Had a huge chance to build a lead in the Sierra, but lost 3-1 at home to two-time defending league champ Chino Hills.
6. Duarte (11-2-2) – Falcons have won five straight, haven’t allowed goal since 2-1 lost to La Puente, where they will play today.
7. Rowland (6-3-2) – Remember, one of two teams that tied Baldwin Park and played Rosemead and Los Altos close.
8. Sierra Vista (11-4) – You know the Montview is tough when Sierra Vista could be third-best in league.
loss to Duarte. Idle last week.
9. Diamond Bar (7-5-1) – Ended Chino Hills’ 22-game league unbeaten streak with a 1-0 win on the road last week.
10. Mountain View – (5-5-1) – The defending Division VI champs can right the ship with a win at home against Rosemead Thursday.

Boys Soccer standings, schedules and leaders
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Girls Basketball: Diamond Ranch No. 1 by far, but blue-hot Walnut jumps two spots to No. 2

Girls Basketball top ten
1. Diamond Ranch (17-2)
— In addition to beating Bonita, the Panthers also knocked off Ventura, 40-37
2. Walnut (16-3) - Extremely impressed with Mustangs, not only did they beat South Hills, beat Magnolia too at Ayala showcase on Saturday.
3. Bishop Amat (15-5) – Serra took care of Lancers, 55-47, and now has the inside track toward the Del Rey league title.
4. Bonita (18-2) – Young and talented, they might finally beat Diamond Ranch soon, but not this season.
5. South Hills (13-5) – On paper this team has talent, but they do turn the ball over way too much.
6. Glendora (16-4) — After a tough loss to Chino Hills, hold your breath, Ayala next on Wednesday.
7. Sierra Vista (13-5) - In cruise control, they should be the first team to have a league-title wrapped up.
8. St. Lucy’s (12-6) – Beat Chino Hills, losses in league to Glendora and Ayala.
9. Rosemead (13-4) – On a roll, winners of nine of their last ten games, and a five game winning streak.
10. Wilson 11-8 – Even the Wildcats no they can do no better than third in the Miramonte.

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Monday’s Boxscores: Glendora falls to Chino Hills at home in boys soccer; Bishop Amat girls soccer beats St. Josephs 6-2 to remain unbeaten

By Fred J. Robledo
Chino Hills High School was one of the few boys soccer teams to take on the elements last Friday – losing a rain-soaked game at Diamond Bar. The two-time defending Sierra League champion Huskies saw their 22-game league unbeaten streak end that day. The Huskies had a chance to start a new victory streak Monday with a make-up match at Glendora. Chino Hills came away with a satisfying 3-1 victory that puts them right back in the league race. With goals from Bryan Gutierrez, Brandon Portal and Christian Leandro, Chino Hills (8-6-4, 3-1) regained the league lead by a half game over Glendora (11-4-3, 2-1) and Diamond Bar (7-5-1, 2-1). (To continue and view the rest of the boys and girls basketball and soccer boxscores Monday, click thread.)


Above: Glendora midfielder Jeremy Bishop scored late, but the Huskies finished did too, winning 3-1.
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For those updating MaxPreps, all the info is here, plus your areas leading contenders

Top Boys and Girls Basketball Leaders reported to MaxPreps
Boys Basketball
Top Scorer: Calvin Smith, Glendora, 24.1
Top Rebounder: Tyrone Hall, Duarte, 13.3
3-point field goals made: Chris Adams, Damien, 72
Total blocks: Chris Reyes, Damien, 62
Steals made: Bernardo Pagovich, Sierra Vista, 71
Total assists: CJ Cooper, La Verne Lutheran, 112
Top free throw percentage: Michael Wong, Wilson, 81 percent (53-of-65)

Girls Basketball
Top Scorer: Evelyn Ramirez, Rosemead, 17.3
Top Rebounder: Sarah Letourneau, Glendora, 13.9
3-point field goals made: Diana Wang, Walnut, 37
Total blocks: Sandra Gutierrez, El Monte, 128
Steals made: Imari Brown, Duarte, 115
Total assists: Claudia Ramirez, Northview, 91
Top free throw percentage: Katie Gannon, Glendora, 93 percent (70-of-75)



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Summer passing leagues are growing, so much that coaches have approved a national championship 7-on-7 tournament in Florida

IMG Academies and the National High School Coaches Association have signed a deal that will help dispel the annual debate of which state produces the nation’s best athletic teams and players by creating official High School National Championships. Tournament-style team championships for 7-on-7 football, 7-on-7 lacrosse, boys’ and girls’ team tennis, and boys’ and girls’ team golf will begin at the Bradenton-based Academy in summer 2010, with plans for possible national television coverage and expansion to national championships for 20 sports in upcoming years.

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