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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