If the Mid-Valley Division stays the same, will Northview and Covina step up to the plate?


Above: Two-time Tribune player of the year Mike McDonough might have been celebrating two championships instead of looking like this if the Colts were in the Mid-Valley Division when he was playing.

I was asked over the weekend what happened to Northview and Covina football. It must be frustrating to be in such a winnable division and have to suffer the growing pains of a down year for both, if that’s what you want to call it. Seriously, think a couple of those Mike McDonough-led teams at Covina would have licked their chops in this division today? When the Mid-Valley Division was re-created a couple years ago, I thought, well here’s the chance for Covina and Northview to compete for championships, only those titles have gone to Paraclete and San Dimas, with the Vikings at least getting to the quarters in 2008. These are schools with two very good football coaches, Darryl Thomas and Jim Arellanes, tell me they will be competing for CIF titles soon, because the Mid-Valley is never going to be more appetizing than in is right now. If everything stays the way it is, San Dimas and Monrovia should be favored to get back to the finals, though Arroyo looks pretty good on paper too. But how far off are the Vikes and Colts from competing again? Will Wilson and Nogales suddenly come alive by dropping out of a division with Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, Bonita, South Hills, West Covina and Rowland, and into one where a first-round game could come against, say, South Pasadena? La Canada? Gabrielino? The bottom line is, I miss those huge games at Covina District, and now that South Hills is going to the Sierra League and may struggle just to make the playoffs, Covina and Northview will never have a better opportunity to steal the limelight from its crosstown friends on Cameron. If they don’t, It might look strange come November when CDF’s lights are shut down by the second round of the playoffs. Unless off course, Rio Hondo Prep makes it back to another championship game.

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South Hills, led by Dakota Behr, wins the Damien wrestling tournament

For results on Damien, Five Counties and to look ahead to the next big tournaments, click here.

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
LA VERNE
- While Etiwanda High School senior Jakob Miller extended his undefeated season on one mat, teammate J.J. Everard demonstrated on the adjacent mat the difficulty of staying unbeaten this deep into the wrestling season.
Everard dropped a 2-1 decision to defending CIF champion Dakota Behr of South Hills, which won the Damien High School Tournament of Champions on Saturday with 292 points to second-place Etiwanda’s 192.

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Boys Hoops: Emotions out of control as Northview pulls out a 59-56 win over San Dimas after nearly blowing nine-point lead in final five minutes

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
A forgettable scene in the moments following Northview High Schools’ 59-56 victory over San Dimas will be addressed on Monday, Saints vice principal Rita Kear said – an ugly way to end a thrilling comeback that came up short for the Saints. A series of calls — including back-to-back technicals — were simply to much for Saints boys basketball coach Bruce Robbins to stomach in the seconds following Northview’s victory. (To continue, click thread)

South Hills pounds Nogales, 80-50
Bonita routs Los Altos, 71-28
Chino Hills rallies past Damien, 54-46

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Khalalah Todd’s amazing season continues, she scores two more to help Northview tie San Dimas, 2-2, and is among the top scorers in the country

By Scott French
Khalalah Todd couldn’t find many opportunities Thursday, but what she did with the two that came her way made all the difference for Northview High School’s girls soccer team. Todd scored goals early in both halves and the Vikings held off a San Dimas onslaught for nearly all of the second half and 20 minutes of overtime to post an improbable 2-2 draw with the Valle Vista League’s reigning power. (To continue reading, click thread)

Los Altos wins: Lauren Stupin scored three goals and Malaysia Avery had a goal and an assist and Los Altos rolled to a 4-0 victory over host Bonita in a match featuring the top two teams in the Miramonte League.

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Wrestling: Five Counties and Damien up next

In addition to the Five Counties wrestling tournament that runs Friday and Saturday, Damien is hosting a wrestling tournament on Saturday that will include host Damien, South Hills, Walnut, Glendora and Northview, though Northview also will have wrestlers at Five Counties. For information on the wrestling tournaments and to look ahead at the rest of the wrestling season, check out this website, the dyestat of high school wrestling. You also will be able to access final results from Five Counties and Damien through this website.


Stressful job? Once the match begins, there is only so much a wrestling coach can do.

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Finally, we have the All CIF-Southern Section Central Division football teams


Note: Four area players made the first team All Central Division, led by Glendora quarterback Chad Jeffries (pictured above) along with Tartans linebacker Michael Gonzalez. Damien landed two on the first team, offensive lineman Josh Polonio and defensive lineman Tre Hale.

CENTRAL DIVISION
Co-Offensive Players of the Year - Jamil Austin (12), Colony & Angel Santiago (12), Etiwanda
Defensive Player of the Year - Timothy Helton (12), Upland
Coach of the Year - Tim Salter, Upland
OFFENSIVE TEAM
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Yr.
QB Greg Watson Rancho Cucamonga 6-0 190 12
QB Chad Jefferies Glendora 6-3 180 11
DB Derrick Malone Colton 6-3 205 12
DB Ryan Verdugo Chino Hills 6-1 195 12
DB Tyler Ervin Colton 6-0 175 11
DB Cody Rogina Los Osos 5-10 185 12
DB Michael Boyd Rancho Cucamonga 5-10 180 12
DL Jacob Nasif Upland 6-3 255 12
DL Nick Martin Los Osos 6-4 280 12
DL Zach Dilley Paloma Valley 6-5 290 12
DL John Tyler Colton 6-3 250 11
DL Eden Mahina Upland 6-4 245 12
DL Josh Polonio Damien 6-3 250 12
DL Rick Greenwalt Elsinore 6-3 250 12
DL Jesus Cortez Chaffey 6-4 270 12
WR Sean Alston Los Osos 5-10 175 12
WR Randal Telfer Rancho Cucamonga 6-4 230 12
WR Brandon Flanagan Colony 5-8 170 12
WR Bobby Ratliff Etiwanda 6-2 180 12
WR Vanzell Richardson San Bernardino 6-0 170 12
UTL Jon Maricic Elsinore 5-11 225 12
K Alejandro Maldonado Colton 5-11 180 12
DEFENSIVE TEAM
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Yr.
DB Corey Sims Upland 5-10 170
DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Chino Hills 5-10 185 11
DB Derrick Malone Colton 6-3 205 12
DB Jared Bell Colony 6-2 190 12
DB Gianni Olivas Upland 5-11 185 12
DB Jonathan Mack Colton 5-11 175 11
DL Tony Washington Los Osos 6-4 228 12
DL Gregory Triay Upland 6-2 250 12
DL Austin Johnson Chino Hills 6-0 225 11
DL Tamasamoa Taua’i Colony 5-11 250 12
DL Mike Newton Colton 6-3 250 12
DL Marcus Gluck Upland 6-1 185 12
DL Tre Hale Damien 6-2 190 12
DL Gregory Todd Colony 6-1 260 12
LB Edward Todd Colony 6-1 260 12
LB Josh Rottler Chino Hills 6-1 205 12
LB Devan Hussey Colton 5-11 180 11
LB Anthony King Upland 6-3 215 12
LB Ofa Fifita Arroyo Grande 6-1 220 12
LB Michael Gonzalez Glendora 6-0 220 12
UTL Kallen Wright Los Osos 5-9 175 12
P Jake Van Ginkel Upland 5-11 175 11

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Schedule for Saturday’s Jan. 23 Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University

Southern California Shootout at APU
Saturday, Jan. 23
Boys Basketball

Flintridge Prep vs. Baldwin Park, 9:30 a.m.
Brea vs. La Canada, 10:30 a.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Murrieta Valley, Noon
Upland vs. Vista Murrieta, 1:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. Glendora, 3 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Ventura, 4:30 p.m.
Oxnard vs. Colony, 6 p.m.
Damien vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Ontario Christian, 9 p.m.

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San Dimas’ Mike Regan named NFHS baseball coach of the year after Saints Div. IV title run

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
San Dimas High School baseball coach Mike Regan knew he had been nominated for a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) award.
But he was floored earlier this week after receiving a letter from the NFHS which said he was selected 2009 West Sectional Coach of the Year for baseball after leading the Saints to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title with a 4-2 victory over Torrance in June. It was the school’s first section title since 1985. (To continue reading click thread)

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Boys Hoops: Damien uses full arsenal to beat Glendora for the second time this season


Got Milk?: Just kidding, Terrell Bolden goes up for two of his 13 points against Glendora.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
LA VERNE - The book on how to beat the Damien High School basketball team says to limit senior guard Chris Adams’ scoring. The book proved to be wrong Wednesday night. Glendora held Adams to seven points. But sophomore center Chris Reyes scored 17 points and senior guard Terrell Bolden had 13 to lead the host Spartans to a 56-34 victory over Glendora in the teams’ Sierra League opener. (To continue reading click thread)

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Girls Hoops: Days after West Covina’s upset over Bonita, South Hills squeaks by the Bulldogs

By John Honell, Correspondent
A furious second-half comeback pushed the South Hills High School girls basketball team to a 49-47 win over crosstown rival West Covina in the San Antonio League opener for both teams Wednesday night. A two-point jumper by Marisa Gomez with 12.4 seconds left capped a 22-point fourth quarter and proved to be the game-winner. (To continue reading, click thread).

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St. Lucy’s rolled up its sleaves, got physical, and left Glendora with a 2-1 victory

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
GLENDORA
- You have to give St. Lucy’s credit. The Regents knew the Glendora High School girls soccer team was going to force the action, especially at home in the final meeting between the rivals before the Tartans leave the Sierra League for the Baseline next season.
The defending league champion Regents weathered the Tartans’ push by getting aggressive on the back line, with freshman defender Marissa Hagerman and senior Daniella Perez meeting the Tartans with bodies on their backs at all times. The Regents held the Tartans off long enough to create a few chances of their own for a 2-1 win behind goals from sophomore Shannon Kent and freshman Vanessa Landa. (To continue click thread)

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Football’s Game Wanted Ads …. How about Charter Oak-Rowland, and Charter Oak-Glendora?


Above: Rowland quarterback Michael Ball as a sophomore in 2008 semifinal game against Charter Oak.

Here are the area football teams on CIF’s game wanted list that need to be filled as soon as possible.

First thoughts, why don’t Charter Oak and Rowland play in week 0, that would be a great rematch of the 2008 Southeast semifinal, and its Rowland QB Michael Ball’s senior year and first game back from injury …. Or how about the no-brainer, Glendora and Charter Oak renewing their rivalry in week 5 and making amends for why they ended this relationship in the first place…..

Charter Oak – Week 0 or Week 5 (has to be an away game)
Glendora – Week 5 (has to be a home game)
Rowland — Week 0 and Week 3 (site to be determined)
Wilson – Week 0
Damien – Weeks 1 and 4
San Dimas - Week 2
Bishop Amat - Week 9 (a really tough week considering everyone is virtually in league)
Chino Hills - Week 1

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Los Altos’ football opening has the most prestige, but Nogales might be the best opportunity

By Fred J. Robledo
In terms of history and prestige, the Los Altos high school football program offers it all. The school has won 12 CIF-SS titles, including seven under legendary coach Dwayne DeSpain, and four under Greg Gano, now at Damien. Gano resigned and turned the program over to Felipe Aguilar in 2008, who resigned after two years and a 4-16 overall record as the Conquerors missed the playoffs for the third season in a row. (To continue, click thread)

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The Rosemead boys, and Sierra Vista girls soccer teams continue to be the area’s big surprises

Boys Soccer, Rosemead beats Mountain View: The championship final that wasn’t turned out to be a hotly contested battle between Rosemead and Mountain View high schools Tuesday in the Mission Valley League boys soccer opener for both teams. It stayed that way from start to finish, even after the host Panthers doubled up for a two-goal lead at the half before earning a 2-1 win.

Girls Soccer, Sierra Vista’s great year continues: The road to the Montview League girls soccer championship will run through Sierra Vista High School. Estela Diaz, Elizabeth Rivera and Lizbeth Rodriguez scored goals and the Dons took control of the league title chase with a 3-1 victory over host Azusa on Tuesday.

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Roundup: Bishop Amat girls beat rival St. Paul; lots of soccer boxscores to check out

Bishop Amat girls basketball back on track: Winning at St. Paul High School never has been any easy proposition, even for the powerful Bishop Amat girls basketball team.
The Lancers (13-4 overall, 1-0 in league) had lost two of their last three meetings at St. Paul, but they opened the 2010 Del Rey League season with a big 57-36 victory on Tuesday.

For boxscores from Tuesday’s games, click thread
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Roger That: He will truly be missed

I knew if I worked long enough this day would come, and for me personally, saying goodbye to veteran sports writer Roger Murray, who spent the last 13 years at the Whittier Daily News and 34 years with this newsgroup is like watching a hall of fame coach call it a career. On Tuesday, Roger’s Hall of fame career with our newspaper came to an end. He’s retiring, and we’re all going to miss him immensely. I knew Roger long before I got into sports writing because my father was a sportswriter and they were on the same bowling team when I was a kid, and they both played golf, which meant we all played golf. The first prep football game I covered for this paper was an Arroyo-Temple City football game for the Tribune, and Roger was covering it for the Star-News. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he saw me with a pad and pencil, and the first words that came out of his mouth, “You sure you want to do this kid?” Over the years I learned so much from him, his integrity and tireless work ethic the admiring qualities I will remember the most.. How does a guy get to work at 7 a.m., and finish by covering a game at night? “Because it beats working for a living,” is how Roger explained it, and those words the reason why I will never complain about what I do. He was and always will be an example for all of us to follow, but as Roger explained when he left on Tuesday, it’s time for him to enjoy a game without having to write about it, without the pressure of deadline, and start that next phase of his life. I can’t say enough how much we’re going to miss him, how much I’m going to miss his voice first thing in the morning, but he left when he was ready, on his own terms, and how many of us would love to say that? At the same time, I wold like to congratulate Andrew Campa, who worked with me at the Star-News and with Roger the past three years. Campa has been promoted to prep editor in Whittier and will do a fantastic job. He couldn’t of had a better mentor.

Managing editor Steve Hunt, once the longtime prep editor and sports editor of the Tribune, talks about his time with Roger Murray

By Andrew J. Campa, Staff Writer
Over the past 34 years, there have been fewer constants than the steady reporting of veteran journalist Roger Murray. The Whittier Daily News prep sports editor, however, earlier this week decided it was time for a change. (To continue reading, click thread)

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Boys Basketball top ten: Bonita jumps to top spot with victory over Damien


Above: Glendora getting ready for showdown at Damien on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball top ten
1. Bonita (14-3) - Beat Damien and San Dimas back-to-back to take over the top spot. The Miramonte League up next.
2. Damien (12-3) – Dropped from top spot by Bonita, and now gets Glendora in one of the best rivalry games the area has to offer on Wednesday night at Damien.
3. Glendora (11-3) - Damien beat them in the championship of the West Covina tournament, but how will the Tartans fare in their final season in the Sierra?
4. Bishop Amat (13-4) – Ready for Del Rey after finishing non-league with a close loss to Chino Hills.
5. Baldwin Park (14-1) - Will their be any school records left after the Braves finish the season?
6. South Hills (11-3) – Winners of six of their last seven take on Nogales on Friday in bid to win the San Antonio league.
7. Nogales (11-6) – With Walnut and South Hills surging and defending champ Diamond Ranch reeling, can the Nobles win the San Antonio league?
8. Northview (10-7) - Back to back losses to Damien and Nogales.
9. Charter Oak 11-4 — Winners of eight of past nine are hoping to give Bonita all it can handle in league.
10. San Dimas (8-7) – Lets see how they do against Baldwin Park in a Valle Vista league game on Wednesday.

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Girls Soccer Top Ten: Nothing changes at the top, Bishop Amat, Los Altos lead the pack


Above: Ashley Caligiuri, the daughter of U.S. Soccer hall of famer Paul Caligiuri, dribbling for the Mustangs against Ganesha.

Girls Soccer Top Ten
1. Bishop Amat (16-0-1) - With a 4-0 win over Keppel, the Lancers have now outscored opponents 63-3. League starts this week.
2. Los Altos (15-1-1) - The Conqs take on Bonita in a big league game on Thursday after a tremendous start.
3. Walnut (8-3-2) - Won four of last five, and looking like big favorites in San Antonio again.
4. St. Lucy’s (7-4-2) — After a slow, injury prone start, the Regents are back and take on Glendora on Wednesday in a big Sierra League match.
5. Charter Oak (13-2) – Only two losses, but one came down the street against San Dimas, losing 4-2 to the surging Saints.
6. Bonita (6-4-2) – Went 2-1-2 in the Claremont tournament, and beat rival San Dimas, 4-2, in their big rivalry game.
7. San Dimas (6-3-1) – Impressive on paper, 44 goals and nine against with a victory over Charter Oak in the books.
8. Glendora (5-6-3) – The Tartans’ losses have come against powerhouses, so their record doesn’t do them justice in comparison to other area teams. But how about this, they beat South Hills 2-0.
9. Sierra Vista (12-2) — Give it up to the Dons, who host Azusa today for sole possession of first place in the Montview.
10. Northview (8-4) — Vikings forward Khalalah Todd is on an incredible scoring streak, already with 28 goals through 12 games, and average of more than two a game.

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 Top Ten: Baldwin Park defends top spot with win over Mountain View, 2-0

1. Baldwin Park (10-0-2) – With a 2-0 victory over defending divisional champion Mountain View, the Braves cemented their No. 1 status.
2. Los Altos (7-2-3) – Nothing changed since last week, faces Wilson today.
3. Rosemead (7-1-4) – Great showing in the Monrovia tournament, will face Mountain View this afternoon.
4. Glendora (9-3-3) – Great start, now lets see what happens in the Sierra. They open at Damien on Wednesday.
5. La Puente (5-2-3) – After somewhat of a slow start, the Warriors are back after big wins over Duarte and Sierra Vista, the Montview favorites.
6. Sierra Vista (7-4) – Already 1-1 in Montview after a 3-0 loss to Duarte.
7. Wilson (8-4) – Won the Ontario tournament with a 3-2 win over Whittier Christian, beat Bishop Amat last week.
8. Mountain View – (4-4-1) – The 2-0 loss to Baldwin Park is a wake-up call. Maybe they’re not as strong as last year.
9. Duarte (7-2-2) – The area’s biggest surprise beat Sierra Vista but lost to La Puente. Still a great start.
10. Rowland (5-2-2) – Had three game win streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Rosemead.

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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