Wrestling Notebook: Northview not Northview-like, South Hills, West Covina and others individual locals shine

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Northview High School’s wrestling program, the area’s best for more than a decade, hasn’t looked like itself during the first month of the season. But coach David Ochoa, who built the Vikings into one of the top programs in the CIF-Southern Section, has seen signs of Northview getting back to square one and of a team making its annual trip north to the CIF State championships in Bakersfield.

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Girls Basketball top ten: Bonita drops to No. 3 after shocking loss to West Covina

Girls Basketball top ten
1. Diamond Ranch (12-1)
– Should remain on top in the foreseeable future, or until Bonita gets a crack at them.
2. Bishop Amat (12-4) – What a way to open the Del Rey, with St. Paul followed by defending league champ Bishop Montgomery.
3. Bonita (15-1) - By now you have heard about the shock heard round the Valley, West Covina’s 51-48 upset win over the Bearcats.
4. Walnut (11-3) - Opening league with Rowland and then up-and-coming West Covina on Friday.
5. South Hills (10-4) – Still trying to wrestle the San Antonio from Walnut, but West Covina could make things interesting.
6. Glendora (13-3) — One of the most improved area teams will take on St. Lucy’s on Wednesday.
7. San Dimas (10-4) – Lost in outside tournament and is 4-0 against area teams, though that could change with a game at South Hills on Thursday.
8. Sierra Vista (9-5) - Already 3-0 in the Montview after a big win over Duarte. Once again, the league is theirs to lose.
9. West Covina (10-6) – Their were crushing losses to Sierra Vista and San Dimas, but then they shock undefeated Bonita. That alone deserves a top ten billing.
10. Rosemead (9-4) – Will anyone compete with them in the Mission Valley League?

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After a weekend pass (and Monday), you have our full attention the rest of the way

Sorry I haven’t posted as much over the last week, Steve and I were needed to help with Rose Bowl and BCS coverage. In fact, Steve’s full attention was on the Rose Bowl and BCS over the last month, and he did a tremendous job. If you read our BCS pull-out section, Steve practically wrote the whole thing in his first year as our college football writer. But after some brief R@R, we’re both back in full swing on Tuesday ready to tackle basketball, soccer, and yes, wrestling, which we didn’t cover as much as we would have liked over December with so many basketball tournaments and all-area teams to unveil. Anyways, see you out at the games.

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The Scouting Guru looks ahead to signing day

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Guru Says: We are four weeks away from National Signing Day for high school prospects across the country. So let’s tale a look at what our big board looks like for high school prospects in the area. Some information we can’t release due to confidentiality between the prospect, the high school and college that is recruiting the student-athlete.

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Just Tribbin: So Long Pete, we’re gonna miss ya

I’m just crushed, as you can obviously tell, my friendships tested having to console all my what-do-we-do know Trojan buddies, which is what I’m prepared to do for the love of the rivalry. Pete Carroll is USC leaving for Seattle with Mike Riley apparently the front-runner to succeed him. In respect for Trojan fans, and um, reporters like Jill Painter who can’t stop gushing over the loss of of Southern Cal’s beloved coach, I’ll take it easy and keep the thoughts to myself.

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Pomona coach Johnny Brown resigns; regretfully

Pomona High School football coach Johnny Brown helped turned the Red Devils program around this season, guiding them to a 6-4 record. But Brown resigned from his post on Friday after learning that school officials are searching for a new head coach and have interviewed candidates without notifying him of their intentions, Brown claims. To continue reading, click thread

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Girls Basketball scandal: Everyone speaking about the coach who suited up and played in a junior varsity game for San Gabriel

“I did not try to cover it up. Their decision to do what they did was and is still a shock to me. I was shocked to see my coach playing in a game. It was disheartening because she was a responsible individual. Maybe I handled it the wrong way by waiting a day, but I was trying to find out why they did what they did, but I got no response. I do not have any hard feelings towards San Gabriel for their decision to let me go because of that. But to say I tried to cover it up, no way. I do not stand for things like that.” Fired San Gabriel coach Manny Flores

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
Just days after a story published in this newspaper confirming the firings of the entire San Gabriel High School girls basketball program’s coaching staff, Manny Flores, the former head varsity girls basketball coach, responded to allegations in a series of e-mail exchanges that there was an attempt to cover up a freshman coach’s decision to play in a junior varsity girls basketball game last month. Flores did not dispute allegations that Jannie Han, 21, played during a nonleague junior varsity road game Dec. 9 against El Monte, but he did take issue that there was an attempt to cover it up, which led to the firing of Flores, Han and JV girls basketball coach Mark Ho.

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