Baseball: South Hills and Bishop Amat win again

Bishop Amat pitcher Paul Paez struck out 14, including the final 12 in a row in a 7-1 victory over Chatsworth. Adrian Franco had a homer, double and two RBIs in the win.

South Hills beat West Covina 7-0, Andrew Morales had 13 strikeouts, Ty France had a double and three RBIs for the Huskies.

Other Scores
Miramone League
Bonita 7, Charter Oak 1
San Antonio League
Walnut 4, Rowland 1

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Cooper and Co., have added excitement and championships to the Valley

Above: Coach Eric Cooper, right, has created a strong program at La Verne Lutheran High School with the help of his newphew C.J. Cooper, left, and son Eric Cooper Jr., right. (Leo Jarzomb)

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
It’s probably safe to assume what the La Verne Lutheran High School boys basketball team did in coach Eric Cooper’s first season was one of the biggest turnarounds in CIF-Southern Section history. Before Cooper’s arrival in 2007, the Trojans were 7-12 and finished near the bottom of the Arrowhead League standings. A year later the Trojans won 28 consecutive games with an infusion of new talent to take the CIF-SS Division V-AA title and finished the season 29-1 after losing to Price in the state playoffs.

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Coaches react to Division Realignment proposals

“It’s a double whammy for us,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said of the league and division switch. “It’s like a left and right hook, then maybe a little punch to the gut because if you get into the playoffs you get to go two hours to get your butt kicked and go home. But they think it will be good for CIF.”

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The worst fears of some of the area’s top high school football programs came a step closer to fruition late Monday when the CIF-Southern Section office put out its proposals for division realignment. The proposals would last two seasons and threaten to end the postseasons of Valley powers Charter Oak and South Hills much earlier than usual. (To Continue reading, click thread)

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Bishop Amat’s 2010 Football Schedule; Wake me up when they get to the Serra

Okay, maybe the headline’s a little harsh, but after the Orange Lutheran and St. Bonny’s games the past couple years, you start to get use to those matchups and expectations. Having said that, I understand how difficult it was to fill their nonleague schedule. In past years this certainly wouldn’t help their strength of schedule argument when it comes to Pac-5 at large berths, but there are no more Pac-5 at large berths, so it doesn’t matter. The great thing about the new five-team Serra is that three spots are guaranteed, and by the time they get to league and playoffs, the heavyweights are there waiting anyway. So, guess we just have to be patient, see if they can start 6-0 and watch how they do it, how convincing they do it, and if there’s enough swagger to carry over to the Serra. Hey, it’s Bishop Amat, it’s fun every time they show up regardless of who’s on the other side.

Sept. 3 vs. Garfield @ELAC
Sept. 10 at Dominguez
Sept. 17 Muir
Sept. 24 Damien
Oct. 1 at Cathedral
Oct. 8 Venice
Oct. 15 Crespi
Oct. 22 vs. Loyola at LA Valley College
Oct. 29 Notre Dame
Nov. 5 BYE
Nov. 12 at Alemany

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Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat takes over top spot; Bonita, Sierra Vista drop from rankings

Above: Bishop Amat lefty Paul Paez off to a terrific start.

Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (4-1)
— In a week that they beat defending Division I champ Capistrano Valley and are moved to the top-ranked team in the state by MaxPreps, they finally lose in the Newport Elks tourney title game to Orange Lutheran. But lets face it, the wins and shockwaves they sent throughout the Southland justify the top ranking here.
2. Glendora (4-0) – They are who we thought they were, a team that can pitch, hit, and will win a lot of games. The Glendora tourney still had Northview, Bonita, Charter Oak, etc, but those teams aren’t what they were the past two years, and without Amat in the tournament, the Glendora tourney lost some of its luster, but the Tartans are legit, there is no doubt about that.
3. South Hills (5-1) – A solid win over Los Osos, and a great start until the hard-to-understand loss at home in the Don Lugo tourney final to Chino Hills. If they want to be considered among the best in the Southland like Amat, they have to win the games they’re supposed to win.
4. Damien (4-1) – The Spartans got pounded by Redlands East Valley in the Chino tourament semifinals, but they opened with three big wins. They can hit as well as anyone, it’s all a matter of pitching and consistency.
5. Diamond Bar (3-2) – The Brahmas go 3-2 in the Loara Tournament, losing to a very good El Toro team. They’re a lot like Damien, all the hitting in the world, which means they can beat teams like Katella 14-6, but also can lose games like Woodbridge, 10-7. Can you win out-slugging teams? DBar will have to find out.
6. Charter Oak (2-2) – They beat Glendora finalist Crescenta Valley and Northview in a consolation game. You’d have to think they’re the early Miramonte League favorites, but only by a nose.
7. Wilson — (4-1) — The area’s biggest surprise, their only loss to undefeated El Rancho. To be fair they haven’t beaten anyone that raises your eyebrows, but still a good start.
8. Los Altos (3-1) — Hey, its only loss came to Los Osos in the Don Lugo tourney. With Charter Oak, Bonita, Wilson and Los Altos, the Miramonte is going to be fun.
9. Northview (1-2-1) — The problem with Northview is that they’re Eddie Pedroza or bust. Without the lefty on the mound they’re a very ordinary team. With him, they can compete with anyone. Sounds like a .500 season from here.
10. San Dimas (2-2) – They’re a lot like Northview, but without a dominating pitcher they can depend on like Pedroza. Three years ago I thought the Valle Vista was the best in the Valley, but now they’re somewhere in the middle.

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The football proposals are in: What we reported in January is true, the Sierra League is likely headed to the Inland Division if proposals stick

Inland Division (16 entries)
Three playoff entries each league except for Big 8

Baseline, Big Eight (4 entries), Citrus Belt, Sierra, Southwestern

Mid-Valley Division (12 entries, 4 at-large)
Only first and second place guaranteed

Almont, Mission Valley, Montview, Olympic, Rio Hondo, Valle Vista

Southeast Division (15 entries)
Del Rio (3 entries); Hacienda (4 entries); Pacific (4 entries); Suburban (4 entries)

Above: I guess since Charter Oak’s back-to-back Southeast championships came against a team that barely had a .500 record (Diamond Ranch), that’s justification for moving Chater Oak and the new Sierra League to Division II. That’s right CIF is essentially bumping Charter Oak and South Hills from Division VII to Division II, punishing all the other Sierra League teams with them.

The skinny: Coaches and administrators were sent the Divisional Realignment proposals that start in the fall, and what we reported in January is true, that the Sierra and Baseline League are moving to the powerful Inland Division, which is the equivalent of Division 2. That means South Hills, Charter Oak, and Damien from the Sierra, along with Glendora in the new Baseline League will compete with the Big 8, Citrus Belt and Southwestern League for championships. You can understand moving the Baseline up since they have absolutely dominated the Central Division the past few years, but how do you move up the Sierra League? Shouldn’t your league have to prove itself worthy first before justifying such a bump? One Sierra League team has been past the second round the past two years. One, Chino Hills in the semis!!! It makes absolutely no sense by CIF, you’re moving up a league to arguably the most difficult outside the Pac-5 that hasn’t done anything to warrant or deserve it. I’m not being a homer here, just tell me how you justify it? I’m starting to believe the rumors and whispers I’m always hearing that the powers at CIF really do have it in for the South Hills’ and Charter Oaks’, there is really no other way to explain it. As we also stated, Bishop Amat will remain in the Serra and Pac-5, and the Mid-Valley Division will still be the most winnable with the Almont, Mission Valley, Montview, Olympic, Rio Hondo and Valle Vista. The new Hacienda League will stay in the Southeast Division with the Pacific, Del Rio, Suburban, which is four-league Division that leaves West Covina, Diamond Ranch and Muir licking their chops.

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Softball Rankings: Glendora moves to the top spot with Charter Oak making the biggest leap

Above: Glendora slugger Audrie Becerra.

Tribune Softball Rankings
1. Glendora (6-1) - The Tartans didn’t win the San Dimas tournament, but they knocked off our No. 1 preseason team Bonita, along with a win over Los Altos. Plus, they have two worthy pitchers in the circle. The post-Waldusky era is looking bright.
2. Bonita (7-1) - The Palms Springs tourney champs still don’t have what it takes to top the Tartans, but they’re more than deserving to be ranked ahead of everyone else. Just wondering, why is every result on their Maxpreps page except for loss to Glendora? Was it because it was only five innings and they won’t count it, we have to check on that.
3. Charter Oak (7-2) - They clobbered Northview and lost close games to Etiwanda and Charter Oak. This is the most surprising team after the first two weeks of the season. Plus they just won two more games in the Jurupa tourney.
4. Los Altos (3-2) – This is what they will be all year, inconsistent, up and down. They’re capable of beating just about anyone, but they also won’t be able to skate past anyone either.
5. San Dimas (2-2) — We warned you that they traditionally get off to a bad start. What else is new, all you can say is you know they’re better than this — on paper at least. But in defense, their two losses were to Bonita and Burbank.
6. West Covina (5-2) – They sweep Northview and beat St. Lucy’s, but can’t handle the best from the Miramonte, pounded by Bonita and losing to Los Altos.
7. South Hills (4-1) — After an opening day loss to Los Altos, they win four straight, but didn’t beat anyone worth mentioning.
8. St. Lucy’s (3-2) — Impressive wins over Brea Olinda and Esperanza. They’re playing a tougher schedule than most, but did lost to West Covina.
9. Northview (3-3) – Another difficult to place team, they beat Los Altos rather easily, but you can’t ignore the sweeping loss by West Covina and pounding they took from Charter Oak.
10. Azusa (4-2) - With Veronica Ramirez pitching, they always have a chance. But they still have to hit and play defense, which has been their problems in the past.

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The long wait at Los Altos is finally over, Jim Arellanes takes over the 11-time champions

“People might say it took too long, and I understand that part, but the thing we wanted to do on this campus was not settle. We did a lot of background and the new coach just needed to fit. Jim is a fit. He encompasses all the qualities we think are extremely important to lead young men.” Los Altos athletic director Steve Garcia

“I’m very aware of the pressure. Just because they’ve had some down years doesn’t mean the expectations are lower. They expect a lot and I expect a lot. I know there’s going to be big-time pressure and expectations. I understand the program and the tradition and pride involved. It’s a challenge, but I’m up for it.” Los Altos coach Jim Arellanes.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The long wait and grueling process of finding a new football coach is finally over for Los Altos High School. The school introduced Jim Arellanes, formerly of Northview, as its new coach on Monday afternoon, ending months of speculation about who would replace Felipe Aguilar, who resigned following the 2009 season. (To continue, click thread).

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Damien hoops fans criticized on P.E. blog, but we should be criticizing them, lets chant, “over-drama, over-drama, over-drama.”

Eisenhower fans and administrators lash out at Damien’s fans in the Press Enterprise blog, complaining the “The Pit,” is rude and obnoxious.

From the P.E. Blog: “Damien had an organized cheering section in white shirts and they all faced the (back) wall when the Eisenhower team was introduced,” said retired Ike teacher Nick Vallentine, 71. “I thought it was just rude. One of their cheers later in the game sounded like they were saying ‘shut the hell up’ after our cheerleaders said ‘we can’t hear you.’ This doesn’t seem very Christian-like, much less very sportsmanlike.”

Vallentine and his wife Claudia were mortified, the P.E. wrote. Rialto Unified School District board member Mike Ridgway agrees with Vallentine.
“Damien had a nice, large cheering section in white shirts, but when the Eisenhower players were introduced, they turned their back on them and some of their crowd booed,” Ridgway said. “I don’t think that’s what we’re looking for in high school athletics.”

Robledo: Why is this so shocking? Mortifed? Are you kidding me. I’m mortified that they’re mortified over this. At one point in this article a coach talked about banning the chant, “air ball” because it was detrimental to a players’ psyche. I nearly lost my breath laughing so hard, really? Detrimental? Pretty soon you won’t be allowed to cheer at all. As for this turning the back thing, go to a UCLA basketball game sometime, they hold up newspapers when the opposing teams are introduced, a way of saying, “we don’t care.” Glendora has done this too. Damien turning their backs during introductions is the same type of thing, innocent and fun. You can say the same things about the APU-Biola rivalry, they’re edgy fans too, and it’s all in a good spirited fun. These people out east need to lighten up. I have been to several Glendora and Damien basketball games, and their fans are the best, they create the type of atmosphere we need to see more of in high school sports. I will take that every day of the week over the mostly empty gyms with student sections and cheerleaders that sit on their cell phones and text all game long. Damien, I got your back on this one.

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Coaches, parents and players are finding it easier to email boxscores to Make sure you include all the info you see in a boxscore in the newspaper, and leave a name and contact number for someone to call you back in case we have questions. It’s that easy, send no later than 9 p.m., anything later might not make it in until the following day.

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San Antonio All-League teams; Rodriguez, Gomez, Calistro and Maxey earn MVP honors

I’m still trying to obtain all the all-leams, but despite numbers and countless calls, still don’t have the Mission Valley, that’s always the most difficult to obtain for whatever reason. Also don’t have the Miramonte, but here that’s on the way, so, we’ll start with the San Antonio and over the next week, I will post more.

Above: South Hills’ Melinda Gomez, the league MVP.

San Antonio All-League Teams.
Boys Basketball

MVP: Joe Paul Rodriguez, South Hills Sr.
First team: Darnell Martin, Nogales Sr,, Ify Umodu, South Hills, Sr., John Reed, South Hills, Sr., Bryan Gholar, Walnut, Jr., Steven David, Rowland, Sr, Sharif Watson, Rowland, Jr.
Second team: Leonard Rhodes, Walnut, Sr., Arrion Quinn, South Hills, Sr., Tevon Smith, Nogales, Sr., Michael Onyiah, West Covina, Jr., Robin Yi, Rowland, Jr., Jed Marte, Nogales, Sr.

Girls Basketball
MVP: Melinda Gomez, South Hills, Sr.
First Team: Ella Rodriguez, Walnut, Sr., Diana Wang, Walnut, Sr., Franchesca Laza, Nogales, Jr., Kristine Reyes, West Covina, Sr., Amy McDill, Walnut, Jr., Jackie Valle Acosta, South Hills, Jr.
Second Team: Mellisa Gaitan, Rowland, Sr.,Kendall Ohara, Rowland, So, Amber Del Real, West Covina, Jr., Tricia Choy, Walnut, Jr., Rochelle Aguirre, Nogales, Jr., Jessica Casto, West covina, Sr.

Girls Soccer
Natalie Maxey, South Hills, Sr.
First Team: Amber Morani, Walnut, So, Mayra Almazan, South Hills, So, Ashley Caliguri, Walnut, Sr., Megan Leu, Walnut, Sr., Lupe Lara, Nogales, So, Nikkie McKee Walnut, Jr, Jessica Villagomez, South Hills, So, Deanne Rasplendor, Walnut, Jr., Sirah Alarcon, West Covina, Sr., Cesi Mixco, South Hills, So, Hannah Leu, Walnut, Jr., Kayla Mills, Walnut, Fr, Arianna Vaughn, South Hills, Jr.
Second Team: Alexis Carago, Rowland, So, Evelyn De La Rosa, Nogales, Sr., Aria Anaya, Walnut, So, Nicole Porro, South Hills, Fr., Desdrith Mejia, Rowland, Fr., Monica Lara, Walnut, Jr., Cariee Chien, South Hills, So., Rosa Lopez, Rowland, Sr., Stephanie Sanchez, Nogales, Jr., Erika Garay, Walnut, Sr., Joe Herrera, South Hills, So, Natalhy Moreno, Nogales, Sr., Ashley Ramirez, Rowland, So.

Boys Soccer
Henry Calistro, Rowland
First team: Even Vargas, Rowland, Sr.; Adrian Ponce, West Covina, Sr., Christian Ortega, West Covina, Sr., Sergio Magallon, Nogales, Sr., Darian Lindsey, Walnut, Sr., Andres Irigoyen, South Hills, So, Frank Zuniga, Rowland, Sr., Tommy Baker, South Hills, So, Christian Castro, Rowland, Sr., Omar Toubat, Walnut, Sr, Chris Villagomez, South Hills, Sr., Kelvin Martinez, Nogales, Jr., Diego Lopez, Nogales, So.
Second team: Usaac Villa de Leon, West Covina, Jr., Marco Gaytan, West Covina, Sr., Jesus Rangel, West Covina, Sr., Freddie Garcia, Nogales, Sr., Chrales Martinez, Nogales, Jr., Kevin Meneses, Rowland, Sr., Isaac Nunez, Rowland, Sr., Adrian Martinez, Rowland, Jr., Corey Argumosa, Walnut, Sr., Farhan Jangda, Walnut, Jr., Andrew Becerra, Walnut, Jr., Carlos Pina, South Hills, Jr., Jorge Mandujano, South Hills, Jr.

Above: South Hills’ Natalie Maxey, the league MVP.

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The Scouting Guru drops in with random thoughts

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 in the San Gabriel Valley.

By the way, you have to love how we have made the Scouting Guru a household name. Check this out.

The Guru says: Some random musing and notes post Signing Day while wondering when the CIF-SS will sanction Ice Hockey as a sport? (It probably won’t happen because if kids wanted to transfer from the east coast to the west coast, the CIF-SS will probably not let them play because it’ll be “athletically motivated.”) To continue, click thread

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State Basketball Playoffs: Bishop Amat back in familiar territory, playing for another championship

By Fred J. Robledo
The Bishop Amat high school girls basketball team is no longer the one being hunted, the Lancers are doing the hunting, a role they’re relishing for a change.
After knocking off fourth-seed Agoura two days earlier, the upset-march continued for the fifth-seed Lancers, knocking off top-seed Santa Margarita 58-48 on the road Saturday to advance to next Saturday’s CIF-State Division III Southern California Regional final at USC’s Galen Center against the winner between Inglewood and Mt. Miguel. (to continue, click thread).

Southern California Regional Semifinals
Saturday’s games
Boys Basketball
Division V

No. 4 Windward (25-8) at No. 1 El Cajon Foothills Christian (32-4), 7 p.m.
San Diego Maranatha Christian (24-9) vs. No. 2 La Verne Lutheran (25-8) at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Division III

Bishop Amat 58, Santa Margarita 48
No. 3 Inglewood (28-5) at No. 2 Spring Valley Mount Miguel (32-2), 7 p.m.

I will twitter updates from tonight’s Bishop Amat girls basketball game

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Title Hunters: Glendora takes on Etiwanda in San Dimas softball championship while Glendora baseball faces Crescenta Valley in Glendora final

Saturday’s San Dimas Tourney championship
Glendora vs. Etiwanda, San Dimas High School, 6 p.m.
Saturday’s Glendora tournament championship
Glendora vs. Crescenta Valley, Henderson Field, 7 p.m.

Question: If both Glendora’s win and remain undefeated, should they both be No. 1 when the new Trib baseball and softball polls come out on Tuesday?

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