Back from four straight days off, need athlete of the week nominations, and coaches, can you at least update standings on MaxPreps?

This is how we live tweet, and can anyone believe the Bishop Amat girls basketballl team is playing for another state title? I’m not sure what chance they have against the No. 1 team in the country, but we’ve seen stranger things during March Madness already. Also, did you know that the Gladstone baseball team (6-0) is the only undefeated team in the Valley, woot, woot!.
MAXPREPS: Not only are several schools not posting stats, they’re not even updating the standings. Please coaches, it’s not that difficult to update your records and post final scores. This isn’t about being scouted, this is about basic responsibilities.

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Amat leads a great day for local basketball: Lancers, La Verne Lutheran and both Azusa Pacific teams all win on Super Saturday

Saturday’s State Finals
At Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield

Boys’ Division V: La Verne Lutheran (27-8) vs. Ross Branson (25-6), 11:30 a.m.
Girls’ Division III: Bishop Amat (27-7) vs. Stockton St. Mary’s (33-1), 1:30 p.m.

Above: Amat’s win in SoCal Division III finals part of a big day for local basketball

Saturday proved to be a great day for basketball in the San Gabriel Valley.
It started with the Bishop Amat girls basketball team continuing it’s string of upsets by beating Inglewood, 56-54, in morning at the Galen Center for the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III championship. La Verne Lutheran then followed with a 52-50 victory over Windward to earn the SoCal Division V title. And then both the Azusa Pacific men’s and women’s team advanced to their respective NAIA final fours. The men beat Lee of Cleveland, Tenn, 75-70, in Kansas City, while the women took down St. Xavier of Chicago, 73-69.
Amat and Lutheran go for state titles next Saturday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, while the two APU teams play semifinal games on Monday.

Here’s an advance look at Sunday’s stories

Bishop Amat States its case with SoCal victory

Repeat sends La Verne Lutheran north

APU doubles its pleasure

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Friday Baseball: Lefty Kenny Mathews outduels Adam Plutko to help Diamond Bar to a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Glendora

Above: Diamond Bar’s dugout reacts to Jeff Crowe’s home run against Glendora.

Diamond Bar’s Jeff Crowe hit a home run in the third inning and Kenny Mathews pitched a shutout, allowing just four hits with four strikeouts. Glendora’s Adam Plutko was almost just as good, striking out nine while giving up four hits — of course the homer deciding it. Sources are saying that Damien won, 14-12 over Chino Hills. Man, the Sierra is going to be nuts all season.

Friday’s Baseball
Sierra League

Diamond Bar 1, Glendora 0
Damien 14, Chino Hills 12
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Gabrielino at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.

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Softball: The Queens of Cameron go to West Covina, 10-9 in a thriller over South Hills

West Covina’s Dekota Monarrez (9) celebrates after a two run homer in the sixth inning helped the Bulldogs knock off the Huskies, 10-9. She hit three home runs and had four RBIs. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS) . Will post the story later.

Once again, another brilliant Birmingham photo gallery.

West Covina catcher Jennifer Rodriguez (25) tags out South Hills High School Vanessa Molina (92) at home plate in the sixth inning during.

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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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