Here’s this week’s baseball rankings:
1. Bishop Amat (20-2) – Bring on the Huskies!
2. South Hills (15-3) – Can they take down Amat?
3. Glendora (16-2-1) – Plutko keeps them in first
4. Damien (13-5) – Split drops Sparta to second
5. Bonita (14-3-1) – Has free path to title
6. Northview (13-4-1) – Yet to lose in league
7. Diamond Bar (12-7) – Staying in contention
8. Los Altos (14-6) – Ended Bonita’s streak
9. Charter Oak (11-8) – Swept two from D-Ranch
10. Sierra Vista (13-4) – Team to beat in Montview
Here’s this week’s softball rankings:
1. Glendora (16-3) – Sierra League Showtown with Ayala looms
2. Bonita (19-2-1) – Short visit to the top
3. St. Lucy’s (13-9) – 1-2 week vs. the top two
4. Arroyo (15-1) – Battle royale vs. South El Monte awaits
5. West Covina (13-6) – Best hitting team in the area?
6. Northview (14-5) – Began the week in first
7. Covina (13-3) – Still in league title chase
8. San Dimas (11-7) – Still formidable
9. South Hills (15-7) – Loss to Saints hurts
10. Azusa (12-4) – Ruling the Montview
Anything and Anyone you want to talk about …
The truth is, St. Lucy’s is one of the top five teams in the Valley, no doubt. I saw them against Glendora, sophomore lefty Danielle O’Toole is already one of the area’s best pitchers, just a lot of bad luck, losing 2-0 and 3-2 to Glendora last week before beating Bonita in the Charter Oak tournament final, 2-1. This tells you how difficult the Sierra League is, and it won’t get easier for St. Lucy’s, who could be 0-6 with two games against Ayala this week. I’ll bet St. Lucy’s can’t wait to welcome Charter Oak and South Hills to the Sierra next year. When rankings come out Wednesday, who should be No. 1?
With Glendora going down this week to Damien, South Hills will jump back to No. 2 in our rankings next week, setting up a Classic 1 vs. 2 matchup at Mt. SAC. If anyone tells you it’s not important because it’s not a league game, a playoff game, etc, etc, don’t buy it. Bragging rights mean something to kids, coaches, parents, and these two teams know the Valley is looking forward to it, and ready to dissect the result right after. Remember when Northview beat Amat two years in the Glendora tournament and they both went on to win CIF championships. That Northview win helped settle our debate on who was the Valley’s top team that year, and this will do the same. Prediction: Bishop Amat 3, South Hills 1.
By John Honell, Correspondent
Glendora High School followed the same pattern it has used all year to take a firm hold on first place in the Sierra League. The Tartans (16-2-1, 7-2) got solid pitching from their ace, Adam Plutko, and solid defense to beat Damien 5-2 on Friday. The win gave the Tartans a 2-1 edge in the season series between the teams and a one-game lead over the Spartans (13-5, 6-3) and Diamond Bar.
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.
“Great leaders don’t use people so that they can win. They lead people so that they all can win together. If that is truly your motivation, you can become the kind of person others want to follow – whether they are beside, above or below you in the organizational hierarchy.” — John Maxwell in his book “The 360 Degree Leader
Guru says: I think the great high school coaches follow the paragraph above. I was watching the NFL Network one night and they were profiling the 1969 Minnesota Vikings. And they were led by one of the greatest NFL coaches of all-time Bud Grant. Anyone that can get a team to FOUR Super Bowl’s can be called “one of the greatest.” They had a team motto for the year that was simple – 40 for 60. 40 players were committed to each other for the 60 minutes of a football game. There were signs all over the place at the old Metropolitan Stadium that had those words. And those words led them to Super Bowl III that year. Too bad they ran into a coach in Hank Stram that was way ahead of his time. So who will be the 40 for 60 team this year? Time will tell….
By Steve Ramirez
West Covina High School’s Beejay Lee and Remontay McClain have been the featured local attractions at invitational track and field meets the past few weeks. It will be no different during the San Gabriel Valley Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday at West Covina. The meet, which includes 36 schools, including some of the best athletes in the area, begins at 10 a.m.
Above: Jazmin Chavez scoring for the Vikings after tripling home Makaila Garcia.
By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
The way the San Dimas High School softball team jumped on Northview pitcher Chrissy McPhail, you might of thought Vikings coach Jeff Butler would start a rain dance hoping the light drizzle would turn into a down pour so they could start it all over another day.
But the Vikings and McPhail persevered, overcoming an early three-run deficit to pull out a 7-5 victory to take over sole possession of first in the Valle Vista League.
By Steve Ramirez
There was a time when South Hills’ Dakota Behr was described as a football player/wrestler who sometimes played baseball. Thursday he showed that he is definitely a baseball player who also plays football and competes for the wrestling team. Behr pitched a four-hit shut out and struck out 10 as the Huskies remained in control of the San Antonio League race with a 7-0 victory at Nogales. South Hills also got two hits and three RBIs from Dominick Martinez and two doubles from Cameron Saylor, improved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in league. Nogales slipped to 12-8 and 2-3.