CalPreps’ Divisional rankings are out with San Dimas No. 1 in Mid-Valley and West Covina No. 2 in Southeast; Charter Oak No. 8 in Inland

CalPreps’ preseason rankings by Division …As you can see, No. 8 Bishop Amat is ranked one behind Serra League foe Alemany, not a bad spot considering the Pac-5 is the top division in the Southland. Chino HIlls is No. 4 in the powerful Inland Division with two-time Southeast champ Charter Oak at No. 8 with South Hills, Glendora, and Damien not among the top ten. The Southeast is interesting with West Covina at No.2 with Diamond Ranch and Walnut rounding out the top ten? I would have ranked Rowland and Bonita ahead of both. In the Mid-Valley, this is our only super chance of a divisional champion with reigning champ San Dimas on top. Azusa, Arroyo and Baldwin Park also are in the top ten, but once again, teams like Rosemead are snubbed.

CALPREPS’ PRESEASON DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

Pac-5 (Division I)
1. Servite, 2. Mater Dei, 3. Mission Viejo, 4. Lakewood, 5. Long Beach Poly, 6. Edison, 7. Alemany, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Los Alamitos, 10. Fountain Valley.

Inland Division (Division II)
1. Chaparral, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Corona Centennial, 4. Chino Hills, 5. Upland, 6. Norco, 7. Roosevelt, 8. Charter Oak, 9. Etiwanda, 10. Redlands East Valley, Others, 12. South Hills, 13. Glendora, 23. Damien.

Southeast (Division VII)
1. La Mirada, 2. West Covina, 3. Norwalk, 4. California, 5. Burbank, 6. Muir, 7. Burroughs, 8. Diamond Ranch, 9. Walnut, 10. Rowland, Others: 11. Bonita, 17. Los Altos, 19. Diamond Bar,

Mid Valley (Division XI)
1. San Dimas,
2. Monrovia, 3. Schurr, 4. Cerritos Valley Christian, 5. Whittier Christian, 6. Azusa, 7. San Gabriel, 8. Arroyo, 9. Baldwin Park, 10. Bell Gardens, Others: 12. Rosemead, 14. Covina, 18. Wilson, 20. La Puente, 22. Gladstone, 23. Pomona, 25. Northview, 26. Nogales, 27. South El Monte, 28. El Monte, 30. Bassett, 31. Workman, 36. Ganesha, 37., Mountain View, 38. Duarte.

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Area’s highest ranked program: Los Altos girls

The CIF-SS Commissioner’s Cup ranks the top sports schools in Southern California based on performances from the previous season, in this case the 2009-10 sports season. The Los Altos girls program finished sixth in the points standings for the entire Southern Section, winning a girls volleyball title, finishing second in girls water polo and advancing to the semifinals in girls soccer. Walnut checked in at ten. No area boys team cracked the Southern Section’s top ten.


Southern Section’s top girls sports program 2009-10
PL SCHOOL POINT ACCUMULATION PTS
1. Harvard-Westlake 5 (BK), 5 (CC), 5 (S), 3 (TF) 18
2. Chadwick 5 (CC), 3 (T), 2 (BK), 2 (WP) 12*
3. St. Margaret’s 5 (T), 3 (CC), 2 (VB), 2 (S) 12*
4. Dos Pueblos 5 (VB), 5 (WP), 1 (SD) 11
5. Corona del Mar 3 (CC), 3 (VB), 2 (WP), 2 (T) 10*
6. Los Altos 5 (VB), 3 (WP), 2 (S) 10*
7. Poly/Long Beach 5 (BK), 5 (TF) 10*
8. Saugus 5 (CC), 5 (TF) 10*
9. Serra 5 (BK), 5 (TF) 10*
10. Walnut 5 (WP), 5 (SD) 10*
* = Decided by tie-breaker rules.

Points: The winners are determined by a point system that provides: five points for a divisional championship; three points for a divisional runner-up finish; two points for advancing to the semifinal round or a third place finish in a team-place finish sport (i.e. cross country, golf, swimming and diving, track and field); and one point for a fourth place finish in a team-place finish sport. In cases where a tie occurs the top ten schools were determined by several tie-breaker methods.

(Sport abbreviations): BB – Baseball; BK – Basketball; CC – Cross-Country; FB – Football; G – Golf; S – Soccer; SB – Softball; SD – Swimming and Diving; T – Tennis; TF – Track and Field; VB – Volleyball; WP – Water Polo; W – Wrestling)

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Colony transfers cleared to go at Pomona

The Bulletin’s Clay Fowler talked to CIF-Southern Section spokesperson Thom Simmons about the eligibility of Makale MccBobb and Gerald Kough, who transferred from Colony to Pomona, where former Colony coach Anthony Rice is now in charge. Both players have been cleared to play by CIF-SS officials, who note that the two transfers arrived before Rice “formally” accepted the job at Pomona.

“It would have to be proved that the two players in question knew Anthony (Rice) was going to be hired at Pomona prior to their transfers, in any event,” CIF-SS director of communication Thom Simmons said. “Had the two players transferred after Anthony was hired at Pomona, the office could possibly make a reasonable assumption that of prima facie evidence of a athletically motivated transfer. The same assumption is much more difficult when the transfer happens before.”
“The office approved both of these transfers on the appropriate CIF paperwork submitted by Pomona High School,” Simmons said. “In both cases, Colony High School did not provide any information on the paperwork indicating that there were any issues regarding CIF rule 510 or that their former head football coach, Anthony Rice, had been hired by Pomona High School prior to these transfers.”

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Is Covina ready for a triumphant return?

By Aram Tolegian
Covina High School football coach Darryl Thomas is like most Colts fans these days. He’s hoping a year older equals a year better as his team begins practice for the upcoming season. Covina started 13 sophomores last season and still made the playoffs, including quarterback Billy Livingston. Livingston was showing off an offseason’s worth of improvement as the Colts held their second day of practice on Friday afternoon. (To continue, click thread).

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The Wizard of the Wing “Z” has defending Mid-Valley champ San Dimas in midseason form

The first thoughts from San Dimas’ practice this morning was how far along they seemed to be. It was like they were practicing in week 8 or getting ready for a Mid-Valley Division playoff game. Coach Bill Zernickow’s Wing T or Wing Z, however you want to describe it, looked fantastic and they’re going to speed things up by running a no-huddle, something I’m not supposed to share with rival Bonita and the Smudge Pot just a few weeks away. It looks as if QB Shawn Kennedy won’t be ready after offseason health issues, but the QBs they were platooning (I promised coach Z I wouldn’t name names) looked sharp. With Bonita, South El Monte, Rancho Cucamonga and Monrovia on the preseason schedule, the only lock is the South, giving the defending champs a tough road before the Valle Vista begins. Aram will be at Covina’s practice this afternoon

San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow on 2010 season …

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Damien’s Greg Gano on expectations in Year II

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It never gets old for Damien High School football coach Greg Gano.
Gano, a 31-year coaching veteran, enjoyed yet another first day of fall practice on Thursday by leading his Spartans through some conditioning drills as they started preparations for their Sept. 10 opener against Diamond Ranch. (To continue, click thread).

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Hernandez on Amat, “Sometimes we question why did we do it, but the challenge is there.”

While Garfield isn’t exactly the monster many of us would like to see Bishop Amat tackle in its season opener on Sept. 3, which will be at East L.A. College, it appears the Bulldogs are taking this seriously, sort of like Rocky in his first fight against Creed. Check out Eric Sondheimer’s blurb in the Times’ today about Garfield’s spirited practice sessions. Coach Lorenzo Hernandez on facing Bishop Amat, “Sometimes we question why did we do it, but the challenge is there.”

The “Big River” Rio Ruiz showing his form …

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By George I think he’s got it, or will have to for West Covina to have a banner year in 2010

West Covina practice photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With Charles Tucker, Chris Solomon, Beejay Lee and a handful of other capable running backs in the West Covina High School backfield, Bulldogs quarterback George Johnson shouldn’t feel much pressure during the opening days of practice in preparation for the Sept. 3 opener at home against Covina. (To continue, click thread).

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High School football correspondents wanted

We have a handful of high school football correspondents returning to cover high school football games in the fall, but are looking for a few more. Those who have covered high school football games before or are studying journalism are ideal. Or, if you have a passion for writing and football, that works too. If interested, feel free to email me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

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The Azusa High School District facing legal action after father of tennis standout Alyssa Pritchett alleges school prevented his daughter from attending a championshiph match

By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer
The father of a high school tennis player has sued the Azusa Unified School District, alleging school officials prevented his daughter from attending a championship match. Azusa High School senior Alyssa Pritchett hopes to attend college on an athletic scholarship. She moved a step closer to that goal last fall when she qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation singles tennis championships. (To continue, click thread).

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West Covina among favorites for Hacienda and Southeast as we check in with coach Maggiore, RB Chris Solomon and QB George Johnson

There is no denying with two-time Southeast champ Charter Oak now in the Inland Division, West Covina could become the biggest benefactor. At Thursday’s practice, coach Mike Maggiore talked about the opportunity to win his second title with the Bulldogs while RB Chris Solomon practically guaranteed anything less than a title would be a disappointment. We also spoke with QB George Johnson, a third-year starter who could be the straw the stirs the drink, even though the Bulldogs could have the best stable of backs in the area. And when you talk about size, the Bulldogs have that too, and plenty of it. There is no Bishop Amat or Mater Dei on the schedule, but nonleague games against rival South Hills and Glendora should tell folks a lot before entering the Hacienda.

West Covina coach Mike Maggiore …

West Covina RB Chris Solomon …

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Welcome back Austin Lacy: Amat senior returns after March surgery nearly cost him his life

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
For most high school football players, the beginning of summer practice, from physical conditioning to repetitive drills, can seem quite routine. But for Bishop Amat’s Austin Lacy, it’s a godsend. Lacy, who took his place Wednesday along with his Lancers teammates as they began preparation for the upcoming season, knows he’s fortunate to be back practicing, or doing anything else for that matter. (To continue, click thread

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