Rowland’s undefeated record and No. 1 Southeast ranking on the line against Claremont

By Aram Tolegian
Rowland’s undefeated record and No. 1 ranking in the Southeast Division say a lot about the Raiders, but Friday’s game against Claremont will say a lot more, according to coach Craig Snyder. Rowland has posted wins over Baldwin Park, California and Rosemead so far, but Friday will be its first, true upper-division test.

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Boys Water Polo: Bonita might be closing the gap, but Damien still owns bragging rights, wins 10-6

Damien High School has been the area’s elite boys water polo team for much of the past decade. Bonita, a traditional power in its own right, has played second fiddle to its La Verne neighbors. The Bearcats have closed the gap, but the Spartans showed Tuesday they still rule the landscape. Eric Osterberg and Johnny Beal each scored two goals and Damien overcame a sluggish start en route to a 10-6 victory over Bonita at Las Flores Park.

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Coveritlive on Friday: West Covina-Glendora (game of the week); highlights video’s from Amat-Damien, Monrovia-San Dimas

Mike “The Cousin” Robledo and Aram Tolegian will be live from Citrus College for the Coveritlive game of the week between Glendora and West Covina, our front page barnburner. I will provide updates from Damien-Bishop Amat along with Chino Hills Tom, who is making the trip to Kiefer to put together his popular highlights show which we will post later that night….Our SGVN video highlights tech master will produce a highlights recap of the Mid-Valley Division rematch between Monrovia at San Dimas. BTW, Bishop Amat No. 22 in ESPN Rise state rankings.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Amat holds steady; West Covina, Damien climb back in top ten

Tribune Super Rankings:
1. Bishop Amat (3-0) — You need to step back and realize how impressive this is. They lose Davis Cazares, Daniel Kane, Darien Johnson and now Austin Lacy on defense. They lose Jerry McClanahan and Jay Anderson on offense, yet these guys keep winning and winning. Amat honks better sit back and enjoy.
2. Glendora (3-0) — If they beat West Covina this week, they’re hands down, without a doubt No. 2 in the area until/unless Bishop Amat gets knocked off.
3. Charter Oak (2-1) — Even when they lost to Glendora I thought their offense had the potential to be better than the back-to-back champs’ offense. Come playoff time, the Chargers could be the Valley’s best chance for Inland advancement. I didn’t say title, I said advancement (in the playoffs).
4. Chino Hills (2-1) — You measure a team by how they perform in the big games, and beating Tesoro was certainly a big step forward.
5. Rowland (3-0) — What strikes me so far isn’t that Rowland’s offense is moving so fluidly behind QB Michael Ball, it’s the Raiders’ defense. Since the first half of Baldwin Park, the Raiders’ defense has been nails.
6. Bonita (3-0) — The feel good story of the year so far. Tip your hap to coach Eric Podley and the gang. Without their starting QB they beat San Dimas, Claremont and Santa Fe.
7. West Covina (2-1) — The Bulldogs have the best running game in the Valley and a defense that compliments it. There is only one test left, can they handle a high-flying pass-oriented team? That comes Friday against Glendora.
8. South Hills (1-1) — Got worked over good by West Covina, but don’t count them out by any stretch. Let’s see how they react on the road at Tesoro.
9. Damien (2-0) — After 35-0 win over Chaffey, Spartans back in top ten where they belong. They can really fly up the board with a win at Bishop Amat next.
10. Azusa (3-0) — The Aztecs are rising so quick in popularity they were on the Fred Roggin show over the weekend during the high school spotlight. They’re the true Boise State in these parts.
The rest: 11. Ayala (3-0), 12. Claremont (2-1). 13. Arroyo (3-0), 14. Covina (3-0), 15. Diamond Bar (3-0), 16. San Dimas (1-2), 17. Walnut (1-1), 18. Pomona (3-0), 19. La Puente (2-0), 20. Diamond Ranch (0-3), 21. Baldwin Park (0-3), 22. Rosemead (1-1), 23. Wilson (1-1), 24. Sierra Vista (2-0), 25. South El Monte (1-1), 26. Gladstone (0-2), 27. Northview (0-2), 28. Nogales (0-3), 29. Los Altos (0-3), 30. El Monte (0-2), 31. Ganesha (1-1), 32. Workman (1-1), 33. Bassett (1-2), 34. Mountain View (1-1), 35. Duarte (0-2).

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Volleyball Top 10: Can anyone beat the Regents?

St. Lucy’s has done a lot of this lately.

Here’s this week’s Girls Volleyball Top 10

TOP 10
1. St. Lucy’s (4-1) –
The Regents showed they are the real deal, sweeping both Los Altos and Bonita. They may not leave this spot all year. Can’t wait for the Regent-Chino Hills tilt.
2. Chino Hills (9-1) – Followed up a pair of sweeps by going 6-1 in the Arcadia Tournament.
3. Bonita (7-2) – The Bearcats, despite the sweep to St. Lucy’s, look like the team to beat in the Hacienda League. They are No. 2 in CIF-SS 2-A.
4. South Hills (3-1) – Earned a five-game win against Brentwood before beating former league rival Walnut.
5. Los Altos (1-1) – The Conquerors, who are still formidable, looked out of sync in three-game loss to St. Lucy’s. But the Regents have a way of doing that to the opposition.
6. Glendora (3-0) – The Tartans beat three teams they should to begin the season. Can they keep it up against Los Osos?
7. San Dimas (4-3) – The Saints, who lost in four to rival Bontia, are the favorite in the Valle Vista League.
8. Diamond Bar (5-4) – The Brahmas are off to a steady start, and may surprise some people in the Hacienda.
9. Bishop Amat (1-1) – The Lancers get an early test against South Hills tonight.
10. Charter Oak (4-2) – It’s hard to gauge the Chargers, who beat San Dimas, but then lost to Northview, which lost to Gladstone. This may be a tough slot to fill all season.

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Is Giovanni Rivera the next Oscar Arzu? The Dons back averaging over 300 yards a game

“My philosophy has always been, if you’ve got a gun, keep shooting until someone stops you. My system requires aggressive kids willing to get their noses dirty.”Dons offensive coordinator Don Le Gro .

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to longtime Valley football fans that Sierra Vista High School junior Giovanni Rivera carried the ball 42 times when he rushed for 318 yards Friday against Mountain View. The Dons (2-0) are averaging more than 400 rushing yards a game. Rivera is averaging 308 yards and running mate Erick Garcia is averaging 119. The return of the Dons rushing game coincides with the return of former coach Don Le Gro as the offensive coordinator.

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Austin Lacy leaves Amat, returns to Pasadena; Wallace Gonzalez debut comes next week

By Fred J. Robledo
Bishop Amat learned last week that senior linebacker Austin Lacy, also a standout on the basketball team, transferred back to Pasadena High, which he attended in 2008. Lacy, who battled a life-threatening virus in March that affected his heart, is healthy again. But his father, Darryl, said because his son missed so much school due to his illness, he needed to return to a public school to make up his grades.

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Rivera likely out for Arroyo against Hart

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Arroyo junior Steven Rivera, one of the area’s top high school quarterbacks, sprained an ankle in the first quarter of the Knights’ 12-8 victory over Montebello and is questionable for Friday’s showdown against perennial power Hart. Back-up Eddie Federico took over for Rivera and led a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback, rallying the Knights from 8-0 down with two touchdown passes in the final four minutes to help them remain undefeated.

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Touching Base with John Honell — Week III

Correspondent John Honell is a longtime contributor to the Tribune, and well-known throughout the San Gabriel Valley. He knows the area’s history, coaches, and always seems to have insider information. He will share some of it with his “Touching Base” pieces that will run from time to time.

Touching Base with Nut N Honey, Week Three

Aram may be late jumping (Aram and jumping aren’t usually found in the same sentence) on the Azusa bandwagon but he isn’t the only one. It is hard to estimate crowds in the Citrus College stands but, it appeared there were a couple of thousand fans on hand for the win over Ontario Christian. It looked like a couple of hundred on the other side of the field and half of those were rival Montview League coaches looking nervous. (To continue, click thread)

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CIF Football Polls: Rowland and Arroyo take over top spots; Chino Hills, Charter Oak, Glendora ranked in Inland; Bishop Amat No. 6 in Pac-5

Above: Rowland’s Michael Ball leads No. 1 ranked Raideres.

Inland Division
1. Vista Murrieta (2-0), 2. Corona Centennial (2-0), 3. Upland (3-0), 4. Norco (2-0), 5. Redlands East Valley (2-0), 6. Chino Hills (2-1), 7. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0), 8. Charter Oak (2-1), 9. Redlands (2-0-1), 10. Glendora (3-0). Others: Roosevelt, Ayala, Damien, Chaparral.
Robledo’s thoughts: Glendora should be ranked ahead of Charter Oak simply because of its head-to-head win and overall body of work, which is more impressive. Chino Hills is where it should be after last week’s win while Ayala and Damien are creeping up.

Mid-Valley Division
1. Arroyo (3-0),
2. Whittier Christian (3-0), 3. Azusa (2-0), 4. Monrovia (1-1), 5. San Marino (2-0), 6. Covina (3-0), 7. San Dimas (1-2), 8. Village Christian (2-1), 9. Pomona (3-0), 10. La Puente (2-0). Others: Sierra Vista.
Robledo’s Thoughts: San Dimas is paying the price for scheduling up, and could lose again to Monrovia this week. Covina should be ranked higher simply based on its win over West Covina, which by far is the biggest nonleague win of any teams in the Mid-Valley. Arroyo is No. 1 for now, but no Steven Rivera (ankle sprain) against Hart could cost them this week. One thing is certain, by the end of the year, Azusa will be No. 1. So, do schedules make a difference? Is is smart to schedule up? Ask 0-3 Baldwin Park, nowhere to be found.

Southeast Division
1. Rowland (3-0), 2. West Covina (2-1)
, 3. Burbank (2-1), 4. Bonita (3-0), 5. Santa Fe (1-1), 6. La Mirada (1-2), 7. Norwalk (1-2), 8. La Serna (2-1), 9. Muir (1-2), 10. Diamond Bar (3-0). Others: Diamond Ranch (0-3).
Robledo’s thoughts: The pollsters got it right, Rowland should be No. 1 based on how they’re crushing opponents with West Covina No. 2 after back-to-back impressive wins. Bonita should probably be No. 3 instead of Burbank, other than that, hard to argue with it.

Pac-5 Division
1. Mission Viejo (3-0), 2. Servite (3-0), 3. Lakewood (3-0), 4. Los Alamitos (3-0), 5. Edison (3-0), 6. Bishop Amat (3-0), 7. Long Beach Poly (2-1), 8. Newport Harbor (2-0), 9. San Clemente (4-0), 10. Alemany (3-0).
Robledo’s thoughts: A more than fair ranking for Bishop Amat, who on paper should continue to win its next three nonleague games against Damien, Cathedral and Venice before taking on the Serra. If they get to 6-0, they could conceivably be ranked as high as four or five once league starts.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season.
Last Week: Robledo (20-5); Ramirez (18-7).
Season: Robledo (53-14); Ramirez (48-19).

Last week: Steve and I both missed West Covina over South Hills, La Puente over Northview, South El Monte over Workman and Cantwell Sacred Heart over Baldwin Park. I edged Steve by a couple games taking Charter Oak over Esperanza, Wilson over Los Altos and Bosco Tech over Gladstone. Steve got me taking Ontario over Nogales. We both called Chino Hills’ win over Tesoro and Glendora’s win at Canyon. Not a bad week at all.

This week: After going back-and-forth I’m taking Glendora over West Covina. If Covina QB Billy Livingston and the Colts’ spread offense could have some success against the Bulldogs, I’m banking that Chad Jeffries and Co., can do the same. As impressive as West Covina was last week against South Hills, its secondary was never tested. Damien may be in a good spot to upset Bishop Amat, and I learned later that Wallace Gonzalez isn’t back yet, he returns next week against Cathedral. A very intriguing game is Rowland at Claremont. I’m going with Michael Ball, who along with Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago and Jeffries are the three QBs having the best season’s through week three. Knights QB Steven Rivera was injured in last week’s win and won’t play against Hart, which all but ends the Knights’ chance of winning. And oh yes, Monrovia at San Dimas. This doesn’t have the same luster now that the Cats and Saints have scheduled up and paid the price for it, the Wildcats losing to Glendora, and the Saints losing to Bonita and Rancho Cucamonga. The Cats are gonna be hungry, and this is the absolute don’t-wanna-lose game on their schedule. Take the Cats, guaranteed.

This weeks games and predictions

Azusa vs. Gabrielino at Citrus College, 7 p.m., — Robledo (Azusa): Ramirez (Azusa)
Diamond Ranch at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (Diamond Ranch)
Gladstone vs. El Monte at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Ayala at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Ramiez (Ayala)
Bonita at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Ramirez (DBar)
Charter Oak vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos 7 p.m. – Robledo (Ch. Oak); Ramirez (Ch. Oak)
Covina at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Damien at Bishop Amat, 7:30pm — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
Duarte at Littlerock, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Littlerock); Ramirez (Littlerock)
Garey at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Ganesha)
Glendora vs. West Covina at Citrus College, 7 p.m – Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (West Covina)
Hart at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hart); Ramirez (Hart)
Hoover at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Northview vs. Chino at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Ramirez (Northview)
Pomona at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ch. Hills); Ramirez (Ch. Hills)
Rosemead at San Marino, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SMarino); Ramirez (San Marino)
Rowland at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (SVista)
South El Monte at Nogales, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SEMonte); Ramirez (SEMonte)
South Hills at Tesoro. 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Ramirez (Tesoro)
Workman at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Ramirez (Workman)

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