CIF Polls: Covina wins, not rewarded; Bonita wins, not rewarded; Glendora wins, not rewarded …

Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia (0-0), 2. Schurr (0-0), 3. Arroyo (1-0), 4. Whittier Christian (1-0), 5. San Dimas (0-1), 6. Azusa (0-0), 7. Village Christian (1-0), 8. Cerritos Valley Christian (0-1), 9. Rosemead (0-0), 10. San Marino. Others – Bell Gardens (0-0), Covina (1-0)
Robledo’s Thoughts: My goodness how is Covina not ranked after arguably the biggest win over an upper-divisional foe in zero week? In fact, West Covina is still No. 9 in the Southeast after the loss, which tells you how highly voters think of West Covina. So why wasn’t Covina rewarded? Why schedule up if you’re not going to be rewarded while San Dimas stays at No. 5 after a convincing loss to Bonita.

Southeast Division
1. Burbank (1-0), 2. Santa Fe (0-0), 3. Muir (1-0), 4. La Mirada (0-1), 5. Norwalk (0-1), 6. La Serna (1-0), 7. Rowland (1-0), 8. Diamond Ranch (0-1), 9. West Covina (0-1), 10. California (0-0). Others: Mayfair (0-1), El Rancho (1-0), Bonita (1-0).
Robledo’s thoughts: Are you as surprised as I am that Bonita beats the Mid-Valley Division defending champion while West Covina falls to Covina and yet, the Bulldogs are still ranked ahead of the Bearcats? The bottom line, just because Charter Oak and South Hills are out of the division does not mean this is a cakewalk for the rest the locals in the Southeast. Look at the board, the highest ranked area team is Rowland at No. 7.

Inland Division
1. Chaparral (0-0), 2. Vista Murrieta (0-0), 3. Corona Centennial (0-0), 4. Chino Hills (1-0), 5. Upland (1-0), 6. Norco (0-0), 7. Redlands East Valley (0-0), 8. Redlands (1-0), 9. Rancho Cucamonga (1-0), 10. Charter Oak (0-1). Others: South Hills (0-0), Los Osos (1-0), Glendora (1-0).
Robledo’s thoughts: Are you sensing a trend here. Do these head-to-head games mean anything? Glendora goes from not mentioned to “others” but is still not ranked after beating Charter Oak, who is No. 10, ahead of Glendora.

Pac-5 Division
1. 1. Mission Viejo (1-0), 2. Servite (1-0), 3. Long Beach Poly (1-0), 4. Lakewood (1-0), 5. Los Alamitos (1-0), 6. Edison (1-0), 7. Bishop Amat (1-0), 8. Newport Harbor (0-0), 9. San Clemente (2-0), 10. Mater Dei (0-1). Others: Orange Lutheran (1-0), Crespi (0-1), Dan Hills (1-0), Loyola (1-0), St. John Bosco (1-0), Alemany (1-0), Compton (1-0), Santa Margarita (1-0).
Robledo’s thoughts: The pollsters kept Amat in a good spot after its 23-0 win over Garfield. They can solidify it with a win over Dominguez, ranked No. 2 in the Western Division after last week’s 14-11 win over Crespi. A loss and Amat likely tumbles off the board.

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Girls Volleyball CIF Polls: Defending champion Los Altos No. 1 and Bonita 2; St. Lucy’s No. 3 in 2-AA

Steve Ramirez’s girls volleyball top ten preview comes out on Thursday. Until then, here is a glimpse at the first CIF-Southern Section polls. I only posted divisions that our area teams compete in.

Division 2-A
1. Los Altos, 2. Bonita
, 3. Troy, 4. Walnut, 5. Downey, 6. La Quinta, 7. Warren, 8. Burroughs Burbank, 9. Village Christian, 10. Arcadia. Others: Palm Desert, Oxnard, LA Baptist.
Division 2-AA
1. Elsinore, 2. La Canada, 3. St. Lucy’s, 4. Bishop Montgomery, 5. La Reina, 6. South Torrance, 7. South Hills, 8. Oaks Christian, 9. Riverside Poly, 10. Corona Santiago, Others: St. Joseph, Claremont, Oak Park, Chino Hills.
Division 3-A
1. Campbell Hall, 2. Brentwood, 3. Gabrielino, 4. San Dimas, 5. San Gabriel, 6. Windward, 7. Calvary Murrieta, 8. Arrowhead Christian, 9. La Serna, 10. Western.
Division 4-A
1. Hemet, 2. Connely, 3. Bell-Jeff, 4. Upland Christian, 5. Carpinteria, 6. La Puente, 7. Fairmont Prep, 8. Pacifica Christian, 9. Frazier Mountain, 10. Gladstone.

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Call or email box scores to us

With all sports in action this week, which include girls volleyball, cross country, girls golf, girls tennis and girls water polo, there are two ways to get results/box scores in the Tribune sports section. Either the coach or a person the coach assigns should call our sports desk after 5 p.m., each night to report scores. Call 626-962-8811 and use extention 2233 or 2242 . If you would like to email boxscores, which we strongly encourage, email to scores@sgvn.com, and leave a contact number in case we have any questions. If you’re not sure what to include in your boxscore, feel free to call the sports desk and ask.

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No Ring to it: What happened to defending champions Charter Oak and San Dimas?

“We know what went wrong. We had seven offensive possessions. We scored on three, turned it over on three and were stopped on fourth down on the other. We beat them up on the stat sheet, but not on the scoreboard. That usually indicates what turnovers can do for you.” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar after 28-21 loss to Glendora.

“I live next door to the Angels’ third- base coach, and I was asking him if he experienced anything similar in the season after they won the World Series in 2002. He said to put away the rings. That was their biggest mistake, they didn’t do that.” San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow after 41-20 loss to Bonita.


Story: It’s back to the drawing board this week for the only two local teams to win CIF championships last season. When the Charter Oak and San Dimas high school football teams suffered losses in their respective season openers last Friday, it was a good reminder not only to local fans but the players themselves that last season is in the past and the slate has been wiped clean. (To continue, click thread).

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve Ramirez and I will go head-to-head throughout the season.
Last Week: Robledo (14-3); Ramirez (11-6).

Last week: We both missed Covina over West Covina and Ganesha over Montclair, but I did call Glendora, Rowland, El Rancho and Santa Margarita, while Steve got me with Bonita over San Dimas. All in all, a pretty good week.
This week: I was foolish enough to think Amat had a pretty easy schedule, then Dominguez pulled off the upset over Crespi. This is just what Amat needed, a real Pac-5 type game to get ready down the road, and a motivator game to gauge where they’re at. Looking forward to seeing Covina in person on Thursday after their mammoth comeback over West Covina. On Friday, watch Glendora roll over Monrovia and South Hills squeak out a win over Baldwin Park. San Dimas should bounce back at South El Monte, West Covina and Diamond Ranch will start 0-2 with losses to Damien and Venice, respectively. Charter Oak better take care of business, and a result I’m especially looking forward to is Diamond Bar-Wilson, giving the Brahmas a slight edge.

Coveritlive: Mike “The Cousin” Robledo did a super job with Amat-Garfield on Friday, we had commenters from several games posting scores, which is what it’s all about. No matter which game we decide, when we have participation throughout the Valley, everyone benefits. We hope more of you tech-savvy commenters can do the same as we continue week-to-week. We are sending Mike to Bishop Amat at Dominguez, and I will update him from my game at South Hills-Baldwin Park, as well as get updates from other games. Also, Thursday I will do a special Coveritlive from the District Field for Covina-Gladstone. Chino Hills Tom will send me updates from Ayala-Colony, but this also is a Q&A for those at home who want to ask questions or talk about Friday’s games while we’re live during the Covina game.


Thursday’s game
Covina vs. Gladstone at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
La Puente at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo – (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Colony at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo — (Colony); Ramirez (Ayala)
Montclair at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)

Friday’s games
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Azusa at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell Gardens); Ramirez (Azusa)
Bishop Amat at Dominguez, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Bishop Amat)
California at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Chino Hills at Santiago, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Claremont at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Ramirez (Claremont)
Diamond Bar at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Ramirez (Wilson)
Diamond Ranch vs. Damien at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Duarte vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Blair); Ramirez (Blair)
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Ramirez (Nogales)
Hoover at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Los Altos at Bellflower, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bellflower); Ramirez (Bellflower)
Monrovia vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Montebello at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Mountain View at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
San Dimas at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
South Hills at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Troy at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Troy)
Gardena at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Venice at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Venice); Ramirez (Venice)

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat on top while Charter Oak, Glendora fall, Bonita back in

Now that we got a zero week glimpse of half the teams in the Valley, we have a better idea of how the Top 35 shakes out. Something tells me there’s going to be lots of shake-ups in the weeks to come. And yes, we did rank five Sierra League teams in the top ten.


Welcome back to the top ten Bonita …

Super 35 Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (1-0) — Even with first-game jitters, Lancers still roll to a 23-0 victory. A much bigger test comes Friday at Dominguez, winners over Crespi.
2. Chino Hills (1-0) – Posted a 28-14 win over Mayfair on the road. Huskies didn’t have the easiest time, but certainly will take it.
3. Glendora (1-0) — While Charter Oak was winning back-to-back Southeast titles, Glendora felt all along it was just as good. They got to prove it with a 28-21 victory.
4. Claremont (1-0) — We said lets wait and see, well how about a 31-14 victory over Cajon. I’d say that’s good enough.
5 . Charter Oak (0-1) — You didn’t expect the Chargers to fall that far did you? In all honesty, their offense under QB Travis Santiago and his receiving crew are going to be lethal. My guess is they don’t turn the ball over four times in one game the rest of the season.
6. South Hills (0-0) – We’ve seen Charter Oak and West Covina fall, will the same happen to the Huskies at Baldwin Park? We shall see.
7. Rowland (1-0) — QB Michael Ball rallies them back to a 35-29 victory over usually tough defensive Braves team.
8. Bonita (1-0) — If this is how good the Bearcats are without QB Garrett Pendleton, imagine how dangerous they’re when he’s back.
9. Ayala (1-0) — Bulldogs cruise to a 35-13 victory over Don Lugo, face much tougher test Thursday against Colony.
10. Azusa (1-0) — Aztecs facing a tougher than normal season opener Friday at Bell Gardens, an Almont League juggernaut.
The rest: 11. Covina (1-0), 12. Damien (0-0), 13. West Covina (0-1), 14. San Dimas (0-1), 15. Walnut (0-0), 16. Arroyo (1-0), 17. Diamond Bar (1-0), 18. Diamond Ranch (0-1), 19. Rosemead (0-0), 20. Baldwin Park (0-1), 21. Wilson (0-0), 22. Northview (0-0), 23. La Puente (0-0), 24. Pomona (1-0), 25. Ganesha (1-0), 26. Los Altos (0-1), 27., Gladstone (0-0), 28. Bassett (1-0), 29. Nogales (0-1), 30. South El Monte (0-0), 31. Sierra Vista (0-0), 32. El Monte (0-0), 33. Workman (0-0), 34. Mountain View (0-0), 35. Duarte (0-0),

Great postgame Interview from Chino Hills Tom, the Inland Insider. He talked with coach Derek Bub, Auston Smith, and Steve Smith, who had three INTs in Friday’s win over Mayfair.

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Sunday Tribbin; Smudge Pot Rewind

The anything and anyone thread you want to talk about, but on Sunday Tribbin we move on to the next week, but not without your nominations for Friday player of the week? Also, Coveritlive will not be limited to Bishop Amat, though the Lancers’ game at Dominguez should be interesting after their upset of Crespi, and the so-so returns on the Lancers’ 23-0 shutout of Garfield. This is how far Amat has come in two years, fans are concerned after a 23-point victory. Other games of the week type on here are Damien-Diamond Ranch, South Hills-Baldwin Park, Monrovia-Glendora, Claremont-Bonita.

Thursday’s game
Covina vs. Gladstone at Covina District, 7 p.m.
La Puente at El Monte, 7 p.m.

Friday’s games
Arroyo at Temple City, 7:00pm
Azusa at Bell Gardens, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Dominguez, 7:00pm
California at Rowland, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Santiago, 7:00pm
Claremont at Bonita, 7:00pm
Colony at Ayala, 7:00pm
Diamond Bar at Wilson, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch vs. Damien at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Duarte at Blair, 7:00pm
Garey at Nogales, 7:00pm
Hoover at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Bellflower, 7:30pm
Monrovia vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Montclair at Pomona, 7:00pm
Montebello at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Bassett, 7:00pm
San Dimas at South El Monte, 7:00pm
South Hills at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Troy at Walnut, 7:00pm
Gardena at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Venice at West Covina, 7:00pm

Highlights from Bonita’s Smudge Pot victory over San Dimas. This is for you K.C., now will ya cut me some slack.



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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Glendora, Bonita earn big victories, shocker of the night, Covina knocks off West Covina … Amat wins too

By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
There was something strange about Charter Oak High School’s No. 5 ranking in this week’s CIF-Southern Section Inland Division poll. Not that the back-to-back CIF-Southeast Division champs weren’t deserving, even though the Chargers are moving up to a considerably tougher division. (To continue click thread and listen to coach Mark Pasquarella and Chad Jeffries on video).

Tonight’s results
Glendora 28, Charter Oak 21 — The Chargers’ four turnovers didn’t help their cause, but this was the Tartans’ night. Chad Jeffries pass for 94 yards and rushed for 70 while Corey Victoria rushed for 83 yards and two TDs.
Bonita 41, San Dimas 20 — Not shocking that the Bearcats ended the Saints’ three-game Smudge streak, shocking how easily it happened without their starting QB.
Rowland 35, Baldwin Park 29 – Who would have thought the Raiders would win in a shootout. Though the Braves’ defense was stronger.
Bishop Amat 23, Garfield 0 – Once again, when all else fails the Lancers played solid defense. It’s been their M.O. in the Steve Hagerty era. We hear Ruiz had the jitters in the first half, then settled down and did fine in the second.
Covina 27, West Covina 21 – Shocker of the night. The Colts trailed 21-2 at one point, scoring three touchdowns in the final four minutes to shock the Valley, and your favorite Trib reporters.
Diamond Bar 38, Nogales 21 — The Nobles put up a solid fight, but it looks like the Brahmas offense will be a force to reckon with the rest of the way.
Arroyo 35, Ontario 14 — On cruise control, the Knights rolled up 35 points and held off the visitors.
Pomona 21, Garey 14 – The Red Devils usher in the Anthony Rice era with a victory, though closer than expected.
El Rancho 41, Los Altos 0 — The Jim Arellanes debut for the Conqs couldn’t of gone any worse, could it?
Ayala 35, Don Lugo 13 — The Bulldogs roll to an easy victory, no surprise.
Chino Hills 28, Mayfair 14 — The Inland’s fourth-ranked Huskies get a big win on tthe road.
Santa Margarita 56, Diamond Ranch 0 — This would even make the normally speakable Roddy Layton unspeakable.
Bassett 34, Keppel 0 – The Olympians win and win easily, a great way for new coach Aubrey Duncan to start.


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Coveritlive: Bishop Amat 23, Garfield 0

Tune in at 6:30 p.m for pregame: Mike (The Cousin) Robledo will host tonight’s Coveritlive featuring Bishop Amat and Garfield from East L. A. College. You can follow along with Mike by signing on through facebook or twitter when he launches at 6:30 p.m. Even better, you can sign in and post scores from other games if you’re technically functional. Mike will provide updates throughout the game, enjoy it. Change of plans: We will not do Bishop Amat games every week. Instead, Mike will move around the Valley, covering games more consistent with the SGV game of the week. You can start by suggesting what game you want him at next week.

SCOREBOARD: Click for quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games

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Thursday Final: Ganesha rolls, look out Montview League, there’s a new sheriff in town

As evidenced by the state-record 49-game losing streak it mercifully ended in 2008, the Ganesha High School football team has been on the wrong side of its share of blowouts. Thursday night, however, the Giants were on the right side of a lopsided score in a season-opening, 31-12 victory over Montclair. Quarterback Terry Francis rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries. The explosive senior broke off 54- and 59-yard scoring runs in the second quarter to give Ganesha a 21-0 lead.

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School team pages online now, read the PrepXtra preview of your favorite H.S. football team

There is a great new feature on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune preps home page. There is a link called Find Your School’s team page, in which you click and drag the school of your choice, which takes you straight to your team page, which will keep an archive of stories about your school throughout the year, as well as other daily stories. Every story in TribXtra, including the team stories, in online today, so if you click on your team page, you will see the team preview that ran in the magazine. For example, click Bonita’s home page, and take a look. The team pages also has widgets of this blog and Aram’s, as well as the MaxPreps widget to make it easier for you to search through MaxPreps.

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What result will West Covina vs. Covina produce?

It’s been just about a year since the heavily favored West Covina High School football team sleepwalked into its season opener against El Rancho and left with a stunning double-digit loss. Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore is doing everything he can this week to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself when his team opens the season with Covina on Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at West Covina High School.
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Should Arroyo worry? Nogales leery of D. Bar

Ontario High School’s football team didn’t just struggle last season. The Jaguars finished 1-9, their lone victory a 28-21 decision over La Verne Lutheran, a school that forfeited the remainder of its season after three games because it had only 14 healthy players in uniform. Is this a team that should concern defending Mission Valley League champion Arroyo going into Friday’s 7 p.m. season opener at B.L. Bergstrom Stadium?
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CIF Preseason Polls: Defending champ San Dimas on top; the rest of the Valley has a lot to prove

At the end of the day, the only polls that matter are the CIF-Southern Section polls, which are used to determine seeds come playoff time. In the case of the Mid-Valley Division, rankings mean even more. All six leagues are only guaranteed two playoff teams, meaning four at-large will be selected to form the 16-team playoff pool. With that said, here is your CIF-SS Preseason poll.

Mid-Valley Division
1. San Dimas, 2. Monrovia, 3. Cerritos Valley Christian, 4. Schurr, 5. Arroyo, 6. Whittier Christian, 7. Azusa, 8. Village Christian, 9. Rosemead, 10. San Marino. Others: San Gabriel, Baldwin Park, Bell Gardens, La Puente, Alhambra, Covina.
Robledo’s thoughts: No love for Baldwin Park, and opening with Rowland and facing South Hills could hurt the Braves’ playoff chances if they don’t finish at least second in the VVL. Rosemead was finally given some respect by starting in the top ten, other than that, looks pretty solid.

Southeast Division
1. La Mirada, 2. Norwalk, 3. Burbank, 4. Diamond Ranch, 5. West Covina, 6. Santa Fe, 7, Muir, 8. La Serna, 9. Mayfair, 10. Rowland. Others: California, El Rancho, Bonita, Burroughs, Arcadia, Bellflower.
Robledo’s thoughts: Either we’re homers for thinking this is West Covina and Diamond Ranch’s division to lose, or the section knows way more than we do. You can’t argue with La Mirada, they’re legit, and Norwalk is top four, but Burbank at No. 3? In all honesty, this is a tough division to pick because the Suburban is just as tough if not better than the Hacienda, so we shall see.

Inland Division
1. Chaparral, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Corona Centennial, 4. Chino Hills, 5. Charter Oak, 6. Upland, 7. Norco, 8. Redlands East Valley, 9. Redlands, 10. Rancho Cucamonga: Others: Roosevelt, Murrieta Valley, South Hills, Los Osos, A.B. Miller and Corona Santiago.
Robledo’s thoughts: Look at the teams in the others, they’re pretty scary too. We knew with the area’s top teams not named Bishop Amat going to the Inland that this would be a tough division to handicap, but no Glendora (unbelievable) and no Damien (understood). That just boggles my mind. And honestly, how can you argue the rankings with the teams in this pool. The division is that sick. Having said that, if we get at least one area team into the semifinals among these giants, we’re doing pretty darn good. BTW, to the blogger who calls himself Norco, you must be rolling over ranked behind Chino Hills and Charter Oak after all that talk.

Pac-5 Division
1. Mission Viejo, 2. Mater Dei, 3. Servite, 4. Long Beach Poly, 5. Lakewood, 6. Los Alamitos, 7. Edison, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Newport Harbor, 10. San Clemente. Others: Orange Lutheran, Crespi, Dana Hills, Loyola, St. John Bosco, Long Beach Wilson.
Robledo’s thoughts: Here’s all you need to know, Bishop Amat is in the conversation, now it’s on them to climb the ladder.

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GET YOUR PREPXTRA FOOTBALL PREVIEW TODAY What’s coming? Friday night scoreboard, Bishop Amat on Coveritlive, post game video interviews, and of course, Saturday Morning Quarterback

PREPXTRA UPDATE: Have already fielded calls and emails saying newsracks are sold out in some areas. Not to worry, we’re selling them at the Tribune at 1210 N. Azusa Canyon Rd., in West Covina for $1, so you can purchase as many as you want. We don’t have an unlimited supply, so get down here today to get your copy.

Also: If any of you got the wrong copy (I.E. Star-News copy) in your home subscription or news rack, email mario.ale@sgvn.com. I’m told he can mail you a copy. Sorry for the inconvenience.

I will post Aram’s entertaining preview column and quarterbacks preview later, as well as the top ten. But for now, go get your copy of PrepXtra today


Quarter-by-Quarter updates and final scores.
With Friday around the corner, time to let you know what’s coming. For those with the internet on your cell phone or for those just sitting at home, you can click the link above for quarter-by-quarter updates of the games listed, with final scores posted soon after games are finalized. Because of Bishop Amat’s huge following, we’re going to cater to it more than ever on Coveritlive, an interactive Q&A with bloggers that will provide live updates throughout the game hosted by my cousin Mike, a tech nut. We used Coveritlive for several Amat games last year, and also for San Dimas’ and Charter Oak’s championship games, and got a huge response. The plan for now is to cover every Amat game on Coveritlive, and why not, the blog numbers tell us it’s a no brainer. For the games Aram, Steve and I cover, we will provide post-game video interviews, and finally, we’re bringing back the always popular “Saturday Morning Quarterback,” which is a thread that provides all the updated scores on Friday nights less than an hour after the games are played, which is also the thread for all of you to dissect the games throughout the weekend. On late Friday’s, Aram and I will post a video giving our thoughts of Friday night outcomes as well. Like we promised a few months ago, starting with Wednesday’s first-ever Football Preview Magazine PrepXtra, we plan on providing you with as much football coverage as you can absorb.

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PrepXtra: Bishop Amat leads area’s 2010 preseason top ten football rankings

1. BISHOP AMAT
Strengths: A well-rounded coaching staff starting with head coach Steve Hagerty, who led the Lancers to the Serra League co-title and a quarterfinal appearance in the 2009 Pac-5 playoffs. Junior quarterback Rio Ruiz is an upgrade over last year, and the Lancers add Glendora transfer Wallace Gonzalez, a highly regarded 6-foot-5 wideout. With a solid running-back corp and depth galore, all signs are go for the boys in blue.
Obstacles: Must overcome the loss of Davis Cazares, Daniel Kane and Darien Johnson on a bend-but-don’t-break defense that allowed 19 points a game last season.
Outlook: With a winnable preseason that includes Garfield, Dominguez, Muir, Damien, Cathedral and Venice, the Lancers could be 6-0 when the Serra begins. Getting it done in the Serra and Pac-5, however, will be difficult again, even for a team as talented as this.

2. CHARTER OAK
Strengths:
Another great coaching staff and key returners back after securing its second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division title. Senior wide receiver Dennis Rufus is a big-time college recruit, along with sturdy junior quarterback Travis Santiago. With linemen Andy Orozco and Charlie Avila, the Chargers should pick up where they left off.
Obstacles: After dominating the Miramonte League, the Chargers step up to the uncertainty of the Sierra League and the Central Division, where there’s more depth and playmakers to deal with.
Outlook: Many felt last year’s team could have competed for a Central Division title, but this isn’t last year’s team. The Chargers are still solid, but they’re not automatic favorites anymore.

3. CHINO HILLS
Strengths:
The defending Sierra League champions return player of the year Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the secondary and running back Nate Harris, and finished a summer that included winning the 30-team Bonita Air Assault passing tournament and winning the Santa Fe lineman tournament of champions.
Obstacles: A tough preseason that includes Tesoro and Redlands East Valley, and a tougher-than-usual Sierra League with Charter Oak and South Hills joining. Even the race for a playoff spot is no guarantee.
Outlook: Scary, considering how well they did in the summer. When you factor in their playmakers, size on offense and defense, and the fact they’re the defending league champions, there’s no reason to believe they won’t be in the hunt for a second consecutive league title.

4. GLENDORA
Strengths: Owns the area’s best quarterback in years, and maybe the best of the decade, in senior Chad Jeffries. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder gave a verbal commitment to San Diego State after weighing several offers. He’s a run and pass threat who threw for 1,692 yards and rushed for 657. With a usually reliable defense and depth, this should be an explosive team and fun to watch.
Obstacles: No doubt moving back to the Baseline League with Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland and Etiwanda provides challenges and long road trips. Plus, competing in the Inland Division is a step up for a school that struggled in the Central.
Outlook: A brutal preseason and league schedule will make it tough to win seven or more, and there’s no playoff guarantee despite the Tartans’ success under coach Mark Pasquarella in recent years.

5. SOUTH HILLS
Strengths:
The Huskies don’t have the depth of the top four, but they have solid impact players in junior running back Jamel Hart, junior quarterback Vincent Hernandez and key linemen like Peter Nonu and Sioasi Aiono. Hernandez is the key; if he’s able to give the Huskies a consistent run and pass threat, they’re going to be formidable because their defense is as solid as always.
Obstacles: Not as dominant as they were earlier this decade and have flamed out in back-to-back years in the Southeast Division semifinals, losing each time to Diamond Ranch. Now the Huskies get bumped up to the Sierra, where fighting for a playoff spot will be as difficult as fighting for a league title in the San Antonio.
Outlook: Figuring Charter Oak and Chino Hills are the league favorites, the Huskies will be fighting for the third playoff spot with Ayala, Damien and Claremont — no easy task.

6. WEST COVINA
Strengths:
Quarterback George Johnson isn’t flashy, but he will be a third-year starter for coach Mike Maggiore to go with an explosive running game led by junior Chris Solomon and versatile senior Maurice Dupleasis. Add to that another running back/defensive back in BJ Lee, who became one of the top sprinters in the Southland, and there’s no reason to believe West Covina won’t be favored in the new Hacienda League.
Obstacles: Always plays a tough nonleague schedule and this year is no different, with games against L.A. City power Venice to go with contests against Glendora and crosstown rival South Hills. At least they dropped the likes of Mater Dei and Bishop Amat.
Outlook: With the departure of two-time Southeast Division champion Charter Oak, many believe that West Covina is the division front-runner and Hacienda League favorite. We agree.

7. SAN DIMAS
Strengths:
The two-time Valle Vista League champ and reigning Mid-Valley Division title holder returns a solid core that includes quarterback Shawn Kennedy to go with backs Jordan Taylor and Dillon Corona and durable linemen in Allen Brown and Alec Zenner. And with the wizard of the Wing T in coach Bill Zernickow, the monsters of the Mid-Valley continue to grow.
Obstacles: Taking on its toughest nonleague schedule in years by scheduling Rancho Cucamonga and last year’s finalist Monrovia. Even the Valle Vista will be no guarantee with surging Baldwin Park and newcomer Wilson.
Outlook: The favorites to win back-to-back Mid-Valley titles, but they must go through several challengers including Monrovia, Rosemead, Arroyo, Baldwin Park and Azusa.

8. DIAMOND RANCH
Strengths:
The Panthers always have impact players and this year is no different, with Aaron Almond (DB/RB), Jacoby Carter (CB/RB), Chase Price (RB/LB) and quarterback Cesar Carillo, who will take over for Gus Viramontes, who led the Panthers to back-to-back Southeast Division title games.
Obstacles: Not as strong on the offensive and defensive lines, and a tough Week 1 opponent in Pac-5 powerhouse Santa Margarita, which is not a good sign for a traditionally slow-starting team that always plays a tough nonleague schedule, though it’s not as tough as in years past.
Outlook: Won’t have to face two-time Southeast champion Charter Oak now that the Chargers are in the Sierra and the Panthers are in the newly formed Hacienda League. That doesn’t mean the Panthers will finally win their first CIF title, but it sure does make it easier.

9. ROWLAND
Strengths
: When last healthy, quarterback Michael Ball was leading the Raiders to the Southeast Division semifinals before losing to eventual champion Charter Oak. That was his sophomore year, and now the prolific run/pass threat is a senior after breaking his collarbone midway through his junior season. Safe to assume that as Ball goes, so go the Raiders.
Obstacles: Not as much size or depth as the teams above, and will find it hard competing in a league that includes West Covina, Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar. Even without Ball, the Raiders averaged 34 points last season, but must do better defensively after allowing an average of 21 points a game.
Outlook: Will be no surprise if the Raiders win the Hacienda League or compete for a Southeast Division title. Ball is that good and coach Craig Snyder is that competitive. Whether they have enough horses remains to be seen.

10. AZUSA
Strengths:
It starts at the top with head coach Joe Scherf, who in two years has led a school revival, going 21-4 which includes with back-to-back Montview League titles and a quarterfinal and semifinal appearance in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs. Plus, the Aztecs return several key players from last year’s team and have added much-needed depth.
Obstacles: Playing its toughest nonleague schedule during Scherf’s tenure, and will have the bull’s-eye on its back more than ever. Plus, the Montview League continues to improve, with La Puente, Gladstone, Workman and Sierra Vista looking stronger.
Outlook: With running back Steven Blount, quarterback Jose Nunez and all-everything lineman Edwin Garcia, a third consecutive Montview League title is almost a certainty.

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PrepXtra: Tribune Pre-Season All-Area team, as well as Top 5 QB, RB, WR and Defensive players


Above: Glendora’s Chad Jeffries

2010 Tribune Preseason All-Area Team
Offense

QB: Chad Jeffries, Glendora, Sr.
RB: Taj Teague, Claremont Sr.
RB: Jamel Hart, South Hills, Jr.
WR: Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR: Aubrey Coleman, Walnut, Sr.
OL: Edwin Garcia, Azusa, Sr.
OL: Allen Brown, San Dimas, Sr.
OL: Christian Orduno, Bishop Amat, Sr.
OL: Andy Orozco, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL: Siaosi Aiono, South Hills, Sr.
PK: Dillon Corona, San Dimas, Jr.


Above: Charter Oak’s Charlie Avila

Defense
DL: Peter Nonu, South Hills, Sr.
DL: Austin Johnson, Chino Hills, Sr.
DL: Charlie Avila, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB: Mo Dupleasis, West Covina, Sr.
LB: Wardell Crutchfield III, Baldwin Park, Sr.
LB: Joseph Herrera, Gladstone, Sr.
LB: Mike Juarez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
DB: Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB: Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DB: Aaron Almond, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
SS: Chris Solomon, West Covina, Jr.
P: Hector Dominguez, Wilson, Sr.

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Tolegian Preview Column: Finding the Truth

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
There’s only one way to find out.
That’s the truth, isn’t it? And the truth is what football’s all about, right? You train hard, you study hard and then you take it all out to the field where the truth is discovered under the lights in front of everyone.
The truth can hurt. It can be downright brutal. Finding out that your hard work — from January to August — didn’t pay off hurts. (To continue, click thread).

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Armed and Ready, Glendora’s Chad Jeffries and Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz lead year of the QB

By Aram Tolegian
Staff Writer

Welcome to the year of the quarterback in the San Gabriel Valley.
It seems no matter what part of the Valley you’re in, from El Monte to Diamond Bar and La Verne, there’s a high school with championship aspirations directly tied to its gunslinger leading the show.
Think about it. Has there been a season in recent memory where so many teams had a talented signal-caller capable of leading them to the promised land, a Christmas gift come early in the form of a CIF title?
At Glendora, the spotlight is on San Diego State-bound senior Chad Jeffries, who can help his team pile up the points with his arm or legs. (to continue click thread)

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