Saturday Morning Quarterback: West Covina pulls trifecta, outlasts Glendora; Bishop Amat routs rival Damien; San Dimas rallies from 21 down to beat M-Town; Bonita shuts out Baldwin Park, now 4-0; South Hills, Charter Oak, Rowland all lose


Saturday injury update: Charter Oak QB Travis Santiago did not break his ankle on Friday. X-Rays were negative, leaving him with a sprained ankle and out for an indefinite period.

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 42, Damien 7 — The Lancers were dominant throughout, leading 35-0 at halftime. QB Rio Ruiz had a breakthrough game, throwing for 200 plus yards and two TDs.
Rancho Cucamonga 40, Charter Oak 28 — The Cougars have the Chargers’ number, improving to 2-0-1 against them over the last three years. It’s a big setback, the Chargers can’t seem to win the big marquee encounters. Even worse, word is Chargers QB Travis Santiago suffered a sprained ankle on the last play. Does that mean Josiah Thropay takes over next week?
West Covina 33, Glendora 28 — Can we forget Covina? In all seriousness, if the Bulldogs aren’t the No. 1 ranked team in the Southeast next week, the pollsters aren’t paying attention.
Bonita 29, Baldwin Park 0 — Did I just say West Covina should be No. 1 in the Southeast? Yup, I forgot about the guys in green, who make an equally compelling argument.
Tesoro 59, South Hills 6 — This wasn’t just a loss, this was another humbling defeat for the Huskies, who get Monrovia on Thursday.
Diamond Bar 31, Brea Olinda 28 — The Brahmas have all the momentum they need going into next week’s Hacienda opener against Diamond Ranch.
San Dimas 35, Monrovia 34, OT — Amazing. The Saints trailed 28-7 heading into the fourth, scored 21 unanswered points and won in overtime. If you’re Monrovia, you’re only hope is you win the rematch come December.
Walnut 49, Covina 42, OT — The Colts finally surrender their first loss, which is a huge boost to the Mustangs’ confidence.
Hart 44, Arroyo 3 — With or without QB Steven Rivera, it wouldn’t of made a difference.
Wilson 36, La Puente 20 — The Wildcats beat a good team, it makes you wonder what their Valle Vista league chances really are.
Chino 47, Northview 30 — Looks like it’s going to be another long year for the Vikings.
Chino Hills 48, Pomona 13 –– Even though Pomona was undefeated, you kind of expected this.
Rosemead 21, San Marino 7 — The Panthers finally get in the win column.
Claremont 24, Rowland 21 — Didn’t see this coming at all, but when two good teams meet, anything can happen.
Sierra Vista 42, Keppel 12 — Dons offense continues to roll heading into the Montview.
Nogales 40, South El Monte 19 — Nobles, like Wilson, could be another VVL contender.
Ayala 34, Los Altos 7 — Could be a long, long season for the Conqs
Workman at Montclair, NA
Garey at Ganesha, NA

Video highlights and Interviews from Bishop Amat – Damien with Chino Hills Tom, the Inland Insider.

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Thursday Final: Azusa rolls; El Monte beats Gladstone, Diamond Ranch holds on

Thursday’s Results
Azusa 34, Gabrielino 0 – Jose Nunez accounted for three scores and the Aztecs (3-0) secured their second shutout in three games with a rout of Gabrielino (2-1). Azusa forced six turnovers and held the Eagles to 124 total yards.
El Monte 32, Gladstone 24 – Mike Jimenez and Frank Lopez had big games for the Lions, who were too much for the Gladiators at San Dimas High School.
Diamond Ranch 21, Chaffey 14 – Cesar Carillo threw for 125 yards, including a 30-yard TD strike to Marquise Cherry for a 21-8 lead near the end of the first half.

Azusa had more reason to celebrate Thursday following a 34-0 win over Gabrielino at Citrus College. The Aztecs forced six turnovers.

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Friends, family and teammates remember Jesse Cruz, the former Northview Wrestler who died during a match; Vigil tonight at Northview

Loved ones remember Northview wrestler Jesse Cruz, who was “all about doing the right things.” Northview High School is holding a vigil tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium and the memorial service will be held either Monday or Tuesday at St. Paul Church, which is located at 14085 Peyton Drive in Chino Hills.

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Nogales boys water polo continues surge

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Almost everything fell into place for the Nogales High School boys water polo team last season. The Nobles challenged traditional power Walnut for supremacy in the San Antonio League before finishing second and advancing to their first CIF-Southern Section playoff appearance in more than a decade. They also won their first postseason encounter in recent memory.

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Girls Volleyball: Gabrielino too much for Amat

The Bishop Amat High School volleyball team was on the cusp of winning key points in Wednesday’s nonleague match and wrestling control. But his Gabrielino team found a way to rally and knock off the Lancers in four games. “It’s always good when you come from behind to win,” the Gabrielino coach said. “They just dug in. I told them that you have to get the pass up there. It is a matter of confidence.” Gabrielino scored a 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24 victory.

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Glendora’s Pasquarella on West Covina: “They’re about as talented a team as we’ve seen.”

Glendora High School has seen some pretty good offenses this season and remains undefeated in spite of it. But Friday, a whole different animal comes to town in the form of West Covina’s devastating ground game. The Tartans handled Charter Oak’s trio of tall receivers and slowed Monrovia’s dynamic quarterback, Nick Bueno. If they stop West Covina, it could be one of the best nonleague performances in school history.

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It is with deep regret we inform you that Northview assistant softball coach Fred Fraijo died in a motorcyle accident this morning

Services Announcement
There will be a memorial service for Fred Fraijo on Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (16025 Cypress Ave., Irwindale, CA) from 6 to 9 p.m., with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral services are Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 10 a.m. with the grave site ceremony at Oakdale Cemetary (1401 S. Grand Ave., Glendora, CA) immediately following the service. There will be a reception immediately following the grave site service at the Amvey Post 113 (14910 E. Los Angeles St., Irwindale).

Update: There was a huge turnout at Irwindale Park on Wednesday to mourn the loss of Fred Fraijo. Some of those that knew him shared their memories in today’s story. A fundraiser softball game that will include Northview baseball/softball alumni and anyone who played for coach Fraijo at any level is being set up at Irwindale Park next week with proceeds going to the Fraijo family. When I get all the details, I will certainly share it with you.

I am deeply saddened to have to report the following: Fred Fraijo, an assistant softball coach at Northview High School, died on Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with a big rig on the 10 freeway, Northview baseball coach Darren Murphy confirmed. The crash occurred on the eastbound 10 freeway east of Via Verde Street at 5:20 a.m., officer Fransisco Villalobos with the California Highway Patrol said. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Villalobos said. Fraijo was a well-known fixture in the community and a person I looked forward to seeing each and every trip to a Northview baseball or softball game. He was always huddled around his family, involved, and what you thought a family man should be. It’s a huge loss for everyone that knew him. His oldest daughter Crystal starred in Vikings softball, attended Cal State University San Bernardino and is an assistant softball coach at Bishop Amat. His daughter Hannah led the Vikings softball team to the 2008 Valle Vista League championship, was the league MVP, the Tribune athlete of the year and is at Cal State Northridge. His son Shane Fraijo played for Murphy and starred on the Vikings’ 2008 championship baseball team. Fred Fraijo is survived by his wife Paula, and five children, which also includes sons Joshua and Jacob. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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