Boys Hoops: English heading to LMU

La Verne Lutheran’s Bruce English, a senior for the Trojans boys basketball team that won the CIF State Division V championships last year, has committed to play at nearby Loyola Marymount. Coach Eric Cooper also said that forward Xavier Jones has received an offer from West Point that the senior is considering. English also hit the game-winning shot to help the Trojans with the Division VAA championship, the Trojans’ second in three years.

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Cross Country: Glendora girls have come long way

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Glendora High School fielded one of the top boys cross country teams in the CIF-Southern Section last season. The Tartans girls team is making its own name for itself this season, and showed its ability with a solid effort at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational on Saturday. Glendora, featuring reigning all-area Girls Runner of the Year Lauren Justus, set a school course record, finishing 13th in the individual sweepstakes with a time of 97 minutes, 22 seconds.

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CIF Rankings: Covina still the Rodney Dangerfield of the Mid-Valley; WCovina, Bonita No. 1 and 2

CIF-Southern Section Football Polls


Above: There were so many people telling me on Thursday that Colts’ all-everything Vinny Venegas is the straw that stirs their drink.

Pac-5 Division
1. Mission Viejo (South Coast) 7-0 Bye
2. Servite (Trinity) 7-0 Won St. John Bosco 32-24
3. Bishop Amat 8-0 Won Loyola 41-31
4. Alemany (Serra) 7-0 Won Crespi 28-17
5. Santa Margarita (Trinity) 6-1 Won JSerra 35-14
6. Poly/Long Beach (Noore) 5-2 Won Millikan 59-0
7. Lakewood (Moore) 7-1 Won Jordan 42-28
8. Mater Dei (Trinity) 5-2 Won Orange Lutheran 28-14
9. Tesoro (South Coast) 6-1 Won Trabuco Hills 21-14
10. San Clemente (South Coast) 7-1 Won Dana Hills 42-28
Robledo’s thoughts: How could the Lancers complain, if they take care of business the final two games they should be assured a top four seed.

SOUTHEAST DIVISION
1. West Covina (Hacienda) 6-1 Won Los Altos 48-7
2. Bonita (Hacienda) 7-0 Won Walnut 44-14

3. La Serna (Del Rio) 6-1 Won Santa Fe 38-0
4. Diamond Ranch (Hacienda) 4-3 Bye
5. La Mirada (Suburban) 4-3 Bye
6. Mayfair (Suburban) 5-3 Won Bellflower 35-0
7. Norwalk (Suburban) 4-3 Won Glenn 64-7
8. Arcadia (Pacific) 4-3 Won Burbank 48-20
9. Burbank (Pacific) 5-2 Lost Arcadia 20-48
10. Burroughs/Burbank (Pacific) 4-3 Won Glendale 35-6
Robledo’s thoughts: You know it’s not unrealistic to think that after an 0-3 start Diamond Ranch could end up the top seed when all is finished. The Panthers are No. 4 with games against No. 1 and No. 2 still to come. West Covina and Bonita are where they should be, now we get the rare opportunity of watching who deserves No. 1 on Friday.

Inland Division
1. Centennial/Corona (Big VIII) 7-0 Won Santiago/Corona 69-13
2. Vista Murrieta (Southwestern) 6-1 Won Temecula Valley 33-22
3. Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline) 6-1 Won Alta Loma 43-0
4. Roosevelt (Big VIII) 6-1 Won Corona 56-35
5. Norco (Big VIII) 6-1 Won M.L. King, Jr. 35-15
6. Claremont (Sierra) 6-1 Won Charter Oak 35-32
7. Upland (Baseline) 5-2 Won Etiwanda 53-34
8. Chino Hills (Sierra) 5-2 Won Damien 42-7
9. Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt) 5-2 Won Eisenhower 48-12
10. Redlands (Citrus Belt) 5-1-1 Won Yucaipa 23-13
Robledo’s thoughts: For the first time in forever, looks like Gano, Bogan and Farrar might not have anything to do on Thanksgiving. Only the winner of the Sierra has a realistic chance of doing anything, and right now that looks like Claremont.

MID-VALLEY DIVISION
1. Azusa (Montview) 7-0 Won Duarte 46-0

2. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 5-2 Won San Marino 56-0
3. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 6-1 Won Rosemead 35-21
4. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 6-1 Bye
5. Covina (Valle Vista) 7-1 Won Baldwin Park 17-9
6. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 5-3 Won Northview 43-0
7. Vallley Christian/Cerritos 5-3 Won Maranatha 70-64 (5 OT)
8. Village Christian (Olympic) 5-2 Won Los Angeles Baptist 56-19
9. Schurr (Almont) 4-3 Won Alhambra 44-13
10. Maranatha (Olympic) 5-3 Lost Valley Christian/Cerritos 64-70 (5 OT)
Robledo’s thoughts: There is no way anyone with one loss deserves to be ranked ahead of Covina, and that includes two-loss Monrovia and one-loss Arroyo and Whittier Christian. Covina has a victory over West Covina, No. 1 in the Southeast and over Baldwin Park, the team that beat defending champion San Dimas, you know the team that Monrovia couldn’t defeat. Covina owns a victory better than any win Arroyo, Whittier Christian, Azusa, or Monrovia has on its resume, plus a solid No. 2 win over Baldwin Park. Why they’re not No. 1 or the very least No. 2 doesn’t make any sense. It reminds me of the way Rosemead was voted down in the polls in 2008 before running the table to the Mid-Valley title game.

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Tribune growth among highest for daily newspapers in Southern California

Thanks to all of our loyal prep fans in the SGVN, we know you had something to do with this: The San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s total paid circulation has grown significantly over the past year, according to figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.The Tribune’s total paid circulation grew by 11.19 percent daily and 2.29 percent on Sundays, according to the audit bureau. Both growth rates are among the highest for daily newspapers in Southern California. Traffic to sgvtribune.com, which is not included in the audit figures, has also increased from last year. Year to date, page views have increased more than 26 percent and unique visits are up by nearly 28 percent.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Steve and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet. I lead the overall series, two years to one.
Last Week: Robledo (14-4); Ramirez (13-5).
Season: Robledo (122-42); Ramirez (116-48).


Last week: Some Claremont coaches caught me leaving Charter Oak on Friday and said to keep picking against them and they will keep winning. Sorry, not sure I’m picking against them again. Not only did Steve and I miss Claremont’s win over Charter Oak, we both looked foolish taking Loyola over Bishop Amat. However, few could have predicted Diamond Bar beating Rowland and Gladstone beating Sierra Vista. I picked up an extra win taking Covina while Steve took Baldwin Park.

This week: I haven’t seen Bonita but have been impressed with West Covina in the games I saw against South Hills and Rowland. However, knowing that Bonita defeated a darn-good Claremont team and what they’ve done to everyone else, I’m taking the Bearcats. They had three blocks in Friday’s blowout over Walnut — that tells me something about their effort, not to mention how opportune they’ve been all season, getting four picks on Friday as well. This sounds like a team with a chip on its shoulder and more to prove, plus they’re undefeated, something I’m sure they’re not ready to give up. The Sierra League playoff race heats up with four 1-1 teams going head-to-head. I like Charter Oak over Damien because of too much offense, and Chino Hills over South Hills because the Huskies give up too many points. Bishop Amat should not lose its regular season home finale, not with a two-week break to get ready for Alemany on the road. A loss would be a disaster, and no way for Hagerty to lose his first at Kiefer.

Thursday’s games
Azusa at Ganesha, 7: p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Bassett vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Nogales vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Ramirez (Northview)
Friday’s games
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Bonita at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (West Covina)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (DRanch)
Rowland at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Rowland)
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Workman vs. Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (BAmat)
Ayala at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Ramirez (Claremont)
Charter Oak at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Ch. Oak)
South Hills at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (CHills)
Pomona vs. Covina at Covina District, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Wilson at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (BPark)

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Late Breaking: Vaughns playing for Charter Oak

I was caught by surprise when South Hills sophomore transfer Aaron Vaughns made his debut for Charter Oak on Friday, getting four carries for 17 yards in their loss to Claremont. The junior running back was one of four South Hills players to transfer and with his approval, all four who left the Huskies have been cleared by the CIF-Southern Section, which include Brock Booth and Randall Varella to Bishop Amat, and receiver Chris Gilchrist and now Vaughns to Charter Oak. Vaughns was apparently granted a valid change of address transfer on Oct. 13.

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Cross Country: Justus runs personal best for Glendora at Saturday’s Mt. San Antonio Meet


By Andrew J. Campa
Glendora senior Lauren Justus competed in the individual event in a field that included Rancho Bernardo standout Molly Grabill, who’s never lost a varsity race. Grabill, as expected, won in 17:07. Justus, however, was impressive in finishing sixth in a personal-best 17:53. She nearly collapsed at the finish line. “My previous PR was an 18:06. It was so hard but I wanted it,” Justus said. “We had a (Baseline) league meet Wednesday, so I was a little fatigued.”

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Sunday Tribbin: Who’s 0 will be the last to go?

After eight weeks Bishop Amat (8-0), Bonita (7-0) and Azusa (7-0) are the last remaining undefeated football teams in the Valley and its not unthinkable all three could run the table in their own playoff divisions, though unlikely more than one could, so who’s 0 will be the last to go? Azusa is the safe bet because they’re absolutely going 10-0 and will win their first playoff game, but how far can they go after that? You would probably say no to Bonita because they’re at No. 1 West Covina on Friday, a game I’m still not ready to predict until I sit down with Aram for Monday’s drill. But if Bonita wins, they’re my best bet to run the table and go 14-0. After beating Claremont and West Covina, how could you bet against them the rest of the way? Bishop Amat is the worst bet, they still have undefeated Alemany on the road in the league finale, then the anything can happen on any given Pac-5 Friday makes their chances even tougher. But this is also true, the Lancers have looked so good through eight weeks they could lose and still keep the top spot in our poll, though I’m sure I would hear a mouthfull from Aram making the “Bonita” argument.

CalPreps Predictions on Friday
Projection: Bonita 35, West Covina 26
Projection: Azusa 48, Ganesha 8
Projection: Bishop Amat 38, Notre Dame 21

Thursday’s games
Azusa at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Bassett vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Nogales vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Friday’s games
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bonita at West Covina, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Rowland at Walnut, 7:00pm
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7:00pm
South El Monte at El Monte, 7:00pm
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Workman vs. Duarte at La Puente, 7:00pm
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Ayala at Claremont, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Damien, 7:00pm
South Hills at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Pomona vs. Covina at Covina District, 7:00pm
Wilson at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Big night for Claremont, Arroyo, Bishop Amat; West Covina and Bonita on roll heading into next week’s meeting

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click link.

Tonight’s Results
Claremont 35, Charter Oak 32 — Chargers missed a game-tying 42-yard field goal with seven seconds left. Claremont quarterback Daniel Kessler outdualed Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago. Kessler threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Santiago finished with 332 yards and two touchdowns. BTW, South Hills transfer RB Aaren Vaughns saw some action for the Chargers.
Arroyo 35, Rosemead 21 — The Knights are well on their way to a second straight Mission Valley League title a with win over their latest rival.
Los Osos 38, Glendora 21 — Grizzlies hand the Tartans their second straight Baseline loss.
Diamond Bar 46, Rowland 33 — Shocker of the night, Brahmas score 29 consecutive points to shock the Raiders, who are in a fight for their playoff lives.
Chino Hills 42, Damien 7 — When the Spartans get beat, they get beat bad. However, this is what you expected from the Huskies all along.
Bishop Amat 41, Loyola 31 — Junior Jalen Moore rushed for 278 yards and four touchdowns and quarterback Rio Ruiz threw for two scores as Bishop Amat stayed perfect with a 41-31 victory over rival Loyola in a Serra League game at Los Angeles Valley College.
West Covina 48, Los Altos 7 — The No. 1 Bulldogs cruise to an easy victory as it gets ready to host Southeast No. 2 Bonita next week.
Bonita 44, Walnut 14 — The Bearcats roll past another league foe, now the stretch run begins against mighty W.C.
El Monte 31, Gabrielino 19— Lions rallied after trailing 19-7 in the fourth quarter to pull out a win that keeps them in playoff contention.
Mountain View 21, South El Monte 7 — The Vikings are quietly having a pretty good season considering the misfortune they’ve had in recent years.
Azusa 46, Duarte 0 – There was a running clock in the second half as everyone played for the Aztecs.
La Puente 54, Ganesha 20 — Warriors out to prove they’re the second best in Montview after Azusa. Hard to argue with the results.
Gladstone 9, Sierra Vista 7 — Who would of thought it would be this low scoring? Huge win for the Gladiators, who give Dons just their second loss.
Bassett 28, Workman 6 — Don’t know if you would call it an upset, but the lopsided score is a surprise.
South Hills 36, Ayala 33 — Bet the second win of the season never felt so good for the Huskies, who are still in the Sierra League playoff hunt. But they play Chino Hills next, followed by Claremont and Charter Oak. Ouch.
Wilson 37, Nogales 6 — In the battle between Valle Vista newbies, the Wildcats finally secure first league win.
San Dimas 43, Northview 0 — Saints feeling good after Covina’s win over Baldwin Park. Saints still in the thick of the VVL race.

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Thursday Final: Better take Covina serious, they defeat Baldwin Park despite losing Livingston

Colts all-everything quarterback Billy Livingston got his bell run on what appeared to be a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit late in the second quarter with a not so comfortable 10-9 lead. Even worse, Livingston was led away by ambulance to a nearby hospital at half for precautionary reasons, the Colts’ chances seemingly going with him. But guess what, the Valley found out who Vinny Vinegas is, the junior running back carrying the Colts in the second half, helping them grind out a 17-9 victory. The Colts’ defense was great too, forcing an early third quarter fumble and posting a second half shutout. These aren’t the finesse Colts we called them earlier in the day, they took the Braves’ best punches and by the end of the third quarter, were returning the punishment with regularity. You have to give the Colts their due now, no team in the Mid-Valley Division can boast a pair of wins the quality of West Covina and Baldwin Park. We called it their coming out party, that’s just what it was. By the way, why helmet-to-helmet hits aren’t illegal in high school football is a thread for another day, there were too many to count. Those there saw it and heard it, I guarantee you that.

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Bonita not looking ahead to West Covina: “I’m always scared to death whenever we play Walnut.” — Bonita coach Eric Podley

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Before the Bonita High School football team can start thinking about its showdown with West Covina in two weeks, it has a dangerous proposition to deal with in Walnut on Friday night. The Bearcats know all too well what Walnut is capable of, thanks to last year’s 30-15 loss to the Mustangs. That was when the teams were in different leagues. Now they’re both in the Hacienda League, and at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in league, Walnut is a desperate team.

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Arroyo, Rosemead set to meet for inside track toward Mission Valley League title

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
As if the stakes in Friday’s showdown with rival Rosemead weren’t high enough, the Arroyo High School football team may have a lot more on the line than the Mission Valley League title. At 5-1, the Knights have a chance to finish the season 9-1 if they can get past the Panthers and win their next three games, in which they’d be heavily favored, but that’s the kind of talk that gets teams beat, so Knights coach Jim Singiser doesn’t want to hear any of it this week.

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