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.
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.
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.
It’s been more than two decades since Nogales High School last won a boys water polo league title. The wait might be over. Junior Nick Estevez had five goals and the Nobles took a big step toward their first league championship since the 1980s with a 15-7 victory over visiting Wilson to take over first place in the Valle Vista League on Tuesday.
The entries for the massive Mt. SAC Invite were released today, and as always, the schools of the East San Gabriel Valley will be well represented, with 30 of the 37 area schools and 1132 local athletes taking part in this massive, two day event featuring hundreds of schools from many states and nearly 20,000 athletes. Most local schools will be there on Friday, when Divisions III, IV, & V compete. The ESGV will be well represented in the prestigious Sweepstakes races, with Bonita, Rosemead, South Hills & St. Lucy’s lining up in the girls D3 Sweeps, while a resurgent Damien and South Hills will run in the Boys Sweeps. Update: the Bonita girls will be running in the regular Div. III varsity race, in which most of the ranked teams have chosen to run. Saturday is given over the larger Div. I & II schools, which only includes eight from the ESGV. But those eight include Glendora, which is one of only 12 teams to have both their boys and girls teams make the big Saturday Sweeps, and Claremont, who will compete alongside the Tartan boys.
Above: Claremont QB Daniel Kessler leads the area with 1,820 yards and 20 touchdowns. He will be put to the test Friday at Charter Oak in the game of the week.
1. Bishop Amat (7-0) – Jalen Moore is running with the confidence that a great Amat back should. The Lancers are old school, combining great defense with a grind-it-out offense. If you’re watching the best part is there is still so much room to improve.
2. West Covina (5-1) – Poor Los Altos, they have to travel to West Covina after the Bulldogs’ bye week.
3. Bonita (6-0) – Whoever put the Bearcats schedule together was brilliant. They should get to 7-0 with a home win against Walnut, them comes the stretch run against Rowland, West Covina and Diamond Ranch.
4. Claremont (5-1) — On paper they have become the Sierra League favorites, that’s what a win over Chino Hills gets you. Now, if RB Taj Teague is healthy and ready to go, this team is downright scary.
5. Charter Oak (4-2) – Let’s see, a 17-0 win over Ayala followed by a 54-7 thrashing over Ayala. If history tells us anything, it’s that the Chargers always get better late in the season. If they continue to play defense, they’re as competitive as anyone in the Inland Division.
6. Chino Hills (4-2) – What happened to the unbeatable Huskies? They get Damien next, if they stumble again, they’re suddenly in a fight for their playoff lives.
7. Glendora (4-2) – The Tartans can score with the best of them, but they’re too easy to score on against the type of competition they have to face week in and week out.
8. Azusa (6-0) – If the Aztecs wanted to score 100 points on Duarte this week, they probably could. This is the one game where a running clock should be considered before the game starts.
9. Covina (6-1) – The Colts are one of a handful of teams with a realistic shot at winning the Mid-Valley Division. They become favorites if they can defeat Baldwin Park and San Dimas in the coming weeks.
10. Damien (4-2) – Truth is, the Spartans’ only two losses came against Pac-5 Teams. And they have wins over Diamond Ranch and South Hills. Don’t count coach Greg Gano out just yet.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (4-3), 12. Rowland (4-3), 13. Arroyo (5-1), 14. Ayala (4-2), 15. Baldwin Park (2-4), 16. San Dimas (4-3), 17. Rosemead (4-2), 18. Walnut (3-3), 19. South Hills (1-5), 20. Sierra Vista (5-1), 21. Diamond Bar (4-3), 22. La Puente (4-2), 23. Northview (2-4), 24. Wilson (3-3), 25. Pomona (3-4), 26. Ganesha (3-3), 27. Mountain View (3-3), 28. Gladstone (2-3), 29. El Monte (2-4), 30. Nogales (1-5), 31. South El Monte (1-5), 32. Los Altos (0-6), 33. Bassett (2-4), 34. Workman (1-5), 35. Duarte (0-5)
San Marino High School football coach and assistant principal Mike Mooney said on Tuesday that he has been placed on administrative leave by the school, but declined to comment why.
Also on Tuesday, San Marino superintendent Gary Woods and high school principal Loren Kleinrock put out a letter to team parents saying that Mooney had in fact resigned, but did not say why. Kleinrock’s letter said that Mooney’s departure had “NO connection to any external complaint or criticism.”
Here’s this week’s girls volleyball top 10, where there was no movement among the top eight, with the top five combining for a 10-0 record for the week:
1. Chino Hills (21-3) — The Huskies, who haven’t lost since early October, extended their winning streak to nine matches. They get intra-city rival Ayala today.
2. Bonita (14-3) – The Bearcats are taking care of business in the Hacienda League, sweeping their last four opponents. But it gets tough this week with a home encounter against rival Los Altos on Thursday.
3. St. Lucy’s (11-6) – The Regents appear to be getting their second wind, following up a 3-0 loss to Chino Hills two weeks ago with back-to-back wins, including a four-game win over Ayala.
4. Los Altos (11-3) — The Conquerors are No. 2 in the Hacienda League, but they get a chance to change that on Thursday when they travel to first-place Bonita.
5. San Dimas (15-4) – The Saints are cruising in the Valle Vista League, sweeping two matches last week.
6. Glendora (5-5) – The Tartans, after losing their first three matches in the Baseline League, broke through with a win over Alta Loma. It doesn’t get easier this week, with a match against Los Osos.
7. Ayala (10-7) – The Bulldogs are just a step below Sierra League powers Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s, who beat them in four last week.
8. South Hills (10-7) – The Huskies nearly pulled off the upset of season, taking Chino Hills to five games before losing.
9. La Puente (9-4) – The Warriors, who swept three opponents last week, take over the No. 9 spot after league-rival Gladstone was upset by Azusa.
10. Diamond Bar (14-8) — The Brahmas are back in the top 10 after winning two of their last three matches.
Shay update: Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty texted that Zach Shay is a game-time decision on Friday, but likely is out this week. That’s good news for Shay and the Lancers, he was on crutches and his ankle injury suffered in Friday’s win over Crespi appeared more serious. The combo back could return next week against Notre Dame.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat might be 14-0 at home since coach Steve Hagerty took over in 2008, but the Lancers are winless on the road in Serra League games (0-3) during the same span, something the undefeated Lancers (7-0, 1-0) hope to change when they meet Loyola (3-4, 0-1) at Los Angeles Valley College on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cubs could be in deep trouble. They’re already without quarterback Jerry Neuheisel (son of UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel), who suffered a concussion in a 37-15 loss to St. John Bosco on Sept. 24 and hasn’t taken a snap since. (To continue, click thred).
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Five years ago, the Covina High School football team was riding a high-flying offense led by a special quarterback and a stellar cast of skill players. The 2005 Colts, behind two-time Tribune Player of the Year Mike McDonough, went on a two-year run that earned them two Valle Vista League titles and two semifinals appearances. Something eerily similar is taking place right now on the corner of Hollenbeck and Puente, and at the center of it is junior quarterback Billy Livingston. (To continue, click thread).
1. Azusa (Montview) 6-0 Won Bassett 35-6
2. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 4-2 Won Blair 57-0
3. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 5-1 Won South El Monte 42-0
4. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 6-1 Won Maranatha 31-24
5. Covina (Valle Vista) 6-1 Won Nogales 41-21
6. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 4-3 Won Pomona 28-14
7. Valley Christian/Cerritos (Olympic) 4-3 Won Los Angeles Baptist 42-9
8. Sierra Vista (Montview) 5-1 Won Workman 49-7
9. Village Christian (Olympic) 4-2 Lost Rio Hondo Prep 26-27
10. Maranatha (Olympic) 5-2 Lost Whittier Christian 24-31
1. Mission Viejo (South Coast) 7-0 Won Dana Hills 52-26
2. Servite (Trinity) 6-0 Won JSerra 41-7
3. Bishop Amat (Serra) 7-0 Won Crespi 31-28
4. Alemany (Serra) 6-0 Bye
5. Santa Margarita (Trinity) 5-1 Won Orange Lutheran 27-15
6. Poly/Long Beach (Moore) 4-2 Bye
7. Lakewood (Moore) 6-1 Won Cabrillo/Long Beach 40-14
8. Mater Dei (Trinity) 4-2 Won St. John Bosco 31-20
9. Tesoro (South Coast) 5-1 Bye
10. San Clemente (South Coast) 6-1 Won Trabuco Hills 43-19
1. West Covina (Hacienda) 5-1 Bye
2. Bonita (Hacienda) 6-0 Won Los Altos 37-10
3. Burbank (Pacific) 5-1 Won Hoover 56-0
4. La Serna (Del Rio) 5-1 Won El Rancho 24-7
5. Diamond Ranch (Hacienda) 4-3 Won Rowland 35-14
6. La Mirada (Suburban) 4-3 Won Cerritos 38-7
7. Mayfair (Suburban) 4-3 Won Glenn 48-7
8. Norwalk (Suburban) 3-3 Bye
9. Bellflower (Suburban) 5-2 Won Artesia 66-7
10. Rowland (Hacienda) 4-3 Lost Diamond Ranch 14-35
1. Centennial/Corona (Big VIII) 6-0 Won J.W. North 49-7
2. Vista Murrieta (Southwestern) 5-1 Won Chaparral 45-17
3. Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline) 5-1 Won Los Osos 29-28 (OT)
4. Roosevelt (Big VIII) 5-1 Won Poly/Riverside 27-8
5. Norco (Big VIII) 5-1 Won Santiago/Corona 49-28
6. Upland (Baseline) 4-2 Won Alta Loma 56-16
7. Claremont (Sierra) 5-1 Won Chino Hills 31-30
8. Chino Hills (Sierra) 4-2 Lost Claremont 30-31
9. Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt) 4-2 Won Redlands 24-22
10. Redlands (Citrus Belt) 4-1-1 Lost Redlands East Valley 22-24
Photo gallery of 1966 Mustang. The Mustang will be at “Bluesapalooza/Thunderfest,” Saturday in downtown Covina. It will be parked in front of Giovannis Ristorante at 143 N. Citrus Ave., You can purchase raffle tickets there.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
There is nothing ordinary about 33-year-old Joe Hernandez. While Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest is getting a lot of high praise for auctioning his 2010 NBA championship ring to charity, the small business owner from Azusa with a much smaller bank account has offered to raffle off one of his prized possessions for the Northview High School baseball team — a 1966 mint condition Ford Mustang valued between $40,000 to $50,000. Talk about Santa Claus arriving early. (To continue story, click thread).
Note: Raffle tickets can be purchased at the school for $20 each. Information about the car and where it will be shown in the coming weeks can be heard by calling a fundraising hotline that has been set up at 626-723-6246.
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 (12-6); Ramirez (12-6).
Season: Robledo (108-38); Ramirez (103-43*).
Last week: Not sure they were all upsets, but Steve and I had our worst week of the season, both finishing12-6. That’s bad news for Steve, because he still trails by five games, that was his chance. We got burned on the 50-50 games, taking Glendora over Etiwanda, South Hills over Damien, Chino Hills over Claremont, Mountain View over El Monte, and Rowland over Diamond Ranch, which all went they other way. I took an extra loss by taking Wilson over Northview, and he took a loss taking Crespi over Bishop Amat.
This week: This is make or break for a lot of teams with playoff aspirations as title pictures become clearer as well. Starting in the VVL, Covina has a chance to prove its legitimacy at home against Baldwin Park, a win all but guaranteeing at least a tie for the league title. But you can say the same about the Braves, who already own a win over defending champ San Dimas on the road. This is a toss-up, but Covina’s win over West Covina, it’s close loss to Walnut in OT tend to lean me toward the Colts. This is their coming-out-party, they score a lot of points, so I’m sticking with them in a thrilling finish. Charter Oak proved last week they might have the best offense in the Valley, especially through the air. With their defense coming around (which happens each year, it’s called great coaching), the Chargers will score enough to outlast Claremont, who will have RB Taj Teague back. You want an upset, here it is, Loyola will edge out Bishop Amat. There is no reason on paper to believe the Cubs win, but things don’t happen on paper the way they’re supposed to in the Pac-5. I never thought the Lancers would go 4-0 in league and they haven’t been a good road team over the last three years. Coach Hagerty might be undefeated at home, but the Lancers haven’t won a Serra road game during his tenue, going 0-3 the previous two years, losing twice in 2008 and last year at Crespi. And with Loyola hungry after being upset last week by Notre Dame, and being at home, it’s an absolute must for the Cubs, who squeeze it out. What happens is Amat will win next week at home against Notre Dame, then have two weeks for the finale against Alemany for either a share or the outright title. You heard it here first. Arroyo and Rosemead are playing for the MVL title, but I’m making the Knights 17 point favorites. Damien at Chino Hills is extremely intriguing, but you have to believe the Huskies bounce back at home after last week’s disaster. Walnut and Bonita could be intriguing also, but if the Bearcats are who we think they are they win going away…
Note: Steve Ramirez will update later
Baldwin Park vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina) — Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Glendora at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Ramirez (Los Osos)
Diamond Bar at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Claremont at Charter Oak — Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Damien at Chino Hills — Robledo (Chino Hills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Loyola vs. Bishop Amat at LA Valley College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Loyola); Ramirez (Loyola)
Los Altos at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Walnut at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (El Monte)
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Workman at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Ayala vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (SHills)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Wilson)
Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
La Verne Lutheran senior point guard CJ Cooper has given his verbal commitment to the University of Texas El Paso after meeting coach Tim Floyd on a recent recruiting trip. Cooper, arguably the best returning boys hoops player in the area, helped the Trojans win two CIF titles in the past three years, including a state title earlier this this.
It doesn’t make any sense to doubt Diamond Ranch anymore, they win when they have to win, making my predictions look like I’m not paying attention. I am now, they have a great shot at taking down West Covina, Bonita or both, steering the focus to an even better question: Is the Hacienda League as good as the Sierra? Is it better? West Covina beats Glendora who beats Charter Oak. Bonita slams Claremont who beats Chino Hills. It’s hard to make a case for the Sierra, especially when a team like Rowland could miss the playoffs. The Sierra has bigger non-league victories because of what Chino Hills did to Tesoro and Redlands East Valley, but don’t tell me Bonita, Diamond Ranch and West Covina couldn’t compete in the Sierra, the results say otherwise. Great games this week, Covina hosting Baldwin Park for what could decide the Valle Vista League title on Thursday (which means I miss UCLA’s upset over No. 1 Oregon), and Claremont at Charter Oak on Friday, the winner jumping to a 2-0 start in the Sierra. The Mission Valley Leauge title also is on the line, what else is new when Rosemead faces Arroyo.
Serra’s 41-14 win over St. Francis gets testy: The Daily Breeze reported that St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds called Serra “a bunch of thugs.” And Serra Coach Scott Altenberg said a priest was yelling at his team.
Baldwin Park vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Glendora at Los Osos, 7:00pm
Diamond Bar at Rowland, 7:00pm
Los Altos at West Covina, 7:00pm
Walnut at Bonita, 7:00pm
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Azusa at Duarte, 7:00pm
Ganesha at La Puente, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Workman at Bassett, 7:00pm
Loyola vs. Bishop Amat at Los Angeles Valley College, 7:00pm
Ayala vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Claremont at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Damien at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Nogales at Wilson, 7:00pm
Northview at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Amat game story: With backfield mate Zach Shay limping on the sidelines on crutches after a first-quarter ankle injury and Crespi quarterback Ken Stenhouse rallying the Celts to a fourth-quarter lead, Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore came to the rescue.
Bishop Amat 31, Crespi 28 — After blowing a 17-0 lead, Amat rallies back in the fourth quarter, getting two touchdowns from Jalen Moore who finished with 270 yards, 177 in the second half to rally the Lancers from a 21-17 hole. It was reminiscent of several Amat comebacks in recent years, who are now a perfect 15-0 at home under coach Steve Hagerty. The Serra really got interesting with Notre Dame beating Loyola 21-18.
Damien 35, South Hills 21 — Say what you want about the Spartans’ chances in the Sierra, but the truth is, their only two losses have come against Pac-5 Division teams. South Hills? Defense still a problem.
Claremont 31, Chino Hills 30 — Still scratching your head over the upset of the night? Give the Wolfback credit, all we did was talk about how great Chino Hills was. This will certainly turn the Sierra into the wild, wild west.
Walnut 34, Diamond Bar 7 – The Mustangs finally netted a big win in the Hacienda while the Brahmas continue to lose league games after 4-0 start.
Charter Oak 54, Ayala 7 – What a huge statement by the Chargers. With all due respect to what Claremont did, this was just as impressive. And guess what, Claremont visits Charter Oak next … Think I found my game of the week.
Arroyo 42, South El Monte 0 – The Knights didn’t waste much time putting them away, getting ready for next week’s game against Rosemead. Steven Rivera threw for 210 and two touchdowns.
San Dimas 28, Pomona 14 – Raise your hand if you thought this was much closer than expected.
Bonita 37, Los Altos 10 — About what you expected, the Bearcats remaining undefeated, but they still haven’t gone through the heart of the Hacienda.
Azusa 35, Bassett 6 – Nobody expects the Aztecs to lose, staying sharp is more of a focal point.
Sierra Vista 49, Workman 7 – The Dons bounced back after last week’s loss to Azusa, a good sign for a team hoping to reach the playoffs.
La Puente 28, Gladstone 7 – The Warriors stay in playoff contention with the win.
Covina 41, Nogales 21 — This sets up Thursday’s huge showdown against Baldwin Park at Covina District field.
Northview 34, Wilson 27 — After an 0-4 start, the Vikings suddenly have won two straight in league, and this was over an improved Wilson.
Rosemead 42, Gabrielino 6 – The Panthers roll to an easy victory, sights set on Arroyo showdown on Friday.
El Monte 28, Mountain View 21 — The Lions open the Mission Valley League over the hot Vikings.
Glendora scored on its first three possessions, led 14-0 and 21-7, but gave up 27 points in the second quarter, an interception by Chad Jeffries leading to an Eagles touchdown with 36 seconds left in the half and a 27-21 lead. The Tartans were about to take the lead in the third quarter, but fumbled a yard short of the end zone, the Eagles getting it back and later scoring to go up 33-21. The Tartans almost made it interesting, but fumbled again at the Eagles’11, Cortland Fort picking it up and going 89 yards for the touchdown an an insurmountable 39-21 lead with 1:15 left.
Maybe that’s because the last time Bishop Amat played Crespi at Kiefer, the Lancers won 22-21 on Jerry Mac’s two-point do-or-die conversion dive at the left corner in 2008. I was there and still can’t confirm for sure whether he got in, but the Lancers won it, one of the best games ever seen at Kiefer. This highlight video captured it all and then some.
FYI: Mike “The Cousin” Robledo will be at Kiefer Friday for Coveritlive. Visitors from Crespi are welcome to join the chat.
By Steve Ramirez
If it’s October, then it’s time for Diamond Ranch High School’s usual winning streak. The Panthers are living up to the tradition. Diamond Ranch, which struggled in nonleague only to catch fire and advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division finals each of the previous two seasons, again is matching the trend. The Panthers, who went 1-3 in nonleague this season, including a 56-0 loss at Santa Margarita in the season opener, have opened Hacienda League play with victories over region rivals Diamond Bar (41-0) and Walnut (35-28), a game in which they trailed 21-0 at one point.
By Steve Ramirez
Friday night will be a homecoming of sorts for Wilson football coach Brian Zavala, whose Wildcats host Northview in a Valle Vista League game at 7. Zavala was the Vikings’ defensive coordinator for three seasons before taking over at Wilson prior to last season. “It’s definitely something I’ve been thinking about,” he said. “I left on good terms, so there are people over there I have a good relationship with.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The key to Bishop Amat High School’s chances of winning the Serra League may belong to junior running back Jalen Moore, someone coach Steve Hagerty envisioned leading his backfield long before last year’s starter, Jay Anderson, opted to skip his senior season of football to concentrate on baseball. (To continue, click thread).
More Amat: For those who haven’t seen receiver Wallace Gonzalez, here is a glimpse of what you might see in his Serra debut. Keep in mind, these are his sophomore highlights from Glendora, he’s a senior now.