Sweet revenge: St. Lucy’s takes down Chino Hills

GLENDORA — St. Lucy’s High School believed it left a lot on the table when it was swept by Chino Hills earlier this month.
The Regents showed how much Tuesday night.
Deanna Dalton had 12 kills and Jasmine Warmington had nine and St. Lucy’s moved into a first-place tie with the visiting Huskies after rallying for a 20-25, 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11 victory in a battle between the top two girls volleyball teams in the Sierra League.
The Regents, also getting seven kills each from Megan Callen and Mandara Hogarth, improved to 15-6 overall and 6-1 in league play. They rallied from one game down and a four-point deficit in the deciding game, using a 13-4 run before winning it, 15-11, on a mis-hit.
Chino Hills, which swept St. Lucy’s on Oct. 7, slipped to 23-5 and 6-1. The Huskies, who received nine kills from Heather Trueman and seven from Karly Shockey, had its 11-match winning streak snapped, losing for the first time since Oct. 1.

St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “It was just believing in ourselves. A lot of times it’s us, our mistakes, our errors. Chino Hills is a great team, and they push you. But if we take care of ourselves, we can go toe-to-toe with them. If we play like the last time we (faced Chino Hills), we’re in trouble. But when we’re in control, where able to put the ball away.”
Chino Hills coach Dana Buzzerio: “They had some successful hits, and our defense was a little flat-footed. We let them get momentum. We led each game, but we backed up.”

Other Scores
Baseline League
Glendora def. Etiwanda 25-13, 25-23, 25-14
Hacienda League
Bonita def. Walnut 25-17, 25-23, 25-23
Diamond Bar def. Rowland 25-17, 25-21, 25-12.
Montview League
Gladstone def. Bassett 25-8, 25-19, 25-11
Azusa def. Ganesha 23-25, 25-18, 27-25, 25-16.
La Puente def. Sierra Vista 25-21, 25-19, 25-10.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas def. Northview 25-18, 26-24, 25-16.

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Girls Volleyball Top 10

Here’s this week’s Girls Volleyball Top 10:

1. Chino Hills (23-3) — The Huskies continue to roll, although they have been stretched a bit in recent weeks. They play at St. Lucy’s tonight for first place in the Sierra League.
2. St. Lucy’s (14-6) —The Regents, ranked No. 1 until being swept by Chino Hills, has been on fire lately, finishing second to Los Osos in the Ayala Tournament on Saturday. We’ll see if they can keep it going tonight.
3. Bonita (17-3) — The Bearcats are on track for another league title, which another run to the divisional finals well within their reach.
4. Los Altos (16-4) — The Conquerors are starting to find their second wind, winning five of their past six, with the lone loss a five-game setback to first-place Bonita.
5. San Dimas (17-4) — The Saints have cruised through the Valle Vista League. They get a test against second-place Northview tonight.
6. Ayala (11-8) — The Bulldogs have been steady lately, losing league matches to stalwarts Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s in the past few weeks.
7. South Hills (11-8) — Huskies suffered a rare loss in three games last week after being swept at home by St. Lucy’s. They get a key battle against Ayala tonight, which is expected to decide third in a rugged Sierra.
8. La Puente (12-4) — The Warriors dropped an early Montview League setback to Gladstone in September. They haven’t lost since, and look like locks for another league title.
9. El Monte (12-2) — The Lions make their first appearance in the top 10. They are having a solid season, and will go for first place against Mission Valley League favorite Gabrielino next week.
10. Walnut (9-8) — The Mustangs, a top five team in recent years, slumped out the gate, but has picked up steam lately, and is challenging Los Altos for second place in the Hacienda League. They close with Los Altos, which will decide second place behind Bonita.
NOTE: Rankings are through matches of Monday, Oct. 25. Records are those reported to this newspaper.

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Two-Minute Drill with Robledo and Tolegian ….. No. 2 Bonita at No. 1 West Covina

“West Covina is a really good team. They’re really athletic. Their running backs are all studs. They’re going to be a real good test, but we’ll be ready, though. I think we can wear them out with our spread. I’m real confident. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be the starting quarterback for a 7-0 team.”Bonita quarterback Garrett Pendleton

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Covina great and Super Bowl champ Hanifan to speak at alumni dinner; Livingston cleared

Covina graduate Jim Hanifan, who won a Super Bowl as an offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins (1991) and St. Louis Rams (2000), will be a guest speaker at Covina’s alumni dinner Thursday at Casa Moreno’s restaurant in downtown Covina. Hanifan, who led the nation in receiving yards in 1954 at Cal, began his coaching career at Charter Oak High School, where he was head coach from 1959-65 before becoming an assistant at the University of Utah. Hanifan also will be an honorary captain when the Colts host Pomona in Friday’s homecoming at Covina District Field. (To continue, click thread).

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