Cross Country: Sierra League update with news from Tuesday’s meet

Q&A: Bob Ramsey’s Q&A with South Hills runner Vianca Holguin

More from Most SGV schools will compete in their second cluster meets, led off by today’s Mission Valley League meet over the flat, 3 mile course at Legg Lake in South El Monte, and the Sierra League on the new 3 mile Invite course at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. The CIF and State ranked Clarmont boys and Ayala girls were big winners in at Sierra #1, with the Wolfpack setting a new course record. The story lines here are further back in the group, with Damien and South Hills battling for the third boys spot, while St. Lucy’s will be looking to recover their form to push South Hills out of the third girls spot.

Tuesday’s Sierra League Cluster Meet with the Inland Insider, including race highlights and interviews. Nobody takes care of the I.E., like Chino Hills Tom.

2010 Cross Country Calendar

SGV Tribune Boys Leaders
Paul Ross 12 Claremont 15:21 14:21 Clovis
Henry Falotico 12 Claremont 15:31 14:31 Clovis
Anthony Castro 12 Glendora 15:35 14:35 Clovis
Timmy Reed 12 Ayala 15:58 14:48 Clovis
Kelly Hernandez 12 Glendora 15:30 14:58 Bronco 5K
Colin Domonoske 12 Claremont 16:02 15:02 Clovis
A.K. Metoyer 12 Claremont 15:05 15:05 Woodbridge
Kenny Tanner 11 Ayala 16:09 15:09 Clovis
David Galvez 10 Rowland 15:52 15:12 1v1/Mt. SAC
Nick Rivera 11 Rowland 15:57 15:17 1v1/Mt. SAC

SGV Girls Leaders
Marissa Scott 10 Bonita 17:55 17:00 1v1/Mt.SAC
Lauren Justus 12 Glendora 17:04 17:04 Woodbridge
Taylor Khan 11 Ayala 18:30 17:15 Clovis
Jaclyn Gonzalez 11 Ayala 18:49 17:34 Clovis
Breanne Baughman 10 Ayala 19:10 17:55 Clovis
Chandler Colquitt 11 Ayala 19:19 18:04 Clovis
Lexie Jackson 10 Bonita 19:03 18:08 1v1/Mt.SAC
Carly Lake 11 Charter Oak 19:05 18:10 1v1/Mt.SAC
Merin Arft 9 Claremont 19:29 18:14 Clovis
Mikayla Flores 9 Bonita 18:21 18:21 Woodbridge

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Mid-Valley Division wild-card berths — know your situation and playoff formula

Baldwin Park secured a big win in the Valle Vista League last week, beating defending league and CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas. The win, however, was more important than the Braves might have realized. It gave Baldwin Park a leg up in the race for the league title, but it also was huge for the Braves’ playoff aspirations.

The Valle Vista, Montview, Rio Hondo, Mission Valley, Olympic and Almont League each have two guaranteed playoff spots for the Mid-Valley Division playoffs. There are four at-large berths, but keep in mind that if teams finish third or fourth in their respective leagues and both have .500 records are better, no fourth-place team can earn an-large over a third-place team. Other than that, the four playoff seeds will be determined by a CIF formula. That formula looks at a few different things, with the most important being head-to-head results. The at-large teams finishing third with the most points based on the formula below will qualify. Fourth-place teams won’t be considered if there are at least four third-place teams with .500 records or better.

(a) Head-to-head competition of teams under consideration (4 points)
(b) Overall strength of the league from which the team is entered (1 point)
(c) Overall win-loss record (1 point)
(d) Strength against common opponents (1 point)
(e) Strength of schedule (2 points, using overall win-loss record of opponents)

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Donations for injured Cesar Chavez at Rosemead High’s homecoming on Friday against Gabrielino

Former Rosemead High strong safety and fullback Cesar Chavez, who helped the Panthers reach the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship in 2008, was involved in a serious motorcycle accident two weeks ago and is still in intensive care, though stable, Panthers coach Matt Koffler said this morning. Chavez was attending Cal State L.A., but he is still in the hearts of Rosemead alumni and school officials, who will have a donation basket at Friday’s homecoming against Gabrielino for those who would like to help Chavez and his family.

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CIF-SS office reviewed 950 transfers

Note from CIF: The Southern Section Office staff divides transfer paperwork among three assistant commissioners. An assistant commissioner handles hardship paperwork for initial review Bylaw 208). In the event a hardship appeal does not appear to be valid, or to meet the criteria the Commissioner reviews and renders a fi nal decision.
In the month of September, the Section office processed 746 transfers under Bylaw 207. 616 of those requests were granted unlimited eligibility. 122 of those requests were limited eligible and nine were not granted eligibility.
The office received 86 hardship requests. 38 were approved for unlimited participation, 41 were given limited eligibility and seven were not granted eligibility. Under Bylaw 209, 74 requests were granted eligibility and 24 were denied. In all, the office processed 950 transfers of one type or another; an astonishing amount of work divided among four assistant commissioners.

For more info from the CIF Commissioners meeting in regards to transfers, click thread.

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Girls Volleyball Top 10: Huskies are top dog

1. Chino Hills (19-3) – Huskies showed promise last year, but stepped up to top dog with a rather easy sweep over previous No. 1 St. Lucy’s last week. They faced South Hills Tuesday before an intra-city rival against Ayala aet for Thursday.
2. Bonita (14-3) – The Bearcats, who had two sweeps last week, have been pretty consistent since losing in week one against St. Lucy’s. But the rematch against Los Altos will be very interesting in a few weeks.
3. St. Lucy’s (9-6) – The Regents looked a little rusty last week after taking the previous week off. They beat an under-manned South Hills in four games before being swept by Chino Hills. But we have come to expect a solid finish in past seasons by the Regents. Will it happen again?
4. Los Altos (11-3) – The Conquerors have picked it up since losing to Bonita.
5. San Dimas (13-4) – The Saints take advantage of some losses to move up to No. 5. They are liking a Ganesha-less Valle Vista.
6. Glendora (4-4) – The Tartans Baseline League debut was dismal after opening with back-to-back losses. The volleyball team might be taking the biggest hit from league realignment.
7. Ayala (9-6) – The Bulldogs have been somewhat inconsistent, but has found their rhythm lately, beating South Hills in five to go from out of the top 10 to No. 7.
8. South Hills (7-4) – The Huskies took the biggest hit of the week, losing middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta to a knee injury. But Charm Doyle still has enough talent to make an impact.
9. Gladstone (9-4) – The Gladiators have taken early control of the Montview League, but more tests will come in rematches against Ganesha and La Puente.
10. Bishop Amat (9-5) – The Lancers opened Del Rey League with a loss to St. Joseph.

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Girls Volleyball: San Dimas sweeps Wilson

Above: San Dimas scored a sweep over Wilson in the Valle Vista League Tuesday.

San Dimas continued to control play in the Valle Vista League with a 25-11, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Wilson on Tuesday.
The Saints, getting nine kills from Nicole Ellis, trailed in all three sets before rallying to improve to 14-4 overall and 6-0 in the Valle Vista league. Wilson slipped to 2-4 and 2-4.
San Dimas coach Paul Kim: “The girls kept fighting for every point. They didn’t give up.
We were down every game. Yet, they knew they needed to clean it up and they did that, and we were able to come back. It would have been nice to play a little bit more consistently, and we’re still working on that.”
Wilson coach Raz Simonian: “I’m very proud of the way we played. We played like a good team. We did play against a team that is undefeated (in league), so we did put up a fight.
I was very pleased with the way we played. To close the first half, with this effort was very, very good.”

Other Scores
Hacienda League

Bonita def. Diamond Ranch 25-8, 25-17, 25-8.
Los Altos def. Walnut 25-22, 25-12, 25-21.
Montview League
Azusa def. Workman 25-18, 21-25, 25-14, 25-9.
Gladstone def. Duarte 25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21.
Ganesha def. Sierra Vista 25-13, 25-11, 25-10.

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Tribune Super 35: Bishop Amat No. 1 and No. 3 in Pac-5, but for how long as Serra begins

This week’s CIF-Southern Section football polls.

1. Bishop Amat (6-0) — The preparation has included a lot of lopsided victories, but the truth is unveiled this week in the league opener against 5-1 Crespi. Is Amat’s secondary athletic and disciplined enough to handle the Celts’ aerial assault? Can Amat put 40 or more points on the board? Answers come Friday.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — We know the Huskies are the prohibitive favorites in the Sierra League, but are they contenders in the Inland Division, where they climbed to No. 2 in the poll? You prove that by continuing to win while the bullseye is firmly implanted.
3. West Covina (5-1) — Bonita hasn’t done anything to lose it’s No. 3 ranking, it’s just the Bulldogs, even with a loss, have looked better at this point. They’re No. 1 in the Southeast and have a brutal running game that hasn’t come close to being slowed down.
4. Bonita (5-0) — The Bearcats are No. 2 in the Southeast, but have yet to face the contenders in the Hacienda. We’ll know more once they go through Diamond Ranch, Rowland and West Covina. For now, so far so good.
5. Glendora (4-1) — After a week off they open the Baseline at Etiwanda on Thursday, a winnable opener and a must have if the Tartans are thinking about making the playoffs or contending for a league title.
6. Charter Oak (3-2) — QB Travis Santiago returns after an ankle injury and a bye week. If the Chargers are serious contenders in the Sierra Leaugue, they will let us know on the road at Ayala, a school that has a 5-1 record but has played the weakest schedule of all Sierra teams.
7. Claremont (4-1) — We’ve been saying the Wolfpack are the second best team in the Sierra but on Friday at home they get a chance to show they’re the best against mighty Chino Hills in the league opener.
8. Azusa (5-0) — The Aztecs will finish the season with ten straight blowouts to go 10-0 and take the No.1 ranking in the Mid-Valley Division. Their closest game is a 21-point blowout and the toughest part of their schedule is behind them.
9. Rowland (4-2) – The Raiders took one on the chin against West Covina, but the Raiders are too good and will bounce back in the coming weeks.
10. Covina (5-1) – We haven’t given the Colts enough credit. When you play in the MId-Valley and you own a win over West Covina, the No. 1 in the Southeast, that deserves a top ten ranking.

The Rest: 10. Damien (3-2), 11. Ayala (4-1), 12. Diamond Ranch (3-3), 14. Arroyo (4-1), 15. Baldwin Park (2-4), 16. San Dimas (3-3, 17. South Hills (1-4), 18. Diamond Bar (4-2), 19. Walnut (2-3), 20. Wilson (3-2), 21. Sierra Vista (4-1), 22. Rosemead (3-2), 23. Pomona (3-3), 24. La Puente (3-2), 25. Mountain View (3-2), 26. Ganesha (2-3), 27. Nogales (1-4), 28. El Monte (1-4); 29. Gladstone (2-3), 30. Bassett (2-3), 31. Northview (1-4), 32. Los Altos (0-5), 33. South El Monte (1-4), 34. Workman (1-4), 35. Duarte (0-4)

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Two-Minute Drill with Robledo and Tolegian: Bishop Amat vs. Crespi moved to 7 p.m.

Bishop Amat normally plays home games at 7:30 p.m., but the Serra League voted (along with approving overtime) that all games start at 7 p.m., which might be bad news for you fighting traffic and tailgating, but great news for guys like us that write on deadline…I feel like dancing in the press box.

For a glimpse at Crespi, check out their fourth-quarter highlights from Friday’s 53-47 win over Taft..

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Bogan, Gano in unfamiliar position in opener

By Fred J. Robledo
South Hills High School football coach Steve Bogan and Damien’s Greg Gano each own four CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, so one can imagine how frustrating it was talking about having to win a game to stay in the playoff hunt, especially when that game is just the Sierra League opener. That’s because Chino Hills (4-1), with nonleague victories over Tesoro and Redlands East Valley, has become a huge league favorite as it prepares for Friday’s game against Claremont (4-1), another school projected to be in the playoff hunt along with Charter Oak (3-2), which visits Ayala (4-1). (To continue, click thread).

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Would Charter Oak have won three straight Southeast titles, or would this have been West Covina, Bonita, Rowland or DRanch’s turn?

New season, new arguments: The new Hacienda and Sierra League’s are growing on me, but what bums me out is this could have been the year Bonita unseated Charter Oak in the Miramonte League while West Covina already would have unseated South Hills in the San Antonio, though who knows what might of happened in a playoff rematch. That’s what happened in 2004, South Hills beating West Covina for league, but West Covina returning the favor by beating South Hills in the Divisional title game. If the old Southeast Division were alive today, don’t you think undefeated Bonita and once-beaten West Covina would be favored to reach the finals over Charter Oak and struggling South Hills? Too bad we won’t know, the powers that be voted Charter Oak and South Hills into a tougher league and division mostly because they felt they were too dominant for a number of years and no longer wanted to face them. The timing couldn’t be worse. I would have loved to know if West Covina or Bonita could have beaten Charter Oak in a playoff game with a season on the line. That’s the best way to become champion, to beat the champion. It’s disappointing in that this could have been the changing-of-the-guard season for our top-tier teams not named Bishop Amat, but now we’ll never know for sure. Whether West Covina, Bonita or anyone else wins the Southeast Division Charter Oak can always counter: “Nice title, but you never went through the champs to get it.”

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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 (14-4).
Season: Robledo (96-32); Ramirez (91-37).

Last week: We missed three of the same games taking San Dimas over Baldwin Park, Ganesha over Gladstone and Walnut over Diamond Ranch. The Braves’ win was the most surprising, but not as surprising as the Mustangs blowing a 21-point lead against the Panthers. I also missed taking Pomona over Northview and Steve missed taking Rowland over West Covina, so not a bad week, both of us gong 14-4.

This week: The season arrives in full force with the start of the Serra, Sierra and a triple header of all triple headers, starting with Glendora at Etiwanda Thursday, Bishop Amat at home against Crespi Friday and Diamond Ranch and Rowland closing out on Saturday night at Ganesha. Let’s start right there, Glendora opens the Baseline with a win, Etiwanda is 2-4 and if the Tartans are going to compete for a playoff bid, this is one they have to have. Bishop Amat and Crespi is basically a toss-up, Calpreps projects it 34-31 Bishop Amat. With Alemany and Loyola on the road later, the Lancers have to win at home, and despite how many points the Celts are scoring, especially through the air, I still take defense over offense, so going with Bishop Amat. DRanch may have rocked Diamond Bar and was fortunate to beat Walnut, but they will not do the same to Rowland coming off a tough loss to West Covina. South Hills and Damien at the District is a great way to start the Sierra, and despite how bad the Huskies’ have looked against good teams, I’m taking them at home. Count me as one who doesn’t believe the Huskies are as bad as their record, and one that might even compete for a playoff spot. Chino Hills will beat Claremont, though it will be closer than you think and Charter Oak crushes Ayala to let everyone know not to count them out as one of the area’s top teams just yet.
Note: Steve Ramirez will update later

Thursday’s games
Etiwanda vs. Glendora at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora)
Friday’s games
Crespi at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (Crespi)
South Hills vs. Damien at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Ramirez (South Hills)
Chino Hills at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (Chino Hills)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Charter Oak at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (ChOak)
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
San Dimas at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Northview at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Ramirez (Northview)
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Ramirez (MView)
Duarte at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Ganesha)
Saturday’s game
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)

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Chew on Aram’s rankings

I took Aram’s all-encompassing top-25, which includes teams from the Star-News and Whittier areas and condensed it to Tribune only, giving you an idea of how he would shape up the top 15 teams. My rankings come out tomorrow, but as Aram says, chew on this …

1. Bishop Amat (6-0) — Now the season finally begins
2. Chino Hills (5-0) — Can anybody reach double figures on the Huskies in league?
3. Bonita (5-0) — Pendleton returns on fire with 3 TDs vs. D-Bar
4. West Covina (5-1) — Two biggest league tests still remain; D-Ranch and BoHi
5. Glendora (4-1) — Etiwanda provides first Baseline test for Tarty
6. Azusa (5-0) — Gave Sierra Vista a hefty dose or reality … now just waiting for brackets
7. Claremont (4-1) — Wolfpack better have a healthy Taj Teague for Chino Hills
8. Charter Oak (3-2) — QB Santiago’s health holds the key to CO’s Sierra chances
9. Ayala (4-1) — Bulldogs D can prove its mettle vs. Charter Oak
10. Rowland (4-2) — Pressure’s on Raiders now to salvage at least third in Hacienda
11. Arroyo (5-1) — Rivera returns and Knights roll, it’s just that easy
12. Covina (5-1) — QB Livingston comes off bench to light up Wilson
13. Damien (3-3) — Hard to tell if Spartans are good enough to hang in Sierra
14. Diamond Ranch (3-3) — Got a scare against Walnut, but Panthers are back to .500
15. Baldwin Park (2-4) — WC3, WC2 and DJ show detractors where to stick it

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Amat’s Concerns: Crespi QB sets another record

Next week, Crespi (5-1) at Bishop Amat (6-0), Serra League opener: For the second straight game, Encino Crespi quarterback Kenny Stenhouse set a new school passing record Friday night in the Celts’ thrilling 53-47 victory over Woodland Hills Taft. A week after throwing for a school-record 484 yards and five touchdowns against Vista Murrieta, the senior tossed a school-record six touchdown passes against the Toreadors.

50/50 out of control: Talk about hitting the jackpot. When Amat hosted Damien, the 50-50 winner won $2,800. Last night for homecoming against Venice, the winner was awarded $2,300. There were 15 other games in our coverage area Friday, I bet if you totaled the 50-50s from all the rest it still wouldn’t add up to $2,800. Most games I cover the 50-50 is rarely over $200.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Baldwin Park shocks San Dimas 19-14; West Covina runs past Rowland; Amat remains unbeaten; Azusa, Covina win big, Diamond Ranch rallies from way back to beat Walnut 35-28 in 2OT


Friday’s results
West Covina 41, Rowland 17 – West Covina racked up over 350 rushing yards and led 14-0 after five plays. They’re that good, whether it’s Chris Solomon, BJ Lee, Charles Tucker or QB George Johnson, they have weapons.
Bonita 53, Diamond Bar 20 — Bearcats continue to prove they’re legit. As impressive as West Covina was, the Bearcats are right there with them. Garrett Pendleton finished with 221 yards and 3 TDS in his comeback, returning in the second quarter. They racked up 550 total yards.
Diamond Ranch 35, Walnut 28, 2OT – The Mustangs blew a 21-0 lead. Those of us following on Coveritlive couldn’t believe it, but the comeback was even more shocking. Roddy’s Ranchers do it again.
Azusa 41, Sierra Vista 7 — This basically means the Aztecs will finish undefeated and probably won’t be challenged at all. Can you believe it, they could go 10-0 winning every game by at least three touchdowns.
La Puente 44, Workman 8 -- Warriors bounce back after 28-0 loss to Azusa, which kind of tells you just go good Azusa is, because La Puente might be the second best in league.
Baldwin Park 19, San Dimas 14 – Playing a tough nonleague scheduled paid off after all. Nobody is going to remember the Braves’ 0-4 start, but they will remember their upset over the defending CIF champs and 2-0 start in the VVL.
Covina 36, Wilson 16 – The Colts continue to be one of the most improved from last year, crushing the Wildcats in a game that really wasn’t this close to go to 2-0 in the VVL also.
Northview 35, Pomona 20 – Vikings grab first win of the year. In reality, they weren’t as bad as their record indicated, losing just 14-11 to Covina last week.
Bell Gardens 42, South El Monte 7 – The Eagles knew they might have a tough time and did, giving up 42 points.
Chino 40, El Monte 16 — Saw this coming, the Cowboys were 4-0 and better all the way around.
JSerra 42, Damien 7 - The Spartans fell behind quick and never had a chance. JSerra is undefeated for a reason.
Arroyo 26, La Canada 7 – This was close at half, but the Knights finally got the kinks out and pulled away.
Rosemead 29, Temple City 28 -- The Panthers needed a win in the worst way and got it, squeezing out a win over the Rams.
Bishop Amat 42, Venice 20 – Lancers gave up more points than they would like and it was just 20–14 at half, but hey, it was homecoming and the big one is next week against Crespi. Rio Ruiz completed his first 11 passes, finished 18 of 26 for 169 yards and two TDs.
Los Osos 43, South Hills 28 -- When is the last time you remember a Huskies team giving up this many points week after week. It’s going to be a long Sierra.
Gladstone 28, Ganesha 14 -- Don’t look now, but the Gladiators are 2-0 in the Montview.
Bassett 6, Duarte 0 – Falcons play their best defense of the season, but still not good enough.

Highlights of Baldwin Park’s 19-14 upset win over San Dimas …

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Michael Ball on Friday’s game against West Covina: “I know for a fact it’s going to come down to inches, who’s more disciplined and who makes the bigger plays.” Please, read on …

By Aram Tolegian
Local prep football fans will be hard-pressed to find a better collection of skill players on the field at one time than what they’ll see at Rowland High School on Friday night when the Raiders host West Covina in a Hacienda League showdown that will go a long way toward determining the league champion. “If you like speed, it will be a good place to be,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “There will be a lot of speed on the field, so hopefully we can play some defense.” For West Covina, the explosiveness comes in the form of a wave of running backs capable of breaking a touchdown run on any given carry. For Rowland, it starts with dynamic quarterback Michael Ball and continues with a dangerous group of receivers. “It’s been awhile since both schools have hooked up with so many quality athletes,” Rowland coach Craig Snyder said. “It’s going to be a fun football game. Both teams have their strong points, and we just have to hope they have more weak points than we do.” (to continue, click thread).

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Mater Dei’s Todd Hunt wins state appeal just days after lawsuit filed against CIF

Todd Hunt, a linebacker who moved from Connecticut to Southern California and is enrolled at Mater Dei, was declared athletically eligible today at a CIF State appeals hearing.

Lawsuit: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has filed a lawsuit, on behalf of Mater Dei, against the CIF-Southern Section alleging that the section’s application of rules and regulations have been biased against Mater Dei. “(The) CIF-SS has consistently, intentionally and systematically engaged in arbitrary and discriminatory actions against Mater Dei by issuing and enforcing unsupported and erroneous findings and ruling related to eligibility of student athletes at Mater Dei,” the suit claims.

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Don Le Gro picks up where he left off, Sierra Vista rushing attack leading the CIF-Southern Section averaging 486 yards a game

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Sierra Vista High School football coach Keith Locklear, struggling with the spread offense and a defense that gave up too many points, turned to former Dons coach Don Le Gro and asked for help. “Do you think you can do for us what you did in the 90s?” Locklear asked Le Gro. “He said, `(Heck) yeah,’ and that was that.” As Sierra Vista head coach in the 1990s, Le Gro groomed back-to-back Tribune player of the year winners Oscar Interiano (1995) and Oscar Arzu (1996). Arzu left as the Valley’s all-time single-season rushing leader with 3,219 yards in 1996. Le Gro retired in 1999, but he’s back as the Dons’ offensive coordinator and hasn’t lost his touch.
It may come as a mild surprise, but undefeated Sierra Vista (4-0, 1-0) leads the CIF-Southern Section in rushing at 486 yards per game and more than 10 yards per carry (1,944 yards on 181 rushes), a startling turnaround from the pass-happy offense of recent years.

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Who’s in the coach of the year discussion?

It’s too early to narrow down a coach of the year, but not to early to note those that should be in consideration after five weeks of football.

Eric Podley, Bonita (4-0) — Considering they were 3-8 last year and lost starting quarterback Garrett Pendleton before the season, you have to give Podley the edge over the others at this point. Huge wins over San Dimas, Claremont, and blowout over Baldwin Park.

Joe Scherf, Azusa (4-0) – His name has been in the conversation three straight years and deservedly so. Allowing just two points per game is phenomenal, regardless of competition. Scherf and Amat’s Steve Hagerty have been in the running since 2008, when they took over and changed the culture of their programs.

Mike Maggiore, West Covina (4-1) – The number one-ranked team in the Southeast Division had some month reeling off four straight wins over Venice, South Hills, Glendora and Walnut. The way Maggiore turned his team after a loss against Covina is what Maggiore does best, rebounding from a disaster that would affect most teams for weeks.

Keith Locklear, Sierra Vista (4-0) – At this point Locklear deserves to be considered. He switched from an all-out pass attack to a run-happy team producing an average of nearly 500 yards a game. If they beat Azusa on Friday, Locklear’s stock goes through the roof.

Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat (5-0) — They lose Kane, Cazares and Johnson on defense; lose their starting quarterback and running back and still look as good as ever, scoring more points while allowing an average eight points a game. They haven’t played a non-league schedule as difficult as the previous two, but statistically, they keep getting better.

Darryl Thomas, Covina (4-1) – Nobody in the Mid-Valley will have a bigger non-league win on their resume that Covina’s over West Covina, and if the Colts keep this up and somehow become a factor in the VVL title chase, Thomas will be in the running.

Derek Bub, Chino Hills (4-1) – Surprising wins over Tesoro and Redlands East Valley have moved the Huskies to No. 3 in the Inland Poll and has them tagged big favorites in a Sierra League race we thought would be much tighter.

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Notes and quotes from Zernickow, Podley, Bub

“They’re obviously way better than their record dictates. Coach (James) Heggins has done a fabulous job of bringing that team together. Demitrius Jackson and Wardell Crutchfield III are everything that’s advertised, and we have to do whatever we can to slow those guys down.”San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow on facing Baldwin Park Friday.

“The competition is still on. Garrett (Pendleton) is still working a little bit of the rust off. We’re going day by day in practice, but coming back from four weeks off isn’t as easy as one might think.”Bonita coach Eric Podley on QB Garrett Pendleton returning from injury while his replacement, Greg Spathias has led the club to a 4-0 start.

“We’re excited about where we’re at. I’ll be able to tell you by Week 10 if the nonleague schedule paid off. We felt we really had a good defense going into the season; it was just nice to see the kids mature and find out they can play some good team defense.”Chino Hills coach Derek Bub.

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s beats South Hills in four; Huskies’ Jackie Valle-Acosta might be lost for the season after injuring knee in warmups

St. Lucy’s opened Sierra League by beating traditional power South Hills, 25-12, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22 Tuesday. But the Huskies may have lost more.
South Hills senior middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta injured her left knee during warm-ups and might be lost of the season, Huskies coach Charm Doyle said.
St. Lucy’s received 15 kills from senior Deanna Dalton and 10 from junior Jasmine Warmington to improve to 10-5. The Regents controlled game one before South Hills rallied to take the second game, with St. Lucy’s keeping the Huskies in check, withstanding two late rallies to win games three and four to take the match.
South Hills, which slipped to 7-3, received 13 kills from outside hitter Marisa Gomez and 11 from Whitney Deshay.

St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “I don’t think we played as fresh as I would have liked. But South Hills has a way of doing that. They lost their big hitter in warmups, but they are a solid team, and they are always going to push back. We needed to play a little better.”

South Hills coach Charm Doyle: “My senior middle blocker getting hurt in warmup, that was huge. But I’m proud the way my girls played. They stayed with (St. Lucy’s) that much … I’m just very proud of them.”

Baseline League

Los Osos def. Glendora, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21
Hacienda League
Bonita def. West Covina, 25-9, 25-10, 25-7
Los Altos def. Diamond Ranch, 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19
Montview League
Gladstone def. Sierra Vista, 17-25, 25-9, 25-15, 25-10
Azusa def. Duarte, 25-17, 23-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-10
Sierra League
Ayala def. Charter Oak, 25-8, 25-19, 25-20

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s is still No. 1

All the Regents are smiling these days after St. Lucy’s began the week ranked No. 1 in the area and No. 2 in CIF-SS Division 2-AA.

St. Lucy’s, which beat traditional power South Hills in four games on Tuesday, remained atop of the area girls volleyball rankings. But the Regents will get a challenge on Thursday when they travel to No. 2 Chino Hills.

TOP 10
1. St. Lucy’s (9-5) —
The Regents are still the team to beat. They caught a break when South Hills’ Jackie Valle-Acosta injured her knee during warmups of the teams’ Sierra League opener on Tuesday. But they are expected to be challenged against No. 2 Chino Hills on Thursday.
2. Chino Hills (16-4) – The Huskies are enjoying one of the better starts in the program’s history. But will that be enough to beat St. Lucy’s.
3. Bonita (12-3) – The Bearcats got some revenge last week, beating rival Los Altos in four games. Now it’s all about taking care of business.
4. South Hills (7-2) – Losing Valle-Acosta will be a major hit for the Huskies, who still look strong with Marisa Gomez and Whitney Deshay.
5. Los Altos (8-3) — Failed to close against Bonita. The Conquerors hope to change that in the rematch.
6. Glendora (5-2) — The Tartans went 3-0 last week, but opened Baseline League play by being swept by favorite Los Osos.
7. San Dimas (12-4) – The Saints have rolled through the early portion of the Valle Vista League schedule.
8. Diamond Bar (12-7) – Consistency is a big problem for the Brahmas, who swept one opponent last week, but also got swept.
9. Bishop Amat (7-3) – The Lancers went 3 for 3 last week, but might struggle in the Del Rey League.
10. Gladstone (7-4) — The Gladiators took early control in the Montview League with wins over Ganesha and La Puente last week.
Note: Records are those reported to this newspaper and are through matches played Oct. 2. Rankings are based on matches played through Oct. 2.

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