Bishop Amat practices running long this week, sources say coaches calling it, “winning time.”

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.

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Nobody can flip the switch like Diamond Ranch

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.

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Homecoming for Wilson coach Brian Zavala going against Northview on Friday

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.

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Jalen Moore is the key for Bishop Amat, who hope to remain undefeated at home since Steve Hagerty took over in 2008, a perfect 14-0

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.

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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 SGVtrackandfield.net: 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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