Winter top ten previews next week

Winter top ten previews for boys and girls basketball and boys and girls soccer will run on consecutive days from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Winter sports teams begin playing on Nov. 29. We will run a wrestling preview the following week. TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES: Please email or fax your tournament schedules to me so we can post your schedules on the blog, in the newspaper, update them after each round, and of course so we know which games to cover. You can fax to 626-856-2758 attention Fred in sports or email them directly (which is preferred) to fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

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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 (11-4); Ramirez (13-2).
Season: Robledo (178-54); Ramirez (175-57).

Last week: Steve picked up a pair of wins and now trails by just three heading into Friday’s quarterfinals. We both missed taking Bishop Amat and Azusa, but I also took Arroyo and Baldwin Park, who lost to San Dimas and Schurr respectively, which were two games Ramirez picked correctly.

This week: To make it interesting, we will pick the remaining games in the Southeast, Inland and Mid-Valley Division, where six of our local teams remain. The most intriguing game is Bonita at Muir, which is where I’m headed this week. It’s a tough game for the Bearcats for several reasons, like being on the road where there are only about 500 seats for the visitors, a venue that can be quite intimidating. Muir is a big-game type of team too. They may fall asleep during the regular season, but when they’re inspired, they can play with anyone as we saw against Charter Oak last year, and again this year with their upset over La Mirada 33-14 in the first round. For teams that wish to throw it, like Bonita, it can be dangerous because of the Mustangs’ speedy and athletic corners. But I like Bonita because they can run too, and the way to beat Muir is to pound it all night because that’s been their weakness for years, their rush defense. Even though they moved the ball offensively at times against Bishop Amat earlier this year, they couldn’t stop Amat’s run game at all. You can pencil West Covina into the next round, but I’m afraid all we will have left is San Dimas in the Mid-Valley after Friday out of respect for the Olympic League, which went 3-0 and proved what everyone’s been saying, that they have the best league in the division from top to bottom. I would have liked Covina’s chances at home against Whittier Christian, but not on the road at Whittier College. CalPreps’ computers has Covina winning 29-22, but that’s probably because they factored in the Colts’ win over West Covina back in the beginning of the season, and we know what would happen if they played now. I’m rooting for the Colts, but after what happened to Azusa, I’m not betting against Olympic League teams unless one of them goes up against Monrovia. Speaking of the Olympic, that means I have Rosemead going down, and going down hard to Village Christian. Chino Hills is rather fortunate to get Etiwanda in the second round of the powerful Inland. Not a bad draw when you can face the weakest of the eight remaining, so I like their chances of moving on. So, after Friday we should have four remaining, West Covina, Bonita, San Dimas and Chino Hills.

Friday’s games and predictions
CIF-SS quarterfinals
Southeast Division
All games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Southeast Division
Santa Fe (7-4) at West Covina (10-1) — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Burbank Burroughs (7-4) at Mayfair (7-4) — Robledo (Mayfair); Ramirez (Mayfair)
Bonita (10-1) at Muir (7-4) — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Muir)
La Serna (10-1) at Norwalk (7-4) — Robledo (La Serna); Ramirez (La Serna)
Mid-Valley Division
Rosemead (8-3) at Village Christian (7-4) — Robledo (Village Christian); Ramirez (Village Chr.)
Covina (10-1) vs. Whittier Christian (10-1) — Robledo (Whittier Christian); Ramirez (Covina)
Maranatha (8-3) at San Dimas (7-4) — Robledo (San Dimas); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Schurr (7-5) at Monrovia (9-2) — Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Monrovia)
Inland Division
Corona Centennial (11-0) at Upland (8-3) — Robledo (Centennial); Ramirez (Centennial)
Chino Hills (9-2) at Etiwanda (6-5) — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (CHills)
Rancho Cucamonga (10-1) at Corona Roosevelt (9-2) — Robledo (Rancho); Ramirez (Roosevelt)
Vista Murrieta (10-1) at Norco (9-2) — Robledo (Norco); Ramirez (VMurrieta)

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State Playoffs: You mean St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills might do this again? Part IV? Why not


St. Lucy’s was awarded the top seed in the Southern California Division Division II bracket after defeating Chino Hills in four sets to claim Saturday’s Division 2AA title. The Huskies didn’t fall far, earning a third seed, meaning if they both advance two rounds in the state playoffs, they would meet at St. Lucy’s on Nov. 30 for the Southern California Regional Final, with the winner advancing to the state finals at the Event Center at San Jose State University. What I love about the state playoffs is that the lower seed is always at home, something the CIF-SS should consider instead of coin flips, I’m all for rewarding home games to teams that had the best regular seasons. In the first-round however, champions are at home, which is why Chino Hills is still on the road in the first round. In any case, wouldn’t it be great to do watch these two go at it again? First-round games are Tuesday night. I need the volleyball experts to tell us if we’ve got a shot at St. Lucy’s-Chino Hills IV. That Troy (29-1) looks dangerous, but the Huskies would get Troy at home.

Southern California Division II Regional
Tuesday’s first round
All matches begin at 7 p.m.
Top Bracket

8. Mt. Carmel (21-15) at 1. St. Lucys (30-9) at Damien High
5. Downey (27-3) at 4. Fresno Edison (26-6)
Bottom Bracket
3. Chino Hills (29-4) at 6. Palisades Charter (22-8)
7. Troy (29-1) at San Diego Scripps Ranch (27-12).

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Sunday Tribbin: Let’s hope Bonita-West Covina II is in the works, we need a good sequel

Is that too much to ask? I’d ask for Covina-San Dimas II, but that road is full of landmines named Whittier Christian, Village Christian and Monrovia.

You make the call: What’s our best choice for game of the week, Santa Fe at West Covina, Maranatha at San Dimas or Bonita at Muir?

Friday’s CIF-SS quarterfinals
Southeast Division
Santa Fe (7-4) at West Covina (10-1)
Burbank Burroughs (7-4) at Mayfair (7-4)
Bonita (10-1) at Muir (7-4)
La Serna (10-1) at Norwalk (7-4)
Mid-Valley Division
Rosemead (8-3) at Village Christian (7-4)
Covina (10-1) at Whittier Christian (10-1)
Maranatha (8-3) at San Dimas (7-4)
Schurr (7-5) at Monrovia (9-2)
Inland Division
Corona Centennial (11-0) at Upland (8-3)
Chino Hills (9-2) at Etiwanda (6-5)
Rancho Cucamonga (10-1) at Corona Roosevelt (9-2)
Vista Murrieta (10-1) at Norco (9-2)

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s wins rubber match, beats Chino Hills 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 to claim Division 2AA championship

Check out Keith Birmingham’s championship photo gallery.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
It wasn’t that Chino Hills didn’t push enough or want it enough during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA girls volleyball championship at Cypress College.
St. Lucy’s just pushed and wanted it a little more.
After splitting during the season and sharing the Sierra League title, the rubber match came down to the clutch points, St. Lucy’s winning just enough to pull out a come-from-behind 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 four-set victory to claim their first championship over a Huskies team that advanced to the finals in their first-ever trip to the playoffs. (to continue, click thread)

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Saturday Morning Quaterback: Stunning endings for Bishop Amat and Azusa; San Dimas scores in final minute to beat Arroyo; West Covina, Bonita win big; Only six teams left in playoffs!

For quarter-by-quarter updates of tonight’s games, click thread.

Tonight’s Results
Pac-5
Tesoro 31, Bishop Amat 21
— Quarterback Rio Ruiz had a tough night, committing four turnovers in the second half. The Lancers rallied from 14-0 down to tie the score at half and it was 21-21 going into the fourth, but three turnovers in the fourth quarter were too much to overcome. It’s going to be a long off-season for the boys in blue, who watched their 17-game home win streak come to and end.
Mid-Valley
San Dimas 21, Arroyo 14
– The Saints scored with 54 seconds left for the go-ahead touchdown. Arroyo scored on a trick play with no time left, but it was ruled an illegal pass, the defending champs moving on.
Village Christian 31, Azusa 24 – The Aztecs gave up more points than they had all season combined. An excruciating ending for the three-time Montview League champs and the Mid-Valley’s top seed.
Covina 42, La Canada 14 — The Valle Vista league champs jumped to a huge halftime lead and never looked back.
Rosemead 49, Temple City 36 – This was wild from start to end, the Panthers doing just enough to survive and advance.
Maranatha 41, La Puente 28 – The Minutemen one of three Olympic League teams to advance, proving what everyone thought about the Olympic having the best league in the division.
Schurr 31, Baldwin Park 7 – The Braves never had a shot, falling behind 31-0, the only Valle Vista league team to lose in the first round.
Monrovia 41, Gladstone 3 – The Wildcats proved why they’re the real Mid-Valley favorites, winning easy at home.
Southeast Division
Bonita 51, California 6
— The Bearcats scored like crazy, but now they get upset-minded Muir on the road next week. That should be a dandy.
West Covina 49, Bellflower 0 – The Bulldogs showed why they’re the division’s top seed, getting a shutout to boot.
Mayfair 25, Diamond Ranch 20 — The postseason magic is over for the Panthers, who advanced to the previous two Southeast title games.
La Serna 13, Walnut 10, OT — The Mustangs almost pulled off a shocker, giving La Serna all it could handle before falling in overtime.
Inland Division
Vista Murrieta 28, Charter Oak 7 – The Chargers won’t be practicing on Thanksgiving for the first time in years.
Chino Hills 70, Corona 42 – The Huskies jumped out to a huge lead, Corona came back, then the Huskies stretched their legs again.
Roosevelt 28, Claremont 21 — The Wolfpack ended their season with three straight losses after a promising start.

CIF-SS Quarterfinals
Friday, Nov. 19
Mid-Valley Division

Rosemead at Village Christian
Covina at Whittier Christian
Maranatha at San Dimas
Schurr at Monrovia
Southeast Division
Santa Fe at West Covina
Burroughs at Mayfair
Bonita at Muir
La Serna at Norwalk

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Highlights and interviews with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

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Water scare at Bishop Amat … The Lancers forced to practice at Charter Oak, probably the closest they come to playing each other

They might not meet during the regular season, but Bishop Amat and Charter Oak were eye-to-eye on Wednesday. A mix-up on Bishop Amat’s watering schedule flooded the field on Wednesday, forcing the Lancers to practice at Charter Oak, adjacent to where the Chargers were preparing for their first-round game Friday. A caller insisted Kiefer was flooded ankle high, but coach Steve Hagerty said that was not true, that they didn’t want to practice on it in fear of tearing the field up. Hagerty said he has no concern Kiefer will be in tip-top shape come Friday.

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Azusa’s defense speaks louder than words, but you have to love what they’re saying too

I love the confidence I read from Azusa players, and that’s what it is, plain old confidence, don’t confuse it with anything else. That belief is what gives them an opportunity to go a long way. They understand their situation, why they have skeptics, and when one of your team leaders, Edwin Garcia says, “Anything less than a CIF championship would be a disappointment. We want to earn respect because we know we’re lacking that respect,” it tells me they get it and are ready for the journey that lies ahead. I still don’t know if they’re talented enough to win it all. None of us do, that remains to be seen. But I know this, you can’t win it if you don’t believe you can win it first, and these boys believe they can. That’s half the battle right there.


Above: Azusa High defensive line left to right: Luis Nunez, Alex Tapia, Edwin Garcia and Nick Valverde ( Photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Aram Tolegian
AZUSA
- The Azusa High School football team knows that despite its 10-0 record and No. 1 seed in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs, there are still plenty of doubters around the Valley when it comes to the Aztecs’ validity. “They haven’t played anyone,” the skeptics say. Others argue that Azusa comes from the weak Montview League.
After allowing just 30 total points this season, there’s one group of Aztecs that’s anxiously awaiting its chance to show the Valley just how real Azusa is, and that would be the defensive line. (To continue click thread).

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Let’s play the over/under game

With no football in town tonight, I thought I would play Aram’s over/under game for the first round of the playoffs. It’s real simple I’ll put out a number to a corresponding stat or situation and then give my take…You can give yours

Charter Oak’s chances of knocking off second-seed Vista Murrieta
OVER/UNDER: 25 percent
Fred’s bet: UNDER — still not buying it

Bishop Amat’s 50-50 amount on Friday Night
OVER/UNDER: $2,500
Fred’s bet: OVER — I’ve seen it climb to $2,800 before.

Number of teams from the Montview and Mission Valley League left after the first-round of the Mid-Valley.
OVER/UNDER: 1 1/2
Fred’s bet:
OVER – Some think Azusa and Arroyo aren’t slam dunks, so the rest must be in deep trouble. I have them both winning, however.

Number of times we quote a coach in the paper on Saturday blaming the ref’s for what happened.
OVER/UNDER: 2
Freds bet:
UNDER — Though I have witnessed it too many times before.

Number of yards quarterback Steven Rivera throws for against San Dimas
OVER/UNDER: 275
Fred’s bet:
UNDER — They need to mix up the run and pass.

Number of times Aram reports “Breaking News” before Monday.
OVER/UNDER: 1/2
Fred’s bet:
OVER — I would hate to have his phone bill.

Total rushing yards for Amat running back Jalen Moore against Tesoro’s powerful D-Line
OVER/UNDER: 115
Fred’s bet: UNDER — He gets his 100, but they need to air it out too.

Number of total rushing yards for West Covina against Bellflower
OVER/UNDER: 300
Fred’s bet: OVER — Seen it too many times against better teams

With 16 area football teams in the playoffs, how many will be left after Friday’s first round?
OVER/UNDER: 8
Fred’s bet: OVER — I like the favorites, plus a couple upset.

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Former Bishop Amat, UCLA Star Sciarra to speak at Pasadena Quarterbacks Club on Friday

When the question of who was the best football player in the San Gabriel Valley comes up, John Sciarra’s name usually is near the top of the discussion.
The former Bishop Amat High School star, who is in the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and played in the 1981 Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles, was that good.
Sciarra will reflect on his career Friday when he speaks at the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club at Brookside Golf Club.
The weekly luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m., costs $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
This is the final meeting of the season for the 66-year-old organization, and it may have saved the best for last.

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Boys Water Polo: Damien, Nogales dance into the CIF-SS finals; Bonita comes up short

The area will have two boys water polo teams in Saturday’s CIF-SS Ford Championships.
Here’s Wednesday’s results:

Division 3
Damien 11, Palos Verdes 9 -
The Spartans used a five-goal surge to rally for a victory at William Woollet Aquatic Center. Damien will face Laguna Beach in the finals there at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Division 5
La Serna 9, Bonita 8 –
The Bearcats fell behind La Serna 6-2 and could never quite catchup, although they had chances, before losing at Mt. San Antonio College. Bonita had two shots blocked in the final 12 seconds. The Bearcats also had a goal wiped out when officials ruled it had not crossed the goal line.
Division 7
Nogales 7, Nipomo 3 –
Nogales will make its first trip after beating Nipomo in a Division 7 semifinal at Arroyo Grande High School. Raul Castaneda had three goals and Nick Estevez two. The Nobles will face top-seeded Santa Ynez at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday.

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Pac-5 Division Prediction: Mission Viejo and Servite are the safe bets; but Amat and Alemany have a shot if they’re at home in the semifinals


The Lancers will need their fans more than ever, especially if they’re fortunate enough to get a home game against Mission Viejo in the semis.

Fred’s explanation: This is the only division where the seeds will likely play out until the end with Mission Viejo over Servite in a undefeated Pac-5 final — the game everyone not in the SGV (and Amat haters) is hoping for. The only chance Bishop Amat has of advancing to play for its sixth championship is if they get Mission Viejo in a home game where they haven’t lost in three years. That’s why Amat needed to lose the second-round coin flip because Mission Viejo lost its coin-flip too, so both will be on the road in the semifinals should they advance. There’s no guarantee the Lancers beat Mater Dei or Long Beach Poly on the road in the second round, but if you’re thinking big picture, the Lancers’ only chance is being at home in the semis, so take the road in the quarters with the hopes of winning the coin flip of all coin flips to get a home game in the semifinals. If that happens, could you imagine the scene at Kiefer should Mission Viejo come to town. Alemany’s road to the semi’s looks pretty good too, but like Amat, they would need to get Servite at home to have a shot in that tiny stadium in Mission Hills, where the hometown refs are unfriendly to visiting teams, and the school unfriendly to the visiting press. I still haven’t forgiven them them for telling us they had no room in their press box only to see several empty seats while we did our work from the visiting stands. Unreal.

Pac-5 Division Predictions
Top Seeds:
1. Mission Viejo (10-0), 2. Servite (10-0), 3. Alemany (9-1), 4. Bishop Amat (9-1).
Unseeded Sleepers: Lakewood, Long Beach Poly, San Clemente, Mater Dei.

Pac-5 Division
Top Bracket

Long Beach Wilson (5-5) at No. 1 Mission Viejo (10-0) — Mission Viejo
Edison (7-3) vs. Santa Margarita (8-2) — Santa Margarita
Mater Dei (6-4) vs. Long Beach Poly (8-2) — Mater Dei
Tesoro at No. 4 Bishop Amat (9-1) — Bishop Amat
Bottom Bracket
Newport Harbor (6-4) at No. 3 Alemany (10-0) — Alemany
San Clemente (8-2) at Lakewood (9-1) — San Clemente
Crespi (7-3) vs. Los Alamitos (8-2) — Crespi
Long Beach Jordan (6-4) vs. Servite (10-0) — Servite

Quarterfinals
Top Bracket

Mission Viejo over Santa Margarita
Bishop Amat over Mater Dei
Bottom Bracket
Alemany over San Clemente
Servite over Crespi
Semifinals
Mission Viejo over Bishop Amat
Servite over Alemany
Championship
Mission Viejo over Servite

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Mid-Valley Notebook: San Dimas, Arroyo is the most exciting first-rounder in the playoffs

“They’re 9-1. They do a lot of fun stuff on offense. They’re tough on defense. They have 2,200 students, we have 1,300. It’s going to be an uphill battle for the Saints. We’ll rise to the challenge, I hope.” San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow on facing Arroyo.

“At some point we’re going to have to get through tough teams. You get who you get. It would be nice to be rewarded for being 9-1 instead of having to prove we deserve to be 9-1.” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser

By Aram Tolegian
San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow has heard the talk all week about how his Saints caught a break in drawing Arroyo in Friday’s first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs, and he’s not buying it. (To continue reading, click thread).

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Pac-5 Notebook: Amat facing toughest defensive front all season; Shay not expected back

“When this group become seniors, I truly believe we could have one of the best teams in the country. Our front seven on defense is pretty special.” Tesoro coach Brian Barnes on the Titans’ defensive front.

“I think any kid who has to cover a receiver for eight seconds would be in trouble. There were probably a dozen times where we had our arm on him (Adams), but that’s not enough; you have to get him down, and we didn’t do that.”Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty on the Lancers’ secondary, noting they gave Alemany QB Vernon Adams too much time to beat them last week.

By Fred J. Robledo
If fourth-seeded Bishop Amat (9-1) doesn’t take care of business against visiting Tesoro (7-3) in Friday’s first- round CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division opener at Kiefer Stadium, the Lancers better hope they avoid the Titans in the near future. The Titans start nine sophomores and have a defensive front that Lancers coach Steve Hagerty says is the best they will have faced all season – and he won’t get an argument about that from Titans coach Brian Barnes. (To continue click thread).

Here is a look at raw footage of Chino Hills 14-13 win over Tesoro earlier this season.

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Inland Division Prediction: This is easy, Corona Centennial will cruise to the championship


For the first time in years, don’t expect the Chargers to be practicing on Thanksgiving, not with a first-round game at No. 2 Vista Murrieta.

Fred’s explanation: A lot of folks will tell you that with all due respect to Pac-5 powers Mission Viejo and Servite, Corona Centennial is the best team in the Southland with a no-huddle that’s unstoppable because of their giant, mobile, offensive line and QB Michael Eubank. That means you can eliminate whoever stands in their way, like Upland in round two and Redlands East Valley in the semifinals. That’s right, I’m taking Redlands Easy Valley to eliminate the Huskies in round two for a couple reasons. One, Redlands East Valley would have the home game and two, Chino Hills beat them on the road in October, 14-3, and I’m sure a return trip won’t be as kind. For Claremont and Charter Oak, I’m afraid the road ends in the first round, though Claremont has a realistic chance of advancing while the Chargers is a long shot.

Inland Division Predictions
Top Seeds:
1. Corona Centennial (10-0), 2. Vista Murrieta (9-1), 3. Rancho Cucamonga (9-1), 4. Chino Hills (8-2).
Unseeded Sleepers: Norco, Redlands East Valley, Upland, Claremont.

Inland Division
Top Bracket

Yucaipa (6-4) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (10-0) — Centennial
Chaparral (4-6) at Upland (7-3) — Upland
Etiwanda (5-5) vs. Redlands East Valley (8-2) — Redlands East Valley
Corona (5-5) at No. 4 Chino Hills (8-2) — Chino Hills
Bottom Bracket
Murrieta Valley (6-4) vs. No. 3 Rancho Cucamonga (9-1) — Rancho Cucamonga
Claremont (7-3) at Corona Roosevelt (8-2) — Roosevelt
Norco (8-2) at Redlands (7-2-1) — Norco
Charter Oak (6-4) at No. 2 Vista Murrieta (9-1) — Vista Murrieta

Quarterfinals
Top Bracket

Centennial over Upland
Redlands East Valley over Chino Hills
Bottom Bracket
Rancho Cucamonga over Roosevelt
Vista Murrieta over Norco
Semifinals
Centennial over Redlands East Valley
Vista Murrieta over Rancho Cucamonga
Championship
Corona Centennial over Vista Murrieta

Charter Oak is a defending champion and if they believe they’re champions this is a speech they should keep close to the chest in Friday’s first-rounder that nobody thinks they can win.

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Boys Water Polo: Damien, Bonita and Nogales hope to punch tickets to title games


Above: Damien High’s Austin Miller shooting a shot earlier this season.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Damien High School has been here before. The Spartans have advanced to the CIF-Southern Section boys water polo semifinals each of the past two seasons, only to see their season end in heartache. Damien hopes to change the recent trend when it faces Palos Verdes today at 2 p.m. in a Division 3 semifinal at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. The winner advances to Saturday’s championship match.

Boys Water Polo
Today’s Semifinals
Division 3

Palos Verdes vs. Damien at William Woollett Center in Irvine, 2 p.m.
Division 5
Bonita vs. La Serna at Mt. SAC, 6 p.m.
Division 7
Nogales vs. Nipomo at Arroyo Grande HS, 3 p.m.

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Girls Volleyball: The rubber match is set, St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills advance with semifinal victories, will meet for third time in championship

Breaking News: Chino Hills, St. Lucy’s Division 2AA Volleyball championship at Cypress College, Saturday, 1 p.m.

“This means everything to us,” Chino Hills coach Dana Buzzerio said. “And to play St. Lucy’s in the final, that’s exactly how we would want it to be.”

“Reaching the finals is what we’ve dreamed of for a long time now,” St. Lucy’s senior Alissa Young said. “Now we get a chance to win a crown against our league rivals.”

Above: St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills tied for the Sierra League title and split the season series, Chino Hills sweeping at home and St. Lucy’s winning in five at their place. After winning semifinals matches on Tuesday, the two will meet again for the Division 2AA crown Friday or Saturday at Cypress College. CIF’s finals schedule will be announced Wednesday.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
Girls Volleyball
Tuesday’s Semifinal results

Division 2AA
St. Lucy’s def. La Salle 25-18, 25-16, 25-16
Chino Hills def. Oaks Christian 20-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-18

Highlights: The Inland Insider was at Chino Hills’s victory over Oaks Christian, sending the Huskies to their first championship ever.

Girls Tennis
Tuesday’s quarterfinal results
Division 2

Arcadia 11, Diamond Bar 7
Division 5
Aquinas 11, Wilson 6

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Southeast Prediction: Nothing will stop West Covina, not even a rematch against Bonita

Note: Inland and Pac-5 predictions on Wednesday.

Fred’s explanation: With all due respect to No. 2 La Serna, a 9-1 giant just like West Covina and Bonita, I’ll take our side of town against their side of town on any given Friday. It’s as simple as that. Am I taking a 6-4 Burroughs seriously at the No. 4 seed? Not really, I have them falling in the second round. Am I taking a 7-3 La Mirada seriously as the No. 3 seed? No, I’m taking Muir in a first-round upset after the way the Mustangs handled PHS in the Turkey Tussle, plus the Mustangs are great in this situation, almost knocking off No. 1 Charter Oak in the first round last year. I am taking the team that should have been seeded, Bonita, whose only loss came against West Covina and should be at least the No. 4 seed. Heck, if Amat could get a No. 4 seed over league champ Long Beach Poly because of strength of schedule, then why aren’t the Bearcats No. 4 with a win over Claremont and only loss to the top team? In any case, that’s why I like West Covina and Bonita to meet in the championship again, they’re the two best after the way Bonita took care of Diamond Ranch in the finale, and they also have everyone healthy. But in the end, West Covina has too many horse’s. What happened in October (a 55-21 win over Bonita) will happen again in December, sort of like waiting for a Charter Oak-Diamond Ranch rematch and knowing what the outcome will be. Normally I would like La Mirada’s chances, but this isn’t one of their great teams, and they’ve had great teams. La Serna is always tough too, I just like Bonita’s nine wins better than La Serna’s nine wins.

Southeast Division Predictions
Top Seeds: 1. West Covina (9-1), 2. La Serna (9-1), 3. La Mirada (7-3), 4. Burbank Burroughs (6-4).
Unseeded Sleepers: Diamond Ranch, Muir, Bonita, Walnut, Arcadia

Southeast Division Division
Top Bracket

Bellflower (Suburban 4) at No. 1 West Covina (9-1) – WCovina
Burbank (7-3) at Santa Fe (6-4) — Burbank
Diamond Ranch (5-5) at Mayfair (6-4) — Mayfair
El Rancho (6-4) at No. 4 Burroughs (6-4) — Burroughs
Bottom Bracket
Muir (6-4) at No. 3 La Mirada (7-3) — Muir
California (3-7) at Bonita (9-1) — Bonita
Norwalk (6-4) at Arcadia (7-3) — Arcadia
Walnut (6-4) at No. 2 La Serna (9-1) — La Serna
Quarterfinals
Top Bracket

West Covina over Burbank
Burroughs over Mayfair
Bottom Bracket
Bonita over Muir
La Serna over Arcadia
Semifinals
West Covina over Burroughs
Bonita over La Serna
Championship
West Covina over Bonita

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Inland Notebook: Chino Hills’ Bub says fourth seed doesn’t assure anything; Farrar sings Vista’s praises, then asked if they can win, says “Hell yeah, put the ball down and let’s go play.”

“It’s like a left and right hook, then maybe a little punch to the gut because if you get into the playoffs you get to go two hours to get your butt kicked and go home. But they think it will be good for CIF.” That’s what Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said last spring after it was announced the Chargers were moving to the Sierra League and Inland Division. Judging from today’s comments on facing powerhouse Vista Murrieta, nothing’s changed. Farrar compared Vista to Auburn.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Chino Hills High School’s celebration after winning the Sierra League didn’t last long this past weekend. The Huskies were made the No. 4 seed in the Inland Division playoffs, then found out their reward would be hosting Corona on Friday night. That’s enough to wipe the small off anybody’s face, according to Huskies coach Derek Bub. (To continue, click thread)

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Updated: Friday’s first round football playoff times and second-round coin flip results

SECOND ROUND COIN FLIPS: Second-round flips already have been taken, click the thread for results, home games denoted by *. Bishop Amat will be on the road in the second round; Covina would be home against Whittier Christian, Azusa would be at Rosemead, and Arroyo would be home against Maranatha. Bonita would be home against La Mirada and Diamond Ranch home against Burroughs — but this is assuming they all win. Check it out.

CIF Football Playoffs
Friday’s First Round
Pac-5 Division

Tesoro at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Southeast Division
Bellflower at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Mayfair, 7:30 p.m.
California at Bonita, 7:30 p.m.
Walnut at La Serna, 7 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Village Christian vs. Azusa at Citrus, 7:30 p.m.
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
La Canada vs. Covina at Covina District Field, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Arroyo, 7:30 p.m.
La Puente at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Schurr, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
Inland Division
Corona at Chino Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Claremont at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.
Charter Oak at Vista Murrieta, 7 p.m.

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Southeast Notebook: Does Walnut have a shot at La Serna; Will Diamond Ranch make another run?

“We take a bus no matter if we’re home or away. I don’t worry about home or away. I like our road uniforms. I think they look good.” – Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton on first round game at Mayfair.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
After missing last season’s postseason despite a 7-3 record, there was no local team this year more happy to see its season extended than Walnut High School’s football team. The Mustangs parlayed a 6-4 record and fourth-place finish in the powerful Hacienda League into a first-round game at La Serna in the Southeast Division playoffs. To continue click thread

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Mid-Valley Prediction: Tenth time will be the charm for Monrovia over Azusa in championship

Note: Southeast Division prediction on Tuesday, Inland and Pac-5 on Wednesday.


Above: Monrovia QB Nick Bueno has been waiting a year to get over last year’s championship loss to San Dimas. His chance for redemption is now.

Fred’s explanation: This is an extremely tough division to predict because I’m not too familiar with the Olympic, but have heard nothing but good things about their league from coaches and our reporters at the Star-News and Whittier. You heard me say time and time again that Covina deserved the No. 1 seed on paper based on who they beat and overall record, but now it’s time to pick the winners and based on what I’ve seen this year, Monrovia is the most talented with the most dangerous weapon in QB Nick Bueno. And let’s face it, they have the most to prove after losing a heartbreaker to San Dimas in last year’s title game. I know I’ve dubbed them the Billy Cats after nine straight losses in championship games, but that’s all gonna end in a few weeks when they hang their first banner. Azusa is going to have a dream run as well, you don’t give up just 30 points all season and disappear. I keep going back to how they dismantled Bell Gardens in the opener 48-0, a team that is 7-3. Then I witnessed the 28-0 thumping over La Puente, an 8-2 team. You might balk at their schedule, but they whipped that schedule like I’ve never seen a team whip a schedule before, outscoring their opponents 392-30. Forget the heights and weights of Aztecs players they’ve got the biggest muscle of all, the one right smack in the middle of their chest and that’s going to take them a long way. Now for a big, however. I won’t be surprised if Whittier Christian, San Dimas or Covina make a run, though the Saints have a tough one at Arroyo in the opener. The Colts have a never-say-die attitude that I admire, but if they get to Azusa, I don’t see it happening. I wouldn’t be surprised if Baldwin Park makes a run, though having Monrovia in round two makes that difficult. That’s what I love about this division, no matter how many times I go over it, I can think of five to six teams that have a real shot of winning it all. But in the end, I love the dreamy matchup of Monrovia and Azusa.
Steve’s take: Fred is right for the most part. It’s a tough division, but at the end of the day none of the teams are better than Monrovia and Azusa, who should meet in the final. Yes, Covina and San Dimas, who I believe will take down Arroyo, can make a run. But Monrovia’s strength comes in the middle in the package of Ellis McCarthy, who in this division just can’t be blocked. Nick Bueno is the key to the offense, but football, regardless of level, always is decided by what happens up front. You can have all the speed on the outside, but if you can’t block up front, you, my friends, are not going to win. Look how unstoppable Oregon looked last year, with speedy backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. But the Ducks offensive line couldn’t keep Ohio State’s defensive tackles out of the backfield, and lost. That’s where Monrovia has the advantage with McCarthy. That edge will be enough in the next few weeks.

Mid-Valley Division Predictions
Top Seeds: 1. Azusa (10-0), 2. Monrovia (8-2), 3. Arroyo (9-1), 4. Covina (9-1)
Unseeded Sleepers: San Dimas, Baldwin Park, Whittier Christian.

Mid-Valley Division
Top Bracket

Village Christian (6-4) at No. 1 Azusa (10-0) — Azusa
Temple City (4-6) at Rosemead (7-3) — Rosemead
Bell Gardens (7-3) at Whittier Christian (9-1) — Whittier Christian
La Canada (5-5) at No. 4 Covina (9-1) — Covina
Bottom Bracket
San Dimas (6-4) at No. 3 Arroyo (9-1) — Arroyo
La Puente (8-2) at Maranatha (7-3) — Maranatha
Baldwin Park (5-5) at Schurr (6-4) — Baldwin Park
Gladstone (5-5) at No. 2 Monrovia (8-2) — Monrovia

Quarterfinals
Top Bracket

Azusa over Rosemead
Whittier Christian over Covina
Bottom Bracket
Arroyo over Maranatha
Monrovia over Baldwin Park
Semifinals
Azusa over Whittier Christian
Monrovia over Arroyo
Championship
Monrovia over Azusa

STEVE’S BRACKET
Top Bracket
Village Christian (6-4) at No. 1 Azusa (10-0) — Azusa
Temple City (4-6) at Rosemead (7-3) — Rosemead
Bell Gardens (7-3) at Whittier Christian (9-1) — Whittier Christian
La Canada (5-5) at No. 4 Covina (9-1) — Covina
Bottom Bracket
San Dimas (6-4) at No. 3 Arroyo (9-1) — San Dimas
La Puente (8-2) at Maranatha (7-3) — Maranatha
Baldwin Park (5-5) at Schurr (6-4) — Schurr
Gladstone (5-5) at No. 2 Monrovia (8-2) — Monrovia
Quarterfinals
Azusa over Rosemead
Covina over Whittier Christian
San Dimas over Maranatha
Monrovia over Schurr
Semifinals
Azusa over Covina
Monrovia over San Dimas
Championship
Monrovia over Azusa

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Today’s pairings story: Two local teams rode strong regular seasons to No. 1 seeds when the CIF-Southern Section office released football playoff pairings on Sunday morning. Undefeated Azusa (10-0) was given the No. 1 seed in the Mid-Valley Division. The Aztecs will host Village Christian (6-4) on Friday night at Citrus College.

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 (167-50); Ramirez (162-55).


Last week: I lead Steve by five after the regular season. We both had a so-so week, both missing on Alemany over Bishop Amat and Claremont over Damien. I got him taking Charter Oak over South Hills and Baldwin Park over Northview, but he got me right back taking Bonita over Diamond Ranch and Rosemead over El Monte — two games I shouldn’t of missed, but oh well.

This week: Finally, the playoffs have arrived and the game that sticks out like a sore thumb is San Dimas at Arroyo. As much as I lover the heart of a defending champion, I’m going with Arroyo because they’re at home, QB Steven Rivera hasn’t lost as a starter this year, and I don’t agree with Aram suggesting maybe they should have tanked a game to avoid San Dimas. If you’re a player, you want the challenge. You have to go through everyone anyway, might as well get it over with in round one. Knights coach Jim Singiser will have them ready — he has too. For whatever reason, it feels like the night San Dimas went to Rosemead in 2008 and got smacked. It won’t go down exactly like that, but watch how the Knights rise to the occasion in their first real step-up game with the talented junior at QB. I found it interesting that Amat is only a 28-21 CalPreps projection winner over Tesoro. Those looking at the second round should stop right there, Tesoro’s one of those “on any given Friday” dangerous teams. One week they’re whipping South Hills 59-6 and the next they’re losing to Chino Hills. They lost two straight entering the playoffs, one a 30-7 loss to power Mission Viejo. The good news is Tesoro doesn’t throw the ball around the park like Alemany did, they mix it up, which plays into Amat’s hands and at home, where they haven’t lost in three years, no way I’m going against the Lancers. Azusa is a 15-point favorite over Village Christian, but more importantly, if the Aztecs are a real contender, and I think they’re, the top seed must take care of business. You don’t allow just 30 points all season and lose in round one. I’m on the Aztecs bandwagon, they will get it done. Bonita is a 48-3 calpreps projection winner over California — take that to the bank. Finally, those going fishing absolutely and without question are Charter Oak, Gladstone and Diamond Ranch, just think their opponents are too tough on the road. West Covina and Covina are slam dunks and those with the potential for upsets include La Puente over Mayfair, and Walnut over La Serna, though I picked both to lose.

Friday’s games and predictions
San Dimas at Arroyo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (San Dimas)
Tesoro at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (BAmat)
Village Christian at Azusa 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
La Canada at Covina, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Charter Oak at Vista Murrieta, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (VMurrieta); Ramirez (VMurrieta)
California at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Ramirez (Bonita)
Bellflower at West Covina, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Diamond Ranch at Mayfair. 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mayfair); Ramirez (Mayfair)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Walnut at La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Ramirez (La Serna)
La Puente at Maranatha, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Ramirez (Maranatha)
Baldwin Park at Schurr, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (Schurr)
Gladstone at Monrovia, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Monrovia)
Corona at Chino Hills, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (CHills)
Claremont at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m. Robledo (Roosevelt); Ramirez (Roosevelt)

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