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

Top Bracket

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

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
Azusa over Rosemead
Covina over Whittier Christian
San Dimas over Maranatha
Monrovia over Schurr
Azusa over Covina
Monrovia over San Dimas
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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Duarte boys basketball coach Wil White said he was fired; principal Barba says he quit

The beat goes on at Duarte High School where boys basketball coach Wil White called this morning to say he was fired, disputing principal Eric Barba’s assertion that he quit. White’s credentials are strong, he was head women’s coach at East L.A. College, San Bernardino College and coached the boys basketball team at Blair prior to joining the Falcons last year, where they won three games, which actually was an improvement from previous years. White was about to begin his second season in a couple weeks, but according to White, he had a disagreement with principal Eric Barba and the two parted ways. “I just want people to know that coach White didn’t walk out, I love the kids, I love the community, and I am confident we were getting close to turning the corner. Without going into everything, I was let go and not happy with the reasons or the way he (Barba) spoke with me. I spend way too much money taking these kids around and putting in my time to be demeaned for a $1,500 stipend. I felt I had to put that out there.”
Principal Barba sent an email in response. I won’t share all of it, but his message was clear. Here it is. Wil White was called in Friday, November 5th to discuss an issue. Within 5 minutes of the meeting he took his school keys off his key chain and put them on my desk mumbling nonsense. I have no doubt he cares for the young men on the team but you can’t quit on your team weeks before the season starts. We had to quickly come up with plan B coaching wise. Luckily we had several great applicants last year. We will announce a new coach soon. Had Wil White called me or the athletic director that first weekend after he quit we would have been able to work something out. No one wants to replace a coach this close to the start of the season.

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CIF Football Pairings: Bishop Amat happy with a No. 4 seed, will be home against Tesoro; San Dimas and Arroyo meet in Mid-Valley first round; No. 1 West Covina home against Bellflower

Click here to view the CIF-Southern Section Football pairings sheets.

Southeast and Mid-Valley breakdown: For more on pairings day, check out Aram’s In the Huddle Blog.

Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty on Lancers’ No. 4 seed.

Pac-5 Division
Top Bracket

LB Wilson (Moore 4) at No. 1 Mission Viejo
Edison (Sunset 2) at Santa Margarita (Trinity 2)
Mater Dei (Trinity 3) at LB Poly (Moore 1)
Tesoro (South Coast 3) at No. 4 Bishop Amat (Serra 2)
Bottom Bracket
Newport Harbor (Sunset 3) at No. 3 Alemany (Serra 1)
San Clemente (South Coast 2) at Lakewood (Moore 2)
Crespi (Serra 3) at Los Alamitos (Sunset 1)
L.B. Jordan (Moore 3) at No. 2 Servite (Trinity 1)

Note: Amat lost the coin flip and will be on the road should it reach the second round.

Southeast Division
Top Bracket

Bellflower (Suburban 4) at No. 1 West Covina (Hacienda 1)
Burbank (Pacific 3) at Santa Fe (Del Rio 2)
Diamond Ranch (Hacienda 3) at Mayfair (Suburban 2)
El Rancho (Del Rio at large) at No. 4 Burroughs (Pacific 1)
Bottom Bracket
Muir (Pacific 4) at No. 3 La Mirada (Suburban 1)
California (Del Rio 3) at Bonita (Hacienda 2)
Norwalk (Suburban 3) at Arcadia (Pacific 2)
Walnut (Hacienda 4) at No. 2 La Serna (Del Rio 1)

Mid-Valley Division
Top Bracket
Village Christian (Olympic at-large) at No. 1 Azusa (Montview 1)
Temple City (Rio Hondo 2) at Rosemead (MVL 2)
Bell Gardens ( Almont 2) at Whittier Christian (Olympic 1)
La Canada (Rio Hondo at large) at No. 4 Covina (Valle Vista 1)
Bottom Bracket
San Dimas (Valle Vista at-large) at No. 3 Arroyo (Mission Valley 1)
La Puente (Montview 2) at Maranatha (Olympic 2)
Baldwin Park (Valle Vista 2) at Schurr (Almont 1)
Gladstone (Montview at large) at No. 2 Monrovia (Rio Hondo 1)

Inland Division:
Top Bracket
Yucaipa (Citrus Belt 3) at No. 1 Corona Centennial (Big VIII No. 1)
Chaparral (Southwestern 2) at Upland (Baseline 2)
Etiwanda (Baseline 3) at Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt 1)
Corona (Big VIII 4) at No. 4 Chino Hills (Sierra 1)
Bottom Bracket
Murrieta Valley (Southwestern 3) at Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline 1)
Claremont (No. 2) at Roosevelt (Big VIII 2)
Norco (Big VIII 3) at Redlands (Citrus Belt 2)
Charter Oak (Sierra 3) at Vista Murrieta (Southwestern 1)

CIF-SS assistant commissioner Rob Wigod explains how Amat got the No. 4 seed.

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Area Colleges: APU is going dancing; Mt. SAC seeded No. 1 in SoCal Regionals

Breaking News: The Azusa Pacific University football team, which was 6-3 in the regular season, received an at-large bid to NAIA championship tournament and will face No. 2 seed Carroll, of Helena, Mont. The Cougars are in the postseason for the first since 2005.
CCCAA: The SoCal Regional brackets are out, and Mt. SAC, as expected, received the No. 1 seed. The Mounties will host No. 4 seed Bakersfield, which it defeated earlier this season, in the National Bowl at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Saturday at 6 p.m. Cerritos is the No. 3 seed, and will travel to No. 2 Saddleback in the Southern California Bowl. The winners meet on Nov. 27 for the SoCal Regional finals, with the CCCAA championship game scheduled for Dec. 11 at the regional champion.

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CIF Girls Volleyball playoffs: Chino Hills, St. Lucy’s will dance in the semifinals; Clock Strikes Midnight for San Dimas, Diamond Bar and Bonita

Saturday’s Quarterfinal Results
Division 2AA

St. Lucy’s def. South Torrance, 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 – Regents get La Salle on the road in the semifinals.
Chino Hills def. Riverside Poly, 25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21. – The Huskies catch break with 2AA top seed La Canada losing to Oaks Christian, which Chino Hills faces on Tuesday.
Division 2A
Palm Springs def. Bonita, 13-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17.
Troy def. Diamond Bar 25-19, 25-18, 25-14.
Division 3A
Windward def. San Dimas 25-16, 25-8, 25-16.

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Sunday’s playoff pairings set the table for the magical four weeks that follow

You can access the CIF-SS playoff brackets on the Section website during the following times listed below Sunday. I will post the brackets later that afternoon, but between now and then, discuss it all you want. Who gets the four Mid-Valley wild card berths? How far will Bishop Amat fall and will they get a first round home game, which is a 50-50 proposition now? With so many fans on pins and needles, remember what the Guru predicted in his mock draft. He had the Amat-Alemany loser facing the Santa Margarita-Mater Dei winner in the first round. Santa Margarita won 17-7. Guess we’ll find out if he’s right tomorrow. Where will they send Charter Oak? Did Bonita do enough to give the Hacienda two top four seeds along with giant West Covina? And for our own silly purposes, is there a new No. 1 in Tuesday’s final regular season Trib poll?

Sunday’s pairings times
At large
: The at-large wild card berths for all divisions posted at 10 a.m.

Inland Division: Santiago High School, 10 a.m.
Mid-Valley Division: Covina High School, 10 a.m.
Pac-5 Division: CIF Section office, 11 a.m.
Southeast Division: CIF Section office, Noon

Amat, Alemany raw footage

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat falls after stunning first-half ending, CO goes OT to beat South Hills, Damien stuns Claremont, but Sierra playoff teams are Chino Hills, Claremont and CO. Baldwin Park wraps up 2nd in Valle Vista

Bishop Amat game story: In the final moments of Alemany’s 38-30 Serra League-clinching victory over Bishop Amat on Friday, Lancers receiver Wallace Gonzalez looked up and down the sideline and told everyone to come back with motivation on Monday.
The Lancers need it, their undefeated record gone, their possible top-four seed in Sunday’s Pac-5 Division draw gone, and possibly a home game in the first round of next week’s playoffs as well – all perks that belong to the Warriors, who won the battle of the unbeatens to improve to 10-0 and 5-0. (to continue click thread)

Tonight’s scores
Alemany 38, Bishop Amat 30 — The Lancers led 17-14 after scoring with 50 seconds left in the first half, but Alemany scored TWICE in the final 44 seconds to take a 28-17 lead at the break and never trailed again. Jalen Moore rushed for 111 yards and four TDs, but the Lancers’ hopes of an undefeated season came crashing down in Mission Hills. Bishop Amat’s defense, which has been a rock this season, was unable to contain Alemany.
Charter Oak 34, South Hills 31, OT — Travis Santiago passed for 285 yards, including some big completions to Dennis Rufus in the fourth quarter to setup Kurt Scoby’s winning TD in overtime. The Chargers, with the Sierra League’s tie-breaker system, lost the tiebreaker to Claremont for second, but held the head-to-head advantage against Damien, to get the league’s final playoff spot.
Damien 31, Claremont 27 — Damien rallied to defeat Claremont and finished in a three-way tie for second with the Wolfpack and Charter Oak, but lost a series of tiebreakers.
West Covina 58, Diamond Bar 20 — The Bulldogs look ready for a postseason run after another convincing win.
Bonita 38, Diamond Ranch 10 — Did the Bearcats earn a top-four seed in the Southeast Division? I guess we find out Sunday.
Walnut 35, Los Altos 14 — Walnut earns a playoff bid with the victory.
Rosemead 42, El Monte 29 — Ground Koffler was too much for the Lions. Rosemead clinched a playoff spot with the win.
Gabrielino 28, South El Monte 13 — Gabrielino wins the battle of the Eagles.
Arroyo 42, Mountain View 24 — The Knights complete their run through the Mission Valley. Playoffs are next.
Azusa 42, Gladstone 0 — The Aztecs complete an undefeated regular season. Can they go 14-0?
Baldwin Park 45, Northview 14 — The Braves clinch second place and a playoff bid with the win, while also ending Northview’s season. The game also effected San Dimas, which will not need to receive an at-large bid to the Mid-Valley playoffs. Will they get it?

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Thursday Final: Rancho Cucamonga rallies past Glendora 42-28, San Dimas delivers playoff-making statement; Chino Hills clinches share of Sierra

The Inland Insider was at Chino Hills’ win over Ayala. Let’s hope QB Caleb Carrillo is alright. He was injured and taken away by helicopter. When we learn more, we will share it with you.

Tonight’s results
Rancho Cucamonga 42, Glendora 28 — The Tartans jumped to a 21-7 lead but couldn’t hold on, falling to the Baseline League champs to end their season.
San Dimas 49, Wilson 9 — The Saints rebounded from last week’s stinging loss to Covina. If Baldwin Park beats Northview Friday the Saints finish third, but they surely have the resume to earn one of the four Mid-Valley playoff berths.
Chino Hills 36, Ayala 8 — The Huskies wrap-up at least a share of the Sierra League title in a game that was delayed after Bulldogs quarterback Caleb Carrillo was injured. A helicopter was summoned and the game resumed later. Let’s pray he’s ok.

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Girls Volleyball Fabulous Five: Bonita, St. Lucy’s, Chino Hills, San Dimas and Diamond Bar all advance, reach CIF-SS divisional elite eight

Division 2AA

Riverside Poly at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
South Torrance at St. Lucy’s, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Diamond Bar at Troy, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Palm Springs, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
San Dimas at Windward, 7 p.m.
Note: If you plan on attending I suggest you check with the school’s for game time. All schools are supposed to play at 7 p.m., but if the schools agree to switch the times, they can.

It’s down the Fabulous Five for the area girls volleyball teams as Bonita, St. Lucy’s, Chino Hills, San Dimas and Diamond Bar — yes the Brahmas — all advanced to the quarterfinals. Northview, Walnut, Azusa and Los Altos saw their season’s end.
Here’s a brief rundown of Thursday’s results:

St. Lucy’s 3, St. Joseph/Lakewood 1
— Alissa Young had 15 kills and Jasmine Warmington 13 and the visiting Regents advanced to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive season by beating the Jesters, 25-17, 24-26, 25-17, 25-18. St. Lucy’s improved to 26-9 and will face either Tesoro or South Torrance in the quarterfinals. Arianna Sifuentes also had 25 digs, with Megan Callen getting six blocks for the Regents.
Chino Hills 3, Santiago/Corona 0 — Carly Shockey had 11 kills and four aces to lead the visiting Huskies to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-19 victory. Chino Hills, the No. 4 seed, also received eight kills from Katie Morley and 18 digs from Heather Trueman to improve to 28-4. The Huskies will face either Riverside Poly or El Segundo on Saturday.
Bonita 3, La Habra 0 —
Bonita High School, hoping to win its first CIF-Southern Section girls volleyball title after losing in the finals last season, got off to a solid start on Thursday. Outside hitter Katie Kirby had 15 kills and Victoria Dennis had 12 and the host Bearcats opened the Division 2A playoffs by cruising to a 25-11, 25-20, 25-9 victory over La Habra in a second-round match. Bonita, which had a first-round bye, won for the 11th time in 12 matches and improved to 22-4. The Bearcats travel to Palm Springs in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Ashley Maxfeldt also had 33 assists and three aces for No. 2-seeded Bonita, which went undefeated in winning the Hacienda League. Bonita, also getting four blocks from Dennis, lost to league rival Los Altos in the 3AA finals last season.
Diamond Bar 3, Burroughs 0 — Kathleen Torres had 18 kills and Rachel Scott seven blocks as the host Brahmas advanced to the quarterfinals with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 victory. Diamond Bar (14-9), also getting four aces from Eyanna Shubin, will travel to top-seeded Troy on Saturday. Burroughs finished 13-9.
Whittier Chr. 3, Los Altos 1 — Hannah Nabbout had 18 kills and 11 digs and the Heralds ended the host Conquerors’ season. Los Altos, which won its first CIF-SS title last year by beating Bonita, finished 18-6.
Downey 3, Walnut 2 — Heather Schnars had 18 kills and Makayla Taylor had 14 and the visiting Vikings rallied to beat the Mustangs, 23-25, 25-15, 15-25, 25-23, 15-2. Walnut finished 13-13.
San Dimas 3, La Quinta/Westminster 1 — Kaileen Mejia and Yamani Wallace had seven blocks each and the No. 2 seeded Saints reached the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year by rallying for a 21-25, 25-19, 25-9, 25-21 victory over the host Aztecs. San Dimas (22-4) will face either Winward or Arrowhead Christian in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Fairmont Prep 3, Azusa 0 —
Payel Patel had nine kills and the host Huskies beat the Aztecs, 25-21, 25-14, 25-17. Azusa finished 16-3.

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What Alemany thinks of Bishop Amat

“That receiver is just a monster, and the quarterback has a cannon for an arm. He’s got one of the strongest arms I’ve seen, and (Gonzalez), even if we have good coverage on him, he can still catch the ball, and that’s a little scary.”Alemany coach Dean Herrington on Bishop Amat QB Rio Ruiz and WR Wallace Gonzalez.

There is nothing like the anticipation of two 9-0 teams going into the final week, except for, well, 13-0 teams going into the title game. In any case, the Daily News caught up with Alemany coach Dean Herrington, who weighed in.

Alemany’s been doing a lot of this all season …

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