Aram gives Bishop Amat football a B grade

The emergence of Jalen Moore at running back and Nine at quarterback as two of the top performers in the Serra League was nice, considering the Lancers were replacing their top QB, RB and WRs from last season. Amat averaged 35 points per game this season. Those numbers helped Colonel Hagerty’s boys march to a 9-0 record and had Robledo and the Amat nation mapping out trip routes to Mission Viejo. It was an exciting first nine weeks (10 actually).

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Girls Soccer; Walnut, Glendora will have to wait

Mother nature was too much for the all-weather surface again. The championship of the Walnut girls soccer tournament was postponed tonight, negating an intriguing match-up between host Walnut (3-2) and Glendora (6-1-1). Just as well, you want to watch this in better conditions. Mustangs coach Lorraine Hansen said they’re working on a reschedule date. Glendora has been dominant in the tourney, outscoring their opponents 18-1 behind junior scorers Amie Jepsen (11 goals, 6 assiss) and Ally Wilson (7 goals, 15 assists).

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Aram weighs in on championship weekend, saying “Centennial coaching staff blows it,” to “Southern Section football (is really bad).”

Once again, Aram didn’t mince words after watching this weekends state football championships from his cushy couch, which is how most of us enjoyed it while the rain continued to pour at Home Depot Center.

Aram’s analysis on Centennial straight to the point: The Corona Centennial coaching staff, whose biggest clutch decision this year has been what time to get off the bus, blew it on Friday night at the worst possible time.

Aram, tell us what you really think? Yes, I know, Southern Section football sucks. It really does right now. No two ways about it. Do I love it? Yes. But as a whole, the Southland is going through a rut in terms of talent and it showed over the weekend. Our all-everything offensive juggernaut Corona Centennial got held to 13 points, for crying out loud.

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Mike Scioscia showing once again he’s a class act, spends almost two hours at South Hills

You know what’s great about this news, I didn’t hear about it until today. I didn’t hear a word from from the Angels or South Hills promoting the fact that Angels manager Mike Scioscia visited South Hills last week for an impromptu coaching lesson that was set up by former Mt. SAC coaching legend Art Mazmanian, who has been helping Huskies coach Kevin Smith in recent years. Scioscia was there to work with junior catcher C.J. Saylor, one of the best age-group catchers in the country. He worked with Saylor for about 45 minutes, then when sixth period began and the rest of the team started crowding around Scioscia asked Smith if he could speak to the rest of the team, and continued on for another 45 minutes. That’s my kind of guy.

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With Damien’s Greg Gano moving to La Verne, his daughter Courtney could end up at Bonita

With so many speculative comments on Los Altos softball standout Courtney Gano’s expected transfer from Los Altos to Bonita at semester, this is what I can share with you to clear the air. Her father, Greg Gano, also the coach of Damien High School’s football team, is in the process of moving. He is finishing up the sale of his house in West Covina and is moving to La Verne by the beginning of February, according to Gano. Courtney Gano, who already has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Washington, is still at Los Altos and will decide along with her father whether to enroll at Bonita or continue making the long trek across town to Los Altos once the move is finalized.

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Saturday night roundup: Damien holds off Amat; Bonita falls at La Canada; Amat girls beat Sonora

West Covina boys basketball championship
Damien 69, Bishop Amat 62
Damien High School held on late to defeat Bishop Amat, 69-62, for its second straight West Covina boys basketball tournament title.

La Canada boys basketball championship
La Canada 63, Bonita 51
La Caada High School’s early 15-point lead had dwindled to three points late in the third quarter against visiting Bonita in the championship game of the 20th annual La Caada Holiday Classic on Saturday night.

Arroyo girls basketball championship
Bishop Amat 45, Sonora 33
Sparked by a 15-point performance by Leticia Galarza, which included three 3-pointers, the Bishop Amat girls basketball team defeated Sonora, 45-33, to claim the 16th annual Christmas Classic Tournament title at Arroyo High School on Saturday night.

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Covina fends off Chino for tourney title

By Tyler Drohan, Correspondent
In a game of runs, an early spurt propelled the Covina boys basketball team to the Azusa Tournament championship with a 59-53 victory over Chino on Friday.
With a tenuous three-point lead, junior Nino Harrell hit a critical 3-pointer to push the Covina advantage to 55-49 with 36 seconds to play in the game. Up to that point, Chino had staged a furious 21-5 run that had the Cowboys as close as they had been since late in the first quarter. Chino trailed 57-53 but missed a late attempt, and Covina (7-3) senior Kyle Chiu made a layup as time expired. (to continue, click thread)


Above: Covina’s Mike Peters driving for two

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Schools that need new stadiums for Christmas


Los Altos girls soccer coach Chris Reeder complaining about the field conditions again … at least I think that’s what he’s complaining about.

1. Los Altos – The worst field in the Valley, especially after it rains. If it wasn’t for the colorful blue and red stands, it would be a complete mess. It’s just old, even the lights are in a bad spot. It reminds me of the old Edgewood high field we use to play on, rock hard in the winter with more uneven surfaces than the moon.
2. Wilson — Is there a pattern here? The Wildcats’ field might be worse than Los Altos, but the stadium gives it an edge over its rival. You know, there was once a deal in place that after La Puente got its new field turf surface that Los Altos and Wilson would soon follow. When, In 2020?
3. Mountain View — More of a problem for its futbol team than its football team. You can’t have one of the best boys soccer teams this century playing on that gigantic crown they call a field. A few years ago they almost had a playoff game postponed because they had to fill in a sand pit that runs along the sideline. Terrible. And by the way, Mountain View beat super power Salesian in soccer recently, so give it up for that.
4. Bishop Amat: Nobody is complaining about the charm of Kiefer or the intimacy it provides for its fans, but at some point the turf situation needs to be addressed. They’re still snickering about the mid-week sprinkler debacle that left their field in a pool of water the week of the Tesoro playoff game … I’m just saying.
5. Covina District Field - Now let me get this straight, you have three schools, Northview, South Hills and Covina all sharing the same stadium and you’re still using grass. There is still dirt in the parking lot. You would think if Baldwin Park could deliver two beautiful stadiums for Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park HS, that Covina could build one state of the art facility at Covina District for three high schools, right?

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Mater Dei challenging “athletically motivated” transfer rule … the result could affect everyone

From the L.A. Times: An amended complaint filed this week in Orange County Superior Court by lawyers for Santa Ana Mater Dei and the Diocese of Orange challenges the enforcement of a controversial CIF rule adopted in 2009 regarding “athleticially motivated” transfers, alleging that the Southern Section has been using the rule to discriminate against Mater Dei athletes.
“In blunt terms, the lawyers charge that the Southern Section “consistently, intentionally and systematically has engaged in arbitrary actions against Mater Dei by issuing and enforcing unsupported and erroneous findings and rulings relating to eligibility of students athletes at Mater Dei.”

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