This year’s Tribune all-area football and all-emcompassing San Gabriel Valley team to be published in TribXtra magazine

We’re in the process of selecting the 2010 Tribune All-Area football team, which includes player and coach of the year and the top 25 position players, but there will be a twist, it will not be published in the newspaper. Instead, we’re publishing the all-area team in our TribXtra magazine that will run the first week of January and be available to all subscribers and those who wish to buy a copy from the racks or in our office at the Tribune. The magazine will include a first-ever prestigious San Gabriel Valley all-encompassing top 25 football players selected from the Tribune and Star-News coverage areas. The best part, however, is we will still honor and picture traditional all-area teams from the Tribune and Star-News. Essentially, what you have is three teams, the All-Encompassing all-area and the Tribune and Star-News all-area selections all in one magazine, which includes coach and player of the year from each area. There is not “one” player of the year from each area, instead, the cover will feature the player of the year from the Star-News and Tribune. With more space to work with, we also will select for the first time offensive and defensive players of the year, one each from the Star-News and Tribune coverage areas. It’s a huge project and a lot of fun, but we think the players, fans and families will enjoy it. When I get a firm publication date, I will pass it along.

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Monday Boxscores: Tyler Hill scores 24 in Amat’s 62-40 win over South El Monte in Arroyo tourney

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to scores@sgvn.com. For Monday’s, click thread.
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Covina Girls Basketball tourney results and schedule; quarterfinals on Wednesday

Monday’s results
Northview 42, Don Lugo 38
Roosevelt 74, Charter Oak 11
West Covina 58, Alta Loma 38
Bishop Amat 67, El Rancho 38
Tuesday’s games
At Covina HS
Chaffey vs. Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Rowland, 5 p.m.
Eastside vs. Valley Christian, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills vs. Covina, 8 p.m.
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
At Northview High School

West Covina vs. Roosevelt, 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Northview, 8 p.m.
At Covina High School
Chaffey/Bonita winner vs. South Hills/Covina winner, 3:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista/Rowland winner vs. Eastside/Valley Christian winner

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Southeast title at Walnut HS, 7 p.m., Friday

1:40 p.m. update: The game will be at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. on Friday. Bonita considered hosting the game at home, but the cost of bringing in extra bleachers combined with more than 50 percent of the gate going to CIF made it difficult to do financially.
8:30 a.m : I spoke with Bonita coach Eric Podley this morning before the Bearcats headed to Long Beach for the championship luncheon and he said Walnut High School is looking like the strongest possibility for Friday’s championship venue against top-seed West Covina. They hope to have Walnut locked in by the end of the day.

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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 (5-1); Ramirez (4-2).
Season: Robledo (194-56); Ramirez (188-62).

Last week: Steve tried to make a run at me but I went 5-for-6, missing, you guessed it, taking La Serna over Bonita. Steve picked Bonita correctly, but missed taking San Dimas over Monrovia and Village Christian over Western Christian. So, for the second year in a row, Stevie owes me lunch.

This week: There is only one game left to pick, but I would like to point out if you go back to my pre-playoff division predictions I almost nailed it. I called Bonita-West Covina in the championship game of the Southeast. Called Mission Viejo and Servite in the final of the Pac-5. Called Corona Centennial and Vista Murrieta in the final of the Inland? And picked Monrovia in the Mid-Valley title game, though I had them playing Azusa not Whittier Christian. In any case, you probably figured I was taking West Covina in Friday’s Southeast championship. I’ll explain more on the two-minute drill later in the week, but Bonita hasn’t done anything in the playoffs that would make me switch, though I do think it will be a much, much closer game than West Covina’s 55-21 win earlier this year. West Covina will not play that good the same night Bonita plays that bad. Not again. Believe me, this game will be tight in the fourth quarter.

This week’s games and predictions
CIF-SS Southeast Championship

Friday’s game
West Covina vs. Bonita at TBA, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Ramirez (West Covina)

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Hoops Tournaments: 53rd annual Arroyo boys invitational; Covina and Duarte girls tournaments all begin tonight

Great local basketball this week, Bishop Amat, Los Altos, Walnut and West Covina all in the Arroyo boys basketball tournament. The Covina girls tournament looks great too. I’m making an easy prediction right now that Bishop Amat will face Bonita in the championship on Saturday night.

Boys Basketball
Arroyo Invitational
Monday Night’s opening games
Top Bracket @ South El Monte HS

Bishop Amat vs. South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Los Altos, 4:30 p.m.
Wilson vs. Montclair, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. La Puente, 7:30 p.m.
Bottom Bracket @ Arroyo HS
Keppel vs. Baldwin Park, 3 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Walnut, 4:30 p.m.
California vs. Arroyo, 6 p.m.
West Covina vs. Alta Loma, 7:30 p.m.
Note: Loser’s bracket second round is on Tuesday, winners bracket second round all at Arroyo continues on Wednesday. This is a bracket tournament.

Girls Basketball
Covina Classic
Monday’s games at Covina HS

Don Lugo vs. Northview, 3:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Roosevelt, 5 p.m.
West Covina vs. Alta Loma, 6 p.m.
El Rancho vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.
Tuesday’s games at Covina HS
Chaffey vs. Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Rowland, 5 p.m.
Eastside vs. Valley Christian, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills vs. Covina 8 p.m.

Duarte High School
Ella Hudson Girls Classic
Monday’s round robin

Montclair vs. South El Monte, 3 p.m.
Glendora vs. Montclair Prep, 4:30 p.m.
Tustin vs. Keppel, 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s round robin
Duarte vs. Keppel, 3 p.m.
South El Monte vs. Glendale, 4:30 p.m.
Montclair Prep vs. Montclair, 6 p.m.
El Monte vs. Tustin, 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday Tribbin: Bonita gets home game against West Covina, where should they host it? Citrus, Mt. SAC not options

Aram Column: Aram spent the first half at Bonita-La Serna and the second half at San Dimas-Bonita … wrote Aram, “If you would have told me back in September that on a cold December night I’d be splitting time between Bonita and San Dimas watching both play for a shot at a 14th game, I would’ve told you to stop smoking your newspaper.”

Breaking News: Aram talked to Bonita coach Eric Podley who said Citrus and Mt. SAC are not options. Apparently, Bonita is shopping for venues as I’m typing this. Looks like Walnut and Damien are options.

Bonita has the home game in the rematch against West Covina. If I could drive almost two hours to watch Rosemead play at Paraclete H.S. in a December championship (2008), why shouldn’t Bonita ask for a home game too? I thought Diamond Ranch buckled last year when they could have hosted the game at Ganesha instead of playing at Ayala. The year Diamond Ranch hosted the game at Mt. SAC, which was Charter Oak’s preference even though the Panthers had the home game. If Bonita could host a Smudge Pot, they could host a title game. I’m guessing West Covina will want Mt. SAC or Citrus, stay tuned. On Monday, we’re following the teams to Long Beach for the championships luncheon.

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Saturday Final: Bonita takes care of La Serna, sets up rematch with West Covina in Southeast final; San Dimas’ six turnovers and Monrovia’s Nick Bueno too much, Cats win 47-14

Southeast Division Semifinal
Bonita 21, La Serna 16
The Bonita High School football team etched its name in the history of the program on Saturday in more ways than one, coach Eric Podley said. “Ugliest win in the history of Bearcats football,” Podley said, “but we’ll take it.”

Mid-Valley Division Semifinal
Monrovia 47, San Dimas 14
Monrovia’s determination was too much for the Saints to overcome, plus the Saints hurt themselves with six turnovers. Still, Monrovia was just better. Quarterback Nick Bueno completed 12 of 22 for 204 yards, rushed for two scores and threw for a score. Christian Blanco was big too, carrying 21 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Jay Henderson had eight catches for 157 yards. The Cats advance to their tenth championship appearance against Whittier Christian on Saturday. For the Saints, QB Shawn Kennedy was 7 of 15 for 82 yards with two INTs. Jordan Taylor rushed for 46 yards.

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Boys Basketball: Nick Colletta drops in 30 as Glendora beats Rowland to claim Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tournament

By John Honell, Correspondent
Glendora High School’s boys basketball team finally found its shooting eye and dominated the boards Saturday, defeating Rowland 63-45 to win the Baldwin Park-Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament. The Tartans (5-0) hit four of seven 3-point shots in the first half and shot 50 percent from the field. “We started to compete in the second half (Friday) night against Diamond Bar,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “We carried it over to tonight. When you’re shooting the ball pretty good, you start to get a real confidence about you, and everything gets easier.”

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: West Covina’s late stand leads to 28-19 win over Mayfair and a title appearance; Chino Hills hangs with state’s top-ranked team, but falls in the end

Friday’s Results
Southeast Division semifinals
West Covina 28, Mayfair 19
– Bulldogs advance to next week’s Southeast championship, either at La Serna or Bonita. With the Bulldogs up 21-19, Mayfair’s Stephan Uribe popped up a 24-yard, go-ahead field goal and kicked it short with just over five minutes minutes left. The Bulldogs then drove 80 yards and clinched it on a George Johnson 14-yard TD run. For a team that hasn’t been in a tight game in months, you have to love how they dealt with adversity and got it done. That’s more impressive than another blowout.

Inland Division semifinals
Corona Centennial 42, Chino Hills 23
– What if, what if, what it … that’s how a lot of Chino Hills folks will feel about this. The three on-side kicks? The end of first half disaster, reminiscent of the way Amat unfolded at Alemany. But you found your answer, Chino Hills not only could play with this team, they could have beaten them too, giving the state’s top-ranked team their toughest game of the season. Chino Hills played absolutely flawless, scoring to go-ahead 10-7 with 1:25 left until half when an on-side kick and a quick three-and-out allowed Centennial to score 14 points to close the half, the second coming on a breathtaking finish by QB Michael Eubank, throwing a touchdown as time expired after scrambling away from trouble. Just like that, Chino Hills was down 21-10. They fought back again, closing the gap to 28-23 with 11 minutes left but by that time, Centennial had an answer, closing the show with big plays in the fourth quarter. The 42 points were the fewest Centennial has scored all year and the 23 they gave up matched the most all season too. Eubank threw for 205 yards and rushed for 122 more. RB Barrington Collins rushed for three touchdowns and 64 yards.

Mid-Valley result: Whittier Christian 43, Village Christian 42, OT

The Inland Insider with highlights and interviews from Corona Centennial’s victory over Chino Hills

LIVE BLOGGING: A Coveritlive special tonight co-hosted by Mike “The Cousin” Robledo and myself. I will be live blogging from Chino Hills-Centennial and Mike will be doing the same from West Covina-Mayfair. Just click on the thread and follow the action.

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Championship venue coin flips …

CIF-Southern Section championship venue hosts for the Inland, Southeast and Mid-Valley football divisions already have been taken after coin-flips earlier in the week. Hosts can play the game at home if they can prove their stadium is capable of hosting a title or at a nearby facility. In the Southeast, Bonita would be at home against West Covina or Mayfair and West Covina would be the road team for Bonita or La Serna. In the Mid-Valley, San Dimas is home against Village Christian and on the road against Whittier Christian. Monrovia is home no matter what. In the Inland, Chino Hills would be home against Vista and on the road against Rancho Cucamonga. The Southeast and Inland championships are Friday, the Mid-Valley is on Saturday.

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Thursday Boxscores: Bishop Amat girls soccer wins Artesia tournament; Semifinals set for Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista boys hoops tourney

Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista Tournament
Boys Basketball
Tonight’s semifinals

Rowland vs. Covina at Sierra Vista HS, 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Glendora, 7:30 p.m., at Baldwin Park, HS, 7:30 p.m.
Championship: 8:30 p.m., Baldwin Park HS.

Bishop Amat: The Lancers girls soccer team defeated Kennedy 4-0 to capture the Artestia Tournament and improve to 5-0. Chelsea Villegas, Yazmin Montoya, Selena Quazaza and Joni Gener all scored for the Lancers.

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Girls Soccer Preview: Bishop Amat, Los Altos and Walnut ready for another roller-coaster ride

Impact Players: Bishop Amat High School’s April Juarez (left) with Los Altos High School’s Tara Cofer (center) and Walnut High School’s Amber Marani (right).

By Fred J. Robledo
The wealth of girls soccer talent is spread throughout the East San Gabriel Valley, which was proved again last season. Sierra Vista won a CIF-Southern Section Division 7 title for the school’s first-ever team sports championship. Bishop Amat and Los Altos advanced to the Division 4 semifinals, losing heartbreakers and spoiling the anticipation of a rematch after tying in a non-league game earlier in the season. Walnut, St. Lucy’s and Glendora always have been perennial threats, but have suffered competing in tough playoff divisions. (To read the rest of the girls soccer top ten, click thread)

SGVN Girls Soccer pre-season top ten
Team, (2009-10 record)

1. Bishop Amat (27-1-2)
2. Walnut (14-3-4)
3. Los Altos (25-2-2)
4. Ayala (15-9-2)
5. St. Lucy’s (12-10-3)
6. Glendora (11-11-3)
7. San Dimas (16-4-2)
8. Bonita (11-8-3)
9. South Hills (11-9-1)
10. Sierra Vista (24-4-1)

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La Verne Lutheran’s Xavier Jones in hospital and may not play basketball again, but he’s thankful to be living and for having a coach who knew CPR

Xavier Jones collapsed during a Thanksgiving-eve practice and was revived by the quick thinking of head coach Eric Cooper. Jones has been diagnosed with a similar heart condition that killed Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers, who collapsed during a game after a dunk in 1990. Fortunately, Jones is alert and feeling better at Pomona Valley hospital, where his family and doctors are mapping out his road to recovery.


Above: La Verne Lutheran basketball player Xavier Jones, 17, recovers after collapsing and going into a coma last week during basketball practice. He is being visited by his dad David Jones, center, and basketball head coach Eric Cooper at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

By Bethania Palma Markus, Staff Writer
Quick thinking by a coach meant a high school basketball stand-out and his family had his life to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
Last Wednesday, senior forward Xavier Jones, 17, collapsed during practice for the champion La Verne Lutheran basketball team. But head coach Eric Cooper reacted immediately and was able to revive the athlete. “He saved his life,” father David Jones said of Cooper. The coach said he happened to be especially prepared to deal with the emergency. By chance, he had gone through a CPR tutorial application on his iPhone the night before the incident, he said. (To continue, click thread).

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Wednesday’s Boxscores: Nick Colletta drops in 25 in Glendora win; Sierra Vista beats rival Baldwin Park; Bishop Amat, Los Altos girls soccer win

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to scores@sgvn.com. For Wednesday’s results, click thread.
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Bonita cautiously optimistic facing La Serna

“I think they haven’t seen a team that throws as much as we do. That will be an interesting matchup – our passing game versus their pass defense. They do an excellent job versus the run, but we’ll be interested in testing those back four.”Bonita coach Eric Podley on facing La Serna in Saturday’s Southeast Semifinals.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Advancing to the championship game of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs appears to be a pretty simple proposition for the Bonita High School football team, according to its coach, Eric Podley. The Bearcats (11-1) will have to play near-perfect football against La Serna (11-1) on Saturday night because the Lancers simply don’t give anything away. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Bonita. (To continue click thread).

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Boys Soccer Preview: Back-to-back defending champ Mountain View leads the way again


Above: Mountain View soccer players Manuel Garcia, left, Oswaldo Martinez, Eduardo Naranjo and Jesus Valdez at Mountain High School on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, in El Monte. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The newly formed Hacienda League and CIF-Southern Section divisional realignment are the newest wrinkles to the 2010-11 boys soccer season. Back-to-back Division 6 champion Mountain View, winner of three titles since 2005, will be moving to Division 5, which will be much tougher but still winnable with Salesian leaving for Division 4. The Mission Valley League champion will be joined in Division 5 by the Valle Vista League, which boasts two-time defending champion Baldwin Park, and the neighboring Rio Hondo League, but there are several other difficult leagues in the division, such as the Tri-Valley, Pac-7, Harbor and Garden Grove leagues, to name a few. (To continue reading top ten, click thread).

SGVN Boys Soccer pre-season top ten rankings
Team (2009-10 Record)
1. Mountain View (16-4-5)
2. Sierra Vista (18-5-1)
3. Diamond Bar (12-8-1)
4. Los Altos (16-5-4)
5. Chino Hills (13-8-5)
6. Bonita (7-11-2)
7. Glendora (17-5-5)
8. La Puente (12-3-6)
9. Baldwin Park (24-1-1)
10. Ganesha (12-6-3)

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Chino Hills with an opportunity of a lifetime

“We are 6-0 at home, so we feel like we play better here. I can only guess it’s going to be a packed house on Friday, and if it is, that’s one of few places I think the odds are in our favor.” Chino Hills coach Derek Bub on facing undefeated powerhouse Corona Centennial on Friday.


Above: Can anyone stop this guy? Corona Centennial QB Michael Eubank.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
When it comes to star power, Corona Centennial High School’s football team has everybody in the Inland Division over a barrel, but Chino Hills coach Derek Bub is hoping his standout can share the stage well enough in Friday’s semifinals to pull off what would be a monumental upset. For Centennial, the big attraction is quarterback Michael Eubank, who at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds has become a college recruiter’s dream. Eubank has thrown for 2,327 yards and rushed for 972. He also owns a 20-to-2 touchdowns- to-interceptions ratio. (To continue, click thread).

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Girls Basketball Preview: Diamond Ranch’s Barnes and Williams leads Panthers out of the gate

By Tyler Drohan, Correspondent
The 2010-11 girls basketball season is set to tip off with some familiar teams at the top, separated by very little. Traditional powerhouses Bishop Amat and Diamond Ranch are close, while Bonita finds itself sandwiched in between the two, the three teams fighting to prove who’s the best in the San Gabriel Valley. Diamond Ranch and Bonita make up part of the newly formed Hacienda League, which will include traditional San Antonio League power Walnut as well as Diamond Bar, West Covina, Los Altos and Rowland. (To continue reading about the girls top ten, click thread).


Above: Diamond Ranch Girls Basketball standouts Chelsea Barnes (left) and Erika Williams getting ready for the season for No. 1 Panthers.

SGVN Girls Basketball Preseason Top Ten
1. Diamond Ranch
2. Bonita
3. Bishop Amat
4. Walnut
5. Chino Hills
6. St. Lucy’s
7. Ayala
8. South Hills
9. Duarte
10. Sierra Vista

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Tuesday Boxscores: Baldwin Park and Rowland boys hoops 2-0 in Winter Tip-Off Classic; Anderson, Zylstra net 21 each in Bonita girls’ win over San Dimas in the SmudgeFloor

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to scores@sgvn.com. For Tuesday’s results, click thread.
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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s falls to Troy in five tough sets in SoCal Regional State Finals

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Just when the St. Lucy’s Priory girls volleyball team was beginning to appreciate the CIF State playoffs, they were over. After claiming the first CIF championship in school history 11 days ago, the Regents found themselves 15 points away from a trip to the state championship Tuesday night. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win CIF,” St. Lucy’s head coach Sean Douglas said. “Getting re-ready for state was difficult because it wasn’t really on our radar.”

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