All Sierra League Football: Chino Hills’ Ifo Ekpre-olomu named player of the year

2010 All Sierra League Football
Player of the year:
Ifo Ekpre-olomu, Chino Hills, Sr.
Co-offensive MVPs: Daniel Kessler, Claremont, Sr., Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, Sr.
Defensive MVP: Auston Johnson, Chino Hills, Sr.

Above: Chino Hills Sierra League MVP Ifo Ekpre-olomu

First team offense
QB: Vince Hernandez, South Hills, Sr.
QB: Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Sr.
RB: Nate Harris, Chino Hills, Sr.
RB: Jamal Hart, South Hills, Jr.
RB: James Ramirez, Damien, Sr.
WR: Chris Gilchrist, Charter Oak, Jr.
WR: Josiah Thropay, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR: Scott Calles,Chino Hills, Sr.
WR: Aaron Dockery, Claremont, Jr.
WR: Tanner Kuramata, Claremont, Sr.
WR: Jack Reeder, Claremont, Sr.
OL: Travis Doll, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL: Nick Enriquez, Chino Hills, Jr.
OL: Robert Soliz, Chino Hills,Sr.
OL: Shaquille Davis, Claremont, Sr.
OL: Sioasi Aiono, South Hills, Sr.
OL: Jeff Vargas, South Hills, Sr.
PK: Joey Cejudo, Chino Hills, Sr.
First team defense
DL: Charlie Avila, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL: Maurice Clement, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL: Brad Bergen, Chino Hills, Sr.
DL: Brandon Tuliapupu, Claremont, Sr.
DL: Peter Nonu, South Hills, Sr.
LB: Nick Alexander, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB: Greg Bennett, Chino Hills, Sr.
LB: Nick Gonzales, Chino Hills, Sr.
LB: Jake Overman, Claremont, Sr.
LB: James Wernli, Claremont, Jr.
LB: Griffin Lord, Damien, Sr.
DB: Scott Calles, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB: Nate Harris, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB: Steven Smith, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB: Andrew Tarankow, Claremont, Jr.
DB: Dorian Granados, Damien, Sr.
P: Denny Hageman, Damien, Jr.

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Football: Chino Hills and Bishop Amat No. 1 and 2 on MaxPreps’ final computer poll

I will publish our final rankings in the Tribune PrepXtra All-Area Football magazine, which is scheduled to be published on Thursday, Jan. 6. For now, look at how MaxPreps’ computers ranked the Tribune Super 35 to end the 2010 season. You have to admit, championships and deep runs in the Southeast or Mid-Valley Division didn’t affect the computers much, where Charter Oak, Damien, South Hills, Glendora and Claremont all finished in the top ten.

1. Chino Hills (10-3)
2. Bishop Amat (9-2)
3. West Covina (13-1)
4. Bonita (12-2)
5. Claremont (7-4)
6. Charter Oak (6-5)
7. Damien (6-4)
8. Glendora (5-5)
9. South Hills (3-7)
10. Diamond Ranch (5-6)
11. San Dimas (8-5), 12. Walnut (6-5), 13. Covina (10-2), 14. Rowland (4-6), 15. Ayala (4-6), 16. Azusa (10-1), 17. Diamond Bar (6-4), 18. Arroyo (9-2), 19. Baldwin Park (5-6), 20. Pomona (5-5), 21. La Puente (8-3), 22. Northview (3-7), 23. Rosemead (8-4), 24. Wilson (4-6), 25. El Monte, (4-6), 26. Gladstone (5-6), 27. Sierra Vista (7-3), 28. Los Altos (0-10), 29. Nogales (1-9), 30. Ganesha (4-6), 31. Mountain View (5-5), 32. Bassett (3-7), 33. South El Monte (1-9), 34. Workman (2-8), 35. Duarte (0-9)

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All-Valle Vista Football: Covina’s Vinny Venegas back of the year; San Dimas’ Brown and Baldwin Park’s Crutchfield share top honors on defense

2010 Valle Vista All-League Football
Back of the year
: Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr.
Co-Lineman of the year: Allen Brown, San Dimas, Sr; Wardell Crutchfield, Baldwin Park, Sr.

Note: I will post Sierra League on Wednesday, Hacienda League Thursday and Montview on Friday.

First team offense
QB: Billy Livingston, Covina, Jr
QB: Demetrius Counts, Pomona, Sr.
QB: Mario Rodriguez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
RB: Jordan Taylor, San Dimas, SR.
RB: Marquise Thomas, Northview, Sr.
WR: Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park, Sr.
WR: Kevin Kolbeck, San Dimas, Sr.
WR: Peter De La Cruz, Covina, Jr.
WR: Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr.
TE: Samuel Guillen, Baldwin Park, Jr.
OL: Adrian Guerra, Sr. San Dimas, Sr.
OL: Allen Brown, San Dimas, Sr.
OL: Moises Torres, OL, Covina, Sr.
OL: Nick Hynes, OL, Covina, Sr.
OL: Gerrard Kough, Pomona, Jr.
OL: Christopher Auxier, Northview, Sr.
First team defense
DB: Kevin Kolbeck, San Dimas, Sr.
DB: Jordan Taylor, San Dimas, Sr.
DB: Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DB: Jamal Overton, Pomona, Sr.
LB: Matt Murray, Covina, Sr.
LB: Justin Bugh, San Dimas, So.
LB: Fabian Abraham, Pomona, Jr.
LB: Tony Montoya, Baldwin Park, Sr.
LB: Wardell Crutchfield, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DL: Nick Hynes, Covina, Jr.
DL: Theo Darlington, San Dimas, Sr.
DL: Chris Auxier, Northview, Sr.
DL: Jose Franco, Baldwin Park, Sr.

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La Verne Lutheran has an open date, any takers?

I just found out that La Verne Lutheran’s showcase game in Las Vegas was canceled, creating an opening date for the Trojans to fill, most likely in January. The selfish reporter in me would love for one of our area’s top teams like Damien, Bishop Amat, Bonita, Ayala or Glendora to schedule a game with the two-time defending divisional champs and reigning state champs. I have it on good authority that the Trojans would love to schedule one of our area heavyweights. You want a shot at one of the best teams in the Southland, here it is. You say you want to measure yourself against the best, here it is. You want to create the biggest non-league game in years and cash in at the ticket booth, Lutheran is a phone call away. It makes sense any way you look at it. For me personally, I can only imagine the atmosphere of say, Lutheran going to Damien or Bonita. It probably won’t happen though, most schedules already are full. But I thought I would put it out there, you never know who might create an opening and step up to the plate.

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Monday Boxscores: Ortiz scores 36 for Ayala in Bulldogs’ 76-52 win over Bell Gardens for North Orange County title;

West Covina tournament: Charter Oak High School’s boys basketball team overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to knock off San Dimas 52-47 in the opening game of the West Covina Tournament on Monday.

Boys Hoops highlights: Damien and Bishop Amat both won round-robin games in the West Covina tournament, Damien beating Nogales 81-41 behind 13 points from Chris Reyes and J.P Chakbazof, and Amat crushing Don Lugo 74-51 behind 20 from Daniel Rodriguez.
Girls Hoops highlights: Bishop Amat and Sierra Vista are off to quick starts again, and will meet in the second round of the Arroyo tournament on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Amat improved to 6-1 with a 61-18 win over San Marino while Sierra Vista improved to 5-1 with a 47-13 win over Mountain View.

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 For Monday’s boxscores, click thread.
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You ready for some (women’s) football?

Bassett High School head coach Aubrey Duncan is also the head coach of The Los Angeles Amazons women’s professional football team, which started in 2002 and are winners of three straight women’s professional league football titles with a combined record of 23-1 since 2007.
The Amazons are conducting open tryouts for the 2010 season on Saturday and Dec. 18 at Kelby Park in Covina, located at 815 N. Barranca Ave. Both tryouts start at 9 a.m.
The Amazons are asking that players bring their own workout clothes, plus pay a $25 tryout fee.
For more information, call the Amazons at 626-676-1959 or visit their website,

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It’s official, Bishop Amat at Servite in 2011; Amat looking for week two opponent, any takers?

Mike “The Cousin” has a big road trip in 2011. Servite, who won the Pac-5 title and will face Concord De La Salle in Saturday’s state championship, will host Bishop Amat at Cerritos College in their home opener, which will be the Lancers’ road opener in 2011. Servite’s first three games are at Oceanside followed by its home game against Amat, then a road game at La Habra, winners of four straight divisional titles. On Amat’s schedule include Venice, Cathedral, Damien, Garfield, Servite and the Serra League. Bishop Amat is still looking for a week two opponent at home on Sept. 16. Amat’s preference was to schedule a week 10 opponent, but it appears they will have a bye in week 10, unless someone steps up the plate. So, who’s available in week two?

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Press box officials blow it on championshp night

Prep reporters from the Orange County Register should have been treated better at Saturday’s Mid-Valley Division championship between Monrovia and Whittier Christian. According to our very own eyewitnesses working the game, officials working the Arcadia High press box demanded that all reporters be out of the press box less than 30 minutes following the game, or roughly 10:30 p.m., which is asking a lot of reporters when it’s a championship that ends at 10:05 with a ceremony on the field that follows. The O.C. reporters were trying to finish their stories when they were asked to pack up and leave. The O.C. reporters asked for a few more minutes but apparently were escorted out, which turned into an ugly scene that required police to be summoned to the press box. Police took statements and no arrests were made, but you will probably hear more about this in the days to come.

Fred’s comment: Something needs to be done for working members of the media who cover championship games that aren’t at big venues like Anaheim. At those events, CIF officials are there and are very kind allowing reporters to finish their stories. That same courtesy needs to be extended to all venues hosting championship games. These are by far the toughest to cover because of late starts, celebration and ceremonies that follow championship events. And when you have out-of-area reporters like the O.C. register, you need to be gracious hosts, there is nowhere else for them to file their stories but the press area. To rush reporters out less than 30 minutes following a game is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, we should be allowed at least 45 minutes to finish since CIF requires a short “cooling off” period before we start interviews on the field. We’re trying to provide memories in the newspaper that last a lifetime, but apparently those working the games don’t want to allow for few a extra minutes so we can do our job. Totally unacceptable.

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West Covina boys and San Dimas girls basketball tournaments underway this week

The tournament season continues this week with the West Covina high school boys basketball tournament and the San Dimas high girls team with plenty of good local teams involved. I’ll update scores throughout the week as long as I get emails from tournament directors updating us…deal?

West Covina Boys Tournament
Pool A: Bishop Amat, Don Lugo, Bassett
Pool B: Damien, Monrovia, Nogales
Pool C: West Covina, Charter Oak, San Dimas
Tonight’s round-robin at West Covina High School
San Dimas vs. Charter Oak, 4 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Don Lugo, 5:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Nogales, 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Monrovia vs. Nogales, 4 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bassett, 5:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s round-robin
Don Lugo vs. Bassett, 4 p.m.
Damien vs. Monrovia, 5:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Note: Finals will be held Thursday through Saturday

San Dimas girls basketball tournament
Pool A:
San Dimas, Chino Hills, West Covina
Pool B: Gladstone, Antelope Valley, Nogales
Pool C: Fullerton, Diamond Ranch, Rosemead
Pool D: Santiago, Northview, Claremont
Tonight’s round-robin games at San Dimas HS
Gladstone vs. Nogales, 3 p.m.
Santiago vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Diamond Ranch, 6 p.m.
San Dimas vs. West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Chino Hills vs. West Covina, 3 p.m.
Antelope Valley vs. Nogales, 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Rosemead, 6 p.m.
Northview vs. Claremont, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s round-robin
Santiago vs. Claremont, 3 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Chino Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Antelope Valley, 6 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Rosemead, 7:30 p.m.
Note: Championship on Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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Scouting Guru: Better late than never, and he loved his trip to Kiefer and the Amat fans

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Guru says: Well, it’s finally over. No, I’m not talking about your Christmas shopping (and knowing all over you bloggers, you have even started your shopping yet have you?). No, I’m talking about the high school football season. The final pass has been thrown, the final tackle has been made and the champions have been crowned. So, you might be asking, “Hey, Guru – where the heck have you been?” (Ok, in truth only some of you, while the others were too busy still trying to figure out how Covina beat West Covina). Well, I’m doing some work over in the San Fernando Valley at Crespi High School but maintaining my scouting status in this area and the Inland Empire. It’s been very busy, but fun as well. I never knew how pressure packed it would be to coach in the Pac-5…but now I know.

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With all that football over the weekend, Bonita girls basketball quietly moves to 5-0, wins Covina tournament over Roosevelt, the team that knocked out Bishop Amat

By John Honell, Correspondent
Bonita High School used a stifling defense to successfully defend its Covina girls basketball tournament title with a 46-40 victory over Roosevelt of Corona on Saturday night. The Bearcats (5-0) held the Mustangs (5-1) scoreless for more than 10 minutes from the 4:52 mark of the second quarter to the 2:51 mark of the third.
“The first two games of this tournament, our defense wasn’t very good,” Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk said. “Last night (against Valley Christian) and tonight I think we stepped up our defense. I think we held them to two points in the second quarter.”

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Sunday Tribbin: Say goodbye to the Billy Cats; it appears Ruiz is back next season

Now that another football season has come and gone, we still start posting fall all-league teams on the blog and in the newspaper over the next week…..

Will never call Monrovia the Billy Cats again, they shed that forever with a 38-8 win over Whittier Christian on Saturday to win the school’s first title in their tenth championship appearance. They’re finally at piece at M-Town.

Speaking of Saturday’s game, I ran into West Covina coach Mike Maggiore who said nine starters return on defense, which includes all-everything Chris Solomon. Scary right? Maggiore also said the Bulldogs scheduled Loyola on the road in 2011.

Mr. L.A. Times Eric Sondheimer tweeted from Anaheim during Servite’s 41-27 win over Mission Viejo in the Pac-5 final: “Word from the pressbox at Angel Stadium. Father of Bishop Amat QB Rio Ruiz says his son is definitely playing football next season.” Further, word is Bishop Amat and Servite might meet next season, stay tuned.

Finally, Star-News reporter Miguel Melendez said police were summoned to the Arcadia High School press box following Saturday’s game between Monrovia and Whittier Christian. Melendez said police were called over a press box dispute that involved press box officials and reporters working the game, which did not involve Melendez or Whittier reporter Andrew Campa. Melendez said no arrests were made.

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Mt. SAC wins another CCCAA title, routs CCSF

Mt. San Antonio College, featuring a unit that includes former area stars Nick Lamaison (South Hills), Michael Edwards (Glendora), Bryce McBride (Los Altos), Marcus Wagner (Bishop Amat), Michael Harrell (Charter Oak) and Deshawn Gaise (Bishop Amat), rolled to its second consecutive California Community College Athletic Association title by routing City College of San Francisco, 34-7, on Saturday.
The question is could these Mounties, who are 26-1 the past two seasons and who feature a load of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision prospects, beat UCLA, or even USC?

Mt. SAC coach Bob Jastrab: “I’m so proud of these kids and what they accomplished. They came out and played today. I can’t say enough about the defense, to shut a great team like that down and give up only seven points.The offense, scoring 34 points, we clicked on all cylinders, especially the past few weeks. These guys deserve everything they get by winning this national championship.”
Quarterback Nick Lamaison: We were hungry. Our guys wanted this second consecutive national title and we got it. We worked hard all year, every single day, and it pays off in the end.”
Defensive lineman Bojay Filimoeatu: It was just a great team effort, from offense, to defense to special teams. We worked real hard all season, we didn’t want to waste it. It was a great win for us, some of our sophomores who didn’t play last year. It was a great honor for us to go undefeated and get them this title.”

Encore performance: Mounties capture another state championship

Mt. SAC defense rises to occasion

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Joy and Pain: A finale worth the wait, West Covina breaks Bonita’s heart in the final seconds, captures the Southeast title in a thriller, 37-33

The best game of the year in the last game of the year, the way it should be. Been doing this a long time and never felt for a team more than I felt for Bonita, a cruel way to lose, no other way to explain it. It was a game that will go down as one of the all-time greats, had atmosphere and a fourth quarter shootout in week fourteen, what more could you ask? Garrett Pendleton delivered the game of his career, passing for 357 yards and putting his team in position to win setting up Brandt Davis’ 39 yard field goal with 1:45 left for a 33-30 lead. Even on West Covina’s final drive, Bonita had a chance at a pick that would have sealed the deal, but it left the door open and the Bulldogs walked in. Chris Solomon’s 20-yard run was followed by Aaron Salgado’s 17-yard run to the Bearcats’ 1, setting up George Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run with 25 seconds left for a 37-33 victory and the Bulldogs’ second championship since 2004.

Game story, West Covina 37, Bonita 33: West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore knew he had arguably some of the best talent in the area. But the Bulldogs also showed another trait that can be decisive in championship football games — heart.

Aram Column: Yes, the Bulldogs are champions this morning. Victors over Bonita in one of the Valley’s greatest-ever games Friday … but not before giving their fans a major scare and allowing the ghost of their only defeat this season into the stadium.

George Johnson’s night: Numbers have never told the story of West Covina High School quarterback George Johnson.

Garrett Pendleton’s night: After breaking his arm the week before football season began, Garrett Pendleton somehow played 10 games in 2010. The Bonita High School quarterback would’ve given it all back for the last 24 seconds of his senior year.

For a look at Keith Birmingham’s championship photo gallery, click thread.

Highlights and interviews with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

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