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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Bishop Amat in both title games tonight

West Covina boys basketball tournament
Tonight’s championship

Bishop Amat vs. Damien, 7 p.m.
Consolation games
Nogales vs. West Covina, 4 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.

Arroyo girls basketball tournament
Friday’s semifinals

Bishop Amat 57, Monrovia 26
Sonora 72, Arcadia 50
Tonight’s Championship
Bishop Amat vs Sonora, 7:30 p.m.

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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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