The softball season just got interesting, Courtney Gano leaves Los Altos for rival Bonita

At least in softball, it has been a good rivalry, until now. Courtney Gano, who has been one of the Valley’s best softball players since her freshman year, checked out of Los Altos and is at Bonita like so many have speculated. It’s not a surprise, her father Greg Gano, also the football coach at Damien, sold his home in West Covina and is now living in La Verne, which should make it a textbook change-of-address transfer as far as CIF is concerned, so you can already start thinking of Gano in the green and white. Bonita already was good, but adding Gano, who batted .458 her junior season and is on her way to Washington on scholarship, gives them a huge boost and a senior leader that steps right in.

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Now that we have an idea what football players are signing Wednesday, how about other sports?

Non-football athletes expected to sign national letter of intent on Wednesday .
Lauren Stupin, Los Altos, soccer, (Cal State Fullerton)
Heather Jackson, Bonita, cross country, (Utah Valley University)
Kylie Price, Bishop Amat, track, (UCLA)
Katherine Salcido, San Dimas, track (UCLA)
Khalalah Todd, Northview, soccer, (New Mexico State)
Jessica Smetherman, Glendora, soccer, (Cal State Fullerton)

Below: San Dimas stand-out hurdler and triple jumper Katherine Salcido will be signing her letter of intent with UCLA. Salcido will compete in the heptathlon for the Bruins. She chose UCLA over Stanford. Not a bad pair of choices.

Below: Los Altos soccer standout Lauren Stupin will sign with Cal State Fullerton ..

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Friday’s Hoops: Chino Hills, Damien win; set up Wednesday showdown … Wilson stuns Northview, Mountain View takes over first in MVL; Amat looking for first league title since the 80s


Friday’s Boys Hoops Results
Sierra League
Chino Hills 69, Claremont 44
Ayala 60, Charter Oak 46
Damien 75, South Hills 52
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat 64, La Salle 37
Mission Valley League
Mountain View 56, Gabrielino 41
Montview League
Sierra Vista 73, Duarte 31
Hacienda League
Rowland 58, West Covina 43
Valle Vista League
Wilson 60, Northview 59


Amat romps: If defense wins championships, Bishop Amat High School has a chance to earn its first league title since 1988 when the school was in the Angelus League. Amat used a suffocating defense to shut down La Salle 64-37 in the first game of second-half play in the Del Rey League on Friday night.

Mountain View takes over first: Mountain View High School used strong starts in the second and fourth quarters to defeat visiting Gabrielino 56-41 and take sole possession of first place in the Mission Valley League boys basketball race.

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A Bishop Amat fundraiser you don’t want to miss, famed Amat alumni going head-to-head in flag football game Saturday at Kiefer Stadium, 3 p.m.

The Bishop Amat softball team’s flag football alumni fundraiser game is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kiefer Stadium, bringing together some of Amat’s legendary football players. Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez said marquee alumni players such as Ralph Brown, Daylon McCutcheon, Brian Polak and John Jackson are just a few that already have committed. The teams will be split up between odd and even years, meaning the 1992 championship team that featured McCutcheon would go against Brown’s 1995 championship team. Mendez said they were hoping to get legendary quarterback Pat Haden, but Haden might not be able to commit until next year. There will be tailgating with food just like any other Amat game, so don’t miss it.

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Tonight’s Boys Hops Schedule: Glendora hoping to extend its winning streak; Mountain View-Gabrielino battle for first in MVL

Today’s games at a glance: The Glendora High School boys basketball team knows it probably won’t catch undefeated Etiwanda (21-0, 5-0) in the race for the Baseline League title, but finishing second and earning a top four seed for the CIF-Southern Section Division 2A playoffs remains a strong possibility, where the Tartans are ranked third.
Basketball in the postseason is different than other sports, teams from the same league often compete in different playoff divisions. For example, Etiwanda is the second-ranked team in Division 1AA, meaning Glendora won’t have to deal with the Eagles in the playoffs.
So, Glendora’s (18-4, 3-2) biggest concern is finishing second in the Baseline and stretching its four-game winning streak with a huge game at Los Osos (14-7, 3-2) tonight at 6:30 p.m., for sole possession of second with four games remaining after tonight, including a home game on Tuesday against Etiwanda.
Glendora opened the Baseline with a 46-45 win over Los Osos at home and won another crucial game earlier in the week, hanging on to defeat Upland, 57-56. (To continue click thread)

Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Baseline League

Glendora at Los Osos, 6:30 p.m.
Del Rey League
La Salle at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.
Rowland at West Covina, 6:45 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
Rosemead at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Gladstone at Workman, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Sierra League
South Hills at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Claremont at Chino Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Ayala at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Wilson at Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Nogales at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.



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2010 Tribune All-Area Football: West Covina’s Chris Solomon and coach Mike Maggiore share top honors; Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore and West Covina’s Maurice Dupleasis offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively

The 2010 Tribune All-Area team is in today’s PrepXtra Magazine, which you will find packaged in today’s Tribune with stories online on our Tribune prep page. The magazine includes a San Gabriel Valley all-encompassing team, plus the selections from the Pasadena Star-News as well. Hope you enjoy, you can always purchase copies of PrepXtra at the Tribune or Star-News offices as well.

Tribune coach of the year: Mike Maggiore, West Covina
Tribune player of the year: Chris Solomon, West Covina, Jr.
Tribune offensive player of the year: Jalen Moore, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Tribune defensive player of the year: Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina, Sr.
For stories on all of the above, including Aram’s column, click thread

Tribune First-Team Offense
QB – Garrett Pendleton, Bonita, Sr.
RB – Jalen Moore, Bishop Amat, Jr.
RB – Jamel Hart, South Hills, Jr.
WR – Aaron Dockery, Claremont, Jr.
WR – Anthony Miller, Arroyo, Sr.
WR – Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL – Christian Orduno, Bishop Amat. Sr.
OL – Tarez Lemmons, Bonita, Sr.
OL – Allen Brown, San Dimas, Sr.
OL – Joseph Gibson, West Covina, Sr.
OL – Nick Enriquez, Chino Hills, Jr.
ALL – Beejay Lee, West Covina, Sr.
K – Brandt Davis, Bonita, So
Tribune First-team Defense
DL – Julian Gener, Amat, Sr.
DL – Auston Johnson, Chino Hills, Sr.
DL – Edwin Garcia, Azusa, Sr.
LB – Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina, Sr.
LB – K.C. Huth, Bonita, Sr.
LB – Giamani Johnson, Bonita, Sr.
LB – Jose Nunez, Azusa, Sr.
DB – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Chino Hills, Sr.
DB – Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DB – Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr
DB – Anthony Molina, West Covina, Sr.
P – Christian Fulham, Glendora, So.

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Thursday’s soccer games: Hacienda League a tight race for boys and girls teams

Thursday’s Boys Soccer Schedule
Hacienda League

Bonita at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Bassett at Ganesha, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Workman, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Azusa, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Pomona at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Wilson at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Covina, 3:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer standings, schedules, leaders
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Thursday’s girls soccer schedule
Hacienda League
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
Arroyo at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.
Montview League
Azusa at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Wilson, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Pomona, 3:15 p.m.
Covina at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.

Girls Soccer standings, schedules, leaders
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Soccer: Damien couldn’t beat undefeated Claremont, settles for a 0-0 tie

By Clay Fowler Staff Writer
With a No. 1 ranking and a combined zero league losses in tow, the Damien and Claremont boys soccer teams were pleased entering Wednesday’s Sierra League showdown. After a scoreless tie that included overtime, everybody left with similar emotions. “We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty,” Damien coach Eric McElrea said. “We knew it was going to be a lot of bumps and bruises, but this is a good result for us, especially on the road.” Said Claremont coach Fred Bruce-Oliver: “I’m happy. The only way I could be happier is if we’d gotten one of those goals to go in.”

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Tribune sets pace, rallies in five-set thrilling win over Star-News in inaugural Tribune vs. Star-News Senior All-Star Game at Monrovia.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM WEDNESDAY’S MATCH

By Miguel A. Melendez
MONROVIA — This much is now clear: there’s rich talent on each side of the San Gabriel Valley.

That message was sent loud as the East withstood a frantic rally from the West to record a thrilling 25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 21-25, 16-14 victory in the inaugural San Gabriel Tribune vs. Pasadena Star-News Girls Volleyball Senior All-Star game at Monrovia High.

The East All-Stars, made up of senior standouts from the Tribune circulation area, were thought to be a more balanced team. But the West All-Stars, made up of players from the Star-News circulation area, proved every bit their worth.

No more than three points separated each team in the first two sets, eventually won by the East. There also were 13 ties in each set.

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List of area football players expected to sign national letters of intent on Feb. 2 signing day

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, we’re inviting players listed below to a photo shoot with video interviews at the Rose Bowl, which is a day before signing day. This is so we can have a great package in the newspaper with photo’s and video’s online, plus we’re taking pictures at selected schools on the Feb. 2 signing day. Here is the list we have so far with more student athletes expected to make their decisions soon. If we missed anyone, let us know…

FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Joseph Gibson, West Covina (UTEP)
Allen Brown, San Dimas (Fresno St.)
Chase Price, Diamond Ranch (San Diego St.)
Brandon Tuliaupupu, Claremont (Washington St.)
Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, Chino Hills (Oregon)
Chad Jeffries, Glendora (San Diego St.)
Sioasi Aiono, South Hills (Utah)
Wardell Crutchfield, Baldwin Park, (Georgetown)
Jacoby Carter, Diamond Ranch (Sacramento State)
Tanner Gibas, Charter Oak, (Colorado State).

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UTEP’s loss was Crutchfield’s gain: The Baldwin Park standout is headed to prestigious Georgetown; Jackson’s decision coming soon

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Baldwin Park High School linebacker Wardell Crutchfield showed that in the end, grades were more important that football. Crutchfield had given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas El Paso on a full athletic scholarship back in August, but learned later that UTEP didn’t have enough scholarships available for him to enroll in the fall. UTEP wanted Crutchfield to grayshirt, meaning he would have to enroll in a community college in the fall and start at UTEP next January – which is a delayed form of red-shirting and a way that UTEP could still honor the scholarship it offered to Crutchfield.
UTEP’s decision forced Crutchfield to rethink his plans too, and on Wednesday he gave a verbal commitment to attend the University of Georgetown and its football team after weighing other scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Southern Utah and Villanova.

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Charter Oak’s Gibas to Colorado State

Charter Oak offensive lineman Tanner Gibas is one of the top-rated long snappers in the country, and the specialty paid off. Gibas announced on Wednesday that he has accepted a full ride to attend Colorado State. Gibas chose Colorado State, though Kansas and California were interested too. “When you think of scholarships in football you think of the glory positions like quarterback or linebacker, but long snappers are a valued position too,” Gibas said. “I’m thankfull that I got offered. I loved my trip to Colorado State, especially the coaching staff and campus and when I got back home I made the decision to accept and go there.”

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Boys Basketball: Glendora wins a thriller, 57-56

By Steve Ramirez
Glendora High School’s move to the Baseline League was supposed to spell gloom and doom for its boys basketball team. But the Tartans continue to show otherwise.
Sophomore Nick Colletta scored 16 points and senior Michael Doering had 14 and Glendora stayed in the hunt in the league race with a 57-56 victory over visiting Upland on Tuesday.

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Wilson football coach Brian Zavala resigns

Aram summing up the breaking news out of Wilson: The writing was obviously on the wall when retired former A.D. and football coach Dave Merrill was brought back to “oversee” the program.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Wilson High School football coach Brian Zavala has resigned after two seasons at the school. Zavala resigned his position as football coach effective immediately and his teaching position at the school at the end of the year, according to Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Rob Roberts.

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat earns fifth straight shutout in 3-0 victory over La Salle

By Fred J. Robledo
If the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team has visions of winning a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title, it can look directly at its defense, specifically sweeper Jessie Gener and stopper Alyssa Cabral, whose chemistry is growing with each shutout.
Visiting La Salle had its chances in Tuesday’s Del Rey League game that could have forced a three-way tie for first, but it didn’t have a lot of quality chances, firing off just six shots and only a couple that forced Amat goalkeeper Nicole Ragano to work up a sweat.
Bishop Amat’s Selena Quezada and Yazmin Montoya ended the drama late, scoring in the 73rd and 76th minutes respectively to give Amat breathing room in a 3-0 victory.
But more importantly it was Amat’s fifth straight shutout — a sign that the Division’s second-ranked team could be hitting its stride as the playoffs near.

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I got my copy of PrepXtra delivered today; you get your copies on Thursday

The Tribune/Star-News All-San Gabriel Valley football magazine will be in the Tribune and Star-News newspapers on Thursday, January 27 — don’t miss it. We’re a little behind publishing it, but it looks like we’re still publishing all-area teams before CIF, which still doesn’t know when it’s going to release its teams. CIF is still waiting for the Western Division to submit its team before releasing all the All-CIF football teams.

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