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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