Chino HIlls takes care of Ayala, 57-41; rematch with Chino Hills and Damien on Wednesday; listen to the interviews, Huskies want Spartans bad

Boys Basketball
Wednesday’s Sierra League Results

Chino Hills 57, Ayala 41
Damien 66, Claremont 45
South Hills 57, Charter Oak 56

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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.


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…

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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Tribune Soccer Rankings: Mountain View still the best of the rest; Bishop Amat takes over No. 1 in girls with Los Altos climbing fast at No. 3

Right: Northview’s Khalalah Todd (35 goals) leads the Southern Section in scoring with Bishop Amat’s April Juarez (30 goals) not far behind and No. 3 overall in the section. For the first time in years, Walnut girls soccer has dropped from the top ten rankings. In boys soccer, Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park are tumbling and the Hacienda is proving to be a beast with four teams capable of winning it. Glendora is in first and loving its move to the Baseline League. And don’t sleep on former area power Damien, they’re at Claremont on Wednesday with both teams 4-0 in the Sierra.

Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Mountain View (7-2-3)
2. Claremont (12-0-4)
3. Bonita (10-3-5)
4. Glendora (9-6-5)
5. Ganesha (7-4)
6. Damien (7-2-5)
7. Los Altos (9-4-2)
8. Sierra Vista (11-4-2)
9. Diamond Ranch (8-3-1)
10. Baldwin Park (11-2-2)

Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (16-1)
2. Ayala (12-4-2)
3. Los Altos (13-2-4)
4. Glendora (11-4-4)
5. Claremont (13-5-1)
6. Bonita (9-3-2)
7. St. Lucy’s (6-4-2)
8. Northview (15-3)
9. Diamond Bar (9-5-1)
10. San Dimas (11-2-2)

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Tribune Hoops Rankings: Damien keeps top spot in boys rankings; Bishop Amat girls leap Bonita to take over No. 1 after 57-55 win

Right: Bishop Amat’s Leeah Powell scored game-winner at buzzer in Bishop Amat’s 57-55 victory over Bonita in Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at APU.
Boys Basketball rankings
1. Damien (18-2)
2. La Verne Lutheran (11-3)
3. Glendora (17-4)
4. Chino Hills (17-4)
5. Bonita (17-3)
6. Northview (18-3)
7. Ayala (12-7)
8. Bishop Amat (16-6)
9. Walnut (11-7)
10. Rowland (13-7)

Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (18-3)
2. Bonita (18-2)
3. Duarte (15-1)
4. Chino Hills (15-6)
5. Diamond Ranch (10-9)
6. Walnut (11-6)
7. St. Lucy’s (11-8)
8. Sierra Vista (13-3)
9. Wilson (14-6)
10. West Covina (12-8)

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Finally, Bonita gets best of Diamond Ranch

By Steve Ramirez
Bonita High School’s girls basketball team has played second fiddle to Diamond Ranch the past few years. But thanks to senior guard Taylor Anderson, that might change this season. Anderson’s rebound follow with two seconds left and her ensuing steal of an inbound pass lifted the host Bearcats to a dramatic 50-48 victory over their recent nemesis in a key Hacienda League game on Monday.
Bonita, getting 14 points each from Anderson and freshman Nikki Wheatley and eight from senior Madison Zylstra, improved to 17-2 overall and 6-0 in league. Diamond Ranch, getting 20 points from junior forward Chelsea Barnes and 15 from junior Erika Williams, slipped to 9-9 and 5-1.

“This is huge,” Anderson said. “We haven’t beaten Diamond Ranch in a long time, so we knew we had to come out here and show them who wanted it more and we all worked really hard. It feels good.”

But it wasn’t feeling that way late.

The Bearcats, coming off a last-second loss to area stalwart Bishop Amat during Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific, saw Diamond Ranch rally from 13-point deficit in the first half and take a 48-47 lead on a 3-point play by Barnes with 2:22 to play.
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The good news is our publisher Steve Lambert loves sports and is a diehard Bears fan; the bad news is he lost a bet on Sunday

Life at our office is great. I give Mr. Lambert credit, I would never wear ‘SC stuff if they lost to my Bruins. But his Bears lost and he’s a good sport, forced to wear a Packers helmet at work today. Then there’s weeklies reporter Rich Irwin, parading around in his Pittsburgh Steelers colors, and who will undoubtedly gloat for at least the next two weeks. On the sports desk, we always have to deal with Boston native Jason Cunningham, who reminds us all the time where his loyalties are ….

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