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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Walnut’s Aubrey Coleman not going to Washington right away, will go to junior college in Kansas first

Walnut’s 6-foot-5 wide receiver Aubrey Coleman intended on signing a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Washginton, but he told Dawgman.com because of his grades, he will attend Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. He still intends to go to Washington.
“I’m all set to head out to Kansas and play at Fort Scott for the next two years,” Coleman told Dawgman.com. “I was getting good grades, but I didn’t have the right classes for my credits to count toward my core GPA so, I talked with (Washington cornerbacks) coach (Demetrice Martin) and he gave me a number to call. I guess there is a former coach from Mount San Antonio, where coach Martin was, and he said I should call him, so I did and he’s out at Fort Scott now. I’m definitely planning on it (going to Washington), but it’s a ways away. I want to be a Husky and I like the staff and the direction of their program. We’ll see if they still want me. My plan is to go there when I’m done.”

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Baldwin Park’s Crutchfield, Jackson back on recruiting trail after UTEP changes course

With just over a week before high school football players can sign national letters of intent, Baldwin Park High School’s Wardell Crutchfield and Demetrius Jackson are in limbo after their scholarship offers from the University of Texas El Paso were pulled in hopes the two would accept grayshirt offers instead. UTEP did not have as many scholarships available in the fall as it anticipated, according to Baldwin Park coach James Heggins. (To continue, click thread)

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Finally, PrepXtra All San Gabriel Valley Football Magazine in Thursday’s newspaper


Above: This was our pre-season edition. To get a copy on the All-SGV edition, you have to be a subscriber, buy a newspaper on the rack or pick one up at the Tribune office.

BTW, signing day is on February 2, here is what we have so far.
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)

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The inaugural Tribune vs. Star-News All-Star girls volleyball game set for Wednesday, at Monrovia High, 7 p.m., for all the bragging rights

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
It will be hammer vs. hammer, friend vs. friend and teammate vs. teammate when the best high school senior volleyball players in the San Gabriel Valley play on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The hammers will belong to the arms of St. Lucy’s Deanna Dalton and Monrovia’s Tirah Le’au. The two outside hitters are both powerful, longtime friends, they have been teammates on the same club team and both were selected volleyball players of the year; Dalton by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Le’au by the Pasadena Star-News.
Both will also be playing NCAA Division I volleyball next season. Dalton will play at Army and Le’au at Georgia.
The best-of-five match will be played in Monrovia’s new gym with a scheduled 7 p.m. start. (To continue click thread)

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The Price is right again, 80-65, but Lutheran could get another shot in the 3AA playoffs

By John Honell, Correspondent
The California Elite Showcase lived up to its name, matching a pair of 2010 state champions in the feature game of the day-long extravaganza at the University of La Verne.
Price High School, the 2010 Division IV CIF State champion, faced off against La Verne Lutheran, the Division V champion, in front of a packed house Saturday night. The Knights’ twin towers, Norvelle Pelle and Skylar Spencer, took control of the boards in the second half as Price pulled away for an 80-65 victory over the Trojans. (To continue click thread)

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Super Saturday: Damien comes up short at SoCal Shootout, loses to Mission Viejo 56-51

By Steve Ramirez
AZUZA —
There might be a time when the Damien High School boys basketball team can look back and reflect on the positives of pushing one of the top teams in Southern California to the brink.
But not today.
The Spartans, instead, can only think of what might have been after Clayton White missed a tying 3-pointer with eight seconds left before Damien dropped a 56-51 decision to Mission Viejo in the Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacifc University.
The Diablos, ranked No. 1 CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA, got 16 points from Michael Cramer, who clinched it with two free throws with three seconds left, and 14 from Isaac Neilson to improve to 22-0. They are also ranked No. 3 in Orange County.
Damien, getting 25 points from Chris Reyes and 10 from Gian Demano, slipped to 18-2. It’s also the second consecutive year that the Spartans nearly upset a high-ranked team, losing in overtime to Etiwanda.
“Not now. Maybe later, if we learn from this, than it will be a successful experience,” said Damien coach Matt Dunn, whose Spartans are ranked No. 4 in Division 3-A. “Last year, we lost to Etiwanda and we learned from it and got better. If we did that … but to be honest, we’re kind of past the point where we can lose and it’s OK.
“We didn’t play our best. We didn’t find a way to win. You have to give (Mission Viejo) all the credit in the world. They’re good. They made all the big plays.”
But Damien, which was held to just two field goals in the first quarter, made some of its own. The Spartans, getting back-to-back baskets from J.J. Pavia and Demano, rallied back from a 31-22 deficit at the start of the second half to take a 44-43 lead early in
the fourth quarter. Then after 3-pointers by Cramer and Brandon Henson gave Mission Viejo a 52-46 lead, the Spartans made one more push.
Reyes converted a 3-point play at 1:22 to cut it to 52-49 and White scored from the inside to make it 54-51 with 14.2 seconds left. The Spartans then caught a break when the ensuing in-bounds pass was deflected off the Diablos’ James Cramer with 11 seconds left.
But White’s 3-point chance was short, with Michael Cramer grabbing the ball following a rebound battle before making two free throws to clinch it.
“We knew we could come out and beat these guys,” Reyes said. “It’s a tough loss.”
La Canada 60, Los Osos 36
Dario CiVon scored a game-high 20 points and Conner Boyd had 14 for the Spartans, who improved to 18-2. Michael McGlashan had 12.
Maranatha 57, Walnut 39
Josh Chamberlain scored 24 points and Jeremy Major had 16 and the Minutemen (16-5) were too strong for the Mustangs (11-8).
Bryan Gholar had 15 points to lead Walnut.
Righetti 74, Rowland 65
Van Holloway had 21 points and the Warriors (12-6) overcame an early-second half deficit to beat the Raiders (13-9).
Sharif Watson had a game-high 27 points and Joseph Dionisio had 17 to lead Rowland, which used a 15-10 blitz for a 43-41 lead early in the third quater.
Flintridge Prep 103, Covina 54
Kenyatta Smith scored 23 points and Kory Hamane had 21 and the Rebels (14-4) rolled to an easy victory.
Edgardo Campos had 14 for the Colts (12-9).
Other Scores
Girls: Bishop Amat 57, Bonita 55
Corona del Mar 80, Upland 67
La Canada 60, Los Osos 36
Etiwanda 66 vs. Colony 62
Glendora (15-4) vs. Baldwin Park (14-4), 9 p.m.

The inaugural California Elite Showcase hosted by La Verne Lutheran. Saturday’s Schedule at the University of La Verne.
Diamond Ranch High School vs Ayala, 2 p.m.
Eisenhower High vs Salesian, 3:30 p.m.
San Diego Hoover vs. Corona Roosevelt, 5 p.m.
La Verne Lutheran vs. Price, 6:30 p.m.
San Diego Lincoln High vs Sacramento High, 8 p.m.

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UCLA hires former Valley, Baldwin Park football star Michael Johnson to run its offense in 2011

It’s probably the worst secret in college football, but UCLA finally made official what most have known for a few weeks — that Baldwin Park High School alum Michael Johnson, arguably one of the top athletes to come out of the San Gabriel Valley is the Bruins football team’s new offensive coordinator. Norm Chow, UCLA OC the past three seasons, was officially hired by Utah.
Welcome back, Mike.
Here’s the release from UCLA

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Last-second shot helps Amat stay Queen of the Valley and beat Bonita, 57-55


Andrea Villanueva found wide-open teammate Leeah Powell under the basket for an easy layup off an inbound pass as time expired to give Bishop Amat a 57-55 win over Bonita in a clash of the area’s top-two girls basketball teams.

Bonita entered the game 16-1 and this appeared the year that somebody else beside the Lancers would dominate the local landscape, but Amat had other ideas and came from nine down in the second half to eek out the victory and maintain its status as the top girls team in the Valley.

Amat’s Leticia Galarza led all scorers with 22 points. Bonita’s Madison Zylstra was held to 10 points. Nikki Wheatley led the Bearcats with 17.

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Friday’s Results: Northview’s Francis and Johnson too much for Baldwin Park, Vikings win 71-58; Damien survives scare, beats Ayala 59-55 in OT

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
It wasn’t that hard for Baldwin Park High School boys basketball coach Marc Hart to understand why Northview is so difficult to defend in transition and on the boards. Hart and the rest of the Valle Vista League knew what the Vikings had returning in 6-foot-4 senior Brian Johnson, a hard-nosed rebounder with ball-handling skills.
But with 6-foot-4 junior Treavon Francis coming into his own, the Vikings have two versatile players that can play all five positions, and that was too much for the smaller Braves to deal with, despite their feisty attempts to stay close.
Francis punished the Braves in transition and hit two big third-quarter three-pointers to finish with a game-high 27 points to lead Northview to a 71-58 victory on Friday.

Friday’s Boys Basketball Results
Baseline League
Alta Loma at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Bonita 63, Rowland 57
Los Altos at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
West Covina at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View 50, Rosemead 34
Arroyo 52, South El Monte 50
El Monte at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente 55, Bassett 36
Gladstone 59, Duarte 48
Azusa at Workman, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista 63, Ganesha 53
Sierra League
Damien 59, Ayala 55, OT
South Hills at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview 71, Baldwin Park 58
San Dimas at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.

The Inland Insider, Tom Kiss, was at Damien’s victory over Ayala, check it out …

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The Dream Team is in the House … Wilson hosting mega fundraiser on Saturday, brings back 1986 state championship team with Scott Williams to play varsity squad


Above: 1986 State Championship will play in the 25th Anniversary Alumni game at Wilson High School on Saturday at 7 p.m.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
After plenty of time out, 25 years to be precise, together is exactly what that Wildcats will be again on Saturday night when they will reunite to play a fundraiser game against the school’s current varsity team. “I’ve played in a lot of big arenas, but this is where it all started,” said `86 team member Scott Williams, who went on to play at the University of North Carolina and later won three NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. “I can’t believe it’s been 25 years. To me, it feels like a flash. It all went by so fast. It was a special time.” (to continue click thread)

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Wrestling Notebook: Baldwin Park hosting girls tournament on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
When it comes to girls high school wrestling, no area in California features more top competitors than the San Gabriel Valley. It was that way last year, and it’s been the case so far this season, with most of the favorites to win at the first CIF State championship in February coming from the Valley. (To continue click thread).

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Boys Soccer: Ganesha runs past Sierra Vista behind three goals from Luis Flores in a 4-2 win

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
There were so many free runs on goal for Ganesha High striker Luis Flores it was almost surprising he didn’t score more. Flores scored three goals in a 4-2 victory over defending Montview League champion Sierra Vista to help the Giants remain in sole possession of first on Thursday. (To continue, click thread)

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Girls Soccer: Where are your local teams in the polls, and where are they heading?

CIF-SS Girls Soccer Rankings
DIVISION 2 – 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Upland; 3. Los Osos; 4. Corona Santiago; 5. Long Beach Wilson; 6. Great Oak; 7. Buena; 8. Dos Pueblos; 9. Murrieta Valley; 10T. Sunny Hills; 10T. Troy. (Glendora not ranked).
DIVISION 3 — 1. Granite Hills; 2. Ayala; 3. Bishop Amat ; 4. Righetti; 5. La Mirada; 6. La Salle; 7. Los Altos ; 8. Serrano; 9. Flintridge Prep; 10. Lakewood St. Joseph.
DIVISION 6 — 1. St. Margaret’s; 2. Hemet; 3. Sierra Vista; 4. Alverno; 5. San Marino; 6. San Jacinto; 7. Northview; 8. Crean Lutheran; 9. Tahquitz; 10. Beaumont (NR).

The 411: There are only three divisions that mean anything, and as you can tell, Sierra Vista is best positioned to make another championship run, though my money would be on Northview or San Dimas to make a deeper playoff run in D-6 than the Dons, who won a D-7 title last year. It’s not on overwhelming division, but I don’t expect any of our teams to win it. West SGV teams like Alverno and San Marino probably have a better shot. In Division 3, believe me when I say it’s a crap shoot. There is no slam dunk. There is no team that’s going to cruise through the division. There are a lot of good teams, not great ones, which means the team that plays the best defense and is most opportunistic will advance. I love that Walnut’s not ranked, they could be a sleeper, that is if they stop screwing around and make the playoffs. But that’s life in the Hacienda where a team like Bonita will have to scratch and fight for a playoff spot too. Diamond Bar’s not ranked either, but they could take the lead in the Hacienda with a victory over Los Altos today, which is interesting because Diamond Bar’s resume includes losses to Glendora (3-1), San Dimas (1-0) and Bishop Amat (2-1) with wins over Claremont (2-0), Diamond Ranch (1-0), Bonita (1-0) and a tie with Walnut (1-1). It actually makes you think the Hacienda isn’t as strong as you thought it was. My impression of Los Altos is they can score, but aren’t as solid in the back as they were last year, but still good enough to beat anyone in this division on any given day. No. 4 Bishop Amat seems to be back on track, but we’ll no more after a game today at home against No. 10. St. Joseph and a home-and-away against No. 6 La Salle. My impressions on Amat is that they miss defender Jasmine Roth, now at Arizona State, but offensively, they create the most chances and are the best offensive team I’ve seen all year. Oh yeah, there is No. 3 Ayala, who has defeated Amat and Walnut already, though that was much earlier in season, and in Amat’s case, several players were gone. Still, you know Ayala is good, too much club talent in the area for them not to be. Then there’s Glendora, arguably a top-five area team, but they’re over-matched in Division 2. It’s one thing to have four or five premiere players on your team, but once you start competing in Div-2 and Div-1, you’re facing teams with premiere players coming off the bench like Flintridge Sacred Heart. For those who haven’t seen FSHA, you’re missing the best team in the San Gabriel Valley by a landslide…

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 Basketball: Your Mid-Season Fab Five

If you were naming a mid-season all-area team, this would be my top five, all of whom are legitimate player of the year candidates. A lot can change between now and when CIF and state champions are crowned, but considering the individual seasons and how these players have impacted their teams, these are your front runners. Those teams/coaches who do not report season or individual game-by-game stats, sorry, I lean heavily on players I can follow. If you don’t want the pub or recognition, as Hammer says, that’s your prerogative. But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I’ll bet every coach who regularly does not post stats or rosters loved seeing their name/career followed in the paper during their high school days.

Highlights of Reyes, having a monster year for Damien …

In no particular order …
Nick Colletta, Glendora — The sophomore transfer from Lutheran is leading the area with 24 points a game for the 15-4 Tartans. If they make a run in playoffs, he’ll be in the mix for sure.

Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat — Great numbers across the board, averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the 15-5 Lancers, who have a great shot at winning the Del Rey League and making noise in the playoffs.

Chris Reyes, Damien — If you took a poll, Reyes would probably be the front runner for player of the year, averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks on the area’s top-ranked team with an impressive 16-1 overall record. A force on both ends of the floor, he will get tested in Saturday’s game against Mission Viejo.

Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran — In terms of pure talent and size, he has it all. The University of Arizona commit is averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds for the 10-3 Trojans, who have tackled a tough non-league schedule with several out-of-state games, and will be tested in the playoffs now that they’re in the same Division as Price, who they will meet on Saturday

C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran — He’s the straw that stirs the drink, averaging 16 points and five assists. He could probably average 25 points a game on most teams, but does what is needed to help the Trojans win.

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Girls Hoops: Ayala extends Sierra League winning streak to 49 with victory over Claremont

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Amy Campbell doesn’t often mention the Ayala girls basketball team’s Sierra League winning streak that reached 49 games with Wednesday’s 50-37 victory over Claremont. Most of the players on this year’s team have been part of only the last three. The same goes for Campbell, who is in her first year as Ayala head coach following Mel Sims’ long tenure.
“Six players graduated from last year’s team and one transferred,” Campbell said of the Bulldogs team that reached the CIF semifinals. “These are kids that haven’t played much varsity basketball. We’re very young.”
Nevertheless, an Ayala team with two seniors and no juniors has carried its league win streak into a sixth consecutive season. (To continue click thread).

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Boys Hoops: Calm under pressure Pompa nails game winner; La Puente perfect in Montview

By Tyler Drohan, Correspondent
La Puente High School’s German Pompa scored the winning basket with eight seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 34-32 victory over Sierra Vista on Wednesday and keep them in first place in the Montview League. Sierra Vista senior Herman Pech scored on a turnaround jumper from the baseline to tie the game at 32-32 with 21 seconds to play. Soon after, La Puente inbounded the ball inside to Pompa, who banked in the winner. Sierra Vista got a good look on the other end, but Andres Monteon’s shot rolled out as time expired. (to continue, click thread)
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No, this is not a football score, Rosemead beats Arroyo 32-25 to win its 19th straight in the MVL

By Nathan Cambridge, Correspondent
The Rosemead High School girls basketball team topped Arroyo 32-25 on Wednesday to give the visiting Panthers 19 consecutive Mission Valley League wins. “The victory means a lot to us because we are basically trying to keep our streak alive, and we know Arroyo is our biggest challenge,” Rosemead coach Jay Gauthier said. (to continue click thread)

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Already thinking baseball? Diamond Bar should be favored in the Hacienda; Sierra and Valle Vista up for grabs and what about Amat?

The slow time for us is between football and baseball (sorry basketball fans, that’s just how it is). Looking ahead, who do you like in the new Hacienda League? Will anyone challenge Bonita? Yes, Diamond Bar with Kenny Mathews, aka, the best returning pitcher in the Valley, will be the favorite in my opinion. How much are you going to enjoy Damien, South Hills and Charter Oak in the Sierra League? This is the most intriguing. I’m not sure what Ayala, Chino Hills and Claremont bring to the table, but Damien, Charter Oak and South Hills all in the same league for baseball is as good as it gets locally. How will our lone defending CIF champion, Glendora, do in the Baseline? They will continue to win because they’re a great baseball school, but what a shame they’re not in the Sierra … talk about wasting the perfect fit. Then of course there is always the Valle Vista, which a few years ago you could argue was the best league around. Not anymore, but it will be interesting with Wilson and Nogales joining to compete against Northview, San Dimas and Covina. Finally, will Bishop Amat have the pitching depth to be considered one of the best in the Southland again? Word is, QB Rio Ruiz will probably have to be a closer, that ought to be interesting ….

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Former Charter Oak linebacker Keith Smith turns into a Diaper Dandy for San Jose State


By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Former Charter Oak High School linebacker Keith Smith certainly made the most of his freshman season at San Jose State. Smith recently was named to the Football Writers Association’s Freshman All-American team and was named second-team All-Western Athletic Conference after finishing 30th nationally in tackles with 116. Smith led all freshmen nationally in tackles.

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