Bishop Amat’s 2011 football schedule complete

Too bad Amat nation can’t post comments while our techs work into the second week trying to restore them, but here’s what you all want regardless, your 2011 football schedule. It appears Long Beach Jordan was added in week two, forcing the Lancers to have a bye in week ten, something coach Steve Hagerty wanted desperately to avoid. Also, Amat’s annual Hit & Hustle football camp is on Saturday, January 15 for grades 3-8. The $75 registration free includes a camp t-shirt, certificate of participation, group photo, lunch and of course instruction from the Amat coaching staff, including Hagerty. For more information call 626-962-2495, ext. 6001 or visit

Bishop Amat’s 2010 football schedule
Week 0 – vs Garfield
Week 1 – @ Servite
Week 2 – vs LB Jordan
Week 3 – @ Damien
Week 4 – vs Cathedral
Week 5 – @ Venice
Week 6 – vs Alemany
Week 7 – @ Crespi
Week 8 – vs Loyola
Week 9 – @ Notre Dame
Week 10 – BYE

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Girls Soccer: Lauren Stupin leads the way in Los Altos’ 4-2 victory over Bonita

By Fred J. Robledo
Outside midfielder Lauren Stupin has heard it so much from Los Altos High School girls soccer coach Chris Reeder that it’s finally registering. No longer can the Conquerors’ most influential player be content running up and down the flanks waiting for opportunities to fall in her lap — she needs to be the one creating opportunities for the rest of her teammates.
Stupin was more of the facilitator Reeder was looking for on Tuesday, playing a key role in three of Los Altos’ goals in a 4-2 victory over Bonita that improved the Conquerors to 9-2-4 and 2-0 in the Hacienda League while the Bearcats dipped to 7-4-2 and 0-2. (To keep reading click thread).
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SoCal Shootout schedule Jan. 22 at APU released

What an outstanding docket put together by Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow.

Saturday, Jan. 22 at APU

9 a.m. Flintridge Prep vs. Covina
10:30 a.m. Bishop Amat vs. Bonita (girls)
Noon Walnut vs. Maranatha
1:30 p.m. Rowland vs. Righetti
3 p.m. Corona Del Mar vs. Upland
4:30 p.m. Los Osos vs. La Canada
6 p.m. Damien vs. Mission Viejo
7:30 p.m. Etiwanda vs. Colony
9 p.m. Glendora vs. Baldwin Park

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All-CIF SS football teams released Jan. 18; section still waiting on Mid-Valley Division

A message from CIF: The All-CIF-SS 11 Man Football Teams will be released as soon as we receive all of the completed teams. As of today we have received 11 of the 13 division’s with Western and Mid-Valley Division’s scheduled to meet to select their teams this week. It is our hope to release those teams next Tuesday, January 18. We will send out a notification once we have received all of the teams with a scheduled date for their release. No teams are final until they are released by this office.

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Soccer rankings: Hacienda League girls soccer race heating up with Diamond Bar, Walnut, Los Altos; Mountain View back on top in boys rankings

CIF Girls Soccer Polls
Girls Soccer Tribune Rankings
1. Ayala (8-4-2) — Will say the same thing as last week, beat Walnut and Bishop Amat with Sierra League about to start.
2. Bishop Amat (12-1) — Starting to resemble last year’s impressive start with 59 goals to go against just 12 against.
3. Walnut (8-3-1) – With arguably the best defense in the Valley, the Mustangs always among the area’s best.
4. Glendora (10-3-4) — Considering the schedule and tough penalty kick loss to Walnut, the Tartans’ record is impressive.
5. Los Altos (8-2-4) — Big game at Bonita today, but seems like every game in the Hacienda is a big game.
6. Northview (12-3) – Vikings proving they’re more than just Khalalah Todd after last week’s big win over San Dimas.
7. Sierra Vista (9-2) — Probably won’t lose a game in the Montview
8. San Dimas (8-2-2) — Record should be better considering the schedule they have played.
9. Claremont (9-4-1) — May give Ayala run for their money in Sierra.
10. Diamond Bar (8-4) – Surprise 2-0 start in the Hacienda with wins over Diamond Ranch and Bonita.

CIF Boys Soccer Polls
Boys Soccer Tribune Rankings
1. Mountain View (3-2-3) — Win over Baldwin Park and tie against CIF divisional champ Paraclete. Not a bad week.
2. Claremont (8-0-4) — Great stat, but big league games against South Hills, Damien and Chino Hills yet to be played.
3. Sierra Vista (10-2-1) – Giovanni Munoz with 9 goals and 8 asssists.
4. Baldwin Park (9-1-1) – Suffered tough 1-0 loss to Mountain View
5. Walnut (6-0-3) — Nothing changed from last week, except recent matches not reported.
6. Bonita (6-3-4) — Lost or tied last four games.
7. Diamond Bar (7-3-2) — 3-2 loss to Diamond Ranch followed by 1-0 win over Bonita.
8. Los Altos (6-3-1) – Juan Mendoza leading in goals and assists
9. Glendora (7-6-5) — Off to a solid 1-0-1 start in the Baseline.
10. South Hills (7-4-3) – Best start in a while for Huskies

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

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

Here’s something interesting, the Division 3 girls soccer polls just released. Um, where’s Walnut? I guess that’s what the Mustangs get for not updating their record on Maxpreps.
Girls Division 3.
1. Granite Hills, 2. La Salle, 3. Ayala, 4 Bishop Amat, 5. Serrano, 6. Righetti, 7. La Mirada, 8. Los Altos, 9. St. Joseph, 10. St. Lucy’s

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Boys Basketball rankings: Damien on top; Glendora to No. 4; Mountain View cracks list

CIF-SS Boys Basketball rankings


1. Damien (13-1) — The Spartans lose to Gahr and former Nogales coach Ricky Roper. Still, they’re the best of the rest.
2. La Verne Lutheran (5-2) — Lutheran in the Arrowhead League is like Bishop Amat competing in the Prep League in football. Okay, enough of Amat, but you get the point.
3. Chino Hills (13-3) – This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Huskies, but it appears they just picked up where they left off.
4. Glendora (14-2) — Don’t talk to me about Glendora’s schedule, they’re in the Baseline League. Beating Los Osos in the opener was a pretty big deal. Tonight they’re at Etiwanda.
5. Bonita (12-3) — The Bearcats need to learn how to win the pressure games, losing in both the La Canada and Covina tournament finals.
6. Ayala (10-5) — The Bulldogs have the best chance of giving Chino Hills a run for their money in the Sierra.
7. Bishop Amat (12-5) — Let’s be honest, the Lancers have too good of a basketball facility to not be better than this.
8. Rowland (12-4) — Wouldn’t call them the Hacienda League favorites, but they’re going to give Bonita a run for their money.
9. Northview (14-3) – Vikings favored to win another Valle Vista League title. So, how many league titles will that be for coach Rice?
10. Mountain View (12-3) — The Vikings are off to their best start in years, by far the area’s biggest surprise.

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La Verne Lutheran hosts California Elite Showcase on Jan. 22 at the University of La Verne

The inaugural California Elite Showcase will bring together some of the top High School Basketball teams from California, all competing at the University of La Verne. This year’s match-ups include three California State Champions, two Sectional Champions, one Sectional Finals Runner-Up, four players currently ranked as one of the top 25 best players in the USA.

Saturday, Jan. 22 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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Monday Boxscores: Northview boys continue to look strong in the VVL; Wilson girls win again

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to For Monday’s boxscores, click thread.
Monday’s results
Boys Basketball
Valle Vista

Northview 58, Wilson 28
Nogales 65, Covina 48
San Dimas 63, Pomona 61
Girls Basketball
Valle Vista
Covina 56, Nogales 20
San Dimas 58, Pomona 17
Wilson 45, Northview 26
Girls Soccer
Bishop Amat 3, Serrano 0

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Bonita on top with big games in the forecast; Duarte on the rise

CIF-SS Girls Basketball polls

1. Bonita (13-1) – Great games ahead for the ‘Cats, including Friday’s against Walnut and of course big league games against Diamond Ranch and a showdown against Amat on Jan. 22.
2. Bishop Amat (13-3) — In the post state championship era, what makes Lancers coach Richard Wiard so great is they always win games they’re supposed to, and spring a few upsets now and then.
3. Chino Hills (10-5) — Is it me or is Chino Hills good or great in every sport? Makes you wonder why Glendora is in the Baseline and not the Huskies, doesn’t it?
4. Duarte (11-1) — Gonna make the Azusa high football prediction in that the Falcons won’t lose another game until the postseason. Mark it down, they’re starting 22-1.
5. Diamond Ranch (7-7) — Yes their schedule is difficult, but seven losses this early in January is a big surprise, especially for a team as talented as this.
6. Walnut (11-5) — Last week’s loss to Diamond Ranch means the Mustangs probably won’t do better than third in the Hacienda after dominating the San Antonio for so long.
7. St. Lucy’s (9-5) – Absolutely crushed Glendora last week, 63-42.
8. Wilson (9-6) — The Valle Vista is welcome relief after finishing behind Diamond Ranch and Bonita in the old Miramonte League.
9. Sierra Vista (8-3) – The Dons’ dominance of the Montview may finally be coming to an end after getting blown out by Duarte, 66-38
10. West Covina (9-6) — Let’s face it, in a league with Diamond Ranch, Bonita and Walnut, the Bulldogs have an uphill battle.

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Wilson “Dream Team” with Scott Williams to face Wilson varsity in a charity game on Jan. 22

The 1986 Wilson High School basketball “Dream Team,” winner of the CIF-State Division II title, will have a 25th anniversary reunion game against the current Wilson varsity squad on Saturday, January 22.
Former NBA standout Scott Williams will return to play for the Wilson Dream Team. After starring at North Carolina, the 6-foot-10 Williams went undrafted after graduating from North Carolina in 1990, but signed with the Chicago Bulls and won three NBA titles with Michael Jordan and coach Phil Jackson.
Donations from the charity game will go to the Boosters Club. Umm, I graduated in ’86, has it really been 25 years?

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We’re going to make February signing day special, interviews and photo’s at the Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn has graciously allowed us to take pictures and do interviews for the February 2 football signing day for the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Once we get a list of all the signees together, we will invite them to the Rose Bowl, where players can get a close-up view of the stadium. We will gather everyone together for the shoot and interviews on Monday, Feb. 1, the day before signing day so that on the actual signing day, we can take pictures of the players at the school’s actually signing their national letters of event. I guess you can call it a two-day celebration.

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Back to normal, and for those of you who watching the game tonight, Oregon is a lock

Comments are working again, perhaps better than ever and Aram is expected back from vacation on Tuesday and yes, the Tribune all-area football team will be out later this month, on Jan. 20 is the date given to us. The Oregon mascot will do plenty of push-ups tonight, still can’t understand how the Ducks are 2 1/2 point underdogs to Auburn. With all their speed the Ducks are going to crush them, can easily imagine them winning by two touchdowns or more. In any case, the blog is up and running.

Steve’s Take: This from the guy who gave me TCU and 14 points over Wisconsin. But seriously, this one will be close. As I wrote in my bowl season preview column: Both teams feature two of the best offenses in the country. On one side you have Darron Thomas and LaMichael James for Oregon matched against Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newston. But as great as these offenses are, this one will be decided by the defenses. And Oregon, led by linebacker Casey Matthews and Cliff Harris, has been more consistent than Auburn, led by tackle Nick Fairley. Expect a shootout, but color this one green by game’s end.

And as a reminder of what it takes to win, here’s some advice from the one they called the Bear:

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Maxpreps rankings way off

MaxPreps’ computer rankings work much better in football. While we’re still waiting for the CIF-Southern Section to release their second basketball polls since the start of the season, I thought I would post where MaxPreps ranks our local teams. It’s obviously way off, any ranking without Damien on top isn’t realistic. Look at La Verne Lutheran, way down at No. 7. I don’t know how strength of schedule works on the computer, but it obviously doesn’t factor it in all that much. In any case, what do you think of Glendora on top of the polls and Damien No. 3?

Boys Basketball
MaxPreps Top Ten

1. Glendora (14-2)
2. Ayala (10-5)
3. Damien (13-1)
4. Chino Hills (13-3)
5. Bonita (12-3)
6. Bishop Amat (12-5)
7. La Verne Lutheran (4-2)
8. Rowland (12-4)
9. Northview (14-3)
10. Claremont (9-8)

FYI: We need Lutheran’s Bruce English in the Star-News/Tribune dunk contest. Check this out, he won second place in the Dunk Contest in Myrtle Beach.

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Sunday Tribbin: Northview wrestling parent Tony Serrato wins 1966 Mustang raffle on Saturday

By Carly Hill, Correspondent
Joe Hernandez’s 1966 Ford Mustang found a new home Saturday, three months after it was donated to help a baseball team. The Northview High School team hosted a car show at Solo 1 Kustoms in Azusa to kick off the raffle, bringing together hundreds of people from around California. The show featured more than 15 cars. “I hope this means a lot of goals can be accomplished by the team,” Hernandez said. The team plans to put the money toward a new playing field, uniforms and bleachers. Tony Serrato, the father of a Northview wrestler, was the winner of the shiny orange car, which has a rebuilt motor and transmission, a stereo and original molding. Serrato was not at the car show and has 10 days to claim his prize.

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Bonita, San Dimas Smudgepot at Citrus in 2011

For the first time in the storied history of the annual Smudge Pot football game between rivals San Dimas and Bonita, the game will be played at Citrus College to kick off the 2011 season. San Dimas is the host of the Smudge Pot game this year, which has become the area’s biggest rivalry with thousands in attendance. Because the Saints are under contstruction for a new football stadium and field turf surface that’s scheduled to debut in the fall of 2012 — the Saints will play their home games on the road in 2011 at either Citrus, Mt. SAC or Bonita high school.
San Dimas’ first preference is to play as many of its home games at Citrus, which is also the home of Glendora, Azusa and Gladstone.
Saints coach Bill Zernickow has a meeting with Citrus officials in March to learn how many dates are available.
Zernickow said the Smudge Pot will either be played on Thursday or Saturday the week following Labor Day, with Thursday being his first preference.
“Citrus will be a great place for the Smudge Pot,” Zernickow said. “(Bonita coach Eric) Podley and I would love to see more than 10,000 at the game. A packed house at Citrus would be great.” Zernickow said he’s not too concerned with not having a game on campus in 2011. “I don’t think it will affect us much,” Zernickow said. “In the end we’re going to have the best football facility in the Valley, so it’s worth the wait.”

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Leaving comments

Just a reminder, to post comments you must click on sign-in or comment anonymously. Most of you click on comment anonymously and when that happens you will see a captcha box below the comment screen, which are the squiggly letters you must type in before sending your comment.

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Boys basketball: Glendora opens Baseline with win; beats visiting Los Osos, 46-45

By Steve RamirezStaff Writer
Glendora High School won 13 of its first 15 games and secured two tournament championships in December.
But the only thing that matters today is that the Tartans boys basketball team is 1-0 in its new league.
Kyle Gordon scored 11 points and C.K. Bolado had four of his nine points in the final two mintues and Glendora returned to the Baseline League with a 46-45 victory over visiting Los Osos on Friday.
The Grizzlies, who slipped to 10-5, had a chance to tie it, but Cameron Tagge’s 3-point shot with five seconds left was short, leaving Los Osos one point short on a Jonathan Solomon’ layup at the buzzer.
Glendora, also getting eight points from Nick Colletta, improved to 14-2. It was the Tartans first game in the Baseline League since moving to the Sierra League prior to the 2002-03 season.
“I really felt this was the most important game of the year for us,” Glendora coach Mike LeDuc said. “When you’re playing at home in the league opener, if you have any chance to be competitive, you have to try and win it. It didn’t matter how we did it, we just had to score one more than (Los Osos), and that’s pretty much what happened.”
The Tartans used their defense to give themselves enough of a cushion coming down the stretch.

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Comments working, try it out

Daily News Online Editor Steven Rosenberg may have saved us. He’s been working to restore comments, which are back on. We will use the weekend as a test run and if everything runs smoothly, we should be in the clear. From now on, post comments with the new captcha feature (those squiggly letters you must type before you send a comment, which is located under your comment). Captcha was added to reduce/eliminate the spam. Let’s see how it goes, I felt so good to get a comment through I posted the dance …

You voted by an overwhelming margin to replace the blog with a new one. Then Rosenberg came to the rescue like Jimmy Chitwood. The recount is in, blog stays.

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Breaking News: Diamond Bar alum Ryan Maine named new Brahmas football coach

By Fred Robledo
Just a few days after John Martin announced his resignation as the Diamond Bar High School football coach, the Brahmas found a former champion to lead them. Former quarterback Ryan Maine, who was part of the Brahmas’ back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Divisional championship teams in 1998 and ’99, has been named the head football coach after serving as Martin’s offensive coordinator since 2008. (To continue, click thread).

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Breaking News: South El Monte coach Ray Hernandez resigns, could Escamilla return?

By Fred Robledo
South El Monte high school football coach Ray Hernandez resigned after two years and a 4-17 overall record, telling his players over lunch on Friday that he wants to spend more time with his family. Hernandez took over at South El Monte in 2009 after longtime coach Erick Escamilla resigned but remained a teacher at the school. Escamilla has submitted applications for neighboring head coaching positions since, and his return to the helm is a strong possibility, though athletic director Sonia Ayala said the position will be floated.
“Coach Hernandez resigned for family and personal reasons,” Ayala said. “He just told the kids and handed us his letter (Friday). At this point, we’re going to fly the position. We don’t have anyone in mind, we will go through the process.”
When asked if Escamilla might return, she said it was too early to tell.
“He’s (Escamilla) still teaching, and never ruled out returning but what he plans to do we haven’t heard,” Ayala said.

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Tonight’s boys basketball schedule

Covina High School showed off its new gymnasium during its annual Christmas boys basketball tournament the final week of December, but tonight is the official grand opening of the gym, in the Colts’ Valle Vista League boys and girls basketball openers against visiting Wilson. The girls will play at 4:45 p.m., which will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6:30 p.m. Many former players and coaches are expected to be in attendance, including players who competed for legendary Colts coach Doc Sooter. The game of the night, however, is at Glendora HIgh School, where the hot Tartans open Baseline League action against Los Osos.
Tonight’s games
Boys Basketball

Chino Hills at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Arroyo at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
San Gabriel at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Arrowhead League
Hamilton at La Verne Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Baseline League
Los Osos at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
West Covina at Rowland, 6:45 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 6:45 p.m.
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
Montview League
Sierra Vista at Azusa, 6 p.m.
La Puente at Workman, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Pomona, 6:30 p.m.
Wilson at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.

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