Girls Soccer: Ayala gets the best of St. Lucy’s

Ayala High School senior goalie Alicen Wright wasn’t going to allow her Bulldogs to surrender a late score to ruin the second matchup with Sierra League rival St. Lucy’s. On Jan. 21, the Regents scored a goal with three minutes remaining to send the game into overtime for what ended in a 1-1 tie.
But on Monday, Wright made 10 saves, several of which looked to be headed for the back of the net, to lead Ayala to a 1-0 victory over St. Lucy’s at Damien High School.

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Just Tribbin: Happy Birthday Dad

Over the next month we’re taking those vacation days you sort of have to take, but it worked out perfectly today, my dad turned 70 and we’re playing golf. Love you pop. Steve Ramirez is the one I’m jealous of, he’s using his days on a cruise this week and will be back for the basketball playoffs. In any case, thought it would be a good day to post a Just Tribbin, where you can talk about any topic you wish. See you tomorrow.

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South Hills coach Steve Bogan considering his options, speaks with Maranatha

South Hills football coach Steve Bogan is considering the possibility of coaching at Maranatha, but nothing has gone further than a conversation between both parties. There are plenty of factors that play in for both sides, but there is nothing more we can share at the moment. Obviously this would be an absolute steal and great hire for Maranatha, but nothing is imminent. Giving coach Bogan’s strong Christian background, it’s not a surprise the two sides have talked.

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Fundraiser Saturday to raise money for Jesse Cruz’s scholarship fund, beneffiting Northview and Rio Hondo College

The family of former Northview High and Rio Hondo College wrestler Jesse Cruz is holding a fundraiser this Saturday (Feb. 5) on what would have been his 21st birthday. Cruz died on the mat in September as he competed for Rio Hondo at a tournament at Mt. San Antonio College.
The family has set up two scholarship funds that will help both Northview High and Rio Hondo wrestlers attend college. Cruz’s family invites all to the American Legion Post at 330 N. Azusa Avenue in West Covina from 6 p.m. to midnight.

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Friday Hoops: Northview rolls past Nogales, 69-47

By Fred J. Robledo
The Northview High School boys basketball should have made winning the Valle Vista League title a formality long ago, but dropping three of its last four left the Vikings in danger of falling out of first entering Friday’s game at surging Nogales, which had won four straight and was just a half game out of first — both teams with three league losses.
It was almost surreal, after starting 18-3 and 6-0 in the VVL, the Vikings dropped games against San Dimas, Covina and Wilson, teams few expected them to have problems against. Making the situation even more dire, the Vikings might have lost starting point guard Nick Fuentes for the season in their previous loss to Wilson. The junior guard injured his knee and will have an MRI in the coming days.
In a dizzying 32 minutes, those problems seem long ago for the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA’s eighth-ranked team.
With its backs against the wall Northview delivered its best performance of the season, routing Nogales 69-47 to claim at least a share of the the Valle Vista League title, improving to 20-6 and 8-3 while the Nobles dropped to 13-12 and 6-4.(to continue click thread)

Friday’s Boys Basketball results
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Del Rey League
Cathedral at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Rowland 62. Diamond Bar 53
Mission Valley League
Mountain View 41, El Monte 31
Arroyo 46, Rosemead 37
Montview League
La Puente at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista 45, Gladstone 32
Sierra League
Damien 51, Charter Oak 30
Valle Vista League
Northview 69, Nogales 47
Baldwin Park 60, Wilson 48

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Aram catches up with Adam Muema, who has an unbelievable story to tell, check it out

Read Aram,”Inside the Huddle” … Just when things couldn’t be going any better for former Charter Oak High School running back Adam Muema, it all came crashing down. Muema, while attending a party at a home in Covina last May, intervened in a fight taking place between the home’s owner and some unwanted guests. Next thing he knew, he was on his way to an emergency room after somebody hit him on the head with a baseball bat.

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Girls Soccer: Walnut missed nine breakaways and created chance after chance, but finishing is the name of the game, Bonita wins 2-1

Robledo’s breakdown: This might sound crazy, but in terms of creating chances and work through the run of play, Walnut is the best team I’ve seen. I can’t recall a team missing as many point-blank opportunities as them, but I’ll take my chances with a team that creates that much. They’re clearly frustrated, but once the goals start falling, they will come in bunches, but It better happen soon or they will miss the playoffs. But if they get in, they can win a CIF title. I would roll the dice with them over any team in the area. Their forwards are great, they’re quick, they hold the ball well, but on breakaways they need to slow down and gather themselves on their final touch, it appears they’re rushing everything in front of the goal and it has snowballed on them. It’s like they’re firing away hoping it goes in instead of concentrating on the final shot. But hey, creating opportunities is a good problem to have. Bonita was very lucky yesterday, why they ran an offside trap that much I don’t understand. When you’re defenders aren’t as quick as the opposing forwards, your inviting trouble. They got away with it this time, but you can’t rely on a team missing nine breakaways in the future.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Bonita High School girls soccer team pushes forward at every opportunity, forcing its opponents to play on a small field and creating a more physical game, much to its liking. It’s risky, especially because it invites counter-attacking opportunities, but given Walnut’s track record of missing breakaways this season, it wasn’t such a bad game plan after all.
Bonita only had four legitimate scoring chances against visiting Walnut on Thursday, but the Bearcats converted twice, and that was enough to sneak away with a 2-1 victory that keeps their Hacienda League title hopes alive while leaving the Mustangs on the playoff bubble with a week left before the postseason begins. (To continue, click thread).

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Northview baseball has interesting Whittier ties

I received an anonymous letter from someone who claims to be a Whittier High baseball supporter over recent transfers from Whittier High to Northview. Transfers happen, but when they happen from the same school, it is fair to point out. I won’t post the letter or accusations that came with it, especially from someone anonymous, but I will point out the facts: In 2009, Whittier pitcher/utility Eric Ruvalcaba transferred to Northview, the same year they won a title. in 2010, Jesse Avila transferred from Whittier to Northview and competed for the Vikings baseball team. And though a roster hasn’t been finalized for the 2011 season, Whittier catcher Stephen Zavala, who batted .441 with 10 RBIs as a junior, transferred mid-year to Northview and is expected to play baseball for the Vikings once his transfer paperwork is submitted to the CIF Southern Section and approved.

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Sporting News ranks Bishop Amat No. 17 in the nation, I’m not sure they’re No. 1 in our area

I could not find a link to the artice, but the February, 2011 edition of Sporting News ranks the top 25 high school baseball teams in the country, with Bishop Amat at No. 17 and the lone area team on the list. Look, I know Amat is good, they probably have the deepest fielding and hitting team in the area by far, but pitching wins championships and other area teams are deeper on the hill. In any case, here is what Sporting News wrote about the Lancers, who had some flattering words for the Big River, AKA, Rio Ruiz, who may have to help on the mound this season. That’s a scary thought for anyone who’s been on the receiving end of one of his passes in football. And if you ever shake his hand, you better shake it like a man or it’s going to hurt.

From the SPORTING NEWS: Putting runs on the board in 2011 should not be a problem for Bishop Amat, which returns one of the most talented teams in Southern California. The Lancers reached the traditionally tough CIF Southern Section quarterfinals last year and return USC-bound third baseman Rio Ruiz (.528-4-34), who has a chance to be a very high draft pick in 2012 as either a hitter or pitcher. He will have plenty of support in the batting order with senior first baseman Adrian Franco (.337-2-29) and junior outfielder Jordan McCraney (.333-3-21), who have committed to San Diego State and USC, respectively. Senior third baseman Bernardo Zavala (.327-4-30) and senior outfielder Jay Anderson (.340-4-23) also return. Pitching depth may be the key for Bishop Amat. Junior lefthander Daniel Zamora (5-1, 2.86) is the top returning hurler, but Ruiz has shown flashes of becoming a high-level pitching prospect, and his development could be the difference between a good or great season.

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Boys Hoops: Damien 61, Chino Hills 51

I joined Reginald Miller for their Time Warner telecast of tonight’s game and came away impressed with Damien again. When they played undefeated Mission Viejo a couple weeks back at APU, I thought Chris Reyes dominated their bigs in stretches in a game they could have won. When he’s aggressive on both ends, the Spartans are unstoppable. When they feed him in the post, he’s unguardable against undersized players. The Spartans have solid complimentary players but Reyes is the one who can carry them to a championship. Sometimes I get the impression he doesn’t realize how good he is or how good he can be. The Inland Insider Tom Kiss was at tonight’s game too, check out his video highlights and interviews.

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Your “A” Team at the Rose Bowl, anyone ask Aram why he didn’t play football, he must have been a beast in high school; Miguel was in the band

I of course played soccer, tennis and golf, what else can you do when you’re 5-5, 120 with guys like Mike Maggiore next to you at Edgewood. Andrew Campa to the far right I have nothing to tease about, he’s one of the hardest working guys in preps, I’m just not sure if he’s athletic … All we’re missing is legendary Steve Ramirez, who ditched us to spend an afternoon with golfer Cristie Kerr who will be in the Kia Classic at Industry Hills in March.

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More from signing day …


Caption: From left, Athletes Katherine Salcido (San Dimas/UCLA), Heather Jackson (Bonita/Utah Valley), Kylie Price (Bishop Amat/UCLA), Jessica Smetherman (Glendora/Cal State, Fullerton), Lauren Stupin (Los Altos/Cal State, Fullerton), and Khalalah Todd (Northview/New Mexico State)

Girls signees: High-profile college sports such as football and basketball generate the most revenue and hand out the most scholarships, though earning an athletic scholarship of any kind is difficult. That’s why Wednesday wasn’t just a day to celebrate the football signees on national signing day across the country. It was also a day to recognize the hard work of track standouts such as Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price and San Dimas’ Katherine Salcido, both of whom were offered full athletic scholarships and signed to compete for the prestigious UCLA track and field team.

Caption: Left to right:Baldwin Park’s Wardell Crutchfield (Georgetown) ,Chino Hills’ Ifo Ekpre-Olumu (Oregon) ,Glendora’s Chad Jeffries (San Diego State),Charter Oak’s Dennis Rufus (San Jose State),South Hill’s Sioasi Aiono (Utah),San Dimas’s Allen Brown (Fresno State),Diamond Ranch’s Chase Price (San Diego State),Diamond Ranch Jacoby Carter (Sacramento State),Chino Hill’s Nate Harris (Montana) and Baldwin Park’s Demetrius Jackson (Portland State).

Football signing story: Chino Hills standout defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu signed with Oregon while teammate Nate Harris chose Montana. “I envision actually playing on the field, but I can’t say right now whether I’m going to red-shirt,” Ekpre-Olomu said. “But I envision going to practices and playing with the best players in the nation. It’s a dream come true.”

And here’s where our area community college players will go. They include Mt. San Antonio Colleges’ Nick Lamaison, who prepped at South Hills, and Michael Edwards, who prepped at Glendora. Both signed with Texas-El Paso.

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College signing day has arrived and dreams are realized. With that in mind, we took our football signees to the best stadium in all of college football, the Rose Bowl for pictures and Q&A

We know how special signing day is for players and their families and we do our best to make it special for them. In tomorrow’s paper, we’ve got a special spread we think everyone is going to enjoy, full of pictures and recognition for all the athletes that signed in football and other sports. In football, I’d like to share what we did in preparation for today’s events. We invited football signees from the Whittier, Pasadena and Tribune coverage areas to the best stadium in all of college football, the Rose Bowl, for pictures and some Q&A. Here is a sneak preview of what we did, and a special thanks to the Rose Bowl for being so gracious with us.

Below: A group shot of signees from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune ciruclation areas. Congrats all.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Glendora High School quarterback Chad Jeffries finally got the attention from college recruiters he wanted, but unfortunately for schools making a late bid at Jeffries, their overtures were too late. Jeffries, despite recent offers from Washington and Fresno State, is sticking with his decision to attend San Diego State. He is one of several area football players who will finalize their college choices today.

Send us your pictures: If you have pictures from today’s signings at the school, I will post them if you send them to me at … Congratulations to the San Dimas saints duo below, Allen Brown signing a letter of intent to play football at Fresno State while track star Katherine Salcido signs her letter to compete at UCLA.

Allen Brown, San Dimas (Fresno St.)
Chase Price, Diamond Ranch (San Diego 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)
Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park (Portland State)
Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, (San Jose State)
Nate Harris, Chino Hills, (Montana)
Tarez Lemmons, Bonita, (University of San Diego)

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)
Kaitlyn Curley, St. Lucy’s, soccer, (Eckerd College)

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Girls Soccer: San Dimas returns favor to Northview, wins 2-1 to move into a first-place tie

By John Honell
Never underestimate the heart of a champion. The San Dimas High School girls soccer team had to come from behind to knock off first-place Northview 2-1 in a Valle Vista League showdown Tuesday. The three-time defending champion Saints (14-2-2, 9-1) moved into a first-place tie with the Vikings (17-4. 9-1) with two games left in the regular season.

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Glendora led mighty Etiwanda at half before falling 53-42 in Baseline Showdown Tuesday night

By Tyler Drohan
Visiting Etiwanda rallied from a 24-22 halftime deficit to secure at least a share of the Baseline league title with a for a 53-42 win over Glendora High School on Tuesday night. Etiwanda opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run spurred on by eight points from senior Byron Wesley. The USC commit opened the quarter with a 3-pointer to give Etiwanda a 25-24 advantage and, following another Etiwanda three, Wesley scored on consecutive possessions to put the Eagles up 32-24 with 4:50 to play in the quarter.

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Basketball rankings: Glendora hosting powerful Etiwanda tonight, don’t be surprised if something special happens, after all, it’s Glendora

Some great boys basketball games over the next two nights, Glendora hosting 22-1 Etiwanda tonight at 6:30 p.m., followed by Damien hosting Chino Hills on Wednesday night. By the way, what happened to Northview, how do you start 19-3, beat Baldwin Park to stay unbeaten in league then lose to Covina and Wilson?

Boys Basketball rankings
1. Damien (20-2) – Gets CHills at home tonight
2. La Verne Lutheran (13-4) – 9-0 in Arrowhead League
3. Glendora (19-4) – Hanging tough in Baseline
4. Chino Hills (19-4) – Still better than expected
5. Bonita (19-3) – Rounds out a solid top five
6. Bishop Amat (17-6) – Can still win Del Rey
7. Ayala (14-8) – Tough competing in Sierra
8. Northview (19-5) – Big losses to Covina, Wilson
9. Mountain View (17-5) – On way to MVL title
10. Baldwin Park (16-7) — Can still win Valle Vista, must thank sinking Vikings

Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (18-4) – Tough loss to Redondo Union
2. Bonita (19-2) – Capable of so much
3. Duarte (17-1) – Beat Sierra Vista again
4. Chino Hills (16-6) – Perfect 6-0 in Sierra
5. Diamond Ranch (11-9) – Have to respect its talent
6. Wilson (16-6) – Inspiring season from ‘Cats
7. Walnut (14-6) – Always plays hard
8. St. Lucy’s (12-9) – At Chino Hills tonight
9. Sierra Vista (14-4) – Two losses to Duarte
10. West Covina (12-8) – Big win over Walnut

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Soccer: With two weeks left before playoffs, league races and playoff spots up for grabs

In girls soccer, two huge games today. Northview is hoping to beat San Dimas for the second time, which would all but assure the Vikings the Valle Vista League title. Los Altos can all but clinch the Hacienda with a victory against second-place Bonita at home today. Both games are at 3:15 p.m.

Below: Mountain View might be are top-ranked team, but Claremont is the lone undefeated team.

Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Mountain View (9-2-3) – Dominating 6-0 in MVL
2. Claremont (13-0-5) – Unbeaten late in the season
3. Bonita (11-3-5) – Surging ahead in Hacienda
4. Glendora (11-6-5) – Closing in on Baseline title
5. Ganesha (11-4) – In control of Montview
6. Damien (8-2-6) – Solid 0-0 tie at Claremont
7. Diamond Ranch (9-3-2) – Making late-season charge
8. Pomona (15-3-2) – In firm control of Valle Vista
9. Los Altos (9-4-3) – Chasing Bonita in Hacienda
10. Baldwin Park (12-2-2) – Hangs on to final spot

Girls Soccer rankings
1. Bishop Amat (18-1) – 80 goals, just 12 against
2. Ayala (14-4-2) – Still leading Sierra race
3. Los Altos (14-2-4) – Living up to pre-season hype
4. St. Lucy’s (7-4-3) –Closes with Ayala, Claremont
5. Bonita (12-4-2) – Keeps improving each week
6. Glendora (11-6-4) – Might not make playoffs
7. Northview (17-3) – Proving they play defense too
8. Diamond Bar (11-6-1) – Fighting for playoff spot
9. Claremont (14-6-1) – Dropped to third in Sierra
10. San Dimas (13-2-2) – Still in Valle Vista hunt

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