The second annual Tribune PrepXtra Preview Magazine will be available in your home subscription or at Newsracks on Tuesday, Aug. 30. If your newsrack runs out or you simply want extra copies, you can purchase them for $1 at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune office. They will go quick, so get here early. You can also purchase Whittier Daily News or Pasadena Star-News PrepXtra preview editions at those offices.

COVER SHOT left to right: Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore, West Covina’s Chris Solomon, Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago and Covina’s Vinny Venegas.

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Hype-it-up video on the Smudge, countdown to Bonita-San Dimas Thursday at Citrus is on

Who: Bonita vs. Sand Dimas
Where: Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Smudgepot Series Record: San Dimas 22, Bonita 16, 1 tie
Proceeds and parking: A proceed of the tickets will be donated to the “Special Operations Warrior Foundation.” All three gates at Citrus open at 5:45 p.m. Bonita should use the north gate and parking lot S8. San Dimas should use the south gate and parking lot S6
Tickets: Adults $10, Child $6. Bonita and San Dimas student with ASB free. Local student with ASB $6. Presale tickets can be purchased at both schools during the week.

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West Covina transfer Justin Hornsby not eligible for varsity football until August, 2012

The CIF-Southern Section ruled that West Covina transfer Justin Hornsby will not be eligible for varsity football until August of 2012. CIF listed his transfer request status as “limited eligibility”, meaning he can participate in junior varsity football or in all other varsity sports the rest of the year. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound defensive end transferred from Rancho Verde to West Covina over the summer. Although Hornsby lives in the South Hills school district, he was granted permission to enroll at West Covina after battling the school district. For some background, read what Aram wrote on Aug. 16:

Aram: (Hornsby) moved into the Covina Unified School District and was in South Hills’ area. But the junior-to-be wanted to play at West Covina. He had to protest to the county because Covina Unified would not release him.
After a five-hour wait at the county office on Tuesday, Hornsby got clearance. Coaches consider him to be on par with Justin Meaders, which immediately ranks him as one of the top defensive players in the area.

Note: CIF Director of Information Thom Simmons will be a guest on Tuesday’s episode of PrepXtra Live at 7 p.m.

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El Monte could learn a lot in opener against Baldwin Park: “A lot of people will say `Well, who did El Monte beat?’ And if we get a win from Baldwin Park, then later on in the year they can look at it and it will help build our resume.” — coach Sanchez

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Perhaps no football team in the area understands the importance of building its resume in nonleague games better than El Monte High School. Last season, the Lions finished third in the Mission Valley League but wound up spectators when the Mid-Valley Division playoffs started because of a 1-4 performance in nonleague games which included losses to division foes Covina, La Puente and Wilson. That’s why El Monte coach Joel Sanchez is well aware of the implications involved in his team’s opener on Sept. 2 against Baldwin Park, which also plays in the Mid-Valley Division.

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CIF Football Polls Released: Amat No. 3 in Pac-5; West Covina No. 1 in Southeast; Chino Hills No. 6 in Inland; Monrovia on top of Mid-Valley

CIF-Southern Section Preseason Football Polls

Pac-5 Division
1. Servite, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. Bishop Amat, 4. St. John Bosco, 5. Alemany, 6. San Clemente, 7. Santa Margarita, 8. Crespi, 9. Long Beach Poly, 10. Mater Dei
Southeast Division
1. West Covina, 2. Bonita, 3. Mayfair, 4. Arcadia, 5. Santa Fe, 6. Muir, 7. Diamond Ranch, 8. Walnut, 9. La Serna, 10. Diamond Bar.
Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia, 2. Covina, 3. San Dimas, 4. Whittier Christian, 5. Maranatha, 6. Village Christian, 7. Arroyo, 8. Bell Gardens, 9. Baldwin Park, 10. Azusa.
Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Upland, 4. Redlands East Valley, 5. Rancho Cucamonga, 6. Chino Hills, 7. Roosevelt, 8. Norco, 9. Redlands, 10. Charter Oak.

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