Saturday Morning Quarterback: DRanch flips the switch; Amat, Charter Oak romp on; South Hills gets down in MTown and Walnut in a stunner …

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“I told them everybody is doubting us, but we’re going to beat Bonita and everyone is going to say `Diamond Ranch did it again.’ “DRanch coach Roddy Layton

Today’s games and predictions
West Covina 35, Diamond Bar 17 – The Bulldogs jumped to a big lead and never looked back. Looks like the champs are ready to defend.
Covina 16, Pomona 14 – Much closer than many expected even with Colts QB Billy Livingston injured. The Red Devils, along with San Dimas and Covina, make the Valle Vista the toughest in the Mid-Valley. Sorry Olympic.
Bishop Amat 56, Cathedral 7 – The Lancers actually trailed 7-0 late in the first quarter before exploding to a 28-7 halftime lead. It’s what you expected, the Lancers winning on a night Loyola falls to Upland and loses RB Chaz Anderson to a knee injury; Alemany losing to Dorsey and Vista Murrieta beating Crespi. Oh yeah, Servite lost too.
South Hills 34, Monrovia 30 – With Vincent Hernandez not able to go with an injured shoulder, Jamel Hart rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a come-from-behind victory. Wildcats RB De’Shawn Ramirez had just four carries for -2 yards.
Diamond Ranch 21, Bonita 13 -- I’m going to owe Roddy Layton lunch over this, he promised and delivered. Say what you want, already looks like the Hacienda could come down to West Covina and the Ranch.
Walnut 34, Los Altos 14 – The night’s biggest shocker by far is the winless Mustangs knocking off the undefeated Conquerors in the Hacienda opener. Yup, the season can change just like that.
Azusa 42, Sierra Vista 16 – Back in the Montview, the three-time defending league champs found their groove again.
Duarte 52, Bassett 6 — Continuing to impress and scoring at will, the Falcons improved to 3-0 and continue to show they might be a league contender.
La Puente 45, Workman 7 — The Lobos aren’t this bad. It says a lot more about La Puente, who will probably go 9-0 before facing Azusa in the league finale.
Northview 35, Baldwin Park 17 – Second biggest shocker after Walnut over Los Altos. Just when the Braves were starting to roll, the Vikings shock ‘em.
Nogales 29, Wilson 14 – Not a surprise. The Nobles are improved and the Wildcats are heading south … quick.
Glendora 24, Lynwood 7 – The Tartans should enjoy it because the Baseline is next.
St. Paul 30, Ayala 27 — The Bulldogs had them on the run before losing late.
Damien 35, Temescal Canyon 21 — Jalen Castille had 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans’ third win.
Rosemead 31, San Gabriel 21 — Panthers proving they will be a Mission Valley contender … Aren’t they always?
Charter Oak 49, Santa Fe 0 -- Best offense in the area? Not sure, but the most complete. This was over when they got off the bus.
South El Monte 41, Temple City 27 — Don’t doubt the South? That was the theme when they had it rolling a few years back. They’re doing it again.
Redlands East Valley 34, Chino Hills 0 -- What else to say but ouch.
Serrano 41, Claremont 0 – See the Chino Hills comment.

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Thursday Final: Gladstone squeezes out 9-6 win over Ganesha in Montview League opener


By Brian Baiotto
Heading into Thursday night’s Montview League opener, Gladstone High had been outscored by 101 points and had yet to earn a victory in three tries. But the Gladiators held off a late Ganesha surge to edge the Giants, 9-6, in front of approximately 200 fans at Citrus in a game that had more penalties (23) than points.
Ganesha (1-2-1, 0-1) drove the ball to the Gladiators (1-3, 1-0) 28 yard line with 2:05 left in the game, but the Gladstone defense forced an incompletion and a fumble on consecutive play with heavy pressure on Ganesha quarterback Erik Acevedo and took over on downs. (To continue reading click thread).

Robledo’s Montview League predictions
1. La Puente (3-0) – Will be undefeated when they beat three-time champion Azusa in Week 10.
2. Azusa (0-3) – Coach Joe Scherf has never lost a Montview League game. Aztecs are 19-0 since he took over in 2008, which should stretch to 25-0 when La Puente comes calling.
3. Workman (2-1) – Only two teams are guaranteed playoff spots, but if the Lobos finish 7-3, they have a shot at a wild-card berth.
4. Duarte (2-0) – The surprise of league. We’ll find out how much they improved in league. I like them beating everyone but the top three.
5. Ganesha (1-2) – They beat Montclair and lost to two undefeated teams, so who knows.
6. Gladstone (0-3) – After Azusa, Gladstone has played the toughest non-league schedule, losing to Covina, El Monte and Bosco Tech.
7. Sierra Vista (1-2) – When all is said and done, they won finish at the bottom of the table.
8. Bassett (1-2) – Someone has to be at the bottom of the list.

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Breaking News: West Covina transfer Justin Hornsby’s request denied by CIF

Justin Hornsby, who transferred from Rancho Verde to West Covina, while moving into the South Hills area of the Covina Unified School District, was denied a hardship transfer request by CIF-Southern Section officials late Wednesday. Hornsby, a junior defensive end, figured to be one of the better defensive players in the area. West Covina coach coach Mike Maggiore said the family is deciding whether to appeal the decision.

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With more parity in Hacienda than a year ago, how will they finish in 2011

With the Hacienda League starting on Friday, defending league and Southeast champ West Covina is still the favorite, but the gap is closing and the race for playoff spots could change from week to week. Here is how I think it will shape up.

Robledo’s predictions
1. West Covina (3-1) — They will win league but not go undefeated. There will be a slip-up along the way against Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos or Bonita.
2. Los Altos (4-0) – I’m buying. I love a feel-good story and when you start winning, confidence comes with it. I love the fact they can run the ball, teams that run are built for the long haul.
3. Bonita (2-2) -- They might win games you don’t expect them to win, but they also will lose games you don’t expect them to lose. They’re still a playoff team, but not sure if they’re consistent enough to win league.
4. Diamond Bar (2-2) — This may shock some that I have Diamond Bar ahead of Diamond Ranch, but when you have a quarterback like Henry Omana, the best in the Hacienda, you should finish no worse than fourth.
5. Diamond Ranch (1-3) — These aren’t the Panthers of the previous years. They will not enter league and flip the switch. For the first time in the Layton era, they will miss the playoffs.
6. Rowland (2-2) – They could have a lot to do with the league outcome because they’re capable of big upsets. They aren’t consistent enough or good enough among this group to make the playoffs, but they will compete.
7. Walnut (0-4) — It’s going to be a long, long year. Don’t be surprised if the Mustangs finish 0-10.

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Covina QB Billy Livingston has Grade 2 shoulder separation; game-time decision vs. Pomona

By Aram Tolegian
Covina quarterback Billy Livingston hasn’t practiced this week and will be a game-time decision Friday against Pomona, according to Colts head coach Darryl Thomas. Livingston suffered a Grade 2 separation of his right shoulder in last week’s win over Walnut. The senior was treated at a local hospital after the game and has made progress, but has yet to get any reps with the first-team offense this week or even throw a ball.

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Bishop Amat’s Richard Wiard will remain the girls basketball coach at Amat while he serves as interim athletic director at Charter Oak


By Fred J. Robledo
Richard Wiard, the winningest high school girls basketball coach in San Gabriel Valley history, isn’t ready to give up what he’s built at Bishop Amat. Wiard, who has won four CIF championships and two state titles the past 12 years, will remain coach at Bishop Amat while he serves as interim athletic director at Charter Oak, a position he strongly considered pursuing before deciding to remain as the Lancers’ girls basketball coach.
Wiard, who took a one-year sabbatical from coaching in 2008 to pursue a second Masters degree at Azusa Pacific, is an economics teacher at Charter Oak, where his wife Kathy Wiard is the principal.
For years, Wiard has taught at Charter Oak and coached girls basketball at Bishop Amat. He’s been a high school basketball coach for nearly three decades.
Over the summer, Charter Oak vice principal and athletic director Glenn Martinez left the school to become the CIF-Southern Section assistant commissioner, leading to speculation that Wiard would become the athletic director or vice principal at Charter Oak.
Since Martinez left, Wiard has served as the interim athletic director at Charter Oak. However, Wiard said he isn’t seeking the job permanently. “This is what happens when your wife is the principal,” Wiard joked. “I’m helping out. I’m not considering it (athletic director) long term, it’s a short-term solution.”
Wiard came to this decision recently. Two months ago, he was strongly considering a move to the administrative side, whether at Charter Oak or somewhere else.
But when it came time to make the decision, his heart was with the Amat girls basketball team. “I didn’t want to give it up,” Wiard said. “I’m not that old yet. I still enjoy it.”

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Cross Country: Damien boys and Ayala girls take first at Tuesday’s Sierra League cluster meet

Everything you need to know about San Gabriel Valley high school cross country teams can be found on Bob Ramsey’s SGV track and cross country website.

The Inland Insider, Tom Kiss, was at Tuesday’s Sierra League cross country meet with highlights and interviews, check it out.

The Sierra League held its first cross country cluster meet of the season on Tuesday with Ayala leading the girls and Damien taking first for the boys over the five-kilometer course at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Ayala senior Chandler Colquitt won the girls race by 23 seconds, finishing in 19:03, well ahead of second-place finisher Merin Arft from Claremont (19:26), who held off third-place finisher Alex Borunda (19:27) from South Hills. Ayala and South Hills finished first and second respectively in the girls standings. Ayala finished with three top ten finishers and the Huskies four — giving the schools eight of the top ten finishers between them.
Damien held off second-place Ayala in the boys standings behind a strong effort from Spartans senior Tom Ebiner, who won in 15:54, with teammate Douglas Negrete finishing second in 16:07. With Spartans junior Conor Brandt (16:30) finishing fifth, the Spartans had three runners in the top five.

FYI: Mission Valley and Valle Vista boys and girls cluster meets are at Bonelli Park in San Dimas today. The Montview League cluster meet is at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights on Thursday.

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Be careful what you write on Facebook: Mother’s comments force Tennessee team to vacate wins

Rivals High posted a story on Wednesday that could easily happen to a team here, especially with the loosely-written rule on athletically motivated transfers. It reminds me of the Jordan and Jamie Canada situation in 2009, where Mrs. Canada’s explanation for transferring from Duarte to South Hills was on this blog, something CIF used in determining the Canada transfer athletically motivated. Parents often scold their children for not being careful about what they write on Facebook. In Tennessee, two star offensive lineman can now turn the table on their own mother after she inadvertently forced their team to vacate three victories from earlier in the 2011 season.

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Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar officially a rivalry thanks to mayor Steve Tye

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The stakes of the burgeoning rivalry between the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch football teams just got a bit higher. The city of Diamond Bar said in a press release Tuesday it will introduce a Mayor’s Cup to be awarded to the winning team after this year’s game between the neighboring schools. Diamond Bar hosts Diamond Ranch on Oct. 7. “Sports, particularly when they involve youth, have a way of bringing the community together,” Diamond Bar mayor Steve Tye said in the release. “The Mayor’s Cup is a means for celebrating that togetherness.

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Baldwin Park gets its groove back

By Aram Tolegian
After an 0-2 start, Baldwin Park’s season appeared headed toward disaster. Not anymore. Despite being heavy underdogs, the Braves got things turned around two weeks ago by beating Cantwell. They followed it last week with a win over San Gabriel. It wasn’t just the losses to start the season that had fans concerned. It was to whom and how. Baldwin Park was routed by El Monte in Week 0, then struggled the following week in a 9-7 loss to Lancaster. Somehow, though, the light went on, and Baldwin Park may be ready to contend again in the Valle Vista League after two wins over solid teams.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat finally claims top spot, but Charter Oak not far behind


1. Bishop Amat (3-1) – With a 21-point victory over a ranked Inland team we were questioning whether Amat deserves the top spot. Of course they do. They’ve beaten their three opponents by an average of 23 points while also allowing just 20 points against Garfield, La Mirada and Damien combined. That’s impressive considering Zach Shay and Adam Alcantara are injured, along with one of their best lineman transferring to Charter Oak last week. You want numbers. During coach Steve Hagerty’s tenure, the Lancers are 21-1 against non Pac-5 teams since 2008. Bottom line, they beat who they’re supposed to beat.
2. Charter Oak (3-1) – Charter Oak earned more stripes in a loss to Rancho Cucamonga that it would have in a 50-point blowout against a team nobody cares about. Still, the game is about winning, and when it comes to polls, moral victories don’t keep you on top.
3. West Covina (3-1) – The Bulldogs are taking the “heart of a champion” theme seriously. All three wins could easily have been losses. But they weren’t. That’s what good teams do, they win. Will it catch up with them late in the season? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t bet against them in the fourth quarter.
4. Claremont (4-0) – Of all the Sierra League teams, the Wolfpack have played the friendliest schedule. It won’t matter, because they will line up against everyone in the Sierra eventually. But for now, you have to respect the record.
5. Chino Hills (2-2) – Of all the Sierra League teams, the Huskies have played the toughest schedule and face another test against Redlands East Valley. Everyone knows, by the time league rolls around, they’re still the defending champs and team to beat.
6. Covina (3-1) – We should know more about the shoulder injury of Colts quarterback Billy Livingston today or later in the week, but when all pistons are firing, the Colts will be a hard team to beat the rest of the way. There is nobody in the division with the combination of athleticism, size, and they’re motivated.
7. Los Altos (4-0) – Did you know if they beat Walnut this week they would be 5-0 for the first time since 2003, when they won it all and finished 14-0. Good times are back in the Heights, but this is still September. If they’re rolling in October, look out.
8. Damien (2-1) – Hard to drop the Spartans too far after how well they played Bishop Amat for a half. The Spartans are improving by the week, and once they start catching balls that should be caught, their offense will be even better.
9. San Dimas (3-1) – The Saints are back in the top ten after their dismantling of defending champ Monrovia in Mtown. For all of you (and us) that wrote them off after the Smudgepot loss, that’s why coach Zernickow is the Wizard of the Wing Z.
10. Bonita (2-2) – Probably the most difficult team to predict, but consider that both losses were games they could have won. We’ll know a lot more on Friday when they meet Diamond Ranch at Ganesha.
The rest: 11. South Hills (1-2), 12. Glendora (1-3), 13. Arroyo (3-1), 14. Ayala (2-2), 15. La Puente (3-0), 16. Diamond Ranch (1-3), 17. Diamond Bar (2-2), 18. Rowland (2-2), 19. El Monte (2-2), 20. South El Monte (3-0), 21. Baldwin Park (2-2), 22. Pomona (2-2), 23. Rosemead (1-2), 24. Mountain View (3-1), 25. Azusa (0-3), 26. Nogales (2-2), 27. Duarte (2-0), 28. Walnut (0-4), 29. Workman (2-1), 30. Ganesha (1-2), 31. Northview (0-4), 32. Wilson (0-4), 33. Sierra Vista (1-2), 34. Gladstone (0-3), 35. Bassett (1-2).



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Glendora, West Covina moving on after incident

Glendora coach Todd Quinsey and West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said that an incident in Friday’s game that resulted in Tartans player J.R. Smith suffering a broken nose and facial lacerations due to an alleged altercation between players has been discussed and reviewed on video by the schools. However, any action or suspensions that may have resulted due to the alleged incident will remain a private matter, both coaches agreed. Both coaches were also satisfied with how each side handled the situation. Quinsey said the parents of Smith are not seeking legal action and that both teams and parties are moving forward and want to put the incident behind them.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours

Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season with the loser buying lunch in December.
Last week: Robledo (18-5); Tolegian (15-8)
Season standings: Robledo (69-27); Tolegian (65-31)

Last week: Aram got me on two big games, taking Rancho Cucamonga over Charter Oak and Rosemead over San Marino, but I beat him in almost every other toss-up game, taking South El Monte over Nogales, La Puente over Wilson, Baldwin Park over San Gabriel Mountain View over Hoover, Don Lugo over Azusa and Brea over Diamond Bar — all games Aram missed, giving me a three-game lead for the week, and four-game lead for the season.
This week: More predictable games than any previous weeks, but there are some tough calls, like South Hills-Monrovia, Diamond Ranch-Bonita, and Serrano-Claremont, the rest I feel good about. West Covina should beat Diamond Bar, Amat wins big at home, Los Altos goes to 5-0. In fact, only four teams remain undefeated, Los Altos, Claremont, South El Monte and La Puente, and of all four, Claremont has the best chance to lose.

Aram will update later
This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (Gladstone)
Friday’s games
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
Covina at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
Cathedral at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (Amat)
South Hills at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Tolegian (South Hills)
Diamond Ranch vs. Bonita at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bo-Hi)
Los Altos at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Azusa at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robleod (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Bassett)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Northview at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Tolegian (BP)
Wilson at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (Wilson)
Glendora vs. Lynwood at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Tolegian (Glendora)
Ayala at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Tolegian (San Pablo)
Damien at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
Rosemead at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Koffmead)
Santa Fe vs. Charter Oak at Pioneer — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (Super Chargers)
Serrano at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Serrano); Tolegian (Serrano)
South El Monte at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Tolegian (TCHS)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Damien makes Amat work for 28-7 win; Charter Oak earns respect in loss to Rancho Cucamonga and San Dimas routs Mid-Valley champ Monrovia; Check out highlights and our PrepXtra Postgame Rewind with Aram

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Friday’s games and predictions
Story: Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7 — It was a 7-7 game at half, then the Lancers scored three second-half touchdowns and picked Spartans quarterback Gage Pucci three times. Jalen Moore rushed for 191 yards and Rio Ruiz threw for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Story: Rancho Cucamonga 21, Charter Oak 13- For all those who kept saying the Chargers would get blown out, they showed they can compete with the Inland’s best. Nothing to be ashamed of. They didn’t win their step up, but they didn’t take a step back either.
Story: Covina 42, Walnut 6 — Colts keep on rolling, but there is bad news. Quarterback Billy Livingston suffered a shoulder injury and left for the hospital. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he’s OK.
Story: West Covina 20, Glendora 19 — The Tartans missed a 25-yard field goal with five seconds left that would have won it. What is that, three times the Bulldogs have escaped in the final minute? Either it’s a pattern or that’s what champs do — just win baby.
Story: San Dimas 31, Monrovia 14 — With or without McCarthy, this is a big win for the Saints at MTown, beating the defending champs in their own backyard. Plus, the Saints won without Dillon Corona, so both teams missed star players. For those keeping score, San Dimas leads the overall series 3-2 dating back to 2009.
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Bonita 50, Marshall 22 – Nice win for the Cats’ after a couple close losses. Maybe they’re Hacienda contenders after all.
Claremont 30, Rowland 20 – Raiders made a game of it, but the bottom line is the Wolfpack are 4-0.
Brea Olinda 34, Diamond Bar 6 — Yes, this was a step-up game for the Bahamas, but you wish they would have competed better. See Charter Oak if you don’t know what I mean.
Sierra Vista 21, Keppel 14 -- A competitive game for both teams, and a must-needed win for the Dons going into the Montview.
South El Monte 28, Nogales 16 — Someone reported back that the Tribune isn’t showing the Eagles any love or respect for their early season wins. Like everyone else, we didn’t see it coming.
Baldwin Park 26, San Gabriel 22 — Braves win again, but have a long way to go to compete with the big boys of the Valle Vista.
Chino Hills 37, Pomona 6 — I heard the score could have been much worse, but I get it, the Huskies were ready to beat up on someone after losing the way they did to Tesoro.
La Puente 28, Wilson 13 – Let’s be clear, the Warriors, not the Aztecs, are the Montview League favorites.
Los Altos 21, Ayala 17 — You wanted proof, here it is, over a Sierra League and Inland team. Yes folks, the Conquerors are back.
El Monte 35, Gladstone 0 - Mark my words, the Lions will be a contender in the Mission Valley.
Rosemead 23, San Marino 14 — Panthers hand San Marino its first loss. With Rosemead, Arroyo, El Monte and South El Monte, the MVL is legit. Now when’s the last time I wrote that?
Hart 42, Arroyo 17 – Knights lose a game that was delayed more than an hour because of lighting. SGV teams never fare well in that other Valley.
Don Lugo 30, Azusa 14 – Stepping up the schedule hasn’t worked out for the Aztecs.
Chino 23, Northview 0 – Vikings have a rough time on the road, but Chino’s good, real good.
Rancho Alamitos 43, Ganesha 7 -- Giants are no match.

Check out Charter Oak’s close call with Rancho Cucamonga with the Inland Insider and crew. Postgame highlights and interviews.

TDro caught up with Podley and crew in Bonita’s big win

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Thursday Final: Workman rallies in fourth to beat Montclair, 30-27; Diamond Ranch routs Chaffey 29-6 and Mountain View beats Hoover, 34-21

Thursday’s results
Workman 30, Montclair 27Workman High School quarterback Ryan Gomez led a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter to help the Lobos pull off a 30-27 victory over Montclair on Thursday at La Puente High.
The Cavaliers (1-3) led 27-22 when Gomez started the drive with a 45-yard run to the Cavaliers’ 35-yard line with 4:08 left. After moving to the 13, a bad snap forced the Lobos back to the 20 and facing third and 17.
After a timeout, Gomez connected with Elias Oropeza over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 3:08 left and, after a two-point conversion, the Lobos (2-1) led 30-27 and held on to win.

Diamond Ranch 29, Chaffey 6The Diamond Ranch High School football team took efficiency to unprecedented levels on Thursday. Without a single possession in the game’s first 19 minutes, the Panthers managed to take a lead they didn’t relinquish in a 29-6 win over Chaffey.
Mountain View 34, Hoover 21: - Ignacio Castanada was not about to let a Mountain View High School victory slip away. The senior running back returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown seconds after Hoover had scored to lead the Vikings to a 34-21 nonleague victory Thursday night at Glendale’s Moyse Field.

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Breaking News: Bishop Amat lineman Andrew Hauser transfers to Charter Oak, but he is not eligible for varsity football until 2012

Bishop Amat junior Andrew Hauser, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound offensive lineman who played on the Lancers’ 9-2 varsity squad as a sophomore, left Amat on Monday and transferred to Charter Oak. However, Hauser will not be eligible for varsity football until Sept. 20, 2012, having to sit out the rest of the season, and three games next year after playing in three games for Bishop Amat in September. Charter Oak filed a “limited eligibility” request to CIF so that Hauser could be eligible in all other sports except varsity football, which was granted. It’s a big blow for Amat, who is already thin on the offensive line, and another huge transfer-gain for the Chargers.

Update: I spoke with coach Hagerty, and what I can share on the record is that Hauser left the school on Monday over philosophical differences between player and coach. The team has spoken about it and is moving on, according to coach.

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Shocking Allegations: Charter Oak assistant water polo coach files a discrimination complaint against Charter Oak High School, claiming he was fired because he was gay

Because of the nature of these allegations, I will not allow comments on this thread. You can click on the story, however, and leave comments there.


Above: Mitch Stein was fired from his job as a water-polo coach at Charter Oak High School a few weeks ago. He has filed a lawsuit against the school district claiming the termination was because he is gay. (Watchara Phomicinda / Staff Photographer)

A former high school water-polo coach filed a discrimination complaint against Charter Oak Unified School District and claimed he was fired last month because he is gay.
Mitch Stein, who worked as an assistant water-polo coach at Charter Oak High during the summer, said Principal Kathleen Wiard terminated him after receiving an anonymous letter complaining about photos found on his Facebook and Myspace pages.
Stein said the letter included two photos, one of him posing with two drag queens and the other of him about to eat a corn dog. According to the complaint, the letter’s author called Stein “unfit to coach” and threatened to go to the school board if he was not fired immediately.

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Damien’s Gano on Amat: “If last year was a fist fight, we didn’t do very much of the punching.”

By Aram Tolegian
Last year’s Damien-Bishop Amat game was over in a flash. The Lancers put away their parochial rival to the northeast early and coasted to a 42-7 win. On Friday, the teams meet again and Damien coach Greg Gano is hopeful his team gives a much better showing. “If last year was a fist fight, we didn’t do very much of the punching,” Gano said. “We’re going to play them better than we did last year. Hopefully, we can play a little bit harder. I expect to. I hope there’s not a fear factor. There was a fear factor last year, but we got rid of that. There’s a respect factor. Those guys are a good football team.” Damien enters the game 2-0, but the Spartans hardly were impressive in getting past Diamond Ranch in Week 1 and routing a hapless Chaffey team last Thursday.

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San Dimas-Monrovia ready to settle the score in Season 3; McCarthy out for Monrovia

By Aram Tolegian
Since losing to rival Bonita in the season opener, San Dimas High School’s football team has been on a tear. The Saints have outscored CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division foes Azusa and San Gabriel by a combined score of 100-22. Are the Saints ready to join Covina and Monrovia on everyone’s short list of division champion contenders? The Valley will find out Friday when San Dimas (2-1) visits Monrovia (1-1). “I think our kids have worked hard in practice,” San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow said. “I think getting some experience in game-time situations helps, so as games have gone on we’ve gotten better. The kids have just gotten more comfortable playing. Defensively, being able to tackle a little bit better and forcing turnovers helps the cause.”

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Arroyo football coach Jim Singiser on facing Hart: “We have a puncher’s chance.”

“This is when you find out how mentally and physically tough you can be. Most of their coaches have been coaching there longer than most of my guys have been alive. That’s good. It’s a good test. You don’t see a whole lot of weaknesses in what they do. They pretty much have seen everything you can throw at them. Arroyo coach Jim Singiser on facing Hart Friday.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Arroyo High School, equipped with the memory of last year’s 44-3 loss to Hart, is excited for another crack at the big time. The Knights travel to Santa Clarita on Friday to take on Hart at College of the Canyons in a step-up game that would be a major stunner should Arroyo pull off the upset.
“We have a puncher’s chance,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “We can throw the ball. We have a shot. It’s not going to be a matter of us shutting them down, I can tell you that right now. They probably have three or four receivers who are faster than our fastest kid and they’re huge up front. We need to have them get some penalties and turn the ball over. We need a couple stops and then we need to play perfect on offense. That’s the way we’re looking at it.”

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