Bonita not the same since Smudgepot win

By Aram Tolegian
Bonita has headed south since its season-opening rout of San Dimas in the Smudgepot.
The Bearcats have suffered through injuries and errors that have led to losses to Claremont and La Serna, both of whom are undefeated. The combined final margin of defeat in those games was four points. “We’ve been doing suicide by Bearcat,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said. “It means we’re hurting ourselves with mistakes, fumbles, turnovers … we’re doing it to ourselves. La Serna had 14 points as a result of our fumbling. We missed an extra point and a field goal.”

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Billy Livingston could become Colts’ all-time leading passer on Friday, and already owns other records, but a championship is what it’s all about

Billy Livingston is starting to rewrite the record books at Covina High School. And as each record topples, the senior quarterback maintains the stat he’s most concerned about is wins.
Last week, Livingston broke the school record of two-time Tribune Player of the Year Mike McDonough for career completions at 310. He’s only five away from passing Matt Kearns (1992-94) in attempts. But the big ones lay right around the corner.
As soon as Friday night against Walnut, Livingston could move past McDonough’s career passing mark of 5,406 yards. He needs 362 against the Mustangs to do so. After that, Livingston has enough games remaining this season to set the school’s records so high that it’s hard to imagine anyone catching him.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Charter Oak hoping to show why its No. 1 on Friday with R.C., in town

Above: Charter Oak and Rancho Cucamonga meet again on Friday.

1. Charter Oak (3-0) – Three games, three quality wins over Glendora, Eisenhower and Esperanza, now comes the step-up of step-ups, facing Rancho Cucamonga at home, a team that only has allowed six points all year, and that came when the starters were out. For once and for all, Chargers can prove they’re completely deserving of No. 1 tag with a win.
2. Bishop Amat (2-1) – The season didn’t snowball after the Servite loss, the Lancers got back on track and did it the best way they know how, feeding Jalen Moore and watching him go to work in a blowout over La Mirada. Now they face a Damien team that wants a win in the worst way.
3. West Covina (2-1) — The Bulldogs go back to No. 3. Look, two wins over quality area teams in Covina and South Hills, and if you watched them work over the weekend, you got the feeling they might not lose another game the rest of the way.
4. Claremont (3-0) – With quarterback Daniel Kessler and several others gone, we forgot about the Wolfpack in the preseason rankings. But recent wins over Bonita and Walnut show they’re going to fight it out in the Sierra like everyone else.
5. Damien (2-0) – Spartans have done what they’re supposed to do, beat teams in front of them, even doing it in a convincing way over Chaffey. But now comes the test of tests, trying to show how far they’ve come since last year’s blowout loss at Amat.
6. Chino Hills (1-2) – The Huskies have played arguably the toughest schedule, losing this past week to Pac-5 contender Tesoro, the same Tesoro that knocked Amat out of the playoffs last year. Forget the record, the Huskies are better than this. You know it and I know it.
7. Covina (2-1) — Colts seem on a mission since their season-opening loss to West Covina with blowouts over Gladstone and El Monte. Billy Livingston and Co. are on a mission, they might not lose for a while.
8. Arroyo (3-0) – The win over Montebello wasn’t convincing, but it kept the Knights perfect. It might be hard to stay perfect visiting Hart on Friday, but this is what opportunities are all about, the chance to pull off a stunner.
9. Los Altos (3-0) — The feel-good turnaround continues, from a 14-game losing streak to an undefeated 3-0 start, and a No. 4 ranking in the Southeast. Feels like good times again when the Conqs are back in the picture.
10. South Hills (1-2) – The Huskies have suffered some bad luck, losing to Colony 30-29 and West Covina 35-33 because it failed to make extra points that would have sent both games to overtime. It doesn’t get easier, after a week off they visit Mid-Valley champ Monrovia.
The rest: 11. San Dimas (2-1), 12. Glendora (1-2), 13. Ayala (2-1), 14. Diamond Bar (2-1), 15. Bonita (1-1), 16. Pomona (2-1), 17. Rowland (2-1), 18. La Puente (2-0), 19. South El Monte (2-0), 20. Diamond Ranch (0-3), 21. Azusa (0-2), 22. Nogales (2-1), 23. Baldwin Park (1-2), 24. El Monte (1-2), 25. Walnut (0-3), 26. Rosemead (0-2), 27. Duarte (2-1), 28. Wilson (0-3), 29. Northview (0-3), 30. Mountain View (2-1), 31. Ganesha (1-1), 32. Bassett (1-1), 33. Workman (1-1), 34. Gladstone (0-2), 35. Sierra Vista (0-2),

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CIF Football Polls: West Covina No. 1 in Southeast, Los Altos leaps to 4; J.W. North overlooked in Inland; Maranatha takes top spot in Mid-Valley and Amat comfy at No. 6 in Pac-5

Mid-Valley Division
1. Maranatha (3-0), 2. Arroyo (2-0), 3. Monrovia (1-1), 4. Covina (2-1), 5. Village Christian (2-1), 6. San Dimas (2-1), 7. La Puente (2-0), 8. Montebello (2-1), 9. Whittier Christian (1-2), 10. Pomona (2-1).
Fred’s thoughts: I get why Maranatha’s No. 1, but the top two teams are still Monrovia and Covina, but they were punished for losing to upper-level teams, Covina to West Covina and Monrovia to Arcadia. Arroyo probably falls back with a loss at Hart this week, but Maranatha could be No. 1 for a while.

Southeast Division
1. West Covina (2-1),
2. La Serna (3-0), 3. Arcadia (1-1), 4. Los Altos (3-0), 5. Bonita (1-2), 6. Muir (2-1), 7. Mayfair (1-2), 8. Rowland (2-1), 9. El Rancho (2-1), 10. Santa Fe (1-2).
Fred’s thoughts: West Covina is deserving, and showed why they’re No. 1 with a 35-33 win over South Hills. The real surprise is Los Altos at No. 4, but not a big shock considering Bonita lost for the second time and Muir got crushed by Rancho Cucamonga. Arcadia looks like the real deal at No. 3, and if I had to guess right now, Arcadia and West Covina should be considered the favorites to meet in the title game.

Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial (1-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (2-0), 3. Upland (3-0), 4. Redlands East Valley (2-0), 5. Rancho Cucamonga (3-0), 6. Norco (2-0), 7. Charter Oak (3-0), 8. Damien (2-0), 9. J.W. North (2-0), 10. Chino Hills (1-2).
Fred’s thoughts: How can you rank Charter Oak and Damien ahead of J.W. North, who took a shot at Pac-5 Division semifinalist Alemany and beat them 36-35 on Friday. You should reward step-up wins, and this was a major win not rewarded in the polls. Maybe they should have scheduled Chaffey. Other than that, I love Charter Oak taking on No. 5 Rancho this week, great opportunity for both teams. Also, Damien probably shouldn’t be in the Inland top ten yet, but a win over Amat would solidify it.

Pac-5 Division
1. Servite, 2. Mission Viejo, 3. St. John Bosco, 4. San Clemente, 5. Santa Margarita, 6. Bishop Amat, 7. Crespi, 8. Long Beach Poly, 9. Alemany, 10. Los Alamitos.
Fred’s thoughts: How is Servite No .1? Who have they beat? OK, kidding aside, Amat’s in a good spot at No. 6 with a chance to climb the polls with games they should win over the next month before Serra League play begins.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours; Going with Amat and Charter Oak upset over Rancho

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 (21-4); Tolegian (17-8)
Season standings: Robledo (51-22); Tolegian (50-23)

Last week: Trailing Aram by three entering the week, I surged to the lead with the “swing” picks, taking La Serna over Bonita, South El Monte over Workman, Mountain View over Sierra Vista and Elsinore over Diamond Ranch, all games that Aram missed. We both lost with West Covina over South Hills, Glendora over Colony, Bloomington over Pomona and Baldwin Park over Cantwell, but that was it. Looks like we will be neck and neck throughout the season.

This week’s games: Amat-Damien is the game of the week, and what I found interesting after Damien’s blowout over Chaffey was Spartans RB Jalen Castille saying they’re tired of talking about beating Bishop Amat, they need to prove they can do it. Great for him, they need to feel confident. The Spartans should make it a more spirited game than last year, and winning would shut up a lot of Damien and Gano doubters (they’re 2-0), but it’s not going to happen, not after the way Amat bounced back last week against La Mirada. For the Spartans, this is their Servite. What they can’t do is get blown out at home, they have to make it a game, and will. They just aren’t ready to win this yet. The other big game is obviously Rancho Cucamonga at No. 1 Charter Oak. I can’t believe Rancho is a 17-point favorite on Calpreps. That’s disrespectful, but who who are your going to shout at, a computer? I don’t know why, I just believe this is the year the Chargers get it done and win their biggest step-up game in years. It’s time. I’ve been waiting for this. I’m glad Rancho routed Muir because it will make a Chargers win that much sweeter. The Chargers already have three quality wins over Glendora, Eisenhower and Esperanza, but on Friday they prove they can beat one of the best the Inland has to offer, and if they win, in my eyes, would be completely worthy of the number one spot in our poll, regardless of what Amat does to Damien. Why? Because when you look at quality wins, if Charter Oak beats Rancho Cucamonga, it would be the Valley’s biggest quality win to date. Although Glendora looked good in a win over Colony, I still like West Covina because the Bulldogs looked great against South Hills’ run game, and the Tartans won’t pass it around the park like South Hills did on West Covina. How about Monrovia at San Dimas? They’re 2-2 against each other and each with a title the last two years. Here we go again, except this time, I have to go with Monrovia. If the ‘Cats lose again after their humbling loss to Arcadia, they couldn’t stomach in Mtown, especially with South Hills visiting next week.

Note: Aram will update his picks later
This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Diamond Ranch vs. Chaffey at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (DRanch)
Mountain View vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (Hoover)
Montclair vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Montclair)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Amat)
Rancho Cucamonga at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Tolegian (Rancho)
Covina vs. Walnut at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
L.A. Marshall at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Glendora at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (West Covina)
San Dimas at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Tolegian (M-Town)
Claremont at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Tolegian (Claremont)
Diamond Bar at Brea Olinda, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Brea); Tolegian (D-Bar)
Gladstone at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (El Monte)
San Marino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Tolegian (Rosemead)
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (Sierra Vista)
Nogales at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEM); Tolegian (Nogales)
San Gabriel at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Tolegian (SG)
Wilson at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (Wilson)
Arroyo vs. Hart at College of Canyons, 7:30 p.m. Robledo (Hart); Tolegian (Hart)
Los Altos at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Tolegian (Los Altos)
Azusa at Don Lugo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Tolegian (Azusa)
Northview at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Tolegian (Chino)
Pomona at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (Chino Hills)
Rancho Alamitos at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (RAlamitos); Tolegian (RAlamitos)

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Cross Country: SGV boys and girls leaders, and race updates from Bob Ramsey

Cross country coach and contributor Bob Ramsey runs the best cross country site in the San Gabriel Valley, with updates on weekend results from the Rosemead, Woodbridge and Mt. Carmel Invitationals. Check it out.

San Gabriel Valley and Whittier all-encompassing Top 15
Please Note: It is notoriously difficult to compare XC performances. The athletes list below ran different and possibly inaccurately measured distances, in different weather, over different running surfaces and terrain. The list below tries to account for those differences by converting times to a norm of a flat, 3-mile course. Your mileage may vary.

1. 14:27 Ryan Vargas, Sr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
2. 14:38 Sergio Gonzalez, Sr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
3. 14:40 Aaron Mora, Sr – Whittier – Rosemead
4. 14:41 Estevan De La Rosa, So – Arcadia – Woodbridge
5. 14:44 Josue Gonzalez, So – Arcadia – Woodbridge
6. 15:16 Daniel De La Torre, Jr – La Salle – Mt. Carmel (converted, 14:46)
7. 14:55 Charlie Shen, Sr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
8. 14:57 Henry Rodriguez, Sr – El Rancho – Woodbridge
9. 14:59 Francis Lee, Sr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
10. 15:00 Bobby Villagomez, Sr – Los Altos – Rosemead
11. 15:01 Tom Ebiner, Sr – Damien – Woodbridge
12. 15;07 Jair Juarez, Sr – Los Altos – Rosemead
13. 15:08 Alexander Tranquada, Sr – South Pasadena – Woodbridge
14. 15:09 Paul Messana, Jr – South Pasadena – Woodbridge

1. 17:17 Veronica Yamane, So – Arcadia – Woodbridge
2. 17:17 Alejandra Quintero, Sr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
3. 17:25 Marissa Scott, Jr – Bonita – Woodbridge
4. 17:26 Kelli Hunt, Sr – Whittier Christian – Woodbridge
5. 17:29 Laura Guidolin, Fr – Arcadia – Woodbridge
6. 17:45 Bailee Henry, Jr – El Rancho – Woodbridge
7. 17:58 Anna Barcelo, Sr – Nogales – Woodbridge
8. 17:59 Marilu Pulido, Sr – Whittier – Rosemead
9. 18:06 Megan Renken, So – Claremont – Woodbridge
10. 18:07 Merin Artf, So – Claremont – Woodbridge
11. 18:10 Melanie Deciga, So – Walnut – Rosemead
12. 18:13 Alyssa Rivas, So – Mayfield – Rosemead
13. 18:14 Anahi Betart, Fr – Walnut – Rosemead
14. 18:20 Kailyn Scott, Fr – Bonita – Woodbridge
15. 18:20 Coley Mozillo, Sr – Mayfield – Rosemead

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: West Covina wins another thriller over South Hills 35-33; Amat rolls past La Mirada; Los Altos routs rival Wilson and Charter Oak, Glendora and Arroyo all win

Quote of the night: “We just got overwhelmed,” said La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti, whose team opened with losses to St. Paul (24-7) on Sept. 2 and La Habra (28-19) last week. “Those two teams (St. Paul and La Habra) aren’t Bishop Amat. It’s
not even close.”

Friday’s PrepXtra Postgame Rewind

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
West Covina wins thriller: Just another classic on Cameron Ave. That was the feeling after West Covina survived a furious fourth-quarter rally from visiting South Hills to pull out a 35-33 victory on Friday. The Bulldogs built a 35-14 lead going into the fourth quarter behind four touchdowns and 242 yards from Jimmy Frazier.

Great highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss and crew from West Covina’s thrilling 35-33 win over South Hills.

TDro caught up with Covina to talk about its blowout win over El Monte..

Friday’s results
Los Altos 32, Wilson 6 – The feel-good story continues as Conquerors improve to 3-0 heading into a big game with Ayala next week.
Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13 – Jalen Moore went nuts, rushing for 303 yards and five touchdowns as the Lancers bounced back from last week’s big loss to Servite.
Maranatha 47, Azusa 28 – The Minutemen are looking like Mid-Valley contenders with an easy win over Azusa.
Covina 52, El Monte 10 — The Colts are rolling offensively, doing anything it wants. With Monrovia going down tonight, Covina should be the No. 1 ranked team in the division. Anyone care to disagree?
Arroyo 29, Montebello 22 – Steven Rivera threw for 289 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 50 seconds left.
Charter Oak 54, Esperanza 28 — The Chargers rolled up over 600 yards in total offense to go to 3-0 heading into next week’s big game against Rancho Cucamonga.
Glendora 24, Colony 17 — Huge win for the Tartans, who kept on fighting after tough losses to Charter Oak and Monrovia.
Claremont 46, Walnut 20 — Wolfpack off to another quick start, just like last year.
Baldwin Park 23, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 14 – Braves bounce back to get a huge win at home, probably the upset of the night.
La Puente 43, Northview 34 — The Warriors outscore the Vikings in an offensive slugfest.
West Covina 35, South Hills 33 – Jimmy Frazier rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns, surviving a great effort from Huskies QB Vince Hernandez, who threw for 389 yards and three touchdowns, with Jamie Canada hauling in 8 receptions for 242 yards and two TDs. South Hills had four turnovers, West Covina had three in one of those games that had everyone shaking their heads. Great offense from both, and another classic finish.
La Serna 21, Bonita 20 -- Bearcats lose for the second straight time, this one a heartbreaker at home.
Nogales 31, Ontario 7 — Nobles looking good with second straight win, adding another Valle Vista league team to the playoff contending mix.
South El Monte 34, Workman 7 — Eagles roll in win over the Lobos.
San Dimas 59, San Gabriel 6 — Since losing to Bonita, Saints look great in wins over Azusa and San Gabriel.
Bosco Tech 51, Gladstone 27 — Gladiators showed they can score, but they give up a lot too.
Glenn 50, Bassett 6 -- Olympians never in it, lose big at home.
Diamond Bar 26, Don Lugo 6 -- Brahmas look impressive again, win second straight.
Tesoro 27, Chino Hills 3 – We keep telling you, facing these Pac-5 teams is no joke.
Ayala 43, Alta Loma 7 – Ayala wins, setting up big game with unbeaten Los Altos next week.
Bloomington 25, Pomona 22 – Red Devils lose a tough one, face Chino Hills next.
Elsinore 27, Diamond Ranch 20 — The Ranch slow starts continue, fall to 0-3.

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Thursday Final: Damien makes it look easy against Chaffey, 52-6; Rowland hangs on for 20-19 win over Rosemead; Mountain View wins again

SCOREBOARD: For quarter updates of tonight’s games, clink link.

Thursday’s results
Damien 52, Chaffey 6Spartans QB Gage Pucci threw two touchdown passes, and should have had another if not for a dropped pass in the endzone. But the key was running back Jalen Castille, who ran for two touchdowns and gave the offense what it needed, a steady presence in the backfield that allowed the offense to move at will. Now comes the big test, Amat at home next week.

Rowland 20, Rosemead 19 Even with its offense bogged down for most of the night, the Rowland High School football team had just enough moxie to get past host Rosemead on Thursday night. The Raiders took advantage of four Rosemead turnovers and got a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Terry Ford with seconds left before halftime to eventually pull out a 20-19 win.

Mountain View 16, Sierra Vista 14Special teams can be the difference when young teams meet in early-season games. That proved to be true in Mountain View High School’s 16-14 victory over Sierra Vista in a nonleague encounter Thursday night.

Rancho Christian 20, Duarte 13 – Our apologies for not covering the Falcons game. It would have been nice if someone at the school let us know they changed the date of the game at the last minute. In any case, the Falcons lose a tough one.

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Thursday Volleyball: South Hills rolls past Bonita, Walnut shocks Bishop Amat in five

South Hills 3, Bonita 1

The Huskies outlasted the Bearcats (2-2) 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22. Bonita was led by Sarah Bruchet’s 29 assists and seven digs and Victoria Dennis added 20 kills. Kaitlyn White and Brie Kennedy each had nine kills and Melissa Katherman contributed six digs. Marisa Gomez led the Huskies (6-1) with 23 kills and 3 aces.
Walnut 3, Bishop 2
Walnut defeated Bishop 25-21, 25-23, 17-25, 20-25, 16-14 behind Hannah Pope’s 14 kills and five blocks.
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Breaking News: Bishop Amat without Zach Shay and Adam Alcantara for Friday’s game with La Mirada, Jalen Moore game time decision

All purpose player Zach Shay (concussion) and safety/outside linebacker Adam Alcantara (knee injury) will both miss Friday’s game against La Mirada. Shay, who suffered his second concussion since fall practice started, will be evaluated week-to-week, but is not expected back soon. Alcantara will miss two to three weeks according to coach Steve Hagerty. Shay and Alcantara were both injured in the first quarter against Servite, and never returned. Even Serra all-league first team running back Jalen Moore is a game-time decision, Hagerty explaining that he was banged up following the loss to Servite as well. With Shay out indefinitely, junior Dionza Blue is expected to share the backfield with Moore, and will likely be the primary back if Moore can’t go. La Mirada may be 0-2, but they’re a good 0-2 having lost to St. Paul (24-7) and powerful La Habra (28-19).

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s cruises past Bonita; Azusa wins in five over Covina

Wednesday’s Nonleague
St. Lucy’s 3, Bonita 0

St. Lucy’s front line was too much to handle for the Bearcats (2-1) and were defeated 25-13, 25-21, 25-13 Bonita’s Victoria Dennis led the her team with 12 kills, while Kaitlyn White had four blocks Offensively, setter Sarah Bruchet recorded 19 assists and Kassie Mejia had seven digs.
Whittier Christian 3, Fullerton 1
The Heralds (6-0) received outstanding performances from Deanna Blaine and Kylee Wolfe who recorded 13 and 10 kills respectively. Ashley Hunter had 23 digs and Jaden Louie chipped in with 39 assists.
Alverno 3, South El Monte 0
Jessica Hamilton’s 17 kills helped Alverno (4-0) stay unbeaten, 25-13, 25-13, 25-20.
Sienna Paciulli and Lauren Tunzi chipped in with seven and five kills respectively.
Azusa 3, Covina 2
Azusa (2-0) rallied from a 13-10 deficit in game five to stay unbeaten 25-22, 13-25, 25-21, 15-25, 16-14. “We played with alot of heart and fire in that last game, especially when we were down,” said Aztecs coach Tim Bazyouros. Andriah Afati recorded 16 kills and 14 blocks for Azusa. Erika Maldonado chipped in with 10 kills and six blocks, while setter Kristen Hipolito helped her team with 21 assists and Kristen Duke had 26 digs. Covina (1-1) was led by Janell Bush with 14 kills, Dre Mercado who had 13 kills and five blocks. Haley Adams added 13 kills and six aces.
Baldwin Park 3, Mountain View 2
Baldwin Park (4-1) overcame a 2-to-1 game deficit to edge Mountain View 25-12, 21-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-10. Offensively, the Braves were led by Zuly Carpio’s six aces and setter Cynthia Rivera’s 15 assists. On defense, Jazmon Deleon had 12 kills and three blocks, while Ana Chavez chipped in with eight digs.
Monrovia 3, Charter Oak 0
Charter Oak’s (5-4) Mariya Heidenrich had 13 kills and Briana Hilton added 10 kills but, that was not enough as the Wildcats defeated the Chargers 25-21, 25-18, 25-15.

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Cross Country: Check out the Valley’s top boys and girls runners, and where they run next

Keep up with local track coach and San Gabriel Valley track and cross country web creator Bob Ramsey on the best local cross country and track site around. Here’s the latest: Last weekend’s team results were largely about confirmation – the Arcadia boys are still really strong, and California is rebuilding their CIF Finalist team (details here). The ’09 CIF Champs Glendora boys showed they’re on their way back after an injury and illness marred ’10, and the young Tartan girls (6 sophs + 1 frosh) stepped up at the Bronco Invite. Don Bosco and Damien confirmed their pre-season rankings at the Don Bosco Invite, while Flintridge Sacred Heart did the same at the Fastback Shootout.

Ramsey’s curve: It is notoriously difficult to compare XC performances. The athletes list below ran different and possibly inaccurately measured distances, in different weather, over different running surfaces and terrain. The list below tries to account for those differences by converting times to a norm of a flat, 3-mile course. Your mileage may vary.
1. 14:56/14:35 – Ryan Vargas (Sr, Arcadia) – Laguna Hills
2. 15:16/14:44 – Aaron Mora (Sr – Whittier) – Showdown at Sundown
3. 14:57/14:57 – Tom Ebiner (Sr, Damien) – Don Bosco
4. 15:01/15:01 – Sam Bautista (Jr, California) – Great Cow Run
5. 15:03/15:03 – J.J. Dominguez (Sr, Don Bosco) – Don Bosco
6. 15:38/15:06 – Mike Duke (So, Glendora) – Bronco
7. 15:07/15:07 – Henry Rodriguez (Sr, El Rancho) – Don Bosco
8. 15:40/15:08 – Ryan Sanchez (Jr, Glendora) – Bronco
9. 15:11/15:11 – Tim Guzman (Sr, California) – Great Cow Run
10. 15:11/15:11 – Bobby Villagomez (Sr, Los Altos) – Don Bosco

1. 18:02/18:02 – Anna Barcelo (Sr, Nogales) – Don Bosco
2. 18:55/18:15 – Micaela Lamb (Fr, Glendora) – Bronco
3. 18:58/18:18 – Emily Hoey (So, Glendora) – Bronco
4. 19:06/18:26 – Kayla McGarrell (So, Glendora) – Bronco
5. 18:27/18:27 – Justine Romo (Jr, California) – Great Cow Run
6. 18:27/18:27 – Emily Hubert (Fr, Bishop Amat) – Don Bosco
7. 19:08/18:28 – Carly Sargent (Jr, South Hills) – Bronco
8. 19:08/18:28 – Marilu Pulido (Jr, Whittier) – Showdown
9. 18:32/18:32 – Anahi Betart (Fr, Walnut) – Don Bosco
10T. 19:18/18:38 – Alex Borunda (Sr, South Hills) – Bronco
10T. 19:18/18:38 – Wendy Carillo (Sr, Whittier) – Showdown

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Division Realignment for 2012-13 begins in December, what changes would you make?

“It’s a double whammy for us. “It’s like a left and right hook, then maybe a little punch to the gut because if you get into the playoffs you get to go two hours to get your butt kicked and go home. But they think it will be good for CIF.” -- Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar in 2010 after learning the Sierra would compete in the Inland Division

This is the final year of the the 2010 and ’11 CIF-Southern Section Division alignment cycle, which is voted on every two years. In December, leagues begin submitting proposals to CIF stating what Division it should compete in for 2012 and ’13 seasons, a process that takes several steps and is concluded in April. My question to you is what changes would you make? Should the Sierra remain in the Inland Division for another cycle if it fails to do much better than it did last year, with only Chino Hills reaching the semifinals, and Charter Oak and Claremont eliminated in the first round? In the Southeast Division, should the Hacienda remain there if its teams dominate again? West Covina beat league foe Bonita in last years championship, what if two Hacienda teams advance to the finals again, should the Hacienda get bumped up to say, the Central Division? Or what about the Mid-Valley. If Monrovia wins a second consecutive title, shouldn’t the Rio Hondo be bumped to the Southeast? A lot could happen, but here is what I would suggest for the next cycle…

Hacienda (4), Sierra (3), Pacific (4), Del Rio (3) — 14 guaranteed, two wild card berths.
Note: I would drop the Suburban to the Mid-Valley and add the Sierra League to the Southeast, creating a strong playoff division with area powers and tradition. You would have West Covina, Bonita, Muir, Arcadia, Charter Oak, South Hills, Damien, Chino Hills and Ayala all in the same playoff division. What’s not to like? You would have 14 guaranteed spots, and two at-large. You wouldn’t have to change the Inland, simply by dropping the Sierra, you would still have four powerful leagues in the Inland with 13 guaranteed playoff spots, using three at-large berths to replace the Sierra, a league that shouldn’t of been there in the first place.

Mid-Valley Division
Almont (2), Mission Valley (2), Suburban (2), Rio Hondo (2), Valle Vista (2), Olympic (2) — 12 guaranteed, 4 at-large.
Note: I wouldn’t bump the Rio Hondo to the Southeast because of Monrovia’s success. Eventually, Monrovia needs to move to the Pacific, because the rest of the Rio Hondo couldn’t compete in the Southeast. What I would do is add the Suburban to make the division stronger, and drop the Montview, who hasn’t been able to compete, to the Northeast Division, which includes the Prep League and has six leagues with two guaranteed playoff spots each, and four at-large. By adding the Montview to the Northeast, you would then have two guaranteed playoff spots each and only two at-large, and it’s a division the Montview may finally be able to compete in for titles. The Mid-Valley would be stronger by adding La Mirada, Norwalk, Mayfair, etc.

Finally: there are no changes to the leagues until 2014, meaning Glendora is stuck in the Baseline, and Bishop Amat should continue to compete in the Pac-5 because the Serra is strong. If you have better suggestions, let’s hear them.

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Girls Volleyball Prep Roundup: Bonita and St. Lucy’s both sweep, will meet tonight at St. Lucy’s; El Monte improves to 4-0

For your teams to appear in the paper and online, we’re asking that you call in results throughout the season. We do no have enough staff to cover everyone, but we have sports desk clerk’s waiting for your to calls after games. Simply call in your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242 or 2233 shortly after your matches are concluded. You can also email a short write-up to, but please do so by 9 p.m., to get in the paper the next day.

St. Lucy’s 3, Los Altos 0
In a nonleague match, St. Lucy’s defeated Los Altos 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. Jasmine Warmington led the Regents with 10 kills on 13 swings and Jackie May had 25 assists to go with three aces.
Vanessa Caustrita closed the match out with five kills in game three for St. Lucy’s. St. Lucy’s improves to 2-0, and will host Bonita tonight at 5:30 p.m.
Bonita 3, San Dimas 0
Bonita was victorious over rival San Dimas 25-16, 25-12, 25-9. The Bearcats (2-0) were led by Sarah Bruchet with six kills and 17 assists, Victoria Dennis added nine kills and six blocks, while Kaitlyn White chipped in five kills and five aces.
Alverno 3, Arroyo 0
Alverno handled Arroyo in nonleague action 25-7, 25-18, 25-14. Jessica Hamilton had 12 kills and Sydney Hernandez-Barber added 8 kills for Alverno. Alverno is now 3-0 on the season.
California 3, La Mirada 1
Substituting for Gabby Lonza who sprained her ankle last Friday, the Condors’ (1-2) sitter Diana Accosta sparked her team to victory over La Mirada (1-2) by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 19-25,25-20.
Also adding to the Condors victory was the outstanding play of Sidney Rubacalva with her diving digs which allowed the Condors to keep the ball alive and get the return point.
Rancho Cucamonga 3, Diamond Bar 2
Rancho Cucamonga outdueld Diamond Bar 25-18, 16-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13. Kathleen Torres led Diamond Bar with 30 kills, Francesca Essilsie added 13 kills and Tataum Lockett 10 kills. Diamond Bar is now 2-1.
El Monte 3, Temple City 0
El Monte easily handled Temple City 25-15, 25-10, 25-12. Amanda Duenas and Cristella Gonzalez each chipped in with 10 kills and Connie To added 25 assits for El Monte. El Monte improves to 4-0 and Temple City drops to 1-2.
Mountain View 3, Bassett 2
The Olympians jumped out to a 2-0 game lead before the Vikings (2-2) came back to win the final three games by scores of 25-27, 24-26, 26-24, 25-21, 15-12. The Vikings were led on offense by Leslie Morsin’s 18 kills, Anahi Ureta’s 14 kills and Melisa Valenzuela’s 10 kills. Also playing a fine game was Lorraine Gonzales 35 assists.
San Marino 3, Campbell Hall 1
San Marino outlasted Campbell Hall 25-16, 25-21, 22-25, 25-19. Katherine Sloan led San Marino with 12 blocks, Cassidy Mace had 11 kills and Miranda Young and Amanda Ye each added seven kills. San Marino improves to 3-0, and Campbell Hall drops to 1-1.
South Hills 3, Walnut 0
South Hills defeated 25-9, 25-16, 25-21.
South Pasadena 3, Rosemead 0
The Tigers (3-0) shut out the Panthers (0-1) by scores 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 in nonleague play. Claire Kiesser-Wright led South Pasadena with 12 kills and six aces. Jessica Arroyo recorded 23 assists in the Tigers’ win.

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Injury Update: West Covina’s Chris Solomon and Jimmy Frazier probable for South Hills, Huskies’ Jamie Canada likely to sit out

With West Covina’s Tribune Player of the Year Chris Solomon missing in last week’s 35-7 loss to Loyola because of an ankle sprain, the Bulldogs’ injury bug continued against the Cubs, losing running back Jimmy Frazier to an aggravated hip flexor. However, coach Mike Maggiore said that both will likely suit up when the Bulldogs (1-1) play their (1-1) annual rivalry game against South Hills (1-1) on Friday at Thyberg Field. “Solomon should be back,” Maggiore said. “His ankle sprain was not severe, but we did not want to push it against Loyola. Jimmy hurt his hip flexor during two-a-day practices in the summer, and aggravated it against Loyola. He should be ready to go also.”
South Hills, meanwhile, may be without receiver/defensive back Jamie Canada, who is nursing a hamstring strain following Friday’s 61-0 win over St. Monica. “Our (Sierra) league is brutal so we have to make sure Jamie is full strength once league starts,” South Hills coach Steve Bogan said. “He might play, he might not, we’ll see how he progresses during the week.”

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Arroyo QB Steven Rivera is walking the walk, sets school records in big win over Temple City

Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera broke a school record for touchdowns and passing yards in a game, throwing for 451 yards and six touchdowns in Friday’s 48-21 victory over rival Temple City. The senior is off to an amazing start with 716 yards and ten touchdown passes in his first two games, averaging 358 yards. He eclipsed his own single-game record of five touchdown passes, which he accomplished last season against Mountain View, a mark he shared with Gabriel Agredano (1993) and Dominic Salmon (2005). For the single-game passing yardage record, Rivera passed Agredano’s record of 414 yards, which was set in a 1993 playoff loss to Anaheim. If we handed out players of the year after two weeks, Rivera wins it hands down.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Charter Oak, Bishop Amat remain top two, Chino Hills making a push, and Los Altos back in top ten

Today’s feature on Fa’aola: Los Altos High School football coach Dale Ziola needs only three little words to describe what tailback/linebacker Justin Fa’aola means to his team. “He’s our guy,” Ziola said. “He is our guy. Justin is the one kid that when he’s not on the field, we’re a different team. I don’t know if the kids feel more confident when he’s out there or that they know they’re better, but it’s a night-and-day difference. He’s got that ‘it’ factor. When he’s out there, our kids feel good.”

San Gabriel Valley Tribune Super 35
1. Charter Oak (2-0) - The Chargers moved to No. 7 in the Inland after beating Roosevelt, yet some feel because Roosevelt had a few key players missing, the Chargers were fortunate, benefiting from fourth quarter turnovers to pull out the win. Well, they finally leave the friendly confines of home for an Orange County date at Esperanza Friday, a team also 2-0 with a 49-34 win over Whittier Christian, the same team that knocked Covina from the playoffs last year. However, Esperanza’s first two wins have come against Div. 11 and 9 opponents.
2. Bishop Amat (1-1) – Now that they know what Goliath looks like and feels like in a 49-14 loss to Servite, the Lancers need to show they’re capable of beating teams they should beat, like this week’s opponent La Mirada, and they need to show they’re tougher up front, a part that got exposed against Southern California’s finest. Otherwise, there is no way they get out of the Serra, not when Alemany, Notre Dame, Crespi and Loyola are already 2-0.
3. Chino Hills (1-1) – This is no down year for the Huskies, and despite ranking Charter Oak No. 1, the Huskies are STILL the favorites to win the Sierra. Look, they lost to a powerhouse from Colorado then beat Santiago. If, and I say if, they beat Tesoro on the road this week, maybe the Huskies deserve to be No. 1 in our poll.
4. Claremont (2-0) -- The Sierra League teams keep creeping to the top, and the Wolfpack are do different with wins over Kennedy and Bonita, the same Bonita that looked so good in thoroughly dominating rival San Dimas. With Walnut and Rowland next, no reason to believe the Wolfpack won’t at least start 4-0.
5. South Hills (1-1) – Say what you want, this is the sleeper in the Sierra as far as I’m concerned. If they beat West Covina this week everyone is going to say it’s because West Covina was all banged up, but I would have taken the Huskies at full strength anyway. They have as good an offense as anyone, and will find ways to get enough stops to win games.
6. West Covina (1-1) — They’re starting to remind me of Los Altos’ 2007 team with Bryce Mahmud-McBride that looked great until McBride got hut. After starting 3-0, they finished 5-5 and missed the playoffs. How well will the Bulldogs do without player of the year Chris Solomon, out with an injury? Fortunately, there is enough time to get all healed up, and my guess is they will be fine come playoff time.
7. Damien (1-0) - The Spartans took a lot of criticism on the blogs, and THEY won. I guess it wasn’t convincing enough for some folks. It doesn’t matter, once they take care of Chaffey and go to 2-0, it sets the stage for the mother of all games when Bishop Amat comes to town.
8. Covina (1-1) – Colts coach Darryl Thomas said they will not be defined by their season-opening 26-20 overtime loss to West Covina, and he’s right. The Colts are still explosive, and I don’t care if they’re ranked fifth in the Mid-Valley, I KNOW they’re the second-best team on paper behind Monrovia.
9. Arroyo (2-0) -- If you had to give the player of the year award after the first two weeks, it would go to quarterback Steven Rivera. He’s already thrown for 716 yards and 10 touchdowns. His passing yards are are nearly 300 more than anyone else. That’s incredible.
10. Los Altos (2-0) – Welcome back L.A. It’s only fitting the school with 11 championships on its resume should be in its local papers top ten. I’m buying when they’re doing and believe they will have a shot in the Hacienda. They crushed El Rancho and Bellflower, and both of those teams won their other games.
The rest: 11. Bonita (1-1), 12. San Dimas (1-1), 13. Pomona (2-0), 14. Ayala (1-1), 15. Diamond Bar (1-1), 16. Glendora (0-2), 17. Diamond Ranch (0-2), 18. Azusa (0-1), 19. La Puente (1-0), 20. El Monte (1-1), 21. Rowland (1-1), 22. Rosemead (0-1), 23. Duarte (2-0), 24. Workman (1-0), 25. Walnut (0-2), 26. South El Monte (1-0), 27. Wilson (0–2), 28. Northview (0-2), 29. Baldwin Park (0-2), 30. Nogales (1-1), 31. Mountain View (1-1), 32. Ganesha (1-1), 33. Bassett (1-1), 34. Sierra Vista (0-1), 35. Gladstone (0-1)

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Girls Volleyball rankings: No surprise with St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills on top, but keep an eye on Ayala, Amat and South Hills

The girls volleyball season heats up this week with two huge games, both involving Bonita. First, the Bearcats host rival San Dimas tonight (5:30 p.m.), which produced one of the most famous blog pictures ever, and then St. Lucy’s will host Bonita on Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. I will cover the St. Lucy’s-Bonita game, and for all coaches, we’re asking that you call in results to the paper so that we can write about your teams and players throughout the season. We do no have enough staff to cover everyone we should, but we have sports desk clerk’s waiting for your to calls after the games. Simply call in your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242 or 2233 shortly after your matches are concluded. You can also email a short write-up to, but please do so by 9 p.m., to get in the paper the next day.

Above: It is what it is, a Tribune Classic photo caught by photographer Keith Birmingham. Whenever Bonita and San Dimas meet up, emotions are always high, and should be again for tonight’s Smudge on the floor.

1. St. Lucy’s (1-0) — Number one in Div. 2-AA and should be there for a while.
2. Chino Hills (1-0) – Solid win over Upland, but a long way to go.
3. Ayala (2-0) - Wins over Glendora, Upland, so maybe they’re the surprise team in the Sierra, not Claremont.
4. Bishop Amat (2-0) – One of the area’s most improved already with wins over Bonita and Monrovia.
5. Bonita (1-1) – Huge weeks for the Cats, hosting rival San Dimas tonight and visiting No. 1 St. Lucy’s on Wednesday.
6. South Hills (3-1) — Beat La Canada to finish third in the Gahr tournament behind the stellar play of Marisa Gomez, this week’s girls athlete of the week.
7. Diamond Bar (2-0) — Can they challenge Bonita in the Hacienda? They’re No. 7 in Div. 2-AA after a solid start.
8. Claremont (0-1) -- Big expectations; slow start, what else is there to say?
9. San Dimas (2-0) -- Valle Vista favorites, but not what they once were.
10. El Monte (3-0) -- So far, so good for the Mission Valley League heavyweights.

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MaxPreps still has Amat No. 1; Charter Oak No. 3 CIF Polls: West Covina and Bonita remain top two in Southeast despite losses, Amat drops to No. 7 in Pac-5 and Charter Oak No. 7 in Inland

It looks like the folks who vote on CIF polls are considering strength of opponent more than ever. How else do you explain Bishop Amat falling from No. 3 to No. 7 after getting blown out 49-14 by top-ranked Servite, yet the Lancers are still ranked ahead of unbeaten Crespi and Long Beach Poly. Look at the Southeast … West Covina got hammered by Loyola 35-7 , but the defending champs kept their No. 1 ranking. Even Bonita, losing on the road at Claremont 18-15, stayed at No. 2., yet Muir and La Serna are both 2-0 and ranked below both. Honestly, I love it, you shouldn’t be punished so harshly for losing to quality opponents.

Monday’s CIF-Southern Section Polls
Pac-5 Division

1. Servite (2-0), 2. Mission Viejo (1-1), 3. St. John Bosco (2-0), 4. Alemany (2-0), 5. San Clemente (2-0), 6. Santa Margarita (2-0), 7. Bishop Amat (1-1), 8. Crespi (2-0), 9. Long Beach Poly (2-0), 10. Los Alamitos (2-0).

Southeast Division
1. West Covina (1-1), Bonita (1-1), 3. Mayfair (1-1), 4. Muir (2-0), 5. La Serna (2-0), 6. Arcadia (0-1), 7. Santa Fe (1-1), 8. Los Altos (2-0), 9. California (1-0), 10. Crescenta Valley (1-0).

Mid-Valley Division
1. Monrovia (1-0), 2. Maranatha (2-0), 3. Village Christian (2-0), 4. Arroyo (2-0), 5. Covina (1-1), 6. San Dimas (1-1), 7. Whittier Christian (1-1), 8. Montebello (2-0), 9. Pomona (2-0), 10. La Puente (1-0).

Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial (0-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (1-0), 3. Upland (2-0), 4. Redlands East Valley (1-0), 5. Rancho Cucamonga (2-0), 6. Norco (1-0), 7. Charter Oak (2-0), 8. Chino Hills (1-1), 9. Roosevelt (0-1), 10. Damien (1-0)

The Tribune’s new Super 35 rankings will be released on Tuesday and there will be a shake-up after this weekend’s games. You might find the MaxPreps computer rankings interesting though, where Amat is still No. 1 despite its 49-14 loss to two-time defending Pac-5 champ Servite. Charter Oak, our preseason No. 1, will remain No. 1 in the Tribune’s Tuesday poll after defeating Roosevelt 35-28, but the computers don’t think so. In fact, if we included Monrovia, the Wildcats would be No. 3 in our poll, ranked ahead of Charter Oak. But how interesting is it that Bishop Amat is still No. 1 on Maxpreps, with Claremont No. 2? Look at Glendora, they’re still a top ten on MaxPreps despite losses to Charter Oak and Monrovia. I will post the CIF polls here when they’re released later in the day, and of course, you can share what you think our top ten rankings should be also.

1. Bishop Amat (1-1)
2. Claremont (2-0)
3. Charter Oak (2-0)
4. Chino Hills (1-1)
5. West Covina (1-1)
6. Bonita (1-1)
7. Damien (1-0)
8. Covina (1-1)
9. San Dimas (1-1)
10. Glendora (0-2)
11. Pomona (2-0)
12. South Hills (1-1)
13. Arroyo (2-0)
14. Diamond Ranch (0-2)
15. Ayala (1-1)

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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 (18-8); Tolegian (19-7)
Season Standings: Robledo (40-10); Tolegian (43-15)

Last week: Aram was better by a game last week and took a three-game lead in the standings, which I promise won’t happen too often. I’m not use to playing catch-up, so I’m going to be careful on those “out-on-a-limb” picks, like taking Glendora over Monrovia, that was a mistake. Games we both missed on were taking Baldwin Park over Lancaster, Bassett over Mountain View and Pomona over Chino.

This week: Los Altos against rival Wilson and Duarte hosting something named Fulton should help both teams go to 3-0. I do like South Hills over West Covina, especially with the Bulldogs nursing some pretty hefty injuries. Amat will get back on track this week (they have too), and Charter Oak looks to keep its top spot and should at Esperanza. The toughest games to call are La Serna-Bonita, Sierra Vista-Mountain View, Rowland–Rosemead, San Dimas-San Gabriel and if you believe Calpreps, Chino Hills at Tesoro. In fact, Calpreps has Chino Hills beating Tesoro, 21-20, which I’m not buying.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Damien at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
Rowland at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Tolegian (Rowland)
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (M. View); Tolegian (Sierra Vista)
Friday’s games
South Hills at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robeldo (South Hills); Tolegian (South Hills)
Los Altos at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Los Altos)
La Mirada at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Tolegian (Bishop Amat)
Azusa at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Covina at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
Montebello at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Charter Oak vs. Esperanza at Yorba Linda, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Tolegian (Charter Oak)
Colony vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (Colony)
Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Tolegian (Claremont)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. (Robledo (Cantwell); Tolegian (Cantwell)
Northview vs. La Puente at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (La Puente)
La Serna at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Tolegian (Bonita)
Ontario at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (Nogales)
Glenn at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glenn); Tolegian (Glenn)
Workman vs. South El Monte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEM); Tolegian (Workman)
Fulton at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Duarte)
San Dimas at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (San Dimas)
Gladstone at Bosco Tech, 4:30 p.m. — Robledo (BTech); Tolegian (Bosco Tech)
Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Tolegian (Tesoro)
Diamond Ranch at Elsinore, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Elsinore); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
Diamond Bar at Don Lugo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (DBar)
Ayala vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Tolegian (Ayala)
Bloomington at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (Pomona)

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Former Ayala and Mt. SAC softball standout Mandy Pongs in a fight for her life, fundraiser tonight at Field of Dreams in Chino Hills

For more information on Mandy Pongs, clink link. The Fundraiser is at the Big League Field of Dreams in Chino Hills at 16333 Fairfield Ranch Road. Big League Dreams will host a home run derby between 6-10 p.m. tonight with the buy-in at $20 and prizes being sponsored by Worth Bats

By Brian Baiotto
Mandy Pongs has earned every accolade thrown her way on the softball field because of her refusal to go down without a fight. The 24-year old former Ayala High and Mt. San Antonio College great, however, is now in the most important fight of her life. While living out her dream and playing professional softball in Italy, Pongs felt ill and was diagnosed four months ago with small cell carcinoma of the cervix. Two weeks later, she was back in California and had her cancer removed in a radical hysterectomy. But SCCC is a very aggressive cancer that Pongs will need to fight with precautionary chemotherapy until November.
Her family will then take her to Mexico for a treatment that will aim to boost her immune system with supplements in a procedure that is estimated to be one-tenth the cost had it been done in the United States.

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Follow San Gabriel Valley Cross Country with Bob Ramsey, check out Week 1 Results

Local track coach and guru Bob Ramsey will keep you up to date on all the fall’s cross country action, check it out …

Meet results will be posted here as they become available. Full coverage will follow Sunday or Monday

Don Bosco Tech Invite (Flat, fast, 3-miles) Damien confirms its CIF ranking with a big win (77:03 – 15:25 average), led by Tom Ebiner’s 14:47 to win the senior race and the overall title. SGV in the top 10: Don Bosco (3rd – 77:27); El Rancho (5th – 1:19:25); Covina (6th – 79:37); Los Altos (7th – 79:48). On the girls side, Walnut (7th – 97:53) was the SGV’s one representative in the first 10.
* Fastback Shootout – (Short, 1.9-mile version of Mt.SAC) Daniel De La Torre of La Salle, was the top SGV boy – 2nd place overall in 9:45. La Canada soph Anna Frederich (12:36, 35th) was the top local girl. No team results so far.
* Bronco Invitational - (about 3 miles, slow footing, slightly rolling) Glendora defended its boys and girls titles in this low key opener. Tartan soph Mike Duke won the event in 15:38, top SGV girl was Glendora frosh Micaela Lamb, 6th overall in 18:55.
* Laguna Hills Invitational
* Great Cow Run (Flat, fast, 3 miles) - California (76:40 – 15:20 average) was 3rd in a very strong field, led by junior Sam Bautista (7th, 15:01) and senior Tim Guzman (10th – 15:13). Justine Romo (8th, 18:27) led the Condor girls to a 6th-place finish.
* Seaside Invitational (Flat, fast, 3 miles) Racing against some of the biggest names in SS XC, Maranatha was led by an excellent 15:30 effort from Kyle Buechert, good for 6th in the Junior race. Hannah Rae Finchamp (12th Sophs, 19:18) was the top girl.

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