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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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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