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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Saturday Morning Quarterback: A long, long night for Bishop Amat and West Covina while Charter Oak pulls out a fourth-quarter thriller, 35-28

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat has plenty of time to figure out what it takes to compete with the Southland’s best — the Serra League is a month away and playoffs don’t start until November. But powerful Servite, the CIF-Southern Section’s two-time defending Pac-5 Division champs and current number one showed third-ranked Amat it still has a long way to go in Friday’s 49-14 victory at Cerritos College.
Repeat, a long way to go. (to continue click thread)


Friday’s results
Servite 49, Bishop Amat 14 – No need sugar-coating it, you’ve heard of bigger, stronger, faster … well add better too. Amat’s defense looked like it has a long way to go, Servite moved in big chunks from start to finish.
Loyola 35, West Covina 7 — The Bulldogs fell behind quick and never recovered, but something tells me they will be fine once the Hacienda rolls around.
Damien 13, Diamond Ranch 6 — More important to Gano than Layton, though it wasn’t the fist-pumping result Spartans fans were hoping for. Still, a good win.
Charter Oak 35, Roosevelt 28 – Thank goodness the Trib’s number one pulled it out in the fourth quarter, otherwise it would have been a real dark night in the SGV.
Covina 42, Gladstone 0 – Absolutely no lingering effects from last week’s heart-wrenching 26-20 overtime loss to West Covina.
South Hills 61, St. Monica 0 – Are you paying attention to this? The Huskies follow with West Covina and Monrovia, and yes, I think they have a great shot in both.
Arroyo 48, Temple City 21 — Always a heated rivalry, and you have to love how the Knights have scored points in their first two wins.
Diamond Bar 40, Wilson 13 — Brahmas shake off last week’s disappointment with a solid win over the Cats.
California 41, Rowland 14 – The Raiders aren’t what they use to be, but then again, the Condors are pretty good.
Lancaster 9, Baldwin Park 7 – Could be a long, long year for the Braves, falling to 0-2 after another tough loss.
Mountain View 41, Bassett 12 — The Vikings were expected to win, but the offense is much better than expected.
Troy 35, Walnut 14 – In previous years the Mustangs may have had a shot, but not this year, and not on the road.
El Rancho 13, Northview 10 — That’s two tough losses for the Vikings in back-to-back weeks.
Nogales 36, Jurupa Hills 14 — The Nobles get in the win column, much needed to get their confidence going.
Claremont 18, Bonita 15 — The Wolfpack returned the favor after Bonita’s surprising win over them last year.
Pomona 28, Chino 24 -- The Red Devils could be the sleeper in the Valle Vista that Covina and San Dimas worry about.
Chino Hills 28, Santiago 16 – Remember, the Huskies are the Sierra League champs till someone knocks them off.
Montebello 20, Rosemead 9 — Tough loss for Koffler and the boys.
Los Altos 27, Bellflower 0 — Are you kidding me, great to see teams like Los Altos and Duarte rebound they way they have the first two weeks.
South El Monte 40, Ganesha 7 — The Lions took care of the Giants easier than most expected.
Workman 13, Keppel 2 — Nice start for the Lobos, now lets see if they can keep it going.

Highlights and postgame interviews from Amat-Servite with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss and staff…

Postgame interviews with West Covina with Tyler Drohen

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Thursday Final: La Puente takes advantage of El Monte mistakes in 35-21 win; Monrovia runs away from Glendora in second half and San Dimas and Duarte both win

El Monte High School’s football team showed it’s a force to be reckoned with in last week’s eye-opening win over Baldwin Park. But there are still lessons to be learned. Four turnovers and a costly roughing the kicker penalty late in the fourth quarter were too much for the Lions to overcome against host La Puente, which took advantage and posted a 35-21 victory in Thursday’s nonleague game.

Thursday’s results
La Puente 35, El Monte 21 — El Monte coughed up four turnovers and committed a huge roughing the kicker penalty in the fourth, but the Warriors’ offense played well too, getting 180 yards and two touchdowns from Nicholas Barrientos.
San Dimas 41, Azusa 16 — The Saints rebounded from last week’s 40-20 loss to Bonita with a win over the three-time Montview League champs.
Monrovia 29, Glendora 16 – Closer than the final indicated. The Tartans led 9-0 and gave up a late first half touchdown. The Wildcats took over in the second half with a pair of touchdowns from De’Shawn Ramirez.
Colony 14, Ayala 9 – Two big wins for Colony after holding on and defeating South Hills 30-29 last week.
Duarte 40, Blair 0 – The Falcons are back, running all over the Vikings in their second-straight win after breaking a 20-game losing streak last week

Our up-and-coming reporting sensation, Tyler Drohen, provided postgame highlights and video’s from Thursday’s Monrovia-Glendora game.

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Hagerty ready to roll with Ruiz for rest of season

“I’m glad he’s on our team. It’s unfortunate it didn’t work out for him because I know it’s something he really wanted to do. We were prepared to move on without him, but we don’t have to do that now. We’re glad he’s here. He’s one of our leaders and best players.”Amat coach Steve Hagerty

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
With Bishop Amat High School quarterback Rio Ruiz locked in for the entire season, Lancers coach Steve Hagerty is anxious to put the saga of his star quarterback’s playing status in the past and continue preparations for Friday’s showdown against Servite. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College. Ruiz was expected to miss Amat’s games against La Mirada, Damien and Cathedral so he could compete in the COPABE Pan American 18 and Under baseball championships in Colombia from Sept. 12 through Oct 2. But with the tournament now pushed back to November, Ruiz announced over the weekend he will be sticking with football. Ruiz came off the bench in Amat’s season-opening win over Garfield to lead two touchdown drives in the Lancers’ 14-0 win. With Ruiz not expected to miss any time, the chances of him being fully cranked by the time Serra League play roll around have greatly improved. And that also means any notion of Ruiz being rusty due to missing three games have gone by the wayside.
“The more time he puts in, the better he’ll be,” Hagerty said. “Every game Rio plays at quarterback is better for us. The more reps he gets, the better he gets.”

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Los Altos and Ziola feeling good after big win

By Aram Tolegian
The aftereffects of Los Altos’ season-opening win over El Rancho are still being felt this week as the Conquerors prepare to hopefully do it again on Friday when they play Bellflower. The Conquerors beat El Rancho on Friday to post the program’s first win since beating rival Wilson in 2009. It came under first-year coach Dale Ziola, who was beaming with pride over his team this week. “The feeling was great, are you kidding me?” Ziola said. “I couldn’t be happier and more proud of these guys, who had to deal with so much crap over the past two years.”
Los Altos had its chance to fold in Friday’s game. After taking a 7-0 lead, the Conquerors soon found themselves down 14-7. But the team battled back and eventually took a commanding lead before winning 49-36. “We got down 14-7 and a year ago or two years ago everybody would go `Oh no, here we go again.”‘ Ziola said. “That didn’t happen last week. We responded. All the things that were missing from the past were back last week. I couldn’t be happier.” With a win under their belts, Ziola reports his team has had a solid week of practice as it prepares for Bellflower despite the holiday and heat wave.

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Travion Boykins and Uriah Trailer ready to help Damien football; In other news, West Covina’s Solomon out against Loyola, and reaction from Covina and Diamond Bar’s losses

Damien’s Dynamic Duo: Travion Boykins and Uriah Trailer have specific roles on the Damien High School football team. They’re supposed to make big plays on offense while making sure they don’t give up any on defense. Their common denominator is speed, something that was notably missing from the Spartans last season. “When we found out we were going here, we started watching all the YouTube videos and saw all the big plays they got beat on (last year),” Trailer said. “They didn’t tackle very well and their corners weren’t very fast.

West Covina’s Solomon to miss Loyola: West Covina High School’s football team will be without running back/defensive back Chris Solomon this Friday night when the Bulldogs take on Loyola at L.A. Valley College.
Solomon, the reigning Tribune Player of the Year, left Saturday’s win over Covina in the first half one play after his ankle rolled during a carry. Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said Solomon injured himself after leaping over a tackler and getting caught in a pile.

More notes from Tolegian on Covina, Diamond Bar…
Colts ready to go again
Covina came out of Saturday’s battle with West Covina relatively unscathed. “We’re fine,” Covina coach Darryl Thomas said Tuesday. “Just bumps and bruises. We were tired, but we’re good.” After watching film of the game, two areas stood out to Thomas – Covina’s lack of a ground game on offense, and the defense’s inability to get off the field on third down. “After the first game, you look at the film and see the things you need to improve,” Thomas said. “We definitely need to improve the running game; we have to run the football, and that’s something we’re looking to do.”
Colts running back Gevontray Ainsworth was held under 40 yards against West Covina. Covina visits Gladstone on Friday night at Citrus College. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“We’re still winless,” Thomas said. “The 2011 team, with all this hype, we still don’t have a victory.”
Brahmas look for answers
After a summer of hype, Diamond Bar laid an egg in its season-opening 32-23 loss to Ayala. “We came out awful. Awful.” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “Everything went wrong for us.” Indeed. The Brahmas team bus got stuck in traffic due to a car accident and the team was 20 minutes late. Then the coaching staff’s headsets stopped working. And that speaks nothing about what took place on the field: an interception on the first possession, a bad snap for a safety and enough breakdowns to lead to an early hole. “Our film session on Saturday, you could hear a pin drop,” Maine said. “You take away our mistakes and it probably would have been a great game.”
It won’t get easier for Diamond Bar this week. The Brahmas take on a Wilson team that’s also 0-1 and has plenty of good excuses after blowing a big lead to Bosco Tech.
“We watched them on film and they have some very talented linemen,” Maine said of the Wildcats. “It’s going to be a true test on how we want to stop the run game. I don’t think it’s a must win until we get to league, but morale-wise, we can’t come out like we did against Ayala.”

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Girls Volleyball Top Ten Preview: We start where we left off, with St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills on top

Chino Hills players, from left, Karly Shockey, Shelley Anderson and Heather Trueman, and St. Lucy’s players, from left, Jasmine Warmington, Jackie Macy and Arianna Sifuentes will once again lead their teams as they duke it out for Sierra League supremacy. (Frank Perez / Correspondent)

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
It may be difficult to duplicate the drama that unfolded at Cypress College in last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA girls volleyball final between St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills. After splitting matches during the regular season, the Sierra League rivals met for a third time in the title match, with every game hotly contested.
In the end, St. Lucy’s overcame a first-game loss to post a 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 victory over the Huskies to claim the school’s first divisional volleyball title. With the 2011 girls volleyball season starting this week, there should be no surprise as to who leads the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s top-10 rankings. (To continue rankings, click thread)

1. St. Lucy’s
2. Chino Hills
3. Claremont
4. Bonita
5. Bishop Amat
6. South Hills
7. Los Altos
8. San Dimas
9. Walnut
10. La Puente

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Charter Oak barely keeps top spot; Amat and West Covina right behind with huge road games on Friday

1. Charter Oak (1-0) – Not an impressive start for the area’s top-ranked team, squeaking past Glendora 17-6 and scoring just three points in the second half at home. There’s a good chance they stay No. 1 for a while, especially with No. 2 Amat going to Servite and No. 3 West Covina going to Loyola. Chagers should open it up against visiting Roosevelt next.
2. Bishop Amat (1-0) – QB Rio Ruiz didn’t play the first quarter against Garfield, but he returned to help the Lancers to a 14-0 shutout over Garfield, a solid result considering this week’s opponent, Servite, had to be in the back of their heads. Amat finds out exactly where it stacks up on Friday against the team Hagerty calls, “Darth Vadar.”
3. West Covina (1-0) — Probably the most impressive team over the weekend, beating Covina in overtime 26-20, and doing it without reigning area player of the year Chris Solomon for most of the game. But now they get Loyola, a step-up of gigantic proportions.
4. Damien (0-0) – Some say the Spartans looked mediocre in their last scrimmage, but it was just a scrimmage. Let’s reserve judgment until Friday night, when they host Roddy Layton and Diamond Ranch.
5. Bonita (1-0) – Aram didn’t rank them in the preseason top ten, but it’s clear they took big leaps forward with a rather easy 40-20 win over San Dimas in the Smudgepot. It probably gets tougher this week against Claremont.
6. Claremont (1-0) – The Wolfpack opened with a big 24-20 win over Kennedy, kind of a surprise considering how many players they lost from last season, including QB Daniel Kessler. But they were solid last year and probably are itching to face Bonita on Friday, who beat them last year.
7. Chino Hills (0-1) – Not ready to drop the Huskies more than a spot after losing to out-of-state Bear Creek just 36-34. We should have a better idea of how good they actually are against Santiago on Friday.
8. Arroyo (1-0) – The Knights won impressively 45-12 over Ontario and QB Steven Rivera was fantastic. Don’t expect the Knights to lose anytime soon.
9. Covina (0-1) – Like Chino Hills, the Colts only drop a spot after their thrilling 26-20 loss to West Covina in overtime on Saturday. I’ll predict this right now, Colts win nine straight heading into the playoffs.
10. South Hills (0-1) – Huskies played a great game despite losing to Colony, 30-29, a game they could have tied with an extra point in the final seconds. The Huskies should get on-track against St. Monica this week, then have the showdown at Monrovia.

The Rest: 11. Ayala (1-0), 12. Azusa (0-0); 13. Glendora (0-1); 14. San Dimas (0-1); 15. Rowland (1-0), 16. Diamond Ranch (0-1), 17. Los Altos (1-0), 18. Diamond Bar (0-1); 19. El Monte (1-0), 20. Pomona (1-0), 21. La Puente (0-0), 22. Rosemead (0-0), 23. Wilson (0-1), 24. Baldwin Park (0-1), 25. Walnut (0-1), 26. Duarte (1-0), 27. Ganesha (1-0), 28. Bassett (1-0), 29. Northview (0-1), 30. Sierra Vista (0-1), 31. Nogales (0-1), 32. Gladstone (0-0), 33, Workman (0-0), 34, Mountain View (0-1), 35. South El Monte (0-0).

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