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 (15-3); Tolegian (16-2)
Season standings: Robledo (144-45); Tolegian (143-44)

Last week: Aram’s hot streak continues and now he trails by just a game after picking up another victory this week. He’s nickel an dimed his way close to the lead, going 16-2 to my 15-3 this past week. He took Amat over Loyola and I took Chino Hills over Damien, which was a wash. We both lost taking South Hills over Ayala, but Aram picked up a game with Nogales’ 8-7 win Northview.
This week: Here we go again? What do you do with Amat, who in all likelihood will not have QB Rio Ruiz for the league finale at Notre Dame, a game in all likelihood they will need to make the playoffs. I still think a steady dose of Moore, Shay on offense, and an improved defense over the past couple weeks will get it done. And don’t sleep on the soph, Koa Haynes, if he takes over at QB. Having a full week to prepare is different than being thrown in during the middle of a game. He will be improved. Damien at Charter Oak? The Spartans blew their chance and the momentum that comes with it last week. They haven’t faced an offense like this, and with Charter Oak at home, kind of hard to pick against them. Bonita was very impressive against Walnut, throwing 50 on the board. The Hacienda is crowded in the chase for the second through fourth playoff spots, and at this point, I like the experienced coaching staff of Bonita to get it done at home against Diamond Bar. Two games that look good on paper but won’t be are El Monte and South El Monte and La Puente at Duarte .. El Monte and La Puente will take care of business, setting up league title games next week against Arroyo and Azusa respectively.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games
Northview vs. San Dimas at CDF 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (Saints)
Pomona at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (P-Town)
Friday’s games
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (Chargers)
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Podley)
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (ND)
R. Cucamonga vs. Glendora at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rancho); Tolegian (Rancho)
Rowland at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
South Hills vs. Chino Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (Chavez)
Walnut vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (EM)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arrojo)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Rosemead)
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
La Puente at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Workman vs. Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Tolegian (Workman)
Claremont at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Tolegian (Claremont)
Baldwin Park at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Tolegian (BP)

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Amat update: Rio Ruiz has sprained knee, MRI this week; will likely miss Notre Dame game

Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz hyperextended his left knee in Friday’s 14-3 loss to Loyola, his father Rudy Ruiz said. Rudy Ruiz said x-rays over the weekend were negative, and that the family is scheduling an MRI this week. Rio will probably not play the Serra League finale on Friday at Notre Dame, according to his father, because the knee is still sore. “He’s very sore and we don’t have anything official yet without the MRI,” Rudy Ruiz said Monday. “The good thing is that he’s walking around the house without his crutches.” If Amat beats Notre Dame or somehow makes the Pac-5 playoffs, Rio will be re-evaluated with two weeks off before the playoffs start. Also, Amat senior linebacker Andrew Varella, one of the best defensive players on the team, did no play in Friday’s loss against Loyola, a disciplinary decision made by the school and coaching staff. No word on whether Varela will return for Friday’s game at Notre Dame.

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UCLA taking a look at Charter Oak QB Travis Santiago, according to Bruinblitz.com

Bruinblitz.com moderator Rick Kimbrel posted on his site today that UCLA is taking a long look at Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago. It’s not a huge surprise, the offensive coordinator is Michael Johnson, who starred at Baldwin Park.

Here is what Bruinblitz.com wrote: The Bruins are taking a long look at quarterback, Travis Santiago (6-0, 160, 4.6) from Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak. He has led his team to a 7-1 record after throwing for 2,073 and 18 touchdowns against three picks while hitting on 64.2 percent of his passes. He has also rushed for 492 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 10.3 yards a carry.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat loses game and Rio Ruiz in 14-3 loss to Loyola; Chino Hills in a last minute thriller over Damien, 28-27; Steven “Real Deal” Rivera clutch for Arroyo

By Fred J. Robledo
It was a bad night all the way around at Kiefer Stadium. Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz suffered a knee injury in Friday’s 14-3 loss to Loyola on homecoming, leaving Amat’s playoff hopes in jeopardy, and Ruiz’s immediate future in doubt.

Watch Chino Hills thrilling comeback win over Damien, we’ve got highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider and crew

Tonight’s results and game stories
Loyola 14, Bishop Amat 3 — Amat’s playoff hopes and the rest of Rio Ruiz’s football season in jeopardy after Lancers fall to 6-3 and 1-2 in the Serra. Ruiz injured his left knee in the first half and will have an MRI over the weekend to determine the severity. With Alemany beating Crespi, Amat’s still in the playoff hunt. Loyola and Alemany are both 2-0 with Crespi and Amat 1-2 and Notre Dame 0-2. If Amat beats Notre Dame and Crespi loses its finale to Loyola, Amat would get in as the third place team, providing Alemany and Loyola finish first and second. But who knows, they can all beat each other.
Chino Hills 28, Damien 27 — Can’t wait for the Inland Insider’s highlights. Chino Hills rallied in the final moments to pull out the thriller to move to 3-0 in the Sierra. Correspondent Brian Baiotto wrote: Things couldn’t have seemed more grim for Chino Hills High when it trailed Damien 27-21 with 30 seconds to play. The Huskies were facing a 3rd-and-33 at their own 35-yard line. But Chino Hills quarterback Andrew Chavez heaved the ball deep down the visiting sideline and Jack Austin ran under it and took it 65 yards for the score to stun the host Spartans 28-27 in a Sierra League thriller Friday evening.
Arroyo 28, Rosemead 21— The Knights might have ended the Panthers’ playoff hopes with the victory. More importantly for Arroyo, it should keep them at No. 2 in the Mid-Valley rankings and still in position to win the Mission Valley league.
West Covina 42, Los Altos 24 — The Bulldogs continue to show why they’re the defending champs and No. 1 team in the Southeast Division. They’ve beaten all the contenders and should cruise to the Hacienda league title from here.
Upland 49, Glendora 3 — Upland scored in the first 18 seconds, and it was all down hill for the Tartans at that point.
Bonita 50, Walnut 17 — The win isn’t a surprise, but the way they did it, crushing what has been a much improved Mustangs group is a surprise. Who knows, maybe Bonita will sneak in the playoffs and make some noise.
Diamond Bar 35, Rowland 19 — Brahmas kept their playoff hopes alive with a much needed win, and an impressive one at that.
Charter Oak 49, Claremont 12 — The Chargers continued their impressive play in the Sierra, improving to 3-0 in league with a game at home against Damien next.
El Monte 48, Gabrielino 28 — The Lions, chasing their first league title since 1978, improved to 3-0 in the MVL along with Arroyo. If the Lions beat South El Monte next week, they will likely play Arroyo for the league title in week 10.
Ayala 49, South Hills 48 — The Huskies led 28-7 at half, but once again, their defense let them down in dramatic fashion, losing another close game in the final minutes.
South El Monte 45, Mountain View 0 — The Eagles kept their Mission Valley league playoff hopes alive with the win, and now face surging El Monte next.
Duarte 17, Gladstone 14 — The Falcons won another close game in the Montview, setting up a huge game at hope next week against undefeated La Puente.
Covina 42,Wilson 0 — The Colts clinched at least a tie for the Valle Vista league title and should keep its No. 1 ranking in the Mid-Valley Division. The Colts have a week off before facing rival Northview in the league finale.
Nogales 8, Northview 7 — A mild surprise. The Nobles have come a long way this season, and this victory further proves it.
San Dimas 48, Baldwin Park 14 — The Saints took out the frustration of last week’s loss to Covina with a convincing win.
La Puente 56, Bassett 0 — The Warriors improved to 8-0, marking the third straight year coach Brandon Rohrer has won eight game for the Warriors, which is a school record for wins in a season. The Warriors can set the school record next week at Duarte.
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)

There is no stopping West Covina .. watch Tyler Drohan’s highlights and interviews

TribXtra Postgame show with Aram and Fred


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Football Notebook: West Covina adds “Noodles” to their menu of studs; Charter Oak ready to payback Claremont; Bonita hoping to build on last week’s win over Los Altos

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
West Covina High School freshman sensation Antonio “Noodles” Hull has been pulled up to the varsity football team and will likely make his debut on Friday night when the Bulldogs visit Los Altos in a key Hacienda League game for both teams. Hull, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound quarterback, made a name for himself during a dazzling youth football league career with the Compton Vikings in rapper Snoop Dogg’s league. Hull was not able to play at the varsity level until he turned 14, which he did recently. Hull had thrown for 442 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 384 yards and six scores in five games at the freshman level.

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Girls Volleyball: Rosemead ends Gabrielino’s 77-match Mission Valley League winning streak


By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Rosemead High School’s girls volleyball team rushed the Gabrielino court after the fifth game and jumped up and down in one big group hug. They cried in joy. Gabrielino, meanwhile, cried in disappointment. The Panthers may have scored their biggest volleyball victory Wednesday afternoon, ending the Eagles’ 77-match Mission Valley League undefeated streak.
“We just put our hearts out there,” Panthers junior outside hitter Priscilla Franco said. “I knew we could do it. It was all in ourselves.”

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