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 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 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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San Gabriel Valley All Encompassing Cross Country Team Rankings from Bob Ramsey

Ramsey’s Girls Rankings: Again, this is why we run the races. Arcadia ran very well in the tough Mt.SAC Team Sweepstakes, turning in the SGV’s best performance of the weekend. Unlike the boys, where several ranked team’s stumbled on the famous 2.93-mile course, the girls teams all either surged forward or held their places. Also unlike the boys, where there are some rather large gaps between teams in the rankings, the first five schools are very closely matched, as are the next four.
Mayfield, Glendora, and Claremont all had exceptional days, confirming their rankings. Walnut and Rosemead had excellent performances at the Invite to move into the rankings – the Mustangs will challenge #5 Bonita for the Hacienda League while the Panthers are heavy favorites in the Mission Valley. Flintridge Sacred Heart and El Rancho both ran well, but didn’t make the improvement needed to stay in the top ten, ranking very narrowly behind Rosemead, along with a resurgent Whittier.

All Encompassing SGV Girls Cross Country Rankings

1. Arcadia – Div. I (#3) – Arcadia rebounded from a tough week of racing twice over hard courses with the SGV’s best performance at Mt.SAC, improving by over 90 seconds from the previous week. They’ll face a tough League Finals challenge and will need to progress to stay tops in the SGV
2. Mayfield – Div. IV (#4) – Confirmed their quality with a solid third in the Div. IV sweeps and the best SGV time on Friday. The Cubs move from strength to strength as they’re ranked #2 in the CIF-SS this week.
3. Glendora – Div. II (#2) – A strong third in the first heat of the very tough Div. II races. Their tight 1-5 gap and strength at Mt.SAC will help them in the big races to come. Twice winners in the Baseline League, they’ll be challenged by Div. I ranked Rancho Cucamonga at Mt.SAC on Tuesday.
4. Claremont – Div. II (#8) – Confirmed their status as a team for tough courses with an excellent finish in the heat on Saturday afternoon. They’ll have to run well to advance out of the loaded Sierra League on Tuesday at Mt.SAC.
5. Bonita – Div. III (#1) – Choosing not to run Sweeps at Mt.SAC, the Bearcats won their heat early on Friday. Their performance was a very slight step back on a weekend where other teams surged forward. Could be challenged by Walnut at the Hacienda League Final.
6. La Caada – Div. III (#5) – Chose to run the flat Dog Days of Fall meet instead of Mt.SAC and were narrowly second there. They’ll have a league deciding rematch with South Pasadena at Lacy Park on Thursday.
7. Walnut – Div. I (NR) – Led by two frosh and a soph, the Mustangs are excellent up front, but will need 4-7 to get closer to contend. Nevertheless, an excellent 1-7 performance Saturday morning at Mt.SAC. Next, they’ll try to unseat Bonita from atop the Hacienda League at Mt.SAC on Thursday
8. South Hills – Div. III (#6) – A bit of an off day at Mt.SAC, but the Huskies are still ranked in Div. III, so they’ll receive and at-large CIF bid regardless of their finish at the Sierra League. Their scoring group has changed from week to week, they’ll need all five running well to advance at CIF.
9. South Pasadena – Div. III (#7) – Ran well at Mt.SAC in the Div. III sweeps, but their team time hides a pretty big 1-5 gap. As with several others, they’ve moved down because other teams have moved up.
10. Rosemead – Div. III (NR) – Dropped easily their best performance of the year at Mt.SAC to move into the final spot in the rankings, but they’ll need to take another big step to stay there.

Ramsey’s Boys Rankings: Arcadia holds the top spot in our second ranking of the 2011 season for San Gabriel Valley Cross Country. All of the SGV’s top teams ran at last weekend’s Mt.SAC Invitational, and the results created quite a bit of movement in the rankings. While the Apaches are still on top, their team depth is now merely really good rather than extraordinary, and so the gap to the new number two Damien – who had a strong performance on Friday – has narrowed.
Glendora, and California both had their first bad performances of the year, and fell in the rankings, but not quite as far as their results on Saturday would indicate. Both teams will need better League Finals results to just stay where they are. Div. V Flintridge Prep is the biggest surprise. They have run well all year, but it’s tough for a school from the smallest division to rank with the others. They finished an excellent third in the Div. V Sweeps at Mt.SAC with a performance that would have won almost any other year but this one. Los Altos also ran well enough to enter the CIF and SGV for the first time, but they are just barely ahead of Santa Fe and Claremont, teams ranked last time, along with Bonita.

1. Arcadia -Div. I (Last ranking #1) – Still tops in the SGV, and 2nd in CIF-SS Div. I. Lost for the first time since ’09 at Mt.SAC but were 2nd in a very strong field. Backed up by meet record wins at Woodbridge and Central Park, two Pacific League wins over a very strong Burbank team, and a big win at the national Bob Firman Invite in Idaho.
2. Damien – Div. III (#4) – Followed up up a league stumble with an excellent 4th place (and SGV #2 adjusted time) in the Div. III Sweeps at Mt.SAC. Excellent strength 1-3, 4-7 runners will determine their team’s destiny
3. Bosco Tech – Div. IV (#5) – The boss of Div. IV all year, the Tigers solidified their top spot with a Sweeps win at Mt.SAC. Tough league showdown ahead with Div. III Cathedral, but if they can continue to heal from their earlier injuries and illness they could run the table.
4. California – Div. I (#3) – Had an off day at Mt.SAC, but ran well up ’til then: fast at the Great Cow Run, two wins in the highly competitive Del Rio League meets and good trip to Clovis. Del Rio finals will be telling.
5. Glendora – Div. II (#2) – Fell out of the CIF rankings after a rough outing at Mt.SAC but had been solid up ’til then, winning their opener at Bronco, a meet record win at Sunny Hills, and the divisional race at Clovis. They meet up with California #1 Rancho Cucamonga again at League Finals, which will show if Mt.SAC was bad moment or a revelation.
6. El Rancho – Div. I – (#6) – Excellent 80:19 effort to win their heat at Mt.SAC, making up for an off day at Clovis. Still 1-3 head to head with CalHi leading up to a big Del Rio showdown.
7. South Pasadena – Div. III (#9) – Hasn’t raced often, but made up for a rough day at Clovis with solid performance in the Div. III sweeps at Mt.SAC. 1-5 depth will still be a problem in the post-season.
8. South Hills Div. III (#7) – Rough day at Mt.SAC follows two strong thirds in the tough Sierra League, and a win in their own Super XC Classic. They’ll have to compete well at Finals Tuesday at Mt.SAC to advance over rapidly improving Chino Hills and Claremont.
9. Flintridge Prep – Div. V (NR) – The Rebels made a huge statement with their third place finish in the Div. V Sweeps at Mt.SAC, ranking #8 SGV on adjusted team time. More importantly, their team time comes from solid 1-5 grouping rather than one or two extraordinary frontrunners.
10. Los Altos – Div. III (NR) – An solid performance, despite a key runner returning from illness, in the the Div. III Sweeps at Mt.SAC puts the Conqs into the CIF rankings for the first time. They’re facing a big showdown with Bonita and Walnut at the Hacienda League finals next Thursday at Mt.SAC.

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Commenter has beef with Upland touchdown

I thought I would share this anonymous comment from a person who claims to be a local college coach. He had a beef with Upland’s win over Rancho Cucamonga, and there’s a video he says prove’s his point…Does he have a legitimate beef? I’ll let you decide…

I am a local college coach in the area and wish to remain anonymous because i recruit many of the schools in the sgv and i.e. A lot of people in your area comment on Charter Oak and there loss to Rancho and have commented on Rancho’s loss to Upland this past weekend. A lot of people don’t know that Upland flat out cheated! Below is a link to a play that Upland ran with 10 min to go in the 4th quarter against Rancho. THEY FLAT OUT CHEATED!! They put there TE in between the Center and Left Tackle and he released to catch the deciding score against Rancho. I really don’t care wins as long as I can get their kids to go my school (haha), but I felt that I had to comment on this because anyone who has ever laced up cleats knows this is as bad as it gets. For those that don’t know the rules as well as others there is not reporting of ineligible players in hs football. You are either eligible or you are not. You have to have an eligible number and you have to line up in an eligiible position. Your TE doesn’t line up accidently as the guard. The play was obviously planned and executed and it disgusted me to see it on the fox feed. I hope you and following take a look at this!

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Chino Hills sweeps defending champ St. Lucy’s, puts Regents Sierra title celebration on hold

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Sweeps are en vogue in the Sierra League volleyball race, and not necessarily from expected sources. Chino Hills High School, coming off the wrong end of a sweep last week that dropped it to third place, kept the trend alive Tuesday with a three-game victory over first-place St. Lucy’s, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15.

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PrepXtra Live!!! Rewind: Arroyo QB Steven Rivera, Arroyo WR/LB Andre Kerkhoff, Rosemead RB/LB Matt Eddy and Rosemead DT Sal Chavarin talk about Friday’s showdown

Also, read Aram’s feature on Arroyo QB Steven Rivera: The numbers don’t lie when it comes to Arroyo High School football standout Steven Rivera.
The senior quarterback and safety is putting up statistics so impressive at his respective positions he’s earning consideration for postseason accolades at both spots.

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BREAKING NEWS: Damien hoops standout Chris Reyes commits to St. Mary’s …

Damien senior forward Chris Reyes committed to St. Mary’s on Monday night.

Reyes averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds last season for the Spartans. Reyes, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has been a Tribune All-Area selection the past two seasons.

St. Mary’s men’s basketball program has gained fame recently by reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2008 and 2010. The 2010 team advanced to the Sweet 16.

St. Mary’s is located 10 miles east of Oakland, Ca. in Moraga.

With Reyes back, the Spartans figure to be one of the area’s top teams again this winter. Damien went 26-4 last season.

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Bishop Amat-Loyola on Time Warner Friday; Fox Sports to show live stream of next week’s game, Rowland at West Covina

Personally, Damien at Charter Oak would have been a better game for the San Gabriel Valley, but it appears the Fox Sports people want to showcase West Covina..Those with Time Warner Cable (not me) can watch Friday’s Loyola at Bishop Amat game on a delay Friday at midnight. The game will be on Channel 101 for those with Time Warner.

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Mid-Valley Division rankings just got interesting

Mid-Valley: 1. Covina (7-1), 2. Arroyo (6-1), 3. La Puente (7-0), 4. Monrovia (4-3), 5. Whittier Christian (5-4), 6. Maranatha (6-1), 7. San Dimas (5-2), 8. Pomona (5-3), 9. Alhambra (6-1), 10. El Monte (5-2).
Fred’s thoughts: I knew previous No. 1 Maranatha would drop after losing their first game to Whittier Christian, but all the way to six? No surprise Covina is No. 1, they deserve it, but with Arroyo, La Puente and now Monrovia to follow, what if this is the way they finish? Covina will not lose again, so they finish No. 1. Arroyo has to go through Rosemead and El Monte, but will still probably win out and stay No. 2. La Puente is the only team of the top four that might lose, to Azusa in week 10, and Monrovia will win out. So, the game of the year is La Puente-Azusa, that controls everything. If La Puente wins, Covina and Monrovia most likely meet in the semifinals, and it’s a dream draw for Arroyo. If Azusa wins, Monrovia likely finishes third and would play be in line to face Arroyo in the semifinals, which would be relief for Covina. It’s fun speculating, the Mid-Valley will be a lot of fun come playoff time.

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