Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Charter Oak by a nose over Bishop Amat … for now

Tribune Super 35 Rankings

1. Charter Oak (6-1) — The Chargers’ favorable schedule extends one more week against Claremont, then it’s all hands on deck against Damien, Chino Hills and the Inland playoffs. Offensively, they can do no wrong, averaging 40 points a game. But then again, they haven’t played a defense worth mentioning since Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Bishop Amat (6-2) — Maxpreps has Amat ranked 42nd in the state and Charter Oak 43rd. They’re that close. If Amat follows a Crespi win with a victory over Loyola, I may have to seriously considering bumping Amat back to No. 1. But that’s a big if, though I do like their chances with Zach Shay back. Speaking of Shay, I was surprised he played so well at Crespi considering he missed more than a month. He stepped in and it looked like he had never missed a beat. That was impressive.
3. West Covina (6-1) — The Bulldogs remind me of Charter Oak 2007 and ’08 in that they’re in a league and division where I don’t think anyone can touch them. It’s almost boring watching them win in workmanlike fashion since starting the Hacienda. Can Los Altos change that this week? I don’t think so.
4. Damien (6-1) — If coach of the year was handed out today, Spartans coach Greg Gano would be in the hunt because of a good mixture of non-league wins, and their 2-0 start in league. But let’s see if we’re still talking about it after they go through Chino Hills and Charter Oak.
5. Covina (7-1) — The Colts have basically wrapped up the Valle Vista League title with a win over San Dimas and Pomona, and with it probably the Mid-Valley Division’s top seed, because they will cruise to victories in their final two games. Just don’t get complacent Colts, the title is there for the taking.
6. Chino Hills (4-3) — The Huskies’ tough schedule has paid off in league, though they’ve beaten the two worst teams in Ayala and Claremont. Let’s see how they finish against Damien, South Hills and Charter Oak, because the jury’s still out.
7. San Dimas (5-2) — The Saints were No. 7 last week, but how do you drop them with Los Altos and South Hills, the teams ranked below them, losing also? Also, this is when I start buying San Dimas. The loss to Covina will probably be beneficial, because if they meet again in the playoffs, I like teams who get second shots.
8. Arroyo (6-1) — The Knights and all-purpose QB/safety Steven Rivera continue plugging along toward another MVL title. Say this about Rivera, he leads the area in passing and is second in the area in tackles. When’s the last time you remember a player do that, and how amazing would it be if at the end of the season, he was the leader in both.
9. South Hills (3-4) — It’s too bad they play no defense, because this is one of coach Steve Bogan’s best offensive teams since winning titles in the mid 2000s. And though they’ve lost four games, three could have gone either way against Colony, West Covina and Damien. But that’s been their story the last two years. They play good enough to make it entertaining, but find some way to foul it up when the game is on the line.
10. La Puente (6-0) –– It’s time for the area’s only undefeated team to crack the top ten rankings. Like Azusa in other years, you wonder if the record is legitimate, but at least La Puente and Azusa will be tested in week 10, when they get to face each other for the league title.
The rest: 11. Los Altos (6-2), 12. Pomona (5-3), 13. Diamond Ranch (4-4), 14. Glendora (3-4), 15. El Monte (5-2), 16. Claremont (4-3), 17. Bonita (3-4), 18. Azusa (5-3), 19. Diamond Bar (3-4), 20. Ayala (2-5), 21. Walnut (2-6), 22. Rosemead (4-3), 23. South El Monte (5-2), 24. Duarte (5-1), 25. Rowland (2-5), 26. Nogales (3-5), 27. Northview (2-5), 28. Baldwin Park (2-5), 29. Mountain View (3-4), 30. Workman (3-4), 31. Sierra Vista (3-4), 32. Gladstone (2-5), 33. Wilson (0-7), 34. Ganesha (1-6), 35. Bassett (1-6).

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Two-Minute Drill: Chino Hills at Damien, plus coaches weigh in on Friday’s meeting

“I think we’re better than (last year), so I hope we don’t get blown out 42-7 again. But those guys (Chino Hills) are good. We’re going to give it heck. It’s an important game and means a lot to us.” –Damien coach Greg Gano

They got some good transfers who have helped them out. Overall team speed, they’re a lot better. They’re a very good football team this year. And they were very good at the end of last year. You know, Damien helped us get into the playoffs last year.” Chino Hills coach Derek Bub

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Damien High School’s football team had three payback games on its football schedule entering the season. Last season, the Spartans suffered identical 42-7 losses to Bishop Amat, JSerra and Chino Hills. So far, Damien has done a pretty good job proving it is much improved from a year ago. The Spartans played Amat close for a half before falling 28-7. They later beat JSerra and now seek revenge against Chino Hills on Friday in a critical Sierra League game for both teams. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Damien. (To continue click thread).

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Tribune Football Leaderboard, or guys you would consider in the race for Player of the Year

Area’s statistical leaders reported to MaxPreps…
1. Steven Rivera, Arroyo, 2,084 yards, 23 touchdowns
2. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, 1,845, 14 touchdowns
3. Brandon Martinez, 1,572, 20 touchdowns
4. Billy Livingston, 1,364, 18 touchdowns
5. Jacob Martinez, Azusa, 1,284, 10 touchdowns

Running Backs
1. Sir-Darius Yabrough, Pomona, 1,515 yards, 15 touchdowns
2. Jalen Moore, Bishop Amat, 1,134 yards, 16 touchdowns
3. Gevontray Ainsworth, 1,001 yards, 6 touchdowns
4. J.R. Nelson, Wilson, 916 yards, 5 touchdowns
5. Kurt Scoby, Charter Oak, 910 yards, 11 touchdowns

Wide Receivers
1. Hunter Duran, Arroyo, 45 receptions, 862 yards, 12 TDs
2. Aaren Vaughns, Charter Oak, 40 receptions, 753, 7 TDs
3. Jamie Canada, South Hills, 36 receptions, 721, 8 TDs
4. George Katrib, Diamond Bar, 37 receptions, 588 yards, 9 TDs
5. Terell Mosby, Pomona, 25 receptions, 526, 6 TDs

For standings, schedules and all statistical leaders, look at the SGV Tribune MaxPreps Widget.

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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 (15-3); Tolegian (15-3)
Season standings: Robledo (129-40); Tolegian (127-42)

Last week: Aram and I both went 15-3, but we took different roads there. We both missed taking Los Altos over Bonita, but I also missed taking South Hills over Damien, and Walnut over Diamond Bar. Aram lost taking Crespi over Bishop Amat and for whatever reason, Wilson over Northview. Our race is shaping up, with three weeks left and playoffs, I’m up by two.
This week: After calling Amat on the road at Crespi, I’m calling them at home on Friday too. They’ve already lost one Serra home game, you think they’re going to lose two? On homecoming? In another must-win? I don’t think so, but Aram does. I don’t think Tolegian will pick Amat to win any Serra games. As great as Damien has been in recent weeks, I think they lose the next two weeks and wind up finishing third in the Sierra. Chino Hills and Charter Oak will play for the league title at the end, and Chino Hills will show why by doing its part. Of course, Tolegian disagrees again. The other game Tolegian and I disagree on is Northview-Nogales, I like the Vikes, he likes the Nobles. Rosemead could screw up the Mid-Valley with a win over Arroyo, but don’t count on it. West Covina has another test at Los Altos, but the Bulldogs are passing all tests these days.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Azusa vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa), Tolegian (Azusa)
Friday’s games
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Tolegian (Loyola)
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (Damien)
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
West Covina at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
Glendora vs. Upland at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Tolegian (Upland)
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bo-Hi)
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (D-Bar)
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (EM)
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEM); Tolegian (SEM)
Bassett at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (La Puente)
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Duarte)
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Charter Oak at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Coack); Tolegian (Chargers)
South Hills at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Tolegian (Huskies)
Covina at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Chovina)
Northview at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (Nogales)
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (San Dimas)

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Larry Stout, a West Covina grad following the SGV scene in Missouri, recalls one of the great West Covina-Los Altos thrillers from the past

Larry Stout, who graduated from West Covina in 1978, wanted me to share this email with West Covina facing Los Altos this week.

I am a transplanted West Covina Spartan, class of 1978, living in Missouri. First I want to thank you for you coverage of the SGV sports scene. My very best friend in the world was Bill Dunn who passed away 2 years ago and we had monthly phone conversations about the Bulldogs, tough for a Spartan to say that. Your coverage has allowed me to fill the info gap but the friendship gap will always be there. I know I am biased but one of the best SGV football games was the 1977 West Covina vs Los Altos game. We were both highly ranked going in and it was a tough, tough game (I personally took the hardest hit I ever took by a line backer named Jay Fairmon on a cut back run). West Covina won the game with no time on the clock as Los Altos lined up off side on the last play which allowed us one more play. As the two schools are playing this weekend I thought would share the blast from the past with you. Thanks for your work.

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Powerful Vista Murrieta forfeits five games

Vista Murrieta, one of the top teams in the Inland Division, was forced to forfeit five games because of an ineligible player, according to the CIF-SS office. Vista, which was 7-0 and 2-0 in the Southwestern League, is now 2-5 and 2-0. What will this do to the Inland rankings? One of the games forfeited was a win over Crespi, which makes the Celts 7-1 overall.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Covina rolls over San Dimas, 39-21; Bishop Amat gets must-win at Crespi 28-14; Damien in shootout over South Hills

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click scoreboard link.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Moments during which the Covina High School football team has been clicking on all cylinders have been few and far between this season, but when they happen, it’s obvious that few teams in the Mid-Valley Division will be able to hang with the Colts. Friday night was the Colts’ best game of the season, and when the dust settled they’d put a 39-21 whipping on San Dimas in a victory that puts Covina in prime position to win a second consecutive Valle Vista League title. (To continue click thread)

Friday’s results and game stories
Covina 39, San Dimas 21 — With Mid-Valley No. 1 Maranatha going down to Whittier Christian, there should be no doubt who No. 1 is. Pound for pound, nobody’s better.
Bishop Amat 28, Crespi 14 — What a difference a Shay makes. The Lancers needed a boost and Zach Shay gave it to them, returning for the first time sine the concussion against Servite, eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown run. Rio Ruiz, Jalen Moore, Adam Sanchez all had great nights too, but with Shay back, it looked like early 2010 again.
Damien 47, South Hills 38 — Was getting texts back and forth– Spartans up big early, Huskies rally back, Spartans close with a Jalen Castille touchdown. Look, I’m not the only one who thought South Hills would win this week. Give the Spartans credit, it’s not just a good start for them, they’re in it to win it.
Diamond Bar 26, Walnut 22 — This throws another wrinkle into the Hacienda title and playoff chase, and more importantly for the Brahmas, a must-needed feel good win.
Charter Oak 62, Ayala 34 — What’s that, 63 last week, 62 this week — it’s the best show in town. I don’t know if they can do any damage in the Inland, but when they get it rolling, they get it rolling.
Diamond Ranch 20, Rowland 0— Never count out the Panthers, it was just one Hacienda League loss last week to Los Altos. That’s what good teams do, follow tough losses with wins.
Bonita 35, Los Altos 28 — Great win for the ‘Cats, and a painful one for Los Altos, who let the lead and win slip out of their hands.
El Monte 50, Mountain View 14 — That’s right, the Lions are serious MVL contenders and get Arroyo in week 10. A lot has to happen between now and then, but I like the chances of both running the table until they meet.
La Puente 36, Sierra Vista 16 — I speak for everyone when I say we all expect the Warriors to be 9-0 when they face Azusa in week 10. Then your guess is as good as mine.
Rosemead 24, Gabrielino 6 — No way the Panthers lose after losing to El Monte last week, and having to face rival Arroyo next week.
Duarte 31, Workman 28, OT — After getting routed by Azusa, the Falcons needed a picker-upper, and nothing like an overtime feel-gooder to forget about last week.
Chino Hills 35, Claremont 14— As great as Charter Oak has looked, the championship still goes through Chino Hills. This is why you play tough preseason schedules. Don’t look at the overall record, 2-0 in the Sierra is what counts.
Gladstone 24, Bassett 6 — It’s been a tough year for both teams, especially Bassett, who hung tough after a few lopsided losses.
Azusa 56, Ganesha 0 — What can you say really, except good for the Aztecs, their 23 straight Montview League win.
Pomona 42 Nogales 15 — Red Devils dropping 40 like it’s nothing for three straight weeks. Better take them seriously.

The Inland Insider Tom Kiss’ highlights and interviews from San Dimas’ win over Covina..

Highlights and interviews from Damien’s big win over South Hills from TDro


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Thursday’s scores: Rivera lights up South El Monte in second half as Arroyo wins 28-7. Glendora and Northview also win …

Arroyo 28, South El Monte 7 — Steven Rivera threw for 254 and three touchdowns, all of them in the second half, as Arroyo erased a 7-6 halftime deficit for an easy win. The Knights defense was very stingy, allowing just one touchdown which came after SEM got good field position after a bad punt snap. The Eagles played good defense for a while, but Rivera was too much. Arroyo now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league.

Northview 18, Wilson 7: Vikings keep their playoff hopes alive and well by beating the winless Wildcats.

Glendora 20, Alta Loma 16: Tartans needed that. Their faint playoff hopes stay alive, but they will likely still have to knock off one of the Baseline’s Big 3 of Etiwanda, Upland and Rancho.

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With Mt. SAC Invite starting Friday and finishing Saturday, check out Bob Ramsey’s all-encompassing SGV team rankings

Girls Rankings: This is why we run the races. Arcadia came out blazing, running an amazing 89:20 at Woodbridge, outpacing SGV rivals Bonita by nearly four minutes. But a month later on the hills of Mt.SAC at Saturday’s SGV One on One Challenge, the Bearcats had turned the tables and bested the now short-handed Apache’s by 30 seconds. Meanwhile, Glendora had the SGV’s best performance at the Clovis Invite, their 98:54 converting to just in between Bonita’s and Arcadia’s efforts from Saturday, and so that’s how we’ll rank them going into this week’s Mt.SAC Invitational.
The quality of the girls teams in the SGV is not quite as deep as the boys, and this means more schools from the lower divisions have a spot in our rankings. Also, the move from flat courses to Mt.SAC can be difficult for some teams, so this weekend’s races will tell us a lot.

1. Bonita (Div. III – Hacienda League) – the Bearcats were CIF finalists in ’10 and have been highly ranked all season. Division winners at Woodbridge and twice League winners, they turned in their best performance at last week at Mt.SAC in winning the SGV Challenge in 97:02
2. Glendora (Div. II – Baseline League) – the Tartans, who feature six sophs and one frosh in their seven, ran well at Clovis and in their opening win at the Bronco meet, but their best performances have been their two wins in the Baseline League meets. Their heat at Mt.SAC is loaded, so we’ll get to see how they stack up.
3. Arcadia (Div. I – Pacific League) – As noted above, the Apaches had an amazing opener at Woodbridge, but as the season progressed they’re been missing at least one key athlete and lost twice last week to Crescenta Valley in the Pacific League and to Bonita at Mt.SAC. They’ll have a chance to turn things around in the Sweeps race Saturday morning.
4. Mayfield (Div. IV – Prep League) – the Cubs have made huge strides this year, starting with a dominating win at Rosemead, and then a divisional win at Clovis, where their top four improved by an average of 78 seconds per person from last year. They’ll be very strong in their own division, but by finishing just seconds behind Glendora at Clovis, they showed they can compete with anyone in the SGV
5. La Caada (Div. III – Rio Hondo League) – Winners at the Bell-Jeff meet, the Spartans have been on a tear, winning their division on the hilly Staub-Barnes course, and then defeating South Pasadena on that same course last week in the second Rio Hondo cluster meet.
6. South Hills (Div. III – Sierra League) – the Huskies ran well at Bronco and Woodbridge and were winners at their own Super XC Classic. They stumbled a bit in the extreme heat of the second Sierra League meet but generally have run their best on hilly courses, which bodes well for them.
7. South Pasadena (Div. III – Rio Hondo) – like Arcadia, the Tigers started with a bang at Woodbridge, but didn’t run quite as well at Clovis. Friday’s Div. III sweeps at Mt.SAC will show if their loss to La Caada was more about their slipping back or the Spartans moving up.
8. Claremont (Div. II – Sierra League) – this young team made CIF finals in ’10 for the first time in a number of years and has been a bit inconsistent this year. Their best efforts have come at Clovis and the second Sierra League meet, so they’re a team that can run tough courses.
9. Flintridge Sacred Heart (Div. IV – Mission League) – the Tologs have run in some big meets, starting well at Fastback and Woodbridge, and showing well at Stanford. They’ve rested or run incomplete teams in recent weeks, and it appears they’ll keep things low-key on Friday, waiting for Finals and CIF to showcase their team.
10. El Rancho (Div. I – Del Rio League) – the Dons (Doas?) have run very well at their two league meets and followed up good early performances at Bosco Tech and Woodbridge with a solid effort at Clovis.
Note: With the exception of La Caada, all of these teams will be competing Friday or Saturday at Mt.SAC.

Boys rankings: Rankings in Cross Country are notoriously difficult. Teams run on flat courses and hilly courses, and in different weather, so that even schools running on the same course on the same day, as will probably happen at Mt.SAC this Saturday, can face very different conditions.
That said, here’s our first attempt to rank the 70 schools of the San Gabriel Valley, regardless of CIF Division. These rankings give preference to recent performances, and to performances achieved on hard and/or hilly courses, since Southern Section XC always points to Mt.SAC and Woodward Park. And so we can have something to talk about before the athletes sort it out themselves at Mt.SAC this weekend, here are the rankings:

1. Arcadia (Div. I – Pacific League) – Easily the class of the SGV, the Apaches ranked #1 in Div. I until last week, the defending National Champs really haven’t stumbled at all, notching meet record wins at Woodbridge and Central Park, two Pacific League wins over a very strong Burbank team, and scoring a big win at the national Bob Firman Invite in Idaho.
2. Glendora (Div. II – Baseline League) – The Div. II ranked Tartans have kept something of a low profile, but have won every Invite they’re entered – their opener at Bronco, a meet record win at Sunny Hills, and the divisional race at Clovis. They were second twice to State #1 Rancho Cucamonga in the Baseline League
3. California (Div. I – Del Rio League) – The Condors continue to build on the their CIF Finals qualification from last year. Starting fast at the Great Cow Run, their biggest honor is their two wins in the highly competitive Del Rio League meets. Ran well at Clovis.
4. Damien (Div. III – Sierra League) – Fast our of the box with a win at the Bosco Tech meet over much of the SGV and ran well again at Woodbridge and won the first Sierra League meet. They stumbled a bit in the second Sierra meet, their only competition in the last month
5. Bosco Tech (Div. IV – Del Rey League) – Ranked #1 in Div. IV all year, the Tigers started with a strong 3rd overall at their own meet, but then struggled mightily with sickness and injuries. Their victory over Div. III ranked Cathedral in last week’s Del Rey League indicates they’re nearly back to full strength.
6. El Rancho (Div. I – Del Rio League) – Fast at Don Bosco and Woodbridge, the Dons best efforts have been their two seconds to Cal in the Del Rey League, while they had a bit of an off day at Clovis.
7. South Hills (Div. III – Sierra League) – #6 SGV at Woodbridge, the Huskies have been third both times in the tough Sierra League, and won their own Super XC Classic.
8. Santa Fe (Div. I – Del Rey League) – Two strong thirds in the Del Rio League meets and a #7 SGV ranking at Woodbridge are their top achievements so far.
9. South Pasadena (Div. III – Rio Hondo League) – Started well with the #4 SGV time at Woodbridge, and held form with two wins in the Rio Hondo League. Had a rough day at Clovis.
10. Claremont (Div. II – Sierra League) – This CIF and State podium team in ’10 was hurt by graduation, and their young team can’t break through in the deep Sierra League. Top performance was an 83:18 at Clovis

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Should the high school baseball playoffs be a double elimination tournament? Section Council votes on it Thursday

Pictured below: Bishop Amat beat Palm Desert at Dodger Stadium for the title in June. However, If the double-elimination proposal passes, it probably means no championship games at Dodger or Anaheim Stadium for Divisions 1-4.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Area coaches have mixed feelings over a radical proposal that would create a double elimination high school baseball playoff tournament that would begin in May for the 2012 baseball playoffs. The CIF-Southern Section Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a two-year pilot program that would create a double elimination baseball playoff for Divisions 1 through 4 this spring — a proposal that Northview High School baseball coach Darren Murphy was part of introducing. According to sources, however, it has a small chance of passing.
“If you’re a baseball follower or baseball purist, you know baseball is not a single-elimination game,” Murphy said. “In college, professional and even Little League, it’s a series.
“In baseball, you shouldn’t get eliminated just because a team has a dominant pitcher. In a double elimination, it allows the best teams to win most of the time.”
According to the double-elimination proposal, the regular season would end one week earlier to allow for an extra week of playoffs, and there would be single elimination wild card games to create a 32-team field for each playoff division. (to continue click thread).

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Is it do-or-die time for Bishop Amat at Crespi? Hagerty says not yet; Zach Shay “running around” in practice, but still no word on if he returns

“All of them are must-win, but at the same it’s feasible that if we don’t win, we would have to win our last two and make the playoffs. We don’t want to be in that situation, and we’re going to put our best foot forward on Friday night.” — Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty

By Aram Tolegian
Steve Hagerty knows a win Friday at Crespi would do wonders for his team’s postseason outlook, but the fourth-year Bishop Amat coach also is stressing it won’t be the end of the world should the Lancers falter. “All of them are must-win, but at the same it’s feasible that if we don’t win, we would have to win our last two and make the playoffs,” Hagerty said. “We don’t want to be in that situation, and we’re going to put our best foot forward on Friday night.”

Amat lost its Serra League opener last Friday in a hard- fought game against defending league champ Alemany. The Lancers now hit the road in trying to get back into the league title race against a Crespi team they ran all over last year. The plan Friday may not be much different than what it was last year – use tailback Jalen Moore to chew up big chunks of yards and keep the Crespi offense off the field.

“He’s one of our better players, so we definitely want him to have success,” Hagerty said of Moore, who rushed for 262 yards and two scores last year against the Celts. “I wouldn’t use the word `pound,’ because I’m not sure that fits us. We just have to execute.”

It’s still questionable whether Amat gets back all- purpose threat Zach Shay, who’s missed a large portion of the season after suffering two concussions. Hagerty said Shay is “running around” with the team but isn’t taking any contact. He could be cleared by doctors soon, though.

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Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine on meeting with Walnut: “I told our seniors this is our last chance to make a mark on the Branding Iron.”

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine is well aware Los Altos’ win over Diamond Ranch gave his team a bit more postseason hope than it had at this time a week ago, but Maine also is aware the new life is something his team can’t squander. The Brahmas are 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Hacienda League, with losses to West Covina and Diamond Ranch. With games still to come against Walnut and Los Altos, the Brahmas can put themselves squarely in the playoff race and possibly even in second place if everything falls just right.

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The 64th annual Mt. SAC Cross Country Invite begins on Friday, heats up on Saturday

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The 64th annual Mt. San Antonio Cross Country Invitational begins Friday and concludes Saturday at Mt. SAC’s 2.93-mile course, which features hilly terrain with names such as “Poopout Hill” and “Switchbacks.” With 57 of the Valley’s high schools competing and more than 600 schools from around the nation in the field, it’s a chance to watch the best of the best go at it in a preview of what lies ahead, with the CIF-Southern Section and state meets fast approaching.

A kids look at the Mt. SAC cross country course, where I ran a 19.36 for Edgewood High School in 1986 …

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