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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Girls Volleyball shocker: Claremont stuns No. 1 St. Lucy’s in sweeping fashion, 25-22, 27-17, 25-22

The skinny: Claremont (13-6, 4-2) handed St. Lucy’s (14-4, 5-1) its first league loss as the Wolfpack beat the Regents 25-22, 25-17, 25-22. Briana Holes scored 12 kills, Ariana Holmes scored 11 kills and Rylee Jackson had 30 assists and 10 digs for Claremont.

Other Scores
Sierra League

Chino Hills 3, Ayala 2
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar 3, Diamond Ranch 0
Los Altos 3, Rowland 1
Montview
Gladstone 3, Sierra Vista 0
Azusa 3, Duarte 0
Bassett 3, Workman 2
La Puente 3, Ganesho o
Valle Vista League
Covina 3, Wilson 1

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Charter Oak looking strong at No. 1, Bishop Amat drops to No. 3

Tribune Super 35 Rankings
1. Charter Oak (5-1) — It’s not arguable anymore, Charter Oak is the best team in the area at the midway point after thoroughly dominating South Hills. Will they be good enough to run the table in the Sierra and last a few rounds in the Inland? Who knows, but it will be fun watching them try.
2. West Covina (6-1) – Because of the contrast in styles, West Covina and Charter Oak would be this year’s dream match-up. But after watching South Hills play both West Covina and Charter Oak, Bulldogs are a distant No. 2 — for now.
3. Bishop Amat (5-2) – For the past few years Amat has touted itself as an undersized blue-collar team that rolls up its sleeves and wins when its backs are against the wall. After last week’s lost to Alemany, it’s onto Crespi in almost a do-or-die situation. You don’t want to start 0-2 in the Serra.
4. Damien (5-1) – The Spartans started the season at No. 4 and have looked like the No. 4 team, but quiz time is over, the real tests come next. How they do against South Hills, Charter Oak and Chino Hills will answer all our questions.
5. Covina (6-1) – Are they back firing on all cylinders now that Billy Livingston is back at quarterback? We shall see, no more holding back, San Dimas is in town on Friday.
6. Chino Hills (3-3) – There is not a person in the Inland Empire that doesn’t believe the Huskies could beat any of our top five, and rightfully so considering the Huskies’ schedule. But they did lose some of those games in lopsided fashion. In any case, let’s see if they can defend the Sierra.
7. San Dimas (5-1) – Absolutely dominating over the last month punctuated with the big win over Monrovia. Now comes their biggest test since then, and against the most physical team they’ve faced since a season-opening loss to Bonita.
8. Los Altos (6-1) – You have to give them credit. In what was a stunning league-opening loss to Walnut, the Conquerors answered back with big wins over Rowland and Diamond Ranch. If they keep it going against Bonita this week, you may not be so quick to dismiss their chances against West Covina.
9. South Hills (3-3) — Only .500 and coming off a 63-28 loss No. 1 Charter Oak. So what, they’re still a top ten team and a good one. Don’t be surprised when they beat Damien and go toe-to-toe with Chino Hills.
10. Arroyo (5-1) -- The Knights haven’t looked like word beaters, but they’re off to another impressive start and their only loss is to powerful Hart. If they run the table in the improved Mission Valley, then yes, I will call them a legitimate Mid-Valley contender.
The rest: 11. Claremont (4-2), 12. Glendora (2-4), 13. La Puente (6-0), 14. Diamond Ranch (3-4), 15. Pomona (4-3), 16. El Monte (4-2), 17. Bonita (2-4), 18. Ayala (2-4), 19. Diamond Bar (2-4), 20. Walnut (2-5), 21. Azusa (3-3), 22. South El Monte (5-1), 23. Rosemead (3-3), 24. Rowland (2-4), 25. Nogales (3-4), 26. Duarte (4-1), 27. Baldwin Park (2-5), 28. Northview (1-5), 29. Workman (3-3), 30. Mountain View (3-3), 31. Sierra Vista (3-3), 32. Wilson (0-5), 33. Gladstone (1-5), 34. Ganesha (1-5), 35. Bassett (1-5).



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Two-Minute Drill: San Dimas at Covina, Friday, 7 p.m., Covina District Field

By Aram Tolegian
Covina quarterback Billy Livingston made his first start since Sept. 23 on Friday night and seemed to pick up right where he left off before he suffered a shoulder separation against Walnut. Livingston was 16 of 23 for 353 yards and four touchdowns in Covina’s 49-14 victory over Nogales. The Colts (6-1, 3-0) host San Dimas (5-1, 2-0) on Friday night at Covina District Field in the game of the year in the Valle Vista League. “Billy did a good job (last Friday),” Colts coach Darryl Thomas said. “He was a little rusty early on, but after that he was pretty good.

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El Monte’s Brandon Martinez has Lions thinking about first league title since 1979

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
El Monte High School’s football team hasn’t won a Mission Valley League title since 1979, or since Spectacular Bid won the Kentucky Derby, but with junior quarterback Brandon Martinez in the saddle, El Monte finally has a horse in the race with which to compete. Back in September, Martinez made his varsity debut by throwing for 223 yards and four touchdowns, and rushing for 126 yards in an eye-catching 43-17 victory over Baldwin Park. When asked afterward if he expected more such performances from Martinez, coach Joel Sanchez said, “If he does, you’ll be writing about him every week.”

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Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar keeping it real

“All I know is that I’ve got a team that’s got a thin roster, has 14 sophomores and some injuries to key players. We’re scrambling to put the best kids we can on the field. The reality of the situation is that we’re working as hard as we can to be competitive,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The Charter Oak High School football team’s blowout victory over South Hills last Friday in the Sierra League opener for both teams has caused the Chargers’ bandwagon to grow, but veteran head coach Lou Farrar has found a way to not get caught up in the hype. “My son (offensive coordinator Dom Farrar) fends off everything from the outside world,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said. “I feel bad about that. If I’m out of town, the next person they go to is him.”
Farrar was out of town this weekend following Charter Oak’s 63-28 victory over the Huskies. The win, and the manner in which it happened, has many Chargers fans thinking big, even though a difficult stretch still awaits in the Sierra and presumably the Inland Division.

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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 (16-2); Tolegian (17-1)
Season standings: Robledo (114-37); Tolegian (112-39)

Last week: For the second straight week, Aram went 17-1 to close my lead to two, but I also went 16-2, so he didn’t gain much ground. Not much separated us, he got me on Los Altos over Diamond Ranch, but I got him back taking El Monte over Rosemead. The difference was Bishop Amat. He took Alemany and I took Amat, and we know what happened there.
This week: The big game is Friday at the District, and I like the Colts. There are certain games that you don’t need a pep talk for and this is one of them. I like Covina in a big game with their cards on the table. I didn’t think they could win at San Dimas last year — they did — and this year they’re better. As long as QB Billy Livingston is healthy, they should get it done. San Dimas hasn’t played a team this physical defensively since beating Monrovia, and the Cats aren’t as physical as the Colts. I’m rolling the dice with Amat too. They’ve been their greatest with their backs to the wall, and their backs are too the wall. They’re in a position where they have to win on the road, so lets see if the Blue-Collar guys can pull off another mild stunner. I also like South Hills over Damien. While many may have given up on this team, I thought Charter Oak was that good on Friday. South Hills can still score, and my guess is they outscore Damien in a shootout. Finally, I like Los Altos over Bonita. This should set L.A. up nicely for the West Covina game, and give them the inside track toward a playoff spot.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Wilson vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (Wilson)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Tolegian (Glendora)
Friday’s games
San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Chovina)
Bishop Amat at Crespi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Crespi)
South Hills at Damien , 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Tolegian (Damien)
Diamond Bar at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (D-Bar)
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (CO)
Diamond Ranch at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
Los Altos at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Los Altos)
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (El Monte)
Ganesha vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Gladstone at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (G-stone)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Workman at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Duarte)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Rosemead)
Claremont at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (CH)
Nogales at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (P-Town)

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Sunday Tribbin: Top Ten teams with the best chance of winning a championship.

Just Tribbin is anything and anyone you want to talk about. But I thought I would start it off by asking who has the best chance of winning a title in their division?

1. West Covina (5-1), No. 1 Southeast: If you’re telling me Arcadia has the best chance of stopping them, then yes, the Bulldogs have the best chance of winning and going back-to-back. They would have to make mistakes for someone to beat them. WestCo at its best is better than anyone else at their best.
2. Covina (6-1), No. 2 Mid Valley: Recent scores don’t support it, but I’m remembering how they battled West Covina and blew out its next couple opponents before Billy Livingston was injured. When healthy and firing again, I like their chances over San Dimas and Monrovia.
3. San Dimas (5-1), No. 3 Mid Valley: They could climb to No. 1 with a win over Covina, especially a convincing win over the Colts. But this will be more like the Bonita game, the Colts’ defense is too physical for them.
4. Los Altos (6-1), No. 5 Southeast — After West Covina, the Southeast is up for grabs. The Conqs won a big game over Diamond Ranch, and are back on track in the Hacienda.
5. Arroyo (5-1), No. 4 Mid-Valley: With a quarterback and all-around player like Steven Rivera, the Knights always have a shot. The Knights need to win the MVL and get a favorable draw, something they haven’t got in recent years.
6. Pomona (4-3), No. 10 Mid-Valley: After watching them against Northview, I’m convinced they’re a dangerous team with playmakers that could go on a run. They’re getting better each week and could peak come playoff time.
7. Diamond Ranch (3-4), NR, Southeast: What it did against Bonita and Diamond Bar proves it’s an on any given Friday type of team. If the Southeast wasn’t so watered down after West Covina and Arcadia, I wouldn’t rank them this high. But you and I know, the Ranch are capable of taking down the big boys.
8. Charter Oak (6-1), No. 6 Inland – The area’s top team also competes in what is arguably the Southland’s toughest division in 2011. However, if it runs the table and finishes 9-1, there’s a good chance they could climb to a top four ranking and seed. In the Inland, you need a great draw. Even so, and as great as the Chargers are locally, hard to imagine them winning a title with Corona Centennial, Upland and Vista Murrieta residing.
9. Bonita (2-4), No. 6 Southeast: I don’t care that they lost to Diamond Ranch and West Covina, they would have a shot, not a great one, but a shot if they played both again. With the teams left to rank, the Cats are in the mix.
10. Bishop Amat (5-2), No. 4 Pac 5: They have to make the playoffs first, which is a giant task after losing to Alemany. But the Serra and Pac-5 is strange, you never know who beats who from week to week. The lower divisions are more predictable in terms of chances of winning it, which is why Amat is ranked over the others. At least they have a punchers chance, even if it’s a small one.
The contenders: Rosemead, La Puente, Azusa, Diamond Bar, South Hills, Damien, Chino Hills, Rosemead and El Monte are all good, but I can’t envision a scenario where they have a better chance of running the table than the teams ranked ahead of them.

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak gives South Hills old-fashioned whipping, 63-28; L.A. knocks out Ranch and Bishop Amat’s playoff hopes in jeopardy after 26-21 loss to Alemany

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

Chargers roll: South Hills High School tried going toe-to-toe with Charter Oak, but the video-game-like efficiency of Chargers quarterback Travis Santiago was too much to deal with.
On a night Santiago threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 54 yards and three touchdowns, his evening might be best remembered for scrambling out of trouble and running over a defender for a first down that few quarterbacks have the guts to try.
When it was over, Charter Oak had amassed over 500 total yards and ran South Hills off the field 63-28 in the Sierra League opener at Covina District Field on Friday.

Tonight’s results and game stories
Alemany 26, Bishop Amat 21 — For the Lancers to make the playoffs, they will have to beat either Crespi or Notre Dame on the road and Loyola at home in two weeks. Impossible? No. Likely? It doesn’t look good.
Charter Oak 63, South Hills 28 Can’t remember the last time I’ve seen an area quarterback as complete as Travis Santiago. His legend continues to grow after throwing for 325 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 54 yards and three touchdowns.
Los Osos 20, Glendora 7 — The Tartans will probably get a win over Alta Loma next week, but that’s as good as it gets the rest of the way in the Baseline.
Los Altos 27, Diamond Ranch 14 — So much for Roddy’s Hacienda League predictions, the Conquerors are back in the playoff and Hacienda title picture.
Walnut 38, Rowland 26– Suddenly, the Mustangs are 2-1 and their only loss to West Covina and a win over Los Altos. Looks like they’re sitting pretty. Who do they think they’re, Diamond Ranch?
West Covina 38, Bonita 14– The Bulldogs are too much for everyone these days. Forget an Amat-Charter Oak match, I want a Charter Oak/Royal Oak vs. West Covina -Edgewood special. Only the old school folks know what I’m talking about.
Arroyo 42, Mountain View 3 — The Knights did what they’re supposed to do, but still have lots of tough games in the MVL left.
El Monte 31, Rosemead 28– For weeks I’ve been telling anyone that listens the Lions are the real deal and a real Mission Valley contender. Tonight they proved it.
South El Monte 13, Gabrielino 10– Another good win for the Eagles, but not sure if they’re as good as Arroyo, Rosemead or El Monte in the MVL.
Sierra Vista 21, Gladstone 20– The Dons squeeze out another Montview League win.
Workman 41, Bassett 0 — Not a surprise, seems like the Olympians are last year’s Duarte.
Chino Hills 40, Ayala 9 – Ok, so when is that Charter Oak-Chino Hills game?
Damien 31, Claremont 10 — The Spartans continue to improve by the week, and get an even bigger test at home next against South Hills.
Pomona 49, Baldwin Park 14 — Don’t sleep on the Red Devils. They will make the playoffs and make somebody nervous.
San Dimas 48, Wilson 10 — Finally, bring on Covina.

Highlights of West Covina-Bonita with TDro…

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Thursday Final: Azusa still dominating the Montview, smacks Duarte 45-10; La Puente and Covina win big too

Tonight’s results
Azusa 45, Duarte 10Azusa running back Desmond Reed sat out the first quarter for missing practice, and with the miscues, bad snaps, flags and everything else that went wrong for the Aztecs, they were disappointed and fortunate to be up by nine at halftime against visiting Duarte on Thursday.
“It was really sloppy,” Aztecs coach Joe Scherf said. “I started yelling at them at halftime to get going. It was one screw-up after the next.”
Once the Aztecs and Reed settled in, though, the Falcons couldn’t keep pace. Reed rushed for 168 yards and four touchdowns, and quarterback Jacob Martinez threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 92 yards as the Aztecs (3-3, 3-0) extended their Montview League winning streak to 22 with a 45-10 win over the Falcons at Citrus College.

Covina 49, Nogales 14Covina High School won its sixth consecutive game and showed why it deserves the No. 2 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Mid- Valley Division with a 49-14 win over much-improved Nogales on Thursday.
La Puente 59, Ganesha 14 - It’s only Week 6, but good luck telling that to the young Ganesha players who were in tears after Thursday’s 59-14 loss to La Puente.
Or to Giants running back Aaron Gaulding, who carried the ball three times – all with his right hand, since his left hand was concealed by a bulging cast to protect a broken metacarpal. For Gaulding, it was easier to play injured than to watch from the sideline.

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Covina has best shot at state bowl berth

Click on the thread for the CalHiSports state bowl rankings. You might find it interesting that Covina has the best chance of representing the SGV in a state bowl game. The Colts are ranked eighth in the Division 3 South Rankings. Obviously they would have to win out and hope others lose for a state bowl berth, but with half a season left, there’s an outside chance. When it comes to state rankings, Sierra League teams are in Division I, which means teams like Charter Oak, South Hills, Damien, and Chino Hills have virtually no chance, not unless they schedule a monster preseason schedule. In Division 1, Bishop Amat has the area’s highest ranking at No. 14.

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Glendora feels like facing Los Osos is already an elimination game

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
With games still to come against Upland (5-0), Rancho Cucamonga (5-0) and Etiwanda (3-2), it’s pretty easy to see that the Glendora High School football team’s Baseline League opener Friday night against Los Osos is a must-win. And that’s how first-year Tartans coach Todd Quinsey is approaching it this week. “The reality is this week is probably an elimination game,” Quinsey said. “With Upland, Rancho and Etiwanda the top three on paper going in, I think the loser of this game is in trouble.

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Damien coach Greg Gano on Claremont: “They’re 4-1, that’s how I view them.”

Most area fans don’t seem to be giving Claremont (4-1) the same respect as Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Damien and South Hills going into Sierra League play, but Damien coach Greg Gano isn’t one of them. “They’re 4-1, that’s how I view them,” Gano said. “If you’re going to soften up on anybody or think somebody is not good, you’re gonna get your butt beat. They have some weapons and it’s a crosstown rivalry. They’re going to be ready to play.”

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Does Bonita have a chance in Friday’s Southeast title rematch with West Covina?

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
One would think revenge is on the mind of the Bonita High School football team as it heads into Friday’s showdown with West Covina, which used victories over the Bearcats to win the Hacienda League and CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championships last season. But the Bearcats simply aren’t a good enough team at this point to focus on aesthetically pleasing things like avenging last year’s high-stakes losses to the Bulldogs, according to coach Eric Podley.

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South Hills’ Danny Sheehan more than just a back-up QB; next up mighty Charter Oak

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Danny Sheehan’s role on the South Hills High School football team is a week-to-week thing. Need him to fill in at quarterback for injured starter Vince Hernandez? No problem. Need him to play wide receiver when Hernandez is healthy? No problem. Need him to hit the game-winning field goal as a place-kicker? Consider it done.
All this from a senior who strongly considered not playing this season because of a serious concussion suffered last year. For the Huskies’ sake, though, thank goodness football is in Sheehan’s blood.

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El Monte favored over Rosemead? Who’s buying it

By Aram Tolegian
When told of the CalPreps.com prediction that had his team beating Rosemead 26-24 this week, El Monte coach Joel Sanchez was quick to jump on the projected good fortune. “I’ll take it and let’s not play the game,” Sanchez said. “I’ll take it, 26-24. Call it in. Let (coach Matt) Koffler know that they said we’re going to win, we’re calling it in and that I’ll take it.”

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