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.
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.
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.
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.