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 (13-5); Tolegian (17-1)
Season standings: Robledo (98-35); Tolegian (95-38)

Last week: Aram picked up four wins to cut my lead to three. He had a great week, going 17-1, missing only Pomona’s rout over Northview. I took a beating, taking Los Osos, Diamond Bar, Workman, Mountain View and JSerra.
This week: South Hills and Charter Oak could be epic with arguably the two best offensive teams in the area. But the reason I like Charter Oak is defense, they’re just a little better in that area than the Huskies, who haven’t stopped anyone except lowly St. Monica. Bishop Amat is in a must win at home and they owe Alemany. For Amat to make the playoffs, they have to win home games against Alemany and Loyola in two weeks. They will probably lose to Crespi on the road and have a shot at Notre Dame in the finale. My guess is they go 2-2, or 3-1 at best. But yes, I think they make the playoffs. Duarte will give Azusa a run for its money, but it’s not time yet. The Falcons will win a league title under coach Tip Sanders, but not this year. L.A. and Diamond Ranch is a coin flip, but no way I pick against Roddy’s Ranchers again.

This week’s games and predictioins
Thursday

Azusa vs. Duarte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
La Puente at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Covina vs. Nogales at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
Friday
Glendora vs. Los Osos at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Tolegian (Los Osos)
Los Altos vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (Los Altos)
Walnut at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Walnut)
West Covina at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
Arroyo at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Rosemead at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (Rosemead)
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Tolegian (SEM)
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Workman vs. Bassett at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Tolegian (Workman)
Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Alemany)
Chino Hills at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chills); Tolegian (Chino Hills)
Damien at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
South Hills vs. Charter Oak at CDF — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (Charter Oak)
Baldwin Park at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (Pomona)
Wilson vs. San Dimas at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (San Dimas)

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

PrepXtra Postgame Rewind with Damien coach Greg Gano and Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton; Video highlights from the Inland Insider and TDro

PrepXtra Postgame Rewind with reaction from Damien coach Greg Gano (at 12:45 mark) and another you-don’t-want-to-miss interview with Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton at the 30:45 mark!


Inland Insider and crew’s video highlights and interviews in Diamond Ranch’s big win over Diamond Bar for the Mayor’s Trophy

Tyler Drohen, aka TDro, has highlights and interviews from Los Altos’ win over Rowland

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Saturday Morning Quarterback: Ranch still the King of Diamonds and Roddy the King of predictions; Damien answers doubters again, beats JSerra; West Covina, Pomona, Covina and Los Altos win

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

Roddy promises and delivers: With the stands filled with rival fans from neighboring high schools, there were plenty of sounds echoing across Diamond Bar’s football stadium Friday night, not the least of which was the prediction Diamond Ranch head coach Roddy Layton made last week that his team would “smack” Diamond Bar. Layton made good on his prognostication as Diamond Ranch intercepted the Brahmas’ final two passes and returned one for a touchdown in a 31-19 win over its Hacienda League rival.

Your Saturday Morning prep results and game stories
Diamond Ranch 31, Diamond Bar 19– You have to give it to Roddy and the Ranchers, they went to Diamond Bar with all the pressure and came through with a win again. Maybe Roddy’s right, maybe they will run the table to set up a dramatic finish with West Covina in Week 10
Covina 26, Baldwin Park 18 — QB Billy Livingston didn’t start, but he made an appearance and the Colts did enough to win. It was nervous time for the Colts in the fourth quarter, but they pulled it out. Word is, Livingston took another shot to the shoulder, but we’ll see how he recovers over the next week.
Pomona 45, Northview 14 — Brandin Shreiman threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns and RB Sir-Darius Yabrough ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a thoroughly dominating performance.
West Covina 48, Walnut 10 — This is what everyone’s afraid of in the Hacienda and Southeast — the Bulldogs healthy and blowing out opponents.
Azusa 50, Bassett 0- The Aztecs haven’t loss a Montview league game since coach Joe Scherf took over in 2008.
Sierra Vista 19, Workman 15 — The Dons get a nice win over an improved Workman team.
Arroyo 23, La Canada 21 – If you’re thinking MVL title and deep Mid-Valley playoff run, this result is concerning.
Bell Gardens 24, South El Monte 14 — The Eagles finally lose their first game, but still a great first month.
Duarte 21, Ganesha 0 — The Falcons are one of two undefeated teams left in the East San Gabriel Valley. How do you like that? But, they face Azusa next.
Rosemead 35, Temple City 9 — Like Pomona, the Panthers are a team that can play with anyone in the Mid-Valley.
Los Altos 28, Rowland 12- The Conquerors bounced back after last week’s tough loss to Walnut, racing to a big lead and not looking back.
Damien 41, JSerra 39– What a great win for the Spartans, beating a Pac-5 team on the road to go to 4-1. I want to hear what the Spartans naysayers have to say now.
El Monte 41, Cerritos 0 — I watched them early in the season and still feel the same way, they can beat anyone in the MVL.
La Puente 33, Gladstone 9– The Warriors are the other undefeated team in the ESGV, and will probably stay undefeated for a while the way they’re winning in the Montview.
Bellarmine-Jefferson 20, Mountain View 14, OT – Eric Agaverdyan scored on a three-yard touchdown run in overtime for the win.

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Amazing: St. Lucy’s wins fifth-game thriller over Chino HIlls, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 22-20

By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Of the five times Sean Douglas thought his team had lost Thursday night, the St. Lucy’s Priory volleyball coach was the most certain when his libero, Arianna Sifuentes, dove over her team’s bench to save a ball with St. Lucy’s trailing 20-19 in the fifth game. Of the five times Douglas thought his team had won, the only time he was certain came two points later, when Veronica LaPierre’s kill bounced off the hands of a Chino Hills blocker out of bounds to put an end to No. 1 St. Lucy’s five-game marathon of a victory over their Sierra League foe in a rematch of last season’s CIF-SS championship match.

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Thursday Final: Bishop Amat rallies again, holds off Venice 38-35; South Hills beats Los Osos in shocker, 31-28 and San Dimas rolls 42-6

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat started slow again, but followed the same script, rallying from 14 points down to post a 38-35 victory on the road at Venice Thursday behind another stellar performance from running back Jalen Moore, and a couple reverse touchdown runs from Adam Sanchez.
Moore was a workhorse, carrying it 37 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and Sanchez scored on two reverses, a 17 yard TD that gave Amat an early 7-0 lead, and a key 48-yard TD run early in the third quarter that tied the score, 21-21, after the Lancers trailed 21-7 midway through the second quarter. Amat, ranked fifth in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division, improved to 5-1 while Venice dropped to 1-4.

Thursday’s results
Game story: San Dimas 42, Nogales 6 — The Saints impressed Aram so much that he wrote, “they might be the best team in the division RIGHT NOW.” Looks like the Saints and Aram’s opinion of them have made a dramatic turnaround since the season opener.
Game story: South Hills 31, Los Osos 28 — Los Osos lost to undefeated Orange Lutheran by only two touchdowns, and lost to Vista Murrieta by only nine points, the same team that beat Crespi by 18. When you mention Amat, Charter Oak, West Covina as the area’s top three, the Huskies aren’t too far back. I heard QB Danny Sheehan took care of business and kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal with 10 seconds left, but the fact is the Huskies won without their starting QB Vincent Hernandez, who played receiver because of his injured shoulder. So you tell us, who do you like next week, Charter Oak or South Hills?
Game story: Bishop Amat 38, Venice 35 –With the advantage Amat has with Jalen Moore, who finished with 219 yards and three touchdowns, it shouldn’t be this close. Amat can score, they scored last year and they’re scoring this year. But if they don’t start getting more three-and-outs, more pressure on the QB and better push off the line, they’ll have a tougher time coming back against teams in the Serra. It’s finally here, defending champ Alemany in town next week.

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Snoop Doggs’ sons to Diamond Bar? Aram has the scoop on the rap singers’ sons transferring from Long Beach Poly to the SGV

Read the Scoop on Snoop, who I’m sure won’t be filing a hardship transfer: Corde and Cordell Broadus, sons of famous rapper Snoop Dogg, checked into Diamond Bar High School this week after playing football at Long Beach Poly this season. Corde, who played some special teams this season at LB Poly, is seeking to gain immediate eligibility from CIF. A decision on that won’t be known until after all pertinent paperwork has been filed.

Story with reaction from DB coach Ryan Maine:“They’re good, respectful kids,” Maine said. “On the outside, it’s exciting to have them here. But to be honest, we want to treat these kids like they’re normal high school kids. We want them to enjoy their high school football experience. So, there is some excitement to it, but on the other hand, we want them to be a part of our team. And that’s what they want, too. They don’t want the big spotlight. They just want to play football and be part of a team.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Nobody saw this coming: Mission Valley League Football is a combined 17-8

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
With one week to go in its nonleague schedule, the Mission Valley League is looking to add to what’s become a pretty impressive resume so far this season. Not generally known as one of the area’s power leagues, things might be different this year if the current body of work is any indicator: Heading into this week’s games, the Mission Valley is a combined 17-8.
South El Monte High School’s 4-0 record leads the way. The Eagles were 1-9 last season. “Our league is definitely on its way up,” first-year South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar said. “Obviously, Arroyo and Rosemead are still doing well like always, but El Monte is coming up and even Mountain View is coming up. Gabrielino has won a few games as well. I think it’s good for all of the teams involved in the league.”

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

MVL Volleyball: Gabrielino beats Arroyo in four; El Monte’s impressive start continues


Gabrielino beats Arroyo 25-23, 13-25, 25-22, 25-16: The Gabrielino High School volleyball team may lack the firepower of years past, but the Eagles certainly can play a mean defense and display a lot of heart. “We work on a lot of control,” first-year coach Silvia Apodaca said. “We like to control the ball. We teach them to look at the other side of the court.”

El Monte 3, South El Monte 0
The Lions remained unbeaten in league play as they swept the Eagles 25-15, 25-14, 25-18. El Monte (13-2, 3-0) received outstanding performances from Luz Mendoza and Cristella Gonzalez, who had nine and eight kills, respectively. Setter Connie To added 21 assists and 12 digs in the win.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Respected and adored by families and students, Muir’s popular football coach Ken Howard removed as coach after altercation with student: “The police officers that responded said I did everything right,” Howard said.

Latest Update: A confidential school district memorandum calls into question the behavior of a football coach and a “belligerent” student who were involved in a scuffle that lead to the coach being placed on administrative leave.

The skinny: Muir football coach Ken Howard, a former school security guard who spent 17 years patrolling the Muir halls, said he was asked by vice principal Dr. Charles Park to conduct a search of a student reportedly armed with a knife on Friday, and a scuffle ensued in what Howard described as necessary to defend himself, and apparently, after meeting with police, they felt so too, opting not to file charges. “The police officers that responded said I did everything right,” Howard said. Even so, Howard was placed on administrative leave, and removed as head coach while the school conducts an investigation. Howard said in Tuesday’s story that Park apologized to him for authorizing the search and Howard’s attorney said Park authorized the search. However, in tomorrow’s paper there will be an update in which Park declares he never asked Howard to conduct a search. I hate to write it, but it sounds to me that administrators are prepared to make Howard the scapegoat. We will continue to update as this develops. Just to clarify, the administrative leave was his removal from coaching. Howard is no longer a full-time security guard at Muir, he was laid off as part of budget cuts more than a year ago. But he still volunteers to help with security since he’s the football coach, something he does to help keep his players in line at school. This I also find interesting. The suspension of Howard came the same day a fatal stabbing occurred at Southeast High in South Gate. Four people were stabbed, including the school’s dean. Although a knife was never found during Howard’s search, the result of not searching when you suspect someone has a weapon could end up a South Gate situation if you don’t err on the side of caution, something school officials should keep in mind when sorting this out.

Friday’s breaking story: John Muir High School head football coach Ken Howard was placed on administrative leave Friday after a scuffle with a student.

Monday’s updated story: On Friday the popular Howard was placed on administrative leave after an altercation Wednesday with a student who was reportedly armed with a knife. A scuffle ensued after Howard attempted to search the student’s backpack. Howard said he was told to search the backpack by a school administrator. His attorney Joe Hopkins identified the administrator as Dr. Charles Park. “(Howard) was trying to protect other people from being harmed by some missing deadly weapons, i.e. knives,” Hopkins said. “He was trying to find where they were and the result is he ends up being suspended … (it) makes me think Howard is the scapegoat.”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

La Puente’s Barrientos out 1-2 weeks

La Puente running back/defensive back Nick Barrientos suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee in last week’s win over Workman and will miss 1-2 weeks, according to Warriors coach Brandon Rohrer. “He is walking around pretty good and so far it looks like it is healing well,” Rohrer said via email. Barrientos was leading the Warriors in rushing and was a key contributor on defense.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Scary thought: No. 1 West Covina healthy

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
West Covina High School is getting healthy at just the right time. The Bulldogs have had a touch-and-go situation with reigning Tribune Player of the Year Chris Solomon ever since he injured his ankle in the season opener against Covina, but they had to love what they saw last week when Solomon ran for 157 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Diamond Bar. (to continue click thread)

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s shows why it’s No. 1 and defending CIF champs in sweep over South Hills; Next up, No. 2 Chino Hills on Thursday in rematch of last year’s 2AA championship

By John Honell
The Sierra League, with three teams ranked in the top five, has been recognized as the premier volleyball league in CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA. Top-ranked and defending champion St. Lucy’s Priory looked like a champion in knocking off fifth- ranked South Hills 25-23, 25-14, 25-16 Tuesday. The first game was close, with the Huskies (11-4 overall, 1-1 league) jumping out to a 14-9 lead before the Regents (11-3, 2-0) battled back to tie the score 15-15. “They were beating us pretty good,” Regents coach Sean Douglas said. “This place gets really loud and it’s hard to play in here.” No. 1 St. Lucy’s will host No. 2 Chino Hills on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s Division 2AA title, won by the Regents after both teams split during the Sierra League.(to continue reading click thread)

Tuesday’s league results
Baseline
Upland 3, Glendora 1
Hacienda
Bonita 3, Walnut 1
Diamond Bar 3, Rowland 0
Los Altos 3, West Covina 0
Montview
Azusa 3, Gladstone 0
Bassett 3, Sierra Vista 2
Sierra
Ayala 3, Charter Oak 0
Chino Hills 3, Claremont 0

Girls Volleyball Top Ten
Records provided by Maxpreps
1. St. Lucy’s (11-3)
2. Chino HIlls (14-2)
3. South Hills (11-4)
4. Claremont (6-5)
5. Bonita (8-6)
6. San Dimas (13-1)
7. Bishop Amat (7-3)
8. Diamond Bar (8-3)
9. El Monte (11-3)
10. Los Altos (7-6)

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Tribune Super 35: Amat, Charter Oak and West Covina dominant top three; Covina, Damien move to No. 4 and 5 respectively


Rank, team, record, (previous ranking)
1. Bishop Amat 4-1 (1) — Amat is like all the other Serra League teams scheduling middle-of-the-road opponents with one or two big nonleague games. That’s why the league is 20-5 and everyone has a solid record. Can you blame them? They’re gearing up for a brutal month playing each other. In Amat’s case, say what you want, but they’re winning, and winning easy again.
2. Charter Oak 4-1 (2) – At this point, I do believe they will run the table in the Sierra. I didn’t think anyone would go undefeated a few weeks ago, but I do now. Who’s going to beat them … Chino Hills, South Hills, Damien? Not this year, offense is too good, and defense is good enough to get by.
3. West Covina 4-1 (3) – No problem in the Hacienda opener on the road against a motivated Diamond Bar squad. As the Dogs heal, they’re only going to get better. Come playoff time, who’s going to stop them? Aram keeps mentioning Arcadia. I’m not buying. With Solomon back to go with Frazier and Salgado, they’re unstoppable in the Hacienda and Southeast.
4. Covina 4-1 (6) – They took their foot off the gas before putting away Pomona 16-14, but a notable win considering they did it without quarterback Billy Livingston. Of all the Mid-Valley teams I’ve watched, the Colts are still the best.
5. Damien 3-1 (8) – The Spartans are improved, no doubt about that. But improved enough to finish where in the Sierra? That’s hard to answer. They got a solid win over Temescal Canyon, and if they can beat a Pac-5 Trinity League team in JSerra on Friday, then I like their chances of finishing top three in league and making the playoffs.
6. Chino Hills 2-3 (5) – What’s disturbing is not that the Huskies lost step-up games to Tesoro and Redlands East Valley, what’s disturbing is how bad they lost them, 27-3 and 34-0, respectively.
7. San Dimas 4-1 (9) — The Saints look like the dominant 2009 Saints since the Smudgepot loss and with a week off, they host Nogales on Thursday. I can’t picture the Saints losing to anyone in the VVL with the exception of Covina. Can you?
8. Claremont 4-1 (4) -- Serrano crushed Claremont 42-0, and like I mentioned last week, after a 4-0 start and with the Sierra schedule next, they will probably finish 4-6 or 5-5..
9. South Hills 2-2 (NR) -- The Huskies are an any-given-Friday team because their offense can score at will with the best of them. But they give up too many points, too many big third downs and that won’t cut it against the Charter Oak’s, or probably Thursday’s opponent, Los Osos.
10. Glendora 2-3 (NR) – Considering a new coaching staff, what players returned and the Tartans’ brutal schedule, few thought they could be 2-3. What’s more impressive is that they competed in all three losses.

The rest: 11. Arroyo (3-1), 12. Diamond RAnch (2-3); 13. Los Altos (4-1), 14. Bonita (2-3); 15. La Puente (4-0), 16. South El Monte (5-0), 17. Diamond Bar (2-3), 18. Ayala (2-3), 19. Rowland (2-2), 20. Rosemead (2-2), 21. Duarte (3-0), 22. El Monte (2-2), 23. Pomona (2-3), 24. Walnut (1-4), 25. Azusa (1-3), 26. Nogales (3-2), 27. Northview (1-4), 28. Baldwin Park (2-3), 29. Mountain View (3-1), 30. Workman (2-2), 31. Gladstone (1-3), 32. Wilson (0-5), 33. Sierra Vista (1-3), 34. Ganesha (1-3), 35. Bassett (1-3).

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Amat gearing for stretch run with or without Shay; Alcantara a week away from returning

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat High School football coach Steve Hagerty isn’t sure if or when all-purpose standout Zach Shay will return. Shay, a running back/defensive back who Hagerty described as the Lancers’ best all-around player before the season, suffered a concussion in the first quarter of their Sept. 9 loss to Servite and hasn’t returned. It was Shay’s second concussion since summer practice started. Last year, Amat was 6-0 when Shay suffered a season-ending ankle sprain. “As of now he’s out indefinitely,” Hagerty said. “It’s a decision that’s between his doctors and his family. They will let us know if Zach will play again. I don’t want to speculate and say he’ll give it a shot here or there.”

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Ford picking up the slack for Rowland

erry Ford’s time has finally arrived.
After spending the past two seasons stuck behind standouts like Brandon Stansell and Ervin Crawford, the keys to the Rowland High School football team now belong to Ford. And the senior running back is doing his best not to disappoint.
Ford has rushed for 578 yards and five touchdowns this season. He also had a key kickoff return for a touchdown to the help the Raiders beat Rosemead on Sept. 15.
Rowland will take its 2-2 record to Los Altos (4-1, 0-1) on Friday night in a crucial Hacienda League game for both teams.

Continue reading

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

CIF Football Polls: Diamond Ranch beats Bonita and both are 2-3, so why is Bonita ranked and the Ranch not? Amat No. 5 in Pac-5, Charter Oak No. 8 in Inland; West Covina still tops Southeast


La Puente and coach Brandon Rohrer are 4-0 and No. 5 in the Mid-Valley

Inland Division
1. Corona Centennial (3-1), 2. Vista Murrieta (4-0), 3. Upland (5-0), 4. Rancho Cucamonga (5-0), 6. Redlands East Valley (4-0), 7. Norco (3-1), 8. Charter Oak (4-1), 9. Etiwanda (2-2), 10. Yucaipa.
Fred’s thoughts: A Southeast coach and Aram argued today that the Inland is as good as the Pac-5 after what Upland did to Loyola and Vista Murrieta to Crespi. I wouldn’t go that far, yet.

Mid-Valley Division
1. Maranatha (5-0), 2. Covina (4-1), 3. San Dimas (3-1), 4. Arroyo (3-1), 5. La Puente (4-0), 6. Village Christian (3-2), 7. Monrovia (1-3), 8. Whittier Christian (3-2), 9. South Pasadena (1-0), 10. South El Monte (4-0).
Fred’s thoughts: I think Covina, San Dimas and Arroyo are better than Maranatha, but I have no problem with pollsters tagging the Minutemen No. 1.

Pac-5 Division
1. Servite (4-1), 2. Mission Viejo (4-1), 3. Santa Margarita (5-0), 4. San Clemente (5-0), 5. Bishop Amat (4-1), 6. Long Beach Poly (4-1), 7. Loyola (4-1), 8. St. John Bosco (4-1), 9. Orange Lutheran (5-0), 10. Alemany (3-2).
Fred’s thoughts: Amat might be the highest ranked Serra team in the Pac-5, but are they the best in the Serra? Hard to tell, looks like they can all beat each other.

Southeast Division
1. West Covina (4-1)
, 2. Arcadia (3-1), 3. La Serna (4-1), 4. El Rancho (3-1), 5. California (3-1), 6. Los Altos (4-1), 7. Bonita (2-3), 8. Mayfair (2-2), 9. Crescenta Valley (3-1), 10. Muir (2-2).
Fred’s thoughts: Does preseason matter? It does in the polls. Diamond Ranch beats Bonita and Walnut beats Los Altos, but the Conqs and Cats don’t fall far in the polls. I understand in Los Altos’ case, they’re 4-1. But hard to argue Bonita at No. 7 when they have the same 2-3 record as Diamond Ranch.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

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 (16-3); Tolegian (13-6)
Season standings: Robledo (85-30); Tolegian (78-37)

Last week: After picking up four wins on Aram last week, I picked up three more this week. We both missed taking Los Altos over Walnut, Bonita over Diamond Ranch and Baldwin Park over Northview, but Aram also missed taking Wilson over Nogales, Temple City over South El Monte and Bassett over Duarte — three games I nailed.
This week: I’m going to be stubborn and take Diamond Bar over the Ranch. After the way the Brahmas were embarrassed last year, and after Layton saying they will go out and “smack” Diamond Bar, the purple is going to stand up and fight back. Although Damien is favored on Calpreps, I like JSerra at home. I also like Los Altos to bounce back and beat Rowland, and thought Northview will give Pomona a fight, take the Red Devils.

Thursday’s games
San Dimas vs. Nogales at Citrus College, 7 p.m., — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (SDimas)
South Hills vs. Los Osos at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Tolegian (South Hills)
Bishop Amat at Venice, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Amat)
Friday’s games
Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
Rowland at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
Azusa at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Ganesha at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Duarte)
Gladstone vs. La Puente at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Tolegian (LP)
Workman vs. Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Tolegian (SV)
Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
Pomona vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (Northview)
Arroyo at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Bellarmine-Jefferson at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (Bell Jeff)
Damien vs. JSerra at Saddleback, 7 p.m. — Robledo (JSerra); Tolegian (Damien)
El Monte vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (El Monte)
South El Monte at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SEM); Tolegian (BG)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Rosemead)

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email

Roddy Layton’s quote of the season is what makes him fun, honest, outrageous and unpredictable

With Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar this week for the Mayor’s Trophy, The Brahmas might enjoy today’s press clippings after Diamond Ranch’s 21-13 win over Bonita. Take it away Roddy ..“We’re going to go out there and smack Diamond Bar, go after Walnut, take a break, have our bye week, go after Los Altos on our homecoming, beat Rowland to qualify for the playoffs and then beat West Covina to win a league championship Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton, Sept 30, 2011

There are anonymous commenters not that bold, but that’s Roddy, and why we like him. In a day most coaches stay clear of bulletin board material, he’s not afraid to stick out his chest. I’ve always thought it is his way of publicly challenging his players because he’s not always this brash. He picks and chooses his spots in the season to deliver the verbal throwdowns, and this was a good one. That’s why he’s good and why the Ranch fools us every year and flips the switch come league. Take a look at this week’s games, still looking for our game of the week…

This week’s schedule
Thursday’s games

San Dimas vs. Nogales at Citrus College, 7:00pm
South Hills vs. Los Osos at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Venice, 7:00pm
Friday’s games
Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Rowland at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Walnut at West Covina, 7:00pm
Azusa at Bassett, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Duarte, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. La Puente at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Workman vs. Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7:00pm
Covina at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Pomona vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Arroyo at La Canada, 7:00pm
Bellarmine-Jefferson at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Damien vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, 7:00pm
El Monte vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Bell Gardens, 7:00pm
Temple City at Rosemead, 7:00pm

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email