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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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
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)
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
By Aram Tolegian
Covina quarterback Billy Livingston, who missed last week’s win over Pomona with a Grade 2 shoulder separation, still is considered day-to-day by Colts coach Darryl Thomas and will be a game-time decision when the Colts play at Baldwin Park on Friday at 7 p.m.