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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