Southeast Notebook: West Covina coach Mike Maggiore concerned with La Mirada’s size and football tradition; Muir a game away from a glorious return to the finals

From left, La Mirada offensive linemen Chris Cisneros, Nathan Rodriguez, Nofo Tii, Memo Monreal, Hugo Correa and Spencer Fox will try to show West Covina that hey have big boys too.

Tribune notes on West Covina coach Mike Maggiore setting everyone straight on La Mirada: Things feel eerily familiar around the West Covina High School football team this week. It was at this point in last year’s playoffs that the Bulldogs faced a Mayfair team that pushed them to the brink before earning a hard-fought 28-19 victory en route to a CIF-SS Southeast Division title. Just change the name Mayfair to La Mirada and the Bulldogs’ coaching staff thinks the game they expect on Friday could be a similar fit.
“They’re big, physical and well-coached,” West Covina Mike Maggiore said. “If people think it’s going to be easy for us, I think they’re wrong. They’re going to be similar to Mayfair last year.

Whittier feature on La Mirada’s big offensive line: An offensive lineman’s world doesn’t change much. It consists mainly of an imaginary three-yard box, and it doesn’t matter if the ball rests near the opponent’s goal line, on the 50 or inside his team’s own 10.
Success from this view comes from attitude and work ethic, and that’s what La Mirada High School’s starting front thrives on.

Star-News notes on Muir’s chances at La Serna: It’s what up front that counts, as far as Muir High School football coach Dave Mitchell is concerned.
“I don’t care if you’re running the spread, pro or Wing-T offense, you have to win the battle in the trenches because that’s where games are won,” he said.
Muir (8-4) will have its biggest test to date when it faces a dominant line in La Serna (9-3) in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals on Friday at California High.

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Mid-Valley Notebook: San Dimas talks about challenge ahead, Covina sizes up Monrovia and San Gabriel hoping for another big night from all-everything quarterback Andy Guerrero

Above: San Gabriel Quarterback Andy Guerrero

Tribune notebook with reaction from San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow and Covina’s Darryl Thomas: If San Dimas High School wins its second CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division football title in three years, it will do it the hard way. The Saints were without a home field for the 2011 season and played home games at Citrus College or Bonita High School while San Dimas’ football stadium underwent improvements, including the installation of an artificial surface, and will be ready in 2012.

Star-News notebook on how San Gabriel is dealing with rematch against San Dimas.Ever since Andy Guerrero took over at quarterback at San Gabriel High School, there’s been one name that seemingly went into virtual anonymity: Eric Alvarez. Alvarez, a junior who once was the starter at quarterback, was in a fierce competition with Guerrero that started over the summer and didn’t come to an end until midway through the season. They shared duties until Guerrero’s sudden rise at the start of the Almont League season put an end to a two-quarterback system that was producing inconsistent results.

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Prep Digest: Northview’s Treavon Francis with big night, leads Northview with 36 points and 15 rebounds in blowout over Temple City

Each morning I will publish the prep digest, which is a daily round-up of prep results from boys and girls basketball, soccer, and girls water polo, that also appear in the paper. To share your results with us, please call 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email results to The more that call in and report results, the more we can share with you.

Tuesday’s Results
Bosco Tech Tournament

First round
Mountain View 47,
Bassett 41

Mountain View (1-0) led at halftime 21-15 and finished off Bassett (0-1) in nonleague action. Leading the Vikings in scoring was Elijah Morales with 14 points. Jonathan Zepeda had eight rebounds. Damien Valenzuela was leading scorer for Bassett with 14 points and Samuel Mejia contributed 13 points.
Los Altos 58, Gabrielino 43
Quinten Howell led the Conquerors with 15 points and Vance Valencia added 14.
Top scorer for the Eagles was Tyler Shimamoto with 16 points.
Rose City Tournament
First round

L.A. Marshall 49, Marshall 45
Leading L.A. Marshall was Ishamru with 14 points. Hampton led Marshall 13 points.
Muir 79, Monrovia 40

Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Tournament
Pool play

Covina 55, West Covina 29
The Colts (1-0) were led by Mike Peters’ 15 points. Matt Hicks chipped in with 10 points and Edgardo Campos had nine rebounds.
Leading West Covina (0-2) was Jared Baldiziez with 12 points. David Kim had nine points.

South Hills 72, Azusa 58
Korey Serna had 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead South Hills (2-0) and Steven Rubin-Woods added 11 points. Azusa (0-2) was led in scoring by Des Reed with 16 points and John Bibat with 14.

Northview 80, Temple City 53
Northview (1-0) took an early 31-15 halftime lead and never looked back.
Treavon Francis led the Vikings with 36 points, 15 rebounds and three 3-pointers and Louis Lauterio had 14 points, including four 3-pointers. James Cunnigan contributed 10 rebounds. Leading the Rams (0-1) was Ryan Cosato with 17 points and Matt Der had 11.
Charter Oak 52, Garey 38

The Chargers (1-0) were led by Kody Brown with 21 points and 15 rebounds, Daniel Gutierrez with eight points and Chris Irei with seven.
Leading Garey (0-1) was Tre Jones scoring 11 points. Jose Olmos had nine.
Gladstone 44, South El Monte 40
Erick Martinez led Gladstone (1-0) with 10 points and Ben Reed had eight.
Leading South El Monte (0-1) was Jordan Vi with 10 points.

Wilson 53, La Puente 35
Justin Chen led the Wildcats (1-0) with 13 points and Bryan Leyva scored nine.

Wilson Ladycat Classic Tournament
First round
Wilson 56, La Mirada 27

Leading the Ladycats (1-0) was Jaimie Hou with 19 points. Kelly Calton had 13 rebounds. La Mirada’s (0-1) top scorer was Kalina Glover with 11 points. [/BODY][SUB1]

Walnut 54, Azusa 23
Leading scorers for the Mustangs (1-0) were Arianne Gin with 12 points, Angela Aie with 11 and Corie Pippit, who had 10. The Aztecs (0-1) were led in scoring by Tonie Jackson’s eight points.

Nonleague Duarte 57, Cantwell Sacred Heart 39
Imari Brown led the Falcons (1-0) with 25 points and Mikayla Tickey contributed with ten points. The Cardinals (0-1) were led by Priscilla Rodriguez with 18 points followed in scoring by Sylvia Garcia with nine points.

Diamond Ranch 3, St. Paul 0
Diamond Ranch led at halftime 1-0 and never looked back for the nonleague win.

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St. Lucy’s dream of a state championship ends

By Damien Secore, Correspondent
Having already gone farther than any other athletic team in school history, the goal for the St. Lucy girls’ volleyball team was to take another step forward. Going on the road to face 2008-09 CIF state champion La Costa Canyon and a lineup that included five players who were at least 6 feet tall proved to be too tall an order, literally and figuratively. The Regents lost a late lead in the match’s pivotal third game and fell in the CIF State Division II Southern California Regional Final for the second consecutive year as host La Costa Canyon parlayed its power and height into a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory.

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Boys Hoops: La Verne Lutheran and Pasadena advance to second round in Rose City Classic

In Pasadena’s prestigious Rose City Classic knockout tournament, Star-News No. 1 Pasadena defeated Arroyo Valley 80-52 in the first round while the Tribune No. 1, La Verne Lutheran, ripped Sylmar 94-58. That sets up Wednesday’s quarterfinal showdowns, with a possible dream matchup of Lutheran and PHS looming on Friday.
Wednesday’s quarterfinal games
Corona Roosevelt vs. La Verne Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.
Pasadena vs. Leuzinger, 8 p.m.
Friday’s semifinals
Roosevelt-Lutheran winner vs. Pasadena-Leuzinger winner, 8 p.m.

Rose City Bottom half of bracket
Tonight’s first round

Etiwanda vs. Cleveland, 3:30 p.m.
Canyon Springs vs. Chino Hills, 5 p.m.
Washington Prep vs. Cajon, 6:30 p.m.
Price vs. Birmingham, 8 p.m.

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