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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Covina Running back Gevontray Ainsworth keeps family football legacy going strong

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Football success is nothing new for the Ainsworth family. It’s just that usually it takes place at Monrovia or Duarte high schools. Not Covina. All that changed this season, thanks to the latest Ainsworth to don football pads and entertain the Valley with his gridiron exploits. Gevontray Ainsworth, the son of former Duarte standout quarterback Greg Ainsworth, has made quite a name for himself as the leading rusher at Covina (11-1), which will host Monrovia (8-3) on Friday in a game that may feel a little weird for the Ainsworth family and Monrovia fans with an historical perspective on what that family has meant to their school’s football tradition.
Kickoff for the CIF Mid-Valley Division semifinals showdown is at 7 p.m. at Covina District Field.

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Former San Marino coach Mike Mooney due in court on felony charges of grand theft and embezzlement

Former San Marino High School football coach Mike Mooney is due in court on Dec. 15 to be arraigned on a felony charge of grand theft by embezzlement, officials said Monday. The former San Marino High School assistant principal and football coach – who was placed on administrative leave half way through the 2010 season – declined to comment on Monday. The felony complaint was filed on Nov. 22, and according to the complaint, with the alleged embezzlement occurring during a two-year period from October 2008 to October 2010.

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Say what? Steve Garrison back on Monrovia sideline after coaching at Northview this year …

The straight scoop, Garrison back at Monrovia: Garrison, who coached Monrovia for 15 seasons before resigning following the 2007 season, joined Monrovia’s coaching staff at the start of the playoffs. He recently served as an assistant at Northview and agreed to join Maddox’s staff after the Vikings’ season ended. Maddox replaced Garrison in 2008 and guided the Wildcats to the semifinals in his first season, followed by two trips to the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division finals. They won in 2010.

Coach Maddox on Garrison: “I talked to Steve towards the end of the season about possibly coming on. He’s glad to be back and he’ll be in charge of our offensive line next year. He’s out there learning and assisting. He’s getting himself acquainted and helping out where he can.”

Former Monrovia coach Steve Garrison, who led the Wildcats to three championship games in the 90s and then stepped aside following the 2007 season after 15 years as the head coach, is back on the Wildcats’ sidelines. Garrison, who spent two years at Damien and this past year at Northview as an assistant coach, is already coaching again at his former school, coach Ryan Maddox confirmed with Miguel Melendez, though Maddox said Garrison’s role isn’t defined yet. Maddox replaced Garrison in 2008 and guided the Wildcats to two consecutive championship games, winning last year. Apparently, Garrison has been on Monrovia’s staff since the first round of the playoffs, a week after Northview’s season ended. When was the last time you heard a coach with two different teams in the same season? In these circumstances? I can’t think of one. It makes sense for Monrovia, Garrison coached against Covina and San Dimas in the Valle Vista league while at Northview, which helps Monrovia with scouting Covina this week and possibly San Dimas in the final. But the question is, should a coach after his team has been eliminated be able to switch to a championship contender in the same season? I don’t think so.

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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 (3-6); Tolegian (6-3)
Season standings: Robledo (191-55); Tolegian (193-53)

Last week: A week after going 15-0, I choked in the quarterfinals, no other way to explain it. I knew I was going out on a limb taking Charter Oak and Arroyo, but I lost all the 50-50 games too. Aram wasn’t the greatest either, but on a week like this, going 6-3 was huge. Give him credit for taking Muir, and all the other favorites, it paid off. I’m two down with two weeks left, let’s see what happens.

This week: The only guarantee is West Covina at La Mirada, though on the road in Whittier strange things happen. The Bulldogs are playing well, but it may take more work to get rid of La Mirada than it did their previous two opponents, but the Bulldogs should advance. Muir looked phenomenal in the first two rounds. I know DRanch had some players missing, etc, etc, but nobody smoked them like that, and that came a week after whipping No. 2 Santa Fe. When Muir is committed and focused, this is what you get, a dangerous team capable of beating anyone. Monrovia-Covina is a super fight in the Mid-Valley. No respect to the bottom half, but this is for the championship. I thought about going with Monrovia after the way the Wildcats dispatched Whittier Christian, but I think this will be Covina’s finest hour, a week before the real finest hour occurs. I’m taking CTown to go to the final. San Dimas is an unbelievable situation. When they beat Azusa, San Gabriel and Monrovia back-to-back-to-back in October, who would have thought they may have to do it again to win a championship. After already beating Azusa in the rematch, now it’s San Gabriel’s shot at the rematch after losing 59-6 the first time. The Matadors will make it closer, but they won’t make up all the difference after a 53-point blowout. And if Monrovia wins, San Dimas would have to pull the trifecta again. Now that would be amazing, especially since the Saints technically didn’t have any “home” games this year. Of course if Covina wins, then it’s San Dimas’ shot at the rematch.

CIF-SS Playoffs
Friday’s Semifinal games and predictions
Southeast Division

West Covina (11-1) at La Mirada (8-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (The WC)
Muir (8-4) at La Serna (9-3), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Tolegian (Muir)
Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia (9-3) vs. Covina (11-1) , CDF, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
San Dimas (10-2) at San Gabriel (8-4), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (Saints)

Take a peak at Muir’s highlights from Friday’s win over Diamond Ranch.

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No Charter Oak, Amat, Arroyo or Azusa, the Final Four’s include favorite’s West Covina and Covina, with San Dimas in semis for third straight year; MTown vs. Ctown on Coveritlive next

Picture: The last time Covina reached the semifinals, it was ousted in the 2006 Northwest Division playoffs by Oak Park, ending the great career of QB Mike McDonough. The Colts are looking to take it a step further on Friday against MTown.

Area supremacy: There is almost equal representation from our three coverage zones in the semifinals, with three from the Tribune and two each from Whittier and Pasadena, leaving them to battle it out for regional supremacy. Call me a homer, but I like the Trib in this fight, West Covina and Covina are still the favorites to bring home the hardware.

Coin Flips: Team with home games in championships can play at home if their home field is big enough, or at a nearby neutral site. In the Mid-Valley, Monrovia will be home if they win no matter what. Covina would be home against San Gabriel and San Dimas would have the home game against Covina. In the Southeast, West Covina would have the home game against Muir, or be on the road at La Serna.

Who’s No. 1 in the Tribune?: That’s up for debate again. If you like the who beats who head-to-head argument, Charter Oak and Amat are in the equation no matter what happens with everyone else. If you like the who is best in their corner of the world argument, West Covina and Covina clearly lead the way.

State Bowl for Covina? Covina was ranked fifth in the Division III South state bowl rankings heading into the week. With Mt. Miguel losing, Covina should go to fourth. What they need to do is win out and hope the others ranked ahead are knocked out, sort of like watching the final weeks of the BCS. It’s a slight chance, but the best chance we have for a state bowl appearance.
Division III South Rankings
1. Lompoc 12-0 — Still alive in Norhern semi’s
2. Washington (Easton) 11-0 — In Central D-4 semis
3. Madison (San Diego) 10-0-1 — In SD D-3 semi’s
4. Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) 8-2 — lost in SD D-4 semis
5. Covina 11-1 — In Mid-Valley semis

Coveritlive: Is there anywhere else we should be other than Covina District Field on Friday night? MTown vs. CTown …enough said.

CIF-Southern Section semifinals
Friday’s games

Southeast Division
West Covina (11-1) at La Mirada (8-4), 7:30 p.m.
Muir (8-4) at La Serna (9-3), 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia (9-3) vs. Covina (11-1) , CDF, 7:30 p.m.
San Dimas (10-2) at San Gabriel (8-4), 7:30 p.m.

The aftermath and postgame interviews following Upland’s 51-13 rout of Charter Oak in Friday’s second round with Tom Kiss, the Inland Insider. Tom catches up with Upland coach Tim Salter, Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar and more, check it out.

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St. Lucy’s advances to Division II Southern California regional final after four-set win

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Correspondent
Saturday’s CIF-SS Division II girls state volleyball showdown between back-to-back CIF-SS champions St. Lucy’s and Downey had all the drama one would expect knowing a berth to the Southern California final was at stake. St. Lucy’s (29-5) weathered several Downey runs and was too good down the stretch as the Regents held off the Vikings 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16 at Damien High. (To continue click thread)

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