Upland-Charter Oak Showdown live on Fox Sports Friday

Well this sort of squashes our plans for Coveritlive, unless you want Mike the Cousin there for a live Q&A…let us know what you think.

Friday’s up-to-date game time and locations
CIF-SS Playoffs
Inland Division

Charter Oak (10-1) at Upland (11-0), 7:30 p.m.
Southeast Division
West Covina (10-1) at Pasadena (6-5), 7 p.m.
La Mirada (7-4) at Arcadia (9-2), 7 p.m.
La Serna (8-3) at Los Altos (8-3), 7:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch (6-5) at Muir (7-4), 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Covina (10-1) vs. Alhambra (8-2) at Moor Field, 7 p.m.
Monrovia (8-3) vs. Whittier Christian (7-4) at Whittier College, 7 p.m.
San Dimas (9-2) vs. Azusa (8-3) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
San Gabriel (7-4) at Arroyo (10-1), 7 p.m.

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San Dimas knows it faces a different Azusa in Friday’s Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals

“I think our parents are thinking it’s going to be the same Azusa, but our kids are pretty dialed in. Our kids saw them in person and saw them on film. I think it’s basically trying to get our parents to believe that they’re going to be good, too. They’re two different groups.” — San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It’s hard to imagine San Dimas High School would be at any disadvantage Friday when the Saints play the same Azusa team they beat by 25 points on Sept. 8 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs. But some disadvantages can be of the mental variety, and nobody knows how true the age-old adage “it’s hard to beat the same twice in the same season” better than Saints coach Bill Zernickow. (To continue click thread)

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Arroyo’s Rivera remains humble after reminded he’s the San Gabriel Valley’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Upon being told about this newspaper’s discovery that he’s the Valley’s all-time leading in passing in career yards and touchdowns, Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera took things in stride.
“I called him up and told him about it because I was pretty excited,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “His reaction was `Thank you, coach.’ “We’ve got more to do.”
Rivera’s four-year total of 8,296 passing yards and 91 touchdowns makes him tops in Valley history. His 91 career touchdown passes rank seventh on the CIF-Southern Section list. Rivera needs 179 yards this week against San Gabriel to move into 10th on the Southern Section’s all-time yards list.

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Boys Hoops Preview: Lutheran, Damien and Glendora are loaded, get ready for a super 2011-12 season


La Verne Lutheran head coach Eric Cooper has a talented team featuring the likes of Cameron Osorno (15), Grant Jerrett (33) Eric Cooper Jr. (21) McKay Anderson (20) and Brian Beard Jr (1). The Trojans are seeking their third consecutive state championship. (Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

The new CIF-Southern Section Division realignment will benefit some teams more than others for the 2011-12 boys basketball season, but there is no doubt the area is in for an exciting season with back-to- back state champion La Verne Lutheran boasting one of the best teams in the country and Damien in position to make a run at the Division 3AAA title with St. Mary’s-bound senior Chris Reyes topping a deep Spartans roster that includes two heralded freshmen. (To continue reading Top Ten preview, click thread)

Tribune boys hoops preseason top ten (2010 record)
1. La Verne Lutheran (23-5)
2. Damien (26-4)
3. Glendora (21-7)
4. Ayala (19-9)
5. Chino Hills (22-7)
6. Northview (23-7)
7. Covina (17-12)
8. Bishop Amat (21-8)
9. Rowland (17-12)
10. Bonita (26-4)

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours; I finally decided, I’m going with Charter Oak

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 (15-0); Tolegian (13-2)
Season standings: Robledo (188-49); Tolegian (187-50)

Last Week: I was first-round playoffs clutch, going 15-0 to turn Aram’s one-game lead into my one-game lead heading into the quarterfinals. I got Aram on two big picks, taking Los Altos over fourth-seed Burroughs, and with Azusa’s big win over Cerritos Valley Christian.

This week: I know everyone wants to dismiss Charter Oak’s chances against Upland, but even Calpreps has it a close game, picking Upland 38-31. I realize the Chargers need to play the perfect game, and if they get on top early, I’m not sure Upland’s the comeback type. The first quarter is everything and if this is going to work, Charter Oak can’t be intimidated, they need to swing first, forget they’re on live television and slug it out. The way people are talking, you would think they’re facing the ’85 Bears, but it’s just Upland. Charter Oak won’t be able to stop them consistently, but the Chargers can score and they’re so much better than when they faced Rancho Cucamonga earlier in the season. If my money’s on anyone, it’s on Travis Santiago. He’s a winner, and I’m riding him to the finish line. Momentum swings once you get to the playoffs, and so do our picks from week to week. That’s why I like Azusa over San Dimas, I love the way they’re playing, and the fact San Dimas smoked them 41-16 earlier in the year and is a 20-point favorite on Calpreps is more reason for me to believe the Aztecs will get it done in the rematch. After what Muir did to No. 2 Santa Fe doesn’t mean I’m picking the Mustangs over DRanch, but it does mean I’m taking Los Altos over La Serna because I have no faith in the Del Rio League teams. DRanch is not Santa Fe, and will do enough to get back in the semifinals again over Muir. Arcadia-La Mirada coud be epic, but I’ll take the Apaches in a close one and West Covina rolls over PHS. I like Covina and Monrovia big, and our other feel good story with Arroyo, who I picked to go to the finals in the Mid-Valley, getting it done at home against feisty San Gabriel.

This week’s games and predictions
Inland Division
Charter Oak (10-1) at Upland (11-0) — Robledo (Charter Oak); Tolegian (Upland)
Southeast Division
West Covina (10-1) at Pasadena (6-5) — Robledo (WC); Tolegian (WestCo)
La Mirada (7-4) at Arcadia (9-2) — Robledo (Arcadia); Tolegian (Arcadia)
La Serna (8-3) at Los Altos (8-3) — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Conqs)
Diamond Ranch (6-5) at Muir (7-4) — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (Muir)
Mid-Valley Division
Covina (10-1) vs. Alhambra (8-2) — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Colts)
Monrovia (8-3) vs. Whittier Christian (7-4) — Robledo (Monrovia); Tolegian (M-Town)
San Dimas (9-2) vs. Azusa (8-3) — Robledo (Azusa); Robledo (Saints)
San Gabriel (7-4) at Arroyo (10-1) — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)

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Wilson girls tennis make history, win first CIF-Southern Section title ever

By John Sherrard, Correspondent
The Wilson High School girls tennis team was in unchartered territory in Monday’s CIF-Southern Section finals. For the first time in school history the Wildcats captured the CIF-SS Division 5 title at The Claremont Club by defeating Carpinteria, 14-4. Wilson never had advanced past the third round. It lost in last year’s quarterfinals to Aquinas. (To continue click thread)

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Back-to-Back CIF champ St. Lucy’s begins state volleyball playoffs on Tuesday

After defeating La Salle in straight sets to claim its second straight CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA title, St. Lucy’s beings the CIF-State Division II playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Southern California bracket. St. Lucy’s (27-6) will face the San Diego Section’s Bonita Vista (30-5) Tuesday night at 7 p.m., at Damien High School.

Southern California bracket
Top Half
Whittier Christian at La Costa Canyon
La Salle at Palisades Charter
Bottom Half
Downey at Madera
Bonita Vista at St. Lucy’s

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The winter season starts on Monday, please call or email your results, and send us your tournament brackets

The winter season is already here, a week earlier than usual. Boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, and wrestling begin on Monday. Our boys basketball preview will run on Tuesday and girls on Wednesday. Boys and Girls soccer will run the following Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 29 and 30, followed by wrestling. I’m asking that all coaches, athletic directors or tournament directors to email tournament brackets to fred.robledo@sgvn.com so that we can run schedules and cover games. Also, instead of boxscores for boys and girls basketball and soccer, we are writing roundups like we did in girls volleyball, so that we can give you more information on games and how they unfolded. The more of you than call in results, the more stories we will have online and in the paper to share with the area. Please call in your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242, 2233 or email to sports@sgvn.com. If you email results, please leave a phone number so that we can call back if we have questions, thanks.

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Arroyo QB Steven Rivera’s career numbers are the best in San Gabriel Valley history

Arroyo quarterback Steven Rivera will rank as the best quarterback statistically in San Gabriel Valley history when his career is finished. His 35 touchdowns this season leaves him 7 shy of the Valley record of 42 shared by Bishop Amat’s Pat Haden and Los Altos’ Felipe Aguilar. Aguilar, who finished with nearly 6,000 yards and 75 TDs in his three-year career, had 42 touchdowns in 2000 during an undefeated 14-0 championship campaign. Rivera’s four-year total of 8,295 passing yards and 91 TDs ranks him among the best all-time in the CIF-SS record books and the season isn’t done yet. I posted the CIF all-time record holders to show where Rivera ranks all-time. He is already in the top ten all-time for touchdowns in a career (7th), and needs 180 yards to move into 10th all-time on the career passing list.

Rivera through the years
2011 – 3,191, 35 TDs
2010 – 1,963, 21 TDs
2009 – 1,941, 25 TDs
2008 – 1,200, 10 TDs
Career total: 8,296 yards, 91 TDs

CIF-CAREER PASSING YARD LEADERS
11,003 Michael Herrick, Valencia/Valencia 2003-05
10,764 Jimmy Clausen, Oaks Christian 2003-06
9,971 Keith Smith, Newbury Park 1991-93
9,821 Chris Czernek, Newbury Park 1994-96
9,471 Matt Barkley, Mater Dei 2005-08
9,182 Todd Marinovich, Mater Dei (2 yrs.);
Capistrano Valley (2 Yrs.) 1984-87
8,873 Aaron Flowers, Artesia 1990-92
8,634 Matt Engel, El Segundo 2000-02
8,617 Chris Lewis, Long Beach Poly 1996-98
8,475 Jamie McGee, Sage Hill 2004-07

TOUCHDOWN PASSES CAREER
No. Player/School Years

146 Jimmy Clausen, Oaks Christian 2003-06
134 Robert Del La Cruz, Cathedral 1997-99
107 Chris Lewis, Long Beach Poly 1996-98
104 Darius Banks, Culver City 2005-07
95 Matt Engel, El Segundo 2000-02
93 Sean Sudol, La Sierra 2003-05
91 Steven Rivera, Arroyo 2008-11
90 Zac Wasserman, Westlake 1997-99
90 Jason Whieldon, Orange Lutheran 1997-99
90 Jamie McGee, Sage Hill 2005-07
87 Keith Smith, Newbury Park 1991-93

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CIF-SS Quarterfinal Football Schedule

What would you consider the game of the week, and where would you send MIke the Cousin for this week’s Coveritlive

Rancho Cucamonga’s Hail Mary win over Chino Hills with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

CIF-SS Playoffs
Friday’s Quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m. (subject to change)
Inland Division

Chaparral (7-4) at Corona Centennial (10-1)
Rancho Cucamonga (10-1) at Redlands East Valley (11-0).
Charter Oak (10-1) at Upland (11-0)
Vista Murrieta (6-5) vs. J.W. North, (10-1) at Riverside CC

Southeast Division
West Covina (10-1) at Pasadena (6-5)
La Mirada (7-4) at Arcadia (9-2)
La Serna (8-3) at Los Altos (8-3)
Diamond Ranch (6-5) at Muir (7-4)

Mid-Valley Division
Covina (10-1) vs. Alhambra (8-2) at Moor Field
Monrovia (8-3) vs. Whittier Christian (7-4) at Whittier College
San Dimas (9-2) vs. Azusa (8-3) at Citrus College
San Gabriel (7-4) at Arroyo (10-1)

Video highlights and interiews with TDro in Arcadia’s first-round win over Bonita..

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Bonita’s Division 5 boys water polo title worth the wait, wins first championship in six years


By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Bonita High School’s return to the CIF-Southern Section water polo championship was well worth the wait. The Bearcats had not been to a title game in six years. The 13 seniors on the team waited four years. Bonita got defensive in a 5-2 victory over Pasadena Poly on Saturday in the CIF-SS Division 5 title game at Irvine High’s William Woollett Jr. swim complex. (To continue click thread)

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Nogales holds off Don Lugo, 8-6, wins second consecutive Division 7 Boys Water Polo title

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, correspondent
IRVINE
— A famous athlete once said, “to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.”
For the second year in a row, Nogales High and star utility player Nick Estevez remain the man after its 8-6 victory Saturday morning in the CIF-Southern Section Division 7 championship over Don Lugo at the William Woollett Aquatics Center.
Estevez had a game-high four goals to lead the Nobles (29-4) to their second consecutive title despite trailing much of the game. Estevez needed one goal to break the CIF-SS single-season scoring record that is now his at 233. (to continue click thread)

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Laguna Beach defeats Damien 14-8 in CIF-SS Division 3 Boys Water Polo Final

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, correspondent
IRVINE -
- Damien High coach Grant Miller knew heading into Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 boys water polo championship that his Spartans were the clear underdog against reigning champion Laguna Beach. The Br(eakers (25-6) had handily beaten the Spartans (24-7) earlier in the season and continued their dominance Saturday with a 14-8 victory to successfully defend their title at the William Woollett Aquatics Center. (To continue click thread)

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Bonita, Glendora perform great at CIF-SS Cross Country finals, advancing to next week’s state meet


Above: Bonita’s Marissa Scott on Saturday’s CIF-SS finals

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
The Glendora and Bonita high school cross country teams received subtle reminders about how important each runner’s point counts. Both teams earned berths in this week’s CIF State meet. In the Tartans’ case, it was by the slimmest of margins. Glendora finished in a three-way tie for seventh in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championships at Mt. SAC. Seven teams advanced to the state meet at Fresno’s Woodward Park. (To continue click thread)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Charter Oak, West Covina and Arroyo dominate; Los Altos, Azusa gets big wins; Santa Margarita scores three fourth quarter TDs, beats Amat 45-21

For Friday night games stories, go to our Tribune home page.


By Fred J. RobledoStaff Writer
Bishop Amat gave it everything it had against mighty Santa Margarita High School in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs, and for a few moments it looked like the undersized Lancers might pull off a stunning second half comeback. But the Eagles were simply too overpowering, amassing over 500 yards total offense and closing the game with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to end the Lancers’ season, 45-21 on Friday at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. (To continue click thread)

Friday’s CIF-SS Playoff Results
Pac-5 Division
Santa Margarita 45, Bishop Amat 21 — Rio Ruiz came out firing, completing 22 of 29 for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and the Lancers only trailed 24-21 going into the fourth. But the Eagles wore them down, scoring three fourth-quarter touchdowns, and amassing over 500 total yards with a school record 30 first downs.

Inland Division
Rancho Cucamonga 39, Chino Hills 38 — Rancho Cucamonga’s Dimitry Morales connects on a Hail Mary pass with no time left as the Huskies blow an 11-point lead late.
Charter Oak 63, Corona Saniago 21 — Another spectacular night for the area’s No. 1 team. Now you really have to wonder, can they beat Upland. If they do, I say it’s Charter Oak’s finest hour.
Vista Murreita 38, Damien 13 — The Spartans were never in it, falling behind early and not able to catch-up. It was a good run for the Spartans, who should be much better in 2012.

Southeast Division
Top Half
West Covina 38, Norwalk 8 – Jimmy Frazier and the crew went nuts against Norwalk, but there’s still a long way to go. I’m wondering what happens the next time the Bulldogs are in a close one.
Pasadena 57, California 43 Put this in the “oh my” category. I can’t rememer the last time the Bulldogs won a playoff game.
Arcadia 39, Bonita 13 — Was it really this easy. And is there anything going to stop a West Covina-Arcadia semifinal?
La Mirada 35, Crescenta Valley 33 — Well, someone in the Suburban league had to win.
Bottom Half
Los Altos 37, Burroughs 29 I called this on the Tribskin Pick’em. The Conquerors are a dangerous, dangerous team.
La Serna 47, Mayfair 34 — There goes my prediction of a West Covina-Mayfair final. Like Governor Perry said, “oops.”
Diamond Ranch 35, Bellflower 33 Was there any doubt? Well, actually there was, but the Panthers pulled it out, just like they always do come playoff time.
Muir 39, Santa Fe 7 — I thought all along Santa Fe wasn’t a number two and Muir proved it. I’m loving the DRanch-Muir second round game.

Mid-Valley Division
Top Bracket
Covina 36, South El Monte 14 — You knew the Colts would be too much, and they will be too much for Alhambra next week too. Pencil them in to the semifinals.
Alhambra 20, La Puente 14 — The close score is just what I thought, that it could have gone either way. Too bad for the Warriors, a tough ending after a 9-0 start. Shades of Amat, 2010.
Whittier Christian 40, El Monte 16 — The final score ought to make Monrovia a little nervous, since the Cats get the Heralds next.
Monrovia 24, Pomona 7 — This proves to me that when Monrovia plays Covina in the semifinals, that IS for the Mid-Valley title.
Bottom Bracket
San Dimas 31, San Marino 21 — The Saints weren’t as impressive as I thought they would be, but then again, the Titants were better than I thought too.
Azusa 35, Cerritos Valley Christian 14 — Great win for coach Scherf and the boys. I’m not sure San Dimas wants to face these guys again after beating them early in the season.
San Gabriel 9, Maranatha 3 — The most surprising result in the first round of the Mid-Valley. I thought the Olympic was better than this.
Arroyo 42, Sierra Vista 14 I’m loving my Knights prediction to go to the finals because I’ve got Steven Rivera and a gritty group that is going to lay it all on the line.

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s delivers in the clutch again, wins second straight CIF title

CIF championship photo gallery

When it became crunch time, St. Lucy’s Priory delivered the bite in Friday night’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA volleyball championship match.

The Regents overcame two game points en route to a three-game victory over La Salle to win their second consecutive CIF-SS title at Cypress College.

“We knew we had to come together,” senior opposite hitter Jasmine Warmington said. “We knew we had each other’s backs and we knew the front line had to swing away because our defense would be there to pick us up. We came together as a team.”

St. Lucy’s scored a 25-18, 30-28, 31-29 win in their final CIF-SS game. Both teams will be playing in the CIF State playoffs on Tuesday.

“It’s almost surreal,” senior setter Jackie Macy said of the title.

“I almost had to pinch myself to make sure it was true. We knew we could win it no matter what and we kept pushing as a team.”

The Lancers had three game points in the second game, but the Regents rallied and closed out the game for a 2-0 lead. They had four chances to close out the third game, only for the Regents to close out the match.

“Our girls just won the points they had to win and that was the difference,” St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas said. “I have great kids. They are never down. They never quit, even when it was (game) point. It didn’t matter. They wanted the ball.”

St. Lucy’s, which swept La Salle in the semifinals last year and then defeated the Lancers in three easy games in September, had little trouble closing out La Salle in the first game. The Lancers committed 12 unforced errors in the game.

“I think all the emotion and nerves were going on and once we started playing it began going back and forth,” La Salle coach Tiare Tuitama said. “The fact is it’s St. Lucy’s. They’ve always been a good, tough team and it is somewhat emotional playing them. But the girls need to keep their heads up and the fact that we came this far, stepped foot on this court, it’s a big deal. You learn from it.”

That slow La Salle start changed midway through the second game.

“La Salle played phenomenally,” Douglas said. “They made great adjustments to our game, we adjusted to their game. Both teams played great.”

St. Lucy’s got out to an 8-3 lead, but the Lancers found their momentum and took the lead for the first time in the match at 18-17. Katrina Palffy, who had seven kills, scored on a dump shot and Jessica Kenney’s ace gave the Lancers a 23-19 lead. The Regents, behind a Veronica LaPierre block and an Arden Davis ace, closed to within 23-22. A Palffy kill gave the Lancers their first game point.

“It’s tough to close them out,” Palffy said. “What got to us was that it was the fact it was St. Lucy’s. We’ve played them before, they’ve beaten us before. We just couldn’t put it together.”

Warmington then had one of her game-high 13 kills and Marissa Hageman’s block to tie it at 24.

La Salle had game point at 28-27, but St. Lucy’s scored the next three points to take the game and a 2-0 lead.

La Salle led most of the third game and had an eye on extending the match to four games with a 24-22 lead on a Haley DeSales kill. But the Regents responded again.

Three consecutive points gave St. Lucy’s match point at 26-25. The Regents had match point at 27-26 and 29-28. When it was tied at 29, La Salle’s setter went to the floor when her left ankle buckled and the pass went errant.

The Regents had their title, again, when the Lancers touched the net on a pass.

Warmington and Macy said playing in the finals was a big help.

“It definitely was a factor,” Warmington said. “We knew what to expect. We knew we would get it done. Sometimes we have highs and we had to pick each other up to stay high.”

keith.lair@sgvn.com

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Cross Country finals Saturday at Mt. SAC

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Sergio Gonzalez has sipped the taste of a championship and so has his Arcadia High School teammates. Bonita’s Marissa Scott, Whittier Christian’s Kellian Hunt, La Salle’s Daniel De La Torre, Rowland’s Nick Rivera and Whittier’s Aaron Mora would like that same taste, too. All six will be among the favorites to win a CIF-Southern Section individual cross country championship on Saturday at Mt. SAC. (To continue click thread)

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Thursday Final: San Dimas holds off San Marino, 31-21 behind a big night from Domonic Jollevet

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Badly in need of a knockout punch to get rid of pesky San Marino, the San Dimas High School football team turned to fullback Domonic Jollevet. He did not disappoint. Jollevet broke away for a 77-yard touchdown run with just under three minutes to play to turn a three-point San Dimas lead into a 31-21 victory over the Titans in the first round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs at Citrus College on Thursday night.

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Breaking News: Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz in uniform Friday, still a game-time decision

Bishop Amat quarterback Rio Ruiz, who hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury in a 14-3 loss to Loyola in Week 9, will participate in a light-practice today and suit up for Friday’s CIF-SS first-round playoff game against Santa Margarita at Saddleback College. Sophomore Koa Haynes, who has taken most reps this week is likely to start, though coaches say they will make that decision on Friday during warm-ups.

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Former Workman guard Cezar Guerrero drops 29 and sets freshman record to lead Oklahoma State

Remember how many of you said Cezar Guerrero was too small and too selfish to play big-time college basketball. I won’t say I told you so, but here’s your answer: Cezar Guerrero hit eight 3-pointers and tied the Oklahoma State freshman scoring record with 29 points, rescuing the Cowboys from a late 11-point deficit to beat Texas-San Antonio 90-85 in overtime Wednesday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

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Boys Water Polo: Nogales advances to championship on Estevez’s record performance; Damien advances with 10-8 win; Bonita wins in double overtime, 10-9

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Nogales High School’s Nick Estevez was so caught up in making sure the Nobles advanced to Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 7 water polo final, he had no idea he was inching closer to inking his hame in the history books. Estevez’s fifth and final goal late in the fourth quarter, a no-look, back-handed whip off the side netting, gave him 229 goals — matching the CIF-SS single-season record set by Hoover’s Hakop Kaplanyan in 2009. (To continue click thread).

Damien advances: It wasn’t beating Palos Verdes 10-8 in Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division III boys water polo semifinals that was the most impressive part of Damien’s afternoon at the William Woollett Aquatics Center. It was how the Spartans did it.

Bonita’s dramatic overtime victory: Keaton Renta scored four goals, including the eventual game-winner, and Matt Zachary had a steal with three seconds left in overtime as Bonita reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game with a 10-9 win over defending champion La Serna in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Below: Nogales’ Nick Estevez after tying the CIF-SS record with 229 goals.

Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Boys Water Polo Semifinals
Division 3

Laguna Beach 14, La Canada 5
Damien 10, Palos Verdes 8
Saturday’s championship
Laguna Beach vs. Damien, 11:45 a.m., Irvine
Division 7
Nogales 8, Santa Ynez 6
Don Lugo 9, Nipomo 8
Saturday’s Championship
Nogales vs. Don Lugo, 9:15, Irvine.
Division 5
Pasadena Poly 13, Hoover 6
Bonita 10, La Serna 9, 2 OTs
Saturday’s championship
Pasadena Poly vs. Bonita, 5:30 p.m.

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: St. Lucy’s-La Salle 2AA final to be played Friday at 7 p.m.

CIF-SS just released the girls volleyball championship schedule for the weekend, and St. Lucy’s Priory, which is going for its second consecutive 2AA title, will face La Salle at 7 pm. on Friday at Cypress College in Gym 2.
This seemed as an obvious choice with St. Lucy’s being an all-girls school with no football team and the La Salle football team not making the playoffs. CIF-SS generally puts the championship-round teams on Saturday if their football teams are playing on Friday.

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Inland Division Predictions: Upland beats Charter Oak and rides momentum to the championship

Fred’s thoughts: If Charter Oak were playing anyone else in the second round besides Upland and Corona Centennial, I would have picked them to win. But that’s not the case and Upland is simply too good and I love the Highlanders’ chances of winning it all. However, nothing is simple in a division as competitive as this, so don’t assume Charter Oak flies past Corona Santiago, though I’m taking the Chargers because they’re better than those outside the fishbowl realize. On paper, Santiago can compete and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if they beat the Chargers because they scored 34 points in a 56-34 loss to No. 1 Corona Centennial and blew out usually strong Norco, 49-22. And yes, Chino Hills beat Santiago, but that was a long time ago. This isn’t going to be the year Damien wins anyway, so I’m glad they got undefeated Vista Murrietta so that we can tell just how far the young Spartans have come. Let’s hope they’re competitive, and don’t count out Chino Hills so quick against Rancho Cucamonga. I don’t think they’ll win, but they have a better chance than most give them credit for.

CIF-SS Inland Division Predictions
Top Half

Redlands (4-6) at #1 Corona Centennial (9-1)
Los Osos (6-4) at Chaparral (6-4)
Chino Hills (6-4) at Rancho Cucamonga (9-1)
Norco (6-4) at #4 Redlands East Valley (10-0)
Bottom Half
Murrieta Valley (7-3) at #3 Upland (10-0)
Corona Santiago (7-3) at Charter Oak (9-1)
Yucaipa (9-1) at Riverside North (9-1)
Damien (7-3) at #2 Vista Murrieta (5-5)
First Round Winners
Corona Centennial over Redlands
Los Osos over Chaparral
Rancho Cucamonga over Chino Hills
Redlands East Valley over Norco
Upland over Murrieta Valley
Charter Oak over Corona Santiago
Riverside North over Yucaipa
Vista Murrieta over Damien
Quarterfinal Winners
Corona Centenial over Los Osos
Redlands East Valley over Rancho Cucamonga
Upland over Charter Oak
J.W. North over Vista Murrieta
Semifinal Winners
Corona Centennial over Redlands East Valley
Upland over J.W. North
Championship
Upland over Corona Centennial

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Azusa hopes its better prepared this time

“We feel that we can compete with this team. They’re big and we haven’t seen a line this big all season. They played Maranatha and beat them because they were able to run the ball right over Maranatha. We feel we have a good scheme in for them and that we’ll be able to matchup.” Azusa coach Joe Scherf on their first-round chances against Valley Christian.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Despite taking a different path, Azusa High School feels like it arrived at the same destination as last year as it pertains to the Aztecs’ draw in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division football playoffs. Azusa, which finished 7-3 and won the Montview League, will host an Olympic League team in the first round for the second consecutive season. The Aztecs play Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) on Friday at Citrus College. Azusa played Village Christian of Sun Valley and lost in last year’s first round.

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El Monte’s dual run/pass threat Brandon Martinez a game-time decision with ankle sprain

By Aram Tolegian
The status of El Monte quarterback Brandon “B-Mart” Martinez is up in the air for Friday’s first-round game against Whittier Christian. Martinez, one of the better run/pass threats in the area, sprained his ankle in last week’s loss to Arroyo. He has been getting treatment and likely will be a game-time decision, according to Lions coach Joel Sanchez. (To continue click thread)

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