La Puente ready for “third season.”

By Aram Tolegian
La Puente set to bounce back After finishing 9-1 but falling far short of Azusa in the Montview League championship game, La Puente drew Alhambra in one of the first round’s most evenly matched games. Going by pure records, the game actually appears quite sexy. Alhambra enters 8-2 and, like La Puente, the Moors were embarrassed in their league title game. Also like La Puente, they’re looking to bounce back with a big playoff run. (To continue click thread).

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: St. Lucy’s marches to the final again; San Dimas comes up short

St. Lucy’s semifinal winning photo gallery from Keith Birmingham

By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
St. Lucy’s is back in the title game and senior Jasmine Warmington explained it best following the Regents’ 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 sweep over visiting Tesoro in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA semifinal. There were lingering doubts heading into the playoffs whether the second-seed Regents had enough to make a serious push to defend their title, but the Regents regained their focus and will have an opportunity at a second straight championship. (To continue click thread)

San Dimas’ dream season ends: After the fourth sweep in as many postseason matches, it’s clear coach Linda Pattison is the only one the No.1 seed is weighing on. Rim of the World’s three-game semifinal victory Tuesday over San Dimas – 25-10, 25-22, 25-14 – advanced the Mountain Valley League winners to the CIF championship either Friday or Saturday against the winner of the match between Brentwood and No. 2 seed Campbell Hall.

Tuesday’s semifinal results
Division 2AA

La Salle def. South Torrance 25-16, 25-17, 25-23
St. Lucy’s def. Tesoro 25-23, 25-21, 25-19
Division 3A
Rim of the World def. San Dimas 25-10, 25-22, 25-

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Southeast Division prediction: West Covina over Suburban champ Mayfair in title game

Fred’s thoughts: I know we all keep calling West Covina a slam dunk, but there is no slam dunk in the playoffs, but they’re the big favorites. California might test them in the second round, and for sure once they get to the semifinals, whether it’s Bonita, Arcadia or La Mirada, it won’t be easy. Remember, if Covina and South Hills could come within seconds of beating West Covina, why couldn’t of few of these teams. In fact La Mirada played La Habra super tough, losing by only a touchdown, and they blew out Mayfair, another good team, toward the end of the season. On the bottom half, I like Mayfair to come out of it, despite its loss to La Mirada. The Suburban League champs lost two games to Pac-5 teams (Los Alamitos (56-21) and Lakewood (42-29), and crushed Mid-Valley’s Cerritos Valley Christian 56-21. We haven’t talked about the Suburban enough, but if you’re looking for another league comparable to the Hacienda if not better, it could be our friends from Whittier.

Southeast Division Predictions
Top Half

Norwalk (3-7) at #1 West Covina (9-1)
Pasadena (5-5) at California (7-3)
Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2)
Crescenta Valley (6-4) at #4 La Mirada (6-4)
Bottom Half
Los Altos (7-3) at #3 Burbank Burroughs (6-4)
La Serna (7-3) at Mayfair (7-3)
Bellflower (7-3) at Diamond Ranch (5-5)
Muir (6-4) at #2 Santa Fe (6-4)

Second Round winners
West Covina over Norwalk
California over Pasadena
Arcadia over Bonita
La Mirada over Crescenta Valley
Los Altos over Burroughs
Mayfair over La Serna
Diamond Ranch over Bellflower
Santa Fe over Muir
Quarterfinal Winners
West Covina over California
Arcadia over La Mirada
Mayfair over Los Altos
Diamond Ranch over Santa Fe
Semifinal Winners
West Covina over Arcadia
Mayfair over Diamond Ranch
West Covina over Mayfair

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What do you think of the new CIF-SS basketball playoff divisions: La Verne Lutheran in 4A; Damien in new 3AAA Division, check it out, the public vs. private debate should rage on

The CIF-Southern Section has finished the boys and girls basketball division realignment, which combines enrollment with how teams have done in the CIF playoffs the past four years. However, looking at it, enrollment played a bigger role than past CIF success, which should further infuriate the public vs. private debate when you look at the Divisions. There will be plenty of talk about the Boys 4AA Division that includes powers La Verne Lutheran, Price, Harvard-Westlake and Serra, but is that fair for teams like Workman, Blair, La Salle and Maranatha in the same Division? In Damien’s new 3AAA Division, Bonita is there with Westside power Pasadena, making an interesting and somewhat fair Division, but one of the big local winners is Bishop Amat in 3A with area teams like La Puente, Monrovia, Pomona, San Dimas and other locals, though power St. John Bosco also is in the division. In girls basketball we won’t get to see another Bishop Amat-Bonita playoff game unless it’s in the state playoffs. Bonita is in 3AAA and Amat is in 3A, which it should dominate with teams like Azusa, El Monte, Gladstone, Mountain View and Pomona all in it…Hey, I’ll let you break it down and get back to us. What do you think?

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CIF preseason boys and girls soccer rankings

Below: Bishop Amat and Ayala are No. 1 and 2 respectively in Division 3, check out Amat’s title win over Ayala in last year’s championship. Should be another great season.

Note: I’m listing only divisions with area teams ranked. Visit the CIF website for all the rankings.
CIF-Southern Section boys preseason rankings
Division 2: 1 Claremont, 2, Capistrano Valley, 3. ML King, 4. La Habra, 5. Foothill, 6. Arlington, 7. Great Oak, 8. Canyon Springs, 9. Mission Viejo, 10. Santa Ana.
Division 4: 1. El Rancho, 2. Oak Hills, 3. Salesian, 4. Ganesha, 5. Artesia, 6. Santa Monica, 7. Cathedral, 8. Crescenta Valley, 9. Bonita, 10. North Torrance.
Division 5: 1. Baldwin Park, 2. Carpinteria, 3. Animo Leadership, 4. La Canada, 4. Oaks Christian, 6. Victor Valley, 7. Cajon, 8. Los Amigos, 9. Mountain View, 10. Lakeside.

CIF-Southern Section girls preseason rankings
Division 2: 1. Buena, 2. Long Beach Wilson, 3. Palos Verdes, 4. Newbury Park, 5. Los Osos, 6. Sunny Hill, 7. Corona Santiago, 8. Upland, 9. Glendora, 10. Great Oak.
Division 3: 1. Bishop Amat, 2. Ayala, 3. Granite Hills, 4. Righetti, 5. Serrano, 6. Pacifica, 7. Flintridge Prep, 8. Quartz Hill, 9. St. Joseph, 10. La Mirada.
Division 6: 1. St. Margaret’s, 2. San Dimas, 3. Hemet, 4. Ocean View, 5. South Pasadena, 6. Tahquitz, 7. San Marino, 8. Segerstrom, 9. La Canada, 10. Northview.
Division 7: 1. Animo Leadership, 2. Sierra Canyon, 3. Marshall, 4. Rim of the World, 5. Citrus Valley, 6. Desert Hot Springs, 7. Viewpoint, 8. Arroyo, 9. St. Genevieve, 10. Mary Star of the Sea.

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Inland Notebook: Damien has tall order at No. 2 Vista Murrieta; Charter Oak getting healthy

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
Try telling Damien High School things could have been worse as the Spartans prepare for the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division football playoffs and you’re likely to get a rude reception. Damien drew a road game against No. 2-seeded Vista Murrieta, which is technically 5-5, but 10-0 on the field. Vista Murrieta had to forfeit five wins earlier this season. Still, the Spartans avoided top-seeded Corona Centennial (9-1) and No. 3 seed Upland (10-0). (To continue click thread)

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West Covina not looking past Norwalk

By Aram Tolegian
The set-up is there for West Covina to sleepwalk into its first-round game against Norwalk. The Bulldogs (9-1) are the Southeast Division’s top seed, the division’s defending champion and hosting a Norwalk team that is 3-7. Don’t think Norwalk will have the Bulldogs’ full attention? Think again. After watching film of Norwalk, Maggiore is certain his team will be in for a rude surprise if they’re taking things lightly on Friday night. “They’re running the double wing and if they can keep our offense off the field, like how I think they’re planning to do, then that does worry me,” Maggiore said. “It’s good to be the No. 1 seed, but at the same time you don’t get any points for that.

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Damien football team joins forces with student community outreach to help a local charity

Here’s something that should boost confidence in our youth. The Damien High football team has joined forces with a newly formed student community outreach club at Damien to help a local charity, Sowing Seeds for Life, which provides food, goods and services to the needy in the east San Gabriel Valley.
Among their projects is a toy drive that began at Damien’s home game Thursday night against Ayala of Chino Hills, which Damien won, 42-15. Ten large boxes of toys were collected and the toys will be handed out at Sowing Seeds for Life’s fourth annual Christmas in the Park event, to be held Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. at Ganesha Park in Pomona. The toy drive will run through Nov. 18, so anyone wishing to donate toys can drop them off at the Damien administration office. Senior Jacky Yao, who created the community outreach program at the start of the school year, said, “A big thing was Coach (Greg) Gano getting the football team involved. That helped so much.”

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Two-Minute Drill: Bonita vs. Arcadia

“You guys have been talking about them all year, so it wasn’t a shock to see their skill talent. I do read the papers, so I guess I’m not shocked by it. They’re definitely a good team and from what people have said, this is one of their best teams that they’ve had in a number of years.” Bonita coach Eric Podley

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
Given how things looked at the mid-point of the season, the Bonita High School football team really can’t complain too much about getting powerful Arcadia in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. At 8-2, the Apaches are thought by many to be the second-best team in the division and the team most likely to give No. 1 seed West Covina its best game.

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Mid-Valley Division predictions: Covina will beat surprise Arroyo in title game

Fred’s thoughts: Covina has an easy road to the semifinals, but once there, they will have their toughest game of the playoffs against either Monrovia or Whittier Christian, but I’m going with the Wildcats to beat the Heralds in the second round. To me, Covina-Monrovia is the real championship, and I like the Colts to outslug the Cats. On the bottom half, San Dimas is the favorite on paper, but Maranatha, Cerritos Valley Christian and Arroyo all got a shot. I love Arroyo’s draw and chance of getting to the semifinals, and if there, I’ll take them in an upset over San Dimas. In the final, however, Covina wins by at least two touchdowns no matter who they face.

Mid-Valley Division Predictions
Top Half

South El Monte (7-3) at #1 Covina (9-1)
Alhambra (8-2) at La Puente (9-1)
El Monte (7-3) at Whittier Christian (6-4)
Pomona (6-4) at #4 Monrovia (7-3)
Bottom half
San Marino (7-3) at #3 San Dimas (8-2), Thursday at Citrus
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) at Azusa (7-3)
Maranatha (8-2) at San Gabriel (6-4)
Sierra Vista (6-4) at #2 Arroyo (9-1)
Second Round Winners
Covina over South El Monte
Alhambra over La Puente
Whittier Christian over El Monte
Monrovia over Pomona
San Dimas over San Marino
Azusa over Cerritos Valley Christian
Maranatha over San Gabriel
Arroyo over Sierra Vista
Quarterfinal winners
Covina over Alhambra
Monrovia over Whittier Christian
San Dimas over Azusa
Arroyo over Maranatha
Semifinal winners
Covina over Monrovia
Arroyo over San Dimas
Covina over Arroyo

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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 (13-4); Tolegian (14-3)
Season standings: Robledo (173-49); Tolegian (174-48)

Last week: Aram got me by one again, taking the regular season on Friday’s Claremont win over South Hills. We both missed on South El Monte beating Rosemead, Wilson over Baldwin Park and Gladstone over Workman. Those MVL and Montview league games get us every time. I got Aram taking Los Altos over Diamond Bar, but he got me with Gabrielino over Mountain View. But now the fun time is here, the playoffs, and this race doesn’t end until Week 14 is over.
This week’s games: First, no reason to take Bishop Amat, still uncertain whether QB Rio Ruiz will play with that sore knee, and without him, they go from a decent shot to, “so you’re telling me there’s a chance.” My gut on Rio is that there’s a 50/50 chance of him playing, but Hagerty needs to know sooner rather than later so he can game-plan. I like Charter Oak in a blowout and Chino Hills and Damien to give it a good shot before bowing out. The Southeast was extremely difficult to project. My upset special is Los Altos over Burroughs, and though I went against Bonita, I will not be surprised if they upset Arcadia. In the Mid-Valley, I’m going with Azusa and Arroyo, but predict the remainder of the Montview and MVL all lose. Pomona-Monrovia is the biggie, and I guarantee the Devils make this close and are capable of pulling the upset over the defending champs.

This week’s games and predictions
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless we’re alerted to a change
Thursday’s game
San Marino at San Dimas (8-2), at Citrus 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (Z)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat (6-4) vs. Santa Margarita (8-2) at Saddleback College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SM); Aram (SM)
Norwalk (3-7) at West Covina (9-1), 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (Solomon)
Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2), 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arcadia)
Los Altos (7-3) vs. Burroughs (6-4) at Glendale HS, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (BB)
Bellflower (7-3) vs. Diamond Ranch (5-5) at Ganesha, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Dranch); Aram (Roddy)
South El Monte (7-3) vs. Covina (9-1) at CDF, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Chovina)
Alhambra (8-2) at La Puente (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Alhambra)
El Monte (7-3) vs. Whittier Christian (6-4) at W. College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (WChris); Aram (The WC)
Pomona (6-4) at Monrovia (7-3), 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Big Bob)
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) vs. Azusa (7-3) at Citrus, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Valley Christian)
Sierra Vista (6-4) at Arroyo (9-1), 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arrojo)
Chino Hills (6-4) vs. Rancho Cucamonga (9-1) at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (Rancho)
Corona Santiago (7-3) at Charter Oak (9-1), 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (Santiago … Travis Santiago)
Damien (7-3) at Vista Murrieta (5-5), 7 p.m. — Robledo (VM); Aram (VM)

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CIF Football pairings: Is Charter Oak on collision course with Upland? Covina, Arroyo tops seeds in MidV; Bishop Amat at Santa Margarita; West Covina No. 1 in Southeast and PrepXtra Live Rewind

Listen to pairings draw Interviews with Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar (27:30), Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty (36:00) and Arroyo coach Jim Singiser (57:30). Hagerty ends with a great message for the SGV.

Mid-Valley Division
Top Half
South El Monte (7-3) at #1 Covina (9-1)
Alhambra (8-2) at La Puente (9-1)
El Monte (7-3) at Whittier Christian (6-4)
Pomona (6-4) at #4 Monrovia (7-3)
Bottom half
San Marino (7-3) at #3 San Dimas (8-2), Thursday at Citrus
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) at Azusa (7-3)
Maranatha (8-2) at San Gabriel (6-4)
Sierra Vista (6-4) at #2 Arroyo (9-1)
First impression: Great draw for Arroyo; terrible draw for Azusa; best game of first round, Pomona at Monrovia

Inland Division
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 impression: Charter Oak has winnable first-round game, then probably says goodbye in second round to mighty Upland. Damien and Chino Hills both in over their head, meaning best Sierra will probably do is 1-2 in the first round.

Pac-5 Division
Top Half
Long Beach Wilson (5-5) at #1 Servite (9-1)
Tesoro (6-4) at Edison (8-2)
Lakewood (7-3) at San Clemente (9-1)
St. John Bosco (7-3) at #4 Alemany (8-2)
Bottom Half
Newport Harbor (5-5) at #3 Long Beach Poly (9-1)
Bishop Amat (6-4) at Santa Margarita (8-2)
Huntington Beach (8-2) at Loyola (8-2)
Long Beach Cabrillo (7-3) at #2 Mission Viejo (8-2)
First Impression: It was going to be tough for Amat no matter what, and playing a team that just took Servite to overtime on Friday is what it is, probably a long night on the road.

Southeast Division
Top Half
Norwalk (3-7) at #1 West Covina (9-1)
Pasadena (5-5) at California (7-3)
Bonita (6-4) at Arcadia (8-2)
Crescenta Valley (6-4) at #4 La Mirada (6-4)
Bottom Half
Los Altos (7-3) at #3 Burbank Burroughs (6-4)
La Serna (7-3) at Mayfair (7-3)
Bellflower (7-3) at Diamond Ranch (5-5)
Muir (6-4) at #2 Santa Fe (6-4)
First impression: Best first-round game is Bonita at Arcadia, and with the exception of West Covina, I won’t be surprised if the second, third and fourth seeds were upset. There’s that much parity.

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Girls Volleyball playoffs: San Dimas’ amazing run continues; St. Lucy’s back in semifinals again

San Dimas makes historyy: The third time was the charm for the San Dimas High School volleyball team. The Saints have been knocked out in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A tournament the last two years. The Saints lost the first game but battled back to beat Arrowhead Christian of Redlands, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 at Bonita High School on Saturday to move into the semifinals for the first time in school history.
South Torrance holds off Claremont Claremont shook off a mistake-filled opening game and played an inspired match before succumbing 25-21, 27-29, 25-13, 25-22 in front of a standing-room only crowd at South Torrance’s tiny gym.

Saturday’s Quarterfinal results
Division 2AA

South Torrance def. Claremont 25-21, 27-29, 25-13, 25-22
St. Lucy’s def. Aliso Niguel 25-14, 25-12, 26-28, 25-21
Division 2A
Downey def. Diamond Bar 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16
Oxnard def. Bonita 26-24, 25-17, 25-13
Division 3A
San Dimas def. Arrowhead Christian 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18

Tuesday’s semifinals schedule
Division 2AA

La Salle (29-4) at South Torrance (30-5), 7 p.m.
Tesoro (23-6) at St. Lucy’s (25-6), 7 p.m.
Division 3A
San Dimas (24-1) at Rim of the World (24-8)
Campbell Hall (19-8) at Brentwood (20-7), 7 p.m.

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Boys Water Polo: Damien, Bonita and Nogales all advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Water Polo
Saturday’s quarterfinal results
Division 3
Damien 13, Peninsula 8
Division 5
Bonita 11, Chadwick 5
Division 7
Nogales 16, Lompoc Cabrillo 10
Wednesday’s semifinal schedule
Division 3

Laguna Beach vs. La Canada at William Woollett, 3:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Palos Verdes at William Woollett, 2 p.m.
Division 5
Pasadena Poly vs. Hoover, at Mt. SAC, 6:30 p.m.
Bonita vs. La Serna at Mt. SAC, 7:30 p.m.
Division 7
Nogales vs. Santa Ynez at Mt. SAC, 3 p.m.
Nipomo vs. Don Lugo at Mt. SAC, 4:30 p.m.

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Friday Night Lights (for real): Alemany wins, Loyola wins in OT, then Bishop Amat wins 3-way coin flip, makes Pac-5 playoffs in stunner

Bishop Amat needed a miracle to make the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 playoffs and came down with a Hail Mary on Friday night to reach the postseason.
Needing Crespi to lose to Loyola and Alemany to defeat Notre Dame to force a three-way tie between Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Crespi for third place in the Serra League, Bishop Amat got its wish.
Loyola rallied from an early deficit to force overtime, then pulled out a 36-35 win over Crespi. This came moments after Alemany held off Notre Dame for a 21-14 win, leaving Crespi, Notre Dame and Bishop Amat tied for third with 1-3 records in the Serra, forcing a three-way coin flip late Friday.
Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty, whose Lancers (6-4, 1-3) had a bye after finishing league last week, drove to Notre Dame hoping that he would have an opportunity to be in a coin flip situation, and got it.
On the coin flip, Crespi and Amat both drew tails while Notre Dame drew heads, which eliminated Notre Dame. And since Amat beat Crespi head-to-head during league, Amat won the tiebreaker over Crespi.
Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it.
“It (coin flip) worked out exactly how it had to work out for us,” Hagerty said. “It’s the first time in a while something like this happened for us. We had a few kids at the game and they were waiting for me to come out of the office and give them the news. I’m especially happy for our seniors, who get to play football again. We’ve got new life, now we have to go back to work.”
Alemany won the Serra League with an 8-2 and 4-0 mark and Loyola was second at 8-2 and 3-1. The CIF-SS pairings are announced on Sunday.

Friday’s results
Etiwanda 45, Glendora 24Glendora High School wanted to go out on a winning note, but Etiwanda quarterback Larry Cutbirth had other ideas as the visiting Eagles downed Glendora, 45-24, in the Baseline League finale on Friday at Citrus College.
Claremont 45, South Hills 28In a game in which they moved the ball almost at will, the only downer for the Wolfpack (6-4 overall, 2-3 Sierra League) in Friday’s 45-28 win over the Huskies is it came one day after they were eliminated from postseason contention.

BRACKETOLOGY: Here’s how I think the Mid-Valley playoff Division will shape up. The four at large should be Maranatha (7-2) (assuming Maranatha wins tonight), Pomona (6-4), South El Monte (7-3) and South Pasadena (6-4). I gave South Pas an edge over Sierra Vista. South Pasadena’s non-league win over Alhambra was convincing enough. WE HAVE UNTIL SUNDAY FOR THE DRAW, LETS SEE SOME OF YOUR MOCK BRACKETS IN THE SOUTHEAST, INLAND, MID-VALLEY??

Fred’s Mid-Valley Bracketology predictions
Top Bracket
1. Covina (9-1) vs. South Pasadena (6-4)
San Gabriel (6-4) vs. El Monte (7-3)
Cerritos Valley Christian (4-6) vs. La Puente (9-1)
4. Monrovia (7-3) vs. Pomona (6-4)
Bottom Half
3. San Dimas (8-2) vs. South El Monte (7-3)
Whittier Christian (6-3) vs. San Marino (7-3)
Azusa (7-3) vs. Alhambra (8-2)
2. Arroyo (9-1) vs. Maranatha (7-2)

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You won’t believe what a coach said to get his team back in the playoffs

I’m not saying I totally disagree with the coach, players are punished for coaches and administrators’ mistakes far to often, but you gotta love the rah, rah speech the coach gave to get the board to forget that rules are rules, delivering a made-for-TV stunning reversal. You know that wouldn’t fly around here: …In one of the busiest – and certainly most stunning – administrative ruling football seasons in recent memory, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association probably pulled off the biggest stunner in the nation Wednesday.

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Charter Oak, Arroyo, Azusa and West Covina win titles in dominating fashion; Damien, Los Altos, South El Monte and San Dimas win too

Azusa dominates: Let there be no doubt about who’s still the boss in the Montview League.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
El Monte High School’s first league title since 1979 is going to have to wait until Arroyo High School quarterback Steven Rivera graduates.
The senior delivered another stellar performance in his Mission Valley League finale, leading the Knights to a 35-20 victory and their third-straight undefeated league title on Thursday. Rivera completed 31-of-43 passes for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for another TD on a record night in which he set the school’s single-season record for passing yards and touchdown passes in a season. (To continue click thread).

Tonight’s results
Arroyo 35, El Monte 20 — The Lions and Brandon Martinez will have to wait until next season, Arroyo and Rivera were too polished and experienced in championship games, and for Rivera, the records and legend continue to grow.
Azusa 50, La Puente 21 — The win doesn’t surprise as much as the final score. No way did I think the Aztecs would put 50 on L.P. Considering they started 0-3, I like their chances in the first round better than last year when they were 10-0 and killing everyone. They feel more poished now.
West Covina 42, Diamond Ranch 14 — Bulldogs look tooooo good right now, almost like a can’t miss. They’re the Servite of the Southeast. I know that’s know what Bulldogs fans want me to say, but it is what it is.
Charter Oak 38, Chino Hills 7 — Considering all the talk this morning of Travis Santiago’s freak ankle sprain and slim chances of playing, you knew he would play if he could, that’s who he is. When Mike the Cousin’s first update on the game was “Touchdown Charter Oak.” I knew it was over.
San Dimas 36, Pomona 31 — Saints won the all-important second guaranteed spot from the Valle Vista, but here’s the truth. Whoever gets these two in the first round is not going to be happy about their draw.
Damien 42, Ayala 15 — The Spartans showed grit after getting humbled by Charter Oak. It may not be pleasant in the playoffs being the third team from the Sierra, but no doubt the Spartans lived up to the preseason hype Aram put on them.
Los Altos 52, Diamond Bar 35
— What I said about Damien, I feel about Los Altos. They had moments in the season they could have tanked, but they rebounded, and took care of business in Week 10. Great job by Ziola.
Sierra Vista 27, Duarte 21 — Great finish by the Dons. They played Azusa and La Puente tougher than everyone else, so I was not surprised. But I’m not sure the Dons get an at-large, and the Falcons, despite a great turnaround, won’t make it either.
ovina 40, Northview 7C — They did what they were supposed to do, which is not always easy against your nothing-to-lose rival.
Bonita 47, Rowland 28 — Nobody, repeat nobody, will want to be the team that gets Bonita in the first round. In fact, I guarantee a first-round win.
Gabrielino 7, Mountain View 6
— Doesn’t sound like the most exciting one-point victory, unless you like this type of stuff.
South El Monte 33, Rosemead 31 — What I said about Damien and Los Altos is true of the Eagles too, though we haven’t given the Eagles enough credit or props all year. This is a team that nearly knocked off El Monte too, and has come a long way since last year’s miserable season. If they don’t get an at-large berth, then they got robbed.
Gladstone 21, Workman 20, 2OT– There was no playoff spot on the line, but they sure did compete like there was one. It’s what you love about high school football.
Wilson 42, Baldwin Park 26 — First thought was, “Oh my.” As tough as this must of felt for a proud Braves program, you have to feel good for Wilson, who ends the season on a good note after starting 0-9.

Watch Travis Santiago put anklegate to rest with a brilliant performance in the Sierra League championship over Chino Hills with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss, who has highlights and reactions.

Diamond Ranch Roddy Layton is another impressed with the Bulldogs machine, all on TDro’s highlights and interviews.

Aram, Fred, Mike the Cousin and TDro talk about Thursday night’s championships…check it out on PREPXTRA Live’s postgame Rewind.

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: St. Lucy’s, Claremont advance, San Dimas moves on too

CIF-Southern Section Girls Volleyball playoff results
Thursday’s second round

Division 2AA
Claremont def. La Reina 25-21, 25-17, 25-19
La Salle def. South Hills, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24
Oaks Christian def. Bishop Amat 25-18, 25-22, 25-20
Tesoro def. Chino Hills 25-22, 25-23, 25-20
St. Lucy’s def. San Marino 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 25-14
Division 2A
Diamond Bar def. Arcadia 25-20, 25-15, 25-15
Adolfo Camarillo def. Los Altos 25-16, 25-18, 25-20
Bonita def. Palm Desert 25-7, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19
Division 3A
San Dimas def. Bell Gardens 25-21, 25-20, 32-30
La Sierra def. Northview 15-25, 25-3, 25-14, 25-23
Campbell Hall def. Covina 25-19, 25-23, 25-12
Division 4A
Hemet def. Gladstone 25-9, 25-11, 25-11
Pacifica Christian def. Azusa 25-15, 25-13, 25-21
Saddleback Valley Christian def. Duarte 25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-13
Grace Brethren def. La Puente 25-16, 18-25, 25-15, 25-23

Saturday’s Quarterfinals
Division 2AA

Claremont (21-8) at South Torrance (29-5), 7 p.m.
St. Lucy’s (24-6) at Aliso Niguel (17-9), 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Downey (24-5) at Diamond Bar (18-5), 7 p.m.
Bonita (17-6) at Oxnard (17-17), 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Arrowhead Christian (14-9) vs. San Dimas (23-1) at Bonita, 7 p.m.

We need your help: Coaches, parents and volleyball caretakers, please have someone call in the results of tonight’s playoff matches to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242 or 2233 so that we can follow with a write-up of as many games as possible. We will cover as much as we can throughout the playoffs, but we need your help tracking scores. For those at games, when it’s over, post the final score on the thread or quickly email it to me at Hopefully we can update most of the scores tonight, thanks.

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CIF boys tennis and water polo results and Saturday’s playoff schedule

Bonita boys water polo opens playoffs with 20-4 win over PHS: Bonita High School water polo coach John Ashby calls it a “natural goal.” The Bearcats’ attack is anything but natural. It’s lightning-quick. It’s decimating. It has carried the Bearcats to the top of the CIF-Southern Section polls and the top seed for the Division 5 tournament.

Above: Bonita goalkeeper Caleb Guarino in action.

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Water Polo
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Division 3
Damien vs. Peninsula at Palos Verdes HS, 2 p.m.
Division 5
Bonita vs. Chadwick at Mira Costa HS, 2:30 p.m.
Division 7
Nogales vs. Lompoc Cabrillo at Lompoc Aquatics Center, 11 a.m.

Wednesday’s first-round results
Division 3
Damien 17, Tesoro 5
Division 5
Bonita 20, Pasadena 4
Hoover 14, Walnut 13
Thursday’sfirst round
Division 7

Don Lugo 13, Wilson 8
Nogales, 21, Colony 12

Girls Tennis
Saturday’s second round

Division 2
Diamond Bar at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m.
Santa Monica at South Hills, 2 p.m.
Division 4
Viewpoint at Arroyo, 2 p.m.
Division 5
Aquinas at Covina, 2 p.m.
Granite Hills at Gladstone, 2 p.m.
Wilson at San Jacinto, 2 p.m.

Thursday’s first-round results
Division 2

Cypress 9 Claremont 9, (Cypress wins on games 75-73)
Diamond Bar 14, Placentia Valencia 4
El Dorado 14, St. Lucy’s 4
Arcadia 16, Walnut 2
Santa Monica 9, Rowland 9 (San Monica wins on games 69-68)
South Hills 11, Murrieta Valley 7
Division 4
Bellflower 10, Rosemead 8
Arroyo 17, Norte Vista 1
Division 5
Covina 9, Capistrano Valley Christian 9 (Covina wins on games 72-71)
Gladstone 11, San Dimas 7
Chino 14, Duarte 4
Wilson 17, Don Lugo 1

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CIF-SS Cross Country prelims on Saturday

For up to date results, previews and everything that goes in San Gabriel Valley cross country, Bob Ramsey’s website is a must read

By Bob Ramsey, Correspondent
The cross country postseason begins Saturday, with the CIF-Southern Section Prelims at Mt. SAC in Walnut. In CIF competition, schools are divided into five enrollment-based divisions, and roughly the top half of each league qualifies for the prelims. Sixteen teams in each division advance to the Nov. 19 finals, also at Mt. SAC. Twenty-two area teams advanced to the prelims, with 13 qualifying both their boys’ and girls’ teams. The top local contenders among the boys are Ayala and Glendora in Div. II, along with Damien in Div. III, while Bonita (Div. III) has the strongest chance to advance on the girls’ side. (To cotinue click thread)

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