Mission Valley All-League Football: Steven Rivera wins top award for second straight year

Mission Valley All-League Football
Player of the year: Steven Rivera (Arroyo)
Back of the year: Brandon Martinez (El Monte)
Lineman of the year: James Rivera (Arroyo)
First Team Offense
QB: Fernando Ramirez (South El Monte)
RB: Peter Aholoka (Arroyo)
RB: Matt Eddy (Rosemead)
WR: Hunter Durant (Arroyo)
WR: Memo Silva (El Monte)
TE: Danny Villalobos (Rosemead)
OL: David Chavarria (Rosemead)
OL: Enrique Gonzalez (El Monte)
OL: Omar Partida (Arroyo)
OL: Jesse Gaytan (El Monte)
PK: Agustin Pinto (South El Monte)
First Team Defense
DT: Jesse Gaytan (El Monte)
DT: Nelson Leon (Rosemead)
DT: Jose Ambriz (South El Monte)
DE: Juan Morales (South El Monte)
DE: Marcos Lopez (Arroyo)
LB: Zach Daniels (Arroyo)
LB: Ruben Jimenez (El Monte)
LB: Andrew Gibson (Rosemead)
LB: Andrew Barcenas (South El Monte)
DB: Melvin Palacios (Arroyo)
DB: Frank Lopez (El Monte)
DB: Christian Garcia (Rosemead)
DB: Pablo Ocegueda (South El Monte)
DB: Alex Acosta (South El Monte)

Second Team Offense
QB
: Mark Winchell (Gabrielino)
RB: Bryan Luevano (El Monte), Leo Artiaga (South El Monte)
TE: Juan Ceballos (El Monte), Jimmy Martinez (South El Monte)
WR: Andrew Kerkhoff (Arroyo), Jesus Machuca (South El Monte)
OL: Cody Rubalcava (Gabrielino), Joeph Lopez (El Monte), Manuel Salcedo (Mountain View), Jose Ambriz (South El Monte), Lupe Perez (Rosemead), Daniel Camarena (Rosemead).

Second Team Defense
DT
: Juan Hernandez (Arroyo), Cody Rubalcava (Gabrielino), Eric Young (Gabrielino), Sal Chavarin (Rosemead).
DE: Aaron Landry (Arroyo), Edgar Heredia (El Monte)
LB: Joe Velasco (Arroyo), Joe Sanchez (El Monte), Lorenzo Mena (Gabrielino), Milton Avila (Rosemead).
DB: Dominic Salas (Rosemead), Jerry Valencias (South El Monte), Brandon Jauregui (Arroyo), Jonathan Perini (Gabrielino), Gus Bentacur (El Monte), Ignacio Castaneda (Mountain View).

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Bishop Amat soccer clinic raises money and collects gifts for orphanage in Mexico

For the fifth year in a row, the Cerritos College women’s soccer team will be making a trip to Tijuana, Mexico to bring toys and gifts to the Casa Hogar Santa Teresita de Jesus Orphanage for Girls. The annual event allows head coach Ruben Gonzalez and his wife, Senaida, to bring holiday joy to a group of girls from ages 2-15, while it introduces several of his players to a culture that has effected their lives, as well. (To continue click thread).

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Sierra All-League Football: Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago earns player of the year honors

All-Sierra League Football
Most Valuable Player:
Travis Santiago, Charter Oak
Offensive players of the year: Chris Gilchrist (Charter Oak), Kurt Scoby (Charter Oak)
Defensive player of the year: Naim Colbert (Chino Hills).

First Team Offense
Backs: Jamel Hart (South Hills)
Backs: Jordan Robinson (Ayala)
Backs: Jalen Castille (Damien)
Backs: Louis Napoles (Chino Hills)
Backs: Andrew Chavez (Chino Hills).
WR: Jack Austin (Chino Hills).
WR: Aaren Vaughs (Charter Oak)
WR: Jaime Canada (South Hills)
WR: Bryce Bobo (Charter Oak).
WR: Joshua Savage (Damien)
OL: Louis Oliva (Charter Oak)
OL: Nick Enriquez (Chino Hills)
OL: Lake Aiono (South Hills)
OL: Joe Bartolo (Chino Hills)
OL: Carlos Palafox (Chino Hills)
OL: Davis Harrison (Claremont)
OL: Daniel Johnson (Charter Oak)
PK: Jack Schneider (Charter Oak)
First Team Defense
DL: Eric Prevost (Charter Oak)
DL: Connor Wilson (Chino Hills)
DL: Lake Aiono (South Hills)
DL: Keith Waldron (Damien)
DL: Logan Tracey (Damien)
LB: Herman Akins (Charter Oak)
LB: Eric Ortiz (Charter Oak)
LB: Will Reeves (Claremont)
LB: Alexander Arevalo (Damien)
LB: Kent Ryan (Ayala)
LB: Adam Buck (Chino Hills)
DB: Aaren Vaughns (Charter Oak)
DB: Jaime Canada (South Hills)
DB: Klyvens Delaunay (Claremont)
DB: Travion Boykins (Damien)
DB: Khari Garcia (Charter Oak)
P: Dylan Kegans (Claremont)

Second Team Offense
Backs:
Vince Hernandez (South Hills), Gabriel Schafer (Claremont), Tevin Campbell (Ayala), Brian Meyette (Ayala), Blake Wallace (Ayala).
WR: DeAndre Manus (Claremont), Brandon Ginoza (Chino Hills), Stan Reeder (Claremont), Andrew Sherwood (Damien), Danny Sheehan (South Hills).
OL: Tracey Logan (Damien), Brandon Arrietta (Charter Oak), Tim Kim (Ayala), Blake Martin (Damien), Riley Dean (South Hills).
Second Team Defense
DL: Allan Albaro (Chino Hills), Ryan Copenhaver (Claremont), Matthew Chavez (Ayala), Benny Garcia (South Hills).
LB: Louis Napoles (Chino Hills), James Wernli (Claremont), Daniel Johnson (Charter Oak), Austin Moore (Ayala), Zach Chadwick (Chino Hills), Thomas Zorilla (Chino Hills), Daniel Soto (Claremont).
DB: Uriah Trailer (Damien), Adrian Reynoso (Ayala), Dylan Kegans (Claremont), Jacob Farias (South Hills), Tommy Inglima (Ayala), Jonathan Lyles (Damien).

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Montview All-League Football: Desmond Reed, Eric Perez and Adrian Pena share top honors

All Montview League Football
Offensive Most Valuable Player: Desmond Reed (Azusa)
Defensive Most Valuable Player: Eric Perez (Azusa)
Lineman of the year: Adrian Pena (La Puente)

First Team Offense
QB: Jake Martinez (Azusa)
RB: Nick Barrientos (La Puente)
RB: Justin Snedden (Workman)
RB: Tailik Mason (Duarte)
RB: Giovanni Rivera (Sierra Vista)
TE: Brandon Rios (La Puente)
WR: Michael Patini (La Puente)
WR: Richard Bradford (Duarte)
WR: James Figueroa (Azusa)
OL: Sergio Gomez (Azusa)
OL: Henry Duong (La Puente)
OL: Eric Rodriguez (Azusa)
OL: Kevin Arenas (La Puente)
OL: Carlos Gutierrez (Sierra Vista)
OL: Oscar Ramos (Azusa)
PK: Sergio Gonzalez (Sierra Vista)
First Team Defense
DL: Adrian Solchaga (Gladstone)
DL: Brandon Rios (La Puente)
DL: Rodrigo Navarro (Workman)
DL: Albert Pina (Duarte)
DL: Robert Chelala (Azusa)
LB: Aaron Sanchez (Gladstone)
LB: Danny Martinez (La Puente)
LB: Samuel Edwards (Duarte)
LB: Mike Mora (Sierra Vista)
LB: Adrian Chavez (Azusa)
DB: Noel Martinez (La Puente)
DB: Nicholas Leon (Duarte)
DB: Martin Garcia (Sierra Vista)
DB: Cameron Blackburn (Azusa)
DB: Kevin Jones (Ganesha)

Second Team Offense
QB: Ivan Vasquez (La Puente)
PK: Christian Guzman (Gladstone)
RB: Aaron Sanchez (Gladstone), Samuel Edwards (Duarte), Derrick Henderson (Ganesha), Antonio Govea (Ganesha).
WR: Sebastian Kirchfield (Gladstone), Raymond Pena (Bassett), Rayshaun McCarthy (Sierra Vista).
TE: Andres Hernandez (Ganesha).
OL: Jesse Tovar (La Puente), Jerry Gutierrez (Gladstone), Adrian Solchaga (Gladstone), Adrian Magallanes (Gladstone), Ivan Gregorio (La Puente), Anthony Miller (Workman).
Second Team Defense
DL: Jerry Gutierrez (Gladstone), Luis Verduzco (Sierra Vista), Alex Tapia (Azusa), Louis Mosqueda (Ganesha), Andres Hernandez (Ganesha).
LB: Jorge Martinez (La Puente), John Kalta (La Puente), Anthony Miller (Workman), Elias Oropeza (Workman), Sergio Gonzalez (Ganesha).
DB: Sebastian Kirchfield (Gladstone), Raymond Pena (Bassett), Vincent Silva (Workman), Desmond Reed (Azusa), Justin Sloan (Gladstone).

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Former San Marino coach Mike Mooney pleads not guilty to grand theft after the Mid-Valley and San Marino Tribune reports he would plead guilty

It’s a good thing major publications don’t attribute the San Marino Tribune or Mid-Valley News when it comes to hard news. Without sourcing its story, the Mid-Valley News and San Marino Tribune reported last month that Former San Marino football coach Mike Mooney would plead guilty to one count of Felony-Grand Theft in regards to charges involving the San Marino Football program in 2010. Well, Mooney plead not guilty on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He is charged with grand theft, according to the Nov. 22 felony complaint.

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Baseline All-League Football: Glendora’s Donavon Holmes earns first-team honors

All-Baseline League football
Offensive MVP
: Donta Abron, Upland, RB, 12
Defensive MVP: Viliami Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, 11

First Team Offense
Quarterback
Larry Cutbirth, Etiwanda, 12
Dimitri Morales, Rancho Cucamonga, 12
Nate Romine, Upland, 11
Running Back
Donavon Holmes, Glendora, RB, 12
Christian Powell, Upland, FB, 12
Wide Receiver
Ralphael Barr, Etiwanda, 12
Jordan Mathis, Etiwanda, 12
Jermel Walker, Rancho Cucamonga, 11
J.T. Huggins, Rancho Cucamonga, 12
Kenny Lawler, Upland, 12
Offensive Line
Dylan La Frenz, Los Osos, LT, 12
Brandon Carter, Rancho Cucamonga, C, 12
Cameren Turner, Rancho Cucamonga, G/T 12
Kenyatta Johnson, Upland, RT, 12
Eduardo Ramirez, Upland, LT, 12
Place Kicker
Yahir Argueta, Etiwanda, 12

First Team Defense
Defensive Back

Marquise O’Leary, Etiwanda, S, 12
Koa Lobanta, Los Osos, SS, 12
Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, CB, 11
Toure Boyd, Rancho Cucamonga, S, 12
Marques Mosley, Upland, S, 12
Linebackers
Phillip Fisher, Alta Loma ,ILB, 12
Chandler Scott, Etiwanda, LB, 12
Metuisela Unga, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, 12
A.J. Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, 11
Kendal Dukes, Upland, ILB, 11
Defensive Line
Brandon Arden, Los Osos, DT, 12
Brandon Long, Rancho Cucamonga, DL, 12
David Kaufusi, Rancho Cucamonga, NG, 11
Joe Mathis, Upland, DE, 11
Christian Powell, Upland, DE, 12
Punter
Sean Aspinal, Upland, 11
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West Covina’s dominant back-to-back championships could result in tougher Division for Bulldogs and the rest of the Hacienda

“It’s not Glenn (Martinez) just throwing numbers at a dartboard. He’s using a numbers system, as best you can, to determine where a league should be placed. Obviously, there’s no perfect method. Could a (San Gabriel) Valley league like the Hacienda League end up in an Orange County division? Sure, that absolutely possible. It’s happened before. I don’t know that it will happen but that’s always a possibility.” CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simons

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The Hacienda League, mainly by virtue of West Covina High School’s dominant postseason run of the past two years, appears to be a good bet to get a bump in competition for the next two seasons when new CIF-Southern Section Assistant Commissioner Glenn Martinez releases his football playoff grouping proposals next month.

The Bulldogs, after winning back-to-back Southeast Division championships, likely are headed to a new playoff division and will take the rest of the league with them.

“Wherever they put us is fine with me,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “I think it’s fair. I’d like to think our program is at a point where we can be competitive in the current division, and if we were moved up to a higher division then we could be competitive wherever we’re at.”

Martinez is in his first year at the Southern Section and is charge of the football playoff groupings. He has ties to the area after serving as an administrator at Bishop Amat and Charter Oak. He was hired by the CIF-Southern Section to replace Rob Wigod, who was made Southern Section commissioner following the resignation of Jim Staunton.

The Southern Section reviews playoff groupings and makes changes it feels are necessary based on competitive equity every two years.

League groupings are done every four years.

Martinez, using a numbers-based formula, will gauge the competitive equity in all Southern Section divisions and make recommendations for changes where he sees fit. After West Covina’s record-setting run in the playoffs this past season, it’s easy to assume the Bulldogs and Hacienda League either will move up or stay put while the Southeast Division beefs up with better competition. The latter appears to be a long shot.

Once Martinez releases his recommendations for the 2012 and ’13 seasons, the schools will have a chance to review them and decide whether they want to appeal. The appeals can be made only on the criteria of competitive equity, geography and enrollment. The Southern Section Council will finalize everything by vote in April.

The Southwest or Central divisions appear to be the best fit if the Hacienda League is moved. Beside West Covina, the league consists of Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland and Walnut. It was formed two years ago after the Miramonte and San Antonio leagues were dissolved. Diamond Bar previously had competed in the Sierra League.

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Boys Hoops: Amat buckles down the stretch

Amat Falters in the fourth: It’s tough winning games when stymied by turnovers, and even more so when a team can’t make more than a single basket.

That’s exactly the predicament the Bishop Amat High School boys basketball team faced Tuesday, and Alhambra had no qualms about taking advantage of the situation.

The visiting Lancers stumbled with six turnovers in the final quarter, during which they scored just two points, and Jacob Zamora’s fadeaway jumper with 35.7 seconds left was all the Moors needed to seal a 41-38 win in nonleague action.

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Mike the Cousin closes out 2011 with his All-Coveritlive Football Team

Mike “The Cousin” Robledo finished his second year doing Coveritlive for the SGVN, which has become a popular Friday night destination during the football season. With more people using twitter and smart phones, we expect next yer to be better than ever. To close out 2011, Mike the Cousin shared his thoughts on the year, and created the ALL-COVERITLIVE football team, which consists of teams and players Mike covered during the season.


Above: Charter Oak QB Travis Santiago and RB Kurt Scoby both named to All-Coveritlive Team.

MIKE THE COUSIN RECAP: Year two riding shot-gun was another monster success! I must first and foremost thank each and every school that allowed me access to its respective press-box. I know space is tight and having a spot for me meant I didn’t have to take my laptop into the stands, onto a roof, or even on a 50 ft platform! A special thanks to Randy Bell of Monrovia for rolling out the red-carpet for all three of my visits!
A big thank you to all the bloggers who came on and contributed. While I covered a featured game each week, we followed much more with the help of Twitter and Smartphones, both of which allowed us to bring more coverage on Coveritlive than just the game I was covering. Viewership peaked during week one of the CIF Playoffs, when I felt like Andrew Siciliano on the RedZone, but without the 103 foot screen! This year, we covered 22 teams over the 15-week season (one more than last year). I witnessed
my share of nail-biters (San Dimas vs Azusa II), as well as my share of blow-outs (Bishop Amat vs Servite), an elite super-recruit who will be playing on Saturday’s next year (Ellis McCarthy), a jawdropping, record setting performance (West Covina scoring 84 points in a Championship game), some frightening injuries (Jacob Rodriguez, Benny Garcia, Corey Peoples & Rio Ruiz), a courageous performance (Travis Santiago vs Chino Hills) and two Championship teams that were not to be denied (West Covina & Monrovia)
Here’s my 2011 All-Coveritlive team: (All of these athletes we covered on Coveritlive in 2011)

2011 COVERITLIVE GAMES
Game 1: Bonita 40, San Dimas 20
Game 2: Charter Oak 17, Glendora 6
Game 3: West Covina 26, Covina 20 (OT)
Game 4: Monrovia 29, Glendora 16 * (twitter coverage)
Game 5: Servite 49, Bishop Amat 14
Game 6: Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13
Game 7: Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7
Game 8: South Hills 34, Monrovia 30
Game 9: Diamond Ranch 31, Diamond Bar 19
Game 10: Bishop Amat 28, Crespi 14
Game 11: Loyola 14, Bishop Amat 3
Game 12: Notre Dame 17, Bishop Amat 12
Game 13: Charter Oak 38, Chino Hills 7
Game 14: Monrovia 24, Pomona 7
Game 15: San Dimas 30, Azusa 23
Game 16: Monrovia 41, Covina 27
Game 17: West Covina 84, La Serna 21 * (twitter coverage)
Game 18: Monrovia 53, San Gabriel 14

MIKE THE COUSIN’S ALL-COVERITLIVE TEAM:
OFFENSE
QB: Travis Santiago, Charter Oak
QB: Blake Heyworth, Monrovia
RB: Jalen Moore, Bishop Amat
RB: Marquise Bias, Monrovia
WR: Chris Gilchrist, Charter Oak
WR: Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel
OL: Travis Averill, Servite
OL: Chris Flores, Covina
PK: Mason Bryant, Monrovia
AP: Jimmy Frazier, West Covina
AP: Chris Solomon, West Covina
DEFENSE
DL: Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia
DL: Nick Hynes, Covina
LB: Justen Meaders, West Covina
LB: Butch Paa, Servite
DB: Kodi Whitfield, Loyola
DB: Chris Miller, Diamond Ranch
S: Jonathan Thropay, Charter Oak
S: DeShawn Ramirez, Monrovia.

Honorable Mention
Cody PIttman (Servite), Billy Livingston (Covina), Kurt Scoby (Charter Oak), Chris Harper (Crespi), Adam Sanchez (Bishop Amat), Jordan Simmons (Crespi), George Castro (West Covina), Brandt Davis (Bonita), Vinny Venegas (Covina), Travis Averill (Servite), Cade Shulz (Monrovia), DJ Daniels (Bishop Amat), Anthony Craft (Monrovia), Adam Alcantara (Bishop Amat), Jamie Canada (South Hills).

Courtney Ponce interviewing Mike the Cousin

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Hacienda All-League Football: West Covina’s Chris Solomon earns player of the year


Above: West Covina’s Chris Solomon earned Hacienda player of the year award.

Hacienda All-League Football Team
Player of the year: Chris Solomon (West Covina)
Offensive player of the year: Jimmy Frazier (West Covina)
Defensive player of the year: Garrett Horine (Bonita)
First Team Offense
QB: Shane Virnala (Los Altos)
QB: Henry Omana (Diamond Bar)
RB: Justin Fa’aola (Los Altos)
RB: Aaron Salgado (West Covina)
RB: Cameron Griffin (Bonita)
RB: Terry Ford (Rowland)
TE: Ryan Ramirez (Bonita)
WR: George Katrib (Diamond Bar)
WR: Cody Lepp (Walnut)
WR: Austin Venegas (Bonita)
OL: Raul Gomez (West Covina)
OL: Ray Amaya (West Covina)
OL: George Castro (West Covina)
OL: Tony Hunyh (West Covina)
OL: Paul Ortega (Los Altos)
PK: Brian Drulias (Diamond Bar)

First Team Defense
DL: Justen Meaders (West Covina)
DL: Ryan Ramirez (Bonita)
DL: David Chatman (Diamond Ranch)
DL: George Castro (West Covina)
DL: James Hernandez (West Covina)
LB: Nick Pichotta (Bonita)
LB: Jacob Ardron (Diamond Ranch)
LB: Justin Fa’aola (Los Altos)
LB: Bradley Ojala (West Covina)
LB: Nick Todorvich (Bonita)
DB: George Katrib (Diamond Bar)
DB: Cody Lepp (Walnut)
DB: Gus Vilchis (West Covina)
DB: Terry Ford (Rowland)
DB: Austin Venegas (Bonita)

Second Team Offense
QB: Chris Mendez (Walnut)
RB: Reggie Turner (Bonita), Devin Brown (Walnut), Austin Szulczewski (Diaond Bar), Nick Gibson (Diamond Ranch).
WR: Scott Tibbs (Los Altos), Andrew Fischer (Diamond Ranch), Kyle Parisi (Walnut)
PK: Brandt Davis (Bonita)
TE: Davis Morgan (Diamond Bar)
OL: Moises Morales (Los Altos), Steven Chen (Los Altos), Chris Carrera (Diamond Bar), Blake Benjamin (Diamond Ranch), D.J. Theard (Bonita).
Second Team Defense
DL: Matt Carillo (Diamond Bar), Alan Jiminez (Los Altos), Adam Romero (West Covina), Sean Kroah (Bonita), Chris Powell (Diamond Ranch), Francisco Oritiz (Los Altos).
LB: Dorrin Turner (West Covina), Menandro Gelua (Diamond Bar), Robert Herrera (Walnut), Kennedy Brown (Diamond Bar), Victor Haro (Los Altos), Daniel Garcia (Walnut).
DB: Lonzell Barnett (West Covina), Chris Miller (Diamond Ranch), Gabe Lopez (Diamond Bar), Muleck Henderson (West Covina).

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Valle Vista All-League Football: Covina’s Vinny Venegas earns MVP honors


Above: All-purpose threat Vinny Venegas named Valle Vista League MVP.

Valle Vista All-League Football
MVP:
Vinny Venegas (Covina)
Most Valuable Offense: Sir Darius Yarbrough (Pomona)
Most Valuable Defense: Michael Todd (Pomona)
Lineman of the year: Phil Romano (Covina)
First Team Offense
QB: Billy Livingston (Covina)
WR: Justin Mason (Covina)
WR: Will Mitchell (Northview)
WR: Terrell Mosby (Pomona)
WR: George Czarnick (Wilson)
RB: Gevontray Ainsworth (Covina)
RB: Keith Bolden (Nogales)
RB: Javon Taylor (Northview)
RB: J.R. Nelson (Wilson)
TE: Samuel Guillen (Baldwin Park)
OL: David Ramirez (Covina)
OL: Chris Flores (Covina)
OL: Jared Kough (Pomona)
OL: Alec Zenner (San Dimas)
OL; Lucas Darling (San Dimas)
PK: Diego Lopez (Nogales)
First Team Defense
DB: Peter De La Cruz (Covina)
DB: Terrell Mosby (Pomona)
DB: Dillon Corona (San Dimas)
DB: J.R. Nelson (Wilson)
DL: Nick Hynes (Covina)
DL: Caesar Murilo (Covina)
DL: Jared Kough (Pomona)
DL: Oliver Mullings (Pomona)
DL: Jesse Ojeda (San Dimas)
LB: Johnny Padilla (Covina)
LB: Christian Zapata (Covina)
LB: Justin Bugh (San Dimas)
LB: Jake Barbosa (San Dimas)

Second Team Offense
WR: Eddie Gutierrez (Baldwin Park), Peter De La Cruz (Covina), Errol Romney (Nogales).
Backs: Gio Resendez (Baldwin Park), Anthony Moran (Baldwin Park), Nephi Tofiga (Nogales), Jake Payton (San Dimas), Shawn Kennedy (San Dimas), Dominic Jollevet (San Dimas).
OL: Jonathan Cannon (Baldwin Park), Julian Lujan (Nogales), Christian Rivas (Northview), Oliver Mullings (Pomona), Will Anguiano (San Dimas).
TE: Tavea Cobb (Pomona)
PK: Albert Reyes-Villaruel (Pomona)
Second Team Defense
DB: Andrew Carillo (Covina), Errol Romney (Nogales), Will Mitchell (Northview), Jake Payton (San Dimas).
DL: Samuel Guillen (Baldwin Park), Freddy Navarro (Nogales), Adam Casillas (San Dimas), Erik Montoya (San Dimas), Ramon Sierra (Wilson)
LB: Keith Bolden (Nogales), Terrance Manderville (Nogales), Roy Torres (Northview), Fabian Abraham (Pomona).

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Girls Soccer: Taylor Overstreet’s goal lifts Glendora to a 1-0 win over Walnut in Monday’s Nutcracker Classic final

Walnut and Glendora met in the final of the Walnut High School Nutrcracker Girls Soccer Classic for the second straight year, with Glendora winning 1-0 on Monday night after losing in penalty kicks to Walnut a year ago. Glendora’s Taylor Overstreet converted Amie Jepsen’s corner kick in the 26th minute and that was the difference. Glendora improved to 6-3-3. More info from the tourney was emailed to me: Glendora beat West Covina and tied South Hills in pool play, before beating Burbank easily in the quarters (3-0). In the semis, Glendora easily handled Etiwanda 3-1. Glendora dominated possession and shots on goal in the final against Walnut but settled for the 1-0 win. Glendora will play South Hills Thursday at Covina District Field at 5 p.m.

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Girls Soccer: Duran-Duran leads San Dimas past Sierra Vista 2-1 to win Ganesha tourney title

San Dimas sisters Maribel and Daisy Duran each scored and the Saints hung on to defeat Sierra Vista 2-1 to win the Ganesha tournament title on Monday. Maribel scored in the first half and Daisy made it 2-0 midway through the second half. The Dons scored late to make it closer. In the morning semifinal games, San Dimas advanced on penalty kicks against Birmingham Charter after a 2-2 tie. Sierra Vista advanced with a 3-0 win over Keppel.

By John Sherrard, Correspondent
POMONA
— The San Dimas High School girls soccer team had to work overtime in the semifinals just to get into the Ganesha Tournament championship game Monday afternoon.
But once there, the Saints, ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division 6, made sure they won in regulation as the Duran sisters, Maribel and Daisy, both scored goals, defeating a tough Sierra Vista team, 2-1.

San Dimas (9-2-1) had to come from behind in the semis against Birmingham of Van Nuys with a late penalty kick from sophomore Anette Montalvo to tie the score. After seven rounds of PKs, senior defender Lauren Toneck scored to send the Saints to the title game.

“Last year we won our own tournament and this year we took third and that was a little disappointing,” San Dimas coach Kelly Kokalis said. “So that was our thing today. We said, ‘Let’s take of this (Ganesha Tournament) one,’ so we did.”

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Merry Christmas, Tribune All-Area football team unveiled on Saturday, Christmas Eve

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune football all-area team will run on Christmas Eve (Saturday). Last year we experimented with combining it with the Star-News as part of the PrepXtra Magazine, but I got the feeling most loved the all-area team in the newspaper and our tradition of producing on or near Christmas. The All-Area team will include a player of the year, coach of the year and offensive and defensive players of the year.

Below: Check out this 2007 all-area team, led by South Hills’ player of the year, Dorian Wells.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Tribune players of the Year (1969-present)

1969 Fred McNeil, Baldwin Park RB
1970 Pat Haden, Bishop Amat QB and John McKay Jr., Bishop Amat WR
1971 Mike Vicino, Royal Oak RB
1972 Rob Hertel, Los Altos QB and Ron Himes, Walnut QB
1973 Dennis Sproul, Los Altos QB
1974 Brian Bethke, South Hills QB
1975 Richard Nyden, Azusa QB
and John Van Vuren, South Hills RB
1976 Bob Epps, West Covina DL
1977 Don Roberts, Temple City RB
1978 Ron Stivers, West Covina RB
1979 Ray McNeill, El Monte WR
and Danny Trejo, Baldwin Park WR
1980 Bill Stone, Charter Oak RB
1981 Blake Smith, Los AltosQB
and Steve Lauter, Los Altos WR
1982 Mike Smith, Los Altos QB
1983 Randy Tanner, Bishop Amat; Paul Hewitt, Monrovia
1984 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park QB
1985 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop AmatRB
1986 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop Amat RB
1987 Bill Gallis, Northview QB
1988 Jason Martin, Los Altos TE/DB
1989 Marshawn Thompson, Bassett RB
1990 Jason Patterson, Bishop Amat FB/DE
1991 Marc Ruiz, Baldwin ParkQB
1992 Lawrence Phillips, Baldwin Park RB-DB
1993 Miguel Meriwether, West Covina QB/DB
1994 Daylon McCutcheon, Bishop Amat RB/FS
1995 Oscar Interiano, Sierra Vista RB
1996 Oscar Arzu, Sierra Vista RB
1997 Nick Covarrubias, Covina QB/DB
1998 Steve Stevenson, Charter Oak WR/RB/DB
1999 Jason Wright, Diamond Bar, RB/DB
2000 – Felipe Aguilar, Los Altos, QB
2001 – Donnie McCleskey, Bishop Amat RB
2002 – Daniel Drayton, Randall Brown, Los Altos RBs/DBs
2003 – Brigham Harwell, Los Altos DE
2004 – William Wagner, Bishop Amat RB
2005 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2006 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2007 – Dorian Wells, South Hills, RB
2008 – Chris Allen, Charter Oak, RB
2009 – Adam Muema, Charter Oak, RB
2010 – Chris Solomon, West Covina, RB

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Bishop Amat girls soccer team humbled

Bishop Amat’s girls soccer team lost all three games in the Mater Dei girls soccer tournament, losing to Esperanza (2-1), San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic (4-1) and Dana Hills (3-0).

Amat, who won the Division 3 girls crown and was the preseason No. 1 in the division, dropped to 7-3-1.

The three losses equal the total numbers of losses in Amat’s the two previous years combined. Amat was 27-1-1 in 2009 and 28-2 during last year’s championship run.

“It’s a great wake-up call for us,” Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said of the poor showing. “We’ve been a little comfortable with what we’ve done. We need to get back to work and become a hungry team again.”

Amat has a non-league game at area power Sierra Vista on Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

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