Soccer Shocker: St. Lucy’s knocks off Flintridge Sacred Heart, ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN

St. Lucy’s pulled off the shocker of the soccer season so far, beating ESPN’s No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Flintridge Sacred Heart, 1-0, at Occidental College on Saturday. The Regents’ Shannon Kent scored the lone goal in the 70th minute on a pass from Victoria Camaj. The Tologs were without starting defenders Alexa Montgomery and Katelyn Almeida for the first half of Saturday’s game because of missing practice, but even so, FSHA is so deep and talented that making excuses is meaningless. from what I hear St. Lucy’s had them rattled. FSHA had a red-card and some yellow’s to go with it. I don’t care who they were missing, FSHA has NINE players going D-1. Even if two starters didn’t start, they still field a stacked team of D-1 prospects. For St. Lucy’s, Camaj is a super player, she was injured last year but her return will mean great things for St. Lucy’s the rest of the way.

FSHA celebrating one of their many titles ..

Here is what ESPN wrote while tagging FSHA No. 1:
The stats are simply staggering. Flintridge-Sacred Heart returns almost its entire starting lineup from last year’s 22-2-2 team that came one win shy of a POWERADE FAB 50 national title. Nine players have already committed to NCAA Division I programs, highlighted by Katie Johnson (Southern Cal), Breanna Koemans (Northeastern), Tera Trujillo (New Mexico) and junior Kayla Mills (Southern Cal). Johnson, Mills and Trujillo have U.S. Youth National Team experience. Koemans was the local player of the year in 2009 and Johnson, following a 23-goal, 12-assist season, won the honor in 2010. To put this team’s talent in perspective, Flintridge-Sacred Heart will have more Division I signees in the starting lineup than the winter-playing states of Hawaii, Louisiana and Mississippi – combined! That said, three of those signees, including Johnson, who is recovering from an ACL injury, will be sidelined by injury to start the season.

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Sierra Vista beats power Salesian 1-0 to win inaugural boys soccer tournament

Sierra Vista won the inaugural Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park boys soccer tournament on Saturday, beating power Salesian 1-0 in the championship at Sierra Vista High School.

Dons sophomore defender Osvaldo Castro scored off a corner kick with 15 minutes left to seal the deal, converting a loose ball while fighting for position on the corner.

Sierra Vista beat Long Beach Wilson in the semifinals 2-1, completing a big weekend for coach Jose Rodriguez, who team improved to 5-2-1.

Baldwin Park, missing several starters because of injuries, lost to Salesian 3-1 in the semifinals, then lost the third-place game to Long Beach Jordan, 4-3.

“It was such a great tournament,” Rodriguez said. “With Salesian, Baldwin Park and some of the teams in our tournament, I knew by the end of it we would know where we’re at in terms of level of play.

“Salesian touches the ball around so well, but we had a game-plan and we played great on the defensive end. It was a big win for us, this gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Bishop Amat “Hit and Run” Baseball Camp Dec. 27-29 at Bishop Amat High School

Bishop Amat’s Hit and Run Baseball Camp info…

What: A holiday baseball camp for youth ages 5-14 (k-8th grade)
When: December 27-29th, 2011
Time : 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Bishop Amat Baseball Field
Campers Receive: Every camper will receive excellent professional instruction on a personal level and a camp t-shirt. Live games will be played.
Director: Andy Nieto-Head Baseball Coach at Bishop Amat.
Fee: The cost of the camp is $150. Checks should be payable to “Hit and Run Baseball”
To Sign Up: Email Leave your name, phone number, and t-shirt size.
Questions: Any questions you can call the camp line 626-818-3142
What to bring:Campers should wear baseball attire. Bring your own cleats, bat, batting gloves, helmet, and catcher’s gear. Campers should bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch (snack bar will be available).

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Boys Hoops: Chris Reyes leads Damien to 66-45 win over Northview in Saturday’s championship

By Tyler Drohan
After upsetting Pride of the Foothills tournament host Glendora High School in the semifinals on Friday night, the Northview boys basketball team was looking for a similar result against Damien. But the Vikings simply had no answer for Spartans senior Chris Reyes in the tournament final on Saturday night.

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Northview to host baseball camp; instructors to include Pedroza brothers and 2008 All-CIF-SS players Elias and Williams

Northview High School will host a three-day baseball camp on Dec. 27-29.
The camp, which costs $30, will also be a homecoming of sorts for Pedroza brothers, Sergio, Jaime and Richy, along with 2008 CIF-Southern Section Division IV Player of the Year Aaron Elias and 2008 All-CIF catcher Robert Williams..
Sergio Pedroza was a high school All-American at Northview and was Big West Conference MVP during his three seasons with Cal State Fullerton, including helping the Titans to the 2004 national title. He is in the Miami Marlins organization. Jaime Pedroza, currently in the Dodgers organization, was All-CIF-SS at Northview and first team All-Big West at UC Riverside, with Richy Pedroza a starting shortstop for Fullerton this upcoming season. Elias, who helped Northview win the 2008 Division IV title, is playing at Jacksonville State. Williams is playing at Macalester University in Minnesota.
Northview coach Darren Murphy will be the lead instructor for the camp, which will include instruction on a variety of baseball drills. The importance of academics will also be discussed.
The camp will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.
More information is available via e-mail at or by calling (626) 646-6132.

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Damien beats Don Lugo and Northview beats Glendora to punch tickets into Pride of the Foothills championship game on Saturday night …

Northview 55, Glendora 42 — Treavon Francis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Northview used a 15-0 run to start the second half to beat host Glendora. The Vikings trailed 30-23 at halftime, but limited Glendora to just 12 points for the entire second half.

Damien 85, Don Lugo 80 — Frosh guard Jeremy Hemsley scored 25 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer with just over a minute to play to tie the game at 77-77. Damien finished with an 11-0 run after trailing by six entering the fourth and by as many as 10 in the fourth. Chris Reyes also had 25 points for the Spartans.

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Boys Hoops: South Hills’ 6-foot-9 senior Korey Serna scores 21 points with 20 rebounds in Huskies’ title win over Temple City

By Keith Lair
The gawky sophomore of two years ago is a big, strapping senior now.
South Hills High School’s Korey Serna is 6-foot-9 and still growing. He was cut from the Huskies’ basketball program as a sophomore. On Thursday night, he led South Hills to a convincing 48-36 victory over Temple City in the championship game of the Azusa Tournament.
“I’ll never stop growing,” said Serna, who grew three inches between last season and this season. “I’m eating my vegetables and drinking my milk. I have two inches left in me.”
Serna had a game-high 21 points and 20 rebounds and was named the tournament MVP.
“He had an outstanding tournament,” South Hills coach Paul Reed said. “(Assistant coach) Mike Sullivan worked out with Korey for three years to get him here. He came around and worked hard every day. He’s had a great season thus far.” Serna is averaging 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.

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Toy Drive and Baseball at Orangewood Park this weekend; Gano honored with lifetime achievement award

The inaugural West Covina Christmas Classic “Toy Drive and and Fundraiser” baseball tournament is at Orangewood Park in West Covina on Saturday and Sunday, which features some of the best seventh and eighth-grade baseball players around. Area fans are encouraged to stop by Orangewood Park over the weekend to donate toys and enjoy baseball. On Sunday at 2 p.m., the organization will honor Damien coach Greg Gano with a lifetime achievement award. Also expected to attend is West Covina mayor Mike Touhey, the West Covina H.S. marching band and members from the West Covina fire department. The championship game will start at 3 p.m., and throwing out the first pitch is Gano’s daughter, Courtney Gano, a softball standout at the University of Washington and Bishop Amat’s CIF baseball player of the year Rio Ruiz.

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Boys Hoops: Damien, Alta Loma, Glendora, Northview in semifinals of Pride of the Foothills Tournament

The Pride of the Foothills Tournament is inching closer to a dream final between Damien and Glendora, which could happen Saturday night at Glendora. First, Damien must get past Don Lugo and Glendora past Northview in Friday’s semifinals at Glendora, which are 6 and 7:30 p.m., respecitvely. Friday’s semifinal between Northview and Glendora matches the two longest tenured coaches in the San Gabriel Valley, Glendora’s Mike LeDuc and Northview’s Ron Rice.

Game Preview: Glendora High School’s Mike LeDuc and Northview’s Ron Rice are the longest-tenured boys basketball coaches in the San Gabriel Valley with over 1,300 wins between them.

Rice’s coaching career started in 1971 and LeDuc, with over 700 wins, started in the early 1980s and has won four CIF-Southern Section titles with the Tartans. The longtime coaches will meet tonight in the semifinals of the Pride of the Foothills boys basketball tournament at Glendora High School After Damien (6-1) faces Don Lugo (6-2) in the 6 p.m. semifinal, Glendora (8-1) and Northview will follow at 7:30.

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Damien 61, Workman 49
Don Lugo 64, Brea 55
Northview 49, Bishop Amat 43
Glendora 58, Walnut 39
Friday’s semifinals at Glendora High School
Damien vs. Don Lugo, 6 p.m.
Northview vs. Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Championship, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

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Girls Hoops: Bishop Amat crushes Sierra Vista, will meet Arcadia in Friday’s semifinals

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
One night after shooting 2 for 26 from 3-point range, the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team went back to basics and quickly dispatched of Sierra Vista with a 51-22 win in the final round of pool play at the Arroyo Tournament on Wednesday. Amat didn’t concern itself as much with the outside shot, instead preferring to take the ball inside and find opportunities closer to the basket. Led by point guard Michelle Yamamoto’s team-high 11 points, the Lancers found things much easier by hitting cutters to the basket rather than opting for open shooters.

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Boys Hoops: Covina falls to Temple City 49-48 in pool play of the Azusa tournament

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Temple City High School’s Felix Awujo made the most of his shot opportunities. Covina did not. Awujo, who did not arrive until the end of the third quarter because of a doctor’s appointment, scored back-to-back baskets and Covina’s Edgardo Campos and Mike Peters saw their shot attempts go in and out with seconds to play. The result was a 49-48 Temple City victory in an Azusa Tournament pool-play championship game on Wednesday evening. The Rams will play for the tournament title tonight.

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Recruting: Chris Solomon, Travis Santiago, Jamie Canada, Justin Meaders among those looking to play football at the next level

By Aram Tolegian
Several of the area’s top football recruits have turned their attention on securing a place to play next season. West Covina’s Chris Solomon, the Tribune’s Player of the Year in 2010, has offers from Colorado, Arizona State, Arizona, Nevada and possibly Oregon State. Bulldogs head coach Mike Maggiore also believes UCLA and Washington are close to making offers.

Maggiore said Solomon will take his recruiting visits in the coming weeks.

West Covina has several other players whose stock is on the rise. Defensive end Justen Meaders has no official offers yet, but Maggiore said Montana is very interested along with Eastern Washington and San Jose State.

Linebacker Dorrin Turner broke the Bulldogs’ record for tackles in a season and, along with running back Jimmy Frazier, is catching the eyes of recruiters.

Turner has interest from Portland State, Sacramento State and UC Davis. Frazier is drawing looks from Stonybrook, New Mexico State and Eastern Washington.

"He wasn't on the radar at the beginning of the season, but he's got a tremendous highlight film now," Maggiore said of Frazier, who averaged 14 yards per carry this season.

"They can both play at the next level. They just continued to improve throughout the year. They're both good students and they have a lot more room for growth physically. The ceiling is high on both of them."

Down the street at South Hills, there are no official offers yet for running back Jamel Hart and receiver/defensive back Jamie Canada, but Huskies head coach Steve Bogan expects that to change soon.

“Both will sign somewhere,” Bogan said. “Both are qualifiers. There should be no glitches there. Arizona State was high on both of them, but all that went into flux when they fired their coach. We have phone calls and guys coming to look at films, like San Diego State and San Jose State.”

Canada was hurt by missing his all-important junior season because of injury. But he had a dynamite senior year at receiver and caught 50 passes for 1,019 yards and 12 touchdowns. Hart rushed for 1,315 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Canada’s older brother Jordan is playing at Montana and is trying to lure his brother to join him, Bogan said. Villanova is another school of interest for Canada.

Charter Oak annually sends out a nice group of next-level talents. This year should be no different.

Quarterback Travis Santiago’s outstanding senior season has attracted the interest of UCLA interim head coach Michael Johnson, who played locally at Baldwin Park. But with UCLA recently hiring Jim L. Mora as its new head coach, Johnson’s status at the school is up in the air.

Plus, he’s in the running to be the next head coach at Akron where he played his college ball.

“He’s told Travis he’s taking him with him wherever he goes,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said of Johnson. “So, we’ll see what happens. Travis might have a good baseball season and get drafted. He wants to go to UCLA and he’s doing everything he can to go there.”

Other schools that have expressed in Santiago are Azusa Pacific, Sacramento State, Colorado, Western New Mexico, Idaho, Portland State, Fresno State and Montana State

Farrar reported 6-foot-5 receiver Chris Gilchrist has an offer from Sacramento State and interest “from everywhere,” including Iowa State, Colorado State and Idaho.

Jonathan Thropay’s impressive season at safety for the Chargers is garnering plenty of recruiting looks. Farrar said Navy looks like the favorite, but Colgate is in the mix. Farrar expects even more interest in Thropay in the coming weeks.

Chargers lineman Louis Oliva has interest from APU and University of La Verne, among others. Meanwhile, fellow Charger Daniel Johnson is getting looks from Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, Sacramento State and UC Davis.

Diamond Ranch all-purpose standout Andrew Fischer suffered through an injury plagued senior season but was impressive when healthy.

Because of Fischer’s academic prowess, he’s likely headed for Harvard.

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Chris Rix Christmas Combine for QBs, WRs and DBs on Saturday at West Covina HS.

What: Chris Rix Christmas Combine
When: Saturday, December 17th, 2011
Who: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs. TOP GUN Division for HS and College players will run from 9am-12pm. YOUNG GUN Division for athletes from ages 8-13 will run from 1pm-3pm.
Where: West Covina High School-ThybergField
Cost: The cost is $30. There are scholarships opportunities available for families in need. Part of the proceeds from the camp will go to charity for the holiday season.

To register call (626) 646-9594 or (626) 872-0068 and also email athlete info to

“It’s the Christmas season. My vision is to provide a fun and inexpensive opportunity for players from the San Gabriel Valley to come out and compete in the great game of football one more time before Christmas break,” Rix said in a press release. “I realize most of them won’t be in this kind of environment again until spring ball. This is for skill players who can’t get enough football, want to continue to grow in their craft and have fun doing it. Football is a game and games are supposed to be fun. ”

“I want this camp to be one every athlete can attend. If a family cannot realistically afford the cost of the camp, they can bring an unopened toy that will be donated to a needy family for Christmas and I will happily scholarship their son.”

Rix’s vision is for the ‘Christmas Combine’ to turn into an annual event. He plans to expand the combine to other positions in the future.

Chris Rix will lead the camp along with his coaching staff from Champion Training Academy.

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Prep Digest: Arroyo girls hold La Canada to 28 points and still lose; South Hills boys hoops win

Arroyo girls fall to La Canada in Arroyo Tourney round-robin game: The La Canada High girls basketball team held on to defeat Arroyo 28-24 in Pool `B’ play of the 17th Annual Lady Knights Christmas Classic on Tuesday despite a severely depleted roster and scoring a single point in the fourth quarter.

Azusa Tournament

South Hills 64, El Monte 30
South Hills (6-3) was led by Chris Porter with 10 points and Steven Rubin-Woods pitched in with nine. Leading the Lions (1-7) was Johnny Casillas with nine points.
Pride of the Foothills Tournament
Second round
Baldwin Park 66, Alta Loma 50

Alexis Baron led the Braves with 20 points and added seven rebounds. Alex Delgado had 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and Danny Lopez contributed 11 points.
Damien 60, San Dimas 35
Damien’s (6-1) Chris Reyes led the Spartans with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Leading San Dimas was Reggie Brown, who scored 15 points.

Muir 74, Arcadia 51

Papurs Mayberry scored 15 points to lead Muir. Kevin Polk contributed 14 points. Leading Arcadia (0-1) was Jeff Razzwell with 14 points.
Arroyo 55, San Marino 53
The Knights (3-7) were led by Primitivo Gomez with a career-high 34 points. He also pulled down 13 rebounds. Leading San Marino (6-3) was Johnathan Hwang with 21 points.
Arroyo head coach Carlos Barajas said, “Good team win. We were down 22-9 after the first quarter but made some adjustments playing a better team defense the last three quarters resulting in today’s win.”

Montview League
Gladstone 5, Ganesha 4

Gladstone edged Ganesha behind the scoring effort of two unassisted goals by Jorge Urieta with Kalin Valverde adding a goal on an assist from Jorge Mota. The Gladiators also got a goal from Melvin Villalva. Gladstone improved to 3-1-1 and 1-0 in league.

Duarte 3, Bassett 2
The Falcons were led by Edgar Leon with two goals. Miguel Martinez had the other.

Montview League
Sierra Vista 3, Azusa 0

The Dons (2-0-1, 1-0) defeated Aztecs (2-2, 0-1) behind Daisy Ruiz, who scored two goals, and Jessica Lopez, who had the other.

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