Boys and Girls Soccer: Better late than never, top ten rankings coming soon; CIF rankings out today

There were no boys and girls soccer previews this year, a decision made for all our regional newspapers because we simply were overwhelmed with the winter season starting a week earlier. But that does not mean soccer coverage will suffer, especially at the Tribune, because it’s one of my favorite sports. We’ll start with boys and girls top ten rankings next week, and start covering games soon. I would encourage all coaches to update MaxPreps with rosters, results, etc, so we can all follow soccer and schedule the big games throughout the season. I would also like to hear from you, who you think are the best teams, best players and best games to cover. We also need all soccer teams to call in results for the paper and blog to 626-962-8811, ext. 2242, 2213 or email to scores@sgvn.com.

Boys Soccer standings, schedules, rosters
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Del Rey League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Girls Soccer standings, schedules, rosters
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League Standings

CIF POLLS (Only Divisions posted with area teams ranked)
Boys Soccer:
DIVISION 2

1. Valley View
2. Riverside Poly
3. Claremont
4. ML King
5. South Hills
6. Damien
7. Valenica/Placentia
8. Sunny Hills
9. Santa Ana
10. La Habra
DIVISION 5
1. Lakeside
2. Paso Robles
3. Baldwin Park
4. Granite Hills
5. Carter
6. Cajon
7. Monrovia
8. Arroyo Valley
9. Mountain View
10T. Animo Leadership
10T. El Monte

GIRLS SOCCER
DIVISION 3

1. Bishop Amat
2. Granite Hills
3. Ayala
4. Serrano
5. La Mirada
6. Yorba Linda
7. Quartz Hill
8. Righetti
9. St Lucy’s
10. Flintridge Prep
DIVISION 6
1. St Margaret’s
2. Ocean View
3. San Dimas
4. Hemet
5. La Canada
6. San Marino
7. Crean Lutheran
8. Sierra Vista
9. Tahquitz
10. South Pasadena

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Girls Hoops: Arroyo tourney starts today

Arroyo Girls Basketball Tournament
Monday’s Round-Robin

San Marino vs. Montebello, 3 p.m.
El Monte vs. Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
Glendora vs. Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Arcadia vs. La Canada, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Round-Robin
Los Altos vs. El Monte, 3 p.m.
Montebello vs. Sonora, 4:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. Arroyo, 6 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s Round-Robin
Sonora vs. San Marino, 3 p.m.
Notre Dame vs. Los Altos, 4:30 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Arcadia, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.

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Sunday Tribbin: Now that West Covina and Monrovia have won back-to-back titles, what next? Plus final Tribune and MaxPreps rankings


The CIF-Southern Section playoff divisions will be reconfigured for the 2012 and ’13 cycle, so the question is do you leave things the way they’re, with West Covina and Monrovia dominating so thoroughly and stacked for the next two years what will stop them from winning their third and fourth consecutive titles? Or do you shake things up and how do you shake things up. I would immediately switch the Del Rio and Rio Hondo, sending the Rio Hondo to the Southeast and Del Rio to the Mid-Valley. I think most would agree putting Monrovia and West Covina in the same playoff division is a first step in the short term. What do you do with the Sierra League? They should move down, not all the way to Southeast, but the Central is a start. Re-leaguing won’t start until the 2014 season, so Charter Oak and South Hills are stuck in the Sierra and will have to continue to watch other area teams win titles while they wonder what might have been had they been in the same playoff divisions with neighboring schools that voted them out of the Fishbowl to face the best-of-the-best in the Inland Empire.

Final Tribune Rankings
1. West Covina (13-1)
2. Charter Oak (10-2)
3. Bishop Amat (6-5)
4. Covina (11-2)
5. Damien (7-4)
6. Chino Hills (6-5)
7. Los Altos (8-4)
8. San Dimas (10-3)
9. Arroyo (10-2)
10. Azusa (8-4)

Final MaxPreps Rankings
1. Charter Oak (10-2)
2. West Covina (13-1)
3. Bishop Amat (6-5)
4. Chino Hills (6-5)
5. Damien (7-4)
6. Monrovia (11-3)*
7. Covina (11-2_
8. Glendora (3-7)
9. Claremont (6-4)
10. Bonita (6-5)
* Only Star-News team included to show how it stacks up against Trib teams in a computer poll.

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Monrovia pulls away in second half to win second straight Mid-Valley Division title

Game Story: The first 24 minutes was a heavyweight bout that featured an overwhelming underdog doing everything but take a physical beating.

In the midst of its first finals run since 2003, the San Gabriel High School football team traded punches with defending Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia in an epic battle Saturday that ultimately proved short-lived.

Perhaps it was only fitting that, after rolling through opponents the last three weeks with strong second-half surges, the Wildcats scored 39 consecutive points in the second half en route to a 53-14 win and back-to-back CIF-Southern Section division championships.

Inland Insider Tom Kiss and crew’s postgame highlights and interviews

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Boys Hoops: Damien loses to De La Salle in championship of Chris Vontoure Classic up north

From Baypreps.com : Down seven entering the second quarter, De La Salle outscored Damien 18-3 to take a 23-15 halftime lead on their way to a 43-39 win for their 13th Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic championship in the last 14 seasons. Elliott Pitts scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in that second quarter and was named the tournament’s MVP. Jared Dizon had 13 to lead Damien.

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Prep Digest: Bishop Amat loses in championship of Covina tournament, plus tournament results from all over the Valley

Bishop Amat falls in Covina tournament title game: The Bishop Amat girls basketball team gave a bigger, faster, stronger, more experienced and more athletic Santiago squad everything it could handle before running out of gas late in the fourth quarter.
The Sharks (8-0) outscored the Lancers 16-2 in the last 4:45 of the game to clinch the Covina Tip Off Tournament championship with a 55-39 victory at Covina on Saturday night.

SATURDAY’S TOURNAMENT RESULTS
BOYS BASKETBALL
Arroyo Invitational

Championship
Montclair 53, La Canada 43

Jody Smith scored 12 points and Bobby Talamantes added 10 to lead the Cavaliers to the tournament title. Garrett Masada scored 20 points to lead the Aztecs. Also coming up big for Keppel was Cameron Wong with 13 points.
Third-place game
Keppel 52, Arcadia 42
Arcadia was led in scoring by Jeffrey Radzwill with 16 points.
Fifth place
Wilson 45, Bishop Amat 41
Matthew Ng scored 11 points and Brandon Miramontes had 10 for Wilson in the victory. Taylor Olvera hit six 3-pointers and finished with a total of 18 points for Bishop Amat.
Seventh-place game
La Salle 66, South El Monte 19
Jordan Hill was the leading scorer for La Salle with 15 points and Steffen Ghantous chipped in with 10 for the Lancers.
11th-place game
Arroyo 66, La Puente 45

Primitivo Gomez led the way for Arroyo with 29 points.

Charter Oak Tournament
Third-place game
Ayala 55, San Gorgonio 28

Josh Ramirez scored 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and added eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Jared Ponce scored 14 points for Ayala.

De La Salle Tournament
Championship
De La Salle 43, Damien 39

Elliot Pitts led De La Salle with 22 points to secure the tournament title.
Jared Dizon made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for the Spartans.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Covina Tournament
13th-place game
Arroyo 52, Charter Oak 47

Arroyo (3-2) was led in scoring by Michelle Trieu with 14 points and Jessica Lupercio added 12 points. Marissa Suarez and Allison Strycula each had 13 points for Charter Oak (3-3).

La Habra Tournament
Championship
Workman 82, La Habra 65

Evelyn Herrera had 22 points and Jessica Mora 17 for Workman. Denis Gonzalez and Essence Pineda each had 14 points for the Lobos.

Azusa Tournament
Championship
Friday’s result
Rosemead 57, Los Altos 52

Rosemead (3-1) was led by Karina Brito with 18 points and seven rebounds. Veronica Areyaga had 20 points for Los Altos who drop to 2-3.

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Now, about the venue ….

First, Cal Hi turned out to be a great atmosphere for Friday’s Southeast championship game, but then again, I got to enjoy it from the field with my press pass, far different than the experience of paid customers. Cal Hi simply wasn’t big enough and the parking was absolutely terrible for a championship event. Fans parked as far a mile away, and there were hundreds of fans who had to stand along the fences near both end zones because there weren’t enough seats. If I were to guess, this was a 5,500 seat stadium that crammed at least 7,000 inside the gates. If you’re going to sell that many tickets, you should have seats available for everyone. We thought it was a mistake for CIF to allow the game to be played there for all these reasons, and we were absolutely right.

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West Covina finishes one of most dominating postseason runs ever with 84-21 blowout to win its second straight Southeast Division title

West Covina finished one of the most dominating playoff runs in history with a CIF-Southern Section record 84 points — the most ever in an (11-man) championship game by beating helpless La Serna 84-21. And the field was supposed to slow them down? Chris Solomon and Jimmy Frazier each scored three touchdowns for the back-to-back champions, who almost certainly will probably be moved from the Southeast Division after this. Think about it, West Covina won its four playoff games by 30, 43, 39 and 63 points, and averaged 60 points a game in the playoffs! What made tonight’s 84 points so incredible is that the Bulldogs did it with only three pass plays and a running clock in the fourth. Just insane. Like I told Aram, have never seen a team this dominant in the playoffs from start to finish. And I bet if you go back in the history books, it could be the most dominant start-to-finish playoff performance ever. Check back in the morning for the Inland Insider’s highlights and postgame interviews.

Aram’s Column: Dominant isn’t a strong enough word to describe it. In fact, rather than use words, how about I suggest you think of the image of a lion hunting down a three-legged gazelle to eat for dinner.


West Covina championship photo gallery

Game Story
By Steve Ramirez, staff writer
WHITTIER
– La Serna High School, after advancing to the CIF-Southern Section finals for the first time since 1968, is considered to be the Cinderella team of the Southeast Division football playoffs. The clock struck midnight on Friday.

Chris Solomon rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns and Jimmy Frazier had 83 and scored three touchdowns, including a 86-yard kickoff return and West Covina won the division title for the second consecutive season with an 84-21 victory over the Lancers at
California High School.

The Bulldogs (13-1), which had seven touchdown plays of 40 yards or more, scored the most points in an 11-man CIF-SS divisional final, eclipsing J.W. North, which had 67 in the Eastern Division championship game in 2007. Black Fox scored 94 points in six-man football in 1966.

La Serna, which received 140 yards passing and a touchdown from sophomore Frankie Palmer, finished 10-4.

“We came out hard and got on the board fast,” said West Covina coach Mike Maggiore, who won his third CIF-SS title after wins by the Bulldogs last season and in 2004. “Our defense was flying around, they made a couple of mistakes and we capitalized.

“We’ve been getting better as a football team all year. We wanted toplay our best in the last game of the year, and we did.”

But the turning point came during La Serna's first three possessions, after the Lancers had a fumble, interception and a blocked punt.

West Covina, which rushed for 298 yards, turned all three into touchdowns. Solomon, after OJ Medina fumbled at his own 27, needed just one play,running it in from there for a 7-0 lead with the game less than a minute old.

Lonzel Barnett followed with a blocked punt at the La Serna' 19, which led to a 14-yard pass from Chris Caballero to Aaron Salgado to make it 14-0 at 7:41.

Frazier, after Gus Vilchis intercepted a Palmer pass and returned it to the La Serna' 30, made it 21-0 with a 27-yard run at 5:17.

"They took it too us," La Serna coach Margarito Beltran said. "There's not much else to say. They did a heck of a job preparing, and they beat us. Plain and simple.

"You can't turn the ball over. Not against these guys. They're a very good team."

La Serna, which had a minus-5 yards on its first three possessions, then had it's only positive moment of the half. Medina, who had rushed for 400 yards during the first three playoff games before being held to 12 on Friday, turned the momentum a bit with a 48-yard
kickoff return to the West Covina' 48.

Palmer then caught a 14-yard option pass from running back Nicholas McCarty to Palmer set up the Lancers at the 2. Medina took it in from there to make it 28-7 on the final play of the first quarter.

But the joy was short-lived.

Frazier followed with his 86-yard kickoff return to swing all the energy back to the Bulldogs and give them a 35-7 lead.

"I would have never thought we would have won by that many points," Frazier said. "It was a great win."

Solomon followed a Palmer fumble with a 17-yard run to make it 42-7 at 9:38 of the second quarter. Solomon then passed 68 yards to Burnett to make it 49-7 at halftime.

West Covina, getting a 53-yard run by Salgado for a touchdown and a 47-yard interception return for a score, continued to shower the Lancers with a rain of big plays in the second half to lead 70-21 after three quarters before going up 84-21 late in the fourth.

"I have to congratulate West Covina," Beltran said. "They are a great team. I'm also proud of my boys for getting this far.

"It's not an easy loss to take, but there has to be a winner and a loser and tonight we came out on the short end."



Fox Sports Replay of the Southeast Championship….


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Boys Hoops: Damien to face Concord De La Salle in championship, also on live stream tonight at 7

Damien (4-0) remained unbeaten with a 71-57 seminal win up north over Deer Valley on Friday in the Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic. Jared Dizon scored a game-high 23 points and Chris Reyes chipped in with 19. The Spartans advance to tonight’s championship against Northern power Concord De La Salle (3-0) at 7 p.m. You can watch tonight’s game live on bay.preps.com

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Stunning News: Duarte parts way with coach Tip Sanders, issues press release explanation … Could Muir be next for Tip?

Duarte High School released the following in regards to coach Tip Sanders not returning after his best season with the Falcons, going 6-3. Defensive coordinator Jason Martin will take over.

Presser: Duarte High School announces that after three seasons with the Duarte High School Football Team, Coach Lavell “Tip” Sanders has passed the baton on to his Defensive Coordinator Jason Martin. Coach Tip hired Coach Jason Martin prior to the 2010 season and has been grooming him to be his replacement. Coach Tip and Coach Martin have worked closely together for the last two years. Coach Tip has offered his full support to Coach Martin in the transition. Coach Tip will continue to work at Duarte High School as a Safety and Behavior Support Assistant. Duarte High School is grateful for the hard work and perseverance Coach Tip has displayed in rebuilding the DHS Football program. (To continue click thread).

Muir next for Tip? Assuming Sanders was not hired back because the school wants to “go in a different direction,” Muir seems like a great fit for Tip. Muir needs a walk-on coach and he’s the best walk-on they could find. The man does so much with so little, I can only imagine what he would do with a collection of talent that Muir provides.
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Mt. SAC goes for another CCCAA football title

Mt. San Antonio College goes for its third consecutive CCCAA state title today, facing NoCal champ City College of San Francisco at 12:30 p.m. I’m up here for the game, and you can follow my twitter updates through my stat app below.

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Prep Digest: Chris Reyes scores 18 and grabs 14 rebounds in Damien’s win over Fairfield; Lutheran crushes Chino by 63 points!

BOYS BASKETBALL
Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista
Tournament Consolation bracket
Baldwin Park 53, Azusa 36

Baldwin Park (4-1) was led by Alexis Brown, who scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Danny Lopez chipped in with 12 points and Alex Delgado had 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Azusa was led by Jordan Brown, who scored 21 points.

De La Salle Tournament
First round
Damien 60, Fairfield 48

Chris Reyes scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Damien (3-0) past Fairfield. Clayton White came up big with 14 points and nine assists.

Nonleague
La Verne Lutheran 87, Chino 24
Grant Jarrett led the way with 25 points and McKay Anderson added 13.
Eric Cooper Jr. finished 12 points as La Verne Lutheran remained undefeated at 5-0 while Chino is now 0-1.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Nonleague
Gladstone 46, Gabrielino 36

The Gladiators received an outstanding performance from Alex Cano who scored a game-high 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals.

GIRLS SOCCER
Nonleague
Sierra Vista 7, Baldwin Park 0

Jessica Lopez scored two goals for the Dons, with both assists coming from Daisey Ruiz, and Magali Moreno added two goals with an assist from Jessica Lopez and Jasmine Loera to lead Sierra Vista.

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Smokin’ J. Frazier is another big reason West Covina is shooting for second straight title

Southeast Division Championship
Who: West Covina (12-1) vs. La Serna (9-4)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where California High School, Whittier

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
There was no panic in the West Covina High School football team when standout running back Chris Solomon went down with an ankle injury in the first game of this season against Covina. With Jimmy Frazier around to fill the void, why would anybody panic? Solomon, the Tribune’s reigning Player of the Year, is hardly the type of player a team can simply replace. That is unless you’re West Covina and you have another outstanding ballcarrier like Frazier waiting in the wings.
For the Bulldogs, who are aiming for a second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship on Friday night, Frazier may well be considered the team’s MVP. When Solomon went down, it was Frazier who picked up most of the slack and put together a pretty impressive season by rushing for 1,537 yards and 18 touchdowns.
And there’s still one game to be played, so Frazier will likely add to those numbers. The Bulldogs take on La Serna at California High on Friday night at 7 for the division championship.
“It hasn’t been a surprise to any of us,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said of Frazier’s play. “We knew what he was capable of. He’s just a natural running back.
“He kept us going while Solomon was hurt. Now we have both of them and they just kind of take turns.” (To continue click thread)

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Prep Digest: Your daily roundup of boys and girls soccer, basketball and wrestling

Bonita rallies to beat Covina: The Bearcats (3-0) showed they have reloaded as they went on a 13-0 run to begin the third quarter, overcoming a six-point halftime deficit, and coasted to a 49-39 win over Covina in a second-round game of the Covina Tip Off Tournament on Wednesday night.

Covina Girls Hoops Tournament semifinals
Friday’s schedule

Santiago vs. Bonita, 6:30 p.m.
Roosevelt vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s results
BOYS BASKETBALL
Charter Oak Tournament
Pool play
Ayala 40, La Serna 37

Jared Ponce’s 3-pointer from the right corner proved to be the deciding basket in the Bulldogs’ win over the Lancers.
Ponce finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
Sean McMullen of Ayala (3-1) led all scorers with 18 points, on six 3-pointers, and pulled down five rebounds.

El Rancho Tournament
Pool play
Northview 81, Sunny Hills 67

Treavon Francis led the Vikings (5-0) with 40 points and Nick Fuentes added 23 points.
James Cunnigan chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds to aid Northview’s win.

Nonleague
Summit 54, Glendora 53
The Tartans (5-1) led at the half 25-24 behind the scoring of Kyle Gordon (17 points) but weren’t able to hold on for the win.
Steven Hernandez and Wesley Burke added 10 points each for Glendora.

Mountain View 49, Duarte 32
Behind Elijah Morales’ 17 points and five rebounds, the Vikings (4-1) defeated the Falcons (0-1). Jonathan Almanza chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds for Mountain View.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Azusa Tournament
Pool play
Rosemead 48, St. Lucy’s 29

Melody Gauthier led the Panthers (1-1) with 13 points.
Carrie Morris had a team-high 13 points to go with four steals, three rebounds and three assists to lead the Cubs’ win over the Regents. Erika Lin added 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal for Mayfield.

Covina Tournament
Second round
Bishop Amat 48, West Covina 25

The Lancers’ Paulina Santana scored a team-high 12 points, while Michelle Yamamoto added 10 points and six steals.
Also contributing for Bishop Amat was Leeah Powell with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Consolation bracket
South Hills 54, Arroyo 33

Imani Payton was the leading scorer for the Huskies (2-2) with 19 points and Brittany Wang contributed seven points and seven assists.

South El Monte Tournament
Second round
Glendora 54, Mission 17

Casie Lowden led the Tartans (4-1) with 20 points and Olivia Haybern added 10 points.
Kika Preciado was high scorer for Mission with six points.

GIRLS SOCCER
Nonleague
Chino Hills 3, Corona Centennial 1

Cody Fisher had two goals and Michael Montoya added the game-winner for the Huskies (1-0-2).

San Dimas 5, Bonita 0
The Saints (3-0-1) received goals from Lindsey Toneck, Maribel Duran, Jeanette Jimenez, Daisy Duran, and Audrey Vasquez in their victory over the Bearcats.
San Dimas goalkeeper Berlyn Pedroza recorded 11 saves.

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Southeast Notebook: West Covina coach Mike Maggiore explains why Cal is not a great site for a CIF title, but also says, “We’ll play them anywhere.”

BREAKING UPDATE After CIF officials toured Cal Hi on Wednesday, they approved the site for Friday’s game.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
After some deliberation, the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division football championship game between West Covina and La Serna will be played at California High in Whittier. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on Friday. La Serna, which plays its home games at California, was urged by West Covina to move the site of the game to an alternate site nearby, but the Lancers would not budge because of a preference to play on a grass surface.
“To my understanding, their coach wants to play on their home field,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “The biggest thing is the surface. Cal High is mostly dirt. There’s not very much green when you see it on film. They think it’s to their advantage and it’s their home game so they have the right to do that.
“Our biggest thing was that Cal High only holds 4,000 people, 1,500 on our side and 2,500 on their side. I just think we’re probably going to have closer to 7,000 people at the game. It’s the only game around and we travel really well and I think they’re going to have more people than they think also.”

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Wrestling: Downey beats West Covina in meeting between defending CIF champions

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Correspondent
WEST COVINA
- Arguably the biggest factor in Tuesday’s wrestling showdown between reigning CIF team champions Downey and West Covina was the Bulldogs’ football program. West Covina plays in Friday night’s CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game, and six wrestlers are on the roster. Visiting Downey took advantage of four West Covina forfeits and used those 24 team points to outlast the feisty Bulldogs 48-30.

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Prep Digest: Bonita pounds Santa Fe and Amat rolls over La Puente plus many other scores

Bonita beats Santa Fe in El Rancho tourney: For most high school boys basketball teams, December is a time for transition and finding themselves. Bonita showed Tuesday it’s a little bit farther ahead in the game than Pioneer.
Jeff Nelson scored 13 points and Tony Digirolamo had 10 to lead the Bearcats to a 56-27 victory over the Titans in a pool-play game at the 18th annual Blue Pride Classic at El Rancho High.

Host Arroyo loses to La Salle: The visiting Lancers’ trapping defense created havoc for the Knights and La Salle cruised to a 53-31 victory in pool play of the 54th annual Arroyo Invitational basketball tournament on Tuesday night.

PREP DIGEST: Bishop Amat cruised to a 52-43 win over La Puente in the Arroyo tournament. For a roundup of all Tuesday scores, click the link

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La Serna wins early battle over West Covina, Southeast championship on Friday at California High School

UPDATE — CIF officials will visit Cal Hi on Wednesday to look a the field conditions and facilities before giving the green light.

West Covina’s Southeast championship against La Serna will be at California High School on Friday at 7 p.m., where La Serna normally plays its home games. At Monday’s luncheon, West Covina argued against playing at Cal Hi because of the limited seating on the visitors side, plus the field isn’t in the greatest condition. Miguel Melendez covered La Serna’s win over Muir at Cal Hi last week and Melendez said it was one of the worst fields he’s seen all year. A dry, dirty bumpy surface with barely any grass left. There also is no press box, so not sure whether we’ll be able to do a Coveritlive. According to Steve Ramirez, La Serna agreed to provide extra bleachers for West Covina fans, so CIF approved the site. La Serna wanted Cal Hi for another reason too, to keep the Bulldogs off an artificial surface. La Serna High School athletic director Steve Hemenway said that Cal High as of now seats 5,000 and they will bring in extra bleachers between 500-800. “The biggest thing is are their enough seats,” Hemenway said. “We are bringing in extra seats to accommodate about 500-800, which should put us about 5,500.” That means roughly 2,500 to 2,800 seats for West Covina fans. What a shame, last year’s game at Walnut was packed and in the neighborhood of 6 to 7,000 fans. West Covina pushed for La Serna to use nearby La Mirada because its stadium holds roughly 10,000. But it had an artificial surface. In other words, the field conditions were too good to host the game.

Below: Video highlights from La Serna’s win over Muir. You can see just how bad the field looks. Terrible.

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West Covina playing for second straight title; La Serna in title game for first time since 1967

By Fred J. Robledo
LONG BEACH
- La Serna High School was such an unlikely visitor at Monday’s CIF-Southern Section football champions luncheon in Long Beach that when Fox Sports’ Chris McGee introduced them, he called them the Bearcats instead of the Lancers. La Serna (10-3), a third-place finisher from the Del Rio League, dominated Muir 28-3 in the Southeast Division semifinals to advance to Friday’s championship against defending champion and top-seeded West Covina (12-1), which routed all three playoff opponents, including La Mirada 63-34 in the semifinals. (To Continue click thread)

La Serna making first trip to finals since 1967: Forty-four years is a long time, but for La Serna High football fans it’s been worth the wait. La Serna is returning to a CIF-Southern Section title game for the first time since 1967. The Lancers, thanks to their 28-3 upset of Muir last Friday, will meet West Covina on Friday night for the Southeast Division title.

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Fox Sports showing all 13 CIF-SS football championships games on TV or web

Fox Sports’ Prep Zone is showing all 13 CIF-SS football championship games. The Southeast championship between West Covina and La Serna will be shown on Friday, and the Mid-Valley Division on Saturday between Monrovia and San Gabriel. Both games will be shown live on FoxSportsWest.com and are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Note: West Covina and La Serna still deciding on the site for the championship game. La Serna wanted to play at Cal Hi, but the Bulldogs want the game moved. It appears that either La Mirada or Fulleton High School will host the game.

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