Rumors: Could Big VIII be leaving the Inland? Could the Serra leave the Pac-5?

I asked a Sierra League athletic director what the chances are of the Sierra League leaving the Inland Division and he indicated the Sierra would likely stay where it is, and that the Big VIII could be moving on, say the Pac-5? I’m not sure how the dominoes would fall or who would leave the Pac-5 to make that happen, but that’s one of the rumors floating out there. CIF is expected to announce the new 2012-13 playoff divisions this spring. CIF re-aligns its playoff divisions every two years.

More Rumors: 20 minutes after posting this, another source in the know says the Sunset League would be the team to leave the Pac-5. The source also suggested that possibly the Marmonte could go to the Pac-5 too, which could drop the Serra and Bishop Amat … Interesting times.

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Boys Soccer: Old rivals Baldwin Park and Salesian to meet on Saturday in Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tournament semifinals

Above: Baldwin Park losing in heartbreaking fashion to Salesian in 2009 championship game.

By Fred J. Robledo
The inaugural Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park High School boys soccer tournament semifinals are set, and the tournament couldn’t of asked for a better match-up with Baldwin Park playing Salesian and Sierra Vista taking on Long Beach Jordan on Saturday at Sierra Vista High School.

Baldwin Park and Salesian are old friends.

When Salesian won back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Division 5 titles in 2009 and ’10, the Mustangs defeated the Braves both times along the way, beating the Braves in the finals in 2009 and the semifinals in 2010.

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat on a roll heading into prestigious Mater Dei tournament

By Fred J. Robledo
The Bishop Amat girls soccer team is off to another quick start after winning the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title last spring.

The Lancers are 7-0-1 after beating always difficult Los Altos 2-1 last week.

Junior Natalie Rivas, who scored the game-winning goal in the Lancers’ 1-0 win over Ayala in last year’s championship game, already has five goals with five assists.

Two-time area player of the year April Juarez has five goals with six assists.

The Lancers will surely get tested this week in the prestigious Mater Dei tournament which starts on Thursday against perennial power Esperanza (2:30 p.m.), followed by San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic Friday (6:45 p.m.), and Dana Hills on Saturday (12:30 p.m.) — all at Mater Dei High School. The semifinals and finals are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

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Decision Week: Time to select player of the year, coach of the year and the All-Area team

The time has finally arrived to select the Tribune all-area team, which includes the player of the year, offensive and defensive players of the year and a coach of the year. There are not slam dunks, everything’s on the table for discussion. The Trib crew will hunker down the next few days and iron it out. For now, tell us who you think is deserving….

2012 Tribune Preseason All-Area Team



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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

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:

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
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


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
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 : 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.

Arroyo Invitational

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
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.

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
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
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
— 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

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