Bishop Amat, Wilson, La Puente and South El Monte all in 54th annual Arroyo Boys Basketball tournament

54th Annual Arroyo Invitational Boys Basketball Tournament
Pool A: La Canada, Alta Loma, Wilson (Hacienda Heights)
Pool B: La Salle, Arcadia, Arroyo
Pool C: Bishop Amat, Montclair, La Puente
Pool D: Keppel, Monrovia, South El Monte

All games at Arroyo HS
Monday’s round-robin results

South El Monte 58, Monrovia 49
Montclair 73, La Puente 55
Arcadia 56, La Salle 51
La Canada 39, Wilson 35
Tuesday’s round-robin
Wilson vs. Alta Loma, 3 p.m.
South El Monte vs. Keppel, 4:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. La Puente, 6 p.m.
La Salle vs. Arroyo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s round-robin
Keppel vs. Monrovia, 3 p.m.
La Canada vs. Alta Loma, 4:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Montclair, 6 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Arroyo, 7:30 p.m.

Monday’s boxscore results:
South El Monte 58 Monrovia 49
Monrovia: 9, 18, 9, 13 — 49
S El Monte: 10, 13, 17, 18 — 58
M – Evan Bough 17 (5 steals), Mark Nardoni 10, Antoine Gholar 9, Justin Mellinger 9, Hector Medina 4
SEM – Jordan Villela 16, Reyes Abalos 12, Richard Natividad 9, Jimmy Martinez 8, Fernando Ramirez 3, Xuong Ho 2, George Garcia 2, Ishmael Escamilla 2, Andrew Angel 2, Chris Pinon 2

Montclair 73, La Puente 55
Montclair: 18, 28, 19, 8 — 73
La Puente: 11, 13, 12, 19 — 55
M – Devyn Sampson 18 (posted triple double with 10 rebounds and 10 steals), Fernando Martinez 10, Bobby Talamantes 10, Jody Smith 10, Kevin Fregoso 6, Jose Castaneda 5, Josh Sanchez 5, Yered Picazo 3, Kyle Smith 3, Larry Nakiso 2, Jesse Vela 1

Arcadia 56, La Salle 51
Arcadia: 24, 12, 9, 11 — 56
La Salle: 10, 17, 8, 16 — 51
Arc – Jeffrey Radzwill 19, Robby Haines 11, Taylor Lagace 8, Brian Taylor 8, R.J Saunders 5, Stephen Smith 5
LS – Jordan Hill 22, Jeff Briegel 18, Izzy Lacy 4, Steffen Ghantous 3, Garrett Stone 2, Peter Nuguid 2

La Canada 39, Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 35
La Canada: 11, 8, 11, 9 — 39
Wilson HH: 5, 15, 3, 12 — 35
LC – Darrell Dansby 19, Tim Kim 7, Conner Boyd 6, Sebastian Lee 2. Jay Srinivasan 2, Dan Jun 2, Ryan Lee 1
WHH – Bryce Kato 9, Matthew Ng 9, Justin Diaz 7, Brandon Miramontes 4, J.R Nelson 2, Ryan Del Rosario 2, Kenneth Lopez 2

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Aram reporting that Bishop Amat and Charter Oak may finally meet in football next year …

It’s a great game, but the game I’m clamoring for now is Monrovia vs. West Covina. After they both win their second straight titles this weekend, why shouldn’t the two back-to–back CIF champions meet next year? Their coaches are friends and both have a lot coming back to go for a third straight title. Why is it the games we want most are the hardest to set up?
Bishop Amat and Charter Oak are near a deal to play next season in a matchup of two of the area’s top football programs, according to sources.

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Saturday Final: San Dimas misses go-ahead two-point conversion and loses, 29-28 in Mid-Valley semifinals to San Gabriel

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

SAN GABRIEL — There was no time for San Gabriel High Schlool defensive lineman Hunter Garcia to think.

Twenty-five seconds after San Dimas’ Devante Brown scored on a 4-yard sweep, the Saints were lined up and going for the two-point conversion and the go-ahead score.

But Garcia stepped into the hole that the Saints offensive line had created on the touchdown run and Garcia stopped the exact same running play to lead the Matadors to a 29-28 victory in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley semifinals on a very cold, but not windy, Saturday night.

“I read the block and I knew it was going to be a game changer,” Garcia said. “On the play before I got my bell rung and I knew I had to do something. I did and I knew we had the gamer locked after that,.”

Brown fell about 9 inches short of giving the Saints the lead.

San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow said the Saints had decided to go for two points nine minutes before Brown scored, with 2:23 to play.

“We weren’t stopping them and we’re on their home field,” he said. “There was no question we hade to go for two to win the game. Click on thread to continue reading

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Boys Hoops: Glendora’s big week ends with rout over Santa Margarita for tourney title

By John Honell, Correspondent
Storm damage, power outages and early season injuries couldn’t keep the Glendora High School boys basketball team from defending its tournament title.
The Tartans (5-0) took an early 5-3 lead and never were headed as they beat Santa Margarita 53-35 in the championship game of the Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip Off Tournament at Covina High on Saturday night. (To continue click thread)

La Verne Lutheran beats PHS in Rose City Classic: Missed shots, the inability to make free throws, a lack of big runs and the absence of a key player added up to Pasadena falling short to La Verne Lutheran, 65-53, in the Rose City Roundball Classic on Friday night.

Pasadena’s Rose City Classic
Tonight’s championship at Pasadena High

La Verne Lutheran vs. Etiwanda, 8 p.m.

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Girls Basketball: Covina comes up short in Wilson title game, loses to Sonora 51-42

By Ariel Carmona, Jr., Correspondent
– The Sonora girls varsity basketball team, thanks to a 29-point performance from senior guard Jasmine Hills, defeated Covina 51-42 to claim the Wilson High Tournament championship Saturday.
The Colts (3-1) countered with seniors Marissa Clark and Ashli Baddorf each having an impressive game and also got offensive production from sophomore forward Dominique Theus. The trio combined for 32 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Raiders (4-1) shot well from behind the three-point line and played well defensively in the final quarter. (to continue click thread)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Defending champion Monrovia looks the part in 41-27 win over Covina; West Covina heading back to title game after 63-34 thrashing of La Mirada

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
– Monrovia High School won its first CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title last year behind quarterback and divisional player of the year Nick Bueno.
Blake Heyworth looks like that guy this time.
The junior QB threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns to lead the defending champion Wildcats over top-seed Covina 41-27 in Friday’s semifinals at Covina District Field. It was the Wildcats’ ninth straight win, sending them to next Saturday’s championship against the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between San Dimas and host San Gabriel. (To continue click thread).

No PrepXtra Live tonight: Sorry everyone, we had to cancel the show because the Tribune still has no power since Wednesday night. All our staffers are working from home or other satellite offices.

Aram column on Monrovia-Covina: There often are plays early in a game in which one team establishes who’s boss and how it’s going to be for the rest of the night. In Monrovia High School’s 41-27 rout of Covina on Friday, that play came from Wildcats defensive back Anthony Craft just about eight minutes into what was supposed to be a semifinals showdown but gradually turned into a laugher.

Friday’s semifinal results and stories
Southeast Division

West Covina 63, La Mirada 34 — When is the last time you watched a team dominate the division so easily? They still have one to go for their second straight title, but looks like a formality now.
La Serna 28, Muir 3 — Shocking that the Mustangs could only muster three points in such a big game. I really thought they would punch their ticket to the title game, but you have to give it up to La Serna, who goes against the Bulldog Beasts next.
Mid-Valley Division
Monrovia 41, Covina 27 — This was not the same Monrovia team I watched earlier. QB Blake Heyworth was steady and they have one talented receiver after another. Ellis McCarthy absolutely dominated the middle and guys like Marquise Bias, De’Shawn Ramirez, Anthony Craft and George Frazier are game-changers. I don’t care who wins between San Gabriel and San Dimas, the Wildcats are too good for whoever they get.

BREAKING NEWS: San-Dimas-San Gabriel game back at San Gabriel, Sat., 7:30 p.m.

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Breaking News: Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey resigns after 3-7 season

Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey resigned on Friday after just one year and going 3-7. Quinsey, a walk-on head coach and substitute teacher, took over for Mark Pasquarella after he resigned, and did well considering the Tartans’ brutal non-league schedule and the tough Baseline League. In fact, five of Glendora’s opponents are still alive in the playoffs, Monrovia, Colony, West Covina, Upland and Rancho Cucamonga. They also took on area No. 1 Charter Oak and played them tough. Quinsey, who was not expected to receive a teaching position at the school, said he resigned in order to look for full-time work.

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Wilson girls and West Covina’s Alexis Valenzuela finish up a great season in girls tennis

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
– Meagan Zamilpa and Natalie Johnson had trouble on Thursday celebrating the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 team tennis title that their Wilson High School team won last week. It was also a heartbreaking celebration for Arcadia’s Francis Dean and the doubles team of Nadia Pacheco-Amaro and Elizabeth Lieu. They became the first Apaches to advance out of the sectionals tournament for the first time in more than 20 years.
For eight San Gabriel Valley tennis players, the 2011 high school season came to a screeching halt in the Round of 16 of the CIF-SS individual championships at the Seal Beach Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon.
“I was extremely excited to get to this round,” senior Zamilpa said.
“To be able to make it this far is quite an accomplishment. It’s been a great year and a pleasure to win as a team. I was more excited than anything to be here, too.”
(To continue click thread).

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Glendora survives Walnut 50-45; Rowland in thriller over Troy, 53-52 in quarterfinals of Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park tourney (at Covina)

By Fred J. Robledo
Baldwin Park school district officials cancelled school the rest of the week because of windy conditions that caused power outages for several of its schools. The cancellation forced the second annual Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista High School boys basketball tournament to scramble to find alternate locations for its quarterfinal games on Thursday and the remainder of the tournament.
Glendora, playing without last year’s leading scorer Nick Colletta because of back spasms, hosted Walnut in Thursday’s quarterfinal and nearly blew a 13-point fourth-quarter lead before holding off the Mustangs, 50-45. Kyle Gordon scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the first half for the Tartans. His five 3-pointers made a big difference with Colletta unable to go. (To continue click thread).

Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista Tournament
Friday’s games at Covina High School
L.A. Garfield vs. South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland vs. Santa Margarita, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs.Garfield-South Hills winner, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at Covina High, 8:30 p.m.

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Wilson Girls Basketball Tournament updates; Thursday, Friday schedule set, final on Saturday

Covina beats La HabraCovina High School girls basketball coach Nick Masi has no qualms about putting the Colts’ fortunes in the hands of seniors Ashli Baddorf and Marissa Clark. The duo showed why Wednesday. Baddorf scored 14 points, including four in the fourth quarter, and Clark had seven points and two key steals late to lead Covina to a 41-37 victory over La Habra in a Wilson Tournament pool play game at Los Altos High School.

31st Annual Wilson Ladycat Girls Basketball Tournament
All games at Wilson High School
Thursday’s games at Wilson
Nogales 52, San Gabriel 31
Redlands East Valley 73, Los Altos 54
La Habra 57, Diamond Bar 38
Covina 2, Sierra Vista 0, forfeit

Friday’s games at Wilson
Citrus Valley vs. Azusa, 3:30 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. La Mirada, 5 p.m.
Rowland vs. Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Sonora vs. Wilson, 8 p.m.

Monday’s round-robin results
Covina 59 Los Altos 30
La Habra 56 San Gabriel 32
Diamond Bar 57 Nogales 23
Sierra Vista 47 Red. E. Valley 40
Tuesday’s round-robin resuts
Sonora 71, Alta Loma 24
Rowland 54, Citrus Valley 46
Wilson 56, La Mirada 27
Walnut 51, Azusa 23
Wednesday’s results
Los Altos 65, San Gabriel 49
Redlands East Valley 51, Nogales 20
Covina 41, La Habra 27
Sierra Vista 45, Diamond Bar 44
Alta Loma 58, Citrus Valley 49
La Mirada 43, Azusa 17
Sonora 42, Rowland 32
Wilson 35, Walnut 28

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BREAKING NEWS: San Dimas-San Gabriel game moved to Saturday night AT MONTEBELLO HS.

UPDATE 8:44 P.M. — The game will be at Montebello HS.

This text message from San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva regarding the semifinals of the Mid-Valley Division between San Dimas at San Gabriel, scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m, has been moved to Saturday.

Jude Oliva’s text: “Unfortunately due to the damage and (the Alhambra Unified School) district shutting down (Friday) our game has been rescheduled until Saturday 7 p.m. site TBA.”

San Dimas reaction: San Dimas wanted the game Friday, but it will be played on Saturday instead. The game will not be at San Gabriel, the school is looking for an alternate location. San Gabriel said they will have a decision on a location by 9 a.m., on Friday. We’ll keep you posted.

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Boys Hoops: Glendora vs. Walnut at Glendora HS tonight; some games moved to Covina because of power outages, waiting on more updates

3:20 p.m. Update Games at Baldwin Park have been moved to Covina because of power outages and games scheduled for Sierra Vista also will be moved. Glendora is hosting Walnut at 7:30 p.m, at Glendora HS. Garfield and South Hills’ quarterfinal today has been moved to Friday at 6 p.m., at Covina. The plan is for the winner to play in the semifinals later that night. When we get other location updates, we’ll share them. Baldwin Park district officials are in full power outage mode, the district already has cancelled school on Friday, and is not allowing Baldwin Park or Sierra Vista’s basketball teams to play today or tomorrow, even if they play at an alternate location. Azusa’s team was pulled from the tournament for the same reasons. Moving the sites are one thing, not allowing teams to play at safe, alternate locations is just ridiculous thinking on part of the districts.

Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista boys basketball tournament
Championship quarterfinals
Walnut vs. Glendora at Glendora HS, 7:30 p.m.
At Covina High School
Rowland vs. Troy, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Santa Margarita, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s quarterfinal
Garfield vs. South Hills, 6 p.m., Covina High School; winner will play semifinal later that night, TBA.

Rowland Wins: When the Keppel High School boys basketball team was poised to make its patented fourth-quarter run, Rowland was there to stop it. The Aztecs closed to within 10 points to start the fourth quarter, but Rowland had a run of its own en route to a 63-42 victory in pool play of the Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park tournament on Tuesday.

The boys basketball season begins with the second annual Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista Winter Tip-off Tournament with several of the top locals, like Glendora, Covina, Walnut, South Hills and Baldwin Park. The first, and second round schedule is posted below: Coaches or team helpers should call in results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 and 2242 or email info to scores@sgvn, and leave a contact number in case we have questions. I’ll update this tournaments daily (with help).

Semifinals: Friday, 6 & 7:30 p.m., at Sierra Vista
Championship: Saturday at Baldwin Park, 8:30 p.m.
Note: Will update the schedule during the week:

Monday’s round-robin results
Santa Margarita 72, Azusa 35
Garfield 83, Don Lugo 81
South Hills 68, Bell Gardens 48
Walnut, 54 Sierra Vista 41
Glendora 78, Torres 24
Troy 54, El Monte 17
Keppel, 61 Arroyo 54
Claremont 69, West Covina 42
Tuesday’s round-robin results
Santa Margarita 73, Bell Gardens 52
Garfield 58, Diamond Bar 46
Rowland 63, Keppel 42
South Hills 72, Azusa 58
Covina 55, West Covina 29
Glendora 71, El Monte 23
Troy 59, Esteban Torres 27
Walnut 57, Baldwin Park 48
Wednesday’s round-robin results
At Sierra Vista

Rowland def. Arroyo
Claremont def. Covina
At Baldwin Park
Don Lugo 59, Diamond Bar 56
Baldwin Park 54, Sierra Vista 51

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What criteria should you use for player of the year: Stats? Level of play? Pound-for-pound?

In my opinion it’s always a combination of the three, but I loved how 12th man, Joe Amat and Stevie Ramirez reacted to each other with these comments I pulled from another thread that details the stuff you consider selecting a player of the year.

12th man wrote: STEVEN RIVERA GETS ROBBED!!!!..LA TIMES just announced the Gatorade state player of the year..The winner is Zach Kline from San Ramon Valley HS (Danville,Ca.) check out the numbers & you be the judge….
Zach Kline
team record 9-3
TD’s 30
INT. 6
COMP% 683

TD’S 38
COMP% 647
Not to mention Steven led his team in Tackles & Interceptions & was also the punter..His numbers were also better in Rushing yards & Rushing TD’S

Joe Amat responds: Sorry, I can’t back you on the local guy with this one. San Ramon Valley plays in the East Bay league with DeLa Salle which is one of the Top Ten leagues in the state. They also play a legit pre-league schedule to prepare for that. Those are the guys Kline piled up his numbers against while Rivera got his in the #100-something best league in the state. Kline was an Elite 11 kid and will have his pick of several D1 schools to choose from. Rivera is a nice high school player. No offense and congratulations on GREAT season and career that Steven should remember forever, BUT…
No matter what Aram says, it is NOT the same and Rivera would not have had those #s against the better Inland or Pac5 teams.

Steve Ramirez responds: Joe, Joe, Joe: The part your missing is not the competition each is going up against, but ranking their season. While a Pac-5 QB may be more-gifted than say a Mid-Valley QB, they are playing with and against players at or around their skill level. You basically have to use the pound-for-pound argument, judging seasons, not talent-level.

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Winds howled last night, should be better Friday

Lot of schools closed today because of power outages. It was pretty bad this morning, took me 30 minutes to go three miles to work, and the power is down here at the Trib too. There’s a lot of you in the same boat but it looks better tomorrow, though a little on the chilly side. I don’t know who the weather favors, but I know what John “Nut&Honey” Honell would say: “It favors the winning teams.”

Friday’s football forecast: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s. Areas of north to northeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds strongest near the foothills. Lows in the lower to mid 40s.

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Everything unfolds on Football Friday; and you can follow it all on Coveritlive

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Until this season, fans of a team fortunate enough to reach the semifinals in their respective CIF-Southern Section playoff divisions would have the opportunity to go see not only their teams play, but their possible opponent in the championship game, too. Take, for example, the Mid-Valley Division this year. Under the previous set-up, the Monrovia-Covina game would be Friday night, giving fans of San Gabriel and San Dimas an opportunity to go watch. The following night on Saturday, San Gabriel and San Dimas would play, with likely a nice contingent from the Monrovia-Covina winner on hand to see who they’re going to get in the final.

This was Rio Hondo Prep players’ reaction after losing in the semifinals in 2009 at Covina District Field. It’s one of the all-time great photos and shows how emotional the win-or-go-home games can be.

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