Calling ALL Feb. 1 signers: The Tribune wants you if ….

… IF YOU DID NOT ATTEND OUR FALL SIGNING DAY PHOTO SHOOT.

So any athletes who did not attend that shoot back in Oct. or Nov. (I don’t remember the date) and are signing a letter of intent WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, please contact me at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com

I have spoken to most of the football players and athletes from other sports who are signing. If I missed anybody or you simply want to confirm tomorrow’s photo shoot, please email me.

Remember, the photo shoot is 2:30 p.m. at the Tribune and you need to be wearing SOMETHING representing the college you are signing with.

IMPORTANT: Tommy Kiss, aka Chino Hills Tom, aka The Inland Insider, will be putting together a nice video package of the football signers.

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Different gym, same result: Covina beats rival Northview again … Colts use 16-1 run in fourth

By John “Nuttin Honey” Honell

COVINA – Games between crosstown rivals Covina and Northview high schools are some of the most intense in the Valley.

With second place in the Valle Vista League and a high CIF-SS postseason seed on the line, the standing room-only crowd almost could feel the electricity in the air.

The Covina boys basketball team, which defeated Northview last Wednesday, outscored the Vikings 16-1 in a four-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to knock off the defending league champions 47-41 Monday night.

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Fred’s, uh, on vacation this week. So it’s back to the Aram Regime … just don’t expect me to use Fred’s crusty mouse …


There are currently 1,459 forms of the flu virus on Fred’s mouse. Blet.

Anyway, it’s good to be back in the saddle again (not really). The suggestions Fred left this week for the Tribune coverage plan wreaked of soccer. Which is nice, but don’t expect The Fat Man to stick to it word-for-word. We’ve got Signing Day on Wednesday and that’s gonna be huge. If you know of any athletes signing a letter of intent on Wednesday, please contact me at aram.tolegian@sgvn.com to let me know.

As for the Top 10s, I will be handling those as well. With Glendora and Damien both losing to Etiwanda last week, and La Verne Lutheran losing to Westchester, we’ve got some decisions to be made. Wilson No. 1, anybody? Also, Amat’s girls team is slip-sliding away.

And this week is The Rematch: Workman at Duarte (girls).

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Damien’s step-up game a big step-back in loss to Etiwanda; Bishop Amat girls routed by Keppel

Big second half pushes Etiwanda pass Damien: Etiwanda boys basketball coach Dave Kleckner certainly thinks so after his star sophomore Jordan McLaughlin scored 15 of his 27 points in the second half and the Eagles (21-1) blew out Damien (19-2) in a 64-45 victory in Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.

“That was a quiet 27 points,” Kleckner said. “Because he’s not out of control. He’s very efficient.”

Etiwanda’s defense was as efficient as McLaughlin on offense.

The Eagles’ defense was good in the first half but was kicked up a notch in the second.

Damien led 25-23 at halftime, but the Eagles opened the second half on a 14-0 run as the Spartans were held scoreless for more than six minutes.

Bishop Amat girls no match for Keppel The Keppel High School girls basketball team, tired of cruising through the Almont League and then finding rough going in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, has amped up its schedule.

The Aztecs scheduled three nonleague games in the middle of league play, including Bishop Amat in the 10th annual Southern California Shootout on Saturday at Azusa Pacific University.

The strategy has worked so far. Keppel, the top-ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA, easily defeated Amat, the top-ranked team in 3A, 57-31.

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Split Decision in the Valle Vista: Wilson boys beat Covina 55-36; Covina girls beat Wilson, 33-32

By John Honell, Correspondent
COVINA
- For the second consecutive season, the Valle Vista League looks like it will come down to the final week of the season before a boys basketball champion can be crowned.

Defense was the key for Wilson High School as it moved into sole possession of first place after a 55-36 win over Covina on Friday night.

The Wildcats (14-7, 7-1) avenged their only league loss of the season while dropping the Colts to 15-7 and 5-2.

“We both still have to play Northview, this isn’t over,” Wildcats coach Jason Rochwerg said. “Last year we were in second place going into the last game. With a loss we ended up in fifth.”

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Sierra League soccer results are in: Ayala girls finish off huge week with 1-0 win over Chino Hills

According to the Inland Insider, the Ayala girls soccer team finally had its full team together this week, which might explain the Bulldogs’ slow start after reaching the D-3 finals last year. After crushing St. Lucy’s 5-1 earlier in the week, Makenzy Doniak scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Chino Hills. That leaves Ayala in a first-place tie with Claremont and South Hills and St. Lucy’s a half game back and Chino Hills a full game back. It doesn’t get much tighter than that with two weeks to go. The Claremont boys beat Damien 2-0 to take a two-game lead in the Sierra. Damien and South Hills are tied for second.

Check out the Inland Insider highlights and interviews from Ayala’s 1-0 win over Chino Hills, girls soccer.

Friday’s Sierra League Results
Boys Soccer

Claremont 2, Damien 0
Ayala 3, Chino Hills 1
South Hills 3, Charter Oak 0
Boys Standings
Claremont (6-0, 16-2-2)
Damien (4-2, 9-6-2)
South Hills (4-2, 12-4-2)
Chino Hills (2-4, 4-5-4)
Ayala (2-4, 3-8-5)
Charter Oak (0-16, 0-6)

Girls Soccer
St. Lucy’s 1, Claremont 1
South Hills 2, Charter Oak 0
Ayala 1, Chino Hills 0
Girls Standings
Claremont (3-1-2, 18-1-4)
Ayala (3-1-2, 7-7-4)
South Hills (3-2-1, 8-3-7)
St. Lucy’s (3-2-1, 13-6-1)
Chino Hills (2-2-2, 14-3-4)
Charter Oak (0-6, 3-14-3)

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Bishop Amat girls hoops lose again and near last in Del Rey, but no need to worry, Lancers are still ranked No. 1 in Division 3A

Bishop Amat fell to 15-8 and a dismal 1-4 in the Del Rey league after losing to Serra on Thursday. But does it really matter? League races are meaningless because league teams go into different playoff divisions based on school size and recent history. So, Amat could finish last in the Del Rey but all that really matters is they’re still ranked No. 1 in Division 3A. Guess who’s No. 2? Covina, a team Amat could beat over and over again. Strange isn’t it? Bishop Amat needs to beat St. Paul next week to avoid finishing last in the Del Rey? Question is, should last place teams or fourth in a five-team league make the playoffs? Amat could lose out, and still win a CIF title, what’s wrong with that picture? The system doesn’t work. Look at the Muir boys basketball team, having one of its best campaigns in years, 20-1, and with a huge win over rival Pasadena to take over first in the Pacific League. But the Mustangs have virtually no chance to win in Division 4AA, where private powers La Verne Lutheran, Price, Windward and Crespi reside. Meanwhile, Pasadena is No. 2 in 3AAA, an easier division. It’s a screwed up system when league champions have a tougher road than fourth and fifth place teams in the playoffs. How else can you explain it, though I’m sure Amat girls hoops isn’t complaining.

Amat falls again: The Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team continued its struggles with the taller teams in the Del Rey League.

The Lancers led at halftime but wore down in the third quarter and lost 52-39 to Serra on Thursday night.

The Lancers (15-8, 1-4) had to play without their leading rebounder, Leeah Powell, who suffered a shoulder injury. She is expected to be back for the final week of the season.

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Thursday’s soccer roundup and today’s Sierra League schedule

Today’s Sierra League games
Boys Soccer

Claremont (15-2-2, 5-0) at Damien (9-6-2, 4-1), 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills (4-4-4, 2-3) at Ayala (2-8-5, 1-4), 5:30 p.m.
South Hills (11-4-2, 3-2) at Charter Oak (0-15, 0-5), 5:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer
St. Lucy’s (13-6, 3-2) at Claremont (18-1-3, 3-1-1), 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak (3-13-3, 0-5) vs.South Hills (7-3-7, 2-2-1) at Covina District, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala (6-7-4, 2-1-2) at Chino Hills (14-2-4, 2-1-2), 5:30 p.m.

THURSDAY’S ROUNDUP
BOYS SOCCER
Montview League
La Puente 2, Ganesha 1

The Warriors (11-5-3, 8-1-1) took the win as Augustine Huazano scored an unassisted goal and Alex Saldana scored off an assist from Huazano. Eduardo Martinez scored the lone goal for Ganesha.

GIRLS SOCCER
Hacienda League

Walnut 1, West Covina 0
Walnut (8-6-4, 4-1-3) got the lone goal from Amber Marani with an assist from Marissa Lara.

Montview League

Sierra Vista 8, Gladstone 0
Sierra Vista (13-2-2, 10-0) beat Gladstone (4-11-1, 2-8) with Jessica Lopez scoring two goals and adding an assist. Cynthia Hernandez also scored two goals.

La Puente 1, Ganesha 0
The Warriors (8-5-3, 8-1-1) were led by Arye Looney, who scored the game’s only goal unassisted. It was the sophomore’s 19th goal of the season. Goalie Christine Montero of Ganesha (10-7-1, 7-3) had seven saves..

Valle Vista League
Wilson 3, Covina 1

Sara Martinez scored two goals for the Wildcats (6-2 in league).

San Dimas 4, Baldwin Park 0
Jeanette Jimenez scored two goals for the Saints (15-2-2, 8-0) with Jordyn Haynes and Maribel Duran chipping in one.

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Sondheimer reports Marmonte League moving to the Pac-5; more changes to come

L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer is reporting that preliminary proposals for the new CIF-SS football playoff divisions brings a big change in the Pac-5, where Bishop Amat resides. He reports that the Marmonte League has been moved from the Northern Division into the Pac-5 and the Sunset League has been moved from the Pac-5 to the Southwest. There was some chatter that the Serra League might be dropped from the Pac-5, but that’s not likely now. In the coming months we also will find out if the Sierra League remains in the the Inland, if the Hacienda stays in the Southeast and the Rio Hondo in the Mid-Valley. West Covina and Monrovia have dominated the Southeast and Rio Hondo, respectively, the past two years, sparking debate that the divisions will be strengthened or the Hacienda and Rio Hondo league’s could be moved to stronger divisions.

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After a winless December, Diamond Bar boys soccer leads Hacienda after come-from-behind 2-1 win over Diamond Ranch; Los Altos next


By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
POMONA
— The way Diamond Bar High School boys soccer coach Kemp Wells explains it, the soccer Gods are cruel sometimes, which might explain the Brahmas’ winless December, which included eight losses and a tie in their first nine games.
“We were ahead in a lot of games, they (opponents) would tie it and we would give up,” Wells said. “If we got behind, there wasn’t a lot of fight, we weren’t coming back. It kind of snowballed and was frustrating.”
Since the Hacienda League started, the Brahmas have done a complete 360, winning at Diamond Ranch 2-1 on Thursday for sole possession of first, their sixth win in seven games to improve to 6-9-1 and 6-1 in league. (To continue click thread)

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Who is going where on Wednesday’s National Letter of Intent signing day?

We’re gathering a list of athletes in football, soccer, track, cross country and boys water polo that will be signing national letters of intent on Wednesday, Feb 1. You can post it here, tell your coaches to call or send an email to fred.robledo@sgvn.com. We’re scheduling a group photo at the Tribune that afternoon and don’t want to miss anyone.

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Covina football hires assistant Joe Brown, who is also girls softball coach, to take over football reigns; Marc Paramo takes over at Rosemead

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Two local high school football programs put quick ends to their respective coaching searches by hiring from within Wednesday. At Covina, longtime assistant Joe Brown was named the successor to Darryl Thomas. At Rosemead, former assistant Marc Paramo was hired to replace Matt Koffler.

Both programs are among area’s more successful ones, with Covina having reached the semifinals of the playoffs five times under Thomas and Rosemead reaching the semifinals of the Division 7 playoffs 2001 and the Mid-Valley Division championship game in 2008 under Koffler.

Brown’s came as somewhat of a shock since he originally turned the job down when the school tried to hire from within. Covina recently flew the position publicly and had attracted 12-15 applicants before Brown had a change of heart and decided to take the job.

“They offered it to me when we got back from Christmas break and I thought about it for a few days and politely turned it down,” said Brown, a 1990 graduate of Wilson. “After thinking about it, I’ve been here 16 years.

“I live right by the school. I still want to coach. I had opportunities to coach in some other programs but I just decided it would be better if I stayed here at Covina and took the responsibility.”

Brown was offensive coordinator under Thomas since 2005. In that time, he’s called the plays for some high-flying offenses. In 2005, Covina averaged 43 points per game. In 2006, the Colts scored 42 points per game. This past season, Covina averaged 36 points per game.

Brown’s chances of continuing that kind of success suffered a big blow Tuesday when standout running back Gevontray Ainsworth, who would have been the Colts’ top returning player next season, checked out of school and transferred to Monrovia.

Paramo’s hiring at Rosemead came as no shock. After Koffler resigned earlier this month, he was very vocal in wanting Paramo, his defensive coordinator, to replace him.

“The good thing about coach Koffler was that he didn’t micro-manage,” said Paramo, who graduated from Rosemead in 1995. “I was pretty much the head coach of the defense and the special teams, so I already felt like I was doing head coach things.

“It’s unfortunate that coach Koffler stepped down, but this would be the only place I ever would have done it. I couldn’t be more excited. I grew up in Rosemead and went to Rosemead High School. My dad is 80 and still lives right down the street and he doesn’t miss a game.”

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Boys Hoops: Damien 55, Ayala 50; Covina 46, Northview 41; Gabrielino 44, Arroyo 39

Covina beats Northview, will host Wilson on Friday for first in VVL: Covina High School’s boys basketball team used a 7-0 run late in the fourth quarter to defeat arch-rival Northview 46-41 in a crucial Valle Vista League game Wednesday night. The Colts spent most of the fourth quarter nursing a small lead, but fell behind when Danny Johnson hit a jumper to put Northview up 36-34 with just over two minutes left.

Damien wins after scoring just 15 first-half points: For the first half of Wednesday’s Sierra League boys basketball showdown with visiting Ayala High, Damien looked anything but the CIF-SS Division 3AAA’s top-ranked team. Damien scored just 15 first-half points and Chris Reyes was held scoreless as Ayala led 25-15 at the half. But the Spartans outscored the Bulldogs 19-7 and went on to earn a 55-50 victory.

Gabrielino takes over first in MVL with win over Arroyo: Gabrielino High School basketball coach John Carney started two freshmen in a pivotal Mission Valley League game at Arroyo on Wednesday night. Freshman guard Sean Takeuchi, starting only because of an injury, scored his only two baskets midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game and give the Eagles the lead for good in a 44-39 victory.

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