CIF celebrating 100 greatest athletes ever; who should we nominate from the San Gabriel Valley?


The CIF-Southern Section is celebrating its 100th anniversary in conjunction with the 2012-13 school year by naming the “100 greatest athletes,” in Southern Section history. I will be one of several media members on the panel helping with nominations from the San Gabriel Valley, so this is your chance to help me out. Think of the Valley’s greatest athletes ever, whether dominating one sport or multiple sports, and let me know. Obviously, names like Muir’s Jackie Robinson and Bonita’s Glenn Davis come to mind, but there are so many others.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat back on top; Sierra League still dominates rankings


Tribune Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (13-3-4) — The Lancers are at a disadvantage heading to the playoffs because their league is weak compared to the Sierra and others in their playoff division. But the Lancers Lancers have experienced playoff players and are the defending champions, so they won’t lack confidence against anyone when the postseason arrives.
2. Claremont (17-1-3) — Good week for the Wolfpack, who move into a tie for first with St. Lucy’s after the Regents’ loss to Chino Hills.
3. St. Lucy’s (13-5) — The Sierra is too good for anyone to go undefeated. Case in point was Chino Hill’s 2-1 win over the Regents. There are five teams that have a shot at the league title. And that’s not an exaggeration.
4. Chino Hills (13-2-4) – You can never rest in the Sierra. After beating St. Lucy’s they lose to South Hills. The Huskies have a great overall record, but if the playoffs started today, they would be out.
5. San Dimas (14-2-2) — At least Wilson gave the Saints a game before losing 2-0. The Saints are too good for the VVL and have outscored their opponents on the season, 58-13.
6. Diamond Bar (11-3-4) – Still in control of Hacienda after a 1-1 tie with Bonita. Anyone following the Brahmas saw this coming. They were young and talented last year, and are finally putting it together.
7. South Hills (7-2-7) – The bottom line is the Huskies only have two losses in 16 games and scored twice against Chino Hills, something they desperately needed for their offensive confidence. Big picture is clear, whenever you defend as well as the Huskies do, you always have a chance.
8. Sierra Vista (11-2-2) – Are the Dons one of the top ten best teams in the area? They can’t prove it beating up on the weak Montview, but given their recent history, they deserve to be here.
9. Bonita (8-7-2) — Forget the overall record, they’re getting it done in a league with a lot of parity, and its 1-1 tie with with Diamond Bar was the only blemish on the Brahmas’ league record.
10. Ayala (5-7-4) – Let’s face, this is a shocker. I thought the Bulldogs would straighten everyone out in league, but they may miss the playoffs after reaching the CIF title game last year and returning the league’s best player, Makenzie Doniak.

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Boys Soccer: Claremont cleary No. 1; Mountain View, South Hills and La Puente surging ahead

Tribune Boys Soccer Rankings

1. Claremont (14-2-2) – The defending CIF champions are 4-0 in the Sierra and already have defeated Damien and Chino Hills. They can take another big step with a win against South Hills on Wednesday at CDF at 5:30.
2. Mountain View (7-3-4) — Vikings looked terrific in a 4-1 rout of El Monte, but the big game is Tuesday at home against South El Monte. Both teams are undefeated in league with 4-0 records.
3. South Hills (11-3-2) – It was a big week for the Huskies, ending with a 2-1 win over Chino Hills to go 3-1 in the Sierra with a home game Wednesday against Claremont, undefeated in league and the area’s No. 1
4. Damien (8-6-2) – Spartans win twice last week and are very much in the league race with a 3-1 record. They’re tied with South Hills and a game back of Claremont.
5. Diamond Ranch (8-3-1) - They meet rival Diamond Bar on Thursday for sole possession of first in the Hacienda League.
6. La Puente (7-4-4) – Look who’s leading the Montview with a 5-1-1 overall record. There are four teams with a shot at the league title, but the Warriors look like the best of the best so far.
7. South El Monte (6-2-1) — Few thought the Eagles would contend for a league title with Arroyo, El Monte and defending champion Mountain View all playing so well. But the Eagles are 4-0 just like Mountain View, and can take over first with a win at Mountain View on Tuesday.
8. Pomona (8-2-1) – The Red Devils are 6-0 in league and can all but close it out with a win over Baldwin Park on Tuesday. They’re not the most disciplined defensively, but they find ways to win, like last week’s 5-3 win over improved Nogales.
9. Sierra Vista (10-4-2) — If the playoffs started today, the Dons wouldn’t make it, sitting in fourth in the Montview. Only 4-3-1 in league, if the Dons don’t get it going soon, they will be on the outside looking in. The two biggest stories of the season could be Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista missing the playoffs.
10. Baldwin Park (8-6-2) – What’s happening to the Braves? They lose to Covina and Wilson last week, and if they don’t beat league undefeated Pomona on Tuesday, the Braves could fall to fourth in league. What an amazing fall from grace for the defending CIF champions.

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Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at APU: Damien faces big test against mighty Etiwanda

SATURDAY’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOOTOUT
At Azusa Pacific University

Flintridge Prep vs. Alta Loma, 10:30 a.m.
Rowland vs.Los Osos, Noon.
Girls: Bishop Amat vs. Keppel, 1:30 p.m.
Chino Hills vs. Upland, 3 p.m.
Glendora vs. Bloomington Christian, 4:30 p.m.
Colony vs. Righetti, 6 p.m.
Damien vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. Maranatha, 9 p.m.

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Friday Night Hoops: Glendora boys hosting Upland; Bonita girls hosting Diamond Bar on night Bearcats retire Madison Zylstra and Taylor Anderson’s numbers

FRIDAY NIGHT BASKETBALL
Boys Basketball
Baseline League

Upland at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at Cathedral, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.
West Covina at Rowland, 6:45 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Azusa, 6 p.m.
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Workman, 6 p.m.
Bassett at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
Sierra League
Damien at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Claremont at Ayala, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Wilson at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Baseline League
Upland at Glendora, 5 p.m.
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 5 p.m.
West Covina at Rowland, 5 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 5 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at South El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 4:45 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Azusa, 4:45 p.m.
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 4:45 p.m.
Gladstone at Workman, 4:45 p.m.
Bassett at Ganesha, 4:45 p.m.
Sierra League
Charter Oak at St. Lucy’s, 4:45 p.m.
Chino Hills at South Hills, 4:45 p.m.
Claremont at Ayala, 4:45 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.
Pomona at Covina, 5 p.m.
Wilson at San Dimas, 5 p.m.

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Soccer Roundup: San Dimas continues to roll, beats Wilson 2-0; Walnut beats Diamond Ranch


THURSDAY’S SOCCER ROUNDUP
GIRLS SOCCER
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 2, Wilson 0

Maribel Duran and Jeanette Jimenez each scored second half goals for the Saints (15-2-1, 6-0) in a win over the Wildcats (8-4-1, 5-2-0). Duran scored her unassisted goal in the 69th minute when she intercepted an errant pass and found herself behind the Wilson defense and got a shot off that found the lower right corner of the net. On the play, Wilson’s goalie Kaylin Richards tried to shorten the angle on Duran by coming out to challenge her but, Duran made a move to the right which caused Richards to commit and Duran was able to find the net.
“What can you say about her (Maribel Duran). Being an experienced player, she was able to use that experience to make her move and score,” said Wilson’s coach Ricardo Recinos.
Less than six minutes later, Jimenez scored on an assist from Daisy Duran in the 74th minute when Jimenez received a crossing pass from Duran and got a shot off that beat Richards in the lower right corner.
“I told the girls I thought we played really well but, it was our inexperience that cost us the game,” said Recinos. “We start two freshmen and six sophomores and they were able to exploit our inexperience. That’s what a good team does. Hopefully, this will be a good learning experience for us the rest of the season.” The defending Valle Vista champs improved to 13-2-2 and 6-0 in league play. San Dimas was active on offense, taking 42 shots. Saints keeper Britain Chaputa had five saves.

Hacienda League
Walnut 2, Diamond Ranch 0
The Mustangs Amber Marani scored twice in the first half on assists from Julie Lizarraga-Gaeta and Janae Avila. Walnut improves to 7-6-3 overall and 3-1-2 in league.

Montview League
La Puente 2, Workman 0

Sophomore center midfielder Arye Looney is having an outstanding year for the Warriors (6-5-3, 6-1-1). On Thursday, Looney scored her 16th and 17th goals of the season in leading the Warrior (6-5-3, 6-1-1) to victory. “Arye is a very skilled and smart player,” said La Puente coach Ryan Lage. “She has a nose for the ball around the net and also a knack for getting the ball in the net as well as she demonstrated today.”
Looney scored her first goal in the 12th minute on a pass from Michelle Palma and proceeded to dribble behind the Lobos defense and beat Workman’s (1-11-1, 1-6-0) goalie Andrea Vasquez who attempted to cut the angle on Looney who found an open net for the score. Looney scored again in the 60th minute.

Sierra Vista 4, Azusa 0
The Dons got two goals from Jasmine Loera with an assist from Jessica Lopez. Lopez also scored with an assist by Cynthia Hernandez.
Sierra Vista (11-2-2, 8-0) got their final goal from Daisy Ruiz with the assist from Isabel Chavez.The Dons took 18 shots on goal compared to four shots from Azusa. Sierra Vista keeper Rosalma Ramirez had two saves and Bianca Denegas had seven saves for the Aztecs.
Azusa dropped to 5-4-1 and 3-3-1 in league action.

BOYS SOCCER
Montview League
Gladstone 2, Ganesha 1

Behind two unassisted goals from senior midfielder Eric Romo, the Gladiators (6-7-1, 4-4-0) got past the Giants. “We played really well today,” said Gladstone coach J.D. Garcia.
“We played with alot of heart and maturity and hopefully we can continue that effort as we progress through league.” Romo scored his first goal in the 20th minute on a free kick from about 35 yards away. The goal was set up because of a foul committed by the Giants just outside the box.
Ganesha got their goal when Filiberto Oceguera scored unassisted in the 65th minute. In the 75th minute, Romo scored the Gladiators’ go-ahead goal on a penalty kick that was set up by a foul that was committed in the box.

TODAY’S SIERRA LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Boys Soccer
Claremont at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.
Damien at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 5:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Ayala at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
St. Lucy’s at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
South Hills at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.

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After arriving from East L.A., Workman’s Evelyn Herrera turned Lobos basketball into a winner, averaging 26 points a game

By Aram Tolegian Staff Writer
She’s the second-leading scorer in the CIF-Southern Section and is putting Workman High School girls basketball on the map, but none of that seems to matter much to Evelyn Herrera.

The 5-foot-7 senior point guard with a 26.3 points-per-game average is more concerned about her teammates and having a good time on the court than what the bottom-line results may say.

“To be honest, I love scoring and everything, but points don’t matter to me,” Herrera said.

“Wins and losses don’t matter to me. As long as me and my girls have a good time, even if we get blown out by 20 to a better team, it’s OK. It’s about having a good time.”

Having a good time has helped Herrera become the Southern Section’s second-leading scorer behind Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller. It’s also led Workman to a 14-4 record and breathed life into school spirit as it pertains to athletics.

For Herrera, things that would excite your average high school athlete, like oodles of points and wins, don’t impact her nearly as much. Team camaraderie is more important. Her teammates getting respect is more important.

Herrera is guarded about certain aspects of her life. She freely admits she experienced a difficult childhood, but prefers to keep private about the specifics. She doesn’t shy away from talking about her mother and the financial difficulties that led her out of East Los Angeles and into Workman’s attendance area. Her mother attends every game, even if it means missing work. She gets emotional when talking about her father.

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Former West Covina coach and teaching legend Michael Okura passed away on Tuesday

Funeral Arrangements: Funeral services for Michael Okura will be at the Christs Church of the Valley (CCV) in San Dimas on January 28 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at Christ First Baptist Church in Covina. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the new Mike Okura scholarship fund for student-athletes.

Story: Students, teachers, family and friends are mourning the death of West Covina High School’s legendary teacher and coach Michael Okura, who passed away at his home on Tuesday. He was 66.

Okura was a teacher and coach at West Covina for more than four decades. After graduating from West Covina in 1963, Okura went to UCLA and finished his bachelor’s degree in English at Linfield College, where he starred in baseball and football.

After graduating from Linfield in 1968, he became an English teacher at West Covina and never left – later earning a master’s degree at Azusa Pacific.

Okura coached varsity baseball for more than a decade in the 1970s and 80s and won two Sierra League titles. He coached one of West Covina’s all-time greats, Tom Brunansky, who spent 14 years in the major leagues.

Okura also was a longtime assistant football coach and served on the staff of popular head football coach Tim Brancheau for more than two decades, and continued as an assistant football coach through the mid-90s. Okura also coached wrestling and basketball, and was a highly regarded teacher.

“He was the most righteous man I’ve ever known,” said Brancheau, who is not coaching football but is still West Covina’s track and field coach. Brancheau has been coaching track for more than 50 years.

“He was a good, good man and the most loyal assistant I ever had,” Brancheau said of Okura. “What I’ll remember most is I never heard a kid or another coach say a negative word about him. He was adored by his students and athletes.”

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Who is your most valuable player? Damien’s Chris Reyes or La Verne Lutheran’s Grant Jerrett?

At this point, the race for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune player of the year is pretty simple, Damien’s Chris Reyes and La Verne Lutheran’s Grant Jerrett are ahead of the pack. Reyes, on his way to St. Mary’s, has the Spartans ranked No. 1 in Division 3AAA. He’s averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the 17-1 Spartans. Lutheran’s Jerrett, the reigning area player of the year headed to the University of Arizona, has been fantastic too. Jerrett is averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks for the 15-4 Trojans, ranked second in Division 4AA and 17th in the state by Maxpreps. As always, the playoffs will ultimately decide the winner.

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Basketball Roundup: This is not a rebuilding year for Bonita, coach Greg Eckler doing a tremendous job, Bearcats win again, 55-40 over Walnut

Eckler’s boys keep on winning: In a battle between two of the Tribune’s top 10 boys basketball teams, Bonita High School, ranked third, won the battle for first place in the Hacienda League with a 55-40 win over eighth-ranked Walnut on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (15-4, 4-0) dominated the offensive boards in the first half, then turned to their defense late in the game as they pulled away for the win.

“Offensive rebounding was a huge difference,” Mustangs coach Josh Cameron said. “Especially when (Brandon) Croom got in foul trouble we got dominated on the boards and that was a huge difference early. Then we broke down and made some silly mistakes on defense.”

The Mustangs (14-7, 3-2) cut Bonita’s lead to 35-28 with five minutes left in the third quarter but didn’t score again until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter as the Bearcats pulled away.

“One of the big keys was handling the pressure,” Bearcats coach Greg Eckler said. “We knew they were going to pressure the heck out of us. That dunk (by Croom) to start the second half could have got some emotion into it, then they cut the lead to about six but we managed to hang on and push it back to double digits.”

WEDNESDAY’S HOOPS ROUNDUP
BOYS BASKETBALL
Hacienda League
Los Altos 66, West Covina 47

Walter Lee scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Conquerors.
Also contributing to the Los Altos win was Vance Valencia with 17 points and Danny Ahn, who added nine points. Los Altos (11-7, 2-3) led 19-5 after the first quarter and 32-19 at the half.
Stephan Michael led the Bulldogs with 16 points

Rowland 51, Diamond Bar 42
Junior guard Joe Dionisio converted on 7 of 8 free throws with less than two minutes remaining in the game, which proved to be difference in the victory for Rowland (13-6, 3-1) . Dionisio finished with a game-high 17 points.
“We played pretty well offensively and sound defense that allowed us to control the boards,” Raiders coach Gordan Hamlow said. Rowland’s Deric Mar chipped in with 10 points. Diamond Bar (8-9, 2-2) was led by Frank Martinez with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 48, Rosemead 29

Luis Ribaya and Anthony Portillo came off the bench to spark the Knights defense.
“Our bench really contributed to tonight’s win,” said Arroyo coach Carlos Barajas. “Those two players created problems for their guards in that they didn’t allow them to get their offense going.” Arroyo (10-9, 3-0) was led by junior forward Primitivo Gomez with a team-high 14 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Edgar Lupercio chipped in with 13 points and seven assists, while junior Alex Arriaga added 10 points and six rebounds.
Rosemead (1-2 in league) was paced by Danny Villalobos’ 17 points.

Montview League
Sierra Vista 57, Bassett 41

Andres Monteon scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Dons.
Ray Shawn McCarthy added 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for the Dons (9-10, 3-2).
Bassett (3-13, 0-5) got 13 points from Daniel Valenzuela.

Sierra League
Ayala 61, South Hills 48

The Bulldogs were led by Sean McMullen with 13 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter.
Ayala (11-5, 2-1) had a 24-point third quarter which put away South Hills. Josh Ramirez had 21 points and eight rebounds with Jared Po ce adding 17 points. The high scorer for the Huskies (1-2 in league) was Robert Wood with 13 points.
Charter Oak 69, Claremont 62
Free throws proved to be difference for the Chargers. “I thought our players played the game plan perfectly and hitting those clutch free throws down the stretch is what got us the win,” said Charter Oak coach John Phillips. Charter Oak was led by Kody Brown who had 24 points.
Chris Riei chipped in with 15 points. Claremont was led by Kyle Maloof’s game-high 26 points.

Valle Vista League
Wilson 41, Baldwin Park 29

J R Nelson led the Wildcats (11-7, 4-1) with 10 points and Matt Ng tossed in eight points to go with six steals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Mission Valley League
Rosemead 36, Arroyo 30

When in doubt, the Rosemead High girls basketball team can always rely on its defense.
That’s exactly what the Panthers did on Wednesday night as they ran their Mission Valley League win streak to 29 games with a 36-30 win over archrival Arroyo.
The few moments when Rosemead found consistent offense were enough for the Panthers to take a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. From there, Arroyo chipped away and had the ball three times down 34-30, but each time Rosemead held firm.
“That’s the backbone, we say defense wins games,” Rosemead coach Jay Gauthier said. “We said coming into this that you don’t try to outscore them, you’ve got to shut them down.
“When we get in trouble is when try to outscore people. So defense is first priority. We had a winning streak on the line, so you know everybody is always gunning for us.”
Rosemead improved to 12-7 overall and 3-0 in league. Arroyo fell to 11-8 overall and 2-1 in league. In recent years, the two programs have taken turns going on long winning streaks in league only to have the other team end it. The league title has mostly been won by one of the two schools.

Hacienda League
Bonita 67, Walnut 46

The Bearcats’ Ariana Abo hit two 3-pointers to start the game and Bonita (16-3, 4-0) opened up a 12-0 lead. Bonita capitalized on five turnovers by Walnut (1-3 in league) to take a 28-7 lead after one quarter of play. Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley had a game-high 21 points, while Stephanie Vana chipped in with 10 points. Walnut was led by Reetika Singh’s 14 points and Angela Aie’s 13 points.
Diamond Bar 57, Rowland 44
Jasmine Nguyen led Diamond Bar (12-5, 3-1) with 15 points while Yewande Alabi chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds. Norah Wu added 10 points and six rebounds. Rowland was led by Alice Liao with 17 points.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 35, Claremont 26

Marrissa Suarez led the Chargers (7-12, 2-1) with 12 points and Taylor Hawkins contributed nine points.

Valle Vista League
Wilson 49, Baldwin Park 30

The Wildcats were led by senior Angela Choie, who had a season-high 15 points, including five 3-pointers. “They (Baldwin Park) kept helping defensively inside and we just kicked the ball out to Angela who was ready behind the arc,” Wilson coach Tracy Calton said. Wilson (14-5, 4-1) also got 10 points and 10 rebounds from junior center Kelli Calton. Baldwin Park (4-13, 2-3) was led by Tiffany Rojas with 10 points.

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Boys Hoops: Jared Dizon and Chris Reyes clutch in the fourth to lead Damien to a 63-55 win over Chino Hills

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Damien found a way behind its Big Two.

Jared Dizon and Chris Reyes scored all of Damien’s fourth-quarter points to fend off visiting Chino Hills, 63-55, for first place in the Sierra League on Wednesday.

Reyes went to work in the fourth with 12 straight points and finished with 24 to lead the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAAs top-ranked Spartans to 17-1 and 3-0 in the Sierra.

Dizon was just as clutch, connecting on five 3-pointers and scoring eight of his 21 points in the fourth after the the Huskies had rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit to take their only lead in the fourth, 49-48, on Michael Navar’s straightaway 3-pointer with 6:20 left.

Spartans coach Matt Dunn says the game plan is simple enough. Get the ball to their 6-foot-7 forward and let him go to work.

But Reyes only had four field goals through the first three quarters before digging in and making sure he got his touches in the fourth with the game on the line.

“We’ve been trying to get better about throwing it to him,” Dunn said of Reyes. “It seems so obvious when you have a great player he should touch the ball.(To continue click thread)

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Clay Fowler breaks news that Pomona football coach Anthony Rice resigns after two years

Bulletin insider Clay Fowler has the scoop on Pomona coach Anthony Rice resigning: Anthony Rice resigned Friday after two seasons as the Pomona High School head football coach, opting to focus his efforts on seeking an administrative position. After winning two CIF-SS Central Division championships in four seasons at Colony High School, Rice was hired at Pomona prior to the 2010 season. Pomona went 5-5 in Rice’s first season before ending a seven-year playoff drought last season by posting a 6-5 mark good for a third-place finish in the Valle Vista League.

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Baseball Notes: Amat sophomore Andrew Eppenbach verbals to San Diego State before playing first varsity game

By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
Highly regarded Bishop Amat sophomore pitcher and outfielder Andrew Eppenbach hasn’t played a varsity game for the defending CIF-Southern Section Division 4 champions, but he’s already made his college intention known.

The 6-foot-3 pitcher has given a verbal commitment to San Diego State.

Eppenbach is 15 and gives the Lancers depth behind returner Daniel Zamora, who is going to Stony Brook College in New York and part-time pitcher/infielder Rio Ruiz, the reigning area player of the year who signed a letter of intent with USC.

“We’re excited for Andrew and his family,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “Now he has to put that (verbal commitment) in the bank and let it gain interest. The immediate priority is for Andrew to make a commitment to making a significant contribution on the varsity staff as a sophomore. He’s going to pitch and be in the mix. How much? We don’t know that yet, but he’s a very talented young man.”

All-Star donation
Nogales baseball coach John Romano and Alhambra’s Steve Gewecke sent a $500 donation to the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Special Olympics.

The $500 donation came from money raised in last year’s San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game at Alhambra, an event run by Romano and Gewecke.

“Steve’s a class act and is easy to work with,” Romano said. “We made the donation on behalf of all the San Gabriel Valley baseball coaches in the area.”

Romano and Gewecke are turning the event over to Nogales’ longtime assistant Don Montanez and Temple City head coach Barry Bacon. The new organizers hope to return the all-star game to Mt. San Antonio College in June.

Fielder honored
Nogales’ famous alum Cecil Fielder will be inducted into the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame in Tampa Bay Fl., during a ceremony at Tropicana Field on Feb. 3.

Fielder, the father of current Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, led the American League in home runs in 1990 and ’91 with 51 and 44 respectively for the Detroit Tigers.
Fielder’s 13-year career included stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and the Angels. He finished with a career average of .255 with 319 homers and 1,008 RBIs.

Fielder graduated from Nogales in 1981 and played for Romano, who is still the Nobles’ baseball coach. Romano never imagined Fielder would blossom the way he did.

“I thought he would be able to play in the big leagues, but I never thought he would be a star,” Romano said. “I had to beg him to play baseball, he didn’t come out his sophomore year. His love was basketball, he was the best in the San Gabriel Valley at the time. When I finally got him out to play baseball, he hit .500 his junior year and took off.”

Fielder was drafted in the 36th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of high school, but opted to attend UNLV instead.

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Basketball Roundup: Big third quarter helps Amat girls win; Glendora’s Nick Colletta has breakout game with 32 points in win over Alta Loma; Lots on the schedule tonight

Bishop Amat girls beat St. Paul: It took the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team a half to get going, but when it did visiting St. Paul was no match for the Lancers in a key Del Rey League game on Tuesday night.
Kaysee Tayag erupted for 10 points in the third quarter to help Amat turn a 21-19 lead at halftime into a 47-36 win.

HOOPS ROUNDUP
BOYS BASKETBALL
Baseline League

Glendora 57, Alta Loma 44
Leading Glendora (15-5, 2-1) was Nick Colletta with a game high of 32 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Gordan pitched in with 10 points and two rebounds. Alta Loma (9-8, 2-3) was led by Michael Borgisum scoring 13 points for the Braves. Prep League

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Baseline League
Glendora 67, Alta Loma 47

The Tartans (12-7, 1-3) were led by Casie Lowden with 33 points, two three-pointers, six rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Olivia Haybern and Violet Montalbo each had eight points and Haybern had 10 rebounds. Leading 33-27 at halftime, the Tartans were able to put some distance between them and Alta Loma despite the Braves getting big scoring efforts from Lelani Mamea with 20 points and Ashlee Luvio with 11. The loss dropped Alta Loma to 0-2 in league play.

Coverage: I will be at Damien for tonight’s game against Chino Hills and will tweet quarter updates. John Honell is covering Bonita at Walnut boys and Aram is covering Arroyo and Rosemead girls for first place in the Mission Valley.

Tonight’s Hoop Schedule
Boys Basketball
Del Rey League
Serra at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
Bonita at Walnut, 6:45 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 6:45 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
West Covina at Los Altos, 6:45 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino Hills at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Claremont at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills at Ayala, 6:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
El Monte at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Azusa at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
Ganesha at Workman, 6 p.m.
La Puente at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Basset at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Hacienda League
Bonita at Walnut, 5 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 5 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 5 p.m.
West Covina at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s at Chino Hills, 4:45 p.m.
Claremont at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
South Hills at Ayala, 4:45 p.m.
Montview League
Azusa at Gladstone, 4:45 p.m.
Ganesha at Workman, 4:45 p.m.
La Puente at Duarte, 4:45 p.m.
Basset at Sierra Vista, 4:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Rosemead, 4:45 p.m.
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 4:45 p.m.
El Monte at Mountain View, 4:45 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview at Nogales, 5 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 5 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 5 p.m.

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Girls Soccer Roundup and Schedule: Diamond remains undefeated in Hacienda; St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills meet in the Sierra

Today’s Sierra League Schedule
Girls Soccer
St. Lucy’s at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala vs. South Hills at CDF, 5:30 p.m.
Boys Soccer
Chino Hills at Damien, 5:30 p.m.
Claremont at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
South Hills at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.


Above: Diamond Bar’s Stevie Thomas converted a penalty and that got the Brahmas rolling in a 3-1 win over Rowland.
Tuesday’s Girls Soccer Roundup
GIRLS SOCCER
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar 3, Rowland 1

The score being 0-0 at the half, the Brahma’s woke up and scored three goals in the final 15 minutes on a penalty kick converted by Stevie Thomas.
A nice finish off of a long throw by Helena Kisor and a left footed shot that found the upper corner from 20 yards out by Marissa Favela to put the game away. Leading the Raiders was Alexis Carago scoring the lone goal for Rowland. The Brahmas remained undefeated in the Hacienda at 4-0 and are 11-3-3 overall. The Raiders are 3-4 and 1-3.

Walnut 3, Bonita 3
The Bearcats’ Camille Trotter had a goal and assist and Ciara Jackson and Shavonn Johnson also had goals in a game that was tied 2-2 at half, with each scoring in the second half and failing to find a game winner in OT. Bonita remained unbeaten in league with a 3-0-1 record and 8-7-1 overall. Walnut is 4-4-3 and 2-1-2. Walnut scoring was unavailable and is not on Maxpreps.
Los Altos 3, West Covina 0
No information called in or available on Maxpreps.

Montview League
Sierra Vista 4, Duarte 0
Sierra Vista (10-2-2, 7-0) got two goals from Cynthia Hernandez with the assists coming from Jessica Lopez and Daisy Ruiz. The Dons got all four of their goals in first-half with Lopez adding a goal with an assist from Jasmine Loera and Ruiz scoring the final goal assisted by Xochito Martinez. Sierra Vitsa took a total of 22 shots on goal and goalie Rosalma Ramirez helped preserve the shutout with two saves.
The Falcons only had two shots on goal, but got good defense from their keeper Valera Sanchez with eight saves. Duarte dropped 4-8-1 overvall and 1-4-1 in league play.
La Puente 4, Azusa 2 (OT)
Arye Looney scored all four goals for the Warriors with two coming in the overtime period.
Michelle Palma was credited with one assist in overtime. La Puente (5-4-3, 5-1-1) had 14 shots on goal and goalie Christine Montero had a big game with seven saves.
Jaline Miranda scored both goals for the Aztecs who had 11 shots on goal.
With the loss Azusa dropped to 3-2-1 in league play.
Workman 2, Gladstone 1
Amber Mirano and Victoria Gutierrez each scored to lead the Lobos to their first victory of the season. The Lobos broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the second half. Andrea Vasquez scored for the Gladiators. The Lobos’ are 1-10-1 and 1-5. The Gladiators dipped to 1-8 and 1-5.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 4, Covina 0

The Saints overwelmed the Colts with 50 shots on goal and took an early 2-0 at halftime and never looked back. Audrey Vasquez, Lindsey Toneck, Daisey Duran and Melissa Watson scored for San Dimas and Toneck contributed with three saves.
The Saints improved to 12-2-2 overall and 6-0 in league play.
Wilson 3, Pomona 1
All the scoring for both teams was done in the second half with the Wildcats getting their three goals from Sara Martinez, Briena Satoyo-Vedolla and Allison Kung. Assists came from Kung and Martinez. Pomona got their lone goal on a penalty kick by Jackie Rodella. Goalie Genevie DeDios had 12 saves for Wilson and Pomona’s keeper Kaylin Richard contributed with four saves. Wilson led with 14 shots on goal to six shots on goal by Pomona.
Wilson improved to 5-1 in league play and Pomona dropped to 2-3.

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Soccer: Mountain View might be unranked and unappreciated in Division 5, but the Vikes are still one of the best after beating No. 8 El Monte, 4-1

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
EL MONTE
— There are few coaches in any sport with the passion of El Monte High School boys soccer coach Javier Aguiniga. Even Lions football coach Joel Sanchez marveled at it before the Vikings’ boys soccer match against Mountain View on Tuesday, explaining how Aguiniga returns from a morning jog to talk soccer.
“I don’t follow a lot of soccer,” Sanchez said. “But he goes on and on about it. Soccer’s always on his mind.” (To continue click thread)

Below: Coach Javier Aguiniga helped Mountain View win three championships. Now he’s trying to do the same at El Monte, but that day will have to wait. Mountain View whipped his Lions, 4-1 on Tuesday.

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Kevin Glaspy opts not to take over Covina Football, the position is now open

Covina Co-Athletic Director Kevin Glaspy opted not to take over the varsity football program, left vacant after the resignation of longtime coach Darryl Thomas last week. Glaspy shared his reasons in an email:

“I will not be taking the head football position at Covina High or apply for it. I currently enjoy my role on campus as a teacher, coach, and athletic director and would like to continue it as is. I feel confident that our school will attract a more than qualified coach that can continue to keep our program headed in the right direction.” — Kevin Glaspy

Covina will float the position and has asked us to pass along this information for interested coaches

“Covina High School will be accepting applicants for its head varsity football coaching position effective immediately. Interested applicants can contact CHS Athletics at 626 974-6033 or email Athletic Director Darryl Thomas at dthomas@cvusd.k12.ca.us. Interested applicants will have until Wednesday, January 27th to submit their intent to apply. As of now, the position is open as a walk-on assignment.”

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Boys Basketball Rankings: La Verne Lutheran beats another giant; Damien hosts Chino Hills on Wednesday

Tribune Boys Basketball rankings
1. La Verne Lutheran (14-4)
– The Trojans took down another giant, beating Orange Lutheran at their house in the Third Annual Tony Matson Memorial Classic on MLK Monday. Orange Lutheran, ranked No. 4 in the state by MaxPreps, was without super player Gabe York and the Trojans took advantage, winning 60-58.
2. Damien (16-1) – The Spartans beat Ventura in a MLK showcase game 52-47 after starting 2-0 in the Sierra last week, which included a squeaker over South Hills. On Wednesday they host Chino Hills, which should be a good one.
3. Bonita (14-4) — The Bearcats are off to a 3-0 start and face 3-1 league-rival Walnut on Wednesday at Walnut.
4. Glendora (14-5) — After losing big to Etiwanda, the Tartans beat Rancho Cucamonga and Claremont on Monday in an MLK Showcase game.
5. Chino Hills (12-5) — Did its part to start 2-0 in the Sierra, setting up Wednesday’s game at Damien for sole possession of first.
6. Northview (14-6) — A shocking 53-50 loss to Wilson leaves the Vikings in a three-way tie for first in the VVL with Wilson and Nogales, both 3-1 in league too.
7. Ayala (11-4) – How do you explain a 26-point loss to Chino Hills? They came back with a win over Charter Oak, but they must do better against the contenders.
8. Walnut (14-6) – Beat Diamond Bar and lost to Rowland big, 66-37. That’s not a good sign with Bonita coming to town next.
9. Rowland (10-6) — The Raiders bounced back after their league opening loss to Los Altos with big wins over Walnut and Diamond Ranch, and have a chance to build on that with Diamond Bar and West Covina next up.
10. Covina (12-6) – The Colts’ 60-54 loss to Baldwin Park shows the parity in the Valle Vista League. I thought Northview and Covina stood above the rest, but obviously that’s not happening.

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Bonita surging at No. 1, Covina and St. Lucy’s looking strong

Tribune Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Bonita (15-2)
— Have won eight straight and are looking like the are’s No. 1 team. They face Diamond Bar on Friday, which could be interested with the Brahmas much improved.
2. Bishop Amat (14-5) — Opened the Del Rey with a 41-31 loss to Serra and will take on rival St. Paul at home tonight. The Del Rey is tough, all five teams have overall winning records.
3. Diamond Ranch (14-5) — Like how they responded with key senior Erika Williams out for an indefinite time with a knee injury. They earned a big win over rival Diamond Bar and should remain unbeaten in league until they meet Bonita again.
4. Covina (14-3) — Colts are surging and Ashli Baddorf is averaging 17 points. She has 27 points against Nogales last week.
5. Duarte (10-1) – The Falcons will continue piling up wins in the Montview. The only team that has a chance to beat them is Workman, who they beat at Workman last week by two points.
6. St. Lucy’s (11-4) — The Regents are 2-0 in the Sierra and looking like real contenders to take the league title.
7. Wilson (13-5) – The Wildcats are the second best in the VVL. After losing to Covina they bounced back with two wins.
8. Rosemead (11-7) — Tied with Arroyo with identical 11-7 overall records and both 2-0 in league heading into Wednesday’s showdown at Rosemead at 4:45 p.m.
9. Glendora (11-7) – The Tartans started the Baseline in the worst way possible, 0-2, and now it’s a dogfight the rest of the way.
10. Workman (13-4) — Evelyn Herrera isn’t the only reason the Lobos are winning. Sure she averages 25 points a game, but the Lobos are feisty on defense.

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Chris Solomon, Jalen Moore, Jalen Castille and Jonathan Thropay to compete in PrepStar Classic All-Star Football game

Charter Oak’s Jonathan Thropay, West Covina’s Chris Solomon, Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore and Damien’s Jalen Castille have been invited to compete in the PrepStar Classic All-Star Senior football game at the Home Depot Center on January 29 at 6 p.m. The Trib foursome will compete on the CIF-South squad against the North. To check out the rosters, click the thread.

More Solomon: The two-time CIF champion took his first official visit to Colorado this past weekend, and gave his impressions to BuffStampede.Com.

“That was my first time going out there so seeing the campus in person was awesome. It is real nice. I didn’t think the campus was going to be as big as it is. California is nice but Colorado is beautiful with the mountains, snow, the atmosphere and everybody is so welcoming out there. My whole family fell in love with Colorado.
“I learned a lot about the campus and I learned a lot about their academics because we had a meeting with a couple of their professors and they explained to us what their academic expectations are. We had a great time. They answered every single question that I asked and every single question that my parents asked.
“We got to see the weight room and meet the weight room trainer (Malcolm Blacken) and he is awesome. He was a strength coach in the league (NFL) for 15 years and this is his second year at Colorado. I can’t wait to work with him if I go there. Every coach there is great.”

When asked if Colorado might be his choice, Solomon, recruited as a corner, responded :“We’ll see how it goes. I was supposed to go to Oregon State next week but they gave me a call and they told me that they already have three safeties committed so they are not going to take anymore. I am probably going to visit either Nevada or New Mexico State instead.”

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Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan continues to prove she belongs, London Olympics are next

Diamond Bar’s Alex Morgan was clutch for U.S. Women’s National team in the World Cup. Now she’s getting ready for the Olympic Games in London.

By Larry Morgan, Staff Writer
CARSON -
The competitive streak in Alex Morgan won’t allow her to be satisfied.

Maybe it’s because of years of playing organized sports or simply board games with older sisters Jenny and Jeri and bearing the brunt of their victory celebrations. Maybe it was from the direction of her father Mike, who instilled in his youngest daughter the will to win and never accept anything less.

“He planted that in me at a very young age, which I’m very grateful for now,” she said.

Morgan, a rising star on the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has big plans and will stop at nothing until she achieves them, even after a memorable year in which she was the No. 1 overall draft choice of the Women’s Professional Soccer’s Western New York Flash, helped lead the national team to a second-place finish at the World Cup and became one of the squad’s most recognizable players.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Claremont defends No. 1 tag; Baldwin Park and Diamond Ranch move up

Tribune Boys Soccer Top Ten Rankings

1. Claremont (12-2-2) — Proved it belonged No. 1 by going 2-0 in the Sierra last week with wins over Damien (2-0) and Chino Hills (2-1).
2. Baldwin Park (7-4-2) — Easy wins over San Dimas and Covina in the Valle Vista league. It should get tougher this week with Wilson and Nogales.
3. Diamond Ranch (7-3-1) – Has taken the early lead in the Hacienda with a 3-0-1 start, which includes a 2-2 tie with Los Altos. Can they sustain it?
4. Mountain View (5-3-4) — Vikings pride won’t let them go down in the Mission Valley league without a fight. They won both league games last week, including a big one over Arroyo.
5. Sierra Vista (9-3-2) – The wild, wild Montview is off and running. Even if you argue that Sierra Vista is the best, they’re still a team that has to fight for the playoffs because there is so much parity. Currently, the Dons are in fourth with a 3-2-1 record in league — but there is a long way to go.
6. Pomona (6-2-2) — The Red Devils are the early frontrunners to win the Valle Vista, off to a 3-0 start and playing well. They’re not a fluke, they have been consistent for three years now.
7. Damien (6-6-2) – The Spartans crushed South Hills 5-1, but the 2-0 loss to Claremont stings. They get Chino Hills followed by Charter Oak next, and a couple wins would leave them in good shape.
8. South Hills (9-3-2) — Beat Charter Oak, who everyone should beat in league, then got hammered by Damien 5-1. If the Huskies are thinking about the playoffs, they need to do better against contenders.
9. Arroyo (7-5-1) — Not the way the Knights wanted to start league, with a loss and a tie. They need to get it going this week so they don’t fall too far behind in the standings.
10. El Monte (6-4-4) — The Lions also struggled to a loss and a tie to open the MVL. Let’s see how they rebound this week.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: St. Lucy’s takes over top spot, Bishop Amat moves to No. 2

Tribune Girls Soccer Rankings
1. St. Lucy’s (12-4) — Except for a 2-0 nonleague loss to Los Osos, they took care of business in league, beating previously unbeaten Claremont and South Hills in overtime on Friday. They didn’t look sharp offensively against the Huskies, but they defend well.
2. Bishop Amat (11-3-3) – Only one game last week, a 3-0 Del Rey win at La Salle. Tough to find much competition for them in the Del Rey, but at least they’re starting to look like the Lancers’ of old.
3. Claremont (15-1-3) — This is how an undefeated season can turn in a heartbeat once league starts. The Pack are 0-1-1 in league. After losing to St. Lucy’s, they tied Chino Hills 0-0.
4. San Dimas (12-2-2) – The Saints are 3-0 in the Valle Vista by outscoring their three victims 24-0. Can anyone challenge them in league? Maybe Wilson, who is 7-4–1 and4-1 in league. They meet on Thursday at Wilson.
5. Chino Hills (12-1-4) — The Sierra League is race to the finish. The Huskies tied their first two games — good ties considering they came against Claremont and Ayala.
6. Diamond Bar (10-3-3) — What’s notable about the Brahmas is not that they’re already 3-0 in the Hacienda, but how they’re doing it. They smoked Walnut 4-1 and seem to be getting better as the season wears on.
7. South Hills (6-2-6) – The Bunker-it-up Huskies almost pulled out a scoreless tie at home against St. Lucy’s, but the Regents’ Victoria Camaj took care of that with an overtime goal. The Huskies might be in a lot of games like this in the Sierra. They can defend, but they need to find ways to score.
8. Ayala (5-6-3) — Don’t let the overall record fool you, they’re already 1-0-1 in league having beating Charter Oak and tying Chino Hills. I feel bad for the Sierra league teams that won’t make the playoffs. Too bad they can only take three. The Sierra has five that are deserving.
9. Sierra Vista (9-2-2) — The Dons are already 6-0 in the Montview and beat La Puente 3-0, and the Warriors figured to have the best chance of beating them. Oh well, see you in the playoffs.
10. Bonita (7–7) — The 2-0 start in the Hacienda includes a 2-1 win over Los Altos. If they can handle Diamond Ranch and Walnut this week, they could be undefeated in league when they meet Diamond Bar.

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