Miguel Melendez breaks news that Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy changes his mind, is going to UCLA

Monrovia High School’s Ellis McCarthy, the two-time Star-News Defensive Player of the Year, has decommited from Cal and is headed to UCLA, according to his father, Ed.

Through a text message to the Star-News on Monday night, Ed McCarthy simply wrote, “Ellis to UCLA.” When asked Monday morning if the departure of Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi might change Ellis’ mind, Ed answered, “Yes.”

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Friday’s Basketball Roundup: Amat loses cool in loss to La Salle; Damien survives scare at home against South Hills

Boys Hoops: Amat can’t handle La Salle: Jordan Hill made a pair of free throws after a flagrant foul and then made a 30-footer to just beat the 35-second shot-clock buzzer and La Salle eked out a 56-50 victory over visiting Bishop Amat in a Del Rey League game.

Boys Hoops: Arroyo hangs on against Mountain View: Arroyo High School’s boys basketball team had to survive a late run by Mountain View to hang for a 42-38 win on Friday and a 2-0 start in the Mission Valley League.

The Knights trailed at halftime, but used a 14-1 run to take a 33-21 lead going into the fourth quarter. That’s when Mountain View, last year’s league champion, charged back.

Boys Hoops: Damien survives scare against South Hills: Damien High School, the top-ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA, did just that in a 44-41 win over South Hills in a Sierra League game Friday night.

In a game that had five ties and 16 lead changes, the Spartans (15-1, 2-0) got a basket and free throw by Chris Reyes with 1:07 left for the victory.

Check out the highlights from Chino Hills-Claremont with the Inland Insider

Friday’s Basketball Roundup
Boys Basketball

Hacienda League
Rowland 53, Diamond Ranch 39

The Raiders shut down the Panthers with strong fourth-quarter defense.
“Our defense really came into being in the fourth and held to Diamond Bar to four points while we had 15,” assistant coach Cliff Hamlow said.
Derric Mar led all Raiders scorers with 14 points and four rebounds while Saeed Montoya added 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Nadi Ubengwu led the Panthers with 17 points. Rowland improved to 2-1 and the Panthers fell to 1-3.

Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 60, Covina 54
The Braves topped the No. 1 team in league with their strong showing on defense.
“We thought they made their best defensive effort all season. We won that game as a team,” Braves head coach Marc Hart said. Alex Baron led the Braves with 24 points and eight rebounds while Ricardo Higueros added 12 points. The Colts’ leading scorer was Mike Peters with 20 points.
Covina fell to 2-1 in league play while Baldwin Park (2-2) evened their record and heads into Hacienda Heights Wilson next Wednesday.

Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga 55,Glendora 41

The Tartans could not overcome a first-quarter deficit in which they were outscored 13-7 and fell to the visiting Cougars. Glendora (11-7, 0-2) was led in scoring by junior guard Casie Lowden who had a game-high 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one assist.
Junior guard Maria Can added 10 points, five assists, one rebound and one block, while sophomore guard Leah Eolten chipped in with two points, five rebounds and one steal.
Rancho Cucamonga was led by Essence Cash’s team-high 15 points and Gabby Johnson added 11 points.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 61, Ayala 51

Charter Oak used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to take a 28-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it in the second half to down the Bulldogs (0-2 league). The Chargers (6-12, 1-1) were led by Merrissa Suarez, who scored a game-high 15 points.
Vicky Elliott and Alison Strycula chipped in with 13 and nine points, respectively. Ayala’s Sandra Tucker and Jackie Ricretson each scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Other Scores
Boys Basketball
Baseline League
Glendora 71, Rancho Cucamonga 62
Sierra League
Chino Hills 58, Claremont 55
Ayala 45, Charter Oak 26
Hacienda League
Bonita 60, Los Altos 30

Girls Basketball
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s 45, South Hills 29
Hacienda League
Bonita 64, Los Altos 35
Diamond Ranch 51, Rowland 22
Montview League
Duarte 74, Gladstone 55
Workman 70, Azusa 20
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 49, Northview 30
Covina 59, Baldwin Park 32
Wilson 63, Pomona 19
Mission Valley League
Rosemead 47, Gabrielino 38

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South Hills next football coach could be Albert Rodriguez or Brian Johnson

Who will replace legendary South Hills football coach Steve Bogan after he resigned this week after 19 years and four CIF-SS championships? There was plenty of discussion at the school on Friday that freshman coach Brian Johnson and varsity assistant Albert Rodriguez are the top candidates should the school promote from within. There is some speculation that South Hills could float the position, but sources are saying it will likely be either Johnson or Rodriguez. Bogan spoke highly of Rodriguez when announcing his plans to step down this week, but there are rumors that Rodriguez might consider other assistant coaching positions, and Bishop Amat could be one of them. If the Huskies hire a walk-on, a name to look out for is former Walnut quarterback and current Mt. SAC offensive coordinator Daniel Al-Gattas, who spoke to me this week about his interest in Covina High’s football position. Covina may opt to promote from within with track coach and football assistant Kevin Glaspy. If Glaspy takes the head job, Al-Gattas, who lives in Covina and said he could coach without a teaching position, would be a great candidate. He said he has interest in South Hills, but he’s not sure if they will float the position. Covina, who plays in the Mid-Valley and Valle Vista league, is a much more attractive and winnable situation. South Hills is going through a rebuilding phase in the unforgiving Sierra League, and will not be allowed to petition to change leagues until the 2014 season.

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Sierra League Soccer Roundup: St. Lucy’s beat South Hills 1-0 in overtime on Camaj’s game winner; other Sierra League results posted and video highlights for Chino HIlls-Claremont

St. Lucy’s win in OT: St. Lucy’s was having difficulty creating opportunities through the run of play against South Hills in Friday’s Sierra League girls soccer game.

That’s what the Huskies pesky defense does to you, central defenders Jessica Villagomez and Shayla Harris a big reason why the Huskies had allowed an area-low six goals and had lost just one game, though offensively they’re a work in progress, which is why they also have six ties.

The frustration was evident on St. Lucy’s attacking playmaker Victoria Camaj, who received a caution early in the second half, and had trouble creating clean opportunities in the box for her frontrunners.

But Camaj did what good players do. With the game scoreless in overtime, she started taking defenders on.

Camaj penetrated the box with a nifty cut to her left to free herself for a second, then buried a left-footed shot off the right net for the game winner in the 86h minute and first overtime to lead the Regents to a 1-0 win.

Sierra League
Girls Soccer

Ayala 3, Charter Oak 0
Chino Hills 0, Claremont 0
Boys Soccer
Claremont 2, Chino Hills 1
Damien 5, South Hills 1
Ayala 3, Charter O

Inland Insider Highlights and reaction on defending CIF champion Claremont’s 2-1 victory over Chino Hills in Boys Soccer.

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Why are so many high school football coaches leaving in the prime of their careers?

Read Aram’s reaction story on the flood of high school football coaching resignations this week: “No, quite simply no,” said longtime Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar when asked if he’d ever witnessed this many resignations at one time during his six decades as a coach in the area. “It concerns me because I know how important athletics are to overall school climate. But you have to understand where they’re coming from. I really understand why these guys are doing what they’re doing.”

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Soccer Roundup: La Puente boys shutout Duarte 2-0; Diamond Bar girls take over first in Hacienda in rout over Walnut; Friday’s schedule updated

Boys Soccer
Sierra League

South Hills at Damien, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Girls Soccer
Sierra League

St. Lucy’s vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 5 p.m.
Claremont at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.
Baseline League
Glendora at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m.


La Puente boys soccer takes care of Duarte, 2-0: It only took four minutes for the La Puente High School boys soccer team to deliver the knockout blow.

The Warriors scored with three minutes left in the first half and then again in the opening minute of the second half en route to a 2-0 Montview League victory over host Duarte on Thursday afternoon.

“Every time you score a goal, it gives you confidence,” La Puente coach Bahram Alavi said, “especially for high school kids. Their chests come out and they say, `All right!’

Montview League
Gladstone 4, Azusa 3 (OT)

Eric Romo scored two goals to lead the Gladiators, who improved to 3-3 in league action.
Jorge Mota and Kaylin Valleverde added one goal each for Gladstone.
“It was an overtime win. The kids played with a lot of heart. I’m really proud of their performance,” stated J.D. Garcia Gladstone’s head coach.
Sierra Vista 3, Bassett 1
No stats updated, but the Dons are 9-3-2 and 3-2-1. The Olympians are 4-7-2 and 1-5
Note: No other Montview league teams did not call in results or update on Maxpreps.

Hacienda League
Bonita 3, Los Altos 1

There was no information called in or on Maxpreps, just the final score. But the Bearcats are 4-5-3 and 2-0 in league and Los Altos is 7-5-4 and 1-1-2.
Diamond Bar 3, Walnut 1
Nathan Joya scored twice and Gabe Brown added the other in the Brahmas win to improve to 2-9-1 but more importantly 2-1 in the Hacienda…..Julian Sanchez scored the long goal for the Mustangs who are 4-6-1 and 2-2.
Note: No other Hacienda league games were called in or updated on Maxpreps.

Valle Vista League
Pomona 3, Covina 0

The Red Devils remained perfect in league, improving to 6-2-1 and 4-0 in league. The Colts are 6-6-1 and 2-3.
Note: No other Valle Vista league games were called in or updated on Maxpreps.

Hacienda League
Diamond Bar 4, Walnut 1

Tatum Lockett, Stevie Thomas, Helena Kisor and Marissa Favela all scored in the Brahmas romp over the Mustangs, scoring three goals in the second half to pull away and improve to 10-3-3 and a perfect 3-0 in league to take over sole possession of first. The Mustangs droppd to 3-4-1 and 1-1-1. Walnut’s scoring was unavailable.
Rowland 2, Diamond Ranch 1
Stats were unavailable…and records were not updated.

Montview League
Sierra Vista 8, Bassett 1

The Dons (9-2-2, 6-0) took a 8-1 lead and never looked back. Daisy Ruiz led Sierra Vista scoring four goals, three off of Isabel Chavez
Jessica Lopez chipped in with two goals and three assists. Abagail Alcantara also had two goals. Leading Bassett (1-8-1, 1-4-1) was Noemi Canchola scoring one unassisted goal. The Tigers got goals from Jackie Mejia and Kelley Brady to lead South Pasadena to the win.
With just over two minutes into the game, Mejia scored what proved to be the game winner and San Marino was never able to get into the game after.
The Titans got a solid performance behind keeper Ellie Hannon who kept the game close with five saves.
La Puente 4, Duarte 1
Arye Looney scored three goals and dished out an assist in the Warriors victory. The Warriors are 4-5-3 and 4-1-1 in league. The Falcons dipped to 3-6-1 and 1-2-1.
Azusa 3, Gladstone 0
Michelle Munoz scored two goals and Silvia Garcia scored the others as the Aztecs imprvoed to 5-2-1 and 3-1-1. The Gladiators are now 1-7 and 1-4 in league.
Ganesha 2, Workman 1
Jazmin Hernandez scored both goals and Valerie Flores had two assists in the Giants victory, who are now 6-6-1 and 3-2.

Valle Vista league
Wilson 4, Baldwin Park 1

No information on the game called in, however the Wildcats are 7-4-1 and 4-1 in league with the Braves dropping to 0-8-1 and 0-5
Covina 2, Pomona 0
There was no information on the game called in, but the Colts improved to 3-5-1 and 2-3 while the Devils dropped to 4-7 and 1-3.

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Wrestling: Sierra Visa beats rival Baldwin Park in front of packed house at B.P., 42-26

By John Sherrard, Correspondent
– You can throw out all the records when Sierra Vista and Baldwin Park meet on the mat.
Both teams came into the nonleague wrestling dual meet with eight wins apiece, but the Dons avenged last year’s loss with a 42-26 victory over the host Braves Thursday night. The two rivals, in a packed gym, put on quite a show with the outcome not decided until the 195-pound match between the Braves’ Edwin Calderon and Sierra Vista’s Jose Aguilar. Aguilar pinned his opponent with 46 seconds left in the second period to give the Dons a 36-20 lead with only two weight classes remaining. (To continue reading, click thread)

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Glendora’s Skyler Crall earns his way to the Inaugural Blue-Grey National All-Star football game in Florida on Saturday

By Fred J. Robledo
If you would have told Glendora High School’s Skyler Crall that his 2011 football season would lead to the 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker being invited to to the Inaugural Blue-Grey National All-Star senior football game in Tampa Bay, Fl., on Saturday, he would have wondered if you were talking about someone else.

“I always thought I was just an average player, I never imagined being invited to something like this,” said Crall, in Tampa Bay this week with his family preparing for Saturday’s game at Raymond James Stadium at 5 p.m.

Fox Sports Florida is showing the game on a live stream on its Prep Zone webpage.

Crall was one of the lone bright spots on a Tartans team that finished 3-7 and struggled in the tough Baseline League.

But Crall had his moments, and was arguably the Tartans’ best all-around performer against one of the toughest schedules in the Valley.

The linebacker led the team in tackles and sacks with 57 and seven respectively. He also recovered two fumbles, had an interception and was one of the area’s best fullbacks, making life easier for backs Corey Victoria and Donovan Holmes. (To continue reading, click thread).

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Football: Marijon Ancich goes out a winner; South beats North, 19-16

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The final score and the winner of the inaugural Catholic/Christian Literacy Classic all-star football game was immaterial.

It was really all about longtime St. Paul High School football Marijon Ancich, who after more than 40 years coached his final game.

But winning isn’t bad, either.

Juan Diego Temple returned a fumble 62 yards on the final play of the third quarter to tie the score and John McGrory kicked a 45-yard field goal with 2:23 left and Ancich went out a winner as the South rallied for a 19-16 victory Thursday night at Whittier College.

Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore rushed for 24 yards to lead the South.

“Believe me, it’s emotional,” Ancich said before the game. “My mind is working on it. That’s life in the big city. You never know what’s around the next corner.

“Our banquet is Sunday, so it will basically be all over in one week. That’s where were at.

“All the people that have done something for me, that’s who I want to thank. It’s unbelievable the sacrifices they’ve made to make the program better for us. It was all done by people, kids, the administration was always fantastic.”

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Bishop Amat’s Jalen Moore and Adam Sanchez to compete in tonight’s all-star game at Whittier College, which is also a sendoff for Ancich

Tonight’s inaugural Catholic/Christian all-star game is also the swang song for St. Paul’s legendary coach Marijon Ancich, who retired after 360 career victories.

Below: 2010 video highlights of the great, Jalen Moore….

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Sometime around 10 tonight, Marijon Ancich will walk across Whittier College’s football field, shake Jay Schroeder’s hand and call it a career.

It will be the end of one of the more prolific coaching careers in California.

Ancich, the all-time victories leader among Southern California football coaches with 360 wins, says goodbye tonight when he guides the South team in tonight’s inaugural Catholic/Christian Literacy Classic, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Whittier College.

The game, which features the best private school graduating seniors in Southern California, will also include 15 area players from the greater San Gabriel Valley. (To continue, click thread).

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Basketball Roundup: Duarte girls hang on in nailbiter over Workman; South Hills and Damien boys win, will meet Friday

Workman’s Evelyn Herrera drops in 33, But Duarte hangs on for 79-77 win in Montview Showdown Imari Brown scored 27 for the Falcons: - Experience in close games proved to be the difference in a Montview League girls basketball matchup for first place between defending champion Duarte and upstart Workman on Wednesday night. The Falcons (9-1, 2-0), who were 14-0 in league play last year and advanced to the CIF-State Division IV championships, scored on a short jumper by Imari Brown with five seconds left to pull out a 79-77 victory over the Lobos.
With the score tied, the Falcons’ defense forced an over-and-back call with 10 seconds left. They got the ball to Brown, who sank the jumper for the win. Brown led the Falcons with 26 points.


Wednesday’s results
Hacienda League
Rowland 66, Walnut 37

Chris Arzadon had 16 points to lead the Raiders (11-6, 1-1) while Derric Mar added 12 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Croom had 11 points to lead Walnut (12-6, 2-1).

Sierra League
Chino Hills 64, Ayala 38
The Huskies opened Sierra League play with a win over their crosstown rivals. The huskies were led by Michael Navar who had 15 points, while the Bulldogs were led by Jared Ponce and his 15. It was the league opener for both schools.

South Hills 72, Charter Oak 61
Korey Serna had 22 points, while Steven Rubin-Woods had 16 and Jeriko Santos scored 15 for South Hills (12-6, 1-0). Charter Oak (9-8, 0-1) was led by Kody Brown with a game-high 26 points.

Damien 64, Claremont 52
St. Mary’s bound forward/center Chris Reyes had a triple double, finishing with 17 points, 11 blocks and 10 rebounds in the Spartans’ league opening win. The Spartans host South Hills on Friday.

Valle Vista League
Covina 59, Nogales 48

Mike Peters had 32 points and Nino Harrell added 11 rebounds for Covina(11-5, 2-0). James Santiago had 24 points for Nogales (3-1 league).

Wilson 53, Northview 50 (OT)
Bryce Kato hit a three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game for the Wildcats.
Brandon Miramontes led Wilson with 13 points, eight blocked shots and six rebounds.

Wednesday’s Results
Hacienda League
Bonita 56, West Covina 36

Nikki Wheatley scored 24 points and Sarah Jackson added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for the Bearcats (14-3, 2-0). Natalie Lam had 12 points for West Covina drops (7-8, 0-2).

Diamond Ranch 69, Los Altos 28
Chelsea Barnes led the Panthers with 21 points as Diamond Ranch improved to 2-1 in league play. Tyvette White added 17 points and Tai Lark had 13 points. With the loss, Los Altos fell to 7-10 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Montview League
Azusa 40, Ganesha 17

Marissa Chaves scored 17 points for Azusa (3-11, 1-1) as the Aztecs. Ganesha dropped to 4-8 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Valle Vista League
Wilson 43, Northview 30

Kelli Calton led Wilson (12-5, 2-1) with 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Diamond Machabie led the Vikings (4-11, 2-1) with 10 points .

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Sierra League Soccer Roundup: St. Lucy’s girls beat No. 1 Claremont; Chino Hills boys rally to beat Ayala in overtime

Wednesday’s Girls Soccer Results
St. Lucy’s 2, Claremont 1

The area’s second-ranked Regents knocked off the undefeated and top-ranked Wolpack behind a pair of goals from Nicole Lopez and Victoria Camaj to make an opening statement in the Sierra. Regents goalkeeper Heather Seman played a big role in the win and Shannon Kent and Sara Kashe each had assists as the Regents improved to 11-4 and 1-0 while the Pack dropped to 15-1-2 and 0-1 in a meeting between the Tribune’s top two-ranked teams.

South Hills 1, Charter Oak 0
Paige Rios scored the lone goal on an assist from Sharon Li to help the Huskies open the Sierra with a win. Goalkeeper Morgan Bello played a strong game with eight saves for the Huskies, who improved to 6-1-6 and 1-0 in league. The Chargers are 2-9-1 and 0-1 in league.

Chino Hills 1, Ayala 1
The Huskies and Bulldogs played to a 1-1 tie in the league opener. Amanda Tolliver scored off an assist from Meilessah Rangel to stake the Huskies to 1-0 first-half lead, but the Bulldogs tied it in the second half. The Huskies are now 12-1-1 and 0–0-1 and the Bulldogs are 4-5-3 and 0–0-1.

Wednesday’s Boys Soccer results
Chino Hills 4, Ayala 2, OT

The Bulldogs took an early lead when Giovanni Perelli scored in the nith minute. the game was still 1-0 early in the second half when Ayala went up 2-0. Johnny Gama got the Huskies back in in it with a goal and Josiah Leandro tied it in regulation 2-2, sending the game to overtime. Michael Montoya scored to put Chino Hills up 3-2 Eddis Virgen gave them an insurance goal in the second OT to notch the win.

Claremont 2, Damien 0 – The defending champion Wolfpack opened league in style on a pair of goals from Troy Ford and Stephen Barba. The Wolfpack scored both goals in the second half to improve to 12-2-1 and 1-0 while the Spartans fell to 5-7-1 and 0-1.

South Hills 1, Charter Oak 0 – No information on the game but the Huskies improved to 9-2-2 and 1-0 in the league opening win and will be at Damien on Friday. Would someone please tell the Huskies to at least post a roster on Maxpreps. This team is too good to go unnoticed.

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Another coach leaves, Rosemead’s Matt Koffler resigns saying he’s simply, “burned out.”

If you’re keeping score, Bonita’s Eric Podley, Covina’s Darryl Thomas, South Hills’ Steve Bogan, Rosemead’s Matt Koffler and Wilson’s Bob Burt all resigned this week … Who’s next and when will it stop? BTW, there are many good comments on this thread, check it out.

By Aram Tolegian

Rosemead High School football coach Matt Koffler became the latest in a rash of local football coaches to resign this week when he announced at the Panthers’ team banquet Tuesday he is stepping down after 10 seasons combined at the school.

Rosemead was one of the area’s most consistent winners under Koffler. It took home four Mission Valley League championships and reached the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship game in 2008 and the Division VII semifinals in 2001. Rosemead made the playoffs in eight of Koffler’s 10 seasons.

He briefly left Rosemead in 2002 to take a job at Artesia. He later spent one season at La Puente before returning to Rosemead in 2004. The Panthers went 82-41 under Koffler. Rosemead was 5-5 this past season and missed the playoffs.

“I guess I’m just burned out,” Koffler said. “My kids are playing football now and I guess everyone is kind of resigning over the same thing. It was a compilation of things, like your kids are getting older and things are going on with budget issues. It was getting real tough.”

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Girls Tennis All-Area: CIF champion Wilson take top honors, Natalie Johnson player of the year; Irving Lai coach of the year

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Wilson High School dominated the 2011 girls high school tennis season, beating Carpinetria 14-4 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title match at the Claremont Club, giving the Wildcats their first girls tennis title in school history.

Wilson High’s super singles player Natalie Johnson said it was the perfect way to end her senior year by raising a trophy with her teammates.

Johnson, who won the Valle Vista League singles title and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section’s prestigious Round of 16, was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune girls tennis player of the year for the second time.

Johnson also was named the player of the year as a freshman at South Hills before later transferring to Wilson.

“It’s a blessing to have been selected tennis player of the year, but I know I would not have been selected if my team had not won the CIF championship,” Johnson said. “I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches for being positive and supportive.”

Johnson is a well-known player in the Southern California tennis circuit. She was the No. 1-ranked player in Southern California in her age group when she was 10, and won the Southern California age-group sectionals in 2004.

Johnson continues to play in national tournaments and is still deciding which college to attend. (To continue reading, click thread)

Player of the year: Natalie Johnson, Wilson, Sr.*
Coach of the year: Irving Lai, Wilson
First Team Singles
Alexis Valenzuela, West Covina
Meagan Zamilpa, Wilson
Andrea Madrigal, South Hills
First-Team Doubles
Megumi Kikuchi and Kaori Oishi, Wilson

Second Team Singles
Amanda Herrera, Gladstone
Yuka King, Arroyo
Cindy Lia, Claremont
Second Team Doubles
Drew Spinosa and Megan Huang, Claremont

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The beat goes on, Aram reporting that Mountain View football coach James Wilson and Schurr coach Ben Negrete both resign

Mountain View coach James Wilson resigns: “It just kind of felt right,” Wilson said. “It’s been seven years. I was struggling with it when the season ended. It just kind of became a strain. I moved to Anaheim two years ago and with the drive and my kids getting older, it just felt like the right time.”

Schurr Coach Ben Negrete resigns: Schurr High School varsity football coach Ben Negrete became the latest area coach to call it quits. Negrete announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Negrete, who was the Spartans’ head coach for four years and won three Almont League championships in that time, decided to take an early retirement from teaching and has resigned his post as head coach.

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Girls Soccer: Yazmin Montoya leads way in Bishop Amat’s 3-0 win over La Salle; San Dimas, Wilson and Sierra Vista win; No. 1 Claremont vs. No. 2 St. Lucy’s tonight at Damien

Bishop Amat opens Del Rey with 3-0 win over La Salle: Bishop Amat High School wanted to quickly take control of Tuesday’s Del Rey League girls soccer opener against La Salle.
Senior tri-captain Yazmin Montoya made sure it happened. She scored in the ninth minute to get the visiting Lancers started en route to a 3-0 victory. “We wanted to start off league strong and we worked hard and got a good finish,” Montoya said.

Girls Soccer Roundup
Montview League
Sierra Vista 3, Ganesha 0

The Dons (8-2-2, 5-0) got all three goals from Jessica Lopez with the assists coming from Daisy Ruiz, who had two, and Jasmine Loera. Sierra Vista took 18 shots on goal to Ganesha’s two.
The Giants (5-6-1 overall, 2-2 league) got seven saves from goalie Carolina Jimenez.

Valle Vista League
Wilson 6, Nogales 0

Wilson took a 4-0 lead at halftime and added two goals in the second half to improve to 3-1 in league play. Allison Kung scored three goals for the Wildcats, who got two assists and two goals from Sara Martinez. Kung also had with two assists and Yanelli Flores had one goal.
Goalie Kaylin Richard helped preserve the shutout for Wilson with four saves. The Wildcats had 14 shots on goal to Nogales’ five. Nogales fell to 2-1 in league.

San Dimas 12, Northview 0
Leading the Saints (11-2-2, 5-0) was Marybell Duran, who scored five goals and added four assists. Jordan Haynes added three goals. Britain Chaputa had five saves for San Dimas.

St. Paul 3, Pomona Catholic 1

The Swordsmen (3-8-1) took a 3-1 lead early and never looked back. Emily Rivera scored two goals, one off an assist from Megan Gomez. Marissa Lara added an unassisted goal.
St. Paul goalie Marissa Aguilar had four saves.

Claremont vs.St. Lucy’s at Damien High, 5 p.m.
Preview: Ever since St. Lucy’s knocked off Flintridge Sacred Heart 1-0 in a December shocker, the buzz surrounding the Regents girls soccer team has grown. Flintridge Sacred Heart boasts seven players who verbally committed to a Division I scholarship and was ranked No. 1 in the country by ESPN when the Regents triumphed.

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Basketball Roundup: Glendora can’t keep up with Etiwanda in Baseline opener, loses 56-35

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
- Etiwanda High School’s boys basketball team came out firing with five 3-pointers in the first quarter of its Baseline League opener at Glendora and never looked back in a 56-35 victory on Tuesday night.

The Eagles, last year’s league champions, rode super sophomore Jordan McLoughlin’s game-high 22 points to their 13th consecutive win and improved to 16-1 overall and 1-0 in league. Glendora fell to 12-5 overall and 0-1 in league.

Glendora rarely has been at full strength this season, which may have cost the Tartans critical time to get where they needed to be in order to stay with the likes of Etiwanda, which is one of the top teams in the Southland. But Tartans coach Mike LeDuc refused to say his team’s injury woes had anything to do with its poor showing Tuesday.

“Etiwanda is incredibly talented and we have to play really well to compete with them,” LeDuc said. “We have to shoot very well to play with them and tonight we didn’t shoot well. And they shot very well. When that happens, we’re going to have a hard time competing.

“I don’t want to make excuses. We have to get better. Just because we’ve had incredibly bad luck with injuries this year it’s only an excuse if I use that. And I don’t want to use that. I don’t care if it’s the first game of the year, people are expecting them to be ready and we didn’t play well tonight.”

Girls Basketball Roundup
Baseline League
Etiwanda 62, Glendora 16

Brianna Johnson scored 19 points to lead Etiwanda. Amanda Sifongkham chipped in with four points for the Eagles. The Tartans (11-6, 0-1) were led by Casey Lowden with six points.

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Boys Water Polo All-Area: Nogales’ record setting Nick Estevez earns player of the year

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The 2011 boys water polo season might have been one of the Valley’s best ever.
Nogales and Bonita won CIF-Southern Section division titles and Damien advanced to a division final as well. All three teams had enough superstars to fill out The Tribune’s boys water polo first team, but Nogales’ Nick Estevez stood above the rest.
Estevez’s record-breaking season and back-to-back CIF titles with the Nobles earned him Tribune Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row.
Estevez set a single-season CIF-SS scoring record with 233 goals, eclipsing the mark of 229 set by Hoover’s Hakop Kaplanyan in 2009. The Nobles senior broke the record in the Division 7 championship game by scoring four goals in Nogales’ 8-6 victory over Don Lugo. (To continue click thread).

Tribune Boys Water Polo All-Area
Coach of the year: John Ashby, Bonita
Player of the year: Nick Estevez, Nogales, Sr.
Nick Estevez, Nogales, Sr.
Austin Miller, Damien, Sr.
Keaton Renta, Bonita, Sr.
Ramon Sanchez, Nogales, Sr.
Christiaan Ortiz, Nogales, Sr
Caleb Guarino, Bonita, Sr.
Connor Farris, Damien, Sr
Matt Zachary, Bonita, Sr.
Mario Garcia, Nogales, Jr.
Kyle Garwick, Damien, Jr.
Alec Snow, Bonita, Sr.
Jonah Dowd, Claremont, Sr.
Adam Sarrail, Damien, Sr.
Patrick Phommachanh, Nogales, Jr.

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Breaking News: South Hills football coach Steve Bogan resigns, will remain a teacher at the school

By Fred J. Robledo, staff writer
One day after longtime Bonita coach Eric Podley and Covina’s Darryl Thomas resigned after spending more than a decade as head football coaches at their respective schools, one of the winningest in San Gabriel Valley history decided to hang it up after 19 years and a 70 percent winning clip in nearly two decades.

South Hills football coach Steve Bogan, who was named the Huskies head coach in 1992, resigned on Tuesday after winning four CIF-Southern Section titles, 13 league titles and compiling an overall record of 172-73 and 31-10 mark in the playoffs.

“It’s been a great, great ride,” Bogan said. “When I look back I’ve been very fortunate to be here this long. I’m not exactly sure where I’m going, but I couldn’t of asked for a better experience.” (To continue reading, click thread).

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Football: Charter Oak and Bishop Amat agree to meet, setting up a huge game in Week 3

Bishop Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said the Lancers have agreed in principle to play Charter Oak in Week 3 three this fall. The schools agreed on a two-year deal. Charter Oak will host the Lancers this season and Bishop Amat will host the Chargers in 2013. Bloggers and this office have argued in recent years who would win if two of the Valley’s best programs met and finally, they will settle it on the field. I imagine it will be intense, emotional and for the winner, bragging rights the rest of the year.

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Glendora football steals two key assistants from La Puente; Crook and Maloney back to Glendora

Glendora football coach Jerry Lewallen, who was hired to replace Todd Quinsey in November, has added two key assistants to his staff. Former Tartans quarterback Jacob Crook will take over as offensive coordinator and Jim Maloney will take over as defensive coordinator. Both Crook and Maloney were assistants at La Puente for Brandon Rohrer, who was once rumored to take over at Glendora, but remained at La Puente because the Tartans couldn’t offer a teaching job to go with its head football coaching position.

There are more coaching changes. Aram reporting “In the Huddle” that: Damien head coach Greg Gano has let go of longtime sidekick and defensive coordinator Lee Fair and replaced him with John Carroll.

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Lutheran and Damien on top, but Glendora can make a statement in Baseline League opener tonight at home against mighty Etiwanda at 6:30 p.m.

Tribune Boys Basketball rankings
1. La Verne Lutheran (13-4) – The traveling Trojans disposed of Chino Hills and Westminster last week, and will take on New Jersey’s St. Elizabeth on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Classic. There are still several big non-league games ahead against Orange Lutheran, Mater Dei and Price.
2. Damien (13-1) — The Spartans’ Sierra League title quest opens at Claremont (Wednesday) and home Friday against South Hills. The Spartans are ranked No. 1 in Division 3AAA, and what I love about that is Pasadena, the best on the West side, is No. 2.
3. Glendora (12-4) – Who made this schedule? Ready or not, Glendora takes on defending league champion Etiwanda (13-1) at home tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Baseline opener. Etiwanda’s only loss came in the championship game of the Pasadena tournament against — you guessed it, La Verne Lutheran, 72-61,
4. Bonita (12-4) – The Bearcats opened the Hacienda with a 48-34 win over Diamond Ranch and take on West Covina (Wednesday) and Los Altos (Friday). Hey, they’re still the team to beat until they get beat.
5. Chino Hills (10-4) — The good news for Chino Hills is they won’t take on another team like Lutheran the rest of the season. Wait a minute, maybe Damien is just as good. The jury’s still out.
6. Northview (13-5) – Beat Baldwin Park and Pomona handily to open the Valle Vista, but big games are still to come against Covina and Nogales. In Monday’s win, Treavon Francis dropped in 41 on Pomona.
7. Ayala (10-3) – They could be Sierra League spoilers because they have a team capable of beating anyone with their size and athleticism. But they’re hit and miss.
8. Walnut (12-5) – Opened the Hacienda with wins over Los Altos and West Covina and can run their league record to 4-0 with wins over Rowland and Diamond Bar next. The Rowland game is key, the Raiders can beat anyone in league.
9. Rowland (10-6) — Losing their league opener to Los Altos is tough, but the Raiders showed in December tournaments they’re not going anywhere. They can hoop it up.
10. Covina (10-5) - The Colts are the only team not to have played a Valle Vista League game. That changes this week.

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Bonita beats DRanch to take top spot; Covina climbs to No. 4

Tribune Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Bonita (13-3)
– The 12-point win over Diamond Ranch moves the Cats to No. 1. They may have lost some super seniors from last year’s finalist team, but nobody has a better engine than point guard Nikki Wheatley.
2. Bishop Amat (14-4) — The Lancers beat a very good Redondo Union team on Saturday night 46-39 a couple nights after beating Alhambra. That’s just what coach Wiard was looking for heading into the Del Rey League.
3. Diamond Ranch (11-5) – The knee injury to sparkplug Erika Williams is the kind of injury that can derail a season. She’s easily one the area’s top five players, and one the Panthers can’t do without in the longrun.
4. Covina (12-3) – After resting several players in their Rowland tournament final loss to Wilson to close out 2011, the Colts showed the Wildcats whose the team to beat in the Valle Vista with Monday’s big win over the Cats.
5. Duarte (8-1) – The Falcons’ first and only big test in the Montview comes on Wednesday night at home against Workman, who feature scoring sensation Evelyn Herrera.
6. Wilson (11-5) — After scoring 45 points in their win over Covina in the Rowland tournament finals, the Wildcats could only muster 22 against the Colts in a 32-22 loss on Monday night.
7. Glendora (11-5) – The Tartans are improved from a year ago, but finished 2011 on a sour note, losing to Duarte and Schurr in the final two games of their own tournament. Next up, Etiwanda.
8. Rosemead (9-6) – Opens the Mission Valley on the road at South El Monte and Gabrielino.
9. St. Lucy’s (9-4) – Closed out nonleague with a 58-57 win over Jurupa Valley. It face Claremont and South Hills this week.
10. Workman (13-3) – The Lobos will go as far as Evelyn Herrera will take them. She’s leading the Valley at 25 points per game.

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