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
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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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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