Baseball Playoffs: Glendora beats fourth-seed Cypress 5-2; Los Altos wins on Munoz walk-off hit; Bonita gets past Garden Grove; South Hills crushes Canyon Springs; Monrovia knocks off defending champ Bishop Amat, 4-3

Monrovia knocks out the defending champion with clutch strikeouts from Joe Mata in the bottom of the seventh

Monrovia 4, Bishop Amat 3 The Monrovia High School baseball team could feel it slipping away in the bottom of the seventh inning against defending champion Bishop Amat in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs Tuesday.

So, the Wildcats turned to the best pitcher they had left, Rio Hondo League Most Valuable Player Joe Mata.

All Mata had to deal with was the bases loaded, no outs and his team clinging to a two-run lead with the top of Amat’s order coming up.

“I know it was a tough situation when my coach put me in there,” Mata said. “I just said trust your defense and throw strikes.”

That’s exactly what he did.

Los Altos 4, Downey 3: It wasn’t just how Los Altos High School started Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 second-round playoff game, it was also the way it finished that lifted the Conquerors to a 4-3 victory over visiting Downey.

Mission Viejo 9, Damien 1: The Diablos (19-13), who beat the Spartans in the quarterfinals last season on their way to the CIF-SS championship, knocked the Spartans out of the playoffs, this time in the second round, 9-1, on Tuesday afternoon.

TUESDAY’S SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Division 2
Glendora 5, Cypress 2
South Hills 8, Canyon Springs 1
Mission Viejo 9, Damien 1
Division 3
Bonita 5, Garden Grove 3
Los Altos 4, Downey 3
Division 4
Savanna 4, Nogales 3, 9 innings
Monrovia 4, Bishop Amat 3
Division 5
Cathedral 4, Sierra Vista 1

Glendora 5, Cypress 2
Glendora heard since last week how tough Cypress, the No. 4 seed, was and how they had no chance. The Tartans, the Baseline League Co-Champion, would have none of that as they posted a 5-2 win over the visiting Centurions in a CIF Division 2 game. Early on it didn’t look promising as Cypress got a two-out 2-run home run from Stephen Lohr in the top of the first inning off Wyatt Wood. Wood, however, hit his own two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie it. Wood worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning as he induced an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop. The Tartans used that momentum to score two runs in the bottom half of the inning as DJ Peters’ 2-run double gave Glendora the 4-2 lead.
Wood was dominant shut down Cypress in the fourth and fifth innings to set the stage for Glendora’s decisive rally. Donovan Holmes led off the fifth with a high-hop grounder to second base and Martin Gallegos reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Wood then singled to right field to score Holmes for a 5-2 lead. Wood, who had no complete games all season, threw his first career complete game. After giving up a lead-off walk in the sixth inning, he got two outs and a strikeout to set up the seventh inning. Wood got a groundout for the first out. Cypress then got a single, prompting Glendora coach Dan Henley to go to his bullpen, but Woods closed it out. He got a fielder’s choice for the second out and ended the game with a grounder to third base to move the Tartans on to the quarterfinals. Wood finished 2 for 3 and 3 RBIs, freshman Nick Kaye was 2 for 3 and sophomore DJ Peters was 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.

South Hills 8, Canyon Springs 1

The Huskies (19-7) got a solid pitching performance from Kevin McKeldey, who improved to 6-1 by scattering four hits and allowing one earned run. South Hills got 11 hits and was led by Matt Caro, who had a double.

Bonita 5, Garden Grove 3
Thomas Castro led the way for Bonita by going 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs as the Bearcats improved to 28-2. Tyler Heslop chipped in with a home run and two RBIs. Parker Merrit improved to 7-1 despite recording only one strikeout. Justin Garza entered the game in the fifth inning and struck out three en route to earning his second save. “It was a good game,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “Castro and Garza had a great game.” DIVISION 4

Savanna 4, Nogales 3 (9 innings)
Nogales (22-7) battled with a solid pitching effort from Caleb Rodusky, Erik Gonzalez and Albert Lemus, who scattered six hits, but fell short to the Rebels in nine innings. Lemus went 2 for 3 for the Nobles.

Cathedral 4, Sierra Vista 1
Julian Perez turned in a strong performance, scattering four hits, and earned the win for the Phantoms. Cathedral improved to 23-5. The Dons’ Giovanni Rivera (9-3) went a strong six innings allowing four hits and striking out three but got little run support. Jesus Terraazas pitched an inning of relief. Sierra Vista (17-7) got its lone run in the seventh inning when Christian Quinones singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Herrejon.

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  • Just curious

    What games will you be covering today?

  • Anonymous

    Hey i spoke with Hayden and he told me LSU is where he might end up at

  • FredJ

    Our plan is to try and get a write up on everyone. We’ll call coaches of teams we won’t be able to have a reporter or correspondent at, but in terms of coverage, we’re doing Amat-Monrovia, Glendora-Cypress and Downey-Los Altos…Remember, we have a full slate of softball too.

  • Lancelot

    C’mon Fred, there has got to be more to the Amat team then just the absence of Rio Ruiz? You passed up a great opportunity to really throw some light on all the young players who have gotten this team to where they are now without Mr. Ruiz. Please try and give credit where credit is due and help these other players feel like they are more than just Rio’s supporting cast. Ruiz has been gone for quite some time now and while his presence is appreciated it is not the reason that the Lancers are still winning. Why are they still wining Fred? That might be a good place to start your next Amat piece. Sorry Fred, maybe I just need another cup of coffee….Go Lancers!

  • Fred Robledo

    They’re winning because they’re in a division they should win in, and the last time I checked, they lost two Del Rey League games, which is more than the total number lost in the previous four years combined in the Del Rey. Bishop Amat is good, but it’s fair to say they’re not the power team they were the previous year. Even Nieto will tell you that.

  • Lancelot

    Agree with all you posted Fred; however, you did not address my….inquiry? Is it really that hard to find a story inside that Lancer team when not using R.R. as the subject. They have beaten some pretty good teams since Rio’s departure and I think you are slighting the existing players just a bit when you get a chance to talk about them being in the second round of the playoff’s and all you can come up with is, “The defending champion and fourth-seeded Lancers (20-9) are not the juggernaut of recent years, and certainly not having reigning player of the year Rio Ruiz…” Just my humble opinion and I hope we can look forward to learning more about the players who have been getting it done during these difficult times….see my point? They HAVE been getting it done. Anyway, Good Luck this afternoon Lancers, one game at a time.

  • SGV Fan

    I agree with Lancelot on the constant mention of Ruiz and taking the spotlight away from the other players bustin it each and every week to get to this point. Yes the kid is good, yes he had an awesome year as a junior but that was 1 year ago. He only played 3 or 4 games this season and thats it and he still gets all of the hype in the world? Enough, let him graduate, make his mark in the world whether its at USC or in the minors, but lets focus on the rest of the team who deserves credit where credit is due. Then I agree with Fred on BA in too weak of a Division but thats a topic for another day.

  • AgreeWLancelot

    Really, Fred? Why not just give the players who are on the team and making the wins happen some credit? Not the “power team” of last year (according to you and Nieto)just because Rio’s not in the line up? The wins are still happening. Whose making them happen? SMH SMH

  • BA Fan

    Do people even realize Amat has been playing with one returning starter (position player)? One senior on the field, (not counting 2 pitchers). Lost about 20 seniors last year. Most games lost have been by one run due to errors. Of course they are not where they were last year, but they have done a great job against some good teams. Geez!

  • LaughOutLoud

    You will get approx 9 more responses to this thread. One from each of the starting 9 players parents on Amats team!!! lol Give those players some credit. How are they so different from teams in the past if they are winning just like teams in the past did???

  • Amat69

    Fred,
    Your constant writing about Rio has turned a lot of people off, including Amat people! This kid has always put himself first, Why with all the notoriety you’ve brought him and covered him almost exclusively won’t you make any mention of his latest triumph? It is truly shameful that he got the women s volleyball coach fired on the spot just to satisfy his sexual wants! Then to make matters worse, he went after the Priest (Father) who caught them in the Gym.
    Fred, you’ve had no problem writing negative, but truthful comments about people in the past and letting it fly on the blogs, ex. KC Huth last season among others. Why are you so protective with this low, or no class selfish kid?
    This has all been verified and you know it, and if it were anyone else you would have it all over the place!

  • Fred Robledo

    Lancelot, despite what people think, I’m not Bishop Amat’s PR service, if you look at the write-up today, I focused on a lead team, Damien, and every other team got a paragraph or two. If players feel slighted because their names aren’t mentioned, join the club, I hear that from almost every team in the area. I think people will agree, Amat gets more than its fair share of ink. Look at Los Altos softball, I’ve got a coach calling me out in the paper today, it’s never ending.

  • SGV Fan

    Amat 73….wow now thats some news about fred’s wonder boy. More importantly, good luck today to all the SGV softball and baseball teams! You all worked hard to get here and I wish you the best!

  • SGV Fan

    Fred, dont play the victim here. You have spend an inordinate amount of time hyping that BA player. We all have noticed it and your being called out on it. Hopefully next year you will be less biased and spread the love around the valley. This is just constructive criticism. Remember we are your customers out here.

  • Fred Robledo

    SGV Fan, if you’re not smart enough to realize what types of things I can and can’t comment on when it comes to high school athletes, I can’t help you. Talking about rumors when it comes to transfers, coaching changes or things that happen between the lines are one thing, but other rumors, specifically the one you’re asking about, will not be allowed in this space. Above all, legal reasons prevent me from discussing those type of rumors.

  • Spartans Fan

    Fred, you say that you root for other teams, but I can’t ever remember a time that you picked Damien.

  • AMAT 73

    SGV Fan,
    Not sure why you lead of with me ,maybe you meant Lancelot ??? Any how I think Lancelot has a point as one player does make a team and not being the power team of last season has more to do with graduation then losing Rio . Granted he is a team leader and senior with the most varsity experience so by staying with the team and rooting them on he is doing what a team leader should do. I think a mention of the player who is filling his shoes and also who has upped their game to fill the void would be a better story than to continually bring up losing Rio . Alcantera , Moya , and others are picking up the slack tremdously in Rio’s absence. I guess the point is we lost Rio quite a while ago so let that lie and write about who is doing the job now which is what really matters now .

  • Fred Robledo

    Spartans fan, don’t confuse wanting SGV teams to do well with picking against them. We do football picks every week, and I often pick teams outside the SGV to beat our teams.

  • Lancelot

    Fred, I don’t want, nor do I think you should be, The Bishop Amat PR person. That was NOT the point of my post. I think you do a very good job at what you do and my “critique” was more to point out that there was an opportunity in this article to elaborate on The existing Lancers still playing ball with the best of them(other top teams), still winning and doing it with some names other than Ruiz. Don’t get me wrong, I admire what Rio has done and the fact that he continues to support and be a part of the team, but it would have been nice to turn the spotlight to some of the kids who continue to get it done on a weekly basis. No dog in the race, I heard the collective valley groan and was just disappointed that you missed the opportunity. No offense. Good Luck today Lancers! One game at a time.

  • J

    FRED, ITS NOT A RUMOR, GOT IT STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSES MOUTH,,,

  • Fred Robledo

    Like I mentioned earlier, after spending the majority of the write-up on Damien, the rest was a quick blurb on each game and the Rio mention was to point out that Amat is not as dangerous as last year, and not having its reigning player of the year doesn’t help. But they’re still good and the team nobody wants to face in the D-4 playoffs because they’re battle-tested and played a great schedule. Like other teams in this article, not many players were mentioned because space in the paper was tight. In any case, Amat is the lead story-game for tomorrow because they’re playing one of Star-News’ best, Monrovia, so it’s a great crossover game for both papers. That’s why I spent the majority of the article today focusing on Damien because I knew Amat will get a majority of the ink in tomorrow’s paper.

  • Lancelot

    J,
    Your pushing too hard. What’s your agenda here? Let it go. What’s it to you anyway? Go pick a fight with your room mate or cubicle partner. Leave the kid alone.

  • EnjoydaGame

    Parents, chill out! Fred, thanks for the work you do for us. I see it at every game, my son is the starting SS for a team in SGV, and over zealous dads are always talkin n screamin like they know it all!!Just let your kids earn their name in the paper, or attention to their team. Believe me, I talk to my son about this all the time and he and his teammates think ‘screamin dads’ are too much. Let them play. your screaming n talkin smack is not helping them hit the ball or strike out a player!Dont be THAT dad.

  • Lancelot

    enjoydagame-FYI, I don’t see that as the issue here. Not even remotely. I don’t have a kid on the team and I’m the one who brought it up. Read the thread from start to finish…that might help.

  • EnjoydaGame

    ok, read the whole thread. So you want more credit to other kids? Other schools? Again , let them earn it, who doesnt have a favorite? The team who wins and players who perform get coverage. Enough said. Work harder. Good luck to all kids still living the dream today!

  • AMAT 73

    Seems a few on here are yearning for validation to what rumors you’ve heard or what you think you know . Is what was reported in the Trib not enough for you ? And really what’s your point J, if like you say Mr. Ed ( he’s the only horse I’ve ever heard of that can talk ) spelled it out for you . Next time ask him to give you a winner in the 8th at Hollywood Park and let the blog know. We could all use a tip on a sure thing.

  • Amat Alumni and Parent

    Wow we are really beating a lot of dead horses right now.

  • AMAT 73

    Alumni and Parent,
    You got that right, especially the one J got his info from .

  • Spartans Fan

    Fred, your article is wrong, if Damien wins it will their 4th straight year not second.

  • Amat Alumni and Parent

    So let’s wrap this up. Fred hates Damien, but loves Amat and Rio. There are people that think Amat (who by the way people think are covered way too much)has kids that are not getting enough pub. Oh yeah “J” has some information about a teacher and a minor and wants everybody to know. Forget the fact that we are dealing with a minor here.

    Oh by the way there are some great games today, but who cares about that, right?

  • Witness

    Fred, Keep doing what your doing. I enjoy hearing about great teams and great players from our area and I don’t care if they are from Amat, Damien or Keppel.
    Don’t worry about these grown ups who cry like little babies when you don’t mention their kid.
    If you want your kid in the paper then maybe you should put the time in and get them to that level or send them to a school that is doing something.
    We are in a sick society of entitlement. Do something or shut up.
    Good Luck SGV
    Great job Fred J

  • Anonymous

    Lil Fredj
    Hayden has verbally committed to LSU this is my 2nd time telling you and yet you have not given him the proper recognition

  • AMAT 73

    Anonymous,
    Cut Fred some slack . Hayden out of Cathedral is a little out of the SGV area don’t you think ? Great for the kid and we all wish him success but really you want Fred to cover the downtown area also ? .Seems a better fit with Miguel to have your beef with .

  • SH Fan

    Yahoo Huskies win!

  • just sayin

    south hills played canyon springs not nogales

  • 12th man

    DO THOSE SAME PARENTS STILL WANT COVERAGE ON HOW GREAT BA IS DOING WITHOUT RIO??? UMMMMM! THEY JUST LOST!!

  • socalbaseball fan

    D3 #2 seeded Beckman beat Colton 3-0.

  • Upset-D2

    #1 Harvard Westlake lost to Valencia in D-2
    Pacifica beat Alta Loma
    Alison Niguel beat Tustin

    Good luck to locals who won! Cut the losers some slack, kids read the blog and adults need to be adults.

  • Observantcat

    From the MOUTH of BA’s leader:
    (“It doesn’t matter who you play, our body of work is better than anyone with maybe the exception of Palm Desert,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “We think that our body of work has prepared us for a championship run. We don’t have Rio, but he’s there with us as an extra coach doing anything he can to help us win.”) well their are other teams who think the same way and are still in the hunt. Monrovia doesn’t overlook anyone on their journey to make it to the Final game. Well Fred: MONROVIA 5 bishop amat 4 dont think that the same thing wouldn’t happen in football!

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Pound for Pound, huh Fred I think it’s time you stop making excuses and just embrace Monrovia’s greatness. I recommend you take an ambien so you can get some sleep tonight but once the word gets out regarding MHS beating Amat. Your gonna hell to pay and it will be hard to defend your blind bias for Amat.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Just giving you crap Fred, Congrats to Amat on a good season. MHS hope you bring home another Baseball CIF Championship

  • Fred Robledo

    You two are funny, what does baseball have to do with football? In any case, the difference between Observant, Kennedy and me is I may my picks before the games, I don’t pop off after the fact. You two are still alright and great win for Monrovia, they clutched-up when they had to clutch-up. Always happy for Dave Moore and Brad Blackmore, they coach as well as anyone. BTW Observant, since you’re quoting Nieto, don’t forget this ..”Give Monrovia credit, they’ve been a great team and a well-coached team for the last ten years. They deserved to win today.”

  • Observantcat

    The funny thing Fred is that if I were a betting man, after reading your blogs I myself would have picked BA in this game and any other game in Div. 4 by a long shot. But I guess my point is that writing is one thing playing is another. Baseball is truly a team sport and if everyone is on the same page and the confidence level is high any team can win. The way you write about Bishop Amat is that this statement only applies to them. Monrovia will have to continue playing with the same fortitude as they do in all the games they have played in order to take home another CIF crown and to show our respect to the AMAT team I would be the first to congratulate them. But it’s time to move on. By the way Fred I do believe our football team is as good as mentioned and I would hope that you of all people would not be amazed if the same results happened year after year in that sport as well.

  • Fred Robledo

    Well I guess you don’t read very well because what I’ve been writing is they’re dangerous, but not as good as previous years. I thought they were still good enough to win the division, but you’re right, baseball, probably more than any other sport, is the most unpredictable. This thread has gone full circle, it went from me not giving Amat and its players enough credit this morning to what Observant just wrote. BTW, I won’t be amazed if Monrovia continues its football dominance in Division 10, I expect it. But when it comes to beating Amat in football, that’s where you’re off your rocker. You lost to San Dimas in football last year. Think that would ever happen to Amat? Your argument works in baseball, but let’s not get carried away.

  • Observantcat

    Ok, Freddie, I hear you…….

  • GoAmat

    This is what I meant last week when I said that it was pretty quite when we won 11 to 0. Hardly no one wrote on here! Now that Amat lost ALL the haters are happy. Lol. Plus you haters are bringing up football. That’s so funny! Like Fred said. Baseball and football are two different sports! Amat still has something that you hatters don’t have and that’s respect! We could care less about who won what and how many times who did what! Good job Amat!

  • Observantcat

    Define HATE. Maybe giving praise to a hard working team to you is hate but read carefully and try to find where any hate was spewed on this blog. Even I congratulated BA on a good season and am wishing that the Cats take care of business from this point on. To me its more like thin skin you’re wearing. Dont be like a typical stir the pot fan unless you read something that is truly offensive. Maybe the thought of football has you feeling a bit squeamish all of a sudden.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    I gotta say it since few are, but Amat with Nine and without is two different things.

    Baseball is a screwy game and M-Town may have won anyway if Nine was playing, but that guy is worth so much to the bottom line that it’s not even funny.

    The Cards don’t win the World Series last year without Pujols and Amat doesn’t win CIF this year without Nine. Wild comparison, but I think very plausible.

  • 12th man

    Aram,
    It’s still baseball season..So I think your referring to “#5″ who is #9 during football~

  • Word on Cameron

    Observant Cat,
    Monrovia did lose to 3-7 South Hills.
    No way you beat Bishop Amat.

    Case closed

  • Observantcat

    Word on my street is that Monrovia Won Back2Back CIF Championships, case still open.

  • Fred Robledo

    Great observation Observant, Rio Hondo Prep won a title too, so the battle for Star-News supremacy marches on.

  • Observantcat

    Fred, I give Rio Hondo Prep Credit for being a school of their size and winning championships. What school that size on the other side of the 605 can claim that? And for the fellows talking about respect?…. Monrovia has scouts swarming their campus even during spring practice, I heard it’s pretty quiet over on the other side. Fred, you may want to check into that. Now thats Respect coming from the right group of judges.

  • Fred Robledo

    Rio Hondo Prep had a guy named Landon Goodwell who played for UTEP. Flintride Prep had a guy named Ramses Barden who plays in the NFL. I covered both in high school. But their teams couldn’t play with upper-division teams because despite how great they were individually, it takes depth, lots of depth, to compete at the upper-levels of high school football. Monrovia probably has three or four guys who can play D-1 (college football), but how about the other 50 or 60 on the roster? That’s what separates D-1 from D-10, and why Monrovia falls in that category. That’s why Monrovia can lose games to San Dimas or South Hills, because despite their great individual talent, they can’t overwhelm them with size and numbers like D-1 teams can. That’s why Amat hasn’t lost to an SGV team in about 10 years. When you go undefeated, even one season, against SGV teams, then we can begin this conversation. Until then, it’s on you to beat Ayala, St. Francis, South Hills and the other non-league teams on your schedule next year before talking Amat.

  • OldConqueror

    Every year during baseball and football, people come on this blog and bash Bishop Amat. I didn’t attend Amat and neither do my kids but let’s face it, that Athletic program is pretty darn successful. They have outstanding athletes and their support base is one of the best if not the best. I could care less about Amat but it does make for interesting reading. They get a lot of press because they win..and win often and it’s interesting. That’s why these blogs blow up every year when Amat is mentioned. I think Fred gets the raw deal because he has a responsibility to write about sports in the SGV and find interesting and compelling stories or he and his paper are irrelevant.
    I played many moon ago for Los Altos in the early 80′s and I imagine that the Prep Sports Editor back then..(Doug Spoon) would have been accused of favoritism when it came to Los Altos because we were always in the papers. I’d venture to say he probably did get flack. There was no blog back then so we would never know for sure but I think I’m right. Either way, Fred keep doing what you are doing. I keep reading because it’s interesting and compelling. By the way..some of these bloggers are pretty good too..
    That is all

  • Observantcat

    Fred, give me 50 great players willing to suit up and play up to their potential vs. 75 so-so players who dont have much athleticism past 3 yards and a cloud of dust I take the 50 all day long. That was a very weak argument. Maybe I should lay off of you because I know how you feel about BA. Go get some rest, football season is right around the corner. Maybe go do some fly fishing or something, this up and coming season has its work cut out for you.

  • Fred Robledo

    If my argument is so weak how is that Amat has consistently beat the West Covina’s, Damien’s, Diamond Ranch’s, and Charter Oak’s in scheduled games the past 10 years, yet Monrovia can’t beat go undefeated in a championship year with teams like San Dimas, Arcadia and 3-7 South Hills on the schedule? If my argument is so weak, how do you explain that? You can give all the great rah-rah speeches about give me 50 guys who play to their potential, blah, blah, blah, but you can never explain away simple facts, so go ahead, keep calling me Amat this or that, it’s much easier than admitting you’re wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Fred, or anyone that knows is the Amat baseball superstar 17 or 18? You know, the one that commited to SC

  • little Albert

    Spartans Fan

    Guess What? Season over! Coaching staff is horrible. We were not prepared today and it clearly showed. Out coached in every aspect of the game.

    Bast’s speech at our banquet was a joke. Take your Kangaroo court and go back to Upland LL and coach. This clown has ZERO experience on the field and his pitch calling is worst…

    Leyva, time to head to the Cape… and don’t come back.

    Skip… we’ll you still haven’t won the big one! Go Fishing

  • HOOLA HOOP

    It always happens when nieto has to really coach a game, this is usually the outcome.You have a man on third no outs down by two late in the game and you can’t find a way to get him across. thats just weak coaching. I hear they might be looking for coaches at La Puente little leauge. A great group of kids with a weak set of coaches. Good luck to all the seniors where ever they may go from here.

  • Mr. Baseball

    anonymous, he is now 18.

  • green pastures aka “el gato monte”

    Monrovia!!!! One of the top Athletic Schools In the SGV…Listen Beating Bishop Amat is a big win. With a healthy Rio Maybe Bishop Wins, but you can’t hang your hat on one player. Monrovia has players who will get drafted of this years team. People would say that comparing this win to a possible football win, is illogical. However, Monrovia already has the better players, if they play as a team, they could upset BA just like in base ball. Monrovia, is on the rise. People may not want to admit it. For a small school, there is a large concentrated pool of talent. Monrovia, Kids believe they can win any game, and so do us bloggers.

  • GoAmat

    Your fighting a losing battle FRED! All our FANS will never understand what you are trying to get thru their thick heads. “Don’t even waste your time!” You should know that by now! Amat knows that all our Fans ask around or look up if AMAT won or lost? Lol. “They will ALWAYS envy AMAT”.

  • Fred Robledo

    I’m going to take a moment to pat our sports crew on the back. We managed to get a write-up on every game yesterday. They all know who they’re, and the work is much appreciated. I know how important is is for the teams and families to have their playoff games covered.

  • JMO

    observantpussycat,

    CO 63, SH 28 loss
    Damien 47, SH 38 loss
    Ayala 49, SH 48 loss
    CH 36, SH 13 loss
    Claremont 45, SH 28 loss

    Monrovia 30, SH 34 WIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  • Ranking who’s left

    1.Bonita-
    2.South Hills
    3.Alhambra
    4.Glendora
    5.Temple City
    6.Monrovia
    7.Los Altos

  • Hey Andy

    Hey Andy, I thought wining big games and championships is what you do at Amat. Well not this year or in the near future.
    You young talent is over rated and they are all hype.
    You have turned your younger levels into a cash cow instead of a development program.
    No much shine left.

  • upset city

    JMO-

    hahaha…So what Monrovia just Beat The holy Bishop Amat at home yesterday! That’s what this thread is about…Don’t say that Bishop Was not considered a power..Don’t you Lie to me!

  • JMO

    upset,

    It was a good win, never would have thunk it.

  • Blue Beard

    Funny how Monrovia (football) Fan all of a sudden shows up on the baseball blog and can’t wait to draw comparisons between Amat and Monrovia’s FOOTBALL teams after their little over achieving baseball club pulled an “on any given day” win over the Lancers BASEBALL team. RELAX obnoxiouscat-the two teams, divisions, players and coaches are APLLES AND ORANGES CLOWN! Go back to the football thread where you have a semi-good rep for being a reverent if not homeresque monrovia blogger. Here you’re just embarrassing yourself with your ridiculous comparisons between monrovia (div-11) and Bishop Amat (Pac5) CLASSIC blogger looking for meaning.

    In regard to the baseball game that took place yesterday, The Lancers got beat by a team that did what they needed to do when it needed to be done. The Lancers had plenty of opportunity to win that game but could not execute when it mattered. 1-9 the Lancers are a better team and even after yesterday’s loss I still bet money on the Lancers to win against Monrovia. That being said I will wish the cats good luck and congratulations on their win. Lancers you let one get away but I think you already know that.

  • Observantcat

    This is Jeopardy, “OK JMO, which team on your lists has won a Ring in the past 2 seasons? ….. ding ding ding… You’re right, I was Monrovia. Being undefeated in just a formality not a necessity.
    Wildcats 2012 Coming soon!

  • Observantcat

    I understand your frustrations Blue Beard, but I am really going at it with my all time nemesis Fred J. Robledo. My comments only reflect his subpar thought process when it comes to any team in any sport in the valley competing against his boys in blue. Baseball is perhaps BA’s biggest sport in the past 20 years and to beat them in La Puente is a big deal even if Big freddie doesn’t think so. Just 2.5 weeks ago when BA traveled up to De La Salle, Freddie was talking about them as unstoppable from that point on and the 11-0 shellacking of Burroughs was supposed to be the pre-cursor to a championship season again overlooking any team below Palm Dessert. So for me to give props to a baseball team that went to an away field an pulled off what some would say was an upset is my choice. If it were the other way around you would have at least twice the hits with Fred leading the way. Football is Monrovia’s game and sure, I will make my comparisons based on the journalism put into making Monrovia seem not fit to play a team that doesn’t compare in talent. Fred believes in the more kids you have sitting the bench the better chance of you winning. As a football player Fred that is the furthest thing from the truth.

  • Fred Robledo

    When have I ever wrote Amat was “unstoppable.” Dude, get it right, if you have been following all along, Amat is not my number one team in the area, what’s wrong with you. Bonita and South Hills are the two best in these parts. I felt Amat had the best chance of winning a divisional title because they were in Division 4, compared to South Hills or Glendora, who are in a much tougher spot in Division 2, or even Bonita because Division 3 is a tough chore. You’re still a rah, rah guy and always have been, you ignore answering questions I pose to you based on games that actually happen where you can draw comparisons. Instead, it’s blah, blah, blah, rah, rah, rah. You’re a typical cheerleader.

  • JMO

    Back to back in what division?

  • no love

    Glendora just beat the number four seed and #15 team in the state and no big story? Glendora has kind of stayed under the radar with how talented they are this year (also young). Glendora has a better chance to make it to the finals this year than South Hills. #1 Harvard Westlake just got booted out yesterday.

  • Observantcat

    No Freddie you’re the cheerleader. Tell me this, weren’t you under the impression that BA would blow out the CATs? I thought so. As for your comments about picking before the game thats fine if thats how you choose to do it, but this is a blog and anyone can make a comment pertaining to whatever they choose to talk about, all of this blah blah blah is hate hate hate hate, coming from the journalist. Like I said Fred go fishing and relieve some of that stress, you’ll get over it, I realize this could be the last time before summers end you will have anything great to cheer about but as a Monrovia fan the fight continues.

  • fan of the game!

    Huge upset. The best thing about this win is that is has silenced Amat73, Lancelot, Fred J, jcaz and all of the Amat braggers in the valley! Lost to Monrovia in a Division 4 game….OMG! Go Bonita, SH, Los Altos, Monrovia and Glendora!

  • Lancelot

    @fan- I would venture to say that most people thought Amat would win; however, they did not. No need to come on the blog and make excuses or talk bad about Monrovia,they won, game over, season over. Did I expect it? No. That’s baseball, that’s life. Things don’t awlays go your/our way. You accept it and move on. I’ll leave the gloating and validating to bloggers like you and I’m sure others. Good season Lancers (albeit too short) but I look forward to big things from the returning Squad next year. Staedfast, Loyal and True.

  • Fred Robledo

    Observant, not under that impression at all, I know you work at the school or are close to the coaches, ask coach Moore and Blackmore, I talked to Moore last week and both of them before the game and expressed that I thought Amat was there for the taking. I still thought Amat would win, but I wasn’t expecting a rout.

  • upset city

    Blue Beard

    As for baseball, Monrovia won a title a few years back, and went to the finals the year after that and lost to BA. So How can you say that the BA has More talent? They just proved yesterday, that they are on the same level as BA in Baseball to say the least.

    As for football, you can wave your Pac 5 banner all you want, but that still is not going to save you from the very disappointed season that lies ahead. No Bishop Fan has any explanation on why BA football, has gotten worse year by year since the last Championship run. Monrovia will gladly and proudly wave our D-11 flag all day. With 3rd CiF Title victory by beating defending state champion Sierra Canyon, and 6 College scholarships; I think there we be no question about who is on the rise. We know that BA would be a favorite to beat Monrovia in a game. However, to say that Monrovia has no chance of beating BA is a overstatement. Especially since Monrovia has beaten BA in the past. This BA team is no where even close to the BA of 80′s or 90′s’.

    Football and baseball are apples and orange, but they are still fruit. A tree is known By it’s fruit, and BA is losing to teams they normally beat…So, overall, BA Is not the school it used to be. Everyone knows they should be in a higher Division in Baseball and lower Division in football. But this baseball lose may illustrate that they are exactly where they need to be. There is so much riding on this years football season, that I am not sure if BA or bloggers can handle this much heat. Wave that Banner, Wave that Pac 5 Banner…So you are going to want to Burn it.

    Keep it going Mtown!

  • Fred Robledo

    Trust me, the only sleep I lost was after the Lakers’ Game 2 and 4 disasters. And when my predictions are wrong, I’m hear to answer it, not like Observant, who disappeared on the blogs when Monrovia lost to San Dimas, Arcadia and South Hills, only to return when the Rio Hondo League started. Typical. I guess we’ll talk again in Week 6.

  • upset city

    Fred and Aram don’t hate Monrovia. BA and CO are they schools they pump up and they bow out in their respective divisions. Monrovia is the team they doubt, and they come thru in their respective Division. Monrovia is that team, that adds controversy to the blog. We say we can play with beat BA and CO, Servite ETc.., Everyone says they can’t. Its good for the blog. Monrovia always finds a way to stay in the headlines…Which is good for business. If you check the Star news or Tribune, you going to see M-town all over making news. People hate that. We love it.
    I mean what do people expect…BA will never admit they are slowly going the way of the doe doe, and Monrovia Fans will not admit we still got some work to do…However, As I read the papers, I see Monrovia making progress, and getting better over the years…I don’t know what you can say regarding your school. Pump your own school up, use your own stats, signature wins, and players moving on to play in college…it’s not anyone’s job to pump up your school, or lick your boots either.

  • AMAT 73

    Congratulations to the Wildcats on a very good win yesterday . Fine effort by their pitcher and the whole team . Good luck thru the rest of the playoffs and hope you get the title. As for the Lancers congratulations also on a good season. You gave it your all and came up a little short. A very young team so we expect to see them back in the hunt next season . GO AMAT .As far as all this football talk, that’s all it is , talk , because we will not face each other this coming season so who knows and that is the only true way to settle this argument. Now all the naysayers and doubters of our football team have CO , CH , of the SGV teams to get behind when they play AMAT because you all know you will be rooting for them this season so let’s see how that plays out before you sign our death certificate pertaining to the SGV.

    fan of the game,
    Which one of the many teams you listed is actually the one you stand behind or are you just covering your ass in case one of them loses .

  • reality

    Interesting to me that fans, players, coaches and parents of Los Altos, South Hills,Bonita and Glendora are not filling up this blog with their chest pounding. Nice to see class people still exist in the SGV.

  • upset city

    The reality is Mtown is pounds it’s chest with every victory! That has nothing to with class.
    Class less is people like Blue beard, claiming BA has more talent than Monrovia lol…

  • AMAT 73

    Ocat,
    Feeling your oats today after that big win.After all , beating AMAT is still huge no matter how bad the bloggers paint the picture of our sports programs . If it wasn’t, all of you and fellow bloggers would not be on here jumping for joy. Great, you deserve it after that fine win . It seems you have the coming season all wrapped up for a CIF title but you are wrong on the undefeated as a formality. It is by far a nesseccity for Monrovia if they want the state bowl bid as it seems that is the only title left to conquer . In order to get to that game you will need an undefeated season along with huge wins against your preseason opponents because your strength of schedule for the regular season leaves much to be desired for a team competing for a state bowl bid. Would you agree or dissagree with that statement . Do you think you still make it with 2 or 3 preseason losses ???

  • upset city

    Amat 73 is do you think Bishop Going to the playoffs? In order to do that they are going to have to win two league games….Looks like a impossible accomplishment for the lancers this year

  • Observantcat

    In the sense that we are focusing our goals this season to compete for the State Bowl, sure it would have to be a necessity, but the formality is if we slip somewhere along the way but still manage to win CIF I would hope that the kids and the community could handle that. I am also in favor to push the limits in our pre-season schedule, I do believe the kids have what it takes to compete and only God knows the rest. PS.. not Fred! lol

  • Blue Beard

    The truth is not always easy to swallow my friend…obviously you are having the some difficulty. Enjoy the taste of victory because at “this” moment it is yours. If you linger too long on trying to make your obsurd points over a point in time, the moment will be gone and you will only have the memory of you being an ass on the blog. I gave the cats their due and acknowledged the victory as earned…I will not give them/you what is not theirs/yours. I’m sorry you don’t agree with my opinion but I’m sure real baseball fans/knowledgable baseball fans feel the same as me. No disrespect as you would try to paint it, just the truth in my opinion. You need to attach disrespect or how else can you justify your childish non-related posts?

  • ConcernedBB1

    Hey Fred,

    Yesterday at our game versus Cathedral, I overheard parents say that they practiced on Sunday. Is this illegal? I hope this is not true because that would have given them an advantage.

  • Anonymous

    Is it me or has everyone else notice that BA kind of on the below average scale when it comes to their male sports. maybe they should try to do some recruiting, because their not attracting any talent their at all. I predict their football team to finish under .500 on the season with no playoff run their basketball team to finish 3 again or maybe 4th in the Del Rey league and not to mention their declining baseball team, well that program might still stand strong (key word might). But my point is BA needs help and their fans does to. believe me this year blog will be like last year blog where the Amat family comes on here talking about their glory days from last century. Good luck BA and fredj since there is no Rio aka 9 the amat family is going to press you hard now just to get some write up on their school. By the way i have notice since Rio aka 9 went down you havent really mentioned BA that much, well you really never mentioned BA you more so often just mentioned 9 your boy crush.

  • Lancelot

    There’s always a “9″ waiting in the wings at Amat. We will be just fine. Thanks for the concern though.

  • AMAT 73

    Ocat,
    I also beieve you have kids to compete and the state bowl bid is a nice target to focus on . Good luck this coming seas as the Wildcats will have a big bullseye on their backs this season .

    upset city,
    No I don’t think Bishop Going ( who are they ) is going to the playoffs . GOOGLED them and couldn’t find that school listed anywhere . Now if you are asking me if I think BISHOP AMAT is going to the playoffs , yes I do . We haven’t missed them during Hags tenure so why think different , because of bloggers wishful opinion of our program’s demise , I think not .

  • Observantcat

    Freddie, maybe you should teach Miguel how to catch his blogs on fire. It’s been dead in Star News Land. I still like Miguels style but he needs your support to show him how to get under the skin of his favorite bloggers.

  • Fred Robledo

    That’s up to Miguel to mix it up with all of you, it’s not for everyone. What makes blogs go is when the blog owners mix it up and speak their minds on the threads, just like Aram does on his football threads.

  • upset city

    Blue, the only thing BA fans know is that they witness the worst title defense ever. You know what Rio Might be that good, because with out him “Bishop Going”(Amat) is not very good. I know the Baseball fans thought, they were going to waltz through the playoffs and bring home the Title, but ran into a green wall. There is only one for “Sure” thing in the Galaxy, and that is “Bishop Going” will not win a title in football this year. It’s going to take a miracle to make the playoffs. By the time a undersized, 1 or 2 talented guys, type team like “Bishop Going”(Amat) get’s Destroyed by Servite, get’s surprised in “SGV heavy weight” games, and let Asante, Scooby doo & Co, upset them, there will be no more gas in a already empty gas tank. By the time BA hits league, we are going to see a beat up, confidence stricken, Flag waving team. Wave that banner, you are going to have answer come Nov 11th…Yeah then they will start talk about transfers, Simko, Scooby, Hauser, How Monrovia plays in D11, WC, in D7, and finish off with bashing Rio Hondo prep. You still won’t hear them take responsibility for their under achieving ways…We seen your show once too many times.

  • NUNYABIZ

    @ Hey Andy> I would have to disagree with your pathetic comment, your words>>>>”Hey Andy, I thought wining big games and championships is what you do at Amat. Well not this year or in the near future”. You have no clue! their talent will be deadly combined with the talent they have now mixed with some players that will be on Varsity next year BEWARE! Rio already had his spotlight on to the next! lol

  • Real talk

    First I like to say good job Amat. Though it was not good enough to win it all I think it something to build off of. One thing I think Amat has to realize is that when you have that A on your helmet or baseball cap they are after you. To all the schools that you have beat up over and over and over….,. And over Lol it is a huge thing to beat Amat just by looking at the comments. And I feel that Amat gets tired of beating up on the average schools this is why they beat or have close games with teams that their expected to lose to.. I do think it is time to move up just on the energy they have when they play better teams. it just seems like they are bored playing in this division. Even the Browns beat the Patriots what does it mean? That the Browns are better than the Patriots……NO it just means the big boys don’t get up on these type of games because it is just a whatever game to them and to the Browns it’s the world…

  • I just dont get it????

    I just dont understand how a kid who only played four games this season, batted .300, played in a weak division for a coach that had to be harassed by bloggers to post stats when the team was struggling earlier in the year get so much press? We heard the initial hype, then about the injury, then the anticipated quick recovery, then news of being out for the entire year, then acting as a coach and cheerleader, the firm handshake, the humble attitude,,,,,,,only to be followed by the rumors of extracurricular activity and the gag order to keep it all quiet. Wow, Hollywood couldn’t draft a script better than this! Fred, what will you do with yourself after this Friday? Perhaps you can extend some airtime to the teams that remain in the playoffs, and give a modicum of gratitude to the accomplishments of the seniors in the SG valley? Im just suggesting!

  • Observantcat

    Realtalk, you can come better than that. You are what Amat fans probably dont care to be their spokesperson. Monrovia and Bishop Amat are 1-1 in Baseball and Amat 2-1 in football, so before you start that mightier than thou episode ask Fred to give you some facts.

  • Fred Robledo

    Like I wrote last week, nobody roots for Goliath…

  • AMAT 73

    upset city,
    It’s evident by your post you really aren’t sold on the demise of AMAT no matter how hard you try to convince yourself. Why else would you write that if the slime beats us it would an UPSET !!!!!!If you want to talk the talk you better walk the walk otherwise your just crawling somewhat like like the snake in the green grass that you are.Get it green grass , ha ha ha ha.

  • Fred Robledo

    To I don’t get it, oh I GET IT….. Every playoff game was covered in the paper today. We just posted a feel-good story on Glendora thriving despite its move to the Inland Empire, wonder how many of you will comment on that? You wanted a senior-related story on another team playing well — poof, there it is at the top of the page for you….There is another senior-driven story on St. Lucy’s posted today, why don’t you comment on them? It’s like magic, we pump these stories out weekly. Truth is, I don’t focus on Amat a fraction as much as all of you …Y’all still don’t get it, I don’t cater to teams, I cater to the audience, and there a 100 plus reasons (comments) why I’m right. If Observant wants us talking about Monrovia, he knows he has to bring up Amat to get the conversation going, that’s just how it is. He could compare his team to the other parochial power on his side of town, St. Francis, but what good would that do? The Valley needs Amat, you know it and I know it. Thanks for the business.

  • Lancelot

    Ha,Ha,Ha…wow, some of you bloggers are really swinging for the fences here.

    We Are Amat!

    And you KNOW IT!

  • Real talk

    I am just writing what I feel. Was Amat expected to win???? And if Amat won would the Amat fans be on this site like if they won a huge game? I don’t think soooo. I am by no means a spokes person for Amat I just state my view.@ Fred if your not hated your a nobody…maybe that’s why some people hate on you So much Fred. Lol
    Ohhhh and Amat.

  • I dont get it

    Its about time someone writes an article about the advancing teams! I just noticed that nice article on Glendora but it wasnt written by you..thanks Aram!

  • Fred Robledo

    Right, and the story on St. Lucy’s and all the other teams playing on Thursday was written by me, that’s called sharing, Aram does work for us you know. Is that the best you can do? Are you gonna start crying about who writes the stories, or will you just appreciate there are stories on other teams daily, and that we probably do as good a job as any local outfit on taking care of its area teams.

  • I dont get it said

    Fred your feisty. I would also be feisty because after Friday you need a new schtick. The bloggers are calling you out on your bias all day about BA and the kid. I noticed you didnt publish my earlier comments because i was spot-on and it hit a nerve with you. As the blog master you have that right to selectively post responses. So since your the guy with the microphone you win, but my point was that Aram isnt as bias as you and writes about a more diverse base of teams. Thank you for that Aram. Fred your a good guy, a hard worker and a decent reporter, just start fresh after Friday and give the valley what it asks for. Your welcome for the business. I am a large advertiser in your rag, thanks for noticing.

  • Fred Robledo

    The only comments I’ve deleted are inappropriate comments about the “kid.” And if you want diversity, just look at the archive, start with the past month and read how the love is spread. This is an all sports blog and I post more entries on more different teams and sports that anyone in our news group, so again, you’re making stuff up. We covered five consecutive Nogales/Valle Vista games toward the end of the season, been at swim meets, track meets, baseball and softball games and tweet updates on all the teams that tweet us results, and mix all that with football related stuff from time to time because after all, that’s the straw that stirs the drink here. That’s why we created a 24-7 football blog, for Aram to take ownership all year long, because the audience wants it. But football is football, by the time we start zeroing in on football after next week, I don’t need a new schtick, the blogs will thrive in the summer and fall like they always have.

  • Observantcat

    Fred you’re wrong again. Myself along with most Monrovia fans could care less about you writing for us. We know that we could just as easily go to inside the huddle or the Star News and get our point across. I just gave my team a compliment and made a statement about the game congratulating my team and because I made a comparison to the football squad you and some of the Amat guys took it as a slight and the blog went ballistic. Maybe you should hire me to keep your blogs rockin. Sometimes when fans stand up and make a point that hits home everybody listens. Of course you know that if you make a remark in a cynical way about our boys we will all speak out, thats just how we do it in Mtown. The reason you have so many opinions on this particular blog is that you put BA so far above everyone else that it has peaked everyones interest how they lost to MONROVIA. I’m sure the guys at the LA Times are wondering the same thing. Reporters have lots of power in their opinions and people do listen.

  • 12th man

    The poor poor poor Horse!!! How many times will you beat him to a bloody pulp???

    Definition of IGNORANT. 1. a: destitute of knowledge or education ; also: lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified

  • Fred Robledo

    I don’t care where you get your point across or make your comments. It can be here, Inside the Huddle, the Star-News, the Whittier Daily, we’re all on the same team, keep ‘em coming, that’s how we like it. As far as the Times, Eric does an incredible job covering the Southern Section, but nobody is chatting it up with them in the blogosphere.

  • Fred Robledo

    As much as I’d love to chat it up with all of you the rest of the night, I’m cutting myself off to (hopefully) watch the Celtics lose and get some dinner. Have a good night all, and you to Observant, I know you know this is all in good fun. I hope we can get you on Tuesday’s in the fall for Prep Xtra Live, we need someone to take the place of our beloved Big Bob, may he rest in peace. And to I don’t get it, I’m really not that hard-headed, just love a good argument, thanks for the suggestions.

  • ???

    It’s funny how Fred and BA fans belittle San Dimas football, when we’ve had more recent football success than the Lancers.

  • Girls good…Boys??

    They should turn Bishop Amat into a all girls school…they are the only one’s winning! Every time I read the tribune, The Girls basketball team is winning, the girls Softball team is winning, the girls soccer team is winning, the girls Track team is winning. I just don’t get it…I thought Bishop Was a Co-ed school. In the last 10 years The Bishop Amat Girl programs have brought home plenty of hardware. Those girls can play over there in La Puente. I’d send my daughter there in a heart beat.

  • Frank

    Its funny to continue to see all the comments about how Amat is no more and they are no longer the best and blah, Blah blah. The reality is that everyone still uses Amat as their measuring stick. As Fred said monrovia isn’t comparing itself to other schools closer by. Its Amat they choose to compare to. Why not La salle? Everyone wants to beat the best.
    Now, nobody at Amat thought they were just going to waltz through the play offs this year. We all know the team struggled this year so it wasn’t a surprise that monrovia could pull of a win. Baseball is a sport were a weaker team has a better chance at winning then any other sport. Usually in a 3 game series a weaker team usually wins 1 game. So it is really no surprise. But still Amat produces the top teams year and year out and this is why you still Compare yourself to Amat. So believe me Amat is not a thing of the past.

  • Blue Beard

    @Frank-They only hear what they want to hear and that is only what can make their argument more believable to them. The Lancer squad will be a more seasoned and formidable Foe next year. Hopefully we will be moved up a notch or two in terms of Division but that is beyond our control. On to football season!!!!

  • Kelly Bracket

    Just looking at Div-3 Bracket and couldn’t help but notice that Bonta has a pretty easy run at Championship. There are not a whole lotta “Wow” teams in D-3. If Bonita does not bring home the Champioship it will be a huge upset for the team that knocks them off. Alhambra, Gahr, Lancaster, Quartz Hill, Los Altos and Paramount????? Are you kidding me? Beckman is the only team with a chance to beat them (depending on if their Ace is available or not). Start getting their ring sizes now, Bonita wins Div-3 Title.

  • Conq ’76

    I wonder if the Becman coach is considering trying to save their ace and hoping to get by LA without him?

  • Kelly Bracket

    That would be huge “Plus” for the Conq’s!

  • Fred Robledo

    I have two dreams scenario’s; Glendora facing South Hills in the D-2 Final; And Bonita vs. Los Altos/Alhambra winner in D-3 final. I love it when the SGV dominates in baseball.

  • Lancelot

    Fred, any truth to the rumor that Amat will bump up to D-3 next season? Have you heard anything resembling that rumor?

  • AMAT 73

    Lancelot,
    Can’t believe they would move the whole league up . It may take moving us into the Mission league (D-3) and one of them out to take our place in the Del Rey. You know the Parocial /Private school league thing . Probably JA has a better line on this .

  • Fred Robledo

    It is true http://www.cifss.org/news_detail.php?id=1248&from_page=index … The Del Rey and Amat will be in D-3 with the Hacienda and Bonita…I love it and it’s about time…

  • Lancelot

    That’s great!!! I was hoping for a jump back to Div-1 but that’s better than nothing. I don’t think that St. Monicas and Bishop Montegomery need to tag along but oh, well.

  • AMAT 73

    Great news on AMAT getting moved up . Might not be enough for our cheering public but it’s moving up at least. Surprised they moved the entire league and it seems they moved the Mission up to D-2 openning the slot for the Del Rey .

  • Sierra guy

    @kelly bracket.that is what I said before .d3 is no different than d4 and everyone gets on amat when they win or lose in d4. The real competition starts in division 2 . Beckman and Bonita are the only tough teams in d3 that can handle being in D1 an D2 . In d4 it’s amat ,even if they lost they have proved themselves over the years and palm desert.

  • HOOLA HOOP

    So bishop is finally getting moved up to a stronger division. Its about time, now i just hope nieto just steps back and lets the kids play and try to not over coach. With the talent that comes through bishop all you have to do is give them the ball and let them play.I just hope the coaching staff will be ready to coach at the next level. Maybe nieto will go watch the monrovia games so he can learn from the coach who out coached him. Your never to old to learn!!!

  • Kelly Bracket

    Looking at D-3 it really isn’t that much of an advance, maybe in number only and you’re right, Bonita and Beckman are only legit teams i that race but still would like to see Bonita test themselves more OUTSIDE of the SGV. Granted, they played a couple of games against better opponents this year but still not enough. Amat should have ditched the league and lobbied for a move back to D-1.
    @HOOP-Didn’t see Coach Nieto pick up a bat once in the Monrovia game? Amat had several opp’s to take that game away from the Cats, they (the Players) just didn’t get it done that day, it happens, deal with it and stop looking to place blame. No knocks on either (players or coaches) but some of you guys come on here and pop-off just to pop-off. Looking forward to a Bonita v Beckman Championship with both Aces on the hill BUT…keep in mind folks, you’re only one bad game from buying a ticket to the Championship and in a one game contest….anythig can happen! Good Luck to all and thanks for the good times boys! Best wishes to all Seniors, may you continue to play the game you love!