Los Altos rocks the champs
By Fred J. Robledo
For lack of better words, it was unbelievable.
Los Altos pulled off the upset of the season, shocking back-to-back CIF-Southern Section champion West Covina 17-14 a week after getting embarrassed in a 40-point loss to Diamond Bar.
Los Altos kicker Alex Henry, called up to varsity after regular kicker Juan Sanchez left the team to join a soccer academy, booted a 30-yard field goal as time expired to hand the Bulldogs their first loss in the Hacienda League since it was created in 2010.
“It was awesome, I don’t know what to say, amazing,” Conquerors coach Dale Ziola said. “We played our guts out tonight. West Covina’s a great team, but we wanted it bad and our guys played their hearts out.” TO CONTINUE READING CLICK THREAD
Bishop Amat remains unbeaten: - Bishop Amat High School put the finishing touches on a fantastic nonleague schedule with a workmanlike 31-7 win over visiting Culver City on Friday night. The Lancers improved to 5-0-1 and will have next week off to prepare for Serra League play, where the action begins with a road game against defending league champion Alemany.
Charter Oak impressive again: Senior Aaren Vaughns ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns on 17 carries as Charter Oak cruised to a 52-7 win over Los Osos in nonleague play Friday, making for an unhappy homecoming for the Grizzlies.
Goss leads way for South Hills: South Hills continued its winning ways as it defeated Glendora 28-17 in a nonleague game Friday at Citrus College. The Huskies were led by a strong passing attack featuring junior Adam Goss, who was 12 of 19 for 164 yards, including touchdowns of 25 and 21 yards to Carlos Delgado and Steven Mendoza, respectively.
Los Altos 17, West Covina 14
Bishop Amat 31, Culver City 7
Los Alamitos 42, Damien 7
Charter Oak 52, Los Osos 7
South Hills 28, Glendora 17
Bonita 42, Walnut 7
San Dimas 47, Baldwin Park 7
San Marino 31, South El Monte 21
Kaiser 14, Ayala 7
Temple City 20, Rosemead 10
La Puente 56, Ganesha 6
El Monte 46, Bell Gardens 41
Bassett 41, Workman 14
Arroyo 42, La Canada 7
Northview 20, Pomona 10
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Azusa coach Joe Scherf has won four straight Montview League titles and was a perfect 27-0 in league since taking over in 2008, but Duarte ended that tonight with a 40-14 win over the Aztecs while Gladstone hung on for a 19-13 win over Sierra Vista.
DTOWN is Back: Azusa High School’s 27-game Montview League winning streak came to an end Thursday night. Duarte broke open a close game late in the first half and went on to score a 40-14 win over the Aztecs at Bonita High School. “All good things must come to an end,” first-year Falcons coach Jason Martin said. “We knocked ‘em off, but that team won’t be down for long. They’ve got one of the best coaching staffs around. We’re 2-0, but the league, from top to bottom, is real competitive.”
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
Nothing has come easy for the Gladstone High School football team during its undefeated run, surviving a triple-overtime thriller against El Monte a couple weeks back, and coming from behind for the fourth time in five games on Thursday against Sierra Vista, sneaking away with a 19-13 victory at Citrus College.
The Dons tried to rally in the final minute, but with the seconds ticking away after a third-down sack on the Gladiators 41, they spiked the ball thinking they had a play left and the Gladiators took over and ran out the clock to improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Montview League.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes and did things that made the game a lot more difficult that it needed to be,” Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez said. “But Sierra Vista deserves a lot of credit. They have some good scrappy players. They gave us everything they had and kept coming after us. It was hard fought on both sides.”
The Gladiators looked like they would run away it on the opening drive, quarterback Kevin Amezquita completing his first six passes and scoring on a three-yard touchdown run to go up 8-0.
But the Dons came back in the second quarter, quarterback Jonathan Mora completing a five-yard TD pass to Sergio Gonzales to cut it to 8-6 after the missed conversion.
After the Gladiators extended it to an 11-6 halftime lead on Eduardo Cortez’s 34-yard field goal as time expired, the Dons chewed up clock in the third quarter and went ahead on Gonzales’ eight-yard TD run to go up 13-11 with 3:55 left in the third.
“I just told myself, we have to get that back,” Amezquita said.
That’s exactly what the senior did, rushing for 31 yards and later scoring on a 10-yard TD run to go back in front less than two minutes later, giving the Gladiators a 19-13 lead that it wouldn’t surrender.
Amezquita completed 12 of 16 passes for 153 yards and rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns in another complete effort.
“We don’t want to get down in games, but when we do we fight right back,” Amezquita said. “Winning feels great.”
Sanchez leaned on Amezquita in the fourth quarter, going to him time and time again on options to use up the clock.
“We’ll go as far as he takes us,” Sanchez said. “He ran it with his legs late in the game, I couldn’t be more proud of him and the guys. They (Sierra Vista) punched us in the mouth and we came back and took the lead for good. It’s one of those things where we’re starting to get that character and it’s carrying us when we need it.”
The Dons’ Lee Jones, the San Gabriel Valley’s leading rusher, was a workhorse finishing with 116 yards on 31 carries before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with cramps.
Jose Carillo took over and rushed for 52 yards, but he couldn’t finish either, leaving late in the fourth with an ankle sprain.
The Gladiators had their chances, but coach Don LeGro said the mistakes and injuries piled on as they dropped to 3-2 and 1-1.
“We’re a small school and we don’t have a lot of depth,” LeGro said. “When you lose two tailbacks and a lineman it’s tough to replace. But those things happen.”
Easley Does It
1978 South Hills grad Lance Easley (26) ruled the controversial Fail Mary a touchdown on Monday that allowed Seattle to beat Green Bay, 14-12. That ruling and the buzz it created helped end the referee lockout on Wednesday. That’s right, you can thank the SGV for bringing the refs back to work.
The annual Orange Crate Trophy match between Damien and Bonita high schools is always an intense match between the cross-town rivals. Unfortunately, a rebuilding Bearcats (2-9) team ran into a solid defense led by All-American goalie Kyle Garwick as the Spartans (5-3) cruised to an 18-5 win Wednesday afternoon at Los Flores Park. Freshman 2-meter man Matt Maier scored with only 25 seconds gone in the game. The Spartans scored five more goals in the quarater as they built a 6-1 lead and never looked back.
After five weeks of high school football we’re starting to get a clearer picture in the chase for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Football player of the year. In no particular order, here are my top eight candidates. Of course, more could emerge when the games get bigger and the dust settles in the CIF playoffs.
Above: Gladstone quarterback Kevin Amezquita has been nearly perfect in leading the Gladiators to a 4-0 start.
Aaren Vaughns, Charter Oak, RB: The senior has been everything for the Chargers, but has settled in as their primary back, averaging 125 yards with seven touchdowns. He’s also caught 13 passes for 102 yards and had a highlight night against Los Alamitos, rushing for 277 yards and two touchdowns.
Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, QB: Has done everything Amat coaches have asked him to do in compiling an undefeated 4-0-1 record. He’s completed 76 of 108 passes (70 percent) for 1,087 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing for 121 yards and three TDs. Not bad considering he’s done it against the area’s top challengers.
Kevin Amezquita, Gladstone, QB: Is having an incredible season leading the Gladiators to a perfect 4-0 start and is making them a serious threat to dethrone Azusa, the four-time Montview League champs. Amezquita is doing it with his feet and arms, leading his team in passing and rushing. He’s thrown for 481 yards and six touchdowns while also rushing for 506 yards and seven TDs.
Matt Simko, Chino Hills, QB: The Colony transfer has fit right in and performed well against a tough schedule, leading the area in passing with 1,454 yards with 13 TDs to go against just four interceptions. And he’s done it all against super competition.
Darren Andrews, Bishop Amat, WR/KR: The run and pass threat has been Amat’s most electrifying player. He has 15 receptions for 301 yards and three TDs. He has eight carries for 98 yards (12.3 average) and is averaging 35 yards on kick returns, including a TD.
Jake Payton, San Dimas, RB: The durable back has done it all for the Saints, rushing for 660 yards and an area leading 11 touchdowns. He’s been over 100 yards in every game, rushing for a season-best 166 yards and three touchdowns in their win over Bonita in the Smudge Pot.
Jordan Robinson, Ayala, RB: Arguably the area’s best all-around player, he’s been key in leading the Bulldogs’ resurgence from a team that was 3-7 last year to a perfect 4-0 start this season. Robinson is averaging 113 yards with 7 TDs and also has 11 receptions for 190 yards and 2 TDs.
Brandon Martinez, El Monte, QB: Despite his teams rough 2-2 start, Martinez has been the straw that stirs the drink for the Lions and can get himself back in the player of the year race by winning the Mission Valley League. He’s passed for 1,306 yards, 11 TDs while also rushing for 273 yards and 4 TDs.
Above: Diamond Bar sophomore QB Tyler Peterson already has thrown for 1,083 yards and 14 TDs
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
Nothing can unravel a season like the loss of a quarterback, especially one as valuable as Los Altos’ Cristian Hacegaba, who was playing well in leading the Conquerors to a 3-0 start while averaging 43 points a game.
But Hacegaba injured his shoulder in the first quarter of a 16-0 loss to Chino on Sept. 14 and never returned, and in Friday’s Hacienda League opener against Diamond Bar, Hacegaba was a no-show again in a 40-3 loss to the Brahmas.
Los Altos committed seven turnovers in the loss to the Brahmas, and now has to travel to back-to-back CIF-Southeast Division champion West Covina on Friday. The Bulldogs have never lost a league game since the Hacienda was created in 2010.
Hacegaba isn’t expected to play this week and there is no timetable for his return.
“Here comes the buzzsaw,” Los Altos coach Dale Ziola said of West Covina. “Injuries hit everyone, they hit West Covina so that’s not an excuse we can use.
“West Covina is sort of like the (Concord) De La Salle of the Hacienda League. They’re the team everyone is striving to be. You just have to accept the challenge and give it your best shot and hopefully we’ll be better this week.”
They couldn’t be much worse.
It’s hard to blame sophomore quarterback Lorenzo Silva, who made his first start against Diamond Bar a few weeks after suffering a concussion in a junior varsity game.
Of the seven turnovers, five were directly related to bad snaps and mishandling of the ball and two were interceptions, areas that Ziola said will improve with practice and reps.
“Lorenzo’s going to be fine, he was just in a tough spot without any Friday night experience,” Ziola said. “If we stay the course good things are going to happen. But the last thing you want to do is throw up your hands and feel sorry for yourself. Everyone goes through this.”
On the flip side, Diamond Bar (2-3, 1-0) is climbing its way back after an 0-2 start that included back-to-back blowout losses to Ayala (46-17) and Norwalk (52-38).
The Brahmas might be a year away from making serious noise because they start sophomore quarterback Tyler Peterson, who already has thrown 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns, and have three dynamic sophomore receivers that all make big contributions.
Kanya Bell already has 22 receptions for 401 yards and six touchdowns, and Cordell Broadus has 15 receptions for 156 yards and three TDs.
Austin Cox, another sophomore, is coming into his own with nine receptions for two touchdowns.
While the future is bright, coach Ryan Maine isn’t ready to give up on the present.
Diamond Bar has a favorable schedule for a young team gaining experience each week. The Brahmas visit Rowland (3-2, 0-1) on Friday but don’t have to face West Covina or Bonita until the final two weeks of the season.
“How we do in this league is the million-dollar question,” Maine said. “No game is guaranteed. We’re not good enough to think past this week so we’ll continue to improve and get better and hopefully that will result in another win on Friday.”
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RESULTS
Los Altos 3, Rowland 0
The Conquerors won 25-17, 25-13, 25-6. Alyss Chacon led the way for Los Altos (3-1, 3-0) with 30 assists, seven aces, two blocks and two kills. Fabiana Rosas contributed 12 kills and one block. Rowland dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in league.
Diamond Bar 3, Diamond Ranch 0
Tatum Lockett had nine kills and Tia Hernandez added five kills as Diamond Bar (6-4, 2-1) swept Diamond Ranch (5-6, 0-3) 25-11, 25-6, 25-16. Allison Castanon chipped in 18 assists for the Brahmas, who play Tuesday at Walnut.
West Covina 3, Walnut 0
West Covina improved to 6-11 overall and 2-1 in league with the 25-22, 25-22, 25-20 win. Leading the Bulldogs was Genessee Tate with nine kills, six blocks and six aces. Laura Rose contributed six aces and two kills and Casey Shubin chipped in with 22 assists, eight digs and two aces.
Azusa 3, Workman 0
The Aztecs (5-1, 4-0) won 25-11, 25-18, 25-19. Senior Carmina Ortiz had seven kills and five aces to lead the way.
Gladstone 3, Duarte 0
Gladstone (10-2, 4-0) won 25-7, 25-20, 25-10. Leading the Gladiators was Melissa Jacob with 15 kills and eight aces.
Valley Christian 3, Bishop Amat 1
Valley Christian came from behind to defeat the Lancers 21-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-22
Chino Hills 3, Etiwanda 0
Meghan Buzzerio had 13 kills, four digs and two aces, Shelley Anderson added nine kills and 24 assists and Kiana Hayashida had five aces and 14 digs to lead the visiting Huskies (8-2) to victory. Chino Hills hosts Temecula Chaparral today.
Claremont 3, Bonita 0
Madison Shapiro had eight kills, a hitting percentage of .467 and eight digs, and Janie Feldscher had five kills, three blocks and a hitting percentage of .444 as the Wolfpack (4-0) swept the Bearcats 25-12, 25-18, 25-15. Annalyese Fausel had 23 assists and two blocks and Tyler Romero had nine digs for Claremont, which plays at West Covina South Hills on Thursday.
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
West Covina High School coach Mike Maggiore jokingly said they dressed up an imposter prior to Friday’s 20-14 win over Diamond Ranch in the Hacienda League opener that improved the Bulldogs to 2-3 overall, though one of those losses was a win they forfeited to Covina for using an ineligible player.
Senior quarterback Jon Najera warmed up and dressed prior to beating the Panthers, but Maggiore decided to sit him out another week because he needed practice time.
“We were hoping nobody would notice,” Maggiore said of Najera in uniform.
Najera suffered a knee injury in a pre-season scrimmage against Claremont and hasn’t taken a snap since. Najera was one of the most impressive quarterbacks over the summer, leading the Bulldogs to the Arroyo Passing League title.
“He’s (Najera ) cleared to play,” Maggiore said. “He got cleared last Thursday and we anticipate him playing this week (at home against Los Altos on Friday).”
If Najera starts, it will only be his second start in a Bulldog uniform.
Najera was injured the first game of his junior season and when he returned late in the year the Bulldogs were well on their way to their second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division title, so he only played a clean-up role in garbage time.
“He’s probably the most experienced, inexperienced quarterback there is,” Maggiore said. “He gives us so much more diversity and at a time when we missed 11 starters (against Diamond Ranch) because of injuries, it will be nice to get your quarterback back. It’s huge for us.”
Huge in a lot of ways.
Sophomore Antonio “Noodles” Hull is pegged as the future QB, but he’s not capable of throwing the ball around the park like Najera. Plus, with Najera back, it allows Hull to return to the backfield, where the Bulldogs will also welcome back junior Josh Best from injury.
“Josh is one of the better running backs in the area,” Maggiore said. “We’ve missed him a great deal too.”
Adding Best to go with Hull and bruiser Aaron Salgado in the backfield may finally allow the Bulldogs to look like a team seriously capable of winning a third straight Southeast title.
With West Covina looking human in blowout losses to Loyola and Chino Hills, La Mirada and La Serna have taken over the top two spots respectively in the Southeast rankings, with the Bulldogs third.
“We’ve got a couple guys back and we want to get more healthy,” Maggiore said. “Then you have to stay healthy so there’s a lot that has to go right.”
Back in top ten: Gladstone returns to the Tribune’s top ten for the first time in a long time.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (4-0-1) — The offense has scored 30 or more every game and is fun to watch again. If the defense catches up, they could be a force in the Serra League, where everyone has a winning record.
2. Chino Hills (3-1-1) — Still looks like the Sierra League favorites with a huge win at Great Oak and has a week off before heading to Charter Oak for the league opener.
3. Ayala (4-0) – They’ve undefeated against formidable opponents, but now they get undefeated Kaiser before the Sierra League starts.
4. Charter Oak (3-1) — Chargers answered loss to Bishop Amat like great teams should, routing neighboring Glendora. Now it’s time for another step-up at Los Osos. Can they handle it?
5. Damien (2-1) — The Spartans continue to remind area fans they’re still a force to be dealt with. If they get a win at Los Alamitos like Charter Oak did a few weeks ago, they’ll prove they’re ready for the Sierra.
6. *West Covina (2-3) — Even injured, the Bulldogs are still better than the rest ranked below, showing it again at Diamond Ranch, winning 21-14.
7. South Hills (3-1) — You have to give them credit for already matching last year’s win total on a team few expected anything from.
8. San Dimas (4-1) — You can mark down 9-1 right now because the Saints won’t lose again. They’re simply too good for the Valle Vista.
9. Glendora (2-2) — After its mighty 2-0 start, Ayala and Charter Oak have sent them back to earth.
10. Gladstone (4-0) – When was the last time the Gladiators were ranked in the top ten poll? Hope this isn’t a jinx.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (3-2), 12. Bonita (2-3), 13. Diamond Bar (2-3), 14. Rosemead (2-2), 15. Claremont (2-3); 16. Los Altos (3-2); 17. Northview (3-2), 18. El Monte (2-2), 19. *Covina (3-2), 20. Rowland (3-2), 21. La Puente (2-2); 22. Sierra Vista (3-1), 23. Mountain View (3-1); 24. Walnut (1-3), 25. Arroyo (2-2); 26. Azusa (2-2), 27. South El Monte (2-2), 28. Duarte (2-2); 29. Wilson (1-4); 30. Nogales (1-4), 31. Baldwin Park (0-5), 32. Pomona (1-3), 33. Workman (1-3), 34. Bassett (1-3), 35. Ganesha (0-4).
*Covina forfeit win; West Covina forfeit loss
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1. Vista Murrieta (4-0), 2. Corona Centennial (3-1), 3. Rancho Cucamonga (4-1), 4. Upland (5-0), 5. Chino Hills (3-1-1), 6. Redlands East Valley (1-2), 7. Charter Oak (3-1), 8. Chaparral (3-1), 9. Norco (3-1), 10. Murrieta Valley (5-0)
1. Sierra Canyon (4-0), 2. Paraclete (4-1), 3. Monrovia (2-2), 4. San Dimas (4-1), 5. San Marino (5-0), 6. Brentwood (4-0), 7. Bell Gardens (3-1), 8. El Monte (2-2), 9. Windward (3-1), 10. Arroyo (2-2).
1. La Mirada (4-1), 2. La Serna (4-1), 3. West Covina (2-3), 4. Norwalk (4-1), 5. Paramount (3-1), 6. California (4-0), 7. Diamond Ranch (3-2), 8. Muir (1-3), 9. Downey (3-2), 10. Bonita (2-3).
1. Nordoff (5-0), 2. Bishop Diego (4-0), 3. La Salle (5-0), 4. North Torrance (3-1), 5. Gladstone (4-0), 6. Oak Park (3-2), 7. Heritage Christian (3-2), 8. El Segundo (2-2), 9. South Torrance (2-2), 10. Bishop Montgomery (4-1).
1. Santa Margarita (5-0), 2. Tesoro (5-0), 3. Mater Dei (4-0), 5. St. Bonaventure (4-1), 6. St. John Bosco (4-0), 6. Mission Viejo (5-0), 7. Alemany (4-1), 8. Oaks Christian (4-1), 9. Crespi (6-0), 10. El Toro (5-0)
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Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.
Last Week: Robledo (14-4); Tolegian (14-4).
Season: Robledo (75-35); Tolegian (71-39).
Last Week:: We ended in a tie and had an improved week going 14-4. We both missed taking Monrovia over South Hills, Los Altos over Diamond Bar and Baldwin Park over Nogales. Not knowing Covina was missing three players I lost that game taking the Colts but gained a game back on Aram when he took Diamond Ranch over West Covina.
This week:: Eight of ten of Bishop Amat’s opponents should end up with winning records when the season is finished and Culver City (3-1) is one of them. But don’t expect the Lancers to lose their first game knowing Alemany is next in two weeks. West Covina should thoroughly dominate Los Altos after what the Conqs have done the last two weeks and I’m not taking Charter Oak to beat Los Osos on the road. Those teams traditionally give the Chargers trouble. I’m going with Damien to knock off Los Alamitos just like Charter Oak did and like South Hills over Glendora. In the battle of the unbeatens, I’m going with Kaiser over Ayala and its dream season.
This weeks games and predictions
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (Albert)
Los Altos at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (WestCo)
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Los Alamitos vs. Damien at Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Los Al)
Charter Oak at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Tolegian (CO)
Culver City at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Amat)
Covina vs. Wilson at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (Covina)
South Hills vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Tolegian (Huskies)
Walnut at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bo-Hi)
Diamond Bar at Rowland , 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (D-Bar)
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas), Tolegian (Saints)
San Marino at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marino); Tolegian (SM)
Rosemead at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Rosemead)
Ganesha at La Puente , 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Bell Gardens at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell Gardens); Tolegian (El Monte)
Workman at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Tolegian (Workman)
Northview at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Norhview); Tolegian (NView)
Kaiser at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Tolegian (Ayala)
La Canada at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
TRIBUNE TOP 10
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS
1. St. Lucy’s (7-5) — Despite its five losses in the Durango tournament, you can’t ignore the fact the Regents beat rival La Salle in a rematch of last year’s 2A championship and is still the best.
2. Chino Hills (6-2) — Beat Rancho Cucamonga in five sets, but lost two previous.
3. Ayala (5-2) – Loss to JSerra but the real match is on Thursday at St. Lucy’s in the Sierra League opener.
4. Bishop Amat (5-1) — You will know how good Bishop Amat really is in league against La Salle and St. Joseph. For now, they’re racking up wins.
5. Northview (10-2) — Winners of 10 straight, the train keeps on moving.
6. Claremont (3-2) — Wolfpack notch nice wins over Atla Loma and Etiwanda. The Sierra is ridiculous again.
7. San Dimas (3-1) — San Dimas is sitting back watching Northview rack up the victories. But who wins when they meet on Oct. 5?
8. Gladstone (9-2) — Already 3-0 in the Montview League, they might not lose again until the playoffs.
9. Rosemead (6-2) — Still far and away the Mission Valley League favorites.
10. South Hills (5-3) — Win over Walnut, Bonita and Monrovia are nice, but how will they fare in the Sierra?
Detectives investigate allegations of hazing among boys soccer players at La Puente
CBS reports on allegations and says there is a press conference today at 11:30 a.m., to announce a lawsuit
The allegations involve incoming freshman players being sodomized with foreign objects by older students, according to CBS Los Angeles. One alleged victim of the abuse was sent to a hospital for treatment as a result of the alleged hazing, an official from the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District said.
NOTE: The Tribune is seeking a copy of the letter sent home to parents regarding allegations of hazing at La Puente High School. If you have a copy, please sent it to email@example.com, or call 626-960-1955, ext. 2109
Bishop Amat ends its area tour with wins over La Mirada, Charter Oak, St. Paul and a tie to Chino Hills to remain unbeaten against the area since 2002.
The Inland Insider reports on Bishop Amat’s victory over St. Paul ..
Tyler Drohan’s video and interview of West Covina’s win over Diamond Ranch
PREPXTRA POSTGAME REWIND
La Puente’s Ivan Vasquez rushed to the hospital in loss to the Gladiators
Gladstone impressive again on emotional night: Gladstone High School’s football team wasn’t doing any celebrating on Friday night despite a dominating performance against La Puente in the Montview League opener for both teams.
With the Gladiators leading 37-7 early in the fourth quarter, the game took a tragic turn when La Puente quarterback Ivan Vasquez suffered an apparent neck injury that required the senior to be treated on the field by paramedics and transported to a local hospital.
Bishop Amat holds on: On a night it honored its 1992 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship team that also won the Reebok Bowl to finish undefeated and become the first team in California history to post 15 wins in a season, Bishop Amat’s current undefeated team needed to work extra hard to fend off old nemesis St. Paul in the 43rd meeting between the schools on Friday at Kiefer Stadium. Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes completed 13 of 18 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Amat’s 35-24 victory over St. Paul.
Damien pulls away in second half: Damien quarterback Gage Pucci returned in the second half and completed 6 of 7 passes for 134 yards and touchdown to lead the Spartans (3-1) to a 31-10 victory over Temescal Canyon (2-3).
Reggie goes nuts for Bonita: Bonita senior running back Reggie Turner had 114 total yards and six touchdowns in the first half, leading the Bearcats to a 57-16 victory over Rowland High School at Glenn Davis Stadium on Friday night.
Suspensions hurt Covina in loss: Northview beat Covina 14-6 Friday night at Covina District Field in Valle Vista League play. The Vikings controlled much of the first half, but only led 7-0 at the half.
Wow, Diamond Bar in a rout: A young Diamond Bar team opened Hacienda League play with a convincing 40-3 victory over Los Altos (3-2).
Diamond Bar 40, Los Altos 3
Gladstone 37, La Puente 7
Bishop Amat 35, St. Paul 24
West Covina 20, Diamond Ranch 14
Northview 14, Covina 6
Damien 31, Temescal Canyon 10
San Dimas 42, Wilson 15
Rosemead 16, San Gabriel6
Bonita 57, Rowland 16
Azusa 23, Bassett 0
Sierra Vista 43, Workman 20
Nogales 38, Baldwin Park 19
South El Monte 28, Maranatha 14
Chino Hills 41, Great Oak 20
Claremont 31, Irvine Northwood 14
SCRIBBLE: BISHOP AMAT VS. ST. PAUL
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While Charter Oak was blowing out Glendora 38-3 behind five Vaughns TDs, South Hills nearly blew a 30-0 lead, holding on in the final moments for a 30-27 victory. An interesting decision in the South Hills-Monrovia game came after Monrovia scored to cut the Huskies’ lead to 30-13 early in the fourth. An extra point would have made it a 16 point and two possession game, but Monrovia went for two and missed. They ended up scoring two more touchdowns, but by not getting the extra point earlier, they didn’t have a chance to tie with two two-point conversions after the TDs. In any case, it was an incredible comeback effort.
Charter Oak 38, Glendora 3 — The Chargers got their swag back. Aaren Vaughns scored five touchdowns, including a 97-yard kick return to help forget last week’s loss to Amat.
South Hills 30, Monrovia 27 — South Hills almost blew 30-0 lead with just under three minutes to go in the third. The Wildcats rallied all the way back, and got the ball back down three with two minutes left. But the Huskies got the stop and the win.
Duarte 35, Ganesha 20 — The Falcons off to the start it hoped for in the Montview League. But for a team with playoff aspirations, it was closer than I thought.
“Guys have come up to the school and said `Coach, I played in ’71 and we beat Amat. Or they’ll come up and say that they played and tell me about the game that they played in against Amat. I’ve heard a lot about it. One of my good friends, Eric Bieniemy, was a legendary player (at Amat). I’m a USC alum and Pat Haden is a USC alum and he was there (at Amat) and did some great things.” – St. Paul coach Elijah Asante on renewing the storied rivalry between Amat and St. Paul on the 20th anniversary of Amat’s 1992 undefeated season and title.
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
St. Paul High School football coach Elijah Asante might be new to the whole Bishop Amat-St. Paul rivalry, but friends and Swordsmen alumni are certainly helping the first-year coach make up for lost time this week.
“Guys have come up to the school and said `Coach, I played in ’71 and we beat Amat,”‘ Asante said. “Or they’ll come up and say that they played and tell me about the game that they played in against Amat. I’ve heard a lot about it.
“One of my good friends, Eric Bieniemy, was a legendary player (at Amat). I’m a USC alum and Pat Haden is a USC alum and he was there (at Amat) and did some great things.”
The teams will renew their rivalry on Friday night at Bishop Amat.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. and the Lancers will recognize the 20th anniversary of the 1992 team’s accomplishments at halftime.
As for ruining the party, Asante and his Swordsmen (1-2) caught a break last Friday when Amat (3-0-1) receiver Darren Andrews was ejected for fighting against Charter Oak and has to serve a mandatory one-game suspension. That opens the door slightly for the underdog Swordsmen who have one less weapon to worry about.
“When you get a break, you accept a break,” Asante said of Andrews sitting out. “That kid is so good. I don’t know if we had an answer for him. That’s how good he is.
“When he was in the brawl and it came out that they ejected him, I wasn’t going to go down there and protest and say `No, no, we play them next week.”‘
In addition to Andrews being out, the Lancers may also be without running back Dionza Blue, who suffered a shoulder injury against Charter Oak.
Without Andrews and Blue, Amat would be at a severe disadvantage. But quarterback Koa Haynes can do special things and receiver Joseph Cook is sitting on a breakout game.
St. Paul hasn’t lived up to the hype this season. The Swordsmen got a bevy of high-impact transfers, but lost their first two games to La Mirada and Mater Dei. St. Paul picked up its first win of the season in Week 2 against La Habra and had last week off to rest up for Amat.
The time off probably served Swordsmen running back Kurt Scoby well after he began the season with a strained groin and was taken to the hospital after the La Habra game because of dehydration. Asante said Scoby will be fully healthy for Friday’s game.
“He’s good to go,” Asante said of Scoby. “The bye week absolutely helped. We had some guys who were banged up and it gave them two weeks to recover. It came at just the right time for us. We played some really physical teams.”
As for beating Amat, Asante said that has more to do with his own team than the Lancers.
“It’s not really about Amat, it’s about us,” Asante said. “Of course we respect them and we’ve broken down film on them, but we have to do what we have to do. If we master what we’re supposed to do, then we expect to win.”