Boys Water Polo: Damien takes the Orange Crate Trophy in rout over Bonita, 18-5

Bonita-Damien boys water polo gallery

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.

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The race for player of the year is on …

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.

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Los Altos in big trouble without Hacegaba while Diamond Bar finds its groove behind Peterson


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.”

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Girls Volleyball: Los Altos and Diamond Bar sweep to victory; Bishop Amat goes down

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RESULTS
HACIENDA LEAGUE
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.

MONTVIEW LEAGUE
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.

NONLEAGUE
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.

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