Tribskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours; Ayala’s 0 will go; Will Charter Oak take another step back in a step-up, and look for Amat, West Covina, Gladstone and South Hills to keep rolling

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
Thursday’s games

Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (Albert)
Friday’s games
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)

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Girls Volleyball Rankings: OK, St. Lucy’s is No. 1 again, but Ayala next on Thursday


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?

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Authorities investigating allegations of hazing among boys soccer players at La Puente

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

UPDATED: Investigators cite four La Puente High students in connection with sexual hazing

STORY: Authorities are investigating allegations of sexual hazing among boys’ soccer players at La Puente High School, according to school and sheriff’s officials.

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, or call 626-960-1955, ext. 2109

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PrepXtra Rewind and Video HIghlights of Amat-St. Paul and West Covina-Diamond Ranch

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


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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Gladstone beats La Puente 37-7 in a game ended early due to an injury; Bishop Amat fends off St. Paul, 35-24

La Puente-Gladstone photo gallery

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).

For stories of tonight’s games, visit the SGV Football page

Tonight’s results
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

Twitter updates from games straight to scribble using #sgvfootball hashtag

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Thursday Final: Charter Oak’s Vaughns runs wild In Mayor’s Trophy win over Glendora; South Hills avoids mammoth collapse, beats Monrovia 30-27

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-Glendora photo gallery
South Hills-Monrovia photo gallery

Thursday’s results
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.

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St. Paul coach Elijah Asante talks about Amat, says Kurt Scoby is ready to go and what Amat is like without Darren Andrews, who must sit out

“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.”

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St. Lucy’s rises to the occassion again, beats La Salle in thrilling five-set rematch, 15-12 in fifth

St. Lucy’s beat La Salle in five sets, 28-30, 25-20 25-18, 22-25 and 15-12 in a rematch from last year’s CIF-SS Divisional finals, which gave the Regents back-to-back championships.

Story: It is nearly two months before the CIF-Southern Section volleyball playoffs begin. But La Salle and St. Lucy’s Priory high schools did not act as if it was that far off on Wednesday evening. The teams acted as if the nonleague match was the CIF-SS Division 1A finals. Heck, it could have been. The teams met for the Division 2AA title last year. Wednesday, the Regents managed to survive a five-game, 2-hour, 15-minute marathon.

Check out Keith Birmingham’s photo gallery

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s roughed up in Durango, facing La Salle tonight in championship rematch

St. Lucy’s hosts La Salle tonight at 5:40 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s championship won by the Regents
It is not just a match between teams that played for last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA volleyball championship.
When La Salle High School plays at St. Lucy’s Priory tonight, it’s a match between arguably the two best teams in the Valley. La Salle (18-1) is coming off two tournament victories, including a sweep in the Otay Ranch Invitational last weekend in southern San Diego County. St. Lucy’s (6-5), which defeated La Salle in last year’s division title match, is coming off an impressive top 16 finish in the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas.

Los Altos 3, Diamond Bar 0
Los Altos had little trouble in sweeping the Brahmas 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 to improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. Diamond Bar dropped to 4-5 and 1-1. Los Altos was led by Fabi Rosas with 12 kills, three blocks and three aces. Setter Alyss Chacon had 29 assists while Morella Castro added eight kills, three blocks and three aces.

West Covina 3, Diamond Ranch 1
West Covina opened league play with a 25-6, 25-14, 17-25, 25-17 win over Diamond Ranch (6-3, 0-1). The Bulldogs (4-6, 1-0) were led by junior right side hitter Genessee Tate with 13 kills, four aces, four digs, three assists and one block. Junior setter Casey Shubin recorded 25 assists, six digs, two kills, one block and one ace. Sophomore middle blocker Adriana Ramirez added six kills and three blocks, while junior libero Paige Peterson contributed with eight digs and one ace.


Azusa 3, Duarte 1
Azusa setter Genesis Maldonado guided her team victory with 36 assists, 13 digs, four kills and three aces. The Aztecs (3-1, 2-0) won 25-12, 25-27, 25-19, 26-24 and handed Duarte (4-10, 1-1) its first league loss. Senior outside hitter Kristen Hitolito collected 17 digs, 15 kills and eight aces. Senior outside hitter Carmina Ortiz added 13 digs and 10 kills while senior libero Yessenia Celestino had 31 digs.

Gladstone 3, Sierra Vista 0
Gladstone received 24 assists, three digs and two aces from junior setter Abbie Cerjak in a 25-9, 25-14, 25-17 sweep for the Gladiators (8-2, 2-0) over the Dons (1-5, 0-2).
Senior outside hitter Melissa Jacob had nine kills, eight digs and seven aces, while senior outside hitter Selina Munoz contributed seven kills and six digs.

South Hills 3, Monrovia 0

Behind the play of senior libero Reina Ono’s 15 digs and five aces, South Hills improved to 8-3 on the season while Monrovia dropped to 6-3. The Huskies swept the Wildcats 25-11, 25-18, 25-10 and also were led by junior outside hitter Alisa McKissick who had 11 kills, seven aces, two blocks and two digs. Senior setter Ally Donnelly contributed 24 assists, two digs and one block while senior outside hitter Hale Gonzales had 10 kills and one dig.

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Is Quarterback Kevin Amezquita going to lead Gladstone to the Montview League title?

On Tuesday’s PrepXtra Live, I picked Gladstone to take the reigns from four-time Montview League champ Azusa, who is still Aram’s top choice in the Montview. Who’s yours?

STORY: Kevin Amezquita might be the best quarterback in the Valley nobody’s heard of. The Gladstone High School senior is making plays with his arm and legs, but the Gladiators often get lost in the shuffle with the Bishop Amats, Charter Oaks and West Covinas of the area. Not anymore.

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