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.

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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.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RESULTS
HACIENDA LEAGUE
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.

MONTVIEW LEAGUE

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.

NONLEAGUE
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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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Diamond Ranch joins the rankings just in time to face West Covina

Will Diamond Ranch finally take down West Covina?

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS

1. Bishop Amat (3-0-1) — Not Since 2002. That’s the last time Amat lost to an area team. St. Paul next.
2. Chino Hills (2-1-1) — Beat West Covina the way you would expect an Inland power to do it.
3. Ayala (4-0) – Are you impressed? Bulldogs knocking them down like bowling pins.
4. Charter Oak (2-1) — No time for a Bishop Amat hangover with Glendora next on Thursday. Andrew Houser cleared to go.
5. Damien (1-1) — The word I’m hearing is the boosters are giving coach Greg Gano a hard time. The boosters need to shhhh.
6. West Covina (1-3*) — In reality, they’ve beaten Covina and South Hills. How could you rank them lower than this?
7. San Dimas (3-1) — You know the history. Because they lost to MTown in the regular season, they’ll beat them in the playoffs.
8. Diamond Ranch (3-1) – We welcome the Panthers to the top ten poll just in time to face two-time Southeast champ West Covina in the Hacienda opener.
9. Glendora (2-1) — Fared well against Ayala before losing. Charter Oak an even tougher task Thursday.
10. South Hills (2-1) — Following a bye week they should give Monrovia all it can handle Thursday at the District.

The Rest: 11. Los Altos (3-1); 12. Gladstone (3-0); 13. Rowland (3-1), 14. Covina (3-1); 15. El Monte (2-2), 16. La Puente (2-1); 17. Mountain View (3-1); 18. Bonita (1-3); 19. Claremont (1-3); 20. Walnut (1-3); 21. Diamond Bar (1-3); 22. Arroyo (2-2); 23. Azusa (1-2), 24. Northview (2-2), 25. Sierra Vista (2-1); 26. South El Monte (1-2); 27. Rosemead (1-2), 28. Duarte (1-2); 29. Wilson (1-3); 30. Baldwin Park (0-4), 31. Pomona (1-3), 32. Workman (1-2), 33. Nogales (0-4), 34. Bassett (1-2), 35. Ganesha (0-3).

*Covina forfeit win; West Covina forfeit loss

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Girls Volleyball Rankings: Chino Hills take top spot after St. Lucy’s humbled in Durango tourney

TRIBUNE TOP 10
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS

1. Chino Hills (6-2) — Went a respectable 4-2 in the Los Osos tournament to take over the top spot
2. St. Lucy’s (6-5) — Roughed up at Durango Tournament, losing five of six, including a loss to Long Beach Poly. But hey, looks like they faced some pretty-tough company. They host La Salle in a rematch of last year’s Division 2-A title game Wednesday.
3. Ayala (2-1) – Wins over Glendora and Upland, then a five-set loss at Santiago
4. Bishop Amat (4-1) — Big wins over La Habra, La Serna and an understandable loss to Matin Luther King
5. Diamond Ranch (6-2) — Off to quick 6-0 start, then lost its last two.
6. Northview (8-2) — Continues to win, impressive 6-0 against area teams.
7. Rosemead (5-1) — Always tough in MVL. They got a sweep over Sierra Vista and only loss to powerful South Pasadena.
8. Claremont (2-2) — Big loss at La Salle, not nothing to feel terrible about.
9. San Dimas (2-1) — Starting to come around, nice wins over Alverno and La Puente.
10. South Hills (4-2) — Winners of four straight, including win over Bonita.

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Charter Oak’s Houser to the rescue?

Charter Oak will get a lift this week when Bishop Amat transfer Andrew Hauser regains his eligibility after having to sit out a calendar year following his transfer last season.

The Chargers take on Glendora on Thursday night at Citrus College.

Hauser, an offensive lineman and linebacker, figures to be among the top players in the area at his positions. The Chargers can really use him this week with starting safety and part-time running back Khari Garcia suspended for the game after being ejected for fighting Friday against Bishop Amat.

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It’s all good at Happy Rock High heading into shodown at La Puente in Montview opener

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Whatever type of hangover the Gladstone High School football team may be feeling from Friday’s four-overtime 68-66 win over El Monte had better go away quickly.

As thrilling as the win was, it won’t matter if the Gladiators (3-0) follow it with a loss at

La Puente (2-1) in Friday night’s Montview League opener for both teams.

“It’s a 10-game tournament and we’ve never been 3-0 in the history of our school,” longtime Gladstone head coach Albert Sanchez said. “It doesn’t get easier, it just gets bigger each time. That’s what we’ve been talking to our guys about this week.

“It doesn’t matter what we’ve done. Throw everything out the door. It just got us prepared for our (league) season).”

Given Azusa’s league dominance the past four years, it’s hard to paint any other team as the favorite. But Gladstone is just that in the eyes of many by posting nonleague wins over Valle Vista League teams Covina and Northview. Then the Gladiators edged an El Monte team many consider to be the favorite in the Mission Valley League.

The winner of Friday’s game certainly will put itself on the inside track to a playoff berth and possibly the league title.

The loser? Well, it still will have to play Azusa and a host of other improved teams.

“There’s no cakewalks, there really isn’t,” Sanchez said. “I don’t have guys who are built to be looking down the road. We’re enjoying our success right now, but not getting big-headed.

“It’s La Puente. They have a lot at stake just like we do. We haven’t beaten them in four years. It’s like anything else around here, we’re trying to get them in the right direction and keep them even keel and level headed. These guys know what’s at stake.”

For Gladstone to even be in a situation where it’s undefeated and entertaining thoughts of a league title is shocking. Sanchez had several players walk out on him late in the summer, which left the coaching staff in a bit of a lurch. It was just another blow for a program in a league that often sees its best talent play elsewhere. But there’s no comparison in morale now as opposed to August.

“It’s incredibly different,” Sanchez said. “Even my outlook has gone 180 degrees the other way after being down and disappointed at some other guys. But that’s gone with the wind. Kids are regretting what they did, of course. Everybody loves a winner. We run a tight ship. It’s a done issue with me.

“I’ve got the true Gladiators here, so that’s all that matters to me. They’re playing good ball and it’s quite an eye-opener.”

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Water Polo: El Rancho to much for Rowland, 16-9

By John Sherrard, correspondent

The El Rancho High School boys water polo team has been on a scoring frenzy lately and the Dons didn’t let up in a nonleague game Monday.

The Dons, who have scored 125 goals in their first seven games of the season, defeated visiting Rowland, 16-9.

El Rancho (6-1) was led by senior 2-meter driver Christian Polanco with a game-high six goals. Thomas Duenas added four goals.

“They’ve (Polanco and Duenas) been playing on varsity since my first year here and they’ve had a chance to work together,” third-year El Rancho coach Sammy Wright said.

“We’ve turned misfortune into a good situation (at El Rancho).”

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TWO MINUTE DRILLS: Gladstone at La Puente; St. Paul at Bishop Amat; Charter Oak vs. Glendora; Monrovia vs. South Hills

Aram and I are trying two-minute drills on google plus, a way to do this from our home, office, coffe shop, wherever. Eventually this will allow us to to have conversations with coaches, players and other sportswriters without anyone having to leave their office, house or comfort zone. We’re still working on the technical aspects, but we like it so far.

GLADSTONE VS. LA PUENTE

ST. PAUL AT BISHOP AMAT

CHARTER OAK VS. GLENDORA

MONROVIA VS. SOUTH HILLS

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours; Hacienda and Montview League start this week

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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 (11-10); Tolegian (15-6).
Season: Robledo (61-31); Tolegian (57-35).

Last Week: After taking an unprecedented eight-game league and mocking Aram for going 12-13 last week, the Big Fella cut the lead in half while I looked like the fool this week. One thing is certain, this year has been more unpredictable than ever. I went 11-10 while Aram when 15-6. I took Azusa, San Dimas, El Monte, Walnut, Glendora, Rowland, Baldwin Park, Los Altos, Diamond Bar, Pioneer and lost all of them. Aram hit some big ones, taking Gladstone over El Monte, Monrovia over San Dimas, Brea over Diamond Bar and Don Lugo over Azusa.

This week:: Two of the best games are on Thursday night, and I thought long and hard about taking Glendora, but I’m sticking with Charter Oak. If you remember, Glendora ran well on Charter Oak last year and the Chargers are without Khari Garcia. It could get interesting, but the Chargers are just better. I also thought about taking South Hills over Monrovia, but the Wildcats showed me something in whipping up San Dimas, so I’m going with the ‘Cats. Amat won’t have as easy a time as people think against St. Paul. Not having Darren Andrews is HUGE. While Koa Haynes has been great, Andrews has been the difference maker. Still, how can you pick Amat to lose at home? Love West Covina to bounce back in the Hacienda against Diamond Ranch, arguably the team with the best chance of beating them in league. And the Montview League title hunt is on the line opening week with Gladstone at La Puente. I’m going with Happy Rock.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus, 7 p.m. – Robledo (COak); Tolegian (CO)
Monrovia vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Monrovia); Tolegian (M-Town)
Duarte at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte); Tolegian (Duarte)
Friday’s games
Los Altos at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Conqs)
Gladstone at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (Albert)
St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. – Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (Amat)
West Covina vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (WCovina); Tolegian (Roddy)
Covina vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Covina); Tolegian (NHS (No V!))
Temescal Canyon at Damien, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
San Dimas at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (San Dimas); Tolegian (San Dimas)
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Rosemead)
Rowland at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Nogales at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. – Robledo (BPark); Tolegian (BP)
Maranatha at South El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (South); Tolegian (SEM)
Chino Hills at Great Oak, 7 p.m. – Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (Huskies)
Northwood vs. Claremont at Irvine, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Claremont); Tolegian (Claremont)

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Amat without Andrews, possibly Blue for St. Paul

I don’t know if Amat will revoke my credential and give me the Lane Kiffin treatment for reporting this, but Dionza Blue was in a sling following Friday’s 30-14 win at Amat, an injury that will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine if he can play against St. Paul on Friday. The Lancers already will be without all-purpose threat Darren Andrews, who was ejected and must sit-out the St. Paul game.

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PrepXtra Rewind: Is there any more doubt who’s No . 1, Aram and I discuss it along with thoughts on Monrovia, La Mirada, Gladstone and more

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Reginald Miller’s highlights and interviews from Bishop Amat’s 30-14 win over Charter Oak.

PREPXTRA POSTGAME REWIND
Opening: Aram and Tyler Drohan discuss Monrovia’s big win over San Dimas:
14:01 mark: Aram and I talk about Bishop Amat’s 30-14 win over Charter Oak and what it means to our No. 1 argument.
32:10 mark - Steve Ramirez joins us to talk about La Mirada’s 28-21 win over St. Francis
40:15 mark – John “Nut and Honey” Honell talks about Gladstone’s wild 68-66 triple overtime vicotry over El Monte.


Highlights and Interviews of Chino Hills’ blowout win over Charter Oak with the Inland Insider Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce.

Highlights and interviews from Monrovia’s chest-thumping win over San Dimas with Tyler Drohan

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And Still King of the Valley … Bishop Amat races to a big lead and holds on to beat Charter Oak, 30-14 in front of massive crowd; Gladstone beats El Monte 68-66 in 3 OT; Monrovia and Chino Hills make statements too


Amat’s Koa Haynes throws for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the emotionally-charged 30-14 win that included ejections on both sides.

Amat-Charter Oak photo gallery

Another defining Amat victory: Bishop Amat reminded everyone Friday why it’s still King of the Valley and proved not much has changed since its back-to-back blowout victories over Charter Oak in 2004 and ’05.
In the first meeting since then and in one of the most anticipated and hyped-up games in years, Amat raced to a 23-point first-half lead and got the defensive stops it needed in the second half to come away with a 30-14 victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Charter Oak.

Monrovia pounds red-hot San Dimas: After a back-and-forth first half, Monrovia (2-1) pulled away, outscoring San Dimas 23-7 to close the game for a 35-23 nonleague victory.

Not a misprint, Gladstone in Triple OT: Gladstone High School came from two touchdowns behind in the fourth quarter and went on to beat El Monte 68-66 in three overtimes Friday night.

Ayala wins battle of unbeatens: Ayala High School stayed unbeaten with a 38-28 nonleague victory over visiting Glendora on Friday.

Chino Hills destroys injured West Covina: Chino Hills forced five turnovers, including two interception returns for touchdowns, to cruise to a 46-14 nonleague victory over West Covina on Friday night.

For more stories on Friday night’s football action, visit our SGVN prep football page

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 30, Charter Oak 14
Monrovia 35, San Dimas 23
Chino Hills 46. West Covina 14
Gladstone 68, El Monte 66, 3OT
La Puente 45, Wilson 29
Covina 33, Walnut 27
Bonita 61, Claremont 20
Ayala 38, Glendora 28
Northview 21, South El Monte 6
Arroyo 41, Rowland 21
San Gabriel 41, Baldwin Park 10
Chino 16, Los Altos 0
Brea Olinda 31, Diamond Bar 18
Sierra Vista 59, Keppel 0
Diamond Ranch 23, Schurr 6
San Marino 63, Nogales 0
Mountain View 14, Pioneer 7
Rosemead 35, Warren 7
Rancho Alamitos 35, Ganesha 7

Reginald Miller’s highlights and interviews from Bishop Amat’s 30-14 win over Charter Oak.

PREPXTRA POSTGAME REWIND
Opening: Aram and Tyler Drohan discuss Monrovia’s big win over San Dimas:
14:01 mark: Aram and I talk about Bishop Amat’s 30-14 win over Charter Oak and what it means to our No. 1 argument.
32:10 mark - Steve Ramirez joins us to talk about La Mirada’s 28-21 win over St. Francis
40:15 mark – John “Nut and Honey” Honell talks about Gladstone’s wild 68-66 triple overtime vicotry over El Monte.


Highlights and Interviews of Chino Hills’ blowout win over Charter Oak with the Inland Insider Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce.

Highlights and interviews from Monrovia’s chest-thumping win over San Dimas with Tyler Drohan


BISHOP AMAT VS. CHARTER OAK WITH MIKE
Mike will launch ScribbleLive Friday at 6:30

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Thursday Final: Azusa struggles again, loses to Don Lugo, 39-14 to fall to 1-2


Azusa-Don Lugo photo gallery

By Brian Reed-Baiotto
Don Lugo High didn’t just come into Citrus College Thursday night and beat host Azusa, 39-14 in a nonleague match up, the Conquistadores made it look easy.

Don Lugo (2-2) led 27-0 before Azusa scored its first points of the game halfway through the third quarter and the difference at quarterback told much of the story.

The Conquistadores Marc Wiseman was an efficient 13 of 22 for 204 yards, including three touchdowns and no picks, while Azusa’s Jose Ledesma threw two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times. (To continue click thread)

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Bishop Amat, Charter Oak a day away ….

If you haven’t purchased tickets at Bishop Amat or Charter Oak, you should right away. It is expected to be the largest crowd in Charter Oak’s history. Because it’s an open area, Charter Oak can sell as many tickets as they want, but seating is limited. If you do not arrive early, you may not get a seat and will have to stand along a roped area. Also, tailgating is permitted, however alcohol (careful what you put in those red cups) and smoking obviously is not. The gates open at 6 p.m., enjoy it, I know we will.

Amat’s Koa Haynes and Charter Oak’s Donavin Washington on twitter

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Koa Haynes has become the “it” factor at Bishop Amat, leading the Lancers to Friday’s super showdown at Charter Oak

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Junior quarterback Koa Haynes has been a key contributor this season for Bishop Amat (2-0-1), which visits Charter Oak for a huge nonleague game Friday night. (Keith Birmingham)
The reasons are several for the Bishop Amat High School football team’s success this season.

One game it’s the defense. The next game it’s the offense. Some games, it’s both. And the Lancers’ star power has been out in force thanks to players like running back Dionza Blue, receiver Darren Andrews and defensive stalwart Sal Velasquez.

But perhaps the biggest and most consistent force has been junior quarterback Koa Haynes. Whether it’s been coming up with the big pass at key times or a clutch run to get a first down and keep drives going, Haynes has done it. And for that reason, Amat (2-0-1) is the top-ranked team in the area heading into Friday’s game at No. 2 Charter Oak (2-0).

“I’m not surprised because I worked pretty hard in the offseason and I knew it would all pay off,” Haynes said of his hot start. “I would come to school on off days with my dad and work on routes with receivers. The game has definitely slowed down for me this year compared to last year.”

Last year, Haynes was pressed into action in interesting and precarious situations. He started the season opener against Garfield and played the entire first half when starter Rio Ruiz was suspended. Later in the season, Haynes found himself under center against Loyola when Ruiz was injured during the game. The following week, he had to start on the road against Notre Dame with a playoff spot on the line.

For the most part, Haynes struggled. But one offseason full of preparation later, he’s arguably the top quarterback in the area.

It started with a smashing performance in Amat’s Week 0 rout of Servite. Haynes threw for 157 yards and three touchdowns, and added another on the ground. The light had officially gone on.

“I had been doing so well during summer and hell week, and our whole team was, but we really didn’t have a real test because we only had one scrimmage,” Haynes said. “Our first test was going to be against Servite and we showed that we were well prepared.

“I had lots to prove to everyone, but I don’t really think of it as pressure. I thought of it as motivation. I had a pretty good feeling that I was going to do well.”

Haynes’ strong performance carried over into Amat’s 48-48 tie with Chino Hills. He threw for 282 yards and two scores in the shootout, including the game-tying touchdown with just seconds left.

Against La Mirada, Haynes again proved to be the difference with his heady play and ability to beat teams with both his arm and legs.

But now comes a different test in the vaunted Charter Oak defense, which is loaded with speed and hoping to put the clamps on Amat’s offense.

“They’re fast, very athletic and well-coached,” Haynes said of Charter Oak. “I think this will be the fastest team we’ve played this year. I think it will be a different kind of challenge in terms of speed-wise.”

For Haynes, a Covina resident, the game has special meaning. He was in the same Covina Vikings Junior All-American program as Charter Oak starters Donavin Washington and Aaren Vaughns. He even considered going to Charter Oak, but decided on Amat after attending Lancers games while in junior high school.

“We’re two teams that are very similar,” Haynes said. “We’ve got lots of friends who go to Charter Oak and know a lot of people who go there. It’s a crosstown rivalry. Simple as that. But once you get on the field, everything’s business.”

The good news for Amat fans is that Haynes is only a junior, and there’s no telling what heights he could take Amat to this season and/or next. But if what he’s shown so far is any indicator, the Lancers are in for one special ride.

“A lot of it is going to be related to him and how he develops and continues to get better,” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “But knowing him, I would suspect there’s a lot of certainty because he does work hard. All those leadership things are there.

“It’s really hard to project, but at the same time we have every reason to believe it will happen because his mental makeup is far ahead of what most juniors are in high school.”

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Fasten your chin straps and hide the children, it’s No. 1 Bishop Amat vs. No. 2 Charter Oak up next

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE’S SUPER 35 RANKINGS

1. Bishop Amat (2-0-1) — The take-on-all-area challengers campaign hits the road for the third straight week at Charter Oak, the new No. 2 in this weeks poll. Amat looked beatable against Chino Hills and settled for a tie. It looked beatable at La Mirada but pulled away in the fourth quarter. They’ve bent, but they haven’t broken.

2. Charter Oak (2-0) — RB Aaren Vaughns went nuts in the Chargers’ win at Los Alamitos. The Chargers need a similar output from someone against Amat to have a chance to pull out the biggest non-league victory in the school’s history. Best thing going at Charter Oak is they play great defense and when you do, you can hang with anyone, and believe me, they don’t fear Amat.

3. Chino Hills (1-1-1) — How can you drop them past No. 3 after tying Amat and losing by only 10 to power Tesoro. Over the years I’ve been questioned for ranking Amat high despite not getting results against high-caliber opponents. You have to give Chino Hills that same respect.

4. Ayala (3-0) – Arguably the area’s biggest surprise after going 3-7 last year. They’ve already beaten Monrovia and then beat a team in Arizona. It doesn’t get easier, undefeated Glendora and their huge offensive line and running game invade the Inland Empire next.

5. West Covina (1-2*) — What can you say, injuries have marred what was expected to be a great season. Fact is they’re actually 2-1 with its only loss to a Pac-5 team, but injuries to keep players are a deep concern, especially with Chino Hills visiting next.

6. Damien (1-1) – They drank their bottle of get tough and got a resounding win at Palm Desert. The Spartans need to keep it rolling, they’re a team that needs all the confidence it can muster.

7. San Dimas (3-0) — The Saints are averaging an astounding 47 points on offense entering this week’s huge game at home against back-to-back defending champion Monrovia. Are the Saints nervous? Why should they, they own a 3-2 series record over the ‘Cats dating back to 2009, when they beat Monrovia for the Mid-Valley title.

8. Los Altos (3-0) — With West Covina injured and bruised up, the Conquerors look more like the Hacienda league title favorites each week. They absolutely crushed rival Wilson and are building early-season momentum.

9. Glendora (2-0) — The Tartans are pounding their opponents into submission behind a big offensive line and sturdy backs, averaging nearly 250 yards on the ground. When you can run, you’re always in games.

10. South Hills (2-1) — After losing to West Covina, they have a week off to get ready for its showdown against Monrovia at Covina District on Sept. 20.

The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (2-1), 12. Rowland (3-0), 13. Gladstone (2-0), 14. El Monte (2-1), 15. Covina (2-1), 16. Azusa (1-1), 17. Mountain View (2-1), 18. Walnut (1-2), 19. La Puente (1-1), 20. Arroyo (1-2), 21. Claremont (1-2), 22. Diamond Bar (1-2), 23. Northview (1-2), 24. South El Monte (1-1), 25. Bonita (0-3), 26. Diamond Bar (1-2), 27. Rosemead (0-2), 28. Wilson (1-2), 29. Duarte (1-2), 30. Pomona (1-2), 31. Workman (1-2), 32. Wilson (1-2), 33. Nogales (0-3), 34. Bassett (1-2), 35. Ganesha (0-2).

*Covina forfeit win; West Covina forfeit loss

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