PrepXtra Rewind: Amat head coach Steve Hagerty, Sean Koelle, Charter Oak assistants Dom Farrar and Roger Lehigh, plus West Covina’s Justin Hornsby!!!

Intro: Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty and quarterbacks coach Sean Koelle
43:40 mark: Charter Oak coaches Dom Farrar and Roger Lehigh
1:21.00 mark: Final thoughts with West Covina’s Justin Hornsby


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Charter Oak vs. Amat: You have to watch out for Uh-Oh Bobo to leave his stamp on Friday

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Bryce Bobo is merely the latest in a long line of great Charter Oak High School wide receivers.

Before Bobo, there was Chris Gilchrist, Dennis Rufus, Mikey Harrell, Michael Johnson, Matt Austin, Will Harris, David Boler and Steve Stevenson, to name a few. Heck, even on Bobo’s current team there’s a Tribune All-Area receiver from last season in Aaren Vaughns, who now also plays running back.

This season, it’s Bobo’s turn to further make a name for himself. He can take a big step in doing just that Friday when the Chargers (2-0) host Bishop Amat (2-0-1) in one of the area’s biggest nonleague games in years.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all to live up to the past players when I’m on the field,” Bobo said. “I just think of playing the game and getting the W.

“The coaches always told me to keep my poise and contribute to the team in any way I can, and not too much about me striving to live up to the other receivers who came before me.”

Bobo’s stock has shot up more than just about any other player in the area, considering that as a sophomore he caught only one ball. Last season, as a junior, Bobo took full advantage of quarterback Travis Santiago’s passing abilities to haul in 53 balls for 834 yards and nine touchdowns.

Those stats, combined with his 6-foot-3 frame, led to offers from Idaho and Colorado. Bobo gave an oral commitment to Colorado this past summer and can now concentrate on simply making his senior season the best it can be.

So far so good.

The Chargers are 2-0 and Bobo already has three touchdown receptions. But none of that really matters if Charter Oak isn’t able to get over the Amat hump on Friday.

“It’s going to put Charter Oak on the map,” Bobo said. “We’ve been practicing hard this week because we know how much this win would mean. I feel like we’re starting to get our name on the map. I don’t feel like we get enough credit, but we’re going to make you work.”

Beside catching passes and making big plays, another key part of Bobo’s role is to help Charter Oak’s inexperienced quarterbacks Kory Brown and Ross Barrera in their maturation process. Having a weapon like Bobo helps, but there’s other things he can do to speed the process along.

“I will make reads for them,” Bobo said. “I don’t try to do too much that will make them have to spend a lot of time in the pocket. All in all, they’re really good quarterbacks, but we just have to find our groove faster.

“When we start the first quarter of a game, it’s kind of hard for them to come in and just find their rhythm.”

Charter Oak also needs Bobo’s talent on defense where he’s seeing more and more time at cornerback. On Friday night, that means he’ll probably be asked to cover his friend Darren Andrews, or vice versa. That’s part of the game within the game that makes this clash of locals so intriguing.

“I know Darren because he was at Charter Oak before he went to Bishop Amat,” Bobo said. “We were really good friends our freshmen year. We’re still good friends now, but this game is going to be personal.

“We always go at it because we think we’re better than each other. This will be a good test to see who can carry their team further.”

Bobo has done more than the normal amount of research on Bishop Amat.

Beside ample film study, he was at the Lancers’ season-opening win against Servite, sitting in the student section behind the end zone along with his cousin Khari Garcia and friend Brian McIntyre, who also both start for the Chargers.

“I wasn’t wearing anything like that,” Bobo said when asked if he was wearing any Charter Oak gear in La Puente. And he claims nobody noticed the Chargers trio either.

As for his thoughts on Amat’s big win over the Friars: “I don’t like to give the teams I play too much credit about anything. I was just looking at the type of coverage they played.”

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Don’t forget about Glendora, the Tartans are 2-0 and still among the area’s best

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

The Glendora High School football team has sent out a reminder to San Gabriel Valley foes that it’s still among the best around with its 2-0 start.

It’s easy to overlook the Tartans after they went 3-7 and finished fifth in the Baseline League in 2011.

New coach Jerry Lewallen is the school’s third coach in three years. And the Tartans compete against Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Los Osos and Etiwanda in the Baseline, one of the toughest leagues in the Southland.

“In my view, we can no longer use the Baseline as an excuse and just lower our heads,” Lewallen said. “We have to just play. What league we’re in is out of our control, you can’t worry about those things.

“What I worry about is us getting better and doing the little things that help win ballgames. Those are the things we can control.”

What they’ve controlled is the line of scrimmage.

Lewallen moved 6-foot-5 Christian Schneider to tackle and 6-foot-2, 280-pound offensive lineman Tommy Green is imposing his strength too.

In the Tartans’ season-opening 14-6 win over Claremont and last week’s 52-29 thrashing of Colony, they’ve averaged 302 yards per game with two outstanding individual performances.

Against Claremont, Amin Raad carried 36 times for 214 yards and a touchdown.

In last week’s win over Colony, Cade Lindsey couldn’t be stopped, rushing for 315 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

“Obviously we think our offensive line is the strength of our team,” said Lewallen, whose team only has thrown 17 times in two games. “When you have success moving the ball (on the ground), it wears opponents down not just physically, but mentally.

“And for our defense, if you ask any defensive coach, the longer you can keep them on the sideline the better. That’s their favorite place to be.”

The Tartans needed a good start because the schedule gets tougher, including at undefeated Ayala (3-0) on Friday, followed by a home game against Charter Oak (2-0) on Oct. 19 at Citrus College.

“We’re excited to play these games and see where we’re at,” Lewallen said. “If we can continue to move the ball and chew up the clock, we’ll be fine.”

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s beats Los Altos in three; San Dimas beats Bointa


Photo Gallery: St. Lucy’s’ Marissa Hageman (7) scores against Los Altos in the second game on Tuesday night

St. Lucy’s sweeps Los Altos: Two-time defending CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA champion St. Lucy’s Priory continued its fast start this season with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-17 sweep of Los Altos on Tuesday night. The Regents (3-0), who have moved up to Division 1A and are ranked second in the early-season CIF-SS poll, have not lost a game this season.

Maranatha beats San Marino in five: Maranatha avoided hitting into the net and took advantage of perfectly placed Skylar MacLeod sets in the fifth game to defeat the Titans, 25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-7.

NONLEAGUE
Chino Hills 3, Santiago 2

The Huskies opened their season with a 23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11 victory.
Karrah Wood led Chino Hills with 17 kills and Meghan Buzzerio added 14 kills and three blocks. Shelley Anderson chipped in with 42 assists.

Bishop Amat 3, San Gabriel Mission 0
The Lancers (1-0) defeated the Pioneers (0-1) 25-12, 25-13, 25-10 behind the efforts of Mariah Jackson, with 12 kills, and Sam Quesada-Diaz, with 10 kills.

Glendora 3, Walnut 0
The Tartans evened their record at 1-1 by beating the Mustangs (0-2), 25-13, 25-22, 25-15. Senior middle blocker Cassandra Freitag led Glendora with eight kills. Senior setter Casie Lowden chipped in with 18 assists, six kills, three aces, three digs and one block. Senior libero Lauren Hyllengren had 10 digs and one ace.

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West Covina’s Justin Hornsby has surgery, likely out for the season

By Aram Tolegian
West Covina defensive end Justin Hornsby underwent two hours of surgery on Saturday to treat a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg after suffering the major injury in the fourth quarter of Friday’s 21-7 win over South Hills.

Hornsby had to be taken off the field on a stretcher and treated on site by paramedics before being transported to the hospital.

“He will be fine and fully recovered with time and rehab,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said via text message. “Surgery was textbook. He is in good spirits.

“What bothers me is the kid has had crappy luck and a really unfortunate two years. This was just a freak thing that happened. He planted his foot and his body got twisted.”

Hornsby transferred to West Covina from Rancho Verde prior to last season but was ruled ineligible by CIF because he lived in South Hills’ school district. After sitting out the season, Hornsby figured to be one of the top defensive players in the Valley.

“He is a good play, but an outstanding young man that is a leader on our team and on our campus,” Maggiore said. “He is really well-liked, bright and personable.”

Hornsby was hoping to leave the hospital on Monday night.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours; One of the best weeks of the season and Robledo pulling away against Tolegian

Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.

Last Week: Robledo (17-8); Tolegian (50-21).
Season: Tolegian (12-13); Tolegian (42-29).

Last Week: For the first time in the history of Tribskin Pick’em, one of us had a sub .500 week and it wasn’t me. After going 0-for-3 on Thursday night, Aram didn’t fare much better on Friday, losing 10 more games and too many to mention. I fared better, but still lost eight games to take an unprecedented eight-game lead just three weeks into the football season. It can’t be that easy, can it?

This week:: The best non-league football week of the high school season with lots of tough games to choose from. Bishop Amat or Charter Oak? We’ve wondered that for years and I’ve argued in most years I’m taking Amat and this is one of them. Both teams are playing great and deserve the 1 and 2 rankings when the Trib poll comes out tomorrow. But it comes down to this: Charter Oak is arguably a tad better on defense, but Amat’s offense has proved to be better against a tougher schedule so far. I don’t think Amat will score more than 30, but I also don’t think Charter Oak will score more than 17. If I were setting a betting line, I would make Amat a 4-point favorite, something like a 21-17 point victory is what I’m predicting. Sure, I like Amat to win, but won’t be surprised at all if Charter Oak gets them. After all, you never know what role emotion plays in these games, and this will be one of the most emotionally-charged of the season. West Covina-Chino Hills? No way I’m taking the Bulldogs. I just don’t see how they stack up after how Chino Hills has fared the past two weeks against the Pac-5, and especially with Justin Hornsby out for the Bulldogs to go with QB Najera. Let’s hope the Bulldogs are ready for the Hacienda. Monrovia-San Dimas? Nobody in the Mid-Valley has played Monrovia better in the last three years than the Saints. For whatever reason, Monrovia has more athletes, but the Saints have an offense they have a hard time dealing with. I like the Saints and I like them by more than a touchdown. Gladstone-El Monte? One of those I-wish-I-could-be-there games. Two of the best quarterbacks in the Division going head to head. Gladstone’s defense is the key, but I will like El Monte’s offense to win out. Glendora-Ayala? A huge battle of the unbeatens. Nobody has stopped Glendora’s ground game, averaging somewhere near 250 yards in two games. As great as Ayala has been, Glendora’s a big-boy program and I’m feeling them. Ayala is definitely the favorite, but I’m calling the upset, take Glendora.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Azusa vs. Don Lugo at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Lugo)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (CO)
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Tolegian (M-Town)
Chino Hills at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Tolegian (CH)
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (G-Stone)
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Covina at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Tolegian (Walnut)
Bonita at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
Glendora at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Tolegian (Ayala)
Northview vs. South El Monte at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (SEM)
Rowland at Arroyo, 7:00pm — 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland); Tolegian (Rowland)
Baldwin Park at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Tolegian (SG)
Los Altos at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (Brea)
Warren at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Tolegian (Warren)
Pioneer at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Tolegian (M-View)
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (Roddy)
Nogales at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Tolegian (SM)
Rancho Alamitos vs. Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alamitos), Tolegian (RA)
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Tolegian (SV)
Sultana at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sultana); Tolegian (Sultana)

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Girls Volleyball Rankings: What a surprise, St. Lucy’s is No. 1 chasing a third straight title in powerful Division 1-A

We’ll rank girls volleyball teams the best we can, but not everyone is participating with record updates on Maxpreps. I’ll post rankings each week and when matches are called in, I will post results on new blog threads so you can share scores and comments on games you were at. Coaches can phone in results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or send a small write-up to scores@sgvn.com, and leave a contact number in case we have questions. On Tuesday night, we’ll cover our first match, Los Altos at St. Lucy’s, 5:30 p.m. During the season if you want your score posted quickly and mentioned on the blog, tweet it to me at twitter@sgvtribpreps. I’ll be happy to share the result.


Above: St. Lucy’s 5-foot-9 senior outstide hitter Vanessa Caustrita (#5) is one of the big reasons St. Lucy’s is No. 1 again.

Tribune Girls Volleyball Rankings

1. St. Lucy’s (2-0) - Already a win over Bonita and Los Osos, the defending back-to-back 2AA champions are gunning for something tougher, a Division 1-A title, where they’re ranked third behind Laguna Beach and Thousand Oaks respectively. Once again, the Sierra will be tough, especially with Chino Hills and Ayala, but until someone knocks them off their perch, the Regents are No. 1. BTW, they host Los Altos Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m.

2. Chino Hills (4-1) – Off to another good start with a season-opening 3-2 win over Santiago and a tournament loss to Webb. They’re not as good as last year, but the program keeps them at No. 2

3. Ayala (1-0) - Arguably the third best in the Sierra with a season-opening 3-2 win over Glendora. Top three-ranked teams are from the Sierra, that should tell you enough.

4. Bonita (0-1) - Wouldn’t read to much into the Bearcats’ 3-0 loss to St. Lucy’s. If rankings mean anything, the Bearcats are still favored to win the Hacienda with the No. 9 ranking in Division 2-AA

5. Los Altos (0-0) – The Hacienda League pre-season favorites open the campaign at St. Lucy’s on Tuesday. Don’t judge much from that. Traditionally, the Conquerors are always an area team to contend with.

6. Northview (5-2) — Nice start for the Vikings with wins over Charter Oak, Duarte and Workman. With San Dimas losing its best player, will the Vikes take advantage in the Valle Vista?

7. Claremont (0-1) – The Wolfpack have been one of the better teams in recent years. They graduated a senior heavy team, but are still among the area’s best.

8. Bishop Amat (1-1) — The Lancers have improved and started with a win over San Gabriel Valley Mission, then were swept by ML King, ranked No. 8 in 2AA.

9. San Dimas (0-1) - The Saints are the preseason No. 1 in Division 3-A but lost to West Covina 3-2 in its season opener. One reason the Saints lost is that senior Yamani Wallace, the Saints’ best player, could be out the season with a knee injury.

10. Gladstone (5-1) – Had not surrendered a game before losing to Northview in its own Gladstone tournament. The Gladiators are once again the Montview League favorites, though La Puente will have a say.

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Glendora cross country has big day at Bronco Invitational on Saturday morning.

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, correspondent
If Saturday morning’s Bronco Invitational at Cal Poly Pomona is any indication, the Glendora High School cross country program is in for a huge season.
The Tartans’ Ryan Sanchez and Micaela Lamb won individual championships and Glendora took both team titles as well. (To continue click thread)

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PrepXtra Rewind talking about Charter Oak and Bishop Amat’s results and next week’s showdown; postgame higlights of Chino Hills-Tesoro, San Gabriel-San Dimas


“I’m just going to tell Monrovia that we’re coming, and we’re going to show them who’s boss.” San Dimas’ Derek Kearns on next week’s Mid-Valley showdown against champ Monrovia.

Reginald Miller’s postgame highlights and video’s of San Dimas and San Gabriel

Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce’s video highlights and interviews of Tesoro-Chino Hills

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West Covina still the Kings of Cameron, 21-7; Bishop Amat outlasts La Mirada 34-24 while Charter Oak upends Los Alamitos, 22-14, setting up next week’s mega showdown in the SGV

Bishop Amat, Charter Oak showdown set for next week … Can the coaches please agree to overtime … like right now?

Charter Oak wins: Not only did the Chargers have a better reserve running back in Aaren Vaughns, they played tremendous defense on their way to a 22-14 victory over the Griffins at Veterans Stadium.

Bishop Amat wins: La Mirada gave Bishop Amat a much better fight than it did last season, but Lancers quarterback Koa Haynes made big play after big play, especially in the second half, to help the Lancers escape with a 34-24 victory over the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division’s top-ranked Matadores on Friday.

Kings of Cameron: West Covina put the clamps on South Hills and its bulldozing quarterback Adam Goss in the second half, then used two fourth-quarter touchdowns by running back Aaron Salgado to break a 7-7 halftime tie for a 21-7 win on Friday night at Covina District Field.

West Covina, South Hills photo gallery

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the scoreboard link

For stories and recaps on all the games, visit our preps page.

Tonight’s results
Bishop Amat 34, La Mirada 24 – Amat needed to score the final 10 points to fend off the stubborn Matadores, who look like the best team in the Southeast Division. Amat’s offense looks great, defense still a work in progress.
San Dimas 56, San Gabriel 14 – Saints looking like that 2008 team that mopped everyone in the preseason.
Azusa 14, Maranatha 13 -- Aztecs needed a win in the worst way after last week’s humble pie from San Dimas.
Gladstone 35, Baldwin Park 19 — If you don’t feel good for Albert Sanchez and the Gladiators, you don’t like football.
Tesoro 24, Chino Hills 14 — Say this about the Huskies, they gave a good account of themselves against Pac-5 teams the past two weeks, tying Amat and playing Tesoro close.
Glendora 47, Colony 29 – Sometimes we forget that the Tartans are one of the San Gabriel Valley’s big-boy teams. After all, they do play in the Baseline.
La Puente 35, Arroyo 20 — Thought it was a toss-up game going in, and not surprised at all that the Warriors pulled it out.
Charter Oak 22, Los Alamitos 14 – As close to a step-up win as the Chargers have had in a while. Aaren Vaughns was huge, carrying the Chargers into next week’s mega showdown against Amat.
Sierra Vista 42, Mountain View 28 — The Dons’ offense finally showed up and not against just anyone, beating the previously unbeaten Vikings.
West Covina 21, South Hills 7 — Even wounded, the Bulldogs are still the Kings of Cameron. But will they heal in time in hopes of becoming the first SGV team since the 70s Temple City Rams to win three straight CIF titles.
Los Altos 49, Wilson 0 — The shoe fits Los Altos again, off to another impressive 3-0 start. You have to ask, are the Conquerors the Hacienda League favorites?
Ayala 56, Cheyenne 32 — The Bulldogs already matched last year’s win total and have done it impressively, scoring tons of points.
La Serna 27, Bonita 20 — Is it time to worry about the ‘Cats? I know they’re 0-3, but two of them were winnable.
Damien 42, Palm Desert 14 — They didn’t just need a win, they needed a convincing win and got it. Now, let’s see what they do from here.
Diamond Bar 51, Don Lugo 13 — The Brahmas get in the win column after stinking it up the first two weeks.
Salesian 46, Workman 6 — This didn’t add up on paper so the final score is what you thought it would be.
Rowland 27, Northview 24 — Look out, the Raiders are 3-0. I keep telling everyone, coach Craig Snyder is one of the best in the SGV.
South Torrance 33, Rosemead 27 They’ve been to Orange County and the South Bay and haven’t fared well. They’ll do much better back in the SGV.
Ontario 33, Nogales 21 — The Nobles have been in some dogfights, that’s all you can ask.
Montebello 13, South El Monte 8 — From what I hear it could have gone either way. The Eagles are a dangerous Mission Valley contender.
Claremont 27, Walnut 10 – The Wolfpack needed to show they were Sierra League worthy after a couple stinkers.
Pomona 34, Bloomington 14 – Good win for the Red Devils.
Bassett vs. Glenn?

SCRIBBLELIVE: Mike the Cousin will launch ScribbleLive at 6:45 p.m., from Covina District Field for West Covina-South Hills. Follow the rest of us with him for up-to-the-second updates.
West Covina vs. South Hills

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Friday Night Countdown: West Covina-South Hills fight for King of Cameron; Charter Oak takes on Los Alamitos; Bishop Amat visits upset minded La Mirada; Return here at 11 p.m. for PrepXtra Live and all the scores

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the scoreboard link

We’ve got another big night planned with Mike The Cousin and Aram Tolegian both at the District Field for tonight’s West Covina-South Hills showdown. Aram will tweet and Mike the Cousin will give it to you on ScribbleLive, plus we’ll have updates from other places. I’ll head South for Bishop Amat at La Mirada and tweet updates to ScribbleLive. Steve Ramirez is tweeting San Gabriel at San Dimas, Reginald Miller is tweeting Maranatha at Azusa and Tom Kiss, the Inland Insider, is at another big one, Tesoro at Chino Hills, where Tom will tweet and provide postgame highlights and reactions. You, our readers, can also tweet live updates using the #sgvfootball hashtag. We’re all in this together. Remember in this political season, ask not what your local blog can do for you, but what you can do for your local blog :) And as always, we’ll return here at 11 p.m., for the TribXtra postgame show with Aram.

La Mirada has something to prove: After losses to St. Paul and La Habra last year, La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti had this to say after losing to Bishop Amat….“We just got overwhelmed. Those two teams (St. Paul and La Habra) aren’t Bishop Amat. It’s not even close.”

Mid-Valley Rematch, San Gabriel at San DimasOne of the biggest pendulum swings in the area in terms of a game results came last season when San Gabriel High School knocked San Dimas out of the Mid-Valley Division football playoffs and punched its ticket to the championship game with a 29-28 win.

Tonight’s games and predictions
Azusa vs. Maranatha at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Damien at Palm Desert, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
Don Lugo at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (Lugo)
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (G-Stone)
Tesoro at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Tolegian (Chino Hills)
Glendora at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (Glendora)
La Puente at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Los Alamitos vs. Charter Oak at Veterans, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (LosAl)
Montebello at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Tolegian (Montebello)
Mountain View at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (MVHS)
Northview at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Tolegian (Northview)
San Gabriel at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (Z)
West Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Tolegian (WestCo)
Wilson at Los Altos, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Conqs)
Workman at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Tolegiain (Salesian)
Ayala at Cheyenne, North Las Vegas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Tolegian (Cheyenne)
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Lancers)
Bonita vs. La Serna at California HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (La Serna)
Rosemead at South Torrance, 7 p.m. — Robledo (STorrance); Tolegian (ST)
Bassett vs. Glenn, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glenn); Tolegian (Bassett)
Pomona at Bloomington, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bloomington ); Tolegian (Bloomington)
Nogales vs. Ontario at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ontario); Tolegian (Nogales)

Where we’re at on Twitter
Wilson at Los Altos – @Rich_Trib
La Puente at Arroyo – @gfisch66
Bishop Amat at La Mirada – @sgvtribpreps
Cathedral at Pasadena @rkirkland53
Arcadia at Monrovia – @gmandarkknight
Montebello at South El monte – @alecrise
Bonita vs. La Serna – @andrewcanales
Mountain View at Sierra Vista – @thejiggster
Maranatha vs. Azusa – @Regsedge
South Hills vs. West Covina @chemicalAT
Tesoro at Chino Hills – @TomKiss64
South Hills vs. West Covina – @sgvtrib_Mike
San Gabriel at San Dimas,- @ Srammy8

SCRIBBLELIVE: Mike the Cousin will launch ScribbleLive at 6:45 p.m., from Covina District Field for West Covina-South Hills. Follow the rest of us with him for up-to-the-second updates.
West Covina vs. South Hills

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Thursday Night Final: El Monte QB Brandon Martinez throws two TDs and runs for two more in 30-28 win over Covina


El Monte-Covina photo gallery
Duarte vs. Montclair photo gallery

Tonight’s Results

Game Story: El Monte 30, Covina 28 – El Monte answered the Colts’ physicality defensively and quarterback Brandon Martinez showed why he’s our poster boy, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for two more as the Lions improved to 2-1 after last weeks loss.

Game Story: Montclair 20, Duarte 7 – The Falcons took another step back with their worst offensive showing, managing just one touchdown. Don’t worry, though, they’ll be ready for the Montview.

Game Story: Elsinore 20, Diamond Ranch 12 – The feel-good start for the Panthers is over. They were hoping to become the first team in school history to start 3-0.

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Football Notebook: Damien dips into obscurity until the Sierra league starts; Rowland off to quick start

“That wasn’t by design, believe me,” Gano said of having a schedule so void of local competition. “We dropped Bishop Amat. We tried to get Monrovia. We called around here forever and there was no teams.”

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Damien High School’s football team is about to pop off the local radar for the next four weeks due to a schedule that has the Spartans playing no local teams and no marquee opponents until Sierra League play begins in October against Ayala.

Damien opened the season with a 31-14 loss to Orange Lutheran on Friday.

Next up the Spartans have games against Palm Desert, Temescal Canyon and Los Alamitos. Damien had a fifth nonleague game scheduled against St. Bernard, but that school dropped its varsity football team for a season.

When the Spartans do come back into the local conscious, coach Greg Gano is hoping to be 3-1 and have his team primed to contend in what should be a lights-out Sierra League this season.

“That wasn’t by design, believe me,” Gano said of having a schedule so void of local competition. “We dropped Bishop Amat. We tried to get Monrovia. We called around here forever and there was no teams.”

That means on Friday afternoon the Spartans will leave campus at 2 p.m. and head for Palm Desert, which could be quite blistery weather-wise, and play their second game of the season far from home.

“This week will tell us a lot about ourselves,” Gano said. “If we weren’t fired up last week, we had better be this week. We’ve got to get better every week. We’ve got to get our offensive line in tact and to where they feel good about themselves.”

Damien will get a boost in having standout wide receiver Josh Savage back after he missed Friday’s game due to a suspension that stemmed from an undisclosed school rules violation.

The Spartans did next to nothing offensively in the second half against Orange Lutheran, partially because they simply couldn’t get the ball back from the Lancers’ ball-control option offense.

“I hope it’s a difference having Josh back and that it will help,” Gano said. “I think we scrimmaged a pretty good team (Mater Dei two weeks ago) and played a pretty good team last week. Offensively, we’re just ironing some things out that need to be ironed out.”

Raiders rolling

Rowland is off to a 2-0 start despite having a load of starters to replace from last year’s team. The two victories equal what the Raiders’ win total was last season, but coach Craig Snyder said Tuesday that there’s still considerable work to be done.

“Being 2-0 is nice and everything, but we do have to get a whole lot better before we get to our league because I know our league is going to be a whole lot tougher,” Snyder said. “I’m pleased with their effort and their attitude has been great. They’re a good group of kids, but we’re just very young and inexperienced, and we’re learning on the run.”

Rowland has wins over Nogales and Wilson to start the season. Perhaps the level of competition leaves something to be desired, but the Raiders have allowed just 19 points in eight quarters thus far.

“We’ve come up with some big plays when we’ve had to,” Snyder said. “We’ve blocked field goals, we’ve had two interceptions when they were in the red zone. Our defense has been playing OK. We’re not setting the world on fire yet, but we’re getting better and learning. It’s a work in progress.”

Things figure to get a bit tougher on Friday when the Raiders host Northview, which is smarting from a loss to Gladstone in its season opener last week. The Vikings were thought to be one of the most improved teams in the area this summer, but were limited to just 10 points in a 19-10 loss to Gladstone.

Snyder is expecting Northview’s best shot on Friday and knows his team had better be ready to respond.

“I’ll tell you what, they’ve got some players,” Snyder said of Northview.

“It’s just a matter of them needing to get on all cylinders because they’ve got some athletes. I’m really impressed with Javon Taylor, he’s a good running back. You can contain him, contain him and contain him, then the next thing you know he breaks a few tackles and he’s gone.

“It’s a matter of time. Their offense has some explosive weapons and we’ve got our hands full trying to contain them this week.”

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College Stats blog lists 10 best high school football towns in America … Check out their Top Ten … My guess is the SGV is No. 11

They say football is king, and it’s not for nothing. And while Saturdays belong to BCS-beleaguered college football and Sundays to the bounty-placing, money-hungry NFL, Friday night is pure sport. It’s the night when all over America young men step out onto the gridiron to fight for their old alma mater. In an age of interstate highways and fading small towns, high school football has the power to ignite and unite a town like few things can. Year after year, the faithful supporters live and die with the team’s record. More so than just a winning football program, it is those fans who make a town one of the best high school football towns in America.

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Former Rosemead assistant wrestling coach sought on molestation charges

Police are looking for Herbert Daniel Ortiz, a Panthers former assistant wrestling coach from 2007-09

Detectives are looking for a 29-year-old Baldwin Park man accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy, who came forward after the alleged victim’s mother was alerted to the abuse by a YouTube video, authorities said. Herbert Daniel Ortiz, also known as Herbert Ortiz Monroy, molested the teenage boy while working as an assistant wrestling coach at Rosemead High School, where he was employed from 2007 to 2009, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.Ortiz founded the Bad News Panthers Kids’ Wrestling Program in Rosemead in 2010, and he has worked there as coach and program director since, according to sheriff’s investigators and the program’s website.
A video posted on YouTube.com helped identify Ortiz as a suspect after the victim’s mother came across it on the Internet, officials said.
“In the video, another male alleged he was victimized by the suspect and was warning viewers, specifically those residing in Rosemead, California, to protect their children,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “The mother recognized the suspect as a former assistant wresting coach at Rosemead High School and asked her son if he had been a victim. Her son then disclosed the sexual abuse by the suspect.”

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Boys Water Polo: Los Altos comes up short against Pasadena Poly, 10-9


Pasadena Poly-Los Altos water polo gallery
Pasadena Poly didn’t become one of the better boys water polo teams in the CIF-Southern Section without learning how to dodge a few land mines. The Panthers showed that prowess Wednesday.
Spencer Rogers scored with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and Poly forced back-to-back turnovers in the final minute to score a 10-9 victory over visiting Los Altos in a nonleague game that featured two of the better teams in Division 5.

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Football Notebook: Los Altos ready for rival Wilson; Chino Hills coach Derek Bub reacts to big call in Amat game

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Anyone thinking the Los Altos High School football team’s performance last season was a fluke, merely an inheritance of riches by a new coaching staff, is getting clear proof so far in 2012 that there was nothing accidental about it.

The Conquerors are back at it, despite a bevy of new faces. Los Altos improved to 2-0 on Friday by beating a talented Salesian team on the road, 48-34.

Estuardo Marcos was the catalyst, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns, scoring on a rushing play and taking a fumble in for a score. All totaled, Marcos had 213 yards in kick returns and another 84 on the ground on 16 carries.

But it hasn’t been just about Marcos this season. The Conquerors had only one returning starter on offense, a lineman, entering the season. One of the area’s best offensive backfields had to be entirely replaced.

“Salesian was an extremely, extremely talented team,” Los Altos coach Dale Ziola said. “They play in Division 13, but those guys they have on their team were legit Division I prospects, at least five or six of them.

“You get into a game like that, I’m thinking `We’re Division 7 and they’re Division 13, we’re supposed to win.’ But then you see all those guys they have and they can beat anybody on any given night.”

Los Altos began the season by routing three-time Mission Valley League champion Arroyo, 33-6. After beating Salesian, the Conquerors are now heavily favored against arch-rival Wilson on Friday.

“Until we play a perfect game, I won’t know exactly where we stand,” Ziola said. “But our kids have certainly shown a ton of heart. I’ve heard some things about Wilson early on and it sounded like they were in trouble. But I saw some film and they really get after it. I’ve never seen a team sprint to the football the way they do before a play.

“They’re going to give us their A-game and we’re going to have our hands full Friday night.”

Huskies moving on
Chino Hills coach Derek Bub has seen the photo and video showing Bishop Amat receiver Darren Andrews getting credited with a catch on what looks to be an incomplete pass. That set up the game-tying score for the Lancers moments later. But Bub isn’t about to blame the referees or let his team dwell on the call.

“The game’s over, it is what it is,” Bub said. “If our kids don’t leave it in the hands of the referees and we play a better football game, then we don’t have to worry about that. It’s a moot point. The refs do the best job they can.

“That’s not how I saw it at the end of the game there, but that’s not how they saw it. It’s just one of those things.”

Perhaps the reason Bub is so anxious to move on is because his team will need all it’s got against another Pac-5 Division opponent in Tesoro on Friday night.

The good news is the game is at home and Boise State-bound receiver Jack Austin figures to be 100 percent for the Huskies. The bad news is that Tesoro (2-0) is considered by many to be one of the top teams in the Southern Section.

“We’ve got to come back and play,” Bub said. “I keep preaching this, every week we want to play in a playoff atmosphere. In the Sierra League, every week you have to get up.”

Austin gives Huskies standout quarterback Matt Simko another weapon to work with after the emergence of Joseph Lara and Chazz Eldridge.

“It’s a big impact,” Bub said. “He’s another kid who provides that ability to catch the football down the field. And I think Matt Simko is playing pretty good football right and we’re able to run the football a little bit.”

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s sweeps past Bonita, Chino Hills survives in five over Santiago


Above: St. Lucy’s Veronia La Pierre leads St. Lucy’s with nine kills in a sweep over Bonita.

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St. Lucy’s 3, Bonita 0
The Regents opened the season by downing the Bearcats in straight sets 25-12, 25-8, 25-15. St. Lucy’s was led by junior outside hitter Veronica La Pierre who had nine kills, three digs and one ace. Freshman outside hitter Loryn Carter added seven kills and three blocks, while sophomore setter Juliet McClure contributed 17 assists, two kills, two digs and one block.

Chino Hills 3, Santiago 2
The Huskies (1-0) opened play and took care of Santiago (0-1) their season with a 23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11 victory.
Karrah Wood led Chino Hills with 17 kills and Meghan Buzzerio added 14 kills and three blocks. Shelley Anderson chipped in with 42 assists.

Bishop Amat 3, San Gabriel Mission 0
The Lancers (1-0) defeated the Pioneers (0-1) 25-12, 25-13, 25-10 behind the efforts of Mariah Jackson, with 12 kills, and Sam Quesada-Diaz, with 10 kills.

Glendora 3, Walnut 0
The Tartans evened their record at 1-1 by beating the Mustangs (0-2), 25-13, 25-22, 25-15. Senior middle blocker Cassandra Freitag led Glendora with eight kills. Senior setter Casie Lowden chipped in with 18 assists, six kills, three aces, three digs and one block. Senior libero Lauren Hyllengren had 10 digs and one ace.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your picks and ours

Aram and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet.Week 0 results are in

Last Week: Robledo (18-7); Tolegian (33-13).
Season: Tolegian (18-7); Tolegian (30-16).

Last Week: Aram and I both went 18-7, but we got there taking different paths. I nailed him taking Ayala over Monrovia, Orange Lutheran over Damien, Norwalk over Diamond Bar, South Hills over Bonita and Covina over La Puente. He came back with Valley Christian over Duarte, Garey over Ganesha, South El Monte over Nogales and Ontario Christian over El Monte. I don’t know how we both got to 18-7 cancelling each out so much, but we did.

This week: If you want to call it going out on a limb taking South Hills over West Covina, go ahead, I just think the timing is right. One team has been drinking their bottle of get tough and the other is on the ropes. One team is without their starting QB and the other is playing their best defense in years. There will be new Kings of Cameron on Friday. I like El Monte to bounce back against Covina in a fun-to-watch game at the District on Thursday and I like Bishop Amat in another thriller over La Mirada, who has played as well as anyone. I like San Dimas to get revenge on San Gabriel, Charter Oak to beat Los Alamitos at Veterans Stadium and don’t think Chino Hills can knock off mighty Tesoro after going toe-to-toe with Amat last week.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games

Duarte at Montclair, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Duarte)
El Monte vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (Covina)
Elsinore vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7 p.m — Robledo (DRanch); Tolegian (Roddy)
Friday’s games
Azusa vs. Maranatha at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Damien at Palm Desert, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Tolegian (Damien)
Don Lugo at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Tolegian (Lugo)
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Tolegian (G-Stone)
Tesoro at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Tolegian (Chino Hills)
Glendora at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (Glendora)
La Puente at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Tolegian (Arroyo)
Los Alamitos vs. Charter Oak at Veterans, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (LosAl)
Montebello at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Tolegian (Montebello)
Mountain View at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (MVHS)
Northview at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Tolegian (Northview)
San Gabriel at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Tolegian (Z)
West Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Tolegian (WestCo)
Wilson at Los Altos, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (Conqs)
Workman at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Tolegiain (Salesian)
Ayala at Cheyenne, North Las Vegas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Tolegian (Cheyenne)
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Tolegian (Lancers)
Bonita vs. La Serna at California HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (La Serna)
Rosemead at South Torrance, 7 p.m. — Robledo (STorrance); Tolegian (ST)
Bassett vs. Glenn, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glenn); Tolegian (Bassett)
Pomona at Bloomington, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bloomington ); Tolegian (Bloomington)
Nogales vs. Ontario at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ontario); Tolegian (Nogales)

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PrepXtra Rewind: Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez, South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez and 2-minute drills …

Opening remarks: CIF Polls, Muir schedule, Bishop Amat-Chino Hills lookback.
15:30 mark: Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez
44:15 mark: South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez
1:09.30 mark: — Two Minute Drills: El Monte-Covina, San Dimas-San Gabriel, West Covina-South Hills, La Mirada-Bishop Amat.


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