Hacienda League opens with favorites West Covina and Diamond Ranch meeting at Ganesha on Friday

I’ve got West Covina winning the Hacienda League title with Diamond Ranch second and Los Altos third. Aram’s got West Covina and Bonita finishing in a tie for first with Diamond Ranch finishing third. What’s your prediction?


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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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