Tribskin Pick’em, your picks and ours: Week 10 is finally here, going with El Monte, West Covina, Amat and San Dimas to finish strong

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


Last Week: Robledo (15-3); Tolegian (14-4).
This Week: Robledo (140-60); Tolegian (137-63).

Last Week: I’ve nickled and dimed my way to a three-game lead by going 15-3 to Aram’s 15-4, picking a game for a second-straight week. We both missed taking Bonita over Diamond Bar, Glendora over Colony and Duarte over Sierra Vista, but Aram took Azusa over La Puente, and we all know what happened there. Lunch is looking good heading into Week 10, I’m thinking Petrillo’s.
This week: Great Thursday and Friday lineup, the Hacienda and Mission Valley titles will be decided, as well as playoff spots in the Hacienda. As great as Rowland’s been, West Covina is still too good and has a chance to show if it’s got any title swag going into the playoffs. Diamond Ranch and Bonita will also win, leaving three teams tied for second at 4-2. In that scenario, West Covina and Rowland get in, Diamond Ranch will have to hope for an at-large. Mark this down too, El Monte’s going to finish the job against South and claim their first title 1978. Amat, probably already has done enough to earn an at-large berth in the Pac-5, but beating Notre Dame and finishing no worse than second and possibly first if Alemany loses to Loyola is huge. It’s a first-round home game, and a more winnable first-round game. Take Amat, they hardly ever lose at home. Northview and San Dimas is the Valle Vista League title game on paper, but in reality I like San Dimas by three or four touchdowns. South Hills can finish second with a win at Chino Hills, but it’s not going to happen. With Charter Oak at Damien, we could be watching coach Greg Gano’s final game with the Spartans, and it won’t be pretty.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games
West Covina at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Bonita at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (Rosemead)
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)

Friday’s games
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (ND)
Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SD); Aram (SD)
South Hills at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Charter Oak at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Glendora at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-Hi)
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino) Aram (Arroyo)
Gladstone at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (G-Stone)
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Pomona vs. Covina at CDF p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C-Town)
Bassett at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Ayala at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Wilson)

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Diamond Ranch might need help to make playoffs; West Covina must win to get in

The Hacienda League has been completely unpredictable, but here are some safe predictions for Thursday. Bonita’s going to beat Diamond Bar to wrap up the league title at 5-1, and Diamond Ranch is going to beat Walnut to finish 4-2. The big game is West Covina-Rowland. If Rowland beats West Covina the Raiders finish tied for first, and get the second-place Hacienda League entry. West Covina would be out of the playoffs with no chance of an at-large berth. If West Covina beats Rowland there is a three-way tie for second between West Covina, Rowland and Diamond Ranch. Because of head-to-heads, West Covina would get second, Rowland third and Diamond Ranch fourth. The Panthers would probably get an at-large with a 7-3 record, but nothing’s guaranteed.

 

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Brandon Martinez can set East San Gabriel Valley passing record against South El Monte

Brandon Martinez Watch
Last week: 417 yards and three touchdowns
Season Passing yards: 3,265
Season Touchdowns: 33
Season Average: 362 yards

Note: Heading into Friday’s Mission Valley League finale, Martinez needs 172 yards to catch Los Altos’ Mike Smith to become the East San Gabriel Valley all-time single-season pass leader. He is also nine touchdown passes shy of the single-season touchdown mark shared by Pat Haden and Felipe Aguilar (42), and will have an opportunity to to equal or pass them in the playoffs.

East San Gabriel Valley single-season passing record: Los Altos’ Mike Smith (1982), 3,437 yards

All-time CIF-SS single-season passing record in 10-game season: Modesto Downey’s Jason Lee (2009), 3,972 yards

All-time San Gabriel Valley single-season passing record: Muir’s Richard Irvin (2002): 4,061 yards

All-Time record touchdowns in a season: Bishop Amat’s Pat Haden (1970) and Los Altos’ Felipe Aguilar (200), 42 touchdowns

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Saturday Morning QB: Diamond Ranch beats Bonita on last second FG, 34-31; Bishop Amat closes in on playoff spot with 30-20 win; La Puente knocks off Azusa; South Hills dumps Ayala

What a night in the SGV: Diamond Ranch stunned Bonita with a last second 37-yard field goal to win 34-31. That leaves Bonita and Rowland in a tie for first heading into Week 10, and a wild race for the third playoff spot. Bishop Amat’s win coupled with Alemany’s loss means if Amat beats Notre Dame next week, it will share of piece of the Serra League title. Even better, with Orange Lutheran losing to Mater Dei, Amat is all but guaranteed at least an at-large berth, even with a loss to Notre Dame in the finale. La Puente’s huge win over Azusa means the Warriors and Gladstone will likely share the Montview League title. El Monte and South El Monte’s wins set up showdown next week for the MVL league title. Even with South Hills’ win over Ayala, Damien, despite a loss tonight, is still in the playoff mix. There could possibly be a three-way tie for third between Damien, South Hills and Ayala, but South Hills is in the drivers seat. Get ready for Week 10, it could be a wild one.

South Hills-Ayala photo gallery

Tonight’s results
South Hills 45, Ayala 27
Bishop Amat 30, Loyola 20
Monrovia 21, San Marino 16
Diamond Ranch 34, Bonita 31
El Monte 38, Gabrielino 14
La Puente 28, Azusa 7
Charter Oak 35, Claremont 0
Gladstone 49, Workman 13
West Covina 35, Diamond Bar 21
Sierra Vista 20, Duarte 14
Arroyo 21, Rosemead 10
South El Monte 31, Mountain View 0
Etiwanda 21, Glendora 14
Damien 56, Chino Hills 14
San Dimas 48, Pomona 14
Bassett 49, Ganesha 14
Los Altos 35, Walnut 7

NEW PHONE NUMBERS: To report prep scores to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News, please use the new phone numbers, 626-544-0991 or 626-544-0992. The old extensions no longer work.

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BREAKING NEWS: The SGVN has new direct phone numbers to call in prep results: 626-544-0991 or 626-544-0992

No more dialing extentions, no more busy signals, The SGVN has a new phone system that allows our clerks to take multiple calls at once, and allows you to dial a direct number to call in game results. Athletic directors and coaches in the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune coverage areas should call 626-544-0991 or 626-544-0992 for results in the paper and online. You can still email results to scores@sgvn as well.

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If Bishop Amat beats Loyola, how close are they to a Pac-5 wild card berth?

I haven’t figured out all the scenarios, maybe Joe Amat has an answer. But If Amat beats Loyola this week, would they possibly get an at-large even with a loss to Notre Dame next week? Amat would finish 7-2-1, with several big head-to-head wins over Charter Oak, Chino Hills, La Mirada, Crespi and Loyola. Would that be enough for one of the two at-large berths in the Pac-5?

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Blogs still a work in progess

It may take a week or longer for the blogs to be fully functional and for us to learn all the functions available to us. As you may have noticed, several comments go straight to spam and do not publish. This will all be corrected in time with an ability to comment anonymously or sign on through facebook,  twitter, google and other platforms. For a person as impatient as I am, thanks for your patience.

 

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Thursday Final: Northview does its part to set up Valle Vista League title game against San Dimas

Northview-Nogales photo gallery

By John Honell, correspondent

It would have been easy for Northview High School to look past struggling Nogales, knowing its next game would be the Valle Vista League football championship.

The Vikings (7-2, 5-0) instead just took care of business Thursday in beating the Nobles (1-8, 1-4) 41-6 at Covina District Field.

The Vikings will travel to San Dimas next Friday with the winner getting the championship trophy.

The Vikings’ last winning season was 2008, when they beat the Saints for the league title.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been in this position,” Vikings coach Marcel Perez said. “But we’ve been working for it and we got all of our kids in the game on senior night. It’s good to give them a chance to see what it feels like in front of our home crowd.”

The Vikings scored on their first four possessions and and never were in trouble in coasting to the win.

Javon Taylor, the leading rusher in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division, had another big game as he carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 50 yards and another score.

“The kid’s nails,” Perez said of Taylor. “He works hard, is one of our team leaders, he comes ready to work and is all business so it’s a real pleasure to have him.”

The Vikings’ offensive line of Mitch Boling, Carl Gregorio, Joseph Tirado, Josh Alonzo and Roger Padilla-Mendez dominated the line of scrimmage and allowed Taylor to run free, even when the defense knew he was coming.

“They have put in a lot of hard work,” Taylor said. “A lot of them are juniors and have put in the work for young players and that has helped make us successful. I guess I’ll have to buy them In-N-Out burgers if we win next week.”

The Vikings gave the ball to Taylor on their first eight plays from scrimmage. He capped drives of 52 and 56 yards with runs of 8 and 6 yards for a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Vikings’ defense came up with three turnovers, an interception by Daniel Valencia and fumble recoveries by Kristian Lopez and Max Flores for good field position on each possession.

Lopez recovered on the first play from scrimmage following the Vikings’ third touchdown. Taylor scored three plays later on a 31-yard pass from Victor Garcia to make the score 27-0.

The longest scoring drive of the night for the Vikings was 56 yards. They took a 34-0 lead at halftime.

“We’ve played really good defense all year,” Perez said. “That’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

The Nobles knew it was going to be a long night before the opening kickoff.

They were missing their leading rusher and passer, Gabriel Ayala, who went down on the second series of last week’s game.

“We knew it was going to be tough with the amount of injuries we had sustained coming into tonight,” Nobles coach Sebastian Hernandez said. “Northview has a heck of team over there and they are going to give San Dimas a battle next week. But I’m proud of how our kids fought and the effort they gave tonight.”

The Nobles scored on the final play of the game on a 16-yard pass from Matt Arellano to wide receiver Terrance Manderville to ruin the Vikings’ bid for a second consecutive shutout.

Manderville also carried the ball 12 times for 67 yards to lead the Nobles.

Taylor has not been on a winning team during his career, but the Vikings have been one of the surprises in the Valley this year with their 8-2 record.

“We’ve never been in this position before,” Taylor said. “It’s all new to our team, so next week is really big for us. This year we’ve been working as one. Last year we didn’t, but this year we’ve come together as one.”

The Vikings got scoring runs from Lopez and Joe Sanchez as they took a 41-0 lead early in the third quarter. The teams played with a running clock from that point as both coaches cleared their benches.

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours; Loving La Puente over Azusa, Amat over Loyola and surprises, South Hills over Ayala

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

 


Last Week: Robledo (13-5); Tolegian (12-6). 
This Week: Robledo (125-57); Tolegian (123-59).

Last Week:  I earned a game on Aram after going 13-5 to his 12-6. sWe both missed taking Gladstone over Azusa, Diamond Ranch over Rowland and Rosemead over Gabrielino. I missed two more taking Arroyo over South El Monte and South Hills over Damien. but Aram lost three more, taking Ganesha over Workman, Pomona over Nogales and Duarte over La Puente.
This week: I feel good about Amat over Loyola, Bonita over Diamond Ranch and El Monte over Gabrielino, but I’m taking chances taking La Puente over Azuza, South Hills over Ayala and Glendora over Etiwanda.

This weeks games and predictions
Thursday’s games
Nogales vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. – Robledo (North); Aram (N)                                         
Friday’s games
Ayala vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SHills); Aram (Ayala)
Bishop Amat vs. Loyola at LAVC, 7 p.m.-  Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Azusa at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Az)
Claremont at Charter Oak, 7 p.m – Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Workman vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (G-stone)
Diamond Bar at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Sierra Vista at Duarte , 7 p.m. – Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroy)
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Robledo (South); Aram (SEM)
Glendora vs. Etiwanda at Colony, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Damien at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. – Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
San Dimas at Pomona, 7 p.m. –Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Ganesha at Bassett , 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
Wilson at Baldwin Park,  7 p.m. – Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Walnut at Los Altos , 7 p.m. – Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)

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Azusa ends Gladstone’s Cinderella season, 27-17; Amat gets must-win over Crespi; Bonita sneaks by Los Altos; Charter Oak rolls again

Azusa shows who’s boss: Azusa had been the forgotten champion since losing its first Montview League game in four years a few weeks ago to Duarte.

The Aztecs’ 27-game league winning streak was over and rival Gladstone had stolen the headlines by entering Friday’s rivalry game undefeated and off to its best start in school history.

But Azusa never stopped believing and regained its swagger, handing Gladstone its first loss 27-17 in front of an estimated 5,000 at Citrus College.

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Azusa-Gladstone photo gallery

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

Martinez does enough to help El Monte win: El Monte quarterback Brandon Martinez led his team to a 38-20 win over Mountain View in a Mission Valley League game Friday night.

Martinez passed for 184 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 yards on the ground and three more touchdowns.

Special teams save Amat: Bishop Amat High School, struggling on offense in the second half of what coach Steve Hagerty described as a must-win game, needed to make a play Friday.

The Lancers twice wasted opportunities on Crespi’s side of the field to open the second half before junior Adrian Ortega blocked a punt that was recovered by senior Jorge Cortez for the Lancers’ only score of the half.

It proved to be the difference, however, as Bishop Amat (6-1-1, 1-1) held on for a 24-21 win over Crespi (7-2, 2-1) in a Serra League showdown between two desperate teams.

Charter Oak pulls away: Charter Oak pulled away from Ayala in the second half and took another step toward a successful defense of its Sierra League title with a 41-14 victory Friday night.

Bonita works hard to beat Los Altos: With 3:48 left in regulation, Los Altos punted the ball to Bonita with a 31-29 lead. After getting one first down on the previous four drives, Bonita began to move the ball a drive that culminated in a 28-yard touchdown run by senior Reggie Turner, giving Bonita the lead.

Tonight’s results
Bishop Amat 24, Crespi 21
Azusa 27, Gladstone 17
Charter Oak 41, Ayala 14
Bonita 35, Los Altos 31
La Puente 21, Duarte 20
El Monte 38, Mountain View 20
Gabrielino 13, Rosemead 7
Diamond Bar 41, Walnut 35, 2OT
Sierra Vista 48, Bassett 0
South El Monte 13, Arroyo 7
Rowland 23, Diamond Ranch 16
Chino Hills 57, Clarmont 12
Northview 35, Baldwin Park 0
Pomona 10, Nogales 7

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Cross Country: More than 23,000 invade the SGV for the 65th Mt. San Antonio College invite

By Keith Lair, SGVN

There are three races every high school cross country team wants to win: a league championship and then CIF-Southern Section and CIF State titles.

But there is one midseason meet that every team also has on that wish list; the Mt. SAC Invitational.

“The biggest thing for us is to win the league (title) more than winning invitationals,” Glendora High School coach Don Sumner said. “But Mt. SAC is the biggest invitational that we want to do well in.”

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