Follow tonight’s live chat of the Holiday Bowl, UCLA vs. Baylor, at 6:45 p.m. I’ll launch about an hour before the game. I’ll also have post-game interviews.
Covina Christmas Tournament
Monday’s First Round Results
Los Altos 41, San Gabriel 38
Cal 74, Azusa 27
Northview 57, Mountain View 48
Damien 90, Sierra Vista 24
Bishop Amat 50, South Hills 44
Rowland 70, South El Monte 24
La Salle 62, Charter Oak 47
Covina 71, Garey 43
Thursday’s quarterfinals at Covina HS
Los Altos vs. California, 4 p.m.
Northview vs. Damien, 5:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Rowland, 7 p.m.
La Salle vs. Covina, 8:30 p.m.
By John Sherrard
The La Salle High School boys basketball team broke with a long-running tradition of hosting its own tournament this season and may have started a new tradition in the longest-running tourney in the valley.
The Lancers, ranked No. 6 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA, defeated Charter Oak, 63-47, in a first-round game of the 59th annual Doc Sooter Christmas Tournament on Wednesday night at Covina High.
La Salle (6-2) will play Covina, a 71-43 winner over Garey, today in a quarterfinal game at 4 p.m., while Charter Oak (4-8) plays a consolation game against Garey at 2:30 p.m.
We’ll look back at 2012 with the top ten prep/local stories of the year, which runs on Dec. 30. This includes high school and area colleges. For me, the best story was arguably the senior season that pitcher Justin Garza had with Bonita, leading them to a CIF title and finishing 12-1 with a 0.72 ERA. But there were a number of great stories, what’s yours?
Nogales Boys Basketball Classic
Today’s games at Nogales
Bassett vs. Notre Dame, 9 a.m.
Don Lugo vs. Bloomington Christian, 10:30 a.m.
Savanna vs. West Covina, Noon
Jurupa Valley vs. La Serna, 1:45 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. Renaissance Academy, 3:30 p.m.
Whitney vs. Upland, 5 p.m.
Walnut vs. Serrano, 6:30 p.m.
Edgewood vs. Nogales, 8 p.m.
The 16-team Covina Christmas Tournament knockout bracket is set with top seeds, 1. Damien, 2. La Salle, 3. Rowland, 4. California.
First Round, Tuesday, Dec. 26
At Covina High School
Los Altos vs. San Gabriel, 10 a.m.
Azusa vs. California, 11:30 a.m.
Mt. View vs. Northview, 1 p.m.
Damien vs. Sierra Vista, 2:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. South Hills, 4 p.m.
Rowland vs. South El Monte, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. La Salle, 7 p.m.
Garey vs. Covina, 8:30 p.m.
You can take this to the bank, my Covina Christmas predictions ….
First Round: Los Altos over Covina JV, Cal over Azusa, Northview over Mountain View, Damien over Sierra Vista, Bishop Amat over South Hills, Rowland over South El Monte, La Salle over Charter Oak, Covina over Garey.
Quarterfinals: California over Los Altos, Damien over Northview, Rowland over Bishop Amat, Covina over La Salle
Semifinals: Damien over California; Rowland over Covina
Championship: Damien over Rowland