Boys Hoops: Glendora and Keppel advance, will meet in championship at Glendora tonight at 7:30

SEMIFINALS: Glendora got 18 points from Brandon Brothers in an easy 63-42 win over Walnut and Keppel’s Kyler Lee poured in 28 points in a narrow 55-50 win over Rowland to advance to tonight’s championship


By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

Glendora and Keppel high schools were both pushed after enjoying early leads Friday.

But both showed their poise, making key plays down the stretch to score wins and advance to tonight’s Glendora Tournament boys basketball championship game.

The host Tartans, getting 18 points from Brandon Brothers and 15 from Thomas Rico, closed the final four minutes with an 18-5 run on their way to a 63-43 victory over Walnut.

Kyler Lee scored 28 points and Keppel overcame a second-half charge from Rowland to score a 55-50 win.

The Tartans (9-1) and Aztecs (6-3) will square off for the title at 7:30 p.m. today at Glendora High.

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Damien boys hoops remain undefeated with 52-48 win over Jesuit

Damien boys basketball is on a roll. Not only did it knock off Thousand Oaks, ranked No. 2 in Division 2AA 60-56 in the Sierra Vista tournament title game, but it remains unbeaten as it travels north to compete in the 39th annual Father Berry Classic in Carmichael. Damien knocked off host Jesuit in the first round, 52-48, Thursday, getting 22 points and four 3 pointers from senior guard Jared Dizon. Damien (7-0) takes on Campolindo (4-3) in the semifinals tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat starting to regain its form following 1-0 win at La Serna, getting game winner from Demi Lomeli

By John Sherrard Correspondent

WHITTIER - The Bishop Amat and La Serna high school girls soccer teams have taken similar roads recently in the CIF-Southern Section postseason.
Both were CIF-SS runner-ups last season and each have won a championship in different divisions.
Bishop Amat (5-2-1), however, got the upper hand Thursday with a late goal to pull out a 1-0 win over host La Serna in a nonleague game.
“The girls stepped it up (Thursday) and defensively we played really well,” Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said.
“Neither of these teams deserved to lose, but we’ll take the win.”
With less than six minutes remaining, Amat senior defender Demi Lomeli took a corner kick from senior midfielder Yazmin Montoya and knocked the ball in with her shin, just two yards in front of the far post for the game’s lone goal in the 74th minute.

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The Big U’s, Udengwu and Ugoagu led Diamond Ranch past Covina 68-61 in Azusa tourney title game; Glendora tourney final four tonight

GLENDORA BOYS BASKETBALL SEMIFINAL PREVIEW
Tonight’s semifinals
Rowland (6-2) vs. Keppel (5-3), 6 p.m. — Robledo’s toaking Rowland
Walnut (5-2) vs. Glendora (8-1), 7:30 p.m. – Robledo’s taking Glendora

Covina led for much of Thursday’s championship and got 33 points from super guard Mike Peters, but the Panthers eventually reeled them in and one in overtime …

By Steve Ramirez, staff writer

Any success the Diamond Ranch High School boys basketball team will have this season is likely due to the efforts of Nnadi Udengwu and Ernest Ugoagu.

It certainly was Thursday night.

Udengwu scored 20 points and Ugoagu added 19 and the Panthers overcame a double-digit deficit in the second half to score a 68-61 victory over Covina in overtime to claim the Azusa Tournament title.

Ugoagu had six points in the extra period.

Diamond Ranch (7-2) also got 12points from Ethan Jarrell and eight from Jesse Garibay.

Mike Peters scored 33 points to lead the Colts (6-3). Blythe Curry had 10 points for Covina, which led 37-27 at halftime and 43-37 after three quarters.

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Do you believe in twitter rumors? SoCalFootball tweets that John Monger is leading candidate to take over at Damien

Fred’s thought: Not sure there is any truth to John Monger at Damien. He retired in 2005 after building a powerhouse at Chino for 19 years. He was so great the stadium was named after him. Monger was a finalist for the Damien position in 2009, but the school hired Greg Gano instead, who resigned earlier this week. Damien principal Dr. Merritt Hemenway said the school will accept applications for the Damien football position through Jan. 7, so hard to believe any decision already has been made. I can tell you there’s one coach out there that has applied and feels he could take Damien to the next level, and that’s former St. Paul coach Elijah Asante, check out his youtube channel

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Area Football Players sorting out signing day possibilities

Charter Oak’s Bryce Bobo is committed to Colorado, but will he listen to other offers? Aram Tolegian explorers all the possibilities for area standouts as the February signing day nears.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

National signing day for high school football recruits still is just over two months away, but things are heating up locally for several schools with multiple prospects looking to land scholarships to play at the next level.

Early indications are that a handful of schools will produce a bumper crop of talent headed to the next level.

Several of the area’s top players already have offers, but for those who don’t the next two months are a hustle period with highlight reels exchanging hands left and right with hopes of opening the eyes of recruiters to something they may have missed.

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Boys Basketball: Covina vs. Diamond Ranch in Azusa final tonight; Rowland, Keppel, Walnut, Glendora in Friday’s Final Four at Glendora

AZUSA BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Championship
Tonight at 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch (6-2) vs. Covina (6-2) — Robledo’s taking Covina

GLENDORA BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Friday’s semifinals

Rowland (6-2) vs. Keppel (5-3), 6 p.m. — Robledo’s toaking Rowland
Walnut (5-2) vs. Glendora (8-1), 7:30 p.m. – Robledo’s taking Glendora

DIAMOND RANCH ROUTS GLADSTONE, SETS UP TITLE GAME TONIGHT AGAINST COVINA
By John Honell, Correspondent

A quick start and a big first half by Diamond Ranch were too much for Gladstone as the Panthers cruised to a 51-36 in the final round of pool play in the Azusa boys basketball Tournament on Wednesday night.

The win put the Panthers (6-2) into the championship game against Covina today at 7p.m. in a rematch of a Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park Tournament game in November which the Colts won, 73-60.

It was the first loss of the season for the Gladiators (4-1), who were off to their best start in more than 10 years.

The Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead and the Gladiators never recovered.

Senior Nnadi Udengwu jumped the passing lane and went the length of the floor for the Panthers’ first basket.

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All Montview League Football: Gladstone’s Kevin Amezquita and Aaron Sanchez share top honors


Above: Head coach Albert Sanchez finished his career at Gladstone in style, winning a co-league title and winning the school’s first playoff game since the 70s.

All-Montview League Football
Offensive MVP: Kevin Amezquita, Gladstone, QB, Sr.
Defensive MVP: Aaron Sanchez, Gladstone, LB, Sr
Lineman MVPs: Adrian Solchaga, Gladstone, OL, Sr.; Henry Duong, La Puente, OL, Sr.
First Team Offense
QB: Ivan Vasquez, La Puente, Sr.
RB: Aaron Sanchez, Gladstone, Sr.
RB: Ruben Elias, La Puente, Sr.
RB: Justin Snedden, Workman, Sr.
RB: Lee Jones, Sierra Vista, Jr.
WR: Jamal Greenfield, Bassett, Sr.
WR: Kevin Jones, Ganesha, Sr.
WR: Joseph Centeno, La Puente, Sr.
WR: Grant Goldsmith, Duarte, Sr.
TE: Mike Mora, Sierra Vista, Jr.
OL: Jesee Tovar, La Puente, Sr.
OL: Victor Juaregui, Gladstone, Sr.
OL: Isaac Aguilar, Sierra Vista, Jr.
OL: Christian Lopez, Gladstone, Sr.
OL: Gavin Hrey, La Puente, Jr.
OL: Cesar Gutierrez, Sierra Vista, Jr.
PK: Jesus Arteaga, Azusa, Sr.
First Team Defense
DL: Will Castellanos, Azusa, Sr.
DL: Louis Mozqueda, Ganesha, Sr.
DL: Uriel Gallegos, La Puente, Sr.
DL: Isaac Martinez, Duarte, Sr.
DL: Sergio Gonzalez, Sierra Vista, Sr.
LB: Jacob Ramos, Azusa, Jr.
LB: Daniel Clark, La Puente, Jr.
LB: Isaac Estrada, Workman, Sr.
LB: Denzel Talifero, Duarte, Sr.
LB: Mike Mora, Sierra Vista, Sr.
DB: Jesus Arteaga, Azusa, Sr.
DB: Kevin Jones, Ganesha, Sr.
DB: Christian Arteaga, Gladstone, Sr.
DB: Noel Martinez, La Puente, Sr.
DB: Grant Goldsmith, Duarte, Sr.

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Girls Soccer: St. Lucy’s in top form, blanks Walnut 4-0; Claremont leads Tribune’s Top Ten

St. Lucy’s-Walnut photo gallery
By John Sherrard
It might be a little early in the season to think about a championship, but don’t tell that to the St. Lucy’s High girls soccer team.

From first-year coach Sarah Losoya and all the way through the lineup, especially the seniors, the Regents have one goal this season – to win a CIF-Southern Section title.

St. Lucy’s, which lost in last year’s playoff semifinals, shut out Walnut High, 4-0, on Wednesday in a nonleague game. The visiting Regents had four players score in improving their record to 4-0-1.

“It was a great win, and we’re looking to build some momentum going into the season,” Losoya said.

Walnut (1-2) had the first chance at a goal in the seventh minute on a long shot by senior midfielder Priscilla Aguirre, but St. Lucy’s senior Heather Seman easily made the save.

A minute later, Mustangs junior goalkeeper Andee Monterone came far out of the net and turned away an attempt by St. Lucy’s Madison Hunt.

“This first 10 minutes it was a little rough,” Losoya said. “We weren’t connecting as well as we’d like to, but once we settled in and found our shape, it was good to go.”

St. Lucy’s, which had 12 shots, finally broke through with the game’s first goal in the 16th minute. Senior Kennedy
Lanier, who was playing defense most of the game, collected a corner kick from senior Sierra Townsend inside the goal area and headed the ball into the corner of the net.

“We like to push her (Lanier) up on corners because she is just amazing in the air. She just tucked it side-corner,” said Losoya, who was a midfielder for St. Lucy’s 1998 CIF-SS co-champion team.

Monterone again made two consecutive saves, the second one when she dove after the ball in the 24th minute.

The Regents earned their second goal in the 29th minute after a short pass from senior midfielder Rachel Fecteau to freshman Nicole Leggio, who took a long shot from 30 yards out for a 2-0 lead.

“I love the way St. Lucy’s plays,” first-year Walnut coach Carlos Guerrero said. “We’re trying to play the same way (with) a lot of possession, and they pass the ball very well.”

In the 38th minute, Walnut sophomore forward Catrina Gonzalez controlled the ball down the sideline and headed toward the Regents’ net. But Lanier, who has committed to Syracuse University, knocked her down and thwarted a possible scoring opportunity.

St. Lucy’s senior midfielder Sammy James, who is headed to UC Irvine next year, scored the third Regents goal in the 47th minute from in close on a pass from Townsend.

“I kind of just touched it (ball) by the last defender and just slipped it in the goal,” James said.

Walnut’s best chance at a goal came in the 59th minute on a cross from senior forward Erika Ingram to Gonzalez inside the goal area, but her attempt went over the crossbar.

Nicole Lopez scored the final goal for St. Lucy’s in the 79th minute.

SGVT GIRLS SOCCER TOP TEN RANKINGS

1. Claremont (5-0-1)
2. St. Lucy’s (4-0-1)
3. Charter Oak (5-0)
4. Bishop Amat (4-3)
5. South Hills (4-1-1)
6. Chino Hills (0-0-2)
7. Diamond Bar (4-2-1)
8. Sierra Vista (1-0)
9. San Dimas (1-0)
10. Los Altos (3-2)
Note: Not all records are correct. This is based on what has been reported to MaxPreps

CIF-SS GIRLS SOCCER POLLS
AREA GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien No. 1 in Division 3AA and No. 1 in the Tribune … But will the Spartans finally get it done in the postseason?

I know you’ve all asked, lets start with this, as of today, this is how the Tribune boys basketball rankings should look. CIF rankings also posted

TRIBUNE BOYS BASKETBALL TOP TEN RANKINGS
1. Damien (6-0)
2. Chino Hills (4-2)
3. Rowland (6-2)
4. Glendora (7-1)
5. La Verne Lutheran (4-2)
6. Walnut (5-2)
7. Covina (5-2)
8. Diamond Ranch (5-2)
9. Bishop Amat (5-2)
10. Bonita (5-2)

CIF RANKINGS
Boys Basketball
Division 1AA:
1. Long Beach Poly, 2. Mater Dei, 3. Mission Prep, 4. Loyola, 5. Corona Centennial, 6. Orange Lutheran, 7. Etiwanda, 8. Pasadena, 9. Foothill, 10. Inglewood, 11. Alemany, 12. Chino Hills, 13. Upland, 14. Rancho Verde, 15. Rancho Cucamonga, 16. Corona.

Division 1A: 1. El Toro, 2. Santa Monica, 3. West Ranch, 4. Corona Santiago, 5. Gahr, 6. Aliso Niguel, 7. Valencia Valencia, 8. Troy, 9. San Clemente, 10, Cypress, 11. Huntington Beach, 12. Millikan, 13. Crescenta Valley, 14. Burbank Burroughs, 15. Dana Hills, 16. Walnut

Division 2AA: 1. JW North, 2. Thousand Oaks, 3. Murrieta Valley, 4. Sunny Hills, 5. Canyon Country, 6. Villa Park, 7. Peninsula, 8. Temecula Valley, 9. Camarillo, 10. Mira Costa, 11. Perris, 12. AB Miller, 13. Cajon, 14. Rowland, 15. Lawndale, 16. Keppel.

Division 2A: 1. Anaheim Canyon, 2. Westlake, 3. Tesoro, 4. Redlands East Valley, 5. Glendora, 6. Redondo Union, 7. Righetti, 8. Arroyo Grande, 9. Moorpark, 10. Beaumont, 11. Newport Harbor, 12. Saugus, 13. Dominguez, 14. Woodbridge, 15. El Modena, 16. Citrus Hill/Savanna.

Division 3AA – 1. Damien, 2. Santa Margarita, 3. Leuzinger, 4. Corona del Mar, 5. La Canada, 6. Pacifica Garden Grove, 7. Arlington, 8. El Dorado, 9. Jurupa Valey, 10. Esperanza, 11. San Marcos, 12. Diamond Ranch, 13. irvine, 14. Los Amigos, 15. Lakeside, 16. Yorba Linda

Division 3A: 1. St. John Bosco, 2. Chaminade, 3. Oak Park, 4. Ocean View, 5. St. Francis, 6. Northwood, 7. Bishop Amat, 8. Northview, 9. Cathedral, 10. Tahquitz, 11. Covina, 12. San Dimas, 13. Mountain View, 14. Pioneer, 15. San Luis Obispo, 16. Hawthorne.

Division 4AA: 1. Bishop Montgomery, 2. Price, 3. La Verne Lutheran, 4. Serra, 5. JSerra, 6. La Salle, 7. Paraclete, 8. Milken Community, 9. Sierra Canyon, 10. Oaks Christian, 11. Maranatha, 12. Workman, 13. Laguna Beach, 14. Heritage Christian, 15. Harvard-Westlake, 16. Whittier Christian.

FOLLOW EVERYONE ON THE TRIBUNE’S MAXPREPS WIDGET



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Boys Hoops: Rowland, Keppel and Walnut advance to Glendora Tournament semifinals on Thursday

Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow’s Raiders off to impressive 5-2 start.

Rowland wins again in Glendora tourney: : Joseph Dionisio scored 21 points and Chris Arzadon had 17 to lead Rowland to a 74-52 victory over visiting Monrovia in a Glendora Tournament pool-play game.

Temple City knocks off host Azuza in tourney: Temple City prevailed, 53-35. Both teams are 1-1 entering the final day of pool play today. The Rams play El Monte at 3:15 p.m. and the Aztecs face Covina, 2-0 in the tournament, at 7 p.m.

Azusa Boys Basketball Tournament
Pool A: Azusa, Covina, El Monte, Temple City
Pool B: Diamond Ranch, Gladstone, Mountain View, South Hills
Monday’s Results

Covina 60, Temple City 48
Gladstone 37, South Hills 35
Diamond Ranch 60, Mountain View 41
Azusa 58, El Monte 50
Tuesday’s Results
Temple City 53, Azusa 35
Covina 62, El Monte 29
Diamond Ranch 56, South Hills 47
Gladstone 34, Mountain View 30
Wednesday’s round robin
El Monte vs. Temple City, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Diamond Ranch, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View vs. South Hills, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. Covina, 7 p.m.
Championship on Thursday, 7 p.m.

Glendora boys basketball tournament
Co-hosted by West Covina/Rowland

Pool 1: Glendora, San Dimas, Sierra Vista
Pool 2: Monrovia, Rowland, Serrano
Pool 3: Keppel, Nogales, West Covina
Pool 4: Bassett, Northview, Walnut
Monday’s Results
San Dimas 64, Sierra Vista 35
Rowland 65, Serrano 59
Walnut 74, Northview 60
Keppel 65, West Covina 46
Tuesday’s Results
Rowland 74, Monrovia 52
Walnut 92, Bassett 39
Glendora 53, San Dimas 45
Keppel 73, Nogales 54
Wednesday’s games
Bassett vs. Northview at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Glendora at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Serrano vs. Monrovia at West Covina, 6 p.m.
Nogales vs. West Covina at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s semifinals at Glendora HS
Keppel vs. Rowland, 6 p.m.
Walnut vs. Pool 1 winner, 7:30 p.m.

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Boys Basketball: San Dimas, Rowland and Walnut all winners in opening games of Glendora tournament

Glendora Boys Basketball tournament
Monday’s Round Robin results

San Dimas 64, Sierra Vista 35 — The Saints advanced in pool play behind Reggie Brown and Jordan Stokes, who scored 15 and 12 points, respectively.
Rowland 65, Serrano 59 – The Raiders used 19 points from Joe Dionisio and 15 from Chris Arzadon to win in pool play. Saeed Montoya added 14 points.
Walnut 74, Northview 60 – The Mustangs opened up a 15-12 first-quarter lead, increased it to 39-27 at halftime and were never challenged. Walnut (4-2) was led by L.J. Besong with a game-high 21 points. He added four rebounds and had two steals. Jeff Huang added 11 points. Northview was led by Daniel Johnson with 17 points. Uly Aparicio and James Cunnigon had 16 and 11 points, respectively, for the Vikings.
Keppel vs. West Covina — Result not posted or called in.

Tuesday’s Round-Robin
Nogales vs. Keppel at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Rowland at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. Bassett at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs. San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.

Azusa Boys Basketball Tournament
Monday’s Results

Covina 60, Temple City 48 – The Colts’ Mike Peters narrowly misses a triple double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
Gladstone 37, South Hills 35 – The Huskies’ Ben Kane finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds
Diamond Ranch 60, Mountain View 41 – The Panthers’ Nnadi Udengwu finished with 21 pts.
Azusa 58, El Monte 50 – Azusa’s Kevin Perez dropped 21 points.
Tuesday’s Round Robin at Azusa
South Hills vs. Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte vs. Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View vs. Gladstone, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.

By John Sherrard, Correspondent
The future looks bright for a young Los Altos High School boys basketball team.

The Conquerors, led by a trio of sophomores who scored in double figures, defeated Santa Fe, 79-69, in the opening game of the inaugural Pioneer Pride Classic on Monday at Pioneer High.

Guard Cristian Espinoza had a game-high 23 points, center David Jimenez scored 14 and guard Michael Barrera added 13 points for the Conquerors.

Los Altos (3-2) had three other sophomores who totaled 18 points.

Santa Fe (3-4) was led by a pair of juniors. Forward Cristian Perez scored 22 points and guard Jonathan Parral had 20.

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Area Boys and Girls Soccer Standings and Schedules

To report soccer results, call 626-544-0991 or 626-594-0992

AREA BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

AREA GIRLS SOCCER STANDINGS, SCHEDULES
Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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All Sierra League Football: Charter Oak’s Aaren Vaughns named MVP

All Sierra League Football
Player of the year: Aaren Vaughns, Charter Oak, Sr.
Offensive MVP: Jack Austin, Chino Hills, Sr.
Defensive MVPs: Eric Ortiz, Charter Oak, Sr; Eric Prevost, Charter Oak, Jr.
First Team Offense
Backs: Jordan Robinson, Ayala, Sr.
Backs: Travion Boykins, Damien, Sr.
Backs: Louis Napoles, Chino Hills, Sr.
Backs: Matt Simko, Chino Hills, Sr.
Backs: Kory Brown, Charter Oak, Jr.
Backs: Cecil Fleming, Claremont, Jr.
WR: Bryce Bobo, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR: Josh Savage, Damien, Sr.
WR: Joseph Lara, Chino Hills, Sr.
WR: Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, Jr.
WR: Aaron Parham, South Hills, Sr.
OL: Pailake Aiono, South Hills, Sr.
OL: Daniel Flores, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL: Mike Green, Chino Hills, Jr.
OL: Jake Zavosky, Ayala, Sr.
OL: Brandon Younger, Damien, Sr.
OL: Alex Haston, Charter Oak, Jr.
PK: Tristan Vizcaino, Damien, Jr.
Defense
DB: Khari Garcia, Charter Oak, Sr.
DB: Andrew Gano, Damien, Sr.
DB: Jacob Farias, South Hills, Sr.
DB: Chaz Eldridge, Chino Hills, Jr.
DB: Paul Manus, Claremont, Jr.
DL: Ben Kane, South Hills, Sr.
DL: Alex Hernandez, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL: Trent Goens, Chino Hills, So.
DL: Juan Hernandez, Damien, Sr.
DL: Luis Cordova, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB: Andrew Hauser, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB: Alan Alvaro, Chino Hills, Sr.
LB: Matt Cisneros, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB: Austin Moore, Ayala, Sr.
LB: Louis Napoles, Chino Hills, Sr.
LB: Roman Reyes, Damien, Sr.
LB: Kevin Choplick, Charter Oak, Sr.
PU: Jack Schneider, Charter Oak, Sr.

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All Baseline League: Glendora’s Lindsay, Schneider and Fink earn first-team honors


Above: Christian Fulham of Glendora earns second team honors.

ALL BASELINE FOOTBALL
Offensive MVP: Nate Romine, Upland, QB, Sr.
Defensive co-MVPs: Viliami Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.; Alani Latu, Rancho Cucamonga, LB, Sr.

First Team
OFFENSE

Tyler Bratton, Upland, RB, SR
Stephen Johnson, Los Osos, QB, SR
Vic Bolden, Los Osos, UTL, SR
Cade Lindsay, Glendora, RB, SR
Adam Friederichsen, Rancho Cucamonga, QB, SR
Anthony Romero, Upland, TE/WR, SR
Trevor Wright, Upland, WR, SR
Jordan Villamin, Etiwanda, WR, SR
Jermel Walker, Rancho Cucamonga, WR, SR
Devin Leo, Upland, LG, SR
Taloa Otuafi, Upland, LT, SR
Thomas McGuire, Los Osos, OL, SR
Christian Schneider, Glendora, OT, SR
Daniel Hubbard, Rancho Cucamonga, RG, SR
Josh Siegmund, Rancho Cucamonga, LG/RT, SR
Sean Aspinall, Upland, K, SR

DEFENSE
Chris Hawkins, Rancho Cucamonga, DB, SR
Tahan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, DB, SR
Josh Burgueno, Los Osos, DB, SR
Alex Olivas, Upland, DB, SR
James Johnson, Upland, DB, SR
Austin Alexander, Etiwanda, LB, SR
Josh Garza, Los Osos, LB, SR
Dillon Fink, Glendora, LB, JR
Kendall Dukes, Upland, LB, SR
Delvin Batiste, Upland, LB, SR
Chad Puncher, Alta Loma, LB, SR
David Kufusi, Rancho Cucamonga, DL, SR
Chris Unga, Rancho Cucamonga, DL, JR
Spencer Zuniga, Los Osos, DL, SR
Jojo Mathis, Upland, DL, SR
Dillon Barnes, Alta Loma, P, SR

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With Damien football coach Greg Gano resigning, who will be the next Spartans coach?


Damien football coach Greg Gano ended the speculation Sunday by announcing his resignation after struggling in four seasons as the head coach, compiling a 20-22 overall record and no postseason victories despite reaching the playoffs twice. The school hired Gano in 2009 in hopes of winning championships, something Gano had done at his previous post at Los Altos, where he won four CIF titles. But Damien and Gano struggled over philosophical differences on how to get the program to the next level, and Gano never could lure the type of players he had hoped to turn the program around. So, who do you think will be the next Damien head coach?

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All Valle Vista League Football: San Dimas’ Jake Payton most valuable player


All Valle Vista League Football
Most Valuable Player: Jake Payton, San Dimas
Offensive MVP: Javon Taylor, Northview
Defensive MVP: Justin Bugh, San Dimas
First Team Offense
Backs: Andrew Espinoza, San Dimas
Backs: Shazeb Mallick, Covina
Backs: Josh Logan, Wilson
Backs: Josh Avila, San Dimas
Backs: Frankie Ramirez, Covina
TE: Christian Alba, Northview
TE: Noah Repp, San Dimas
WR: Terell Mosbey, Pomona
WR: Cody McNeal, San Dimas
WR: Terrance Manderville, Nogales
OL: Roger Padilla, Northview
OL: Andrew Arocho, Covina
OL: Carl Gregorio, Northview
OL: Fidel Castro, San Dimas
OL: Elia Semu, Covina
First Team Defense
DB: Michael Peters, Covina
DB: Kris Lopez, Northview
DB: Aaron Rivas, Northview
DB: Andrew Espinoza, San Dimas
DL: Anthony Urrea, Covina
DL: Jared Brito, Northview
DL: Christian Alba, Northview
DL: Erasmo Isiorida, Northview
LB: Roy Torres, Northview
LB: Azeem Victor, Pomona
LB: Terrance Manderville, Nogales
LB: Justin Turner, Covina
LB: Joey Sanchez, Northview
K/P: Albert Reyes, Pomona

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All Hacienda League Football, Bonita’s Reggie Turner named player of the year

All-Hacienda League Football
Player of the year: Reggie Turner, Bonita, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: George Campos, Rowland, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: Adam Romero, West Covina, Sr.
First Team Offense
QB: Tanner Diebold, Bonita, Jr.
RB: Aaron Salgado, West Covina, Sr.
RB: Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, Jr.
RB: Avery Duffus, Rowland, Jr.
RB: William Bryan, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
WR: Kanya Bell, Diamond Bar, So.
WR: Cody Lepp, Walnut, Sr.
WR: Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, So.
TE: Miguel Romero, Rowland, Jr.
OL: Raul Gomez, West Covina, Sr.
OL: Ryan Contri, Bonita, Sr.
OL: Joshua Bucholz, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
OL: DJ Heard, Bonita, Sr.
OL: Spencer Hoff, Bonita, Sr.
PK: Brandt Davis, Bonita, Sr.
First Team Defense
DL: Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
DL: Christian McQueen, Bonita, Jr.
DL: Louie Barrera, Los Altos, Sr.
DL: Greg Lawton, Rowland, Sr.
DL: Joey Franco, Los Altos, Sr.
LB: Bradley Ojala, West Covina, Sr.
LB: Josh Peyton, Diamond Bar, Sr.
LB: Joey Hubbard, Bonita, Sr.
LB: Noah Montoya, Bonita, Jr.
LB: Adrian Campos, Rowland, So.
DB: Sidney Jones, West Covina, Jr.
DB: Muleck Henderson, West Covina, Sr.
DB: Kanya Bell, Diamond Bar, So.
DB: Diego Arias, Rowland, So.
DB: Allen Salguero, Diamond Ranch, Sr.

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Hoops tournaments this week

Glendora boys basketball tournament
Co-hosted by West Covina/Rowland

Pool 1: Glendora, San Dimas, Sierra Vista
Pool 2: Monrovia, Rowland, Serrano
Pool 3: Keppel, Nogales, West Covina
Pool 4: Bassett, Northview, Walnut
Monday’s Round Robin
Walnut vs. Northview at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Rowland vs. Serrano at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. San Dimas at West Covina, 6 p.m.
West Covina vs. Keppel at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s Round-Robin
Nogales vs. Keppel at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Rowland at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. Bassett at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs. San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s round robin
Bassett vs. Northview at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Glendora at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Serrano vs. Monrovia at West Covina, 6 p.m.
Nogales vs. West Covina at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.

Azusa Boys Basketball Tournament
Pool A: Azusa, Covina, El Monte, Temple City
Pool B: Diamond Ranch, Gladstone, Mountain View, South Hills
Monday’s Round-Robin at Azusa
South Hills vs. Gladstone, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Mountain View, 4:30 p.m.
Covina vs. Temple City, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. El Monte, 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s Round Robin at Azusa
South Hills vs. Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte vs. Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View vs. Gladstone, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s round robin
Temple City vs. Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Diamond Ranch, 4:30 p.m.
Mountain View vs. South Hills, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. Covina, 7 p.m.
Championship on Thursday, 7 p.m.

La Canada Holiday Classic
Pool A: La Canada, Arcadia, Besant Hill, Hart
Pool B: Bonita, Glendale, Marina, St. Francis
Monday’s round robin at La Canada
La Canada vs. Besant Hill, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s round robin
Marina vs. Bonita, 3 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Glendale, 4:30 p.m.
Hart vs. Besant Hill, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Arcadia, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s round robin
Bonita vs. Glendale, 3 p.m.
Marina vs. St. Francis, 4:30 p.m.
Besant Hills vs. Arcadia, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Hart, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s round robin
Glendale vs. Marina, 4:30 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Bonita, 6 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Hart, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship, 7:30 p.m.

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Football Playoffs: Little Rio Hondo Prep one step away from playing for a state championship

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By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

Rio Hondo Prep, since losing to Mission Prep in late August, thought about nothing but getting revenge on the Royals and winning the CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division football title.

The Kares, after beating Mission Prep, 28-21, last week and accomplishing that goal, now are looking for a little bit more.

They get their chance tonight when they travel to San Diego to face Santa Fe Christian, of Solana Beach, at 7 in a CIF State South Region Division IV Bowl game at Del Norte High School.

The winner advances to face either McClymonds, of Oakland, or Central Catholic, of Modesto, in the CIF State Division IV Bowl, slated for next Friday at 4 p.m. at Home Depot Center in Carson.

“We’re just happy to be here,” said Rio Hondo Prep Ken Drain, whose Kares, after scoring the school’s 14th CIF-SS title, are shooting for their first state championship. “I never thought we’d get this far. A couple of weeks ago, we were about sixth in the (state) polls for state playoffs. It’s not like we were thinking we were going to make it. It kind of fell together, with all the teams above us losing and we made it in.

“It’s a big plus for us. Our whole basketball team is on the football team, so that makes things a little difficult for basketball. But that’s all right, we can live with that, because getting to this state playoff thing is pretty cool.”

But first the Kares (12-1) must take care of business and Santa Fe Christian (10-3), which won San Diego Section Division V, offers quite a challenge.

The Eagles, who run a variety of offensive sets, including an option attack and Wing-T alignment, feature one of the top running attacks in San Diego. It’s led by junior Tony Miro, who has run for 1,057 yards and 14 touchdowns. but the attack also includes senior quarterback Hunter Vaccaro, who has run for 785 and 14 scores, and senior Conor Keith, who has 581 yards and seven touchdowns.

Vaccaro has also thrown for 793 yards and eight scores.

“They’re a good team, obviously, otherwise they wouldn’t be here,” Drain said. “They run an option offense. They are a combination of Big Bear, Flintridge Prep and Boron. They’ll run most of the time, kind of like we do. They run it really well, and don’t make a lot of mistakes.

“Defensively, they’re solid. They crowd it in, put eight, nine guys in the box and look to stop the run. I’m sure they will do that against us, which is OK. Colby (Rivera) is a good quarterback and we have some good receivers, so if we have to throw that’s fine.”

Rivera has been steady all season, throwing for 1,474 yards and 19 touchdowns. Receiver Jake Holguin has 36 receptions for 529 yards and nine scores.

But the key again will rest with running back Nate Tayco, who has averaged close to 200 yards a game in the playoffs, including 171 and four touchdowns against Mission Prep last week. He has run for 1,665 yards and 29 touchdowns for the season.

“I’m sure they’ll try to take the run away,” Drain said. “We’ll probably try to run first and see what happens. If we’re not getting anywhere, we’ll start opening it up.”

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Bonita’s outside shooting display leads to 68-40 win over Pioneer in Blue Pride Classic

By Eric Terrazas, SGVN

Strong outside shooting lifted Bonita High School to a 68-40 victory over Pioneer in Thursday’s pool-play game of the 19th Annual Blue Pride Classic boys basketball tournament at Pioneer High School.

The Bearcats (3-1) successfully connected from 3-point land 12 times. Brian Mahood scored 22 points to pace Bonita, which finished in third place in its pool.

Bonita will play Hawthorne at 6 p.m. today at El Rancho High School.

“It was the first game we actually shot the ball well,” Bonita coach Greg Eckler said. “That was the big difference. In the previous games, we shot the ball poorly. (On Thursday), we found our stroke.”

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Ryan Maddox, a South Hills grad and former West Covina assistant, is quickly becoming a coaching legend at Monrovia

By Aram Tolegian

There’s no telling just how impressive the career of Monrovia High School football coach Ryan Maddox might be when it’s all said and done.

But judging by its infancy stage, Valley football fans could be looking at a legend in the making. A local version of Nick Saban, perhaps.

Maddox is in his fifth season at Monrovia. It’s his first varsity football head coaching job. His 5-year record is 58-11. He’s won five consecutive Rio Hondo League titles and three CIF championships. And Maddox is only 40 years old.

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