Tonight’s Basketball Schedule

Charter Oak Boys tournament round-robin
Garey vs. Los Osos, 3:30 p.m.
Northview vs. Westwind, 5 p.m.
Upland vs. Ganesha, 6:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. La Serna, 8 p.m.
Covina Girls tourney quarterfinals
Alemany vs. Carter at Northview, 6:30 p.m.
AB Miller vs. Bonita at Northview, 8 p.m.
Oak Park vs. Roosevelt at Covina, 6:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Bishop Amat at Covina, 8 p.m.
Azusa girls tournament round-robin
Baldwin Park vs. Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Temple City vs. La Sierra, 4:30 p.m.
St. Lucy’s vs. San Gabriel, 5:45 p.m.
Azusa vs. San Dimas, 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer: Sierra Vista edges rival Arroyo 2-1 behind two goals from Jessica Lopez

Sierra Vista 3, Arroyo 2

Sierra Vista received two goals from Jessica Lopez and one from Monica Loera and the Dons survived a late rally from the Knights (1-1-1).

In the 13th minute, the Dons (2-1) Giselle Garcia was on the attack heading down the right side when gave a pass to Lopez over the middle and Lopez scored from 30 yards out as beat Arroyo’s goalie to the lower right side of the goal.

Leading 1-0 and Sierra Vista again on the attack with Lopez running up the right side of the field she made a pass over the middle to Loera who scored in the upper left corner of the net to give the Dons a 2-0 halftime lead.

After the Knights cut the lead to 2-1 on Micaela Estrada’s goal in the 61st minute, Lopez scored her second of the contest when Daisy Ruiz feed her a pass over middle and Lopez found the lower left corner of the net that gave Sierra Vista a 3-1 lead.

Arroyo scored in the 79th minute on a goal by Christine Salas but, it too little too late.

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Former Walnut girls soccer star Nadia Link named All-American at Long Beach State

Former Walnut High girls soccer standout and two-time East San Gabriel Valley player of the year Nadia Link, a junior at Long Beach State, was named to the NCAA Division I All-American team for the second consecutive year.

Link, a third-team NCAA selection for the second year in a row, also was named the Big West Conference offensive player of the year after scoring 16 goals with 10 assists and helping Long Beach State to its third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

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Covina Girls Tournament: Bishop Amat, Bonita advance to quarters; Rosemead blows out San Dimas in Azusa tourney


AZUSA TOURNAMENT: Rosemead makes good impression in romp over San Dimas; Seniors Melody Gauthier and Sydney Hua scored 29 and 28 points, respectively, and Rosemead rolled to a 67-22 victory over San Dimas in a pool-play game.
Rosemead-San Dimas Photo Gallery

Covina Girls Basketball Tournament
Top Bracket
Monday’s results

Alemany 72, Charter Oak 25
Carter 44, Lou Dantzler 42
AB Miller 58, Arroyo 23
Bonita 62, Covina 39
Bottom Bracket
Tuesday’s results
Oak Park 55, El Rancho 49
Roosevelt 61, West Covina 8
Los Osos 49, South Hills 48
Bishop Amat 87, Los Altos 30

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
Top Bracket

Alemany vs. Carter at Northview, 6 p.m.
AB Miller vs. Bonita at Northview, 8 p.m.
Bottom Bracket
Oak Park vs. Roosevelt, 6:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.

COVINA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUPS
First round
Bishop Amat 84, Los Altos 30

Bishop Amat advances to the second round where they will face Los Osos a 49-48 winner over South Hills. The Lancers were led by junior guard Amanda Alvarado with a career-high 17 points, which included five 3-pointers. Senior forward Mauriana Clayton also added 14 points.
Los Osos 49, South Hills 48
Los Osos (2-1) edged South Hills to advance in first round action. Leading Los Osos in scoring was Nian Curry with 20 points and Xaida Wright chipped in with ten points. Both Nicole Stark and Sharon Ramirez had 6 points each and La Shyra Nolen added 5 points.
South Hills (3-4) was led by Sarah Madrigal and Brittany Wang each with 15 points and Samantha Perez added 11 points for the Huskies.
SOUTH EL MONTE TOURNAMENT
First round
Glendora 34, Hoover 22

Glendora advanced to the second round and improved to 2-0. Senior Casie Lowden led the Tartans with a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds (six defensive, three offensive). Senior Marie Ramirez added eight points, while junior Olivia Habern chipped in with five points and eight rebounds. Hoover was led by sisters’ Nanor and Nairi Sevajian who scored six and foour points, respectively. Caitlyn Teng contributed with four points.
NONLEAGUE
Wilson 58, La Mirada 31

Senior Kelli Calton came up big for Wilson with 15 points, 19 rebounds and three 3-pointers. Junior Kaelyn Kawamoto added 19 points for the Wildcats to go with four 3-pointers. Senior Tiffany Lam contributed with eight points and six rebounds. Calton also played good denense for Wilson with three steals and two blocked shots. With the win Wilson improved to 3-3. Leading scorer for La Mirada (2-4) was Alexandria Vanzuilen with 11 points.

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At the end of it all, Bishop Amat is still the best-of-the-best in the final Tribune Football Ranking

Final Top Ten Football Poll
1. Bishop Amat (7-3-1) — After you take a step back and realize the Lancers lost to the eventual Pac-5 Division champion (Long Beach Poly) for a second year in a row and how easily they defeated Charter Oak, beat Servite, La Mirada, Crespi and Loyola, there’s really no argument over the No. 1 choice at the end of the season. It’s Amat.

2. Charter Oak (10-2) – At the end of the day, Charter Oak over-achieved this season. Few predicted they would go undefeated in the Sierra for a second year in a row and would be as dominant as they were defensively. There’s a huge gap between Amat, Charter Oak and the rest, and that’s a credit to both coaching staffs.

3. Chino Hills (7-3-1) — The Huskies should have done more with quarterback Matt Simko, but then again the Inland Division is just tough. Although it lost to Charter Oak, Redlands and tied Bishop Amat, it was another good season for Coach Bub and the boys.

4. San Dimas (11-2) - This isn’t a pound-for-pound choice because San Dimas plays in the Valle Vista and Mid-Valley Division, this is where they should be ranked. They were clearly the fourth-best team in the area and would have beaten every team ranked beneath them. They gave Paraclete a run for their money on the road, it just didn’t happen.

5. West Covina (7-6) – The Bulldogs turned what looked like a disastrous season into a semifinal appearance in hopes of winning its third Southeast title. They were never healthy the entire year, but when the season was on the line they did what they had to do to make the playoffs, then nearly ran the table, racing to a 14-0 lead against La Serna in the semifinals before it all caught up with them.

6. South Hills (6-5) - For the Huskies to have a winning record considering all the firepower it lost from last year’s 3-7 team and with new coach Albert Rodriguez is a credit to their toughness. Think of it, they beat three-time Mid-Valley champion Monrovia, beat Ayala and actually gave Vista Murrieta a brief scare in the first round of the Inland Playoffs. Not bad.

7. Gladstone (10-2) — What impressed me about the Gladiators is that after losing their first game of the season to rival Azusa, they came back and played inspired football. They got their first playoff win since the 70s in a blowout win over Mary Star of the Sea and nearly knocked off power North Torrance in the second round. In coach Albert Sanchez’s final season, he couldn’t of asked for much more.

8. Ayala (6-4) – They probably should of earned an at-large berth in the Inland Division, but the again, they should have done a better job of controlling their own destiny. Ayala also had a win over three-time Mid-Valley champ Monrovia, so no doubt they deserve a top ten ranking.

9. Rowland (7-4) – Four teams finished in a tie for first in the Hacienda, but by the end of the season, only West Covina and Rowland deserve to be ranked. Although Rowland lost its final two games to West Covina and Downey, they competed with both, losing to Downey, the eventual Southeast champions, 55-21.

10. Northview (7-4) – South El Monte, Diamond Ranch, El Monte and La Puente were the other choices for the ten spot, but I’m going with Northview. They beat South El Monte head-to-head and gave Sierra Canyon a run for their money before bowing out in the playoffs.

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Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep have bigger fish to fry in state playoffs

“I think what helps is that this has been a goal for us. It was something that we set for ourselves in the off-season. It wasn’t just about being a CIF championship. It was about setting the goal a step higher. Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Monrovia High School football coach Ryan Maddox had little time to celebrate his program’s third consecutive CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship.

He had more important things to do Saturday, like drive to Escondido to scout an opponent his team may or may not play in a bowl-game qualifier this week. Turns out, it was a good call.

When Monrovia hosts Madison (12-1) of San Diego on Saturday night, Maddox should have his team well-versed in what an unfamiliar opponent like the Warhawks likes to do. The winner plays either Marin Catholic (13-1) or Sutter (13-0) next Saturday in the State Division III bowl game at Home Depot Center in Carson.

“We actually went down on Saturday morning and watched Madison play against St. Augustine,” Maddox said. “We watched it and filmed it. We didn’t know for sure that we were going to be chosen, but there was a chance that we were so we went down and scouted them.

“I guess we didn’t have to go because we were going to exchange films, but you get a chance to go see them live and get a feel for the speed and the size. There’s a lot of stuff you can see live that you can’t necessarily pick up on film. It’s hard when you know nothing about the teams they play.”

Several coaches across the state are learning this week what it’s like to play a 15th and possibly 16th game, thanks to CIF’s new format of bowl-game qualifiers and the state championship bowl games the following week.

But for Monrovia, long seasons are nothing new. The Wildcats have played 14-game seasons for four consecutive years. So adding on another week or two isn’t going to be culture shock. Maddox also had his team pointing toward a goal of extending this season past the Mid-Valley championship.

“I think what helps is that this has been a goal for us,” Maddox said. “It was something that we set for ourselves in the off-season. It wasn’t just about being a CIF championship. It was about setting the goal a step higher.

“The one thing about the bowls is that it’s out of your control. The CIF championship is something that you can control by winning. But it was a goal of ours. I think that helps because the kids are mentally prepared for it because it was a goal they’ve had since early on.”

Monrovia defeated Paraclete last Friday to win the division for the third consecutive season. The Wildcats are 12-2 and have not lost a postseason game since 2009.

From what Maddox saw on Saturday, though, Madison will be a tough task. The Warhawks are led by Arizona-bound running back Pierre Cormier, who has 1,940 yards and 26 touchdowns this season.

“They’re an excellent football team,” Maddox said. “The running back is pretty amazing. He’s a commit to Arizona and it’s pretty obvious why. Their quarterback is very athletic. They’re a spread team, so they’re going to try and boat-race you.”

KARES HIT THE ROAD

Rio Hondo Prep (12-1), fresh off its upset win over Mission Prep in the Northeast Division final, saw its season extended. The Kares were selected to play in the State Division IV bowl game qualifier against Sante Fe Christian (10-3) of Solana Beach. Friday’s game will be played at Del Norte High in San Diego.

The winner will play the following week at Home Depot Center against the winner of the Northern California qualifier between McClymonds (9-3) of Oakland and Central Catholic of Modesto.

“Well, we’ve watched the film and they run an offense very similar to Big Bear, a team we played earlier in the year,” Rio Hondo Prep coach Ken Drain said of Santa Fe Christian. “It’s a double-wing, option-type offense.

“They pass very little. Probably even less than we do.”

Travel has never rattled the Kares. They’re used to it after having played this season in faraway places such as Big Bear, Boron and Edwards Air Force Base. But leaving on a Friday afternoon and bucking traffic won’t be too much for the Kares.

“It’s a Friday, there’s traffic between here and San Diego, so we will probably leave early to avoid the traffic,” Drain said. “It’s not that big a thing for us to travel. We’re used to it.

“We travel a lot and it’s just for that reason. In the playoffs you never know where you might go.”

Like Monrovia, the Kares have plenty of experience with marathon seasons.

After all, Rio Hondo Prep just played in Week 14 for the second year in a row as it repeated as Northeast Division champion.

The question is whether the Kares can recover after last Friday’s grueling game against Mission Prep that saw its fair share of big hits.

“Can we do it again?” Drain said. “That’s going to be tough because we really played well against Mission Prep. They were a very good team and our guys are banged up from that type of game.

“Can we get them back together again for this Friday? I don’t know. We’ll see.”
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The Second Annual Chris Rix Christmas Combine on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Maranatha High School, 10-2 p.m.

The second annual Chris Rix “Christmas Football Combine” is on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Maranatha High School from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Rix, who starred at quarterback for Bishop Amat, Santa Margarita and later played for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, is a college football and NFL analyst for Fox Sports. But he has maintained his ties in the San Gabriel Valley, where he continues to mentor several of the area’s top quarterbacks.

The Christmas Combine is comprised of two divisions, the “Top Guns” division for high school and college players, and the “Young Guns” division for players ages 7-13.

“Whether your team’s season ended in early November or this past Saturday, this will be one more chance for passionate football players of all levels to compete one more time on the field before Christmas,” explained Rix.

The camp is free for participants who bring a new unopened toy or Christmas gift (Between $25-$40) that can be donated to a shelter or needy family.

Otherwise, the camp is $40 for prior registration and $50 on the day of the camp, and includes a shirt. There are discounts for larger groups. To register early or ask questions, call 626-581-7016 or email championOrganization@live.com.

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Charter Oak Boys Basketball Tournament Schedule

The Charter Oak Boys Basketball “Chargers Classic” begins today. It’s an eight-team tournament that ends with Saturday’s championship at Charter Oak at 5 p.m.
Pool A: Upland, Ganesha, Northview, Westwind Academy
Pool B: Los Osos, Garey, La Serna, Charter Oak
Monday’s Round Robin
Ganesha vs. Northview, 5 p.m.
Los Osos vs. La Serna, 6:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Garey, 8 p.m.
Wednesday’s Round Robin
Garey vs. Los Osos, 3:30 p.m.
Northview vs. Westwind, 5 p.m.
Upland vs. Ganesha, 6:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. La Serna, 8 p.m.
Thursday’s Round Robin
Upland vs. Westwind, 7 p.m.
Friday’s Round Robin
Westwind vs. Ganesha, 3:30 p.m.
Garey vs. La Serna, 5 p.m.
Upland vs. Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Charter Oak, 8 p.m.

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Rumor: Could the Mission League turn into a North-South Super League?

With Damien, St. Lucy’s, Oaks Christian and others possibly moving into a Parochial League beginning in 2014 under the urging of the CIF Southern Section, some schools already have had preliminary discussions of how it will work. One of the suggestions I heard was turning the Mission League into a 12 or 14 team Parochial League made up of a 6-7-team North and 6-7 South Division, similar to the Marmonte Division, which is made up of 12-teams with an East-West Division. This is pure speculation, but here is how a 14-team Mission League might look:

North: St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian, Chaminade, Serra, Harvard-Westlake, Alemany, Crespi
South: Damien/St. Lucy’s, Bishop Amat, St. Paul, Cathedral, St. Francis, Loyola, La Salle

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Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep hope to turn CIF titles into state titles; Regional finals this weekend

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep, winners of CIF-Southern Section divisional football championships over the weekend, are going bowling.

The area powers were selected for CIF State Regional bowls, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, when the CIF State office announced pairings Sunday.

Monrovia (12-2), which beat Paraclete, 23-7, for its third consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division title on Friday, will host Madison of San Diego in a State Division III matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Warhawks won San Diego Section Division IV by beating St. Augustine of San Diego 35-21 on Saturday.

The winner advances to face either Marin Catholic (13-1) of Kentfield or Sutter (13-0) for the Division III state title at Home Depot Center next weekend.

Rio Hondo Prep (12-1), which won its second consecutive Northeast Division title with a 28-21 victory over Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, will face Santa Fe Christian (10-3) of Solana Beach on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Del Norte High School in San Diego.

The Eagles won the CIF-SD Division V title by defeating Parker, 31-15.

The winner faces either McClymonds (9-3) of Oakland or Central Catholic of Modesto for the state Division IV title next weekend at Home Depot Center.

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Damien defeats very good Thousand Oaks squad to win tournament title, 60-56.


By John Sherrard

What a difference a day makes for the Damien High School boys basketball team.

The Spartans held on for a tight two-point semifinal victory over California on Friday night, but Saturday’s championship game of the Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park Winter Tip Off tournament was a 60-56, come-from-behind win over Thousand Oaks at Covina High.

Damien trailed by as much as 10 points, 32-22, early in the third quarter, but went on an 18-11 run to trail by only three points, 43-40, entering the final quarter.

The Spartans (5-0) were led by sophomore Jeremy Hemsley with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Damien held a two-point lead, 58-56, with 20 seconds remaining in the game, when Hemsley drove the lane and scored a layup to give the Spartans a four-point lead.

“We played great and they (Thousand Oaks) were really, really good,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said.

Thousand Oaks (4-1), which is expected to be a top team in CIF–Southern Section Division 2AA, was led by senior guard Tanner Fanjoy’s 17 points.

“What I like about our guys is they love a challenge and they thought it was a great opportunity and I thought we played really hard,” Dunn said.

“They were a very physical team and we matched that (Saturday).”

Hemsley, who saw action as a freshman last season, was named the tournament MVP. The guard averaged 20 points in the five games.

Also named to the all-tournament team was Damien senior guard Jared Dixon (15 points Saturday) and senior forward Keith Cavanaugh.

The Spartans jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Lancers outscored Damien, 14-4, to lead 14-9 after one. Fanjoy scored eight points in the quarter.

Fanjoy and senior forward Dakota Pierce (10 points) were also named to the all-tournament team.

Hemsley scored nine points in the second quarter, with driving layups, short jumpers and a long 3-pointer. Damien trailed 29-22 at the half.

“Obviously Jeremy was spectacular in terms in not only scoring, but getting other guys shots,” Dunn said. “He played in a lot of big games (last season) and it’s kind of a new role for him this season. I thought he was great, especially in the fourth quarter.”

Hemsley had eight points in the final quarter.

“We came out more aggressive in the second half and came out with the win,” Hemsley said. “We just played better defense in the fourth quarter.”

Senior forward Jacob Lachina added 16 points for the Lancers.

Glendora won the consolation championship with a 52-49 win over Walnut, while Troy of Fullerton defeated California, 64-54, for third place.

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