This is Los Altos’ stadium field, one of the worst I’ve seen. I’m not saying Los Altos has the worst athletic facility in the SGV, but it’s somewhere in the top ten. Can you think of other schools in need of major facelifts? If you ask who has the BEST athletic facility, I’d go with Damien.
“Go somewhere else with the “they recruit” allegations, whatever they’re doing, it’s good for basketball, good for players and the schools.” — Fred Robledo, quoting himself
Workman and Keppel have become hotbeds for boys and girls basketball and all four varsity teams are among the best in the Valley. Workman boys are 22-1 and the Lobos’ girls are 20-4, having beaten previously undefeated Duarte in back-to-back games recently. The Keppel girls are among the best in the Southern Section at 20-4 and the boys are tied for first in the Almont with a 17-8 overall mark. How do they do it? You don’t necessarily think of Keppel and Workman as basketball factories, but that’s what they’ve become. Go somewhere else with the “they recruit” allegations, whatever they’re doing, it’s good for basketball, good for players and the schools. What’s even more impressive is the atmosphere. Both schools remind me of the 80s and 90s when gyms were packed and the crowds were into it. There’s not enough of that lately.
I have a strong feeling who I’m considering for the boys and girls soccer players of the year, and a list of candidates under consideration for the all-area teams. But obviously, playoffs and how teams and players perform in the post-season is where you can make your strongest arguments. But with a week left before the knockout rounds begin, who has impressed you the most?
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
If you’re one of those people who roll their eyes when they hear about a football-related event long before the season starts, then Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar has a doozy for you.
Farrar announced earlier this week his program will host an eight-team passing tournament on May 18. To put it in perspective, that’s the same day as the Preakness Stakes … and just one day after the first round of the CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs.
Speaking of the baseball playoffs on May17, that’s also the night of the Hall of Fame All-Star Game for soon-to-be graduated local football standouts.
Yes, the era of the overlapping sports season has arrived.
Only a rare talent can score two points in one quarter and one point in another and still take over the game, lead all scorers and ultimately earn his team a win.
That was the case for Arroyo High School basketball standout Primitivo Gomez on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5 senior erupted for 15 points in the third quarter on his way to a game-high 28 points as Arroyo moved a step closer to a Mission Valley League championship with a 65-58 win over visiting Gabrielino.
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
COVINA — It’s checkmate in the Valle Vista League.
Mike Peters scored 17 points and Blythe Curry had 15 and Covina High School won its first outright league title in more than two decades with a 64-55 victory over visiting Nogales on Wednesday.
The Colts, who shared the Valle Vista with Wilson and Northview last season, also are back-to-back champions for the first time since the early 1980s. Covina, which improved to 18-5 overall and 10-0 in league, also received 12 and 10 points, respectively, from Matt Hicks and Eddie Hays.
James Santiago had 24 points for Nogales, which slipped to 5-19 and 1-8.
Covina’s Mike Peters: “It’s great to go back-to-back. It’s what we’ve talked about doing. To go back-to-back, I’m ready for the next level (playoffs) now.”
Covina coach Will Bissman: “It’s (the school’s) first back-to-back in 30 years. That’s what is nice. But the outright is a lot better than last year, when we shared it.”
Bishop Amat’s Yazmin Montoya speaks after 1-0 win over St. Joseph’s …
Bishop Amat’s Kathleen Zamora talks after scoring the game-winner in the 67th minute…
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Bishop Amat girls soccer team might not be as powerful as the team that won the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title in 2011 or the one that advanced to last year’s championship game, but don’t tell the Lancers they’re not contenders anymore.
They think they’re and went out and showed why.
Feeling snubbed after being left off this week’s Division 3 poll, Bishop Amat responded with a 1-0 victory over second-ranked St. Joseph on Wednesday, avenging a 3-2 loss to the Jesters earlier in the season.
“It was a big win,” Amat midfieder Jazmin Montoya said. “We have hard workers and players who want to win. We’re not the most talented team as we have been, but we’ll work as a team to win.”
The victory moves Amat (12-4-5, 5-1) and St. Joseph’s (16-4-4, 5-1) into a first-place tie in the Del Rey League with two games left.
Both teams had opportunities in front of the goal, but Amat had better opportunities on set pieces, trying to convert long throw-ins and corners.
Finally, in the 67th minute, Amat’s Cassadra Reyes took a pass and darted down the left side, crossing a ball in front that senior Kathleen Zamora headed home for the lone goal.
TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Chino Hills (18-4) — Cruising in the tough Sierra
2. La Verne Lutheran (21-6) — Continuing the tradition
3. Damien (17-4) — Showed a lot in loss at APU
4. Bonita (18-5) — Still the top cat in Hacienda
5. Glendora (16-7) — Shackled in the Baseline
6. Workman (21-1) — Taking care of business
7. Covina (17-5) — Clinched a share league title
8. Claremont (15-8) — Enjoying a solid season
9. Rowland (15-7) — Looked good on Saturday
10. Diamond Bar (12-10) — Challenging in league
TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Bishop Amat (17-6) — Showed why it’s No. 1 at APU
2. Bonita (18-5) — 0-2 vs. Del Rey League
3. Workman (18-4) — Still doubting the Lobos?
4. Duarte (17-2) — Swept by Workman
5. Ayala (14-7) — Enjoying life in Sierra
6. Diamond Ranch (15-6) — Still a very scary foe
7. Wilson (14-6) — Cruising in the Valle Vista
8. Rosemead (15-6) — League streak continues
9. Glendora (15-7) — Holding its own in Baseline
10. South Hills (12-10) — Enjoyed good split last week
TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Damien (11-2-3) — Sits atop Sierra League
2. Sierra Vista (14-1-3) — Cruising in Montview League
3. Walnut (12-2-1)- Lost only game last week
4. South Hills (9-6-3) — Suffers another split week
5. Nogales (9-2-1) — Faces Pomona for first
6. Claremont (8-6-1) — Staying close in Sierra League
7. Los Altos (11-6-2) — Beat Walnut, Diamond Bar last week
8. Diamond Bar (11-5-2) — Rebounded from loss
9. Baldwin Park (9-4-1) — Playing its best late
10. Ayala (10-7-3) — Making noise in league
TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Chino Hills (14-2-4) –Won six of last seven
2. Claremont (18-3-2) — Eyeing Chino Hills’ rematch
3. Diamond Bar (13-3-3) — Looking like Hacidena’s best
4. Bishop Amat (11-4-5) — Making a late push
5. Sierra Vista (15-2-1) — Toying with league foes
6. San Dimas (12-4-2) — League championship is a formality
7. St. Lucy’s (8-4-3) — Playing its best
8. Walnut (8-4-1) — Diamond Bar’s chief league foe
9. Los Altos (11-7-2) — Drops after double loss
10. South Hills (8-7-3) –Humbled by Sierra League
Ryan Jacobson has been named head coach at Rowland, replacing Craig Snyder, who resigned earlier this month. Jacobson is a Rowland graduate who teaches Special Education at Rowland. He’s been in the football program for the past ten years, the last seven as a varsity assistant.
Rowland Athletic Director, Ralph Harris: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring Ryan on as our head coach. He brings incredible energy and leadership qualities that will serve us well. He is a principled man who will carry on the ideals and values that we have come to know in our football program. Ryan is a great fit for us.”
“We practiced it every day. I worked out at home on my own just for this moment. I watched video every day. It was in the back of my mind every day.” Arroyo’s Primitivo Gomez after beating Gabrielinio 67-66 in early January. El Primo is averaging a Valley best 25 points to go with 10 boards per game. Arroyo and Gabrielino meet again on Wednesday.
By Steve Ramirez
Arroyo’s boys basketball team edged Gabrielino, 67-66, when the teams played for first place in the Mission Valley League on Jan. 11 in San Gabriel.
A similar nailbiter is expected Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. when the rivals meet at Arroyo with first place on the line.
The host Knights, who are 16-6 overall and 6-0 in league play, are led by senior swing player Primitivo Gomez, who is averaging 25 points a game – including a team-high 36 3-pointers – and 10 rebounds per game.
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
Los Altos High School has had its fair share of elite athletes over the years.
The list includes football players Mike Smith and Shaun Cody, baseball player Sergio Santos and golfer Bob May.
The latest Conqueror to shine is senior girls water polo player Stephanie Contreras, who is on the verge of becoming the all-time goal-scoring leader in the CIF-Southern Section. La Salle’s Kara-Leigh Huse (2004-08) is the all-time leader with 620 goals.
Contreras will attempt to inch closer to history today while also helping Los Altos in its biggest game of the season, a 3:30 p.m. Hacienda League encounter against first-place Bonita at Los Altos.
Amazes me that a girls game is by far most intense crowd and hustle-wise this season
— Aram Tolegian (@aramtolegian) January 29, 2013
“Imari can have a game like that every single night. That’s a dream player. We have other players beside Imari, who normally all year long have been putting up 17 points a game. We don’t want to call it ‘The Imari Show’, but sometimes the girls get caught looking. I tell the girls to stop looking like they do with Kobe (Bryant). Sometimes they just watch her play and you can’t do that.”— Duarte coach Mark Smith
By Aram Tolegian
DUARTE — After ending Duarte’s Montview League win streak at 39 games last Friday night, the Workman High School girls basketball game was out to prove the victory was no joke … and maybe start a prolonged league winning streak of its own.
Mission accomplished on the both ends.
Freshman guard Leslie Rivera score 25 points, including several clutch 3-pointers in the second half, as Workman took another giant step toward the Montview League title with a 74-68 victory over host Duarte on Monday night.
Workman (18-4, 10-0) led 57-47 late in the third quarter, but Duarte (17-2, 7-2) rallied behind standout Imari Brown to forge a 64-63 lead with 2:50 to play. That’s when things got a little too crazy in the stands as a packed house of Lobos and Falcons fans mixed it up enough to the point that the game was delayed a few minutes while sherriff’s deputies calmed things down.