Checkmate! Covina clinches first outright league crown in more than two decades with 64-55 win over Nogales

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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.”

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat gets its swag back with 1-0 win over second-ranked St. Joseph

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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.
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Boys Basketball Rankings: Chino Hills showing the way

Glendora is losing its way in the rough and tough Baseline League.
Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Amat says it all on the court

Workman moved up a slot after sweeping Duarte, ending the Falcons’ 39-game league win streak.
SGVN staff f photo by Leo Jarzomb

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

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Boys Soccer: Damien solidifying the top spot

SGVN/Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda

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

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