Already thinking Spring Baseball .. Who’s No. 1 and the top conders? Bonita, Nogales, Bishop Amat, Glendora, Damien, South Hills and Northview a few to consider

Don’t sleep on Nogales, I’m seriously considering starting the Nobles No. 1. Am I crazy? Maybe I’m just an old fashioned John Romano fan.

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Chino Hills leaves no doubt who’s No. 1; Workman impressive 18-1

1. Chino Hills (16-4) — Huskies made this decision easy by hammering previously No. 1 Damien, beating the Spartans by 31 points.
2. La Verne Lutheran (18-6) — Give them credit, they’ve won 11 straight against most quality competition. They’re not the state-champ type team they once were, but still very good.
3. Damien (15-3) — After a humiliating night at Chino Hills, the Spartans bounce back with a 78-45 trouncing on Sunny Hills in Monday’s MLK Classic at Los Osos.
4. Bonita (15-5) — They still own the Hacienda, proving it again Monday with a 51-46 win over Diamond Bar.
5. Glendora (15-5) — Could finish fifth in Baseline. They’re scary because they shoot a lot of 3s. And they’re unpredictable because they shoot a lot of 3s.
6. Workman (18-1) — My scouting report on the Lobos is they have size inside and shooters on the perimeter. They’re too good for the Montview, but what happens when the playoffs start.
7. Covina (14-5) — They’re hoping to win the Valle Vista League outright for the first time in a long time. This should be the year to finally do it.
8. Claremont (13-7) — Arguably the third-best in the Sierra after Chino Hills and Damien.
9. Rowland (13-6) — They were so good in December before the injury-bug hit. If totally healthy, they’re very dangerous.
10. Diamond Bar (10-9) — Lacking consistency. They have solid wins and many questionable losses.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Chino Hills takes top spot; Diamond Bar and Los Altos meet for first in Hacienda

1. Chino Hills (12-2-4) — No debate, when you defeat No. 1 Claremont 3-0, you become No. 1
2. Claremont (17-3-1) — The defending champs will be back, they’re too good not to.
3. Diamond Bar (11-3-3) — Tatum Lockett and her area-leading 21 goals makes her an early player of the year candidate.
4. Bishop Amat (9-4-5) — The Lancers are starting to find their groove, but need a big game with St. Joseph’s in town on Thursday.
5. Sierra Vista (13-2-1) — Every year the Dons dominate the Montview. This year is no different, perfect 8-0.
6. San Dimas (10-4-2) — Who can stop them in the Valle Vista? Nobody, right?
7. St. Lucy’s (7-4-3) — They’re good, but not good enough for Sierra’s top two, Chino Hills and Claremont.
8. Los Altos (11-5-2) — After a slow start, the Conquerors are back in the Hacienda race with a big home game today against Diamond Bar.
9. South Hills (8-5-3) — They use to worry about having one tough game against Walnut in the old San Antonio League. Bet they wish the San Antonio existed today.
10. Charter Oak (9-5-2) — Remember when they were undefeated and beat St. Lucy’s in a nonleague game. I wondered if they were the area’s best. An 0-4 start in the Sierra answered that.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Damien still No. 1, but Sierra Vista, Walnut closing in


1. Damien (9-2-3) — The Sierra League is no joke, so if you’re in first, you’re the leader of this poll.
2. Sierra Vista (12-1-3) — The Dons have been the most consistent over the past five or six years and have an eight-game unbeaten streak.
3. Walnut (12-1-1) — Rebounded after shocking 2-0 loss to West Covina, but still tied with Walnut in the Hacienda. Both 5-1.
4. South Hills (8-5-3) — Showed how good they can be in a win over Damien, and how vulnerable in a loss to Ayala.
5. Diamond Bar (10-4-2) — Tied for first in the Hacienda with Walnut. Both are 5-1. Should be a great race to the finish.
6. Nogales (8-2-1) — Dominating an average Valle Vista, but nice to know the Nobles are back on the soccer landscape.
7. Claremont (7-5-1) — Maybe the best seventh-ranked team in years. Seriously, the Wolfpack can beat anyone.
8. Los Altos (9-6-2) — Not completely out of the Hacienda picture, but at 3-3, they have some catching up to do.
9. Ayala (9-7-3) — Gives the Sierra four strong teams capable of beating one another.
10. Baldwin Park (7-4-1) — Should be so much better than 2-2 in the Sierra.

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Girls Basketball rankings: Amat and Bonita meet to settle No. 1 debate

Above: What is reigning player of the year Nikki Wheatley averaging for Bonita? Who knows, that requires teams to post stats. But we know she’s averaging a lot.

Girls Basketball rankings
1. Bishop Amat (16-4) – Still only 1-2 in Del Rey, but best in these parts.
2. Bonita (16-4) — Undefeated in Hacienda, will take on Amat in Saturday showcase at APU at Noon.
3. Duarte (16-0) — Undefeated record on the line Friday in showdown at Workman.
4. Workman (15-4) — Even though Duarte is undefeated, Workman is ranked higher on Maxpreps.
5. Diamond Ranch (14-5) — Always dangerous because it is always well coached
6. Ayala (12-7) — Bulldogs beat South Hills to take over first in the Sierra
7. Wilson (12-6) — Too bad there is no competition to test the Wildcats in the Valle Vista.
8. Chino Hills (11-7) — Always solid, though not as solid as the boys team.
9. Rosemead (13-6) — Keeps on trucking in the Mission Valley.
10. Glendora (14-6) — Solid 2-2 in the tough Baseline. Not bad at all

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Southern California falls to Arizona in Monday’s all-star football game 29-6, but West Covina’s Justin Hornsby was a welcome sight

“We were a decent team. They were just a bit better and played harder. It doesn’t always go the way it’s supposed to.” West Covina linebacker Justin Hornsby on playing for Southern California. Hornsby (below) returned after sitting out the second half of the Bulldogs’ season after suffering a broken leg in a September victory over South Hills.

By Louis Brewster, staff writer
Perhaps the Southern California team in the Canyon-Coast Classic all-star football game was thrown off stride by Monday’s sunshine that turned a January day into one better suited for April.

Or maybe it was the Arizona team that made key plays and not quite as many mistakes in posting a 26-6 victory in front of 2,600 at Riverside City College.

“They have a very legit team,” Kaiser High School’s Anthony Saenz said of the Arizona squad. “They had a lot of talent. We made some mistakes on offense and defense and that’s what happens.”

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SoCal Shootout on Saturday at APU

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN

Nobody will receive any banners for a win and nobody’s season will end with a loss. But area bragging rights will be on the line Saturday at the SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific University.

The field recently was announced and area fans are in for a treat. The headliner is La Canada against Glendora in a matchup of two of the top programs in Valley history, not to mention two of the top coaches in the Spartans’ Tom Hofman and the Tartans’ Mike LeDuc.

The game will be a matinee and is scheduled to tip off at 1:30 p.m.

Fans of the girls game are in for a treat at noon when Bishop Amat, arguably the top program in area history and led by coach Richard Wiard, takes on Bonita and standout point guard Nikki Wheatley.

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Bonita still the best in Hacienda, beats Diamond Bar 51-46

By John Honell, Correspondent
LA VERNE – The Hacienda League boys basketball teams have produced a lot of surprises through the first half of league play but, as usual, two-time defending champion Bonita is all alone in first place.

The Bearcats (17-5, 5-1) jumped out to an early lead, then held on down the stretch to knock off Diamond Bar 51-46 on Monday night.

“I thought we’d be chasing a couple teams this year,” Bearcats coach Greg Eckler said. “Especially after we lost that second (league) game to Diamond Ranch. I thought we’d have to make a late run to get back in it. So, to finish like this is pretty solid but there’s no time to take a breath. We get Rowland on Wednesday and Diamond Ranch on Friday. This is no time to celebrate, it’s going to be a dogfight.”

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WRESLTING: Northview wins 5-Counties Invitational; Ochoa, Valles score titles

Northview wrestling coach David Ochoa said this week that he believed the 2013 Vikings could be as solid a group as he’s had in 15-plus years at the Covina school.
Northview lived up to that bold statement Saturday, winning the 5-Counties Invitational at Fountain Valley High School. The annual event is considered the top tournament in the state, and a barometer for what might occur during next month’s CIF-Southern Section divisonal and Masters meets and the CIF State championships.
The Vikings had seven medalist, led by champions Eric Ochoa (113 pounds) and Daniel Valles (138). Bryan Salinas (171), Vince Parra (106) and Ricky Padilla (145) placed second, respectively, with Johnny Rivera (120) fourth and Tony Arellano (132) seventh.

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Sources: Former Damien football coach Greg Gano expected to be named head coach at Tustin High

Former Damien High School football coach Greg Gano is expected to be named the next head coach at Tustin High, possibly this week, sources say. Gano, who struggled to turn the Damien program around in four years as head coach after winning four CIF-SS titles at Los Altos, resigned as the Spartans coach in December. Gano reportedly turned down an offer to coach at Etiwanda in hopes of getting the Tustin job. Tustin was 12-1 last season, won the Empire League and advanced to the Southwest Division semifinals under longtime coach Myron Miller. Tustin won the Southwest title in 2011. Miller resigned after 18 years at the school, but remains as the school’s athletic director.

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Boys Basketball: Chino Hills routs Damien 72-39; Rowland back in Hacienda race with 56-51 win over DBar; Covina still unbeaten in VVL

Tom Kiss gets reaction from Chino Hills’ mind-boggling 33 point win over Damien

Chino Hills 72, Damien 39
By Steve Ramirez
The road to the Sierra League boys basketball title will run through Chino Hills. The Huskies left little doubt Friday night.
Bishop Mency scored 28 points and Mark Williams had 11 and Chino Hills rolled to a 72-39 victory over Damien in a battle of the top two teams in the league.
The Huskies, who shot nearly 60 percent from the floor, improved to 16-4 overall and 4-0 in the Sierra League. Isaiah McCullough had 12 points for Damien, which slipped to 15-3 and 3-1. Chino Hills, using a 20-2 run during a six-minute stretch during the first and second quarters, led 49-18 at halftime.
Chino Hills coach Steve Baik:“”If you would have given me a million dollars to say the game would have ended like this, I never would have fathomed this. (Damien’s) Matt Dunn is a phenomenal coach. I think early on our defense took away some of their momentum and it was capitalized by us hitting shots. We were relentless on the defensive end. That’s what we wanted to do. This is the first time we’ve put it together defensively.”
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “They are really good. They played great. I thought they played better, were better coached. I think they are really good. There was nothing about tonight that had to do with us. They are really good.”
Baseline League

Los Osos 79, Glendora 68
Del Rey League
Serra 60, Bishop Amat 33
Hacienda League
Rowland 56, Diamond Bar 51
Los Altos 65, West Covina 51
Sierra League
Chino Hills 72, Damien 39
Claremont 68, Charter Oak 37
Valle Vista League
Covina 63, Pomona 38
San Dimas 64, Northview 44


1. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 25.9
2. Osnar Garcia, Workman, 23.0
3. Nnadi Udengwu, Diamond Ranch, 19.8
4. Joseph Dionisio, Rowland, 18.1
5. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 16.9
1. Joseph Cook, Bishop Amat, 13.6
2. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 10.6
3. Jordan Stokes, San Dimas, 10.5
4. Mario Macias, Workman, 9.6
5. Nnadi Udengwu, Diamond Ranch, 9.6
1. Eugene Nierras, Baldwin Park, 6.0
2. Robert Adkins, Diamond Ranch, 4.9
3. John Paul Rodriguez, Workman, 4.5
4. Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, 4.3
5. Primitivo Gomez, Arroyo, 3.5


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Sierra League Soccer: Damien wins 2-1; Chino Hills girls remain unbeaten in league with 3-1 win over St. Lucy’s


Damien 2, Chino Hills 1
Ayala 3, South Hills 1
Claremont 3, Charter Oak 1
League Standings: Damien (3-1), Claremont (3-1), Ayala (2-2), South Hills (2-2), Chino Hills (1-3), Charter Oak (1-3)
Chino Hills 3, St. Lucy’s 1
Claremont 6, Charter Oak 0
Ayala 1, South Hills 0
League Standings: Chino Hills (4-0), Claremont (3-1), Ayala (2-1-1), St. Lucy’s (1-2-1), South Hills (1-3), Charter Oak (0-4).

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Boys Hoops: Glendora goes cold and falls to 1-3 in the Baseline after 79-68 loss to Los Osos

By Fred J. Robledo
It looked like it would be one of those nights for the Glendora High School basketball team.
Everything was falling.
The Tartans drained their first four 3-point attempts and raced to a 10-point lead in the first three minutes against visiting Los Osos on Friday.
But sometimes the green light isn’t always a go.
After the 3s stopped falling for Glendora, Los Osos climbed back and took over in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 79-68 victory after the Tartans led most of the night.
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