Girls Soccer: San Dimas stays perfect in Valle Vista, bests Northview, 3-0

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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COVINA - San Dimas and Northview high schools have developed a little rivalry in girls soccer in recent years.
The Saints, seeking a sixth consecutive Valle Vista League title this season, have held the upper hand and continued to do so Tuesday.
Anette Montalvo scored two goals and Daisy Duran had two assists to lead the visiting Saints to a 3-0 victory over the Vikings.
San Dimas, also getting a goal from Courtney Francis, improved to 9-4-2 and 6-0 in league. Northview, which was held to four shots, slipped to 7-5-2 and 2-2-2.
“Northview’s a good team,” San Dimas coach George Duran said. “They’re very physical, more physical than some of the (other teams in the league).
“It was a little frustrating coming off the first half because we had a lot of opportunities and didn’t score. I just told the girls to keep their composure and keep pushing and eventually we’ll get it in.”
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Wrestling: Northview continues dominance, set for 5-Counties

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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When it comes to high school wrestling, Northview has set the bar for the rest of the Valley during the past 15 years.
The Vikings are continuing that trend this season.
Northview, which features four competitors ranked among the top 15 in the state, including 2012 Tribune Wrestler of the Year Bryan Salinas, are ranked No. 13 in the state by the California Wrestler and No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2.
“We’ve had a really strong season to this point,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “We’ve wrestled well.
“If Bryan is healthy, I think we can be as good as any team we’ve had.”
That’s a bold statement for a program that annually competes for CIF-SS divisional, Masters and state titles.
Salinas, finished fourth in the state at 145 pounds last season, is recovering from a knee injury. But the junior, ranked No. 4 in the state at 170 by The California Wrestler, is expected to begin his season this weekend at the 5-Counties Invitational at Fountain Valley High School.
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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien, Chino Hills hold on to top spots; La Verne Lutheran up to No. 3

TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Damien (14-2) — Dunn’s boys just keep on rolling
2. Chino Hills (14-4) — Gets shot at Spartans on Friday
3. La Verne Lutheran (16-6) — Here come the Trojans
4. Glendora (15-3) — Earned decent split last week
5. Bonita (14-5) — Inconsistent in league play
6. Claremont (12-6) — A step below Damien, Chino Hills
7. Arroyo (12-5) — Got revenge on Gabrielino
8. Covina (12-5) — Looks like Valle Vista League’s best
9. Workman (16-1) — Montview League’s best
10. Diamond Bar (9-8) — Sits atop the Hacienda League

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Amat still atop the perch, with Bonita a close second…look out for Duarte, Workman

TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Bishop Amat (15-4) — Still possesses top resume despite double-loss
2. Bonita (13-4) — Will get its shot at Lancers at SoCal Shootout
3. Duarte (13-0) — The Falcons just keep on rolling
4. Workman (12-4) — Continues to cruise, awaits meeting vs. Duarte
5. Diamond Ranch (12-5) — Should be major challenge for Bonita in Hacienda
6. Wilson (12-6) — Is there a match for the ‘Cats in Valle Vista?
7. Glendora (13-5) — Already finding Baseline League tough to handle
8. Chino Hills (9-7) — Enjoyed nice sweep last week
9. Rosemead (11-6) — Gautheir gunning for MVL MVP
10. South Hills (10-7) – Faces Ayala for first in Sierra this week

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Damien takes over top spot; Walnut to No. 2

TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Damien (8-1-3) — Moves on up after Sierra League sweep
2. Sierra Vista (10-1-3) — Puts first on the line today at Azusa
3. Walnut (9-1-1) — Drops after loss to un-ranked West Covina
4. Diamond Bar (8-3-2) — Making strong push in Hacienda League
5. South Hills (7-4-3) — Might be Damien’s top challenger in Sierra
6. Nogales (8-2) — Team to beat in Valle Vista
7. Los Altos (8-5-2) — Don’t sleep on the Conqs
8. Baldwin Park (6-4-2) — Litmus test vs. Nogales this week
9. Claremont (6-5-1) — A step behind in Sierra League
10. Azusa (6-4-1) — Can it handle Sierra Vista?

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Claremont still the team to beat; Chino Hills to No. 2

TRIBUNE TOP 10
1. Claremont (16-2-1) — Is there another CIF-SS title in the Pack’s future?
2. Chino Hills (10-2-5) — Huskies have a lot of bite
3. Bishop Amat (7-4-5) — 1-1 week ended with big win over La Salle
4. Charter Oak (9-3-2) — Got lost in the Hills
5. Diamond Bar (9-3-2) — Look solid in easy win over Diamond Ranch
6. Sierra Vista (11-2-1) — Cruising in Montview League
7. St. Lucy’s (6-4-3) — Needs to rebound from win-less week
8. San Dimas (8-4-2) — Renews rivalry with Northview today
9. South Hills (8-3-3) — Got big win over Charter Oak last week
10. Los Altos (9-5-2) — Welcome back, Conqs

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All-Area Boys Water Polo: Damien’s Kyle Garwick named player of the year

BOYS WATER POLO ALL-AREA SLIDE SHOW

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE
BOYS WATER POLO ALL-AREA

Player of the Year: KYLE GARWICK, Damien, Sr.
After graduating several scorers and moving up a division, the Damien High School boys water polo team appeared destined to struggle.

But with senior goalkeeper Kyle Garwick in charge, it was not the case.

Garwick, a two-time CIF-Southern Section first-team selection and All-American pick for the second year in a row, not only steered Damien to an undefeated run to take the Sierra League title but also helped the Spartans reach the Division 2 semifinals before losing to top-seeded Agoura, 8-6.

Garwick, who had close to 100 saves and was named Sierra League most valuable player, also was named The Tribune’s 2012 boys water polo player of the year.

“We went into the season not knowing how things would be this year because we lost four of our leading scorers and were moving up a division,” Garwick said. “We had to modify our strategy and we did. We improved defensively by allowing an average of five to six goals instead of the eight or nine (per game) we allowed a year earlier.

“All in all, reaching the semifinals was probably beyond our expectations when the year began.”

Garwick likely is headed to UC Santa Barbara, but hasn’t

made his final decision.

FIRST TEAM
STEPHEN OSTERBERG, Damien, Sr.: Was selected to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first team and named to the Sierra League first team after helping the Spartans go undefeated in league and finish 21-10 overall. The 6-foot, 195-pound driver/utility was a big part of the goal-scoring success for the area’s best team.

MATT MAIER, Damien, Fr.: Was the only freshman named to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first team and also the Sierra League first team. The two-meter man quickly introduced himself to area water polo fans by scoring in the first 25 seconds against Bonita in helping lead the Spartans to an 18-5 win and the Orange Crate Trophy.

JUSTIN CONTRERAS, Los Altos, So.: The sophomore helped the Conquerors finish in a tie for first place in the Hacienda League and advance to the Division 5 quarterfinals, where they eventually lost to finalist Glendale. Conteraras shared the league’s most valuable player award and was selected to the CIF-SS Division 5 first team.

SCOTT MCDILL, Walnut, So.: Helped the Mustangs share the Hacienda League title with Los Altos and advance to the Division 5 quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Pasadena Poly. McDill was named the league’s co-player of the year and was selected to the CIF-SS Division 5 first team.

ANTHONY RAMIREZ, Nogales, Sr.: The 5-foot-11 2-meter player shared the Valle Vista League most valuable player award after helping the Nobles finish undefeated in league. The defending Division 6 champions lost in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, but Ramirez still was selected to the Division 6 second team.

EUGENE LEE, Wilson, Sr.: The Wildcats’ leading scorer was named Valle Vista League co-most valuable player and helped his team to a second-place league finish behind powerful Nogales. Lee was named to the Valle Vista all-league team for a third consecutive season.

Coach of the Year: GRANT MILLER, Damien
The former Spartans standout and now coach led his team to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals for a second consecutive year as well as an unbeaten run to a Sierra League title. Miller led the Bearcats to the Division 3 finals in 2011 and, after moving up a division, guided them to the powerful Division 2 semifinals in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

SECOND TEAM
Trevor Adkins, Damien, Sr.
Steven Cagle, Claremont, So.
Marco Garcia, Nogales, Sr.
George Millard, Los Altos, So.
Jacob Lepp, Walnut, Jr.
Matthew Perez, Los Altos, So.

HONORABLE MENTION
Stephen Warnick, Damien, Sr.
Chuckie Ortega, Charter Oak, Sr.
Ryan Mercado, Bonita, Sr.
Alex Phillips, Rowland, Sr.
Patrick Phommachanh, Nogales, Jr.
Justin Cruz, Wilson, Sr.

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All CIF Football Teams; El Monte’s Brandon Martinez picks up another postseason award, named Mid-Valley Division offensive player of the year

2012 All-CIF Football teams

TRIBUNE ALL-CIF FOOTBALL SELECTIONS
PAC-5: Darren Andrews (Bishop Amat, WR).
INLAND: Aaron Vaughns (Charte Oak, RB), Pailake Aiono (South Hills, OL), Jack Austin (Chino Hills, WR), Eric Ortiz (Charter Oak, LB), Eric Prevost (Charer Oak, DL).
MID-VALLEY: Brandon Martinez (Offensive player of the year, QB), Jake Payton (San Dimas, RB), Javon Taylor (Northview, RB), James Rivera (Arroyo, OL), Jared Trujillo (San Dimas, OL), Terrell Mosby (Pomona, WR), Abel Barajas (El Monte, WR), Pablo Ocegueda (South El Monte, DB), Michael Peters (Covina, DB), Andrew Espinoza (San Dimas, DB), Justin Bush (San Dimas, LB), Richard Natividad (South El Monte, DL), Jared Brito (Northview, DL)
NORTHWEST: Kevin Amezquita (Gladstone, QB), Henry Duong (La Puente, OL), Christian Lopez (Gladstone, OL), Noel Martinez (La Puente, DB), Adrian Solchaga (Gladstone, DL), Aaron Sanchez (Gladstone, LB).
SOUTHEAST: George Campos (Rowland, QB), Reggie Turner (Bonita, RB), D.J. Theard (Bonita, OL), Sidney Jones (West Covina, DB), Muleck Henderson (West Covina, DB), Will Bryan (Diamond Ranch, DB), Adam Romero (West Covina, DL), Louie Barrera (Los Altos, DL), Brandt Davis (Bonita, PK).

Below: Bishop Amat’s Darren Andrews was the only Amat football player on the Pac-5 first team.

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Former Charter Oak and St. Paul running back Kurt Scoby is now enrolled at Alemany

If you’re ready for 2013 football, Aram already has posted his “way to early all-encompassing top 25 football poll.” Check it out.


Above: Kurt Scoby (left) was on the rise his sophomore year at Charter Oak. What will he do his senior year at Alemany, where he will make an SGV return against Bishop Amat?

ON THE MOVE AGAIN: Kurt Scoby confirmed today that he is at Alemany and determined to work on his grades in preparation for his senior year. “Before I think about football I have to work on my academics,” Scoby said. “Football is the least of my concerns. I’m super excited to have the chance to play at Alemany, but my school work is first.

Technically, Alemany is Scoby’s fifth high school. He spent his first two years at Charter Oak, where he had a super sophomore year. He left Charter Oak the spring of his sophomore year for Duarte, but never played there. Scoby transferred from Duarte to St. Paul, where he thrived until the firing of coach Elijah Asante. With Asante gone, Scoby left St. Paul and transferred to Cathedral. He never played at Cathedral, opting to transfer again to Alemany, where he hopes to play his senior year.

“That’s the plan,” Scoby said.

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Looking ahead: Big week as several area teams put first place on the line

This is a big week in the area with several first-place battles on the line, ending when the area’s top two boys basketball teams, Damien and Chino Hills, square off at Chino Hills for not only Sierra League supremacy, but for Valley bragging rights.
The battles for first begin tonight with Workman and Gladstone meeting for the top spot in the Montview Leeague.
Other key matchups for the week include San Dimas and Northview squaring off in girls soccer on Tuesday, with Walnut and Diamond Bar boys basketball teams battling for first in the Hacidena on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, it’s the battle of La Puente as Workman, if it survives its trip to Gladstone, could get another first-place battle against the rival Warriors.
Thursday gives us the La Salle and and Bishop Amat girls basketball teams in a key Del Rey League game. The week is topped off by Damien traveling to Chino Hills in a Sierra League title.
The complete area schedule is after the jump.
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TRIBUNE 2012 ALL-AREA FOOTBALL: El Monte’s Brandon Martinez named player of the year; Gladstone’s Albert Sanchez coach of the year

ALL-AREA STORY, PICTURES: ALL-AREA ONLINE WITH VIDEO

ALL-AREA PORTRAITS: TRIBUNE ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM OFFENSE AND DEFENSE PICTURES AND BIO’S

2012 TRIBUNE ALL-AREA FOOTBALL
TRIBUNE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Brandon Martinez, El Monte, SR, QB
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, Jr, QB
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Eric Ortiz, Charter Oak, Sr, LB
COACH OF THE YEAR: Albert Sanchez, Gladstone
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Antonio Hull, West Covina, So, QB

TRIBUNE FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
KEVIN AMEZQUITA, Gladstone, Sr., QB
REGGIE TURNER, Bonita, Sr., RB
JAKE PAYTON, San Dimas, Jr., RB
JACK AUSTIN, Chino Hills, Sr., WR
BRYCE BOBO, Charter Oak, Sr. WR
DARREN ANDREWS, Bishop Amat, Sr. WR
AAREN VAUGHNS, Charter Oak, Sr., ALL
CHRISTIAN SCHNEIDER, Glendora, Sr., OL
JAMES RIVERA, Arroyo, Sr., OL
LAKE AIONO, South Hills, Sr., OL
JARED TRUJILLO, San Dimas, Jr., OL
RILEY DEEN, South Hills, Sr., OL
MARIO GIRAN, Diamond Ranch, Jr., K

TRIBUNE FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
MATT LOPEZ, Bishop Amat, Sr., DL
ERIC PREVOST, Charter Oak, Jr., DL
ADAM ROMERO, West Covina, Sr. DL
ANDREW HAUSER, Charter Oak, Sr. LB
SAL VELASQUEZ, Bishop Amat, Sr., LB
DENZEL TALIFERO, Duarte, Sr. LB
JUSTIN BUGH, San Dimas, Sr., LB
DIONZA BLUE, Bishop Amat, Sr., DB
JORDAN ROBINSON, Ayala, Sr., DB
PABLO OCEGUEDA, South El Monte, Sr., DB
CHAZZ ELDRIDGE, Chino Hills, Jr., DB
DOMINIC SALAS, Rosemead, Sr. P

ALL-AREA STORY
By Aram Tolegian
Brandon Martinez is one of the those rare players who has the ability to leave his name all over not only his school’s record books, but the Valley’s as well.

With Martinez at the helm, El Monte’s dormant football program experienced one of its best seasons ever. The Lions won their first league title since 1979. They also won their first playoff game in over 20 years.

At the center of it all was the Lions’ dynamic senior (TO CONTINUE READING CLICK THREAD)

BRANDON MARTINEZ

GLADSTONE COACH ALBERT SANCHEZ

ANTONIO NOODLES HULL

KOA HAYNES

ERIC ORTIZ

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Tonight’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Arroyo-Gabrielino for first in MVL; Glendora hopes to bounce back


Tonight’s Boys Basketball Games
Baseline League

Alta Loma at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Hacienda League
Walnut at Rowland, 6:45 p.m.
West Covina at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 6:45 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 6:30 p.m.
Mountain View at El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
South El Monte at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
Workman at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
Duarte at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Azusa at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Bassett, 6 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Covina at San Dimas, 6:30 p.m.
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Northview at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra League
Claremont at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ayala, 6:30 p.m.
South HIlls at Charter Oak, 6:30 p.m.
Note: Girls Games usually played 1 1/2 to 2 hours earlier

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After losing to St. Joseph’s 3-2 in OT, Bishop Amat girls soccer bounces back with 5-0 with over La Salle … Today’s schedule ready

AMAT-LA SALLE PHOTO GALLERY


Bishop Amat beats La Salle 5-0: The Bishop Amat High girls soccer team used a full-out sprint Thursday evening.

Bishop Amat sprinted out to a quick 1-0 lead and then sprinted by host La Salle for a 5-0 victory in Del Rey League play.

“We have been talking about stepping it up, and our speed up front was able to show that,” Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez said.

Bishop Amat (8-3-5), coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in its league opener, scored two minutes into the game off a corner kick. Yazmin Montoya sent a curving kick over goalkeeper Cassidy Rey’s head. The ball came down just inside the goal line, right at La Salle’s Riley Moran on the back post of the net. The defender tried to knock it out before the ball touched the ground, but the shot’s spin prevented that. Rey said she was tripped and could not jump for the shot.

TODAY’S BOYS SOCCER
Baseline
Alta Loma at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Claremont at Damien, 5:30 p.m.
South Hills at Charter Oak, 5:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ayala, 5:30 p.m.
TODAY’S GIRLS SOCCER
Baseline
Glendora at Alta Loma, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s at Claremont, 5:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. South Hills at CDF, 5:30 p.m.
Ayala at Chino Hills, 5:30 p.m.

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Defending CIF baseball champ Bonita gets local transfers Jon Reid and Chad Hockin


Above: Chad Hockin, a pitcher and third baseman for Damien last season, batted .264 with 17 RBIs. In 13 innings pitched he had a 3.07 ERA.

Bonita added two dynamite baseball transfers last semester when Charter Oak’s Jon Reid and Damien’s Chad Hockin transferred to the school, instantly upgrading the Bearcats’ roster after graduating pitcher and area player of the year Justin Garza, who is now at Cal State Fullerton.

Bonita coach John Knott talked about inheriting two Division I senior recruits. Reid is a left-handed pitcher and outfielder committed to Pepperdine and Hockin, who is the grandson of late Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, is a right-hander committed to Cal State Fullerton who also plays third base.

Reid already has been cleared by CIF to join the team immediately. Reid batted .333 for the Chargers last season and had a 2.76 ERA in 25 innings pitched.

Hockin has paperwork to complete before getting the green light from CIF to start immediately. Ironically, Chad’s younger brother Grant Hockin, a junior, remained at Damien.

“It’s kind of how things have changed in terms of high school sports where kids change schools,” Knott said. “While we’re excited about the talent they bring, there is still the big challenge of how we become cohesive as a group. When people come over it’s not always super easy to fit it, it takes some time. But both of them grew up in the travel community and all the kids know each other, so we think it will work out just fine.”

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Is Bishop Amat headed to the Mission League? Not for all sports, Amat’s intention is to remain in the Serra and Pac-5 for football

Bishop Amat officials disputed a report on Wednesday that L.A. Times reporter Eric Sondheimer wrote that stated officials at La Puente Bishop Amat have told athletic directors in the Catholic Athletic Assn. that the school wants to join the Mission League for all sports. The CIF-SS has proposed changes for several private schools, including suggesting that Damien join the Catholic Athletic association for the next re-leaguing cycle that begins in 2014. This has many wondering how it will re-shape leagues, particularly for private schools. Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo and football coach Steve Hagerty made it clear this morning if changes are made it’s the school’s intention to remain in the Serra League and compete in the Pac-5 for football, with the Serra potentially welcoming schools like Oaks Christian and others. For all other sports, Bishop Amat is working on a scenario in which it joins the Mission League, a league that could include Damien, St. Paul, St. Francis and others that are more geographically inviting to cut down on travel.

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Boys Hoops: Covina’s Matt Hicks stole the show with an exclamation dunk that punctuated the Colts’ 64-55 win over Baldwin Park; Damien wins 47-36

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
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COVINA — All anyone could talk about following Covina High School’s 64-55 victory over Baldwin Park on Wednesday was 6-foot-7 Matt Hicks’ two-hand slam, which brought the house down late in the fourth quarter after the Braves had cut a 17-point lead to six with under two minutes remaining.

“We’ve been talking about that forever, we had to get Matt a dunk,” Covina coach Will Bissman said. “I didn’t think it would happen today, but it happened. I was real excited for him.”

Covina’s all-everything guard Mike Peters finished with 22 points, six rebounds, six assists and Elias Hernandez knocked down four 3-pointers to finish with 20 points, but even Peterson admitted this was Hicks’ night.

Hicks finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks as Covina improved to 11-5 and 3-0 in the Valle Vista while the Braves fell to 11-7 and 1-2.

“We were playing hard tonight, but thanks to (Hicks) we got the win,” Peters said.

Hicks couldn’t hide his smile.

“That was my first of the year,” Hicks said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for that.” to continue story click thread

Wednesday’s results
Sierra League
Damien 47, Ayala 36 — Jeremy Hemsley finished with 16 points to lead the Spartans in the Sierra League opener.
Claremont 70, South Hills 37
Hacienda League
Rowland 66, Los Altos 44
Diamond Bar 52, Diamond Ranch 48
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 51, Nogales 36

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Hello again…

For those of you who don’t know, I’m back in the East Valley, helping Fred cover preps for the Tribune. I loved my time first in Whittier and Pasadena, but this is home.
I wanted to say hi again, and let you know that beginning next week, we’ll go full throttle with my coverage, which will include basketball and soccer this winter, as well as bringing back a weekly wrestling notebook for you readers/viewers who like the action on the mat.
You can also follow me on twitter.com at @steverramirez
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy being back on the Eastside.

- Steve Ramirez

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Girls Volleyball All-Area: Los Altos’ Fabiana Rosas named player of the year; La Puente’s Daniel Krawiec coach of the year

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ONLINE AND PHOTO GALLERY

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ALL-AREA TEAM
Player of the year:
FABIANA ROSAS, Los Altos, Sr.
Los Altos’ Fabiana Rosas soared through the air with stunning athleticism, a reminder that the Conquerors’ determined outsidehitter is only 5-foot-7.
Rosas, of course, plays much bigger than that and was a huge reason why Los Altos rebounded from a 17-15 overall mark and third-place Hacienda League finish in 2011 to go unbeaten in league (12-0) in
2012 and finish 22-9-1 overall.
Rosas, who finished with a team-high 284 kills to go with 215 digs, 28 blocks and 33 service aces, was named Hacienda League Player of the Year.
There were plenty of big contributors on the Conquerors’ league championship team, but Rosas arguably was the difference-maker. For her efforts, she was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s 2012 girls volleyball Player of the Year.
Rosas had 10 or more kills on 13 occasions and twice had a season-high 17 kills in four-set victories over Diamond Bar and West Covina.
Rosas finished with a team-high 10 kills in Los Altos’ season-ending loss to Los Osos in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinals. The defeat didn’t spoil a fine season for the
Conquerors, who took a major step forward to restoring their championship tradition.

FIRST TEAM
Emily Pincin, San Dimas, Sr.

The senior captain led the Saints to the Valle Vista League title and was named the league’s most valuable player. She also helped San Dimas to a CIF-Southern Section first-round playoff victory over
Ramona as the Saints advanced to the second round.

Arden Davis, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
The Regents’ libero was named to the All-CIF-Southern Section Division 1A first team after helping her team reach the division quarterfinals. Davis, who is headed to UC Irvine, also was named to the All-Sierra League first team after helping her school earn a third consecutive league championship.

Erin Clark, Ayala, Jr.
The Bulldogs’ junior setter helped her team go 16-9 and finish second in the Sierra League. Clark had a sensational season in which she earned league MVP honors in arguably the area’s toughest league and
had 149 kills. The highlight of the season was Ayala’s two five-set victories over Chino Hills.

Vanessa Caustrita, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
the senior was a big part of the Regents’ back-to-back CIF-SS division title teams in 2010 and ‘11 and was one of their heavy hitters on a third consecutive Sierra League championship team. Caustrita finished with 152 kills and was named to the all-league first team for a second consecutive season.

Veronica La Pierre, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
The junior arguably was the Regents’ most valuable player. She led the three-time Sierra League champions in kills with 179 while also finishing with 124 digs. La Pierre was named to the all-league first team while helping her team finish 24-7 overall.

Elisa Valenzuela, La Puente, Sr.
The senior was named the Montview League’s most valuable player for a second season in a row while helping the Warriors to a fourth consecutive league championship, fending off rival Gladstone. The Warriors also finished one of their best seasons ever in advancing to the CIF-SS Division 4AA quarterfinals.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Daniel Krawiec, La Puente The Warriors coach put together another impressive season and led his team to a fourth consecutive Montview League championship. He also guided the Warriors to their best-ever finish, the quarterfinals, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs. La Puente finished
20-7 overall and 13-1 in league.

SECOND TEAM
Sydney Bast, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Megan Buzzerio, Chino Hills, So.
Shelly Anderson, Chino Hills, Sr.
Marisa Rojo, Los Altos, Jr.
Tatum Locket, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Jene Lee, San Dimas, Sr.

HONORABLE METNION
Jeannette Mojica, Los Altos, Jr.
Ariana Chavira, Walnut, Sr.
Megan Ward, Northview, Sr.
Marissa Hagmon, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Maddison Shapirro, Claremont, Sr.
Reina Ono, South Hills, Sr.

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Bishop Amat’s 2013 football schedule includes home game vs. Santa Margarita and at Rancho Cucamonga

Fred’s thoughts: Two best non-league games are home against Santa Margarita to open the season and at Rancho Cucamonga, where Amat hopes to do what Charter Oak couldn’t do, which is beat the Cougars. Amat also gets Chino Hills and Charter Oak again, only this time it’s as Kifer. The Serra could be awfully difficult when you start at Notre Dame followed by Alemany at home. In any case it is what it is, not the toughest schedule put together, but no gimmies on it either.

Bishop Amat 2013 Football Schedule
Aug. 30 vs. SANTA MARGARITA, 7 p.m.
Sept. 6 vs. CHINO HILLS, 7 P.M.
Sept. 13 Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 vs. CHARTER OAK, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 at ST. PAUL, 7 p.m.
Oct. 4 at Culver City, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. ALEMANY, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Crespi, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 vs. LOYOLA, 7 p.m.

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Defending CIF champion Bonita Baseball to hold is popular camp this weekend with Jiovanni Mier and Jeff Gelalich

The defending CIF-Southern Section champion Bonita High School baseball team is holding its popular and annual baseball camp for kids ages 5-14 on Saturday and Sunday

For Kids ages 13-15: the camp is at Bonita High School on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 from Noon-4 p.m.

For Kids ages, 5-12: the camp is at La Verne Little League (Pelota Park) on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m.

What campers will get: Instruction through a variety of drills followed by a competitive game each day from Bonita’s coaching staff, players and special guests. The camp will be assisted by two of its biggest alumni, Major League Baseball first-round picks Jiovanni Mier (2009) and Jeff Gelalich (Bonita 2009).

Cost: For the two days is $125 per camper. For questions contact Bonita coach John Knott at 626-483-5464 or email at j.knott@bonita.k12.ca.us

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Sierra League soccer opens under the lights tonight, check out schedules, records and my predictions

Boys Game of the day: South Hills was on a roll before losing three straight and though Claremont isn’t nearly the team that won a CIF title two years ago, some feel they’re still the team to beat in the Sierra. Prediction: South Hills
Girls game of the day: Without a doubt Charter Oak and Chino Hills. The Chargers were completely off the map last year but they’ve been the biggest surprise and beat St. Lucy’s 1-0 in a tournament recently. But can they do it in league and against a Chino Hills squad that I’m predicting will win league. I don’t think so: Prediction: Chino Hills

Below: Charter Oak’s Emily Castellano is a big reason the Chargers are off to a strong start. But can they keep it up in the brutal Sierra?

Sierra League Soccer
Boys Schedule

Damien (6-1-3) at Ayala (6-6-3), 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: Damien
Claremont (4-4-1) vs. South Hills (6-3-3) at CDF, 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: South Hills
Chino Hills (2-3-3) at Charter Oak (1-8-1), 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: Chino Hills

Girls Schedule
Charter Oak (9-1-2) at Chino Hills (8-2-5), 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: Chino Hills
South Hills (7-2-3) at Claremont (14-2-1), 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: Claremont
Ayala (1-4-1) vs. St. Lucy’s (6-3-2) at Damien, 5:30 p.m. — Prediction: St. Lucy’s

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