Southern California shootout features a doozy, top-ranked Damien takes on power Corona Centennial … Good thing this is hoops, not football

Once again, Rowland coach Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow put together a great lineup of games at APU. Bishop Amat and Bonita girls followed by La Canada and Glendora boys in the afternoon is a must for San Gabriel Valley fans. And you have to stick around for the biggie at 6 p.m. Damien, ranked No. 1 in Division 3AA will take on Centennial, ranked third in Division 1AA behind Mater Dei and Long Beach Poly. It doesn’t get much better than that.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SHOOTOUT
AT AZUSA PACIFIC, SATURDAY, JAN. 26

Flintridge Prep v. Alta Loma, 9 a.m.
Rowland vs Saddleback, 10:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bonita (girls), Noon
La Canada vs. Glendora, 1:30 p.m.
Colony vs. Murrieta Valley, 3 p.m.
Claremont vs. Rancho Verde, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Corona Centennial, 6 p.m.
La Costa Canyon vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Maranatha, 9 p.m.

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Rowland football coach Craig Snyder has resigned

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
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It’s the goal of every coach to leave their program in better shape than when they arrived.
Craig Snyder certainly did that for Rowland High School.
But after restoring one of the area’s better programs, Snyder announced he is stepping down as Rowland’s football coach.
“I’ve put a lot of thought into this,” said Snyder, who is in his 35th year at the school. “For me, I believe behind every successful football coach, there’s a great lady. For 35 years, my wife has allowed me to coach a variety of sports. I’ve watched her have her own career while handling the kids, taking them to youth games. We have an empty nest now, and she’s home a lot. I owe it to her and my grandkids to be with them.”
The veteran coach, who will continue to teach and coach softball at the school, was 42-35 in seven seasons with the Raiders.
He guided Rowland to a share of two league titles and the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals in 2008.
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Girls Cross Country All-Area: Marissa Scott leads a talented field

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RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Marissa Scott, Bonita, Sr.
The Bearcats’ senior earned her third consecutive Tribune Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year year award, but she also finished her high school career having helped build the program into a CIF-Southern Section and CIF-State team champion for the first time in school history.
Scott warmed up by winning seeded races at the Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals before gearing up for the postseason. She won the Hacienda League individual title and was the league’s MVP, quite an honor with the Bearcats so deeply talented.
At the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals, Scott anchored her team to the division title by finishing fourth in 17:03. It was her best performance of the season when the Bearcats needed it the most.
After winning the school’s first CIF team title, the Bearcats doubled their excitement with a CIF State Division 3 title. They won by 60 points.
Once again it was Scott leading the way. She finished a team-leading 10th (18:30) in the state finals in helping her team earn a stunning state championship.
“I was really nervous before the race,” Scott said. “I knew we trained all season for this and I knew we
would pull it off because I had a lot of confidence in my teammates. They gave their best effort.”

TRIBUNE FIRST TEAM
EMILY HUBERT, Bishop Amat, So.

The sophomore finished third in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (16:53) and was sixth overall at the Division 3 state finals at Woodward Park in Fresno, where she was timed in 18:20 to top all local performers. Hubert also won the Dana Hills and Arcadia High Apache invitationals.

ROXANNE VALLE, Azusa, So.
The Montview League individual champion finished 10th at the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals (17:17) and was 12th at the CIF-state Division 3 finals in Fresno (18:41). Valle also won the Rosemead Invitational and finished first in her division at the Mt. SAC invite.

KAILYN SCOTT, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-teamer finished third at the league finals, won the Warren Stauffer Invitational and was second at the Dana Hills invite. Scott also finished 16th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 17th overall (18:49) at the CIF-State Division 3 finals.

KELSEY CREESE, Bonita Fr.
The talented freshman was named to the Hacienda League first team after finishing fifth at league finals and also winning her division race at the Warren Stauffer Invite. She finished 17th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:33) and was 21st at the CIF-State Division 3 finals (18:52) in helping her team win a state title.

MACKENZIE LANDA, Bonita, Jr.
She won her division at the Woodbridge, Dana Hills and Warren Stauffer invitationals and finished second at the Hacienda League finals. She also performed well in the postseason in finishing 15th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:27) and 23rd at the CIF-SS Division 3 state finals (18:53).

JORDIN PRADO, Bonita, So.
The Hacienda League first-team selection finished fourth at league finals and played a big part in helping the Bearcats capture CIF and State team crowns. Prado was 19th at the CIF-SS Division 3 finals (17:36) and 34th overall at the Division 3 state finals (19:06). She also was third in her division at the Warren Stauffer Invite.

COACH OF THE YEAR: LONNY CARR, Bonita
The Bearcats’ coach finished a dream season in leading his team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title and a CIF-State Division 3 championship. It was the first time in school history the Bearcats girls cross country team had won CIF or State titles. They saved their best for last in winning the state title by a commanding 60 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.

SECOND TEAM
Aileena Moreno, Bonita, Jr.
Sydney Tullai, Ayala, Fr.
Megan Renken, Claremont, Jr.
Suzie Garza, Baldwin Park, Jr.
Micaela Lamb, Glendora, So.
Diana Garcia, Bonita, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION
Emily Hoey, Glendora, Jr.
Maria Hernandez, Sierra Vista, So.
Katelyn Breitschwerdt, St. Lucy’s, So.
Tanner Morgan, Ayala, So.
Kiana Cavanaugh, Claremont, So.
Cindy Phung, Rosemead, Sr.

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Basketball: Diamond Bar gets defensive to stay in first; Workman routs La Puente

Walnut High’s Miles Jackson, left, goes up for the last shot of the game vs Diamond Bar High’s Evan York at the Walnut campus gym Jan. 16, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

Don’t look now, but Diamond Bar is taking control of the Hacienda League, improving to 4-0 with a 59-57 victory over Walnut Wednesday. Over in the Montview League, Workman easily routed rival La Puente.
Here’s a brief recap of Wednesday’s games.

Diamond Bar 59, Walnut 57
WALNUT – Diamond Bar High School was the preseason pick to win the Hacienda League boys basketball title, but now there is no doubt the Brahmas definitely are the team to beat.
Kenneth Thai had a steal and layup with 41 seconds and Evan York had three blocks in the final 20 seconds, the last as time expired, as visiting Diamond Bar stayed perfect in league with a 59-57 victory over Walnut on Wednesday.
The Brahmas, getting 16 points from Marcus Favela and 12 from Sam Ting, improved to 10-8 overall and 4-0 in the Hacienda League. Rob Harrelson had 18 points and Zuri Williams 13 for the Mustangs, who slipped to 13-6 and 3-2.
Diamond Bar coach Ty Watkins:“We had a great group in (at the end of the game) defensively. Evan York with the blocks at the end really did a great job. We did a great job all game long with our defense. (Walnut) is such a great team, they shoot well here. We’re proud of our defense to finish up the game at the end.”
Workman 56, La Puente 44
Osnar Garcia had 18 points and Noah Juarez 10 to lead the first-place Lobos to an easy win. Workman (17-1, 6-0) opened with a 15-0 run and was never threatened. Matthew Arguello had 22 points for La Puente (5-10, 3-1).
Workman coach Martin Flores: We came out and played good defense. We did the things we needed to do and they had no answer. We want our guys to get to their spot and there’s nothing for them to get.”
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Boys Cross Country All-Area: Arroyo’s Samuel Garcia earns top honors

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AREA PHOTO GALLERY

Runner of the year: SAMUEL GARCIA, Arroyo, Sr.

At the two most important cross country meets of the season, the Knights’ sturdy senior showed why he’s the Tribune’s 2012 boys cross country runner of the year.

At the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 finals at Mt. San Antonio College, Garcia turned in the area’s best performance of the day by finishing ninth overall in 14:20.

At the Division 2 state finals a week later at Woodward Park in Fresno, Garcia finished ninth again – by far the best performance for local runners. The next-closest area finisher was Ayala’s Christian Eagon, who finished 38th.

The Mission Valley League Most Valuable Player also won the league title in 15:45 and was seventh at the Top Speed Super Classic at Bonelli Park in 15:54.

Garcia, who was injured last season, couldn’t believe how everything came together his senior year.

“I still can’t grasp the fact I went to state,” said Garcia, who plans on attending either Chico State or Cal State Fullerton. “I never thought I would be the top runner in the Valley. It’s incredible; all my dreams came true.

“Hopefully in college I can take it a step further and become an All-American. You have to dream big for
big things to happen.”

FIRST TEAM
DAVID GALVEZ, Rowland, Jr.: The senior was steady throughout the season in being named Hacienda League Most Valuable Player. He won the individual league title in 15:13 at Mt. SAC in a race he won by 12 seconds. Galvez bettered that mark at the CIF-Souhern Section Division 2 finals, where he was 10th overall in 14:21.

MARK HUIZAR, Los Altos, Sr.: Was a Hacienda League first-team selection after finishing second in the league finals in 15:25 at Mt. SAC. The senior finished 15th overall at the CIF-SS Division III finals and was the first Los Altos athlete to run in the meet. “It’s a big honor,” he said. “I felt like dying out at the end. I left it all on the field.”

RYAN SANCHEZ, Glendora, Sr.: The Baseline League first-teamer finished fifth at league finals in 15:59 to help the Tartans to a second-place team finish. At The CIF-SS Division 2 finals, he finished 24th overall, which was fourth among area athletes. He won the season-opening Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Invite in 15:46.

DILLON NOBBS, Bonita, Jr.: The Hacienda League first-team selection finished third at league finals and 23rd overall in the CIF-SS Division 3 championships in a season-best 14:49. Nobbs won the three-mile junior race at the Warren Staub invitational (15:12) and won a junior three-mile race at the Woodbridge Classic (15.02).

JEFF KIRWIN, Glendora, So.: The Baseline League first-team pick was fourth at league finals in 15:52 and followed with a season-best 14:44 in a 29th-place finish at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals. At the Top Speed Super Classic Invite at Bonelli Park, Kirwin finished second overall in 15:32. He also was eighth at the Bronco Invitational.

ANTHONY AVILA, Ayala, Jr.: After finishing ninth in the Sierra League finals, Avila was the school’s best finisher at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals, where he was 28th overall in a season-best 14:41 as the Bulldogs placed fourth. At the CIF-State Division 2 finals in Fresno, Avila helped Ayala to a seventh-place finish by clocking 16:15 in the finals.

Coach of the Year: DON SUMNER, Glendora
The Tartans’ coach had another stellar season thanks to the likes of Ryan Sanchez, Jeff Kirwin, Mike Duke, Garrett Hernandez, Damon Payne, Johnny Samuel and Aaron Reyes, all of whom were among top 15 finishers at the Baseline League finals. The Tartans, who finished second behind Etiwanda, were 13th overall at the Division 2 finals.

SECOND TEAM
Samuel Tran, Ayala, Sr.
Christian Eagon, Ayala, Sr.
Mike Duke, Glendora, Jr.
Mica Van Setten, Walnut, Sr.
Andre Tattersall, Rowland, Sr.
Jimmy Baeskens, Claremont, Sr.

HONORABLE MENTION
Mitchell Cameron, Damien, Jr.
Abraham Aldaraca, Pomona, Sr.
Andres Aparicio, Arroyo, Jr.
Douglas Castro, Bassett, Sr.
Millen Trujillo, Walnut, So.
Robert Martinez, Ayala, Sr.

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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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