Tribune Top 10 rankings … Aram Style for this week only

Two words for you: Matt. Fink. Three more: Four and Oh

NOTE: With Freddie out of town, Aram will be making this week’s Tribune Top 10. Yes, you can expect Fred to screw it all up again NEXT WEEK when he’s back. But for now, enjoy the legitimacy.

1. Bishop Amat (4-1) — Masochistic Amat fans got their jollies last week when the Lancers whipped up on St. Paul in a result that surprised nobody. Not sure what it did for Amat’s development, but hey, a big win is a big win. Next up is a roadie to Culver City.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — At some point, the Huskies’ porous defense will cost them. Just don’t expect that to be any time soon. The Huskies showed during the nonleague that they are the clear favorites in the Sierra League.
3. Glendora (4-0) — No lead is safe against the Tartans. QB Matt Fink is doing a nice job building his legend with all these late-game TD passes that translate into wins. You have to start wondering just where the Tartans fit in the Baseline League race.
4. Los Altos (4-0) — The Conqs had last week off to rest and heal up and brace for the challenge that is Diamond Ranch. Los Altos is one of few teams in the Hacienda League, if not the only the team, who can handle D-Ranch’s size. But can they handle DR’s speed?
5. Diamond Rancho (4-1) — Scary, scary, scary. The Panthers can really run the ball and play solid defense. Not sure if they can pass … not sure they’ll need to anytime soon. If D-Ranch can beat LA, then the path gets clearer to the league title.
6. Diamond Bar (4-1) — The Brahmas served notice last week with their win over Bonita. It seemed like D-Bar got out to lead and played ‘catch us if you can’. That style is their only hope in the Hacienda and likely the playoffs.
7. Bonita (3-2) — There are still some nice wins on Bo-High’s resume. Last week was a bit of a hit, though. Now the Bearcats are in must-win situations likely every week the rest of the way … and that’s just to make the playoffs.
8. South Hills (2-2) — The Huskies fell apart late against Monrovia. But hey, it’s Monrovia. Not sure what to make of the Huskies’ nonleague quite yet. The element of a passing game hasn’t been what many had hoped. But the losses are to good teams. Guessing game …
9. Ayala (2-2) — The Bulldogs’ win over Diamond Ranch speaks volume … even if they were asleep for three quarters in that game. The close loss to M-Town looks better and better, too. Hard to knock any Ayala fan for feeling confident about the next six weeks.
10. West Covina (2-3) — Because The WC has lost three straight games, I can certainly not argue with anyone saying No. 10 should go to Arroyo or Damien. And the good news is that if things don’t change quick for the Bulldogs’ offense, they’ll get smoked by D-Bar next week and the ten spot will be open for the taking.

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Friday Night Final: San Dimas routs Northview, 41-7; Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch open Hacienda with big wins


San Dimas’ Joseph Mayorga after scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 235 yards in 41-7 rout over previously undefeated and Mid-Valley No. 2 Northview.

Friday’s results
San Dimas 41, Northview 7Well folks, this is why you play a tough schedule. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the Saints and Vikes. Mr. Wing Z is at it again.
St. Francis 34, Damien 16 The Spartans were in it for a while, but the unbeaten Knights pulled away late, setting up next week’s showdown with Monrovia.
Bishop Amat 49, St. Paul 10The Lancers put their old nemesis away early, winning an easy one with Cathedral up next.
Diamond Bar 49, Bonita 26 My pick to win the Hacienda started with a big statement win over the ‘Cats.
Diamond Ranch 47, West Covina 21Yes, Diamond Ranch is the real deal after routing West Covina. I thought they could win, but not like this.
Monrovia 31, South Hills 13 The three-time defending Mid-Valley champs finally beat South Hills after losing the two previous years. What a difference Scoby makes.
Pomona 35, Covina 21 — The Red Devils continue looking like Valle Vista contenders, improving to perfect 5-0
Chino Hills 42, Great Oak 42 — Another big win for the Huskies, who continue to have no problems scoring points.
Glendora 13, Charter Oak 9 — Who would have thought the Tartans would be 4-0 and the Chargers 0-4. My how times have changed.
Maranatha 42, South El Monte 32 — A good effort for South, but nothing good about losing.
Rosemead 30, San Gabriel 9 – The Panthers starting to look like Mission Valley contenders.
Walnut 26, Rowland 21 — At the end of it all, this figures to settle who doesn’t finish last in the Hacienda.
Gladstone 20, Sierra Vista 14 – Kind of a surprise considering so much more expected from the Dons.
Nogales 19, Wilson 6 – Nobles win the battle of two struggling programs.
Azusa 23, Duarte 22 — In what could decide the Montview league title, the Aztecs win a thriller at Citrus.
Claremont 40, Northwood 7 – The hold and cold Wolfpack are hot for a night.

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Letter from CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod about parents

The CIF-SS commish opens by writing about transfers, then shares an email he received from a coach talking about coaching and parents. Interesting read and agree with mostly everything. However, and it doesn’t get into this, but I still believe a parent has the right to send their child to school wherever they see fit, and change schools whenever they feel like it’s needed. As far as parents involvement with the team, I agree with what the coach is preaching.

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San Dimas girls volleyball player Marissa Messina didn’t let cancer stop her from returning to action

“Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”Richard Nixon
STORY: For San Dimas High School senior Marissa Messina, that peak is realizing her goal of playing girls volleyball again. It comes a little more than a year after learning she had cancer. But after nine months of chemotherapy and some hard work getting her body back in playing shape to compete in the high rigors of volleyball, she’s back with her teammates, competing and helping them win matches.

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Phone, email and tweet your high school sports results to us

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If you have any questions, email me at We will start taking calls and emails tonight from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

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Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby, you can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him ..

“With a back like Scoby, you’re not realistically thinking you’re going to shut him down. What you want to do is contain him and keep him bottled up. You don’t want him to have a 300-yard night on you. I could live with giving him 90-100 yards, but we just can’t give him that huge night.”South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez on Friday’s showdown, South Hills at Monrovia.


Kurt Scoby highlights

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GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: St. Lucy’s Sydney Bast talks about Tuesday’s loss at La Salle, “We’ll be alright, we’ll see them again.”

Watch St. Lucy’s Sydney Bast talk about St. Lucy’s stinging 25-19, 25-17, 29-27 sweeping loss to rival La Salle. These two will probably meet again and like usual, St. Lucy’s will probably pay them back in the playoffs. They always do.

STORY: The Lancers scored a 25-18, 25-17, 29-27 victory in a full La Salle gymnasium that had a playoff-like atmosphere. The Lancers are the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1-A poll and the Regents are the No. 2-ranked team. “We knew this had to be done in three,” Knop said. “We really fought for that third game.”

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Boys Water Polo: Harvard-Westlake routs Damien, 16-3

By Steve Ramirez
When it comes to boys water polo, Damien High School and Harvard-Westlake are two of the better programs in Southern California.
Both are ranked in their respective divisions, and usually have a say during the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in November.
The visiting Wolverines look to be a little ahead of the game Tuesday.
Ben Hallock and Johnny Hooper scored four goals each and Harvard-Westlake shutout Damien in the second half en route to a 16-3 victory in a nonleague game at Claremont McKenna College.
The Wolverines, also getting two goals each from Warren Snyder, Duncan Froomer and Morio Saito, improved to 6-1. Harvard-Westlake is ranked No. 2 in Division 1.
Harvard-Westlake outshot Damien, 11-4 in the second half, allowing just two shots on goal.
Harvard-Westlake coach Brian Flacks: “We have a lot of respect for Damien and (head coach Grant Miller). He’s done a lot with the program, taking them to the Division 2 semifinals last year. They’re always a competitor, so coming out here on the road and getting a ‘W’ is always a big thing. We take a lot of pride to train and compete to put us in position to win these types of games. It’s a good win for us.”
Damien coach Grant Miller: “They are a very good team,” Miller said. “Its why they are one of the best in the country. Our biggest problem is we weren’t willing to play hard enough. We came in scared, and that’s exactly what happened. You play scared, and we got annihilated out there.”

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Who has the best student fans? Damien, right? Is it even close?


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Hacienda, Valle Vista and Montview League football predictions

With three competitive area football league’s beginning this week, here is my prediction of how it will all shake out.

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Reason I’m either going to feel like a genius or have no shot at this, but I like Northview to beat San Dimas on Friday and run the table in the VVL. Just feel like this is the Vikings’ time. I like the Saints to finish second with unbeatens Baldwin Park and Pomona third and fourth respectively.
Prediction: 1. Northview (4-0), 2. San Dimas (0-4), 3. Baldwin Park (4-0), 4. Pomona (4-0), 5. Covina (2-2), 6. Wilson (1-3), 7. Nogales (1-3).

Reason I know Diamond Bar isn’t the popular choice, but I love how they dismantled San Dimas and routed Brea Olinda. Their only loss was to 4-0 Norwalk, no big deal. Every game is tough in the Hacienda, but I like the Brahmas to win out when all said and done. Los Altos and Diamond Ranch will likely battle for second and third with Bonita edging West Covina for fourth place. Wow, can’t believe I predicted the Bulldogs to finish fifth.
Prediction: 1. Diamond Bar (3-1), 2. Los Altos (4-0), 3. Diamond Ranch (3-1), 4. Bonita (3-1), 5. West Covina (2-2), 6. Rowland (2-2), 7. Walnut (1-3).

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Reason I like what Azusa’s done in competitive losses, especially against Arcadia. Also, none of their opponents have losing records. La Puente and Duarte should battle for the league title too, but I’m going with the experienced coaching staff at Azusa to pull it out. However, I won’t be surprised if Duarte or La Puente, the only two teams with a chance at a league title, give Azusa all it can handle.
Prediction: 1. Azusa (1-2), 2. La Puente (2-1), 3. Duarte (1-2), 4. Sierra Vista (1-2), 5. Workman (2-1), 6. Gladstone (1-2), 7. Ganesha (1-2), 8. Bassett (0-3).

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St. Lucy’s volleyball player Veronica LaPierre battled her way back from brain surgery

lapierre St. Lucy’s volleyball coach Sean Douglas found his star player Veronica LaPierre to be a bit stubborn from his first dealings with her. It was one of her first varsity matches during her sophomore year and Douglas was encouraging her to go for a cross-court shot after she had been blocked trying to go down the line.
He called a timeout and asked her whether she heard him screaming from the sideline or if she was being stubborn. LaPierre admitted it was the latter.
“That’s her personality. She was not going to let that girl beat her,” Douglas recalled.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings and Leaderboard: Bishop Amat, Chino Hills far ahead of the pack

1. Bishop Amat (3-1)
— The Lancers have been far from perfect, but they’re getting wins and beating Charter Oak again was important for its rep in the area. They should breathe a little easier with a gimmie at St. Paul next.
2. Chino Hills (3-1) – Has without a doubt become the Sierra League favorite and not sure if anyone will touch them in league after how it dismantled West Covina and beat Tesoro. Hey, they’re that good.
3. Glendora (3-0) — Wins over Bonita, Ayala with Charter Oak up next. You have to give it up to the Tartans. They might not be Baseline league ready, but they’re still a darn-good Sierra-type team.
4. Los Altos (4-0) — Is it the areas fourth-best team? I’m not so sure, but they’ve earned this spot and will have several chances to prove it in the Hacienda.
5. Bonita (3-1) – Starting to wonder after narrowly escaping a Claremont team that was defeated by Walnut a week earlier. Inconsistency? That was the Bearcats’ problem last year too.
6. South Hills (2-1) – Huskies had a week to rest to get ready for Monrovia and has to feel better about its chances after San Dimas gave the ‘Cats all it could handle last week.
7. Charter Oak (0-3) — Don’t care what the record is, they’re still the second-best in the Sierra behind Chino Hills. I’m not ready to sell, they still do so many things well.
8. Northview (4-0) — This is the week they get to earn their ranking, taking on defending Valle Vista league champ San Dimas in the league opener.
9. West Covina (2-2) – After a promising 2-0 start, the Bulldogs have lost two straight, though losing to South Hills and Chino Hills is nothing for fans to worry about. If they beat Diamond Ranch this week, they’re back on track.
10. Damien (2-1) — Are the Spartans Sierra League contenders? Maybe not a league title, but the past two weeks show they could be one of the top three. If they win at St. Francis Friday, then they really shoot up the rankings.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Ranch (3-1); 12. Ayala (2-2); 13. Diamond Bar (3-1); 14. Baldwin Park (4-0); 15. Arroyo (3-1); 16. Pomona (4-0); ); 17. San Dimas (0-4); 18. La Puente (2-1); 19. Rosemead (2-1); 20. Rowland (2-2); 21. Covina (2-2); 22. Walnut (1-3); 23. Azusa (1-2); 24. Claremont (1-3); 25. Mountain View (2-1); 26. El Monte (1-3), 27. Workman (2-1); 28. South El Monte (1-2); 29. Duarte (1-2); 30. Wilson (1-3); 31. Sierra Vista (1-2), 32. Gladstone (1-2), 33. Nogales (1-3), 34. Bassett (0-3), 35. Ganesha (1-2).

1. Nathan Coto, Arroyo 87-141 for 1,222 yards, 13 TDs
2. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 79-122 for 1,103 yards, 9 TDs
3. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 79-146 for 1,018 yards, 9 TDs
4. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 51-78 for 818 yards, 6 TDs
5. Adrian Cuevas, El Monte, 49-91 for 779 yards, 6 TDs
6. Brian Meyette, Ayala, 41-88 for 756 yards, 6 TDs
7. Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos, 50-70 for 679 yards, 5 TDs
8. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 38-63 for 664, 7 TDs
9. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 64-93 for 656 yards, 7 TDs
10. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 62-111, 653 yards, 6 TDs
1. Justin Torrres, Sierra Vista, 572 yards, 4 TDs
2. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 567 yards, 8 TDs
3. Jackie Zhang, Rowland, 533 yards, 3 TDs
4. Alex Salgado, Workman, 507 yards, 8 TDs
5. Jake Payton, Bonita, 497 yards, 5 TDs
6. Cecil Flemint, Claremont, 418 yards, 6 TDs
7. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 353 yards, 7 TDs
8. Chris Blackmon, Northview, 317 yards, 3 TDs
9. Marcos Lopez, South El Monte, 316 yards, 5 TDs
10. Isaiah Davis, Ganesha, 299 yards, 3 TDs
1. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 19 rec, 522 yards, 4 TDs
2. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 16 rec, 434 yards, 4 TDs
3. Zion Echolds, Charter Oak, 27 rec, 413 yards, 5 TDs Zion Echolds
4. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 25 rec, 390 yards, 3 TDs
5. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 27 rec, 388 yards, 5 TDs
6. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 16 rec, 302 yards, 2 TDs
7. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 15 rec, 299 yards, 3 TDs
8. Roy Barrajas, El Monte, 16 rec, 291 yards, 1 TD
9. Briton Noskoff, Glendora, 11 rec, 276 yards, 3 TDs
10. Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, 23 rec, 248 yards, 4 TDs

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