Monday Report: San Dimas, Charter Oak football winless and talking about it

zernickowSan Dimas (0-3) is winless and off to one of its worst start in years. How much of the slow start is attributed to the Saints’ off-the-field distractions over the spring and summer. Steve Ramirez asks coach Bill Zernickow. Speaking of slow starts, when is the last time Charter Oak started 0-3? The Chargers (0-2) have another tough one Friday at Bishop Amat. Chargers coach Lou Farrar had an interesting take on the game, including this in Aram Tolegian’s report. “They’re (Amat) a very good football team. I mean, they’ve got the best kids around playing for them. They can be very selective and we take the best kids that come our way. That’s basically the difference.” Also, Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine talked about playing quarterback Tyler Peterson’s in last week’s win one week after suffering a neck injury.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat keeps top spot; Glendora, Los Altos crack top five and leaders

Above: A streaker invaded last years Amat-Charter Oak game, what will happen this year?

1. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Normally you drop from the top spot after a loss, but who would you replace the Lancers with? Chino Hills? Nope, not after Amat’s head-to-head win, and nobody else is worthy yet, so the Lancers get a pass with a hungry, passionate and winless Charter Oak visiting Kiefer in what is usually the fan favorite of the year.
2. Chino Hills (2-1) – Great win over Pac-5 Tesoro after nearly knocking off Bishop Amat the week before. Now it gets another test against West Covina, a team it easily handled a year ago.
3. Glendora (2-0) — With so many ranked teams losing and the Tartans defeating Bonita, Glendora’s finest shoots up the rankings with another big one this week vs. Ayala at Citrus.
4. Los Altos (3-0) — Beating Arroyo, San Dimas and Wilson isn’t exactly murderers row, but the Conqs are winning more convincingly each week.
5. Charter Oak (0-2) — Chargers could just as easily be 2-0 after losing to Roosevelt in overtime and by three points to Los Alamitos. Will their luck change this week at Bishop Amat?
6. Bonita (2-1) – After enjoying wins over San Dimas and South Hills, the Bearcats fall to Glendora, which is nothing to hang your head over. A loss this week vs. Claremont would be a different story.
7. South Hills (2-1) – The Huskies got the non-league win they wanted the most, beating crosstown rival West Covina. Now it gets two weeks to prepare for Mid-Valley No. 1 Monrovia.
8. West Covina (2-1) – Went back-and-forth with South Hills before losing and gets a tougher game Friday at Chino Hills. If the Bulldogs are a Southeast contender, this is the game to show it.
9. Northview (3-0) — In terms of lopsided victories, nobody compares to the Vikings with back-to-back shutouts and surrendering just seven points in three games. Looking at the rest of their schedule, don’t be surprised if they go undefeated. This would have been the year for Northview to get a crack at Monrovia, not San Dimas.
10. Ayala (2-1) – After giving Mid-Valley No. 1 Monrovia a fight, the Bulldogs knock off undefeated Diamond Ranch to show its a legitimate Sierra contender.
The rest: 11. Damien (1-1); 12. Diamond Ranch (2-1); 13. Baldwin Park (3-0); 14. Rowland (2-1); 15. Diamond Bar (2-1); 16. Arroyo (2-1); 17. Pomona (3-0); 18. San Dimas (0-3); 19. Walnut (1-2), 20. Azusa (1-1); 21. Claremont (1-2); 22. La Puente (1-1); 23. Rosemead (1-1); 24. Mountain View (2-0); 25. Covina (1-2); 26. El Monte (1-2), 27. Workman (2-1); 28. South El Monte (1-1); 29. Duarte (1-2); 30. Wilson (1-2); 31. Sierra Vista (0-2), 32. Gladstone (0-2), 33. Nogales (1-2), 34. Bassett (0-3), 35. Ganesha (1-1).


1. Nathan Coto, Arroyo, 66 for 105, 930 yards, 9 TDs
2. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 63 for 97, 883 yards, 7 TDs
3. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 51 for 78, 8181 yards, 6 TDs
4. Adrian Cuevas, El Monte, 49 for 91, 779 yards, 6 TDs
5. Brian Meyette, Ayala, 41 for 88, 756 yards, 6 TDs
6. Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos, 41 for 56, 532 yards, 4 TDs
7. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 50 for 85, 501 yards, 5 TDs
8. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 39 for 59, 497 yards, 5 TDs
9. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 40 for 59, 420 yards, 2 TDs
10. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 26 for 42, 411 yards, 4 TDs

1. Jackie Zhang, Rowland, 533 yards, 3 TDs
2. Alex Salgado, Workman, 507 yards, 8 TDs
3. Jake Payton, Bonita, 507 yards, 5 TDs
4. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 326 yards, 1 TD
5. Christeon Blackmon, Northview, 317, 3 TDs
6. Adam Goss, 291 yards, 4 TDs
7. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 280 yards, 4 TDs
8. Isaiah Davis, Ganesha, 268 yards, 3 TDs
9. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 268 yards, 1 TD
10. Lawon Carney, South Hills, 240, 4 TDs

1. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 16 rec, 468 yards, 3 TDS
2. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 22 rec, 321, 2 TDs
3. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 16 rec, 302 yards, 2 TDs
4. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 15 rec, 299 yards, 3 TDs
5. Roy Barrajas, El Monte, 16 rec, 291 yards, 1 TD
6. Fernando Espinoza, El Monte, 12 rec, 223 yards, 3 TDs
7. Jose Ochoa, 8 rec, 220 yards, 4 TDs
8. Matthew Zahn, Bishop Amat, 13 rec, 219 yards, 0 TD
9. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 11 rec, 215 yards, 4 TDs
10. James Carter, Ayala, 11 rec, 210 yards, 2 TDs

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat over Charter Oak (usually money in the bank); Can West Covina hang with Chino Hills?

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (12-11, last week); (38-27, season total)
Fred Robledo (11-12, last week); (40-25, season total)


Last week: I came into the week with a three game edge and finished sub. 500, one of my worst weeks in Tribskin history, but Aram couldn’t do much better, picking up only a game while I finished 11-12. We disagreed on a record nine games with Aram holding a 5-4 edge in those games. But we both also missed by taking South Torrance over Rosemead, Bishop Amat over Rancho Cucamonga, Bonita over Glendora, Pomona over Bloomington, Claremont over Walnut, Diamond Ranch over Ayala, and Duarte over Montclair.

This week: There’s no bigger game than Charter Oak at Bishop Amat, two teams that have both played extremely tough opponents so far, and two teams that could easily be winless or undefeated. Charter Oak lost in overtime to Roosevelt and 27-24 to Los Alamitos. Bishop Amat rallied to beat Santa Margarita and held off surging Chino Hills before blowing a late lead against Rancho Cucamonga. Both teams score a lot and give up a lot but the bottom line is, Bishop Amat doesn’t lose to area teams. It might be another shootout, but you take Amat at Kiefer. Last week I thought about taking West Covina over Chino Hills, but now I’ve got the Huskies by two touchdowns, maybe three. In 50-50 games, I like Glendora over Ayala, Azusa over Arcadia, Arroyo over Rowland, and Walnut over Covina. In what I believe will be lopsided victories, take Damien over St. Paul, Northview over South El Monte and Monrovia over San Dimas.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Gladstone at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Friday’s games
Charter Oak at Bishop Amat — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Arroyo at Rowland — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Ayala vs. Glendora at Citrus — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Azusa at Arcadia — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Arcadia)
Baldwin Park at Ganesha — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Chino at Los Altos — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Claremont at Bonita — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-High)
Damien at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Bar at Brea Olinda — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
Keppel at Sierra Vista — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Mountain View at Pioneer — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (MV)
Northview at South El Monte — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Pomona at Sultana — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P-Town)
Rosemead at Warren — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
San Dimas at Monrovia — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
San Marino at Nogales — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at Diamond Ranch — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Walnut vs. Covina at CDF — Robledo (Walnut); Aram (The Nut)
West Covina at Chino Hills — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Wilson at La Puente — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)

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Northview is no joke, slams Rowland 28-0; South Hills is the King of Cameron in OT; Bishop Amat, Charter Oak lose heading into next week’s showdown

Northview-Rowland photo gallery
HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: Quarter Updates, Tout Videos and more
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rcwinsFriday’s final scores
Northview 28, Rowland 0 Vikes improve to 3-0 and are most surprising team by far
Rancho Cucamonga 32, Bishop Amat 29They turned it over three times in the first quarter and fell behind 17-0. Although they came back to take control, they coughed it back in the end.
Azusa 33, Maranatha 14 The Aztecs needed a win in the worst way and got it over a quality opponent.
Los Alamitos 27, Charter Oak 24 If Charter Oak loses to Bishop Amat next week you have to ask, when’s the last time Lou Farrar and Co., started 0-3?
South Hills 31, West Covina 28, OT South Hills needed it more than West Covina just because the Bulldogs had taken ownership of Cameron in recent years.
Diamond Bar 40, San Dimas 28 Big statement game for Diamond Bar and one of the worst starts for San Dimas in years.
Damien 49, Palm Desert 14 — After getting hammered by Orange Lutheran, nothing like a home blowout to feel good again.
Covina 55, San Gabriel 7 — Colts needed it after last week’s loss La Puente.
Baldwin Park 21, Gladstone 15 — After going 0-10 last year, Braves suddenly 3-0 just like 9-13-13 NORTHVIEW19Northview, looking like VVL contenders.
Nogales 24, Ontario 23 — Finally, a win for coach Bruce Alley, who took over with almost no time to prepare.
Walnut 42, Claremont 35 — One of the biggest surprises of the night. If this is the Hacienda’s worst, what an incredible league race that awaits.
Los Altos 55, Wilson 0 — More impressive by the week. And now that victory over Arroyo looks really solid.
Arroyo 41, La Puente 14 — Speaking of Arroyo, Nathan Coto threw for 413 yards and five touchdowns. Wow.
Glendora 33, Bonita 30, OT — You can never sleep on Glendora, they’re simply one of the Valley’s best year after year after year.
Ayala 19, Diamond Ranch 16 – The Panthers raced to a 16-0 lead and looked like they would be 3-0, but Ayala had other plans.
Mountain View 34, Sierra Vista 7 – Not surprised the Vikings won, but surprised by how much.
El Monte 28, Bassett 14 – After back-to-back humbling losses, the Lions can enjoy their weekend.
Montebello 57, South El Monte 21 – Trailing 50-0 at halftime, the Eagles were never in it.
Pomona 39, Bloomington 0 — With everyone talking about Northview and Baldwin Park in the VVL, this result should raise some eyebrows.
Montclair 38, Duarte 14 — Many thought the Falcons were better than this.
Workman 40, Marshall 26 – Back-to-back wins for the Lobos.

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Breaking News: South Hills baseball coach Kevin Smith leaving after 15 years and a CIF title in 2009 to become the head coach Mt. SAC.

South Hills High School baseball coach Kevin Smith is leaving after 15 years as its head coach a CIF-SS championship in 2009 to become the head coach at Mt. San Antonio College, Smith confirmed. Mt. SAC is expected to hold a press conference Monday to introduce Smith. Smith is one of the winningest coaches in San Gabriel Valley history, winning 13 league titles in his 15 years with the Huskies while compiling more than 400 career victories.

South Hills moves on up. Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

South Hills moves on up.
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

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Football: Chino Hills shocks the OC, beats Tesoro 30-17, Rosemead holds off South Torrance, 41-33

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Thursday’s results
Chino Hills 30, Tesoro 17 The Huskies pulled away in the fourth quarter, that’s two-great showings against Pac-5 schools and a win in Orange County. OK, should have never dropped them in the rankings.
Rosemead 41, South Torrance 33The Panthers took a two-touchdown lead in the fourth and held on against a quality opponent from the South Bay.

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Football: How good is the Hacienda? Whose the favorite, Rowland, Los Altos, West Covina, Diamond Ranch, Bonita?

By Aram Tolegian
There’s a logjam of 2-0 teams at the top of the Hacienda League standings. Five to be precise.
Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland and West Covina have all started with perfect nonleague records. Close behind is Diamond Bar at 1-1 and Walnut is 0-2.
With every team having two nonleague games left to play before the start of league play later this month, the league can only continue to bolster its case as the deepest league in the Southeast Division.


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Diamond Bar QB Tyler Peterson doubtful for Friday with neck injury

By Aram Tolegian
Diamond Bar High School quarterback Tyler Peterson is doubtful for Friday’s game against San Dimas after suffering a neck injury in last week’s 48-10 loss to Norwalk.
Peterson was injured in the second quarter of the Norwalk game and take by ambulance to a local hospital after feeling numbness in his legs and neck following a big hit.

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Roundup: St. Lucy’s wins battle of top teams, beats Los Altos in five sets; Glendora takes care of Monrovia

By Keith Lair
The Glendora High School volleyball team lost both of its matches in the Los Osos tournament last weekend, including a sweep by the Grizzlies, the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA.
Tuesday night, those losing gremlins were put to rest.
“I know we can get a lot more wins,” outside hitter Becca Lowden said. “We just have to get there altogether.”
The Tartans defeated Monrovia in a three-game sweep in the Glendora gym.

St. Lucy’s Priory High School has been the dominant girls volleyball team in recent seasons and the Regents showed it again Tuesday.
St. Lucy’s bested host Los Altos in five sets, winning, 25-16, 25-21, 25-27, 23-25, 17-15.
The Regents began the week ranked No. 8 in CIF-Southern Section Division 1A. The Conquerors are No. 9 in 2AA.
Morelia Castro had 15 kills and Jeannette Mojica 14 to lead Los Altos.
At La Salle 12, Azusa 6

Seniors Claire Fitzgerald and Chloe Beauvois each swept three sets for the Lancers, who improved to 2-2. Fitzgerald improved to 12-0.

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Numbers prove it: Scribble Live with Mike the Cousin the place to be on Friday Nights … CIF POLLS WEEK 2, Amat No. 4 in Pac 5

BY THE NUMBERS: In case you’re wondering what kind of traffic the SGVN Live chat does on Friday night football with Mike the Cousin on Scribble Live, here are some numbers from Friday’s Chino Hills vs. Bishop Amat live chat: 10,629 unique page views, 15,235 page views, 111,309 engagement minutes and 198 comments. Of course, it’s not just about the game Mike is at, we’re updating games to the chat from all over the SGV, Pasadena and Whittier areas for our readers, as well as other notable Southland games. It’s a great experience, make sure you join the chat Friday. You can do so simply with twitter by using the hashtag, #footscores.



1. St. John Bosco (2-0), 2. Mater Dei (2-0), 3. Mission Viejo (2-0), 4. Bishop Amat (2-0), 5. Alemany (2-0), 6. Oaks Christian (2-0), 7. Servite (1-1), 8. Long Beach Poly (1-1), 9. St. Bonaventure (1-1), 10. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0).
Fred’s thoughts: Bishop Amat isn’t the fourth-best in the Pac-5. You know it, I know it, but it’s a great ranking. If teams ahead of them keep falling and the Lancers go undefeated until league, who knows, could Amat be No. 1 at some point?

1. Norwalk (2-0), 2. Diamond Ranch (2-0), 3. Downey (1-1), 4. Santa Fe (2-0), 5. La Serna (1-1), 6. La Mirada (0-2), 7. West Covina (2-0), 8. Bonita (2-0), 9. Los Altos (2-0), 10. Muir (1-1).
Fred’s Thoughts: Diamond Ranch No. 2? Could this be the year Roddy Layton finally gets his ring? Much respect for them but very little respect for West Covina and Bonita, particularly with the quality wins both have. And how is 0-2 La Mirada ranked ahead of both?

1. Corona Centennial (2-0), 2. Vista Murrieta (1-0), 3. Rancho Cucamonga (2-0), 4. Murrieta Valley (2-0), 5. Redlands East Valley (1-0), 6. Roosevelt (2-0), 7. Chino Hills (1-1), 8. Eisenhower (2-0), 9. Corona Santiago (0-2), 10. Charter Oak (0-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Shocked that Upland, the team everyone talked about in the summer because of transfers, is no longer ranked after 0-2 start. Everyone else where they should be.

1. Monrovia (1-0), 2. Paraclete (1-1), 3. Northview (2-0), 4. Windwward (2-0), 5. Viewpoint (2-1), 6. San Marino (1-0), 7. Arroyo (1-1), 8. Sierra Canyon (0-2), 9. Gabrielino (2-0), 10. Baldwin Park (2-0).
Fred’s thoughts: The Mid-Valley was never known to be a super power, but this is the worst it’s been since it was created. Why don’t you just hand Monrovia their fourth straight trophy now.

1. Bishop Diego (2-0), 2. Nordoff (2-0), 3. Compton Centennial (1-1), 4. Carpinteria (2-0), 5. El Segundo (1-0), 6. Oak Park (1-1), 7. Whittier Chrisitan (2-0), 8. La Salle (1-1), 9. Bishop Montgomery (2-0), 10. Santa Paula (2-0), 11. La Puente (1-1).
Fred’s thoughts: Still wondering how anyone believes sending the Montview to the Northwest is relief from the Mid-Valley.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat still No. 1; West Covina, Bonita climb up to No. 2 and 5 respectively

Above: Northview is now 2-0 and makes the rankings at No. 10

1. Bishop Amat (2-0) — Won the rematch with previous No. 2 Chino Hills in another shootout, 47-42. The Lancers may have a tougher time scoring at Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, so to stay No. 1, the Lancers’ defense better show up.
2. West Covina (2-0) – Give them credit, they stepped out of the fishbowl and beat Colony and Long Beach Wilson, a Pac-5 school. Now, it’s rivalry time and nothing better to cement their status as the new No. 2 with a victory over rival South Hills.
3. Chino Hills (1-1) – How can you drop it very far when previous No. 3 and No. 4 fall as well. The Huskies play as tough a schedule a anyone, and now they go to Pac-5 heavyweight Tesoro.
4. Charter Oak (0-1) — This could be a tough few weeks for the Chargers, who lose in overtime to Roosevelt, then get Los Alamitos this week. When was the last time the Chargers started 0-2? I couldn’t tell you.
5. Bonita (2-0) – The Bearcats fly up the rankings from No. 9 after back-to-back wins over San Dimas and South Hills. If they can beat Glendora this week, and that’s a big if, that would be quite a three-game resume.
6. Los Altos (2-0) — Took care of San Dimas more convincingly than Bonita’s win over San Dimas. That should tell you a lot about the improved Conqs.
7. Diamond Ranch (2-0) – Back-to-back blowouts to open the season. The Panthers followed a 33-6 win over Chino with a 42-14 thrashing of El Rancho.
8. South Hills (1-1) – The Huskies’ 48-7 dismantling of Covina was followed with a close loss to Bonita. Hard to tell is Bonita is that good, or if there is some slippage on the Huskies’ part.
9. Glendora (1-0) — The Tartans always compete against tough area foes and should give Bonita all it can handle this week after opening the season with a 23-15 win over Claremont.
10. Northview (2-0) — The Vikings deserve a top ten ranking after the way they cruised the first two weeks. They get a tougher test on Friday against Rowland, also 2-0.

The rest: 11. Rowland (2-0); 12. Ayala (1-1); 13. Diamond Bar (1-1), 14. San Dimas (0-2); 15. Damien (0-1), 16. Baldwin Park (2-0); 17. Arroyo (1-1), 18. Claremont (0-1), 19. La Puente (1-0); 20. Pomona (2-0); 21. South El Monte (1-0); 22. Mountain View (1-0); 23. Sierra Vista (0-1), 24. Duarte (1-1); 25. Covina (0-2), 26. Azusa (0-1); 27. Rosemead (0-1); 28. Wilson (1-1); 29. Gladstone (0-1), 30. Walnut (0-2); 31. El Monte (0-2); 32. Workman (1-1); 33. Nogales (0-2), 34. Bassett (0-2), 35. Ganesha (1-1).


1. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 32 of 44, 633 yards, 6TDs
2. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 37 of 56, 524 yards, 4 TDs
3. Nathan Coto, Arroyo, 37 of 56, 524, 4TDs
4. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 39 of 59, 495 yards, 5 TDs
5. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 36 of 61, 377 yards, 3 TDs
6. Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos, 30 or 43 for 332 yards, 1 TD
7. Brian Meyette, Ayala, 16 of 26 for 309 yards, 4 TDs
8. Adrain Cuevas, El Monte, 17 of 34 for 285 yards, 2 TDs
9. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 15 of 22 for 256 yards, 2 TDs
10. Peter VanDerEb, Northview, 15 of 29 for 254, 2 TDs
1. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 326 yards, 1 TD
2. Donovan Davis, Ganesha, 280 yards, 4 TDs
3. Jake Payton, Bonita, 279 yards, 3 TDs
4. Isaiah Davis, Ganesha, 278 yards, 3 TDs
5. Lawon Carney, South Hills, 222 yards, 4 TDs
6. Cristian Hacegaba, Los Altos, 193 yards, 2 TDS
7. Marcos Lopez, South El Monte, 186 yards, 2 TDs
8. Christeon Blackmon, Northview, 163 yards, 3 TDS
9. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 132 yards, 3 TDS
10. Lee Jones, Sierra Vista, 120 yards, 1 TD
1. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 12 rec, 271 yards
2. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 10 rec, 260 yards
3. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 6 rec, 251 yards
4. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 11 rec, 215 yards
5. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 12 rec, 185 yards
6. Matthew Zahn, Bishop Amat, 10 rec, 175 yards
7. Roy Barrajas, El Monte, 8 rec, 173 yards
8. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 4 rec, 133 yards
9. Zion Echolds, Charter Oak, 12 rec, 117 yards
10. Briton Noskoff, Glendora, 3 rec, 114 yards

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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours … Northview, Rowland in battle of unbeatens Friday at the District

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (13-9, last week); (26-14, season total)
Fred Robledo (15-7, last week); (29-11, season total)


Last week: For the second straight week I bettered Aram, this time by two games to take a three-game lead. We both lost taking Covina over La Puente, Azusa over Whittier, Garey over Ganesha, Diamond Bar over Norwalk, Pomona over Don Lugo and Keppel over Workman. Aram got me taking Bonita over South Hills, but I got him back taking Mountain View over Bassett, Baldwin Park over Sierra Vista and West Covina over LBWilson.

This week: When you look over the schedule in the summer and try to forecast the area’s best games week-by-week, Northview vs. Rowland didn’t register on the radar. But, it’s arguably the game of the week on Friday between the early unbeatens who have looked impressive. Northview has outscored its two opponents 85-7 while Rowland has taken care of Nogales and Wilson. Both teams will be facing their toughest test, but I like the mojo the Vikings are playing with so I’m sticking with the Vikes. Rancho Cucamonga will give Bishop Amat all it can handle and won’t be surprised if the Lancers get beat on the road. RC has been impressive in two games, beating Redlands and Norco convincingly and only allowing seven points in each. I still like Amat, but not as confident as I was a week ago. San Dimas and Diamond Bar is a big confidence game for both after last week’s losses. I just like Diamond Bar a little more. Glendora and Bonita could be great and after watching the ‘Cats’ first two games, I’m going with Jake Payton and Co. South Hills and West Covina is always epic. You have to take WC after its first two wins coupled with South Hills’ loss to Bonita. I also like Damien over Palm Desert and Los Alamitos over Charter Oak, which will make the Chargers 0-2.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Chino Hills)
South Torrance at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (ST)
Friday’s game
Northview vs. Rowland at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Rowland)
South Hills at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (South Hills)
Palm Desert at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (P-Desert)
San Dimas at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (SD)
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Bishop Amat at Los Osos, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Amat); Aram (Amat)
Los Alamitos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LosAl); Aram (LA)
Glendora at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
Arroyo at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Arroyo)
Azusa at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Azusa)
Bassett at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Bassett)
Bloomington at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bloom); Aram (Bloom)
Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
Covina at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Diamond Ranch at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Gladstone vs. Baldwin Park at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Los Altos at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA); Aram (LA)
Marshall vs. Workman at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Workman)
Montclair at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Ontario at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ontario); Aram (Nogales)
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
South El Monte at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)

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FRIDAY POSTGAME: Bonita fights off South Hills; Bishop Amat wins thriller in sequel over Chino Hills, 47-42; Charter Oak loses marathon in OT, 55-48

For quarter-updates, final scores, tout video’s and game-night stories, visit the Tribune scoreboard page.


Friday Night Results
Bonita 24, South Hills 17 Payton rushed for 127 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Bearcats rallied in the fourth quarter
Bishop Amat 47, Chino Hills 41 - The Lancers’ defense pulled through as Amat came up with two defensive stops and held off the visiting Huskies for a 47-42 win.
Baldwin Park 43, Sierra Vista 27 Braves QB Michael Moran threw for 300 yards and three TDs.
Orange Lutheran 36, Damien 10Not the debut coach Mark Paredes was hoping for.
Los Altos 42, San Dimas 21Along with Bonita, Conquerors looking like serious Hacienda contenders.
Monrovia 21, Ayala 13Deshawn Potts threw for 195 yards and two TDs and Kurt Scoby ran for 140 yards.
Roosevelt 55, Charter Oak 48, OT --Chargers missed extra point in final seconds that would have won it, then lose in overtime.
Whittier 31, Azusa 12 Not a good sign with other Montview teams performing well.
Arroyo 44, Temple City 6 Bounce back win ater last week’s tough loss to Los Altos.
West Covina 35, Long Beach Wilson 21 LBW may not be a Pac-5 heavyweight, but it’s a win over a Pac-5 regardless.
Rowland 48, Wilson 6 Raiders off to a 2-0 start with back-to-back convincing Ws.
Workman 28, Keppel 24 Kind of surprise win for Lobos after Keppel played well last week.
Glendora 23, Claremont 15The Tartans are the forgotten area giant.
Diamond Ranch 42, El Rancho 14 Time to start seriously paying attention to Roddy’s Ranchers.
Irvine 27, Rosemead 3Think we all saw it coming.
South El Monte 38, Nogales 6No surprise, Eagles were the favorites all along.
Norwalk 48, Diamond Bar 10 — Surprise isn’t they lost, but how bad they lost.
Pomona 27, Don Lugo 14 — Another Valle Vista league team playing well.
Ontario Christian 44, El Monte 6 – Lions not the same without the B-Mart show.

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Northview impresses again, routs Gladstone, 45-7

By Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on twitter

GLENDORA – Northview High School football coach Marcel Perez believed in the summer this will be a good season for the Vikings.
It’s hard to argue with the early results.
Chris Blackmon and Damien Lavin each rushed for two touchdowns and Northview routed its second opponent in as many weeks, scoring a 45-7 victory over host Gladstone in a nonleague game Thursday night at Citrus College.
Bryan Salinas and Nicholas Ybarra also rushed for touchdowns and quarterback Peter Vandereb passed for 97 yards for Northview, which improved to 2-0. The Vikings held the Gladiators to 81 yards, including just 19 rushing.
Northview’s big win spoiled the debut of Gladstone coach Citos Marinez, who has replaced long-time coach Albert Sanchez.

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Northview coach Marcel Perez: We still have a lot of work to do. We still have to work out the kinks, but other than that, I’m pretty happy with the way we are at right now.”
Gladstone coach Citos Marinez: “It probably was a little of both (referring to the blow-out loss). But the best thing that happened to us was that we got some game experience. We have a lot of guys who haven’t played in a varsity football game, so we got some good game experience. We’re going to need this preseason to build ourselves. We got two games to get ready for the Montview League.”


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Thursday Final: La Puente comes out swinging with 31-14 win over Covina

La Puente quarterback Jacob Tovar threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a score in a surprisingly easy 31-14 victory over Covina. Tovar threw both touchdown passes to Jose Ochoa, who hauled in 31 and 79 yard passes. We talked to La PUente coach Scott Morrison, Tovar and Covina coach Joe Brown, who took responsibility for the loss and 0-2 start.


Thursday Final Scores
La Puente 31, Covina 14
Northview 45, Gladstone 7
California 24, Montebello 13
Marshall 41, Blair 8
Mater Dei 56, St. Paul 7

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Week 0 winners South Hills and Bonita square off at the District Friday

jpaytonThe recent addition of standout running back Jake Payton has made stopping the Bonita High School football team’s offense a bigger conundrum for area coaches.
South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez and the Huskies will get their crack on Friday night in one of the area’s most attractive match-ups of the week. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Covina District Field.

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s too much for Bonita, sweep Bearcats, 25-12, 25-17, 25-21

By Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on twitter

GLENDORA – The names might change at St. Lucy’s Priory High School from season to season, but the talent level continues to stay the same.
The Regents, who have won two CIF-Southern Section division titles during the past three seasons, look very capable of making adding some more hardware to their already crowded trophy case and showed it Tuesday.
Veronica LaPierre had 10 kills to lead five Regents with at least three and St. Lucy’s swept Bonita 25-12, 25-17, 25-21 in the season opener that pitted two area powers. Rachel Cavananaugh and Natalie Caro had four kills each for the Regents, who began the season ranked No. 8 in CIF-SS Division 1A. Sarah Bruchet had three putaways.
Olivia Rioseco had seven for the Bearcats.

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “We always have high expectations. We have girls on this team who have won rings before and I think they were disappointed they didn’t win three in a row. That’s how we play. We go for the championship every time. Tonight, I just wanted to see what works best for us. It’s a good time to do that. It got a little funky at the end, but we were able to win in three. I’m happy with our performance.”
Bonita coach Adriana Contreras: St. Lucy’s has always been a great team. They have the offense, they have the defense. We are a young team. I think toward that third game we put up a pretty good fight. I saw a definite improvement.”

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CIF Football Polls: Amat No. 6 in Pac-5; Charter Oak No. 4 in Inland; Diamond Ranch No. 5 in Southeast


My only thoughts after looking over the Mid-Valley Division is I can’t recall a top ten rankings where the ranked teams’ combined record is sub. 500 (3-5). In fact, the top three are 0-2, though Monrovia hasn’t played. In the Northeast Division, something similar with No. 1 Salesian and No. 2 Mission Prep, who both didn’t move despite losses. Maybe the message pollsters are sending is scheduling matters.

Question: Why isn’t Bonita ranked in the Southeast?

1. Long Beach Poly (1-0), 2. St. John Bosco (1-0), 3. Mater Dei (1-0), 4. Mission Viejo (1-0), 5. St. Bonaventure (1-0), 6. Bishop Amat (1-0), 7. Alemany (1-0), 8. Crespi (1-0), 9. Oaks Chrisitian (1-0), 10. Santa Margarita (0-1).

1. Corona Centennial (1-0), 2. Vista Murrieta (0-0), 2. Norco (0-0), 4. Charter Oak (0-0), 5. Murrieta Valley (1-0), 6. Upland (0-1), 7. Rancho Cucamonga (1-0), 8. Corona Santiago (0-1), 9. Eisenhower (1-0), 10. Chino Hills (1-0)..

1. Downey (1-0), 2. La Serna (1-0), 3. Norwalk (1-0), 4. La Mirada (0-1), 5. Diamond Ranch (1-0), 6. Santa Fe (1-0), 7. Los Altos (1-0), 8. Muir (1-0), 9. West Covina (1-0), 10. Diamond Bar (1-0).

1. Monrovia (0-0), 2. Paraclete (0-1), 3. Sierra Canyon (0-1), 4. Northview (1-0), 5. Windward (1-0), 6. Viewpoint (1-1), 7. San Dimas (0-1), 8. San Marino (0-0), 9. Bell Gardens (0-0), 10. Arroyo (0-1).

1. Salesian (0-1), 2. Mission Prep (0-1), 3. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0), 4. St. Genevieve (1-0), 5. Pasadena Poly (1-0), 6. St. Anthony (0-0), 7. Ribet Academy (1-0), 8. Chadwick (1-0), 9. St. Monica Catholic (0-10, 10. Flintridge Prep (0-1).

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