Tribskin Pick’em: Hacienda, Valle Vista and Montview League ready for battle plus Glendora at Charter Oak, South Hills at Monrovia

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 (19-2, last week); (57-29, season total)
Fred Robledo (18-3, last week); (58-28, season total)


Last week: Aram and I followed one of our worst weeks in Trib’skin history with one of our best, Aram finishing 19-2 while I went 18-3 to keep a one-game lead on the season.

This week: The Hacienda, Valle Vista and Montview leagues get going this week, and nothing better than winless and dangerous San Dimas going against the areas biggest surprise, undefeated Northview at the District. We’ll know if Northview’s the real deal or if San Dimas is where it is because of a tough schedule. I’m buying the Vikes, they’ve been too good to take a step back. Great openers in the Hacienda with Diamond Bar at Bonita and Diamond Ranch at West Covina. I don’t feel strong about either, but I’m going with Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch. In the Montview, Duarte and Azusa could tell us a lot. I think the winner will compete with La Puente for the league title. Take Azusa. In others, I like Charter Oak to get its first win vs. Glendora, Monrovia to beat South Hills and for Bishop Amat to beat St. Paul by at least four touchdowns.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

La Puente at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Great Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Northwood at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
South Hills at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (South Hills)
Damien at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (SF)
Ayala at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
South El Monte at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Rancho Alamitos at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Rosemead at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
El Monte at Bell Gardens 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell); Aram (BG)
Arroyo at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Hacienda League
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (Bonita)
Walnut at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Aram (Rowland)
Diamond Ranch at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (West Covina)
Montview League
Duarte vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Bassett vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Workman)
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Valle Vista League
San Dimas vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (SD)
Wilson at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Covina at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P-Town)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Bishop Amat pulls away, beats Charter Oak 45-21; Glendora beats Ayala in OT, 20-17; San Dimas nearly stuns Monrovia

Bishop Amat-Charter Oak photo gallery

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 45, Charter Oak 21 Tre Sidney with three interceptions as Amat turns a seven-point halftime lead into a rout.
Chino Hills 52, West Covina 33 The Bulldogs simply couldn’t keep up with arguably the areas highest powered offense.
Arcadia 8, Azusa 7 Aztecs defense played great, too bad their offense didn’t reward them.
Damien 34, St. Paul 18 Don’t look now, but Mark Paredes’ group is gaining momentum with second straight W.
Monrovia 26, San Dimas 13 Was tied 13-13 in the fourth quarter when Kurt Scoby rescued the Wildcats and scored twice.
Glendora 20, Ayala 17, OT – The Tartans remain undefeated with another big non-league win. Too bad the Tartans aren’t in the Sierra, it would be fun.
Covina 42, Walnut 14 — Colts have rebounded nicely from 0-2 start to win two straight.
Diamond Ranch 28, Schurr 0 — Panthers bounce back after last week’s loss to post a shutout.
Los Altos 34, Chino 20 — It was nervous time for a while before the Conqs took control.
Arroyo 40, Rowland 14 — For those keeping score, that’s three straight wins for the Knights, looking like MVL favorites.
Diamond Bar 47, Brea Olinda 0 — This is the Diamond Bar everyone expected from week 1
San Marino 70, Nogales 0 — I hope there was a running clock, no fun getting 70 thrown on you.
Pomona 26, Sultana 13 — The Red Devils remain undefeated, just like Northview and Baldwin Park, the three new VVL favorites, right?
Northview 49, South El Monte 14 — The Vikings haven’t been tested yet, an easy road to 4-0.
Bonita 35, Claremont 28 — The Bearcats trailed 14-0 and rallied late to pull it out.
Sierra Vista 47, Keppel 0 — About what you expected from the Dons.
Rosemead 21, Warren 14 — Finally, after tonight we get to watch the Panthers play some area teams.
La Puente 20, Wilson 7 — My early Montview favorites won again
Pioneer 45, Mountain View 42 — The Vikings had a real shot at winning this, but great effort regardless.

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CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod talks about transfers

In the second part of the four-part series with CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod, the Long Beach Press telegram asks Wigod about transfers. “There’s a thought that the new rules would change the numbers of transfers, and that was never the issue,” says Wigod. “There’s going to be a lot of transfers every year — I call it the flood. The question is, do you manage it, or try to calm it down? For us to stop the numbers the rules would have to be made to be so much more restrictive. Politically, that’s not a direction we’re going to go in. So instead, you have to find a way to manage it and make it work.”

On the athletically motivated rule and how it’s interpreted ..
“We’re in an interesting spot,” says Wigod. “Our section voted clearly to get rid of that language — unfortunately, there wasn’t the support state-wide. Is every transfer athletically motivated? Well we get paperwork on every single student, so it obviously has something to do with athletics. We’re not naïve to believe that athletics aren’t a part of it. That’s why, by definition, it’s a case-by-case thing.”

When Wigod was introduced as CIF-SS commissioner in 2011, he was asked if he had a definition of what is an athletically motivation transfer. His short answer, “I do not.”

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St. Lucy’s rallies for five-set victory over Rancho Cucamonga; Tribune rankings, schedules

WE NEED YOUR RESULTS: We want to get your high school game results in the paper, online and on our twitter account, @sgvnscores. Coaches, please have someone call our sports desk after 5 p.m., 626-544-0992 or email game result information to with a contact number in case we have questions. Also, tweet final scores. Even if we don’t get game information, we want to share as many final scores as possible.

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Lucy’s-Rancho Cucamonga photo gallery
STORY: St. Lucy’s needed five sets to turn back host Rancho Cucamonga 21-25, 25-23, 26-28, 28-26, 15-12 in a battle of ranked CIF-Southern section teams Tuesday night.
Rancho Cucamonga (5-2), ranked seventh in 2-AA, won the first and third sets while St. Lucy’s, ranked eighth in 1-A, took the second and fourth. Both the third and fourth sets went longer than regulation and the teams were not separated by more than three points in the decisive game

1. St. Lucy’s (3-1)
2. Claremont (3-1)
3. Ayala (3-1)
4. West Covina (8-0)
5. Los Altos (1-1)
6. Diamond Bar (3-2)
7. Chino Hills (5-4)
8. South Hills (1-1)
9. El Monte (8-3)
10. Gladstone (5-3)

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Walnut coach Mike O’Shields talks about getting first win

“I understood why there wasn’t anything coming our way,” Walnut head coach Mike O’Shields said of his team not being in the mix of Hacienda teams receiving praise earlier this month. “We hadn’t earned anything. That’s why I think Friday was so good for us. We needed that. It was good for our kids to see that we could compete against a good team.”

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CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod opens up in first of four-part series

wigodA must read from the Long Beach Press-Telegram on CIF-Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod: In the first of our four-part series, we look at the local background of commissioner Wigod; Wednesday will focus on the subject of transfers in high school sports; Thursday on the digital transformation of the CIF-SS office and the rest of the high school sports landscape and Friday on the issue of public vs. private high schools.

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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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