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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