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.
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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 33 — The Panthers took a two-touchdown lead in the fourth and held on against a quality opponent from the South Bay.
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) September 13, 2013
— Aram Tolegian (@aramtolegian) September 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION FOOTBALL RANKINGS
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.
TRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS
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
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
Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Chino Hills)
South Torrance at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (ST)
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 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 10 — Not the debut coach Mark Paredes was hoping for.
Los Altos 42, San Dimas 21 — Along with Bonita, Conquerors looking like serious Hacienda contenders.
Monrovia 21, Ayala 13 — Deshawn 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 15 — The 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 3 — Think we all saw it coming.
South El Monte 38, Nogales 6 — No 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.
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.
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.”
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