Crespi ends Amat’s playoff hopes, 37-30; Duarte upends Bassett; Diamond Ranch clinches Hacienda


Duarte-Bassett photo galery

Friday’s results
Hacienda League

Bonita 44, Los Altos 32 Jake Payton with a monster night, six touchdowns to knock Los Altos from title contention.
Diamond Ranch 47, Walnut 0 How dangerous will the Hacienda League champions be in the Southeast?

Mission Valley League
Mountain View 42, El Monte 27 Gets worse for Lions. Can’t believe how tough it is for a team that had one of its best years in school history just a year ago.
Rosemead 22, Gabrielino 21 The Eagles nearly spoiled the Panthers’ undefeated march toward Arroyo.
Arroyo 42, South El Monte 0 -- Knights a win away from league title and possible No. 2 seed in Mid-Valley.

Montview League
Azusa 35, Sierra Vista 13 Aztecs clinch at least a share of the Montview
Duarte 55, Bassett 37The Olympians can look on the bright side, if it beats Azusa next week it ties for the league title and enters the playoffs as the Montview No. 1.
Ganesha 42, Gladstone 29 Just like El Monte, Happy Rock bottoming out.
La Puente 31, Workman 28 As close as a rivalry should be.

Serra League
Crespi 37, Bishop Amat 30Amat knocked out of the playoffs for the first time since coach Steve Hagerty took over in ’08.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 21, Ayala 7Chargers leave the Sierra in style, with three straight league titles.
Chino Hills 70, Claremont 49How do you score 49 points and lose by 21?
South Hills 42, Damien 24 If the Huskies beat Ayala next, they make the playoffs and eliminate Damien. Unbelievable. Spartans playoff hopes bleak.

Valle Vista League
Pomona 51, Nogales 6 Red Devils set up dream week 10 finale against San Dimas.
Northview 42, Baldwin Park 21Northview locks up a playoff spot with the win.
San Dimas 49, Covina 14 Will the Saints show Pomona who’s boss?

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Glendora loses a heartbreaker in final seconds to Los Osos, 27-26

STORY: The Glendora High School football team had its hands all over the ball Thursday night. Except when it counted the most.
The Tartans tipped passes, were right there when Los Osos fumbled the ball and constantly surrounded the Grizzlies on defense. But when it counted the absolute most, Los Osos quarterback Jacob Crain completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Durron Burton with 8 seconds to play to give Los Osos a 27-26 Baseline victory at Citrus College.


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CIF-Southern Section to have open divisions for boys and girls basketball

The CIF-Southern Section just sent out a press releasing announcing its plan of open divisions for boys and girls basketball. It sounds good, putting the top teams in the second in one bracket. Hopefully, it allows teams who had no chance otherwise to compete for playoff glory. According to the release, the open division teams will not be announced until after the regular season.

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Tribune football coach of the year? Your guess as good as mine

There are so many to choose from, but here are a few you have to consider …

10-4-13 DRANCH17Pomona’s Aaron Jamieson (8-0 is all you need to know)
Bassett’s Hector Spathias (Last team you would have thought could contend for a league title)
Glendora’s Jerry Lewallen (Hard-hat kids with shocking wins over area foes).
Arroyo’s Jim Singiser (One of the best coach quotes in the Valley has them winning again).
Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton (Trying to go undefeated in competitive Hacienda).
Rosemead’s Marc Paramo (Nobody thought they would only have one loss this late in the season).
San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow (Great turnaround from a horrendus start).
Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar (Coaching IS the reason the Chargers are about to win another Sierra League title).

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Call it Crazy, but .500 Charter Oak is No. 1

domfarr1. Charter Oak (4-4) — I sat in the PrepXtra studio on Friday and thought seriously of making Charter Oak No. 1 despite its .500 record because it’s playing better than anyone at the moment, and beating solid teams, like Los Osos and Chino Hills. I know they lost to Bishop Amat, and they’re winning in the Sierra, not the Serra. But you have to reward hot, and the Chargers are just that. Hot.
2. Bishop Amat (5-3) – Let’s face it, Bishop Amat blew its chance last week to control its own destiny against Alemany and now it has to win at Crespi on Friday to keep its slight playoff hopes alive. Amat has never been that great away from home, so if it has any tricks up its sleeve, now’s the time.
3. Chino Hills (6-2) — The Huskies know by losing to Charter Oak they will not win the league title because Charter Oak isn’t losing to Ayala or Claremont to finish the season. But who’s chances do you like better in the Inland playoffs, Charter Oak or Chino Hills? It’s close.
4. Glendora (6-2) — What happened to the blue-collar 6-0 start? Rancho Cucamonga and Etiwanda is what happened to it. Glendora’s better than everyone expected. But they’re not that much better than everyone expected.
5. Diamond Ranch (7-1) – The Southeast Division’s second ranked team found a way to get past Rowland despite 19 suspensions. All that stands in the way of an undefeated league title run are Walnut and Bonita. I say they run the table.
6. Los Altos (7-1) – You find out how good Los Altos is the next two weeks against Bonita and West Covina. We don’t talk about them enough for a one-loss team, but if they sweep their final two, I’m jumping on the wagon.
7. Arroyo (6-1) – I’m starting to wonder if the Knights are serious Mid-Valley contenders. I’m not saying they’re better than Monrovia, but I’m starting to think they might be able to give them a game.
8. Pomona (9-0) — For the time since I’ve done rankings, Pomona is in the top ten and deservedly so. I can also tell you right now when they play San Dimas in Week 10, I’m taking the Devils.
9. Bonita (5-3) — So many thought the Bearcats would win the Hacienda after adding Jake Payton, but they’re in a fight just to make the playoffs. They’re good, but shouldn’t they be better than this?
10. San Dimas (4-4) — I guess I could call the Saints the Boys of September and Men of October, just like Charter Oak for starting 0-4 and going 4-0. But the Valle Vista allows you to do that more than being hot. And truth be told, they haven’t played the hottest VVL team yet, Pomona.
The Rest: 11. Diamond Bar (5-4); 12. Damien (4-4); 13. Rosemead (7-1); 14. South Hills (3-5); 15. Ayala (3-5); 16. West Covina (5-4); 17. Baldwin Park (6-2); 18. Azusa (6-2); 19. Northview (6-2); 20. Bassett (5-3); 21. La Puente (5-3); 22. Duarte (4-4); 23. Claremont (1-7); 24. Covina (4-5); 25. Mountain View (3-5); 26. Walnut (2-6), 27. Rowland (2-7); 28. South El Monte (2-6); 29. Sierra Vista (2-6); 30. Nogales (2-6); 31. Gladstone (2-6); 32. Workman (3-5); 33. El Monte (1-7); 34. Ganesha (2-6), 35. Wilson (1-8).

TRIBUNE LEADERS (as reported by Maxpreps)
1. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 2,486 yards, 17 TDs
2. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 2,325 yards, 22 TDs
3. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 2,151 yards, 19 TDs
4. Nathan Coto, Arroyo, 2,065 yards, 22 TDs
5. Jacob Tobar, La Puente, 1,570 yards, 13 TDs
6. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 1,389 yards, 11 TDs
7. Brian Meyette, Ayala, 1,271, 10 TDs
8. Matt Fink, Glendora, 1,210 yards, 10 TDs
9. Jose Ledesma, Azusa, 1,205 yards, 11 TDs
10. Daniel Martinez, Chino Hills, 1,200 yards, 10 TDs
1. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 1,397 yards, 12 TDs
2. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 1,384 yards, 19 TDs
3. Cecil Fleming, Claremont, 1,117 yards, 10 TDs
4. Alex Salgado, Workman, 1,052 yards, 10 TDs
5. Pearnell Smalley IV, Covina, 954 yards, 17 TDs
6. Marcos Lopez, South El Monte, 948 yards, 11 TDs
7. Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, 936 yards, 6 TDs
8. Jake Payton, Bonita, 896 yards, 12 TDs
9. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 874 yards, 8 TDs
10. Adam Goss, South Hills, 874 yards, 9 TDs
1. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 1,184 yards, 9 TDs
2. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 963 yards, 12 TDs
3. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 840 yards, 7 TDs
4. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 810 yards, 10 TDs
5. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 802 yards, 9 TDs
6. Zion Echols, Charter Oak, 794 yards, 8 TDs
7. Roy Barrajas, El Monte, 674 yards, 2 TDs
8. Shawn Wilson, Pomona, 642 yards, 9 TDs
9. Eric Ruff, Bassett, 606 yards, 4 TDs
10. Carlos Montiel, Azusa, 599 yards, 5 TDs

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Tribskin Pick’em: Predicting Bassett stays undefeated in Montview, Los Altos comes out on top at Bonita and Bishop Amat stays alive with win at Crespi

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 (14-3, last week); (126-52, season total)
Fred Robledo (14-4, last week); (128-50, season total)

10-4-13 DRANCH11Last Week: No blood between Aram I. We missed the same three games, taking Amat over Alemany, Bonita over West Covina and Glendora over Etiwanda. Aram also lost taking South El Monte over Gabrielino, then reminded me on Friday night after the game had been played that I forgot to make a selection on it. He could have told me before, but that’s how the betting mind of Tolegian works, he’ll steal wins any way possible. In any case, I told him I’d take the loss on it so I’m still up 2 headed into week 9.

This week’s games and predictions Best chance Amat has of getting in the playoffs are with wins over Crespi, Loyola, which would be good enough for at least a tie for third assuming Alemany and Notre Dame finish first and second. Then you still have to earn an at-large, a tough place to be in. A loss this week would eliminate the Lancers from playoff contention, but I’m not ready to write them off yet, take Amat over Crespi and the Guru. Los Altos at Bonita is a toss-up with playoff implications for both and others trying to sneak in, such as idle Diamond Bar, paying the price for last week’s brawl with a forfeit to Rowland. Los Altos has been the most consistent and needs to show an ability to win big games, which is why I’m taking them. It’s time. The Bassett story is an exciting one. Here’s a team that started 0-3 and you’re thinking, typical Bassett season. But they’ve run the table in the Montview and are 5-0 heading into a showdown vs. Duarte. If Bassett wins, it likely faces Azusa next week for an all-out, winner take all for the Montview. I’m not betting against that, take Bassett.

Thursday’s games
Baseline League

Glendora vs. Los Osos at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (Glendora)
Friday’s games
Hacienda League

Los Altos at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Diamond Bar at Rowland#, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram ()
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Paramomead)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Montview League
Azusa at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Duarte)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 6 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Ganesha)
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Serra League
Bishop Amat at Crespi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Sierra League
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
South Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien): Aram (Damien)
Valle Vista League
Nogales at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PTown); Aram (Pomona)
Northview at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NView); Aram (Nview)
San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
#November fools

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PREPXTRA: We discuss Amat’s time management in loss to Alemany, plus Inland Insider’s highlights, interviews … So, who’s No. 1 in Trib?

justtribbinJUST TRIBBIN: One of the Just Tribbin thoughts of the weekend is who I will make No. 1 on Monday? Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Bishop Amat, Glendora, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos? Pomona? I said on the show it should be Charter Oak, even though they’re 4-4, and got clowned by Aram. Even Stevie was laughing. It’s a tough one. Your help, your thoughts?

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Alemany puts Bishop Amat on life support, 29-26; West Covina beats Bonita 26-14; Pomona remains undefeated; Diamond Ranch escapes

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Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League

Etiwanda 35, Glendora 28 After winning five games by four points or less, odds starting to even out for Tartans.
Serra League
Alemany 29, Bishop Amat 26 Warriors blew a 14-point lead, then rallied from 12 down in the fourth to win. Amat can blame this on poor clock management and bad decisions.
Valle Vista League
Pomona 61, Baldwin Park 21 Goodness, is Pomona really this good. Even without 15 players because of suspensions they still rout Baldwin Park.
Covina 41, Nogales 6 Colts trying to stay in the playoff chase.
Sierra League
Chino Hills 52, Ayala 28Bet they’re still kicking themselves for that loss to Charter Oak at home.
Damien 28, Claremont 27 Spartans led 14-0 before you could blink, then had to hold on for dear life to pull it out.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 30, Rowland 28 Despite 19 suspensions as the result of last week’s brawl, the Panthers had enough in reserve to squeeze it out.
Los Altos 37, Walnut 14 With a win over West Covina next can do no worse than second in Hacienda and could finish 9-1.
West Covina 26, Bonita 14 Bulldogs back in the playoff hunt and feeling good for the first time all season.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 55, Mountain View 19The Vikings usually a tough out, but not tonight.
Rosemead 45, El Monte 0 Former coach Matt Koffler retires again after returning for one game and tossing a no-no.
Gabrielino 47, South El Monte 0 Not surprised by the result, surprised by the total domination.
Montview League
Bassett 42, Ganesha 14 Say it, the Olympians 5-0 in the Montview and move another step closer to big showdown for league title against Azusa in a couple weeks.
Duarte 20, Sierra Vista 15Falcons doing all it can to stay in playoff contention.
Workman vs. Gladstone: If you know the score, tell us, lol

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Smokin Hot Charter Oak routs South Hills 41-18; Azusa hangs on, beats La Puente 27-20

CHARTER OAK WINS BIG: Kory Brown threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and the Chargers won their fourth consecutive game with a 41-18 victory over host South Hills in a Sierra League football encounter Thursday at Covina District Field.

AZUSA HANGS ON, 27-20: Azusa scored two touchdowns in a five-minute span early in the second half and hung on for a 27-20 win over La Puente on Thursday night at Citrus College.

South Hills, Charter Oak photo gallery
cabesCOVINA – Charter Oak High School’s slow start is a distant memory.
Kory Brown threw for 414 yards and four touchdowns and the Chargers won their fourth consecutive game with a 41-18 victory over host South Hills in a Sierra League football encounter Thursday night at Covina District Field.
Zion Echols also rushed for 129 yards for Charter Oak, which improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Chargers also held the Huskies under 200 yards.
Adam Goss accounted for 237 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, who slipped to 3-5 and 1-2.
Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar: “It’s a heckuva job trying to get to .500. I’m just happy our kids have put it together. We always talk about league, and how the second five games are the important (part of the season). We’re on a drive. We’ve got our head down and we’re going to keep driving.”
South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez: “We thought we had put ourselves in good position (late in the first quarter). But you have to credit Kory Brown. He did a great job extending plays. There where times we seemed to have him, but we couldn’t get off the field on third and long.”
- Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter

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Glendora High Cross Country headlines this weeks Mt. SAC Invitational

sumnerSTORY: The Glendora High School cross country team’s catharsis has been to run, run hard and break records.
Shortly before the start of the season, longtime coach Don Sumner suddenly died.
“He knew we had big plans for this year,” said his son, Steve. “He saw a lot of potential in this team and he had high hopes for them.”
WXVTRACKSteve Sumner, who has taken over for his father, has the Tartans boys and girls teams ranked in the CIF-Southern Section’s Division 2 polls and competing in the sweepstakes races at this weekend’s high school portion of the prestigious 66th annual Mt. SAC Invitational.
More than 500 schools will take part in the two-day meet on the 2.92-mile course. It begins Friday with competition among schools in divisions 3 through 5 and continues on Saturday with competition among schools in the top two divisions. There are 24 races on the schedule.

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Sources: Diamond Ranch assistant coach resigns following last week’s brawl with Diamond Bar

According to sources, an assistant football coach with the Diamond Ranch football team resigned in the wake of last week’s brawl against Diamond Bar that resulted in CIF suspending 19 players for Diamond Ranch for Friday’s game against Rowland. Diamond Bar will have to forfeit its next game, also vs. Rowland, which was scheduled Nov. 1. In addition to the dismissal of an assistant coach, Diamond Ranch also suspended some players from school for last week’s brawl, according to sources.

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CIF ruling official: Diamond Bar will forfeit next game; Diamond Ranch with 19 players suspended

STORY: The punishments have been handed down and it’s not pretty for the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high school football teams.
Diamond Bar saw nearly all of its varsity roster given one-game suspensions on Wednesday when the CIF-Southern Section office announced the results of its investigation into this past Friday’s brawl between the two rival schools.
Diamond Ranch wasn’t much better, with a total of 19 players suspended for Friday’s game against Rowland.

Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton hasn’t commented in the days following the fight, but we did speak with him immediately following the game and this is what he had to say…

TMZ VIDEO, STORY: TMZ is also all over the story with exclusive video. TMZ is interested obviously because Diamond Bar WR Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, was allegedly involved in the brawl.


Note: Players ejected are subject to one-game suspensions.

Question has to be asked: It appears that Diamond Bar will not be allowed to call up JV players to field a varsity roster, thus forcing it to forfeit its next game. Question is, why? When Cathedral and St. Paul baseball had a bench-clearing brawl last April, several were suspended. St. Paul forfeited its next game because of a depleted lineup. However, Cathedral did use JV players to field a team for its next game, though it was a tournament game. I have no problem with CIF forcing a forfeit, but I always thought you could call up JV players if needed. In any case, there is nothing Diamond Bar can do about it. They signed an agreement that stipulates whatever CIF decides is final.

CIF-PRESS RELEASE SAYS: After an investigation of the events surrounding the early termination of the Hacienda League football contest between Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar High Schools the section, in cooperation with the schools involved, has made the following determination:

1. Diamond Ranch High School had three (3) players ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.

2. Diamond Ranch High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional five (5) players ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.

3. Diamond Ranch High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional 11 players ejected from the contest due to leaving the confines of the bench or team area.

4. Diamond Ranch High School, following review of game footage, had 10 players on the field prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected and considered eligible for their next contest.

5. Diamond Bar High School had four (4) players ejected from the contest on-site by the officiating crew due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.

6. Diamond Bar High School, following review of game footage, has had an additional five (5) players ejected from the contest due to fighting and/or assaultive behavior.

7. Diamond Bar High School, following review of game footage, had all but one player who was on the sideline at the time of the altercation leave the confines of the bench or
team area. Those players are also considered ejected.

8. Diamond Bar High School, following review of game footage, had six (6) players on the field prior to the onset of the altercation that did not participate in the altercation and were not observed displaying aggressive and/or assaultive behavior and are NOT ejected and considered eligible for their next contest.

9. Diamond Bar High School, due to a lack of varsity players available to compete in their
next contest will forfeit that contest. The CIF Southern Section now considers this matter closed and will have no further comment on any aspect of this unfortunate situation.

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Walnut girls golf coach Cecil Wood says players can make own club selections (on certain holes) when they prove they can beat him.

You can read the entire story, but being a golfer, I thought it was unusual to read about a coach telling players when they can and can’t hit driver depending on what hole they’re playing. I don’t fault the coach for teaching his players how to manage themselves around a golf course. That’s smart. But for me, my driver is the most accurate long club in my bag so I’m not sure he could sell me on this. I’d probably hook my utility club, then I’m blaming coach. But you read the story and decide for yourself. And in any case, the coach is doing a great job with Walnut. Here’s a quote from the story:

STORY: “Our preparation is a little different in that when we play at home on certain holes not any of my players are permitted to hit driver,” Wood said. “Not even in practice. I do not want them to get used to it.
“When we’re ready to go to CIF, we go there and look at the course the night before. I’ll say, ‘On this hole there is no way you’re going to hit that club. You’ll get in trouble with that club.’ We go hole-by-hole.”

This seems like a good thread to share the Fred Robledo trick shot … any questions?

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