VIDEO: CIF talking with Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar about Friday Night’s Brawl

The end of the Fox Sports Video shows the fight between Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch. CIF is aware of the incident and has been in contact with representatives for both schools. If anything happens as a result, it probably won’t be ruled on until at least Monday. For now, fast forward to the end of the video and you be the judge.

“We are aware of the situation and are awaiting incident reports from the officials assigned to the contest.” CIF spokesperson, Thom Simmons

The CIF-Southern Section was in touch with Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch high school officials Saturday morning as part of its initial investigation of an on-field brawl between the schools’ football teams during a Hacienda League game Friday night.
The teams game was halted with a little more than three minutes left by game officials after the melee occurred with Diamond Ranch leading, 34-20.
Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton said three of his players received injuries from the fight and were unable to perform their usual Saturday duties. Layton also said a parent of one of the players may file criminal charges against an adult who allegedly forced a Diamond Ranch player to the ground.

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Diamond Ranch, Diamond Bar ends in brawl with Panthers on top 34-20; Charter Oak knocks off Chino Hills


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Friday’s results
Baseline League

Rancho Cucamonga 37, Glendora 9The battle of the unbeatens was a dud, but still a great start for the Tartans.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 24, Diamond 20 Game called after brawl breaks out between players with just more than three minutes left. But more importantly, Diamond Ranch in firm control of the Hacienda.
Los Altos 42, Rowland 0Conquerors remain in contention in the Hacienda with blowout over the Raiders.
West Covina 42, Walnut 21After back-to-back losses to open the Hacienda, the Bulldogs win their second straight to get back in the playoff hunt.
Sierra League
Damien 24, Ayala 7 Not surprised by the win, but surprised by how comfortably they got it.
Charter Oak 24, Chino Hills 17The Chargers comeback tour continued, winning their third straight after dropping their first four of the season.
South Hills 23, Claremont 20 Huskies win sets up a dandy on Thursday when it hosts Charter Oak at Covina District.
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 47, El Monte 6 Knights blowout last year’s Mission Valley League champions.
Gabrielino 28, Mountain View 21The Vikings seem like they’re in every game, but finishing and getting the W is a problem.
Rosemead 37, South El Monte 7Panthers remain on course with Arroyo in chase for Mission Valley title.
Montview League
Bassett 45, Sierra Vista 30The Olympians are 4-0 in the Montview. When was the last time they were in contention for a league?
Ganesha 35, Workman 28 For two teams who have been blown out a lot this season, nice for both to be in a competitive game.
Azusa 49, Gladstone 0 It’s usually one of the areas best rivalries, but this was not one of the classics.
La Puente 30, Duarte 29 Warriors bounce back after last weeks loss to Bassett.

Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 37, Covina 34 The Colts jumped out to a big lead but the Braves rallied to pull it out.
San Dimas 44, Nogales 0 Every game in the Valle Vista has been a blowout for the Saints.
Pomona 53, Wilson 10 The Red Devils are now the areas only undefeated team after improving to 7-0.

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Football: Ranking the biggest surprises and disappointments with a month left before playoffs

finkBIGGEST SURPRISES
1. Glendora (6-0)
– Glendora was 3-7 and 1-4 in the Baseline with nothing to make you believe they could turn it around. I thought they would take a year off and wait for the Palomares league. Then some sophomore QB name Matt Fink came along and here they’re, undefeated and ranked sixth in the powerful Inland Division.
2. Diamond Ranch (5-1) – The Panthers didn’t seem like they were improving in recent years, going 7-4 last year and getting routed 49-0 by La Serna in the first round of the playoffs. It has been a long time since coach Roddy Layton guided them to back-to-back title games, and was wondering if they would ever get back or even close. This could be the year, they’re ranked second in the Southeast and can take control of the Hacienda with a win at Diamond Bar, Friday.
3. Pomona (6-0) — The Red Devils were 6-5 and 4-2 in the Valle Vista and only lost 24-7 to eventual champion Monrovia in the first round of the playoffs in 2012. But even if you thought they would improve, who thought they would be unbeaten through six games and might possibly stay that way until facing San Dimas in Week 10?
4. Rosemead (5-1) — The Panthers stunk in the first year without coach Matt Koffler, going 4-6 and missing the playoffs. A year later, they look like serious Mission Valley League contenders and are ranked 10th in the Mid-Valley poll.
5. Baldwin Park (5-1) – Even though the Braves were crushed last week against San Dimas, they were undefeated the first five weeks after going 0-10 last year. Again, the only direction they could go was up, but nobody thought they would be unbeaten halfway through the season. Another team you could have put on this list was Bassett, 3-3 overall but a perfect 3-0 in the Montview.

maggioreBIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS
1. West Covina (3-4)– The Bulldogs compete for championships, that’s the bar they raised by winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and ’11. But things have unraveled, they’re 3-4 and in danger of missing the playoffs. It didn’t help that Antonio Noodles Hull transferred to Diamond Bar, but as much as they’re struggling, would he have made that much of a difference anyway?
2. El Monte (1-5) — One year after its greatest season since 1979 and player of the year Brandon Martinez, who led them to an 8-4 record and league title, the Eagles are having one of the worst years in the Valley at 1-5 with a strong possibility of finishing 1-9.
3. Rowland (2-5) — A season ago the Raiders tied for the Hacienda League title and usually are contenders for a playoff spot. But they’ve fallen off the map, losing five straight, including a loss to Walnut, dropping it to last in the Hacienda. They probably won’t win another game, finishing 2-8, something you haven’t seen in a while.
4. Damien (2-4) – I know the Spartans played a tough schedule, but I thought coach Mark Paredes’ arrival would be similar to the arrival of Amat coach Steve Hagerty when he guided the Lancers to a 7-4 record and playoff berth in his first season. And I certainly didn’t expect them to get blown out the way they did against Charter Oak last week. Now I have serious doubts they make the playoffs.
5. Charter Oak (2-4) — You have to put them on this list because they started 0-4 for the first time in more than two decades. There are always expectations at Charter Oak. But I’ll give them this, they’ve won two straight and unlike the other teams in the disappointment section, they have a great chance to still turn it around. The others, I’m not so sure.

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Charter Oak hoping to use momentum to knock off Chino Hills

biglour“We do a lot of personnel groupings and so do they,” Farrar said. “You’ve got to match up. It’s like a basketball game, you’ve go to find the best match-ups. They’re going to look for where you’re weak on a match up and we’re going to try and not show them any.
“We expect that as soon as we get off the bus. Their coach has got those guys all fired up. They are definitely going to be prepared and very happy to be playing at their place.”

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Glendora talks about being No. 1 in the Valley; power Rancho Cucamonga next

STORY: “I don’t pay attention to it, but it’s neat for the kids because they get to see it,” Glendora head coach Jerry Lewallen said about his team holding the Tribune’s top spot. “I’m happy for them, but there’s a lot of good football teams out there and I’m sure there’s a lot of teams that deserve to be up on that list.
“I think it’s cool because it’s like a little test for our kids. I know they look at that kind of stuff, it’s in the paper and their parents feed it to them. But it’s a test in that since they’re playing well, but are you going to look at that or continue to do the things you’ve been doing to be successful?”

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Gibson Homer Rewind: Where were you 25 years ago tonight? I remember where I was….and still regret it

KIRK GIBSON

Today is the 25th anniversary since Kirk Gibson’s historic home run to beat the Oakland A’s in the game one of the 1988 world series. For SoCal fans, it’s one of those moments where they can recall exactly where they were when the knew of the home run that catapulted the Dodgers to their last World Series championship.
A few celebrities, from within the sports world and out recall their story here written by our own Tom Hoffarth.
My recollection is a pretty good one. I was a student at Cal State Fullerton and slated to cover the Fullerton-Long Beach State football game that night for The Daily Titan. I received a call that morning from my aunt, who has four season tickets. She said they had an extra ticket and wanted to know if I’d like to come. Being the big Dodger fan that I am to this day, I thought about it, but declined. I had given the commitment to cover the football game, and felt I had to live up to that. Now as I look back later, I probably could have called coach Gene Murphy on Sunday and put together a story for our first edition of the week, which ran on Tuesdays. But I didn’t really think that way at the time.
Now fast forward to about 7:30 or so, I can remember being in the Veterans Stadium press box hearing a huge roar from the north side of the box (I was on the South side). I asked someone what’s the commotion and they said Kirk Gibson just hit a game-winning home run. I didn’t know the details behind it that would become legendary, but already know I had made the wrong decision. And the football game, it was one of the most-boring games I have seen, with Long State rallying for a late win.
That’s my memory…what are yours?

- Steve Ramirez

After reading what Steve wrote, it reminds me of this scene in Good Will Hunting. – Freddy

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Undefeated Glendora wrestles away top spot from Bishop Amat and Chino Hills

finkTRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Glendora (6-0) — I thought long and hard about what to do with Glendora after its Baseline win over Upland to remain undefeated after already beating Charter Oak, South Hills, Bonita and others. They deserve it and hey, it could be short lived facing undefeated Rancho Cucamonga this week.
2. Bishop Amat (5-2) – Only good news after losing its Serra opener at Notre Dame is it has two weeks off to get ready for Alemany, an absolute must win. But here’s the bottom line, if the Lancers don’t find a running game or someone other than Koa Haynes on offense, they’ll be 0-2 and on the ropes.
3. Chino Hills (5-1) — The Huskies probably don’t deserve to drop after a convincing Saturday night win over South Hills, but I’ll be more convinced with a win over Charter Oak this week.
4. Charter Oak (2-4) — The Chargers aren’t No. 4 because of their record, they’re No. 4 because of their wins, over Los Osos and Damien. I’m comfortable knowing they’re better than every team ranked below.
5. Diamond Ranch (5-1) – They’re looking like the best in the Hacienda and can take a huge step toward a league title with a win at rival Diamond Bar on Friday. How are they ranked behind Charter Oak? History. I’ve seen that game too many times in the past and it always turns out the same way.
6. Los Altos (5-1) – They’re right back in the Hacienda chase after beating Diamond Bar. If the Conquerors run the table, they’ll have a shot at this.
7. Diamond Bar (5-2) — It’s put up or shut time for the purple. Either they’re going to beat Diamond Ranch and get back in the league chase, or they’re going to be the same old Diamond Bar that flirt’s with having a good season, then limps to the finish.
8. Bonita (5-2) — The Bearcats were one of the pre-season Hacienda favorites and still are in a good position. But they have tough games left against Diamond Bar, West Covina and Los Altos to decide their fate.
9. Arroyo (5-1) – How about them Knights? They won’t lose in the MVL and will finish 9-1. Their chances of getting to at least the Mid-Valley Division semifinals looking better and better.
10. San Dimas (3-3) — The Saints are crushing the Valle Vista so thoroughly I had to put them back in the top ten. I’m also convinced that like Arroyo, they’ve got a great chance of reaching the Mid-Valley semifinals and may even get back to another championship game. Imagine that, Bonita’s Jake Payton may have to watch the Saints in a title game.
The Rest: 11. Pomona (6-0); 12. Ayala (3-3); 13. South Hills (2-4); 14. Damien (2-4); 15. Baldwin Park (5-1); 16. Rosemead (5-1); 17. West Covina (3-4); 18. Azusa (4-2); 19. Northview (5-2); 20. Bassett (3-3); 21. La Puente (4-2); 22. Duarte (3-3); 23. Claremont (1-5); 24. Covina (3-4); 25. Mountain View (3-3); 26. Walnut (2-4), 27. Rowland (2-5); 28. South El Monte (2-4); 29. Sierra Vista (2-4); 30. Nogales (2-4); 31. Gladstone (2-4); 32. El Monte (1-5); 33. Wilson (1-6); 34. Workman (2-4); 35. Ganesha (1-5).

TRIBUNE AREA LEADERS
PASSING

1. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 1,952 yards, 17 TDs
2. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 1,757 yards, 12 TDs
3. Nathan Coto, Arroyo, 1,618 yardds, 17 TDS
4. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 1,450 yards, 13 TDs
5. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 1,218 yards, 10 TDS
6. Adrain Cuevas, El Monte, 1,186 yards, 8 TDs
7. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 1,161 yards, 10 TDs
8. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 1,070 yards, 8 TDs.
9. Matt Fink, Glendora, 1,033 yards, 8 TDs
10. Daniel Martinez, Chino Hills, 985 yards, 9 TDs
RUSHING
1. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 1,223 yards, 6 TDs
2. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 1,201 yards, 10 TDs
4. Marcos Lopez, South El Monte, 820 yards, 11 TDs
5. Jake Payton, Bonita, 754 yards, 10 TDs
6. Cecil Fleming, Claremont, 730 yards, 8 TDs
7. Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, 653 yards, 3 TDs
8. Leroy Cloud, Damien, 637 yards, 2 TDs
9. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 611 yards, 10 TDs
10. Pearnell Smalley IV, Covina; 600 yards, 8 TDs
RECEIVING
1. Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, 45 receptions, 706 yards, 6 TDs
2. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 34 receptions, 704 yards, 10 TDs
3. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 27 receptions, 673 yards, 8 TDs
4. Zion Echols, Charter Oak, 42 receptions, 651 yards, 7 TDs
5. Jayson Miller, Baldwin Park, 26 receptions, 549 yards, 4 TDs
6. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 31 receptions, 515 yards, 3 TDs
7. Eric Ruff, Bassett, 29 receptions, 487 yards, 3 TDs
8. Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, 46 receptions, 470 yards, 7 TDs
9. Matthew Zahn, Bishop Amat, 28 receptions, 467 yards, 1 TD
10. Carlos Montiel, Azusa, 21 receptions, 460 yards, 4 TDs

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Tribskin Pick’em: Huge League Showdowns, Glendora-Rancho Cucamonga; Charter Oak-Chino Hills; Diamond Bar-Diamond Ranch

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 (13-5, last week); (97-45, season total)
Fred Robledo (13-5, last week); (101-41, season total)

10-4-13 DRANCH05This Week: Lot of tough games to pick with the best on paper, undefeated Glendora (6-0) vs. undefeated Rancho Cucamonga (6-0) at Los Osos. The Tartans have grinded out every victory, winning their last five by four points or less each time. At some point you don’t win all the close games, and I’m not sure this is close to begin win. Take RC by two or three touchdowns. Sorry Tarty. Big Hacienda showdown, Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar. It’s set up perfect for DBar after losing to Los Altos. This is their bounce-back game and after eating humble pie every year against the Ranch, enough is enough, take the purple. In the Sierra League I know I took Chino Hills to win the league title and win it easy. But Charter Oak has shown me something the past couple weeks and I think they’re hungry enough and good enough to get the upset win on the road. Other games that are tough to call but I’m picking them are Covina over Baldwin Park, Bassett over Sierra Vista, Mountain View over Gabrielino and Damien over Ayala.

This week’s games and predictions
Friday’s games
Baseline League
Glendora vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (Rancho)
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Ranch)
Rowland at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (Gabrielino)
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosmead)
Montview League
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bassett)
Ganesha vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Ganesha)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
La Puente at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Sierra League
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Ayala)
Charter Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (Chino Hills)
South Hills at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Aram (SH)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (BP)
Nogales at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Pomona at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P-Town)

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Glendora football is the “I believe that we will win” team

I’m on the Glendora wagon, they’re 6-0 and have won every game by 8 points or less. That’s coaching, that’s playing hard, that’s believing, and being lucky and good. But how far will heart and a will over skill attitude take you? They play undefeated Rancho Cucamonga (6-0) on Friday at Los Osos, and you know how that will probably turn out? You don’t think they can do it again, do you?
…By the way, the Charter Oak “Oak Squad” was more impressive than I thought. But they lack creative chants. Start with this.

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Glendora stuns Upland, 24-21; Charter Oak routs Damien, 35-7; Notre Dame beats Bishop Amat, 31-21

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the football scoreboard page

CHARTER OAK-DAMIEN PHOTO GALLERY

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Friday’s results
Baseline League

Glendora 24, Upland 21Biggest win for Glendora since leaving the Sierra for the Baseline. Tartans a perfect 6-0 and can make a case for being the Valley’s best team.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 35, Damien 7 Can’t believe they’re really 2-5 … I’m a believer and like their chances more and more next week at Chino Hills.
Ayala 17, Claremont 14 — Thought the Bulldogs would win easier, but a W is a W.

Serra League
Notre Dame 31, Bishop Amat 21Bishop Amat can’t run the football, it’s as simple as that. Now they’re 0-1 in the Serra with Alemany at home in two weeks. Not good.

Hacienda League
Bonita 29, Walnut 10 Bearcats trailed 10-9 at half but got it going in the second to stay in the Hacienda chase.
Los Altos 31, Diamond Bar 14 The Conquerors needed it after losing to Diamond Ranch last week. Now the Brahmas must beat Diamond Ranch or they’re in big trouble.
West Covina 54, Rowland 7 No surprise, West Covina usually does this to teams it should do this against.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 41, Gabrielino 7On paper it looked close, but in reality you knew it would turn out like this.
South El Monte 50, El Monte 20 – Eagles hoping they can beat a sleeper in the MVL, and always helps when you can crush your rival.
Rosemead 34, Mountain View 27, OTNobody ever expects overtime, but we all expected a close game and got one.

Montview League
Bassett 27, La Puente 13 — Biggest upset of the night considering La Puente was chasing a league title and Bassett was near the bottom of the Trib list.
Sierra Vista 34, Ganesha 21 – Dons trying to stay in the playoff picture.

Valle Vista League
Covina 36, Wilson 0 – Easy win for Covina who still has playoff hopes.
Pomona 17, Northview 9Raise your hand if thought Pomona would be 6-0.
San Dimas 70, Baldwin Park 27 You knew Baldwin Park wouldn’t stay undefeated facing San Dimas, but you didn’t know the Saints would drop 70.

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Duarte and Azusa romp to easy victories in Thursday night Montview League games

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the football scoreboard page

Photo Gallery of Duarte’s 45-0 win over Gladstone
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Duarte 45, Gladstone 0: The high school football regular season is past the halfway point and it’s hurry-up time. Duarte High School, seemingly stuck in neutral in its Montview League game against visiting Gladstone Thursday night, took that hurry-up to heart. The Falcons switched to a no-huddle offense and it ignited a 45-0 victory.

Azusa 53, Workman 7: Senior running back Cameron Blackburn returned from an injury to lead Azusa to a 53-7 win over Workman on Thursday night at Citrus College. The Aztecs (4-2,3-0) fell behind 7-6 midway through the first quarter then scored 45 consecutive points as their defense stifled the Lobos.

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Sierra, Mission Valley tweet predictions

AFTER TWEETING PREDICTIONS, LOVE THE RESPONSES

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Ray Nelson inspired all of us

“Most people, when dealt the cards he was at such a young age, would have kept saying, ‘Why should I?’ But Ray spent his entire life asking, ‘Why can’t I?’ ” -- Former sports editor Art Wilson and childhood friend of Ray.

Steve Hunt column on Ray Nelson

raynelsonSTORY: Ray Nelson, a sportswriter and copy editor for this newspaper for more than 25 years, died early Tuesday morning from natural causes. He was 60. Services are pending.
Nelson served two stints with this newspaper, the first from 1979-94 and again from 1997-2004. Since health issues forced him to retire, he had freelanced and was featured as a horse racing handicapper.
“This is truly a sad day,” said Steve Hunt, San Gabriel Valley Tribune supervising editor and former sports editor. “Ray Nelson was a cherished member of our newspaper family and a wonderful man. He was the nicest person I have ever met, a gentle soul who possessed that rare ability to remain upbeat and positive at all times.
“He brought a calming influence to the Sports Department, and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”

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Bonita girls volleyball will host Los Altos on Thursday in big Hacienda match and fundraiser for Breast Cancer

Thursday night is not just prep football night, there’s a pretty big girls volleyball game that also will serve as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer. Whenever Bonita (4-0) faces Los Altos (3-1) it’s always an intriguing match, but the “Dig Pink” event will help raise money for Breast Cancer, as well as being an important match in the Hacienda League race. Bonita will host Los Altos at 5:30 p.m. There are approximately 70 prizes and gift cards to raffle off, and there will be baked goods and 50/50s. Go donate a few bucks and watch a great match for a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Could coach Darren Murphy leave Northview for South Hills baseball?

VNORTHVIEWOne of the most prized coaching vacancies in the Valley is at South Hills, where longtime baseball coach Kevin Smith vacated his position to become the head coach at Mt. San Antonio College. Who will succeed Smith? I’ve heard some rumors and one that stands out is Northview’s Darren Murphy. I have no idea if Murphy, who won a championship at Northview and who has built his program into one of the areas best would leave, but sources tell me that he’s interested. I texted Murphy to ask if there was any truth to it all, but haven’t heard back. If there is one candidate already at South Hills that would be a logical successor to Smith it’s assistant Dan Roddy, who always comes across as a knowledgeable and competitive baseball guy. I’m sure there are many other well-known coaches interested in the position, which likely comes with a teaching job, so stay tuned. I’m sure South Hills will want to make a decision sooner rather than later.

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Chino Hills football is the heavy favorite in the Sierra

STORY: There’s one thing most people agree on when it comes to the Sierra League this season. The Chino Hills High School football is the overwhelming favorite.
It stands to reason, too. The Huskies have the league’s best record, have played the toughest nonleague schedule and have the best nonleague win of any resume with their 30-17 triumph over Tesoro on Sept. 12.

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Is Bishop Amat ready for the Serra?

“I think we are where we want to be. I think the six (nonleague) games served their purpose. The next four are going to be the most important of all.” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty.

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Story: There were a few unknowns for the Bishop High School football team back in August.
The Lancers, after winning five of six games during the nonleague portion of its schedule while averaging 42 points per game,
appears to have answered its questions, and will likely be one of the favorites when Serra League play opens next week.
Bishop Amat had a passing grade in its final test this week, scoring on seven of its first 10 drives en route to a 48-26 victory at Culver City.

Below: Tyler Vaughns highlights in Friday’s 48-26 win over Culver City. Check out the one-hand catch at the 1:15 mark. Incredible.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Glendora, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch round out the Top 5

10-4-13 DRANCH05
TRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-1) — No question the Lancers are No. 1 in the area, but to finish No. 1 in the Serra it must win games on the road like the one at Notre Dame. The Lancers are giving up way too many points and big plays and have struggled away from home in the Serra in recent years, which is why they’re 12-points underdogs at ND on CalPreps.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) – Fresh off a bye week Chino Hills should be fully prepared to face South Hills on Saturday at Covina District. South Hills has a punchers chance, but Chino Hills has emerged as a huge favorite to win the Sierra.
3. Glendora (5-0) — It’s been an unbelievably great start for the Tartans with wins over Charter Oak, South Hills, Bonita and Ayala, but they haven’t been dominant wins. They deserve being No. 3, but with Upland in town next, can they keep it going?
4. Diamond Bar (5-1) — An impressive two weeks in the Hacienda, beating Bonita, West Covina with Los Altos up next. If the Brahmas get past the Conqs, all that stands in the way of a Hacienda league title would be Diamond Ranch, whom it plays next week.
5. Diamond Ranch (5-1) – The Panthers beat previously undefeated Los Altos and are feeling good about their Hacienda and Southeast Division chances. But there’s still a lot of work to do.
6. Charter Oak (1-4) – How is a 1-4 team No. 6? It’s the Amat rule. The Chargers’ win over Los Osos was more impressive by far than any victory of the teams ranked below. It’s that simple.
7. Los Altos (4-1) — Still say when all is said and done the Conqs finish third in the Hacienda behind Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch.
8. Bonita (4-2) — The Bearcats beat Rowland 59-0 which is the kind of win they need offensively and defensively for their confidence after losing to Diamond Bar. Can they still make the playoffs? Yes, but it won’t be easy.
9. South Hills (2-3) – The Huskies lost to three quality opponents and twice by a touchdown or less. With Chino Hills next their top ten ranking could be short-lived, but they deserve to be here this week.
10. Arroyo (4-1) — I’m going to throw them the Aram bone. I’m not so sure if they deserve No. 10, but they have looked good since a season-opening loss to Los Altos
The Rest: 11. Damien (2-3); 12. Ayala (2-3); 13. San Dimas (2-3); 14. Baldwin Park (5-0); 15. Pomona (5-0); 16. Northview (5-1); 17. Rosemead (4-1); 18. West Covina (2-4); 19. La Puente (4-1); 20. Azusa (3-2); 21. Claremont (1-4); 22. Covina (2-4); 23. Mountain View (3-2); 24. Duarte (2-3); 25. Walnut (2-3), 26. Rowland (2-4); 27. El Monte (1-4); 28. South El Monte (1-5), 29. Gladstone (2-3); 30. Nogales (2-4); 31. Sierra Vista (1-4); 32. Bassett (2-3); 33. Wilson (1-5); 34. Workman (2-3); 35. Ganesha (1-4).

TRIBUNE AREA LEADERS
PASSING

1. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 117-172, 1,1769 yards, 17 TDs
2. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 88-134, 1,450 yards, 13 TDs
3. Nathan Coto, El Monte, 99-160, 1,393 yards, 15 TDs
4. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 90-168, 1,222, 10 TDs
5. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 102-160, 1,047 yards, 9 TDs
6. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 61-98, 1,039 yards, 10 TDS
7. Adrian Cuevas, El Monte, 68-122, 977 yards, 7 TDs
8. Brian Meyetee, Ayala, 57-131, 967 yards, 8 TDs
9. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 85-150, 865 yards, 7 TDs
10. Manny Lua, Pomona, 42-76, 818 yards, 9 TDs
RUSHING
1. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 1007 yards, 8 TDs
2. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 962 yards, 13 TDs
3. Jake Payton, Bonita, 694 yards, 10 TDs
4. Leroy Cloud, Damien, 637 yards, 2 TDs
5. Cecil Fleming, Claremont, 561 yards, 7 TDS
6. Alex Salgado, Workman, 542 yards, 8 TDS
7. Jackie Zhang, Rowland, 533 yards, 3 TDS
8. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 513 yards, 10 TDS
9. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 479 yards, 6 TDS
10. Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, 460 yards, 2 TDs
RECEIVING
1. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 27 reception, 629 yards, 10 TDS
2. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 24 receptions, 607 yards, 6 TDS
3. Jayson Miller, Baldwin P ark, 26 receptions, 549 yards, 4 TDs
4. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 26 receptions, 473 yards, 3 TDs
5. Donavin Washington, 30 receptions, 467 yards, 6 TDs
6. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 27 receptions, 442 yards, 5 TDs
7. Zion Echols, Charter Oak, 28 receptions, 422 yards, 5 TDs
8. Matthew Zahn, Bishop Amat, 22 receptions, 404 yards, 1 TD
9. Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, 36 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs
10. Shawn Wilson, Pomona, 17 receptions, 386 yards, 5 TDs

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat opens Serra as 12-point underdogs at Notre Dame; Damien visits Charter Oak

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 (16-3, last week); (84-40, season total)
Fred Robledo (17-2, last week); (88-36, season total)

Last week: Aram I virtually had the same selections last week with the exception of one game, I took St. Francis while he took Monrovia. We all know how that turned out. The two others we lost were taking Ayala over Kaiser and Damien over Los Alamitos.

amatreadyThis week: The Serra, Sierra and Mission Valle League’s get rolling and none bigger that Bishop Amat’s opener at Notre Dame, where Amat is listed as a 12-point underdogs on Calpreps. 12 points! That may come as a surprise, but the Lancers are giving up a lot of points while Notre Dame’s scoring a lot of points. But this is one of those where I have that sneaky feeling Amat’s defense will rise to the challenge and Koa Haynes, Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney and Co., will do enough on offense to pull it out. In the Sierra League, Damien visits Charter Oak in a match-up that can go either way. But after last week’s Chargers win, I’m sticking with the boys in blue to make it two straight. South Hills opens on Saturday against Chino Hills at the District, a game everyone can watch, but it will probably be a blowout. Chino Hills is too good. In the Mission Valley League Mountain View at Rosemead is intriguing, but I like the Panthers to squeeze it out.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Azusa vs. Workman at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Friday’s games
Baseline League
Glendora vs. Upland at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Aram (Upland)
Hacienda League
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
Diamond Bar at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (LA)
Rowland at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (The WC)
Mission Valley League
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (EM)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rsmd); Aram (Panthers)
Montview League
Bassett at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (Ganesha)
Serra League
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Sierra League
Claremont at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C-Town)
Northview vs. Pomona at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (P-Town)
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Saturday’s game
Sierra League
South Hills vs. Chino Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)

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Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch win big again but Charter Oak with the biggest win of the night, 31-20 over Los Osos; St. Francis crushes Monrovia, 48-14

“We don’t circle any games on our calendar. The game that needs to be circled is the next game. We were not looking past Los Altos tonight, we knew what they would bring.” Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton on facing Diamond Bar after its bye week.

For final scores and stories of all the games in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, click link.

stfrancisFriday’s results
Bishop Amat 48, Culver City 19 Lancers finish non-league 5-1 heading into next week’s Serra opener at Notre Dame.
Charter Oak 31, Los Osos 20 Might be just the Chargers’ (1-4) first win of the season, but there are few teams in this area with a bigger notch on their belt.
St. Francis 48, Monrovia 14 Guess this settles who’s the best in the Star-News area. But I could have told you that.
Diamond Ranch 30, Los Altos 13 Moves to 2-0 in the Hacienda with victory over previously undefeated Los Altos.
Diamond Bar 34, West Covina 13Heard there were “we’ve got Noodles” chants in the stands at Diamond Bar. But more importantly, Brahmas get the win to keep pace with Diamond Ranch, both 2-0.
Glendora 16, South Hills 14 Tartans win with a 19-yard field goal in final minute to remain undefeated, 5-0, with Upland in town next week.
San Dimas 58, Wilson 7 The Valle Vista is a sight for sore eyes for the Saints, who might win every game this way.
10-4-13 DRANCH02Kaiser 18, Ayala 14Bulldogs had a lead most of the game, but not when it counts, in the end.
Bell Gardens 32, El Monte 6 Not the Lions year, it’s as simple as that.
Rosemead 35, Temple City 14 Arroyo may be the Mission Valley favorite, but Rosemead is right there.
Baldwin Park 35, Nogales 29Nogales rallied from a big deficit to tie the score at 29, but the Braves pulled it out to remain undefeated, 5-0.
Los Alamitos 27, Damien 13The Spartans hung, but couldn’t get the W. It should be a great one at Charter Oak next week.
Bonita 59, Rowland 0 This looks and feels ugly just typing it.
Arroyo 34, La Canada 10 The Knights continue to get better and better since season-opening loss to Los Altos.
San Marino 63, South El Monte 14 Could the Titans possibly give Monrovia a game, especially after Monrovia’s blowout loss to St. Francis?
La Puente 33, Sierra Vista 12 The Warriors keep winning and winning, can’t wait for that showdown with Azusa.
Duarte 52, Workman 0 Not a surprise, the Falcons wanted this after last week’s close loss to Azusa.
Maranatha 23, Mountain View 20The Vikings came up just short.
Bassett 34, Gladstone 28 Despite losing almost everyone from last season, the Gladiators continue to be competitive.


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