HE’S BACK: Former Los Altos legend Greg Gano will take over as Wilson’s head football coach

“It’s going to be a nice, new challenge,” Gano said. “I don’t have a magic wand, so it’s going to take time. They know that. I know that. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out. “We’re going to try and put a staff together, work hard and be competitive.”

coachganoBy Aram Tolegian Greg Gano is back in Hacienda Heights. Gano, who won four CIF championships at Los Altos, was named head coach of the Wilson High School football team last Friday. Gano is the fourth head coach at the school in four years … conversely, Wilson is Gano’s third job in the past two years. “You always think the grass is greener and it’s not, and I’m back in the district where I spent most of my coaching career and I’m excited about being here,” Gano said.Wilson’s football program has fallen on hard times in recent years. The Wildcats were 1-9 this fall and didn’t win a game in the Valle Vista League. Nick Christos, who was in his second year at the helm, resigned as head coach shortly after the season.
Prior to that, the Wildcats were coached by veteran Bob Burt, who was brought in to stabilize the program after the hasty exit previous head coach Brian Zavala. Burt was also supposed to mentor Christos, who served on Burt’s staff.

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Diamond Bar football standout Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, has left the school

“He told me that he wants to play for a bigger school to get him ready for college,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “We’re going to miss his presence at wide receiver. We wish him the best of luck.”

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By Aram Tolegian
Wide receiver Cordell Broadus, son of famous rapper Snoop Dogg, checked out of Diamond Bar High School on Friday and plans to transfer to a bigger school to get prepared for his college football career.
Broadus denied rumors earlier this month that he was leaving Diamond Bar for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, NV. His next destination is unknown at this time.
“He told me that he wants to play for a bigger school to get him ready for college,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “We’re going to miss his presence at wide receiver. We wish him the best of luck.”

TMZ PICKS IT UP: TMZ picked up Aram’s story and gave In the Huddle credit for posting it first. TMZ also reporting that they hear Cordell could be heading to St. John Bosco, who is playing for the state title on Saturday.

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Girls Basketball: Paulina Santana scores 27 points to lead Bishop Amat into Arroyo Tourney finals; Lancers beat Cantwell, 50-40


By Steve Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
EL MONTE —
Bishop Amat High School has won the Gary Houston Memorial Christmas girls basketball Classic so much over the years, it’s almost like the Lancers’ home tournament.
Bishop Amat, which has won the 19th annual even 11 times, will get a chance tonight at an even dozen.
Paulina Santana scored a career-high 27 points, including 12 in a key second-quarter run, and the Lancers advanced to the championship game with a 50-40 victory over Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary in the semifinals Friday night at Arroyo High School.
Janae Chamois also had 11 points for Bishop Amat, which improved to 7-1. The Lancers will face South Torrance, a 43-41 winner over Oak Hills, in tonight’s title game at 7:30 p.m. at Arroyo High School.
Sylvia Garcia had 21 points for Cantwell, which slipped to 6-3. The Cardinals will face Oak Hills at 6.
Bishop Amat, getting 12 points on four 3-pointers from Santana in the second quarter, led 26-22 at halftime before using two surges to lead 41-29 at halftime. Cantwell countered with an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter before losing, 50-40.
Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “We were OK (Friday). I don’t think it was our best defensive game. I know it wasn’t our performance. But obviously, we shot the ball well. But we can’t win a lot of games if we don’t get scoring closer to the basket. Our two starting post players had four points. We have to get the ball closer to the basket.”
Cantwell coach Omar Villalta: “We’re a resilient bunch. We’re not going to die. We pushed the ball. We play the speed game. We knew, even down 16, that if we push the ball, play defense, we will be fine.”
GARY HOUSTON MEMORIAL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC
Semifinals
Friday

Bishop Amat 50, Cantwell 40
South Torrance 43, Oak Hill 41
Finals
Saturday

Bishop Amat vs. South Torrance, 7:30 p.m.

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Friday’s High School Basketball Tournament semifinals: Bishop Amat advances to finals of Arroyo; Bonita knocked out in boys La Canada tourney

Friday’s Basketball Semifinals Preview: The draw for the La Canada High School boys basketball Holiday Classic went exactly as diagrammed. Keppel, host La Canada, Bonita and St. Francis will complete pool play tonight with the winners of each game going to Saturday’s finals. “It kind of worked out the way we thought it might,” La Canada coach Tom Hofman said. “We have two good games (today).”

Another league title for Bonita and Greg Eckler Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Another league title for Bonita and Greg Eckler
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

ARROYO GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Friday’s semifinals

South Torrance 43, Oak Hills 41
Bishop Amat 50, Cantwell 40
Saturday’s championship
Bishop Amat vs. South Torrance, 7:30 p.m.

SAN DIMAS GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Friday’s semifinals

Vista Murietta 62, Chino Hills 36
Lakeside 52, Diamond Ranch 48
Saturday’s championship
Vista Murietta vs. Lakeside, 2:30 p.m.
Third-Place: Diamond Ranch vs. South Hills, 1:30 p.m.

LA CANADA BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Friday’s semifinals
St. Francis 50, Bonita 26
Keppel 51, La Canada 48

Saturday’s championship
St. Francis vs. Keppel, 7:30 p.m.
Third place game: Bonita vs. La Canada, 6 p.m.

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