Must watch video of La Serna capturing the Southeast title behind Mr. Clutch, Frankie “Football” Palmer

Our colleagues at the Long Beach Press-Telegram produced this sensational highlight package from Saturday’s Southeast title game, won in double-overtime on a do-or-die play by La Serna, 41-38. You got to hand it to Long Beach guys Mike Guardabascio and J.J. Fiddler, they did a great job putting this together. What an incredible game and ending.

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Girls Basketball: Big second half lifts Bishop Amat over Muir; faces El Rancho in Covina Tournament semifinals on Friday; Bonita, Cantwell also advance

By Steve Ramirez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
When the Bishop Amat High School girls basketball team finds its rhythm, the Lancers are very difficult to beat.
They showed how tough Wednesday night.
Paulina Santana scored 13 points and Bishop Amat used a 31-5 blitz during a 10-minute stretch during the second and third quarters en route to a 55-25 victory over Muir in a Covina Tournament quarterfinal game at Covina High School.
The Lancers, also getting 10 points each from Janae Chamois and Jurhandi Molina, improved to 3-0. They will face El Rancho, which beat South Hills, 53-49, in Friday’s semifinals at 8 p.m. at Covina High School.
Muir, getting 13 points from Tierra Adams and nine from Chy’annea Hodges, slipped to 3-3.

Bishop Amat coach Richard Wiard: “We struggled in the first half. I can’t remember the last time when we didn’t make a (3-pointer) in the first half. We shot pretty bad. We’re a better shooting team than we showed in the first quarter. But I thought we were pretty good on defense the whole game, and that’s key for us. If we’re good on defense, we’re usually in every game.”
Bonita 50, Arroyo 7
Cantwell 69, Ayala 63
El Rancho 53, South Hills 49
Bishop Amat 55, Muir 25
At Covina HS

Bonita vs. Cantwell, 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. El Rancho, 8 p.m.

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South Pasadena stuns host Glendora, 54-45 while Damien crushes Serrano 89-33 to advance to Friday’s Glendora tournament semifinals

“I think the only people that thought we were going to win were myself and the guys in our locker room. Coming off the bus I said, “We’re not here to get pushed around. We’re not here to lose this game. We’re here to fight, and I think we did it all four quarters.” South Pasadena coach Dave Lutzeier said following the win over Glendora.

QUARTERFINAL ROUNDUP: Damien High junior Malik Fitts provided the understatement of the young season following the Spartans’ 89-33 quarterfinal victory over Serrano in the Glendora boys basketball tournament on Wednesday. “It’s going to be a fun two years,” the 6-foot-5 guard said. That’s because the starting five are all juniors. Fresh off a CIF-SS division title, returning player of the year Jeremy Hemsley finished with 13 points, five assists and four rebounds in a short night of work.

Damien 89, Serrano 33
Walnut 75, Don Lugo 55
Burbank 55, Rowland 51
South Pasadena 54, Glendora 45
Friday’s semifinals at Glendora
Damien vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Burbank vs. South Pasadena, 7:30 p.m.

Damien coach Matt Dunn and junior Malik Fitts talk after Wednesday’s easy 89-33 quarterfinal win over Serrano

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Arroyo boys basketball Friday semifinals set: Montclair vs. La Canada; California vs. Wilson

lacanadahoopsSTORY: The La Canada High boys basketball team showed on Wednesday why it can be awfully dangerous when its shots are falling. The Spartans erupted at the start of the fourth quarter to turn what was a close game against Workman into a 17-point lead and ultimately a 59-48 win in the Arroyo Tournament.“We’re going to be a spurty team,” La Canada head coach Tom Hofman said. “This is one of the better-shooting teams I’ve had in a long time. We need to get more inside. But when we get hot outside, we can really shoot it.”

Arroyo Boys Basketball tournament
Monday’s gmaes
California 54. San Gabriel 24
Montclair 71, Covina 50
Bishop Amat 51, Arroyo 37
La Canada 59, South El Monte 49
Tuesday’s games
Montclair 74, Arcadia 68
Paraclete 36, San Gabriel 27
South El Monte 43, Workman 41
Wilson 64, Arroyo 39
Wednesday’s games
Covina 61, Arcadia 60 OT
La Canada 59, Workman 48
California 55, Paraclete 45
Wilson49, Bishop Amat 44
Friday’s semifinals
Montclair vs La Canada, 6 p.m.
California vs Wilson, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship
A-B winner vs. D-D winner, 7:30 p.m.

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You think your getting video celebration and wind up getting your phone smacked … someone needs a timeout

Daily Breeze prep reporter Tony Ciniglio did what any of us would do. He tried getting celebration video of Lawndale’s wild 54-48 2OT win over Leuzinger but as he followed the action, a near fight broke out and then a Lawndale player wound up smacking the phone from his hand .. If this is how you celebrate when you win, I’d hate to see what happens when you lose ..

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Diamond Bar girls and Damien boys head Tribune soccer rankings

1. Diamond Bar (4-0-1) — Wins over Glendora, Rialto and Claremont
2. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Lost a close one to Upland, 1-0
3. St. Lucy’s (4-1) — Finally off to a good start
4. South Hills (3-0) — Wins over Monrovia and Walnut
5. Glendora (2-3) – Always plays a tough schedule
6. San Dimas (4-4) — Played a tough schedule, losses to Chino Hills, Glendora
7. Rowland (4-0) — Who are these girls? Four wins, four straight blank sheets
8. Sierra Vista (3-0) — Should be another stellar year
9. Diamond Ranch (2-0) — Hasn’t played anyone tough yet
10. Rosemead (4-0) — Can Panthers win the Mission Valley League?

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

1. Damien (4-1-1) — Beat Claremont and West Covina, 3-1 loss to Chino only setback.
2. Diamond Bar (3-1-1) – Off to good start with wins over Chino Hills and Walnut
3. Sierra Vista (4-0) — Looking good after 2-1 victory over rival Baldwin Park on Tuesday
4. Rosemead (4-0-1) — Nice win over San Marino, and wins over San Gabriel and Alhambra.
5. El Monte (4-0) — My early preseason Mission Valley League favorite
6. Baldwin Park (3-1-2) — Should contend for the Valle Vista league title
7. Walnut (2-2) — Probably hit and miss all season.
8. Los Altos (1-0-3) — Guess undefeated is undefeated
9. Nogales (4-0-1) — Nothing special except they remain undefeated.
10. Bishop Amat (2-1-3) — Not bad considering opponents, Beat St. Paul, ties against La Serna, Diamond Ranch

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Basketball: South Pasadena uses a quick start to sink Charter Oak in Glendora Tourney opener

South Pas defeats CO

By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
South Pasadena High School has opened the boys basketball season with a couple of close losses.
The Tigers made sure Tuesday that wouldn’t happen a third time.
Joey Toyama scored 18 points and Greg Luck had 10 and South Pasadena used a 12-0 start en route to a 55-25 victory over Charter Oak in the first round of the Glendora Tournament at Glendora High School.
The Tigers, who also got six points each from Logan Wong and Christian Lee, improved to 3-2. They will face Glendora, which beat Northview, 61-22, in tonight’s quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m.
Dakota Golden had eight points and Joe Bonilla seven for Charter Oak, which slipped to 0-3.
South Pasadena, which has a two-point overtime loss to Eagle Rock and a 1-point setback to Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies to open the season, made five of its first nine attempts to jump out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and 15-2 early in the second quarter. The Tigers, after Charter Oak used a 9-5 run to get back into it, closed the half with an 11-3 blitz and a 17-7 run in the third quarter to win going away.
South Pasadena coach David Lutzeier: “Early on, we shot the ball well. We kind of went flat for a little while, but I was proud of the way they shot the ball late in the game. They shot with confidence.”
Charter Oak coach Jason Rochwerg: “We came out flat and it was one of those things that carried throughout the game. We really didn’t take care of the ball like we normally do. I just think we couldn’t find any rhythm. Give South Pasadena credit. That 1-3-1 (zone) they ran, our kids couldn’t make the adjustment. Unfortunately, we picked a bad night to have a bad shooting night on top of it.”
Upper Bracket

Damien 94, vs. Bassett 33
Serrano 48, San Dimas 34
Don Lugo 75, West Covina 69
Walnut 76, Jurupa Hills 48
Lower Bracket
Rowland 64, Baldwin Park 37
Burbank 74, Sierra Vista 30
South Pasadena 55, Charter Oak 25
Glendora 61, Northview 22
Damien vs. Serrano, at Glendora, 4:30 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Walnut at West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Burbank, at Rowland, 4:30 p.m.
Glendora vs. South Pasadena, at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.

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Area powers Bishop Amat and Bonita could meet in Covina Girls Tournament finals this week

Bonita 50, Charter Oak 39: Bonita (5-0) won four games last week capped with a 63-60 win over tough Brea Olinda to win the Brea Olinda Ladycast Classic and its gearing up for a tournament later this month in Las Vegas, but Tuesday’s game against Charter Oak proved tough with Wheatley out with a headache.
Bonita struggled to victory over Charter Oak, getting 17 points from Smith and 14 from Ariana Abo. The Chargers and Bearcats were tied at half and it was a close third quarter before the Bearcats started pulling away.
Brooke Clementson and Erin Houston each scored 14 points for the Chargers.
Bonita will host Arroyo, a 40-26 winner over Arroyo, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at South Hills at 6:30 p.m.
“There’s no excuses on our part, “ Bonita coach Darren Baumunk said. “But after last week’s Brea Olinda tournament we were kind of beat up. We had a physical game against Brea Saturday night and Nikki’s been sick, Kandyce is dinged up, and we have another out with a concussion. But we’ve got a lot of girls trying to do the best they can and it gives them a chance to get their (games) going.”

First round at Covina HS
Top Bracket
Bonita 50, Charter Oak 39
Arroyo 40, Wilson 26
Ayala 51, West Covina 43
Cantwell 59, Covina 35
Lower Bracket
EL Rancho 60, AB Miller 35
South Hills 45, La Salle 39
Muir 35, St. Lucy’s 33
Bishop Amat 52, Jurupa Hills 36

Wednesday’s Quarterfinals
Top Bracket
Bonita 50, Arroyo 7
Cantwell Sacred Heart 69, Ayala 63
Lower Bracket
El Rancho 53, South Hills 49
Bishop Amat 55, Muir 25
Friday’s Semifinals at Covina
Bonita vs. Cantwell Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m.
El Rancho vs. Bishop Amat, 8 p.m.

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Is the CIF’s Open Basketball Division a good idea? It depends who you ask

“Those teams at the top (of the Open Division) are in a different class. I know they’re trying to sell the point that if you get selected to the Open Division you’ll make it to the state playoffs, but I think a CIF championship means more for schools like us.” Bonita girls coach Darren Baumunk, whose team was moved from Division II-AA last season to Division I-AA this year.

“I don’t know that we would have been invited anyway, but winning Division III-AA was an incredible thing for our school and community. If we would have been selected to the Open Division and lost in the first round, there’s no way we would have felt the same way. You start your season every year with a goal to win a CIF title. There are a few teams like Mater Dei and others that would compete for the Open Division title every year, but for most of us, playing in the Open Division isn’t as ideal as being in the (division) you’re assigned to and having a chance to win it.” --Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn. Damien won the Division III-AA title last season and ascended to Division I-AA this year and faces the prospect of being selected for the Open Division.


By Erik Boal
When it comes to recognizing the best boys and girls basketball teams in the CIF-Southern Section among its 575 member schools, it’s rarely an open-and-shut case.
For the past five seasons, 12 division champions in each gender have been crowned, but even then there was separation based on enrollment, with schools boasting 1,250 or fewer students not getting the opportunity to challenge larger schools for section supremacy, if that was, in fact, their aspiration.
Even when state officials decided to incorporate an Open Division into last year’s state playoffs, only four Southern Section teams were included in both the boys and girls regional draws, with three of them in each gender coming from Division I-AA — considered the section’s most competitive playoff grouping — but it wasn’t a large enough sample size to end the debate.

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Damien and host Glendora headline this week’s Glendora Boys Basketball tournament

damienno.1The Glendora Boys Basketball tournament starts Tuesday with games at West Covina, Rowland at host Glendora. It’s a 16-team bracket tournament, so here ya go.
Upper Bracket
Damien 94, Bassett 33
San Dimas vs. Serrano at Glendora, 4:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. Don Lugo at West CovinA, 7:30 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. Walnut at Rowland, 6 p.m.
Lower Bracket
Rowland vs. Baldwin Park at Rowland, 7:30 p.m.
Burbank vs. Sierra Vista at West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. South Pasadena at Glendora, 6 p.m.
Northview vs. Glendora at Glendora, 7:30 p.m.
Quarterfinals are Wednesday, semifinals Friday and the championship on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Glendora

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JOE LEGEND: Joseph Mayorga’s last minute game-winning 32-yard TD seals the deal for San Dimas, 20-14 over Paraclete for the Mid-Valley Division title

BREAKING: La Serna wins the Southeast Division title in double overtime, 41-38.



GAME STORY: Back in September, the San Dimas High School football team looked lost. Today the Saints are champions. Joseph Mayorga rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard run with 27 seconds left, and host San Dimas capped its run to a second CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley title with a 20-14 victory over visiting Paraclete on Friday night.

Aram’s column on coach Bill Zernickow winning a second title: When Bill Zernickow took over as head coach at San Dimas High School in 2005, the school was looking for some stability and proper leadership at the top of its football program. Anything beyond that, specifically wins, would simply be gravy given how the previous coaching staff’s tenure came to an end.

I’ll update with video highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider…

Mayorga’s game winning TD, final moments, celebration and interviews … later we’ll also have the Inland Insider’s postgame video with game highlights as well….

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Boys Basketball: Glendora beats Thousand Oaks 47-42 to capture Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tournament

Glendora to the finals: Brea Olinda put a scare into Glendora High’s basketball team on Friday night, but the Tartans still found a way to win.
A.J. Bigornia scored 29 points, including his 3-point basket with 1:22 remaining in overtime, that carried Glendora to a 64-62 win in the semifinals of the Tip-Off Classic at Northview High.
The Tartans will play Thousand Oaks, a 75-52 winner over Ontario’s Colony High in tonight’s championship game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Northview.


By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
Glendora High School has won some big boys basketball games in recent years.
The experienced gained from those wins played a part for the Tartans on Thursday.
Thomas Rico scored 17 points and Brandon Brothers had 14 and Glendora outscored Walnut, 9-2, down the stretch to secure a 54-47 victory over the Mustangs in a Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament quarterfinal at Baldwin Park High School.
Kyle Bracy had 10 points for the Tartans, who improved to 3-0. Glendora will face Brea Olinda, 47-37 winner over Keppel, in Friday’s semifinals, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Northview High School. The other half of the bracket pits the winners of Colony-Claremont and Diamond Ranch-Thousand Oaks at 7:30 p.m. at Northview. The title game is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Northview.
Walnut, getting 19 points from Zuri Williams and 13 from Rob Harrelson, slipped to 2-1.
Bracy and Joseph Alvarez, with the score tied at 45 with just over three minutes to play, combined on two free throws for a 47-45 advantage before Brothers pushed it to 48-45 on a layup with 1:51 left to play and A.J. Bigornia followed with a 3-pointer for a 51-45 lead at 1:06.
Alvarez got a key rebound and two free throws for a 53-45 lead with 19 seconds left. Walnut’s Ben Lunblade, after a Alvarez free throw, made a putback at the buzzer to account for the 54-47 final.
Glendora coach Mike LeDuc: “I think it (experience) does help. But you have to remember, we haven’t played a game that meant anything since July. The first two games we (had big leads), so it’s our first challenging game. Well, you have to get back into the sink of these type of games, games where you have to make good decisions and good execution.”
Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “It’s a tied game with two minutes and our big kid (Richard Rycraw) fouls out. We gave up some offensive rebounds that led to some fouls. They ran a great screen play that led to an open shot, they hit the big shot and got them the lead. Credit it to them, they made some big shots down the stretch and we didn’t it. That was the ball game.”

Thursday’s quarterfinal results
Glendora 54, Walnut 47
Brea Olinda 47, Keppel 37
Colony 63, Claremont 56, OT
Thousand Oaks 63, Diamond Ranch 44
Friday’s Semifinals
Northview High School

Glendora 64, Brea Olinda 62, OT
Thousand Oaks 75, Colony 52
Saturday’s championship
Glendora 47, Thousand Oaks 42

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BOYS HOOPS: Damien beware, Chino Hills knocks off West SGV power Pasadena, 72-63 .. check out the video

The Chino Hills High School boys basketball team used an 11-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away from Pasadena and post a 73-63 win in the quarterfinals of the Rose City Classic on Wednesday night at Maranatha High.
The Huskies (2-0) got double-figure performances from four players and that was enough to trump Pasadena (1-1) standout Ajon Efferson’s game-high 33 points and advance to play Sylmar in Friday’s semifinals.

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San Dimas will have ticket presale for Friday’s Mid-Valley Division title game, plus video of the Saints opponent, Paraclete

fjsandimasDon’t want to fight the ticket lines on Friday for the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title game between host San Dimas and Paraclete?
San Dimas has a solution for you — a presale.
The school announced today that they will be selling tickets to the game on Thursday and Friday between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets costs $10 for adults, and $5 for students with an ID and children under age 14.
The school also announced that additional parking will be made available at McKinley Boys Home, which is on Cypress, north of Lone Hill Ave.


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San Dimas’ winning tradition under Bill Zernickow is always about the Saints’ vaunted Wing Z offensive line

Below: Saints’ six offensive lineman, from left, Mike Zapata, Derek Kearns, Fidel Castro, Nathan Alvarez, Jared Trujillo, and Noah Reep during practice at San Dimas High School football field on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
By Aram Tolegian
The San Dimas High School football team’s offensive line has no individual statistics of its own as proof of its prowess, only the gaudy numbers of the skill players it paves the way for. But ask anyone affiliated with the Saints and they’ll tell you the backbone of this year’s team is its offensive line. And if San Dimas wins the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship on Friday night, you can bet the line made it possible. The Saints host Paraclete in Friday’s Mid-Valley finals. Kickoff is 7 p.m. “There’s holes everywhere,” San Dimas running back Joseph Mayorga. “The holes are always big. There’s always a push behind them, so it’s always great running behind these guys.”

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