Area games cancelled because of Colby Fire in Glendora Foothills .. If there are more, let us know

UPDATE: Glendora, St. Lucy’s, Covina, Northview, Baldwin Park, San Dimas, Walnut, La Puente, West Covina, Workman, Gladstone, Pomona, Bassett, Ganesha, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Wilson, Nogales, Rowland, Los Altos, Bonita and Duarte have cancelled outdoor activities — mostly boys, girls soccer and girls water polo because of the Colby Fire in Glendora and the huge cloud of smoke and ash over the San Gabriel Valley. Basically, entire Valle Vista, Hacienda and Montview League outdoor sports cancelled. In Whittier, the Whittier school district has cancelled all outdoor activities. La Mirada HS, St. Paul and El Rancho have suspended all outdoor activity.


TOUT VIDEO: Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian, David Felton and I will post 45 second video interviews, highlight clips and whatever during the prep season. You can view them all on this widget by simply watching and scrolling down. Most recent video’s appear first.

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Could Palomares and Hacienda be in same football division? One proposal says yes

Got a tip from someone “in the know” about one of the football proposals for the CIF-SS Playoff Division that will change in the fall for the next two years, the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Locally, it’s interesting. Let me share a few. Remember, this a proposal, nothing more. Love that the Palomares and Hacienda could be in the same division. That would put the East San Gabriel Valley public heavyweights all in the same division.

One proposal for 2014 and ’15 football division realignment.
Division 2AA: Palomares, Hacienda, Freeway, Sea View, Parochial C (which includes St. Paul, possibly Damien).
Division 4AAA: Valle Vista, Alpha, Parochial D, Ambassador, Rio Hondo, Mt. Baldy.
Division 5A: Mission Valley. De Anza, Olympic, Garden Grove, Orange.
Division 5AA: Almont, Parochial E, Golden West, Orange Coast, Miramonte, Montview

Like I mentioned, it’s just a proposal. Here are the dates and timeline from CIF for the new divisions to be finalized.

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Bishop Amat/Cerritos College girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez in Philadelphia to accept national coach of the year award

Bishop Amat and Cerritos College coach Ruben Gonzalez named Division III national junior college coach of the year by NSCAA: For the second year in a row and third time in his nine seasons as the Cerritos College head women’s soccer coach, Ruben Gonzales led his team to the CCCAA State Championship, finishing the season with a No. 1 ranking. Gonzalez has also now led his squad to three NCAA Division III National Championships.


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Soccer Wrapup: Chino Hills girls soccer knock off undefeated South Hills, 2-0

Boys Soccer
South Hills 3, Chino Hills 1 — Both struggled in non-league, SHills gets a boost, CHills in big trouble.
Damien 1, Charter Oak 0 — Defending champs favored again.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack with the best chance to dethrone Damien.
Girls Soccer
STORY: Chino Hills 2, South Hills 0 — South Hills was undefeated, but Chino Hills showed why it’s among the best in D-2
Charter Oak 4, St. Lucy’s 2 — Chargers went 1-9 in Sierra last year.
Claremont 2, Ayala 0 — Wolfpack could be Chino Hills’ biggest threat.

ABOVE: Sierra Vista’s Sebastian Ocampo (27), center, celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal against Duarte in the second half of Boys soccer

Sierra Vista 3, Duate 0There is a certain amount of luck to play to an undefeated season. Sierra Vista High School took a lot of that luck in its Montview League showdown against visiting Duarte on Tuesday afternoon. “It was at least a little bit of luck,” Sierra Vista senior Mario Saenz said of the 3-0 victory, “But the skill and effort are always there. Going undefeated is motivation for us. We’re just being humble and giving it our best.”
The Dons remained unbeaten, and once-tied. It was Duarte’s first league defeat.
“It was by far our worst game of the season,” Dons coach Jose Rodriguez said. “I don’t know what it was. If we would have played 50 percent of the way we practiced (Monday) night, it would have been a different thing. But the score was there.” Saenz had two goals and an assist.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 1, El Monte 0
Arroyo High School midfielder Adrian Ramirez said he woke Tuesday morning and felt he had a big game coming. He was right.
Ramirez scored the lone goal in the 76th minute to lift Arroyo to a 1-0 victory over El Monte in a battle of undefeated teams in the Mission Valley league opener.

The Knights’ Jose Meza got it started on a breakaway. Meza’s shot was poked away by Lions goalkeeper Ramon Rodriguez but Ramirez was there to clean it up. Ramirez didn’t finish on his first shot, but followed up his own shot for the game winner
“I thought was going to miss,” Ramirez said. “But I felt calm and I knew the goal was inside me. I felt that anger inside me and I had to let it out. Our coach told us it’s all about winning.” El Monte (6-1, 0-1), which had outscored its opponents 56-2 entering the match, had a chance to tie a minute later, earning a penalty kick in the 77th minute. But Jesus’ Garcia steered his game-tying attempt wide and Arroyo remained undefeated, improving to 6-0-4 and 1-0 in league.
Montview League

Hacienda League

Los Altos 1, Diamond Bar 1
Los Altos didn’t beat Hacienda League girls soccer rival Diamond Bar on Tuesday.
It just felt that way.
Natalia Elizarraras scored with about five minutes to play in regulation to help the Conquerors tie the host Brahmas in a key league game.

The Conquerors, who got nine saves from goalie Daniela Gonzalez, are 8-2-3 overall and 1-0-1 in league play. Diamond Bar, which scored its only goal on an own goal in the first minute, is 9-2-3 and 2-0-1.
Los Altos coach Chris Reeder: “I told the girls that the way this league works, very few (teams) go undefeated in this league. When you go to somebody’s house, you have to get a point. Our goal was to tie the game. If you can get a win here great. We haven’t won here in a long time. We came away with a point, and get to play them at our place in the second round.”
Diamond Bar coach Matt Brummett: “It was a fair result, I think. It went back and forth. Both sides, there were chances to win the game. A good old-fashion Hacienda League matchup. It was a fair result. It’s unfortunate we didn’t come away with the win, but I’m sure they feel the same way.”

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Wednesday’s Boys Basketball: Damien crushes Charter Oak in Sierra opener; Walnut drops Bonita to 0-3 in the Hacienda

Walnut 67, Bonita 64
Richard Rycraw scored 16 points and had a key free throw with 23 seconds left as Walnut beat Bonita for the first time in three seasons.
Bonita (12-5, 0-3), which got 14 points from Tim Trisnaldi, had a chance to tie it with 1.1 seconds left. Walnut’s Lawrence Birdsong made the second of two free throws for a 67-64 lead. But Dane Hollar’s desperation heave at the buzzer was short.
Walnut (11-5, 2-0) trailed, 31-30, at halftime, before opening the second half with blitzes of 12-4 and 17-14 for a 59-49 lead with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Trisnaldi hit two 3-pointers to cut it to 64-61, but Kenny Walker’s 3-pointer with 23 seconds was short.
Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “This is the first time since I’ve been here that we’ve been able to beat Bonita. We lost in overtime three times before. My guys really wanted to get that (win) for me, and I appreciate it.”

Walnut’s Richard Rycraw: “It’s great, especially since Bonita is not going to be in our league anymore. We had to send them out with a bang. “Last year, we came close to beating them, but we let it slip at the end. This game, there was a lot of pressure on us, but we had to prove that we are the better than them.”
– Steve Ramirez

By the way, if there is a bigger high school fan than the one pictured for Arroyo, commonly known in Arroyoland as Wolfie, I haven’t seen him.
Hacienda League
Walnut 67, Bonita 64
Rowland 54, West Covina 52, OT
Los Altos 63, Diamond Bar 59
Montview League
Mission Valley League
El Monte 52, Arroyo 41
Gabrielino 76, Rosemead 23
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 60, Nogales 48
Wilson 65, Pomona 50
Sierra League
Damien 60, Charter Oak 32
Claremont 59, Ayala 48
Chino Hills 104, South Hills 63

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Girls Basketball: Bonita lets Walnut back in, then slams the door, 60-50


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
For the Bonita High School girls basketball team, the question is not if it will win the Hacienda League title, but whether it will be challenged.
The Bearcats got an answer Wednesday, but not quite the one head coach Darren Baumunk was looking for, after he was forced to reinsert his starters during the fourth quarter to secure a 60-50 victory over host Walnut.
Nikki Wheatley scored 21 points and Kandyce Smith had 14 as Bonita, ranked No. 9 in CIF-Southern Section Division IAA, improved to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in the Hacienda League. Walnut, getting 11 points each from Kim Mayekawa and Britney Yee, slipped to 9-6 and 1-1.
Bonita, also getting 11 points from Ariana Abo, blitzed Walnut early. The Bearcats closed the first quarter with a 15-3 surge to lead 24-8 before enjoying leads of 37-19 at halftime and 46-20 early in the third quarter.
The game got interesting down the stretch.

Bonita coach Darren Baumunk: “I was pleased with how we played the beginning. “We got off to a quick start, which was the first time this year we’ve gotten to that quick of a start. We pushed the ball and got to play our tempo early, and it got to a point where we (could insert the younger players). It was a struggle for them, and they have to understand it’s not going to be the last time to show what they can do. They have to step up.”
Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley: “We have a solid team. We struggled a little bit (in the second half), so we had to go back in. But I think the other girls did good, they just have to work on their passing a bit. I think it was a solid win, all around.”

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Northview wrestler Bryan Salinas ranked No. 1 in the state at 160 pounds

salinasNorthview’s Bryan Salinas ranked No. 1 in the state: Northview High School has been the dominant wrestling program in the area for nearly two decades and that trend is continuing this season.
The Vikings, armed with a trio of competitors who are contenders to place at the state championships in March, look as strong as ever. Northview is ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 this week after winning three tournaments and a top 10 finish at a fourth during the first two months of the season.
“We’re doing well,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “We won Carter, we won our tournament, we won at El Cajon. We were eighth at the Don Buchanan Tournament, which I thought was a pretty good showing for our team. We have a lot of kids who are having a good year.”

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Damien boys, Bishop Amat, Bonita girls on CIF’s first Open Division Watch List

CIF OPEN DIVISION WATCH LIST: For the first time, the CIF Southern Section Basketball Open Division Selection Committee has released their first “Open Division Watch List”. This list has been developed to identify the current pool of schools, based upon their performance this season, as possible “Open” division entrants into the 2014 CIF-SS Basketball Championships. The schools on the “Watch List” have shown that they are among the elite basketball teams currently in the Southern Section, based upon their performance, so far this season. The committee will update the list every week to track teams through league play, leading up to final “Open” division selection, on Friday, February 14, 2014. Teams may be added and/or dropped off the Watch List” between this initial list and final selection on February 14. Up to a maximum of 16 teams may be selected for the boys and girls “Open” division playoff bracket.

Who is on it: Damien is among 30 teams listed on the boys side and Bishop Amat and Bonita are among 23 teams listed on the girls side. Remember, they will take up to 16 teams.

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UPDATE: Bonita boys basketball coach Greg Eckler quit after halftime wrestling incident

By Fred Robledo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
MONDAY UPDATE: Bonita boys basketball coach Greg Eckler, who abruptly resigned on Friday after 12 years in charge, asked players to wrestle as a form of discipline during halftime of a 43-40 loss to Diamond Bar on Jan. 8, resulting in a minor head injury to one of the players, according to Bonita Unified Assistant Superintendent Curtis Frick.
The injury was not serious and the player returned to play the second half, explained Frick.
After parents complained to school officials the following day about what allegedly took place, Eckler opted to resign when confronted by school officials. Eckler could not be reached for comment.


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Greg Eckler, who built the Bonita High School boys basketball team into one of the top programs in the Valley, has resigned as head coach, citing personal reasons.
Assistant coaches Mark Shores, Randy Bell and Mark Miller will direct the team, which played a Hacienda League game at Rowland on Friday night.
“For personal reasons, coach Greg Eckler has chosen to resign his coaching position at Bonita High School,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said in a statement released by the school. “We would like to thank coach Eckler for his 12 years of coaching at Bonita High School. We appreciate his dedication and leadership of the program. He has helped to make Bonita basketball one of the premier programs in the Valley. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Eckler, who was hired prior to the 2001-02 season, won six league titles over the past eight seasons, including the past three Hacienda League crowns, winning 35 of 36 games. Bonita, which also won the Miramonte League twice during his tenure, had won 28 consecutive league games before the streak was snapped with a 51-40 loss at Diamond Ranch last January.
The Bearcats were 12-3 going into Friday night’s game at Rowland. They had opened league play with a 43-40 loss to Diamond Bar at home on Wednesday.

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Boys, Girls soccer rankings: Sierra Vista, El Monte boys still undefeated; South Hills girls No. 1 with power Chino Hills to follow


1. Sierra Vista (11-0-1)- Already 4-0 in the Montview and facing 4-0 Duarte at home on Tuesday for sole possession of first.
2. El Monte (6-0-0)- Not just undefeated, but 56 goals for and just two against, including a 4-0 blowout over Baldwin Park. I’m guessing they’re the real deal.
3. Damien (6-3-2)- Defending league champs are still the favorites, but nothing comes easy in the Sierra.
4. Los Altos (4-4-4)- Better than record? Yes. But 2-0 loss to Diamond Ranch not a good way to start the Hacienda.
5. Diamond Bar (9-5-1)- Already 2-0 in the Hacienda with easy wins over West Covina and Bonita.
6. Baldwin Park (8-2-2)- Nice 3-0 start in the Valle Vista, but keep an eye on Pomona.
7. Arroyo (5-1-3)- Solid 1-1 tie against Damien, showdown with El Monte on Tuesday
8. Rosemead (4-1-2)- Another super team in the stacked Mission Valley League.
9. Bishop Amat (5-2-3) – Best start in years. Won three straight and hoping to make some noise in the Del Rey.
10. Duarte (8-3) — 4-0 in the tough Montivew with No. 1 Sierra up next on Tuesday.

1. South Hills (11-0-1)- Undefeated and 58 goals with only 4 against. Do you believe? I’ll answer that after Wednesday’s game at Chino Hills, far and away the best in the Sierra.
2. Bishop Amat (5-2-3)- Defending CIF champs not as dominant, but still good. La Salle in town on Wednesday.
3. Diamond Bar (9-2-2)- Defending league champs with big game vs. Los Altos on Tuesday.
4. Los Altos (8-2-2)- Better than most thought it would be, but find out how good at Diamond Bar next.
5. St. Lucy’s (6-7-1)- Not a typical St. Lucy’s start, but they always play a tough schedule.
6. Sierra Vista (9-3-0)- Far and away the best in the Montview. Again.
7. Charter Oak (7-5-0)- Started great last year and faded in the Sierra. Will there be a repeat performance?
8. San Dimas (7-6-0)- Probably still best in the Valle Vista, but not nearly as good as last year.
9. El Monte (5-1)- Not a tough schedule, but only has allowed five goals in six games.
10. Rosemead (5-1)- Only loss a 3-0 setback at Temple City.

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

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

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All CIF Football teams published: San Dimas’ Joseph Mayorga named Mid-Valley MVP

Mid Valley Division: PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas; DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, Bobby Rios, San Dimas; FIRST TEAM: Fausto Martinez, San Dimas, RB; Nathan Coto, Arroyo, QB; Jared Trujillo, San Dimas, OL; Mark Rangel, Arroyo, OL; Mike Zapata, San Dimas, OL; Nico Lozano, Arroyo, WR; Shawnee Wilson, Pomona, WR; Sony Gonzalez, Arroyo, DB; Jesus Calvillo, Arroyo, LB; Desmond Bobo, Pomona, DB; Joey Erickson, San Dimas, LB; Robert Sanchez, Arroyo, DL; Jared Brito, Northview, DL; Stephen Cansino, Rosemead, Kicker.
Inland Division: Adam Goss, South Hills, QB; Zion Echols, Charter Oak, RB; Kory Brown, Charter Oak, QB; Tate Larson, Damien, OL; Alex Haston, Charter Oak, OL; Donavin Washington, Charter Oak, WR; Eric Prevost, Charter Oak, DL
Northwest Division: Gavin Hray, OL, La Puente; Jose Ochoa, La Puente, WR; Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, utility; Sam Edwards, Duarte, LB.
Southeast Division: Estardo Marcos, Los Altos, RB; Ty Brown, Diamond Bar, RB; Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch, OL; David Tolmachof, Los Altos, OL; Sidney Jones, West Covina, DB; Will Bryan, Diamond Ranch, RB; Tevita Sina, Los Altos, DL; David Jimenez, Los Altos, DL; Matt Preston, Diamond Ranch, LB.

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Too bad Northview and South Hills baseball don’t meet this season; Roddy vs. Murphy would have been fun

There’s no secret longtime South Hills baseball assistant Dan Roddy wanted the head coaching job when Kevin Smith bolted for Mt. SAC over the summer. Roddy, a teacher at South Hills, figured he was next in line. However, school officials opted to pass Roddy over for Northview coach Darren Murphy, who moved across town and convinced former Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley to become his assistant at South Hills. Talk about a dymanic duo … So what happened to Roddy? He got the job at Northview, and well deserved. Both coaches are top notch. Now if they would square off head-to-head, that would be really fun.

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Damien, Glendora highlight Saturday’s Southern California Shootout at Azusa Pacific

PREVIEW: Damien and Glendora high schools have been two of the area’s marquee boys basketball programs over the years and the two former rivals will take center stage at this weekend’s Southern California Shootout.
The 12th annual event will feature nine games and is scheduled for Saturday at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center.
Glendora and Damien will play back-to-back games, with the Tartans facing Del Rio League power California at 4:30 p.m., which will be followed by the Spartans meeting Mission Viejo at 6 p.m.

Flintridge Prep vs Charter Oak, 9 a.m.
South Hills vs. Alta Loma, 10:30 a.m.
Corona Santiago vs. Rowland, Noon
Murrieta Valley vs. Walnut, 1:30 p.m.
Colony vs. La Canada, 3 p.m.
Glendora vs. California, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Mission Viejo, 6 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. ML King, 7:30 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Claremont, 9 p.m.

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Basketball Rankings: Bonita tumbles in boys rankings; Walnut, South Hills girls on the move in girls rankings

damienblockBoys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (13-2) — Sierra as tough as ever. Not only is Chino Hills the team to beat, but Ayala and Claremont are right there too.
2. Glendora (13-3) — Tartans will give it the old Tartan try in the Baseline, but finishing in the top three is a tough order. The Palomares League can’t come soon enough.
3. Walnut (10-5) – Two losses to No. 1 Damien by a combined eight points, including a two-point loss in the Covina tourney final. They’re the real deal.
4. Los Altos (11-4) – One of several teams that could compete for the Hacienda League title.
5. Wilson (10-7) – Owns wins over Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Bishop Amat and is 2-0 in the VVL
6. Diamond Ranch (9-6) — 2-0 start in the Hacienda, including a one-point win over Los Altos
7. Bonita (11-4) — Can’t remember the last time Bonita wasn’t top five during coach Greg Eckler’s tenure. With him gone for good, ‘Cats 0-2 in Hacienda and may continue to drop.
8. Rowland (8-7) – One of several teams in the Hacienda league mix. Big win over Bonita on Friday.
9. Gladstone (11-1) — Raise your hand if you though Gladstone would be the only once-beaten team at this point.
10. South Hills (8-8) — Better enjoy its .500 record because it only gets tougher in the Sierra.

BONITA GHOOPGirls Basketball Rankings
1. Bonita (14-1) — Shouldn’t lose a game in the Hacienda so the question becomes, do you want an invitation to the Open Division?
2. Bishop Amat (14-2) — Lancers beat up on the neighborhood bullies — with the exception of Bonita. Now the tough part, trying to win games in the Del Rey.
3. Diamond Ranch (9-4) — Playing extremely well. Now if they put their roster and stats on MaxPreps, we would know who to talk about.
4. Walnut (8-4) — Lori Huckler is a coaching machine, she always has her ladies near the top. They reached the semifinals of the Ayala tournament.
5. South Hills (11-4) — Areas biggest surprise. Don’t be surprised if it contends for the Sierra League title.
6. Diamond Bar (7-8) — Rough 0-2 start in the Hacienda, which included an upset loss to West Covina.
7. Wilson (8-7) -- Defending league champs face Covina today for outright lead in the VVL
8. Covina (7-9) — Trying to rebound from a so-so year. 2-0 start in VVL just what it needed.
9. Arroyo (8-7) — Mission Valley League favorites?
10. Azusa (8-6) — With Workman and Duarte fading, the Aztecs could be the Montview frontrunners.

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Boys Basketball Roundup: San Dimas beats Wilson in final seconds, 45-43; Glendora opens Baseline with a W

wilsonhoopWilson 2-0 in VVL: It may be a new year, but the result was the same.
The Wilson High boys basketball team got a last-minute game-winning shot to knock off San Dimas, 45-43 in a Valle Vista League game on Friday night.
Senior Erick Ramos hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 23.8 seconds left in the game for the final margin. Ramos led all scorers with 15 points.

Glendora’s LeDuc four wins shy of 800: Glendora and Alta Loma high schools kicked off the Baseline League boys basketball season Friday night and the Tartans, ranked fifth in CIF-SS Division 2AA, pulled away after the opening half for a 65-54 victory. Leading the way for Glendora (13-3) were juniors A.J. Bigornia and Brandon Brothers with 25 and 24 points, respectively. Bigornia had five 3-pointers and Brothers added three.
Rowland 49, Bonita 41 — Junior Hernandez had 13 points and Eliah Beasley had 12 as Rowland improved to 1-1 in the Hacienda League. Gershon Aragon contributed five points and eight rebounds to the winners, who beat Bonita for the first since they joined the league. Kenny Walter finished with 18 points for the Bearcats, but Dane Hollar was held to just three points.
Other Scores
Hacienda League

Diamond Ranch 59, West Covina 42
Valle Vista League
Nogales 58, Baldwin Park 30
Montview League
Workman 61 Duarte 40

Inland Insider Highlight’s from Chino Hills’ 68-36 boys basketball victory Thursday over Renaissance Academy.

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Bishop Amat girls soccer defeats Marshall 3-0 in battle of defending CIF champions

Coaches, to get your write-up in the paper and online, call 626-544-0992 or email your results to, and leave a contact number for questions.
Bishop Amat, Marshall girls soccer photo gallery
amatsocAmat wins battle of defending champions, 3-0: Bishop Amat High School’s Jamie Peters took the long pass and then tried to outrace the speedy Marshall defenders in Thursday’s nonleague girls soccer game. Marshall goalie Jocelyn Lopez also raced out to the ball along the sidelines, about 25 yards from the goalmouth. “The goalkeeper was gutsy coming out and trying to get the ball,” Peters said. “I heard my teammates calling for the cross and I knew someone would run full speed to get the ball. I was just trying to get there and passing it to my teammates.”

San Dimas 10, Nogales 2 — Daisy Duran had three goals and two assists in the Saints’ highest-scoring victory in two years to improve to 2-0 in the Valle Vista League. Cheyenne Cepeda also had a hat trick for San Dimas, while Morgan Quarternik added a goal and an assist in the win.

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Charter Oak’s Eric Prevost and Diamond Ranch’s Kammy Delp preparing for next month’s football signing day

FOOTBALL SIGNING DAY NEARS: With just less than a month before National Signing Day for high school football players, the local recruiting trail is heating up as would-be prospects from the area try to solidify their Saturday plans for the next four years.
Charter Oak is always a hot bed of activity and this year is no different with defensive standouts Eric Prevost and Donavin Washington garnering plenty of attention.
Prevost, the Tribune’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year, has offers from Sacramento St. and Montana St., and as college coaches figure out where he best fits position-wise, Chargers coach Lou Farrar expects more offers to roll in. Washington had an offer from Boise St. this fall, but after head coach Chris Peterson and most of his staff left for Washington, it remains unclear whether the offer still stands.
kammydelpWashington has a trip to Stonybrook planned and also previously had offers from Nevada and Sacramento St.
Diamond Ranch’s Kammy Delp ended the suspense over where he’d end up next fall. The mammoth offensive/defensive lineman picked Arizona St. during a televised moment in last week’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game. Delp was also considering UCLA.
Delp’s Diamond Ranch teammate Will Bryan, a running back/defensive back, turned down offers from Nevada and Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo to play at Yale next fall. Diamond Ranch’s Marcus Bricsoe could join Bryan in the Ivy Legaue at Columbia.

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Glendora boys basketball coach Mike LeDuc notches 1,000 career game and is five shy from 800th victory

MAGIC NUMBERS OF MIKE LEDUC: The numbers keep adding up for Glendora High School and boys basketball coach Mike LeDuc.
LeDuc coached his 1,000th Glendora game in a 59-45 loss to Grant of Sacramento in a tournament in Marin on Dec. 27. He has coached three games since, winning twice. That has put him just five victories away from 800 career wins at Glendora.
“You only to get to these numbers by being old and having a lot of good players,” LeDuc said. “I still enjoy it.”


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Boys Basketball Roundup: Diamond Ranch too deep for West Covina in Hacienda opener, 59-44

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Diamond Ranch, West Covina photo gallery
Boys Hoops, Diamond Ranch 59, West Covina 44: Close one door and the Diamond Ranch High School boys basketball team opens another.
West Covina tried to shut down Diamond Ranch point guard Ernest Ugoagu in Wednesday night’s Hacienda League opener. The move opened the floor for Ethan Jarrell and the sophomore made the Bulldogs pay in a 59-44 victory. “I thought they would face-guard me a little harder,” Jarrell said. “But I was open.”
Jarrell sank four 3-pointers in the first half and finished with five.

Wednesday’s results
Hacienda League

Walnut 73, Rowland 55
Diamond Ranch 59, West Covina 44
Montview League
Workman 64, Bassett 44
Valle Vista Legaue
Wilson 44, Nogales 39
San Dimas 57, Northview 47
Pomona 64, Covina 44

Former San Dimas star Austin Barbato eligible at Maranatha: Transfers are allowed to suit up and play this week and the Minutemen were able to play 6-foot-2 San Dimas transfer Austin Barbato for the first time in Tuesday’s 82-61 victory over La Salle. “A lot of teams will have makeovers,” Maranatha coach Tim Tucker said. “(Barbato) helps us. He makes us better because he’s a player with a high IQ for the game.”

Whittier Christian 57, Edgewood 20 –The Heralds established a 31-2 lead at halftime before coasting to a non-league victory over Edgewood. Sydney Lopez led the Whittier Christian offense with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. Christa Evans added nine points with eight rebounds, while Makenna Coleman had nine points and a pair of steals for the Heralds.
Gladstone 48, Sierra Vista 40 – Senior guard Jessica Rosas accounted for a third of the Gladiators scoring with 16 points to give Gladstone a win in its Montview League opener. Eugenia Mendez and Atiana Salazar each added eight points for the Gladiators, while Savanna Rudder had seven for the team’s third win of the season.

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Wednesday’s High School Basketball Prep Schedule: Hacienda, Valle Vista and Montview league opening night

: Walnut at Rowland, 6:45 p.m.; Diamond Bar at Bonita, 6:45 p.m.; Diamond Ranch at West Covina, 6:45 p.m.
MONTVIEW LEAGUE: Duarte at Azusa, 6 p.m., Bassett at Workman, 6 p.m., Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m., La Puente at Ganesha, 6 p.m.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE: San Dimas at Northview, 6:30 p.m., Covina at Pomona, 6:30 p.m., Wilson at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Nonleague: El Rancho at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m., Bishop Amat at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m.

HACIENDA LEAGUE: Walnut at Rowland, 5 p.m., Diamond Bar at Bonita, 5 p.m., Diamond Ranch at West Covina, 5 p.m.
MONTVIEW LEAGUE: Azusa at Duarte, 6 p.m., Workman at Bassett, 6 p.m, Sierra Vista at Gladstone, 6 p.m., Ganesha at La Puente, 6 p.m.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE: San Dimas at Northview, 5 p.m., Covina at Pomona, 5 p.m., Wilson at Nogales, 5 p.m.

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Walnut slows hot Rowland in Hacienda League girls soccer opener, 3-1

MONDAY’S HACIENDA LEAGUE GIRLS SOCCER OPENER: It drove Janae Avila nuts to sit on the sideline and watch the Walnut High School girls soccer team last season.
“It was horrible,” she recalled. “I hate subbing, so being out the whole season was just horrible. I hated watching. I’m just glad to be back now.”
The senior had to sit out last season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus in her right knee. She suffered the injury in her final club game before the start of last season.
On Tuesday and with her knee in a wrap, she had a redemption of sorts. Avila scored twice and the Mustangs opened Hacienda League play with a 3-1 victory over visiting Rowland.

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Breaking News: Monrovia football coach Ryan Maddox has resigned

ryanmaddoxBy Aram Tolegian
Ryan Maddox, who led Monrovia High School to three consecutive CIF championships between 2010-12, resigned as head coach of the Wildcats football program on Tuesday afternoon.
Maddox was 69-14 in six seasons at Monrovia and got Monrovia to the championship game in the Mid-Valley Division four consecutive seasons. Maddox’s team won the Rio Hondo League championship in every season he was at the helm.
“It’s something I thought about for a long time and just thought it was the right time,” Maddox said. “It’s time for me to start looking at the next step. I’m going to start applying and looking toward getting into administration.

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TRIBUNE FOOTBALL ALL-AREA: San Dimas’ Joseph Mayorga and coach Bill Zernickow earn top honors


PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Zernickow, San Dimas
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Trevon Sydney, Bishop Amat

QB: Kory Brown, Charter Oak
RB: Estuardo Marcos, Los Altos
RB: Jake Payton, Bonita
WR: Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar
WR: Nico Lozano, Arroyo
WR: Zion Echols, Charter Oak
AP: Adam Goss, South Hills
OL: Jared Trujillo, San Dimas
OL: Ben Northup, Glendora
OL: David Tolmachoff, Los Altos
OL: Chris Fernandez, West Covina
OL: Kammy Delp, Diamond Ranch
PK: Stephen Cansino, Rosemead

DL: Christian Prieto, Bishop Amat
DL: Matt Daley, Damien
DL: Robert Sanchez, Arroyo
LB: Anthony Camargo, Bishop Amat
LB: Dillon Fink, Glendora
LB: Thomas Loy, Bonita
LB: Josiah Erickson, San Dimas
DB: Donavin Washington, Charter Oak
DB: Sidney Jones, West Covina
DB: Cameron Blackburn, Azusa
DB: William Bryan, Diamond Ranch
PU: Tristan Viscaino, Damien

QB — Koa Haynes, Sr., Bishop Amat
RB — Alec Zavala, Sr., Rosemead
RB — Justin Torres, Jr., Sierra Vista
WR — Jose Ochoa, Sr., La Puente
WR — Briton Noskoff, Sr., Glendora
WR — Raymen Barraza, So., Baldwin Park
ALL — Michael Moran, Sr., Baldwin Park
OL — Marc Rangel, Sr., Arroyo
OL — Mike Zapata, Sr., San Dimas
OL — Johnny Leanos, Jr., Rosemead
OL — Alec Haston, Sr., Charter Oak
OL — Andrew Lopez, Jr., Bishop Amat
K — Mario Giran, Sr., Diamond Ranch

DL — Tavita Sina, Los Altos, Jr.
DL — Christian McQueen, Bonita, Sr.
DL — Jaron Reed, Northview, Jr.
LB — Joe Provenzano, Sr., Damien
LB — Jesus Calvillo, Sr., Arroyo
LB — Zach Lewallen, Jr., Glendora
LB — Christian Wiley, Jr., Bishop Amat
DB — Sam Edwards, Sr., Duarte
DB — Candy Nava, Sr., Charter Oak
DB — Adrian Ortega, Sr., Bishop Amat
DB — Bryan Salinas, Sr., Northview
P — Matthew Zahn, Jr., Bishop Amat

As storybook endings go, it doesn’t get much better than the senior season San Dimas High School running back Joseph Mayorga had this fall.
jmayorgaMayorga transferred to San Dimas in late spring, was stuck behind an entrenched star and was merely trying to find where he fit in. By the time it was all said and done, he was the headline act scoring the game-winning touchdown in a CIF championship game.
For his efforts, Mayorga is the 2013 Tribune Player of the Year and the first player in Saints history to win the award.
“Of course, it’s an honor,” Mayorga said. “And I appreciate it. But I have to give thanks to my offensive line and the whole team. Without them, I wouldn’t be anything. I consider it a great honor to be the Player of the Year. It’s all hard work.”
At 5-foot-6 and just under 170 pounds, Mayorga was far from a bruiser. Instead, he used instincts and quickness to become one of the most dynamic runners in the area. Mayorga finished with 1,869 yards rushing. None of his 18 touchdowns were bigger than the very last one of his career.
Mayorga scored on a 32-yard touchdown run with 27 seconds left to break a 14-14 tie with Paraclete in the Mid-Valley Division championship game and send the Saints to a 20-14 win and the school’s second CIF title in five years.
It was the culmination of nearly a lifetime’s worth of hard work for Mayorga and being in the right place at the right time.
Mayorga transferred to San Dimas from San Gabriel toward the end of his junior season. With standout Jake Payton still on the roster at the time, the Saints already had a featured back to go with other experienced ball carriers in Fausto Martinez and Manny Elizade.
There was really no fit for Mayorga, who originally tried his hand at fullback in San Dimas’ Wing-T offense. When Payton decided to transfer, the logjam of ball carriers cleared up a little bit. But still, Mayorga had a lot to learn going from San Gabriel’s spread offense to San Dimas’ wing.
“They left me at fullback for the first game and after that first game, the mindset of the coaches completely changed because they knew we needed a change,” Mayorga said. “That’s when they kind of switched us around. They figured out that Manny was a better blocker and that I was more of a natural runner.
“They were playing with a puzzle and trying to find the right pieces to go together.”
San Dimas started 0-4, but the Saints were gradually gathering steam despite what the scoreboard said. Once they began Valle Vista League play against Northview, Mayorga gave the team the spark it needed to rattle of 10 consecutive wins.
Against Northview, Mayorga ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns. He had other big games, but was saving his best for the playoffs when he’d put on a performance for the ages.
In four postseason games, Mayorga rushed for 765 yards and seven touchdowns. Some players are lucky to do that in an entire season. His biggest performance came in the semifinals against Arroyo when he helped San Dimas advance with a 337-yard and four touchdown effort.
The championship game against Paraclete was yet another huge moment in which Mayorga delivered. The game-winning touchdown was part of a 157-yard and two-score performance. It was also the perfect closing scene to what had been a storybook season.
At this time last year, nobody could have imagined that Mayorga would carve himself a special place in Valley history. But that’s exactly what happened and Mayorga has a real simple way to describe it.
“It was a dream come true,” he said. “It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

Perhaps no quarterback in the history of the Valley has ever made such a monumental leap from his junior to senior season than Arroyo High School’s Nathan Coto.
NathanCotooCoto’s junior season numbers were less than impressive. Six touchdown passes and 11 interceptions to go with 1,361 yard passing.
To go from that kind of paltry production to 3,327 yards passing and 36 touchdowns with nine interceptions is simply unheard of.
After making a meteoric rise that helped his team to a league championship and deep postseason run, Coto is the Tribune’s 2013 Offensive Player of the Year.
“He did a helluva job, but that was kind of the case with the entire team,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said of Coto. “He worked hard in the offseason and it paid dividends for him, his teammates and Arroyo High School.”
Arroyo had one of the best seasons in school history. The Knights finished 11-2, swept the Mission Valley League and reached the semifinals of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs before falling to eventual champion San Dimas.
Coto was at the heart of it all. Just two years after the graduation of standout quarterback Steven Rivera, the 2011 Tribune Player of the Year, Coto donned jersey No. 10 on a mission to live up to the past Arroyo greats who have worn the number.
Coto had his breakout game in Week 2 when he lit up La Puente to the tune of 412 yards and five touchdown passes. He followed it up a week later by torching Rowland for 296 yards and three scoring strikes.
After losing its first game of the season versus Los Altos, Arroyo rattled off 11 consecutive wins. The biggest of which came against Rosemead in Week 10 for the Mission Valley League championship. Coto delivered again, throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
Coto was named Mission Valley League MVP and was also the highest vote-getting quarterback in the all-CIF polling for the Mid-Valley Division. Not bad for a kid who started his prep career as
a defensive end on the freshman team.
“He was just a tough kid, but he wasn’t a great athlete,” Singiser said. “As a sophomore, he was the junior varsity quarterback and he stunk and got his butt kicked every week at practice. He was the guy we put in at practice so our defensive line could tee off on somebody.
“His junior year was really his first year getting first-team reps and it showed. He wasn’t the only reason we struggled offensively in 2012. He worked hard this offseason. He was out there on the field three days a week with our offensive coordinator working on drills.”
Coto tipped his hand in the summer by leading Arroyo to the SGV Shootout passing tournament championship. He was a changed player and it wasn’t long before the big numbers and wins followed.
Now, he’s got a special place in Valley history and certainly can stake his claim to being one of Arroyo’s best-ever quarterbacks. And that’s something he’s intent on being remembered as.
“A week after the San Dimas game, he was in my office and I told him ‘I’ll give you one minute to ask me any question you wante’,” Singiser said. “He asked me where he ranked among our best quarterbacks in Arroyo history.
“If I was a competitive kid, I’d want to know that, too. And this is what I told him. His numbers alone put him in that argument of who are the top-five quarterbacks of all time at Arroyo High School. Is he No. 1 or No. 5? I don’t know, but he’s got to be in that discussion.”

Lou Farrar doesn’t throw around heavy praise like it’s cheap.
Not after a coaching career that’s spanned nearly 50 years. So when the veteran Charter Oak High School football coach calls Eric Prevost the best defensive player he’s ever coached, people should take notice.
Prevost, a defensive end, produced one of the best-ever seasons in Valley history by a defensive player this past fall.
ericprevostThe numbers were simply staggering: 128 tackles, 22 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. All that while playing defensive end on a Sierra League championship team.
With stats like that, it’s easy to see why Prevost is the Tribune’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year.
“He may not only be the best defensive player I’ve coached in 46 years, he may be the best all-around football player, athletically speaking,” Farrar said. “Every team we played against it, every single coach, for all 12 weeks, said he was one of the best kids they played against or watched on film.”
Prevost made the Tribune All-Area last season after a dynamite junior year. As the headliner this year on Charter Oak’s defense, he improved on all of his already gaudy stats.
Prevost with double-digit tackles in nine of Charter Oak’s 12 games this season. He had three or more sacks in five games, including a four-sack performance against Ayala.
Despite a slow start, Charter Oak still finished with a very solid bottom line. The Chargers swept the Sierra League and made it to the second round of the Inland Division playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Naturally, the accolades rolled in for Prevost, who most notably was named all-CIF in the Inland Division for the third straight year. He was also one of three players in the Sierra League to earn Athlete of the Year honors.
“It was not only a dominant season for us, but one of the most dominating I’ve seen in the surrounding area,” Farrar said. “You have to understand, everybody knew where he was. The quarterbacks would come out and point to No. 47.
“So it was difficult for us to get him into position to play one-on-one with a tackle. Everyone ran away from us. He went through every gap and alignment that he could find for himself.”

zernickowZernickow picked up his second CIF championship by leading the Saints to the Mid-Valley Division title. It’s the school’s second championship in five years. It didn’t come easy as San Dimas had to deal with the transfer of its top returning player, a school investigation of the coaching staff regarding allegations of providing players with banned substances, which resulted in no wrong-doing and an 0-4 start. Despite all that, Zernickow’s Saints reeled off 10 consecutive wins and also won the Valle Vista League.

trevonsidneyNEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: TREVON SIDNEY, So, Bishop Amat
As a key member of Amat’s heralded sophomore class, Sidney showed what all the hype is about in his first varsity season. Sidney picked off eight passes, including three against Charter Oak, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also saw time on offense where he scored four touchdowns as a receiver. Sidney is already one of the top defensive back recruits in his class, with an early offer from UCLA to prove it.

Senior, QB, Charter Oak

Brown guided a Charter Oak offense that averaged 30 points per game this season. He was among the area’s passing leaders all season and finished with 3,420 yards and 28 touchdowns. Brown had two games in which he threw for five touchdowns and two games in which he threw for over 400 yards. He was named to the Sierra League after helping the Chargers sweep the league for the second consecutive season.

estuardomarcosESTUARDO MARCOS
Senior, RB, Los Altos

A big reason why Los Altos continued its ascent back up the area ladder was Marcos, its pint-sized force in the backfield. The senior ran for 1,328 yards and 24 total touchdowns. He had five games in which he scored three or more touchdowns. Marcos’ biggest games came at the most important, like his 191-yard and three touchdown performance vs. West Covina to help the Conquerors capture second place in the Hacienda League and clinch a playoff spot. Marcos was named Hacienda League Offensive Player of the Year.

jakepayton2JAKE PAYTON
Senior, RB, Bonita

Payton makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season, this time in a Bonita a uniform. The senior rushed for 1,291 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best performances came in the biggest games, as evidenced by his 221 yards and six total touchdowns vs. Los Altos. Payton also rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns against South Hills, Glendora, West Covina and Diamond Ranch. Payton was named all-Hacienda League for his efforts.

Junior, WR, Diamond Bar

Broadus lived up to the hype by helping Diamond Bar be one of the most explosive offenses in the area. At 6-foot-5, Broadus gave opposing defenses fits. He finished with 685 yards and eight touchdowns. Broadus’ best game came against San Dimas as he pulled down 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 10-reception performance against Los Altos. Broadus is already one of the top recruits in the country at his position and figures to cement that next season.

nicolozanoNICO LOZANO
Senior, WR, Arroyo

Lozano came out of nowhere to post one of the best seasons in Arroyo history. He finished with 1,349 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Lozano had six games with 100 yards or more receiving, highlighted by his 10 reception, 217-yard performance against La Puente. Lozano scored touchdowns in 10 of Arroyo’s 13 games this season as the Knights averaged 38 points per game. He was named first-team all-Mission Valley League at receiver.

Sophomore, WR, Charter Oak

Echols’ debut season was a smash hit. The talented sophomore showed just how bright the future is by hauling in 73 passes for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns. But that’s not all! Echols was also a force carrying the ball as evidenced by his 788 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Echols was named Offensive MVP of the Sierra League and loks like an early favorite for Tribune Player of the Year next season.

adamgossADAM GOSS
Senior, QB/RB/WR, South Hills

Goss did it all for the Huskies, literally. He transitioned from being the starting quarterback last season to playing QB, running back and receiver this season. Goss shined most at running back where he ran for 1,540 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also had 407 yards passing and 349 yards receiving. Goss also played defense where he recorded 58 tackles and an interception. Goss was named one of three Sierra League Athletes of the Year.

Senior, OL, San Dimas

Looking for a major reason why San Dimas ran over the competition all the way to the Mid-Valley Division title? Look no further than Trujillo, who makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season. Trujillo helped pave the way for San Dimas’ devastating ground attack, which averaged 363 yards per game rushing. Trujillo was named the Valle Vista League’s Lineman of the Year.

benjaminnorthupBEN NORTHUP
Junior, OL, Glendora

At 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Northup is the most imposing area lineman. He showed why this season by helping the pave the way for a Glendora offense that had several big moments as the Tartans went 7-3 against a very difficult schedule. For his efforts, Northup was named first team all-Baseline League and figures to get plenty of recruiting attention next season.

Junior, OL, Los Altos

Tolmachoff was a two-way standout for the Conquerors. On offense, he helped pave the way for one of the area’s best ground attacks by being arguably the top guard in the area. Los Altos ran for 217 yards per game and saw running back Estuardo Marcos earn All-Area honors. On defense, Tolmachoff recorded 65 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and caused three fumbles. He was named all-Hacienda League on both offense and defense.

chrisfernandezCHRIS FERNANDEZ
Senior, OL, West Covina

There’s a good reason why West Covina had 10 different rushers score a touchdown this season and it starts with Fernandez, who anchored the offensive line from his tackle position. West Covina averaged nearly 300 yards per game rushing and Fernandez was a big reason why the Bulldogs had another dominant ground game. Fernandez earned all-Hacienda League honors at tackle.

kammydelpKAMMY DELP
Senior, OL, Diamond Ranch

Delp was arguably the most complete lineman in the area. At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, he paved the way for Diamond Ranch’s ground game. On defense, he had 70 tackles, 16 for loss, seven sacks and five pass deflections. Delp was named MVP of the Hacienda League after leading the Panthers to a perfect record. Delp figures to be one of the area’s hottest recruits later this winter.

Junior, K, Rosemead

Cansino had the most clutch field goal of the season when he nailed a 49-yarder at the buzzer against Gabrielino to lift Rosemead to a 22-21 that clinched second place in the Mission Valley League. Cansino also made field goals from 46 and 48 yards this season and also averaged 44.2 yards per punt. He was named all-Mission Valley League at kicker.

christianprietoCHRISTIAN PRIETO
Senior, DL, Bishop Amat

Prieto was Amat’s biggest force up front on defense. He tallied 60 tackles and four sacks playing in the Southland’s toughest division. Prieto’s two biggest performances were 12-tackle games against Santa Margarita and Chino Hills. Prieto was named first-team all-Serra League at defensive lineman.

Senior, DL, Damien

Daley earned all-Sierra League honors at defensive line after a strong senior season that saw him record 66 tackles, 45 of them solo and seven sacks. Daley also deflected four passes and had 21 quarterback hurries. Daley recorded 10-tackle performances against Orange Lutheran and South Hills.

robertsanchezROBERT SANCHEZ
Junior, DL, Arroyo

Sanchez was a major reason why the Knights allowed just 18.8 points per game this season and won the Mission Valley League. He recorded 102 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss. Sanchez also tallied nine sacks and five quarterback hurries. Sanchez had four games in which he had double-digit tackles and was all-Mission Valley League selection at defensive line.

Junior, LB, Bishop Amat

Camargo showed why he’s one of the top all-around players in the area by leading Amat’s defense with 72 tackles and at the same time being the team’s leading rusher with 459 yards and eight touchdowns. Camargo had three games in which he recorded double figures in tackles, notably 13 against Chino Hills and 14 against Loyola. Camargo was an all-Serra League selection.

dillonfinkDILLON FINK
Senior, LB, Glendora

Fink was a major reason why the Tartans allowed just 22 points per game against one of the toughest schedules in the area. Fink recorded 77 tackles and had three sacks and caused three fumbles. Fink recorded 11 tackles in Glendora’s biggest win of the season against Upland. Fink earned all-Baseline League honors for the second consecutive season.

thomasloyTHOMAS LOY
Senior, LB, Bonita

Loy was a tackling machine for the Bearcats and led the area in tackles with 160. Loy also recorded 7 1/2 sacks and had 13 quarterback hurries. Loy recorded double-digit tackles in nine of the Bearcats’ 10 games this season. He was named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Hacienda League.

josiahericksonJOSIAH ERICKSON
Sophomore, LB, San Dimas

It wasn’t all offense that led San Dimas to a CIF championship. The Saints could also put the clamps on opponents and there was no bigger proof of that than Erickson, who piled up 140 tackles and four sacks. Erickson had games with double-digit tackles. He finished with 14 tackles for loss and was named all-Valle Vista League.

Senior, DB, Charter Oak

Washington showed himself to be one of the most complete in the area. On offense, he caught 93 passes for 1,570 yards and 12 touchdowns. On defense, Wasshington was a shutdown defensive back and recorded five interceptions. For his efforts, Washington was named one of the Sierra League’s Athletes of the Year.

sidneyjonesSIDNEY JONES
Senior, DB, West Covina

Jones was a force on both offense and defense for the Bulldogs. He managed 579 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in West Covina’s run-heavy offense. On defense, Jones wreaked havoc on opposing receivers and finished with 37 tackles and three interceptions. Jones was named co-Hacienda League Defensive Player of the Year and will play next season at Utah.

cameronblackburnCAMERON BLACKBURN
Senior, DB, Azusa

Blackburn proved himself to be one of the area’s best all-around talents by starring for the Montview League champion Aztecs on both offense and defense. He rushed for 1,243 yards and 11 touchdowns while on offense. On defense, Blackburn intercepted three passes and had 28 tackles. Blackburn was named Montview League MVP after leading Azusa to a perfect league record.

Senior, DB, Diamond Ranch

Bryan led the Panthers in rushing and was the team’s top offensive weapon. On defense, Bryan tallied 49 tackles and an interception. On offense, he rushed for 752 yards and six touchdowns. Bryan’s biggest game was a 231-yard, four-touchdown performance against West Covina. For his efforts, Bryan was named first-team all-Hacienda League on both offense and defense.

Senior, Punter, Damien

There wasn’t anything in the kicking game that Vizcaino couldn’t do. On kickoffs, 17 of his kicks went for touch backs. As a punter, Vizcaino landed seven kicks inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He averaged a sparking 39.23 yards per punt. On field goals, Vizcaino hit 9 out of 12 tries with a long of 40 yards. His best game was a 3-for-3 performance against St. Francis. Vizcaino will play at Washington St. next season.

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