Jesse Garcia helps South Hills run by Covina, 38-29

By Stephen Ramirez
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The gap may have closed a bit, but the South Hills High School football team is still king of the Covina Valley Unified School District.
Jesse Garcia rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 38-29 victory over intra-district rival Covina Saturday at San Dimas High School.
Garrett Fonseca threw for 60 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, who beat the Colts for the second consecutive season. Joe Benavidez threw for 178 yards and a score and Pearnell Smalley rushed for 120 and touchdown to lead Covina.

South Hills’ Jesse Garcia: “It’s a pretty big game. We’re cross-town rivals. We were prepared for them and they prepared for us. They took it to us early, but we pulled it out. It’s a good win for us.”

Covina coach Joe Brown: “We were able to punch back a little bit this year. We have some great kids, just came up on the wrong end of it. I give South Hills credit. (Garcia) just ran his tail off. We really had no answer for him. Every time we would make a play, they’d come back. They just made a few more plays than we did.”

South Hills coach Albert Rodriguez: “We gave them a few plays (in the first half). We were able to get off the field after kicking off (to begin the second half), and then we went down and scored, which was huge. We wanted to chew clock tonight, and get out of here with a win, and we did that.”

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Monrovia rallies all the way back to beat San Dimas in OT, 24-23; Bishop Amat can’t finish, loses 26-21

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WILDCATS RALLY: Monrovia came all the way back to knock off defending CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas 24-23 in overtime, rallying from a 17-0 deficit to pull it out in the season opener for both schools on Friday at San Dimas.
San Dimas’ Bobby Rios scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Saints a 23-17 lead in overtime, but a blocked extra point gave the Wildcats an opportunity to win it with their possession.

Friday’s results
Monrovia 24, San Dimas 23, OT — Wildcats rally from 17-0 deficit
Santa Margarita 27, Bishop Amat 21 — BAmat had its chances in the final seconds, but four turnovers sealed fate
Green Valley, NV., 26, Charter Oak 23 – Not bad against one of the best teams in Nevada.
Diamond Bar 48, Montebello 14 – Huge win for its new coach.
Bonita 37, Schurr 20 — Kind of start the Cats needed
San Marino 56, Arroyo 24 – Guess the Titans are the real deal.
Maranatha 42, Bassett 20 — Minutemen win in Steve Bogan’s debut.
Pasadena 50, South El Monte 7 - Bulldogs haven’t felt this good in a long time.
La Salle 34, Compton 0 — Not surprised by win, but final score.
Cerritos Valley Christian 50, Duarte 6 – Thought Falcons were better than this.
Baldwin Park 33, El Monte 30 -- Braves win back-and-forth shootout
Wilson 41, Workman 19 — Wildcats win in Greg Gano’s debut
Diamond Ranch 70, Nogales 0 - Davion Gaisie scored five touchdowns in rout
Los Altos 12, Santa Monica 6 - Conqs hold on, get San Dimas next.
Alta Loma 36, Rowland 7 — Move to Valle Vista will eventually help.
Don Lugo 41, Walnut 13 – Not surprised, Lugo that good.
Colony 26, West Covina 7 — Colony this good, or will Bulldogs struggle again?
Jurupa Hills 23, Gladstone 0 -- Could be another long Gladiators season.

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Northview nearly blows it, holds on for 27-21 win over Rosemead; La Puente routs Sierra Vista 55-0

Thursday’s results
Northview 27, Rosemead 21
La Puente 55, Sierra Vista 0

Northview-Rosemead photo gallery

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Northview holds on: What an exciting way to start the season.
Northview held off a furious rally from Rosemead to escape with a 27-21 victory in the season opener for both schools at San Dimas High School on Thursday.
Panthers quarterback Steven Nava, who struggled early, came on late to finish with 193 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Panthers from a 20-point second-half deficit.
Nava, who made headlines over the summer after transferring to Bishop Amat and then transferring back a couple weeks ago, threw a desperation pass on fourth-and-long with just over two-minutes left that fell incomplete, allowing the Panthers to breathe easy again.
“We have to learn how to finish the game out, but other than that we’re excited,” Vikings coach Marcel Perez said after leading 27-7 midway through the third quarter. “We came into this week knowing Rosemead’s a tough game. We’re going to line up and play and whatever happens after that is going to happen.”

La Puente Rolls to victory: La Puente has moved to the Miramonte League this season and former Montview League rival Sierra Vista is probably happy to see the Warriors go.
The Warriors scored on six of their seven first-half possessions and rolled to a 55-0 win over the Dons in a nonleague game which opened the football season for both teams.

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Check out PrepXtra Preview online … Columns, Features, Recruiting, Rankings, League Previews and more

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trevonsidneyLEAGUE PREVIEWS: League previews for every team in the Star-News, Tribune and Whittier Daily News areas, as well as rankings in Whittier and Pasadena.

COVER STORY: Bishop Amat’s Trevon Sidney, Muir’s Taeon Mason and La Mirada’s Tony Brown lead way

ARAM’S SEASON PREVIEW COLUMN: CIF football playoff groupings set the stage for new rivalries, champions

BEST GAMES: Fred Robledo’s week-by-week look at the areas best games

RECRUITING RANKINGS: Bishop Amat football’s Trevon Sidney heads list of area’s top recruits

TRIBUNE PRE-SEASON ALL-AREA TEAM: Find out who made the pre-season all-area team

TRIBUNE RANKINGS: No Surprise, Bishop Amat starts at No. 1

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s and Los Altos crack inaugural SGVN top ten poll

Welcome to the inaugural SGVN all-encompassing girls volleyball top ten poll. For the first time, we’re ranking teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune coverage areas to create a more prestigious and tougher-to-crack, girls volleyball top ten poll from our core readership at SGVN. With social media bringing us all closer together, we thought we’d share coverage beyond print boundaries to give you a more comprehensive feel of the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier. Keith Lair will update his rankings each week on the blogs, websites and newspapers.

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Above: Emily Develle, left, Kayla Lund, and Sophia Coffey, are team members of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Girls Volleyball team Friday, August 22, 2014. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Keith Lair, Staff Reporter
It will be difficult for San Gabriel Valley and Whittier volleyball teams to top 2013.
La Salle and Whittier Christian high schools won CIF-Southern Section championships. Mayfield played
Whittier Christian for the 2A title. Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Paul both went to the semifinals, the Tologs losing to eventual champion La Salle. Two other teams made it to the quarterfinals.
This season, however, could be just as successful. There are a lot of returning starters for the area’s top teams, but there are challenges: four of the teams in the Top 10 move up a division.

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart
The Tologs return five players who contributed heavily to the team’s CIF-SS semifinal run last year.
But coach Ernest Banaag still has questions.
“We are a lot younger that last year,” he said. “We do have a lot of experience and core knowledge.
But we’re young and that might show in some games.”
The Tologs graduated six seniors from a team that went 26-5 and lost to eventual division champion La Salle in four tough games in the semis. They return four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores who all played. Two freshmen will play this season.
“They have a lot of club experience within their age group, but they are 14-year olds now competing against 18-year olds,” Banag said.
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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours: Bishop Amat, San Dimas, Northview, South Hills locks in Week 0

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.

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tribskinWEEK 0: Lot of great games to choose from Thursday through Saturday to start the season. Northview coach Marcel Perez was extremely confident in a conversation this summer, so I’m taking the Vikings on Thursday along with La Puente. On Friday, the tide has turned and it’s no longer an upset to take San Dimas over Monrovia, which I’m doing with confidence. Bishop Amat will turn some heads in Orange County with a victory over Santa Margarita and Charter Oak will get knocked off by some team from Nevada. Diamond Bar will get a win at Montebello for its new coach and Wilson will do the same for Greg Gano. I like Arroyo, but like San Marino better (drinking the Steve Ramirez Kool-aid). Same goes with Muir, good team but Salesian probably better. On Saturday night, South Hills is at least a three-touchdown favorite over Covina. So there you go, we’ll come back next week and find out who we did. But go ahead, make your own picks and lets play. Aram is on vacation today and will make his predictions on Tuesday.

Thursday’s games
Rosemead vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Rosemead)
Ralston Valley vs. La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Verbum Dei vs. La Canada at LA Southwest, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Verbum Dei); Aram (VD)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Friday’s games
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Bishop Amat vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Green Valley, NV., at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Green Valley); Aram (CO)
Diamond Bar at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (DB)
Tesoro at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)
Bonita at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Bonita)
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Claremont at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (ER)
Firebaugh at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (St. Paul)
Santa Fe at Santa Maria St. Joseph, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Maria); Aram (SM)
Whittier vs. Sonora at California HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (Sonora)
Arroyo at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Muir at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Bassett at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Alhambra at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)
Compton at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Blair vs. Flintridge Prep, at Oxy, 7 p.m.– Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cerritos); Aram (Duarte)
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Ribet Academy at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Montclair)
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman vs. Wilson at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Diamond Ranch at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Santa Monica at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Gladstone at Jurupa Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Jurupa Hills); Aram (JH)
Alta Loma at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alta Loma); Aram (AL)
Walnut at Don Lugo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Aram (Lugo)
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (WC)
Saturday’s games
Covina vs. South Hills at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Bosco Tech at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Robledo (Bosco Tech); Aram (PasPoly)

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One week from the 2014 Prep Football Season: Tribune Top Ten, Pre-season All-Area team

2014 TRIBUNE PREPXTRA FOOTBALL PREVIEW ONLINE

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Tribune Football Pre-season Top Five (expanded to top ten)
1. Bishop Amat
2. Glendora
3. Charter Oak
4. Los Altos
5. San Dimas
6. South Hills
7. West Covina
8. Damien
9. Diamond Bar
10. Diamond Ranch

TRIBUNE PRE-SEASON ALL-AREA TEAM
OFFENSE
QB — Matt Fink, Glendora, Sr.
RB — Anthony Camargo, Bishop Amat, Sr.
RB — Zion Echols, Charter Oak, Jr.
WR — Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, Jr.
WR — Raymen Barraza, Baldwin Park, Jr.
WR — Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, Sr.
OL — Ben Northup, Glendora, Sr.
OL — Angel Villanueva, Duarte, Sr.
OL — Steven Magallanes, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — David Tolmachoff, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — Andrew Lopez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
AP — Darreon Lockett, Pomona, Jr.
PK — Caleb Watkins, Glendora, Jr.

DEFENSE
DL — Patrick Sanchez, Damien, Sr.
DL — Robert Sanchez, Arroyo, Sr.
DL — David Jimenez, Los Altos, Sr.
LB — Zach Lewallen, Glendora, Sr.
LB — Michael Sahagun, Rosemead, Sr.
LB — Christian Wiley, Bishop Amat, Sr.
LB — Josiah Erickson, San Dimas, Jr.
DB — Tre Sidney, Bishop Amat, Jr.
DB — Antonio Hull, Diamond Bar, Sr.
DB — Malik Psalms, Ayala, Sr.
DB — Isaiah Love, West Covina, Jr.
P — Enrique Gonzalez, La Puente, Sr.

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Bishop Amat football’s John Johnson an inspiration to all after life-changing hang gliding accident

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By Aram Tolegian
John Johnson might be 52-years-old, but he often feels like he was born in 1984.

That was the year when Johnson’s life changed completely. Some would say for the worse judging by the wheelchair he now calls home. Most would say for the better judging by the thousands of kids whose lives he has touched.

It was March and Johnson was some place not uncommon for him to be back in those days — in the air over the San Gabriel Valley hang gliding. Johnson’s journey that day started at Mount Wilson went over Glendora and ended tragically on the ground at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Duarte.

“I was in the air for about four hours,” Johnson said. “I had landed at that school a half-dozen times. I was having a little trouble getting down close enough to the ground because it was, I don’t want to say turbulent, but we used to call them poppy days.

“And when I came down, I obviously made a mistake and cartwheeled in. I broke my neck. I don’t remember the last few seconds of the crash. What I remember is that my right wing tip hit the ground and that made me cartwheel and I made contact with my forehead with some part of the glider. Albeit I had all the equipment I should be wearing, I hit the glider so hard with my head that it caused my neck to hyper-extend.”

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Days after former football coach Roddy Layton becomes Co-AD at Diamond Ranch, he makes a splash hire in boys basketball coach Eric Cooper

cooperWow, wow, wow. Former La Verne Lutheran boys basketball coach Eric Cooper, who won some CIF-SS championships and state titles at tiny La Verne Lutheran, is now the boys basketball coach at Diamond Ranch. Boy, it didn’t take former football coach and now AD Roddy Layton to make a splash. Some will say they’ve hired the best recruiter in town who will instantly draw talent to the school. Others will simply say Eric Cooper’s track record is what attracts. You decide, either way I’m guessing Diamond Ranch will be a boys basketball power soon.

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The ALS #IceBucket challenge hit home in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond

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By Aram Tolegian
At 68 years old, the last thing Charter Oak High football coach Lou Farrar needed was a bucket of ice water dumped over his head.
But there the veteran coach was last week, surrounded by his team and in front of cell phone cameras, documenting his acceptance of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that’s sweeping the country.
“It was shocking,” Farrar said of the experience. “My assistant coaches were joking that they had the paddles ready to go in case my heart stopped. But I think the cause is important. If that means getting doused by some football players on a hot afternoon to raise awareness, then it’s a very small thing to do. I was very happy to bring some awareness to the issue.”
Awareness and the subsequent donations are the ultimate goal of the challenge, which has gone viral thanks to social media. Quite simply, the challenge is getting a bucket of ice water poured over your head, then posting video of the ceremony on social media and extending the challenge to somebody else.

On Wednesday, Los Altos coach Dale Ziola was latest to take the plunge …. Find out who he called out

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Diamond Bar’s double trouble: The Peterson Twins

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By Michelle Gardner
One can’t blame identical twin brothers Tyler and Kyle Peterson of Diamond Bar for wanting to have a lot of fun at others’ expense.
So a couple of years ago Kyle took a seat in his brother’s history class. After 10 minutes or so Tyler snuck into the room, asking the teacher to remove the “imposter.”
Teacher George Harderson was not amused.
“I don’t care who stays, but one of you has to go,” he barked.
Previous coach Ryan Maine, now an assistant at Corona Santiago, said he often mixed the two up.
First-year coach Marcus Hughes has also had trouble figuring out who is who, although the problem was remedied recently when Tyler got his hair cut.
“When I first got here I mixed them up all the time,” Hughes said. “They even have the same mannerisms. There was no easy way to tell them apart.”
The 17-year old twins are rarely apart. They have the same circle of friends, although Tyler also has a girlfriend. When they do argue it is usually over something trivial – what movie to watch, where to stop and eat on the way home from practice.

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