Does Bishop Amat belong in the Pac-5? Aram doesn’t think so

AmatlookCOLUMN: From 2006 to 2013, Bishop Amat has one playoff win and several thousand fans and coaches who think the Lancers still belong in the Pac-5 Division, SoCal’s elite playoff grouping.

Following last Friday’s loss to Crespi, the Lancers face an uphill battle just to make the postseason with tough Mission League games left against Serra, Chaminade and Alemany.

If the Lancers don’t make the postseason, it will mark the fourth time in the past nine years that Amat didn’t even go dancing. Considering Amat was in a four or five-team league for most of the past decade, that’s saying something.

Heck, in one of the years Amat did make the playoffs, the Lancers needed the stars to align and a coin flip in their favor on the final night of the season just to make the dance.

This year was supposed to be different. Amat has one of its most-talented teams in quite some time, with three players receiving college offers from some of the top college football programs on the West Coast.

But “it” hasn’t happened. Amat is now 2-3. Who knows what to make of the Lancers’ big win in Texas over Aledo. The rout of Rancho Cucamonga looks less impressive now that La Serna just beat the Cougars and it’s looking like this isn’t one of the Rancho Cucamonga’s juggernaut teams.

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Glendora takes over top spot; Charter Oak drops to No. 5

PrepXtra Live Rewind following Week 4 of the High School Football season.

1. Glendora (3-1) – Back to back victories over Los Altos and Charter Oak and the hottest team at the moment. Yup, they’re deserving of No. 1
2. Bishop Amat (2-3) — During the regular 10-game season Bishop Amat has never lost three straight during the Steve Hagerty era. They’re in danger of that now.
3. San Dimas (3-1) — Saints already knocked off then-No. 1 Central Diamond Bar. Would prove a lot more if they beat rival Bonita in Smudgepot Thursday.
4. Damien (3-1) — Starting to look more comfortable and a good chance to go 4-1 at Ayala next.
5. Charter Oak (2-3) – Not the Central Division favorite we thought they were.
6. Bonita (3-1) — With a week to rest will Bonita beat San Dimas for the second straight year?
7. Diamond Ranch (4-1) — Strong pre-season showing and way to close over solid El Rancho squad.
8. Pomona (3-2) — Solid blow-out win over Montclair. Looking like a factor in the Mid-Valley.
9. Los Altos (2-3) – If you’re a Los Altos fan the only good from back-to-back losses to Glendora and Monrovia is that they were extremely competitive in both.
10. West Covina (3-2) — Bulldogs are blowing out the teams they’re supposed to blow out.
THE REST: 11. Northview (4-1); 12. Diamond Bar (3-2), 13. Arroyo (4-1), 14. La Puente (3-2); 15. Covina (2-2); 16. Walnut (2-3); 17. Bassett (3-2); 18. Ganesha (3-2); 19. South Hills (1-4), 20. Baldwin Park (2-2); 21. Azusa (1-2); 22. Rosemead (1-4), 23. Rowland (2-2); 24. Duarte (1-4); 25. El Monte (1-4), 26. Wilson (1-3); 27. South El Monte (0-4), 28. Nogales (1-3), 29. Sierra Vista (1-3), 30. Mountain View (0-4), 31. Workman (1-3), 32. Gladstone (0-4).

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Tribskin Pick’em: Why San Dimas will beat Bonita and why Bishop Amat isn’t losing three straight

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 32-10; Season Total: 150-53)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 32-10; Season Total: 146-57)


Last Week: Aram and I both had a good week statistically, but we also missed opportunities for a super week. We both missed out by not taking Glendora over Charter Oak, La Sierra over Northview and La Canada over Rio Hondo Prep. We both thought Baldwin Park would beat Walnut and that Cypress would beat Diamond Bar. I got Aram taking Crespi over Bishop Amat and Pasadena Poly over Brentwood, but he got me back with California over Magnolia and Diamond Ranch over Cypress.
This week: The Smudge Pot between San Dimas and Bonita lead the way and they’re both hot, both with one loss and playing in the middle of the season instead of the season opener as in recent years. One of San Dimas’ complaints in losing to Bonita last year and struggling in openers is they’re not as prepared as they would be for a mid-season game. I’m taking their word on that and picking San Dimas. For all the good they’ve done, like winning CIF titles, you have to believe San Dimas can’t stomach losing to their rival again. As bad as the situation looks for Bishop Amat, losing in heartbreaking fashion at Crespi in overtime, they’ve NEVER lost three straight during the regular 10-game season during the Steve Hagerty area. They have a good record of responding when their backs are to the wall and they’ve never been more back to the wall than now. Friday’s game is live on Fox West, it’s a 7:30 start and with all the cameras and bright lights on them, this is the type of game Amat wins.

Thursday’s games
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (Saints)
Calabasas at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Flintridge Prep at Campbell Hall, 4:30 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)

Friday’s games
Serra at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Serra)
El Monte vs. Marshall, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Gabrielino at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gab); Aram (Gab)
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Arroyo)
Burroughs at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Glendale at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale HS, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (PHS)
La Mirada at Bellflower, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Azusa at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (TC)
Bassett vs. Covina at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Cov)
Bosco Tech vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Salesian HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cant); Aram (Cant)
Damien at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
El Rancho vs. Katella at Glover Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Katella); Aram (ER)
Gladstone vs. Nogales at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nog)
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Aram (G-High)
La Quinta at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Quinta); Aram (LQ)
Maranatha at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Montclair at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Montclair)
Pomona vs. Santa Monica at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Rowland at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Schurr vs. Whittier at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram (Schurr)
Sierra Vista at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Garey); Aram (Garey)
Whittier Christian vs. Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Aram ()
Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Saturday’s games
St. Genevieve vs. Pasadena Poly at Sun Valley, 8 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)

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Walnut scores 35 unanswered to beat Baldwin park 35-28; Bishop Amat and Los Altos lose heartbreakers

Click for quarter updates of football games on tonight’s scoreboard page

walnutWalnut scores 35 straight points to win it: Walnut coach Mike O’Shields turned to quarterback Micah Maes after falling behind three touchdowns to host Baldwin Park in the opening quarter.
“I just asked him, ‘What are we going to do to fix this?’” O’Shields said. “(Michah) looked and me and said, ‘I’ll fix it, Coach.’”
That’s exactly what he did, leading Walnut to a 35-28 victory over Baldwin Park with 35 unanswered points after falling behind 21-0.
“They showed so much heart tonight,” O’Shields said. “I felt we had a good game plan all week, but they jumped on us and scored when we made turnovers. I thought we were giving it to them. But we got the momentum back by half and I believed it was going to stay that way.”

crespiBishop Amat loses a heartbreaker: Zari Lealock was not about to let Crespi go down in its Mission League opener.
With Bishop Amat driving into Crespi territory for a potential tiebreaking score late in the fourth quarter, Lealock knew he had to make a game-changing play on the defensive end of the ball.
Lealock’s interception was impressive enough.
But Lealock was far from done, bobbing and weaving through Bishop Amat players en route to a 75-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Crespi a seven-point lead.
But Amat was not about to lose this game either.
Quarterback Damian Garcia hit Tyler Vaughns for a game-tying touchdown with 21 seconds left to force overtime.
Crespi eventually pulled out a thrilling 32-31 victory.

MONROVIA WINS THRILLER OVER LOS ALTOS: Asaph Zamora drove Monrovia 91 yards in the final minute to stun Los Altos 27-25 in a nonleague game Friday night.
On third-and-goal from the 20-yard line with 0:12 left on the clock, Zamora bought time in the pocket and found Lawrence Spencer in the corner of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

Friday’s results
Walnut 35, Baldwin Park 28 – Mustangs fall behind 21-0 and score 35 unanswered to pull it out.
Pomona 51, Montclair 7 — Pomona players needed this.
Crespi 32, Bishop Amat 31, OT – After Bishop Amat rallied to tie the score in regulation, Crespi goes for 2-point conversion and get it in OT for the victory.
Monrovia 27, Los Altos 25 -- Wildcats score in the final seconds to pull out a thriller.
Rosemead 35, El Monte 0 – Panthers get first win in Mission Valley opener.
West Covina 56, Santa Fe 27 -- All of a sudden, Bulldogs looking like top 5 Central team.
Bassett 47, Sierra Vista 15 — Olympians started to pile up victories.
Damien 37, South Hills 0 — Yeah, it’s a good idea that South Hills isn’t in the Inland Division anymore.
Arroyo 28, Mountain View 0 – Knights back in their MVL comfort zone.
Covina 50, Azusa 30 — Don’t sleep on the Colts in the Valle Vista
Diamond Bar 38, Cypress 27 – Brahmas needed a win after losing two straight.
Diamond Ranch 24, El Rancho 19 — Great result over a solid El Rancho squad.
La Salle 42, Duarte 7 — Falcons take another step back.
La Puente 45, Gladstone 7 – Warriors getting better by the week.
Rowland 39, Hillcrest 32 – Raiders didn’t care who they beat, they needed a win.
Ganesha 42, Workman 7 — Lobos struggles continue.
Centennial 42, Wilson 20 – Wildcats defense continues to give up lots of points.
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Garey); Aram (G)

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Ayala reports 21 football players (JV&Varsity) have been suspended while school investigates hazing allegations stemming from last week’s trip to Utah

Ayala High School sent a memo to reporter Lou Brewster involving suspensions and allegations of hazing. Memo: Ayala High School officials are continuing to investigate an incident involving some members of the Varsity Football team while at an away game in St. George, Utah.
Underclassmen reported that there was a hazing incident that took place at the team hotel.
21 students have been suspended ranging from one to five days pending the continuing investigation.
“As a district, we have zero tolerance for hazing or bullying of any sort,” said Julie Gobin, district spokeswoman.

Note: Ayala beat Snow Canyon in St. George, UT., last week 23-7. Ayala has a bye tonight and will resume action next Friday hosting Damien.

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Glendora wins a thriller over Charter Oak, 38-37; Northview loses first game

Glendora proves its a force in the Central: Glendora followed the same script that it used to win the Mayor’s Trophy last year.
In a battle of CIF-Southern Section Central Division powers, The Tartans trailed Charter Oak at the half and came back to beat the Chargers in the last few minutes, 38-37, at Citrus College on Thursday night.
The winning score came on Justin Frazier’s 8-yard run with 4:40 left in the gam, which capped a five-play drive following a fumble recovery by Joel Stone at the Chargers’ 18-yard line.
The Chargers appeared to have stopped the Tartans on a fourth-down play at the 16-yard line, but a pass interference penalty gave Glendora life.
“That’s what you’re going to get when you get Charter Oak-Glendora,” Tartans coach Jerry Lewallen said. “That was just two good football teams. We got off to a quick start and Charter Oak made some plays to get back in it.”

Northview’s loses first game: The La Sierra High School football team mounted a massive second-half comeback Thursday night to hand Northview its first loss of the year, 41-34, in a non-league contest.
The Eagles trailed 28-7 at halftime, but outscored the Vikings 34-6 in the second half to improve to 2-3 at the end of nonleague play. La Sierra equaled its 41 points from last week, making it five consecutive games with at least 20 points.
The Vikings had held each of their last three opponents to just six points, going on to win each game. The defense picked up where it left off for the first half of the game. However, La Sierra managed to turn around its offense to drop Northview’s record to 4-1 as it goes into the league portion of the schedule.

Thursday’s games and predictions
Muir 30, Glendale 0
California 56, Magnolia 6
Glendora 38, Charter Oak 37
La Sierra 41, Northview 34
La Canada 26, Rio Hondo Prep 19

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Bishop Amat finds a worthy successor in Treana Allen to take over coaching of Bishop Amat girls basketball

By Fred J. Robledo
aLLENWhen longtime Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard announced his sudden resignation on Sept. 5., while several administrators were in Texas tending to Bishop Amat’s road football game against Aledo, it left a huge void for the winningest girls basketball program in San Gabriel Valley history with the season just a few months away.
Replacing Wiard, who won 466 games in his 19-year career, including five CIF championships, five Southern California Regional championships and two state championships, is not an envious position for anyone.
But Bishop Amat found what appears to be a worthy successor in Treana Allen, whom the school hired on Wednesday, also making Allen the first African-American head coach in the school’s history.
Allen, who also will become a part-time faculty member, has an impressive resume on and off the court.
After graduating from Long Beach Poly in 1999 and a short stop at Cypress College, Allen transferred to Gonzaga and made an immediate impact from 2001-03, finishing seventh all-time in the school’s history in 3-pointers made (79) and tenth all-time in assists (212) and steals (115). She was named the Bulldog Club senior female athlete of the year in 2003 after guiding Gonzaga to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference and was a WCC all-conference selection.
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South Hills High School to hold benefit for alum, former Covina wrestling coach Randy Aguirre

South Hills High School will hold a benefit dinner Saturday for alum and former Covina wrestling coach Randy Aguirre, who is battling brain cancer.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is sponsoring the dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday at the South Hills gym from 6-9 p.m.
Aguirre was a 4-year letterman at South Hills and was captain his senior season. He also wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College and San Francisco State University. He was an assistant at South Hills before becoming the head coach at Covina and later Palisades.
The dinner will include door prizes and a silent auction. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids ages 5-12. All proceeds are for for coach Aguirre and his family.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at the South Hills ASB office.

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Two-Minute Drill: Can Bishop Amat win at Crespi? And why Walnut-Baldwin Park has extra meaning

Amat coach Steve Hagerty on state of Amat: “Every week is the same,” Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “They’re all must-wins. If we can win six games in a row, that’d be awesome. But they’re all equally tough and it’s just one of those things where we just have to play and see how teams respond.
“We are where we are whether I hoped we would be there or not. We just have to keep swinging away and getting better. I don’t know if we’re where we thought we’d be, but we are where we are and this is where we work from. I would say we’re a good team that is learning how to play together.”

We also discuss whether Los Altos can hang with Monrovia during the Star-News two-minute drill. None of think Los Altos will win.

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Girls Volleyball: Walnut sweeps Nogales

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Walnut's Pauline Mendoza (3) reacts after scoring against Nogales in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Walnut High School in Walnut, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Walnut’s Pauline Mendoza (3) reacts after scoring against Nogales in the first game of a prep volleyball match at Walnut High School in Walnut, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

WALNUT – Walnut High School is getting hot at the right time.
The Mustangs, after going through a five-match losing streak a few weeks ago, won for the fourth time in five matches Tuesday, sweeping Nogales, 25-14, 25-14, 25-21, in a nonleague match at home.
Kuuipo Vaimaona had eight kills and Pauline Mendoza seven to lead the Mustangs, who improved to 7-7. They face Wilson next week before opening up Hacienda League play vs. West Covina on Oct. 7.
Julianna Purcell and Annjoree Calvero-Sunga had five kills each for Nogales, which slipped to 4-2. The Nobles open Valle Vista League play next week at rival Rowland.
Walnut’s Pauline Mendoza: “We started out kind of rough. But finally we got our rhythm and were able to succeed and get the lead. One main thing for us to work together is that we have to talk to each other. We continue talking, who is going to get the ball, calling for the ball, then we are able to overcome our (mistakes).”

Nogales’ Julianna Purcell: “I’m happy with the way my team played. We had a good match against Walnut, but they had good solid hits, but so did we. I think if we would have fought a little harder, we might have won.”

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Bishop Amat still No. 1, but predicting Charter Oak won’t lose again this year!


Northview freshman QB Steven Comstock undefeated: “What he is doing is not doing anything wrong,” Northview coach Marcel Perez said. “He’s being smart. He is getting rid of the ball when there is nothing there. He is managing the ball. Ever since he got here he’s been doing the right things. He has a great attitude and is very confident. He just runs with it.”

1. Bishop Amat (2-2) — You can make an argument that Amat should drop after an embarrassing loss at Chino Hills, but you can make a better argument they still belong here.
2. Charter Oak (2-2) – Here’s my prediction, Charter Oak won’t lose another game the rest of the year.
3. San Dimas (3-1) — Saints are a legitimate No. 3. Next season it’s time for Bill Zernickow and crew to add Charter Oak to its schedule.
4. Glendora (2-1) – Convinced Glendora is a Central contender, but not convinced it’s much more than that.
5. Damien (2-1) — Biggest jump up the Trib rankings after dismantling of St. Paul and only loss to Charter Oak.
6. Bonita (3-1) — Bearcats have improved since only loss to Monrovia. Test against San Dimas coming soon.
7. Los Altos (2-2) – Conquerors haven’t won the game that makes you go, “wow.” Will it happen this week at Monrovia? Probably not.
8. Diamond Ranch (3-1) — Considering only loss to Ayala, you have to say the post Roddy era is looking OK.
9. Northview (4-0) — Did you ever think you would say after Week 3 Northview would be the only undefeated team in the Tribune area?
10. Pomona (2-2) — They gave Colony a much tougher game that West Covina, losing in the final minutes.
THE REST: 11. West Covina (2-2); 12. Diamond Bar (2-2), 13. Arroyo (3-1), 14. La Puente (2-2); 15. South Hills (1-3), 16. Baldwin Park (2-2); 17. Covina (1-2); 18. Walnut (1-3), 19. Bassett (2-2); 20. Ganesha (2-2); 21. Azusa (1-2); 22. Duarte (1-3), 23. El Monte (1-3), 24. Rosemead (0-4), 25. Wilson (1-2); 26. Rowland (1-2); 27. South El Monte (0-4), 28. Nogales (1-2), 29. Sierra Vista (1-2), 30. Mountain View (1-2), 31. Workman (1-2), 32. Gladstone (0-3).

Love the way Los Altos enters the stadium …

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Glendora shows Central Muscle with 34-14 win over Los Altos; Bishop Amat falls to Chino Hills, 45-28; Damien routs St. Paul 44-0

Scoring updates and final scores of tonight’s games in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier
Glendora flexes its muscle: Glendora got it first taste of what the CIF Southern Section Central Division feels like after years of struggle in the Baseline League and Inland Division.
And it tasted good.
Glendora, ranked seventh in the Central, wore down sixth-ranked Los Altos and took advantage of big Conquerors penalties that led to momentum-changing points on its way to a 34-14 victory.

Damien routs St. Paul: That talk of a resurgence for the St. Paul High School football team might have to be put on hold.
Damien is another story.
Dylan Thigpen rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Boragine threw for 114 and three scores as the host Spartans overwhelmed the Swordsmen 44-0 in a nonleague game on Friday.

Friday’s results
Glendora 34, Los Altos 14 — The Tartans are a potential beast in the Central while the Conqs still struggle with step-up games.
Chino Hills 45, Bishop Amat 28 — That folks is what you call a big Pac-5 step back. They better finish top three in the Mission because they just blew a wild card.
St. Francis 35, Monrovia 13 – The King of the Star-News area is still Jimmy Bonds’ Golden Knights.
Damien 44, St. Paul 0 — Nothing like a Spartans butt-whipping over an undefeated team to feel good again.
Colony 42, Pomona 36 – Forget that the Red Devils lost, that’s a competitive result against a solid upper-division foe.
Azusa 20, Arcadia 12 – Huge, huge win and morale booster for the Aztecs.
Charter Oak 41, Bell Gardens 0 – Saw this Chargers butt-whipping coming a mile away.
San Dimas 42, Rosemead 6 — Ahem, and forgive the pun, the Saints go marching on.
Bonita 50, South El Monte 6 – ‘Cats have looked great since the Monrovia beatdown.
La Serna 37, South Hills 18 — At least the Huskies scored some points for a change.
Northview 35, Walnut 6 – Only undefeated team left in the Tribune area.
Bassett 49, Bosco Tech 16 -- Time for the Olympians to move up on Robledo’s Super 32 rankigns.
Brea Olinda 23, Diamond Bar 20 — After a great 2-0 start, two straight setbacks for the purple.
Claremont 52, Covina 19 – Starting to wonder if the Wolfpack are the early Palomares favorites.
Diamond Ranch 17, Schurr 7 — Panthers D steps up when offense struggles.
Flintridge Prep 29, Sierra Vista 14 – The Dons’ struggles hit a new low.
Baldwin Park 49, Ganesha 6 – Braves offense is clicking.
La Puente 58, Wilson 8 -- For Warriors coach Scott Morrison, must have felt nice beating Greg Gano, who replaced him at Damien in the first place.
Arroyo 27, Rowland 15 — Knights warming up nicely for the MVL
Tesoro 38, West Covina 7 — This probably wasn’t the year to test their Pac-5 worthiness.
Duarte 38, Mountain View 21 — Falcons finally get in the win column.
Keppel 50, Workman 26 – You know it’s not going right when Keppel smashes you.

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Thursday Final: El Monte jumps out to big lead, holds off Gladstone 40-22

El Monte-Gladstone photo gallery
Thursday’s results
Gladstone 40, El Monte 22
Pioneer 30, Cerritos 28
Blair 54, Sherman Indian 6
By John Sherrard
Something had to give when the El Monte and Gladstone football teams met in a nonleague game Thursday night.
Both teams went into the game winless three weeks into the season, but visiting El Monte, which had been averaging 21 points a game without a victory, ended that with a 40-22 win over Gladstone at Citrus College.
The Lions raced out to a 32-0 halftime advantage before Gladstone could find the end zone in the third quarter.
El Monte quarterback Edward Dominguez had a game-high 294 yards, completing 24 of 35 passes for three touchdowns. The junior also ran in a 5-yard score and a two-point conversion.
“It feels good to come back and win, even though I have some injuries,” Dominguez said

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UPDATE: Pomona forced to forfeit game to Mission Prep, could be forced to pay penalties

MONDAY UPDATE: Pomona High School could face far more costly ramifications than just a forfeited game for its football team after the Red Devils failed to honor a contract to play Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in a nonleague road game last Friday night.
The result will go into the record books as a loss for the Red Devils, who didn’t make the trip after district officials determined that a four-hour ride to Mission Prep and a four-hour ride back were not in the best interest of the players, according to a statement last week by Pomona Unified School District administrative director Fernando Meza.

“Once we understood students would have to ride on the bus for four hours, warm-up, play the game and travel back four hours, we looked at what’s in the best interest of the students and the long bus rides didn’t seem to be in the best interest of the kids.”Fernando Meza, the Administrative Director at Pomona Unified School District,


STORY: Pomona High School’s football team is off to an impressive 2-0 start and No. 3 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division.
The Red Devils inked a big game in August to travel on Friday to challenge Northwest Division’s top-ranked San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (1-1), but Pomona athletic director Anthony Rice said the game was cancelled last week by the Pomona Unified School district because of travel cost and other factors.
“It’s disappointing,” Rice said. “It just didn’t get approved.”
When asked why travel cost wasn’t ironed out when the game was agreed to in August, Rice didn’t have a definitive answer.
“One the info was sent to the school district, it was one of those things where they said it was too much.”

My thoughts: The explanations don’t cut it. Why schedule a game in August then decide a week before it’s played not to play it because of travel cost? Or travel time? When I learned Mission Prep offered to pay for the trip, not sure I was convinced with the Pomona Unified School District’s answer that the long bus ride wasn’t in the best interest of the kids. Mission Prep is making four trips the same length and teams are traveling out of state to play high school football. If someone offers to pay your travel cost once a game already is established, isn’t it the right thing to at least play? Wouldn’t you owe Mission Prep that, who is forced to miss a game that already was agreed upon? You decide, I welcome your comments.

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Boys Water Polo: No. 2 Los Altos falls to No. 4 La Serna, 17-13

La Serna-Los Altos water polo photo gallery
It may only be an early-season game, but the Los Altos and La Serna high school boys’ water polo teams, both of which are ranked in the Top 10 of CIF-SS Division 5, put on quite a show on Tuesday afternoon at La Serna.
The game included four All-CIF players from last season, with Los Altos (4-2) and La Serna averaging 15 and 13 goals per game, respectively.
La Serna, ranked No. 4, came from behind for the second year in a row in the annual nonleague game and defeated second-ranked Los Altos, 17-13.
Despite a high-scoring game, La Serna third-year coach Jim Armstrong was quick to praise his freshman goalie Zack Jenkins on his strong play late in the game, holding Los Altos to only one goal in the final period.
“They (Los Altos) can really make a goalie look silly,” Armstrong said. “They shoot from such angles and with authority, but he stepped up big and stopped them in the end.

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CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod formulating plan to change high school football playoff format

By Aram Tolegian
If CIF-Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod gets his way, and he likely will, the complexion of the high school football playoffs could change drastically in two years.
Wigod said during a special one-on-one interview last week that he is exploring alternative playoff formats for football that would make it so playoff divisions are no longer determined by leagues but by teams, instead.
Under the current format, playoff divisions are a grouping of leagues with teams from every league competing in the same division. Under Wigod’s concept, teams from the same league would be dispersed to different divisions based on a formula that the commissioner is currently working to perfect.

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Two-Minute Drills: Aram and I both take Bishop Amat but we’re split on Los Altos-Glendora

In this week’s 2-Minute drill we discuss why we both like Bishop Amat and why I like Glendora and Aram likes Los Altos

In drills for the Star-News area, we’ll tell you why we like St. Francis in a blowout over Monrovia and why Maranatha isn’t ready to beat La Salle

In drills for the Whittier area, Aram and I both like Damien over St. Paul while Aram’s taking La Mirada and I’m taking La Habra.

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CIF Polls: Bishop Amat drops from Pac-5 top ten AFTER dismantling Rancho Cucamonga … Oh pollsters

Bishop Amat was No. 9 last week, crushes Rancho Cucamonga 46-17 then drops from the top ten? Well, at least they got something right, looked terrible that Amat was ranked last week while Santa Margarita was not. Well, at least someone’s drinking their Margarita’s again.

Lookie here, Monrovia No. 1 with Charter Oak No. 3 and West Covina No. 4. After the ‘Cats get whipped by St. Francis Friday, Charter Oak will be back on top where it belongs.

San Dimas is No. 1 but officially, Pomona is No. 3 and 2-1. Pomona given a forfeit loss for not attending last week’s game at Mission prep.

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat stays No. 1; Charter Oak and San Dimas move to No. 2 and 3 respectively


1. Bishop Amat (2-1) — Starting to look like it might be a Mission League and Pac-5 contender after back-to-back blowouts over quality opponents.
2. Charter Oak (1-2) – Needed a win in worst way and got it against an improved Damien squad.
3. San Dimas (2-1) — When’s the last time San Dimas was ranked No. 2 in the area by MaxPreps’ computer rankings? They’re legit.
4. Los Altos (1-1) – Huge home gave vs. Glendora. Sooner or later, Conqs need to win these step-up games.
5. Glendora (1-1) – Huge step back in lopsided loss at San Gorgonio, but can get back on track at Los Altos next.
6. Diamond Bar (2-1) — Couldn’t handle defending Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas. Surprise not the loss but how it lost.
7. Diamond Ranch (2-1) — Took a step back against Ayala, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of.
8. Damien (1-1) — After losing to Charter Oak, needs to take care of business against undefeated St. Paul.
9. Northview (3-0) — Won’t know how good the Vikes are until they line up against San Dimas.
10. Pomona (2-0) — After the Pomona School District robbed the kids of a memorable trip to San Luis Obispo, Red Devils have huge test at Colony.
THE REST: 11. West Covina (2-1); 12. Bonita (2-1), 13. Arroyo (2-1), 14. South Hills (1-2), 15. Covina (1-1); 16. Walnut (1-2), 17. La Puente (1-2), 18. Baldwin Park (1-2); 19. Ganesha (2-1); 20. Azusa (0-2); 21. Rosemead (0-3), 22. Wilson (1-1); 23. Rowland (1-1); 24. Bassett (1-2), 25. Duarte (0-3), 26. El Monte (0-3), 27. South El Monte (0-3), 28. Sierra Vista (1-1), 29. Mountain View (0-2), 30. Workman (1-1), 31. Nogales (1-2); 32. Gladstone (0-2).

By the way, I’m covering Glendora at Los Altos on Friday… are the Conqueror Crazies really this good?

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Tribskin Pick’em: Who do you like, Monrovia-St. Francis? Glendora-Los Altos? La Habra-La Mirada?

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.
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 31-10; Season Total: 91-29)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 29-12; Season Total: 83-37)


Last Week:
Aram picked up a couple more games, his big difference makers were taking San Gorgonio over Glendora, Glendale over La Canada, and Bassett over El Monte.
This week: Great games in the Pasadena area and is good as Monrovia’s looked, I like St. Francis over the ‘Cats and La Salle over Maranatha. Glendora at Los Altos is intriguing, but this is where Glendora flexes its muscle. Also like Bishop Amat easy over Chino Hills and San Dimas easy over Rosemead. In Whittier, gotta take La Habra over La Mirada, also like Damien over St. Paul.


Thursday’s games
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Pioneer vs. Cerritos at Gahr, 7 p.m. — Robledo — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Cerritos)
Sherman Indian vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Blair); Aram (Sherman Ind)
Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
La Mirada at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LM)
Arcadia vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arc)
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Monrovia at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
San Dimas at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
South El Monte at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
South Hills vs. La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
St. Paul at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (D)
Northview at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Bell Gardens at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Beverly Hills at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BHills); Aram (BH)
Bosco Tech at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (DB)
Burroughs vs. Santa Fe at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burroughs)
California at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Covina at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Duarte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
El Rancho at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Flintridge Prep at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)
Ganesha at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPasadena); Aram (SouPas)
Glendora at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (LA)
Hart at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Hart)
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Work)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
La Puente at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Wilson)
Pomona at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (Pomona)
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Calvary Murrieta at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (RHP)
Rowland at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Webb vs. Marshall at U. of La Verne, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Webb); Aram (Webb)
West Covina at Tesoro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)
Whittier at Long Beach Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whittier); Aram (Whitt)
Whittier Christian at St. Margaret’s, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Marg); Aram (SM)
Alhambra vs. L.A. Wilson at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA Wilson); Aram (LAW)
Gabrielino at Mar Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mar Vista); Aram (MarVis)
Temple City at Eagle Rock, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Eagle Rock); Aram (ER)

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Some practices and outside events cancelled because of heat

There are probably other outside sporting events postponed and practices cancelled today because of the excessive heat in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas. If you know of more, leave in the comment section or send me a tweet @sgvnsports

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Saturday Morning QB: Bishop Amat punishes Rancho 46-17; San Dimas crushes Diamond Bar 38-14 and West Covina slams rival South Hills 44-0

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Friday’s final scores

BISHOP AMAT WINS EASY: Rancho Cucamonga didn’t tap out. A running clock in the fourth quarter made that decision for it.
After whipping Texas state power Aledo during a trip to Texas last week, Bishop Amat feared a hangover with the hot Cougars in town for the Lancers’ home season opener.
Not a chance.
Amat kept its foot on the gas against a team that has given it fits in the past, racing to a surprisingly easy 29-point halftime lead and eventual 46-17 victory behind senior Anthony Camargo, who rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns, and junior quarterback Damian Garcia, who threw for 199 yards and four touchdowns.

SAN DIMAS WINS BATTLE OF NO. 1s: The San Dimas High School football team knows a little something about being No. 1.
In a battle of teams ranked atop their respective CIF-SS playoff divisions Friday night, the reigning CIF champion Saints convincingly proved to be the better No. 1 in a 38-14 victory over Diamond Bar.
Four turnovers by Diamond Bar (2-1) ended any chance the top-ranked team in the Central Division had to take down the No. 1 team in the Mid-Valley Division.

Friday’s results
Bishop Amat 46, Rancho Cucamonga 17 — QB Damian Garcia with 199 yards and four TD passes in surprisingly easy win.
San Dimas 38, Diamond Bar 14 — OK, maybe it’s time for the Saints to move to the Central since they beat the Central’s No. 1
Charter Oak 35, Damien 30 – Sounds like it was the game of the night and the Chargers usually do get the best of the Spartans.
West Covina 44, South Hills 0 – How far have the Huskies fallen in two weeks?
Burroughs 45, Rosemead 17 – Say this, Panthers playing toughest non-league of MVL schools.
Northview 20, Baldwin Park 6 – Vikings jump to 3-0 and look good doing it.
Los Altos 45, Wilson 7 – Conqs own it, hand Wilson and former Los Altos coach Greg Gano first loss.
Ayala 37, Diamond Ranch 21 – The Ranch stepped up and class and the Ranch got beat.
Bonita 41, Santa Fe 7 – Great bounce back after getting crushed by Monrovia last week.
San Gorgonio 42, Glendora 17 - Maybe I should have researched more on San Gorgonio.
Sierra Vista 30, Keppel 22 – Could be the Dons’ only win of the year.
Walnut 31, La Puente 24-- Mustangs rally back to get the W.
Workman 36, Marshall 20 — Lobos needed a win in the worst way.
Ontario 48, Nogales 24 — Nobles in over their head.
Chino 49, South El Monte 27 – Maybe Eagles should lighten up on the schedule.
Claremont 41, Mountain View 6 – Another scheduling mismatch.

@SGVNSports Since my retirement, i'm about to beat down some yogurt land with the family like Amat beats down Cougars

— Matt Rogers (@MattRogersUSA) September 13, 2014

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