Northview beats Covina 34-6 to claim VVL title; Bishop Amat beats Loyola; Charter Oak stuns West Covina

FRIDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night

Northview clinches league: Northview’s Alex Camacho picked a good time to deliver the goods, frustrating rival Covina with 258 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. And he also showed off his arm, hurling a 27-yard pass to freshman quarterback Steven Comstock on a trick play.
With Elijah Grijalva chipping in with 132 yards and two touchdowns, there was nothing Covina could do but witness Northview’s first Valle Vista League title since 2008 with a 34-6 victory.

Charter Oak stuns West Covina: Charter Oak knocked off West Covina 33-21 on Friday night, meaning the race for playoff spots from the Hacienda League will go down to the final week of the season before being decided.
The Chargers (5-4, 3-1) held the Bulldogs to only two first downs and junior quarterback Kam Brown completed 21 of 33 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns to move his team into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-1) with one game left in the regular season.
“We knew this one was crucial,” Brown said. “We knew we had to win or maybe be out of the playoffs. We won, so we’re still in it.”

Bishop Amat rallies past Loyola: Playing without its starting quarterback and dealing with the rustiness of coming off a bye week left the Bishop Amat High School football team ripe to be upset.
It took the Lancers about a half to put any chance that happening against Loyola to rest, however. Amat hit its stride midway through the second quarter and turned an early 10-0 deficit into a 46-23 win on Friday.
“The first half was a little shaky,” Bishop Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “I knew we’d settle in. I was much more pleased with the second half. The way we looked at it was like we survived the first half. There was like a tsunami and we held our own. And we came out on top and I felt like our best football was still ahead of us. It was just a matter time to get it going.”

Bonita holds off Ayala: Halloween night was only briefly scary for the Bonita High School football team.
Bonita was sitting on a 28-0 lead in the game that will likely determine the final playoff berth in the Palomares League when Ayala reeled off 14 points in less than two minutes and was a yard from scoring a third consecutive touchdown.
Bonita mounted its second goal-line stand of the night and went on to a 34-14 win Friday night, Ayala’s third consecutive league loss.

Damien gets first league win: Senior night at Damien High School brought lots of energy as the Spartans played host to the Los Osos Grizzlies. After falling behind early, Damien stormed back for a 21-14 victory, its first Baseline League win.
It was all Grizzlies early on as they scored on their first possession. The first score came on a play-action 43-yard touchdown strike by quarterback Donovan Williams.

Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League
Damien 21, Los Osos 14 — Guarantees the Spartans won’t go winless in the Baseline

Hacienda League
Charter Oak 33, West Covina 21 — After all that, Chargers can claim a piece of the Hacienda. What a crazy league.
Chino 45, Walnut 30 — Chino not out of the playoff mix yet.
Los Altos 28, Diamond Ranch 10 — Conqs win should make it a wild finish in the Hacienda for playoff spots.
Standings: Charter Oak (3-1), West Covina (3-1), Los Altos (2-2), Chino (2-2), Diamond Ranch (2-2), Walnut (0-4).

Mission League
Bishop Amat 46, Loyola 23 — Lancers won with QB Damian Garcia sitting out with a rib injury. Victory next week clinches piece of league title. Lancers still haven’t clinched playoff spot, but almost there.
Standings: Crespi (4-1), Bishop Amat (4-1), Serra (4-1), Alemany (3-2), Notre Dame (2-3); Chaminade (1-5); Loyola (0-5).

Miramonte League
Pomona 56, Garey 0 — Red Devils clinch the league title and will be dangerous in the playoffs.
La Puente 28, Bassett 27 — Warriors spoil Olympiana chance to remain unbeaten in Miramonte.

Mission Valley League
Rosemead 51, South El Monte 14 — Panthers wrap up Mission Valley League title.

Montview League
Baldwin Park 48, Gladstone 13 — Braves closing in on second in the VVL

Palomares League
Bonita 34, Ayala 14 — Bearcats back in playoff contention.
Glendora 38, Diamond Bar 6 — Tartans will play South Hills on Thursday for the league title.

Valle Vista League
Northview 34, Covina 6 — Vikings offense and defense legit, they’ll be force in Mid-Valley playoffs after winning first league title since 2008.

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South Hills beats Claremont on last second field goal, 24-22; Azusa and San Dimas win

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night

South Hills goes to 4-0 in Palomares: South Hills will be playing for the first Palomares League championship next week after pulling out a last second win, 24-22, over Claremont on Thursday night at Walnut High School.
Senior Manny Munoz kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game to cap a 61-yard drive in the final 1:30.
The kick broke the hearts of the Wolfpack after they had rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to take the lead. “That was a pretty special feeling,” Munoz said. “I just tried to act like it was practice and relax, focus, and get a point for my team. I just tried to stay to myself and kick it through the uprights.”

Azusa clinches share of Montview title: With just three rushes this season entering Thursday night’s game, junior Dominic Ramirez totaled only 30 yards.
With his first three touches of the ball Thursday, the 5-foot-8 Azusa High School running back totaled three touchdowns on runs of 69, 46 and 4 yards.
And he wasn’t through as he ran for another two scores and finished with 179 yards on 11 carries as the Aztecs defeated host Duarte, 49-30, in a Montview League game.

San Dimas routs Rowland, 49-0: Rowland and San Dimas highs had the same records, both overall and in the Valle Vista League, entering Thursday night. But the Saints put on a display of dominance to claim a 49-0 victory on their home field.
San Dimas (6-3, 3-1) has prided itself on its running game for several years, but the Saints found success through the air as well against Rowland (5-4, 2-2), with senior quarterback Andrew Avila completing seven passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to senior running back Chris Rufun, who had 44 receiving yards and 53 rushing yards on just four carries.

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Arcadia leads cross country polls

The top San Gabriel Valley area cross country teams

1. Arcadia
2. California
3. Flintridge Prep
4. Walnut
5. Bishop Amat
6. Covina
7. Baldwin Park
8. El Rancho
9. Pasadena Poly
10. Rowland


1. Arcadia
2. Bonita
3. Flintridge Prep
4. Mayfield
5. Bishop Amat
6. Glendora
7. La Canada
8. St. Lucy’s
9. Covina
10. Los Altos

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat hasn’t won following a bye week since 2008; Northview and West Covina will win to guarantee piece of league titles

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 30-10; Season Total: 263-88)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-7; Season Total: 260-91)

Last Week: I picked up three games on Aram to cut his lead to three with two weeks left in the regular season plus playoffs. I got him taking Alhambra over Keppel, West Covina over Los Altos, Pasadena Poly over Rio Hondo Prep and Bassett over Garey. Aram grabbed one back taking San Dimas over Covina
This Week: The big, big question is will Bishop Amat show rust or have a let-up following its bye week after three-straight momentum wins over Serra, Alemany and Chaminade with Loyola in town. Amat has won just won game in recent memory during bye weeks, beating Diamond Ranch in 2008. During bye weeks in league, Amat is 0-3 since 2010 and coach Steve Hagerty has gone on record saying he hates byes, but despite that, I can’t picture Amat losing to last-place Loyola. If Bishop Amat wins, it will have a chance to head to Notre Dame next week playing for a piece of the Mission League title, take the Lancers. Covina takes on Northview and with a win, can force a three-way tie along with San Dimas in the Valle Vista. But after Northview whipped San Dimas earlier in the season I can’t imagine the Vikings would let the Colts spoil their party. Take the Vikes. If you asked before the season I would be taking Charter Oak over West Covina, but not now. The Bulldogs were impressive beating Los Altos and will win out. South Hills’ amazing turnaround will get better Thursday night against Claremont and with a victory, South Hills will likely facing Glendora in the league finale for all the marbles in the Palomares. Take South Hills.

Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

California at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Freeway League
Troy vs. La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Pacific League
Burbank vs. Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley vs. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
South Hills vs. Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mary); Aram (MARY)
Valle Vista League
Rowland at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Friday’s games
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (SG)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
La Salle at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Los Osos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (LO)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. La Serna at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Aram (CO)
Chino at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Miramonte League
Garey at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (Bass)
Mission League
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Marshall at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
Montview League
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Palomares League
Bonita at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Prep League
Firebaugh at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (rhp)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
La Canada at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (M)
Temple City at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Pasadena Poly at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Saturday’s game
Olympic League

Heritage Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Granada Hills, 1 p.m. — Robledo (Heritage); Aram (H)

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Girls Volleyball: Glendora rallies for four-set win over Bonita; Tartans stay undefeated in Palomares League

Glendora's Jessica Garcia (C) (23) along with Becca Lowden (C) (12), Marissa Montoya (16) and Sarah Smith (10) reacts after scoring against Bonita in the second game of a prep volleyball match at Bonita High School. Glendora won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Glendora’s Jessica Garcia (C) (23) along with Becca Lowden (C) (12), Marissa Montoya (16) and Sarah Smith (10) reacts after scoring against Bonita in the second game of a prep volleyball match at Bonita High School. Glendora won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Glendora High School, after four years of being banished to the Baseline League, finally has a reasonable chance at a league title, and the Tartans are not wasting the opportunity.
Becca Lowden had 16 kills and Glendora took another step toward a Palomares League girls volleyball title with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9 victory over host Bonita on Tuesday.
The Tartans, also getting 12 kills from Marissa Montoya, improved to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. The Bearcats, getting 17 kills from Riley Inman, slipped to 11-10 and 3-5.
Glendora, after a sluggish start, dominated the last two sets. The Tartans, getting four kills from Jade Brockett and two each from Lowden and Montoya, scored 12 of the first 15 points in the third set before closing with a 6-3 surge to win 25-17.
Lowden then had seven kills as the Tartans secured the match by scoring 15 of the first 20 points and 10 of the final 14 to easily win set four, 25-9. Lowden had a cross shot to make it 24-9 before a mis-hit gave Glendora the match.
Glendora’s Becca Lowden: “It’s great. It’s like we finally are where we need to be, with the competition (in this league). It’s great that all of our hard work pays off.”

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Tribune Football Rankings: Bishop Amat still the one

1. Bishop Amat (5-3) — League title within its grasp
2. Glendora (7-1) — Showdown vs. South Hills looms
3. West Covina (6-2) — Dismantled Los Altos
4. Northview (7-1) — Rival Covina standing in the way
5. Charter Oak (4-4) — Can it challenge West Covina?
6. Pomona (4-4) — 5-2 on the field
7. Diamond Ranch (6-2) — Don’t sleep on the Panthers
8. South Hills (4-4) — Has found it at the right time
9. San Dimas (5-3) — Will be rooting for Covina this week
10. Damien (3-5) — Slippin’ and a slidin’

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