Bonita football parting ways with coach Ibis Aguilar

Press Release from Vice Principal and former Football coach Eric Podley
Bonita High School has decided to make a change in our Head Football Coach position. Making a coaching change is never easy, but it is an especially difficult decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our school.  We appreciate the countless hours Coach Aguilar, his family and staff have devoted to the players and the football program at Bonita High School.  Coach Aguilar will be remembered for his commitment to building character in our student-athletes.  We wish Coach Aguilar well in his future coaching endeavors.

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Local High School basketball tournaments, Dec. 11-16

Glendora boys basketball tournament
Pool A: Walnut, South Hills, Don Lugo
Pool B: San Dimas, Norco, South Pasadena
Pool C: Charter Oak, Chaffey, Patriot
Pool D: Whittier, Glendale, Glendora
At Glendora HS
Monday’s Round Robin

Charter Oak 82, Chaffey 50
San Dimas 61, Norco 50
Walnut 52, South Hills 29
Glendale 60, Glendora 50
Tuesday’s Round Robin
South Pasadena 70, Norco 64
South Hills vs. Don Lugo, NA
Patriot 79, Chaffey 67
Glendora 65, Whittier 49
Wednesday’s Round Robin
Glendale 72, Whittier 65
Walnut 62, Don Lugo 22
Charter Oak 60, Patriot 53
San Dimas 68, South Pasadena 45
Friday’s semifinals at Glendora
Walnut vs. San Dimas, 6 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Glendale, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship: 7:30 p.m.

La Canada Boys Basketball Tournament
Pool A: La Canada, Bonita, LA Marshall, Sierra Canyon
Pool B: Hollywood, Damien, Village Christian, Renaissance Academy
At La Canada
Tuesday’s Round Robin

Renaissance Academy vs. Hollywood, 3 p.m.
Sierra Canyon 90, Bonita 63
La Canada 63, LA Marshall 38
Damien 89, Village Christian 43
Wednesday’s Round Robin
Hollywood 63, Village Christian 58
Sierra Canyon 84, La Marshall 31
Thursday’s Round Robin
Village Christian vs. Renaissance Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Hollywood vs. Damien, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Bonita, 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s Round Robin
Bonita vs. LA Marshall, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Renaissance Academy 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship: 7:30 p.m.

Arroyo Girls Basketball Tournament
Pool A: Duarte, Montebello, Oak Hills, South Torrance
Pool B: Arroyo, Glendale, La Canada, Sonora
At Arroyo
Monday’s Round Robin

Montebello 40, Duarte 37
Sonora 56, Arroyo 20
Oak Hills 52, South Torrance 32
La Canada 50, Glendale 38
Wednesday’s Round Robin
Sonora 55, Glendale 42
Oak Hills 57, Montebello 47
La Canada 58, Arroyo 16
South Torrance 56, Duarte 36
Friday’s Round Robin
South Torrance vs. Montebello at 3 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Glendale, 4:30 p.m.
Oak Hills vs. Duarte, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Sonora, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship: 6 p.m.

San Dimas Girls Basketball Tournament
At San Dimas
Monday’s First Round

Chino Hills 50, La Quinta 28
Claremont 41, Pomona 37
Arcadia 71, Charter Oak 30
Gabrielino 45, San Dimas 26
Tuesday’s First Round
Diamond Bar def. Ayala
Lakeside 85, South El Monte 20
Upland 49, Gladstone 12
Bonita 43, Don Lugo 31
Wednesday’s Quarterfinals: TBA
Chino Hills def. Diamond Bar
Lakeside 59, Claremont 43
Upland 50, Gabrielino 44
Bonita 57, Arcadia 38
Thursday’s semifinals
Lakeside vs. Chino Hills, 5 p.m.
Upland vs. Arcadia, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship: 7:30 p.m.

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Local High School Basketball tournament schedules, results, Dec. 4-9

El Rancho Boys Basketball Tournament
Monday’s First Round

Alhambra 61, Lawndale 44
Claremont 54, Paramount 39
San Gabriel 85, Bellflower 55
Wilson 67, El Rancho 62
Tuesday’s First Round
Hamilton 50, Montebello 38
Palm Springs 74, Huntington Park 31
St. Paul 67, Temple City 47
Schurr 34, Santa Fe 20
Thursday’s quarterfinals at El Rancho
Palm Springs 47, Hamilton 30
St. Paul 59, Schurr 54
Alhambra 72, Claremont 66
San Gabriel 52, Wilson 49
Friday’s semifinals
Palm Springs vs. St. Paul, 6 p.m.
Alhambra vs. San Gabriel, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship, 7:30 p.m.

Whittier Christian girls basketball tournament
Monday’s round robin

La Habra 29, Monrovia 26
Whittier Christian 62, La Mirada 26
Tuesday’s round robin
Glendora 86, La Habra 16
Whittier Christian 77, Monrovia 39
Wednesday’s round robin
Glendora 74, La Mirada 34
Whittier Christian 59, La Habra 18
Thursday’s round robin
Glendora 67, Monrovia 23
La Habra def. La Mirada, 7:30 p.m.
robin
La Mirada vs. Monrovia, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs. Whittier Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Championship game.

Azusa Girls Basetball Tournament
Friday’s championship

Rosemead vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.

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Covina and St. Francis lose heartbreakers in Friday’s football championship games

Covina runs out of magic: One week after surviving a shootout and knocking off the top seed, Covina High’s football team lost in a shootout to Katella in the CIF Southern Section Division 11 championship game, 55-49, on Friday in front of an estimated 6,000 at Covina District Field.
It was Katella’s (13-1) first championship in school history, and stopped Covina (11-3) from winning the school’s seventh title and first since 1995.
With the game on the line and facing fourth-and-7, Covina rallied to the the score 49-49 on Nin Burns II’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Sprague with 2:24 left.
But Katella hurried the ball down the field and scored the game winner on fourth-and-goal with Miles Poland bullying his way in from 3 yards for the game-winning score with 22 seconds left.


Late kick foils St. Francis football’s title hopes: It took St. Francis 53 years to make it to a CIF Southern Section championship game. It’ll have to wait at least another year to win one.
Luis Santiago connected on a 47-yard field goal on the final play of the game to give Rancho Verde a 44-42 win over St. Francis in the Division 3 final Friday night.
Rancho Verde sophomore quarterback Brock White was absolutely sensational as he completed 22 of 37 passes for 510 yards and two touchdowns.
The rushing attack for the Mustangs was solid as well as they rushed for 191 yards.It’s the first championship for Rancho Verde since 2011.

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Friday Countdown: Covina ready to take on Katella in first championship game since 1995

When Covina High’s football players and coach Joe Brown passed by Katella’s table at Monday’s CIF Southern Section champions luncheon in Long Beach, they couldn’t help but notice the Knights’ behemoth quarterback, Nathan Arrington, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds.

Turns out they haven’t weighed him in a while.

“Someone asked me what it’s like to have a 215-pound quarterback,” Katella coach Fred DiPalma said. “And I said, ‘I don’t know, he’s more like 240 or 250 pounds.’”

If fourth-seed Covina (11-2) is going to win its first championship since 1995 and sixth in school history, it’s going to have to find a way to contain Arrington in Friday’s Division 11 championship against Katella (12-1) at Covina District Field at 7 p.m.

“He’s a big kid but don’t let that fool you, the kid can play and the kid can sling it,” Brown said.

He’s got that right. Arrington has thrown for 2,568 yards and 16 touchdowns and he’s obviously a dual threat. In last week’s 35-28 semifinal victory over Rancho Mirage, he completed 23 of 26 attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 16 times for 114 yards and a touchdown.

“The first thing you notice is his size, he could probably be our nose guard or something,” Brown said. “You got to stay low and rally to him because one guy isn’t going to bring him down, and when you hit him you have to wrap him up.”

* MORE STORIES: Covina football thrives with leaders Tauvao and Maae and some sportsmanship from Cuellar

Katella is riding a 12-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since its season opener to Kennedy, 14-0, which is probably a game you can throw away.

Katella, looking for its first title in school history, had experimented with the pistol offense over the summer, but when that failed miserably against Kennedy, it immediately went back to the spread and hasn’t lost a game since.

“Almost immediately you could sense relief among the kids,” DiPalma told the Orange County Register about switching back to the spread after the loss. “The new kids on the team didn’t know anything was different, but Nate (Arrington) knew the difference and the offensive line knew the difference.”

Covina presents its problems for Katella too.

*MORE STORIES: Covina’s Nin Burns II chasing a football title that his dad won with Covina in 1995

Sophomore quarterback Nin Burns II has thrown for 2,440 yards and 30 touchdowns, and sophomore back Erik Cuellar set the school’s single-season rushing record with 2,145 yards to go with 19 touchdowns.

Combine that with the Colts’ experienced offensive line and that has Katella’s attention.

“They’re very well coached,” DiPalma said. “It’s a young backfield but it’s a very good backfield. It seems they’re always calling the right play or making the right moves. It’s not a lot of complicated stuff, but what they do they do well.”

DiPalma is also impressed with the Colts’ athletic defense.

Even though Covina gave up a lot of points in last week’s 57-56 overtime victory to knock off top seed Culver City, DiPalma said the victory was impressive.

*MORE STORIES: Covina football enjoyed Monday’s luncheon, then turned attention to CIF-SS championship game

“Defensively, they’re (Colts) a little odd,” DiPalma said. “You’re not sure where they’re coming from, but they’re athletic and they’re good. It’s not an accident they got to the finals.

“What they did last week beating Culver City was impressive because Culver City is a very athletic team but they (Colts) ran the ball all over them. We don’t usually see a lot of teams from the (San Gabriel Valley), but what we’ve seen has been very impressive. It should be a great game.”

Brown said the same thing. After all the hoopla, he’s ready to put his headset on and it get started.

“After all the fanfare and hype it comes down to a football game,” Brown said. “You can say this, you can say that, but at the end of the day the two best teams are here and one of them is gonig to win it and we hope that team is ours.”

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Friday Countdown: St. Francis football hoping to end 53-year drought in title game

LA CANADA – St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds won a CIF Southern Section championship as a player with Hart High School in 1986 when Hart defeated Temple City 40-26 for the Northwestern Division championship. He was also named the Northwestern Division player of the year. To this day, those memories are still fresh in his mind.

“I remember the celebration after the game,” Bonds said. “I remember mostly, the locker room after the game, the hugging, my head coach (Rick Scott). I loved playing for him, he had our team so ready we would have run through a wall for him.”

31 years later, Bonds will lead his St. Francis Golden Knights (12-1) to what could be a historic evening at Friedman Field as they host Rancho Verde High School (11-2) for the Division 3 championship game on Friday at 7 p.m., a game that will be shown delayed on Fox Sports Prime Ticket at 8 p.m.

The Golden Knights have not won a section championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1963 and ’64, defeating Claremont for its last title 53 years ago for the Division 3AAA crown, 14-0.

“I feel good,” commented Bonds. “We’ve had a good week of practice – the kids are focused. I just want to continue playing our best football at the right time. We just want to pick up from where we left off last week.”

*RELATED: St. Francis quarterback Darius Perrantes overcomes obstacles to lead Golden Knights

While most teams might be intimated with all the distractions that come from playing a game of this importance, this team is different.
“They’ve played in big games,” Bonds said. “If anything about this group, it kinds drives me crazy, they’re gamers.

“They love the bright lights. Maybe it’s this generation that they’ve grown up watching, but they love the moment. I think they’ll be at their best tomorrow night.”

They’ll be facing a Rancho Verde team that is coming off a huge win over top-seed Charter Oak High School, 41-22.

The Mustangs are coached by Jeff Steinberg who had successful stints at Ridgecrest Burroughs, A.B. Miller and Corona Santiago, prior to joining the Mustangs.

*RELATED: St. Francis football more than just a high-powered passing team

“What makes this unique is that we are a pretty young team,” Steinberg said. “They’ve really grown during the season.”

The game will feature two of the top underclass quarterbacks in Southern California.

Rancho Verde’s Brock White, a sophomore, has thrown for 2,734 yards with 35 touchdowns and only six interceptions. According to Steinberg, there is a lot to like about his gunslinger.

“Brock has really grown during the course of the year,” commented Steinberg. “He’s a sophomore quarterback which everyone knows that when you have a sophomore quarterback, there’s a lot that goes with it. The thing that Brock has brought to the table, we always say that a quarterback needs to know his limitations. He knows what he does well, he will manage the game and manage the offense. He knows that he doesn’t have to go out there and do it all by himself.”

*RELATED: St. Francis football enjoying first championship week in 53 years

St. Francis features junior Darius Perrantes. A transfer from Crespi, Perrantes has been sensational during the playoffs. He has thrown for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last four games.

Both coaches agree the pace of the game will be key to their team’s success at the end of the night.

“We are different in styles of play,” Steinberg said. “You have two contrasting styles of offense and defense. We are going to have our hands full – that’s how should be going in for a championship.”

“I honestly thing we’re two evenly matched teams, just the way we approach the game,” Bonds said. “You can really tell that those guys are really well coached. They’re going to be ready to play. We’re fortunate that we get to play at Friedman Field at home. We going to have a packed house here pulling for us.”

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Damien will take on Bishop Amat in Friday’s Covina/Sierra Vista boys basketball tourney semifinals

Schedules for this week’s boys basketball tournaments for San Dimas and the Covina/Sierra Vista tournament. Scores will be updated at the end of the night. The knockout rounds begin on Thursday and conclude with Saturday championship games.

Sierra Vista/Covina Boys Basketball Tournament
Monday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista

El Rancho 78, Don Lugo 56
Claremont 63, Sierra Vista 31
Keppel 70, Locke 42
Walnut 65, Mountain View 27
At Covina
Covina 76, Garey 53
Bishop Amat 56, La Puente 31
Colony 92, El Modena 50
Adelanto 76, Gabrielino 53

Tuesday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista

Claremont 48, LA Roosevelt 43
Walnut 48, Alhambra 40
Colony 78, Schurr 51
Damien 105, Don Lugo 28

At Covina
Locke 62, Duarte 60
Bloomington 69, South El Monte 66, OT
Bishop Amat 71, Verdugo Hills 26
Monrovia 62, Adelanto 53
At Northview
Keppel 71, Northview 42

Wednesday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista

LA Roosevelt 51, Sierra Vista 32
Alhambra 63, Mountain View 57
Garey 46, South El Monte 40
Damien 94, El Rancho 48
At Covina
La Puente 61, Verdugo Hills 36
Gabrielino 63, Monrovia 58
Schurr 59, El Modena 40
Bloomington 71, Covina 66
At Northview
Duarte 63, Northview 34

Thursday’s Quarterfinals
At Sierra Vista

Keppel 57, Claremont 36
Colony 61, Walnut 53
At Covina
Bishop Amat 62, Adelanto 26
Damien 105, Bloomington 38

Friday’s semifinals
At Covina High

Damien vs. Bishop Amat, 6 p.m.
Colony vs. Keppel, 7:30 p.m.

San Dimas Boys Basketball tournament
Monday’s round robin
Diamond Bar 77, Kaiser 69
Villa Park 62, Rowland 58
Rancho Cucamonga 87, Alta Loma 48
San Dimas 60, West Covina 53

Tuesday’s round robin
Murrieta Valley 79, West Covina 52
Rowland 62, Patriot 57
Downey 63, Diamond Bar 60
South Hills 54, Alta Loma 41

Wednesday’s round robin
Downey 64, Kaiser 45
Villa Park 92, Patriot 47
Rancho Cucamonga 93, South Hills 47
Murrieta Valley 57, San Dimas 48

Friday’s semifinals
Downey vs. Villa Park, 6:30 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Murrieta Valley, 8 p.m.

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