Friday Countdown: Undefeated Nogales and South El Monte hit the big stage

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South El Monte, Arroyo game preview: Much more about the Arroyo and South El Monte high school football teams will be known after Friday night’s Mission Valley League showdown.
Everybody already knows the Knights are quality, but who exactly is still on the roster in terms of star players remains a mystery. And undefeated South El Monte still has plenty of doubters it can shut up by posting one of the biggest wins in school history. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at South El Monte High.
“We’re not thinking of it that way,” South El Monte head coach Frank Gallardo said. “We’re thinking of it as it’s just one game. It’s the next game. It’s funny, you would think these kids would be fired (up) and it’s the big game, but all week they haven’t been. They’re not down. We’re just even keel.”

Friday’s featured game previews by Aram Toleigan
Rowland (3-1) at Nogales (4-0), 7 p.m.:
This is one of the biggest games in years at Nogales, although nothing but bragging rights over a longtime rival are on the line. Both teams will begin league play next week and have built up ample confidence with productive nonleague seasons. The one time Rowland stepped up this season, it was shellacked by Arroyo. But the Raiders are Nogales’ toughest opponent to date. Walnut gave Nogales much more of a game than it did Rowland. Kudos to both programs for getting back on track in a major way. This game looks like it will come down to the wire.
Rosemead (0-5, 0-1) at Mountain View (2-3, 0-1), 7 p.m.: Rosemead showed signs of life in last week’s loss 16-0 loss to Arroyo. You just know the Panthers are looking to take their frustrations out on someone after such a shaky start. It’s doable for Rosemead to win out and possibly make the playoffs. But you also wonder what’s left in the tank. Mountain View started Mission Valley League play with a loss last week and also has a sense of desperation if it wants to stay in the hunt for anything.
Duarte (3-1) at Maranatha (1-2-1), 7 p.m.: The Falcons got a big dose of reality against Whittier Christian last week. Maranatha certainly took notice since the Minutemen will see Whittier Christian in Olympic League play. Not sure Duarte is quite ready to go on the road and beat a team like Maranatha yet, but if the Falcons do, or keep it interesting, it’s a sign of how far they’ve come under first-year coach James Heggins. Maranatha could use more confidence heading into its bye next week.

Workman (2-2) at La Puente (3-2), 7 p.m.:
Good to see both teams enter this longtime rivalry with solid records. The Lobos are a strange study in scoreboard watching. They’ve either been shut out this season, or have shut out their opponents. Interesting. La Puente has quietly rattled off three straight wins after starting the season 0-2. Even in their losses, the Warriors never played too badly on defense. This one looks about as even as a game could be and that should make for a interesting fourth quarter.

Friday’s games and predictions
Mission League

Bishop Amat at Notre Dame — Robledo (Notre Dame); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte — Robledo (South El Monte); Aram (Arr)
Rosemead at Mountain View — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Non-League
Azusa at Pomona — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Pom)
Duarte at Maranatha — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Mnatha)
Rowland at Nogales — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Sierra Vista at Garey — Robledo (Sierra Vista); Aram (SV)
Victor Valley at Bassett — Robledo (Victor Valley); Aram (VV)
Workman at La Puente — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)

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Thursday Final: San Dimas, El Monte rally for wins

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors' Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

San Dimas High RB Jarell Sykes (#22) heads for a first half touchdown vs California High at the Condors’ Whittier, Calif. campus field Sept. 29, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)


SAN DIMAS 41, CAL 14
WHITTIER — San Dimas High School was pushed for the first time this football season Thursday. But the Saints showed that when challenged, they can push back.

Jarell Sykes rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns and San Dimas closed the nonleague portion of its schedule with a 41-14 victory over host California.
Joey Tamayo also threw for 81 yards and two scores for the Saints, who improved to 5-0. Christopher Lowden rushed for 114 yards and Andrew Reyes had 87 and two touchdowns for the Condors, who slipped to 3-2.
San Dimas outgained Cal, 278-62 during the second half to finish with an advantage of 404-273.
San Dimas, which was held without a first down on its first two possessions, took control of the game during the middle of the second quarter and scored on five consecutive possessions to lead, 35-14, by the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Saints started the third quarter with scoring drives of 65, 55 and 40 yards to go up, 35-14, on a 20-yard run by Sykes with 11:52 to play.
San Dimas also got an 8-yard run from Sykes at 7:44 and a 30-yard pass from Tamayo to Daniel Jackson at 5:08 for a 28-14 lead in the third quarter.
San Dimas coach Mark Holman: “Cal High was really physical (in the first half). I knew they would be physical and I put a challenge on my kids and said, ‘Hey, we came down for a road trip, we expected it to be physical and our mission to (open the second half) with a drive.’ And we did.”
— Stephen Ramirez
EL MONTE 37, MARSHALL 19
PASADENA — El Monte High School football coach Eric MacIntyre said he had a feeling his team would start slow against Marshall.
He proved to be right when his team trailed, 13-3, in the second quarter. But the Lions came roaring back, scoring 34 unanswered points in a 37-19 win in Mission Valley League play on Thursday night at Pasadena High.
El Monte took a 17-13 lead it never relinquished early in the third quarter when quarterback Andrew Ramos scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. The Lions made is 24-13 a few minutes later when Kevin Molina picked up a fumble and ran it 36 yards for a touchdown.
Romero iced the game in the fourth quarter when he scored his second and third touchdowns. The first was a 16-yard run. The second was a 22-yard run.
El Monte coach Eric MacIntyre: “It wasn’t pretty. We made a lot of mistakes. We came out flat early and had a bad week of practice.”

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Thursday Recap: Northview volleyball wins the final set to defeat San Dimas

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
Northview 3, San Dimas 2 — Kaylee Sadler had 21 kills and eight digs, Julia Hooper had 12 digs and four aces and Jordan Lueras had four aces for the Vikings (13-6, 3-0) in a 21-25, 25-17, 15-25, 25-20, 15-12 Valle Vista League win.
Bishop Amat 3, St. Genevieve 0 — Camille Ferguson had 11 kills and three aces and Lucy Zhao had eight kills and two aces for the Lancers (14-11, 1-3) in a 25-11, 25-13, 25-17 Camino Real League victory.
Duarte 3, Sierra Vista 0 — Jocelyn Portillo had 10 kills and Anadina Morales had nine kills and eight aces for the visiting Falcons (10-7, 3-0) in a 25-11, 25-16, 25-14 Montview League victory Wednesday.

Girls tennis
Gladstone 18, Workman 0 — The Gladiators (10-1, 4-0) swept the Lobos in a Montview League match.

Girls golf
Walnut 234, Chino 274 — Francesca Perez shot 42, Katie Ochoa and Jodi Burgess both shot 56, Erika Kelley shot 58 and Soliel Carbajal shot 62 for the Cowgirls (4-3) in a Hacienda League loss.

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Sources: South Hills sophomore quarterback Dylan O’Leary expected to transfer to Charter Oak


olearyBy Fred J. Robledo
Sources have confirmed that sophomore quarterback Dylan O’Leary has checked out of South Hills and is expected to transfer to Charter Oak. No word on whether O’Leary will be eligible at Charter Oak this season, it likely will depend on how Charter Oak files his transfer and whether or not South Hills challenges. Charter Oak (5-0) is undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Division 4 and opens Hacienda League play next week against West Covina.
O’Leary’s transfer comes two weeks after Charter Oak senior quarterback Bret Clemetson broke his collarbone and is likely lost for the season. After dominating its first four opponents, Charter Oak struggled in a 35-21 victory over South Hills last week, a game South Hills briefly led 21-14 in the fourth quarter. O’Leary didn’t start or play in South Hills’ lost last week, but he threw for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 75-7 win over Temple City a week earlier. O’Leary played varsity as a freshman last year at South Hills and in six games, completed 79 of 146 for 821 yards and a touchdown, averaging 136 yards a game.
An interesting twist to this is that Rancho Cucamonga junior quarterback RJ Stearns recently transferred to South Hills. Stearns is already listed on South Hills’ MaxPreps roster, however he is not eligible yet. South Hills filed the transfer paperwork with CIF, but it is pending a response from Rancho Cucamonga and whether or not it will challenge the transfer … Stay Tuned.

Below: Highlights of Stearns

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Who is Tribune Football’s Mid-Season Most Valuable Player?

With more than half the SGV on a bye week and with most leagues starting next week, who is the leader in the clubhouse for the Tribune football player of the year? I’ll list 10 choices in no particular order and you can debate.

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Steven Comstock, Northview, QB — The junior has thrown for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 221 yards a game. He’s also rushed for 283 yards and that includes a 156 yard rushing performance against Don Lugo, a game in which Comstock led the Vikings on a last-minute game-winning drive in a 35-28 victory.

Sal Tovar, South El Monte, RB — The bruising back not only leads the San Gabriel Valley in rushing but he’s second in the state averaging a whopping 245 yards a game. He’s rushed for 1,227 yards and is on pace for a 2,500 yard season. He also has 18 touchdowns for the undefeated Eagles, off to their best start in years.

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Brian Casteel, Charter Oak, WR/DB — The University of Arizona commit is the undefeated Chargers’ big-game playmaker. His numbers aren’t staggering, but his influence is for the Division 4s top-ranked team. He’s averaging 67 yards with four touchdown receptions, but also has ran for five touchdowns. On defense he has an interception and usually locks down the opposing teams’ best player.

bryanWarren Bryan, Damien, QB — Has led the Spartans’ resurgence to a 4-1 record while averaging 258 yards passing with 11 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 1,292 yards and has an impressive 62 percent completion clip.

Jacob Camargo, Damien, LB — The Spartans playmaker on defense is averaging 11 tackles per game with an area best 32 solo tackles while averaging a whopping three sacks per game. Those are impressive numbers for one of the best defenses in the SGV.

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Jarell Sykes, San Dimas, RB — Can do no wrong for the undefeated Saints, averaging 162 yards a game with 650 yards for the 4-0 Saints. He’s scored at least two touchdowns in every game and his stats would be much better but he rarely plays much in the second half because the Saints are winning by an average margin of 40 points.

nevinsTyler Nevens, Los Altos, RB — Posting great numbers for the undefeated Conquerors against quality competition. He’s rushed for 1,027 yards, averaging 214 yards a game with a Valley best 19 touchdowns. In last week’s game he turned up the volume even more, rushing for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns to earn SoCal Prep Legends athlete of the week.

Marcus Ruiz, Bassett, QB — Bet you didn’t know the Olympians quarterback leads the San Gabriel Valley in passing with 1,492 yards, averaging 290 yards per game with 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Great numbers, only problem is the Olympians have no defense and they’re 0-5.

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Antwaun Ayers, Northview, WR — The Vikings receiver is electric, having caught the game-winning ball in the final seconds to beat Don Lugo. He leads the SVG in receiving yardage with 633 and touchdowns caught with 9. He’s averaging 126 receiving yards to boot, also best in the Valley.

Andrew Carrazco, Nogales, WR/DB — The Nobles are undefeated for the first time in more than 20 years and two-way standout Carrazco is a big reason, leading the SGV with four interceptions. On offense he’s averaging 7.6 yards a carry, but is more of a WR threat with three receptions and a touchdown.

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Wednesday Recap: Morgan Henderson led Diamond Ranch girls volleyball to victory

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
Diamond Ranch 3, Charter Oak 0 — Morgan Henderson had 11 kills for the Panthers (5-6, 1-1) in a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 Hacienda League match.
Gladstone 3, Azusa 0 — Lisette Ramos had 11 kills and Celina Vargas had 10 kills and three aces for the Gladiators (14-2, 2-0) in a 25-9, 25-14, 25-20 Montview League match.

Girls tennis
Garey 16, La Puente 2 — The team of Brenda Cortez and Nita Try swept in doubles and Tien Nguyen swept in singles to lead the Vikings (12-1, 8-0) to the Miramonte League victory.
Diamond Ranch 10, Charter Oak 8 — Beatriz Ponce and Diana Godinez swept in singles for the Panthers (3-0) in a Hacienda League match Tuesday.

Boys cross country
Montview League — German Vega had a second-place time of 17 minutes, 6 seconds and Daniel Luevano was third in 17:55 as the Azusa boys won the league meet.

Girls cross country
Montview League — Flor Aguirre (23:00) placed third and Jackie Alvarez (23:23) took fifth to lead Azusa to win the first league meet of the season.

Girls golf
Bishop Amat 230, Pomona Catholic 318 — The Lancers (5-0, 4-0) had the top five finishers at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course to defeat the Pacers in a Camino Real League match. Veronica Trujillo led the way with a 39, Sharon Chen shot 40, Diana Delgado shot 41, Alyssa Ruiz shot 53 and Maya Payan shot 57.

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