NOTE: With Freddie out of town, Aram will be making this week’s Tribune Top 10. Yes, you can expect Fred to screw it all up again NEXT WEEK when he’s back. But for now, enjoy the legitimacy.
1. Bishop Amat (4-1) — Masochistic Amat fans got their jollies last week when the Lancers whipped up on St. Paul in a result that surprised nobody. Not sure what it did for Amat’s development, but hey, a big win is a big win. Next up is a roadie to Culver City.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — At some point, the Huskies’ porous defense will cost them. Just don’t expect that to be any time soon. The Huskies showed during the nonleague that they are the clear favorites in the Sierra League.
3. Glendora (4-0) — No lead is safe against the Tartans. QB Matt Fink is doing a nice job building his legend with all these late-game TD passes that translate into wins. You have to start wondering just where the Tartans fit in the Baseline League race.
4. Los Altos (4-0) — The Conqs had last week off to rest and heal up and brace for the challenge that is Diamond Ranch. Los Altos is one of few teams in the Hacienda League, if not the only the team, who can handle D-Ranch’s size. But can they handle DR’s speed?
5. Diamond Rancho (4-1) — Scary, scary, scary. The Panthers can really run the ball and play solid defense. Not sure if they can pass … not sure they’ll need to anytime soon. If D-Ranch can beat LA, then the path gets clearer to the league title.
6. Diamond Bar (4-1) — The Brahmas served notice last week with their win over Bonita. It seemed like D-Bar got out to lead and played ‘catch us if you can’. That style is their only hope in the Hacienda and likely the playoffs.
7. Bonita (3-2) — There are still some nice wins on Bo-High’s resume. Last week was a bit of a hit, though. Now the Bearcats are in must-win situations likely every week the rest of the way … and that’s just to make the playoffs.
8. South Hills (2-2) — The Huskies fell apart late against Monrovia. But hey, it’s Monrovia. Not sure what to make of the Huskies’ nonleague quite yet. The element of a passing game hasn’t been what many had hoped. But the losses are to good teams. Guessing game …
9. Ayala (2-2) — The Bulldogs’ win over Diamond Ranch speaks volume … even if they were asleep for three quarters in that game. The close loss to M-Town looks better and better, too. Hard to knock any Ayala fan for feeling confident about the next six weeks.
10. West Covina (2-3) — Because The WC has lost three straight games, I can certainly not argue with anyone saying No. 10 should go to Arroyo or Damien. And the good news is that if things don’t change quick for the Bulldogs’ offense, they’ll get smoked by D-Bar next week and the ten spot will be open for the taking.
Amazes me that a girls game is by far most intense crowd and hustle-wise this season
— Aram Tolegian (@aramtolegian) January 29, 2013
“Imari can have a game like that every single night. That’s a dream player. We have other players beside Imari, who normally all year long have been putting up 17 points a game. We don’t want to call it ‘The Imari Show’, but sometimes the girls get caught looking. I tell the girls to stop looking like they do with Kobe (Bryant). Sometimes they just watch her play and you can’t do that.”– Duarte coach Mark Smith
By Aram Tolegian
DUARTE — After ending Duarte’s Montview League win streak at 39 games last Friday night, the Workman High School girls basketball game was out to prove the victory was no joke … and maybe start a prolonged league winning streak of its own.
Mission accomplished on the both ends.
Freshman guard Leslie Rivera score 25 points, including several clutch 3-pointers in the second half, as Workman took another giant step toward the Montview League title with a 74-68 victory over host Duarte on Monday night.
Workman (18-4, 10-0) led 57-47 late in the third quarter, but Duarte (17-2, 7-2) rallied behind standout Imari Brown to forge a 64-63 lead with 2:50 to play. That’s when things got a little too crazy in the stands as a packed house of Lobos and Falcons fans mixed it up enough to the point that the game was delayed a few minutes while sherriff’s deputies calmed things down.
Intro: Pac-5 discussion with Aram and Fred discussing whether Amat deserves to be in the Pac-5 Division
28:00 mark: Inland Division and how Charter Oak got a ridiculous draw.
39:45 mark: Southeast Division, can the Hacienda get out of the first round?
45:45 mark: Mid-Valley Division, can anyone beat the top four seeds?
55:00 mark: Northwest Division, Gladstone and La Puente with winnable games?
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
There were no real surprises following the CIF-Southern Section football playoff pairings on Sunday.
As expected, Bishop Amat earned an at-large berth in the Pac-5 Division after losing to Notre Dame on Friday and Charter Oak, who has been dominant all season, earned the fourth seed in the Inland Division though it received the tougheset road possible for a seeded team.
The Sierra League champion Chargers (9-1) open against Chaparral (7-3), a third-place team from the difficult Southwestern League — a league that boasts top-seed Vista Murrieta.
If Charter Oak is fortunate enough to move on, it could face Rancho Cucmaonga in the second round.
In other Inland Division first-round games, South Hills (6-4) has the almost impossible task of facing top-seed Vista Murrieta (10-0) on the road while Chino Hills (7-2), second in the Sierra, earned a home game against Citrus Belt third-place Redlands (7-3).
Bishop Amat (7-2-1) was extremely fortunate to avoid the top seeds in the Pac-5 Division after sneaking in with an at-large berth.
Bishop Amat will be at Moore League champion Long Beach Poly (7-3) on Friday at Veterans Stadium.
If the Lancers advance, they could possiblly get second-seed Mission Viejo at home in the second round.
“I don’t know about feeling good about (playing them),” Amat coach Steve Hagerty said of Long Beach Poly. “No matter how you want to spin it we’re happy that we’re in the playoffs and still playing.
“We don’t have control over who we play, but all the teams in the Pac-5 are good. What we know about Poly from the past is they’re always althletic and physical, so I don’t know about any of this stuff (of having a good draw).”
Sunday’s CIF pairings times and locations, posted here and on the CIF website
At-Large announcements: 8 a.m.
Inland Division (Santiago HS): 10 a.m.
Mid-Valley Division (Covina HS): 10 a.m.
Pac-5 Division (CIF office): 11 a.m.
Northwest Division (Oak Park HS): 10:30 a.m.
Southeast Division (CIF office): Noon
Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce try to make sense of Amat’s loss at Notre Dame, listen to the reaction
Spartan 03 posted mock drafts for the Pac 5 and Inland on threads so I thought I would share. Everyone’s got an opinion, tell us who you think area teams will get
PAC 5 Mock Draft
(1) St. John Bosco – #1 Trinity vs. San Clemente – At Large South Coast
Notre Dame – #2 Serra vs. Moorpark – #3 Marmonte
Alemany – #1 Serra vs. Santa Margarita – #3 Trinity
(4) St Bonaventure – #1 Marmonte vs.Long Beach Wilson – #3 Moore
(3) Mater Dei – #2 Trinity vs. Westlake – #4 Marmonte
El Toro – #2 South Coast vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore
Oaks Christian – #2 Marmonte vs. Lakewood – #2 Moore
(2) Mission Viejo – #1 South Coast vs. Bishop Amat – At Large Serra
Inland Mock Bracket
(1) Vista Murrieta – #1 Southwestern vs. Ayala – At Large Sierra
Rancho Cucamonga – #2 Baseline vs. Redlands – #3 Citrus Belt
Redlands East Valley – #1 Citrus Belt vs. Chaparral – #3 Southwestern
(4) Charter Oak – #1 Sierra vs. Norco – #3 Big VIII
(3) Upland – #1 Baseline vs. South Hills – #3 Sierra
Santiago Centennial – #2 Big VIII vs. Eisenhower – #2 Citrus Belt
Chino Hills – #2 Sierra vs. Murrieta Valley – #2 Southwestern
(2) Corona Centennial – #1 Big VIII vs. Los Osos – #3 Baseline
Intro: Aram, Ramirez and I discuss the talk of the town, El Monte, Rosemead and the “broken play” offense.
30:30 mark: Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez talks about Friday’s rivalry game against Azusa for first in the Montview.
51:45 mark: Former St. Paul Elijah Asante talks about being fired last week, his future plans and his thoughts on Kurt Scoby.
Opening remarks: Discussion on West Covina’s forfeit, why coaches aren’t updating MaxPreps and Damein’s Josh Savage unavailable for Friday’s game vs. Orange Lutheran
14:00 mark: Monrovia’s Brett Walsh and George Frazier.
40:00 mark: Bishop Amat’s Dionza Blue, Dareen Andrews and Sal Velasquez
1:05 mark: Aram, Fred and Reginald Miller’s closing thoughts.
Robledo’s Prediction: East 42, West 14
What: San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game
Who: East vs. West
Where: West Covina, High School
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
There’s absolutely no secret what the West team is going to try to do in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game in order to get some respect back for its side of the Valley. And, of course, it’s also no secret what the East will try to do to keep its recent string of series dominance in tact.
The top recently graduated high school football seniors will renew the East vs. West rivalry tonight at West Covina High. Introductions are 7 p.m. and kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
When rosters for the game were announced earlier this month, the huge advantage the West had at quarterback was glaring. Tribune Player of the Year Steven Rivera of Arroyo and Star-News Player of the Year Andy Guerrero of San Gabriel combined to throw for 6,669 yards and 67 touchdowns last season.
Now teammates, both quarterback have been very vocal about getting the West back some respect after the East increased its series lead to 20-10-2 with a 7-6 win last season. It’s a sentiment that has obviously trickled down to the rest of the roster.
“I definitely think we have the right approach and attitude about the game,” said West coach Jude Oliva, who led San Gabriel to a 9-5 record last season. “A lot of the kids have a great understanding of the history of this game and know the West hasn’t been successful the last couple years. They’ve come in here and have been talking about trying to end the streak.”
Wisely, Oliva is making no bones about his team’s desire to air it out tonight and ride the arms of Guerrero and Rivera as far as they can. That means a host of West weapons should see plenty of chances to make big plays.
Muir running back Tairen Owens and Monrovia’s Marquise Bias headline the backfield. Monrovia all-purpose threat De’Shawn Ramirez and San Gabriel speedster Alex Villalobos could have huge nights if Guerrero and Rivera have their way.
Trouble is, East coach Dale Ziola said his team is well aware of the firepower the West has stockpiled and will look to counteract it with a talented secondary and fierce pass rush. Ziola led Los Altos to a remarkable turnaround in his first season, taking the program from 0-10 in 2010 to 8-4 last season.
“One of the parents had mentioned that they’re (the West) going to be going no huddle and how we better get in shape,” Ziola said. “The way you stop the no huddle is to force incomplete passes. I think we have the defensive backs to stop routes, get in people’s faces and disrupt timing so much that we can afford to put our linebackers on their quarterbacks.
“Our plan is to keep their receivers where they’re supposed to be.”
It’s easy to see why Ziola is confident in his secondary. Charter Oak’s Herman Akins is a hybrid who can run with receivers or play near the line. Bonita’s Garrett Horine has East coaches thinking he might be the best player on the field. Rowland’s Terry Ford and West Covina’s Lonzel Barnett are so fast and quick that it’s hard to imagine anyone finding room on them.
And when the East has the ball, it will be using its run game to also play defense by eating the clock and keeping Guerrero and Rivera off the field.
“We expect to play very physical,” Ziola said. “They’re talking about speed on the West side, but I’ve seen the size of their defense on their roster and I’ve seen the size of the guys we have and the running backs we have, so we’re going to be a ground and pound football team. The boys we have on this side give us a big advantage to go out and do that.”
The East’s backfield is downright frightening. There’s speed and quickness in West Covina’s Jimmy Frazier and Azusa’s Desmond Reed. There’s a bruiser in Los Altos’ Justin Fa’aola. There’s a combo of speed and physicality in Glendora’s Corey Victoria and Bonita’s Cameron Griffin.
“All the running backs expect to have a good night,” Ziola said of his running backs. “There’s nobody out there expecting to relinquish what the East has done in the past. They’re all expecting to get their fair share of carries and do great things with it.”
If the West is to win, it may have to force a faster tempo than the East wants to play. And there’s no better way of doing just that than by getting Guerrero and Rivera off early and possibly a lead a on the scoreboard.
“They’re both great at passing the ball and using their feet,” Oliva said of his QB tandem “We kind of have a little mixture of run and pass stuff for them depending on what the East is doing defensively. It’s not a surprise, we’ll throw the ball. We definitely have got some guys who can play.”
Bishop Amat is hosting a youth football camp Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 a.m.-noon. Youth entering grades 3-8 are invited to attend.
The cost is $75, which includes six hours of instruction, group photo, hot dog lunch, t-shirt, and certificate of participation.
Contact Coach Hagerty with questions at 626-962-2495, ext. 6001, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Star-News 91, Tribune 81: Michelle Miller scored 39 points en route to earning Star-News team MVP honors and the Star-News proved stronger down the stretch to up its series lead to 6-3. The game was tied at 74-74 with 5:40, but big 3-pointers by Monrovia’s Gina Henderson and Miller helped the Star-News pull away. Diamond Ranch’s Chelsea Barnes scored 22 points and was named Tribune team MVP.
Shannon Kent scored the winning run (this wasn’t it) in the 9th as St. Lucy’s beat South Hills.
St. Lucy’s 6, South Hills 5, 9 inn.: What can I say? It was a Sierra League thriller. Brandi Harkness delivered the game-winning single to score Shannon Kent in the bottom of the ninth to give the Regents the win in their Sierra League opener. South Hills is now 0-2 in league, but had this game won 5-4 in the eighth and saw it get tied up on an error on what should have been an easy ground out to win/end the game.