Charter Oak football seeking donations after video equipment is stolen in Vegas

The Charter Oak High School football team’s trip to Vegas last weekend wasn’t all a win.

The Chargers beat Green Valley of Henderson, NV. last Friday but later that night had their video equipment stolen. The team is now seeking donations to raise money to replace the equipment.


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Elijah Blades staying at Muir

Elijah Blades is staying at put Muir, the junior defensive back confirmed after it was reported last week that he had transferred to Cathedral.

Blades is expected to be the next big-time talent out of Muir. Things were looking bleak for Muir after Blades and WR/DB Jamire Calvin left for Cathedral. Calvin is expected to stay at Cathedral.

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West proves best … routs in East in Hall of Fame Game …

Photo gallery from Friday’s All-Star game


Editor’s note: To the players, thanks for the memories and best of luck in the future!


Different boundaries, different result.

The tweak in geographic areas to pool talent from for the West team in the SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors paid big dividends on Friday night.

The West ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 31-14 win over the East in the game’s 36th renewal. The East still leads the all-time series 23-11-2.

With the West struggling in recent years, game organizers changed the borders used to pool talent from previously the 605 Freeway to now Azusa Ave. The game was also moved from late spring/early summer to January in an effort to help players get some last-minute recruiting attention before signing day next week.

The West held up much better in the trenches than in year’s past and that’s all its offense needed to put up big numbers. Maranatha quarterback Eli Snyder threw two touchdown passes, both to Crescenta Valley receiver Jordan Lobianco.

Muir defensive back Brian Reyes had two interceptions, one of them he returned for an 82-yard touchdown in the second half to give the West a 31-7 lead. It was part of a dominant effort by the West defense.

The West lead 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Montebello’s Enrique Lozano and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Lobianco. Reyna hit UCLA-bound Monrovia receiver Octavius Spencer on a 53-yard touchdown pass and it was 17-0 early in the third quarter.

The East got a little momentum after a turnover lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bonita’s Angel Verdugo. Another West turnover gave the East more hope, but the West clamped down and didn’t allow any points.

Snyder’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Lobianco on the ensuing possession made it 24-7. The East tried to answer and was driving when Reyes made his second interception of the night and took it back for a score.

La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara hit Pomona’s Manny Luna midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the East.

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PrepXtra Live Football Semifinal Show talking Los Altos-Bonita, Charter Oak-Colony, Pomona, Northview and of course, Bishop Amat’s first berth in in 16 years

This is the 1952 Pomona football team, the last Pomona football team to win a CIF championship. They have a chance to win the school’s first title in 62 years. I talked to San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow about Pomona after the Saints’ 41-14 loss. Zernickow said Pomona is the most athletic team he’s ever coached against in high school or college.

Pomona 1952 team

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PrepXtra Live CIF-SS Football Playoff Show with all our predictions and Fredictions

CIF-SS Playoff Preview show with listed times of each preview
— Open with South Pasadena forfeit fiasco
11:30 mark: Pac-5 Playoff preview
30:45 mark: Central Division preview
39:30 mark: Southeast Division preview
51:00 mark: Mid-Valley Division preview

CIF-SS Area Playoff Predictions by Fred Robledo
Pac-5 Division
First Round
St. John Bosco over Long Beach Cabrillo
St. Bonvaenture over Norco
Santa Margarita over Crespi
Servite over Long Beach Poly
Corona Centennial over Serra
Mater Dei over Westlake
Bishop Amat over Lakewood
JSerra over Corona Santiago
St. John Bosco over St. Bonaventure
Santa Margarita over Servite
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
Bishop Amat over JSerra
St. John Bosco over Santa Margarita
Corona Centennial over Bishop Amat
St. John Bosco over Corona Centennial

Central Division
First Round

Colony over La Canada
Glendora over Summit
Charter Oak over Colton
Claremont over San Marino
Kaiser over Bonita
West Covina over Chaffey
Los Altos over South Hills
Monrovia over Don Lugo
Glendora over Colony
Charter Oak over Claremont
West Covina over Kaiser
Monrovia over Los Altos
Charter Oak over Glendora
West Covina over Monrovia
Charter Oak over West Covina

Mid-Valley Division
First Round
Paraclete over Bassett
Azusa over El Monte
La Puente over Montebello
Northview over Brentwood
Pomona over Christa McAuliffe
San Dimas over Baldwin Park
Rosemead over Covina
Sierra Canyon over Bell Gardens
Paraclete over Azusa
Northview over La Puente
Pomona over San Dimas
Sierra Canyon over Rosemead
Northview over Paraclete
Pomona over Sierra Canyon
Pomona over Northview

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PrepXtra Postgame Show discussing the South Pasadena fiasco along with Bishop Amat’s league title and more

Find out why South Pasadena was forced to forfeit its 21-3 victory over La Canada. Rio Hondo League administrators decided to ban South Pasadena from the postseason after learning of an unspecified rules violation. Trouble is, they didn’t tell South Pasadena players until the busride home. South Pas players had thought it clinched its first playoff berth since 2003. Tigers coach Martin Konrad was not at Friday’s victory over La Canada. Apparently players from neither team knew about the ruling. Click the thread for a statement from principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna: (To continue click thread).

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