St. Lucy’s beats South Hills, 6-5, in 9-inning Sierra League thriller …

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.

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Bonita bats come up big in 8-2 win over Los Altos

Tyler Heslop deposited a ball over the left-field fence in Bonita’s six-run fifth.

Bonita 8, Los Altos 2:
Bonita turned a 2-1 lead in the fifth into an 8-2 rout of Los Altos after scoring six times in the fifth before the Conqs recorded an out. Justin Garza went the distance for the Bearcats and took a one-hitter into the seventh before allowing two hits and a run in that inning while earning his fourth win of the season. Both teams entered Thursday’s action tied with Diamond Bar for first place in the Hacienda League with 2-0 records.

For photog Keith Birmingham’s gallery from Thursday’s game, please go HERE.

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Signing Day: Area’s top athletes seal the deal …

By Aram Tolegian
Staff Writer

Call it blind faith or just a hunch, but Charter Oak High School receiver Chris Gilchrist is headed to Boca Raton, Fla., next season to play for Florida Atlantic, a school Gilchrist did not visit during the recruiting process and began courting him very late in the game.

Gilchrist decided late Tuesday he would attend Florida Atlantic and made it official on Wednesday morning by signing his letter of intent.

“They showed the most interest, even though it was late,” Gilchrist said.

“I talked to them every night. They have a whole new coaching staff, so it’s a fresh start for me and them.

“It was nice to know that somebody wanted me to go play football for them.

“It’s just a feeling you get when somebody puts a lot of effort into talking to you, trying to get to know you and wanting to meet you.”

Gilchrist was far from the only local athlete to make his or her college destination official on Wednesday.

At West Covina, 2010 Tribune Player of the Year Chris Solomon ended a long recruiting process by choosing to play for Nevada over Colorado.

Pomona’s Gerrad Kough picked Colorado long ago and stuck with that decision Wednesday.

Bishop Amat saw football standouts Ajee Montes (SMU) and Jalen Moore (Eastern Washington) make their plans official. For Moore, the decision came down to where he would get the earliest opportunity for playing time, and that meant Eastern Washington instead of Colorado.

“Too many running backs,” Moore said of Colorado. “When I was on my trip (at Eastern Washington), they made me feel like I was at home.”

Montes is headed to play for well-known coach June Jone at SMU. He will play defensive back for the Mustangs.

“I have a chance to play early,” Montes said. “What I liked a lot about June Jones is that he’s consistent. He’s had winning seasons and three back-to-back-to-back bowls.”

Diamond Ranch saw four members of its football team sign on Wednesday and their destinations were quite impressive. Receiver Andrew Fischer (Harvard) and linebacker Jacob Ardron (Columbia) will play in the Ivy League.

Offensive tackle Blake Benjamin will play for the Navy and aim for medical school.

Defensive back Chris Miller will make it easy for local fans to follow his career by playing in the Pac-12 at Oregon State.

“It’s a college town and everybody in the town is friendly,” Miller said of Corvallis, Ore., where Oregon State is located. “Being in the PAC-12, that’s a competitive conference.

“Any school that would’ve given me an offer, I would’ve taken it. Oregon State gave me the offer and I hopped on it.”

The Wilson duo of J.R. Nelson (Montana) and Keith Hawk (Yale) made their choices official. Nelson will play cornerback for the Grizzlies after making a name for himself as an one of the area’s most dangerous offensive players.

“I chose Montana because it’s a great school and I just felt like it was a great place for me,” Nelson said. “I loved the mountains and the snow. It’s cold, but you have to love that snow. It’s something we don’t get in Southern California.”

Glendora running back Corey Victoria became the first of probably many local standouts to choose Azusa Pacific University, which will begin play in Division 2 next season. For Victoria, the chance to stay local and play in front of family and friends was too good to pass up.

The signings did not stop at football. Several of the area’s top girls also made their college plans official.

The soccer signings were as follows: Shavonn Johnson (Bonita) signed with Lamar. Shannon Kent (St. Lucy’s) signed with Loyola Marymount. Alyssa Cabral (Bishop Amat) signed with Cal-State Dominguez Hills. Amber Marani (Walnut) signed with UC Riverside and Mayra Almazan (South Hills) is heading to

UC Santa Barbara.

Bishop Amat saw a pair of volleyball players sign in Rachel Seals (Seattle University) and Megan Bowcock (Great Falls).

Glendora field hockey standout Leah Cofer signed with Pacific.

Softball signees were as follows: Kellie McCleve (Glendora) Salt Lake College. Jeovanna Rios (Bishop Amat) Fort Lewis College. Sumer Knight (West Covina) La Sierra. Tayler Castro (West Covina) Cal Baptist. Alexzandra Blanco (West Covina) Central Arizona and Taylor Miller (Glendora) La Sierra.

Rowland track and cross country standout Nick Rivera signed with Texas Tech.

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Introducing the Bet It and Sweat It blog …

I am very happy to announce that San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group has entered into the world of gambling as it pertains to horse racing, sports betting and poker.

In doing so, we have launched the BET IT AND SWEAT IT blog. There you will find constant updates, insights, opinion and interaction between those of us who like to partake in horse racing, sports betting and poker, be it as a hobby or a serious endeavor.

I’m quite certain you will find this blog VERY ENTERTAINING and VERY INFORMATIVE.

You can start by reading my Super Bowl prediction column. And then be back on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for a webcast that will feature handicapper Dave Malinsky,’s assistant managing editor Zack Pierce live from Indy and Pro Football Weekly’s Editor and handicapping columnist Mike Wilkening.
You can start by reading my Super Bowl prediction column. And then be back on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for a webcast that will feature handicapper Dave Malinsky,’s assistant managing editor Zack Pierce live from Indy and Pro Football Weekly’s Editor and handicapping columnist Mike Wilkening.

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Calling ALL Feb. 1 signers: The Tribune wants you if ….


So any athletes who did not attend that shoot back in Oct. or Nov. (I don’t remember the date) and are signing a letter of intent WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, please contact me at

I have spoken to most of the football players and athletes from other sports who are signing. If I missed anybody or you simply want to confirm tomorrow’s photo shoot, please email me.

Remember, the photo shoot is 2:30 p.m. at the Tribune and you need to be wearing SOMETHING representing the college you are signing with.

IMPORTANT: Tommy Kiss, aka Chino Hills Tom, aka The Inland Insider, will be putting together a nice video package of the football signers.

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Different gym, same result: Covina beats rival Northview again … Colts use 16-1 run in fourth

By John “Nuttin Honey” Honell

COVINA – Games between crosstown rivals Covina and Northview high schools are some of the most intense in the Valley.

With second place in the Valle Vista League and a high CIF-SS postseason seed on the line, the standing room-only crowd almost could feel the electricity in the air.

The Covina boys basketball team, which defeated Northview last Wednesday, outscored the Vikings 16-1 in a four-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to knock off the defending league champions 47-41 Monday night.

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Fred’s, uh, on vacation this week. So it’s back to the Aram Regime … just don’t expect me to use Fred’s crusty mouse …

There are currently 1,459 forms of the flu virus on Fred’s mouse. Blet.

Anyway, it’s good to be back in the saddle again (not really). The suggestions Fred left this week for the Tribune coverage plan wreaked of soccer. Which is nice, but don’t expect The Fat Man to stick to it word-for-word. We’ve got Signing Day on Wednesday and that’s gonna be huge. If you know of any athletes signing a letter of intent on Wednesday, please contact me at to let me know.

As for the Top 10s, I will be handling those as well. With Glendora and Damien both losing to Etiwanda last week, and La Verne Lutheran losing to Westchester, we’ve got some decisions to be made. Wilson No. 1, anybody? Also, Amat’s girls team is slip-sliding away.

And this week is The Rematch: Workman at Duarte (girls).

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Damien beats Don Lugo and Northview beats Glendora to punch tickets into Pride of the Foothills championship game on Saturday night …

Northview 55, Glendora 42 — Treavon Francis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Northview used a 15-0 run to start the second half to beat host Glendora. The Vikings trailed 30-23 at halftime, but limited Glendora to just 12 points for the entire second half.

Damien 85, Don Lugo 80 — Frosh guard Jeremy Hemsley scored 25 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer with just over a minute to play to tie the game at 77-77. Damien finished with an 11-0 run after trailing by six entering the fourth and by as many as 10 in the fourth. Chris Reyes also had 25 points for the Spartans.

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BREAKING NEWS: Damien hoops standout Chris Reyes commits to St. Mary’s …

Damien senior forward Chris Reyes committed to St. Mary’s on Monday night.

Reyes averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds last season for the Spartans. Reyes, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has been a Tribune All-Area selection the past two seasons.

St. Mary’s men’s basketball program has gained fame recently by reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2005, 2008 and 2010. The 2010 team advanced to the Sweet 16.

St. Mary’s is located 10 miles east of Oakland, Ca. in Moraga.

With Reyes back, the Spartans figure to be one of the area’s top teams again this winter. Damien went 26-4 last season.

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Charter Oak asst. principal Glenn Martinez named Asst. Commissioner of Athletics at the CIF-Southern Section …

Here’s the press release ...
Incoming CIF Southern Section Commissioner of Athletics Rob Wigod announced today that Charter Oak High School Vice-Principal Glenn Martinez has accepted the position of Assistant Commissioner of Athletics for the CIF-SS, effective August 15, 2011.
“I am very pleased to announce the selection of Glenn Martinez as the next assistant commissioner of the CIF-SS,” stated Wigod. “Glenn brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for high school education and athletics.”

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UPDATED: Rio Ruiz selected to Team USA 18U National Team roster for second-round trials, father says he will go and still play with Bishop Amat’s football team this fall

UPDATED: Rio Ruiz has decided to attend the U.S. National team trials Sept. 12-21, his father Rudy Rios said, which means the Bishop Amat quarterback will miss at least three nonleague games against La Mirada, Damien and Cathedral, returning against Venice followed by the Serra League opener against Alemany on Oct. 14. Rudy Ruiz has spoken with coach Steve Hagerty, who he said was supportive of Rio’s decision. Rudy said nothing is guaranteed (to Rio) in terms of his position when he returns, saying that it’s Hagerty’s decision, and he respect it.

BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Amat High School slugger Rio Ruiz has made the 28-man roster of the 18U USA Baseball National Team roster.

Ruiz is one of 28 players to receive invitations to be a part of the second-round trial, which will take place between Sept. 12-21. From there, the team will be cut down to 20 players, which will compete in the COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

The trials and tournaments conflict with Bishop Amat’s football schedule, thus calling into question whether Ruiz will be a part of the Lancers’ football team, on which he has been a two-year starter at receiver and quarterback. Last season, Ruiz played quarterback for Amat, which went 9-2.

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