Girls Hoops: Bishop Amat has easy time with St. Paul, 64-37, in Del Rey opener

Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Bishop Amat High School’s girls basketball team was leaving nothing to chance in its Del Rey League opener on Thursday against visiting St. Paul.
The Lancers, who shared last year’s league title with Bishop Montgomery and Serra, figure this year’s race is going to be just as tight and erupted in the first quarter for an early double-digit lead en route to a 67-34 win over the Swordsmen.
“I read what (Glendora boys basketball) coach Mike LeDuc said the other day after his team beat Los Osos,” Amat coach Richard Wiard said. “He said ‘If you want to win a league title, you’d better win the home opener. Otherwise, you’re going to be in trouble.’
“We did that and the other three teams in our league are all very good. They’re all ranked either No. 1 or 2 in their CIF divisions, so it’s going to be a challenge.
Amat improved to 15-3 overall and 1-0 in league. St. Paul is now in a big hole considering Thursday was its second league loss (15-5, 0-2).The Swordsmen get a week off to regroup before they play Bishop Montgomery.

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SoCal Shootout schedule Jan. 22 at APU released

What an outstanding docket put together by Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow.

Saturday, Jan. 22 at APU

9 a.m. Flintridge Prep vs. Covina
10:30 a.m. Bishop Amat vs. Bonita (girls)
Noon Walnut vs. Maranatha
1:30 p.m. Rowland vs. Righetti
3 p.m. Corona Del Mar vs. Upland
4:30 p.m. Los Osos vs. La Canada
6 p.m. Damien vs. Mission Viejo
7:30 p.m. Etiwanda vs. Colony
9 p.m. Glendora vs. Baldwin Park

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Former Diamond Bar star Gary Brown drafted by Giants in first round …

Congrats go out to former Diamond Bar standout Gary Brown, a Tribune All-Area selection in 2007, who was drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants with the 24th pick.

Brown has played for Cal-State Fullerton for the past three seasons. He was drafted in the 12th round out of high school, but opted to hone his skills in the college game first. Obviously, it paid off.

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BREAKING NEWS: South Hills principal Judith North announces retirement …

South Hills High School principal Judith North announced she will retire at the end of the school year during an emotional assembly at the school on Friday afternoon.

North, arguably one of the best sports principals in the Valley, has been a visible figure at all Huskies sporting events during her time at the school.

“Most intellectuals can’t lead,” South Hills football coach Steve Bogan said. “Judi North is an intellectual who could lead. She has to be going into semi-retirement because I could never see her not involved in people’s lives.”

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