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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Saturday Countdown: Arroyo hoping for first football title in 30 years

CIF-Southern Section football championships
Saturday’s game and prediction

Division 12
Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1), 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)

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arroyo1Arroyo looking for first title since 1986: The Arroyo High School football team has been on a tear for the last seven quarters of football its played.
From the second quarter of its second-round win against Schurr, all the way through the four quarters it played against Segerstrom in the semifinals, the Knights have outscored their opponents by a combined 106-28.
If Arroyo can keep it up, odds are good that the Knights will hoist their first CIF Southern Section championship plaque since 1986. Arroyo hosts Rancho Mirage in the Division 12 championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Read both coaches comments in the Desert Sun: Heading into Saturday evening’s CIF Southern Section Division 12 football championship, Desert Sun high school sports reporter Nathan Brown talked with the head coaches from Rancho Mirage (L.D. Matthews) and Arroyo (Jim Singiser) to see their thoughts on their opponents, the biggest matchups to focus on and what it’ll be like to coach a CIF title game for the first time.

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Friday Live Chat: Can Los Altos finish the perfect season against Paraclete in Friday’s Division 6 championship?

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CIF-Southern Section football championships
Friday’s game and prediction

Division 6
Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0), 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Los Altos)

Los Altos hoping to add 12th championship: The stage is set, now the Los Altos High School football team has to finish the job.
The Conquerors couldn’t ask for a better setting to bring home the program’s 12th CIF Southern Section championship. They’re at home, the opponent has to come from far away and the atmosphere should be electric when Paraclete comes to Hacienda Heights for the Division 6 championship. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Los Altos lost to Colony 35-7 in the Central Division championship in 2014 and won its last title in 2003.
“It’s a testament to the kids we have,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola about having his program playing in its second finals in three years. “They’re definitely hungry and they’re goal-oriented. These guys who are seniors now got to watch the seniors when they were sophomores and they’ve kind of all built from year to year and taken what the guys ahead of them did. We did exit interviews last year and they all had a goal. Just about every one of the 35 seniors that were interviewed mentioned being successful and being champions. And here they are.”

A preview of Paraclete: The day Dean Herrington was surprisingly fired as head football coach at Alemany in January, Paraclete underwent a similar transition as longtime coach Norm Dahlia retired after 10 years and winning two Southern Section championships.Little did both Herrington and Paraclete know their uncertain futures would come together soon enough as Paraclete hired Herrington in March and both would resume their winning ways.
Now Paraclete is back in its sixth CIF Southern Section final since 2010 as the Spirits travel to Los Altos on Friday for the Division 6 championship.

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Damien, Schurr, Colony, Monrovia in semifinals of Covina/Sierra Vista boys tournament

Seventh Annual Covina-Sierra Vista Boys Basketball Winter Tip Off Classic. I will post finals scores and update tourney throughout the week

THURSDAY’S QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE
Top Half at Sierra Vista High

Schurr 67, Northview 54
Damien 98, Don Lugo 31
Bottom Half at Covina High
Colony 80, Covina 45
Monrovia 52, Keppel 39
FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
At Northview High School
Schurr vs. Damien, 6 p.m.
Colony vs. Monrovia, 7:30 p.m.

Monday’s Round Robin
At Sierra Vista HS

Sierra Vista 72, South El Monte 61
Walnut 51, Locke 37
Colony 93, Duarte 20
Monrovia 68, La Puente 47
At Covina HS
Verdugo Hills 65, Bassett 44
Keppel 75, Glenn 37
Covina 47, Executive Prep 43

Tuesday’s Round Robin
At Sierra Vista HS

Monrovia 73, LA Jefferson 33
Schurr 52, Walnut 46
Damien 87, Sierra Vista 29
Colony 81, El Rancho 51
At Covina HS
Don Lugo 67, Garey 45
Northview 57, Verdugo Hills 51
Mountain View 79, Glen 40

Wednesday’s Round Robin
At Sierra Vista HS

Keppel 60, Mountain View 57
Schurr 66, Locke 39
El Rancho 76, Duarte 31
Damien 108, South El Monte 31
At Covina HS
Don Lugo 57, Executive Prep 40
La Puente 40, LA Jefferson 35
Northview 63, Bassett 55
Covina 65, Garey 44

After the Round Robin games, teams will advance to the knockout bracket
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San Dimas boys basketball tournament updated: South Hills, San Dimas advance to Friday’s semifinals

San Dimas Boys Basketball’s Gary Prestesater Classic runs this week. Follow for updates throughout the week.

Pool A: Silverado, Arcadia, Upland
Pool B: San Dimas, Alta Loma
Pool C: South Hills, Kaiser, Burroughs Ridgecrest
Pool D: Rancho Cucamonga, Rowland, Bell Gardens

Monday’s Round Robin
Rancho Cucamonga 73, Bell Gardens 27
South Hills 59, Burroughs Ridgecrest 46
Upland 79, Arcadia 45
San Dimas 48, Alta Loma 43

Tuesday’s Round Robin
Rowland 72, Bell Gardens 48
Arcadia 65, Silverado 44
Burroughs Ridgecrest 47, Kaiser 40
Alta Loma 83, South Hills 80, OT

Wednesday’s Round Robin
Upland 67, Silverado 59
Kaiser 60, South Hills 54
Rancho Cucamonga 68, Rowland 62
San Dimas 64, Bell Gardens 23

FRIDAY’S SEMIFINALS
South Hills vs. Rancho Cucamonga, 6:30 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Upland, 8 p.m.
Saturday’s championship
South Hills-Rancho Cucamonga winner vs. San Dimas-Upland winner, 7:30 p.m.

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Two-Minute Drill Football Predictions for Los Altos, Arroyo and La Mirada championship games

Division 6: Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Division 12: Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Division 3: Edison (12-1) at La Mirada (11-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.

olmosProfile on Los Altos QB Kody Olmos: There was one question on everybody’s mind about the Los Altos High School football team entering the season.Nobody doubted the Conquerors had the line play, running back and defense to win a championship, but what about the quarterback? Kody Olmos answered those questions emphatically at what, thus far, has been the biggest moment of his team’s season.
Last week, with Los Altos needing to throw in order to get past Long Beach Wilson and advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship game, Olmos fired a 18-yard touchdown pass to Khayman King on the game’s final play to turn what looked like a 28-24 loss into a 30-28 win.

camachoProfile on Arroyo quarterback Ernesto Camacho: Ernesto Camacho knew he would play quarterback this season at Arroyo High School. It’s just that he never imagined it would be for the varsity team.Camacho, a sophomore, had mentally prepared himself to be the junior varsity team quarterback and wait his turn until next season for a shot to play under the lights.
Instead, Camacho has turned out to be a major reason why Arroyo hosts the CIF Southern Section Division 12 championship game against Rancho Mirage on Saturday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
“I’ve surprised myself, I didn’t think I’d succeed this much,” Camacho said. “I thought I was going to be on JV. I started working harder and I just took advantage of the opportunity.”

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Arroyo, Los Altos get week started at Monday’s CIF Champions Luncheon

CIF Southern Section Divisional Football Championships
Division 6: Paraclete (9-4) at Los Altos (13-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
Division 12: Rancho Mirage (11-2) at Arroyo (12-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

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CIF LUNCHEON: The experiences couldn’t have been more drastically different for the representatives of the Arroyo and Los Alto high school football teams at Monday’s CIF Southern Section Press Conference and Luncheon.
The Conquerors, who are playing in their second final in three years, spent time during the luncheon watching video of Friday’s opponent Paraclete on their mobile devices. Meanwhile, two tables away, Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser told the crowded banquet room that his contingent was a little bit in awe.“
It hasn’t sunk in,” Singiser said. “I want to go over and talk to (Mater Dei head coach) Bruce Rollinson. I got my picture taken with Chris Rix. I’m just like a kid. It’s awesome. It’s a real big honor for us and these kids to be able to experience this.

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Los Altos wins on final play; Arroyo and La Mirada also advance

I periscoped the final mintue with Los Altos trailing 28-24. Watch the dramatic finish with Khayman King hauling in the game-winning 19 yard TD pass from Kody Olmos with no time left for a 30-28 Los Altos win.

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Los Altos wins on final play of the game: Los Altos and Long Beach Wilson went toe-to-toe and back-and-forth for every second of their CIF Southern Section Division 6 semifinal game Friday night, with the right to play for the championship next week at stake.
In the end, it was Los Altos that made one more big play. And what a play it was.Khayman King pulled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kody Olmos as time expired for a dramatic 30-28 Conqerors’ win, saving their undefeated season and putting them in the division final for the second time in three seasons.

Arroyo rolls into Division 12 finals: It didn’t take long for Arroyo High’s offense to get it going in the CIF-SS Division 12 semifinal game on Friday night.
Once it did, the Knights did not let up.Arroyo sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho threw six TDs and 421 yard en route to a 70-21 blowout home victory over visiting Segerstorm.

Charter Oak can’t keep up in fourth: In the end, the Charter Oak High School football team had nothing left to give.
Besieged all season by injuries to key players, the patchwork Chargers gave undefeated Sierra Canyon all it could handle for 3 1/2 quarters. But ultimately, the Chargers gave out in a 42-19 loss in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
“It comes down to a lot of breaks and we didn’t get any, except broken bones,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said. “Nobody ever thought that after all the things we went through, that we would end up here in the semifinals.”

South El Monte’ D-13 bid comes up short: Big plays early in the game and big plays later in the game helped Rancho Christian High earn its way to the CIF-SS Division 13 championship game next week with a 42-28 win over South El Monte on Friday night.
Four of Rancho Christian’s six touchdowns were on plays of 30 yards or more. The other two touchdowns were aided by plays of 30 or more yards on each of the two drives.

Friday’s results
Division 2

Murrieta Valley 63, La Habra 42
Division 3
La Mirada 36, Los Alamitos 20
Division 4
Sierra Canyon 42, Charter Oak 19
Division 6
Los Altos 30, Long Beach Wilson 28
Division 7
Norte Vista 21, St. Paul 7
Division 11
Valley View 42, Montebello 7
Division 12
Arroyo 70, Segerstrom 21
Division 13
Rancho Christian 42, South El Monte 28

Next week’s Divisional championships
Division 3

Edison at La Mirada, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 6
Paraclete at Los Altos, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 12
Rancho Mirage at Arroyo, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti is all class, watch

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