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

Cal’s Espinoza gets best of Amat’s Flores in featured match during SGV All Star Wrestling Classic

Photo Gallery of Monday’s All-Star wrestling at Bishop Amat


By John Sherrard
Seventy two wrestlers from local high schools filled the Bishop Amat gym Monday evening for the Third Annual San Gabriel Valley East-West Wrestling All Star Classic.
The unique event, started two years ago by Amat coach Tom Pierre, was attended by numerous All-League and All-CIF competitors in 14 weight classes.
Twelve schools represented the SGV with the East edging out the West, 8-6.
The featured weight class of the night was at 126 pounds. between two reigning CIF-SS champions. Senior Sidney Flores of Bishop Amat and senior Christian Espinoza of Cal.
In a very close match, Espinoza held on for a 6-5 victory over Flores. Flores had won in each of his sophomore and junior years in the event in different weight classes against other competitors.
“It felt great with the crowd and it was kind of a rivalry between us,” said Flores, who will be attending the Air Force Academy next year. “I’ve gotton the last couple of wins over him and he wanted his revenge over me.
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Boys Basketball: Damien remains No. 1; Los Altos with big win over Walnut

Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (15-2)
— Rebounds from loss to Chino Hills with 97-74 win over Upland. Big week against Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Los Altos (12-3) — Huge win over rival Walnut, followed by 124-60 beating over Verbum Dei.
3. Diamond Bar (12-5) — Big 73-70 win over Glendora then goes to 2-0 with win over Ayala.
4. Bishop Amat (15-2) — Great 2-0 start in the Camino Real, and another solid year for coach Ertle.
5. Bonita (12-4) — Showed why its Palomares favorite with easy wins over Ayala and Claremont.
6. Walnut (12-5) — Gave Los Altos all it could handle before falling 70-57.
7. San Dimas (11-6) — Hung on for 55-53 win over Rowland, then knocked off Wilson.
8. Workman (12-5) — Should go undefeated in the Montview.
9. Charter Oak (11-4) — After big win over West Covina, drops 59-47 decision to Chino.
10. West Covina (11-8) — Unpredictable Dogs are solid, but Hacienda is a tough place to get wins.

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Girls Basketball: Rowland No. 1; Glendora, Los Altos knocking on door

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Rowland (16-1)
— Only team in Valle Vista with chance of beating it is on Friday against Covina.
2. Glendora (17-2) — Surprisingly easy 18-point win over Diamond Bar followed by beating over South Hills.
3. Los Altos (14-2) — With ten straight wins including shocker over Walnut, Conqs need to be taken seriously.
4. Walnut (15-3) — The favorites to win the Hacienda lost a big one to rival Los Altos, 52-47.
5. Covina (17-3) — It will host Rowland on Friday in the biggest game of the year for both.
6. Duarte (16-4) — Should cruise home in the Montview, but solid non-league win over Newbury Park, 51-50.
7. Diamond Bar (15-4) — Is 1-1 in Palomares after loss to Glendora and win over Ayala.
8. Bishop Amat (14-6) – Is 1-1 in Camino Real and already with more wins than last year.
9. West Covina (13-7) — Big wins over Charter Oak and Diamond Ranch.
10. Bonita (9-7) — Palomares is so tough Bearcats probably won’t do better than fourth.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Glendora continues to show it deserves top billing

Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Glendora (12-3-1)
— Big wins over South Hills, Bonita run Tartans to 3-0 in the Baseline.
2. Bishop Amat (12-3) – After a rainy week, things should heat up in Del Rey.
3. West Covina (7-2-7) – Areas biggest surprise with with over Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch.
4. South Hills (7-7-1) — After 1-0 loss to Glendora, rebounds with 2-0 win over Diamond Bar.
5. Nogales (8-3-2) – Has only allowed 13 goals in 16 games.
6. Covina (7-4-1) — Colts 2-0 in the Valle Vista after beating Northview, Baldwin park.
7. Rowland (9-4-2) – Wis over San Dimas, Northview run record to 2-0 in Valle Vista.
8. Charter Oak (9-4-1) – After great start it loses first two games in Hacienda.
9. St. Lucy’s (5-7-2) – Opened Baseline with 3-0 loss to Chino Hills.
10. Los Altos (6-7-4) — Needs to get going after 0-1-1 start in Hacienda.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Baldwin Park remains No. 1; Sierra Vista, Damien on way up

Tribune Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Baldwin Park (9-1-3)
– Braves’ solid season continued with wins over Wilson, Covina to go to 2-0 in Valle Vista.
2. Sierra Vista (8-3-2) – Opened Montview w ith 4-0 win over Workman.
3. Damien (5-4-1) — Opened Baseline with strong 1-0 win over Chino Hills.
4. La Puente (6-0-4) – Is 2-0 in the Miramonte and area’s only undefeated team.
5. Arroyo (8-3-1) – Had seven game win streak snapped in 2-1 loss to Marshall.
6. Glendora (6-4-2) – Split a pair in the Palomares, beating South Hills 5-2, then falling to Bonita, 1-0.
7. Nogales (7-3-3) — Is 1-0 in Montview and co-league favorite with Sierra Vista.
8. El Monte (8-4) – After losing MVL opener, rebounded with wins over South El Monte, Gabrielino.
9. Walnut (7-5-1) – Rebounded from loss to Chino with 1-0 win over Los Altos.
10. Los Altos (8-6-1) – Is 1-1 in Hacienda after loss to Los Altos.

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Friday’s scoreboard watch: Los Altos with clutch 70-57 win over Walnut; Chino Hills survives scare

Friday scores
Boys Basketball
Valle Vista

Covina 44, Baldwin Park 30
Rowland 69, Northview 67, OT
San Dimas 53, Wilson 42
Camino Real
Bishop Amat 58, St. Anthony 57
Nogales 53, Gladstone 40
Baseline League
Damien 97, Upland 84
Rancho Cucamonga 95, Los Osos 84
Chino Hills 73, Etiwanda 67
Los Altos 70, Walnut 57
Chino 59, Charter Oak 47
Glendora 58, South Hills 47
Bonita 80, Claremont 63
Edgewood 76, Ganesha 60
Pomona 57, Garey 43
Girls Basketball

Los Altos 52, Walnut 47
Diamond Bar 53, Ayala 50
Glendora 72, South Hils 46
Bonita 38, Claremont 34
Sierra Vista 54, Workman 37
Duarte 63, Azusa 28
Valle Vista
Rowland 69, Northview 28
Covina 52, Baldwin Park 14
Almont League
San Gabriel 48, Alhambra 29
Girls Water Polo
Diamond Bar 16, St. Joseph’s 6
Girls Soccer

Claremont 2, Ayala 0
Glendora 5, Bonita 2
South Hills 2, Diamond Bar 0
Boys Soccer
Mission Valley

Mountain View 3, Marshall 0
El Monte 4, Gabrielino 0
Hacienda League
Walnut 1, Los Altos 0
Loyola 2, St. Francis 0

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Northview wrestling as strong as ever

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School has set the wrestling bar in the area for two decades and the Vikings look to be as strong as ever.
Northview, which features two returning CIF State medalists and one state qualifier, made a big point last weekend in Arizona, winning the Peoria Invitational on the strength of four individual championships.
The Vikings were led by seniors Eddie Flores, who won at 113 pounds and Jackson Serna, who won at heavyweight. The other winners were Dominick Arellano, who won at 120 and Ricky Marin, who won at 138. Other placers were Jason Valencia (126, fifth), Gabriel Cortez (132, fourth) and Rigo Estrada (220, third).

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