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

Tribskin Pick’em: Got Charter Oak, San Dimas reaching finals; Bishop Amat bowing out

This simple Tweet went viral late Friday with a lot of folks thinking I lost my mind for thinking Amat could be on the same field with St. John Bosco. I stand by what I wrote, that I like their chances, and what I mean by that is I like their chances for a mammoth upset. But am I ready to predict it? No. Nobody in their right mind would pick Amat if you were asked to bet the mortgage on it. But I don’t think it’s impossible and I do believe it will be a winnable game in the fourth quarter. I was wavering on Charter Oak and Glendora before finally settling on Charter Oak. I watched the first game and Charter Oak handled Glendora up front. That’s going to be the difference again. But it will be closer than 28-7 the second time around. I love San Dimas’ chances against Viewpoint after watching how close Covina came to beating them. I picked San Dimas to upset Paraclete and get to the finals and not changing my mind now. I also like Sierra Canyon to beat Pomona in a not-so-close game. In other out of area games, take St. Francis in an upset over No. 1 La Serna and go with La Mirada to reach the finals over Cathedral. I also have La Habra all day over Villa Park.

Friday’s CIF-SS Playoff Schedule and predictions
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted
Pac-5 Division

Bishop Amat vs. St. John Bosco at Cerritos College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bosco); Aram ()
Southwest Division
Villa Park at La Habra — Robledo (La Habra); Aram ()
Southeast Division
La Serna at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram ()
La Mirada at Cathedral, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram ()
Central Division
Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram ()
Summit at San Marino — Robledo (San Marino): Aram ()
Mid-Valley Division
Pomona vs. Sierra Canyon at Granada Hills HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram ()
San Dimas vs. Viewpoint at Agoura HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram ()

holman HOLMAN DELIVERING IN FIRST SEASON: Raise your hand if you picked the San Dimas High School football team to reach the semifinals or beyond of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Besides Saints fans, very few football fans around the Valley had San Dimas surviving its second-round trip to No. 2 seed Paraclete. But that’s exactly what happened.San Dimas scored arguably the most impressive victory of any Valley team last Friday when it toppled Paraclete, 43-28, at Antelope Valley College.
“My guys, they wanted Paraclete,” first-year San Dimas head coach Mark Holman said. “We were just really focused. We’ve been getting better every week since the Northview loss. We are built for this kind of football.”Now, the path is clear for San Dimas to reach the championship game. Despite being on the road in Friday’s semifinals, San Dimas (9-3) is favored by most to beat Viewpoint (7-5).

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Damien and new coach Mike LeDuc headline Tribune Pre-Season Boys Basketball top ten poll


Damien boys basketball standout Bryce Peters, who signed a national letter of intent with Colorado and is the headliner for the Spartans’ defending Division III state champions, was asked what it has been like since legendary area coach Mike LeDuc took over.
“He looks re-charged,” Peters said. “It’s been great. He’s excited for something new.”
LeDuc is one of the winningest boys basketball coaches in section history with 826 career wins. LeDuc won four CIF championships and 15 league titles in nearly 30 years at Glendora before deciding the time was right to return to Damien, where he began his coaching career from 1979-86 before moving to Glendora in 1987.
The opportunity to take over at Damien became available when Spartans coach Matt Dunn, who won a divisional and state title with the Spartans, bolted for St. John Bosco.
“I’m not coming in with the expectation of doing what they did last year, they had a real special team,” LeDuc said. “Our goal is to win as many games as we can and be the best we can possibly be.
“Last year was an incredible year for Damien basketball. Now, we’ve got a new group of kids who are going to write their own story.”
And that group is still pretty special, which is why Damien leads the way as the Tribune’s top-ranked squad as the season gets underway this week.
“The (change) has been great,” LeDuc said. “Of course Glendora was special and there are a lot of memories there. But this is something new and I’m excited about it.”
LeDuc always has let scorers score, so expect Peters to average more than 20 points with a supporting cast that will compete in the super tough Baseline League and be among the favorites in Division 1AA.
Along with Peters, the Spartans return junior Justin Hemsley, the brother of Jeremy Hemsley, who was the back-to-back player of the year now at San Diego State.
Add to that Elijah McCullough, Kaleb Wilborn and 6-foot-7 transfer Isaiah White from Upland to round out what will likely be the starting five.
Peters averaged 14 points last year as the third option behind Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts.
“Bryce is a very, very talented player and this is going to be his opportunity to shine, lead and show what he’s capable of doing,” LeDuc said. “Last year he had to play a different role, this year it’s different and I expect him to have a fantastic season.”

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Bishop Amat, Glendora, Charter Oak and San Dimas advance to semifinals

SCOREBOARD: Follow the SGVN quarterfinal scoreboards for scoring updates throughout the night

Charter Oak routs Monrovia: When asked how many times he’s taken a team to the semifinals, Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar was stumped. “Nine times? Twelve?” said Farrar, who has won five CIF championships. “I’ll have to look it up and text you.” Whatever the number, Farrar can add one to it after his Chargers posted a resounding 52-14 win over Monrovia in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs.”

Sweet runs wild: Bishop Amat’s Torreahno Sweet and Oaks Christian quarterback Matt Corral and USC-bound receiver Michael Pittman put on a quite a show in the CIF-SS Pac-5 Division quarterfinals at Kiefer Stadium on Friday.
But when the dust settled, Sweet and Amat prevailed with a 61-40 victory to end Oaks Christian’s undefeated season and propel Amat back to the semifinals for a second straight year.

Glendora gets payback: Last season Colony defeated Glendora with a hobbled Matt Fink in the second round, scoring two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to break a tied game, on their way to a CIF-SS Central Division championship. Glendora (11-1) earned an opportunity for redemption and made the most of it, defeating Colony 28-14 on Friday night. The Tartans will host their Mayor’s Trophy rival Charter Oak in the semifinals at Citrus College, The Chargers beat Glendora 28-7 in week 4.

Pomona in thriller over Northview: The Northview High School football team led for 47 minutes, 36 seconds of a 48-minute game Friday night, but a 5-yard run by Darreon Lockett gave Pomona its only lead in a 62-55 shootout, sending the reigning champion Red Devils back to the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals.
The Vikings (10-2) led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter, but Pomona (11-2) scored three touchdowns on the next four drives to tie the game at 34. Northview scored three more touchdowns in the second half, but each one was answered quickly by a Pomona touchdown.

Viewpoint stuns Covina: Seth Frank kicked a 42-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining to lift Viewpoint to an improbable 37-35 victory over Covina in the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinal at West Covina High.

San Dimas advances to semis: The Paraclete High School football team came up short against San Dimas in a thrilling 43-28 quarterfinal game in the CIF Southern Mid-Valley Division.The game was much closer than the score would suggest with Paraclete trailing by just six points behind with just over 2 minutes left.

Friday’s results
Pac-5 Division
Bishop Amat 61, Oaks Christian 40
Southwest Division
La Habra 42, Laguna Hills 14
San Clemente 52, Sonora 45
Southeast Division
La Serna 68, Harvard Westlake 42
St. Francis 21, Burroughs 7
La Mirada 38, Dominguez 13
Central Division
Charter Oak 52, Monrovia 14
Glendora 28, Colony 14
San Marino 52, Don Lugo 10
Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Canyon 49, Schurr 14
Pomona 62, Northview 55
Viewpoint 37, Covina 36
San Dimas 43, Paraclete 28
Northwest Division
Aquinas 35, Maranatha 14

Football Semifinals
Pac-5 Division

Bishop Amat vs. St. John Bosco at Cerritos College
Central Division
Summit at San Marino
Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus
San Dimas at Viewpoint
Pomona at Sierra Canyon

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Tribskin Pick’em: Taking Amat, Charter Oak, Northview, San Dimas to reach semifinals


San Dimas faces familiar foe: One of the most cringe-worthy road trips any Mid-Valley Division team can take is to Lancaster on a Friday night to take on Paraclete High School.
But perhaps the Mid-Valley team best equipped to deal with it is San Dimas, which has plenty of experience through the years against the Spirits in high-stakes games.
“It’s like a college road trip,” first-year San Dimas head coach Mark Holman said. “We’ll leave here Friday at noon, get up there at 2 and have a walk through. Have some dinner. We’ll try to make it like a normal home game.”

This weeks games and predictions
CIF-SS Playoff Schedule
Friday’s Quarterfinals
All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted
Pac-5 Division

Oaks Christian (11-0) at Bishop Amat (9-2) — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Southwest Division
La Habra (10-1) at Laguna Hills (8-3) — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LaHab)
San Clemente (9-2) vs. Sonora (9-2) at La Habra HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
Southeast Division
La Serna (9-2) at Harvard-Westlake (8-3) — Robledo (HW); Aram (LS)
Burroughs (10-1) at St. Francis (8-3) — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
La Mirada (8-3) at Dominguez (8-3) — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Central Division
Monrovia (8-3) at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. (10-1) — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Glendora (10-1) at Colony (8-3) — Robledo (Colony); Aram (G-Hi)
San Marino (11-0) vs. Don Lugo, 7 p.m. (6-5) — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Canyon (11-0) at Schurr (6-5) — Robledo (Sierra Canyon); Aram (SC)
Pomona (9-2) vs. Northview (10-1), at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (NView); Aram (N)
Viewpoint (6-5) vs. Covina (7-4), at West Covina HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (View)
San Dimas (8-3) at Paraclete (6-5) — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (Clete)
Northwest Division
Maranatha (7-4) at Aquinas (7-4) — Robledo (Aquinas); Aram (Mara)

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Bishop Amat drops 72 on Norco; Charter Oak, Northview, Glendora, San Dimas all win

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AMAT CRUSHES NORCO: If conventional wisdom holds true, the Bishop Amat High football team will need to defeat juggernauts St. John Bosco and Corona Centennial in consecutive weeks to win the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship.
Aided by a 43-point second-quarter outburst, the Lancers (9-2) took their first step toward that tall task Friday night at Kiefer Stadium with a 72-36 first-round victory over Norco.

Don Lugo knocks out Bonita: It had been long enough since the Don Lugo High School football team had won a playoff game, the coaching staff couldn’t dig up that last postseason victory in the records.
The Conquistadores are more worried about their future after a 28-19 victory over Bonita on Friday night in the first round of the CIF-SS Central Division playoffs.

San Marino eliminates Diamond Ranch: Diamond Ranch High School’s football team gave San Marino its best game of the season, and it still wasn’t nearly enough.
The Titans improved to 11-0 with a 35-21 victory over the visiting Panthers in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs on Friday night. San Marino, the division’s No. 3 seed, will visit Don Lugo in next week’s second round. San Marino’s closest game before Friday’s result was 35 points.

Covina edges Arroyo: Covina may have needed an at-large bid to make the CIF Southern Section playoffs but the Colts took advantage of the opportunity and beat fifth-seeded Arroyo 35-28 in a Mid-Valley Division first-round game on Friday night. Covina (7-4) will host Viewpoint, another at-large team, Friday at 7 p.m.

Schurr 27, Baldwin Park 26
Quarterback Miguel Aguero scored in overtime on a 1-yard run and Eddie Delgado picked off a Jacob Robles pass on a two-point conversion attempt and Schurr High School rallied for a 27-26 CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division first-round victory on Friday night.
The Spartans (6-5) trailed the Montview League champions (7-4) 20-10 at the half. Aguero scored in the third quarter and Pedro Moreno kicked a field goal to send it into overtime. Schurr got the ball first in OT. On third-and-5 from the 20, Aguero got a key first down on a 5-yard pass to Anthony Varela. The Spartans marched the ball to the 1, where Aguero scored and Moreno kicked the extra point.
On the Braves’ first play of overtime, Robles was sacked. But on third-and-19, he hit Louis Flores on a 34-yard pass. Two plays later, Robles scored. The Braves lined up to kick the extra point to tie the game, but when the ball went through the goalposts it was waived off, the Braves calling time out before the snap.
Baldwin Park elected to go for the win and the Braves lined up all of their receivers on the right side. Robles was supposed to lob the ball up, but the pass was more of a beeline, right to Delgado.
The Braves led 14-0 when Carlos Varguez intercepted a Arguero pass and went 82 yards for a score. Flores rushed for 107 yards and a TD for the Braves.
— Rudy Ramos

Glendora 34, South Pasadena 0
Matt Fink did it again. The Tartans’ quarterback threw two touchdown passes and scored two touchdowns himself in the first round of the Central Division playoffs in a game played at Citrus College.
Fink threw for 62 yards, completing 4-of-9 passes and he and rushed for 50 yards on nine carries. Tight end Corey Taylor scored the first touchdown and cornerback Michael Lowe, Jr. scored the second before Fink scored his pair of touchdowns. Running back Anthony Montano led the fourth-seeded Tartans (10-1) in rushing yards with 114.
The Tartans play at Colony next week.
— Vincent Nguyen

San Dimas 49, Bassett 21 Charter Oak 49, Ayala 0
Zion Echols scored four touchdowns on 11 carries and ran for 149 yards before being pulled after one carry in the second half as the top-seeded Chargers rolled to a Central Division victory.
It was the Echols and Kam Brown Show in the first half. The two combined for four rushing touchdowns as the Chargers scored on four of their five first-half possessions, taking a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime.
Echols played only one play in the second half, which was a 54-yard touchdown scamper to extend the lead to 35-0.
The Chargers’ defense forced five turnovers and sacked Ayala’s quarterback five times. Charter Oak will be at home against Monrovia in the second round.
L.J. Velez

Northview 48, Rosemead 17
Quarterback Steven Comstock used a dominating performance to lead the Vikings in a Mid-Valley Division game at Covina District Field. Northview (10-1) played Rosemead (5-6) in the opening week of the season and Northview won, 37-24. This game was much more one-sided.
Comstock completed 13 of 21 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball 11 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The Vikings will host third-seed Pomona next week.
— Guillermo Tovar

Friday’s results
Pac-5 Division

Bishop Amat 72, Norco 36
Central Division
Charter Oak 49, Ayala 0
Monrovia 27, Grand Terrace 17
Glendora 34, South Pasadeno 0
San Marino 35, Diamond Ranch 21
Don Lugo 28, Bonita 19
Summit 59, South Hills 35
Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Canyon 69, El Monte 18
Schurr 27, Baldwin Park 26, OT
Northview 48, Rosemead 17
Viewpoint 49, Montebello 0
Pomona 40, Brentwood 33
Covina 35, Arroyo 28
San Dimas 49, Bassett 21
Paraclete 49, Azusa 0

Friday’s Quarterfinals
Pac-5 Division

Oaks Christian at Bishop Amate
Central Division
Monrovia at Charter Oak
Glendora at Colony
San Marino at Don Lugo
Chino at Summit
Mid-Valley Division
Sierra Canyon at Schurr
Pomona at Northview
Viewpoint at Covina
San Dimas at Paraclete

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