By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
After losing the past two installments of the East-West SGV All-Star Game, the East team is bent on getting back on the winning side of a ledger it dominated for so long. And a major weapon may help them do just that.
It’s still unofficial, but East coach Eric Martinez of Diamond Ranch is hoping to secure the services of Oregon-bound Rancho Cucamonga running back Jaylon Redd, who told Martinez he’d like to play and will be on the East’s first roster.
Both the East and West teams have had initial meetings and will hold their first practice on Wednesday night. The East will practice at Diamond Ranch at 7 p.m. while the West, coached by Pete Gonzalez, will practice at Montebello at 6 p.m.
Rosters are still a fluid situation at this point for the Jan. 27 game, which will take place at West Covina High. Many players will deflect while some will decide they want to take part. A case in point is La Cañada’s Drake Beasley, who was originally thought to be playing for the West, will now not participate in the game as he focuses on recruiting after missing his entire senior season when his transfer from Loyola to La Cañada was deemed to be in violation of CIF rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.