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

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

High School Football live scoreboard updates

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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Meet the 2015 SGVs National Letter of Intent Signees


Local prep athletes that have signed letters of intent at the San Gabriel Valley News Group in Monrovia, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.  (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Local prep athletes that have signed letters of intent at the San Gabriel Valley News Group in Monrovia, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)




Read All About the SGVs Best: There is no better feeling for a high school athlete than to see hard work pay off with a college scholarship.Several area athletes are enjoying that feeling in the coming week, including on Wednesday, which was the beginning of the early-signing period.

Bryce Peters, Damien, University of Colorado
AJ Woodall, Bonita, UC Santa Barbara
Nick Lodolo, Damien, Texas Christian University
James Free, Damien, University of Pacific
Nick Peifer, Bonita, Cal Poly Pomona
Tommy Acuna, San Dimas, Arizona
Chris Moya, South Hills, USC
Cody Dye, Walnut, New Mexico
Jacob Castillo, San Dimas, San Diego State
Hayden Petrovick, South Hills, San Diego State
Ryan Mauch, South Hills, Long Beach State
Adam Medrano, Charter Oak, Fresno State
Andre Henson, Charter Oak, Cal Poly Pomona
Griffen Herrera, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Jacob Nemeth, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Miranda Gil, West Covina. Bristol University
Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, UC Santa Barbara
Samaria Diaz, Bishop Amat, New Mexico State
Alyssa Barrera, Bishop Amat, Utah
Julia Valenzuela, Bishop Amat, Cal State Fullerton
Cambria Keefer, Glendora, Rutgers University
Alexis Vargas, Bishop Amat, Whittier College
Miranda Farricker, Glendora, Arizona State University
Nicole Gutierrez, West Covina, Kansas Wesleyan University
Girls Volleyball
Riley Jacobs, Glendora, UNLV
Girls Cross Country
Sam Cabrera, Bishop Amat, West Texas A&M
Girls Field Hockey
Kassidy Valentine, Glendory, Keuka College
Girls Water Polo
Carly Kesterson, Glendora, St. Francis University
Girls Field Hockey
Kassidy Valentine, Glendory, Keuka College
Girls Swimmming
Catherine Sanchez, Glendora, USC
Amelia Feick, Glendora, Cal Poly, SLO
Boys Volleyball
Sean Dennis, Bonita, UC Irvine

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Tribskin Pick’em: Lots of easy choices in Round I

Robledo Note: Most of the picks this week were slam dunks, I don’t expect a lot of upsets. Some of the tough games were taking Covina over Arroyo, Bonita over Don Lugo, Baldwin Park over Schurr and St. Francis over Warren. Everything else I feel strong about. We’ll see.

SOUTH PAS WELCOMES SHOT AT GLENDORA: “We’re aiming to try and win it, we’re not just happy to be here,” first-year Tigers head coach C.B. Richards said. “Anybody we could have played would have been tough. Matchups-wise, Glendora has Fink but there’s unknown guys there, too, that don’t get a lot of press. And they’re very well-coached.”


This week’s playoff games and predictions
Friday’s games
Pac-5 Division

Norco at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Central Division
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Grand Terrace at Monrovia, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Mon)
South Pasadena vs. Glendora at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-Hi)
Diamond Ranch at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Don Lugo at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
South Hills vs. Summit at AB Miller, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Summit); Aram (Sum)
Mid-Valley Division
El Monte at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Sierra); Aram (SC)
Schurr at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (Schurr)
Rosemead vs. Northview at CDF, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Brentwood at Pomona, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Viewpoint at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Mbello)
Covina at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Arroyo)
Bassett at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Azusa vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Southeast Division
Paramount vs. La Serna at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Whittier at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (Downey)
Santa Fe at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
St. Francis at Warren, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Southwest Division
Kennedy at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Sonora at Tustin, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tustin); Aram (Tust)
Northwest Division
Pasadena Poly at Rancho Mirage, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)
Maranatha at Bishop Montgomery, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BMontgomery); Aram (B-Mont)
Nipomo at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)

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CIF-SS Football Playoff Pairings: Charter Oak, Glendora earn seeds in Central; Bishop Amat gets best road possible


CIF-PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Of all the possible outcomes with the CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings released Sunday, Mission League co-champion Bishop Amat earned the best draw possible, though nothing comes easy in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5’s marquee division.
Bishop Amat (8-2), entering the Pac-5 as the No. 2 team from the Mission League, was awarded a first-round home game against Norco (8-2), the second-place team from the Big VII League.

CIF-SS Football Playoffs
All first-round games Friday, 7 p.m.

Pac-5 Division
Top Half

Chaminade at No. 1 Corona Centennial
Orange Lutheran at St. Bonaventure
Lakewood at Mater Dei
Westlake at No. 4 Serra
Bottom Half
Long Beach Jordan at No. 3 Oaks Christian
Norco at Bishop Amat
Loyola at Long Beach Wilson
Corona at No. 2 St. John Bosco

Central Division
Top Half

Ayala at No. 1 Charter Oak
Grand Terrace at Monrovia
Kaiser at Colony
South Pasadena at No. 4 Glendora
Bottom Half
Diamond Ranch at No. 3 San Marino
Don Lugo at Bonita
Chaffey at Chino
South Hills at No. 2 Summit

Mid-Valley Division
Top Half

El Monte at No. 1 Sierra Canyon
Schurr at Baldwin Park
Rosemead at Northview
Brentwood at No. 4 Pomona
Bottom Half
Viewpoint at No. 3 Montebello
Covina at Arroyo
Bassett at San Dimas
Azusa at No. 2 Paraclete

CIF-SS Football playoff brackets

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High School Football Playoff predictions: Charter Oaks wins it; San Dimas in finals; Bishop Amat out in semis

First Round Winners

Corona Centennial over Chaminade
Orange Lutheran over St. Bonaventure
Mater Dei over Lakewood
Serra over Westlake
Oaks Christian over Long Beach Jordan
Bishop Amat over Norco
Loyola over Long Beach Wilson
St. John Bosco over Corona
Quarterfinal Winners
Corona Centennial over Orange Lutheran
Mater Dei over Serra
Bishop Amat over Oaks Christian
St. John Bosco over Loyola
Semifinal Winners
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
St. John Bosco over Bishop Amat
Corona Centennial over St. John Bosco

First Round Winners
Charter Oak over Ayala
Monrovia over Grand Terrace
Colony over Kaiser
Glendora over South Pasadena
San Marino over Diamond Ranch
Bonita over Don Lugo
Chino over Chaffey
Summit over South HIlls
Quarterfinal Winners
Charter Oak over Monrovia
Colony over Glendora
San Marino over Bonita
Summit over Chino
Semifinal Winners
Charter Oak over Colony
San Marino over Summit
Charter Oak over San Marino

First Round Winners

Sierra Canyon over El Monte
Baldwin Park over Schurr
Northview over Rosemead
Pomona over Brentwood
Montebello over Viewpoint
Covina over Arroyo
San Dimas over Bassett
Paraclete over Azusa
Quarterfinal Winners
Sierra Canyon over Baldwin Park
Northview over Pomona
Montebello over Covina
San Dimas over Paraclete
Semifinal Winners
Sierra Canyon over Northview
San Dimas over Montebello
Sierra Canyon over San Dimas

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