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

Mid-Valley Division playoff scenario’s — all leagues guaranteed only two spots

Mid-Valley Division playoff spots (12 guaranteed, 4 at-large)
Leagues guaranteed only two spots: Valle Vista, Almont, Mission Valley, Miramonte, Montview, Gold Coast)

Valle Vista League
Scenario’s:
Northview has won the league title no matter what happens against Rowland. If San Dimas beats Wilson as expected it will finish second. If Covina beats Nogales as expected it will finish third and 6-4. If that happens, expect Covina to earn one of the four at-large berths.
VALLE VISTA SCENARIO

Montview League
Senario’s:
Azusa has won the league title regardless of how it fares against Gladstone. Baldwin Park will likely beat Workman to finish second and get a guaranteed spot. If Sierra Vista beat Duarte and finished third, not sure their 4-6 overall record will get them in the playoffs. Look for only Azusa and Baldwin Park to get in.
Montview scenario

Mission Valley League
Scenario’s: Rosemead has won the league title and No. 1 spot. If El Monte beats Gabrielino, El Monte finishes second and gets third spot. Even if El Monte loses, it finishes second because if it ties for second with the winner of Arroyo-South El Monte, El Monte owns the head-to-head over both. Question is, will the winner of Arroyo-South El Monte get an at-large with a 4-6 overall record? Doubt it, but possible.
Mission Valley scenario

Miramonte League
Scenario’s:
Pomona needs a win over Bassett to clinch No. 1. If Bassett wins and La Puente beats Ganesha as expected, there is a three-way tie for first and coin flips will determine top two spots. If Pomona and La Puente win, Pomona finishes first, La Puente second and Bassett third. My guess is whoever finishes third will get one of the four at-large. Let’s say it’s Bassett and they finish 5-5. They should get in. They also own a non-league win over El Monte and one loss is to 9-0 Maranatha.
miramonte scenario

at-large berths: Look for the Valle Vista, Miramonte and Gold Coast to get at-large berths. Gold Coast could possibly get two with two teams likely to finish with 7-3 records or better and not getting automatics. Don’t expect the Almont League to get an at-large.

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Central Division playoff scenario’s for Hacienda and Palomares

Central Division playoff spots (15 guaranteed, 1 at-large)
Leagues: Hacienda, Mt. Baldy, Palomares, Rio Hondo, Sunkist
Hacienda League
Scenario’s:
If Charter Oak beats Chino, they finish No. 1. If Charter Oak loses and West Covina beats Diamond Ranch, West Covina finishes first and Charter Oak would slip into a tie for second with others. The wildest scenario is if Chino beats Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch beats West Covina and Los Altos beats Walnut there would be a five-way tie for first with only three playoff spots. That would require a serious look at the Hacienda bylaws to determine order of finish.
hacienda scenario

Palomares League
Scenario’s:
Pretty simple, Glendora and South Hills will play Thursday night for the league title and the loser will finish second. If Bonita beats Claremont, Bonita finishes third. If Bonita loses to Claremont and Diamond Bar beats Ayala, Claremont goes as the third place team. If Claremont and Ayala win, there is a three-way tie for third between Ayala, Bonita and Claremont. In that scenario, a coin flip would determine the third spot.
palomares scenario
At-large: Look for the at-large berth to come from the Mt. Baldy, Hacienda or Palomares. My guess is the Hacienda gets it

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Tribskin Pick’em: Expect Glendora to handle South Hills and Bishop Amat to earn piece of Serra title

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 33-6; Season Total: 296-94)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 34-5; Season Total: 294-96)

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This Week: Thursday’s Glendora-South Hills game pits two undefeated teams in the Palomares, but expect the Tartans to win by at least two touchdowns, possibly more. Bishop Amat will share a league title with a win over Notre Dame and even with a loss, it should get in the playoffs, even if it has to go the wild card route. But it’s dangerous, they can finish anywhere from 1-4 on Friday. West Covina and Charter Oak will both win to finish in a tie for the Hacienda with Bonita beating Claremont to finish third.

Thursday’s games
Angelus League

Salesian at St. Francis, 7 p.m. – Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Del Rio League
Pioneer at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (California); Aram (Cal)
Santa Fe vs. El Rancho at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ER); Aram (ER)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Walnut at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA); Aram (LA)
West Covina at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Miramonte League
Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Palomares League
Glendora vs. South Hills at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G HI)
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra vs. Montebello at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monte); Aram (BELLO)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
St. Paul at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (HW); Aram (HW)
Baseline League
Damien vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (RC)
Del Rio League
Whittier vs. La Serna at Cal Hi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LS); Aram (LS)
Freeway League
Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (AMAT)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robldo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Paramomead)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P)
Montview League
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Az)
Workman vs. Baldwin Park at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Olympic League
Whittier Christian vs. Maranatha at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mara); Aram (Bogs)
Pacific League
Burbank at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendale); Aram (G)
Muir vs. Pasadena at Rose Bowl, 6:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Stangs)
Palomares League
Ayala at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bonita at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
Prep League
Flintridge Prep vs. Pasadena Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)
Rio Hondo League
Monrovia vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M)
San Marino at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
South Pasadena at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. St. Genevieve at Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Gene); Aram (St G)
Suburban League
Norwalk vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C)
Rowland vs. Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N)

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat, Glendora, Northview and Charter Oak top four

This is what it’s like to be part of Bishop Amat football

TRIBUNE TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (6-3) — Has a chance to go into the playoffs on a five-game win streak and share of Mission League title. If it loses, there’s a possibility of falling into a three-way tie for second and coin flip for two playoff spots.
2. Glendora (8-1) – Nobody has tested the Tartans in the Palomares and don’t expect South Hills to do it either. Should head to playoffs as league champs and Central’s No. 1 seed.
3. Northview (9-1) — After routing San Dimas and Covina on its way to the Valle Vista League title, you have to love their playoff chances.
4. Charter Oak (5-4) – Never thought a couple weeks ago I’d be writing that all the Chargers need to do is beat Chino in the finale to clinch a piece of the Hacienda and the league’s No. 1 playoff seed.
5. West Covina (6-3) — Charter Oak exposed the Bulldogs’ secondary, but Bulldogs can still claim a piece of the title with a win at Diamond Ranch.
6. Pomona (5-4) — Only two losses on the field because of two forfeits and arguably a better chance to win the Mid-Valley than Northview.
7. South Hills (5-4) — Best story of the year, rebounding from four straight embarrassing losses to four straight wins and game for all the marbles vs. Glendora on Thursday for the Palomares title.
8. Diamond Ranch (6-3) — A win over West Covina gets the Panthers in the playoffs — a loss and they start scoreboard watching needing help to get in.
9. San Dimas (6-3) — Will end of finishing second and will be the team nobody wants to face in the Mid-Valley playoffs. They’re still the champ until someone knocks them off.
10. Bonita (6-3) – Pretty simple, beat Claremont and the ‘Cats are in the playoffs. Lose, and cross your fingers.
THE REST: 11. Damien (4-5); 12. Covina (5-4); 13. Rosemead (5-4); 14. Los Altos (4-5); 15. La Puente (6-3), 16. Azusa (6-3); 17. Baldwin Park (5-4); 18. Diamond Bar (3-6); 19. El Monte (5-4); 20. Arroyo (3-6); 21. Walnut (2-7); 22. Bassett (5-4); 23. Ganesha (4-5); 24. Rowland (5-4); 25. Sierra Vista (3-6); 26. South El Monte (3-6), 27. Gladstone (2-7); 28. Duarte (2-7); 29. Wilson (2-7); 30. Nogales (2-7), 31. Mountain View (1-8), 32. Workman (1-8).

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Northview beats Covina 34-6 to claim VVL title; Bishop Amat beats Loyola; Charter Oak stuns West Covina

FRIDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night

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Northview clinches league: Northview’s Alex Camacho picked a good time to deliver the goods, frustrating rival Covina with 258 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. And he also showed off his arm, hurling a 27-yard pass to freshman quarterback Steven Comstock on a trick play.
With Elijah Grijalva chipping in with 132 yards and two touchdowns, there was nothing Covina could do but witness Northview’s first Valle Vista League title since 2008 with a 34-6 victory.

Charter Oak stuns West Covina: Charter Oak knocked off West Covina 33-21 on Friday night, meaning the race for playoff spots from the Hacienda League will go down to the final week of the season before being decided.
The Chargers (5-4, 3-1) held the Bulldogs to only two first downs and junior quarterback Kam Brown completed 21 of 33 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns to move his team into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-1) with one game left in the regular season.
“We knew this one was crucial,” Brown said. “We knew we had to win or maybe be out of the playoffs. We won, so we’re still in it.”

Bishop Amat rallies past Loyola: Playing without its starting quarterback and dealing with the rustiness of coming off a bye week left the Bishop Amat High School football team ripe to be upset.
It took the Lancers about a half to put any chance that happening against Loyola to rest, however. Amat hit its stride midway through the second quarter and turned an early 10-0 deficit into a 46-23 win on Friday.
“The first half was a little shaky,” Bishop Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “I knew we’d settle in. I was much more pleased with the second half. The way we looked at it was like we survived the first half. There was like a tsunami and we held our own. And we came out on top and I felt like our best football was still ahead of us. It was just a matter time to get it going.”

Bonita holds off Ayala: Halloween night was only briefly scary for the Bonita High School football team.
Bonita was sitting on a 28-0 lead in the game that will likely determine the final playoff berth in the Palomares League when Ayala reeled off 14 points in less than two minutes and was a yard from scoring a third consecutive touchdown.
Bonita mounted its second goal-line stand of the night and went on to a 34-14 win Friday night, Ayala’s third consecutive league loss.

Damien gets first league win: Senior night at Damien High School brought lots of energy as the Spartans played host to the Los Osos Grizzlies. After falling behind early, Damien stormed back for a 21-14 victory, its first Baseline League win.
It was all Grizzlies early on as they scored on their first possession. The first score came on a play-action 43-yard touchdown strike by quarterback Donovan Williams.

Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League
Damien 21, Los Osos 14 — Guarantees the Spartans won’t go winless in the Baseline

Hacienda League
Charter Oak 33, West Covina 21 — After all that, Chargers can claim a piece of the Hacienda. What a crazy league.
Chino 45, Walnut 30 — Chino not out of the playoff mix yet.
Los Altos 28, Diamond Ranch 10 — Conqs win should make it a wild finish in the Hacienda for playoff spots.
Standings: Charter Oak (3-1), West Covina (3-1), Los Altos (2-2), Chino (2-2), Diamond Ranch (2-2), Walnut (0-4).

Mission League
Bishop Amat 46, Loyola 23 — Lancers won with QB Damian Garcia sitting out with a rib injury. Victory next week clinches piece of league title. Lancers still haven’t clinched playoff spot, but almost there.
Standings: Crespi (4-1), Bishop Amat (4-1), Serra (4-1), Alemany (3-2), Notre Dame (2-3); Chaminade (1-5); Loyola (0-5).

Miramonte League
Pomona 56, Garey 0 — Red Devils clinch the league title and will be dangerous in the playoffs.
La Puente 28, Bassett 27 – Warriors spoil Olympiana chance to remain unbeaten in Miramonte.

Mission Valley League
Rosemead 51, South El Monte 14 — Panthers wrap up Mission Valley League title.

Montview League
Baldwin Park 48, Gladstone 13 – Braves closing in on second in the VVL

Palomares League
Bonita 34, Ayala 14 – Bearcats back in playoff contention.
Glendora 38, Diamond Bar 6 – Tartans will play South Hills on Thursday for the league title.

Valle Vista League
Northview 34, Covina 6 – Vikings offense and defense legit, they’ll be force in Mid-Valley playoffs after winning first league title since 2008.

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South Hills beats Claremont on last second field goal, 24-22; Azusa and San Dimas win

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night
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South Hills goes to 4-0 in Palomares: South Hills will be playing for the first Palomares League championship next week after pulling out a last second win, 24-22, over Claremont on Thursday night at Walnut High School.
Senior Manny Munoz kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game to cap a 61-yard drive in the final 1:30.
The kick broke the hearts of the Wolfpack after they had rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to take the lead. “That was a pretty special feeling,” Munoz said. “I just tried to act like it was practice and relax, focus, and get a point for my team. I just tried to stay to myself and kick it through the uprights.”

Azusa clinches share of Montview title: With just three rushes this season entering Thursday night’s game, junior Dominic Ramirez totaled only 30 yards.
With his first three touches of the ball Thursday, the 5-foot-8 Azusa High School running back totaled three touchdowns on runs of 69, 46 and 4 yards.
And he wasn’t through as he ran for another two scores and finished with 179 yards on 11 carries as the Aztecs defeated host Duarte, 49-30, in a Montview League game.

San Dimas routs Rowland, 49-0: Rowland and San Dimas highs had the same records, both overall and in the Valle Vista League, entering Thursday night. But the Saints put on a display of dominance to claim a 49-0 victory on their home field.
San Dimas (6-3, 3-1) has prided itself on its running game for several years, but the Saints found success through the air as well against Rowland (5-4, 2-2), with senior quarterback Andrew Avila completing seven passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to senior running back Chris Rufun, who had 44 receiving yards and 53 rushing yards on just four carries.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat hasn’t won following a bye week since 2008; Northview and West Covina will win to guarantee piece of league titles

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 30-10; Season Total: 263-88)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-7; Season Total: 260-91)

Last Week: I picked up three games on Aram to cut his lead to three with two weeks left in the regular season plus playoffs. I got him taking Alhambra over Keppel, West Covina over Los Altos, Pasadena Poly over Rio Hondo Prep and Bassett over Garey. Aram grabbed one back taking San Dimas over Covina
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This Week: The big, big question is will Bishop Amat show rust or have a let-up following its bye week after three-straight momentum wins over Serra, Alemany and Chaminade with Loyola in town. Amat has won just won game in recent memory during bye weeks, beating Diamond Ranch in 2008. During bye weeks in league, Amat is 0-3 since 2010 and coach Steve Hagerty has gone on record saying he hates byes, but despite that, I can’t picture Amat losing to last-place Loyola. If Bishop Amat wins, it will have a chance to head to Notre Dame next week playing for a piece of the Mission League title, take the Lancers. Covina takes on Northview and with a win, can force a three-way tie along with San Dimas in the Valle Vista. But after Northview whipped San Dimas earlier in the season I can’t imagine the Vikings would let the Colts spoil their party. Take the Vikes. If you asked before the season I would be taking Charter Oak over West Covina, but not now. The Bulldogs were impressive beating Los Altos and will win out. South Hills’ amazing turnaround will get better Thursday night against Claremont and with a victory, South Hills will likely facing Glendora in the league finale for all the marbles in the Palomares. Take South Hills.

Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

California at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Freeway League
Troy vs. La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Pacific League
Burbank vs. Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley vs. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
South Hills vs. Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mary); Aram (MARY)
Valle Vista League
Rowland at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Friday’s games
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (SG)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
La Salle at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Los Osos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (LO)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. La Serna at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Aram (CO)
Chino at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Miramonte League
Garey at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (Bass)
Mission League
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Marshall at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
Montview League
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Palomares League
Bonita at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Prep League
Firebaugh at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (rhp)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
La Canada at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (M)
Temple City at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Non-League
Pasadena Poly at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Saturday’s game
Olympic League

Heritage Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Granada Hills, 1 p.m. — Robledo (Heritage); Aram (H)

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West Covina blanks Los Altos 21-0; San Dimas edges Covina 21-19 and Azusa beats Baldwin Park in OT, 16-13

Football Scoreboard: Check tonight’s scoreboard for updates of Friday night football
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West Covina blanks LA: Los Altos was looking to keep its momentum following last week’s victory at Charter Oak and perhaps get back in the Hacienda League title chase.
But too many mistakes buried the Conquerors, and West Covina was more than willing to take advantage, winning 21-0 in front of a homecoming crowd and several members from its 2004 CIF championship team celebrating the 10th anniversary of its title.
Los Altos (3-5, 1-2) committed three turnovers ‑two fumbles and an interception ‑ and had a punt blocked that was returned for a touchdown.

Friday’s results
Baseline League
Chino Hills 41, Damien 14 – Spartans officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 21, Chino 0 — Finishing with Los Altos and West Covina gives it chance to control own destiny.
Charter Oak 28, Walnut 0 – Chargers have a chance to get back in Hacienda title hunt facing West Covina next.
West Covina 21, Los Altos 0 – Conquerors buried themselves with too many mistakes, but West Covina’s defense is the real deal.

Palomares League
South Hills 27, Ayala 13 — Huskies continue to be biggest surprise in second half of the season, improving to 3-0 in the Palomares.
Bonita 28, Diamond Bar 20 – Bearcats needed a win to start thinking playoffs.
Glendora 38, Claremont 14 — Seems like the Tartans are making everyone tap out.

Miramonte League
Bassett 21, Garey 14 – Olympians go to 2-0 in league and won’t play Pomona until the finale.
Pomona 60, Ganesha 0 — Truth is, we won’t know how good Pomona is until the Mid-Valley playoffs start.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 6 — Arroyo at 2-2 is still in the playoff hunt.
Rosemead 48, Marshall 6 – Panthers closing in on Mission Valley League title.
South El Monte 28, Mountain View 17 — South wins a one-point thriller.

Montview League
Azusa 16, Baldwin Park 13, OT — Aztecs take over sole possession of first in Montview with OT thriller.
Duarte 49, Workman 9 – Falcons finally get going, but too little too late.

Valle Vista League
San Dimas 21, Covina 19 – Saints keep slim Valle Vista title hopes alive. Now they root for Covina against Northview next week.
Rowland 34, Wilson 13 – Raiders suddenly in a three-way tie for second with San Dimas and Covina at 2-1.

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Norhview routs Nogales 42-21; Sierra Vista ends Gladstone’s perfect Montview record, 32-20

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By John Honell
Northview celebrated homecoming with a 42-21 win over Nogales on Thursday night in a Valle Vista League game at San Dimas High School.
The Vikings dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage in the first half as they ran out to a 42-0 lead at the break before clearing the bench in the second half.
“Our guys came out and played the kind of football we know how to play,” Vikings coach Marcel Perez said. “Our offensive and defensive lines have been playing real well and they need to keep it going next week.”
The Vikings (7-1, 4-0) clinched a playoff spot in CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division with the win, and will face crosstown rival Covina next week for the league title as well as the Cross Town Crown trophy.

Sierra Vista surprises unbeaten Gladstone: Sierra Vista High School put a major dent in Gladstone’s hopes for a Montview League title while managing to keep its own playoff hopes alive with a 32-20 win Thursday night at Citrus Stadium.
“Our plan is to finish in third and go to playoffs, and now we are two wins away from doing it,” Dons head coach Fabian Castillo said.
The Dons (2-6, 1-2) entered the game winless in league play, while Gladstone (2-6, 2-1) was unbeaten, and the Gladiators never trailed in the first 40 minutes of play.
On Sierra Vista’s first drive of the fourth quarter, junior fullback Ricky Cervantes carried the ball 20 yards before senior running back Max Brown went another 60 on the ensuing play for a touchdown. Gladstone blocked Sal Contreras’ PAT to keep a 14-13 lead.

Thursday’s results
Montview League
Sierra Vista 32, Gladstone 20
Valle Vista League
Northview 42, Nogales 21
Del Rio League
La Serna 52, Santa Fe 31
Pacific League
Burroughs 70, Arcadia 23

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Is the beginning of something special happening at Bishop Amat with one of the best junior classes in the state?

Bishop Amat is ranked sixth in the the Pac-5 and is two wins away (over Loyola and Notre Dame) from guaranteeing at least at tie for the Mission League title. And look how they’re doing it. JUNIOR quarterback Damian Garcia is leading the area in passing and nearly broke Pat Haden’s single-game passing record last week. JUNIOR receiver/corners Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney are both highly-coveted D-1 prospects. Emerging JUNIOR running back Torreahno Sweet has found his groove, averaging more than 100 yards in each of his last three games. How about others like JUNIOR offensive lineman Kai Higgins, featured in today’s video. There are other JUNIORS making big contributions like defensive ends Andrew Vasquez, William Kelly, defensive lineman Ryan Munoz and corner Clarence Carter. They’re an improving team that is just starting to make noise and next year could be their best chance to win their first title since 1995. Don’t you agree?

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat, Glendora lead way, Northview to No. 4, South Hills back in top ten

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TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-3) — They’re a two-point version away from being 4-0 in the Mission League. That’s extremely impressive and with a bye week, they control their own playoff destiny with two to go against Loyola and Notre Dame.
2. Glendora (6-1) — It’s not that they keep knocking out whoever stands in their way, but they’re doing it like a young Mike Tyson. Their recent wins against good teams have all been easy.
3. West Covina (5-2) — With an easy win over Chino, the Bulldogs are looking like a strong Central contender. They get Los Altos next, and I’m sure the Conqs got their attention after routing Charter Oak.
4. Northview (6-1) — Freshman quarterback Steven Comstock is the talk of the town and the only team that has a chance of standing in their Valle Vista title way is Covina in two weeks.
5. Charter Oak (3-4) – If you would have told me Charter Oak would be 3-4 after dropping back down from the Inland and Sierra I wouldn’t believe it. Still have a hard time digesting it.
6. Damien (3-4) — Can anyone win at Damien? Greg Gano couldn’t do it and now Mark Paredes is finding there are no easy answers in SpartanLand.
7. Pomona (3-4) – Take away the two forfeit losses and they’re 3-2 after the whipping over La Puente. Nobody will want to face them in the Mid-Valley playoffs.
8. Diamond Ranch (5-2) — Crushing victory over Walnut and in good position to earn playoff spot in Hacienda.
9. San Dimas (4-3) — If you believe that recent losses to Bonita and Northview were minor steps back for the defending champions, then you better hope they handle Covina this week.
Covina (5-2)
10. South Hills (3-4) — Back to back wins over Diamond Bar and Bonita and a 2-0 start in the Palomares moves the Huskies back in the top ten. What a turnaround.
THE REST: 11. Bonita (4-3), 12. Covina (4-2); 13. Los Altos (3-4); 14. Rosemead (3-4); 15. La Puente (5-3), 16. Diamond Bar (3-4), 17. Baldwin Park (4-3); 18. Azusa (4-3); 19. Walnut (2-5); 20. El Monte (4-4); 21. Arroyo (1-6), 22. Bassett (4-3); 23. Ganesha (4-4); 24. Rowland (4-3); 25. South El Monte (2-5), 26. Gladstone (2-5), 27. Sierra Vista (1-6), 28. Duarte (1-6); 29. Wilson (1-6); 30. Nogales (2-5), 31. Mountain View (1-6), 32. Workman (1-6).

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Tribskin Pick’em: Go to the bank with Baldwin Park over Azusa, West Covina over Los Altos, Ayala over South Hills and Diamond Ranch over Chino

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 35-6; Season Total: 233-78)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-8; Season Total: 227-84)

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Last Week: Aram extended his lead to six by picking up two more victories. He got me taking Salesian over St. Paul, Santa Fe over Pioneer and Burroughs over Pasadena. I got one back taking Etiwanda over Damien.

This Week:: One of the toughest picks of the week is taking Baldwin Park over Azusa which will ultimately decide the Montview. When I look over games, Baldwin Park played Northview well in a loss and beat an El Monte team thank knocked off Arroyo. Although Azusa nearly upset undefeated Maranatha and hung tough with Covina, I’m going with BP at home. As great as Los Altos looked last week, I’m going with hot West Covina. They’ve rose to No. 4 in the Central and I don’t vision anyone beating them until the playoffs. South Hills will finally lose its first league game to Ayala and I’ve got Diamond Ranch sneaking past Chino in a close one.

Thursday,’s games
Del Rio League

Santa Fe vs. La Serna at California HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Montview League
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus Colelge, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Gstone)
Pacific League
Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burrougha)
Valle Vista League
Nogales vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Keppel)
San Gabriel at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MontebellO); Aram (Monte)
Schurr at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Angelus League
La Salle at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
St. Francis at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Del Rey League
St. Bernard at Cantwell Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. El Rancho at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cal); Aram (Cal)
Freeway League
Sunny Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Hacienda League
Chino at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Los Altos at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (LA)
Walnut at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram ()
Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram ()
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Marshall vs. Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rose)
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (SEM)
Montview League
Azusa at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Olympic League
Heritage Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mara); Aram (Natha)
Whittier Christian vs. Village Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (VC); Aram (VC)
Pacific League
Crescenta Valley at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PHS); Aram (PHS)
Palomares League
Ayala vs. South Hills at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
Glendora vs. Claremont at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Prep League
Pasadena Poly at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (RHP)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (TCity); Aram (TC)
Monrovia at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (Monrovia)
San Marino at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Santa Fe League
St. Anthony at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Anthony); Aram (SA)
Suburban League
La Mirada vs. Mayfair at Bellflower HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (SD)
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Row)
Non-League
Mary Star of the Sea vs. Flintridge Prep at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)

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From Zero to Hero, South Hills football suddenly 2-0 in the Palomares

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The start of league play often leads to dramatic turnarounds for teams who struggled during the nonleague. There can be no greater example of that this season than the South Hills High School football team.
After starting the season with a win over Covina, the Huskies were outscored in their next four games by a combined 179-18. They were shut out three times in that span, and lost all four.
Fast forward to this Friday and the Huskies will take the field against Ayala tied for first place in the Palomares League and in control of their own league title and playoff destiny.
“Obviously, we caught some beat downs earlier in the year,” South Hills head coach Albert Rodriguez said. “At the start of the year, we were young. We only had two of 11 starters coming back on defense and three of 11 back on offense. We ended up getting banged up early on. We’re starting to get back healthy.
“Everybody thought we were terrible, and we were terrible. But our kids kept on believing, the bye week came at the right time and we got back to playing South Hills football again. That’s put us in the position we’re in now.”

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Los Altos stuns Charter Oak 29-7; Glendora knocks out Ayala 27-7; Bishop Amat crushes Chaminade 52-22 in a near record-night from QB Damian Garcia

Friday Schedule/Scoreboard: Check here for updates and final scores on Friday night football
Bishop Amat-Chaminade photo gallery
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Bishop Amat’s Garcia has big night: Bishop Amat High scored on its first six possessions and quarterback Damian Garcia had a near record night, throwing for 418 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-22 rout of visiting Chaminade to head into its bye week tied for first in the Mission League with its third straight league win for the first time since 2010.
Garcia threw four of his touchdown passes to Brandon Arconado, and emerging junior running back Torreahno Sweet had another solid game, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Garcia did all his work in three quarters before sitting out the fourth. He was chasing legendary Pat Haden’s 1969 single-game record of 470 yards passing before taking a seat.

Los Altos stuns Charter Oak: Los Altos ruined homecoming for longtime rival Charter Oak with a 29-7 win over the Chargers on Friday night.
The Conquerors (3-4, 1-1), one of the preseason favorites to win the Hacienda League, had lost three consecutive games but find themselves right back in the race and may have turned their season around with the win.
The Conquerors defense set the tone for the game when Kyle Durham intercepted a Chargers pass at his own 40-yard line and ran it back to the Charter Oak 34 with 9:36 left in the first quarter.

Glendora knocks out Ayala: Two games into its Palmoares League tenure, the Glendora High School football team couldn’t be happier.
Ayala, conversely, wasn’t thrilled to reunite with its former Sierra League nemesis Friday night.
Glendora held the Bulldogs to 208 total yards in a 27-7 win to remain undefeated in league play and hand a crucial loss to arguably their toughest competition for the Palomares League title.

Friday’s results
FRIDAY’S GAMES
Baseline League

Etiwanda 35, Damien 6 – That just about does it for the Spartans playoff hopes. Chino Hills in town next.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 31, Walnut 10 — It’s one of the games the Ranch had to win to keep playoff hopes alive.
Los Altos 29, Charter Oak 7 — One of the night’s stunners, a drink-your-bottle-of-get-tough win for the Conqs.
West Covina 42, Chino 16 – You can say it now, West Covina steps ahead as favorite to take Hacienda.
Mission League
Bishop Amat 52, Chaminade 22 — QB Damian Garcia could have broke Pat Haden’s single-game record if they left him in the fourth quarter. Garcia finished with 418 yards and 5 TDs. Haden’s record is 470 yards set in 1969.
Mission Valley League
Rosemead 33, Gabrielino 14 – Panthers on their way to the Mission Valley League title.
El Monte 44, South El Monte 14 – Lions have turned it around the past two weeks.
Montview League
Baldwin Park 38, Sierra Vista 0 — I tweeted Baldwin Park by 28 points. I was close.
Gladstone 47, Duarte 7 – Absolute stunner that the Gladiators won this easy.
Azusa 69, Workman 0 -- Nice tuneup for Aztecs heading into Baldwin Park shodown next week.
Palomares League
Claremont 25, Diamond Bar 0 – You got to ask, what happened to the Brahmas?
Glendora 27, Ayala 7 – Tartans continue to shy why they’re No. 1 in the Central.
South Hills 26, Bonita 21 — Arguably the best turnaround from a down-and-out team in a while.
Valle Vista League
Covina 55, Rowland 0 – Wondering if the Colts can give San Dimas a game next week.
Northview 42, Wilson 0 — Only obstacle left is a date with rival Covina on Halloween.
San Dimas 49, Nogales 0 -- You didn’t think the Saints would lose three straight did ya?
Miramonte League
Bassett 42, Ganesha 0 — It’s been a turnaround season for the Olympians.
La Puente 62, Garey 35 – Five different players scored for the Warriors

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Arroyo forced to forfeit three games because of ineligible player; winless Mountain View at winless Marshall tonight

“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”

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By Aram Tolegian
Arroyo has forfeited nonleague wins over Temple City, Montebello and Rowland after self reporting to the CIF-Southern Section that it had an ineligible player in violation of section transfer rules.
The player was used solely on special teams and the incident probably never would have been known about if the school had not informed CIF of the situation, according to Knights coach Jim Singiser.
“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”
The forfeits make Arroyo’s record go from 4-3 to 1-6. They are just the latest setback in a season that hasn’t gone according to plan and the biggest issue facing the Knights, who made last year’s Mid-Valley Division semifinals, is simply making the playoffs and keeping the school’s 30-year streak of postseason appearances alive.
After being upset by El Monte last week, Arroyo is just 1-2 in the Mission Valley League and is on a bye this week before playing Gabrielino on Oct. 24. When the Knights return to action, they’re likely to be without the services of standout running back Randy Amezcua, who is injured and likely to miss the rest of the season.

Mission Valley League
Mountain View (0-6, 0-2) at Mountain View (0-7, 0-3) at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m.

Marshall has really struggled in its first year in the Mission Valley League. Same can be said for Mountain View, which has been in this league forever.
Both teams badly need a league win in order to momentarily climb back into the playoff race. That’s a bit more of a realistic prospect for Mountain View, which has already played Arroyo and El Monte.

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CIF could change playoff format dramatically for all sports in 2016. Do you like it?

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod is actively working on a competitive-based playoff model for the 2016 playoff groupings cycle where individual schools would be placed into appropriate divisions for section championships based on their school’s performance in that particular sport. Under Wigod’s vision, CIF would no longer place leagues into divisions for section championships as is currently taking place with the exception of basketball. Read his latest letter explaining.

Note: Click on the commissioner’s message to make it bigger and easier to read
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Fred’s thought: I absolutely hate how basketball does it because league play means absolutely nothing. This is how Bishop Amat girls basketball finished fourth in league a few years back and won a CIF championship in a desirable division by not having to compete in the playoffs against the top teams from its own league. Damien basketball beat a team that was 0-10 in league in a CIF championship game two years ago. Should you finish last in league and be placed in a more desirable playoff division than all the teams that finished ahead of you? That’s flawed. I don’t like this new plan for a number of reasons, that’s just one example.
Teams don’t want to be promoted into tougher divisions just because they had a couple good seasons or a once in a generation season so that a third place team can have more of a competitive chance in a playoff division the following year. What happens if you finally win a championship or advance deep in the playoffs with your once in a generation all-senior boys soccer team. Are you going to punish the class that’s rebuilding by placing them in a tougher division the following year? How is that fair? This whole idea could result in teams scheduling easier games or tanking games because of strength of schedule and altering win/loss records in order to get placed in a more desirable division. Seriously, should you really finish third in Valle Vista league soccer and have a better shot at winning a CIF championship the following year than the team that won league because it works harder and develops a better program. If demographics, school size and the schools are close in proximity why are you trying to level the playing field based on performance? It’s up to a school to get better, not a formula that rewards mediocrity. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, TEAMS FROM THE SAME LEAGUE SHOULD ALWAYS be in the same playoffs. Otherwise, just get rid of league play and allow everyone to play freelance. Is that what you want?

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Is your high school using crumb rubber turf? NBC News investigation raises potential safety concerns

NBC NEWS REPORT: A high school in Burien, Washington has scrapped its plan to use crumb rubber turf in its new football field because of potential safety concerns raised in an NBC News investigation, school officials said.

“As soon as the news broke, I contacted our architect and distributor and said, ‘We’re not putting the crumb rubber on. Stop everything. Hold everything. Let us do more research,’” said Kennedy Catholic High School Principal Mike Prato. “If we’re going to do this, we want it to be the safest field it can be.”

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Is it panic time for defending Mid-Valley football champion San Dimas?

saintsBy Aram Tolegian
There’s no panic in San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow’s voice when he talks about the situation his team is in after losing to arch-rival Bonita and Valle Vista League upstart Northview in the past two weeks.
Instead, Zernickow is very concise about what the Saints need to do in order to get things turned around and still make a run in the postseason as they bid to win back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley championships.
“Basically, for us, we’re in a one-game season right now,” said Zernickow, whose team visits Nogales on Friday. “We have to beat Nogales. We have to go 1-0 every single week the rest of the way out here if we want to be in the playoffs.”
San Dimas, which had won three straight before the Bonita loss, is now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league. Nogales is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in league.

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With four weeks left before playoffs, who leads the Tribune coach of the year race?

Picking coach of the year is always difficult, but it’s also fun too. When I’ve posted leading candidates in mid-season it almost always changes by the second week of the playoffs, and gets easier to narrow down after that. But if I were picking the top five today, this is how it would look in order.
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1. Marcel Perez, Northview (5-1)
Beating San Dimas is something few thought any Valle Vista league team could do this season and the Vikings not only beat them, they stomped them. Too bad they blew a 21-point at La Sierra prior because they should be undefeated, and Perez’s boys are doing it with a freshman QB.
2. Jerry Lewallen, Glendora (5-1)
Wins over Charter Oak, Los Altos, Kaiser, Bonita and Alta Loma. The Tartans were 7-3 last year but those three losses came in the Baseline and they missed the playoffs. If they beat Ayala on Friday, this is a group that could run the table the rest of the way, they’re that good.
3. Mike Maggiore, West Covina (4-2)
This should have been Antonio Noodles Hull senior year with the Dogs, but he’s at struggling Diamond Bar and these Dogs are improving by the week. Most thought they were an iffy pick to make the playoffs, now I’m starting to think they can win the Hacienda.
4. Aaron Jamieson, Pomona (3-4)
Considering how handcuffed Jamieson is in the Pomona Unified School district that forced the Devils to forfeit a game because it didn’t feel like traveling on a Friday night and an athletic department that let it forfeit another for not being on top of paperwork, the Devils are 3-2 on the field, and looking like they could compete for a league title. Jamieson deserves credit for keeping the focus on the big picture.
5. Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat (4-3)
Two weeks ago we were wondering if it was time to make a coaching change after back-to-back losses to Chino Hills and Crespi, but after back-to-back wins over Serra and Alemany, the Lancers are in position to make a run at the Mission League title. Now wouldn’t that be something.

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