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

PREPXTRA POSTGAME: Bishop Amat owns Texas, routs defending state champ Aledo, 42-7; Charter Oak, South Hills get routed

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BISHOP AMAT STORMS TEXAS: Bishop Amat traveled east and accomplished the extraordinary by making one of Texas’ best football programs look ordinary.
For perhaps one night only and without one of its best players, Aledo, TX., the top-ranked Class 5A team in the state, was no match for its opponent.
The Lancers (1-1) stunned the Bearcats (1-1) with 28 unanswered points in the second quarter of a 42-7 victory Friday at Bearcat Stadium in a nonleague game between five-time champions in their respective states.

lamiraLa Mirata routs Charter Oak: What a difference a year makes.
A week after edging highly rated Tesoro, the La Mirada High School football team proved that result was no fluke by routing Charter Oak 48-28 on Friday.
The Matadores, who went 4-7 last season despite high expectations, are now 2-0 with two quality opponents as victims. Charter Oak fell to 0-2.

Friday’s results
La Mirada 48, Charter Oak 28 — Centeral Divison’s No. 1 Chargers drop to 0-2.
La Habra 61, South Hills 0 – South Hills announcer was the most entertaining.
Bishop Amat 42, Aledo, TX. 7 – Dominating from start to finish and just what it needed.
Glendora 24, Alta Loma 6 - Trib No. 1 struggled early but cruised late.
Monrovia 35, Bonita 3 – Not doubting the Wildcats again, this was a serious beating.
http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/20140906/arroyo-wins-shootout-against-temple-city-42-32“>San Dimas 22, Los Altos 21 – Saints rally in final minutes to pull it out.
San Marino 49. Duarte 7 – Titans too big, too strong. Not a surpirse.
Fountain Valley 43, Baldwin Park 6 – Braves probably knew they were in over their heads
Damien 31, Roosevelt 13 — Spartans still a mystery until they beat someone we can measure.
Diamond Ranch 27, Rosemead 14 — Not surprised by final score, surprised it was so close.
Pomona 53, Don Lugo 17 – Red Devils looking like serious Mid-Valley contender.
Diamond Bar 44, Walnut 7 Brahmas taking Branding Iron with ease.
West Covina 55, LB Wilson 7 – Bulldogs bounce back in a big way after Colony loss.
Ganesha 7, Gladstone 6 — Where’s the offense?
Covina 41, La Puente 24 — Colts beat what is a solid Warriors team.
Rowland 46, Yucca Valley 10 — Raiders rebound after embarrassing loss last week.
Arroyo 42, Temple City 32 – Knights hold off Rams in one of great SGV rivalries.
Schurr 35, El Monte 6 — Lions take another step back.
Nogales 32, Mountain View 25 — That’s how you bounce back from a 70-0 loss.

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Legendary Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard resigns

Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard, the winningest girls coach in San Gabriel Valley history and one of the most respected in the CIF-Southern Section, resigned on Friday after 18 years at the school, starting at Amat in 1996.
Wiard said his decision was emotional, and that he’ll discuss it at a later time.
Wiard won five CIF-SS divisional titles, two state championships and finishes with 520 career victories. Wiard won his last title in 2012, beating Division 3A top-seed Oak Park, 44-30 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Wiard was named the CIF-SS coach of the year three times and the Tribune coach of the year six times.

Bishop Amat bench reacts after a three pointer in the fourth quarter during a CIF-SS second round prep playoff basketball game against Arcadia at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb.26, 2014. Bishop Amat won 44-33. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

Bishop Amat bench reacts after a three pointer in the fourth quarter during a CIF-SS second round prep playoff basketball game against Arcadia at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb.26, 2014. Bishop Amat won 44-33. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)

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Azusa Pacific knocks off No. 2 Grand Valley State in Division II debut in front of national television cameras

By John Honell
apuIn what might be the biggest win in Azusa Pacific University history, the Cougars knocked off second-ranked Grand Valley State (MI.) 26-23 in double overtime Thursday at Citrus College in the season opener for both teams and the NCAA Division II debut for APU.
At least the biggest since the Cougars’ NAIA national title since 1997.
The Cougars, ranked No. 22 in NCAA Division II, sprang the upset in front of a national TV audience as Terrell Watson scored a touchdown in each overtime and the defense forced the Lakers to settle for a field goal in the second overtime.
“This was an outstanding win,” Cougars coach Victor Santa Cruz said. “This is right up there as our biggest. We’ve got a lot of young guys that are playing with their hair on fire and I’m proud of ‘em.”
Watson, who led the Cougars with 207 yards rushing, carried the ball all 11 plays the Cougars ran in overtime. It took him five plays to go 25 yards for the score in front of one of the largest crowds in school history.
“They don’t give me the ball,” Watson said. “They give the ball to the offensive line. We say you move, and I’ll run. My job is so easy. They block five or six guys and I just run. The defense and special teams did a friggin’ amazing job tonight, we were just all together.”
The Cougars defense, led by C. J. Broussard, came up big in the third quarter. He stole the ball from Lakers running back Kirk Spencer at the Cougars’ 19-yard line to stop a drive and on the next series, he picked off a tipped pass and ran it back to the Lakers 20-yard line to set up a touchdown that put the Cougars up 13-10 with 4:29 left in the third quarter.
“It was a fun game,” Broussard said. “That was the first time I ever stole a ball but, since Spring ball we’ve been preaching we want to be a nationally dominant defense. Our coaches prepared us and had us ready for this game and just came out and did it. It was just our will to win.”
The Cougars never tried a pass in overtime, letting the ground game put the game away.
“At the end of the day, the running game was really wearing them down,” Santa Cruz said. “Terrell picks up steam and our offensive line continues to exert their mass on them . I can’t say enough about what the o-line did and Terrell ran.

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Thursday Football: Northview rolls to easy win over Montebello, 38-6: Azusa no match for Whittier

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THURSDAY’S RECAPS
Northview 38, Montebello 6
Northview High School football coach Marcel Perez spoke with a lot of optimisim about his team during the summer.
The Vikings continued to live up to his billing Thursday night.
Elijah Grijalva rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown and made two big plays on defense as Northview won its second game to start the season with a victory over Montebello in a nonleague game at San Dimas High School.
Quarterback Steven Comstock rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who beat Rosemead last week.

Northview quarterback Steven Comstock (#15) is congratulated by Michael Gutierrez (#78) after a touchdown as they play Montebello in their non-league game at San Dimas High School in San Dimas on Thursday September 4, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Northview quarterback Steven Comstock (#15) is congratulated by Michael Gutierrez (#78) after a touchdown as they play Montebello in their non-league game at San Dimas High School in San Dimas on Thursday September 4, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


Isaac Mendibles rushed for 119 yards and scored the only touchdown for Montebello, which slipped to 0-2. The Oilers were also routed by Diamond Bar last week.
Northview all but it away by halftime. The Vikings, getting 59 yards rushing and a touchdown from Andres Hooper, led 24-6 after two quarters.
La Serna 42, Los Osos 26
Enrique Pacheco is making Lancer fans forget about Frankie Palmer, throwing for nearly 300 yards and four scores as La Serna bounced back from last week’s opening loss.
La Serna also received 139 yards receiving and two TDS from Curtis Ashton.
Whitter 24, Azusa 7
Alex Soto threw for 285 yards and two TDs as the Cardinals bounced back from a blow-out loss.
Glenn 7, Pioneer 3
Martin Sanchez scored from the two on fourth down in the closing minutes as Glenn beat the Titans.

Thursday’s Football Scores
Northview 38, Montebello 6
La Serna 42, Los Osos 26
Blair 19, Marshall 9
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m.
Glenn 7, Pioneer 3
Whittier 24, Azusa 7
La Canada 23, Alhambra 7

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Bishop Amat visits Texas and powerful Aledo, who won in front of 8,000 fans last week and was undefeated last year

Bishop Amat is taking on Aledo, TX., on Friday night at 8 p.m. Amat, fresh off a 26-21 season-opening loss to Santa Margarita, could be in over the heads against the tough Texas school. Read how Aledo did last week: When the Aledo players stepped into McLane Stadium on Friday night, they were stunned by its beauty and the picturesque setting on the Brazos River.
They felt honored to play the first game in Baylor’s new $266 million stadium before the Bears host SMU on Sunday night.
“When I walked on the field, I couldn’t breathe for a second,” Aledo quarterback Luke Bishop said. “It’s awesome. There really isn’t much better than this.”

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Glendora jumps to No. 1

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TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Glendora (0-0) – With Bishop Amat and Charter Oak losing season openers, the Tartans jump to No. 1 by default. This week they get to prove it deserves it at Alta Loma
2. Bishop Amat (0-1) — It doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Texas to face Aledo, who went undefeated last year. Amat needs to solve QB and RB problems.
3. Charter Oak (0-1) – Showing the Chargers some respect for losing to a team with a good track record from Nevada. Beating La Mirada would be huge this week.
4. Diamond Bar (1-0) — a 48-14 whipping over Montebello is just what the purple needed.
5. Diamond Ranch (1-0) — I know it was just Nogales but 70-0 is 70-0.
6. Los Altos (1-0) – Let’s see how they do this week at San Dimas.
7. South Hills (1-0) — Thought it would handle Covina easier than it did.
8. Damien (0-0) — Spartans get first test on the road.
9. San Dimas (0-1) — The Mid-Valley champs have lost five-straight non-league games dating back to last year.
10. Bonita (1-0) — Beating Schurr is nice, beating Monrovia this week would make a statement.
The rest: 11. Northview (1-0), 12. Pomona (1-0), 13. La Puente (1-0), 14. West Covina (0-1), 15. Rosemead (0-1), 16. Arroyo (0-1), 17. Baldwin Park (1-0), 18. Wilson (1-0), 19. Duarte (0-1), 20. Covina (0-1), 21. Azusa (0-0), 22. El Monte (0-1), 23. Bassett (0-1), 24. Walnut (0-1), 25. Rowland (0-1), 26. Ganesha (1-0), 27. South El Monte (0-1), 28. Mountain View (0-0), 29. Workman (0-1), 30. Gladstone (0-1), 31. Sierra Vista (0-1), 32. Nogales (0-1), 33.

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Should West Covina football be worried? Are the best years behind them?

“If league were this week, we’d be in trouble. No question we have to get better, and I expect our young guys to get better. The effort level was great. And we, as coaches, need to get our guys in better position to be successful.” – West Covina coach Mike Maggiore
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One of the more shocking Week 0 results was the West Covina High School football team’s 26-7 loss to Colony in a game that pitted two Central Division teams with designs on a division championship run later this fall.

The good news for Bulldogs’ fans is that the lopsided scoreboard may not have been an accurate indicator of just how close the game was.

“It was 7-7 early in the fourth quarter, we had the ball on the 1-yard line and we didn’t score,” West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore said. “We didn’t score and three plays later, they did. They were up 14-7 at that point and we threw three picks in the fourth quarter, and one of them was returned for a touchdown.

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Two-Minute Drill: Steve, Fred and Aram like La Mirada over Charter Oak, but like what the programs are doing even more

Aram, Fred and Steve discuss this week’s huge game, Charter Oak at La Mirada. The conversation quickly turns to why Charter Oak and La Mirada are so attractive to players. It’s pretty simple, its coaching staffs go above and beyond to help players on and off the field. Watch us discuss it.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Could be another tough week for Bishop Amat, Charter Oak and San Dimas … Figuring South Hills goes down as well

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
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Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 26-10; Season Total: 26-10)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 24-12; Season Total 24-12)

Last Week: We were off in so many games we thought were sure-bets like Bishop Amat over Santa Margarita, San Dimas over Monrovia, La Habra over El Toro and Baldwin Park over El Monte. Then there were the surprises like La Mirada over Tesoro and La Canada over Verbum Dei. But Aram takes Week 0, getting me with games like Don Lugo over Walnut, Bonita over Schurr and El Rancho over Claremont, to name just a few.

This Week: Look for Bishop Amat to start 0-2 heading to Texas to face an Aledo team that went undefeated last year and already is 1-0. After big wins last week, La Salle and Pasadena could get interesting, but La Salle gets the edge. I also like Los Altos over San Dimas. As good as the Saints are, they’re still not quite as good as the best in the SGV. They’ll get going again when they get to their Valle Vista and Mid-Valley comfort zone. If Monrovia’s plays like it did in the second half against San Dimas, it will beat Bonita. South Hills will likely get stomped by La Habra, and figuring Charter Oak could get crushed by La Mirada too. What do you all think?

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Thursday’s games
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)

Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (Mission)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Alhambra at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (Gabrielino)
Buena Park at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Aram (BP)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Western Christian, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Cathedral at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
Chino at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SF); Aram (SF)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Firebaugh at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Flintridge Prep vs. Brentwood at Occidental, 7 p.m. –Robledo (Brentwood); Aram (B-wood)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Glendale at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (Glendale)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Pasadena Poly at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Salesian at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Troy at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Troy); Aram (ER)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Warren at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)
Eagle Rock at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ERock); Aram (ER)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: Monrovia rallies all the way back to beat San Dimas in OT, 24-23; Bishop Amat can’t finish, loses 26-21

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Monrovia-San Dimas photo gallery
WILDCATS RALLY: Monrovia came all the way back to knock off defending CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas 24-23 in overtime, rallying from a 17-0 deficit to pull it out in the season opener for both schools on Friday at San Dimas.
San Dimas’ Bobby Rios scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Saints a 23-17 lead in overtime, but a blocked extra point gave the Wildcats an opportunity to win it with their possession.

Friday’s results
Monrovia 24, San Dimas 23, OT — Wildcats rally from 17-0 deficit
Santa Margarita 27, Bishop Amat 21 — BAmat had its chances in the final seconds, but four turnovers sealed fate
Green Valley, NV., 26, Charter Oak 23 – Not bad against one of the best teams in Nevada.
Diamond Bar 48, Montebello 14 – Huge win for its new coach.
Bonita 37, Schurr 20 — Kind of start the Cats needed
San Marino 56, Arroyo 24 – Guess the Titans are the real deal.
Maranatha 42, Bassett 20 — Minutemen win in Steve Bogan’s debut.
Pasadena 50, South El Monte 7 - Bulldogs haven’t felt this good in a long time.
La Salle 34, Compton 0 — Not surprised by win, but final score.
Cerritos Valley Christian 50, Duarte 6 – Thought Falcons were better than this.
Baldwin Park 33, El Monte 30 -- Braves win back-and-forth shootout
Wilson 41, Workman 19 — Wildcats win in Greg Gano’s debut
Diamond Ranch 70, Nogales 0 - Davion Gaisie scored five touchdowns in rout
Los Altos 12, Santa Monica 6 - Conqs hold on, get San Dimas next.
Alta Loma 36, Rowland 7 — Move to Valle Vista will eventually help.
Don Lugo 41, Walnut 13 – Not surprised, Lugo that good.
Colony 26, West Covina 7 — Colony this good, or will Bulldogs struggle again?
Jurupa Hills 23, Gladstone 0 -- Could be another long Gladiators season.

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Northview nearly blows it, holds on for 27-21 win over Rosemead; La Puente routs Sierra Vista 55-0

Thursday’s results
Northview 27, Rosemead 21
La Puente 55, Sierra Vista 0

Northview-Rosemead photo gallery

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Northview holds on: What an exciting way to start the season.
Northview held off a furious rally from Rosemead to escape with a 27-21 victory in the season opener for both schools at San Dimas High School on Thursday.
Panthers quarterback Steven Nava, who struggled early, came on late to finish with 193 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Panthers from a 20-point second-half deficit.
Nava, who made headlines over the summer after transferring to Bishop Amat and then transferring back a couple weeks ago, threw a desperation pass on fourth-and-long with just over two-minutes left that fell incomplete, allowing the Panthers to breathe easy again.
“We have to learn how to finish the game out, but other than that we’re excited,” Vikings coach Marcel Perez said after leading 27-7 midway through the third quarter. “We came into this week knowing Rosemead’s a tough game. We’re going to line up and play and whatever happens after that is going to happen.”

La Puente Rolls to victory: La Puente has moved to the Miramonte League this season and former Montview League rival Sierra Vista is probably happy to see the Warriors go.
The Warriors scored on six of their seven first-half possessions and rolled to a 55-0 win over the Dons in a nonleague game which opened the football season for both teams.

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Check out PrepXtra Preview online … Columns, Features, Recruiting, Rankings, League Previews and more

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trevonsidneyLEAGUE PREVIEWS: League previews for every team in the Star-News, Tribune and Whittier Daily News areas, as well as rankings in Whittier and Pasadena.

COVER STORY: Bishop Amat’s Trevon Sidney, Muir’s Taeon Mason and La Mirada’s Tony Brown lead way

ARAM’S SEASON PREVIEW COLUMN: CIF football playoff groupings set the stage for new rivalries, champions

BEST GAMES: Fred Robledo’s week-by-week look at the areas best games

RECRUITING RANKINGS: Bishop Amat football’s Trevon Sidney heads list of area’s top recruits

TRIBUNE PRE-SEASON ALL-AREA TEAM: Find out who made the pre-season all-area team

TRIBUNE RANKINGS: No Surprise, Bishop Amat starts at No. 1

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s and Los Altos crack inaugural SGVN top ten poll

Welcome to the inaugural SGVN all-encompassing girls volleyball top ten poll. For the first time, we’re ranking teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune coverage areas to create a more prestigious and tougher-to-crack, girls volleyball top ten poll from our core readership at SGVN. With social media bringing us all closer together, we thought we’d share coverage beyond print boundaries to give you a more comprehensive feel of the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier. Keith Lair will update his rankings each week on the blogs, websites and newspapers.

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Above: Emily Develle, left, Kayla Lund, and Sophia Coffey, are team members of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Girls Volleyball team Friday, August 22, 2014. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Keith Lair, Staff Reporter
It will be difficult for San Gabriel Valley and Whittier volleyball teams to top 2013.
La Salle and Whittier Christian high schools won CIF-Southern Section championships. Mayfield played
Whittier Christian for the 2A title. Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Paul both went to the semifinals, the Tologs losing to eventual champion La Salle. Two other teams made it to the quarterfinals.
This season, however, could be just as successful. There are a lot of returning starters for the area’s top teams, but there are challenges: four of the teams in the Top 10 move up a division.

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart
The Tologs return five players who contributed heavily to the team’s CIF-SS semifinal run last year.
But coach Ernest Banaag still has questions.
“We are a lot younger that last year,” he said. “We do have a lot of experience and core knowledge.
But we’re young and that might show in some games.”
The Tologs graduated six seniors from a team that went 26-5 and lost to eventual division champion La Salle in four tough games in the semis. They return four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores who all played. Two freshmen will play this season.
“They have a lot of club experience within their age group, but they are 14-year olds now competing against 18-year olds,” Banag said.
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Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours: Bishop Amat, San Dimas, Northview, South Hills locks in Week 0

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.

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tribskinWEEK 0: Lot of great games to choose from Thursday through Saturday to start the season. Northview coach Marcel Perez was extremely confident in a conversation this summer, so I’m taking the Vikings on Thursday along with La Puente. On Friday, the tide has turned and it’s no longer an upset to take San Dimas over Monrovia, which I’m doing with confidence. Bishop Amat will turn some heads in Orange County with a victory over Santa Margarita and Charter Oak will get knocked off by some team from Nevada. Diamond Bar will get a win at Montebello for its new coach and Wilson will do the same for Greg Gano. I like Arroyo, but like San Marino better (drinking the Steve Ramirez Kool-aid). Same goes with Muir, good team but Salesian probably better. On Saturday night, South Hills is at least a three-touchdown favorite over Covina. So there you go, we’ll come back next week and find out who we did. But go ahead, make your own picks and lets play. Aram is on vacation today and will make his predictions on Tuesday.

Thursday’s games
Rosemead vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Rosemead)
Ralston Valley vs. La Serna, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Verbum Dei vs. La Canada at LA Southwest, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Verbum Dei); Aram (VD)
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Friday’s games
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Bishop Amat vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Green Valley, NV., at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Green Valley); Aram (CO)
Diamond Bar at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (DB)
Tesoro at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)
Bonita at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Bonita)
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Claremont at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (ER)
Firebaugh at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (St. Paul)
Santa Fe at Santa Maria St. Joseph, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Maria); Aram (SM)
Whittier vs. Sonora at California HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (Sonora)
Arroyo at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Muir at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Bassett at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Alhambra at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Arcadia)
Pasadena at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)
Compton at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Blair vs. Flintridge Prep, at Oxy, 7 p.m.– Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cerritos); Aram (Duarte)
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Ribet Academy at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Montclair); Aram (Montclair)
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman vs. Wilson at La Puente HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Diamond Ranch at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Santa Monica at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Gladstone at Jurupa Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Jurupa Hills); Aram (JH)
Alta Loma at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alta Loma); Aram (AL)
Walnut at Don Lugo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Aram (Lugo)
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (WC)
Saturday’s games
Covina vs. South Hills at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Bosco Tech at Pasadena Poly, 2 p.m. — Robledo (Bosco Tech); Aram (PasPoly)

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One week from the 2014 Prep Football Season: Tribune Top Ten, Pre-season All-Area team

2014 TRIBUNE PREPXTRA FOOTBALL PREVIEW ONLINE

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Tribune Football Pre-season Top Five (expanded to top ten)
1. Bishop Amat
2. Glendora
3. Charter Oak
4. Los Altos
5. San Dimas
6. South Hills
7. West Covina
8. Damien
9. Diamond Bar
10. Diamond Ranch

TRIBUNE PRE-SEASON ALL-AREA TEAM
OFFENSE
QB — Matt Fink, Glendora, Sr.
RB — Anthony Camargo, Bishop Amat, Sr.
RB — Zion Echols, Charter Oak, Jr.
WR — Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, Jr.
WR — Raymen Barraza, Baldwin Park, Jr.
WR — Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, Sr.
OL — Ben Northup, Glendora, Sr.
OL — Angel Villanueva, Duarte, Sr.
OL — Steven Magallanes, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — David Tolmachoff, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — Andrew Lopez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
AP — Darreon Lockett, Pomona, Jr.
PK — Caleb Watkins, Glendora, Jr.

DEFENSE
DL — Patrick Sanchez, Damien, Sr.
DL — Robert Sanchez, Arroyo, Sr.
DL — David Jimenez, Los Altos, Sr.
LB — Zach Lewallen, Glendora, Sr.
LB — Michael Sahagun, Rosemead, Sr.
LB — Christian Wiley, Bishop Amat, Sr.
LB — Josiah Erickson, San Dimas, Jr.
DB — Tre Sidney, Bishop Amat, Jr.
DB — Antonio Hull, Diamond Bar, Sr.
DB — Malik Psalms, Ayala, Sr.
DB — Isaiah Love, West Covina, Jr.
P — Enrique Gonzalez, La Puente, Sr.

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Bishop Amat football’s John Johnson an inspiration to all after life-changing hang gliding accident

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By Aram Tolegian
John Johnson might be 52-years-old, but he often feels like he was born in 1984.

That was the year when Johnson’s life changed completely. Some would say for the worse judging by the wheelchair he now calls home. Most would say for the better judging by the thousands of kids whose lives he has touched.

It was March and Johnson was some place not uncommon for him to be back in those days — in the air over the San Gabriel Valley hang gliding. Johnson’s journey that day started at Mount Wilson went over Glendora and ended tragically on the ground at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Duarte.

“I was in the air for about four hours,” Johnson said. “I had landed at that school a half-dozen times. I was having a little trouble getting down close enough to the ground because it was, I don’t want to say turbulent, but we used to call them poppy days.

“And when I came down, I obviously made a mistake and cartwheeled in. I broke my neck. I don’t remember the last few seconds of the crash. What I remember is that my right wing tip hit the ground and that made me cartwheel and I made contact with my forehead with some part of the glider. Albeit I had all the equipment I should be wearing, I hit the glider so hard with my head that it caused my neck to hyper-extend.”

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Days after former football coach Roddy Layton becomes Co-AD at Diamond Ranch, he makes a splash hire in boys basketball coach Eric Cooper

cooperWow, wow, wow. Former La Verne Lutheran boys basketball coach Eric Cooper, who won some CIF-SS championships and state titles at tiny La Verne Lutheran, is now the boys basketball coach at Diamond Ranch. Boy, it didn’t take former football coach and now AD Roddy Layton to make a splash. Some will say they’ve hired the best recruiter in town who will instantly draw talent to the school. Others will simply say Eric Cooper’s track record is what attracts. You decide, either way I’m guessing Diamond Ranch will be a boys basketball power soon.

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The ALS #IceBucket challenge hit home in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond

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By Aram Tolegian
At 68 years old, the last thing Charter Oak High football coach Lou Farrar needed was a bucket of ice water dumped over his head.
But there the veteran coach was last week, surrounded by his team and in front of cell phone cameras, documenting his acceptance of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that’s sweeping the country.
“It was shocking,” Farrar said of the experience. “My assistant coaches were joking that they had the paddles ready to go in case my heart stopped. But I think the cause is important. If that means getting doused by some football players on a hot afternoon to raise awareness, then it’s a very small thing to do. I was very happy to bring some awareness to the issue.”
Awareness and the subsequent donations are the ultimate goal of the challenge, which has gone viral thanks to social media. Quite simply, the challenge is getting a bucket of ice water poured over your head, then posting video of the ceremony on social media and extending the challenge to somebody else.

On Wednesday, Los Altos coach Dale Ziola was latest to take the plunge …. Find out who he called out

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Diamond Bar’s double trouble: The Peterson Twins

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By Michelle Gardner
One can’t blame identical twin brothers Tyler and Kyle Peterson of Diamond Bar for wanting to have a lot of fun at others’ expense.
So a couple of years ago Kyle took a seat in his brother’s history class. After 10 minutes or so Tyler snuck into the room, asking the teacher to remove the “imposter.”
Teacher George Harderson was not amused.
“I don’t care who stays, but one of you has to go,” he barked.
Previous coach Ryan Maine, now an assistant at Corona Santiago, said he often mixed the two up.
First-year coach Marcus Hughes has also had trouble figuring out who is who, although the problem was remedied recently when Tyler got his hair cut.
“When I first got here I mixed them up all the time,” Hughes said. “They even have the same mannerisms. There was no easy way to tell them apart.”
The 17-year old twins are rarely apart. They have the same circle of friends, although Tyler also has a girlfriend. When they do argue it is usually over something trivial – what movie to watch, where to stop and eat on the way home from practice.

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West Covina coach Mike Maggiore took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge on Friday and called out Los Altos coach Dale Ziola, Walnut’s Mike O’Shields and Mt. SAC coach Bob Jastrab

West Covina coach Mike Maggiore took the ALS #IceBucketChallenge on Friday and called out Los Altos coach Dale Ziola, Walnut’s Mike O’Shields and Mt. SAC coach Bob Jastrab. Listen to Mike explain why this was so important to him and why the cause is close to his heart. He also donated $200. Way to go Mike.

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