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

Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Bishop Amat, Charter Oak, Los Altos and Pomona to reach championship games

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 7-5; Season Total: 359-112)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 7-5; Season Total: 359-112)

Last Week: Aram and I missed virtually the same games and we cancelled each other out on one. I got him taking Bishop Amat over JSerra but he got it back taking Colony over Glenodra. So, there you ago we’re tied heading into the final two weeks of the season.

This Week: I changed some of my pre-playoff predictions based on what some teams are doing in the playoffs and those already knocked out. Originally I had Corona Centennial knocking out Bishop Amat in the semifinals, but outside of No. 1 St. John Bosco, nobody is playing better defense than Amat. Amat will score on Centennial just like Serra did in a 68-64 first-round loss to Centennial, the difference is Amat’s defense will hold Centennial in the 20s and do enough to reach their first championship game since they last won it in 1995. I also had Northview beating Paraclete in the Mid-Valley semifinals, but Paraclete is looking to good with 44-0 and 63-0 wins. Northview’s good, but they’re not Paraclete good. But I do like Pomona over Sierra Canyon at home in other semifinal and I’m sticking with Pomona to win the championship. Los Altos has made the Southeast look so easy and their win over Monrovia leads me to believe they’ll handle Bonita and face Charter Oak, who will knock off Colony, in the championship game.

CIF-SS High School Football Playoffs
Friday’s predictions
Pac-5 Division

Long Beach Poly at St. John Bosco, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. John Bosco); Aram (SJB)
Bishop Amat at Corona Centennial, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Central Division
Colony at Charter Oak, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Los Altos at Bonita, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete vs. Northview at San Dimas, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Sierra Canyon at Pomona, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Southeast Division
La Serna at Crescenta Valley, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Salesian at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Downey)
Northwest Division
Templeton at Arrowhead Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Arrowhead); Aram (AC)
Pasadena Poly at Nipomo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Nipomo)

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PrepXtra: Bishop Amat stuns JSerra, 24-17 to reach Pac-5 semifinals; Northview, Pomona, Los Altos, Bonita, Charter Oak all win

SCOREBOARD: Follow for updates of quarterfinal football games throughout the night


Charter Oak back in semis: Charter Oak High School’s football team found itself in the shootout most expected on Friday night against San Marino. And in the end, the Chargers were the ones who didn’t run out of ammo.
Zion Echols rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns as the Chargers withstood two rallies by host San Marino to post a 49-31 win and punch their ticket into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Central Division semifinals.

Bishop Amat stuns JSerra: Bishop Amat went with the hot hand in starting junior quarterback Ryder Ruiz in his fourth consecutive game even though Damian Garcia was available after getting a doctor’s clearance after a rib injury, and the move paid off big-time for the Lancers.Ruiz threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bishop Amat to a 24-17 upset over second-seeded JSerra to advance to the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinals for the first time since 1998.
Bishop Amat (9-3), ranked seventh in the state by MaxPreps, won its seventh consecutive game and will face Corona Centennial, a 27-24 winner over Mater Dei, in next week’s semifinal at Centennial.
“Whatever we decide, either (quarterback) is capable,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said about the decision to go with Ruiz over Garcia. “Damian had his moment and unfortunately got hurt and now Ryder’s living his moment.”mes and predictions.

Los Altos knocks out No. 2 Monrovia: Redemption or revenge, whatever you want to call it, it was sweet for Los Altos on Friday night.
The Conquerors avenged a last-second loss to Monrovia (10-2) earlier in the season with a resounding 45-35 victory, ending the Wildcats’ season and propelling themselves into the CIF-SS Central Division semifinals.
Los Altos (7-5) dominated the game on the ground, behind a great night in the young career of sophomore running back Tyler Nevens, who rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns.

Colony ends Glendora’s season: Colony High School head football coach Steve Randall might be hard to track down today. He may be on some riverboat, gambling. He showed that kind of swagger Friday night.
Facing a fourth-and-goal from the Glendora 14 in a tie game, Randall opted to go for the kill rather than a field goal. Quarterback Richard Johnsonn took the snap and appeared to pitch it to Ryan Kinard, the Titans’ leading rusher of the night.

Bonita gets its revenge: The Bonita High School football team is making good use of the only at-large bid handed out in the Central Division.
A week after, knocking off Sunkist League champion Kaiser, the Bearcats defeated Hacienda League co-champion West Covina 24-13 Friday night at Glenn Davis Stadium in the CIF-SS Central Division quarterfinals.

Pomona smacks champ San Dimas: The Red Devils lost their head coach on the eve of their playoff opener. The latest distraction was Friday’s bomb threat at Pomona High School. Neither has derailed the school’s football team, which rolled to its second blowout victory in as many playoff games with a 41-14 dismantling of defending CIF champion San Dimas on Friday.

Northview in semis for first time since 1987: It’s been 26 years since Northview last appeared in a CIF-Southern Section semifinal game.
It’s now official. Northview started slowly but turned on the offense in the second quarter and defeated host Montebello, 42-24, in a Mid Valley Division quarterfinal game.The Vikings, who defeated Montebello for the second time this season, won their seventh in a row and improved to 11-1. Montebello ended its season at 7-5.
The Vikings, who last won a CIF title in 1987, were led by running backs Alex Camacho and Elijah Grijalva with two touchdowns each.

Pac-5 Division
Bishop Amat 24, JSerra 17
Semifinals: Bishop Amat at Corona Centennial

Central Division
Colony 41, Glendora 27
Charter Oak 49, San Marino 31
Bonita 24, West Covina 13
Los Altos 45, Monrovia 35
Colony at Charter Oak
Los Altos at Bonita

Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete 63, Azusa 0
Northview 42, Montebello 24
Pomona 41, San Dimas 14
Sierra Canyon 33, Rosemead 12
Paraclete vs. Northview at San Dimas
Sierra Canyon at Pomona

Southeast Division
La Serna 38, St. Francis 35
Semifinals: La Serna at Crescenta Valley

Northwest Division
Arrowhead Christian 43, Maranatha 28
Pasadena Poly 20, Linfield Christian 11

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PrepXtra Postgame: Aram’s tune has changed since writing “Bishop Amat doesn’t belong in the Pac-5.” … SGV looking good with six teams in semifinals

Aram column in September: From 2006 to 2013, Bishop Amat has one playoff win and several thousand fans and coaches who think the Lancers still belong in the Pac-5 Division, SoCal’s elite playoff grouping.
Following last Friday’s loss to Crespi, the Lancers face an uphill battle just to make the postseason with tough Mission League games left against Serra, Chaminade and Alemany.
If the Lancers don’t make the postseason, it will mark the fourth time in the past nine years that Amat didn’t even go dancing. Considering Amat was in a four or five-team league for most of the past decade, that’s saying something.
Heck, in one of the years Amat did make the playoffs, the Lancers needed the stars to align and a coin flip in their favor on the final night of the season just to make the dance.
This year was supposed to be different. Amat has one of its most-talented teams in quite some time, with three players receiving college offers from some of the top college football programs on the West Coast.

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Football Notes: Glendora QB Matt Fink might play; Bishop Amat not revealing who starts at QB Friday; Bonita coach Adrian Medrano apologizes for mixing it up with fans


NOTEBOOK: St. Francis quarterback Jeremiah Martin is out for the season after breaking the collarbone on his non-throwing side in last Friday’s win over Mayfair in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs. Sophomore Miles Bryant is likely to start Friday’s quarterfinals game against La Serna.
Martin was hoping to put the finishing touches on a breakout season in which the first-year starter had thrown 29 touchdown passes and no interceptions in leading the Knights to an 11-0 record. He suffered the injury while scrambling toward the sideline on St. Francis’ first drive of the third quarter. The score at the time was 35-14, Knights.
“I feel terrible for Jeremiah,” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “It’s a storybook season that he’s had. He exceeded all expectations the coaches had for him.”
MATT FINK GAME-TIME DECISION: Glendora quarterback Matt Fink continues to receive treatment on his injured ankle and has an outside shot to play on Friday against Colony in the quarterfinals of the Central Division playoffs. Tartans coach Jerry Lewallen is considering his star quarterback at a game-time decision.
Fink injured himself in the first half of Glendora’s loss to South Hills two weeks ago. He missed last week’s win over Summit, but may have a chance of playing against Colony if his rehab continues to go well. If not, Ryan DeGuzman will start.

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Bishop Amat QB Damian Garcia says he’s cleared to play on twitter

Bishop Amat QB Damian Garcia posted on twitter that he’s been cleared for practice from his rib injury. With Ryder Ruiz playing well the past three weeks and with JSerra up next, Amat has big decisions to make. But either way, they’re in good hands.


Watch Bishop Amat’s next opponent, JSerra, in a thriller over Santa Margarita earlier in the year at Saddleback College.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Will Bonita get revenge on West Covina? Will Pomona smack San Dimas? Will Matt Fink play for Glendora? Can Bishop Amat beat power JSerra?

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 20-9; Season Total: 352-107)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 21-8; Season Total: 352-107)


Below: The question of the week is will Glendora QB Matt Fink return from his high ankle sprain to take on top-ranked Colony? Tartans

Last Week: My oh my, after 11 weeks and more than 400 predictions, Aram and I tied with three weeks go. We both missed last week taking La Puente over Montebello, Kaiser over Bonita, El Rancho over Burbank, La Mirada over Salesian and La Habra over Capistrano Valley. But I got Aram on four games taking Azusa over El Monte, Glendora over Summit, Crescenta Valley over Harvard Westlake and Pasadena Poly over Morro Bay. Aram got me on three, taking La Serna over Dominguez, Arrowhead over Cantwell and San Marino over Claremont.

wctitleThis week: This is one of the best local match-up weeks I can remember. Let’s start with Glendora, I’m hearing that QB Matt Fink is likely to play at Colony, so I’m going with Glendora. And if Fink is fit, they become my new favorite to win it all. I like Charter Oak in an easier than expected win at San Marino. I’m taking West Covina over Bonita in a rematch of West Covina’s 2011 title over the Bearcats, which to this day is still the best championship game I’ve been part of. The pictures tell it all. Will Bonita get its revenge? I don’t think so because Bonita has rarely put together two solid weeks in a row, and West Covina is just better. Monrovia flirted with disaster and will probably pour it on at Los Altos. Pomona is the Mid-Valley favorite in my opinion. Even if the administration stinks and they’re without their head coach on administrative leave, players win games bonitaloss so Pomona will beat San Dimas. Northview will win a tougher than expected game at Montebello, St. Francis will rout La Serna and undefeated Maranatha and Pasadena Poly will move a step closer to a highly anticipated championship in the Northwest. Azusa and Rosemead have no shot at Paraclete and Sierra Canyon, respectively. As for Bishop Amat, time to put on their big boy pants and show they’re capable of beating anyone in the Pac-5. But the question is, who starts on Friday at QB, Damian Garcia or Ryder Ruiz. Glad that’s not my choice to make. Either way, Amat advances.

CIF-SS High School Football Playoffs
Friday’s predictions
Pac-5 Division

Bishop Amat vs. JSerra at Saddleback College, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (JSerra)
Central Division
Glendora at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Colony)
Charter Oak at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
West Covina at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WestCo)
Monrovia at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Mid-Valley Division
Azusa vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
Northview at Montebello, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Pomona at San Dimas, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Rosemead vs. Sierra Canyon at Granada Hills HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SCanyon); Aram (SC)
Southeast Division
St. Francis vs. La Serna at CalHi, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Northwest Division
Maranatha at Arrowhead Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Natha)
Linfield Christian vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)

Highlights, interviews and crowd shot of Los Altos’ playoff victory over South Hills on Friday.

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Covina and Bishop Amat aiming for CIF-SS cross country team titles in Saturday’s finals at Mt. SAC

HubertAll Erik Starkey can tell people is that both of his Covina High School cross country teams are in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section finals.
How they got there?
“It’s hard to explain,” the longtime Colts coach said. “I do not have an explanation for what the kids are doing. Maybe they could explain it. They are highly motivated and I try to not screw it up by watching from the sidelines and pointing them to make the right decisions.”
The girls team is racing in the finals for the first time. The boys team is back in the finals for the first time since 1993.
“They have been highly motivated,” Starkey said. “It’s just been great all year and they have trained really well.”
Saturday’s meet at Mt. SAC starts at 7:45. Seventeen San Gabriel Valley area teams and 12 area individuals are vying for CIF-SS titles in five divisions and berths in next weekend’s CIF State meet at Fresno’s Woodward Park.
Both Covina teams have their work cut for them in trying to win a CIF-SS Division 4 title and earn a berth in the CIF State Division IV meet, which has never happened for either. Bishop Amat is the clear favorite to win both races. The Lancers are the top-ranked team in the state.
“For the boys we’ve been getting closer and closer every year and I felt this year we’d finally gotten there,” Starkey said. “For the girls, this is historic. They have never really been close.”

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Duarte girls volleyball hoping to ride momentum to a Division 4A championship Friday against Cate


What: CIF-SS Division 4A girls volleyball championship
Where: Cerritos College, 5 p.m.
Who: Duarte vs. Cate
Preview: Duarte High School has had to scramble in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A girls volleyball playoffs. Cate of Carpinteria has had a relatively easy time.
The top two seeds of the tournament enter Friday 5 p.m., championship match at Cerritos College on very divergent paths.
“I know we’re capable of beating Cate,” Duarte coach Irene Sunabe said.
The second seeded Falcons (26-8) rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Anaheim in five games in the quarterfinals and then rallied from two games down to defeat Desert in five games in the semifinals on Tuesday. Duarte also played a five-game Montview League match against Azusa, also a victory.
Cate has not even got to four games this season. The Rams (22-1) have won every one of their non-tournament matches without dropping a game. That is a 48-game run. Their lone loss was in the semifinals of their own tournament, 2-1, to Laguna Blanca.

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South Hills students give us the spoof, mocking PrepXtra Live …

You have to give these fellas at South Hills credit, from mocking Aram’s slow and deliberate walk to his seat to Steve Ramirez’s silence and my constant mentions of Bishop Amat, they had a lot of fun on our behalf and get an A+ for creativity. Great job boys, it’s just too bad South Hills’ season is over just like we predicted. The Prep Xtra spoof starts at the 8:00 minute mark on the video.

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Pomona football coach Aaron Jamieson on adminstrative leave over allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student

While Pomona prepares for its rematch at San Dimas in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinal, it will be without its head coach Aaron Jamieson, who was placed on administrative leave last week over allegations of inappropriate conduct with a student. Pomona, one of the favorites to win the division, easily beat McAuliffe 65-0 in the opening round of the playoffs. San Dimas beat Pomona 49-6 in last year’s Valle Vista league championship game, then went on to win the title. Pomona has wanted the rematch ever since …

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PrepXtra Postgame: Los Altos, Bonita, Glendora, Charter Oak all win and Bishop Amat advances to quarters for first time since 2009

SCOREBOARD: The scoreboard page provides scoring updates of tonight’s playoff games


Los Altos knocks out South Hills: Perhaps desperation brings out the best in the Los Altos High School football team. The Conquerors needed wins in the final two weeks of the regular season just to make the postseason and on Friday night they played like a team with a purpose to post a 28-10 win over South Hills at Walnut High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs.

Ryder Ruiz leads Bishop Amat: After a night like this, you can stop calling Bishop Amat’s Ryder Ruiz the back-up quarterback. Ruiz, starting his third straight game in place of injured Damian Garcia (sore ribs), completed 26 of 33 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns in leading Bishop Amat to a 47-18 victory over visiting Lakewood in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs.
Ruiz had one of the best opening quarters in school history, going a perfect 10 for 10 for 246 yards and three touchdowns to stake the Lancers to a 21-6 lead and they never looked back.

Bonita knocks off Kaiser: In the first 3:01 of Friday night’s game, Bonita had seven first downs and 14 points. The Bearcats posted 20 first downs in the first half and scored a 45-14 victory over third-seeded Kaiser in the first round of the CIF Central Division playoffs. “They are the exact opposite of what we are,” said Bonita coach Adrian Medrano. “They grind and they pound it. And if we wanted to get in that game with them, that would have been a problem for us. So we wanted to jump on them early so we could take them out of their game a little bit and force them to have long drives. They have some really good football players there. They had two big runs, and that’s what we didn’t want. We didn’t want them to have big plays. We wanted to force them to drive the field and jump on them early, to get them out of their game.”

San Dimas crushes Baldwin Park: Defending CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division champion San Dimas took its first step toward a second consecutive title with a convincing 59-20 victory over Baldwin Park on Friday night.
The Saints will face No. 3 Pomona next Friday at a site to be determined.
The Saints (8-3) jumped on top 14-0 before the Braves ever ran a play from scrimmage, and kept their foot on the gas pedal all the way to a running clock in the second half.

Rosemead INT helps beat Covina: Luis Luna’s interception with 34 seconds left put a halt to Covina’s bid to upset Rosemead in the first round of the CIF Mid-Valley Division playoffs Friday night and gave the Panters a 31-27 victory. Luna added 138 receiving yards as well.

High School roundup of other games: Read about Glendora’s win over Summit, Charter Oak’s blowout win over Colton, West Covina’s close call over Chaffey and Montebello’s win over La Puente.

CIF-SS Playoffs, First Round Results
Pac-5 Division
St. John Bosco 50, Long Beach Cabrillo 0
Norco 71, St. Bonaventure 70
Crespi 38, Santa Margarita 13
Long Beach Poly 34, Servite 33
Corona Centennial 68, Serra 64
Mater Dei 28, Westlake 7
Bishop Amat 47, Lakewood 18
JSerra 55, Corona Santiago 16
St. John Bosco at Norco
Long Beach Poly at Crespi
Corona Centennial at Mater Dei
Bishop Amat at JSerra

Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete 44, Bassett 0
Montebello 24, La Puente 17
Pomona 65, Christa McAuliffe 0
San Dimas 59, Baldwin Park 20
Rosemead 31, Covina 27
Sierra Canyon 43, Bell Gardens 14
Azusa at Paraclete
Northview at Montebello
Pomona at San Dimas
Rosemead at Sierra Canyon

Central Division
Colony 48, La Canada 0
Glendora 24, Summit 14
Charter Oak 49, Colton 0
San Marino 49, Claremont 28
Bonita 45, Kaiser 14
West Covina 18, Chaffey 15
Los Altos 28, South Hills 10
Monrovia 26, Don Lugo 20, OT
Glendora at Colony
Charter Oak at San Marino
West Covina at Bonita
Monrovia at Los Altos

Southeast Division
St. Francis 49, Mayfair 14
La Serna 24, Dominguez 21
Paramount 18, Norwalk 14
Crescenta Valley 42, Harvard-Westlake 14
Cathedral 36, Muir 22
Downey 51, California 20
Burbank 38, El Rancho 34
Salesian 24, La Mirada 18
St. Francis at La Serna
Crescenta Valley at Paramount
Downey at Cathedral
Burbank at Salesian

Southwest Divison
Capistrano Valley 44, La Habra 42

Northwest Division
Maranatha 47, Mission Prep 21
Arrowhead Christian 48, Cantwell Sacred-Heart 19
Pasadena Poly 7, Morro Bay 0

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Northview steps on the gas in second half for 49-21 victory over Brentwood; Azusa hangs on, beats El Monte 33-26


SCOREBOARD: The scoreboard page provides scoring updates of tonight’s playoff games

Thursday’s first-round games and predictions
Mid-Valley Division

Azusa 33, El Monte 26 -- Lions trailed big but scored three consecutive TDs in fourth to make it a game. But Aztecs recovered final onside kick and will likely face top-seed Paraclete next.

Northview 49, Brentwood 21
COVINA – There was nothing complicated about the Northview High School football team’s offensive game plan Thursday.
But Brentwood was still unable to stop it.

Elijah Grijalva rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns to lead Northview to a 49-21 victory over the Eagles in a CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division first round game at Charter Oak High School.
Alex Camacho rushed for 168 yards and two scores for the Vikings, who improved to 10-1. Northview, the division’s No. 4 seed, advanced to face either La Puente or Montebello, who play Friday, in next week’s quarterfinals. The Vikings last won a CIF-SS title in 1987.
Eli Stern accounted for 388 yards and three scores for Brentwood, which finished 8-3.
Northview’s Elijah Grijalva: “Our offensive coordinators had a plan coming into the game and that was to pound the ball. Our offensive linemen were helping us out. We were able to run the ball down their throat. I was just trying to do what I could do. I couldn’t do it without the offensive line. I just ran behind them and got all my yards.”
Northview coach Marcel Perez: “Our offensive line and switching our running backs wore them down in the second half. We made a couple nice plays on defense, and it was good night.”
– Stephen Ramirez

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Pomona football coach Aaron Jamieson placed on administrative leave prior to CIF Playoff game

Pomona High School has placed varsity football head coach Aaron Jamieson on administrative leave pending an investigation for an undisclosed reason, a source said late Thursday.
Jamieson will be replaced by interim head coach Robert “Keith” Richardsonn, who will lead the team when it hosts McAuliffe on Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Pomona is 6-4 and expected to make a deep run this postseason after being made the No. 3 overall seed in the Mid-Valley playoffs.

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Nogales water polo player pulled from pool during playoff match with Don Lugo, in critical condition

nogalesPhoto courtesy of Daniel Luna

A 16-year-old water polo player from Nogales High School in La Puente was airlifted to a hospital this evening after being found at the bottom of the pool.
Nogales was at Don Lugo High School for a water polo match when the incident occurred.
During a lull in the game, all the players vacated the pool and noticed that their teammate was missing. After they looked, they saw him at the bottom of the pool.
“We’re not sure how he got there, and we’re not sure what happened,” said Battalion Chief Scott Atkinson, spokesman for the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.

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Another great day as area athletes sign national letters of intent and take pictures at the Tribune

Sign day photo gallery

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Christmas came a bit early for several area athletes, who all signed their scholarship letters to their respective colleges on Wednesday.
National letter of intent day was a banner crop for locals, led by Damien High School boys basketball player Jeremy Hemsley, who signed with San Diego State. The list also features several of the area’s top baseball players, including San Dimas’ Peter Lambert (UCLA), South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez (Cal State Fullerton), Glendora’s Nick Kaye (Cal State Fullerton), Damien’s Jonathan Olsen (UCLA) and Isaiah Carranza (Oregon), Bonita’s Danny Gelalich (Brigham Young), Nogales’ Anthony Guardado (Long Beach State) and La Mirada’s Ethan Lopez (Hawaii).
Softball players signing include La Habra’s Amanda Akles (Eastern Michigan), Los Altos’ Celeste Wood (MIchigan State) and Berlynne Delamora (North Carolina), Bonita’s Chloe Melanson (Miami-Ohio) and South Hills’ Caitlyn Van Hemelryck (Southeastern Louisiana).
Hemsley has been the Tribune Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. He will join a San Diego State program that many feel might be the best program on the West Coast after advancing to the NCAA Tournament each of the past five seasons, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
“First, it was about the basketball,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team. The coaches do a very good job, and I think this is the place that can take be to the next level.
“I don’t follow a lot of the college teams. But I paid attention to San Diego State, because they were the first to show interest in me, and that meant a lot.”

Boys Basketball
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, San Diego State
Peter Lambert, San Dimas, UCLA
Gavin Velasquez, South Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak, Cal Poly Pomona
Danny Gelalich, Bonita, BYU
Austin Isenhart, Glendora, New Mexico
Jonathan Olsen, Damien, UCLA
Anthony Guardado, Nogales, Long Beach State
Isaiah Carranza, Damien, University of Oregon
Ethan Lopez, La Mirada, Hawaii
Sergio Robles, Bishop Amat, Cal State Bakersfield
Nick Kaye, Glendora, Cal State Fullerton
Ryan Beyer, Glendora, University of Pacific
Taylor Escobar, Whittier Christian, Grand Canyon University
Eryn Sustayta, Bishop Amat, Utah Valley
Celeste Wood, Los Altos, Michigan State
Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, Arkansas
Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, Washington
Berlynne Delamora, Los Altos, North Carolina
Chloe Melanson, Bonita, University of Miami, Ohio
Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas, Stony Book University, New York
Marissa Reyes, South Hills, Biola University
Niko Walker, St. Paul, Hawaii Pacific
Kalie Chavez, Charter Oak, Biola University
Caitlyn VanHemelryck, South Hills High School, Southeastern Louisiana University
Sasha Allen, South Hills, Northwest University (Kirkland, WA.)
Amanda Akles, La Habra, Eastern Michigan
Christine Pinela, Charter Oak, Azusa Pacific
Myranda Bueno, St. Paul, UNLV
Destiny Avena, St. Paul, CSU Monterrey Bay
Bailie Carroll, St. Lucy’s, Azusa Pacific
Savanna Corr, Chino Hills, Sacramento State
Natalia Bocanegra, South Hills, Howard College
Girls Soccer
Hanna Armendariz, Bishop Amat, Portland University
Girls Water Polo
Nichol Feldtz, St. Lucy’s, Sienna University
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, University of California
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, Cal State Bakersfield
Michael Wang, Rowland, UC Santa Barbara
Madi Witt, Flintridge Prep, USC
Aubree Rosa, Charter Oak, University of Kentucky
Isabella Tsark, Glendora, Seattle Pacific University
Girls Golf
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, UCLA
Patricia Wong, Walnut, Pepperdine
Boys Golf
Jordan Della Guistina, Damien, Bethany College
Nathan Clark, Damien, Cal Poly SLO




Below: Charter Oak signees, left to right, Kalie Chavez, softball, Biola University; Nick Hernandez, softball, Cal Poly Pomona; Christine Pinela, softball, Azusa Pacific; Devynn Stein, girls water polo, Cal State Bakersfield; Aubree Rosa, gymnastics, University of Kentucky

Below: Bonita’s Danny Gelalich signs with BYU for baseball and Chloe Melanson with Miami, Ohio for softball

Below: Los Altos’ Softball players Celeste Wood signed with Michigan State and Berlynne Delamora signed with North Carolina

Below: La Habra’s Amanda Akles signing with Eastern Michigan

Below: Whittier Christian softball catcher Taylor Escobar signed today to play at Grand Canyon University

Below: St Paul softball signees Niko Walker Hawaii Pacific; Myranda Bueno UNLV; Destiny Avena CSUMB
st. paul signees

The senior has averaged 19 and 22 points per game, respectively, the past two seaosns, including leading Damien to CIF-Southern Section 3AA title in 2012-13.
Lambert and Velasquez were two of the area’s top pitchers last season and will continue their careers at two of the top programs in the country.
Lambert, who was 11-2 with a 0.59 ERA in leading San Dimas to the Valle Vista League title, joins a UCLA program that has had its best success in recent years, including winning the College World Series in 2013.
“My decision was pretty easy,” Lambert said. “It goes back to last season. They were one of my only offers and UCLA has always been a dream school for me.”
Velasquez, who was 10-1 with a 0.67 ERA, is the latest area star to join Cal State Fullerton, which past standouts have included Justin Garza (Bonita), Wes Roemer (Glendora), Tyler and Brett Pill (Covina) and Sergio and Richy Pedroza (Northview).
“It’s a great baseball program and has my major that I want to major in,” Velasquez said. “Their coaching staff is great. They have great history, the College World Series .. just a great program overall.”
Lopez, an infielder who hit .333 with 19 RBIs for La Mirada, arrived at Hawaii after earlier de-committing from USC.
“I didn’t feel (USC) would be the right fit for me,” said. “I restarted the recruiting process. Hawaii came around and when I went out there, it felt like home.”
Wood was one the area’s top softball players after hitting .547 to go along with a 12-2 record in the circle. She has no qualms playing at Michigan State and away from home.
“I’m ready for the experience,” Wood said. “I’m ready to grow my own independence and be on my own.
“(Michigan State) is a beautiful camps and the coaches are very nice. I watched a couple of the practices and I just fell in love with what they do.”

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BREAKING NEWS: South Pasadena football team forced to forfeit game, playoffs over allegations of videotaping their opponents practice; Coach Marty Konrad DENIES involvement

Breaking: On Wednesday night the Rio Hondo League issued a statement defending its decision

BREAKING: Tuesday night we obtained this email that South Pasadena head coach Marty Konrad sent to parents of the Tigers football team explaining that he and his brother Nick did not film La Canada’s practice.


Above: South Pasadena players and cheerleaders celebrate Friday’s victory over La Canada believing they qualified for a playoff berth. They learned later that night the game would be forfeited.

STORY: Members of South Pasadena’s football team and its parents and supporters are still trying to sort out exactly why the school was forced to forfeit Friday’s 21-3 victory over rival La Canada in a game that determined an automatic playoff berth to this week’s CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs.

South Pasadena principal Janet Anderson sent an email to parents of the Tigers football team on Monday explaining that she received “evidence” that its football team had committed a violation of the CIF-SS Blue Book Rule 512 that prohibits teams from videotaping or taking still pictures of an opponents practice without consent of the participating school.

Anderson said she received a call from La Canada principal Ian Mcfeat on Thursday informing her of the alleged violation, but it is not clear if the allegation involves South Pasadena head coach Marty Konrad, one of his assistant coaches or Konrad’s brother Nick, who is not a member of the coaching staff.

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This is a bombshell for those paying huge “fundraiser” fees to play sports as Diamond Bar found out — is your child paying too much?

Is demanding money for high school sports legal: The California Department of Education has ordered Diamond Bar High to refund fees charged for athletic uniforms and football summer camp. Walnut Valley Unified has until Nov. 30 to provide a remedy.
The “fees” required by athletes are typically used as fundraisers for high schools all across the country, but as Diamond Bar and others are finding out, they’re not necessarily legal.
The state ruling noted that uniforms and equipment must be free under the Education Code. Are you paying too much for your children to play in high school sports. Email your stories to richard.irwin@langnews.com

This is a story in progress. If you are involved at a high school that is mandating that your child pay outrageous fees to play sports, tell Rich about it.

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Girls Volleyball playoffs: Azusa sweeps Bassett; St. Lucy’s ousted by El Toro; Bonita beats Los Altos

Azusa's Alex Hipolito (15) reacts after scoring against Bassett in the second game of a prep playoff volleyball match at Bassett High School in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Azusa won 25-4, 25-18, 25-22. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Azusa’s Alex Hipolito (15) reacts after scoring against Bassett in the second game of a prep playoff volleyball match at Bassett High School in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Azusa won 25-4, 25-18, 25-22. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

There’s usually a sense of the unknown during the CIF-Southern Section girls volleyball playoffs as teams know nothing or very little about their opponent.
The exception was Tuesday, and Azusa High School took full advantage.
Danielle Castillo had 12 kills and the visiting Aztecs beat former league foe Bassett, 25-4, 25-18 and 25-22, in a Division 4A first-round game.
Alex Hipolito also had seven kills for Azusa, which improved to 18-10 and will travel to top seed Cate in Thursday’s second round. Kassandra Aguilera had four kills for Bassett, which finished 10-6.
Azusa’s Destiny Tellez: “We knew how they used to play in the past. We kind of had an overview how they played in general, which helped.”
– Stephen Ramirez

Tuesday’s first-round results
Division 1AA

Los Alamitos def. La Salle 25-16, 25-16, 25-17
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy def. 25-9, 25-14, 25-14
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
El Toro def. St. Lucy’s 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22
Division 2AA
South Pasadena def. West Torrance 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
Pasadena Poly def. Paramount 25-16, 25-19, 25-18
Whittier Christian def. Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 25-19, 25-15, 25-21
No. 4 Brea def. Westridge 25-9, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22
No. 3 Laguna Beach def. Maranatha 25-18, 25-13, 25-9
Esperanza def. Monrovia 25-19, 25-19, 25-20
Mayfield def. Mission College Prep 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
La Canada def. Costa Mesa 25-9, 25-9, 25-11
Division 2A
La Habra def. Oak Hills 25-19, 25-19, 25-22
Palm Springs def. Walnut 25-12, 25-12, 25-10
Arcadia def. Apple Valley 25-14, 25-13, 25-14
Viewpoint def. Diamond Ranch 25-13, 22-25, 25-13, 25-15
Glendora def. Burroughs 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Bonita def. Los Altos 19-25, 24-26, 25-11, 25-18, 15-6
Division 3AA
No. 1 Sage Hill def. El Rancho 25-10, 25-14, 25-17
La Serna def. Norwalk 25-19, 25-12, 14-25, 23-25, 15-13
Elsinore def. Santa Fe 25-12, 25-10, 25-19
Santa Monica def. Pioneer 25-14, 25-19, 25-19
La Mirada def. El Segundo 25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
California defe. Crean Lutheran 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
Division 3A
Wilson def. El Monte 25-20, 25-10, 25-14
Santa Ynez def. Montebello 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20
Gabrielino def. Lompoc 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
San Gabriel def. Fairmont Prep 25-15, 25-10, 25-23
Bell Gardens def. South El Monte 25-13, 25-12, 25-11
San Dimas def. Morro Bay 25-19, 25-22, 27-25
Webb def. Covina 25-14, 25-10, 21-25, 25-21
No. 2 Templeton def. Rosemead 25-14, 25-9, 25-12
Division 4AA
No. 4 Garden Grove def. Pomona Catholic 25-20, 25-13, 25-15
St. Paul def. Colony 25-14, 25-15, 25-16
Division 4A
Azusa def. Bassett 25-4, 25-18, 25-22
Gladstone def. Ramona Convent 25-11, 21-25, 15-25, 32-30, 15-10
San Gabriel Mission def. Pomona 12-25, 25-12, 27-25, 25-19
Boron def. La Puente 25-21, 28-26, 14-25, 25-20
No. 2 Duarte, bye
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy def. Palm Valley 25-19, 27-25, 25-22
Division 5A
Einstein Academy def. Waverly 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 25-12
Immanuel Lutheran def. Southwestern Academy 25-7, 25-14, 25-10

Thursday’s second-round schedule
Division 1AA
Corona del Mar at Flintrdige Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Norco at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Whittier Christian, 7 p.m.
Cerritos Valley Christian at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Palm Springs at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Arcadia at Claremont, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Sierra Canyon, 7 p.m.
Windward at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Rim of the World at La Serna, 7 p.m.
JW North at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Quartz Hill at California, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at Saddleback, 7 p.m.
La Sierra at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
West Valley at San Gabriel, 7 p.m
San Dimas at Loma Linda Academy, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rolling Hills Prep at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
Azusa at Cate, 7 p.m.
Katella at Gladstone, 7 p.m.
San Gabriel Mission at Desert, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria at Desert, 7 p.m.
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy at Calvary Murrieta, 7 p.m.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Taking Los Altos over South Hills, expecting close wins for Glendora, Northview, Azusa, Rosemead and a blowout for Bishop Amat

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 36-4; Season Total: 332-98)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 37-3; Season Total: 331-99)

Last Week: After 10 weeks of picking games for the Star-News, Tribune and Whittier, Aram leads by just one game heading to the playoffs. We both had a spectacular Week 10. We missed three of the same games taking Glendora over South Hills, Duarte over Sierra Vista and Bonita over Claremont. However, I picked up a game taking Burbank over Burroughs.

This Week: There are some league champions in for first-round dogfights like Northview taking on 8-2 Brentwood, Pasadena Poly taking on Morro Bay and South Hills taking on Los Altos. We’ll start there. South Hills has all the momentum in the world, beating Glendora (without injured Matt Fink most of the game) for the Palomares title, but I think much of what they’ve done is fools gold. They deserve credit for drinking their bottle of get tough, but Cinderella goes home Friday against Los Altos. Mark it down. I also think Northview and Pasadena Poly will squeeze out tougher than expected wins. El Monte and Azusa have the potential for a shootout, I just think Azusa is a little better. I was ready to take Covina over Rosemead, but the Panthers are firing on all cylinders and will do enough to win. Glendora could be in big trouble against Summit, especially without Fink, who is a game-time decision. I’m going to give Glendora the benefit of the doubt because Summit has had a hard time scoring against quality defenses, but it won’t be easy at all. I’ve got Dominguez knocking off La Serna and Cathedral knocking off Muir. As for Bishop Amat, if they lose this you’ll never hear the end of it from Aram. Amat by 21.

Thursday’s first-round game
Mid-Valley Division

El Monte vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (EM)
Brentwood vs. Northview at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N)
Friday’s first-round games
Pac-5 Division

Lakewood at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Mid-Valley Division
Bassett at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
La Puente at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Christa McAuliffe at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Covina at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Bell Gardens at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
Central Division
La Canada at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (Col)
Summit vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Sum)
Colton at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (SM)
Bonita at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Aram (Kaiser)
Chaffey at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Los Altos vs. South Hills at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Don Lugo at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Southeast Division
Mayfair at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Dominguez at La Serna, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (LS)
Harvard-Westlake at Crescenta Valley, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (HW)
Muir at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
California at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (Dow)
Burbank at El Rancho, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Salesian at La Mirada, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Southwest Divison
Capistrano Valley at La Habra, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Northwest Division
Mission Prep at Maranatha, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred-Heart, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Arrowhead)
Rio Hondo Prep at Big Bear, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Big Bear); Aram (BB)
Morro Bay vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (MB)

Why do we make predictions, so we can called out like this … Congrats South Hills, great video and fans

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CIF-SS Football pairings: Bishop Amat home vs. Lakewood; South Hills vs. Los Altos in Central; Pomona-San Dimas could meet in Mid-Valley second round

Playoff Pairings finally here: The local high school football teams who were fortunate to make the CIF-Southern Section playoffs were handed their postseason assignments on Sunday. And judging by the matchups, it could be another banner year for the area.
High expectations abound across a myriad of divisions and things will get under beginning Thursday and Friday. For Bishop Amat, the area’s consensus top team playing in Southern California’s top division, the good news came in the form of a first-round home game on Friday against Lakewood.
The Lancers finished in a three-way tie for the Mission League championship, but were made the league’s No. 2 entrant after tie-breaking coin flips. Amat enters the game at 7-3 and riding a five-game win streak. Lakewood is 6-4 and finished second in the Moore League.


Pac-5 Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 1 St. John Bosco
St. Bonaventure at Norco
Santa Margarita at Crespi
Servite at No. 4 Long Beach Poly
Bottom Bracket
Serra at No. 3 Corona Centennnial
Mater Dei at Westlake
Lakewood at Bishop Amat
Corona Santiago at No. 2 JSerra



Mid-Valley Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

Bassett at No. 1 Paraclete
El Monte at Azusa
La Puente at Montebello
Brentwood at No. 4 Northview
Bottom Bracket
Christa McAuliffe at No. 3 Pomona
Baldwin Park at San Dimas
Covina at Rosemead
Bell Gardens at No. 2 Sierra Canyon



Central Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

La Canada at No. 1 Colony
Summit at Glendora
Colton at Charter Oak
Claremont at No. 4 San Marino
Bottom Bracket
Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser
Chaffey at West Covina
Los Altos at South Hills
Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.

central division

Southeast Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

Mayfair at No. 1 St. Francis
Dominguez at La Serna
Paramount at Norwalk
Harvard-Westlake at No. 4 Crescenta Valley
Bottom Bracket
Muir at No. 3 Cathedral
California at Downey
Burbank at El Rancho
Salesian at La Mirada

southeast division

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Bishop Amat clinches share of Mission title with 38-24 win over Notre Dame; Bonita loses game and coin flip to Claremont, 28-21 in OT; PrepXtra Live to follow at 11

SCOREBOARD: Click link for quarter updates of Friday night football games


Bishop Amat clinches share of title: There were several scenarios that could have played out for the Bishop Amat High School on Friday night. The Lancers took the easy path — win. Ryder Ruiz threw for 398 yards and three scores and Torreahno Sweet rushed for 132 yards and two scores as Bishop Amat clinched a share of the Mission League title with a 38-24 victory over host Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.
Pomona dominant in league clincher: Pomona scored on all eight possessions in the first half and coasted to its first league title in more than 10 years with a 77-7 victory over Bassett on Friday night. The Red Devils (6-4, 4-0), ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley poll, dominated the Miramonte League, outscoring league foes 267-21 on their way to the title. The Olympians (5-5, 2-2) dropped to third place in the league and will have to wait until Sunday to find out if they will get an at-large berth for the playoffs, which begin next week.
Damien eliminated from playoffs: Rancho Cucamonga earned the final playoff spot from the Baseline League in a 51-21 win over Damien on Friday at Los Osos High School. The Cougars (6-4, 3-2) make the playoffs for the seventh straight year under head coach Nick Baiz. The Spartans (4-6, 1-4) end their season with a losing record for the third straight year. “Our league’s tough,” Baiz said. “Third place wasn’t what we were hoping for, but we’ll take it and move on to the playoffs.”

Friday’s results
Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga 51, Damien 21 – Another tough year for second year coach Mark Parades, Spartans eliinated.

Mission League
Bishop Amat 38, Notre Dame 24 – Amat finishes in a three-way tie for first and will head to the Pac-5 playoffs as No. 2 league entry following coin flips. 50-50 chance at home game in first round.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 34, South El Monte 22 — Knights do their part now and have to sit and wait until Sunday to find out if they get an at-large playoff berth.
El Monte 40, Gabrielino 23 – With only two guaranteed playoff spots from the MVL, El Monte grabbed No. 2 with the win.
Rosemead 45, Mountain View 8 — Panthers go undefeated in MVL

Miramonte League
Pomona 77, Bassett 7 — Red Devils win Miramonte and many will consider Devils Mid-Valley favorites.

Montview League
Sierra Vista 41, Duarte 40 – Dons have to hope for one of four at-large berths in
Azusa 26, Gladstone 21 – Aztecs avoided a share of league title with come-from-behind win.
Baldwin Park 61, Workman 7 — Braves clinch second in the Valle Vista

Palomares League
Ayala 48, Diamond Bar 13 — Bulldogs win impressively but in three-way coin flip for third playoff spot they lose out, technically finishing fifth.
Claremont 28, Bonita 21, OT — Claremont won the game, then won a three-way coin flip 30 minutes later to claim third spot in Palomares. Bonita finishes fourth and gets first at-large possibility from Palomares.

Valle Vista League
Covina 42, Nogales 7 – Colts clinch third in VVL and could be dangerous in postseason.
Northview 38, Rowland 0 –Vikings go undefeated in Valle Vista and could get Mid-Valley top four seed

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South Hills UnderDawgs shock Glendora 14-13 without injured Tartans QB Matt Fink; Charter Oak, West Covina, Los Altos win to make playoffs

SCOREBOARD: Click link for quarter updates of Thursday night football games

South Hills stuns Central No. 1 Glendora: From impossible dream to Palomares League champions. Left for dead after a poor nonleague showing, the last place many expected the South Hills High School football team to be when the clock struck zero on the regular season was atop the Palomares League standings. But that exactly where the Huskies are after a 14-13 win over Glendora on Thursday night at Citrus College.

West Covina earns share of Hacienda: No prep football league came down to the final week as tight as the Hacienda League. There was the possibility of a five-way tie for first place, a three-way tie for second or third. But when the dust had cleared and the three games had been completed Thursday night, it wasn’t all that complicated after all. West Covina (7-3, 4-1) took care of its end of the equation by beating Diamond Ranch 21-17. It finishes in a tie with Charter Oak (6-4, 4-1) but lost the head-to-head with the Chargers last week, so the Bulldogs will be the second seed out of the league.
Charter Oak claims Hacienda No. 1: One champion, instead of five, sounded much better to the Covina Charter Oak High School football team. The Chargers made sure they were the one with an emphatic 56-21 win over Chino Thursday night, avoiding a scenario that could have created a five-way tie atop the Hacienda League. Quarterback Kam Brown, who was 16 of 21 passing for 329 yards and three touchdowns, led Charter Oak (6-4, 4-1) to points on five of its first six drives to build a 27-7 first-half lead. Thanks to a 33-21 win on Halloween over a West Covina team that entered Thursday night tied for first place – Charter Oak’s lone league loss was to Hacienda Heights Los Altos – the Chargers controlled their own destiny.
Los Altos earns playoff berth: Los Altos High’s football team scored 54 consecutive points to claim a 60-21 victory over Walnut and take third place in the Hacienda League. Thanks to victories by West Covina and Charter Oak, Los Altos clinched a playoff spot. Walnut (2-7, 0-5) had an early 14-6 lead, but the Conquerors (5-5, 3-2) exploded offensively with each of their last seven drives resulting in a touchdown. During that stretch, the Los Altos defense stopped Walnut for a three-and-out on six consecutive drives that went for a total of negative 19 yards. “It was one of those games where our backs were against the wall,” Los Altos head coach Dave Ziola said. “We had to win to reach the playoffs and even then we needed some help. The guys stepped up tonight on senior night, so you can’t ask for much more.”

Thursday’s results
Hacienda League
Charter Oak 56, Chino 21 — Just like old times, Charter Oak wraps up Hacienda league No. 1 playoff entry with blowout win.
Los Altos 60, Walnut 21 — With Charter Oak and West Covina eliminating Chino and Diamond Ranch respectively, Los Altos takes sole possession of third and final playoff spot with win.
West Covina 21, Diamond Ranch 17 — West Covina had to hold up late, ties Charter Oak for Hacienda league title but will go to the playoffs as league’s No. 2
Miramonte League
La Puente 41, Ganesha 14 – Wins guarantees La Puente second in Miramonte.
Palomares League
South Hills 14, Glendora 13 – Huskies catch a break with Glendora QB Matt Fink going down with ankle sprain in first quarter, but still an incredible turnaround to become league champs.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 56, Wilson 0 — Saints will head to the playoffs as the second place team from the Valle Vista

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Bishop Amat, Crespi and Alemany will likely not get an at-large finishing fourth in the Serra; the Trinity could get both at-large berths

amatfansA story in the L.A. Times Tuesday grabbed the attention of those competing to get in the Pac-5 playoffs by suggesting that Servite is very much alive to earn a playoff spot in the Pac-5 playoffs even if it finishes fifth with a 4-6 overall record in the Trinity League.
Say what?
Serra, Alemany, Bishop Amat and Crespi are battling it out Friday for the top three guaranteed playoff spots in the Mission, but finishing fourth in the Mission after tiebreakers could be disastrous because that would leave the fourth-place team hoping for one of the two at-large berths in the Pac-5. The top three teams in the Trinity League, arguably the toughest league in the country, are guaranteed playoff spots and the fourth place team, Santa Margarita at the moment, is likely to remain fourth and get one of the at-large berths.
Servite, which will likely lose to St. John Bosco and finish fifth in the Trinity with a 4-6 record could still get in because based on the head-to-head formula that CIF uses to determine tiebreakers for at-large berth considerations, Servite would likely advance over any fourth place Mission team, even if was 7-2 Crespi or 6-4 Bishop Amat because of the points criteria CIF uses to determine tiebreakers.
Basically, because Servite’s opponents have a better win-loss record and because the Trinity will be rated the toughest league, those point totals should be enough to get Servite in over any fourth-place Mission league team.

But here is where it gets dicey. In an email exchange with CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons I asked as the LA Times suggested, if a fifth-place team can advance over a fourth place team?

Simmons, a great guy always willing to help out, gave two hypotheticals as examples. (To continue click thread)

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2-Minute Drill: South Hills-Glendora and Bishop Amat-Notre Dame

Bishop Amat update on Damian Garcia: The waiting game is on for the Bishop Amat High School football team and starting quarterback Damian Garcia.
The Lancers won’t know until Thursday, according to head coach Steve Hagerty, whether Garcia will be able to return on Friday from a rib injury that caused him to miss last Friday’s win over Loyola. Regardless, Hagerty said that junior Ryder Ruiz will play on Friday night against Notre Dame.

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