About Fred Robledo

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

South Hills teachers avoid sex charges, face misdemeanor charges instead

Not enough evidence: “We investigated the sexual charges and we can’t prove those charges beyond a beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokesperson for the Orange County DA’s office.
And this: The district spokesperson said on Wednesday that it has already started the process of firing Ghirelli and Lippert, as well as three other employees accused of violating district policies.

STORY: The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.”>The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.
The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.

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Former Glendora and Damien football coach Mark Pasquarella goes to Alta Loma

PASKYSTORY: Another of the vacant prep football positions has been filled as Mark Pasquarella has been selected to head the Alta Loma High School program. His appointment was finalized at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Pasquarella, 53, is no stranger to the local landscape. He has two daughters who attend Alta Loma and lives nearby, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
“The move just really made sense,” Pasquarella said. “I love what the school has to offer academically and athletically, and I’m from right here. This will be the first time I’ll be coaching where I actually live.”
Pasquarella’s last coaching job was at Glendora, a program he headed from 2003 to 2010. That tenure was highlighted by three straight Sierra League championships from 2007 to 2009. His record there was a stellar 55-33.

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Video, bio’s and pictures on National Signing Day in the San Gabriel Valley


NATIONAL SIGNING LIVE CHAT UPDATES: As players sign for USC, UCLA and as area players signing their letters, follow the Tribune page for immediate updates.


FOOTBALL STORY: Signing Day surprises usually don’t make their way to these parts, but there were two big ones Wednesday as local high school football players made their college destinations known.
The first came from Glendora offensive tackle Ben Northup, who was a Hawaii commit all the way into Wednesday morning before switching to Fresno State. The second was from Muir wide receiver/defensive back Taeon Mason, who switched from Washington State to San Jose State late Tuesday. Mason was also at one time a USC commit.
For both players, a late-stage recruiting visit last weekend was enough to sway them.

STORY ON OTHERS: Michaela Cappello has watched her fellow seniors mull over and worry about college applications and transcripts of late.
The Arcadia High senior, like 15 other San Gabriel Valley-area soccer players, has not had that worry in months. The players had made their collegiate decisions, for the most part, months ago. So Wednesday was a day of relief and relaxation as each officially committed to four-year programs.
“I see them struggle with it,” Cappello said of her classmates on choosing and waiting for schools. “I know I’ve been free with it. I loved the opportunity and signing feels so good.”
Football took center stage on Wednesday’s signing day, but athletes in soccer and boys water polo were able to officially make their decisions final, too.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know it’s official,” said Los Altos soccer player Sabrina Delgado, who signed with Division I Cal State Bakersfield. “It was the next step. The final step and a big weight off my shoulders.”

Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina, (Boise State, signed)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, (Harvard, signed)
Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (San Jose State, signed)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Fresno State, signed)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming, signed)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St., signed)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech, signed)
Blake Cusick, K, Monrovia (Fresno State, preferred walk-on)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA signed)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St., signed)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard, signed)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (University of Montana, signed)
Alex Camacho, WR/DB, Northview (Azusa Pacific, signed)
Jaron Reed, DE, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene, signed)
Jayson Miller, WR/DB, Baldwin Park (Idaho State, signed)
Ryan Oak, DE, Damien (University of San Diego)
Evan Rambo, WR, La Salle (California, signed)
Isiah Spencer-Lopez, WR, La Salle (Sacramento State, signed)
Hunter Smith, Damien, (University of San Diego, signed)
Summer Rodriguez, Diamond Bar, Holy Names University
Jaclyn Arballo, Bonita, Holy Names University
Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Cal State Bakersfield
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, United States Military Academy, Westpoint
George Millard, Los Altos, Air Force Academy
Austin Bishop, Glendora (Biola)

Below: Photo of Duarte’s Angel Villanueva signing with Montana.

Below: Damien’s Ryan Oak and Hunter Smith sign letters of intent to play at the University of San Diego

Below: Bishop Amat wrestler Nigel Ruiz (United States Military Academy, West Point) and linebacker Anthony Camargo (Harvard) in sign ceremony.

Below: St. Francis; Drew Nixon (University of San Diego), Mason Williams (University of Penn), and John Carroll (San Diego State University) signing at the school.

Below: Los Altos’ Sabrina Delgado signs soccer scholarship with Cal State Bakersfield

Below: Los Altos George Millard sign with Air Force Academy to play water polo





AntonioHullSIGNING PREVIEW: The decision was easy for Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull. The road getting there was not.
Hull, like a select group of other local football standouts, will partake in national signing day festivities for football recruits on Wednesday. He will sign with Wyoming marking the end of a long and tumultuous journey to reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“There were some days when I felt like it was over and I was going to have to take the JC (junior college route),” Hull said. “And then there were some days where I knew I was going to make it. I had a good supporting cast around me to bring my spirit up and keep me going forward into the next day.”
Hull lost all but one game of his junior season after being declared ineligible by CIF for what was ruled to be a athletically motivated transfer from West Covina, where Hull played the first two years of his prep career, to Diamond Bar.

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Etiwanda boys basketball snaps Damien’s 12-game win steak with 86-69 victory

damienlossEtiwanda handed Damien it’s first loss in the Baseline league with a 86-69 victory on Tuesday at Damien, snapping the Damien’s 12-game win streak and avenging a 60-58 loss to the Spartans in the first round. Damien (20-3, 6-1) leads Etiwanda (17-6, 5-2) by a game with mighty Chino Hills (11-10, 4-3) visiting the Spartans on Friday.

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High School Basketball Rankings: Damien boys and South Hills girls easy No. 1 choices


Area boys teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: Open Div. watchlist (Damien); 1AA (8. Walnut); 2AA (2. Glendora); 3AA (1. Damien, 4. Bonita, 5. Los Altos, 8. Diamond Ranch); 3A (8. Bishop Amat)
Fred’s thoughts: You gotta love 3AA because the top three teams Damien, Sonora and Gahr all on the open division watchlist with Bonita and Los Altos next. Are you following? If CIF takes those three, we could have a Bonita and Los Altos as possible top two seeds. Love it or hate it?

Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (20-2) - No. 7 state ranking and Baseline title on the line with Etiwanda Tuesday and Chino Hills on Friday, both at home.
2. Glendora (21-3) — Loss to Bonita 59-56 ends chances of undefeated run in Palomres.
3. Bonita (17-5) — Great win over Glendora and can still finish second in Palomres with wins down the stretch.
4. Walnut (19-5) - With win over Los Altos the Mustangs are perfect 6-0 in the Hacienda with Diamond Ranch next.
5. Bishop Amat (17-5) — Lost both big games in Del Rey to Bell-Jeff, but both were competitive.
6. Los Altos (16-5) — Loss to Walnut drops it to third in Hacienda.
7. Diamond Ranch (14-7) – Can move into a tie for first in the Hacienda with win over Walnut on Wednesday.
8. Wilson (17-5) – Takes on Rowland on Wednesday with chance to move into a first-place tie with Raiders.
9. Diamond Bar (13-11) – Fourth in extremely difficult Palomares. Should be tested for the playoffs.
10. Rowland (15-6) - Leads the Valle Vista by one games with big games against Wilson and Covina still to play.

Area girls teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: 3AA (7. South Hills), 3A (10. Covina); 4AA (9. Duarte).
Fred’s thoughts: This could be the first time that the Tribune girls basketball teams are all eliminated by the first round. If anything, with Bonita and Bishop Amat fading out of the picture, the playoffs should go fast for the ladies.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Huskies get Ayala on Wednesday with chance to move into first-place tie with Bulldogs.
2. Walnut (12-6) – A firm second in Hacienda behind league leading Chino.
3. Duarte (13-7) – Stepped away from league and loss 49-45 to Brentwood.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Has played well this season but sits third in Hacienda.
5. Covina (15-8) – Colts a perfect 6-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Best overall record in the Valley.
7. Los Altos (13-8) – Tough week of back-to-back losses.
8. Bonita (11-13) — Still 3-3 in Palomares despite sloppy overall record.
9. Diamond Bar (10-12) – Should still make the playoffs with a 3-4 record in Palomares.
10. Rowland (12-7) – Solid second in Valle Vista which is a huge improvement over a year ago.

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High School Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat boys and girls are Trib No. 1s; Duarte girls impressive


Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (9-0-4) - Biggest surprise of the year with a 1-0 win oved Salesian and earlier 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to remain unbeaten.
2. Damien (14-3-2) – Back on top on the Baseline at 6-1.
3. La Puente (12-0-3) – Still undefeated with a rematch against Ganesha on Friday.
4. Sierra Vista (13-2-3) – Leads Montview with home game vs. Baldwin Park on Tuesday.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-2) — Falls out of first in the Palomares after 2-0 loss to Claremont.
6. El Monte (10-6-2) — Lions get big 2-1 win over Mountain View to remain in first in MVL.
7. Ganesha (12-4-3) – Drops to third with another loss in the Miramonte.
8. Walnut (10-6) – Drops to second in Hacienda with 1-0 loss to Los Altos.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-5-3) — It replaces Charter Oak with two wins while the Chargers lost two last week.
10. Mountain View (9-6-3) — Falls to second in MVL after El Monte loss.

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-6) – On amazing run with 12 straight wins and nine straight shutouts.
2. South Hills (12-4) — A game back of Ayala with game at Ayala on Wednesday.
3. Diamond Ranch (9-5-4) – The 3-1 loss to Charter Oak almost eliminates possibility of winning Hacienda.
4. Glendora (7-8-5) — After strong start in Palomares, Tartans struggling to make the playoffs.
5. Duarte (9-4-1) – Falcons with shocker of the week, a 3-2 win over Sierra Vista and 4-0 win over Baldwin Park to move into a tie for first place.
6. Sierra Vista (14-4-1) – Nobody saw its 1-0 loss to Duarte coming except Duarte.
7. St. Lucy’s (6-6-8) — Even though its last in Baseline, Regents still a top ten in this group of ten.
8. Los Altos (8-8-1) — After slow start Conqs in position to make the playoffs with big wins down the stretch.
9. Diamond Bar (9-8-2) — Shocked the Brahmas still haven’t won a Palomares league game.
10. Baldwin Park (10-2-1) — 4-0 loss to Duarte all but eliminates it from a shot at Montview title.



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Saturday’s Shootout Scores: Damien, Glendora, Rowland, Diamond Bar, Walnut win

Damien-Cantwell photo gallery

jhemSaturday’s SoCal Shootout Results
At Azusa Pacific University

Rowland 55, Flintridge Prep 46
Walnut 73, Villa Park 60
Diamond Bar 77, Mission Viejo 39
Corona Santiago 61, Colony 49
Glendora 74, Los Osos 52
MLK 51, Los Altos 46
Etiwanda 63, Gahr 62
Damien 63, Cantwell 49
La Canada 57, Claremont 56

By Stephen Ramirez
AZUSA – Who is the best high school boys basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers coverage area?
For one night, the mythical crown goes to Damien.
Senior Jeremy Hemsley scored 27 points and Bryce Peters had 17 as the Spartans, ranked No. 1 by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, beat Whittier Daily News No. 1 Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, 63-49, in a Southern California Shootout game at Azusa Pacific.
Damien, also getting eight points from Malik Fitts, improved to 20-2. Gligorije Rakocevic had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who slipped to 12-10.
“It means a lot to win this game,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team, so this was a game we needed to play well in. We needed to just get back to our old ways, because we hadn’t played well this past week. This is a big win for us.”
The key moments for Damien, which made 19 of 47 shots, came at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. The Spartans, getting 11 points from Hemsley and nine from Peters, closed the half with a 17-8 surge to lead 29-20.
Damien then opened the third quarter with a 9-5 spurt to go up 38-25 at 4:28 following a Hemsley putback and a 3-pointer by Fitts.
“We knew we could put them away in the second half,” Hemsley said. “I think we did a good job of keeping the lead and playing together as a unit.”
Cantwell, getting consecutive baskets from Luka Radovic and Rakocevic, closed to within 48-42 with 3:40 left. But Damien countered with 3-point plays by Peters and Hemsley and a 3-pointer by Micah Robinson for a for a 58-47 cushion with 1:17 left.
“We played hard,” Cantwell coach George Zedan said. “We had some guys we were counting on who didn’t play well. It was a little frustrating with that. But they are a good team, ranked No. 8 in the state.
“When you have opportunities to score and you don’t make them, this is what happens against good teams. It was a tough matchup for us.”

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Walnut boys basketball gets huge 60-45 win over Los Altos to take ownership of the Heights

How Walnut did it: After suffering a defeat to Los Altos in the final of the Covina Tournament last month, the Walnut High School boys basketball team exacted some revenge on the Conquerors with an impressive 60-45 road victory in their first meeting in Hacienda League action Wednesday night.
The Mustangs, who were undefeated in league last year, won their fifth consecutive game to start league play this season with the help of a double-double from starting center Ryan Herrera. The 6-foot-7 senior had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, shutting down Los Altos’ pair of post players that gave Walnut (17-5. 5-0) so much trouble in the previous meeting.
“Ryan was big for us tonight,” Walnut coach Joe Khouzan said. “He was much more disciplined and held down the bottom for us. As a team, we took care of the ball a lot better this time around. We had a lot of turnovers last time, but we made some adjustments to handle their press and the team responded well to the in-game adjustments.”

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Brandon Arconado’s goal lifts Bishop Amat to a huge 1-0 boys soccer win over Salesian

By John M. Sherrard
–The Bishop Amat High School boys’ soccer team may not be on anyone’s radar outside of the San Gabriel Valley. Not anymore.
The undefeated Lancers, who aren’t in anyone’s top ten outside of The Tribune, including the poll that counts the most – the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 – might just creep into the conversation after a huge 1-0 Del Rey League victory over host Salesian of Los Angeles Wednesday night.
With the victory the Lancers and Cathedral are atop the league with identical records. Amat tied division 3 top-ranked Cathedral in its first league game, 4-4.
Cathedral is ranked second and Salesian fifth in Top Drawer Soccer.com’s Southern California rankings, which is a gauge of all of Southern California high school soccer.
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East hoping to win eighth straight SGV All-Star football game Friday

What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star senior football game
Where: West Covina High School
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Photo: La Mirada QB Christian Lara will compete for the East in Friday’s San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame all-star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

East Notebook: The size advantage typically enjoyed by the East team in the annual SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors is alive and well. Only this year it extends beyond the offensive and defensive lines.
Sure, the West is better equipped this year to handle the East’s physicality at the line of scrimmage, but what about on the outside where matching up to specimens like Etiwanda tight end Michael Neal could be a major problem?
“He’s going to probably give the West squad a little bit of difficulty,” East head coach Steve Randall of Colony High said. “He’s something else. At Colony, we don’t really impress that many people with our size, but I’m impressed by the overall speed and size on this team.”
Kickoff for the 36th renewal of the local rivalry between East and West is 7:30 p.m., on Friday night at West Covina High.

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Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had his moment against Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley, AKA, the best player in the SGV for three years

Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley may go down as one of the San Gabriel’s Valley’s all-time best, right there with Tracy Murray, Casey Jacobsen, Cameron Murray, Keith Van Horn, Grant Jerrett, etc., as the Valley’s all-time greats. But on this night in the Northview basketball tournament in December, Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had a crossover and bucket that he can talk about forever … Enjoy it, because that will probably never happen again to No. 42.

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Damien rallies from 13 down in the fourth to beat Rancho Cucamonga, 76-72 to stay perfect in Baseline

Damien, trailing 62-49 entering the fourth, scored the final quarter’s first 12 points and kept it going to pull out a 76-72 victory over Rancho Cucamonga to improve to 18-2 and 5-0 in the Baseline. All-everything Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 28 points, including 16 in the decisive fourth quarter. Malik “Will Give You” Fitts added 25 and Justin Hemsley had 10 boards for the Spartans, who have beaten Etiwanda, Chino Hills and now Rancho Cucamonga during its impressive 10-game win streak.

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Sizing up Friday’s SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Football game at West Covina HS

What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star Football game
Where: West Covina HS
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Above: Los Altos’ David Jimenez (C) (90) along with David Tolmachoff (C) (77) will compete for the West in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

HALL OF FAME NOTEBOOK: In years past, the West team’s achilles’ heel in the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors has been an inability to stack up in the trenches.
That’s probably not going to be much of an issue this season. Thanks to a tweak in the borders that determine the talent pools, the West should be just fine at the line of scrimmage on Friday night at West Covina High. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve heard there’s not as big of a difference as there has been,” West coach Steve Bogan of Maranatha said. “It would be nice to have another couple of linemen, but we’re good. We have some good-sized guys out there.”
Thanks to linemen like West Covina’s Eric Quevedo, who will play next season at Boise St., Los Altos’ David Tolmachoff and Bishop Amat’s Andrew Lopez, who under previous guidelines would have been on the East roster, the West’s skill players may thrive a bit more than local fans are used to seeing.

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Basketball Rankings: Damien boys ranked seventh in the state; South Hills girls still lead area

Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (17-2) - With a win over Etiwanda and blowout at Chino Hills the Spartans are now ranked seventh in the state by MaxPreps.
2. Glendora (19-2) — Brandon Brothers and AJ Bigornia are too much for the rest of the Palomares.
3. Walnut (16-5) - Undefeated in Hacienda and will try to avenge non-league loss at Los Altos Wednesday.
4. Los Altos (15-4) — Came back to earth in loss to Diamond Ranch. But the big one is Wednesday at home against Walnut.
5. Bishop Amat (16-4) — Cruising along and gets a quick rematch with Bell Jeff on Friday at home.
6. Bonita (15-5) — Losses in league to Glendora, Ayala and Diamond Bar.
7. Diamond Ranch (12-7) – Back in the Hacienda mix with a win over Los Altos.
8. Wilson (16-4) – Gets big win over Rowland to move into three-way tie for first in VVL at 3-1 with Covina and Rowland.
9. Diamond Bar (11-10) – Back-to-back losses to league leaders Glendora and Ayala.
10. Covina (15-6) - Tied for first in Valle Vista at 3-1.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Best season in years with only league loss to strong Ayala squad.
2. Duarte (12-6) – 4-0 in the Montview and probably won’t be tested.
3. Walnut (11-6) – Crushed by Chino 61-40 to fall to second in Hacienda.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Back-to-back wins over Los Altos and Charter Oak.
5. Covina (13-8) – Undefeated at 4-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Has to wait until next week to rematch with Gabrielino, the only team to beat them in MVL.
7. Los Altos (13-6) – Tough loss to West Covina and now gets Walnut next.
8. Bonita (11-12) — Third in Palomares behind Ayala and South Hills.
9. Wilson (10-10) – Only Valle Vista league loss to Covina.
10. Bishop Amat (7-11) – Last place in Del Rey. If Amat misses the playoffs, it will be the first time in forever.

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Soccer Rankings: Diamond Bar boys and Bishop Amat girls lead the way

Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (13-3-2) — Wins over Glendora and Ayala with showdown at Claremont Friday for sole possession of first in Palomares.
2. Damien (12-3-2) – Spartans 4-0-1 in league with only setback surprising loss to Chino Hills.
3. La Puente (10-0-3) – Huge 3-1 with over Ganesha to take over first in Miramonte and remain unbeaten.
4. Bishop Amat (5-0-4) - Undefeated Lancers with big match at Salesian on Wednesday.
5. Sierra Vista (11-2-3) – Surprising 2-2 at Gladstone followed by 2-0 win over Workman.
6. Charter Oak (15-3-2) — Bonced back strong from only league loss to Diamond Ranch.
7. El Monte (9-5-2) — Surges ahead in MVL at 6-0-1 to take over sole possession of first.
8. Ganesha (12-3-3) – Despite loss to La Puente, only a half game back in Miramonte standings.
9. Mountain View (8-5-3) — Takes on El Monte Thursday for sole possession of first.
10. Walnut (9-5) – Tied for first with Charter Oak at 3-1 in Hacienda.

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (12-6) – Has won seven straight while only allowing one goal during that stretch.
2. South Hills (11-4) — Followed another tough overtime loss to Claremont with 1-0 win at Glendora.
3. Glendora (7-6-5) — Went 0-1-1 last week to drop to third in Palomares.
4. Sierra Vista (13-3-1) – Has 37 goals with just 14 against.
5. Diamond Ranch (8-4-4) – Big 1-0 win over Los Altos after dropping 5-0 decision to power Chino.
6. St. Lucy’s (6-6-6) — As good as the Regents were early, the Baseline is swallowing them up.
7. Diamond Bar (9-6-2) – Through five games it can’t get in win in the Palomares with 0-3-2 start.
8. Baldwin Park (9-1-1) — Only blemish is a loss to Sierra Vista.
9. Los Altos (7-8) — Tied for third with Charter Oak in Hacienda.
10. South El Monte (7-3-1) — Could be second best in MVL behind Gabrielino

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Covina boys basketball beats rival Northview 53-42 while Rowland beats San Dimas, 65-57

Covina-Northview photo gallery
The police needed to clear the area following Covina’s 53-42 boys basketball victory over rival Northview. The victory broke a four-way tie for first with Covina improving to 15-6 and 3-1 in the Valle Vista while Northview dropped to 8-13 and 2-2. Rowland stayed tied with Covina by defeating San Dimas 65-57 behind 24 points from Jesus Hernandez and 22 points and five assists from Derek Ohara. Rowland is now 13-6 and 3-1


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Wrapping up the sad week at South Hills following teacher/student sex scandals, Facebook rants, and choking allegations

South Hills teacher Sean Kane allegedly wrote in the Facebook post that the male students tied to the arrests of two female teachers should have kept their “stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”

Two South Hills female teachers and wrestling coach arrested in separate sex scandals: Deputies arrested two Covina Valley Unified School District teachers on Saturday on suspicion of having sexual relationships with students, officials said.
South Hills High School teacher Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, of Covina and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, who was working on special assignment at the district office, are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with male students during two separate trips to San Clemente State Beach late last year, according to Orange County sheriff’s and CVUSD officials.

South Hills choking allegations: The Covina-Valley Unified School District was sued today by a former student who alleges he was choked by a teacher and berated in front of other students.
Joseph Leyba Jr. filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the district and teacher Scott McDonald Stragier. Leyba, who has since graduated and is now an adult, alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
A district representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
The alleged choking occurred at South Hills High School in West Covina on March 14, 2014, the lawsuit states. The school is the same campus where Melody Lippert taught before she and CVUSD teacher Michelle Ghirelli were arrested over the weekend for allegedly having sex with students in Orange County.

facerantSouth Hills teacher on administrative leave after alleged Facebook rant: A South Hills High School art teacher has been put on paid leave while the Covina Valley Unified School District investigates a Facebook post where he allegedly condones teachers having sex with students, the district said Wednesday.
Sean Kane allegedly wrote in the Facebook post that the male students tied to the arrests of two female teachers should have kept their “stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”
A teacher in the district since 2001, Kane could face disciplinary action up to termination if the district determines he posted the message, according to district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden.
“The teacher has been removed from the classroom, he’s been placed on administrative leave as of this afternoon,” she said.

Husband/Wife at South Hills also placed on paid administrative leave: Covina Valley Unified School District placed a married couple on paid leave the same day as two female teachers accused of having sex with students at an Orange County beach party, according to the district.
Larry Anderson, a South Hills science teacher, and his wife Lisa Anderson, a teacher at Ben Lomond Elementary, have not been arrested, according to district spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden. She said she was advised by legal counsel to not provide the reason why the couple was placed on leave.
“I can’t disclose anything other than the fact that they’ve been placed on administrative leave as of Sunday,” she said.
Lisa Anderson, when reached at her home in Covina, slammed her door shut and yelled for a reporter to leave the property.

South Hills students stay positive with #HuskieUplift: The creator of the hashtag and the @HillsUplift account, who wanted to remain anonymous, evolved the idea from an English project about bullying prevention. He said he was not sharing who he was because he wanted the movement to have its own life.
“What our school really needs is unity, for everyone to stand together, that’s what I was driving towards,” he said. “With everything that has been going on, it’s what our school needs.”

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Friday’s Palomares boys/girls soccer results: Diamond Bar boys get big win

Palomares Soccer Results
Friday’s boys games

Glendora 5, South Hills 2
Claremont 2, Bonita 1
Diamond Bar 4, Ayala 2
Friday’s girls games
South Hills 1, Glendora 0
Claremont 1, Bonita 1, OT
Ayala 3, Diamond Bar 2

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Gabrielino owns Mission Valley with 74-29 boys basketball win over Rosemead

STORY: Grant Kirchhoff is not necessarily big for a center. He is 6-foot-2 and weighs about 170 pounds. On his best day.
But the junior is a big presence inside for Gabrielino High School. Errant balls seemingly have a knack of finding their way to him. He scored 17 points and had 13 rebounds in three quarters of play to help the Eagles to a 74-29 blowout of host Rosemead in a Mission Valley League basketball first-place showdown on Friday afternoon.

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Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule: Damien, Bishop Amat and Glendora all home

NEW TRIBUNE STATS PAGE: The Tribune, SGVN and MaxPreps have partnered to create a Tribune stats page that will include schedules, results, standings and leaderboards. You’ll want to bookmark and follow it. The Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News each have its own stats for its area teams. Of course, the more coaches that report the better and more complete the page, so encourage your coaches to report results to MaxPreps. The page includes football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball for the SGV. There are some kinks that need to be ironed out that you’ll notice immediately, but don’t panic, we’re working on it. You’ll love this page when completed. You can find it daily under stats on the Tribune homepage under hot topics. Stats is listed to the far right, along with several other cool links.


Note: Report scores and results to sports@sgvn.com, call to 626-544-0992 and tweet finals to @sgvnscores.
Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Baseline League

Los Osos at Damien, 6:30 p.m.
Camino Real League
Salesian at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 6:45 p.m.
Chino at Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 6:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Bassett at Pomona, 6:45 p.m.
Edgewood at Garey, 6:30 p.m.
Ganesha at La Puente, 6 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 4:45 p.m.
Arroyo at El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Mountain View at South El Monte, 4:45 p.m.
Montview League
Workman at Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 6:30 p.m.
Azusa at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Palomares League
South Hills at Glendora, 6:30 p.m.
Bonita at Claremont, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Ayala, 6:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Covina at Northview, 6:30 p.m.
Nogales at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.

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Extended boudaries should lead to super competitive SGV All-Star Football game next Friday at West Covina

With the rosters for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors now released, game organizer Mike Maggiore of West Covina High is claiming victory.
Maggiore isn’t about to pick a side, but his goal of leveling out the talent pool for both the East and West teams looks like a major win for a game that in recent years had become one-sided for the East.
“To me, it should be a pretty competitive game and that’s what we wanted,” said Maggiore, who changed the geographical guidelines that determine the East and West’s boundaries for this year’s game.
Instead of using the 605 Freeway as the divider in years past, the game now uses Azusa Avenue. Any schools west of Azusa Avenue. now constitute the West’s talent pool. Any schools east of Azusa Avenue are the East team’s talent pool. Sprinkle in some other areas like Whittier and Los Angeles and the rosters are better than ever.
“There’s a little bit of a larger pool to draw from,” Maggiore said. “There’s going to be some kids who are going to be left out, but that’s always the case. You always have kids who are left out. But I think it’s going to be competitive.”

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