My thoughts on this weeks CIF boys basketball rankings: That Damien better be good, but not TOO good. If they’re TOO good they could wind up in the Open Division. If they’re TOO good and win the Baseline, they WILL be in the Open Division. If they lose a couple along the way, then yes, they stay in 3AA and win their second championship in three years. Glendora has a shot to guve 1,000-game winner Mike LeDuc another title in 2AA. Bishop Amat is hoping that Cathedral, Cantwell and Alemany all get sent to the Open Division so it can have a shot at the 3A crown. Poor Covina and Workman, they might be in 4AA, but that could be the toughest division of all. Must be no fun knowing you have no shot at postseason fun. I would discuss GIRLS BASKETBALL rankings, but there is no way anyone’s got a shot to do anything.
Division 1A – 1. Loyola; 2. Foothill; 3. Westlake; 4. tie, Placentia Valencia and Edison; 6. El Toro; 7. Godinez; 8. Valley View; 9. Huntington Beach; 10. Peninsula; 11. Villa Park; 12. Walnut; 13. Mayfair; 14. Burbank Burroughs; 15. Cajon; 16. Cypress.
Division 2AA – 1. Thousand Oaks; 2. Glendora; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. Ayala; 5. Lawndale; 6. Mira Costa; 7. Mark Keppel; 8. Elsinore; 9. Whittier; 10. Redlands; 11. Summit; 12. Tesoro; 13. West Ranch; 14. Ventura; 15. Canyon Country Canyon; 16. AB Miller.
Division 3AA – 1. Damien; 2. Sonora; 3. Gahr; 4. Bonita; 5. San Marcos; 6. Los Altos; 7. Arlington; 8. Diamond Ranch; 9. La Sierra; 10. Palm Springs; 11. Buena Park; 12. Sultana; 13. El Dorado; 14. Pasadena; 15. Yorba Linda; 16. Northwood.
Division 3A – 1. Cathedral; 2. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 3. Alemany; 4. tie., Corona del Mar and Tahquitz; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Beverly Hills; 8. Esperanza; 9. La Canada; 10. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 11. Servite; 12. Hoover; 13. South Pasadena; 14. Pioneer; 15. Gabrielino; 16. tie, Antelope Valley and Garden Grove Pacifica.
Division 4AA - 1. Bishop Montgomery; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Chaminade; 4. Crespi; 5. Mission Prep; 6. Harvard Westlake; 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 8. Morningside; 9. St. Francis; 10. JSerra; 11. Oaks Christian; 12. Pasadena Muir; 13. Atascadero; 14. Rancho Mirage; 15. Workman; 16. Covina.
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (13-2) - After crushing Upland in Baseline opener, Spartans get big test at Etiwanda (11-4) on Tuesday.
2. Glendora (14-2) – AJ Bigornia looked great in 70-58 win over Bonita; Ayala and Claremont up this week.
3. Los Altos (11-3) — Won big battle over Wilson 43-32 to take ownership of Hacienda Heights.
4. Bonita (13-4) — Tough way to open with a loss at Glendora, but they can get it going with South Hills, Diamond Bar up next.
5. Wilson (13-3) – Had six-game winning streak snapped by rival Los Altos.
6. Walnut (12-5) - Competitive way to open the Hacienda this week with games against West Covina and Diamond Ranch.
7. Bishop Amat (13-3) — Has won four straight heading into tough league opener on Wednesday at Bell Jeff.
8. Diamond Ranch (8-5) – Let’s face it they’re good, but not the super team we thought they would be.
9. Workman (10-5) - 54-49 loss last week against Esperanza nothing to feel bad about.
10. Diamond Bar (9-7) – Opened league with an easy win over South Hills, but it gets much tougher.
Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (13-4) — Palomares league opening 44-33 over Diamond Bar keep the train moving.
2. West Covina (11-5) — Has won three straight, including two wins over Bonita.
3. Duarte (8-6) – Should dominate the Montview league — again.
4. Bonita (9-9) — Bearcats go on the road and beat Glendora in Palomares opener.
5. Los Altos (10-4) – Closed non-league with a 49-36 loss at Wilson.
6. Bishop Amat (7-9) – Has won two straight, including nice win over rival St. Paul.
7. Walnut (8-4) – Hacienda should be great the way Los Altos and West Covina are playing.
8. South El Monte (11-2) — MVL favorites have won four of five.
9. Wilson (7-9) – Impressive win over Los Altos moves ‘Cats back in top ten.
10. Glendora (11-7) – Struggled at home against Bonita.
Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (9-2) — Huskies easily take care of Diamond Bar 4-0 to open the Palomares.
2. Bishop Amat (7-6) – Has won four straight, including 5-0 win over Sierra Vista.
3. St. Lucy’s (6-2-5) — Opened league with a solid 0-0 tie against Upland.
4. Glendora (6-5-3) — Won three straight, including 2-1 win over Bonita to open league.
5. Diamond Bar (9-4) – With South Hills, Glendora, Ayala and Claremont in Palomares, making the playoffs could be tough.
6. Charter Oak (6-7-1) — Nonleague 3-1 loss at South Hills, but looked competitive.
7. Sierra Vista (9-3-1) – Humbling 5-0 loss to Bishop Amat before starting league.
8. Baldwin Park (6-0-1) — Takes in Sierra Vista on Thursday.
9. Bonita (2-5-3) – The Palomares is so good Bearcats could finish last.
10. Los Altos (5-6) — Lost two straight, including 1-0 loss vs. La Serna.
Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (9-2-1) – Opened the Baseline with a big 3-2 win over Upland.
2. Diamond Bar (10-3-1) — Looked good in Palomares opener, beating South Hills 3-0
3. Sierra Vista (7-1-2) – Has won four straight, starts league play this week.
4. La Puente (7-0-2) – Impressive 1-0 win over Pomona to open league.
5. Bishop Amat (3-0-4) - Very impressive 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to open league play.
6. Charter Oak (12-2-1) — Biggest goof last week was not ranking the Chargers.
7. Mountain View (5-4-3) — Tied El Monte, beat Marshall 3-0.
8. Ganesha (9-2-3) – Opened Miramonte with a 3-1 win over Garey.
9. Nogales (5-2-3) – Finally opens league this week.
10. El Monte (6-5-2) — Already 3-0-1 in always difficult Mission Valley league.
Damien will have tougher games in the Baseline league, but Friday’s 70-27 victory over Upland to open the league season wasn’t one of them.
San Diego State bound senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 19 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer as the Spartans improved to 13-2 while Upland dropped to 6-10.
In one of the most highly anticipated games in the Hacienda Heights in years, Los Altos pulled out a 43-32 victory over Wilson in a non-league boys basketball game between two of the hottest teams in the area.
Los Altos led the entire way, leading by as much as 14 points to improve to 11-3. The Conqs were led by senior guard Michael Barrera’s 10 points. Christian Espinoza added eight points and Brian Edwards finished with seven points.
Wilson, which won the Whittier tournament in December, dropped to 11-3 and was led by Kyle Price who had a game-high 14 points.
West Covina boys basketball coach Manny Lopez resigned today for personal/family reasons, athletic director Brian Murphy said. Assistant coach Justin Potts will take over on an interim basis the remainder of the season. West Covina is 8-7 and has a non-league game at Bishop Amat tonight before starting Hacienda league play next week
The Bonita high school baseball program’s annual camp is this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10-11 at Bonita HS and Pelota Park for children ages 5-14. Former alumni Jiovanni Mier (MLB 1st round), Jeff Gelalich (UCLA, MLB 1st Round) and Justin Garza (CS Fullerton) are scheduled to be there with the campers. Those interested should contact coach John Knott at firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOP AMAT HIT AND HUSTLE FOOTBALL CAMP
Bishop Amat’s popular football camp with coach Steve Hagerty and the football program is on Saturday, Jan. 17 for grades 3-8 at Bishop Amat high school from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Football fundamentals will be taught by the coaching staff and players. Registration is $50 and includes instruction, a t-shirt, participation certificate & camp photo. or more information, send email to email@example.com or call 626-962-2495, ext. 6001
South Hills freshman Maddy Warren scored twice and senior Ronni Cuccia added another to lead the Huskies to a 3-1 win over Charter Oak in a game between two of the areas best teams. Over at Bonita, St. Lucy’s showed it’s going to be a threat when the Baseline league gets started by whipping Bonita, 5-1.
Bishop Amat boys basketball isn’t anywhere near some of the private school state powers, but the school has had success in recent years, advancing to the Division 3A quarterfinals three of the past four years, and figures to be a contender in 2015 with ten seniors back and returning all-league first team senior Josh Andarza.
The Lancers are 12-3 and winners of the Arroyo tournament with wins over La Canada in the semifinals and hot Wilson in the championship.
The Lancers were ranked fifth in the Division 3A preseason poll and have proved deserving, but coach Brandon Ertle doesn’t want to think that far ahead.
“We’re still trying to prepare and get better,” Ertle said. “We’re not anywhere close to where we need to be or how good we want to be. That’s pretty much the focus, to keep working and get better as a team.
“The football team played so well that some of our players got going late, so we’re still trying to sort everything out and be the best we can.”
Junior Tyler Vaughns, named the area football player of the year, is averaging nearly 10 points per game and improving with each game and practice. The Lancers also boast inside bruiser Anthony Camargo, who will be attending Harvard in the fall to play football.
Lancers quarterback Ryder Ruiz, who injured his finger in the Lancers’ Pac-5 Division semifinal loss to eventual champion Corona Centennial, is a sharp-shooter whose finger is just now getting better and will add more depth to the team.
Roddy Layton, who led Diamond Ranch to two CIF-SS football finals as a head football coach, resigned after the 2013 season and became the school’s athletic director. Mario Gomez was hired to succeed season Layton, but after one season and a 6-4 overall record, Layton already has pulled the plug, firing Gomez, “to go in another direction,” according to Layton. Reporter Michelle Gardner has more, but apparently Gomez, who will remain a Spanish teacher at the school, was not happy with the decision. “It’s tough because I bleed black and blue,” Gomez said. “I was really looking forward to my first full season where I can implement on offseason plan. But that’s the decision they made and I have to live with it.” So, who will Layton look to take over the program in 2015?
Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (12-2) - Jeremy Hemsley on a mission his senior year averaging 20 points a game. But it gets tougher now that the Baseline is about to start.
2. Glendora (13-2) – Normally the Tartans would start getting ready for annual beat downs in the Baseline. But now they’re favorites in the new Palomares. That ought to be fun.
3. Bonita (11-2) — One of the biggest surprises is that the Bearcats are playing so well having won the La Canada tournament.
4. Los Altos (9-3) — Impressive run to close out 2014 by beating Walnut 55-52 to capture the Covina Christmas tournament.
5. Wilson (13-2) – Looked great in the Whittier Holiday tournament, beating Whittier 55-50 in the championship game.
6. Walnut (10-5) - Impressive wins over Upland, Keppel and win over Bonita in the Covina tournament semifinals.
7. Bishop Amat (11-3) — Who would have thought the Lancers’ boys, not the girls, would be the team to watch in 2015?
8. Diamond Ranch (6-3) – Don’t judge the Panthers by their record. When they get all their players back, they’re the favorites to win the Hacienda. They also won the Azusa tournament.
9. Workman (10-4) - Beat Ontario Christian to win the Ontario Christian tournament to close out 2014
10. Diamond Bar (8-6) – Played a tough nonleague schedule and will be a pain to deal with in the Palomares league.