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

Charter Oak, Los Altos, Northview win big; Bishop Amat bows out


Charter Oak routs Glendora again: Charter Oak moved into the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs with a wild 55-28 win over Glendora on Friday night.
The Chargers (10-1) will play at Downey on Friday at 7 p.m.
The first half was the Brian Casteel show for the Chargers. The senior carried the ball eight times for 107 yards and three touchdowns and caught a 54-yard pass from Zach Niccoli for another as the Chargers built a 34-14 lead at the break.

Los Altos and Nevens roll: Over the last three seasons, Tyler Nevens has created a legacy that will be remembered long after he graduates at Los Altos High, rushing for over 5,200 yards and 73 touchdowns.
With two performances this season against San Marino, its players, coaches and supporters won’t be forgetting Nevens soon either.
On Friday night, Nevens led the top-seeded Conquerors (11-0) with 235 total yards and four touchdowns in a 35-14 win over the Titans in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs.

Bishop Amat falls short: Vista Murrieta came with the big plays and answered every Bishop Amat threat to pull out a 38-24 victory in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 football playoffs on Friday at Kiefer Stadium.
The Vista Murrieta tandem of quarterback Karson Greeley and all-everything Khalil Shakir advanced the Broncos (9-2) to the second round, where they will host top-seeded Mater Dei next week.
Vista Murrieta, bumped to Division 1 after advancing to the West Valley Division (Division 2) title game last year, defeated a Lancers team that had advanced to back-to-back Pac-5 Division (Division 1) semifinals.

South El Monte beats pesky Rio Hondo Prep: The South El Monte High football team showed efficiency and stout defense in a 38-23 win Friday over Rio Hondo Prep in a CIF-SS Division 13 first-round playoff game.The Eagles (10-1) move on to the second round and will travel to next week to play Santa Clarita Christian.The South El Monte offense scored on every possession until its starters were pulled early in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.

West Covina blows lead late: Try as West Covina might, the Bulldogs’ offense couldn’t take enough time off the clock to seal a victory.
Summit drove 82 yards in 2 minutes, 12 seconds as Daniel Fortune scored on a 6-yard run with 20 seconds remaining, and Fermine Mauricio’s extra point lifted the SkyHawks to a 42-41 victory over West Covina in a CIF Southern Section Division 6 first-round thriller on Friday at Miller High School.

Duarte falls short: Laguna Beach running back Bruce Knill scored three times, including the go-ahead 2-yard plunge with 27 seconds remaining, leading the Breakers to a 26-21 win Friday night at Duarte in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 13 playoffs.

CIF-Southern Section Football
Friday’s first round results
Division 1

Vista Murrieta 38, Bishop Amat 24
Division 4
Charter Oak 55, Glendora 28
Downey 55, Damien 27
Division 6
Los Altos 35, San Marino 14
Long Beach Wilson 49, Pomona 14
Summit 42, West Covina 41
Division 7
St. Paul 54, Monrovia 42
Norte Vista 42, Diamond Ranch 21
San Gorgonio 49, South Hills 22
Division 8
Rio Mesa 20, San Dimas 0
Northview 38, Chino 6
Division 11
Covina 18, Victor Valley 17, OT
Division 12
Arroyo 48, Verbum Dei 14
Division 13
Azusa 48, Carnegie Riverside 12
Laguna Beach 26, Duarte 21
Boron 47, El Monte 7
South El Monte 38, Rio Hondo Prep 23
Santa Clarita Christian 35, Sierra Vista 10
Godinez 34, La Puente 7

Next Week’s second round
Division 4
Charter Oak at Downey
Division 6
Los Altos at Paramount
Division 8
Burbank at Northview, site TBD
Division 11
Montebello at Covina, site TBD
Division 12
Arroyo at Schurr
Division 13
Santa Ana vs. Azusa at Citrus College
South El Monte at Santa Clarita Christian

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Friday’s CIF Football Playoff Schedule and Predictions …

CIF-Southern Section Playoff Predictions
Friday’s first round
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 1

Vista Murrieta at Bishop Amat — Robledo (Amat); Aram (Amat)
Division 2
La Habra at Oaks Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Oaks Christian); Aram (OC)
Division 3
Paso Robles at La Mirada — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Serrano at La Serna — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
St. Francis at Palos Verdes, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Division 4
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Damien at Downey — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Dam)
Division 6
San Marino at Los Altos — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Long Beach Wilson at Pomona, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
West Covina at Summit — Robledo (Summit); Aram (WC)
Division 7
St. Paul at Monrovia — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
Diamond Ranch at Norte Vista — Robledo (Norte Vista); Aram (DR)
South Hills at San Gorgonio — Robledo (San Gorgonio); Aram (SH)
Division 8
Rio Mesa at San Dimas — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Chino vs. Northview at Covina District, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Division 9
El Rancho at Norwalk — Robledo (Norwalk); Aram (ER)
La Salle at Mayfair — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Muir at Antelope Valley — Robledo (Antelope Valley); Aram (Muir)
Division 10
Santa Fe at Beckman — Robledo (Beckman); Aram (SF)
Garden Grove Pacifica at Pasadena Poly, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (PP)
South Pasadena at Aquinas — Robledo (Aquinas); Aram (SP)
Division 11
Arcadia at Oak Park — Robledo (Oak Park); Aram (Arc)
Coachella Valley at Montebello, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (Montebello)
Covina at Victor Valley — Robledo (Victor Valley); Aram (Covina)
Division 12
Verbum Dei at Arroyo — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Schurr at Fillmore — Robledo (Fillmore); Aram (Schurr)
Division 13
Alhambra at Santa Ana – Robledo (Santa Ana); Aram (Alh)
Azusa at Carnegie Riverside – Robledo (Carnegie); Aram (Azusa)
Laguna Beach at Duarte — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
El Monte at Boron — Robledo (Boron); Aram (EM)
Rio Hondo Prep at South El Monte — Robledo (South); Aram (SEM)
Santa Clarita Christian at Sierra Vista – Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
La Puente at Godinez, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Godinez); Aram (LP)


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Area athletes realize dream of signing national letters of intent


By Fred J. Robledo
South Hills’ Natalie Lugo was just a freshman when she announced her intention to sign a national letter of intent with the University of Flordia, one of the best collegial softball programs in the country, putting her pen to paper to finally make it official.
“It’s amazing, I’ve been waiting for this since Valentine’s day my freshman year,” Lugo said. “I’m just excited to see what’s in store the next four years.”
Bishop Amat baseball’s Jayson Gonzalez and South Hills’ Jacob Amaya have been amongst the best in the country in their age for a long time and a big reason why both have been on varsity since their freshman years.
Amaya finished his intention of signing with Cal State Fullerton and Gonzalez with Vanderbilt, and they along with Lugo joined a massive amount of San Gabriel Valley high school senior athletes that realized their dreams on Wednesday by signing national letters of intent.
“I knew back when I was a sophomore and took a visit to Vanderbilt it was the right place,” Gonzalez said. “It’s always been a dream to sign with them.”
Whether athletes singed full scholarships, partical scholarships, or announced intentions to sign with Division II, III or NAIA schools, it was all the result of years of hard work, dedication, and a moment to sit back and feel proud.
After more than 40 athletes in the San Gabriel Valley signed letters of intent during sign ceremonies at their high schools, they visited the San Gabriel Valley Tribune office later in the day donning their future college shirts and hats to pose and congratulate each other.
South Hills baseball, which won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title last spring, had five players sign. Along with Amaya, Karlos Morales (Long Beach State), Jake Dominguez (Cal State Fullerton), John Dearth (San Diego State) and Zach Bromstead (Cal State Bakersfield) showed why the Huskies’ baseball team is so dominant.
Damien had three talented baseball players sign, which included Isaiah Paige (University of Michigan), Kalani Matton (Cornell) and Harrison Spohn (Cal Baptist). In addition to Gonzalez, Bishop Amat had two more signees with Isaac Esqueda (USC) and Jesus Maldonado (Azusa Pacific).
Bonita had two with Nathan Schneider (St. Mary’s College), Jarret Lindsay (Point Loma) and Walnut’s Dylan Zavala and Dylan Needham both signed with the University of New Mexico.
Other baseball signees included San Dimas’ Joseph Bahna (San Marcos), Glendora’s Hayden Pearce (Cal State San Berndin), Wilson’s Matthew Rodriguez (University of New Mexico), Cathedral’s Omar Veloz (Fresno State). and Whittier Christian’s Isaiah Carreon (Cal State University San Bernardino).
In boys basketball, Damien’s Joe Quintana, a first team all-area Tribune selection, signed with Loyola Marymount.
More than a dozen softball players signed.
St. Lucy’s led the area with three signees, including Dakota Casper (Cal Poly San Luuis Opispo), Alyssa Avalos (Baylor), and Giana Ceccerelli (Bryant University).
Los Altos, Bonita and Glendora had two each.
Bonita’s Destinee Lopez (Metro State Denver), Lauren Flores (University of Hawaii-Hilo), Glendora’s Taylor Tetone (Grand Canyon University), Amanda Woods (Azusa Pacific) and Los Altos’ Andrea Wood (Cal State San Marcos) and Elise Oliande (St. Thomas Aquinas ) all signed.
Other softball signees were San Dimas’ Brooke Jackson (Concordia), Charter Oak’s Marissa Chavez (Brigham Young); Bishop Amat’s Madeline Ramirez (Cal State East Bay) and Webb’s Elyse Morris (Saint John’s, New York).
It was also the early signing period for other sports, including girls basketball, where Tribune reigning player of the year, Rowland’s Tianna Eaton, made her decision this week to sign with UC Riverside. Bonita’s Alyssa Ono signed to play girls basketball with UC Merced.
“I’m realy excited UCR has great things in store for me and the coaches are great,” Eaton said. “I’m glad I’m close to home so everyone can support me.”
In girls volleyball, signees included St. Lucy’s Brennan Miller (Houston Baptist), Jenna Bailey (Lafayette College), Bonita’s Sahara Martinez (University of Texas El Paso) and Glendora’s Emma Svagdis (Azusa Pacific).
St. Lucy’s Sabrina Garabet (USC), Los Altos’ Brooke Contreras (Univeristy of Pacific) and Charter Oak’s Katie Fugit (Cal Baptist) all signed in girls water polo.
Glendora’s Alexis Margett (University of Michigan), Diamond Bar’s Kathleen Gani (University of Pacific) and Walnut’s Emily Honng (UCLA), signed in swimming.
Walnut’s Keisha Lugito (Seattle University) and Anabelle Chang (Princeton) signed letters for golf scholarships.
Damien’s Zach Shinnick is headed to USC for track and Glendora’s Lauren Navarro to prestigious Standford for gymnastics.
All in all, it was a proud day in the SGV.



Jacob Amaya, South Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Jayson Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, Vanderbilt
Karlos Morales, South Hills, Long Beach State
Isaiah Paige, Damien, University of Michigan
Isaac Esqueda, Bishop Amat, USC
Kalani Matton, Damien, Cornell
Joseph Bahna, San Dimas, San Marcos
Jake Dominguez, South Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Harrison Spohn, Damien, Cal Baptist
Zack Bromstead, South Hills, CS Bakersfield
John Dearth, South Hills, San Diego State
Omar Veloz, Cathedral, Fresno State
Dylan Zavala, Walnut, University of New Mexico
Nathan Schneider, Bonita, St. Mary’s College
Hayden Pearce, Glendora, Cal State San Bernardino
Jarret Lindsay, Bonita, Point Loma
Matthew Rodriguez, Wilson, University of New Mexico
Dylan Needham, Walnut, University of New Mexico
Jesus Maldonado, Bishop Amat, Azusa Pacific
Natalie Lugo, South Hills, University of Florida
Taylor Tetone, Glendora, Grand Canyon University
Dakota Casper, St. Lucy’s, Cal Poly San Luis Opispo
Andrea Wood, Los Altos, Cal State San Marcos
Elise Oliande, Los Altos, St. Thomas Aquinas
Alyssa Avalos, St. Lucy’s, Baylor
Destinee Lopez, Bonita, Metro State Denver
Giana Ceccerelli, St. Lucy’s, Bryant University
Brooke Jackson, San Dimas, Concordia
Madeline Ramirez, Bishop Amat, Cal State East Bay
Amanda Woods, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Lauren Flores, Bonita, University of Hawaii-Hilo
Elyse Morris, Webb, Saint John’s, New York
Girls Basketball
Tianna Eaton, Rowland, UC Riverside
Alyssa Ono, Bonita, UC Merced
Girls Volleyball
Sahara Martinez, Bonita, University of Texas El Paso
Emma Svagdis, Glendora, Azusa Pacific
Jenna Bailey, St. Lucy’s, Lafayette College
Brennan Miller, St. Lucy’s, Houston Baptist
Lauren Navarro, Glendora, Stanford
Girls Swimming
Alexis Margett, Glendora, University of Michigan
Kathleen Gani, Diamond Bar, University of Pacific
Emily Honng, Walnut, UCLA
Boys Track
Zach Shinnick, Damien, USC
Girls Water Polo
Sabrina Garabet, St. Lucy’s, USC
Brooke Contreras, Los Altos, University of Pacific
Katie Fugit, Charter Oak, Cal Baptist
Girls Golf
Keisha Lugito, Walnut, Seattle University
Annabelle Chang, Walnut, Princeton

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Glendora girls volleyball one match from the title game

By Keith Lair
Two weeks off at the most important part of the volleyball season?
For Glendora High School, it apparently was not an issue. The Tartans have swept their two matches in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. They travel to their first road match on Tuesday night, facing Foothill of Santa Ana in the semifinals. It has a scheduled 7 p.m. start.
“It was good and bad,” Glendora coach Clara Lowden said of the break. “We could rest, but it was for two weeks. The first match (against Downey) was not as tough (as quarterfinalist) Bishop Montgomery, but it was a good warm up to get us back into it.”
No. 2 seed Glendora (24-4) finished the Palomares League early, a five-set loss to Claremont, which plays a Division 4 semifinal match on Tuesday. The co-league champion Tartans had a first-round playoff bye and defeated Downey in the second round.
“We were ready to play and figure we would get that first win,” Lowden said.

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Arroyo is No. 1 seed in D12, but road isn’t that easy

“My brother Steve is one of the smartest people you could ever meet and he told me right after that he thought we got a good draw,” Singiser said. “I started looking at them (Verbum Dei) on paper and agreed with him. Then, I saw them on video and wanted to smash my laptop over his (Steve’s) head.”

By Aram Tolegian
knightsThe excitement over being a No. 1 seed quickly turned to concern for Arroyo High School football coach Jim Singiser once he saw who his team drew in the first round.
Verbum Dei, a speedy team with a 5-5 record, isn’t exactly an easy proposition for the Knights when the Division 12 playoffs begin on Friday night.
“My brother Steve is one of the smartest people you could ever meet and he told me right after that he thought we got a good draw,” Singiser said. “I started looking at them (Verbum Dei) on paper and agreed with him. Then, I saw them on video and wanted to smash my laptop over his (Steve’s) head.”
Arroyo enters the postseason at 9-1. The Knights’ only loss was a road game against upper-division Hart. And still, Singiser believes that Verbum Dei will be the fastest team his players have seen this season.
Like many coaching staffs this week, Singiser and his crew of assistants are getting familiar on the fly with an opponent they knew nothing about until getting the assignment from CIF. That’s one of the consequences of the new playoff grouping format, which places teams in divisions based on competitive and not league placement.

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CIF Football Pairings released; Los Altos and Arroyo earn top seeds


STORY: The CIF-Southern Section football pairings were released Sunday and a lot of area teams had to sweat it out wondering if it made it because of the newly created divisions.
For the first time, teams from the same league aren’t necessarily in the same playoff divisions. Teams were placed in divisions over the summer based on how it performed over the last two years in the hope of creating more parity among all 13 divisions instead of using enrollment or geographic proximity, which were factors used in the past.
Well, the results are in most area teams are happy about earning invitations to the postseason.
Undefeated Los Altos (10-0), winners of the Hacienda League, will face a familiar opponent when it opens the first round on Friday.
As expected, Los Altos earned the top seed in Division 6 and will host San Marino (5-5), who won a divisional championship and advanced to a state title game last year, but has struggled this season after losing several starters from its dream squad.

CIF Southern Section Football Playoff PairingsFriday’s first round games
Division 1
Top Half

Tesoro at #1 Mater Dei
Vista Murrieta at Bishop Amat
Orange Lutheran at Rancho Cucamonga
Servite at #4 Mission Viejo
Bottom Half
Upland at #3 St. John Bosco
Santa Margarita at Serra
Chaminade at Long Beach Poly
JSerra at #2 Corona Centennial

Division 2
Top Half

El Toro at #1 Heritage
Chino Hills at San Clemente
Westlake at Arroyo Grande
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at #4 Valencia
Bottom Half
La Habra at #3 Oaks Christian
Great Oak at Redlands East Valley
Norco at Citrus Hill
St. Bonaventure at #2 Murrieta Valley

Division 3
Top Half

Paso Robles at #1 La Mirada
Serrano at La Serna
Los Alamitos at Villa Park
#4 St. Francis at Palos Verdes
Bottom Half
Hart at #3 Cathedral
Oak Hills at Rancho Verde
San Juan Hills at Buena Park
Newbury Park at #2 Edison

Division 4
Top Half

Lakewood at #1 Sierra Canyon
Cajon at Redondo Union
Glendora at Charter Oak
Damien at #4 Downey
Bottom half
Murrieta Mesa at #3 Corona del Mar
Colony at Palm Springs
Etiwanda at Placentia Valencia
Carter at #2 Lompoc

Division 6
Top Half

San Marino at #1 Los Altos
Paramount at Mira Costa
Long Beach Wilson at Pomona
#4 Saugus at Crescenta Valley
Bottom Half
West Covina at #3 Summit
West Torrance at Lawndale
Paraclete at Nipomo
Palmdale at #2 Yucaipa

Division 7
Top Half

Linfield Christian at #1 Oxnard Pacifica
St. Paul at Monrovia
St. Margarets at North Torrance
Diamond Ranch at #4 Norte Vista
Bottom Half
South Hills at #3 San Gorgonio
Huntington Beach at Tustin
Golden Valley at Ayala
Anaheim Canyon at #2 El Segundo

Division 8
Top Half

Sunny Hills at #1 El Modena
Rio Mesa at San Dimas
Kaiser at Yorba Linda
Laguna Hills at #4 Garden Grove
Bottom Half
Moreno Valley at #3 Don Lugo
Temescal Canyon at Saddleback Valley Christian
Brea Olinda at Burbank
Chino at #2 Northview

Division 9
Top Half

La Palma Kennedy at #1 Cerritos Valley Christian
El Rancho at Norwalk
Santa Barbara at Agoura
Ridgecrest Burroughs at #4 Riverside Notre Dame
Bottom Half
Perris at #3 Silverado
La Salle at Mayfair
Cypress at Woodbridge
Muir at #2 Antelope Valley

Division 10
Top Half

Viewpoint at #1 Rubidoux
Santa Fe at Beckman
Gahr at St. Anthony
Mission College Prep at #4 Dos Pueblos
Bottom Half
Apple Valley at #3 Leuzinger
JW North at Grand Terrace
Garden Grove Pacifica at Pasadena Poly
South Pasadena at #2 Aquinas

Division 11
Top Half

Westminster at #1 Katella
Jurupa Hills at Twentynine Palms
Arcadia at Oak Park
Quartz Hill at #4 Bishop Montgomery
Bottom Half
Coachella Valley at #3 Montebello
Covina at Victor Valley
Heritage Christian at Rancho Alamitos
Valley View at #2 Culver City

Division 12
Top Half

Verbum Dei at #1 Arroyo
Schurr at Fillmore
Silver Valley at Calvary Murrieta
Santa Ana Valley at #4 Segerstrom
Bottom Half
Santa Ana at #3 Pacific
Carpinteria at St. Genevieve
Hillcrest at Big Bear
Los Amigos at #2 Rancho Mirage

Division 13
Top Half

Alhambra at #1 Santa Ana
Azusa at Riverside Carnegie
Laguna Beach at Duarte
El Monte at #4 Boron
Bottom Half
Rio Hondo Prep at #3 South El Monte
Santa Clarita Christian at Sierra Vista
La Puente at Godinez
Hamilton at #2 Rancho Christian

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Los Altos finishes perfect season; Sierra Vista upsets Nogales; South Hills falls to Ayal


South Hills blows lead in loss to Ayala: Trailing by 13 at halftime, Ayala (6-4, 5-0) chipped away at South Hills’ lead before scoring the go-ahead touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the game en route to a 21-20 win and an outright Palomares League football championship.
The intensity on the field carried over into the post-game handshake when coaches from both teams needed to be separated before cooler heads prevailed.

Los Altos finishes perfect regular season: Los Altos completed a perfect regular season to clinch the Hacienda League title with a 24-0 victory over West Covina on Friday night.
The Conquerors (10-0, 5-0) ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division 6, should be the top seed when the pairings are announced on Sunday.
“It’s been team football all year,” Conquerors coach Dale Ziola said. “I think these kids genuinely love each other so this is special and it’s all about these kids.”

San Dimas punches playoff ticket: San Dimas bursts its way into the playoffs with a 48-21 win Friday night against Covina, securing second place in the Valle Vista League.
After a tough loss last week to Baldwin Park, the Saints (8-2, 3-2) found themselves in a position they didn’t expect — needing to win to reach the playoffs.
“There was no guarantee heading into tonight,” San Dimas head coach Mark Holman said, “We had to win, and so we treated this game like a playoff game and we’re better for it.”

Friday’s results
Baseline League

Etiwanda 46, Damien 42
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 28, Chino 20
Los Altos 25, West Covina 0
Charter Oak 38, Walnut 3
Miramonte League
Bassett 42, Ganesha 28
La Puente 16, Garey 14
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 56, Gabrielino 0
Marshall 23, Rosemead 8
South El Monte 49, Mountain View 22
Montview League
Duarte 40, Gladstone 0
Sierra Vista 26, Nogales 20
Azusa 30, Workman 6
Palomares League
Ayala 21, South Hills 20
Diamond Bar 35, Bonita 34
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 48, Covina 21
Rowland 34, Wilson 10

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