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

Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule … Best games Damien at Upland, Glendora at Ayala, Duarte at Workman

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Friday’s Boys Basketball Schedule
Baseline League

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

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East and West gearing up for Jan. 30 San Gabriel Valley All-Star football game

HALL OF FAME GAME: Rosters for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors were finalized and the game looks like it will be a good one.
Thanks to expanded borders and a larger area with which to pool talent from, both the West and East teams had plenty of talent to choose from and each loaded up a roster that looks more than capable of getting the win.
“I think it’s as good as we’ve ever had,” West Covina football coach and game organizer Mike Maggiore said. “There’s a lot of schools represented, there’s some big name players, and I think it’s going to be a great game.The game will be played on Jan. 30 at West Covina High. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

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Bishop Amat girls soccer set CIF-SS record with 21-0 victory over St. Matthias

Bishop Amat’s 21-0 girls soccer victory over St. Matthias on Thursday set a CIF-Southern Section record for most goals in a game. Bonita scored 20 against Ganesha in the 1997-98 season and La Reina scored 20 against Carpenteria in 1996-97. Twitter blew up after I posted it because of all the records you could break, not sure you want to be remembered for the biggest blowout. Before everyone jumps on Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez, important to note he was not at the game. Gonzalez is out of town receiving the Division III national junior college coach of the year award (NSCAA) after leading the Cerritos women’s team to the state title.
However, Gonzalez offered his thoughts on the record-setting blowout.
“I was surprised, you never want to win that lopsided,” said Gonzalez, who noted his JV coach was asked to coach in his absence. “I talked to my (JV) coach. He asked the referee to cut the game short with 15 minutes left in the second half and the other team did not want to cut it short.”
This brings up another question. Is it time for CIF to consider a mercy rule for soccer. After a 10 goal lead, call the game. This is a blog, tell us what you think?

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Diamond Bar mourning the loss of water polo coach Alexander Ruiz, who collapsed and died Tuesday

GO FUND ACCOUNT FOR THE RUIZ FAMILY
Diamond Bar High School and the local community are mourning the sudden loss of Alexander Ruiz, a Diamond Bar High girls water polo assistant coach who collapsed on campus following practice Tuesday and died a short time later at a local hospital. He was 45.The cause of death hasn’t been determined according to interim principal Guy Roubian, and Thursday’s scheduled Palomares League match with Claremont has been cancelled.Roubian said Ruiz has two boys who attend Diamond Bar, and the tragedy has been difficult for everyone to deal with.
“It’s a terrible tragedy and it shook the whole school and the program,” Roubian said. “It has hit us all pretty hard. It was a shock to everybody.”
Roubian said Ruiz was a walk-on assistant coach who helped the boys and girls water polo teams and was also part of the swimming program. He has been part of the programs since the school opened the new $4 million Denis R. Paul Aquatic Center in 2013.
Roubian offered some details of what happened.
“He (Ruiz) was leaving campus (following practice) late in the afternoon (Tuesday) and he collapsed when he got to the parking lot,” Roubian said. “He was with other assistant coaches who are trained in CPR and they initiated CPR until the paramedics came. He had a heartbeat when they transported him, but he died shortly after reaching the hospital.”
Services are pending and the family and the school has set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to help the Ruiz family.
“He (Ruiz) was the sole bread winner in his family,” Roubian said.

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Los Altos rallies from 16 down to beat Walnut 70-68 in Hacienda boys basketball opener

Los Altos freshman Jarod Lucas, better known as LuCASH, scored 28 points with seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Conquerors to a 70-68 victory in the Hacienda League opener Wednesday. Walnut hammered Los Altos 71-46 in the Covina tournament final a couple weeks back, and trailed by 16 midway through the third before storming back to win. Mustangs senior Dwight Ramos did his thing as well, finishing with 32 points. Those two are quite a pair. UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton had scouts at the game watching.

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By Jared Pine
HOW IT HAPPENED: Despite trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half of the Hacienda League opener, the Los Altos boys basketball team avenged its only loss with a 70-68 victory at Walnut High School thanks to 15 fourth-quarter points from freshman sensation Jarod Lucas Wednesday night.
In the first half, Lucas had just seven points, making 2 of 9 shots from the field, but after a Ryan Dai 3-pointer gave the Mustangs (14-3, 0-1) a 16-point lead, Lucas responded by making five triples without missing in the final 12 minutes.Los Altos (14-1, 1-0) led 69-66 when Dwight Ramos drained his 11th field goal with 1:15 left to give him 30 points with 14 rebounds and four assists.
The Conquerors had chances to end the game at the free throw line, but couldn’t, giving Walnut one last chance. However, a Jordan Montenegro three-pointer was just off the mark as was the second attempt by Ramos with 0.7 seconds left as Los Altos gave Walnut its first Hacienda League loss since 2013, when Bonita was in the league.

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VIDEO: Who is the next great high school football star? How about eighth grader Johnathan Vaughns

You all know how great Bishop Amat senior wide receiver Tyler Vaughns is. He’s verbally committed to USC, though he will make a recruiting trip later this month to national champion Alabama. That’s what happens when you’re one of the best recruits in the country. Now I’m hearing Tyler’s younger brother Johnathan Vaughns could be the next great player. As an eighth-grader with the 14-U Pomona Steelers, he’s turning a lot of heads. He certainly has his brothers’ hands in the highlight video. And he looks like a boy among kids.
So, the obvious big question is where he will play high school football? I’m hearing Bishop Amat is certainly a possibility but not a lock to follow in his brothers footsteps. He might also find his way to South Hills or some other school, is what I’m hearing. But wherever he winds up, get ready for Vaughns the sequel.

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Former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane and other area coaches react to death of area-legend Lawrence Phillips, found dead in jail at 40

“The way things had been going, I think it was inevitable that something would happen to him. Something was bound to happen. He was not going to be alive very long if he was in there (prison).” Former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane, who coached Phillips for two years in 1991-92.

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Former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane and other area coaches recall Lawrence Phillips’ dominance in high school football: For those fortunate to have seen Lawrence Phillips play when he was trampling defenders on high school football fields across the San Gabriel Valley, the praise was always the same.
“Best ever.”
“Man among boys.”
Phillips, who played at West Covina and Baldwin Park high schools, before reaching national fame at Nebraska and then in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams, died early Wednesday from an apparent suicide in his jail cell at Kern Valley State Prison. He was 40.

phillipsPHILLIPS FOUND DEAD: Lawrence Phillips, who played at West Covina and Baldwin Park High Schools, was found dead in his prison cell today of an apparent suicide. Phillips, who also played for the University of Nebraska and the St. Louis Rams, was 40. He graduated from Baldwin Park in 1992 and was named the Tribune football player of the year. Here is a story about him we wrote last year.

Former Tribune prep editor Steve Hunt, who covered Phillips in high school, reacted on Twitter.

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