We’ll have more on West Covina coach Mike Maggiore resigning shortly ….
By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
After losing the past two installments of the East-West SGV All-Star Game, the East team is bent on getting back on the winning side of a ledger it dominated for so long. And a major weapon may help them do just that.
It’s still unofficial, but East coach Eric Martinez of Diamond Ranch is hoping to secure the services of Oregon-bound Rancho Cucamonga running back Jaylon Redd, who told Martinez he’d like to play and will be on the East’s first roster.
Both the East and West teams have had initial meetings and will hold their first practice on Wednesday night. The East will practice at Diamond Ranch at 7 p.m. while the West, coached by Pete Gonzalez, will practice at Montebello at 6 p.m.
Rosters are still a fluid situation at this point for the Jan. 27 game, which will take place at West Covina High. Many players will deflect while some will decide they want to take part. A case in point is La Cañada’s Drake Beasley, who was originally thought to be playing for the West, will now not participate in the game as he focuses on recruiting after missing his entire senior season when his transfer from Loyola to La Cañada was deemed to be in violation of CIF rules.
Amat earns big 4-1 victory on the road: Danielle Gonzalez made up for her missed chance.
The Bishop Amat High School freshman missed a penalty kick in the first half. But she scored the first two goals of the game to start the second half and the Lancers opened the Del Rey League girls soccer chase with a big 4-1 victory over host La Salle on Tuesday evening.“
During the PK I was going to shoot left,” she said. “I thought I was moving way too much and I psyched myself out before I shot it. After that, the team was telling me to not worry about and let it go. (Scoring) made up for everything.”Bishop Amat (13-3) went at La Salle goalkeeper Lauren Veneri 17 times in the first half. The senior stopped shot after shot with her feet and hands. Victoria Ochoa tried a high-footed shot that glanced off the hands of a La Salle defender, leading to the penalty kick. Gonzalez’ shot went right at Veneri.
“We made an error and all we had to do was fix it,” the senior goalkeeper said. “I got in the box and focused. I think I kind of read her hips. That’s all.“We played the best we could. We stayed together as a team. We’ll come back harder.”
Gonzalez took advantage of a centering pass from Sophie Serafin two minutes into the second half to score. She scored two minutes later when Nayeli Diaz’ pass was deflected and Gonzalez regrouped and put the ball in.
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Damien 112, Los Osos 66 — Colin Cuniff had 30 points, Elijah McCullough scored 29 points and Cameron Shelton had 24 points for the Spartans (18-2, 2-1) in a Baseline League victory.
Diamond Bar 67, South Hills 55 — Myles Corey scored 21 points, Kelly Avery added 14 points and Michael Gao had 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead the Brahmas (14-5, 3-0), who won the Palomares League game. Jason Rodriguez scored 21 points and Dalton Clevenger had 12 for South Hills (10-8, 0-3).
Rowland 2, Baldwin Park 1 — Melissa Rodriguez and Leslie Cortes each scored a goal and Taylor Bausley had an assist for the Raiders (10-4-2, 3-0) in a Valle Vista League victory.
Garey 2, Edgewood 0 — Veronica Alvarez scored twice and goalie Iliana Gallegos recorded a shutout for the Vikings (3-6-3, 1-1-1), who won their first Miramonte League game.
By John Sherrard
Seventy two wrestlers from local high schools filled the Bishop Amat gym Monday evening for the Third Annual San Gabriel Valley East-West Wrestling All Star Classic.
The unique event, started two years ago by Amat coach Tom Pierre, was attended by numerous All-League and All-CIF competitors in 14 weight classes.
Twelve schools represented the SGV with the East edging out the West, 8-6.
The featured weight class of the night was at 126 pounds. between two reigning CIF-SS champions. Senior Sidney Flores of Bishop Amat and senior Christian Espinoza of Cal.
In a very close match, Espinoza held on for a 6-5 victory over Flores. Flores had won in each of his sophomore and junior years in the event in different weight classes against other competitors.
“It felt great with the crowd and it was kind of a rivalry between us,” said Flores, who will be attending the Air Force Academy next year. “I’ve gotton the last couple of wins over him and he wanted his revenge over me.
Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (15-2) — Rebounds from loss to Chino Hills with 97-74 win over Upland. Big week against Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Los Altos (12-3) — Huge win over rival Walnut, followed by 124-60 beating over Verbum Dei.
3. Diamond Bar (12-5) — Big 73-70 win over Glendora then goes to 2-0 with win over Ayala.
4. Bishop Amat (15-2) — Great 2-0 start in the Camino Real, and another solid year for coach Ertle.
5. Bonita (12-4) — Showed why its Palomares favorite with easy wins over Ayala and Claremont.
6. Walnut (12-5) — Gave Los Altos all it could handle before falling 70-57.
7. San Dimas (11-6) — Hung on for 55-53 win over Rowland, then knocked off Wilson.
8. Workman (12-5) — Should go undefeated in the Montview.
9. Charter Oak (11-4) — After big win over West Covina, drops 59-47 decision to Chino.
10. West Covina (11-8) — Unpredictable Dogs are solid, but Hacienda is a tough place to get wins.
Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Rowland (16-1) — Only team in Valle Vista with chance of beating it is on Friday against Covina.
2. Glendora (17-2) — Surprisingly easy 18-point win over Diamond Bar followed by beating over South Hills.
3. Los Altos (14-2) — With ten straight wins including shocker over Walnut, Conqs need to be taken seriously.
4. Walnut (15-3) — The favorites to win the Hacienda lost a big one to rival Los Altos, 52-47.
5. Covina (17-3) — It will host Rowland on Friday in the biggest game of the year for both.
6. Duarte (16-4) — Should cruise home in the Montview, but solid non-league win over Newbury Park, 51-50.
7. Diamond Bar (15-4) — Is 1-1 in Palomares after loss to Glendora and win over Ayala.
8. Bishop Amat (14-6) – Is 1-1 in Camino Real and already with more wins than last year.
9. West Covina (13-7) — Big wins over Charter Oak and Diamond Ranch.
10. Bonita (9-7) — Palomares is so tough Bearcats probably won’t do better than fourth.