Thursday Countdown: Northview gets second chance to make first impression against Rosemead

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Thursday’s games and predictions
Northview vs. Rosemead at Covina District Field — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Whittier at California — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Charter Oak High — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)

By Aram Tolegian
The Rosemead High School football team is hoping that the third time in a year is the charm.The Panthers face Northview at Covina District Field on Thursday in a game that will be the schools’ third meeting in just over a year. Northview won both previous meetings by double figures. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“We’ve been playing Northview for the past few years and they’ve always had skill players, but this might be the best I’ve ever seen them up front on both sides of the ball,” Rosemead head coach Marc Paramo said. “That’s going to make it scary. This is probably the best Northview team I’ve seen. I thought we were fine last year, but this year they’re a whole different creature.”
The two teams met in the season opener last season with Northview winning 37-24. They met again in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs and despite moving the ball well early, Rosemead didn’t cash in with points an eventually fell, 48-17.
The Panthers lost some major contributors to graduation and are young in several spots, especially along the lines. Northview, conversely, has its top-two players back in quarterback Steven Comstock and receiver Antwaun Ayers.
Both teams started the season with losses last week. Northview stepped up to play Charter Oak and was sent packing with a 44-22 loss. The Vikings got a scare in that game when Comstock left the game briefly in the first half with what he later called a hyper-extended right knee. Comstock said earlier this week he will be fine to play Thursday.
Meanwhile, Rosemead was beaten by South Pasadena in a game that Paramo felt his team would only get better from.
“Going back and watching film it wasn’t as bad as I thought,” Paramo said. “We actually did come back and make the game respectable. I thought we actually performed not as bad as I thought offensively. Defensively, we were just out of sync.”

Ganesha (1-0) vs. Gladstone (0-1) at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m.
Head coach Ted Clarke’s debut at Gladstone didn’t go as planned in last week’s 40-7 loss to South El Monte. The good news for the Gladiators is that South El Monte is reportedly much improved.
Ganesha started with a 28-8 win over Keppel, so make of that what you will. Expect a much better effort this time around from the Gladiators.

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How four former Bishop Amat football players started their senior seasons

Bishop Amat football not only graduated one of the best senior classes that advanced to back-to-back Pac-5 Division semifinals, but four seniors they had counted on to keep the train moving are no longer at the school. Here are four former Lancers who started their senior years someplace else, and how they did in Week 0.

Quarterback Jack Graham, Citrus Hill: Completed eight passes for 60 yards and four carries for 14 yards. Didn’t play second half in 31-0 win.
Wide Receiver Tyler Sweet, Upland. Finished with five receptions for team-leading 133 yards in 41-22 loss to Mountain Pointe.
Wide Receiver Noah Rigney, Chino Hills. The slot receiver had eight receptions for 63 yards in 19-7 win.
Defensive Back Blake Jenkins, Corona Centennial. Deflected numerous passes and played a bunch for one of the best teams in the country.

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Tuesday Recap: Giselle Alarcon had 11 kills to lead El Monte Girls Volleyball to victory

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls volleyball
El Monte 3, Nogales 0 — Giselle Alarcon had 11 kills, Jackie Lam added seven kills and three aces, Stephanie Garcia had five aces and Ariana Gutierrez recorded 12 digs for the Lions (4-1) in a 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 nonleague match.
Gladstone 3, Palm springs 1 — Celina Vargas had 12 kills, Lissette Ramos had 11 kills and Selena Jara had five aces for the Gladiators (6-1) in a 25-18, 20-25, 25-18, 25-21 nonleague win.

Boys water polo

San Dimas 11, Webb 8 — Goalie Joe Doonan recorded eight saves and Robbie Simpson scored seven goals for the Saints in their first nonleague win of the season. San Dimas’s Jared Caldarone, Henry Landers and Brady Boyde each scored a goal.

Girls tennis
Gladstone 11, Charter Oak 7 — Marina Chow and Josephine Marquez swept in singles and the doubles teams of Anahi Sandoval and Erika Rios and Julia Escobar and Melina Ramos won two for the Gladiators in their first win of the season.

Field hockey
Glendora 1, Newport Harbor 1 — Paige LeHine scored a goal with an assist from Ellie Morrison and goalie Meagan Olson had 22 saves for the Tartans in a nonleague tie.

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Two-Minute Drill: Glendora vs. Damien; St. Francis vs. West Covina; St. John Bosco-La Mirada

Two-Minute Drill: Damien and Glendora were very impressive in Week 0, setting up Friday’s game of the week between the Tribune’s fourth-ranked Damien and fifth-ranked Glendora. They play Friday at Citrus College at 7 p.m.

Two-Minute Drill: West Covina is playing a typically tough non-league schedule. They hung with Colony for a half before getting routed in the fourth quarter last week. Will it do any better with St. Francis coming to town. We discuss. Bulldogs host the Golden Knights Friday at 7

Two-Minute Drill: La Mirada had the big win over Division 1 Orange Lutheran last week, which follows their CIF section and state titles from last year. Now it gets St. John Bosco, ranked top ten in the country by MaxPreps and we’ve got one question … Can they stay within 40?

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Football Notes: Northview QB Steven Comstock OK; will South Hills face La Canada RB?

By Aram Tolegian
Northview QB Steven Comstock says he’s OK

Northview standout quarterback Steven Comstock gave his team quite a scare in the first half of last week’s loss to Charter Oak after suffering a knee injury and leaving the game in the first half.Comstock said he hyper-extended his right knee while scrambling and trying to avoid a Charter Oak defender inside the Chargers’ 10-yard line. He left the game but later returned with a noticeable limp.
After tweeting that night that he was in serious pain, Comstock said Monday that the knee is back to 100 percent and he won’t be limited in Thursday’s game against Rosemead.

Arroyo coach Jim Singister keeps tie with Covina in perspective.
There would be no other coach in the Valley more frustrated than Arroyo’s Jim Singiser, whose team committed seven turnovers, including two inside the Covina 2-yard line in the closing minutes, in a 17-17 tie to the Colts on Saturday night.
But Singiser is preferring to view the positives as his team prepares for Friday’s game against Temple City. However, Singiser said the end of Monday’s practice would look like cross country practice due to all the mistakes.
“Defense was awesome, special teams was solid for the most part, offense just has to hold onto the ball,” Singiser said. “We can’t run nine plays in the second quarter because of four straight turnovers. We will be fine.”

Will South Hills face La Canada’s bigtime RB Friday?
La Canada High School football coach Ryan Zerbel is hopeful that an independent investigator looking into the transfer of running back Drake Beasley will have situation concluded this week and the CIF Southern Section will clear his star ball carrier in time for this Friday’s game against South Hills.
La Canada hired the investigator in response to allegations from Loyola, Beasley’s previous school, that his transfer was invalid due to undue influence. Loyola presented its case to CIF-SS and now La Canada is set to respond.
“The third-party investigator is wrapping up his investigation and then it’s going to be hand delivered to CIF,” Zerbel said. “I’m really confident. Like I said from the beginning, there’s a process that’s in place and we’ll let that process take place.”

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Monday’s PrepXtra Rewind: What does La Mirada’s big win and Bishop Amat’s crushing loss mean?

Aram Tolegian and Fred Robledo will discuss the big stories from Friday’s games in 15 minutes of fun on Monday’s Prep Xtra Rewind. This week we discuss what La Mirada’s big win over Orange Lutheran and Bishop Amat’s big loss to Mater Dei mean to the programs.

One of the best highlight compilations is from SoCal Prep Legends host Tarak Fattal, who recaps the best of the best from the Southland on Flashback Monday. Watch Charter Oak-Northview highlights at the 4:00 minute mark and look for plays that make the SCPL Top 10 and are eligible for plays of the week.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Glendora, Damien looking like game of the week; Charter Oak hosting Colony

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TRIBSKIN FOOTBALL PICK’EM
The Game: Aram Tolegian and I will go head to head throughout the football season picking winners. If we don’t pick 80 percent winners, we’re not doing our job. Follow along.
Last week: Aram Tolegian 31-8; Fred Robledo 24-15

My thoughts: Wouldn’t say Aram crushed it as much as I tanked it. Can’t remember the lat time I lost 15 games in one week. I’m starting way behind, and there were too many losses to call out, so on to Week 1. Best game locally, Glendora vs. Damien at Citrus College. We’ll have a two-minute drill on this Tuesday, but gotta believe Damien sneaks this one out. Glendora played well last week, but Damien’s win over Chino more impressive. Charter Oak gets a real tough opponent in Colony, who smacked West Covina last week. Might be going out on a limb taking Charter Oak, but I think they’re ready to prove they can battle and get a win against a tougher opponent than Northview. Bishop Amat will likely drop to 0-2 against Servite, not enough offense and defense gives up too many points.

This week’s games and predictions
All games scheduled at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s games

Northview vs. Rosemead at Covina District Field — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Whittier at California — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Charter Oak High — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Ganesha)
Blair at Angelou
Friday’s games
Alhambra at Rowland — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Row)
Arroyo at Temple City — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Azusa at Bassett — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Bishop Amat vs. Servite at Cerritos College — Robledo (Servite); Aram (Servite)
Chino at Baldwin Park — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Chino Hills at Diamond Ranch — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Colony at Charter Oak — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Covina at Pioneer — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Covina)
Dominguez at San Marino — Robledo (Domniguez); Aram (Dominguez)
Don Lugo at Pomona — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (DL)
Fairmont Prep vs. Rio Hondo Prep at Yorba Linda HS — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
Garey at San Gabriel — Robledo (SGabriel); Aram (Garey)
Glendora vs. Damien at Citrus College — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Keppel at Gabrielino — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (G-High)
La Habra at Tesoro — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (Tesoro)
La Mirada at St. John Bosco — Robledo (St. John Bosco); Aram (SJB)
La Serna at Lakewood — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Marshall at California Military Institute — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Monrovia at La Salle — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Montebello at St. Paul — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram ()
Mountain View at Viewpoint — Robledo (Vieopoint); Aram (Viewpoint)
Nogales at Ontario — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Rancho Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College — Robledo (Rancho); Aram (Whit Chr)
San Dimas at Maranatha — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Santa Clara at Bosco Tech — Robledo (Santa Clara); Aram (SC)
Santa Fe at Bonita — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (Bonita)
Schurr at El Monte — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Sonora vs. Brea Olinda at La Habra HS — Robledo (Sonora); Aram (Sonora)
South El Monte at La Puente — Robledo (South El Monte); Aram (SEM)
South Hills vs. La Canada at Covina District Stadium — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
St. Anthony at Southlands Christian — Robledo (St. Anthony); Aram (St. Anth)
St. Francis at West Covina — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Walnut at Diamond Bar — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Aram (DB)
West Ranch at Pasadena — Robledo (WRanch); Aram (WR)
Wilson at Los Altos — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Windward at Duarte — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Saturday’s game
Brentwood at Pasadena Poly, 12:30 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)

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