Tribskin Pick’em: Is Bishop Amat healthy enough to beat Mater Dei in Friday’s opener?

The game: Aram and I will go head-to-head throughout the high school football season for bragging rights. Can’t believe Week 0 is here.

This week: If Bishop Amat is everything we think it is then it will go to Orange County and get a victory over Mater Dei. Health might be a concern, however. DE Andrew Vassquez is out with a knee injury, Trevon Sidney is nursing a hamstring and big offensive lineman Matt Brayton is battling a shoulder injury. Not the greatest way to start, but it’s more important they’re healthy by league than Friday’s opener.

Thursday’s games and predictions
Artesia at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Tolegian (Pioneer)
Jurupa Hills vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Jarupa Hills), Tolegian (Jarupa)
Friday’s games and predictions
Mater Dei vs. Bishop Amat at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Tolegian (Mater Dei)
La Habra at El Toro, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Tolegian (LH)
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. Robledo (La Puente); Tolegian (LP)
Los Altos at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Tolegian (LA)
Nogales vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Rokbledo (Azusa); Tolegian (Azusa)
Northview at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Tolegian (Nview)
Salesian at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Tolegian (Salesian)
San Marino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (San Marino); Tolegian (SM)
Schurr at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Tolegian (Bonita)
South El Monte at Pasadena, 7 p.m — Robledo (Pasadena); Tolegian (PHS)
South Hills at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Tolegian (D-Ranch)
St. John Bosco at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. John Bosco); Tolegian (SJB)
Agoura at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. Robledo (St. Paul); Tolegian (St. Paul)
Alhambra vs. Western at Moor Field 7 p.m.; Robledo (Western); Tolegian (Western)
Bell Gardens at Arcadia, 7 p.m. Robledo (Arcadia); Tolegian (Arcadia)
Burbank at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Tolegian (M-Town)
Colony at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Tolegian (West Covina)
Don Lugo at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Tolegian (Lugo)
Duarte at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Diamond Bar); Tolegian (DB)
El Rancho at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Tolegian (Claremont)
Ganesha at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Tolegian (Ganesha)
Marshall at Southlands Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SChristian); Tolegian (SC)
Montclair at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. Robledo (Montclair); Tolegian (Montclair)
Montebello at El Monte, 7 p.m. Robledo (El Monte); Tolegian (EM)
Mountain View at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Tolegian (Bassett)
Pasadena Poly at Bosco Tech, 4 p.m. – Robledo (PPoly); Tolegian (Poly)
Pomona at Oak Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Tolegian (Pomona)
Rowland vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alta Loma); Tolegian (Alta)
St. Joseph vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Joseph); Tolegian (St Joe)
St. Monica vs. Maranatha at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Tolegian (Maranatha)
Verbum Dei at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Canada); Tolegian (LC)
Whittier vs. Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Sonora); Tolegian (Sonora)
Charter Oak at Green Valley, Henderson NV., 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Tolegian (CO)
San Diego Clairemont at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDC); Tolegian (SDC)
El Camino Real at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Tolegian (LS)
La Serna at Chula Vista Eastlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Tolegian (LS)
Whittier Christian at Bishop, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop); Tolegian (Bishop)
Saturday’s games and predictions
Blair vs. Santa Clarita Christian at Canyon, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SCC); Tolegian (Blair)
California vs. Gahr at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (California); Tolegian (Cal)
Mountain Empire vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental College, 5 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Tolegian (FPrep)

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Minor league baseball player David Denson, who played at South Hills, announces he is gay

Minor league baseball player David Denson, who graduated from South Hills in 2013 and was named to the Tribune all-area team, announced that he is gay in a story published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
Denson, who plays for the Brewers’ rookie affiliate, the Helena Brewers, told the Sentinel that his teammates supported him.
“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” Denson said. “They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’
In his senior year at South Hills, Denson batted .446 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs.

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