Los Altos doesn’t apologize for illegal kickoff; Refs admit mistake

Thanks to Glendora kicker Caleb Watkins for sharing. We get it Caleb. Isn’t this offside? Someone? Anyone? Maybe I don’t know football as well as I should, but I’ve never seen this before. It’s a great play if you’re allowed to block a kickoff, but you can’t. And what was Los Altos thinking? I’m not going as far as saying it’s a dirty play, but good thing they didn’t take out the kicker or this could have turned ugly.

LOS ALTOS REACTION: “First and foremost, there was zero mal-intent,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “If you notice on the film, our kid even turned away in order to avoid Caleb.
“Here’s the thought process: Caleb is a stud. He’s got a 99-percent touch-back rate on kickoffs and kicks field goals from all over the yard. So my special teams coach goes, ‘It’s going to be a touch-back anyway, so what’s a 5-yard encroachment penalty? What if we go block the opening kickoff just to knock it down, just to get the kid to go what the heck? And that’s kinda what we did, to see if we could get in his head and rattle him the rest of the night. Obviously, it didn’t work.”
TRACY MCFATE, OFFICIALS REACTION: “It’s absolutely a encroachment penalty and it should have been called as soon as the first (Los Altos) player stepped over the 40-yard line,” McFate said. “We make no excuses. There’s three officials who should have caught it. I think it was the element of surprise.

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: No. 2 Glendora vs. No. 4 Charter Oak next

1. Bishop Amat (3-1)
— No more Colony or Chino Hills easy games, the real season starts Friday with Notre Dame in town for the Mission opener.
2. Glendora (3-0) – Looking more and more like the No. 1 team in the Central.
3. Bonita (4-0) — The great preseason won’t mean anything if they can’t beat San Dimas in the Smudge Pot.
4. Charter Oak (3-1) — Can’t think of a better non-league game going into league than having the two Central heavyweights, Charter Oak and Glendora, slug it out.
5. Northview (3-1) — Back-to-back 35-0 shutouts over Baldwin Park and Walnut.
6. Los Altos (3-1) — After a big loss to Glendora, it doesn’t get any easier with Monrovia up next.
7. Diamond Ranch (3-1) — Coach Jimmy Welker deserves a lot of credit, especially for the Panthers’ defense.
8. Diamond Bar (3-1) — You didn’t think they were going undefeated did you?
9. San Dimas (2-1) — Saints thinking of only one thing: Beating Bonita in the Smudge.
10. West Covina (1-3) — There would be a lot of area teams not named Bishop Amat that would be 1-3 if they played the Bulldogs’ schedule.
The Rest: 11. Damien (1-2); 12. Pomona (2-2), 13. South Hills (1-3), 14. Arroyo (2-2), 15. Ganesha (3-1), 16. Bassett (2-1), 17. Mountain View (3-1), 18. Covina (1-2), 19. Sierra Vista (2-1), 20. El Monte (2-2), 21. Baldwin Park (1-3), 22. Walnut (1-3). 23. Rowland (1-2); 24. Gladstone (1-3); 25. Rosemead (0-4); 26. Nogales (1-2), 27. Azusa (0-3); 28. La Puente (1-3); 29. South El Monte (0-4); 30. Wilson (1-2); 31. Duarte (0-3); 32. Workman (1-2)

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Water Polo Smudge Pot goes to Bonita, 14-6

San Dimas High water polo vs. Bonita High Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas High water polo vs. Bonita High Sept. 22, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


SAN DIMAS — Bonita High School has held a competitive advantage in boys water polo over intra-district rival San Dimas over the years, and the Bearcats continued the trend Tuesday.
Mitchell Montenegro and Alex Mkrtchyan had three goals each and the Bearcats rallied for a 14-6 victory over the host Saints in a nonleague game.
Greg Fusco, Bryan Plat and Ian Schubert had two goals each for Bonita, which improved to 5-4. Robbie Simpson and James Hull had two goals each for San Dimas, which slipped to 5-5.
San Dimas looked held the early advantage, leading 3-2 after the first quarter. But Bonita put the clamps on the Saints the rest of the way, limiting San Dimas to three goals over the final three quarter to win by eight.
The key point for Bonita came in the second quarter when it scored four goals during the first five minutes to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead.
Bonita coach Art Villalpando: “It means a lot (to beat San Dimas). It was a nonleague game, but our schools do share a rivalry, so it’s nice to see the boys compete against someone, maybe they are not used to playing, but feel obligated to have good games (against). I felt we played well. We started out a little bit slow, but we were able to pick it up. I was real happy with that.”
Bonita’s Mitchell Montenegro: “It was a close game at the very beginning. But by the second quarter, we were able to turn it on and just dominated the rest of the game.
“We turned on our defense and they couldn’t score.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Tuesday Recap: Loryn Carter and Alex Everett each had six kills to lead St. Lucy’s VB to sweep Ayala

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
St. Lucy’s 3, Ayala 0 — Loryn Carter and Alex Everett each had six kills for the Regents (6-5) in a 25-17, 25-17, 25-23 nonleague win.
St. Paul 3, Bishop Amat 0 — Hannah Tostado had 17 kills and five blocks and Katie Engle had 24 digs for the Swordsmen (8-2) in a 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 victory.
Diamond Ranch 3, South Hills 1 — Marina Roski had 12 kills, Sarah Krestchmar had 33 assists and Vicki Zaluski had 12 digs for the Panthers (9-3) in a 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 25-22 nonleague win. Bree Newton had 16 kills and Natalia Castro had 34 digs for the Huskies (3-2).
Los Altos 3, Bonita 2 — Mireya Rojo had 20 kills, 17 digs and two blocks and Michelle Rosas had 14 kills, six digs and three blocks for the Conquerors (3-8) in a 23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-19, 15-12 nonleague win. Hanna Gallos had 18 assists, Stephanie Ramos had 17 assists, 12 digs and three aces and Priscilla Gutierrez had 22 digs for Los Altos.

Girls tennis
Gladstone 13, Duarte 5 — The teams of Angelica Nabor-Martinez and Anahi Sandoval and Valeria deLeon and Melina Ramos swept in doubles and Marina Chow and Josephine Marquez won two in singles to lead the Gladiators (4-1, 1-0) to their first Montview League win of the season.

Girls golf
Bishop Amat 231, St. Anthony 340 — Brittney Conroy and Sharon Chen each shot a 40 and Alyssa Ruiz shot a 46 to lead the Lancers (3-0, 2-0) to the Del Rey League victory. Bishop Amat’s Veronica Trujillo shot a 51 and Audrey Parayno shot a 54.

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Big changes atop volleyball poll; Mayfield is No. 1

Mayfield defeated La Salle in four games

There is a big switch up in this week’s all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s Top 25 volleyball poll. Three teams made big leaps:

1. Mayfield (6-0)
Will play St. Lucy’s on Thursday (3)
2. La Serna (5-0) Faces Whittier Christian on Wednesday (4)
3. Whittier Christian (14-2) Third-place finish in north San Diego County tournament (5)
4. San Gabriel (7-0) Swept Arcadia; two road games this week (6)
5. Flintridge Sacred Heat (5-3) Big nonleague match vs. Mira Costa Thursday (1)
6. Bonita (11-4) At Los Altos on Tuesday (9)
7. St. Lucy’s (5-5) Went 2-5 in Durango tournament (2)
8. St. Paul (7-2) Lost to Whittier Christian; swept Santa Fe (8)
9. La Salle (7-8) Finished second in Durango’s bracket No. 5 (10)
10. Glendora (4-2) Should roll through San Dimas Thursday (unranked)
Others: Duarte (10-3)(7), South Pasadena (5-1), Monrovia (6-4), Gabrielino (9-4), Gladstone (8-2), Arcadia (1-2), Diamond Ranch (8-3), Westridge (4-2), California (4-2), Maranatha (10-4), San Marino (7-1-2,), La Mirada (4-3), Diamond Bar (6-8), West Covina (7-6), Charter Oak (7-5).

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Tribskin Pick’Em: I’m taking Bonita in the Smudge; Charter Oak for the Mayor’s Trophy and Amat in Serra opener

Aram Tolegian Last week: 31-10; Season: 128-41
Fred Robledo Last week: 32-9; Season: 131-38
Last week: We missed a lot of the same games, but it helped I took San Clemente over La Mirada and La Habra over Los Alamitos, which I won on a Hail Mary. Aram got one back taking El Monte over Gladstone.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s games
Pacific League

Arcadia at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arc)
Azusa vs. Covina at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pio)
La Habra at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
La Salle at Bellflower, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Friday’s games
Mission League

Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (BA)
Mission Valley League
Marshall at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rose)
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Pacific League
Hoover at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pasadena); Aram (Pas)
Muir at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Bur)
Suburban League
Norwalk at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
San Dimas vs. Bonita at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Medrano)
Alhambra vs. South Pasadena at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Baldwin Park at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
Cypress at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Duarte vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Dua)
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
JSerra at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (JSerra); Aram (JS)
Keppel at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
La Canada at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Canada); Aram (LC)
La Puente vs. Viewpoint at Calabasas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Viewpoint); Aram (View)
La Serna vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rancho); Aram (RC)
La Sierra vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Linfield Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Monrovia at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Montclair at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Nogales at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nogales)
Rowland vs. Hillcrest at Norte Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Hillcrest); Aram (Hillcrest)
San Gabriel at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Temple City); Aram (TC)
Santa Fe vs. West Covina at Pioneer, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
South Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Aram (Damien)
St. Francis at Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Workman vs. Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Saturday’s games
Pasadena Poly at Brentwood, 12:30 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (Poly)

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