Tribskin Pick’em: Huge League Showdowns, Glendora-Rancho Cucamonga; Charter Oak-Chino Hills; Diamond Bar-Diamond Ranch

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (13-5, last week); (97-45, season total)
Fred Robledo (13-5, last week); (101-41, season total)

10-4-13 DRANCH05This Week: Lot of tough games to pick with the best on paper, undefeated Glendora (6-0) vs. undefeated Rancho Cucamonga (6-0) at Los Osos. The Tartans have grinded out every victory, winning their last five by four points or less each time. At some point you don’t win all the close games, and I’m not sure this is close to begin win. Take RC by two or three touchdowns. Sorry Tarty. Big Hacienda showdown, Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar. It’s set up perfect for DBar after losing to Los Altos. This is their bounce-back game and after eating humble pie every year against the Ranch, enough is enough, take the purple. In the Sierra League I know I took Chino Hills to win the league title and win it easy. But Charter Oak has shown me something the past couple weeks and I think they’re hungry enough and good enough to get the upset win on the road. Other games that are tough to call but I’m picking them are Covina over Baldwin Park, Bassett over Sierra Vista, Mountain View over Gabrielino and Damien over Ayala.

This week’s games and predictions
Friday’s games
Baseline League
Glendora vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (Rancho)
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Ranch)
Rowland at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Walnut at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (Gabrielino)
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosmead)
Montview League
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bassett)
Ganesha vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman); Aram (Ganesha)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
La Puente at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Sierra League
Ayala at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Ayala)
Charter Oak at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (Chino Hills)
South Hills at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South Hills); Aram (SH)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (BP)
Nogales at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Pomona at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P-Town)

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Glendora football is the “I believe that we will win” team

I’m on the Glendora wagon, they’re 6-0 and have won every game by 8 points or less. That’s coaching, that’s playing hard, that’s believing, and being lucky and good. But how far will heart and a will over skill attitude take you? They play undefeated Rancho Cucamonga (6-0) on Friday at Los Osos, and you know how that will probably turn out? You don’t think they can do it again, do you?
…By the way, the Charter Oak “Oak Squad” was more impressive than I thought. But they lack creative chants. Start with this.

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Glendora stuns Upland, 24-21; Charter Oak routs Damien, 35-7; Notre Dame beats Bishop Amat, 31-21

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the football scoreboard page

CHARTER OAK-DAMIEN PHOTO GALLERY

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Friday’s results
Baseline League

Glendora 24, Upland 21Biggest win for Glendora since leaving the Sierra for the Baseline. Tartans a perfect 6-0 and can make a case for being the Valley’s best team.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 35, Damien 7 Can’t believe they’re really 2-5 … I’m a believer and like their chances more and more next week at Chino Hills.
Ayala 17, Claremont 14 — Thought the Bulldogs would win easier, but a W is a W.

Serra League
Notre Dame 31, Bishop Amat 21Bishop Amat can’t run the football, it’s as simple as that. Now they’re 0-1 in the Serra with Alemany at home in two weeks. Not good.

Hacienda League
Bonita 29, Walnut 10 Bearcats trailed 10-9 at half but got it going in the second to stay in the Hacienda chase.
Los Altos 31, Diamond Bar 14 The Conquerors needed it after losing to Diamond Ranch last week. Now the Brahmas must beat Diamond Ranch or they’re in big trouble.
West Covina 54, Rowland 7 No surprise, West Covina usually does this to teams it should do this against.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 41, Gabrielino 7On paper it looked close, but in reality you knew it would turn out like this.
South El Monte 50, El Monte 20 – Eagles hoping they can beat a sleeper in the MVL, and always helps when you can crush your rival.
Rosemead 34, Mountain View 27, OTNobody ever expects overtime, but we all expected a close game and got one.

Montview League
Bassett 27, La Puente 13 — Biggest upset of the night considering La Puente was chasing a league title and Bassett was near the bottom of the Trib list.
Sierra Vista 34, Ganesha 21 – Dons trying to stay in the playoff picture.

Valle Vista League
Covina 36, Wilson 0 – Easy win for Covina who still has playoff hopes.
Pomona 17, Northview 9Raise your hand if thought Pomona would be 6-0.
San Dimas 70, Baldwin Park 27 You knew Baldwin Park wouldn’t stay undefeated facing San Dimas, but you didn’t know the Saints would drop 70.

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Duarte and Azusa romp to easy victories in Thursday night Montview League games

For quarter updates of tonight’s games, click the football scoreboard page

Photo Gallery of Duarte’s 45-0 win over Gladstone
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Duarte 45, Gladstone 0: The high school football regular season is past the halfway point and it’s hurry-up time. Duarte High School, seemingly stuck in neutral in its Montview League game against visiting Gladstone Thursday night, took that hurry-up to heart. The Falcons switched to a no-huddle offense and it ignited a 45-0 victory.

Azusa 53, Workman 7: Senior running back Cameron Blackburn returned from an injury to lead Azusa to a 53-7 win over Workman on Thursday night at Citrus College. The Aztecs (4-2,3-0) fell behind 7-6 midway through the first quarter then scored 45 consecutive points as their defense stifled the Lobos.

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Sierra, Mission Valley tweet predictions

AFTER TWEETING PREDICTIONS, LOVE THE RESPONSES

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Ray Nelson inspired all of us

“Most people, when dealt the cards he was at such a young age, would have kept saying, ‘Why should I?’ But Ray spent his entire life asking, ‘Why can’t I?’ ” -- Former sports editor Art Wilson and childhood friend of Ray.

Steve Hunt column on Ray Nelson

raynelsonSTORY: Ray Nelson, a sportswriter and copy editor for this newspaper for more than 25 years, died early Tuesday morning from natural causes. He was 60. Services are pending.
Nelson served two stints with this newspaper, the first from 1979-94 and again from 1997-2004. Since health issues forced him to retire, he had freelanced and was featured as a horse racing handicapper.
“This is truly a sad day,” said Steve Hunt, San Gabriel Valley Tribune supervising editor and former sports editor. “Ray Nelson was a cherished member of our newspaper family and a wonderful man. He was the nicest person I have ever met, a gentle soul who possessed that rare ability to remain upbeat and positive at all times.
“He brought a calming influence to the Sports Department, and was loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.”

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Bonita girls volleyball will host Los Altos on Thursday in big Hacienda match and fundraiser for Breast Cancer

Thursday night is not just prep football night, there’s a pretty big girls volleyball game that also will serve as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer. Whenever Bonita (4-0) faces Los Altos (3-1) it’s always an intriguing match, but the “Dig Pink” event will help raise money for Breast Cancer, as well as being an important match in the Hacienda League race. Bonita will host Los Altos at 5:30 p.m. There are approximately 70 prizes and gift cards to raffle off, and there will be baked goods and 50/50s. Go donate a few bucks and watch a great match for a good cause. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Could coach Darren Murphy leave Northview for South Hills baseball?

VNORTHVIEWOne of the most prized coaching vacancies in the Valley is at South Hills, where longtime baseball coach Kevin Smith vacated his position to become the head coach at Mt. San Antonio College. Who will succeed Smith? I’ve heard some rumors and one that stands out is Northview’s Darren Murphy. I have no idea if Murphy, who won a championship at Northview and who has built his program into one of the areas best would leave, but sources tell me that he’s interested. I texted Murphy to ask if there was any truth to it all, but haven’t heard back. If there is one candidate already at South Hills that would be a logical successor to Smith it’s assistant Dan Roddy, who always comes across as a knowledgeable and competitive baseball guy. I’m sure there are many other well-known coaches interested in the position, which likely comes with a teaching job, so stay tuned. I’m sure South Hills will want to make a decision sooner rather than later.

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Chino Hills football is the heavy favorite in the Sierra

STORY: There’s one thing most people agree on when it comes to the Sierra League this season. The Chino Hills High School football is the overwhelming favorite.
It stands to reason, too. The Huskies have the league’s best record, have played the toughest nonleague schedule and have the best nonleague win of any resume with their 30-17 triumph over Tesoro on Sept. 12.

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Is Bishop Amat ready for the Serra?

“I think we are where we want to be. I think the six (nonleague) games served their purpose. The next four are going to be the most important of all.” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty.

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Story: There were a few unknowns for the Bishop High School football team back in August.
The Lancers, after winning five of six games during the nonleague portion of its schedule while averaging 42 points per game,
appears to have answered its questions, and will likely be one of the favorites when Serra League play opens next week.
Bishop Amat had a passing grade in its final test this week, scoring on seven of its first 10 drives en route to a 48-26 victory at Culver City.

Below: Tyler Vaughns highlights in Friday’s 48-26 win over Culver City. Check out the one-hand catch at the 1:15 mark. Incredible.

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Tribune Super 35 Rankings: Glendora, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch round out the Top 5

10-4-13 DRANCH05
TRIBUNE SUPER 35 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-1) — No question the Lancers are No. 1 in the area, but to finish No. 1 in the Serra it must win games on the road like the one at Notre Dame. The Lancers are giving up way too many points and big plays and have struggled away from home in the Serra in recent years, which is why they’re 12-points underdogs at ND on CalPreps.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) – Fresh off a bye week Chino Hills should be fully prepared to face South Hills on Saturday at Covina District. South Hills has a punchers chance, but Chino Hills has emerged as a huge favorite to win the Sierra.
3. Glendora (5-0) — It’s been an unbelievably great start for the Tartans with wins over Charter Oak, South Hills, Bonita and Ayala, but they haven’t been dominant wins. They deserve being No. 3, but with Upland in town next, can they keep it going?
4. Diamond Bar (5-1) — An impressive two weeks in the Hacienda, beating Bonita, West Covina with Los Altos up next. If the Brahmas get past the Conqs, all that stands in the way of a Hacienda league title would be Diamond Ranch, whom it plays next week.
5. Diamond Ranch (5-1) – The Panthers beat previously undefeated Los Altos and are feeling good about their Hacienda and Southeast Division chances. But there’s still a lot of work to do.
6. Charter Oak (1-4) – How is a 1-4 team No. 6? It’s the Amat rule. The Chargers’ win over Los Osos was more impressive by far than any victory of the teams ranked below. It’s that simple.
7. Los Altos (4-1) — Still say when all is said and done the Conqs finish third in the Hacienda behind Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch.
8. Bonita (4-2) — The Bearcats beat Rowland 59-0 which is the kind of win they need offensively and defensively for their confidence after losing to Diamond Bar. Can they still make the playoffs? Yes, but it won’t be easy.
9. South Hills (2-3) – The Huskies lost to three quality opponents and twice by a touchdown or less. With Chino Hills next their top ten ranking could be short-lived, but they deserve to be here this week.
10. Arroyo (4-1) — I’m going to throw them the Aram bone. I’m not so sure if they deserve No. 10, but they have looked good since a season-opening loss to Los Altos
The Rest: 11. Damien (2-3); 12. Ayala (2-3); 13. San Dimas (2-3); 14. Baldwin Park (5-0); 15. Pomona (5-0); 16. Northview (5-1); 17. Rosemead (4-1); 18. West Covina (2-4); 19. La Puente (4-1); 20. Azusa (3-2); 21. Claremont (1-4); 22. Covina (2-4); 23. Mountain View (3-2); 24. Duarte (2-3); 25. Walnut (2-3), 26. Rowland (2-4); 27. El Monte (1-4); 28. South El Monte (1-5), 29. Gladstone (2-3); 30. Nogales (2-4); 31. Sierra Vista (1-4); 32. Bassett (2-3); 33. Wilson (1-5); 34. Workman (2-3); 35. Ganesha (1-4).

TRIBUNE AREA LEADERS
PASSING

1. Koa Haynes, Bishop Amat, 117-172, 1,1769 yards, 17 TDs
2. Michael Moran, Baldwin Park, 88-134, 1,450 yards, 13 TDs
3. Nathan Coto, El Monte, 99-160, 1,393 yards, 15 TDs
4. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 90-168, 1,222, 10 TDs
5. Tyler Peterson, Diamond Bar, 102-160, 1,047 yards, 9 TDs
6. Jacob Tovar, La Puente, 61-98, 1,039 yards, 10 TDS
7. Adrian Cuevas, El Monte, 68-122, 977 yards, 7 TDs
8. Brian Meyetee, Ayala, 57-131, 967 yards, 8 TDs
9. Tanner Diebold, Bonita, 85-150, 865 yards, 7 TDs
10. Manny Lua, Pomona, 42-76, 818 yards, 9 TDs
RUSHING
1. Justin Torres, Sierra Vista, 1007 yards, 8 TDs
2. Donavon Davis, Ganesha, 962 yards, 13 TDs
3. Jake Payton, Bonita, 694 yards, 10 TDs
4. Leroy Cloud, Damien, 637 yards, 2 TDs
5. Cecil Fleming, Claremont, 561 yards, 7 TDS
6. Alex Salgado, Workman, 542 yards, 8 TDS
7. Jackie Zhang, Rowland, 533 yards, 3 TDS
8. Tyler Brown, Diamond Bar, 513 yards, 10 TDS
9. Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 479 yards, 6 TDS
10. Cameron Blackburn, Azusa, 460 yards, 2 TDs
RECEIVING
1. Jose Ochoa, La Puente, 27 reception, 629 yards, 10 TDS
2. Nico Lozano, Arroyo, 24 receptions, 607 yards, 6 TDS
3. Jayson Miller, Baldwin P ark, 26 receptions, 549 yards, 4 TDs
4. Brandon Arconado, Bishop Amat, 26 receptions, 473 yards, 3 TDs
5. Donavin Washington, 30 receptions, 467 yards, 6 TDs
6. Raymen Baraza, Baldwin Park, 27 receptions, 442 yards, 5 TDs
7. Zion Echols, Charter Oak, 28 receptions, 422 yards, 5 TDs
8. Matthew Zahn, Bishop Amat, 22 receptions, 404 yards, 1 TD
9. Cordell Broadus, Diamond Bar, 36 receptions, 393 yards, 6 TDs
10. Shawn Wilson, Pomona, 17 receptions, 386 yards, 5 TDs

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat opens Serra as 12-point underdogs at Notre Dame; Damien visits Charter Oak

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (16-3, last week); (84-40, season total)
Fred Robledo (17-2, last week); (88-36, season total)

Last week: Aram I virtually had the same selections last week with the exception of one game, I took St. Francis while he took Monrovia. We all know how that turned out. The two others we lost were taking Ayala over Kaiser and Damien over Los Alamitos.

amatreadyThis week: The Serra, Sierra and Mission Valle League’s get rolling and none bigger that Bishop Amat’s opener at Notre Dame, where Amat is listed as a 12-point underdogs on Calpreps. 12 points! That may come as a surprise, but the Lancers are giving up a lot of points while Notre Dame’s scoring a lot of points. But this is one of those where I have that sneaky feeling Amat’s defense will rise to the challenge and Koa Haynes, Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney and Co., will do enough on offense to pull it out. In the Sierra League, Damien visits Charter Oak in a match-up that can go either way. But after last week’s Chargers win, I’m sticking with the boys in blue to make it two straight. South Hills opens on Saturday against Chino Hills at the District, a game everyone can watch, but it will probably be a blowout. Chino Hills is too good. In the Mission Valley League Mountain View at Rosemead is intriguing, but I like the Panthers to squeeze it out.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Azusa vs. Workman at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Gladstone at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Friday’s games
Baseline League
Glendora vs. Upland at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Upland); Aram (Upland)
Hacienda League
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
Diamond Bar at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (LA)
Rowland at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (The WC)
Mission Valley League
El Monte at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (EM)
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Mountain View at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rsmd); Aram (Panthers)
Montview League
Bassett at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (Ganesha)
Serra League
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Sierra League
Claremont at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Damien at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C-Town)
Northview vs. Pomona at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (P-Town)
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Saturday’s game
Sierra League
South Hills vs. Chino Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)

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Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch win big again but Charter Oak with the biggest win of the night, 31-20 over Los Osos; St. Francis crushes Monrovia, 48-14

“We don’t circle any games on our calendar. The game that needs to be circled is the next game. We were not looking past Los Altos tonight, we knew what they would bring.” Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton on facing Diamond Bar after its bye week.

For final scores and stories of all the games in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, click link.

stfrancisFriday’s results
Bishop Amat 48, Culver City 19 Lancers finish non-league 5-1 heading into next week’s Serra opener at Notre Dame.
Charter Oak 31, Los Osos 20 Might be just the Chargers’ (1-4) first win of the season, but there are few teams in this area with a bigger notch on their belt.
St. Francis 48, Monrovia 14 Guess this settles who’s the best in the Star-News area. But I could have told you that.
Diamond Ranch 30, Los Altos 13 Moves to 2-0 in the Hacienda with victory over previously undefeated Los Altos.
Diamond Bar 34, West Covina 13Heard there were “we’ve got Noodles” chants in the stands at Diamond Bar. But more importantly, Brahmas get the win to keep pace with Diamond Ranch, both 2-0.
Glendora 16, South Hills 14 Tartans win with a 19-yard field goal in final minute to remain undefeated, 5-0, with Upland in town next week.
San Dimas 58, Wilson 7 The Valle Vista is a sight for sore eyes for the Saints, who might win every game this way.
10-4-13 DRANCH02Kaiser 18, Ayala 14Bulldogs had a lead most of the game, but not when it counts, in the end.
Bell Gardens 32, El Monte 6 Not the Lions year, it’s as simple as that.
Rosemead 35, Temple City 14 Arroyo may be the Mission Valley favorite, but Rosemead is right there.
Baldwin Park 35, Nogales 29Nogales rallied from a big deficit to tie the score at 29, but the Braves pulled it out to remain undefeated, 5-0.
Los Alamitos 27, Damien 13The Spartans hung, but couldn’t get the W. It should be a great one at Charter Oak next week.
Bonita 59, Rowland 0 This looks and feels ugly just typing it.
Arroyo 34, La Canada 10 The Knights continue to get better and better since season-opening loss to Los Altos.
San Marino 63, South El Monte 14 Could the Titans possibly give Monrovia a game, especially after Monrovia’s blowout loss to St. Francis?
La Puente 33, Sierra Vista 12 The Warriors keep winning and winning, can’t wait for that showdown with Azusa.
Duarte 52, Workman 0 Not a surprise, the Falcons wanted this after last week’s close loss to Azusa.
Maranatha 23, Mountain View 20The Vikings came up just short.
Bassett 34, Gladstone 28 Despite losing almost everyone from last season, the Gladiators continue to be competitive.


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Thursday Final: Paint it black! Northview rallies from 21 down to beat Covina, 31-28….Azusa routs Ganesha

VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
NORTHVIEW 31, COVINA 28

By Steve Ramirez
@steverramirez

COVINA –The Covina city championship trophy that the Northview and Covina high school football teams play for annually is not going anywhere.
The Vikings made sure of it Thursday night in the most shocking of circumstances.
Senior running back Bryan Salinas rushed for 160 yards and Jared Brito bulldozed his way into the end zone on a 25-yard catch-and-run during the middle of the fourth quarter as Northview rallied from 21 points down to score a 31-28 victory at Covina District Field to beat Covina for the second-consecutive season.
Damian Lavin rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings, who improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Valle Vista League. Quarterback Peter Vandereb threw for 101 yards and two scores.
Darren Torres accounted for 204 yards and three touchdowns for Covina, which slipped to 2-4 and 0-2. Pearnell Smalley IV rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown. The Colts, who led 28-7 in the second quarter, drove to Northview’s 49 with less than a minute to play. But Torres was stopped a yard short of a first down at the Viking’ 40 on a fourth-down run with 41 seconds left.
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Northview coach Marcel Perez: “We just started playing like a team. (Ybarra and Salinas) really stepped it up. And (Brito) made a big play. Big players make big plays, and he’s one of our big guys. Thank God for him.”
Covina coach Joe Brown: “I give Northview credit. They kept playing. But we gave it away, plain and simple. We didn’t challenge them, like in the first half. We just didn’t do all the little things like we did in the first half. We thought we could rest on it, and in football, you can’t, especially against a good team.”
Northview’s Bryan Salinas: “We just didn’t give up. We went to the locker room and told everyone that it’s time to step up. We all did that and executed.”

MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Azusa 57, Ganesha 27

The Aztecs showed their ready to get back to the top of the league race with their second consecutive victory.
Jose Ledesma completed 7 of 9 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to lead Azusa, which improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.
Donavon Davis rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants, who slipped to 1-4 and 0-2.
Azusa coach Joe Scherf: Not making the playoffs last year is right behind my kids all the time. We didn’t deserve to make the playoffs last year, but that was the first time since I’ve been head coach we didn’t make it and there is a hunger there now.”

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Our very own Clay Fowler is co-producing a feature-length documentary that explores the world of college football recruiting

Daily Bulletin and Sun sports reporter Clay Fowler is co-producing “Signing Day,” a feature-length documentary film that explores the world of college football recruiting through the stories of three football players from Summit, Claremont and Diamond Ranch High Schools. Several NFL players who are Inland Empire natives were also interviewed for the film about their own recruiting experiences, including Eric Weddle, Toby Gerhart, Anthony Munoz, Terrell Thomas and Bobby Wagner. Check out the trailer below and see more videos on its Signing Day Facebook page.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Another big week in the Hacienda; Monrovia-St. Francis ready for showdown

Aram Tolegian and I will go head-to-head picking football games throughout the season. He edged me out the past two seasons, but it’s not happening this year, not when we’re playing for a Slater’s 50-50 burger.

Aram Tolegian (11-8, last week); (68-37, season total)
Fred Robledo (13-6, last week); (71-34, season total)

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Last week: I picked up three games on our football expert by going 3-0 in the Hacienda while he went 0-3. Enough said.

This week: The biggest game is from the West San Gabriel Valley so we might as well pick it. I’ve got St. Francis and have been saying for weeks they won’t lose to Monrovia two-straight years. Golden Knights coach Jim Bonds won’t let it happen. Period, end of story. In the Hacienda, I like Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch to continue on its collision course with victories over Los Altos and West Covina, respectively. Covina and Northview go at it Thursday night in what should be a close game, but I like the Vikes to bounce back after last week’s loss to San Dimas. It’s too bad Glendora doesn’t face Bishop Amat because they’ve beaten every other top local contender and will do so again against South Hills at the District. In somewhat of an upset, I like Damien to bounce back and beat Los Alamitos at home.

This week’s games and predictions
Thursday’s game

Ganesha vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Covina vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Northview)
Friday’s games
Hacienda League
Bonita at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-High)
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (Roddy)
West Covina at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DBar); Aram (D-Bar)
Montview League
Gladstone at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Workman at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Falcs)
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park); Aram (BP)
Wilson at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Arroyo at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Ayala at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bishop Amat at Culver City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
El Monte at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
El Toro at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Toro); Aram (ET)
Glendora vs. South Hills at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Los Alamitos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (D-High)
Los Osos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LO)
Mountain View at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
South El Monte at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
St. Francis at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (M-Town)
Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)

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With Antonio Hull out, Diamond Bar fired up to take on West Covina

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Story: The Diamond Bar High School football team doesn’t have to look too hard to find motivation for this Friday’s game against West Covina.
The Brahmas simply need to watch and listen to teammate Antonio “Noodles” Hull in practice this week and they’ll have plenty of inspiration to get what would be a gratifying win after a controversial offseason between the two programs.
Hull doesn’t get to play in Friday’s game. He’s ineligible after his transfer from West Covina to Diamond Bar this offseason was ruled to be athletically motivated by the CIF-Southern Section after West Covina’s coaching staff challenged the move.

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Sibling rivarly between Donavon and Isaiah Davis good for Ganesha football

ganeshaStory: Seniors Donavon and Isaiah Davis admit there is a bit of sibling rivalry when it comes to who can produce the most yards for the Ganesha High School football team. Donavon is the top running back and Isaiah lines up in the backfield with him at quarterback.
Since Donavon has more opportunity, Isaiah wants to claim his passing yards too. If he does, then Donavon wants to add his kick return yards, which coach Don Cayer says is a deal Isaiah should take because no one kicks to his brother anyway.

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Girls Vollebyall: Los Altos still the team to beat in Hacienda League, bests Diamond in four sets

By Steve Ramirez
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HACIENDA HEIGHTS –
Los Altos High School was pick by most to win the Hacienda League girls volleyball title this season, and so far the Conquerors are living up to the billing.
Senior middle blocker Jeannette Mojica had 14 kills and senior outside hitter Marisa Rojo 11 as Los Altos took over first place with a 22-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19 victory over Dimaond Bar on Tuesday.
The Conquerors, also getting six kills from senior opposite Jordan Midyette and five from sophomore outside hitter Mireya Rojo, improved to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. Los Altos also won its 14th consecutive Hacienda League match after going 12-0 last season.
Junior opposite Jessica Pierce had 10 kills for the Brahmas, who slipped to 6-5 and 2-1.

Los Altos High girls volleyball defeats Diamond Bar High 3-1 October 1, 2013.  (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

Los Altos High girls volleyball defeats Diamond Bar High 3-1 October 1, 2013. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/SGV Tribune)

Los Altos coach Jaime Ornelas: “(The final three) sets we figured out who we could serve to, and who we could go to. We modified our defense, and the girls picked up their service. Once we pickd up that momentum, we did a lot better and the girls picked up their game.”
Diamond Bar coach Hua Li: Both teams played really well. Los Altos did better than us. We need to find out by the next match what we need to do to play well in our home game (against Los Altos).”
Los Altos’ Jeannette Mojica: “Our biggest comeptitor this year is Diamond Bar. They’ve been our focus in practice. We’re very proud of ourselves that we were able to smash them.”

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Tribune Top 10 rankings … Aram Style for this week only

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Two words for you: Matt. Fink. Three more: Four and Oh

NOTE: With Freddie out of town, Aram will be making this week’s Tribune Top 10. Yes, you can expect Fred to screw it all up again NEXT WEEK when he’s back. But for now, enjoy the legitimacy.

1. Bishop Amat (4-1) — Masochistic Amat fans got their jollies last week when the Lancers whipped up on St. Paul in a result that surprised nobody. Not sure what it did for Amat’s development, but hey, a big win is a big win. Next up is a roadie to Culver City.
2. Chino Hills (4-1) — At some point, the Huskies’ porous defense will cost them. Just don’t expect that to be any time soon. The Huskies showed during the nonleague that they are the clear favorites in the Sierra League.
3. Glendora (4-0) — No lead is safe against the Tartans. QB Matt Fink is doing a nice job building his legend with all these late-game TD passes that translate into wins. You have to start wondering just where the Tartans fit in the Baseline League race.
4. Los Altos (4-0) — The Conqs had last week off to rest and heal up and brace for the challenge that is Diamond Ranch. Los Altos is one of few teams in the Hacienda League, if not the only the team, who can handle D-Ranch’s size. But can they handle DR’s speed?
5. Diamond Rancho (4-1) — Scary, scary, scary. The Panthers can really run the ball and play solid defense. Not sure if they can pass … not sure they’ll need to anytime soon. If D-Ranch can beat LA, then the path gets clearer to the league title.
6. Diamond Bar (4-1) — The Brahmas served notice last week with their win over Bonita. It seemed like D-Bar got out to lead and played ‘catch us if you can’. That style is their only hope in the Hacienda and likely the playoffs.
7. Bonita (3-2) — There are still some nice wins on Bo-High’s resume. Last week was a bit of a hit, though. Now the Bearcats are in must-win situations likely every week the rest of the way … and that’s just to make the playoffs.
8. South Hills (2-2) — The Huskies fell apart late against Monrovia. But hey, it’s Monrovia. Not sure what to make of the Huskies’ nonleague quite yet. The element of a passing game hasn’t been what many had hoped. But the losses are to good teams. Guessing game …
9. Ayala (2-2) — The Bulldogs’ win over Diamond Ranch speaks volume … even if they were asleep for three quarters in that game. The close loss to M-Town looks better and better, too. Hard to knock any Ayala fan for feeling confident about the next six weeks.
10. West Covina (2-3) — Because The WC has lost three straight games, I can certainly not argue with anyone saying No. 10 should go to Arroyo or Damien. And the good news is that if things don’t change quick for the Bulldogs’ offense, they’ll get smoked by D-Bar next week and the ten spot will be open for the taking.

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