BOYS HOOPS: Damien beware, Chino Hills knocks off West SGV power Pasadena, 72-63 .. check out the video

The Chino Hills High School boys basketball team used an 11-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away from Pasadena and post a 73-63 win in the quarterfinals of the Rose City Classic on Wednesday night at Maranatha High.
The Huskies (2-0) got double-figure performances from four players and that was enough to trump Pasadena (1-1) standout Ajon Efferson’s game-high 33 points and advance to play Sylmar in Friday’s semifinals.

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San Dimas will have ticket presale for Friday’s Mid-Valley Division title game, plus video of the Saints opponent, Paraclete

fjsandimasDon’t want to fight the ticket lines on Friday for the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title game between host San Dimas and Paraclete?
San Dimas has a solution for you — a presale.
The school announced today that they will be selling tickets to the game on Thursday and Friday between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tickets costs $10 for adults, and $5 for students with an ID and children under age 14.
The school also announced that additional parking will be made available at McKinley Boys Home, which is on Cypress, north of Lone Hill Ave.


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San Dimas’ winning tradition under Bill Zernickow is always about the Saints’ vaunted Wing Z offensive line

Below: Saints’ six offensive lineman, from left, Mike Zapata, Derek Kearns, Fidel Castro, Nathan Alvarez, Jared Trujillo, and Noah Reep during practice at San Dimas High School football field on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
By Aram Tolegian
The San Dimas High School football team’s offensive line has no individual statistics of its own as proof of its prowess, only the gaudy numbers of the skill players it paves the way for. But ask anyone affiliated with the Saints and they’ll tell you the backbone of this year’s team is its offensive line. And if San Dimas wins the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship on Friday night, you can bet the line made it possible. The Saints host Paraclete in Friday’s Mid-Valley finals. Kickoff is 7 p.m. “There’s holes everywhere,” San Dimas running back Joseph Mayorga. “The holes are always big. There’s always a push behind them, so it’s always great running behind these guys.”

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Diamond Bar looking for a new defensive coach and Wilson looking for a new football coach

On the CIF jobs wanted website there are plenty of football openings in the Valley.
– Diamond Bar is seeking a defensive coach and possible coordinator for football. Those interested should contact coach Ryan Maine at
– Wilson High School is looking for a new head football coach, those interested should contact AD Mark at
California High School is looking for a new head football coach with possible teaching job with it. Contact James Arnold at
– South El Monte is looking for an assistant football coach, contact AD Sonia Ayala at
– Workman High School is looking for assistant football coach, contact head coach Eric MacIntyre 626-893-5135,
– Bonita is looking for an offensive line coach, contact coach Adrian Medrano at

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Ganesha Girls Soccer tournament starts Saturday; plus girls soccer standings, schedules, leaders …

Ganesha Girls Soccer tournament
Pool A: Arroyo, Gladstone, Ontario
Pool B: Ganesha, Pomona Catholic, St. Anthony
Pool C: Segerstrom, Pomona, Edgewood
Pool D: Alhambra, Northview, Birmgham Charter
Saturday’s Games at Ganesha
Field 1
Arroyo vs. Gladstone, 8:45 a.m.
Edgewood vs. Pomona, 10 a.m.
Pomona Catholic vs. St. Anthony, 11:15 a.m.
Northview vs. Birmingham, 12:30 p.m.
St. Anthony vs. Ganesha, 1:45 p.m.
Segerstrom vs. Edgewood, 3 p.m.
Field 2
Ganesha vs. Pomona Catholic, 8:45 a.m.
Alhambra vs. Northview, 10 a.m.
Gladstone vs. Ontario, 11:15 a.m.
Pomona vs. Segerstrom, 12:30 p.m.
Ontario vs. Arroyo, 1:45 p.m.
Birmingham vs. Alhabra, 3 p.m.
Semifinals and finals on Dec. 14, will update

POST SCORES:Following boys and girls soccer is as easy as your coaches make it. If they update scores and stats we can all follow along and have fun this season with MaxPreps standings, schedules, rosters and stats. So, encourage your coaches, this is your time and we want to follow you. You can also tweet me final scores to @sgvnsports or call in results to 626-544-0992 or email results to Next week I’ll post the first boys and girls soccer rankings along with the MaxPreps standings grid.

RANK ‘EM: Now an even better question … New year, new faces, so tell me some of the stud boys and girls I should keep an eye on and which teams are going to be good. For a while now it’s been about Bishop Amat, Diamond Bar, St. Lucy’s, Sierra Vista, Walnut girls and Damien, Los Altos, Mountain View, Pomona, Ganesha and South Hills boys. Tell me there’s something new to write and talk about.

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Baseline League
Del Rey League
Hacienda League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Boys Basketball: Late surge pushes Braves over Sierra Vista in Battle of Baldwin Park

forsaleBy Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
There was nothing but bragging rights on the line Wednesday night at Baldwin Park High School.
For the host Braves, that was enough.
Corey Garcia scored 20 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, and the Baldwin Park boys basketball team scored a 51-45 victory over intra-city rival Sierra Vista in a pool-play game at the fourth annual Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament.
Juan Garcia also had 14 points for the Braves, who improved to 1-1. Corey Garcia also had 12 rebounds.
Steven Baron had 12 points and Christian Lopez and Brian Marquez nine each for the Dons, who slipped to 0-2.
Baldwin Park, which put together a 10-0 run in the second quarter en route to a 25-17 lead at halftime, overcame a sluggish third quarter with a solid performance down the stretch.
The Braves, after Sierra Vista closed to within 33-31 following a 3-pointer by Baron late in the third, used a 15-8 surge to go up 48-39 with just over a minute to play following four consecutive free throws by Corey Garcia, a 9-foot turnaround by Bernard Granados and a 3-pointer by Juan Garcia.
Baldwin Park coach Israel Anguiano: “It’s big, it’s bragging rights. I go hang out with (Sierra Vista coach Herman Flores) from time to time. I want to make sure I have that upper hand every time we meet at a pizza place or something. As far as the kids go, it’s a nice game for both schools. You could see the stands were filled. I’m very proud of my kids.”
Sierra Vista coach Herman Flores: “It’s an excellent rivalry and it’s intense. The kids sometimes lose focus, but our inability to make free throws hurt us today, our inability to make layups hurt us today. In the moment of the game, the kids just threw the ball away. It’s just early-season mistakes, but we’ll continue to work on it. We came back and had every opportunity to win it, but we missed 14 free throws.”

West Covina 60, Garey 31
Northview 56, Arroyo 34
LA Fremont 79, Aquinas 43
South Hills 70 Don Lugo 66, (OT)
Bell Gardens 77, Edgewood 36
Rowland 55, Azusa 23
Baldwin Park 51, Sierra Vista 46
Walnut 89, La Puente 55

At Baldwin Park

Glendora vs. Walnut, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Colony, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Brea Olinda vs. Keppel, 6 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Thousand Oaks, 7:30 p.m.
Friday Semifinals
at Northview, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday championship
At Northview, 7:30 p.m.

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Could San Dimas quarterback Josh Avila be the X Factor in Friday’s championship vs. Paraclete?

avilaBy Aram Tolegian
San Dimas High School quarterback Josh Avila is far more than a caretaker.
Unfortunately, that’s often the stigma a Saints quarterback gets because of the run-heavy offense the team runs under head coach Bill Zernickow.
But if Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship game against Paraclete comes down to a passing situation in order for San Dimas to win, don’t put it past Avila to deliver when his team needs it most.
After all, he’s been doing it all season.
“We would not be here without him, that’s the bottom line,” Zernickow said of Avila. “He’s the glue that’s held everything together. He’s our best offensive football player.”

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Boys basketball: New era at Northview begins with 74-47 loss to D-Ranch in Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park tourney; scores updated

By Stephen Ramirez
@steverramirez on Twitter
Early-season tournament play is usually a work in progress for most high school boys basketball teams.
But for Diamond Ranch, the good more than outweighed the bad on Tuesday.
Ethan Jarrell scored 19 points and Bert Sheffer had 17 and the Panthers overcame a slow start to score a 74-47 victory over Northview in a Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament pool play game at Baldwin Park High School.

Diamond Ranch, also getting 10 points each from Ryan Talmadge and Chidi Udengwu, improved to 2-0. Northview, getting 13 points from Xavier Bernal and 10 from Oscar Silva, lost its first game under new coach Eric Johnson. He succeeded long-time Vikings coach Ron Rice, who retired last season.
The Panthers, who missed their first five shots and trailed 5-0, used a 20-9 run during the end of the first quarter and the start of the second to seize control before halting a Northview rally with a 15-8 run in the third quarter to seal it.
Diamond Ranch coach Loren Grover: “I thought we gave a pretty good defensive effort most of the game. We still have some things to work on, but I thought anyone who played, is certainly giving their best effort.”
Northview coach Eric Johnson: “They hit a lot of big shots. We worked on trying to get to their shooters, but give them credit, they knocked them down.”

In other games Tuesday
– La Puente’s 62-51 win over Garfield Tuesday, junior Enrique Ramirez dropped 28 points and Cisco Gomez notched 17.
–Christian Espinoza scored 19 points, Allan Li had 17 and Michael Barrera had 14 in Los Altos’ 82-28 win over South East in Bosco pool play

Help me help you follow the tournament by emailing results to or tweeting to me @sgvnsports. I’ll attempt to update everything by the end of the night. I’ll retweet your final scores as well.
Fourth Annual Boys Basketball Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament
Pool A: Glendora, Bell Gardens, Edgewood
Pool B: Thousand Oaks, West Covina, Garey
Pool C: Colony, Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista
Pool D: Walnut, LA Garfield, La Puente
Pool E: Brea Olinda, South Hills, Don Lugo
Pool F: Claremont, Rowland, Azusa
Pool G: Diamond Ranch, Northview, Arroyo
Pool H: Kppel, Fremont, Aquinas

Monday’s round-robin results
Glendora 99, Edgewood 21
Colony 84, Sierra Vista 34
Walnut 84, LA Garfield 45
Brea Olinda 54, Don Lugo 39
Diamond Ranch 62, Arroyo 19
Claremont 80, Azusa 21
Thousand Oaks 74, Garey 28
Mark Keppel 65, Aquinas 37

Tuesday’s round-robin
Diamond Ranch 74, Northview 47
La Puente 62, Garfield 50
Claremont 59, Rowland 36
Colony 83, Baldwin Park 26
Glendora 74, Bell Gardens 37
Keppel 64, Fremont 50
Brea Olinda 46, South Hills 39
Thousand Oaks 92, West Covina 47

Wednesday’s games at Sierra Vista HS
West Covina vs. Garey, 3:15 p.m.
Northview vs. Arroyo, 4:30 p.m.
Fremont vs. Aquinas, 6 p.m.
South Hills vs. Don Lugo, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s games at Baldwin Park
Bell Gardens vs. Edgewood, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland vs. Azusa, 4:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Baldwin Park, 6 p.m.
La Puente vs. Walnut, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Quarterfinals
At Baldwin Park
Glendora vs. Walnut-La Puente winner, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Colony, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Brea Olinda vs. Keppel, 6 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Thousand Oaks, 7:30 p.m.

Friday Semifinals
at Northview, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday championship
At Northview, 7:30 p.m.

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Mid-Valley, Southeast Division two-minute drills and predictions: San Dimas-Paraclete; La Serna-Norwalk

Mid-Valley Division Championship
Friday, San Dimas (9-4) vs. Paraclete (9-4) at San Dimas High School, 7 p.m.
Predictions: Aram (San Dimas); Fred (San Dimas); Steve (San Dimas)

Southeast Division Championship
Saturday, Norwalk (13-0) vs. La Serna (11-2) at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Predictions: Aram (La Serna); Fred (La Serna); Steve (La Serna)

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John “Nut And Honey” Honell says Paraclete, San Dimas will be over quick

Johny “Nut and Honey” Honell, one of our favorite and longtime Tribune correspondents, has a few thoughts to share on the Mid-Valley title game and other stuff..
My only prediction for the San Dimas – Paraclete Mid-Valley Championship game is, it will be over early.
Paraclete coach Norm Dahlia told me “when you throw the ball, three things can happen and two of them are bad.” (shades of Woody Hayes)
Couple that philosophy with the Saints’ “Wing Z” offense and the clock is going to keep moving. Get there early and keep your eyes open. (think Black Friday at Wal-Mart)

In the late 90’s I covered a few games for the Pasadena Star News.
Pat Haden’s son, Ryan, played high school football at Pasadena Poly and might have had the best hands of any wide receiver in the area. He didn’t have breakaway speed but, it was certainly a lot better than his dad’s. Getting a chance to talk with Pat while he was sitting in the “grass bleachers” at Poly was always fun plus, I finally got a chance to complain about him throwing the Tribune onto my roof instead of onto my driveway.
I ran into him a few years later when he was an “unpaid assistant” at Bosco Tech. (helping out a friend) The following year the head coaching job at the school became vacant. I understand it was not offered to Haden.

Speaking of coach “O,” he is one of the best college football recruiters in the country. Back in the day he made a few visits to the San Gabriel Valley to look for prospects. I don’t know how many kids he recruited but he certainly had the coaches ready to suit up. I’d pay to see it (not much) but, I don’t think Steve Bogan trying to cover Lou Farrar, or vice versa, on a post pattern would fill the Coliseum.

I don’t have an opinion about the Steve Sarkisian hire at USC, Pat Haden is a pretty smart guy (even if he didn’t get the Bosco Tech job) so I’m sure it will all be fine at USC. We’ll know for sure if we see Cher, (nee Sarkisian) doing the half-time shows. I’m not sure if that would be nepotism but, they are related. (If she sings one of my favorites, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” would it be a sign that a lot of players are leaving for the NFL?) All bets are off if the Trojan song girls start dressing like her. It would shock the Puritan minds of L.A. to see cheerleaders dressed in skimpy costumes.

It appears the CIF has gotten into the handicapping game and they aren’t very good at it. (wait until you see the “top 16” basketball division) The Montview and Sierra Leagues are good examples
of playoff divisions should be set up by enrollment and geography, Period. Schools in the same league could even play in different divisions. (they do in basketball, how hard can it be?). If some teams aren’t good enough, don’t complain, work harder and get better.

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San Dimas represents the SGV at CIF championship luncheon Monday

It’s the lunch that every high school football team in Southern California aspires to attend but only 26 actually get an invite.
The CIF-Southern Section hosted its annual championship week luncheon on Monday featuring teams who will play in this weekend’s 13 divisional championship games.
The lunch was held at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach and the lone local representative was San Dimas, which hosts Paraclete in the Mid-Valley Division championship on Friday night.

Below: San Dimas players Joseph Mayorga, Josh Avila and Jared Trujillo eating on CIFs dime on Monday. Enjoy it boys.

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Maranatha’s third-annual Christmas Combine set for Dec. 14 and 15 … Bring presents for needy families

The Third Annual Christmas Combine Camp is set for Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 14 & 15 at Maranatha High School in Pasadena.
The two-day event, which features the mentoring from local legend and former Florida State quarterback and Fox Sports analyst Chris Rix is geared for all football positions in the following Divisions: QB, WR, RB, DB, LB, OL, DL, & Kickers with the following age ranges and groups.
*Collegiate Division: Varsity & College
*Prep Division: Grades 8/9/10th
*Rookie Division: Grades 3-7th

Cost for the Combine and Camp is $99 for both days. Athletes also have the option for $50 Camp fee if bringing an unopened holiday gift ($10-$50 value) that will be donated to a children’s charity.
The Camp website is WWW.AIMFORGREATNESS.COM. This year’s event has limited spots as local HS and College coaches will also be in attendance. To reserve camp spots parents and athletes can call the Camp Office @ (626) 581-7016 or email:

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San Dimas is on the verge of another title after 61-28 blowout; La Serna back in title game; Muir, Monrovia, St. Francis, Rio Hondo Prep all lose

What an incredible night of what could have been. Well, it was for San Dimas, but the rest of the SGV was rolling for a while too. Muir looked like it was on the verge of knocking off undefeated Norwalk and St. Francis had a chance of upsetting one of the best teams in the state, Serra. But both couldn’t get it done in the fourth to pull it out. Three-time defending Mid-Valley champ Monrovia won’t get its dream final against San Dimas. The Wildcats fell behind early and rallied to take the lead over Paraclete in the fourth quarter. But the Cats got beat in the final minute and so did their chances of becoming the first SGV school since the 70s Temple City Rams to win four straight titles. Rio Hondo Prep is another that won’t get a chance to defend its title after losing to Salesian. But Frankie “Football” Palmer is going to his third straight championship game and looking for his first ring. But this night was about San Dimas. From 0-4 to the verge of a tile, they’re something special and not even Paraclete is going to stop them.

saintsceleSan Dimas marches on: Nobody was talking about San Dimas in September. But as coach Bill Zernickow always says, September doesn’t matter, December does.
His words ring true again and now the Saints are hoping to get fitted for one.
San Dimas will finally get its chance to win its second CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship since 2009 after running all over host Arroyo for a 61-28 victory in the semifinals on Friday, snapping the Knights’ 11-game winning streak.
And it was all ground and pound.
San Dimas running back Joseph Mayorga went nuts, rushing for a school-record 327 yards and four touchdowns. And he wasn’t alone, Fausto Martinez rushed for 215 yards, two TDs and Manny Elizalde finished with 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Monrovia falls in final minute: Andrew Jimenez kicked an 18-yard field goal with 39 seconds left and host Paraclete ended the Wildcats’ dream of four consecutive CIF-Southern Section titles with a 22-21 victory over Monrovia in a Mid-Valley Division semifinal Friday night.
Muir’s championship bid comes up short: For one half on Friday night, everything was going according to script for the Muir High School football team. Then, the lights went out on the Mustangs’ offense and visiting Norwalk rallied from two touchdowns down at halftime to knock off Muir with a 35-28 win and earn a spot in next week’s CIF-Southeast Division championship game.

Tonight’s CIF-SS Semifinals Results

Paraclete 22, Monrovia 21
San Dimas 61, Arroyo 28
Championship: San Dimas will host Paraclete next Friday
La Serna 28, Burbank 21
Norwalk 35, Muir 28
Western Division
Serra 22, St. Francis 16
Chaminade 49, Lompoc 14
Northeast Division
Salesian 35, Rio Hondo Prep 20
Mission Prep 41, Desert 14

For updates of tonight’s games, click thread

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GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Bonita’s dynamic duo of Nikki Wheatley, Kandyce Smith lead No. 1 Bearcats


By Fred J. Robledo

Bishop Amat and Bonita high schools have gone back and forth the past few years in the East San Gabriel Valley, taking turns as the Tribune’s No. 1 girls basketball team with both earning CIF-Southern Section titles along the way, Bonita winning in 2011 and Bishop Amat in 2012 and a runner-up last season.
Nothing’s changed for the areas top programs, except the playoff road is more difficult.
Both teams moved to Division 1AA, arguably the toughest in Southern California, which includes Mater Dei, Long Beach Poly, Lynwood and other heavyweights.
However, with the creation of the new “open division,” which takes the top 16 teams in the CIF-SS at the end of the season, some divisions like 1AA could become more winnable with the top teams pulled out for the “open division” winner take all tournament.
It’s something Bishop Amat and Bonita will keep close tabs on during the season along with young Workman, a team that competes in Division 4AA with powers Harvard-Westlake, Windward and Bishop Montgomery. If those private powers are selected to the “open division”, Workman may finally be in a position to make a deep tournament run.
But there’s no arguing Bonita, Bishop Amat and Workman are clearly the class of the East San Gabriel Valley for the 2013-14 season. Here’s a look at the Tribune’s preseason top ten:

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Boys Basketball Top Ten Preview: Defending CIF champ Damien and super junior Jeremy Hemsley lead the way


By Stephen Ramirez
Damien High School enjoyed a magical season in 2012-13.
The Spartans, after some heart-breaking close calls in recent years, finally broke through, winning the school’s first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball title, with the 3AA Division crown and advanced two rounds in the state playoffs.
What do they do for an encore?
Win another?
The task won’t be easy. Damien, for one has moved to four levels to Division 1AA, but with star Jeremy Hemsley, who went from inexperienced sophomore to Area Player of the Year, anything is possible. But for now, coach Matt Dunn will concentrate on the journey, which begins next Friday with a nonleague game at home against Sunny Hills.
“This is obviously a whole new group,” said Dunn, whose Spartans begin the season ranked No. 1 in the area. “We return some guys, but we have guys with new roles, and guys who are new, so the dynamic of the whole group changes. They’re better be a fire (to repeat). At this point, no one really cares what happened last year. This is its own individual journey.
“I think our guys understand that. We practice hard. I think we have a pretty high potential, but we have a ways to go to meet that potential, too.”
It’s starts with Hemsley, who is the key for Damien. The junior, who also was Division 3AA Player of the Year, averaged a team-high 19 points per game, while also bringing in 6.1 rebounds per contest. But also, if there was a key play to be made, Hemsley made it, including scoring seven points down the stretch to clinch last season’s title run in the championship game.
“I think he can be a lot better,” Dunn said of his star. “He’s the hardest worker on our team. I think he’s bigger than stronger, improved his shooting and he’s improved as a leader. Last year, he was a leader by example, now we need him to be more vocal.”
Damien, which lost first team All-Area guard Jared Dizon to graduation, also features junior wing Malik Fitts, who is expected to fill Dizon’s role as the No. 2 option; junior wing Isaiah McCullough and forward Thaddeus Smith. But this is a deep, experienced squad that features nine returning players.
“We have an awful lot of potential,” Dunn said. “Offensively, this is the most talented team we’ve had. And I think our kids are really good about sharing the ball. That’s a good place to start.
“But we don’t talk about winning and losing, just improving and reaching our potential. If this team is able to do that, I think at the end of the season, we’ll have a chance to win some games and see what happens then.”

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Arroyo coach Jim Singiser on preparing for San Dimas’ Wing T: “If they go out and drop 50 or 60 on us, then I’ll tell you it was a difficult task.”

singiserBy Aram Tolegian
A short week punctuated by a holiday is not exactly the most optimal situation for trying to teach a bunch of teenagers how to defend the Wing-T offense.
But Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said he and his staff will make the best of it as they prepare for Friday’s semifinals showdown against San Dimas.
The Saints run the Wing-T offense, which some teams simply don’t ever see otherwise until they play San Dimas. That’s the situation Arroyo is in this week and it’s got Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday to contend with, too.
“If they go out and drop 50 or 60 on us, then I’ll tell you it was a difficult task,” Knights coach Jim Singiser said. “Our scout team can’t run in two days what San Dimas has been running in five years. That’s the problem, you can’t simulate it.
“And even if you can, San Dimas will do it better on Friday.”
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Monrovia at Paraclete, Friday’s Weather Forecast Hi 53, Low 39 with chance of rain .. Tribskin Pick’em semifinals

STORY: “They have to play in the same weather we do,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “They’re probably a little more used to the cold weather. I was talking to (Paraclete head coach) Norm (Dahlia) and their kids don’t like freezing-cold weather. They might play in it more than we do, but it’s not like they’re hyped up for it to be freezing cold.”

That’s Lancaster, I can’t look at this schedule and not wonder what it will be like for Monrovia at Paraclete this week. Even snow isn’t out of the equation. I’ll bet Paraclete keeps this one at 7:30, just to make sure its a tad cooler. Now the big question for us, who’s gonna cover this sucker? Steve, Aram, Keith, any suggestions? And what are your thoughts on the other semifinal games? My Muir-La Serna prediction and San Dimas-Monrovia finals call is right on track.

TRIBSKIN PICK’EM: 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 (11-5, last week); (186-75, season total)
Fred Robledo (15-1, last week); (193-68, season total)

Last Week: I’ve blown this open over the last two week and now lead by seven over the football expert. I went 15-1 in the second round, my only loss taking Rancho Cucamonga over Norco. Aram also lost that game plus he also lost taking Dominguez over Norwalk, Diamond Bar over La Serna, Carpinteria over El Segundo, Santa Fe over Burbank.

This week: Sticking with my pre-playoff predictions in the Mid-Valley and Southeast .. I like San Dimas facing Monrovia and if it happens, San Dimas gets the championship game at home. I’ve still got Muir meeting La Serna in the championship, nothing’s changed. I’m going on a limb and taking St. Francis over power Serra and Rio Hondo Prep over Salesian.

Friday’s Semifinals

Monrovia at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M-Town)
San Dimas at Arroyo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (SD)
Burbank vs. La Serna at Cal Hi, 7:30 — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (Frankie Football)
Norwalk at Muir, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Western Division
Serra at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (Serra)
Lompoc at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Chaminade); Aram (Chaminade)
Northeast Division
Rio Hondo Prep at Salesian, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (Salesian)
Desert at Mission Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Mission Prep); Aram (MP)

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Arroyo coach Jim Singiser with one of the great pre-game, post-game speeches ever (All Access); Highlights of La Serna’s win; PrepXtra with the Boys

James Escarcega, also known as The Guru, deserves a lot of credit for pulling this off. And thanks to Arroyo coach Jim Singiser as well, the all access pre-game, post-game locker room talk was fantastic.

Tom Kiss, Courtney Ponce and highlights of La Serna’s win over Diamond Bar with postgame reaction …

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San Dimas, Arroyo advance to meet in much anticipated Mid-Valley Division semifinal; Diamond Bar, Los Altos, Charter Oak, Pomona all get routed



La Serna stuns Diamond Bar: Third-seeded La Serna made sure of it, looking like the well-oiled machine that’s bidding for its third straight Southeast title game after losing the previous two, routing the host Brahmas 51-7 on Friday to advance to the semifinals next week against Burbank at Cal Hi.
San Dimas keeps on rolling: The San Dimas High football team turned on the speed against San Marino and marched into the CIF-SS Mid Valley Division semifinals with a 56-28 win over the Titans, Friday night at San Marino High.
Arroyo back in the final four: After a nine-year absence, Arroyo High School is headed back to the CIF-Southern Section semifinals. Arroyo, winning its 11th consecutive game, defeated Schurr 28-14 in the Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals Friday night at Schurr high, but not without a furious last-minute Schurr drive for a potential tying score.
Muir beats Los Altos without its quarterback: No Dejon Williams, no problem.Playing without its suspended star quarterback, the Muir High School football team turned to its defense on Friday night and stifled visiting Los Altos en route to a 27-2 victory in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs.
Charter Oak no match for Vista Murrieta: With a 38-point second quarter, Vista Murrieta defeated Charter Oak, 52-7, in a CIF-Southern Section Inland Division quarterfinal game on Friday night
Paraclete beats Pomona 46-23: Pomona had its best season in a decade cut short by the fourth-seeded Spirits in a Mid-Valley Division game. The Red Devils (10-2) couldn’t overcome an on-side kick to start the second half and a controversial offensive pass interference penalty later in the third quarter as the Spirits broke open a close defensive battle in the second half.
Duarte can’t keep up: Bishop Diego (10-2) built a big lead against the host Falcons to advance to the Northwest Division semifinals, 41-7. Duarte (7-5) returned a fumble for a touchdown. The Cardinals play No. 2 seed Nordhoff, a 38-20 winner over Torrance.

Top Bracket

Monrovia 41, Montebello 7
Paraclete 46, Pomona 23
San Dimas 56, San Marino 28
Arroyo 28, Schurr 14
Semifinals: Monrovia at Paraclete; San Dimas at Arroyo

Norwalk 19, Dominguez 7
Muir 27, Los Altos 1
La Serna 51, Diamond Bar 7
Burbank 41, Santa Fe 0
Semifinals: Norwalk at Muir; Burbank at La Serna

Vista Murrieta 52, Charter Oak 7
Norco 23, Rancho Cucamonga 21
Upland 30, Corona Santiago 29
Corona Centennial 49, Chaparral 14
Semifinals: Vista Murreita at Norco, Corona Centennial at Upland
Bishop Diego 41, Duarte 7
Rio Hondo Prep 46, Excelsior Charter 7
Newport Harbor 49, La Habra 48
St. Francis 42, Camarillo 21



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Muir’s super QB DeJon Williams suspended for Friday’s quarterfinal against Los Altos for controversial flag .. We’ve got video

Muir’s superstar quarterback Dejon Williams has been suspended for Friday’s huge Southeast quarterfinal at home against Los Altos because he received two taunting penalties, the second of which was caught on tape which resulted in his ejection in the final minutes of Muir’s 53-35 first-round victory over La Mirada. Per CIF rule, a player ejected must sit out the next game. What’s especially troubling is look at why he got the second taunting penalty in the video. Not sure why he got a flag. Williams points for a split-second to the sideline and then INNOCENTLY flips the ball to the referee after a touchdown. That’s a taunting penalty? Absolutely ridiculous. Horrible judgment, interpretation from the referee. It’s hard to imagine you would take away a players’ dream at a CIF title over something like this. Only the referee can rescind the decision, not CIF, and for this not to be rescinded after the fact for the sole purpose of DOING THE RIGHT THING, is horrible. But as of today, what’s in the referee report sticks. Williams is out. I’ll be honest, I doubt even Los Altos takes pleasure in this. Nobody wants to see anything like this happen to a player. It tarnishes was was building as one of the great quarterfinals between two storied and hungry programs. If this is taunting, then you might as well take the emotion out of the game altogether.

FROM CIF-SS SPOKESPERSON THOM SIMMONS: “The white hat, who has the ability and the power to rescind that ejection, is firm in his stance that the ejection is proper,” Simmons said. “The CIF-Southern Section considers the matter final and over. It’s not our place to have an opinion. Our place is to accept the report of the official and not second guess somebody who was actually on the field on the night of the event.”

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Are you ready for some baseball? South Hills to host youth baseball camp next week

New South Hills High School baseball coach Darren Murphy announced this week that the school will host a youth baseball camp on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The camp is for ages 5 and up. Below is the details. For more info, e-mail coach Murphy at

South Hills High School
645 W. Barranca St., west Covina
(field is located off Cameron Ave.)
When: Monday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Nov. 26
Time: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day
Age group: 5 and up
Cost: $50 per camper

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Diamond Bar girls golf finish second in state, Walnut third in tiebreaker

STORY: After going back and forth throughout the regular season and taking turns securing bragging rights during the playoffs, Diamond Bar and Walnut were again separated by the narrowest of margins Wednesday at the state girls golf final.
When it came to challenging Torrey Pines for state supremacy, even the Hacienda League rivals had to tip their hats and visors in a show of respect.
Torrey Pines captured its fourth consecutive title and fifth overall with a 364 at Quail Lodge Golf Club, with Diamond Bar and Walnut tying at 396 and the Brahmas securing second place based on the sixth-golfer tiebreaker by one stroke.

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Water Polo semifinals: Los Altos punches ticket to title game, will Glendale in Division 5 finals Saturday

Saturday’s Championship

Glendale vs. Los Altos, William Woollett Center, Irvine, 2:30 p.m.
Semifinals results
Los Altos 11, Pasadena Poly 7
Glendale 16, Walnut 12


Los Altos Wins: L.A. is renown as the city of Showtime. There was no better example of it than Wednesday evening, as Los Altos High School ran its fast-break offense to perfection in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 water polo semifinals. The Conquerors defeated 2012 champions Pasadena Poly, 11-7, at Mt. San Antonio College to advance to Saturday’s championship match.

Walnut Loses: Walnut High’s water polo team has been fighting — and overcoming — adversity all season. Beating Glendale, however, was a different matter.
Manuk Piloyan and Armon Momdzhyan scored five goals apiece to lead the Dynamiters to a 16-12 win over the Mustangs in the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals on Wednesday night at Mt. San Antonio College.

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