Northview steps on the gas in second half for 49-21 victory over Brentwood; Azusa hangs on, beats El Monte 33-26


SCOREBOARD: The scoreboard page provides scoring updates of tonight’s playoff games

Thursday’s first-round games and predictions
Mid-Valley Division

Azusa 33, El Monte 26 -- Lions trailed big but scored three consecutive TDs in fourth to make it a game. But Aztecs recovered final onside kick and will likely face top-seed Paraclete next.

Northview 49, Brentwood 21
COVINA – There was nothing complicated about the Northview High School football team’s offensive game plan Thursday.
But Brentwood was still unable to stop it.

Elijah Grijalva rushed for 163 yards and five touchdowns to lead Northview to a 49-21 victory over the Eagles in a CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division first round game at Charter Oak High School.
Alex Camacho rushed for 168 yards and two scores for the Vikings, who improved to 10-1. Northview, the division’s No. 4 seed, advanced to face either La Puente or Montebello, who play Friday, in next week’s quarterfinals. The Vikings last won a CIF-SS title in 1987.
Eli Stern accounted for 388 yards and three scores for Brentwood, which finished 8-3.
Northview’s Elijah Grijalva: “Our offensive coordinators had a plan coming into the game and that was to pound the ball. Our offensive linemen were helping us out. We were able to run the ball down their throat. I was just trying to do what I could do. I couldn’t do it without the offensive line. I just ran behind them and got all my yards.”
Northview coach Marcel Perez: “Our offensive line and switching our running backs wore them down in the second half. We made a couple nice plays on defense, and it was good night.”
– Stephen Ramirez

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Glendora advances past second round, advances to Saturday’s semifinals; schedule set


Thursday’s second round results
Division 1AA
Corona del Mar def. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-8
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills def. Norco 24-26, 25-16, 25-13, 17-25, 15-13
Division 2AA
Pasadena Poly def. South Pasadena 14-25, 25-17, 25-23, 26-24
No. 4 Brea def. Whittier Christian 25-15, 25-21, 26-24
Mayfield def. Valley Christian 25-10, 25-13, 25-7
Arroyo Grande def. La Canada 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 25-8, 15-6
Division 2A
Palm Springs def. La Habra 26-24, 25-10, 25-14
Arcadia def. Claremont 25-10, 25-20, 22-25, 25-17
Glendora def. Sierra Canyon 25-12, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13
No. 2 Windward def. Bonita 19-25, 25-9, 25-16, 25-21
Division 3AA
Rim of the World def. La Serna 25-21, 25-23, 25-20
La Mirada def. J.W. North 27-25, 25-15, 28-26, 25-18, 15-13
No. 2 Quartz Hill def. California 25-8, 25-13, 25-20
Division 3A
No. 1 Saddleback Valley Christian def. Wilson 25, 11, 25-7, 25-6
La Sierra def. Gabrielino 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15
San Gabriel def. No. 4 West Valley 25-20, 25-14, 25-22
Loma Linda Academy def. San Dimas 20-25, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21,15-10
Division 4AA
St. Paul def. Rolling Hills Prep 25-13, 25-15, 25-7
Division 4A
No. 1 Cate def. Azusa 25-14, 25-20, 25-9
Katella def. Gladstone 17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-23
Desert def. San Gabriel Mission 21-25, 25-2-, 25-16, 25-23
No. 2 Duarte def. Carpinteria 25-20, 25-9, 25-9
Division 5AA
Calvary Murrieta def. San Gabriel Academy 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24

Saturday’s quarterfinals
All games 7 p.m. start
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills at Villa Park
Division 2AA
Pasadena Poly at No. 1 Village Christian
Mayfield at Esperanza
Division 2A
Arcadia at Viewpoint
Glendora at Troy
Division 3AA
No. 2 Quartz Hill at La Mirada
Division 3A
San Gabriel at La Sierra
Division 4AA
St. Paul at Pacifica Christian
Division 4A
No. 2 Duarte at Anaheim

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Pomona football coach Aaron Jamieson placed on administrative leave prior to CIF Playoff game

Pomona High School has placed varsity football head coach Aaron Jamieson on administrative leave pending an investigation for an undisclosed reason, a source said late Thursday.
Jamieson will be replaced by interim head coach Robert “Keith” Richardsonn, who will lead the team when it hosts McAuliffe on Friday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.
Pomona is 6-4 and expected to make a deep run this postseason after being made the No. 3 overall seed in the Mid-Valley playoffs.

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Nogales water polo player pulled from pool during playoff match with Don Lugo, in critical condition

nogalesPhoto courtesy of Daniel Luna

A 16-year-old water polo player from Nogales High School in La Puente was airlifted to a hospital this evening after being found at the bottom of the pool.
Nogales was at Don Lugo High School for a water polo match when the incident occurred.
During a lull in the game, all the players vacated the pool and noticed that their teammate was missing. After they looked, they saw him at the bottom of the pool.
“We’re not sure how he got there, and we’re not sure what happened,” said Battalion Chief Scott Atkinson, spokesman for the Chino Valley Independent Fire District.

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Another great day as area athletes sign national letters of intent and take pictures at the Tribune

Sign day photo gallery

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Christmas came a bit early for several area athletes, who all signed their scholarship letters to their respective colleges on Wednesday.
National letter of intent day was a banner crop for locals, led by Damien High School boys basketball player Jeremy Hemsley, who signed with San Diego State. The list also features several of the area’s top baseball players, including San Dimas’ Peter Lambert (UCLA), South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez (Cal State Fullerton), Glendora’s Nick Kaye (Cal State Fullerton), Damien’s Jonathan Olsen (UCLA) and Isaiah Carranza (Oregon), Bonita’s Danny Gelalich (Brigham Young), Nogales’ Anthony Guardado (Long Beach State) and La Mirada’s Ethan Lopez (Hawaii).
Softball players signing include La Habra’s Amanda Akles (Eastern Michigan), Los Altos’ Celeste Wood (MIchigan State) and Berlynne Delamora (North Carolina), Bonita’s Chloe Melanson (Miami-Ohio) and South Hills’ Caitlyn Van Hemelryck (Southeastern Louisiana).
Hemsley has been the Tribune Player of the Year each of the past two seasons. He will join a San Diego State program that many feel might be the best program on the West Coast after advancing to the NCAA Tournament each of the past five seasons, including two trips to the Sweet 16.
“First, it was about the basketball,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team. The coaches do a very good job, and I think this is the place that can take be to the next level.
“I don’t follow a lot of the college teams. But I paid attention to San Diego State, because they were the first to show interest in me, and that meant a lot.”

Boys Basketball
Jeremy Hemsley, Damien, San Diego State
Peter Lambert, San Dimas, UCLA
Gavin Velasquez, South Hills, Cal State Fullerton
Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak, Cal Poly Pomona
Danny Gelalich, Bonita, BYU
Austin Isenhart, Glendora, New Mexico
Jonathan Olsen, Damien, UCLA
Anthony Guardado, Nogales, Long Beach State
Isaiah Carranza, Damien, University of Oregon
Ethan Lopez, La Mirada, Hawaii
Sergio Robles, Bishop Amat, Cal State Bakersfield
Nick Kaye, Glendora, Cal State Fullerton
Ryan Beyer, Glendora, University of Pacific
Taylor Escobar, Whittier Christian, Grand Canyon University
Eryn Sustayta, Bishop Amat, Utah Valley
Celeste Wood, Los Altos, Michigan State
Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, Arkansas
Tannon Snow, Chino Hills, Washington
Berlynne Delamora, Los Altos, North Carolina
Chloe Melanson, Bonita, University of Miami, Ohio
Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas, Stony Book University, New York
Marissa Reyes, South Hills, Biola University
Niko Walker, St. Paul, Hawaii Pacific
Kalie Chavez, Charter Oak, Biola University
Caitlyn VanHemelryck, South Hills High School, Southeastern Louisiana University
Sasha Allen, South Hills, Northwest University (Kirkland, WA.)
Amanda Akles, La Habra, Eastern Michigan
Christine Pinela, Charter Oak, Azusa Pacific
Myranda Bueno, St. Paul, UNLV
Destiny Avena, St. Paul, CSU Monterrey Bay
Bailie Carroll, St. Lucy’s, Azusa Pacific
Savanna Corr, Chino Hills, Sacramento State
Natalia Bocanegra, South Hills, Howard College
Girls Soccer
Hanna Armendariz, Bishop Amat, Portland University
Girls Water Polo
Nichol Feldtz, St. Lucy’s, Sienna University
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, University of California
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, Cal State Bakersfield
Michael Wang, Rowland, UC Santa Barbara
Madi Witt, Flintridge Prep, USC
Aubree Rosa, Charter Oak, University of Kentucky
Isabella Tsark, Glendora, Seattle Pacific University
Girls Golf
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, UCLA
Patricia Wong, Walnut, Pepperdine
Boys Golf
Jordan Della Guistina, Damien, Bethany College
Nathan Clark, Damien, Cal Poly SLO




Below: Charter Oak signees, left to right, Kalie Chavez, softball, Biola University; Nick Hernandez, softball, Cal Poly Pomona; Christine Pinela, softball, Azusa Pacific; Devynn Stein, girls water polo, Cal State Bakersfield; Aubree Rosa, gymnastics, University of Kentucky

Below: Bonita’s Danny Gelalich signs with BYU for baseball and Chloe Melanson with Miami, Ohio for softball

Below: Los Altos’ Softball players Celeste Wood signed with Michigan State and Berlynne Delamora signed with North Carolina

Below: La Habra’s Amanda Akles signing with Eastern Michigan

Below: Whittier Christian softball catcher Taylor Escobar signed today to play at Grand Canyon University

Below: St Paul softball signees Niko Walker Hawaii Pacific; Myranda Bueno UNLV; Destiny Avena CSUMB
st. paul signees

The senior has averaged 19 and 22 points per game, respectively, the past two seaosns, including leading Damien to CIF-Southern Section 3AA title in 2012-13.
Lambert and Velasquez were two of the area’s top pitchers last season and will continue their careers at two of the top programs in the country.
Lambert, who was 11-2 with a 0.59 ERA in leading San Dimas to the Valle Vista League title, joins a UCLA program that has had its best success in recent years, including winning the College World Series in 2013.
“My decision was pretty easy,” Lambert said. “It goes back to last season. They were one of my only offers and UCLA has always been a dream school for me.”
Velasquez, who was 10-1 with a 0.67 ERA, is the latest area star to join Cal State Fullerton, which past standouts have included Justin Garza (Bonita), Wes Roemer (Glendora), Tyler and Brett Pill (Covina) and Sergio and Richy Pedroza (Northview).
“It’s a great baseball program and has my major that I want to major in,” Velasquez said. “Their coaching staff is great. They have great history, the College World Series .. just a great program overall.”
Lopez, an infielder who hit .333 with 19 RBIs for La Mirada, arrived at Hawaii after earlier de-committing from USC.
“I didn’t feel (USC) would be the right fit for me,” said. “I restarted the recruiting process. Hawaii came around and when I went out there, it felt like home.”
Wood was one the area’s top softball players after hitting .547 to go along with a 12-2 record in the circle. She has no qualms playing at Michigan State and away from home.
“I’m ready for the experience,” Wood said. “I’m ready to grow my own independence and be on my own.
“(Michigan State) is a beautiful camps and the coaches are very nice. I watched a couple of the practices and I just fell in love with what they do.”

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BREAKING NEWS: South Pasadena football team forced to forfeit game, playoffs over allegations of videotaping their opponents practice; Coach Marty Konrad DENIES involvement

Breaking: On Wednesday night the Rio Hondo League issued a statement defending its decision

BREAKING: Tuesday night we obtained this email that South Pasadena head coach Marty Konrad sent to parents of the Tigers football team explaining that he and his brother Nick did not film La Canada’s practice.


Above: South Pasadena players and cheerleaders celebrate Friday’s victory over La Canada believing they qualified for a playoff berth. They learned later that night the game would be forfeited.

STORY: Members of South Pasadena’s football team and its parents and supporters are still trying to sort out exactly why the school was forced to forfeit Friday’s 21-3 victory over rival La Canada in a game that determined an automatic playoff berth to this week’s CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs.

South Pasadena principal Janet Anderson sent an email to parents of the Tigers football team on Monday explaining that she received “evidence” that its football team had committed a violation of the CIF-SS Blue Book Rule 512 that prohibits teams from videotaping or taking still pictures of an opponents practice without consent of the participating school.

Anderson said she received a call from La Canada principal Ian Mcfeat on Thursday informing her of the alleged violation, but it is not clear if the allegation involves South Pasadena head coach Marty Konrad, one of his assistant coaches or Konrad’s brother Nick, who is not a member of the coaching staff.

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This is a bombshell for those paying huge “fundraiser” fees to play sports as Diamond Bar found out — is your child paying too much?

Is demanding money for high school sports legal: The California Department of Education has ordered Diamond Bar High to refund fees charged for athletic uniforms and football summer camp. Walnut Valley Unified has until Nov. 30 to provide a remedy.
The “fees” required by athletes are typically used as fundraisers for high schools all across the country, but as Diamond Bar and others are finding out, they’re not necessarily legal.
The state ruling noted that uniforms and equipment must be free under the Education Code. Are you paying too much for your children to play in high school sports. Email your stories to

This is a story in progress. If you are involved at a high school that is mandating that your child pay outrageous fees to play sports, tell Rich about it.

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Water polo first round scores, schedule: Los Altos beats Glendora to advance

Division 3

Yorba Linda 10, Temple City 7
Montebello 15, Brea Olinda 3
La Canada 11, Moorpark 10
Division 5
Claremont 19, Citrus Valley 9
Riverside Poly 21, Walnut 9
Redlands 19, El Rancho 5
Los Altos 20, Glendora 9
Ayala 18, Riverside North 5
La Serna 12, Redlands East Valley 10

Division 2
El Toro at Damien, 5 p.m.
Division 4
Arroyo Grande vs. Flintridge Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Los Amigos at Baldwin Park, 5 p.m.
No. 4 San Dimas at San Gorgonio, 3:30 p.m.
Ramona at #3 Rowland, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at #2 Don Lugo, 5 p.m.
Division 3

Trabuco Hills at #3 Montebello
No. 2 Murrieta Valley at La Canada
Division 5
No. 1 Claremont at Webb
Xavier Prep at No. 3 Los Altos
No. 2 La Serna at Ayala

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Girls Volleyball playoffs: Azusa sweeps Bassett; St. Lucy’s ousted by El Toro; Bonita beats Los Altos

Azusa's Alex Hipolito (15) reacts after scoring against Bassett in the second game of a prep playoff volleyball match at Bassett High School in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Azusa won 25-4, 25-18, 25-22. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

Azusa’s Alex Hipolito (15) reacts after scoring against Bassett in the second game of a prep playoff volleyball match at Bassett High School in Baldwin Park, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Azusa won 25-4, 25-18, 25-22. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

There’s usually a sense of the unknown during the CIF-Southern Section girls volleyball playoffs as teams know nothing or very little about their opponent.
The exception was Tuesday, and Azusa High School took full advantage.
Danielle Castillo had 12 kills and the visiting Aztecs beat former league foe Bassett, 25-4, 25-18 and 25-22, in a Division 4A first-round game.
Alex Hipolito also had seven kills for Azusa, which improved to 18-10 and will travel to top seed Cate in Thursday’s second round. Kassandra Aguilera had four kills for Bassett, which finished 10-6.
Azusa’s Destiny Tellez: “We knew how they used to play in the past. We kind of had an overview how they played in general, which helped.”
– Stephen Ramirez

Tuesday’s first-round results
Division 1AA

Los Alamitos def. La Salle 25-16, 25-16, 25-17
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy def. 25-9, 25-14, 25-14
Division 1A
No. 3 Chino Hills, bye
El Toro def. St. Lucy’s 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22
Division 2AA
South Pasadena def. West Torrance 25-16, 25-21, 25-17
Pasadena Poly def. Paramount 25-16, 25-19, 25-18
Whittier Christian def. Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 25-19, 25-15, 25-21
No. 4 Brea def. Westridge 25-9, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22
No. 3 Laguna Beach def. Maranatha 25-18, 25-13, 25-9
Esperanza def. Monrovia 25-19, 25-19, 25-20
Mayfield def. Mission College Prep 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
La Canada def. Costa Mesa 25-9, 25-9, 25-11
Division 2A
La Habra def. Oak Hills 25-19, 25-19, 25-22
Palm Springs def. Walnut 25-12, 25-12, 25-10
Arcadia def. Apple Valley 25-14, 25-13, 25-14
Viewpoint def. Diamond Ranch 25-13, 22-25, 25-13, 25-15
Glendora def. Burroughs 25-23, 25-17, 25-18
Bonita def. Los Altos 19-25, 24-26, 25-11, 25-18, 15-6
Division 3AA
No. 1 Sage Hill def. El Rancho 25-10, 25-14, 25-17
La Serna def. Norwalk 25-19, 25-12, 14-25, 23-25, 15-13
Elsinore def. Santa Fe 25-12, 25-10, 25-19
Santa Monica def. Pioneer 25-14, 25-19, 25-19
La Mirada def. El Segundo 25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
California defe. Crean Lutheran 25-20, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
Division 3A
Wilson def. El Monte 25-20, 25-10, 25-14
Santa Ynez def. Montebello 25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20
Gabrielino def. Lompoc 25-16, 25-23, 25-21
San Gabriel def. Fairmont Prep 25-15, 25-10, 25-23
Bell Gardens def. South El Monte 25-13, 25-12, 25-11
San Dimas def. Morro Bay 25-19, 25-22, 27-25
Webb def. Covina 25-14, 25-10, 21-25, 25-21
No. 2 Templeton def. Rosemead 25-14, 25-9, 25-12
Division 4AA
No. 4 Garden Grove def. Pomona Catholic 25-20, 25-13, 25-15
St. Paul def. Colony 25-14, 25-15, 25-16
Division 4A
Azusa def. Bassett 25-4, 25-18, 25-22
Gladstone def. Ramona Convent 25-11, 21-25, 15-25, 32-30, 15-10
San Gabriel Mission def. Pomona 12-25, 25-12, 27-25, 25-19
Boron def. La Puente 25-21, 28-26, 14-25, 25-20
No. 2 Duarte, bye
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy def. Palm Valley 25-19, 27-25, 25-22
Division 5A
Einstein Academy def. Waverly 22-25, 25-16, 16-25, 22-25, 25-12
Immanuel Lutheran def. Southwestern Academy 25-7, 25-14, 25-10

Thursday’s second-round schedule
Division 1AA
Corona del Mar at Flintrdige Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
Norco at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 2AA
Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Brea Olinda at Whittier Christian, 7 p.m.
Cerritos Valley Christian at Mayfield, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Arroyo Grande, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Palm Springs at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Arcadia at Claremont, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Sierra Canyon, 7 p.m.
Windward at Bonita, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Rim of the World at La Serna, 7 p.m.
JW North at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
Quartz Hill at California, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Wilson at Saddleback, 7 p.m.
La Sierra at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
West Valley at San Gabriel, 7 p.m
San Dimas at Loma Linda Academy, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Rolling Hills Prep at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Division 4A
Azusa at Cate, 7 p.m.
Katella at Gladstone, 7 p.m.
San Gabriel Mission at Desert, 7 p.m.
Carpinteria at Desert, 7 p.m.
Division 5AA
San Gabriel Academy at Calvary Murrieta, 7 p.m.

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All three San Gabriel Valley tennis teams win; will play in semifinals

Monday’s quarterfinals
Division 3
No. 4 Pasadena Poly 13, Long Beach Poly 5
Division 4
Rowland 12, Serrano 6
Division 5
No. 3 Maranatha 14, Magnolia 4

Wednesday’s semifinals
All matches at 2 p.m. unless noted
Division 3
No. 4 Pasadena Poly at No. 1 Redlands
Division 4
Rowland at No. 1 Riverside Poly
Division 5
Webb at No. 3 Maranatha

Friday’s finals
At Claremont Club
Division 3
No. 4 Pasadena Poly/No. 1 Redlands winner vs. Cerritos/No. 2 Placentia Valencia winner, 10:45 a.m.
Division 4
Rowland/No. 1 Riverside Poly winner vs. No. 2 South Torrance/Bishop Montgomery winner, 1:30 p.m.
Division 5
Webb/No. 3 Maranatha winner vs. No. 4 Thacher/No. 1 Orange winner, 1 p.m.

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PrepXtra Live CIF-SS Football Playoff Show with all our predictions and Fredictions

CIF-SS Playoff Preview show with listed times of each preview
– Open with South Pasadena forfeit fiasco
11:30 mark: Pac-5 Playoff preview
30:45 mark: Central Division preview
39:30 mark: Southeast Division preview
51:00 mark: Mid-Valley Division preview

CIF-SS Area Playoff Predictions by Fred Robledo
Pac-5 Division
First Round
St. John Bosco over Long Beach Cabrillo
St. Bonvaenture over Norco
Santa Margarita over Crespi
Servite over Long Beach Poly
Corona Centennial over Serra
Mater Dei over Westlake
Bishop Amat over Lakewood
JSerra over Corona Santiago
St. John Bosco over St. Bonaventure
Santa Margarita over Servite
Corona Centennial over Mater Dei
Bishop Amat over JSerra
St. John Bosco over Santa Margarita
Corona Centennial over Bishop Amat
St. John Bosco over Corona Centennial

Central Division
First Round

Colony over La Canada
Glendora over Summit
Charter Oak over Colton
Claremont over San Marino
Kaiser over Bonita
West Covina over Chaffey
Los Altos over South Hills
Monrovia over Don Lugo
Glendora over Colony
Charter Oak over Claremont
West Covina over Kaiser
Monrovia over Los Altos
Charter Oak over Glendora
West Covina over Monrovia
Charter Oak over West Covina

Mid-Valley Division
First Round
Paraclete over Bassett
Azusa over El Monte
La Puente over Montebello
Northview over Brentwood
Pomona over Christa McAuliffe
San Dimas over Baldwin Park
Rosemead over Covina
Sierra Canyon over Bell Gardens
Paraclete over Azusa
Northview over La Puente
Pomona over San Dimas
Sierra Canyon over Rosemead
Northview over Paraclete
Pomona over Sierra Canyon
Pomona over Northview

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Tribskin Pick’em: Taking Los Altos over South Hills, expecting close wins for Glendora, Northview, Azusa, Rosemead and a blowout for Bishop Amat

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 36-4; Season Total: 332-98)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 37-3; Season Total: 331-99)

Last Week: After 10 weeks of picking games for the Star-News, Tribune and Whittier, Aram leads by just one game heading to the playoffs. We both had a spectacular Week 10. We missed three of the same games taking Glendora over South Hills, Duarte over Sierra Vista and Bonita over Claremont. However, I picked up a game taking Burbank over Burroughs.

This Week: There are some league champions in for first-round dogfights like Northview taking on 8-2 Brentwood, Pasadena Poly taking on Morro Bay and South Hills taking on Los Altos. We’ll start there. South Hills has all the momentum in the world, beating Glendora (without injured Matt Fink most of the game) for the Palomares title, but I think much of what they’ve done is fools gold. They deserve credit for drinking their bottle of get tough, but Cinderella goes home Friday against Los Altos. Mark it down. I also think Northview and Pasadena Poly will squeeze out tougher than expected wins. El Monte and Azusa have the potential for a shootout, I just think Azusa is a little better. I was ready to take Covina over Rosemead, but the Panthers are firing on all cylinders and will do enough to win. Glendora could be in big trouble against Summit, especially without Fink, who is a game-time decision. I’m going to give Glendora the benefit of the doubt because Summit has had a hard time scoring against quality defenses, but it won’t be easy at all. I’ve got Dominguez knocking off La Serna and Cathedral knocking off Muir. As for Bishop Amat, if they lose this you’ll never hear the end of it from Aram. Amat by 21.

Thursday’s first-round game
Mid-Valley Division

El Monte vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (EM)
Brentwood vs. Northview at Charter Oak HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N)
Friday’s first-round games
Pac-5 Division

Lakewood at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (BA)
Mid-Valley Division
Bassett at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Paraclete); Aram (Clete)
La Puente at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (LP)
Christa McAuliffe at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Covina at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rosemead); Aram (Rosemead)
Bell Gardens at Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (SC); Aram (SC)
Central Division
La Canada at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Colony); Aram (Col)
Summit vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Sum)
Colton at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Claremont at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (SM)
Bonita at Kaiser, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Kaiser); Aram (Kaiser)
Chaffey at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (WC)
Los Altos vs. South Hills at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Don Lugo at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Southeast Division
Mayfair at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Dominguez at La Serna, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Dominguez); Aram (LS)
Harvard-Westlake at Crescenta Valley, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (HW)
Muir at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
California at Downey, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Downey); Aram (Dow)
Burbank at El Rancho, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Salesian at La Mirada, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Southwest Divison
Capistrano Valley at La Habra, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Northwest Division
Mission Prep at Maranatha, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Bogan)
Arrowhead Christian at Cantwell Sacred-Heart, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Arrowhead)
Rio Hondo Prep at Big Bear, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Big Bear); Aram (BB)
Morro Bay vs. Pasadena Poly at South Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Poly); Aram (MB)

Why do we make predictions, so we can called out like this … Congrats South Hills, great video and fans

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CIF-SS Football pairings: Bishop Amat home vs. Lakewood; South Hills vs. Los Altos in Central; Pomona-San Dimas could meet in Mid-Valley second round

Playoff Pairings finally here: The local high school football teams who were fortunate to make the CIF-Southern Section playoffs were handed their postseason assignments on Sunday. And judging by the matchups, it could be another banner year for the area.
High expectations abound across a myriad of divisions and things will get under beginning Thursday and Friday. For Bishop Amat, the area’s consensus top team playing in Southern California’s top division, the good news came in the form of a first-round home game on Friday against Lakewood.
The Lancers finished in a three-way tie for the Mission League championship, but were made the league’s No. 2 entrant after tie-breaking coin flips. Amat enters the game at 7-3 and riding a five-game win streak. Lakewood is 6-4 and finished second in the Moore League.


Pac-5 Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket
Long Beach Cabrillo at No. 1 St. John Bosco
St. Bonaventure at Norco
Santa Margarita at Crespi
Servite at No. 4 Long Beach Poly
Bottom Bracket
Serra at No. 3 Corona Centennnial
Mater Dei at Westlake
Lakewood at Bishop Amat
Corona Santiago at No. 2 JSerra



Mid-Valley Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

Bassett at No. 1 Paraclete
El Monte at Azusa
La Puente at Montebello
Brentwood at No. 4 Northview
Bottom Bracket
Christa McAuliffe at No. 3 Pomona
Baldwin Park at San Dimas
Covina at Rosemead
Bell Gardens at No. 2 Sierra Canyon



Central Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

La Canada at No. 1 Colony
Summit at Glendora
Colton at Charter Oak
Claremont at No. 4 San Marino
Bottom Bracket
Bonita at No. 3 Kaiser
Chaffey at West Covina
Los Altos at South Hills
Don Lugo at No. 2 Monrovia.

central division

Southeast Division
Friday’s First-round at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
Top Bracket

Mayfair at No. 1 St. Francis
Dominguez at La Serna
Paramount at Norwalk
Harvard-Westlake at No. 4 Crescenta Valley
Bottom Bracket
Muir at No. 3 Cathedral
California at Downey
Burbank at El Rancho
Salesian at La Mirada

southeast division

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CIF-SS water polo matchups

Tuesday’s wild-card games
Division 3
San Marino at Vista Murrieta
Aliso Niguel at Schurr, noon
Sage Hill at Alhambra
Division 5
Whittier at Glendora
Division 7
Sierra Vista vs. San Dimas at Glendora HS, 3 p.m.
Oxnard vs. La Puente at Los Altos, 5 p.m.
Nogales vs. Fontana at Arroyo Valley HS, 5 p.m.

Wednesday’s first-round games
Division 3
San Marino/Vista Murrieta winner at No. 1 Laguna Beach, 4 p.m.
Aliso Niguel/Schurr winner at Royal
Temple City at Yorba Linda
Brea vs. No. 4 Montebello at Schurr HS, 5 p.m.
Moorpark at La Canada
Sage Hill/Alhambra winner at No. 2 Murrieta Valley
Division 5
Walnut at Riverside Poly
El Rancho at No. 4 Redlands
Whittier/Glendora winner at No. 3 Los Altos
Palm Springs/Redlands East Valley winner vs. No. 2 La Serna at La Mirada Splash, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday’s first-round games
Division 2
El Toro at Damien
Division 4
Arroyo Grande vs. Flintridge Prep at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m.
Division 7
La Sierra/Los Amigos winner at Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista/San Dimas winner at No. 4 San Gorgonio
Alta Loma/Ramona winner at No. 3 seed Rowland
Oxnard/La Puente winner at Rancho Alamitos
Nogales/Fontana winner at No. 2 Don Lugo

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PrepXtra Postgame Show discussing the South Pasadena fiasco along with Bishop Amat’s league title and more

Find out why South Pasadena was forced to forfeit its 21-3 victory over La Canada. Rio Hondo League administrators decided to ban South Pasadena from the postseason after learning of an unspecified rules violation. Trouble is, they didn’t tell South Pasadena players until the busride home. South Pas players had thought it clinched its first playoff berth since 2003. Tigers coach Martin Konrad was not at Friday’s victory over La Canada. Apparently players from neither team knew about the ruling. Click the thread for a statement from principal Janet Anderson and athletic director Greg Luna: (To continue click thread).

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