Azusa, La Habra clinch league titles; Bishop Amat, St. Francis fall in title games

Nogales wins first league title since 1991: A year after being knocked out of the playoffs on the final game, Nogales put all those bad memories to rest with a shockingly easy 41-10 victory over Azusa on Friday at Citrus College to go undefeated in the Montview League and win its first league title since 1991.
The Nobles’ defense entered allowing a fraction over three points per game in league and they dominated while their offense went to work, building a 25-point halftime lead even though starting quarterback Joshua Lopez sat out the first quarter.
Lopez still threw for 158 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 52 yards and a touchdown.


La Habra clinches Freeway title: La Habra drove for touchdowns at the start of both halves and relied on its defense the rest of the way to claim the Freeway League title Friday night, Nov. 3, with a 17-0 triumph at Fullerton.Skyler Taylor ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, surpassing 1,100 yards for the season, and the Highlanders (7-3 overall, 5-0 Freeway) limited Fullerton (6-4, 4-1) to 130 yards and seven first downs through the first three quarters en route to their 10th league championship in 11 years.

Bishop Amat no match against Chaminade: It’s not often that a running back who scores four touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in a league championship game is not the No. 1 star of the contest.
But Chaminade quarterback Ryan Stevens was just that good against Bishop Amat on Friday night.
Stevens was nearly perfect in leading the Eagles to their first Mission League championship since 2012, completing 23 of 26 passes to power Chaminade to a 57-33 victory over visiting Bishop Amat.

St. Francis title bid comes up short: In a football game between two evenly matched teams playing for a championship, it’s expected things would go back and forth.
That was true between St. Francis and Cathedral for most of Friday’s game, before Cathedral came up with clutch plays in the fourth quarter to win the Angelus League title 28-16.
The Phantoms (9-1, 5-0) will host a game in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs, while St. Francis (9-1, 4-1) will find out on Sunday if it will have a home game in the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs.

Muir wins the Turkey Tussle: Down five. Four minutes to go.
In a last-ditch effort, Pasadena went for a two-point conversion late in the 71st Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl on Friday night against crosstown rival Muir to try to chip away at the Mustangs’ lead.
The attempt failed, Muir scored in the dying moments of the Pacific League game and defeated Pasadena 33-21 to claim the Victory Bell for the second year in a row.

Damien finishes with a win: In a game that could have gone either way, Damien knocked off visiting Etiwanda 34-28 in a Baseline League finale Friday night to force a three-way tie for third place.
Damien, Etiwanda and Los Osos all finished with 2-3 league records, leaving a coin flip to decide the No. 3 spot out of the Baseline League for the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs between Damien and Etiwanda, while Los Osos will await its fate for the Division 5 postseason.

The crazy scenario was all set up by Damien’s improbable victory, which allowed the Spartans (6-4 overall) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Pasadena Poly wins Prep League title: The Rio Hondo Prep High football team knew that it faced a tall order against Prep League rival Pasadena Poly.
]For about three quarters and a half, the Kares managed to hold a second-half lead against the reigning league champion Panthers.
But after Pasadena Poly running back Jackson Treister broke off a go-ahead 61-yard touchdown run with 2:36 remaining in the game, Rio Hondo Prep had to go to the air with little time left.

FRIDAY’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
FREEWAY LEAGUE

La Habra 17, Fullerton 0
Sunny Hills 49, Buena Park 7
Sonora 21, Troy 14
ALMONT LEAGUE
Schurr 48, Alhambra 20
Montebello 45, Bell Gardens 15
San Gabriel 14, Keppel 0
ANGELUS LEAGUE
Cathedral 28, St. Francis 16
Harvard-Westlake 53, La Salle 23
St. Paul 42, Salesian 6
BASELINE LEAGUE
Rancho Cucamonga 62, Chino Hills 14
Damien 34, Etiwanda 28
Upland 56, Los Osos 7
DEL RIO LEAGUE
La Serna 28, California 7
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Charter Oak 52, West Covina 0
Diamond Ranch 42, Los Altos 6
Chino 29, Walnut 19
MIRAMONTE LEAGUE
Pomona 40, Ganesha 6
MISSION LEAGUE
Chaminade 57, Bishop Amat 33
Alemany 27, Loyola 24
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 41, Crespi 7
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE 14
Mountain View 20, Gabrielino 0
Rosemead 41, El Monte 14
South El Monte 65, Marshall 12
MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Workman 20, Duarte 0
Gladstone 31, Sierra Vista 28
Nogales 42, Azusa 10
PACIFIC LEAGUE
Muir 33, Pasadena 21
PALOMARES LEAGUE
Claremont 42, Diamond Bar 35
PREP LEAGUE
Pasadena Poly 20, Rio Hondo Prep 13
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
Monrovia 40, Temple City 20
San Marino 55, South Pasadena 14
SOUTH CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Cantwell-Sacred Heart 30, Bishop Montgomery 23
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
San Dimas 62, Baldwin Park 0
Covina 28, Rowland 17
Northview 35, Wilson/HH 6
NONLEAGUE
Whittier Christian 54, Ribet Academy 22

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Girls Volleyball Playoffs: Second round results and Quarterfinals schedlue

Duarte sweeps San Dimas: The San Dimas High girls volleyball team may have lost 3-0 to CIF Southern Section Division 7 No. 1 seed Duarte on Thursday night, but the Saints went down battling in their second round playoff match.
With the 25-18, 25-22, 25-22 sweep, the Falcons (28-4) advance to the quarterfinals for the second time in the last three years and will face Katella or Heritage Christian on Saturday.

St. Paul wins in five: After jumping out to a quick two-set lead over Rim of the World in Thursday night’s CIF Southern Section Division 5 second-round match, the St. Paul High girls volleyball team clearly took its foot off the gas pedal.
The Swordsmen (23-10, 3-5), who swept their first-round opponent, Valley View, on Tuesday, came into the match against the Fighting Scots perhaps a little too confident, and after breezing through the first pair of sets, there was no question about it.
Once Rim of the World won the next two sets to force a decisive fifth, St. Paul coach John Van Deventer called his team over to the sidelines and asked a rhetorical, yet meaningful question.“
‘Is this when you want your season to end?,’ ” Van Deventer said. “I (then said) ‘That’s your choice, we either win or we lose.’ They chose to win.”
St. Paul responded by defeating visiting Rim of the World in five sets, 25-16, 25-20, 13-25, 14-25, 15-9.

Girls Volleyball Playoffs
Thursday’s second round results
Division 2

Corona Santiago def. Glendora 25-21, 25-12, 25-14
Division 3
La Salle def. Arcadia 25-15, 25-15, 25-23
Westridge def. Burroughs Burbank 3-2
Division 4
Culver City def. La Habra 25-15, 25-16, 25-16
Pasadena Poly def. Mayfair, 3-0
La Canada def. Rio Mesa 23-25, 25-10, 22-25, 25-15, 15-12
Division 5
Laguna Blanca def. Whittier Christian, 3-0.
Sonora def. St. Anthoy 28-26, 25-17, 25-23
Diamond Bar def. Cerritos 25-21, 17-25, 25-23, 25-10
St. Paul def. Rim of the World, 25-16, 25-20, 13-25, 16-25, 15-9
Division 6
Aquinas def. Bishop Amat 25-22, 25-19, 26-24
Walnut def. California 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-14
Gabrielino def. Highland 25-18, 25-21, 14-25, 25-23
Templeton def. Schurr 28-26, 25-22, 22-25, 22-25, 15-6
Division 7
Duarte def. Sasn Dimas 25-18, 25-22, 25-22
Yucca Valley def. Keppel 25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15
Gladstone def. Moreno Valley 25-14, 25-20, 25-16
Division 8
Covina def. Rosemead 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-23
Buckley def. Azusa 25-13, 25-23, 25-8
Ocean View def. Edgewood 25-14, 25-20, 25-20
Division 9
Faith Baptist def. Garey 25-13, 25-18, 25-16
Walnut Southlands Christian def. Holy Family 25-23, 19-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-11
Rancho Christian def. Bassett 25-4, 25-23, 25-22
Division 10
Orange Vista def. Pasadena AGBU, 3-1

Saturday’s Quarterfinal Schedule
All matches start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 3

Yorba Linda at La Salle
Westridge at Laguna Beach
Division 4
Pasadena Poly at Culver City
Santa Monica at La Canada
Division 5
Sonora at Laguna Beach
Diamond Bar at St. Paul
Division 6
Walnut at Aquinas
Loma Linda Academy at Gabrielino
Division 7
Heritage Christian at Duarte
Gladstone at Foothill Technology
Division 8
Upland Christian Academy at Covina
Division 9
Mammoth at Southlands Christian

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Thursday’s Boys Water Polo second-round results and Saturday playoff schedule

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Boys Water Polo

Thursday’s first-round results
Division 2

Foothill 14, Damien 7
Division 7
El Rancho 27, Moreno Valley 3
Hillcrest 12, La Mirada 11
Pioneer 14, San Bernardino 9
Valley View 13, Baldwin Park 7
Thursday’s second-round results
Division 3
La Serna 10, Righetti 7
Ayala 11, El Segundo 9
Woodbridge 12, Bonita 3
Division 4
Temple City 13, Tesoro 12
Walnut 13, Newbury Park 8
South Pasadena 10, Montebello 7
Division 5
San Marino 15, Chadwick 9
Upland 9, La Habra 7
Alta 7, Flintridge Prep 5
Division 6
California 12, Lompoc Cabrillo 9
Temecula Valley 14, Whittier 9
Nordoff 11, Pasadena Poly 7
Foothill Technology 10, Los Altos 6

Saturday’s Quarterfinal Schedule
All games start at 5 p.m., unless noted
Division 3

La Serna at Ayala
Division 4
Peninsula at Temple City
Walnut at Xavier Prep
Santa Monica at South Pasadena
Division 5
Don Lugo at San Marino
Division 6
Garden Grove Pacifica at California
Division 7
Palm Springs at El Rancho

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Arcadia punches ticket to the playoffs; South Hills, Glendora finish strong

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Arcadia punches ticket to playoffs: Sometimes a little magic is needed to get over the hump and win a crucial game. In Arcadia football’s case, the magician was quarterback Max Davila, and his assistants were the rest of his offensive teammates.
Davila orchestrated an 85-yard game-winning touchdown drive with 32 seconds left in the game to give the Apaches a thrilling 22-16 win over rival Crescenta Valley in Pacific League action on Thursday night.
With the win, Arcadia (7-3, 6-1) clinches at least second place in league and an automatic spot in the Division 11 playoffs.

Glendora finishes second in Palomares: Glendora High made the most of its opportunities Thursday night, rolling to a 35-14 victory over Ayala in a regular-season finale to take second place in the Palomares League.
The victory could be enough to get the Tartans (7-3, 4-1) a first-round home game next weekend when the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs get underway. The playoff seedings will be announced Sunday.Ayala (5-5, 3-2) will likely hit the road for its Division 7 playoff opener.

Local High School Football Results
Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

Whittier 21, El Rancho 14
Pacific League
Arcadia 22, Crescenta Valley 16
Palomares League
Glendora 35, Ayala 14
South Hills 53, Bonita 0
Nonleague
Crean Lutheran 37, La Canada 14

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Tuesday’s High School girls volleyball, tennis, boys water polo first-round results

Arcadia outlasts Monrovia: After a loss in the opening set, the Arcadia High girls volleyball team swept the final three set and came away with a 3-1 victory over visiting Monrovia on Tuesday night in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
Both teams lost last year in the quarterfinals and had their sights set on advancing further this season.
With the 22-25, 25-12, 25-17, 27-25 win, the reward for the Apaches is going up against the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. La Salle (22-5), which has won the last 10 matches in a row, will host the second-round match on Thursday.

California’s hot streak continues: After finishing last in the Del Rio League one year ago, the California High girls volleyball team shook off the nerves of playing in its first CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff game on Tuesday night.
The lack of experience on behalf of the Condors certainly showed in the match’s opening set against visiting La Mirada.CalHi coach John Horowath called his second timeout of the first set after the team fell behind four points and looked like it was going to drop the match’s opening set.

CIF-SS playoff results
Girls Volleyball
Tuesday’s first round
Division 1

Redondo Union 3, Flintridge Sacred Heart 0
Division 3
Arcadia 3, Monrovia 1
Division 4
Culver City 3, Pasadena 0
La Habra 3, Torrance 1
Pasadena Poly 3, Camarillo 0
Division 5
La Reina 3, South Hills 0
Whittier Christian 3, La Serna 0
Sonora 3, Kennedy 0
Division 6
Bishop Amat 3, Hesperia 0
Walnut 3, Don Lugo 1
California 3, La Mirado 0
Diamond Ranch 3, Segerstrom 1
Division 7
Duarte 3, San Dimas 0
San Dimas 3, Loara 1
Keppel 3, Jurupa Valley 1
Morro Bay 3, El Monte 1
Division 8
Covina 3, Coachella Valley 0
Rosemead 3, Grand Terrace 0
Azusa 3, Connely 1
Division 10
AGBU Pasadena 3, Sequoyah 0
Orange Vista 3, La Verne Lutheran 0

Thursday’s second round
All matches start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 2

Corona Santiago at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 3
Arcadia at La Salle
Westridge at Burbank Burroughs
Culver City at La Habra
Mayfair at Pasadena Poly
La Canada at Rio Mesa
Division 5
Laguna Blanca at Whittier Christian
St. Anthony at Sonora
Cerritos at Diamond Bar
Rim of the World at St. Paul
Division 6
Bishop Amat at Aquinas
Walnut at California
Paloma Valley at Diamond Ranch
Gabrielino at Highland
Templeton at Schurr
Division 7
Duarte at San Dimas
Keppel at Yucca Valley
Moreno Valley at Gladstone
Division 8
Covina at Rosemead
Buckley at Azusa
Ocean View at Edgewood
Division 9
Southlands Chiristian at Holy Family
Rancho Christian at Bassett
Division 10
Orange Vista at AGBU Pasadena

Boys Water Polo
Tuesday’s first round
All matches start at 5 p.m. unless noted
Division 3

La Serna 12, Chino Hills 8
Bonita 5, Arroyo Grande 3
Division 4
Sunny Hills 6. Schurr 5
South Pasadena 16, Martin Luther King 8
Redondo Union 13, San Dimas 4
Division 5
San Marino 14, El Dorado 9
Ocean View 12, Wilson 6
La Habra 10, Kennedy 9
Flintridge Prep 14, Atascadero 9
Alta Loma 7, Arcadia 5
Sage Hill 15, Glendora 7
Division 6
Whittier 15, Temecula Valley 2
Pasadena Poly 18, Sierra Vista 11
Los Altos 11, Chaffey 10

Thursday’s first round
All matches start at 5 p.m., unless noted
Divison 2

Damien at Foothill
Division 7
El Rancho at Moreno Valley
La Mirada at Hillcrest
Pioneer at San Bernardino
Baldwin Park at Valley View
Thursday’s second round
Division 3

Righetti at La Serna
Bonita at Woodbridge
Division 4
Tesoro at Temple City
Newbury Park at Walnut
South Pasadena at Montebello
Division 5
Chadwick at San Marino
La Habra at Upland
Flintridge Prep at Alta Loma
Division 6
Lompoc Cabrillo at California
Temecula Valley at Whittier
Nordoff at Pasadena Poly
Los Altos at Foothill Technology

Girls Tennis
Tuesday’s wild card
All matches start at 2 p.m., unless noted
Division 2

Marlborough 11, Temple City 7
Division 3
Pasadena Poly 13, Fullerton 5
Diamond Bar 14, La Quinta 4
Division 4
Rowland 14, Charter Oak 4
St. Lucy’s 9, Westminster La Quinta 9, St. Lucy’s wins on games.
El Rancho 9, San Dimas 9, El Rancho wins on games.
Glendale 11, Keppel 7
Division 5
La Mirada 9, Santa Paula 9, La Mirada wins on games.
Montebello 15, de Toledo 3
La Salle 11, Highland 7
El Monte 17, San Gorgonio 1
Vista Del Lago 12, La Puente 6
Montaclair 15, Azusa 3

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Ten Burning Questions: Will Bishop Amat and St. Francis bring home league titles?

Ten Burning Questions for Week 10 of High School Football

1. Who wins the Mission League championship game between Bishop Amat and Chaminade?
I’m going for the upset here and taking Bishop Amat. The Lancers have been a totally different team since their loss to Rancho Cucamonga six weeks ago (which seems like a lifetime ago to Amat fans). UCLA-bound defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado has played at an elite level during Mission League play and the belief level of everyone on the Amat team is at an all-time high. As if the Lancers didn’t need any more motivation, Chaminade quarterback Ryan Stevens said to Evan Barnes of the LA Daily News, “(Amat is) the one team I haven’t beaten yet so it’s personal.”

2. Who wins the Angelus League championship game between Cathedral and St. Francis?
St. Francis. The Golden Knights, in my opinion, are the best team in Division 3 and will prove it Friday at home. Junior quarterback Darius Perrantes was absolutely stellar (10-13, 276 yards and 4 touchdowns) in St. Francis’ win over Harvard-Westlake last week. The key to this game will be how well the offensive line of St. Francis performs against Cathedral’s elite defensive line. The Phantoms have had issues with their offensive this year and that has to be shored up if they any plans on winning.

3. Who wins the Freeway League championship game between La Habra and Fullerton?
La Habra. Since 2004, the Highlanders have won 64 of their last 66 game Freeway League games. That is the ultimate definition of dominance. Senior quarterback Zach Fogel has thrown for 1,467 yards with 16 touchdown passes. They face a Fullerton team that is riding a six-game winning streak. The key for the Highlanders defense is containing senior running back Dylan Nicholson who has rushed for 1,108 yards this season.

4. Who wins the Montview League Championship between Nogales and Azusa?
Nogales. The Nobles were riding high last season before they lost to Azusa which led to their downfall to not being selected for the CIF-SS playoffs. Fast forward a year and Nogales is looking to turn the tables. Ranked second in the current CIF-SS football poll, the Nobles have gotten excellent production from quarterback Joshua Lopez. The senior has thrown for 1,100 yards and Francisco Ibarra has been extremely productive at running back (935 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns). They face an Azusa team that has held league opponents to a combined four touchdowns the last four weeks.

5. Who wins the Prep League Championship game between Rio Hondo Prep and Pasadena Poly?
Pasadena Poly. Of all the league championship games, this might be the most competitive. Both teams are evenly matched. The Panthers have used their punishing running attack (1,616 yards rushing) to dismantle teams such as Maranatha, Rosamond and Mary Star of the Sea. They’ll face a Kares team that is always well-coached under one of the more underrated head coaches in the area in Ken Drain. Rio Hondo Prep owns key wins over La Canada (52-0) and Santa Clara (29-0).

6. Can Damien still get an automatic bid from the Baseline League into the playoffs?
Yes. If the Spartans defeat Etiwanda on Friday, they’ll be in three-way tie for third place in the Baseline League standings and they’ll carry the automatic bid over the Eagles due to head-to-head criteria. Even if Damien losses, they’ll get into the playoffs with an “at-large” bid due to their record being .500 (a requirement for At-Large consideration).

7. Does St. Paul have a chance of making the playoffs?
Yes. In Division 6, there are currently 12 teams that are vying to getting automatic berths from their league. That means there are four “at-large” spots available. With Sonora and Elsinore, the only teams with .500 records or above, St. Paul will be in a pool of three teams (the others being Golden Valley and Canyon High School of Canyon Country) that will be under consideration for the final two playoff spots. A win over visiting Salesian on Friday will go a long way to enhancing the Swordsmen’s resume.

8. How important is it for Muir to win the Turkey Tussle?
Very important. Right now, there are 16 teams that are in-line for all 16 playoff spots in Division 9. However, Hemet, who’s tied for third with Beaumont in the Mountain Pass League standings, takes on highly-ranked Citrus Hill. A loss could drop Hemet into fourth place and out of playoff consideration. That would free up a playoff spot for teams petitioning to get in via the “At-Large” process. A win on Friday will help the Mustangs’ resume. Also look for Maranatha, Aliso Niguel and West Ranch to all vie for the “at-large bid” if it’s available.

9. How important is Arcadia’s game with Crescenta Valley?
Extremely important. If the Apaches beat Crescenta Valley on Thursday, they’ll get into the playoffs as the second-place team from the Pacific League. If Arcadia losses, it will drop into third and the fate of its season will be in the hands of the CIF-SS football selection committee. As many as eight third-place teams in the Division could be vying for three playoff spots.

10. How significant is the Ayala vs Glendora game on Friday?
Very significant. The winner of this game gets the second place “designation” for the league into the playoffs which is important when it comes to pairing teams up. The winner also has a great chance of hosting a first-round game next Friday night.

— From James Escarcega

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