Charter Oaks boys soccer beats Los Altos 2-0; South Hills girls soccer set for showdown with Ayala

Charter Oak boys soccer stays hot: In a battle between two teams looking to bounce back from Hacienda League-opening losses, the Charter Oak High School boys soccer team defeated Los Altos 2-0 with two first-half goals within a minute of each other for a victory at home.
Following a foul near midfield, the Chargers (12-3-2) lined up for a free kick. The kick sailed past all of the offense, and took one hop to the goalkeepers’ hands. However, the ball was mishandled by Los Altos goalkeeper Eduardo Valdivia, leaving the ball right in front of an open net for Angel Aguirre to pounce on for the first goal of the game.
The goal was scored on the Chargers’ fifth shot on goal, and up to that point the Conquerors (2-7-3) had just one shot on goal.

South Hills girls soccer getting healthy, faces Ayala today at Citrus, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee knew the front line of his team was going to be solid. The question would be the defense.
“We spent a lot time on defense during training and tried a lot of people,” he said. “We have had a lot contribute and it has given us a look of consistency.”
Mocabee thought he had one solid returnee in center back Emily Shields. But the junior was lost for the season in a final club soccer game before the start of the high school season.
“We’ve had a lot of obstacles,” Mocabee said.
Ilene Gonzalez and Valerie Garcia have seen the most playing time at center back and have helped the Huskies to a fast start (10-2, 2-0).
“We’ve had so many players stepping into new roles and we’ve had returning players blending in with new players,” Mocabee said. “We’ve really found the combinations that work so far.”
His attacking unit was pretty much intact: Hailey Zerbel, Amber Marinero and Skylar Robledo.
“They’ve got experience working with each other,” Mocabee said.
South Hills defeated Bonita, 3-2, on Wednesday and faces Ayala today at 5:30 p.m. at Citrus College.
“Any win in the Palomares League will be tough,” he said. “If any one team is favored, it’s Ayala and they are definitely on our radar. If we win it puts us in a really good spot.”

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Incredible story of how Covina cross country coach Andrew Tachias survived the Christopher Dorner shooting rampage

The goal was to lose weight, not to become a head coach.
But that is what has happened to Andrew Tachias. The Riverside Police Department officer, who was wounded in an alleged shooting spree by ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner in 2013, has become Covina High School’s cross country coach. He replaces Erik Starkey.
“I always thought in the back of my mind about coaching,” Tachias said. “I never thought it would work out, but the opportunity presented itself.”
Actually, it’s probably the last thing Tachias, 28, thought he would be doing.
“I expected to be a police officer for 30 years,” he said. “I trained and worked hard for that.”
It all changed on Feb. 7, 2013. He was on patrol when he and partner Michael Crain were allegedly ambushed in a hailstorm of gunfire at a Riverside intersection by Dorner. Crain died and Tachias was shot eight times. Dorner had just allegedly fired shots at a pair of LAPD officers and was fleeing the scene when he came across Tachias and Crain, waiting at a stoplight in southwest Riverside.

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Wednesday Recap: Glendora boys basketball holds off Ayala; Bishop Amat boys soccer wins 4-0

To get results posted online, in the paper and twitter, here’s what you have to do. Call our sports clerks at 626-544-0992 after the game or email results to For those with twitter, always share results to @SGVNSCORES and check our twitter throughout the night for updates.
Boys basketball
Glendora 78, Ayala 64 – Brandon Brothers had 26 points and AJ Bigornia added 20 points for the Tartans (15-2, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory.
Northview 62, San Dimas 60 – Ulysses Aparicio had 22 points, Adam Winiecki added 18 points and Paul Cooper had 17 points for the Vikings (7-11) in their first Valle Vista League win. Omar Nasri had 15 points, Ryan Ocampo had 12 points, Josiah Erickson added 11 points and Ronny Rafeh had 10 points for the Saints (5-11, 0-1).
Diamond Ranch 79, Charter Oak 51 — JJ Watson had 20 points and six assists, Ethan Jarrell added 13 points and Latrelle Standifer had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Panthers (9-5, 1-0) in a Hacienda League victory.
Boys soccer
Bishop Amat 4, St. Monica 0 — Nathan Difiori scored twice and both Mathew Espinoza and Danny Tenorio each scored a goal for the Lancers (5-4-0) in a Del Rey League victory.
Damien 4, Etiwanda 0 – Francisco Cuellar, Herman Meza, Connal Dennison, and Timothy Ebiner each had one goal for the Spartans (9-2-2, 2-0) in a Baseline League victory.
Girls soccer
Glendora 1, Ayala 0
— Alexis Rushlow scored the winning goal for the Tartans (7-5-3, 2-0) in a Palomares League victory.
South Hills 3, Bonita 2 — Hailey Zerbel scored twice and Skylar Robledo added the other as the Huskies rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to pull out the win and go to 2-0 in the Palomares league with Ayala in town next on Friday.

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Girls Basketball: Walnut edges West Covina; South Hills blows past Bonita

walnutgirlKatya Echavez scores 18 to lead Walnut: In a Hacienda League opener, the Walnut High girls basketball team defeated West Covina 44-38 Wednesday night behind an 18-point performance from senior forward Katya Echavez.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Echavez led the Mustangs (9-4, 1-0) on a quick 6-0 run that
sharmainegave them a comfortable 39-29 lead. In that minute, Echavez had three steals, a pair of field goals and assisted a jumper by Brittany Yee, who finished the game with 13 points.
The Walnut defense held West Covina (11-6, 0-1) scoreless through the first 3 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, pushing the lead as high as 12, which West Covina never overcame. The Bulldogs did get the deficit down to as little as five, but another long jumper by Yee in the final two minutes put the game out of reach.

South Hills shows why it’s the Trib’s No. 1 team: Playing like the top-ranked girls basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley, South Hills jumped on top early and ran off to an easy 61-34 win over Bonita in a Palomares League game on Wednesday night.
Senior Brittany Wang scored 14 first-quarter points as the Huskies (14-4, 2-0) took a 20-6 lead after the first eight minutes and never looked back.
“We hadn’t beaten them in five years and we worked hard for it,” Wang said. “They were favored and we just wanted to let them know we were a good team.”
Wang finished with a game-high 29 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Huskies won their eighth consecutive game, including the championship of the Santiago Garden Grove Tournament.
The Bearcats (9-10,1-1) had trouble solving the Huskies’ pressing defense as Wang, Joy Krupa and Sam Perez forced turnovers.

Arroyo Valley, the team that won 161-2, only won 80-19 in next game without its coach, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for their 159-point victory: It didn’t have its coach, but that didn’t prove to be a problem for the Arroyo Valley High girls basketball team.
In the Hawks’ first game since a triple-digit blowout of Bloomington last week, Arroyo Valley jumped out to a 19-point lead after a quarter and never looked back. Arroyo Valley routed Indian Springs 80-19 in the San Andreas League opener for both schools at Indian Springs High.
In fact, it was Indian Springs’ first-ever league girls basketball game.

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Bishop Amat boys basketball rally comes up short at Bell Jeff, 79-76

Bishop Amat’s hot start takes back seat in league opener, losing to Bell-Jeff: The newly configured Camino Real League is going to have a wild finish, with every team seemingly having a chance.
The first league matchup on Wednesday night proved that point. Bellarmine-Jefferson High survived three last-second 3-point attempts from visiting Bishop Amat to secure a 79-76 victory.
“It’s going to be a tough league, but we can pull out a lot of them,” said Bishop Amat senior Josh Andarza, who had a game-high 29 points.
The game was surprisingly not very close until the game’s final 2:08, when the Lancers (13-4) pulled to win four points, the closest they had been since the start of the second half. The Guards (13-3), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 5A, had dominated the second quarter to take a double-digit lead.
“We weren’t scared,” said Bell-Jeff center Abid Oses, who had 26 points. “We’ve had situations like that pretty much every game. We know what happens.”

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Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley unstoppable in 60-58 win over Etiwanda, finishing with 34 and game winner with two seconds left

STORY: Damien and two-time Tribune player of the year Jeremy Hemsley had an incredible night, finishing with 34 points including the game winner with two seconds left to lift the Spartans to a 60-58 win over Etiwanda to go to 2-0 in the Baseline.

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South Hills wrestling coach Anthony Vidales arrested

STORY: The West Covina Police Department arrested a 29-year-old part-time wrestling coach Jan. 7 for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old student.
Police learned of the contact early Wednesday and booked Anthony Vidales, 29, of Covina, for inappropriate conduct with a minor, later that evening, according to a release by the department. Detectives released no other details on what occurred as they said it was an ongoing investigation.
Vidales’ bail was set at $20,000.

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Giambi brothers; Jim Bastion join South Hills’ Wall of Fame


By Stephen Ramirez
South Hills High School is arguably the elite baseball program in the Valley, and Tuesday the school paid homage to that history.
Brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi and coach Jim Bastion had their numbers retired in a ceremony in the school’s gym. All three retired jerseys (7, 7, 20) will rest on the gym’s wall of fame, joining Shawn Wooten and Cory Lidle.
“I really don’t know what to say,” Jason Giambi said. “It’s really an honor. I had some incredible times (at South Hills); played for some incredible coaches; had incredible teammates. The biggest thing is that I am truly honored.”

Jason Giambi is considered one of the top players in area history and deserving a spot on South Hills’ Mt. Rushmore. He was a three-sport star, including hitting .394 in three varsity seasons before helping Long Beach State to the 1991 College World Series and played in the 1992 Olympics. His 20-year MLB career features being a five-time All-Star, two Silver Slugger awards and the 2000 American League MVP. He’s played with the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and the last two seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi, a lifetime .277 hitter with 440 home runs, is currently a free agent.
“It’s a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired,” Giambi said. “I’m so glad (South Hills) coach (Darren) Murphy has brought back that pride. That was the one great thing about being a New York Yankee, they always brought back the older players, because there is such tradition. There were tremendous times (at South Hills) and it’s definitely an honor to stand up here.”
Jeremy Giambi’s baseball career almost mirrored that of his older brother. He hit .383 in three seasons for the Huskies, who he led to a CIF-Southern Section title. He then helped Cal State Fullerton win a College World Series championship in 1995 before spending five seasons in MLB.
He hit .263 with 52 home runs in stints with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A’s, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox.
“This is a special moment for my family,” Jeremy Giambi said. “I appreciate everything that’s going on at South Hills. I want to thank everyone here to making this a special evening.”
Bastion, who coached South Hills for 23 seasons, was the foundation to the program being among the best in the area. He guided the Huskies to nearly 400 wins and three Southern Section titles in five trips to the finals.
“It’s just a situation that I can look around the room and say thank you very, very much,” Bastion said. “I appreciate it. I want to thank you very much for all the love you’ve given me and hopefully, all the love I can give out.”

Speaking of this story, yes, Deadspin went there ..

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South Hills alum Randy Aguirre succumbs to cancer

Randy Aguirre, who wrestled at South Hills before coaching at Covina and starting the wrestling program at Palisades, died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was 30.
There will be a prayer/vigil for Aguirre on Thursday from 6- 9 p.m. at the Church of our Heritage, which is located at 21300 Via Verde in Covina.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is at 344 West Workman Avenue in Covina.
Aguirre was a 4-year letterman at South Hills and was captain his senior season. He also wrestled at Mt. San Antonio College and San Francisco State University. He was an assistant at South Hills before becoming the head coach at Covina and later Palisades.
His Palisades team competed at the Tustin Tournament and finished 18th.

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CIF-Southern Section football teams released, find out what area players made it

STORY: The coaches’ votes are in, the All-CIF Souther Section teams for high school football were released on Tuesday afternoon and the local vanguard was represented well across an array of divisions.
In the Pac-5 Division, Bishop Amat’s run to the semifinals resonated well and receivers Tyler Vaughns and Brandon Arconado were chosen on the offensive team. Linebacker Christian Wiley was a defensive team selection.




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Are you ready for the Jan. 30 SGV/Inland Empire High School Football all-star game at West Covina?

What: San Gabriel Valley all-star football game, which has been expanded to include teams from the Inland Empie
When: Friday, January 30
Time: 7:30 p.m.
schillingTwo CIF champion coaches and one legend have been selected to coach the upcoming San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game on Jan. 30 at West Covina High School.

Colony’s Steve Randall, who guided the Titans to a 12-2 record and the Central Division championship, will coach the East team. Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, who led the Falcons to a 14-0 record and the Southeast Division championship, will join forces with four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan of Maranatha to coach the West.

The game, which has traditionally been played in early summer, was moved to winter by game organizer and West Covina coach Mike Maggiore in order to provide players with one last recruiting showcase before signing day and hopefully lure some of the area’s top talent.

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Loving Damien’s chances to win D-3 boys soccer crown … they’ll own Cathedral, Alta Loma and others ranked higher

damienfansmoreReaction to CIF soccer polls: That the Damien boys are in ready to win it all mode in Division 3. Seriously, Damien is a D-1 school that could own this division, especially with Cathedral tying Bishop Amat, and THAT’S the No. 1 team. Diamond Bar is strong too, but I’ll take Damien in this division all day. Sierra Vista might finally get it done in D-3, but where is Baldwin Park? Charter Oak ranked third in D-4 is a shocker, just because it’s CHARTER OAK boys soccer. Who would have thought? I love La Puente’s chance in D-5 and like Nogales’ even better in D-6, though Monrovia and Pas Poly are tough. In girls soccer, Bishop Amat is nowhere to be found in D-2, but I’m guessing now that they got some players back from winter break, they’ll be in the mix. South Hills, Ayala and Claremont can all make deep runs in D-3 girls soccer. I like Ayala, South Hills and Claremont in that order out of the Palomares. Sierra Vista, once again, should be a contender in D-6 girls.

Boys soccer rankings
Division 3 - 1. Cathedral; 2. Alta Loma; 3. Chaffey; 4. Claremont; 5. La Sierra; 6. Redlands East Valley; 7. Oxnard; 8. Diamond Bar; 9. Damien; 10., tie Salesian, Ontario and San Luis Obispo.

Division 4 – 1. Bellflower; 2. South Torrance; 3. Sierra Vista; 4. El Segundo; 5. Hart; 6. Oak Hills; 7. Placentia Valencia; 8. Santa Paula; 9. Lakeside; 10. Estancia.

Division 5 - 1. Granite Hills; 2. Indian Springs; 3. Charter Oak; 4. La Puente; 5. Rialto; 6. Ganesha; 7. Tahquitz; 8. Garden Grove Santiago; 9. Animo Leadership; 10. tie, Barstow and Diamond Ranch.

Division 6 – 1. Monrovia; 2. Pasadena Poly; 3. Ontario Christian; 4. Nogales; 5. Moreno Valley; 6. Shadow Hills; 7. Lennox Academy; 8. La Canada; 9. Arrowhead Christian; 10. tie, Maranatha and Flintridge Prep.

Girls soccer polls
Division 3 - 1. Quartz Hills; 2. South Torrance; 3. West Torrance; 4. Buena; 5. Torrance; 6. Brea Olinda; 7. South Hills; 8. Arroyo Grande; 9. Cypress; 10. Warren.

Division 6 – 1. Temescal Canyon; 2. Grand Terrace; 3. Summit; 4. Sierra Vista; 5. Maranatha; 6. Schurr; 7. Patriot; 8. Gabrielino; 9. South El Monte; 10. San Gorgonio.

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Do you root for Damien to lose now and win a CIF title later? And can Amat BOYS actually win a championship?

fansMy thoughts on this weeks CIF boys basketball rankings: That Damien better be good, but not TOO good. If they’re TOO good they could wind up in the Open Division. If they’re TOO good and win the Baseline, they WILL be in the Open Division. If they lose a couple along the way, then yes, they stay in 3AA and win their second championship in three years. Glendora has a shot to guve 1,000-game winner Mike LeDuc another title in 2AA. Bishop Amat is hoping that Cathedral, Cantwell and Alemany all get sent to the Open Division so it can have a shot at the 3A crown. Poor Covina and Workman, they might be in 4AA, but that could be the toughest division of all. Must be no fun knowing you have no shot at postseason fun. I would discuss GIRLS BASKETBALL rankings, but there is no way anyone’s got a shot to do anything.

leducDivision 1A – 1. Loyola; 2. Foothill; 3. Westlake; 4. tie, Placentia Valencia and Edison; 6. El Toro; 7. Godinez; 8. Valley View; 9. Huntington Beach; 10. Peninsula; 11. Villa Park; 12. Walnut; 13. Mayfair; 14. Burbank Burroughs; 15. Cajon; 16. Cypress.

Division 2AA – 1. Thousand Oaks; 2. Glendora; 3. Anaheim Canyon; 4. Ayala; 5. Lawndale; 6. Mira Costa; 7. Mark Keppel; 8. Elsinore; 9. Whittier; 10. Redlands; 11. Summit; 12. Tesoro; 13. West Ranch; 14. Ventura; 15. Canyon Country Canyon; 16. AB Miller.

Division 3AA 1. Damien; 2. Sonora; 3. Gahr; 4. Bonita; 5. San Marcos; 6. Los Altos; 7. Arlington; 8. Diamond Ranch; 9. La Sierra; 10. Palm Springs; 11. Buena Park; 12. Sultana; 13. El Dorado; 14. Pasadena; 15. Yorba Linda; 16. Northwood.

Division 3A – 1. Cathedral; 2. Cantwell Sacred Heart; 3. Alemany; 4. tie., Corona del Mar and Tahquitz; 6. Bishop Amat; 7. Beverly Hills; 8. Esperanza; 9. La Canada; 10. Hacienda Heights Wilson; 11. Servite; 12. Hoover; 13. South Pasadena; 14. Pioneer; 15. Gabrielino; 16. tie, Antelope Valley and Garden Grove Pacifica.

Division 4AA - 1. Bishop Montgomery; 2. Orange Lutheran; 3. Chaminade; 4. Crespi; 5. Mission Prep; 6. Harvard Westlake; 7. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; 8. Morningside; 9. St. Francis; 10. JSerra; 11. Oaks Christian; 12. Pasadena Muir; 13. Atascadero; 14. Rancho Mirage; 15. Workman; 16. Covina.

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Charter Oak’s Antonio Zavala with big win over Northview’s Joseph Dominguez in SGV all-star wrestling on Monday

Below: Antonio Zavala of Charter Oak (top) wrestles Joe Alofaituli from Carson during the 152 lbs final match during the San Gabriel Valley All-Star match at Bishop Amat on Monday. Antonio Zavala would defeat Joe Alofaituli 7-2 to become the 152 lbs tournament champion. (Photo by Robert Huskey)
The official score was the West with 10 wins and the East with four in the first of its kind San Gabriel Valley All-Star East vs. West Wrestling Classic at Bishop Amat High on Monday night.
But that wasn’t the whole story.
Almost every wrestler in the gym was glad to be involved in the initial all-star challenge event, started by Amat coach Tom Pierre.
Pierre, the SGV Coach of the Year last season, has had the idea for a while.
“I’ve been thinking about this event for the last 10 years,” Pierre said, as he was handing out T-shirts to the winners at the conclusion of the night. “It gives these kids a chance to see other top wrestlers in the valley. It turned out pretty good, considering it was a Monday night and the national football championship was on TV.
“You see a lot of valley kids competing against each other and I hope this event will grow bigger and bigger.”
In perhaps one of the best matches of the evening came in the 152-pound weight class semifinal, where Northview senior Joseph Dominquez went toe-to-toe with Charter Oak senior Antonio Zavala. Since both wrestlers were on the East side, they couldn‘t meet in the finals.

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien, Glendora defend top spots with league opening wins

glen-boniBoys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (13-2) - After crushing Upland in Baseline opener, Spartans get big test at Etiwanda (11-4) on Tuesday.
2. Glendora (14-2) – AJ Bigornia looked great in 70-58 win over Bonita; Ayala and Claremont up this week.
3. Los Altos (11-3) — Won big battle over Wilson 43-32 to take ownership of Hacienda Heights.
4. Bonita (13-4) — Tough way to open with a loss at Glendora, but they can get it going with South Hills, Diamond Bar up next.
5. Wilson (13-3) – Had six-game winning streak snapped by rival Los Altos.
6. Walnut (12-5) - Competitive way to open the Hacienda this week with games against West Covina and Diamond Ranch.
7. Bishop Amat (13-3) — Has won four straight heading into tough league opener on Wednesday at Bell Jeff.
8. Diamond Ranch (8-5) – Let’s face it they’re good, but not the super team we thought they would be.
9. Workman (10-5) - 54-49 loss last week against Esperanza nothing to feel bad about.
10. Diamond Bar (9-7) – Opened league with an easy win over South Hills, but it gets much tougher.

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Bonita jumps to No. 4, but South Hills, West Covina are top two

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (13-4) — Palomares league opening 44-33 over Diamond Bar keep the train moving.
2. West Covina (11-5) — Has won three straight, including two wins over Bonita.
3. Duarte (8-6) – Should dominate the Montview league — again.
4. Bonita (9-9) — Bearcats go on the road and beat Glendora in Palomares opener.
5. Los Altos (10-4) – Closed non-league with a 49-36 loss at Wilson.
6. Bishop Amat (7-9) – Has won two straight, including nice win over rival St. Paul.
7. Walnut (8-4) – Hacienda should be great the way Los Altos and West Covina are playing.
8. South El Monte (11-2) — MVL favorites have won four of five.
9. Wilson (7-9) – Impressive win over Los Altos moves ‘Cats back in top ten.
10. Glendora (11-7) – Struggled at home against Bonita.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: South Hills, Bishop Amat win east last week; St. Lucy’s, Glendora move up

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (9-2) — Huskies easily take care of Diamond Bar 4-0 to open the Palomares.
2. Bishop Amat (7-6) – Has won four straight, including 5-0 win over Sierra Vista.
3. St. Lucy’s (6-2-5) — Opened league with a solid 0-0 tie against Upland.
4. Glendora (6-5-3) — Won three straight, including 2-1 win over Bonita to open league.
5. Diamond Bar (9-4) – With South Hills, Glendora, Ayala and Claremont in Palomares, making the playoffs could be tough.
6. Charter Oak (6-7-1) — Nonleague 3-1 loss at South Hills, but looked competitive.
7. Sierra Vista (9-3-1) – Humbling 5-0 loss to Bishop Amat before starting league.
8. Baldwin Park (6-0-1) — Takes in Sierra Vista on Thursday.
9. Bonita (2-5-3) – The Palomares is so good Bearcats could finish last.
10. Los Altos (5-6) — Lost two straight, including 1-0 loss vs. La Serna.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat, Charter Oak leap into Top 10; Damien still No. 1

Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Damien (9-2-1) – Opened the Baseline with a big 3-2 win over Upland.
2. Diamond Bar (10-3-1) — Looked good in Palomares opener, beating South Hills 3-0
3. Sierra Vista (7-1-2) – Has won four straight, starts league play this week.
4. La Puente (7-0-2) – Impressive 1-0 win over Pomona to open league.
5. Bishop Amat (3-0-4) - Very impressive 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to open league play.
6. Charter Oak (12-2-1) — Biggest goof last week was not ranking the Chargers.
7. Mountain View (5-4-3) — Tied El Monte, beat Marshall 3-0.
8. Ganesha (9-2-3) – Opened Miramonte with a 3-1 win over Garey.
9. Nogales (5-2-3) – Finally opens league this week.
10. El Monte (6-5-2) — Already 3-0-1 in always difficult Mission Valley league.

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AJ Bigornia drops 31 to lead Glendora boys basketball to a 70-58 win over Bonita in Palores league opener

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Wherever A.J. Bigornia stands on the floor, he’s a threat to score.
The Glendora High School senior showed that in a big Palomares League opener on Friday night against visiting Bonita.
The 5-foot-9 guard, one of the smallest players on the court, knocked down 3-pointers from 35 feet out, from the baseline and from the top of the key, nearly all with Bearcat players all over him. He scored 33 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead the Tartans to a 70-58 victory.
“The last (two years) in the Baseline League definitely helped my self-confidence because I was playing against older players and D-I prospects,” he said. “It really got me ready for this season.”
Glendora (15-2) led for all but the game’s first 2 minutes, 40 seconds. The Tartans extended that lead to as much as 12 points late in the third quarter. Bonita (13-3) whittled it down to 55-49 on an Ashton McLaurin layup. Bigornia, who was 9-of-17 from the field for the game and 6-of-11 on 3-point attempts, knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner with Tyler Poepping all over him with 3:16 to play to extend the lead back to nine points.

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Damien opens Baseline with a 70-27 blowout over Upland; Jeremy Hemsley scores 19 to become school’s all-time leading scorer

Damien will have tougher games in the Baseline league, but Friday’s 70-27 victory over Upland to open the league season wasn’t one of them.
San Diego State bound senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 19 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer as the Spartans improved to 13-2 while Upland dropped to 6-10.

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Los Altos boys basketball beats Wilson 43-32 in a battle for supremecay in Hacienda Heights

In one of the most highly anticipated games in the Hacienda Heights in years, Los Altos pulled out a 43-32 victory over Wilson in a non-league boys basketball game between two of the hottest teams in the area.
Los Altos led the entire way, leading by as much as 14 points to improve to 11-3. The Conqs were led by senior guard Michael Barrera’s 10 points. Christian Espinoza added eight points and Brian Edwards finished with seven points.
Wilson, which won the Whittier tournament in December, dropped to 11-3 and was led by Kyle Price who had a game-high 14 points.

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South Hills girls soccer welcomes itself to the Palomares League with a 4-0 victory over Diamond Bar

By John M. Sherrard

DIAMOND BAR For the second year in a row, the South Hills High School girls soccer team is off to another great early-season start with a 9-2 record.
Friday was no exception as the Huskies, ranked first in the area, received goals from four different players and shutout host Diamond Bar, 4-0, in the Palomares League opener for both teams.
The Huskies, as they have done so many times in the past, scored the initial goal of the game and led 2-0 at the intermission.
All four of the goals were by underclassmen forwards, freshman Maddy Warren, junior Amber Marinero, sophomore Skylar Robledo and junior Hailey Zerbel.
South Hills coach Scott Mocabee was pleased with the balanced scoring, “It’s kind of nice that we have a lot of weapons. I like how we have balance (on the team).”
Zerbel leads the team with nine goals, Robledo has eight and Warren has seven.
“This is a new league and Diamond Bar (9-4) has a winning tradition over here, so this was a good win for us,” Mocabee said.

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West Covina boys basketball coach Manny Lopez resigns for personal reasons; Justin Potts takes over

West Covina boys basketball coach Manny Lopez resigned today for personal/family reasons, athletic director Brian Murphy said. Assistant coach Justin Potts will take over on an interim basis the remainder of the season. West Covina is 8-7 and has a non-league game at Bishop Amat tonight before starting Hacienda league play next week

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VIDEO: Charter Oak senior Anthony Ortega hits game-winning shot in final game before starting chemotherapy treatments for throat cancer

“I ask myself, ‘why me?’ sometimes,” the 18-year-old said. “Everybody tells me that God picks the strongest people to go with some difficult stuff in life. It’s crazy though. It doesn’t hurt to touch, to breath; nothing. It’s just there and it does not bother me at all. I was not expecting to hear what I heard. I was expecting surgery and maybe it was gone.” Anthony Ortega

FUNDRAISER: To help the Ortega family, the team has established an online website to help raise funds for the family,

ortegaSTORY: After learning over Christmas break that he had throat cancer, Charter Oak High School basketball senior Anthony Ortega played in his final game for the Chargers on Wednesday before starting chemotherapy sessions Friday in what he and his family hope is the beginning stages to a long and healthy road back to recovery.
And what an emotional final game it was. Ortega converted the game-winning layup in the final seconds to lift Charter Oak to a 50-48 victory over Nogales on Wednesday. On the game winning play posted on Huddle, Amier Thomas (23) brings the ball up the court and runs a picture-perfect pick-an-roll with Ortega (21), who banks home the game winner with five seconds left. If there is anyone with additional video of the game-winning play, send it to us

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