Tribskin Pick’em: Expect Glendora to handle South Hills and Bishop Amat to earn piece of Serra title

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 33-6; Season Total: 296-94)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 34-5; Season Total: 294-96)

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This Week: Thursday’s Glendora-South Hills game pits two undefeated teams in the Palomares, but expect the Tartans to win by at least two touchdowns, possibly more. Bishop Amat will share a league title with a win over Notre Dame and even with a loss, it should get in the playoffs, even if it has to go the wild card route. But it’s dangerous, they can finish anywhere from 1-4 on Friday. West Covina and Charter Oak will both win to finish in a tie for the Hacienda with Bonita beating Claremont to finish third.

Thursday’s games
Angelus League

Salesian at St. Francis, 7 p.m. – Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Del Rio League
Pioneer at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (California); Aram (Cal)
Santa Fe vs. El Rancho at Downey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ER); Aram (ER)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Walnut at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LA); Aram (LA)
West Covina at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Miramonte League
Ganesha at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Palomares League
Glendora vs. South Hills at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G HI)
Valle Vista League
San Dimas at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra vs. Montebello at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monte); Aram (BELLO)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
St. Paul at Harvard-Westlake, 7 p.m. — Robledo (HW); Aram (HW)
Baseline League
Damien vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Aram (RC)
Del Rio League
Whittier vs. La Serna at Cal Hi, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LS); Aram (LS)
Freeway League
Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Amat); Aram (AMAT)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robldo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Paramomead)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (P)
Montview League
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Az)
Workman vs. Baldwin Park at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Olympic League
Whittier Christian vs. Maranatha at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mara); Aram (Bogs)
Pacific League
Burbank at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendale); Aram (G)
Muir vs. Pasadena at Rose Bowl, 6:30 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Stangs)
Palomares League
Ayala at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Bonita at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bonita)
Prep League
Flintridge Prep vs. Pasadena Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (PP)
Rio Hondo League
Monrovia vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (M)
San Marino at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
South Pasadena at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. St. Genevieve at Poly, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Gene); Aram (St G)
Suburban League
Norwalk vs. La Mirada at Excelsior Adult School, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (C)
Rowland vs. Northview at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (N)

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat, Glendora, Northview and Charter Oak top four

This is what it’s like to be part of Bishop Amat football

TRIBUNE TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (6-3) — Has a chance to go into the playoffs on a five-game win streak and share of Mission League title. If it loses, there’s a possibility of falling into a three-way tie for second and coin flip for two playoff spots.
2. Glendora (8-1) – Nobody has tested the Tartans in the Palomares and don’t expect South Hills to do it either. Should head to playoffs as league champs and Central’s No. 1 seed.
3. Northview (9-1) — After routing San Dimas and Covina on its way to the Valle Vista League title, you have to love their playoff chances.
4. Charter Oak (5-4) – Never thought a couple weeks ago I’d be writing that all the Chargers need to do is beat Chino in the finale to clinch a piece of the Hacienda and the league’s No. 1 playoff seed.
5. West Covina (6-3) — Charter Oak exposed the Bulldogs’ secondary, but Bulldogs can still claim a piece of the title with a win at Diamond Ranch.
6. Pomona (5-4) — Only two losses on the field because of two forfeits and arguably a better chance to win the Mid-Valley than Northview.
7. South Hills (5-4) — Best story of the year, rebounding from four straight embarrassing losses to four straight wins and game for all the marbles vs. Glendora on Thursday for the Palomares title.
8. Diamond Ranch (6-3) — A win over West Covina gets the Panthers in the playoffs — a loss and they start scoreboard watching needing help to get in.
9. San Dimas (6-3) — Will end of finishing second and will be the team nobody wants to face in the Mid-Valley playoffs. They’re still the champ until someone knocks them off.
10. Bonita (6-3) – Pretty simple, beat Claremont and the ‘Cats are in the playoffs. Lose, and cross your fingers.
THE REST: 11. Damien (4-5); 12. Covina (5-4); 13. Rosemead (5-4); 14. Los Altos (4-5); 15. La Puente (6-3), 16. Azusa (6-3); 17. Baldwin Park (5-4); 18. Diamond Bar (3-6); 19. El Monte (5-4); 20. Arroyo (3-6); 21. Walnut (2-7); 22. Bassett (5-4); 23. Ganesha (4-5); 24. Rowland (5-4); 25. Sierra Vista (3-6); 26. South El Monte (3-6), 27. Gladstone (2-7); 28. Duarte (2-7); 29. Wilson (2-7); 30. Nogales (2-7), 31. Mountain View (1-8), 32. Workman (1-8).

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Poly, Maranatha earn girls tennis playoff seeds

Two-time reigning CIF-Southern Section girls tennis champion San Marino goes into the playoffs unseeded, but Pasadena Poly and Maranatha both earned seeds on Monday.
The Panthers are seeded fourth in Division 3 and the Minutemen third in Division 5. San Marino has made the move from Division 2, where it won the last two titles, to Division 1.
A look at San Gabriel Valley-area matches:
Tuesday’s wild-card
Division 1
San Marcos at La Canada
Division 2
Estancia at Ayala
Santa Maria St. Joseph at Glendora
Division 3
Lakewood at West Covina
Division 4
St. Monica at La Serna
Whittier at Lakewood St. Joseph
Antelope Valley at El Monte
Ontario Christian vs. St. Lucy’s at Damien
Covina at North Torrance
Ramona Convent at Wilson
San Gabriel at Arlington
Arroyo at Woodcrest Christian
Division 5
Santa Paula at Whittier Christian
Azusa at Fairmont Prep
Beaumont at Gladstone
Pomona at Foothill Tech
Don Lugo at La Puente

Wednesday’s first round
Division 1
Mater Dei at San Marino
South Pasadena at San Clemente
San Marcos/La Canada winner at No. 2 seed University
Division 2
Mission Viejo at Arcadia
Estancia/Ayala winner at La Reina
Temecula Valley at South Hills
Santa Maria St. Joseph/Glendora winner at Hart
Division 3
Lakewood/West Covina winner at No. 1 Redlands
Westridge at Lompoc Cabrillo
Paramount at Walnut
Orcutt Academy/Milken Community at No. 4 Pasadena Poly
Chino at Yucaipa
Division 4
Ridgecrest Burroughs/Grand Terrace winner at Rosemead
Chino Hills at Riverside Notre Dame
St. Monica/La Serna winner at Westminster La Quinta
Rancho Alamitos/J.W. North winner at Rowland
Lancaster at Keppel
Whittier/Lakewood St. Joseph winner at No. 4 West Torrance
Antelope Valley/El Monte winner at No. 3 Garden Grove
Alhambra at Summit
Ontario Christian/St. Lucy’s winner at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Covina/North Torrance winner at Bishop Montgomery
Ramona Convent/Wilson winner at California
San Gabriel/Arlington winner at No. 2 South Torrance
Arroyo/Woodcrest Christian winner at k
Division 5
Santa Paula/Whittier Christian winner at No. 1 Orange
Azusa/Fairmont Prep winner at Garey
Shadown Hills/Westminster winner at Sierra Vista
Beaumont/Gladstone winner at No. 3 Maranatha
Pomona/Foothill Tech winner at Yucca Valley
Don Lugo/La Puente winner at Webb

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Northview beats Covina 34-6 to claim VVL title; Bishop Amat beats Loyola; Charter Oak stuns West Covina

FRIDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night

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Northview clinches league: Northview’s Alex Camacho picked a good time to deliver the goods, frustrating rival Covina with 258 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. And he also showed off his arm, hurling a 27-yard pass to freshman quarterback Steven Comstock on a trick play.
With Elijah Grijalva chipping in with 132 yards and two touchdowns, there was nothing Covina could do but witness Northview’s first Valle Vista League title since 2008 with a 34-6 victory.

Charter Oak stuns West Covina: Charter Oak knocked off West Covina 33-21 on Friday night, meaning the race for playoff spots from the Hacienda League will go down to the final week of the season before being decided.
The Chargers (5-4, 3-1) held the Bulldogs to only two first downs and junior quarterback Kam Brown completed 21 of 33 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns to move his team into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs (6-3, 3-1) with one game left in the regular season.
“We knew this one was crucial,” Brown said. “We knew we had to win or maybe be out of the playoffs. We won, so we’re still in it.”

Bishop Amat rallies past Loyola: Playing without its starting quarterback and dealing with the rustiness of coming off a bye week left the Bishop Amat High School football team ripe to be upset.
It took the Lancers about a half to put any chance that happening against Loyola to rest, however. Amat hit its stride midway through the second quarter and turned an early 10-0 deficit into a 46-23 win on Friday.
“The first half was a little shaky,” Bishop Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “I knew we’d settle in. I was much more pleased with the second half. The way we looked at it was like we survived the first half. There was like a tsunami and we held our own. And we came out on top and I felt like our best football was still ahead of us. It was just a matter time to get it going.”

Bonita holds off Ayala: Halloween night was only briefly scary for the Bonita High School football team.
Bonita was sitting on a 28-0 lead in the game that will likely determine the final playoff berth in the Palomares League when Ayala reeled off 14 points in less than two minutes and was a yard from scoring a third consecutive touchdown.
Bonita mounted its second goal-line stand of the night and went on to a 34-14 win Friday night, Ayala’s third consecutive league loss.

Damien gets first league win: Senior night at Damien High School brought lots of energy as the Spartans played host to the Los Osos Grizzlies. After falling behind early, Damien stormed back for a 21-14 victory, its first Baseline League win.
It was all Grizzlies early on as they scored on their first possession. The first score came on a play-action 43-yard touchdown strike by quarterback Donovan Williams.

Friday’s games and predictions
Baseline League
Damien 21, Los Osos 14 — Guarantees the Spartans won’t go winless in the Baseline

Hacienda League
Charter Oak 33, West Covina 21 — After all that, Chargers can claim a piece of the Hacienda. What a crazy league.
Chino 45, Walnut 30 — Chino not out of the playoff mix yet.
Los Altos 28, Diamond Ranch 10 — Conqs win should make it a wild finish in the Hacienda for playoff spots.
Standings: Charter Oak (3-1), West Covina (3-1), Los Altos (2-2), Chino (2-2), Diamond Ranch (2-2), Walnut (0-4).

Mission League
Bishop Amat 46, Loyola 23 — Lancers won with QB Damian Garcia sitting out with a rib injury. Victory next week clinches piece of league title. Lancers still haven’t clinched playoff spot, but almost there.
Standings: Crespi (4-1), Bishop Amat (4-1), Serra (4-1), Alemany (3-2), Notre Dame (2-3); Chaminade (1-5); Loyola (0-5).

Miramonte League
Pomona 56, Garey 0 — Red Devils clinch the league title and will be dangerous in the playoffs.
La Puente 28, Bassett 27 – Warriors spoil Olympiana chance to remain unbeaten in Miramonte.

Mission Valley League
Rosemead 51, South El Monte 14 — Panthers wrap up Mission Valley League title.

Montview League
Baldwin Park 48, Gladstone 13 – Braves closing in on second in the VVL

Palomares League
Bonita 34, Ayala 14 – Bearcats back in playoff contention.
Glendora 38, Diamond Bar 6 – Tartans will play South Hills on Thursday for the league title.

Valle Vista League
Northview 34, Covina 6 – Vikings offense and defense legit, they’ll be force in Mid-Valley playoffs after winning first league title since 2008.

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South Hills beats Claremont on last second field goal, 24-22; Azusa and San Dimas win

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD: Games updates throughout the night
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South Hills goes to 4-0 in Palomares: South Hills will be playing for the first Palomares League championship next week after pulling out a last second win, 24-22, over Claremont on Thursday night at Walnut High School.
Senior Manny Munoz kicked a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game to cap a 61-yard drive in the final 1:30.
The kick broke the hearts of the Wolfpack after they had rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to take the lead. “That was a pretty special feeling,” Munoz said. “I just tried to act like it was practice and relax, focus, and get a point for my team. I just tried to stay to myself and kick it through the uprights.”

Azusa clinches share of Montview title: With just three rushes this season entering Thursday night’s game, junior Dominic Ramirez totaled only 30 yards.
With his first three touches of the ball Thursday, the 5-foot-8 Azusa High School running back totaled three touchdowns on runs of 69, 46 and 4 yards.
And he wasn’t through as he ran for another two scores and finished with 179 yards on 11 carries as the Aztecs defeated host Duarte, 49-30, in a Montview League game.

San Dimas routs Rowland, 49-0: Rowland and San Dimas highs had the same records, both overall and in the Valle Vista League, entering Thursday night. But the Saints put on a display of dominance to claim a 49-0 victory on their home field.
San Dimas (6-3, 3-1) has prided itself on its running game for several years, but the Saints found success through the air as well against Rowland (5-4, 2-2), with senior quarterback Andrew Avila completing seven passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those touchdowns went to senior running back Chris Rufun, who had 44 receiving yards and 53 rushing yards on just four carries.

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Arcadia leads cross country polls

The top San Gabriel Valley area cross country teams
Boys

1. Arcadia
2. California
3. Flintridge Prep
4. Walnut
5. Bishop Amat
6. Covina
7. Baldwin Park
8. El Rancho
9. Pasadena Poly
10. Rowland

Girls

1. Arcadia
2. Bonita
3. Flintridge Prep
4. Mayfield
5. Bishop Amat
6. Glendora
7. La Canada
8. St. Lucy’s
9. Covina
10. Los Altos

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat hasn’t won following a bye week since 2008; Northview and West Covina will win to guarantee piece of league titles

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 30-10; Season Total: 263-88)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-7; Season Total: 260-91)

Last Week: I picked up three games on Aram to cut his lead to three with two weeks left in the regular season plus playoffs. I got him taking Alhambra over Keppel, West Covina over Los Altos, Pasadena Poly over Rio Hondo Prep and Bassett over Garey. Aram grabbed one back taking San Dimas over Covina
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This Week: The big, big question is will Bishop Amat show rust or have a let-up following its bye week after three-straight momentum wins over Serra, Alemany and Chaminade with Loyola in town. Amat has won just won game in recent memory during bye weeks, beating Diamond Ranch in 2008. During bye weeks in league, Amat is 0-3 since 2010 and coach Steve Hagerty has gone on record saying he hates byes, but despite that, I can’t picture Amat losing to last-place Loyola. If Bishop Amat wins, it will have a chance to head to Notre Dame next week playing for a piece of the Mission League title, take the Lancers. Covina takes on Northview and with a win, can force a three-way tie along with San Dimas in the Valle Vista. But after Northview whipped San Dimas earlier in the season I can’t imagine the Vikings would let the Colts spoil their party. Take the Vikes. If you asked before the season I would be taking Charter Oak over West Covina, but not now. The Bulldogs were impressive beating Los Altos and will win out. South Hills’ amazing turnaround will get better Thursday night against Claremont and with a victory, South Hills will likely facing Glendora in the league finale for all the marbles in the Palomares. Take South Hills.

Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

California at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Freeway League
Troy vs. La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Pacific League
Burbank vs. Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Bur)
Crescenta Valley vs. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Hoover at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
South Hills vs. Claremont at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Santa Fe League
Bosco Tech vs. Mary Star of the Sea at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mary); Aram (MARY)
Valle Vista League
Rowland at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Friday’s games
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (SG)
Schurr vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cath)
La Salle at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Los Osos at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (LO)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. La Serna at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (West Covina); Aram (CO)
Chino at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Miramonte League
Garey at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pomona)
La Puente at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (Bass)
Mission League
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Marshall at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Mountain View at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
Montview League
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Palomares League
Bonita at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Prep League
Firebaugh at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (rhp)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
La Canada at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (M)
Temple City at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
Nogales at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Non-League
Pasadena Poly at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Saturday’s game
Olympic League

Heritage Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Granada Hills, 1 p.m. — Robledo (Heritage); Aram (H)

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Girls Volleyball: Glendora rallies for four-set win over Bonita; Tartans stay undefeated in Palomares League

Glendora's Jessica Garcia (C) (23) along with Becca Lowden (C) (12), Marissa Montoya (16) and Sarah Smith (10) reacts after scoring against Bonita in the second game of a prep volleyball match at Bonita High School. Glendora won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Glendora’s Jessica Garcia (C) (23) along with Becca Lowden (C) (12), Marissa Montoya (16) and Sarah Smith (10) reacts after scoring against Bonita in the second game of a prep volleyball match at Bonita High School. Glendora won, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

LA VERNE >>
Glendora High School, after four years of being banished to the Baseline League, finally has a reasonable chance at a league title, and the Tartans are not wasting the opportunity.
Becca Lowden had 16 kills and Glendora took another step toward a Palomares League girls volleyball title with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-9 victory over host Bonita on Tuesday.
The Tartans, also getting 12 kills from Marissa Montoya, improved to 17-6 overall and 8-0 in league play. The Bearcats, getting 17 kills from Riley Inman, slipped to 11-10 and 3-5.
Glendora, after a sluggish start, dominated the last two sets. The Tartans, getting four kills from Jade Brockett and two each from Lowden and Montoya, scored 12 of the first 15 points in the third set before closing with a 6-3 surge to win 25-17.
Lowden then had seven kills as the Tartans secured the match by scoring 15 of the first 20 points and 10 of the final 14 to easily win set four, 25-9. Lowden had a cross shot to make it 24-9 before a mis-hit gave Glendora the match.
Glendora’s Becca Lowden: “It’s great. It’s like we finally are where we need to be, with the competition (in this league). It’s great that all of our hard work pays off.”

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Tribune Football Rankings: Bishop Amat still the one

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TRIBUNE TOP TEN FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-3) — League title within its grasp
2. Glendora (7-1) — Showdown vs. South Hills looms
3. West Covina (6-2) — Dismantled Los Altos
4. Northview (7-1) — Rival Covina standing in the way
5. Charter Oak (4-4) — Can it challenge West Covina?
6. Pomona (4-4) — 5-2 on the field
7. Diamond Ranch (6-2) — Don’t sleep on the Panthers
8. South Hills (4-4) — Has found it at the right time
9. San Dimas (5-3) — Will be rooting for Covina this week
10. Damien (3-5) — Slippin’ and a slidin’

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West Covina blanks Los Altos 21-0; San Dimas edges Covina 21-19 and Azusa beats Baldwin Park in OT, 16-13

Football Scoreboard: Check tonight’s scoreboard for updates of Friday night football
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West Covina blanks LA: Los Altos was looking to keep its momentum following last week’s victory at Charter Oak and perhaps get back in the Hacienda League title chase.
But too many mistakes buried the Conquerors, and West Covina was more than willing to take advantage, winning 21-0 in front of a homecoming crowd and several members from its 2004 CIF championship team celebrating the 10th anniversary of its title.
Los Altos (3-5, 1-2) committed three turnovers ‑two fumbles and an interception ‑ and had a punt blocked that was returned for a touchdown.

Friday’s results
Baseline League
Chino Hills 41, Damien 14 – Spartans officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 21, Chino 0 — Finishing with Los Altos and West Covina gives it chance to control own destiny.
Charter Oak 28, Walnut 0 – Chargers have a chance to get back in Hacienda title hunt facing West Covina next.
West Covina 21, Los Altos 0 – Conquerors buried themselves with too many mistakes, but West Covina’s defense is the real deal.

Palomares League
South Hills 27, Ayala 13 — Huskies continue to be biggest surprise in second half of the season, improving to 3-0 in the Palomares.
Bonita 28, Diamond Bar 20 – Bearcats needed a win to start thinking playoffs.
Glendora 38, Claremont 14 — Seems like the Tartans are making everyone tap out.

Miramonte League
Bassett 21, Garey 14 – Olympians go to 2-0 in league and won’t play Pomona until the finale.
Pomona 60, Ganesha 0 — Truth is, we won’t know how good Pomona is until the Mid-Valley playoffs start.

Mission Valley League
Arroyo 28, Gabrielino 6 — Arroyo at 2-2 is still in the playoff hunt.
Rosemead 48, Marshall 6 – Panthers closing in on Mission Valley League title.
South El Monte 28, Mountain View 17 — South wins a one-point thriller.

Montview League
Azusa 16, Baldwin Park 13, OT — Aztecs take over sole possession of first in Montview with OT thriller.
Duarte 49, Workman 9 – Falcons finally get going, but too little too late.

Valle Vista League
San Dimas 21, Covina 19 – Saints keep slim Valle Vista title hopes alive. Now they root for Covina against Northview next week.
Rowland 34, Wilson 13 – Raiders suddenly in a three-way tie for second with San Dimas and Covina at 2-1.

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Norhview routs Nogales 42-21; Sierra Vista ends Gladstone’s perfect Montview record, 32-20

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By John Honell
Northview celebrated homecoming with a 42-21 win over Nogales on Thursday night in a Valle Vista League game at San Dimas High School.
The Vikings dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage in the first half as they ran out to a 42-0 lead at the break before clearing the bench in the second half.
“Our guys came out and played the kind of football we know how to play,” Vikings coach Marcel Perez said. “Our offensive and defensive lines have been playing real well and they need to keep it going next week.”
The Vikings (7-1, 4-0) clinched a playoff spot in CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division with the win, and will face crosstown rival Covina next week for the league title as well as the Cross Town Crown trophy.

Sierra Vista surprises unbeaten Gladstone: Sierra Vista High School put a major dent in Gladstone’s hopes for a Montview League title while managing to keep its own playoff hopes alive with a 32-20 win Thursday night at Citrus Stadium.
“Our plan is to finish in third and go to playoffs, and now we are two wins away from doing it,” Dons head coach Fabian Castillo said.
The Dons (2-6, 1-2) entered the game winless in league play, while Gladstone (2-6, 2-1) was unbeaten, and the Gladiators never trailed in the first 40 minutes of play.
On Sierra Vista’s first drive of the fourth quarter, junior fullback Ricky Cervantes carried the ball 20 yards before senior running back Max Brown went another 60 on the ensuing play for a touchdown. Gladstone blocked Sal Contreras’ PAT to keep a 14-13 lead.

Thursday’s results
Montview League
Sierra Vista 32, Gladstone 20
Valle Vista League
Northview 42, Nogales 21
Del Rio League
La Serna 52, Santa Fe 31
Pacific League
Burroughs 70, Arcadia 23

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Is the beginning of something special happening at Bishop Amat with one of the best junior classes in the state?

Bishop Amat is ranked sixth in the the Pac-5 and is two wins away (over Loyola and Notre Dame) from guaranteeing at least at tie for the Mission League title. And look how they’re doing it. JUNIOR quarterback Damian Garcia is leading the area in passing and nearly broke Pat Haden’s single-game passing record last week. JUNIOR receiver/corners Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney are both highly-coveted D-1 prospects. Emerging JUNIOR running back Torreahno Sweet has found his groove, averaging more than 100 yards in each of his last three games. How about others like JUNIOR offensive lineman Kai Higgins, featured in today’s video. There are other JUNIORS making big contributions like defensive ends Andrew Vasquez, William Kelly, defensive lineman Ryan Munoz and corner Clarence Carter. They’re an improving team that is just starting to make noise and next year could be their best chance to win their first title since 1995. Don’t you agree?

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Girls Volleyball: Los Altos beats Walnut in five to move into share of Hacienda League lead


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
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Walnut's Kuuipo Vaimaona, #4, left, and Jaceylin Tan, #8, right, jump up to block an incoming ball on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Los Altos High School. Los Altos High School Girls Varsity Volleyball hosted Walnut High School on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Los Altos High School. The Los Altos Conquerors led the game with a 2-0 win over the Walnut Mustangs. (Correspondent photo by Shilah Montiel/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Walnut’s Kuuipo Vaimaona, #4, left, and Jaceylin Tan, #8, right, jump up to block an incoming ball on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Los Altos High School. Los Altos High School Girls Varsity Volleyball hosted Walnut High School on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Los Altos High School. The Los Altos Conquerors led the game with a 2-0 win over the Walnut Mustangs. (Correspondent photo by Shilah Montiel/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Los Altos High School has been the dominant girls volleyball team in the Hacienda League the previous two seasons, and the Conquerors aren’t quite ready to give up the title.
Mireya Rojo and Esmeralda Reynoso had 14 kills each and host Los Altos withstood a late charge from Walnut to get back in the league race with a 25-23, 25-19, 13-25, 22-25, 15-11 victory on Tuesday.
The Conquerors, also getting eight kills from Danielle Hernandez and seven from Sahra Chavez, improved to 11-9 overall and into a first-place tie with the Mustangs, each at 4-1 in league play. Diamond Ranch was 3-1 going into a league match vs. West Covina on Tuesday.
Kuuipo Vaimaona had 18 kills and Shirley Zhao 12 for Walnut, which slipped to 11-9 and 4-1.
Los Altos came up big late. The Conquerors, after giving up sets 3 and 4, broke a 10-10 in the fifth set and took a 14-11 lead following an ace by Vanessa Cuenca and consecutive kills by Rojo.
Vaimaona, who had 10 kills in the third and fourth sets to force a fifth, then mis-fired on a spike that went wide, giving the match to Los Altos.
Los Altos’ Mireya Rojo: “This win was amazing. We needed it so much. It was five sets, but we got it.”
Walnut’s Kuuipo Vaiamaona: “I was really surprised we came back. It was going to be hard, but I knew we could do it. We have enough heart to come back. I’m really proud of my team.”

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Tribune Super 32 Football Rankings: Bishop Amat, Glendora lead way, Northview to No. 4, South Hills back in top ten

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TRIBUNE SUPER 32 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (5-3) — They’re a two-point version away from being 4-0 in the Mission League. That’s extremely impressive and with a bye week, they control their own playoff destiny with two to go against Loyola and Notre Dame.
2. Glendora (6-1) — It’s not that they keep knocking out whoever stands in their way, but they’re doing it like a young Mike Tyson. Their recent wins against good teams have all been easy.
3. West Covina (5-2) — With an easy win over Chino, the Bulldogs are looking like a strong Central contender. They get Los Altos next, and I’m sure the Conqs got their attention after routing Charter Oak.
4. Northview (6-1) — Freshman quarterback Steven Comstock is the talk of the town and the only team that has a chance of standing in their Valle Vista title way is Covina in two weeks.
5. Charter Oak (3-4) – If you would have told me Charter Oak would be 3-4 after dropping back down from the Inland and Sierra I wouldn’t believe it. Still have a hard time digesting it.
6. Damien (3-4) — Can anyone win at Damien? Greg Gano couldn’t do it and now Mark Paredes is finding there are no easy answers in SpartanLand.
7. Pomona (3-4) – Take away the two forfeit losses and they’re 3-2 after the whipping over La Puente. Nobody will want to face them in the Mid-Valley playoffs.
8. Diamond Ranch (5-2) — Crushing victory over Walnut and in good position to earn playoff spot in Hacienda.
9. San Dimas (4-3) — If you believe that recent losses to Bonita and Northview were minor steps back for the defending champions, then you better hope they handle Covina this week.
Covina (5-2)
10. South Hills (3-4) — Back to back wins over Diamond Bar and Bonita and a 2-0 start in the Palomares moves the Huskies back in the top ten. What a turnaround.
THE REST: 11. Bonita (4-3), 12. Covina (4-2); 13. Los Altos (3-4); 14. Rosemead (3-4); 15. La Puente (5-3), 16. Diamond Bar (3-4), 17. Baldwin Park (4-3); 18. Azusa (4-3); 19. Walnut (2-5); 20. El Monte (4-4); 21. Arroyo (1-6), 22. Bassett (4-3); 23. Ganesha (4-4); 24. Rowland (4-3); 25. South El Monte (2-5), 26. Gladstone (2-5), 27. Sierra Vista (1-6), 28. Duarte (1-6); 29. Wilson (1-6); 30. Nogales (2-5), 31. Mountain View (1-6), 32. Workman (1-6).

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Tribskin Pick’em: Go to the bank with Baldwin Park over Azusa, West Covina over Los Altos, Ayala over South Hills and Diamond Ranch over Chino

Head-2-Head
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 35-6; Season Total: 233-78)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 33-8; Season Total: 227-84)

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Last Week: Aram extended his lead to six by picking up two more victories. He got me taking Salesian over St. Paul, Santa Fe over Pioneer and Burroughs over Pasadena. I got one back taking Etiwanda over Damien.

This Week:: One of the toughest picks of the week is taking Baldwin Park over Azusa which will ultimately decide the Montview. When I look over games, Baldwin Park played Northview well in a loss and beat an El Monte team thank knocked off Arroyo. Although Azusa nearly upset undefeated Maranatha and hung tough with Covina, I’m going with BP at home. As great as Los Altos looked last week, I’m going with hot West Covina. They’ve rose to No. 4 in the Central and I don’t vision anyone beating them until the playoffs. South Hills will finally lose its first league game to Ayala and I’ve got Diamond Ranch sneaking past Chino in a close one.

Thursday,’s games
Del Rio League

Santa Fe vs. La Serna at California HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Montview League
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus Colelge, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone); Aram (Gstone)
Pacific League
Arcadia at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burrougha)
Valle Vista League
Nogales vs. Northview at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Alhambra); Aram (Keppel)
San Gabriel at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MontebellO); Aram (Monte)
Schurr at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Angelus League
La Salle at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
St. Francis at St. Paul, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Chino Hills at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Aram (CH)
Del Rey League
St. Bernard at Cantwell Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Del Rio League
Pioneer vs. El Rancho at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Whittier at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cal); Aram (Cal)
Freeway League
Sunny Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Hacienda League
Chino at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Los Altos at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Aram (LA)
Walnut at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram ()
Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Aram ()
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Marshall vs. Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rose)
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (SEM)
Montview League
Azusa at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Workman at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Olympic League
Heritage Christian at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mara); Aram (Natha)
Whittier Christian vs. Village Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (VC); Aram (VC)
Pacific League
Crescenta Valley at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PHS); Aram (PHS)
Palomares League
Ayala vs. South Hills at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ayala); Aram (Ayala)
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-Hi)
Glendora vs. Claremont at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Prep League
Pasadena Poly at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (RHP)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (TCity); Aram (TC)
Monrovia at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (Monrovia)
San Marino at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Santa Fe League
St. Anthony at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Anthony); Aram (SA)
Suburban League
La Mirada vs. Mayfair at Bellflower HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (SD)
Wilson at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rowland); Aram (Row)
Non-League
Mary Star of the Sea vs. Flintridge Prep at Daniels Field, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (FP)

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SGVN Top 10 Girls Volleyball Poll: Pasdena Poly leads way, San Dimas’ Hannah Doonan player of the week

Here is the San Gabriel Valley-area poll for the week:
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (21-4)
Won prestigious San Diego tournament
2. Pasadena Poly (15-2)
League showdown at Chadwick Wednesday
3. St. Paul (23-6)
Tough stretch in Tempe, Ariz. tourney
4. Gabrielino (22-3)
Lost in finals of own tournament
5. South Pasadena (9-5)
All alone atop Rio Hondo League
6. St. Lucy’s (10-6)
Key game vs. Rancho Cucamonga Tuesday
7. Whittier Christian (14-10)
Critical league game at Village Thursday
8. Arcadia (14-5)
Unbeaten in Pacific League
9. Mayfield (13-7)
Played Westridge in key game Tuesday
10. La Habra (17-6)
Lost to Troy in five games
Others: Glendora (14-6), La Mirada (16-4), San Dimas (15-5), Westridge (19-5), La Canada (7-5), Walnut (11-8), Duarte (20-8), San Gabriel (8-3), La Serna 9-7, Diamond Ranch 13-5.

Player of the week: Hannah Doonan, San Dimas, Senior: The outside hitter had 21 kills in a key four-game victory over Wilson in Valle Vista League play.

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SGVN Top 10 cross country polls

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Here is the San Gabriel Valley-area polls for the week:
Boys Top 10

1. California, 2. Arcadia, 3. Bishop Amat, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Schurr, 6. Covina, 7. Los Altos, 8. Glendora, 9. Walnut, 10. San Marino

Girls Top 10
1. Arcadia, 2. Bishop Amat, 3. Mayfield, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Glendora, 6. Covina, 7. St. Lucy’s, 8. Bonita, 9. El Rancho, 10. La Canada

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SGVN Top 10 Boys Water Polo Poll

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Here is the San Gabriel Valley-area poll for the week:

1. Montebello (19-3)
Made finals of South Bay tournament
2. La Serna (9-8)
Faces El Rancho on Wednesday
3. Damien (10-3)
Lost to Los Osos by goal
4. Los Altos (5-2)
Played Walnut on Tuesday
5. La Canada (6-11)
Record is very deceiving
6. Flintridge Prep (15-5)
Ended losing streak vs. Pasadena Poly
7. San Dimas (14-10)
Impressive tournament showing
8. San Marino (13-3)
Making noise in Rio Hondo
9. Pasadena (12-7)
Still needs to overcome Crescenta Valley
10. Rowland (10-4)
One-point loss to San Dimas
Others: Charter Oak (9-3), Temple City (16-6), Walnut (5-6), Schurr (11-6), Glendora (12-10).

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From Zero to Hero, South Hills football suddenly 2-0 in the Palomares

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The start of league play often leads to dramatic turnarounds for teams who struggled during the nonleague. There can be no greater example of that this season than the South Hills High School football team.
After starting the season with a win over Covina, the Huskies were outscored in their next four games by a combined 179-18. They were shut out three times in that span, and lost all four.
Fast forward to this Friday and the Huskies will take the field against Ayala tied for first place in the Palomares League and in control of their own league title and playoff destiny.
“Obviously, we caught some beat downs earlier in the year,” South Hills head coach Albert Rodriguez said. “At the start of the year, we were young. We only had two of 11 starters coming back on defense and three of 11 back on offense. We ended up getting banged up early on. We’re starting to get back healthy.
“Everybody thought we were terrible, and we were terrible. But our kids kept on believing, the bye week came at the right time and we got back to playing South Hills football again. That’s put us in the position we’re in now.”

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