SCPL semifinal football preview and semifinal predictions

There will be no blaming Aram and I this week, so save your posters. With the exception of me taking Murrieta Valley over La Habra, Aram and I are picking the rest of the area teams to win. It’s not homerism really, they are all close games on paper but there are more reasons to feel good about your local teams chances, than feel the opposite. If we’re right, or half right, we could have seven, possibly eight teams in CIF finals next week. You know that probably won’t happen, so to make this interesting, I’m going to list in order most likely teams to win down to the least likely team to win.
Most Likely to least likely
1. Los Altos
2. Arroyo
3. La Mirada
4. St. Paul
5. Charter Oak
6. Montebello
7. South El Monte
8. La Habra

Next Week’s Semifinals and predictions
Division 2

Murrieta Valley at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Murrieta Valley); Aram (La Habra)
Division 3
La Mirada vs. Los Alamitos at Veterans, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (La Mirada)
Division 4
Sierra Canyon at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (Coak)
Division 6
Long Beach Wilson at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (Los Altos)
Division 7
St. Paul at Norte Vista, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (St. Paul)
Division 11
Montebello at Valley View, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Valley View); Aram (Montebello)
Division 12
Segerstrom at Arroyo, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Division 13S
Rancho Christian at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (South); Aram (South)

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Tuesday Recap: Rowland girls basketball dominate Nogales to win season opener

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Girls basketball
Rowland 66, Nogales 19 — Senior Tianna Eaton had 17 points, five rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists and freshman Kaylin Ngo added 12 points for the Raiders (1-0) in a nonleague contest. Juniors Nicole Woo and Rachel Capinia had nine points for Rowland.

Boys basketball
Rowland 69, Nogales 25 — Jarbas Faria had 20 points, Phillip Aguiniga added 14 points and Curtis Hong had nine points and five assists for the Raiders in their season opener.
Aguiniga also had eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Edgewood 74, Western Christian 27 — Daniel Felix had 18 points, Ozzy Mancilla added 16 points and Nico Yamamoto had 10 points to lead the Lions (1-0) to the nonleague victory.
El Monte 88, Aveson Global 47 — Jordan Ayala had 25 points and Devin Romero added 15 points for the Lions in a Turkey Tournament victory Monday.

Boys soccer
West Covina 9, Western Christian 0 — Matthew Heredia, Jose Arellano, Julian Reyes, Alfredo Luna and Oscar Velez each scored a goal for the Bulldogs (1-0) in a nonleague victory.

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Monday Recap: Calvary Baptist boys basketball get the win

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Boys basketball
Calvary Baptist 59, Orange Calvary Christian 51 — Freshman Aaron Echols had 20 points and five assists and sophomore Taylor Dial added 15 points and had six steals, five rebounds and four assists for the Cougars (1-0) in a nonleague contest. Freshman Jeremiah Frisco had 10 points and three rebounds for Calvary Baptist.

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Arroyo player gets a burrito after tipping off his coaches of Schurr tendencies

Good scoop here from Aram Tolegian
His name won’t appear in the box score. In fact, he didn’t even play in the game. But Arroyo High School football player Noah Caraballo had as much to do with the Knights’ win over Schurr as anybody else on the roster.
Caraballo, a reserve defensive end, spotted a tendency when Schurr was on offense that helped tipped off whether the Spartans were going to run or pass. He promptly told a teammate, who told his position, who told head coach Jim Singiser.
Sure enough, Arroyo out-scored Schurr 35-7 in the second half of a 42-28 win.
“It was one of those things that you couldn’t see on film, but he saw it at field level and it helped,” Singiser said of Caraballo. “We’ve been doing this a long time and that’s never happened. At least not during a game. That’s like next-level thinking. He easily could have been sipping Gatorade and checking out the cheerleaders. To pay a attention to minute details like that? They’re high school kids, I’m lucky they make it to practice.
“So yeah, he got a breakfast burrito the next morning. That’s the reward you get.”

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Los Altos, Charter Oak, Arroyo and South El Monte advance to CIF semifinals; Northview falls


Northview falls short: Northview struggled with penalties and when things went south in the second half against visiting Burbank, it couldn’t recover despite a last minute try.
Burbank scored 21 unanswered points and held on to upset second-seed Northview 30-27 in the CIF Southern Section Division 8 quarterfinals on Friday at Covina District field and will host Don Lugo in the semifinals next week.

Los Altos hold on in thriller: Los Altos High School football head coach Dale Ziola used the words “guts, determination and grit” to describe his team’s play on its final drive of the fourth quarter against Paramount in CIF-SS Division 6 quarterfinal action on Friday night.
The Conquerors were clinging to a 49-41 lead with 4:27 left in the game. But they picked up three first downs to run out the clock and thwarted a late Paramount rally to advance to the semifinals next week.
“That’s a testament to these guys and their character and their love for one another,” Ziola said. “They hung in there and it’s cool to see it all come together.”

Arroyo rallies to beat Schurr: With his team trailing by 14 points in the first half, Arroyo High football coach Jim Singiser thought the situation might be too big for his team.
Then the Knights hit another gear and showed why they’re the top seed in CIF Southern Section Division 12 playoffs by rallying for a 42-28 win over host Schurr in Friday’s second round.
“We’ve struggled with mental and emotional maturity this year, and I think it bit us a little bit (early),” Singiser said. “But the kids stayed the course and showed a lot of grit. Maybe a little more grit than I thought they had.”

Brian Casteel delivers for Charter Oak: The mantra for the Charter Oak High school football team all season has been next man up.
On Friday night, the Chargers went to the guy they’ve relied on all season. Senior Brian Casteel’s four touchdowns lifted visiting Charter Oak to a 35-21 win over host Downey in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal game.
“I’ve been coaching 48 years and he is probably the best athlete I’ve ever coached,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said. “I don’t know if there is a better football player in Southern California. He has sacrificed everything for our team because we are down to our fourth-string quarterback and that’s forced him to do a whole lot of things.”

Azusa no match for Santa Ana: Santa Ana’s Pablo Aguirre ran the opening kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown and the top-seeded Saints never looked back as they shut out Azusa 41-0 in a CIF Southern Section Division 13 quarterfinal game on Friday night at Citrus College.
It was the first time since 1989 the Saints (12-0) advanced past the opening round of the playoffs. They will host Laguna Beach next Friday at 7 p.m.The Aztecs (6-6) never quit, showing the toughness that has become a hallmark of their program.

Friday’s Quarterfinals results
Division 2

La Habra 31, Redlands East Valley 21
Division 3
La Mirada 32, La Serna 31
Division 4
Charter Oak 35, Downey 21
Division 6
Los Altos 49, Paramount 41
Division 7
St. Paul 28, Oxnard Pacifica 21
Division 8
Burbank 30, Northview 27
Division 9
Cerritos Valley Christian 37, El Rancho 12
Silverado 46, La Salle 41
Division 10
Aquinas 49, Pasadena Poly 0
Division 11
Quartz Hill 22, Arcadia 21
Division 12
Arroyo 42, Schurr 28
Division 13
Santa Ana 41, Azusa 0
South El Monte 61, Santa Clarita Christian 47

Next Week’s Semifinals
Division 2
Murrieta Valley at La Habra
Division 3
La Mirada at Los Alamitos
Division 4
Sierra Canyon at Charter Oak
Division 6
Long Beach Wilson at Los Altos
Division 7
St. Paul at Norte Vista
Division 12
Segerstrom at Arroyo
Division 13
Rancho Christian at South El Monte

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Saturday Recap: Glendora girls volleyball is headed to the state semifinals

Girls Volleyball
Glendora 3, Del Norte 0 — Alex Lowden had 20 kills and 23 digs and Marissa Montoya had eight kills and 25 digs for the Tartans in a 25-23, 25-15, 27-25 CIF state second-round victory. Also contributing to Glendora’s win were Rachel Demerjian, who had 36 assists and Cassidy Marshman, who had 23 digs. Glendora will play at Cathedral on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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For the first time since the 1990s, Bishop Amat baseball will be in Division 1

A very reliable source told me that Bishop Amat will join South Hills, Damien and Bonita in CIF Southern Section Division 1 baseball. Bishop Amat was not listed in Division 1 in earlier drafts, but after crunching the numbers, it will be. CIF hasn’t released the spring playoff divisions, nor has it set a date for the release, yet. Bishop Amat won the Division 1 title in 1996 and has won six championships since then, but none have been in Division I. This will be the first time since the 1990s that Bishop Amat will compete in Division I for baseball and football.
It also could present one of the most anticipated games of all time should Bishop Amat and Damien meet in the playoffs. Damien coach Andy Nieto won four championships at Amat, the last coming in 2014, then he left to Damien last year. Wouldn’t that be something if the two met in the playoffs.

Below: What could make a Bishop Amat, Damien game even more intriguing is that Diego Barrera, the stud who pitched for Bishop Amat last year, has since transferred to Damien.

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