Los Altos wins on final play; Arroyo and La Mirada also advance

I periscoped the final mintue with Los Altos trailing 28-24. Watch the dramatic finish with Khayman King hauling in the game-winning 19 yard TD pass from Kody Olmos with no time left for a 30-28 Los Altos win.

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Los Altos wins on final play of the game: Los Altos and Long Beach Wilson went toe-to-toe and back-and-forth for every second of their CIF Southern Section Division 6 semifinal game Friday night, with the right to play for the championship next week at stake.
In the end, it was Los Altos that made one more big play. And what a play it was.Khayman King pulled in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Kody Olmos as time expired for a dramatic 30-28 Conqerors’ win, saving their undefeated season and putting them in the division final for the second time in three seasons.

Arroyo rolls into Division 12 finals: It didn’t take long for Arroyo High’s offense to get it going in the CIF-SS Division 12 semifinal game on Friday night.
Once it did, the Knights did not let up.Arroyo sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho threw six TDs and 421 yard en route to a 70-21 blowout home victory over visiting Segerstorm.

Charter Oak can’t keep up in fourth: In the end, the Charter Oak High School football team had nothing left to give.
Besieged all season by injuries to key players, the patchwork Chargers gave undefeated Sierra Canyon all it could handle for 3 1/2 quarters. But ultimately, the Chargers gave out in a 42-19 loss in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
“It comes down to a lot of breaks and we didn’t get any, except broken bones,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said. “Nobody ever thought that after all the things we went through, that we would end up here in the semifinals.”

South El Monte’ D-13 bid comes up short: Big plays early in the game and big plays later in the game helped Rancho Christian High earn its way to the CIF-SS Division 13 championship game next week with a 42-28 win over South El Monte on Friday night.
Four of Rancho Christian’s six touchdowns were on plays of 30 yards or more. The other two touchdowns were aided by plays of 30 or more yards on each of the two drives.

Friday’s results
Division 2

Murrieta Valley 63, La Habra 42
Division 3
La Mirada 36, Los Alamitos 20
Division 4
Sierra Canyon 42, Charter Oak 19
Division 6
Los Altos 30, Long Beach Wilson 28
Division 7
Norte Vista 21, St. Paul 7
Division 11
Valley View 42, Montebello 7
Division 12
Arroyo 70, Segerstrom 21
Division 13
Rancho Christian 42, South El Monte 28

Next week’s Divisional championships
Division 3

Edison at La Mirada, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 6
Paraclete at Los Altos, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Division 12
Rancho Mirage at Arroyo, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti is all class, watch

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Looks like Tribune Football MVP will be one of these three guys

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Also, read this morning’s story on the Man of Casteel: Legendary Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar wasn’t mincing words following last Friday’s win over Downey when he said that Chargers all-purpose standout Brian Casteel may be the best athlete he’s ever coached.
For Farrar, a 48-year veteran head coach, to make such a lofty statement after having coached talents like Jason David, Steve Stevenson, Adam Muema, Chris Allen, Will Harris and many more, was really say something. And the praise wasn’t lost on Casteel, who is as much a Charter Oak football historian as he is a player.
“I was surprised,” Casteel said. “But it was a blessing to be compared to all the guys who have come through here.”

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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

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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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