South Hills Powder Puff game ends when girl gets steamrolled. Why are these games so vicious?

Remember when Power Puff football games was a friendly day of junior and senior girls laughing through a game of flag football? Not anymore, these games have grown more and more serious, and getting physical to a point where injuries are becoming a big concern.
South Hills had a powder puff game called last week after a girl was streamrolled in the open field. It was the kind of hit that would draws oohs and ahhs on any Friday night, except it happened in Powder Puff, which is not that uncommon. You hear stories that Powder Puff games are out of control, ending in fights, vicious blocks, and basically a no rules barrage that are putting the girls that play at risk. High School football summer 7 on 7 games are safer than this.
It might be a good time for school’s to take a serious look at the game and come up with ground rules that make it safe, and teach the game better so that hits like this don’t happen.
Covina-Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Richard M. Sheehan agrees that changes are needed.
“We are definitely reviewing the powder puff games,” Sheehan said. “Like all athletes, the girls are getting stronger and faster. We may take a look at the seven on seven rules currently used in tournaments and modify them appropriately. First and foremost the student safety comes first, but we want to let the kids have fun. It’s finding the balance of both.”

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Highlights from Saturday’s All-Star football game at Covina District

Arcadia’s Raeshawn Roland caught a 18 yard pass from Monrovia’s Richie Schroder with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lead the North team to a 22-18 win over the South in the Southern California All Star Game Saturday night at Covina District Field.
Muir’s Elijah Davis scored two 40-yard touchdown receptions for the North. Norwalk’s Jordan Thomas also scored on two touchdowns runs (2 and 30 yards) and Los Altos’ Andrew Manuele added another touchdown from three yards.
Schroder was named the North’s Offensive MVP with Muir’s Ahmir Davis garnering defensive MVP honors for the North. Bishop Amat’s Andrew Camargo was honored as the South’s defensive MVP while Thomas was named the South’s offensive MVP. — James Escarcega

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Boys tennis second round

Division 1
San Marino 13, Beckman 5
No. 4 Arcadia 12, Palos Verdes 6

Division 2
Newport Harbor 11, Walnut 7

Diamond Bar 10, West Torrance 8

Division 3
Foothill 11, Rowland 7

Division 4
Downey 10, Alhambra 8
No. 3 Maranatha 14, Yucaipa 4
Arroyo 10 , Redlands East Valley 8

Division 5
Marshall (16-3) vs. Ramona (16-3)
California 9, Jurupa Valley 9 (California wins on games 85-79)
No. 2 Arrowhead Christian 14, Edgewood 4

Quarterfinals: Monday

Division 1
No. 4 Arcadia (19-0) at San Marino (11-3)

Division 2
Diamond Bar (14-3) at No. 2 Redlands (20-0)

Division 4
No. 3 Maranatha (15-1) at El Toro (8-11)
Arroyo (12-8) at No. 2 Mission View (13-3)

Division 5
Marshall (17-3)/Ramona (16-3) winner vs. Paloma Valley
California (12-9) at No. 3 Rubidoux (19-2)

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La Serna in volleyball semifinals

Saturday’s quarterfinals

Division 4
No. 1 Katella def. Los Altos 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-10
Kennedy def. California 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-14

Division 5
No. 2 La Serna def. San Gabriel Academy 17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-22

Semifinals: Wednesday
Matches at 7 p.m.

Division 5
No. 3 Riverside Poly (22-1) No. 2 La Serna (22-2)
No. 1 Cerritos (26-9) at No. 4 West Valley (20-4)

Finals: Saturday

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Big players at Saturday’s All-Star Football game at Covina District

By Aram Tolegian
Most high school football all-star games morph into defensive struggles that often end with a baseball score. Saturday’s North/South Southern Califiornia All-Star Game may be different.
Given the potential for big plays on the loaded North team’s offense, fans could be in for a bigger treat than usual. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Covina District Field. Fans are urged to arrive early to avoid long ticket lines.
“I think we’re pretty athletic,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez, who will coach the North. “I’ll be honest, I think we’re pretty good on defense, as well. It’s going to be one of those games. We’ll see how it all turns out. It’s kind of hard getting everybody on the same page in seven or eight practices.”

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Rowland Boys swimming takes Division 4 title with total team effort

By Keith Lair
It’s tough to win CIF Southern Section swimming championships without getting at least one victory.
Rowland High School made it look like a piece of cake. The Raiders scored points in practically every event in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College en route to its first boys championship. The Raiders won by 69 1/2 points with Valle Vista League rival San Dimas a distant second.
“The guys wanted to win the plaque and they worked really hard day in and day out,” coach Mike Cody said. “I told the guys I wanted to be inspired. They swam really well.“We put them in the right events and spread them out. Some people swam events they do not normally do, but that’s what team players do.”

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Saturday’s volleyball quarterfinals set

Thursday’s second round

Division 2
No. 1 South Torrance def. San Gabriel 25-10, 25-21, 25-23
No. 2 Santa Monica def. South Pasadena 26-24, 27-25, 25-22

Divison 3
No. 3 Crean Lutheran def. Damien 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20

Division 4
No. 1 Katella def. Whittier Christian 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18
Los Altos def. Garden Grove 25-14, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18
Kennedy def. La Salle 19-25, 28-26, 25-18, 26-28, 15-9
California def. Windward 15-25, 19-25, 25-19-, 25-22, 15-12

Division 5
San Gabriel Academy def. St. Genevieve 25-21, 25-16, 25-12
No. 2 La Serna def. Ganesha 25-12, 25-16, 25-22

Saturday’s quarterfinals
All matches at 7 p.m. unless noted

Division 4
No. 1 Katella (23-4) at Los Altos (18-10)
California (20-6) at Kennedy (21-6)

Division 5
No. 2 La Serna (21-2) at San Gabriel Academy (18-8-2)

Semifinals: Wednesday
Finals: May 20

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