Tribune Football Rankings: Bishop Amat still the one

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

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

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
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

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


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

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

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)
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

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

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

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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Los Altos stuns Charter Oak 29-7; Glendora knocks out Ayala 27-7; Bishop Amat crushes Chaminade 52-22 in a near record-night from QB Damian Garcia

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Bishop Amat’s Garcia has big night: Bishop Amat High scored on its first six possessions and quarterback Damian Garcia had a near record night, throwing for 418 yards and five touchdowns in a 52-22 rout of visiting Chaminade to head into its bye week tied for first in the Mission League with its third straight league win for the first time since 2010.
Garcia threw four of his touchdown passes to Brandon Arconado, and emerging junior running back Torreahno Sweet had another solid game, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Garcia did all his work in three quarters before sitting out the fourth. He was chasing legendary Pat Haden’s 1969 single-game record of 470 yards passing before taking a seat.

Los Altos stuns Charter Oak: Los Altos ruined homecoming for longtime rival Charter Oak with a 29-7 win over the Chargers on Friday night.
The Conquerors (3-4, 1-1), one of the preseason favorites to win the Hacienda League, had lost three consecutive games but find themselves right back in the race and may have turned their season around with the win.
The Conquerors defense set the tone for the game when Kyle Durham intercepted a Chargers pass at his own 40-yard line and ran it back to the Charter Oak 34 with 9:36 left in the first quarter.

Glendora knocks out Ayala: Two games into its Palmoares League tenure, the Glendora High School football team couldn’t be happier.
Ayala, conversely, wasn’t thrilled to reunite with its former Sierra League nemesis Friday night.
Glendora held the Bulldogs to 208 total yards in a 27-7 win to remain undefeated in league play and hand a crucial loss to arguably their toughest competition for the Palomares League title.

Friday’s results
Baseline League

Etiwanda 35, Damien 6 – That just about does it for the Spartans playoff hopes. Chino Hills in town next.
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch 31, Walnut 10 — It’s one of the games the Ranch had to win to keep playoff hopes alive.
Los Altos 29, Charter Oak 7 — One of the night’s stunners, a drink-your-bottle-of-get-tough win for the Conqs.
West Covina 42, Chino 16 – You can say it now, West Covina steps ahead as favorite to take Hacienda.
Mission League
Bishop Amat 52, Chaminade 22 — QB Damian Garcia could have broke Pat Haden’s single-game record if they left him in the fourth quarter. Garcia finished with 418 yards and 5 TDs. Haden’s record is 470 yards set in 1969.
Mission Valley League
Rosemead 33, Gabrielino 14 – Panthers on their way to the Mission Valley League title.
El Monte 44, South El Monte 14 – Lions have turned it around the past two weeks.
Montview League
Baldwin Park 38, Sierra Vista 0 — I tweeted Baldwin Park by 28 points. I was close.
Gladstone 47, Duarte 7 – Absolute stunner that the Gladiators won this easy.
Azusa 69, Workman 0 -- Nice tuneup for Aztecs heading into Baldwin Park shodown next week.
Palomares League
Claremont 25, Diamond Bar 0 – You got to ask, what happened to the Brahmas?
Glendora 27, Ayala 7 – Tartans continue to shy why they’re No. 1 in the Central.
South Hills 26, Bonita 21 — Arguably the best turnaround from a down-and-out team in a while.
Valle Vista League
Covina 55, Rowland 0 – Wondering if the Colts can give San Dimas a game next week.
Northview 42, Wilson 0 — Only obstacle left is a date with rival Covina on Halloween.
San Dimas 49, Nogales 0 -- You didn’t think the Saints would lose three straight did ya?
Miramonte League
Bassett 42, Ganesha 0 — It’s been a turnaround season for the Olympians.
La Puente 62, Garey 35 – Five different players scored for the Warriors

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Arroyo forced to forfeit three games because of ineligible player; winless Mountain View at winless Marshall tonight

“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”

By Aram Tolegian
Arroyo has forfeited nonleague wins over Temple City, Montebello and Rowland after self reporting to the CIF-Southern Section that it had an ineligible player in violation of section transfer rules.
The player was used solely on special teams and the incident probably never would have been known about if the school had not informed CIF of the situation, according to Knights coach Jim Singiser.
“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”
The forfeits make Arroyo’s record go from 4-3 to 1-6. They are just the latest setback in a season that hasn’t gone according to plan and the biggest issue facing the Knights, who made last year’s Mid-Valley Division semifinals, is simply making the playoffs and keeping the school’s 30-year streak of postseason appearances alive.
After being upset by El Monte last week, Arroyo is just 1-2 in the Mission Valley League and is on a bye this week before playing Gabrielino on Oct. 24. When the Knights return to action, they’re likely to be without the services of standout running back Randy Amezcua, who is injured and likely to miss the rest of the season.

Mission Valley League
Mountain View (0-6, 0-2) at Mountain View (0-7, 0-3) at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m.

Marshall has really struggled in its first year in the Mission Valley League. Same can be said for Mountain View, which has been in this league forever.
Both teams badly need a league win in order to momentarily climb back into the playoff race. That’s a bit more of a realistic prospect for Mountain View, which has already played Arroyo and El Monte.

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CIF could change playoff format dramatically for all sports in 2016. Do you like it?

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod is actively working on a competitive-based playoff model for the 2016 playoff groupings cycle where individual schools would be placed into appropriate divisions for section championships based on their school’s performance in that particular sport. Under Wigod’s vision, CIF would no longer place leagues into divisions for section championships as is currently taking place with the exception of basketball. Read his latest letter explaining.

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Fred’s thought: I absolutely hate how basketball does it because league play means absolutely nothing. This is how Bishop Amat girls basketball finished fourth in league a few years back and won a CIF championship in a desirable division by not having to compete in the playoffs against the top teams from its own league. Damien basketball beat a team that was 0-10 in league in a CIF championship game two years ago. Should you finish last in league and be placed in a more desirable playoff division than all the teams that finished ahead of you? That’s flawed. I don’t like this new plan for a number of reasons, that’s just one example.
Teams don’t want to be promoted into tougher divisions just because they had a couple good seasons or a once in a generation season so that a third place team can have more of a competitive chance in a playoff division the following year. What happens if you finally win a championship or advance deep in the playoffs with your once in a generation all-senior boys soccer team. Are you going to punish the class that’s rebuilding by placing them in a tougher division the following year? How is that fair? This whole idea could result in teams scheduling easier games or tanking games because of strength of schedule and altering win/loss records in order to get placed in a more desirable division. Seriously, should you really finish third in Valle Vista league soccer and have a better shot at winning a CIF championship the following year than the team that won league because it works harder and develops a better program. If demographics, school size and the schools are close in proximity why are you trying to level the playing field based on performance? It’s up to a school to get better, not a formula that rewards mediocrity. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, TEAMS FROM THE SAME LEAGUE SHOULD ALWAYS be in the same playoffs. Otherwise, just get rid of league play and allow everyone to play freelance. Is that what you want?

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Is your high school using crumb rubber turf? NBC News investigation raises potential safety concerns

NBC NEWS REPORT: A high school in Burien, Washington has scrapped its plan to use crumb rubber turf in its new football field because of potential safety concerns raised in an NBC News investigation, school officials said.

“As soon as the news broke, I contacted our architect and distributor and said, ‘We’re not putting the crumb rubber on. Stop everything. Hold everything. Let us do more research,’” said Kennedy Catholic High School Principal Mike Prato. “If we’re going to do this, we want it to be the safest field it can be.”

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Is it panic time for defending Mid-Valley football champion San Dimas?

saintsBy Aram Tolegian
There’s no panic in San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow’s voice when he talks about the situation his team is in after losing to arch-rival Bonita and Valle Vista League upstart Northview in the past two weeks.
Instead, Zernickow is very concise about what the Saints need to do in order to get things turned around and still make a run in the postseason as they bid to win back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley championships.
“Basically, for us, we’re in a one-game season right now,” said Zernickow, whose team visits Nogales on Friday. “We have to beat Nogales. We have to go 1-0 every single week the rest of the way out here if we want to be in the playoffs.”
San Dimas, which had won three straight before the Bonita loss, is now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league. Nogales is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in league.

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SGVN Girls Volleyball, Boys Water Polo and Cross Country top ten rankings

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (12-4), 2. St. Paul (21-2), 3. Pasadena Poly (11-2), 4. St. Lucy’s (9-6), 5. Whittier Christian (14-9), 6. Westridge (18-4), 7. La Habra (16-6), 8. Gabrielino (15-2), 9. South Pasadena (7-5), 10. Mayfield (9-4), OTHERS to watch: La Canada (6-4), Arcadia (12-5), Glendora (13-5), La Mirada (15-4), San Dimas (12-5), Maranatha (12-6), Pioneer (8-2), Walnut (10-8), Duarte (13-7), San Gabriel (7-2).
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1. Montebello (14-2), 2. Damien (9-2), 3. La Serna (8-7), 4. Los Altos (5-1), 5. La Canada (4-6), 6. Flintridge Prep (12-4), 7. San Dimas (9-8), 8. Temple City (11-3), 9. Pasadena (11-6), 10. Charter Oak (7-3), OTHERS to watch: Walnut (4-5), Rowland (8-2), Schurr (10-6), Glendora (7-8), South Pasadena (2-7)
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1. Arcadia, 2. California, 3. Bishop Amat, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Covina, 6. Glendora, 7. Walnut, 8. Los Altos, 9. Whittier, 10. Bonita
1. Bishop Amat, 2. Arcadia, 3. Mayfield, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Covina, 6. Glendora, 7. Bonita, 8. El Rancho, 9. La Canada, 10. La Mirada

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With four weeks left before playoffs, who leads the Tribune coach of the year race?

Picking coach of the year is always difficult, but it’s also fun too. When I’ve posted leading candidates in mid-season it almost always changes by the second week of the playoffs, and gets easier to narrow down after that. But if I were picking the top five today, this is how it would look in order.
1. Marcel Perez, Northview (5-1)
Beating San Dimas is something few thought any Valle Vista league team could do this season and the Vikings not only beat them, they stomped them. Too bad they blew a 21-point at La Sierra prior because they should be undefeated, and Perez’s boys are doing it with a freshman QB.
2. Jerry Lewallen, Glendora (5-1)
Wins over Charter Oak, Los Altos, Kaiser, Bonita and Alta Loma. The Tartans were 7-3 last year but those three losses came in the Baseline and they missed the playoffs. If they beat Ayala on Friday, this is a group that could run the table the rest of the way, they’re that good.
3. Mike Maggiore, West Covina (4-2)
This should have been Antonio Noodles Hull senior year with the Dogs, but he’s at struggling Diamond Bar and these Dogs are improving by the week. Most thought they were an iffy pick to make the playoffs, now I’m starting to think they can win the Hacienda.
4. Aaron Jamieson, Pomona (3-4)
Considering how handcuffed Jamieson is in the Pomona Unified School district that forced the Devils to forfeit a game because it didn’t feel like traveling on a Friday night and an athletic department that let it forfeit another for not being on top of paperwork, the Devils are 3-2 on the field, and looking like they could compete for a league title. Jamieson deserves credit for keeping the focus on the big picture.
5. Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat (4-3)
Two weeks ago we were wondering if it was time to make a coaching change after back-to-back losses to Chino Hills and Crespi, but after back-to-back wins over Serra and Alemany, the Lancers are in position to make a run at the Mission League title. Now wouldn’t that be something.

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Girls Volleyball: Chino Hills takes first round from St. Lucy’s, 3-1

Chino Hills' Meghan Buzzerio (C) (10) reacts after scoring against St. Lucy's in the second game of a prep volleyball match at St. Lucy's High School in Glendora, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Chino Hills won 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Chino Hills’ Meghan Buzzerio (C) (10) reacts after scoring against St. Lucy’s in the second game of a prep volleyball match at St. Lucy’s High School in Glendora, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Chino Hills won 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

GLENDORA >> The goals for the Chino High School girls volleyball team are pretty simple this season: Win league and CIF-Southern Section championships and taste victory at rival St. Lucy’s.
The Huskies crossed the latter off their list Tuesday.
Meghan Buzzerio had 19 kills and eight aces and Chino Hills took control of the Baseline League race with a 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 victory over the host Regents.
Cherise Hennigan had 11 kills and Alexis Cardoza 10 for the Huskies, who improved to 14-5 overall and 3-0 in league. Loryn Carter had 21 kills for St. Lucy’s, which slipped to 9-6 and 2-1.
St. Lucy’s, which split the season series with Chino Hills last season, looked like it might force a fifth set after scoring 14 of the first 23 points in the fourth. But the Huskies, ranked No. 7 in Division 1A, put together an 8-3 surge to tie it at 17. Chino Hills, after falling behind, 24-21, got consecutive kills from Buzzerio, Hannigan and Cardoza to tie a second time.
Buzzerio followed with back-to-back spikes to win it, 29-27.
Meghan Buzzerio: “It feels great. We’ve never beaten them at their place, so this is our first. We started a little rough, but we finished strong. We all played great. Yeah, it feels really good.”
St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “They have weapons at all places and obviously had us on a size advantage, so I’m really proud of where we’re at. But we play to win. We’re disappointed, but we did a lot of things we can grow on, too.”

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