South El Monte’s Sal Tovar running wild leading undefeated Eagles

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By Robert Morales
It was Tuesday, and South El Monte High junior running back Sal Tovar was being photographed by this newspaper in the middle of the school’s football field. His boyhood pal, junior quarterback Daniel Olmos, was standing some 25 yards away.
So, Olmos was asked, what kind of a fellow is Tovar?
“He’s a nice, hard-working guy,” Olmos said. “Pretty funny, too.”
Funny how?

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Wednesday Recap: El Monte volleyball sweeps South El Monte to remain undefeated in league

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 volleyball
El Monte 3, South El Monte 0 — Cam Nievez had nine kills and Lorena Lopez had five aces for the Lions (10-4, 2-0) in a 25-12, 25-20, 25-9 Mission Valley League match.
Walnut 3, Chino 0 — Cameron Wood had four kills and Alexsis Rodriguez had 12 digs and two aces for the Cowgirls (6-2, 0-1) in a 25-13, 25-15, 25-19 Hacienda League loss. Julia Trujillo had nine digs for Chino.

Girls tennis
Garey 13, Pomona 5 — Tien Nguyen swept in singles and the team of Jasmine Hernandez and Evelyn Casas swept in doubles for the Vikings (9-1, 5-0) in a Miramonte League match.

Girls golf
Bishop Amat 236, St. Paul 299 — The Lancers (4-0, 2-0) had the top five finishers at Whittier Narrows Golf Course to defeat the Swordsmen (1-4, 1-2) for the Camino Real League win. Diana Gelgado led the way with a 2-over-par 37, Veronica Trujillo shot 47, Audrey Parayno shot 49, Alyssa Ruiz shot 51 and Maya Payan shot 52.

Girls field hockey
Glendora 1. Westlake 0 — Lauren Zigan scored the winning goal and goalie Meagan Olson had five saves for the Tartans (4-2-1, 1-0) in a Palomares League win Tuesday.
Harvard Westlake 1, Bonita 0 — The Wolverines defeated the Bearcats (3-2-2, 0-1) in overtime Tuesday.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Going with Bishop Amat in Mission opener and South El Monte and Duarte to stay unbeaten

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Story: Charter Oak won’t have QB Brett Clemetson when it takes on South Hills on Friday. Clemetson broke his collarbone in last week’s win over Damien and had surgery scheduled this week.

Aram and Fred pick this week’s games.
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s games and predictions
Non-League

Inglewood at Pioneer — Robledo (Inglewood); Aram (Ing)
Rio Hondo Prep at La Canada — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
Walnut vs. Covina at Covina District Field — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Cov)

Friday’s games and predictions
Mission League

Loyola at Bishop Amat — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at South El Monte — Robledo (South El); Aram (SEM)
Mountain View at El Monte — Robldo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Rosemead at Arroyo — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Pacific League
Arcadia at Pasadena — Robledo (Arcadia); Aram (Arc)
Burbank at Muir – Robledo (Burbank); Aram (Burb)
Suburban League
Cerritos at La Mirada — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Non-League
Alhambra at South Pasadena — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
Azusa vs. Brethren Christian at Citrus College — Robledo (Breth); Aram (BC)
Brentwood at Santa Fe — Robledo (Brent); Aram (SF)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Montebello — Robledo (Monte); Aram (Mont)
Colony at La Habra — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Diamond Bar at San Dimas – Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Diamond Ranch at Bonita — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Gladstone at La Puente — Robledo (La Puente); Aram (Gstone)
Glendora at West Covina — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Los Altos at Newport Harbor — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
La Serna at Tesoro — Robledo (Tesoro); Aram (Tesoro)
Maranatha at Linfield Christian — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Natha)
Monrovia at Damien — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Northview at Pomona — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
San Marino at Bell Gardens – Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)
Sierra Vista at Bassett — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
South Hills vs. Charter Oak at Covina District Field — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
Temple City at San Gabriel — Robledo (SGab); Aram (SG)
Village Christian at Ganesha — Robledo (Village); Aram (VC)
Warren at St. Paul — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
Whittier Christian at Duarte — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (WC)
Wilson at Keppel — Robledo (Wilson); Aram (Wilson)
Workman vs. Bosco Tech at Salesian HS — Robledo (Bosco); Aram (Bosco)
Dorsey at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
La Salle vs. Notre Dame Prep at Scottsdale, AZ. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (NDP)
Pasadena Poly at Cleveland — Robledo (Poly); Aram (PP)
South East at Baldwin Park — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)

Saturday’s games
Non-League

Blair vs. Fairmont Prep at Muir — Robledo (Fairmont); Aram (Fair)
El Rancho vs. Cypress at Western — Robledo (Cypress); Aram (ER)

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Tuesday Recap: Shila Marroquin wins a big set to lead Gladstone girls tennis to victory

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 tennis
Gladstone 16, Sierra Vista 2 — Shila Marroquin won a set against Sierra Vista’s No. 1 singles player to lead the Gladiators (7-1, 1-0) to the Montview League victory.
Charter Oak 14, West Covina 4 — Taylor Valenzuela swept in singles for the Bulldogs in a Hacienda League loss.
Garey 17, Bassett 1 — The team of Katherine Alonzo and Paulina Mora swept in doubles for the Vikings (8-1, 4-0) in a Miramonte League win Monday.

Boys water polo
Sonora 20, Glendora 11 — Senior Rider Beyer had four goals, four assists, nine steals and five blocks and junior Peyton Alonzo scored twice for the Tartans in a nonleague loss.

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SGVN volleyball Top 25

Flintridge Sacred Academy, off its division title in the highly regarded Durango tournament in Las Vegas, moves into the top spot in the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s volleyball poll. Glendora also moves up.
1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-2)

Won Durango Tournament Competition division (2)

2. St. Paul (18-1)

Undefeated streak ends in Whittier tournament title game (1)

3. Glendora (8-2)

Four consecutive 3-0 victories (5)

4. Westridge (9-1)

Went 4-1 in Mayfair tournament (3)

5. La Salle (12-7)

Reached final of Durango tourney Challenger Division (6)

6. Arcadia (5-0)

Lost only one set this season (7)

7. Gladstone (11-2)

Won Diamond Rancho tourney (4)

8. Gabrielino (11-3)

Eight consecutive victories (8)

9. Monrovia (8-3)

Beat St. Joseph’s in five (11)

10. Bonita (8-4)

Faces Ayala in league opener (10)

Also:

11. Bishop Amat (10-5)(12)

12. St. Lucy’s (7-6)(9)

13. Temple City (8-3)(16)

14. Maranatha (8-2)(14)

15. Mayfield (5-4-1)(13)

16. Schurr (8-1)(23)

17. Pasadena Poly (6-4)(15)

18. Northview (10-6)(17)

19. El Rancho (13-5)(18)

20. El Monte (9-4)(19)

21. Los Altos (6-5)(21)

22. South Hills (9-3)(22)

23. San Dimas (5-4)(unranked)

24. La Habra (5-3)(unranked)

25. Sonora (10-6)(unranked)

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: Charter Oak still No. 1; undefeated South El Monte, Duarte join top ten

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TRIBUNE SUPER 32 RANKINGS
1. Charter Oak (4-0) — Charter Oak look the part of No. 1 in dominating previously undefeated Damien, but also may have lost QB Bret Clemetson for the season with an injury.
2. Bishop Amat (3-1) – Lancers granted a 2-0 forfeit win over St. Paul, giving it two weeks to prepare for Friday’s game against Loyola.
3. Los Altos (4-0) – Has handled everyone, and looked mighty impressive past two weeks with wins over Corona and Glendora.
4. San Dimas (3-0) – Hasn’t beaten anyone that wows you, but also has blown everyone out. Diamond Bar should add to blowout victims on Friday.
5. Northview (3-1) – Gutty come-from-behind last minute victory over solid Don Lugo squad.
6. Damien (3-1) – Much improved, but not ready for prime time. Charter Oak, without its QB in second half, still handled the Spartans.
7. Diamond Ranch (3-1) – Has beaten South Hills, Ayala and Burroughs with only loss to Chino Hills. That’s impressive.
8. South El Monte (4-0) – Junior running back Sal Tolvar already over a 1,000 yards in just four games, averaging 255 a game with 14 TDs. Nice.
9. Nogales (4-0) – Struggled to put away winless Walnut not the greatest sign, but undefeated regardless.
10. Duarte – (3-0) – Falcons beat a Windard team that is 3-1 and then blew away Montclair and Mountain View on the road.

The Rest: 11. West Covina (2-2), 12. Arroyo (3-1); 13. Glendora (1-3), 14. Rowland (3-1), 15. Bonita (2-2), 16. Baldwin Park (3-1), 17. Diamond Bar (2-2), 18. South Hills (2-2), 19. Covina (2-2), 20. Sierra Vista (2-1), 21. Mountain View (2-2), 22. Ganesha (2-2), 23. El Monte (2-2), 24. Pomona (0-4), 25. Azusa (1-2), 26. La Puente (2-2), 27. Rosemead (0-4), 28. Wilson (0-4), 29. Walnut (0-4), 30. Bassett (0-4), 31. Workman (1-2), 32. Gladstone (0-4).

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Charter Oak loses QB, digs deep to beat Damien, 27-14; Northview wins thriller over Don Lugo; Los Altos remains undefeated

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Charter Oaks gets huge win, but it’s costly: Charter Oak High School’s football team stayed undefeated on Friday night, but at what price is the question.
The Chargers (4-0) lost senior quarterback Bret Clemetson to an apparent collarbone injury in the first half and may be without the budding star for some time. Charter Oak’s defense, though, had more than enough to post a 27-14 nonleague victory over Damien.
“I have really no comment, I don’t really even want to talk about it,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said after the game about Clemetson’s injury.

Northview wins in final seconds: Northview quarterback Steven Comstock hit Antwaun Ayers for the game-winning, 8-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left to beat Don Lugo, 35-28, Friday night in a nonleague football game.
It was Northview’s only lead of the game.After the win, Northview coach Marcel Perez asked his team, “Do we got some dogs?”

Nevens leads Los Altos: Los Altos High School took advantage of some costly mistakes in a 42-34 home win over Glendora High on Friday night. The Conquerors (4-0) had some miscues of their own, but absorbed them with 192 rushing yards and two touchdowns from senior running back Tyler Nevens.
The visiting Tartans (1-3) immediately tried an onside kick at the opening kickoff. The ball bounced directly to the Conquerors’ Gil Vazquez, who ran the ball to the end zone for a 7-0 Los Altos lead after eight seconds.

Short-handed Arroyo beats undefeated Rowland: The suspension Friday morning of four Arroyo High football players — highlighted by senior starting quarterback Jason Villa — could have easily given the Knights a tailor-made excuse to lose the game. But coach Jim Singiser would not have any of it. And his Knights rallied around sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho, who started the game and lead Arroyo to a 42-7 victory over visiting Rowland Friday night.

Rosemead falls to CalHi: Led by running back Andrew Reyes’ big night on the ground, California High knocked off Rosemead 34-21 in a nonleague game on Friday night at Rosemead.
Reyes rushed for 249 yards and reached the end zone four times. He scored three of the touchdowns on the ground and one on a 54-yard screen pass.
“Those touchdowns I made, it’s the (offensive) line, man,” Reyes said. “They are the reason why I scored. I love those guys to death. I wouldn’t trade any of them for anybody.”

Friday’s Results
Charter Oak 27, Damien 14 — Chargers QB Bret Clemetson with possible broken collarbone, Chargers still dominate
Los Altos 42, Glendora 34 — Improved to 4-0 holding off the feisty Tartans
Nogales 27, Walnut 20 — Nobles go to 4-0 with a couple weeks off before hosting Rowland.
Northview 35, Don Lugo 28 – Vikings QB Steven Comstock delivered game-winning pass in final minute
Arroyo 42, Rowland 7 — Knights with four suspended players beat undefeated Rowland.
West Covina 24, Schurr 13 — Bulldogs get to 2-2 with second straight win.
South Hills 75, Temple City 7 – Offensive explosion for offensive challenged offense. Thank TC.
Baldwin Park 41, Sierra Vista 35, OT – In back and forth, Braves pull it out in OT
South El Monte 48, Bassett 21 — Another teams joins the 4-0 club after just three wins last year.
Buena 27, Bonita 7 – Hard to know which Bearcats team will show up week to week.
Brea Olinda 40, Diamond Bar 20 – It only gets tougher with Northview next.
California 34, Rosemead 21 – Can the Panthers turn it around in the Mission Valley league?
Claremont 40, Pomona 12 – Remember when the Red Devils were rolling? Not now.
Covina 31, Montclair 7 — Colts have talent, tonight they put it together.
Diamond Ranch 35, Burroughs 17 – Keep an eye on Diamond Ranch sleeper in Hacienda
Duarte 35, Mountain View 6 — Falcons are quietly undefeated at 3-0.
San Gabriel 27, Ganesha 0 — Dons come up with a blanking over the Giants.
Workman 30, Keppel 0 — Just what the Lobos needed, confidence building win.
La Puente 13, Wilson 3 — Wilson debuted new field, but Warriors get the W.
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)

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