Thursday Final: South Hills routs Claremont in Palomares League opener

South Hills players Justin Muniz (11) and Zach Farfan (71) congratulate Justin Armendariz (10) after a play against Claremont in their Palomares League game at Covina District Field in Covina on Friday October 6, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

South Hills players Justin Muniz (11) and Zach Farfan (71) congratulate Justin Armendariz (10) after a play against Claremont in their Palomares League game at Covina District Field in Covina on Friday October 6, 2016. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/SCNG)

By Stephen Ramirez
Those reports of the South Hills High School football team’s demise appears to be have exaggerated.
The Huskies showed Thursday they can be a player for the Palomares League title.
Christian Martinez threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns and South Hills opened league play with a 45-7 victory over Claremont at Covina District Field.

Nicholas Lariviere had four receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns and Tahron Tolbert had five for 109 yards and a score for the Huskies, who improved to 3-3. Duy-Tran Sampson rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack, which slipped to 1-5.
South Hills all but put it away during the first half after gaining 270 yards during the first two quarters and scoring on its four possessions.
Martinez, who was 14 of 17 for 198 yards in the half, keyed the first score with a 47-yard toss to Lariviere to the Claremont’ 8. Martinez then followed with a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead at 4:54 of the first quarter.
Martinez also had touchdown throws of 28 yards to Tyler Lopez and 10 yards to Tolbert, the latter for a 24-7 lead with eight seconds left in the half.
The Huskies then sealed it by scoring on three of its first four possessions during the second half.
Zion Naulls completed an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard run for a 31-7 lead at 10:02 of the third quarter before Martinez connected with Lariviere on pass and runs of 56 and 55 yards for the 45-7 advantage after three quarters.
South Hills’ Christian Martinez: “It was the bye week. That’s what got us all together. We took the week off and all got on the same page. We just came out and competed. It’s league. We have to have games like this from here on out.”
Claremont coach Jose Jarin: “South Hills has a really good football team. You look at all phases of the game, they kind of put us where they needed to put us. It could have been worse. We have to go back to the drawing board.”

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Tribskin Pick’em: Charter Oak, Los Altos, Nogales and Bishop Amat should win


This Week’s Games and Predictions
All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted
Thursday’s games
Palomares League

Claremont vs. South Hills at Covina District Field — Robledo (SHills); Aram (SH)
Rio Hondo League
Blair at San Marino — Robledo (San Marino); Aram (SM)

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra vs. Montebello at Moor Field — Robledo (Montebello); Aram (M)
Bell Gardens at San Gabriel — Robledo (BG); Aram (BG)
Keppel at Schurr — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Sch)
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Paul — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (C)
La Salle at St. Francis — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
Baseline League
Damien at Chino Hills — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Dam)
Del Rio League
California at El Rancho — Robledo (California); Aram (Cal)
La Serna at Pioneer — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Whittier at Santa Fe — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (Whitt)
Freeway League
Sonora vs. Buena Park at La Habra — Robledo (Buena Park); Aram ()
Troy vs. La Habra at Fullerton — Robledo (La Habra); Aram ()
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina — Robledo (Charter Oak); Aram (CO)
Chino at Walnut — Robledo (Chino); Aram (Chino)
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Miramonte League
Bassett at Garey — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bas)
Pomona at Ganesha — Robledo (Pomona); Aram (Pom)
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Crespi — Robledo (Bishop Amat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at El Monte — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arr)
Gabrielino at Rosemead — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (Rosemead)
Mountain View vs. Marshall — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marsh)
Montview League
Azusa at Nogales — Robledo (Nogales); Aram (Nog)
Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College — Robledo (SVista); Aram (SV)
Workman at Duarte — Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Olympic League
Village Christian vs. Maranatha at Occidental College — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Natha)
Pacific League
Arcadia at Burroughs — Robledo (Burroughs); Aram (Burr)
Crescenta Valley at Muir – Robledo (CV); Aram (CV)
Pasadena at Glendale — Robledo (PHS); Aram (PHS)
Palomares League
Bonita at Ayala — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Ayala)
Glendora at Diamond Bar — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
Rio Hondo League
La Canada at Monrovia — Robledo (La Canada); Aram (Mon)
Temple City at South Pasadena — Robledo (SPas); Aram (SP)
San Joaquin League
Southlands Christian vs. Saddleback Valley Christian — Robledo (Saddle); Aram (Sadd)
South Catholic League
Bosco Tech vs. St. Bernard at Salesian — Robledo (St. Bernard); Aram (SB)
Suburban League
Artesia at La Mirada — Robledo (La Mirada); Aram (LM)
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park at Wilson — Robledo (BPark); Aram (BP)
Covina vs. Northview at Covina District Field — Robledo (Northview); Aram (NHS)
Rowland at San Dimas — Robledo (San Dimas); Aram (San Dimas)

Saturday’s games
Olympic League

Heritage Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Granada Hills — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Boron at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Rio Hondo Prep vs. Big Bear at Big Bear Middle School, 1:30 p.m. — Robledo (RH Prep); Aram (RHP)
St. Anthony at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 5 p.m. — Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)

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Who will win the Hacienda League? I’m going with Los Altos


Fred Robledo’s Hacienda League Predictions
1. Los Altos
2. Charter Oak
3. West Covina
4. Chino
5. Diamond Ranch
6. Walnut

By Aram Tolegian
Something has to give in the Hacienda League.Five of the six teams will enter their league openers on Friday night with winning records. And ask several of the coaches who’s the favorite to win the league title and you’re likely to hear a few different answers before they ultimately settle on Charter Oak High School.
“It’s Charter Oak or Los Altos,” said West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore, who was probably wise to split his bets before also endorsing his own team. “I’d like to think we’re one of the teams. I’ll know a lot more next week at this time.”
West Covina (3-2) gets first crack at undefeated Charter Oak, which seems more vulnerable now than it did a few weeks ago due to quarterback Bret Clemetson’s broken clavicle. The Chargers have only played one full game without Clemetson, and they had to work hard to put away South Hills, which West Covina routed a week prior.Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have heated up since losing their first two games of the season. West Covina has won three straight games, all by double figures, and is allowing just 10 points per game in the process.

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Picking Glendora football to win the unpredictable Palomares league


The Palomares League is completely unpredictable. Nobody looks like a bonafide league favorite. But here is Fred Robledo’s predictions in order of finish
1. Glendora
2. Bonita
3. South Hills
4. Ayala
5. Diamond Bar
6. Claremont

By Aram Tolegian
In August, there was little doubt as to who the Palomares League favorite was.
Glendora High School’s football team, despite losing its starting quarterback to USC, was the universal choice to repeat as league champion. After all, the Tartans had another talented signal caller, a good offensive line and inherited a junior varsity team that also won the league a year ago.
Things may still play out to the preseason predictions, but the Tartans are hardly a sure bet after a nonleague schedule that has them at 1-4 heading into Friday’s Palomares League opener at Diamond Bar. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“There’s still something in the tank, this is a brand new season,” Glendora head coach Jerry Lewallen said. “If you were to ask me at the beginning of the year, I would have said this league was wide open for anybody.
“I think for us, the team to beat is Diamond Bar. Then it’s going to be South Hills. My point is that it’s the team that you’re competing against that week. That’s our approach.”

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Wednesday Recap: Diamond Bar’s Crystal Wang wins Knabe Cup girls golf tournament

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

Diamond Bar High School’s Crystal Wang shot a 7-under-par 67 to win the 14th annual Knabe Cup girls golf tournament on Wednesday at Lakewood Golf and Country Club.
Mira Costa’s Ashley Kim, who won the Walnut tournament earlier this week, and Wang were tied with four holes to play, but Wang birdied twice and Kim only birdied the final hole on a 30-foot putt that spun around the edge of the cup before dropping in. La Serna won the team championship with a score of 297 and Diamond Bar finished second with a 303.
Diamond Ranch 243, Charter Oak 317 >> The Panthers defeated the Chargers (4-4) in a Hacienda League match Tuesday.

Girls volleyball
El Monte 3, Marshall 0 — Jackie Lam had eight kills, Cam Nievez had six kills and five aces and Ariana Gutierrez had five aces for the Lions (15-4, 6-1) in a 25-9, 25-9, 25-14 Mission Valley League victory.

Girls tennis
Garey 15, Pomona 3 — The team of Melody Sanchez and Brianna Berdin swept in doubles and Thais Rodriguez swept in singles for the Vikings (14-1, 10-0) in a Miramonte League match Tuesday.
Gladstone 14, Duarte 4 — Marina Chow and Joey Marquez swept in singles for the Gladiators (11-1, 5-0) in a Montview League win Tuesday. It was Duarte’s first league loss of the season.

Boys cross country
Hacienda League — Oscar Chavez (16 minutes, 24 seconds), Evan Potts (16:56), Josh Ramos (17:02) and Issac Granados (17:16) took the first four spots to lead West Covina to win the second league meet of the season at Bonelli Park.

Girls cross country
Hacienda League — Julia Garcia had a second-place time of 20:44, Karina Galvan was third (20:48) and Naomi Nakamura took fourth (20:50) as the Walnut girls won the league meet at Bonelli Park. Walnut’s top two runners, Chloe Arriaga and Emma Arriaga, did not race in Wednesday’s meet. Wednesday Osuna of Los Altos won the meet (19:59).

Girls field hockey
Bonita 3, Westlake 0 — Michelle Boulware score twice and Katie Wearp scored a goal for the Bearcats (6-2-2, 3-1) in a Sunset League North victory Tuesday. Shannon Wong had two assists and goalie Abby Jackson had four saves for Bonita.

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SGVN volleyball Top 25

It has been a topsy turvy week for San Gabriel Valley volleyball teams.

Glendora High School has been the most consistent team and moves into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season in the weekly San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s poll. Arcadia and La Salle have had big weeks and also move up. Flintridge Sacred Heart plays, by far, the toughest schedule in the area. The Tologs drop from first to fourth, but because of their schedule can still make a No. 1 claim.

The biggest change is in the bottom half of the poll. Six teams exit the Top 25 and five make their season debut.

  • 1. Glendora (18-5)
    Undefeated in best-of-five matches (2)
  • 2. Arcadia (14-1)
    Knocked off Burroughs to start second round of league (3)
  • 3.  La Salle (14-7)
    Swept St. Paul to stay undefeated in league (5)
  • 4. Flintridge Sacred Heart (13-4)
    Rematch vs. Marymount Thursday (1)
  • 5. Gabrielino (15-3)
    11-match winning streak (6)
  • 6. Gladstone (16-2)
    Cruising through the Montview Big (7)
  • 7. Monrovia (16-6)
    Haven’t given up game in 4-0 league start (9)
  • 8. Pasadena Poly (9-4)
    Big match vs, Chadwick Wednesday (11)
  • 9. Westridge (13-2)
    Beat Chadwick on the road in five (8)
  • 10. St. Paul (23-7)
    Rough 1-3 start in league (4)


  • 11. Bonita (13-10)(10)
  • 12. Schurr (14-2)(16)five-match winning steak
  • 13. Northview (14-6)(17)
  • 14. L os Altos (13-8)(19)
  • 15. Mayfield (11-10-1)(15)
  • 16. Pioneer (8-6)(unranked)
  • 17. El Monte (14-4)(18)
  • 18. La Canada (6-8)(unranked)
  • 19. Maranatha (11-5)(13)
  • 20. St. Lucy’s (10-9)(12)
  • 21. West Covina (11-8)(unranked)
  • 22. La Habra (9-8)(unranked)
  • 23. Duarte (10-8)(unranked)
  • 24. El Rancho (15-7)(14)
  • 25. South Pasadena (5-5)(unranked)
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