Host San Dimas takes on Damien in Monday’s Boys Basketball MLK Showcase

By Aram Tolegian
In addition to being one of the better coaches around, Gordon Hamlow knows how to put on a good show.
Hamlow, the boys basketball coach at San Dimas High School, is about to become a very busy man. On Monday, San Dimas will host the Martin Luther King Shootout, which will feature four boys games and three girls games.
Then on Saturday, Hamlow’s SoCal Shootout will take place at Azusa Pacific University. And of course, following the season, Hamlow will wear the role of game organizer for the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic.
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Mt. Rushlow, AKA, Alexis Rushlow, strikes again in Glendora’s 1-0 girls soccer win over South Hills

Alexis Rushlow’s goal the difference in 1-0 win over South Hills: Of all the players South Hills could leave open on a long throw to the penalty area, you figured Glendora High School’s Alexis Rushlow, who has scored a goal in every game this season, wouldn’t be the one.
But when Mackinley Gregus hurled a throw in the 17th minute that nearly every Huskies defender converged on, Rushlow found herself open near the back post after the ball dropped and bounced over the rushing defenders to the unmarked Texas Tech-bound forward. Rushlow didn’t waste the opportunity, hammering it home for what turned out to be the game winner in a 1-0 girls soccer victory on Wednesday.
It was Rushlow’s 16th goal as the Tartans, ranked No. 1 in the Tribune, improved to 11-3-1 and 2-0 in the Palomares League.

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BOYS HOOPS: Charter Oak impressive in 75-65 win over West Covina

Charter Oak off to hot start: Charter Oak High School boys basketball coach Randy Thatcher said senior guard William Vest is the best team captain he’s ever coached. That’s saying a lot considering Thatcher has been involved in the sport for 44 years.
Vest lived up to that honor by scoring 30 points to lead the Chargers past West Covina 75-65 in the Hacienda League opener for both teams on Wednesday night.
“I’m really proud of (Vest),” Thatcher said. “He’s a 4.0-plus student. He’s just an excellent kid. He’s the heart and soul of our team.”

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Los Altos reports 26 applicants have applied to be its next football coach; Diamond Bar coach Marcus Hughes resigns

Breaking News: Just learned this morning that Diamond Bar football coach Marcus Hughes resigned, will remain a teacher at the school and become an assistant coach at Saddleback College.

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By Aram Tolegian
Los Altos is also on the prowl for a new head coach after Dale Ziola’s resignation shortly after the Conquerors’ loss to Paraclete in the Division 6 championship game.
According to athletic director Andrew Formano, Los Altos will begin setting up “initial” interviews next week. The school had 26 applicants and Formano isn’t sure yet how many of them will get interviews.
It’s also unclear whether there is a teaching job to go along with the position. Formano said it depends on the candidate and if the ultimate choice is a teacher, the possibility of an accompanying teaching position will be discussed at that time.Los Altos is trying to maintain the winning ways that Ziola re-established when he took the job in 2011. Prior to that, the program struggled mightily following the resignation of Greg Gano after the 2007 season.

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Damien not able to keep up with Chino Hills, falls 119-84


Chino Hills runs winning streak to 52: The biggest cheer of the night at Chino Hills High School wasn’t for LaMelo Ball or LiAngelo Ball. And it didn’t come on a dunk by Eli Scott or Onyeka Okongwu.
The biggest cheer of the night came when seldom-used senior Grant Trueman, a defensive lineman on the football team, hit a 3-pointer in the closing minutes.
There was another rousing ovation too. That came with 4:53 left to play when Adam Vasquez hit a 3-pointer to put the Huskies over the century mark.
That same entertaining brand of basketball that got the Huskies a CIF State title and a No. 1 national ranking last year was on display for the first time on the home floor and Chino Hills rolled to a 119-84 win over Damien in a Baseline League opener on Tuesday.

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Glendora girls basketball opens Palomares with 63-45 win over Diamond Bar

Glendora’s big second half downs Diamond Bar: Palomares League play kicked off Tuesday night in a matchup between two red hot teams that are in the top of five in this newspapers girls basketball rankings.
Glendora, ranked No. 3 in the area and No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA, came from behind in the first half, then shut down area No. 4 Diamond Bar’s high-powered offense and pulled away in the second half for a 63-45 win.
Trailing 21-14 in the second quarter, the Tartans (16-2, 1-0) battled back behind Kyra Zovak to tie the score at 28-28 at the half.
Zovak scored six quick points and plugged up the middle to help the Tartans get back in the game.

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Damien on top of boys basketball rankings heading to Tuesday’s mammoth game at Chino Hills

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Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (15-1)
— Only loss to Mater Dei in “The Classic” final and gets tougher Tuesday against undefeated Chino Hills on the road in Baseline opener.
2. Los Altos (10-2) — Has been good, but might be time to take the next step to great. They have Jarod Lucas, one of the best sophs in California.
3. Bonita (10-4) — Strong wins over Whittier and La Canada and hung tough with Damien in finals of La Canada tournament.
4. Walnut (11-5) — Wins over Bishop Amat, West Covina, Diamond Bar and close two-point loss to JW North. Big game is at Los Altos on Friday.
5. Diamond Bar (10-5) — Solid wins over Covina, Charter Oak and lost last three by a combined seven points. They will battle Bonita, Ayala in Palomares.
6. Bishop Amat (12-2) — Good wins over South Hills and West Covina, but needs to improve its schedule.
7. San Dimas (9-6) — The Valle Vista league favorites have good wins over South Hills, West Covina and Glendora.
8. Workman (10-5) — For a Montview League team, Lobos have played a tough schedule which includes wins over Verbum Dei and Centennial.
9. West Covina (10-7) — Nick Hart is averaging an area best 37 points a game, but Bulldogs have to show they’re not a one-trick pony.
10. Charter Oak (10-3) — Biggest surprise of the season, but real test will come in the Hacienda league.



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