Damien facing Los Altos headlines Saturday’s SoCal Boys Basketball shootout at Damien

When tournament organizer and San Dimas boys basketball coach Gordon Hamlow released the pairings for the annual Southern California Shootout showcase that will be played at Damien high on Saturday, there was instant thirst for that game that wasn’t on the schedule.

In the final two games of the night, Damien was scheduled to play Corona del Mar and Los Altos would play Etiwanda.

While those are great matchups, there was instant buzz on social media clamoring for a big area showdown of Damien taking on Los Altos instead.

Hamlow made a few calls and everyone was agreeable with a switch, so the game is on.

Damien (17-3), ranked No. 9 in Division 1, will take on Los Altos (17-2), ranked No. 1 in Division 2AA.

Damien and Los Altos will play the final game of the night at 7:30 p.m., with Etiwanda taking on Corona del Mar at 6 p.m.

“I think it’s great,” Hamlow said. “I’m excited to see two really talented teams go at it with some really gifted players. It’s nice to get them together because they’re both so good and for Los Altos, this is one of the best teams they’ve had in a long time. It makes sense that they play.”

Los Altos’ 6-foot-3 junior point guard Jarod Lucas, who already has several offers that include Oregon State, Nevada, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge, Boise State, UNLV, Santa Clara, Fresno State, Utah Valley, Montana, Tulane and others is excited about the game. On Wednesday, Lucas dropped 45 points with 11 rebounds in a 72-46 win over Walnut.

Damien has a lot of depth headlined by Northern Arizona commit Cameron Shelton and Sacramento State commit Elijah McCullough.

Locally, Los Altos is ranked No. 1 in the SGVN rankings with Damien No. 2.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Lucas said. “They’re a great program and we’re a great program. They’re the number one private school and we’re the number one public school, it should be a great matchup.”

There are lots of intriguing local games set for the Jan. 20 shootout which are as follows

Glendora vs. Flintridge Prep, 9 a.m.
Rowland vs. Walnut, 10:30 a.m.
San Marino vs. San Dimas, Noon
Riverside Poly vs. La Canada, 1:30 p.m.
Bonita vs. Charter Oak, 3 p.m.
Colony vs. Diamond Bar, 4:30 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Corona del Mar, 6 p.m.
Los Altos vs. Damien, 7:30 p.m.

“I love the lineup,” Hamlow said. “For area fans, it’s great. La Canada and Riverside Poly should be a good one and excited to watch Charter Oak take on Bonita. Charter Oak is having a really good season so it should be a good day with a lot of great games.”

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Could Bonita be next stop after Steve Bogan resigns as football coach at Maranatha?

Maranatha high school football coach Steve Bogan has resigned after four years and a 27-17-1 overall record at the school.

In Bogan’s first year in 2014, he led Maranatha to the Olympic League title and an 11-1 overall record, losing in the second round of the playoffs, and taking the Minutemen to the second round again the following season.

This past year, however, Maranatha was 6-5 and lost in the first round of the Division 9 playoffs to Aquinas, 44-3.

“Coach Bogan is a man of character, faith and commitment to his student athletes and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him,” Maranatha athletic director Sammy Skinner wrote in a statement.

Bogan said he enjoyed his time at Maranatha, however the commute from his Walnut home was tiresome.

“This is not an I’m leaving because I was unhappy, Maranatha is a great place with great people and great scholars and I loved it there,” Bogan said. “If I lived in or near Pasadena this would be different, but after four years, the drive and the commute started wearing on me and it led to this decision. But believe me, I had a great time and loved every minute I was there.”

Bogan was a longtime football coach and teacher at South Hills for more than 20 years prior to joining Maranatha.

He resigned as football coach at South Hills in 2011 and while there led the Huskies to 13 league titles, four CIF Southern Section championships and a 32-12 playoff record.

Bogan remained a teacher at South Hills after resigning in 2011 and coached the freshman football team for two years before taking the job at Maranatha.

Retired from teaching full-time, Bogan is believed to be a candidate at Bonita, where he has reportedly met with school officials. Bonita recently parted ways with football coach Ibis Aguilar, and there appears to be mutual interest on both sides.

Bogan said he would rather not comment at this time, though he did say he would be interested in coaching again if the situation is right.

Bonita vice principal and former football coach Eric Podley said he wouldn’t comment on who has applied or who he has had conversations with about the position, only that candidates will be interviewed next week.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on that,” Podley said of talking about candidates. “We’re trying to do interview’s next Friday and by the first week of February we would like to get this done and make an announcement.”

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All Encompassing boys basketball rankings: Los Altos edges Damien and Pasadena for top spot

The inaugural all-encompassing boys basketball rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Los Altos (13-2) — Played way into top team over the Holidays with clutch performance in winning the Gold Division with a victory over Eastvale Roosevelt. Also crushed Maranatha.
2. Damien (14-2) – Has been solid, but knocked off perch with first round loss in Platinum Division of own tournament.
3. Pasadena (8-6) — Understand that it’s played a tough schedule, but Bulldogs should be better than this.
4. Cantwell Sacred Heart (14-3) – Played Sierra Canyon tough in 87-81 loss, and also has loss to Pasadena.
5. Walnut (13-3) – Won Glendora and Covina tournament titles and opens Hacienda with No. 1 Los Altos on Wednesday.
6. Muir (9-5) — Could be a serious contender in playoffs, but curious how it will do against Crescenta Valley and PHS in Pacific League.
7. St. Paul (13-3) – Losses to tough teams in JW North, St. John Bosco and St. Anthony.
8. Bishop Amat (13-3) — Solid start for the Lancers though the schedule has been easy.
9. Diamond Ranch (12-3) — The Panthers make the Hacienda extremely tough along with Los Altos and Walnut.
10. La Salle (11-5) – Edged out Blair, Keppel, La Habra for final spot

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All-Encompassing girls basketball rankings: Undefeated Glendora clear no. 1

The inaugural all-encompassing girls basketball rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Glendora (17-0) – Unbelievable start and a real threat to go undefeated in the Palomares. Question is, will all this carry Tartans to the Open Division?
2. Keppel (12-3) – Good record against a very tough schedule.
3. La Canada (12-4) – Won Arroyo and own La Canada tourney, but lost last two games to Camarillo and Downey.
4. Sonora (13-2) — Good record but losses to La Canada and Keppel keep it from top three.
5. St. Paul (14-5) – Should be another solid year for the Swordsmen.
6. Pasadena (11-6) — Should battle Crescenta Valley for Pacific League.
7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (14-3) — Always one of the best from Whittier area.
8. Los Altos (9-5) — Still the favorites in the Hacienda?
9. Flintridge Prep (10-5) — Should battle Pasadena Poly for league title.
10. Bishop Amat (11-7) — Can argue that Walnut, Arcadia or Whittier Christian deserve this spot too.

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All encompassing boys soccer rankings: Montebello, St. Francis lead the way

The inaugural all-encompassing boys soccer rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

1. Montebello (10-1-3) – The Oilers look like the real deal and are ranked fifth overall by MaxPreps’ Southern Section rankings.
2. St. Francis (7-4-1) – Beat Mater Dei, Mission Viejo and Arcadia. Enough said, right?
3. California (8-2) – Had won six straight before a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Montebello
4. Baldwin Park (7-2-3) – Normally a slow starter, looked good in two penalty-kick victories to claim Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park tourney.
5. Diamond Ranch (9-4-2) – Looks like the Hacienda League favorites.
6. Sierra Vista (7-1-3) – Only loss to Baldwin Park in championship of Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tourney.
7. Arcadia – (6-2-1) – Likely the favorite in a tightly contested Pacific Leauge field.
8. La Mirada (8-4-3) – Solid record against mostly Orange County opponents.
9. La Puente (6-1-1) — Warriors solid again and should be favorites to win the Miramonte League.
10. Azusa (7-1-1) — Was undefeated until a 2-1 loss to La Puente in last game.

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All Encompassing Girls Soccer Rankings: South Hills, La Mirada lead the way

The inaugural all-encompassing girls soccer rankings that includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Girls Soccer Rankings
1. South Hills (10-2-2)
— Won Claremont tourney and ranked 10th overall in Southern Section by Maxpreps.
2. La Mirada (12-2-3) — Already 3-0 in Suburban and has been to three straight CIF-SS championship games.
3. Glendora (9-2-2) — Has been up and down and there was trouble in Palomares-opening tie with Claremont that resulted in two red cards.
4. Westridge (6-0-1) – Another one of the dangerous private’s from the Pasadena area.
5. Flintridge Prep (9-4-2) – Has played a fairly tough schedule, could be best overall from Pasadena area.
6. San Gabriel Academy (11-1-2) — Trying to figure out how its only loss was so bad — an 10-0 drubbing by Flintridge Prep.
7. St. Lucy’s (10-4-2) – Question is, will it be able to hold up in the tough Baseline League?
8. Flintridge Sacred Heart (5-2-3) – Once a Division I heavyweight, FSHA can still bang with anyone.
9. Bishop Amat (6-5-1) – Lancers struggling more than years past, but schedule has something to do with it.
10. South Pasadena (10-2-1) — Was undefeated until losing last two in the Claremont tournament to Bonita and South Hills.

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