South Hills teachers avoid sex charges, face misdemeanor charges instead

Not enough evidence: “We investigated the sexual charges and we can’t prove those charges beyond a beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, a spokesperson for the Orange County DA’s office.
And this: The district spokesperson said on Wednesday that it has already started the process of firing Ghirelli and Lippert, as well as three other employees accused of violating district policies.

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STORY: The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.”>The Orange County District Attorney charged two South Hills High School teachers Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing five male students with alcohol during an unauthorized camping trip to San Clemente Beach.
The two Covina-Valley Unified teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, of Covina, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, of West Covina, were arrested on Jan. 17. The district placed them on paid leave the next day. Lippert was originally arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation and unlaw sex with a minor.

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Wrestling: Northview, San Marino receive top seeds for dual championships

By Stephen Ramirez
Northview and San Marino, arguably the top two wrestling teams in the area, received top seeds in their respective divisions when the CIF-Southern Section released pairings Thursday for Saturday’s the dual championships.
The Vikings, who won a dual title last season, are No. 1 in the Central Division, with San Marino taking the top spot in the Western Division.
The 16-team tournaments will be Saturday at selected sites. Preliminary rounds begin at 11 a.m., with the finals slated for 7:15 p.m. The six host sites are Alta Loma High School (Central), Marina (Coastal), Carter (Eastern), Dos Pueblos (Northern), Redondo (Southern) and Millikan (Western).

Northview has a bye in the first round and will face the winner of Colton and Norte Vista in the quarterfinals. Other area first-round matchups are Bonita vs. Walnut, San Dimas vs. No. 3 Ayala; Hillcrest vs. Charter Oak and Diamond Bar vs. No. 2 Bloomington.
San Marino faces Lakewood in the first round of the Western Division. Other area first-round matchups are Arroyo vs. California; Montebello vs. Millikan; La Canada vs. Gabrielino and Santa Fe vs. No. 2 Downey.
Bishop Amat is No. 2 in the Northern Division and faces Channel Islands in the first round.
Bassett, which won its first league title in nine seasons with a Miramonte League championship, is no. 3 in the Southern Division. The Olympians face Fillmore in the first round. The other area first-round matchup is Montview League champion Duarte vs. La Puente,
Sonora, which won the Freeway League, faces San Clemente in Coastal first-round matchup.
GIRLS REGIONAL PREVIEW
Northview will host the CIF-SS Eastern Region girls wrestling championships on Saturday.
The event features some of the top competitors in the area. Preliminary rounds are slated to begin at 10 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Other regionals are slated for Tustin, Pioneer Valley and Upland high schools. The CIF-SS finals are scheduled for next weekend at Roosevelt High School, with the state finals slated for Visalia Convention Center on Feb. 27-28.
Regional host Northview, which won the CIF-SS meet last season, is led by seniors Izzy Valles (137 pounds) and Daisy Velasquez (143) and sophomore Deidra Valles (150).
Other key area athletes competing are El Monte’s Brianne Penunuri (101) and krissiana Fregoso (11); San Dimas’ Haley Valez (116), Daishea Jaime (121) and Monique Barajas (126); Walnut’s Alyssa Barredo (101), Lauren Cuellar (111) and Sarah Arellano (131); Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa (160) and West Covina’s Jennifer Lopez (116).

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Former Glendora and Damien football coach Mark Pasquarella goes to Alta Loma

PASKYSTORY: Another of the vacant prep football positions has been filled as Mark Pasquarella has been selected to head the Alta Loma High School program. His appointment was finalized at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Pasquarella, 53, is no stranger to the local landscape. He has two daughters who attend Alta Loma and lives nearby, so it seemed like the perfect fit.
“The move just really made sense,” Pasquarella said. “I love what the school has to offer academically and athletically, and I’m from right here. This will be the first time I’ll be coaching where I actually live.”
Pasquarella’s last coaching job was at Glendora, a program he headed from 2003 to 2010. That tenure was highlighted by three straight Sierra League championships from 2007 to 2009. His record there was a stellar 55-33.

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Wednesday Recap: South Hills girls basketball shock Ayala; Covina boys beat Rowland; Bishop Amat soccer falls to power Cathedral

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COVINA BOYS GET BIG WIN: Covina came from 14 points down in the second half to pull out a 64-58 win over No. 10-ranked Rowland on Friday night.
The win throws the Valle Vista League standings into chaos with only three games left in the regular season.
The Colts are now in a three-way tie with Rowland and Wilson for first place, with San Dimas only one game behind.
“We’ve been calling these guys the cardiac kids,” Colts coach Will Bissman said. “It seems like every game has been like this, but the kids are just learning to play under pressure.”
Trailing 42-28 with 5:37 left in the third quarter, the Colts (17-7, 5-2) went on a 16-0 run to get back in the game.

BISHOP AMAT SOCCER FALLS TO NO. 1 CATHEDRAL: The Cathedral High boys soccer team took over first place in the Del Rey League with a 3-0 victory over Bishop Amat at Keifer Memorial Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
In the first meeting, the top two teams in the league rankings tied 4-4, but the Phantom defense stepped up in the second meeting, shutting out the Lancers for its 12th shutout this year.
Derrick Garcia was in goal for Cathedral (15-2-4, 4-0-1) and had four saves to maintain the shutout. He also stopped the best scoring chance for Bishop Amat (9-1-4, 4-1-1). In the first half, Brandon Arconado had to only get passed Garcia, but the goalkeeper forced him to rush his shot, which went sailing over the crossbar.

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South Hills 54, Ayala 45 — Brittany Wang had 20 points and Sam Perez added 14 points to lead the Huskies (18-5, 7-1) to the Palomares League victory. Jackie Ricketson had 19 points and Terra DeKnikker added 14 points for Ayala, the Bulldogs received their first league lost of the season.
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South El Monte 53, Rosemead 44 — Marcos Lopez had 24 points and Luis Barahona added nine points to lead the Eagles (9-8,5-4) to the Mission Valley League victory in overtime.
San Dimas 66, Nogales 53 — Omar Nasri had 17 points and 15 rebounds and Ryan Ocampo added 16 points for the Saints (10-13, 4-3) in a Valle Vista league victory. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory were Joey Erickson who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Ronny Rafeh who had nine points and 11 rebounds and Russell Ocampo who had five points and four assists. Justin Rogue had 11 points and Josh Hebreo and Sean Jones both had 10 points for Nogales.
West Covina 79, Chino 51 — Jacob Acosta had 26 points and Nick Hart added 18 points to lead the Bulldogs (11-13, 3-4) to the Hacienda League victory.
St Monica 50, Bishop Amat 49 — Tyler Vaughns had 11 points and Harrison Kay added 10 points for the Lancers (17-6, 3-3) but it was not enough in the Camino Real League loss.
Bonita 71, Diamond Bar 59 — Joe Quintana had 22 points, Tyler Poepping had 16 points and Kyle Gray added 14 points to lead the Bearcats (18-5, 4-3) to the Palomares League win.
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Diamond Bar 3, Bonita 0 — Goalie Stevie Eide recorded a shutout and Marissa Favela, Hayley Everhart, and Helena Kisor each scored a goal to lead the Brahmas (10-8-2, 1-5-2) to the Palomares League victory.

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Video, bio’s and pictures on National Signing Day in the San Gabriel Valley

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FOOTBALL STORY: Signing Day surprises usually don’t make their way to these parts, but there were two big ones Wednesday as local high school football players made their college destinations known.
The first came from Glendora offensive tackle Ben Northup, who was a Hawaii commit all the way into Wednesday morning before switching to Fresno State. The second was from Muir wide receiver/defensive back Taeon Mason, who switched from Washington State to San Jose State late Tuesday. Mason was also at one time a USC commit.
For both players, a late-stage recruiting visit last weekend was enough to sway them.

STORY ON OTHERS: Michaela Cappello has watched her fellow seniors mull over and worry about college applications and transcripts of late.
The Arcadia High senior, like 15 other San Gabriel Valley-area soccer players, has not had that worry in months. The players had made their collegiate decisions, for the most part, months ago. So Wednesday was a day of relief and relaxation as each officially committed to four-year programs.
“I see them struggle with it,” Cappello said of her classmates on choosing and waiting for schools. “I know I’ve been free with it. I loved the opportunity and signing feels so good.”
Football took center stage on Wednesday’s signing day, but athletes in soccer and boys water polo were able to officially make their decisions final, too.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling to know it’s official,” said Los Altos soccer player Sabrina Delgado, who signed with Division I Cal State Bakersfield. “It was the next step. The final step and a big weight off my shoulders.”

FOOTBALL BIOS
Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina, (Boise State, signed)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, (Harvard, signed)
Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (San Jose State, signed)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Fresno State, signed)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming, signed)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St., signed)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech, signed)
Blake Cusick, K, Monrovia (Fresno State, preferred walk-on)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA signed)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St., signed)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard, signed)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (University of Montana, signed)
Alex Camacho, WR/DB, Northview (Azusa Pacific, signed)
Jaron Reed, DE, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene, signed)
Jayson Miller, WR/DB, Baldwin Park (Idaho State, signed)
Ryan Oak, DE, Damien (University of San Diego)
Evan Rambo, WR, La Salle (California, signed)
Isiah Spencer-Lopez, WR, La Salle (Sacramento State, signed)
Hunter Smith, Damien, (University of San Diego, signed)
GIRLS SOCCER
Summer Rodriguez, Diamond Bar, Holy Names University
Jaclyn Arballo, Bonita, Holy Names University
Sabrina Delgado, Los Altos, Cal State Bakersfield
WRESTLING
Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, United States Military Academy, Westpoint
BOYS WATER POLO
George Millard, Los Altos, Air Force Academy
BOYS GOLF
Austin Bishop, Glendora (Biola)

Below: Photo of Duarte’s Angel Villanueva signing with Montana.
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Below: Damien’s Ryan Oak and Hunter Smith sign letters of intent to play at the University of San Diego
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Below: Bishop Amat wrestler Nigel Ruiz (United States Military Academy, West Point) and linebacker Anthony Camargo (Harvard) in sign ceremony.
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Below: St. Francis; Drew Nixon (University of San Diego), Mason Williams (University of Penn), and John Carroll (San Diego State University) signing at the school.
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Below: Los Altos’ Sabrina Delgado signs soccer scholarship with Cal State Bakersfield
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Below: Los Altos George Millard sign with Air Force Academy to play water polo
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AntonioHullSIGNING PREVIEW: The decision was easy for Diamond Bar High School football player Antonio “Noodles” Hull. The road getting there was not.
Hull, like a select group of other local football standouts, will partake in national signing day festivities for football recruits on Wednesday. He will sign with Wyoming marking the end of a long and tumultuous journey to reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“There were some days when I felt like it was over and I was going to have to take the JC (junior college route),” Hull said. “And then there were some days where I knew I was going to make it. I had a good supporting cast around me to bring my spirit up and keep me going forward into the next day.”
Hull lost all but one game of his junior season after being declared ineligible by CIF for what was ruled to be a athletically motivated transfer from West Covina, where Hull played the first two years of his prep career, to Diamond Bar.

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Tuesday Recap: Goalie Christian Salas recorded a shutout to lead Nogales to 1-0 boys soccer win

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Nogales 1, San Dimas 0 — Goalkeeper Christian Salas recorded a shutout and Ivan Vargas scored a goal with an assist from Anthony Dominguez to lead the Nobles (10-3-4, 5-1-1) to the Valle Vista league win.
Covina 2, Rowland 1 — The Colts (7-8, 5-2) won the Valle Vista league match against the Raiders (5-7-2, 4-2).
El Monte 2, Gabrielino 0 — Jesus Garcia and David Martinez both scored a goal and goalie Adrian Cuevas recorded a shutout for the Lions (11-6-2, 8-1-1) in a Mission Valley League match.
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Duarte 3, Gladstone 1 — Stephanie Flores scored twice and Evelyn Vega scored a goal to lead the visiting Falcons (10-4-1, 6-1) to the Montview League victory. Ivette Ayala scored a goal for Gladstone.
San Dimas 3, Nogales 0 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored twice and Haley Miano scored a goal for the Saints (7-10-2, 6-1) in a Valle Vista League match.
Rowland 1, Covina 0 — Briana Silaphet scored the winning goal to lead the Raiders (7-4, 5-2) to the Valle Vista League victory.
Sierra Vista 4, Baldwin Park 2 — Alejandra Vargas scored twice and Kimberly Araujo and Giselle Garcia each scored a goal to lead the Dons (15-4-1, 6-1) to the Montview League win.
Chino 7, West Covina 1 — Alyssa Munoz scored twice and Traci Martinez, Jillian Kato, Leslie Dorador, Brooke Ligtenberg and Savannah Mkhitaryan each scored a goal for the Cowboys (16-4-1, 5-1-1) in a Hacienda League match.
South El Monte 4, Rosemead 1 — Camila Garcia scored three goals and Yvonne Razon scored a goal for the Eagles (9-4-1, 6-3) in a Mission Valley League match.
Los Altos 2, Charter Oak 1 — Maggie Brown scored a goal with an assist from Amber Alveraz for the Chargers (9-10-2, 3-4-1) but it was not enough in the Hacienda League loss. Goalie Riley Barbota had seven saves, Bria Salazar had 25 steals and Dayna Jaimes had 22 steals for Charter Oak.
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Charter Oak 11, Los Altos 8 — Sarah Adams had four goals, three assists, and three steals and Savannah Austria had three goals and an assist to lead the Chargers (21-5, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Goalie Destiny Ramirez had nine saves, Devynn Stein had two goals and three assists and Katie Fugit scored a goal and had two field blocks and five steals for Charter Oak. Brooke Contreras has six goals and goalie Sam Murillo had three saves for Los Altos.
Bonita 18, Diamond Bar 6 — Angie Morales and Amanda Legaspi each scored three goals and Jessica Argelander, Taylor Alley and Erin Gonzalez each scored twice to lead the Bearcats (12-3, 6-0) to the Palomares League victory. Also contributing to Bonita’s victory were goalie Alisha Plum who had six saves, Rachel Guarino who scored a goal and had four assists, Kirra Hemric, Claire Turner and Jessica Carnahan who each had a goal and two assists and Ciara Dennison and Autumn Slater who each scored a goal. Jenna Canova and Sierra Sanchez both scored twice and goalie Lina Solomon had six saves for Diamond Bar.

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Etiwanda boys basketball snaps Damien’s 12-game win steak with 86-69 victory

damienlossEtiwanda handed Damien it’s first loss in the Baseline league with a 86-69 victory on Tuesday at Damien, snapping the Damien’s 12-game win streak and avenging a 60-58 loss to the Spartans in the first round. Damien (20-3, 6-1) leads Etiwanda (17-6, 5-2) by a game with mighty Chino Hills (11-10, 4-3) visiting the Spartans on Friday.

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High School Basketball Rankings: Damien boys and South Hills girls easy No. 1 choices

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Area boys teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: Open Div. watchlist (Damien); 1AA (8. Walnut); 2AA (2. Glendora); 3AA (1. Damien, 4. Bonita, 5. Los Altos, 8. Diamond Ranch); 3A (8. Bishop Amat)
Fred’s thoughts: You gotta love 3AA because the top three teams Damien, Sonora and Gahr all on the open division watchlist with Bonita and Los Altos next. Are you following? If CIF takes those three, we could have a Bonita and Los Altos as possible top two seeds. Love it or hate it?

Boys Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. Damien (20-2) - No. 7 state ranking and Baseline title on the line with Etiwanda Tuesday and Chino Hills on Friday, both at home.
2. Glendora (21-3) — Loss to Bonita 59-56 ends chances of undefeated run in Palomres.
3. Bonita (17-5) — Great win over Glendora and can still finish second in Palomres with wins down the stretch.
4. Walnut (19-5) - With win over Los Altos the Mustangs are perfect 6-0 in the Hacienda with Diamond Ranch next.
5. Bishop Amat (17-5) — Lost both big games in Del Rey to Bell-Jeff, but both were competitive.
6. Los Altos (16-5) — Loss to Walnut drops it to third in Hacienda.
7. Diamond Ranch (14-7) – Can move into a tie for first in the Hacienda with win over Walnut on Wednesday.
8. Wilson (17-5) – Takes on Rowland on Wednesday with chance to move into a first-place tie with Raiders.
9. Diamond Bar (13-11) – Fourth in extremely difficult Palomares. Should be tested for the playoffs.
10. Rowland (15-6) - Leads the Valle Vista by one games with big games against Wilson and Covina still to play.

Area girls teams ranked in CIF top ten Poll: 3AA (7. South Hills), 3A (10. Covina); 4AA (9. Duarte).
Fred’s thoughts: This could be the first time that the Tribune girls basketball teams are all eliminated by the first round. If anything, with Bonita and Bishop Amat fading out of the picture, the playoffs should go fast for the ladies.

Girls Basketball Top Ten Rankings
1. South Hills (17-5) — Huskies get Ayala on Wednesday with chance to move into first-place tie with Bulldogs.
2. Walnut (12-6) – A firm second in Hacienda behind league leading Chino.
3. Duarte (13-7) – Stepped away from league and loss 49-45 to Brentwood.
4. West Covina (13-7) — Has played well this season but sits third in Hacienda.
5. Covina (15-8) – Colts a perfect 6-0 in the Valle Vista.
6. South El Monte (16-3) — Best overall record in the Valley.
7. Los Altos (13-8) – Tough week of back-to-back losses.
8. Bonita (11-13) — Still 3-3 in Palomares despite sloppy overall record.
9. Diamond Bar (10-12) – Should still make the playoffs with a 3-4 record in Palomares.
10. Rowland (12-7) – Solid second in Valle Vista which is a huge improvement over a year ago.



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High School Soccer Rankings: Bishop Amat boys and girls are Trib No. 1s; Duarte girls impressive

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Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (9-0-4) - Biggest surprise of the year with a 1-0 win oved Salesian and earlier 4-4 tie vs. Cathedral to remain unbeaten.
2. Damien (14-3-2) – Back on top on the Baseline at 6-1.
3. La Puente (12-0-3) – Still undefeated with a rematch against Ganesha on Friday.
4. Sierra Vista (13-2-3) – Leads Montview with home game vs. Baldwin Park on Tuesday.
5. Diamond Bar (14-4-2) — Falls out of first in the Palomares after 2-0 loss to Claremont.
6. El Monte (10-6-2) — Lions get big 2-1 win over Mountain View to remain in first in MVL.
7. Ganesha (12-4-3) – Drops to third with another loss in the Miramonte.
8. Walnut (10-6) – Drops to second in Hacienda with 1-0 loss to Los Altos.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-5-3) — It replaces Charter Oak with two wins while the Chargers lost two last week.
10. Mountain View (9-6-3) — Falls to second in MVL after El Monte loss.

Girls Soccer Top Ten Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-6) – On amazing run with 12 straight wins and nine straight shutouts.
2. South Hills (12-4) — A game back of Ayala with game at Ayala on Wednesday.
3. Diamond Ranch (9-5-4) – The 3-1 loss to Charter Oak almost eliminates possibility of winning Hacienda.
4. Glendora (7-8-5) — After strong start in Palomares, Tartans struggling to make the playoffs.
5. Duarte (9-4-1) – Falcons with shocker of the week, a 3-2 win over Sierra Vista and 4-0 win over Baldwin Park to move into a tie for first place.
6. Sierra Vista (14-4-1) – Nobody saw its 1-0 loss to Duarte coming except Duarte.
7. St. Lucy’s (6-6-8) — Even though its last in Baseline, Regents still a top ten in this group of ten.
8. Los Altos (8-8-1) — After slow start Conqs in position to make the playoffs with big wins down the stretch.
9. Diamond Bar (9-8-2) — Shocked the Brahmas still haven’t won a Palomares league game.
10. Baldwin Park (10-2-1) — 4-0 loss to Duarte all but eliminates it from a shot at Montview title.

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Saturday’s Shootout Scores: Damien, Glendora, Rowland, Diamond Bar, Walnut win

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Rowland 55, Flintridge Prep 46
Walnut 73, Villa Park 60
Diamond Bar 77, Mission Viejo 39
Corona Santiago 61, Colony 49
Glendora 74, Los Osos 52
MLK 51, Los Altos 46
Etiwanda 63, Gahr 62
Damien 63, Cantwell 49
La Canada 57, Claremont 56

By Stephen Ramirez
AZUSA – Who is the best high school boys basketball team in the San Gabriel Valley Newspapers coverage area?
For one night, the mythical crown goes to Damien.
Senior Jeremy Hemsley scored 27 points and Bryce Peters had 17 as the Spartans, ranked No. 1 by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, beat Whittier Daily News No. 1 Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, 63-49, in a Southern California Shootout game at Azusa Pacific.
Damien, also getting eight points from Malik Fitts, improved to 20-2. Gligorije Rakocevic had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the Cardinals, who slipped to 12-10.
“It means a lot to win this game,” Hemsley said. “They are a very good team, so this was a game we needed to play well in. We needed to just get back to our old ways, because we hadn’t played well this past week. This is a big win for us.”
The key moments for Damien, which made 19 of 47 shots, came at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third. The Spartans, getting 11 points from Hemsley and nine from Peters, closed the half with a 17-8 surge to lead 29-20.
Damien then opened the third quarter with a 9-5 spurt to go up 38-25 at 4:28 following a Hemsley putback and a 3-pointer by Fitts.
“We knew we could put them away in the second half,” Hemsley said. “I think we did a good job of keeping the lead and playing together as a unit.”
Cantwell, getting consecutive baskets from Luka Radovic and Rakocevic, closed to within 48-42 with 3:40 left. But Damien countered with 3-point plays by Peters and Hemsley and a 3-pointer by Micah Robinson for a for a 58-47 cushion with 1:17 left.
“We played hard,” Cantwell coach George Zedan said. “We had some guys we were counting on who didn’t play well. It was a little frustrating with that. But they are a good team, ranked No. 8 in the state.
“When you have opportunities to score and you don’t make them, this is what happens against good teams. It was a tough matchup for us.”

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West proves best … routs in East in Hall of Fame Game …

Photo gallery from Friday’s All-Star game

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Editor’s note: To the players, thanks for the memories and best of luck in the future!

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Different boundaries, different result.

The tweak in geographic areas to pool talent from for the West team in the SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors paid big dividends on Friday night.

The West ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 31-14 win over the East in the game’s 36th renewal. The East still leads the all-time series 23-11-2.

With the West struggling in recent years, game organizers changed the borders used to pool talent from previously the 605 Freeway to now Azusa Ave. The game was also moved from late spring/early summer to January in an effort to help players get some last-minute recruiting attention before signing day next week.

The West held up much better in the trenches than in year’s past and that’s all its offense needed to put up big numbers. Maranatha quarterback Eli Snyder threw two touchdown passes, both to Crescenta Valley receiver Jordan Lobianco.

Muir defensive back Brian Reyes had two interceptions, one of them he returned for an 82-yard touchdown in the second half to give the West a 31-7 lead. It was part of a dominant effort by the West defense.

The West lead 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Montebello’s Enrique Lozano and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Lobianco. Reyna hit UCLA-bound Monrovia receiver Octavius Spencer on a 53-yard touchdown pass and it was 17-0 early in the third quarter.

The East got a little momentum after a turnover lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bonita’s Angel Verdugo. Another West turnover gave the East more hope, but the West clamped down and didn’t allow any points.

Snyder’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Lobianco on the ensuing possession made it 24-7. The East tried to answer and was driving when Reyes made his second interception of the night and took it back for a score.

La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara hit Pomona’s Manny Luna midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the East.

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Friday Recap: Joey Erickson and Omar Nasri get double-doubles in San Dimas’ Valle Vista League win over Northview in boys basketball

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Rowland 56, Nogales 47 — Earl Allen earned a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Raiders to a Valle Vista League victory. Tyler Gachett and Junior Hernandez had 11 points each and Derek Ohara added 10 points.
San Dimas 66, Northview 53 — Joey Erickson recorded 14 points, 23 rebounds, and four assists in the Saints’ Valle Vista League win over Northview (8-14, 2-4). Omar Nasri led San Dimas (9-13, 3-3) in scoring with 23 points and also had a double-double with 12 rebounds. Ryan Ocampa added 16 points and four assists. Northview was led in scoring by Ulysses Aparicio and Adam Winiecki, who each had 11 points.
South El Monte 55, El Monte 38 — Alejandro Berber scored 17 points to help the Eagles hand the Lions just its third loss in the Mission Valley League. Adrian Diaz added 14 poitns and Alex Hernandez had 10 for South El Monte (8-7, 4-3). Justin Lamb had 17 points and Edward Dominguez had eight for El Monte (13-10, 5-3).
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St. Lucy’s 19, Glendora 3
— Sabrina Garabet scored nine goals to lead the Regents to a blowout victory over the Tartans at the Bonita Tournament. Hilary Adkins and Seinna Jagieslski each added four goals for St. Lucy’s, and Devin Holcomb had two.
St. Lucy’s 13, Righetti 3 — In the second round of the Bonita Tournament, the Regents earned another comfortable win with six goals from Sabrina Garabet, who also had four assists and three steals. Hilary Adkins had four goals, and Devin Holcomb had two goals and three assists for St. Lucy’s.

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Boys Soccer: El Monte boys soccer edges Mountain View, 2-1

 El Monte's Jesus Garcia, top, scores past Mountain View goal keeper Michael Garcia (74) in the first half of a prep soccer match at South El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

El Monte’s Jesus Garcia, top, scores past Mountain View goal keeper Michael Garcia (74) in the first half of a prep soccer match at South El Monte High School in El Monte, Calif., on Thursday, January 29, 2015. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

By Jared Pine
EL MONTE — After tying its previous meeting with Mountain View this year, the El Monte High School boys soccer team defeated the Vikings 2-1 with a goal from Ramon Rodriguez in the 77th minute for the Mission Valley League victory at home Thursday afternoon.
The win gives El Monte (10-6-2, 7-1-1) a game and a half lead over Mountain View (9-6-3, 5-2-1) in the league standings. The two teams were nearing their second 1-1 tie this season, but with just three minutes left in the game, El Monte earned a corner kick. The Spartans directed the kick out of the box, but when the ball came back in, Rodriguez was there and put his head on the ball amidst the Vikings’ defensive scramble, knocking the ball just over the line for the go-ahead goal.
Mountain View had a chance to answer in the final minute after Mauricio Rodriguez got a yellow card just outside the box on the goalkeeper’s left side. Valera Moises took the free kick for the Vikings, which was punched out by goalkeeper Jose Paredes. The ball was controlled by Roberto Alvarez, who took one dribble to control the ball and lifted it toward the goal. Paredes jumped up for the floater and knocked it over the cross bar, and Mountain View couldn’t get a shot off on the ensuing corner kick right before time expired.

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Girls Basketball: St. Paul completes sweep of Bishop Amat

 St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

St. Paul players celebrate their win over Bishop Amat after their Del Rey girls basketball game at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Thursday January 29, 2015. St. Paul defeated Bishop Amat 53-38. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
SANTA FE SPRINGS – There was no league title at stake when the St. Paul High School girls basketball team hosted Bishop Amat on Thursday. It just seemed that way.
That’s what sweeping your rival for the first time in nearly three decades will do for you, especially one that has had the upper hand in the series.
Clarissa Perez scored 19 points and Adrianna Gonzalez had 14 as the Swordsmen beat the Lancers for the second time, scoring a 53-38 victory in a Del Rey League game at St. Paul.
St. Paul, which won at Amat (69-45) on Jan. 13, improved to 14-10 overall and 2-3 in league play. Bishop Amat, getting 14 points from Jurhandi Molina, slipped to 7-15 and 0-5.


St. Paul, after falling behind, 16-7, after the first quarter, put together a 14-minute stretch in the second, third and four quarters where it outscored the Lancers, 27-4, for a 45-28 advantage late in the fourth. The stretch included keeping Bishop Amat scoreless for more than eight minutes over the final seven of the third and the first of the fourth.

St. Paul’s Clarissa Perez: “It’s a great feeling to sweep Amat. Coach (Robert Miller) said its the first time in 24 years we’ve swept Amat. It’s a great win for us, and I’m very proud of all my teammates.”

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Duarte girls riding on that victory over Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista has won the past seven Montview League girls titles.

Duarte last won the league title in 2008, but the Falcons took a big step in their 3-2 win over the Dons earlier this week, Duarte’s first win against Sierra Vista since that ‘08 season.

“It was a big boost to our confidence, but that game is over,” Duarte coach Chris McMahon said. “We have to beat Baldwin Park for (the win over) Sierra Vista to even matter.”

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Thursday Recap: Goalie Christian Salas recorded a shutout to lead Nogales to 1-0 boys soccer win

Boys soccer
Nogales 1, Rowland 0 — Goalkeeper Christian Salas recorded a shutout and Jonathan Ortiz scored a goal with an assist from Anthony Dominguez to lead the Nobles (9-3-4, 4-1-1) to the Valle Vista League victory.
Girls soccer
Charter Oak 3, Diamond Ranch 1 — Maggie Brown scored three goals to lead the Chargers (9-9-2, 3-2-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Taylor Salgado, Sammie Morales and Diana Barbone each had an assist and Bria Salazar had 20 steals, Amber Alveraz had 15 steals and goalie Riley Barbatoa had four saves for Charter Oak.
San Dimas 5, Northview 1 — Cheyenne Cepeda scored twice and Haley Milano and Ryan Craig each scored a goal for the Saints (7-10-2, 6-1) in Valle Vista League win.
Rowland 1, Nogales 0 — Goalie Victoria Miranda recorded a shutout to lead the Raiders (6-3, 4-2) to the Valle Vista league victory.
Bishop Amat 10, St. Pias X-St. Matthias 0 — Hanna Armendariz scored four goals and Jamie Peters scored twice to lead the Lancers (15-6, 4-0) to the Del Rey League victory and to their eighth straight shutout. Danielle Herrera, Karissa Serna, Caitlyn Gladysz, and Sarah George each scored a goal for Bishop Amat.
Duarte 4, Baldwin Park 0 — Stephanie Flores scored three goals and goalie Alexa Moreno recorded a shutout to lead the visiting Falcons (9-4-1, 5-1) to the Montview League win and to their fifth straight victory. Jackie Hurtado scored a goal for Duarte.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 15, Webb Schools 7 — Sarah Adams had six goals, two steals and an assist and Katie Fugit had five goals, fives assists and two steals to lead the Chargers (16-4, 5-1) to the Hacienda League win. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s victory were Savannah Austria who scored twice and Juliana Martinez who scored a goal and had three assists and two steals.
St Lucy’s 18, Etiwanda 7 — Sabrina Garabet had six goals, four assists, and four steals and Devin Holcomb had five goals, seven steals and three assists to lead the Regents (14-6, 6-1) to the Baseline League win. St. Lucy’s Katie Cook had three goals, an assist and a steal and Hilary Adkins scored twice and had three assists.
San Dimas 6, Rowland 3 — Alondra Reynoso scored three goals and goalie Shelby Garcia had nine saves to lead the Saints (12-7, 5-0) to the Valle Vista league victory. Paige Whipp, Natalie Molloy, and Madi Egan each scored a goal for San Dimas.

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Los Altos on track for first league water polo title

Los Altos is in the midst of a tough stretch. The Conquerors play four games this week, including Wednesday at Canyon of Anaheim, Thursday against Chino and Friday at Webb.

By the time the Conquerors complete their own tournament on Feb. 7, they will have played 22 games in the last 30 days.

“It’s not crazy at all,” coach Chris Coleman said. “The girls season is so weird in its complexion because you have Thanksgiving break and then Christmas break. The girls disappear. A lot of teams play 15 games before the new year. I did not want that. Why train so hard and then disappear for two, three weeks? You do not gain anything. You actually lose what you worked on.”

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Walnut boys basketball gets huge 60-45 win over Los Altos to take ownership of the Heights

How Walnut did it: After suffering a defeat to Los Altos in the final of the Covina Tournament last month, the Walnut High School boys basketball team exacted some revenge on the Conquerors with an impressive 60-45 road victory in their first meeting in Hacienda League action Wednesday night.
The Mustangs, who were undefeated in league last year, won their fifth consecutive game to start league play this season with the help of a double-double from starting center Ryan Herrera. The 6-foot-7 senior had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, shutting down Los Altos’ pair of post players that gave Walnut (17-5. 5-0) so much trouble in the previous meeting.
“Ryan was big for us tonight,” Walnut coach Joe Khouzan said. “He was much more disciplined and held down the bottom for us. As a team, we took care of the ball a lot better this time around. We had a lot of turnovers last time, but we made some adjustments to handle their press and the team responded well to the in-game adjustments.”

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Brandon Arconado’s goal lifts Bishop Amat to a huge 1-0 boys soccer win over Salesian

By John M. Sherrard
LOS ANGELES
–The Bishop Amat High School boys’ soccer team may not be on anyone’s radar outside of the San Gabriel Valley. Not anymore.
The undefeated Lancers, who aren’t in anyone’s top ten outside of The Tribune, including the poll that counts the most – the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 – might just creep into the conversation after a huge 1-0 Del Rey League victory over host Salesian of Los Angeles Wednesday night.
With the victory the Lancers and Cathedral are atop the league with identical records. Amat tied division 3 top-ranked Cathedral in its first league game, 4-4.
Cathedral is ranked second and Salesian fifth in Top Drawer Soccer.com’s Southern California rankings, which is a gauge of all of Southern California high school soccer.
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Wednesday Recap: Alina Cobian scored twice and Alyssa Lopez recorded a shutout to lead South Hills to 2-0 girls soccer win

Girls soccer
South Hills 2, Diamond Bar 0 — Alina Cobian scored twice and Alyssa Lopez recorded a shutout to lead the Huskies (12-4, 4-2) to the Palomares League victory. Hannah Shields and Arianna Vallado each had an assist for South Hills.
Chino Hills 1, Rancho Cucamonga 0 — Destiny Collins recorded a shutout and Dayna Garcia scored the winning goal for the visiting Huskies (10-5-4, 4-0-2) in a Baseline League win.
Boys soccer
Diamond Bar 8, South Hills 1 — Guy Horcasitas and Tony di Donato each scored twice to lead the Brahmas (14-3-2, 5-0-1) to the Palomares League victory. Kristian Salazar, Daniel Stelzreide, Anthony Vazquez and Mohammad Abboushi each scored a goal for Diamond Bar.
Girls Basketball
South Hills 53, Diamond Bar 46 — Denise Wang had 23 points to lead the Huskies (17-5, 5-1) to the Palomares League victory. OJ Gamboa had 17 points and Kayla Rice added 11 points for Diamond Bar (9-12, 2-4).
Walnut 58, Los Altos 51 — Walnut had 20-8 run that started in the second quarter and carried into the third to take a 42-30 lead. Los Altos got the lead down to two with two minutes left on a 3-point play by Ulani Wells. Katya Echavez from Walnut had five points in the final two minutes scoring on each of the next two possessions.
Boys Basketball
Bonita 59, Glendora 56 — Kenny Walter had 21 points for the Bearcats (17-5, 3-3) in a Palomares League win.
Charter Oak 58, Chino 46 — Amier Thomas had 26 points and Chase Evans added 10 points for the Chargers (6-11, 1-4) in a Hacienda League victory.
Diamond Bar 54, South Hills 28 — Tyler Ginyard had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists and Tyler Peterson had 11 points, six rebounds and five steals to lead the Brahmas (12-10, 3-3) to the Palomares League win.
Rowland 58, Northview 53 — Jesus Jr Hernandez had 24 points and Derek Ohara added 19 points for the Raiders (14-6, 4-1) in a Valle Vista League victory.
San Dimas 60, Wilson 58 — Omar Nasri had 32 points and 18 rebounds and Ryan Ocampo had 13 points and three assists and three rebounds to lead the Saints (8-13, 2-3) in overtime to the Valle Vista league victory. Also contributing to San Dimas’s victory was Donnell Leffridge who had 10 points and four rebounds. Kyle Price had 17 points and Brandon Jon had 11 points for Wilson.
Diamond Ranch 70, West Covina 56 — Roman Silva had 19 points and four blocks and Dean Waltz added 12 points to lead the Panthers (13-7, 4-1) to the Hacienda League victory.

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East hoping to win eighth straight SGV All-Star football game Friday

What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star senior football game
Where: West Covina High School
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

 
Photo: La Mirada QB Christian Lara will compete for the East in Friday’s San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame all-star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

East Notebook: The size advantage typically enjoyed by the East team in the annual SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors is alive and well. Only this year it extends beyond the offensive and defensive lines.
Sure, the West is better equipped this year to handle the East’s physicality at the line of scrimmage, but what about on the outside where matching up to specimens like Etiwanda tight end Michael Neal could be a major problem?
“He’s going to probably give the West squad a little bit of difficulty,” East head coach Steve Randall of Colony High said. “He’s something else. At Colony, we don’t really impress that many people with our size, but I’m impressed by the overall speed and size on this team.”
Kickoff for the 36th renewal of the local rivalry between East and West is 7:30 p.m., on Friday night at West Covina High.

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Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had his moment against Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley, AKA, the best player in the SGV for three years

Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley may go down as one of the San Gabriel’s Valley’s all-time best, right there with Tracy Murray, Casey Jacobsen, Cameron Murray, Keith Van Horn, Grant Jerrett, etc., as the Valley’s all-time greats. But on this night in the Northview basketball tournament in December, Glendora’s Brandon Brothers had a crossover and bucket that he can talk about forever … Enjoy it, because that will probably never happen again to No. 42.

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Damien rallies from 13 down in the fourth to beat Rancho Cucamonga, 76-72 to stay perfect in Baseline

Damien, trailing 62-49 entering the fourth, scored the final quarter’s first 12 points and kept it going to pull out a 76-72 victory over Rancho Cucamonga to improve to 18-2 and 5-0 in the Baseline. All-everything Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 28 points, including 16 in the decisive fourth quarter. Malik “Will Give You” Fitts added 25 and Justin Hemsley had 10 boards for the Spartans, who have beaten Etiwanda, Chino Hills and now Rancho Cucamonga during its impressive 10-game win streak.

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Tuesday Recap: Duarte girls soccer shocks Sierra Vista 3-2; Bishop Amat gets seventh straight shutout

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Girls soccer
Duarte 3, Sierra Vista 2 — Lindsey Lathrop scored twice, Ruth Macdonaugh scored a goal and goalie Alexa Moreno had seven saves to lead the Falcons (8-4-1, 4-1) to the Montview league victory against the Dons (13-4-1, 4-1). Duarte is the first team to beat Sierra Vista in a league match this season.
San Dimas 3, Wilson 2 — Kayla Higheros, Samantha Galan, and Cheyenne Cepeda each scored a goal to lead the Saints (5-10-2, 4-1) to the Valle Vista league win.
Bishop Amat 2, St. Joseph 0 — The Lancers recorded their seventh straight shutout, getting a pair of goals from Hannah Armendariz, helping the Lancers improve to 14-6 overall and 4-0 in the Del Rey League.
Rowland 3, Northview 2 — Host Rowland (5-9-1, 3-2) won the Valle Vista League match against the Vikings.
Boys soccer
Bassett 3, Edgewood 0 — Goalkeeper Carlos Ramierez recorded a shutout, Richard Cueva scored twice and Ernesto Cueva scored a goal to lead the visiting Olympians (6-8, 2-4) to the Miramonte League victory.
Diamond Ranch 5, West Covina 0 — Mariano Bernal scored three goals and goalies Carlos Aldrete and Alejandro Romo recorded a shutout for the Panthers (9-5-3, 3-2) in a Hacienda League victory. Anthony Vargas and David Pino each scored a goal for Diamond Ranch.
South El Monte 3, El Monte 2 — Jesus Garcia and Ramon Rodriguez each scored a goal for the Lions (9-6-2, 6-1-1) but it was not enough in the Mission Valley League loss.
Girls water polo
Charter Oak 19, Chino 6 — Sarah Adams had eight goals, five assists and three steals and Katie Fugit had five goals, five assists, and four steals for the Chargers (15-4, 4-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Also contributing to Charter Oak’s victory were Devynn Stein who had four goals, two assists, and three steals and Julianna Martinez who had a goal, three assists, and a steal. Maddie Meza had four goals for Chino.
Bonita 20, Glendora 3 — Erin Gonzalez, Kayla DeHerrera, and Amanda Legaspi each scored four goals for the Bearcats (11-1, 5-0) in a Palomares League win. Taylor Alley and Reannon Urias each scored twice and goalies Rachel Garwick had seven saves and Alisha Plum had six saves for Bonita. Glendora’s Carly Kesterson scored three goals.
St. Lucy’s 15, Upland 8 — Devin Holcomb had four goals and two steals and Sabrina Garabet had four goals, three assists and two steals to lead the Regents (13-6, 6-1) to the Baseline League victory. Hilary Adkins had three goals, five assists, and a steal and goalie Nichol Feldtz had six saves for St. Lucy’s.

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Sizing up Friday’s SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Football game at West Covina HS

What: San Gabriel Valley East-West Hall of Fame All-Star Football game
Where: West Covina HS
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

 
Above: Los Altos’ David Jimenez (C) (90) along with David Tolmachoff (C) (77) will compete for the West in Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star football game at West Covina HS. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

HALL OF FAME NOTEBOOK: In years past, the West team’s achilles’ heel in the San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors has been an inability to stack up in the trenches.
That’s probably not going to be much of an issue this season. Thanks to a tweak in the borders that determine the talent pools, the West should be just fine at the line of scrimmage on Friday night at West Covina High. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve heard there’s not as big of a difference as there has been,” West coach Steve Bogan of Maranatha said. “It would be nice to have another couple of linemen, but we’re good. We have some good-sized guys out there.”
Thanks to linemen like West Covina’s Eric Quevedo, who will play next season at Boise St., Los Altos’ David Tolmachoff and Bishop Amat’s Andrew Lopez, who under previous guidelines would have been on the East roster, the West’s skill players may thrive a bit more than local fans are used to seeing.

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