Arroyo forced to forfeit three games because of ineligible player; winless Mountain View at winless Marshall tonight

“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”

By Aram Tolegian
Arroyo has forfeited nonleague wins over Temple City, Montebello and Rowland after self reporting to the CIF-Southern Section that it had an ineligible player in violation of section transfer rules.
The player was used solely on special teams and the incident probably never would have been known about if the school had not informed CIF of the situation, according to Knights coach Jim Singiser.
“I’d be a hypocrite if I was expressing to the kids that it’s okay to do things so long as you don’t get caught,” Arroyo coach Jim Singiser said. “And that’s basically what I would have done if I hadn’t reported it. But is that really what I want our kids to learn?
“The chances of anybody knowing about it were negligible. This was a kid who had no impact on any of the games, he’s not the kicker and he’s not the return man.”
The forfeits make Arroyo’s record go from 4-3 to 1-6. They are just the latest setback in a season that hasn’t gone according to plan and the biggest issue facing the Knights, who made last year’s Mid-Valley Division semifinals, is simply making the playoffs and keeping the school’s 30-year streak of postseason appearances alive.
After being upset by El Monte last week, Arroyo is just 1-2 in the Mission Valley League and is on a bye this week before playing Gabrielino on Oct. 24. When the Knights return to action, they’re likely to be without the services of standout running back Randy Amezcua, who is injured and likely to miss the rest of the season.

Mission Valley League
Mountain View (0-6, 0-2) at Mountain View (0-7, 0-3) at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m.

Marshall has really struggled in its first year in the Mission Valley League. Same can be said for Mountain View, which has been in this league forever.
Both teams badly need a league win in order to momentarily climb back into the playoff race. That’s a bit more of a realistic prospect for Mountain View, which has already played Arroyo and El Monte.

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CIF could change playoff format dramatically for all sports in 2016. Do you like it?

CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod is actively working on a competitive-based playoff model for the 2016 playoff groupings cycle where individual schools would be placed into appropriate divisions for section championships based on their school’s performance in that particular sport. Under Wigod’s vision, CIF would no longer place leagues into divisions for section championships as is currently taking place with the exception of basketball. Read his latest letter explaining.

Note: Click on the commissioner’s message to make it bigger and easier to read

Fred’s thought: I absolutely hate how basketball does it because league play means absolutely nothing. This is how Bishop Amat girls basketball finished fourth in league a few years back and won a CIF championship in a desirable division by not having to compete in the playoffs against the top teams from its own league. Damien basketball beat a team that was 0-10 in league in a CIF championship game two years ago. Should you finish last in league and be placed in a more desirable playoff division than all the teams that finished ahead of you? That’s flawed. I don’t like this new plan for a number of reasons, that’s just one example.
Teams don’t want to be promoted into tougher divisions just because they had a couple good seasons or a once in a generation season so that a third place team can have more of a competitive chance in a playoff division the following year. What happens if you finally win a championship or advance deep in the playoffs with your once in a generation all-senior boys soccer team. Are you going to punish the class that’s rebuilding by placing them in a tougher division the following year? How is that fair? This whole idea could result in teams scheduling easier games or tanking games because of strength of schedule and altering win/loss records in order to get placed in a more desirable division. Seriously, should you really finish third in Valle Vista league soccer and have a better shot at winning a CIF championship the following year than the team that won league because it works harder and develops a better program. If demographics, school size and the schools are close in proximity why are you trying to level the playing field based on performance? It’s up to a school to get better, not a formula that rewards mediocrity. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, TEAMS FROM THE SAME LEAGUE SHOULD ALWAYS be in the same playoffs. Otherwise, just get rid of league play and allow everyone to play freelance. Is that what you want?

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Is your high school using crumb rubber turf? NBC News investigation raises potential safety concerns

NBC NEWS REPORT: A high school in Burien, Washington has scrapped its plan to use crumb rubber turf in its new football field because of potential safety concerns raised in an NBC News investigation, school officials said.

“As soon as the news broke, I contacted our architect and distributor and said, ‘We’re not putting the crumb rubber on. Stop everything. Hold everything. Let us do more research,’” said Kennedy Catholic High School Principal Mike Prato. “If we’re going to do this, we want it to be the safest field it can be.”

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Is it panic time for defending Mid-Valley football champion San Dimas?

saintsBy Aram Tolegian
There’s no panic in San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow’s voice when he talks about the situation his team is in after losing to arch-rival Bonita and Valle Vista League upstart Northview in the past two weeks.
Instead, Zernickow is very concise about what the Saints need to do in order to get things turned around and still make a run in the postseason as they bid to win back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley championships.
“Basically, for us, we’re in a one-game season right now,” said Zernickow, whose team visits Nogales on Friday. “We have to beat Nogales. We have to go 1-0 every single week the rest of the way out here if we want to be in the playoffs.”
San Dimas, which had won three straight before the Bonita loss, is now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league. Nogales is 2-4 overall and 0-1 in league.

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SGVN Girls Volleyball, Boys Water Polo and Cross Country top ten rankings

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart (12-4), 2. St. Paul (21-2), 3. Pasadena Poly (11-2), 4. St. Lucy’s (9-6), 5. Whittier Christian (14-9), 6. Westridge (18-4), 7. La Habra (16-6), 8. Gabrielino (15-2), 9. South Pasadena (7-5), 10. Mayfield (9-4), OTHERS to watch: La Canada (6-4), Arcadia (12-5), Glendora (13-5), La Mirada (15-4), San Dimas (12-5), Maranatha (12-6), Pioneer (8-2), Walnut (10-8), Duarte (13-7), San Gabriel (7-2).
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1. Montebello (14-2), 2. Damien (9-2), 3. La Serna (8-7), 4. Los Altos (5-1), 5. La Canada (4-6), 6. Flintridge Prep (12-4), 7. San Dimas (9-8), 8. Temple City (11-3), 9. Pasadena (11-6), 10. Charter Oak (7-3), OTHERS to watch: Walnut (4-5), Rowland (8-2), Schurr (10-6), Glendora (7-8), South Pasadena (2-7)
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1. Arcadia, 2. California, 3. Bishop Amat, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Covina, 6. Glendora, 7. Walnut, 8. Los Altos, 9. Whittier, 10. Bonita
1. Bishop Amat, 2. Arcadia, 3. Mayfield, 4. Flintridge Prep, 5. Covina, 6. Glendora, 7. Bonita, 8. El Rancho, 9. La Canada, 10. La Mirada

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With four weeks left before playoffs, who leads the Tribune coach of the year race?

Picking coach of the year is always difficult, but it’s also fun too. When I’ve posted leading candidates in mid-season it almost always changes by the second week of the playoffs, and gets easier to narrow down after that. But if I were picking the top five today, this is how it would look in order.
1. Marcel Perez, Northview (5-1)
Beating San Dimas is something few thought any Valle Vista league team could do this season and the Vikings not only beat them, they stomped them. Too bad they blew a 21-point at La Sierra prior because they should be undefeated, and Perez’s boys are doing it with a freshman QB.
2. Jerry Lewallen, Glendora (5-1)
Wins over Charter Oak, Los Altos, Kaiser, Bonita and Alta Loma. The Tartans were 7-3 last year but those three losses came in the Baseline and they missed the playoffs. If they beat Ayala on Friday, this is a group that could run the table the rest of the way, they’re that good.
3. Mike Maggiore, West Covina (4-2)
This should have been Antonio Noodles Hull senior year with the Dogs, but he’s at struggling Diamond Bar and these Dogs are improving by the week. Most thought they were an iffy pick to make the playoffs, now I’m starting to think they can win the Hacienda.
4. Aaron Jamieson, Pomona (3-4)
Considering how handcuffed Jamieson is in the Pomona Unified School district that forced the Devils to forfeit a game because it didn’t feel like traveling on a Friday night and an athletic department that let it forfeit another for not being on top of paperwork, the Devils are 3-2 on the field, and looking like they could compete for a league title. Jamieson deserves credit for keeping the focus on the big picture.
5. Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat (4-3)
Two weeks ago we were wondering if it was time to make a coaching change after back-to-back losses to Chino Hills and Crespi, but after back-to-back wins over Serra and Alemany, the Lancers are in position to make a run at the Mission League title. Now wouldn’t that be something.

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Girls Volleyball: Chino Hills takes first round from St. Lucy’s, 3-1

Chino Hills' Meghan Buzzerio (C) (10) reacts after scoring against St. Lucy's in the second game of a prep volleyball match at St. Lucy's High School in Glendora, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Chino Hills won 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Chino Hills’ Meghan Buzzerio (C) (10) reacts after scoring against St. Lucy’s in the second game of a prep volleyball match at St. Lucy’s High School in Glendora, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Chino Hills won 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 (Photo by Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

GLENDORA >> The goals for the Chino High School girls volleyball team are pretty simple this season: Win league and CIF-Southern Section championships and taste victory at rival St. Lucy’s.
The Huskies crossed the latter off their list Tuesday.
Meghan Buzzerio had 19 kills and eight aces and Chino Hills took control of the Baseline League race with a 23-25, 25-12, 25-15, 29-27 victory over the host Regents.
Cherise Hennigan had 11 kills and Alexis Cardoza 10 for the Huskies, who improved to 14-5 overall and 3-0 in league. Loryn Carter had 21 kills for St. Lucy’s, which slipped to 9-6 and 2-1.
St. Lucy’s, which split the season series with Chino Hills last season, looked like it might force a fifth set after scoring 14 of the first 23 points in the fourth. But the Huskies, ranked No. 7 in Division 1A, put together an 8-3 surge to tie it at 17. Chino Hills, after falling behind, 24-21, got consecutive kills from Buzzerio, Hannigan and Cardoza to tie a second time.
Buzzerio followed with back-to-back spikes to win it, 29-27.
Meghan Buzzerio: “It feels great. We’ve never beaten them at their place, so this is our first. We started a little rough, but we finished strong. We all played great. Yeah, it feels really good.”
St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas: “They have weapons at all places and obviously had us on a size advantage, so I’m really proud of where we’re at. But we play to win. We’re disappointed, but we did a lot of things we can grow on, too.”

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Tribune Super 32 Rankings: Bishop Amat returns to No. 1; Northview, West Covina in Top 5; Also CIF-Rankings released


1. Bishop Amat (4-3) — With back-to-back wins over Serra and Alemany and in the Mission League drivers seat, there’s no doubt Amat is No. 1 again.
2. Glendora (5-1) – How do you blow out Trib’s No. 3 Bonita and fall a spot in the rankings? Not the Tartans fault, but reality is reality.
3. Charter Oak (3-3) – Nice win over Diamond Ranch, but winning the Hacienda won’t be as easy as it use to be.
4. West Covina (4-2) — Nobody was talking about the Bulldogs early in the season but everyone is paying attention now.
5. Northview (5-1) — Notched their biggest win in years over San Dimas and probably should be undefeated except for blowing a 21-0 halftime lead at La Sierra.
6. Damien (3-3) — Despite losing to Upland, the Spartans will still battle for playoff spots in the Baseline.
7. Pomona (3-4) – Take away the two forfeit losses and they’re 3-2 after the whipping over La Puente. Nobody will want to face them in the Mid-Valley playoffs.
8. Bonita (4-2) — While they’ve looked great in all their wins, they’ve looked just as terrible in two losses to Monrovia and Glendora.
9. San Dimas (3-3) — Nobody expected back-to-back losses to Bonita and Northview, but don’t sleep on the Saints, they’ll be back.
10. Diamond Ranch (4-2) — Battle Charter Oak to the wire, but lets see how they rebound with the rest of league.

THE REST: 11. Covina (4-2); 12. Los Altos (2-4); 13. South Hills (2-4); 14. Rosemead (3-4); 15. Diamond Bar (3-3), 16. La Puente (4-3); 17. Walnut (2-4); 18. Baldwin Park (3-3); 19. Azusa (3-3); 20. El Monte (3-4); 21. Arroyo (4-3), 22. Bassett (3-3); 23. Ganesha (4-3); 24. Rowland (3-3); 25. South El Monte (2-4), 26. Duarte (1-5); 27. Wilson (1-5); 28. Nogales (2-4), 29. Sierra Vista (2-4), 30. Gladstone (1-5); 31. Mountain View (0-6), 32. Workman (1-5).

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Diamond Bar golfers get sneak peek

The Diamond Bar girls golf team will get a sneak peek on Friday.

The Brahmas face four-time reigning CIF State champion Torrey Pines at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino. It is the first time that the schools have met in a dual meet; the Brahmas tied for second in state with Walnut last year.

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High School Football players offered scholarships can buy insurance to protect against injury, but do they need it?

By Clay Fowler, staff reporter
For most, it requires the investment of a large percentage of their lives.
At stake is their future. Well beyond the next four years.
But high school athletes are notoriously unable to secure a fully funded college education until the arrival of National Signing Day their senior year. Everything up to that point is unofficial.
Chris Price is trying to change that.
The Managing Principal for EPIC’s Sports and Entertainment Programs Group has developed an insurance product designed to guarantee high school athletes’ college education is paid for as soon as they receive their first scholarship offer.
It’s not quite that simple — things seldom are in the convoluted world of college recruiting — but if an athlete’s scholarship offer is rescinded due to an injury and only an injury, Education Protector will provide $200,000 toward their higher education.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Bishop Amat will take big step in Mission with win over Chaminade; Glendora will squeeze out win over Ayala

Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 29-10; Season Total: 198-72)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 27-12; Season Total: 194-76)


Last Week: Aram picked up two victories to extend his lead to four. We missed a lot of the same games but he picked up wins taking Cal over Santa Fe, Gladstone over Workman, Pomona over La Puente. I got one back taking St. Paul over La Salle.

This Week:: Not the greatest week of big games, but Bishop Amat hosting Chaminade can put the Lancers in the Mission League drivers seat with a victory. The Lancers have a bye next with Loyola and Notre Dame to follow so if they can go win and got to 3-1, it’s their league to lose, take Amat. Glendora at Ayala looks like the game that will settle the Palomares. Both looked good in non-league and winning league openers last week. It’s close, but I’m going with GTown. St. Francis at Cathedral pits two undefeated 6-0 teams and top teams in the Southeast. Needless to say, whoever wins this will win the Angelus, take St. Francis. I also like Charter Oak easy over Los Altos and Bonita in a nailbiter over South Hills.

Mission Valley League

Marshall vs. Mountain View at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Almont League

Alhambra at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bell); Aram (BG)
Montebello at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Mont); Aram (Montebello)
San Gabriel at Schurr, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Schurr); Aram (Schurr)
Angelus League
Harvard-Westlake at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Harv); Aram (Har-West)
St. Francis at Cathedral, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Francis); Aram (SF)
St. Paul at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (Salesian)
Baseline League
Damien vs. Etiwanda at Colony, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Etiwanda); Aram (Damien)
Del Rio League
La Serna at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Serna); Aram (LS)
Santa Fe vs. Pioneer at Whittier College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (SF)
Whittier at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Rancho); Aram (ER)
Freeway League
Fullerton at La Habra, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Hacienda League
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Aram (CO)
West Covina at Chino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Miramonte League
Ganesha at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett); Aram (Bass)
La Puente at Garey, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LP); Aram (LP)
Mission League
Chaminade at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Aram (Amat)
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rose); Aram (Rosemead)
South El Monte at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (EM)
Montview League
Baldwin Park at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bpark); Aram (BP)
Gladstone vs. Duarte at Citrus College, 7 p.m. Robledo (Duarte); Aram (Duarte)
Workman vs. Azusa at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Azusa)
Olympic League
Village Christian vs. Maranatha at Occidental College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Mara); Aram (Natha)
Whittier Christian at Valley Christian, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Whit); Aram (WC)
Pacific League
Burroughs at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PHS); Aram (Burroughs)
Muir at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir); Aram (Muir)
Palomares League
Diamond Bar at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Aram (Claremont)
Glendora at Ayala, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (G-High)
South Hills at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bonita); Aram (Bo-High)
Rio Hondo League
Blair vs. La Canada at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
South Pasadena at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Temple City at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MTown); Aram (Monrovia)
Santa Fe League
St. Monica vs. Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (St. Monica); Aram (St. Monica)
Valle Vista League
Covina vs. Rowland at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Northview at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Nview)
San Dimas at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Aram (SD)
Carpinteria at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Carp); Aram (Carp)
Pasadena Poly at California School for the Deaf, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Poly); Aram (Poly)
Rio Hondo Prep at Fillmore, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Fillmore); Aram (Fillmore)

Prep League

Firebaugh vs. Flintridge Prep at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FPrep); Aram (Flint Prep)

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Ayala has reinstated 20 of 21 players suspended due to hazing allegations; New Jersey High School cancels football season after reports of hazing

AYALA UPDATE, Oct. 11 St. George, Utah, police confirmed Friday that they are investigating a report of hazing there last month involving the Ayala High School football team.
The case has been assigned to one of the detectives and is currently active, St. George police spokesman Derek Lewis said via email Friday.
“Since the case is active, I cannot release any details,” Lewis wrote.

AYALA UPDATE, Oct. 9: The case of Ayala High School football players involved in a hazing incident last month in St. George, Utah, is ebbing toward completion.
According to officials from the Chino Valley Unified School District, 20 of the 21 student-athletes suspended for the Sept. 18 incident before a road game against Snow Canyon High School in Utah have been reinstated. An expulsion hearing has been scheduled later this month for the only student not reinstated.

I’m not comparing the Ayala situation with this one because not enough facts came out about the situation at Ayala, but give credit to the New Jersey school district that used zero tolerance when handing out discipline. Last week Ayala reinstated 18 of 21 players that were suspended two days before facing Damien. Players were suspended during Ayala’s bye week.

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL CANCELS FOOTBALL SEASON AFTER HAZING INCIDENT: A central New Jersey town is reeling after its high school football team, which has won three sectional titles over four years, had its season cut short by allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.

Sayreville school officials made the announcement Monday night during a meeting with the players’ parents. The district already had canceled and forfeited a game that was scheduled last week between Sayreville War Memorial and South Brunswick and announced that the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office was investigating the allegations.

“There was enough evidence that there were incidents of harassment, of intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level at which the players knew, tolerated and generally accepted,” Superintendent Richard Labbe told reporters Monday night. “Based upon what has been substantiated to have occurred, we have canceled the remainder of the football season.

More on New Jersey hazing incident: The investigation at a New Jersey prep football powerhouse that has led to sex crime charges against seven teens prompted an almost unheard-of sanction — the cancellation of the beloved program’s season — that shook this solidly middle-class town and reignited a broader debate over dealing with hazing.

Authorities have released few details about the allegations against the seven Sayreville War Memorial High School students, but the school’s superintendent called the abuse so pervasive he had no choice but to call off the season — a decision that has angered team parents but drew applause from advocates who called it the kind of bold stand necessary to confront hazing.

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El Monte believing in itself

All Joel Sanchez wanted was for his El Monte High School football team to feel comfortable on Friday night.
The Lions had a huge homecoming crowd to cheer them on against reigning Mission Valley League champion Arroyo. The Lions responded with a 26-23 victory.
“I felt they could play with Arroyo and they had to have confidence,” Sanchez said of his players. “I knew the moment they got on the field they would be more comfortable. They got more confident and the kids stepped up for the big challenge.”

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What a night of dominance for Glendora and Matt Fink over Bonita, and a night of upsets … Bishop Amat routs Alemany, Northview shocks San Dimas and El Monte stuns Arroyo

Friday Scoreboard: Click for schedule and scoring updates of Friday’s games

finkGlendora and Matt Fink put on a show: Glendora’s Matt Fink reminded everyone why he’s so special and the Tartans showed why they’re the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division with an easy 49-13 victory over eighth-ranked Bonita in the Palomares League opener at Charter Oak High School on Friday.
Fink did it with his arms and legs, frustrating the Bearcats with two long touchdown runs and finishing with 202 yards on the ground as the Tartans opened it up with six touchdowns in the second quarter to put it away.

Northview shocks San Dimas: Northview threw all the preseason predictions in the trash when the Vikings knocked off defending Valle Vista League champion San Dimas 44-26 on Friday night. The game was the league opener for both teams and it snapped a 15-game league winning streak by the Saints.

Bishop Amat beats undefeated Alemany: Bishop Amat played a nearly perfect first-half Friday night en route to a 47-20 victory over Alemany High School in a non league game. Maxpreps billed the No. 6-ranked Warriors (5-1, 1-0) vs. No. 17-ranked Lancers (4-3, 1-1) as one of the top games to watch in California this week.

Charter Oak holds off Diamond Ranch: Diamond Ranch gave Charter Oak everything it could handle in the Hacienda League debut, but the Chargers made just enough plays to survive with a 27-24 victory Friday.
Jason Ortiz’s sack just inside Charter Oak territory as time expired prevented Diamond Ranch from attempting a Hail Mary attempt and sealed the victory.

El Monte upsets Arroyo: El Monte High School stopped a late Arroyo scoring attempt to hold on for a surprising 26-23 Mission Valley League victory on Friday night.
The Lions (3-4, 2-1) rallied from a nine-point deficit with a pair of touchdowns and then had to have a bit of luck to stop the reigning league champion Knights (4-3, 1-2). Jonathan Sotelo’s potential game-tying 20-yard field-goal attempt with less than a minute left was wide left.

Friday’s results
Mission League

Bishop Amat 47, Alemany 20 — Don’t need to say anything, biggest win in Steve Hagerty era and now they can think big in the Mission League. That they don’t deserve to be in the Pac-5 Aram talk is so September.

Palomares League
Ayala 33, Claremont 14 — This sets up a great match next week vs. Glendora.
Glendora 49, Bonita 13 – Matt Fink was unbelievable with 202 yards rushing, two TDs and a passing TD.
South Hills 40, Diamond Bar 14 — Big win for South Hills over a Diamond Bar team we thought was much better.

Valle Vista League
Northview 44, San Dimas 26 — One of the giant upsets of the night over the defending Mid-Valley division champs. Who saw this coming? I know I didn’t.
Rowland 20, Nogales 7 – Not surprising, the Nobles are really struggling.

Baseline League
Upland 44, Damien 14 – Almost the score I predicted, will be a long year in the Baseline for Sparty.

Hacienda League
Charter Oak 27, Diamond Ranch 24 — Chargers won a nail-biter having to hold on late.
Chino 30, Los Altos 14 — Conquerors don’t look like the team that played so many other tough teams tough.
West Covina 42, Walnut 0 — You have to start thinking about the Bulldogs’ title chances now.

Miramonte League
Garey 19, Ganesha 7 – Good start for Garey, but don’t expect much more in the Miramonte.
Pomona 74, La Puente 14 — You have to think the Red Devils are probably the best in the Mid-Valley after this.

Mission Valley League
El Monte 26, Arroyo 23 — Of all the shockers, this might the greatest of all. I bet coach Joel Sanchez is dancing somewhere right now.
Gabrielino 35, Mountain View 14 — Eagles still hoping to be a playoff team.
South El Monte 60, Marshall 0 — Not sure the Mission Valley is a good fit for Marshall. Ya think?

Montview League
Azusa 43, Sierra Vista 7 — Aztecs are the favorites until someone knocks them off.
Baldwin Park 42, Duarte 14 – Braves showing they might be the league favorites.

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Covina rolls to 49-point victory over Wilson; Gladstone shuts out Workman, 35-0

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BREAKING NEWS: The CIF-SS confirmed that Pomona officially forfeited its 40-14 season-opening victory over Roosevelt due to the use of an ineligible player. Pomona also forfeited a win at Mission Prep for simply now showing up. Pomona’s record is now 2-4.


COVINA ROLLS TO 49-POINT VICTORY: The Covina football team continued to pile up points as the Colts beat an injury depleted Wilson squad 55-6 on Thursday night at San Dimas High School.
Colts quarterback Joe Benavidez continued his hot hand, completing 14 of 18 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns.
His favorite target was junior Eric Williams, who caught eight passes for 157 yards and three scores.
“It was about finding zones tonight,” Williams said. I was surprised they didn’t play man against me, so I just found the zones and sat. (Benavidez) made really great reads and fed me the ball. I did what I could to get some more yards after the catch.”

Thursday’s games and predictions
Covina 55, Wilson 6
Gladstone 35, Workman 0

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That didn’t take long: Roman Silva, a 7-foot junior and 6-foot-3 guard J.J. Watson have both transferred to Diamond Ranch for new boys basketball coach Eric Cooper

You knew when Diamond Ranch named Eric Cooper its next boys basketball coach that it wouldn’t take him long to turn it around. In seems in high school basketball schools don’t attract, coaches do and Cooper is already attracting talent just like he did at La Verne Lutheran, where he turned an unknown program into two state championships and two divisional titles, leaving Lutheran in 2012 for St. Anthony, where he was before taking over this past summer at Diamond Ranch.
Roman Silva, a 7-foot junior center from Etiwanda, one of the best teams annually in the Southern Section, has transferred to Diamond Ranch. Silva’s transfer has not been approved by the CIF-Southern Section. It’s pending until it gets a response from Etiwanda as to whether it will challenge the transfer citing “athletic motivation.” Also, J.J. Watson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore guard from North Carolina, also has transferred in and has been approved with a valid change of address. North Carolina State and Arizona are a couple of schools reportedly interested in Watson.

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CalPreps Prediction: Alemany 40, Bishop Amat 28 .. Will anything ever change? Amat gets another crack Friday


Bishop Amat vs. Alemany head-to-head since joining the same league in 2010
2010: Alemany 38, Bishop Amat 30
2011: Alemany 26, Bishop Amat 21
2012: Alemany 56, Bishop Amat 35
2013: Alemany 29, Bishop Amat 26

Bishop Amat had its best chance in 2010 against Alemany when both were 9-0. Amat was in control, but choked it away toward the end of the first half and never recovered.

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San Dimas volleyball overcoming coaching change

The San Dimas High School volleyball season could have been acrimonious.
Two games into the season and a day before a match against rival Bonita, fist-year coach Travis Dancer abruptly left the program.
But the Saints (10-5) have not missed a beat. They knocked off the Bearcats in four games and have gone 8-5 since. They won their Valle Vista League opener against Nogales and face visiting Covina on Thursday.
“We have an awesome team,” coach Nicki Bonomo said. “We’re pretty well versed to adversity and they’ve done a good job. It has not been tough at all.”

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What happens when Salesian and Cathedral finally meet …

Cathedral and Salesian, who battled off the field to stay out of the Pac-5 and wanted no part of being in the same league because of past history eventually settled on both being in the new Angelus League and the time has arrived to finally settle things on the field. Cathedral is 5-0 with an edge of Salesian (3-2), but who knows how much emotion will play. And who knows what role the fans play, who have been known to get at each other. CalPreps predicts a 31-21 Salesian victory and the game is at Salesian. You know as well as I that you can throw predictions out the window. Stay safe boys.

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Tribune Midseason Leaders: Is there a leading area MVP among this group?

1. Erick Morales, La Puente, 1,290 yards, 215 YPG, 19 TDs
2. Chaz Miller, Arroyo, 1,276 yards, 117 YPG, 10 TDs
3. Kam Brown, Charter Oak, 1,203 yards, 240 YPG, 16 TDs
4. Darreon Lockett, Pomona, 1,132 yards, 283 YPG, 14 TDs
5. Edward Dominguez, El Monte, 1,082 yards, 180 YPG, 11 TDs
6. Damian Garcia, Bishop Amat, 1061 yards, 212 YPG, 9 TDs
7. Joe Benavidez, Covina, 972 yards, 194 YPG, 12 TDs
8. Matt Fink, Glendora, 752 yards, 150 YPG, 5 TDs
9. Jaime Michel, South El Monte, 656 yards, 131 YPG, 5 TDs
10. Joseph Ramirez, Azusa, 651 yards, 130 YPG, 3 TDs
Running Backs
1. Angel Maldonado, Azusa, 793 yards, 158 YPG, 6 TDs
2. Dylan Thigpen, Damien, 725 yards, 181 YPG, 8 TDs
3. Antonio Hull, Diamond Bar, 658 yards, 131 YPG, 9 TDs
4. Cameron Eaglin, Nogales, 656 yards, 164 YPG, 4 TDs
5. Andres Hooper, Northview, 612 yards, 122 YPG, 4 TDs
6. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, 560 yards, 140 YPG, 6 TDs
7. Jesus Navarrete, Bassett, 556 yards, 111 YPG, 4 TDs
8. Angel Verdugo, Bonita, 554 yards, 110 YPG, 10 TDs
9. Jonathan Gonzalez, Workman, 553 yards, 110 YPG, 2 TDs
10. Henry Martinez, West Covina, 525 yards, 105 YPG, 5 TDs
Wide Receivers
1. David Cotero, Arroyo, 561 yards, 38 catches, 4 TDs
2. Desmond Bobo, Pomona, 533 yards, 22 catches, 5 TDs
3. Jordan Fisher, La Puente, 504 yards, 27 catches, 5 TDs
4. Fernando Espinoza, El Monte, 499 yards, 33 catches, 5 TDs
5. Anthony Barcelo, Arroyo, 481 yards, 27 catches, 6 TDs
6. Eric Williams, Covina, 462 yards, 26 catches, 7 TDs
7. Brian Casteel, 430 yards, 21 catches, 4 TDs
8. Dominic Ramirez, 423 yards, 28 catches, 2 TDs
9. Shawn Wilson, 403 yards, 14 catches, 5 TDs
10. Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, 364 yards, 25 catches, 5 TDs

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