Arcadia punches ticket to the playoffs; South Hills, Glendora finish strong

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Arcadia punches ticket to playoffs: Sometimes a little magic is needed to get over the hump and win a crucial game. In Arcadia football’s case, the magician was quarterback Max Davila, and his assistants were the rest of his offensive teammates.
Davila orchestrated an 85-yard game-winning touchdown drive with 32 seconds left in the game to give the Apaches a thrilling 22-16 win over rival Crescenta Valley in Pacific League action on Thursday night.
With the win, Arcadia (7-3, 6-1) clinches at least second place in league and an automatic spot in the Division 11 playoffs.

Glendora finishes second in Palomares: Glendora High made the most of its opportunities Thursday night, rolling to a 35-14 victory over Ayala in a regular-season finale to take second place in the Palomares League.
The victory could be enough to get the Tartans (7-3, 4-1) a first-round home game next weekend when the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs get underway. The playoff seedings will be announced Sunday.Ayala (5-5, 3-2) will likely hit the road for its Division 7 playoff opener.

Local High School Football Results
Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

Whittier 21, El Rancho 14
Pacific League
Arcadia 22, Crescenta Valley 16
Palomares League
Glendora 35, Ayala 14
South Hills 53, Bonita 0
Nonleague
Crean Lutheran 37, La Canada 14

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Tuesday’s High School girls volleyball, tennis, boys water polo first-round results

Arcadia outlasts Monrovia: After a loss in the opening set, the Arcadia High girls volleyball team swept the final three set and came away with a 3-1 victory over visiting Monrovia on Tuesday night in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
Both teams lost last year in the quarterfinals and had their sights set on advancing further this season.
With the 22-25, 25-12, 25-17, 27-25 win, the reward for the Apaches is going up against the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. La Salle (22-5), which has won the last 10 matches in a row, will host the second-round match on Thursday.

California’s hot streak continues: After finishing last in the Del Rio League one year ago, the California High girls volleyball team shook off the nerves of playing in its first CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff game on Tuesday night.
The lack of experience on behalf of the Condors certainly showed in the match’s opening set against visiting La Mirada.CalHi coach John Horowath called his second timeout of the first set after the team fell behind four points and looked like it was going to drop the match’s opening set.

CIF-SS playoff results
Girls Volleyball
Tuesday’s first round
Division 1

Redondo Union 3, Flintridge Sacred Heart 0
Division 3
Arcadia 3, Monrovia 1
Division 4
Culver City 3, Pasadena 0
La Habra 3, Torrance 1
Pasadena Poly 3, Camarillo 0
Division 5
La Reina 3, South Hills 0
Whittier Christian 3, La Serna 0
Sonora 3, Kennedy 0
Division 6
Bishop Amat 3, Hesperia 0
Walnut 3, Don Lugo 1
California 3, La Mirado 0
Diamond Ranch 3, Segerstrom 1
Division 7
Duarte 3, San Dimas 0
San Dimas 3, Loara 1
Keppel 3, Jurupa Valley 1
Morro Bay 3, El Monte 1
Division 8
Covina 3, Coachella Valley 0
Rosemead 3, Grand Terrace 0
Azusa 3, Connely 1
Division 10
AGBU Pasadena 3, Sequoyah 0
Orange Vista 3, La Verne Lutheran 0

Thursday’s second round
All matches start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Division 2

Corona Santiago at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 3
Arcadia at La Salle
Westridge at Burbank Burroughs
Culver City at La Habra
Mayfair at Pasadena Poly
La Canada at Rio Mesa
Division 5
Laguna Blanca at Whittier Christian
St. Anthony at Sonora
Cerritos at Diamond Bar
Rim of the World at St. Paul
Division 6
Bishop Amat at Aquinas
Walnut at California
Paloma Valley at Diamond Ranch
Gabrielino at Highland
Templeton at Schurr
Division 7
Duarte at San Dimas
Keppel at Yucca Valley
Moreno Valley at Gladstone
Division 8
Covina at Rosemead
Buckley at Azusa
Ocean View at Edgewood
Division 9
Southlands Chiristian at Holy Family
Rancho Christian at Bassett
Division 10
Orange Vista at AGBU Pasadena

Boys Water Polo
Tuesday’s first round
All matches start at 5 p.m. unless noted
Division 3

La Serna 12, Chino Hills 8
Bonita 5, Arroyo Grande 3
Division 4
Sunny Hills 6. Schurr 5
South Pasadena 16, Martin Luther King 8
Redondo Union 13, San Dimas 4
Division 5
San Marino 14, El Dorado 9
Ocean View 12, Wilson 6
La Habra 10, Kennedy 9
Flintridge Prep 14, Atascadero 9
Alta Loma 7, Arcadia 5
Sage Hill 15, Glendora 7
Division 6
Whittier 15, Temecula Valley 2
Pasadena Poly 18, Sierra Vista 11
Los Altos 11, Chaffey 10

Thursday’s first round
All matches start at 5 p.m., unless noted
Divison 2

Damien at Foothill
Division 7
El Rancho at Moreno Valley
La Mirada at Hillcrest
Pioneer at San Bernardino
Baldwin Park at Valley View
Thursday’s second round
Division 3

Righetti at La Serna
Bonita at Woodbridge
Division 4
Tesoro at Temple City
Newbury Park at Walnut
South Pasadena at Montebello
Division 5
Chadwick at San Marino
La Habra at Upland
Flintridge Prep at Alta Loma
Division 6
Lompoc Cabrillo at California
Temecula Valley at Whittier
Nordoff at Pasadena Poly
Los Altos at Foothill Technology

Girls Tennis
Tuesday’s wild card
All matches start at 2 p.m., unless noted
Division 2

Marlborough 11, Temple City 7
Division 3
Pasadena Poly 13, Fullerton 5
Diamond Bar 14, La Quinta 4
Division 4
Rowland 14, Charter Oak 4
St. Lucy’s 9, Westminster La Quinta 9, St. Lucy’s wins on games.
El Rancho 9, San Dimas 9, El Rancho wins on games.
Glendale 11, Keppel 7
Division 5
La Mirada 9, Santa Paula 9, La Mirada wins on games.
Montebello 15, de Toledo 3
La Salle 11, Highland 7
El Monte 17, San Gorgonio 1
Vista Del Lago 12, La Puente 6
Montaclair 15, Azusa 3

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Ten Burning Questions: Will Bishop Amat and St. Francis bring home league titles?

Ten Burning Questions for Week 10 of High School Football

1. Who wins the Mission League championship game between Bishop Amat and Chaminade?
I’m going for the upset here and taking Bishop Amat. The Lancers have been a totally different team since their loss to Rancho Cucamonga six weeks ago (which seems like a lifetime ago to Amat fans). UCLA-bound defensive lineman Aaron Maldonado has played at an elite level during Mission League play and the belief level of everyone on the Amat team is at an all-time high. As if the Lancers didn’t need any more motivation, Chaminade quarterback Ryan Stevens said to Evan Barnes of the LA Daily News, “(Amat is) the one team I haven’t beaten yet so it’s personal.”

2. Who wins the Angelus League championship game between Cathedral and St. Francis?
St. Francis. The Golden Knights, in my opinion, are the best team in Division 3 and will prove it Friday at home. Junior quarterback Darius Perrantes was absolutely stellar (10-13, 276 yards and 4 touchdowns) in St. Francis’ win over Harvard-Westlake last week. The key to this game will be how well the offensive line of St. Francis performs against Cathedral’s elite defensive line. The Phantoms have had issues with their offensive this year and that has to be shored up if they any plans on winning.

3. Who wins the Freeway League championship game between La Habra and Fullerton?
La Habra. Since 2004, the Highlanders have won 64 of their last 66 game Freeway League games. That is the ultimate definition of dominance. Senior quarterback Zach Fogel has thrown for 1,467 yards with 16 touchdown passes. They face a Fullerton team that is riding a six-game winning streak. The key for the Highlanders defense is containing senior running back Dylan Nicholson who has rushed for 1,108 yards this season.

4. Who wins the Montview League Championship between Nogales and Azusa?
Nogales. The Nobles were riding high last season before they lost to Azusa which led to their downfall to not being selected for the CIF-SS playoffs. Fast forward a year and Nogales is looking to turn the tables. Ranked second in the current CIF-SS football poll, the Nobles have gotten excellent production from quarterback Joshua Lopez. The senior has thrown for 1,100 yards and Francisco Ibarra has been extremely productive at running back (935 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns). They face an Azusa team that has held league opponents to a combined four touchdowns the last four weeks.

5. Who wins the Prep League Championship game between Rio Hondo Prep and Pasadena Poly?
Pasadena Poly. Of all the league championship games, this might be the most competitive. Both teams are evenly matched. The Panthers have used their punishing running attack (1,616 yards rushing) to dismantle teams such as Maranatha, Rosamond and Mary Star of the Sea. They’ll face a Kares team that is always well-coached under one of the more underrated head coaches in the area in Ken Drain. Rio Hondo Prep owns key wins over La Canada (52-0) and Santa Clara (29-0).

6. Can Damien still get an automatic bid from the Baseline League into the playoffs?
Yes. If the Spartans defeat Etiwanda on Friday, they’ll be in three-way tie for third place in the Baseline League standings and they’ll carry the automatic bid over the Eagles due to head-to-head criteria. Even if Damien losses, they’ll get into the playoffs with an “at-large” bid due to their record being .500 (a requirement for At-Large consideration).

7. Does St. Paul have a chance of making the playoffs?
Yes. In Division 6, there are currently 12 teams that are vying to getting automatic berths from their league. That means there are four “at-large” spots available. With Sonora and Elsinore, the only teams with .500 records or above, St. Paul will be in a pool of three teams (the others being Golden Valley and Canyon High School of Canyon Country) that will be under consideration for the final two playoff spots. A win over visiting Salesian on Friday will go a long way to enhancing the Swordsmen’s resume.

8. How important is it for Muir to win the Turkey Tussle?
Very important. Right now, there are 16 teams that are in-line for all 16 playoff spots in Division 9. However, Hemet, who’s tied for third with Beaumont in the Mountain Pass League standings, takes on highly-ranked Citrus Hill. A loss could drop Hemet into fourth place and out of playoff consideration. That would free up a playoff spot for teams petitioning to get in via the “At-Large” process. A win on Friday will help the Mustangs’ resume. Also look for Maranatha, Aliso Niguel and West Ranch to all vie for the “at-large bid” if it’s available.

9. How important is Arcadia’s game with Crescenta Valley?
Extremely important. If the Apaches beat Crescenta Valley on Thursday, they’ll get into the playoffs as the second-place team from the Pacific League. If Arcadia losses, it will drop into third and the fate of its season will be in the hands of the CIF-SS football selection committee. As many as eight third-place teams in the Division could be vying for three playoff spots.

10. How significant is the Ayala vs Glendora game on Friday?
Very significant. The winner of this game gets the second place “designation” for the league into the playoffs which is important when it comes to pairing teams up. The winner also has a great chance of hosting a first-round game next Friday night.

— From James Escarcega

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Final Super 20 Football poll before playoffs: Charter Oak, St. Francis, La Habra Bishop Amat top four


TRIBUNE/STAR-NEWS/WHITTIER SUPER 20 FOOTBALL RANKINGS
School, Record, Division
1. Charter Oak (9-0), D-3
Should be top seed for Division 3 playoffs.
2. St. Francis (9-0), D-3
Hosting Cathedral Friday for Angelus League title.
3. La Habra (7-2), D-2
Travels to Fullerton next for Freeway League title.
4. Bishop Amat (5-4), D-1
On road at Chaminade for Mission League title.
5. South Hills (8-1), D-7
Could be Division 7 top seed with win over Bonita.
6. Arroyo (10-0), D-11
Two weeks off before Division 11 playoff opener.
7. Glendora (6-3), D-4
Finishes with tough one against Ayala.
8. Arcadia (6-3). D-11
Facing Crescenta Valley for second in the Pacific.
9. Los Altos (7-2), D-5
Facing Diamond Ranch for second in Hacienda.
10. Damien (5-4), D-4
Should still qualify for Division 4 playoffs.
11. Northview (6-3), D-8
Lost thriller to San Dimas to force three-way tie in Valle Vista.
12. Covina (7-2), D-11
Can earn piece of Valle Vista title.
13. Schurr (8-1), D-12
Beat Bell Gardens for Almont League title.
14. Diamond Ranch (6-3), D-7
Should be favored against Los Altos.
15. San Dimas (6-3), D-8
Won thriller over Northview.
16. South El Monte (8-1), D-10
Beat rival El Monte 28-0.
17. Santa Fe (5-4), D-10
Clinched Del Rio League title.
18. Nogales (8-1), D-12
Facing Azusa for Montview League title.
19. San Marino (7-2), D-6
Lost shootout and Rio Hondo League title to Monrovia.
20. Muir (5-4), D-9
Takes on Pasadena in Turkey Tussle Friday.

Local High School Football Schedule
All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted
Thursday’s games
Del Rio League

Whittier vs. El Rancho at California HS
Pacific League
Arcadia vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS
Palomares League
Ayala vs. Glendora at Citrus College
Bonita vs. South Hills at Covina District Field
Nonleague
La Canada vs. Crean Lutheran at Irvine HS

Friday’s games
Almont League

Alhambra at Schurr
Montebello at Bell Gardens
San Gabriel at Keppel
Angelus League
Cathedral at St. Francis
La Salle at Harvard-Westlake
Salesian at St. Paul
Baseline League
Etiwanda at Damien
Del Rio League
La Serna at California
Santa Fe at Pioneer
Freeway League
La Habra at Fullerton
Sonora vs. Troy at La Habra HS
Hacienda League
Charter Oak at West Covina
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch
Walnut at Chino
Miramonte League
Ganesha at Pomona
Garey at Bassett
Mission League
Bishop Amat at Chaminade
Mission Valley League
Marshall vs. South El Monte at Pasadena HS
Mountain View at Gabrielino
Rosemead at El Monte
Montview League
Azusa vs. Nogales at Citrus College
Duarte vs. Workman at La Puente HS
Gladstone at Sierra Vista
Pacific League
Burbank at Burroughs
Hoover at Glendale
Pasadena vs. Muir at Rose Bowl
Palomares League
Claremont at Diamond Bar
Rio Hondo League
Monrovia at Temple City
San Marino at South Pasadena
South Catholic League
Bishop Montgomery at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park at San Dimas
Covina at Rowland
Wilson vs. Northview at Covina District Field
Nonleague
Bosco Tech at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy
La Puente at Sherman Indian
Whittier Christian at Ribet Academy

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Monrovia, Bishop Amat continue league turnaround; Muir comes up short


Saturday Morning Quarterback: The stage is set.
It took awhile for Bishop Amat to brush visiting Alemany, but it pulled away from a tie game at half to post a 42-22 victory to set up next week’s Mission League championship game at Chaminade, and now you have to believe the Lancers have a shot.
Especially after Chaminade had to sweat out a 40-35 victory over Notre Dame on Friday.

Bishop Amat football keeps rolling in Mission: Bishop Amat’s Blake Archuleta and Damian Moore led a balanced offensive attack while the defense figured out Alemany in the second half in a convincing 42-22 victory over Alemany at Kiefer Stadium on Friday night.
The Lancers (5-4, 5-0) travel to Chaminade next Friday, with the winner being the outright Mission League champion.
Amat overcame a sluggish start, pulling away with 35 consecutive points after trailing by seven in the second quarter.

Monrovia stuns once-beaten San Marino: It was a struggle, but for the 14th time in 15 years, the Wildcats did it again.In a game that saw numerous lead changes, the Monrovia High football team (3-6, 3-0) defeated host San Marino 42-37 on Friday to win the Rio Hondo League championship.
The Wildcats were led by Maury Rams IV. The junior carried the ball 22 times for 230 yards and scored three touchdowns. Also turning in an outstanding performance was quarterback Trevor McPherson. The senior completed 9 of 13 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.

Santa Fe stays undefeated in Del Rio: The Santa Fe High football team came into this season with a chip on its shoulder.After last season’s defensive coordinator and former Chiefs standout Romeo Pellum resigned, it was presumed that the team might suffer a setback in 2017. That notion quickly became an afterthought once Del Rio League play kicked off when the Chiefs knocked off reigning champion La Serna.

La Serna continues to roll: After a loss in the first game of the Del Rio League football season to current leader Santa Fe High School three weeks ago, La Serna has been on a major scoring frenzy, scoring 136 points while winning three consecutive games.
The latest was a 42-17 win over visiting El Rancho on Friday night at California High.
“That first game is in our rear view mirror and it’s definitely taught us a lot about ourselves,” said La Serna coach Andy George about the DRL opening loss.

Muir rally comes up short: The Muir High football team came into its game against Burbank with a chance to solidify its case to make the CIF-Southern Section Division 9 playoffs, assuming it could pull off the upset win against the Pacific League’s first place team. Muir was certainly up to the challenge and nearly had a chance to tie or win the game in regulation. However, the Mustangs fell seven yards short, losing 38-31 on Friday night.
With the loss, Muir (5-4, 3-3) will have to defeat archrival Pasadena in next week’s Turkey Tussle showdown to have any chance of reaching the postseason.

Friday’s results
FREEWAY LEAGUE
La Habra 50, Buena Park 14
Sunny Hills 34, Sonora 7
Fullerton 34, Troy 10
OLYMPIC LEAGUE
Valley Christian 67, Whittier Christian 14
ALMONT LEAGUE
Schurr 56, Bell Gardens 10
Alhambra 56, Keppel
Montebello 40, San Gabriel 6
ANGELUS LEAGUE
St. Paul 34, La Salle 9
Cathedral 46, Salesian 0
BASELINE LEAGUE
Los Osos 41, Chino Hills 34
Rancho Cucamonga 56, Damien 9
Upland 77, Etiwanda 21
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Santa Fe 34, California 13
La Serna 42, El Rancho 17
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Charter Oak 48, Chino 10
Diamond Ranch 59, Walnut 14
Los Altos 36, West Covina 22
MIRAMONTE LEAGUE
Ganesha 55, Bassett 14
La Puente 27, Garey 21
MISSION LEAGUE
Bishop Amat 42, Alemany 22
Chaminade 40, Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 35
Serra 34, Crespi 0
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Arroyo 45, Mountain View 14
South El Monte 28, El Monte 0
Gabrielino vs. Pasadena Marshall
MONTVIEW LEAGUE
Gladstone 14, Duarte 6
Nogales 56, Sierra Vista 6
Azusa 50, Workman 7
PACIFIC LEAGUE
Crescenta Valley 50, Glendale 7
Burbank 38, Muir 31
Arcadia 39, Pasadena 14
PALOMARES LEAGUE
Ayala 45, Claremont 7
South Hills 56, Diamond Bar 6
Glendora 55, Bonita 30
PREP LEAGUE
Pasadena Poly 2, Firebaugh 0 (For)
Rio Hondo Prep 40, Trinity Classical Academy 14
RIO HONDO LEAGUE
Monrovia 42, San Marino 37
Temple City 33, La Cañada 13
SOUTH CATHOLIC LEAGUE
Bishop Montgomery 27, Bosco Tech 6
Verbum Dei at Cantwell-Sacred Heart
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
Artesia 87, Cerritos 32
La Mirada 41, Glenn 25
Mayfair 51, Bellflower 7
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Covina 28, Wilson 9

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San Dimas ends Northview’s 20-game winning streak, 48-42; St. Francis rolls, sets up title game next week with Cathedral

Watch the exciting final minute of San Dimas’ 48-42 victory over Northview
Montebello at Bell Gardens (Will Hernandez email)

Thursday’s final scores
San Dimas 48, Northview 42
St. Francis 77, Harvard-Westlake 27
Whittier 11, Pioneer 10

San Dimas ends Northview’s streak: In one of the most exciting local high school games in recent years, it came down to the last five yards, and San Dimas, behind five rushing touchdowns from senior Dylan Ware, defeated Northview 48-42 in a Valle Vista League game Thursday night at Covina District Field.
With less than a minute remaining in the game, the Vikings drove the length of the field, highlighted by a 52-yard pass by senior quarterback Steven Comstock to to sophomore wide receiver Damion Thompson that put the ball at the Saints’ 25-yard line with 15 seconds remaining.
A couple of plays later, Comstock spiked the ball to stop the clock, but two running plays were stopped, and San Dimas ended an 18-game league winning streak by the Vikings (6-3, 3-1), who came into the game ranked No. 6 CIF-SS Division 8.

St. Francis flexes its muscles in win: All season long, the St. Francis High football team hasn’t been shy about lighting up the scoreboard. It only took seven plays Thursday night to confirm that.
In that stretch, Elijah Washington scored on the game’s second play and Darius Perrantes threw a touchdown pass then ran for another.
St. Francis kept its offense rolling, beating Harvard-Westlake 77-27 at home to set up a first-place Angelus League showdown with Cathedral next week.
The win also kept the Golden Knights (9-0, 4-0) in line for a second perfect regular season in four years, equaling what the 2014 team accomplished

Jose Estrada delivers for Whittier football in victoryWhittier High School’s Jose Estrada had never kicked a field goal coming into Thursday night’s Del Rio League game against Pioneer.
With Cardinals starting kicker Joshua Carranza not in uniform for the team’s home game against the Titans because of a recruiting trip, coach Visko Ancich had no other choice but to go with Estrada.Although the first-year football player had no prior experience going into the 20-yard attempt with 6:47 remaining in the game, Estrada got just enough on the kick to get the ball to split the uprights.

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