Tribune Football 2014 All-Area Team: Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns and coach Steve Hagerty lead the way

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By Aram Tolegian
PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, Receiver, Jr.
You know your high school football career is going well when fans, media and peers refer to you as “the high school Megatron.”
Such is the case with Bishop Amat receiver Tyler Vaughns, who has emerged as the area’s top box office attraction due to his size, flash and ability to make amazing catches while helpless defenders watch in awe.
This season, Vaughns was a standout on a team full of them. He was the cut-above weapon Bishop Amat used to again become one of Southern California’s elite programs. After leading the Lancers to a share of the Mission League championship and a trip to the semifinals of the Pac-5 Division playoffs, Vaughns is the Tribune’s Player of the Year.
“It was a surprise really and I’m thankful for being known as the Player of the Year,” Vaughns said in reaction to the award. “I feel very good about myself being selected to be in this group (of past winners). I’m just very proud of myself.” At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds and loaded with speed and athleticism, Vaughns is a nightmare match up for opposing defensive backs. He’s exactly the type of talent that Amat needed to compete with the very best teams in Southern California. And Vaughns didn’t disappoint. Vaughns, a junior, finished with a single season school record 83 receptions for 1,183 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 24 tackles on defense and four interceptions. It wasn’t only about what Vaughns could do with the ball in his hands, but also what meant as a decoy.
“I think what he did was make us difficult to defend on offense,” Bishop Amat head coach Steve Hagerty said. “Teams had to make choices and they would say ‘We can’t let this kid (Vaughns) beat us.’
“He (Vaughns) oftentimes would be on the one-on-one side where a lot of teams put their best kid. You have to make a choice. That’s the effect of Tyler. You could defend him and be on top of him, but he’s still going to win the ball from you.
“That’s why for him to have over 80 catches is pretty amazing because there were a lot of people who said don’t let him catch it and he still did.”
Football success is nothing new for Vaughns’ family. His brother Geoff was a standout running back at South Hills in the mid-2000s. His other brother Aaren was an All-Area standout at Charter Oak just three seasons ago and is now playing at Mt. San Antonio College.
Vaughns credits his brothers for much of his success, but he’s done many other things like personalized coaching and playing on the popular Body-By-Tra seven-on-seven team in the offseason. However, the classroom is another area where he’s improved.
“I think it got three As and a B in four summer school classes,” Hagerty said. “The reason I say that is because I think that always precedes the results. The bottom line is that I don’t think any of us are surprised by where he is today just because we saw the difference in what his approach was.
“I think it’s just maturity. He’s growing up and realizing that if he picks it up, he’s got a lot of things in front of him that are really good.”
Vaughns had six games this season with 100 yards or more receiving. He had three touchdown receptions against Crespi. In the playoffs, he caught 13 balls for 157 yards and a score in a win over Lakewood. Vaughns was later named co-MVP of the Mission League.
His best game, yardage-wise, came against Alemany. Vaughns caught 10 passes for 165 yards. Even in Amat’s playoff loss to eventual division champ Corona Centennial, Vaughns was a force with nine receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown.
“Our team highlight would be the Notre Dame game,” Vaughns said. “We didn’t show ourselves as well as we could but we came out with the win. But it was humbling. My personal highlight would be Crespi because our scored three touchdowns to help our team go to overtime.”
Vaughns has already caught the eye of recruiters. He’s on the short list of several top college football schools and already has offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee and Oklahoma to go along with the locals UCLA and USC.
But before any of that happens, Vaughns has one more season at Amat, where he hopes to bring home a Pac-5 championship after coming so close this season.
“From December to August, I’m going to go at it like I did last year,” Vaughns said.
And once the season starts, Amat should reap the rewards.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kam Brown, Charter Oak, Quarterback, Jr.

KamdenBrownKam Brown didn’t have to look far for advice when it came to being the quarterback of the Charter Oak High School football team this season.
Brown’s brother, Kory, knew all too well what his younger sibling was going through. For the two seasons prior to this one, Kory was the Chargers’ quarterback and his huge senior season led to him being honored by making the All-Area Team. This season, his younger brother one-upped him.
Kam Brown won the starting job this summer and the rest was history. When the dust settled, the junior had final numbers that ranked among the Southern Section’s best at his position. For his efforts, Brown is the Tribune’s Offensive Player of the Year.
“It’s absolutely rewarding,” Brown said of the award. “It just puts a stamp on a good year. It makes you feel like all the hard work paid off.”
With Brown at the helm, Charter Oak overcame a rocky nonleague showing against some solid competition to end the regular season in its usual place as a league champion. This year, the Chargers won the Hacienda League after averaging 33.7 points per game.
Charter Oak then advanced to the semifinals of Central Division playoffs before losing to eventual champion Colony. Brown piloted the offense that made all of it possible and finished with a whopping 3,484 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also rushed for 324 yards and three scores.
Not bad for a beginner.
“I didn’t think this was possible because when you start out as a rookie, you don’t expect to do as well as I did,” Brown said. “It helps having a brother who has been through the program and he was also a stud. He helps me read the defense, watch films and go over the mechanics.”
If you’re thinking that the Brown brothers spent time in the yard honing their skills and perfecting Charter Oak’s offense, please stop. Kam Brown said it was more like they played the Madden NFL video game and would go over what the defenses were running.
“We would run offensive plays that our offense ran similar and just read the corner and safety, and write down the coverages on paper,” Brown said. “And then just study your butt off.”
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and only a junior, Brown has the size needed to play at the next level and should see the college recruiting portion of his career erupt this offseason.
Brown wasn’t given the best of situations to start his career. He operated behind what Chargers legendary head coach Lou Farrar called the smallest offensive he’s ever put out and threw to a cast of very inexperienced receivers.
And yet Brown had some of his best games at the most opportune times. Against Diamond Ranch in the league opener, he threw for 456 yards. When star running back Zion Echols was hurting Brown stepped up and threw four touchdown passes to beat West Covina.
Brown had four games with 300 yards or more passing and 10 with more than 200. He had seven games with three or more touchdown passes and completed just under 60 percent of his passes for the season.
“Ever since the Glendora game, when we lost by one point and we went right into league, it just clicked,” Brown said. “I just started to execute the calls and put up a lot of points. It started to get easier, the game slowed down and I got more confident.
Brown said the highlight of the season for him was the Chargers’ win over San Marino in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Not just because he performed well, but because the offense scored 49 points and the defense did a solid job against the Titans’ high-flying attack.
Next season should be even better for Brown. With Echols back with him in the backfield and the top receivers also returning, Charter Oak could be on the verge of something big. But for now, Brown will keep working hard to make sure the family legacy at Charter Oak continues to grow.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Christian Wiley, Bishop Amat, Linebacker, Sr.

ChristianWileyBack in summer, one could have looked at the Bishop Amat High School football team’s roster full of defensive standouts and never guessed that linebacker Christian Wiley would walk away with the most postseason accolades.
But 108 tackles later, Wiley is the one who is taking home the best hardware. And he can thank himself for an offseason of hard work and honing his craft to a point that coaches were wowed by his instincts when on the field.
After helping Bishop Amat put itself back among the elite programs in Southern California partly because of a defense that allowed only 21.3 points per game against top-shelf competition, Wiley is the Tribune’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“I’m honored, it’s great to be ranked among these superb athletes,” Wiley said of the award. “It’s a great feeling to know that my hard work paid off. Honestly, I wouldn’t have believed this. When I was working in the offseason I wasn’t thinking about the accolades I would receive.
“I was thinking about making my senior the best possible year and making the team the best Bishop Amat had in years.”
Wiley accomplished both his personal and team goals. The Lancers won a share of the Mission League championship and advanced all the way to the semifinals of the Pac-5 Division playoffs before losing a close game to eventual champion Corona Centennial.
For his efforts, Wiley was named co-Defensive MVP of the Mission League. It was a fitting award for a player who not only got better from his junior to senior seasons, but also played the game at a mental level not typically seen in high school.
“There’s plays where he looks like he’s blitzing,” Amat head coach Steve Hagerty explained. “He’s not. He’s reading and hitting. There’s a big difference.
“He’ll study people. He’ll even pick up stuff like against Centennial, when the quarterback shuffles his feet or keeps his feet a certain way, he’s gonna keep it because he positions his foot to run and not to hand off. He’s one of this kids who has the ability to see things.”
Wiley’s top performance came against highly touted JSerra in the second round of the playoffs. It was the win that officially put the Lancers back on the map and Wiley made sure his defense put the clamps on one of Orange County’s top teams by recording a whopping 21 tackles, 15 of them solo.
“Both my individual and team highlight of the season was JSerra,” Wiley said. “Because that was probably the best game we played all year. JSerra was a great team. As a defensive unit, we came out there and held them to 10 points.
“It was a great team effort and I had probably one of my best games. All around, it was just a great day.”
Wiley had two other games in which he finished with double-digit tackles. In the season opener against Santa Margarita, he had 15 tackles, nine of them solo. And against Chino Hills, Wiley had 13 tackles, nine of them solo.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat

SteveHagertyIn 2013, Bishop Amat finished in last place in the Serra League and missed the playoffs. Needless to say, the Lancers needed a bounce-back season in a big way in 2014. All Hagerty did was produced exactly and put the Lancers back on the map with a deep postseason run. All that despite being dealt a serious twist late in the year when his starting quarterback went down with an injury. Still, Hagerty guided the Lancers to a 9-4 record, a share of the Mission League championship and a trip to the semifinals of the Pac-5 Division playoffs.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
TylerNevens
Tyler Nevens, Los Altos
Nobody knew for sure when exactly Nevens would reach star status on the local scene, but most people weren’t betting on it happening in his sophomore season. Nevens did just that, though, by erupting late in the season as he led the Conquerors back to the CIF finals for the first time since 2003. Nevens finished the season with 1,611 yards and 15 touchdowns. His best games in the postseason with back-to-back 300-yard performances to beat Monrovia and Bonita.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
MattFinkMATT FINK
QB, Junior, Glendora

Fink was dynamic with both his arm and legs while helping lead Glendora to a nine-win season. Fink passed for 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 725 yards and 10 scores. For his efforts, Fink was named Palomares League MVP and will be one of the top college recruits in the area next season with offers already from Boise St. and Washington.

ZionEcholsZION ECHOLS
RB, Junior, Charter Oak

Echols makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season after another outstanding all-around showing. Echols rushed for 1,141 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 553 yards and six touchdowns receiving. Echols was named co-MVP of the Hacienda League after helping the Chargers to the league title. Echols saved his best for the postseason and had a 300-yard, five-touchdown performance in the quarterfinals against San Marino.

AngelVerdugoANGEL VERDUGO
RB, Senior, Bonita

Verdugo finally showed what all the hype was about and emerged as one of the area’s top rushers after rolling up 1,373 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 272 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Verdugo was named first-team all-Palomares League for his efforts. He saved his best for the biggest games, rushing for 170 yards vs. rival San Dimas, 216 yards vs. Kaiser in the playoffs and 158 and 182, respectively, against West Covina and Los Altos, also in the playoffs.

JaysonMillerJAYSON MILLER
WR, Senior, Baldwin Park

Miller was an all-around standout for the Braves and figures to parlay that into a career playing on Saturdays. On offense, Miller had 42 receptions for 689 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 223 yards and two scores. On defense, Miller picked off five passes, had 86 tackles, 17 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. For his efforts, Miller was named first-team all-Montview League after helping Baldwin Park finish second in league.

BrandonArconadoBRANDON ARCONADO
WR, Senior, Bishop Amat

Arconado was a force for Amat both as a receiver and a kick returner. He was one area’s leading receivers with 45 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a kick returns, Arconado piled up 600 total return yards and often set up his team with good field position. Arconado’s best games came in the postseason as evidenced by his nine catches for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Pac-5 champ Corona Centennial. Arconado was a first-team all-Mission League selection.

BrianCasteelBRIAN CASTEEL
WR, Sophomore, Charter Oak

In his first full varsity season, Casteel led the area in receiving with 65 receptions for 1,279 yards and 11 touchdowns. Casteel had seven games with 100 receiving yards or more. Casteel scored touchdowns in all but four of Charter Oak’s 13 games. He was named first-team all-Hacienda League and projects as one of the area’s top college recruits over the next two seasons.

AntonioHullANTONIO “NOODLES” HULL
ALL, Senior, Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar may have disappointed this season, but it wasn’t for the efforts of Hull, who shined in a myriad of ways. Hull led the Brahmas in rushing with 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 235 yards receiving and two scores, and even threw three touchdown passes. Hull was also dangerous returning kicks where he finished with 526 return yards. Hull also added 38 tackles on defense. He was an all-Palomares League selection.

BenNorthupBEN NORTHUP
Offensive line, Senior, Glendora

Northup (6-foot-5, 330 pounds) makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive season. He was a force up front for Glendora, whose offense piled up 2,859 yards rushing with Northup paving the way. For his efforts, Northup was a first-team all-Palomares League selection. Northup is a verbal commit to Hawaii, but figures to have other suitors come Signing Day.

AndrewLopezANDREW LOPEZ
Offensive line, Senior, Bishop Amat

Lopez is an All-Area Team selection for the second consecutive season after once again being one of the Lancers’ top players in the trenches. Lopez helped pave the way for an offense that avearged over 36 points per game against the toughest schedule in the area. Lopez helped protect two QBs who combined for nearly 4,000 yards passing and a ground attack that tallied 1,749 yards rushing. He was named first-team all-Mission League.

AngelVillanuevaANGEL VILLANUEVA AVINA
Offensive line, Senior, Duarte

Villanueva Avina was one of precious few bright spots for Duarte this season. Although the Falcons struggled in the win-loss column, their mammoth offensive guard was often a bright spot. Villanueva Avina, who is 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 28 points per game in league. He was a first-team all-Montview League selection and will play next season at Montana.

EricQuevedoERIC QUEVEDO
Offensive line, Senior, West Covina

Considered by many to be the area’s top overall lineman, Quevedo was a force for the Bulldogs this season. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle helped pave the way for another strong West Covina ground game, which piled up 3,155 yards this season. Quevedo also chipped in with 18 tackles on defense. Quevedo was named Offensive MVP of the Hacienda League and figures to be a hot commodity come Signing Day.

JoshRedeckiJOSH RADECKI
Offensive line, Senior, South Hills

It was no secret what South Hills wanted to do this season. The Huskies lined up and pounded opponents, and with Radecki leading the way, who could blame them? The 6-foot-4, 315-pound guard was versatile enough to shine in both run and pass blocking, and was a major reason why South Hills won the Palomares League. For his efforts, Radecki was a first-team all-Palomares League selection.

CalebWatkinsCALEB WATKINS
Kicker, Junior, Glendora

Watkins put on full display this season why he’s the best leg in the area. He was 11-of-14 on field goals, with a long of 49 yards. He made 42 out of 44 extra points. On kickoffs, Watkins averaged over 54 yards per kick with a whopping 36 touch backs. Watkins was also strong at punting as evidenced by his 35 yards per kick average and a 52-yard long. Watkins put the ball inside the opponent’s 20-yard line nine times. He was an all-Palomares League selection at both kicker and punter.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
AndrewVasquezANDREW VASQUEZ
DL, Junior, Bishop Amat

Vasquez’s first full varsity season lived up to the advanced billing. The speedy defensive end piled up 65 tackles and seven sacks to help Bishop Amat’s defense allow just over 22 points per game this season against a difficult schedule. Vasquez’s best game came in the season opener against Santa Margarita when he recorded 10 tackles, eight of them solo. After helping Amat to a share of the Mission League title, Vasquez was a first-team all-Mission League selection.

DavidTomachoffDAVID TOLMACHOFF
DL, Senior, Los Altos

Tolmachoff shined on both offense and defense while leading Los Altos to the best postseason showing of any team in the area. On offense, Tolmachoff helped pave the way for a ground game that piled up nearly 3,000 yards this season. On defense, Tolmachoff recorded 88 tackles and 13.5 sacks. He also intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal. Tolmachoff was named co-MVP of the Hacienda League.

tevitasinaTEVITA SINA
DL, Senior, Los Altos

Sina was one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the area this season, as evidenced by his 14 sacks and nine quarterback hurries. He finished the season with 86 tackles, a whopping 31 of them being solo. Sina also chipped in on offense by rushing for 476 yards and six touchdowns. For his efforts, Sina was a first-team all-Hacienda League selection at defensive line.

AnthonyCamargoANTHONY CAMARGO
LB, Senior, Bishop Amat

Camargo was once again the rock in the middle of Bishop Amat’s defense and makes the All-Area Team for the second consecutive. The senior middle linebacker recorded 55 tackles while helping Amat win a share of the Mission League championship and advance to the semifinals of the Pac-5 Division. Camargo also scored 11 touchdowns while on offense. Camargo was named first-team all-Mission League.

ZachLewallenZACH LEWALLEN
LB, Senior, Glendora

Lewallen was instrumental in Glendora’s success this season by being the rock in the middle of the Tartans’ defense. Lewallen was one of the top tacklers in the area with 180. He finished with double-digit tackles in every game this season and his best performance was a 12-tackle night against Kaiser. For his efforts, Lewallen was named Defensive MVP of the Palomares League.

JasonOrtizJASON ORTIZ
LB, Senior, Charter Oak

Ortiz was a tackling machine for the Hacienda League champion Chargers. He ranked among the area’s leaders in tackles with 145. His defensive contribution didn’t end there, however, as he recorded four sacks, seven quarterback hurries, intercepted a pass, blocked a field goal, recovered a fumble and caused three fumbles. For his efforts, Ortiz was a first-team all-Hacienda League selection.

FrederickPadillaRICKY PADILLA
LB, Senior, Northview

A big reason for Northview’s 11-2 breakout season was the Vikings’ defense where Padilla was a force all season. Northview allowed just 14.8 points per game this season and at the heart of it all was Padilla, who recorded a team-high 92 tackles. He also had four sacks and caused two fumbles en route to being named the Defensive MVP of the Valle Vista League.

TRESIDNEYTRE SIDNEY
DB, Junior, Bishop Amat

Sidney was last season’s Tribune Newcomer of the Year and followed it with another dynamic season. On offense, Sidney caught 38 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Sidney was Amat’s top cover corner and picked off four passes while making 47 tackles. Sidney was also a good kick returner, with an average of 31.8 yards per return. He was an all-Mission League selection.

AlexanderCamachoALEX CAMACHO
DB, Senior, Northview

Camacho had one of the finest all-around seasons of any player in the area. On offense, he rushed for 960 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with 34 receptions for 426 yards and four touchdowns. On defense he was a force all over the field with 86 tackles and 9.5 sacks. For his efforts, Camacho was named MVP of the Valle Vista League.

AndresHooperANDRES HOOPER
DB, Junior, Northview

Hooper was one of several Northview players to have outstanding all-around seasons as the Vikings won 11 games and swept the Valle Vista League. Hooper led Northview in rushing with 1,127 yards and seven touchdowns. At defensive back, Hooper intercepted four passes and recorded 40 tackles, 32 of them solo. Two of Hooper’s interceptions came at the most opportune time in the playoffs.

AngelMaldonadoANGEL MALDONADO
DB, Senior, Azusa

Maldonado was a jack of all trades for the Aztecs this season, especially on defense where his versatility allowed him to play multiple positions in the back seven. On offense, Maldonado lead Azusa in rushing with 1,262 yards, including over 100 yards in the firs five games of the season. He also scored 14 touchdowns. On defense, Maldonado had 29 tackles, 25 of them solo. He was named first-team all-Montview League after helping Azusa win the league championship.

EnriqueGonzalesENRIQUE GONZALES,
P, Senior, La Puente

Gonzales led the area in punting with a 38.9 yards per punt average. He put seven of his punts this season inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. His season long was 65 yards. Gonzales was also a force on defense where he recorded 128 tackles. Gonzales finished with double-digit tackles in eight of La Puente’s 11 games. He was a first-team all-Miramonte League selection.

SECOND TEAM
Offense

QB — Edward Dominguez, El Monte, Jr.
RB — Dylan Thigpen, Damien, Jr.
RB — Jesse Garcia, South Hills, Sr.
WR — Danny Gelalich, Bonita, Sr.
WR — Dominic Ramirez, Azusa, Jr.
WR — David Cotero, Arroyo, Sr.
ALL — Pearnell Smalley, Covina, Sr.
OL — Jake Carmona, South Hills, Sr.
OL — Steve Magallanes, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — Matt Brayton, Bishop Amat, Jr.
OL — Eric Castillo, Los Altos, Sr.
OL — Yousef Hanna, San Dimas, Jr.
K — Jaren Surdo, Charter Oak, Jr.
Defense
DL — Ryan Munoz, Bishop Amat, Jr.
DL — Jaron Reed, Northview,
DL — Josh Herrera, West Covina, Sr.
LB — Tyler Ili, West Covina, Sr.
LB — Cruz Garibay, Bonita, Sr.
LB — Christopher Osorio, Wilson, Sr.
LB — Carlos Mejia, Los Altos, Sr.
DB — Jacob Underhill, Charter Oak, Sr.
DB — Paul Cooper, Northview, Jr.
DB — Quinn Cotter, South Hills, Jr.
DB — Aaron Austin, Bishop Amat, Jr.
P — Damian Garcia, Bishop Amat, Jr.

FINAL TOP 20 RANKINGS
1. Bishop Amat (9-4)
2. Charter Oak (8-5)
3. Glendora (9-3)
4. Pomona (10-4)
5. Northview (11-2)
6. Los Altos (8-6)
7. West Covina (8-4)
8. South Hills (6-5)
9. Bonita (8-5)
10. San Dimas (8-4)
11. Azusa (8-4)
12. Diamond Ranch (6-4)
13. Damien (4-6)
14. Rosemead (7-5)
15. Covina (6-5)
16. Baldwin Park (6-5)
17. La Puente (7-4)
18. El Monte (6-5)
19. Arroyo (4-6)
20. Rowland (5-5)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
BASELINE: Upland
HACIENDA: Charter Oak
MIRAMONTE: Pomona
MISSION: Bishop Amat, Crespi, Serra
MISSION VALLEY: Rosemead
MONTVIEW: Azusa
PALOMARES: South Hills
VALLE VISTA: Northview

Tribune players of the Year (1969-present)
1969 Fred McNeil, Baldwin Park RB
1970 Pat Haden, Bishop Amat QB and John McKay Jr., Bishop Amat WR
1971 Mike Vicino, Royal Oak RB
1972 Rob Hertel, Los Altos QB and Ron Himes, Walnut QB
1973 Dennis Sproul, Los Altos QB
1974 Brian Bethke, South Hills QB
1975 Richard Nyden, Azusa QB and John Van Vuren, South Hills RB
1976 Bob Epps, West Covina DL
1977 Don Roberts, Temple City RB
1978 Ron Stivers, West Covina RB
1979 Ray McNeill, El Monte WR and Danny Trejo, Baldwin Park WR
1980 Bill Stone, Royal Oak RB
1981 Blake Smith, Los AltosQB
and Steve Lauter, Los Altos WR
1982 Mike Smith, Los Altos QB
1983 Randy Tanner, Bishop Amat; Paul Hewitt, Monrovia
1984 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park QB
1985 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop AmatRB
1986 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop Amat RB
1987 Bill Gallis, Northview QB
1988 Jason Martin, Los Altos TE/DB
1989 Marshawn Thompson, Bassett RB
1990 Jason Patterson, Bishop Amat FB/DE
1991 Marc Ruiz, Baldwin ParkQB
1992 Lawrence Phillips, Baldwin Park RB-DB
1993 Miguel Meriwether, West Covina QB/DB
1994 Daylon McCutcheon, Bishop Amat RB/FS
1995 Oscar Interiano, Sierra Vista RB
1996 Oscar Arzu, Sierra Vista RB
1997 Nick Covarrubias, Covina QB/DB
1998 Steve Stevenson, Charter Oak WR/RB/DB
1999 Jason Wright, Diamond Bar, RB/DB
2000 – Felipe Aguilar, Los Altos, QB
2001 – Donnie McCleskey, Bishop Amat RB
2002 – Daniel Drayton, Randall Brown, Los Altos RBs/DBs
2003 – Brigham Harwell, Los Altos DE
2004 – William Wagner, Bishop Amat RB
2005 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2006 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2007 – Dorian Wells, South Hills, RB
2008 – Chris Allen, Charter Oak, RB
2009 – Adam Muema, Charter Oak, RB
2010 – Chris Solomon, West Covina, RB
2011 – Steven Rivera, Arroyo, QB
2012 — Brandon Martinez, El Monte, QB
2013 — Joseph Mayorga, San Dimas, RB
2014 — Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, WR/DB

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Nogales boys basketball tournament starts Friday

Nogales Boys Basketball Tournament
Friday’s First-Round

Montebello vs. Notre Dame (Riverside), 11 a.m.
Alta Loma vs. Jurupa Valley, 12:30 p.m.
Rowland vs. Vista Del Lago, 2 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Santiago (Corona), 3:30 p.m.
La Serna vs. Del Sol (Las Vegas, Nevada), 5 p.m.
West Covina vs. Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s quarterfinals
Top Bracket
Del Sol vs. Alta Loma-Jurupa Valley winner, 2 p.m.
Santiago vs. Rowland-Vista Del Lago winner, 3:30 p.m.
Bottom Bracket
Don Lugo vs. Montebello-Notre Dame winner, 5 p.m.
La Serna vs. West Covina-Nogales winner, 6:30 p.m.
Semifinals: Monday, Dec. 29
Finals: Tuesday, Dec. 30

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Diamond Ranch wins Azusa boys basketball tournament after Gabrielino buzzer-beater rattles off the rim

By John Honell
It looked like a repeat of the 2013 championship game of the Azusa Boys Basketball Tournament
Defending champion Gabrielino, which won on a buzzer-beater last year, once again had a shot at the buzzer against Diamond Ranch but this time the ball rolled off the rim and the Eagles dropped a 59-58 decision to the Panthers.
“This was stressful,” Panthers first-year coach Eric Cooper said. “They got all the way to the basket and with five seconds left, you have to cut off that drive. I guess I’d rather be lucky than good.”
The Panthers had trailed 58-51 with 2:21 left in the game when they rallied for eight consecutive points and the victory.
“There were a couple of plays in a row where we gave it up,” Eagles coach John Carney said. “We tried to be aggressive against their press where we had some success earlier but, we gave it up.”
Tyler McLean came up with a huge block on a fast-break layup attempt by the Eagles with 1:20 left in the game and the Eagles leading by five points.
“We had an opportunity to take it up strong and finish it,” Carney said. “But, they got the block and the momentum.”

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Mt. SAC baseball team to deliver toys to Queen of the Valley Hospital children’s ward

mt. sac baseball

The Mt. San Antonio College baseball team is getting into the holiday spirt.
Members of the team will deliver the toys it has collected as part of its second consecutive toy drive to the children’s ward at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. The players are scheduled to visit the hospital at 2 p.m.
“I wanted our players to enjoy the season of gift-giving, but in a way that they could appreciate it in a better way for those who are suffering,” Mt. SAC coach Kevin Smith said. “Every one of our players contributed to this toy drive and I’m very appreciative of that.”
– Correspondent John Sherrard contributed to this post

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Adrian De Horta leads South Hills baseball toy drive on Sunday

One0time Tribune Baseball Player of the Year Adrian De Horta will return to his alma mater South Hills to lead a toy drive that will benefit the children’s ward at Queen of the Valley in West Covina.
The toy drive will be held Sunday at the South Hills baseball field from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
De Horta, now playing professionally in the San Diego Padres organization, will be at the field along with members from the current Huskies baseball team to accept any unwrapped toys.
The toys will be collected and dropped off at Queen of the Valley later this month.

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With this season in the books, Bishop Amat’s Ryder Ruiz ready for the next

I guess after watching Corona Centennial beat St. John Bosco for the Pac-5 title 48-41, the same team that beat Bishop Amat by inches 38-37 to reach the title game, a certain QB at Amat started getting hungry for next year

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Colony crushes Los Altos 35-7 to claim Central Division football title

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CIF SCOREBOARD: For updates of Saturday’s CIF-SS championship games
CIF-SS Central Division Title
Saturday’s game
Colony 35, Los Altos 7
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It wasn’t painless, but at least it was quick.
The Los Altos High School football team fell behind early to Colony in the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship at Cerritos College and never recovered in a 35-7 loss on Saturday night.
colonycele“Colony is a good team and they did a helluva job tonight,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said. “We knew they were fast, we just didn’t get the push we thought we’d get some times. The lead just got too big and the rest is history.”
Los Altos, which needed to win its final two regular-season games just to make the playoffs as the Hacienda League’s third-place team, finished the season 8-6. The Conquerors were bidding for the 12th title in school history while making the program’s 15th finals appearance. Colony (12-2) was just too fast and it was apparent from the start. The Titans scored on a 63-yard touchdown run by Ryan Kinard on the game’s third play and didn’t look back.

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Pomona seals the deal, wins fist championship since 1951 with 37-29 victory over Paraclete in Mid-Valley Division title

Pomona photo gallery: “We were playing harder and harder and that’s all we did,” linebacker Andre Walker said. “We believed we could and we really stepped up.”

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CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division Title
Pomona 37, Paraclete 29
Pomona makes history with first title since 1951: Pomona High School waited 63 years to get a shot at winning its second CIF-Southern Section football championship.
The Red Devils didn’t waste the opportunity Friday. Darreon Lockett threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns and Pomona captured its first CIF title since 1951, winning the Mid-Valley Division with a 37-29 victory over Paraclete in the championship game at Antelope Valley College.

Pomona’s defensive stands make the difference: Offense might be the first reason to determine why Pomona High School won its first CIF-Southern Section football championship since 1951.
For good reason. The Red Devils piled up the points and the yards in Friday night’s 37-29 Mid-Valley Division victory over Paraclete at Antelope Valley College. Quarterback Darreon Lockett came up with big passing numbers, 366 yards and three touchdowns.
But overlooked would be the Red Devils’ defense. The Spirits, the tournament’s top seed, were held to one offensive touchdown.

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Jeremy Hemsley scores 22 to lead Damien to 67-53 win over Glendora in Sierra Vista/Covina tourney boys final

The semifinals of the Sierra Vista/Covina tournament moved to Northview for the semifinals and championship on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s semifinals at Northview HS
Glendora 72, Colony 69
Damien 77, Thousand Oaks 38
Saturday’s Championship at Northview
Damien 67, Glendora 53

Glendora advances to meet Damien in finals: Defending tournament champion Glendora fought off a challenge from an aggressive Colony team to beat the Titans 62-59 in a semifinal game of the fifth annual Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament on Friday night at Northview High School.
The second-seeded Tartans (5-0) will face top-seeded Damien, a 77-38 winner over Thousand Oaks, in the championship game at 7:30 tonight at Northview.
After falling behind 18-15 early in the second quarter the Tartans went to a match-up zone defense that started them on a 15-3 run and a 30-24 lead at the half.
“We’ve been trying to switch up our defense,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “We’re trying to not stay in the same thing too long but they’re just a tough team to play against.”
The Tartans built a 14-point lead, 39-25, before the Titans battled back to close the gap to seven points at the end of the third quarter.

hemsley2Damien knocks out Diamond Ranch in quarters: Damien, the Tribune’s boys basketball preseason No. 1 team, broke open a close game in the second half and pulled away for an 85-58 win over Diamond Ranch in the quarterfinals of the Fifth Annual Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament on Thursday night.
The Spartans (3-0) will play the winner of the Keppel-Thousand Oaks game at 7:30 tonight in the semifinals at Northview High School.
Two-time Tribune Player of the Year Jeremy Hemsley and Malik Fitts sparked a 23-8 run from the two-minute mark of the third quarter to the 3:24 mark of the fourth as the Spartans put the game out of reach.
“We settled down a little in the second half,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “(Diamond Ranch) doesn’t have a lot of depth right now. We know they’ll be a lot better in January when their transfers are eligible so I thought we wore them down because of their lack of depth.”

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Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Damien 85, Diamond Ranch 58
Thousand Oaks 46, Keppel 43
Glendora 65, LA Fremont 35
Colony 69, Walnut 68

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Can Los Altos stop Colony’s Ryan Kinard? Pomona’s offensive line big reason Red Devils are playing for a title

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Colony graduated some key football players from a team that advanced to the Central Division semifinal a year ago. Among those top receiver Kyle Curry and top running back Devan Imbach. So head coach Steve Randall was looking for someone to step up.
He got exactly what he wanted.
Versatile senior Ryan Kinard has been the Titans jack-of-all-trades. He is the leading rusher and a big-play threat on special teams. As the situations and games got more important he was also used at cornerback.
That huge contribution has boosted the Titans (11-2) into the CIF championship game against Los Altos (8-5) on Saturday at Cerritos College.

POMONA’S OFFENSIVE LINE LEADS THE WAY The consensus at Pomona High School is that the football team has been missing one component the last 63 years.
Before and since the Red Devils’ last CIF championship in 1951, the school never had a shortage of athletes. The unit responsible for bridging the gap during Pomona’s run to Friday’s CIF-SS Mid-Valley championship game is the offensive line.
Acting head coach Keith Richardson graduated from Pomona in 1989 and has been on staff for 10 of the last 15 years. In other words, he is deeply versed in the team’s history.
“The achilles heel has always been the offensive line,” Richardson said. “We’ve had good players on the offensive front before, but the cohesion this group has shown is the difference.”

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San Dimas Tournament: Upland too much for the host Saints


By Stephen Ramirez
SAN DIMAS >> Eventually, the light will go on for the San Dimas High boys basketball team.
But until then, the Saints will just have to live with the growing pains.
Wednesday night was another hard lesson for the San Dimas.
Isaiah White scored 20 points and Chris Sanchez had nine to lead Upland to a 53-46 victory over the host Saints in the San Dimas Gary Prestesater Classic.
Ryan Ocampo had 18 points and Donnell Leffridge 10 for San Dimas, which slipped to 0-2. Upland improved to 1-1.
“We’ve played two tough teams,” said San Dimas coach Gordon Hamlow, who is in his first season with the Saints after more than a decade at Rowland. “Alta Loma and Upland are good teams. We played hard … We’re still a work in progress. We’ve got things to learn. It’s not four years of guys learning the same things. It’s learning new stuff.”

OTHER SAN DIMAS TOURNAMENT SCORES
Victor Valley 67, Arcadia 65
Rancho Cucamonga 70, Rowland 51
Burbank Burroughs 72, Roosevelt 70

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Championship Week: Los Altos’ David Tolmachoff tells legendary story of totaling a car with his bike

CIF-Southern Section Central Division championship
At Cerritos College, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Colony (11-2) vs. Los Altos (8-5)

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By Aram Tolegian
here’s not too many people who can take on a car moving at 30 miles per hour and win. Los Altos High School lineman David Tolmachoff is one of the exceptions.
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The experience wasn’t by choice. It certainly provided a scare and lots of pain. Yet the unintended consequences like adding to Tolmachoff’s almost folklorish presence at school have been priceless for his teammates and coaches.
Tolmachoff will get one last chance to add to his legacy Saturday when the two-way standout lineman leads Los Altos against Colony in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division championship.
“We really just keep him around for the entertainment value,” Los Altos head coach Dale Ziola said of Tolmachoff. “But he’s a huge asset to the team. We’re glad he’s on our side and not someone else’s side.”

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Mission League Football All-Area: Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns named Co-MVP

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Mission League Football All-Area 2014
Co-Players of the year: Tyler Vaughns (Bishop Amat); John Huston (Serra)
Co-Offensive players of the year: TJ Brumfield (Crespi); Khalil Tate (Serra)
Tri-Defensive players of the year: Christian Wiley (Bishop Amat); Rasheem Green (Serra); DJ Beavers (Crespi).
MVP Lineman: Oluqokie Betiku (Serra); Vaimoe Sekona (Crespi).

First Team Offense
Jalen Starks, RB, Crespi, Jr.; Brandon Arconado, WR, Bishop Amat, Sr.; Deontay Burnett, WR, Serra, Sr.; Desean Holmes, WR, Alemany, Sr.; Dymond Lee, WR, Chaminade, Jr.; Brandon Pierce, WR, Alemany, Sr.; CJ Sanders, WR, Notre Dame, Sr.; Robert Alexander, OL, Serra, Sr.; Matt Brayton, OL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Josh Davis, OL, Serra, Sr.; Andrew Lopez, OL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Bar Milo, OL, Chaminade, Sr.; Marcus Moore, OL, Crespi, Jr.; Moyo Uili, Crespi, Sr.

First-team Defense
Brandon Burton, DB, Serra, Jr.; Zari Leacock, DB, Crespi, Jr.; Chris May, DB, Crespi, Sr.; Chris Pollard, DB, Serra, Jr.; Trevon Sidney, DB, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Marvell Tell, DB, Crespi, Sr.; Andrew Vasquez, DL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Austin Swanson, DL, Notre Dame, Sr.; Christian Rector, DL, Loyola, Sr.; Tyree Thompson, DL, Alemany, Sr.; Ryan Munoz, DL, Bishop Amat, Jr.; Brandon Lawless, DL, Crespi, Sr.; Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, Sr.; Nolan Jackson, LB, Alemany, Sr.; Tysyn Parker, LB, Serra, So.; Mike Ramos, LB, Notre Dame, Sr.; Blake Walls, LB, Serra, Jr.

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Valle Vista All-League Football: Northview’s Alex Camacho named player of the year

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Valle Vista All-League Football, 2014
League MVP: Alex Camacho, Northview
Lineman of the year: Jaron Reed, Northview
Offensive MVP: Pearnell Smalley, Covina
Defensive MVP: Ricky Padilla, Northview
First Team Offense
WR: Eric Williams, Covina
WR: Zack Moreo, Covina
WR: Paul Cooper, Covina
Backs: Steven Comstock, Northview
Backs: Manny Elizalde, San Dimas
Backs: Joe Benavediz, Covina
Backs: Chris Osorio, Wilson
Backs: Cameron Eaglin, Nogales
OL: Nick Torres, Northview
OL: Yousef Hanna, San Dimas
OL: Ruben Retana, Covina
OL: Nathan Reep, San Dimas
OL: Eric Archuleta, Wilson
TE: Blake Lowary, San Dimas
First Team Defense
DB: Paul Cooper, Northview
DB: Chris Rufus, San Dimas
DB: Abraham Trejo, Covina
DB: Erick Ware, San Dimas
DL: Bobby Rios, San Dimas
DL: Michael Roberts, Covina
DL: Anibal Lopez, Northview
DL: Earl Allen, Rowland
LB: Josiah Erickson, San Dimas
LB: Chris Osorio, Wilson
LB: Ryan Cavaness, Covina
LB: Elijah Grijalva, Northview
PK: Erick Ware, San Dimas

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Los Altos to play “home” game in Central Final vs. Colony at Cerritos College; … Plus video of Los Altos at Monday’s championship luncheon

Breaking News Tuesday afternoon: Los Altos-Colony championship will be at Cerritos College on Saturday night.
Statement from CIF: “There’s a feeling and a belief, and from the experience of the people in this office and the people who are involved from Colony High School and to a certain extent Los Altos High School, they feel that facility does not fit the crowd needs for that particular game and does not fit the field conditions that would be necessary for a CIF-Southern Section championship game,” CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons said Tuesday afternoon.

Los Altos coach Dale Ziola following decision: “The playing surface shouldn’t really matter. Two of our three playoff games, we had to go and play on the road on artificial turf despite practicing on a natural grass surface. Now, it’s our home game, so why should it have to be different the other way around?”

Los Altos Athletic director Andrew Formano on CIF statement: We were absolutely prepared to host the game here at Los Altos and were prepared to bring in more seating if that was needed but we thought we had more than adequate seating. We’ve sold 7,000 tickets for graduation before. We’ve hosted big football games and didn’t think that was an issue at all. We have one of the biggest stadiums in the San Gabriel Valley, certainly bigger than some high schools that were approved to host championship games in the past. We never thought seating was an issue.
Formano on Los Altos’ field issues: Our field is our field, we use it every week for practice, for games, for playoff games. We thought it was suitable compared to what CIF has approved in the past.”
Formano On moving the game to Cerritos: It was one of the only choices left. We tried Mt. SAC, Citrus and Cal State Fullerton, but they all were unavailable for (different) reasons. We didn’t look at a nearby high school because we felt our high school was the most suitable. Eventually we chose Cerritos College because of the stadium capacity and there weren’t many other choices at that point.”

Photos from today’s CIF-SS Champions Luncheon in Long Beach
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Teams not in CIF-SS championships at Angel Stadium are allowed to host CIF-SS football championships at home if they won the coin flip, are the designated home team and can prove to CIF it can accommodate a championship crowd for both teams and has an adequate enough surface to host it. We’ve seen it happen recently with Monrovia and San Dimas hosting championships and many other schools in the Southern Section. Los Altos has the home game in Saturday’s Central Division championship against Colony, but there is a push by Colony to move losaltoscifthe game from Los Altos which CIF is strongly considering. It is believed Los Altos can handle the crowd, the issue is its field. Is it worthy enough to hold a championship game? Consider this: When West Covina played La Serna in the 2011 championship, West Covina argued days in advance that the game shouldn’t be at California High School, where La Serna normally plays home games. It argued the grass surface was dead and not adequate enough, nor did Cal Hi have press boxes for coaches, media or TV media outlets broadcasting the game on live stream. Back then I argued the game should be moved for those reasons too, that championships deserved marquee venues whenever possible and ideal playing surfaces. CIF sided with La Serna after visiting California High on the Wednesday before the game, determining that Cal Hi had enough seating capacity and that the dead grass was not an issue, allowing the game to be played there. There is no difference between that situation vs. Los Altos’ right to host a game on Saturday at its venue. Los Altos’ grass field is no different than the Cal Hi field, plus it has more than enough seating on both sides to stage a championship, plus it has two press boxes for coaches, media and broadcast media. If you’re going to say yes to Cal Hi, you need to say yes to Los Altos because a precedent already has been set. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, I’m hearing the game could get moved to nearby Walnut High, Mt. SAC or possibly Fullerton. But if you ask me, if CIF is going to allow a game at Cal High, then to force Los Altos to move would mean making its own rules as it goes along. Stay tuned, there is sure to be more on this.

CIF approved this field at California High in 2011 for the La Serna, West Covina championship game. Even Los Altos’ field, which is the worst in the SGV, isn’t like this … That’s why I said, If CIF approved Cal Hi, how can you NOW say no to Los Altos. It comes down to this, if your field is playable enough to host playoff games, then you can’t argue the surface isn’t capable now, especially looking at the Cal Hi pictures. The only question should be weather Los Altos can handle the crowd, which it obviously can. Los Altos is one of the larger stadiums with huge bleachers on each side. This should be a no brainer.

Also, in CIF’s football playoff handbook, the only criteria it mentions is crowd size, which Los altos has covered.
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More precedent for Los Altos’ argument is Rio Hondo Prep getting a home game in 2012 against Mission Prep. Not only was the field in terrible shape, the visiting sidelines force players to stand on a hill.

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Breaking News: San Dimas football coach Bill Zernickow has resigned

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STORY: One of the areas top prep football coaches has decided to move on.
Veteran San Dimas coach Bill Zernikow resigned on Monday after a decade heading the Saints program. The move had everything to do with his family as he and wife Laurie have three children who are all active in sports.
He would like to be there more for their athletic events.
“I really don’t have a plan,” he said of his next move. “I have tried to be at all their events and it can be hectic when I am dealing with football too. My wife has to be the main one making sure they get where they need to be. It’s really all been on her.”
Zernickow, 41, has compiled an 87-37 mark in his tenure dating back to his rookie season in 2005. His team won four Valle Vista League titles and came home with CIF titles in 2009 and 2013.

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Pomona playing for first title since 1951 … We talked to coach Keith Richardson and players at today’s CIF champions luncheon


Pomona will face top-seed Paraclete on Friday’s CIF-SS championship at Antelope Valley College. We
Pomonaplayerstalked to coach Keith Richardson and players at today’s CIF-SS champions luncheon in Long Beach.
We also printed a story on Friday that incorrectly stated that Pomona was making its first CIF finals appearance in 86 years, losing to Covina 7-0 in 1928. Pomona also played for the 1917 championship and lost 27-0 to Manuel Arts. In fact, at today’s champions luncheon, CIF’s media guide also stated the same thing. However, in CIF’s record book it clearly shows that Pomona did win a CIF football title in 1951 — the school’s only football title. Pomona defeated Monrovia 26-13 at Mt. SAC and we believe this is a picture of the 1951 championship team, sent to us by one of our readers.

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Pomona 1952 team

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South Hills wins Cory Lidle Memorial Baseball Tournament

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South Hills continued its recent dominance of the Cory Lidle Memorial Baseball Tournament last week.
Frank Martinez hit two home runs and earned tournament MVP as the Huskies went 6-0, including a 3-2 win over Alta Loma in the championship game.
South Hills, also keyed by senior Jacob Ramos with two wins and three saves, won the tournament for the second consecutive season and scored its third win overall.
The charitable tournament was started in 2006 by local baseball coaches Darren Murphy and Tom Quinley. Lidle was a former star at South Hills who played Major League Baseball. He was killed in a plane crash in 2006.
South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “Timely hits and great pitching gave us a chance to win the ninth annual tournament. It’s great to win this tourney, which takes on special significance with the Lidle connection to this school, as Cory is a former player.”
– Stephen Ramirez

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Aram and I having a hard time with player, coach of the year and the rest of the best

This is the time we start thinking Tribune football player of the year, offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, coach of the year and first team. Aram and I were talking this morning, the big awards are so difficult to choose. Good luck picking player and coach of the year, you pick one you can make a great argument for a couple more. Anyways, that’s what we’ve got to sort out during championship week

Mid-Valley Division Final
Friday’s game

Pomona at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m.
Central Division Final
Saturday’s game

Colony at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.

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Bishop Amat’s miracle comeback falls agonizingly short, 38-37; Los Altos and Pomona punch tickets to championship games

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Los Altos going for 12th championship: The Los Altos football team has officially shed its third-place moniker. The third-place team from the Hacienda League can finish no worse than second — in the CIF-SS Central Division.
Tyler Nevens, who ran for 296 yards, sealed Los Altos’ 27-13 win over Bonita on Friday night with his second touchdown of the game on fourth down from the 1-yard line with seven minutes to play.

Bishop Amat’s miracle rally falls short: Bishop Amat’s last minute miracle comeback fell short, crushing the Lancers’ dream of playing for their first championship since 1995 in a 38-37 loss at Corona Centennial on Friday.
Centennial’s near self-destruction allowed for a crazy finish after running back Sammonte Bonner fumbled a game-clinching touchdown run inches from the end zone, allowing the Lancers to get it back with just over a minute left at their own 3.
Bishop Amat quarterback Ryder Ruiz, who finished with 411 yards and three touchdowns, engineered a 97-yard scoring drive in the final minute, connecting with Brandon Arconado on a 42-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left.

Pomona in first championship since 1928: To say it’s been a long time since the Pomona High School football team has been in a championship game, is saying that it’s been a while since the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series.
That day is finally here as Pomona defeated visiting Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, 33-20, in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals Friday night.
Third-ranked Pomona (9-4) will play Paraclete (10-3), a 15-12 winner over Northview in the other semifinal game, Friday at Antelope Valley College.
It’s been 86 years since the Red Devils have been in a title game, losing to Covina 7-0 in 1928. The Red Devils were also in the CIF championship game 11 years earlier, losing to Manuel Arts, 27-0.

Colony knocks out Charter Oak: The dream season of the Colony High School football team lives on. The Titans parlayed eight Charter Oak turnovers into a 35-26 victory on Friday night in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Central Division playoffs. Colony improved to 11-2 and will play Los Altos in next Saturday’s championship game. Charter Oak finished 8-5.
All of Charter Oak’s turnovers certainly helped Colony, but Khalil Dorsey made sure the Chargers paid dearly for their seventh.
With Colony leading 29-26 and Charter Oak at the Titans’ 38 with 3:01 to left to play, Dorsey stepped in front of a pass to the flats by Charter Oak quarterback Kam Brown. Dorsey intercepted the ball and returned it 65 yards for the icing score.

Northview nearly knocks off No. 1 Paraclete: Northview’s dream season came to an end after a tough 15-12 loss to top-seeded Paraclete (10-3), which will go to its fifth consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship game.
The Spirits took their first and only lead with 2:33 left in the game on an 8-yard run by Ethan Clark. Their two-point conversion was good, setting the stage for one last attempt by Northview (11-2) trailing by three.
The Vikings drove to midfield, but when freshman quarterback Steven Comstock’s fourth-and-2 pass fell incomplete with 29 seconds left, the game and chance to play for the title was sealed for the Spirits.
“We knew going into the game that it was going to come down to defense,” said Northview head coach Marcel Perez. “They just made one more stop than we did in the second half.”

CIF-SS High School Football Playoff results
Pac-5 Division

St. John Bosco 33, Long Beach Poly 21
Corona Centennial 38, Bishop Amat 37
Saturday’s championship: Centennial vs. St. John Bosco, Angels Stadium, 8 p.m.
Central Division
Colony 35, Charter Oak 26
Los Altos 27, Bonita 13
Saturday’s championship: Colony at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Paraclete 15, Northview 12
Pomona 33, Sierra Canyon 20
Friday’s championship: Pomona at Paraclete, 7:30 p.m.
Southeast Division
Crescenta Valley 41, La Serna 36
Downey 35, Salesian 14
Friday’s championship: Crescenta Valley at Downey, 7:30 p.m.
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