Breaking News: Livingston to get his day in court

Clark Livingston, the former Orange Lutheran quarterback who transferred to La Habra during the summer and was denied eligibility by the CIF-Southern Section office, received word today that he has been granted an appeal hearing by the CIF State office. The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25 at CIF-SS headquarters in Los Alamitos.
The hearing will be conducted by state officials, but CIF-SS director of communications Thom Simmons said CIF-SS commissioner Rod Wigod,and the assistant commissioner who handled the original eligibility request will sit in on the hearing, but only to offer testimony to state officials as part of the hearing process.
“I’m happy,” said Scott Livingston, Clark’s father. “All we ever wanted was an opportunity to be heard. We’re grateful for this opportunity.”

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Thursday Night Special: Pioneer blitzed, 35-6

BUENA PARK – What was expected to be a promising season for the Pioneer High School football team turned into a nightmare Thursday.
Sunny Hills’ Kalil Bushala rushed for 258 yards and two touchdowns and the host Lancers rolled to a 35-6 victory over the Titans in a nonleague game at Buena Park High.
Pioneer, picked fifth in the area to begin the season, slipped to 0-3. Tony Botello led the Titans with 78 yards rushing.
Sunny Hills, also getting two touchdown passes from quarterback Matt Larsen, improved to 1-2.

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WDN Elite 13: It’s still La Habra

Above: La Habra lines up against a top foe again this week.

1. La Habra (2-1) -
If you didn’t think the Highlanders were the best in the area before last week, there’s not argument now after La Habra went toe-to-toe with Servite, arguably the top team in the state, losing 24-16. It doesn’t get any easier for the Highlanders, who face Pac-5 ranked teams Orange Lutheran and St. John Bosco in the coming weeks.
2. St. Paul (2-0) - The Swordsmen have taken care of business, beating La Mirada (24-7) and Norwalk (48-6). We get a nice barometer this week when they travel to Garfield, which made things difficult for Bishop Amat before losing, 14-0.
3. La Serna (3-0) – Sure, the Lancers three opponents are a combined 2-6-1, but last week’s 21-20 revenge game over Bonita should open some eyes – this is a very good football team.
4. Montebello (2-1) - We’re buying the Oilers, who very easily could be 3-0, sans a 29-22 loss to Arroyo in the final seconds.
5. Santa Fe (1-2) - It’s hard to get a read on the Chiefs, whose two losses are against the top team in Arizona (Hamilton, of Chandler) and one the top teams in the Pac-5 (St. John Bosco). I still think they can challenge La Serna in the Del Rio League, but they might enter the league slate 2-3 with games against Esperanza and Charter Oak next on the docket.
Others: 6. Cantwell Sacred Heart (1-1), 7. Whittier Christian (1-2), 8. California (1-1), 9. La Mirada (0-3), 10. El Rancho (2-1), 11. Whittier (2-0), 12. Pioneer (0-2), 13. Schurr (0-2).

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CIF-SS Rankings: La Habra stays No. 1 in Southwest, hard-charging La Serna up to No. 2 in Southeast

CIF-SS Football Polls
Mid-Valley Division

1. Maranatha (3-0), 2. Arroyo (3-0), 3. Monrovia (1-1), 4. Covina (2-1), 5. Village Christian (2-1), 6. San Dimas (2-1), 7. La Puente (2-0), 8. Montebello (2-1), 9. Whittier Christian (1-2), 10. Pomona (2-1). Others: Alhambra (3-0) 30; South Pasadena (1-1).
Steve’s take: Montebello and Whittier Christian are in good spots. Monrovia and Covina are still the best two teams in the division, but you have to give credit to Maranatha for taking care of business. Monrovia and Covina have losses to upper-division teams, but in Monrovia’s case, they didn’t play well, either.
Southeast Division
1. West Covina (2-1), 2. La Serna (3-0), 3. Arcadia (1-1), 4. Los Altos (3-0), 5. Bonita (1-2), 6. Muir (2-1), 7. Mayfair (1-2), 8. Rowland (2-1), 9. El Rancho (2-1). 10. Santa Fe (1-2). Others: Whittier (2-0), Diamond Bar (2-1), Bellflower (2-1), Glenn (2-1), California (1-1), Crescenta Valley (1-1), Diamond Ranch (0-3).
Steve’s take: I get why West Covina is No. 1. They are the 2010 champs and played upper-division teams the past two weeks, losing to Loyola and beating South Hills. But I thought they should have dropped after losing to Loyola, 35-7. You reward teams who step up and punish teams who don’t play well. La Serna is probably in the best spot, because of the former, I would have the Lancers No. 1. Neither El Rancho or Santa Fe have lived up to expectations. I give credit for Santa Fe for playing top competition, but you also have to play well.
Southwest Division
1. La Habra (2-1)
, 2. Villa Park (3-0), 3. Tustin (1-2), 4. Yorba Linda (3-0), 5. Laguna Hills (2-0), 5. Cypress (2-1), 7. El Toro (2-1), 8. Brea Olinda (3-0), 9. Fullerton (2-1). 10. Aliso Niguel (3-0). Others: Troy (2-0), El Dorado (1-2), Western (2-1), Esperanza (2-1), Foothill (1-2).
Steve’s take: La Habra is the best team in the division and did nothing to dispute that despite losing to Servite last week. It will be interesting to see what happens the next two weeks if the Highlanders drop one or both games against Orange Lutheran and St. John Bosco.
Western Division
1. Chaminade (2-0), 2. St. Paul (2-0), 3. Arroyo Grande (2-1), 4. Serra (2-1), 5. St. Francis (2-0), 6. St. Joseph/Santa Maria (1-1), 7. Culver City (2-0), 8. Dominguez (1-2), 9. Atascadero (2-1), 10. Ventura (3-0). Others: Gahr (3-0), Cathedral (2-0), Righetti (2-1), Paso Robles (1-1).
Steve’s take: One thing is clear: There are very good odds that a team from the Mission League will win this division, with four teams in the top 10, including the top 2. St. Paul is in a good spot, but league play is going to be a war.

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WDN Touchdown Table: Your Predictions and ours

This season, our high school football columnist Aram Tolegian and I will go to head-to-head in giving our predictions for all the area games from week to week. Want to play? Just add your projections and keep your tally and see how you match up.
Records (season total, last week): Ramirez (19-11, 7-6); Tolegian (20-10, 7-6).
Last Week: In what seemed like the Whittier area’s version of the Saturday Night Massacre, except this one was on Friday when nine of the 13 schools lost, Aram and I took some hits, each going 7-6. He got me by picking Downey over Schurr, but I rode Whittier’s success from the week before and picked the Cardinals over Pacifica.
This week: There are some interesting matchups, with none bigger than La Habra returning to Cerritos College to face Orange Lutheran. The Highlanders looked respectable there last week before falling to Servite. I like La Habra in the return, but it will be close with the Lancers looking like a traditional power again. Another key match up pits undefeated La Serna at winless La Mirada, which has played better than its 0-3 record. Can the Lancers drop the Mats into the 0-4 basket? La Serna, at this point, looks like the team to beat in the Del Rio League.
Here are this week’s games:
Thursday, Sept. 22

Pioneer vs. Sunny Hills at Buena Park HS, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Pioneer); Tolegian (Sunny Hills)
Friday, Sept. 23
La Habra vs. Orange Lutheran at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m. – Ramirez (La Habra); Tolegian (La Habra)
La Serna at La Mirada, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (La Serna); Tolegian (La Mirada)
Montebello at El Rancho, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Montebello); Tolegian (Montebello)
Santa Fe vs. Esperanza at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Santa Fe); Tolegian (Santa Fe)
Bell Gardens at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Cantwell); Tolegian (Cantwell)
El Toro at Schurr, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (El Toro); Tolegian (El Toro)
Sonora at California, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (California); Tolegian (California)
St. Margaret’s vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m.- Ramirez (WC); Tolegian (WC)
St. Paul at Garfield, 7:30 p.m. – Ramirez (St. Paul); Tolegian (St. Paul)
Whittier at Roosevelt/Los Angeles – Ramirez (Roosevelt); Tolegian (Roosevelt)

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Saturday Morning Quarterback: La Serna makes it three for three; La Habra earns respect against Servite; La Mirada loses big to Bishop Amat

Above: La Mirada saw a lot of this Friday night.

Friday Night massacre?
It felt that way for area teams, who went 3-9. But it wasn’t all bad as La Serna got some revenge on Bonita to improve to 3-0, while La Habra stood toe to toe with powerful Servite before falling. Then there’s La Mirada, which after close losses to St. Paul and La Habra, laid an egg against traditional power Bishop Amat.
Here’s a brief recap at Friday’s games:
Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13 - The host Lancers, getting 303 yards rushing and five TDs from running back Jalen Moore, scored on its first seven possessions to route the Matadores, who had played reasonably well in losses to St. Paul and La Habra. “Those two teams aren’t Bishop Amat,” La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. “It’s not even close.”
Servite 24, La Habra 16 - The Highlanders didn’t earn the upset of the year, but got some respect, staying close to the Friars. I can’t see moving La Habra from it’s No. 1 spot after scaring Servite a bit.
St. Paul 48, Norwalk 6 - It no match as the Swordsmen make a case for No. 1 in the area by routing the Vikings.
St. John Bosco 51, Santa Fe 0 – The Del Rio League can’t start quick enough for the Chiefs, who suffered their second big loss of the season. It doesn’t get any easy in the coming weeks with home games against Esperanza and Charter Oak.
La Serna 21, Bonita 20 - I believe! The Lancers, getting a 69-yard fumble return from John McFarland, showed their for real with their third win of the season, while also getting some revenge on the Bearcats, who eliminated La Serna in the semifinals last season.
Baldwin Park 23, Cantwell Sacred Heart 14 - Corey Collins rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown, but the Cardinals couldn’t overcome an early deficit in step up game.
Arroyo 29, Montebello 22 – The Oilers suffered a heartbreaker as Arroyo’s Steven Rivera threw a 30-yard TD pass with 50 seconds left to lift Arroyo. You have to be pleased with Montebello which showed it can compete with the best of the Mid-Valley Division.
Downey 50, Schurr 14 - It’s been a rough start for Schurr, which also lost 22-0 to Cantwell last week. Can they regroup?
Troy 21, California 10 - Lawrence Gomez had a 45-yard TD run to lead the Condors in a loss.
Salesian 28, Pioneer 7 - Tony Botello was held to 67 yards rushing as the Titans fell to 0-2.
El Rancho 27, Bell Gardens 26 - The Dons stopped a two-point conversion with a minute left to improve to 2-1.
Kern Valley 28, Whittier Christian 21 - The Heralds fell to 1-2 with a loss to Kern Valley.

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WDN Fodder

This is your chance to talk about what you want to talk about, from high school sports to whatever crosses your mind. How about who should be No. 1 in this week’s Daily News Elite 13? Should we drop La Habra from the top spot for losing? Or should we reward the Highlanders for playing Servite tougher than any one expected they could?
Go at it!

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