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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Boys Water Polo: La Serna knocks off No. 2 Los Altos, 17-13

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It may only be an early-season game, but the Los Altos and La Serna high school boys’ water polo teams, both of which are ranked in the Top 10 of CIF-SS Division 5, put on quite a show on Tuesday afternoon at La Serna.
The game included four All-CIF players from last season, with Los Altos (4-2) and La Serna averaging 15 and 13 goals per game, respectively.
La Serna, ranked No. 4, came from behind for the second year in a row in the annual nonleague game and defeated second-ranked Los Altos, 17-13.
Despite a high-scoring game, La Serna third-year coach Jim Armstrong was quick to praise his freshman goalie Zack Jenkins on his strong play late in the game, holding Los Altos to only one goal in the final period.
“They (Los Altos) can really make a goalie look silly,” Armstrong said. “They shoot from such angles and with authority, but he stepped up big and stopped them in the end.

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Thursday Football: Woes continue for Montebello; La Serna, Whittier bounce back


Northview 38, Montebello 6
Northview High School football coach Marcel Perez spoke with a lot of optimisim about his team during the summer.
The Vikings continued to live up to his billing Thursday night.
Elijah Grijalva rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown and made two big plays on defense as Northview won its second game to start the season with a victory over Montebello in a nonleague game at San Dimas High School.
Quarterback Steven Comstock rushed for 94 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who beat Rosemead last week.

Northview quarterback Steven Comstock (#15) is congratulated by Michael Gutierrez (#78) after a touchdown as they play Montebello in their non-league game at San Dimas High School in San Dimas on Thursday September 4, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Northview quarterback Steven Comstock (#15) is congratulated by Michael Gutierrez (#78) after a touchdown as they play Montebello in their non-league game at San Dimas High School in San Dimas on Thursday September 4, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Isaac Mendibles rushed for 119 yards and scored the only touchdown for Montebello, which slipped to 0-2. The Oilers were also routed by Diamond Bar last week.
Northview all but it away by halftime. The Vikings, getting 59 yards rushing and a touchdown from Andres Hooper, led 24-6 after two quarters.
La Serna 42, Los Osos 26
Enrique Pacheco is making Lancer fans forget about Frankie Palmer, throwing for nearly 300 yards and four scores as La Serna bounced back from last week’s opening loss.
La Serna also received 139 yards receiving and two TDS from Curtis Ashton.
Whitter 24, Azusa 7
Alex Soto threw for 285 yards and two TDs as the Cardinals bounced back from a blow-out loss.
Glenn 7, Pioneer 3
Martin Sanchez scored from the two on fourth down in the closing minutes as Glenn beat the Titans.

Thursday’s Football Scores
Northview 38, Montebello 6
La Serna 42, Los Osos 26
Blair 19, Marshall 9
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m.
Glenn 7, Pioneer 3
Whittier 24, Azusa 7
La Canada 23, Alhambra 7

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Girls Volleyball: St. Paul, Whittier Christian and La Serna crack inaugural SGVN poll

Welcome to the inaugural SGVN all-encompassing girls volleyball top ten poll. For the first time, we’re ranking teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune coverage areas to create a more prestigious and tougher-to-crack, girls volleyball top ten poll from our core readership at SGVN. With social media bringing us all closer together, we thought we’d share coverage beyond print boundaries to give you a more comprehensive feel of the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier. Keith Lair will update his rankings each week on the blogs, websites and newspapers.

Above: Emily Develle, left, Kayla Lund, and Sophia Coffey, are team members of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Girls Volleyball team Friday, August 22, 2014. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Keith Lair, Staff Reporter
It will be difficult for San Gabriel Valley and Whittier volleyball teams to top 2013.
La Salle and Whittier Christian high schools won CIF-Southern Section championships. Mayfield played
Whittier Christian for the 2A title. Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Paul both went to the semifinals, the Tologs losing to eventual champion La Salle. Two other teams made it to the quarterfinals.
This season, however, could be just as successful. There are a lot of returning starters for the area’s top teams, but there are challenges: four of the teams in the Top 10 move up a division.

1. Flintridge Sacred Heart
The Tologs return five players who contributed heavily to the team’s CIF-SS semifinal run last year.
But coach Ernest Banaag still has questions.
“We are a lot younger that last year,” he said. “We do have a lot of experience and core knowledge.
But we’re young and that might show in some games.”
The Tologs graduated six seniors from a team that went 26-5 and lost to eventual division champion La Salle in four tough games in the semis. They return four seniors, four juniors and two sophomores who all played. Two freshmen will play this season.
“They have a lot of club experience within their age group, but they are 14-year olds now competing against 18-year olds,” Banag said.
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