Friday LIVE CHAT Countdown: La Mirada seeks another big win: La Habra hits the road vs. South Hills

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We hit the second week of the prep football season, and we have some championship-caliber games as La Mirada, fresh off a win over highly-regarded Tesoro, hosts traditional SGV power Charter Oak…La Habra, which opened with a loss to El Toro, visits the 626 to renew an old rivalry with South Hills. St. Paul also looks for its second consecutive win with a home date vs. Warren.
Follow all the games tonight on our scoreboard link and tweet updates to @sgvnscores and @sgvnsports. If you update a game, use the #sgvfootball hashtag to go straight to our Scribble Live Friday Night chat with Mike the Cousin, who will update results throughout the night. Mike also will be at Charter Oak’s big game against La Mirada to provide instant updates, where Tom Kiss and Courtney Ponce will be to bring you video highlights. Aram Tolegian will also be at the game, with our own John Sherrard covering La Habra-South Hills.

PREPXTRA POSTGAME LIVE: Check back on the SGVN Blogs here, in Whittier, Pasadena and Aram’s Huddle Blog for live feeds of our postgame show that starts at 11 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD: See the quarter scoring updates for Friday’s football games in the East and West San Gabriel Valley and Whittier.

BIG GAME PRVIEW: La Mirada entertains Charter Oak

FRIDAY’S FEATURED GAMES: Here’s a preview of Friday’s top games

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE AND PREDICTIONS
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)

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

FOR QUARTER UPDATES OF THURSDAY’S GAMES, VISIT THE SCOREBOARD

THURSDAY’S RECAPS
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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La Serna, Montebello ranked fifth in preseason water polo polls

Twelve San Gabriel Valley area teams earned spots in the preseason CIF-Southern Section water polo poll.
La Serna and Montebello both earned No. 5 spots.
Los Altos, which was the CIF-SS runner-ups last season, is No. 2 in Division 5. Claremont is the division’s top seed. La Serna is fifth and Walnut seventh.
Montebello is fifth in Division 3. La Canada is fourth, South Pasadena eighth and Temple City in others (12th).
Division 4: Flintridge Prep is ninth and in others is La Habra (11th), Pasadena (12th) and Pasadena Poly (14th).
Division 2: Damien is sixth.

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Whittier Christian ranked second in preseason volleyball poll

Eleven San Gabriel Valley area teams are ranked in the CIF-Southern Section preseason volleyball poll, led by Whittier Christian.
The Heralds, who won a division title last year, are ranked second in Division 2AA. They defeated Mayfield, which earned a No. 3 spot. South Torrance is No. 1. Also ranked in the division is South Pasadena (seventh) and Pasadena Poly (10th).
There was no Division 3 poll.
In other divisions:
Division 4AA: St. Paul is fourth.
Division 1AA: Flintridge Saced Heart is in others (13th).
Division 2A: Arcadia seventh and Glendora eighth.
Division 4A: Duarte is second, Gladstone third and Azusa fourth.
Division 5AA: San Gabriel Academy is seventh.

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Daily News Top 10 Football Rankings: La Mirada moves on up

La Serna High School, despite a good effort from quarterback Enrique Pacheco (#6), lost its opening game and dropped to No. 2 in the Daily News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Serna High School, despite a good effort from quarterback Enrique Pacheco (#6), lost its opening game and dropped to No. 2 in the Daily News Top 10 football rankings. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

DAILY NEWS TOP 10
FOOTBALL RANKINGS

1. La Mirada (1-0) — This is not 2013
2. La Serna (0-1) — Defense needs to improve
3. La Habra (0-1) — Lost slug fest to El Toro
4. El Rancho (1-0) — Whipped Claremont
5. California (1-0) — Began new era with a win
6. St. Paul (1-0) — Gets better test this week
7. Whittier Christian (1-0) — Impressive opener
8. Santa Fe (0-1) — In transition
9. Montebello (0-1) — Routed by Diamond Bar
10. Schurr (0-1) — Slow start vs. Bonita

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Friday Night Final: La Mirada gets big win; La Habra, Montebello go down


La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said last year is ancient history, and his Mats proved it with an impressive win over Tesoro. Elsewhere, La Habra and Montebello had some big-time losses.
Here’s what the area did:

FEATURED GAME
DIAMOND BAR 48, MONTEBELLO 14

MONTEBELLO >> The first week of the football season is usually not the time for a statement game.
But what Diamond Bar High School did on Friday night likely opened a few eyes throughout the Valley.
Tyler Peterson passed for 162 yards and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Diamond Bar to a 48-14 victory over host Montebello.
Isaiah Thompson rushed for 72 yards and score and Antonio “Noodles” Hull returned a punt 62 yards for another to lead the Brahmas, who gained 422 yards.
Angel Hernandez threw for 102 yards and two touchdowns to lead Montebello.

TOP FIVE HOW THEY FARED
Ralston Valley (Colo.) 47, No. 1 La Serna 24 (Thursday) – The post-Frankie Football era was lukewarm, with QB Enrique Pacheco looking decent, but the defense, especially against the run needs to improve
El Toro 51, No. 2 La Habra 35 –The Highlanders have handled the Chargers in recent years. But not tonight.
No. 3 La Mirada 26, Tesoro 23 – An impressive win for the Mats, who got 281 yards passing from Santa Fe transfer Christian Lara. Last year’s struggles are a distant memory
No. 4 El Rancho 46, Claremont 24 – An impressive win by the Dons. Should they be the Del Rio League favorite?
No. 5 California 28, Gahr 26 – A good win for the Condors.

OTHER SCORES
Bonita 37, Schurr 20
St. Paul 62, Firebaugh 0
St. Joseph/Santa Maria 42, Santa Fe 20
Sonora 41, Whittier 15
Whittier Chr. 33, Bishop 15

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La Serna begins post-Frankie Football era with 47-24 loss to Ralston Valley

La Serna High QB Enrique Pacheco (#6) breaks a tackle in the first quarter vs Ralston Valley (Colorado) at Whittier College Stadium August 28, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

La Serna High QB Enrique Pacheco (#6) breaks a tackle in the first quarter vs Ralston Valley (Colorado) at Whittier College Stadium August 28, 2014. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

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WHITTIER >> The post-Frankie Palmer era for the La Serna High School football program will definitely be a work in progress.
Ralston Valley, of Colorado, showed how much the Lancers will need to improve on if they expect to match last season’s run to the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division title.
Andrew Wingard rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns as the visiting Mustangs rolled to a 47-24 victory over La Serna in the teams’ season opener at Whittier College.
Wingard also had two interceptions and a 99-yard kickoff return. The latter broke La Serna’s back and gave Ralston Valley a 34-17 lead with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter.

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD

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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.

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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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