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the last post for a while?

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This might be the last post for a while, as I am beginning the next phase of my sports writing career.

The prep football season is not over, the CIF playoffs are in full swing, but since I am no longer covering games for the Tribune, my focus is elsewhere.

Tonight I am covering the St. Lucy Priory’s volleyball team, as it attempts to make a run at a state title.

Since most of my stories and photos are going to be online already, I think maintaining this blog with updates would be a bit superfluous, therefore this will probably be the last post, at least until there is a printed component to my stories once again. I have already written my final article for the Poly Post. so the soonest I will update might be next fall season, if I decide to cover sports for the local paper again, which at this point seems very unlikely.

I may post links to my web stories here from time to time. We’ll see how it goes.


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November 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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west covina wins big 49-0 over Bellflower in CIF playoffs round one

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No I didn’t cover this game for the Trib, but you can find a good wrap up of tonight’s action here by one of my fellow correspondents. I had the night off, but still decided to dust off the old SLR camera and venture into West Covina to watch the ‘dogs play the Bellflower Buccaneers. What better way to take advantage of my CIF press pass than to practice my photographic skills while enjoying first round playoff action.

I expected the Bulldogs to be tough, but it wasn’t a good game at all. It was total domination from start to finish. 35-0 by halftime? Well is Bellflower this bad? Or is West Covina just that much better? Time will tell as the ‘dogs now host a second round game against Santa Fe next week.

I don’t know how much longer I will be updating this blog, as I begin work with a hyperlocal media outlet next week, more on that later, but for now enjoy these images from tonight’s contest such as it was.

 coach and team

the West Covina Bulldogs listen to their coach in a post game conference following their 49-0 rout of Bellflower on friday night in round one of CIF playoffs in West Covina

scoreboard tells the story

scoreboard tells the story

win or go home banner

it's win or go home in the football playoffs throughout the SGV this month


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November 20, 2010 at 8:29 am

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Mt. SAC ends up undefeated with 33-30 comeback win

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Mt. SAC comes from behind to take down PCC on saturday 33-30 will host a playoff game at home on Nov. 20 photo courtesy SGV Tribune

I had the night off from covering any games for the Trib, so on Saturday, despite the chilly weather,  I ventured into Hilmer Lodge Stadium for the first time this season to watch Mt. SAC play against their rival PCC Lancers.

It was a weird feeling to be sitting on the bleachers, instead of at the press box where I usually am.  Sports information director Brian Yokoyama even asked me, “Aren’t you supposed to be  in here?” pointing to the box, but I informed him I was there simply as a fan, Steve Ramirez was in the box covering the game for the Trib.

I have to say this was the first time I paid to watch a Mt. SAC football game in several years and the view is much better from up above. However, it was fun to be in the stands because it was packed with so many loyal and vociferous fans. I don’t recall the last time I saw so many people at a home game, so into the game. Work, school and other commitments had prevented me from checking out a Mt.SAC game, until now and it felt good to be “home” again.

It didn’t look good early for the Mounties though. Despite the mascot’s and cheerleaders’ best efforts to elicit some enthusiasm from the home crowd, the Lancers jumped on us early to a 21-3 lead and looked for a while to be primed to pull off the upset. My friend Veronica Grant, a former Mountaineer editor and Mt. SAC alumna works for event services and she texted me, seemingly worried about the score. I told her don’t worry, this game is far from over.

I was right, a touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Lamaison to Michael Edwards with 1:29 before halftime and a subsequent field goal kept the Mounties in the game and the halftime score was 27-16. It felt like Mt. SAC was finding their groove back and I could smell a comeback in the second half. I went down to grab some coffee to warm up my bones and settled in for the second half action. After Mt. SAC tied the score at 30-30 on a 26-yard run by Bryce McBride, I knew that they would hold on to win.  Jeremy Brown’s 26 yard field goal in the closing seconds guaranteed the win and a playoff game at home the following week.

I hope that fans will come out and experience the excitement for themselves this Saturday as the Mounties take on Bakersfield College at home in the first round of the playoffs. Kick-off is set for 6 P.M.

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November 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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Azusa routs Gladstone 42-0

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GLENDORA – Gladstone High School went into Friday’s Montview League game against Azusa hoping to force a three-way tie for first place in league, but the Aztecs put a resounding end to that scenario and capped an undefeated season with a rout at Citrus College.

Azusa (10-0, 7-0) got a pair of touchdowns from Steven Blount and two more from Jake Martinez in their shutout of the Gladiators (5-5, 5-2).

The Aztecs held the Gladiators to 140 total yards and took advantage of three turnovers.

Azusa coach Joe Scherf said experienced leadership made the difference for his team this season.

“We had a lot of returners and kids that have been in the program three or four years that are well-developed and worked their butts off,” Scherf said.

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November 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

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La Puente makes quick work of Bassett

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originally posted by the SGV Tribune
warriors overcome early turnovers to rout Olympians


By Ariel Carmona, Correspondent
Posted: 11/06/2010 12:04:27 AM PDT

LA PUENTE – La Puente overcame two early turnovers and scored 21 consecutive points in the first half en route to a 41-6 victory over Bassett in Montview League play Friday night.The host Warriors (7-2, 5-1) were led by quarterback Ivan Vasquez, who threw touchdowns of 1 and 38 yards, and by running back Nicholas Barrientos, who rushed for 122 yards on 11 carries (an 11-yard average) and scored on runs of 2 and 49 yards.

Vasquez finished 17 of 23 for 160 yards and an interception.

The Olympians (3-6, 2-4) lost 21-6 to Gladstone last week after falling behind early by two scores, but never were in Friday’s game.

After spotting the visiting Warriors three touchdowns in the first half, Bassett finally scored midway through the third quarter on a 12-yard run by Michael Pena.

The Warriors held Pena, Bassett’s leading ground gainer, to 93 yards and the lone touchdown on just 14 carries.

“We played a little sloppy, we had a couple of turnovers, but the kids worked hard and practiced all week and it paid off,” La Puente coach Brandon Rohrer said.

“We just need to win one more and we’ll be in the playoffs,” Rohrer continued.

“We’re excited about that.”

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November 6, 2010 at 7:22 am

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women’s soccer team winless in final games

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originally printed in the Poly Post

The Cal Poly Pomona women’s soccer team concluded its season over the weekend with road losses to rivals Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday and Cal State Los Angeles on Sunday, 3-0 and 4-3, respectively.

The Broncos ended their season 7-8-3 overall and a 5-8-3 conference record, finishing fifth place in the CCAA South Division.

The Broncos did not qualify for a berth in the CCAA Tournament, while Cal State Los Angeles (14-3, 13-3) clinched its second consecutive South Division title as well as a CCAA Tournament berth. Cal State Dominguez Hills (12-5-1, 10-5-1) finished third in the conference.

Despite falling behind 2-0 at halftime in Sunday’s game at Jesse Owens Stadium to the Golden Eagles, the Broncos fought back, scoring three goals. The Golden Eagles scored one more to even the score at 3-3, before the Broncos finally surrendered the decisive score in the second overtime.

After spending most of the first half on the defensive end, the Broncos, junior defender Sarah Hanna floated a shot from the top of the box over goalkeeper in the 46th minute, to cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to 2-1. Junior forward Valerie Strawn earned the assist.

The Broncos then tied the game 2-2 in the 50th minute on a header by junior forward Justine Barclay, with an assist on a cross by Hanna.

The Broncos took their first lead during the second period in the 80th minute, when junior forward Jennifer Rivera delivered a shot into the back of the net on an assist by senior defender/forward Britany Garrett.

However, the comeback was thwarted by the Golden Eagles’ senior midfielder Liz Franco, whose goals at the 89th and 106th minutes, counted for Cal State Los Angeles’ tying and game-winning goals, respectively.

Head coach Isabelle Harvey said she was proud of the way the team fought back to get back in the game.

“To go down 2-0 at halftime and then scoring three goals against Cal State L.A., a good team, it’s definitely showing a lot of character,” Harvey said. “I am very proud of the effort that we gave today, definitely.”

On Friday night, the Broncos were bested by Cal State Dominguez Hills, 3-0, as the Toros finished with a shot advantage of 8-5, scoring two goals in the first 13 minutes of play and keeping Cal Poly Pomona scoreless throughout the game.

“It was easy for me to find my chances to score because they knew how I played and my style of playing, they would give me those perfect balls to just put them in the goal and finish them, so I’m happy with the season I had this year,” Rivera said.

Sarah Hanna said the end of the season hit her hard when her coach mentioned the seniors.

“I just hate the feeling of going out on a bad note, but we played all out in the second half,” Hanna said. “It’s heartbreaking that it’s over.”

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November 6, 2010 at 12:38 am

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