AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Alan was outstanding the whole tournament,” Makuch said. “Mikey Edwards from Rowland is a big guy and will be hard to stop, but Charter Oak really impressed me with the way they played as a team. They just played with a lot of heart.” The Chargers have five seniors, and each one has played an important role. “I couldn’t be happier,” Chargers coach Howard Hyde said. “Someone different stepped up every game. We played at the level I was hoping for at the start of league play.” The Chargers edged Walnut 9-8 in the Walnut pool early in the tournament and then beat Arcadia 9-8 in the semifinals. “To beat Walnut in their pool was huge,” Hyde said. “It was great to see the growth of this team just in the tournament.” Ayala High School hosted the first boys water polo tournament of the season last weekend and came out on top against some of the top CIF-Southern Section Division V and VI teams in the area. The Bulldogs won the tournament with a 14-12 win over Charter Oak in the finals. “It was the first games for most teams,” Bulldogs coach Vince Makuch said. “We did better than we expected this early.” Junior Alan McKenzie led the Bulldogs in the win over the Chargers and in a close 11-10 victory over El Segundo in a semifinal match. – It could be good news for the other CIF-SS Division I boys cross country teams. Neither of the Mercado twins won the four-way meet between West Covina, Charter Oak, Azusa and Montclair. Diego and Danny Mercado of West Covina are considered the top two runners in the Valley, but Jonathon Yerena, projected as the No. 3 runner for the Bulldogs, was the first to cross the line — just ahead of the twins, who appeared to struggle at the finish. Chris Cruz, A.J. Estrada and Zack Wall finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, for Charter Oak, which finished a close second to the Bulldogs. Azusa was third and Montclair finished fourth. Demi Perez, Alyssa Rodriguez and Diana Cortello swept the first three places for the girls, helping the Chargers win the meet and finish ahead of West Covina, Montclair and Azusa. – South Hills, which traditionally has fielded one of the top girls cross country programs in the Valley, ran in the Long Beach Millikan Invitational on opening weekend. Freshman Amanda Carillo topped all runners in the small schools division with an 18:26 clocking. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!