2010 Baseball All-Area: Covey, Gewecke earn top honors

2010 ALL-AREA BASEBALL
FIRST TEAM
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Steve Gewecke, Alhambra
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dylan Covey, Maranatha, Sr.
Pitcher: KJ Edson, Arcadia, Jr.
Pitcher: Aaron Murphree, Monrovia, Sr.
Utility: Jonathan Larson, Arcadia, Sr.
Catcher: Dave Hubinger, St. Francis, Jr.
Infield: Nick Bueno, Monrovia, Jr.
Infield: Charlie Baxter, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infield: Dusty Sanderson, Temple City, Sr.
Infield: Garrett Tuck, Arcadia, Sr.
Outfield: Branden Pultz, Temple City, Sr.
Outfield: Jonathan Beltran, Alhambra, Sr.
Outfield: Greg Saldate, Alhambra, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Ethan Bramschreiber, St. Francis, Sr.
Pitcher: Chris Calver, Monrovia, Sr.
Catcher: Adrian Velasco, Monrovia, Jr.
Utility: Angel Acosta, Gabrielino, So.
Infield: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, So.
Infield: Danny Beckwith, Maranatha, Sr.
Infield: Robert Nakamura, Monrovia, Sr.
Infield: Justin Smith, Temple City, Sr.
Outfield: Jordan Kutzer, Pasadena Poly, Jr.
Outfield: Justin De La Nuez, Monrovia, Sr.
Outfield: Tim Kim, La Caada, Sr.

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Football: Brownfield memorial set for Friday, Saturday

The impact Jim Brownfield had on his students and athletes alike was immense.

It’s appropriate then that Brownfield, who was a teacher and coach for more than 40 years in Southern California, will have a memorial service spread across two days at three different sites.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Brownfield on Friday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. The public memorial in the Hall of Liberty will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

A capacity crowd of 1,300 is expected to attend the memorial where there will be video tributes and guest speakers from those who were students or worked alongside Brownfield’s career.

On Saturday, Loyola Marymount will have a memorial dedication from 2 to 5 p.m. Some members of the 1969 Loyola University footbal team that won a national championship during Brownfield’s lone year as head coach are expected to attend.

There also will be a memorial at Muir High School’s football field from 4 to 7 p.m. More than 50 former Brownfield students are scheduled to speak. Both memorials will be open to the public.

Under Brownfield, Muir won two CIF-Southern Section football titles in 1985 and 1986. He led the girls Mustangs track team to four CIF-SS track titles and two CIF State titles in 1985 and 1989. He also served as an assistant under John McKay at USC and was enshrined into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

Brownfield, who died at 81 on May 24 after heart complications, did not want a funeral. He was cremated nearly two weeks after his death.

Brownfield’s brother, Warren, said the fact there will be several memorials is a testament to the lives Brownfield influenced over his career.

“It’s very touching to see how many people’s lives he’s touched,” he said, “and now they’re all coming back to pay their respects.”

Brownfield coached Muir to national prominence in the 1980’s and 90’s, compiling a 191-41-1 record, 22 league title sand six CIF championships as coach in various sports across 16 years.

Among Brownfield’s former students are 1996 Olympic gold medalist Inger Miller and Linetta Wilson; Ricky Ervins, the 1990 Rose Bowl MVP at USC who helped the Washington Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI his rookie season; and Pro Bowl NFL linebacker Chad Brown.

Brownfield’s memorial was initially scheduled to be held in the Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl, but the site already was booked.

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Softball All-Almont League: Keppel’s Medina honored

2010 ALL-ALMONT LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Lauren Herman, Schurr

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Alashanee Medina, Mark Keppel

FIRST TEAM
Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra
Carmelita Wimberly, Alhambra
Ashly Lopez, Bell Gardens
Brittani Hirose, Mark Keppel
Cecily Ramirez, Mark Keppel
Brianna Becerra, Mark Keppel
Anisa Carrasco, Montebello
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello
Jaquelynn Hilton, San Gabriel
Jacklyn Zacarias, Schurr
Megan Coronado, Schurr
Aishia Ruiz, Schurr
Monique Troncoza, Schurr

SECOND TEAM
Brittanie Garcia, Alhambra
Donna Lara, Alhambra
Lisette Cruz, Bell Gardens
Angelica Pena, Mark Keppel
Vanessa Mendez, Mark Keppel
Amanda Ruacho, Mark Keppel
Jacqueline Lopez, Montebello
Michelle Contreras, Montebello
Brandy Torres, San Gabriel
Lauren Coronado, Schurr
Jaimee Rivera, Schurr
Jessica Rivera, Schurr
Kandace Mendez, Schurr

HONORABLE MENTION
Mollie Zorrilla, Alhambra
Vanessa Juarez, Bell Gardens
Breanna Jimenez, Mark Keppel
Sabrina Cerventes, Montebello
Gabby Rivera, San Gabriel
BriAnna Bolanos, Schurr

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Baseball All-Almont League: Beltran voted best pitcher

2010 ALL-ALMONT LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Luis Saballos, Bell Gardens

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Beltran, Alhambra

FIRST TEAM
Greg Saldate, Alhambra
Frankie Wright, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Isaiah Marin, Alhambra
Joshua Flores, Bell Gardens
Albert Flores, Bell GArdens
Gilbert Ortega, Bell Gardens
Andrew Fraire, Mark Keppel
Dennis Cisneros, Montebello
Michael Aguilar, Montebello
Christian Madrid, Schurr
David Aguilar, Schurr

SECOND TEAM
Christian Alas, Alhambra
Vailele Peko, Alhambra
Luis Solis, Alhambra
Rafael Barrios, Alhambra
Danny Romero, Bell Gardens
Dennis Orozco, Bell Gardens
Carlos Gonzalez, Bell Gardens
Max Katz, Mark Keppel
Walter Aguilar, Montebello
Alex Guerrero, Montebello
Nathan Delgado, Schurr
Matthew Mayo, Schurr
Dale Beck, San Gabriel
Luis Huerta, San Gabriel

HONORABLE MENTION
Jesus Lopez, Alhambra
Juan Morales, Alhambra
Israel Gonzalez, Bell Gardens
Fernando Colmenares, Bell Gardens
Nick Leonard, Mark Keppel
Anthony Milan, Montebello
Mike Maldonado, Montebello
Carlos Arredondo, Schurr
Oscar Sarabia, Schurr
Jesus Valdez, San Gabriel
Paul Lopez, San Gabriel

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BREAKING NEWS: Vailele Peko transfers to La Habra

A while back I wrote that Vailele Peko would be the more suitable player to run the deception-based offense that is the Wing-T offense, recently installed by first-year Alhambra head football coach Lou Torres. I had written that Peko’s speed, agility and athleticism made him the obvious choice to head the offense. Well, you can throw all that out the window. We’ve just been informed that Peko has transferred to powerhouse La Habra. The news came this morning and was delivered by Torres in an interview this afternoon. This is a big loss for the Moors’ football team and baseball team, but a huge gain for the Highlanders. To what extent this news will affect the Moors is still uncertain. The fact of the matter is there will be a new face and some dry feet taking snaps in the backfield with a sophomore likely to take the reigns at quarterback. The benefit Alhambra has going for itself is the fact it returns an experienced line that will provide protection in the pocket and on the run as well.

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