Softball: San Marino position re-opened six more weeks to draw more applicants, assistant coach Stephanie Hernandez expressed interest in taking over as head coach, according to former coach Hilda Valencia.

Above: Assistant coach Stephanie Hernandez (black shirt).

Hilda Valencia, who spent three seasons as head coach of the San Marino softball program, stepped down at the end of the season to continue her education. She said she’s looking into finishing her B.A. in sports medicine at San Diego State. In her time at San Marino, Valencia compiled a 36-31 record (17-11 in league) and enjoyed her most successful season last year when the Titans finished 18-7 overall and 9-3 in the Rio Hondo League. San Marino that year also reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Whittier Christian, 1-0.

Andrew Gayl, who recently took over as athletic director, said the school re-opened position another six weeks in an attempt to draw more candidates.

“We’d heard that about 15 to 20 people were interested but when we looked online (EdJoin) there were only like five or six,” Gayl said. “We actually re-opened the position for another six weeks in hopes we would find more people. Ideally we’d do some interviews in the middle of August towards the start of the school year.”

Gayl, who also said the school is looking for a new girls tennis coach after first-year coach Ron Machuca took another position at South Pasadena, said the softball coach would serve as a walk-on.

Valencia said she enjoyed her brief time at San Marino for various reasons.

“The first year was the toughest because I came in late and didn’t have much time to prepare,” said Valencia, who went 4-15 and 1-11 in league her first season. “But the experience to prepare was awesome. We had a banquet and I told them they were pretty much my therapy. As soon as I walked up the field and heard their voices it just kind of changed my day entirely. My administration was great, they were behind me in any decision I made. The parents were extremely helpful. I can’t really complain.”

Valencia added that assistant Stephanie Hernandez has “absolutely” expressed interest in taking over the program.

“She has to go through the entire process like when I first applied,” Valencia said. “But absolutely she’s interested.”

Whoever takes over the program will have one of the marquee pitchers in all of the San Gabriel Valley in junior-to-be Michelle Floyd as well as standout shortstop Alexis Watanabe, who will be a senior next year. Floyd and Watanabe are two-time Star-News All-Area first-team selections.

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All-Area Softball: La Caada’s Lauren O’Leary was masterful, earned Star-News Player of the Year honors; La Caada’s KC Mathews is Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year: Lauren O’Leary, La Canada, Sr.
Coach of the Year: KC Mathews, La Caada, 4th season
Pitcher: Michelle Floyd, San Marino, So.
Pitcher: Katie Clancy, Mayfield, Sr.
Infielder: Anna Edwards, La Caada, Sr.
Infielder: Alexis Watanabe, San Marino, Jr.
Infielder: Sterling Shuster, La Salle, Sr.
Infielder: Schae Simpson, Monrovia, Sr.
Outfielder: Denise Gonzales, Alhambra, Jr.
Outfielder: Jessica Loicano, Temple City, Sr.
Outfielder: Sami Jakeway, Temple City, Jr.
Catcher: Catherine Horner, La Caada, Jr.
Utility: Alashanee Medina, Keppel, Jr.

Pitcher: Denise Van der goot, Flintridge Prep, Sr.
Pitcher: Kaysie Gatlin, Duarte, Jr.
Infielder: Mireya Hernandez, Mafield, So.
Infielder: Megan Siepler, La Caada, Sr.
Infielder: Cecily Ramirez, Keppel, Sr.
Infielder: Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra, Sr.
Outfielder: Shirley Drange, La Caada, Sr.
Outfielder: Brittani Hirose, Keppel, Sr.
Outfielder: Mary Rose Magnolia, Duarte, So.
Catcher: Kaitlin Fitzpatrick, Mayfield, Sr.
Utility: Charley Parker, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.

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All-Area Baseball: KJ Edson’s durability, determination resulted in Arcadia’s deepest playoff run in 24 years, earning Edson Star-News Player of the Year honors. Pasadena Poly’s Wayne Ellis is Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year:
KJ Edson, Arcadia, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Wayne Ellis, Pasadena Poly, 24th season

Pitcher: Jordan Kutzer, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Pitcher: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, Jr.
Infielder: Hunter Merryman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infielder: Corey Copping, Temple City, Jr.
Infielder: Nick Bueno, Monrovia, Sr.
Infielder: Mark Jebbia, Maranatha, Sr.
Outfielder: Chris Rucker, Pasadena, Sr.
Outfielder: Brendan Campbell, Arcadia, Jr.
Outfielder: Frankie Wright, Alhambra, Sr.
Catcher: David Hubinger, St. Francis, Sr.
Utility: Matt Saeta, Pasadena Poly, Sr.

Pitcher: Brian Holman, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Pitcher: Erik Trask, Arcadia, Jr.
Infielder: Juan Morales, Alhambra, Jr.
Infielder: David Olmedo-Barrera, St. Francis, Jr.
Infielder: Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena, Jr.
Infielder: Tyler Dominguez, Arcadia, Sr.
Outfielder: Juan Crespo, Alhambra, Jr.
Outfielder: Chris Williams, La Salle, Jr.
Outfielder: George Papavasiliou, Arcadia, Sr.
Catcher: Jonah Jarrard, Temple City, Jr.
Utility: Julian Jarrard, Temple City, Sr.

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All-CIF Baseball: Pasadena Poly’s Brian Holman is Division 6 Player of the Year, Wayne Ellis is Division 6 Coach of the Year, 12 others earn honors.

Player of the year:
Austin Saenz, Mission Viejo (12)
Coach of the Year: Chris Ashbach, Mission Viejo
Devyn Bolasky 12 Vista Del Lago
Kyle Davis 11 Pacifica/Garden Grove
Michael Dingilian 12 Chaminade
K.J. Edson 12 Arcadia
Jake Gallaway 12 Etiwanda
Lucas Giolito 11 Harvard-Westlake
Travis Harrison 12 Tustin
Joseph Keller 11 Chino Hills
Troy Mulcahy 11 Crescenta Valley
Jacob Nottingham 10 Redlands
Zach Ortiz 12 Cypress
Boog Powell 12 Mission Viejo
Kyle Raubinger 12 Arroyo Grande
Andres Rodriguez 12 La Mirada
Brennan Salgado 12 Glendora
C.J. Saylor 11 South Hills
Corey Sims 11 Alemany
Kevin Wade 10 Trabuco Hills
Austin Watters 12 West Torrance
Dan Zandona 12 Santa Barbara

Player of the year:
James Kaprielian, Beckman (11)
Coach of the Year: Kevin Lavalle, Beckman
Ryan Barker 11 Lancaster
Jakari Bass 12 Lancaster
Andy Crowley 12 San Gorgonio
Justin Garza 11 Bonita
Matt Gelalich 12 Bonita
David Herd 12 Paloma Valley
Brandon Horth 12 Woodbridge
Brennan Leitao 12 Woodbridge
Joppi Martin 12 University
Kenny Mathews 12 Diamond Bar
Ryan Mulvihill 12 Culver City
Tyler Rich 11 Colton
Chad Rieser 12 Beckman
Zack Rivera 11 Beckman
Timmy Robinson 11 Ocean View
OBryan Sanchez 12 Whittier
Jack Sheeley 12 Quartz Hill
Chance Sisco 10 Temescal Canyon
Kory Weeks 12 Rancho Alamitos
Frankie Wright 12 Alhambra

Player of the year:
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat (11)
Coach of the Year: Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat
Adam Alcantara 10 Bishop Amat
Jacob Anderson 12 Chino
David Berg 12 Bishop Amat
Aaron Bernal 11 Colony
Scott Blumer 11 Troy
Nick Bueno 12 Monrovia
Corey Copping 11 Temple City
Bowdien Derby 11 La Salle

Chance Fuglistaher 12 Kaiser
Ryan Garvey 12 Palm Desert
Trent Gilbert 12 Torrance
Edgar Gomez 12 Indio
Ryan Hartman 11 Savanna
Brooks Kriske 11 Palm Desert
Matt Lee 12 San Dimas
Evan Ocello 12 Oaks Christian
Bobby Pettey 11 Sonora
Travis Radke 12 Oaks Christian
Tyrone Taylor 11 Torrance
Taylor Wetzel 11 Granite Hills

Player of the year:
Brian Holman, Pasadena Poly (12)
Coach of the Year: Wayne Ellis, Pasadena Poly
Nathan Antoun 12 Capistrano Valley Christian
Nick Campbell 12 Vasquez
Steve Criss 12 Oxford Academy
Philip Diaz 12 Bell-Jeff
James Grandpre 12 Desert Christian/Lancaster
Chance Gusbeth 11 Desert Christian/Lancaster
Andrew Jacks 11 Crean Lutheran
Tanner Kruse 11 Bishop Union
Jordan Kutzer 12 Pasadena Poly
Jason Malana 12 Calvary Murrieta
Hunter Merryman 12 Pasadena Poly
Alex Monreal 12 Salesian
Alex Pachino 12 Viewpoint
Royce Park 11 Flintridge Prep
Aaron Puls 12 Bishop Union
Matt Saeta 12 Pasadena Poly
Lucas Sardo 11 Oxford Academy
Tyler Sprague 11 Viewpoint
Gerardo Velasquez 12 Academy of Academic Excellence
Jon Woodcock 12 Villanova Prep

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All-CIF Softball: La Caada’s Lauren O’Leary is player of the year, KC Mathews is coach of the year as Spartans sweep top honors in Division 5, eight others honored.

Player of the Year
: Lauren O’Leary, La Caada (12) Pitcher
Coach of the Year: KC Mathews, La Caada
Jessica Avila, Citrus Hill 11 Pitcher
Courtney Cuzick, Nipomo 10 Pitcher
Michelle Floyd, San Marino 10 Pitcher
Alyssa Fuimaono, Beaumont 11 Pitcher
Veronica Ramirez, Azusa 12 Pitcher
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello 11 Catcher
Shania Hernandez, St. Monica Catholic 12 Infield
Salina Gonzales, South El Monte 12 Infield
Karah Hernandez, Rosemead 10 Infield
Vanessa Cordova, West Valley 12 Infield
Alix Cook, Marlborough 12 Infield
Jayne Tickemyer, Beaumont 12 Infield
Taylor Purdy, Barstow 12 Infield
Emily Sanchez, Schurr 10 Infield
Casey Snooks, Savanna 12 Infield
Melissa Zuniga, Katella 11 Infield
Anna Edwards, La Caada 12 Infield
Tiffany Fox, Savanna 12 Outfield
Brittany Hirose, Keppel 12 Outfield
Denise Gonzalez, Alhambra 11 Utility
Allison Lamb, Morro Bay 10 Utility

Player of the Year:
Bridgett Castro, Calvary Chapel/Downey (10) Infield
Coach of the Year: Tom Osburn, Calvary Chapel/Downey
Katie Anderus, Paraclete 12 Infield
Elizabeth Caporuscio, Rim of the World 12 Pitcher
Jasmine Catolico, Oxford Academy 11 Infield
Katie Clancy, Mayfield 12 Pitcher
Amanda Conroy, Rosamond 11 Catcher
Jamie Duran, Kern Valley 11 Utility
Kayla Evans, Kern Valley 12 Pitcher
Felicia Gonzales, Yucca Valley 11 Pitcher
Savanna Gutierrez, Paraclete 12 Pitcher
Mireya Hernandez, Mayfield 10 Infield
Kelsey Hodge, Capistrano Valley Christian 12 Utility
Nikki Hoffman, Citrus Valley 10 Infield
Hayley Jaquess, Citrus Valley 10 Pitcher
Catalina Maldonado, Carpinteria 10 Pitcher
Victoria Martinez, Saddleback Valley Christian 12 Infield
Cassie Orgel, Oxford Academy 12 Pitcher
Larisa Petakoff, Calvary Chapel/Downey 10 Pitcher
Brittney Sharkey, Riverside Christian 12 Pitcher
Heaven Silveira, Santa Clara 12 Infield
Denise van der Goot, Flintridge Prep 12 Pitcher
Haley Young, Notre Dame/Riverside 9 Infield

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BREAKING NEWS: De’Shawn Ramirez to Monrovia.

UPDATE: Aram Tolegian is reporting that De’Shawn Ramirez has picked to play at Monrovia this fall. Click here for more details.

Aram Tolegian, AKA Chemical AT, has been all over the De’Shawn Ramirez situation. Where he’ll play is still uncertain, but word from AT is Ramirez will come to a decision by today. Ramirez no doubt was one of the best rising talents as a sophomore when he anchored a stable of running back for the Wildcats two seasons ago. Some mishaps tampered with his chance of helping the Wildcats to the Mid-Valley Division title last season, where he spent a year away from the field at Canyon Continuation High School. Whether he lands at Monrovia or chooses Arcadia instead, Ramirez, at the very least, must like his chances of playing for two very respected coaches in Ryan Maddox and Jon Dimalante. Stay tuned…

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Private summer lessons from CIF champion Nick Bueno

Nick Bueno the quarterback. Nick Bueno the shortstop. And now, Nick Bueno the entrepreneur. Bueno will give private lessons for 1-3 players at a time ages 7-15. Bueno is arguably the most heralded quarterback in Monrovia football history, leading the Wildcats to their first CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship. It was the school’s first CIF title in nine previous attempts. Bueno earned Star-News Player of the Year honors this past season after passing for 1,828 yards and rushing for 1,513 yards. He also earned Rio Hondo League MVP honors as well as CIF Mid-Valley Division Player of the Year honors.


Quarterbacks:Throwing fundamentals, accuracy, drop backs, reading defenses, footwork, etc.

Running backs:Footwork, QB exchange, ball handling, pass blocking, etc.

Receiver:Catching fundamentals, receiver routes, run blocking, etc.

Speed and Agility:Drills and conditioning exercises to increase speed and agility.


Individual lesson: $15 per person (3 lessons pre-paid and scheduled for $40)
Group of three: $12 per person (3 lessons pre-paid and scheduled for $32)

For more information, call 626-826-1066 or e-mail Nick Bueno at

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ESPN All-America, All-State honors for FSHA athletes.

Following on the heels of a 23-2-1 season which saw the team win the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship, a Mission League title and a # 8 national ranking, five FSHA players were honored with ESPN Rise All America or All State recognition.


KATIE JOHNSON: (Forward, Jr.) A first team All America selection, Katie was one of only two juniors to be named All America. Johnson finished the season with 23 goals and 12 assists. In 2011 alone, Johnson was named All CIF, Mission League MVP and Pasadena Star-News Player of the Year. Katie’s 141 career points (57 g/27 assists) have her within striking distance of Jessica Reyes all-time scoring mark of 195 points with one season to go. Katie has committed to play at USC.

NATALIE ZEENNI (Defender, Sr.) Named to the ESPN Rise All America – Second Team. Voted Team MVP by her teammates. She’s a two0-time Mission League Most Outstanding Defensive Player. and three-time All-CIF honoree. Zeenni will play college soccer at the University of New Mexico.

Johnson and Zeenni are the first two Tologs to ever receive All America designation in Soccer. The duo was also selected to the ESPN Rise CALIFORNIA ALL STATE team for the second consecutive year where they are joined by teammates:

BREEANA KOEMANS: (Forward, Jr.) This is the second consecutive All-State selection for Koemans who stands third on the FSHA all time scoring list with 39 goals and 35 assists. An All CIF, three-time all league selection and 2010 Pasadena Star-News Player of the Year, Koemans has committed to play college soccer at Northeastern University.

TERA TRUJILLO: (MF/Def., Jr.) A first time All-State selection, 2011 was a big comeback year (concussion) for the former U-15 national team player. Trujillo was named All CIF, All league and made every all area team. Trujillo will join her Tolog teammate Natalie Zeenni at the University of New Mexico upon graduation.

KAYLA MILLS: (Def/MF, So.) Another first time All-State selection a designation usually reserved for juniors and seniors. Mills sparkled at forward, midfield and on defense for the Tologs en route to their CIF championship run. Already a two time All CIF pick, Mills will play college soccer alongside Katie Johnson at USC.

Click here for the complete All-America and All-State list of honorees.

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Football: Maranatha to host kids camp July 18-22 for $95.

Here’s the info from Maranatha:

If you are looking for quality athletic activities for your kids during the summer then Maranatha Football Challenge Camp at Maranatha High School is for you. Our camps are designed for 4th-8th grade students to develop football skills and techniques, work with Coach Karavedas and his staff, and learn the importance of team work and commitment. Former Florida State star quarterback Chris Rix will also be a part of the camp as well as coaches from Azusa Pacific University. The camp goes from July 18 -22 from 8:30 -12:00 and the cost is only $95! For more information e-mail Maranatha Assistant Athletic Director Eddie Arnett at or Head Football Coach Peter Karavedas at

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Football: Alhambra’s summer schedule set. Want your schedule/tournaments posted? Send ‘em over my way.


Where: South Pasadena HS
Time: 4 p.m.
Teams: South Pasadena, Rosemead, Muir, San Marino


Thurs June 23- @ Arroyo Four-way 5 pm
Tues June 28- @ Burbank 4 pm
Tues July 5- vs Pasadena at Alhambra 4 pm
Thurs July 7- @ Salesian 4 pm
Sat july 9- @ Arroyo Tournament 9 am
Wed July 13- @ Burbank 4 way 4 pm
Thurs July 14- @ Arroyo 4 way 5 pm
Sat July 16- @ Arroyo lineman competition
Tues July 19- @ Pasadena 4 pm
Thurs July 21-@ Salesian 4 way 4 pm
Sat August 27- @ Salesian Scrimmage

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