About Fred Robledo

Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Get your 2016 PrepXtra Football Preview Magazine Wednesday, or read online in the Star-News

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Click to read online: The 2016 Prep Xtra Football Preview magazine will be distributed on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in home subscription delivery for the Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Copies can also be purchased at newsracks throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas, and can be purchased in person at 605 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, Suite 100, 91016.

ALL STORIES BELOW POSTED ONLINE, CLICK HERE
Cover Story: Armed and ready, Northview quarterback Steven Comstock, St. Francis’ Michael Bonds and La Mirada’s Tristan Meyer are ready to show their stuff.
Aram Tolegian’s preview column: The War on Football … Despite the risks, the game teaches virtues on a big stage.
Best games to watch: A week-by-week look at the best games to watch in the San Gabriel Valley.
Schedules: Team schedules with address and starting times.
Rankings: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: San Gabriel Valley Tribune offense and defense.
Rankings: Pasadena Star-News Tribune Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: Pasadena Star-News offense and defense.
Rankings: Whittier Daily News Top 5:
Preseason All-Area: Whittier Daily News offense and defense.

League-By-League Previews
Almont League
Angelus League
Baseline League
Del Rio League
Freeway League
Palomares League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
Olympic League
Pacific League
Prep League
Rio Hondo League
Mission League
Hacienda League
South Catholic League
Suburban League
Valle Vista League

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Dates for San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball/Softball games set

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By Fred J. Robledo
It’s that time of year to nominate the San Gabriel Valley’s best for the annual baseball/softball all-star games.
The 21st annual San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game for seniors will be played on Sunday, June 5, at Ben Hines Field at the University of La Verne at 3:30 p.m.
The annual San Gabriel Valley underclassmen all-star game will precede the senior game at La Verne at 11 a.m., creating a dynamic doubleheader for area fans.
Last year’s all-star games were played at East Los Angeles College following several years in which it was played at Mt. San Antonio College.
The University of La Verne poured $20 million into new baseball and softball fields, and last year La Verne hosted the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game to rave reviews.
This year’s San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game, however, has been moved to Citrus College, which also has a fairly new softball complex. The softball game will be played on Monday, June 6.
girlsallThe SGV all-star baseball games pits the East Red Team, coached by Northview’s Danny Roddy, against the West Blue Team, coached by Rosemead’s Danny Meza and Keppel’s Andrew Macedo.
Each year the SGV nominates former coaches to the SGV Hall of Fame, and this season will nominate former Azusa Pacific and Azusa High coach Tony Barbone along with former La Salle coach Brian Miller.
To be considered for the SGV senior and underclassmen games, coaches need to fill out nomination forms by contacting Nogales baseball coach and event coordinator Donald Montanez at dmontanez@rowland.k12.ca.us.. Area baseball coaches that wish to take an active part in the selection process are encouraged to meet at Nogales High School on May 15, at 1 p.m., in room G-8 to discuss the selection process and nominate players.
The SGV softball all-star games at Citrus College are also a doubleheader, featuring the underclassmen game at 5 p.m., followed by the senior game at 7 p.m.
Coaches that wish to nominate players for the softball all-star games should contact event coordinators Jesse Mendez (Pomona), Garrett Fisch (Diamond Bar) and Brandon Gonzalez (South HIlls) at sgvsoftballallstars@gmail.com.

You can access baseball nomination forms below
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13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic on Friday at Damien

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What: 13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Where: Damien High School
When: Friday
Game Time: Girls game 5:30 p.m.; Boys game 7:30 p.m.

Tribune/Star-News Classic Preview: After 12 years, there’s still no clear answer as to which side of the Valley has the best boys prep basketball talent.
Entering Friday’s 13th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for area high school basketball seniors, the series is tied at 6-6. Tip off for the boys game is at 7:30 p.m. at Damien High. The girls game, which the Star-News leads the series 7-5, is at 5:30.
“They seemed to develop good chemistry right away as they got to know each other,” Tribune boys head coah Tim Godley of Bonita said. “They played with a lot of effort in practice. We’re going to play everybody, if it’s close at the end we’ll go for the win. It seemed like they wanted to win it for the area.”

Diamond Ranch big-man Roman Silva ready to go: At 7-foot-1, Diamond Ranch High School center Roman Silva knows all eyes will be on him Friday night in the 13th annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at Damien High.
After all, it’s not there’s a legitimate 7-foot college prospect around these parts. Silva is hoping to go out a winner while putting on a show to conclude a career that saw him lead Diamond Ranch to a CIF Southern Section championship last month.
“I’ve been dealing with that for the last two seasons, so it’s something I’m used to,” Silva said when asked if he’s ready to be the focal point on Friday. “I’m just really excited to go out there and just play. I know a lot of people on this team and I just want to go out and play.”

Team’s announced for 13th Annual All-Star Game: The debate over which side of the Valley rules the hardwood will be renewed on Friday, Apr. 15 when Damien High School hosts the 13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for local high school seniors.
So far, there isn’t much splitting the two sides. The boys game is an even split after 12 years with the Star-News winning six games and the Tribune getting the other six. The girls series is almost as tight with the Star-News girls leading 7-5. The Star-News swept last year’s games.
“I think we will have every opportunity in the world to keep the tradition going on the Star-News side and remind them that our side of town is really strong with girls basketball,” said Star-News head coach Sarah Beattie of La Canada.

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