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.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.. 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 email@example.com.
What: 13th Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Where: Damien High School
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.
West Covina High School softball coach Jesse Mendez, a catalyst in keeping the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game alive the past couple years, worked with San Gabriel Valley coaches with help from our sports team of reporters at the SGVN to create the inaugural San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena Star-News/Whittier Daily News senior all-star AND Underclassmen game on Sunday, June 7, at the University of La Verne’s state of art softball complex. The underclassmen game is at 3 p.m., followed by the senior game at 5:30 p.m.
Similar to the annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star basketball games, players were selected from the SGVN readership, pitting the Tribune vs. the Star-News/Whittier Daily News All-Stars a day after the June 5-6 CIF softball championships.
Rosters have been selected and posted below. Coaches for the Whittier/Star-News teams are still being determined.
For more information on the game, Pasadena based players should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Whittier based players should contact email@example.com. To reach tournament director JESSE MENDEZ, EMAIL HIM AT firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach email@example.com for questions.
COACHES: Don Pollard (San Dimas); Art Montano (Bonita); Roberta Garcia (Diamond Bar)
Bocanegra, Natalia – South Hills
Chavez, Kaile – Charter Oak
Cornejo, Danielle – Diamond Bar
Delamora, Berlynne – Los Altos
Hughes, Lindsey – San Dimas
King, Lyndsi – Sierra Vista
Lara, Taylor – Edgewood
Larios, Mandy – Bishop Amat
Moore, Shelby – San Dimas
Nava, Princess – Covina
Nua, Jade – West Covina
Ochoa, Angel – Sierra Vista
Pinela, Christine – Charter Oak
Purcell, JuJu – Nogales
Sok, Kayla – Glendora
Sustayta, Erin – Bishop Amat
Tickey, Maddy – West Covina
Van Hemelryck, Caitlyn – South Hills
Wallingford, Kaylee – Glendora
Wood, Celeste – Los Altos
Kellie Natham, Maranatha, 3B
Karen Leung, Monrovia, Utility
Olivia Lam, La Canada, C
Kellyn O’Leary, La Canada, P
Katelyn Morreale, Arcaia, 1B
Tanya Galvan, Monrovia, C
Brooke Mann, Monrovia, SS
Brittney Day, Alhambra, OF
Sierra Singer, Temple City, OF
Dee Dee Logan, Pasadena Poly, P
Jamie Wren, La Serna, P-OF
Taylor Becerra, La Serna, SS
Tori Ayala, La Serna, 1B-3B
Niko Walker, St. Paul, C
Myranda Bueno, St. Paul, OF
Racquel Manzo, La Habra, 3B
Amanda Fitzgerald, Pioneer, Inf.
Monica Navarrette, La Mirada, OF/P
Hannah Gabriel, Whittier Christian, Utility
Lyzette Reveles, Santa Fe, Utility
Lorren Sharp, California, C
Coaches: Jesse Mendez (West Covina); Nacho Hernandez (Los Altos); Brandon Gonzales (South Hills).
Aguilar, Christie – South Hills
Almaraz, Valarie – West Covina
Anderson, Kennedy – San Dimas
Barrera, Alyssa – Bishop Amat
Carvajal, Ashley – Los Altos
Chavez, Marissa – Charter Oak
Diaz, Samaria – Bishop Amat
Evans, Chloe – Charter Oak
Farricker, Randi – Glendora
Granado, Ciara – Edgewood
Gutierrez, Nicole – West Covina
Jackson, Brooke – San Dimas
Keefer, Cambria – Glendora
Lugo, Natalie – South Hills
Ochoa, Chloe – Charter Oak
Orozco, Nadya – West Covina
Paredes, Emily – Bonita
Salm, Carlie – San Dimas
Tamanaha, Casey – Diamond Bar
Tovar, Mariah – South Hills
Valdovinos, Marissa – St. Lucy’s
Valenzuela, Julia – Bishop Amat
Woods, Amanda – Glendora
Michelle Leung, Maranatha, P-SS
Hunter Alvarez, Monrovia, OF
Vicky Gutierrez, Monrovia, 3B
Britney Lopez, Monrovia, P
Julissa Moran, Alhambra, OF
Sammy Jedrey, La Canada, OF
Kinsley Washington, La Salle, SS
Elizabeth Unger, Ramona Convent, C
Kymber Tamamoto, Maranatha, OF
Megan Reilly, La Canada, OF
Jaclyn Macias, California, So.
Justice Sharp, California, Jr.
Rain Vega, La Mirada, Jr.
Dominique Mejia, La Serna, So.
Angelica Lopez, La Serna, Jr.
Sydney Kriemann, St. Paul, Jr.
Nikki Butler, La Habra, Jr.
Janelle Rodriguez, La Habra, So.
Kristie Carbajal, Santa Fe, Jr.
Morgan Ryan, Whittier Christian, Jr.