About Fred Robledo

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

Former Alhambra quarterback Dominic Breazeale made the Olympic Boxing team and is headed to London

This is an unbelievable feel-good story. I remember covering Dominic Breazeale at Alhambra, a big 6-foot-6 QB with a lot of potential who went to Mt. SAC then earned a scholarship to Northern Colorado. He graduated from Alhambra in 2002. We’re working on a story that we’ll post in the coming days, but he qualified in the Super Heavyweight Division after only taking up boxing a little more than three years ago.

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ALL-AREA: Temple City’s Corey Copping is Star-News Baseball player of the year; Alhambra’s Steve Gewecke coach of the year

All-Area Story: Temple City’s Corey Copping and Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke take top honors

STAR-NEWS ALL-AREA BASEBALL
Player of the Year: Corey Copping, Temple City, Senior
Coach of the Year: Steve Gewecke, Alhambra, 16th year

FIRST TEAM
Pitcher: Joseph Mata, Monrovia, Junior
Pitcher: Marco Briones, Alhambra, Sophomore
Catcher: Jonah Jarrard, Temple City, Senior
Infielder: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, Senior
Infielder: Chris Ward, Pasadena Poly, Senior
Infielder: Chris Williams, La Salle, Senior
Infielder: Garret Glazier, San Marino, Senior
Outfielder: Juan Crespo, Alhambra, Senior
Outfielder: Calvin Copping, Temple City, Senior
Outfielder: Justin Jones, Monrovia, Junior
Utility: Angel Acosta, Gabrielino, Senior

SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Chris Burkholder, Monrovia, Junior
Pitcher: Erik Trask, Arcadia, Senior
Catcher: Francisco Gonzalez, Gabrielino, Junior
Infielder: Kyle Starling, Temple City, Senior
Infielder: David Olmedo-Barrera, St. Francis, Senior
Infielder: Jeremy Duran, Alhambra, Junior
Infielder: Anthony Mizrahi, La Canada, Junior
Outfielder: Josh Marrs, Maranatha, Senior
Outfielder: Jeffrey Bain, San Marino, So., Sophomore
Outfielder: Ayman Nureldeen, Duarte, Senior
Utility: Gary Huang, Arcadia, Senior

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Looks like the party’s cancelled for Ellis McCarthy, the soon-to-be UCLA Bruin

Initially it was reported on Monrovia Patch that the Family of Ellis McCarthy would like to give him a world class send off this coming Saturday June 23rd at Eisenhower Park from 11am to 4pm. There will be a dinner/desert plate fundraiser in which proceeds will go to Ellis to ensure his great beginning at UCLA. Please come by and give Ellis your well wishes.

Since then, the patch story has been removed and there is a new one that reads .. On June 23,2012 please come and join us as we celebrate Ellis McCarthy’s 18th Birthday/Going away to College bash. Held @ Eisenhower Park in Arcadia @ 11:00 – till 5:00 pm, Please come and help us celebrate our young man.

SINCE THEN, the evolving story on the going-away bash was removed on Patch again, so there appears to be no party for McCarthy. My hunch is that since the initial story claimed to be a fundraising event, something that would probably be an NCAA violation, the party was cancelled entirely. Smart move, no way you want anything stopping Ellis from wearing his Blue and Gold.

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St. Francis and Monrovia will finally meet, but if I’m ranking the Star-News in 2012, I’m starting with the Golden Knights and Jimmy “UCLA” Bonds

Until there is a new editor in charge, I’m sneaking in and giving my preseason top ten for 2012. Feels like I never left this place. St. Francis has been a dominant force for years and despite Monrovia’s title, I would have ranked St. Francis ahead of Monrovia last season based on quality wins, schedule and the division it played in. Monrovia’s a monster that gets better and better, but not sure if the Cats are on par with St. Francis, just yet. Monrovia and St. Francis will finally meet in Week 5, so the answer will come soon enough, and it’s about time. I always thought Monrovia, St. Francis and Muir — the top three in most years, should play each other every season. This is a start, and to start the year, I’m going with St. Francis No. 1 because year in and year out, they own the best wins on the resume and play the toughest schedule. Look at St. Francis’ record and opponents in 2011 and tell me I’m wrong. In any case, here is how I would rank football starting in 2012.

Rank, Team, Last year’s record
1. St. Francis (9-3)
2. Monrovia (11-3)
3. Muir (8-5)
4. Arcadia (9-3)
5. Rio Hondo Prep (13-1)
6. Maranatha (8-3)
7. San Gabriel (9-5)
8. Pasadena (6-6)
9. Alhambra (9-3)
10. San Marino (7-4)

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And the beat goes on ….

With Miguel Melendez officially leaving on Friday, we’re in transition at the Star-News office until a replacement is named. During the interim, Keith Lair is in charge and working on the Spring all-area teams. Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian and I will post over the summer to deliver up-to-date football news and coaching changes.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Softball game Rosters set for June 3 game at Mt. SAC … It could be a great battle between St. Lucy’s Danielle O’Toole and La Canada’s Lauren Cox

The Rosters and coaches are set for the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Softball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., a day after the CIF-Southern Section softball finals. Admission is $5 and Parking is $3. Bonita’s Ken Carlson will coach the North and South Hills Scott Fisch will coach the South.


Above: La Canada’s super senior Lauren Cox

NORTH TEAM
HEAD COACH: Ken Carlson, Bonita
Players
Taylor Langdon, Glendora, P
Brandi Wilson, Glendora, OF
Suzette Ortega, Northview, 1B
Emily Newison, Northview, C
Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, P
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, 3B
Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, 2B
Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, SS
Danielle Smith, Bonita, OF
Kayla Papez, Charter Oak, INF
Monique Villasenor, Charter Oak, C
Jasmine Navarette, Baldwin Park, INF
Audrey Serna, Arroyo, 3B
Denise Gonzales, Alhambra, P/SS
Sami Jakeway, Temple City, C
Lauren Alvarado, Gabrielino, OF
Marissa Chavez, Azusa, P
Candice Orozco, Covina, OF
Julia Lupercio, San Dimas, 3B

SOUTH TEAM
HEAD COACH: Scott Fisch-South Hills
Players
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, C
Kristen Stewart, South Hills, SS
Liz Mendoza, El Monte, SS
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, SS
Alashanee Medina, Keppel, P
Elaine Brown, Walnut, OF
Alana Orona, Diamond Ranch, 1B
Liz Ruvalcaba, Diamond Bar, C
Tillie Ramirez, Wilson, C/3B
Ania Levanos, Wilson, P/1B
Jessica River, Schurr, CF
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello, C
Lauren Cox, La Canada, P
Catherine Homer, La Canada, C
Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, P
Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, OF
Summer Knight, West Covina, SS
Alex Blaco, West Covina, OF
Taylor Castro, West Covina, 3B
Amida Ordorica, Nogales, P
Marissa Recillas, Nogales, C

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17th Annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game returns to Mt. SAC, Wednesday, June 4

UPDATE:
Baseball coaches need to send in their all star nominations to Temple City High School or Nogales High school by Monday May 14th. You should have received the nomination forms in the mail from Nogales High or you can click on the link below. The selection meeting will be Wednesday May 16th at Temple City High room P4 at 6:00PM. P4 is located behind the baseball scoreboard.

Attached is the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Nomination Form that coaches need to fill out and submit to Montanez or Bacon to be considered for the game.

The 17th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game is returning to Mt. San Antonio College, and will be played on June 4 at 7 p.m. Nogales High assistant Don Montanez and Temple City head coach Barry Bacon are in charge of this year’s game.

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BREAKING NEWS: Muir’s season over after team forfeits 20 games and will miss the playoffs …

The Muir High School boys basketball team’s postseason is over before it even got started. You can forget about the Mustangs’ Pacific League title, too.

Due to not being able to prove a valid change of residence for one of its players, Muir has forfeited 20 games and will be ineligible for postseason competition.

The Mustangs finished the regular season at 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the Pacific League, and in the process halted rival Pasadena’s nine-year run as league champions.

Prior to Sunday’s CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings announcements, the Pacific League resubmitted its order of finish to reflect Muir’s forfeitures.

More to come …

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Ryan Maddox on Petros and Money, saying USC is at the top of Ellis McCarthy’s wish list

Listen to Petros and Money butter-up Maddox, talking about schedules, Monrovia’s title and of course, big-time recruit Ellis McCarthy, whom Maddox is hoping goes to USC. In fact, Maddox sort of broke some news, saying USC is at the top of McCarthy’s list, followed by California and Oregon … That doesn’t sound good for UCLA. Maddox explained Monrovia’s slow start (losses to Arcadia, South Hills and San Dimas), saying it was because of a, “CIF championship hangover,” and goes on to say the San Dimas loss “fired them up.” … I don’t if that’s the case, there’s probably nothing like the Rio Hondo league to get the confidence going again, right?

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