About Fred Robledo

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

BREAKING NEWS: We apologize for NOT having the PrepXtra Preview Magazine in today’s editions, it will be in Wednesday’s paper.

We screwed up. The PrepXtra Preview Football magazine is NOT in today’s home delivery or news rack. I’ll spare you all the details, but a major breakdown in communication caused this. I have been assured that the PrepXtra Football Preview will run in WEDNESDAY’S home subscription and newsracks. Sorry for the inconvenience, it’s embarrassing and we let you down.

For those who don’t know, we print all editions of the San Gabriel Valley newsgroup (Tribune, Star-News, Whittier, Bulletin, Sun, etc) at the Orange County Register, then distribute them to our drivers. From what I understand, there was a mix-up on the dates our drivers were supposed to deliver the magazine. Apparently, the Register and drivers were given a date of Aug. 31 instead of the 30th to deliver the magazine. How that happened after all our promotion of the magazine on the 30th is difficult to comprehend, but it happened. I don’t like making excuses, but what can I do other than say we screwed up, and that it will be in tomorrow’s papers.

– Prep Editor Fred Robledo

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Star-News prep blog not going anywhere

After further consideration, the Star-News blog will not merge with the Tribune blog. There is no other blog like it in Pasadena, nor is there a quicker source for prep news in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. The Tribune and Star-News blogs complement each other well, and will continue dominating high school sports in the San Gabriel Valley with the continued efforts from Miguel Melendez, Aram Tolegian, Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez and myself.

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Hall of Fame game tonight at West Covina, 7:30 p.m., matching West’s Nick Bueno, Jeffrey Davis and Karl Holmes against East’s Julian Gener, Maurice Dupleasis and Aubrey Coleman

What: San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: West Covina HS
Series: East leads, 19-10-2
Last year: East 40, West 0

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The East’s recent dominance in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game means very little to Covina High School football coach Darryl Thomas, who has yet to taste any success in two tries in the game.
Thomas, who has played and coached in the game, is 0-1-1 heading into tonight’s renewal.

He’s hoping to coach the heavily favored East to another dominant performance and add to what’s become a commanding lead for the East in the series.

“I’ve been affiliated with this game twice and I haven’t won,” said Thomas, who lost as the East coach in 2001 and tied as a player in 1986.

The East won last year’s matchup, 40-0, to take a 19-10-2 lead in the series.
Tonight’s kickoff is slated for 7:30 at West Covina High.

As poised as the East looks to keep the pounding going, there has been some optimism out of Monrovia High where the West team has been practicing and, according to game organizers,looks capable of springing an upset.

Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox will coach the West and has the services of Star-News Player of the Year Nick Bueno under center. Joining Bueno at quarterback is Muir’s Jeffrey Davis.
Both quarterbacks couldn’t ask for a better group of receivers to throw to, led by Arizona State-bound Muir split end Karl Holmes Jr., Monrovia’s Jay Henderson and Arroyo tight end Sam Torres.

Defensively, though, the West will have its hands full with a sizable group of East receivers led by Walnut’s Aubrey Coleman, who is 6-foot-5. As if that wasn’t enough, the East will try Rowland’s Michael Ball, one of the area’s top weapons, at receiver.

The East also boasts Claremont’s Aaron Dockery as one of its top targets.

Line play is an area where the series seemingly has gotten away from the West. Led by Fresno State-bound Allen Brown of San Dimas, South Hills’ Peter Nonu and West Covina’s Jon Cortez, the East figures to have another big advantage up front.

The East, which didn’t allow a point last year, also should be tough to crack again this year thanks to a stellar front seven that’s led by Amat defensive end Julian Gener and West Covina linebacker Maurice Dupleasis.

Gener and Bishop Amat teammate Michael Juarez will honor former teammate Austin Lacy, who passed away earlier this month, by wearing stickers of Lacy’s No. 6 on their helmets.

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Girls Hoops quarterfinals: Pasadena Poly punches ticket back into semis, Keppel still dancing, Duarte’s dream season comes to an end, Muir loses at Serra …

Girls Hoops
Tonight’s quarterfinals
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

Keppel 44, Mayfair 36
Division 3AA
Serra at Muir
Division 4A
Cerritos Valley Christian 54, Duarte 45
St. Anthony at La Salle
Division 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart at St. Bernard
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly 61, Linfield Christian 42
Division 6AA
Mesa Grande at Mayfield
Lone Pine 58, AGBU Pasadena 54
Rio Hondo Prep 50, California Lutheran 39

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Boys Soccer: La Canada plays old-fashioned survive and advance, beats Whittier Christian in PKs; St. Francis advances with 2-0 victory over Ventura

CIF-SS playoffs
Boys Soccer second round results
Division 1

St. Francis 2, Ventura 0
Division 5
La Canada 2, Whittier Christian 2; La Canada advances on PKs, 5-4
Victor Valley 3, Monrovia 1
Division 6
Marshall def. Coast Union in penalty shootout (that’s all I have).
Division 7
West Shores at Bosco Tech, 3 p.m.

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Girls Soccer: FSHA survives penalty kick thriller; San Marino wins; Alverno goes down

Thursday’s quarterfinals set
Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Tesoro, 3 p.m.
Division 3
Flintridge Prep at Ayala, 3 p.m.
Division 4
Ramona Convent at Don Lugo, 3 p.m.
Division 6
South Pasadena at St. Margaret’s, 3 p.m.
Ocean View at San Marino, 3 p.m.
Division 7
Citrus Valley at Marshall, 3 p.m.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The better the opponent, the more Maribel Duran feels she rises to the occasion. Just from her body language and the way she was fighting defenders on fifty-fifty balls, the junior wasn’t going to leave anything for chance, delivering a dominating performance with a hat-trick against fourth-seed Alverno in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 girls soccer playoffs on Thursday. Not only did Maribel Duran score three goals, her freshman sister Daisy Duran scored the other, leading the Saints to a 4-1 victory and into the quarterfinals on Thursday, where the Saints (18-2-2) will be on the road against the Tahquitz-La Canada winner. (To continue reading click thread)

Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s second round results

Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart 0, Aliso Niguel 0, FSHA advances on Pks, 4-3
Division 3
Flintridge Prep 2, Cypress 1
Division 4
Ramona Convent 2, Santa Monica 1
Division 6
South Pasadena 1, Beaumont 0
San Marino 1, Sierra Vista 0
San Dimas 4, Alverno 0
Tahquitz 1, La Canada 1, Tahquitz advances on PKs, 4-3
Division 7
Marshall 2, St. Genevieve 1

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Boys Hoops quaterfinals: Huge night with several area teams going head-to-head for semifinal berths

The Westside is busy tonight and here is how we’re going to handle it. Keith Lair is covering what we feel is the biggest game of the night, Bosco Tech at Muir (which feels kind of strange, normally this is PHS hoops time of year, but times are changing). Tyler Drohen, one of our best up-and-coming correspondents, will be at La Canada and Nathan “have you seen him in those commercials” Cambridge will cover the Blair-Flintridge Prep special. Aram Tolegian will be busy working the phones to bring you results of Buckley at La Salle, Ontario Christian at Maranatha, Poly at Renaissance and RH Prep at Agbu so that we can have something written on all teams in Wednesday’s paper. Aram also will update scores on this thread tonight. Good luck all.

Boys Hoops pregame advance: After a disastrous travel situation last Friday night before winning its second-round playoff game on a last-second shot, the Muir High School boys basketball team will be very happy to be in its home gym tonight as the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs continue. The Mustangs had to scramble to secure travel arrangements for their game last Friday at Western Christian in Ontario and made it to the gym a minute before tip-off and 11 minutes before the game would have been a forfeit.

Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.Division 3AA

Bishop Montgomery at La Canada
Division 4A
Buckley at La Salle
Ontario Christian at Maranatha
Division 5AA
Blair at Flintridge Prep
Don Bosco Tech at Muir
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Renaissance Academy
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep at AGBU Pasadena

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Miguel is on vacation, your back-up plan is here

Your prep editor is on vacation this week, but don’t blame him, all of us have to take at set amount of vacation or furlough by the end of March, and it was Miguel’s turn. So, I will do my best to keep up with my blog and this one for the rest of the week, so bare with me. Aram also will help out when he can posting scores and providing updates, so wake-up, it’s Monday morning and I’m ready to go … Really quick, if the FSHA girls soccer team doesn’t win CIF, I’m going to be extremely disappointed, because I think they’re the best team in Southern California, and that was based on what I saw last year … Hey, would love to watch a Maranatha-La Salle boys hoops semifinal, the Minutemen showed me a lot of heart in Friday’s win over Covina. Will have plenty more later…..Let’s start with your playoff schedule…

Hoops note: I forgot how many small schools advance each year, and there are some good ones, Blair at Flint Prep, RH Prep at AGBU, Pasadena Poly at Renaissance and Don Bosco Tech at Muir … BTW, don’t hate us if we can’t cover all of them, we will do the best we can. Aram will be in the office taking calls for games we can’t cover, our way of covering the most that we can with a short staff.
Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA

Bishop Montgomery at La Canada
Division 4A
Buckley at La Salle
Ontario Christian at Maranatha
Division 5AA
Blair at Flintridge Prep
Don Bosco Tech at Muir
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Renaissance Academy
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep at AGBU Pasadena

Girls soccer Note: Like I said, FSHA is something special, though I still think the Arcadia teams earlier this decade were just as good if not better, you know the ones with Brittany Klein and Co.. In any case, I’m covering Alverno at San Dimas tomorrow, and Keith Lair will be at Sierra Vista at San Marino.
Girls Soccer
Tuesday’s second round
All games at 3 p.m.

Division 1
Flintridge Sacred Heart at Aliso Niguel
Division 3
Cypress at Flintridge Prep
Division 6
Beaumont at South Pasadena
Sierra Vista at San Marino
Alverno at San Dimas
La Canada at Tahquitz
Division 7
ST. Genevieve at Marshall

Girls hoops note: Would love to see Muir win and face Diamond Ranch from our area on Saturday, provided the Ranch wins also. Keppel, what can you say, they’re always in the mix, and as usual, a handful of small area Pasadena schools are alive in the lower divisions.
Girls Hoops
Wednesday’s quarterfinals
All games at 7 p.m.
Division 2A

Mayfair at Keppel
Division 3AA
Serra at Muir
Division 4A
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian
St. Anthony at La Salle
Division 5AA
Flintridge Sacred Heart at St. Bernard
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly at Lifield Christian
Division 6AA
Mesa Grande at Mayfield
AGBU Pasadena at Lone Pine
Rio Hondo Prep at California Lutheran

Boys soccer note: Kind of surprised there are only a handful left this early in the second round. St. Francis is usually always the best, but La Canada from what I hear is the best this year. Lucky for them Mountain View was knocked out of the tournament. In any case, expect the Spartans to go deep, deep in the postseason.
Boys Soccer
Wednesday’s second round
all games at 3 p.m.

Division 1
St. Francis at Ventura
Division 5
Whittier Christian at La Canada
Victor Valley at Monrovia
Division 7
West Shores at Bosco Tech

Note: How silly is it that two San Gabriel Valley based teams have to go to Irvine to play a semifinal at 5 p.m.? They should call CIF and say thanks, but no thanks, we’ll do it right here at PCC where we can play in front of big home crowds, right? Well, I tried anyway. FYI, sorry South Pas, this St. Lucy’s team is gonna roll…
Girls Water Polo
Wednesday’s semifinals
Division 3

St. Lucy’s vs. South Pasadena at William Woollett Aquatic Center, Irvine, 5 p.m.

P.S., see you all on Tuesday, will have more….

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