Blue beats the streak, ends seven-year losing skid to Red in San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game; Monrovia’s Nick Esparza is MVP

Diamond Ranch's John Picazo (#13) tries for a fly ball as they play in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Monday June 9, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Ranch’s John Picazo (#13) tries for a fly ball as they play in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Monday June 9, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT —
The Red team has held the advantage over its Blue counterparts in the annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game.
Until now.
The Blue team, which hadn’t won since 2006, broke the streak Monday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Diamond Bar’s Alek Jimenez beat out a ground ball for an RBI single in the second inning and Charter OaK’s Kory Brown and Monrovia’s Nick Esparza had RBIs in a three-run sixth to lead the Blue to a 4-3 victory before an over-flow crowd at Mazmanian Field.
“We definitely were thinking (of the streak),” said Esparza, who was game MVP. “I came out here wanting to win, have fun.”

The Red team tied it at 1-1 in the sixth, but Blue scored three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 advantage. Los Altos’ James Mendez led off with a single and the Blue then loaded the bases on back-to-back fielding errors. Charter Oak’s Kory Brown hit a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-1 lead. Esparza singled with two outs for a 3-1 advantage and a wild pitch made it 4-1.
“I was just trying to get an RBI there and break the game open,” Esparza said. “I got it done.”
La Canada’s Johnny Selsor doubled in two runs with two outs in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 4-3. Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez struck out Baldwin Park’s Christian Barraza to end the threat.
The Blue earlier took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Pasadena’s Alex Baer singled with one out, stole second and scored on an infield hit by Diamond Bar’s Alek Jimenez. Baer was running on the play and scored easily as Jimenez beat the throw to first.
The Red tied it in the sixth. La Canada’s Justin Lewis led off with a single and Shun Tsunoda followed with an infield single, but a three-base throwing error allowed Lewis to score, with Tsunoda taking third.
La Salle’s Jordan Rodgers got the next three batters to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Former area coaches Kevin Smith of South Hills and John Romano of Nogales were inducted into the San Gabriel Valley Coaches Hall of Honor before the game.
Smith, now head coach at Mt. SAC, won almost 500 games and two CIF-Southern Section titles in a 35-year career.
Romano, who retired at Nogales this season after 37 years in coaching, won 635 games, including 621 with the Nobles.
Game awards were received by Diamond Ranch’s John Picazo (Defensive MVP), La Verne Lutheran’s Layne Henderson (Pitching MVP), La Canada’s Selsor (Most valuable hitter) and Esparza (MVP).

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San Marino’s Miles Glazier is Rio Hondo League MVP

Miles Glazier, who was 10-1 with a 0.87 ERA, batted .298 and helped San Marino to the Rio Hondo League title, has been selected the most valuable player.

First team
P Nick Esparza, Monrovia, senior
P Justin Lewis, La Canada, senior
C Johnny Selsor, La Canada, senior
IF Gabriel Juarez, Temple City, junior
IF Larsen Cobb, San Marino, senior
IF J.P. Shohfi, San Marino, sophomore
IF Nick Carino, Monrovia, senior
IF Jacob Yonan, La Canada, senior
OF Bobby Hubbell, Temple City, senior
OF Aiden Santino, San Marino, sophomore
OF Juan Quinonez, Monrovia, junior
OF Andrew Shults, South Pasadena, junior
UT Cameron LeGrand, Temple City, senior

Second Team
P Noah Anselmo, South Pasadena, senior
P Brian McConnell, Monrovia, junior
C Max Warren, San Marino, senior
IF Zech Jarrard, Temple City, sophomore
IF Tyler Spitzer, Monrovia, junior
IF Jonah Bodner, La Canada, senior
IF Jason Daly, Monrovia, junior
OF Zachary Zepeda, Monrovia, sophomore
OF J.T. Stirling, San Marino, senior
OF Will Derrick, San Marino, senior
OF Isaiah Ramos, Monrovia, sophomore
Ut Travis Clark, La Canada, senior

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All-Rio Hondo League softball team named

Monrovia’s Elise McCarthy and La Canada’s Olivia Leyva were selected the Rio Hondo League’s co-most valuable players. Monrovia’s Adrienne Guerra was selected pitcher of the year.
The Wildcats won the league title. The Spartans finish second

First team
IF Jazmine Lewis, Temple City, Senior
IF Brooke Mann, Monrovia, Junior
IF Kristyne (Katy) Lee, La Canada, Senior
IF Cassandra Baca, South Pasadena, Junior
IF Samantha Saucedo, Monrovia, Senior
OF Brenna Gay, La Canada, Senior
OF Allison Lee, San Marino, Senior
OF Hunter Alvarez, Monrovia, Senior
P Elisa Ponce, Temple City, Senior
C Caitlyn Callahan, San Marino, Senior
C Olivia Lam, La Canada, Junior
Ut: Derek Blow, Monrovia, Senior

Second team
IF Michelle Grochow, La Canada, Senior
IF Samantha Jedrey, La Canada, Sophomore
IF Lindsay Saldebar, San Marino, Junior
IF Kelly Crowley, San Marino, Sophomore
OF Brianna Guerrero, Temple City, Senior
OF Shelbi Zernickow, Monrovia, Junior
OF Michelle Musso, La Canada, Senior
OF Sierra Singer, Temple City, Junior
OF Avery Douglas, South Pasadena, Sophomore
OF Kara Thompson, La Canada, Junior
P Madison MacKenzie, La Canada, Senior
C Haley Mitchell, Temple City, Sophomore
C Alexis Shettleroe, South Pasadena, Junior
Ut: Tanya Glavan, Monrovia, Junior

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Public team All-Star softball game roster

The annual west San Gabriel Valley senior All-Star game, matching top recently graduated senior, will be played Wednesday night at Temple City’s Live Oak Park.
The game pits the top players from public schools against the top players from private schools. A home-run hitting contest will proceed the game.
Practice is Tuesday.

The private team will practice at 6 p.m. and the public team at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s home-run contest is at 6 p.m. and the game is at 7 p.m.

Public players invited include:
Monrovia
Adrienne Guerra
Breana Lopez
Sammie Saucedo
Derek Blow
Elise McCarthy
Shelbi Zernickow

La Canada
Maddy Mackenzie
Olivia Leyva
Katy Lee
Michelle Musso
Michelle Grochow
Brenna Gay

Temple City
Jazmine Lewis
Celina Ornelas
Brianna Guerrero
Elisa Ponce

San Marino
Allison Lee
Caitlyn Callahan

Arcadia
Yarem Park

Duarte
Gabriella Montoya
D’aijah Wiggins
Rosie Mejia

Pasadena
Michelle Munoz
Margaret Munoz

San Gabriel
Jennifer Hoang
Gabby Chavez
Mercedes Gonzalez

Gabrielino
Maite Reece
Amri Chang

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Private team All-star softball game roster

The annual west San Gabriel Valley senior All-Star game, matching top recently graduated senior, will be played Wednesday night at Temple City’s Live Oak Park.
The game pits the top players from public schools against the top players from private schools. A home-run hitting contest will proceed the game.
Practice is Tuesday.

The private team will practice at 6 p.m. and the public team at 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s home-run contest is at 6 p.m. and the game is at 7 p.m.

Private players invited include:
La Salle
Kennedy Cribbs
Caroline Knop
Beverlee Valero

Maranatha
Anjelica Amezquita

Rio Hondo Prep
Alexis Parker
Reyna Alvarado
Samantha Martin
Madison Loomis

Westridge
Jackie Pai
Carly Oscar

Mayfield
Kylie Snyder
Imani Mitchell

Flintridge Prep
Drew Montgomery

FSHA
Rachel Majich
Lali Ortiz

Pasadena Poly
Natalie Triester
Natalie Edwards

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Monrovia’s Cravon Gillespie takes second in CIF State 100

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Gillespie leads Monrovia to third in the 4×100 relay (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

CLOVIS – Cravon Gillespie was the forgotten competitor.

The Monrovia High School senior was not expected to be one of the favorites as the fastest runner in the state. Gillespie nearly caught champion Curtis Godin of Mater Dei in the 100-meter championship race at the CIF State Track and Field finals on Saturday night before 9,123 people at Clovis’ Buchannan High.

“That was incredible,” Monrovia coach Mike Knowles said. “He did an incredible job. All his hard work paid off. He ran a perfect race.”

Saturday night he became very well known. He nearly chased down Godin to finish second in his biggest race of his life.

See story and how other did, with photos and video at http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/20140607/monrovias-cravon-gillespie-finishes-second-in-state

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Former Arcadia football coach Dick Salter passes away at 87 …

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(The late Dick Salter in 2011 surrounded by (from top left) Damien coach Mark Paredes, Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar, son and Upland coach Tim Salter, and Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty.)

Former Arcadia High School football coach Dick Salter passed away at his Covina home surrounded by his family on Friday. He was 87.

Salter was head coach at Arcadia from 1970-89. In that time he led the Apaches football program to CIF championship game appearances in 1977 and ’78. Prior to Arcadia, he also had a long stint as head coach at Cathedral. Salter later won CIF championships as an assistant coach at Bishop Amat and Upland.

Salter is survived by his sons Tim and Tom, and daughters Linda, Karen and Kathie. Tim Salter is currently the head coach at Upland while Tom Salter recently was an assistant coach at Amat and is now athletic director at Culver City. Salter’s daughter Kathie is the principal at Charter Oak and married to Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard.

Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Salter was a familiar face at Bishop Amat football games in recent years. He also was close friends with Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar, who used to visit Salter weekly and go over Chargers game films.

“He was a very good friend,” Farrar said Friday night. “It’s been six or eight years that I’ve been visiting him and going over video of our football games. You have to understand, Dick Salter didn’t miss anything. He was still very sharp. He was just a great friend.”

Among the greats Salter coached at Arcadia were NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews and his brother Clay, and former NFL kicker Mike Lansford. Salter served as athletic director at Arcadia from 1974-92. He played both baseball and football at the University of Oregon and Arcadia named its football field Salter Stadium in his honor.

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Bern, Orndorff share Prep League baseball honors

Pasadena Poly seniors Zach Bern and David Orndorff helped the Panthers to the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinals and earned Prep League MVP honors.
First Team
Kyle Beerman, Senior Pasadena Poly
Zach Bern, Senior Pasadena Poly
Michael Bowman, Senior Pasadena Poly
Hamilton Evans, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Isaac Holguin, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Brenden McKiernan, Senior Flintridge Prep
David Orndorff, Senior Pasadena Poly
Cole Pilar, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Cole Rademacker, Senior Flintridge Prep

Second Team
John Bolinger, Senior Rio Hondo PrepGriffin Carter, Junior Pasadena Poly
Daniel Enzminger, Senior Flintridge Prep
Nathan Lee, Junior Pasadena Poly
Gabe Shriver, Junior Rio Hondo Prep
Zach Stiver, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Michael Weinstein, Senior Flintridge Prep

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Poly sweeps Prep League tennis honors

Singles MVP: Henry La Soya, Junior Pasadena Poly
Doubles MVP: Sachin Puri, Sr. and Andrew Trojan, Jr. Pasadena Poly
First Team
Singles
Cartier Juan, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Henry La Soya, Junior Pasadena Poly
Doubles
Sachin Puri, Sr. – Andrew Trojan, Jr. Pasadena Poly

Second Team
Singles
Jack Fleming, Freshman Pasadena Poly
Matthew Johnson, Senior Pasadena Poly
Doubles
Nikhil Adarkar, Fr. and Austin Gee, So. Pasadena Poly
William Dixon, Sr. and Michael Cassut, Sr. Flintridge Prep
Andrew Ruys de Perez, Sr. and Timothy Matthiessen, Jr. Pasadena Poly

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Prep’s Fergoso shares Prep League volleyball MVP honors

Flintridge Prep sophomore Dante Fregoso and Chadwick junior Connor Lucier were chosen co_prel League MVPs.
The Rebels won the league title.

First Team
Dante Fregoso, Sophomore Flintridge Prep
Cody Hiroto, Senior Rio Hondo Prep
Adam Stanford-Moore, Junior Pasadena Poly
Trip Westmoreland, Senior Flintridge Prep

Second Team
Dennis Grover, Senior Pasadena Poly
Kyle Law, Senior Flintridge Prep
Anthony Pena, Sophomore Rio Hondo Prep
Zach Picker, Junior Flintridge Prep
Andrew Schubert, Junior Rio Hondo Prep
Arthur Valverde, Sophomore Rio Hondo Prep

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