About Fred Robledo

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

Two-Minute Drill Previews: Monrovia vs. Arcadia; Maranatha vs. Azusa

Steve Ramirez, Fred J. Robledo and Aram Tolegian discuss two big games in the Star-News area, Maranatha vs. Azusa at Citrus on Thursday and Monrovia at Arcadia on Friday

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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Some of it was great defense and some of it was visiting La Canada missing open shot after open shot.

But in the end, Covina High School’s first trip to the Final Four in the school’s history was well deserved as the Colts steamrolled the Spartans in the second half to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A girls basketball semifinals with a 51-25 victory over the Spartans.

Covina (25-3), the second seed in the division, will face area juggernaut and third-seed Bishop Amat (19-11), a 54-30 winner over St. Joseph, at Bishop Amat in Saturday’s semifinal at 7 p.m. (To continue click thread)

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Boys Basketball, Division 2A Second Round: Leuzinger 68, Glendora 59

Glendora shot the ball well from distance against visiting Leuzinger during Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2A second-round boys basketball playoff.

But Leuzinger stroked it better, nailing 10 three-pointers and hitting clutch three’s at the end of the half and third quarter and rode that momentum to a 68-59 victory to eliminate Glendora from the playoffs.

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Boys Basketball, Division 4AA: La Verne Lutheran 72, Marshall 29

La Verne Lutheran’s University of Arizona bound forward Grant Jerrett scored a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the second-seed Trojans to a first round win over the Eagles.
The Trojans’ Cameron Osorno added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists and McKay Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The news wasn’t all good for the Trojans. Junior Eric Cooper Jr., left the game with a dislocated finger after scoring nine points with four assists and seven rebounds. Cooper will be re-evaluated for the next round.

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Boys Basketball, Division 3A: Covina 63, Pioneer 58

After scoring just one field goal in the second quarter and clinging to a one-point halftime lead, Covina High School boys basketball coach Will Bissman spoke with his point guard and floor leader Mike Peters and told him to go to work.

That’s exactly what Peters did, scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the third to lead Covina to a 63-58 victory over visiting Pioneer in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs on Wednesday.

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Girls Soccer Wild Card: St. Lucy’s 1, Los Altos 0

The rain and poor field conditions didn’t do St. Lucy’s or host Los Altos any favors during Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 3 girls soccer wild-card game.
Neither team could muster much through the run of play, both struggling to push through puddles of water to earn clean shots on goal.
St. Lucy’s senior Shannon Kent, known more for her speedy runs and finishes around the goal, took advantage of one of the Regents’ few opportunities in the dying seconds of the first half.
With a loose ball rolling in front of her 20 yards away, Kent drove a right-footed shot that dipped under the crossbar in the 40th minute for the lone goal, giving St. Lucy’s a 1-0 victory. (To continue click thread).

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