Thurmond a real hometown hero

West Covina football coach Mike Maggiore sent me this incredible story about former Bulldog Walter Thurmond IV, now an Oregon Ducks defensive back. Please click the thread and read, it will make you proud.
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Hoops: Friday’s postgame thread

Tonight’s big game comes from the Valle Vista League, featuring Baldwin Park and Northview at Damien High School for the outright lead in the VVL.

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Boys Basketball
Friday’s games

Del Rey League
St. Bernard at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Azusa at Bassett, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
West Covina at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Rowland at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Damien at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview vs. Baldwin Park at Damien HS, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Nonleague
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY AT AZUSA PACIFIC
Southern California Shootout Event Coordinator Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow, also the Rowland boys basketball coach, has staged another treat for San Gabriel Valley basketball fans. Here is Saturday’s lineup.

Southern California Shotout
Flintridge Prep vs. Walnut, 8:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat Girls vs. Sonora Girls, 9:55 a.m.
West Covina vs. Ayala, 11:30 a.m.
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch, 12:45 p.m.
Damien vs. Northview, 2:10 p.m.
Glendora vs. Ontario Christian, 3:35 p.m.
Vista Murrieta vs. La Canada, 5 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Golden Valley, 6:25 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Colony, 7:50 p.m.
Brea vs. Diamond Bar, 9:15 p.m.

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Do you want an NFL Stadium in Industry?

By Ben Baeder
Over objections from attorneys representing Walnut and Diamond Bar and about 20 angry residents, the Industry City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an environmental report clearing the way for a professional football stadium.
About 60 people squeezed into the standing-room-only City Council chamber before the decision. The room was peppered with people holding “No Stadium” signs. After the vote, Industry Mayor Dave Perez said he still thought the project was good for Industry and the region.
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Weekly Column: View from the Sidelines

Today is the first of weekly column’s called “View from the Sidelines,” in which I share topics and blogger opinions. Obviously I have to be careful about the comments I share, but there are enough articulate and well-thought out opinions to make this work.

When I started in this business, a tough day was getting chewed out over the telephone by an angry reader or getting an e-mail asking why we don’t cover a certain school enough.
Now we have blogs, and in case you haven’t noticed, those same complaints and criticisms are there for all to read at insidesocal.com/tribpreps. I spent a large portion of my day writing blog entries and officiating reader comments, which can get very messy and personal at times.
But for the most part, we have some of the most fascinating and articulate fans here in the San Gabriel Valley. I read other high school blogs, but few generate the insane number of comments that ours does, especially during the high school football season, when Friday night postgame threads typically generate well over 100 comments.
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Soccer postgame – Wilson earns top ranking

Boys Soccer
Thursday’s results
Wilson 2, Diamond Ranch 0
Mira Valdez was grimacing in pain moments after Wilson High School’s impressive 2-0 boys soccer victory over four-time defending Miramonte League champion Diamond Ranch on Thursday. Valdez turned his right ankle in their previous game against Bonita. When the trainer removed the tape after he had scored both goals and improved the CIF-Southern Section’s Division IV’s top-ranked Wildcats to 14-2-2 and 3-0, a smile finally lit up his face after helping the Wildcats take over first place. Diamond Ranch, No. 7 in Div. IV, dropped to 10-3-2 and 2-1-1. “This was a big one,” said the 5-foot-5 striker who plays more as an attacking midfielder. “I could barely feel my ankle, but this is my senior year. I was in a lot of pain but there was no way I was missing this game. “They’ve been the champions for a while but now it’s our turn. We want league, we want CIF, so it’s all out the rest of the way.”

Fred’s take: I heard a lot about Valdez but hadn’t seen him. He is the best player I’ve seen in the two years covering this area. He’s a rare left-footed player with incredible skill, great balance and beautiful finishing skills. College’s are always looking for skilled lefties, and he has the good to play at the next level.

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Boys Soccer Standings
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

Girls Soccer standings
Del Rey League
Christian League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Football: The champs still looking …

Here’s is what’s happening with Charter Oak’s 2009 football schedule. The champs already have scheduled Aliso Niguel, Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Damien and Etiwanda. But filling week one has been so difficult that Chargers coach Lou Farrar said they’re now searching by posting a games wanted on CIF’s website. Strangely enough, Bishop Amat is about six spaces down, also looking for a week one opponent, but don’t expect the two to meet on the field anytime soon, too many politics involved at the top, which have nothing to do with coaches’ desire to play each other. Charter Oak wanted to schedule big, and were in discussions with powerful Mission Viejo, Farrar confirmed, but the two schools couldn’t agree on a home-and-home. A one-year deal might have worked, but with re-leaguing set to begin in 2010, coaches weren’t ready to commit on a two-year deal. “We talked three or four times about it,” Farrar said of a possible meeting with Mission Viejo. “It was just too tough to nail down. The door isn’t closed, but they have a couple more games to fill than us. It might have worked if we played them another week and moved a few games around, but that would have gotten complicated.”
Now, what? Farrar said he will see who contacts them from the “Game Wanted” post, but he wouldn’t mind playing one of the best teams from the Southeast Division, depending on who’s available. That could mean Muir, Arcadia, Crescenta Valley. Or, La Serna, California or Santa Fe. “We still don’t know what’s going to happen,” Farrar said. “But playing one of the better schools in our division is always good to get an idea of how our division is going to be.”

Fred’s take: I know I’m beating a dead horse, but Bishop Amat and Charter Oak makes so much sense than it makes no sense why they haven’t inked this deal. Like I said, it starts at the top, if the administration from the two schools agree, it will happen. It’s as simple as that. I loved the thought of Charter Oak playing Mission Viejo too, but if that has fallen through, nothing makes more sense that Bishop Amat. If the Chargers want to be considered for a state bowl game next year, a game of this magnitude has to take place.

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Anything and anyone you want to talk about

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to have a weekly Friday column about, yes, the blog! I’m going to share our topics and your opinions (so please use spell check!). I’ll post the first column on Friday morning so keep in mind, whatever you write, don’t be surprised if you find it in print.

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Azusa wrestling coming on strong

The Azusa High School wrestling team, under first-year coach Steve Esquer, got off to a slow start, but the Aztecs have found their second wind lately. Azusa, sparked by the emergence of heavyweight Bernardo Delgado and 215-pound competitor Colton Johnson, has come on in recent weeks. It is 5-2 overall in dual meets and 3-1 in the Montview League. The Aztecs have done it despite Esquer coming on board a little more than a month before the start of the season. “I just want to resurrect the program and see where it goes,” Esquer said. “Considering that I didn’t see these kids until late October, I think we’ve come a long way. I think we can finish the season strong and end it on a good note.”
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Servite fans cross the line

This is a very concerning piece from the Orange County Register over racial slurs during a Servite boys basketball game against rival Mater Dei.

This story comes from Steve Fryer at The Orange County Register.

Video of Servite Taunts, which are very similar to the type of chants that happen in European soccer matches directed at African-American players. The Register reports that late in the video Servite fans can be heard making monkey sounds when Mater Dei guard Gary Franklin has the ball.

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BHoops: Chino Hills knocks off Glendora

There was no shortage of defense Wednesday, including the Chino Hills High School boys basketball team’s step toward defending its Sierra League title. The Huskies preserved their undefeated league record and tarnished Glendora’s with a gritty 61-51 victory over the visiting Tartans. While Glendora (14-6, 2-1) held Chino Hills leading scorer Derek Brown to eight points, the supporting cast for the Huskies, ranked No. 4 in CIF-SS Division I-A, mustered plenty of offense.

Six-foot-5 forward Greg Giron, one of three Huskies in double figures, led the way with 11 points and 10 rebounds. His three-point play with 1:04 to play gave Chino Hills (16-5, 3-0) a 15-point lead before a meaningless Glendora run combined with several missed free throws in the waning seconds made the game appear closer than it really was.
Despite seven league games left to play, first place at this point is far from meaningless, according to Glendora coach Mike LeDuc.
“Yeah, of course it means something,” he said. “The truth is everybody wants to be undefeated at this point. And the best team is.” Chino Hills, which lost to Glendora in its first meeting last season before reeling off a 12-game winning streak to finish the regular season, was careful not to place too much emphasis on Wednesday’s result, win or lose. Kosmond Russell, the Tartans’ leading scorer, was held to three field goals until a 3-pointer with nine seconds to play. He and Calvin Smith, who average a combined 34 points, scored 11 each and were the only Glendora players in double figures.

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Wednesday’s games
Boys Basketball results

Sierra League
Chino Hills 61, Glendora 51
Ayala 60, Diamond Bar 45
Damien 64, Chino 51
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 65, Arroyo 50
Rosemead 54, El Monte 39
San Antonio League
Walnut 65, South Hills 53
Valle Vista League
Northview 90, Pomona 59
Nonleague
Charter Oak 49, West Covina 27

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Breaking News: Zavala going to Wilson

Wilson High School appears close to naming Northview High defensive coordinator Brian Zavala as its next head football coach. Zavala would replace Greg Hoyd, who resigned after one year and a 1-9 record. Neither Wilson athletic director Dave Merrill nor Zavala can comment until the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District finishes the necessary paperwork and background checks, which are expected to be finalized soon.
Hoyd, who butted heads with the school’s boosters and administration, was not a San Gabriel Valley product and never that well-received. Zavala, meanwhile, brings a wealth of experience.
He’s been an assistant for 11 years and previously was with El Rancho and Rosemead before becoming the Vikings’ defensive coordinator for coach Jim Arellanes the past three years. Northview had one of the area’s best defensive teams in 2008, which led to a Valle Vista League title and quarterfinal appearance in the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division playoffs. The Vikings allowed an average of just 14 points a game and held opponents to less than 10 points in eight games.
Zavala is a 1993 graduate of Temple City and was an all-conference linebacker at the University of La Verne, where he earned a B.S. degree in movement sports science and a M.A. degree in education. “Brian and I were together at El Rancho and Rosemead and came here (Northview) together,” Arellanes said. “I know he’s wanted this (head coach) for a long time and it will be a huge loss to our program. He’s done so much behind the scenes and I really leaned on him and learned from him also.” After all the turmoil the Wilson football program went through this past season, Arellanes said the Wilson football community should be proud.
“They’re (Wilson) getting a hard-working coach and an excellent motivator,” Arellanes said. “I know he will do everything he can to right the ship. He’s very well organized, prepared, and the kids absolutely love him because he’s such a great motivator.”
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A hero to be proud of


There have certainly been a number of big-time baseball players in Major League Baseball from the San Gabriel Valley, but not all of them have been, for lack of better words, great role models. Some certainly have, but the man of the moment is Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young. His $10,000 donation to the Ortega Family speaks volumes. Here’s a guy who grew up in Covina, played at Bishop Amat, is an all-star and shown here winning the MVP in the all-star game. I thought one of the best quotes from Monday’s charity game that raised $18,000 came from Northview coach Darren Murphy.

“It’s incredible what he did. Most people think because you have a lot of money that it’s not such a big deal, but it’s still amazing for him to do it. He didn’t have to do it. He’s (Young) still in Texas, this was all communicated through the telephone and the news. He reached back and wanted to give back to his community. I would hope that he’s (Young) the guy that our young kids in the area would look up to now. He’s everything that I would want my players to be like. His donation just tells you what kind of person he is.”

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Softball: Patterson still the best

The last softball thread got out of hand in the comments section, but it started out as a good discussion, so here goes, these are the pre-season top ten softball pitchers for the spring.

Above: Los Altos’ Diana-Lynn Patterson, the reigning Tribune MVP.

1. Diana-Lynn Patterson, Los Altos Sr. (0.68 ERA, 206 K’s)
2. Dana Waldusky, Glendora, Sr., (Tartans don’t do stats)
3. Reina Garber, South El Monte, Sr. (1.71, 136 K’s)
4. Kortnie Clark, San Dimas, Jr, (1.33, 107 K’s)
5. Brittney Flores, Sierra Vista, Jr. (1.42, 142 K’s)
6. Veronica Ramirez, Azusa, So. (1.46, 84 K’s)
7. Gypsy Ramirez, San Dimas, Sr. (1.11, 64 K’s)
8. Laura Banuelos, Rowland, So. (2.70, 77 K’s)
9. Chloe Wurst, Bonita, Jr. (116 K’s)
10. Justine Tullis, Charter Oak, Jr. (2.72)

In the last softball thread, these comments were worth posting again ..
Posted by Patrick: Fred, i would certainly keep and eye on Diamond Bar as well as St lucy’s . Diamond Bar will have Miller and LaRosa as well as some sleeper Freshman, and a transfer pitcher from Washington!

Posted by cch snp: Ok listen not gonna bag on the new bo hi coach but understand bonita will be better because of the eligibility of senior pitcher Amber Bachman who was not there last year clearly where they were lacking. The problem with bo hi are the parents who cant keep their m.. shut.

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Soccer postgame thread: Saints win 4-0

Note: If you’ve come back from a game and have the results, post them in the comments section. I’ll update in the morning. Next week we hope to launch a daily preps scoreboard that will look similar to our blog, only you won’t be able to comment, it will simply be used to update scores as they’re called into us.


San Dimas’ Ariel Shore scores a pair of goals in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Baldwin Park.

Tuesday’s soccer results
Girls Soccer
Northview 2, Ganesha 0
La Salle 3, Bishop Amat 1
Gabrielino 2, Mountain View 0

San Dimas 4, Baldwin Park 0 - If there was admission, it certainly would have been worth the price to watch Baldwin Park High goalkeeper Jesse Garcia. But there was only so much the sophomore could do against San Dimas’ relentless pressure. After tipping shots over the bar and diving to her left and right to keep the game scoreless at half, Garcia couldn’t stop the Saints from opening it up in the second half. Saints forward Ariel Shore scored twice and Brooke Lambert and Breanna Celaya also scored to lead the Saints to a 4-0 victory over the Braves in Tuesday’s Valle Vista League game. The Saints fired 21 shots and Garcia recorded 11 saves, but it wasn’t enough.
Los Altos 1, Diamond Ranch 0 – Malaysia Avery scored the lone unassisted goal to give the Conquerors a huge win over the Panthers.
Walnut 1, South Hills 0 – Megan Leu scored the lone goal for the Mustangs, who won a big game on the road at the District Field. I caught the end of it, the Huskies had a breakaway in the 89th minute and couldn’t finish it. Then in the final seconds, the referee called a foul that was a yard inside the Mustangs’ penalty area, but the ref did what most ref’s do that late in the game, placing the ball an inch outside the left-corner of the box instead of awarding a penalty kick. The Huskies couldn’t convert and that was that.

Boys Soccer
Workman 2, Azusa 1
Wilson 3, Bonita 0
Los Altos 0, Diamond Ranch 0
La Puente 4, Gladstone 2

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Soccer Anyone? Taking on all comers

If you want a shot at me on the soccer field, my brother Steve, cousin Mike, Covina high school teacher Julian Soto, weeklies reporter Maritza Velazquez, soccer fanatic Joe-lodinho and our other hand-picked soccer specialists, we’re knocking teams aside at the Sunday co-ed indoor soccer league at the Field of Dreams in West Covina. We’re trying to get Star-Newbie reporter Miguel Melendez to join next season. He said he’s in training. You can check out the standings, we’re Region 69, at the top of the table and ready to take on anyone in the Valley. This season wraps up in a couple weeks, so after we win the championship and get ready to defend our title, get a team together and take us on. We’re changing our name next season to Sheffield Sunday.

Below: The infamous Robledo Edgewood letterman jacket. Yes, we called a midfielder a halfback then, and yes, I played tennis too.

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Another fundraiser for the Ortega’s

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the University of La Verne Baseball Team will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the The James and Theresa Ortega Children Memorial Fund. The event will revolve around the University’s Alumni Baseball game and will take place at Upland Memorial Park in Upland, CA. James Ortega Jr. played baseball at the University of La Verne. The event will start at 11:00am and run until approximately 4:00pm. The event will be free to attend and will feature a silent auction, raffle, professional athlete appearances and appearances from the Laker Girls, Clipper Girls and Chivas USA Girls. The address for Upland Memorial Park is 1100 E. Foothill Blvd., Upland, CA 91786. At the conclusion of the event, the fundraiser will move down the 10 Freeway to the Crazy Horse in West Covina, CA. From 7:00pm to 9:00pm The Crazy Horse will have a cover charge of $10. The money that is raised at the door during those hours will be donated directly to the Fund as well. During those two hours there will be music and a raffle.

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Baseball: Pedroza area’s top pitcher?

Following the incredible turnout at Monday’s doubleheader for the Ortega Family, it go me thinking, South Hills and Northview have to play a real game at some point, and that fans want to discuss baseball all year long. So here it goes, lets start with the expected top ten pitchers this spring.


Above: Is Northview’s Eddie Pedroza the area’s top pitcher?

1. Eddie Pedroza, Northview, Junior
2. Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, Junior
3. Brady Zuniga, Bishop Amat, Senior
4. Nico Calderaro, Bonita, Senor
5. Kevin Ponzo, San Dimas, Senior
6. Jason Plowman, Bonita, Senior
7. Derek Klena, South Hills, Senior
8. Adam Plutko, Glendora, Junior
9. Nick Amrhein, Damien, Junior
10. Jimmy Saucedo, South El Monte, Senior

Note: Tomorrow I’ll post the top ten softball pitchers.

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BHoops: DRanch edges Nogales for No. 1


Above: Nogales coach Ricky Roper knows he has a special group this season.

Boys Basketball top ten poll
1. Diamond Ranch (13-3)
Finally took care of Bonita
2. Nogales (15-5)
Impressive win over Walnut
3. Bonita (16-4)
Struggling with consistency
4. Northview (13-5)
Cruising in the Valle Vista
5. Glendora (13-5)
Takes on Chino Hills Friday
6. Damien (12-6)
Starts 0-2 in Sierra
7. Bishop Amat (14-5)
Already 0-2 in Del Rey
8. Walnut (14-3)
Still a nice record isn’t it?
9. Workman (12-5)
Should not lose in Montview
10. Diamond Bar (10-6)
Split a pair last week; not bad

Boys Basketball standings
Arrowhead League
Christian League
Del Rey League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League
Montview League
Mission Valley League
Miramonte League

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GSoccer: St. Lucy’s moves to No. 1


Above: St. Lucy’s Sara Kashe controls the ball in the first half during a soccer match against Walnut.

Girls Soccer top ten poll
1. St. Lucy’s (8-2-4)
Seven-game unbeaten streak
2. Glendora (12-5-3)
Didn’t have it against Regents
3. Bishop Amat (12-1-4)
Beaten soundly by St. Joseph
4. Walnut (6-5-2)
Not the same, but still tough
5. South Hills (9-6-1)
Gets Walnut tonight at Covina District
6. Diamond Ranch (4-4-2)
Not the start it hoped for
7. Los Altos (11-6-1)
Slipping, lost four of five
8. Charter Oak (10-5-2)
Only a 1-0 loss to Diamond Ranch
9. San Dimas
Easy pair of wins in Valle Vista
10. Baldwin Park (10-4-1)
Falling quick in Valle Vista after promising start

Girls Soccer standings
Del Rey League
Christian League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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BSoccer: Braves clinging to No. 1


Above: South Hills and Bishop Amat battle in recent game

Boys Soccer top ten poll
1. Baldwin Park (13-1)
Beat Ganesha in showdown
2. Wilson (12-2-2)
Playing well, DRanch next
3. Sierra Vista (11-1-2)
Quick 5-0 start in Montview
4. Mountain View (10-4-2)
Gets two big Mission Valley League wins.
5. Diamond Ranch (10-2-1)
Only two losses in 13 games against a tough schedule
6. South Hills (9-6-1)
This should be a big week for Huskies
7. Bishop Amat (11-4-2)
Off to 2-0 start in Del Rey
8. West Covina (8-2-2)
Gets South Hills this week
9. Los Altos (8-2)
What, no ties?
10. Diamond Bar (8-5-2)
Easy 3-0 win over Glendora

Boys Soccer Standings
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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GHoops: Diamond Ranch widens gap

Girls Basketball top ten poll
1. Diamond Ranch (12-4)
When you beat the closest rival in the Miramonte by 40, league is too easy.
2. Bishop Amat (15-3)
A 3-point loss to Bishop Montgomery leaves Lancers 1-1 in Del Rey.
3. South Hills (11-5)
Will the Huskies finally wrestle the control away from Walnut on Wednesday?
4. Sierra Vista (12-3)
You can say this about the Dons: It’s 32-minutes of pressure
5. St. Lucy’s (10-5)
Beats Glendora in opener, holding strong in Sierra
6. Bonita (12-5)
40-point loss to Diamond Ranch, don’t expect it to get better at home next time around.
7. Diamond Bar (10-7)
Look who’s 2-0 in Sierra. Yes, the Lady Brahmas
8. Covina (11-6)
Looks like the old Colts again, then again, the weak Valle Vista will do that too you.
9. Azusa (12-5)
Waiting for rematch with Sierra Vista on Jan. 28
10. Walnut (10-7)
Trying to defend San Antonio, but could be South Hills’ year.

Girls Basketball standings
Christian League
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Supporters walk the walk, raise $18,000

At best, organizers for Monday’s Ortega Family fundraiser featuring the baseball teams from Northview, Covina, South Hills and Charter Oak hoped to raise two, maybe three thousand. All four teams chipped in with $150 each to start, but over the weekend, Texas Rangers shortstop and all-star Michael Young dipped into his pockets and donated $10,000. You remember Young, who grew up in Covina, attended Bishop Amat and the longtime member of the Rangers. Then at the end of the night Monday, after fifty-fifties, auction’s, snack bar sales, and a much larger crowd than expected, $8,000 more was raised, bringing the grand total to a little more than $18,000.


Above: South Hills players greet Joseph Ortega between games along with Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton. Ortega, 20, threw out the first pitch in both games. “I’d like to thank everyone who came out here today to support our family. It means a lot. You can’t ask for anything more than what the community has done. It helps, it really does.”


Above: Michael Young’s Godfather Pete Chavez presented the $10,000 check to Joseph Ortega on his behalf.

Northview coach Darren Murphy on Young’s donation:
“It’s incredible what he did. Most people think because you have a lot of money that it’s not such a big deal, but it’s still amazing for him to do it. He didn’t have to do it. He’s (Young) still in Texas, this was all communicated through the telephone and the news. He reached back and wanted to give back to his community. I would hope that he’s (Young) the guy that our young kids in the area would look up to now. He’s everything that I would want my players to be like. His donation just tells you what kind of person he is.”


Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton: “The unity this shows, the dedication and the love this community has for each other is heart-warming, it’s wonderful to see. To have all these people here on a day off, on a three-day weekend give their money and their time to raise money for the victims of this horrible crime is beyond words. I’m at a loss for words actually, which is kind of rare for a politician, but that’s how moved I am by this event.”


South Hills coach Kevin Smith seemed moved by the large gathering as well, and told a story about a Northern California couple he met pulling into the parking lot. “I get tired of people saying the American people are selfish and only care about themselves. It’s a three-day weekend, there’s barbeques everywhere, the weather is awesome, and there’s this huge turnout for high school baseball games in January. When we pulled in we met this couple from Northern California who didn’t know anybody, but heard about this game in the news and wrote a check for a $100 bucks. They just said ‘Here, this is a great thing you’re doing.’ Absolutely incredible, it really is. It takes your breath away that in a couple of weeks we could raise this kind of money for a family in need.”

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Anything and anyone you want to talk about

I’m working on game-coverage for the week, and athlete of the week considerations, so lets hear from you.

BTW, this post came from Don ….
I for one, don’t think that Fred posts enough lists here. I mean, he does OK as far as he goes, but judging from the response to the lists he does put up, there needs to be more. A lot more. So as (another) public service, I would like to offer my top ten list of yet undone Top Ten Lists. You go ahead and figure out which ones are tongue in cheek.

1.Top Ten Football Fields
2.Top Ten Feeder Programs
3.Top Ten Snack Bars, High School Division
4.Top Ten “Travel Teams”, Girls Division (we may want to expand this one to top 20 or 25)
5.Top Ten “Travel Teams”, Boys Division
6.Top Ten Places for Post-Season Banquets
7.Top Ten Sports Towns, (No Freddie, West Covina and Covina do not count as the one Town)
8.Top Ten Baseball Fields
9.Top Ten Uniforms, (any sport)
10.Top Ten Snack Bars, Open Division

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Great Day for baseball, let’s play two

What: Ortega Family Fundraiser
Who: Covina vs. Charter Oak, 2 p.m.; Northview vs. South Hills, 5 p.m.
Where: Azusa Pacific University, Monday Jan. 19
Cost: Minimum $2 donation, with all snack bar sales benefitting the Ortega family


Darren Murphy grew up in Covina, attended Northview High School and coached his alma mater to a CIF-SS divisional baseball title last spring.
But the reasons Murphy, South Hills’ Kevin Smith, Charter Oak’s Tom Quinley and Covina High’s Pete Loaiza coach are for moments like today, when the four high schools gather for an exhibition doubleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Azusa Pacific University to benefit the Ortega family, who lost nine members in the impossible-to-fathom Christmas Eve Massacre in Covina.
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