Releaguing 2010: South Hills, Charter Oak, Glendora, Rowland file appeals; coaches react

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Say goodbye to some of the best league rivalries in recent years, including Damien-Glendora, West Covina-South Hills and Los Altos-Wilson. The 42 high schools that compete in the Mt. SAC area voted on new league alignments for 2010 on Wednesday. Glendora, South Hills and Charter Oak understandably were disappointed with the results. After Tuesday’s 4 1/2 hour meeting that took 15 votes before a proposal was finally accepted, four schools met Wednesday’s deadline to submit appeals: Charter Oak, Glendora, Rowland and South Hills.
The appeals are scheduled to be heard on May 6.

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Baseball: Sierra Vista and La Puente headed for an old-fashioned showdown in May


Sierra Vista did everything they could to interrupt my Lakers plans on Wednesday, using almost four hours to rally from a 5-2 deficit in the seventh inning to tie it 5-5, sending it into extra innings, like I needed more of that blistering sun. But it was worth it, the Dons completed the thrilling comeback with a 6-5 victory in 11 innings when Christian Huerta’s game-winning double brought home Michael Lomeli for the game-winner. With La Puente’s 15-5 win over Workman, the Montview League is beginning two shape into a two-team race. La Puente (10-5, 6-1) and Sierra Vista (12-5, 6-1) are tied for first and will meet in a home and home on May 5 and 7, which could very well determine the league champion.

Today’s games
Miramonte League
Wilson at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio League
Nogales at Walnut, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Rowland, 3:15 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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Area Releaguing set for 2010: Glendora gets the boot east, SHills, Charter Oak in tough, and why is Diamond Ranch still hanging out in the SGV?

This is the new league alignment as passed by Mt. SAC Area Principals on Tuesday.
Baseline League – Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Glendora, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Sierra League – Ayala, Charter Oak, Chino Hills, Claremont, Damien/St. Lucy’s, South Hills
Miramonte/San Antonio League – Bonita, Diamond Bar, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Mt. Baldy League – Chaffey, Chino, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario
Valle Vista League – Baldwin Park, Covina, Nogales, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson
Montview League – Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman

Big Winners: Diamond Ranch, Wilson, Damien, Nogales
Big Losers: Glendora, South Hills, Charter Oak

Fred’s thoughts: Here we are worried about operating costs, travel, and teachers getting pink slips, and this committee goes ahead and approves a proposal that makes little geographical sense. Again, rationale decisions take a back-seat to personal agendas, and who pays, the schools. Glendora moves out of the Sierra League and will have it tough for years to come in the Baseline. Competive-wise, they will be okay, but lots of travel. Kind of sad when your closest league opponent is Upland, with Bonita, Damien, and Charter Oak around the corner. But that would make sense. For what it’s worth, I like the Sierra League. I would have flip-flopped Chino Hills and Glendora (geographical/competitive reasons), but I like South Hills, Charter Oak and Damien all in the same league. How Damien got this lucky, I don’t know. Why isn’t Diamond Ranch among these teams if you’re going to leave them in the SGV? Shouldn’t they be in the toughest SGV group if they stay? Chino Hills will make the Sierra extremely tough across the board, and so will Ayala. The Miramonte/San Antonio league is the best the SGV has to offer with upper-tier sports schools not named Charter Oak, South Hills and Glendora. My question, why they heck is Diamond Ranch in there. Again, this is the price South Hills and Charter Oak pay for being good. It make complete geographical sense for one of them to be in this league, and no sense whatsoever for Diamond Ranch to be in it. But here’s the kicker, Diamond Ranch and Diamond Bar in the same league. It’s on now fellas. The Valle Vista adds Wilson and Noglaes, which is huge relief for the Cats and Nobles and will raise their athletic profile now that they will be able to win again. Other than that, what do you think?

I’m writing local reaction for tomorrow, and thought I would share some of it ...
South Hills football coach Steve Bogan welcomes the challenge of competing in the Sierra League, but wonders why principals would vote for a proposal that will further strain the school’s operating costs. With West Covina a few blocks down the road and Walnut around the corner, South Hills is now being asked to travel to Claremont, Ayala and Chino Hills. “This (Sierra) looks like a heck of a football league, and it’s a great challenge for us to try and compete,” Bogan said. “But as a school, when I look at our size and the transportation costs, especially when it comes to the lower-level sports, it doesn’t make much sense. This is going to be a huge travel cost. The Covina school district is closing two (elementary) schools and laying-off teachers, where are we going to get the (gas) money for these additional costs, not to mention the extra-time the kids have to spend traveling. There is no free lunch, the money has to come from somewhere.”


I don’t know if South Hills coach Steve Bogan will have this much vacation time in the new league. South Hills, Charter Oak and Damien? Which school reigns supreme?

Reaction from the Bulletin’s Pete Marshall, who was there: Someone was going to be unhappy, and it turns out it is Glendora and South Hills. I firmly believe that Damien/St. Lucy’s was a better fit competitive-equity wise for the Baseline League, but the Chaffey district schools blocked that possibility. Glendora wanted relief from the Sierra League, only to be placed in a tougher league. Glendora will likely appeal on competitive equity grounds, as Glendora officials repeatedly said as the school’s name kept being mentioned in the Baseline League. South Hills’ issue is more with geography, and transportation costs that would rise. But, competitive equity has been determined to be the No. 1 criteria. South Hills should be able to compete in the Sierra League, which it is under the new plan. Just like there are a lot of schools that don’t want to be in the same league as Damien/St. Lucy’s, there are also a lot to the west that don’t want to be in the same league as South Hills. Last time that happened, it was 8 years ago, and South Hills’ fellow Covina Valley schools Covina and Northview wanted to be separated from South Hills, after the trio had been together in the Valle Vista League.

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After preps: Chuck Tiffany returns to the Dodgers

Hi All: I just wanted to let you know about my latest entry on Prep Stars: Where are you now? Today I write about former Charter Oak pitching sensation Chuck Tiffany, who re-signed with Dodgers over the weekend. He was assigned to the organization’s spring training complex in Arizona, where the team will determine what affiliate he will pitch for this season.

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Breaking News: Former Baldwin Park legend Tony Zane to join Bassett High School’s coaching staff

I get this anonymous call from person at Bassett asking if I want to write about its new weight room, then he casually drops a bomb saying that former Baldwin Park coaching legend and and one of the Valley’s greatest ever, Tony Zane, has agreed to become an assistant football coach at Bassett with head coach Leon Ward. I immediately called Ward, who confirmed it. “I believe I landed a nugget,” Ward said laughing. “Tony and I have been good friends for a long time, I coached with him in some all-star games back in the day and we became really good friends. We stayed in touch and were out with the wives one night when one of the wives suggested that Tony should join me. Tony said he would, which I thought was him just being funny. But a couple days later I approached him about, he was serious and I was serious so here we are. What an incredible person to add to our staff. I’m thrilled.”
Zane Bio: He spent 31 years at Baldwin Park, the last 13 as a head coach when he retired in 2002. During his tenure as an assistand and hea coach he won two CIF-SS championships, won 47 playoffs games, and 16 league titles. Welcome back coach.

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Baseball: Bishop Amat holds steady at No. 1 while San Dimas climbs to No. 2; Bonita, Nogales falling

Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bishop Amat (15-4) – The Lancers are a perfect 6-0 in the Dely Rey and No. 1 in the Division IV polls. They went 4-0 in the Anaheim Lions’ tournament before losing 3-2 to a strong team from Reno, Nevada, then beat Garfield 8-0 to wrap-up a darn-good week. Considering the teams ranked directly below also lost, the Lancers stay on top.
2. San Dimas (13-3) - – The Saints swept Ganesha last week and get Covina this week before next week’s mammoth home-and-home against Northview. Even though Northview lost twice, we’re jumping the Saints to No. 2 based on their better record than the Vikes, and their head-to-head win.
3. Northview (11-4) – The Vikings go 2-2 in the National Classic, beating Jesuit 7-5 in their final game. Not a great showing, but a good showing, and considering they had a lead going into the sixth inning of every game, that is something to be proud of against such a prestigious field.
4. Glendora (12-5) – After beating Arcadia and pitcher Rutherford to win the Arcadia tourney, the Tartans split with Diamond Bar last week, losing 11-3 at home in the second game, which snapped a six-game win streak. It will be like that in the Sierra, where no playoff spot is guaranteed.
5. Charter Oak (12-5) – The Chargers didn’t play last week, but moved into first all by themselves because of Bonita’s Miramonte league loss to Los Altos. The Chargers have won five straight, and continue to gain confidence.
6. Bonita (12-4) – Don’t know what to make of these recent developments. You can forgive the loss to Wilson as just being one of those things. But after losing to Charter Oak in the championship of the Northview tournament, they split with Los Altos of all teams last week, losing 3-2 after winning 7-2 earlier in the week.
7. Damien (14-4) – The Spartans won the Brian Hamilton tournament, finishing things off with a 7-5 win over Chino in the championship game. Now the fun begins, with a home-and-home against Glendora this week.
8. South Hills (12-6) – Didn’t they use to own the Don Lugo tournament? Well, they didn’t do so bad. After crushing Baldwin Park and losing 3-0 to Chino Hills, they bounced back with a nice 5-3 win over Monrovia to close out the tournament.
9. Diamond Bar (10-7 – You have to respect the fact the Brahmas are 4-3 in the Sierra League, locked in an early four-team race and only a game back of first after splitting with Glendora. We know they can hit, we know their pitching is so-so at times, but they compete and won’t roll over against anyone.
10. Nogales (14-7-1) – The Nobles are hanging on the top ten rankings by a thread. Actually, we probably should have dropped them after losing to Diamond Ranch, Chino Hills and tying Monrovia in their last three games. But they do have credible wins on their resume and with Andrew Melchor on the mound, anything is possible.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League


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Softball: Glendora remains on top with Bonita moving back to No. 2; SHills, SVista both drop


Above: San Dimas’ Ariel Shore. If there is a better leadoff hitter in the Valley, I haven’t seen her.

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Glendora (10-2) – The Tartans beat Cantwell Sacred Heart and Temple City to reach the semifinals of the Charter Oak tournament, extending their winning streak to five. They still only have losses to Upland (split) and Etiwanda, and resume tournament action on Friday against El Rancho. In between, a couple of Sierra League games with nemesis, St. Lucy’s.
2. Bonita (15-3-1) – An easy 10-0 win over Diamond Ranch followed 0-1-1 showing against South Hills. After they brush aside Wilson and Charter Oak this week, mark you calendars a week from Thursday when Los Altos comes back to Bo-town. Not only will I predict the outcome, but I’ll give you the final score.
3. Los Altos (12-5) – After beating South Hills 12-0, the Conq’s beat a very good Redlands team 5-4 before losing to Torrance, 4-2 in the Corona Santiago tournament. On Saturday, the Conqs face Mighty Mater Dei in the tournament as well. Los Altos and BAmat have played the toughest schedules … by far.
4. San Dimas (13-3) – The winning streak is now at ten, and they already have punched a ticket to Saturday’s Charter Oak tourney title, facing the winner between Glendora-El Rancho. Please let this be Glendora, I would love to see how the new-and-imporoved Saints fare against our No. 1. Sorry, but the Valle Vista League doesn’t tell us much.
5. Bishop Amat (10-9) – Hey, at least they’re over .500 again. The Lancers went 2-1 last week with wins over El Modena and Saugus before a loss to a tough Carson squad.
6. Walnut (10-5) – We must pay closer attention in Nutsville. In the Whittier Christian tournament they beat a 9-4 Magnolia team, 10-0. Then they beat at 12-5 Riverside Christian squad, 2-1, before losing 5-0 to 13-1 El Segundo. And remember, they only lost to Bonita, 3-1. After Bonita, they’re most improved.
7. South El Monte (10-5) – With the Eagles No. 4 in the Div. VI rankings, don’t be surprised if they make a deep playoff run and they’re the only team we’re writing about near the end of the season. They are 2-1 in the Charter Oak tournament with a loss to Temple City.
8. Sierra Vista (12-2) – The Dons beat a struggling Harvard-Westlake team, then lost to El Rancho in the second round at Charter Oak, the same El Rancho that entered the tournament with a 3-10 record. Now, Sierra Vista’s coach explained that stud pitcher Brittney Flores didn’t pitch (injury), so again, what do we really know about the Dons?
9. South Hills (10-7-1) – Back to reality in 12-0 loss to Los Altos after split with Bonita. Let’s see what the recent results do to this young team’s confidence. With Walnut on the rise, and West Covina and Rowland respectable, the San Antonio is fun again.
10. St. Lucy’s (8-9) – Forget their overall record, their schedule is tough, so looks at the wins, which include a 4-2 decision over Bishop Amat, 4-3 win over Walnut and a 1-0 win over San Dimas. Yeah, they deserve to be here.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Duarte’s Tip Sanders ready to start from scratch

“From what I’m seeing it’s going to be a year we’ll rebuild completely. They tell me some of the kids transferred but I’m looking forward to the challenges,” said coach Tip Sanders.
On Jodan Canada transferring to South Hills: “I don’t take it personal. I coached (Canada’s) dad and he worked with me. They said that was something they wanted to do. They said that it was a change they wanted to do,” said Sanders.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
It’s been nearly two months since Duarte High School named Lavelle “Tip” Sanders as the school’s football coach, replacing Wardell Crutchfield who was abruptly fired because the school wanted to go in a different direction. It hasn’t taken long but already Sanders faces the daunting task of regrouping a divided team.

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Jim McConnell speaks to Jim Brownfield about his health, football and life lessons

By Jim McConnell, the man we call King:
YOU’D be surprised how much you can learn – when you listen. And when Jim Brownfield calls, you really need to brush up on your auricular skills. Brownfield, 80, currently is experiencing some health problems, but they haven’t slowed him down. His mind is as sharp as ever.

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Red or Blue? Area Releaguing expected to be voted on today at Diamond Bar High School

Our good friend Pete Marshall at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin posted this on his blog recently. It gives further insight to what might happen when re-leaguing is voted on today at 2 p.m. at Diamond Bar High School. Marshall will be at today’s meeting, and will have a story for us in tomorrow’s paper. I will update the blog when I learn the results.

Marshall writes: It’s down to 2 proposals, but might not be limited to two, for releaguing the Mt. SAC Area in the high schools. There will be plenty of politicking over the next few weeks about which of the two proposals to vote for. If they can’t get a 2/3 vote by the 42 principals in the area on one of the two, then other proposals will be considered. Sticking points that my be an issue at the principal’s meeting April 21:

1) The Baseline League wants Glendora and not Damien/St. Lucy’s, to join their league.
2) One proposal has Charter Oak in the Sierra League. Charter Oak contends that works for baseball and maybe 1 or 2 other sports, but isn’t a good match overall.
3) The red proposal has too many five-team leagues to pass, is my guess
4) Damien/St. Lucy’s is an unpopular school tandem to have in a league, but others have issues with Diamond Ranch and/or South Hills, for various reasons, too.
5) Do people prefer the 6 or 7 league proposal?

Here are the proposals (note: Mt. Baldy, Valle Vista and Montview are the same in the 2 proposals)

RED (7 LEAGUES) *-changed from existing

Baseline(5): Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland
Sierra (5): Ayala, Chino Hills, Damien/St. Lucy’s, D. Ranch*, Glendora
Mt. Baldy (7): Chaffey, Chino*, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario
Miramonte (5): Bonita, Charter Oak, Claremont*, Los Altos, S. Hills*
San Antonio(5): Diamond Bar*, Nogales, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Valle Vista(6): Baldwin Park, Covina, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson*
Montview (8): Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha*, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman

BLUE (6 LEAGUES) *-changed from existing
Baseline(6): Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Damien/St. Lucy’s*
Sierra (7): Ayala, Chino Hills, Charter Oak*, Claremont*, Diamond Ranch*, Glendora, S. Hills*
Mt. Baldy (7): Chaffey, Chino*, Colony, Don Lugo, Garey, Montclair, Ontario
San Antonio(7): Bonita*, Diamond Bar*, Los Altos* Nogales, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina
Valle Vista(6): Baldwin Park, Covina, Northview, Pomona, San Dimas, Wilson*
Montview (8): Azusa, Bassett, Duarte, Ganesha*, Gladstone, La Puente, Sierra Vista, Workman

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Baseball Polls: Back to reality, CIF has it just like we do, Bishop Amat and Northview on top

Isn’t this how it’s supposed to end up in Division IV, with Bishop Amat and Northview meeting in the biggest and most anticipated game in San Gabriel Valley history? Am I getting carried away by asking that? Anyway, as long as they stay on top of the polls, they will meet in the title game. Oh wait, San Dimas is No. 3, leads the VVL, and is certainly good enough to spoil it all. I’m not hating Saints, you can beat either team and they know it. Bonita (3), South Hills (4) and Charter Oak (8) are in the mix in Division III and Gladstone joins the party in Division V, checking in at No. 7. Someone will have to explain the Division II rankings, Chino (No. 6) is the only Sierra team listed, but Arcadia (whom Glendora promptly beat in their own tournament) is No. 7. It must be that tough Pacific League, right? Those games against Muir, Pasadena, Burbank and Burroughs are so darn tough (extreme sarcasm). It’s unfair that the Sierra is getting punished for being tough from top to bottom.


Shouldn’t Glendora be ranked in Division II?

Division II – 1. El Toro, 2. Yucaipa, 3. Upland, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Palos Verdes, 6. Chino, 7. Arcadia, 8. Crespi, 9. San Luis Obispo, 10. Vista del Lago.
Division III - 1. Beckman, 2. Gahr, 3. Bonita, 4. Hemet, 5. South Hills, 6. Alhambra, 7. Downey, 8. Charter Oak, 9. Ocean View, 10. Knight.
Division IV – 1. Bishop Amat, 2. Northview, 3. San Dimas, 4. El Segunodo, 5. La Quinta, 6. Palm Desert, 7. Fullerton, 8. Anaheim, 9. Monrovia, 10.
Torrance.
Division V - 1. San Jacinto, 2. Santa Ynez, 3. Marantha, 4. Campbell Hall, 5. Downey Calvary Chapel, 6. Linfield Christian, 7. Gladstone, 8. Woodcrest Christian, 9. Don Bosco Tech, 10. Aquinas.

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Softball Polls: Bonita moves up to No. 3, but what about Los Altos and Rodney Dangerfield Glendora?

After we harp on Bonita’s 0-1-1 showing against South Hills, the pollsters promptly jump the Bearcats from No. 4 to No. 3 in the Division III rankings. They do this while somehow dropping Los Altos from No. 7 to No. 10 for I guess, losing a tournament game over the weekend against Torrance. But didn’t Los Altos mercy South Hills, 12-0. They continue to make a mockery of the polls while not ranking OUR No. 1 Glendora (10-2) in Div. III, whom I will continue to remind everyone beat Bonita without the Big Waldusky. And, the Tartans are about to win the Charter Oak tourney to go with their San Dimas tourney finals appearance. Can someone explain this please? That’s why our rankings are so much more accurate, I keep telling you folks that. I’m not trying to rain on Bonita’s parade, but when it doesn’t add up, it doesn’t add up. San Dimas is No. 6 in Division V with Sierra Vista checking in at No. 8. South El Monte climbs to No. 4 in Div. VI.

Division III – 1. Tesoro, 2. Oaks Christian, 3. Bonita, 4. Patriot, 5. Cajon, 6. Crescenta Valley, 7. Flintridge Sacred Heart, 8. Downey, 9. Ayala, 10. Los Altos.
Division IV - 1. Ocean View, 2. Torrance, 3. St. Joseph’s, 4. Segerstrom, 5. Aquinas, 6. Lompoc Cabrillo, 7. El Segundo, 8. Santa Monica, 9. Bishop Amat, 10. Cantwell Sacred Heart/Morro Bay.
Division V – 1. Woodcrest Christian, 2. Whittier Christian, 3. Village Christian, 4. Calvary Murrieta, 5. La Canada, 6. San Dimas, 7. Riverside Christian, 8. Sierra Vista, 9. Chadwick, 10. Keppel.
Division VI - 1. La Salle, 2. Maranatha, 3. Marymount, 4. South El Monte, 5. Ramona Convent, 6. Oxford Academy, 7. Grace Brethren, 8. Campbell Hall, 9. Serra, 10. Viewpoint.

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The Aram Tolegian anniversary tour: The legitimacy of all-league and all-area teams.

As we celebrate the fourth-anniversary of the blog originator, Aram Tolegian, we’re looking back at some of his best topics throughout his one-year plus reign on the blog (2006-07), which brought out the best and worst of bloggers. On May 8, 2006, Aram talked to coaches, and got their feelings on the legitimacy of all-league and all-area teams. Aram, take it from here

Aram, May 8, 2006 — I can do this because I have the sources. Here’s what some of the top coaches in the area think about the legitimacy of all-league and Tribune all-area teams. Because this ended up being such a hot topic on another thread, I decided to get the opinions of some local coaches because I have access to it. If any other coaches want to post their opinions, then please leave your name with your post. Start with all-league voting opinion and then Tribune All-Area. Please be honest, there will be no hard feelings whatsoever.
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Area Players make ESPN’s All-Greater L.A. Rise Magazine’s prestigious list

Check out ESPN’s All-Greater L.A. Rise Magazine’s baseball team. There are some locals on that team, starting with Jiovanni MIer (Bonita), Josh Leyland (San Dimas), Cody Regis (Glendora), Paul Paez (Bishop Amat). Hmm, Something tells me a player of the year could come out of this group.

Above: Bonita and USC bound Jiovanni Mier. Will Mier go to USC or sign with a Major League baseball team after the draft? it’s a tough decision.

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Charter Oak Tournament Results: Glendora, El Rancho, Covina, San Dimas in Final Four

Semifinals
Tonight
Covina vs. San Dimas at Charter Oak, 5 p.m.
Friday
Glendora vs. El Rancho at Charter Oak, 5 p.m.

I don’t have all the scoring results, but I have the results. Let’s start with Covina, after getting hammered by San Dimas on Friday 10-4, Covina beat Ontario Christian, then got a forfeit victory over Los Osos (who had to get home for prom) to reach the semifinals. Who will Covina get? San Dimas again. The Saints beat Santa Fe, then knocked off Montebello. Covina and San Dimas will meet tonight at 5 p.m. instead of Friday so it doesn’t interfere with league games. On the bottom half of the bracket, Glendora knocked Flintridge Sacred Heart (The Pasadena Star-News’ No. 1 team), then beat Temple City to reach the semi’s. The hardest road by far. El Ranch beat host Charter Oak, then played Sierra Vista, a big first-round winner over Harvard-Westlake. El Ranch beat Sierra Vista in the second round, so Glendora meets El Rancho in the other semifinal Friday at 5 p.m. The winners play on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Fred’s thoughts: I’m shocked Covina is in the semifinals, but not completely surprised either because of the forfeit win. The Colts didn’t look that bad against San Dimas on Friday, but I can tell they’re better than most think. I’m happy that Sierra Vista beat Harvard-Westlake, showing they can compete outside the Montview. But I’m most impressed with, San Dimas and how they have grown since the season started. The Saints may wind up being the best team in the area when all is through. This team is experienced, having reached the semi’s last year. They have two pitchers who throw hard and compete, and have hitters and speed on the base paths. Once they beat Covina to reach the championship, they will probably face Glendora, a dream area match-up in which the Saints will prevail. I’m getting that feeling again, and when I get it, I’m usually right.

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Just Tribbin, what’s the 411?

Anything and anyone you want to talk about

After a great weekend off, here we go again. I’ll have some new threads up later but in the meantime, what’s Tribbin? Anything going on football wise that we should know about. Have players stopped transferring schools, any subtle coaching changes, any postion, err, quarterback wars going on out there? You know we love to hear about this stuff.

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South El Monte’s Manny Acosta to be featured on tonight’s Dodgers pregame show

Manny Acosta from South El Monte High School will be featured on tonight’s (Friday) Dodger’s Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. He will be receiving the Farmer’s Insurance Citizen/Scholar/Athlete Award for his tremendous career in three sports. It will feature him with his dad, as well as highlights of his football and basketball careers. Congrats Manny, you deserve it.

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Glendora fundraiser set to honor Brandon Villalobos, and create a scholarship in his name

I received a heavy-hearted email this morning about a fundraiser for Brandon Villalobos, the 23-year-old former Glendora High School baseball player who died in an off-road accident last weekend. Here’s the info: “We have decided to make the Freshman Glendora vs. Damien Game our fundraiser for a scholarship in Brandon’s Name. The services for Brandon will be held this Saturday (Glenkirk Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m.) and our game is scheduled for Thursday April 23, at 7 p.m. at Henderson Field. All of the proceeds from the snack bar will be donated and we are actively pursuing other donors. We are hoping that this kind of thing will help to heal the pain of Brandon’s passing. He was a bright light in this world and it would be nice to keep the light shining.

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It’s time for the folks at Bonita to …

There is a story worth investigating at Bonita, which I keep telling myself I will get to when I have more time. But why not throw it out there. Why does the softball team continue to play at a nearby park while the baseball team enjoys the comforts of home? Many parents have complained over the years about this lack on inequality, and some of those complaints have reached me through email. From what I have been told, these complaints to school officials haven’t warranted much of a response. There has been enough complaining that portable toilets have finally been added. In previous years players and spectators had to make the long trek past the tennis courts to find restrooms. The field isn’t bad, but when you don’t have a field on campus, weekend softball players, and just about anyone else can tear up the field, leave their trash and beer cans and who winds up cleaning it up, softball coaches, parents, and others. At least on campus, you control your own facilities. Bonita has a beautiful baseball field, a state-of-the art track and football stadium, and what seems like a thousand soccer fields to satisfy all weekend club teams, so why can’t they find room for a softball field? Bonita officials should start taking these complaints seriously. They should be reminded about the girls softball team at Alhambra, who challenged the school district when a state-of-the-art baseball field was built for the baseball team, but nothing was done for the softball team. When it was all over, and after all the money was spent on lawyers and litigation, the softball team finally got what they deserved, and the school district got what it deserved with all of the negative publicity.


BTW: Our photographer Keith Birmingham always seems to get the great shots, like this player when Bonita right fielder Ashlyn Canchola made a diving catch along the right field line in the first inning.

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