BASEBALL: Bishop Amat, Northview, Bonita, Glendora, San Dimas, Charter Oak, South Hills ??? There is no true No. 1 is there?

For those wondering, Mater Dei won the championship game of the National Classic, beating El Toro 2-1 at Cal State Fullerton, giving Orange County another reason to believe they play the best baseball in the country. Can’t we get some of these O.C. powers to compete in our local tournaments? Anyways, Northview held its own, going 2-2 and even in the games they lost, they led going into the sixth inning. I have no idea what this should do to our rankings next week. No. 1 Bishop Amat finally lost and had its 12-game win streak snapped. No. 2 Glendora lost to Diamond Bar on Thursday. No. 3 Northview lost twice, but it was in the National Classic. South Hills lost to Chino HIlls, and Damien won two straight nonleague games after losing to Chino Hills a week earlier. Bonita, San Dimas and Charter Oak were all idle. Then there are others making a move like Gladstone, 11-3 after winning its own tournament. It won’t be easy, the parity is closer than ever. Based on what you have seen so far, from the beginning until now, how would you rank these teams? Thank goodness the league races start heating up again next week, I’m tired of these doggone tournaments. Let’s get the kids back in school, and get these rivalries going again.

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Don’t miss the coaching clinic at Bishop Amat, Mr. Ralph Brown is the guest speaker

It’s always nice to get an email from Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty, so lets get the word out about the Lancers’ coaching clinic. The school is conducting a coaching clinic geared towards youth football coaches on Saturday, May 2, from 9-3. They will have sessions on offensive & defensive fundamentals, tackling & takeaways, practice organization, and kicking game fundamentals. Also, Ralph Brown, Arizona Cardinals, will be a guest speaker immediately following lunch at 12:45. $20 fee gets you lunch and a great day of football.

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The best baseball coach in the Valley? That’s up for debate fellas, this list is tough to call

Above: One of my personal favorites, Gladstone’s Rich Remkus, shown here after winning his 500th game last season.

For fear of having to talk to these guys again (being both serious and joking), I wouldn’t rank the area’s best baseball coaches, I’ll leave that for the bloggers. But just like football, we have some of the best baseball minds around, there is no denying that. In a thread long, long ago, I listed some of the area’s most notable and respected football coaches, and asked the question, with all talent being equal, who would you most want to coach your team?. So, let’s ask the same question in baseball. In no particular order, here are my top ten candidates, but you can add your own as well. Go easy, these baseball guys are a fickle group. They hate the blogs, but I know they read them too …

Fred’s candidates: Tom Quinley, Charter Oak; Rich Remkus, Gladstone; Darren Murphy, Northview; Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat; Kevin Smith, South Hills; John Romano, Nogales; Mike Regan, San Dimas; Dan Henley, Glendora; John Knott, Bonita; Joseph Verplanke, Diamond Ranch

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BASEBALL UPDATE: Happy Rock wins own tourney, Northview 2-2 in National Classic, South Hills, Bishop Amat, Southlands (who?) all lose

Update: Northview wins its final game in the National Classic, 7-5, to go 2-2 in the presigious tournament, matching the 2-2 record that Bishop Amat had in the Classic last year.

Did you know: That Southlands Christian is in Walnut. Shame on us for not including them more. This is Sounthlands pitcher Andrew King letting one go in the first inning on Wednesday.


Gladstone tournament: You have to hand it to Gladstone, who has one of the best and most unappreciated coaches around in Rich Remkus. Gladstone beat Wilson, 3-2 in the championship on Wednesday, which is the same Wilson team that knocked off Bonita a couple weeks ago. The Gladiators are now 11-3, and knocking on the door of a top ten ranking. said Remkus: “We don’t swing the bats real well, but this team has shown a remarkable ability to come back. This was the fourth straight game where we won a game in our last at-bat. I applaud the kids. They showed tremendous character.”

National Classic: Northview fell to 1-2 in the National Classic after losing to Norco, 7-4 on Wednesday. The best thing you can say about the Vikes is that they have competed in every game against some of the best teams in the state and country. They’re an extra-inning game from being 2-1, and they have led in every game they played going into the sixth inning, not bad. Today Northview finishes with either Jesuit (CA) or Concord De La Salle (the result has not been posted) at Esperanza High School at 1 p.m. For confidence reasons, this game is important. Going 2-2 feels so much better than going 1-3.

Anaheim Lions tournament: Doesn’t it always happen. After giving Bishop Amat its props for going on a 12-game winning streak and starting 4-0 in the 46-team Lions tournament, they dropped a 3-2 decision to Reno, NV (17-3) in Wednesday’s third-place game. The Lancers had their chances with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, but couldn’t push the tying or winning runs across.

Don Lugo tournament: I don’t have the results of our locals since they’re not being reported on Maxpreps or called into the paper (hint, hint). This happens when you lose sometimes, it’s easy to forget. I don’t know the final scores, but South Hills crushed Baldwin Park to open the tournament, then got beat by Chino Hills on Wednesday.

Bosco Tech tournament: Southlands Christian, and that’s Walnut Southlands Christian, reached the championship of the Bosco Tech tournament and lost 16-6 to the host Tigers. The greatest things about this, we gave some love to Southlands and covered the game. With photos I might add.

Today’s Big Sierra League game: Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.

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That’s more like it Los Altos, but don’t sleep on South Hills .. Bonita mercies Diamond Ranch, 10-0

Game Update: Any concern over losing and tying a doubleheader against South Hills over the weekend was put to rest by the Bonita High School softball team. Amber Bachman smacked her sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot to center that ended the game because of the mercy rule, giving the Bearcats a 10-0 victory over visiting Diamond Ranch in six innings on Thursday. Leadoff hitter Breanna Sandoval had a big afternoon, going 4-for-4 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. Sandoval’s two-out single in the second inning scored Vanessa Romero, giving the Bearcats a 3-0 lead, which was more than enough for pitcher Chloe Wurst, who allowed just two hits in earning the complete-game shutout.

Above: That’s Roxy Avalos (center) after hitting two-run homer in the fourth that sparked the Conq’s rally.

At Wednesday’s Los Altos-South Hills softball game, I got what I expected, a 12-0 Conquerors victory which sounds more lopsided than it actually was. First, South Hills is on its way. Not this year, but the next three years for sure. They’re so young and talented, and I can understand how they can knock off a team like Bonita, then get hammered the next game. They’re inexperienced, but freshmen Britney Rodriguez (a total stud), Kristen Stewart, Sydney La Folette and sophomore’s Sam Nieves, Taylor Fisch and junior pitcher Victoria Bernard (who was much better than I thought), will grow into a dangerous bunch. Now, Los Altos, I have to tip my hat, you finally showed some zing. It took coach Lydell McCullough to challenge them to show more hunger after the third inning (heck the whole park heard him dig into them), and that’s what they did, come out swinging with a purpose. When this team is zeroed in and focused, they’re the best team in the area, hands down. With catcher Roxy Avalos hitting a two-run homer, and double, her hot bat adds to a lineup that features Washington State bound Courtney Gano, Latisha Dedeaux, Victoria Contreas (also a homer and double) and Diana-lynn Patterson, still the area’s most complete player. Los Altos’ biggest opponent is themselves, but if they can rise and meet the energy of their opponent like they did on Wednesday, there is not a team in the Valley that can hang with them, including Glendora.

Today’s games
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra League
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.

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Blog Reset

As you can tell, the blog has a new look with some new features. First, you can still comment anonymously or choose to register with a sign-in name in the event we go to registration full-time. Other than that, everything is normal and it is much quicker. At the very bottom, where is says select a newspaper, you can immediately look at other websites in our newsgroup. There is also a share this marker to your right, which allows you to share threads with anyone. The color will go back to grey and green in the coming days, but as you can tell, there hasn’t been much of a change. I would encourage regular bloggers to sign-in to keep your famous screen names, and down the road, I can make you trusted commenters so that you will always be able to comment freely in the event we go back to approving comments before releasing them because of careless bloggers. You get it, if I trust you, you won’t have a problem. If I don’t, you may have to wait for your comment to be approved. Until we reach that point, you all get the benefit of the doubt and can comment freely.

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Oh, the memories, Blog enters fourth year

We just passed the three-year anniversary of the blog, which began on April 10, 2006 with the blog originator, Big Bad Aram Tolegian. As our blog changes its face sometime this afternoon (they say around 4 p.m.) , let us celebrate this magnificent milestone by posting some of Aram’s old threads over the next year. The ones about his food, harsh criticism’s, his “honies” in the office, and I might even add some of the old comments from those threads. We’ll have fun with it. I won’t say when or where, I’ll sneak up on you with it. To start, how about the first thread ever. Hey, like our forefathers, at least he had the right intentions …

Number of entries to date: 1,579
Number of comments to date: 95,028

Below: Do you see the comparison? Aram thought he was the Ben Affleck of the Tribune.

Aram’s first post everthis blog was made for you and me. Was that chorus too much for you? Anyway, welcome to my prep sports blog where you will hopefully spend several hours of your work day reading about, posting about, arguing about and laughing about the ever-growing world of prep sports. Please, for the good of the economy, try to stay productive on your job.

Here’s the deal. This blog was made for news, opinion and info sharing about the world of prep sports. There are no geographic boundaries, so topics can be from any location. We won’t only stick to the SGV. This blog is meant for fans, athletes, parents, coaches, … basically, anybody.

Here’s how it will work. I will post entries about various things and you can respond to any of them. The goal of this site is to have an active blog/message board. You don’t have to register. You don’t have to leave your name. Stay anonymous. Enjoy yourself.

There are rules, though.
No prep athletes will be maliciously bashed. Don’t hate. Constructive criticism is fine, but the line will be drawn.
No coach will be subject to personal attacks. If you want to question strategy, feel free to do so. If it gets too personal, I won’t run it. Constructive criticism is fine, but the line will be drawn.

Teams, schools and even reporters/media outlets (Oh my!) are all fair game. Feel free to offer your opinions, good or bad, but please back them up with something tangible. Low IQ replies to topics simply won’t run.

Other than that, there’s nothing left to do but get started.

The first comment ever came from Mike Jones who wrote : “WOW!!!! This is awesome, it’s about time we now have blogs….Let’s get to it, let’s use this and spread the word……Let’s go Aram, give us something to get excited about……”

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Softball: Los Altos-South Hills Got Next

Glendora finally played, and then won, beating Diamond Bar 2-0 on Tuesday to open the Sierrra League. Bishop Amat also had a notable victory, beating El Modena 7-1, droping the ElMod’s to 12-7. San Dimas cruised in five innings to defeated Ganesha, 14-2, but the game I am intrigued about today is Los Altos at South Hills at 3:15 p.m., What do we do with the Huskies if they knock off Bonita and Los Altos in the same week? I’ve said it before, Los Altos isn’t a team that knocks the ball around the park against anyone, if the Huskies push a few runs across, this could get interesting …

Today’s games

Los Altos at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
San Antonio League
Rowland at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.

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Northview bounces back, beats New York

Update: I don’t know all the details, but Northview lost 7-4 today to Norco and will play in a consolation game Thursday at 1 p.m. at Esperanza High School

Thank goodness, and great for the San Gabriel Valley. The scary thing about going to a tournament like this is getting humbled so much that it messes with your confidence the rest of the way. I thought Bishop Amat going 2-2 last year was huge, and if the Vikings can get another win over the next two days, that’s huge too. Between Amat and Northview if we can go .500 in the National Classic over the last two years, it will prove once again that the SGV can hang with anyone.

It wasn’t exactly the type of game the Northview High School baseball team has been known for. But there are no ugly wins in the Anderson Bat National Classic, which the Vikings will attest to after scoring a 7-3 victory over Mamaroneck (N.Y.) in a consolation quarterfinal at Esperanza on Tuesday. Northview, getting a steady pitching performance from Ruben Ramirez and multiple-hit efforts from seniors Richy Pedroza and R.J. Arnold, improved to 10-3 and will face either Norco in today’s consolation semifinals at 4 p.m. at Esperanza.
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Note: (Field #1:El Dorado HS), (Field #2 Esperanza HS), (Field #3 Cal State Fullerton)
Today’s games
Game #17 Aptos vs Mamaroneck, NYat Field #2, 10:00am
Game #18 Spanish Fork, UT vs Don Bosco Prep, NJ ___- at Field #1, 10:00am
Game #19 Norco vs Northview at Field #2, 4:00pm
Game #20 Jesuit, CA vs De La Salle, CA Field #1, 4:00pm
Game #21 Notre Dame, AZ vs Arch Bishop Mitty, CA – at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #22 Notre Dame, CA vs El Dorado, CA – at Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #23 Mater Dei, CA vs Esperanza, CA – at Field #3, 8:15pm
Game #24 Palm Beach Central, Fl vs El Toro, CA – at Field #3, 5:15pm

Thursday’s games
Game #25 Loser of Game #17 vs Loser of Game #18- at Field #1 (JV), 2:00pm
Game #26 Winner of game #17 vs Winner of Game #18 – at Field #2, 4:00pm
Game #27 Loser of Game #21 vs Loser of Game #22 – at Field #2, 10:00am
Game #28 Winner of Game #21 vs Winner of Game #22 – Field #1, 10:00am
Game #29 Loser of Game #19 vs Loser of Game #20- at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #30 Loser of Game #23 vs Loser of Game #24 – at Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #31 Winner of Game #19 vs Winner of Game #20 – Fld #1, 4:00pm

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Blog update

The blog may go down for a few hours on Wednesday. They’re changing the look of our blog to be consistent with all the other blogs in our newsgroup. The new look will include the ability to set up registration if and when needed. I will keep you posted.

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Hard work pays off for San Dimas’ Leyland

By Fred J. Robledo
San Dimas High School’s Josh Leyland spent New Year’s Day in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was one of the invitees to the third annual International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Tropicana Field. Participants included 69 of the best high school hitters in the nation along with players from nine other countries. Leyland didn’t win it, but the senior left a lasting impression by hitting a 472-foot shot onto the roof of a restaurant in center field. It was the fifth-longest home run in the two-day competition and cemented the catcher’s status as one of the nation’s best power-hitting left-handed batters.
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Leyland in Home Run Derby

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Baseball: Amat cements No. 1 ranking

Above: After a slow start, Amat’s Paul Paez is finding his groove again.

Baseball top ten rankings
1. Bishop Amat (13-3) – It’s amazing that some folks on this blog still want to talk about what happened in the Glendora tournament. How about what’s happened lately, like an 11-game winning streak, the pitching and hitting in balance, and top notch wins over Servite, Lutheran and Santa Margarita. Don’t argue with our No. 1, we know what we’re talking about.
2. Glendora (11-4) – How impressive was their run to the Arcadia tournament title, beating host Arcadia and No. 1 pitcher Rutherford in the championship, 3-0. They also beat St. Francis, Nogales and San Dimas, and deserve this big bump to No. 2
3. Northview (9-3) – With the Vikings losing to Arch Bishop Mitty 8-7 in nine innings today, they move into the loser’s bracket of the National Classic. Since the competition they’re facing is so unique, I’m only dropping them one spot for now.
4. Bonita (12-3) – Do you move Charter Oak ahead after beating Bonita in the championship of the Northview tournament? Not so quick, they are 1-1 against each other, and the Bearcats own a tournament title too, winning Glendora to start the year.
5. San Dimas (10-3) - – The Saints’ only loss in the Arcadia tournament came in extra innings against tournament champ Glendora. They’re looking like the real deal and can’t wait until their home-and-home against Northview later down the road.
6. Charter Oak (12-5) – The Chargers are improving week to week and gaining confidence along the way. The way they battled back against Diamond Bar before knocking off Bonita 3-0 in the Northview tournament was impressive. Now let’s see if they can keep it up.
7. South Hills (10-5) – A very impressive 6-3 win over a 13-3 Beckman team in the Beach Pit Classic. They lost to Newport Harbor, then came back and beat Corona del Mar. Today they face Baldwin Park at 12:30 at Baldwin Park as part of the Don Lugo tournament.
8. Damien (10-4) – Spliting with Chino Hills is nothing to feel bad about, but the runs the Spartans allow must be a concern. They lost 16-8 to the Huskies after winning 8-7 earlier in the week.
9. Nogales (13-5) – They lose to San Dimas and Glendora in the Arcadia tournament, but still go 2-2. Now they finish up the Don Lugo tournament against Duarte and Diamond Ranch
10. Wilson (8-4) – The Wildcats crack the top ten for the first time this season after an impressive 4-3 win over Bonita and a staggering five game winning streak under first-year coach Gary Libby. If you said you saw this coming, you’re just not telling the truth.

GROUP A: Arroyo; Ayala; Baldwin Park; Diamond Ranch
GROUP B: Don Lugo, La Puente, Chino Hills, Duarte
GROUP C: Rowland, Monrovia, South Hills, Nogales

Today at Ayala: Nogales vs. Duarte, 9:30 a.m.; La Puente vs. Monrovia, 12:30 p.m.; La Puente vs. Ayala, 3:30 p.m.
Today at Don Lugo: South Hills vs. Baldwin Park, 9:30 a.m.; Arroyo vs. Rowland, 12:30 p.m.; Arroyo vs. Don Lugo, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday at Ayala: Diamond Ranch vs. Duarte, 9:30 a.m.; Diamond Ranch vs. Nogales, 12:30 p.m.; Monrovia vs. Ayala, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday at Don Lugo: Chino Hills vs. South Hills, 9:30 a.m.; Chino Hills vs. Baldwin Park, 12:30 p.m.; Rowland vs. Don Lugo, 3:30 p.m.

Gladstone Tournament
Today’s semifinals

Wilson vs. Rosemead, 10 a.m.
La Baptist vs. Gladstone, 2 p.m.
Wednesday’s championship 2 p.m.

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

<a href="">MaxPreps High School Sports</a>

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Softball: Glendora, Los Altos on top again

Girls Softball top ten rankings
1. Glendora (6-2) – It’s almost embarrassing that the Tartans only have played eight games. It has definitely hurt their CIF ranking, meaning that’s why they’re not ranked in Div. II after reaching the title game last year. Only one game since the San Dimas tournament? C’mon, turn ‘em loose
2. Los Altos (10-4) – The Conquerors were idle last week, but jump back to No. 2 after the Bearcats’ slip against South Hills. There is only one game that truly matters, the rubber match at Bonita on April 30 for what should be the league title.
3. Bonita (14-3-1) – They were looking so good, moving all the way to No. 4 in the Division III rankings then, wham, South Hills beats them 4-1, then they tie the second game of a doubleheader, 7-7 against the Huskies. It just goes to show, the closer you get to the top, the more others want to knock you off.
4. San Dimas (8-3) – The Saints also were idle last week, but take a five game winning streak into games against Ganesha, then Covina on Friday. I might cover that Covina-San Dimas game. Can the Colts pull a South Hills on the Saints?
5. Sierra Vista (11-1) – I wish they were updating their stats like last year, but boy, this is getting really impressive. We will find out all we need to know this weekend when they open against Harvard-Westlake in the Charger Classic.
6. Bishop Amat (8-8) – After a tough 16 games, they continue with more tough games ahead against El Modena, Saugus, and Carson. Too bad they weren’t in any local tournaments, I would have love to see how they matched up.
7. South El Monte (8-4) – A pair of victories over El Monte and Mountain View continues the the Eagles’ resurgence. Now they get Rosemead and Arroyo this week.
8. South Hills (10-6-1) – Oh my, they didn’t just crack the top ten, they plowed right into it with Saturday’s win and tie against Bonita. The Huskies are unbeaten in six straight, and one of the most improved over the last month. They host Los Altos tomorrow.
9. Walnut (6-4) – Their last game was a 6-0 loss to Rowland. I know they beat South Hills 3-2, but that seems so long ago now. The race for the San Antonio is tight, it should be fun covering it down the stretch.
10. Covina (6-4) – No movement from the Colts, they pick it up this week against Pomona then San Dimas. A sweep would surely move them up a few notches.

Charter Oak tourney: Saturday’s Charter Oak tournament first round games. The second games of the knockout bracket also are on Saturday. These games are in order, so pair them two at a time and you can tell who matches up in the second round.

Saturday’s first-round
Los Osos vs. Monrovia at San Dimas, 9 a.m.
Ontario Christian vs. Covina at San Dimas, 9 a.m.
Pomona Catholic vs. Montebello at San Dimas, 11 a.m.
Santa Fe vs. San Dimas at San Dimas, 11 a.m.
Glendora vs. Sacred Heart at Charter Oak, 9:30 a.m.
Temple City vs. South El Monte, at Charter Oak, 9 a.m.
Harvard Westlake vs. Sierra Vista at Charter Oak, 11 a.m.
El Rancho vs. Charter Oak at Charter Oak, 11:30 a.m.

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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Track Leaders and Mt. SAC next

Update: Thanks to Covina coach Kevin Glaspy for helping with the area’s top track marks. I posted them in Wednesday’s Tribune and will post them every other week the rest of the way to get everyone’s name in the paper. Remember, to submit stats, coaches need to input them at the EPIsports or dyestatcal database. Do not send updated marks to the tribune or anyone else.

Above: Diamond Ranch’s Karynn Dunn competing in Saturday’s long jump at Arcadia.

Now that the Arcadia Invitational is in the books, several of the area’s track marks have changed a bit to note the great accomplishments over the weekend. This week is the continuation of the 51st Mt. San Antonio Relays, with high schools competing Friday and Saturday. For more information click the link and for updated track marks, click the thread.

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Game resumes, Northview loses, 8-7

In Northview’s opener of the National Classic against Arch Bishop MItty, it was called due to darkness after the teams were tied 7-7. It resumed this morning and Mitty won, 8-7 in nine innings. Northview will face Mamaroneck, NY in the second game of the loser’s bracket at Esperanza High School at 4 p.m.

Note: (Field #1:El Dorado HS), (Field #2 Esperanza HS), (Field #3 Cal State Fullerton)
Monday’s reesults
Game #1 – Aptos, CA – 3 vs Mater Dei, CA – 4
Game #2 Notre Dame, AZ – 9 vs Norco, CA – 8
Game #3 Arch Bishop Mitty 8, Northview, CA – 7, 9 innings
To be continued at 9am at Esperanza HS – Tues 4/14
Game #4 Mamaroneck, NY – 7 vs Esperanza, CA – 8
Game #5 Spanish Fork, UT -1 vs Palm Beach Central, FL – 3
Game #6 Notre Dame, CA – 8 – vs Jesuit, CA – 6
Game #7 Don Bosco Prep, NJ – 7 vs El Dorado, CA – 9
Game #8 De La Salle, CA – 6 – vs El Toro, CA – 8

Today’s games
Game #9 Aptos vs Norco at Field #1, 4:00pm
Game #10 Northview vs Mamaroneck, NY at Field #2, 4:00pm
Game #11 Spanish Fork, UT vs Jesuit, CA – at Field #2, 10:00am
Game #12 Don Bosco Prep, NJ vs De La Salle, CA – Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #13 Mater Dei, CA vs Notre Dame, AZ – at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #14 Arch Bishop Mitty vs Esperanza, CA – at Field #3, 4:30pm
Game #15 Palm Beach Central, Fl vs Notre Dame, CA at Field #1, 10am
Game #16 El Dorado, CA vs El Toro, CA – at Field #3, 7:15pm

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Hmm, Bonita goes 0-1-1 against South Hills?

This has to be the most shocking result of the weekend. Unless the scores are wrong on MaxPreps, unranked South Hills softball beat the Tribune’s No. 2 Bonita 4-1, then in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, it was called after the teams tied 6-6 after seven innings. This confirms what some have told me about South Hills being one of the better hitting teams in the area with not just good bats, but young bats. Maybe I’ll have to check out the South Hills-Los Altos game on Wednesday. As for Bonita, this has to hurt their No. 4 ranking in Division III.

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SG Sports fan wrote …

Bishop Amat had a great weekend in the 35th Annual Anaheim Lions Easter Baseball Tourney winning two on Saturday from Servite and Orange Lutheran. Pitching was amazing with two complete game gems. Brady Zuniga battled Servite with a tough 3-2 victory, and in the nightcap Paul Paez pitched a gem (13 strikouts) beating highly rated Orange Lutheran 4-2. Go SGV Baseball!

Robledo says: It’s true, just checked it, our No. 1 team is now 12-3. The Lancers take on Santa Margarita today at Brookhurst Park in Anaheim, 1 p.m.

UPDATE: Bishop Amat wins again, 9-1 over Santa Margarita.

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National Classic up next for Northview

The schedule for the National Classic is posted here, with Northview taking on Arch Bishop Mitty in the first round on Monday at Esperanza HS at 4 p.m. With Mater Dei, El Toro and a powerful lineup of other schools, how will Northview do?

Monday’s lineup: (Field #1:El Dorado HS), (Field #2 Esperanza HS), (Field #3 Cal State Fullerton)

Game #1 – Aptos, CA vs Mater Dei, CA at Field #2, 10:00am
Game #2 Notre Dame, AZ vs Norco, CA – at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #3 Northview, CA vs Arch Bishop Mitty, CA – at Field #2 , 4:00pm
Game #4 Mamaroneck, NY vs Esperanza, CA – Field #3, 7:15pm
Game #5 Spanish Fork, UT vs Palm Beach Central, FL – at Field #1, 10:00am
Game #6 Notre Dame, CA vs Jesuit, CA – at Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #7 Don Bosco Prep, NJ vs El Dorado, CA – at Field #3, 4:30pm
Game #8 De La Salle, CA vs El Toro, CA – at Field #1, 4:00pm

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Godspeed Brandon

Above: Brandon Villalobos while
pitching at Long Beach State.

It is with great sadness on this Easter Sunday that I inform all who love Valley sports as much as myself that we lost one of our best Saturday with the death of former Glendora High School pitcher Brandon Villalobos, who died from injuries suffered in an off-road accident in the high desert. He was 23. Villalobos was a hard-throwing lefthander who showed solid potential since earning All-Sierra League honorable mention as a sophomore. He was selected first team All-Area in 2003. He signed with Long Beach State out of Glendora and started five games for the Dirtbags in 2004 before being sidelined by an injury, which also forced him to miss all of the 2005 season. Villalobos, who also won a Babe Ruth World Series with the El Monte Dukes and a Connie Mack World Series with the Long Beach Cardinals, then transferred to Chaffey College, where he was 3-1 with a 2.87 ERA and had 32 strikeouts in the 37 innings during the 2006 season. He was drafted in the 23rd round by the Chicago White Sox, but elected to attend San Diego State. He missed the 2007 season, but had a limited role in 2008.
Villalobos, also the pitching coach at Glendale Hoover High School, signed with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League and was scheduled to report to the Sauget, Ill. team on April 23.
Funeral services are pending.
My only thoughts are that Brandon was a good kid with great talent, and he was always a joy to talk to. I also will repeat of what I wrote on the afterpreps blog about the recent tragedy that cost the life of Angel pitcher Nick Adenhart and how it effected former Glendora pitcher Wes Roemer, and that is that sometimes things don’t make sense in this life, or are even seem fair. I can only relate my personal experiences. I lost my best friend in life 10 years ago this summer, and my older brother passed a few years ago. I believe that all you can do in these circumstances are to reflect on the good times and keep your lost loved ones forever in your heart. On that thought, here is a video from a “Little House on the Praire” episode that I think explains it better than I can put into words. I have it bookmarked and often view it for my own peace of mind.

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After Preps Update

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 Glendora High School baseball star Wes Roemer, who is dealing with the tragedy that cost the life of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart in a crash earlier this week. Courtney Stewart, who also died in the crash, was a friend of Roemer’s at Cal State Fullerton and the two stayed in contact. Jon Wilhite, the lone survivor, was Roemer’s catcher for the Titans. Both of them were on his mind when he opened the season by tossing five-shutout innings for the Visalia Rawhide in a 5-3 victory at Lake Elsinore on Friday.

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Releaguing heating up, Red or Blue?

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 with releaguing in the coming weeks ….

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

Robledo absolutely prefers the Red Proposal, how about you?

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Just Tribbin: Bishop Amat leads pack

Who has the most high school football players at Div I-A or Div. I-AA Universities? With help from the Scouting Guru and our loyal commenters, Bishop Amat leads the way with eight. As many of you know, Spring Football has started in the US with a fragment of the teams just getting their spring football over with. So we decided to take a look around the west coast and some of the U.S. to find our past graduates. Our qualifications were simple. They have to be listed on the roster this spring. Scholarship or walk-on. It doesn’t matter. So, let’s break down the players by their respective high school they graduated from and see which area HS players are at. If the player came from a junior college it is noted. Remember, we are looking for either D-1A or D-1AA schools. D-II”s or D III’s don’t count here, and this DOES NOT include players signed still in high school. If we missed someone, sorry, tell us who and we’ll add to the list. You can find the list by clicking on the thread

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