Andrew Gallo’s family speaks with ESPN, talks about the events leading up to tragedy

Andrew Gallo, the person who was allegedly drinking in Covina before his car crashed into Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, killing Adenhart and two others, has been charged with three counts of murder, prompting his family to speak out.

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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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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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