St. Paul’s Gabe Encinas, Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz and Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews all invited to try out for U.S. National Baseball Teams

St. Paul’s Gabe Encinas (18-U), Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz (16-U) and Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews (16-U) were the only area players invited to participate for spots on the U.S. National teams. Who else should have been considered locally? USA 18-U story, 18-U Roster, 16-U story, 16-U Roster

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The Boys and Girls of Summer? Where are they, and what are you interested in reading

We’re actively pursuing story ideas for the summer, and would like to know what you’re interested in reading about. Summer Passing League’s, Volleyball and Soccer summer leagues. Do you want football notebooks on players to watch out in the fall? Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball? Little League playoffs? Features on past or current players getting ready for the fall. Also, if you have information to tournaments, post them here to help track down schedules.

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Football: Projected 2010 All-Offense team

Based on last year, here is a look at the leading candidates for the 2010 Tribune All-Area team. Of course this will change during the season, you never know what will unfold. But for now, this is the preseason team. I will do the preseason defense later in the week.

Above: What will West Covina’s Ricky Johnson do for an encore?

First Team Offense
QB: Michael Ball, Rowland, Jr
RB: Adam Muema, Charter Oak, Sr
RB: Ricky Johnson, West Covina, Sr.
AP: Leonard Rhodes, Walnut, Sr.
WR: Geoffrey Vaughns, South Hills, Sr.
WR: Wallace Gonzales, Glendora, Jr.
WR: Aaron Stockham, Glendora, Sr.
OL: Michael Wells, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
OL: Richard Tejada, West Covina, Sr.
OL: Siasi Aiono, South Hills, Jr.
OL: Raymond Raygoza, Baldwin Park, SR
OL: Andy Orozco, Charter Oak, Jr.
PK: Henry Calistro, Rowland, Sr.

Above: Don’t be surprised if Walnut’s Rhodes has a monster season along with the Mustangs.

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Hall of Fame Postgame: East cruises past the West, 34-9; Allen throws two TD Passes, Rowland’s Stansell makes the big plays

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
– There were members of the East who believed the West’s victory in last year’s San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game was a fluke.
They proved the point Friday.
Charter Oak’s Chris Allen and Kiely Rycraw accounted for four touchdowns between them, the Chargers’ Evan Williams had an interception for a score and Rowland’s Brandon Stansell returned a punt for another as the East cruised to a 34-9 victory in the 30th Hall of Fame Game at Bassett High School. It’s the largest margin of victory by either side since the West scored a 26-0 victory in 2001.

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Boys Tennis All-Area: Ho Nets Player of the Year

Boys Tennis player of the year: Sammy Ho, Arroyo, Freshman
Coach of the year: Anthony Lim, Arroyo

Boys Tennis Tribune All-Area
First team Singles
: Joshua Barnard, Glendora; Marcelo Bautista Rowland; Tim Chhay, S. Dimas. Doubles: Paul Bakahit/David Scheibe Bonita; Austin Chen/Maiki Kitagawa Diamond Bar;
Frank Peng, Josen Corpuz, Walnut
Second Team Singles: James Beardsley, San Dimas; Thach Do, El Monte; Kevin Ng, Wilson. Doubles: Brian Ledyard/Josh Thompson, San Dimas; Bob Huynh/Hansen Luong, Rosemead; Armando Rosales/Jesus Rosales Workman

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Twittermania: Follow us, we follow you, and we can all follow each other on Twitter

To all athletes, coaches, parents and high school sports fanatics, if you have a Twitter account follow us on Twitter. This could be great for future “Breaking News,” and an easy way for athletes to reach other, share what’s going on, and make it easier for us to reach you. We will follow your twitter page too, let’s have some fun with it.

Yes, that’s my infamous 1986 vintage Edgewood letterman jacket

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“Jimmy (Arellanes) is my dog. He understands what we have over here. It’s more of the prep writer over there who hypes them all the time, but (Arellanes) knows what type of talent we have here.” — Rosemead’s Matt Koffler

Robledo’s response: That is what Rosemead coach Matt Koffler told Star-News reporter Miguel Melendez after I promptly predicted a 35-14 East victory tomorrow night in the Hall of Fame game. So Koffler, err Coughler called me out, well Koffy should know I make these predictions when you have guys from the East who compete for CIF championships in bigger divisions and win, and because the East had won six straight until last year and is 17-10-2 overall. Besides, is it any secret the football on the East side of town is not only stronger at the top, but has more more parity than its west counterparts? To say the east should be favored is a no-brainer.

Northview coach Jim Arellanes on Rosemead’s Matt Koffler relishing the role of underdog: “I’m sure he is saying that, that’s his deal. He did that when we were at Rosemead (as teammates) and I’m sure he’s going to continue to do that. But I don’t buy it, they have some significant talent on that side. We talked the other day, we didn’t have as sharp a practice as we have been. We’re like ‘Hey guys, we’re not just going through the motions, we want to have fun, but at the same time we want to win.’ Our guys understand that, they want to represent our side of the Valley. I don’t buy into that underdog role at all, they have some players.”

Robledo’s prediction: East wins, 35-14
Melendez’s prediction: West wins, 21-17

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FOOTBALL PASSING LEAGUE: Bonita Air Assault Tournament Friday-Saturday; Bishop Amat, South Hills, Charter Oak, Upland square off Tuesday

There won’t be a better opportunity to watch more local teams go at it than on Friday and Saturday at Bonita High School in the Air Assault tournament. The tournament will start on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. with 12 fields going at once, finishing with the championship game on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Pools are as follows:
Pool A: Bishop Amat, Los Altos, Glendora, Jurupa Valley, Montclair, Riverside Poly
Pool B: Arroyo, Culver City, Carson, Santiago, Covina, Santa Fe
Pool C: Ayala, Hart, Monrovia, Workman, Walnut, Wilson
Pool D: Corona, Damien, Lakeside, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, San Gorgonio
Pool E: Bonita, Maranatha, La Serna, Roosevelt, Lynwood, Upland

Tuesday night under the lights: Can we get a what, what? Bishop Amat, South Hills and Charter Oak will be at host Upland on Tuesday night in a four-team square off featuring three of our Valley’s best at 7 p.m, sharp.

Bishop Amat quarterback Jerry McClanahan

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Hall of Fame: After three years of thrills and a CIF championship, Charter Oak quarterback Chris Allen ready to suit it up for the last time

Photo courtesy of Ted Aguirre

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bassett High
WHO: East (coached by Northview’s Jim Arellanes) vs. West (coached by Rosemead’s Matt Koffler)
LAST YEAR: The West snapped the East’s six-game winning streak last year, winning 34-14 behind South El Monte wide receiver Tommy Cogburn, who stole the show with three touchdowns.
SERIES: East leads, 17-10-2

By Steve Ramirez
Friday’s 30th Hall of Fame Game will be the final high school football game for the Valley stars. But unlike some of his teammates and competitors, it will be even more special for Charter Oak High School’s Chris Allen, who will suit up in a football uniform for the final time on Friday at Bassett High School. Allen, the East Valley Player of the Year and CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division Offensive Player of the Year, received a Division I scholarship to play baseball for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors
don’t field a football team. Keep reading, there is more on Bishop Amat running back DeShawn Gaisie

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All-Area Softball: Glendora’s Dana Waldusky earns Tribune player of the year; South El Monte’s Dean Bunting named coach of the year

Here it is, more prestigious than All-League, tougher to crack than All-CIF, it’s the infamous, non-political Tribune All-Area softball team, which represents the top 23-players in the East San Gabriel Valley for the 2009 season.

To purchase reprints of the all-area cover, click link

Player of the year: Dana Waldusky, Glendora, Sr.
Coach of the year: Dean Bunting, South El Monte
First team
Pitcher: Diana-lynn Patterson, Los Altos, Sr.
Pitcher: Reina Gaber, South El Monte, Sr.
Catcher: Kelly Nolan, Glendora, Sr.
Infielder: Courtney Gano, Los Altos, So.
Infielder: Brittney Flores, Sierra Vista, Sr
Infielder: Stephany LaRosa, Diamond Bar, So.
Infielder: Gipsy Ramirez, San Dimas, Sr.
Outfielder: Ariel Shore, San Dimas, Sr.
Outfielder: Brandi Andrews, Glendora, Sr.
Outfielder: Breeanna Sandoval, Bonita, Jr.
Utility: Ariel Whiteman, Bishop Amat, Sr.

Second team
Pitcher: Chloe Wurst, Bonita, Jr.
Pitcher: Kortnie Clark, San Dimas, Jr.
Catcher: Heather Harrison, Northview, Sr.
Infielder: Shelby Dopps, San Dimas, Sr.
Infielder: Latisha Dedeaux, Los Altos, Sr.
Infielder: Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, Fr.
Infielder: Vanessa Bracamonte, Wilson, Jr
Outfielder: Amber Bachman, Bonita, Sr.
Outfielder: Asha Prithviraj, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Outfielder: Lauren Salgado, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Utility: Laura Banuelos, Rowland, So.

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Breaking News: Bonita’s Jiovanni Mier opts to skip USC, has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Houston Astros that includes a whopping $1.358 Million signing bonus … Congratulations Jio!

“We finally came to a deal,” Mier told “I’m glad we came to a conclusion and my (agents) got it done. I’m trying to get out there and play.”

Bonita’s High School’s Jiovanni Mier, the Astros’ top pick and new Million Dollar Kid in the neighborhood, told today that he has reached a deal with the Houston Astros, who selected him in the first round and 21st overall in this month’s Major League Baseball amateur draft. Mier reportedly will receive a $1.358 million signing bonus, and will make it official pending a physical, opting to skip his verbal commitment to attend USC. The 6-foot-2 Mier batted .394 with 10 doubles, five homers and 18 RBIs in leading the Bearcats to the Miramonte League title and Division III quarterfinals.

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Northview Baseball hosting Australian Friendly

The Northview High School baseball team will host the Australia Expos in a three-game Goodwill Series beginning Saturday. There are four teams consisting of a Northview older and younger team, and an Australian older and younger team. All games are at Northview High School; Saturday (10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.); Sunday (Noon, 2:30 p.m.), Tuesday (1 p.m. at 4 p.m.). The Australia Expos are celebrating their 20th consecutive year touring California and playing games. Covina Mayor Kevin Stapleton will officially welcome the Australian team on Saturday morning. “I’m still learning on the protocol and what is customary when you host a foreign team, but we’re excited for the weekend.” Northview coach Darren Murphy said.

Below: Does anyone remember this big Vikings victory?

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Iowa high school football coach shot and killed by a former player inside school weight room

ASSOCIATED PRESS – A 24-year-old former high school football player walked into the school’s weight room Wednesday morning and fatally shot his former coach, before sheriff’s deputies arrested him at a nearby home a short time later, authorities said. Mark Becker shot Aplington-Parkersburg High School football coach Ed Thomas several times with a handgun after walking into the room at about 8 a.m., authorities said. Thomas was rushed to nearby Waterloo hospital, where he died.

About a year ago, ESPN did a nice piece on Ed Thomas …

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Yankee Doodle Dandy, the United States shocks No. 1 Spain 2-0 in Confederations Cup Semifinals

The United States' win over the world's top-ranked Spaniards ended their 35-game unbeaten streak since winning the European Championships in 2008. Spain's world-record unbeaten streak had equaled Brazil's 35-game win streak set between 1993-95. Even bigger, the United States snapped Spain's 15-game winning streak, another world record, launching the U.S. into Sunday's championship against Brazil. Spain hadn't been beaten since a loss to Romania in November 2006. Is this the biggest win in U.S. history? Not quite, nothing will ever touch the United States' shocking 1950 victory over England in the World Cup. But there are others to compare it with, like the United States' win over world No. 4 Colombia 2-1 in the 1994 World Cup and the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup win over Brazil. There is also the 3-2 win over Portugal in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, or the 2-0 win over Mexico in the same 2002 World Cup that launched the U.S. into the World Cup semifinals for the first time ever? Folks, today's win is No. 2. Never has the United States been to a FIFA final and beat the No. 1 team in the World in a non-friendly, and they did it after the most improbable of circumstances to reach the semifinals, needing a 3-0 win over Egypt coupled with Brazil's 3-0 win over Italy. Do you believe in Miracles? Yes.

Staff photographer Walt Mancini’s famous image following the 1994 World Cup final at the Bowl. This is Old Town Pasadena partying afterward..

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With the Lakers title wrapped up, I can’t wait for Mannywood and the Dodgers to do the same

The L.A. Times’ Bill Plaschke thinks Manny Ramirez’s suspension should keep him out of his minor league assignment with Albuquerque. TJ Simers admits that he can’t stay mad at him. What’s all the fuss, it’s like serving a sentence then finishing the rest of your time at a halfway house before your official release. It’s not the bigs so it’s not a big deal. People like Plaschke think the Dodgers should trade him away, but the people who pay money to go to Dodgers games and sit in front of their television and cheer the Dodgers want him to stay, and can’t wait to welcome him back. Plaschke even pleaded with the Lakers to trade Kobe two years ago. That’s why you don’t listen to sportswriters, you listen to the beating heart of loyal fans, like the one I saw wearing a shirt that read, “Stand by your Manny.”

(Photo by Craig Fritz/The Associated Press)

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