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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