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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.

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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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