Above: Bishop Amat’s Darien Johnson in the boys 110 hurdles at Mt. SAC
By Steve Ramirez
Invitational track and field meets are about showtime, and no one exhibited that more than West Covina’s BeeJay Lee, who continues to look like the best sprinter in the CIF-Southern Section.
The junior made a pretty loud statement Saturday, breezing to the fifth-quickest time in the country after winning the 100-meter invitational run at the 52nd Mt. San Antonio College Relays with an impressive time of 10.61 seconds.
By Fred J. Robledo Staff Writer
Diamond Bar pitcher Kenny Mathews didn’t deserve what happened to him against visiting Glendora on Friday, but then again, Tartans pitcher Adam Plutko made it possible by going toe-to-toe with the junior left-hander in a highly anticipated matchup between two of the Valley’s best hurlers. The Tartans scored three runs on two errors in the seventh inning to beat the Brahmas 3-0, with the UCLA-bound Plutko throwing a complete game two-hit shutout to keep the Tartans (15-1-1, 6-1) in sole possession of first in the Sierra League after back-to-back wins over the Brahmas to take the season series, 2-1. (To continue click thread)
Glendora 3, Diamond Bar 0
Damien 7, Chino Hills 3
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat (15-2, 5-0) at La Salle (7-9, 2-3), 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview 30, Ganesha 0
San Dimas (10-5, 5-1) at Baldwin Park (5-11, 1-5), 3:15 p.m.
Covina (7-8, 4-2) at Pomona (0-10, 0-6), 3:15 p.m.
Bassett (5-6, 2-1) at La Puente (6-2, 4-0), 3:15 p.m.
Azusa 3, Gladstone 2
Sierra Vista 16, Workman 2
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 6, Gabrielino 1
Rosemead (1-9, 1-4) at Mountain View (4-11, 2-4), 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte 7, El Monte 2
Above: Anthony Ramos connects for a single during Thursday’s Miramonte League game at Charter Oak. The Bearcats took control of the league title race with a 13-4 victory.
Thursday was a solid day for Bonita High School.
The Bearcats, getting three RBIs from Anthony Ramos and two each from Evan Highley and Mark Lindsay, along with six errors from host Charter Oak, routed the Chargers, 13-4, to take command of the Miramonte League race.
The softball team bested Los Altos, 3-1. Chloe Wurst scattered seven hits with six strikeouts to lead the Bearcats, who also received a two-run double by Clarice Spathias in the win.
In the other big game of the day, Bishop Amat’s softball team came up short, losing at home to St. Joseph, 5-4, in a battle for first place in the Del Rey League.
Bonita baseball coach John Knott: “Charter Oak has pretty much dominated this league for the last (decade). We haven’t done very well at their place since I’ve been head coach. I’ll take a win over them anytime. It’s special for me to be part of win here, at their place.”
Charter Oak coach Tom Quinley: “If people would have paid to see this game, we would have refunded their money. Bonita just gave us an old-fashioned whooping and they are just better than us this year.”
Bonita softball player Chloe Wurst: “It’s all about the defense. I’m nothing without my defense. I gave it the best I could. You can’t always bring it every time.”
Los Altos softball coach Felipe Aguilar: “Our girls battled all seven innings. We had our opportunities, but sometimes in softball the ball bounces certain ways. That line drive (to Wurst) was the biggest play of the game. Today, we hit the ball, but they ended making some big plays.”
Bishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez: “When it starts going your way, good things happen. We were down and battled back. We’re getting better and these girls are working hard and we hit the ball well today.”
Bonita 13, Charter Oak 4
Los Altos 9, Wilson 5
San Antonio League
West Covina at South HIlls
Rowland at Walnut
Del Rey League
St. Joseph 5, Bishop Amat 4
Bonita 3, Los Altos 1
Charter Oak 10, Diamond Ranch 0
Valle Vista League
Pomona at Northview
Covina at Baldwdin Park
San Dimas at Ganesha
San Antonio League
West Covina at South Hills
Rowland at Walnut
Players have been selected for the seventh annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Basketball Classic, which will be played on Saturday, April 24, at Damien High School. The senior event matches boys and girls all-stars from the Tribune and Star-News coverage areas, with the girls game starting at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6 p.m. There is also a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of each game, and a boys dunk contest between each game. The Star-News boys have won five of the six previous all-star games while the Star-News girls hold a 4-2 edge in the series.
Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star Game
Seventh Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Girls game: 4 p.m.
Boys game: 6 p.m.
Boys Star-News leads series, 5-1
Girls: Star-News leads series, 4-2
Alert: The boys basketball team is practicing tonight at 6:30 p.m., at Rowland High School; and the girls team is scheduled to practice on Monday at 6 p.m., at Diamond Ranch High School. Nearly every player has been contacted and is participating, but a couple on each side have been difficult to reach. If you see your name and have not been contacted, you can email me at email@example.com, or contact coach Hart or coach James at their schools, thanks.
Tribune Boys Squad
Coach Marc Hart, Baldwin Park
Forward: Ify Umodu, South Hills
Forward: Evan Barr, Charter Oak.
Forward: C.J. Miller, Bonita
Forward: Kacy Barlow, Diamond Bar
Forward: Tyler Goldston, Bishop Amat
Guard: Malcolm Green, Diamond Ranch
Guard: Calvin Smith, Glendora
Guard: Chris Adams, Damien
Guard: Darnell Martin, Nogales
Guard: Gerad Chin, Los Altos.
Guard: Joe Paul Rodriguez, South Hills
Guard: K.J. Byrd, San Dimas
Guard: Fernie Morelos, Baldwin Park
Guard: Michael Wong, Wilson
Guard: Steven David, Rowland
Guard: Dion Hudson, Bishop Amat
Tribune Girls Squad
Coach Mike James, Diamond Ranch
Center: Janelle Kearney, Diamond Ranch
Forward: Ella Rodriguez, Walnut
Forward: Melinda Gomez, South Hills
Forward: Naijah Calhoun, Wilson
Forward: Sarah Letourneau, Glendora
Forward: Sandra Gutierrez, El Monte
Forward: Crystal Avila, Sierra Vista
Forward: Jackie Ford, Covina
Forward: Ashley Burchfield, San Dimas
Guard: Arielle Wideman, Bishop Amat
Guard: Kristen Trudo, St. Lucy’s
Guard: Erica Greer, Diamond Ranch
Guard: Diana Wang, Walnut
Guard: Bobbie Johnson, Northview
Guard: Kristine Reyes, West Covina
Guard: Ariana Caffey, Diamond Ranch
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Below: How we have some dunkers, the Star-News dominated us in the dunk contest last year, just too much athleticism. It’s kind of tough when your best dunker is Nogales coach Ricky Roper … Tune in, you’ll see what I mean.
What: Ralph Brown DB Camp
Where: San Dimas High School
When: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $50/per camper
Ralph Brown II grew up in Baldwin Park and played junior all-american football for the Roadrunners. He starred at Bishop Amat and the University of Nebraska before playing for the Arizona Cardinals. For more information call 626-339-4646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.b3sportstraining.com.
Organizers of the Mt. San Antonio Relays are offering patrons a $10 discount if they bring a copy of a San Gabriel Valley Tribune article related to the Mt. SAC Relays ticket booth. Instead of paying the $15 admission price, you will only be charged $5 if you bring today’s sports section featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay, or subsequent stories on the Mt. SAC Invite on Friday and Saturday.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Representatives from the Montview and Valle Vista leagues knew their appeals on Tuesday to the CIF-Southern Section football playoff grouping committee regarding the Mid-Valley Division’s addition of the Almont League were a long shot to be upheld. And they found out why on Wednesday. The committee voted 7-0 to deny the appeals with two voters abstaining because they’re from the area. The abstentions were by Rob Roberts of the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District and Candace Cayer of the Pomona Unified School District.
Jordan Salley is Montana bound. The La Verne Lutheran High School senior, who missed all of the 2009-10 season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to attend Montana State University.
Note: There is already a Gonzalez thread up to post on, if you want to post on these stories, click the links and comment on the web stories, thanks.
SGV Tribune: Detectives confirmed Wednesday they are investigating whether or not Bishop Amat High School’s girls soccer coach had an inappropriate relationship with one of his players while he worked at a different high school. The Los Angeles Police Department initially said Tuesday there was no official investigation into accusations against Bishop Amat coach Ruben Gonzalez. But LAPD detectives now say they are looking into whether Gonzalez had an intimate relationship with a female soccer player when he coached at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. The mother of a 21-year-old woman last month accused Gonzalez of having an inappropriate relationship with her daughter when her daughter was 17, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.
From the L.A. Times: A Bishop Amat High School teacher and soccer coach has been suspended in connection with an LAPD investigation into alleged “inappropriate conduct” with a female student at a school where he previously coached, Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials said Wednesday.
Glendora 11, Diamond Bar 4: Brennan Salgado’s pinch-hit grand slam punctuated Glendora High School’s seven-run fifth inning Wednesday en route to an 11-4 victory over visiting Diamond Bar to take over sole possession of first place in the Sierra League.
Damien 3, Chino Hills 2: It wasn’t elimination day in the Sierra League on Wednesday. But the Damien and Chino Hills high school baseball teams also knew neither could afford a loss and still entertain thoughts about a league title. The host Spartans made sure that worry was on the Huskies. Nick Amrhein and Antonio Gonzales combined on a five-hitter and Damien stayed a game behind league leader Glendora with a 3-2 victory at Tom Carroll Field.
Gabrielino 8, South El Monte 7: The Gabrielino and South El Monte high school baseball teams have been through this before. They have rallied from big deficits this season. Gabrielino came back from a 12-run deficit to win last week. South El Monte has rallied from seven runs down three times. Wednesday afternoon, Gabrielino pitcher Angel Acosta had a no-hitter and 7-0 lead through six innings. For Gabrielino, the game began to unravel. For South El Monte, it was time to come alive. South El Monte scored seven runs in the inning to tie the game, but pinch hitter Nathaniel Sarkar’s line-drive single to center field in the bottom of the inning gave Gabrielino an 8-7 Mission Valley League victory.
Northview 13, Ganesha 0 — Lefty Eddie Pedroza threw a perfect game for the Vikings.
“We are talking about a guy who has coached for more than 20 years without any problems. After the investigation is over I hope the detective, school and Archdiocese are as quick to restore my client’s outstanding reputation as they were to announce the “unsubstantiated” allegation,” said Tomas Requejo, the attorney for Bishop Amat girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez.
By Thomas Himes Staff Writer
Catholic church officials said Tuesday a Bishop Amat High School teacher was suspended following an accusation that he behaved inappropriately with a pupil three years ago. Ruben Gonzalez has yet to return to his job as a teacher and head coach of the girls soccer team since he was suspended late last month, said Archdiocese of Los Angeles spokeswoman Carolina Guevara. To continue click thread
Note: Ruling expected today, don’t hold your breath, the chances of the Valle Vista or Montview winning are slim to none.
By Aram Tolegian
Representatives from the Montview and Valle Vista leagues got a chance Tuesday to state their cases for appeal before the CIF-Southern Section committee on playoff grouping proposals for high school football. Azusa athletic director Sandy Gahring represented the Montview League while Wilson athletic director Scott Fessenden spoke on behalf of the Valle Vista League. The leagues made nearly identical arguments against the proposals and their solution was the same – keep the Almont League from joining the Mid-Valley Division.
From the LA Times’ Eric Sondheimer: The Bulldogs are scheduled to open the season on Sept. 3 at East Los Angeles College against La Puente Bishop Amat, followed by games against Orange Lutheran, Ontario Colony and Santa Fe Springs St. Paul. Garfield Coach Lorenzo Hernandez has done a great job challenging his players to get better, and the Bulldogs should have one of their most physical teams, led by defensive end Moses Saucedo and running back Jonathan Lopez.
In the Huddle: Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty confirmed that former South Hills backup QB Brock Booth has checked in and is part of the competition for the open quarterback spot. However, Hagerty also said that the competition is six deep with Rio Ruiz, Tyler Pruszynski and three current freshmen all in the mix heading into spring.
West Covina’s Dekota Monarrez hit two solo home runs in Tuesday’s 6-2 win over South Hills, which follows her three homer performance in a 10-9 victory over South Hills earlier this season. “It’s just something about South Hills,” Monarrez said. Also Monica Gomez threw a no-hitter in a 6-0 victory over Workman. Bonita defeated Charter Oak 2-0.
West Covina High School junior Dekota Monarrez has a simple explanation why games against South Hills turn into her own personal home run derby. “It’s something about them,” Monarrez said. “They’re our rival, it’s not just another game. You have to do something against them.”
Above: Glendora coach Dan Henley doing a terrific job with the Tartans and working the umpires.
Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (14-2) — I flirted with dropping Amat behind Glendora because the Tartans do own two tournament titles and their only loss was a 1-0 setback at Diamond Bar against lefty. Then I started looking at Amat’s schedule again, who they beat and wised up.
2. Glendora (13-1-1) — After winning the Arcadia tournament, the Tartans are No. 2 in D-2 but still can’t breathe that easy in the tight Sierra League race, where the top four teams are separated by a single game.
3. South Hills (11-3) — What I learned about the Huskies in the National Classic is that their pitching is deeper than I thought, and they’re a tough bunch of kids, battling back from an 0-2 start to win two straight. Mentally, that’s going to help them a lot the rest of the way.
4. Bonita (11-2-1) – All they have done is win ten straight, and I don’t care if they didn’t win the Northview tournament (because of tiebreakers), they were the best team. But then again, they will have to prove it with two games against Charter Oak this week.
5. Damien (9-4) – Lost in the championship of the Chino tournament to Maranatha, but this is the week. With two games against Chino Hills, the Spartans have a lot on the line. They can put the pressure on Glendora with a sweep.
6. Charter Oak (9-5) – The champions of the Northview tournament deserve more credit than we’ve given them, and look at the Miramonte League, they dominated the Northview tournament. While the Sierra is the best league in the Valley, the Miramonte is not that far behind.
7. Los Altos (11-5) - The only place they’ve struggled is during Miramonte League games, which is looking like a tougher league each week. They’re having too good a season to continue faltering in league, so look for them to rebound.
8. Diamond Bar (10-5) — When will they throw Mathews against Glendora? Will they do it on Wednesday on the road, or wait until their home Friday. Personally, I would use lefty all ten innings, probably in a relief role if they need him Wednesday, then start him at home on Friday.
9. Northview (8-4-2) — The best in one of the weakest Valle Vista Leagues races in years. I still say the Vikings can hang with anyone when Pedroza’s on the mound, but the jury is still out. VVL teams haven’t done much in area tournaments.
10. Sierra Vista (9-4) — Congratulations to longtime coach Brett Stevens, who recently won his 300th game. After all these years, the passion is still there, and the Dons are still winning.
I’m going to park the lawn chair at West Covina for today’s game against South Hills…
TRIBUNE SOFTBALL RANKINGS
1. Glendora (9-2) - Haven’t played in a while but that changes with a pair against Diamond Bar this week. They’re still the team to beat in the Valley, but the Brahmas could give them a test.
2. Bonita (12-1-1) — Nothing changed since last week, and if they can beat Charter Oak and Los Altos this week, you might as well crown them Miramonte League champs. They finally moved to No. 6 in D-3, a spot behind No. 5 Glendora.
3. South Hills (11-3-1) – Make or break week for the Huskies and West Covina, who will meet today and again later in the week. After West Covina’s 10-9 victory in the first meeting, will there be more fireworks in store?
4. West Covina (9-5) — The Bulldogs are No. 4 in the D-5 rankings with the Huskies a game behind. This series will come down to hitting, not pitching, which is kind of unusual for big softball games.
5. Arroyo (11-1) — The Knights are No. 2 in D-6 and like we mentioned last week, they won’t lose another game, and won’t be tested until they meet South El Monte again in the league finale.
6. Northview (10-5) — The Vikes lost in the championship of their own tournament to Santa Fe 7-0, but they look like the best in the VVL after seeing all three teams. They have the best hitting lineup and enough pitching to get by.
7. St. Lucy’s (9-5) – Won six of last eight and went 3-2 in the Carew Classic, which is impressive considering the opponents they faced. Very curious to see how they do the rest of the way in the Sierra.
8. Covina (10-3) — An impressive overall record with a win over San Dimas, but the jury’s still out until they can prove it again against San Dimas and Northview in the coming weeks.
9. Charter Oak (8-7) – With a 2-2 league mark, they’re really battling Los Altos for second unless they can pull off a huge win against Bonita. Might be the only week Charter Oak and Los Altos pull for each other against the Cats.
10. Los Altos (7-7) — They’re struggling to score runs, which has been a problem in the past too, but they don’t have the Patterson fall back plan this time, so they will continue to struggle.
There has been some discussion over the eligibility status of two All-League Colony High football players, senior-to-be Makale McCobb (WR) and junior-to-be Gerald Kough (OL), who both transferred to Pomona High School, where former Colony coach Anthony Rice has applied, interviewed and is rumored to be taking over. According to CIF, both players were granted valid change of address transfers. Kough was cleared in February and McCobb cleared in late March. Also, after reporting last week that both players were mysteriously removed from Colony’s MaxPreps 2009-10 roster, both players were re-inserted back to the roster over the weekend.
By Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
In sports, timing is everything. Proper timing is vital to the athlete and to the event. What is meaningful today may lose much of its meaning in a week, or a month or a year. Which brings us to Jim Brownfield. Up until about a year ago, Brownfield was a frequent contributor to this column. Since then, he has encountered serious health problems. Many of the athletes he coached would like to see some sort of lasting tribute to Jim. This columnist concurs. However, it isn’t that easy.
Aram will track the CIF playoff regrouping proposals appeals today, with the Valle Vista and Montview League each getting 30 minutes to state its case why they deserve more than just two guaranteed playoff berths in the Mid-Valley Division. Personally, I like the way it is now, third and fourth place teams in the VVL and Montview have virtually no chance of getting out of the first round anyway, but certain at-large teams will.
Aram’s upset I go home for lunch instead of joining him at one of his many fine establishments … This is the green chile burrito from Victor’s Villa (Irwindale).
Note: The participants will be notified this week and we will announce the rosters in Friday’s Newspaper and blog. Baldwin Park coach Marc Hart will coach the boys team and Diamond Ranch coach Mike James will coach the boys. The Star-News coaches are Pasadena High boys coach Tim Tucker and Muir girls coach Gary Johnson.
“Both sides want to win,” said Pasadena coach Tim Tucker, who will guide the Star-News boys team for the second time after being named area coach of the year. “There’s a lot of pride involved. I know the players look forward to playing in it. It’s always a high honor when you’re selected to coach an all-star game.”
Boys and Girls Basketball All-Star Game
Seventh Annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
Saturday, April 24, Damien High School
Boys: Star-News leads series, 5-1
Girls: Star-News leads series, 4-2
The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.
“Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.” – Tony Dungy, Super Bowl Winning Coach in his book “Uncommon”
Let’s take care of a couple of things right at the top.
I’m changing the column just a bit. One of the fine talent evaluators is Michael Lombardi. He is currently working for the NFL Network and is a contributor to NationalFootballPost.com. I love the way his Daily Morning News is formatted, so we are borrowing that format for this column. Since I have a ton of leadership books – I love the subject of leadership – I thought it would be good to take some thoughts from those books and incorporate it into the column. And what better way to start off the column than with a quote from the great Tony Dungy. There are many coaches that win with integrity. I believe that guys like Bogan and Maggiore are the epitome of the quote. If you want to be respected in whatever field you are in, that quote pretty much says it all.
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Spring Break is over for most and league heats up for baseball and softball. Here are the featured games of the week we plan on covering, if we missed any, let us know.
Update: Thanks to some phone calls and comments, I’ve adjusted what we plan on covering this week, which will now include Chino Hills and Damien baseball.
Baseball: Charter Oak at Bonita, 3:15 p.m; South El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Softball: South Hills at West Covina, 3:15 p.m., Charter Oak at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Baseball: Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.; Chino Hills at Damien, 3:15 p.m.
Baseball: West Covina at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.; Bonita at Charter Oak, 3:15 p.m.
Softball: St. Joseph’s at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m., Los Altos at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Baseball: Damien at Chino Hills, 3:15 p.m., Glendora at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m., Bassett at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Softball: Glendora at Diamond Bar