Softball Rankings: Bonita takes the top spot with win over Glendora; Nogales shocks West Covina

Above: When you pull off the upset of the year, a 2-1 win over West Covina, you deserve to get your team picture posted. It was just the Nobles’ second win of the season.

1. Bonita (17-1-1) — Absolutely and without question after not only beating Glendora, but handling them so easily. It’s one thing for Wurst to throw a no-hitter or one-hitter against some of these other teams, but to do it against Glendora is mental toughness 101.
2. Glendora (13-3) — Nothing for the Tartans to be ashamed of, they still split with the Bearcats, and have bigger issues to worry about, like games against Ayala and rival St. Lucy’s, who will be playing Bonita in the Charter Oak championship game.
3. St. Lucy’s (12-7) — We certainly underestimated the Regents, a 6-0 winner over Montebello to reach Saturday’s Charter Oak tournament title game against Bonita. They also beat Charter Oak 1-0. But here’s the deal, they get rival Glendora twice this week and with Bonita Saturday, we will know exactly where they stack with the rest.
4. Arroyo (13-1) — You can’t ignore the overall record, even if you think they haven’t beaten anyone spectacular and won’t play anyone spectacular until the end of the season. Winning counts, and they keep winning.
5. West Covina (9-5) — If I were West Covina, I would probably be slow to report it to MaxPreps also, but the rumors are true, Nogales is now 2-17 after beating the Bulldogs 2-1 last week for one of the biggest stunners in years. Give Nogales all the credit in the world, but the Bulldogs are their own worst enemy. They sweep South Hills, but are only a game up on the Huskies with losses to Nogales and Rowland.
6. South Hills (12-6-1) — They can’t win the big games, even when they come close like they did in a 4-3 loss to Glendora. But with West Covina losing to Nogales, the San Antonio is still up for grabs and the way everyone is playing, predictions don’t mean anything.
7. Northview (12-5) — The Vikes have won 6 of 7 and are in a three-way tie for the VVL lead with Covina and San Dimas, who will meet today. After watching all three, I like the Vikes to close it out. The league isn’t particularly difficult, but there is parity at the top, with a slight edge to the Vikes.
8. Covina (12-3) — Like Arroyo, you have to respect their overall record, but lets see what they do in the second and third games against San Dimas and Northview. That will tell us everything.
9. San Dimas (9-6) — They deserve to be back in the top ten, but for a team that was ranked No. 2 at the beginning, they still have a lot to prove. They have a four-year pitcher in the circle, they should be better than this.
10. Charter Oak (10-8) — They are what they’re, a close to .500 team that can surprise anyone or get beat by anyone.

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Add Sierra Vista’s Christian Huerta to list of the area’s most complete players

This years pitching core is sensational, Plutko, Mathews, Paez, Pedroza, Santiago, but is anyone doing more for their team than Sierra Vista’s Christian Huerta, who is batting .583 with nine doubles, four homers along with a 6-1 record and 0.94 ERA? If you haven’t seen him, he could start and be nails for anyone.

The San Gabriel Valley is filled with quality pitchers. Just look at Bishop Amat High School. The Lancers, arguably the top team in the state, are led by senior left-hander Paul Paez, who is 7-0 with a 0.31 ERA and signed a letter of intent with San Diego. Glendora’s Adam Plutko could be the area’s top Major League Baseball draft prospect. The UCLA-bound senior is 5-1 with a 0.95 ERA. Diamond Bar has the area’s best underclassman in junior left-hander Kenny Mathews. The Cal State Fullerton commit is 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA after suffering his first loss on Friday against Plutko and the Tartans. Others having good seasons include Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago, 4-0 with an area-best 0.25 ERA, and Northview’s Eddie Pedroza, who threw a perfect game last week against Ganesha. But there probably is nobody doing as much for his team offensively and defensively than Sierra Vista senior Christian Huerta, who has 10 consecutive hits in his past three games with 11 RBIs and is batting .583.
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There’s a Moon rising at San Marino

As Aram’s sources confirmed last week (and once again beating the Mid-Valley to the punch), Mike Mooney is back in charge. I’m looking forward to the Mooney-coached Titans in the Mid-Valley Division, guaranteeing right now that San Marino will be a contender with him at the helm. San Marino traditionally loses players to private schools, but folks are going to think twice now that the former USC Trojan (that’s hard to say) is in charge. He absolutely gets the most out of his talent, adding a big piece of an intrigue to the Valley. Believe me, Monrovia-San Marino, San Marino-Temple City? Those are going to be must see’s.

Above: That was then and this is now, Mooney’s back.

In the Huddle: San Marino High School announced assistant principal Mike Mooney as its new football coach on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that Mooney would replace D.R. Moreland, who resigned in late March to further his education. San Marino gave Mooney his first head coaching position in 1996. Mooney left San Marino after the 1998 season to become head coach at his alma mater Temple City where he guided the Rams to four Rio Hondo League titles during a successful eight-year run.

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Softball: Wurst, Bonita take down No. 1 Glendora

There will be a new team atop the East San Gabriel Valley area softball rankings on Wednesday. Bonita High School saw to that on Monday. Chloe Wurst tossed a one hitter and struck out 13 and the No. 2 Bearcats scored a 5-0 victory over No. 1 Glendora in a Charter Oak Tournament semifinal game that was halted after six innings due to the time-limit rule.

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Mt. SAC Invite: West Covina’s BeeJay Lee and Covina’s Remontay McClain continue to dominate the muscle events, finishing 1-2 in the 100

Mt. SAC Invitational results and analysis

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.

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Baseball: Glendora’s Adam Plutko and Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews were brilliant, but three unearned runs on two errors cost the Brahmas in a 3-0 loss; Damien beats Chino Hills 7-3

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)

Friday’s Games
Sierra League

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.
Montview League
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

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Baseball/Softball: Bonita gets a Daily Double with wins in baseball and softball; Amat softball comes up short

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.”

Thursday’s Scores
Miramonte League

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
Miramonte League
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

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Basketball: San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Star Rosters set for Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic

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, 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

For Pasadena Roster, click thread

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.

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Ralph Brown DB Camp on Saturday at San Dimas High School, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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 or visit

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Buy a Tribune, save $10 bucks at Mt. SAC Relays

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.

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Football: Montview and Valle Vista League appeals denied on unanimous 7-0 vote

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.

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LAPD confirms investigation into Bishop Amat girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez is still “open”; New details surface over allegations

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.

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