Last year San Dimas’ Ariel Shore (soccer, softball) and South El Monte’s Manny Acosta (football, basketball, baseball) were named the athletes of the year. Who should take that picture this year?
The annual San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star baseball game is on Sunday, June 6 at Alhambra High School’s Moor Field instead of Mt. San Antonio College, where the game has been in recent years. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke and Nogales’ John Romano run the event, and have released the rosters …
Head Coach: Nick Lemas (Arcadia), Assistants, Brad Blackmore (Monrovia), Dave Moore (Monrovia), Joe Laski (Gabrielino)
Infielders: Brian Tuttle (Bonita) SS, Erik Lewis (Damien) 2B, Evan Heighley (Bonita) 1B, Robert Nakamura (Monrovia) 2B, Mike Maldonado (Montebello) 1B, Garrett Tuck (Arcadia) SS/1BJonathan Larson (Arcadia) 2B/1B
Outfielders: Bobby Oatman (Damien) LF, Joseph Eusebio (Amat) LF, Greg Saldate (Alhambra) RF, Justin De La Nuez (Monrovia) CF, Anthony Ramos (Bonita) LF, Jonathan Tom (Arcadia) LF/CF
Pitchers: Paul Paez (Amat), Brandon McNitt (Amat), Dylan Covey (Marantha), Jonathan Beltran (Alhambra), Aaron Murphree (Monrovia), Derek Penilla (San Dimas), Danny Beckwith (Marantha), Ruben Chavira (Walnut)
Catchers: Jerry McClanahan (Amat), George Ortega (Damien), Keith Clapp (Gabrelino). Chris Alas (Alhambra)
Head Coach: Kevin Smith (South Hills), Assistants, Barry Bacon (TC), Rich Remkus (Gladstone), Jacob Barendregt (Baldwin Park)
Infielders: Brandon Cage (Glendora) 3B, Jake Shirley (South Hills) 3B, Christian Ibarra (South Hills) SS, Alan Gonzales 1B, Adrian Carillo (Pasadena) 2B, Dusty Sanderson (TC) 2B, Tom Remkus (Gladstone) 1B, Charlie Baxter (Pas. Poly) SS.
Outfield: DJ Wallace (Charter Oak) RF, Jeff Crowe (Diamond Bar) RF, Chester Pak (Diamond Bar) CF, Chris Holden (Charter Oak) LF, Branden Pultz (TC) RF, Louis Torres (Sierra Vista) LF, Efren Aguilera (Baldwin Park) CF
Pitchers: Adam Plutko (Glendora), Jacob Smigelski (Glendora), Dakota Behr (South Hills), Brian Hill (La Salle), Eddie Pedroza (Northview), Justin Smith (TC), Christian Huerta (Sierra Vista)
Catchers: Joe Winterburn (Glendora), Cody Doyle (South Hills), Arman Valenzuela (Northvew)
Coaches and players can’t talk about the “next” round, but reporters can. Huge semifinal coin flips were held at the CIF-SS office on Wednesday, with the results as follows. In D-2 baseball, Glendora would be at home against Mira Costa and on the road at La Mirada. Damien is home no matter what against either Yucaipa or Santa Barbara. In D-3, Bonita is on the road at either San Gorgonio or Paloma Valley and Bishop Amat would be home over sweltering Indio (thank goodness) and on the road against Fullerton. In softball, Bonita would be on the road at Ayala or Aliso Niguel in D-3 while Glendora would be home against Chino Hills, or on the road at Oaks Christian. In D-5, San Dimas would be home against Whittier Christian or on the road at San Marino. South Hills would be at home against either Savanna or La Canada.
Below: Bonita coach Ken Carlson, hoping to guide his No. 1 Cats all the way to the finals.
Three of the four softball teams hit the road in the quarters while three of the four baseball teams are at home. I’m starting to really, really wonder if Bonita and Glendora are on a collision course in the D-3 softball playoffs. When you hear of how the Tartans won it, surviving in 12 innings after La Habra’s dramatic comeback, and Bonita getting another shutout from the big lefty, it makes you wonder if this is destined to happen. San Dimas and South Hills in particular have looked great in the D-5 playoffs, but now they’re both facing powerful Olympic League teams, which also boasts No. 1 Whittier Christian, which is still in the playoffs. In baseball, there have been some upsets in D-2, particularly Damien, which knocked off No. 3 Redlands East Valley. It’s appearing more and more that with some fortune, Glendora and Damien could reach the semis, then who knows? Is that too much to ask? Bonita, Bonita, Bonita, the baseball team we (I) keep overlooking. All they’ve done is win, and now they’re doing it dramatically in the form of seventh-inning rallies, the formula teams use to stretch chemistry to championships. If you’re not pulling for them, you don’t like feel-good stories. Bishop Amat? I got the text they were trailing 6-4 in the 6th and almost dropped my cell. Twenty minutes later, they were up 14-6 and cruising. Now at home, or uh, at Rio Hondo College and with the “Animal” on the mound, should Amat honks really be worried?
Above: Glendora’s “Gnarly” Carly Argyle survives a 12-inning marathon in a win over La Habra.
CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Mission Viejo at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Warren, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Sun Valley Village Christian, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Cerritos Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.
Placentia Valencia at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at El Toro, 3:15 p.m.
Lancaster at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Torrance vs. Bishop Amat at Rio Hondo College, 3:15 p.m.
CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs
Today’s second round results
Glendora 5, Harvard-Westlake 3
Damien 6, Redlands East Valley 2
Lancaster 8, South Hills 7
Bonita 2, Downey 1
Bishop Amat 14, Colony 6
Indio 14, Northview 4
Lompoc 4, Sierra Vista 0