One of high school football’s great offensive minds, San Gabriel’s Keith Jones coaches final game in Hall of Fame all-star celebration

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Friday night’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game will be a going-away party not only for the area’s top players, but for one of its top coaches as well. When San Gabriel High School’s Keith Jones leads the West into action just after 7 p.m. at Baldwin Park High, he’ll begin the final four quarters of a career that won’t soon be forgotten around these parts, and certainly not around the Matadors’ campus, where he took a lackluster program and made it into one of the area’s best. (To continue, click thread).

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Baseball All-Area: Adam Plutko delivered a season to remember, Coach Henley finally gets title

By Fred J. Robledo
GLENDORA
— In his wildest dreams, Glendora High School pitcher Adam Plutko couldn’t have envisioned a season this perfect, or maybe he did, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows him. “We wanted to be that team with the target from day one,” Plutko said. “Everyone in the Valley knew we would be good, but we weren’t No. 1 in a lot of polls; it was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ “We kind of played with a chip on our shoulder the rest of the way, then when we became No. 1 in a lot of polls, it was like, this is where we want to be, there’s no looking back, lets get this done.” (To continue, and read coach of the year Dan Henley’s story, click thread).

Tribune Baseball All-Area
Coach of the year:
Dan Henley, Glendora
Player of the year: Adam Plutko, Glendora, Sr.
First Team
Pitcher: Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Pitcher: Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Utility: Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Catcher: Joseph Winterburn, Glendora, Sr.
Infield: Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, So,
Infield: Robert Mier, Bonita, Jr.
Infield: Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Infield: Eric Lewis, Damien, Sr.
Outfield: Jacob Smigelski, Glendora, Sr.
Outfield: Matt Gelalich, Bonita, Sr.
Outfield: Bobby Oatman, Damien, Sr.

Second Team:
Pitcher: Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Jr.
Pitcher: Eddie Pedroza, Northview, Sr.
Catcher: Jerry McClanahan, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Utility: Cody Doyle, South Hills, Sr.
Infield: Joseph Woodward, Glendora, Sr.
Infield: Jacob Shirley, South Hills, Sr.
Infield: Evan Highley, Bonita, Sr.
Infield: Christian Ibarra, South Hills, Sr.
Outfield: D.J. Wallace, Charter Oak, Sr.
Outfield: Chester Pak, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Outfield: Jeff Crowe, Diamond Bar, Sr.

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Jerone Cox will play in the Hall of Fame after sitting out a season for Baldwin Park because of Duarte’s protest … But all he did was improve his GPA, score an 1,890 on his SAT, and earn a scholarship to Eastern Michigan

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer
Friday’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game means a lot of different things to a lot of different players. For Jerone Cox, it means an entire senior season rolled up into one game. Cox, a defensive back, was ruled ineligible for his senior season after CIF decided that his transfer from Duarte High School to Baldwin Park was athletically motivated. Thanks to the urging of Baldwin Park coach James Heggins, though, Cox was selected to play in Friday’s game and will get a chance to finish out his career on the big stage he never got to shine on last fall before heading to Eastern Michigan University on scholarship.

Below: Jerone Cox talking to a crowd of reporters on signing day after announcing his intentions to attend Eastern Michigan.

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SGV All-Star game on Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Baldwin Park, honoring the great Jim Brownfield

When: June 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Baldwin Park High School
SGV East Roster
Darien Johnson (Bishop Amat); Deron Holmes (Bonita); Ricky Johnson (West Covina);
Chris Lazaro (Baldwin Park); Geoffrey Vaughns (South Hills); Jerone Cox (Baldwin Park); Jacob Ammad (Chaffey); Gus Viramontes (Diamond Ranch); A.J. Powell (Charter Oak); Paul Flores (Gladstone); Keith Smith (Charter Oak); Keenan Anderson (Pomona); Erik Lewis (Damien); Evan Highley (Bonita); Ernesto Martin (La Puente); Kendrec McDade (Azusa); Deron Jefferson (Pomona); Kameron Germany (Northview); Elisha Henley (Diamond Ranch); Tre Evans (San Dimas); Ryan Kohler (San Dimas); Donte Hughes (Covina); Jesse Ili (West Covina); Reyes Barrera (South Hills); Davis Cazares (Bishop Amat); Jesus Vargas (La Puente); Cody Goss (South Hills); Felix Logai (Nogales); Ryan McLaurin (West Covina); Mike Wells (Diamond Ranch); Justin Randall (Ontario); Kyle Ellis (Alta Loma); Tyler Cortez (Bonita); Raymond Raygoza (Baldwin Park); Tre Hale (Damien); Daniel Kane (Bishop Amat); Richard Tejeda (West Covina); Daniel Reyes (Charter Oak); Lucas Hernandez (Santa Fe); Ray Garcia (Alta Loma); Michael Llanes (Ayala); Steven David (Rowland); Justin Winrow (San Dimas).

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Ron Artest champions video, and remembering the ESPYs 2008 and the look on Fisher’s face

Not only did Ron Artest walk in the shower following the lost to Boston and tell Kobe get me on this team and I will help you beat these guys, but he recorded this video last year in preparation for the title, which he delivered ..

The Lakers championship feels so good after watching Ray Allen talk smack at the ESPY’s in 2008 with Derek Fisher looking on in disgust …. Payback feels good.

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Tribune all-area THIS WEEK!

The 2010 spring all-area teams will be published over the next two weeks. We had some changes because of the Lakers parade on Monday, so, the Baseball all area will run on Wednesday and Softball on Thursday or possibly Friday. Track, Swimming and BoysTennis will run next week.

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