No time to relax in the summer, over the next two months Aram, Steve and I will be working on PrepXtra, a magazine of 40-50 pages that will serve as our prep football preview instead of the traditional six-page newspaper special section that we produce every fall. This will be similar to our Rose Magazine and with the additional space we will be able to write a preview of every football team in the area, not just a league overview with a capsule. It’s the most ambitious project we’ve tried yet, which will include columns, features, and of course a cover story and picture that will set up the 2010 season. I’m taking suggestions on the cover shot and story, and any other items you would like to see in the magazine.
Last year’s cover: It was the “Drive for Five,” with Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar winning out and winning his fifth title. Now all three will be in the Sierra League. We’re taking suggestions for this year’s cover shot. Any thoughts?
The second annual KG Sports Training Foundation Underclassmen All-Star Game will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at Gladstone High School. The foundation will award two scholarships, one for $1,000 and another for $500. Keppel coach Houston Hernandez and his staff will coach the Blue team, and Covina coach Pete Loaiza will coach the Grey team, flanked by Darren Murphy (Northview), Tom Quinley (Charter Oak), Gil Adame (Covina) and Andrew Hanson (Covina) as his assistants. The rosters are as follows:
Above: South Hills’ Ty France is one of the huge standouts playing on Saturday.
Blue team: Angel Acosta (Gabrielino); Vince Albelo (Gabrielino); Julian Jarrard (Temple City); Calvin Copping (Temple City); Gary Acuna (Al- hambra); Frankie Wright (Al- hambra); CJ Saylor (South Hills); Ty France (South Hills); Dom Martinez (South Hills); Doug Mayberry (San Marino); Haram Park (Arcadia); KJ Edson (Arcadia); David Hubinger (St. Francis); David Olme- do (St. Francis); John Alexander (Glendora); David Ortiz (Bosco Tech); Brennon Martinez (Bosco Tech); Mark Jebbia (Maranatha); Chris Rucker (Pasadena); Robert Lain (Pasadena); Ives Brown (Pasadena); Max Katz (Keppel); Matt Lee (San Dimas); Nate Rousey (Crescenta Valley); Elliot Surrey (Crescenta Valley); Dylan Mersola (Burbank); Sergio Luna (Cathedral); Chris Flores (Cathedral); Mike Aguilar (Montebello); Anthony Milan (Montebello); Daniel Lopez (Montebello).
Grey team: Jason Martinez (Covina); Andrew Carrillo (Covina); Vinny Venegas (Covina); KC Huth (Bonita); Adam McCreery (Bonita); Robert Mier (Bonita); Matt Gelalich (Bonita); Steven Baltierra (Wilson); Daniel Farfan (El Monte); Mark Roche (Arroyo); Steven Adame (Arroyo); Antonio Gonzalez (Damien); Jose Chavez (Damien); Obryen Sanchez (Whittier); Stephen Zavala (Whittier); Daniel Moriel (El Rancho); Will Walters (Walnut); Adrian Velasco (Monrovia); Mark McMahon (Whittier Christian); Bobby Ramos (Northview); Tyler Grijalva (Northview); Xavier Martinez (Northview); Travis Santiago (Charter Oak); Aaron Henry (Charter Oak); Fernando Gonzalez (Baldwin Park); George Johnson (West Covina).
Jerone Cox, who left Duarte for Baldwin Park but was ineligible, will suit up for the game. Also, Amat studs Johnson, Cazares and Kane stand out.
By Aram Tolegian
West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore liked what he saw right away from his East squad during Monday’s opening practice for the Hall of Fame All-Star Game on June 25 at Baldwin Park. Maggiore estimated he had 35 players participating with others held up by prior commitments related to end-of-school-year activities. (To continue, click thread).
By Aram Tolegian
Bassett High School has named Aubrey Duncan its new varsity football coach, replacing Craig Cieslik, who resigned last week after just over a month on the job. Duncan, the school’s track coach, was head coach of the Los Angeles Amazons professional women’s football team. Bassett hired Cieslik in late April to replace Leon Ward, who was let go by the school after three seasons. Poor player turnout during spring practices – the Olympians reportedly were down to 13 players – led to Cieslik’s abrupt resignation. Duncan was part of Ward’s staff last season and applied for the open job during the offseason before the school went with Cieslik. Bassett went 4-6 last season and hasn’t had a winning record since 2003, when it won the Montview League under coach Pete Smolin.
By John Honell, Correspondent
Thirty-nine high school seniors played their final softball game before moving on to the college level in Monday’s North-South San Gabriel Valley All-Star game at Mt. SAC. The North got outstanding pitching from a pair of Valle Vista League stars to down the South 9-2. San Dimas’ Kortnie Clark started for the North, went five innings and held the South scoreless while giving up three hits and striking out eight. She also singled off longtime rival Chloe Wurst of Bonita in her first at-bat. “It’s really good to get a hit off Chloe,” Clark said. “She’s really good. It’s a real honor to be here but it’s bittersweet. It’s good to move on and do other things, but it’s kind of sad to leave after all this time.” (To continue click thread)
Below: South’s Kim Hernandez of Bishop Amat slides safe back into third base with North’s Brianna Dworak of Glendora Monday’s San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game.
Congrats go out to former Diamond Bar standout Gary Brown, a Tribune All-Area selection in 2007, who was drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants with the 24th pick.
Brown has played for Cal-State Fullerton for the past three seasons. He was drafted in the 12th round out of high school, but opted to hone his skills in the college game first. Obviously, it paid off.
With Mater Dei winning the Division I title on Saturday night, which is a team that both Bishop Amat and South Hills defeated, even the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer admitted that Glendora makes a solid case to be considered the No. 1 team in Southern California after finishing 27-2-1. In fact, after covering five champions in three years, Bishop Amat and Northview in 2008, San Dimas and South Hills in 2009, and Glendora in 2010, I would have to say that Glendora is the best of them all. They have everything you want, three No. 1 caliber pitchers, great defense, great offense, and the type of chemistry that comes with growing up as neighborhood kids and making the dream happen in the final. And look where they’re going, Adam Plutko (UCLA), Joe Winterburn (UCSB), Joseph Woodward (UCSB), Jacob Smigelski (LMU), Clint Harwick (Point Loma) and Jacob Cage (Azusa Pacific) — all on full or partial athletic scholarships.
Above: Glendora’s Joe Winterburn is greeted by Bishop Amat’s Jerry McClanahan after hitting a home run during the SGV all-star game Sunday at Moor Field in Alhambra.
By Nathan Cambridge, Correspondent
Sunday’s 15th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game played at Alhambra High School’s Moor Field marked an opportunity for 49 high school seniors to represent their schools for the final time. The Red team took it to another level by hitting three home runs in a 12-7 victory over the Blues. Glendora’s Joe Winterburn, starting at catcher for the Red team, hit a three-run home run in the first inning. Winterburn won overall MVP honors to add to a resume that included winning a CIF-SS Division2 championship on Saturday.
By Steve Ramirez, staff writer
LAKE ELSINORE — It took Glendora High School nearly six decades to reach its first CIF-Southern Sectional baseballchampionship game. It proved to be worth the wait. Second basemen Joseph Woodward went 3 for 3 and pitcher Adam Plutko outdueled highly-touted Taijuan Walker and the Tartans won their first CIf-SS title with a 10-3 victory over Yucaipa in the Division 2 title game at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. (To continue reading, click thread).
Glendora’s championship photo gallery
CIF-SS Division 2 championship
Score by innings
How they scored:
Yucaipa 1st: Leonard Malfvon singed to center field. He advanced on a sacrifice and scored on a line-drive triple down the left field line by Wyatt Padgett. Glendora’s Adam Plutko got Taijuan Walker and Matt Hardison on groundouts. Yucaipa 1, Gledora 0.
Glendora 2nd: Kyle Layton lead off double to right. Jacob Cage singled to right, Layton beating the throw home, Cage advances to second, 1-1. Brennan Salgado tripled to right center, scoring Cage for a 2-1 lead. Max Shih walked, first and second. Joseph Woodward follows with a single to left, Salgado scoring, 3-1.
Yucaipa 4th: Grady Espinosa hit a one-out triple to center that would have been a homer in any high school park. He scored easily on Alex Morabito’s ground-out to second, trimming the Tartans’ lead to 3-2.
Glendora 4th: Salgado leads off with a walk, followed by Shih, who walks after trying to bunt, then working the count. Yucaipa’s 6-foot-5 pitcher Taijuan Walker comes out of the game, Pedro Cota in to replace him. Joseph Woodward beautiful bunt up third, the throw sails away, Salgado scoring, Shih to third, Woodward to second, still no outs, 4-2. Clinton Harwick comes big, smacking a single to center to drive in Shih and Woodward, Tartans leading 6-2.
Yucaipa 6th: With two outs, Matt Hardison singled, Dallas Alexander running for him. Grady Espinosa singled, putting runners on first and third. On Adam Putko’s pickoff attempt at first, a balk was called, Alexander scoring, Espinosa to second.
Glendora 6th: Clinton Harwick lead single. After a strikeout, John “the best swing in the valley” Alexander drove a double off the wall in left-center, scoring Harwick, 7-3. Winterburn walks, first and second. Layton promptly triples to left-center, driving in Alexander and Winterburn to go up, 9-3. Layton scores on a pass ball, 10-3.
The 100 and 200 meters are the most anticipated for a reason, they crown speed, and for Covina High’s Remontay McClain, it means he’s the fasted in California after winning a pair of state titles in Clovis on Saturday. He won the 100 meters in 10.45, and the 200 in 20.85. But that’s just part of it, he broke what has to be the longest drought in Valley history. I thought Bonita chasing its first baseball title since ’51 was crazy, but Remontay took it back to the 20s. His two titles were the first for Covina track since 1924. That’s gotta be a record no matter what Joe Amat says Speaking of Amat, give it up for Kylie Price, she finished second in the long jump and sixth in the 100 meters
By Fred J. RobledoStaff Writer
LAKE ELSINORE — The sight of Bonita High School’s Matt Gelalich walking gingerly into the press room and burying his head in his hands explained it all. The Bearcats’ improbable run through the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs ended on a sour 2-1 loss to Ocean View in the championship on Saturday at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. (To continue, click thread).
Bonita championship game photo gallery
CIF-SS Division 3 championship
Scoring by innings
Bonita ‘Cats 100 -000-0 — 1 4 2
Ocean View 011 -000-x — 2 5 4
How they scored:
Bonita 1st: Robert Mier led off the game with a single to left, and moved to second after a catcher’s pick-off attempt sailed to right rield. After Matt Gelalich’s ground out to first moved Mier to third, he scored on Evan Highley’s fly out to center, staking the Bearcats to a 1-0 lead.
Ocean View 2nd: Blake Hitchcock and Timothy Robinson led off the second with back-to-back singles, then moved to second and third respectively after Adam McCreery’s pick-off attempt on Hitchcock skidded to center. Nick Schulenburg’s grounder to third scored Hitchcock, but McCreery stuck out the next two to get out of the inning tied, 1-1.
Ocean View 3rd: Colton Johnson smacked a triple to lead off the inning and scored on Blake Walker’s ground-out to Mier at second, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 lead. Mier might have had a play on Johnson, but juggled the ball before getting the out at first.
Covina High School’s Remontay McClain will be the favorite in the 100 meter finals at tomorrow’s state finals in Clovis after winning his heat in 10.34 on Friday, the fastest time in the nation this season. Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price qualified for the finals in both the long jump and 100 meters.
Above: Look, Remontay can even beat Superman.
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
CLOVIS - It was easy to think of Covina High School’s Remontay McClain as an afterthought. And why not? McClain has shown vast improvement this season, but as far as being among the state’s elite? That didn’t happen until Friday. The junior made people who had not heard of him stand up and definitely take notice. Serra’s George Farmer, considered one of the heavy favorites going into the meet, said McClain has “come out of the woodwork.” (To continue, click thread).