Basketball, All Mission Valley League, Arroyo’s Roche and Rosemead’s Gauthier MVPs

All Mission Valley League Basketball
MVP
: Mark Roche, Arroyo
First Team
Erick Martinez, Mountain View
Jeremy Acosta, Mountain View
Tyler Shimamoto, Gabrielino
Ryan Lam, Gabrielino
Anthony Villacis, South El Monte
Danny Villalobos, Rosemead

Girls Basketball
MVP
: Melody Gauthier, Rosemead
First Team
Joann Chac, Gabrielino
Amanda Duenas, El Monte
Aileen Giang, El Monte
Sydney Hua, Rosemead
Arlene Reyes, Arroyo
Michelle Trieu, Arroyo

For second and honorable mention, click thread.
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Basketball: All Montview League, La Puente’s Pompa and Workman’s Herrera MVPs

All Montview League Basketball
Boys Basketball
MVP:
German Pompa, La Puente
First Team
Marco Ponce, La Puente
Bernardo Pagovich, Sierra Vista
Anthony Whiteside, Ganesha
Fernando Hernandez, Sierra Vista
Samuel Mejia, Bassett
Junior Pena, Duarte
Brandon Rios, La Puente

Girls Basketball
MVP:
Evelyn Herrera, Workman
First Team
Alexis Arnold, Azusa
Imari Brown, Duarte
Danielle Simmons, Azusa
Estrella Rivera, Sierra Vista
Alex Cano, Gladstone
Jessica Rivera, Sierra Vista
Yasmine Wilson, Duarte

For second team, click thread

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Today’s baseball/softball schedule; games of the day Los Altos at Bonita; Los Osos at Glendora

So, this is what I do each day, knowing we have two reporters to send to games this afternoon, it’s left for me to pick the best two. The one that stands out the most is Los Altos at Bonita softball. Not just because Bonita’s Courtney Gano is facing her old team, but her old team is on roll, having just won the Whittier tournament. Los Altos is 7-2 and 1-0 in the Hacienda while the Bearcats are 12-2 and playing their first Hacienda league game. This game was originally scheduled for Los Altos, but I got an email today saying it was switched to Bonita. In baseball, we’re covering Los Osos (4-3, 0-2) at Glendora (6-2, 3-0), simply because we haven’t had a chance to cover the Tartans, and obvioulsy they’re playing well in the Baseline and deserve coverage. Plus, it’s nice to watch the Tartans roll through the Baseline, a league they shouldn’t be in, but if it has to be, nothing better than sticking it to them with Ws. BTW, here’s a teaser, tomorrow I’m all over South Hills at Charter Oak baseball.

Below: How time flies, this was Courtney Gano after hitting a home run for Los Altos as a freshman. Today the senior will be wearing Bonita green against Los Altos.

HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Baseball
Today’s games
Baseline League

Los Osos at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Bonita at Los Altos, 3:30 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.

Softball
Today’s games
Del Rey League

Bishop Amat at Bishop Montgomery, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Los Altos at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 3:30 p.m.
Rowland at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.

BASEBALL
AREA HITTING LEADERS
Player, school … BA, AB H 2B 3B HR GP
1 Nick Hynes Covina .609 23 14 4 0 2 10
2 Nohlan Hernandez Charter Oak .571 21 12 0 0 0 8
3 Joe Munoz Los Altos .550 20 11 2 1 1 8
4 Pena Raymond Bassett .524 21 11 6
5 Josh Luevanos Glendora .522 23 12 3 8
6 Adam Alcantara Bishop Amat .517 29 15 1 9
7 Matt Gelalich Bonita .500 24 12 1 9
8 Peter Lopez South El Monte .500 14 7 1 6
9 Chandler Duffy Glendora .500 16 8 2 0 0 6
10 Giovanni Rivera Sierra Vista .484 31 153 10
11 Nick Simons Covina .474 19 9 3 1 1 9
12 Jimmy Jacobo La Puente .471 17 8 1 1 6
13 Rio Ruiz Bishop Amat .464 28 13 5 1 1 9
14 Auston Ingram Claremont .462 13 6 1 0 1 4
15 Kenny Mathews Diamond Bar .462 26 12 4 9
16 Aaron Caldron Damien .462 13 6 1 1 7
17 Brandon Yepiz San Dimas .458 24 11 1 9
18 Robert Longtree Ayala .444 27 12 4 1 9
19 Rouric Bridgewater Diamond Ranch .433 30 13 1 2 2 9
20 Andres Hernandez Sierra Vista .429 35 15 2 1 10

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Montview and Mission Valley all-league teams here, kind of shocking that Imari Brown not the Montview MVP for 25-3 Duarte, who breezed through league with an 11-0 record

I finally received the Montview and Mission Valley all-league teams, which I will post Thursday followed by all-league soccer teams next week. Tribune winter all-area teams are scheduled to run April 11-16, and we’re still finalizing a date on the annual Tribune/Star-News all-star basketball game, which will either be on April 15 or 16 or April 23 it appears. Now, I know I made a big stink about freshman Nikki Wheatley not being on the the Hacienda League first team, but the Montview League voting had its share of controversy too. Duarte was 25-3 and blew through league with an 11-0 record with a sophomore named Imari Brown who nearly averaged a quadruple double. Brown averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 steals a game, but was not named the league MVP …. The MVP went to Workman’s Evelyn Herrera, who makes a strong argument averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the Lobos finished fourth and missed the playoffs. I’ll let you decide whether the Montview voters got it right, but in my books you give it to the best player on the best team, especially when they win league by such a lopsided margin. But also, lets be fair to Herrera, anytime you average 25 points, that’s special too.

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Baseball: Covina on a roll, beats Nogales 5-1 behind Comaroto’s one-hitter; Is it time for unranked Colts to get some D-4 respect?

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Senior pitcher James Comaroto had a breakthough game in what is fast becoming a breakthrough season for Covina high school’s baseball team. Comaroto gave up a lone double and run in the fourth, but was otherwise solid in a 5-1 victory over visiting Nogales on Tuesday. His one-hitter ended with his sixth strikeout — an 87 MPH fastball. (To continue click thread).

Blown call? — Covina’s Nick Simons ruled safe at third on a one-out double steal in the fifth. He looks out in the picture and looked out watching it. I thought Nogales coach John Romano might blow up when I asked him about it later because it led to the Colts scoring five runs with two outs. But instead, Romano gave a very classy response: “He (umpire) calls them, I coach them,” Romano said. “They’re doing the best they can and I’m doing the best I can.”

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