What, no Joe Amat? CIF names Robert Wigod to replace Jim Staunton as head of CIF

I was rooting for Joe Amat to become the next CIF-SS Commissioner of Athletics, but the Southern Section Executive Committee selected Robert Wigod instead, which is also a very good choice. I had some “heated” discussions with Mr. Wigod in recent years, but after a few face-to-face meetings and understanding him better, he’s a good guy and works diligently to be fair. His promotion is well deserved. Wigod is currently assistant commissioner of the CIF-SS. He will become the organization’s ninth commissioner of athletics, replacing retiring commissioner, Dr. Jim Staunton. Wigod’s tenure as Commissioner begins Aug. “I am thrilled to be selected as the next Commissioner of Athletics for the CIF Southern Section,” said Wigod. “I thank President of the Council Bill Dabbs, and the entire CIF Southern Section Executive Committee, for their support and faith in me. I want to thank Commissioner Jim Staunton, who has not only been an outstanding Commissioner for our section, but an even better mentor and friend. I pledge to them, and to all of our stakeholders, my total commitment to leading this organization to the best of my ability in the time ahead.”

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Tribune boys/girls basketball all-star practice week, girls start Tuesday; Boys Wednesday

When: Saturday, April 23
Where: Damien High School
Girl’s game: 4:00pm
Boy’s game: 6:00pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

Boys practice times: The Tribune boys will practice at Damien High School on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with Lutheran coach Eric Cooper. Players listed below can contact coach Cooper at coopdreamemail@gmail.com for more details.
Girls practice times: The Tribune girls will practice at Bonita High School on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Bonita coach Darren Baumunk. Players listed below can contact coach Baumunk at d.baumunk@bonita.k12.ca.us for more details.

SERIES RECORD
Boys: Star-News leads series, 5-2
Girls: Star-News leads series, 5-2

Note: With so many schools on spring break, if you have not received notification and you’re on this list, please email me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE ALL-STARS
BOYS TEAM
COACH:
Eric Cooper, La Verne Lutheran
Center: Mark Roche, Arroyo
Forward: Brian Johnson, Northview
Forward: Jordan Butler, Bonita, Sr
Forward: German Pompa, La Puente
Forward: Sharif Watson, Rowland
Forward: Ray Santos, Nogales
Forward: Aubrey Coleman, Walnut,
Guard: C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran
Guard: Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat
Guard: James Northup, Bonita
Guard: Alvin Tan, Los Altos
Guard: Jimmy Ramirez, Baldwin Park
Guard: Tyler Hill, Bishop Amat
Guard: Gian-Franco Demano, Damien
Guard: Bruce English, La Verne Lutheran
Guard: Bryan Gholar, Walnut

GIRLS BASKETBALL
COACH:
Darren Baumunk, Bonita
TRIBUNE TEAM
Forward: Jasmine Lee, Rowland
Forward: Vianai Austin, Bishop Amat
Forward: Chariah Harris, Chino Hills
Forward, Kaci Calton, Wilson
Forward: Amy McDill, Walnut
Forward: Nicole Zugasti, St. Lucy’s
Forward: Leticia Galarza, Bishop Amat
Guard: Franchesca Laza, Nogales
Guard: Tatyana Warren, Baldwin Park
Guard: Claudia Ramirez, Northview
Guard: Amber Del Real, West Covina
Guard: Nnenna Abaeze, Walnut
Guard: Alexis Arnold, Azusa
Guard: Taylor Anderson, Bonita
Guard: Madison Zylstra, Bonita
Guard: Andrea Villanueva, Bishop Amat

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Mt. SAC Relays: McClain, Price score big wins


By Steve Ramirez
WALNUT — What difference does a week make?
A lot for Covina High School’s Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price, who both rebounded from second-place finishes at last weekend’s Arcadia Invitational to score 100-meter run victories during Saturday’s Nogales/Mt. San Antonio College Relays Invitational.
McClain, the reigning 100 and 200 CIF State champion, covered the field in the 100, sprinting to a 10.66-second run, which beat his 100 rival George Famer of Serra. Farmer, who beat McClain last weekend after finishing second to the Covina senior at last year’s state meet, slowed to a 10.78. He ran a 10.62 at Arcadia last week. Diamond Ranch’s Marquise Cherry (11.22) was a respectable sixth.
McClain also won the the 200 with a season-best 21.14, and helped Covina (42.91) to a second-place finish in the 4×100 seeded relay (42.91).

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All-Area Wrestling: Glendora’s Scharbrough, Diamond Bar’s Usher earn top honors

Wrestler of the Year and First Team story
By Steve Ramirez

Haydn Scharbrough began the high school wrestling season as one of the top returning competitors in the area.
The Glendora senior, after winning CIF-Southern Section divisional and Masters titles and placing fourth at the CIF State championships, finished the season as the best.
For his efforts, Scharbrough, who competed at 145 pounds, is the Tribune’s Wrestler of the Year.
Scott Usher of Diamond Bar has been selected as Coach of the Year.
The All-Area first-team includes Northview’s Gilbert Nakatani (119), Javier Arellano (140), Steven Lopez (160) and Eddie Bernal (189); South Hills’ Thomas Morales (130), Trevor Behr (145) and Jeff Vargas (215); Rosemead’s Matt Fregoso (125) and Alberto Flores (135); Chino Hills’ Christian Martin (103) and Brody Goens (171); Arroyo’s Christian Betancourt (112); West Covina’s Brad Ojala (152); and Diamond Bar’s Brian Ryu (heavyweight).
Scharbrough, after being just one of two area competitors to earn CIF-SS Masters titles and topping the list of four area athletes to place among the top eight at the state meet, proved to be the best of them all.

ALL-AREA WRESTLING
Wrestler of the Year:
Haydn Scharbrough, Senior, 145, Glendora
Coach of the Year: Scott Usher, Diamond Bar
First Team
103:
Christian Martin, Junior, Chino Hills
112: Christian Betancourt, Senior, Arroyo
119: Gilbert Nakatani, Senior, Northview
125: Matt Fregoso, Senior, Rosemead
130: Thomas Morales, Senior, South Hills
135: Alberto Flores, Junior, Rosemead
140: Javier Arellano, Junior, Northview
145: Trevor Behr, Junior, South Hills
152: Brad Ojala, Sophomore, West Covina
160: Steven Lopez, Sophomore, Northview
171: Brody Goens, Junior, Chino Hills
189: Eddie Bernal, Junior, Northview
215: Jeff Vargas, Senior, South Hills
Heavyweight: Brian Ryu, Senior, Diamond Bar
Second Team
103: Richie Taira, Junior, Walnut
112:Andrew Delgado, Senior, Ayala
119: Vincent Herrera, Senior, South Hills
125: Tim Tran, Senior, South Hills
130: Kyle Acevedo, Senior, Covina
135: Bryan Salinas, Freshman, Northview
140: Chrystian Banuelos, Senior, San Dimas
145: Adam Caballero, Sophomore, West Covina
152: Nick Alexander, Senior, Charter Oak
160: Joaquin Ramos, Senior, Baldwin Park
171: Kevin Kim, Senior, Diamond Bar
189: Dennis Ruan, Senior, Diamond Bar
215: Chris Auxier, Senior, Northview
Heavyweight: Peter Nonu, Senior, South Hills

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Baseball: Bishop Amat sweeps series vs. La Salle

Jumping in here for FredJ … Here’s the box score from the Del Rey League series finale between La Salle and Bishop Amat. It pretty much tells the story, but I’ll write one anyway. Just as an FYI, the story will not appear in the paper because of space issues. Think of it as a blog exclusive from yours truly.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

PASADENA — It was over before it ever began.

Well, almost.

Bishop Amat pounded La Salle with four home runs and a 14-run lead in just three innings, completing the Del Rey Leauge series sweep with a 14-1 win in five innings Friday afternoon at La Salle.

La Salle (10-6, 5-3) will have to wait until next season for a chance to earn its first ever win over Bishop Amat (14-2, 8-0) in league history. That La Salle was going to have to wait until then was made very clear from the beginning.

Bishop Amat loaded the bases in the first and Jay Anderson jumped on the first pitch for a grand slam to start the offensive explosion. Fellow senior Rio Ruiz connected for a two-run double in the second and followed it up with a three-run home run in the third to make it a rout. Ryan Serrato and Bernardo Zavala also homered for Bishop Amat.

La salle coach Harry Agajanian was clearly upset with La Salle’s inability to get up for a game despite taking Bishop Amat to nine innings before losing 3-2 earlier this week.

“It was miserable,” he said. “It was disgusting and I’m embarrassed for our team and I’m embarrassed for myself and the school on our performance today.”

Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said that the field dimensions paved the way for home runs.

“Maybe a couple of them hit the gap, but a few of them are definitely caught (at Bishop Amat),” he said. “It’s one of those games you hope you never get to at this park when you deal with those kind of parameters.”

Agajanian agreed.

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Boys Basketball All-Area: Another banner year for Lutheran’s Grant Jerrett and coach Eric Cooper

Player of the year and first-team story
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The final chapter of Grant Jerrett’s career has yet to be written, but if it’s anything like the first two, the La Verne Lutheran High School basketball star will earn himself a special place in area basketball history. Jerrett, a 6-foot-9 junior forward, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. With him leading he way, Lutheran beat a who’s who of Southland basketball powers this season and in the process won a second consecutive state championship. For those reasons, Jerrett is the Tribune’s Player of the Year. (To continue click thread)

BOYS BASKETBALL
COACH OF THE YEAR
: Eric Cooper, La Verne Lutheran
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran, Jr.
FIRST TEAM
Forward: Chris Reyes, Damien, Jr.
Forward: Nick Colletta, Glendora, So.
Guard: C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran, Sr.
Guard: Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Guard: James Northup, Bonita, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Forward: Brian Johnson, Northview, Sr.
Guard: Jordan Butler, Bonita, Sr.
Guard: Alvin Tan, Los Altos, Sr.
Guard: Treavon Francis, Northview, Jr.
Guard: Bruce English, La Verne Lutheran, Sr.

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Charter Oak ace Travis Santiago hasn’t pitched all season, coach Tom Quinley explaining that playing quarterback may have contributed to his sore arm .. Next question is what’s next?

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Charter Oak High School junior Travis Santiago may have a big decision to make this summer. The same kind of decision that Bishop Amat’s Jay Anderson made, opting to skip his senior season on the Lancers’ football team in order to concentrate on baseball, a sport he felt was his best opportunity of earning an athletic scholarship.
Amat junior infielder Rio Ruiz’s future is in baseball too, where he could become a 2012 Major League draft first-round pick, or opt to go to USC, where he has given a verbal commitment since his freshman year. Despite the risks, Ruiz, a quarterback on the Lancers’ football team, intends on playing football his senior year.
Santiago’s case is different, according to Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley, because he’s a quarterback and pitcher. Santiago, 6-foot and 175 pounds, is one of the area’s best quarterbacks, but Quinley feels all the throwing he did during the summer and fall with the Chargers’ football team likely contributed to the sore right elbow that has kept him from pitching this season.
“That’s what the doctors say,” Quinley said of Santiago’s sore elbow. “When you throw around 75 passes in (football) practice with no caretaking to it, it takes its toll. That’s a decision (playing quarterback) he’s going to have to make. He’s a great kid and an incredible athlete. But if he wants to pitch next year, chances are he will have to make that decision.” (to continue click thread)

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Bonita’s 6-foot-8 lefty Adam McCreery set to make season debut on Saturday

Bonita baseball coach John Knott said lefty Adam McCreery will make his season debut on Saturday against Long Beach Cabrillo at their home field as part of the Centennial Tournament at 11 a.m. McCreery, who hasn’t pitched while recovering from an elbow strain, has been working the bullpen the past couple weeks and feels great, according to Knott. He will likely go only two innings or 30 pitches on Saturday. “In the last few days I’ve had about 20 (Major League) scouts call or email asking when he was going to throw. We think the time is right to get him some work and we will see how it goes from there. Adam has a future beyond Bonita. We realize that and want to be as extra careful as we can. Adam really wants to be back, but we need to take it one step at a time.”

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Girls Basketball All-Area: Bonita’s Taylor Anderson and Darren Baumunk headline fabulous team

Girls player of the year and first team story
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
There really isn’t anything Taylor Anderson can’t do on the basketball court. Bring the ball up, no problem. Guard the other team’s best scorer, no problem. Play inside or out, on both ends of the court, no problem. The stat sheet never lied when it came to Anderson. If she wasn’t leading Bonita High School’s girls basketball team in scoring, she was leading it in rebounds. If she didn’t have many assists, then she had a few steals. It all added up to a banner senior season that saw Anderson help Bonita finish 30-4, win the Hacienda League, reach the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A championship game, and advance three rounds in the state playoffs.
For those reasons, Anderson is the Tribune’s girls basketball player of the year.
“I’m honored, really,” Anderson said. “I didn’t think about it all season, then my coach told me and I was like ‘Wow, this is big.’ I’m just honored.” (To continue reading and to read coach of the year story, click thread).

GIRLS BASKETBALL TRIBUNE ALL-AREA TEAM
COACH OF THE YEAR
: Darren Baumunk, Bonita
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taylor Anderson, Bonita, Sr.
FIRST TEAM
Forward: Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Forward: Imari Brown, Duarte, So.
Guard: Madison Zylstra, Bonita, Sr.
Guard: Nikki Wheatley, Bonita, Fr.
Guard: Andrea Villanueva, Bishop Amat, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Forward: Erika Williams, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Forward: Vianai Austin, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Forward: Leticia Galarza, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Guard: Evelyn Herrera, Workman, Jr.
Guard: Savannah Selby, St. Lucy’s, Jr.

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Softball: Bonita goes back and forth with West Covina before finally prevailing, 8-5

Baseball result: Bonita hammered West Covina 10-1 by scoring nine runs in the sixth, punctuated by Robert Mier’s grand slam.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With three straight shutouts and the number one ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll, Bonita High School softball coach Ken Carlson still had his fears visiting unranked West Covina on Wednesday.
“I told our (coaching staff) this is the one team in our league that really makes me nervous,” Carlson said. “They’re an unpredictable bunch than can explode at any time.”
West Covina certainly didn’t back down, making Bonita work for a come-from-behind 8-5 victory that left the Bearcats (15-2, 3-0) in sole possession of first in the Hacienda League with the Bulldogs (11-6, 3-1) suffering their first league loss. (To continue click thread)


Bonita’s Michelle Whit (6) after a solo homer in the second inning.

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Baseball: South Hills shows no mercy, beats Covina, 12-0, to win Gladstone Tournament

By Steve Ramirez
South Hills and Covina are two of the better high school baseball teams in the area.
They are ranked in this newspaper’s weekly top 10 and good bets to win league titles.
But baseball can be quite difficult to understand sometimes, and Wednesday’s Gladstone Tournament championship game might be exhibit ‘A.’
Richard Rollice went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and Tyler France was solid on the mound as South Hills rolled to a 12-0 victory over Covina in a game at Gladstone High that was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

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Softball: No. 1 Amat keeps on rolling, takes out St. Joseph 3-1 for first in Del Rey

The past couple of seasons, the difference between St. Joseph’s softball team and Bishop Amat’s – and first and second place in the Del Rey League – has been a base hit there, a good defensive play there and all sorts of little things in between. In the first of their three meetings this season, the Lancers made all the plays and defeated the two-time defending champion Jesters, 3-1, Tuesday afternoon at St. Joseph High.

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UPDATED: Former Bishop Amat pitcher Brady Zuniga recovering after getting hit by a line drive while playing for UNLV

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Former Bishop Amat High School baseball standout and current UNLV pitcher Brady Zuniga was released from a Riverside-area hospital Wednesday after suffering broken bones above his eye when he took a line drive to the face while pitching against UC Riverside on Tuesday. Zuniga made a pitch and couldn’t get out of the way of a line drive sent back to the mound. Zuniga fell to the ground clutching his face and lie there for 15 minutes while paramedics treated him before transporting him to a hospital.

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Boys Soccer All-Area: Baldwin Park’s Cristian Garcia and coach Ricardo Mira sweep top awards

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Who knew this would be the year? The Baldwin Park High School boys soccer team had a combined record of 47-3-3 in 2009 and ’10, graduating a majority of star-studded seniors that came up short to Salesian twice, losing in the 2009 championship and 2010 semifinals to the Mustangs.
Then it happened. Baldwin Park, after failing to win the Valle Vista League title, went on on improbable postseason run to deliver its first boys soccer title, beating Carpinteria 1-0 to claim the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 crown. Baldwin Park coach Ricardo Mira’s perseverance paid off, earning Division 5 coach of the year award, and also being named this newspapers coach of the year after guiding the Braves to a 20-4-2 record. (To continue reading click thread)

BOYS SOCCER
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Ricardo Mira, Baldwin Park
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cristian Garcia, Sr., Forward, Baldwin Park
FIRST TEAM
Forward: Jaime Reyes, Baldwin Park Sr.
Forward: Neil Ignacio, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Forward: Josh Luevanos, Glendora, Sr.
Midfielder: Troy Ford, Claremont, Jr.
Midfielder: David Ramirez, La Puente, Sr.
Midfielder: Jesus Ordaz, Mountain View, Sr.
Defender: Kwaku Yeboah, Damien, Sr.
Defender: Ivan Garcia, Ganesha, Sr.
Defender: Fenny Martinez, Glendora, Sr.
Defender: Cory Hodge, Claremont, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Oswaldo Martinez, Mountain View, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Forward: Leonardo Grigg, Bonita, Sr.
Forward: Oscar Villa, La Puente, Jr.
Forward: Giovanni Munoz, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Midfielder: Alejandro Garcia, Ganesha, Jr.
Midfielder: Brent Chamberlain, Claremont, Sr.
Midfielder: Diego Mercado, Glendora, Jr
Midfielder: Juan Mendoza, Los Altos, Sr.
Defender: Daniel Nicholls, Damien, Sr.
Defender: Quincee Worrell, Bonita, Sr.
Defender: Armando Rodriguez, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Felix Arambula, Ganesha, Sr.

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Baseball: Bishop Amat pulls out 3-2 win over La Salle in 9 innings; they meet again Friday

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
With a masterful pitching duel on full display, perhaps it was fitting that La Salle and Bishop Amat needed extra innings to decide who would be in the driver’s seat in the Del Rey League. Brandon Castaeda hit a hard line drive over the shortstop and into the center gap that scored Adam Alcantara to give Bishop Amat a gritty 3-2 win in nine innings in front of a standing-room only crowd Tuesday afternoon. (to continue click thread)

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Baseball: South Hills will face Covina in championship of Gladstone tournament Wednesday, 2 p.m.

At Gladstone High School
Monday’s results.
Top Bracket

South Hills 14, Marshall Fundamental 0, 5 inn
Channel Islands 5, South Hills B, 3
Bottom Bracket
Covina 10, Burroughs JV 6
Gladstone 10, Walnut Southlands Christian 5
Tuesday’s semifinal games at Gladstone
South Hills 5, Channel Islands 0
Covina 7, Gladstone 0
Wednesday’s championship
South Hills vs. Covina, 2 p.m.

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Baseball Rankings: No movement in top five, but we welcome La Puente and Sierra Vista to the Top Ten, dropping Damien, San Dimas

Breaking News: La Salle tells our Miguel Melendez that Amat was awarded an 8-4 win over La Salle in a game that was called in the 7th inning because of rain a few weeks back. The teams were supposed to finish the game on Friday with Amat leading, then play their third and final game afterward. It appears that is not needed now, making Amat 6-0 in league and La Salle 5-1 entering this week’s home-and-home series between them.

1. Bishop Amat ( 12-2) – The Del Rey should be decided this week with the Lancers playing a home-and-home against La Salle. The Lancers host La Salle today, then go there on Friday.
2. Glendora (9-4-1) — Not ready to move Bonita or anyone else ahead, not while they’re on top of the Baseline. Three losses have come in tournaments, don’t put too much stock in that. They’re 4-1 in league.
3. Bonita (12-3) — Bounced back after 10-0 loss to Glendora to win the Arcadia tournament. They go back to the Hacienda this week, facing West Covina at their place on Wednesday.
4. South Hills (10-3) — Playing great ball after sweeping Damien following a win over Charter Oak. They have won five straight and trail league-leading Chino Hills by a game in the Sierra League standings.
5. Chino Hills (9-3) – They haven’t played since March 31, but return Wednesday against Claremont. Not completely sold on them yet, but you have to respect the fact they lead the Sierra.
6. Diamond Bar (9-7) – The Brahmas return after a week off to face Los Altos and Diamond Ranch, two games they have to win to keep pace with Bonita.
7. Sierra Vista (12-3) — Coach Brett Stevens has done a masterful job the past three years. The Dons always have solid pitching, this year no different.
8. Covina (10-6) – Ended the Crescenta Valley tournament with losses to El Segundo and South, but are still 5-0 in the Valle Vista and could meet South Hills Wednesday in the Gladstone tourney championship.
9. La Puente (9-3) — Considering one loss was a forfeit to Azusa for hitting whiffle balls prior to the game, (which is utterly ridiculous), the Warriors are having a great season. Considering Warriors coach John Hermosillo is a first-year coach and it was the first week of league, couldn’t Azusa had just told him, “hey, we’re not allowed to do have batting practice prior to league games,” and all would have been settled. Do you really need to protest and take away a one-hitter from La Puente and possibly a league title just to get your third win of the season? Sportsmanship works both ways, you know.
10. Charter Oak (7-7) — They’re holding on to the tenth spot because they’re 3-2 in the Sierra League, easily the toughest league in the area (not counting the Baseline).



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Softball Rankings: This would have been a great year for Bishop Amat and Bonita to meet; but in our poll, Amat still No. 1

1. Bishop Amat (15-2) — They continue to win, beating Lakeside and West Ranch in the Corona tournament over the weekend. But this is make-or-break week in league, facing St. Joseph on the road today and at home on Saturday. Both teams are undefeated in the Del Rey.
2. Bonita (14-2) - They’re looking so good their last three wins were all shutouts, but this is step-up week at West Covina on Wednesday, which is where we will be for the big game.
3. South Hills (11-5) — Finished off a good week with wins over Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s. When all is said and done, the Huskies probably win the Sierra.
4. Chino Hills (11-4) — The jury’s still out, they still have two games left with South Hills, St. Lucy’s and Charter Oak, so a long, long way to go.
5. West Covina (11-5) — They’re a half-game in front of Bonita with a 3-0 record in the Hacienda, with Bonita undefeated at 2-0. It appears these are the top two teams, so Wednesday’s game at West Covina should tell us a lot.
6. Glendora (8-6) — The Baseline league is simply proving too tough, the Tartans tied for last place with some tough games coming up. But in our neck of the woods, they’re still a top team.
7. Charter Oak (9-6) — The Chargers had a week off to regroup, re-energize or re-something. They sit in fifth in the Sierra, but it’s still early and there are a lot of games left.
8. Ayala (7-7) – If they lose again, maybe it’s time to drop them out of the top ten. They’re here outta respect, but a 9-7 loss to Claremont doesn’t help the argument.
9. Duarte (12-1) — You can make the argument they haven’t played anyone or the Montview is weak, but 12-1 is 12-1. Welcome to the top ten.
10. San Dimas (9-5) — They also had a week off, but are still 4-0 in the Valle Vista, which isn’t the strongest of leagues this year.

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Girls Soccer: Bishop Amat’s April Juarez and coach Ruben Gonzalez earn top honors

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The numbers always have been staggering for the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team, but numbers don’t win CIF-Southern Section championships, that takes something from within.
Bishop Amat, after ruining an undefeated season with a semifinal loss in 2010, returned and finished in dramatic fashion in 2011. Not only did the Lancers (28-2) capture the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship, it defeated top seed Ayala 1-0 in the final, a school that had crushed the Lancers 6-1 earlier in the season. (To continue click thread).

GIRLS SOCCER
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Ruben Gonzalez, Bishop Amat
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: April Juarez, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Forward: Khalalah Todd, Northview, Sr.
Forward: Makenzy Doniak, Ayala, Jr.
Forward: Amie Jepsen, Glendora, Jr.
Midfielder: Yazmin Montoya, Bishop Amat, So.
Midfielder: Lauren Stupin, Los Altos, Sr.
Midfielder: Victoria Camaj, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Midfielder: Lizbeth Rodriguez, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Defender: Alyssa Cabral, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Defender: Alicen Wright, Ayala, Sr.
Defender: Jesse Gener, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Goalkeeper: Rachel Jones, San Dimas, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Forward: Maribel Duran, San Dimas, Jr.
Forward: Haille Worrell, Bonita, Sr.
Forward: Natalie Rivas, Bishop Amat, So.
Midfielder: Shannon McKee, San Dimas, Sr.
Midfielder: Tara Cofer, Los Altos, Sr.
Midfielder: Amber Marani, Walnut, Jr.
Midfielder: Alexandra Wilson, Glendora, Jr.
Defender: Kellie Creese, Bonita, Jr.
Defender: Hannah Leu, Walnut, Sr.
Defender: Alexandra Quincey, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Goalkeeper: Jesse Vargas, Bonita, Jr.

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Basketball: Tribune/Star-News senior all-star rosters are set, game on April 23 at Damien

The ninth annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls senior all-star game will be held at Damien High School on Saturday, April 23. The girls game is at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6. There will be a 3-point contest for the boys and girls teams, and a slam dunk competition for the boys. La Verne Lutheran’s Eric Cooper will coach the boys team and Bonita’s Darren Baumunk will coach the girls side.

STAR-NEWS TEAM: Click thread for roster

Note: With so many schools on spring break, if you have not received notification and you’re on this list, please email me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

For boys practice times: Email coach Eric Cooper at coopdreamemail@gmail.com
For girls practice times: Email coach Darren Baumunk at d.baumunk@bonita.k12.ca.us

Congratulations to the 16 seniors from each team on the list

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE ALL-STARS
BOYS TEAM
COACH:
Eric Cooper, La Verne Lutheran
Center: Mark Roche, Arroyo
Forward: Brian Johnson, Northview
Forward: Jordan Butler, Bonita, Sr
Forward: German Pompa, La Puente
Forward: Sharif Watson, Rowland
Forward: Ray Santos, Nogales
Forward: Aubrey Coleman, Walnut,
Guard: C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran
Guard: Daniel Rodriguez, Bishop Amat
Guard: James Northup, Bonita
Guard: Alvin Tan, Los Altos
Guard: Jimmy Ramirez, Baldwin Park
Guard: Tyler Hill, Bishop Amat
Guard: Gian-Franco Demano, Damien
Guard: Bruce English, La Verne Lutheran
Guard: Bryan Gholar, Walnut

GIRLS BASKETBALL
COACH:
Darren Baumunk, Bonita
TRIBUNE TEAM
Forward: Jasmine Lee, Rowland
Forward: Vianai Austin, Bishop Amat
Forward: Chariah Harris, Chino Hills
Forward, Kaci Calton, Wilson
Forward: Amy McDill, Walnut
Forward: Nicole Zugasti, St. Lucy’s
Forward: Leticia Galarza, Bishop Amat
Guard: Franchesca Laza, Nogales
Guard: Tatyana Warren, Baldwin Park
Guard: Claudia Ramirez, Northview
Guard: Amber Del Real, West Covina
Guard: Nnenna Abaeze, Walnut
Guard: Alexis Arnold, Azusa
Guard: Taylor Anderson, Bonita
Guard: Madison Zylstra, Bonita
Guard: Andrea Villanueva, Bishop Amat

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Football: Covina passing on passing tournaments

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Covina High School football coach Darryl Thomas isn’t going to let the excitement surrounding his team affect how he handles the Colts’ offseason plans. A lot of coaches, when they have the type of veteran skill position players that Covina has coming back, overload the summer docket with numerous passing tournament stops.
Not Thomas.

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Football: National Underclassmen combine at Pasadena High School over the weekend

The National Underclassmen Combine will be held at Pasadena High over the weekend. The tour bills itself as “the nation’s largest and most successful High School Football Recruiting Showcase.” On Friday, there will be a prep training, skill training and All-American recruiting seminar. On Saturday, the top eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders take to the field for a combine. On Sunday, the top 11th graders (next year’s college hopefuls), will have their combine beginning at 1 p.m. Recruiting service rivals.com will be on hand to provide analysis for college scouts.
Interested parties can find out more information by visiting http://www.nationalunderclassmen.com.

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Tribune all-area teams this week

The Tribune winter all-area teams will run Tuesday through next week. Everyone has come in for pictures, portraits have been taken and we’re set to honor the best-of-the-best in the the East San Gabriel Valley. The all-area teams will run on the following dates listed below.

Girls Soccer, Tuesday, April 12
Boys Soccer, Wednesday, April 13
Girls Hoops, Thursday’s, April 14
Boys Hoops, Friday, April 15
Wrestling, Saturday, April 16
Girls Water Polo, Tuesday, April 19

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Football: Weekend conversation continues, sources say Glendora assistant Jerry Lewallen frontrunner to replace Pasquarella

Sources have confirmed that Glendora assistant Jerry Lewallen is under strong consideration to replace Mark Pasquarella as Glendora high school’s next football coach. With the uncertainty of a teaching position available for a new coach, Lewallen is already a teacher in the Glendora school district, and appears to be the front runner. It appears that La Puente coach Brandon Rohrer, a former assistant coach under Pasquarella who had serious interest in relocating to Glendora, will likely remain at La Puente unless Glendora guarantees a teaching job to go with football, which appears unlikely. We also hear that Glendora is seriously considering former Northview football coach Todd Quinsey, which might be the school’s best walk-on candidate. Quinsey knows his stuff, he most recently was an assistant with Charter Oak’s football team, and is the girls basketball coach there. A decision, sources say, could come as early as next week. Glendora is on spring break, so nothing is expected by the end of the week.

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Baseball: Zamora, Ruiz combine to no-hit St. Paul in 9-0 Bishop Amat victory

By Steve Ramirez
LA PUENTE –
Pitching, which initially was expected to be the Bishop Amat High School baseball team’s weakness, is suddenly its strength.
The host Lancers showed how strong after Daniel Zamora and Rio Ruiz combined on a no-hitter in a 9-0 victory over arch-rival St. Paul in a Del Rey League game on Friday.
“I’ve never thrown a no-hitter before,” said Zamora, who no-hit the Swordsmen (4-9, 2-4) for six innings before giving way to Ruiz in the seventh. “It would have been nice to get my first one. But I understand. We have a big tournament coming up (next week). I understand.”
Zamora struck out six and allowed just three baserunners on a two errors and a walk. He also caught a break when Anthony Gonzalez’s pop fly that dropped into center field was turned into a force out.
“(Zamora) did a good job,” St. Paul coach Casey Morales said. “We hadn’t seen a lot of lefty pitchers this year. But he did a good job of throwing strikes. We weren’t up to the task today.”
Bishop Amat (11-2, 5-0), getting two RBIs each from Bernardo Zavala, Jay Anderson and Ryan Serrato, led 2-0 after the first and 7-0 after five innings.
Zamora, after retiring eight consecutive hitters, including a strike out to end the sixth, then gave way to Ruiz, who completed the no-hitter by inducing Jeremy Lares to hit into a double play. Larson Anzaldo on a grounded out to end the game.
“We haven’t had the opportunity to get (Ruiz) some work, so part of our plan is try to use him and see if he can help us in that role,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “We’re looking at the big picture, and how each game helps us to prepare for the next game and, or the playoffs.”

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