Track: Remontay McClain, Beejay Lee and Kylie Price gearing up for track’s biggest month

California Track and Field State Leaders List

Saturday’s CIF-SS Division Track preliminary locations.
Division 1 Heet Sheets, set for Trabuco Hills High School

Division 2 Heet Sheets, set for Moorpark High School

Division 3 Heet Sheets, set for Estancia High School

Division 4 Heet Sheets, set for Carpinteria High School

Covina High School’s Remontay McClain, the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, begins his three-week journey to repeat as champion with the CIF-SS preliminaries on Saturday at separate locations, with the finals the following week at Cerritos College followed by the Masters and State meets the ensuing weeks. (to continue click thread).

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San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game Sunday, June 5 at Alhambra High School; Why it’s not at Mt. SAC is totally disappointing

For the second straight year the San Gabriel Valley high school all-star baseball game will be held at Alhambra High School, an all-star game put on by Nogales coach John Romano and Alhambra coach Steve Geiwecke. The game will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m.

Fred’s reaction: The all-star game is not at Mt. San Antonio college anymore because Mt. SAC baseball coach Stacy Parker complained that his Mounties baseball team is not getting enough of the proceeds from the gate or snack bar, according to SGV all-star officials. I spoke with Romano about it earlier this month, and he was upset and said he preferred to play at Mt. SAC, but the school’s continued bickering over money made them move to Alhambra. Romano said he would be open to a reasonable split of the revenue, but he did not like being approached a day prior to the event about it and the manner in which he was approached. It’s not the first time Parker has complained about not making enough money. At the RJs Foundation charity game between Bonita and Bishop Amat last month, Parker approached tournament officials on the day of the game about how money would be split at the gate and snack bar, even though Bishop Amat already had a contract signed for the use of the field. At one point Parker even threatened to cancel the game, which obviously never happened, avoiding a Public Relations nightmare for the school. Eventually, Parker backed off and the proceeds from the gate and snack bar went to charity with Mt. SAC collecting money from parking. I spoke with Parker the day after the RJ’s charity game to confirm all information, but he didn’t want to be quoted. Maybe Mt. SAC could take a page from Citrus, who generously offered their facility free of charge for the softball game in the honor of the RJ’s Foundation a few days after the baseball game. Hopefully Mt. SAC gets this right next year, having an all-star game and charity game with the amount of fans that attend is good publicity for Mt. SAC, it should not be complaining over a few dollars, especially when money benefits charities like the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In terms of the all-star game, I got the impression from Romano and Geiwecke they would still love to play at Mt. SAC, which is where the game should be. It’s a great facility named after the great Mazmanian. Hopefully Mt. SAC officials revisit and become more gracious hosts in the future. Like I mentioned, having an all-star game of seniors is great publicity for Mt. SAC. They already make money from all the parking, why bicker over a few more dollars?

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The Why Knott Dream Big Foundation Football camp at Diamond Ranch on Saturday, May 21

The Why Knott Dream Big Foundation Football Camp, hosted by nine-year NFL coach Ty Knott, will be held at Diamond Ranch High School on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m. for kids ages 7-17. Knott, a former assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New Orleans Saints, created his foundation to help support families of children with Autism and Apraxia. The foundation’s mission is to help organizations and individual families through financial support.

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RJ.’s Foundation raises $2,200 for charities

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The second-annual RJ’s Legacy Foundation baseball and softball games held at Mt. San Antonio College and Citrus respectively last month, raised $2,200 for the foundation, Bishop Amat athletic director Mike Manzo said. The foundation was set up in honor of former West Covina resident RJ Gonzales, who was born with a Congenital heart disease and died in 2009 and age 14.
There were two games, a baseball game between area powers Bonita and Bishop Amat at Mt. SAC, and a softball game between Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita at Citrus, with proceeds from both games going to the RJs Foundation charity, which also supports the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. (To continue click thread)

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Bonita’s Blood Drive for Bella on May 17

Bella Kennedy, the two-year-old sister of Bonita High School girls basketball junior standout Brianna Kennedy, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma last August, which is a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system, and has been in and out of the Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles for the past year with several surgeries.
Bella Kennedy had a tumor in the adrenal gland removed from her kidney in January and has completed seven rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in March.
However, following her transplant, she suffered acute liver and kidney failure because of the high doses of chemotherapy, and will need several blood transfusions.
Bonita High School is conducting a “Blood Drive,” for Bella Kennedy on Tuesday, May 17 at the Bonita High School gymnasium from Noon to 6 p.m, for those at least 17-year-old and over 120 pounds with a valid identification.
For more information on how you can help donate blood, email bonitablooddrive@gmail.com, or call 626-471-7171 or 323-361-2441.

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Baseball: San Dimas wins Valle Vista League title with 13-5 thumping over Covina

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball playoffs starting next week, No. 7 San Dimas is on roll. The visiting Saints never let Covina feel like it was in a game for the Valle Vista League title, scoring five runs in the first and two in the second before leaving with a 14-5 victory to clinch the league title on Tuesday. The Saints’ top three batters in the lineup, Matt Munoz, Shawn Kennedy and Jacob Ehret combined to score eight runs with five extra base hits. (To continue click thread).

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Baseball: South Hills stays in the Sierra League title chase with 3-2 win over Charter Oak

By Steve Ramirez Staff Writer
South Hills High School stayed in the hunt for the Sierra League baseball title Tuesday.
But their was another reason why Huskies’ coach Kevin Smith was happy about the 3-2 victory over visiting Charter Oak “We’re just trying to win out,” said South Hills coach Kevin Smith said. “It’s important (to win a league title). But were also trying to gain some momentum for the playoffs, because that’s what you work for (all season).

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Baseball Rankings: Bonita, Amat and South Hills all with four losses; San Dimas-Covina II today


Above: San Dimas beat Covina 10-9 in first meeting. What happens when they meet again at Covina today at 3:15 with first-place on the line….see ya there.

1. Bonita (22-4) — With Rowland and Diamond Ranch left on the schedule, the Bearcats should close out the Hacienda and keep the No. 1 seed in D-3. Question of the postseason is how much do you use McCreery with their starting pitching doing so well all season? My guess is McCreery will close.
2. Bishop Amat (23-4) — Back on track and just in time for the Division 4 playoffs. Can you win a CIF title without a true No. 1 pitcher? That remains to be seen, but the overall record is impressive.
3. South Hills (18-4) — They remain in a tie for first with Chino Hills with two games left against Charter Oak, who is out of the playoff picture. Chino Hills faces Ayala, edge to Chino Hills.
4. Glendora (15-6-1) — Not many Glendora teams have done well in the Baseline, but the Tartans’ baseball team is an exception, further showing the baseball talent in the SGV, and that coach Henley is among the best managers.
5. Chino Hills (16-8) — In best position to win Sierra league title with two games left against Ayala. Chances are, Charter Oak takes one from South Hills simply because of the rivalry.
6. Diamond Bar (14-10) – Yes, this is the team I pegged No. 1 the beginning of the season, and yes, this is the team I wouldn’t want to face in the playoffs with Mathews and Omana.
7. Los Altos (16-9) — They host Diamond Bar tomorrow for a chance to move into a second-place tie. The snuck up and beat Bonita recently, can they do the same to Diamond Bar?
8. San Dimas (17-8-1) — The Saints have a one game lead over Covina heading into today’s showdown. If today’s game is anything like San Dimas’ 10-9 win over Covina in the first meeting, we’re in for a treat.
9. Damien (13-11) — The Spartans already have locked up third in the Sierra and will be a third-place team nobody wants to face in the postseason.
10. Sierra Vista (18-4) — Got a split with La Puente last week, which was all it needed to take control of the Montview. Still, defense needs some work.



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Softball Rankings: Despite loss, Bishop Amat still No. 1; Diamond Bar, San Dimas move up

1. Bishop Amat (21-3) — So, Amat dropped a game to St. Joseph’s last week. Still, not enough to drop them from our top spot. If they play Bonita head-to-head, Amat wins.
2. Bonita (20-4) – Earned huge win over West Covina, giving the Bearcats (8-2), Diamond Bar (8-2) and West Covina (7-2) all two losses in the Hacienda going into the final week. Diamond Bar finishes with West Covina on Friday while Bonita has the luxury of going through Rowland and Diamond Ranch, and if they win out, will get the top seed over whoever they finish tied with.
3. Chino Hills (20-5) — The Huskies lead South Hills by a game with two left against Ayala. Ayala needs to win at least one to remain in third.
4. South Hills (16-6) — If the Huskies sweep Charter Oak, they’ve got a shot at tying for first. But sweeping Charter Oak, maybe the most unpredictable team, will not be easy.
5. West Covina (15-6) — The Bulldogs were great in the big games last year, especially against South Hills. This year not so much, losing twice to Bonita, which is going to cost them the league title.
6. San Dimas (18-7) — Looks like they will be the only area team to go undefeated in league. Say this about the Saints, they don’t rebuild, they keep reloading
7. Diamond Bar (13-9) — You have to give Brahmas coach Roberta Garcia-Uyemura a lot of credit for keeping her team in the Hacienda League race. Now let’s see how they finish.
8. Los Altos (13-6) – The Conquerors are fortunate the Hacienda sends four teams to the playoffs, because fourth is where they will finish.
9. Duarte (17-3) — Suffered a rare league loss to Azusa, who almost beat them the first time. Still, three losses is three losses. On paper, it looks great.

10. Arroyo (14-6) — Went 12-1 in the MIssion Valley League to win the league title. However, like the Montview, the MVL isn’t that strong.

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Swimming: Walnut’s Andrea Grant speeds to 50 and 100 free titles at Hacienda finals

Glendora’s Jaques dominates Baseline: The senior won the 50-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley to lead Glendora to first place with 341 points. Los Osos was second at 295.5, with Upland third at 242.5. Jaques, who won CIF-Southern Section titles in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke last season, easily won the 200 in 2:40.5. She then followed with a time of 22.45 to win the 50 freestyle.

By Aram Tolegian
Andrea Grant knew she had a lot to live up to when she first set foot on the Walnut High School campus. Grant’s sister Rachel was a CIF champion swimmer who never lost an individual league championship race. Andrea now can say the same thing.
Andrea Grant capped a perfect league season by winning the Hacienda League championship in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle at Friday’s Hacienda League finals at La Verne Aquatics Center.

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Glendora and Lauren “there is” Justus do just fine in the Baseline League track finals; Results here

Baseline League Finals Results

Hacienda League Finals Results

By Steve Ramirez
Glendora’s Lauren Justus is the two-time reigning area girls cross country of the year and brought that success to the track. Justus led a group of four Tartans to individual titles during the Baseline League finals at Los Osos High School on Friday.
Justus, who had a solid showing during last month’s Mt. San Antonio College Relays, won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She set the pace in the 1,600 with a time of 5:17.59. The senior then doubled in the 3,200, which she won in 11:32.5.

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Softball: Bonita freshman Anissa Sanchez delivers clutch peformance in 3-1 win over West Covina

By Fred J. Robledo
Fitting that on senior day it was a freshman who helped Bonita High School’s softball team inch closer to the Hacienda League title. Anissa Sanchez knew replacing area player and pitcher of the year Chloe Wurst would be a chore, especially with the pitching rubber moved back from 40 to 43 feet.
Sanchez found herself in a situation with pressure from the start, asked to anchor the CIF-Southern Section Division 2s second-ranked team. It’s been a work in progress, though there have been far more ups than downs.
But on Friday, in a game the Bearcats had to have against league-leading West Covina, Sanchez was at her best, battling out of jams and doing just enough to lead Bonita to a 3-1 victory, striking out eight and scattering seven hits. (To continue click thread)

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Baseball/Softball recap and schedule: Charter Oak baseball blows huge lead against Chino Hills; Glendora softball loses fourth straight in Baseline; Softball: Bonita-West Covina II this afternoon

Today: We’ve got today and a week left of baseball and softball until playoffs. The most intriguing on the schedule this afternoon is West Covina softball at Bonita for first in the Hacienda, which is where we will be.

Thursday’s Sierra League Baseball: Damien beat Ayala 8-6 behind senior Griffin Lord and sophomore Chad Hawkins, who each had two hits and two RBIs for the Spartans (13-11, 8-5) over Ayala (10-12, 2-11). Chino Hills’ Ameron Pongs hit a grand slam with two outs in a five-run seventh that helped the Huskies beat Charter Oak 7-6, and also keep Chino Hills (15-8, 10-3) tied for first with South Hills (18-4, 10-3), an 8-0 winner over Claremont. Charter Oak’s (10-11, 6-7) collapse in the seventh means it will not make the playoffs.

Thursday’s Sierra League Softball update: Chino Hills beat Charter Oak 9-7 and South Hills beat Claremont 10-7, giving Chino Hills (19-5, 10-2) a half game lead over South Hills (16-6, 10-3) with one week left. In the battle for sole possession of third, Ayala clipped St. Lucy’s 6-5. Ayala is 10-11 and 7-6 while St. Lucy’s dropped to 11-12 and 6-7.

Thursday’s Baseline League softball: Glendora lost its fourth straight and it wasn’t pretty, losing 18-4 to Rancho Cucamonga to effectively end its playoff chances.

Friday’s Baseball Schedule
Baseline League

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

Friday’s Softball Schedule
Walnut at Rowland, 3:30 p.m.
West Covina at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
Rosemead at Mountain View, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at South El Monte, 3:15 p.m.

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