Always nice to hear circulation for the paper and online continue to grow

“No matter how you look at it, our readership is on the rise,” said Steve Lambert, editor and publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. “We’re proud of the gains we’ve made on the newspaper side of the business, and see tremendous opportunity in the years ahead in the multimedia arena.”

Story: The San Gabriel Valley Tribune continues to post increases in daily and Sunday circulation, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ six-month Fas-Fax report released Tuesday. For the period ending March 31, the Tribune’s daily circulation rose to 36,163, up 121 from the comparable period a year earlier. Sunday circulation climbed to 38,963, up 59 from a year earlier.
The Tribune’s sister papers – the Pasadena Star-News and the Whittier Daily News – also grew circulation. The Star-News rose to 25,530 daily, up 121, and 27,988 Sunday, up 557. The Daily News grew by 682 daily, to 14,811, and 646 Sunday, to 15,360.
In addition, latest numbers show continued web traffic growth at sgvtribune.com, pasadenastarnews.com, and whittierdailynews.com – to an average 1.4 million monthly unique visitors and 5.3 million monthly page views. The newspapers also have nearly 25,000 subscribers to online e-editions.

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Baseball Rankings: Gang Green still tops our poll


1. Bonita (19-4) — Ended a great week of beating Amat and Diamond Bar with a loss to Los Altos. They’re still ranked No. 1 in D-3, but only a one-game lead in the Hacienda with four to play. Will they close strong?
2. Bishop Amat (21-4) — After losing twice last week, the Lancers can forget the National Rankings and focus on Division 4, where they’re ranked second behind Palm Desert.
3. South Hills (17-4) — They needed a sweep over Chino Hills to take over first in the Sierra, but got a split instead, and remain a game back. Big picture-wise, they’re No. 10 in D-2.
4. Glendora (13-6-1) — The Tartans have a one game lead in the Baseline with four left, two against Upland and Alta Loma, both of who are 5-4 in league. Couldn’t ask for a better situation down the stretch to close it out.
5. Chino Hills (14-7) — They lost to Diamond Ranch in a nonleague game, but seem to get the job done when it matters, in league.
6. Sierra Vista (17-3) — What’s it take to get a ranking in Division 5? The Dons have the second fewest losses of anyone in the Division, but can’t crack the top ten. You’ve got teams like Hemet ranked with nine losses, what gives?
7. Diamond Bar (13-10) – They’re 0-2 against Bonita and 7-0 against the rest of the Hacienda. Sooner or later, the Brahmas have to win games that matter.
8. Los Altos (14-9) — They will be the type of third or fourth place team nobody is going to want to face in the playoffs. Anytime you have an undefeated pitcher like Kyle Peck (6-0), you’ve got a shot. Just ask Bonita.
9. San Dimas (16-8-1) — The Saints have a one game lead over Covina, who they will play next week. The last thing they want is to lose today to Northview, an old nemesis.
10. Damien (11-11) — Still in third in the Sierra with a 6-5 overall record, plus they beat La Puente twice last week, one of which was 10-0. The Warriors wanted a step-up game, but careful what you wish for.



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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat clearly No. 1, the rest jockeying for position each week

1. Bishop Amat (20-2) — The Lancers are no longer worried about winning league, but going undefeated and keeping the top-ranking in D-3. They hope to put the finishing touches against La Salle today and St. Joseph on Thursday at home.
2. Bonita (18-4) – Just when you think they might be No. 1, they lose back-to-back to Diamond Bar and Los Altos. They might even lose the Hacienda, falling a game behind West Covina, who they will host on Friday.
3. Chino Hills (17-5) — They did what they had to do, get a split against South Hills to remain a game ahead of SHills in the Sierra standings.
4. South Hills (15-6) — After a 4-3 win over Chino Hills the Huskies get clobbered in the rematch later in the week, 11-1. Still, they’re No. 3 in D-3, just behind Bishop Amat and Oaks Christian.
5. West Covina (13-6) — The Bulldogs are the most disrespected team in Division 2. The Dogs are still not ranked even theough they lead the Hacienda by a game over Bonita, ranked No. 2 in D-2, and well ahead of fourth place Los Altos, ranked No. 7 in D-2. They also beat Los Altos 6-3 in their only head-to-head meeting.
6. Glendora (12-9) — The Tartans’ playoff hopes took a big hit with a pair of losses last week. They’re two games out of third with four to play. Not a good situation to be in, especially in the Baseline.
7. Los Altos (12-5) – A huge 4-2 statement win over Bonita, but they must continue to prove they belong by beating teams they’re supposed to beat, which is sometimes harder than pulling an upset.
8. Duarte (16-2) — Falcons in a class by themselves and ranked No. 2 in Division 5, just behind La Canada. They still don’t have a standout win on the resume, but 16-2 always looks good.
9. San Dimas (16-7) — Thoroughly dominating the Valle Vista with a 9-0 league record. The VVL is way down, however, only San Dimas and Northview have overall winning records.
10. Diamond Bar (12-9) — The Brahmas are in the thick of the Hacienda race and have a sweet schedule to close it out with a game against West Covina in the league finale. If the Brahmas win out, they can do no worse that a tie for the title.

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Amat Baseball and Football camps

The Bishop Amat High School baseball team and head coach Andy Nieto have created the “Sandlot Series,” for boys and girls ages five through 10 – with the first of four Sandlot camps beginning Thursday at Bishop Amat and continuing each Thursday for three consecutive weeks. What’s unique is the clinic is free, and each kid in attendance will receive a free shirt and hot dog. The Sandlot will include instruction from Bishop Amat varsity players and its coaching staff, and actual games for kids. Each Thursday the clinic will be held at Bishop Amat from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
“Everyone has a camp,” Nieto said. “But how often to you have the opportunity to take your kids to an open facility and receive free instruction. We have been wanting to this for a while. A lot of kids know who (players) Jay Anderson, Wallace Gonzalez and Rio Ruiz are, but for them to have the opportunity to meet them and be among some of the area’s best local players is a great experience. It’s great for our players to work with kids and maybe be a mentor. That’s what it’s all about.”
Amat Football Clinics
Bishop Amat’s football team is conducting football camps for seventh and eighth graders beginning Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will continue with camps each Tuesday and Thursday until June 2, a total of ten sessions.
The cost is $15 per individual session, or $100 for all ten sessions.
For further information, contact Bishop Amat high school at 626-962-2495, Ext. 6001.

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Track: League Finals this week

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The road to the CIF State track and field championships begins this week, with most of the area’s league finals slated for Thursday or Friday. For several athletes, this is the first step to state glory, a path that will also include the CIF-Southern Section prelims next weekend; the CIF-SS divisional finals, scheduled for Cerritos College on May 21; and the state meet, scheduled for June 3-4 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

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Swimming: League finals this week

Boys and girls league swimming finals are thiis week. The meet schedule includes the Sierra League at Mt. San Antonio College at 3 p.m. Thursday, with the Baseline and Hacienda meets scheduled for Upland High School and Las Flores Park in La Verne, respectively, at 2:30 and 3 p.m. Friday.

The CIF-SS prelims and finals are slated for next week at Belmont Pool in Long Beach. The area’s best hopes for CIF-SS glory are Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques and Walnut’s Andrea Grant.

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CIF Baseball Polls: Bonita still No. 1 in D3; Amat falls to No. 2 in D-4 and South Hills finally cracks D2 poll with Glendora lurking at the bottom

CIF-Southern Section Rankings
Division 2:

1. Trabuco Hills, 2. Cypress, 3. Chaminade, 4. Arcadia, 5. Crescenta Valley, 6. Redlands, 7. Santa Barbara, 8. Bueno, 9. South Hills, Others: Glendora, Pacifica, Chino Hills, Canyon Springs.
Fred’s note: How is Arcadia ahead of South Hills or Glendora, especially when East Valley teams win their tournament every year.

Division 3:
1. Bonita
, 2. Quartz Hills, 3. Alhambra, 4. Beckman, 5. Colton, 6. Paramount, 7. Temescal Canyon, 8. San Gorgonio, 9. Gahr, 10. Montebello.
Fred’s note: Even with a loss to Los Altos, Bonita deserves to be No. 1. Name another team on this list capable of beating Amat and Diamond Bar’s Mathews twice?

Division 4
1. Palm Desert, 2. Bishop Amat, 3. Torrance, 4. Laguna Beach, 5. Oaks Christian, 6. Indio, 7. Chino, 8. Troy, 9. La Quinta, 10. San Dimas
Fred’s note: With a loss to Bonita on Monday and Torrance on Saturday, no way Amat could keep the top spot, though they’re still he best team. Kudos to San Dimas for finally cracking the list.

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CIF Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat still No. 1 in D-3; Bonita falls to No. 2 in D-2 with South Hills No. 3; Duarte No. 2 in D-5

Division 2
1. Don Lugo, 2. Bonita, 3. Laguna Hills, 4. Chino, 5. Oxnard, 6. Colton, 7. Los Altos, 8. Lakewood, 9. Valley View, 10. Arlington.
Fred’s note: A week ago I thought Bonita was closing in on the Hacienda title, now after losing to Los Altos, they have to beat West Covina later in the week to take control.

Division 3
1. Bishop Amat, 2. Oaks Christian, 3. South Hills, 4. Chino Hills, 5. Warren, 6. Downey, 7. Highland, 8. Knight, 9. Burroughs, 10. Crescenta Valley.
Fred’s note: Bishop Amat is hands down No. 1, but look at South Hills climb the list to No. 3. Wouldn’t we all love to see Amat meet South Hills in the playoffs?

Division 5
1. La Canada, 2. Duarte, 3. Beaumont, 4. Savanna, 5. San Marino, 6. Katella, 7. Barstow, 8. Marymount, 9. Temple City, 10. Marlborough
Fred’s note: Is Duarte really this good? Just like in girls basketball, they will have the chance to prove it come playoff time.

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Baseball: La Puente loses appeal to CIF to have its March forfeit to Azusa overturned; La Puente and Sierra Vista battle for first this week

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The La Puente High school baseball team lost an appeal to the CIF-Southern Section Executive Committee last week hoping to overturn its forfeiture of a 3-0 win over Azusa on March 22. La Puente was forced to forfeit its win over Azusa after Azusa filed a protest that was upheld by league principals in a 4-2 vote in March.
Azusa protested that La Puente conducted an illegal batting practice on the day of the game, which is against league bylaws.
La Puente coach John Hermosillo admitted the mistake, explaining that two of his players were throwing over-hand with a whiffle ball prior to the game. However, Hermosillo, a first-year coach in his first league game, said he was unaware of the rule at the time. (to continue click thread).

Fred’s reaction: I feel the same way now as I did when learning of the forfeit. First, Candelaria is absolutely right, La Puente was not in violation of the spirit of the rule. The La Puente team was not trying to cheat or gain an advantage, they had been doing the same thing all year in non-league and tournaments. Why Azusa officials did not simply walk over to the first year coach and explain to him that what his team was doing was against league rules is difficult to understand. That probably would have been the end of it, and it would have reflected well on Azusa, showing a great deal of sportsmanship for a coach in his first league game. It would have said, “what you’re doing is wrong, but we’ll give you the benefit of the doubt this time.” But, by choosing to enforce the letter of the law on a rule that had no direct outcome of the game feels like another example of adults taking the game out of kids’ hands. South Hills was in violation of this very thing in last years playoffs, also using a whiffle ball. But CIF chose not to make them forfeit a game for the same reasons I stated, because South Hills wasn’t trying to cheat or gain an advantage. It wasn’t in violation of the “spirit” of the rule. If you’re an administrator or principal, these are the things you have to ask yourself when making these rulings. Otherwise, it looks like adults taking away what kids earned on the field. I know rules are rules, which is probably why the principals should revisit the case. If, as principal Smalley suggested that proper protocal wasn’t taken in filing the protest, then the protest should be thrown out, right? If rules are black and white with no wiggle room left for interpretation, then maybe this should be overtuned.
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Chino Hills boys tennis coaches fired after they use a seventh grader in a match

What’s more astonishing, the 21-year-old San Gabriel Valley high school girls basketball assistant coach who suited up and played in a junior varsity game for the Matadors last season, or the news the Chino Hills champion reported last week that the coaching staff of the boys tennis team at Chino Hills High School was fired April 21 after school officials learned a seventh-grade student played in varsity matches under the coaches’ direction? Coaches Deddy Halim and Siantie Hioe, husband and wife walk-on coaches and not teachers at the school, used an unidentified junior high school student in at least one tennis match during the 2011 regular season, which recently concluded. I don’t know what’s worse, a 21-year-old trying to show off her skills against 14 and 15 year olds, or a seventh grader whipping high school varsity tennis players….

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Football: Scouting Guru’s spring top ten college prospects in the East San Gabriel Valey

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Guru Writes: Well the time has come for guys like me to be wanted. That’s right… it’s the month of May and it’s time for prospects to be found. The process of evaluation never ends until signing day. But – and you can look in the archives if you want – we have a pretty good opinion on the talent in the area. So, let’s get right to work and begin with the top-10 college prospects in the East SGV. To continue click thread.

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Football: Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey finalizes his coaching staff

Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey has finished naming his staff, which is as follows: We will have a story in tomorrow’s paper.

Assistants: Roger Armijo – Charter Oak high school (coached RB/LB and special teams at CO)
Assistant - Jerry Lewallen – Glendora Assistant Coach
Assistant - Frankie Salazar – South Hills DB-WR Coach
Assistant - Ryan Lawrence – Glendora Assistant Coach
Assistant - Marcus Bryan – Former UNLV Offensive Lineman

Also: Quinsey said that athletic director Lee Spengler will be his freshmen coach along with Rod Tilton, who used to be the offensive coordinator at Glendora.

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