Arellanes and Zavala back coaching, and what you probably don’t know about Wilson’s Bob Burt

You learn a few things with players and coaches visiting the Tribune on picture day for the PrepXtra Football preview magazine that is scheduled to debut on Aug. 30. Jim Arellanes, who was recently fired at Los Altos, is now an assistant at Baldwin Park with coach James Heggins. Brian Zavala, who was let go at Wilson, is now an assistant at Gladstone with Albert Sanchez. I also loved my brief conversation with new Wilson coach Bob Burt, the only coach in our area who has coached a Division 1 football program. Burt coached Cal State Northridge in the early 90s.

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Follow along with Aram’s summer updates

No wonder Aram’s been turning in mileage lately, he’s been all over the place giving his opinion on summer passing league tournaments, and the best eateries on his road trips. Read Aram’s reaction to Monrovia, West Covina, Claremont, La Puente and Ganesha’s passing game on Tuesday from West Covina High
Charter Oak won the Bonita air assault over the weekend, with coach Lou Farrar offering another classic quote, “Something’s growing, I can feel it. After all these years, I just see something happening. We’ve got some kids who weren’t at the top of my Christmas list last winter and spring, but they’re starting to buy into the program. I’m happy to see this kind of growth with our kids.” There is also a good video interview with Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine and Arroyo’s Jim Singiser following the Alhambra, Arroyo, Azusa and Diamond Bar passing game last week .

For those wondering what’s up next, here ya go.
July 9: SGV Shootout (@Arroyo) Passing Tournament

July 9: Tournament of Champions @Santa Fe and Linemen Tournament (38 teams)

July 15-16: Claremont Passing Tournament

July 16: Ayala Passing Tournament

July 16: Los Osos Linemen compeition

July 16: Arroyo Linemen Competition (Azusa, Covina, Gladstone, West Covina (3 teams), Villa Park, Los Altos (2 teams), Monrovia, Baldwin Park, La Salle, Temple City … I probably missed a few.

July 23: Ayala Linemen competition

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The final awards of the season go to Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz and Northview’s Khalalah Todd, the 2010-11 Tribune athletes of the year

There are fewer multisport athletes in high school athletics today because of year-round programs, club and travel-team commitments, personal coaches and the fear that too much bouncing around could lead to injuries, which could ruin a scholarship opportunity in a particular sport. The old-school multisport athlete, though, still lives.
That’s why, for the fourth consecutive year, this newspaper has selected a boys and girls Athlete of the Year, a distinction that honors the athlete who competes and excels in more than one sport.
The 2010-11 Tribune athletes of the year are Bishop Amat High School junior Rio Ruiz, a football and baseball standout, and Northview senior Khalalah Todd, who excelled in soccer and track.

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The Glendoranator, Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques, named National High School Coaches Association girls swimmer of the year

Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques reached the mountaintop of high school awards today, named the National High School Coaches Association girls swimmer of the year, essentially naming Jaques the top high school girls swimmer in the country. Here’s what the NHSCA wrote about Jaques: Nicknamed “The Glendoranator” for her domination of her two current signature events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke, Jaques completed a two-year sweep of the Southern Section (SS) Division 2 titles in both events, giving her a perfect 8-for-8 record in Division 2 individual finals, and also won SS Masters titles in both events. She is ranked No. 1 among high school seniors in both events. Jaques was the SS Division 2 champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle her freshman and sophomore years, and the SS Masters champion in the 50 as a freshman. As a junior, Jaques broke U.S. Olympian Janet Evans’ national high school record in the 200 individual medley – a record that had stood since 1988 – in the preliminaries, and in the finals, she set the all-time California high school record with a time of 1:57.91, breaking a nine-year-old record. She also set the Division 2 meet record in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.83). She was the Swimmer of the Meet at the USA Swimming Short Course Junior Nationals in December, scoring a meet-high 94 points, and was honored by Sports Illustrated magazine in its Faces in the Crowd section in the Jan. 24 issue. A three-time San Gabriel Valley Tribune Swimmer of the Year, Jaques will attend the University of Texas.

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The Summer of Santiago leads the Super Six

The best report cards over the summer come from coaches who spend their weekends at summer passing leagues, and several I’ve spoke with this week have said the same thing, that Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago and Arroyo’s Steven Rivera have been head and shoulders above the rest. The way Charter Oak’s offensive coordinator Dominic Farrar and Arroyo coach Jim Singiser utilize the two suggest they’re in for monster years too. In fact, I would be surprised if come week seven, eight and nine if Santiago and Rivera aren’t the top two in the Valley in passing yardage and touchdowns because they will be among the leaders in attempts too. There are several other quarterbacks to consider, but here’s my list of the Super Six for 2011.

1. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak – He threw for 2,418 and 21 touchdowns last year and is even more confident and experienced this season. He will probably wind up with over 3,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns, but the bigger question is the offensive line and can they win against other good teams in the Sierra. I hope it’s not like a Daniel Kessler situation where you throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns, and then your team is one-and-done in the postseason. But I’m with most observers in that Santiago has been the best QB over the summer and if you had to put your finger on a preseason favorite for player of the year, he’s had the kind of summer that warrants it.

2. Steven Rivera, Arroyo — A coach told me if he could take any quarterback in the Valley, he would take Rivera. He also said if he had the same type of supporting cast that you find at Charter Oak, Bishop Amat, West Covina, etc, etc, it would prove his point even further. No argument here. Rivera’s been under center since he was a freshman, and he’s been good since then. You take Rivera away from Arroyo, they win two, maybe three games. With him, they have a shot at the Mid-Valley Division title. Who is worth more to their team than that?

3. Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat — It will be interesting how they use Ruiz, because RB Jalen Moore is a beast and the most important piece to their offense. They will also have Zach Shay returning and will probably run more than they throw. In terms of total offense, nobody touches Amat, they simply have too many weapons. In terms of talent, give Ruiz 30 attempts a night and he’s among the area passing leaders too. But that won’t happen at Amat.

4. Billy Livingston, Covina — We can’t discount Livingston, in a spread like the Colts, he’s capable of putting up big numbers too. In terms of total offense, Livingston should be among the area leaders with his ability to run the ball, and with options like Vinny Venegas and Geovantray Ainsworth, the Colts’ offense will be among the best in the Valley.

5. Vincent Hernandez, South Hills -- Some will argue he’s as talented as anyone on the list, but like Ruiz, he’s their second option with Jamel Hart returning at RB. The Huskies also do not have the skilled receivers that others teams do, so it will be interesting how many attempts he gets per game. If all-purpose Jamie Canada returns from injuries, the Huskies’ offense will be as balanced as anyone not named Amat.

6. Henry Omana, Diamond Bar – He’s a sleeper in that he had solid numbers as a junior and is with a new coach in Ryan Maine who desperately wants to return Diamond Bar to the area’s elite. On paper, Omana’s size and arm strength make him an intriguing prospect for college coaches. If he has a monster senior year, his stock could fly the roof. I also think Diamond Bar, not Diamond Ranch or Bonita, will be the biggest threat to West Covina in the Hacienda League.

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The Big River’s Big Decision: What will Rio Ruiz do if he makes U.S. National team, who has tournament games during the football season

Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz won a gold medal over the weekend on the winning Babe Ruth team in the Tournament of Stars in North Carolina, a 3-2 victory over AABC. Then more good news came for the Big River on Monday as Ruiz was one of 40 players selected to the 18 and under U.S. National teams trial roster.
Here’s where it gets interesting: The 18U National Team Trials are running today through June 30 in North Carolina, and will conclude with the inaugural Prospect Classic. The two-game series will match the 18-U team against USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, July 1-2 in North Carolina. After that is concluded, team officials will select 28 players for the second round of trials Sept 12-21 in North Carolina. From there, 20 will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

OUTLOOK: What does this all mean for Rio and the Bishop Amat football team? It means their senior quarterback misses a few practices now, with the big decisions coming if Ruiz makes the 28-man roster in September, or the 20-man roster late September and early October. In other words, do you play for USA baseball, Bishop Amat football or both? I spoke with Rio’s father, Rudy Ruiz, who said he will cross that decision-making bridge if Rio continues advancing with USA baseball. Rudy Ruiz said he will speak with Amat coach Steve Hagerty to discuss the scenario’s and how it will work out. When I spoke with Hagerty, he said the news was to fresh to comment on. There are other things to consider such as school and the length of time he would have to miss. It’s a unique situation, of the 40 players selected, Rudy Ruiz believes Rio is the only one who plays football for their high school team. My gut feeling is that Rio would opt to play football if a decision had to be made, but playing for your National Team in the Pan-Am championships in Colombia is as tempting as it gets.

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Amat middle man David Berg going to UCLA

This goes to show hard work pays off. Bishop Amat’s David Berg was a complete unknown who barely pitched at Amat prior to so his senior season. But he worked with pitching coach Chris Beck in developing a side-winding pitching motion that resulted in the most dominating season I’ve ever seen a middle-reliever at the high school level have. He was the glue that held things together, earning Del Rey and Division 4 first-team honors and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed, with UCLA offering a scholarship. It is what it is, hard work at its best.

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Not missing Red Sox – Yankees tonight at 6 — More than 92,000 expected at the Rose Bowl

There are finals. And then there are Finals.
But mere capitalization doesn’t suffice in capturing the anticipation of Saturday’s much hoped-for U.S.-Mexico final — sorry, Final — of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup in Pasadena at 6 p.m. This game won’t just anoint a champion of all North and Central America and the Caribbean and send the winner to the 2013 Confederations Cup (the greatest head start for the World Cup out there). It will also write the latest chapter in one of the fiercest rivalries in the world’s game.

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East wins Hall of Fame, 7-6 … West misses game-tying extra-point and game-winning field goal attempt; Overton East MVP

By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
The strength of the San Gabriel Valley in football has favored the Eastside in recent years.
That didn’t change Friday..
Former Pomona High School standout Jamal Overton rushed for 82 yards and the East sacked Muir’s Jeffrey Davis three times during the final three minutes to lead the East to a 7-6 victory in the 32nd Hall of Fame Game at West Covina High School.
The East, which rolled to a 40-0 victory last year, won for the eighth time in the past nine meetings.
“I was just thinking if we sack them here, we win,” said Northview’s Chris Auxier, who forced a punt with just over a minute to play when he dropped Davis at his own 42. “When I got that last sack, and I knew we won, it made everything feel so much better.”

East 7, West 6
West 0-0-6-0–6
East 0-7-0-0–7

E: George Johnson 13 run (Jeff Stamp kick)
W: Karl Holmes Jr. 21 pass from Nick Bueno (kick failed)

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Hall of Fame game tonight at West Covina, 7:30 p.m., matching West’s Nick Bueno, Jeffrey Davis and Karl Holmes against East’s Julian Gener, Maurice Dupleasis and Aubrey Coleman

What: San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: West Covina HS
Series: East leads, 19-10-2
Last year: East 40, West 0

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The East’s recent dominance in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game means very little to Covina High School football coach Darryl Thomas, who has yet to taste any success in two tries in the game.
Thomas, who has played and coached in the game, is 0-1-1 heading into tonight’s renewal.

He’s hoping to coach the heavily favored East to another dominant performance and add to what’s become a commanding lead for the East in the series.

“I’ve been affiliated with this game twice and I haven’t won,” said Thomas, who lost as the East coach in 2001 and tied as a player in 1986.

The East won last year’s matchup, 40-0, to take a 19-10-2 lead in the series.
Tonight’s kickoff is slated for 7:30 at West Covina High.

As poised as the East looks to keep the pounding going, there has been some optimism out of Monrovia High where the West team has been practicing and, according to game organizers,looks capable of springing an upset.

Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox will coach the West and has the services of Star-News Player of the Year Nick Bueno under center. Joining Bueno at quarterback is Muir’s Jeffrey Davis.
Both quarterbacks couldn’t ask for a better group of receivers to throw to, led by Arizona State-bound Muir split end Karl Holmes Jr., Monrovia’s Jay Henderson and Arroyo tight end Sam Torres.

Defensively, though, the West will have its hands full with a sizable group of East receivers led by Walnut’s Aubrey Coleman, who is 6-foot-5. As if that wasn’t enough, the East will try Rowland’s Michael Ball, one of the area’s top weapons, at receiver.

The East also boasts Claremont’s Aaron Dockery as one of its top targets.

Line play is an area where the series seemingly has gotten away from the West. Led by Fresno State-bound Allen Brown of San Dimas, South Hills’ Peter Nonu and West Covina’s Jon Cortez, the East figures to have another big advantage up front.

The East, which didn’t allow a point last year, also should be tough to crack again this year thanks to a stellar front seven that’s led by Amat defensive end Julian Gener and West Covina linebacker Maurice Dupleasis.

Gener and Bishop Amat teammate Michael Juarez will honor former teammate Austin Lacy, who passed away earlier this month, by wearing stickers of Lacy’s No. 6 on their helmets.

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Summer Basketball updated schedule

After the preliminary rounds of the Los Altos-Workman High summer basketball tournament, the schedules for the weekend is as follows:

At Los Altos
1:00 California vs Sierra Vista
2:00 Charter Oak vs Pioneer
3:00 Villa Park vs Cantwell
4:00 Los Altos vs Whittier Christian
5:00 Diamond Bar vs La Serna
6:00 Loser of Villa Park/Cantwell vs Mark Keppel
7:00 9th Place Pool Play game
8:00 Loser of California/Sierra Vista vs El Rancho
At Workman
4:00 San Dimas vs Huntington Park
5:00 Wilson vs Fresno Hoover
6:00 Upland vs Workman
7:00 9th Place Pool Play game

Saturday’s games at Los Altos
Quarterfinal games: 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 p.m.
Semifinal games: 7:00 and 8:00 at Los Altos

Sunday’s games at Los Altos
3rd place game – 3pm
5th place game – 2pm
Championship game – 4pm

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All-Area Swimming: Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques earns fourth straight swimmer of the year award; Damien’s Jason Haney wins second straight

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The area high school swimming season ended the way it began, with Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques and Damien’s Jason Haney a cut above the rest. They keyed their respective teams to solid finishes at the CIF-Southern Section divisional finals in May, and for their efforts are the Tribune’s girls and boys Swimmers of the Year. Nicole Flores of Sierra Vista and Glendora’s Janet Pollard earned boys and girls Coach of the Year honors, respectively. (To continue click thread).

Swimmer of the Year
: Jason Haney, Damien Jr.
Coach of the Year: Nicole Flores, Sierra Vista
First Team
Sam Jardine, Claremont, Sr.
Johnny Beal, Damien, Sr.
Danny Lam, Sierra Vista, Jr.
Bennett Yuan, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Carson May, Damien, Jr.
Second Team
Sean Kao, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Eric Ting, Wilson, Sr.
Chris Katoh, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Michael Forbes, Damien, Fr.
Jaye Chang, West Covina, Jr.

Swimmer of the Year: Gretchen Jaques, Glendora, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Janet Pollard, Glendora
First Team
Andrea Grant, Walnut, Sr.
Noelle Tarazona, Claremont, Sr.
Emily Yu, Walnut, Sr.
Ashley Tse, Ayala, So.
Ellie Jaques, Glendora, So.
Second Team
Courtney McCadden, Glendora, Sr.
Kayla Clark, Ayala, Sr.
Sammie Keehn, St. Lucy’s, So.
Christina Vu, Walnut, So.
Kelly Corso, Glendora, Sr.

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Rowland’s Ball hoping to make up for a frustrating senior season in Friday’s Hall of Fame game

What: San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: West Covina HS
Series: East leads, 19-10-2
Last year: East 40, West 0

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Michael Ball’s senior season as quarterback of the Rowland High School football team was supposed to be one of redemption. Besieged by a broken collarbone suffered the year before, Ball was healthy last fall and seeking to build on the promise he showed as a sophomore and some of his junior season. Things didn’t go according to plan. (To continue click thread)

Above: MIchael Ball and Rowland were having a fantastic season in 2009 when he broke his collarbone on this play. What followed was a frustrating senior year for Ball and the Raiders in 2010, who missed the playoffs.
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Pushy parents force Medina out of MTown

Monrovia softball coach Randy Medina and his entire staff abruptly resigned, basically saying the pressure and expectations from parents forced him to come to the conclusion that returning for a 12th season wasn’t worth it. “Our expectations was we wanted to do well in league and go as far as we can in CIF,” Medina said. “To an extent I like the extra intensity that goes into travel ball, and I’m all for that. But the players, most of them play travel ball year round with intense schedules with four or five games in a weekend. High school is to be with your friends. It’s a different mindset. It just came down to where it felt that they being the parents weren’t happy and things got back to me. It’s a small town. A lot of parents were on my side and they said people are saying this about you.”
“My big problem was I had three parents who were not happy. They would talk about the program behind my back in adverse conditions. I think that hurt me the most. They were willing to talk about me, about my players and about my staff, sort of behind the team’s back. And that bothered me. It bothered me that my staff was being talked about as ineffective. That’s what hurt.”

Fred’s thoughts: I enjoyed covering Medina in MTown while I was at the Star News, he always came across as a knowledgeable coach with a genuine passion for what he was doing. He wanted to win as much as anyone, that was clear, and was a great example of what a high school coach should be. That’s not enough for some parents, particularly travel ball parents who feel more entitled, but I wish Medina would have stayed on and not allowed the distractions to get under his skin. We deal with it in the newspaper business too, specialization has made experts out of everyone, and the experts love telling you why certain coaches aren’t qualified, why so-and-so is better than so-and-so, and so on. Most parents are great, but the experts can be nauseating. My feeling is, the experts aren’t going anywhere, so just deal with it rather than allow them to chase you off, which is why I wish Medina would have stayed on. Here’s an idea for all the experts, you want to speak and make your opinions known? Any expert out there who has trouble with a coach and wants to debate or discuss the reasons on camera with me, I’m all in. I would love to see what you have to say when the spotlight’s on you.

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Track All-Area: For the second straight year, Covina’s Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price earn track athlete of the year honors

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The targets were squarely on their backs this season, but if anything, the pressure to live up to expectations just made Covina High School’s Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price stronger. And in the end, nobody in the area proved to be better. For their efforts, McClain and Price are the Tribune boys and girls track and field Athletes of the Year. (To continue click thread).

Athlete of the Year
– Remontay McClain, Covina, Sr.
Coach of the Year – Kevin Glaspy, Covina
First Team
Sprints: Beejay Lee, West Covina, Sr.
Hurdles: Andrew Fischer, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Hurdles: Toure McCully, Bonita, Jr.
Distance: Paul Ross, Claremont, Sr.
Field: Marquise Cherry, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Second Team
Sprints: Andrew Aguirre, Damien, Jr.
Sprints: Patrick MacMullen, Damien, Sr.
Distance: Nick Rivera, Rowland, Sr.
Field: Klyvens Delaunay, Claremont, Jr.
Field: Farhan Jangda, Walnut, Sr.

Athlete of the Year
– Kylie Price, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Coach of the Year – Dan Lodolo, Bishop Amat
First Team
Utility: Katherine Salcido, San Dimas, Sr.
Sprints: Brea Buchanan, Ayala, Sr.
Distance: Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Field: Taylor Bernhard, West Covina, Jr.
Field: Ivy Nunez, Arroyo, Jr.
Second Team
Sprints: Khalalah Todd, Northview, Sr.
Sprints: Brittany Brown, Claremont, So.
Sprints: Yamani Wallace, San Dimas, So.
Hurdles: Ericka Johnson, Rowland, Sr.
Distance: Marissa Scott, Bonita, So.
Field: Sarah Barnum, St. Lucy’s, Sr.

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Softball All-Area: Bonita’s Courtney Gano and Bishop Amat’s Jesse Mendez take top honors

All-Area Story: Courtney Gano batted an area-best .630 to go with 28 RBIs, 37 runs scored, 12 doubles, five triples and four home runs, but most coaches were more impressed with her defensive abilities at shortstop than with her gaudy offensive statistics, which is another reason Gano has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year.

Coach of the year: This season Bishop Amat finished an impressive 25-4, won the consolation title at the Tournament of Champions in Arizona, won the Del Rey League title and advanced to the Division 3 semifinals, its best finish since advancing to the championship game in 2008. For his efforts, Mendez has been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Year.

: Courtney Gano, Bonita, Sr
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jesse Mendez, Bishop Amat
Pitcher: Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Pitcher: Natalie Sanchez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Catcher: Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, Jr.
Utility: Sydney La Follette, South Hills, Jr.
Infield: Nikki Girard, Chino Hills, Jr.
Infield: Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Infield: Stephany La Rosa, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Infield: Samantha Nieves, South Hills, Sr.
Outfield: Courtney Hine, San Dimas, Sr.
Outfield: Bree Sandoval, Bonita, Sr.
Outfield: Patricia Parks, Chino Hills, Fr.

Pitcher: Nikki Innamorato, Chino Hills, Jr.
Pitcher: Taylor Langdon, Glendora, Jr.
Catcher: Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, So.
Utility: Veronica Ramirez, Azusa, Sr.
Infield: Alexis Gonzalez, Bishop Amat, So.
Infield: Kristen Stewart, South Hills, Jr
Infield: Sara Moore, San Dimas, Sr.
Infield: Samantha Valadez, Charter Oak, Sr.
Outfield: Jazzlyn Costa, Bonita, So.
Outfield: Liz Rubalcava, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Outfield: Nikki Sprague, Charter Oak, So.

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Breaking News: Ayala Football coach Tom Inglima forced to transfer to Chino High, will not coach Bulldogs football team in 2011

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With the high school football season nearing and teams in summer passing tournaments and setting-up for the push toward fall, the Chino Valley Unified School District transferred Ayala High School football coach and teacher Tom Inglima to Chino High for budgetary reasons, forcing the fifth-year coach out as the Bulldogs’ head football coach.
Ayala principal Diana Yarboi explained her reasons for the transfer through a written statement, that reads in part:
“Mr. Tom Inglima will be transferred as a physical education teacher from Ayala to Chino High School for the 2011-2012 school year as part of budget adjustments for the Chino Valley Unified School District,” Yarboi wrote. “It has long been the policy of Ayala to have the varsity football coach as an assigned teacher. Given Mr. Inglima’s transfer to Chino High, a new varsity football coach will be named within the next two weeks.”
Randy Reams, Inglima’s offensive coordinator, is a teacher at the school and graduated from Ayala. He has been named the interim coach, a position that is expected to become permanent once he applies for the position. (To continue click thread)

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Breaking News: MacKinnon dismissed as Arroyo’s baseball coach

We have learned that Arroyo baseball coach Don MacKinnon was dismissed from those duties last week. We will have a story later, but coach MacKinnon, who turned the Knights football program to an area power in the 1980s and 90s and who won the Mission Valley League baseball title this spring, was told by principal Oscar Cisneros last week that the school wanted to “move in another direction.”
Arroyo was 14-9 in winning the league title this year. The Knights lost in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
MacKinnon will still teach at the school next year before retiring in June.

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In other news … Felipe Aguilar back to Rowland

Aram reporting that Former Tribune Player of the Year and former Los Altos head coach Felipe Aguilar has left Arroyo where he was an assistant coach on Jim Singiser’s varsity football staff and will return to Rowland. Also, several area teams are entered in Friday and Saturday’s Bonita Air Assault passing tournament, which include host Bonita, Upland, Valencia of Valencia, Villa Park, Charter Oak, Jurupa Hills, Pasadena, Arroyo, Citrus Valley, Corona Santiago, Glendora, Jurupa Valley, Northview, Hart, Canyon of Anaheim, Kaiser, Glendale, La Serna, Riverside Poly, Loyola, Walnut, Chino Hills, Eisenhower, San Gabriel, Webb, Crescenta Valley, Bonita, Corona, Culver City, South El Monte and Whittier. For the Bonita air assault schedule, click link. West Covina reportedly has a fantastic freshman in Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who you’ll see in a video as a member of the Compton Vikings JAA team by clicking this link.

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Chino Hills looking for an athletic director

Although Chino Hills High School athletics thrived under athletic director Jeff Stevens, he has been removed from his position as athletic director and reassigned to a full-time social science teacher, Stevens explained. Stevens said he wanted to remain on as athletic director, but the school decided to go in a different direction.

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Baseball: It’s a Banner year for Bishop Amat, Rio Ruiz and coach Andy Nieto earn top honors

All-Area Story: The taste of winning came during Rio Ruiz’s seventh and eighth grade years, watching the Bishop Amat High School baseball team win back-to-back CIF-Southern Section divisional titles in 2007 and ’08.
“I looked to my dad (Rudy) and said, `I’ve got to come here, I have to be part of this,”‘ Ruiz recalled. “The celebration, the feeling, the rings, I wanted to be part of all that.”

Coach of the year story: For his efforts, Nieto has been selected as Tribune baseball Coach of the Year after leading the Lancers to a 29-4 record.

: Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Jr.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat
Pitcher: Justin Garza, Bonita, Jr.
Pitcher: Elias Novelo, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Catcher: Brennan Salgado, Glendora, Sr.
Utility: C.J. Saylor, South Hills, Jr.
Infield: Cameron Pongs, Chino Hills, Sr.
Infield: Ty France, South Hills, Jr.
Infield: Matt Munoz, San Dimas, Sr.
Infield: John Alexander, Glendora, Sr.
Outfield: Matt Gelalich, Bonita, Sr.
Outfield: Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Outfield: Adam Alcantara, Bishop Amat, So.

Pitcher: Daniel Zamora, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Pitcher: Matt Lee, San Dimas, Sr.
Catcher: Nick Hynes, Covina, Jr.
Utility: David Berg, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Infield: Nick Cooksey, Glendora, Sr.
Infield: Robert Mier, Bonita, Sr.
Infield: Joseph Keller, Chino Hills, Jr.
Infield: Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Outfield: K.C. Huth, Bonita, Sr.
Outfield: Jay Anderson, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Outfield: Dorian Granados, Damien, Sr.

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ALL CIF BASEBALL RESULTS: Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz Division 4 player of the year, Andy Nieto coach of the year; ten others make first team

Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz won the Division 4 player of the year with coach Andy Nieto the Division 4 coach of the year. Others to earn first-team All-CIF include Division 2: Brennan Salgado (Glendora), C.J. Saylor (South Hills), Joseph Keller (Chino Hills); Division 3: Justin Garza (Bonita), Matt Gelalich (Bonita), Kenny Mathews (Diamond Bar); Division 4: David Berg (Bishop Amat), Adam Alcantara (Bishop Amat), Matt Lee (San Dimas) and Division 5: Elias Novelo (Sierra Vista).

For the complete list of All-CIF baseball selections, click link.

Division 2
Player of the year
: Austin Saenz, Mission Viejo (12)
Coach of the Year: Chris Ashbach, Mission Viejo
Devyn Bolasky 12 Vista Del Lago
Kyle Davis 11 Pacifica/Garden Grove
Michael Dingilian 12 Chaminade
K.J. Edson 12 Arcadia
Jake Gallaway 12 Etiwanda
Lucas Giolito 11 Harvard-Westlake
Travis Harrison 12 Tustin
Joseph Keller 11 Chino Hills
Troy Mulcahy 11 Crescenta Valley
Jacob Nottingham 10 Redlands
Zach Ortiz 12 Cypress
Boog Powell 12 Mission Viejo
Kyle Raubinger 12 Arroyo Grande
Andres Rodriguez 12 La Mirada
Brennan Salgado 12 Glendora
C.J. Saylor 11 South Hills
Corey Sims 11 Alemany
Kevin Wade 10 Trabuco Hills
Austin Watters 12 West Torrance
Dan Zandona 12 Santa Barbara

Player of the year:
James Kaprielian, Beckman (11)
Coach of the Year: Kevin Lavalle, Beckman
Ryan Barker 11 Lancaster
Jakari Bass 12 Lancaster
Andy Crowley 12 San Gorgonio
Justin Garza 11 Bonita
Matt Gelalich 12 Bonita

David Herd 12 Paloma Valley
Brandon Horth 12 Woodbridge
Brennan Leitao 12 Woodbridge
Joppi Martin 12 University
Kenny Mathews 12 Diamond Bar
Ryan Mulvihill 12 Culver City
Tyler Rich 11 Colton
Chad Rieser 12 Beckman
Zack Rivera 11 Beckman
Timmy Robinson 11 Ocean View
OBryan Sanchez 12 Whittier
Jack Sheeley 12 Quartz Hill
Chance Sisco 10 Temescal Canyon
Kory Weeks 12 Rancho Alamitos
Frankie Wright 12 Alhambra

Player of the year:
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat (11)
Coach of the Year: Andy Nieto, Bishop Amat
Adam Alcantara 10 Bishop Amat
Jacob Anderson 12 Chino
David Berg 12 Bishop Amat
Aaron Bernal 11 Colony
Scott Blumer 11 Troy
Nick Bueno 12 Monrovia
Corey Copping 11 Temple City
Bowdien Derby 11 La Salle
Chance Fuglistaher 12 Kaiser
Ryan Garvey 12 Palm Desert
Trent Gilbert 12 Torrance
Edgar Gomez 12 Indio
Ryan Hartman 11 Savanna
Brooks Kriske 11 Palm Desert
Matt Lee 12 San Dimas
Evan Ocello 12 Oaks Christian
Bobby Pettey 11 Sonora
Travis Radke 12 Oaks Christian
Tyrone Taylor 11 Torrance
Taylor Wetzel 11 Granite

Division 5
Player of the year:
Adolfo Espinoza, Oak Hills (12)
Coach of the Year: Jason Story, Oak Hills
Ryan Borden 10 Citrus Valley
Ryan Bower 12 Lompoc
Nick Bruno 12 Hemet
Caleb Dirks 12 Woodcrest Christian
Adam Ehrlich 12 Campbell Hall
Michael Fagan 12 Linfield Christian
Christian Fillingame 11 Oak Hills
T.J. Follett 11 Big Bear
Max Fried 11 Montclair Prep
Sergio Luna 10 Cathedral
Ryan McNeil 12 Nipomo
Andrew Morovick 12 Tahquitz
Elias Novello 12 Sierra Vista
Trevor Oaks 12 Woodcrest Christian
Julian Perez 9 Cathedral
Andrew Ramones 11 Citrus Valley
Jamiel Robinson 10 Serra
Donnie Smith 10 Serra
Cameron Stanley 12 Whittier Christian
Taylor Ward 11 Shadow Hills

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ALL CIF SOFTBALL RESULTS: 12-Area players earn first team honors

The area produced 12 All-CIF softball selections, which include from Division 2: Taylor Castro (West Covina), Courtney Gano (Bonita), Stephany La Rosa (Diamond Bar); Division 3: Natalie Sanchez (Bishop Amat), Britney Rodriguez (South Hills), Nikki Girard (Chino Hills), Samantha Nieves (South Hills), Nikki Sprague (Charter Oak); Division 4, Courtney Hine (San Dimas); Division 5: Veronica Ramirez (Azusa), Salina Gonzales, (South El Monte) and Karah Hernandez, (Rosemead). For the complete list of ALL CIF softball teams, click link.

Above: South Hills’ Britney Rodriguez earned first-team after helping Huskies reach the title game for second straight year.

Player of the Year
– Sarah Shadinger, Adolfo Camarillo (11) Pitcher
Coach of the Year - Jack Willard, Adolfo Camarillo

Lisa Perez, La Mirada 11 Catcher
Shianne Ybarra, Mission Viejo 9 Outfield
Maylee Macahilig, La Mirada 11 Outfield
Emily Whitecavage, Vista Del Lago 11 Outfield
Kylee Lahners, Laguna Hills 12 Infield
Jenny Hurst, Dana Hills 12 Infield
Shelbie Franc, Adolfo Camarillo 10 Infield
Taylor Castro, West Covina 11 Infield
Tiffany Mikkelson, Aliso Niguel 11 Infield
Kaylie Garcia, Colton 11 Infield
Sharon Estrada, Cajon 12 Infield
Brittany Vansway, Irvine 10 Infield
Courtney Gano, Bonita 12 Infield
Lauren Chamberlain, El Toro 12 Infield
Stephany La Rosa, Diamond Bar 12 Infield
Brittney Boggs, Mayfair 12 Infield
Samantha Galarza, Valley View 11 Infield
Demi Meza, Oxnard 12 Infield
Katherine Macias, Arlington 12 Pitcher
Belinda Renne, Don Lugo 11 Pitcher
Allison Cukrov, Irvine 12 Pitcher

Player of the Year
– Kiana Quolas, Oaks Christian (12) Pitcher
Coach of the Year - Peter Ackermann, Oaks Christian

Erin Ashby, Crescenta Valley 12 Pitcher
Jill Compton, Arroyo Grande 11 Pitcher
Maxine Rodriguez, St. Joseph/Lakewood 10 Pitcher
Natalie Sanchez, Bishop Amat 12 Pitcher
Taylor Stewart, Chaminade 11 Pitcher
Franny Vaaulu, Warren 12 Pitcher
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills 11 Catcher
Katie Saunders, Mira Costa 11 Catcher
Austen Urness, Lakeside 10 Catcher
Allison Blackman, Peninsula 12 Infield
Nikki Girard, Chino Hills 11 Infield
Katie Hooper, Burbank 10 Infield
Alex Kossoff, South Torrance 11 Infield
Christie Langlois, Oak Park 11 Infield
Samantha Murrieta, Quartz Hill 11 Infield
Jennifer McNeill, Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 11 Infield
Samantha Nieves, South Hills 12 Infield
Hanah Roberg, Oaks Christian 11 Infield
Coryn Taualii, North Torrance 11 Infield
Nikki Sprague, Charter Oak 10 Outfield
Taylor Alvarez, Paloma Valley 12 Utility

Player of the Year
– Hannah Harris, Dos Pueblos, (11) Pitcher
Coach of the Year - Donn Roberts & Lee Harris, Dos Pueblos

Danielle Vega, Aquinas 11 Infield
Sarah Stromwall, Arrowhead Christian 12 Infield
Maleena Esparza, La Habra 11 Infield
Emily Seidel, Village Christian 12 Pitcher
Breezy Bernard, Linfield Christian 12 Infield
Rylee Perez, Indio 11 Infield
Jesslene Contreras, Kaiser 11 Infield
Stacy Carazos, Patriot 10 Outfield
Courtney Hine, San Dimas 12 Outfield
Adrianna Cardoza, La Quinta/Westminster 12 Infield
Loryn Nichols, Calvary Murrieta 11 Infield
Thalia Ortiz, La Quinta/La Quinta 10 Infield
Stephanie Bergmann, Oak Hills 10 Infield
Karina Romero, Palm Springs 12 Infield
Selene Pola, Segerstrom 11 Infield
Mackenzie Hammar, Woodcrest Christian 9 Infield
Kendall Shea, Fullerton 11 Infield
Leanne Garrels, Valley Christian/Cerritos 10 Infield
Sarah Craig, Ocean View 12 Infield
Krystal Gabbard, Kaiser 11 Pitcher/Infield
Jordan Roberts, Dos Pueblos 12 Infield

Player of the Year
– Lauren O’Leary, La Caada (12) Pitcher
Coach of the Year – KC Mathews, La Caada

Jessica Avila, Citrus Hill 11 Pitcher
Courtney Cuzick, Nipomo 10 Pitcher
Michelle Floyd, San Marino 10 Pitcher
Alyssa Fuimaono, Beaumont 11 Pitcher
Veronica Ramirez, Azusa 12 Pitcher
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello 11 Catcher
Shania Hernandez, St. Monica Catholic 12 Infield
Salina Gonzales, South El Monte 12 Infield
Karah Hernandez, Rosemead 10 Infield
Vanessa Cordova, West Valley 12 Infield
Alix Cook, Marlborough 12 Infield
Jayne Tickemyer, Beaumont 12 Infield
Taylor Purdy, Barstow 12 Infield
Emily Sanchez, Schurr 10 Infield
Casey Snooks, Savanna 12 Infield
Melissa Zuniga, Katella 11 Infield
Anna Edwards, La Caada 12 Infield
Tiffany Fox, Savanna 12 Outfield
Brittany Hirose, Mark Keppel 12 Outfield
Denise Gonzalez, Alhambra 11 Utility
Allison Lamb, Morro Bay 10 Utility

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