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).

ALL AREA TRACK AND FIELD
BOYS
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.

GIRLS
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.

SOFTBALL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
: Courtney Gano, Bonita, Sr
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jesse Mendez, Bishop Amat
FIRST TEAM
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.

SECOND TEAM
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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