Viva Las Vegas for Arroyo football, who hope to do well at passing tournament at UNLV

“I’m not staying in Vegas with 25 high school kids; you’re out of your mind. We stop off at state line, take them to a buffet and go home. We knock it out in one day.” Arroyo football coach Jim Singiser on the quick turnaround.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Winning the Bobby Hauck Passing Jamboree at UNLV last year sent the Arroyo High School football team on its way to a 9-2 season. The Knights will be back in Las Vegas this weekend hoping to parlay another big performance in the offseason’s first passing tournament into another strong regular season. Arroyo beat Foothill of Nevada last June to win the passing tournament, which featured a total of 18 teams. This year, the field has swelled to 20, with teams from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado participating. (to continue click thread)

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Charter Oak football hosting youth football coaching clinic, then it’s off to the golf course

By Aram Tolegian
Charter Oak’s coaching staff will host a youth football coaches clinic Saturday at Royal Oak Middle School for coaches who need to get certified. Registration is 8-9 a.m. The annual Charter Oak Football Golf Tournament will be held June 13 at Glendora Country Club. Check-in is 8:30-9 a.m. Visit cocharger football.com for more information, or call 626-915-5841, ext. 529. Walk-ups and singles are welcome. Several NFL players and community leaders will be playing.
Also, former Charter Oak standout Jason David will host his youth football camp June25 at Charter Oak from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. Charter Oak’s varsity coaching staff and football team will host a youth camp July 23 at Charter Oak High. There will be two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon for kids ages 6-10, and 1 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 11-14.
The cost is $20 and includes T-shirt, lunch and certificate. Signups can be done at cochargerfootball.com.

Below: The warm and fuzzy Charter Oak coaching staff …

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Hacienda All-League: Bonita’s Justin Garza unanimous MVP; Bonita’s Courtney Gano and Diamond Bar’s Stephany La Rosa share top honor

Hacienda League
Baseball
Most Valuable Player
: Justin Garza, Pitcher, Bonita, Jr.
First Team
Pitchers: Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar, Sr., Henry Omana, Diamond Bar, Jr., Kyle Peck, Los Altos, Sr., Jacob Chonsky, Walnut, Jr.
Infielders: Robert Mier, Bonita, Sr., Justin Row, Bonita, So., Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Gio Morales, Los Altos, Jr..
Outfielders: Matt Gelalich, Bonita, Sr., K.C. Huth, Bonita, Sr., Josh Viloria, Diamond Bar, Sr., Will Walters, Walnut, Sr.
Catcher: Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Utility: Mark Lindsay, Bonita, Sr.


Above: Courtney Gano, center, celebrating with teammates.
Softball
Most Valuable Players:
Courtney Gano, Bonita, Sr., Stephany La Rosa, Diamond Bar, Sr.
First Team: Bree Sandoval, Bonita, Sr., Aninssa Sanchez, Bonita, Fr., Jazzlyn Costa, Bonita, So., Liz Rubalcava, Diamond Bar, Jr., Brianna Gonzalez, Diamond Bar, So, Alyssa Villapando, Los Altos, Jr., Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, Jr., Lexi Garcia, Los Altos, Jr., Mercedez Cundiff, Rowland, Sr., Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, So., Justine Chavira, Walnut, Sr., Taylor Castro, West Covina, Jr., Dakota Monarrez, West Covina, Sr., Alex Blanco, West Covina, Jr.


Above: Diamond Bar’s Stephany La Rosa celebrates after game-winning homer lifted Brahmas to 1-0 win over West Covina and share of the Hacienda League title.

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Sierra All-League: Chino Hills dominates with Joseph Keller and Nikki Girard taking MVP honors

Sierra League
Baseball
Most Valuable Player
: Joseph Keller, Chino Hills, Jr.
First Team: Keith Cooper, Ayala, Sr., Kory Brown, Charter Oak, Fr., Oscar Montenegro, Charter Oak, Jr. Nathanial Acosta, Sr., Chino Hills; Chris Kriarte, Chino Hills, Jr., Cameron Pongs, Chino Hills, Sr., Kevin Sprague, Chino Hills, Sr., Antonio Gonzales, Damien, Sr., Griffin Lord, Damien, Sr., Adrian DeHorta, South Hills, So., Ty France, South Hills, Jr., Dominique Martinez, South Hills, Sr., Jeff Moran, South Hills, Sr., CJ Saylor, South Hills, Jr.
Above: Chino Hills MVP Joseph Keller celebrating after a home run.

Softball
Most Valuable Player
: Nikki Girard, Chino Hills, Jr.
First Team: Brianna Celaya, Ayala, Jr., Stevie Knapp, Ayala, jr., Sarah Moore, Ayala, Jr., Jennifer Gonzalez, Charter Oak, Sr., Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak, So., Garie Blando, Chino Hills, Jr., Paige Gumz, Chino Hills, Jr., Nikki Innamorato, Chino Hills, Jr., Patricia Parks, Chino Hills, Fr., Faith Song, Claremont, Sr., Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, Jr., Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, Jr., Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, Jr., Sam Nieves, South Hills, Sr., Lexi Robles, South Hills, So., Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, Jr., Kristen Stewart, South Hills, Jr.


Above: Chino Hills’ NIkki Girard gets the force in playoff win over North Torrance.

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Charter Oak’s Rufus and Amat’s Orduno to compete in California/Arizona all-star game

Charter Oak High School receiver Dennis Rufus, who signed with San Jose State, and Bishop Amat offensive lineman Christian Orduno were selected to participate in the inaugural Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Association (SCIFCA) vs. Arizona Football Coaches Association (AZFCA) All-Star Football game on June 25 in Surprise, Ariz.

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Valle Vista All League: San Dimas’ Matt Lee and Courtney Hine earn top honors

Baseball
MVP
: Matt Lee, San Dimas, Sr.
First Team
Pitchers
: Jason Martinez, Covina, Sr., Steven Baltierra, Wilson, Sr., Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park, Jr.
Infielders
Andrew Carillo, Covina, Jr., Matt Munoz, San Dimas, Sr., Brandon Yepiz, San Dimas, Sr., Fernando Gonzalez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Outfielders
Albert Lemus, Nogales, Jr., Bobby Fraijo, San Dimas, Sr., Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr.
Catcher
Nick Hynes, Covina, Jr.
Ryan Dominguez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Utility
Rames Nava, Covina, Sr., Jake Ehret, San Dimas, Sr.


Softball
MVP
: Courtney Hine, San Dimas, Sr.
First Team
Pitchers

Ana Mejia, Northview, Fr.
Elizabeth Celaya, San Dimas, So.
Anita Llevanos, Wilson, Jr.
Infielders
Sarina Jaramillo, Northview, So.
Jazmin Chavez, Northview, Sr.
Molly Ross, Covina, Jr.
Miah Fernandez, Pomona, So.
Aleena Avalos, San Dimas, Sr.
Sarah Moore, San Dimas, Sr.
Outfielders
Mercedes Menchaca, Northview, Sr.
Candice Orozco, Covina, Jr.
Blanca Lopez, Baldwin Park, Sr.
Catcher
Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, Fr.
Utility
Erinn Jaramillo, Northview, So.

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All Del Rey League: Bishop Amat juniors Rio Ruiz and Cassie Padilla named most valuable players

Del Rey League
Baseball
Most Valuable Player:
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, Jr.
First Team
Bishop Amat

Adam Alcantara, OF, So.
Jay Anderson, OF, Sr.
David Berg, P, Sr.
Rio Ruiz, Inf, Jr.
Ryan Serrato, Inf, Sr.
Daniel Zamora, P, Jr.
Bernardo Zavala, C, Sr.
Bishop Montgomery
Andy Burschinger, Inf/P, Jr.
Alex DiGiris, OF/P, Jr.
La Salle
John Auer, Inf, Sr.
Bowdien Derby, P/SS, Jr.
Chris Williams, Inf, Jr.
St. Paul
AJ Gonzalez, P/OF, Sr.
Anthony Ybarra, C, Sr.
Jorge Zepeda, P/Inf, Jr.


Softball
Most Valuable Player:
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Most Valuable Pitcher: Maxine Rodriguez, St. Joseph, So.
First Team
Bishop Amat

Jacki Carlin, C, Sr.
Alma Cortez, OF, Sr.
Alexis Gonzalez, Inf., So.
Cassie Padilla, Inf, Jr.
Natalie Sanchez, P, Sr.
Victoria Saucedo, Inf, So.
La Salle
Sterling Shuster, Inf, So.
St. Joseph
Katie Gripp, Inf, Sr.
Amanda Lara, Inf, So.
Allyson Painter, Inf, Fr.
Maxine Rodriguez, P, So.
St. Paul
Chanele Dresser, OF, Sr., Jasmin Dresser, OF, Jr., Krystal Gutierrez, Inf, Fr., Erica Lespron, Of, Sr.

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Bishop Amat and Damien camps ….

Bishop Amat Girls Basketball Camp
Bishop Amat High School girls basketball coach Richard Wiard is holding his annual Lady Hoopster basketball camp June 20-23 from 1:30-5p.m. daily at Amat. The camp is open to girls entering the fifth through ninth grades. Attendees will receive instruction in basketball fundamentals, a camp T-shirt and the chance to win daily prizes. The cost of the camp is $80. For more information contact Wiard at

Damien lineman camp
The Damien High football team is hosting the All-Pro lineman camp on June 25 at 9 a.m. at Damien. The camp, limited to the first 200 players who sign up, is designed to instruct linemen in pass protection, run blocking, pulling, trapping, downfield blocking and other techniques. The camp also will discuss the importance of nutrition and strength training. The camp includes a lunch and T-shirt and is open to high-school aged players. The cost is $120 per person or $100 per person with a group of five or more. For more information call (714) 348-1423.

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Are you ready for this: Loyola pole vaulter disqualified for cursing, costs Cubs state title

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all, hear this: There have been close to 4,000 comments made on a Yahoo.com story about the decision to disqualify Los Angeles Loyola pole vaulter Evan Barr last weekend at the state track and field championships when he uttered a profanity at the conclusion of a jump. That DQ cost the Cubs a state title. “You can’t be profane in a competitive area,” California state track and field rules interpreter Hal Harkness told the Times’ Eric Sondheimer. “He made an unfortunate lapse in judgment.” I know what you’re all going to say, rules are rules, right? I don’t know if this is justified and without hearing what was said and how he said it, it’s tough to know whether the officials made the right call, but why are the penalties always so severe? Ever heard of a verbal warning?

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Funeral services for Austin Lacy on Saturday

Funeral services for Austin Lacy, a senior at Pasadena High School and standout football player who also played for Bishop Amat his junior year, are scheduled for Saturday. Lacy died in a Maryland medical facility Friday from mesothelioma and complications caused by the cancer.
Funeral services will start at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena. After the service, Lacy will be interred across the street at Mountain View Cemetery, 2400 Fair Oaks Ave. A gathering of friends and family will follow the interment at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, 2020 North Fair Oaks Avenue.

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Covina and Cal State Fullerton’s Tyler Pill drafted in fourth round; Glendora’s John Alexander first area high school player taken in eighth round

Right: Cal State Fullerton’s Tyler Pill during his days with Covina High…

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
A childhood dream became a reality for former Cal State Fullerton teammates Noe Ramirez (Alhambra High) and Tyler Pill (Covina High) when they were selected Tuesday in day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Pill, a right-handed pitcher who also batted No. 3 in the Titans’ lineup, was taken in the fourth round (132nd overall) by the New York Mets. He was ranked 59th in Baseball America’s top 100 college draft prospects list and was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award as the nation’s top player. He went 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA and led the Titans with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 99-19.
Glendora’s big swinging lefty John Alexander was the first area high school player taken, selected in the eighth round by the Tampa Bay Del Rays.
Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews, who is expected to compete at Cal State Fullerton, was selected in the 12th round by the New York Mets and Bonita 6-foot-8 lefty Adam McCreery, who battled back from injury, was taken in the 14th round by the Minnesota Twins. Bishop Amat’s Wallace Gonzalez was taken in the 29th round by the Houston Astros.

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No surprise, Bonita’s Courtney Gano and Diamond Bar’s Stephany La Rosa hit homers and dominate in SGV star game, North wins 21-8

By John Honell, Correspondent
Tuesday’s San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star game would have been perfect for the late Ed Bruyninckx, who enjoyed wide-open games in which everyone got a chance to play and play well. The North scored in every inning but one en route to a 21-8 win over the South.
The game was played to honor the Wilson High School coach who died suddenly last summer. Bruyninckx’s 3-year old grandson Brody Schatzman, accompanied by Bruyninckx’s widow, Joyce, threw out the first pitch. “He would have been thrilled and excited to have this game dedicated to him,” Joyce said, “but he wouldn’t have liked all the attention. He didn’t like drawing attention to himself.”

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Amat’s Rio Ruiz and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor have been selected for AFLAC All-American Classic

By Steve Ramirez
Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor, two of the area’s top baseball players, have been selected to compete in the AFLAC All-American Classic. The announcement was made Monday at Petco Park in San Diego before the Padres-Rockies game. The All-Star game is scheduled for later this summer in San Diego.
Ruiz helped Bishop Amat win the school’s eighth CIF-Southern Section title. He hit a key double in a 5-4 victory over Torrance in last Tuesday’s semifinals and a home run in the Lancers’ 7-0 victory over Palm Desert in the championship game on Friday.
Saylor has been a key cog for South Hills the past two years and helped the Huskies earn a share of the Sierra League title this past season.
Ruiz and Saylor are familiar with each other, having played on youth ball teams since they were 3 years old. They also are members of the San Gabriel Arsenal travel ball team.
Tyler France, Saylor’s teammate at South Hills, is expected to be added to the team later this month.

More highlights from Amat-Palm Desert Division 4 championship, video quality is very good.

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