Aram understands that his first story of spring football should be about the team you talk about and discuss the most, Bishop Amat

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
Most local high school football teams don’t begin spring practice until May 7, but Bishop Amat is entering its second week of spring ball as it prepares for a long summer of competition at several key spots, and of course, the passing competition circuit.

For Amat, the key this spring and summer will be finding replacements for leading passer Rio Ruiz, leading rusher Jalen Moore and leading receiver Adam Sanchez. It’s a tall order for coach Steve Hagerty and his staff, but that doesn’t mean this spring is anymore important than those of the past.

“Every spring we have is important,” Hagerty said. “We’re fighting to get on top and we’re not even close right now. That’s really the thought here: How do we bridge that gap that appears to be widening between us and the Pac-5? So every spring has been really important. We’re trying to get things taught and be able to execute, because that’s how we survive.

“I wouldn’t say it’s more important. I think there’s adequate people to fill those spots. We just need to get them coached up and taught up, but I like what I see so far.”

Hagerty reported there are only three quarterbacks in the program at present. The leader to take over for Ruiz is junior-to-be Koa Haynes, who was pressed into action last year after Ruiz suffered a knee injury.

Sophomore-to-be Anthony Camargo, who is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, piloted Amat’s freshman team to an 8-2 record last year and will have a spot on the varsity roster
this fall.

What exactly Camargo’s role will be still is up in the air, but he could be used at quarterback in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The other quarterback in the program is a sophomore-to-be and looks like he’ll be the starter for the junior varsity.

“Koa is right now ahead of the other two,” Hagerty said. “Camargo is going to special. I don’t know where he pans out, but he can play.”

Dionza Blue, who some thought may have been the team’s feature back two years ago before Moore burst on the scene, finally will be the feature back. The question for Hagerty is how to balance Blue’s time between offense and defense.

“I would think Dionza carrying the ball is probably a lot clearer (than anything else),” Hagerty said. “But he’s also our starting strong safety and he’s one of our best football players on the defensive side of the ball. I don’t know if he’ll exclusively carry the ball, but he looks like he’s really gotten strong and faster. We really like what we’re seeing.”

Amat has 131 players across all grades out for spring practice. Hagerty estimated at least a half-dozen key contributors from last year’s freshman team will earn a spot on the varsity roster.

“I love the feel, the competition and camaraderie,” Hagerty said. “The kids are working real hard and I just like where we are right now.”

Former stars returning to Amat

On Saturday, Amat will host its alumni flag football game as a fundraiser for the school’s alumni scholarship fund.

Past Amat football greats will square off beginning at 2 p.m.

Confirmed for the game are Daylon McCutcheon, Kory Minor, Joey Getherall, Donnie McCleskey and Jonathan Cornell. Hagerty is hopeful some other big names who haven’t fully committed yet also will participate.

Below: Dionza Blue at a Rutgers spring football practice.

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Swimming and Track Finals this week

League finals for swimming and track are this week. Here is what I have so far
SIERRA LEAGUE
Swimming finals Thursday at Mt. SAC, 3 p.m.
Track finals Wednesday at Chino Hills High, 3 p.m.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Swimming finals Friday at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Track finals Thursday at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Swimming finals Friday at Las Flores Park, 3 p.m.
Track Finals Thursday at West Covina High, 3 p.m.

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CIF transfer rule expected to pass

From the L.A. Times: With the Southern Section, Central Section, City Section, San Francisco Section and Sac-Joaquin Section all endorsing a proposal to revise CIF transfer rules, it appears a mere formality that the State Federated Council will approve the revisions at its meeting on Friday in Milpitas. “Based on the what the votes have been at the section level, all indicators show it’s going to pass,” said Roger Blake, set to succeed Marie Ishida as the CIF executive director.

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17th Annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game returns to Mt. SAC on June 4 …. Nominations please

The 17th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game is returning to Mt. San Antonio College, and will be played on June 4 at 7 p.m. Nogales High assistant Don Montanez and Temple City head coach Barry Bacon are in charge of this year’s game.

NOMINATION FORMS:

Attached is the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Nomination Form that coaches need to fill out and submit to Montanez or Bacon to be considered for the game.

All nominations are due by May 14!

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Nominate players for San Gabriel Valley All-Star softball game at Mt. SAC on June 3

The seventh annual San Gabriel Valley Senior Softball All-Star Game is returning to Mt.
San Antonio College. The game will be played on Sunday, June 3 at 6 p.m.
There is a $5 admission and parking is $2. To nominate athletes for consideration email South Hills softball coach and all-star director Scott Fisch at sfisch@cvusd.k12.ca.us The North and the South have 3 wins apiece.

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Trib Wins! Chris Reyes scores 21 to lead Tribune boys to a 105-102 victory over the Star-News

Boys all-star photo gallery

Game Story: Chris Reyes could only watch, with a grimace, as Blake Hamilton sent up an off-balance 25-foot shot at the buzzer.

Recap: Pasadena’s Blake Hamilton scored a game-high 33 points, but he missed a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer, allowing the Tribune to celebrate a 105-102 victory over the Star-News. The Tribune’s Chris Reyes won Tribune MVP honors finishing with a team-high 21 points. South Hills big-man Corey Serna helped bring the Trib back from a seven-point halftime deficit, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the second half. Northview’s Treavon Francis finished with 13 points, Claremont’s Kyle Maloof had 11 and Bonita’s Matt Adamo had 10 to give the Trib five players in double figures. The Star-News leads the overall series with the Tribune, 5-4, but the Tribune has won the past three games to close the gap.

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It’s Miller Time: Star-News girls all-stars ride Pas Poly’s Michelle Miller’s 39 points to 91-81 win over the Tribune …

Girls all-star photo gallery

Game Story: It was a good thing for the Star-News girls team that Pasadena Poly High School’s Michelle Miller worked the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic into her busy schedule on Saturday.

Star-News 91, Tribune 81: Michelle Miller scored 39 points en route to earning Star-News team MVP honors and the Star-News proved stronger down the stretch to up its series lead to 6-3. The game was tied at 74-74 with 5:40, but big 3-pointers by Monrovia’s Gina Henderson and Miller helped the Star-News pull away. Diamond Ranch’s Chelsea Barnes scored 22 points and was named Tribune team MVP.

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Ninth Annual Tribune/Star News All-Star Basketball Classic tonight at Damien High School

9th ANNUAL STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR GAME
Tonight at Damien High
Girls game, 4 p.m.; Boys game, 6 p.m.

LAST YEAR
Boys: Tribune 98, Star-News 87, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Tribune 80, Star-News 69, Star-News leads series, 5-3.


Above: Northview’s Treavon Francis could have a big night for the Trib

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Exactly which side of the Valley has the best prep basketball talent will be decided tonight at Damien High School when the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic conducts its ninth renewal.

Tipoff for the girls game is at 4 p.m. The boys game will follow, at approximately 6 p.m.

A revenge setting is what the Star-News boys and girls teams find themselves in after the Tribune produced a clean sweep of the event last year. However, the Star-News still holds the lead in both series with identical 5-3 records.

“We’ll win this year,” Star-News coach Tim Tucker said. “We’re more prepared. Practice is more intense.”

If things are going to change this year in the boys game, the Star-News will need to find answer for the Tribune’s sizable front court tandem of Damien’s 6-foot-7 Chris Reyes and South Hills’ 6-9 Korey Serna.

Adding to the Tribune’s prowess are All-Area standouts Garrett Horine of Bonita and Treavon Francis of Northview.

The Star-News team will be no slouch and with Pasadena’s Tim Tucker as coach, there’s no doubt the all-stars from the west will be playing to win. Tucker has plenty of talent to work with, led by the Pasadena duo of Blake Hamilton and John Haywood. Muir’s Dion Nelson is another weapon at Tucker’s disposal, and there’s no doubt the game has special meaning to Nelson after Muir’s season was cut short right before the playoffs due to an illegal transfer.

“When I start to really think about it it hurts a little bit,” Nelson said of his year being cut short. “When I reminisce how good we were, it actually stings a little bit. I got over it. It was just fun to come back and play again.”

The Tribune coaching tandem of Covina’s Will Bissman and Wilson’s Jason Rochwerg know that despite their size edge inside, being able to handle Pasadena’s quickness and defensive pressure may very well be the key to victory.

“We just think they’re going to be very athletic and we know Tucker is going to coach them up to try and win the game,” Bissman said. “That’s all we expect from them. We’re definitely mentioning to the kids that the Star-News is up 5-3 in the series and how we want them to end their careers by shortening that lead.”

In the girls game, fans will be treated to a battle of two of the CIF-Southern Section’s top scorers in Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller and Workman’s Evelyn Herrera. Miller averaged 32.5 points per game this season. Herrera averaged 26.7.

As good as Miller and Herrera are, the talent runs much deeper on both rosters. The Tribune team boasts the Diamond Ranch duo of Chelsea Barnes and Tyvette White. Bonita’s Brianna Kennedy, a 6-foot-3 center, will play next season at Loyola Marymount. Bishop Amat’s Kaysee Tayag and Covina’s Ashli Baddorf give Tribune coach Nick Masi even more scoring options.

“We’re trying to score 100 points in this game,” Masi said. “I think our guard play is the strength of this team. We’re going to be trying to get up and down the court.”

The Star-News appears up to the challenge of a shootout. In addition to Miller, the team has another dynamic scorer in Monrovia’s Gina Henderson.

The Star-News will be coached by Keppel’s Hon Trieu and Poly’s Kim Weber.

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Softball: Bonita’s Sanchez steady in 6-2 win over West Covina; Next up, Los Altos on Tuesday


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By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps

Bonita is usually one of those high school softball teams that bursts out of the gate.

But adjusting to life after departed seniors Courtney Gano and Breeanna Sandoval
created some growing pains for the young Bearcats.

The player that needed to step-up the most and regain some of that swagger was sophomore pitcher Anissa Sanchez, and she was all that for Bonita in a 6-2 win over West Covina on Friday to keep the Bearcats’ bid for a third straight league title in check.

After Sanchez gave up two runs in the first inning she was steady the rest of the way. She gave up five hits, but never more than one in any inning — no easy task against the hard-swinging Bulldogs.

“What’s so hard is I’ve turned over the reigns of pitch-calling to them (Sanchez and catcher Michelle Whitt),” Bonita coach Ken Carlson said. “I’m letting them manage their games and they’re doing a good job.

“I’m freaking out in the dugout while it’s going on, but I have to give Anissa a lot of credit. She’s battling every inch of the way and doing a great job for us.”
Bonita (14-6, 7-1) moved into a first-place tie in the Hacienda League with Los Altos (15-6, 7-1) while dropping West Covina (12-8, 7-2) a half-game behind. (To continue click thread).

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Softball: Charter Oak drops South Hills, 5-1

Sophomore pitcher Brooke Clemetson gave her Charter Oak High School softball team the inside track for the third CIF-Southern Section playoff spot from the Sierra League with a 5-1 win over South Hills on Friday.

The win gave the Chargers (12-7, 3-3) a sweep of the season series and broke a third-place tie with the Huskies (15-8, 2-4).

Clemetson struck out eight, including the final four batters, to earn her ninth win of the season.

“I was hitting my spots pretty good today,” she said. “Even when I missed, my defense was really on.”

The Chargers scored first, getting an unearned run when the normally solid Huskies defense committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the third inning.

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La Salle beats Bishop Amat again, 3-2

The baseball fiefdom of the Del Rey League is controlled by a new group of Lancers.

La Salle High School handed Bishop Amat its second consecutive defeat on Friday, scoring a 3-2 victory at Citrus College.

“To beat them again is so huge,” La Salle’s Bowdien Derby said. “I feel like a king now. Everyone knows we took down the league champs.”

The La Salle Lancers, who had never beaten the Bishop Amat Lancers in a league game until this week, now control the Del Rey, although technically they are still half a game behind Bishop Amat.

“We’re not done,” La Salle coach Harry Agajanian said. “We still have some work to be done. We still have to play with composure.”

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Today’s Big Games: Could Amat get swept by La Salle? Covina-San Dimas battle again; Bonita-West Covina softball for first in Hacienda

Baseball
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat (15-8, 9-1) vs. La Salle (14-6-1, 6-1) at Citrus College, 3:15 p.m.

Hacienda League
Bonita (21-1) at West Covina (8-11-1, 5-3), 3:30 p.m.

Sierra League
Chino Hills (11-9, 5-5) at Damien (10-7-1, 5-4-1), 3:30 p.m.

Valle Vista League
San Dimas (13-7, 6-2) at Covina (12-6, 5-2), 3:30 p.m.

Softball
Hacienda League
Bonita (13-6, 6-1) at West Covina (12-7, 7-1), 3:30 p.m.

Sierra League
South Hills (15-7, 2-3) at Charter Oak (11-7, 2-3), 3:30 p.m.

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Bonita’s Horine ready to leave last impression in Saturday’s Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic

9th ANNUAL STAR-NEWS/TRIBUNE ALL-STAR GAME
Saturday, April 28 at Damien High
Girls game, 4 p.m.; Boys game, 6 p.m.

LAST YEAR
Boys: Tribune 98, Star-News 87, Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Tribune 80, Star-News 69, Star-News leads series, 5-3.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic on Saturday will hold special meaning for Bonita High School’s Garrett Horine.

As a two-sport standout in football and basketball, Horine had to make the difficult decision most athletes in his position face as their careers move to the next level. Basketball or football?

For Horine, it will be football next fall at Mt. San Antonio College.

That makes Saturday’s game his last in a basketball uniform.

“I’ve got to make it big and go out big,” Horine said of Saturday’s game.

It may be hard to understand how a player who was named Hacienda League MVP after leading his team to an undefeated run in league would be willing to quit basketball in favor of football. A quick look at Horine’s 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame tells you why. Plus, he can be the trendsetter in a family steeped with stardom in both basketball and baseball.

Horine’s sister Carly was Bonita’s all-time leading scorer in girls basketball until cousin Madison Zylstra broke her record last season.

Madison Zylstra is the little sister of Brock Zylstra, who was the 2005 Tribune Player of the Year before going on to play at BYU. Then, there’s the Pill side of the family, which has produced several baseball standouts, including current major leaguer Brett Pill of the San Francisco Giants.

“Everyone always talks about our family and how we’re all athletic,” Horine said. “I’m proud of it.”

Horine wasn’t expected to be this good in basketball. Last fall, he earned Hacienda League Defensive MVP honors as a safety for the Bearcats football team. Once Bonita was eliminated from the playoffs, Horine turned his focus to basketball, where he was the only returning starter from a Bonita team that swept the Hacienda League and made a deep run in the playoffs in 2011. All Horine did was go out and average 12.5 points per game, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals per game en route to being named the league’s top player. (To continue click thread)l

TRIBUNE BOYS TEAM
Coach: Will Bissman, Covina
Coach: Jason Rochwerg, Wilson
Players
Chris Reyes, Damien
Wesley Burke, Glendora
Treavon Francis, Northview
Kyle Maloof, Claremont
Derrick Mar, Rowland
Garrett Horine, Bonita
Taylor Olvera, Bishop Amat
Brandon Croom, Walnut
Vance Valencia, Los Altos
Corey Serna, South Hills
Nino Harrell, Covina
Bryce Kato, Wilson
Jordan Blackburn, Azusa
Ryan Del Rosario, Wilson
Matt Adamo, Bonita
Edgardo Campos, Covina

TRIBUNE GIRLS TEAM
Coach: Nick Masi, Covina
Players
Ashli Baddorf, Covina
Marissa Clark, Covina
Kaysee Tayag, Bishop Amat
Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch
Tyvette White, Diamond Rach
Brianna Kennedy, Bonita
Taylor Jackson, San Dimas
Jaimie Hou, Wilson
Savannah Selby, St. Lucys
Evelyn Herrera, Workman
Natalie Iam, West Covina
Merrissa Suarez, Charter Oak
Alice Lao, Rowland
Yasmine Wilson, Duarte
Michelle Trieu, Arroyo
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Northview’s Bryan Salinas and Bobby Bellamy sweep top Tribune All-Area Wrestling awards

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Nothing the Northview High School wrestling team does should surprise anyone.

The Vikings have been among the top wrestling programs in Southern California for a long time, but the 2011-12 campaign might have been the most special.

Led by 145-pound sophomore Bryan Salinas, the Vikings won a Southern California triple crown of sorts for the third time in history – winning a CIF-Southern Section duals title, a CIF-SS Southern Division individual team title and Masters title.

But for the first time in its history, the Vikings crowned six CIF-SS individual champions and sent 11 of a possible 14 qualifiers to Masters, a big reason why Northview coach Bobby Bellamy has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune coach of the year.

Bellamy, who along with wrestling director David Ochoa, earned the school’s 14th CIF individual team title to go with its third Masters title.

“It was a unique year, it was special,” Bellamy said. “We’ve had some successful teams but this one really embodied the team concept. Salinas was the best wrestler, but he didn’t carry himself that way. That attitude allowed everyone to think of the team and root for each other.”

Salinas, who won the Valle Vista League title, Southern Division title, finished second at Masters and fourth at the state championships, was the area’s best of the best to earn the San Gabriel Valley Tribune wrestler of the year award.

Salinas capped his season by competing at the high school national championships and winning the national title in the sophomore division.

“I don’t want to say he’s special, not sure that describes enough of his intangibles,” Bellamy said of Salinas. “In big matches he’s so composed. The big moment brings out the best in him. He’s like a silent assassin. He’s not arrogant or flamboyant, he’s very humble and works for everything he gets.

“He will certainly have the chance to go down as one of our all-time best when his career is finished. As it stands now, he’s the best 145-pound sophomore in the country.”

Not surprising, Salinas is one of seven Vikings wrestlers named to the Tribune all-area wrestling team.

Vikings Sophomore Vincent Parra (108), senior Carlos Garcia (126) and junior Daniel Valles (138) all won Southern Division individual titles.

Vikings junior Steven Lopez (160) placed second, junior Anthony Orozco (195) third and senior Nick Auxier (285) was fifth at the Southern Divisional finals to make the all-area team. Parra and Valles also placed third at Masters, and Lopez placed eighth.

Chino Hills senior Christian Martin (113), Bonita senior Christian Reza (120), Walnut junior Michael Sill (132), South Hills senior Trevor Behr (152), West Covina junior Brad Ojala (170), Chino Hills senior Brody Goens (182) and Charter Oak senior Brandon Arrieta (220) comprised the rest of the 14-wrestler all-area team by showing they were the best in their respective weight classes.

Martin had a fantastic season for Chino Hills. He won the Northern Division title, Masters title and finished seventh at the state finals.

Sill won the 132-pound Southern Division title and was fourth at Masters. South Hills’ Behr was second at the Northern Division finals and fourth at Masters at 152.

West Covina’s Ojala was second at 170 pounds at the Southern Division finals and was fifth at Masters.

Chino Hills’ Goens finished a spectacular season at 182 pounds. Goens won the Northern Division title, was sixth at Masters and finished fifth at state.

Charter Oak’s Arrieta was third at 220-pounds at the Northern Division finals and Reza, the Hacienda league champion at 120-pounds for Bonita, finished sixth at the Southern Division finals.

TRIBUNE ALL-AREA WRESTLING
Wrestler of the Year: Bryan Salinas, Northview, So.
Coach of the Year: Bobby Bellamy, Northview
First Team
106: Vincent Parra, Northview, So.
113: Christian Martin, Chino Hills, Sr.
120: Christian Reza, Bonita, Sr.
126: Carlos Garcia, Northview, Sr.
132: Michael Sill, Walnut, Jr.
138: Daniel Valles, Northview, Jr.
145: Bryan Salinas, Northview, So.
152: Trevor Behr, South Hills, Sr.
160: Steven Lopez, Northview, Jr.
170: Brad Ojala, West Covina, Jr.
182: Brody Goens, Chino Hills, Sr
195: Anthony Orozco, Northview, Jr.
220: Brandon Arrieta, Charter Oak, Sr.
285: Nick Auxier, Northview, Sr.

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Is this the end of La Verne Lutheran’s run in boys basketball? Coach Eric Cooper and his son, Eric Cooper Jr., going to St. Anthony’s in Long Beach

After two state championships and a CIF-Southern Section title, La Verne Lutheran head coach Eric Cooper is leaving to become the head coach at St. Anthony’s in Long Beach. Lutheran nearly won its second divisional title under Cooper a couple months back, but came up short in the final against Serra. Cooper’s son, Eric Cooper Jr., is leaving Lutheran to join his dad at St. Anthony’s for his senior year. Cooper Jr., is already committed to the University of Arizona, where Trojans senior Grant Jerrett, a McDonalds All-American, will be next season.

La Verne Lutheran was 7-12 and a virtually non-existent sports school when Cooper took over the team in 2007. In five years in charge, the Trojans won 24 or more games in every season, were 132-30 overall, and were amongst the best high school basketball teams in California

“The opportunity to go back to the area where I grew up was part of the decision and I look at it as another challenge,” Cooper said. “I had a great time at Lutheran, and hopefully my associate head coach, Brandon Lee, will take over and Lutheran will keep it rolling. But I’m not sure what he wants to do.”

St. Anthony’s was 17-10 this past season and lost in the second round of the divisional playoffs.

If Lee doesn’t take over, don’t be surprised if a few talented Lutheran players transfer out, especially with the new 30-day sit-out period for transfers expected to pass the state level. Lutheran’s Brian Beard, Craig Bond and Tide Osifeso will be juniors next year and perhaps the best leftover of all, 6-foot-6 McKay Anderson, will be a senior.

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Ninth annual Tribune/Star-News boys/girls All-Star Classic takes shape for Saturday night at Damien High School

The ninth annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls senior all-star game will be held at Damien High School on Saturday. The girls game is at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6. There will be a 3-point contest for the boys and girls teams. Wilson’s coach Jason Rochwerg and Covina’s Will Bissman will coach the boys and Covina’s Nick Masi will coach the girls.

All-Time Series
Boys: Star-News leads series, 5-3.
Girls: Star-News leads series, 5-3.

Star-News team update: From half-court passes and no-look passes to crisp, deep three-pointers, Monrovia High School’s Gina Henderson showed during Wednesday’s practice with the Star-News All-Stars why it’s ready to extend its lead over the Tribune All-Stars.

TRIBUNE TEAM UPDATE:
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT
One thing was abundantly clear when the Tribune All-Star boys basketball team held its first practice Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s 9th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic – size will not be an issue.

Anchored down low by 6-foot-7 Damien High School forward Chris Reyes and 6-foot-9 South Hillls center Korey Serna, the Tribune figures to be quite a load for the Star-News to handle.

The question Saturday night is whether the Tribune can get any guard play to compliment the size edge. The answer depends on whether a solid group that includes several sharpshooters will be on fire Saturday night. The game is at Damien at 6 p.m. The girls game is 4 p.m.

“Having those big guys down low will definitely be an advantage for our shooters,” said Wilson coach Jason Rochwerg, who will partner with Covina’s Will Bissman to coach the team. “I always believe that basketball should be played inside out.”

If the first practice was any indicator, the Tribune’s outside game should be there on Saturday night. During Tuesday’s scrimmage multiple guards sank 3-pointers, giving both Rochwerg and Bissman confidence to let their team fire at will.

“We were trying to just let these kids get out and scrimmage a little bit and try to teach them a real simple transition offense, and boy, these kids can shoot,” Rochwerg said. “We didn’t have too many misses from outside.

“All of these kids can pretty much fill it.”

Roster changes

Because of prior commitments and other reasons, the Tribune team had to make several roster adjustments. Added to the team are Azusa’s Jordan Blackburn, Wilson’s Ryan Del Rosario, Bonita’s Matt Adamo and Covina’s Edgardo Campos. Glendora’s Kyle Gordon and Damien’s Clayton White will not play due to a prior commitment in Las Vegas. Workman guard Ricardo Soto has moved back to Mexico.

3-point contest participants set

Representing the Tribune team in the 3-point shooting contest at halftime of the boys game will be Los Altos’ Vance Valencia, Covina’s Nino Harrell and Glendora’s Wesley Burke. The Tribune girls team will be represented by San Dimas’ Taylor Jackson, St. Lucy’s Savannah Selby and Bishop Amat’s Kaysee Tayag.

TRIBUNE BOYS TEAM
Coach: Will Bissman, Covina
Coach: Jason Rochwerg, Wilson
Players
Chris Reyes, Damien
Wesley Burke, Glendora
Treavon Francis, Northview
Kyle Maloof, Claremont
Derrick Mar, Rowland
Garrett Horine, Bonita
Taylor Olvera, Bishop Amat
Brandon Croom, Walnut
Vance Valencia, Los Altos
Corey Serna, South Hills
Nino Harrell, Covina
Bryce Kato, Wilson
Jordan Blackburn, Azusa
Ryan Del Rosario, Wilson
Matt Adamo, Bonita
Edgardo Campos, Covina

TRIBUNE GIRLS TEAM
Coach: Nick Masi, Covina
Players
Ashli Baddorf, Covina
Marissa Clark, Covina
Kaysee Tayag, Bishop Amat
Chelsea Barnes, Diamond Ranch
Tyvette White, Diamond Rach
Brianna Kennedy, Bonita
Taylor Jackson, San Dimas
Jaimie Hou, Wilson
Savannah Selby, St. Lucys
Evelyn Herrera, Workman
Natalie Iam, West Covina
Merrissa Suarez, Charter Oak
Alice Lao, Rowland
Yasmine Wilson, Duarte
Michelle Trieu, Arroyo

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Baseball: South Hills 10, Ayala 1

South HIlls scored five runs in the first and three in the second on its way to a 10-1 victory over Ayala. The Huskies’ Mike Dlugos was 3-for-3, scored two runs, stole two bases and Ty France had a hit and three RBIs.
Pitcher Mark Segovia finished the game after taking over in the fourth and throwing four shutout innings to preserve the win. South Hills improved to 13-6 and is first in the Sierra League with a 7-3 mark.

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Breaking News: 30-day sit-out rule for transfers passes by ONE vote, 41-40, at CIF-Southern Section vote this morning … Watch PrepXtra Replay with CIF spokesperson Thom Simmons, Aram, Steve and I discussing today’s events

Story: One vote.

That was the margin by which the CIF-Southern Section Council approved one in a series of transfer proposals for high school athletes that figures to change the complexion of prep sports for the foreseeable future.

The most controversial proposal, loosely referred to as the “30-day sit-out rule,” passed 41-40. If it is approved at the state level, the rule would force athletes who change schools without changing their address to sit out 30 days before gaining eligibility.


BREAKING NEWS: Aram tweeted that the 30-day, sit-out transfer rule was voted in at the CIF-Southern Section meeting this morning, passing by ONE VOTE, 41-40. The proposal still has to pass at the state level during other section votes for it to go into effect for the 2012-13 season, but passing the Southern Section is a huge step. We will have more later. You can follow Aram on Twitter @ChemicalAT

What’s at stake in this morning’s preview: The complexion of the CIF-Southern Section’s transfer policy on high school athletes is set to get a major makeover today.

Representatives from the 86 leagues that comprise the Southern Section will vote on a proposal that will dramatically revise the rules for transfers in all varsity sports. The new transfer rule proposals will be the headliner of what should be the most anticipated Southern Section council meeting in recent history.

It begins at 9 a.m. at The Grand in Long Beach.

Below: Players like Kurt Scoby, who transferred from Charter Oak to Duarte earlier this month, could be eligible to play by Oct. 1 under the new 30-day sit-out rule passed at the Southern Section meeting this morning. Scoby could be eligible sooner with a valid change of address or hardship, but his worst-case scenario under the new proposal is that he and other players in his situation will not be forced to sit a whole season.

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Girls All-Area Water Polo: Bonita’s Ambyr Stewart and coach Andy Rosenberg take top honors

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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Who knows what life will be like without Ambyr Stewart for the Bonita High School girls water polo team.

But one thing is certain, with Stewart the Bearcats were a force to be reckoned with the past four years, winning a CIF-Southern Section title her freshman year, advancing to the quarters her sophomore season and finishing with back-to-back title-match appearances as a junior and senior.

The ending wasn’t what Stewart was hoping for, but she enjoyed the journey.

Bonita gave up a goal with 1.77 seconds left in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game and lost for the second straight year in the final to Temescal Canyon, 12-11.

But for Stewart – who was named the Hacienda League MVP, Division 5 MVP and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year after amassing 109 goals for the season and scoring six in the title game – it was all a great ride. (To continue click thread)

2012 TRIBUNE GIRLS WATER POLO ALL-AREA
Player of the Year: Ambyr Stewart, Bonita, Sr.
Coach of the Year: Andy Rosenberg: Bonita
FIRST TEAM
Mia Rycraw, Walnut, Jr.
Stephanie Contreras, Los Altos, Jr.
Cambria Shockley, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Hanna Lancaster, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Natalie Rivas, Bonita, So.
Emily Randall, Bonita, Sr.
Megan Snow, Bonita, Sr.
SECOND TEAM
Erin McCarthy, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Maddie Moran, Charter Oak, Sr.
Rachel Stock, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Catie Tuning, Los Altos, Sr.
Erica Venegas, Los Altos, Jr.
Kristen Swafford, Walnut Sr.
Mandy Darafeer, Charter Oak, Sr

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