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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La Salle beats Bishop Amat for the first time in history, 7-6, giving the five-time league champs their second league loss since 2007

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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When La Salle High School’s Bowdien Derby struckout Andrew Medina to end the game with Bishop Amat’s tying and game-winning runners in scoring position, La Salle coach Harry Agajanian’s face was a picture of relief.

La Salle overcame a five-run deficit to beat Bishop Amat 7-6 for its fist win over Amat in school history.

Agajanian made the risky decision of starting junior pitcher Austin Wallis instead of his senior ace Derby, especially with Amat sending out ace lefty Daniel Zamora
But it paid off.

With the exception of giving up five runs in the second inning, Wallis was solid while La Salle battled back before giving way to Derby to close it out by getting the final two outs in the seventh.

“I thought throwing Wallis we could get them off balance,” Agajanian said. “They’re a good fastball hitting team and Derby is a good fastball pitcher. That’s why we thought we would mix it up a little and throw Austin at them. He has a pretty live fastball too. It’s not 90, but he’s got some good off-speed that keeps you off balance. I think it worked.”

Since Amat entered the Del Rey League in 2007 it has won five straight league titles so impressively that that Tuesday’s loss was just its second loss in more than 70 league games since ’07. (To continue click thread)

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Former Glendora standout and CIF champion Adam Plutko of UCLA named to USA national team today

UCLA sophomore right-hander Adam Plutko has been named to the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Roster, as announced Tuesday afternoon by USA Baseball.

Plutko, a 6-foot-3 product from Upland, Calif., has gone 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in a team-leading 63.1 innings for the Bruins this season.

“I am honored to be selected as one of the collegiate players who will represent the United States this summer,” Plutko said. “This has been one of my dreams for a long time, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”

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Rosters and coach selections for the annual Tribune/Star-News all-star boys and girls basketball all-star game at Damien High on Saturday

What: Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When: Saturday, Apr. 28
Where: Damien HS
Time: Girls game at 4 p.m., boys game at 6 p.m.

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT

Rosters are set for the ninth annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic for area high school boys and girls basketball standouts. And if the assembled talent is any indicator, the Tribune team looks like a good bet to pull off a sweep of both games for the second consecutive year.

The game will be played on Saturday, April 28 at Damien High. The girls game is at

4 p.m. and the boys play at 6. There will be a 3-point shooting contest at halftime of each game.

Leading the way for the Tribune boys team is 6-foot-7

St. Mary’s-bound standout Chris Reyes of Damien. Reyes averaged 16 points per game and 11 rebounds this past season and will be joined on the Tribune roster by teammate Clayton White.

Tribune All-Area selections Treavon Francis (Northview), Garrett Horine (Bonita) and Kyle Gordon (Glendora) also are on the roster and will offer the coaching tandem of Covina’s Will Bissman and Wilson’s Jason Rochwerg plenty of scoring options.

As loaded as the Tribune boys team appears, it had better be on its game because the Star-News team has put together a dynamic roster that will be coached Pasadena coach Tim Tucker, who knows a thing about All-Star game success and always takes the event seriously.

Tucker’s Star-News team is led by the Pasadena duo of Blake Hamilton and John Haywood. Muir’s Dion Nelson also figures to be a force.

The Tribune boys team will practice twice next week on Tuesday and Thursday at Covina High at 7:30 p.m. The workouts are open to the public.

The Tribune girls team will have to wait two years to have Player of the Year Nikki Wheatley on the roster, but that doesn’t mean this year’s group isn’t loaded.

Diamond Ranch leading scorer Chelsea Barnes, Workman’s Evelyn Herrera and Covina’s Ashli Baddorf, all first-team All-Area selections, headline the Tribune roster.

They will be joined by Bonita center Brianna Kennedy and Bishop Amat sharpshooter Kaysee Tayag. Covina’s Marissa Clark also is on the team and adds depth to what should be a stellar backcourt.

The Tribune girls team will have to be ready to play some defense because Pasadena Poly standout Michelle Miller is fully capable of taking the game over. Miller, who finished her prep career as the second-leading scorer in CIF-Southern Section history, averaged 32.5 points per game and will play at Princeton next year.

The Tribune girls team is coached by Covina’s Nick Masi, who led the Colts’ girls team to one of the finest seasons in school history.

BOYS
Coach: Will Bissman, Covina
Coach: Jason Rochwerg, Wilson
Players
Chris Reyes, Damien
Clayton White, Damien
Kyle Gordon, Glendora
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
Ricardo Soto, Workman
Corey Serna, South Hills
Nino Harrell, Covina
Bryce Kato, Wilson

GIRLS
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
Estrella Rivera, Sierra Vista
Merrissa Suarez, Charter Oak
Alice Lao, Rowland
Yasmine Wilson, Duarte
Michelle Trieu, Arroyo

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Big vote on athletic transfer rule on Wednesday .. Are you for or against 30-day sit-out period?

The CIF-Southern Section’s league representatives that make up the ten sections of CIF will vote on Wednesday to either approve a new transfer rule that would require a 30-day sit-out period for all transfers, or keep the current rule in place intended to curb “athletically motivated” transfers.
Athletes that transfer under the current rule must sit out a full calendar year unless showing they have a legitimate change of address and that the transfer was not whole or in part for athletic reasons. Athletes can also file a hardship waiver, rules that are in place to stop athletes from transferring for sports-related reasons. If the 30-day sit-out proposal is adopted, it will go into effect for the 2012-13 season. Under the proposed 30-day sit-out rule, athletes that transfer over the summer or prior to their sports season would be eligible Oct. 1 for fall sports, Dec. 31 for winter sports and April 1 for spring sports.

Click to read more important information from CIF commissioner Rob Wigod on the proposed rule changes.

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