The 6-foot-2 junior linebacker and receiver for La Habra last year had 14 receptions for 165 yards. With the departure of WR Jamie Canada, Parham gives the Huskies another playmaker …
I never heard of Long Island’s Stony Brook until Bishop Amat’s Brandon McNitt landed there a couple years ago and most recently, Bishop Amat pitcher Daniel Zamora signed on to play for the Seawolves next season. On Friday, you’ve got a San Gabriel Valley special with Stony Brook facing UCLA in the opening game of the College World Series at 2 p.m. UCLA has SGV standouts Adam Plutko (Glendora), David Berg (Bishop Amat), Jeff Gelalich (Bonita), Cody Regis (Glendora) and Jake Ehret (San Dimas). Could we get a McNitt vs. Plutko showdown? Listen Orange County, I’ll say it again, when it comes to baseball, the San Gabriel Valley takes a backseat to nobody.
Most Valuable Player: Justin Garza, Bonita, Sr.
Utility: Tyler Heslop, Bonita, Sr.
Catcher: Steven Camberos, Los Altos, 12
Infielders: Zeph Walters, Diamond Bar, Jr., Joe Munoz, Los Altos, Sr., Thomas Castro, Bonita, Sr., Justin Row, Bonita, Jr., Tommy Delgadillo, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Outfielders: Ernie Rivera, West Covina, Sr., Austin Szulczewski, Diamond Bar, Jr., Joey Franco, Los Altos, Jr., Nolan Henley, Bonita, Sr.
Pitchers: Henry Omana, Diamond Bar, Sr., Parker Merritt, Bonita, Jr., Christian Dorado, West Covina, Jr., Jayson DeLaPena, Los Altos, Sr.
Utility: Taylor Cavazos, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Catcher: Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Infielders: Anthony Gonzalez, Bonita, Sr., Giovanni Morales, Los Altos, Sr., Caleb Romo, Walnut, Sr., Hunter Davis, Rowland, Sr., D.J. Larios, West Covina, Sr., Outfielders: Nolan Luzzi, Diamond Bar, So., James Mendez, Los Altos, So., Connor Dryden, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Aaron Salgado, West Covina, Jr.
Pitchers: David Garcia, West Covina, Sr., Sam Stavang, Bonita, Jr., Sergio Flores, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Edgar Jimenez, Rowland, Sr.
Most Valuable Player: Alyssa Villalpando, Los Altos, Sr.
Anissa Sanchez, Bonita, So., Corrina Liscano, Bonita, Jr., Rebecca Orozco, Bonita, Jr., Jazzlyn Costa, Bonita, Jr., Dani Wilson, Diamond Bar, Jr., Shannon Skrzynski, Diamond Bar, So, Alana Orona, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, Sr., Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, Sr., Dana Chavez, Los Altos, Jr., Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, Jr., Elaine Brown, Walnut, Sr., Alexis Gonzalez, West Covina, So, Summer Knight, West Covina, Sr., Tayler Castro, West Covina, Sr.
Michelle Whitt, Bonita, Jr., Chloe Malanson, Bonita, Fr., Liza Liddell, Bonita, Jr., Brianna Gonzalez, Diamond Bar, Jr., Lix Rubalcava, Diamond Bar, Sr., Cassidy Morton, Diamond Ranch, So., Trisa Bures, Diamond Ranch, Jr., Celeste Wood, Los Altos, Fr., Berlyne Delamora, Los Altos, Fr., Lexi Garcia, Los Altos, Sr., Angela Gonzales, Rowland, Sr., Sarah Romo, Walnut, So., Tea Parker, Wanut, Jr., Stefanie Jiminez, West Covina, Jr., Alex Blanco, West Covina, Sr.
We had several players in for all-area pictures last week, but with school out and some calls not returned, if you know the following athletes and how to get in touch with them, pass on my email so I can deliver the news and get them photographed. FRED.ROBLEDO@SGVN.COM
Athletes we need to get in touch with
Damien’s Logan Tracey, Jarrett Gonzales
Diamond Bar’s Sean Kao
Walnut’s Derek Kao, Christina Vu
Ayala’s Cori Casper
Bonita’s Toure McCully, Nikki Wheatley, Thomas Castro
Valle Vista League
Most Valuable Player: Erik Gonzales
Pitchers: Niko Cataneda (Northview), Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park), Caleb Rudusky (Nogales), Landon Moore (San Dimas).
Infielders: Adrian Guzman (Nogales), Eddie Gutierrez (Baldwin Park), Anthony Moreno (Covina), Alec Montanez (San Dimas).
Outfielders: Shawn Kennedy (San Dimas), Vinny Venegas (Covina), Albert Lemus (Nogales), Jake Grijalva (Northview).
Catchers: Gabe Rojo (Northview), Jimmy Lambert (San Dimas).
Utility: Nick Hynes (Covina).
Pitchers: Joe Wills (Covina)
Infielders: Michael Carlos (Northview), Anthony Guardado (Nogales), Craig Boyett (Wilson), Andrew Carrillo (Covina), Ethan Shultz (San Dimas).
Outfielders: Robert Velasquez (Baldwin Park), Andrew Espinosa (San Dimas), NIck Simons (Covina).
Most Valuable Player: Janell Wheaton (San Dimas)
Pitchers: Ana Mejia (Northview), Elizabeth Celaya (San Dimas)
Infielders: Molly Ross (Covina), Megan Troutman (Covina), Erinn Jaramillo (Northview), Sarina Jaramillo (Northview), Suzie Ortega (Northview), Ashley Vinsonhaler (San Dimas), Brianna Quintana (San Dimas)
Outfielders: Candice Orozco (Covina), Jocelyn Marquez (Northview), Ashley Gauthier (San Dimas), Karissa Conner (San Dimas).
Catcher: Marissa Recillas (Nogales), Tillie Ramirez (Wilson).
Utility: Kaili Now (San Dimas).
Pitchers: Princess Nava (Covina), Anita Lievanos (Wilson)
Infielders: Cindy Vargas (Baldwin Park), Amanda Matthews (Covina), Armida Ordorica (Nogales), Briana Vasquez (Nogales), Julia Lupericio (San Dimas), Renelle Calderon (Wilson).
Outfield: Brianna Trejo (Baldwin Park), Taylor Provenzano (Covina), Taylor Jaurique (Wilson).
Catchers: Melina Martinez (Covina), Emily Lewison (Northview).
Utility: Serena Meehan (Wilson).
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
UCLA freshman pitcher David Berg turned an experiment at Bishop Amat into a dream ride that he hasn’t fully come to grips with.
How many high school middle relievers could walk on at UCLA and have the instant impact that Berg has had for the nation’s second-ranked Bruins?
UCLA (45-14) is set to begin its best-of-three Super Regional series against Texas Christian (40-20) tonight at 6 on ESPN. Game 2 is Saturday and Game 3 (if necessary) on Sunday. All games are at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium with the winner earning a berth to the College World Series in Omaha.
“I get chills just thinking about it,” Berg said. “Every kid has this dream. But the way it’s happened for me is difficult to put into words.
“All I wanted was to become the best high school pitcher I could, but somehow the horizon keeps extending for me. It’s surreal.”
Like at Bishop Amat, the blonde-haired Berg has become UCLA’s middle-relieving phenomenon.
Berg has made a Pac-12 record-setting 45 appearances for UCLA and Wednesday was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team. He is only six appearances shy of tying the NCAA’s single-season record of 51 appearances set by Florida’s Conner Falkenbach in 2005.
Berg, one of only two freshmen named to the Pac-12 all-conference team, is 5-3 with a 1.71 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.
Kind of amazing when you consider that just a couple years ago he was a junior at Bishop Amat struggling to make the team and rotation.
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He is going to be missed more than you can imagine. I’ve known Miguel since he was a kid out of high school answering phones and if there is anyone that proves what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication, it’s Miguel.
He’s always been a guy who dreams big and takes chances and he’s swinging for the fence on this one. The best-dressed prep writer in the business is leaving us to pursue his dream of earning a law degree. We’re all rooting for you Miguel, go get it.
During the interim, Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian and I will hold down the fort at the Star-News.
Major League Baseball’s amateur draft concluded its three-day festival Wednesday, but not before Bonita High School pitcher Justin Garza, Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora, South Hills’ C.J. Saylor and former Amat and current Rio Hondo College pitcher Paul Paez got their names called.
ON GARZA: Love the Scouting Note on Garza from MLB. Scouts obviously believed he was going to Cal State Fullerton, otherwise he would have been selected much earlier…“Garza isn’t your prototypical power pitcher, in terms of size. The righty, however, consistently throws his fastball between 91-94 mph. Garza complements the fastball with a changeup that he has a good feel for, a sharp curveball that he consistently keeps near the knees and a hard slider. Garza’s pure stuff is what will get him drafted in the early rounds.”
FRED’S THOUGHT: For what it’s worth, I’ve covered Monrovia’s Eddie McKiernan, Pasadena Poly’s Robbie Rasmussen, Temple City’s Ryan Tucker, Bishop Amat’s Paul Paez, Glendora’s Adam Plutko, Covina’s Tyler Pill, Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews and a handful of others, but none of them had the dominant two-year run we witnessed from Garza. On a pure high school level, he’s the best I ever covered.
ON ZAMORA: His mother Shannon works in our office and when I delivered the news a minute ago that Daniel was selected by Toronto her reaction was priceless. That’s what it’s all about.
ALSO: Alta Loma High and Cal Poly Pomona’s Geoff Broussard was selected in the 23rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies
Hall of Fame All-Star Game Rosters
Where: West Covina HS
When: June 22
Series: East lead 20-10-2
Last year: East 7, West 6
Head coach: Dale Ziola, Los Altos
Daniel Abernathy (Whittier Christian, WR/LB), Anthony Adamo (Chino, SS), Ray Amaya (West Covina, OL), Joshua Andrade (Rowland, OL), Alex Arevalo (Damien, TE/LB), Herman Akins (Charter Oak, SS), Lonzel Barnett (West Covina, CB), Keith Bolden (Nogales, RB/LB), John Bouz (Webb, RB/SS), Jaime Canada (South Hills, WR/DB), George Castro (West Covina, OL/DL), Justin Fa’aola (Los Altos, RB/LB), Terry Ford (Rowland, RB/DB), Jimmy Frazier (West Covina, RB/DB), Cameron Griffin (Bonita, RB/LB), Jerry Gutierrez (Gladstone, OL/LB), Davis Harrison (Claremont, OL/DL), Mike Hartnell (Whittier, OL/DL), Andrez Herandnez (Ganesha, OL/DL), Vincent Hernandez (South Hills, QB), Lance Hludzik (California, OL/DL), Garrett Horine (Bonita, WR/DB), George Katrib (Diamond Bar, WR/DB), OJ Medina (La Serna, RB/DB), Chris Miller (Diamond Ranch, RB/SS), Will Mitchell (Northview, WR/FS), Moises Morales (Los Altos, OL), Cesar Murillo (Covina, OL/DL), Luis Oliva (Charter Oak, OL/DL), Michael Panossian (Western Christian, OL/DL), Eric Perez (Azusa, FB/LB), Desmond Reed (Azusa, RB/DB), Will Reeves (Claremont, RB/DB), Brandon Rios (La Puente, TE/DE), Phil Romano (Covina, OL/DL), Adam Sanchez (Bishop Amat, WR), Scott Tibbs (Los Altos, WR), Logan Tracey (Damien, OL/DE), Vinny Venegas (Covina, WR/DB), Corey Victoria (Glendora, RB/DB), Shane Virnala (Los Altos, QB), Ryan Wallace (Whittier Christian, OL), James Wernli (Claremont, OL/LB), Alec Zenner (San Dimas, OL/DL).
Head coach: Jude Oliva, San Gabriel
Andy Guerrero (QB, San Gabriel), Steven Rivera (QB, Arroyo), Marquise Bias (RB, Monrovia), Kwame Do (RB, San Marino), Tairen Owens (RB, Muir), Hunter Duran (WR, Arroyo), Riian Simpson (WR, Pasadena), Jorge Romo (WR, Montebello), Memo Silva (WR, El Monte), Richard Bradford (WR, Duarte), Jimmy Martinez (WR, South El Monte), Robby Haines (TE, Arcadia), Kevin Spencer (OL, Monrovia), Jesse Gaytan (OL, El Monte), Raul Martinez (OL, Burroughs), Carlos Hernandez (OL, Cathedral), Brian Lopez (OL, Gabrielino), Daniel Herrera (OL, Bell Gardens), Phillip Goody (OL, Roosevelt), Omar Partida (OL, Arroyo), Jose Montes (DL, Garfield), Carlos Purser (DL, San Gabriel), Jesse Hernandez (DL, Lincoln), Craig Settles (DL, Hoover), Miguel Garcia (DL, Cantwell), Hunter Garcia (DL, Franklin), Cade Shultz (OL/DL, Monrovia), Chris Aguilar (LB, Schurr), Eric Magos (LB, Schurr), Francisco Gutierrez (LB, Cantwell), Eddie Cisneros (LB, Franklin), Armon Easley (DB, Pasadena), Marcus Green (DB, Pasadena), Corey Collins (DB, Cantwell), Tyquwan Glass (DB, Muir), Kendall Phillips (DB, Pasadena), Joseph Villalobos (DB, San Gabriel), Oscar Cibrian (DB, Roosevelt), Andony Flores (DB, Roosevelt), Dominic Frescura (K, South Pasadena).
2012 Major League Baseball Draft
Bonita/UCLA, Jeff Gelalich, Cincinnati Reds, 1st round supplemental, 57th overall
Los Altos Joe Munoz, Arizona Diamondbacks, 2nd round, 90th overall
Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, Houston Astros, 4th round, 129th overall
San Dimas/APU, Jordan Leyland, Toronto Blue Jays, 9th round, 295th overall
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
The wait ended early Tuesday morning for Los Altos High School’s Joe Munoz and Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, who were selected during the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2012 draft.
Munoz was selected in the second round and 90th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks while Ruiz, a first-round projection until a blood clot ended his high school season, slipped to the fourth round and 129th overall by the Houston Astros.
Azusa Pacific’s Jordan Leyland, a San Dimas High graduate named the Golden State Athletic Conference player of the year after batting .441 with 20 HRs and 64 RBIs, was selected in the ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Munoz, a 6-foot-3 shortstop and pitcher for the Conquerors, had a dominant senior season in leading his team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals. He batted .419 with 27 RBIs, nine doubles, five triples and five home runs.
Munoz heard all the predictions as the draft approached. He was projected anywhere from late in the first round to the middle rounds of MLBs massive draft.
He was at school monitoring the draft on his cell phone when his name was called.
“It was a crazy moment,” Munoz said. “I hadn’t heard from the Diamondbacks for two days so I didn’t know when it (getting drafted) was going to happen.
Then his name appeared.
“My heart just dropped,” Munoz said. “It was an incredible feeling.”
Munoz, who signed a national letter of intent with San Diego State, was thrilled with a top 100 selection and has a big decision to make, whether to sign with Arizona or go to college.
“I need to talk to my parents and discuss everything,” Munoz said. “It’s a crazy week getting drafted, graduating and everything else. I’m still coming to terms with all of this, it’s the greatest feeling in the world so that decision will come later.
Ruiz, who gave a verbal commitment to USC as a freshman, had maintained all along that fulfilling his commitment to USC was a serious alternative regardless of where he was drafted.
By going in the fourth round, Ruiz’s chances of going to USC are even greater.
“We have a month to figure it all out and we’ll see what happens,” said Rudy Ruiz, Rio’s father. “Teams knew all along that Rio was a very strong USC commit and with his arm (blood clot) issue, it obviously made some teams rethink their plans.
“We’re going to listen to Houston and see what their plans are, but it would obviously take a pretty-good offer to lure him away from USC. But you never know, either way it’s a great situation for him to be in.”
Rio Ruiz echoed his father’s sentiments during Monday’s San Gabriel Valley all-star game at Mt. SAC.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Rio Ruiz said. “You couldn’t go wrong with either one.
“I either get an education, play college ball and live the college life, or start my pro career, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
By Brian Reed-Baiotto
WALNUT — South Hills High School baseball standout Tyler France fell just one round shy of Dodger Stadium when his Huskies lost to Pacifica of Garden Grove, 2-1, six days ago in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoff semifinals.
But France officially ended his prep career Monday night at Mt. San Antonio College as the Most Valuable Player of the San Gabriel Valley All-Star game with an RBI single and a scoreless ninth inning on the mound to lead the Red team to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Blue team.
The Blue team, however, scored first in the top of the first at Mazmanian Field, when Bonita’s Thomas Castro tripled to center with one out.
One batter later, La Puente’s Randy Anaya had an RBI ground out to score Castro.
The Blue manufactured another run in the third when San Dimas’ Shawn Kennedy doubled to lead off the inning, Castro moved him to third on a ground out, and Anaya came through with another RBI ground out to give the Blue a 2-0 lead.
Montebello’s Silvestre Sanchez got the Red squad on the board when he singled to lead off the bottom of the third off Bishop Amat’s Kenny Ball.
Monrovia’s Justin Jones followed with a double to give Red second and third with one out. France singled home Silvestre, but Kennedy’s throw from center nailed Jones at the plate to minimize the damage.
The Blue’s Nick Herrejon (Sierra Vista) walked in the fourth and scored the team’s final run two batters later when Alhambra’s Juan Crespo hit a ground ball to second that was misplayed and the Blue led 3-1.
Arcadia’s Erik Trask reached base on a fielder’s choice for the Red and scored when the Blue couldn’t handle an Andrew Phillips’ (Pasadena) ground ball to short off Diamond Bar pitcher Henry Omana.
Walnut’s Caleb Romo got the Red even when he singled in the bottom of the fifth off Glendora’s Wyatt Wood and scored an Andrew Carrillo double.
Temple City’s Corey Copping gave the Red a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish when the Rams’ senior hit a sacrifice fly to score Carrillo.
Charter Oak’s Mack Lupton got the win by throwing a scoreless fifth inning and then Nogales’ Caleb Rodusky, Covina’s Nick Hynes, Arcadia’s Erik Trask and France each pitched one scoreless innings to close out the Blue team.
“My season at South Hills didn’t end quite the way I’d have liked it to, so to get one more chance to come out here and play with a bunch of kids I like and respect and to win was really fun,” France said. “I am really surprised I was named the game’s MVP, but it is definitely an honor to get that with all the talent on this field tonight.”
Bonita’s Tyler Heslop was named the game’s Most Valuable Hitter as the Bearcats senior had two singles.
Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora earned the Cory Lidle Pitcher of the Game by going two scoreless innings to start the game for the Blue and Los Altos shortstop Joe Munoz was the Defensive Player of the Game.
South Hills Danny Sheehan gave the Red an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when he singled in Temple City’s Calvin Copping, who had singled.
Above: Rio Ruiz throws out the first pitch at Monday night’s SGV All-Star game
By Aram Tolegian
Only a few months ago, June 4 figured to be one of the biggest days of Bishop Amat High School baseball standout Rio Ruiz’s life.
It was the first round and supplemental round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. But Monday’s festivities came and went without Ruiz’s name being called.
Call him the victim of bad luck, but Ruiz still has plenty going for him.
The once first-round projection with freakish power for a high school player figures to be selected at some point today during rounds 2-15. Then, the decision will be whether to start a career as a professional baseball player or to play at USC.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Ruiz said from his home on Monday. “I’m not in control of what goes on with the teams and their decisions. I did my part. I played my game. It’s just ultimately up to them.”
Ruiz was robbed of most of his senior season after suffering a blood clot in his arm that requires medication to this day. He’s expected to be done with medical treatment in mid-June, but what should have been his opportunity to end a stellar prep career with a bang turned him into a spectator in the dugout.
It also likely killed his chances to be taken on the first day of the draft. The blood clot was just one stroke of bad luck Ruiz had during his senior year at Amat. As a quarterback for the football team, Ruiz suffered a knee injury toward the end of the season that caused him to miss time.
“There’s really nothing I could do about it,” Ruiz said. “In football, I put myself in a situation where I could get hurt and I did. Then baseball came and God works in special ways and it wasn’t a way that I agreed with, but I just have to follow his ways and I will end up coming out even stronger.”
Another thing that didn’t help Ruiz’s cause on Monday was he and his father Rudy told interested teams his signing threshold was top-10 money. The figure was not disclosed, but Rudy Ruiz felt it was high enough to prevent teams from selecting his son.
When and where Ruiz is selected today likely will determine what Ruiz decides as far as USC or an early run at a pro career.
Either way, he’s satisfied.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Ruiz said. “That’s the only way I look at it. You couldn’t really go wrong with either one.
“I either get an education, play college ball and live the college life, or start my pro career. which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Ruiz isn’t the only local high school player who could be taken as soon as today. Bonita pitcher Justin Garza has big-league hopes after a dominating prep career that ended Friday with a CIF-SS title.
Los Altos shortstop Joe Munoz has pro aspirations and could hear his name called at some point today. So could Diamond Ranch’s Dylan Goodwin and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor.
Former Bonita standout and current UCLA outfielder Jeff Gelalich was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 57th overall pick Monday.
The San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game returns to Mt. San Antonio College tonight and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Diamond Bar’s Eric Shibley is coaching the Blue Team and Temple City’s Barry Bacon is coaching the Red.
Eric Shibley (Head), Diamond Bar
Dan Henley (Asst.), Glendora
John Hermosillo (Asst.), La Puente
Gary Acuna, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park
Kenny Ball, Bishop Amat
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat
Daniel Zamora, Bishop Amat
Thomas Castro, Bonita
Justin Garza, Bonita
Tyler Heslop, Bonita
Taylor Cavazos, Diamond Bar
Henry Omana, Diamond Bar
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch
Juette Deas, Gladstone
Donovan Holmes, Glendora
Wyatt Wood, Glendora
Randy Anaya, La Puente
Mike Patini, La Puente
Ray Sedillo, La Puente
Josh Marrs, Maranatha
Chris Ward, Pasadena Poly
Shawn Kennedy, San Dimas
Alec Montanez, San Dimas
Garret Glazier, San Marino
Nick Herrejon, Sierra Vista
Gio Rivera, Sierra Vista
Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena
Barry Bacon (Head), Temple City
Dave Moore (Asst.), Monrovia
Gary Huang, Arcadia
Erik Trask, Arcadia
Andrew Carrillo, Covina
Nick Hynes, Covina
Vinny Venegas, Covina
Angel Acosta, Gabrielino
Bowdien Derby, La Salle
Chris Williams, La Salle
Steven Camberos, Los Altos
Joe Munoz, Los Altos
Carl Daniels, Monrovia
Brad Felty, Monrovia
Justin Jones, Monrovia
Silvestre Sanchez, Montebello
Albert Lemus, Nogales
Caleb Rodusky, Nogales
Andrew Phillips, Pasadena
Hunter Davis, Rowland
Tyler France, South Hills
Cameron Saylor, South Hills
Danny Sheehan, South Hills
Calvin Copping, Temple City
Corey Copping, Temple City
Jonah Jarrard, Temple City
Caleb Romo, Walnut