West Covina lineman camp order of finish. 1. Santiago, 2. Serrano, 3. Damien, 4. Valencia, 5. Upland, others .. 7. West Covina, 9. Los Altos, 11. Northview, 12, Bonita, 13. South Hills, 16. Azusa, 17. Arroyo, 18. Rosemead, 20. Glendora (last).
Bishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez, who guided the Lancers to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances in 2011 and ’12 before being upset in the second round this season, has resigned to pursue other softball coaching opportunities and a full-time position in his field. Mendez was 125-51 in six years as the head coach, leading the Lancers to four 20-win seasons and four league championships. Mendez, a walk-on coach at Bishop Amat, is looking for a position in a public school that offers a Regional Occupation Program teaching position, for which he is certified. Amat does not offer a ROP program.”I also plan on substituting in the Hacienda-La Puente school district,” Mendez said. “At Amat, you need to be there throughout the day, so it would be difficult to substitute and continue coaching. I loved it there and have a lot of great memories.” Mendez wanted to remain at Bishop Amat and the school wanted to keep him, but Mendez said it became difficult financially to continue. Mendez also organized the San Gabriel Valley All-Star game this past season. Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo said the school will offer a full-time teaching position, preferably in English or History, as part of a package deal for its next softball coach. Those interested should contact the school.
CHARGERS NEW COACH: Jason Rochwerg, who led La Puente and Wilson High School’s boys basketball teams to league titles, has been named the boys varsity head coach at Charter Oak, the school announced. Rochwerg is a great hire, I’ll never forget his memorable 2012 season with Wilson and his victory coaching the Tribune boys squad in its win over the Star-News in the annual Star-News/Tribune All-Star Classic. At Wilson, they tied for the Valle Vista League title and gave Bishop Amat a run for its money before losing a thriller in the second round of the playoffs, 66-61. How Wilson ever let him slip away is a mystery to me.
STATEMENT ON QUINLEY: The Charter Oak athletic department finally released a statement in regards to former baseball coach Tom Quinley, who we reported was released from his duties earlier this month. The longtime coach led Charter Oak to the CIF-SS Division 4 title in 2007, beating Santa Monica, 7-1. He also led the Chargers to the Division 4 title game in 2005. But Charter Oak finished one of its worst seasons in memory, finishing 9-14 and last in the Sierra League. The Statement reads as follows: “Charter Oak High School has reached a difficult decision that we need to go in a new direction with the leadership of our baseball program. We wish Coach Tom Quinley nothing but the best and would like to thank him for his years of service and the time and energy he has invested in continuing the rich tradition of baseball in our community. Coach Quinley’s overall accomplishments include multiple league championships and a CIF Division 4 title in 2007. The school is now accepting applications for this position.”
Damien, St. Paul, Northview, Claremont, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Marino, Upland, Azusa, Los Altos, Arroyo, Bonita, Glendora, Covina, South Hills, Rowland and host West Covina are a handful of the local schools that will compete in West Covina High School’s lineman competition on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. There are 29 schools participating so get your video’s out and send some highlight footage for us to share.
Bishop Amat is hosting its annual Hit & Hustle Football Camp beginning tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Cost of the camp is $75 and is run by the Amat coaching staff and current players. Each camper receives six hours of instruction, camp t-shirts, certificate of participation, hot dog lunch, and a camp photo. Questions should be sent to Coach Steve Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 626-962-2495 ext 6001. Walk up registration begins at 5 p.m. tonight.
Speaking of players involved in the camp, I’ve got two more future stars video from Bishop Amat to share. I’ll share yours if you send them to me, enjoy.
Bishop Amat linebacker Anthony Camargo, 6-3 and 275, will be a junior next season.
Bishop Amat linebacker Christian Wiley, 6-2, 205, will be a junior next season.
“Nowhere in American jurisprudence is the entity that hears the appeal the same entity that already decided the matter from which the appeal has been taken. CIF is mandated under the education code to provide a neutral appeals process. They never did. It was not a legitimate appeals panel.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Four Southland parochial high schools are claiming religious bias and lack of due process in a federal lawsuit fighting a California Interscholastic Federation decision to pull their sports teams from mixed public-private school leagues and place them in new leagues made up of predominantly religious schools.
Lawyers representing Damien, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and St. Lucy’s high schools filed federal lawsuits Thursday against the CIF State office, CIF-Southern Section and Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod in hopes of reversing a decision that would place the schools’ athletic teams in playoff divisions and leagues comprised of parochial schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.
STORY: James O’Brien, who led the Arcadia High School cross country team to two CIF State and the last three CIF-Southern Section championships, has been fired.
“The only reason I was given was, `We want to go in a different direction,’ and despite my pressing the issue for a legitimate explanation, the party line was, `I am not at liberty to discuss it any further,’ ” O’Brien said. “I haven’t done anything wrong and nothing warrants this.” BLOG: The comments on the Star-News blog, more than a 100, are unreal, check it out.
Smart move, especially for football. If you’re trying to get the Sierra League, which will consist of South Hills, Glendora, Bonita, Chino, Claremont and Diamond Bar out of the Inland Division to play football in 2014, best thing is to change the name and start over. But the Palomares League? Not feeling it.
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TRACK ALL-AREA STORY ONLINE: Bishop Amat High School’s Darren Andrews and Bonita’s Marissa Scott accomplished a lot in their athletic careers. But the duo saved their best for last.
Andrews, who finished seventh in the 100 at the CIF State championships, and Scott, who was the lone area competitor to win a CIF-Southern Section title in addition to advancing to the state meet, are Tribune Track and Field Athletes of the Year.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune Baseball player of the year Adrian De Horta, a pitcher, has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres after getting drafted in the eighth round, according to reports. De Horta, who was committed to Cal State Fullerton, apparently agreed to a $425,000 signing bonus, according to reports, which is roughly $269,000 over his slot value for being selected No. 238 overall in the draft. The big question is this: Is nearly half a million enough of a incentive to forgo your college education, or at least delay it? Once again, I say yes.
Bishop Amat alum David Berg is as good as money in the bank.
The sophomore closer showed it again tonight.
Berg retired six of seven in batters in two relief innings to help UCLA to a 2-1 victory over North Carolina State Tuesday in a College World Series winner’s bracket game in Omaha, Neb.
UCLA, which beat LSU, 2-1, on Sunday, improved to 46-17 and will face either North Carolina State or North Carolina, on Friday. UCLA can advance to the championship series with a win. The winner of the Tar Heels and Wolfpack would have to beat UCLA twice.
Berg also had three strikeouts as he earned his 23rd save, which equals a NCAA record.
UCLA coach John Savage: “What can you say? Right now, I guess that’s who we are. It’s Bruin baseball. Sometimes it’s grueling, tough to watch, I’m sure, from outside the dugout, but our kids hung in there, and they persevered. We really didn’t do much offensively. You have to give their pitchers a ton of credit. They pounded the zone. We were opportunistic. Pitching and defense are clearly our strength. We know our strength, and sometimes it’s walking a tightrope, and tonight was one of those nights. I tip my hat to our guys,” he continued. “We hung in there, and at the end of the day we’re moving on.”
Glendora’s Adam Plutko and Bishop Amat’s David Berg showed the nation Sunday night what the San Gabriel Valley already knew — Area baseball rocks.
Plutko, who led Glendora to its only CIF-Southern Section divisional title in 2010, gave up four hits over seven innings and Berg, who won a divisional title with Amat in 2011, closed the ninth for his 22nd save to lead UCLA to a 2-1 victory over No. 4 Lousiana State in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
UCLA improved to 45-17 and will face North Carolina State, which beat North Carolina, in a winner’s bracket game at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Bruins, who improved to 6-0 in the postseason, scored both of its runs off errors, including a fielding miscue in the eighth that scored pinch-runner Christopher Bono from second with two outs.
LSU put runners on first and second with two outs before Berg induced a fly out to right field to end it and advance UCLA to Tuesday’s winner’s bracket game. The Bruins are at the CWS for the third time in four seasons, including making the championship series in 2010.
UCLA coach John Savage: “It was quite a game. You’re talking about (LSU pitcher Aaron) Nola and Plutko really pitching as advertised. I’m very proud of Adam and proud of our team. That was a grind. You’re talking about a crowd that was certainly in the favor of LSU. We anticipated that, and at the end of the day, it was our type of game. Fortunately, we came out. It’s game one of the World Series, so there’s no celebration, but in the end it could have gone either way. We’re a resilient bunch. We played a lot of tight games all season long. Tonight was somewhat of a typical game for us, and we came out on top. I’m proud of our team this evening.”
Adam Plutko (interview with ESPN): “I have trust in my guys. The way we strung at-bats together was really special. We competed all nite. I just stayed with my game plan. It’s what I do. There are no bad hops in the air, I let my guys run underneath them.”
Player of the Year: LEXI GONZALEZ, Bishop Amat, Sr.
By Steve Ramirez
TRIBUNE SOFTBALL ALL AREA ONLINE: When it came to hitting a softball consistently and with power, no player in the area in recent years did it better than Bishop Amat High School’s Alexis Gonzalez.
The recently graduated senior was the glue and key cog that allowed the Lancers to win back-to-back Del Rey League championships and make decent runs in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
STORY ONLINE: Adrian De Horta wasn’t perfect for the South Hills High School baseball team, but the senior pitcher was as close to perfection as it gets.
The areas best high school prospect lived up to the billing by going 11-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 97 strikeouts to lead South Hills to a third consecutive Sierra League title and a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 quarterfinal appearance.
De Horta wasn’t just dangerous on the hill, he delivered with his bat too, batting .366 with 22 RBIs, eight doubles, two triples and 13 runs scored.
Baldwin Park baseball coach Jake Barendregt, who led the Braves to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinals for the first time since the 1980s, has resigned.
73-57-1 in five seasons after replacing Mark Price prior to the 2009 season.
Baldwin Park, keyed by first team All-Valley selection Bernardo Flores, was 23-6 this season, finishing second in the Valle Vista League before losing to El Rancho in the Division 4 semifinals.