Our thoughts and prayers with Glendora track and cross country coach Don Sumner, who passed last week at 64

Bob Ramsey, a Glendora track assistant who has contributed to our newspaper in the past, informed us of the sad news of Glendora cross country and track coach Don Sumner passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

By Bob Ramsay, correspondent
Don Sumner, longtime cross county and track coach at Glendora High School, died suddenly while at work on Thursday, June 6.
Sumner began coaching with his own kids and with the San Gabriel Valley Roadrunners, and recently completed his 18th year of coaching at Glendora.
He coached a number of all-CIF runners, and sent dozens of athletes on to college. His teams won five cross country league championships, and the boys were CIF finalists the last four years.
The competitive peak of his coaching career was the GHS Boys CIF Cross Country Championship and runner-up finish at the State meet in 2009.
But the real highlight of Coach’s career were the thousands of athletes who learned to train and complete but mostly learned to believe in themselves under his leadership and friendship.
Donnie was 64 at the time of his death, and is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Joey and Stephen, and seven Grandchildren, along with thousands athletes and friends.
Services will be Wednesday at 7:00pm at Forrest Lawn – Covina (21300 Via Verde Drive)

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Bishop Amat girls basketball camp from June 24-27

Bishop Amat High School girls’ basketball coach, Richard Wiard, is holding his annual Lady Hoopster Basketball Camp June 24-27 from 1:30-5:00 daily. The camp is open to girls entering the 5th-9th grades. Girls will receive instruction in basketball fundamentals, a camp t-shirt, and the chance to win daily prizes. The cost of the camp is $90. For more information, contact Coach Wiard at rwiard@bishopamat.org or 626-962-2495 ext. 5868.

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College Baseball: Super Regional has a Valley flavor


By Steve Ramirez
Staff Writer
When it comes to high school baseball, the San Gabriel Valley plays second fiddle to no other area.
The area’s pride was in full display Friday as an NCAA baseball Super Regional opener between visiting UCLA and Cal State Fullerton featured five local players, including starting pitchers Justin Garza (Bonita High School) of Fullerton, Adam Plutko (Glendora) of UCLA and Bruins closer David Berg (Bishop Amat), who threw three innings in relief to lead UCLA to a 5-3 victory in 10 innings over the Titans.
The Bruins, seeking their third trip to the College World Series in four seasons, improved to 43-17 and will look to advance to Omaha, Neb., when the best-of-three series continues Saturday at 7 p.m.
The series was a showcase for the Valley, and no one knows that more than Berg, who walked on to UCLA before becoming the elite closer in college baseball.
“You’re playing against guys you know and grew up watching,” Berg said. “Guys over at Bonita, Glendora and Bishop Amat, so you definitely know where they from. You’ve seen them play before.
“It’s a little extra emotion because you’ve competed against these guys. It’s a little more prideful and get the (win).” Continue reading

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Garza vs. Plutko as Cal State Fullerton, UCLA square off for spot in 2013 College World Series

garzaWho’s the most dominant pitcher in the area during the past five years?
The answer could come Friday at 4 p.m. when former Area Players of the Year Adam Plutko, of Glendora, and Justin Garza, of Bonita, square off to lead Southern California collegiate baseball powers UCLA and Cal State Fullerton, who meet for game one of a NCAA Super Regional at Fullerton’s Goodwin Field.
The best of three series, which will decide a spot in the 2013 College World Series in Omaha, Neb., continues with 7 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday. The matchup also features some of the Valley’s best players in recent years.
Besides Plutko, who led Glendora to its first CIF-Southern Section title in 2010, UCLA also features former Glendora standout Cody Regis at second base, and Bishop Amat’s David Berg, who is the top closer in the country. Fullerton looks to Garza, who last season led Bonita to its first CIF-SS crown since 1951, and Northview’s Richy Pedroza, who starts at shortstop. Other locals on the the rosters are UCLA reliever Jake Ehret (San Dimas), and Fullerton reserves David Olmedo-Barrera (St. Francis), Henry Omana (Diamond Bar) and Dave Birosak (Chino Hills).

Here’s a brief look at the local’s fab five, who should make an impact this weekend:
plutkoJUSTIN GARZA: The freshman, who was 25-1 during his last two years at Bonita, has picked up where he left off, brining a 12-0 record and a
1.92 ERA into Friday’s opener. He also has a team-high 89 strikeouts. He was Big West Pitcher of the Year and received a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honor. Fullerton is also 16-0 when he starts.
ADAM PLUTKO: Since leading Glendora to its first division title in 2010, has been money for UCLA, going 27-10 in three seasons, including 8-3 this season, with a 2.51 ERA.
DAVID BERG: The sophomore is the top closer in the country, brining a 6-0 record with a 0.81 ERA, along with a school-record 20 saves. He was Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year and is a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year.
bergRICHY PEDROZA: The senior is the little engine that makes the Titans go. He is hitting .270 with a .394 on-base percentage while scoring 47 runs. The shortstop is also the glue of the Titans’ infield, catching nearly everything hit his way. He was named Big West Defensive Player of the Year.
CODY REGIS: He’s a three-year starter and a key part of UCLA, which is seeking its third trip to the CWS in four seasons. Regis is hitting .240, with 18 RBIs. He has scored 16 runs.
SERIES NOTES: This is the team’s third meeting in the Super Regionals since 2007. Fullerton swept the Bruins in 2007, with UCLA winning two of three in 2010. The host Titans won both meetings this season, although those were weekday games.

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La Verne Lutheran boys baskeball coach Brandon Lee has resigned

After leading La Verne Lutheran to the Division 4AA championship game in his first year, Trojans coach Brandon Lee has resigned. Lee said he is returning to college to finish his degree in hopes of pursuing Division I college opportunities. I don’t care what anyone thinks about Lutheran, enjoyed watching Lee coach and the passion he brought with it … The end of the video is raw, real, and why I feel the way I do.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game: South Hills’ David Denson named MVP in Red’s 5-4 victory over the Blue to extend the streak to 7

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forsaleBy Steve Ramirez, staff writer
The San Gabriel Valley is once again painted Red.
The Red Team won the San Gabriel Valley All-Star baseball game for the seventh consecutive season, scoring a 5-4 victory over the Blue Team on Monday night at Mt. San Antonio College.
The Reds can thank the Monrovia connection of Joey Mata and David Perez, who keyed the winning rally in the eighth inning.
Mata led off with a single before the Reds loaded the bases on walks to South Hills’ David Denson and Walnut’s Joey Saito.
Perez then hit a soft grounder behind second, which he beat out for an infield single and the one-run lead.
Denson, who was game MVP, then shut down the Blues in the ninth to win it.

James Escarcega followed baseball for us this season and put together a wonderful season-ending wrap video for 2013. Thanks for another great season SGV baseball, and good luck to all the seniors that continue to chase their dreams.

Coaches: Andrew Formano, Los Altos; Darren Murphy, Northview
Chance Beeal, Alhambra
Jose Amezquita, Alhambra
David Dominguez, Arcadia
Troy Resch, Arcadia
VDBARBrandon Toy, Arcadia
Jacob Blunt, Bonita
Parker Merritt, Bonita
Justin Row, Bonita
Joe Wills, Covina
Zeph Walters, Diamond Bar
Joel Ortega, Duarte
Frank Gonzales, Gabrielino
Scott Burke, Glendora
Martin Gallegos, GlendoraWHIGHLANDERS
Matt Young, Glendora
Clayton Herrmann, La Canada
Scott Moulin, La Canada
Noeh Martinez, La Salle
Joey Franco, Los Altos
Jacob Blackiston, Los Altos
Niko Castaneda, Northview
Jake Grijalva, Northview
Kollby Oriti, Northview
Andrew Espinoza, San Dimas
Jimmy Lambert, San Dimas
Daniel Vasquez, San Dimas
Oscar Huerta, Sierra Vista

COACHES: Mack Paciorek, San Marino; Matt Shupper, Maranatha; Jake Berendregt, Baldwin Park
Ben Fonseca, Baldwin Park
Bernardo Flores, Baldwin Park
Dominic Hilo, Baldwin Park
Adam Alcantara, Bishop Amat
VSHILLSEric Claproth, Bishop Amat
Eric Vega, Bishop Amat
Diego Palomino, El Monte
Kevin Amezquita, Gladstone
Adrian Solanga, Gladstone
Ethan Etchebarren, La Puente
Daniel Rasmussen, Maranatha
Chris Burkholder, Monrovia
Joe Mata, Monrovia
David Perez, Monrovia
urittiErik Gonzales, Nogales
Adrian Guzman, Nogales
Chance Cobb, Pasadena
Luke Asperger, Pasadena Poly
Caleb Lee, Pasadena Poly
Nick Gott, San Marino
Bradley Haslam, San Marino
Niko Contreras, South Hills
David Denson, South Hills
Adrian De Horta, South Hills
Alec Keeling, South Pasadena
Anthony Valencia, Temple City
Steve Cordova, West Covina

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SGV All-Star Softball Game: Lexi Gonzalez and Natalie Moran homer in South’s 9-5 win over North

sGV softball all-star photo gallery

6-4-13 XVSOFTBALLBy John Honell
Forty of the best softball players in the area wore their high school uniforms for the final time in the annual North-South San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Star game on Monday night.
The South jumped on top in the first inning when Bishop Amat’s Lexi Gonzalez homered over the left-field fence and never looked back in a 10-5 win.
The first play of the game was an outstanding diving catch by North center fielder Jazzlyn Costa (Bonita). Her defensive play robbed Lexi Robles (South Hills) of an extra-base hit.
The North defense let down after that as Gonzalez drove in fellow Amat teammate Victoria Saucedo who had reached base on an error.
“I got a good pitch to hit,” Gonzalez said. “I tried to keep myself level but this was fun and exciting playing against a lot of these girls were on my first travel team.”

South Hills’ Natalie Moran goes yard

The 2013 North-South San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Softball game Rosters
Scott Higuera, Charter Oak; Jeff Butler, Northview; Art Montano, Bonita; Don Pollard, San Dimas
Caroline Smith, St. Lucy’s
Alyssa Camargo, St.Lucy’s
Bobby Stainaker, St. Lucy’s
Mary Rose, Duarte
5-8-13 VDBARBethie Celaya, San Dimas
Kailie Now, San Dimas
Deenah San Luis, San Dimas
Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak
Samantha Valadez, Charter Oak
Heather Ramirez, Charter Oak
Alison Strycula, Charter Oak
Bianca Cockrell, Bonita
Corrina Liscano, Bonita
Rebecca Orozco, Bonita
Jazzlyn Costa, Bonita
Liza Liddell, Bonita
Sarina Jaramillo, Northview
Erinn Jaramillo, Northview
Jennie Hildalgo, Northview
Franki Caudillo, Sierra Vista
Valeree Hernandez, Sierra Vista

: Roberta Garcia-Uyemura, Diamond Bar; Jesse Mendez, Bishop Amat, Katie Gomez, Bishop Amat, Nacho Hernandez, Los Altos, Brandon Gonzalez, South Hills, Garrett Fisch, South Hills.
Alexis Gonzalez, Bishp Amat
Brandy Galaviz, Bishop Amat
Larissa Munoz, Bishop Amat
Victoria Saucedo, Bishop Amat
Sabrina Anguiano, Bishop Amat
huskiesJamie Bejarano, Los Altos
Brianna Gonzalez, Diamond Bar
Dani Wilson, Diamond Bar
Lexi Robles, South Hills
Abry Moreno, South Hills
Natalie Moran, South Hills
Valerie Velasquez, South El Monte
Jasmine Meza, South El Monte
Brianna Arroyo, South El Monte
Stefanie Jimenez, West Covina
Natalie Acevedo, West Covina
Kaylea Snear, Rowland
Elisa Valenzuela, La Puente
Briana Vasques, Nogales
Monique Rodriguez, Bassett


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