Bob Ramsey’s weekly track roundup, team & individual leaders, and all-time SGV records list

Bob Ramsey is a former San Gabriel Valley area coach who created a webpage specifically for our area, ranking the best performers in the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News area. Here are his top ten boys/girls area track rankings. For individual rankings, click on the thread.

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walnutgirlRamsey’s latest: We have a new boys team leader, three new event leaders and one change in the All-Time list as we finish the Big Invite portion of the track season.
DThe main action was at the massive Mt.SAC Relays – we are really fortunate to have two of the top high school tracks in the country right here in the SGV! The top performance came from Monrovia junior Sydney Mosey – her 13.88 in the 100m Hurdles placed her third in the Invite race, and she moved from 9th to 5th on the SGV All Time Performers List. Her teammate, senior Cravon Gillespie was 2nd in the Invite 100m with a wind-aided 10.69. In other top finishes at Mt.SAC, SGV record holder Claire Kieffer-Wright (Sr, South Pasadena) as 2nd/5’10″ in the high jump, the Monrovia girls were 3rd/47.42 in the 4×100 Relay, improving their SGV seasonal leading mark, and Eric Knowles (Sr, St. Francis) was 4th in the Invite Triple Jump with a PR and SGV leading 45’1-1/4″
We gained three new SGV seasonal leaders from Mt.SAC – Barrett Weiss (Jr, Flintridge Prep) regained the Pole Vault lead from his brother Gareth with a big PR 15’0″ (4th Seeded), and Michael Dondalski (Sr, Pasadena) continued his massive improvement with a 1:54.35 (2nd Seeded) finish in the 800m. in the Girls 800, where Susie Garza (Sr, Baldwin Park) took over the SGV seasonal lead with a PR 2:16.13 (3rd Seeded).
damien trackSGV 400m leader Ross Niederhaus (Jr, St. Francis) PR’d with a 48.54 (3rd Seeded), and girls 4×400 Relay leaders Arcadia improved to 3:54.85 (6th Invite)
The Cougar Classic, after being rained out on the opening weekend, was contested last weekend with an understandably diminished field. SGV athletes won most of the events, with notable performances coming from Thomas Medina (Sr, Santa Fe) 49.81/400m, Morgan Love (Jr, Charter Oak) 25.75/200m & 57.24/400m, and the Covina boys 4×400 – 3:27.51.
SGV athletes also competed at two small school meets, the Ocean View Invitational and the Russell Cup.
The Arcadia girls are holding steady at the top of the girls SGV Team Rankings. These rankings are based on the number of places in the top ten of the 2014 San Gabriel Valley Performance List. Following an excellent week Walnut moved back to the top of the boys rankings, with Flintridge Prep moving into the first ten for the first time.


1. Arcadia
2. Walnut
3. Monrovia
4. South Pasadena
5. Glendora
6. La Salle
7. Muir
8. Bishop Amat
9. Santa Fe
10. Bonita
1. Walnut
2. Damien
3. California
4. Arcadia
5. Santa Fe
6. St. Francis
7. Covina
8. Maranatha
9. Glendora
10. Flintridge Prep

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Baseball Rankings and Leaders: Damien’s David Banuelos making a strong case for player of the year hitting .489 with 4HR and 19 RBIs

1. South Hills (14-3-1) — Why South Hills No. 1 and not Damien? Even though the Spartans won their only meeting so far, still believe the Huskies’ would be better in a long series.
2. Damien (13-4) – Tied with South Hills for lead in the Sierra. When Grant Hockin’s on the bump, they’re extremely tough to beat.
3. Bonita (15-5) — Hottest team of the moment, winners of nine straight which includes a big non-league victory at Harvard-Westlake.
4. Glendora (13-5) — Split with Upland, but still in first all alone in the Baseline. Coach Dan Henley proving again he’s one of areas best.
5. San Dimas (13-6-1) — Strange 1-0 loss to Wilson is only blemish in the Valle Vista. Looking at remaining VVL games, Saints shouldn’t lose again.
6. Bishop Amat (10-8) — Good teams find ways to win close games. That’s Amat’s problem, seven of its eight losses have been by two runs or less.
7. Diamond Bar (13-7) — Brahmas own a victory over Bonita and only sit a game back of the Bearcats in the standings.
8. Sierra Vista (14-2) — A perfect 8-0 in the Montview and only two losses to Monrovia and rival Baldwin Park.
9. Rosemead (10-6) — A perfect 9-0 in the Mission Valley league and swinging the bat very well. Non-league record isn’t impressive but they do own a win over Monrovia.
10. Charter Oak (9-8) — They beat Damien last week. Even though they’re last in the Sierra, how many area teams that you believe should be No. 10 instead of Charter Oak could do that?

Above: David Banuelos (No. 18) celebrates with Grant Hockin. Banuelos is chasing an area triple crown while Hockin is 7-1 on the hill for the Spartans.


1. Matt Arguello, La Puente, 17-for-32, .531
2. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, 23-for-46, .500
3. David Banuelos, Damien, 23-for-47, .489
4. Derek Zavala, South El Monte, 17-for-35, .486
5. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, 16-for-33, .485
6. Derrian Torres, Sierra Vista, 15-for-31, .484
7. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 22-for-47, .468
8. Erick Morales, La Puente, 16-for-35, .457
9. Anthony Cuevas, Los Altos, 23-for-51, .451
10. Michael Guzman, Baldwin Park, 18-for-40, .450
4 – David Banuelos, Damien; Francisco Ramirez, South Hills
3 – Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak; Jordan Abernathy, Damien.
22 – Alex Gonzalez, Bonita
19 – David Banuelos, Damien
17 – Jordan Abernathy, Damien
16 – Jon Ayala, South Hills; Jonathan Olsen, Damien
1. Eric Flores, Glendora (0.24)
2. Gavin Velasquez, South Hills (0.72)
3. Peter Lambert, San Dimas (1.00)
4. Alex Garcia, Bishop Amat (1.26)
5. Anthony Deeter, West Covina (1.34)
Win-Loss record
1. Kale Morton, Glendora, 6-0
2. Grant Hockin, Damien, 7-1
3. Gerardo Ramirez, Diamond Bar, 6-1
4. Peter Lambert, San Dimas, 5-1
5. Ryan Mauch, South Hills, 4-0

Note: All stats provided by Maxpreps. If you’re name isn’t on this list and should be, tell your coach to update stats. It’s as simple as that.

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Softball Rankings and Leaders: San Dimas’ Janell Wheaton and South Hills pitcher Natalie Lugo having stellar seasons

1. South Hills (16-4) — Chino Hills put a whipping on the SH Huskies but that’s nothing to cry about, they’re that good. South Hills is still best of the rest with freshman sensation Natalie Lugo, and I’m sure they can’t wait to get a second shot at Chino Hills when they get them at home next time. But they can’t look ahead, Charter Oak visiting on Wednesday.
2. Bonita (11-4) — Has won six straight, is undefeated in the Hacienda, and probably won’t lose again until the playoffs start. Los Altos and West Covina are formidable challengers, but the Bearcats are simply better.
3. Charter Oak (13-5) — Only lost 3-0 to Chino Hills and beat South Hills in the Charter Oak tournament. But can it beat South Hills again. They will get its first crack in league at South Hills on Wednesday.
4. Bishop Amat (12-7) — Lancers are 5-2 in the improved Del Rey league which boasts four of its five teams with overall winning records. Still, when’s the last time Amat got swept by St. Paul in softball?
5. Glendora (9-7) – Started off the season hot but has fallen to 2-3 in the Baseline and needs to get going if it wants to reach the playoffs.
6. San Dimas (13-7) — The Valle Vista isn’t what it use to be except for the Saints, who are 5-0 and looking like it will run the table.
7. Los Altos (8-5) — Trying to keep pace with Bonita who handed Conqs only loss in the Hacienda. If it keeps winning league games, will get its rematch with a chance to tie for first.
8. Covina (10-6-1) — Only one loss in the Valle Vista and a good bet to finish second behind San Dimas.
9. Diamond Ranch (10-9) — Third at 3-3 in the Hacienda. They’re capable beating better teams, but also loses to teams in shouldn’t.
10. South El Monte (10-4) — Undefeated in the Mission Valley League and probably won’t lose again until the playoffs start.

Above: Glendora pitcher Cambria Keefer among leaders with an 8-2 record.


1. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, 27-for-45, .600
2. Alex Rodriguez, West Covina, 22-for-37, .595
3. Evelyn Sandoval, Arroyo, 21-for-36, .583
4. Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, 31-for-55, .564
5. Jenna Rodelo, Rowland, 23-for-41, .561
6. Celeste Wood, Los Altos, 15-for-27, .556
7. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, 24-for-44, .545
8. Ashley Diaz, South El Monte, 24-for-44, .545
9. Monet Manning, Northview, 15-for-28, .536
10. Jocelyn Marquez, Northview, 29-for-55, 527
8 – Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
7 – Ciara Granado, Edgewood
6 – Ashley Huber, Walnut; Alicia Brown, Glendora; Chloe Melanson, Bonita; Ashley Diaz, South El Monte
31 – Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood; Ciara Granado, Edgewood
26 – Janell Wheaton, San Dimas
25 – Jenna Rodelo, Rowland
23 – Ashley Diaz, South El Monte; Anette Mena, Edgewood
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills (0.54)
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak (0.82)
3. Princess Nava, Covina (1.42)
4. Kaelyn McFadden, Bonita (1.67)
5. Lindsey Hughes, San Dimas (2.20)
1. Natalie Lugo, South Hills (10-1)
2. Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak (8-1)
3. Cambria Keefer, Glendora (8-2)
4. Mia Luques, South El Monte (8-2)
5. Princess Nava, Covina (8-4)

Note: All stats provided by Maxpreps. If you’re name isn’t on this list and should be, tell your coach to update stats. It’s as simple as that.

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Baseball: South Hills beats Chino Hills, 1-0 to force 3-way tie for first in Sierra League

South Hills' Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills’ Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

WEST COVINA – It was against conventional wisdom, but sometimes the correct call in baseball is to play a hunch.
The latter worked for host South Hills on Friday.
Erik Martinez, batting for the first time this season, came through with a RBI single in the sixth inning to lead South Hills to a 1-0 victory over Chino Hills in a key Sierra League game.
Gavin Velasquez threw a six-hit shutout with five strikeouts for the Huskies, who improved to 14-3-1 overall. The win also put South Hills, Chino Hills and Damien tied for first with 5-2 league records. Chino Hills, which got a solid effort on the mound from Aaron Dominguez is 14-4 overall.
Quinn Cotter, who had double in the second, doubled in the sixth with two outs. Murphy then played his hunch, sending up Martinez to hit for catcher Corey Cadek. The senior then hit a ground-ball single to right field to score Cotter for a 1-0 lead.
Velasquez, who beat Chino Hills earlier this season, made it stand up in the seventh. He gave up a one-out single Tyrus Lineberger before striking out JP Hopkins and getting Izzy Fuentes on a fly out to end the game.
South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “I look like a fool if he strikes out on three pitches. But Erik is a good athlete and in the past he’s hit well, just hasn’t done much hitting here at South Hills. It was just a hunch, it was luck. But Erik made me look good today.”

South Hills’ Erik Martinez: “Coach told me to get ready, so I just tried to get mentally ready. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and luckily it got through.”

Chino Hills’ Aaron Dominguez: “It was a good game. We played hard. Sometimes luck is not on your side.”

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All-Area Wrestling: Northview’s Bryan Salinas repeats as Wrestler of the Year; Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Coach of the Year

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


For a career, no wrestler in the area has been better than Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas in recent seasons.
He finished with three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, four trips to the state championships and three state medals.
The 160-pounder concluded his career with a Central Division title, a runner-up finish at Masters and a top eight finish at the CIF State championships.
For his efforts, Salinas is Tribune Wrestler of the Year.
“It means a lot to me, placing three years at state is a hard challenge,” said Salinas, who also won the area award last season. “The list is short of wrestlers who have done that before. I’m proud to be part of that list.”
Salinas, also a key member of Northview’s drive to a Division 2 Dual title, more than lived up to the Northview reputation as the area’s best. His three state medals ranking only second in school history to former Northview competitor Caleb Flores, a four-time state medalist. But his worth to the Vikings was more than his talent on the mat. He proved to be just as good off it.
“He’s been consistent, pushed through his injuries, been a great leader and helped us win Masters twice in his four years and four consecutive CIF titles,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “None of that would have been possible without Bryan, and he started doing that right off the bat as a freshman. Especially last year, when he was physically beat up and had to wrestle at a higher weight, but he did it for us.”
The senior was 30-3 on the mat this season, with three losses being by default. The other three setbacks were by two points in the Masters final and by a point in the quarterfinals at state.
“It was a good season,” Salinas said. “I had a tough match at Masters and state didn’t work out the way I wanted. But I wanted to come back and keep our tradition alive for state placers.”
He will now take his talent to college wrestling, where he’s received a scholarship from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bishop Amat's Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


Pierre has been a key to the Lancers being one of the top programs in the area. He’s guided the Lancers to three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, six runner-up finishes and 19 league titles.
This season, Bishop Amat, despite heavy graduation losses from 2012-13, was stellar, going 13-2 in dual competition, winning the Mission League title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS dual championships. He also coached CIF State placer Nigel Ruiz, who was one of three area competitors this season to finish among the top eight at the state meet.
This (season) was special for so many reasons,” Pierre said. “After graduating 10 starters, I knew we had our work cut out for us. I sat our young kids down last March and told them, ‘You are the guys. We are going to depend on you next year.’ To finish 13-2, claim another Mission League championship, gain three CIF placers and a state placer in a rebuilding year was thrilling.
“Our success is never something that is easily gained or handed over to us. We have to do a lot of work to develop the wrestlers. Most of our guys start as freshman and we develop them within. I think we are good at making something out of what we get and we never count anyone out. We push them to be the kind of wrestlers we know they are.”

Gonzalez was the top competitor in the area at 106 pounds. He followed up a second-place finish at the Valle Vista League finals with CIF-SS Central Division and Masters titles. He qualified for the state meet and came up one round short of receiving a top-eight medal.
Casillas was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He won the Valle Vista League title before finishing second in the CIF-SS Central Division and sixth at the Masters Meet. He went 1-2 at the CIF State championships.
Parra was the top competitor at 113 pounds. He was one of 17 area athletes to advance to the state championships. He won titles at the Valle Vista League finals and the CIF-SS Central Division championships. He was third at the Masters Meet before going 3-2 at the state meet.
Alexander was another member of the area’s top 17, who made it to the state championships. He won at 132 pounds at the CIF-SS Central Division championships before placing fifth at the Masters Meet. Alexander went 1-2 at the state championships.
Lopez has been one of the area’s best over the past two seasons. This year he was the top competitor at 138 pounds and a key for Rowland winning the Hacienda League title. He was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and fifth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state meet.
Ruiz came on strong down the stretch to place at the CIF State championships. He was fourth at the CIF-SS Coastal Division championships before taking second at Masters and taking eighth at the CIF state meet. He also went 3-2 at nationals. Earlier, he won three tournament titles and was runner-up at the Five Counties Invitational.
Padilla was the area’s best at 152 pounds, and played a big part in Northview winning CIF-SS dual and team individual titles and the Masters team title. He won individual titles at the Valle Vista League finals, the CIF-SS Central Division championships and Masters Meet. He went 4-2 at the state championships, missing a top-eight medal by one round.
Morales as part of the area’s terrific trio that placed among the top eight at the state championships. The 170 pounder was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and third at the Masters Meet. He placed eighth at state championships, advancing to the quarterfinals. He won a consolation match before losing two matches by injury, dropping him to eighth.
Garcia’s was the area’s best at 182 pounds. He was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state meet after placing third at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and ninth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
Johnson has been one of the area’s best the past two seasons. He followed up a third-place finish at CIF-SS divisionals with a runner-up finish this season. He also was fourth at the Masters Meet and qualified for the state championships, missing the medal rounds by one match. He also competed in the senior nationals.
Hernandez was arguably the top competitor in the Mission Valley League. He followed up a Mission Valley League title with a second-place at the Southern Division championships before placing eighth at Masters. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
Padilla was the top heavyweight in the area. He was the Tartan’s lone qualifier to the Masters Meet, winning at the Inland Division championships. Padilla, who was ranked in the state top 20 most of the season, was fifth at Masters. He went 3-2 at the state meet.
Aguilar was steady all season and a big part of the Dons winning another Montview League title. He was second at the Northern Division championships before placing ninth at Masters to become one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He went 0-2 at the state meet.
Quinones was the top girls competitor in the area and the only state champion of either gender. She was sixth at the CIF-SS Meet before rolling through the 189-pound division at the state championships. She dominated her bracket, winning three by all, including pinning Western Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu in the finals in 4:39.
Miguel Juarez, 106, Rowland, Sr.
John Rivera, 132, Northview, Sr.
Anthony Martinez, 182, Northview, Sr.
Bruno Flores, Rowland, 126, Sr.
Patrick Sanchez, Damien, 285, Sr.
Abraham Soto, Sierra Vista, 132, Sr.
Christian Ramirez, Rowland, 120, Fr.
Jeremy Foo, Diamond Bar, 132, Sr.
Andres Estrada, Northview, 126, Jr.
Matt Chavez, South Hills, 152, Sr.
Chris Solario, Covina, 160, Sr.
Ian Alvarado, Sierra Vista, 195, Sr.
Katie Auxier, Northview, 145, Sr.
Alyssa Barredo, Walnut, 106, Jr.
Josias Nunez, Arroyo, 113, Sr.
Mark Cruz, Northview, 138, Sr.
Oscar Alfaro, Wilson, 170, Sr.
Andres Hooper, Northview, 120, So.
Inez Martinez, Mountain View, 116, Jr.
Izzy Valles, Northview, 137, Jr.
Mia Dow, Walnut, 116, Fr.
Angelica Ochoa, Sierra Vista, 162, Jr.
Evelyn Avila, Sierra Vista, 235, Sr.
Jessica Villagas, Baldwin Park, 189, Sr.
Jazmine Chavarria, West Covina, 235, Sr.
Ryan Blaschke, Bishop Amat, 182 lbs. Sr
Joshua Sapien, Bishop Amat, 285, Jr.
1. Northview
2. Rowland
3. Arroyo
4. Charter Oak
5. Bishop Amat
6. Diamond Bar
7. San Dimas
8. South Hills
9. Sierra Vista
10. Bonita
Baseline League: Alta Loma
Hacienda: Rowland
Mission: Bishop Amat
Mission Valley: Arroyo
Montview: Sierra Vista
Sierra: Charter Oak
Valle Vista: Northview
Northview (D2 Duals, Central Division, Masters)

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The next San Gabriel Valley powerhouse isn’t Damien, Bishop Amat or St. Francis, it’s Maranatha

“It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.” Aram Tolegian

By Aram Tolegian
Pasadena is there for the taking. I know it. You know it. Maranatha High School knows it. And more importantly, the school is doing something about it.

boganPasadena is well known as an athletics hotbed. It’s also no secret that its public school system, especially in terms of athletics, is a bit of a wreck. Coaches are woefully underpaid and the amount of turnover is staggering in terms of coaches and athletes is staggering.

Who better to take advantage of this than Maranatha?

And why not? There’s currently a pipeline of Pasadena football talent extending to the San Fernando Valley and beyond where schools like Alemany, Crespi and Oaks Christian are being bankrolled by our local talent.

What if those kids looking for an alternative to Pasadena public schools decided to stay close to home and pursue their athletic dreams locally? Maranatha, with its growing list of top-notch coaches, is doing whatever it can to make itself look like the top option.

tuckerIt simply can’t be on accident that in the last year Maranatha has hired Mr. Basketball in Pasadena, Tim Tucker, to head its boys hoops program. And now four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan has been brought in to coach the football team. It doesn’t stop there. In the girls basketball program, there’s a marquee name on the coaching staff like Tye’sha Fluker, who starred at Muir before attending Tennessee and playing with four teams in the WNBA. Think she can teach the younger generation a thing or two?

The baseball program has former Temple City standout pitcher Ryan Tucker, who had a brief career recently in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, on staff as pitching coach.

Again, none of these things are happening on accident. The collection of coaches being assembled on campus at Maranatha isn’t by mistake. It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.

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Bonita rallies again, sweeps Walnut, 4-2


By John Honell
Bonita took a huge step towards a sixth consecutive Hacienda League title before moving to the new Palomares league next year with a 4-2 win over Walnut on Thursday afternoon.

The Bearcats (14-5, 5-1) got a two-out, bases-loaded single from sophomore Brandon Bradshaw in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and complete a two-game sweep of the Mustangs this week.

“It felt great to get that hit,” Bradshaw said. “If you’re going to be put in that position, you’ve gotta want it. To come through like that is big for my team. I do it for my teammates, it’s not for personal accolades. We’re all about each other.”

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Glendora High School names tennis courts the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
The former Glendora Tennis Championships, held from 1961-2003, were a major part of Paul Baiotto’s life, and Thursday, Baiotto, who died in 2012, was rewarded for that dedication.
Glendora High School officially named its tennis facility the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts onThursday during a ceremony prior to the Tartans Baseline League match vs. Etiwanda.
All in attendance believed it was a fitting tribute for a man who dedicated so much of his time for tennis and the Glendora community.

“We’re all still playing — thanks to Paul — enjoying the game of tennis,” said Karen Baiotto, Paul’s wife. “Our sons, Brian, Brad and Brent so appreciate this honor because it will help his legacy live on. Paul had a passion for tennis and a penchant for details, which enabled the tournament to become the wonderful event that it was.
“If Paul were here today, he definitely would want to share this day with (the tournament volunteers). They made the tournament what it was. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.”
Biaotto, who grew up in Glendora and was a Glendora High graduated started the tournament from the ground up in 1961 and it annually became one of the top summer events in the Valley, featuring between 700-1,500 entrants each year in a variety of different competition levels, including open, juniors and seniors. It was the largest event in the Southern California Tennis Association summer schedule, and helped fun the up keep of several court locations in Glendora, including those at Glendora High and Goddard Middle School.
Bob Waldman, Baiotto’s chief assistant for much of the tournament’s run, said that Biaotto was the driving force behind the tournament’s success, though his organization and how he treated the players, and that the naming of the Glendora High tennis courts was an honor well-deserved.
“His memory will live on right here at the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts at Glendora High,” Waldman told the crowd, some who were tournament volunteers and former players. “Paul, this one’s for you, your efforts truly embodied Glendora’s motto, ‘The Pride of the Foothills.’”
Glendora principal Paul Lopez and athletic director Rod Tilton, who along with Waldman help lead the charge for the dedication, were also in attendance as well as Glendora city council woman Karen Davis.
“It’s a great day,” Lopez said. “We’ve never done anything like this before. This may be the beginning of other things we may do on the Glendora campus to help serve the community. I have to thank our athletic director Rod Tilton, who did a great job of putting this event together.
“We’re very proud to name the courts after Paul Baiotto for all the service he did for the Glendora community and the high school for the many of years of teaching.”
Davis presented Karen Baiotto with a recognition award in Paul Baiotto’s honor.

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All-Area Girls Water Polo: Bonita’s Natalie Rivas wins Player of the Year

Bonita High's Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Sr.

Bonita High School has become a pretty good girls water polo factory in recent years. The Bearcats have made three trips to the finals since 2009, winning once, and fielded some of the area’s best players.
You can add Rivas to that list. She ranked among the leaders in scoring and keyed the Bearcats to their fourth consecutive Hacienda League crown. For her efforts, Rivas is Tribune Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
For Rivas, while not winning a division title was disappointing, she also enjoyed the experience she had with her teammates.
“Going into the season we, as a team, decided we wanted to try and play as many games as possible,” Rivas said. “So I’m glad we got to play in CIF and give the younger girls a chance to play in CIF and learn how to play in those games, which are high-intense games.
“I’m really happy. I love my team and it was a great experience.”
Rivas, along with junior Erin Gonzalez, keyed the run to a fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, scoring 100 goals. But she was also one of the better passers in the area, a solid defender and a good team leader.
“She is just a terrific all-around player and athlete,” Bonita coach Andy Rosenberg said. “I’ve had the good fortune of coaching a lot of good players over the years, and she’s one of the best I’ve had the privilege of coaching. It’s because of skill, but also game sense. She’s going to be really hard to replace.”
Rivas, a three-time All-CIF-SS player, now takes her game to Virginia Military Institute, of Lexington, Va., and she can’t wait.
“I’m really excited I’m getting the chance to play college water polo,” said Rivas, who was first team All-Division 4 and Hacienda League MVP this season. “VMI is a great school, and I’m glad they want me.”

Bonita High's Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Andy Rosenberg, Bonita
Rosenberg is arguably the top coach in the area, leading the Bonita boys program to the CIF-SS finals three times during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and guiding the girls program to a title in 2009 and to the finals in 2011 and 2012. The Bearcats advanced to the semifinals in 2013 and to the quarterfinals this past season.
Bonita was 20-10, ranked near the top of Division 4 all season and won the Hacienda League for the fourth consecutive season.
The season was a lot of fun,” said Rosenberg, whose Bearcats lost to eventual division champion La Serna in the quarterfinals. “The girls — it’s cliche, but it’s actually true — worked hard, stayed together very well. It was a very enjoyable group to coach.
“This was my 20th year coaching, and I had much fun. It was as easy a team to work with as any of them.”
Bonita, after going 8-0 to win the Hacienda League, opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Oxnard, before losing, 9-8, to La Serna in overtime.
“It was disappointing to lose in the quarterfinals,” Rosenberg said. “We had hopes to go farther, for sure.”


Adkins was a key player for the Regents, who once again were one of the area’s best, finishing second in the rugged Sierra League and advancing two rounds in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Adkins was first team All-CIF-SS Division 3 and first team All-Sierra League.
Gonzalez played a major role in Bonita scoring its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, and going 20-10 with a trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals. She ranked among the scoring leaders in the area and earned first team All-Division 4 and All-Hacienda League. She teamed with Natalie Rivas to form arguably the top offensive tandem in the area.
Garwick was solid in goal for the Bearcats and played her part in Bonita going 20-10 and winning its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title. She saved her best efforts when it counted most, getting eight saves in a first-place showdown at Los Altos in February and five against Walnut, also in February. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
Contreras, whose older sister, Stephanie, and brother, Justin, earned respective player of year selections in recent seasons, lived up to the family name with a solid freshman season. She helped Los Altos to a 17-15 record and their second consecutive trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals. She was first team All-Division 4 and first team All-Hacienda League.
Mena was a key piece for the Conquerors, who finished second in the Hacienda League and advanced to the Division 4 semifinals for the second consecutive season. She formed a solid scoring tandem with freshman Brooke Contreras. She finished strong, scoring four goals in a 12-5 loss to Troy in the semifinals. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
Wong was the pivotal player for the Saints, who finished 15-11 and shared the Valle Vista League title with Wilson. She proved to be an asset as a scorer and distributer from her hole position. She shared Valle Vista League co-MVP honors with Wilson’s Stephanie Gonzalez.
Gonzalez keyed the Wildcats run to a share of the Valle Vista League title with San Dimas. They were 15-10 and lost in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs. She ranked among the league leaders in points, including scoring 53 goals. She shared league MVP honors with San Dimas’ Cheyenne Wong.
Danielle De Herrera, Bonita, Jr.
Elizabeth Cruz, West Covina, Jr.
Rachel Ramos, Rowland, Sr.
Rocky Gonzalez, Walnut, Sr.
Christine Hu, Walnut, Sr.
Joslyn Cuevas, Glendora, Sr.
Kelly Leathers, Glendora, Sr.
1. Bonita (20-10)
2. Los Altos (17-15)
3. St. Lucy’s (20-9)
4. Charter Oak (19-8)
5. Walnut (10-14)
6., tie, San Dimas (15-11)
6., tie, Wilson (15-10)
8. Glendora (8-12)
9. Rowland (9-9)
10. La Puente (8-9)
Baseline: Los Osos
Hacienda: Bonita
Sierra: Ayala
Valle Vista: San Dimas/Wilson

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Baseball: Serra holds off Bishop Amat, 6-5

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Serra High School, after losing to Bishop Amat on Tuesday, could not afford a setback in the rematch.
Marcus Wilson put those worries to rest on Wednesday.
The senior went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and turned away a Lancer rally in the seventh to give the visiting Cavaliers a 6-5 victory in a Del Rey League game.
Serra, also getting three hits from Denz’l Chapman and two hits and two RBIs from Adrian Morales, improved to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in league play. Morales had RBI singles in fifth and sixth for a 6-4 lead.
Christian Moya had two hits and Adryan Ramirez two RBIs for Amat, which slipped to 9-7 and 3-1. The Lancers had won six of their past seven after beginning the season 0-4.
Amat, after trailing 2-0, 4-1 and 6-4, looked like it might steal this one in the seventh. The Lancers loaded the bases with no outs following walks to Anthony Walters, Ramirez and Scott Hurst. But Wilson, who relieved Chapman after the first walk, struck out Michael Palos and got Sergio Robles to hit a sacrifice fly to left to cut it to 6-5.
Wilson then induced Bryan Mendez to hit into a force play at third to end it.

Bishop Amat’s Adryan Ramirez: “We couldn’t make plays we needed to make. There were some at-bats we couldn’t get that we should get. We didn’t execute like we did (the first game).”

Serra’s Marcus Wilson: “This was a very important win. We kind of backed down the first game, but we bounced back and were a really good team today. We did everything right at the right time. It was a good win.”

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The Circus is back in town: Salesian football wins appeal to avoid Catholic League South … For now

The CIF-Southern Section Executive Committee voted 13-3-3 on Wednesday to approve Salesian’s appeal to the 2014-18 Parochial Area Catholic League South football placement, which would have put Salesian in a Pac-5 football league with Loyola, Serra and Bishop Amat. Salesian balked at the idea of essentially moving from Division 10 to Division I and would prefer to play in the Mission League, though rumors persist that it does not want to be in the same league as rival Cathedral, which is currently slated to be in the Mission League. What happens next is that CAA must either propose changes or reaffirm their original plans for final approval or appeal to the CIF-SS on or before April 30. The CAA is set to meet on April 23 to discuss the appeal and map out the next move. The CAA expects to vote on a counter proposal on April 28 that it can send to CIF on April 30 for final approval.

How will it turn out?: Below is what the CAA had approved before Wednesday’s appeal. Question now is what happens to Salesian? My guess is that ultimately, either Cathedral or St. Francis replaces Salesian in the Catholic League South.

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Girls Basketball All-Area: Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley earns third straight player of the year honor; El Monte’s Cristine Butler coach of the year



Bonita High School’s Nikki Wheatley will go down as one of the top girls basketball players in the area has ever produced.
There wasn’t a thing the senior, sans winning a CIF-Southern Section division championship, she didn’t accomplish.
Wheatley earned All-CIF-SS three of her four seasons and was first team All-Area four times, including being Player of the Year her final three seasons.

“As I progressed, I felt I became more of a leader on the team,” Wheatley said. “I was able to have a successful four years. Definitely, having success in the playoffs all four years, and my last year, having (teammate Kandyce Smith) come in was great.”
Wheatley was great, and the key factor in Bonita winning another Hacienda League title and advancing to the finals for the second time during the past four years.
“Nikki is a point guard who is a great floor leader and good court vision and really brings a lot to the position,” said Nevada-Las Vega coach Kathy Olivier, who signed Wheatley to play for the Rebels, beginning next season. “Having a player with her kind of winning background in our class is key.”
WHEATLEYMUGWheatley ranked among the area leaders in scoring and assists and helped the Bearcats go 29-3 and advance to the finals, where they lost, 59-53, to Long Beach Millikan. But Wheatley prefers to look at the overall and what her team accomplished this season.
“I felt really good, even though we couldn’t finish it in the last game,” Wheatley said. “We had a really good season, beat a lot of good teams. We definitely proved ourselves, being in a tougher division. We did really good as a team and a lot of players stepped up, so overall, we had a very good season.”
Wheatley topped it off with an MVP effort in last week’s 11th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic, scoring a game-high 18 points to lead the Tribune All-Stars to an 85-60 victory over the Star-News.
Now she looks forward to her collegiate career, which takes Wheatley to Nevada-Las Vegas, where she will team with Smith as two of the Rebels prized recruits.
“Kandyce is going there too, so we’re really excited about that,” Wheatley said. “We’re going to have a really good team. I’m excited.”

Butler has changed the culture at El Monte, turning the program into a player in the Mission Valley League, which over the past decade had been ruled by Rosemead and Arroyo.
Butler, in just her second year at El Monte, has gone 33-20 the past two seasons, with two trips to the CIF-SS playoffs and scoring the school’s first league title since 1991 this season.
The Lions went 17-8 this season.
“Coming into the season, winning league was our goal this year,” Butler said. “It was something we reminded ourselves every single practice, every single game. When we got some big wins early, we knew we had set ourselves up to accomplish that goal.
“It was something very exciting. I’m proud of these girls. They are going to be a very special group for us for a long time.”

Smith, a senior transfer from La Salle, was the difference maker for the Bearcats’ run to the Division 1AA finals this season. She provided the outside game to Wheatley’s drive and dish presence. Her best effort was a 22-point effort in a 56-49 victory over Great Oak in the semifinals. She was first team All-Division 1AA and All-Hacienda League. She will join Wheatley at UNLV.

The senior was another key factor for the Bearcats drive to the divisional finals. She was a solid scoring option, preventing opponents from collapsing on Wheatley and Smith. She was first team All-Hacienda League.

Santana was a mark of consistency for the Lancers, who advanced to the Division 1AA quarterfinals. Shewas one of the better 3-point shooters in the area and ranked among the leaders in scoring. She was also strong without the basketball. The senior was one of three players to earn All-CIF-SS honors, getting a spot at Division IAA.

Ramirez has been a key player for Amat the past two seasons, and provided a scoring option on the inside and outside. She was one of the better scorers in the area. She was All-Del Rey League.

Theus did a little of everything for the Colts. She was a key part of Covina going 19-10 overall and 12-0 in the Valle Vista League. She came up big in wins over Wilson, which clinched the league title. She was league MVP.

Watkins was the top inside player in the area and keyed the Lions to a 17-8 record and their first Mission Valley League title since 1991. She averaged nearly 12 points a game and had 9. 1 rebounds per
contest to help the Lions go 9-1 in league play.

Williams was one of the more versatile players in the area, comfortable on the outside and inside. She ranked among the area leaders in scoring and played a major role in Workman going 18-9 and winningA the Montview League title. She was Montview League MVP.

Dy was a key player for the Panthers, who went 21-7 and finished second in the Hacienda League to Bonita. The senior ranked among the leaders in scoring in the area, and provided both production inside and outside. She was first team All-Hacienda League.

Kawamoto was one of the top shooters in the area. She led the Wildcats with a 15 points a game. The senior also averaged nearly six rebounds a game and 3.5 steals a contest. She keyed Wilson to an 18-10 record and a second-place finish in the Valle Vista League. She was first team All-Valle Vista League.

Tuala was one of the top scorers in the area, leading the Eagles with a 17 point a game average. She also averaged an area-best 19.7 rebounds a game. She was All-Mission Valley League.

Guard: Erin Houston, Charter Oak, Sr.
Guard: Katie Taylor, Northview, Sr.
Forward: Olivia Habern, Glendora, Sr.
Guard: Janae Chamois, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Guard: Jessica Rosas, Gladstone,Sr.
Guard: Amanda Alvarado, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Guard: Alicia Aguirre, Workman, So.
Forward: Kathy Mckiernan, Duarte, Jr.
Guard: Norah Wu, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Forward: Tiana Eaton, Diamond Ranch, Fr.

Bonita: Cassie Martinez, Jr.
Covina: Mariah Sierra, Fr.
Duarte: Mackenzie Barnes, So.
Glendora: Kelly Sera, Sr.
San Dimas: Dymond Mitchell, So.
South Hills: Brittany Wang; Joy Krupa
St. Lucy’s: Maryrose Wintroath; Mary Serafin
Walnut: Kim Mayekawa, Jr.; Katya Echavez, Jr.
West Covina: Adriana Ramirez, Jr.; Briana Ruelas, So.
Wilson: Elizabeth Lau, Sr.; Janae Yip, Jr.

1 Bonita (29-3)
2. Bishop Amat (22-8)
3. Diamond Ranch (21-7)
4. South Hills (18-10)
5. Workman (18-9)
6. Covina (19-10)
7. El Monte (17-8)
8. Wilson (18-10)
9. Duarte (16-10)
10. Diamond Bar (13-14)

Baseline: Etiwanda
Del Rey: Serra, Bishop Montgomery
Hacienda: Bonita
Mission Valley: El Monte
Montview: Workman
Sierra: Chino Hills
Valle Vista: Covina

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Baseball: Glendora edges Upland 5-4

glendorapitcherThe Glendora baseball team has earned some room for error, but veteran coach Dan Henley is far from comfortable. The Tartans edged Upland 5-4 so they now lead the Baseline League and second-place Rancho Cucamonga by two games and Upland and Etiwanda by three.

Henley wasn’t surprised to see the Highlanders rally back and he isn’t feeling totally comfortable with his team’s lead.

“Upland hits the ball and we knew that lead wasn’t necessarily safe. We had some good at-bats early and we’re able to put up just enough runs,” Henley said. “I like our position but I also know there’s a long way to go and anything can happen.”

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St. Paul softball sweeps struggling Bishop Amat, 3-2

By John Honell
The St. Paul softball team got only three hits, but two of them were home runs in a 3-2 win over Bishop Amat on Tuesday.
The win gave the Swordsmen (15-4-1, 5-1) a half-game lead over Amat in the Del Rey League — the first time they have led the Lancers (12-7, 5-2) in the standings since 2007.
“The keys to the game was outstanding pitching by (Koreen Orozco) and timely hitting — the home run by Lovie (Lopez) and the one by Danny Munoz — and then good defense and believing in ourselves,” Swordsmen coach Jim Maier said. “Coming over here and winning in one of the toughest places to win, we took it and we got ’em.”


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Never doubt the heart of a champion: Bonita comes off the deck to beat Walnut, 6-5, in eight innings

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Never doubt the heart of a champion.
Bonita High School showed why Tuesday.
Alex Gonzalez and Danny Gelalich had RBIs in the the seventh inning and Ethan Muro a game-winning single in the eighth as the Bearcats scored an improbable comeback in a 6-5 victory over first-place Walnut in a key Hacienda League game.
Nick Johnson also pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings for Bonita, which improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. Walnut, which got six solid innings from Christian Longoria and two RBIs from Steven Canedo, slipped to 10-7-2 and 2-1.
The teams meet at Bonita on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Walnut looked like it might stretch its league lead after leading 5-3 after six innings. But it all fell apart for the Mustangs after Bonita loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh following a walk, a fielding error and a hit-batter.
Gonzalez singles to make it 5-4 before Gelalich worked a one-out walk to tie it at 5.
Montgomery Montenegro then reached third with one out in the eighth on an infield single, a throwing error and a wild pitch. Muro then singled to right for the 6-5 lead.
Walnut, which missed a chance to win in the seventh after putting runners on first and second with no outs, then went in order in the eighth.

Bonita coach John Knott: “Walnut was tough. It was sloppy in the sense that both teams made mistakes, but credit our guys for not packing it in when we were down a couple of runs late. We had some big hits when we needed them, including Ethan Muro in the eighth inning.”

Bonita’s Ethan Muro: “This is kind of way our team’s been all year. We’re kind of underdogs now. Everyone says this is a rebuilding year, and that fires us up. I guess you can say my team wants it more than any team we play.”

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