By John Sherrard
The second annual San Gabriel Valley Frozen Ropes league vs. league all-star tripleheader is Saturday at Maverick Park in West Covina.
The first of three games will be the Miramonte League taking on the Montview League at noon, followed by the Hacienda vs. Valle Vista at 3 p.m., and concluding with the Palomares against the Baseline at 6 p.m.
The all-star teams consist of players that were selected to the all-league first teams, with some second-team selections added to to the rosters. It’s not a senior game, it’s an all-star game of all levels that received sparkling reviews when the event was put together last year.
“The feedback regarding the league versus league all-star games has been great,” said event organizer and South Hills coach Darren Murphy. “Word got around enough that Frozen Ropes (of Glendora) asked to be part of it this year as a sponsor which is awesome.
“This is great for kids in the same leagues who battle each other all year and now they get to join forces and play a different league. It should be fun.”
One hundred fifteen players from 33 schools will play in the seven-inning games throughout the day.
“The idea is fantastic and it’s a true all-star game that includes every first team selection,” Tribune high school sports editor Fred Robledo said. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the area’s best.”
Two of the six teams will feature players that just won CIF-Southern Section championships.
Walnut, which won its second CIF title in school history last weekened, and Etiwanda, which also won a divisional title, will be part of the Hacienda and Baseline leagues respectively.
“I was fortunate to coach last year and very blessed to coach again this year,” said Walnut coach Paul Acosta. “This all-star game is different and unique and the best are here to represent the league.
Head coaches will invite coaches from other teams in their league and Acosta cherishes that moment.
“To be able to share the spotlight with the coaches is special. I’m still on cloud nine since (last week’s title) and this (all-star game) is nice and stress free, something I haven’t experienced in the last month.”
All of the league MVPs are scheduled to play, including Co-MVPs in the Palomares League, senior Hayden Pearce (Glendora) and junior Brandon Dieter of South Hills.
The Palomares League opponent, the Baseline League, will have senior MVP Tyler Freeman of Etiwanda.
Senior Lorenzo Llorens of San Dimas (Valle Vista League) and senior Brandon Godoy of Walnut (Hacienda) will face each other.
Elias Jauregui (Pomona) and Jonathan Guardado (Nogales) will represent the Miramonte and Montview leagues respectively as their MVPs.
Honorary head coaches for each league goes to the team that wins the league title, which awards them for their success.
Coaches chosen will be from the respective league champions, which includes Jesse Mendez of Pomona and Ruben Amancio of Garey from the Miramonte League; Donnie Montanez of Nogales in the Montivew League; Acosta of Walnut from the Hacienda League; Mike Regan and Mark Chiappelli of San Dimas in the Valle Vista League; and Darren Murphy of South Hills and Dan Henley of Glendora of the Palomares League. Donald Furnald of Etiwanda will coach the Baseline league.
The Frozen Ropes league vs. league all-star games at Maverick Park in West Covina will close out the high school season with a triple header. It was a great concept created last year and was so successful it was brought back for a second season. Basically, rosters are made up from first team all-league selections with some second team and honorable mentions added if needed to fill out the rosters.
The Triple Header schedule is as follows
Miramonte vs. Montview, Noon
Hacienda vs. Valle Vista, 3 p.m.
Palomares vs. Baseline, 6 p.m.
Rosters are subject to change, but here are the first team selections from all the leagues. Some second teams also posted. (Note: Not all players listed are participating)