About Fred Robledo

Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Pitcher Diego Barrera denied eligibility at Damien until summer, ending his junior season

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Saturday’s SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific set to go

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Saturday’s SoCal Shootout set to go: Fifteen years ago, Gordon Hamlow had a vision to create a one-day event in a college arena where high school basketball teams could take a break from their league schedules and enjoy a game in a beautiful setting.
It turned out to be a major success.
Throughout the years, top teams from around Southern California have congregated at Azusa Pacific University for a one-day event that has seen talents such as Jrue Holliday, Darren Collison and Kawhi Leonard take part. And all the while Hamlow has kept a local favor to treat area fans.
This year will be no difference. In fact, the local influence may be more than usual. Starting at 9 a.m. and ending with a 8:30 p.m. tip off, the nine-game event figures to offer something for everyone, including the most hardened hoops fans looking for a smorgasbord of action.

Saturday’s SoCal Shootout Schedule at APU
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West Covina coach Mike Maggiore has resigned

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Maggiore resigns as three-time championship coach: Longtime West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore announced his resignation Wednesday after 21 seasons at the school.
Maggiore guided West Covina to six league championships and three CIF championships during his time and always had the Bulldogs among the top teams in the area. But family duty calls and so he told the team of his decision on Tuesday.“
I feel like I’ve been on a treadmill and I just want to get off the treadmill and take a breath,” Maggiore said. “I’d like to say there’s something cool I’m going to be doing, like hunting. But I don’t have any plans. I just want to spend a little time with my son.”

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SGV All-Star football game shaping up for Jan. 27 game at West Covina

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By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
After losing the past two installments of the East-West SGV All-Star Game, the East team is bent on getting back on the winning side of a ledger it dominated for so long. And a major weapon may help them do just that.
It’s still unofficial, but East coach Eric Martinez of Diamond Ranch is hoping to secure the services of Oregon-bound Rancho Cucamonga running back Jaylon Redd, who told Martinez he’d like to play and will be on the East’s first roster.
Both the East and West teams have had initial meetings and will hold their first practice on Wednesday night. The East will practice at Diamond Ranch at 7 p.m. while the West, coached by Pete Gonzalez, will practice at Montebello at 6 p.m.

Rosters are still a fluid situation at this point for the Jan. 27 game, which will take place at West Covina High. Many players will deflect while some will decide they want to take part. A case in point is La Cañada’s Drake Beasley, who was originally thought to be playing for the West, will now not participate in the game as he focuses on recruiting after missing his entire senior season when his transfer from Loyola to La Cañada was deemed to be in violation of CIF rules.

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Bishop Amat girls soccer, ranked No. 1 in D3, earns 4-1 win at La Salle

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Amat earns big 4-1 victory on the road: Danielle Gonzalez made up for her missed chance.
The Bishop Amat High School freshman missed a penalty kick in the first half. But she scored the first two goals of the game to start the second half and the Lancers opened the Del Rey League girls soccer chase with a big 4-1 victory over host La Salle on Tuesday evening.“
During the PK I was going to shoot left,” she said. “I thought I was moving way too much and I psyched myself out before I shot it. After that, the team was telling me to not worry about and let it go. (Scoring) made up for everything.”Bishop Amat (13-3) went at La Salle goalkeeper Lauren Veneri 17 times in the first half. The senior stopped shot after shot with her feet and hands. Victoria Ochoa tried a high-footed shot that glanced off the hands of a La Salle defender, leading to the penalty kick. Gonzalez’ shot went right at Veneri.
“We made an error and all we had to do was fix it,” the senior goalkeeper said. “I got in the box and focused. I think I kind of read her hips. That’s all.“We played the best we could. We stayed together as a team. We’ll come back harder.”
Gonzalez took advantage of a centering pass from Sophie Serafin two minutes into the second half to score. She scored two minutes later when Nayeli Diaz’ pass was deflected and Gonzalez regrouped and put the ball in.

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Cal’s Espinoza gets best of Amat’s Flores in featured match during SGV All Star Wrestling Classic

Photo Gallery of Monday’s All-Star wrestling at Bishop Amat

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By John Sherrard
Seventy two wrestlers from local high schools filled the Bishop Amat gym Monday evening for the Third Annual San Gabriel Valley East-West Wrestling All Star Classic.
The unique event, started two years ago by Amat coach Tom Pierre, was attended by numerous All-League and All-CIF competitors in 14 weight classes.
Twelve schools represented the SGV with the East edging out the West, 8-6.
The featured weight class of the night was at 126 pounds. between two reigning CIF-SS champions. Senior Sidney Flores of Bishop Amat and senior Christian Espinoza of Cal.
In a very close match, Espinoza held on for a 6-5 victory over Flores. Flores had won in each of his sophomore and junior years in the event in different weight classes against other competitors.
“It felt great with the crowd and it was kind of a rivalry between us,” said Flores, who will be attending the Air Force Academy next year. “I’ve gotton the last couple of wins over him and he wanted his revenge over me.
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Boys Basketball: Damien remains No. 1; Los Altos with big win over Walnut

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Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (15-2)
— Rebounds from loss to Chino Hills with 97-74 win over Upland. Big week against Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.
2. Los Altos (12-3) — Huge win over rival Walnut, followed by 124-60 beating over Verbum Dei.
3. Diamond Bar (12-5) — Big 73-70 win over Glendora then goes to 2-0 with win over Ayala.
4. Bishop Amat (15-2) — Great 2-0 start in the Camino Real, and another solid year for coach Ertle.
5. Bonita (12-4) — Showed why its Palomares favorite with easy wins over Ayala and Claremont.
6. Walnut (12-5) — Gave Los Altos all it could handle before falling 70-57.
7. San Dimas (11-6) — Hung on for 55-53 win over Rowland, then knocked off Wilson.
8. Workman (12-5) — Should go undefeated in the Montview.
9. Charter Oak (11-4) — After big win over West Covina, drops 59-47 decision to Chino.
10. West Covina (11-8) — Unpredictable Dogs are solid, but Hacienda is a tough place to get wins.



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