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.
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.
Bonita softball coach Ken Carlson has resigned after five winning seasons and one of the best coaching records in the San Gabriel Valley during his tenure. Carlson was 109-31-2 since taking over in 2009, which included three league titles, two second-places finishes and a CIF-SS semifinal appearance. When Carlson took over the program, the Bearcats were 11-14 the year prior in 2008.
Swimmers of the Year: AUSTIN GARCIA, San Dimas; NICOLE GAUTREAU, Glendora
2013 All-Area Swimming boys/girls photo gallery
ALL-AREA STORY ONLINE: After months of marathon practices and hours and hours of honing their craft in the pool, San Dimas High senior Austin Garcia and Glendora High senior Nicole Gautreau have been selected the San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys and girls swimmers of the year for 2013.
San Dimas junior Jake Payton, the Valle Vista league most valuable player, has transferred to Inland Division power Upland and already has competed with the Highlanders in a passing tournament, sources have confirmed. We’ve posted rumors of Payton leaving for more than a month and speculated that he would likely go to Upland. What a surprise? Now comes the big question, will Payton be eligible? This is an obvious transfer for athletic reasons, but will San Dimas challenge it? That’s the key, if San Dimas challenges it the way West Covina challenged Antonio “Noodles” Hull’s transfer to Diamond Bar, where Hull has been declared ineligible by CIF because of an athletically motivated transfer, you would assume that Payton would likely suffer the same fate. If San Dimas does nothing and Payton moves to Upland, then Payton likely will be eligible come Week 1. Just like Noodles, I hope Payton is able to play and that San Dimas will let him leave and wish him well so he can pursue his dreams. But here’s the thing, will Payton be good enough to be a star at Upland the way he was at San Dimas? Will playing a Upland, in what could be a limited role because of a huge step-up in class with many more athletes around him, help his scholarship chances more than being at San Dimas, where he is dominant in the Wing Z? If he’s eligible, that’s the risk he takes going to a power like Upland where he’s just one of many talented players. If he’s not eligible, he can ask Jordan Canada what it’s like to transfer your senior year and not be able to play. That’s the risk he’s taking, and for his sake, I hope it works out.
ALL CIF-SS BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS
Player of the Year: Jack Flaherty, Harvard Westlake
Coach of the Year: Matt Lacour, Harvard Westlake
Team: Tyler Cohen, Agoura; Mario Losi, Canyon Anaheim; Myles Hager, Chaminade; Ryan Kayoda, El Toro; Brock Lundquist, Fountain Valley; Arden Pabst, Harvard Westlake; Ezra Steinberg, Harvard Westlake; J. P. Crawford, Lakewood; Javier Alvarez, Lakewood; Frankie Rios, Long Beach Poly; Frankie Padula, Los Alamitos; Brandon Caruso, Loyola; Quinn Brodey, Loyola; Jake Bauers, Marina; Jack Westermeyer, Marina; Ryan McMahon, Mater Dei; Jeremy Martinez, Mater Dei; Sean Barry, Moorpark; Jason Martin, Orange Lutheran; Cody Palmer, Riverside Poly
Player of the Year: David Fletcher, Cypress
Coach of the Year: John Weber, Cypress
Team: Zach Kirtley, Redlands East Valley; Brett Sebade, Alsio Niguel; Kyle Brown, Arroyo Grande; Dylan Stablein, Beckman; Ted Boeke, Crescenta Valley; Trevor Hall, Cypress; Kevin Lillicrop, Cypress; Gabe Speier, Dos Pueblos; Chris Kohler, Los Osos; Kyle Carpenter, Mayfair; Tyler Wade, Murrieta Valley; Jeremy Alvarado, Oxnard; Jacob Nottingham, Redlands; Angel Landazuri, Redlands; Cody Maples, San Clemente; Kyle Plantier, Temecula Valley; Burke Mitchell, Temecula Valley; Cesar Serna Valencia; Tyler Russell, Vista Murrieta; Blake Wilson, La Mirada
Player of the Year: Dominic Smith, Serra
Coach of the Year: Wil Aaron, Serra
Team: Eddie Carranza, Garden Grove; David Odle, Palos Verdes Peninsula; Jacob Blunt, Bonita; Parker Merritt, Bonita; Zeph Walters, Diamond Bar; Sammy Fitzgerald, Elsinore; Evan Hartfiel, Elsinore; Kevin Franklin, Gahr; Joseph Cochran Knight; David Sanchez, Loara; Austin Henning, Mira Costa; Chris Alcala, Mira Costa; Brian Serven, Palm Desert; Bryce Macy, Paloma Valley; Ulices Moreno, Paramount; Ty Boyles, Quartz Hill; Trent Hammond, Serra; Denz’l Chapman, Serra; Alan Trejo, Warren; Tyler Mahle, Westminster
Player of the Year: Phillip Bickford, Oaks Christian
Coach of the Year: Tim Penprase, Oaks Christian
Team: Marco Briones, Alhambra; Ben Fonseca, Baldwin Park; Bernardo Flores, Baldwin Park; Frank Vargas, El Rancho; Julian Vizcarra, El Rancho; Lars Nootbaar, El Segundo; Chris Mathewson, Kaiser; Clayton Herrman, La Canada; Sean Sparling, La Habra; Mark Abbate, La Serna; Jackson Rees, Laguna Beach; Chris Burkholder, Monrovia; Jack Kruger, Oaks Christian; Nathaniel Palace, Oaks Christian; Jimmy Lambert, San Dimas; Elias Orona, San Dimas; Andrew Piraino, Sonora; Jon Paul Sarro, Sonora; Matt Mogollon, South Torrance; Kollbi Oriti, Northview
Player of the Year: Logan Griffin, Oak Hills
Coach of the Year: Jason Story, Oak Hills
Team: Frankie Annunziato, Ontario Christian; Matt Nishanian, Ontario Christian; Ethan Stine, Apple Valley; Vin Haro, Big Bear; Connor McCoy, Citrus Valley; Luke Lamphere, Citrus Valley; Adrian Solchaga, Gladstone; Chris Jasien, Linfield Christian; Daniel Rasmussen, Maranatha; Augie Encinas, Mary Star; Kyle Callahan, Oak Hills; Tommy Anderson, Oak Hills; Travis Booth, Ontario Christian; David Metzgar, Paraclete; Tyler Carvalho, Paraclete; Tyson Miller, Shadow Hills; Ben Moreno, Tahquitz; Michael Frigon, Templeton; Mitch Williams, Village Christian; Brett Prater, Woodcrest Christian
Player of the Year: Morgan Earman, Desert Christian Academy
Coach of the Year: Mark Salazar, Desert Christian Academy
Team: Nate Loewen, Desert Christian Academy; Marshall Webb, Desert Christian Academy; Bryan Bell, Calvary Chapel Downey; Frank Manriquez, Calvary Chapel Downey; Aaron Anast, Capistrano Valley Christian; Willie Quiros, Capistrano Valley Christian; Brenden Sale, Crean Lutheran; Robert Camargo, Excelsior Charter; Andrew Penner, Frazier Mountain; Corey Mixon, Kern Valley; Layne Henderson, La Verne Lutheran; Caleb Lee, Pasadena Poly; Luke Asperger, Pasadena Poly; Brock Bell, Sierra Canyon; Harrison White, St Margarets; Caeden Barnes, Upland Christian; Aaron Digiamarino, Webb; Kirav Patel, Windward; Karlsen Termini, Flintridge Prep; Nick Gollin, Webb
Player of the Year: Anthony Rios, Firebaugh
Coach of the Year: Scott Hunter, Firebaugh
Team: Cristian Martinez, Avalon; William Perez, Bethel Christian; Zach Ell, Cate; Andy Winslow, Concordia Sylmar; Matt Jardim, Concordia Sylmar; Chandler Hughes, Dunn; Bryce McKibbin, Dunn; Sam Fields, Einstein Academy; Anthony Arreola, Firebaugh; Brian Gonzalez, Firebaugh; Esteban Ojeda, Nuview Bridge; Mark Nardoni, Rolling Hills Prep; James Uribe, Temecula Prep; Davis Muxlow, Santa Clarita Christian; Jordan Santa Cruz, Temecula Prep; Dakota Prochnow, Trinity Classical Academy; Nolan Day, Riverside Christian; Alex Ruiz, Riverside Prep; Quinten Raethke, Coast Union; Fabian Vital, Animo Leadership
Player of the Year: Erica Romero, Santiago/Corona (12) Pitcher
Championship Coach: John Perez, Santiago/Corona
Team: Tera Blanco, Marina; Alexis Osorio, Martin Luther King; Janine Petmecky, Riverside Poly; Selena Ta’amilo, Vista Murrieta; Jade Vecvanags, Orange Lutheran; Paige Von Sprecken, Yorba Linda; Kristina Brackpool, Valencia; Hayley Chamberlain, Camarillo; Nicole De Witt, Pacifica/Garden Grove; Megan Geer, Los Alamitos; Chelsea Gonzales, Rosary; Megan Linn, Corona; Kirsten Mack, Arlington; Mo Mercado, Great Oak; Kylie Reed, Norco; Kylie Sorenson, West Ranch; Delaney Spaulding, Etiwanda; Brynley Steele, Esperanza; Nikki Udri, Mater Dei; Maddy Jelenicki, Saugus; Karly Wester, Edison
Player of the Year: Miranda Viramontes, Chino (11) Pitcher
Championship Coach: Mike Smith, Chino
Team: Sahvanna Jaquish, Redlands East Valley; Aleah Laxamana, Long Beach Wilson; Kaylea Snaer, Rowland; Elizabeth Snow, Millikan; Amanda Lorenz, Moorpark; Alyssa Palomino, Mission Viejo; Monica Pasillas, Redlands; Jessica Scroggins, Lakewood; Jessica Torrez, Mayfair; Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak; Corrina Liscano, Bonita; Alyssa Mendez, Chino Hills; Kelly Spear, Oaks Christian; Mercedes Gasbarovic, La Mirada; Kira Griswold, Beckman; Brooke Belinger, Yucaipa; Cassidy Gustafson, Trabuco Hills; Nyah Rodman, Mayfair; Morgan Ettinger, Ayala; Taylor McQuillen, Mission Viejo; Janel Hayes, Lakewood
Player of the Year: Katelyn Chenault, Righetti (12) Pitcher/1B
Championship Coach: Scott Nickson, Righetti
Team: Sabrina Anguiano, Bishop Amat; Caitlyn Brooks, Burbank; Trisha Trujillo, California; Marcilena Valenzuela, Colton; Chloe Pendergast, Harvard-Westlake; Rachel Garcia, Highland; Sydni Overly, North Torrance; Jaelene Menchaca, Rialto; Alexis Gonzalez, Bishop Amat; Marissa Harmon, Highland; Rayleen Pallaro, California; Brittany Solis, Chaminade; Brooke Christensen, Peninsula; Gladys Esparza, Righetti; Kamryn Watts, Torrance; Mariah Sandoval, Alemany; Danielle Garcielita, La Serna; Taylor Glover, Mira Costa; Alyssa Hanks, Warren
Player of the Year: Cheyenne Gandara, Hemet (12) Pitcher
Championship Coach: Jeff Galloway, Hemet
Team: Alexandra Blevins, Heritage; Michelle Floyd, San Marino; Brittany Hitchcock, Ocean View; Ashley Ramirez, Segerstrom; Jenavee Pares, Garden Grove; Seanna Jiminez, El Monte; Austin Urness, Lakeside; Anjelica AmezQuita, Maranatha; Ashley Diaz, South El Monte; Kaitlyn Eveland, Loara; Sara Garcia, Santa Monica; Melissa Martine, Whittier Christian; Chloe Madill, Dos Pueblos; Emily Morrow, Valley Christian/Cerritos; Hannah McCorkhill, La Sierra; Ane Pahulu, Ramona; Stephanie Pergmann, Oak Hills; Taylor Vanzee, Hemet; Stacy Cavazos, Patriot; Olivia Leyva, La Canada; Anneliese Lopez, Buena
Player of the Year: Zoe Casas, Aquinas (10) Outfield
Championship Coach: Chris Ybarra, Aquinas
Team: Natalie Calderas, Jurupa Hills; Melanie Coyne, Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana; Courtney Cuzick, Nipomo; Kirstin Gutierrez, Savanna; Evelyn Hernandez, Montebello; Zoe Meinelschmidt, Marlborough; Larisa Petakoff, Calvary Chapel/Downey; Areana Ramos, Ontario Christian; Taylor Troost, Citrus Valley; Chandler Geary, Citrus Valley; Janell Wheaton, San Dimas; Becca Bell, Burroughs/Ridgecrest; Randi Dominguez, Silverado; Ashley Ruiz, Nipomo; Emily Sanchez, Schurr; Alyssa Soneff, Montebello; Jessica Valenzuela, Aquinas; Kristin Worley, Savanna; Breanna Atkinson, Paraclete; Jordan Grant, Silverado; Jocelyn Marquez, Northview
Player of the Year: Monique Landini, Bell-Jeff (12) Infield
Championship Coach: Florencio Galindo, Bell-Jeff
Team: Mackenzie Draper, Rosamond; Amanda Garcia, Cantwell Sacred Heart; Victoria Givens, Pomona Catholic; Miranda Magana, Santa Paula; Marina Vitalich, Mary Star of the Sea; Jessica Yasin, Kern Valley; Samantha Casarez, Bell-Jeff; Amber Nunez, Mary Star of the Sea; Alexis Parker, Rio Hondo Prep; Cailen Rodriguez, Alverno; Abriana Schlickernmayer, Yucca Valley; Caity Seastand, California Lutheran; Kayla Burns, Frazier Mountain; Sarah Guillen, Pomona Catholic; McKenna Hill, St. Bonaventure; Tamaya McQuery, St. Anthony; Jacqueline Mercado, Rosamond; Madisyn Moynihan, Saddleback Valley Chr; Andrea Rodriguez, Santa Paula; Marissa Witten, Kern Valley; Hannah Emery, St. Bonaventure
Player of the Year: Jen Deiner, Mesa Grande Academy (11) Infield/Pitcher
Championship Coach: Fred Knight, Mesa Grande Academy
Team: Cassandra Williams, Acad for Academic Excel; Krystin Koller, Riverside Christian; Kayla Limphaibule, Faith Baptist; Ashley Cazares, Firebaugh; Ashley Coleman, Crossroads Christian; Anissa Lopez, University Prep; Anielle Stosuy-Henderson, Bloomington Chr; Darby White, Campbell Hall; Jennifer Bice, Concordia; Sierra Gabriel, Rolling Hills Prep; Alyssa Frederick, Acad For Academic Excel; Andee Zulim, Riverside Christian; Amanda Suard, Faith Baptist; Guadalupe Corrol, Firebaugh; Justice Borden, University Prep; Michaela Garcia, Mesa Grande Academy; Amanda Roberts, Bloomington Christian; Jessica Pasco, Rolling Hills Prep; Jamie Hobson, Windward; Sierra Martinez, Orcutt Academy; Vanessa Sanchez, Avalon
Rosemead girls basketball coach Jay Gauthier, also known for singing the national anthem before games, has resigned after 12 years in charge and 10 Mission Valley League championships. One of the most successful girls basketball coaches over the last decade, Gauthier leaves having won five straight league titles and with a current 46-game league winning streak for the next coach. Gauthier posted an incredible 108-12 mark in the MVL. We will have a story up soon.
What: MVP Basketball Camp
Where: Covina High School Air Conditioned gym
Who: Girls and Boys ages 8-13
When: Starts June 17th Mon-Friday 8:30 a.m — 11:30 a.m.
Cost: GREAT PRICE only $65 Dollars for the week. Free Camp T-Shirt.
Former Citrus College Lead assistant and current Covina High School Head Varsity girls basketball coach/2012 San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Year Nick Masi with be directing and running the youth camp.
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)
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 email@example.com or 626-962-2495 ext. 5868.
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.
By 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.
MONDAY’S BLUE-RED ALL-STAR ROSTERS
Coaches: Andrew Formano, Los Altos; Darren Murphy, Northview
Chance Beeal, Alhambra
Jose Amezquita, Alhambra
David Dominguez, Arcadia
Troy Resch, Arcadia
Brandon 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, Glendora
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
Eric 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
Erik 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
If you’re wondering why there are no Damien or Charter Oak players on SGV all-star baseball roster, told schools did not nominate players
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) May 29, 2013
By 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
Bethie 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
Coaches: 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
Jamie 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
Follow @Keithllair at the state track and field championships in Clovis today and Saturday. Keith will be tweeting and posting Tout video’s of competitors at finals. For up to the minute results, click the CIF-State results link.
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
La Salle High School graduate Daniel De La Torre has had a one-track mind this entire spring.
He missed last Friday’s graduation ceremonies to work on his one goal for this season: Win CIF State track and field championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He qualified in both events at last week’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet. “It’s all been a progression,” the UCLA-bound runner said. “I’m ready to run in state. I’m going to finish what I started, which is to finish strong.”
The goal remains intact heading into today’s two-day meet at Clovis’ Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High. De La Torre finished ninth in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200 last year. He must finish in the top nine in a 1,600 qualifying race today. There is no 3,200 qualifier.
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
Brandon Tsujimoto will be enjoying two trips to Carmel in June.
The Damien High School graduate used Brookside Golf Course for the springboard for both trips, too. He qualified for the June 17-22 California Amateur last week on the facility’s No. 1 course and earned a berth in next week’s CIF State finals by shooting a 2-under-par 70 in Thursday’s CIF/SCGA Southern California regional on the same layout.
“My game has been coming around and my scores lower and lower,” he said. “Shooting a 70, especially with the competition here, it’s a great number.”
Tsujimoto went through graduation ceremonies last week. He finished sixth in Thursday’s one-day tournament to qualify for the finals, to be held Wednesday at Quail Lodge Golf Club.
“It was a really consistent round,” he said. “It feels great to go to state for the first time and in my senior year. It’s a great way to go out.”
Five other Valley golfers tried to duplicate Tsujimoto’s feat, but none qualified for the top nine spots. Arcadia’s Johnny Lai and La Canada’s Collin Morikawa came within one shot of getting into a playoff for one of four remaining slots. They had even-par 72s.
I’m already fired up for the fall. This is your football thread to discuss anything you want, the 10 questions, transfers, whose expected to transfer, coaching changes, gossip, whatever. We’ve got a lot to talk about over the next three months
1. Will Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar, regain his football eligibility after CIF declared him ineligible citing an athletically motivated transfer. Hull’s family has hired an attorney to appeal the decision. My guess is nothing will change. If it didn’t change for South Hills’ Jordan Canada, it probably won’t change for Hull.
2. It appears Damien has had more high profile players transfer out than transfer in since former Bishop Amat legendary coach Mark Paredes took over. Before Damien heads to the Pac-5, will it do anything in the Sierra or Inland with Paredes in charge? My guess, they’ll probably go 5-5.
3. Will Gladstone and El Monte, who had two of the best season’s in school history, even make the playoffs after graduating so many talented players, especially Gladiators QB Kevin Amezquita and Lions QB Brandon Martinez? I say probably not.
4. Is Bishop Amat quarterback Koa Haynes good enough or great enough to lead the Lancers to a Serra league title without a top back returning? Is Bishop Amat good enough to make the playoffs, period? The past few years Amat has been idling. They’re not going up, they’re not going down, they’re stuck in neutral. Will that change? Probably not, expect another second or third place finish in the Serra, and probably a first-round playoff exit.
5. Will San Dimas junior football standout Jake Payton, the Valle Vista League player of the year, remain at San Dimas? I’ve been told by a very reliable source that he is seriously considering transferring and that the wheels are already in motion. Stay tuned!
6. How many players will transfer to Charter Oak knowing they’re going back to the Hacienda League and probably the Southeast Division by 2014? And before it leaves, is there any chance of getting past the second round in the Inland Division? Over/Under is 5 on players transferring in, and no, they probably won’t get past the second round.
7. Will we ever watch Kurt Scoby play football again? He’s been at Charter Oak, Duarte, St. Paul, Alemany and now Monrovia. It’s his senior year, will he play? I’d set the odds at 70-30 that he never plays high school football again.
9. How good will the South Hills freshman football team be with head coach Steve Bogan in charge? He might be the first freshman football coach with four CIF titles.
10T. Who will be the top recruited football player in the Valley? Sadly, can’t think of many.
10T. Who are your sleeper teams for 2013? I’ll give you three, Diamond Bar, Bonita, Duarte.
Sources at Charter Oak have confirmed that longtime Charter Oak baseball coach Tom Quinley, a walk-on, will not be back next season. Quinley 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. Charter finished one of its worst seasons in memory, finishing 9-14 and last in the Sierra League.
BREAKING NEWS: Northview coach Jeff Butler informed me that after discussing with school officials, they have decided not to file a protest.
NEW VIDEO: Video footage of Aquinas allegedly hitting off a tee in pre-game warm-ups prior to its 9-1 semifinal victory was sent to us today. Again, you be the judge, are players hitting off a tee?
Northview High School spoke with CIF-Southern Section officials today accusing Aquinas, who it lost to 9-1 in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 5 softball semifinal, of conducting an illegal batting practice. If CIF determined an illegal batting practice took place, Aquinas would have to forfeit its victory. However, Northview only produced pictures, which I have obtained, but has no video evidence of Aquinas taking an illegal batting practice. Also, Northview never filed a formal protest with CIF officials, so it appears nothing will likely happen. But you be the judge, are these pictures enough? In the top photo Northview alleges this is a picture of an Aquinas player hitting off a tee. I can’t tell with certainty, the pictures are blurry. But it does appear the ball is stationary because the ball is in the hit-zone and the player still has the bat on her shoulders. But who knows, it could be an Aquinas player tossing the ball too. Those are just my observations. I never liked the rule anyway, but if you see it happening and believe you’ve caught a team violating it, get your video camera out.
The CIF-SS Softball playoff Bulletin states the following:
BATTING PRACTICE- Includes bunting or slap hittimg. Teams entered in the softball playoffs WILL NOT be permitted to take batting practice on the day of the scheduled contest. Batting practice will be construed as any type of pitching motion with ANY type of ball from in front of the batter (including pitching machines, underhand tossing, overhand throwing or pepper). THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE BATTING WARMUP WILL BE SIDE SOFT TOSS.
The player who tosses the ball should be on a knee and to the side of the batter. The ball should be lifted, not pitched, to the batter. THE PENALTY FOR BATTING PRACTICE WITH WIFFLE BALL, SOFTBALL, BASEBALL, ETC. MAY BE FORFEITURE OF GAME.
By Keith Lair, staff writer
The surprise of the high school track and field season has been the late-season surge of Devin Thompson.
The Rowland High School senior is only one of two San Gabriel Valley athletes competing in two individual events in this weekend’s CIF State meet in Clovis.
Thompson did not compete for 1 1/2 years because of academic issues. He will try to qualify for the finals in both the long and triple jumps on Friday.
“It’s been a wake-up call,” Thompson said. “I’m treating this as more of a comeback season. I really have to thank coach (Dan) Luna and the staff for pushing me through all these obstacles and making me eligible for track.
“I went in as an underdog and I’ve come out out in the middle of the pack. I’m pretty confident at this point.”