About Fred Robledo

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

Damien boys volleyball sweeps Indian Springs to reach D-5 quarterfinals

DAMIEN BOYS VOLLEYBALL ADVANCES: Indian Springs boys volleyball coach John Arient knew his Coyotes were facing an uphill battle in the second round for the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. He is fielding a team of small athletes who excel in soccer. None are club volleyball players and the school itself is just three years old. Damien d might have the best team that school has fielded in five years. The Spartans, who have primarily club player, are also the top seed.The outcome was expected as Damien (22-6) prevailed 25-9, 25-10, 25-14 Thursday night.

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Walnut boys and girls swimmers finish third at Thursday’s Division 3 swim finals

THURSDAY’S D-3 SWIM FINALS: Turns out the Pasadena Poly girls swimming team could have been a little less than perfect.The Panthers claimed the first CIF-SS team championship in school history by a wide margin, winning Division 3 by 74 points over Royal, 293-219, on Thursday at Riverside City College.Considering the number of things that had to come together not only on Thursday, but throughout the season, perfection is practically required to claim a CIF-SS team title in the eyes of Poly coach Colin Allen.“It has to be perfect, right?” Allen said moments before jumping in the pool with his team and a CIF-SS championship plaque. “Every single heat is faster than it was last year… I can’t believe it’s actually happening. This is awesome.”

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Bishop Amat’s Trevon Sidney preparing for mammoth senior year at wide receiver and corner

OK Tre, we get it. You can play receiver.The offseason showcase at receiver of Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney continued last weekend when Sidney was chosen wide receiver MVP of the Rivals Camp Series at Fullerton College.“I’ve just been working on it more, trying to show people I’m a receiver,” Sidney said. “It’s just a good opportunity to show what I can do and I performed my best.”Last weekend’s MVP award, combined with one he got at the Passing Downs Tournament in March, is a culmination of an offseason campaign to open eyes to what Sidney can do with the ball in his hands and also show he’s not just a defensive back.

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San Dimas rallies for 3-2 win over Wilson to finish the regular season 28-0, setting SGV record for consecutive wins

By Fred J. Robledo
There’s usually no greater pressure than heading into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs as a divisional top seed.Except in San Dimas’ case, where the bullseye will take on an entirely different meaning when the Division 3 high school baseball pairings are announced on Monday.
acunaIt’s not just championship or bust, it’s history or bust. It’s trying to do something no Southern Section team has done in more than two decades or bust. Finish undefeated.
The Saints wrapped up a perfect regular season on Wednesday, beating Wilson 3-2 in dramatic fashion to improve to 28-0, which set a San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive victories, eclipsing Bishop Amat’s 1993 record of 27 consecutive wins.
It didn’t come easy.
Wilson’s Vincent Santana hit a two-out, two-run homer to left in the fourth inning to stun Saints ace Peter Lambert to take a 2-0 lead.
acuna2But the Saints rallied back with power of their own.
With runners on the corners in the fifth, Tommy Acuna belted a three-run homer to left — his first of the season — to give the Saints a 3-2 lead that sent them on their way to victory.
When Acuna walked to the plate, teammate Jacob Castillo whispered something in his ear.
“He (Castillo) said stay calm and do what you do best,” Acuna said. “We’ve come back from bigger deficits before, two runs is nothing for us.”
Other than giving up the homer, the UCLA-bound Lambert was dominant again, allowing two hits while striking out 15 to outduel Wilson’s Matthew Rodriguez, who dropped to 6-3.
But it was Acuna that saved the unbeaten season for the Saints.

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South Hills’ 5-4 victory over Glendora sets the stage for Thursday’s winner-take-all at Glendora

By Fred Robledo
South Hills has struggled so much to score runs to complement its dominant pitching staff that coach Darren Murphy couldn’t care less how it pushes runs across.
It took four walks and three Glendora errors for the Huskies to score four runs in the third inning on Tuesday, and that was the difference in a crucial 5-4 victory for South Hills to move it a half-game ahead of Glendora for first in the Palomares League with one to play.
“You can’t be picky,” said Murphy, whose Huskies had only three hits. “We’re not really looking for style runs, we’re looking for just runs. There’s been some big scores, some low scores, but it’s the team that bounces back and does what it has to do that’s going to win this thing.”
South Hills (19-7-1, 9-4-1) knew going into the final week before the playoffs it would need a sweep over Glendora (21-7, 9-5) to win the league title.The Huskies’ victory sets the stage for Thursday, when they meet the Tartans again at Glendora for the outright league title.

Below: The South Hills photo bombers clowning coach Darren Murphy during the interview is hilarious.

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San Dimas, ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, improved to 27-0 with 13-0 win over Wilson

Monday Update: San Dimas moved to 27-0 with a 13-0 victory over Wilson on Monday to match Bishop Amat’s San Gabriel Valley record of 27 consecutive victories set in 1993. San Dimas can break the record and head to the Division 3 playoffs undefeated with another victory over Wilson on Wednesday at home with Peter Lambert on the bump.

USA TODAY NO. 1: baserecordSan Dimas baseball’s historic season has it ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today’s Top 25 National rankings that was updated May 6. San Dimas is 26-0 following a 9-0 win over Rowland on Thursday, leaving it one game shy of matching Bishop Amat’s 1993 San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive baseball victories with 27. Bishop Amat didn’t win the championship that year, but its 27 straight wins is eighth all-time in the CIF record books. Lompoc owns the CIF record for consecutive wins with 36 set in the 1970-71 season.
Assuming San Dimas can win its next two games, which includes a pair next week against Wilson with a chance to close out the Valle Vista League undefeated, San Dimas would head to the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs with a perfect record and not just a chance to win a D-3 crown, but an opportunity to win a USA Today National title.

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St. Paul wins Del Rey showdown, rallies for 6-4 win over Bishop Amat

 Girls softball Bishop Amat vs. St. Paul for Del Rey Leauge title at York Field in Whittier on Monday, May 11, 2015. St. Paul wins 6-4. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

Girls softball Bishop Amat vs. St. Paul for Del Rey Leauge title at York Field in Whittier on Monday, May 11, 2015. St. Paul wins 6-4. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

WHITTIER >> The Del Rey League softball championship will remain at St. Paul High School.
Myranda Bueno had three hits and four RBIs and the Swordsmen clinched a share of the league title Monday with a 6-4 victory over rival Bishop Amat at York Field.
Gabby Walker was steady in the circle and had a RBI single for the go-ahead run in the fifth for St. Paul, which improved to 19-6 overall and 10-1 in league play. The Swordsmen won the Del Rey League en route to the CIF-Southern Section Division III title last season.
Alyssa Barrera hit a two-run home run in the seventh and Miranda Larios had four hits and a RBI for the Lancers, who slipped to 16-7 and 9-2.

“This means a lot,” Bueno said. “We knew people were talking about us this year, about how we lost all our seniors from last year. But we’re back in it.”
St. Paul, after giving up the lead in the top of the fifth, regained it in the bottom of the inning. Sydney Kriemann was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning before Niko Walker walked. Gabby Walker, with runners on second and third and two outs, then lined a RBI single to right field for the 3-2 lead.
Jacilyn Candelas then walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 before Bueno singled to right-center for two runs and a 6-2 lead.
“I faced Samaria (Diaz) in practice on my travel ball team,” Bueno said. “I was just doing what I usually do.”
Bishop Amat tried to rally in the seventh. Rayne Barragan led off with a single and Barrera homered to right field to cut it to 6-4. Larios then singled with one out before Madeline Ramirez reached on a fielding error.
Gabby Walker then ended it by inducing Julia Menrad to pop out to short.

“It’s all about timely hitting,” Bishop Amat coach Kristen Dedmon said. (St. Paul) came up with runners on base and they were able to put the ball in play.
“We started to rally back in the last inning, but we needed to do that earlier in the game.”
Bishop Amat took the early lead, going up 1-0 in the second on a walk to Menrad, a single by Julia Valenzuela and RBI ground out by Sabrina Gonzalez.
St. Paul countered with two runs on a pop double by Bueno for a 2-1 lead. The Swordsmen then put it away with its four-run fifth.

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Diamond Bar beats Long Beach Poly for CIF-SS Badminton title

DIAMOND BAR WINS TITLE: Saturday afternoon’s badminton showdown at Long Beach Poly matched the three-time defending CIF-SS champion Diamond Bar High against a Jackrabbit team making its first appearance in a CIF championship match. The reigning champions were as good as advertised, putting on an impressive performance to take a 16-5 victory. It is the fourth straight championship for the Brahmas and their sixth straight title game appearance.Diamond Bar head coach Kemp Wells was hoping for a good start from his team, looking to win three of the opening four matches. Instead, the Brahmas took the first eight matches of the day to storm to a commanding 8-0 lead.
“Rhythm is huge in high school sports, so it helps when you get that,” Wells said of his team’s commanding start. “It’s always nice when players exceed expectations.”
Poly’s first win of the day came from Kristine Nguyen, who knocked off Kristine Martinez, 21-7, 21-9.

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TRACK FINALS WEEK: Damien speedster Zach Shinnick is fastest soph in the state and league finals results and stories with Bob Ramsey

WEEKEND FEATURE ON DAMIEN SPEEDSTER ZACH SHINNICK: The 400 meters might be the toughest high school track and field event. Athletes need speed and endurance to be successful.
Zach Shinnick, the fastest sophomore in the state, manages to have both.
“Besides the 400 hurdles in college and the 800, it has to be the hardest race,” the Damien High School sophomore said. “You have to sprint and you have to have strength to finish. Not many people have the best of both. I’m blessed to have both.“My times are a little bit surprising. Not many people think someone can do this when you’re so young. I knew I could do it. I believe in my capabilities to run these times.”

RESULTS: Area track and field guru Bob Ramsey will keep everyone up to date with this week’s area league track and field finals. I’ll post links on this thread of any video from events you want to share along with links to results from this week’s finals. We start with the Palomares, which finished on Wednesday.

Del Rey League
Del Rey League finals story: Bishop Amat’s Ally Palomino dominates with a double in 1,600 and 3,200 meters.
More: Del Rey League finals results

Palomares League
Palomares league finals story: Veronica Smeltzer (Sr, Glendora) led the girls with three wins – 15.39/100 hurdles (#5 SGV, GHS record), 200/26.06 & 4×400/4:02.85 #3 SGV). But she was rivaled by two All-Time SGV performances. Bonita senior Cassidy Peng’s 11-00 pole vault win moves her to #13= All-Time, and #2 this year.
More: Palomares league track finals results
More: Palomares league field finals results results

Miramonte League
Miramonte League finals story:
Desmond Bobo (Sr, Pomona) took home four (!) first place medals and had the top performances in the meet. His 11.07 (2.8w) 100m win ranks 7th SGV and his 21-01.50 long jump best makes him #9 SGV. He was also best in the 200 – 22.99w and 4×100 – 43.77.Garey junior Brenae Jones matched Desmond’s three individual wins. She took the high jump: 4-06, long jump: 14-11, and triple jump: 33-00.
More: Miramonte League finals results

Mission League
Mission League finals story:
People in the Mission League run really fast – it is one of the two or three strongest League meets in the country. St. Francis is the sole SGV member of that league, and their two best team members represented well at Thursday’s meet at Occidental College.Jasher Foster on his way to his best race… yet. Junior Jasher Foster won 110 Hurdles in 14.43, breaking his own school record. He ranks #2 SGV, and moves into the SGV All-Time Top 50 at #46. Jasher took over the SGV lead with his second place PR 38.56 in the 300 hurdles.

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Rowland’s Michael Wang dominates Valle Vista Swim Finals; Claremont’s Andrew Leahy win Palomares tennis title

ROWLAND’S MICHAEL WANG DOMINATES: Ten league records, including four individual marks by Rowland’s Michael Wang, were set in his own pool.“We swam lights out,” Rowland coach Mike Cody said. “San Dimas swam pretty well, too. It was a fast meet.”Wang qualified with meet records in the 200 individual medley (1:53.1) and the 100 backstroke (51.96). He led off both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and got records in each (21.10 in the 50 and 45.73 in the 100). Both Raiders relay teams set records as well (1:30.45 and 3:20.45, respectively).Every boys winner had an automatic qualifying time. Setting meet records were San Dimas’ Zach Patrick in the 200 free (1:51.73) and 500 free (5:08.27) and Rowland’s Andrew Phan in the 100 butterfly (51.34). Phan also won the 50 free.

CLAREMONT’S ANDREW LEAHY WINS PALOMARES TENNIS TITLE: Junior Andrew Leahy from Claremont High School claimed the boys tennis singles title in the Palomares League by beating South Hills’ Kevin Tang 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals and Neil Tengbumroong from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Thursday afternoon at the Claremont Club.
Bonita’s pairing of Matt Diamond and Bennett Williams won the league doubles title. They beat Roger Yang and Daniel Chai from Diamond Bar 6-2, 6-4, and then defeated Glendora’s Dillon Barnard and Justin Lay 6-1, 6-2 in the championship match.

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Nomination forms for annual Blue-Red SGV All-Star Underclassman an Senior Baseball Games

BLUE-RED-GAME: Coaches in the East San Gabriel Valley need to contact Nogales baseball coach and all-star game organizer Don Montanez to nominate players for the San Gabriel Valley Blue-Red underclassman and senior games. The Underclassman game will be held at Moor Field in Alhambra on June, at 2 p.m. and the Senior game will be held at East Los Angeles Community College in Monterey Park on June 8, at 7 p.m. Danny Roddy of Northview and Danny Meza of Rosemead will coach the Underclassman Game. Paul Acosta of Walnut and Houston Hernandez of Schurr will coach the Senior Game.

MORE ALL-STAR GAMES: In addition to the Blue-Red game, this year there will be a San Gabriel Valley Tribune Area all-star underclassmen and senior baseball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Saturday, June 13. South Hills coach Darren Murphy is the tournament organizer along with help from other area coaches. Tribune area coaches interested in the game should contact Murphy at South Hills.



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Palomares Baseball: Bonita gets must 7-5 win over Ayala; South Hills falls out of first with 2-2 tie with Claremont

Bonita got itself back in playoff contention and in the title hunt with a 7-5 win over Ayala, and needs to sweep the Bulldogs Friday in order to put itself in great position going into next week. South Hills’ inability to score runs is catching up with the Huskies, who could do no better than a 2-2 tie in 13 innings against struggling Claremont.That tie allowed Glendora to take sole possession of first with three games to go and leaves the Huskies in second, but only a half-game (or a tie) ahead of Ayala and Bonita with three games to go. Who knows how that tie will affect things down the stretch, but the truth is Glendora and South Hills control its own destiny because they finish the season with a head-to-head next week that will likely determine the league title. If one of the two gets swept, that could possibly knock it out the playoffs entirely. It should be fun.


Bonita 7, Ayala 5: Bonita High School’s baseball team gave up an early 4-0 lead, but the Bearcats scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to defeat Ayala 7-5 Wednesday afternoon to move into a tie with the Bulldogs for third place in the Palomares League.Ayala (14-11, 7-5) got all five of its runs with two outs in the top of the fifth, using three of its four hits on the day to take a 5-4 lead.However, Bonita (19-8, 7-5) answered an inning later and reliever Nick Johnson retired the side in order for the second inning in a row to get the win for the Bearcats.
Glendora 2, Diamond Bar 0 — Ryan Beyer improved to 5-1, striking out six and Hayden Pearce got the save for the Tartans (20-6, 8-4) in a Palomares League victory. Glendora’s Raymond Romo went 3 for 3 with an RBI and Nolan Collett had an RBI.
South Hills 2, Claremont 2: The Wolfpack scored twice in the third and the Huskies answered back with two in the fourth and that was it as they settled for a 13-inning tie that was called because of darkness.

Glendora 8-4 (20-6)
South Hills 7-4-1 (17-7-1)
Ayala 7-5 (14-10)
Bonita 7-5 (18-8)
Claremont 3-8-1, (10-14)
Diamond Bar 3-9 (10-14)

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Palomares Baseball: Bonita battling to stay in title chase and playoff picture against Ayala

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora's La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Bonita High teammates congratulate each other after a 3-1 win vs Sonora High at Sonora’s La Habra, Calif. campus field March 31, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

When the Palomares league was created, it was baseball that caught everyone’s attention. Throwing area heavyweights Bonita, Glendora and South Hills in the same league with Ayala, Claremont and Diamond Bar was sure to create some excitement, and it has, with three-teams tied for first and Bonita only a game back with four to play. It will all be settled by next week, but some good teams won’t make the playoffs. The biggest home-and-home series is Bonita and Ayala, with the Bearcats hosting today at 3:15 p.m. A Bearcats sweep could put them in title contention, however if they get swept they likely get knocked out of the playoffs completely.
Today’s schedule
Ayala at Bonita, 3:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Glendora, 3:30 p.m.
South Hills at Claremont, 3:30 p.m.

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Track and Field league finals sets the tone for the big weeks that follow


PRELIMS: Results from Tuesday’s Baseline, Hacienda, Mission Valley, Rio Hondo & Valle Vista League Prelims.

LEAGUE FINALS WEEK: This may be the biggest week of the season for high school track and field athletes.But then again, each weekend until the end of the month is also that biggest week. That’s because it’s playoff time.The season begins its nitty-gritty with 16 league finals involving San Gabriel Valley schools to be held in the next three days.“The big picture is qualifying,” Covina coach Kevin Glaspy said. “Obviously, that’s the priority.”The winners of each event will receive an automatic entry into the next round of competition, the CIF-Southern Section preliminary meet. But that does not knock out other athletes, either.

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