About Fred Robledo

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

Former Los Altos baseball player sues coach/school district for repeated benching, citing “harassment and bullying.” Your thoughts?

By Hayley Mungia, staff reporter
A former Los Altos High School student and baseball player is suing the school district and his former coach for hundreds of thousands of dollars because the coach repeatedly benched him.
According to the suit, the school’s head varsity baseball coach, Gabriel Lopez, repeatedly refused to let 17-year-old Robbie Lopez, no relation, play throughout his senior year. The suit claims this constituted a pattern of “harassment and bullying.”
The teenager and his parents are seeking $150,000 or more, according to the suit.

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Covina Pony opens World Series with 10-0 victory

Covina’s 14-year-old Pony All-Stars opened the Pony World Series in Washington PA., with a 10-0, five-inning victory over host Washington PA.
James Jiminez drew the start and struck out seven over five innings of shutout ball.
The Hollenbeck all-stars were led on offense by Parker Miramontez who drove in three runs, and Robert Hernandez who reached three times and scored twice. Hector Bautista added a two run homer.
Covina will continue World Series play Monday at 5 p.m. against Bay County, Michigan.
— Provided by Stephen Morales

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Steve Ramirez leaves sports for news and our world will never be the same. His teary-eyed goodbye

By Steve Ramirez
Time truly flies when you are having fun.And I’ve had fun for nearly 30 years writing and covering local sports for this newspaper, but as the old adage states ­— all good things must eventually come to an end. And my time is now.For those of you who don’t know, today was my final day covering local sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers. Effective Monday, I’m moving over from the ‘Toy Department,’ as Southern California sports writing icon Bud Furillo once called it, to our news division, joining the breaking news team for our Inland Newspaper Group.
I’m switching from the fun of strikeouts, fumbles and 3-pointers to the harsh realities of crime, fires and automobile accidents.

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Damien’s longtime announcer and teacher, Chuck Ballingall, has passed

By Aram Tolegian
Chuck Ballingall, the longtime voice of Damien High School baseball and basketball, and veteran teacher at the school, died Wednesday after collapsing at the school. No age was given.
Ballingall’s voice was very familiar to those who attended Spartans basketball games in the winter and baseball games in the spring. He was entering his 36th year as a teacher at the school and also produced the school’s master schedule. Ballingall taught advanced placement statistics and geography.
“He was very involved in everything,” Damien principal Dr. Merritt Hemenway said. “I called him a Damien treasure. He had a great sense of humor. He and I shared a love of statistics and every morning we talked about the Dodgers.

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Nogales football missed the playoffs, but changed its culture


CLICK AND READ: Nogales football coach Richard Salazar preaches all the right things, that the hard work you put in during the spring and summer pays off in the fall.At least in Salazar’s case, he’s got the rings to back his mouth.
“I believe in all that stuff,” Salazar said. “I’ve lived it. I know what the feeling is when you reap the rewards of hard work.”
Salazar experienced it all as a player and coach.He played football for legendary La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta and was part of La Habra’s first championship team, winning a Division 9 title in 2002, then winning another championship his senior year in 2003.

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Damien football coach Mark Paredes explains why there is so much optimism, plus other interviews

Damien coach Mark Paredes has won championships at Bishop Amat and JW North. But Damien has been his biggest challenge. Is this the year the Spartans finally break through? He discusses it along with interviews with QB Warren Bryan, WR Mikey McCauley, OL Evan Crockett and LB Nathan Alba

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Who is the best quarterback in the East San Gabriel Valley?

There are lots of good quarterbacks in the Tribune coverage area, AKA, the East San Gabriel Valley. As we move closer to the start of the season, time for you to vote who’s best. The four on the poll include Northview’s Steven Comstock, Covina’s Nin Burns II, Bishop Amat’s Blake Archuleta, and Damien’s Warren Bryan. There are others to watch too, like San Dimas’ Dylan O’Leary, Glendora’s Bryce Wooldridge, Charter Oak’s Jalen Palacios and of course, Arroyo’s Ernesto Camacho. Your thoughts? Who would you take if you had your choice?

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