About Fred Robledo

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

Final thoughts on Signing Day, Sweet, Charter Oak and Echols

Two things jumped out today. For there to be no sign ceremony for Bishop Amat RB Torreahno Sweet, a league offensive player of the year and an All-Pac 5 first team selection, is mind boggling. Both are among the best leagues and divisions in the country. 37 TDs. A 380-yard game. Both school records at a place known for its backs. I just don’t get why he’s not getting genuine offers because on top of everything else, he’s a great kid……..
Second thing is it seems every year Charter Oak has nearly a half dozen players sign scholarships. And Big Lou says there might be more to come. They might be a Division 8 school and a good one when it comes to football, but they can play with the Pac-5 when it comes to recruiting. You gotta give their coaches credit for that, they work the phones like it’s an election……
And then there was Charter Oak’s Zion Echols, whose shirt malfunction was classic on his way to Cali.

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Athletes across the SGV celebrate National Signing Day

Area Football Players make choices: Dreams became reality for a slew of local high school football players as they made their college choices official by signing on the dotted line Wednesday.
Bishop Amat and Charter Oak sent strong classes to the next level although drama in terms of last-minute decisions were few and far between across the Valley.
“It’s a great feeling, we all came in as freshmen wanting to live this dream and it’s just great being able to live it with your teammates,” Sidney said of being part of Amat’s big signing class. “It’s still a shock knowing all this hard work pays off.”

Bishop Amat signing: Matt Brayton (UNLV), Tyler Vaughns (USC), Trevon Sidney (USC), Chris Gaston (Colorado State), Steven Lopez (Missouri Baptist)

Charter Oak signees: Kyle Morales (UC Davis), Kam Brown (Montana State), Damien Washington (Montana State), Dareon Nash (Montana), Zion Echols (California).

Baldwin Park’s Paco Perez heading to UCLA

Football Commits
Matt Brayton, Bishop Amat, UNLV
Matt Fink, Glendora, USC
Trevon Sidney, Bishop Amat, USC
Eric Williams, Covina, Northern Arizona
Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, USC
Kamden Brown, Charter Oak, Montana State
Chris Gaston, Bishop Amat, Colorado State
Francisco “Paco” Perez, Baldwin Park, UCLA
Ryan Liam, Damien, Washington State
Caleb Watkins, Glendora, West Point.
Steven Lopez, Bishop Amat, Missouri Baptist University
Damien Washington, Charter Oak, Montana State
Damon Johnson, Glendora, USC
Dylan Thigpen, Damien, Idaho
Josiah Erickson, San Dimas, Sacramento State
Zion Echols, Charter Oak, (SIGNING DAY ANNOUNCEMENT)
Isaiah Love, West Covina High, Washington State
Dareon Nash, Charter Oak, Montana
Kyle Morales, Charter Oak, UC Davis
Girls Soccer
Taylor Salgado, Charter Oak, Cal State Fullerton
Julia Bingham, St. Lucy’s, USC
Hailey Zerbel, South Hills, Arizona State
Amber Marinero, South Hills, Southeastern Louisiana
Alina Cobian, South Hills, University of La Verne
Sam Hanawalt, Bonita, Boise State
Bridget Mansour, Glendora, University of Central Arkansas
Katelyn Scott, Glendora, Lesley University
Cassidy Overstreet, Glendora, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Natalia Elizarraras, Los Altos, Mercy College
Nicole Leggio, St. Lucy’s, Pepperdine
Madison Walker, St. Lucy’s, Saint Martin’s
Alyssa Lopez, South Hills, Holy Names
Hannah Shields, South Hills, Idaho State
Boys Water Polo
Matthew Maier, Damien, USC
Girls Water Polo
Madi Egan, San Dimas, Concordia University
Holcomb, St. Lucy’s, Cal Berkeley
Girls Volleyball
Mireya Rojo, Los Altos, Hope International University

Area athletes in soccer, volleyball, water polo, also have their day: South Hills High School’s Hailey Zerbel leaned over to soccer teammate Hannah Shields just seconds before signing her national letter of intent on Wednesday morning.
“I’m nervous,” she said.
Zerbel and nearly three dozen non-football players from around the San Gabriel Valley held parties and posed for pictures for National Letter of Intent Day, each signing a scholarship commitment to play at colleges close and far from home.

South Hills signees: Alyssa Lopez (Holy Names), Amber Marinero (Southeastern Louisiana); Hannah Shields (Idaho State), Hailey Zerbel (Arizona State).

San Dimas signeees: From left, Alondra Reynoso (Pomona Pitzer); Madison Egan (Concordia); Josiah Erickson (Sacramento State); Kennedy Anderson (Northern Idaho)

Above: Sam Hanawalt, Bonita, Boise State

Damien signees: Cameron Record, University of San Diego; Dylan Thigpen, University of Idaho; Liam Ryan, Washington State; Matthew Maier, USC Water Polo

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Read reporter Clay Fowler’s exceptional work on recruiting and the celebrity of Lonzo Ball

How high school athletes like Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball deal with new celebrity status: Fresh off a flight across the country, UCLA-bound Lonzo Ball stepped off the hotel elevator in Fort Myers, Fla., only to find autograph seekers waiting outside his room.
The Chino Hills High School senior’s national coming-out party wouldn’t occur for another couple of days, when his team would ascend to No. 1 in the country by winning one of the nation’s most prestigious basketball tournaments.

Dealing with the hype on social media can be a boon or burden for young athletes: Despite the fact that less than 2 percent reach the NBA, 76 percent of Division I basketball players think they have a “somewhat likely” chance to play in the NBA, according to a 2011 NCAA survey. The number only drops to 48 percent for Division II players. What role does social media play in all this?

The college recruiting game: Coaches take extraordinary measures for top talent: What goes on behind the scenes in college recruiting?

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Monrovia football coach Chris Stevens named head coach at Chino Hills

stevensStory: Truthfully, Chris Stevens’ initial hope was to stay as the head football coach at Monrovia High School.
But the commute of over an hour from his home in Chino to Monrovia took its toll on Stevens and his family. And when finding a house close to Monrovia didn’t work out, Stevens turned his focus to finding a job closer to home.Chino Hills turned out to be that job.
Monday, Chino Hills introduced Stevens as its new head coach to a group primarily of returning football players. His selection is pending school board approval.

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Soccer rankings: Diamond Bar Boys/South Hills girls No. 1


Tribune Soccer Rankings
Boys Rankings

1. Diamond Bar (15-1-6) – Undefeated in Palomares and can all but wrap up league title if it beats second place Claremont at home on Tuesday.
2. Ganesha (12-2-5) — Keeps rolling in the Miramonte and tied with Garey at 6-0-1. They meet in league finale that will likely decide it all next week.
3. South El Monte (11-1-0) – Undefeated on field, but had to forfeit earlier tie to El Monte, then beat El Monte last week 2-0.
4. Damien (7-2-5) — Tie followed by 1-0 loss to Los Osos drops Spartans from first in Baseline.
5. Gladstone (12-4-1) — Undefeated in league, the Gladiators can wrap up league title with a win over Sierra Vista on Wednesday.
6. Los Altos (11-5-2) – After getting key 2-1 win over Diamond Ranch to take over sole possession of first in Hacienda, it loses 1-0 to Walnut to fall back into tie with Diamond Ranch.
7. Sierra Vista (12-5-1) – After starting 0-2 in Montview, is now 2-2 and trying to get back in title hunt.
8. Diamond Ranch (12-5-1)– Luckily for Panthers, after losing to Los Altos for first place, Los Altos lost later in the week and now they’re tied again.
9. El Monte (11-5-2) – Because of forfeit win over South El Monte from earlier in league play, Lions are tied with South El Monte for league lead despite losing 2-0 to the Eagles last week.
10. Covina (9-3-3) — Colts keeping its foot on the gas in Valle Vista, leading by a game over Nogales.

Girls Rankings
1. South Hills (15-1-5) – Wins over Bonita and Ayala this week will clinch the Palomares league title for 7-0 Huskies, also No. 1 in Division 3
2. Bishop Amat (10-5-1) – Lancers routed 4-1 by St. Joseph’s and can do no better than second in the Del Rey. But still easy No. 2 in this area.
3. Sierra Vista (18-2-1) – In Montview league has scored 37 goals and allowed just one.
4. St. Lucy’s (12-5-3) — a tie and 5-2 loss to Rancho Cucamonga leaves it in sole possession of second in tough Baseline.
5. Los Altos (9-7-3) — Is 5-0-1 in Hacienda and closing in on a league title with full two-game lead over Chino (3-2-1).
6. San Dimas (8-8-2) — Huge 2-0 win over Rowland to take over sole possession of first in the Valle Vista by half a game over the Raiders.
7. Glendora (7-8-7) — In a tough battle with Diamond Bar for third place and last guaranteed playoff spot from Palomares.
8. Rowland (13-7) — Falls to second in Valle Vista by half a game after 2-0 loss to San Dimas.
9. Charter Oak (6-7-2) – Can finish anywhere from second to fourth in Hacienda.
10. South El Monte (9-5-1) – Eagles remain second in Mission Valley behind undefeated Gabrielino.

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Basketball Rankings: Damien boys/Diamond Bar girls stay No. 1


Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (21-2)
— Gets Upland first, then Etiwanda on the road Friday before taking on Chino Hills again next week.
2. Diamond Ranch (17-6) — Clearly the area’s second-best team after beating Walnut and Los Altos to take over first in the Hacienda.
3. Walnut (19-4) — Is 2-1 vs. rival Los Altos, beating them in December and splitting in league.
4. Los Altos (19-3) — Tough week for the Conqs, losing back-to-back to Diamond Ranch and Walnut to fall into a second-place tie with the Mustangs.
5. Bishop Amat (18-4) — Huge 43-42 win over league leading St. Anthony, now only a game back in standings with two weeks to go.
6. Bonita (18-5) — Took it on the chin in loss to Ayala for first in the Palomares, but still a solid second by two games in league.
7. San Dimas (16-6) — Coach Gordon Hamlow has done a tremendous job for the Saints, 6-0 in the VVL and poised to run the table.
8. Workman (15-7) — As expected, Lobos are 6-0 in the Montview and games aren’t even competitive.
9. Glendora (11-12) — Struggling in first year after departure of legendary coach Mike LeDuc.
10. Wilson (11-11) — Second in Valle Vista at 4-2 ahead of solid Rowland and Covina.

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Diamond Bar (20-2)
— Juliana Gamboa leads the way averaging 14 points on a team 6-0 in the Palomares.
2. Duarte (20-3) — People keep telling me I’ve got Duarte ranked to high. I think I’m right and they’re wrong.
3. Rowland (18-2) — Nice to see the Raiders flourishing in the Valle Vista with a 6-0 league record.
4. Covina (18-5) — Will get another crack at Rowland on Friday in hopes of moving into a first-place tie.
5. Los Altos (17-5) — In sole possession of first in Hacienda and can stay there if it beats second-place Chino on Wednesday.
6. South Hills (15-7) — Considering how many top players graduated, Huskies are a solid second at 5-1 in Palomares.
7. Bonita (15-9) — Has two-game lead over Glendora for third in Palomares.
8. El Monte (13-7) — Huge 42-37 win over South El Monte to move into a first-place tie with the Eagles in the MVL.
9. Glendora (14-9) — Back to back losses drops Tartans to fourth in Palomares.
10. Walnut (12-8) — Tough week for the Mustangs, losing two straight to settle into third in Hacienda.

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Roster’s for Saturday’s East-West Hall of Fame High School Football game at West Covina HS

Click the thread to view rosters for Saturday’s East-West Hall of Fame all-star football game at West Covina High School at 6 p.m.

Game Preview: It may have been a year ago, but the West team’s resounding 31-14 win to halt the East seven-game win streak in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors has not been forgotten. Especially by the East.
The Hall of Fame Game rarely feels like “just an all-star game” and it doesn’t figure on Saturday night when East meets West in the game’s 37th renewal at West Covina High. Kickoff is 6 p.m.
“I’ve talked about it every time we’ve practiced, because last year it was 31-14,” said Chaffey head coach Chris Brown, who will coach the East team on Saturday. “I’ve brought it up because you want the kids to have fun, but Saturday night at 6 o’clock, it’s on. You can only play football one way and that’s the right way.”

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