About Fred Robledo

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

CIF-SS Swimming Finals: Walnut, Damien boys win championships, Rowland girls finish second

Walnut celebrates winning the boys CIF-SS division 3 swimming championships on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
 
Walnut Boys win Division 3 title: It all came down to misfortune.Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.

Damien's Preston Planells competes in the 200 yard medley relay during the CIF-SS division 2 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Damien won the relay. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Damien wins Division 2 boys swimming title: Swimming was an afterthought.
When Mac Quinn enrolled at Damien High School four years ago, he was a baseball player. When he graduates later this month, he will be a CIF Southern Section championship, but not in baseball. The Spartans won the CIF-SS Division 2 swimming and diving championship on Saturday at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex.
“I did not swim much before my freshman year, but I felt comfortable in the water,” Quinn said. “I played water polo with my friends and decided to roll with it.

 

Rowland's Katelyn Nguyen wins the 200 yard freestyle during the CIF-SS division 4 swimming championships at the Riverside Aquatics Center on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif., on Friday, May 13, 2016. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Division 4, Rowland’s Katelyn Nguyen leads Raiders: There is little room for error to maximize victories in the CIF Southern Section swimming championships. Swimmers have two chances to win CIF-SS titles in individual events and two chances in relay races.
Rowland High School’s Katelyn Nguyen came the closest to that magical finish in the Division 4 finals at Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex on Friday evening. The freshman won the 50 and 200 freestyles and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 free relay team. She swam the anchor leg on the second-place 400 free relay team, too.

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Heartfelt tributes after passing of longtime area baseball coach Frank Amaya

There were kind words and tribute’s all over social media after the passing of area baseball coach Frank Amaya, who is the grandfather of South Hills shortstop Jacob Amaya, and who has been an assistant to Andy Nieto while at Bishop Amat and Damien, as well as the many he impacted in youth leagues around the SGV. From what I hear, he was an old-school baseball coach who didn’t need to yell and scream to get his message across, and was respected for his knowledge of the game and how to teach it …

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Inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School Baseball All-League, All-Star Challenge set for June 12 at Mt. SAC

allstarpicThe inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School Baseball All-League, All-Star challenge at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday, June 12, is a wonderful way to celebrate the area’s best. The idea of it is fantastic, and it’s a true all-star game. There are three games pitting area all-league all-stars against each other as follows:
Miramonte vs. Montview, Noon.
Hacienda vs. Valle Vista, 3 p.m.
Baseline vs. Palomares, 6 p.m.

Making the roster is simple. If you’re a first team all-league selection from one of the league’s in the game, you’re automatically in. It’s not a senior game, it’s a true all-star game that includes every first team selection. In the event more players are needed to fill out a roster, coaches may choose some from the second team to fill out the roster. Honorary head coaches for each league goes to the team that wins the league title, which is a wonderful award earned by the coach. What’s even better, is it will not interfere with the traditional San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game for seniors, which will be played on Sunday, June 5, at Ben Hines Field at the University of La Verne at 3:30 p.m.

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Walnut boys end 24-year drought by wining the CIF-SS Division 3 swimming title

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Walnut boys win first title in 24 years: It all came down to misfortune.
Walnut High School won its first CIF Southern Section boys swimming championship in 24 years because of a race disqualification by Gabrielino.
The Eagles won the 200 medley relay to open the Division 3 championship meet on Thursday evening at the Riverside City College’s Riverside Aquatics Complex. But the Eagles were disqualified for a swimmer leaving the blocks too early and Walnut won the race.
It was the difference in the meet. The Mustangs won by 10 points.

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Baseball: Walnut, Charter Oak share Hacienda, West Covina helps playoff chances with 8-0 win

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Walnut, Charter Oak share title, West Covina helps playoff chances: West Covina High School started an all-senior lineup on Senior Day and the veterans responded by shutting out first-place Charter Oak, 8-0 and giving themselves an outside chance for an at-large bid to next weeks CIF Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs.
Charter Oak will share the Hacienda League title with Walnut, which beat Chino, 6-4. Walnut will be the league’s No. 1 playoff entry by virtue of winning the season series against the Charter Oak.
The Bulldogs (15-16, 6-9) broke the game open in the fifth inning sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs to put the game out of reach.

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San Dimas baseball rallies from 2-11 start to win the Valle Vista League title

After a horrible 2-11 start, San Dimas rallied all the way back to capture the Valle Vista League title on Thursday, beating Rowland 3-0 to finish 14-12 and 12-3. Covina, which had a two-game lead a week ago, lost three of its last four, including Thursday’s 6-2 loss to Northview. Covina finished 16-9 and 11-4.

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Softball: Diamond Ranch beats Los Altos 4-3; shares Hacienda title with Chino

Diamond Ranch starting pitcher Marina Roski throws against Los Altos during Wednesday's game. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Staff)

Diamond Ranch shares Hacienda with Chino: The Hacienda League was expected to be a close race this softball season and entering the final day of the regular season, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos and Chino were in a three-way tie for first place.Diamond Ranch needed to win Thursday to guarantee a spot in next week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. If the Panthers lost, they would have fallen into a third-place tie with Charter Oak and left hoping for an at-large bid because Charter Oak held the tiebreaker having swept the season series with Diamond Ranch.

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