About Fred Robledo

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

Walnut expected to name Alfredo Silva its next football coach

Alfredo Silva is expected to be named Walnut High School’s head football coach, replacing Mike O’Shields, who resigned following the season. Silva already has been recommended by school officials and is awaiting board approval before being officially named.
Silva was a special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Whittier College and also has experience coaching at Cal Lutheran and LA Pierce College.
The former Malibu High athletic director most recently has been teaching at Whittier High School.

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Damien supporting cast key to Saturday’s CIF-State Division 3 Regional final

CIF-STATE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINALS
At Colony High School, Ontario

Damien vs. Cathedral, 8 p.m.

damienplDAMIEN READY FOR SOCAL FINAL: It’s easy to point to the matchup of two of the top guards in the Southland and get excited for Saturday night’s CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional final between the Cathedral and Damien High School boys basketball teams.
But Spartans coach Matt Dunn warns that while Damien’s Jeremy Hemsley against the Milan Acquuah is a sexy matchup, the game is likely to come down to which team finds the best supporting cast. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Colony High.
“I think that both teams are too talented offensively to think that it’s going to end up being a one-on-one type of game,” Dunn said. “Honestly, it will probably come down to which team has their other guys make shots.
“We have had that all year. We’ve had other guys step up and make shots and we’re going to need that again.”

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Bishop Amat baseball struggles in Del Rey opener at rival St. Paul, losing 6-1

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Amat routed by St. Paul: St. Paul High School senior pitcher Emilio Sansores pitched his third complete game of the young baseball season en route to a 6-1 victory over visiting Bishop Amat in a Del Rey League opener for both teams Wednesday afternoon.
Sansores, a right hander, scattered seven hits, struck out five and even threw in some knuckleballs, evening his record at 2-2 and also getting the Swordsmen even on the season at 4-4-1.
“It (win) feels great,” said Sansores, who has been on varsity for three years. “This is my second year beating them.”
Junior catcher Juan Zuniga and sophomore first baseman Damian Lomeli each had two hits for St. Paul, while Amat third baseman Jayson Gonzalez had three hits and a stolen base.

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ALL-AREA: Northview’s Ricky Padilla named wrestler of the year

padillaPADILLA NAMED WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Northview High School’s Ricky Padilla didn’t reach his goal of winning a CIF State wrestling championship.
But it’s hard call his 2015 season a disappointment. He scored six tournament championships, including CIF-Souhern Section Northern Division and Masters titles. He also placed at the state tournament for the first time.
For his efforts, Padilla is San Gabriel Valley Tribune Wrestler of the Year.
Overall, it was a pretty great year,” said Padilla, who competed at 160 pounds. “I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to do at the end, but it happens. I don’t think that defines my career. I plan on doing better things in college.”

FIRST TEAM
106: Sidney Flores, Bishop Amat, So.
113: David Gonzalez, San Dimas, Sr.
120: Richie Casillas, Northview, Sr.
126: Andres Hooper, Northview, Jr.
132: Andres Estrada, Northview, Sr.
132: Christian Ramirez, Rowland, So.
145: Nigel Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Sr.
145: Joe Dominguez, Northview, Sr.
152: Antonio Zavala, Charter Oak, Sr.
170: Roger Arce, Northview, Sr.
182: Arturo Vasquez, Bassett, Sr.
195: Julian Moreli, San Diams, Sr.
285: Patrick Sanchez, Damien, Sr.

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Damien advances to CIF-State Division III SoCal Regional final with 63-41 blowout over Cantwell

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NEXT STOP, REGIONAL FINALS: Damien knew it was undersized against Cantwell-Sacred Heart in Tuesday’s CIF State Division III Southern California regional semifinal, so it pressed, swiped at balls and doubled-team the Cardinals’ length whenever possible, turning its rematch into a repeat.
The relentless pace helped Damien to a 21-point first-half lead that it never surrendered, leading by double digits the rest of the way to defeat visiting Cantwell 63-41 to reach Saturday’s regional final at Colony High School at 8 p.m.

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Damien ready for rematch with Cantwell in tonight’s state regional semifinal

DAMIEN-CANTWELL REMATCH: Damien High School’s boys basketball team isn’t falling into the trap of thinking its January win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart holds any weight heading into Tuesday’s CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional semifinal playoff game.
Sure, the Spartans would have lots to like if they wanted to dwell on their 63-49 win at Azusa Pacific University in the SoCal Shootout. But according to head coach Matt Dunn, doing so would offer the Spartans a false sense security entering Tuesday’s rematch for much higher stakes.

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South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart resigns

South Hills boys basketball coach Marc Hart, who was the Tribune coach of the year in 2010 while with Baldwin Park and a divisional coach of the year that season, resigned as head coach of South Hills after a 7-20 season.
“Things just didn’t work out as planned going from Baldwin Park to here,” Hart said. “I didn’t get the development I had hoped and with sother personal things, I thought it was time.”

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Girls Water Polo All-Area: Los Altos’ Brooke Contreras named player of the year

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By Keith Lair
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BROOKE CONTRERAS, LOS ALTOS, SOPHOMORE

Brooke Contreras has always thought of herself as a defensive stalwart.
“I am mostly a defensive player on my club team and I only play defense,” she said. “But my dad (Los Altos co-head coach Bobby Contreras) told me to become more of an offensive player and a defensive player.”
The sophomore scored 136 goals, 50 more than her freshman year. She also had 35 assists.
“Who doesn’t like scoring?” she said.
But it’s still not her forte.
“Defense wins games,” she said. “I like playing both. I have to make sure my offense is better and he (father Contreras) made me more of an offensive player.”

She scored with 1:27 to play to break a tie in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title game and give the Conquerors an 8-7 victory over heavily favored Palm Desert.
She had 67 steals and drew 22 ejections, which helped the Conquerors create power-play situations.
“Winning the CIF title was amazing,” she said. “All of that hard work paid off. I can’t believe we won it. We worked so hard, going to morning practice and then to afternoon practice.”
It gives Brooke her first championship ring. Her brother, Justin, was selected the Tribune Player of the Year in the fall. But the senior failed to get a ring. The Conquerors lost in the CIF-SS Division 5 title game.
“I’ll be teasing him for weeks and weeks,” Brooke said.
It was the first time that the Conquerors have won a CIF-SS girls title in water polo.
feolaCOACH OF THE YEAR
DANNY FEOLA, SAN DIMAS

San Dimas High School has had a girls water polo program for only two years, Danny Feola beginning the program only last year. The Saints finished second in the Valle Vista League in their inaugural season and then went undefeated in league play this season.
But it was in the playoffs that the Saints shined this season. They defeated Savanna in sudden death overtime in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 7 playoffs. The Saints had two blocked shots in a 5-3 quarterfinal victory over La Sierra before falling to eventual division champion Foothill Technology of Ventura in the semifinals. San Dimas finished the season 20-11.
FIRST TEAM
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, senior
Sarah Adams, Charter Oak, junior
Devynn Stein, Charter Oak, senior
Erin Gonzales, Bonita, senior
Victoria Mezack, Los Altos, senior
Shelby Garcia, San Dimas, junior, goalkeeper
Amanda Legaspi, Bonita, freshman
SECOND TEAM
Devin Holcomb, St. Lucy’s, junior
Katie Fugnit, Charter Oak, sophomore
Kaitlyn Eng, Los Altos, senior
Samantha Murillo, Los Altos, senior, goalkeeper
Kirra Hemric, Bonita, sophomore
Hailey Gonzalez, San Dimas, junior
Rachel Garwick, Bonita, junior, goalkeeper
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
BASELINE: Los Osos (21-10)
PALOMARES: Ayala (23-7)
HACIENDA: Charter Oak (26-6), Los Altos (26-7)
VALLE VISTA: San Dimas (20-11)
MIRAMONTE: Workman (6-5)

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San Dimas beats Bonita 2-1 in Dicks Baseball tourney final behind Peter Lambert complete game

STORY: Bonita learned the hard way that you have to be as close to perfect as possible if you’re going to beat San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert.
An unearned run that scored without the aid of a hit was the difference in San Dimas’ 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Fifth Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Baseball Tournament.
Lambert, who was named the tournament’s MVP, backed up last week’s 13-strikeout complete game shutout performance over South Hills with another gem, striking out nine Bearcats while allowing just one run in another complete game.
“Lots of fun,” said Lambert of the atmosphere around the game. “Against our arch-rival from across town, I wanted the ball and our team did well.”

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Damien survives sloppy finish to beat Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach CIF-State Division III regional semifinals

GAME STORY: Except for Damien nearly self destructing down the stretch, the Spartans did reach a historic milestone in the CIF State Southern California Division III regional quarterfinals Saturday night.

Second-seed Damien led by as many as 18 points before fending off pesky 10th seed Corona del Mar 61-56 to reach the regional semifinals for the first time in school history.

Senior Jeremy Hemsley led the way with 21 points but wasn’t happy with how his team finished with several turnovers and missed shots in the final minutes that allowed the Sea Kings to get close.

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South Hills’ dream girls basketball season ends with 66-49 loss to top seed Brea Olinda in D-3 state quarterfinals

By John Honell
The incredible run of the under-sized, under-manned, over-achieving South Hills basketball team came to an end it but not before putting a scare into number one seed Brea-Olinda on Saturday night.
The ninth seeded Huskies (27-8) dropped a 63-49 decision to the Wildcats in a CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinal game.
The Huskies came out tentative to start the game and fell behind 16-1 with 1:56 left in the first quarter. At that point senior captain Brittany Wang took over, scoring the next 17 points, including five 3-pointers to give the Huskies an 18-16 lead midway through the second period.
Wang scored 18 of her game-high 30 points in the second period as the Huskies went into halftime with a 28-27 lead. Sam Perez added 9 points for the Huskies.

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Azusa Pacific beats Cal Poly 77-62 to reach Monday’s NCAA D-2 West Regional final

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The first time the men’s basketball teams from Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific squared off, the Broncos were victorious, although they needed overtime. That was in a non-conference game the first week of the season.

The locals got a chance to meet again, this time when the stakes were significantly higher and it was Azusa Pacific avenging that earlier loss, registering a 77-67 win in an NCAA Division II West Regional semifinal Saturday at the Felix Events Center.

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Azusa Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona will meet in historic area matchup in NCAA D-2 West Regional semifinals TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY’S NCAA DIVISION II WEST REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
At Azusa Pacific University

Cal Poly Pomona vs. Azusa Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

CAL POLY ADVANCES ON BUZZER BEATER: Terrence Drisdom hit the winning shot at the buzzer to give the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team a 62-60 victory over Dixie State on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Azusa Pacific University.
“It is kind of unreal,” Drisdom said. “That was my first game-winner in my entire life.”
Drisdom scored a game-high 18 points, including the winning shot that sent the Broncos to the semifinals today against the host team, Azusa Pacific, at 75-67 winner over Western Oregon.

APU ADVANCES WITH 75-67 WIN: Troy Leaf and Azusa Pacific defeated Western Oregon, 75-67, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Felix Event Center.
It was the first NCAA playoff win for the Cougars’ basketball program.
“It was a historic day for our school,” said Cougars coach Justin Leslie. “Someone had to win it, and I am glad it was us.”
Leaf led all scorers with 36 points, shooting a perfect 13 for 13 from the free-throw line.
“We made 17 of 18 free throws (as a team),” Leslie said. “You are going to win some games when you finish 17 of 18 from the line.”
The Cougars (25-5) struggled early, allowing the Wolves (23-7) to go on an 11-0 run before scoring their first points of the game with a 3-pointer by Robert Sandoval off an assist from Leaf.

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Saturday Preview: South Hills girls basketball on a thrill ride to state quarters; Damien home again

LiangState Playoff Preview: It has been a whirlwind of milestones and historic achievements for the South Hills High School girls basketball team, which will visit top-seed Brea Olinda in the CIF-State Southern California Division III Regional quarterfinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
Ninth-seed South Hills (24-7) made the long haul to Tulare on Wednesday and knocked off CIF-Central Section Division III champion and eighth-seed Mission Oak, 70-54, to advance.
Brea Olinda (23-4) had a first-round bye and hasn’t played since losing to Mater Dei, 77-50, in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division quarterfinals on Feb. 24.
For South Hills coach Tiffany Liang, she represents the past and present.

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Boys Basketball
Division III Southern California Regional Quarterfinals
No. 10 Corona del Mar (25-7) at No. 2 Damien (25-5), 6 p.m.

The Spartans dusted off the rust of going 11 days without playing to post an easy 86-53 first-round victory over 15th-seed Selma while resting nearly all of their starters for the entire fourth quarter. The Sea Kings, which lost to Beverly Hills in the Division 3A championship game, 55-47, will give the Spartans a much tougher test that it received in the opening round. The Sea Kings knocked off seventh-seed El Cajon Valley 46-33 to advance and have played a tough schedule that includes non-league losses to Mater Dei (67-44) and Price (66-55).

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