About Fred Robledo

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

Bonita baseball coach John Knott leaving following season to take over at Mt. SAC

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By Fred J. Robledo
Bonita High School baseball coach John Knott will be named Wednesday to take over the Mount San Antonio College baseball program, taking over for Kevin Smith, who was hired away from South Hills in 2013 and was just 17-19 this past season.
Knott has been one of the most successful high school coaches in the San Gabriel Valley over the last decade, compiling a 247-75-2 record since taking over at Bonita in 2006.
The 2006 season was Knott’s only losing season.
His teams at Bonita have won at least 18 games or more the past 10 seasons, which includes seven 20-win seasons and the incredible 32-2 finish in 2012, in which Bonita defeated Alhambra 5-1 for the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship at Dodgers Stadium, earning Bonita its second championship ever, and first since 1951.
Bonita won six straight league titles from 2009-20014, and are 23-5 this season and hoping to make a run in the Division 2 playoffs next week, which will be Knotts’ farewell ride.
Knott couldn’t speak on the record because the position doesn’t become official until Wednesday, but he already has informed his team and school officials of his intentions.
Although Knott loves coaching at Bonita, moving to Mt. SAC was a difficult position to pass up because it comes with a teaching position and a big boost in salary.

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Hacienda and Valle Vista League baseball titles come down to Thursday’s league finale’s

Charter Oak’s 6-5 victory over West Covina coupled with Walnut’s 6-5 loss to Chino moves the Chargers into first in the Hacienda League by a game over the Mustang’s with one to play. If Charter Oak (14-10, 11-3) wins at West Covina on Thursday, it clinches the league title outright. Walnut (16-10-1, 10-4) needs a win over Chino and a Charter Oak loss to share the title with the Chargers.
Covina (16-8, 11-3) and San Dimas (13-12, 11-3) remained tied in the Valle Vista League with a game to play. San Dimas beat Rowland 6-1 while Covina pulled out a 3-2 victory in eight innings over rival Northview. San Dimas, which owns the season series over Covina, can clich a tie and get the No. 1 seed to next week’s playoffs with a victory over Rowland in Thursday’s finale at San Dimas. Covina plays Northview again, and needs a win to guarantee a share of the title, and hope that Rowland beats San Dimas to win it outright.

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South Hills softball beats Ayala 4-0 to finished undefeated in Palomares

South Hills’ 4-0 win over Ayala to finished a perfect 10-0 in the Palomares league isn’t the Huskies’ most impressive stat. The Huskies outscored league opponents 78-1 and the lone run was unearned. That’s what happens when you have someone dominant like junior pitcher Natalie Lugo, who is committed to two-time national champion Florida.

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Owening It: Charter Oak Siblings Robert and Jantzen thriving behind the plate and in the classroom

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By Fred J. Robledo
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Normally the younger sibling follows what the older sibling does, except in this case.
Charter Oak senior Robert Owen III had spent his early days at third base, but switched at 12 after noticing his younger sister Jantzen having success behind the plate — a position their father, Robert Owen II, had played growing up.
Jantzen said her dad introduced her to catcher when she was five, and she’s been doing it ever since.
“My sister had already began catching for a few years, and I wanted to be as good as her when I started out,” Robert admitted. “I worked out in the yard with my dad and my sister, just trying to learn the basics. My father taught me everything he knew. We spent countless hours practicing to be as good as I can be, and now my journey has just began.”

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Sierra Vista pitching trio hoping to send Dons on a long playoff run

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By Aram Tolegian
It’s rare when a high school baseball team has one legitimate ace.
Sierra Vista has three!
And the Dons are hoping to parlay the arms of seniors Adrian Cardenas, Ricardo Reyes, and sophomore Mario Huizar into a CIF championship next month.
“I’ve never had three this way,” veteran Sierra Vista baseball coach Brett Stevens said. “We’ve always been known as having one solid pitcher. I’ve had some pitchers who have had great years, but this year I have three kids who are throwing really well. I’ve never had that.”
Stevens has built Sierra Vista into one of the area’s most consistent winners over his 28 years at the helm. The Dons have won 13 league championships under Stevens, including seven of the last eight and four consecutive Montview League titles.

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Bishop Amat softball scores in the 7th to beat La Salle 1-0, clinching the Del Rey League title

Bishop Amat pitchers Alexis Vargas and Samaria Diaz combined to throw a two-hitter as the Lancers (20-3, 10-1) clinched the Del Rey League title with a 1-0 victory over La Salle, scoring in the top of the seventh to squeeze it out. The Lancers finish the regular season Tuesday at home against hated-rival St. Paul at 3:15 p.m., on senior day.

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Damien clinches Baseline League title with 9-0 win over Chino Hills

Damien 9, Chino Hills 0: Damien baseball players had done the math, so they knew it was a matter of just one more win and they would be the sole Baseline League champions.The Spartans then went out and cruised past Chino Hills 9-0 on Monday to secure the school’s first title in the sport since 2005.
Yet when it was over there was no celebration, no dogpile on the mound, no water bucket dunkings. One player squirted head coach Andy Nieto with the contents of a plastic water battle, but that was as celebratory as it got.
“A league title is nice, but it’s not the final destination,” the second-year coach said. “It’s only part of the journey. We’re not satisified yet.”

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