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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Is eight in the cards for La Habra? Coach Frank Mazzotta and his players talk about the upcoming season

La Habra is arguably the most-successful program in the area over the past two decades. The Highlanders have won seven CIF-SS titles since 2002 and will be in the hunt for an eighth this season. We visited them at practice Thursday, and here’s what we found out.

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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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La Serna football coach Andy George, players talk about upcoming season

La Serna, No. 7 in the SGVN preseason rankings, has lived by the “next-man up” philosophy for more than a decade and that’s not expected to change this season. The Lancers are again in a reload, but are also again expected to be one of the top teams in the area. Wednesday we took a visit to their training camp and talked to coach Andy George and a few of his impact players.

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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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St. Paul football coach Rick Zepeda, players talk about upcoming season

St. Paul enjoyed its best football season in nearly a decade last season. Now the Swordsmen are back for more. Coach Rick Zepeda and some of its players talk about improving on last season’s effort during our tour of the top 10 training camps. St. Paul begins the year at No. 8.

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