All-Area: Walnut’s Alan Tantiwassakran named Tribune’s Track Athlete of the Year


By Keith Lair
Player of the year: Walnut’s Alan Tantiwassakran
The question is where would Alan Tantiwassadakran have his true breakout race?The Walnut High School senior had been dabbling with the state’s best 110-meter high hurdlers throughout the season. He had several victories and was fourth in the Arcadia Invitational.
That noticeable breakout time came at the most important time of the season: the CIF State meet.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys track and field athlete of the year ran a personal-best time of 14.05 seconds to win the first preliminary heat race in the 110-meter high hurdles. He did even better in the finals on the next day, improving his time by .02 seconds, to 14.03, to finish a surprising third.
“My training went really well,” he said. “Before I just did not execute where I wanted to execute. But it was OK. I did not care about anything but state.”
Tantiwassadakran advanced as far as the state preliminaries his junior year, finishing 13th. He had a season-best time of 14.28 heading into postseason competition this year. He placed third in the CIF Southern Section finals in 14.08, with a tailwind of 4.2 meters per second and then took fifth in the CIF-SS Masters (14.39) to advance to state.
“No one knows me,” he said. “They just knew I was some guy with a long last name. Getting third was just a blessing. There are no words to put to it, but I feel I truly deserve it. The only people who always believed in me were my mom and my coaches, I always envisioned No. 1 and why would you not envision No. 1. You dream that high and your ambitions literally take you to the top.”
In state, he was facing some of the nation’s best: Koty Burton (second-best in the state) of La Quinta and Joseph Anderson of Upland, who was second in state in 2015, and returning state finalist Jasher Foster of St. Francis. Burton jumped the start in his heat race and was eliminated. Anderson had a near-flawless race in winning the finals in 13.59 and Tantiwassadakran was edged by Deion Lightfoot-Shelton of Kimball for second place in a wind-legal time.
“It felt pretty good, but I should have gotten second in my mind,” he said. “I had just beaten that guy (in my heat race). I am not complaining. That is just my competitive nature.
“This season was all heart. I wanted to win so badly.”
Tantiwassadakran said he is considering competing for UC Irvine or Cal State Fullerton next season.

It can be tough for Damien High School to hold up its end of the Baseline League. The league has Upland and Rancho Cucamonga, two of better teams in CIF State competition.
The Spartans, thanks to San Gabriel Valley Tribune coach Michael Williams, held their own. They won four league titles and Alex Perez won a CIF Southern Section Division 3 title and advanced to the state finals the 400, finishing fifth in 47.95.
Zach Shinnick won league titles in the 200 and 400 and would have been a favorite to advance to CIF State in both events. But an injury at the Arcadia Invitational slowed him down and it was sufficient enough that he withdrew from the CIF-SS finals. Tim Corvese (800) and Colin Cavanaugh both advanced to the CIF-SS Masters meet.

Dillon Beckum, Bonita, jumior (800)
Salvador Captetillo, Baldwin Park, senior (1,600)
Colin Cavanaugh, Damien, senior (HJ)
Tim Corvese, Damien, senior (800)
B.J. McLaurin Bonita, senior (TJ)
Alex Perez, Damien, senior (400)
Caleb Roberson, Bishop Amat, freshman (300 hurdles, LJ)
Daniel Salazar, Covina (1,600)
Anthony Garcia, Edgewood (SP, DT)
Jerry Zheng, Rowland, senior (TJ)

Adrian Diaz, Bishop Amat, senior 3,200)
Dominic Gonzales, Walnut, senior (800)
Kane Jajieh, Diamond Ranch, senior (TJ)
Kenaan Romney, Nogales, senior (100 hurdles)
Zach Shinnick, Damien, junior (200, 400)
Robbie Santoyo, Bishop Amat, senior (1,600)
Caleb Stanton, Bonita, senior (110, 300 hurdles)
Daniel Stokes, Diamond Ranch, senior (100, 200)
Tyler Vaughns, Bishop Amat, senior (HJ, LJ)
Hakim Williams Covina, senior (110 hurdles)

Top reported marks for 2016
100: Zack Shinnick, Damien, 10.53
200 (wind-legal): Zack Shinnick, Damien, 21.57
200 (wind-aided): Zack Shinnick, Damien, 21.19
400: Alex Perez, Damien, 47.71
800: Dillon Beckum, Bonita, 1:53.47
1,600: Daniel Salazar, Covina, 4:17.19
3,200: Salvador Capetillo, Baldwin Park, 9:01.77
110H: Alan Tantiwassadakran, Walnut, 14.03
300H: Caleb Roberson, Bishop Amat, 38.35
4×100 relay: Damien 41.3H
4×400 relay: Damien, 3:23.14
HJ: Colin Cavanaugh, Damien, 6-6
LJ (wind-legal): Brandon Carlin, Damien, 21-7¾
LJ (wind-aided): Caleb Roberson, Bishop Amat, 22-3¼
PV: Korbin Amber, Rowland, 13-6
SP: Anthony Garcia, Edgewood, 54-9 1/2
TJ: B.J. McLaurin, Bonita, 47-10¼
DT: Anthony Garcia, Edgewood, 172-4

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Great day of baseball at Inaugural All-League, All-Star Tripleheader at Mt. SAC

GAME A BIG SUCCESS: A new concept in postseason high school baseball was born Sunday afternoon at Mt. San Antonio College.
By all accounts, from the more than 120 players representing 36 schools, the Inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School All-League, All-Star Challenge was a huge success.
Three games between six leagues over eight hours produced enthusiastic crowds, and players that usually battle each other in league became teammates for a day.
“The whole concept (league vs. league) was that we go at it all year against each other and it’s kind of nice one last time we all come together and be on the same team before we all break for summer,” said South Hills coach Darren Murphy, who is behind the all-star event.“I think this will take on a life of its own and I’m very, very impressed with the crowds. Both teams seem excited and it’s pretty neat to hear them chant their league name.”

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Finally, Friday’s SoCal Prep Legends Award Show is here, live on KABC 7 following the NBA Finals


By Tom Hoffarth
The culmination of a celebrated Southern California high school sports season comes to another moment worth acknowledging — the first-of-its-kind televised awards show to recognize those who shined the brightest.
Friday night’s Southern California Toyota Dealers SoCal Prep Legends Awards show on KABC-Channel 7, airing at approximately 8:30 p.m. immediately after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, will spotlight nine categories, including the boys and girls athlete of the year.Rob Fukuzaki will host the live hour-long event from the ABC7 Glendale studios, with former Lakers star Norm Nixon and Tracy Murray, the ex-UCLA great and Lakers player who was the state basketball player of the year at Glendora High in 1989, also part of the broadcast combined with the popular SportsZone postgame show.
The staff of the Southern California News Group, spearheaded by executive sports editor Tom Moore, high school sports editor Fred Robledo and SCPL coordinator Tarek Fattal, selected the categories and finalists. They brought together an idea created by news group vice president of marketing Bill Van Laningham that launched as weekly prep spotlight award for readers of the 11 SCNG media outlets — the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, Long Beach Press Telegram, the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, the Daily Breeze of Torrance, the Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, San Bernardino Sun, Whittier Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Redlands Daily Facts.

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Inaugural San Gabriel Valley High School Baseball All-League, All-Star Challenge Sunday at Mt. SAC — Rosters Posted


PREVIEW: The 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 were a first team all-league selection from one of the league’s in the game, you automatically qualify. 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. So, congratulations to the following all-league selections that will participate in Sunday’s game.

John Dearth – South Hills
Jacob Amaya – South Hills
Brandon Dieter – South Hills
Aaron Fong – South Hills
Hayden Petrovick – South Hills
Quinn Cotter – South Hills
Karlos Morales – South Hills
Matthew Acosta – Ayala
Adam Seminaris – Ayala
Kyle Velasquez – Ayala
Daniel Mendez -Ayala
Brandon Bradshaw -Bonita
Tommy Delgado – Bonita
Aj Woodall – Bonita
Nathan Schneider – Bonita
Jarret Lindsay – Bonita
Jake Gentry – Claremont
Gino Manzini – Diamond Bar
Griffen Herrera -Glendora
Caleb Watkins – Glendora
Jake Bryant – Glendora

Logan Rinehart – Rancho Cucamonga
Antonio Garcia – Rancho Cucamonga
Andrew Talkington – Rancho Cucamonga
Tyler Lawson – Rancho Cucamonga
Chris Martin – Rancho Cucamonga
Tyler Freeman – Etiwanda
Chris Jimenez – Etiwanda
Michael Berg – Etiwanda
Nick Lodolo – Damien
James Free – Damien
Matt Amrheim – Damien
Isiah Paige – Damien
Harrison Spohn – Damien
Davis Moore – Los Osos
Jair Donovan – Chino Hills
Elijah Green – Chino Hills
Adrian Mardueno – Upland
Drew Cowley – Upland

Brennan McKenzie – Walnut
Andre Henson – Charter Oak
Christian Longoria – Walnut
Derrick Zavala – Los Altos
Cameron White – Chino
Nick Juarez – Los Altos
Cesar Sandoval – Chino
Alex Orellana – West Covina
Bret Clemtson – Charter Oak
Adam Medrano – Charter Oak
Sir Gomez – Los Altos
Jerid Petrick – Charter Oak
Andrew Maxon – West Covina
Robert Owen – Charter Oak
Jared Esquivel – Los Altos
Andre Alvarez – Walnut
Dylan Zavala – Walnut
Jake Rodriguez – Walnut
Nathan Garkow – Charter Oak
Andrew Chavez – Los Altos
Gerrardo Garcia – Chino
Donovan Curiel – West Covina
Jeorge Rauda – Diamond Ranch

Matt Rodriguez – Wilson
Corey Frutos – Covina
Josh Guzman – Northview
Lorenzo Llorens – San Dimas
Dante Palacio – San Dimas
Joseph Bahna – San Dimas
Justin Martinez – Covina
Luis Huizar – Rowland
Pablo Valenzuela – Nogales
Jimmy Portillo – Northview
Ryan White – Covina
Jacob Wilson – Northview
Sean Lewison – Covina
Victor Zepeda – San Dimas
Hank Chen – Wilson
Ethan Suarez – Wilson
Jesse Garcia – San Dimas

Matt Rhodus – Ganesha
Emilio Delgado – Ganesha
Richard Melendez – Ganesha
Jesus Salcido – Ganesha
Robert Cazares – Ganesha
Frankie Villanueva – Bassett
Moises Cortez – Bassett
Ricky Mejia – Bassett
Matthew Robles – Bassett
Christopher Vilalobos – Pomona
David Suarez – Pomona
John Martinez – Pomona
Elias Jaureqi – Pomona
Omar Martinez – Garey
Michael Santana – Garey
Jesse Turner – Garey
Issac Villegas – Garey
Ricky Santana – Garey
Andrew Morales – La Puente
Matthew Marin – La Puente

Ricardo Reyes – Sierra Vista
Adrian Cardenas – Sierra Vista
Mario Huizar – Sierra Vista
Eric Albarran – Gladstone
Aldo Perez – Gladstone
Christian Arteaga Azusa
Carlos Osuna – Duarte
Gabriel Whitworth – Azusa
Freddy Quintana – Baldwin Park
Juan Pablo Garcia – Duarte
David Velasco – Gladstone
Francisco Ruiz – Baldwin Park
Daniel Avellaneda – Azusa
Daniel Lona – Sierra Vista
Matthew Aguayo – Sierra Vista
Angel Pargas – Duarte

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Big Crowd, Great Day for San Gabriel Valley Softball All-Stars, ending in 4-4 tie for Seniors


By John Sherrard
It was only fitting that Diamond Bar High School was putting on the 10th annual San Gabriel Valley softball All Star games Monday night at Citrus College.
Two former Diamond Bar top players were honored to throw out the first ball in the underclassmen and senior games to start the festivities before an overflow crowd.
The South prevailed over the North, 2-0, in the underclassmen game and the senior game ended in a 4-4 tie and was called after seven innings.
Brittany LaRosa, who graduated from Diamond Bar in 2006 and later played at the University of California, was honored to throw out the first pitch in the senior game and University of Hawaii-Hilo player Danielle Wilson threw out the first pitch before the underclassmen game.
“It’s great to see the kids come back to the program as they both played in All Star games,” 15-year Diamond Bar coach Roberta Garcia-Uyemura said. “It’s a neat add-on that (Diamond Bar assistant coach) Garrett (Fisch) brought to the game. It’s good to try to bring back the kids playing in college so the kids can see where they could be.”
Adding to the drama was Diamond Bar sophomore Izzy Wilson, Danielle’s sister, earning underclassmen MVP. She had a two-run double for the only two runs of the game.
In the senior game, which ended in a tie for the first time since 2008, Charter Oak senior Brielle Fraijo was named the MVP also for a two-run hit that gave the North team an early 2-0 lead.
“I didn’t expect this (MVP) and didn’t expect to be even on the all stars either,” said Fraijo, who was on the varsity for three years. “It’s an amazing feeling.
“Coach asked where I hit in the lineup at Charter Oak and I said eighth or ninth, but he told me to lead off. That kind of got me a little nervous but I relaxed and got in a zone and got the hit.”
Prior to the senior game, La Rosa felt honored to throw out the first pitch, which was high and outside.
“I haven’t touched a softball for six years,” said La Rosa, who brought her 18-month-old daughter Charlie out to the circle. “It was a lot of fun and really nice to be asked. “I thought how it was going to turn out but it was a lot of fun.”

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Softball games tonight at Citrus College

By Garrett Fisch
It is that time of year again where the best softball players in the San Gabriel Valley will get to display their skills in front of their family, friends, and fans. Tonight’s San Gabriel Valley Softball All-Star Games will be held at Citrus College and will include an Underclassmen Game at 5:00 p.m. and a Senior Game at 7:00 p.m.. Access to the field will be open to all players starting at 3:30 PM. All players will be able to use the batting cages for pre-game warmups. There will not be any restrictions regarding batting practice.

Players on the North team will be wearing white jerseys while players on the South will be wearing their colored jerseys (purple, blue, red, yellow etc). Players from each high school should match no matter what game that they are playing in. Players will get commemorative 2016 San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game t-shirts as a thank-you for participating in the festivities.

A first pitch will be thrown out before the Underclassmen Game at 5:00 PM by Diamond Bar High School alum and current University of Hawaii at Hilo pitcher Danielle Wilson. An additional first pitch will be thrown out before the Senior Game at 7:00 PM by Diamond Bar High School and University of California, Berkeley alum Brittany LaRosa.

There will be a $5 entrance fee to help offset facility fees.

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Great day of All-Star Baseball sends out seniors in style and show’s future with underclassmen

By John Sherrard
The 21st edition of the SGV All Star baseball game played Sunday afternoon at the University of La Verne’s Ben Hines Field featured 106 players from all over the valley from Diamond Ranch to Muir high schools in both the underclassmen and senior games.
Both games, however, were rather one-sided with the Red team defeating the Blue team 10-2 in the underclassman game and the Red team defeated the Blue team 8-2 in the senior game.
Nogales head coach Donald Montanez announced that all game proceeds will go the The City of Hope.
In a pregame ceremony, the SGV baseball coaches committee honored two long-time San Gabriel Valley coaches to be inducted into the Hall of Honor.Tony Barbone, the 16-year coach of Azusa Pacific University and current Pasadena City College athletic director, was honored for his 23 total years of coaching. An early accomplishment came at Azusa High School, where Barbone won the first CIF-SS title for the school in 1983.Also honored was Brian Miller, who is a longtime educator and former La Salle baseball coach.
In the senior game, four MVP awards were handed out. Jesse Garcia (San Dimas) was named Most Valuable Defensive player, Jonathan Sanchez (Schurr) received the Most Valuable Hitter, Nick Lodolo (Damien) was the Cory Lidle Most Valuable Pitcher and MVP of the game was Bishop Amat’s Clarence Carter.The Red team scored in four of the first five innings to take a 7-0 lead, while the Blue team finally scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning.

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