Fundraiser established for Damien’s Xavier Mendoza, who collapsed at practice and is in ICU

Supporting 16 year old Xavier Mendoza & his family (Xavier Mendoza & his family)

FUNDRAISER FOR DAMIEN’S MENDOZA AND LATEST UPDATES: Join us in supporting a special emergency fund that has been set up to benefit Xavier Mendoza and his family. The 16 year-old student at Damien High School collapsed during summer football conditioning exercises and is currently in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. An extraordinary young man, Xavier played football for two years while at Bosco Tech. Xavier was named Bosco Tech’s freshman scholar-athlete of the year for having a 4.0 GPA. He finished his sophomore year with a 3.9 GPA despite missing three weeks of school in the fall with pneumonia. He transferred to Damien during the spring semester. Xavier immediately felt at home at Damien. He has quickly made several friends, earned the respect of his teachers, and became highly regarded among his coaches.

FORMER COACH TALKS ABOUT XAVIER MENDOZA: During his time as a student-athlete at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, Xavier Mendoza excelled in both areas, his former head football coach said Wednesday.
“He was an exceptional athlete and an exceptional student,” said Kevin Mills, who coached Xavier as recently as this past season.Xavier, 16, collapsed Monday while taking part in summer conditioning exercises at Damien High School in La Verne, where he has been a member of the football team.

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San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier All-Star softball players enjoy a fun day at the park

TRIBUNE DOMINATES ALL-STAR GAME: The inaugural San Gabriel Valley Senior Challenge all-star softball game Sunday wasn’t close but it was a huge success with the players, coaches and a packed grandstand at the University of La Verne enjoying the final appearances of players in their high school uniforms.
The game was won by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune team, 14-3, over a combined team of players from the Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News area.

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Redondo routs Walnut for Division 3 title, 10-0

By Stephen Ramirez
For two months, the Walnut High School baseball team was living a dream.
Saturday was a nightmare.
Marco Valenzuela had three RBIs and Gallion Copper tossed a two-hit shutout as Redondo Union ended the Mustangs’ 18-game winning streak and dream of a CIF-Southern Section title with a 10-0 victory over Walnut in the Division 3 title game at San Manuel Stadium.
Duncan McKinnon also had two RBIs for the Sea Hawks, who finished 29-7 and won the school’s first baseball division title.
Andy Rodriguez and Maxwell Masana had singles for the Mustangs, who finished 21-8-2. Walnut was seeking its second baseball title and in its first championship game since 1982. It was also their first title game appearance since winning in 1982.

“I give credit to (Redondo),” said Walnut coach Paul Acosta, whose team upset USA Today No. 1 San Dimas in the semifinals. “We prepared well. We were ready to play today; Cody Dye was ready to pitch today. I’ll take him any day. I’ll take him tomorrow and the next day, I’ll take him too.
“It’s just credit to those guys. Their reputation was that they hit the ball, and we saw with our own eyes that they hit the ball well. “
Redondo Union all but put it way before Walnut had a chance to bat, scoring five runs on four hits in the first.
Dye, who brought a 9-0 record and 0.83 earned run average into Saturday, got behind early, giving up a walk on four pitches and a single by Jacob Springman to start the game.
Brady Dorn followed with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead before Dye walked in run and Jason Clebowicz followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 advantage. Valenzuela then hit a two-run double to left-center field to make it 5-0.
Dye needed 33 pitches.

“I got behind a lot,” Dye said. “They are a good hitting team and when you get behind hitters, it’ll happen.”
Walnut never really recovered.
Cooper retired the first 10 batters before a walk to Andre Alvarez in the fourth. He finished with the two-hitter and struck out four.
The Mustangs, trailing 5-0, did have a shot to get back in it in the fourth. Quinn Cooper followed Alvarez’s free pass with a walk and then Rodriguez singled to load the bases.
But Michael Mora lined out to right field, ending the threat and Walnut’s chances.
“That would have been a break,” Acosta said. “Michael Mora hit it hard, hit it on the button. He just hit it right at someone. Unfortunately, that was our only threat throughout the game.”
Redondo put it away in the fifth. Valenzuela had a RBI single and McKinnon a two-run triple for a 10-0 lead.
“We were anticipating more base runners, so we could apply more pressure,” Acosta said. “But you have to tip your hat to Gallion. He threw the ball well, kept us off-balance. That’s all you can do. Redondo was the better team today.”

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#WhyNotUs Walnut ready to tackle Redondo Union in Saturday’s Division 3 baseball championship at San Manuel Stadium

“For the rest of their life they’ll be able to tell the story and tell their kids how they beat San Dimas, how they knocked off a 31-0 team. But you know what’s better than that? Bringing your kids back to the school years later and showing them that championship team that will be on the gym wall. Or showing them that ring. That’s what one more game is all about.” Walnut coach Paul Acosta on Saturday’s title game

What: CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship
When: Saturday at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, 1 p.m.
Who: Walnut (21-7-2) vs. Redondo Union (28-7)
PREVIEW: The moment is now for the Walnut High School baseball team, otherwise known as #WhyNotUs Walnut on social media, a hashtag junior pitcher Christian Longoria started playing with on Twitter that spread like wildfire at the school and community.It was created for a lot of reasons.
Walnut isn’t usually in the conversation when discussing the area’s best teams, nor were many folks giving it a chance when the playoffs began, despite its hot run at the end of the year.
“Christian stumbled on it, it’s one of those things in an era of technology and social networking,” Walnut coach Paul Acosta said. “I think what it says is our guys have been working hard for this like anyone else and they’ve got a little chip on their shoulder.

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Bonita’s Dillon Beckum and others ready to tackle the CIF-State track and field championships in Clovis

beckumCIF-STATE FINALS PREVIEW: There are plenty of hotshot distance runners out there. Until two weeks ago, Dillon Beckum had to prove he was one of them.
The Bonita High School sophomore hung with one of the best milers in the nation, Brea-Olinda senior Austin Tamagno, who won the CIF-Southern Section and CIF State cross country titles, in the CIF-SS Division 3 Finals. He lost to Tamagno by 0.02 seconds.
Beckum improved his 1,600-meter time by about eight seconds in that race to propel him into the 97th CIF State Track and Field Championships, which begins today at Clovis’ Buchanan High. He ran a 4:09.21 in the Division 3 finals, the seventh-fastest time in the state this season.Beckum stayed with Tamagno and then used a strong kick at the finish to nearly beat him.
“My goal every race is that I know the first 400 is going to be easy,” he said. “Then it’s only really the middle two laps. If I hit those two laps, I’ll be there for the fourth lap. I find something no matter how dead I am. I know it.”

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