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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" SPORTS FOR ALL: New Year, More Sportsmanship Opportunities

  • Topic: Sports
  • By Chuck Lyons

   It's 2017 and with a new year it is another opportunity to emphasize sportsmanship, especially in youth sports from beginner youth to high school.

   So what is your legacy and your team's legacy? Athletic students, coaches, school administrators and staff, parents, relatives, classmates, friends and local businesses who support local youth sports can do so with sportsmanship, respect and dignity for the home and visiting teams. There is a saying, your children may not listen to you sometimes although they always watch your actions.

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" PREP SPORTS - Scores for Past Week

  • Topic: Sports
  • By David Barron

Here are the recent scores from local Prep Sports action in the least few days. If you see a familiar team or athlete, please email these results by clicking the Envelope Icon after you "Read More."

Boys Water Polo, Nov. 11
Montebello 11 Costa Mesa 10
Vista Murrieta 14 Schurr 6

Girls Volleyball, Nov. 12
Div. 3A
San Gabriel 3 Beaumont 0
25-21, 25-18, 25-20

Loma Linda Academy 3 Montebello 0
25-13, 25-19, 25-18

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class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" PREP FOOTBALL: Local Weekend Scores

  • Topic: Sports
  • By David Barron

Here are the local prep football scores for Friday, Sept. 25 in the West San Gabriel Valley;

Wilson 29 - Keppel 0

Rosemead 42 - Mountain View 0

Temple City 21 - San Gabriel 7

South Pasadena 16 - Alhambra 7

Paraciete 58 - Montebello 21

Ganesha 37 -Workman 13

Baldwin Park 21 - Walnut 6

El Monte 48  - Marshal 8

Bishop Amat 56 - Notre Dame 7

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Wong, Young leading Aztec basketball team

By Shel Segal
ROSEMEAD – The Rosemead boys’ basketball team got off to a slow start, losing a plethora of nonleague games under first year coach Gilbert Jimenez. Then something started to happen.
They started to come together.
Working with each other and not against, the Panthers are poised to surprisingly win the Mission Valley League title and receive a CIF Southern Section postseason berth.
The five seniors on the team – guards Andrew Diaz and Michael Gradillez and forwards Brian Villa, Najem Azimi and Greg Parham – all gave different reasons why this happened. But there was a certain common denominator in their answers.
“We have so much fun together and we built chemistry over the years,” Diaz said. “(Jimenez’s) been tough, but has helped us out a lot.”
Azimi agreed that Jimenez makes the team work hard, but added that has made them a better, more cohesive, squad.
“He makes us run, but we still do it,” Azimi said. “He’s cool. He pushes us to win. That’s good.”
Gradillez said he has made a lot of friends on the team, harking back to the idea that good chemistry makes winning teams.
“It’s good to be able to hang out with these guys,” he said. “It’s fun.”
Villa agreed and added the team does a lot of activities together off the court.
“Every game we play we go to McDonald’s as our team dinner,” Villa said. “We get to spend time together and talk about what we’re going to do in the game.”
Villa added that the team’s desire to play well is still something of a new thing.
“We just started having the hunger and wanting to win,” he said.
Add Parham: “We just started clicking.”
Gradillez said there were other reasons for turning the team around.
“We wanted to shut everybody up by winning and we did that,” he said.
Villa added building a good  legacy is another part of that reason.
“We’re seniors and we want to leave a good impression,” Villa said.
Diaz agreed.
“We’re hoping to leave behind our hard work ethics for the underclassmen to win it next year,” Diaz said.
Jimenez said it did keep him up at night in the beginning of how to get this team on track.
“It’s been good, but it’s been getting them to change their culture here of how they work, the expectations and accountability,” Jimenez said of his players, including these five seniors. “We’re trying to turn it around. It was a struggle at the beginning: New coach, new system. It was hard to get all of us on the same page, but now we’re on the same page, which is evident by the little success we’ve been having.”
Jimenez said these five seniors have really stepped up as leaders on the team.
“For the most part they’ve taken a hold of the team and have led us in all categories in 90 percent of our games,” Jimenez said. “I keep harping on them about the legacy they’re going to leave. But if they win their next two games, their names will go up (in the gymnasium) as Mission Valley League champs. That’s something to aspire to.”
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Schurr soccer can't match Montebello, falls, 1-0

By Shel Segal
MONTEBELLO – The Schurr High boys’ soccer team matched visiting Montebello High shot-for-shot on Jan. 14.
Until the final minute of the game.
After 79 hard-fought, even minutes of play, Montebello’s Juan Rodriguez took the ball off a Johvanny Mata free kick and put into the left-hand side of the Schurr net to give the Oilers a 1-0 win in an Almont League match.
Montebello coach Jesus Garcia said it was a spirited match.
“They’re our rival,” he said of Schurr. “They’re a tough team. They always are.”
Schurr coach Tomas Haynes said his team had opportunities, but just couldn’t find a way to put the ball into the net.
“It was a good game,” said Haynes, whose Spartans fell to 5-5-3 overall and 1-1 in Almont League play. “We had some good looks to finishing, but couldn’t score.”
Haynes said Montebello – which improved to 4-7-3 and 1-1 – had a very strong defensive performance.
“Defensively, they had good size,” Haynes said of the Oilers. “We had about six good opportunities to put the ball in the net and didn’t.”
In addition, Schurr played much of the game without forward Daniel Llanos, who received a red card for allegedly insulting the referees in Spanish. Haynes said playing without Llanos was a big challenge for the team.
“When you’re short a player they just keep pounding and pounding,” Haynes said. “If you have no guy in the middle, you’re short a guy. It’s like a power play in hockey.”
Haynes added the team is just not as potent with Llanos out of the lineup.
“He’s just dangerous with the ball,” Haynes said of Llanos. “He can take two defensive players and open up the play for other players.”
Overall, it was a very defensive battle, with Schurr outshooting Montebello, 4-3. However, the Spartans were limited without Llanos to just one shot in the second half.
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" Wrestler Fregoso a Jeckyl and Hyde guy

By Shel Segal
ROSEMEAD – Wrestler Matthew Fregoso – a junior at Rosemead High – is a bit of a Jeckyl and Hyde character. Off the mat, he’s a quite, easy-going, nice kid.
On the mat, he’s a terror.
Wrestling in the 119 weight category, Fregoso has gained a reputation for being one of the best wrestlers in the San Gabriel Valley. He said he started when he was 11 years old.
“My mom always wanted me to play sports and she decided wrestling was the best for me,” said Fregoso, who also wrestled at his junior high school, Muscatel Junior High in Rosemead.
There isn’t much about wrestling Fregoso doesn’t like, he said.
“I like how much competition there is, how hard you have to work to be the best,” Fregoso said. “It’s a lot of practice. There’s a lot of wrestling practice, like learning moves and techniques, and a lot of running.”
Ah, yes, running.
“I run three miles every couple nights to get in shape,” Fregoso said.
He added he watches what he eats and plays safety and running back on the Panther football team.
“The workouts complement each other,” he said.
In addition, he said he likes to wrestle because of the individual quality of the sport.
“You can only depend upon yourself and it’s up to you to do your best,” Fregoso said, adding he would like to wrestle at an NCAA Div. I or II school in college and get a scholarship to do so.
His brother, Justin Fregoso – who is also a coach on the team – said his brother is getting better every day. He added he likes coaching his younger sibling.
“It’s good – it’s fun,” Justin Fregoso said. “I’m a little harder on him than the others, but my mom tells me not to be.”
In addition, Justin Fregoso said his brother does have a very bright future.
“The fact that he likes to work hard and the fact that he’s more athletic than most of the guys he goes up against makes him a better wrestler,” Justin Fregoso said. “He’s very coachable. He’s able to listen and do what you tell him and put it out there on the mat.”
Fregoso is 19-1 on the season, but said, “there’s still room for improvement.” Areas he said he’d like to work on include the neutral position, initial position and take down skills.
His coach Hector Torres had nothing but words of praise for his junior wrestler.
“He’s a quiet kid – fun-loving – and he expresses himself in competition,” Torres said. “He’s a really good competitor and really goes out there. He’s Div. I caliber. He’s been doing it for years and years. Hopefully, with his placement this year, next year he can win a lot and then go to a Div. I school and wrestle.”
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

class="gkFeaturedItemTitle" High School Football Scores 9-18-09

  • Topic: Sports
  • By David Barron
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES
Friday Sept. 18, 2009 games
San Gabriel 28 – Burbank, 40
Saturday’s (Sept. 19) Schedule
Gabrielino at Keppel,  7 p.m.
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Alhambra at Temple City, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at Monrovia, 7 p.m.

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