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Tournament of Hope benefits fight against cancer

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

The Los Favoritos Tournament of Hope men’s fastpitch softball tournament offers plenty of spirited competition and high quality of play among 10 selected Southern California teams.

COLTON, CA – Men’s fastpitch softball tournaments are held for many reasons, fun and competition and camaraderie heading the list. And that’s certainly what Frank “Lucky” Mena and his wife Irene intend for their invitational tournament on the weekend of May 5th that coincides with Cinco de Mayo.

But the couple has a more altruistic reason for hosting their 10-team tournament. They want to do their part in the fight against cancer. And for them it has a very personal meaning.

They lost their son Mark

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New book hails the heroes of fastpitch softball

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Pitcher Matt Stur, just 20 years old, helped his Star Prairie Construction team of Strobel, Wisc. finish second in the age 23-Under Division of the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series to Waseda University of Tokyo, Japan. Stur is one of the young men who have found fastpitch softball a great sport to play.
(Contributed photo by Bob Otto)

Just For Fun column
By RUSSELL INGOLD / Editor, Fontana Herald News

FONTANA, CA – All over the United States, and particularly here in Fontana, fastpitch softball is enjoyed by multitudes of young girls, some of whom continue to participate in the sport as adults.

That’s great for the girls and the women. But what about the boys and the men?

Well, that’s a different story…

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Check out photos of Summit SkyHawks football

Monday, October 11th, 2010

The Summit SkyHawks won their homecoming game and had a spectacular halftime show in which Britney Milton, 16, was chosen as the 2010-2011 Summit Homecoming Queen.
Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – The Summit SkyHawks defeated the Murrieta Mesa Rams, 58-0, Friday.

View my photo gallery of the football game, along with homecoming and queen coronation photos at the following link.
Summit SkyHawks Football Photos

To read my game story in the Fontana Herald News, visit this link.
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See photos of Fontana and Yucaipa high school baseball action

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – The Fontana Steelers and Yucaipa Thunderbirds finished Citrus Belt League play on Friday. Check out both teams in action by visiting the game’s photo gallery.

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Fontana Steelers keep playoff hopes alive

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Kenneth McClain had a big game with a 95-yard touchdown run along with a 50-yard catch and run touchdown in helping the Fontana Steelers defeat the visiting Rialto Eisenhower Eagles, 42-27, in Citrus Belt League play, Friday.
By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

FONTANA, CA – There are certain games during a season that a football team must win. Last Friday night the Fontana Steelers found themselves in such a game. A win and the Steelers season-long goal of making the CIF playoffs stays alive.

A loss and their goal crashes and dies.

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Fontana High crowns new queen!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Photo By BOB OTTO / Photographer & Writer

FONTANA, CALIF – Cheers and shouts of, “Ruthy!” greeted a radiant and smiling, 17-year-old Ruth Escobedo, after she was announced as the 2009 Fontana High School Homecoming Queen at halftime ceremonies Friday during the football game between the Steelers and Rialto Eisenhower Eagles.

The senior says she thanks God for the honor of representing her school. After high school graduation, Escobedo says she will attend college with a goal of becoming a teacher.

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Check out Fontana A.B. Miller and Yucaipa football photos

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – The Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels defeated the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, 39-14, in Citrus Belt League play on Friday at Yucaipa High School.

See a photo gallery and slide show at the following link:

Fontana & Yucaipa Photo Gallery

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See Fontana and Redlands football photos

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Photos By BOB OTTO

REDLANDS, CA – The Fontana Steelers made a game of it in the first half, but in the second half it was all Redlands as the Terriers scored 20 unanswered points in racing away to a 34-7 victory after leading 14-7 at the half, Friday, at Redlands High School.

To view a photo gallery and slide show, go to the following link:

Fontana and Redlands Game Photos

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Check out Fontana and Summit football photos

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Photos By BOB OTTO / Writer and Photographer

FONTANA, CA – The Summit SkyHawks defeated the visiting Fontana Steelers, 32-23, in a Friday night game between the two Fontana schools.

Click on the following link to see a photo gallery of the game.

Fontana Steelers and Summit SkyHawks Photo Gallery

The game story will appear in the Fontana Herald News next week.

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Late field goal carries Redlands past Summit

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By BOB OTTO / Writer & Photographer

REDLANDS, CA – Summit Sky Hawks football coach, Tony Barile, has lots of good memories of Redlands High School. He graduated from the school in 1989. He attended his 20th year class reunion this summer. And he launched his coaching career at Redlands as the Terriers freshman football coach.

Lots of good memories for sure. But there’s one memory that he would rather erase. A heart wrenching, 16-14, loss on a Shaun McClain 20-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the game that evened Redlands record at 1-1, while Summit slips to 0-2.

“These are good kids,” said Barile of his team, “but we are not doing the little things right and we don’t deserve to win.”

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