Fred Robledo of the Los Angeles News Group won the 2014 Short Video DFMie for capturing a buzzer-beating basketball shot.
The nomination explains:
Fred Robledo captured this Tout of a dramatic, buzzer-beating basket from the California’s Southern Section high school basketball playoffs. The video, of the basket by Jeremy Hemsley lifting Damien to a 74-72 victory over Mission Oak, immediately went viral and was picked up across the nation.
(What was particularly notable was that Robledo also captured the play at the end of regulation that sent the game into overtime in the first place. This one isn’t the entry, but just fun to watch).
The decision went into overtime, but the judges give the top score to FredRobledo for his Tout video of a buzzer beater that made the crowd go wild. Being at the right place, at the right time, and pressing the “record” button to capture a moment that really means something to the community — that’s a winner.
This is one of five DFMies for the Los Angeles News Group. Robledo’s video also won the first ToutBout.
About Fred Robledo
As the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, Robledo is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of local sports for LANG, with a more hands-on approach at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, where he has worked since 1993, covering a variety of sports and teams.
He was named the Pasadena Star-News preps sports editor in 2003, and later became the Tribune prep sports editor in 2008 before accepting his current position.
He graduated from nearby Edgewood High School in West Covina and earned a bachelors degree in communications from Cal Poly, Pomona.
His hobbies include soccer, golf, watching the Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA and planning for his marriage in June with his fiancee Melanie Montano.
“I’m flattered I get to share all this for simply being at the right place at the right time to capture Damien High School’s Jeremy Hemsley sinking the game-winning shot at the buzzer to advance in the state basketball playoffs,” Robledo said.
Other finalists in the short-video category were: