Above: Former Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell
signed with the Washington Redskins.
There was good news and bad news over the weeknd, at least for this reporter, who is a fan of our former area stars.
The good was that after failing to be picked in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, 2003 Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell of Los Altos signed a free-agent contract. The bad news, at least for this reporter, who is fan of the Dallas Cowboys, was that he inked with the hated Washington Redskins, and will turn his blue and gold in for cardinal and gold…ewww!
But its good for Harwell, who I believe should have a good shot at making the club. He’s a big-time run stuffer, and knows the Redskins’ defense system, which is the same UCLA has run the past few years, since former Bruins defensive coordinator Dwayne Walker previously coached for the Redskins.
But here’s a good luck to Brigham, and I guess for games when they are not playing the Cowboys, I can root for those ‘Skins!
The draft was good for former Damien High School and Citrus College star Freddie Brown, who was selected in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Brown starred for Utah last season, catching 77 passes for 900 yards and seven TDs as the Utes went undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Also former Damien star Ian Johnson, who played at Boise State, signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings, while former UCLA punter Aaron Perez was invited to attend a New England Patriots mini camp this weekend. UCLA’s Bret Lockett of Diamond Bar will try out for the Cleveland Browns.
Good luck to all!
Who said you can’t go home again?
Chuck Tiffany is proof you can.
The former Charter Oak High School pitching sensation, who signed with the Dodgers out of high school, is back with his hometown team, and child-hood favorite, after re-signing with the Dodgers over the weekend.
Tiffany, who was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2006 as part of a four-player deal, was recently released by the Rays. He’s been assigned to the Dodgers spring training complex in Arizona to determine what affiliate he will join this season.
Kevin Mort, a former standout at South Hills in football and baseball, is enjoying life in the rugged Southeastern Conference. Mort is off to a solid season at the University of Mississippi. The junior, who transferred east after two steady years at nearby Rio Hondo College, is the team’s starting shortstop and hitting .306 with 22 RBIs. He also has scored 20 runs.
The Rebels are 19-5 overall and are in third place in the SEC Western Division with a 9-6 record. They trail first-place Louisiana State by 1 1/2 games.
Former Glendora High School star Wes Roemer opened the 2009 season by throwing five shut-out innings in the Visalia Rawhide’s 5-3 victory over Lake Elsinore in a Cal League game on Friday.
It was a solid start to the season, but Roemer’s heart was elsewhere. Roemer’s two friends – Jon Wilhite and Courtney Stewart were victims in the car crash that cost the life of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart earlier this week. Stewart, a former Cal State Fullerton cheerleader, was also killed in the crash. Wilhite, the lone survivor who was upgraded to serious condition on Saturday and resting at UC Irvine Medical Center, was Roemer’s teammate on the CSF baseball team.
Both were on his mind on Friday when he took the hill in Lake Elsinore. Here’s what Roemer told the North County Times after his performance on Friday:
“I wanted to dedicate my game to them tonight,” Roemer said. “It definitely gave me that extra drive to get through the game. When things got tough, I just stepped back and took a deep breath.
“You’ve got to go out there and perform. You’ve got to go on with it. It was tough —- I’m not going to lie. Coming to the field today, it was in the back of my head —- (Wilhite) was my catcher for three years.” Here is the rest of the story from the North County Times
My thoughts of this senseless tragedy is mainly spiritual. Sometimes things don’t make sense in this life, or are even seem fair. I can only relate my personal experiences. I lost my best friend in life 10 years ago this summer, and my older brother passed a few years ago. I believe that all you can do in these circumstances are to reflect on the good times. On that here is a video on youtube from a “Little House on the Praire” episode that I think explains it better than I can put into words.