Creepy or not …

When I was at The Register I covered track & field for one season after an editor came in and made his changes. When he left and a new editor was in place I was shifted back to my old beat, tennis.

Well, during that time covering track I got a lot of nasty e-mails about my coverage. The message boards were blowing up and one guy in particular started a little campaign to get me fired.

Coaches, parents and track experts always said I was doing a good job and never mind the rude e-mails. But one night after covering a track meet all day and night, I walked over to my car in the school parking lot and found three nasty notes that were left on the windshield of my car!

Later in the office my colleagues and I had a good laugh about it.

And then yesterday happened, minus the windshield and nasty notes.

As I was making calls to coaches I got a note sent to me here at the Star-News offices in Pasadena. The front desk receptionist tapped my shoulder and said, “This note came for you.”

The note in part reads:

Please find more space in your sports pages for John Muir’s football team preseason and regular. I love the Pasadena star news and John Muir football.

Hmmm … Am I being stalked? Should I take an entourage with me to Muir games? Sure, it was a tame not but still, to have it HAND DELIVERED to me threw me off just a bit. The person who wrote the note signed it but it’s not an actual name. I think it’s a nickname but I won’t disclose the name.

Maybe I’m just paranoid.

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Prep Sports Writers needed

OK, it’s not THAT extreme but you get the idea.

Here’s the deal, we’re always looking for correspondents to cover Friday night football games, and since all the experts reside here, I thought I’d start with you. We generally don’t ask that you write too much, and in some cases will just ask that you call in the box score with a recap of the game.

You will receive a press pass to cover the games from the sidelines or in the press box, and be paid a small fee for your time.

If you’re a journalism major or thinking about it, this is ideal. If you’re a football junkie who can spell, this will be great for you also. We’re thinking of having a correspondents meeting late next week so get back to me as quickly as possible. To be considered, please send an email with your contact information to set up an interview.
miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

p.s. Hey bruinlaker4, I read your comment from the previous entry and to answer your question, yes, we will be needing a few people to help us cover football games. Shoot me an e-mail and we’ll go from there. Thanks for the nice comment and yes, Go Bruins!

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Mooney back on the sidelines

I’ve been on the phone with coaches pretty much all day. A lot of good information but here’s one tidbit I’m sure yall would like to chew on:

Mike Mooney is back on the sidelines, but it’s not what you think.

Coach D.R. Moreland is in control of the reigns at San Marino but it’s looking like Mooney now is a full-time assistant coach on Moreland’s staff.

Mooney coached a long time at Temple City before taking over as assistant principal last season. Mooney helped out with the football team from time to time last season but officially is coming on board this season. He will concentrate on the offensive line.

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This one time, at band camp …

As a former band geek (I played the trombone for nearly 15 years) I know this time a season it’s not just football.

The cheerleaders are getting their routines down and of course the soundtrack of every football game are the marching bands.

I know a good marching band when I see one and I have to give props to the Apache marching band.

They march with precision and have a good sound.

Freddy is trying to convince me that no band in the WSGV compares to the Muir drumline. I haven’t seen them in a long time but my vote right now goes to Arcadia High.

Can’t have it all, Muir.

So with that in mind, who are the best marching bands in the area?

My top 5:

1. Arcadia

2. Muir

3. Temple City

4. Monrovia

5. Pasadena

Here’s my little confession: I auditioned twice to be in the Tournament of Roses Honor Marching Band and twice was denied, and I’m still bummed about it.

This is Freddy sneaking in and adding my two cents…I’ll take the Muir drumline instead anytime.

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Maranatha mourns loss

You always hate to report news like this.

Maranatha’s John Chavez died after he slipped and fell near the top of a waterfall, Inyo County Sheriff’s officials said.

Talked to coach Joel Murphy on Thursday about this. The team had a meeting Wednesday night and no doubt they’ll dedicate this season to Chavez who was going to be a starting linebacker for the Minutemen.

Here’s the release from Maranatha High:

Maranatha Mourns Death of Student John Chavez

PASADENA — Maranatha High School student John Chavez died on Wednesday, August 6th in a hiking accident at a summer camp in Southern California. He was 16.

Maranatha’s Head of School, Chet Crane, said, “The Maranatha family mourns the tragic loss of John Chavez. He will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fellow students during this difficult time. ”

Although the school remains on summer break, school officials are offering immediate assistance to students, faculty and staff. Counseling services are available on an as needed basis as part of the school’s crisis management plan.

The son of Ramona Chavez, John would have been a junior at Maranatha this fall and was a member of the school’s Varsity Football team.

….My thoughts and prayers go out to the Chavez family, friends and anyone who knew him….

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….and to your left, Hell

Some schools start Aug. 18 and some start as early as Monday. If you know when your teams are starting send a comment.

Here are the schools I have so far:

Arcadia: Aug. 18

La Salle: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9-12 and 4-7; Wed and on: 8-11, 3-6. One-a-day the following week.

Maranatha: Aug. 11

Muir: Aug. 18

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Cal State Northridge signs former St. Francis soccer player

Joseph Franco, a St. Francis 2007 grad and freshmen at CSUN, signed a national letter of intent to play for the Matadors this upcoming season.

Franco is an outside back and will add depth to the Matadors backline. The release also adds Franco played for Los Angeles Futbol Club, aka LAFC.

For those not in the know, LAFC is a very good club soccer team and recently played in the finals of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy about a month ago at The Home Depot Center.

The former Star-News first teamer led the Golden Knights last season to a 25-2-1 record.

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Muir: Bring on Diamond Ranch!

Muir starts hell week on Aug. 18 but assistant football coach Antyone Sims (fourth year overall, second year offensive coordinator) is not shying away from heating things up. (Note: Head coach Ken Howard did not attend the coach’s meeting Wednesday at Muir High)

Cocky? No.

Confident? Yes.

Sims talked about the team’s strengths and there seems to be plenty. Sims added he’s excited about the realignment for the playoffs. Time to declare the true San Gabriel Valley champion.

“We’re ready to show we’re for real,” Sims said.

And he didn’t blink when he said that.

St. Francis this, Diamond Ranch that, it didn’t t seem to faze Sims or the Mustangs.

They’re ready to show what they’ve got and against Diamond Ranch in Diamond Bar won’t be walk in the park. The stands I’m sure will be packed for this game.

But first thing first.

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Ryan Hollins sighting at Muir High

Ryan Hollins, formerly of Muir High and UCLA, was spotted just outside the Muir basketball gym. The Ryan Hollins Camp had just concluded and he was seen chatting with some coaches.

There were a handful of young kids and high school-aged kids playing ball in the stuffy gym.

It’s always nice to see former college and pro ballers come back to their community and give back. I haven’t seen much of Hollins’ camp publicized but kudos to Hollins for giving back to his community.

The media tends to focus on just the negative stuff and when good things are being done by pro players it often goes unsaid. Here’s hoping good karma heads your way, Ryan.

I was on my way over to Muir High to meet the Mustang football coaches. I couldn’t find them or the football office until I ran into Sheldon, who greeted me with a friendly smile and firm handshake.

Sheldon helped me locate the football coaches’ office and some of the football coaches.

I will have more on Muir football in Thursday morning’s blog. All I gotta say is you have to tune in. Stang fans definitely will love what they’ll read.

The rest of you, well, just be sure you’re sitting when reading.

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