Star-Jibber: Spring football is in full swing, ready to talk?


Discuss anything and everything you want, ESPECIALLY high school football =)

Next week is the final week of the regular season in baseball, and the start of spring football for many. Which schools do you want to hear from first? I keep hearing about La Salle, so I think I might get to them. I’ve talked to some others but what interest you most about spring football? Before I jump into this and we start our long campaign to the fall with the spring top 10 and ranking of the top returning players, what else do you want me to ask or report back on?

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email

Star-Jibber: Hey baseball fans, start thinking All-Area


I know I said I would post this Sunday morning but screw it .. I see no action in the softball thread so I’ll let you baseball nuts go at it … This is going to be hard because, in my eyes, so many are deserving. Bryce Rutherford for player of the year? Who would be the other pitcher? Who ARE the other pitchers? San Marino’s Andrew Sloan? As of yet I have not seen Maranatha’s Dylan Covey or Monrovia’s Richard Kilbury who made his first start on Friday since forever. I’m really high on La Caada’s Jeff Oechsel. Who will fill out the rest of our first team? What about coach of the year? San Marino’s Mack Paciorek is looking pretty good right now. What about Alhambra’s Steve Gewecke? Arcadia’s Nick Lemas? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments. No doubt this will be tough…

Player of the Year: ?
Coach of the Year: ?

First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email

Star-Jibber: Time to chime in on All-Area softball


Selecting the First-team all-area and Player of The Year is always a tough call. As the season’s end approaches I’m throwing this out there. Who will fill out the rest of our first team? What about coach of the year? Flintridge Sacred Heart? Mayfield? La Salle? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments. Note: Baseball thread comes Sunday morning.

Player of the year: ?
Coach of the Year: ?

First team
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email

Proud Parent: What happened to everyone gets to play?

This letter was sent to an editor at a newspaper somewhere else in the country. The letter was posted on a popular Website frequented by sports journalists that has generated countless comments and page views. At the bottom of the letter I posted a few comments from the sportswriters.


Sent in this week…guess the “8th Place” ribbon makers like this stuff or “Participation” trophy makers…

Because there is nothing between playing on a team and doing drugs. Don’t kids have video games to fall back on lady?

To the Editor:

It’s another year of spring sports season with all the extra expense that come with that such as extra gas to and from the school for practice and games.

I have no problem with that what so ever especially in today’s society where alcohol and drugs seem to be at our kid’s fingertips.

I feel if you try to keep them active in something positive that they enjoy and can focus on, it will help keep them steered in the right direction, hopefully.

What is aggravating is game after game to go watch them sit on the bench when they have put as much time into it as everyone else on the team. No one is so good they shouldn’t sit on the bench.

No wonder today’s society is in such a mess. I feel there is no reason every kid that goes out for a sport should get to play an equal amount of time.

My definition of winning is not on the scoreboard but that you have kept kids interested in something so they do not head down the wrong path.

I now see how kids easily give up on trying something when they just get benched. They end up with too much spare time, which can be a negative thing. I do not see any of our county schools producing professional athletes, they may have missed a few that were on the bench. You cannot improve on things if you do not play.

About 70% of my property tax dollars go to the school. We have taken that money and built a lot of things built around sports programs such as a field house, a soccer field, baseball diamonds and a locker room building. It would be nice if I only had to pay tax for what my kid used that would just be a very small section of the bench in the dugout. This is great as long as every kid gets an equal opportunity.

I don’t think there should be cuts in sports, what happened to everyone gets to play, they are kids. I do not know anyone getting taxed in this county that their career is a professional athlete. I do not know who the “Star Athletes” were twenty years ago in high school. Society has created some unethical standards for our youth over the years and we now are paying for it. They say “Get kids involved” which drives them to keep they’re grades up to participate in that activity. This is valuable lesson and will provide them many opportunities in life however then they park them on the bench to kick them down.

I understand when you commit to coaching that you obligate a lot of free time but no one makes anyone take that position. When you do, it should be for the right reasons. Positive role model and boost the kids self esteem, which will help make them productive citizens in the future. They can’t get that sitting on the bench over and over.

Life is so short and times are so tough for our kids to stay on the right path, I would think when they have kids trying to be involved in something, the athletic department would do everything in their power to keep them involved. These kids are “Our Future,” and when you watch the news it seems there are more slipping through the cracks than into a professional athletic career.

Proud Parent of my child for not giving up



spikechiquet: “no one” remembers the high school stars in 20 years. Yup, I’m sure no one remembers a high school aged Mikey Jordan or that good kid with a fast ball named Clemens. I heard Texas might sign him. Let’s not keep score…heck, let’s not report the scores in the paper. Heck, let’s get rid of the sports section since if my kid can’t be in it…there’s no reason for it to be there. Ooops, sorry, that might happen someday. I should shut up now.

CA_journo: So having “everybody play” now will just set them up for failure later in life. What are these parents going to say when their kid eventually figures out that not everyone gets to be an astronaut or all-star baseball player later in life? Will they write letters to CEOs saying that their kids applied just as hard as the people that got the jobs?

WaylonJennings: I played baseball in high school, and was a career backup. My only reaction to that? “If you get better, you’ll play.” I played with those guys since we were like 7 years old. We knew who the best players were. The hierarchy established itself pretty early. I was still invested completely, and when we lost in the state tournament, I cried on the way home on the bus just like everyone else. I didn’t think, “If only I’d been out there …”

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email

Volleyball: Playoff action tonight features SG at TC

In boys volleyball, Temple City hosts San Gabriel today in the second round in the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs. San Marino hosts Cathedral and Gabrielino plays at Windward. Temple City defeated Rancho Alamitos in five sets, 25-13, 27-25, 20-25, 25-27, 15-13 to advance. San Gabriel also needed five sets to oust La Salle in the first round last week, 17-25, 25-16, 27-25, 23-25, 15-13. Gabrielino won in straight sets in the first round while San Marino needed an extra set to defeat Viewpoint, the Liberty League champion. In Division V, Flintridge Prep will be at Hillcrest Christian. Both teams won in straights to advance. All matches begin at 7 p.m. tonight.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email