*Just thought I’d share this with you. Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times wrote a very inspiring story on Charlie Wedemeyer, who was diagnosed 31 years ago with ALS and told he had a year to live. Now, he guides players from sidelines in non-verbal language to his wife. Believe me, you will want to read this if you haven’t already. Truly inspiring.
*La Caada’s win over San Marino gives meaning to next week’s Monrovia- La Caada game. Is this easily our game of the week?
*FYI: Every time I’ve picked San Gabriel to win, they’ve lost. Every time I’ve picked them to lose, they’ve won. Who do I have in next week’s Almont League showdown pitting Schurr at San Gabriel? Undecided.
*What happened to PHS? They had this one. They had it! Someone on the blog mentioned there was no sense of urgency, but seriously, how is that possible with so much on the line?
*What happened to Arcadia? They were leading the Pacific League front-runner by six points before they let it slip away … This one’s probably the toughest game to swallow.
*Is there any more doubt St. Francis is the top team in the WSGV? No.
*La Salle coach Antoine Peterson sounded frustrated, exhausted and puzzled after Friday night’s loss to Mary Star. Peterson was hoping the Lancers would play with some sense of urgency, and the bye didn’t seem to help as some players showed rust.
*Isn’t Rio Hondo Prep the “feel good team” of the San Gabriel Valley? They hop on a bus to Viewpoint early Friday and head home in traffic late in the afternoon with a 40-0 win. And in case you’re wondering, Ken Drain is not just the head football coach. He’s also the school’s athletic director and boys basketball coach. Oh, and also the team’s bus driver. Rueben Thomas, move over. We have a new Mr. Everything taking charge.
*With Muir’s 25-0 win over Hover earlier this week, are the Mustangs’ playoff hopes still alive? At the very least, it’s looking like the Turkey Tussle will have more than just Braggin’ Rights on the line.
*Athlete of the week considerations: Temple City’s Justin Smith; San Gabriel’s Isaac Valdez; Monrovia’s De’Shawn Ramirez; and La Caada’s Rocky Moore. Picking one won’t be easy.
LOOKING AHEAD AT WEEK 9
(Note: If the game’s time/site changes please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .. We’re not that fond of surprises =)
Pasadena vs. Burbank at Burroughs, 7 p.m.
Monrovia at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Bell Gardens at Alhambra, 7 p.m.
Schurr at San Gabriel, 7 p.m.
Cantwell Sacred Heart at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Hoover at Arcadia, 7 p.m.
South Pasadena at Temple City, 7 p.m.
Glendale at Muir, 7 p.m.
St. Francis at Alemany, 7:30 p.m.
Duarte vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Rosemead vs. El Monte at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Montebello, 7 p.m.
Viewpoint vs. Flintridge Prep at Oxy, 7 p.m.
Maranatha vs. Marshall at Paadena, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Blair vs. San Marino at PCC, 7 p.m.
Rio Hondo Prep at Pasadena Poly, 2:30 p.m.
Serra at Bosco Tech, 1 p.m.
Also, check out this video … Was the QB showing off or is it still a pretty cool throw?