Your (un)official checklist if you’re driving to Palmdale


Above: Nick Bueno when he was 5 … Just kidding.

I’m no weather expert, but if you’re making plans to make Friday night’s game in the Palmdale area here’s some word of advice: bundle up! We here in Los Angeles are ridiculously spoiled with picturesque weather, where a cold day can mean turning on the fire place when it dips into the 60′s. That being said, you’re going to want to brace yourselves for low to mid 30′s when Monrovia and Paraclete clash at 7 p.m. at Knight High in the second round of the Mid Valley Division playoffs. St. Francis visits Palmdale at 7:30 p.m. in the Western Division. Since a year ago I went to Palmdale to cover the Mid Valley Division finals pitting Rosemead vs. Paraclete, I have a few tips that might be of benefit:

1. Bring munchies — It’s almost a two-hour ride up to Palmdale, and it can feel longer when you’re driving through the winding roads and reception on your radio cuts off, unless you have XM Satellite Radio, then you’re OK. Eating chips or whatnot can help fill awkward silence, depending on who you’re driving up with.

2. Bundle up! — You’re gonna want to over do it, trust me. That way at least you’re not like me who didn’t have any gloves or a beanie to keep my hands and bald head warm. The hottest item at the concession stand last year were hand warmers.

3. Lights, action! — Driving to Knight High can be surreal. It reminds me of the movie “Field of Dreams”. When you get off the freeway you’ll go through some residential streets before you go through the lonely roads. It’ll be dark, so you’re gonna want to keep those lights bright. You’ll get to see the field from a distance, and the closer you get the bigger the lights will seem. Knight High sits in the middle of nowhere.

4. Drink up! — Hot chocolate is the second hottest item in the concession stand, literally and figuratively. I’ll take mine with six mini marshmallows.

5. Portable heaters — You know it’s cold when even Paraclete fans have portable heaters in the stands. Both teams will probably have heaters in the sidelines, but you’re on your own.

“For most of the kids playing in the game it’s not so much an issue but the kids in the sidelines and the ones standing will be a lot colder,” said Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox regarding the cold weather. Monrovia will practice tonight and Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an effort to get acclimated to the weather, though it’ll be warmer here than what the Wildcats should expect Friday. But in the bigger picture, Maddox opted for night practices rather than in the morning because of the obvious. “Morning practices are rough just because not everybody in the program is an early riser,” Maddox said. “You’re not always going to get the most out of the kids in the morning. They tend to be much livelier in the evening, which is good and makes for a better evening.”

  • Bringin’ my gloves

    It was 42 degrees in Palmdale at 10 p.m. tonight. Can’t wait until Friday.

  • GrimReaperxxx

    Typical, Star news cant give you the directions in an article about the game and what to bring. Just a ramble about getting off the freeway in Palmdale and driving through residential areas to the end of the road.

    Knight High School.
    37423 70th St
    Palmdale, CA 93552-4800
    (661) 533-9000

    First off it is 1 hour 20 minutes with no traffic.
    at 5PM on a Friday, you had better leave a little early. only saving grace it that game day is the day after Thanksgiving so it will be less traffic than usual. Dont expect to get there that quick .

    From Monrovia take the 210 to the 210 W (past La Canada) hook up with the 5 freeway north briefly, to the 14 freeway north (Antelope valley freeway) Exit Ave S and go east (right) and drive to the end of the road at 70th. I think you have no choice but to go left, but no matter what you need to get on to 70th (curve left or take a left) and the High school is there on your left. pull in and park. Don’t forget to take all the gear that Miguel told you to bring out of the car. You might need to bring a hand cart, as it will look like you are moving in.

    Note: for the adventurous, you can also take Angeles Crest north to Pearblossom to Sierra Highway to 40h or something. IT is not a good night drive and is shorter, but slower.

    don’t forget to take some antifreeze in a paper bag! If Monrovia up by 14 at half it is in the bag! Yea! If Monrovia is up by less than 7 at the start of the 4th, get ready for a long trip home. Grumble, refs stole game, grumble!

  • New York

    GrimReaperxxx,

    Is the comment regarding the officials in reference to the no-call on the punt return for a touchdown in last year’s final game? Take a look at the 8:29 mark on this youtube clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uuu5P11P90Y

    The sideline guy had a great view…not that Paraclete would not have pulled it off, but that was a bigtime return otherwise.

    I’m glad #41 graduated, but Monrovia needs to bring our A-game Friday regardless.

  • tcchamps

    Grim:

    I believe the Crest Highway is closed still:
    http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi

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