Football: The debut of PrepXtra comes in the fall, which is 100 percent dedicated to high school football

No time to relax in the summer, over the next two months Keith and I will be working on PrepXtra, a magazine of 40-50 pages that will serve as our prep football preview instead of the traditional six-page newspaper special section that we produce every fall. This will be similar to our Rose Magazine and with the additional space we will be able to write a preview of every football team in the area, not just a league overview with a capsule. It’s the most ambitious project we’ve tried yet, which will include columns, features, and of course a cover story and picture that will set up the 2010 season. I’m taking suggestions on the cover shot and story, and any other items you would like to see in the magazine.


Last year’s cover: The top six area athletes making headlines are featured. We’ve gone the traditional route, but we’re taking suggestions for this year’s cover shot. Any thoughts?

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  • Feo

    Alhambra’s Chris Salgado of course. At 6’2 280 plays both offense and defense will lead the way for the Moors on both sides of the ball.

  • Observantcat

    From the looks of this photo, Nick Bueno is the only one coming back. I think a great cover would be the Who’s Who of the coaching staffs this season.

  • !stang!

    Coaches on the hot seat. Or Local division 1 players!

  • Goldenarm

    Ocat,

    is this Bueno’s 7th year on Varsity?

    Last year most of us said early on – beware the M-town defense. My prediction this year – is a wholly improved offense.
    I don’t think we will be seeing the repetition and “wasted” plays associated with the unimaginative play calling of last year. I’m not talking flea-flicker and double-passes – just a spread out variety of touches and definitely the roll/pass/run option left in the hands of Bueno. I don’t have a whole lot to base the prediction on, just a gut feeling that Maddox saw this as a priority in moving the Cats up a notch.
    Your preseason line-up – come RHL play, the Cats ought to be more ready than ever. If you get a chance, listen to the McFarland interview on MidValley- not only what he says, but what he doesn’t say. He has a little cocky edge to him, similar to RB, and we need that in Ramland right now. Take no SHI*# and go down fighting – do all you can do.
    I like the fact McCarthy has moved to OT, your O-line is going to look monstrous, hopefully Bueno can see between the mountain peaks and find a receiver.

  • Huckster!!!!!!!!!

    Miguel, I see you have interviewed New Head Coach McFarland of Temple City, but you havent put a sniff in there about our (Pasadena High School Bulldogs) Head Man Randy Horton! Im just trying to figure some of this stuff out, because Ive got a whole lot to say, writes or blog on the up and coming weeks! This is about to get good!!!!!!

  • vikings dad

    What about Donell Wilson of Blair ?? He only holds scholorship offers from Tennessee and Kansas University..

  • DEv the dude

    The perfect 2010-2011 cover Will Be Nick Bueno-monrovia Keyvon Seymour-John muir Aaron simpson-pasadena Ellis McCarthy-monrovia & Ulises ochoa-burbank thats a perfect list to enter this up and coming football season these are some tremondous athletes with lots of talent hopefully i get a response.
    -DEv

  • DEv the dude

    There is another athlete who is also a very good student athlete Taylor Legace of Arcadia

  • Anonymous

    will this be available in a newspaper or sold separately? and where will it be sold?

  • Just wondering

    Hey Miguel,
    How about going to the high schools an asking the coaches who they think would be some of there players to look for this coming season. Then maybe u can interview those players an take there pictures. Just a thought

  • Miguel Melendez

    From what we’ve been told, the magazine will be inserted in the newspaper just like before. We’ll also sell them throughout the regular season at our “game of the week.”

    As for the cover shot, I think I’ll have the four new coaches. Sorta the changing of the guard type of deal. Mooney (San Marino), McFarland (Temple City), Horton (Pasadena) and Torres (Alhambra). What do you think?

  • read before you submit

    come on miggy, your the preps editor and you actually wrote mooney was from alhambra….

  • Miguel Melendez

    Just goes to show that even the great ones make mistakes …

  • stang kidd

    huckster your dumm phs has 1 you old drunk. but its not gone change yall luck.

  • Anonymous

    Who’s the player with the Crips bandana?

  • Goldenarm

    The picture makes Bueno and Ruckle appear as 6 footers.
    With the experience and maturity Bueno has accumulated, he could easily have a phenomenal, banner year for M-town. As I said in an earlier post, my prediction is the Monrovia offense comes out smarter and more effective this year, not just the “one big play” for a TD Monrovia. Opponents will not only have to worry about the individual threats (as usually is the case with the Cats)but also the versatilty and adjustments the offense will be capable of.

    As far as Ruckle, he emerged his junior year, when Antuan Roy was penciled in as starting Varsity tailback and ol’ friends like O’Cat and others were pretty sure TC would be hurtin in the RB position – from the graduation of Williams Do. Backus was not worried though, predicting (in this paper)a season of 2500 yds rushing. Turned out it was nearly 3000 yds, as Ruckle and Joey Stewart pounded the ground behind a Marti Valdes directed O-line, 4 of 5 who were juniors.

    I will greatly miss seeing #8 do his thing for the Rams. Ruckle never quit on a carry and left tacklers frozen, holding their jock and wondering what the hell just happened. He was not particularly fast, but had good body lean and slashing, quick acceleration. He rarely, rarely fumbled and was a reliable receiver and blocker. He was always smart enough to credit those grumpies up front who blocked for him.
    Junior season, his first carry against undefeated San Marino – a 77 yard TD that was the loudest single explosion of fan madness I’ve ever heard as a TC fan – was unforgettable. Max – thanks.

  • Goldenarm

    Ruckle’s exploits are on You Tube – including the San Marino run, on a tape cooked up by Zeke Prado.
    Search under TC Rams football – it will come up.

  • unbiased

    @Goldenarm:

    heres the exact link
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqxY6hyAOZg

    “the play” btw is at 5:29
    i was at that game too, what a way to start a game

  • Goldenarm

    june 25 is the all star game

    some weird rosters – roosevelt? looks like no dena kids are represented….

  • dena dude

    smh y isnt there any articles about how awesome john muir mustangs gone be this upcoming year i smell a 9 or maybe 10 win season..with a possible championship

  • Huckster!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    area linemen

  • Rock

    How about a photo of recent SGV players who made it to the NFL?

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