Getting to know … Temple City’s Joshua Simangunsong


Above: Joshua Simangunsong (No. 2) has been a lightning rod for the Temple City offense. (Photo courtesy of Rick Ramirez)

Temple City’s Joshua Simangunsong has taken the Rio Hondo League by storm. The 5-foot-8, 145-pound senior is a running machine, to say the last. The talented running back has rushed for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and has rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the five games this season. He’s scored at least one touchdown in each game and is coming off a remarkable 224-yard rushing performance on 27 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Rams to a 27-15 win over La Canada. That win helped the Rams improve to 2-0 in league. Temple City has its biggest test of the season Friday night at 7 when the Rams square off against Monrovia at Maranatha High. I got to spend a few minutes with Simangunsong during Monday’s practice. For one, I learned how to properly pronounce his last name. He’s well-liked among his teammates, and it’s easy to see why. Simangunsong’s mile-wide smile and outgoing personality makes it easy to root for the kid.

Born (date and location): April, 23, 1993 in Jakarta, Indonesia

Favorite TV shows: SpongeBob SquarePants and anything on Nickelodeon

What’s in my iPod: Hill Song, Reliant K, All Time Low

Dream car: Not a car guy

Favorite movie(s): John Q

What I’m reading right now: Siddhartha (novel)

I’d love to trade places for a day with: Bob Sanders

A talent I’d most like to have: Dance

Favorite meal: Curry

Favorite athlete to watch: Bob Sanders

Dream vacation: Australia

Favorite sports team: Indianapolis Colts

Dream date would be with: Jessica Biel

My hero is: Jesus Christ

Goal for the season/year: Win league

Best advice I’ve received from a coach: Dip in, dip out.

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  • the critic

    HEY now i like this guy his favorite player is my favorite player and his hero is my hero. i hope he balls out for tc good luck Joshua.

  • Anonymous

    He’s my favorite Lola!!

  • Goldenarm

    He is a super nice kid.
    He is quick as holy lightning and is a also a very small compact dude. Like I said earlier, he could fit in Ellis McCarthy’s front pocket, but I hope he avoids that fate. He is a fine db as well and unafraid to hit far larger targets than himself. He is an Indonesian Badger.

    We need to block for him Friday!!!!
    Otherwise M-town is gonna trash compactor him.

    Time for a couple people to step up for the walking wounded….

    Go Rams!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Lola!

  • Anonymous

    Lola! a little insight to the dream car question?? Lola didnt you want my miata!! I know you did.
    Great job!!!Tell the boys i said…Go get em Fellahs!!!

  • Bob Anon

    Sounds like a cool kid. Hope he runs over the rest of the RHL like he did to LC (maybe not Monrovia but the the other teams for sure).

  • Philly B

    Im rooting against the kid this friday, but I sure hope he carries Temple City Far in the playoffs, and shows the rest of the division that our so called “weak” league came to play and show up. Stay healthy kid. Friday night will be a true war.

  • Goldenarm

    Philly B,

    We have not faced anything close to the Monrovia defensive line in size or skill. My hope like in years past, our lineman give their all and scratch for every yard and every advantage on every play.
    We have struggled to pass protect from day one this season, and this is like ringing the dinner bell for the Cat D lineman.
    My hope has been the sight of improvement every week -and that without doubt has happened. We have a true no name defense, with the exception of Tim Sanderson, who has set the bar for his teammates as far as effort.

    If we play hard and don’t let the Cats grab the game and run away with it…we have done well, far better than the last 3 Monrovia opponents anyway. One thing for certain in my opinion, we have a head coach who can motivate and teach kids the game of football. At TC, the emphasis on fundamentals are what kept us competitive against teams clearly in possesion of superior raw talent over the years. Unless some bizarre re-districting occurs, I can’t see our talent pool suddenly ripe with big or fast kids or both, so the emphasis is where it must be….in my opinion.
    Backus had become the lone backbone and supporter of this philosophy – and all the hard work and preparation that accompanies it. McFarland brings a style highly suitable and a sweet fit for TC football.

  • HeavyHitter

    Another 1,000 yd rusher at TC …

    THE STREAK CONTINUES

    where do they get these kids?

    Good Luck TO TC Friday Night

  • Goldenarm

    RHL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS FRIDAY AT MARANATHA

    Taking nothing from So Pas or Blair, that is what it boils down to. A strangeness no one came close to predicting, as La Canada and San Marino were both favored to beat Temple City.

    An interesting war inside a war will be TC’s right guard and right tackle, versus M-towns powerful defensive tackles. Both TC kids are big, 290 and 320 pounds. Basette will be the SGV’s #1 shot put thrower this year, and he can bench press, or squat the western United States. His football skills are improving weekly, but he is no Matt O’Malley by any means. It is going to be a battle inside Friday night, one that TC cannot afford to lose if they hope to challenge M-town at all.
    Bueno punts, he passes, he recieves, he punt returns, he kickoff returns, is M-towns leading rusher, scorer and leader in most all categories you can find on a stat sheet. If he does not repeat as area MVP it will be a huge surprise.

  • Maria Simangunsong

    Joshua,

    I am so proud of you!!!!!!!Love you so so much!!!

  • Goldenarm

    Maria,

    You should be proud.

    Joshua is a joy to watch compete.

    Best of luck to him.

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