Whittier Daily News prep editor Steve Ramirez takes an early look into Friday’s showdown between Whittier Christian and Maranatha. It’s no secret by now, that Marantha coach Pete Karavedas started at Whittier Christian, and both coaching staffs know each other well.
Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in the CIF- Southern Section Mid-Valley Division, and the winner will take a step forward toward the league title. Pride, though, will also be on the line for coaches Sergio Gradilla of the Heralds and the Minutemen’s Peter Karavedas, who was an assistant at Whittier Christian last season. “We’ve talked about this since he got the job,” Gradilla said. “Now, it’s here. I don’t think it makes it more difficult (knowing one another). It’s going to come down to which team can step up and execute.”