Charter Oak official schedule and update …

First the ’10 schedule:

Week 0 at Glendora
Week 1 at Gardena
Week 2 Esperanza
Week 3 at Rancho Cucamonga
Week 4 Santa Fe
Week 5 BYE
Week 6 at Ayala
Week 7 Claremont
Week 8 at Damien
Week 9 Chino Hills
Week 10 South Hills

Save the date: Passing league game against Rowland, San Dimas and Glendora at San Dimas High. Passing league game against Upland, Bishop Amat and South Hills at Upland High on July 25.

Incoming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Chargers will have six to nine current freshman up on the varsity team as sophomores. Coach Farrar says they’ll all contribute and they’re very athletic, but not very big. But hey, that’s what your sophomore and junior years are for. Charter Oak’s frosh team was 9-1 and won league. The JV team was 6-4.

Monrovia to play Glendora and South Hills!!! …

Somebody’s feelin’ it!!!!! Monrovia has replaced Rosemead and Duarte on its schedule with Glendora and South Hills, respectively. And that goes along with nonleague games against Arcadia and San Dimas. All I can say is wow.

Here’s the ’10 sked:
Week 1 at Glendora
Week 2 Arcadia
Week 3 at San Dimas
Week 4 at South Hills
Week 5 Paramount
Week 6 at Blair
Week 7 San Marino
Week 8 Temple City
Week 9 at South Pas
Week 10 La Canada

‘Cats coach Ryan Maddox’s thoughts and an Aram take after the jump.

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Maggiore to coach East in Hall of Fame Game …

West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore and his staff will coach the East squad in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game on June 25.

Game organizer Leon Ward is still looking for somebody to coach the West (Gil Ruedaflores, Keith Jones?), but believes he’s getting closer to a decision.

A site for the game is still being determined, but it’s looking like Baldwin Park High.

San Dimas: Fluke or Area power?

OK, you guys want to really get into it? You want to really break it down and stop pussyfooting around?

First let me say you cannot argue with what Coach Z has done. He told me the night they lost 55-7 to Covina in his first season (2005) that he was gonna get things turned around and nights like that to help get it done. Well, he has. Remarkable job, obviously, and well-deserved Coach of the Year honors. BUT ………. the question I want to know now is: Is this just a good two- or three-year run, or should we start making room on the Valley’s mantle of top-flight football programs?

Here are my cases for Fluke and Area Power:
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San Dimas to play Rancho Cucamonga, Fred’s blog says

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, I guess. The Saints also play Monrovia again during their nonleague, which means if everything goes according to form San Dimas will play M-Town four times in two seasons. It also means three of SD’s first four opponents are Bonita, Rancho and M-Town. Impressive!

Aram’s take: Somebody’s feeling strong. I don’t like it. I’m not quite sure San Dimas is to that level yet. But it’s certainly daring and the flip side is that most people would accuse San Dimas of not playing anyone if Coach Z didn’t take games like this.

Wardell Crutchfield “not coming back” …

I spoke to Wardell Crutchfield to see if he had any short- or long-term interest in being a head coach again and got an unequivocal “no” to both options. Coach Crutch will coach his son Wardell Jr. this season at Baldwin Park as an assistant to James Heggins and after that he’s “out”.

With all these jobs open I was wondering if Coach Crutch was putting out feelers, but I guess not. Say what you want about him, he got things done at Duarte, which had been sleeping for years.

Los Altos update …

I spoke to Los Altos AD Steve Garcia and he confirmed the school is done with the application and background process. Garcia says there’s been an “extreme amount of interest” and he’s “happy with the talent to choose from.”

Aram’s take: Los Altos is being very tight lipped about the process. I guess I understand because this is a VERY important decision for the school since the football program can either revive or fall off the face of the earth. Dramatic enough for you?

Raider Nation can relax, Mikey Ball progressing well …

I spoke to Rowland coach Craig Snyder and he says star QB Michael Ball is progressing well in his recovery from a broken collarbone. Ball is working to regain strength in the area and won’t be limited when the Raiders begin preparations for the fall season. Don’t expect to see Rowland in any passing games until summer, though. Your best opprotunity to see Ball and the Raiders will likely be the Arroyo passing tourney.

By the way, Rowland opens the season at Baldwin Park.

Aram’s take: There’s probably no other player in the area that I’m more excited to see.

Is this what you were waiting for?

That’s right. It’s time to talk about my lunch again. So go ahead and complain, but this is tradition.

First let me say that your fears about Robledo gaining weight now that I’m back are unfounded. Despite going to Victor’s Villa to watch me down an Ortega Chile Burger (w/fries and regular (not diet) drink) yesterday, Freddie is in no danger of becoming part of my regular lunch plans. It seems he goes somewhere else everyday. You know, the kinda place where you get the crusts cut off of your sandwich.

Anyway, today I hit Taco Nazo in Baldwin Park for the best fish tacos on the planet. I have no idea how Heggins and Crutch aren’t three bills apiece with that place right down the street. That’s right, I’m back!!!