UPDATE:South Hills lineman Siosi Aiono was offered by Utah on Monday. His list now includes Fresno St., New Mexico St., BYU, Hawaii and San Jose St.
Whittier Christian defensive lineman Jeff Worthy has chosen Boise State over Nebraska and UCLA.
Meanwhile, Baldwin Park linebacker Wardell Crutchfield III has received an offer from UTEP.
Aram’s take: Congrats to Worthy. You really can’t go wrong with Boise these days. And Viva Los Mid-Valley Divisiones. Worthy and WC3 are part of what make this division, which is about 95 percent SGV, so fun for us this season.
Darien Johnson (Bishop Amat); Deron Holmes (Bonita); Ricky Johnson (West Covina); Chris Lazaro (Baldwin Park); Geoffrey Vaughns (South Hills); Jerone Cox (Baldwin Park); Jacob Ammad (Chaffey); Gus Viramontes (Diamond Ranch); A.J. Powell (Charter Oak); Paul Flores (Gladstone); Keith Smith (Charter Oak); Keenan Anderson (Pomona); Erik Lewis (Damien); Evan Highley (Bonita); Ernesto Martin (La Puente); Kendrec McDade (Azusa); Deron Jefferson (Pomona); Kameron Germany (Northview); Elisha Henley (Diamond Ranch); Tre Evans (San Dimas); Ryan Kohler (San Dimas); Donte Hughes (Covina); Jesse Ili (West Covina); Reyes Barrera (South Hills); Davis Cazares (Bishop Amat); Jesus Vargas (La Puente); Cody Goss (South Hills); Felix Logai (Nogales); Ryan McLaurin (West Covina); Mike Wells (Diamond Ranch); Justin Randall (Ontario); Kyle Ellis (Alta Loma); Tyler Cortez (Bonita); Raymond Raygoza (Baldwin Park); Tre Hale (Damien); Daniel Kane (Bishop Amat); Richard Tejeda (West Covina); Daniel Reyes (Charter Oak); Lucas Hernandez (Santa Fe); Ray Garcia (Alta Loma); Michael Llanes (Ayala); Steven David (Rowland); Justin Winrow (San Dimas).
When: June 25, 7 p.m. Where: Baldwin Park
Aram’s take: I’ve heard two takes from some very in-the-know people about East practice. The first is “the entire defense is D-1″ and the second is “Viramontes is zinging it all over”. It’s a very impressive roster. The defense should be hard to penetrate, but West coach Keith Jones is one of the best offensive minds in the Valley. So, if the West can hold up in the trenches and play strong defense (hey, they have former TC coach and current Arcadia asst. Randy Backus helping with the defense), then they’ve got a shot. Should be fun.
Fabian Amaro (San Gabriel); Carlos Arredondo (Schurr) Mark Avila (Schurr); Manny Ayon (Roosevelt); Nathon Ayon (Schurr); Eric Barcello (San Gabriel); Ramon Barraza (Roosevelt); Rolando Cabron (Gabrielino); Darrian Cazarin (Alhambra); Trent Converse (San Marino); Mitchell Crockum (Alhambra); Joshua Curiel (Montebello); Victor Dominquez (Temple City); Nick Escoe (Pasadena); Carlos Fernandnez (Eagle Rock); Michael Frias (Montebello); Jose Garcia (Montebello); Edson Gomez (Mark Keppel); Grant Haggard (Monrovia); Phillip He (Arcadia); Isaac Valdez (San Gabriel); Daniel Jimenez (Lincoln); DJ Jones (Monrovia); Alex Lopez (San Gabriel); Josh Lowden (Monrovia); Carlos Lozano (Montebello); Jiovanni Mejia (Roosevelt); Rocky Moore (La Canada); Chris Moreno (Roosevelt); Justin Munoz (Bell Gardens); Matthew O’Malley (Temple City); Mark Plaza (Eagle Rock); Kizz Prusia (Monrovia); Zach Rivera (Roosevelt); Eric Rozales (Gabrielino); Max Ruckle (Temple City); Angel Sanchez (Schurr); Javier Sanchez (Rosemead); David Schuil (Arcadia); Brian Turner (El Rancho); Daniel Vargas (Bell Gardens); Gonzalo Viera (Bell Gardens); Brandon Wilson (Alhambra).
When: June 25 Where: Baldwin Park HS
Aram’s take: OK, I have some questions. Where are the Muir kids? La Salle? South Pasadena? St. Francis? There are FIVE guys from Roosevelt on the West. And don’t even ask about the East. I’m still waiting on those rosters.
Arroyo, one of several Mid-Valley Division contenders, won the Bobby Hauck 7-on-7 Tournament at UNLV, beating out 20 teams from California, Nevada, Texas and Utah.
The Knights went 6-0. Monrovia, also from the Mid-Valley Division, advanced to the semis before bowing out.
Aram’s take: Since one blogger who sounds like he was there says Knights WR Anthony Miller played, I will change my take. Uh, great job by the Knights and ‘Cats. Maybe I’m not giving Arroyo enough credit in the Mid-Valley Division. Maybe they do belong on the same level as Zan Dimaz, M-Town and Schurr.
OK, now that spring ball is done, or just about done, we’ve learned quite a bit all of the teams in the area. There were some HUGE developments, like Bishop Amat’s Jay Anderson deciding to skip football to concentrate on baseball. And then there’s been some notable injuries like San Dimas QB Sean Kennedy and Arroyo WR Anthony Miller.
Also, I don’t know what I was thinking by not including Ayala, Chino Hills and Claremont for consideration in this Top 25. They’re all in the Sierra League and they are going to be part of our coverage … as is Pomona and Ganesha. So, that changes things a bit. Without further adieu, here’s your Top 25 going into the passing circuit.
The Huskies have Hart and that’s one reason they’re No. 4. Get it?
1. Bishop Amat — The gap between Amat and the rest has narrowed thanks to Anderson’s departure. Hey, did you know Tom Salter is back? 2. La Habra — All accounts are the Highlanders have reloaded. But hey, what did you expect? 3. Charter Oak — Anyone thinking CO has slipped may change their mind when the Chargers go four wide with no receiver under six-feet tall. 4. South Hills — Strong along the line and loaded with skill. But Jamie Canada’s knee injury is a concern. 5. Glendora — Excellent coach + good QB is a nice formula in HS football. 6. Chino Hills — The Huskies ranked below CO and South Hills? I’ll admit it doesn’t sound right. But Nate Harris and who ….? 7. La Mirada — Any team with a Bama recruit is fine by me. 8. West Covina — Bulldogs have to get thru rough Hacienda before they can even think about the Southeast. 9. St. Francis — All reports are the Knights have reloaded quite well. 10. Damien — When Coach Gano is mum, I get a bit concerned. 11. Muir — When getting excited, you have to remind yourself that the Stangs were 4-7 last year. 12. Diamond Ranch — Are we looking at the weakest Panthers team of the Roddy era? 13. San Dimas — Deep at QB, strong along both lines, but I haven’t heard much about the running backs. 14. Monrovia — ‘Cats have beefed up along the line, which will come in handy against San Dimas, Glendora and South Hills. 15. Rowland — A one-man show won’t get it done in the Hacienda. Just sayin … 16. Schurr — Have the feeling that the Spartans are every bit as good as M-Town and Zan Dimaz. 17. Whittier Christian — Have a feeling that the Heralds could throw a scare into M-Town, Zan Dimaz and Schurr. 18. Baldwin Park — Coach Heggins’ busy spring ought to mean the Braves will be ready from the word go. 19. Ayala — The Bulldogs will certainly compete in the new Sierra, but can you really see them beating South Hills, Charter Oak or Chino Hills? 20. Santa Fe — There’s not much confidence on the street about the Chiefs’ chances in the Southeast. 21. Bonita — Eric Podley can be very dangerous when he’s got a big-time offense. 22. Claremont — There’s no doubt The Pack will be solid, but the Sierra is a tall order. 23. Arroyo — Anything less than the semis in the Mid-Valley will be a disappointment. 24. Rosemead — Koffmead going back to ground-and-pound methods. 25. Pomona — Yet another contender in a deep and getting deeper Valle Vista League.
La Mirada lineman Isaac Luatua gave a verbal commitment to Alabama on Tuesday.
Aram’s take: Yet another reason to believe La Mirada is the favorite in the Southeast Division. Just scary. Congrats to Luatua. It’s serious business when Alabama wants a SoCal kid. Can’t wait for the September showdown with La Habra.
Aubrey Duncan, Bassett High School’s track coach, has been named Craig Cieslik’s successor (if you can call it that) as head varsity football coach.
Duncan, who coached the L.A. Amazons women’s football team, now has to piece together a program that has had startlingly low numbers this spring after returning players and Cieslik did not mesh.
Former Baldwin Park coach Tony Zane is mulling whether to become part of Duncan’s staff. Zane served under former coach Leon Ward, who was let go by the school this offseason.
Aram’s take: There you have it. Nice recovery, Bassett. Duncan’s connection with the kids ought to bring the number count back up to a semi-respectable level. Bassett needed someone fast and got it … and some around the school argue Duncan should’ve been the choice all along. Hopefully the Olympians can put this bad chapter behind them and start a new beginning.
Whittier Christian defensive lineman Jeff Worthy has been offered a ride by UCLA. Worthy had a strong showing at a recent camp at UCLA, so this should come as no surprise. Worthy has offers from Nebraska and SMU.
South Hills lineman Siosi Aiono can add two more schools to his list of suitors. Fresno State and New Mexico St. are the latest to want Aiono’s services, and they join a list that includes BYU, Hawaii and San Jose St.