East practice begins for Hall of Fame All-Star Game …

I don’t have rosters yet, but I can give you some names. Enough for you to realize the East defense won’t be messing around on June 25 at Baldwin Park HS.

Keith Smith and A.J. Powell from Charter Oak. Darien Johnson, Davis Cazares and Daniel Kane from Amat. Justin Winrow from San Dimas. Christian Lazaro and Jerone Cox from Baldwin Park. Geoffrey Vaughns from South Hills.

I’ll have more later ….

Sources: Bassett coach Craig Cieslik resigns after just over a month on the job …

Craig Cieslik has resigned as head varsity football coach at Bassett after just over a month on the job, according to a sources close to the situation.

The Olympians were reportedly down to 13 players during spring practice. Cieslik was hired in late April to replace Leon Ward. Cieslik was previously head coach at La Sierra High School for two seasons in 2007 and ’08.

Cieslik had scheduled Servite for next season, one source said, and was trying to secure a game with Dominguez.

Aram’s take:
I’m speechless. I guess he wasn’t ready for the Five Points.

Is there a QB controversy brewing at San Dimas? …


Sean Kennedy went 13-1 last year as a starter.

Last year’s starter Sean Kennedy missed all of spring ball after breaking his foot in baseball. All that did was open the door for sophomore-to-be Emilio Zertuche to impress coaches over the past month.
Is there a quarterback controversy? Saints coach Bill Zernickow says not yet, but he’s waiting to see how Kennedy progresses from his injury. Regardless, fans can expect to see plenty of Zertuche in the fall.
“It all depends on how Sean comes back,” Zernickow said. “Sean’s really good. It’s going to be fun. Competition at every spot is good.”
No matter who’s under center, Zernickow says the goal will be to get the ball to 6-foot-4 receiver Kevin Kolbeck.
Fans can see just how good San Dimas is at doing that by checking out the Saints in the Arroyo Tournament on July 10 at Arroyo High. That will be San Dimas’ only tournament appearance this summer.

Aram’s take: Word is that San Dimas looked real good throwing against Claremont on Thursday. No score was taken. But Zertuche is supposedly going to be the real deal. I’ve never heard of San Dimas having so much talent on the lower levels.

Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez, Dean of the Montview, weighs in on the league’s coaching strength …

Get this, Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez estimates he’s seen four different coaches at each of the Montview League schools during his 10 years in the league. But this year, the strength in Montview League coaching could be at an all-time high. So Coach Sanchez gives his take on his new foes and the league’s ever-growing strength in coaching.

Can Gladstone and Sanchez get back to their dominant ways against these coaches?

“The coaching is going to be there. These guys (Bassett’s Craig Cieslik and Workman’s Scott Morrison) come with credible records. Their bios speak for themselves. Coaching is just one aspect of it. You’re going to have to have the kids to go along with it. But surely those guys are going to add their football smarts onto their teams.”

Here’s your Montview braintrust rundown:

Joe Scherf, Azusa: A Montview League team in the semis? Scherf did it. Two outstanding years and more likely to come.

Craig Cieslik, Bassett: He brings funky new offense and a strong record of turning programs around FAST. But will he stay long? Will the kids buy in before the wins come?

Tip Sanders, Duarte: Everybody knows what he accomplished at Blair. If he can do it there, then he can do it at Duarte. However, the kids don’t seem to know that yet … and maybe the administration, too.

Brandon Rohrer, La Puente: Makes most people’s list of hot, young coaching commodities. There’s no doubt he’s going to have La Puente rolling. Heck, they went 8-3 last season.

Scott Morrison, Workman: I have the feeling Morrison is going to prove a point to those who doubted him at Damien. Workman should be so lucky to have a coach of this quality … and it probably won’t take long for them to realize it.

Morrison’s mojo may work in Industry.

Albert Sanchez, Gladstone: We all remember how strong Sanchez’s team were in the early/mid-2000s. It’s just too bad they weren’t in the Mid-Valley Division then.

Keith Locklear, Sierra Vista: If he can instill the same type of discipline and fundamentals in the football program as he’s done with the girls basketball team, then look out. The Dons were 5-5 last year and are mostly being overlooked due to all the changes elsewhere.

Ganesha … well ….

The search is on for Aaron Cantu’s supporting cast …

No returning QB in the SGV had better numbers last year than Schurr’s Aaron Cantu. But he enters his senior season with his top-two receivers gone and the team’s leading rusher. I think it’s safe to say Schurr’s players had a good chance to be walking around with rings on their fingers if they were in the Mid-Valley Division last year. This year? Well, Schurr has a lot to replace.

Here’s what Spartans coach Ben Negrete said about the search for skill: Right now we have a lot of athletes out there fighting for those positions. But I always withhold judgment until we get into pads. There’s a lot of bodies out here now, but how many end up being football players is debatable.

We have some guys who are ready to step up. I’m not as worried about that as I thought I was going to be. We have several guys waiting in the wings, but I’m not sure we’ll put up the numbers those guys did last year.

Aram’s take: Where do you rank Schurr in the Mid-Valley? Right behind Monrovia and San Dimas? Ahead of them? Somewhere in the area of Arroyo or Whittier Christian? If the Spartans are lighting it up in the nonleague, then you’ll know just how worried SD and M-Town should be.