Sources: Several Duarte players quit, Falcons down to 20 players program-wide …

Several members of the Duarte High School football team have quit the team, leaving the program with about 20 players program-wide, according to sources.

Because of the low numbers, Duarte will have to pool what players it has among all four classes to field one team for Wednesday’s game against La Puente, the sources say.

Duarte is 0-8 this season and has not won a game since principal Eric Barba fired former coach Wardell Crutchfield Jr. following the 2008 season.

  • THEENDISNEAR

    I WROTE ON THIS IN THE SUMMER, THE POWERS THAT BE ARE SYSTEMATICALLY KILLING OFF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FOR SOME STRANGE REASON.

    WHY SCREW THE CANADA BRO’S THE WAY THEY DID, AND NOW THEY WILL STARNGLE THE HELL OUT OF THE REST OF THE PROGRAMS IN THE AREA.

    DUMB MOVES AND STILL GETTING PAID, THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR RUINING PROGRAMS AND DISTRICTS.

    SURE IS A SHAME ON THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WHAT THEY TOLERATE, TRY THE SAME CRAP IN THE O.C. OR INLAND EMPIRE AND THEIR A## IS DONE.

    THE END IS NEAR THEIR GOAL IS NO MORE FOOTBALL IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, WHICH SCHOOL IS NEXT, MARSHALL, BLAIR, MUIR, P.H.S, BASSETT, WORKMAN, MOUNTAIN VIEW, LOS ALTOS, KEPPEL,IF THEY DID IT TO DUARTE THEY CAN DO IT TO ANYONE OF THESE SCHOOLS.

    I WILL LAY EVEN MONEY THIS IS JUST THE BEGINING, THE COACH WAS’NT BROUGHT IN TO SAVE THE SCHOOL BUT TO LEGITIMIZE THE KILLING OF A PROGRAM, NO HE WASNT IN ON IT HE JUST MADE IT LOOK LIKE THEY WERE TRYING TO SAVE IT.

    YOU KNEW WHAT THEY WERE WHEN THEY SLITHERED INTO THE ROOM.

  • Don

    I guess then that this qualifies as the “different direction” Principal Barba wanted to go.

  • Colt74

    Since it was pointed out in your last thread on this subject that Coach Crutchfield was let go for violating the rule of making his boss look good, is it not time for Mr. Barbas boss to do the same? Parents are probably gathering up the tar and feather supplies as we speak…

  • LT

    Reign it in gentlemen, the season is over; some of the boys just wasn’t dedicated to the end. Crutchfield’s firing was no rarity; a volleyball coach – who took his team to several championships/titles, was let go in the same so-called “different direction” fashion earlier this year. It just happens and for no apparent good reason (so we are told). No matter what, we can’t give up on the program; the Falcon’s that will suit one last time on Friday haven’t.

  • Let’s ALL move on

    Don you’re usually a smarter cookie than that. Really is beneath yoiu to imply Barba did Crutchfield in without talking to Barba. I did. he was gracious and forthcoming when I asked him direct questions. What is so difficult to understand? Crutchfield was his own worst enemy

    BTW where was the outrage and story when the Damein players quit in midseason? Seems there is selective reporting here.

    Crutchfiled was his own worst enemy. as Aztec Pride mentioned many times Duarte lacked control. Yes Crutchfield sent players to next level success but what aboutr all the other BS.

    Look Tip took over a team that refused to show up and play for their school even whan it was clear Crutchfield wasn’t coming back. Now did Crutchfiled have a sit down interview asking his former players to continue their dream of playing high shcool ball? NO!

    BTW coaching HS sports is difficult Don. Bonita has a great group for their kids but not every school is Bonita.

    I wonder what’s the end game here for every one? Complete absoltion for Crutchfield or complete condemnation of Barba?

    Seems ridiculous on it’s face.

    Two weeks ago I introduced myself to Tip and the Principal and asked for an interview to help out next year. Duarte had players, fans and absolutely great band and cheerleaders, so wny not help out?

    Hey Crutchfield coached players up and did some great things but compare Azusa’s Coach with Crutchfield.

    There’s a right way and a wrong way to be a HEAD COACH at a school as there is in ANY profession. Is Barba a BAD Principal because he’d had enough or is he a Principal who stood on hios PRINCIPLES. I suggest bloggers to meet Barba and decide. I did. He’s okay in my book.

    I went top see Gano recently after stayiong away for the whole season and he’s a keeper. Great with parents, kids, alumni and administartors…teh man is always a pleasure to see and a get hire. Layton, Farrar, Hags. Podley, Thomas, Scherf and others do a great good…how many mirror Crutchfiled?

    Now Don and Colt74 are your HCs anything like Crutchfield?

    I’ll take that as a NO in advance.

    My apologies to Mr. Crutchfield who wnats nothing but this issue to go away.

  • get a life

    Well, well, I guess Crutchfiled leaked the info yet once again and is incorrect! Come on people find a new topic and something more positive like student athletes who does great things for their school. Or a team, who has been successful. Or Duarte Tennis or volleyball teams who are playing today for CIF…more to life than just football.

  • Aaron

    The truth is simple, the kids were done. The team was 0-9 with nothing left in their hearts, I’m sure some of the underclassmen will rejoin when the season is actually over.

    Duarte has a coach in Tip Sanders, now it just needs kids to play.

  • trojan fan

    First of all Coach Crutchfield is no saint here yes he did some good things at Duarte but lets face facts and the facts are he would run the score up on opponents and his mouth is still one of the worst i have ever seen at a high school level i guess if you call cussing and his profanity filled tyraid such as went on at a summer passing game i happened to attend at wilson this summer,both players and coaches had to be separated. This guy is a loose cannon from the hood and is not a very good example for mine or any kids to be around i just hope and pray that as soon as his son leaves Baldwin Park he will pack up move with him.And as far as the administration is concerned this moving in a different direction just is a plain copout why not tell the truth so the parents and players can know the real reason behind letting someone go,the reason they don’t is to save there one skin because if the new coach is succesful he the best thing since sliced bread but if he is not then he can slither under the rock he came from and nobody is hurt but the players (exaple duarte,bassett,damien and so on). So i guess the best thing is the same thing my grandfather told me at a very early age son JUST TELL THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!!!!!!!!

  • falcon alumni

    Crutch did great things for his player and YES he most certainly did want all his former players to CONTINUE to play! What did tip do for Blair HS? Nothing! Thats why most of the boys left to go “in a different direction” also! A few followed him because they knew he was going to help them be noticed etc. A few went other places when they were turned down by CIF on their transfer. But regardless MOST of them are all going to a division 1 college with the help or WARDELL CRUTCHFIELD!

  • Gotta Keep it Real…

    Duarte, Duarte, Duarte… I wish there was more than one way to spell it so I could say it a few more times… DHS jumped in the river to get out the rain when they let Crutchfield go… Every great coach has his detractors and it seems like Crutchfied has his fair share which means to me, he earned his fair share of success. I am a bottom line guy and the bottom line here is that Crutchfield won and he got players out. So what if he ran up the score… You should not have played him, or better yet, you should not have played with him… Crutchfield didn’t and moan when Gladstone ran a fake punt in the 4th Q and they were up 35-3… More than anything, Crutchfield’s effect on DHS Football has been felt since his unceremonious departure. 20 players program wide…DHS Administration, you did these kids a great disservice…

  • Time to move on

    What the heck in going on in Duarte? Hasn’t Crutchfield been gone for 2 seasons now? I can’t believe after two seasons, an entire community is still crying about their coach being fired. Come on…players quitting, parents and an entire community whining… Is this a case of community low self esteem or what? What are these parents teaching their kids…When things don’t go your way just quit? This is unbelievable! Come on people it’s time to move on. Your kids deserve better that that!

  • Time to move on

    What the heck in going on in Duarte? Hasn’t Crutchfield been gone for 2 seasons now? I can’t believe after two seasons, an entire community is still crying about their coach being fired. Come on…players quitting, parents and an entire community whining… Is this a case of community low self esteem or what? What are these parents teaching their kids…When things don’t go your way just quit? This is unbelievable! Come on people it’s time to move on. Your kids deserve better that that!

  • Former Falcon Parent

    As I said before my sons played for Crutch and even though he had his favorites and it was known the kids respected him and the kids loved playing for him. When you have a winning season every year, you are filling the stands to capacity every game, you have alumni coming out to watch games (Mr. and Mrs. Fraser) which hadn’t been done in Duarte for years and the Falcons are sending kids to D1 Colleges like Fresno State (Jermaine) and UCLA (Mike) amongst others the coach is doing something right. Mr. Barba was the downfall to Duarte. He came from Sierra Vista I believe it was and he tried to turn DHS into Sierra Vista which IT IS NOT! Letting Crutch go proved to be a HUGE MISTAKE and hiring Mr. Barba proved to be and even BIGGER MISTAKE! Now for this new football coach…he has been heard saying he’s not from Duarte these aren’t his kids he’s from Pasadena and he doesn’t care about the kids in Duarte all he cares about is his PAYCHCK. No wonder the team is so small and kids quit. Who in their right mind would want to play for a coach like that? Duarte GET SMART and FIRE Barba and get someone in there who cares about Duarte…You are Missed Dr Martinez!!! As far as football Duarte you should apologize to Crutch and beg him to come back which he most likely won’t do but he deserves an apology at the least. DUARTE UNIFIED you and Barba ruined DHS and you only have yourselves to blame.

  • Former Falcon Mom

    As I said before my sons played for Crutch and even though he had his favorites and it was known the kids respected him and the kids loved playing for him. When you have a winning season every year, you are filling the stands to capacity every game which hadn’t been done in Duarte for years and the Falcons are sending kids to D1 Colleges like Fresno State (Jermaine) and UCLA (Mike) amongst others the coach is doing something right. Mr. Barba was the downfall to Duarte. He came from Sierra Vista I believe it was and he tried to turn DHS into Sierra Vista which IT IS NOT! Letting Crutch go proved to be a HUGE MISTAKE and hiring Mr. Barba proved to be and even BIGGER MISTAKE! Now for this new football coach…he has been heard saying he’s not from Duarte these aren’t his kids he’s from Pasadena and he doesn’t care about the kids in Duarte all he cares about is his PAYCHCK. No wonder the team is so small and kids quit. Who in their right mind would want to play for a coach like that? Duarte GET SMART and FIRE Barba and get someone in there who cares about Duarte…You are Missed Dr Martinez!!! As far as football Duarte you should apologize to Crutch and beg him to come back which he most likely won’t do but he deserves an apology just the same. DUARTE UNIFIED you and BARBA ruined DHS and you only have yourselves to blame.

  • baller72

    Why do we keep digging up old wounds? Administration dismissed a football coach. Fair or unfair it happened. Time to move on. Shame on he trib, the sports section, and Aram for bringing back what should have been a closed(and lost)book.

  • You’ve got to be kidding!

    Man….where is this all coming from? The Frosh- soph team has 19 players on the roster alone. Not alot of people but the report of having 20 players in the whole program is an absolute lie. It insults the players and coaches in the lower division who have worked hard through the season to progress and learn the game of football.Against La Puente there will be a joing of teams voted upon by the players…frosh-soph and varsity. Not all freshmen will suit up but they,for the sake of the team and school voted to a man to combine forces. Is that a sign of football disappearing at Duarte? The Varsity has suffered injuries, but the remaining players are not quitting. There seem to be some type of vendetta against Duarte ,the kids, and especially the football team. My question to the journalists is ,”Where are you getting this negative information? And have you done any real research to gain the truth in this whole matter?” Or is the barrage of negativism towards Duarte ,the high school, and it’s 14,15, and 16 year old kids, to keep the blogs going or sell newspapers or what? ” When an opposing coach of the varsity requests to speak to the Duarte players after his sound win over them and praises them on their guts and heart and not giving up. And tells them not to listen to or take heart to what’s written in the papers. What does that tell you? It’s a game..(old cliche)… it does keep some kids in school…but with all these rumors and sorry bad talk about a principal what message does that send the kids. It’s hard enough now for these kids to maintain self esteem.and confidence to move on. (GPA’s have been raised at D.H.S.) How do you keep a program moving forward with nothing but negativism and false innuendo’s coming from outside sources. It’s 2010…what has happened has happened, it’s not 2008 or (2000 when D.H.S. had three alumni playing in the NFL) it’s today. The honorable Jim Murray and Manny Pineda are rolling over in their graves.

  • KANYE WEST

    DUARTE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ERIC BARBA IS FROM SIERRA VISTA HIGH SCHOOL…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… I BELIEVE SIERRA VISTA IS IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS DUARTE……………………………………………………………….

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Baller,

    When a principal makes a move and says he wants to go in a different direction, then it is not a closed book.

    What happens next is we all see what the different direction is.

    It’s kind of odd to want go in a new direction when the current direction is/was a good one.

    What, you don’t thing journalists should report on the different direction?

  • Frank

    As I look at this situation and what has unravelled over the past two years, I am saddened to see the that the problems at Duarte are only getting worse.
    In some ways I understand the letting go of Crutchfield, as the school principal did not agree with his way of dealing with some kids. But we have to understand that Crutchfield had a better understanding of some of the kids on the team and their backgrounds than probably some of the administration. He may have taken a different approach and though it may not be popular, some of those kids may have not stayed in school if it wasn’t for him. Agree or disagree with his philosophy, it was working at the time.
    I can only hope that Duarte is able to rebuild its program. It may be a slow process, but it will have to start with the freshman and sophomore levels.

  • just sayin’

    the problem was not so much replacing Cruthfield with Sanders. Tip is a more than qualified coach and a worthy replacement that has had success elsewhere.

    the problem was Crutch bad mouthing the program taking kids with him and encouraging others to transfer – even at the expense of them losing their eligibility

  • ExFalcon

    I can’t believe that people are still talking about this. Last years 3 former Duarte players received scholarships to play football and didn’t even get a chance to play! Crutchfield knows a lot of coaches and talked to them and sent out previous years game film and made it happen. I told all of you people that the program was going to totally screwed up for a long time. but Duarte administration should not have stopped the kids from playing football especially in such an unstable program. I don’t really care about what you weirdos say about me ( your 40-50 years old talking about high football on a Wednesday night)i have no more family playing there so it’s not a big deal to me. Monrovia will be a force for years to come. Love my school, but wouldn’t send my child there.

    Ps Aztec Pride we beat you like 25 years in a row slow down player. i hope you play Monrovia bring you back to reality. schedule up!

  • Let’s review

    Aram what Head Coach quits the team in midseason and then asks for his job back in the same season. It’s been awhile but didn’t that happen with Crutchfield, or am I mistaken?

    What about Aztec Pride story where Crutchfield brought his team in late and walked thru the warm up with pads. Didn’t that happen as well?

    My guess is you haven’t spoken to Principal Barba off the record or you wouldn’t bring up this old wound.

    Lastly isn’t it also true that there are other coaches who have done equally well without all the drama. Comes back to the same thing, Crutchfield was his own worse enemy.

    Aram which area coach would you say best mirrors Crutchfield?

    I’ll wait a few days for your answer. (Use a 100 mile radius is necessary!)

  • fb fan

    Obviously football is down at Duarte. What about the other sports. Boys soccer does well. Basketball 3-21, Baseball 7-18. It seems that the problem is school wide. Say all you want about the administration, I think its a coaching issue. Coaches should be able to motivate these kids to go out for the programs and play competitively. Consistantly loosing football games by more than 40 points is unacceptable. Duarte has good athletes on campus. Their is no way that,with better coaching all around, Duarte couldn’t do much better in sports. Especially in the big 3. Football, Basketball, and Baseball. With all this money that is coming into the Duarte Unified School District they should invest some it into the sports programs. A new field, new uniforms, better coaching, etc. Sports makes your school money. My favorite quote on this topic is from the movie “The Program”. The football coach says, ” When was the last time 80,000 people went to see a g**damm chemistry experiment.

  • Colt74

    “Sports makes your school money”…College yes….High School no. If that were true, Bishop Amat would have off-site valet parking and a monorail system to take you from your car to your heated/3-speed massage/reclining game seats by now.

  • AMAT 73

    Colt74,
    Go ask Msgr how he feels about the revenue generated by the football program . With the 50/50 alone they make 1500-2000 dollars each home game , do the math at 5 home games plus 1 possibly 2 CIF home games , and figure with the cut from the In and Out truck and other various vendors if AMAT football doesn’t make money. But that valet parking sounds like a great idea .

  • THEENDISNEAR

    I DECIDED TO GO SEE FOR MYSELF, FIRST OF ALL THE PRINCIPAL WALKED THE SIDELINE LIKE A PEACOCK AND WAS AN ARROGANT CHARACTER.

    I SPENT TIME TALKING TO PARENTS AND JUST STARTED TO ASK THE QUESTIONS AND BOY DID I GET SOME ANSWERS, ITS UNANIMUS THE COMMUNITY AND SOME OF THE STAFF AT THE GAME ALL FELT THE ADMINISTRATION IS STILL TO BLAME FOR THE MESS THE SCHOOL IS IN.

    SAD TO SEE THE WHOLE THING PAN OUT LIKE THIS BUT THATS LIFE, REALLY SAD TO TALK TO THE SENIOR PARENTS.

    MAYBE THE OLD COACH WAS A BIT OF AN ASS BUT WHO IN OUR SOCIETY IS A BOY SCOUT ITS CLEAR FROM THE FANS AND THE STAFF THE ADMIN IS STILL ARROGANT AND STUBBORN AND CANT FIX A HUGE PROBLEM THAT THEY DIDNT CREATE BUT THEY MADE WORSE.

    ITS CLEAR THEY SHOULD CLEAR THE SLATE AND BRING IN ALL NEW ADMIN, ITS CLEAR THESE CLOWNS DONT HAVE A CLUE AND WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO DESTROY THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM, I BELIEVE THERE IS A CLEAR DIRECTIVE HERE NOTHING ELSE MAKES ANY SENSE AT THIS POINT.

    ONE LAST POINT ARENT THERE ANY AFRICAN AMERICAN PLAYERS AT THE SCHOOL, I SAW THAT 50% OF THE CHEERLEADERS WERE, BUT NONE ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM, WAS THIS WHAT THE PRINCIPAL WAS AFTER, I THINK THIS NEEDS TO BE ANSWERED.

  • Colt74

    Amat73,
    Do you think that the vast majority of High schools make money, or as I showed by using BA as the example that they are one of the FEW exceptions to the rule? Plus, what is the average that Amat makes taking all games into consideration (per game). My guess is if you take all money earned divided by all games played minus costs you probably cover the costs of a new set of pads for the tackling sled(s). Question too…..If they announce that the 50/50 is at $1500..is that $1500 total pot or what a fan gets and they actually raised $3000 on the drawing? Cause if Amats paying out $1500 min to the fans at each game I’m going to stop buying lotto tickets and send you $ to buy me raffle tickets each week!

    I’d be interested to know what the game average, per SGV school,income is. My guess is a tiny fraction of what a school such as Amat makes.

    Any booster clubs that want to chime in?

  • THEENDISNEAR

    COLT 74 INTERESTING FACTS, WHERE DID YOUR INFO COME FROM.

    FIRST OFF AMAT CHARGES FOR PARKING @ 5.PER CAR X 200 OR 300 CARS= 1000. TO 1500.00 FOR PARKING

    POP WARNER PROGRAMS REGULARLY BRING IN 1500. TO 2800. IN CONCESSIONS PROFITS, AMAT IS PACKED ON GAME DAYS SO I WILL GUESS 2400. TO 3600. PER NIGHT.

    IN N OUT ISNT THERE FOR FREE, LETS SAY 1800.

    THE PROGRAMS ARE 5. AND THEY ARE SOLD OUT @ 2.50 PROFIT X 800= 1800.

    THE GATE IS 6.X 3000= 18,000 DIVIDED X 2= 9,000.

    MY NUMBERS ARE LOW BALL PARK SO THEY COULD BE MUCH GREATER.

    AND FINALLY MOST PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE RUN MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

    THE PROBLEM WITH MOST PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS THEY ARE PUTTING OUT A BAD PRODUCT MOST OF THE TIME, SO WHO WANTS TO SEE THE GAME. USUSALLY ITS THE KIDS PARENTS WHO COME TO THE GAME.

    ONE MORE FOR YOU LITTLE PONY, A POP WARNER PROGRAM LIKE DUARTE HAWKS GETS HUNDREDS OF FANS A GAME BUT THE HIGH SCHOOL ONLY GETS 50.

    AND YOUR COMMENT OF FINDING OUT WHAT FOOTBALL PROGRAMS COST PER WHAT THEY EARN WILL NEVER BE SHOWED, MOST OF THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS WOULD TURN A BUCK WHILE ALL THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS WOULD BE IN THE RED, IN THE REAL WORLD THE UNDER EARNING SCHOOLS WOULD BE FORCED TO CHANGE AND BE RUN LIKE THE SUCCESFUL PROGRAMS.

    HERE’S MY POINT POKEY, IF THE ADMINS AND A.D.’S GOT TO KEEP 30% OVER THE COST PER FOOTBALL GAME EARNED EVERY FRIDAY YOU BETTER BELIEVE THEY WOULD TURN A PROFIT EVERY GAME.

    NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO BE KNOWLEDGABLE GET SOME FREAKING FACTS MR ED.

  • AMAT 73

    Colt74,
    I would think we are the only school in the SGV who turns a profit on the football program . Yes that is the take home amount of the 50/50′s .We get between 4-5000 fans per game if not more and those are just AMAT fans. Let me just say due to the program it affords more than just pads for the sleds . Don’t know if you have ever taken in a game at AMAT but it is one crazy place on Friday nights.The parking and the tailgate parking consessions alone are out of this world.

  • Colt74

    Theendisnear:

    Look..instead of using caps all the times and screaming to try and be the center of attention why not re-read what I said and what you backed up with your post.

    1.What FACTS did I post? I posted my beliefs. Said nothing in any post as fact. If I post a fact I’ll say FACT and reference it. So far the only FACT (counting now) is you are an ass.(REF: your last post)
    2.I said BA is one of the few exceptions to the rule and you agreed. I have not been to a football game ever that charges for parking. Amat does..great. Exception to the rule.
    3.”AND FINALLY MOST PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE RUN MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
    THE PROBLEM WITH MOST PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS THEY ARE PUTTING OUT A BAD PRODUCT( PRODUCT????) MOST OF THE TIME, SO WHO WANTS TO SEE THE GAME. USUSALLY ITS THE KIDS PARENTS WHO COME TO THE GAME.( WELL DUHHHHHHHH! )
    ONE MORE FOR YOU LITTLE PONY, A POP WARNER PROGRAM LIKE DUARTE HAWKS GETS HUNDREDS OF FANS A GAME BUT THE HIGH SCHOOL ONLY GETS 50.”
    You again back up everything that I said. So what exactly is your problem other than wanting to get into it with me? ( I’m all for it jacka$$)
    NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO POP OFF PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTT, turn off the caps AND change your log on to theendisinmyrear…it will better describe you.In your other posts you refer to others as CLOWNS…look in the mirror their duffus….

    But hey…thanks for backing up everything that I said.

  • Aaron

    Stop the yelling please.

  • Colt74

    Amat73,
    I truly am in awe of what Amat could be pulling in per game. Wow is an understatement. But again you are even more of an exception to the rule of typical HS sports in more ways than one.
    My post was in response to the post ” With all this money that is coming into the Duarte Unified School District they should invest some it into the sports programs. A new field, new uniforms, better coaching, etc. Sports makes your school money.”
    Again, our typical bankrupt california public school system sports program can in no way survive off of income they make from games and money from the state. If Covina did not have the help of boosters and sponsor a player, every week-end the players would be doing car washes or whatever to help support themselves and pay for equipment and team meals etc. Even in one of the previous threads it was mentioned how coaches were paying for team meals out of pocket.
    So again I stand firm in my belief that the statement SPORTS MAKES YOUR SCHOOL MONEY related to HS sports is a false statement. Not including the obvious cash cow at Amat.
    Maybe Amat can help the legislation un-bankrupt the state. They need to see what you guys are doing right. Send a few dozen tickets to Sacramento and invite them down for the Championship game this year. :)

  • AMAT 73

    THEENDISNEAR,
    Your figures on the parking are way off . The corner lot Orange and Fairgrove can hold 100-125 cars on it’s own . The entire athletic field probably holds 450-600 cars and that is not counting the tailgate lot . That 5.00 program you speak of is full of 25.00 – 400.00 ads and well wishes . Just what is made on programs alone would floor you. But it all boils down to the basics of sales . If you put out a good product that people want and market it well you will have good sales numbers.

  • Fish bowl

    Word is, montebello kicked off a big number of players for missing practice on monday. The players were protesting the onside kick call by the head coach.
    Also alhambra has lost about 10-15 kids because they feel the season is over. So its not only at Duarte.

  • Really?

    All HS football programs have “up’s and Down’s”. Bassett was strong in the late 80′s and early 90′s. They dropped for a while and along came Tresvant and won league again… now they are down. Covina was high and alive with McD…once he left Covina went down and now they are up. Even Amat was king of the 80′s…went to sleep(Amat standards) came back…went to sleep and now they are back. My point is they will be back, HS football does bring money… Let them heal and sooner or later they will get a coach to bring them back.

  • The Voice of the Warriors

    Regardless of the score of last nights game, I was very impressed with the Heart and Determination of the Falcon players. The Falcons have a good foundation to work with next season and there is no doubt in my mind that the Duarte Falcons are back on track and will soon be a competing force in the Montview league. I want to personally thank these players for never giving up and showing the meaning of true Valor. Coach Sanders and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job and they should be commended. Falcons, keep your heads up and be Proud!

    Ruben “The Voice of the Warriors”

  • baller72

    Aram, my point is it happened. It’s in the past. Depending on which side of the fence you were on it was a tragedy or a triumph. High School is about a lot more than football. And opening up old wounds makes them slower to heal. Let’s use the space for more positive topics.

  • Bob

    A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval
    study hall. — Vince Lombard

  • The Vet

    Aram,

    You are being used by Wardell Crapfield to help torpedo the Duarte program. Tip Sanders is a good coach with a proven track record of turning around programs and winning with class, something WC never did.

    WC is on a one-man hate mission to destroy Tip Sanders and the Duarte program he abused for so long.

    All he ever did as a coach was recruit players, bad-mouth other teams and other coaches, and rant uncontrollably at game officials. He was totally out of control as a head coach, embarrassing himself and his administration to the point that when Duarte got a new principal, he was dumped. But he still teaches there!

    Since then, he has conned all of Duarte’s good athletes into transferring or leaving. He is a one-man cancer on the DHS campus. He sent the Canada’s to South Hills, chuckling all the while.

    How many Duarte athletes have transferred (illegally) to Baldwin Park in the last two years?

    Aram, you are running down Eric Barba. I don’t know him, but he and Coach Sanders deserve better from you. You are being used.

  • just sayin’

    Vet – gotta agree. Said as much below. Almost impossible to get rid of teachers with the unions behind them. makes little sense for teachers to change districts because often they lose year$ of $ervice.I think thye’re stuck with each other.

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