DRAFTED: Former Chino WR Greg Salas (4th round by the Rams) …

Former Chino High School receiver Greg Salas was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams this weekend.

Salas’ senior season at Chino was 2005. Some of you may remember that team — it went 9-3 in what was the last year John Monger was head coach of the Cowboys. The Cowboys finished second behind Chino Hills in the Sierra League that season.

Glendora, which beat Damien on the final Friday of the season (I know, I was there), finished third.

Anyway, I don’t remember Salas one bit at Chino. That’s the crazy thing. I remember Ryan Stanford and Ryan McFoy from that team, but I don’t remember Salas. But hey, he’s in the NFL and deserves some congrats.

Robledo reporting that Podley stays put at Bonita …

After careful consideration about whether to join new Glendora coach Todd Quinsey’s staff, Bonita coach Eric Podley is staying a Bearcat, according to Fred Robledo, who spoke to Quinsey Friday morning.

As reported here earlier this week, Podley was strongly considering making the move but ultimately decided against it.

This is a big blow to Quinsey, who would have been putting something special together staff-wise had Podley and other Bonita assistants come over. We’ll have to wait and see what Plan B is for Quinsey, who is expected to start naming a staff soon.

Aram’s take: Back to the drawing board. Almost a huge coup for Glendora. Now Tartans players and fans have to hope that whoever makes up their staff will inspire as much excitement as Podley et al would have.

Hall of Fame All-Star Game set for June 24 at West Covina … Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox to coach West … East still needs a coach, but I’m hearing La Puente’s Brandon Rohrer …

This year’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game will be held at West Covina HS on June 24.

Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox
will coach the West team (and he’s assured me that Nick Bueno is playing). The East still needs its coach, but it’s looking like La Puente’s Brandon Rohrer is the front runner.

Aram’s take: Show me a young coach whose stock is rising faster than Rohrer’s? Guy is like the boy genius. Hopefully, he takes the gig. Maddox and Bueno should be a formidable opponent, though. Anyway, still waiting to hear about PLAYERS/ROSTERS …

Source: Bonita coach Eric Podley mulling whether to join new Glendora coach Todd Quinsey’s staff …

Bonita High School varsity football head coach Eric Podley is mulling whether to join new Glendora coach Todd Quinsey’s staff and a decision could be made soon, according to a source.

Podley would presumably be Quinsey’s offensive coordinator. Another prominent Bonita assistant would also be leaving for Glendora, presumably last year’s defensive coordinator (not sure of his name, but he’s been with Podley for a while).

If the move happens, Quinsey will have quickly assembled a dream staff. And of course, Bonita would be losing one of the best head coaches around.

Aram’s take: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. So I got beat on the main story by Robledo. You didn’t think I was gonna let the ace kicker pass me by, did you? Anyway, we’ll know shortly whether this bombshell happens or whether Podley is staying put. But the fact that Podley is strongly considering it should make you Glendora fans who are walking around saying “Who’s Todd Quinsey?” a little more at ease.

La Puente coach Brandon Rohrer staying put … Is Quinsey in a race by himself for Glendora job?

La Puente head coach Brandon Rohrer has pulled out of the running to become the next head coach at Glendora.

Rohrer, a Glendora alum, was a finalist along with Charter Oak assistant Todd Quinsey after a round of interviews conducted last week. With Rohrer’s defection, that should mean the job is Quinsey’s for the taking.

“I am officially out of the running,” Rohrer said Monday afternoon. “I pulled my name late last week. I’m very excited about what we have coming back at La Puente and part of me feels like our job is still not done.”

“It was getting late in the game. It was about time we pulled our name out. A lot of the credit goes to the administration at La Puente because they wanted to keep us and they’ve done a lot of stuff to help us retain some coaches.”

Aram’s take: It’s looking good for Quinsey, which means it’s looking good for running backs Corey Victoria and Donovan Holmes if Quinsey runs the same style of offense he ran at Northview.

Glendora decision expected this week …

I spoke to Glendora principal Coach Paul Lopez on Friday afternoon and he said a decision regarding who will be the next Tartans varsity football head coach should be made this week.

Lopez would not confirm that the process is down to two — La Puente coach and Glendora alum Brandon Rohrer and Charter Oak assistant Todd Quinsey — but I stand by it.

Lopez did the say the school was dragging its feet due to the budget situation and the constraints it puts on a teaching position to go with the football job.

Stay tuned …

One of the best days of my life: McCourt OUT as Dodgers owner …

IT’S GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL, BUT NEITHER DOES THE AIR WE BREATHE. HOWEVER, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT!

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by the bitter divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

Once among baseball’s glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team’s chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work.

Selig told Dodgers owner Frank McCourt that he will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club.

“I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club,” Selig said Wednesday in a statement.

Aram’s take: Among Frank’s accomplishments as owner of the greatest franchise in sports include: Raising parking from $10 to $15 (and lying about all the great benefits that would come from it), letting his (our) ballpark turn into a hangout for thugs, trading degenerate gambler and 30-something female favorite Paul LoDuca, signing idiot Manny Ramirez and of course his divorce from Wifey McCourt, who was too busy knocking boots with her bodyguard to keep her husband’s head on straight. Glad you’re gone!

Damien fans want it, they got it … this is La Bufadora in El Monte …


Fish tacos aren’t just reserved for Fridays.

So there I was in line at La Bufadora in El Monte (right near Arroyo HS), getting my fish taco AND shrimp burrito when I hear a voice behind me say “Are you gonna put this on your blog?” The man introduced himself as a Damien fan and In the Huddle reader, and said he liked the Damien topics. Who doesn’t, right? Anyway I can’t figure out what shocked me more, being spotted in El Monte or being spotted by a Damien fan in El Monte.

About the grub: Look, the real reason for me going is the shrimp burrito and if you haven’t had one, I suggest you do. The fish tacos at this place are solid, but they do not stack up to Taco Nazo in BP. Not even close.

Source: Glendora DOWN TO TWO …

The vacant Glendora High School varsity head football coach job is down to two candidates after a round of interviews last week, according to a source.

The decision is between current La Puente head coach Brandon Rohrer, a Glendora alum, and current Charter Oak assistant Todd Quinsey, who had a strong run at Northview before leaving the state for another job before the 2006 season.

There will be another round of interviews this week with a decision expected Friday.

Aram’s take: Here’s what it comes down to despite what misinformation is out there, Jerry Lewallen has already backed out of the running. He interviewed last week, but opted out soon after. Rohrer will take the position if former coach Mark Pasquarella finds another job elsewhere, thus clearing a math teaching position (which is what Rohrer currently credentialed in). According to a member of the hiring panel, Quinsey had a intricate plan for the program and impressed the panel enough to make some people in the room feel that he’s frontrunner. If Pasquarella doesn’t leave, Quinsey would be the obvious fit because the teaching position would be good for only a year with no guarantees beyond that. So why would Rohrer leave a stable spot at La Puente? Stay tuned …