Sunday Morning Quarterback: The offseason is here and the fun is just beginning …

I thought Big Bob was gonna come out of his chair when I got near the Monrovia victory bell BEFORE the Mid-Valley championship game. Aram and the M-Town bell was such a compelling photo, Chris Rix felt the need to retweet the stunning image to his minions last night. Speaking of Rix, he may have something coming for us all to enjoy this week. Stay tuned on this blog for that … Congrats obviously go out to the Valley’s two CIF championship programs: West Covina and Monrovia. OK enough, let’s get to some buzz. It seems I can’t go anywhere these days without hearing the Kurt Scoby-to-Monrovia rumors. I guess some people are unfazed by all the eligibility denials under the current CIF guidelines these days. It’s an interesting thought: Scoby was a Duarte Hawk, he’s got ties to M-Town, M-Town needs a RB for next season … but he’d still have to get eligible with CIF. Speaking of which, I’m not alone in hoping the current transfer rules are abolished this spring. It makes for fun reporting when dudes are moving all over the place. The rich might get richer at West Covina this offseason. Two of Antonio “Noodles” Hull’s Snoop Youth League teammates are reportedly considering the Mike Maggiore’s empire among a couple of private schools for their high school destinations. Although they’d be frosh next year, they’re reportedly old enough and good enough to be varsity players. Speaking of the Noodler, word was that he gave West Covina’s first-team defense more trouble last week in practice than La Serna QB Frankie Palmer did in the actual game. One West Covina coach said “we couldn’t tackle him, he just kept getting away”. Let’s see how the offseason goes, but my money says that’s your West Covina next year. Speaking of Coach Maggiore (muh-jor-ee), I made the mistake of playing catch with him during warmups for the Southeast Division championship. I had no clue that cold night + cold pigskin + under-thrown ball = sprained middle finger for Aram. I showed Maggiore the damage on the sideline at the Monrovia game on Saturday night … over and over again. Tip Sanders’ firing … yes, I said firing … and Todd Quinsey’s resignation are just the tip of the iceberg in what should be an amazing offseason of coaching changes/moves. Speaking of which, I spoke to former Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield Jr. at the Mid-Valley championship and he said he might be making a return to the sideline. It won’t be as a head coach, but it will be as a defensive coordinator. I asked where, and Crutch said “Somewhere from Pomona to Pasadena“. That tells me little other than Crutch will be in the coverage area, which is a good thing. New Duarte coach Jason Martin is related to former Muir standout Demetrice Martin, who is currently an assistant coach at his alma mater Washington. Back to Charter Oak, in addition to Amat the Chargers might be playing Tesoro next season. That sounds good and that may be, but where you callin from, what city? I guess that would certainly get the Chargers ready for the Sierra and the Inland, but hopefully Big Lou and staff realize that depth is an issue when you’re in the 626 and competing against the 909 (or 951) in Noviembre. Like a lot of people, I’m wondering what will show up on CO’s doorstep this offseason in the form of a QB. If Monrovia was able to land a Blake Heyworth from St. Francis, then you gotta think prospects might be coming from as far away as the OC to throw the ball Aaren Vaughns and Bryce Bobo next season. OK, maybe the OC is a stretch, but you just know somebody is coming from somewhere. Looking back to the summer passing circuit, which feels like just yesterday, I’m wondering if it showed us anything at all. For every Charter Oak that flashed what great things were coming once the season started, there was a West Covina, which lost its first two games of the SGV Shootout and made a short afternoon of things. The Bulldogs were literally eating tacos while the rest of the tourney carried on. Diamond Bar won it … Azusa was runner up. See what I mean? One result that meant something and one result that meant nothing. But it does make for good blog fodder. Back to West Covina and Monrovia. It’s gonna be hard to see them get bumped up in division when league changes won’t be taking place this year. Remember, it’s not just the team that gets bumped up, but the entire league. I could go on and on, but I won’t (for now). You’re gonna wanna keep it here, though, because things are funna to get interesting very soon …

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  • Steely Don

    In looking forward to the next season, everybody wants to improve, to correct what went wrong in the season just finished.

    One of the glaring things that needs fixing is this venue thing. CIF could do a world of good by instituting simple minimum physical requirements for stadiums used in semifinal and final games.

    What I’m suggesting is simple: have minimum seating, parking and press facility requirements for the places these ‘big games’ are held. That would be the most logical, foolproof way to eliminate all this bickering and second-guessing about venues.

    I’m throwing this out there now, because CIF is a sluggish organization which can take a long while to act on something even this simple. Let’s light a fire under them to get this done.

  • FredJ

    Steely Don, all CIF needs to do is secure sites in advance for each Division. You secure Cal State Fullerton, Mt. SAC, Citrus, Cerritos College, Chaffey College .. That alone would take care of 10 championships playing one on Friday and one on Saturday with three Division’s at Anaheim Stadium. How hard is that? Why is football the only sport where you can play a CIF championship at home? It’s ridiculous, it’s the biggest sport in high school and you’re doing coin flips for championship games and home field advantage.

  • Coach Slayer

    Make a league of West Covina, Monrovia, Charter Oak, Damien, Bishop Amat,Chino Hills and Covina. Put’em in Div.II. You get a league with all the serial posters that no longer can argue who can beat who because they will play each other every year. Then the little guys can stand a chance. Fun for everybody.

  • Lancelot

    I doubt the rumors about leaving are true but Mr. Scoby should roll the dice at Amat seeing how the departure of J. Moore and Z. Shay has left a big open competitive position at RB for next season at, “Thee Bishop Amat High School.” The off season is a day old and here it begins, gotta love it!

  • Red Leader

    Concerning Monrovia’s RBs for next year. I’m pretty sure they’re going to be okay. Jacob Bueno will most likely be the front runner.

  • What’s next in Mtown..

    As for now Monrovians are going to just let the back to back Titles soak in. It has not been 24hrs. People have not even had the chance to watch the Fox sports prep zone replay, which was a classic production! It really nice to hear the commentators call the game. The Monrovia nation still has the Parade, team Banquets, rings to order, and players to sign letters of intent. As for next season, we can’t even talk about that yet. Monrovia will be fine, there is a strong core of returners coming back like Heyworth,Craft,G5,Walsh,Bryant, and tons of big linemen. There is plenty of talent on the lower levels, and the incoming Freshman class just won the JAA Championship at the Hawks. Monrovia is also a attractive school, for players looking for a new home, and may not be happy where they are. Mtown will come in #1 in the SGV West, Midvalley, RHL, and top 3-4 in the encompassing SGV top 25. Possibly #1 in the 2012 Div 3 state title standings. Things could never be better…Can you Say “Back to Back to Back”?
    The Mtown Bloggers will be back with New Names, and even more outrageous banter, Like Monrovia can beat Bishop Amat, etc…maybe one day. But let’s go ahead and get this out the Way Maddox and Maggoire, go ahead and play the game! Monrovia vs West Co. You all can still be friends after the game lol just kidding. I think West Co will wait until Noodles jr year. Anyhow it’s been great. Keep Blogging year round.

  • El Jefe

    There will be another Bueno in the mix for Mtown.

  • Monrovia alum

    Idont know about Scoby to Monrovia, but heard from a few of the Monrovia players during the week that Ainswerth from Covina is headed this way. That would make sense also since the family is from Monrovia.

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    **Ellis McCarthy-DL++ All state, All American
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  • X’s and O’s

    I hope that the transfer rules stay in put. High School players should play with their neighborhood team. If the rules change then there will be more unethical things going on at the high school level than there is at the college level and when that happens all hell will break loose when the kids get to the higher level.

    I also think that CIF needs to go back to the rule of spring ball and summer ball. The fact that year round sports are happening everywhere is causing problems amongst coaches (i.e. the football coach is competing with the basketball coach and the basketball coach is competing with the baseball coach). This is not what high school athletics is supposed to be about. Kids should have the opportunity to play all sports.

  • New York

    Nice fodder, Aram. I wondered what had you so intrigued with Big Bob on Saturday night!

  • Equal and Fair

    The only thing wrong with the CIF transfer rules is that CIF does not enforce their rules consistently and fairly. You either transfer before you Soph. year, have a legitimate move that can be documented, document a legitimate hardship, or sit out a year, period end of story.

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