Excellent Eric Sondheimer article on 30-day sit-out transfer rule …

Hopefully you guys haven’t used up your free LA Times page views and can actually see this excellent Eric Sondheimer column about the upcoming vote on the 30-day sit-out rule for transfers.

I disagree with Sondheimer’s stance wholeheartedly, but he makes a good argument for his point of view.

Aram’s take:
As you know, I am all for this proposal. In fact, I would take it one step further and drop the 30-day sit out. Just let athletes transfer to their heart’s desire. I don’t believe allowing that would lead to the doomsday scenarios everyone suggests. And I do agree that if this rule passes we’d be going from one extreme (the current rule) to another (30-day sit-out proposal). But this current rule stinks to begin with. It’s been nothing but problems and too many kids have missed all or parts of a season because of it.

Arroyo’s Steven Rivera picks Whittier College over Cal-Lutheran … where he will play QB!

Arroyo quarterback/safety Steven Rivera, the 2011 Tribune Player of the Year, will play at Whittier College next season.

Rivera was deciding between Whittier College and Cal-Lutheran over the weekend and decided to become a Poet. The process lasted longer than expected as Rivera sought out the best financial package.

Rivera’s performance at strong safety had some schools wanting him solely for that purpose, but both Whittier and Cal-Lu reportedly wanted Rivera to play QB and compete for the starting position this fall.

Rivera threw for 3,401 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2011. On defense, he recorded 131 tackles, caused seven fumbles, recovered five fumbles and intercepted four passes. Arroyo went 10-2 and won the Mission Valley League for the third consecutive season.

Rivera is the Valley’s all-time leading passer in career yardage and touchdowns passes. He is also top 10 in CIF-Southern Section history in both categories.

Rivera will play quarterback at Whittier College.

Aram’s take: Congrats to Rivera. It’s good to keep him right in our backyard.

Your Diamond Bar update: So far only a Bishop Amat transfer from the frosh team … and NEW unis …

As I said back in whenever, Diamond Bar would be an interesting program to follow with Snoop’s kid Cordell Broadus now on the team. Eh, thus far, from what I can gather, there hasn’t been a influx of future stars leaving the 310 or LBC or Compton or wherever for Diamond Bar.

The only transfer so far? Isaiah Thompson, a running back who split time on Bishop Amat’s frosh team last season.

Something else I can tell you is that the Brahmas will be wearing new uniforms this year. I deduced it from reading my “Brahma Blitz” monthly Diamond Bar football newsletter. Either the home or road jersey, I can’t tell which, will say “DBAR” across the front. I like it.

Aram’s take: Have to say I’m a little disappointed. I figured Snoop would pull some strings and get some out-of-area talent to make its way to D-Bar. So far it supposedly hasn’t happened yet, but the Rancho Tournament on May 19 is gonna be like post-prom night festivities and we’ll see exactly what the Brahmas are working with. A QB needs to be found, but I love the RB combo of Austin Szulczewski and Tyler Brown. And Cordell Broadus already has a legit frame and will only be a sophomore.

New blog rule: Nobody is allowed to say ANY player has an offer from Arizona State …

Got it? OK. I will explain this only once: Arizona St. offers everybody and their mother, and their mother’s best friend, and the best friend’s best friend.

Tu sabes? So from this point forward, let’s not say “So and so has an offer from Arizona St.” like it means something because I think even Fred Robledo has an offer still on the table from 1986.

It means nada. They offer EVERYONE early.

Now then, have a nice weekend!

Who’s ready for some Matt Simko vs. Claremont, Jack Austin vs. Chris Hawkins? Maybe a little Noodles al dente? What about a Thropay sighting? If you’re down for it, get your cakes to the Rancho Tournament on May 19!


Colony QB Matt Simko could meet up with his former team Claremont in the Rancho Tourney.

Here is the field for the Rancho Cucamonga Tournament on Sat., May 19 at 9 a.m.


Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Ayala, Colony, Ontario, San Juan Hills, Ganesha, Claremont, Huntington Beach and Corona Santiago.

The 12 teams will be put into four groups. After pool play, the four first-place teams will square off for the championship. The four second-place teams will play each other. The four third-place teams will play each other. The entire event should be over by 1 p.m.

Aram’s take:
Most teams start spring ball on May 7. If you’re a fan who wants to see how your team looks, but you’re bored with watching them running around and do drills in spring practice, then passing games are for you. We can all overreact together. It will be fun and it gets started VERY SOON. I hear Chino Hills is going to be a powerhouse, so I’m very excited to see how the Huskies look. Also excited to get a first look at Noodles and where West Covina will be using him. The best matchup of the day, if we get it, would be to see Chino Hills WR Jack Austin go against Rancho standout corner Chris Hawkins. VERY NICE!

626 Represent!!!! This has got nothing to do with anything, but it does say “There’s traditional rivalries between high schools that started back when there was some white dudes” …

Aram’s take: “She’s Chinese but her mom’s from Vietnam.” Best line in the entire in the vid. Anyway, since most of us have some Monterey Park ties along the and I stayed there for nearly 10 years, this video hit home. And yes, I’ve eaten at most of these places. These guys did a GREAT JOB! Hope they do more and more.

Sources: Kurt Scoby doesn’t check in at Duarte, appears headed to Monrovia …

Running back Kurt Scoby, who recently checked out of Charter Oak, did not enroll at Duarte on Monday as previously expected by Duarte coach Jason Martin, according to two sources.

Scoby is reportedly headed to Monrovia, according to two other sources.

Scoby was to officially become enrolled at Duarte on Monday, the first day after the school was back from spring break, but that reportedly did not happen, according to the sources.

Aram’s take: Around we go. Stay tuned because where this train stops, nobody knows. It’s safe to say Scoby-to-Duarte is in doubt right now. But you never know. He could wind up there after all. There could be quite a battle at RB for the Wildcats with Scoby and Covina transfer Gevontray Ainsworth. If, M-Town gets these two, well, I want say WATCH OUT, but WATCH OUT!