Aram’s take: Great stuff. Can’t wait to hear some specific names about who has shined during Champion Training. I know that Rix reported on Twitter that Western Christian of Upland sophomore-to-be Sarkis Panossian (that’s right, a fellow Armenian!!!) was the MVP of the Top Gun, or older players, portion of the camp. I’ve gotten emails about the Panossians, Sarkis and older brother Michael, who will graduate in June, telling me how good they are. Anyway, it’s very obvious from everything I’ve heard and seen, that Rix is putting a polish on these kids that has them ready to rumble in summer and fall.
The controversial new transfer rules for high school athletes that were approved by the Southern Section at last month’s council meeting were passed Friday at the State Federated Council meeting and will be in effect starting July 1.
Aram’s take: So no more “athletically motivated” sit outs. Of course, a player can still not technically transfer for athletically motivated reasons, but you’d have to be an idiot to get dinged for that in your paperwork. Most importantly, no more kids sitting out an entire calendar year or losing their senior seasons. Too late for some, which is sad. But at least others won’t be so effected. I doubt it’s the disaster the doomsdayers say it will be and I also doubt it will be the free-for-all some supporters think it will be.
Kurt Scoby, who transferred from Charter Oak to Duarte last month, has left Duarte and is enrolled at St. Paul, according to new Swordsmen football coach Elijah Asante.
“After careful consideration of the needs of Kurt Scoby, his guardian has decided to enroll him in a faith-based institution that is St. Paul High School,” Asante said in an official statement.
“Scoby needed a family environment with a spiritual emphasis.”
Scoby, a junior-to-be, rushed for 1,572 yards and 21 touchdowns last season at Charter Oak. Rumors of his departure from Charter Oak started before the 2011 season and picked up again following it.
Scoby eventually ended up at Duarte briefly, but things never went smoothly for him at his new school and he eventually sought another transfer.
“I wish the kid nothing but the best and our team chemistry is so strong that this won’t affect us,” Duarte coach Jason Martin said. “We’re looking forward to a very successful year and competing for a league championship.”
Asante is in his first season at St. Paul after a successful run at Carson. Asante replaced legendary Swordsmen coach Marijon Ancich, who retired last season. The Swordsmen have reportedly already gotten an infusion of talent and Scoby only adds to it.
“Our objective is to develop scholar athletes and win every time we take the field,” Asante said. “We are happy to get the kid (Scoby) in here. The first thing we need to focus on here is academics and make sure he does well in the classroom.
“I’m definitely pleased and look forward to working with him and developing his talent both in the classroom and on the football field.”
Aram’s take: So there you have it. Score one for the Swordsmen, who have been doing a lot of scoring this offseason since Asante arrived. I’ve been reading some literature via emails from St. Paul people about the program and what Asante is doing and it’s pretty awesome stuff. As for Scoby, the Duarte thing just never worked out. There was talk he was heading to Monrovia, before and after he arrived at Duarte, and that he even met with coaches there, but that didn’t pan out either. In the end, I truly believe that a parochial is the best place for Scoby. Some kids get into that kind of environment and they thrive. Hopefully, Scoby does that and continues to shine on the football field. It’s a good thing he’s looking so yolked, because he’s gonna need all that strength against St. Paul’s epic schedule.
The Bulletin’s Clay Fowler reports that Matt Bechtel resigned on Tuesday after two seasons as Colony High School’s head football coach, according to Colony athletic director Jaime Sandoval. Bechtel went 18-6 in his first two seasons as a head coach, leading the Titans to a Mt. Baldy League championship last season before reaching the CIF-SS Central Division semifinals.
“I think some other opportunities have been out there for him, particularly in the last two or three months,” Sandoval said. “I think it was a tough decision for him to leave considering he came in with such a vision for this program and the amount of work he put into it. But ultimately I think he needed to look at those other opportunities.”
Aram’s take: You’ll remember Velasquez as “the best player” on Los Altos’ froshy team a few years ago before he transferred to Amat after that season. He’s put together a pretty nice career for The Golden A and is one of the better defensive players in the area heading into his senior year. This is a good-looking reel, if you watch it closely.