VOTES ARE IN: Charter Oak to the Hacienda, Glendora out of Baseline, Bonita avoids Baseline, South Hills stays in Sierra, Chino Hills heads to Baseline …

WALNUT — There were smiles, frowns and looks of relief at the conclusion of Monday’s Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing meeting held at Walnut Valley Unified School District headquarters.

None of the previously six and soon-to-be seven leagues in the area were immune to some type of change that will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.

The biggest smiles belonged to Charter Oak High School, which got relief from being in the Sierra League and placed in the Hacienda League. Although the CIF-Southern Section won’t re-division for playoffs until next spring, Charter Oak likely got divisional relief on Monday, too.

“Ultimately, today what we saw was that the process worked out in the end,” said Charter Oak athletic director Dominic Farrar, whose school struggled mightily in the Sierra League in all sports but football.

“We wanted to make sure for every sport that there would be some inspiration and motivation moving forward as far as equity and fairness is concerned.”

Charter Oak is currently in its third year in the Sierra League. The Chargers have won two league championships in football, but the combined average performance of all of Charter Oak’s sports ranked them dead last in the Sierra.

Once in the Hacienda League, the Chargers’ football team will have annual games with fellow local power West Covina and former arch-rival Los Altos. Not to mention being back in a league with Diamond Ranch, which played Charter Oak in two CIF championship games in 2007 and ’08.

“Looking back as well as forward, there’s been some healthy rivalries and relationships between schools,” Farrar said. “I think everybody is excited.”

Relief was the emotion for Bonita, which under some proposals was possibly going to make a dramatic jump up to the powerful Baseline League after dominating the Hacienda League across the board for the past three years.

Instead of the Baseline, however, Bonita will be moving to the Sierra League, which got a major face lift on Monday. The league will soon be Bonita, Glendora, Diamond Bar, Chino, Claremont and South Hills.

“I think it will be a competitive situation for all of us and that’s kind of what you’re looking for,” Bonita athletic director Eric Podley said. “From our perspective, it was fair. We got a situation that is compatible for our level of competition.”

For the past three years, Glendora has lived what Bonita was trying to avoid — life in the Baseline League. The Tartans will have one more go at it next school year, but got the relief they so badly desired on Monday by being placed in the Sierra League.

“It’s a huge weight off,” Glendora principal Paul Lopez said. “We absolutely wanted to be out of the Baseline League. That was the No. 1 objective today.

“The configuration we have now, which I guess will be the Sierra League, I don’t think we could get any better than what was approved.”

Several of Glendora’s marquee sports programs had taken a hit in the Baseline League, including its famed boys basketball team. Even football, which was a force in the Sierra League prior to the move, was mostly overwhelmed in the Baseline League.

During Monday’s meeting, Lopez argued that the travel involved in playing in the Baseline League had cost his school’s teams plenty of support in recent years.

“People don’t travel anymore,” Lopez said.  ”They don’t want to go out to the Inland Empire to see games. We’re on the road an average of 32.6 miles every time we go to a game. It’s a huge weight off.”

It wasn’t all smiles on Monday, especially for Chino Hills. The Huskies are on their way to the Baseline League starting with the 2014 school year. Crosstown rival Ayala is as well.

Ayala and Chino Hills will join Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Etiwanda and Los Osos.

“I think our kids can step up to the challenge,” Chino Hills athletic director Derek Bub said. “I knew there were some scenarios that we could be placed in the Baseline. I had my hopes that people would look at transportation. That’s the biggest fear I have right now — just sitting on the 60 Freeway and 15 Freeway.

“But it is what it is, and we’ve got to move forward and get our kids ready to play in a tough league.”

The Valle Vista League will go from seven teams to six after the defection of Pomona, which now will be in a yet to be named league with Edgewood, Bassett, Ganesha, Garey and La Puente.

The Montview League was almost cut in half from its current eight-team grouping. The Montview will now be a five-team consisting of Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Sierra Vista and Workman. That’s because a new league was formed on Monday.

Baseline: Ayala, Chino Hills, Etiwanda, Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland.

Sierra: Bonita, Chino, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Glendora, South Hills

Hacienda: Charter Oak, Diamond Ranch, Los Altos, Rowland, Walnut, West Covina.

Mt. Baldy: Alta Loma, Chaffey, Colony, Don Lugo, Montclair, Ontario.

Valle Vista: Baldwin Park, Covina, Nogales, Northview, San Dimas, Wilson.

Montview: Azusa, Duarte, Gladstone, Sierra Vista, Workman.

Unnamed: Edgewood, Bassett, Ganesha, Garey, La Puente, Pomona.

UPDATED: CIF declares Antonio “Noodles” Hull ineligible at Diamond Bar until Nov. 9 because of Rule 510 after West Covina disputes transfer …

VBULLDOGS

UPDATE: Upon receiving the form to either sign off on Hull’s transfer or dispute it, West Covina chose to dispute it and provided CIF with a letter/email from Hull’s father that implies the reason for the transfer was because of lack of playing time at quarterback and the opinion that Hull’s talents were not being used properly. The letter/email is what CIF used as proof the transfer was athletically motivated. 

Antonio “Noodles” Hull, who transferred from West Covina to Diamond Bar this offseason, has been ruled ineligible to play varsity football for the Brahmas, according to the CIF-Southern Section’s website.

Hull, a junior-to-be, played quarterback, running back and safety at West Covina last season and was named the Tribune’s Newcomer of the Year. He was in the mix this spring for Diamond Bar’s starting quarterback position.

Exactly how long Hull is ineligible for remains unclear, but reading from a letter he said he received from CIF, Hull says he cannot play until Nov. 9.

The decision on CIF’s website cites bylaw 510 as the reason for Hull’s ineligibility. Rule 510 is the bylaw that includes “undue influence, pre-enrollment contact, failure to disclose pre-enrollment contact and athletically motivated transfers”.

Hull said the athletically motivated portion of the rule is what CIF said applies to him and that he plans to appeal the decision.

“I don’t understand why they’re trying to put a dent in a kid’s career,” Hull said. “We have to appeal and fight it.”

Diamond Bar has gained attention over the past year because of the presence of rapper Snoop Dog’s son Cordell Broadus on the roster. Snoop’s nephew Kanya Bell also plays on the team. Both Broadus and Bell are highly recruited players entering their senior seasons.

Hull made a name for himself during his youth football days while playing for the Compton Vikings in the Snoop Youth Football League.

Although many have speculated about a link between Hull’s transfer to Diamond Bar and Snoop’s influence, Hull is adamant the rapper wasn’t a factor in his decision and that it came out of necessity after his family moved to Pomona.

“Snoop didn’t tell me to come to Diamond Bar or anything,” Hull said. “But I played in his football league and that’s how I met him. He had no involvement in me going.”

Hull said his family has moved from West Covina to Pomona since the end of the season. He petitioned to get out of the Pomona Unified School District and was granted his request. He was then accepted at Diamond Bar.

“It was something that I had to do, we moved,” Hull said. “It was out of my hands. I was still going to West Covina when we moved to Pomona, but my mom just couldn’t it anymore. My grandma works in Diamond Bar.”

West Covina coach Mike Maaggiore and athletic director Brian Murphy have not been returned as of this writing. But keep in mind that’s Mother’s Day.

Aram’s take: Like everyone, I have my own opinion on this matter and at its core this is about rules. I think it’s totally ridiculous. Some will agree, some will disagree. What I do need is more understanding and better clarity of the “athletically motivated” rule, which was almost voted out of the CIF Blue Book last fall. 1. I didn’t think kids could be ineligible past Oct. 1 for football. 2. A valid residential change should trump all, but maybe since Noodles is in a different district, it’s different. 3. I didn’t think schools could “challenge” a transfer, which it appears is what West Covina did. In the end, you have a kid whose main goal in life right now is to play football at the next level, and hopefully beyond, denied his eligibility for most of his all-important junior season. And for what? Even if he came right out and said “I DON’T WANT TO PLAY FOR WEST COVINA ANYMORE” what’s it matter? That’s his choice and his parents’ choice, for whatever reason, they/he made it. On every level of sports, EVERY LEVEL, players come and go, coaches come and go, and yet we continue to have a problem in high school athletics where CERTAIN cases are not okay while others are. If you don’t see hypocrisy in that, then you’re blind. Happy Mother’s Day!

A whopping 20 league realignment proposals on the docket for Monday’s Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing meeting …

Here is a link to the 20 proposals that will be voted on at Monday’s Mt. SAC Area re-leaguing meeting.

Individual schools are allowed to put forth their own proposals in addition to the ad hoc committee’s proposals.

Here some individual school proposals that stood out to me as INTERESTING (for lack of a better term) …

WALNUT PROPOSAL: Put Charter Oak in a league with Etiwanda, Los Osos, Upland, Chino Hills and Rancho Cucamonga.

LOS ALTOS PROPOSAL: A league that consists of Charter Oak, Glendora, Ayala, Chino, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar.

UPLAND PROPOSAL: A league that puts itself in with Glendora, Chino Hills, Chino, Ayala and Don Lugo.

This should be QUITE interesting …

La Habra’s Darrell Cloy nominated to play in US Army All-American Bowl …

La Habra tight end Darrell Cloy, who played last season at St. Paul, has been nominated to play in the US Army All-American Bowl next January.

Cloy joins other locals Tyler Luatua (La Mirada), Dallis Todd (La Mirada) and Kurt Scoby (Monrovia) as the only area nominees to the game.

The US Army All-American Bowl has become a major recruiting event because it is televised nationally by NBC and many players make their college selections known during the broadcast.

Monrovia’s Kurt Scoby nominated to play in US Army All-American Bowl …

Monrovia running back Kurt Scoby is nominated to play in next January’s US Army All-American Bowl.

I incorrectly reported that La Mirada’s Dallis Todd and Tyler Luatua were the only local players nominated to play in the game, but Scoby is also on the list.

If chosen, Scoby would be the second player recently from Monrovia to play in the game. Ellis McCarthy played in the 2012 game and is now at UCLA.

The US Army All-American Bowl has become a major recruiting event because it is televised nationally by NBC and many players make their college selections known during the broadcast.

Earlier game date brings new set of issues for Hall of Fame All-Star Game

PREPXTRACOVER
M-Town and Muir may not be there for the West, but B-Mart certainly will be.

When: May 17, 7 p.m.
Where: West Covina HS

Organizers of next week’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game for the area’s top high school football seniors are hoping that moving up the date will result in a bigger crowd and an easier experience for players and coaches.

The crowd size remains to be seen, but one things for certain, the game will have stiff competition from the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs slated to begin that same day.

“We’re trying to find a right and right place,” game organizer Leon Ward said Thursday. “You can’t wait too long for it because it’s hard to do it when the kids have already graduated and they’re gone. Talking to the coaches, they would rather do it the earlier the better.”

This year’s game will be played Friday, May 17 at West Covina with kickoff at 7 p.m. In previous years, the Hall of Fame Game was always been played in June or July after school had let out and the players graduated.

But with high school football now a year-around proposition, coaches who coach the all-star game often do so at the expense of spending time with their own teams during the now-crucial passing circuit.

Game organizers had considered moving the game even earlier in the school year than May, but ultimately settled on this year’s date. That hasn’t been as much of a problem for the East team as it has the West.

The West roster pools players from schools located west of the 605 Freeway. The top program in that area is Monrovia, which won’t have any players in this year’s game because May 17 is prom night.

Muir players invited to the game to play for the West declined because next weekend is track and field finals. San Marino players shunned their invite to concentrate on baseball.

“We thought it was going to work out fine,” Ward said. “The coaches were all in favor of it. For the last two or three years, that’s been on the agenda because of all the coaches asking us to move it up.

“We moved it up thinking we’d be okay. And for the most part, it’s been okay except that we got one bomb dropped on us last week when we found out the Monrovia kids had prom.”

The defections have left West head coach Joel Sanchez of El Monte scrambling to find replacements and keep his team together.

“They’re good kids and they’re working hard,” Joel Sanchez said. “It’s been tough getting everybody here together. When they’re all here, like yesterday, we have 43 (players).

“Just getting everybody here has been the tough part.”

High school football all-star games are no easy task to put together. Even the longstanding Shrine All-Star Game, which once filled the Los Angeles Coliseum with fans, folded due to poor crowd attendance and player participation.

The quandary for the Hall of Fame Game has always been player participation because much of the top local talent had already left to begin their college career by the time game night rolled around, or they did not want to risk injury by playing in the game.

Playing in the game, however, hasn’t stopped many former local greats from going on to prosperous careers. Blair’s Sean Smith and West Covina’s Walter Thurmond III played in the 2005 game and are now in the NFL.

The moved-up game date has actually helped the East roster lure a talented quartet from Charter Oak, which includes Colorado-bound receiver Bryce Bobo, who otherwise might not have played if the game was held in June or July like previous years.

Despite the logistical problems, Sanchez has been able to field a talented roster that’s led by Tribune Player of the Year Brandon Martinez of El Monte, who is hoping to quarterback the West to a win.

“People always think he looks good because of playing in our league, but he looks good out here,” Sanchez said. “He’s good and he’s looking good out here, so that’s a plus for us.”

WEST ROSTER

0 M. Matiarena 6″4 290 T Salesian
1 Wardell Barry 5’7 160 DB Pasadena
2 Albert Llamas 5″8 160 ss St. Paul
3 Brandon Martinez5’7 165 QB EL Monte
4 Peter Aholoka 5’9 165 RB Arroyo
5 Johhny Garcia 5’9 165 WR FS EL Rancho
6 Ruben Jimenez 5’10 195 LB EL Monte
7 Joey Sanchez 5’10 185 QB SS EL Rancho
8 S. San Miguel 6’0 175 WR DB Rosemead
9 Jake Holguin 6’3 205 WR Rio Hondo Prep
10 Lorenzo Mena 5’10 185 LB Gabrielino
11 Nick Downs 6’2 220 LB St. Paul
12 Josh Mendoza 5’11 175 QB Garfield
13 Gabriel Larios 6’0 160 WR San Gabriel
15 Ramon Sierra 6’4 285 DE Garfield
17 Jared Gonzelez 5’8 175 RB Cantwell
18 Ricardo Fonseca 5’9 175 WR SS Schurr
20 Jorge Reyes 5″10 165 FB LB St. Paul
21 Ivan Lezama 5’9 175 LB Schurr
22 Jesse Pina 6’0 220 FB DE Hoover
24 Roger Lemus 5’8 200 RB Lincoln
25 Austin Ford 5’11 205 LB Arcadia
26 Alex Saavedra 5’11 235 OL DL St. Paul
26 Pablo Ocegueda 5’10 165 FS South El Monte
27 Steven Barron 5’7 160 DB Don Bosco Tech
28 Abel Barajas 5’11 185 WR EL Monte
29 Torus Stepney 5’5 155 DB Pasadena
32 Ezra Broadus 5’7 170 RB CB Alhambra
33 Marcus Lewis 6’0 195 RB SS Duarte
34 Eric Alvarez 6’1 215 LB San Gabriel
43 Chris Reed 6’1 205 FB LB Temple City
44 Chris Mendoza 5’10 195 LB Bell Gardens
50 J. Betancourt 5’9 185 C DE Temple City
51 James Rivera 5’10 230 C T Arroyo
53 Chris Cavalero 6’2 250 OL NT Alhambra
55 Adrian Barrios 6’1 225 OL DE Arcadia
65 Flemming White 6’5 315 G Pasadena
67 Bryan Rodriguez 6’2 295 OL Montebello
74 Erwin Melesio 6’3 300 OL DL Linclon
77 Chris Vargas 6’1 245 T Bell Gardens
78 Nelson Leon 5’11 225 OL Rosemead
79 Corey Reaves 6’1 265 OL DL Verdugo Hills
81 Adolfo Sanchez 5’9 165 WR EL Monte
85 Richard Natividad 6’1 205 DE South El Monte

EAST ROSTER

1 Noel Martinez La Puente REC 6’1 165
2 Andy Sherwood Damien REC 5’7 165
3 Muleck Henderso West Covina DB 5’10 190
5 Bryce Bobo Charter Oak REC 6’3 195
6 Aaron Parham South Hills REC 6’1 210
7 Matt Simko Chino Hills QB 6’3 220
9 Jacob Farias South Hills DB 5’10 180
10 Jesus Arteaga Azusa DB 5’9 162
11 Kevin Amezquita Gladstone QB 6’1 180
14 Alex Arellano Chino WR
15 Josh Savage Damien WR 6’2 200
16 Brandt Davis Bonita K 6’0 180
17 Eric Ortiz Charter Oak LB 6’1 239
18 Bahlil Thompson Garey ATH 6’1 175
20 Reggie Turner Bonita RB 5’9 195
21 Aaron Vaughns Charter Oak RB 5’8 170
22 Aaron Sanchez Gladstone LB 5’8 205
23 Elvis Toscano Santa Fe DB 5’7 160
28 Khari Garcia Charter Oak DB 5’11 185
29 Cade Lindsay Glendora RB 5’10 160
34 Aaron Salgado West Covina RB 5’8 205
40 Terrance Manderville Nogales REC 6’2 190
42 Roy Torres Northview LB 5’11 220
43 Justin Buga San Dimas LB 5’11 191
44 Aaron Franklin West Covina DB 5’11 193
45 Eric Noyola Los Altos TE 5’11 215
50 Justin Tumer Covina LB 5’9 230
51 Noah Garcia Diamond Ranch OL 6 263
52 Mike Mora Sierra Vista LB
54 Elia Semu Covina OL 5’11 220
55 Jacob Hughes Whittier Chr. DL 6’3 220
57 Jacob Gamboa California OL 5’10 245
58 Tommy Green Glendora OL 6’3 280
60 Matthew Lopez Bishop Amat DL 6’0 245
61 DJ Theard Bonita OL 6’5 295
66 German Ponce California DL 5’11 260
72 Adrian Solchaga Gladstone OL 5’9 230
74 Dustin Sanford Sonora OL 6’3 260
77 Greg Lawton Rowland DL 5’10 175
79 Christian Lopez Gladstone OL 6’3 255
84 Adam Romero West Covina DL 6’1 190
87 Hunter Grap Don Lugo TE 6’5 220
90 Isaiah Osorio La Serna DL 6’0 245
92 Cody Walsh Chino DL 6’4 240

La Mirada’s Tyler Luatua and Dallis Todd nominated to 2014 US Army All-American Bowl …

La Mirada TE/LB Tyler Luatua and receiver Dallis Todd have been nominated to play in the 2014 US Army All-American Bowl next January. They are the only local players to be nominated.

Both Luatua and Todd are among the top recruits in the country at their respective positions. Todd has already verbally committed to Oklahoma.

The US Army All-American Bowl has become a major recruiting event because it is televised nationally by NBC and many players make their college selections known during the broadcast.

OFFICIAL: CAA Football-Only leagues beginning with the 2014-15 school year …

ALHAMBRA — The news wasn’t what the struggling Damien High School football program wanted to hear.

But the Spartans got it loud and clear on Tuesday morning when members of the Catholic Athletic Association approved a football-only re-leaguing proposal that will send Damien to a new yet-to-be-named league against several Southland heavyweights. The meeting was held at Ramona Convent.

Damien’s new league mates will be Bishop Amat, Serra, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Loyola. The league will compete in the PAC-5 Division, which is the toughest division in the Southland.

“It’s a huge challenge,” Damien principal Dr. Merritt Hemenway said. “We have a lot of good people. We have a lot of good young men in our school.”

Several schools put forth proposals, but only two got the majority vote they needed from the 26 schools represented to make it to a final vote.

For Damien, both of the final proposals had the Spartans heading to the PAC-5. The proposal that passed, which was authored by Serra High School, keeps Damien somewhat local by having Bishop Amat also in the league.

“We voted for it,” Hemenway said. “It was the lesser of two evils.”

Damien is currently in the Sierra League where it has not won a championship since 2006. The Spartans missed the playoffs last season after winning just one league game. Following the season, former head coach Greg Gano resigned and was later replaced by former Amat head coach Mark Paredes.

The new league also represents a change for Amat, which will still keep company with Loyola and Notre Dame, but now has Damien and Serra to contend with rather than Crespi and Alemany.

“From our perspective, we were trying to help other schools that were being forced into the PAC-5 when they didn’t want to be,” Amat football coach Steve Hagerty said. “We’re exactly where we thought we’d be, against good competition and in the PAC-5.”

Amat and Damien had played annually until the series ended last season after Gano opted to not play the Lancers any longer. That will change now as they’ll be forced to play every season with plenty more on the line than just area bragging rights.

“We get a local game with Damien and Mark Paredes will get them there if it’s decided by everybody that they’re not there already,” Hagerty said. “It will be exciting football. The difference will be that we’ll have one close rivalry in Damien.

“It will be more intriguing playing against Mark Paredes, my mentor. That will be fun.”

Both Amat and Damien put forth separate proposals but neither got enough support to make it to the final vote.

Other local teams will also see the complexion of their leagues change. St. Paul and St. Francis will remain in the Mission League, but the league will bid adieu to Serra and Chaminade and become a four-team proposition with Harvard-Westlake and Cathedral also remaining.

That means both St. Paul and St. Francis will have to schedule a whopping seven nonleague games to fill a 10-game schedule.

“We’re very competitive right now with those teams,” St. Paul athletic director Casey Morales said. “Year in and year out, playing that group of four is pretty much a toss up. I think it was very positive to keep the competitive equity.

“It’s going to be a scheduling nightmare. There are only so many odd-team leagues out there. That’s going to be interesting and we’ve already talked about a couple of creative options in the future.”

After some proposals had La Salle get a hefty boost in competition, the Lancers are staying put in the Del Rey League and will be joined by Cantwell Sacred Heart, Bishop Montgomery, Salesian, St. Bernard and Verbum Dei.

Bosco Tech’s league will include Bell Jeff, Mary Star, St. Anthony, St. Genevieve and St. Monica.

THE NEW LEAGUES …

Bishop Amat
Damien
Serra
Notre Dame
Loyola

Alemany
St. Bonaventure
Oaks Chr.
Crespi
Chaminade

Mission League (I presume)

St. Paul
St. Francis
Harvard-Westlake
Cathedral

Del Rey

Bishop Montgomery
La Salle
Cantwell
Salesian
Verbum Dei
St. Bernard

Bell Jeff
Bosco Tech
Mary Star
St. Anthony
St. Genevieve
St. Monica