Bishop Amat beat Valencia to win the Bonita Air Assault on Saturday night. The Lancers won the tournament for the second consecutive season.
Amat beat Charter Oak 30-28 in the semifinals to reach the championship game. Valencia beat Monrovia to reach the finals.
Villa Park won the consolation championship over host Bonita.
GAME OF THE DAY: Pomona beat Bishop Amat in pool play after Eric Harper intercepted a pass in the closing seconds of a tie game with Amat driving. The win gave the Devils two points and led to a 34-32 final. Pomona jumped all over Amat early but the Lancers found their sea legs and battled back and were on the doorstep of a win before the interception. Kudos to the Pomona fans who ran their smack earlier this week. The Devils look real, real good. Nobody in the Miramonte League is touching them and they look like real legit Mid-Valley Division title contenders. Lotsa talent. Amped up coaching staff who looks to have a good thing going on. As for Amat, QB play looks to be a serious issue as of now. A lot of guys broke open, the QBs saw it too late and the balls got their too late. But that’s what all this is for … so hopefully things get better. Both Amat and Pomona went 4-1 in the pool.
La Mirada wide receiver/defensive back Tony Brown was named wide receiver MVP at the USC Rising Stars Camp on Wednesday.
Brown transferred to La Mirada from Servite this offseason and figures to be one of the top weapons around. He has eight college offers currently from SMU, Utah, Purdue, Washington St., Iowa St., San Jose St., Utah St. and Colorado.
Brown and another transfer, QB Christian Lara (formerly of Santa Fe), are big reasons why there are high expectations for La Mirada yet again.
UPDATE: Despite missing the first three days of Diamond Bar football practice, Noodles’ mom has told me he will play at Diamond Bar and that the delay in him not practicing is due to not getting a physical yet. GREAT GREAT NEWS for D-Bar and local fans as Noodles will be one of the top talents around and should help D-Bar compete in the Palomares League.
UPDATE: Noodles also missed second day of practice on Tuesday.
The mass exodus of talent (and coaches) at Diamond Bar High doesn’t look to be over … In the latest sign of attrition from last year’s Brahmas’ talent base, Antonio “Noodles” Hull was a no-show for the team’s first practice on Monday. Also, the hot rumor is that receiver/defensive back Kanya Bell, who is recovering from a knee injuy, is headed to Long Beach Poly.
The rumor about Noodles is that he may be headed to Carson for his senior season. New head coach Marcus Hughes said he spoke to Hull last week and was told by the senior that he will be a Brahma this fall. If Bell and Hull both leave, they would join Cordell Broadus, Cameron Hayes and Brian Lamb as having left the program after being some of the top talent at the school. Lamb reportedly followed Broadus to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, but is now believed to be at Citrus Hill in
Corona Redlands. As for Hayes? You tell me.
Not exactly the greatest situation for new head coach Hughes to inherit. The Brahmas, had all or most of the talent stuck around, would have been one of the top teams in the area this fall.
WR/DB Cordell Broadus (transfer to Bishop Gorman)
WR/DB Cameron Hayes (left program)
RB/DB/LB Brian Lamb (transfer to Bishop Gorman/Citrus Hill?)
ALL Antonio “Noodles” Hull (STAYING)
WR/DB Kanya Bell (rumored transfer to LB Poly)
Head coach Ryan Maine (resign)
AD Kurt Davies (resign)
The much-anticipated, much-awaited varsity football career of Angel Verdugo is now back on track at Bonita.
Verdugo is/was thought to be on the verge of being one of the top weapons in the area a couple years ago, but his career has hit some bumps. Last August we reported that he left Bonita for Damien. He didn’t play for the Spartans and is now back at Bonita.
Look for Verdugo to be the Bearcats’ feature back and while it’s hard to say he will fill the void left by Jake Payton, he certainly is capable of having one of the better seasons around … assuming everything goes right.
Damien, Bonita, Monrovia, Santa Fe, South El Monte, Walnut
Bishop Amat, Chino Hills, Villa Park, Pomona, Silverado, Fontana
Arroyo, Northview, Etiwanda, South Hills, Culver City, Peninsula
Valencia, Norco, Glendora, Jurupa Hills, South Torrance, Workman
Charter Oak, Kaiser, Crescenta Valley, Cathedral, Los Osos, Ayala
The open job to be Bishop Amat High School’s next starting quarterback just got more competitive.
Steven Nava, who started at quarterback last season for Rosemead, left the Panthers this week to transfer to Bishop Amat.
Nava threw for 1,199 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games last season as a sophomore. He will join juniors Damien Garcia and Ryder Ruiz in the battle to replace two-year starter Koa Haynes.
Garcia, who was Haynes’ back up last season on the varsity team, appeared to be the favorite this offseason. Meanwhile, Ruiz guided the Lancers’ junior varsity team to a 10-0 record last fall.
Whomever the starting quarterback is, he will have a loaded cast of receivers to work with led by senior Brandon Arconado and juniors Tyler Vaughns and Tre Sidney, who both already have multiple college offers.
Nava’s transfer is just the latest blow to a Rosemead program that last offseason saw two of its top players leave for Cathedral. Sophomore Isiah Ah-Hing, who got playing time last season, will take over as the starter at quarterback.
The Panthers still boast a plethora of returning starters and are many pundits’ early favorite in the Mission Valley League after going 8-3 last season.
Aram’s Take: One Rosemead insider told me that Nava is the best QB in the Valley. Hard to believe that when there’s someone like Glendora’s Matt Fink around. But point taken. They think he’s good. We’ll see if he’s Amat good.
So much for highly touted receiver/defensive back Deseasn Holmes playing for Muir in 2014.
Mustangs head coach John Hardy said via text message that Holmes never joined the Muir football program despite spending the second semester of the school year there after leaving Alemany following last season … you know, because that’s the new thing — to winter at Muir.
Anyway, the LA Times reported on Wednesday that Holmes was back at Alemany and that’s that.
Aram’s Take: Ridiculous. Remember the whole “Muir’s back” craze earlier this year? Well, there goes that. So many people talk all this garbage about being from Dena and yet they’re hopping shuttles to go play private school ball in the San Fernando Valley. It’s hilarious. Holmes and current Mustangs Taeon Mason would have made for a scary duo at receiver. And I don’t know who in the Southeast Division would have ever completed a pass on Muir. Now, it’s just Mason. Which is nice. Still wondering who the heck the QB and RB are, though.