UPDATE: Maldonado has enrolled at Whittier HS. The question is whether he’ll still be there after the school year. And of course, the next question is where will he play. It could be back at Amat or elsewhere.
Aaron Maldonado, the 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle who had some big moments for Bishop Amat last fall as a sophomore is no longer attending the school.
There’s no word on why Maldonado is no longer on Amat or where he is currently attending. But one thing is for sure and that’s Maldonado was arguably the Lancers’ top returner for next season.
So there’s your answer if you were wondering what was going to happen after Michael Bonds, the nephew of head coach Jim Bonds, transferred in to St. Francis from Newport Harbor. Last year’s startin QB is gone.
Bryant, who began his career at Monrovia, saw some action at St. Francis as a sophomore and was the full-time starter last season, throwing for 1,939 yards and 17 TDs.
With school board approval Tuesday night, former Bonita football coach Adrian Medrano officially became the new head coach at El Rancho.
Medrano, a 2002 graduate of El Rancho, was at Bonita since 2012. He won a league championship (’12) and guided the team to the semifnals as an at-large team in ’14.
So why would Medrano want to leave a successful job like Bo-Hi for El Rancho, which hit the skids last season by going 1-9?
“I just personally needed something new and a new challenge,” Medrano said. “Community members from Pico Rivera and El Rancho expressed to me they wanted me to be the next head coach at El Rancho. At first I was hesitant, but when you’re dealing with your alma mater and community where you grew up, it’s extremely difficult to say no.
“I’ve been able to be around some great people at Bonita. The kids are grea and the community is great.”