Bishop Amat’s Tre Sidney and Tyler Vaughns, and St. Francis’ Dylan Crawford pick up offers from USC …

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Tre Sidney (right) doing what he does.

It was quite a weekend for the Bishop Amat WR/DB tandem of Tre Sidney and Tyler Vaughns, and St. Francis WR Dylan Crawford. All three juniors-to-be picked up offers from USC.

Sidney was the Tribune’s Newcomer of the Year last season after intercepting eight passes. Vaughns had 395 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

Crawford was St. Francis’ leading receiver with 993 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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St. Francis’ Dylan Crawford doing his thing vs. Monrovia.

Charter Oak Spring Showcase passing tournament field set … May 17 at Charter Oak HS

Fans who can’t wait until fall to get their football fix will appreciate that Charter Oak is hosting one of the earlier passing tournaments of the offseason just over a month from now.

The Charter Oak Spring Showcase is set for May 17 and field of 24 teams is entered led by several top local programs. The tournament will be a one-day event with the champion not expected to be crowned until early evening after a day’s worth of competition.

The field is: Charter Oak, Bishop Amat, Arroyo, Rosemead, Diamond Ranch, El Rancho, La Habra, Duarte, La Salle, Bonita, Etiwanda, La Puente, San Jacinto, Paloma Valley, Westlake, Saugus, West Ranch, Sonora, Eastside, Upland, Sierra Canyon, Calabassas, Hart and Redlands East Valley.

Bogan’s Back! Former South Hills coach takes over at Maranatha

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Steve Bogan, who won four CIF championships during a highly successful 20-year run at South Hills High School, was named the new varsity football head coach at Maranatha on Thursday.

Bogan replaces Jude Oliva, who stepped down last month after one season.

“Maranatha is a destination job for me,” said Bogan, who had shown interest in the Maranatha job two years ago when it was previously open. “When I believe that the lord is opening a door, and the time is right, I enter where I’m called.

“I feel that the environment on campus, the commitment to excellence and Maranatha’s focus on Christ aligns with how and I where I want to end my career.”

Bogan resigned from South Hills following the 2011 season. The move ended a wildly successful run that included four CIF championships, 13 league championships and a 32-12 record in the playoffs. He recently returned to coaching at South Hills, but at the freshman level.

Maranatha went 8-3 and won the Olympic League last season under Oliva. The school has been very aggressive in its push to build a top-flight athletics program. Last year, Maranatha hired Pasadena coaching legend Tim Tucker to head its boys basketball program.

Bogan inherits a program that looks ready to build on last year’s success. The Minutemen return one of the top players in the area in running back Caleb Devine. Also back is 3,000-yard passer Eli Snyder at quarterback.

Aram’s Take: Absolute coup by Maranatha. Bogan’s track record is just about unparalleled around these parts and he should be the long-term fit that Maranatha’s been needing to take things to the next level and beyond. Maranatha hasn’t publicly said so, but it’s clear they are trying to build the school through sports and having coaches like Bogan and Tucker around is proof of that. Could become quite the scary place considering how much Pasadena talent prefers to leave town and head to private schools … why go too far?

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Kurt Scoby makes it official with Fresno St. …

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Monrovia High School running back Kurt Scoby made good on his promise to get his academics in order and signed with Fresno St. on Tuesday afternoon.

Scoby, one of the top running back recruits on the West Coast, originally chose Fresno St. in fall but was unable to sign in February due to some unmet academic requirements. Fresno St. reserved Scoby’s scholarship in hopes of him qualifying and that’s exactly what he did.

“It was either do or die for me and I’m not going to die,” Scoby said. “That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m going to be successful and I have something to prove.

“My reaction is thanking God and proving people wrong. I’ve dealt with adversity for a while and I wanted prove people wrong and do what people said I couldn’t really do.”

Nobody’s ever doubted Scoby’s football talents, but many area fans were skeptical that he could reach the next level after bouncing around several schools since spending his first two prep seasons at Charter Oak.

Scoby left Charter Oak for Duarte in 2012 following a stellar sophomore season that saw him rush for over 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns. Scoby never played a down at Duarte and eventually wound up at St. Paul where he played half of his junior season.

Scoby left St. Paul and briefly enrolled at Cathedral and Alemany before finally winding up at Monrovia. It was a decision he said helped him get his academics straightened out while still being able to shine on the field.

“It was just teaching myself how to be a student all over again,” Scoby said. “I know I could ball out, but it was just my time to show people that I could really ball out in the classroom and show people I’m not just a meat head and I can do my thing in the classroom as well as the football field.

“Being at Monrovia, I was back home and people really didn’t care about the athlete I was. They wanted me to be successful. They taught me how to be a student and it came out good.”

Scoby rushed for 2,206 yards and 35 touchdowns for the Wildcats last fall. He’s hoping to compete for a starting job at Fresno St. this season and said the Bulldogs’ non-conference schedule, which includes games against USC and Nebraska was a major draw for him.

Damien coach Mark Paredes sounds off about Baseline League, playing Amat in future …

With the votes counted and Damien headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping and into the Baseline League beginning next fall, Spartans football coach Mark Paredes isn’t exactly breathing a sigh of relief.

Before Damien won its arbitration hearing to get out of the parochial grouping, the Spartans appeared on their way to being in a PAC-5 Division league along with several catholic football powers.

Now, Damien will be in the Baseline League where it traded the likes of Bishop Amat, Notre Dame and Serra for Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Not exactly a huge relief.

“I like the league we’re in now and it’s a good opportunity to play great competition and I’m looking forward to it,” Damien head coach Mark Paredes said. “To me it doesn’t matter. We’re going to work hard and be ready to play in whatever league we’re going to be in.

“Whether we’re in the Pac-5 or where we are now, it’s really neither here nor there because we are where we are and I’m really excited about being in the Baseline League.

Damien went 5-5 in Paredes’ first season. The Spartans were hit hard by transfers out of the program following the leadership change of former head coach Greg Gano and the transition to Paredes. But still, Damien managed to beat Chino Hills in the final week of the season.

The Spartans’ nonleague schedule was unaffected by the league change and a few former Sierra League foes in the form of Ayala, Charter Oak and South Hills appear on it.

Notably missing is Bishop Amat, which Gano took off the schedule before leaving. Paredes, who originally said he didn’t like the idea of playing Amat because of his ties as a former coach of the Lancers, has softened on that position a bit and said Amat is likely to be added back to the schedule if an opening arises in the future.

“I’m going to say it straight out — I’ll play Bishop Amat,” Paredes said. “Right now our schedule is full and we’re not moving anything. But in the future I’d be open to anything.

“Coach Hagerty called me and he wants to play us. We’ll go ahead and we’ll play Bishop Amat if we have room in our schedule. Right now, we don’t.”

Coaches named for Hall of Fame All-Star Game …

The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has selected San Marino’s Mike Hobbie (West) and Pomona’s Aaron Jamieson (East) to coach in this spring’s renewal of the San Gabriel Valley all-star game.

Jamieson led Pomona to a 10-2 record and second-place finish in the Valle Vista League in 2013. Hobbie coached San Marino to a 9-3 record and second-place finish in the Rio Hondo League in 2013.

The East holds a six-game win streak in the series and an overall 22-10-2 lead.

The game will be played on May 16 at West Covina High.

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Diamond Bar names Marcus Hughes new head coach …

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Diamond Bar High School looked far and wide for its next football coach and found him in New York.

The school announced on Wednesday that Marcus Hughes, who spent the past six seasons at Cornwall Central High in New York, is the Brahmas new varsity football head coach.

“We expanded our search nationwide and Coach Hughes stood out far and above all of the other candidates we had,” Diamond Bar athletic director Kurt Davies said. “His track record not only with winning and losing but with developing young men and developing them academically, that stood out. He’s definitely going to be the leader we’re looking for, for a long time.”

Hughes, 34, replaces Ryan Maine, who resigned in February after three seasons with a 15-17 record and one trip to the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Hughes is originally from Colorado and was looking for a job in California in order to move here with his wife and children. He went 67-13 in seven seasons at Cornwall and went to the state playoffs in New York the past three seasons.

“I was extremely picky about applying for jobs in California,” Hughes said. “I saw Diamond Bar on the internet and the first thing I looked up was the academics because of my three daughters. And I went back and researched the history on Diamond Bar football.

“I decided to apply and talked to Kurt and he sounded like a great guy. When you interview for jobs, you can tell a lot about a school by talking to the committee and they do a great job over here.”

Hughes inherits a program that has fallen hard times since being one of the area’s most successful up until the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since then, a demographics shift and the opening of several other schools nearby by like Diamond Ranch and Chino Hills have cut into the talent pool.

The Brahmas were 7-5 this past season and upset 2012 Southeast Division champion Downey in the first round of the playoffs before losing to 2013 champ La Serna in the second round.

Diamond Bar lost standout receiver Cordell Broadus, who transferred this offseason to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, but the Brahmas still have several standouts on campus, including highly recruited receiver/defensive back Kanya Bell, quarterback Tyler Petersen and all-purpose threat Antonio “Noodles” Hull.

“It seems like the kids are committed,” Hughes said. “We just have to keep it going and be consistent. It definitely has the potential to be … it’s already a great school, but has the potential to be even better in football.”

Diamond Bar is currently slated to play in the newly formed Palomares League next season, but that’s somewhat in the air as the Mt. SAC Area for re-leaguing will meet later this month to alter several local leagues in order to fit in Damien/St. Lucy’s.

Davies said that Diamond Bar had 140 applicants for the job.

Damien and St. Lucy’s win arbitration and will return to the Mt. SAC Area for league grouping …

Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you.

The two schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday and will be headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping.

Damien and St. Lucy’s along with Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-16.

Damien and St. Lucy’s hired the powerful Los Angeles firm of Prada of Daley to argue that the move to the parochial group was religious discrimination by the Southern Section and not based on the usual tenets CIF uses for re-leaguing proposals.

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”

The Mt. SAC Area had already moved on without Damien and St. Lucy’s and ratified new leagues for the area that would have begun with the 2014-15 school year. Now, the area will go back to the drawing board.

Same can be said for the Catholic Athletic Association, which will have to re-do its league proposals without Damien, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure in the mix. The CAA has announced that it will meet to do just that on Mar. 27 at St. Pius X-St. Matthias High in Downey.

The CIF-Southern Section was set to announce proposals for new playoff groupings on Mar. 16, but that figures to be delayed until the new league groupings are settled.

“We accept the arbitrators ruling and are prepared to move forward,” the Southern Section said in a statement on Friday. “As always, we will depend on the best efforts of our member schools to facilitate the re-leaguing process in the areas affected by today’s decision.”

Damien and St. Lucy’s, although two separate schools, come as sort of a packaged deal as far as athletics are concerned with Damien making up the boys sports half of the equation and St. Lucy’s the girls. The two schools had been longtime members of the Sierra League, but given the makeover the area received during last spring’s league proposals, it’s anybody’s guess as to where they’ll end up.

Get ready, because Damien High School and St. Lucy’s Priory will once again be coming to a league near you.

The two schools won their arbitration hearing against the CIF-Southern Section on Friday and will be headed back to the Mt. SAC Area for playoff grouping rather than being placed in a parochial grouping.

Damien and St. Lucy’s along with Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure took to the legal system last spring after they were placed in the parochial area and put into new leagues for the new re-leaguing cycle that runs 2014-18.

Damien and St. Lucy’s hired the powerful Los Angeles firm of Prada of Daley to argue that the move to the parochial group was religious discrimination by the Southern Section and not based on the usual tenets CIF uses for re-leaguing proposals.

“It’s somewhat ridiculous, in my mind, as to what CIF put these schools through,” said attorney Robert Prada. “From our point of view, the welfare of these students was not their concern. I think this result validates that.”

The Mt. SAC Area had already moved on without Damien and St. Lucy’s and ratified new leagues for the area that would have begun with the 2014-15 school year. Now, the area will go back to the drawing board.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but my understanding was if they sent (Damien and St. Lucy’s) back to us, we would have to start the process all over again,” Walnut High athletic director Jerry Person said. “That’s why we didn’t include them in the first place. This probably sends us back to square one.”

Same can be said for the Catholic Athletic Association, which will have to re-do its league proposals without Damien, Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure in the mix. The CAA will meet to do just that on Mar. 27.

The CIF-Southern Section was set to announce proposals for new playoff groupings on Mar. 16, but that figures to be delayed until the new league groupings are settled.

“We accept the arbitrators ruling and are prepared to move forward,” the Southern Section said in a statement on Friday. “As always, we will depend on the best efforts of our member schools to facilitate the re-leaguing process in the areas affected by today’s decision.”

Damien and St. Lucy’s come as sort of a packaged deal with Damien making up the boys sports half of the equation and St. Lucy’s the girls. The two schools had been longtime members of the Sierra League, but given the makeover received during last spring’s league proposals, it’s anybody’s guess as to where they’ll end up.