Glendora QB Matt Fink named Offensive MVP at Saturday’s Blue Grey All-American SoCal Regional Combine ….

Glendora QB Matt Fink was named Offensive MVP at Saturday’s Blue Grey All-American Southern California Regional Combine held in Ventura.

Fink is one of the top QB prospects on the West Coast and already has offers from Boise St. and Washington with plenty more likely to come.

The fact Fink can run probably is a huge boost in competition like Saturday’s. But he also has big-time arm strength, something local fans often don’t get to see showcased during the regular season.

Daniel Algattas resigns as Baldwin Park coach after one season …

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Daniel Algattas resigned earlier this week as head coach at Baldwin Park in order to take a promotion at Mt. SAC.

Baldwin Park AD James Heggins, himself a former Braves head coach, said the school has immediately began the search for the next head coach and said the position will be an on-campus position. Heggins also ruled himself out as a candidate.

The Braves were 6-5 under Algattas and finished in the second in the Montview League. Baldwin Park lost in the first round of the playoffs to San Dimas.

Former La Serna assistant Frank Gallardo named new head coach at South El Monte …

Former La Serna assistant Frank Gallardo is the new head coach at South El Monte, Aram learned from a South El Monte administrator at the Eagles’ CIF playoff basketball game on Wednesday night.

Gallardo replaces Ibis Aguilar, who was let go by the school after a four-year stint that saw him lead the Eagles to a share of the Mission Valley League title in 2012.

P.S. — There were some decent rumors that former Temple City and San Marino coach Mike Mooney would be getting this job … I say decent because the source was reliable but the concept was so wild that not even I could report the rumor. Turns out, it didn’t happen. But was it close? …

Way too early All-Encompassing SGV(N) Top 25 for 2015 season …

Editor’s Note: I’m deleting Chino Hills from consideration. It pains me to do so, but they’re not in a local league any longer and it was problematic ranking them last year because of it (and because they beat whipped Amat and that made rankings even more difficult). Love the Huskies. Protest to CIF and your area, and get back in a local league (for us).

1. Bishop Amat — Forget the SGV, this is one of SoCal’s top teams.
2. Charter Oak — Leading passer, rusher, receiver all back.
3. Glendora — QB Fink is back and that’s enough for me.
4. St. Francis — Losing WR Crawford a big hit, but plenty of upside.
5. La Mirada — Reloading as we speak.
6. San Marino — Prediction: Will beat Monrovia. Central Div. semifinalist, too.
7. La Serna — Lots back on defense. Program just reloads.
8. West Covina — Offense should be way better. (I say that ever year)
9. Northview — Tons of key returnees on offense.
10. Pomona — QB Lockett back, but big losses elsewhere.
11. Los Altos — Nevens and rest of junior-to-be class is strong.
12. La Habra — Hard to get too excited until defense improves.
13. Damien — Dangerous RB to build around.
14. Monrovia — Hard to see Wildcats being better than ’14 edition.
15. Muir — Lots of key players have to be replaced … but there’s talent.
16. South Hills — Like the trajectory of the program.
17. Bonita — QB East back along with some key players on D.
18. San Dimas — What impact will coaching change have?
19. Diamond Ranch — Always talented, but any better than ’14?
20. La Salle — Program took a hit in ’14. Can it bounce back?
21. St. Paul — Defense has top tacklers back.
22. Claremont — Arrived a year early last season. Look out now.
23. El Rancho — Losing one heckuva senior class.
24. Montebello — Defending Almont champs as leading rusher back.
25. Azusa — Leading pass/receiver back. Offense will be legit.

UPDATE: La Mirada lands transfers from Long Beach Poly, Servite ….

La Mirada appears to be reloading after losing several key cogs to graduation.

For the second straight offseason, the Matadores have landed a big-time transfer from Servite. Micah Croom, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound WR/DB, transferred in recently. Croom is a Utah commit and was offered last week by Colorado.

Joining Croom is Tevaka Tutoi, a 6-2 QB who was the back-up at Long Beach Poly last season.

Last season, La Mirada landed WR/DB Tony Brown from Servite. He parlayed a big senior season into a scholarship to play at Texas Tech this fall.

Aram’s take: Coach Moschetti ain’t no es stupid. You didn’t think he would put St. John Bosco and Mater Dei on the nonleague schedule, then go into it sans talent? La Mirada has become a hot destination because Moschetti is getting kids out to the next level. The cute uniform combos help, too, I guess. Expect more movement from the Mats in the transfer department soon.

Stay up to date on Signing Day …

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UPDATE: Glendora offensive lineman Big Ben Northup switched from Hawaii to Fresno St.


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Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina, (Boise State commit)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat, (Harvard commit)
Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (Washington St. verbal)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Hawaii verbal)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming offer)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St. commit)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech verbal)
Blake Cusick, K, Monrovia (Fresno State)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA commit)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St. commit)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard commit)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (University of Montana)
Alex Camacho, WR/DB, Northview (Azusa Pacific)
Jaron Reed, DE, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene)
Jayson Miller, WR/DB, Baldwin Park (Idaho State)
Ryan Oak, DE, Damien (University of San Diego)
Colin Grady, DB, Glendora (Western New Mexico)

West proves best … routs East to halt streak in Hall of Fame All-Star Game …

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Editor’s note: To the players, thanks for the memories and best of luck in the future!

Different boundaries, different result.

The tweak in geographic areas to pool talent from for the West team in the SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors paid big dividends on Friday night.

The West ended a seven-game losing streak in the series with a 31-14 win over the East in the game’s 36th renewal. The East still leads the all-time series 23-11-2.

With the West struggling in recent years, game organizers changed the borders used to pool talent from previously the 605 Freeway to now Azusa Ave. The game was also moved from late spring/early summer to January in an effort to help players get some last-minute recruiting attention before signing day next week.

The West held up much better in the trenches than in year’s past and that’s all its offense needed to put up big numbers. Maranatha quarterback Eli Snyder threw two touchdown passes, both to Crescenta Valley receiver Jordan Lobianco.

Muir defensive back Brian Reyes had two interceptions, one of them he returned for an 82-yard touchdown in the second half to give the West a 31-7 lead. It was part of a dominant effort by the West defense.

The West lead 10-0 at halftime thanks to a 38-yard field goal by Montebello’s Enrique Lozano and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Snyder to Lobianco. Reyna hit UCLA-bound Monrovia receiver Octavius Spencer on a 53-yard touchdown pass and it was 17-0 early in the third quarter.

The East got a little momentum after a turnover lead to a 1-yard touchdown run by Bonita’s Angel Verdugo. Another West turnover gave the East more hope, but the West clamped down and didn’t allow any points.

Snyder’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Lobianco on the ensuing possession made it 24-7. The East tried to answer and was driving when Reyes made his second interception of the night and took it back for a score.

La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara hit Pomona’s Manny Luna midway through the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the East.

College football hopefuls using SGV Hall of Fame Game as one final showcase ….

FRIDAY, JAN. 30 AT WEST COVINA HS, 7:30 p.m.

When it became apparent that Bishop Amat High School football standouts Brandon Arconado and Christian Wiley weren’t receiving the type of recruiting attention their teammates and fans felt they deserved, the next logical step was to take to social media to open recruiters’ eyes.

For weeks after the season ended, Arconado and Wiley’s fans and teammates plastered social media with season highlight videos of the two players along with creative hashtags like #OfferArco or #OfferWiley.

No one can say for sure just what sort of imprint such attempts made, but thus far neither player has been offered a scholarship to play at the next level. Both are hoping one last good performance when they strap it up for the West team in Friday’s SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game will change that.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at West Covina High.

“I’m grateful for the support and everything,” Wiley said of the push he’s gotten from fans and Amat teammates. “They want me to succeed and have seen me progress throughout the years, but ultimately it’s up to the college recruiters to give me the chance.”

Arconado and Wiley aren’t alone. For every Octavius Spencer, the Monrovia receiver with a scholarship to UCLA, playing in Friday’s game, there’s 10 others who are on the outside looking in when it comes to playing in college.

That’s why game organizers felt it was important to move a game that was once a late spring/early summer fixture to the middle of winter, right before national signing day on Feb. 4.

“I think I showed what I can do,” Arconado said. “I was competing against guys who have full-ride scholarships.”

Arconado was a special teams freak, averaging 41.1 yards on kickoff returns. He had over 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns and was also an all-Mission League selection.

Wiley was the Mission League’s Defensive MVP this past season and was the Tribune’s Defensive MVP as well. He finished with over 100 tackles against some of the best competition around.

“The Mission League is probably the third or second toughest league in the nation, and I got defensive MVP,” Wiley said. “It proves I’m up there with all the best talent. And I got all-CIF with people who have rides to Pac-12 schools. I need coaches to give me a chance and I’ll prove all the doubters wrong.”

In addition to being one final recruiting showcase, Friday’s game also offers fans one last chance to see some of the top senior talent around. Then there’s also that whole thing about which side of town plays the best football.

Things have a changed a bit this year, though, with a geography change in term of where both teams draw their talent from. Instead of using the 605 Freeway as the divider, game organizers pushed things out to Azusa Avenue.

Both teams can also go further out than before. The East is coached by Colony’s Steve Randall, who guided the Titans to the Central Division championship. The West is coached by Maranatha’s Steve Bogan and Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, who coached the Falcons to a 14-0 record and Southeast Division championship.

The East leads the 23-10-2 and has won the last seven meetings.