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? …
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.
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.