Just as everyone is handing the Wilson job to Greg Gano comes word that Los Altos coach Dale Ziola, who revived the Conquerors program the past three years, may be interested in the open Cal High position.
Ziola had no comment about the rumors that have really picked up steam this week. But there’s no doubt that Ziola can pretty much write his own ticket to just about anywhere in these parts after bringing Los Altos back from the dead.
IF Ziola is truly interested in the Cal High job and gets it, that could mean a potential return to Los Altos for Gano, if the position opened up and the four-time CIF champion coach went for it. How about that for irony?
So why would Ziola leave Los Altos for Cal High. Well, think about it, Cal High is set to get a very nice new stadium/field. It’s in a much better paying district. And Ziola lives near the school.
As for Gano to Wilson, obviously an opening at Los Altos would change everything. It just has to. But Los Altos would also command plenty of interest considering how loaded the program now is. If Wilson’s admin is smart, they’ll lock up Gano now and not have to worry about him going for more advanced programs like Baldwin Park, Cal High or even Los Altos, if it opened up.
When contacted about the prospect of going back to Los Altos if the job ever opened, Gano said he was fully focused on being a finalist at Wilson.
“The thing I’m concentrating on right now is the Wilson job and nothing else,” Gano said while declining to comment further.
This is something to certainly watch going forward …
Former Tribune Player of the Year Brigham Harwell (Los Altos 2003) has joined head coach Kim Taylor’s staff at Cantwell Sacred Heart and will be the team’s assistant defensive coordinator and defensive line coach.
Harwell, who played at UCLA after a stellar prep career at Los Altos, was part of Greg Gano’s staff last season at Tustin. Harwell also runs a successful linemen training business on the side.
The rumor about Diamond Bar’s Cordell Broadus, Noodles Hull and possibly Kanya Bell transferring to Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, NV is not true, according to Broadus. It seems a little far fetched to begin with, but even Broadus acknowledged hearing it. And other coaches have told me about it as well … Glendora’s Dillon Fink, a two-time all-Baseline League linebacker, has interest from Kansas. Stay tuned … Bishop Amat phenom Tre Sidney has received an early offer from UCLA. Sidney had EIGHT interceptions this past season as a sophomore and figures to get quite a few more offers between now and Signing Day 2016 … Bonita’s Jake Payton is receiving interest from Army and Air Force.
1. La Serna (12-2) — Check the resume, it’s outstanding.
2. St. Francis (10-3) — Only losses: Serra x2 and Chaminade.
3. San Dimas (10-4) — One of the top 5 programs in the SGV.
4. La Habra (10-2) — Wonder what might have been if not for NH loss.
5. Charter Oak (7-5) — Same bottom line as past 2 yrs, but not as sexy.
6. Muir (11-2) — Stellar season and program is back on the rise.
7. Monrovia (11-2) — Bar is so high that ’13 was a disappointment.
8. Bishop Amat (6-4) — On the bright side, the future is, well, bright.
9. Diamond Ranch (9-2) — First-round loss leaves a bad taste.
10. Chino Hills (7-4) — Can’t allow 31 ppg and be successful.
11. Arroyo (11-2) — A simply fantastic program.
12. Glendora (7-3) — Had some seriously huge moments in ’13.
13. Los Altos (9-3) — Program continues to ascend.
14. Diamond Bar (7-5) — Most dramatic program in the Valley.
15. West Covina (5-6) — Had their moments … strange season.
16. Bonita (6-4) — Fell victim to insanely wild league.
17. El Rancho (6-5) — Sneaky good team had its moments.
18. Santa Fe (7-5) — Inconsistent, but very dangerous.
19. Pomona (10-2) — Good to see this program back in action.
20. La Salle (9-2) — Another flashy record, but no playoff win.
21. Rio Hondo Prep (11-2) — Ran into Salesian train. No shame.\
22. Montebello (8-4) — Solid bottom line results. More to come?
23. Azusa (10-3) — Back on top in Montview.
24. Rosemead (8-3) — Got back on the local map.
25. South Hills (5-6) — Shaky record, but some big moments.
Desean Holmes, a heavily recruited receiver/defensive back who has spent his high school career at Alemany has transferred to Muir, according to several people close to the situation.
Holmes is from Pasadena and would be a senior next season. Like many other Pasadena area talents, Holmes left the city to play at Alemany. There are rumblings that the Pasadena pipeline to other schools is about to end. Holmes coming back to Muir/Pasadena could be just the start of it.
“I’ve heard buzz out there that people are starting to consider Muir, but I haven’t heard any names of people coming to Muir,” Mustangs head coach John Hardy said. “If we keep changing this thing around and winning, we’ll get people to stay in Pasadena.
“It could only help the whole community (if Holmes transfers to Muir). People will say ‘follow him’. We’re hoping to get people to stay in Pasadena from here on out, period. I’m hoping (our season) sends a message.”
Muir insiders speculated that up to 30 would-be Mustangs were playing at other schools around the Southland this season. Alemany has been the biggest beneficiary of Pasadena talent in recent years, even shuttling kids from Pasadena to the San Fernando Valley campus. Muir insiders say the bus to Alemany is actually driven by a Muir grad.
Alemany has been referred to as Muir West on this blog and other platforms. Muir went 11-2 this season and reached the semifinals of the CIF-SS Southeast Division before losing to Norwalk last Friday.
This guy can’t do it alone. Granted, he has been. But still …
The attendance at Muir football games has been lacking and that needs to end this week. The Mustangs are 11-1!!!! The Mustangs are in the semifinals of the Southeast Division playoffs!!! And yet the visiting crowds have been bigger than the home crowds the past two weeks.
This is inexcusable. Pasadena is a huge city. It’s Thanksgiving weekend and a lot of people will be back in town. None of you are doing anything that exciting with your Friday nights anyway, SO GET OUT AND GIVE THIS TEAM THE FAN SUPPORT IT DESERVES!!!
(Then pick up a Star-News the next morning to read all about it.)