Damien football player collapses at Monday morning practice

A 16-year-old football player collapsed at Damien High School and was taken to a local hospital early Monday morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters went to the school at 2280 Damien Avenue at 6:10 a.m. on a call about someone who had a seizure, according to La Verne Fire Capt. Dave Benson.

However, he said the teen didn’t have a seizure but collapsed during football practice.
He didn’t know what occurred before the teen collapsed.

STATEMENT FROM DAMIEN: Early this morning a junior football player collapsed during summer conditioning. He was treated at the scene and was immediately transported to the hospital. He is currently in the cardiac unit.
School coaching staff was on the scene at the school and accompanied the student to the hospital. They have been with him and his family throughout the day.
We ask that the media please respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. We offer our prayers for our student and his family so that he may have a full recovery.

Charter Oak beats Claremont to win Claremont Tournament …


Charter Oak beat Claremont, 22-18, in the championship game to win the Claremont Tournament.

The Chargers have a very dangerous collection of weapons this season led by Cal-bound RB/WR Zion Echols, reigning Tribune Offensive Player of the Year QB Kam Brown and future super recruit Bryan Casteel.

Aram’s Take: Like I said at the CO Tournament, the Chargers have some of the best skill talent in SoCal. Just hope they got some line play.

Charter Oak’s Zion Echols verbals to Cal … Who’s Next?


One visit and Zion Echols was hooked.

That’s how the Charter Oak High School football standout felt about Cal and soon after setting foot on the Berkeley campus he was tweeting out to followers that his mind was made up.
Echols gave a verbal commitment to play at Cal this past weekend during a visit to the Bay Area, thus ending a recruiting process that saw the all-purpose threat pick up offers from
“I went on my visit last weekend and I just loved it. Everything about it,” Echols said. “I went on visits to Oregon, LSU, USC and Washington, but when I went to Cal it’s the first time ever I felt like home.”
Echols is the latest in a bumper crop of college football prospects to announce his college destination. Earlier this month, Glendora quarterback Matt Fink gave a verbal commit to USC. And the Bishop Amat tandem of Trevon Sidney and Tyler Vaughns are still undecided.
“I feel blessed,” Echols said. “I just feels like all the hard work pays off.”
Echols has been a Tribune All-Area selection the past two seasons. Last year, he rushed for 1,141 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also had 44 receptions for 553 yards and six touchdowns.


Zion Echols, Charter Oak, RB/WR, Cal

Matt Fink, Glendora, QB, USC

Ramsey Lambert leaves La Canada to take over at Santa Monica …

Ramsey Lambert has left La Canada High School after one season as its varsity football head coach to take the same position at Santa Monica.

Lambert led the Spartans to a 5-6 record and a berth in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs. La Canada is now looking for its fourth coach in five years.

“It’s a better fit for the goals that I personally have,” Lambert said of his decision to leave. “And I’m from Hawaii, so anything from around the beach is a draw. It was a long process, going through it. But when I was doing all the research on my part, it looked like it was a good move.

“Maybe not the best timing in my life, but it was something I couldn’t pass up.”