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


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.

East doesn’t want to be “that team” to blow win streak in Hall of Fame All-Star Game …

The size advantage typically enjoyed by the East team in the annual SGV Hall of Fame All-Star Game for high school football seniors is alive and well. Only this year it extends beyond the offensive and defensive lines.

Sure, the West is better equipped this year to handle the East’s physicality at the line of scrimmage, but what about on the outside where matching up to specimens like Etiwanda tight end Michael Neal could be a major problem?

“He’s going to probably give the West squad a little bit of difficulty,” East head coach Steve Randall of Colony High said. “He’s something else. At Colony, we don’t really impress that many people with our size, but I’m impressed by the overall speed and size on this team.”

Kickoff for the 36th renewal of the local rivalry between East and West is 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at West Covina High.

Neal is 6-foot-5, 220 pounds. Then there’s Damien receiver Mackenzie Sternquist, who is 6-3, 220. Throw in Rancho Cucamonga’s Blake Fisher at 6-4, 185 and it’s easy to see that the East has an embarrassment or riches on the outside.

Getting them the ball will be La Mirada quarterback Christian Lara and Chino Hills’ Zac Sturdivant. Coaches are hopeful that Wednesday and Thursday’s practices will give them a better idea of what they have in the passing game since last weekend’s practices were marred by a windstorm that hit Southern California.

“It’s was two of the windiest days since I’ve been out here at Colony and these kids made it look flawless out there with their athletic ability,” Randall said. “Our quarterbacks are confident that they can lose one with their throws and these guys will still go up and get it.”


When asked to single what unit had impressed him the most, Randall was quick to say his offensive line. The East is blessed with its usual helping of good size, but Randall likes other things about the group, too.

“What’s really impressed me is the continuity of the whole offensive line,” Randall said “Guys are playing well next to each other and they’ve been there for every practice. Some of them are traveling from the Whittier area, La Mirada and La Habra and they’ve been here and worked hard.

“I’ve been impressed with how they’ve worked together as a group this whole time.”

Led by South Hills guard Josh Radecki (6-4, 315) and La Mirada tackle Angelo Lojero (6-2, 285) the typical big East size is there and could get boosted with the expected return of Glendora’s Ben Northup (6-5, 300), who missed practice last week while on a recruiting trip to Hawaii.


The East has built a seven-game win streak in the series and Randall gets the sense his team doesn’t want to be the one to let it end. The will to win in an all-star game is always a question mark, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the East.

“We’re all competitive and we don’t want to be that team,” Randall said. “And by ‘that team’ I mean the team that gives up the streak. So we’ve talked about it a little bit. It’s not something we’re really honed in on. But at the same time, who wants to be associated with being the team to lose it for the East side?”

Bishop Amat to host Central Division champ Colony in Week 2 of next season …


Colony is stepping up its nonleague schedule next fall and will put itself to a serious test in Week 2 when it visits Pac-5 semifinalist Bishop Amat.

The Titans went 12-2 in 2014 and won the Central Division with wins over Charter Oak, Pomona and Glendora along the way. Colony has some solid pieces back like QB Josh Thompson and corner Khalil Dorsey (11 INTS in ’14).

Bishop Amat, as we all know, is loaded.

Signing Day watch list for top football recruits … LET ME KNOW IF I’M MISSING ANYONE …


Taeon Mason, WR/DB, Muir (Washington St. commit)
Ben Northup, OL, Glendora (Hawaii verbal)
Antonio Hull, ATH, Diamond Bar (Wyoming offer)
Anthony Camargo, LB, Bishop Amat (Harvard commit)
John Carroll, TE/LB, St. Francis (San Diego St. commit)
Tony Brown, WR/DB, La Mirada, (Texas Tech verbal)
Eric Quevedo, OL, West Covina (Boise St. commit)
Octavius Spencer, WR, Monrovia, (UCLA commit)
Carlos Martin, RB, La Habra (Portland St. commit)
Noah Evans, TE, Whittier Christian (Undecided)
Tyler Spitzer, WR/DB, San Marino (Harvard commit)
Angel Villanueva, OL, Duarte (Montana commit)
Alex Camacho, ATH, Northview (APU commit)
Jaron Reed, DL, Northview (Mid-America Nazarene)

Muir’s Taeon Mason commits to Washington St. … after shunning USC …


Muir WR/DB Taeon Mason, a two-time Star-News All-Area selection, has committed to play next fall at Washington St. Mason had previously committed to USC before recently opening his recruitment up again.

Mason is likely to play receiver and return kicks for the Cougars. Opposing offenses simply didn’t throw to Mason’s side of the field this past season. On offense, Mason had 569 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

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Antonio “Noodles” Hull picks Wyoming …


Diamond Bar High all-purpose threat Antonio “Noodles” Hull committed to Wyoming over last weekend. Hull has also had interest from Nevada, Hawaii, Washington and UNLV.

Hull, who missed all but one game of his junior season after his controversial transfer to D-Bar from West Covina, which CIF ruled to be athletically motivated, rushed for 1,278 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.

Hull also had 235 yards receiving and two scores, and even threw three touchdown passes. Hull was also dangerous returning kicks where he finished with 526 return yards. Hull also added 38 tackles on defense. He was an all-Palomares League selection.

ROSTERS for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game on Jan. 30 announced …

When: Fri, Jan. 30
Where: West Covina HS, 7:30 p.m.


Coaches: Paul Schilling (Crescenta Valley), Steve Bogan (Maranatha)

Chase Walker WR Crescenta Valley
Christian Herrera DB El Monte
Israel Royal WR/RB Franklin
Jordan Lobianco WR Crescenta Valley
Josh Benson WR/RB Arcadia
Tyler Ili OLB West Covina
Caleb Devine RB Maranatha
Alex Camacho RB/DB Northview
Michael Fulton DE/LB Muir
Tevita Sina DE Los Altos
Xavious Boone DB Maranatha
Eli Snyder QB Maranatha
Jorge Reyna QB Pasadena
Brian Reyes LB Muir
Octavius Spencer WR Monrovia
Jean-luc Dauphiney DB Cantwell/Sacred Heart
Nick Jovanelly WR Eagle Rock
Aiden Anding LB Burroughs
David Smith DB Muir
Nick Cantong DB Burbank
Tony Toledo RB Burbank
Fernando Espinosa DB El Monte
Carter Otte WR Verdugo Hills
Jasper Chavez OLB Rosemead
Raul Alegria LB Eagle Rock
Josh Herrera DL West Covina
Blake Cusick K/P Monrovia
Michael Sahagun LB Rosemead
Chris Osorio RB Wilson (H.H.)
Christian Wiley LB Bishop Amat
Titus Stewart OL/DL Cantwell/Sacred Heart
Christian Walton OL Monrovia
David Tolmachoff OL Los Altos
Robert Sanchez OL Arroyo
Eric Quevedo OL West Covina
Davo Hokobyan OL Crescenta Valley
Andrew Mills OL Burroughs
Drew Nixon OL St. Francis
Andrew Lopez OL Bishop Amat
Cesar Jimenez OLB Franklin
Matt Erickson DE Crescenta Valley
Brandon Arconado WR Bishop Amat
David Jimenez DL Los Altos

Coach: Steve Randall, Colony
Zack Sturdivant QB Chino Hills
Christian Lara QB La Mirada
Josh Radecki OL South Hills
Josiah Grey OL Rancho Cucamonga
Angelo Lojero OL La Mirada
Albert Gonzales OL Whittier
Travis Miller OL La Serna
Ben Northrup OL Glendora
Abel Martinez OL Claremont
Clay Garcelli OL Chino Hills
Jesse Garcia RB South Hills
Angel Verdugo RB Bonita
Pernell Smalley RB Covina
Kenyon Woods WR Pomona
Blake Fisher WR Rancho Cucamonga
MacKenzie Stenquit WR Damien
Malcom Smith WR Los Osos
Keon Stevens WR Etiwanda
Caleb Repp TE Los Osos
Noah Evans TE Whittier Christian
Michael Neal TE Etiwanda
Axl Mendoza K Colony
Sarkis Panossian RB/LB Western Christian
Kele Scott DB Pomona
Desmond Bobo DB Pomona
James Oxier DB Chaffey
Erick Ware DB San Dimas
Ryan Kinnard DB Colony
Julio Reynoso DB Pioneer
Preston Carr LB Don Lugo
Jason Ortiz LB Charter Oak
Jacob Underhill LB Charter Oak
Zack Lewallen LB Glendora
Justin Frasier LB Glendora
Uepi Kaufusi DL Rancho Cucamonga
Patrick Sanchez DL Damien
Peyrn En Twogood DL Claremont
Marcus Lewis DL Chino
Daniel Porraz DL Colony

South Pasadena football coach Marty Konrad resigns …

South Pasadena High School football coach Marty Konrad has resigned, according to the school’s athletic Twitter account.

The tweet said that Konrad informed the team of his decision via text message on Thursday. Konrad was at the center of a controversial situation that centered around the filming of league foe La Canada’s practice the week of the game between the two teams in November.

La Canada alleged that Konrad’s brother, a former Tigers assistant coach, was spotted filming its practice. Rio Hondo League officials decided the week of the game that South Pasadena would forfeit its win and subsequently an opportunity to compete in the CIF-Southern Section Central Division playoffs.

South Pasadena won the game, which was for third place in the Rio Hondo League and the league’s final guaranteed playoff spot. Players weren’t informed of the league’s decision that a Tigers win would result in a forfeit until after the victory. It was a move that set off hard feelings among many South Pasadena players and their parents.

In a November letter to players and parents, Konrad admitted his brother was at La Canada on the day in question, but had not been a member of South Pasadena’s coaching staff for the past two years. Konrad’s brother, who was at the practice for 15 minutes and photographed leaning up against a fence, according to the letter, has a teenage who son who plays at neighboring St. Francis.

Also in the letter, Konrad charged the South Pasadena High administration with rushing to judgement without conducting a thorough investigation. Konrad was suspended for the La Canada game. South Pasadena won 21-3, but La Canada went to the playoffs where it lost in the first round the following week.

The Rio Hondo League held a special meeting in late November at Temple City High to cure and correct its original decision. Several South Pasadena parents had hoped the meeting would result in a reversal of the league’s original decision or a reconsideration of the facts despite the fact that playoffs were already well underway at that point.

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Muir names Antyone “Salmonella” Sims as new head coach …

Muir High School didn’t have to look long or far to find its next varsity football head coach.

The Mustangs promoted assistant Antyone Sims, a 1998 graduate of the school, to head coach late Thursday. Sims replaces John Hardy, who was fired in December after a successful three-year run.

“I’m excited to be the new head coach at John Muir,” Sims said. “I’ve been a lifetime fan and I’ve got my opportunity to be head coach. I’m just overjoyed.

“John Muir has always been a special place in my heart and I just felt like when the opening came up it was my turn to go and interview and hope for the best.”