Question of the day (or more): Who will give Mater Dei a better game this fall, Bishop Amat or La Mirada …


… of course the next question that comes to mind is why don’t Amat and La Mirada just play? Anyway …

Week 0: Mater Dei at Bishop Amat — Last year’s game was very close. The Lancers had some key guys miss and made some mistakes, but were still in it. This year, Mater Dei is supposed to be Bosco or Centennial-esque. Meanwhile, Amat will be breaking in ALL NEW skill players in the first game of the season. At least the game is at Kiefer, which has been known to rattle visitors.

Week 2: La Mirada at Mater Dei
— The two teams met last year and it was 42-7 in favor of the Monarchs. Mater Dei is supposed to be even better this year. But then again, LM didn’t find its swag until much later in the season and has a veteran QB now with several D-1 prospects all over the field, too. By this point of the nonleague season, both teams should be humming. This is a road game for LM, though. And keep in mind the Mats will be entering this game off of games against O-Lu and SJB. This is murderer’s row as far as schedules go.

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Frosh-to-be phenom QB Khalil Ali headed to South Hills … what about the latest Vaughns brother?

New South Hills football coach Matt Bechtel knows he’s already getting freak freshman talent in QB Khalil Ali, who is expected to compete for the starting varsity job as an incoming frosh this fall. But what about the latest in the lineage of Vaughns Family ballers? If Bechtel lands frosh-to-be super talent John Vaughns, then WATCH OUT!

As of now, it’s not certain where Vaughns is going. Some say St. John Bosco. Some say South Hills where his older brother Geoff played. No one is saying Charter Oak or Bishop Amat, though, where his other brothers played.

Bechtel is known as an offensive savant and has a penchant for developing good QBs. Getting Ali for all four years, if that’s how it goes down, could be scary. The Huskies frosh team went 9-1 last year (lone loss to Bonita (10-0)). Word is South Hills has lots of lower level talent coming up and coming in.

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LEAKED: New preliminary football playoff divisions … But CIF issues warning …

CIF STATEMENT REGARDING LEAK: “If anybody thinks that is the final divisional placements for these schools, they are sorely mistaken, they’re going to be completely disappointed and they’re going to look like fools when it finally gets sent out.”

IMPORTANT: Official playoff divisions will be released in August.

Division 1

Corona Centennial, Bishop Amat, St. John Bosco, Mission Viejo, Mater Dei, Vista Murrieta, Serra, JSerra, Orange Lutheran, LB Poly, Servite, Loyola, Santa Margarita, Tesoro, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Alemany, Chaminade, Chino Hills, Notre Dame, San Clemente, Norco, Oaks Christian.
Welcome in: Misison Viejo, Vista Murrieta, Chino Hills, San Clemente, Tesoro and Upland.
Notable goodbye: Crespi

Division 2

REV, Citrus Hill, St. Bonaventure, La Habra, Crespi, El Toro, Camarillo, Arroyo Grande, Great Oak, Valencia, Heritage, Murrieta Valley, Palos Verdes, Thousand Oaks, Buena Park, Edison, Rancho Verde, Los Alamitos, Newbury Park, St. Francis, Villa Park, Hart, La Serna.
Welcome in: La Serna, La Habra, St. Francis, Crespi.
Notable goodbye: Mission Viejo.

Division 3

Oak Hills, Cathedral, Serrano, Corona Santiago, La Mirada, San Juan Hills, Paso Robles, Atascadero, Charter Oak, Lompoc, Etiwanda, Glendora, Palm Springs, Downey, Colony, Lakewood, Corona del Mar, Dominguez, Damien, Carter, Trabuco Hills, Valencia, Cajon, Sierra Canyon, Chaparral, Redondo Union.

Division 4

Murrieta Mesa, ML King, Moorpark, Harvard-Westlake, Capo Valley, Temecula Valley, Ventura, Sonora, St. Joseph, Corona, Redlands, Calabasas, Fountain Valley, Roosevelt, Los Osos, Foothill, San Jacinto, Salesian, Riverside Poly, Bishop Diego, Troy, Paloma Valley, La Quinta, West Covina, San Marino, Yucaipa, Bonita, West Torrance, Mira Costa, Paramount, Saugus.

Division 5

Summit, Newport Harbor, Palmdale, Oxnard, Los Altos, Paraclete, Elsinore, Crescenta Valley, Canyon, Lawndale, Nipomo, LB Wilson, Simi Valley, Pomona, Cabrillo, Huntington Beach, Oxnard, Diamond Ranch, South Hills, Royal, Canyon, San Gorgonio, El Segundo, St. Margaret, Monrovia, Ayala, Norte Vista, Righetti, Tustin, Warren, Golden Valley, St. Paul.

Division 6

Millikan, North Torrance, Claremont, Fullerton, Linfield Chr, Moreno Valley, Brea Olinda, Grace Breth, Yorba Linda, Burroughs, Burbank, San Dimas, Don Lugo, Chino, Temescal Canyon, Garden Grove, Laguna Hills, Kaiser, Saddleback Valley Chr, Chaffey, Buena, Northview, Pioneer Valley, El Modena, Jordan, Hemet, Sunny Hills, Citrus Valley, Rio Mesa, Vista Del Lago, Palm Desert, Esperanza, Siverado.

Division 7

Woodbridge, La Salle, Antelope Valley, Santa Barbara, Riverside Notre Dame, Ridgecrest Burroughs, West Ranch, Eastside, Aliso Niguel, Mayfair, El Rancho, Cypress, Perris, South Torrance, Maranatha, California, Norwalk, Muir, Hesperia, Kennedy, Valley Chr, Lynwood, Arrowhead Chr, Diamond Bar, Morningside, Agoura, Tahquitz, Rubidoux, Pacifica, Dana Hills.

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El Monte names former Workman coach Eric MacIntyre new head coach

El Monte High School has hired Eric MacIntyre as its new varsity football head coach.

MacIntyre replaces Joel Sanchez, who was at the helm for 13 years and made the once-dormant program respectable again with a league championship in 2012 and five playoff appearances.

“In the seven or eight years I’ve been living in this Valley and the four years I’ve been coaching in this Valley, I’ve kept track of what they’ve (El Monte) have done,” MacIntyre said. “They’ve been consistently good. I respect everything (Sanchez) did.

“I would be foolish to say we’re not trying to continue all the hard work and success they’ve had and just try and build on it.”

MacIntyre was most recently the head coach at Workman last fall. He resigned that position recently to pursue the El Monte job, which went through it’s first round of the hiring process without receiving any applicants.

Under Sanchez, El Monte ended a league championship and playoff win drought of 33 years. The Lions also beat Mission Valley League stalwart Arroyo twice during Sanchez’s tenure. Prior to the two wins, El Monte hadn’t beaten Arroyo since 1991. But Sanchez left shortly after the season to spend more time with his family.

MacIntyre was the head coach at Workman for the past three seasons, posting a record of 7-23. He hasn’t finalized a staff yet, but said it will likely include several former Workman assistants.

“A good group of the guys from Workman are coming with me,” MacIntyre said. “Some of them had offers elsewhere. If any of the former coaches are interested, I’d like to sit down and interview them. I think consistency is important.”

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Aguilar penciled in as new Bonita head coach

Ibis Aguilar is expected to be the new varsity football coach at Bonita High School, pending school board approval.

Aguilar, who last season was an assistant at Bonita and prior to that was head coach at South El Monte for four seasons, replaces Adrian Medrano, who left Bonita for El Rancho earlier this offseason.

Aguilar and Medrano were college teammates at University of La Verne. Aguilar led South El Monte to a share of the Mission Valley League championship in 2012 and had a 19-24 record in his four seasons.

Bonita was one of several area jobs still open this far into the offseason. Baldwin Park, Diamond Ranch, El Monte, Gladstone and Wilson are among the local schools still looking to fill a head coach vacancy.

Aram’s take: I said a few years ago that Aguilar is one of the sharpest young coaches in the area. I stand by that and now he gets a chance to really show it with a consistent, if not solid, talent base at Bo-Hi. Good hire.

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