Press Release from Vice Principal and former Football coach Eric Podley
Bonita High School has decided to make a change in our Head Football Coach position. Making a coaching change is never easy, but it is an especially difficult decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our school. We appreciate the countless hours Coach Aguilar, his family and staff have devoted to the players and the football program at Bonita High School. Coach Aguilar will be remembered for his commitment to building character in our student-athletes. We wish Coach Aguilar well in his future coaching endeavors.
Glendora boys basketball tournament
Pool A: Walnut, South Hills, Don Lugo
Pool B: San Dimas, Norco, South Pasadena
Pool C: Charter Oak, Chaffey, Patriot
Pool D: Whittier, Glendale, Glendora At Glendora HS
Monday’s Round Robin
Charter Oak vs. Chaffey, 3 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Norco, 4:30 p.m.
Walnut vs. South Hills, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs. Glendale, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Round Robin
Norco vs. South Pasadena, 3 p.m.
South Hills vs. Don Lugo, 4:30 p.m.
Chaffey vs. Patriot, 6 p.m.
Whittier vs. Glendora, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Round Robin
Glendale vs. Whittier, 3 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Walnut, 4:30 p.m.
Patriot vs. Charter Oak, 6 p.m.
South Pasadena vs. San Dimas, 7:30 p.m.
La Canada Boys Basketball Tournament Pool A: La Canada, Bonita, LA Marshall, Sierra Canyon Pool B: Hollywood, Damien, Village Christian, Renaissance Academy At La Canada
Tuesday’s Round Robin
Renaissance Academy vs. Hollywood, 3 p.m.
Bonita vs. Sierra Canyon, 4:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. LA Marshall, 6 p.m.
Damien vs. Village Christian, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Round Robin
Hollywood vs. Village Christian, 5 p.m. Thursday’s Round Robin
La Marshall vs. Sierra Canyon, 3 p.m.
Village Christian vs. Renaissance Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Hollywood vs. Damien, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Bonita, 7:30 p.m. Friday’s Round Robin
Bonita vs. LA Marshall, 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Renaissance Academy 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Sierra Canyon, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s championship: 7:30 p.m.
Arroyo Girls Basketball Tournament Pool A: Duarte, Montebello, Oak Hills, South Torrance Pool B: Arroyo, Glendale, La Canada, Sonora At Arroyo
Monday’s Round Robin
Montebello vs. Duarte, 3 p.m.
Sonora vs. Arroyo, 4:30 p.m.
South Torrance vs. Oak Hills, 6 p.m.
Glendale vs. La Canada, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Round Robin
Sonora vs. Glendale, 3 p.m.
Oak Hills vs. Montebello, 4:30 p.m.
Arroyo vs. La Canada, 6 p.m.
Duarte vs. South Torrance, 7:30 p.m. Friday’s Round Robin
South Torrance vs. Montebello at 3 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Glendale, 4:30 p.m.
Oak Hills vs. Duarte, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Sonora, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s championship: 7:30 p.m.
San Dimas Girls Basketball Tournament
At San Dimas
Monday’s First Round
La Quinta vs. Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Pomona vs. Claremont, 5 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Arcadia, 6:30 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Gabrielino, 8 p.m. Tuesday’s First Round
Diamond Bar vs. Ayala, 3:30 p.m.
Lakeside vs. South El Monte, 5 p.m.
Upland vs. Gladstone, 6:30 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Bonita, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Quarterfinals: TBA
El Rancho Boys Basketball Tournament
Monday’s First Round
Alhambra 61, Lawndale 44
Claremont 54, Paramount 39
San Gabriel 85, Bellflower 55
Wilson 67, El Rancho 62 Tuesday’s First Round
Hamilton 50, Montebello 38
Palm Springs 74, Huntington Park 31
St. Paul 67, Temple City 47
Schurr 34, Santa Fe 20 Thursday’s quarterfinals at El Rancho
Palm Springs 47, Hamilton 30
St. Paul 59, Schurr 54
Alhambra 72, Claremont 66
San Gabriel 52, Wilson 49 Friday’s semifinals
Palm Springs vs. St. Paul, 6 p.m.
Alhambra vs. San Gabriel, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s championship, 7:30 p.m.
Whittier Christian girls basketball tournament
Monday’s round robin
La Habra 29, Monrovia 26
Whittier Christian 62, La Mirada 26 Tuesday’s round robin
Glendora 86, La Habra 16
Whittier Christian 77, Monrovia 39 Wednesday’s round robin
Glendora 74, La Mirada 34
Whittier Christian 59, La Habra 18 Thursday’s round robin
Glendora 67, Monrovia 23
La Habra def. La Mirada, 7:30 p.m.
La Mirada vs. Monrovia, 6 p.m.
Glendora vs. Whittier Christian, 7:30 p.m. — Championship game.
Azusa Girls Basetball Tournament
Rosemead vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.
When Covina High’s football players and coach Joe Brown passed by Katella’s table at Monday’s CIF Southern Section champions luncheon in Long Beach, they couldn’t help but notice the Knights’ behemoth quarterback, Nathan Arrington, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds.
Turns out they haven’t weighed him in a while.
“Someone asked me what it’s like to have a 215-pound quarterback,” Katella coach Fred DiPalma said. “And I said, ‘I don’t know, he’s more like 240 or 250 pounds.’”
If fourth-seed Covina (11-2) is going to win its first championship since 1995 and sixth in school history, it’s going to have to find a way to contain Arrington in Friday’s Division 11 championship against Katella (12-1) at Covina District Field at 7 p.m.
“He’s a big kid but don’t let that fool you, the kid can play and the kid can sling it,” Brown said.
He’s got that right. Arrington has thrown for 2,568 yards and 16 touchdowns and he’s obviously a dual threat. In last week’s 35-28 semifinal victory over Rancho Mirage, he completed 23 of 26 attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown and also rushed 16 times for 114 yards and a touchdown.
“The first thing you notice is his size, he could probably be our nose guard or something,” Brown said. “You got to stay low and rally to him because one guy isn’t going to bring him down, and when you hit him you have to wrap him up.”
Katella is riding a 12-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since its season opener to Kennedy, 14-0, which is probably a game you can throw away.
Katella, looking for its first title in school history, had experimented with the pistol offense over the summer, but when that failed miserably against Kennedy, it immediately went back to the spread and hasn’t lost a game since.
“Almost immediately you could sense relief among the kids,” DiPalma told the Orange County Register about switching back to the spread after the loss. “The new kids on the team didn’t know anything was different, but Nate (Arrington) knew the difference and the offensive line knew the difference.”
Sophomore quarterback Nin Burns II has thrown for 2,440 yards and 30 touchdowns, and sophomore back Erik Cuellar set the school’s single-season rushing record with 2,145 yards to go with 19 touchdowns.
Combine that with the Colts’ experienced offensive line and that has Katella’s attention.
“They’re very well coached,” DiPalma said. “It’s a young backfield but it’s a very good backfield. It seems they’re always calling the right play or making the right moves. It’s not a lot of complicated stuff, but what they do they do well.”
DiPalma is also impressed with the Colts’ athletic defense.
Even though Covina gave up a lot of points in last week’s 57-56 overtime victory to knock off top seed Culver City, DiPalma said the victory was impressive.
“Defensively, they’re (Colts) a little odd,” DiPalma said. “You’re not sure where they’re coming from, but they’re athletic and they’re good. It’s not an accident they got to the finals.
“What they did last week beating Culver City was impressive because Culver City is a very athletic team but they (Colts) ran the ball all over them. We don’t usually see a lot of teams from the (San Gabriel Valley), but what we’ve seen has been very impressive. It should be a great game.”
Brown said the same thing. After all the hoopla, he’s ready to put his headset on and it get started.
“After all the fanfare and hype it comes down to a football game,” Brown said. “You can say this, you can say that, but at the end of the day the two best teams are here and one of them is gonig to win it and we hope that team is ours.”
LA CANADA – St. Francis head coach Jim Bonds won a CIF Southern Section championship as a player with Hart High School in 1986 when Hart defeated Temple City 40-26 for the Northwestern Division championship. He was also named the Northwestern Division player of the year. To this day, those memories are still fresh in his mind.
“I remember the celebration after the game,” Bonds said. “I remember mostly, the locker room after the game, the hugging, my head coach (Rick Scott). I loved playing for him, he had our team so ready we would have run through a wall for him.”
31 years later, Bonds will lead his St. Francis Golden Knights (12-1) to what could be a historic evening at Friedman Field as they host Rancho Verde High School (11-2) for the Division 3 championship game on Friday at 7 p.m., a game that will be shown delayed on Fox Sports Prime Ticket at 8 p.m.
The Golden Knights have not won a section championship since winning back-to-back titles in 1963 and ’64, defeating Claremont for its last title 53 years ago for the Division 3AAA crown, 14-0.
“I feel good,” commented Bonds. “We’ve had a good week of practice – the kids are focused. I just want to continue playing our best football at the right time. We just want to pick up from where we left off last week.”
While most teams might be intimated with all the distractions that come from playing a game of this importance, this team is different.
“They’ve played in big games,” Bonds said. “If anything about this group, it kinds drives me crazy, they’re gamers.
“They love the bright lights. Maybe it’s this generation that they’ve grown up watching, but they love the moment. I think they’ll be at their best tomorrow night.”
They’ll be facing a Rancho Verde team that is coming off a huge win over top-seed Charter Oak High School, 41-22.
The Mustangs are coached by Jeff Steinberg who had successful stints at Ridgecrest Burroughs, A.B. Miller and Corona Santiago, prior to joining the Mustangs.
“What makes this unique is that we are a pretty young team,” Steinberg said. “They’ve really grown during the season.”
The game will feature two of the top underclass quarterbacks in Southern California.
Rancho Verde’s Brock White, a sophomore, has thrown for 2,734 yards with 35 touchdowns and only six interceptions. According to Steinberg, there is a lot to like about his gunslinger.
“Brock has really grown during the course of the year,” commented Steinberg. “He’s a sophomore quarterback which everyone knows that when you have a sophomore quarterback, there’s a lot that goes with it. The thing that Brock has brought to the table, we always say that a quarterback needs to know his limitations. He knows what he does well, he will manage the game and manage the offense. He knows that he doesn’t have to go out there and do it all by himself.”
St. Francis features junior Darius Perrantes. A transfer from Crespi, Perrantes has been sensational during the playoffs. He has thrown for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last four games.
Both coaches agree the pace of the game will be key to their team’s success at the end of the night.
“We are different in styles of play,” Steinberg said. “You have two contrasting styles of offense and defense. We are going to have our hands full – that’s how should be going in for a championship.”
“I honestly thing we’re two evenly matched teams, just the way we approach the game,” Bonds said. “You can really tell that those guys are really well coached. They’re going to be ready to play. We’re fortunate that we get to play at Friedman Field at home. We going to have a packed house here pulling for us.”
Schedules for this week’s boys basketball tournaments for San Dimas and the Covina/Sierra Vista tournament. Scores will be updated at the end of the night. The knockout rounds begin on Thursday and conclude with Saturday championship games.
Sierra Vista/Covina Boys Basketball Tournament Monday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista
El Rancho 78, Don Lugo 56
Claremont 63, Sierra Vista 31
Keppel 70, Locke 42
Walnut 65, Mountain View 27 At Covina
Covina 76, Garey 53
Bishop Amat 56, La Puente 31
Colony 92, El Modena 50
Adelanto 76, Gabrielino 53
Tuesday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista
Claremont 48, LA Roosevelt 43
Walnut 48, Alhambra 40
Colony 78, Schurr 51
Damien 105, Don Lugo 28
Locke 62, Duarte 60
Bloomington 69, South El Monte 66, OT
Bishop Amat 71, Verdugo Hills 26
Monrovia 62, Adelanto 53 At Northview
Keppel 71, Northview 42
Wednesday’s round robin
At Sierra Vista
LA Roosevelt 51, Sierra Vista 32
Alhambra 63, Mountain View 57
Garey 46, South El Monte 40
Damien 94, El Rancho 48 At Covina
La Puente 61, Verdugo Hills 36
Gabrielino 63, Monrovia 58
Schurr 59, El Modena 40
Bloomington 71, Covina 66 At Northview
Duarte 63, Northview 34
At Sierra Vista
Keppel 57, Claremont 36
Colony 61, Walnut 53 At Covina
Bishop Amat 62, Adelanto 26
Damien 105, Bloomington 38
At Covina High
Damien vs. Bishop Amat, 6 p.m.
Colony vs. Keppel, 7:30 p.m.
San Dimas Boys Basketball tournament Monday’s round robin
Diamond Bar 77, Kaiser 69
Villa Park 62, Rowland 58
Rancho Cucamonga 87, Alta Loma 48
San Dimas 60, West Covina 53
Tuesday’s round robin
Murrieta Valley 79, West Covina 52
Rowland 62, Patriot 57
Downey 63, Diamond Bar 60
South Hills 54, Alta Loma 41
Wednesday’s round robin
Downey 64, Kaiser 45
Villa Park 92, Patriot 47
Rancho Cucamonga 93, South Hills 47
Murrieta Valley 57, San Dimas 48
Downey vs. Villa Park, 6:30 p.m.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Murrieta Valley, 8 p.m.