Football: For Duarte, El Monte and others, “it’s go time.”

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PRACTICE BEGINS: Nothing says the start of a new football season like a team’s first fall practice.
For several area high school football teams, Monday signaled the beginning of a new campaign that will hopefully culminate four months from now with league championships and deep playoff runs.
“It’s go time now,” said second-year Duarte head coach Travis Brown. “There’s a sense of excitement. The kids are locked in. You have spring ball season, your 7-on-7 season, but today was a different fit. There was no complaining and the guys were focused.”
The Falcons began official preparations at 8 a.m. on Monday for their Week 0 opener against Diamond Bar on Aug. 28. Duarte went 2-8 in Brown’s first season, but the former Los Altos standout receiver is hopeful his team will give a better impression this season.

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Back from vacation, time for football

You’re probably wondering what’s going on? Where are all the posts? Well, we’ve been working on the PrepXtra Preview football magazine, which will publish later this month, and digital football previews online, which we’ll start publishing Tuesday night until the start of football season. And obviously, taking some vacation, which is over, it’s go time. Another huge change for us is that the San Gabriel Valley Tribune office in West Covina has been sold, we’re moving to a new building in Monrovia next week so there’s a lot going on at the same.

WEEK 0 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thursday, Aug. 27

Artesia at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28
Mater Dei vs. Bishop Amat at Santa Ana Stadium, 7 p.m.
Agoura at St. Paul, 7:30pm
Alhambra vs. Western at Moor Field 7 p.m.
Bell Gardens at Arcadia, 7 p.m.
Burbank at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
Colony at West Covina, 7 p.m.
Don Lugo at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Duarte at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
El Rancho at Claremont, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Keppel, 7 p.m.
La Habra at El Toro, 7 p.m.
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
Marshall at Southlands Christian, 7 p.m.
Montclair at San Gabriel, 7 p.m.
Montebello at El Monte, 7 p.m.
Mountain View at Bassett, 7 p.m.
Nogales vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Northview at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Bosco Tech, 4 p.m.
Pomona at Oak Hills, 7 p.m.
Rowland vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey HS, 7 p.m.
Salesian at Muir, 7 p.m.
San Marino at Arroyo, 7 p.m.
Schurr at Bonita, 7 p.m.
South El Monte at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
South Hills at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
St. John Bosco at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
St. Monica vs. Maranatha at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m.
Verbum Dei at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Whittier vs. Sonora at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Charter Oak at Green Valley, Henderson NV., 7 p.m.
San Diego Clairemont at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
El Camino Real at La Salle, 7 p.m.
La Serna at Chula Vista Eastlake, 7 p.m.
Whittier Christian at Bishop, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 29
Blair vs. Santa Clarita Christian at Canyon, 7 p.m.
California vs. Gahr at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Mountain Empire vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental College, 5 p.m.

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Jesse Mendez leaving West Covina softball to join La Salle

mendezWest Covina softball coach Jesse Mendez, who also helps organize the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game, is leaving to take over at Pasadena La Salle. Mendez, who prior to West Covina had a successful tenure at Bishop Amat before he was asked to leave in favor of an on-campus coach, will now have a chance to face his former team in the Del Rey league. La Salle was 14-12 overall this past season, and finished fourth in the Del Rey with a 3-9 overall record

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Aram’s post on Bishop Amat football cancelling tailgating won’t go over well ..

IN THE HUDDLE WITH ARAM: As many of you know, Bishop Amat has arguably the best tailgating scene in SoCal high school football. … make that HAD arguably the best tailgating scene in SoCal high school football.

The school has decided to disallow tailgating on school property before games for the upcoming season after determining that things were getting a bit out of control. No word on whether the tailgating ban will last beyond this season.

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South Hills’ inaugural Softball Skills camp on Sunday

South Hills’ inaugural Softball Skills camp is Sunday, July 19 from 9 a.m. until Noon at South Hills High School. Those expected to teach include several college players along with members from the South Hills coaching staff and players.
The cost is $30 for girls in grades K-8th grade. For more information contact South Hills coach Brandon Gonzales at 626-705-9070.

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