Jesuit showdown at APU on Saturday … Blood Diamond battle at 4:30 p.m.

Hard fouls are accepted here.

Here’s the schedule for Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow’s SoCal Shootout at Azusa Pacific University on Saturday.

Fairmont Prep vs. Flintridge Prep, 9 a.m.
Bishop Amat (girls) vs. Monrovia (girls), 10:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Damien, NOON
Sonora vs. Rowland, 1:30 p.m.
Mission Viejo vs. Los Osos, 3 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Diamond Ranch, 4:30 p.m. “Blood Diamond?”
Glendora vs. Brea, 6 p.m.
Colony vs. Etiwanda, 7:30 p.m.
La Canada vs. Perris, 9 p.m.

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FOOTBALL RUMORS: Maybe this will help clear up some questions

There are so many questions out there that I just figured I’d start a new thread to answer them with what I know. To those who think football season is over, think again. Just being honest, but it never ends. And, it remains extremely popular. Hey, the NFL Network does it all year, why not us? Anyway … here’s the latest rumors.

But first a disclaimer: These are just rumors, so don’t trip out. Fortunately, I think there’s a lot of truth to some of them. But, who knows?

GANO UPDATE: I’ve got it from a second reliable source that Los Altos coach Greg Gano is interested in the La Verne job. Stay tuned …

Bryce McBride to LA: I’ve heard this is a done deal from several reliable sources. So, I callled Coach Gano on Monday to ask him if it’s true and he said “I won’t comment on anybody unless they actually check-in.” Amat’s 2nd semester started Tuesday. Los Altos’ starts next Tuesday. Gano said I’d be the first person he calls if “someone new comes in.” What a huge impact McBride would make at LA. Wow! I’ve heard nothing about Marcus Wagner, however. But I have heard two other lower level Amat players would be going to LA, also. I will check the wanted ads in the Trib classifieds to see if there’s anything like “Wanted: QB, RB and WR to play for annual CIF title contender.” The Conqs have to replace all three positions this year.

Mark Verti: I called Coach Verti on Monday and he said he expected a couple of players to leave. I will call him today to find out who checked out because it all should’ve gone down on Tuesday. I doubt he can say much more other than who checked out.

Cogburn AND Garay to LA: It could be an incredible off-season for the Yankees, er Los Altos, if this happens. I’ve heard about Cogburn possibly being a Conqueror, but not Garay. Makes sense, though. LA needs a QB. Might as well get one of the Valley’s passing leaders to go with the Valley’s leading receiver. But, but, but I’ve also heard that Cogburn did some info-seeking at St. Paul during Christmas break. LA getting both of these players seems a littler far fetched. In fact, I doubt they get either.

South Hills: I’ve heard from one reliable source that South Hills would be getting a player or two from Amat. I don’t put too much stock into this.

Diamond Bar: So much for the Brahmas having a replacement named by the first of the year. They are in their first phase of interviews this week. AD J.T. Cameron didn’t give me much more info than that. I asked him who applied, but naturally, he wouldn’t say. But the vibe I got is that former Walnut coach Jerry Person isn’t interested. So much for that.

Robert Oviedo: Supposedly, Coach Oviedo has a meeting on Thursday with Wilson’s upper-brass. They could be talking scholastics or they could be talking about the direction of the football program. I don’t know why, but I keep hearing he’s in jeopardy of being ousted. Like Wilson could do any better. I hope this isn’t true.

Gano to La Verne: This is a new one that’s started to pop up. One person told me he’s inquired about the job. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Gano left LA for LV right after all these impact transfers landed on his doorstep? I don’t know if I buy this one. But this source has been pretty good in the past and supposedly there’s interest.

Not a rumor, just an Aram thought: I really wonder why/how LA has become the shoulder to cry on for disgruntled players. I don’t begrudge any player/parent who leaves one school for another with the ambition of either winning a championship or improving the chances for a scholly. And I don’t begrudge LA for being that school. I get it, players want to play for Uncle Greg. But, I do wonder how that came to fruition. Is it coaches? Is it the Cody/Harwell effect? Obviously, given James Davis’ situation, LA isn’t immune to losing players, too. But LA always seems to gain more than it loses. You lose James Davis, you get Ira Thomas from Chino Hills to fill in. Must be nice …

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BREAKING NEWS: Another high-profile Mission Valley League assistant coach fired

Rosemead football coach Matt Koffler confirmed that defensive coordinator Anthony White has been fired. Koffler said the team is looking to go in another direction. White becomes the second high profile Mission Valley League assistant coach to be fired this off-season. South El Monte assistant Jerry (Gerry?) Urias was fired prior to Christmas break.
White played running back and defensive back at Rosemead and won the high school Heisman Trophy in 1999. He then played for Urban Meyer at Utah before returning to the SGV to start a career as a coach. He led Rosemead’s freshman team to the Mission Valley League title in 2004, but received some disdain around the league for allegedly running up scores.
White left after that season to be an assistant coach under Wilson’s Robert Oviedo in 2005. He was back at Rosemead this past season after the Panthers lost four assistant coaches during the 2006 off-season. Rosemead’s defense had to replace 10 starters going into the season, but still managed to finish in a three-way tie with Arroyo and South El Monte for the MVL title.

Quick Aram thought: Didn’t I tell you all that this would be a critical off-season in the MVL? I just had a vibe this was coming. The Tribune will have an article about this tomorrow, complete with quotes from White and Koffler.

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Knight-time in the MVL …

Arroyo lost to league favorite Mountain View, but bounced back by downing South El Monte.

Friday night thoughts

Damien over Diamond Bar: My boy Big Reg from Time Warner asked me earlier this week what I thought of Damien’s Griffin Ramme. I told him I hadn’t seen him yet, but I did on Friday. What a gritty player. He doesn’t very athletic, or like a scorer, but this kid gets his. Damien impressed me last night. I hadn’t seen Sparty yet this season, but they’re everything I heard – very solid defensiveley and balanced on offense.

Covina girls over San Dimas: It doesn’t appear that the Colts will lose in VVL play this season. Covina star Blaire Egardo didn’t do much last night, but the rest of the team was there to pick her up and play great defense. It’s real simple for San Dimas – No Trotter, No Dice.

Glendora loses again: The Tartans were waxed by Ayala. Things are getting worse. I don’t think this team will rally like last year’s did. Glendora better come with the game of a its life on Wednesday against Damien. Although the Tartans are struggling, that’s still the game of the week. Should be a great environment.

La Puente: Can anyone in the Montview stop the Warriors? Doesn’t look like it. It’s real simple, if you’re taller, you’re better. At least that’s what LP is telling the rest of the league.

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Huskies wrestled away SAL supremacy from WestCo

Win, no matter what, even if it means pinning a girl.

John “Nuttin Honey” Honell reports it was an amazing environment last night in the “House that Donnie Built” aka West Covina High’s gym. South Hills finally beat West Covina in a very, very close match. Funny thing about the SGV, everytime I turn around there’s another kid ranked No. 1 in the state in his/her weight class. Awesome!

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