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Happy Anniversary, fellow SGV sports fans.
It’s been a year since this site was launched as a compliment to the Tribune’s prep sports coverage. It was a long time coming, believe me. For the most part, everything has been great. This blog has attracted a lot of hits, which in-turn has brought this area’s prep sports even more notOriety. For this, I say thank you. Also, for those of you who’ve taken the time to share your thoughts and thus produce more comments than anyone could’ve imagined, I say thank you, too. For the most part, the dialogue has been entertaining, informative and interesting.
But, and there’s always a but, this site has developed some problems. The other day I had to speak with our executive editor, Steve O’Sullivan, about something questionable posted on the blog. I’ve had to speak with managing editor Steve Hunt a few more times than that. And sports editor Doug Spoon even more times than I can imagine. Believe me, I like speaking to these guys, but they’re upper management and they make me nervous. The best conversations with upper management are the ones you initiate, not the ones they initiate … “Hey Aram, got a second?” is something I don’t like to hear. Not to mention, there have been times when several people in the office came up to me surprised by profanities used on the site.
Fortunately, upper management has been cool enough to not force me to take anything down and they allow me to run this site how I see fit. I don’t believe in censorship. And I don’t like sugar-coated sports coverage, whether it’s preps, college or pro. But when parents are coming on here and defending their kids, we’re getting far away from what this site was intended for. Which is why the decision to produce new rules comes directly from me. When this site started, we had only a few parameters – no kid bashing, personal attacks, foul language or so on. I was also releasing all comments back then. Due to the high volume of comments, there’s just no way to catch and release comments as they come in. I’m not about to start doing this, but I will be hitting the delete button more often. Threads that turn bad, will be gone quickly. Here are some new guidelines …
1. Kid bashing – “Better luck next time” or “Keep your head up” will be the extent of negative comments toward local athletes. You bring up residency or playing time, the post will be deleted as soon as I see it. If you want to complain about playing time, call the coach. If you want to complain about residency, call the school or CIF. High school sports are some of the best times these kids will have, so a bunch of whining adults aren’t going to spoil it on this blog.
2. Coaches – If any thread is somehow diverted from its original topic to question coaching policy or discuss the off-the-field lives of any coaches, that thread will be deleted. If you want to question what decisions a coach makes between the lines, then be my guest. If you don’t like play-calling or Xs and Os management, then comment away. Personal attacks that get way off topic will be deleted. This also goes for school administrators.
3. Profanity – I’ve gotten way too relaxed on this, but it’s got to tighten up. Obviously, some things will slip through the cracks. But what I’m really trying to prevent is name calling.
By following these three guidelines, I think we can limit some of the problems this site has had recently. I’m confident all of you can still make your points without cussing, bashing kids or attacking their coach’s personal life.
If any of these changes sour you, then please move on. I’d rather this site have no hits and no comments than have it degenerate into some anonymous free-for-all that gives this area a bad name, makes high school kids feel bad, ticks off Tribune upper management, embarrasses coaches and causes parents not to enjoy the athletic careers of their pride and joy offspring.
To any athlete, coach or parent whose been offended by something said on this site, I sincerely apologize. I regret that some of these actions may not have come soon enough to spare people their grief. Undoubtedly, there will be similar problems in the future, but hopefully this reset will help calm everything down and re-direct which way this blog is headed.
Northview could be moving up in the polls …
In what will come as a shock to Pasadena Star-News readers and famed prep sports writer Fred Robledo, Northview outlasted Eddie McKiernan and Monrovia on Tuesday to win the Northview Tournament. Honestly, I saw it coming when Fred tried to explain earlier Tuesday how Monrovia could/would make the Division V finals and possibly beat Amat. Anyway, I digress. The east SGV has been something of a reality pond for Pasadena area baseball and softball teams this season – see Monrovia/Arcadia softball team performances in local east SGV softball tourneys. Those are great teams, but in case you didn’t know, the Trib area is loaded with good baseball/softball teams this season. Northview’s win over a strong Monrovia team proved that Tuesday. It also proved the Valle Vista League is the real deal. Covina, Northview and San Dimas have taken turns on each other this season and it’s not because they’re all mediocre. Although this league isn’t quite on-par with the Sierra, it’s in the neighborhood.
Spring practice is coming up in about a month, and there will be another Top 10 posted for it. Also, I have good reason to believe there will be a coaching vacancy real soon at a local school and the replacement will be made very quickly and possibly with somebody whose been mentioned before on this blog.
Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic, April 21 at APU. Girls game 5:30 p.m., boys game 7:30 p.m.
I expect to see all of you at the game.
Guard, Troy Draves, Wilson
Guard, Griffin Ramme, Damien
Guard, Jerry Santos, South Hills
Guard, Philip Chase, Rowland
Guard, Tyler Reich, Charter Oak
Guard, Victor Lee, Diamond Bar
Guard, Justin Riley, Damien
Guard, Eric Yee, Rowland
Forward, Jon Joe, San Dimas
Forward, Kyle Gordien, Glendora
Forward, C.J. Griffin, Los Altos
Forward, Damien Riley, South Hills
Forward, Edgar Diaz, La Puente
Forward, Curtis Skinner, Northview
Center, Ralph Nevarez, West Covina
Coach, Ron Rice, Northview
Coach, Matt Dunn, Damien
Guard, Blaire Egardo, Covina
Guard, Amanda Alvarez, Bishop Amat
Guard, Lauren Sapp, San Dimas
Guard, Zequoia Williams, Duarte
Guard, Kristi Peters, Charter Oak
Guard, Ashley Paul, Glendora
Guard, Kenall Karasawa, Walnut
Guard, Eliza Dy, Diamond Ranch
Guard, Lauren Shiokari, San Dimas
Forward, Michelle Franco, Bishop Amat
Forward, Nina Earl, Diamond Ranch
Forward, Adriana Galvan, Bonita
Forward, Sonia Morales, Sierra Vista
Center, Candice Brown, Bishop Amat
Center, Diane Ortiz, Diamond Ranch
Coaches: Greg Gustafson (Covina), Gary Jackson (San Dimas), Matt Kearns (Covina)