Tribune 2007 All-Area Football

Merry Christmas and best wishes to everyone during the holiday season. I’m only going to ask one thing, to be respectful with your comments. C’mon it’s Christmas, I know you can do it.

Above: Tribune player of the year, Dorian Wells. Reprints of the page can be purchased by visiting our website.

Player of the Year: Dorian Wells, South Hills
Wells feature

Coach of the Year: Mark Pasquarella, Glendora
Pasquarella feature

First Team Offense
QB – Jose Garay, South El Monte, Jr.
RB – Tim Gilmore, Wilson, Jr.
RB – Chris Harris, Duarte, Sr
AP – Kanaan Snowden, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR – Andrew Romero, Wilson, Sr.
WR – Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte, Sr.
WR – Brandon Parham, South Hills, Sr.
OL – Nick Longoria, Los Altos, Sr.
OL – Austin Sefton, Glendora, Sr.
OL – Domanic Blanco, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL – Charles Cisneros, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
OL – Dominique Austin, Bishop Amat, Sr.
K – – Dejon Miller, Damien, Sr.

First Team Defense
DL – Kebin Umodu, South Hills, Sr.
DL – Drew Carreon, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL – Charles Shorts, Covina, Sr.
LB – Mike Howard, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB – Chad Young, Glendora, Sr.
LB – Damon Kuklinski, South Hills, Sr.
LB – Isaac Tucker, West Covina, Sr.
DB – Tanner Zylstra, Bonita, Sr.
DB – Michael Edwards, Glendora, Sr.
DB – Angel Acevedo, Baldwin Park, Sr.
SS – Ryan McMahon, Damien, Sr.
P – Nico Barbone, San Dimas, Jr.

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Second Team Offense
QB – Chris Allen, Charter Oak, Jr.
RB – Bryce Mahmud-McBride, Los Altos, Sr.
RB – Jake Vega, Glendora, Sr.
AP – Tra Sumler, Rosemead, Jr.
TE – Raymond Rodriguez, Los Altos, Sr.
WR – Mikey Harrell, Charter Oak, Sr.
WR – Manny Acosta, South El Monte, Sr.
OL – Jon Earnest, South Hills, Sr.
OL – Daniel Centeno, Arroyo, Sr.
OL – Carl Schmitz, Damien, Sr.
OL – Addison Bachman, Glendora, Sr.
OL – Hugo Zuniga, La Puente, Sr.
K – Jeremy Brown, Los Altos

Second Team Defense
DL – Oscar Molina, Baldwin Park, Sr.
DL – Bryan Bonilla, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
DL – Nick Padilla, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB – Wayne Goss, South Hills, Jr.
LB – Joseph Garcia, La Puente, Sr.
LB – Brent Seals, Bishop Amat, Jr.
LB – Bronze Withem, San Dimas, Sr.
DB – Jiovanni Mier, Bonita, Sr.
DB – Eric Glaster, South Hills, Sr.
DB – Sheldon Price, Bishop Amat, Jr.
DB – Ryan Henson, West Covina, Sr.
P – Nick Lenhart, Bishop Amat, Jr.

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They’re talking about us …

The Glendora High School newspaper wrote an article about this blog. I thought it was a fair discussion so I’m posting it. Like anything else, the negative stuff always grabs the headlines, that’s how it is. But I give Shield reporter Alex Moskowitz a lot of credit for running with this, and he did an excellent job of remaining impartial. By the way, did you know this website is banned at some schools and school districts because of its content (at least that’s what I’ve been told). Administrators don’t want students wasting school time reading all this stuff, and I don’t blame them. It’s probably the right thing to do. Students who want this will go home and read it and comment anyway. So again, be careful about what you post. Think before you hit send. For all the great comments we read on these blogs, it’s the stupid and unnecessary comments that will always grab the attention. It’s the world we live in.


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Football: Tribune All-Area on Christmas Day

It’s coming, the Tribune All-Area football package, which will include a short video from every player selected to the team. In the following days we’ll also have all-area packages for girls volleyball, girls tennis, boys water polo and cross country. Thanks to all of you for making the fall season a memorable one, and wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas weekend and Happy New Year. And for all you football honks, following All-Area will be an early look at the 2008 top ten poll, followed by top returning quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, etc. I’m sure there’s enough to talk about until spring football rolls around.

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Wrestling: Northview on top; Williams the top dog

I know, I know, this is a wrestling town. I’m watching the Mayweather-Hatton fight the other night, and our host Joe took it as an opportunity to bug me all night about wrestling coverage. That’s what I get for going to an SC guys house. My roommate says he’s a former CIF champion who happens to be another Joe, though I can’t find his title anywhere in the record books. I’ll let him go on this, he’s too proud of that mythical title. But I know he’s still into it, he spent a free weekend at the Northview tournament. Who does that? Listen, I’m no stranger to wrestling, not after watching one of the greatest wrestling teams of all time in the San Gabriel Valley. The 1983 Ray Rodi coached Edgewood Trojans won the 2-A title and could have wrestled with anyone. We had Scott Schumm, the 132-pound state title winner whose letterman jacket was so decorated you just wanted to touch it. Those were the days when wrestling was King. Our wrestling matches were bigger than basketball, and that’s the truth. The stands were packed and the fans were loud. It was like those old-time wrestling movies. If you saw “Vision Quest” you know what I mean. Anyways, Steve Ramirez will keep a wrestling thread going once a week, and I’ll chime in too. I told him I think we need a weekly top ten at each wrestling weight and he said that will take some time to put together, but you can help keep us up to speed, that is if you show the same passion on these threads that you have for your sport.
Well, here goes, this is Steve’ preseason top five

Can’t touch this: South Hills’ Thomas Williams, the defending 112-pound state champion.

1. Northview
2. South Hills
3. Bishop Amat
4. Rosemead
5. San Dimas

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Basketball rankings: Bonita moves to top on boys poll

Above: Bonita’s Robert Schmidt dropping two on Santa Fe in Alhambra tournament championship game.

Boys Basketball
1. Bonita (9-1)
Alhambra tourney champs should be considered Miramonte League favorites
2. Damien (9-3)
Great showing in And1 tourney; Austin Napolitano averaging 16 points and eight boards
3. Diamond Ranch (6-3)
Triple threat with Chris Cunningham, Ryan Kelly and Garrett Johnson
4. Nogales (9-3)
One of area’s hottest teams has won seven of last eight
5. Glendora (7-4)
Three-straight wins, but going to need more than just Dominic Tiger-Cortez
6. Diamond Bar (6-4)
Should give Damien a run for their money in Sierra
7. Northview (8-4)
Hard to digest how they lose such an ugly game, 28-25 to Alhambra
8. South Hills (7-1)
Okay, so it was just the Azusa tournament, but a title is a title
9. Walnut (7-3)
Love the overall record, but can’t escape the two blowout losses by more than 40 points
10. La Verne Lutheran (7-0)
Could go undefeated with a group of freshman and soph’s leading the way

Above: Amat’s Kristen McCarthy earned second straight tournament MVP honors after win over Monrovia in championship of Arroyo tourney on Monday.

Girls Basketball
1. Bishop Amat (8-0)
Arroyo tournament was too easy, let’s see how they do in Ayala tourney after Christmas
2. Covina (9-0)
If Colts win Rowland tournament next week, they will go undefeated until the playoffs
3. Diamond Ranch (7-4)
Obviously not the team they’ve been in recent years, but still one of area’s best
4. Wilson (8-2)
Coach Ed Bruynincx had a smile from ear to ear talking about this team
5. Walnut (6-3)
Ella Rodriguez doing it all as Mustangs the clear favorites to take San Antonio
6. Glendora (6-4)
Don’t look at the losses, look at the solid wins over Upland and Sonora
7. Azusa (5-1)
The early surprise of the season has a 46-40 win over South Hills on resume
8. South Hills (4-2)
Sophomore Melinda Gomez is already one of area’s best, but she needs help
9. Sierra Vista (4-4)
Should be better than this, but to be fair, all four losses were to quality teams with winning records
10. South El Monte (5-3)
You win three straight and have a winning record, you should be in top ten

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