Football: Quick look ahead at South Hills for 2008

I’ve seen a lot of discussion on the blog about who South Hills will and will not play. No, they’re not playing Bishop Amat, though it was a game briefly discussed. And yes, they will play Northview, and …. Duarte, coach Wardell Crutchfield is finally stepping and playing the big boys like we’ve all asked.

South Hills 2008
Week Zero: Either Crespi or St. Francis. It looks like Crespi, but either game would be a great way to open the season. This could be Los Altos too.
Game 2: Ayala. A great match-up against the feel good story of the year from the Sierra League.
Game 3: La Habra. A rematch against the Southeast champ, and the only team to knock the Huskies around this season.
Game 4: Duarte. Would have been a bigger game this season, but give the Falcons credit for calling around and scheduling this.
Game 5: Northview: Word on the street is the Vikings feel this is their best team in a decade, and wanted this one against an old rival.
Game 6: Rosemead: This will be tough too. They’ve got Tra Sumler, who will be one of the best senior backs next season.

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Mission Valley League: Big-time Cogburn named MVP

Player of the Year: Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte
Back of the Year: Jose Garay, South El Monte
Lineman of the year: Daniel Centeno, Arroyo High School

Above: South El Monte cleaned up with ten first-team honors

First Team offense
QB: Jose Garay, South El Monte
RB: Jonathan Mendoza, South El Monte
RB: Luke Ayala, El Monte
RB: Tra Sumler, Rosemead
WR: Manny Acosta, South El Monte
WR: Tommy Cogburn, South El Monte
TE: Mike Sotelo, Arroyo
OL: Joel Talavera, South El Monte
OL: Robert Cedeno, South El Monte
OL: Richard Lopez, Rosemead
OL: Carlos Chacon, South El Monte
OL: Andrew Oveido, Rosemead

First Team Defense
DB: Neiko Padilla, South El Monte
DB: Luis Illescas, El Monte
DB: Justin Fregoso, Rosemead
DL: Daniel Centeno, Arroyo
DL: Andrew Barrera, South El Monte
DL: Joseph Eddy, Rosemead
DE: Juan Perez, South El Monte
DE: Roland Penaloza, Arroyo
LB: Tra Sumler, Rosemead
LB: Davie Padilla, South El Monte
LB: Cesar Chavez, Rosemead
LB: Julio Tena, El Monte

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Montview League: Harris, Garcia share top honors

Offensive MVP: Chris Harris, Duarte
Defensive MVP: Joseph Garcia, La Puente
Lineman of the year: Hugo Zuniga, La Puente

Above: Duarte’s Chris Harris named offensive MVP

First Team Offense
QB: Austin Goldsmith, Duarte
RB: Marco Negrete, Azusa
RB: Robert Cruz, La Puente
RB: Steve Barrientos, La Puente
RB: Alonzo Webb, Bassett
WR: Rauley Zaragoza, Azusa
WR: Brandon Castaneda, Duarte
WR: Carlos Rios, La Puente
WR: Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista
TE: Steven Arceo, Azusa
TE: Angel Ontiveros, Sierra Vista
OL: Alberto De La Cruz, La Puente
OL: Javier Gallardo, Azusa
OL: Kevin Gonzalez, La Puente
OL: Abraham Gama, Azusa
OL: David Zarazua, Sierra Vista
OL: Carlos Aguirre, Bassett
PK: Andy Vasquez, Duarte

Above: La Puente’s Joseph Garcia named defensive MVP, but it shown carrying the ball here.

First Team Defense
DB: Darius Reese, Duarte
DB: Richard Gurrola, Gladstone
DB: Gabriel Ortiz, La Puente
DB: Steven Barrientos, La Puente
DB: Carlos Ruiz, La Puente
LB: Steven Arceo, Azusa
LB: Sean Gatlin, Duarte
LB: Austin Goldsmith, Duarte
LB: Chris Harris, Duarte
LB: Fabian Otton, Gladstone
LB: Michael Villa, Gladstone
DL: Abraham Gama, Azusa
DL: Chris Benavides, Duarte
DL: Adam Ortega, Gladstone
DL: Ezikiel Aguilar, La Puente
DL: Kevin Gonzalez, La Puente

Final Tally:
La Puente (12 first team selections)
Duarte (9 first team selections)
Azusa (7 first team selections)
Gladstone (4 first team selections)
Sierra Vista (2 first team selections)
Bassett (2 first team selections)
Workman (0 first team selections)
Note: Workman should of at least been given one first-team nominee.

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Is steroids a problem in high school sports?

Thursday’s Mitchell Report linked several of today’s prominent players to using steroids, like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and even hometown heroes like Mark McGwire (Damien) and Jason Giambi (South Hills). Giambi admitted to using steroids months ago, and Huskies baseball coach Kevin Smith said he would love to have Giambi come back and talk to his players about the negative effects of using steroids. But seriously, how prevalent is steroid use in high school sports today? Do you suspect high school players, do you know of anyone or have you heard of anyone using it. You won’t be allowed to name names here, but your observations and discussions are welcome.

Read today’s local reaction from Northview coach Darren Murphy and South Hills coach Kevin Smith

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Sierra League: Edwards stands above them all

Player of the Year: Michael Edwards, Glendora, WR/DB
Offensive player of the year: Matt Baca, Ayala QB
Defensive player of the year: Chad Young, Glendora, LB

Above: Sierra League player of the year Michael Edwards looking mighty intimidating.

First Team offense
QB: Taylor Fallon, Chino
RB: Victor McDowell, Ayala
RB: David Garcia, Chino
RB: MIchael Harris, Chino Hills
RB: Jake Vega, Glendora
FB: Daniel Lopez, Chino Hills
TE: Corey Harkey, Chino Hills
WR: David Quiroga, Ayala
WR: Ramel Rose, Chino
WR: Damon Baca, Ayala
WR: Kyle Warren, Diamond Bar
Guards: Ryan Noriega, Glendora
Guards: Wesley Galaz, Damien
Center: Austin Sefton, Glendora
Tackles: Carl Schmitz, Damien
Tackles: Addison Bachman, Glendora
Kicker: DeJon Miller, Damien

First Team Defense
DB: Derek Brandon, Ayala
DB: Sammy Reyna, Chino Hills
DB: Alex Koprcina, Damien
DB: Reggie Young, Glendora
DL: Eric Villanueva, Ayala
DL: Cory Harkey, Chino Hills
DL: Jake Salter, Damien
DL: Chris Kovar, Glendora
DL: Garrett Bowdry, Glendora
DE: Ryan McMahon, Damien
DE: Robert Horn, Glendora
LB: Kevin Estipular, Ayala
LB: Wade O’Neal, Chino Hills
LB: Kenny Dominguez, Damien
LB: Mikey Niles, Glendora

Final Tally:
Glendora (11 first team selections)
Damien (7 first team selections)
Ayala (7 first team selections)
Chino Hills (6 first team selections)
Chino (3 first team selections)
Diamond Bar (1 first team selection)

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