Monday Night Showdown in girls Hoops, Bishop Amat (14-3) at St. Paul (11-5), 5:30 p.m.

Is it time to worry about the Bishop Amat girls basketball team after losing to Magnolia, 44-27, on Saturday. I know Magnolia is good at 13-4, but scoring only 27 points? It looks like a fifth-straight state finals appearance is in serious jeopardy. And with reigning player of the year Kristen McCarthy graduating and heading to Temple next fall, what’s the future of the greatest show in the San Gabriel Valley?
Monday’s Final: St. Paul 44, Bishop Amat 40

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Baseball? Yup, just around the corner …

This preseason baseball poll was posted on another thread by Baseball Nut. Is he close? In the coming weeks I’ll start calling on baseball coaches to discuss the preview. I’m certainly interested in your thoughts on the top teams, top players, etc.

1.Charter Oak — Returning all of starting infield and ace garkow.
2.Bishop Amat— Lost maverick and other key seniors but still alot left.
3.Northview— Super soph’s lose big lead to other vikings or would be at dodger stadium.
4.Nogales— Melchor should be tough to beat,just like last year.
5.San Dimas—Kevin ponzo,,see above message.
6.Bonita—Lost lead and a heartbreaker to Northview in playoffs.
7. Diamond Bar—Solid Program,solid team.
8. Covina–Only seniors to leave,flock,gomez,hansen.Returning ty pill to a team that beat sd,nv and lost only 4-2 to charter oak in playoffs.
9.Los Altos—Suprised alot of people last year and should be improved.
10.South Hills—Would be ranked higher but choke in playoffs every year and horrible coach.

Please feel free to make your own list and put in any omissions. PLAY BALL!!!

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Breaking News: Bishop Amat football coach Mark Verti resigns

Story on Mark Verti’s resignation

Good luck coach, you were always available, answered every question, and handled this story with class as usual.

On the decision
“I wish things could have been different,” said Bishop Amat coach Matt Verti, who resigned on Thursday after two years, and an 8-12 overall record. “But in the end, and after months of thinking about it, I think it was the best thing to do for Bishop Amat and myself.”

On the pressure at Amat
“I knew coming here there was pressure to win, and win now,” Verti said. “Previous coaches had told me that, and I knew it. But it’s a little different when you’re actually here. We had some great victories and made some strides. But there were lots of ups and downs, and obviously some really tough weeks that build on you and your family.”

On Amat’s future
“Next year’s team is going to be awesome,” Verti said. “I felt good about leaving this program in good shape for the next coach. Sure, it’s disappointing personally that I’m not coming back. I love coaching high school football and I love being here. I’m going to coach again, but the most important thing was making a decision that was in the best interest of Bishop Amat. I respect the tradition too much and will always be one of its biggest supporters.”

Bishop Amat High School invites applications for the position of Head Football Coach.
Bishop Amat is a Catholic co-educational institution of 1,500 students, located in La Puente, California and participates in Division I Football as a member of the Serra League.
The Head Football Coach is responsible for leading all facets of a Division I program. Of particular importance are the proven ability to communicate effectively with student-athletes, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, administrators, and media; the proven ability to organize and implement a successful and competitive football program; the proven ability to inspire achievement and leadership among student-athletes and staff; and a commitment to adhere to the regulations, philosophies, and educational mission of Bishop Amat, the Serra League, and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF-SS).
A bachelors degree is required (masters preferred or teaching credential) with successful coaching experience. Teaching as a member of the faculty is expected. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Send cover letter, resume, to: Department of Athletics, Attention: Mr. Mike Manzo, Bishop Amat High School, 14301 Fairgrove Ave, La Puente, California.

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