Football: What will happen in 2009?

Starting in January, we will begin the process of projecting the 2009 top players at each position, as well as a new top ten football team lists, along with as many fall schedule’s as possible. Next week I’ll post the All-CIF football teams…that’s right, all football, all the time. To get this started, how about a sneak preview from the Scouting Guru’s perspective. We expect the Guru to be hard at work until next fall.

Rowland quarterback Michael Ball had a great year and will only be a junior next season.

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

From the Guru …
So, the idea of this team came from a ton of area coaches. So with the help of game footage and results of the all-league balloting, here is the 1st Team All-Underclass Team as put together by the SGV/IE Scouting Service.

Quarterback: Michael Ball, Rowland
Running Back: Adam Muema, Charter Oak
Running Back: Ricky Johnson, West Covina
Wide Receiver: Ify Umodu, South Hills
Wide Receiver: Wallace Gonzales, Glendora
Wide Receiver: Geoffrey Vaughns, South Hills
Offensive Line: Siosi Tanui, South Hills
Offensive Line: Richard Tejeda, West Covina
Offensive Line: Andy Orozco, Charter Oak
Offensive Line: Michael Wells, Diamond Ranch
Offensive Line: Raymond Ragoza, Baldwin Park

Guru Notes: The quarterback position was a no brainer. Ball stood out as the best underclassman this year. But he will have competition to hold the position as Glendora’s Chad Jefferies, Bishop Amat’s Jerry McClanahan and Charter Oak’s Josiah Thropay will give him a run for the money. And here is something else to consider. South Hills has had NINE consecutive QB’s named to the 1st Team All-CIF. So whoever gets the nod at QB on Cameron/Barranca gets thrown in the mix. Running Backs to watch for include J. Anderson from Amat and freshman Jamel Hart from South Hills. There is a ton of size at the WR position with Umodu and Gonzales on the field. And Vaughns has some of the best hands in the area. Along the front, the kid from SH already has an offer from BYU (and he is only going to be a junior next year).

Defensive Line: Tre Hale, Damien
Defensive Line: Peter Nonu, South Hills
Defensive Line: Leonard Rhodes, Walnut
Linebacker: Tre Evans, San Dimas
Linebacker: Reyes Barrera, South Hills
Linebacker: Brack Traley, Damien
Linebacker: Leon Youngblood, Charter Oak
Cornerback: Darian Johnson, Bishop Amat
Cornerback: Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak
Safety: Brandon Golden, Charter Oak
Safety: A.J. Powell, Charter Oak

Guru Notes: Hale and Nonu have big upsides and will fun to watch next year. The linebacking core is solid and if CO makes another run at the title next year, it will rely on the strength of the secondary. Any one of those three guys could start at BA right now if they wanted to. SH’s Miles Bevel (a 2x 1st-team all league selection at Free-Safety) is one to watch. Which leaves us with one final position…the all-purpose position!

All- Purpose: Cawantas Brown, San Dimas

Love the way this kid performs and competes on the field. HC informed us that he wants Brown at 205 lbs. next season. If that is the case, mark him as the early favorite to be the League MVP. He is that good. No punters and kickers until the end of the spring. Sorry!

As you look at the team, one thing becomes apparent, BA just doesn’t have the best talent in the area. If they get to seven wins next year, it will be a miracle. Charter Oak seems stacked and one thing to remember, the SH fresmhan team in 2006 went 9-1 and is considered one of the best teams they ever had. So you know that SH will be stocked and ready to go in 2009.

Love to get some feedback and if they are any players that we missed, well, that should be good enough motiviaiton when you are in the weight room this winter. Happy New Year.

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Football: All Montview League

MVP Offense: Adrian Gaeta, Azusa
MVP Defense: Paul Medina, Azusa
MVP Lineman: Eddie Osorio, Sierra Vista

Above: Azusa’s Adrian Gaeta, named offensive player of the year

First Team offense
QB: Justin Flores, Sierra Vista
RB: Albert Martinez, Azusa
RB: Jordan Canada, Duarte
RB: Wesley Renner, Sierra Vista
RB: Kalilin Bradford, Workman
WR: Rauley Zaragoza, Azusa
WR: Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista
WR: Angel Ontiveros, Sierra Vista
TE: Dreu Rhodes, Duarte
OL: Cesar Garcia, Azusa
OL: Aaron Martinez, Azusa
OL: Erick Anguiana, Azusa
OL: Carlos Aguirre, Bassett
OL: Tim Starr, Duarte
OL: Christopher Sanchez, Gladstone
OL: Adrian Gonzalez, Sierra Vista
OL: Jorge De Horta, Workman
PK: Daniel Limon, Sierra Vista

First Team Defense
DB: Jon Ochoa, Azusa
DB: Kendall Thompson, Duarte
DB: Desmond Hayes, Duarte
DB: Javier Jerez, Sierra Vista
DL: JC Rosales, Azusa
DL: Joseph Martinez, Duarte
DL: Ryan Cranford, Duarte
DL: Sal Paris, Gladstone
DL: Irving Olguin, Sierra Vista
DL: Ruben Gomez, Workman
LB: Joe Bazan, Azusa
LB: Steven Arceo, Azusa
LB: Wardell Crutchfield Jr., Duarte
LB: Ryan Gomez, Gladstone
LB: Nathan Carillo, Sierra Vista

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Hoop tournament schedules

55th Annual Covina Tournament
Friday, Dec. 26

Upland vs. West Covina, 10 a.m
Los Altos vs. Bishop Amat, 11:30 a.m.
Norhview vs. Wilson, 1 p.m.
Claremont vs. Fremont, 2:30 p.m.
Sierra Vista vs. Chino Hills, 4 p.m.
South Hills vs. California, 5:30 p.m.
Rosemead vs. Bonita, 7 p.m.
Rowland vs. Covina, 8 p.m.
Girls Basketball
Fifth Annual Rowland Christmas Tournament
Friday’s first round games, Dec. 26

El Rancho vs. Rowland, 9 a.m.
Bassett vs. Bonita, 10:30 a.m.
Eagle Rock vs. Montebello, Noon
Los Altos vs. Arroyo, 1:30 p.m.
Nogales vs. Alemany, 3 p.m.
Covina vs. San Jacinto, 4:30 p.m.
Azusa vs. Western, 6 p.m.
La Habra vs. Wilson, 7:30 p.m.
Ayala tournament
Perris vs. Bishop Amat, 9 a.m.
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Wilson, 10:30 a.m.
Knight vs. Diamond Ranch, 9 a.m.

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Girls Cross Country: Hebb leads the Pack

Runner of the year: Katy Hebb, St. Lucy’s
Year: Freshman
Notable: Hebb had an oustanding adaption to high school cross country, finishing 20th at the CIF State championships in Fresno. The freshman was solid all season as the Regents qualified as a team to the State meet for the first time in more than 20 years. Hebb, who would have also have qualified as an individual, had a steady run of 19 minutes, 31 seconds in the CIF-Southern Section Division III Finals race at Mt.SAC before finishig among the Top 20 at the State meet with an 18:49, which was the top finish among local runners.
Coach of the year: Tony Reyes, St. Lucy’s
First Team
Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, So.
Heather Jackson, Bonita, So.
Lauren Justus, Glendora, So.
Carly Lake, Charter Oak, Fr.
Brittnie Munoz, Rosemead, Jr.
Liz Zuniga, South Hills, Sr.
Second Team
Alex Cifuentes, Covina, Sr.
Krissy Hebb, St. Lucy’s, Fr.
Shevonn Johnson, Bonita, Fr.
Mariah Reyes, St. Lucy’s, Sr.
Reina Sotelo, Los Altos, Jr.
Angela Tu, Wilson, Sr.

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Merry Christmas: 2008 All-Area Football

Player of the year: Chris Allen, Charter Oak

Coach of the year: Lou Farrar, Charter Oak

First Team Offense
QB: Cameron Deen, South Hills
RB: Adam Muema, Charter Oak
RB: DeShawn Gaisie, Bishop Amat, Sr
AP: Tra Sumler, Rosemead
WR: Rauley Zaragosa, Azusa
WR: B.J. Oyefeso, Rowland
WR: Derrick Price, Bonita
OL: Graham Vickers, Diamond Ranch
OL: Kyle Salm, San Dimas
OL: Albert Cid, West Covina
OL: Evan Williams, Charter Oak
OL: Chris Flores, Rosemead
PK: Jeremy Brown, Los Altos

First Team Defense
DL: Jeff Gelalich, Bonita
DL: Tyler Perri, Charter Oak
DL: Alex Barrios, South Hills
LB: Andrew Rodriguez, Northview
LB: Kyle Lengyel, Diamond Ranch
LB: Chad Young, Glendora
LB: Brent Seals, Bishop Amat
DB: Brandon Sermons, Diamond Ranch
DB: Sheldon Price, Bishop Amat
DB: Brandon Stansell, Rowland
SS: Daniel Joseph, San Dimas
P: Ethan Betance, Damien

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Also on Christmas Day

Photo courtesy of ESPN

Imagine having to work with this guy? Jason’s one of our night editors, the paper does not get out without him, but most of the time he’s that doggone Boston fan and life in the office has been insufferable since the Lakers’ loss to the Celtics. We’ve got a long way to the championship, but I would at least like to quiet this guy for the Holidays. C’mon Lakers, time to D-up.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas …

You know how Christmas Eve goes, last minute shopping, presents to wrap, and family to get to this evening and tomorrow. But before I sneak out, thanks again to all of you who make this one of the best high school blogs anywhere. Almost all newspapers have high school blogs, but the comments and participation from our bloggers makes us unique, and has set the bar. We’re now approaching almost 200,000 hits a month, which are numbers that have climbed each year since the blog first began in April of 2006. I wish I could thank all of our bloggers personally, many of you have approached me at games, emailed, and it was a pleasure meeting and talking to you. I won’t try to name everyone, because I know I’d leave some out, so thanks all of you, and please, if you see me at an event, stop and say hi. I’d also like to send a special thanks to our correspondents John Honell, Scott French, Mike Baca, Casey Cranford, Ismael Reynoso, Ariel Carmona, Bruce Little, Rudy Ramos, Mike Munford, Casey Thompson, Ali Jawad, Jerry Luna, Henry Montemayor, Ross Kimsey, Miguel Arcieniega, John Sherrard, Nathan Cambridge, Nathan Hawkins, Royce Kirkland, Guillermo Tovar, Rick Matthauser, El Russell, Jason Lowder, James Moya, Elizabeth Botello and of course the Scouting Guru, James Escarcega. We could not attempt to cover every high school football game without them, and they do it for almost nothing because of their passion for high school sports. Thanks to all the coaches and players for being good sports. We know the blogs can get out of hand at times, but the exposure it brings to high school sports in the San Gabriel Valley is why we do it, and I will always have an open door policy if parents, players or coaches have concerns. That’s it for now, the 2008 Tribune All-Area Football teams will be launched sometime after midnight, maybe sooner. Again, be safe, enjoy your families, and thanks again for making me look like I know what I’m doing.

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Boys Water Polo: Donohoe Makes Big Splash

Player of the year: Brian Donohoe, Damien
School: Damien
Position: Utility
Year: Senior
Notable: Damien coach Andrew Gates called the senior one of the best two or three players he’s ever coached, a bold statement considering the Spartans have achieved one CIF-Southern Section title and three runner up finishes during Gates’ tenure at the school Donohoe was the key to Damien winning another Sierra League title and advancing to the Division III semifinals. He scored 151 goals and had a school-record 79 assists for the Spartans. He also was Sierra League MVP and earned first-team All-CIF-SS Division III honors

Coach of the year: Andrew Gates, Damien
Notable: Gates has turned the Spartans into an area power during his 11 years at the school. He guided Damien to A CIF-SS divisional title in 2002 and has led the Spartans to the finals on three other occasions. Damien also has ruled the Sierra League, securing the title for the past eight years under his watch.

First Team
Andrew Gallegos, Rowland, So.
Matthew Morales, Walnut, Sr.
Eric Osterberg, Damien, So.
David Purrington, Damien, Jr.
Alec Williams, Bonita, So.
Josh Yu, Walnut, Sr.

Second Team
Johnny Beal, Damien, So.
Steven Garcia, Walnut, Sr.
Dylan Rudy, Charter Oak, Sr.
Walter Shockley, Damien, Jr.
Tyler Watkins, Rowland, Sr.

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Wrestling: Northview wins again

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School has had the top wrestling program in the area for much of the past decade, and any thought of that dominance diminishing was put to rest over the weekend. The Vikings, ranked No. 3 in CIF-Southern Section Division I to begin the season, exercised their might at the Brea Invitational this past Saturday. Northview, which won the team title with 254 points, advanced eight competitors to the finals, with seven bringing home individual titles.
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Scouting Guru’s 2008 football review

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley. Today he offers his post-season high school football thoughts, and the latest in the football recruiting wars.

Well the season is finally over and with the publication of the All Area team slated for Thursday, all the awards have been passed out. So it’s time to clean out the recruiting notebook and impressions from the post-season. Great job by the Charter Oak coaches and players led by Lou Farrar and the rest of the staff. To be third in line for a possible state birth shows you that they were the best team in the SGV. Here is our top 5 at the end of the season.

Guru’s top five
1. Charter Oak
2. Bishop Amat
3. Diamond Ranch
4. South Hills
5. Rosemead

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Girls Soccer: Glendora tops list

After combing through scores and talking to a few coaches, I’ve come up with a new girls soccer top ten, which may or may not be a surprise. I don’t have records for all the teams, but this is what has been reported to Maxpreps.

What’s this: It got a little testy recently in a game between Bonita and Alta Loma, which ended in a 2-2 tie. The Bearcats are at least 3-2-2, but don’t have all their scores to include them in the top ten rankings.

1. Glendora (7-1-1) — The Tartans have been the most impressive so far, outscoring their opponents 17-3, which includes six straight shutouts and wins over JSerra, Claremont, Jarupa Valley and Diamond Ranch.
2. Bishop Amat (7-0-2) – What a huge surprise. I knew the Lancers had a group of talented freshman and that coach Ruben Gonzalez would eventually turn it around, but they own a 3-0 victory over Los Altos, and only have allowed five goals and have six shutouts on the young season.
3. St. Lucy’s (4-2-2) — Impressive wins over Katella, Rancho Cucamonga, and who can fault a loss to national power Upland, 5-2. The Regents also have beaten Northview, but lost a close game to Maranatha, a westside power, 2-1 in the Claremont tourney.
4. Los Altos (9-2) — Another huge surprise. After advancing to the championship of the La Mirada tournament, the Conquerors captured the Garey tournament title on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Magnolia behind a pair of goals from Malasia Avery.
5. Walnut (2-1) – Obviously they haven’t reported all their scores, but we know the Mustangs are among the area’s elite. Hint, hint, get up to speed over there in Mustang-land.
6. South Hills (6-3-2) — Our preseason No. 1 hasn’t lived up to it yet. They have impressive wins over Chino Hills, Don Lugo, but also a loss to San Dimas. They need to be more consistent to climb this list.
7. San Dimas (7-2-4) –– The Saints have been hit and miss but they’re scoring goals at a rapid pace, already with 43 in just 13 games. They’ve beaten teams they’re supposed to beat, but against St. Lucy’s in the Claremont tournament, they got beat 5-0.
8. Diamond Ranch (2-2-2) – Not sure if we have all the results, but they have a nice tie with Maranatha, a 2-0 loss to Glendora, but only have allowed five goals in the six games that have been reported.
9. Charter Oak (7-3-2) – Undefeated against area teams with wins over West Covina and Covina, but didn’t look good in season-opening 3-0 loss to Arcadia.
10. Baldwin Park (7-1-1) — The Braves have outscored their opponents 29-8, but their schedule has been friendly and their lone loss was a 3-2 setback against Rowland.

Girls Soccer standings
Del Rey League
Christian League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Big changes are coming in 2010

San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire high school principals, athletic directors, coaches and other officials will meet in late January and early February to discuss re-leaguing scenarios, which begin a new four-year cycle beginning in the 2010-11 season. The main issues are competitive equity and geographical proximity, and from what I’m hearing there will be big changes across the board. For one, my alma mater, Edgewood, is expected to be a high school again by 2010, which will affect West Covina High, which could ask for relief and be moved into another league because of its smaller enrollment. Other schools like Wilson, Los Altos and Diamond Bar could ask for relief and be moved into different leagues. There is also discussion about a new league being created, and which teams might be moved into tougher leagues, with the possibility of Charter Oak being moved to the Sierra. There is also discussion of what to do with Damien. Should it be in a Catholic-school league, or will it remain in the Sierra. As one Orange County coach noted recently, “when we go into that meeting room, there really are no leagues.” When dates are officially set to begin the re-leaguing discussions, I will release them and we will have more as we get closer. For now, what changes do you think need to be made.

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