Signing Day Feb. 4

Above: Last year’s signees came to the Tribune for a group picture.

I’m gathering a list of local athletes that are signing national letters of intent next week. I have most of them, but go ahead and list who you know because someone always slips through the cracks. It seems every year there are a few we miss simply because we never have any information passed on from the school or the players. Here’s your chance, I want to mention everyone in a story next week.

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Breaking News: Escamilla resigns

I just got an email from South El Monte head football coach Erick Escamilla, who is stepping down after 12 years with the Eagles. We will have more later, but here is the email he sent out to his colleagues, friends and news outlets…

The time has come to step down as Head Football Coach at South El Monte HS. Thank you to all the players who played for me, all the coaches who coached with me, and to all the fans who supported us. I have been Head Coach for 12 years and have coached at SEM for all 17 years of its existence. So many great memories, too many to mention.. but I must say thank you to Bill Thompson, my mentor, the man who taught me that their is no substitute for discipline and hard work, all success of SEM Football goes back to Coach Thompson. Also to Vic Chavez, the first principal at SEMHS, and the man who had the guts to hire me as Head Coach at age 29, thanks Bill and Vic. So it is time for someone else to take the torch from my hands and to lead the Eagles to bigger and better things, again, thanks to everybody and it’s been a hell of a run.
— Erick Escamilla

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Soccer Postgame: Bonita edges Charter Oak

Bonita High’s McKenna Tippings scores the game winner on a beautiful assist from Angelica Padilla, both seen here celebrating

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Boys Soccer
Tuesday’s results

Los Altos 3, Wilson 2 — Los Altos jumps out to a 3-0 lead and holds on to knock off Tribune’s top-ranked team.
Bonita 1, Charter Oak 0 – Scott McGrath scored in the 15th minute for the lone goal.
West Covina 2, South Hills 0 –– In a battle for first place in the San Antonio, Ivan Del Real and Lous Arevalo scored as the Bulldogs improved to 10-2-2 and 4-0. South Hills is now 8-4-2 and 3-1.
Gladstone 3, Duarte 1 – Antonio Bernal scored twice as the Gladiators improved to 10-7-1 and 5-2.
Sierra Vista 4, Azusa 0 – The Dons continued their scorring barrage, getting two from Eddie Gomez to improve to 14-2-2 and a perfect 8-0 in the Montview.
La Puente 1, Workman 0 – Alex Velazquez scored the long goal in the 55th minute to improve to 8-4-5 and 5-2-1.

Girls Soccer
Bonita 2, Charter Oak 1, OT – Freshamn McKenna Tippings scores in second overtime on an assist from Angelica Padilla to lift the Bearcats to victory.
Bishop Amat 5, Mary Star 0 – Selena Quezada and April Juarez each scored a pair of goal as the Lancers got a big Del Rey league win to improve to 13-2-3 and 1-2-1.
La Puente 1, Workman 0 – We got just a score
Walnut 3, Rowland 0 — Ditto, just a score
South Hills 6, West Covina 0 – Natalie Maxey scored a pair as the Huskies improved to 11-7-1 and 3-1.

Above: Bonita’s Padilla getting a little crazy … I guess this is what she calls “Kicking Butt”

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Is coach guilty of reckless homicide?

Read today’s column by John Smallwood of the Phadelphia Daily News. He tackles the recent arrest of Kentucky High School football coach David Jason Stinson, who pleaded not guilty on Monday to reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a 15-year-old player who collapsed while running sprints during a football practice in the hot August sun. On Thursday, we’ll have a story with local reaction from area coaches on how this recent development changes their approach.

By John Smallwood
Philadelphia Daily News

No matter what the verdict is, this will be extremely difficult.
On one hand, there is a dead child — 15-year-old Max Gilpin who collapsed and died of heat stroke during practice for a high school football team in Louisville, Ky.
Then there is David Jason Stinson, the coach at Pleasure Ridge Park High who ran practice on that tragic day last August.
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High Schools: Then and Now

This story comes from longtime staffer Jim McConnell, the man we call, “The King” around the office. He writes a weekly Then & Now column. This week he writes about girls basketball.

CIF-sanctioned girls basketball has been around for 35 seasons.
During that time, two things have become abundantly evident: A) the girls can’t jump, run or dribble with the same efficiency as boys; and B) “a” doesn’t matter.
Girls basketball is a sport onto itself. Judged on their own merits, CIF-Southern Section programs have been quite successful.
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