Above: Former Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell
signed with the Washington Redskins.
There was good news and bad news over the weekend, at least for this reporter, who is a fan of our former area stars. The good was that after failing to be picked in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, 2003 Area Player of the Year Brigham Harwell of Los Altos signed a free-agent contract. The bad news, at least for this reporter, who is fan of the Dallas Cowboys, was that he inked with the hated Washington Redskins, and will turn his blue and gold in for cardinal and gold. Here’s the rest of my post on the Prep Stars: Where are you now? blog.
Also I have news on Damien’s Freddie Brown and Ian Johnson, Charter Oak’s Aaron Perez and Bret Lockett. All will get their shot in the NFL.
The L.A. Times’ top 25 baseball rankings is always interesting to look at when it comes to ranking SGV teams in their poll. The Times has Bishop Amat No. 9, followed by Bonita at No. 14, Northview at No. 17, and for what it’s worth, Arcadia at No. 24. San Dimas are you reading this, you’re nowhere to be found.
As we celebrate the fourth-anniversary of the blog originator, Aram Tolegian, we’re looking back at some of his best topics throughout his one-year plus reign on the blog (2006-07), which brought out the best and worst of bloggers. On July 2, 2006, Aram wrote the five things Bishop Amat needed to do to turnaround its football program. It’s interesting how everything has unfolded since, and fun to look back now. At the time, Mark Verti was replacing Mike DiFiori after the Lancers went 6-4, but were 2-3 in the Serra league and missed the playoffs. Here is Aram’s No. 1, click the thread for 4-5.
Aram, July 2, 2006 — 1 . Hire a name coach – This one is completely off the books now, but it’s worth repeating. I am not saying Mark Verti isn’t going to do a good job. Nobody has a clue about him yet. But the school had a wide open door of opportunity after Mike DiFiori resigned, and they hired from within. Great.
Verti could either be the find of a lifetime or a 20-something-year-old gamble that sends Amat fans off the deep end. Not exactly the predicament most fans wanted to be in, but hey. Here’s the thing Verti has going for him. His youth can be played two ways. He’s either too young to handle such a position or he’s the young guy who relates to the players. No matter how you feel about himt, Verti is a former UCLA football player and he’s got that on any other local coach. He knows what it takes to go from Amat to the big-time. He can wield his connections to the next level as something that gets kids to Amat because the coach can help them to the next level.
Note: South Hills, Charter Oak, Glendora and Rowland have filed appeals to the recent Mt. SAC area realignment. Here is a note today from CIFSS-Commissioner Jim Staunton on what happens next.
The nine areas in Southern Section are finalizing their area configurations for the 2010-2014 releaguing cycle. The Section office recognizes that there may be schools dissatisfied with their placement. In accordance with Bluebook Article 3, Rule 32.5, number 2, the appeal process shall begin with a hearing before the Releaguing Committee. Any school seeking an appeal “is directed to forward a copy of the appeal to the CIF Southern Section office, a copy to the Area Releaguing Chairperson(s) and a copy to the principals of all schools assigned to the respective area(s). The appeal committee will meet May 6, 2009, beginning at 10:00 a.m. to hear appeals in the Southern Section office. Continue reading, click thread
First-team all-area and especially player of the year is a tight race. Hey, it’s always a tight race. Last year Los Altos’ Diana-Lynn Patterson won player of the year with Northview’s Hannah Fraijo a close second. Will Patterson go back-to-back, or will it be someone else? Who will fill out the rest of our first team? Go ahead and fill in the blanks, and make your arguments.
Player of the year: ?
Pitcher: (2); Catcher: (1); Infielders: (4); Outfielder: (3); Utility: (1)