After watching every Lakers highlight imaginable last night, I’m still numb, and still watching

I admit it, I turned into somewhat of a Fisher-hater during the playoffs. I say no, no, no, every time he launches a three … Thought he was too old, too slow, lost his touch … Never again. Live with it, die with it, Fish can take it wheneverrrrrr he wants.

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Derek Klena and Josh Leyland earn CIF player of the year honors; Kevin Smith and Mike Regan earn CIF coach of the year honors

The CIF-Southern Section does not release this list for another week or so, but the word is already out. The Orange County Register had it posted on their webpage, so click here and congrats to all the honorees… There is one huge omission, where is Jiovanni Mier in Division III? Gets drafted 21st overall, but he is not on the first or second team list.
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Hall of Fame All-Star football game on June 26 at Bassett HS: The Rosters are finally here!


left: Charter Oak’s Chris Allen will quarterback the East.

I know the teams already are practicing for the San Gabriel Valley Hall of fame All-Star football game on Friday, June 26, which will be coached by Rosemead’s Matt Koffler (West) and Northview’s Jim Arellanes (East). So what took so long to post the rosters? The tournament organizers never sent them, so I hounded the coaches today and have them posted here. The East looks strong, South Hills’ Cameron Deen and Charter Oak’s Chris Allen at quarterback with Rowland’s Brian Stansell, Bishop Amat’s Deshawn Gaisie and Diamond Ranch’s Brian Spirlin in the backfield — that’s going to be tough to beat. The West counters with Rosemead’sTra Sumler and Monrovia’s Marquise Williams in the backfield. Rosemead’s Angel Alejandre and South El Monte’s Jose Garay will share time at quarterback. At first glance I will establish the East as a favorite by a touchdown. Last year I predicted an East blowout and they got blownout, so who knows. Click the thread for the rosters

Below: Rosemead running back Tra Sumler will lead the West.

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Following Mier, Leyland, Lyons and Slover also get drafted … Now, to sign or not to sign?

Bonita High School’s Jiovanni Mier, who was drafted in the first-round and 21st overall by the Houston Astros, wasn’t the only area player drafted in Major League Baseball’s Amateur Draft. Former South Hills pitcher Brian Slover (CS Northridge) was taken in the eighth round (250th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays. Former Charter Oak shortstop Scott Lyons (Arkansas) was taken in the 15th round (452nd overall) to the Kansas City Royals, and fresh off of winning the CIF-SS Division IV title, San Dimas’ Josh Leyland was selected in the 16th round (483rd) by the Oakland A’s.

To sign or not to sign: This question was asked by several people yesterday. If you were Jiovanni Mier, would you go to USC or sign, and probably get a signing bonus in the range of $1.5 to $2 million? With that much on the table I would sign, no question about it. My feeling is you can always put $150,000 grand away for college if baseball doesn’t work out. Your dream is to play pro baseball, and someone is giving you life-changing money to pursue it? Take it, be smart with the money, and chase your dream. The bigger question is what will Josh Leyland do? He signed a letter of intent with Washington State. He has a scholarship on the table. My answer to that is it is completely up to him. Is it more risky to sign? Yes, because the financial value of the scholarship is more than will be offered by the A’s. This is probably the hardest decision for families to make, but you know what, it’s not a bad situation to be in is it?

Below: San Dimas’ Josh Leyland

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Camps and more camps: Bishop Amat Girls basketball and Football camp’s this month

No, we’re not the Bishop Amat Tribune, just doing our part to spread the word. Anyone who wants their high school camps posted can send them to me …

Girls Basketball: Bishop Amat High School girls’ basketball coach, Richard Wiard (yes he’s back), is holding his annual Lady Hoopster Basketball Camp June 22-25 from 1:30-5:00 daily. The camp is open to girls entering the 5th-9th grades. Girls will receive instruction in basketball fundamentals, a camp t-shirt, and the chance to win daily prizes. The cost of the camp is $80. For more information, contact Coach Wiard at 626-962-2495 ext. 5868.

Football: Bishop Amat’s Hit & Hustle Football Camp is at Bishop Amat on Saturday, June 20th from 9 am-3 pm. Registration is $75 and begins at 8:30 am and includes lunch, t-shirt, and camp photo, and instruction in tackling, take-aways, and offensive & defensive techniques. The Amat coaching staff will be instructing at the camp along with several varsity players. For more info, contact coach Steve Hagerty at at 626-962-2495 Ext. 6001 or email hitandhustlecamp@yahoo.com for registration materials and/or questions.

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