Tribskin Pick’em, your predictions and ours


Steve Ramirez and I will go head-to-head throughout the season, and I will update our records each Monday on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.

Robledo: Last season: 204-54
Ramirez: Last season: 193-65
Notes: This is the third season Steve and I have gone head-to-head. We play for a steak dinner at the end of the season, and we have split, Steve winning year one by a game, then I blew him away down the stretch last year to pull even. So, this is the rubber year. Steve made his picks last week, the man left on a Baja cruise this morning and will be back Thursday ready for action. Okay, so we agree on all games with the exception of Norwalk-South El Monte and Westview-Bonita, in which I have gone with the out-of-area teams. Norwalk was 8-5 last season and is a 44-20 favorite on Calpreps. Even though the Eagles have a new coach and there will be plenty of energy, they’re still missing a lot of weapons from last season. Bonita is playing a San Diego team that went 9-3 in Division II football down South. The Bearcats are a see-it-to-believe it team for me, and right now I don’t believe it. We both like Damien’s chances for an upset, but are realistic enough to stay with Rancho Cucamonga. We also think Muir will be too much on their new turf at home, and that Los Altos will get off to a good start with a convincing win over San Dimas. Did I just say that? I mean, Charter Oak will open with a romp. Teams that we’re very curious about are La Puente, Azusa, and Workman, the three we believe will fight it out for the Montview league title. Will Baldwin Park win easily, and how will Duarte fair when the Tip Sanders era begins? It all goes down in week one.

Thursday, Sept. 3
La Puente at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente), Ramirez (La Puente)
Azusa vs. Garey at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa), Ramirez (Azusa)
Friday, Sept. 4
Damien vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Rancho), Ramirez (Rancho)
San Dimas at Los Altos, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Ramirez (Los Altos)
Norwalk at South El Monte, 7: p.m — Robledo (Norwalk), Ramirez (South El Monte)
Gardena at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Charter Oak), Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Diamond Ranch at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Muir), Ramirez (Muir)
Westview at Bonita, 7 p.m — Robledo (Westview), Ramirez (Bonita)
West Covina at El Rancho, 7 p.m — Robledo (West Covina), Ramirez (West Covina)
Nogales at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Baldwin Park), Ramirez (Baldwin Park)
Buena Park at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Bassett), Ramirez (Bassett)
Mountain View vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Workman), Ramirez (Workman)
Western Christian vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gladstone), Ramirez (Gladstone)
Duarte at Cajon, 7:00 p.m — Robledo (Cajon), Ramirez (Cajon)

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Two-Minute Drill: Back for a fourth season with our analysis and predictions on the top games

Time Warner’s Reginald Miller, Tribune Prep Editor Fred J. Robledo and staff writer Steve Ramirez discuss this week’s top four games and give their predictions. BTW, the football preview section comes out on Wednesdsay, make sure you get a copy.

Friday’s season-opening games
Damien at Rancho Cucamonga, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch at Muir, 7 p.m.
Gardena at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.

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Eddie Miles memorial service tonight

The funeral service for San Dimas High school baseball and football player Eddie Miles will be held on Monday evening in San Dimas. The arrangements are below. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Photo: Mike Mullen / Correspondent

Edwin (Eddie) Stephen Miles
Monday, August 31, 4 pm
Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, (southeast corner of Bonita Avenue and San Dimas Canyon Road) 724 E. Bonita Avenue San Dimas, CA 91773

A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of this wonderful young man: Edwin (Eddie) Miles Scholarship Fund Stellar Business Bank. 100 N. Azusa Avenue, Covina, CA 91722, Account #01102642. Attention: Tula Lee. Reception info to be given at service.

Further, Cindy, Dean and Dennis sincerely appreciate the immense outpouring of sympathy expressed by everyone in the community. If you have any questions, please call Eagle Escrow at the number listed below.

Denise Campagna and Sharie Bowers
Eagle Escrow Co. 901 E. Route 66, Suite B
Glendora, CA 91740 Phone (626) 914-4523,Fax (626) 914-6923

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Charter Oak only SGV team in LA Times’ top 25

The L.A. Times thinks so highly of football in the San Gabriel Valley that at least Charter Oak earned a spot in its preseason rankings, slipping in at No. 25. But the SGV will get a chance to prove itself. Charter Oak gets No. 13 Rancho Cucamonga in a month, South Hills will face No. 8 Tesoro, and Bishop Amat will tackle No. 4 St. Bonaventure, No. 5 Notre Dame, No.14 Loyola, and No. 19 Crespi. Did I say the Lancers will probably go 4-6, well, now you know why.

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Weekend Conversation: It’s a wide open race for the Tribune’s football player of the year award

Everyone wants to win a championship, but one of the most prestigious honors is the Tribune’s football player of the year award. Who will that be this year? Remember, this isn’t an award based on who performs the best at the next level, or who has the most talent. It’s not about who plays in the toughest division, though tougher schedules certainly help. Look, Sierra Vista players won in back-to-back years in 1995-96. There are past winners from Bassett, Northview, Baldwin Park and Azusa. It’s for anyone. It’s for the player who combines a spectacular individual season with a great team season. Then we consider the competition, and make the best choice. It’s our High School Heisman. Names that instantly jump out are Charter Oak’s Adam Muema. West Covina’s Ricky Johnson. Bishop Amat’s Darian Johnson. Glendora’s Wallace Gonzales. Walnut’s Leonard Rhodes. Rowland’s Michael Ball. South Hills’ Geoffrey Vaughns. There could be sleepers like Arroyo sophomore quarterback Steven Rivera, or what if South Hills’ Jordan Canada becomes eligible. You never know what’s going to happen, but one thing is certain, if you make this list, you’re among the very best in Valley history.

Tribune Players of the Year (1969-present)
1969 Fred McNeil, Baldwin Park RB
1970 Pat Haden, Bishop Amat QB and John McKay Jr., Bishop Amat WR
1971 Mike Vicino, Royal Oak RB
1972 Rob Hertel, Los Altos QB and Ron Himes, Walnut QB
1973 Dennis Sproul, Los Altos QB
1974 Brian Bethke, South Hills QB
1975 Richard Nyden, Azusa QB
and John Van Vuren, South Hills RB
1976 Bob Epps, West Covina DL
1977 Don Roberts, Temple City RB
1978 Ron Stivers, West Covina RB
1979 Ray McNeill, El Monte WR
and Danny Trejo, Baldwin Park WR
1980 Bill Stone, Charter Oak RB
1981 Blake Smith, Los AltosQB
and Steve Lauter, Los Altos WR
1982 Mike Smith, Los Altos QB
1983 Randy Tanner, Bishop Amat; Paul Hewitt, Monrovia
1984 Michael Johnson, Baldwin Park QB
1985 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop AmatRB
1986 Eric Bieniemy, Bishop Amat RB
1987 Bill Gallis, Northview QB
1988 Jason Martin, Los Altos TE/DB
1989 Marshawn Thompson, Bassett RB
1990 Jason Patterson, Bishop Amat FB/DE
1991 Marc Ruiz, Baldwin ParkQB
1992 Lawrence Phillips, Baldwin Park RB-DB
1993 Miguel Meriwether, West Covina QB/DB
1994 Daylon McCutcheon, Bishop Amat RB/FS
1995 Oscar Interiano, Sierra Vista RB
1996 Oscar Arzu, Sierra Vista RB
1997 Nick Covarrubias, Covina QB/DB
1998 Steve Stevenson, Charter Oak WR/RB/DB
1999 Jason Wright, Diamond Bar, RB/DB
2000 – Felipe Aguilar, Los Altos, QB
2001 – Donnie McCleskey, Bishop Amat RB
2002 – Daniel Drayton, Randall Brown, Los Altos RBs/DBs
2003 – Brigham Harwell, Los Altos DE
2004 – William Wagner, Bishop Amat RB
2005 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2006 – Mike McDonough, Covina QB
2007 – Dorian Wells, South Hills, RB
2008 – Chris Allen, Charter Oak, QB

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At Fontana Miller High, a hazing incident results in the suspension of several football players

By J.P. Hoornstra
SB Sun Staff writer

An act of hazing by upperclassmen on the Miller High School football team last Thursday has resulted in the possible suspension of at least 10 varsity players by the school. The incident included “verbal and physical harassment,” according to a statement released by Fontana Unified School District Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks. No students reported being seriously injured.

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Both Canadas declared ineligible by CIF citing “athletically motivated” reasons; *Update

*FRIDAY UPDATE: CIF director of communications Thom Simmons confirmed that Gala Canada, the mother of Jordan and Jamie Canada, met with CIF-SS officials on Thursday and stated her case for her sons to be reinstated. This is not an official appeal, however. Simmons said that CIF is gathering more information and if they decide to reverse their decision, it could come early next week.

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
CIF-Southern Section officials ruled on Monday that South Hills High School football players Jordan (senior) and Jamie (sophomore) Canada are ineligible for the 2009 football season, citing an “athletically motivated” transfer from Duarte High School.
The brothers left Duarte in the spring and enrolled at South Hills. They have been practicing with the Huskies football team in preparation for the season, which begins next week.
The Canada family filed a transfer request with the CIF-SS based on “change of residence,” having moved from Duarte to the South Hills high school district. But the request was denied after Duarte officials suggested the move was “athletically motivated” in paperwork filed with the CIF-SS office.
“We based our decision on statements from the previous school that this (transfer) was athletically motivated,” said CIF-SS director of communications Thom Simmons. “Now it’s up to the parents (of Jordan and Jamie Canada) and South Hills to show that it wasn’t an athletically motivated transfer.” The news caught South Hills officials by surprise on Monday. Huskies coach Steve Bogan said they’re in the process of filing an appeal.
“We know that they (the Canadas) did everything right,” Bogan said. “We know this was not a final decision, it was a step in the process. CIF has a process they have to go through to find clarity. We’re looking into it and will work with CIF to find that clarity so they can make the right decision.” Jordan Canada is a highly regarded running back with a scholarship offer from New Mexico. He rushed for 1,956 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior for the Falcons. The Canadas and several other football players left the school and enrolled at nearby schools after Duarte fired coach Wardell Crutchfield following the 2008 season. Crutchfield is still a teacher at Duarte, but his son, Wardell Crutchfield Jr., is now a student at Baldwin Park and playing for the Braves after also transferring from Duarte. “I know the (Canada) family and know it was not athletically motivated,” Crutchfield said. “It’s a shame. They were trying to move into a better situation, a safer situation. They’re good kids, I’m shocked to be honest with you.”

Duarte athletic director Robyn Garcia hinted this could happen in an April 6 conversation. Former Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield reacted to the news on Monday: “I know the (Canada) family and know it was not athletically motivated,” Crutchfield said. “It’s a shame. They were trying to move into a better situation, a safer situation. They’re good kids, I’m shocked to be honest with you.”

Side note: Neiko Padilla, who transferred from South El Monte to South Hills, also filed a change of residence transfer, and was given a “valid” change of address approval by CIF.

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Breaking News: Charter Oak sophomore quarterback Travis Santiago cleared to play

The CIF-Southern Section reversed its decision on Charter Oak sophomore quarterback Travis Santiago on Wedenesday, approving his request for a transfer based on “change of address.” Santiago left South Hills during his freshman year last February for Charter Oak. The sophomore is currently in a quarterback battle with junior Josiah Thropay over who will take over for Chris Allen when the season starts next Friday against Gardena. Before Wednesday’s ruling, Santiago was on “restricted” football status until February of 2010. Charter Oak officials maintained all along they had its paperwork in order, and now can put this behind and get ready to defend its Miramonte and Southeast Division titles. On a side note, from what the coaches have been telling me, Santiago and Thropay could alternate possessions to start the season until the coaching staff is comfortable naming a permanent starter.

FOX SPORTS UPDATE: It’s officially official. We told you a month ago that Fox Sports West intends on covering the Sept. 25 Rancho Cucamonga-Charter Oak showdown live on television. With both teams going 13-0-1 and winning section titles, their only blemish was a tie against each other at R.C., last season. Fox is hoping and praying both teams are undefeated when they meet again in the SGV’s backyard. This IS the nonleague game of the year.

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Football: Who to pay attention to in Week 0?

For many, the football season begins next week. Here is a list of the “zero” week games, and for fun I will list them in the order of importance in terms of our coverage. This gives you an idea of what we think are most important games to our readers. You can agree or disagree, but most of you will agree :)

Thursday, Sept. 3
1. La Puente at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. – Great Thursday night opener, two new head coaches making their debut. I’m feeling La Puente, think they have a great shot.
2. Azusa vs. Garey at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – How will the Aztecs respond after one of the greatest years in school history?

Friday, Sept. 4
1. Damien vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Los Osos, 7 p.m. – Are you kidding me, Greg Gano makes his debut against the defending champion and No. 1-ranked team in the Central Division.
2. San Dimas at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — The best local match-up between two teams that have a lot to prove. Will San Dimas rebound after losing their entire backfield? And is Los Altos ready to become Los Altos again under second-year coach Felipe Aguilar.
3. Diamond Ranch at Muir, 7 p.m. — Third time’s the charm? I sense a rivalry building here, these teams split last year, but the Ranch knocked out the Mustangs in the playoffs. Muir is debuting it’s new field turf surface, so trust, they won’t lose this one.
4. Gardena at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — The defending champs and No. 1 team in the area is always intriguing. I’m setting the line at Chargers + 28.
5. Nogales at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. — Is Nogales really the weak link in the San Antonio? Is Baldwin Park really the favorite in the VVL? We will know much more after this. Can’t wait to see the Braves’ new additions from Duarte.
6. West Covina at El Rancho, 7 p.m. – Not being disrespectful leaving the Bulldogs this far down. They should handle this rather easily, and very curious to see just how dominant they can be.
7. Norwalk at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — All eyes on the new coaching staff at South El Monte under former La Puente coach Ray Hernandez. Everything I’m hearing is positive, but now the real proof comes after kickoff.
8. Westview at Bonita, 7 p.m. — The Bearcats are another “not sure what to expect,” team. I was at the school over the weekend, and was impressed with their size. You know, maybe they will be a surprise.
9. Duarte at Cajon, 7 p.m. — Assuming the Falcons have enough players to field a team, lets see if new coach Tip Sanders can work his magic again.
10. Mountain View vs. Workman at La Puente, 7 p.m. — I’m already on record saying that Workman will win the Montview. Hope they prove me right.
11. Western Christian vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — This is not Covina Western Christian anymore, they have moved to Upland. Anyway, the Gladiators can’t do any worse than last season. Can they?

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Hey Diamond Ranch, the Westside is talking …

“We’re aiming for heads,” — says an unidentified Muir player…this according to the Star-News’ Miguel Melendez, who continues to pump up next week’s Muir-Diamond Ranch showdown… Read on…

Says Miguel: Those are the words of a Muir football player when asked if the Mustangs are seeking redemption when they host Diamond Ranch next Friday at 7. There are posters all over Muir’s campus promoting the school’s new football field, which is generating buzz around campus with students who will attend their first game just to see their team play on a new field. Muir will try to do what it couldn’t do in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs. We’ll see how the Mustangs fare against the runner-up. All year long, a certain D-Ranch assistant coach has taken friendly jabs at Muir coach Ken Howard. It’s time to put that to rest, Kenny. The Mustangs won at Diamond Ranch last year in the season opener but faltered in the playoffs. Muir will protect its home field and reclaim SGV supremacy.

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Citrus College: Familiar names McDonough, Tucker, Gilmore, Snowden, Stansell, all on board

Citrus College has a lot of local weapons this season, which resembles an all-star alumni game. Remember Covina quarterback Mike McDonough, the Tribune’s two-time player of the year, he’s now an Owl. They have a backfield that includes West Covina’s Isaac Tucker, Charter Oak’s Kanaan Snowden, Wilson’s Tim Gilmore and Rowland’s Brandon Stansell. Will this be good enough to challenge Mt. SAC. Read on …


Above: Perhaps nobody left it on the field as much as McDonough. Imagine if his teams were competing in the Mid-Valley Division today? Covina might have won back-to-back titles.

By Steve Ramirez
There is a lot of excitement for the Citrus College football team this season.
The Owls have a new coach – former defensive coordinator Ron Ponciano – and a solid recruiting class combined with some good returning players is creating some optimism for Citrus, which is playing in the highly-competitive National Division Central Conference for the second consecutive season. “We just want to compete,” said Ponciano, who has replaced Kevin Emerson. “Last year, we just lost our energy, desire. Our goal this year is to just go out and compete.”

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Fire Watch: Are teams cancelling practice?

With the fire in the Azusa foothills and the dark clouds hovering over the Valley, have football practices been cancelled? Tell us what’s going on in your neighborhood?

By Miguel Melendez
A blaze in the Angeles National Forest producing poor air quality across the San Gabriel Valley forced some high school football teams on Wednesday to cancel or restrict outdoor activities. The fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon on both sides of Highway 39 near Morris Dam Reservoir, has burned 750 acres. Chris Rush, an Angeles National Forest dispatcher, said the blaze was less than 10 percent contained early Wednesday.

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It’s with deep sadness we report that San Dimas high school baseball player Eddie Miles was killed in an auto accident Monday morning

San Dimas High students and baseball players hold a candlelight vigil Monday night for Eddie Miles, who died in a car crash earlier in the day. The funeral arrangements are below, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. For CBS News’ Monday night report, click link.

Photo: Mike Mullen / Correspondent

Service Update for: Edwin (Eddie) Stephen Miles
Monday, August 31, 4 pm
Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, (southeast corner of Bonita Avenue and San Dimas Canyon Road) 724 E. Bonita Avenue San Dimas, CA 91773

A scholarship fund has been set up in memory of this wonderful young man: Edwin (Eddie) Miles Scholarship Fund Stellar Business Bank. 100 N. Azusa Avenue, Covina, CA 91722, Account #01102642. Attention: Tula Lee. Reception info to be given at service.

Further, Cindy, Dean and Dennis sincerely appreciate the immense outpouring of sympathy expressed by everyone in the community. If you have any questions, please call Eagle Escrow at the number listed below.

Denise Campagna and Sharie Bowers
Eagle Escrow Co. 901 E. Route 66, Suite B
Glendora, CA 91740 Phone (626) 914-4523,Fax (626) 914-6923

By Daniel Tedford and Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writers
SAN DIMAS – The first day of class at San Dimas High School ended with the tragic news that a recently graduated student and former athlete had died in a car crash on Monday.
Eddie Miles, 17, was killed after the 2001 GMC van he was driving rear-ended a semi-truck on the west 60 Freeway at 9:50 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s spokeswoman Sandy Fatland said. The van then veered right into a guard rail and toppled down an embankment just west of Grove Avenue in Ontario, Fatland said.
The Ontario Fire Department responded and used the Jaws of Life to reach Miles, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Fatland said.
Miles, a reserve catcher and pitcher, helped the Saints win a CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship last season. The Saints defeated Torrance 4-2 in the June 6 championship at Angel Stadium. Nearly 400 people gathered in silence Monday night in front of the San Dimas High campus to mourn the death of their friend and fellow athlete.
Thomas Jenson, a former baseball teammate who graduated with Miles, said he was shocked by the news. “He was smart – the perfect kid. He had no enemies, made friends with everyone,” said Jenson. “You can see by how many people showed up that a lot of people loved him and are praying for him tonight.” The somber mourners comforted each other as the tears poured out. Many in the crowd signed messages to Miles and his family on a large card that read “Eddie M. you’ll be missed.”
“He’s one of my best friends and he was taken away too early,” said Kevin Ponzo, a former baseball teammate. “It’s true that the best go first. He’s the only one who can make you laugh when you’re losing 5-0.” San Dimas High School baseball coach Mike Regan spoke with Miles’ former teammates after learning the news during the day. Most responded with shock, Regan said. “They don’t know what to say,” Regan said. “Eddie was just a wonderful kid, a great student, a team guy. Everybody loved Eddie.”
Miles played baseball all four years at San Dimas High and during his time was willing to do anything to help the team, Regan said. “He is one of those kids who is a great team guy and always did whatever we asked him to do,” Regan said. “I am just devastated.”
News of Miles’ death didn’t reach students at San Dimas High until after school let out at noon. Miles also played football, maintained high grades and planned to attend Cal Poly Pomona in the fall, school Principal Michael Kelly said. “He was an excellent student and a wonderful young man,” Kelly said. Additional school counselors and psychologists will be on campus this week to help those dealing with the tragedy, Kelly said. “High school students have a difficult time dealing with these things,” Kelly said. “For many it is their first time dealing with a loss.”

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According to CIF, Charter Oak’s Travis Santiago not eligible until February of 2010

Charter Oak sophomore quarterback Travis Santiago is listed on CIF’s website as ineligible to play football until February of 2010. When Santiago left South Hills for Charter Oak in February of 2009, it was determined he had to sit out one calendar year of varsity sports, making him ineligible to play football this fall, according to CIF Director of Communications Thom Simmons. Charter Oak officials believe they have the necessary paperwork to deem Santiago eligible this season, but as of today, he is ineligible to play. We will continue to follow this closely until the season begins.

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The Scouting Guru gives you a little of everything with the 2009 football season a week away

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 and teams in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas.

The Scouting Guru says: The fearless one has been busy calling all coaches in the area getting ready for the big football preview tab that will be out next week. So he gave a little nudge to yours truly to help him out this week. We couldn’t say no. As of this writing, every school in the area is in fall football camp. That means the agility ladders are out, conditioning in well underway and players are quickly reviewing their offensive and defensive playbooks for the start of the season. Our service has decided to change our attack this year in the area and will be concentrating on certain “under the radar” schools that have players that we are interested in for the class of 2010 or we will be cross-checking our 2011 lists that will be sent out to the colleges the first week in September. Here are some of the schools in the area that we will be visiting when the season starts next week. To continue reading, click thread

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The CalPreps polls are out, but the all-important CIF polls are the ones we have to keep tabs on


Above: Rosemead advanced to last year’s championship game despite getting snubbed by voters throughout the season.

The preseason CIF-SS rankings should come out soon, but the Calpreps rankings are already out. Calpreps ranks the top 30 in each division, and with the exception of the Pac-5 Poll, the rest of the polls appear to be based on what happened last year. Seriously, Diamond Ranch No. 2 in the Southeast? Rowland ahead of South Hills? The CalPreps rankings don’t matter as far as CIF seedings, but the CIF polls do. Each week I have a vote in the CIF polls and will share them with you throughout the season. This may help out of area prep reporters and others with votes get a better feel of our area so we don’t go through a situation like last year, where Rosemead wasn’t ranked throughout the year and didn’t get a seed, then went on to the Mid-Valley championship game. Remember how bad it was, the Valle Vista got two seeds and Azusa was No. 2! This forced Rosemead to play San Dimas in the second round, preventing the best four from reaching the final four, with Northview having to play Paraclete in the second as well. Lets help the pollsters get it right, and hope that some voters will set their obvious bias aside.

CalPreps Preseason football rankings
Pac-5 Division
1. Lakewood, 2. Notre Dame, 3. Servite, 4. Tesoro, 5. Edison, 6. Long Beach Poly, 7. Crespi, 8. Mission Viejo, 8. Mater Dei, 10. Orange Lutheran; Others: 18. Bishop Amat

Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Chino Hills, 3. Colton, 4. Cajon, 5. Glendora, 6. Upland, 7. Etiwanda, 8. Los Osos, 9. Damien, 10. Ayala; Others: 20. Diamond Bar.

Southeast Division
1. Charter Oak, 2. Diamond Ranch, 3. Rowland, 4. South Hills, 5. Muir, 6. West Covina, 7. Burroughs, 8. Crescenta Valley, 9. Santa Fe, 10. California, Others: 13. Walnut, 14. Bonita, 22. Los Altos, 26. Nogales, 28. Wilson.

Mid-Valley Division
1. Paraclete, 2. Rosemead, 3. Monrovia, 4. Northview, 5. San Dimas, 6. Temple City, 7. San Marino, 8. Valley Christian, 9. LA Baptist, 10. Duarte; Others: 12. Azusa, 13. Arroyo, 14. Baldwin Park, 15. Pomona, 18. Covina, 19. South El Monte, 20. Workman, 21. El Monte, 24. Ganesha, 26. Gladstone, 27. Sierra Vista, 28. La Puente, 29. Mountain View, 30. Bassett.

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Tennessee high school football player dies during a game; CNN report on heat-related deaths


In Tennessee, the high school football season began on Friday night, and it was a sobering way to begin. The Daily Inquirer wrote: A high school football player in Tennessee died Friday night shortly after collapsing during a play against another school. Jake Logue, 18, of Sullivan South High School was pronounced dead around 10 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

From CNN: Read Friday’s story on heat-related deaths as it pertains to high school football’s grueling summer workouts.

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Valle Vista League? Your guess is as good as mine


Above: Northview’s Kamaron Germany being pursued by Ganesha’s Justin Goytia

After speaking to every coach in the Valle Vista League the consensus is the same, that the VVL may have the most parity in years. Not Goliath parity, just parity. There is no clear-cut favorite. There are no great Mike McDonough led Colts teams of a few years ago (imagine if they had been in the Mid-Valley today). Even Northview and San Dimas, which had Mid-Valley championship aspirations last year and stumbled in the playoffs, are taking a huge step back. In fact, if a VVL team gets past the quarterfinals, it would be a huge, huge surprise. If I’m being honest, it’s a down year in the VVL. Here’s what I’m hearing: After years as a defensive coordinator at Pomona, Johnny Brown has taken over as the head coach for Don Cayer, who was let go just a couple months ago. Brown is raving about his backfield, and many feel Pomona is the big wild card…….. After breaking the school’s 49-game losing streak, Ganesha coach Dave Fleming said the next goal isn’t just to break their 28-game Valle Vista league streak that dates back to 2004, but to win at least a pair of games and reach the playoffs…….. Baldwin Park is the consensus favorite if you have to pick one. You won’t hear that from coach James Heggins, but they have a little of everything and return the most starters……. Defending champion Northview and runner-up San Dimas lost too much to simply pick up where they left off. But they realize the VVL is up for graps, and with the Vikings returning RB Kamaron Germany and the Saints still confusing everyone with the Wing T, don’t count them out. As for Covina, keep hope alive. They struggled last year and lost just as many players as San Dimas and Northview.

What the coaches are saying:
Covina coach Darryl Thomas.
“If our league ever had parity across the board, this could be the year. I don’t know what we’re (Valle Vista league teams) capable of doing once we reach the playoff stage, but the (race) for the league title and playoff spots looks like it’s going to be tight.”

Northview coach Jim Arellanes
“Our attitude is we’re the two-time defending champs. If you want it, you have to take it from us. We’re still the favorites and we’re going to compete our butts off to win it again.”

San Dimas coach Bill Zernickow
“The kids know what they’re doing. We don’t have as much speed (in the backfield), but from a physical standpoint we might be more punishing. It’s like going from a Ferrari to a truck. Different, but we think both can be effective.”

Baldwin Park coach James Heggins
“We like what we have, but it’s still a work in progress until we see it on the field. Whether people think we’re the favorites or not doesn’t matter, nobody is going to roll over for Baldwin Park, we have to go out there and earn it.”

Pomona coach Johnny Brown
“I won’t say we won’t throw it, but you’re going to have to force our hand to make us put it in the air. Teams are going to have to stuff eight, nine and ten in the box. We’re coming right after you, if you stop us, you stop us, but I like our offensive line and our athleticism in the backfield. We think we’ll be a handful for a lot of teams.”

Ganesha coach Dave Fleming
“We have to set our goals higher. Winning two games, three games, that’s not good enough. We won’t be satisfied with just winning a league game. We’ll be satisfied when Ganesha is in the playoffs again.”

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Bishop Amat to the memory of Paul Reyna

There are times when high schools sports, particularly football, can be blinded by the pettiness of school pride and rivalries. Sunday is not one of those times. It will, in fact, show the good side of competition when Bishop Amat pays homage to one of its own – defensive lineman Paul Reyna, who died 10 years ago this weekend from injuries suffered in a preseason practice during his freshman year at Boise State. Reyna will be remembered in a memorial service scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bishop Amat Carroll Center.

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The uncertainty of Bishop Amat


For all of you Bishop Amat honks, this is an intriguing season. Was the first-year under coach Steve Hagerty an aberration? Do you really expect them to improve on 7-4? They came within minutes of knocking off eventual champion Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, so what can they do for an encore, especially after losing the likes of Isaiah Bowens, Sheldon Price, Brent Seals, and Jesse Prieto on D? If you have been wondering the same thing, so has head coach Steve Hagerty. Here is an excerpt from our Sept. 3 Football Preview on the state of Bishop Amat.

“We know the risk after what happened last year is that we could take a step back,” Hagerty said. “The second year is always the hardest on a coaching staff. If we take a step back everyone is going to say last year was a fluke, that we got lucky. But that’s why you go to Bishop Amat, to take on that pressure and that expectation. We have no intention of taking a step back, we’re moving forward.”

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Jim McConnell puts you to the test, gets your ready for the high school football season

By Jim McConnell
Football is a series of 6-second wars. Think about it. The average length of a play in football is six seconds. Reach down to shell a peanut and you’re liable to miss the turning point in a game. And that’s the point. Just as players must practice, spectators need to whip themselves into prime-time shape to prepare for another season of football. To continue reading, click thread

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Damien Football: Ready or not, here they come


Reporting from Damien: The morning huffing and puffing followed by late afternoon team-bonding rally cries is a sure way to know that high school football is back. Several teams set up two-a-day camps this week in preparation for season openers the first week of September. One of the most intriguing camps is at Damien High School, where former head coaches Steve Garrison (Monrovia) and Dave Merrill (Wilson) have joined new Spartans coach Greg Gano, who left Los Altos after winning four CIF-Southern Section titles.

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Set your TIVO’s for vintage Robledo Family Feud

Check this out, in 1989 I was on Family Feud and got a text this morning saying they’re showing the reruns on the game show network (Direct TV, channel 309) the rest of the week. The five-time champion Robledo Family will also be on Thursday and Friday at 7 a.m., so set your Tivo’s for the 21-year-old version of myself. Damn, that was half a life ago, 20 years already? I was working the Trib’s front counter in private party ads when the Family Feud called to place an ad asking for contestants. I told ‘em where do we sign up, because I got the perfect five to blow them away at the audition. We had some of best answers in Family Feud history. They asked my Uncle Mike, name an animal that ruins a garden? He said “a cockroach.” They asked my late aunt Carmen to name a time when people use candles? She said, “6 o’clock.” Good Times.

A few years ago I was also on the “Jamie Kennedy Experiment” pulling a prank at Brookside Golf course on my friend Tom and cousin Dan. I’m in the red shirt dancing at the end of the clip.

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