The Scouting Guru weighs in on the tough decision of naming a starting quarterback

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 Guru Says: In reading the comments on this blog after the first two weeks of football, you would think that it would be easy to pick a starting quarterback. Well as Lee Corso on ESPN would say, “Not so fast my friend.” First, you have the Charter Oak situation that will most likely not be clear by the time the league starts. Those were the words of head coach Lou Farrar after the game. Then there is the situation at South Hills where the Huskies have three really good QB’s and they are also working on the rotation system as well. What makes it more interesting is that one of them – Vincent Hernandez – is the best sophomore defensive back in the area…bar none!

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The Montview League off to its best start in years

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
The Montview League has long been the Rodney Dangerfield of the San Gabriel Valley, even though two Montview League teams, Azusa and Duarte, advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division quarterfinals last year, and Duarte had some other deep playoff runs in recent years. “It’s no secret the Montview League doesn’t get a whole lot of respect,” Workman coach Fred DeLelio said. “We don’t play the toughest teams in the Valley, but we’re beating the teams in front of us.” That’s certainly true this season. Workman (2-0), La Puente (2-0), Gladstone (2-0) and Sierra Vista (1-0) are all undefeated, a huge turnaround from a year ago, when the Montview League was 5-23 and four Montview League teams went winless in nonleague games.

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Los Altos is back after sweeping St. Lucy’s


By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Los Altos High School served notice to the rest of the area Wednesday that last season is a distant memory. The Conquerors, who were 13-12 in 2008, received five kills each from Erica Chavez and Amanda Brown and four each from Jazmen Russell and Katherine Nazaroff to score a 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 victory over visiting St. Lucy’s Priory in a nonleague match featuring two of the top teams in the Valley.

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What to do about the Swine Flu? We asked athletic directors, who are taking precautions

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
The flu season is still months away, but with the swine flu (or H1N1 virus) outbreak still very much on people’s minds – and its effects recently felt at some major Division I football programs – high school athletic directors and coaches across the San Gabriel Valley are stepping up precautionary measures to prevent the same from happening here.

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Transfers at all-time high, the question is, why?

According to an LA Times report, the CIF-Southern Section is reporting a record number of transfers. Section spokesman Thom Simmons told the LA Times that from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, the section processed 670 transfers, 149 hardship, 76 foreign exchange and 364 valid chance of residence, for a grand total of 1,259. Simmons went on to explain why he felt transfers are at an all-time high, telling the Times that the economy and new rule that allows one-time transfers for sophomores are at the top of the list. Families paying thousands of dollars for their kids travel ball, club teams and personal instructors also plays a huge role, because if parents aren’t satisfied with their kids high school sports experience, they will change high schools like a travel team.

Seriously, don’t you wonder how many of these 1,259 transfers are “athletically motivated,” or how CIF can possibly police them all and do justice for everyone so there is a level playing field across the board? They can’t, it’s impossible, which is why I always have said that if a kid transfers, is accepted, is making the grades and has no disciplinary issues, then CIF should get out of the way and let them participate in sports. This is between parents, children and the school they choose to go to. Why is it that in any other extra curricular activity, you can transfer from school to school and participate, whether it’s cheerleading or the chess club? Why are sports any different? If you’re athletically motivated, you’re forced to become academically motivated too. Sports are a deterrent to other activities that might otherwise get you in trouble if sports were not available, why would you want to take that away? Why would you want to take scholarship opportunities away? I’m not saying you don’t punish schools for blatant recruiting, or have restrictions for kids that want to transfer two or three times in the same school year. But I don’t get the “athletically motivated,” rule, because athletic motivation is what keeps a lot of kids in high school in the first place.

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Let the mythical high school playoffs begin

Longtime staffer Jim McConnell is trying to the impossible, pick the best Valley team in football history. A week ago he named the best teams ever, and now he’s in search of a champion with his own mythical playoffs.

By Jim McConnell
Let the games begin.
Our mythical high school football playoffs produced a couple major surprises in round one. Here’s the rundown, straight from the Then & Now computers – which look suspiciously like a dartboard and a Ouija board.

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Football Top 32: Charter Oak clings to No. 1; Bishop Amat, South Hills make a move

Top 10
1. Charter Oak (2-0) - The Chargers looked impressive in routing L.A. University. QBs Travis Santiago and Josiah Thropay combined for more than 200 yards passing and four TDs.
2. Bishop Amat (1-0) - The Lancers started slow before scoring a 28-14 victory over Dominguez. Jay Anderson rushed for 113 yards, 102 in the second half. West Covina is next.
3. South Hills (1-0) - The Huskies used a solid defensive effort in beating Ayala. They will have their hands full when they challenge La Habra, who just whacked La Mirada.
4. Glendora (0-1) - It’s been a tough few days for the Tartans, who lost to Upland, 10-3, on Friday, and now are without stud receiver Wallace Gonzalez, who has left the team. A win over Canyon will soften the blow.
5. Diamond Ranch (1-1) - The Panthers play one of the toughest schedules in the area, and this week it takes them to Elsinore. They dropped a few spots after a tough loss at Colony.
6. Rowland (1-0) - The Raiders, led by Michael Ball, were steady in beating California. Now they get an improved Montebello squad.
7. San Dimas (2-0) - The Saints just march on, opening the season with routs of Los Altos and South El Monte.
8. Walnut (1-0) - The Mustangs were off and running, beating Diamond Bar 44-20. Austin Cooper proved to be a good compliment to running back Leonard Rhodes.
9. Baldwin Park (2-0) - The Braves make a major move after starting the season 2-0.
10. Damien (0-2) - The Spartans stay in the top 10 by default, but they will need to play better than last week’s 40-7 loss at St. John Bosco to remain. A win over Claremont this week is a good start.
The Middle 10
11. West Covina (0-2), 12. Bonita (0-2), 13. Rosemead (1-0), 14. Workman (2-0), 15. Diamond Bar (0-1), 16. Arroyo (1-0), 17. Los Altos (1-1), 18. Wilson (1-0), 19. Northview (0-1), 20. La Puente (2-0).
On the bottom looking up
21. Azusa (1-1), 22. Gladstone (2-0), 23. Sierra Vista (1-0), 24. Covina (0-1), 25. Nogales (1-1), 26. El Monte (0-1), 28. Bassett (1-1), 29. Ganesha (0-2), 30. South El Monte (0-2), 31. Mountain View (0-2), 32. Duarte (0-2).

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Wilson finally headed in right direction

By Steve Ramirez
The road back to prominence for the Wilson High School football program began in earnest this past Friday. For some, the Wildcats’ 28-13 victory over Sonora was just another football score. But for others, it meant so much more, especially from a program that had gone from winning back-to-back CIF-Southern Section divisional titles during the 1990s to being a mere 1-9 last season.

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K.C. Huth breaks foot, Bonita reeling at 0-2

Bonita, which has started the season 0-2, will be without the services of fullback/linebacker K.C. Huth, who broke his foot during last week’s 31-28 loss to Claremont. “It’s a big-time loss,” Bonita coach Eric Podley said. “He’s one of our top linebackers and fullback.” It’s been a tough start to the season for the Bearcats, who opened the season with a 21-14 loss to Westview.
“We’re still working hard,” Podley said. “We’ve been our own worst enemy and have been beating ourselves. The kids are motivated to correct the errors.”

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Breaking News: Glendora’s Gonzalez gives up football, will concentrate on his baseball career


Above: Glendora’s Wallace Gonzalez, seen here last season, is no longer with the Tartans.

This was supposed to be an exciting season for the Glendora High School football team. It was thought with returning receivers Wallace Gonzalez and Aaron Stockham, considered two of the best in the area, and highly-touted junior quarterback Chad Jeffries, the Tartans would be able to score points in bunches. But it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Stockham injured his back during the summer passing league schedule and hasn’t seen the field, and now Gonzalez, who has committed to play baseball at the University of San Diego in 2011, has left the team to concentrate on that sport.

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Girls Volleyball: Top 10 and season preview


Above: Allie LaPierre is expected to lead a very good Bonita team this season.

Are you ready for some volleyball?
Here’s my season outlook story. And tonight is a big top-10 meeting between No. 2 St. Lucy’s and No. 6 Los Altos.

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
This could be a special year for the Bonita High School girls volleyball team. The Bearcats, who have advanced to the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinals and quarterfinals the past two seasons, are expected to make similar runs this fall with a returning class that features three of the top players in the area. “I’m very excited to have practically all the starters from last year returning,” Bonita coach Adriana Contreras said. “It does look promising. We are training very hard to get everyone physically prepared to compete against top teams.

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Tribskin Pick’em: Your predictions and ours


Fred and I will go head-to-head throughout the season. Here is our updated records on the Tribskin Pick’em thread.

Robledo: Last week/Total: 19-6/29-10
Ramirez: Last week/Total: 18-7/26-13

Notes: The three games we both missed were Sierra Vista over Hoover, Upland upending Glendora again and Claremount beating Bonita. I got Fred on Wilson over Sonora; Los Altos over Northview and Colony over Diaamond Ranch. Fred got me on Nogales over Garey; Venice holding off West Covina; Bell Gardens and St. John Bosco’s routs of Azusa and Damien. We got some big games this week. It starts Thursday, with South Hills taking on La Habra, which is playing like USC these days. Take the Highlanders. We also like Bishop Amat over West Covina on Friday and Arroyo over Northview, also on Friday. I like La Puente over Baldwin Park on Friday; Fred’s going with the Braves.

Thursday, Sept. 17
Canyon vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glendora); Ramirez (Glendora
South Hills at La Habra, 7 p.m – Robledo (La Habra); Ramirez (La Habra)
Duarte vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m – Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)
Friday, Sept. 18
Bishop Amat at West Covina, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Amat); Ramirez (Amat)
Rosemead at Monrovia, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Monrovia); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Northview vs. Arroyo at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
La Puente at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Baldwin Park); Ramirez (La Puente)
Charter Oak at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Charter Oak); Ramirez (Charter Oak)
Claremont at Damien, 7:00 p.m. – Robledo (Damien); Ramirez (Damien)
Workman vs. South El Monte at La Puente, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Workman); Ramirez (Workman)
Covina at El Monte, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Covina); Ramirez (Covina)
Garey vs. Walnut at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
Ontario at Nogales 7 p.m. – Robledo (Nogales); Ramirez (Nogales
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Sierra Vista); Ramirez (Sierra Vista)
Glenn at Wilson, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Glenn); Ramirez (Glenn)
Santa Fe at Bonita, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Santa Fe); Ramirez (Bonita)
Montebello at Rowland, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Rowland); Ramirez (Rowland)
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Bosco Tech); Ramirez (Gladstone)
Diamond Ranch at Elsinore, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Diamond Ranch); Ramirez (Elsinore)
San Dimas vs. Magnolia at Western, 7 p.m. – Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (SDimas)
Ganesha at Bassett, 7 p.m.- Robledo (Bassett); Ramirez (Bassett)
Azusa at Ontario Christian, 7:30 p.m. – Robledo (Ont. Chr.); Ramirez (Ont. Chr.)

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“Feelin’ kinda Sunday” The NFL is here


Here’s hoping we see more of this from Tony Romo in this Associated Press photo.

As all of you know from time to time we will blog on something other than high school football. Fred usually does it for his beloved Lakers. For me, its the Dallas Cowboys, who again should be a contender for the Super Bowl, along with the Industry, er, Minnesota Vikings, NY football Giants and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots in the AFC.
So welcome all to the true first day of fall – the opening day of the NFL Season.
Here’s something to get you in the mood:

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