Fire Watch 2009: Azusa-Garey

Azusa Coach Joe Scherf just verified that the Azusa-Garey game has been moved to Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ganesha HS.

Calls are being made to area coaches but that’s the only change that we have to report.

If anyone else has any legitimate updates, please post them. Thanks.

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How about that, La Puente cruises in Roher Debut

By John Honell, Correspondent
It could be the start of something big for first-year La Puente High School coach Brandon Rohrer. His Warriors beat Gabrielino 28-7 in the season opener for both teams on Thursday. The victory matched the season win total of 2008. The Warriors had too much experience for an outmanned Gabrielino squad. The Warriors defense dominated the first half and held the Eagles (0-1) to 69 yards on the ground.

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The Scouting Guru makes peace offering, then talks SGV Football as only he can …….

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.

Scouting Guru says: Ah yes. The 2009 football season has finally arrived. After the countless amount of hours of time spend in the weight room, after running hills and laps like crazy, after going through a grueling fall camp (that had to be shorten a bit because of the fires), for the players – the season couldn’t have arrived at a better time. And with it comes dreams of playing for a CIF title or landing that coveted D-1 scholarship offer.

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South Hills’ Canada brothers still not eligible

South Hills high school officials received a letter from the CIF-Southern Section on Thursday explaining that its decision to rule brothers Jordan (senior) and Jamie (sophomore) Canada ineligible for the 2009 season based on an “athletically motivated transfer,” has been upheld. Gala Canada, the mother of Jordan and Jamie Canada, met with CIF-SS officials last week hoping to get the decision overturned, but CIF-SS officials weren’t convinced.

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Fire Watch: Diamond Ranch stays home, Azusa-Garey on canceled; Pomona-Keppel postponed; stay tuned

5:30 p.m. Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton said Friday’s game against Muir has been moved to Ganesha high school. All games in Pasadena were moved or canceled because of the poor air quality.

11:16 a.m. – The Pomona-Keppel game scheduled for Friday at Ganesha has been postponed and will be replayed Sept. 17 at Ganesha. Keppel did not have enough practice time because of the fires.

11:54 a.m. – Bonita coach Eric Podley is hopeful they will play at home Friday against Westview. He said if the air quality is “moderate,” which it currently is, they will play.

5:30 p.m. – The Garey-Azusa game has been cancelled according to CIF. The schools are hopeful they can play on Saturday at Ganesha. We will continue to follow.

2:32 p.m: Gabrielino intends to play its home game tomorrow against La Puente. If the air quality worsens, they will reschedule it for Saturday at La Puente.

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The Drive for Five … Lou Farrar, Steve Bogan, and Greg Gano all chasing fifth championship

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar, Damien’s Greg Gano and South Hills’ Steve Bogan gathered together recently, it was a reminder to enjoy the ride while the three coaching legends are still on board. Farrar is reminiscent of Penn State’s Joe Paterno and Florida State’s Bobby Bowden, at 63-years-old and his 42nd year of coaching, he’s still having the time of his life, and whipping kids half his age. He’s a time capsule of coaching memories that dates back to the late 1960s, and the best days could still be ahead.

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Tribune’s Top Ten: Charter Oak leads the way; Glendora, South Hills not far behind

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
By this time next year Charter Oak, South Hills and Damien could all be in the Sierra League. Glendora could be in the Baseline League and Wilson and Nogales in the Valle Vista League. With area realignment having gone through a vote of 42-area principals and two subsequent appeals, the final verdict is due in October, bringing both a sense of urgency and relief for many area schools.

Urgency for those feeling this is the time to capitalize on a CIF championship, and relief for those hoping to be in that position next year. What hasn’t changed, and doesn’t appear to change in the foreseeable future are the area’s top programs, once again dominated by the usual suspects with a few knew schools hoping to prove worthy.

Will Charter Oak win a second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division title, or will South Hills, West Covina or Diamond Ranch wrestle it away? Is this Glendora’s best chance to make a run at a Central Division title? Will Baldwin Park, Northview, Rosemead, Arroyo or anyone else become the front-runner in a wide open chase at the Mid-Valley Division title? Can Bishop Amat possibly muster another memorable season and will new coach Greg Gano transform Damien into one of the area’s elite? The answers will come over the next 14 weeks, but the anticipation begins today with the Tribune’s annual preseason football poll. To continue, click thread

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Robledo Column: The past, present, and future of high school football is one long thrill ride

Fred J. Robledo column
The best part of a new high school football season is what we don’t know. Will new coach Greg Gano turn Damien into the power he had at Los Altos at the turn of the century, when Gano and the Conquerors won four CIF-Southern Section titles?

Will Charter Oak continue to remind folks that it has surpassed Bishop Amat as the area’s dominant team by winning its first back-to-back CIF championship in school history? Will Bishop Amat take another step in reviving its glorious past under second-year coach Steve Hagerty, or will it take a step back and cause mass chaos in the chat rooms?

How will the new coaches, Duarte’s Tip Sanders, South El Monte’s Ray Hernandez, La Puente’s Brandon Roher, Wilson’s Brian Zavala and Pomona’s Johnny Brown perform under the bright lights now that practice time is over?

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Bishop Amat hopes to pick up where it left off

By Fred J. Robledo
Staff Writer

From the large grassy area that forms tailgate haven east of Kiefer Stadium to the legion of bloggers and faithful fans that dissect everything that is Bishop Amat football, Lancers coach Steve Hagerty knows his rookie season was a calming and rewarding experience for all involved.
The Bishop Amat alum took over a 3-7 slumping program that had missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season, leading to the resignation of young coach Mark Verti.

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Can anyone challenge Charter Oak for the Miramonte League title?

By Fred J. Robledo
Staff Writer

The Miramonte League took a big step toward proving it’s the most competitive league in the Valley when undefeated Charter Oak defeated league foe Diamond Ranch 30-14 in the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game, giving the Chargers and coach Lou Farrar the school’s fourth CIF championship. The Chargers finished 13-0-1 and though they lose area player of the year Chris Allen at quarterback, they have a handful of prized returning starters in pursuit of their first back-to-back championship in school history.

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Baldwin Park, Pomona could challenge Northview and San Dimas for Valle Vista league title

By Fred J. Robledo
Staff Writer

The Northview and San Dimas High School football teams were so dominant in the Valle Vista League in 2008 that remembering that 4-7 Covina finished third is trivial.
Northview’s 40-39 victory over San Dimas gave the Vikings the Valle Vista League title, but the Vikings (9-3) and Saints’ (10-2) season ended abruptly in the Mid Valley Division quarterfinals, a disappointing finish for senior-oriented teams that had championship aspirations.
Now what? With Northview and San Dimas reloading and the rest of the Valle Vista looking like question marks searching for answers, Covina coach Darryl Thomas said the league championship is up for grabs.

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The Sierra League another fight to the finish, but it’s probably Glendora and Chino Hills’ to lose

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
All the hype about the Sierra League this season is centered around former Los Altos High School coach Greg Gano turning his blue and red for Damien green and gold. But the league, considered the Valley’s version of the Southeastern Conference, is expected to be colored Glendora scarlett, black and white. The Tartans, who under coach Mark Pasquarella, have won at least a share of the past two league crowns and a three-peat looks to be on the horizion this season.

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San Antonio league is deep, South Hills, West Covina, Rowland and Walnut all have a shot

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
There was a time when the San Antonio League was the South Hills High School football team’s to lose. The Huskies were the top dog during the first few years of the league’s existence. South Hills won or shared the league title from 2002-05. But it’s been a different story recently, where there’s been a three-way tie twice during the past three seasons. More the latter is expected this season, where South Hills comes in as the favorite, but rival West Covina and Rowland are just a tad behind, and Walnut is picking up steam.

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Rosemead, Arroyo and South El Monte all key players for the Mission Valley League title

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
It’s the usual suspects.
Rosemead, Arroyo and South El Monte high schools have been on the top of the Mission Valley League for the last five years. For good reason. Each has won or tied for the league title each of those years. Rosemead, which advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division title game last season, and Arroyo have both gone to the playoffs in each of those seasons.

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Workman, La Puente look like big time contenders for the Montview League title

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The Montview League has been a revolving door of sorts in recent years.
It’s not expected to change this season, where Workman comes in as the favorite to sit atop a league that has featured three different champions — Duarte, La Puente and Azusa — in each of the past three seasons.

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South Hills football scrimmage moved; I have a plan for all games in jeopardy

South Hills was scheduled to host Corona Centennial in a scrimmage on Friday night at Covina District field, but that game has been moved to Corona Centennial high on Friday because of the poor air quality. They will kick-off at 7.

The plan: Using Mt. SAC, Cal State Fullerton or anywhere air quality is reasonable enough, schedule three to four games at one venue on Saturday. Picture a Saturday lineup at Mt. SAC kicking off with Western Christian vs. Gladstone, followed by Azusa-Garey, then heavyweights fill the late afternoon and evening, Gardena vs. Charter Oak, followed by Muir-Diamond Ranch. Four games, a great day for area fans. Hey, it’s a thought. There are many games in limbo at the moment, administrators are looking for alternate venues, Saturday games or if it comes to it, cancellation. We will keep you posted.

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CIF rankings shocker, Diamond Ranch No. 1 in the Southeast; Bishop Amat unranked in Pac-5

The CIF-SS Preseason rankings are fresh off the press, and the big shocker out here is that Diamond Ranch is No. 1 in the Southeast over Charter Oak. I can’t think of a reasonable explanation why, but it is what it is. Glendora is No. 5 in the Central, Rosemead gets the respect it didn’t get last year with a No. 2 in the Mid-Valley and Bishop Amat is nowhere to be found in the Pac-5.

Central Division
1. Rancho Cucamonga, 2. Chino Hills, 3. Colton, 4. Cajon, 5. Glendora, 6. Upland, 7. Chaffey, 8. Elsinore, 9. Colony, 10. Paloma Valley, Others: Los Osos, West Valley, Ayala, Etiwanda, Alta Loma, Damien.
Mid-Valley Division
1. Paraclete, 2. Rosemead, 3. Monrovia, 4. Temple City, 5. Northview, 6. San Dimas, 7. Cerritos Valley Christian, 8. Azusa, 9. Arroyo, 10. San Marino, Others: Pomona, LA Baptist, Duarte, Workman, Whittier Christian, Baldwin Park.
Southeast Division
1. Diamond Ranch, 2. Charter Oak, 3. South Hills, 4. West Covina, 5. Muir, 6. Rowland, 7. Burroughs, 8. Santa Fe, 9. Crescenta Valley, 10. California, Others: La Serna, Bonita, Schurr, Burbank, Walnut, San Gabriel.
Pac-5 Division
1. Long Beach Poly, 2. Servite, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Mission Viejo, 5. Edison, 6. Orange Lutheran, 7. Lakewood, 8. Crespi, 9. Tesoro, 10. Los Alamitos, Others: San Clemente, Esperanza, Mater Dei, Newport Harbor, St. John Bosco, Fountain Valley, Loyola.

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Azusa’s opener could get pushed back or cancelled, more to come on Thursday

Azusa activities director Mike Larson said Thursday’s opener between Azusa and Garey at Citrus College could be moved to another location, postponed to Friday or canceled altogether because of the poor air quality stemming from the fires. “If it’s the same air quality (Thursday) as it is today, we can’t play it anywhere in the area,” Larson said. Several games continue to be in question.

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Jim McConnell, the man we call “King” around here, names the best teams in Valley history

There is no better way to get ready for Wednesday’s football preview and the start of the season than Jim McConnell’s take on the best football teams in San Gabriel Valley history. “The King” says the 1992 Bishop Amat team than went 15-0 is the best ever. Some have told me the 1969 Blair team with the “Blair Pair,” was the best ever. I think the best teams of this decade, bigger, stronger, faster, would stack up well against any of them.

COMING NEXT WEEK: McConnell will divide the 24 teams into playoff brackets and begin our mythical Valley playoffs in earnest with eight wild-card games.

By Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
The best high school football team in the history of the San Gabriel Valley?
Most would say the 1992 Bishop Amat squad. That year’s Lancers, under coach Mark Paredes, won all 15 games. They won the CIF-SS Division I title and a special state playoff game to boot. They are the only 15-0 team in CIF-SS history.
However, on further review …

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Tony Zane back on the sidelines at Bassett

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Retirement just didn’t sit well with Tony Zane.
He enjoyed his time away from high school football but, unlike soldiers, old coaches don’t just fade away. They continue coaching. Zane, who left Baldwin Park High School after the 2002 season, is back doing what he does best – coaching. The former Baldwin Park mentor, who won two CIF-Southern Section divisional titles with the Braves, is at Bassett, where he hopes to revive a program that has won just two games the past two seasons and only two league titles since 1995.

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