By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With releaguing for 2010-14 finalized last week, some of the area’s biggest rivalries are in jeopardy. For instance, with Glendora going to the Baseline League and Damien remaining in the Sierra League, Spartans coach Greg Gano and Tartans coach Mark Pasquarella agreed that it’s probably better not to schedule a nonleague game against each other, since both teams will still compete in the Central Division and could meet in the playoffs. “We’re not fond of meeting teams in our own division,” Pasquarella said. “It’s a game the school will miss, but not one that I will miss because of my ties to Damien (where he once coached). But I know the community would like us to play, so you never close the door on it. It’s still a possibility.”
Since it was announced on Thursday that Glendora would move to the Baseline, which includes powers Los Osos, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland, Pasquarella has had mixed thoughts on the new league.
“From a football standpoint, no matter which league we were in, it was going to be tough,” Pasquarella said. “But I think from an enrollment standpoint, it’s not that fair. We’re playing schools much larger than us. We have shown we can be competitive with some of those schools, but I don’t know if that’s the case on a year-by-year basis.”
The Tartans have one game left to fill on next year’s nonleague schedule, and would like to sign off on West Covina for Week 3, but the Bulldogs have to decide whether to
schedule rival South Hills.
Charter Oak is leaving the Miramonte and South Hills is leaving the San Antonio for the Sierra League.
Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore is in favor of keeping South Hills on the schedule, and has let Huskies coach Steve Bogan know how he feels.
“It’s up to them; I would like to keep it,” Maggiore said. “You always want to continue to play quality teams, and they’re one of the quality teams in our area.
“Plus, from a financial standpoint, and the fact that a lot of fans want to see it and get excited for it, it’s a game that we should continue.”
One of the area’s longest rivalries, Wilson and Los Altos, who play annually for “The Wheel,” will continue their rivalry, both coaches said.
Wilson is moving to the Valle Vista League after the season.
“It’s a game the community really looks forward to,” Wildcats coach Brian Zavala said. “I don’t think you should take that from them.”