I thought I would post this for the commenter who said I need to stick to high school stuff. Not when I can share one of my favorite T.J. Simers columns.
It has been more than a week since Felipe Aguilar’s resignation at Los Altos, a job that becomes quite appealing for a coach hoping to bring the Conquerors their 12th CIF championship, especially at a time when the Southeast Division will appear more winnable with Charter Oak and South Hills going to the Sierra League. I have no idea which direction they’re heading, but I’m going to throw out a few local names that would seem like a good fit. Why not Northview’s Jim Arellanes, who had a tough year and has considered other alternatives in recent years. I also like La Puente’s Brandon Rohrer, a program guy who did a wonderful job improving the Warriors. Why not former South El Monte coach Erick Escamilla or former Lancers coach Mark Verti, who both might be ready to step back in the coaching circle.
Fox Sports Columnist Jayson Whitlock weighs in on the Tiger Woods story. As most of you know, he was in a car accident over the weekend and pulled out of this week’s World Challenge tournament, which he hosts on behalf of the Tiger Woods Foundation. Whitlock says Tiger doesn’t owe us an explanation. “The price of fame and wealth should not be the sacrifice of marital privacy. Tiger Woods plays golf for our enjoyment. He didn’t marry Elin Nordegren for our entertainment.” — Whitlock writes. Fox Sports’ other columnist, Mark Kriegel, says he should show up at his tournament and, If that’s the case, then he should attend the Chevron World Challenge, an event to benefit his own foundation this week at the Sherwood Country Club in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He should answer the questions as best he can (hey, at least have the stones that A-Rod had), and be done with it. Unless, of course, he has something to hide. — writes Kriegel
From the Associated Press
Does anyone know if if Cezar Guerrero is playing for St. John Bosco this season. He’s on their MaxPreps roster. In case you were following, he played his freshman year at St. John Bosco, transferred to Workman and won a state appeal to become eligible. Over the summer, he went back to St. John Bosco, where he is apparently on the roster. However, when you look at CIF’s transfer approval/denial list, his name isn’t mentioned. With all the denials we’ve had in the Valley, I would like to know how this shakes out. I would agree that going from St. John Bosco to Workman is in now way athletically motivated, but going from Workman to St. John Bosco, that’s a different story.
The Wilson/Los Altos girls basketball tournament begins tonight, here is the Monday-Tuesday Round Robin Schedule. All games are at Los Altos Monday-Wednesday, then go to Wilson Thursday-Saturday
Monday Round-Robin at Los Altos High School
California vs. Los Altos, 3 p.m.
Nogales vs. Sonora, 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Bar vs. Covina, 6 p.m.
Rowland vs. Temple City, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Round-Robin at Los Altos High School
La Habra vs. Garey, 3 p.m.
Walnut vs. Western Christian, 3 p.m.
Alta Loma vs. Wilson, 6 p.m.
La Salle vs. La Mirada, 7:30 p.m.
Anything and anyone you want to talk about
Finals Coin Flips: The coin flips for home games in the CIF finals were held this morning. In the Mid-Valley Division, Monrovia gets the home game over San Dimas, and Azusa gets the home game over Monrovia. Whittier Christian gets the home game in both scenarios if it advances. In the Southeast, Diamond Ranch gets the home game if it wins. Charter Oak gets the home game over South Hillls, and South Hills gets the home game over California.
Doubling Up: This is what I call transition week at the Tribune. While we still have two weeks of football left, boys and girls basketball and soccer begin this week, with our hoops previews coming out Tuesday and Wednesday, and soccer the following week. Are there any good tournaments or games you want covered this week?
Can we have a four-way tie?: San Dimas’ Bill Zernickow, Azusa’s Joe Scherf, Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton and Bishop Amat’s Steve Hagerty all are deserving of coach of the year honors to the point. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Who’s No. 1: You thought we were finished with Bishop Amat? No matter what happens the rest of the way, Bishop Amat finishes the season as the Tribune’s No. 1 team. Do I need to explain? St. Bonaventure, Notre Dame, Mater Dei, etc, etc.
Predictions: I just want to point out that I correctly picked the final four in the Southeast Division, and on track to pick the Mid-Valley Division final of San Dimas and Monrovia.