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.
Lakewood 34, Bishop Amat 17 — Bishop Amat had a chance to extend the lead up 17-13 in the third quarter, but missed a field goal and never got the momentum back. Still, this is a season Lancers fans will never forget.
Charter Oak 35, West Covina 10 — West Covina had five turnovers, but Charter Oak was too good regardless. Muema rushed for 142 yards and two TDs, and Santiago threw for 208 yards and two TDs.
California 24, Burbank 21 — The Condors will be a tough foe at Charter Oak next week.
Diamond Ranch 33, Schurr 27 — The Panthers are amazing come playoff time, just throw their record out the window and get out of the way. Next week they get South Hills at Covina District, a rematch of last years second-round Panthers win over the Huskies.
South Hills 33, Crescenta Valley 23 — The Huskies raced to a big lead then cruised home. They’re a win away from a possible dream final with Charter Oak.
Monrovia 14, Paraclete 3 — Congrats M-Town, see you in the final against San Dimas…or uh, Azusa?
Whittier Christian 27, Baldwin Park 17 — Who would have thought the last Olympic League team standing would be these guys, not Paraclete or Valley Christian.
Azusa 27, San Marino 24 — Wow, on to the semifinals for the first time in school history. It just gets better and better under second-year coach Joe Scherf.
San Dimas 37, Cerritos Valley Christian 14 — Another convincing win for the Saints, setting up a semifinal against Azusa.
Live updates Friday as Bishop Amat takes on No. 4 Lakewood in high school football play.
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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
When high school football teams gather in the spring and regroup in the summer, one of the biggest goals throughout camp is practicing on Thanksgiving, which eight area teams have the privilege of doing today after advancing to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs. For South Hills, practicing on Thanksgiving is almost a tradition. The Huskies haven’t missed a second-round appearance this decade, and have advanced to the second round 16 of the last 17 years.
The last Thanksgiving practice the Huskies missed was in 1998, and prior to that was 1992. To continue reading click thread
By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
The list is a who’s who of some of the best running backs in the area over the past decade. It includes Jason David, Patrick Fuller, Aaron Capers and Kanaan Snowden.
All former Charter Oak High School tailbacks.
It’s not lost on the Chargers’ Adam Muema, the latest protege for what is becoming Tailback High School. “He’s also one of our better historians of Charter Oak football,” said Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar, who coached all the above and more. “Since he was a sophomore, he’s taken home all the game films of the previous running backs and watched them all. He knows every move, watched all the big plays from those guys. He wants to know more about the guys who came before him.” To continue, click thread
The Tribune’s Fred Robledo, Steve Ramirez, Time Warner’s popular Reginald Miller and the Scouting Guru mix it up and discuss four of Friday’s CIF quarterfinal playoff games. Check it out
Friday’s quarterfinals games
Bishop Amat (10-1) at Lakewood (10-1), 7 p.m.
Charter Oak (10-1) at West Covina (7-4), 7 p.m.
South Hills (9-3) vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS, 7 p.m.
San Marino (9-2) vs. Azusa (10-1) at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
“In my opinion, he’s the best quarterback in the country. He’s got a great arm, makes great decisions and he really understands what we want to do.” — Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal on QB Jesse Scroggins
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
For the past month the Bishop Amat football team has dealt with some of the best quarterbacks in the Southland, including Loyola’s Jerry Neuheisel, Crespi’s Bryan Bennett, Notre Dame’s Ryan Kasdorf and Mater Dei’s Matt Wittek. But none of them compare to the test the Lancers (10-1) will get on Friday in their Pac-5 Division quarterfinal against No. 4 Lakewood (10-1) at 7 p.m. As far as Lakewood coach Thadd MacNeal is concerned, third-year starting quarterback, Jesse Scroggins, who chose USC over other high- profile schools such as Florida and Tennessee, is among the best anywhere. (To continue, click thread)
AMAT TICKET UPDATE: Bishop Amat has sold out of their allotted tickets for Friday’s game at Lakewood. Anyone wanting a ticket should show up early to Lakewood and buy from the box office before they sell out and close the gates. Otherwise, follow it with us on COVERITLIVE with my cousin Mike (an Amat alum).
Don’t want to alarm you Amat fan, but this is some impressive stuff
The Long Beach Press Telegram has a thread on the Bishop Amat-Lakewood game. They point out that Bishop Amat is 8-1 all-time against the other Lancers, which includes Bishop Amat’s infamous 1970 championship, when they were led by future USC and Rams quarterback Pat Haden.
Bishop Amat leads playoff series, 8-1
1970: Amat 18-17 in 4A championship.
1982: Lakewood 31-amat 12 in first round
1983: Amat 14-7 in OT in the second round.
1985: Amat 27-10 in first round
1987: Amat 35-7 in first round
1990: Amat 31-13 in first round
1993: Amat 37-6 in first round
1997: Amat 13-3 in first round
2003: Amat 35-18 in first round
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Former Azusa High School football players have been hanging around lately. Aztecs coach Joe Scherf talks to them in church, has seen them around practice and recently got an email from former Aztecs coach Burch Drake, who coached at the school in the late 60’s and was part of the 1974 Aztecs team that reached the CIF-Southern Section Divisional quarterfinals when it was a 32-team playoff format. To continue, click thread