By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Bonita coach Eric Podley is still waiting to get all his players back from other sports, but when he does, the makings of one of the area’s top offenses should begin. It starts with returning quarterback Garrett Pendleton and continues with a receiving corps that’s got height and speed to burn. The Bearcats are six deep at running back, according to Podley. And sophomore-to-be Reggie Turner is somebody to keep an eye on. (To continue click thread)
“I think skill guys-wise, with our receivers, it can be one of our best groups,” Podley said. “Our line is the concern right now. We need to get our line together and stay healthy.” Injuries did in Bonita last season, with 27 different injured players missing at least a game. Bonita should be one of the most entertaining teams during the summer passing circuit, which is highlighted by the school’s marquee passing tournament on June 25 and 26. Thirty teams will compete at Bonita, including Southland powers Loyola, St. Bonaventure, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and Riverside Poly.
Covina ready to grow up
When Covina begins spring practice Monday, coach Darryl Thomas will be anxiously looking forward to see just how much last year’s youth-laden roster has improved.
The Colts started 13 sophomores last season, which gives Thomas a veteran, but still young group coming back.
“We’re still going to be young,” Thomas said. “They’ve been working hard in the weight room. A lot of guys have gotten bigger and taller. A 14-year-old body is different from a 15 or 16-year-old.”
The Colts might get younger still at a couple of key positions that could be filled by freshman Gevontray Ainsworth. Thomas said Ainsworth will battle for both a starting spot at running back and linebacker.
“He’s one of the freshmen we’re looking at,” Thomas said. “Coming from freshman to varsity is a big jump, but he’s definitely competing for a starting spot.