Baseball All-Area: Adam Plutko delivered a season to remember, Coach Henley finally gets title

By Fred J. Robledo
GLENDORA
– In his wildest dreams, Glendora High School pitcher Adam Plutko couldn’t have envisioned a season this perfect, or maybe he did, which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who knows him. “We wanted to be that team with the target from day one,” Plutko said. “Everyone in the Valley knew we would be good, but we weren’t No. 1 in a lot of polls; it was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ “We kind of played with a chip on our shoulder the rest of the way, then when we became No. 1 in a lot of polls, it was like, this is where we want to be, there’s no looking back, lets get this done.” (To continue, and read coach of the year Dan Henley’s story, click thread).

Tribune Baseball All-Area
Coach of the year:
Dan Henley, Glendora
Player of the year: Adam Plutko, Glendora, Sr.
First Team
Pitcher: Paul Paez, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Pitcher: Kenny Mathews, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Utility: Christian Huerta, Sierra Vista, Sr.
Catcher: Joseph Winterburn, Glendora, Sr.
Infield: Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, So,
Infield: Robert Mier, Bonita, Jr.
Infield: Rouric Bridgewater, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Infield: Eric Lewis, Damien, Sr.
Outfield: Jacob Smigelski, Glendora, Sr.
Outfield: Matt Gelalich, Bonita, Sr.
Outfield: Bobby Oatman, Damien, Sr.

Second Team:
Pitcher: Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Jr.
Pitcher: Eddie Pedroza, Northview, Sr.
Catcher: Jerry McClanahan, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Utility: Cody Doyle, South Hills, Sr.
Infield: Joseph Woodward, Glendora, Sr.
Infield: Jacob Shirley, South Hills, Sr.
Infield: Evan Highley, Bonita, Sr.
Infield: Christian Ibarra, South Hills, Sr.
Outfield: D.J. Wallace, Charter Oak, Sr.
Outfield: Chester Pak, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Outfield: Jeff Crowe, Diamond Bar, Sr.


The Tartans’ clutch right- hander did his part by pitching a complete-game five hitter in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship game against Yucaipa, the Tartans winning 10-3 to earn the first baseball title in the school’s history.
“That game, that moment … that’s what you live for,” Plutko said.
“That’s the main reason I play — to compete. There’s nothing more fun in the world than competing and being on that stage.”
Plutko made his playoff debut in the quarterfinals, returning after being out a month because of a strained back only and throwing a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Placentia Valencia.
He did everything asked of him all season, whether it was a crucial 3-0 victory over Diamond Bar in eight innings in which he allowed just two hits to outduel Brahmas lefty Kenny Mathews, or throwing a complete game late in the season in a 5-2 win over Damien that all but secured the Tartans’ Sierra League title.
Plutko finished the season 10-1 with a 1.36 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 67 innings, was named the CIF-SS Division 2 player of the year and was drafted in the sixth round (183rd overall) by the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft, though the 6-foot-2 180- pounder will likely head to UCLA on a full baseball scholarship.
For his efforts, Plutko has been selected the 2010 Tribune Baseball Player of the Year.
“We had a great pitching staff, but there was an expectation the team had when he was on the mound,” Tartans coach Dan Henley said of Plutko. “They looked to him to be big in those big moments, and he delivered.
“He pitched in every big game we had, pitched through adversity and pitched through injury. You don’t do that without talent and mental toughness, and Adam had both.”
Plutko leads a Tribune first- team list that’s loaded with high-caliber players, including two other solid pitchers in Mathews and Bishop Amat’s Paul Paez.
Paez, headed to the University of San Diego, has been flawless for Amat ever since he set foot on campus. His senior year was no different — he was named the Del Rey League Pitcher of the Year after finishing 13-2 with a 0.92 ERA and 148 strikeouts.
Mathews, a big lefty, is just a junior and the biggest impact player returning next season.
He single-handedly carried the Brahmas most of the season. Not only did Mathews finish 7-3 with a 1.73 ERA and 91 strikeouts, he also played first base and hit .471 with 19 RBIs and three home runs to earn Sierra League co-Most Valuable Player honors — quite a feat considering the Brahmas finished third in league.
The first-team infielders are led by highly regarded Bishop Amat sophomore Rio Ruiz, along with Bonita junior Robert Mier, Diamond Ranch junior Rouric Bridgewater and Damien senior Eric Lewis.
Ruiz, on his way to becoming one of the best athletes in Valley history, batted an astounding .528 with 34 RBIs, four home runs, nine doubles and four triples to earn Del Rey League Player of the Year honors.
Bridgewater put up ridiculous numbers also, batting .580 with 41 RBIs, 10 home runs, 12 doubles and four triples to earn Miramonte League Player of the Year honors.
Mier was the heart and soul of a Bearcats team that won the Miramonte League title and advanced to the Division 3 championship game. Mier, a Miramonte and Division 3 first- team selection, batted .435 with 31 RBIs, seven homers and nine doubles. Lewis, a first-team Tribune selection for the second consecutive year, was a huge part of the Spartans’ success, which led to a Division 2 quarterfinal appearance.
Lewis batted .419 with 22 RBIs and five doubles, quite an accomplishment when one considers the healthy dose of pitching in the Sierra League.
Sierra Vista’s Christian Huerta earned first-team honors as a utility player, a no- brainer considering how much he meant to the Dons during their run to the Montview League title. All the Montview League MVP did was hit .514 with 38 RBIs, eight home runs, 10 doubles and three triples.
He was mostly known, however, for pitching, finishing 10-2 with a 1.18 ERA and 127 strikeouts.
In an area littered with quality catchers, Glendora’s Joseph Winterburn stood above the rest, earning Sierra League co- MVP honors as well as helping the school to its first CIF championship. Known for his quality defense, Winterburn also batted .412 with 24 RBIs and five home runs.
The first-team outfielders are Glendora’s Jacob Smigelski, Bonita’s Matt Gelalich and Damien’s Bobby Oatman.
Smigelski was a clutch player for the champion Tartans, batting .301 with 22 RBIs and five homers to earn Sierra League first-team honors.
Oatman, also a Sierra League first-teamer, batted .429 and scored 23 runs with 14 RBIs.
Gelalich was a big hitter for the Bearcats. The Miramonte League first-teamer batted .494 with 43 runs scored, 20 RBIs, three homers, seven doubles and five triples.

Coach of the year
By Fred J. Robledo
While Glendora High School ended six decades of drought by winning the school’s first CIF-Southern Section Divisional baseball title, beating Yucaipa 10-3 in the Division 2 title game at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, it was a feel-good moment for Tartans coach Dan Henley.
It was no secret the area’s coaching fraternity was pulling for Henley — named the Tribune’s 2010 Coach of the Year after leading the Tartans to a 27-2-1 overall record, which included winning the Glendora and Arcadia tournament titles, the Sierra League championship and advancing to the school’s first CIF baseball title game ever and winning it.
And the Tartans did it the hard way, entering the playoffs as the top seed and with the bull’s-eye firmly implanted — but they never wavered, getting stronger and more resilient each round of the playoffs before stamping the exclamation point in the final.
“I suppose that says a lot about our team,” Henley said. “Polls, rankings and seeds are difficult things for high school kids. They mean a lot symbolically.
“But our team didn’t feed into that. We always felt like we were the underdog, that we had a lot to prove and went out with that mindset. Whenever you do that it brings out the best, and fortunately, we were able to accomplish our goal.”
In fact, some consider Glendora the best team in the entire Southern Section, and Henley, finishing his 11th season in charge at the school, is a big reason for it.
“Glendora had a team with a lot of experience, a team with a lot of guys going to college and with huge expectations, that’s not always easy to coach,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “There is a lot of pressure that comes with that, and add to the fact their (ace) pitcher Adam Plutko was injured near the end of the year and came back, I mean, (Henley) deserves a lot of credit for keeping them loose and focused.”
Longtime Gladstone coach Brett Stevens, an assistant coach at Arcadia High when Henley starred at shortstop for the Apaches in the 1980s, has always been a big supporter of Henley.
“I knew when he played for us what a great leader he was and you were hoping he would go into coaching,” Stevens said. “I remember his early days coaching at Mountain View and how tremendous he was there.
“When he went to Glendora I thought it was a great place for him, though it’s such a tough place to coach because you have demanding parents and demanding kids. But anyone that knows Dan knows he’s a character guy and that he could deal with it, that’s probably why so many of us were happy to see him win a championship. If anyone deserved it, he did.”
Part of the demand of coaching baseball at Glendora reared its ugly head during the Glendora tournament in 2008 when flyers circulated in the Henderson Field parking lot asking for Henley’s removal as head coach.
But for Henley, winning a title wasn’t vindication, it wasn’t answering his critics, it was staying true to who he is and what he represents.
Character.
“Redemption isn’t something I think about,” Henley said. “What I’ve always been able to do as a coach and person is stay focused on the moment, learn from yesterday and plan and prepare for today.
“You mention some of that ugly stuff, but you can’t control what other people think and feel. But I’ve got thick skin and could handle it. I think my background and profession sort of prepared me to handle this, and believe me, Glendora’s a great place to be. We have a lot of supporters and the kids are always hard working and fantastic.”
Alhambra baseball coach Steve Gewecke, who was an assistant under Henley when he coached at Mountain View in the 1990s, said there are not many in the coaching circles as well-rounded as Henley.
“In terms of receiving accolades, it’s long overdue for him,” Gewecke said. “When I coached with him he had the knack for working kids’ tails off but at the end of the day everyone was smiling. Those are things I try to carry with me at Alhambra.
“Dan’s someone with a lot of integrity, he’s a real good guy, a straight arrow, he doesn’t bad mouth anyone, that’s not his deal.
“And in terms of coaching, he’s one of the best, he always has been. The competitor that he was in high school is the same competitor you see in coaching. He’s as fierce as they come, and just a real good guy. That’s why so many people were happy to see him win it all.”

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  • Frank Corona

    Damien’s James Guillen will have to console himself with attending and playing for USC instead of once again being over looked. Congrats to all every All Area pick as all are deserving, the SGV really does have a tons of great baseball players. Grades got James in as well as his competitive spirit. All the kid did was keep his mouth shut and play his ass off, ALL THE TIME!!! His Family must be very proud.

    Welcome to the Trojan Family James. My son loves it there and as you’ll see being a Trojan has lifetime rewards. You’ve been a quiet leader and a great role model for players coming up behind you in both sports. Instead of the BMOC attitude, so common today, your attitude has been to let your actions speak for you.

    Damien will miss you as once again USC grabs another quality Spartan who gets it done on the field and in the classroom. Pops must be very proud. I’ve always admired your willingness to shoulder the critics barbs yet never lose your dignity and integrity. You’re a high character kid and all your hard work has paid off. Congratulations.

    FIGHT ON !!! JAMES….FIGHT ON !!!!

    I bet when you got the news your Dad had to finally crack a smile, and probably shed a tear or two….I know I did.

    James… does smile doesn’t he?

  • Frank Corona

    Damien’s James Guillen will have to console himself with attending and playing for USC instead of once again being over looked. Congrats to all every All Area pick as all are deserving, the SGV really does have a tons of great baseball players. Grades got James in as well as his competitive spirit. All the kid did was keep his mouth shut and play his ass off, ALL THE TIME!!! His Family must be very proud.

    Welcome to the Trojan Family James. My son loves it there and as you’ll see being a Trojan has lifetime rewards. You’ve been a quiet leader and a great role model for players coming up behind you in both sports. Instead of the BMOC attitude, so common today, your attitude has been to let your actions speak for you.

    Damien will miss you as once again USC grabs another quality Spartan who gets it done on the field and in the classroom. Pops must be very proud. I’ve always admired your willingness to shoulder the critics barbs yet never lose your dignity and integrity. You’re a high character kid and all your hard work has paid off. Congratulations.

    FIGHT ON !!! JAMES….FIGHT ON !!!!

    I bet when you got the news your Dad had to finally crack a smile, and probably shed a tear or two….I know I did.

    James… does smile doesn’t he?

  • Frank Corona

    Damien’s James Guillen will have to console himself with attending and playing for USC instead of once again being over looked. Congrats to all every All Area pick as all are deserving, the SGV really does have a tons of great baseball players. Grades got James in as well as his competitive spirit. All the kid did was keep his mouth shut and play his ass off, ALL THE TIME!!! His Family must be very proud.

    Welcome to the Trojan Family James. My son loves it there and as you’ll see being a Trojan has lifetime rewards. You’ve been a quiet leader and a great role model for players coming up behind you in both sports. Instead of the BMOC attitude, so common today, your attitude has been to let your actions speak for you.

    Damien will miss you as once again USC grabs another quality Spartan who gets it done on the field and in the classroom. Pops must be very proud. I’ve always admired your willingness to shoulder the critics barbs yet never lose your dignity and integrity. You’re a high character kid and all your hard work has paid off. Congratulations.

    FIGHT ON !!! JAMES….FIGHT ON !!!!

    I bet when you got the news your Dad had to finally crack a smile, and probably shed a tear or two….I know I did.

    James… does smile doesn’t he?

  • Don Woodward

    Congratulations to Dan Henley and the Glendora Tartans for a well played season where they met all their goals. It was fun from start to finish.

    A word on the Glendora parents from a Glendora Parent, and not from outsiders from another city, who lack the facts. The support the Tartans and Dan receives year after year from the MAJORITY of Glendora parents for fund raisers, Glendora Tournament support, team dinners etc. is a model situation for other high schools. Glendora players and coaches lack NOTHING in terms of kit or equipment. Yes there was some idiot throwing flyers on cars in 2009, this year there was 2010 Glendora parents policing the Glendora Tournament parking lot hoping to nab the culprit and improve his/her thinking. So when Glendora parents are mentioned, mention the Booster club and led in recent years by Steve and Betsy Regis and thank them and their other parent volunteers who fuel the GHS fundraising machine.

  • kh

    who and how are the teams picked,
    by stats or what the coaching staff,
    one kid in the of who made first team.14 rbi 5 2b 1 3b 0 hr.

    bonita two players shine and double those stats

    damien of,
    ab – r -h -2b – 3b -hr – rbi ave,
    84 23 23 5 1 0 14 429
    bonita player # 1 tutle
    78 23 31 5 1 3 23 397
    plus 6-0 on the mound with 6 walks all year 2 wins cif
    bonita # a-ramos
    62 23 23 6 1 3 28 365

    do the math ramos had 28 rbi twice the numbers,plus 3 hr.
    tutle 23 rbi with 3 hr.
    whos picking the team,i think its only fair to all the parents and players to know who behind these picks,
    great job every kid who made the teams.
    but as every body knows stats if your placed in the batting order in the right spot,dont lie.

  • COChargerfan

    FC, I’ve know James since his playing days over at COYBSA and I bet big Jim cracked a smile…but he just didn’t let anyone see it. USC is a great accomplishment and I can’t wait to see him get a chance to play at the next level. Congrats.

    And nothing against Paez because he had a great year but it is a popularity contest for him to beat out Vicent Velasquez from Garey High School who was drafted in the second round…58th overall which was 125 places in front of Plutko…and is likely to land something near a million dollar signing bonus. So the pros think he is better than Paez…

  • FredJ

    I pick the teams with recommendations from coaches and our staff, but I never defend selections or debate them on the threads, it doesn’t serve a purpose. For each player selected, you can make a great argument for someone else, so no use going back and forth. I will say when I look at stats, I try to keep in mind what kind of schedules and leagues they’re doing it against. For example, in my opinion, batting .400 in the Sierra League is probably more impressive than doing the same in the Montview, Valle Vista or Mission Valley League’s.

  • YES BUT

    COCF,
    Yes but a major university liked Paez better. Who knows he might have a nice college career playing ball, major in medicine and become a top notch surgeon .The pro’s aren’t all thy are made out to be ,after all didn’t they contibute kh and his command of the English language to the blog . That alone should keep some of the low round high school draft choices keeping the thought of going on to play college ball instead of mulling around in the minors. Also what teams did Velasquez do his work against as opposed to Paez and who he faced.

  • kh

    fred j.
    thanks,
    every league can be real tough if the ace of the league is pitching that day,but in general the leagues are all the same on the off days the big arms arent on the mound,we pounded-bar for 10 runs,in our only game agaisnt them,there ace wasnt on the hill,
    but you hit more hr and drive in 28 rbi and dont make the all star team or your second all area gig,
    i which you would of just came and seen one bearcat game this season,you would of loved what a-ramos brought to the bearcat games,he won more games with his bat then any bearcat in the last two seasons.
    tutle 6-0 w-l hit 397 3 hr 23 rbi good h.s. # hopefully next season you can stop by to see your other to bearcat all area guys play.and gelhich is a jr. not a senior,
    have a nice summer, today bonita is playing damien at there school in summer passing league 4.30 it starts,take care and thanks for anwsering my ?

  • Congrats

    Well first and fore most congrats to everyone who made first team and second team. Well deserved to who got on the team. first it is not a popularity contest. It is recongizing who the best infielder, pitcher, catcher and out fielder is. As for the comment on Paez well just go out and do research before making comments like that. From what I have seen and read Paez is a very great pitcher. Not heard much about Valasquez. Read he is pro prospect and got drafted to play infield. Getting drafted is just that hoping they develope. Some kids choose to go to college and make it clear that is where they want to go. So the draft is out of the question. As for Paez wish the best of luck in college. Valasquez same wish the best of luck also whether it is Pro or college.

  • Daily Bulletin

    COCF – GArey’s not in Tribunes coverage area – he’s a Daily Bulletin guy

  • MAYBE

    Maybe COCF is just pulling our chain again with that statement regarding Paez. Well which is it COCF . By the way did you happen to catch that win by the USA this morning or did you think it would be to boring to watch.

  • WHAT IS HIS NAME?????

    Food for thought. That new Mr. Amazing from the Nationals. You know the kid that developed at San Diego State. The one that actually had a college experience and all that entails. What’s his name….struck out a bunch in his first two game up in the Majors after a drink of water in the minors. What is his name. I’d probably know his name if he’d come straight out of high school right? I mean if you don’t sign straight out of high school you aren’t worth much right? I know Diamond Bar had a kid who went to Fullerton and made a recent splash as well…my goodness what is his name!!!

    Oh well…hope everyone had a little chuckle. Let’s just wish everyone well with “their” life choices and be done one upping each other. I’m sure the kids find no pleasure reading adults second guess and bash their friends, seeing as all the SGV players know each other some how.

  • DBfan

    TO WAHT IS HIS NAME: You only need to remember one name next year, Kenny Mathews. A phenomenon lefty only comes once every 10 years. This blog will go crazy about him. He will be the highlight for the SGV league next year.

    BTW, too bad kh is not on both All-Area teams, his stats must be mis-printed. Talk about High School player’s Stats, Do anybody care?

  • COChargerfan

    Well, if Pomona, which is in the SGV, isnt our area, then that explains it. BTW, the Astros are saying that they drafted him as a pitcher.

    I’ve seen Paez pitch but don’t know anything about Velasquez but it is a very big deal to be drafted 58th…while Paez was not one of the 1525 young men that were drafted…and it is unlikely that Paez will ever be drafted because he’s too small (under 5’9″)…not me bagging on the kid but just the stark reality of pro baseball. I wish them both well as pro baseball and a college degree are both great accomplishments.

    And MAYBE, like I previously said, I’m a patriot so yes I did watch the game…including that bogus offside call that took away another goal…this happens so often that one has to conclude that the sideline refs either don’t understand the rule or always grossly favor the defensive team to the detriment of scoring. And the winning goal was scored on a fast breakjust think about the possibilities if the rules (i.e. eliminate off sides) allowed more fast break opportunities

  • kh

    d-bar
    i hope your right about kenny m next year,love to see good pitching.
    in the long run it always beat good hitting,
    i not going to say anything negative about the young man,he will have his hands full agaisnt bonita next season cant wait to tell you the truth.
    and your not seeing wrong k.c. ende up around
    318 ave 18 rbi 2 hr 7 sb played top notch defense all year.
    theres ways to control players stats if you in control.so thats kind of the reason thing werent as par as your super stars stats from bonita,
    the 6 hitter the catcher hes a good player .but speed isnt his game, scored 7 runs all year in front of k.c. and the 5 hitter had only 14 thats 20 runs total. matty g scored 43 runs by himself and tutle 25 miers 30 .so you do the math theres 100 runs in front of the other hitters .and 20 in front of k.c..he hit behind our catcher,in the 7 slot,ill bet n.v.would of loved to have k.c. in 3-4-5 slot all year,then for sure he would of made fred fred freds all area team.
    you cant keep a good man down my friend,k.c. heading to the area code try-outs july 7 in santa barbra.you have to be picked by a pro scout to even get to the try-out,its not your h.s. coach who puts you there or your daddy boys.we got our letter three days ago from mil.brewers baseball club,if you have talent and can play at the next level,the scouts will find you,
    so its still baseball ,and football and on the football we have kids playing basekball,crazy life for a kid to give any one coach all he has to give,

  • COChargerfan

    Playing college ball and going to school are wonderful experiences so I’m not saying otherwise but I’m talking about talent levels as in who deserves all-area honors.

    Strasburg wasn’t some unknown quantity that just popped up last year. As a high schooler, he was 6’4″ and threw in the 90′s…but he was like 40 lbs overweight, couldn’t run across the street and was considered to be a kid with a poor work ethic and zero dedication to improving his already considerable skills…so the MLB teams passed…but he was on the scout’s radar. He matured at SD State, saw the light, got his body and brain in the right place and the rest is history. So he had the talent to be drafted out of H.S. but just hadn’t figured out yet what it took.

    The majority of pro players were originally drafted out of high school even though some don’t sign and end up again being drafted from college. There aren’t too many late bloomer stories circulating. As a CSF fan, I know a little about their players and both Ricky Romero and Gary Brown were both drafted out of H.S. and Christian Colon was heaviliy scouted but reportedly not drafted because of signability issues. So, being scouted and/or drafted out of H.S. is a measuring stick.

  • COChargerfan

    Expanding on kh, parents and the coaches encouraging all kids to play multiple sports instead of just one year round is vital to avoiding overuse injuries.

    Check out http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/ which provides resources and advice on avoiding injuries. Started by the noted sports doctor, Dr. James Andrews.

    Good luck to Kc…the one thing I’m going to miss most about going to the Sierra is not being able to play Bonita…win or lose was always entertaining.

  • WHAT’S HIS NAME cont.

    My point is signing out of high school has it’s risks while signing with a college has lifetime rewards, a college degree. Couple that with the experiences of growing up and maturing with other like minded kids who will life long friends is unquantifiable. In the minors you’re throw in with men from all around the world..and it’s cut throat job when all is said and done.

    I admire the kids that turn down the instant neighborhood fame and instead apply their brains and learn to prepare for life after baseball…or go into coaching themselves. College is about options is all I’m saying.

    Locally we’ve had Damien’s Pertusati and Bonita’s Mier go straight to pro ball. One was a lower round pick while the other signed for seven figures. Let’s wish them both well and see where things end up. I know life is about risks and following your dreams so no hate on either decision but when I read the oneupsmanship here I have to say something.

    Paez will pitch college ball as will many of his Lancer brothers. Let’s wish him well and stop comparing. Who knows…Baseball is a funny sport, almost anything can happen..and it usually does.

  • Bulletin shows Bearcats love

    John Knott – Coach of the Year
    Bonita greats were unable to do what Knott’s team accomplished this year
    Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
    Created: 06/23/2010 10:15:36 PM PDT

    LA VERNE – Bonita High School baseball coach John Knott listed their names and accomplishments with rapid fluidity.
    Jiovanni Mier was an easy one; the Houston Astros made the shortstop the 21st pick of the 2009 draft. Center fielder Jeff Gelalich just started his 22nd game for a UCLA baseball team going strong in the College World Series.

    First baseman Jason Plowman hit nine home runs as a freshman at Azusa Pacific University. And 2009 Miramonte League MVP Nico Calderaro was a first-team all-league pitcher at Mt. San Antonio College.

    All were members of the Bonita class of 2009. Thus, none were members of the Bearcats baseball team Knott led to the school’s first CIF final in 36 years.

    Though a 2-1 loss to Huntington Beach Ocean View on June 5 left Bonita a couple runs short of its first CIF championship since 1951, a surging Bearcats program exceeded expectations after sustaining heavy losses, making Knott the Daily Bulletin’s Coach of the Year.

    After posting a 21-6 record and claiming his first league title at Bonita, Knott’s fifth year at the helm was supposed to be a rebuilding one. Four games into the season, the apparent confirmation of that was achieved in the form of a 19-3 loss to Claremont, the eventual last-place team in the Baseline League.

    “I can’t ever remember being boat-raced like that,” Knott, 33, said. “Every ball they hit was on the button or found a hole. The naysayers said, `Here we go. Without all

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    those seniors this is what you get.’ You never know how kids are going to respond to that.”
    Bonita won its next 13 consecutive. It finished the regular season as Miramonte League champion, steamrolling into the playoffs.

    Though the banner class of 2009 did leave a few relatives to contribute; Jeff Gelalich’s brother Matt nearly hit .500 after taking over in center field and Joivanni Mier’s cousin Robert Mier led the team with seven home runs at second base.

    It was the senior class, however, that Knott was the most proud of for answering the critics who expected a precipitous drop off.

    “This year’s team, all the pitchers wanted the ball and all the hitters were willing to grind out at-bats,” Knott said. “Having graduated those seniors last year I thought you just had to be off the charts and have things go your way to win in the playoffs. This team was unified and you could tell.”

    For all the impressive offensive numbers, defense may have been the trademark of the 2010 Bearcats. Last season Knott engineered the pitching for ground balls to the future first-round pick of the Astros. This season the pitch calls favored the right side of the defense, preferably balls in the air where speedy outfielders Gelalich or K.C. Huth could run under them or on the ground where all-around athlete Evan Highly could smother them at first base.

    Bonita averaged just two and a half runs its first two postseason games but the Bearcats survived by allowing one run each game before the offense exploded for 24 combined runs in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

    Bonita stepped off the bus in scorching Lake Elsinore with just three outs remaining in the game before its CIF-SS Division 3 final. Stiff and slightly disoriented, the Bearcats nearly captured Bonita’s first CIF championship since 1951 but they couldn’t quite come up with the key hit in the one-run loss.

    “You look at it and we were so close to winning CIF,” Knott said. “But I’m proud of what we accomplished. The kids are going to remember it forever.

    “I’m going to remember it forever.”

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  • WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    COCF,
    So in essence you are saying you solely put Velasquez ahead of Paez because he was drafted in the second round.You do say later in another post you know nothing about Velasquez and then go on to say Paez was honored because it is a popularity contest.In another post you say you were going strictly on talent levels on who deserves all area honors. What did you base the talent level on Velasquez because you say you don’t know anything about the kid. Man you are an idiot . How do you know that teams didn’t back off of Paez because he wants to go to college and would not sign if drafted. Oh I forgot that couldn’t happen because he is under 5’9″. COCF are you pulling our chain again just so Fred can have another 60 plus hit thread.

  • PERFORMANCE

    KH

    WRONG AGAIN! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS GO TO NIKE CAMP FOR $100 AND GET ASKED TO TRY OUT FOR AC GAMES. NUMEROUS KIDS GET THE TRYOUT.

    GET OF YOUR HORSE DUDE. ITS NOT WHERE YOUR KID BATTED IN THE ORDER, ITS HOW YOU HANDLE THE BAT WHEN YOUR IN THE BOX.

  • SC Baseball?

    FC

    Who would you take out for Guillen? Get real!

    The ride might be 20% at best- books maybe!

    Good school, BB program is WEAK!

  • kh

    performance.
    you said the key word 1oo dollars they will look at you,
    we not going to delta college in stockton.or there july 5 pay for instructional 100 camp either big guy, your wrong know it all, you have to be invited first by a scout,which then mil-brewers area code guy cory rodrigus brewers scout that runs the area code games, gathers all the infor,if he and his staff thinks you have what there looking for as a pro prospect,then they will send out a letter to the house stating you have been choosen to show up july 7 in s.b brother with no money in hand,a honor not a pay check.
    we worked out today at lv hes getting ready.the cannon is on fire,took about 50 ground balls at s.s. and 3b and throw 30 balls from center to home plate,then throw a 30 pitch bull pin,just keep hatred towards us,join the the others.your in a bad group,if you hate people that means your just openning up for more people to hate you,we need love in life,not hate.
    your so wrong about were you hit in a line up.ok then why did k.c. sroce 18 runs and the player in front of him only 7 runs?
    you want the anwser,it takes two hits to score him.you know zero about baseball,saying were you hit in the line up dosnt matter,did you here me matt g scored 43 runs,your right 43 runs infront of you compared to 7.
    i hope you dont work at jpl, because your rockets will strike oil when they go off.

  • KH is Wrong

    A high school coach can recommend his players. Nieto sends a handful every year. Rodriguez and him are old time friends from when the Brewers use to have the tryouts at USC. None of his players have ver made the team but they are always at the tryouts. There have been some good ones cut. Fox, Mistone, Reyes, and Paez to name a few. Anderson and Rio have a great chance to make this year’s squad.

  • Kh….. Come on

    Ur kid did not have a good season just face
    order in the lineup doesn’t matter ur kid still needs to get hits
    don’t blame another kid for your kids struggles… Rbis would be the diffference not average
    I went to many games and I don’t even live in the area ur kid was so selfish necver runs anything out hard knott had to deal with his back talk all year sometimes resulting in benching
    all in all ur kid still needs hits and it shouldn’t matter the order in the lineup half the time the kid in frontbof him had a pinch runner so it’s seems like u need to be more about the team and not the individual

  • Kh….. Come on

    Ur kid did not have a good season just face
    order in the lineup doesn’t matter ur kid still needs to get hits
    don’t blame another kid for your kids struggles… Rbis would be the diffference not average
    I went to many games and I don’t even live in the area ur kid was so selfish necver runs anything out hard knott had to deal with his back talk all year sometimes resulting in benching
    all in all ur kid still needs hits and it shouldn’t matter the order in the lineup half the time the kid in frontbof him had a pinch runner so it’s seems like u need to be more about the team and not the individual

  • Be Realistic

    kh, sorry to break this to you, but your son will not be a pro. Please try to steer him toward a college education. Please don’t let him become an angry man who could never live up to your expectations as an athlete.

    There’s nothing wrong with pushing yourself to be the best athlete you can be, but there is something wrong with parents pushing their kids to be the athlete they cannot be.

    Here’s an idea, let’s push our athlete’s to be the best people they can be.

  • kh

    as your wife probably has a fat ass,my kid will probably get a shot at the pros,
    you dont know ,what a pro scout looks for.
    it has zero to do with h.s. b.a. jerk off.
    theres five tools rhey grade on?
    your wisdom of the game isnt one of them.
    get in the car,she waiting for that d.d.in and out burger,with the large shake and she wants exart sause all over her thighs.
    am glad we have guys like you to scout the next gereration of ball players,why even play next season.
    its called the love of the game ,so why dont you come up to me if you go to our games and let k.c. and i know what to work on to better himself,instead of haten on the little guy.
    what you never had a dream of your own.k.c. wants it, its his life am just there to help when HE CALLS .
    your a no talent parent brother.sick in the mind.
    go beat your dog or spank that hugh ass.

  • Performance

    KH

    Youre are complete mess! Batting order determines how well you hit?

    Quit makin excuses for the individual performance. How about clean up the mouth, and be a better team player. Are we to believe that the line up prohibits the performance or stats? Are we to believe the coaches held your kid back from playing infield? Maybe he’s not that good of an infielder? Or just maybe the coaches don’t see it your way? I guess the decisions were wrong, but heck they got to final game in CIF. Thank the baseball coach, he might just know what he’s doing! LOL

    Oh, and by the way, about invites at AC games! Get real, the $100 is gladly accepted unless you know someone!

    Do you have a wife or chick, because your not getting much love on this board? LMAO

  • Dove Bar KH

    News Flash

    KH doesn’t have any @ss. Who would want him? What does this bozo have to offer any small, medium or large woman?

    NADA!

  • Arsenal Fan

    Congratulations to Rio Ruiz for being invited to the Team USA 16u trials.

  • Just a Bohi Fan

    KH – is there a schedule for the Bonita football tournament for today and tommorrow?

  • Really… Co Charger

    Well your comments are way off. Velasquez kid well he should be proud. As for Paez also proud he is going to college. Now pro to college well it all depends on the kid how he is in school. Really are you going to succeed or fail in college. Pro’s well we know you have to grow up fast no mommy or daddy. Just a reality. As for Paez who knows where he is going to 3 to 4 years from now. Drafted maybe, busisness major, going to law school, etc you get the point. Oh yeah Pro draft possibility look at the Major league teams 5’7,5’9, 5’10 pitchers are in the pro’s so to say he will not be in the Pro’s i think not. Paez holds his future in is hands no one else steller career in high school to follow up with college it is a good possibility. Now Valasquez i do hope he does make it in pro’s if not in a few years well do not know what he going to do . So please invest in the future with your contract.

  • Sir lance alot

    Where is Jay Anderson? For a guy that is quitting football to pursue baseball you would think he would he second team at least???what gives????

  • THAT IS WHY

    Sir Lance,
    That is one of the reasons he is not playing football. He is concentrating solely on baseball so he can better his game and chances of receiving a scholarship as he is also using the free time away from football to concentrate on his studies also. Maybe Fred’s trying to get him back on the football field where many believe he is the better athlete by excluding him althought it’s hard to argue with those chosen. I think he did make all league. Either way good luck to him in his pursuit .

  • COChargerfan

    Only around 5% of MLB players have a college degree yet around 50% of the guys that are drafted come from college…so, lots of guys start playing college ball but out of the ones that make it to the bigs, very few ever graduate. If you look at the draft, lots of juniors are drafted but not many seniors. Why? Well, because if a kid goes to a 4 year college he must complete his junior year before being eligible for the draft and the good ones get drafted at that point and most will forego their senior year to sign. What we don’t know is the percentage of these kids that don’t make it who go back to school to finish their last years…my guess is that this is probably a significant number.

    As to Velasquez, I meant that I’ve never personally seen him pitch. Certainly, he made the newspapers this year.

    I sorted the 2010 MLB draft and there were 804 pitchers selected. The shortest one was 5’9″ and he was the only one this size…and he was taken 1429th. There were 15 guys drafted listed at 5’10″ and 22 at 5’11″. So, only 38 of the 804 draftees (4.7%) were under 6′ tall and the vast majority of the kids are over 6’2″.

    As to Kc, I’ve seen him play and, like Paez, he’s not the biggest kid on the block, but he certainly has talent. And he’s not a pitcher, so he is not playing a position that the pros now prefer kids to be 6’2″ and up. And remember, he has another year to prove himself…folks, it is not where you start but where you finish.

    Just honest observations from a guy that doesn’t have a bone to pick.

  • BONE THIS

    COCF,
    No bone to pick but you sure like to yank chains.

  • http://aol.com Glad you’re not a detective

    kh,

    I have to tell you how much entertainment I get out of your “profiling” of your blogging detractors. You have No idea who you’re talking to.

    According to you, everyone who disagree’s either is a rich La Verne hillside dweller or has an obese wife. Do you know how many “hot housewives” think you are a complete boob?

    Way to go Ken, jokes on you.

  • just sayin”

    What we don’t know is the percentage of these kids that don’t make it who go back to school to finish their last years…

    my guess is that this is probably NOT a significant number. Once students leave the school system – going back is rare – no matter what the profession.

    I’d be curious to find out

  • sgvbaseball

    I have heard the number of about 2% or 3% of drafted and signed players use the college money worked into their contracts.

  • http://aol.com Hot Housewife

    kh,

    i have read all of your angry retorts all season. Hey, do me a favor, DO NOT EVER ASSUME YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO.

    Trust me, you would be VERY embarrassed if you knew who you flung that in-n-out comment at.

    Get some class, or you’re going nowhere FAST!

  • Redemption

    Hot Wife

    KH doesn’t know who he is talking to on this blog. Here at Bonita, he thinks the coaches read this stuff. It’s apparent that this is his only means of communication in trying to get the coaches to position his kid where he deems appropriate. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked!

    Our staff are clearly disgusted with the situation and the fact that his comments are RIDICULOUS and disrupted to the community and the team.

    Class isn’t one of his strong suits! He talks about being “born again”, but really when you read his crap, that’s a joke too!

    He’ll have to walk in front of the gate someday, and that’s where he’ll pay for his actions!

  • kh

    redemption,house wife.
    lets get it straight,i dont care who am talking about on the blog.
    my comment was for the smart ass who said k.c. will never be a pro.
    thats right,so you who thinks hes god and can play mr. future,if the shoe fits where it,
    again this is k.c. last little year over there,
    if you dont see what he bring to your table get him off your team,stop using him if he stinks.i personally havnt seen anything the school or the staff has done for him,theres acouple kids who have vidios made by the coaching staff.17 tackles agaisnt s.h. in the cif and you dont even say crap,didnt even put the defensen stats on the charts,no love. so dont think your holding all the cards my friend with k.c. . train your own kid to be a athlete so others can use them like you use our kids.
    looks like you guys can deal it out but someone calls you on the carpet you fire back without your name behind it,am a man,but intell you put your face to your blog,your fingers happy buddy.
    i will repect you as long as you repect us.its a two way street my friend,
    just because your a h.s. coach dosent give you any rights to pre judge a young mans future,ive coached college level for 5 season and going back this year to d-2 level,you know why am going back ,to kick some ass with the local talent and help kids get what they want out of life,i as a coach would never say to a parent that has played minor league baseball and who has been around the world signing other parents kids to pro contacts,your son will never play pro ball,,
    in that case half the big leaguers would of quit after high scool. a quitter never wins,and a winner never quits,thats a quote on the walls at t.c.h.s. football baby,
    my god k.c. broke his foot openning football game last year and practice and played in the fallowing game,
    how can any one on your staff say he wont ever make the pros,
    i would love for the non athlete sorry person come have a talk about why he wont make it to the pros,i never said hes a shoe inn big leaguer,but to get to the pros,its not that hard guys…so intell we get apolligee,dounting k.c. courage and deesire towards his goals.i will still stand firm,i personally dont give a rats ass about who
    ever made the statement.keep talking crap and i will pull him off the team.you lost one linebacker yesterday,ball in your corner,you cant tell me to my face ,nows your chance,you guys want him off the team? yes? or no?
    because hes never aloud to quit a sport once he starts,but the season hasnt started yet,yes or no.you better be carefull of what you ask for.

  • Word to the Wise

    Ken, don’t make the mistake of engaging the remarks that have no real interest in Bonita, your son or any team at all. With enough reading any person can put together comments that can convince you it’s someone you know or knows any school’s business.

    Please don’t make the mistake and say things that will only hurt you and your son in the long run. I know you love your son but answering a drive by specialists is a losing proposition. Trust me on that!

    When you engage a drive by specialist they get off on what they do best…being cowards for kicks. That said no coach, no matter how muffled their ears will avoid an eventual conservation with some parent who relays the blog BS. Trust me your son doesn’t need that.

    The other day someone wrote that Don’s son was embarrased by his blog comments. Sure…and I own Trump Towers. See Ken any one can write anything without ever being held accountable.

    I enjoy seeing Bonita play, any sport, because it’s all neighborhood kids …some of which I’ve coached…who get along and come from great families. Why let a drive by cowards upset what Bonita has going.

    I for one know know no one is bugging out on things you say. Men pee standing up…we all are entitled to our opinions. Coaches who take blog comments and punish kids are cowards…Bonita doesn’t have that problem.

    Best to you Ken…KC will do what he always does….play all out. Who doesn’t respect that?

    Best to you Ken and KC…

  • HighleyEmbarrasment

    hey word to the wise, errr I mean Don….STFU

    sincerely
    Fire Chief

  • It’s a Farce

    How did the Glendora Plutko, Henley baseball article turn into the Bonita Football, Baseball Blog?

    Fred, why dont you just rename it to the Bonita Forum, or the Bonita Comedy Blog or The Newest soap opera Life and times at Bonita high? How about Blog Blog?

    Just add a Bonita blog section.
    It could be the opinion blog without real opinions.

    What a joke!

    Ps. Fred, could you somehow add spell check to your comment box please!!!!

  • Don

    It’s kind of flattering that when someone using spell check posts here they are accused of being me.

    Kind of.

    For Fire Chief, whoever he is, when the post from Word to the Wise was put up I was in the middle of watching the Air Assault Tourney, run as usual with awesome precision by the Bonita Football Staff. Sorry to rain on your anti-me parade. I did, however, find nearly all of the post by Word to the Wise to be spot on and easy to read, grammatically speaking.

    For those playing at home, WTTW seems to enjoy two sentence para’s, I favor the ‘Rule of Threes’ although we both seem to get behind the thing. When I post, I post with my name: Don. Although there are others here who are uncomfortable stating there opinions openly and prefer to hide behind one or more blog names. That’s OK but a bit cowardly when they choose to become critical.

    Anyhow, now that I have a little more time, I just can’t wait to go back through the blog. I hear there is just no end to the stuff some folks are willing to put under their names. Oh and for the guy who doesn’t like all the Bonita stuff: write something about a school you do like and quitcherbellyaching.

  • highschoolharryerrrhighely

    Don, ever hear of a mobile device? ? Get back to work and off the boards! Quit embarrassing junior highely
    ……….fire chief

  • G-Town #1

    KH

    I will pull KC off the team? What kind of juvenile crap is that? Who does that hurt?
    Life would go on at Bonita in either sport because nobody is bigger than the game or the team!

    Get some help Ken! And by the way, please list the college(s) you ran for five years? That can be checked real easy too!

  • Dog Days of Summer

    Don it is clearly the dog days of summer when drive by specialists have no one to pick on but you.

    lmao

    I guess you can stay clean only so long when you wear the “white” hat. Must take a special type of individual to piece meal an attack at some one as nice and composed as Don. BUt then again, Don what did you expect after so many years of watching individuals get flamed time and again while every one rested their “come one stop it, that ain’t cool” fingers.

    Something tells me the drive by guys couldn’t spot you in a line up or ever talked to your kid.

    What passes for “humor” these days baffles me.

  • Dog Days of Summer

    Almost forgot…”hey that ain’t cool picking on Don!!!”

    Pretty easy considering. Wonder why no one did it before?

  • kh

    g-town i anwsered your request,
    but again things hit the vidio room floor.
    don sorry didnt get to talk too much today,
    sundays at the park are long and hot,this is my 31 year with the redbirds baseball club.
    thats 1612 sundays out of my 2610 total sundays on this earth.
    some guy from g-town going to ? my life in this game,
    sometimes i wonder why do i even go thru this crap,should of stayed home and done the honey do this,let some body else drag the fields open the gates stay and clean both dug=outs then do home plate and the pitchers mound,hold on i still have to hand drag the field,why.
    because i love seeing your little jr. ripe a line drive in the gap.make a driving catch in left field like evan highley did today,see my son playing in the same park where i put in 31 years partner,i stopped coaching because iam a single father,and never miss a game of my son inless like three years when we went to india and signed the two india boys now playing with the minor league pitts org.
    but now its time to roam again ,is that ok with you g-town.the only bummer is wont get to see my son play if we have a game.
    coach knott will let me know where he is and hows the brain going upstairs with k.c.
    is much as things go on between player and coaches they all seam to work out for the best,as long as people know theres only one chief,the indain will dance.

  • socalbaseball fan

    The following players were at the Tournament of Stars in Cary,NC trying to make the USA 18U team. OF Jay Anderson Bishop Amat,OF Jordan McCraney Bishop Amat,OF-IF Wallace Gonzales Bishop Amat,and P Kenny Mathews Diamond Bar. 125 top high school players were playing on teams this week.
    In the 16U team Rio Ruiz was one of the players nominated for tryouts. Problem is if selected he would have to either not play in the tournament in Mexico scheduled in oct 2010 or miss 3 Bishop Amat football games.
    Tough decision to make for high calibur prep baseball players to not play football. 2 players I saw play high school football had serious injuries that slowed down their baseball career. I was at the Eisenhower-Redlands game when Ike’s DB Darnell Coles had a knee injury which slowed down his MLB career. Coles was one of the greatest prospects out of the IE and still made the majors however he lost some speed and was mosly a journeyman for several teams. Diamond Bar’s S-QB Danny Dorn suffered a serious shoulder injury playing safety vs Nogales and lost his junior season and was unable to play QB his senior season and was the punter on the team. He was unable to pitch anymore and presently in the Reds AAA team and could have been called up if not for a fractured hand after getting hit by a pitch.

  • kh

    socall baseball.
    you have a good point about the football players getting hurt.
    well why dont you name the millions of kids who didnt play football, never got that chance to play pro baseball.
    odds are in favor way more more h.s. athletes played football and still made it to the pros,
    then guys who were scared to play and didnt make it,
    i am not sure the% .so just a shot in the wind.over the long run big leaguers played both sports in h.s. / i would guess.
    if your worried about getting hurt,are you going to take out a catcher,or make a driving play in foul ground where you might get your little knee hurt.
    or will you pitch with pain for the team,or save it for the next year. mentel tuffness.
    and emotional control seperates the good ones from the rest of the pack.

  • Dual Sports

    KH

    You have a point, but I think the reason more pro players played two or more sports is because they are great athletes….most likely, the best at their school…afterall they were good enough to get drafted. A lot of times a kid only plays one sport because that is what they love and they have no real chance of playing beyond HS ane they might just be an average athlete. My kid just didn’t want to play football. Not scared, just no desire to play it and there is nothing wrong with that either. Just depends on what the kid wants to do I guess.

  • kh

    theres pros and cons.
    wasnt talking about the kid worring about getting hurt,
    its more the parent,
    another way i look at it is,that if hes playing to sports ,
    for one the the grades have to stay up to par,
    number 2 jr. not running the streets while am out trying to provide a home and meal.
    i trust all of hes coaches,even if we dont seam like were on the right track,the head baseball and football coaches are all on the same side with the parents,school first sports second.
    ive gone in detail with his coaches on things i wouldnt tell my own dad,so i trust them.

    and we had to back out of the trny of the stars in n.c.
    k.c. was a shoe inn with the other local boys but we stayed a are working on winning a cif with coach podley bearcats.he has play mlb for three years with the compton mlb.
    next week we will only have to miss one day at the area code try-outs in s.b.
    the odds of making that team arent good,but to see what lies ahead is good for him.

  • Don

    Hey, it’s all good Dog (Days).

    The drive by guy you’re referring to has more identities than Sybil and more lives than Jerry Brown’s political career. Someone who is unwilling to step up and give his name isn’t worthy of attention when all he wants to do is snipe. Not to worry though, the sun will get too hot and he’ll crawl back under his rock.

    I know he has never spoken to my kid because the little tyke tells me the only two adults he has ever talked about the blog too are both coaches and at least one of them is a fan, (so to speak). As a matter of fact, I had a good laugh with a couple of his teammates and former teammates at the blog’s expense at the H of F game Friday.

    Speaking of which, Fred, how was the dinner at the Elephant Bar? Ours was pretty good but frankly if all you wanted was Chinese there are lots cheaper and better places in the area. Next time try the the place on San Bernardino Road across the street from the bowling alley. Legit fish place.

    Gotta get home in time for the UCLA USC Baseball game. ESPN at 4:30PM.

    Go get ‘em Gello!

  • nothotyet

    Don,
    quit talking to yourself thru the blog

    Fire Chief

  • DON WHO?

    Don

    You talk about a drive by? What’s your last name? What does Don stand for! Just a screen name, youre probably Betty!

    What a joke!

  • Can I get these in a size 22 wide?

    Wait so now Don’s a cross dresser?

    Gee I heard Firemen were strange but I thought that had to do with running into burning building?

    All I’m going to say is Don has to pay big bucks for shoes with high heels that can support that frame!

    Gee Don…who knew?

  • kh

    thats not right.
    your a jerk.
    don cross dressing,what next your going to tell my buddy leading the doodaa parade,
    don i think you have a stalker.lets see don would it be a purple wig or hot pink with the straight forehead hair cut,
    am ready don na, lets hit hollywerd,
    maybe the rockcee.or whisky gogo
    ill dress up with you and ill drink a cold beer,then just take the fifth,i swear it wasnt me your honor,
    by the way your honor, why are you holding my hand,i thaught you were married.
    don grabs his lip stick and freshens up and off we go again.next stop the old train for a burger.
    i forgot how fun sunset was .don you up.
    kh out.

  • Thelma (Don) & Louise (Ken)…too funny !!

    Ken that was too funny. Maybe the blog has hit a new high…or is it low, and we’ve all learned to make fun of the stalkers and drive by artists. I mean who wakes up and decides ..”how can I be a bigger douche bag today than I was yesterday?”

    Ken you’ve got to admit Ken in drag would be too rich for words. As far as you going along for a Thelma and Louise car run I think the mustache has to go….dead give away!!!

    Nice to see we’re all in on the joke..that’s a compliment to Don BTW who’s a class guy with class kids…and taken the stalker to school.

    Hey stalker we’re laughing at YOU !!!

  • Thelma (Don) & Louise (Ken)…too funny !!

    Ken that was too funny. Maybe the blog has hit a new high…or is it low, and we’ve all learned to make fun of the stalkers and drive by artists. I mean who wakes up and decides ..”how can I be a bigger douche bag today than I was yesterday?”

    Ken you’ve got to admit Ken in drag would be too rich for words. As far as you going along for a Thelma and Louise car run I think the mustache has to go….dead give away!!!

    Nice to see we’re all in on the joke..that’s a compliment to Don BTW who’s a class guy with class kids…and taken the stalker to school.

    Hey stalker we’re laughing at YOU !!!

  • Thelma (Don) & Louise (Ken)…too funny !!

    Ken that was too funny. Maybe the blog has hit a new high…or is it low, and we’ve all learned to make fun of the stalkers and drive by artists. I mean who wakes up and decides ..”how can I be a bigger douche bag today than I was yesterday?”

    Ken you’ve got to admit Ken in drag would be too rich for words. As far as you going along for a Thelma and Louise car run I think the mustache has to go….dead give away!!!

    Nice to see we’re all in on the joke..that’s a compliment to Don BTW who’s a class guy with class kids…and taken the stalker to school.

    Hey stalker we’re laughing at YOU !!!

  • Hot Mom

    Kh

    What was your grade in English? Try and make an adjustment!

  • kh

    hot mom so you say.
    put a pitcher out a let thr boys make that call hot or not.
    english,low d
    remember i didnt have any standards.suite up and show up.that was it in english for me.
    didnt like the teacher,you can write the rest of the book for me.
    so again you come on here to crum on my english skills,you suck.
    another drive by with zero to bring on the sports blog.how about your kids.what sports and what was there grades in there sports ms. hot mom,do you look in the miror every morning convince yourself as your title.
    so in closing the english is getting better everyday ,one day at a time,just like me.would love to see what some one proglaims as hot mom.
    so we have s.d. mom,shes kool.
    house wifes of hollenbeck.she will say we peace.
    now, hot mom.miss english teacher. would love some personnal lessons hot mom.id what dose your husband call himself.mucho man.
    give us some histosy on your sports back round,or just your round back?

  • Don

    ‘The drive by guy you’re referring to has more identities than Sybil and more lives than Jerry Brown’s political career.’

    Told ya, take a look:

    Can I get these in a size 22 wide? said:

    Wait so now Don’s a cross dresser?
    Gee I heard Firemen were strange but I thought that had to do with running into burning building?
    All I’m going to say is Don has to pay big bucks for shoes with high heels that can support that frame!
    Gee Don…who knew?
    June 28, 2010 4:13 PM
    DON WHO? said:
    Don
    You talk about a drive by? What’s your last name? What does Don stand for! Just a screen name, youre probably Betty!
    What a joke!
    June 28, 2010 2:58 PM
    nothotyet said:
    Don,
    quit talking to yourself thru the blog
    Fire Chief
    June 28, 2010 2:40 PM

    Clearly someone who got the directions on their meds mixed up. I’m blaming the pharmacist.

  • Tail Gater

    Don I think you’re inferring one person and mixing up who’s who, some are friends while others are obviously foes. My 22 size joke was directed at your stalker and not at you. Hence the cross dressing joke that highlights the ridiculous nature of drive bys. If you didn’t get that I’m surprised. Still at your size that would have been quite the sight don’t you agree? Same with the Thelma joke. Even Ken got that one. At the same time it is a little disingenuous to have been on here as long as you have and Ken of all people outs you by inviting your son to a Redbird practice. Who knew that your son was Evan Highley. In fact you sometimes wrote about your son with out mentioning he was your son, that’s on you. I find that odd at best. As far as multiple personalities and multiple names go that’s more a reflection of stalker issues as you’ve found out the hard way, any one can say anything without so much as a slap on the wrist from the moderators who love bloggers fights and outrageous personalities that rile up hits. I mean you did one time go after a SH parent who you thought might have said something that may or may not have been true then split hairs by defending your comments when all knew what you were saying/bashing. Don, you’re human. Accept that you’re not teflon on this blog. Besides your name may be “Don” but you’re not the “Teflon Don” of the blog. Capiche? Besides Don lots of people have come to your defense and said you’re a great guy so there’s that.

  • http://aol.com Be Realistic

    Don,

    Regarding the use of your ‘given name’ being used on your post, I’m not sure that’s a great idea. Unfortunately, there are a lot of unstable people out there. I personally don’t want my family’s safety jeopardized over one of my unpopular opinions. I also don’t want to have to defend myself when someone posts stupid comments using my name.

    That being said, I’m glad to know it’s just you, Ken & Sybil posting here.

  • kh

    tailor maid.
    don and i
    dont hide who we are,for one thing we have nothing to hide from,both talk from the hearts and sole.
    my hollywerd trip with homie was all good and dons no dummy.
    he got it,
    we are not back stabbers,well tell you how it is.
    and dont talk crap about young athletes.
    i blogs getting real boring lately.

  • kh

    be real.
    your family saftey.
    nobody cares about you.what the hell have you ever done.
    beside take your meaningless life out on blog,the blog was ok for awhile now its like every thing we say,some punk goes for the throat with his non sence.its a great tool for the weakmen,where us would guys take shots at don and i.we could make a pretty good wrestling team,man the spin off the ropes and bam straight into dons sizes 22 foot sandwhich,here comes partner baby ruth huth flying off the top ropes with a elbow stick to the fore head.then don off the second ropes with his pattened human pancake belly flop.
    its nice to have a partner like don.
    whos your partner buddy.

  • Escape

    KH

    Where’s the college list?

  • khcant

    Kg dude get a life…your poor son, I feel sorry for him. And what college would possibly feel u would be the “missing link? ” and your relationship with Don exists because your the only 2 douchebags that accept eachother for being blog wannabes. Sincerely, maz

  • BHS TEAMS

    KH

    Still wanting for your bad @ss move in pulling your kid off the team. Any balls to that statement? Our teams will go on with or without one player and that includes the image in your head.

  • kh

    bhs teams.
    hang tight,its only spring football,
    needs the hard work.we all know in baseball the condioning a joke. in general,not pointing out any single school.
    so if we pull out then maybe the two spots he takes your whisle kid can play,thats why your pulling for the move,in that case where no way we are going anywhere,see how easy the mind gets to the point.
    who feels sorry for k.c.
    then come feed him ,by his sprite pack,go pay the 75;00 dollar rec fee.
    he needs some new shoes,why your feeling in just a good mood.
    his truck needs new main rear seal,385;00 .
    gas is about 60;00 a week.come clean his room.
    intell you have a son do need your sorry ass help.
    dont forget i raised three more just like him.
    take that too the bank.
    let me tell you somebody told me along time ago.
    sorry never won a race.

  • kh

    bhs teams.
    hang tight,its only spring football,
    needs the hard work.we all know in baseball the condioning a joke. in general,not pointing out any single school.
    so if we pull out then maybe the two spots he takes your whisle kid can play,thats why your pulling for the move,in that case where no way we are going anywhere,see how easy the mind gets to the point.
    who feels sorry for k.c.
    then come feed him ,by his sprite pack,go pay the 75;00 dollar rec fee.
    he needs some new shoes,why your feeling in just a good mood.
    his truck needs new main rear seal,385;00 .
    gas is about 60;00 a week.come clean his room.
    intell you have a son do need your sorry ass help.
    dont forget i raised three more just like him.
    take that too the bank.
    let me tell you somebody told me along time ago.
    sorry never won a race.

  • Classic

    Ken that was classic. “sorry never won a race” ! Too funny.

    Seen KC play football and he’s 100%. Kid has wheels, heart, mental toughness and is a flat out competitor. He ain’t going anywhere but to the front of the line. Take that to the bank!

    Bonita is on to something this year if everyone stays healthy. Best of luck to the Huths.

  • BHS team

    Blah blah blah. I have yet to see the front of the line in any sport to date.

    What were the numbers in BB? Brag all you want, blam anybody you want, like the batting order(LOL), and then lets see if you pull your kid!

    Talk is cheap dude and you talk way to much!~

  • kh

    you dont have to rat your self off,
    i have never seen to the front of the line.
    and you never will waldo.
    your a back door man,if even a man.
    bb help take a team farther then any other bonita team since 1953,thats in general is a great season ,dont you think. bb over,now its just pure football season,wait next wenseday morning we are driving to santa barbra for the area code try=outs then bb done,dont really think he will make team,you really have to be high on the list,quest what nobody asked us are h.s. stats.can you belive that,blab blab blam.
    maybe the pitchers dad from round 4 of the cif called k.c. into the area code head staff after he smoked him for a 2b and a 3 run hr.you think.
    its all good buddy,we love the game and will never quit or back down from whisle like you.good night,give me your address,ill send you one of my baseball cards,last time i cheched its worth 7;oo 15 years ago.

  • gameoflife

    Kh if u have a minor league card worth 7.00 then u must be pictured on there with somebody who actually made it somewhere in baseball. Because you by yourself have done squat. Not many 5 8 guys in the show dude. And we all know u never made it. Btw why don’t u answer the other Guy? What colleges have u coached at big mouth? The over/under on your coaching this time around: 2 yrs Max, then they’ll get smart and blow u outta there. Little junior probably hoping it lasts longer, so u can stay away from him. FACT

  • arealcoach

    Kh, you never made it out of A ball partner and whats with the huge gaps in your minors career??Drug rehab??? Dont know just asking. You being a gopher lawn mower, field maintenance person who’s lived the school of hard knocks in Pasadena makes much more sense to me than hitting coach at some college. Let us all know what genius school hired u as their hitting coach and we’ll all be sure to stay away from that place. And that brings up another point. That school (and i heard it was csla, but dont know for fact) must have something up their sleeve theyre trying to use you for because nobody would want a washed up ex whatever (you fill in the blank) to work with their guys. Just my opinion.

  • G-town #1

    No answer?

    List of colleges, years, and AD in charge! Still waiting!!!

  • kh

    man you really dont me.
    am 6-1 dude,not 5-8.
    get it together haterman.
    why do you care what college i coached at .you never would of cut it there,big mouths,dont play ball they cheerlead.
    p.c.c 3 seasons and c.s.l.a two years under the great john herbolt,fill better haterman.to bad this is your only ink you ever get,and you have to crete it on your qwn,your a loser in the worst way,
    larry

  • whatever

    gameofloser

    what motivates a guy like you?

    in all seriousness, what motivates a guy to wake up every morning with the expressed intent to tear into “anyone” as randomly as you obviously do?

    no need to defend ken or his son because he truth is you would pick on mother teresa if you thought it would piss people off. so again , what motivates a guy like you?

    most bloggers have agendas as varied as your blog personas. notice i didn’t mention various screen names because using various names isn’t cowardice but an exhibition in survival skills trying to avoid the bs that comes from being singled out by guy/guys like you

    you, or “yous” have now chosen the huths as your very public pin cushions to generate whatever it is that you get out of harassing some one for kicks. now don is getting some cross fire action but most know it’s not based on reality.

    most individuals are a work in progress while others are just a piece of work

    too bad we have to read another one of your boner inducing driveling responses.

    grow a set dude and stop enjoying being the blog azz

  • cryptonite

    Whatever, eerrrrr I mean Don. Thanks for the rebuttal. But Kens a big boy, he can fight his own battles. Don the douchebag…..

    “What motivates you” LMFAO

  • BHS

    A clown like KH opens himself up to this attack. Big mouth, daddy ball boy, can’t get over LL days at SS, and THINKS he knows more than the coaches!

    If he was an assistant coach somewhere, the trail sure ended soon!

  • thetruth

    Hey Don why dont you let us know about the fire scene and whats around the corner in that area and stay away from defending Kh and acting like your some kind of authority on the “hs blog”. I’d respect u a lot more if you did that. Your kid’s a decent athlete at a d3 school and you cant let him just have his 10 seconds, guys like you and kh have to cockblock and somehow become involved in THEIR time in the spotlight. Your both jerkoffs!

    signed,
    a parent who’s kids pretty good and doesnt need me interfering on the “hs blog”

  • Don

    TG,

    The mental picture of me in lady’s wear must have clouded my sense of humor, apologies for missing your implication. As far as my identity goes, that hasn’t been much of a secret here for years. Some guy outed me back in ’07 when he matched yours truly, (and kids), to a team I was associated with.

    So far no physical attacks, although I’ve had a dozen people, maybe more ask me if I was the ‘Don on the blog’. I’ve told ‘em all that he was me, no problem and it’s made me new friends, some I still correspond with, that I wouldn’t have known had I never posted. People from Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Covina, Whittier, San Dimas, all over. That alone is worth dealing with the occasional critic using multiple alias’ even if some of my ‘blog pals’ no longer post here.

    Err, Teflon Don? Hardly; people have been disagreeing with me since I began here but up until recently it was about what I had written, or didn’t write, and not about me. That’s different now as so much of what I read here seems personal. And human? Oh yeah, I’m as human as the next guy, no better, no worse, just another fan only you know who I am and I don’t know you.
    Like JJ Cale says:

    Ain’t no changes in me
    And I ain’t hidin’ from nobody
    Nobody’s hidin’ from me
    Oh, that’s the way its supposed to be

  • Don

    Whoever Whatever is, he isn’t me. Not that I don’t agree with him/her, but I have a name and I use it, all the time.

    Unlike some others.

  • FC

    Here’s how much baseball Ken doesn’t know. When Fred and just about everyone else said Bonita was going to be rebuilding this year Ken said they’d be in the Championship game, and gave reasons why. Guess he was wrong.

    Then the comment was if Ken knows so much about baseball why doesn’t he coach a team himself. Well all he did was get a college job as a hitting instructor. Not bad for a, in you words not mine, “washed up” baseball guy. So again, how much baseball does he know? That’s not even taking into consideration his Redbirds commitment to kids for “big bucks”, lol “Big Bucks” being …the love of the game.

    Then you say, Ken didn’t make it in the The Show, depends on your perspective. Traveling the world to represent and develop players for “The Show” is pretty impressive in it’s own merit. I mean it’s not like anyone else is doing it here. So again, how much baseball does Ken know to be a part of that effort?

    Then some one mentioned Ken would be a pain in the butt to Bonita coaches. Well unlike so many Fish Bowl Dads who wiggle their way on to staffs Ken has instead taken a jib that might keep him from seeing his son’s senior season. So maybe Ken puts his money where his mouth is and is letting KC spread his own wings seeing as college is right around the corner. And besides Ken’s view on Bonita’s playing positions and batting order are based on his life long baseball experience unlike almost every baseball “head” that spews opinions at games based on the size of their “childhood baseball card collection” and nothing else.

    Ken doesn’t hide on the blog and certainly doesn’t hide in person. I went to the CIF Championship game expecting to “hear” Ken but I didn’t even see him or “hear” him.

    Ken deserves allot of credit for being up front with his issues, his life and his feelings. Do I always agree with him, no. Does he care, no. Do I , no. We’re both men who speak our minds and accept what comes, when it comes. Neither one of us is hard to find. Both of us have encouraged drive by artist to speak their minds in person, and both of us will have to wait until He&& freezes over to get that privilege.

    Just look at Damien’s Football program. Where’s the drama now? Where’s the second guessing? Where’s the know it all comments? Gone. Why because true cancers are gone. Now all we have left is a school united because they see the difference/impact I’ve always said was possible with high quality men who coach the sport at a high level. Just take a peek at the Fr. practices, they’re incredible!!! This year Damien might go 4-6 or 3-7 or 6-4 who knows? The one thing everyone knows is they will be prepared, fight like heck and be better for it. Besides, competition rules the day now, as it always should have been. Maybe that’s Ken’s point all along. Maybe that’s what he’s learned along the way, in baseball and in life, to never accept things can’t get better.

    The loser is the man who quits first not the man that’s 8 runs behind and keeping plucking away believing in the possibilities. Ken believes in the possibilities and clearly loves his kids, his life and competition. What do his haters love other than giving him a hard time?

    Best of luck Ken. I’m sure the college kids will get a kick out of your stories and benefit from your knowledge. Peace brother. Keep doing what you do.

  • FC#2now

    Hey Kh youve succeeded! The most hated guy ever on the blogs is “backing” you! Way to go Ken. He loves you because youve become so hated that hes no longer number one! Alright Kh, biggest douchebag award on the blog is yours now buddy. Enjoy it!!

  • arealcoachtake2

    Frank, the reason Kh was right about Bonita is because he understands hs baseball. Bonita has built a decent program in DIVISION 3. Dont matter that they gradutated a couple studs. Should have won it that year for sure and didnt. Point is that its all about where your placed in hs sports and what levels of talent and size you have to compete against. Stick Bonita in D2 or D1 and it doesnt mean Knott isnt doing the same job as he is now but Bonita would have ZERO chance of competing for titles. And thats a fact. No disrespect to anybody. Theres plenty of guys working their tails off in higher levels with nothing to show because of the size and talent they have to go against.

  • FC

    Don…I had to check that. You’re right I thought it was a Lynard Skynard tune but they covered JJ Cale’s 1071 song. Nice. I love that song and when things get me down I always blast that tune.

    Last time I burned that tune over and over I was blasting down PCH on my way to Big Sur at 2 a.m in a beautiful black Porsche with the top down and ‘The Breeze” as my only companion…well that and a full moon.

    At one point a CHP pulled along side me and rolled down his window and gave me a thumbs up. True story! I guess we can all relate to The Breeze at one time or another.

    “I ain’t HIDING from NO BODY…NO BODY’S HIDING FROM ME..”

    Classic Don at his best. I”ll ask Mr. H to introduce us next time I’m at Bonita. BTW isn’t Mr. H one impressive guy. No ego and two boys with all the talent in the world. Coach the younger one and he’s pretty special. Still can’t get over how much he’s grown.

  • bryantb2

    Oh my God! All this talk about GHS this and Bonita that, fuuny nobody has the juevos to put their real names, unlike myself. Dan Henley is WAY over rated and KH, without you as a coach KC would have sat the bench in little league this year! I’ve seen more talent in my oatmeal this morning. BTW Kh Im guessing by your blogs you were no english major! Expect big changes next year with GHS and Bonita out and the REAL teams back in action. Wiffle ball practice or not!!

    Love Always

    Bryant Brown

  • arealcoachtake3

    Bryant, im going to have to disagree with you in terms of Henley being OVERrated. That is not true. Hes LONG been thought to be a horrible coach and completely a bafoon with most of his teams at Glendora. He just recently (couple yrs ago) went through a stretch of losing seasons that was record breaking at GHS. They were calling for his head right and left. But hes conected very well and protected in the school district. He should have had a DOMINANT team last year with this yrs kids as juniors and adding in Regis. So you cant be overrated if youre thought to be terrible in the first place. This yrs team was more a product of seniors coming together with great tutelage along the way from outside people, and the GHS people know who im referring to.

  • kh

    f.c.
    right on brother.
    dons always the bomb.
    the others kill me,
    what do they do wake up and go for kh ,
    thats what i love man.
    always wanted to be up with the game on the line or a ball hit to me and throw out the winning ran at the plate,
    us baseball people know why baseball is flowing 24/7 in the blood steam.
    why am iam going back to coach baseball?
    being A SINGLE dad i had to make alot of changes,so k.c. getting old enought to wipe his own,its about me now so,thats one reason and the second is i can,didnt send out a resume or bag anybody i put the word too acouple people and one week later two jobs openned,i am excited to start learning some of the rules on recruiting dos and dont.will have to get my class b.
    people this is what i do,so why the haters all fired up.dont you go to work and do your job,
    ive allready putting a list of local kids for college jobs,and haters if your kids good enough i will help him,try to humble your self buddy.lifes just too daqme short to be haten all the time,the more love you give out the more love will come back.
    its ok to miss k.c. games.
    my good buddy peter r. will fill me in,guest what,will try to help his kid too.thats how we roll.brother from another mother.

  • Are you kidding

    Henley did a great job this year, but next year’s team will struggle no matter who the coach is. Might be in a tougher league and most of next year’s seniors have very little real varsity experience except Alexander and a few role players. Pitching experience is a big fat ZERO and the stuff on JV isnt all that impressive.

  • DaveH

    Whatever else can be said, The Glendora Tartans did an awesome job this year. As a resident of Glendora I am so proud of these kids and their Coach Dan Henley. Not only for the wins, but for all the great tutalidge and patience Coach Henley showed in the dugout during the championship game. Real Class Act in my book. Of the 2 baserunning mistakes Glendora made that game Coach henley gave a willing ear and an arm to lean on to talk the players back into the game and they never let up. I’m hoping he sticks around for a good long time and bryantb2, you have to be just trolling or at the very least a 45 year old virgin with to much time on his hands. You have no basis for your reasoning and as far as the rest of us not having the “huevos” to give our names and the personal attack on KH and his boy you truly have no class or even the intelligence required to comprehend what true sports mean and how they are run. To attack the talent of a student athlete is just immature and unnesessary. Get a life bro.

  • kh

    i am still trying to figure out the whole div 1- 2-3.thing ,how any body with brains could really think it matters ,
    amat beats div 1 teams pre-season trny,fred goes bannans,
    bonita wins pre trny cory l trny and beats glendora easy,nobody cares. beats bishop gorman,chino hills and s.h.
    still dosent get ranked.then some dummy comes on here and said we would get killed in div. 1 or 2 league games.didnt we beat d-bar last season.
    heres what i cant understand,you live in glendora and go to glendora your a better player then all players from bonita,thats the pure stupit.theres starting players on glendora who would never make bonitas line up.thats a fact. visa vera to.
    then mr.henley will just have to coach alittle bit different next year,we all know danny was waiting for all the boys to play together this year.they have played many games together on all-star team for years,but henley did a great job kept them on scale and lining towards there goals.great job boys and men helping cdoach the boys.next season who cares when is the parade would love to come support my friends and there kids for finishing a great ride,

  • ON THE OTHER HAND

    KH ,
    Glad to hear you have gotten a job in your life’s passion , baseball . I am not sure how it’s done on writing scouting reports and believe me this is no knock but you should do something about your writing skills. There will come a time as you are working for a college when you will be required to write one thing or another for someone high up in the administration. You do know your baseball and I do believe you would be so much more effective if you could spell and write better. As I said this is not one of those drive by posts knocking you on your grammar but just some friendly advise.Good luck to you and enjoy your second time around except this time clean and sober . Peace .

  • bryantb2

    kh,
    Peter R. has your back? What a joke! Watch out for that Machete, they can be used for more than cutting jungle brush, besides, shouldnt Peter be in the lead, after all he is Mr. Wonderful.

    Bryant

  • arealcoachtake4

    Kh your dummer than u look if u dont understand that divisions are EVERYTHING. Wow, cant argue with ignorance I guess.

  • what do teh stalls say…”I NEED TO KNOW” !!!!!

    arealcoach wouldn’t be on the blog other than to defend a player, team or a family that was being unjustly vilified. The only other excepton would be to inform or congratulate. What other reasons could there be to be online as a coach.

    as has written before:

    any coach that checks the blog to see who gossiping about them should check bathroom stalls to check his wife’s virtue.

    both are a sign of insecurity

  • Jackboy

    unrealcoach.
    Obviously you dont know the criteria it takes to be a division one school. If you were a real coach as you say, you would know this.
    It would take two solid paragraphs to explain this to you; sorry youre just not worth it. However, kh does get it.
    So please take the Toilet plunger off your head, you look ridiculous.
    You are right about one thing, you cant argue with ignorance!!!

  • arealcoachlasttake

    jackboy,

    ???????????????????????wtf are u talking about? If you dont think that theres better caliber athletes and ballplayers throughout each subsequent higher division then you are CLUELESS!Does that mean that certain lower division teams cant compete at the higher divisions. No. But the general, average team that u run up against in the lower divisions is medium to poor. There are MANY teams that dont even make close to a run in the higher divisions that would threaten to win it all in the lower divisions. As far as what constitutes what division one plays in of course is enrollment. But that point has nothing to do with the facts im stating about level of play and standards of play. Go watch a run of the mill division one game and then do the same in divisions 3 and 4 and it isnt even close. I will not engage u any more in conversation. If you dont understand this fact, then its not worth wasting anymore typing. For Kh, I actually feel sorry for the guy. Hes a fellow player, played proball and i respect that. And theres lots of characters running around in that circuit for sure. The guys unhelpable. And for the few of you that feel he may be of any help to your son, save your breath and your time with this guy. Trust me.

  • Freddy T

    yucaipa was a wild card. Crespis reward for being high seed in d2 playoffs, Yucaipa with T walker. Wow! Bonita didnt see anything close to yucaipa and it was crespis first round game. Look at some of the other first round matchups in d1 and d2. Blows your mind the quality and quantity of teams that just are not present in that abundance in lower divisions. Have to go with the coach here on this one.

  • Jackboy

    Unrealcoach.
    Since this is a Baseball Blog I can only assume that you are some kind of Football guy which would explain your total ignorance when it comes to Baseball Divisional play.
    So I will say this only once so maybe youll understand the facts. If you dont understand this, not my fault
    This Im sure will surprise you but more Div. 2 Baseball players have been drafted than Div. 1.
    2 more Baseball players were drafted by Div.1 than Div.3 but, more Baseball players from Div. 3 taken in the draft in the tenth round or better.
    These are numbers I can prove and are Southern California totals.
    This is not an anomaly, these are typical yearly figures.
    Im not going to waste my time watching any crappy teams regardless of the Division they play in.
    I rely on facts. And the fact is youre an idiot and youve already gotten more airtime than you deserve.

  • Int Scout

    Sorry FC, your boy Kh hasn’t traveled the world and hasn’t inked anybody. International bird dogs scouts can recommend but they don’t sign on the dotted line.

    All this can be easily researched in our line of work.

    Hopefully he’ll learn the proper procedures and learn how to conduct himslef in the front office or the end will come sooner than later.

  • kh

    area 51 coach
    sorry went to glendora yucaipa game went to st francis vs crespi game both team didnt show me anything glendora smoked them.bonita would of beat the crap out of yucaipa,glendora had a very good team,but like any team they got beat.my old h.s. t.c. beat them.this is h/s/ baseball.
    your high in your d-1 clouds.starting to sound like fred with amat all year.
    do you read your own stuff,
    please everybody dont listen to kh.
    please,
    he will hurt your son.
    please,please ,everybody lets all hate him,hes a bad man.
    grow up,name some guys you have worked with so we all can kiss your butt.
    i just dont judge people because they dont know alot of baseball.
    i like hanging with the under dog.
    get him to believe in himself.
    your the kind of guy who likes to hang with the super stars.
    makes you fill big.
    talk about how good your friend is.
    how your friends son plays at the big d-1 school.
    wow.
    so what about in wrestling where theres no big schools, small school.its one on one my friend and n.v. kicks the crap out of your d-1 kids.
    so whats the deal there.your not ranked d1d2d3d4d5 cif- state =nationals.
    so your the douchesbag bag douchers.
    jackboy and myself have played with d-1 in our pro days.they put there shoes on the same as everybody else.
    did you play h.s.college or minor league ball?
    jackboy and kh in there day would of batted 1-2- in any d=1 program.just like we did in the pros area 51 coach.both 6-7 running with above arms.so your blowing your smoke up the wrong highway friend.

  • arealcoach8

    Lol…nice career kh did next to nothing with big gaps in between what was that all about? Nice prospect u were, or maybe u just didn’t have it between the ears. Surprise right? Lol and Jacobite your counterpoint is completely off topic AGAIN. We are arguing apples and oranges. I could care less about prospects and individuals. If u don’t think there are more better baseball players on the upper div campuses for Hs play than on the lower div campuses, then I really don’t know what else to say to You. But since apparently u are friends with Kh, that explains a lot. And What about the other 7 or 8 kids around that lower div prospect…that makes a tm buddy. Nut u only there to scout, u don’t know coaching

  • blog interpreted

    Well woke up and checked the blog and saw this baseball banter. It appears to me that the coach + jackboy are arguing different points. From a general team standpoint there’s no question I agree with coach. As far as kh, he’s interesting for sure. Lots of arguments on the blog always. Just let your son do his thing + think about professionalism in terms of the next phase of things in your life. Coaches don’t spew nonsense all day to “nobody” on the web

  • kh

    int. scout.
    do your home work.
    scouts just dont always get credit for there players they sign.put guys you have signed please.
    when i signed with the cal-angels in the 1980 rueben rodriguz was my scout,but i signed under rick coco scouting director. today ricks name on my contract not ruebens.
    so out the window your infor your friend told you.a scouting director sometimes signs guys and puts scouts names to the players,your going to come on here and tell me i havent traveled around the world helping players get signed,
    well i guess two years agolegend super scout ray pointivent and my self,got a wild hair up our ass to go to india and search the india land for players ,ok,
    no we went in honor of usa to promote mlb and gathered 30 of the countrys top pitchers,and worked them out for 9 days on the 10 day we signed two boys and brought them back to the great usa,the boys are now in the pittsburg org.
    is my name on there contracts,whos cares.did i hand pick them …??? yes yes yes .
    1992 int.with angels signed 4 players.trent darrington,made it up to the bigs and had a good little career,he runs 6-4 runner in the 60 yd dash.was my name on the sheets.who cares.rays name was.its ok when me.5 years ago we sign taiwain player with chi white sox player name lin ,he was on there national team,91 -93 guy,still pitching in org.
    trip to japan 2006,was more with japan baseball on up coming posted players,so for to come on and say ive never been around the world,put your name to your post and i will do some home work with buddys and bring you out of the closet mr.baseball intro guy.if i was lying jackboy would be the one telling us kh is full of crap.if you know jackboy.listen to him,he dont bullshit,as gardens bloom flowers,jackboys family blooms baseball people.thats a fact intro jack.
    going to wake up jr,we are going to bonita to work out for a couple hours.area codes try-outs are wenesday.is that ok or is kh bullshitting us all.

  • Jackboy

    Unrealcoach,

    Stick Bonita in D2 or D1 and it doesnt mean Knott isnt doing the same job as he is now but Bonita would have ZERO chance of competing for titles. And thats a fact.
    I believe was your Quote!
    Teams like Glendora and Bonita couldnt compete in Div. 1? You dont get out much do you? Your statement is asinine. Ive seen these teams and other Div. 2, 3 teams play and trust me they would do just fine in Div. 1.
    As for team depth, which is what your thoughts have shifted to, Ok you may have a point. (Bigger schools) But your original point had nothing to do with that.
    So you just keep on being that moving target and change your opinion as it suits you and Ill inform with the facts. And once again Unreal coach you are an Idiot!

  • Arealcoachtake9

    Jackboy,

    Not a moving target, thats been the basis of my argument from step one, stated or otherwise. Agree Glendora 2010 just fine in d1, never said otherwise. I said the d3 (Bonita-yes) and d4 (other than amat) teams could not and would not compete in the d2 + d1 playoffs in terms of making runs towards cif titles like bonita has done last 2 years. First 3 teams bonita played this year in cif were very below avg to poor and boom theyre in the semis. No way this is possible in d2 or d1, and i’ll argue this point until the cows come home with you. First round matchups in terms of depth, program, coaching, size of school, size of athlete in d1 or d2 DO NOT compare with first round matchups in the lower divisions in those areas i mentioned. How much more clear can I be? This has been my point from step one then all sudden u come in from a scouting and individual point of view. Thats YOU being elusive target not staying on topic, NOT ME. In fact your first rebuttal was I dont know how d1 is even formed or decided or something like that. Well, I dont care and what does that have to do with anything of what my point was. Bonita, S Hills, Northview all good hs baseball programs, no question. But none would have the cif success above d3 that theyve enjoyed the past few years. Were there prospects and great players on those teams, of course but NOT my point.

  • Redbird Fan

    Wow it’s crazy watching the back and forth on this. One blogger, out of no where having a conversation with himself in different personalities. Almost like watching Sasha Cohen doing Borat, Ali G and Bruno all at once with split screens.

    HK is now a target? I mean give the man a break. He’s obviously doing the best he can and being up front about his good and bad days. I do find it a bit disgusting for people to bash him “for his own good” or telling him that “real” coaches do not “spew” on a blog yet the blogger himself has a screen name of “a real coach”…too pathetic.

    Before the blog existed Ken was helping kids and teaching a game he loves. Who gave a rats azz and takes the time to spend all those man hours out on the field before and after practices. Who spent time trying to do what their own Dads couldn’t do. Who has actually provided a team for players regardless of “present” talent level. Must be tough seeing players move on to better teams who didn’t have the “tools” to play for anyone else when Ken took them in. How many years has the Redbirds been in existence? How many players with a shot and a chance at playing time because of Ken. Give credit where credit is due.

    You want to talk about his minor league career and ask for explanations for the gaps. Dude life happens, ’nuff said. At the very least Ken has “baseball” people who respect him, want to help him and obviously want to see him back on his feet….that’s saying something about the man, don’t you think?

    Still what kind of person enjoys kicking a man when he’s trying to get up. That’s the ultimate coward. Still haven’t heard one remark about Ken ever crossing the line with kids…and isn’t this what it’s all about?

    Here’s a fact most ignore. No college coach is going to take a “flyer” on some one who would hurt their career. Ken must be doing something right. Best of luck ken

  • bryantb2

    R U Kidding me? Glendora got passed Div 2 by the skin of their teeth. Only in the championship game did they dominate. And you want them in Div 1? No way man. A real coach seems to be there with me on that one but his whole banter really just seems to be bitterness towards kh and jackboy because they got farther than him in pro baseball. Take it easy there Bob Eueker. As for KH, glad to hear your taking the boy out to practice a bit. Might want to grab PR’s kid while you’re at it. Not saying they’re bad, just after a season you get outperformed by a sophomore who puts up better numbers as a sub, you have to look at yourself and say hmmm, what do we do? I guess little KH isnt that bad but could someone please tell little PR how to throw and hold a ball?

  • arealcoachtake10

    Jackboy, Furthermore, Most of those d1 and d2 teams have to compete in leagues that are very taxing and very formidable from top to bottom. There are no “easy weeks” so to say. For example Dave Lawn over at Servite. If you dont think Servite would drop down and dominate then you are NUTS. Lawn does a great job and has good kids and has barely won any league games since arriving to Servite. Why? Because every friggen team has depth galore full of talent. All draftable? NO. But not my point. There are bench players from that league (JSerra, Sevite, Santa Marg, Mater Dei, etc) that would start at ALL d3 schools. Fact. Have I made my point clear yet or am i still “jumpin around” as you say. LOL. Jackboy u are probably a very good baseball person and we probably even know eachother but I will defend my position to the fullest on this topic because I am RIGHT. On the contrary to what I just said, there are games in Bonitas schedule where Knott barely has to coach because the level of competition is so inferior. Check out the last four league games for Bonita. Talk about stat builders, arm resters, relaxers. Thats 2 off weeks in a row right before CIF. And this is d3. Could you imagine d4 and what some of those lower half of leagues look like. This is my total point. Have i made myself clear yet jackboy or am i still jumping around? BTW, you dont exactly exude class, as I went back and looked at a few of your recent posts and slanders of coach smith at south hills. And u supposed to be older, wiser scout/baseball guy. Smith probably has just told u where to stick somewhere along the way and your butthurt over it… Hows this for jumping around???lol

  • justaparent

    Redbird fan, you have to remember though that kh brings alot of this on himself. I mean, you made some very good points but hes a hard guy to defend with as much as he talks on the hs blog. Im kind of in the corner of an earlier poster who said why blog at all. Isnt this kc’s time in the sun to shine. Just be a great dad and mentor to your son (which im sure he does) why have to have some of the spotlight. Alot of people read this and kc (and other kids) dont need their dads on here. Whats the point? And as you said hes been coaching and such before the blogs, why worry about this banter and such. Again,brings alot on himself. Ive tried to be objective on this. Can u at least see my point. Would love to hear your response.

  • Arealcoach11

    Redbird, I never said anything about “spewing”, that was somebody else…obviousley im on here spewing because a couple things have irked me and led me on this path past couple days. Ive always just been a reader and should go back to that to be honest

  • kh jokerman

    to bryant song.
    theres not one soph. at bonita who put up better # they matt or k.c.
    there was a higher ave.from one.
    dont forget most of there at-bats where late in the games or on blow outs,.
    they saw # 2 and 3 pitchers,
    which they will face this season.
    check out ko % on the soph.
    coach knott dose a very fine job keeping the sophs heads pointing in the right direction,
    matt had some really good at bats .wona big game with a walk off double agaisnt self proclaimed powerhouse d-bar. had a fine run in cif to .i dont need to protect ny kid.it was a werd season,maybe he started his growth cycle,things change with teenagers.you figure it out and let us parents know.dont come on here and crum on matt r.hes the kind of kid you would love to adopt.
    i think its easy to see the parents from the players on the blog.
    its ok to fire on us,we can handle it,not ok at all to load up on players,thats classless.am just having some fun.and sence i run a honest program,we didnt go to the high school.maybe theres the reason for 300 plus ave.
    i was ready to go.the light has to go on,

  • Aaron

    This blog wouldn’t exist if all the daddy’s out there didn’t come on here with their numerous names. At least there are few honest ones here.

  • DaveH

    Totally with you Aaron. That bryant guy was on here yesterday slandering kids and I called him out. I’m actually a little league coach in Glendora and I started coming on here just to see what awaits my son and I in the next few years. I cant believe that even at this level there are PARENTS that attack coaches and players alike, as if they have all of the answers. Unrealcoach, as jackboy has dubbed you, you may have a point about playing in tougher leagues, but why bring that up? It’s kind of an I bet my dad could beat up your dad kind of statement. We should be congratulating ALL of the boys who played for Glendora, Bonita, Yucaipa or Ocean View and not just saying HEy, if you were in Div 1, you would get killed! I mean am I wrong?

  • Give it a rest

    just a parent,

    Your kind of types crack me up especially when you excuse or condone your own behavior by uttering the words of every coward..” they/he/she brought it on themselves”….well actually NO THEY DIDN’T.

    PLEASE DON’T PRETEND SOMEONE PUTS A GUN TO YOUR HEAD AND MAKES YOU SAY HORRIBLE THINGS (I MEAN “TRUTHS”…AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO CONVINCE YOURSELF YOU’RE DOING RIGHT?)

    You have your opinion and others have theirs…still heated but that’s life. I’m not a big COCF fan but I’m not going to call the man’s son a fruit to piss him off. Like Ken said were adults. They difference is Ken tells you who he is while you’re just having fun at his son’s expense.

    Give it a rest. It’s a tired act that just goes no where.

    Look at it this way…with out the “feuds” this blog would have been dead years ago. For the past four months its been dead. Isn’t that your real agenda. To keep tying?

    Talk sports and leave the BS to the side. Better yet pick up the phone. Ken put his cell number up so he’s not a coward. Trust me most blog trash talkers are pussycats in person. Man up and call…. or just give it a rest. I’m sure everyone gets you.

    My son said it best the other day:

    “You do you and I’ll do me”…

    He was kidding with his sister but I thought, ”That’s perfect!”

    You let Ken be Ken and you be you.

    Better yet dazzle the blog with some insight or an opinion that shows you in a better light.

  • kh

    so now somebody wants all us parents off he blog.
    this blog is for the parents to have a little fun poking,
    i dont take it to heart.
    give me a break,it helps people funnel a little bit,
    i mean we cant talk to the coaching staff,never do we see fred at the games,to have alittle fun with a buddy across the town,i like pushing bottoms,push them back,who cares the topic going on with jackboy myself and area51 coach.theres been some good points,but to just come on and because we choose not to send jr. to damien or amat or d-1 schools.not buying d-1 schools produce a better product.same type kids different schools big deal.
    would gio got drafted first round d-1 or d-3 ,did it matter,thats where jb and kh are coming from,bigger area more to pick from, acourse.
    his brother went to a d-1 i believe,why didnt gio go there.?
    my horse is faster then your horse.
    it all depends on whos training the horse,
    let me straighten you out.
    i made k.c. am not worried about his little filling getting crushed.thats a big problem we created with our kids,worring too much about there fillings.did your parents really care about your fillings,think back,i dount it.

  • wow

    Hey jokerman (pete) -

    Whats your problem. No one was on here bagging on Matt and comparing him to sophomores. That was kind of ouf no where.

  • justtaparent

    Redbird fan=give it a rest…….comical. and where is that cell # by the way, have never seen that posted on here. Is that a cybil moment? Also I’ve only posted once and said a word about kc or anybody. Maybe u lumping me in with the others. Hey, I just had a thought: I’m talking to Don…..lol. Redbird FAN=give it a rest=Don…too funny!

  • CORRECTION

    give it a rest,
    I believe it was COCF who made the reference to someone’s son being a fruit and then tried to play it off as he always does. But one thing is kh really does put to much out on the blog considering the wolves that prowl the area looking for scraps to chew on . I would never put my son out there as he does because kids growing up in these days face enough as it is with their peers and to have to watch for your Dad also is added pressure.

  • Aaron

    I did not say that Mr Huth.

    What I basically said is there are so many fakers on here that would rather hide behind the internet and attack people. There are some good people on here…and so straight up jerks that can’t seem to figure out that they have no life.

    One, I’m not going to defend you from them because you’re an adult whose knowledge I respect when it comes to both baseball and football.

    No person on here should write anything unless they’re willing to put their name behind it. It’s that simple.

  • MAYBE TO YOU BUT

    kh,
    Maybe to you high school was just about booze,babes, and sports as you wrote on another post but to many others it is about insuring your childs future. You seem to have a facination with knocking Amat ( and now Damien ) because Fred happens to report on them and there are many threads related to them . On the point of you not buying into sending your kid there and your only angle on that is sports and that is plain to see because how could you of all people put any type of value on a good education . The saddest thing to see is you writing that you don’t care about your kids feelings . In all your writing I think the last line of this post tells a lot of why you are the way you are. It seems your parents never cared about your feelings and it shows in your posts.Maybe that’s why at one time in your life you turned to the bottle to find out why, because why would anyone living their dream by playing pro ball waste it as you did. Now that’s sad .

  • kh

    that ride from pasadena to l.v. sucks, damein i like the school referred it to my friend and he put his son in there,hes on the soccer and football team,amats ok ,its fred thing with amat, thats it.
    dont bring words out of my mouth.
    your right school wasnt a big thing in our family,that was my dads fault.blame him.
    he should of been in my face .
    but iam not like my dad,i want k.c. to get it together,be a good student,3.0 3nd quarter and dropped to 2.6 finale.its hard for me to be mr. everything,i try,had to make some really big turn abouts in my life, so far am sticking with it,i would hope you dont drink firing at me that am a broozer.
    ,i was raised by a drunken step dad for about 2 years of my life.
    that was not good.3nd to 5th grade,so you dont have to tell me about a drunken fool.
    never have i been a drunken fool.been drunk?sure can count times on my hands,maybe might have to use toes too.but being a little kid and seeing that crap,it scares you.
    k.c. ok ,his dads ok.lifes ok,
    bonita football will be better then ok.
    but lets get things straight stop blaming all things on partying is the reason i didnt make it to the bigs,i know hundred of kids that came from big league familys who didnt make it.its a rough road in the minors,18 hours bus trips,with all kinds of cultures being placed on your team.staying away from home thats rough doing your clothes,cooking manageing your money,its a big step my friends.then hitting off the best of the bestpitchers around the world,its no ace on ones h.s. team.its all stars h.s. college international every night,so stop haten because a few of us tried to run with the ball. while you were at the h.s. and college partys,i was at the batting cages and the gyms,yes i should of put my head in the books more,my home work was the batting cages,and running the hills of arcadia every night,i am not sorry i didnt make it,gods plan is pretty cool and hes in my face every day,over the years and times being here in l.v. with alot of classy people,am ok today.thank you god ,a breeze just came thru my window,i know it was god saying your welcome.

  • FC

    MAYBE TO YOU BUT (MR. ALL CAPS)

    Wow you must feel very proud of yourself. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Ken but what you’re doing to him is completely gutless. I’ll never understand what drives a person like you. You are a sick, lonely, misguided soul.

    Here’s a story for you. When I was a kid The Mike Douglas Show was the rage. I loved that show. One day they had Hollywood gossip columnist James Bacon and Oliver Reed of pre-Gladiator fame, he was Proximo the “freed” Gladiator. Well as show goes on it’s obvious Bacon, a notorious drinker and Reed an even more notorious drinker, were having the time of their life as Mike did his thing as the Ring Master. Let’s say they both had a few in the “Green Room”. Finally in all the mindless blathering Mike asked Bacon about Marilyn Monroe. James Bacon who had on countless occasions intimated he’d slept with Ms. Monroe. nodded yes he too had “had the pleasure of Marilyn’s company”.

    Maybe it was the way he grinned or the smirk on his face but Mr. Reed would have none of it. He said, as best my recollection.

    “Sir I will drink with you and share a laugh or two until we can not longer stand but I will not allow you to speak of a person who is incapable of defending herself. While I never met the lady in question I know she is not her to reclaim her honor which you so carelessly trampled. If you continue I will be forced to defend her in her absence. (or words to that affect…he’s English and far more eloquent) but you get the picture….HE WAS ABOUT TO KICK SOME GOSSIP AZZ!!!

    Mike Douglas was speechless and so was the national audience. Bacon began to stumble a nervous response and Reed bared down a gaze as evil as any I’d seen…Bacon recoiled as did Mike…finally Reed said some thing to the affect that he was about to abuse Mike’s gracious invitation and Bacon stopped cold.

    Finally almost to tears Bacon apologized to Reed and in doing so finally…after seeing Reed in full stare down…Bacon apologized to the family and fans of Ms. Monroe…at which point Mr. Reed apologizes to Mr. Douglas and Bacon confesses he will never speak about this again. That’s a man! It made an impression on me at a very young age. Never heard Bacon repeat that MM story and he was on many times on many shows where as before it was almost in his introduction. ” Rumored to have slept with MM”

    MR. CAPS even you must know you’re hurting a man who’s done nothing to you and that’s disgusting. If you think you’re doing us all a service think again,

    randy had the same game plan with me and it took all my strength not to knock the taste from his mouth when we finally met. as he told me, “the blog makes him do crazy things”. that I understand but ken’s trying to change his life…respect that for what it is and leave the man alone.

    Ken you’re doing just fine. I appreciate your honesty even though I sometimes don’t agree with you. I respect that you have a plan and that God is central to your life as are your kids. From some one who has more demons than I care to admit I can tell you your testimony is a God send to some one out there. Believe that.

    God bless you Ken.

  • kh

    fc.
    right on.
    same thing i was trying to say.
    love my sat morning,wake up take off to the 6;45 am meeting,start day off clean and sober amen.
    today will be umpiring c.o. baseball game at c.o. @ 10;00,
    these are the things i like to do.
    just hanging at the ball field.now umpiring a h.s. game and getting paid,i love,a iam sure to blow somebodys day out there,i will call them as i see them,thats it.
    iam OUT OF HERE ,

  • Bcats

    FC

    Youre up quite early trying to be the godfather of the blog. Please! Have you ever met Kh?

    Quite frankly, the coaches are tired of his rants and only deal with it because of the bigger picture, the team. Just maybe their knowledge and teachings may rub off and Kh may get the picture. Pretty sad, when a coach has to educate an adult! You would think that with all his so called experience, something got lost along the way.

    The redemption or Christian Card only works when you follow the way according to the book. You cant always blame your parents for you past mistakes some learn it and some dont; would’nt you say?

    Remember Frank (Maybe to You) has an opinion too!

  • FC

    Bcats, I appreciate your opinion but that wasn’t my point was it?

    I don’t have to meet Ken to “know” Ken. In truth Ken is allot like me, at one time in my life, and not like me at all in other areas. Still doesn’t change my point that Ken is “taking one day at a time” and those first few years are incredibly ..umm..memorable to say the least. When hours become days and days become weeks and weeks become months and months become years you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself and the strength it takes to humble yourself before God.

    I will make an observation, and trust me this comes from a good place, your comment…”Pretty sad, when a coach has to educate an adult!” is very telling of where “you” are as a person and your lack of maturity as reflective in that assertion.

    Just recently I was speaking to Glendora’s Mike Le Duc…or as I like to call him, The Great Le Duc. At one of the most trying times in my life I went to him for advice, we’re a couple of years a part in age but he’s just an incredible human being who’s opinion I trust. Trust me when I say this, if I had to point out a “good man” as a test of my understanding of what “good” is I’d point to him with complete confidence. Just an exceptional human being.

    A few days ago I was with Coach Roddy Layton, another exceptional individual who also taught me to “never stop loving the game”. He’s a couple of years younger than me but always goes out of his way to make sure I’m doing well. Matter of fact a coach he introduced me to invited me to Indiana for a sideline pass and a stay. All on Roddy’s introduction and a nice conversation, great guy. A man is a reflection of his generosity more than his money or his status, you should learn that.

    Why do I mention this? Because I’m sure both men have heard the horror stories of my blog persona but have treated me only as the person they know and actually NEVER mentioned the blog to me to this day. Like I said if the blog is what you base your opinion of a person on, you need to get out more.

    Same goes for my run in with Damien coaches. I will never stand by while kids get screwed and those coaches screwed kids without fear of reprisal.,,still are if truth be told. Hey that’s just me I cant go along to get along. The other day I took my second oldest son to meet Coach Gano, who I really admire. You know the son that’s 5’9″ 210 pounds of pure muscle who couldn’t get on the field because of pettiness but earned his “bones” on the mat. Coach Gano takes one look at him and says, “He got any eligibility left?” When we sat at Gano’s practice my son said, ‘Is this what you said practices should look like?” That’s probably what a lot of my haters say as well. Then I said, “Look around at all the happy parents and players learning to love the game and each other. Yup…this is what it’s suppose to look like.” He smiled.

    You know I’ve been called a disgrace to Damien and the most hated man on the blog yet, and this is important, I can call on some of the most respected men in the Valley as my friends. I can go to Bonita games and see my former players and talk to their parents and we all wish our kids well.

    Funny but as I told a coach recently who said he was the second most hated man in the stadium, behind me of course lol, “It doesn’t matter how many people “hate” you it only matters the quality of the people who respect and admire you…I’ll hang my head on that every day of the week!” He smiled and said, “I hope so.”

    I know my sons got screwed and are still getting screwed because I wouldn’t stand for BS from coaches, who are as gutless as any I’ve ever seen in my life, but my kids know me pretty well. I’ve never been a self interest guy. Maybe that’s why former players still talk to me at my son’s basketball games or parents ask me to “talk to their kid”. They know I’m a straight shooter…in spite of what you’ve heard.

    Give Ken a chance to be a better man…is all I’m saying. Why harass him and ridicule him for his present perceived “shortcomings”? You think Bonita coaches are as gutless a the ones I’ve had to deal with..come on! I’ve heard nothing but great things about those guys and Podley, who I’ve spoken too is pure gold. Besides, look at the people who call Ken a friend, the players who are proud to call him Coach, or his kid who adores him COMPLETELY…that’s the real measure of the man.

    Look I’ve been a wicked man in my life, no doubt. I’ve had bad episodes in my life that would make you pee or vomit but I survived to have, by all accounts, great kids, a 30 year marriage and some of the best friends a man could ask for. I give thanks to the Man upstairs who had patience with me and made me understand there was light at the end of the tunnel… why not extend that to others.

    BTW my son hit a shot from half court right before half time the other day SWWIIISSSHHH ! What’s was pretty special was how “happy” everyone on his team was for him. One kid even jumped into his arms…it was crazy! He’s a special kid for sure. No one was happier than Father Travers who went just to see him play. See no matter what people try to do you can’t keep a “good” man down and you can’t be a “good” man by watching men abuse their power on kids…or in this case on an man on the mend.

    End of sermon. Hope it helps. Sorry for the length but “time” ain’t my friend right now. God bless.

  • Bcats

    FC

    Thanks for the speech! Your stories are touching! In this case I don’t agree with you!

    Its quite different to have friends or coaches that you ask for advice but when a coach has to sit down with a parent because he’s the problem, then there is the real issue.

    This isn’t new territory for KH and the Christian Card is pathetic at best! I am all for KH trying to get himself back on track and wish him well. But actions speak louder than words and just maybe some know more than others on this one. These coaches know his past and hopefully they can change the stripes on this tiger because the team is more important!

    Ill leave you with a famous quote:

    The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

    Have a good day FC!

  • kh

    f.c.
    dont know or care for bcats bullcrap.
    he always says,we at bonita, the coaching staff.
    theres only one cheif,
    so intell your boss speaks,keep your little power trip to yourself.
    let me know if you have some colleges or anybody asking about k.c. .
    thats your job as a coach to see if you can make your players go on and get something down the line,
    dont worry you or any body on your private staff will ever change kh colored spripes.
    your nobody.jellous parent or some ex jock getting a little money spending hundreds of hours,
    but thats what you do if later in life thats your goals,dont point out to parents,keep yourself together,worry about what you need to do to finish your own race.
    again if things were going 100% at bonita i would take in your advise,but when i go to games and the same thing keeps going bad, time after time,maybe your the problem,get off the coaching staff you could be there canser.
    again lets put it this way,kc is the biggest team player on the team.
    broken foot last year first game of the season,practice all week nobody said a word from the training or coaching staff.he played was taken to hospital for head injuiry after the clairmont game.. the real dr. not the hot head of a trainer ,notice he had a broken foot,whos the team player…..
    i should of took the trainer to the broad,i let it go.she still hates us to the day,what a witch.
    nobody ever blame her for the broken foot,so i dont know what her problem is.
    but i do know as a coach or trainer,theres no way i would knot see one of my players all week with a broken foot on my football field.
    but this guy who calls himself a coach at bonita can come on and see every thing we write,but cant see a young athlete nurseing a broken foot on his field.if any body wasnt being the team player, it was the bonita coaching staff looking the other way for next weeks game.

  • DaveH

    Hey Jackboy, are you reading all this? How did we go from monotinous back and forth on whos who in baseball to riding the ray of light to heaven and eating the bread of life with Jesus. I do agree Bcats that a good player doessnt amount to squat without a great team behind him ( love the Bambino reference) but it all really can’t come together without leadership. I dont know KH that well, at all really, I just know that folks who have their kids with him generally boast a pleasant experience. As for Danny Hen at Glendora, again I state, what a class act he is from what I’ve seen. I know someone made mention of his family producing some great talent but it’s not genetic. I know first hand that those guys always just raised their boys right, gave them a great foundation, and plenty of room to grow without a bull horn and whip. I guess another good quote to leave with would be a Yogi Bera snipet of wisdom.

    “If you dont let your players know that you expect greatness from them, more times than not, you can expect greatness from them.”

  • Oxygen Please!

    KH

    Go back to school and take a class in English composition! Who hit you over the head? Did the heat get to you today?

    Does the left hemisphere not function? Maybe it’s a corpus callosum problem? In any event seek help fast!

    LMAO!

  • kh

    happy 4th everybody
    hopefully tonight all will be with family and friends.
    in life we need to control the things we can control,
    so for me its going off on a lost sole who loves to come on and start it up.
    will never be able to change anybody,can only control myself.
    boy did i have fun umpiring yesterday game agaisnt c.v. and c.o..
    didnt know who the other team i was umpiring,then i arrived early and saw some kids going into the c.o. field and asked who are you guys,the boys said c.v.,
    damn right off the bat my mind started tripping oh no coach torres,he owns the umps,watch him turn games around in his behalf because the crew cant finish there job there getting paid for,to call balls and strikes as they see it,not as phil wants it,
    remember first game ive ump in years,
    too classy first class h.s. coaches.
    went back to truck suited up and came ready to work for 3 hours.
    called a low strike to start the game out and my mind said so now what the next pitch he throws there iam going to stay with it,acourse,outside fastball,strike,next pitch strike so there it was,had acouple comments but in the long run the coaches said to there hitters ,its been a strike all day so what you think hes going to change now,swing the bat,
    both coaches thank me after game and even got a five dollar tip for c.v. coach,or he just over paid me 5 what ever,i earned it, nobody said kill the ump.or look thru the bars not at the bars,or my favorite,shake your head,your eyes are stuck.
    glad i could be of service to our young athletes and coaches spending there july 4 th weekend teaching kids the game we all growin to love,

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