What is your favorite saying, that’s what we asked Valley Football coaches, some willing to answer, some too cool, others having fun with it

We had just about every high school football coach along with a pair of top players in for pictures the last two weeks in preparation for our fall magazine. We asked the coaches to fill out prospectus sheets, and one of the questions asked is if they had a favorite saying, so I thought I would share a few …

La Puente’s Brandon Rohrer had an interesting one, quoting Glendora basketball coach Mike LeDuc, “If I was any better, then I couldn’t take it.”

Mr. Philosophical, South Hills’ Steve Bogan wrote, “He walked out of that tomb — and that changes everything.”

Arroyo coach Jim Singiser probably answered it the best, “I will always care more about what was done than said. “

Then of course you have the funny guys, like Bonita coach Eric Podley, who wrote, “Just ask coach Gano.”

And in true form, Damien’s Greg Gano showed one cheap shot deserves another, jokingly writing “Come-on Lou,” which is just another friendly jab in his longtime rivalry with Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar.

And uh, Diamond Ranch’s Roddy Layton? He was too cool to answer, still talking up his much anticipated game with Diamond Bar, and not letting me forget I ranked South Hills ahead of them in our final 2009 poll…

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Monrovia, arguably the best in the Mid-Valley Division, suspends star running back

Breaking on Miguel Melendez’s Star-News blog: De’Shawn Ramirez, the elusive running back who dazzled fans with his speed and made secondaries look silly, has been suspended from Monrovia High School and the football team. The junior-to-be currently is in summer school working to become eligible to attend Monrovia High, said Monrovia football coach Ryan Maddox. “He’s in the process of going through some issues here on campus,” Maddox said. “He’s gotten himself suspended and he’ll start the year suspended. He’s got a process before he’s eligible to play football for us. Whether he’s part of the team or not we’ll see as we get closer, but as of right now he’s not practiced (with us) or part of the team.”

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Boys Tennis All-Area: Arroyo’s Sam Ho and Rowland’s Kelley Wong take top honors

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Arroyo High School used to be an afterthought in boys tennis. Then sophomore Sam Ho entered the picture. The Knights have since set school history by advancing to the CIF-Southern Section divisional finals each of the past two years. Ho has led those efforts with a near-perfect record when it counted most – during the playoffs. For his efforts, Ho is the Tribune’s boys tennis Player of the Year. (To continue, click thread).

First Team
Coach of the year:
Kelley Wong, Rowland
Player of the year: Sam Ho, Arroyo, So.
Singles: Marcelo Bautista, Rowland, Sr.
Singles: Phillip Kozan, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Singles: Thinh Tran, Arroyo, Sr.
Doubles: Terry Mork, Sr./Austin Chen, Sr., Diamond Bar
Doubles: Kelvin Wong, Sr./Adam Yu, Sr., Rowland
Doubles: erry Holmes, Sr./Bryan Pham, Sr., Arroyo
Second Team
Singles: Michael Vuong, Rowland, Sr.
Singles: James Beardsley, San Dimas, Jr.
Singles: Albert Lee, Wilson, Sr.
Doubles: Alvin Li, Jr./Jonathan Tang, Jr., South Hills
Doubles: Brian Ledyard, Sr./Josh Thompson, Sr., San Dimas.
Doubles: George Karatorosyan, Sr./David Schiebe, Sr., Bonita

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Swimming All-Area: Glendora’s Gretchen Jaques and Damien’s Jason Haney swimmers of the year

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
For one, it was the continuation of a career that might go down as the best in Valley history. For the other, it was breakout party and a peek at better things to come. Glendora High School’s Gretchen Jaques, who added to her list of CIF-Southern Section titles, and Damien’s Jason Haney, who had a solid showing in his first appearance at the CIF-SS Division 2 meet, showed they simply are the best. For their efforts, these athletes are the Tribune Swimmers of the Year. (To continue, click thread).

First Team
Coach of the Year
: Andrew Gates, Damien, Sr.
Swimmer of the Year: Jason Haney, Damien, So.
Sprints: Chris Lodolo, Damien, Sr.
Middle: Johnny Beal, Damien, Jr.
Middle: Bennett Yuan, Diamond Bar, So.
Middle: Henry Shieh, San Dimas, Sr.
Middle: Damon Pitre, Damien, Sr.
Second Team
Sprints: Kenny Ho, West Covina, Sr.
Distance: Carson May, Damien, So.
Middle: Nick Phan, Walnut, Sr.
Middle: Matt Sapien, Covina, Sr.
Middle: Danny Lam, Sierra Vista, So.

First Team
Coach of the Year:
Lani Ruh, Walnut
Swimmer of the Year: Gretchen Jaques, Glendora, Jr.
Sprints: Andrea Grant, Walnut, Jr.
Sprints/Middle: Kylie Garcia, Rowland, Sr.
Middle: Emily Yu, Walnut, Jr.
Middle: Courtney McCadden, Glendora, Jr.
Distance: Madeline Harbach, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Second Team
Sprints: Tiffany Hsu, Walnut, Sr
Middle: Christina Vu, Walnut, Fr.
Middle: Ellie Jaques, Glendora, Fr.
Middle: Kelly Corso, Glendora, Jr.
Middle: Emily Donohoe, St. Lucy’s, Jr.

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The Scouting Guru reports that Glendora QB Chad Jeffries commits to San Diego State, where he will join Charter Oak’s Adam Muema

Aram Tolegian has more on Jeffries’ signing on “In the Huddle,” including a Q&A with the soon-to-be Aztecs quarterback.
Aram: What if my theory comes true — you guys beat Charter Oak and Notre Dame makes an offer. Will you change your mind?
Chad Jeffries: No. I’m pretty sure about this commitment.

Scouting Guru writes: Glendora High School quarterback Chad Jeffries has officially ended his recruiting by announcing (Monday) evening that he has committed to San Diego St. Jeffries, a first-time all-CIF quarterback in the Central Division, chose San Diego State over Oregon St, Utah and UTEP. “This is a dream that has come true,” Jeffries said. “I felt that this was the perfect fit for me and I feel that I really have a chance to compete for the starting position when I arrive at SDSU.” To continue click thread

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Track & Field: Covina two-time state champ Remontay McClain and Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price top Tribune all-area honors

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Timing is everything in sports, and no two area high school athletes had better timing than Bishop Amat’s Kylie Price and Covina’s Remontay McClain. They showed it with impressive performances at the CIF State track and field championships. McClain became Covina’s first state champion in more than eight decades and Price, with a solid second-place finish, enjoyed the best effort by a Lancer in recent memory. For their efforts, McClain and Price have been named 2010 Tribune track and field Athletes of the Year. (To continue reading click thread).


Coach of the Year: Dr. Mike Williams, Damien
Athlete of the Year: Remontay McClain, Covina, Jr.
First Team
Sprints: Beejay Lee, West Covina, Jr.
Hurdler: Koree Hines, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Distance: Anthony Castro, Glendora, Jr.
Field: James Grigorian, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Field: Marquise Cherry, Diamond Ranch, Jr.
Second Team
Sprints: Patrick Macmullen, Damien, Jr.
Hurdles: Ricky Johnson, West Covina, Sr.
Distance: Jayson Perez, South El Monte, Sr.
Field: Jabre Millon, Bonita, Jr.
Field: Ryan Sanders, Walnut, Sr.

Coaches of the Year:
Athlete of the Year: Kylie Price, Bishop Amat, Jr.
First Team
Sprints: Erika Kalmar, San Dimas, Sr.
Sprints/Field: Katherine Salcido, San Dimas, Jr.
Distance: Marissa Horton, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Field: Sarah Barnum, St. Lucy’s, Jr.
Field: Illiana Ibrahim, Bishop Amat, Sr.
Second Team
Sprints: Shannon McKee, San Dimas, Jr.
Sprints: Khalahah Todd, Northview, Jr.
Distance: Ashley Holguin, South Hills, Sr.
Field: Katie Yeager, South Hills, Sr.
Field: Jackie Ford, Covina, Sr.

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