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).

2010 ALL-AREA BOYS TENNIS
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).

2010 ALL-AREA SWIMMING
BOYS
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.

GIRLS
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.
Q&A:
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).


2010 ALL-AREA TRACK AND FIELD
Boys

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.


Girls
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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Bishop Amat QB Rio Ruiz could have big decision to make, his father says

“We haven’t decided,” Ruiz’s father, Rudy, told the L.A. Times as to whether his son would choose to miss three football games to play baseball. “He really wants to play football this year and start at quarterback. I don’t think he wants to let his team down.”

LA Times: Southern California is well represented among the 39 players selected for the USA Baseball U16 trials that will take place Sept. 25 through Oct. 6 in Houston. The team will end up being 20 players. Players were chosen based on their performances at tournaments in Florida and Arizona. Among the players selected are well-known high school standouts such as shortstop Rio Ruiz from La Puente Bishop Amat.

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Some friendly advice

Here’s a video of former Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant that I found on youtube. It’s a freshman orientation speech he made, and the advice to work “on the little things” is profound. I thought, it being the summer, would be a good time post as the players prepare for the upcoming season this fall.
But coach Bryant can say it a lot better:

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Bombshell: NCAA approves proposal to prohibit college coaches from issuing early scholarships

Eric-Paul Johnson, Associated Press
The NCAA committee has approved a proposal which would prohibit college coaches from issuing early scholarship offers, the Associated Press reported. Under this proposal, coaches would not be allowed to offer scholarships to prep athletes until the summer between the recruit’s junior and senior years. Recently, many athletes have been offered and accepted scholarship offers during their freshman year and there have been some cases of coaches offering scholarships to middle school athletes. (To continue, click thread)

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Hall of Fame Game: East routs West with 40-0, Diamond Ranch QB Gus Viramontes MVP

The East defense was advertised. And Diamond Ranch’s Gus Viramontes took care of the rest, with three touchdown passes. What a game by the East!!!! Read the game story and see PHOTO gallery …


Video Highlights of the East-West game, thanks to whoever posted it, the video is super clean and well done. If you have video of anything SGV preps related and want us to share it, let me know.
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Softball All-Area: Green Day; Bonita’s Chloe Wurst and South Hills’ Scott Fisch earn top honors

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
You won’t find anyone working harder or cheering harder than Bonita High School’s Chloe Wurst. The lefty turned herself from ordinary into one of the elite pitchers in the CIF-Southern Section in just a few years, earning a scholarship to West Texas A&M after leading the Bearcats to the Miramonte League title, and the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals. Wurst threw consecutive no-hitters in victories over Los Altos and Diamond Ranch, striking out a combined 25 in the process. (To continue reading along with the coach of the year story, click thread).

2010 Tribune Softball All-Area Team
Coach of the year:
Scott Fisch, South Hills
Player of the Year: Chloe Wurst, Bonita, Sr.
First Team
Pitcher: Kortnie Clark, San Dimas, Sr.
Pitcher: Carly Argyle, Glendora, Jr.
Catcher: Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, So.
Utility: Dekota Monarrez, West Covina, Jr.
Infield: Kristen Stewart, South Hills, So.
Infield: Stephany La Rosa, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Infield: Aleena Avalos, San Dimas, Jr.
Infield: Natalie Hernandez, Glendora, Sr.
Outfield: Makaila Garcia, Northview, Sr.
Outfield: Breeanna Sandoval, Bonita, Jr.
Outfield: Alyse Gutierrez, West Covina, Jr.

Second Team
Pitcher: Jackie Wagner, Arroyo, So.
Pitcher: Sabrina Anguiano, Bishop Amat, Fr.
Catcher: Kayla Norrie, San Dimas, Jr.
Utility: Jackie Carlin, Bishop Amat, Jr.
Infield: Courtney Gano, Los Altos, Jr.
Infield: Jacki Campa, Bonita, Sr.
Infield: Sydney Stewart, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Infield: Vanessa Bracamonte, Wilson, Sr.
Outfield: Janelle Casillas, Arroyo, So.
Outfield: Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak, Fr.
Outfield: Andrea Gutierrez, West Covina, Sr.

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Worth reading again … Nick Green: “The U.S. wont, can’t and simply isn’t capable of lifting the trophy.” Hey, at least they didn’t flame out like Italy and France

THURSDAY UPDATE: With the U.S. in the second round against Ghana, and with a road to the semifinals that includes Uruguay and South Korea, the U.S. is the highest ranked of the four, giving them a very realistic shot at the semis…Below is a thread we posted before the World Cup started about the U.S. team’s zero chance, according to our soccer man Nick Green. He was wrong about one thing, Americans are watching, and Americans care. Ratings are good, what more could you ask.

Pre-World Cup prediction: We received a few emails and phone complaints over Nick Green’s soccer column in which he says the U.S. has no chance in the World Cup that starts on Friday and Saturday for the United States against England. He’s probably right, but the way he wrote it sure has irked soccer followers. Care to weigh in?

By Nick Green, Soccer Columnist
The United States will not win the World Cup that begins at 7 a.m. Friday in South Africa when Mexico takes on the host nation in the opening game. You know that, right … soccer fan or not? The experts, the pundits, the oddsmakers all say so. The likely champions of the month-long, 32-team, quadrennial tournament are Brazil or Italy or Spain or Germany or Argentina or even England. But not the United States. So why should you care? (To continue, click thread).

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Glendora QB Chad Jeffries is wanted

As Aram wrote on “In the Huddle,” Glendora quarterback Chad Jeffries came by our office for pictures and indicated that he has been offered by Utah, a soon-to-be Pac-12 power, joining a growing list of schools that already have offered him, which includes UTEP, San Diego State and Oregon State. The UCLA fan in me asked if there had been any contact with the Bruins, and Jeffries said yes, and that he has spoken to offensive coordinator Norm Chow, and that Chow told him before he makes any decision, to give him a call. There you have it, an update on the most sought after SGV quarterback since ….hey, u fill in the blank.

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One of high school football’s great offensive minds, San Gabriel’s Keith Jones coaches final game in Hall of Fame all-star celebration

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Friday night’s Hall of Fame All-Star Game will be a going-away party not only for the area’s top players, but for one of its top coaches as well. When San Gabriel High School’s Keith Jones leads the West into action just after 7 p.m. at Baldwin Park High, he’ll begin the final four quarters of a career that won’t soon be forgotten around these parts, and certainly not around the Matadors’ campus, where he took a lackluster program and made it into one of the area’s best. (To continue, click thread).

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