Our September magazine’s “Prep Extra” will feature a Tribune pre-season All-Valley team

This ought to be interesting and I will be curious to see how different our pre-season all valley team is compared to our final one in December. This will be a first-team offense and defense, so we’re taking suggestions. If you want to fill in the blanks, this is what we’re looking for …
Offense
QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, TE, OL, OL, OL, OL, OL, K
Defense
DE, DE, DT, DT, LB, LB, LB, DB, DB, S, S, Punter

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Damien football camp this weekend

Damien High School’s Prepare for Glory football camp is on Friday and Saturday at Damien for kids in the third through eighth grade. The camp runs from 3-8 p.m., on Friday and 8-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, which will include a tshirt and lunch. For more information, contact coach Greg Gano at 626-260-1917.

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The best high school football coach in the East San Gabriel Valley? That’s a tough one, but if you could choose, who would you take?

There are a few things to think about. Do you pick the best x’s and o’s coach or the coach you would most like your kids to play for? Do you pick a coach with the best track record for winning, or an underachiever you think could win with the same players? Do you want a coach with a history of working the phones with college recruiters, or working your son’s tail off to be the best he can be. Do you want a disciplinarian or a players’ coach. So much to think about and I know you want a top ten, but I’m not that foolish, I have to work with these coaches all year. But I will name my top 13 in no particular order, so here you go……

In no particular order ….
Roddy Layton, Diamond Ranch — Have always loved his passion, work ethic and player relationships.
Steve Hagerty, Bishop Amat - Is the best Amat coach since my all-time favorite Mark Paredes, who led Amat to an 84-14 record in eight years, including a 15-0 campaign in 1992. Plus, I get the feeling Hagerty bleeds Amat blue.
Greg Gano, Damien – Not afraid of challenges, brilliant with star players, a proven winner, and always assembles a great staff. What more could you ask?
Mark Pasquarella, Glendora — Look at his history, wherever he’s coached, he’s turned them into winners, especially at places that are tough to win at. He has a great offensive mind, certainly among the best game planners.
Lou Farrar, Charter Oak – The Godfather of the SGV. The most consistent over the long haul and smart enough to know that coaching staffs, not individual coaches, win championships.
Bill Zernickow, San Dimas – The Wizard of the Wing T joined the coaching elite with last year’s championship. Prior to that title, when I asked other coaches who was the most underrated coach in the Valley, Zernickow’s name came up most often.
Craig Snyder, Rowland - He’s one of my most underrated. He’s done more with less and in a tough situation going against West Covina and South Hills all these years. Truly an intense coach on the sidelines who speaks his mind and is loyal to his players.
Mike Maggiore, West Covina Consistently in the hunt every season and with a CIF title on the resume. Don’t know a single player that didn’t enjoy playing for him. Plus, we went to high school together, so I know what a great person he is.
Jim Singiser, Arroyo – One of my Valley favorites, doesn’t always have the weapons other prominent coaches enjoy, but when he does, such as the next two years with Steven Rivera at QB, watch what happens.
Steve Bogan, South Hills - Arguably one of the best in Valley history, no better game planner than Bogan. His four titles in the last ten years earned him Valley coach of the decade.
Matt Koffler, Rosemead — His teams always over-achieve and he has great relationships with players. His M.O. is defense first, and that has worked for him over the years.
Eric Podley, Bonita – One of the great offensive minds over the years, and when he has talent, they win. Has had bad luck in recent years, especially in the Smudge Pot, but he will be back.
Joe Scherf, Azusa-- All he’s done in his first two years as a head coach is go 21-4 with back-to–back Montview league titles with a quarterfinal and semifinal appearance in the playoffs. Maybe one of the greatest coaching debuts in Valley history.

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Young up for final vote


Former Bishop Amat star Michael Young of the Texas Rangers is up for the fan vote that determines the final AL spot for the MLB All-Star Game.

For those of you who missed it, Major League Baseball announced its rosters for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game, scheduled for July 13 at Angel Stadium.
Fans also have the final vote for the final roster spot on the NL and AL teams, and Covina native and former Bishop Amat High School star Michael Young of the Texas Rangers is on the ballot for the AL spot.
Let’s give our support to one of our own.
Here’s the link: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2010/fv/ballot.html

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The weekend is here, so why not list the top ten projected quarterbacks in 2010


Arroyo’s Steven Rivera has the potential to put up the best numbers

1. Chad Jeffries, Glendora, Sr.
Most sought after QB recruit since Chris Rix?
2. Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, Jr
We’re selling the “Big River” on potential, potential, potential.
4. Steven Rivera, Arroyo, Jr.
He’s the real deal. If you ask Knights coach Jim Singiser, he will tell you Rivera is the best in the Valley.
3. Michael Ball, Rowland, Sr.
Was a stud as a sophomore, then went through the brutal collarbone injury as a junior. He’s a Michael Vick type, and these QBs are tough to defend in high school.
5. Travis Santiago, Charter Oak, Jr.
Already owns a championship and is cool under pressure. Will probably be asked to do more this season, and who knows, could be in our top three by the end of the year.
6. Vincent Hernandez, South Hills, Jr.
Was the guy even before Brock Booth bolted to Bishop Amat. He’s another who can run and pass, and will be counted on bigtime in the new Sierra.
7. Andrew Cameron, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Can’t way to see how he shines in the Hacienda League. We didn’t see enough of him in the Sierra, but curious to know if he still has the job with the Mater Dei transfer at DBar.
8. Garrett Pendleton, Bonita, Sr.
Could have a spectacular season because coach Podley loves QBs, and he’s got a good one.
9. George Johnson, West Covina, Sr.
A third-year starter that floats under the radar, but he’s always played with a ton of confidence and grit. He could be big-time his final season.
10. Shawn Kennedy, San Dimas, Jr.
QB’s not as important in the WIng T, but Kennedy is a winner, already owning a football and baseball CIF title.

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Phil Jackson returning to Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson has decided to return to coach the team for the 2010-11 season, it was announced today. “Count me in,” said Jackson. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

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