Defending champs San Dimas have a new QB

Somehow this doesn’t seem fair, Bonita loses QB Garrett Pendleton to injury while rival San Dimas adds one from the Northern section….Here’s the scoop: Kodee Watts, who played last season at Denair High School near Modesto, has transferred to San Dimas and will be the Saints’ starting quarterback on Sept. 3 in the Smudge Pot game against Bonita.

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Another MaxPreps made easy

If you’re like me, you hate searching Maxpreps for schedules, rosters and statistics for area teams, so once again I have created a MaxPreps widget for local teams, which now includes Chino Hills, Ayala, Claremont, Pomona and Ganesha. Once schools start inputting rosters, this will be invaluable. Already you can click on the team rankings to see how MaxPreps ranks the area. Once stats are inputted, you can see where area players rank against each other. Of course, this only works if teams input rosters and stats, so get on it coaches and boosters, don’t be one of the few holdouts, all the kids deserve coverage.



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Aram reporting that South Hills is challenging the transfers of Vaughns and Gilchrist to Charter Oak; South Hills AD Paul Reed explains why

By Aram Tolegian
South Hills High School athletic director Paul Reed confirmed Monday night that the school has filed a protest with the CIF Southern Section office in regard to the transfers of sophomore running back Aaren Vaughns and junior wide receiver Chris Gilchrist. Reed said that South Hills is alleging that the transfers were athletically motivated and should not be allowed. The protests were made in late July at the same time South Hills also protested the transfer of Brock Booth to Bishop Amat. CIF denied Booth eligibility until April of 2011, thus costing the senior his final chance to play prep football. (To continue reading, click thread).

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Coaches react to first-ever coaches poll

The coaches have had their say, and Bishop Amat High School is No. 1. Area coaches were asked to participate in a coaches poll that ranked the top 20 teams in the Valley. Some declined or did not respond, but the majority did vote and Amat received the most first-place votes and total points. “We’re flattered the coaches think enough of our program to think we’re the top team in the San Gabriel Valley,” Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty said. “I’m fired up, but in a respectful way it really means nothing. I hope they’re right. I hope they’re prophets and they are absolutely correct.”
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Brock Booth’s transfer request to Bishop Amat denied, could other South Hills transfers be next?

I told you this could be coming now that schools are filing transfer requests. It appears that Bishop Amat tight end Brock Booth will not be eligible, at least to start the season. Booth’s transfer request from South Hills to Bishop Amat has been denied, according to the CIF-SS webpage. Booth left South Hills before the summer, and though he initially wanted to try out at quarterback, he settled in at tight end and looked good in Friday’s scrimmage. South Hills apparently challenged Booth’s transfer, and he was denied for athletically motivated reasons, according to CIF-SS spokesperson Thom Simmons. CIF’s website said Booth was denied on Friday and is not eligible to play sports at Amat until April. To further that, I have been checking CIF’s website on the eligibility of RB Aaren Vaughns and WR Chris Gilchrist, two other South Hills players that have transferred to Charter Oak. Also, Randal Varela transferred from South Hills to Bishop Amat. As of today, there is nothing new to report on the aforementioned transfers, it appears the transfer request paperwork still has not been filed for Gilchrist, Vaughns or Varela. But with Booth being declared ineligible for athletically motivated reasons, you have to wonder about the eligibility of other South Hills transfers. We will keep you posted when we learn more.

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With Bonita QB Garrett Pendleton suffering an injured elbow and South Hills losing Jamie Canada to a knee injury, who will it affect more?

Bonita QB Garrett Pendleton injures right elbow, coach Eric Podley awaiting MRI, more details later. “We’re not positive on the extent of the injury yet,” Podley said. “He’s had differing opinions from different doctors and we don’t really know what’s wrong yet.”

With Pendleton possibly out a few weeks along with South Hills’ Jamie Canada, who is scheduled to have knee surgery and could miss the entire season, Aram and I discussed the losses to both teams, and who it might affect more.

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Aram returns to Bishop Amat

Aram was at Bishop Amat’s Blue-Gold scrimmage on Friday, got this interview with coach Hagerty, gives his first impression on the Big River, AKA Nine, Rio Ruiz, and the blockbuster news that could leave Amat nation feeling Dionza Blue Offense: Guess what, Nine was under center and Jalen Moore started at tailback. Moore got the bulk of the carries with the first-team offense. Adam Sanchez started at one receiver, but Wallace Gonzalez did not come in until the third play. That could just be a package thing. Brock Booth started at tight end and looked good physically, but didn’t get any balls thrown his way. The line looked big enough, but not necessarily big.

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Let’s welcome Chino Hills, who many believe are the Sierra League favorites, not two-time Southeast champ Charter Oak

Chino Hills Tom, AKA .. The Inland Insider, is a longtime friend who keeps me posted and reports back on events happening in the I.E., particularly at Chino Hills and Ayala. He’s already working the area, sharing a Q&A with Chino Hills coach Derek Bub, lineman Austin Johnson, Jr., Nate Harris and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu…

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St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich and some assistants on leave after alleged hazing incident

Breaking news from Whittier Prep Editor Andrew J. Campa: St. Paul High School Principal Kate Aceves suspended the varsity football coaching staff Thursday and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched an investigation Friday into an alleged hazing incident involving players at the school last weekend.
Neither school nor archdiocese officials would provide details of the incident, which occurred in the school’s locker room on Aug. 14.
Aceves sent an e-mail to parents Thursday, informing them of the incident, the coaches’ suspensions and of the joint investigation by the school and archdiocese.
Tod Tamberg, the archdiocese media relations director, confirmed Friday that St. Paul head coach Marijon Ancich and all but two of his assistant coaches “were put on leave” while the investigation is under way.

Here’s a letter that was sent from new principal Kate Aceves to football parents on Thursday.

Dear Parents:

I am writing to advise you that yesterday, I placed our varsity football coaching staff on leave pending an investigation into a hazing incident which allegedly occurred on Saturday, August 14 in the St. Paul High School varsity locker room and which was reported to me this week. In order to assure continuity and that our student athletes are provided with practice time and conditioning without interruption, I have asked the freshmen coaching staff to conduct varsity practices and, as needed, to coach varsity games on an interim basis. In the investigation, we will be working with the Archdiocese and will be reviewing the entire hazing matter in accordance with our school policies which are outlined in our Parent/Student & Faculty handbooks from both a student and staff perspective.

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Former Loyola coach in hot water after several players admitted to hospital during training camp

Former Loyola coach Jeff Kearnin is feeling the heat in Oregon. This is a must read, bringing up the age-old question of whether coaches are pushing players too hard in training camp, which have gone from two-a-days, to three-a-days and so forth. Some players, parents and administrators are speaking out, alleging Kearnin pushed them over the edge. Seven high school athletes were rushed to the hospital during a football camp in McMinnville, including three who had to undergo emergency surgery, district officials confirmed Thursday.

“It’s heart-breaking,” injured player Greg Cordie told KGW from his hospital bed. “I love this game. He pushed us too hard, and here we are.” …

“We’re as concerned as they are,” said Superintendent Maryalice Russell. “I mean, there’s no reason why we want any student to have to take a visit to the hospital as a result of what may happen in a football camp or any other camp for that matter.”

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Trib Extra Deadline Day … Which is just the start of more Prep Extra’s … Read all about it

No camp visits this morning, today we finish the final touches on Trib Extra before sending it off to production. This is the prep football magazine preview that will be included with your home subscription and at news racks prior to the opening games on Sept. 2 and 3. (I do not have the exact date yet, but will keep you informed). We know you’re going to like it, every team has a preview, including the new teams we added to our coverage area, which include Chino Hills, Ayala, Claremont, Ganesha and Pomona. In fact, ad sales have done so well, we created a monster of work for ourselves. We will now begin production on a Prep Extra magazine for the winter that will include league-by-league previews of boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer and a wrestling preview. If all goes well, we will do the same in the spring for baseball and softball. I don’t know how we will get it all done, but we always do.

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Risky Business? Plutko turns down more than a million, opting for UCLA over signing with Astros

Glendora pitcher and area player of the year Adam Plutko, a sixth-round draft choice by the Houston Astros, has rejected the Astros’ offer to sign and will enroll at UCLA after receiving a full scholarship. According to the Times, Plutko was offered a signing bonus of more than $1 million, quite an offer for a sixth rounder.

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There is nothing like a Q&A with Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton, who predicts the Charter Oak-Glendora outcome, and weighs in on Bishop Amat-Charter Oak debate

Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton almost made me want to suit up the way he was firing up the guys at practice this morning. It was like watching a coach chewing out his players in a movie, or firing them up with words of what the first few days are all about, which is work, work, work. He talks about a lot on the this video about the way he inspires, his forecast in the Hacienda and Southeast, the anticipation of facing Diamond Bar for the first time, and his thoughts on the area’s best teams, and who will win Charter Oak vs. Glendora. You don’t want to miss this.

Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton on 2010

Diamond Ranch RB Chase Price

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Bishop Amat not just telling us it has Pac-5 title aspirations, it’s letting everyone know

FYI: For those interested, Bishop Amat’s annual blue-gold scrimmage is on Friday at 7 p.m., at Kiefer Stadium. You want your first look at this team, show up.

From the L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer: My advice to teams: Don’t overlook La Puente Bishop Amat. This is a program with Pac-5 Division title aspirations, and for good reason. The new quarterback, junior Rio Ruiz, was probably the best sophomore baseball player in the state last season, and he certainly isn’t playing football just for fun. He wants a championship.

 

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South Hills dealing with players leaving, injuries to key players and toughest schedule in history, otherwise, everything is dandy

South Hills has a schedule that goes like this, Baldwin Park, West Covina, Tesoro, Monrovia, Los Osos, Damien, Ayala, Chino Hills, Claremont and the finale with Charter Oak. It’s a monster obviously, and one that will surely test the Huskies, who have lost at least two transfers to Charter Oak, two to Bishop Amat and another to a potential season-ending injury, that being WR/DB Jamie Canada, who will have knee surgery next month. But don’t feel sorry for the Huskies, not when your offensive line boasts Peter Nonu, Sioasi Aiono and Jeff Vargas, not to mention QB Vincent Hernandez and RB Jamel Hart. But will the Huskies have the depth and enough bodies to compete in the powerful Sierra? Will they have solid enough replacements to fill the voids of the departed? That’s what they’re going to find out.

For video interviews from Baldwin Park coach James Heggins, Wardell Crutchfield III and Demetrius Jackson, click here. The Braves play South Hills after facing Rowland.

South Hills coach Steve Bogan …

South Hills lineman Sioasi Aiono …

South Hills QB Vincent Hernandez …

South Hills lineman Peter Nonu …

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Breaking News: Bishop Amat girls soccer coach Ruben Gonzalez is back with the Lancers

Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo confirmed this afternoon that Ruben Gonzalez will return to the school as a teacher and coach of the Lancers’ girls soccer team after being suspended last April following an accusation that he behaved inappropriately with a pupil three years ago at a previous school that he once coached. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles suspended Gonzalez while it conducted an investigation into the allegations … allegations that Manzo says Gonzalez has been cleared of. The LAPD also questioned Gonzalez, but said he was never under investigation.

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Rosemead coach Matt Koffler, “It’s in doubt whether we’ll have a home game this year.”

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
If you’re a local high school football coach whose team is scheduled to play a road game against Rosemead this season, you may be getting a call from Panthers coach Matt Koffler very soon. The reason? Rosemead may not be able host home games in its stadium because of a setback with the continuing installation of the school’s new all-weather track that surrounds the football field. (To continue, click thread).

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Two-Time defending Southeast champ Charter Oak preparing for a season like no other … Question is, are they ready for it?

Charter Oak photo gallery

Note: With a couple weeks until the first games, what school do you want to hear from next?

Charter Oak impressions: No wonder Charter Oak offensive coordinator Dom Farrar is pleading with his dad, head coach Lou Farrar, to throw the ball more this season. QB Travis Santiago looked extremely sharp, hitting receivers in stride during Tuesday’s practice. And he has quite the trio in Dennis Rufus, Josiah Thropay and Chris Gilcrest, all well over 6-foot-plus targets. The biggest question mark entering the season was who would replace RB Adam Muema, the player of the year. I can tell you that Donald Martin and sophomore Aaren Vaughns complemented each other well, Martin as strong as a rock, Vaughn the slippery transfer from South Hills. The player everyone is excited about is freshman Kurt Scoby, who looks like he could play right away, and just might. In any case, we talked to coach Lou Farrar, Rufus and defensive lineman Charlie Avila about the upcoming season in what could become Charter Oak’s finest hour if they can step up in class and compete for a Sierra League and Inland Division title.

Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar …

Charter Oak WR Dennis Rufus ..

Charter Oak DT Charlie Avila …

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Despite shoddy practice conditions, Arroyo team to beat in MVL with QB Steven Rivera

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The weather cooperated, but the field was another story Monday as the Arroyo High School football team held its first practice in preparation for the upcoming season.
With a cool breeze blowing and a clear sky above, the Knights were forced to practice in their football stadium rather than on the team’s practice field, which is being resodded and won’t be ready until next month. The situation wasn’t unexpected for Knights coach Jim Singiser, but it did bring up an interesting question nonetheless: What condition will the team’s field be in for actual games? (To continue and view video, click thread).

Fred Robledo’s predicted order of finish in the MVL
1. Arroyo, 2. Rosemead, 3. South El Monte, 4. El Monte, 5. Gabrielino, 6. Mountain View

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CalPreps’ Divisional rankings are out with San Dimas No. 1 in Mid-Valley and West Covina No. 2 in Southeast; Charter Oak No. 8 in Inland

CalPreps’ preseason rankings by Division …As you can see, No. 8 Bishop Amat is ranked one behind Serra League foe Alemany, not a bad spot considering the Pac-5 is the top division in the Southland. Chino HIlls is No. 4 in the powerful Inland Division with two-time Southeast champ Charter Oak at No. 8 with South Hills, Glendora, and Damien not among the top ten. The Southeast is interesting with West Covina at No.2 with Diamond Ranch and Walnut rounding out the top ten? I would have ranked Rowland and Bonita ahead of both. In the Mid-Valley, this is our only super chance of a divisional champion with reigning champ San Dimas on top. Azusa, Arroyo and Baldwin Park also are in the top ten, but once again, teams like Rosemead are snubbed.

CALPREPS’ PRESEASON DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

Pac-5 (Division I)
1. Servite, 2. Mater Dei, 3. Mission Viejo, 4. Lakewood, 5. Long Beach Poly, 6. Edison, 7. Alemany, 8. Bishop Amat, 9. Los Alamitos, 10. Fountain Valley.

Inland Division (Division II)
1. Chaparral, 2. Vista Murrieta, 3. Corona Centennial, 4. Chino Hills, 5. Upland, 6. Norco, 7. Roosevelt, 8. Charter Oak, 9. Etiwanda, 10. Redlands East Valley, Others, 12. South Hills, 13. Glendora, 23. Damien.

Southeast (Division VII)
1. La Mirada, 2. West Covina, 3. Norwalk, 4. California, 5. Burbank, 6. Muir, 7. Burroughs, 8. Diamond Ranch, 9. Walnut, 10. Rowland, Others: 11. Bonita, 17. Los Altos, 19. Diamond Bar,

Mid Valley (Division XI)
1. San Dimas,
2. Monrovia, 3. Schurr, 4. Cerritos Valley Christian, 5. Whittier Christian, 6. Azusa, 7. San Gabriel, 8. Arroyo, 9. Baldwin Park, 10. Bell Gardens, Others: 12. Rosemead, 14. Covina, 18. Wilson, 20. La Puente, 22. Gladstone, 23. Pomona, 25. Northview, 26. Nogales, 27. South El Monte, 28. El Monte, 30. Bassett, 31. Workman, 36. Ganesha, 37., Mountain View, 38. Duarte.

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Area’s highest ranked program: Los Altos girls

The CIF-SS Commissioner’s Cup ranks the top sports schools in Southern California based on performances from the previous season, in this case the 2009-10 sports season. The Los Altos girls program finished sixth in the points standings for the entire Southern Section, winning a girls volleyball title, finishing second in girls water polo and advancing to the semifinals in girls soccer. Walnut checked in at ten. No area boys team cracked the Southern Section’s top ten.


Southern Section’s top girls sports program 2009-10
PL SCHOOL POINT ACCUMULATION PTS
1. Harvard-Westlake 5 (BK), 5 (CC), 5 (S), 3 (TF) 18
2. Chadwick 5 (CC), 3 (T), 2 (BK), 2 (WP) 12*
3. St. Margaret’s 5 (T), 3 (CC), 2 (VB), 2 (S) 12*
4. Dos Pueblos 5 (VB), 5 (WP), 1 (SD) 11
5. Corona del Mar 3 (CC), 3 (VB), 2 (WP), 2 (T) 10*
6. Los Altos 5 (VB), 3 (WP), 2 (S) 10*
7. Poly/Long Beach 5 (BK), 5 (TF) 10*
8. Saugus 5 (CC), 5 (TF) 10*
9. Serra 5 (BK), 5 (TF) 10*
10. Walnut 5 (WP), 5 (SD) 10*
* = Decided by tie-breaker rules.

Points: The winners are determined by a point system that provides: five points for a divisional championship; three points for a divisional runner-up finish; two points for advancing to the semifinal round or a third place finish in a team-place finish sport (i.e. cross country, golf, swimming and diving, track and field); and one point for a fourth place finish in a team-place finish sport. In cases where a tie occurs the top ten schools were determined by several tie-breaker methods.

(Sport abbreviations): BB – Baseball; BK – Basketball; CC – Cross-Country; FB – Football; G – Golf; S – Soccer; SB – Softball; SD – Swimming and Diving; T – Tennis; TF – Track and Field; VB – Volleyball; WP – Water Polo; W – Wrestling)

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Colony transfers cleared to go at Pomona

The Bulletin’s Clay Fowler talked to CIF-Southern Section spokesperson Thom Simmons about the eligibility of Makale MccBobb and Gerald Kough, who transferred from Colony to Pomona, where former Colony coach Anthony Rice is now in charge. Both players have been cleared to play by CIF-SS officials, who note that the two transfers arrived before Rice “formally” accepted the job at Pomona.

“It would have to be proved that the two players in question knew Anthony (Rice) was going to be hired at Pomona prior to their transfers, in any event,” CIF-SS director of communication Thom Simmons said. “Had the two players transferred after Anthony was hired at Pomona, the office could possibly make a reasonable assumption that of prima facie evidence of a athletically motivated transfer. The same assumption is much more difficult when the transfer happens before.”
“The office approved both of these transfers on the appropriate CIF paperwork submitted by Pomona High School,” Simmons said. “In both cases, Colony High School did not provide any information on the paperwork indicating that there were any issues regarding CIF rule 510 or that their former head football coach, Anthony Rice, had been hired by Pomona High School prior to these transfers.”

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Is Covina ready for a triumphant return?

By Aram Tolegian
Covina High School football coach Darryl Thomas is like most Colts fans these days. He’s hoping a year older equals a year better as his team begins practice for the upcoming season. Covina started 13 sophomores last season and still made the playoffs, including quarterback Billy Livingston. Livingston was showing off an offseason’s worth of improvement as the Colts held their second day of practice on Friday afternoon. (To continue, click thread).

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