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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