The Wizard of the Wing “Z” has defending Mid-Valley champ San Dimas in midseason form

The first thoughts from San Dimas’ practice this morning was how far along they seemed to be. It was like they were practicing in week 8 or getting ready for a Mid-Valley Division playoff game. Coach Bill Zernickow’s Wing T or Wing Z, however you want to describe it, looked fantastic and they’re going to speed things up by running a no-huddle, something I’m not supposed to share with rival Bonita and the Smudge Pot just a few weeks away. It looks as if QB Shawn Kennedy won’t be ready after offseason health issues, but the QBs they were platooning (I promised coach Z I wouldn’t name names) looked sharp. With Bonita, South El Monte, Rancho Cucamonga and Monrovia on the preseason schedule, the only lock is the South, giving the defending champs a tough road before the Valle Vista begins. Aram will be at Covina’s practice this afternoon

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Damien’s Greg Gano on expectations in Year II

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
It never gets old for Damien High School football coach Greg Gano.
Gano, a 31-year coaching veteran, enjoyed yet another first day of fall practice on Thursday by leading his Spartans through some conditioning drills as they started preparations for their Sept. 10 opener against Diamond Ranch. (To continue, click thread).

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Hernandez on Amat, “Sometimes we question why did we do it, but the challenge is there.”

While Garfield isn’t exactly the monster many of us would like to see Bishop Amat tackle in its season opener on Sept. 3, which will be at East L.A. College, it appears the Bulldogs are taking this seriously, sort of like Rocky in his first fight against Creed. Check out Eric Sondheimer’s blurb in the Times’ today about Garfield’s spirited practice sessions. Coach Lorenzo Hernandez on facing Bishop Amat, “Sometimes we question why did we do it, but the challenge is there.”

The “Big River” Rio Ruiz showing his form …

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By George I think he’s got it, or will have to for West Covina to have a banner year in 2010

West Covina practice photo gallery

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
With Charles Tucker, Chris Solomon, Beejay Lee and a handful of other capable running backs in the West Covina High School backfield, Bulldogs quarterback George Johnson shouldn’t feel much pressure during the opening days of practice in preparation for the Sept. 3 opener at home against Covina. (To continue, click thread).

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High School football correspondents wanted

We have a handful of high school football correspondents returning to cover high school football games in the fall, but are looking for a few more. Those who have covered high school football games before or are studying journalism are ideal. Or, if you have a passion for writing and football, that works too. If interested, feel free to email me at fred.robledo@sgvn.com.

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The Azusa High School District facing legal action after father of tennis standout Alyssa Pritchett alleges school prevented his daughter from attending a championshiph match

By Thomas Himes, Staff Writer
The father of a high school tennis player has sued the Azusa Unified School District, alleging school officials prevented his daughter from attending a championship match. Azusa High School senior Alyssa Pritchett hopes to attend college on an athletic scholarship. She moved a step closer to that goal last fall when she qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation singles tennis championships. (To continue, click thread).

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West Covina among favorites for Hacienda and Southeast as we check in with coach Maggiore, RB Chris Solomon and QB George Johnson

There is no denying with two-time Southeast champ Charter Oak now in the Inland Division, West Covina could become the biggest benefactor. At Thursday’s practice, coach Mike Maggiore talked about the opportunity to win his second title with the Bulldogs while RB Chris Solomon practically guaranteed anything less than a title would be a disappointment. We also spoke with QB George Johnson, a third-year starter who could be the straw the stirs the drink, even though the Bulldogs could have the best stable of backs in the area. And when you talk about size, the Bulldogs have that too, and plenty of it. There is no Bishop Amat or Mater Dei on the schedule, but nonleague games against rival South Hills and Glendora should tell folks a lot before entering the Hacienda.

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Welcome back Austin Lacy: Amat senior returns after March surgery nearly cost him his life

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
For most high school football players, the beginning of summer practice, from physical conditioning to repetitive drills, can seem quite routine. But for Bishop Amat’s Austin Lacy, it’s a godsend. Lacy, who took his place Wednesday along with his Lancers teammates as they began preparation for the upcoming season, knows he’s fortunate to be back practicing, or doing anything else for that matter. (To continue, click thread

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We began our tour of SGV Hell Week at Bishop Amat with coach Steve Hagerty, QB Rio Ruiz, RB Zachary Shay and LB Austin Lacy

Bishop Amat practice photo gallery by Watchara Phomicinda

Despite ongoing reports that we were booted off the Bishop Amat practice field :) , coach Steve Hagerty and players couldn’t of been more cordial or fired up for the first day of Hell Week on Wednesday. Coach Hagerty talked about the upcoming season and expectations while Ruiz spoke of living up to the expectations for a QB yet to make his first start. Shay is ready to join a long list of talented backs in the Lancers backfield and nobody was happier than Austin Lacy after the long ordeal he dealt with back in March.

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QB Rio Ruiz …

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Despite Mid Valley reporting that Locklear has resigned, Locklear says he’s still Sierra Vista’s head coach and practice starts Monday

If Sierra Vista football coach Keith Locklear has resigned, it’s news to him. Locklear says he has no idea why the The Mid Valley’s Andy Villanueva reported on their show on Tuesday that he is no longer the coach. Locklear says practice starts Monday, but Villanueva’s inside sources at the 16:00 mark of this video say otherwise. “in talking to other coaches in the area, Locklear is no longer there,” Villanueva said. Interesting stuff, right?

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Bonita’s Taylor Anderson heading to LMU

Bonita High senior-to-be Taylor Anderson, a San Gabriel Valley first-team girls basketball selection as a junior, has committed to attend Loyola Marymount University on a full scholarship. Anderson will join South Hills’ Melinda Gomez, who will be a freshman at LMU this fall. Anderson will sign her National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in the second week of November.

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Let’s go, 25 days until the first Friday night of high school football; Prep Extra almost ready

On the first day back from vacation, the page proof’s for the Prep Extra football magazine are on my desk and ready for us to look over. I know you’re going to love it, this is five times more comprehensive than anything we’ve done before. Also, as you’ve seen on Aram’s blog, more and more video interviews are coming. I’m getting my flip video camera this week, and when summer practices begin, we’re hitting as many camps as we can, talking to coaches, players, etc, etc. We’re even taking our camera’s to games on Friday nights, so if you have that fourth-and-goal with the game on the line, we can load up and show it to you. Also, two minute drills will also be in video, but not sure if we want to do it all on one take, or game by game, so suggest away. Anyways, glad to be back, now lets get going, the countdown is on!!

Back in L.A: Wish that Toby Maguire dude would get out of my way …

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Summer Baseball update: Covina Blue put on hold

Here’s an update from the Colt World Series

By John Sherrard, Correspondent

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Covina Blue will have to wait another day for its third pool-play game in the Colt World Series after thunderstorms forced a postponement of Monday night’s game against White Division opponent Greensboro, N.C.
After an hour-and-a-half thunder and lightning delay, Colt officials announced the game would be rescheduled for today at 2 p.m. (EST).
The game called be heard over the Internet at www.ihigh.com/2010coltseries.
“Our kids were so pumped for this game, they would have stayed until midnight to get this game in,” Covina manager Tony Page said. “But we’re just as excited to come back (today) with that same intensity and play our best baseball.”
In the other White Division game earlier in the afternoon, Hoosier North of Lafayette, Ind. eliminated Mexico, 7-5.
The winner of today’s Covina/Greensboro game will advance to Wednesday’s semifinal, with the loser being eliminated. Covina would finish in second place in the division and face the first-place team in the Red Division if victorious.
Covina would have had a scheduled day off today before the medal-round semifinals, but now it could possibly play three consecutive days.
Today’s other scheduled games include Puerto Rico vs. Texas and Lafayette vs. Czech Republic.

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After being fired and rehired, Ayala boys hoops coach Kenny Donovan turns in his resignation

Donovan, who was fired in March after a 17-12 campaign, then rehired after a public outcry, said last week he’s resigning to spend more time with his family. Back when Donovan was first fired, rumors circulated that former Charter Oak coach Ray Walker was set to take over. When Donovan was rehired in March, this is what what we wrote

Ayala boys basketball coach Kenny Donovon was given his job back on Friday after being fired earlier in the week by principal Diana Yorboi, who told Donovon he was not coming back because the school was moving in a different direction. Sources indicated to us that it was Yorboi’s intention to hire former Charter Oak head coach Ray Walker. But it appears Donovan’s firing didn’t sit well with a lot of people, and Donovan took the job back when it was offered to him.
“The principal apologized,” Donovan told the Times. “She said she made a mistake.”

“She told me she made a mistake,” Ayala athletic director Steve Martin told the Bulletin’s Clay Fowler. “She’s a principal in her first year and I think she was trying to placate as many parents as she could. I think she’s discovering, in athletics you can’t placate everybody.”

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Breaking News: Citrus men’s basketball coach Rick Croy takes assistant job at D-I St. Mary’s

Rick Croy, who took the Citrus College men’s basketball team to the CCCAA State Tournament twice in the past three seasons, including winning the program’s first state title in 2008, has accepted an assistant position at Division I school St. Mary’s.
Chris Victor, who was an assistant under Croy in 2005, will be the Owls new coach. Victor was an assistant at Concordia of Irvine last season.

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