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.
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…
Here’s a letter that was sent from new principal Kate Aceves to football parents on Thursday.
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.
“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.”
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.
The first days of school usually mean a pile of transfer requests for the CIF-Southern Section office, and we know there have been plenty of players trading places in the offseason. Normally, transfer request paperwork is filed the first week of school, so it will be interesting to see who gets approved and denied leading up to zero week.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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