Hall of Fame Update: I’m sure several are wondering about the June 24 Hall of Fame all-star football game at West Covina High. Yes, the game is still on and the teams are allegedly practicing . But no, we have not obtained all-star rosters, but hope to have them by next week. I love the Hall of Fame game, but organization isn’t one of their specialties….
You can check out Aram’s all-encompassing Tribune, Star-News, Whittier Daily News football top 25 list on his blog, but I’m going to shorten it to show his updated preseason Tribune Top Ten heading into the summer. Next week, I will come out with my first top ten and we’re always curious to know how our know-it-all bloggers rank them, so have at it.
Aram Note: This is the second preseason rankings of the 2011 season. The previous one was for spring. This one is post spring … and it reacts to what we learned/saw/heard. Another one will be out AFTER the summer passing/linemen circuit.
1. Bishop Amat – Don’t know what will happen prior to getting pads on that will make me feel more comfy about the defense. But we all know the offense should be dazzling.
2. West Covina — Athletes abound, but QB and line positions are a concern. Back seven on defense and skill players outside of QB should be special.
3. Charter Oak – I’m a little worried about the Chargers along both lines, but the skill talent is very impressive. Very impressive. But you need Clydesdales and not just Thoroughbreds to keep company in the Inland. Still my early Sierra League favorite, though.
4. Covina – In theory, you would think that C-Town would be in line to pick up some serious hardware this summer, but Coach DT doesn’t seem to overly sweat that. Despite the nonchalance toward passing tourney results, if the Colts do somehow run roughshod this summer that could be a scary indicator.
5. Chino Hills — From the what I’ve heard file: Nothing to worry about along both lines. But then again, that’s always the case at Chino Hills.
6. South Hills — Would love to see a healthy Jamie Canada trotting around the field this summer. If I do, then I’ll feel even better about the Huskies bouncing back from last year’s 3-7.
7. Bonita — Coach Podley’s near exit highlighted the spring. With one of the top staff’s still in place, the Bearcats should be able to cultivate all that young talent. Here’s a team that can really use all the reps it can get this spring.
8. Damien – I’m hearing whispers about a WR/DB named Josh Savage. He could be one of the best around and we all know Damien could really use some skill upgrades and more overall speed. Hoping Coach Gano doesn’t keep such a low profile as last summer.
9. Glendora – New head coach Todd Quinsey’s style of offense really fits the strength of what’s returning. The RB combo of Victoria and Holmes should pile up the numbers, but the summer will be all about finding a QB to manage the show.
10. Diamond Bar – I will truly look like an ass if the Brahmas don’t live up to this billing this season. But, I love the skill talent that’s back combined with a Hacienda League that from top to bottom won’t be as strong as last year … especially in the trenches.
A big hit: The West Covina-Bonita championship highlights that closed the 2010 season has over 3,000 views. The Inland Insider, AKA, Tom Kiss, has a new camera and is ready for 2011.