Doubleheader Underclassmen All-Star game at Northview on Saturday matching San Gabriel Valley vs. San Fernando Valley

The fourth annual KG Sports Training Foundation Underclassmen All-Star Game will have a twist this season. There will be two games this time with blue and gray teams from the San Gabriel Valley taking on blue and gray teams from the San Fernando Valley. The game is Saturday at Northview High. The SGV Blue will take on the SFV Gray at noon followed by the SGV Gray vs. the SFV Blue, slated to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. The game will try to raise two $500 scholarships to give out that day. Admission will be $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Below are the rosters.

BLUE TEAM
Coach:
Brian Esquival, St. Francis
Sylvestre Sanchez, Montebello
Logan Beerman, Pasadena Poly
Jonah Campbell, Pasadena Poly
Gary Acuna, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Jeff Bain, San Marino
Joe Wills, Covina
Nick Hynes, Covina
Angel Acosta, Gabrielino
Tei Vanderford, St. francis
Jeff Garavaglia, St. Francis
Anders Schraer, St. Francis
Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena
Erik Trask, Arcadia
Brendan Campbell, Arcadia
Elliot Surrey, Crescenta Valley
Kyle Murray, Crescenta Valley
Cole Currey, Crescenta Valley
Troy Mulcahey, Crescenta Valley
Josh Marrs, Maranatha
David McAlister, Maranatha
John Soteropolous, Loyola
Chad Powers, Loyola
David Sanchez, Cathedral
Josh Ibarra, Cathedral
Julian Perez, Cathedral
Chris Flores, Cathedral
Jonah Jarrard, Temple City
Calvin Copping, Temple City
Corey Copping, Temple City

GREY TEAM
Coach:
John Knott, Bonita
Brendan Jauregui, Arroyo
Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park
Justin Garza, Bonita
Thomas Castro, Bonita
Nolan Henley, Bonita
Oscar Montenegro, Charter Oak
Kevin Hides, Damien
Daniel Sandoval, Duarte
Ross Johnston, Duarte
Richard Bradford, Duarte
Aymen Nurledeen, Duarte
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch
Nick Vasquez, El Rancho
Victor Garcia, El Rancho
Ramond Sedillo, La Puente
Ethan Etchecaren, La Puente
Giovanni Morales, Los Altos
Joe Munoz, Los Altos
Steven Chamberos, Los Altos
Kevin Shue, Monrovia
Nick chico, Northview
Niko Castaneda, Northview
Shawn Kennedy, San Dimas
Giovanni Rivera, Sierra Vista
DJ Larios, West Covina
Michael Nijera, West Covina
Caleb Romo, Walnut
Jacob Chonski, Walnut

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The Scouting Guru on area prospects and more

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Guru Writes: “We are in the middle of June and it’s just around this time that the three national football recruiting websites, ESPN Scouts Inc., Rivals.com and Scout.com are finalizing their players rankings for the class of 2012. Since there is only one player from the East San Gabriel Valley that is ranked by all three websites, I decided to list all the players that are in the SGVN Network. So here they are …”


ESPN Scouts Inc.
Ellis McCarthy (DT, Monrovia HS), 4-Star
Aaron Porter (LB, La Habra HS), 4-Star
Kevon Seymour (DB, Muir HS), 4-Star
Taylor LaGace (WR, Arcadia HS), 3-Star
Tarien Owens (RB, Muir HS), 3-Star
Myles Carr (QB, Arcadia HS), 2-Star
Chris Solomon (S, West Covina HS) 2-Star

Scout.com
McCarthy (5-Star)
Porter (4-Star)
Seymour (4-Star)
LaGace (3-Star)
Solomon (3-Star)
Owens (3-Star)

Rivals.com
McCarthy (5-Star)
Porter (4-Star)
Seymour (4-Star)
LaGace (3-Star)
Owens (3-Star)
Solomon (3-Star)

Looks like the rankings are right on the money. Hoping to see Aaron Porter at UCLA this weekend or at USC next week. He is the only person that I have not seen in person at a game or a camp. (To continue, click thread).

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Let’s Cheer: Your Hall of Fame Rosters are set

San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game
When: June 24
Where: West Covina HS
Series: East leads, 19-10-2
Last year: East 40, West 0

WEST
Coach Ryan Maddox (Monrovia)
Team: Antoine Peterson (WR, La Salle), Josh Simangunsong (RB, Temple City), Derrin Jenkins (DB, Monrovia), Nick Bueno (QB, Monrovia), Tim Sanderson (TE/LB Temple City), Jay Henderson (WR/S, Monrovia), Michael Jimenez (RB, El Monte), Howard Vaughn (LB, Muir), Karl Holmes Jr. (WR, Muir), David Maldanado (WR, Arcadia), Mike Amaya (DB, Arroyo), Chris Chiramonte (WR, Schurr), Gregory Castillo (S, Salesian), Andres Fernandez (WR/CB, San Gabriel), Alejandro Castro (S, Schurr), Kenny James (WR/DB, Pasadena), Sam Torres (TE/DE, Arroyo), Blake Edwards (CB, Pasadena Poly), Abraham Gonzalez (RB, Schurr), Andrew Medrano (LB, Lincoln), Ray Herrera (LB, El Rancho), Dominic Gonzalez (LB, Alhambra), Giovanny Berrios (LB, Lincoln), Noah White (OL, Pasadena), Kevin Ramirez (OL, San Gabriel), Dean Bisterfeldt (OL, Monrovia), Michael Rodriguez (OL, Duarte), Bryan Luna (OL, Crescenta Valley), Chris Salgado (OL, Alhambra), Genaro Torres (OL/DE, Salesian), Michael Lind (OL, South Pasadena).

EAST
Coach
Darryl Thomas (Covina)
Team: Nick Alexander (LB, Charter Oak), Chris Auxier (OL/DL, Northview), Charlie Avila (DL, Charter Oak), Michael Ball (QB/DB, Rowland), Allen Brown (OL, San Dimas), Tyler Burns (OL/DL, Chino), Alejandro Camacho (DL, Bassett), Jacoby Carter (RB, Diamond Ranch), DeAngelo Cole (WR/DB Montclair), Aubrey Coleman (WR, Walnut), Randy Collins (LB, Walnut), Mike Cortez (OL/DL, West Covina), Bryan Cox (DL, Diamond Ranch), Wardell Crutchfield III (LB, Baldwin Park), Shaq Davis (DL, Claremont), Aaron Dockery (WR, Claremont), Travis Doll (C, Charter Oak), Maurice Dupleasis (LB, West Covina), Julian Gener (DL, Bishop Amat), Donny Hageman (K, Damien), Joseph Herrera (RB/LB Gladstone), Demetrius Jackson (DB, Baldwin Park), George Johnson (QB, West Covina), Mike Juarez (LB, Bishop Amat), Tarez Lemmons (OL/DL, Bonita), Jon Logan (OL, West Covina), Griffin Lord (LB, Damien), Mario Majano (DL, Wilson), Eric Mikity (LB, Bonita), Matt Murray (LB, Covina), Peter Nonu (DL, South Hills), Jose Nunez (LB, Azusa), Christian Orduno (OL/DL, Bishop Amat), Jamal Overton (DB, Pomona), Garrett Pendleton (QB, Bonita), Mario Rodriguez (QB/DB, Baldwin Park), Jeff Stamp (K, Diamond Ranch), Jordan Taylor (DB, San Dimas), Marquise Thomas (RB, Northview), Moises Torres (C, Covina), Adam Vanderloop (DB, Covina), Jeff Vargas (OL/DL, South Hills), Moises Vega (RB/DB Wilson), Tahir Sanders (WR, Northview), Hector Dominguez (K/P, Wilson), Demetrius Counts (RB/DB, Pomona), Andrew Cameron (QB, Diamond Bar).

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Charter Oak’s Big Lou and Amat’s Steve Hagerty talk after Tuesday’s passing league scrimmage

Charter Oak hosted Tuesday’s passing league scrimmage with Bishop Amat, Upland and J.W. North, so we used the opportunity to speak with Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar and Amat’s Steve Hagerty.

Dom Farrar told Aram he could call the first play … Aram got duped, but you’re going to love his thoughts on Tuesday’s scrimmage, and his interview with arguably the two best quarterbacks in the Valley.

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Covina District is the oldest football stadium in the San Gabriel Valley? Is it time for a facelift?

Jim “King” McConnell’s area history pieces are legendary, and today he writes about Covina District Field, which opened in 1925 (and looks like it hasn’t been renovated since). It’s used by Covina, South Hills and Northview, and is still one of the best places to watch football because of its intimacy — the seats are on top of the field and the surrounding fences make you feel like you can reach out and touch the players. However, if you’re planning on watching a game there, take you allergy medication and don’t wash your car — the parking lot is all dirt and dust. After all these years you would think the city of Covina would have done some renovations by now. It’s never made sense, schools all over the SGV are renovating their stadiums with all-weather fields and in Covina, where you take care of three schools for the price of one, they can’t even pave the parking lot. If you’re going to spend money to build three new gyms at the Covina schools and spend all that money to renovate downtown Covina, maybe it’s time to give the 85-year-old venue some love too.

By Jim McConnell, Staff Writer
CDF History: The oldest football stadium in the San Gabriel Valley? Try Covina District Field. Covina schools have used the field every year since 1925. The football field, originally part of the old Covina High School campus, was ringed by orange groves when it first opened in the fall of 1925. (To continue click thread).

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San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame football game starting to take shape

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The coaching staffs for the upcoming Hall of Fame All-Star Game have had several practices to get familiar with their teams. And as you might expect, they have liked what they’ve seen. The game, which will take place on June 24 at West Covina High School, features the top football talent from the east and west sides of the Valley in the form of recently graduated seniors. The East won last year’s game 40-0 and leads the series 19-10-2.

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Glendora may be his dream job, but Brandon Rohrer has a home and following at La Puente

“I’m happy with all the things I have and it would be hard to even think about leaving in our economy today, even if it is Glendora,” said La Puente Brandon Rohrer.

By Tyler Drohan, Correspondent
The city of La Puente has been home to a rich tradition of football excellence. Five CIF football championships adorn the halls of Bishop Amat High School in La Puente.
However, head just five minutes away from the Bishop Amat campus to La Puente High School, where the Warriors have struggled on the gridiron for so long.
When former Glendora High School assistant Brandon Rohrer took over at La Puente High School in 2009, the program was coming off of a 16-36 record over the previous five seasons which included a 1-9 finish the year before.
Since then, Rohrer has led a turnaround that has seen La Puente match the 16-win total in just two seasons, amassing a 16-6 overall record and two CIF playoff appearances. “From the beginning, we knew we had to start with the basics and that was lifting, getting bigger, faster, stronger,” Rohrer said. “We made a commitment as a coaching staff to making sure we were working hard in the weight room, so we could physically keep up with teams, especially in our league and our division.”

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McClain finishes third in the Big Apple

Remontay McClain, who last week became the third athlete to repeat wins in the 100 and 200 meters at the CIF State championships, finished third in the Dream 100 race at the addias Grand Prix in New York City.
Marvin Bracy, off, Boone High in Orlando, Fla, won it in 10.47 seconds, with Sean McClean, of Southeast Raliegh (N.C.), second at 10.48. McClain, of Covina High School, broke first and led through 50 meters before finishing third at 10:59.
Ammar Moussa, of Arcadia , finished ninth at four minutes, 8.05 seconds in the Dream Mile.

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The Scouting Guru on football camps, and his thoughts on the prep sports scene

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

This is the Scouting Guru at his best, writing about the importance of football camps, and then going on-and-on with his, “I think, I think,” thoughts on the area high school football scene and more.

The Guru Writes: If it’s June – then it’s camp month for all the major universities across the country. It used to be that camps were just a fundraising tool to get some members of the staff taken care of for the summer. And to a certain aspect – it still is. However – camps are being used as a recruiting tool and a evaluation tool for coaches and scouts. The one school that has – in the past – used these camps to evaluate prospects was USC in the Pete Carrol era. I can’t tell you how many camps we watched (or worked) when the talent was just bursting out of the seams. Things have change just a bit these days. But if you are a legitimate D-1 prospect, camps offer the prospect a bunch of benefits. Here are some of those benefits….(To continue, click thread)

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With Football ready to take over the summer, Aram’s back on the clock cranking out rankings; No surprise, Bishop Amat’s No. 1 – Again

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.

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