As part of this becoming the all-sports blog for are three San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and part of our college football overage, I will post a capsule of all Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season. We’ll begin with the North Division, and today we take a brief look at California
Coach: Jeff Tedford Years at school: 10 Record: 72-42 2010 Record: 5-7 overall, 3-6 in conference Division: North 2011 prediction: Fifth Outlook: The Bears have been one of the conference’s most consistent programs, playing in a bowl during Tedford’s first nine seasons. All that changed last year, and the outlook doesn’t look good for Cal in 2011. The Bears are inexperienced in the backfield, where Buffalo transfer Zach Maynard steps in at quarterback and junior Ise Sofele is the starter at tallback. Marvin Jones is one of the better returning receivers in the conference. But Cal, which will play all home games at AT&T Park while Memorial Stadium is refurbished, will be hard pressed to get back to a bowl game. Quotable: “We have created a standard and expectation at Cal over the last nine years,” Cal coach Jeff Tedord said. “Last season we fell short of that, and we’re not hiding from that. We understand that there is a very fine line between winning and losing. We need to improve and get back to the standard and fulfilling the expectation that our fans and alumni have for our football program.”
As part of this becoming the all-sports blog for are three San Gabriel Valley Newspapers, and part of our college football overage, I will post a capsule of all Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season. We’ll begin with the North Division, and today we take a brief look at Washington State.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Coach: Paul Wulff Years at school: Fourth Record: 5-32 2010 Record: 2-10 overall, 1-8 in conference Division: North 2011 prediction: Sixth Outlook: The Cougars have been the conference’s worst program over the past three seasons, finishing ninth, 10th and 10th. But they saw some light in the tunnel last year, playing respective games down the stretch, including scoring a 31-14 win at Oregon State. QB Jeff Tuel, who threw for 2,780 yards and 18 TDs, gives Washington State some hope. But it is most likely going to be another longer year in the Palouse, which doesn’t sound good for Wulff, who begins the year No. 1 on most publications’ coaches hot seat list. Quotable: “When games are tight, (Tuel) needs to be able to make the plays that win the game,” Wulff said. “Those are the steps that he’s going to take, and he will take. I think that we’re going to go as he goes in a lot of ways. But what I also like is we do have more of a supporting cast around him and on defense that we’ve never had. So it’s not going to be only on Jeff Tuel, which is great. There needs to be some games where he isn’t necessarily the big factor, hopefully, and we can still win the ballgame. I’d like to see our team take that step, and I’d like to see Jeff take the step that I mentioned.”
Quarterback Cameron Deen, who led South Hills to the Southwest Division semifinals in 2007 and ’08, has left Northern Colorado. He has apparently enrolled at Mt. SAC and will compete for the two-time state and national champions in the fall.
As promised, the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss, put together a 12-minute video highlights of the 2010 football season. Lots of great stuff, check it out. I’m out of town until Aug. 4, but Stevie R., and Aram will take over while I’m sitting on a beach in Cabo … The PrepXtra Football Preview Magazine debuts on Aug. 30.
The San Gabriel Valley Babe Ruth 18-under all-star baseball team beat defending champion Watsonville 5-4 on Tuesday to win the Pacific Southwest Regionals in Modesto, punching a ticket to the World Series, which starts Aug. 6 in Ephrata, Washington.
Glendora’s Nick Wagner, the tournament MVP, belted a two-out single in the sixth that drove in Tartans teammate Martin Gallegos for the game-winning run, sending the SGV to the Babe Ruth World Series for the second time in three years.
The SGV team has plenty of familiar names, including Glendora’s John Alexander, Brennan Salgado, Nick Wagner, Sean Beckman; Bishop Amat pitcher Daniel Zamora, Bonita’s Adam McCreery and Walnut’s Bryce Harrison.
ALL-AMERICANS: Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz and Bonita’s Justin Garza continue piling up postseason awards after spectacular junior seasons. Both were named underclassmen all-americans by ESPN RISE and MaxPreps.