For our Whittier area readers, here is the 2011 football schedule. I’ve highlighted what I think should be the feature game each week.
What is your pick for each week’s feature game?
2011 Whittier Area Feature Games:
La Mirada at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m.
La Habra at La Mirada, 7 p.m.
La Serna at Bonita, 7 p.m.
La Habra vs. Orange Lutheran at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m.
Charter Oak vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m.
Bell Gardens (CA) at Schurr (Montebello, CA), 7:00pm
La Habra at Fullerton, 7 p.m.
La Serna vs. Santa Fe at Pioneer HS, 7 p.m.
La Mirada vs. Mayfair at Bellflower HS, 7 p.m.
La Serna at California, 7 p.m.
Once know as the AFLAC all-star game, Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, South Hills’ C.J. Saylor and Amat coach Andy Nieto will represent the West in the Perfect Game All-American Classic. The game is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.
Bishop Amat outfielder Wallace Gonzalez, drafted in the 29th round by the Houston Astros, signed with the club on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not released.
In keeping with our fall football magazine tradition, we’re ranking the area’s biggest impact makers on defense, whether up front, outside or dominating the secondary. What top five will have the biggest impact on D? We he have a pretty-good idea who’s on the preseason all-area defensive team, but ranking them with that criteria is tough.
Changes are coming. Sometime next month this blog will also serve as the prep blog for the Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News, making one giant SGVN blog along with the Tribune. With Steve Ramirez taking over in Whittier and Miguel Melendez at the Star-News and so many of our teams and leagues crossing over and our commenters crossing over, we believe this is the time to create one of the best high school prep blogs in Southern California. More topics, more video, more interaction, more everything. Steve Ramirez and Miguel Melendez will serve as key contributors for Whittier and Pasadena, and I will focus on the Tribune and serve as the main moderator. with the three of us posting regularly this blog will be as lively as ever. Steve, Miguel and I will also weigh in with opinions on teams not in our coverage area and discuss match-ups of teams between our zones, etc, etc. That’s what this blog is for, news and opinions, and now you will have more. What it will create is one giant all-encompassing prep sports blog, plus Aram’s all-encompassing football blog for the SGVN. Each zone will post their own football rankings on Tuesday’s, and there will be one giant Saturday Morning Quarterback with all the football scores on Friday night. Once it gets going, you’re going to love it, especially in the playoffs when SGVN teams go at each other in the Mid-Valley and Southeast playoffs. As your main moderator, I will make sure news from all zones is posted regularly, but not in a way where it looks cluttered. We know the blog comment interaction is what makes this blog unique. The last thing I want to do is clutter this blog with topic after topic and lose that, so I’m prepared to post in a way that won’t happen, but also deliver the news, breaking news and updated scores from your area. For those wondering, the Pasadena blog and Whittier blog will be archived so you can look back on what was written previously. When I get a firm date on when this is happening, I will let you know. If you have any questions or concerns, I’m here to answer them.
With Steve Ramirez taking over Whittier, looks like I will be more involved with girls volleyball, which has become blog lively over the past years with Bonita, St. Lucy’s, Los Altos, South Hills, and others having unbelievable playoff success … I have to start thinking of a top ten with the area’s best returning players. Any thoughts on who that might be?
With the cancellation of the Montclair Prep athletic program, East Valley Division champ Paraclete has a week six (Oct. 14) opening on their football schedule and are looking to fill it. They can also make week two work if teams are looking. For those interested, contact coach Norm Dahlia at 661-810-5076 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Hills’ C.J. Saylor, Los Altos’ Joe Munoz, Bonita’s Justin Garza and Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz were selected to the Milwaukee Brewerrs’ area code roster, which represents the best in Southern California. The team will compete from August 5-10 at Blair Field in Long Beach. For more information on the teams and history of the 25th annual Area Code games, click here.
Aram reported last week that Claremont junior QB Matt Simko has transferred out, and a source this morning wrote that he is planning to attend Colony. From what I understand, Colony head coach Matt Bechtel was once a quarterbacks coach of Simko. Bechtel, a former Los Osos offensive coordinator, just finished his first year as Colony’s head football coach. This is not confirmed, but this is the second source that says Simko is going to Colony.
L.A. Times writer Eric Sondheimer just wrote: In a move that has stunned alumni and students, Van Nuys Montclair Prep announced that it is dropping its athletic program because of financial reasons. It makes you wonder if other schools could follow suit, especially with lower-level sports programs. Sondheimer also wrote that student-athletes transferring from Montlair Prep to another school will automatically become eligible under a hardship waiver.
Sorry if there were no new postings for a few days, took the Carmageddon weekend off near San Diego for some golf. Former LA Times legend Larry Stewart joined us and brought along UCLA knowitall and former Bruins QB Matt Stevens, who assured us all that UCLA wins at least eight games this year. Man, I hope he’s right. Got some big news for you on the prep front. Whittier prep editor Andrew Campa is leaving us on Friday for other writing opportunities. Whittier is virtually a one-man show and a thankless job. Campa did a wonderful job replacing the legend Roger Murray and will certainly be missed, especially in the short term since we will not replace him with a new hire. Steve Ramirez, who does just about everything, will step into his new role as the Whittier prep editor, but will still cover area colleges and write his college football column on Monday’s. Once we get everything sorted out, this blog will also serve as the prep blog for the Whittier Daily News, with Steve as the main contributor. Aram, our high school football bigshot, will continue covering football for Whittier, Pasadena and the Tribune, but will step into Steve’s old role and help with all prep sports at the Tribune. With Miguel Melendez and Keith Lair in Pasadena, the five of us will help each other to make this work. We know it’s challenging, but you’ve still got five guys who love what they do. Now, if you don’t see as many postings as normal, have some patience. This is late July and I will be gone for a week at the end of the month for my annual trip to Cabo. By August, it’s full steam ahead…Over the next week, we have a bunch of stories to write for the football preview magazine. If you have a thread idea you would like posted, I’m listening. Send it to email@example.com.
Inland Insider Tom Kiss reporting that Chino Hills boys soccer coach Kyle Shuler is resigning to become the principal at Oxford Prepatory Academy, a Charter School in the Chino Valley School District. Shuler has been the head boys soccer coach since the school opened in 2001. The Huskies won back-to-back league titles in 2008 and ’09, and have advanced to the playoffs the past five years. “It is difficult leaving, I love the boys and poured my heart and soul into it,” Shuler said. “We preach family and we lived up to it. It was fun to see the program grow. It was a great chapter in my life, but I’m ready to start the next chapter.”
It’s seriously time to start thinking of the Tribune preseason top ten for the magazine. Do you go with West Covina, the only area team to win a divisional title and with the reigning player of the year, Chris Solomon? Do you go with Charter Oak, arguably having the best summer with a confident QB in Travis Santiago? Do you go with Chino Hills, who lost a lot of skilled players, but based on last year, was the best team in our area in the CalPreps’ computer poll? Or do you go with Bishop Amat, who competes in the toughest league, division, and one that hasn’t lost a head-to-head match-up against an area team in years. What I posted below is the CalPreps final California rankings for 2010. As you can see, Chino Hills (23), Bishop Amat (26) and West Covina (29) finished in California’s top 30. The rest of the Trib’s top ten finished between 56 and 234. So, how would you rank them this year?
CALPREPS 2010 STATE RANKINGS
23. Chino Hills (10-3)
26. Bishop Amat (9-2)
29. West Covina (13-1)
56. Bonita (12-2)
111. Claremont (7-4)
130. Charter Oak (6-5)
158. Damien (6-4)
162. Glendora (5-5)
210. South Hills (3-7)
234. Diamond Ranch (5-6)
Nobody knows for sure how improved Damien is or exactly how many transfers, or impact transfers the school has acquired, but my source from Paraclete says that junior running backs Travion Boykins and Uriah Trailer both transferred from Paraclete to Damien and are certainly capable of helping the Spartans. They would have started and been the primary backs on a Spirits team that won the East Valley Division title and finished 13-1. As sophomores, Boykins rushed 29 times for 260 yards and two touchdowns (8.97 yards per carry) and Trailer rushed 28 times for 285 yards and a touchdown (10.18 yards per carry). Here’s what my source said about them: “They’re two great kids who I know will be able to help right away if Gano can muster up a decent line and scheme. A bit diminutive but shifty, strong and fast.” With Charter Oak junior defensive lineman Alex Hernandez and Glendora sophomore quarterback Gage Pucci also at Damien, the Spartans certainly seem to be addressing off-season needs to get more athletic and talented.
Claremont High school is hosting a big 7 on 7 passing tournament that starts Friday and runs through Saturday. The teams, pools are below.
Pool 1: Perris, Claremont, Gabrielino, Santa Fe, Webb (Friday, 8 a.m.)
Pool 2: Viewpoint, Charter Oak, Northwood, Palmdale, Villa Park (Friday, 8 a.m.)
Pool 3: Summit, Glendora, Crespi, St. Bonaventure, La Salle (Friday, 2 p.m.)
Pool 4: Culver City, Burroughs, St. Francis, Cathedral, Etiwanda (Friday, 2 p.m.)
Pool 5: Esperanza, Silverado, Muir, Chino Hills, Southeast (Friday, 2 p.m.)
Top 16 teams return on Saturday for the championship tournament, which begins at 10 a.m.