San Gabriel Valley shootout on Saturday; South Hills at Walnut Thursday and “Batttle at the Beach” at Edison High on Saturday

Arroyo High School’s annual San Gabriel Valley Shootout is on Saturday at 9 a.m., with the semifinals at 4:25 and the championship at 5:15 p.m. South Hills will visit Walnut for a passing scrimmage Thursday at 5 p.m., then head to Saturday’s 13th annual “Battle at the Beach,” at Edison High in Huntington Beach starting at 9 a.m. South Hills is in a tough pool that includes Edison, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and San Clemente. There are many other prominent teams in the 16-team tourney, which include La Habra, Long Beach Poly, Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, Los Alamitos and Tesoro. Tournament playoff games start at 1 p.m., with the Championship game at 3 p.m. If you know other passing scrimmages or tournaments, post them here.

San Gabriel Valley Shootout Pool
Pool A: Arroyo, Gladstone, Kamiak, West Covina
Pool B: Covina, Diamond Bar, Rosemead, Crescenta Valley
Pool C: San Dimas, El Monte, Buena Park, Rowland
Pool D: Maranatha, Northview, Azusa, Walnut
Pool E: Monrovia, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel, La Puente
Pool F: Bonita, Nogales, Alhambra, Whittier Christian

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NFL players work out at Charter Oak

Carolina Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen worked out at Charter Oak on Wednesday with Chargers coach Lou Farrar looking on. Aram reported that roughly 30 NFL players attended the workout at Charter Oak, something many are doing across the country during the NFL lockout. Others working out included former Charter Oak linebacker Keith Smith, now at San Jose State, and Charter Oak quarterback Travis Santiago, who got a chance to throw to NFL receivers. For more pictures, check out Keith Birmingham’s photo gallery.

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Some schools are tough to get in touch with

We did well with our PrepXtra photo shoots for the magazine last week, with players from just about every team coming in for pictures. However, we still haven’t heard from Pomona,and Gabrielino. We’ll assume they were on vacation. Every other team in the area is ready to go. If you’re a coach from one of the three aforementioned schools, call me at 626-962-8811, ext. 2161 or email at for our final make-up date.

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College football: Duck and Cover-up

Oregon might be running away from the NCAA in addition to opponents this season.

Here’s the latest post on my college football blog about the problems on Pac-12 favorite Oregon.
Oh, what a tangled web when we practice to deceive…
This has not exactly been the summer of glory for college football.
First it was Ohio State that came crashing down, and now the same appears ready to happen to its 2010 Rose Bowl Game opponent Oregon, who if you believe Yahoo Sports, which took down USC and Ohio State with investigative pieces, has Oregon on the hook with sorted tales of illegal recruitment of top recruits.
It centers on Will Lyles, who admitted to Yahoo Sports that he swayed two recruits toward Oregon after paid $25,000 by Oregon under the disguise of a scouting service.
The scandal comes on the heals of Ohio Stategate, which appears to have drowned Buckeye Nation in a sea of stuff for cash scandal that took down coach Jim Tressel and will most likely put the the Buckeyes in college football jail, getting a penalty similar to what USC received prior to the 2010 season.
Now comes word over the weekend that Oregon  could suffer similar fate, if not worse, after Lyles told  Yahoo Sports that he used his undue influence to sway top recruits to Gang Green, and a cover-up allegedly orchestrated by Oregon coach Chip Kelly. 
It doesn’t look good for the Ducks, and Kelly, who some pundits could suffer the same fate as Tressel, perhaps before the season kickoffs in September.
It could get very interesting at the Pac-12 Media Day in Los Angeles at the end of the month.
Stay tuned.

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Bonita’s Courtney Gano named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Team

Tribune softball player of the year Courtney Gano was named to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Team …

This is what Cal Hi Sports wrote about her: After an off-season transfer from Los Altos of Hacienda Heights to Bonita, Gano enjoyed a monster season. She led the Bearcats to a 23-5 record with a whopping .630 batting average, 37 runs, 12 doubles, four homers and 28 RBIs. Gano also was a flawless defender at shortstop and beat out a strong field to be named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Player of the Year. Gano committed to the University of Washington after her freshman season and signed with the Huskies last fall.

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UPDATED: Rio Ruiz selected to Team USA 18U National Team roster for second-round trials, father says he will go and still play with Bishop Amat’s football team this fall

UPDATED: Rio Ruiz has decided to attend the U.S. National team trials Sept. 12-21, his father Rudy Rios said, which means the Bishop Amat quarterback will miss at least three nonleague games against La Mirada, Damien and Cathedral, returning against Venice followed by the Serra League opener against Alemany on Oct. 14. Rudy Ruiz has spoken with coach Steve Hagerty, who he said was supportive of Rio’s decision. Rudy said nothing is guaranteed (to Rio) in terms of his position when he returns, saying that it’s Hagerty’s decision, and he respect it.

BREAKING NEWS: Bishop Amat High School slugger Rio Ruiz has made the 28-man roster of the 18U USA Baseball National Team roster.

Ruiz is one of 28 players to receive invitations to be a part of the second-round trial, which will take place between Sept. 12-21. From there, the team will be cut down to 20 players, which will compete in the COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.

The trials and tournaments conflict with Bishop Amat’s football schedule, thus calling into question whether Ruiz will be a part of the Lancers’ football team, on which he has been a two-year starter at receiver and quarterback. Last season, Ruiz played quarterback for Amat, which went 9-2.

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Star/Trib special, Glendora vs. Monrovia, moved to Thursday, Sept. 8 for all the Valley to see

Someone mentioned on the other thread this should of been the Friday night game of the week instead of Bishop Amat at Servite. Doesn’t matter now. We got a Thursday night special in MTown, one of the best places to watch a high school football game. The pressure’s on Monrovia. You want to be in the argument for best in the Valley, you have show it in games like this.

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