Aram reports that West Covina acquires a big transfer in Rancho Verde’s Justin Hornsby, but will he be cleared by CIF?

Aram posted a scoop last night about West Covina acquiring Justin Hornsby, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound defensive end from Rancho Verde. The part I found most interesting was this: Hornsby, who attended Rancho Verde last year, moved into the Covina Unified School District and was in South Hills’ area. But the junior-to-be wanted to play at West Covina. He had to protest to the county because Covina Unified would not release him. After a five-hour wait at the county office on Tuesday, Hornsby got clearance.

Fred’s take: I’m on record many times saying in most cases players should be able to transfer without CIF’s interference, though CIF is just following the rules set forth by the schools. But if a school district allows a player to transfer and he’s making the grades, he should be able to play sports at the school, and I’m hoping this works out for Hornsby. But you wonder what CIF does with this if Aram’s accounts are accurate. He said the junior-to-be “wanted” to play at West Covina despite being in the South Hills school district. On the surface, that sounds athletically motivated. So let’s be clear, although he’s been cleared to attend West Covina, he still needs to be cleared by CIF to play football. This may not be a normal transfer, to be eligible at West Covina, he will probably have to file a hardship transfer, explaining why he felt compelled to attend West Covina, despite living in South Hills’ district. Stay tuned.

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  • shfan

    If CIF accepts the transfer, CIF has lost all credibility!

  • Faceit

    Face reality SH you are a dying corpse of a forlorn dynasty…

  • shfan

    Who says I like SH football?

  • Dan

    If I recall correctly, your whole infield from your cif championship baseball team of two years ago comprised fully of West Covina district kids, was cif credible then?

  • Dan

    Fred, there is a post on Arams thread on the same topic that answers your question.

  • FredJ

    I read that Dan, but not sure his approval is just a formality.

  • recordstraight

    Dan,
    Lets get it straight. 2 years ago, the only WC area kid who started for SH CIF team was Ty France at 3rd base and he started at SH since his freshman year.
    Admit one thing though, if you were a good baseball player who lived in WC area, would you really want to go to WC, who cant even make a CIF playoff game in baseball, when you have a CIF champion right down the street?

  • M&G

    recordstraight,

    Same applies to football. If you live in the WC area, where do you want to play football? SH can’t even make the playoffs and you have a CIF champion right down the street.

  • M&G

    recordstraight,

    Same applies to football. If you live in the WC area, where do you want to play football? SH can’t even make the playoffs and you have a CIF champion right down the street.

  • M&G

    recordstraight,

    Same applies to football. If you live in the WC area, where do you want to play football? SH can’t even make the playoffs and you have a CIF champion right down the street.

  • Just askin’

    What is “a South Hills kind if kid”?

  • Question

    Why didn’t the kid check into Amat if he is really all that and a bag of chips? Apply for aid and step into the big time Justin. Amat could use ya and you could show your stuff against big time competition????

  • Just sayin’

    Maybe he’s not “an Amat kind of kid”

  • Man up – Play up

    For M&G
    True, SH didn’t make the playoffs last year, but SH has beaten WC 5 of the last 7 years. And the reason SH didn’t make the playoffs last year was because SH steped up to play in the Sierra and D2 as opposed to the Hacienda and D7 in which WC played.

    For Question
    If this kids parents where afraid to have the kid compete in the Sierra and D2 then there is no way in hell they would send the kid over to Amat to play in the Serra and D1

  • M&G

    Man up,

    You are living in the past! BTW, how did moving to the Sierra come into play when you played WC on the field last year? Nobody is afraid of the Sierra, back away from the phony bravado. You are throwing around the “Sierra” like somebody is supposed to bow down…..please.

  • M&G

    Man up,

    You are living in the past! BTW, how did moving to the Sierra come into play when you played WC on the field last year? Nobody is afraid of the Sierra, back away from the phony bravado. You are throwing around the “Sierra” like somebody is supposed to bow down…..please.

  • M&G

    Man up,

    You are living in the past! BTW, how did moving to the Sierra come into play when you played WC on the field last year? Nobody is afraid of the Sierra, back away from the phony bravado. You are throwing around the “Sierra” like somebody is supposed to bow down…..please.

  • M&G

    Pirates,

    I will buy into everything you said except the education? Have you seen South Hills test scores? Check the US News top 1500 public High Schools. South Hills is nowhere to be found. Lots of valley schools (West Covina, San Dimas, Bonita, Diamond Bar…..etc), no SH.

  • M&G

    Pirates,

    I will buy into everything you said except the education? Have you seen South Hills test scores? Check the US News top 1500 public High Schools. South Hills is nowhere to be found. Lots of valley schools (West Covina, San Dimas, Bonita, Diamond Bar…..etc), no SH.

  • M&G

    Pirates,

    I will buy into everything you said except the education? Have you seen South Hills test scores? Check the US News top 1500 public High Schools. South Hills is nowhere to be found. Lots of valley schools (West Covina, San Dimas, Bonita, Diamond Bar…..etc), no SH.

  • anywho

    Go Bulldogs!

  • Man up – Play up

    For M&G
    If my talking about winning the last 5 out of 7 years is in the past (with SH winning in 09, 07, 06, 05, & o4) then your talking about WC being a CIF Champion is also in the past. 5 wins in the last 7 years is very pertinent, that’s a .710 winning percentage. If WC played in the Sierra last year, maybe you edge out CO for the last playoff spot, maybe you don’t.

  • M&G

    The Hacienda had no problem beating up the Sierra last year. Chino Hills is the only tough draw in that league. I’ll give you the inland division is brutal in the playoffs, but you won’t have to worry about that. The past won’t help @ West Covina this year either.

  • M&G

    The Hacienda had no problem beating up the Sierra last year. Chino Hills is the only tough draw in that league. I’ll give you the inland division is brutal in the playoffs, but you won’t have to worry about that. The past won’t help @ West Covina this year either.

  • M&G

    The Hacienda had no problem beating up the Sierra last year. Chino Hills is the only tough draw in that league. I’ll give you the inland division is brutal in the playoffs, but you won’t have to worry about that. The past won’t help @ West Covina this year either.

  • Relentless D

    CIF should not clear this player to play football at WC when it appears to be athletically driven. Why is it when players transfer out of SH they get get cleared to play like what happen last year. But its not fair when you got a DE player name Ben Kane from Amat who was denied by CIF to transfer and play football for SH. That doesn’t make any sense SH gets no love from CIF. Also don’t knock on SH education SH haters. SH is better school then WC and SH is a D2 school, which WC is not even close to that.

  • M&G

    Don’t roll out academic smack if you don’t know and don’t have the facts. You are guessing, the facts say you are wrong…

    Kids have been transferring from WC to SH forever. Don’t whine when it goes the other way. BTW, both schools offer sign language now.

  • M&G

    Don’t roll out academic smack if you don’t know and don’t have the facts. You are guessing, the facts say you are wrong…

    Kids have been transferring from WC to SH forever. Don’t whine when it goes the other way. BTW, both schools offer sign language now.

  • M&G

    Don’t roll out academic smack if you don’t know and don’t have the facts. You are guessing, the facts say you are wrong…

    Kids have been transferring from WC to SH forever. Don’t whine when it goes the other way. BTW, both schools offer sign language now.

  • BigDog

    SH Parent
    Don”t put to much into this kid. There’s been alot of very good ball players that dont make it past A ball. Just Sayin! Just let him have fun with it.

  • Man up – Play up

    For M&G
    You really are clueless. How do you figure that the Hacienda beat up on the Sierra last year? The Sierra and Hacienda played 6 games last year with the Sierra winning 4 and the Hacienda winning 2. That’s a .670 winning percentage in favor of the Sierra. Do your homework prior to blogging out your a** next time.

  • proud bulldog believer

    dont take credit away from WC for winning cif and only being a d7 team when in reality they smashed on SH your d2 team. let us enjoy our victory before we punch you with our CIF CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS… WHO LET THE DOGS OUT!

  • Dan

    Man up,
    He probably was refering to the upper tier Hacienda teams beating up on the Sierra. In other words, it’s pretty safe to say both WC and Bonita would have battled Chino Hills for the Sierra league crown, and either of the two would of had a good chance of taking the Sierra.

  • M&G

    Exactly Dan!

    Also, you can’t pimp being in a higher division if you go 3-7.7-3 and we can talk. Like I said, the Inland division is a brutal playoff division, but the Sierra will never be a factor in the playoffs in that division.

  • M&G

    Exactly Dan!

    Also, you can’t pimp being in a higher division if you go 3-7.7-3 and we can talk. Like I said, the Inland division is a brutal playoff division, but the Sierra will never be a factor in the playoffs in that division.

  • M&G

    Exactly Dan!

    Also, you can’t pimp being in a higher division if you go 3-7.7-3 and we can talk. Like I said, the Inland division is a brutal playoff division, but the Sierra will never be a factor in the playoffs in that division.

  • Man up – Play up

    1. a league doesn’t consist of only 2 teams
    2. damien, a sierra non playoff team handled dranch, the hacienda 3rd place team pretty easily last year.
    3. anyone who saw chino hills play centennial toe to toe for 3.5 quarters last year would never make such a foolish statement that bonita or wc would of had any chance vs. chino hills
    4. d2 is a whole different world then d7
    5. wc will find out this year vs. loyola what it means to play a d1 team – loyola by 20+ without a doubt – my guess is that sh probably misses the playoffs again this year but will still handle wc like they have 70% of the time over the last decade.

  • Dan

    Man up – Play up,
    1. a league doesn’t consist of only 2 teams…”
    I agree, I’ll even say that overall the Sierra was a little stronger than the Hacienda.

    “2. damien, a sierra non playoff team handled dranch, the hacienda 3rd place team pretty easily last year…”
    Damien won by a touchdown over D.Ranch, that wasn’t too easy. Easy would be what Bonita did to your second place team Claremont [42 to 20]
    Not so easy… Claremont squeaking by the Hacienda 6th place team Rowland 24 to 21.
    Easy… Bonita beat Rowland 57 to 0.

    “3. anyone who saw chino hills play centennial toe to toe for 3.5 quarters last year would never make such a foolish statement that bonita or wc would of had any chance vs. chino hills…”
    I would make the statement in a heartbeat, So Chino Hills gave it their best effort against Centennial. It’s not far fetched in the least to assume that Bonita or WC couldn’t have had the same great effort or even better in a game with Centennial, you still lost by 3 TD’s, maybe the Hacienda gets within two scores, remember:
    Bonita 42-Claremont 20, Claremont-31 Chino Hills 30… Why would it be foolish to think WC and BOHI would have a chance to beat C Hills…”

    ” 4. d2 is a whole different world then d7…”
    I agree 100% but we’re talking about the Sierra vs Hacienda, not exactly the same as d2 vs d7.

    “5. wc will find out this year vs. loyola what it means to play a d1 team – loyola by 20+ without a doubt – my guess is that sh probably misses the playoffs again this year but will still handle wc like they have 70% of the time over the last decade…”
    You could be 100% correct on both of those points,- or not – yet this year has nothing to do with last year, new line, new qb, new inside linebackers this year, who knows what this year will bring, last year was special for both WC and Bonita, incredible lines on both sides of the ball, incredible linebackers and DB’s,
    several excelent runningbacks and recievers and
    two proven leaders at qb for both teams. Laugh all you want, but the evidence on these two teams from last year is much in favor of the fact that both of these teams were at least as good as Chino Hills, the big difference with these teams from the previous years was the size and physicality of the line. You can’t just say because it’s West Covina or Bonita that they wouldn’t have a chance, last year WC, Bonita, along with Amat and C.Hills were on a different level, without them playing each other you can’t just assume who would beat who, your guessing just as much as I am.

  • I know from the past…

    He won’t be cleared. CIF is on top of athletically motivated transfers. I doubt that there is a reason that he must attend West Covina rather than South Hills. A hardship won’t fly. Come on people don’t you leave from the past?

  • Colt74

    Someone please enlighten me, because I just don’t get it:
    1. Moves from Moreno Valley
    2. Moves into Covina and in South Hills area.
    3. Decides he only wants to go to WesCo and play football there.
    4. That’s not athletically motivated?
    5. What’s his hardship? He doesn’t like the color green?
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