Former Covina High School standout Brett Pill, who also starred at Cal State Fullerton, was promoted from Triple-A Fresno to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
The son, of Mike Pill, of Edgewood High School, and older brother of Tyler Pill, also of Covina and Cal State Fullerton, had a solid summer for the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Tanner Diebold couldn’t ask for a better situation to start building his legend at Bonita High School. The sophomore quarterback, nicknamed “Sunshine” by his teammates because of his blonde hair, will make the first start of what he hopes will be a banner varsity career against archrival San Dimas in Thursday’s renewal of the Smudge Pot Game at Citrus College. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be fun,” Diebold said. “I’ve thought about it, but I’m going to play like it’s any other game. I think I’m going to be a little nervous, but I’m going to try and block everything else out and just play. “Yeah, it’s going to be the first varsity game I’ve played. I’m going to try my best and do the best I can.”
Diebold led Bonita’s freshmen team to a 10-0 record last season. While he was doing that, the Bearcats varsity was busy marching all the way to the CIF-SS Southeast Division final under the guidance of senior quarterbacks Greg Spathias and Garrett Pendleton.
With those two now graduated, Diebold has inherited the position after narrowly winning a heated battle with senior Aaron Burgett, but Diebold’s initial foray into life under the lights as Bonita’s starting signal caller could be short-lived if he’s not yet up to the challenge.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Duarte coach Lavelle “Tip” Sanders isn’t ready to make bold predictions, such as guaranteeing a win in Friday’s season opener at home against Marshall, which went 0-10 last season. After all, not only did the Falcons go 0-9 last year, they were outscored 380-13 and scored just one touchdown the entire season. In fact, Duarte hasn’t won a game since Sanders took over in 2009. During that span the Falcons are 0-19 and have been outscored 841-43.