Who: Bonita vs. Sand Dimas Where: Citrus College, Thursday, 7 p.m. Smudgepot Series Record: San Dimas 22, Bonita 16, 1 tie Proceeds and parking: A proceed of the tickets will be donated to the “Special Operations Warrior Foundation.” All three gates at Citrus open at 5:45 p.m. Bonita should use the north gate and parking lot S8. San Dimas should use the south gate and parking lot S6 Tickets: Adults $10, Child $6. Bonita and San Dimas student with ASB free. Local student with ASB $6. Presale tickets can be purchased at both schools during the week.
The CIF-Southern Section ruled that West Covina transfer Justin Hornsby will not be eligible for varsity football until August of 2012. CIF listed his transfer request status as “limited eligibility”, meaning he can participate in junior varsity football or in all other varsity sports the rest of the year. The 6-foot-2, 205 pound defensive end transferred from Rancho Verde to West Covina over the summer. Although Hornsby lives in the South Hills school district, he was granted permission to enroll at West Covina after battling the school district. For some background, read what Aram wrote on Aug. 16:
Aram: (Hornsby) 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. Coaches consider him to be on par with Justin Meaders, which immediately ranks him as one of the top defensive players in the area.
Note: CIF Director of Information Thom Simmons will be a guest on Tuesday’s episode of PrepXtra Live at 7 p.m.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Perhaps no football team in the area understands the importance of building its resume in nonleague games better than El Monte High School. Last season, the Lions finished third in the Mission Valley League but wound up spectators when the Mid-Valley Division playoffs started because of a 1-4 performance in nonleague games which included losses to division foes Covina, La Puente and Wilson. That’s why El Monte coach Joel Sanchez is well aware of the implications involved in his team’s opener on Sept. 2 against Baldwin Park, which also plays in the Mid-Valley Division.
At Thursday’s media luncheon in Long Beach, Orange County Register’s Steve Fryer asked new commissioner Rob Wigod if he had a definition of what is an “athletically motivated transfer.” Wigod’s immediate answer, “I do not,” then he went on to explain why. Check it out.
Covina coach Pete Loaiza resigned to take a teaching position in the Glendale Unified School district, a Covina school official explained this morning. The Colts have a strong group returning this spring, it should be interesting to learn who takes over.
“We have one week to have an advantage on somebody like this without having any film (of us) exist. Hopefully, Charter Oak hasn’t found anything from the Northview years. (Charter Oak defensive coordinator) Roger Lehigh does a great job and he’s a big proponent of having film, so when he doesn’t have any film he gets frustrated. After next week, everybody will know what we’re going to do, but they (Charter Oak) don’t need any help.” — Glendora football coach Todd Quinsey
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
As the Glendora High School football team’s Mayor’s Trophy game with Charter Oak nears, new Tartans coach Todd Quinsey is giving nothing away about his team the Chargers can plan for. Most area teams with Week 0 games scrimmage Friday night, but the Tartans will be sitting at home. And that’s just how Quinsey wants it.
“We have one week to have an advantage on somebody like this without having any film (of us) exist,” Quinsey said. “Hopefully, Charter Oak hasn’t found anything from the Northview years.
“(Charter Oak defensive coordinator) Roger Lehigh does a great job and he’s a big proponent of having film, so when he doesn’t have any film he gets frustrated. After next week, everybody will know what we’re going to do, but they (Charter Oak) don’t need any help.”
The Tartans visit Charter Oak on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
By Fred J. Robledo
Injured combo back Zach Shay dressed for Bishop Amat’s CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division first-round playoff game against Tesoro last November, but it was more disguise than a real shot at playing time. After injuring his right ankle more than a month earlier, he still couldn’t plant and cut on it.
“I asked coach to put me in, but I knew it wasn’t happening,” Shay said. “It wasn’t easy standing there knowing you can’t help.”
Tesoro ended Bishop Amat’s season with a 31-21 win, a bitter ending considering the Lancers started 9-0 before losing the Serra League title game to Alemany, 38-30, and its playoff opener a week later.
“You always wonder what would have happened if I didn’t get hurt,” Shay said. “But you can’t dwell on it. We’ve got a new season and an opportunity to make it right.”
A year ago at this time there was plenty of talk in the Valley about how big of a season awaited Baldwin Park High School’s football team.
This year, not so much, but that’s how Braves coach James Heggins likes it.
“I consider it to be something that we look at as a challenge,” Heggins said of the lack of attention his team is getting. “Most people who have played us in consecutive years know that when you line up against Baldwin Park, you better be ready to play some football. All those people who don’t know what we’re about and really don’t care to find out, we’ll be ready to go out there and show them what we’re all about. And we’re not going anywhere.”
By Aram Tolegian
Any fears about Arroyo’s running game taking a hit with the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher Mikey Vasquez have been somewhat calmed since the Knights put the pads on and junior Peter Aholoka has been running wild in practice. Aholoka showed signs that he was going to be a good ball carrier throughout the offseason and has driven the point home since the Knights got into full gear.
South Hills coach Steve Bogan confirmed that senior lineman Ben Kane lost his state appeal to play football for the Huskies. Kane, who transferred from Bishop Amat to South Hills in the spring, lives in the Northview school district. He enrolled at South HIlls and filed a hardship transfer request, but was denied by CIF-Southern Section officials. Kane’s family then appealed to a CIF-state panel board, but were denied again on Tuesday.
“It was a challenge, and I’ve never backed away from a challenge.” –– Wilson’s new head football coach Bob Burt.
By Aram Tolegian
Even at age 70, Bob Burt has no trouble finding the motivation to drive every day from his home in Hemet to his football program in Hacienda Heights. Burt, the new football coach at Wilson High School, has a real simple explanation for why he does it.
“It was a challenge,” he said. “And I’ve never backed away from a challenge.”
Burt has seen and conquered plenty of challenges in a career that’s ranged from being the defensive coordinator at Hawaii to head coach at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge to head coach of fledgling and established high school programs. And now he’s in for arguably one of the bigger challenges of his career.
By Fred J. Robledo
Jamie Canada’s football career looked promising in his freshman year at Duarte, where his first touchdown was a 48-yard reception in the fourth quarter against South Hills. It was the Falcons’ lone score in a 48-6 loss.
After that, though, everything continued to unravel for Duarte and Canada. Duarte coach Wardell Crutchfield was fired following the 2008 season and more than a dozen players transferred to neighboring schools, including Jamie and his older brother Jordan Canada, a senior in 2009.
The Canada family moved into the South Hills school district, but Duarte challenged the transfer. It said the move was “athletically motivated” and the CIF-Southern Section agreed. That forced Jordan to miss his senior year and Jamie to sit out his sophomore campaign.