Spring Football: Best team in the SGV ready to unleash sophomore QB Antonio “Noodles” Hull during spring passing tourney’s

“He’s going to start off trying to win the quarterback position,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “He can play back, receiver, safety, corner, return kicks.He can play anything, but I see him playing quarterback.”

By Aram Tolegian
It’s possible that sophomore quarterback Antonio “Noodles” Hull will take the first snap when the West Covina High School football team makes its passing circuit debut later this month at the Rancho Cucamonga Tournament.

That’s saying something, considering Hull had limited experience on the varsity team after he turned 14 and was eligible to play with the big boys. The Bulldogs also return Jon Najera, who got ample experience at quarterback last season.

“He’s going to start off trying to win the quarterback position,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “He can play back, receiver, safety, corner, return kicks.

“He can play anything, but I see him playing quarterback.”

The Bulldogs began spring practice Monday. Unlike the past two years, the defending back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division champions are lacking in star power. There is ample returning experience, but the likes of Chris Solomon, Beejay Lee, George Johnson and Justen Meaders are missing.

That’s where Hull and defensive end Justin Hornsby come in to play.

Hull has been hyped since arriving on campus as a freshman with the legacy of a strong youth football career with the Compton Vikings behind him. He played quarterback for West Covina’s freshman team last year before being called up to varsity later in the season. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is expected to be one of the Bulldogs’ top weapons this season.

Hornsby, who transferred last summer after being a starter his sophomore year at Rancho Verde, was denied eligibility by the CIF-SS and forced to sit out his junior season. Hornsby appears ready to be one of the area’s top defensive players. Maggiore thinks recruiters will soon be after the 6-2, 215 Hornsby once he gets more exposure.

Maggiore estimated his program has 180 players this spring, with several of them still part of the baseball team. Because of West Covina’s run-first offense, the Bulldogs rarely impress during the passing circuit, but this year may be slightly different with the unveiling of Hull. And that says nothing about how crazy it might get during the season.

“We would definitely run more option and more shotgun stuff with the quarterback being the second run option,” Maggiore said. “Those things (passing tournaments) are nice to see the guys compete, but we don’t put a whole lot of stock in that.

“Our game is based on play-action pass and the run game is going to set up a lot of the things we do.”

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  • Joe Amat

    Et Tu Fredo?

  • What you talking about Willis

    Hull does not play for Monrovia?

    They way Monrovia Stomp Covina, and West Covina barely won…well you know the rest Fred.

  • Bulldogs have bite

    What you talking about Willis,

    two words: South+Hills

    And the year before: Glendora

    Shall I continue with the inane transitive scores?

    West Covina > La Serna > Arcadia > Monrovia > Covina

  • What you talking about dumbsh*t

    I fail to see where Fred mentioned anything about Monrovia.

  • Fred Robledo

    Monrovia football? Beat Arcadia, South Hills and Glendora first, then we can talk. You were talking this smack last year about being better than Amat, then your posters (Observant Cat) disappeared after losing three straight to above average SGV teams, only to reappear once the below average Rio Hondo league started followed by the D-11 title win over San Gabriel, a team mercied by Muir.

  • Observantcat

    Well Fred, here we go again. Because of some very personal issues I happened to miss more than half of the season, I knew the struggles that Monrovia faced to get back on track and when those adjustments were made things changed dramatically. 2010 it was Monrovia couldn’t beat San Dimas, Rosemead, Arcadia, Whittier Christian, but all of that was put to rest by seasons end. I truly believe that a healthy Monrovia team would not have put up only 21 points to Garfield, or get slaughter by Servite. At the end of last season West Covina & Monrovia were the two best teams in the SGV and the beginning of this season you will witness more of the same, get used to it. Put the BA stamp to the side or you will start drawing up “notsince1995″ or whatever his name is. As a reporter I found it somewhat surprising that you took a blind eye to Ellis McCarthy and didn’t even realize how high on the charts he was, you were mentioning how he was one of the top guys in the state and Miguel and Aram had to correct you and remind you that it’s the NATION! not California or the San Gabriel Valley. So that in itself lowered your credibility to report on any team besides Bishop Amat. The biggest article you came out with last year on Amat was how big their tailgating parties were and how many loyal fans they have. I know that it is hard as hell for you to fathom a team better than yours, but open your mind a bit more this season and see who is really taking care of business both on the field and in the classroom, that may surprise you as well. I believe by the end of this season you will be sporting your green and white with pride representing the SGV.

  • What you talking about dumbsh*t

    If a state title was awarded for the top sh*t talkers, then Monrovia and all of their Duarte transplants would win the Open Division Title in a rout.

  • Fred Robledo

    Monrovia was NOT one of the two best teams, there is no way they would have beaten West Covina, Charter Oak or Bishop Amat, who were clearly better than the three teams Monrovia lost too, Glendora, Arcadia and South Hills. Beat the middle tier of the SGV before boasting you can beat the upper tier of the SGV. Don’t use health as an excuse for losing to those teams, Amat didn’t play at full strength all year. It’s impossible rationalizing with Observant. Amat would have destroyed San Gabriel in a championship, Monrovia didn’t take control over SG until after halftime. Monrovia would have been destroyed by Santa Margarita, the team Amat lost to in the Pac-5 playoffs, the same team that won the D-1 title and the D-1 state bowl game. Amat was in that game against Santa Margarita until the fourth quarter, Monrovia would have been overwhelmed. Amat goes 14-0 playing Monrovia’s schedule. Monrovia goes 2-8 or 3-7 at best playing Amat’s schedule. I don’t know about this year yet, but last year please don’t make those stupid comments arguing you got it together during the Rio Hondo League. IT WAS THE RIO HONDO LEAGUE! Or because you won the Mid-Valley Division title, two steps higher than Rio Hondo Preps D-13 title. You should be comparing yourselves to the Kares not the Lancers. You’re closer to D-13 than you’re to D-1.

  • Observantcat

    Funny you say that Fred. Real football fans dont think like you. Right now you sound real Dumb thinking that Monrovia didn’t make major improvements over the season. Thats like saying WC didn’t make the same adjustments over a course of the season. They went 1-1 to West Covina in the past 2 season and went into overtime last season, you dont think they were a better team by Dec?. Monrovia could have ran the score up by seasons end on Covina but Maddox being the great coach he is said “Enough is Enough” And if I were a betting man I would place my money and yours on last years team and this years team vs. Amat in the post season! and I’m not alone. I know that you have a distaste for anything that you dont truly understand but you dont have to take it out on a whole city. Talking about Biased Criticism from a reporter, (You sure you’re not notsince1995?) except a Monrovia hater instead of Amat. You always start out your seasons with how great you expect Amat to do with some players that dont even make the top 100 football recruits in California let alone the Nation and try and ignore the players who do because they play over on the other side of the 605. First it was Win a championship, now it’s beat the teams in the middle tier of the SGV, make up your mind. There is nothing wrong with having an opinion but as a sportswriter you must have some scruples about what you are writing. You wrote article after Article calling the school billycats and making light of them missing the big game, but never once did you indicate how they got there or if any other teams in this area have ever event seen a championship game. So when you want to call me out just keep on writing biased and ignorant blogs towards my city and my team and I will certainly answer back. Oh by the way, what’s your prediction for this season?….. do I hear crickets…. I Know that you are probably my biggest fan, but sometimes you choose to hit below the belt to get your blog buzzing. Maybe you should try calling out other teams that you dont have a liking for.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    I dunno about that last statement, Fred. Technically closer to D13 than D1, but if you want to start going down the rosters of both schools you’d find more than half the players on Amat’s defense out of jobs because of Monrovia kids. That wouldn’t be possible if there was such a vast difference.

    G5, Walsh, Ellis McCarthy, Craft, Bryant all would be starting at Amat this year (especially) and last. If the gap was as wide as you think, I don’t think you’d be saying that.

  • Lancelot

    Wow! Observantcat, you got your AZZ handed to you right there. Aram, you have always been the opposite of what everybody says about Fred. We can always count on you to throw a sucker punch from the blind side after Fred drops a solid overhand right to delusional blogger like OBCAT. “go down the rosters and Amat players would be out of a job”? How do you know this? The Amat roster starters have ALREADY PERFORMED aginst the teams mentioned at the PAC5 Level. The cats you speak of have performed exceptionally well….IN DIV 11!!!!!! C’mon Aram, stop being a blatant hater. And OBCAT……WAKE UP!!!! Better yet stay in dreamland, the cats look better from that perspective.

  • Observantcat

    Lancelot, that comment alone makes me know that you are just as crazy as Fred. Azz handed to me?…. I can take Freds criticism of what I say with a grain of salt, because in the end the RINGS say it all NOT FRED!

  • Fred Robledo

    Observant if rings are all that matter then rio hondo prep is the greatest program in sgv history

  • Lancelot

    Albeit verbally, it was on point nonetheless. You can have the rings but it doesn’t make your argument true; because not once in that meat grinder (sarcasim) of a schedule did you face/beat a team of similar or better caliber than Amat. Good Luck rackin up another title this year, I’m sure it will be a stellar accomplishment with the end result being a RING. Try not to run the score up on the KARES in the final. Oh wait, I forgot you guys are Divisions above them, NOT!

  • Observantcat

    Fred: Thats called journalism. Rio Hondo Prep has made a great point and made it good. I would be the first to give them their props there’s no denying the truth, they played who was in front of them and won. But to blatantly be biased no matter what with the types of teams Monrovia has produced seems to be a bit over the top. But I understand what sensationalized journalism is. Monrovia football has always made a good topic.

  • Observantcat

    Ok, Realtalk, Oh wait, I mean Lancelot: The kids go from playing Kares to the Pac 12 or maybe even the Ivy league, I’ll take that anytime over Azusa Pacific, or let’s say Mount Sac or better yet Citrus. Be sure to tell your kids what matters most, Getting beat up by bigger guys makes you a better kid or controlling the little bullies and Becoming a better Man.

  • Fred Robledo

    Observant, when have I ever shown bias in a newspaper article or game story? This is a blog and I’m defending my opinion, and happen to disagree with you. Why do you find fault with that or question ethics? Because Aram might agree with you, does that make him more ethical?

  • Observantcat

    Fred its not about ethics, its about bias. Aram and I have disagreed on several topics in the past, but I do give him a lot of credit for seeing both sides of the fence. You on the other hand have been to quite a few games and should be able to measure what a team has done to improve throughout the season. You seem to be stuck on simply making the players on Monrovia’s team second rate to your team of choice. it just gets tired after awhile. I give credit where credit is due. Sure when BA got the big wins I was rooting for them just like you, that doesn’t mean they are better than any other team that is on the rise. Speaking of Charter Oaks, I respect their program as well, this is going to be an exciting game for BA and Charter Oaks this season, but It would have been just as great to Put both of those teams on Monrovia’s schedule as well. Monrovia would not have ran from either invite. Who on the Amat team this season do you deem to be the go to guys or guy?… and is the team up to playing a tough pre-season or league schedule? After watching a few of the games last season I think Amats receiver was probably the most underrated receiver in the Pac 5, but I believe that having more athletes to back up some of those players is what Amat needs to get over that hump. Monrovia is just having that kind of success no matter who or where they play.

  • jcaz

    Observantcat, I love your passion for your team and I completely enjoy reading your articulate responses to many of the haters in here, however, if your going to argue a point, never make it personal.

    I mean, going after Fred and pounding on him over and over again because you say he’s a “biased journalist” is a good take, maybe once or twice, but after that, then it gets old and after a while, it seems as if its getting personal.

    Look, as I often will say in here, im a honk but im not a homer. In fact, a couple of years ago I came on this blog and said straight out that Amat probably wasn’t going to beat St bonnies. Do you remember that ? I was trying to be objective, and for that, I got it good from more than a few of the passionate homers in here.

    With that being said, maybe, just maybe, Monrovia couldn’t beat Charter Oak or Amat in a football game. Do you think that’s a fair statement to make ? BTW, just asking because, you say that you would bet your money and Fred’s money on a game between the two of them right ?

    Hum….well, when I see someone make a statement such as that, I know for a fact that their speaking more with their hearts than with anything else. BTW, if t all you got is passion, then maybe you need something much more to further your argument than just plain and simple love for your team.

    When Fred says that Monrovia would go 2-8 with Amats schedule, I believe him. Again, not because im a homer, but because I can look at a statement like that objectively. In fact, when I see bloggers like “COFAN” come in here and give the Amat homers “The business” I just die laughing because on so many occasions, the guy tells it like it is !.

    Oh, BTW, getting bak to the schedule thing, that’s not to say that Monrovia wouldn’t have given some of those teams a game, and, because its high school football, anything can happen right ? But, personally, I don’t believe that Monrovia would beat either Charter Oak or Amat this year in a game, and, here’s why……these two teams aren’t going to play each other !!! I mean, there not on each others schedule, so the reality is that Monrovia cant possibly beat either one of them !!!

    Ha ha ha.

    So, I guess that in the end, all that were left with, is just another silly argument that we often see in here because, truth be told, the only way to know for sure, is with a game. But that’s just not going to happen is it ?

  • Kennedy Bryant

    BIG Bob speaking directly thru me from his heavenly seat. Fred, Fred come on Fred. You didnt even see Monrovia until they crushed Covina. If your gonna to use M-towns loses to Arcadia, South Hills, then use the WC 22-21 win over Covina as and indication to who crushed a common foe. In the words of BIG BOB come FRED. MTOWN is much better than where they were at the end of last years season.

  • Observantcat

    jcaz, I never have had a problem talking football to anyone on the blogs who would listen. Fred and I have history that goes way back to his stint on the westside, when he used phrases like Muir would run Monrovia off the field, Muir would intimidate Monrovia and so forth… so I am quite used to Fred stirring the pot. I just felt since he bought me into this blog by saying that I disappeared during the struggle and then went on to use his evaluation of the team I had to respond. Fred knows the real deal but in journalism you choose your poisons until you get to the top where you cannot be blatantly biased. I would never say that Amat couldn’t beat the teams in front of them simply because you would have to be a helluva physic to figure it out. I would have thought Amats Baseball team even without Ruiz would pull out another league title, but the guys at little O’l La Salle in Pasadena thought different. As you notice, I never come on these blogs to insult players, schools, or even writers, but when they want to push the ink down your throat you better not swallow.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Fred who you going to root for when your beloved Amat goes the route of Pius X and Mary Star of the Sea. We know you will never admit it but that program is living on what it used to be and if you were honest with yourself youd admit it. Your defense of Amats greatness reminds of a mothers defense of her Childs drug addiction sad but very true. I recommend you get over it quickly before CIF gives you a dose of truth serum. Perhaps you need a reminder of what true evaluators like Big Bob think of your ability to judge good football teams. Replay your last interview with him he made you eat CROW.

    I dont know much about NASA and the space program but I do know that Amat isnt even MTOWNS class right now Period.

  • Fred Robledo

    Kennedy, how can you call me delusional when you write something like this…”I dont know much about NASA and the space program but I do know that Amat isnt even MTOWNS class right now Period.”

    Not in their class? Now that’s a Big Bob C’mon Man.

    For the last time, I’ve never said Amat’s great again, never said they were Pac-5 contenders last year, they took a step back after making progress the previous year. They’re not what they were in the 90s or before, still a long way to go for that. My defense of Amat comes when you use Amat’s record and lack of titles and compare it to Monrovia’s title and somehow think that means they could beat Amat in a head-to-head game. I haven’t seen an Amat team lose to an SGV team since I came back to the Trib. You have to ask Joe Amat, it might be ten years since their last loss to an SGV team. I watched them beat Diamond Ranch twice when Diamond Ranch reached title games. Watched them beat West Covina twice, Muir twice and the same to Damien. Why should I believe Monrovia would be any different? I can’t believe you can’t comprehend the different types of teams they face. What was Monrovia’s best win last year? Was it tougher than beating Crespi?

    There are other upper-division teams with mediocre records and first-round playoff exits that I would probably pick over Monrovia too, it’s not just an Amat thing, it’s a who have you played and how have you done thing? .The only argument I’ve heard is that Monrovia played better late in the year and won a title. But who you play is important too. When one is playing Santa Margarita and the other is playing San Gabriel, yes, Monrovia is going to look better at the end of the year. I don’t know much about NASA, but I know that.

    When it comes to skill players, there is no doubt Monrovia has four or five skill players that Amat would benefit from. But winning at the highest level isn’t just about the skill players, it’s about the depth, the supporting cast, the size, something you can’t comprehend until you face that type of competition week in and week out and see how you stack up. Amat has, and won some, lost some. Monrovia’s yet to face a team of that caliber. I’ve used Charter Oak and South Hills as an example in the past. They dominated like Monrovia and West Covina are dominating now when they were winning division titles a few years ago, but when they moved to the Sierra and D-2, what happened? It’s not easy when you play upper-division competition week in and week out. South Hills did well against Monrovia. But in the Sierra and Inland Division, it was a different story. I’m not hating, just keeping it real. I’m happy for those guys at Monrovia, they’ve dominated their league and division and deserve all the credit in the world, it’s never easy winning back-to-back titles and they might add a few more. But if you ask me about a head-to-head game, I have to disagree with you.

  • Score

    Lancers vs. Wildcats 2011

    Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13
    La Mirada 31, Arcadia 28
    Arcadia 30, MONROVIA 22

    Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7
    Damien 47, South Hills 38
    South Hills 34, MONROVIA 30

    Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7
    Damien 31, Claremont 10
    Claremont 18, Bonita 15
    Bonita 40, San Dimas 20
    San Dimas 31, MONROVIA 14

  • For fun

    Lancers vs. Wildcats 2011

    Bishop Amat 49, La Mirada 13
    La Mirada 31, Arcadia 28
    Arcadia 30, MONROVIA 22

    Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7
    Damien 47, South Hills 38
    South Hills 34, MONROVIA 30

    Bishop Amat 28, Damien 7
    Damien 31, Claremont 10
    Claremont 18, Bonita 15
    Bonita 40, San Dimas 20
    San Dimas 31, MONROVIA 14

  • Joe Amat

    Freddie,

    Amat’s last loss to any team in the Tribune/Star News area was 14-9 to the Mark Pasquarella/Ian Johnson led Damien Spartans in 2002. Since then the Lancers have swept Charter Oak, Glendora, Diamond Ranch, West Covina, Muir, St Francis, and if we want to extend it you can throw in St Paul, Rancho Cucamonga, and La Mirada. More than 20 wins … and counting.

    Now for Mr Bryants benefit, we can work backwards with wins over Crespi, Venice, Notre Dame, Loyola, Dominguez, Mater Dei, Alemany, St Bonaventure, Chamiinade, and Orange Lutheran. not bad for a team for a team in such decline and on their way to Mary Star of Pius X. Not bad for a team in such decline to be undefeated in 2010 on the last day of the season and playing for their second consecutive Serra League Champiionship.

    So Amat has only gone 32-13 in the Hagerty era against those teams above and winning a league championship in the FOURTH toughest League IN THE NATION. I suppose that compares favorably to Monrovia winning the Rio Hondo League that was the ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED TWENTY SEVENTH best league in the country. But congratulations anyway. And if it makes you feel better to win a Division Champiionship after being dropped a division and somehow equating that with improving – more power to you.

    I’m pretty sure we’ll need to make a trip to the Kennedy Space Center and will need a NASA sized telescope to find a single win on Monrovia’s schedule that matches any of those recent wins mentioned above. You can try if you’d like. I’m interested in hearing your opinion on one that might be close. I mean, since you’re on a whole ‘nuther level and all – you probably have a buncha examples why? If not, that’s ok Kennedy – we always have San Gabriel!

  • Reader

    MUST BE THE WATER IN OL’ MONROVIA

  • Kennedy Bryant

    As I have said before, right now I’d rather be lightweight and welterweight champ than a also ran in the heavyweight division. No one knows the contenders in the heavyweight divisions but they sure as heck know who Mayweather and Paquio are
    Pound for Pound the best in the world. So you keep being Ike Rudder and Jerry Quarry with the heavyweights, and best of luck to the Lancer family this season as you await the good news from CIF head quarters about your pending demotion. Joe Amat maybe you and Freddie can repost your bloggs about how great Amat wins over St Bonnie’s and O’lou and a few other over the past 10 years warrant Amat staying put. Im sure the Amat AD could use some of your arguments when he is trying to convince the league and conference realignment committee that amat deserves to stay in the Pac 5. Perhaps you can even talk about M-town loses to Arcadia, Glendora and San Dimas and South Hills maybe that will change their minds….. Doubt it. Be sure to also send a copy of your blog to NASA I hear they are still trying to save the Space Shuttle Program.

  • Lancer “88″

    Mr Bryant, you and all the rest of the Monrovia homers can continue to think you could play with the big boys. But thats all it would be, a wish. Continue to beat up on the lightweights and welterweights of the world. Because even in a down year or any other year, Amat would smash you and any other SGV team. It’s good to hear all you homers thumpin your chests. Just like in the mid to late 80′s when Los Altos, Wilson and Monrovia tried the big boy clothes and couldn’t cut it. Now you want to try again. Before you try them on, ask Coach Garrison ( he was on staff in the 87 game ) what it felt like to get blasted. Any time, anywhere Monrovia homers….Go Lancers !!

  • M&G

    WTH? Clicked on a West Co article and ran into a Monrovia/Amat pissing match??

  • M&G

    WTH? Clicked on a West Co article and ran into a Monrovia/Amat pissing match??

  • M&G

    WTH? Clicked on a West Co article and ran into a Monrovia/Amat pissing match??

  • Fred Robledo

    BTW, before Monrovia thinks of Amat, it should try taking on St. Francis, the best team in the Star-News coverage area last year. St. Francis’ 9-3 record and who they beat was more impressive than what Monrovia did, plus St. Francis beat Arcadia, who beat Monrovia. Both teams had three losses, but St. Francis had far and away the more impressive victories. St. Francis lost to Chaminade, Serra and eventual champ Arroyo Grande. That’s athousand times different than losses to San Dimas, South Hills and Arcadia. I wonder what logic Monrovia fans could come up with arguing that Monrovia was better than St. Francis last year. The difference between Monrovia and the top SGV teams in the Trib area is that the West Covina’s, Damien’s, Diamond Ranch’s, Chino Hills and Charter Oak’s are taking on Bishop Amat. Charter Oak and Chino HIlls will get there shot this year, and we’ll see what happens. I’d like Monrovia to at least take on the other top contenders in the Star-News area before crowning them the best on the westside. Playing Arcadia is a start, but now it’s time to add Muir and St. Francis and see how you do.

  • Fred Robledo

    BTW, off topic, but I’ve got some time on my hands before I head to Glendora’s baseball game.

    Here is Aram’s all-encompassing rankings. I get why he ranks Monrovia No. 1. It’s not because he thinks Monrovia would beat Bishop Amat, West Covina, Charter Oak or St. Francis in a head-to-head game, it’s the best pound-for-pound argument, sort of like saying Mayweather is the best pound-for-pound fighter today, right Kennedy? But what I don’t get is if you’re going to rank Monrovia No. 1 using that criteria, then where is Rio Hondo Prep, arguably the best pound-for-pound team of them all. They’re not even in his top 25, why is that?

    Aram’s all-encompassing.
    1. Monrovia — The most complete team around. Period.
    2. Bishop Amat — Defense may not have size, but it has plenty of experience.
    3. West Covina — How to use Noodles, and where, the big question this spring.
    4. Charter Oak — Loss of leading passer/rusher will be very hard to overcome.
    5. Damien — Waiting to see what’s up this summer, but this could be No. 1 by fall.
    6. Chino Hills — High-upside team has talent, but lacks experience. Scary.
    7. La Habra — If you thought last year was a reload, wait until you see this year.
    8. St. Paul — New regime has been reportedly working hard to get talent infusion.
    9. La Mirada — Leading passer, rusher and receiver all back.
    10. St. Francis — QB returns, but there’s tons of question marks elsewhere.
    11. La Serna — QB Palmer is one of the best dual-threats around.
    12. Arcadia — Down compared to last year, but still solid enough to bang with most.
    13. San Dimas — Consistency, not talent, is program’s greatest attribute.
    14. Maranatha — Division switch should put Minutemen in thick of title chase.
    15. Muir — Loss of Talifero stings, but decent talent remains for new head coach.
    16. Duarte — By far the best transfer haul of the offseason.
    17. Cantwell — Skill talent is there to do damage in the Northwest.
    18. Arroyo — Can rely on ground game and defense until new QB is settled in.
    19. Pasadena — Insiders tell me how great things are, then later admit it’s a one-man show.
    20. San Gabriel — Hearing some very interesting things about SG. A team to watch!
    21. Bonita — New head coach/old staff. Bearcats should be solid if nothing else.
    22. Diamond Ranch — Really need to see what Roddy’s working with this spring.
    23. Azusa — Aztecs had to cringe at Duarte’s upgrades.
    24. Claremont — ‘Pack have decent skills, but need a toughness upgrade badly.
    25. Diamond Bar — Some of the best talent around in spots, but toughness?

  • Reader

    CAUSE ARAM TWIST AND TURNS AND DOES WHAT HE WANTS, JUST LIKE A PINCHE ROLLERCOASTER!!

  • Sgv baller

    The better competition you play the better you get.on pAper the Monrovia players might seem great , because they always play against weaker players. You don’t know how they would handle playing against the elite .AmAt has kids that have heart and play tough with what they have .

  • http://Insidesoccal.com James gonii

    How could you leave Ayala out ? They have 9 returning starters o. Offense and 7 on defens. They are contenders for league title this year and you guys will see. They are a top ten team and look for them to upset Monrovia

  • Cougertown

    D-11 champions are considered the best in the SGV?
    Kinda has a hollow “ring” to it doesn’t it?
    In reality Monrovia should be moved up to the southeast division. Maybe the Pacific or Hacienda league, because the Rio Hondo lacks any contender for Monrovia. San Marino(500), S Pasadena (570), La Canada(767), Temple City (851) and Blair (1013) ratings from last years maxpreps. Monrovia could be on auto-pilot for the league play this year. Also at least get a pre-season schedule worthy of a top pick.