The SGVN is proud to announce that longtime staffer Steve Ramirez is the new Star-News Prep Sports Editor

Steve Ramirez, who has been with the company more than 20 years, is replacing Miguel Melendez as the Star-News Prep editor. Steve was the Whittier Daily News prep editor last year, and serves many capacities at the SGVN, including college football writer, area college beat writer and auto racing. When it comes to football, he’s the most knowledgeable on out staff, despite what Aram might say (can we get an lol). In all the years I’ve worked with Steve, few work as hard as him. Please welcome him aboard. With Steve leaving the Whittier Daily News, weeklies reporter Eric Terrazas will replace Steve as the Daily News prep editor.

That’s company man Mr. Ramirez in the company shirt ..

Who has this shot? Joking around with “Mike the Uncle” on a golf trip. As you can tell, I’m soooo ready for football to start.

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Bishop Amat baseball camp next week

Bishop Amat High School will host a youth baseball camp July 23-25. The three-day camp is for ages 5-14 and costs $150.
It will be held at the Bishop Amat baseball field from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Cost does not include lunch (snack bar will open) and campers are asked to wear baseball attire and bring cleats, glove, bats, helmet and catcher’s gear.
More information is available by e-mail at zuni24@charter.net or by calling (626) 818-3142.

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Rose Bowl Game to host NCAA youth football clinic on Saturday

From staff reports
The Tournament of Roses Association, through its Rose Bowl Game, will host a NCAA Youth football clinic Saturday morning at Jackie Robinson Park in Pasadena.
The clinic, for children ages 5-14, is free and will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is slated for 9 a.m.
Local coaches and former and current players will provide instruction in a variety of football skills.
Robinson Park is located at 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.
The clinic is hosted by the Rose Bowl Game in partnership with the NCAA Football Youth Initiative.

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Ganesha coach Darrick Rice ain’t playing

While we’re all working on football previews for the Prep Preview Football magazine and sifting through all our quotes from coaches on the expectations for 2012, this is one of my favorites from Ganesha coach Darrick Rice. I love when coaches speak their mind and sound genuinely passionate about the job they have to do. Ganesha finished 2-8 last year, just a couple years removed from the 49-game losing streak from 2003-09.

“Last year I got the position so late I had to coach with the same guys left over from the previous year. This year I brought in guys with a higher (football) I.Q. and a want and need to help change some of the bad techniques, teaching and overall culture that had been embedded here from years of not changing with the times.
“We have to remember this is not the 70′s, 80′s, or even the 90′s. The rules have changed and so has the area especially with other schools (in the area) stealing our resources right out of our backyards. Our mission is to first establish something special to keep our talent home, win one game at a time in all areas and learn from our mistakes. We want to show that Ganesha High school can move into the 21st century and actually play four quarters of football and not be everyone’s homecoming game.” — Coach Darrick Rice.

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This is getting serious, Aram reports that Blair is struggling to field a football team by opening night

By Aram Tolegian, staff writer

In six weeks, the Blair High School football team is scheduled to play its first game of the season. But for some players and their parents, it’s hard to imagine that day will ever come.

While most area teams are concluding their summer preparations, which include practices, passing tournaments and linemen competitions, Blair is a program without a head coach and the team, what’s left of it, has not had an organized practice since early June. The Vikings are scheduled to open the season on Aug. 24 against Hoover.

“Most of the parents have said ‘This is crazy. This is ridiculous. We’re going to pull our kids and take them somewhere else,’” said Carl McClain, whose son Logan was an all-Rio Hondo League defensive end last season as a junior and is still holding out hope something will happen.

“The main players, the majority of them, have left. They’re gone. If my son was in the 10th grade, that would be no problem for us to pick up and go somewhere else, but he’s a senior.

“I shouldn’t have to move my son out of the city of Pasadena so he can go somewhere else to play. He’s a senior. I shouldn’t have to pull money out of my pocket so my son can play somewhere. That’s not fair.”

Blair was coached last season by Gary Parks, who resigned this past offseason after four years at the school. Blair started last season with 22 players on its roster, but Logan McClain estimated that the team had just 12 players when the season ended.

After Parks left, the school began its search for a replacement in April, according to Pasadena Unified School District board president Renatta Cooper.

The school’s first choice was hired but quickly quit due to a lack of equipment and poor facilities, according to Cooper. The school was not able to hire its second choice, who turned the job down because no teaching position was offered. A third choice was preliminarily hired, but failed a background check and was let go.

“The position has been re-flown and it’s my understanding that they’re going to be interviewing again Thursday,” Cooper said on Wednesday. “What more can they do? They had to re-fly the position. It is unfortunate that they were not able to secure the services of a coach. They began the process early enough to have this taken care of.”

“I believe that everything that can be done is being done. I believe they started the process early enough to not have this problem. You would think out of your three top candidates, you would be to secure the services of any of them. Especially when you started in April.”

With no coach and no organized practices, the player pool has subsequently dwindled. In the meantime, parents like McClain are frustrated by the lack of action and answers from Blair principal Trudell Skinner and athletic director Saul Rico.

The closest Blair’s players have come to some form of practice is an open weight room that the school has provided for another program not related to football, according to Logan McClain. So instead, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound college prospect has mostly worked out at home.

Another problem standing in Blair’s way is that even when a new football coach is hired, it’s questionable that there will be enough players to field a starting 11. Logan McClain estimates through his own correspondence with classmates that only eight players remain in the program. Blair will also welcome in a new freshmen class later this summer, but getting those players ready for any level of football competition will be an uphill battle even if a coach is named soon.

The CIF-Southern Section requires teams to have 14 practices before it plays its first game. Each individual student must have had at least 10 practices before being allowed to compete in a game.

With time running out, Blair needs to act fast in getting both a coach and enough players to field a varsity football team. Despite the concerns of many, school officials aren’t ready to pull the plug on the season.

“I’m confident that they’re doing the best they can,” Cooper said. “Are they in danger of forfeiting their games and not having a team? I spoke to the principal and she didn’t seem to feel that. She didn’t express that level of concern. She feels that they’re going to get this taken care of and I’m going to take her opinion.”

Meanwhile, the McClains are left to wonder whether they should trust the school or scramble and figure out Plan B before it’s too late.

“He wants to play at Blair,” Carl McClain said of his son. “He says ‘Dad, I want to finish what I started’ and that’s understandable. He says ‘Dad I want to graduate with the kids I went to junior high school with’.

“But I told him that if you want to play football and this is what you want to do, you may have to give all that up and go somewhere else.”

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San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s 2012 Week-by-Week High School Football Schedule

Robledo’s projected best Friday Night Games throughout the season
Week 0: Servite at Bishop Amat, Aug. 22
Week 1: Loyola at West Covina, Aug. 31
Week 2: West Covina vs. South HIlls, Sept. 7
Week 3: Bishop Amat at Charter Oak, Sept. 14
Week 4: West Covina at Diamond Ranch, Sept. 21
Week 5: Baldwin Park at San Dimas, Sept. 28
Week 6: Arroyo at El Monte, Oct. 5
Week 7: South Hills at Charter Oak, Oct. 12
Week 8: Crespi at Bishop Amat, Oct. 19
Week 9: Diamond Bar at West Covina, Oct. 26
Week 10: Charter Oak at Damien, Nov. 2

TRIBUNE’S 2012 WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
WEEK 0
Thursday, August 23

San Dimas at Bonita, 7:00pm
Friday, August 24
Servite at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Alhambra at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Arlington at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Arroyo at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Ayala at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at El Monte, 7:00pm
Bassett at Keppel, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch vs. Chino at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Duarte at Marshall, 4:00pm
Ganesha at Montclair, 7:00pm
Garey at Pomona, 7:00pm
Great Oak at Claremont, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Ontario at Chaffey, 7:00pm
Notre Dame vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Rowland at Nogales, 7:00pm
Salesian at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Walnut at Don Lugo, 7:00pm
West Covina vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Wilson at Bosco Tech, 7:00pm

WEEK 1
Thursday, August 30

Covina at La Puente, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Irvine, 7:00pm
Friday, August 31
Arroyo at Temple City, 7:00pm
Azusa at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Roosevelt, 7:00pm
Claremont vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at El Rancho, 7:00pm
Duarte at Cerritos Valley Christian, 7:00pm
Garey at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Keppel vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Salesian, 7:00pm
Loyola at West Covina, 7:00pm
Lutheran at Damien, 7:00pm
Monrovia at Ayala, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Bassett, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Gladstone at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Norwalk vs. Diamond Bar at Excelsior Adult Schoo, 7:00pm
Ontario Christian at El Monte, 7:00pm
Pomona at Chino, 7:00pm
Rowland at Wilson, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Nogales, 7:00pm
South Hills at Bonita, 7:00pm
Troy at Walnut, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at La Costa Canyon, 7:00pm

WEEK 2
Thursday, September 6

Duarte at Montclair, 7:00pm
El Monte vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Elsinore vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Friday, September 3
Azusa vs. Maranatha at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at La Mirada, 7:00pm
Bonita vs. La Serna at California, 7:00pm
Cerritos at Gahr, 7:00pm
Damien at Palm Desert, 7:00pm
Don Lugo at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Gladstone at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Glendora at Colony, 7:00pm
La Puente at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Los Alamitos vs. Charter Oak at Veterans Stadium, 7:00pm
Montebello at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Northview at Rowland, 7:00pm
San Gabriel at San Dimas, 7:00pm
West Covina vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Wilson at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Workman at Salesian, 7:00pm
Ayala at Cheyenne, North Las Vegas, 7:00pm

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 13

Azusa vs. Don Lugo at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, September 14
Baldwin Park at San Gabriel, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Bonita at Claremont, 7:00pm
Brea Olinda at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at West Covina, 7:00pm
Covina at Walnut, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Schurr, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. El Monte at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Glendora at Ayala, 7:00pm
La Puente at Wilson, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Chino, 7:00pm
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Nogales at San Marino, 7:00pm
Northview vs. South El Monte at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Pioneer at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Rancho Alamitos vs. Ganesha at Garden Grove, 7:00pm
Rowland at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7:00pm
St. Bernard at Damien, 7:00pm
Sultana at Pomona, 7:00pm

WEEK 4
Thursday, September 20

Duarte at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Charter Oak vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Monrovia vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Friday, September 21
Los Altos at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Rowland at Bonita, 7:00pm
West Covina vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Azusa vs. Bassett at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Gladstone at La Puente, 7:00pm
Workman at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Covina vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Nogales at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Wilson, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Great Oak, 7:00pm
Maranatha at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Northwood vs. Claremont at Irvine, 7:00pm
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7:00pm
St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Temescal Canyon at Damien, 7:00pm
Saturday, September 22
St. Monica vs. Webb at Damien, 7:00pm

WEEK 5
Thursday, September 27

Gladstone vs. Sierra Vista at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, September 28
Diamond Bar at Rowland, 7:00pm
Los Altos at West Covina, 7:00pm
Walnut at Bonita, 7:00pm
Ganesha at La Puente, 7:00pm
Workman at Bassett, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Covina vs. Wilson at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Northview at Pomona, 7:00pm
Bell Gardens at El Monte, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Los Osos, 7:00pm
Culver City at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Kaiser at Ayala, 7:00pm
La Canada at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Los Alamitos vs. Damien at Veterans Stadium, 7:00pm
Mountain View vs. Lynwood at Lynwood Middle School, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Temple City, 7:00pm
San Marino at South El Monte, 7:00pm
South Hills vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm

WEEK 6
Thursday, October 4

Bassett vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Covina vs. Baldwin Park at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Friday, October 5
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Rowland, 7:00pm
West Covina at Walnut, 7:00pm
Arroyo at El Monte, 7:00pm
Gabrielino at Mountain View, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Azusa at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Duarte vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
La Puente at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Damien at Ayala, 7:00pm
South Hills vs. Claremont at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Nogales, 7:00pm
Wilson at Pomona, 7:00pm
Saturday, October 6
Diamond Bar vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7:00pm

WEEK 7
Friday, October 12

Glendora at Upland, 7:00pm
Bonita at West Covina, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Rowland at Walnut, 7:00pm
El Monte at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Gabrielino at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Azusa vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Duarte vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
La Puente at Bassett, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Alemany, 7:00pm
Ayala at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Claremont at Damien, 7:00pm
South Hills at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Covina at Nogales, 7:00pm
Northview at Wilson, 7:00pm
Pomona at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm

WEEK 8
Thursday, October 18

Rancho Cucamonga vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm
South Hills vs. Damien at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Friday, October 19
Bonita at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Arroyo at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Gabrielino at Rosemead , 7:00pm
Mountain View at El Monte, 7:00pm
Duarte at La Puente, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Bassett, 7:00pm
Crespi at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Ayala, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Claremont, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Covina at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Pomona at Nogales, 7:00pm
Saturday, October 20
Workman at Ganesha, 7:00pm

WEEK 9
Thursday, October 25

Nogales vs. Northview at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Friday, October 26
Glendora vs. Etiwanda at Colony, 7:00pm
Diamond Bar at West Covina, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7:00pm
Walnut at Los Altos, 7:00pm
El Monte at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Arroyo, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Azusa at La Puente, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Bassett, 7:00pm
Azusa at Duarte, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7:00pm
Workman vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat vs. Loyola at Los Angeles Valley College, 7:00pm
Ayala vs. South Hills at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm
Claremont at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Damien at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Pomona, 7:00pm
Wilson at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm

WEEK 10
Thursday, November 1

Bonita at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Walnut, 7:00pm
West Covina at Rowland, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Mountain View, 7:00pm
South El Monte at El Monte, 7:00pm
Friday, November 2
Glendora at Los Osos, 7:00pm
Arroyo at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Bassett at Duarte, 7:00pm
Gladstone at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Notre Dame at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Ayala at Claremont, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Damien, 7:00pm
South Hills at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Nogales at Wilson, 7:00pm
Northview at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Pomona vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7:00pm

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