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 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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