PrepXtra Tuesday: Elijah Asante, Gladstone’s Albert Sanchez and Aram and Fred argue about Signgate between El Monte and Rosemead …

Intro: Aram, Ramirez and I discuss the talk of the town, El Monte, Rosemead and the “broken play” offense.

30:30 mark: Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez talks about Friday’s rivalry game against Azusa for first in the Montview.

51:45 mark: Former St. Paul Elijah Asante talks about being fired last week, his future plans and his thoughts on Kurt Scoby.


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  • Jonathan

    You guys are wrong on Gano,his letter of resignation he submitted
    last week was not accepted. He tried to leave in season before the
    homecoming game and beat the firing squad to it but and the
    administration said no. They are clearly going to make his under-achieveing butt finish off this mess of a season.

  • Black Tooth

    To Aram, Your comment about private schools in regards to parents involement, could be applicable to Mater Dei, but not all private schools. Mater Dei will do anything to get players to participate by hook or by crook; even coaches become fair game for Mater Dei to hire. Brea High School had a winning girls basketball team,next thing you know, he’s coaching at Mater Dei. New Port High school has success in water polo, yep, you guessed right, he’s coaching at Mater Dei. Mater Dei can hire any coach they want, but to attract students to the school is another case. Where you aware that students from South Central LA attend Mater Dei in Orange County to play basketball, when Verbum Dei lies in their back yard? When every young player wants to play pro basketball(only 3% ever do)and you hear that Niki will provide you with a uniform and shoes and travel to dfferent states to play, where scouts wil be in attendance, it’s pretty hard to say no when you come out of the ghetto!
    What the coach will not tell them, is that, after a players receives a scholarship to a particular basketball University, you will most likley transfer, like other former Mater Dei players!
    Coming back to players from South Central LA to Orange County Mater Dei.How does the student travel to Mater Dei? Does the family move to Orange Couny? Does the bread winner get a new job to be closer? Please do not try and convince me, that Daddy and son commute every day in slow traffic, on the Santa Ana Freeway? I don’t think so???? Are they provided with living accomadations? what goes on Mater Dei? Bishop Amat, Damien nor St Francis carry on in this fashion? When have you ever heard that someone from Costa Mesa attends Bishop Amat? I just learned this year, that players from the Pasadena area attend Alemany! Why not St. Francis
    (much closer) Bishop Amat or Damien? I guess a shuttle bus must stop somewhere in Pasadena! Parents like it! Hooray for Alemany, we don’t have to bother with the drive and we do not spend any gas! What you failed to address Aram, is that Mater Dei has a school enrollment of over two thousand students; Bishop Amat, around 1300 students, half are young girls! Loyola over 2000 all boys! Get the picture Aram?
    I will admit, a different crowd with different values have entered Bishop Amat grounds! Do they run the school or policy? A big no! If they ever do, that’s when I stop making donations and supporting the school! Just because you are the president or a member of the booster club,wear a yellow jacket directing traffic at football games or selling programs at the front gate, give you any status to make policy! Parents do not put pressure on Coach Hagerty or his staff or run the school! If you as a player want to play coach and have your way. Godd by, and I wish you the best? I just hope and pray that the wrong element does not interfer with Bishop Amat tradition! Anyone remember Mt. Carmel High School, Pius X, or St. John Vienney they all closed! St. Paul next? Hope not!
    Parents send their love ones for a good education to Bishop Amat, in order to attend the next level of education (around 98% do).
    My parents sent me for a proper education; not to play sports! I excelled in one particular sport and received several offers, untill my injury.
    In summation,Some High Shools will go to any extent to win, by hook or by crook.If a school happens to win a championship, more power to them? Private schools stress education first. However, I must state though, athletic sports are essental, like in the Greek thought of a well rounded person.

  • Niki? Really?

    Whose Niki? And where can I get some uniforms from her?

  • Greenie…

    Great topic Black tooth.

    I would think there are advantages and disadvantages to Public and Private educations and athletics. I have been critical in the past regarding Private schools, but I would like someone to explain how they really work, and clear up some of the Bias opinions about Private…I have some sincere questions…

    1. Does the Catholic Church, Lutheran church or any other religious organization send money to these schools?

    2.How many scholarships are offered, and are they paid if the kid is ineligible due to grades?

    3.Do any of the head coaches teach? (If not does that give private school coaches an advantage, in preparation, game planing, and running a program, wink wink…my opinion is yes)

    4. Do they have buses that pick up kids from other cities?( What time does those shuttles kick off).

    5. Do you have to believe in that schools particular faith or participate in mass, service etc.. in order to attend, Coach or Teach?

    I think it’s fair for those to who are affiliated with Private schools to shed some light on the private school experience. Otherwise, people will continue to believe there is some huge advantage for private.

  • HERE IS WHAT I KNOW…

    Greenie…,
    As someone who have attended both private and public high school, here is what I can tell you:

    1) Depending on the school, for example, schools like St. Francis and Mater Dei are so well run and their alumni association are so strong they don’t need any money from the Archdiocese therefore the administration and boosters can run the school anyway they see appropriate. Schools like St. Paul are own by the Archdiocese and therefore is dependent on them for any money they lack that tuitions can’t cover, but there is a fix amount the Archdiocese is willing to contribute. They abide by the rules set up by the Archdiocese, the administration therefore are employees of the Archdiocese.

    2) There are academic scholarships, some for only the top high score in the entrance exam and some for the top 10%. There are also scholarship funds set up by families. Most everyone else find relief through financial aids. Who to give and how much to give is solely determined by the school itself. If you have an inner city kid going to a Mater Dei or Harvard Westlake than there is a 99.9% chance he is receiving financial aid or scholarship and financial aid if he is really smart.

    3) Most private school coaches are also on campus teachers if not all, I know Jim Bonds, Ed Cronson, and Asante are all teachers at their respective schools. In fact, I don’t know a single private school coach who isn’t teaching.

    4) Some schools provide shuttle vans to pick up and drop off students at a designated pick up point, no different than a school bus.

    5) You do not have to believe in the school’s faith to attend the school but you must participate. In other words if you’re a Hindu and you send your son to a Catholic school, taking a religions class and attending mass is part of the requirement. I personally believe learning about other religions can benefit a person into being more diverse.

    I hope these helped.

  • Joe Amat

    Greenie,

    Very good questions, and often misconceptions in the general community. Too often those in the FishBowl (and even outside)listen to rumors, innuendos, urban legends and old-wives tales…or just make up stuff and say what they feel or want to believe.

    1. Does the Catholic Church, Lutheran church or any other religious organization send money to these schools? Obviously, schools operate differently, but at the time Bishop Amat is and has been self-sufficient. In fact, the money flow probably goes more in the other direction than it does to Amat. Some schools that may be having enrollment problems or financial difficulties can get support, but if that continues they go the way of Daniel Murphy, Pius X and Pater Nostre(and potentially St Bernards – which is on the ropes)

    2.How many scholarships are offered, and are they paid if the kid is ineligible due to grades?
    Amat is very transparent in the financial aid available. Offerings are listed on the schools website
    http://www.bishopamat.org/admissions/financial-aid
    Details on the requirements are listed below each scholarship

    3.Do any of the head coaches teach? (If not does that give private school coaches an advantage, in preparation, game planing, and running a program, wink wink…my opinion is yes)Again, schools operate differently. At Amat they have a long history of teacher/coaches. Coach Patricio and Coach Paredes taught Social Studies, Salter was PE, DiFiori taught Biology, Verti was a teacher of the year in Social Studies and now Hagerty has some PE and works in Development. I’ll let others talk about their schools, but at some campuses football is their only responsibility. But even at public schools they try to steer the football coach to a PE schedule that gives them a lot of freedom and are more often found in the football office than on the fields.

    4. Do they have buses that pick up kids from other cities?( What time does those shuttles kick off). While many families have carpooled, Amat has no official “shuttle” or bus service but other private schools do – and we’ve heard the stories. We’ll leave it to them to confirm, but their a couple OC schools who have that shuttle travel a LONG way south on the 5.

    5. Do you have to believe in that schools particular faith or participate in mass, service etc.. in order to attend, Coach or Teach?
    No – not necessarily, although at Amat (outside of the Don Markham experiment) the coaches all had a strong Catholic background

    any others?

  • Typical greenie

    greenie asks a question. Didn’t get the answers he’d like. Bolts to the MidValley to bully some losers