“Come Thursday, it’s going to be the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense and I guess we’ll find out if defense really does win championships. I believe in our defense and I think we have the ability to stop the El Monte offense.” — South El Monte coach Ibis Aguilar
Longtime West Covina High School wrestling coach Donnie Stephens resigned to be part of the U.S. National Wrestling program in Colorado Springs, where Stevens is in the running to take over one of the national programs for girls wrestling. Stephens was one of the area’s top coaches for boys and girls, leading the boys to the CIF-SS dual and individual crown in 2006, and the dual title in 2011. Murphy led the girls to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and ’12. West Covina athletic director Brian Murphy is seeking a wrestling coach to take over the boys and girls wrestling program. Those interested should contact Murphy (951) 212-3724.
I could have expanded the question for all area teams. This might be the first year in a long time that none of our area teams reach the semifinals in any division. Not sure if or when that happened before, but if Amat or Charter Oak don’t reach the semifinals will anyone in the Hacienda get to the final four in the Southeast? Will anyone in the Montview, Mission Valley or Valle Vista reach the Big 5 in the Mid-Valley? Not sure any Montview teams will be hanging around that long in the Northwest, either. The team with the best chance is San Dimas, and the team with best chance after that, believe it or not, is Charter Oak.
Was Tesoro head football coach Brian Barnes really fired over a controversial play earlier in the season when one of his players took out the El Toro High kicker? That’s one of the rumors floating around, but hard to believe a coach with Barnes’ track record of success would be fired over a cheap shot. Nobody at El Toro is explaining why Barnes was removed with a 6-3 record and chance of making the playoffs. Maybe there is simply more to it, but you can read the Orange County Register story and decide for yourself. I posted the video that caused all the controversy below.
“We have talked about that. We would like to have that No. 4 seed and get a home game as a league champion and see who ends up in our bracket. Really, going into that division and not being seeded, you’re at the mercy of some great second- and third-place teams. Any help you can get in terms of seeding and your first one or two opponents is a bonus.” — Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar on Inland playoffs
By Aram Tolegian, SGVN
While several area teams will be playing for league championships and/or playoff berths this week, the Charter Oak High School football team will be simply polishing its resume.
And for veteran head coach Lou Farrar, that’s very important.
The Chargers (8-1 overall, 4-0 in league) have already locked up at least a share of the league championship and will go into next week’s CIF-Southern Section Inland Division playoffs as the league’s No. 1 team even if they lose and Chino Hills wins this week.
But Charter Oak is playing to protect a potential No. 4 seed in the division, and less important to Farrar, a second straight sweep of the area’s toughest local league.
Intro: Discussing this week’s big games 25:45 mark: West Covina coach Mike Maggiore discusses the season and Thursday’s showdown with Rowland 53:00 mark: The Scouting Guru joins us to talk about the Pac-5 and other possible playoff scenarios.