The Edgewood Boys are back in town, sort of …. Green and Gold Trojans are now the Blue and Gold Lions

Edgewood’s most famous basketball alum, Mike Powell, is also the world record holder in the long jump…

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
Glendora, Damien, Rowland and Covina are just some of the area powerhouses scheduled to participate in the 24-team Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park boys basketball tournament that begins Monday.

But there is also a blast from the past — Edgewood High School — making its return to varsity basketball for the first time since 1988.

Edgewood was a well-known area high school that competed in the Sierra and Valle Vista League’s for many years, winning back-to-back CIF baseball titles in the 70s as well as producing some of the best wrestling teams in area history.

Mike Powell, the world record holder in the long jump, was a slam-dunking machine for Edgewood in the early 1980s, but the school closed its doors and merged with West Covina in 1989 as Edgewood became a junior high school.

But now its back and things have changed.

Edgewood is blue and gold instead of green and gold and its nickname is the Lions instead of the Trojans.

For coach Damien Tate, who played basketball at Edgewood until the school merged with West Covina, said it feels like more of an expansion squad than old Edgewood.

“Weird ain’t the word,” Tate said. “It’s hard to get use to the colors and the name. Blue and gold? The Lions? That doesn’t feel like Edgewood.

“But we’re starting over from scratch. This isn’t Edgewood the way it use to be. It’s a new era.”
There are only 600 students in the school and no seniors. The first senior class isn’t until 2014.

There is also no football team, though West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore and former South Hills coach Steve Bogan, who own a combined seven CIF titles as coaches — both graduated from Edgewood.

Softball and swimming also will compete on the varsity level this season, but Edgewood has a long way to go before it starts fielding more athletic programs.

Edgewood re-entered the CIF Southern Section as an independent playing a freelance schedule with hopes of joining the Montview or Valle Vista League in the coming years.

For Tate, he knows it’s going to be a learning and humbling experience.

Edgewood opens the Sierra Vista/Baldwin Park tournament at Baldwin Park on Monday against Walnut at 3 p.m., followed
by West San Gabriel Valley power Keppel on Wednesday.

The Lions hope that 5-foot-8 guard Daniel Aguilar and 5-foot-6 Cameron Lee can lead the way, but Tate expects a lot of bumps in the road.

“I don’t want our guys focused on wins and losses, my main goal is to teach these guys to work hard,” Tate said. “We’re not anything close to what you would call a basketball school. We’re looking for a different kind of player, a kid that has a never quit attitude. At the end of the day it’s about competing and working hard. If they give me that we can live with whatever the result will be.”

For Tate, it’s a fun opportunity and a different point in his career.

Tate played college basketball at San Francisco State, worked in radio and television and was employed by Warner Brothers for 14 years before being laid off two years ago.

“I still live in West Covina and always wanted to get back into coaching,” Tate said. “For it to be Edgewood, that’s special.”

Monday’s round-robin schedule
At Baldwin Park

Edgewood vs. Walnut, 3 p.m.
Thousand Oaks vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.
Azusa vs. Damien, 6 p.m.
Jurupa Hills vs. Troy, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
La Puente vs. Rowland, 3 p.m.
Arroyo vs. Colony, 4:30 p.m.
Claremont vs. Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Garey vs. Glendora, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s round-robin schedule
At Baldwin Park

Walnut vs. Keppel, 3 p.m.
Colony vs. South Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Don Lugo vs. Thousand Oaks, 6 p.m.
Claremont vs. Baldwin Park, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Rowland vs. Garfield, 3 p.m.
Damien vs. Diamond Ranch, 4:30 p.m.
Glendora vs. California, 6 p.m.
Troy vs. Covina, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s round-robin schedule
At Baldwin Park

Keppel vs. Edgewood, 3 p.m.
Garfield vs. La Puente, 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Azusa, 6 p.m.
West Covina vs. Don Lugo, 7:30 p.m.
At Sierra Vista
Garey vs. California, 3 p.m.
South Hills vs. Arroyo, 4:30 p.m.
Baldwin Park vs. Sierra Vista, 6 p.m.
Covina vs. Jurupa Hills, 7:30 p.m.

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  • Mike maggiore also led Edgewood to a Valle vista league title in basketball.

    • Wow, is that THE Scott Schumm, the greatest wrestler in SGV history ….

      • Steve_Ramirez

        Is he from Northview?

  • Those are kind words Fred, thank you. Words I will make each of my boys read. However, with so many great valley grapplers my vote goes to 1980 Olympian Joe Gonzales followed by South Hills great the late Eric Osborne.

    That said I remember watching Michael Powell play hoops against a WC team led by Mark Hertenstien in some classic battles in 81″. That year EHS shared the league title with the Spartans. Mike and Mark were joined on the all SGV team that year by Cecil Fielder hoops star for Nogales.

    • WCDan

      Scott, You mention Mark Hertenstein, any relation to Evan Hertenstein
      who plays defensive end for West Covina this year?

  • Colt74

    WTF? Edgewood always was, and always should be the green and gold TROJANS!

    • Thanks Colt, that’s my job as the local voice, to convince Edgewood to return to the Green and Gold Trojans.

      • Colt74

        Edgewood has HISTORY and TRADITION with those colors and that mascot. If they are going to resurrect the school they need to resurrect the school and not just call it Edgewood. My 2 cents.

      • jcaz

        What about it Fred ? Cant they reconsider doing that ?

  • Fred Olsen

    Oh, and I heard their mascot is Mark Pasguarella

  • gtownalum2008

    the gtown cali hi game on tuesday should be great game you should cover it two playoff teams from last year