West Covina lineman camp order of finish. 1. Santiago, 2. Serrano, 3. Damien, 4. Valencia, 5. Upland, others .. 7. West Covina, 9. Los Altos, 11. Northview, 12, Bonita, 13. South Hills, 16. Azusa, 17. Arroyo, 18. Rosemead, 20. Glendora (last).
Bishop Amat softball coach Jesse Mendez, who guided the Lancers to back-to-back CIF-SS semifinals appearances in 2011 and ’12 before being upset in the second round this season, has resigned to pursue other softball coaching opportunities and a full-time position in his field. Mendez was 125-51 in six years as the head coach, leading the Lancers to four 20-win seasons and four league championships. Mendez, a walk-on coach at Bishop Amat, is looking for a position in a public school that offers a Regional Occupation Program teaching position, for which he is certified. Amat does not offer a ROP program.”I also plan on substituting in the Hacienda-La Puente school district,” Mendez said. “At Amat, you need to be there throughout the day, so it would be difficult to substitute and continue coaching. I loved it there and have a lot of great memories.” Mendez wanted to remain at Bishop Amat and the school wanted to keep him, but Mendez said it became difficult financially to continue. Mendez also organized the San Gabriel Valley All-Star game this past season. Bishop Amat athletic director Michael Manzo said the school will offer a full-time teaching position, preferably in English or History, as part of a package deal for its next softball coach. Those interested should contact the school.
CHARGERS NEW COACH: Jason Rochwerg, who led La Puente and Wilson High School’s boys basketball teams to league titles, has been named the boys varsity head coach at Charter Oak, the school announced. Rochwerg is a great hire, I’ll never forget his memorable 2012 season with Wilson and his victory coaching the Tribune boys squad in its win over the Star-News in the annual Star-News/Tribune All-Star Classic. At Wilson, they tied for the Valle Vista League title and gave Bishop Amat a run for its money before losing a thriller in the second round of the playoffs, 66-61. How Wilson ever let him slip away is a mystery to me.
STATEMENT ON QUINLEY: The Charter Oak athletic department finally released a statement in regards to former baseball coach Tom Quinley, who we reported was released from his duties earlier this month. The longtime coach led Charter Oak to the CIF-SS Division 4 title in 2007, beating Santa Monica, 7-1. He also led the Chargers to the Division 4 title game in 2005. But Charter Oak finished one of its worst seasons in memory, finishing 9-14 and last in the Sierra League. The Statement reads as follows: “Charter Oak High School has reached a difficult decision that we need to go in a new direction with the leadership of our baseball program. We wish Coach Tom Quinley nothing but the best and would like to thank him for his years of service and the time and energy he has invested in continuing the rich tradition of baseball in our community. Coach Quinley’s overall accomplishments include multiple league championships and a CIF Division 4 title in 2007. The school is now accepting applications for this position.”
Damien, St. Paul, Northview, Claremont, Monrovia, Rosemead, San Marino, Upland, Azusa, Los Altos, Arroyo, Bonita, Glendora, Covina, South Hills, Rowland and host West Covina are a handful of the local schools that will compete in West Covina High School’s lineman competition on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. There are 29 schools participating so get your video’s out and send some highlight footage for us to share.
Bishop Amat is hosting its annual Hit & Hustle Football Camp beginning tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m.-noon. The Cost of the camp is $75 and is run by the Amat coaching staff and current players. Each camper receives six hours of instruction, camp t-shirts, certificate of participation, hot dog lunch, and a camp photo. Questions should be sent to Coach Steve Hagerty at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 626-962-2495 ext 6001. Walk up registration begins at 5 p.m. tonight.
Speaking of players involved in the camp, I’ve got two more future stars video from Bishop Amat to share. I’ll share yours if you send them to me, enjoy.
Bishop Amat linebacker Anthony Camargo, 6-3 and 275, will be a junior next season.
Bishop Amat linebacker Christian Wiley, 6-2, 205, will be a junior next season.
“Nowhere in American jurisprudence is the entity that hears the appeal the same entity that already decided the matter from which the appeal has been taken. CIF is mandated under the education code to provide a neutral appeals process. They never did. It was not a legitimate appeals panel.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
Four Southland parochial high schools are claiming religious bias and lack of due process in a federal lawsuit fighting a California Interscholastic Federation decision to pull their sports teams from mixed public-private school leagues and place them in new leagues made up of predominantly religious schools.
Lawyers representing Damien, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and St. Lucy’s high schools filed federal lawsuits Thursday against the CIF State office, CIF-Southern Section and Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod in hopes of reversing a decision that would place the schools’ athletic teams in playoff divisions and leagues comprised of parochial schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year.” — Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Prata, who represents Damien and St. Lucy’s.
STORY: James O’Brien, who led the Arcadia High School cross country team to two CIF State and the last three CIF-Southern Section championships, has been fired.
“The only reason I was given was, `We want to go in a different direction,’ and despite my pressing the issue for a legitimate explanation, the party line was, `I am not at liberty to discuss it any further,’ ” O’Brien said. “I haven’t done anything wrong and nothing warrants this.” BLOG: The comments on the Star-News blog, more than a 100, are unreal, check it out.