Diamond Bar’s Hull ready, but can only play if the Brahmas make the playoffs

VBULLDOGSBy Clay Fowler, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Getting recruited without playing varsity football isn’t exactly a common predicament for a high school junior.
That, however, is the situation in which Diamond Bar’s Antonio Hull finds himself after being declared ineligible this season due to an athletically motivated transfer.
There is no doubt that Hull, who was an impact player at running back, quarterback and defensive back as a sophomore at West Covina last season, has the talent to warrant attention from college scouts. He has already received interest from several schools. He simply doesn’t have the standard stage on which to showcase it.
The game film from his all-important junior year will feature Hull playing in a scrimmage or two in addition to some junior varsity games. He is allowed to play as many games as he’d like with the JV, but is ineligible to join the varsity until Nov. 16, eight days after the end of the regular season. Should the Brahmas make their first playoff appearance in nine years and advance to the second round, Hull will suit up for his first game in purple and white.
“He’s going to play in three or four JV games to try and get some film, because that’s what some colleges have asked him to do,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine said. “It’s a tough situation for him. He’s just going to try and stay in shape and hopefully we can make it to the second round of the playoffs.”
Washington has expressed the most interrest in the 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect, who is also on the radar of USC and UCLA.
“They’re nowhere near offering (scholarships),” Maine said. “But UCLA and USC both asked about him when they stopped by practice.”

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Notable softball coaching changes at Bonita, Bishop Amat and West Covina

6-4-13 XVSOFTBALLBonita softball has named assistant coach Art Montano (in picture next to San Dimas’ Don Pollard at the 2013 SGV all-star game at Diamond Bar) to take over the softball program after the spring resignation of Ken Carlson. Montano was Carlson’s assistant during Carlson’s five-year tenure at Bonita, which included three league titles, two second place finishes and a 109-31-2 overall record. Montano has previous head coaching experience at Nogales and has been a longtime coach in the travel ball community. mendezJesse Mendez, who was 125-51 in six years as Bishop Amat’s head coach, leading them to four 20-win season’s, four league titles and two CIF semifinal appearances, has been named the new head coach at West Covina High School. DedmonBishop Amat, who was looking for a full-time teacher/softball coach to replace Mendez, found one in Kristen Dedmon, who will begin her first year as the Lancers’ new softball coach. Before joining the Lancers, Dedmon was the varsity softball coach at Capistrano Valley High School for the past three seasons. Prior to joining the Cougars, Kristen served as an undergraduate assistant coach for UCLA in 2008.

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When the PrepXtra Preview Magazine debuts on Aug. 29, Bishop Amat will start the season No. 1

Sneak Peak: The PrepXtra Football Preview Magazine will be in home delivery and news racks on Thursday, Aug. 29, the same night as the Smudge Pot between Bonita and San Dimas at Citrus College. You can also pick up a PrepXtra Preview magazine at the Smudge Pot game, just look for the SGVN PrepXtra booth. There’s loads of content in the magazine, but until then, why not give you a sneak peak at the top ten compiled by Aram Tolegian. There will be more info on the teams when the magazine debuts, but you can start discussing the rankings now.

amatready1. BISHOP AMAT: The Lancers will welcome several Super Sophs to the varsity level this season. Their ability to contribute right away will be key early on. The parts are there for an explosive offense. The defense should be faster in the back seven. There’s no reason why Amat can’t win the Serra League and get over the first-round hump in the playoffs.

2. CHINO HILLS: The Huskies look like a good bet to get back on top in the Sierra. There’s talent from top to bottom and enough size to hang with just about anybody. Games against Bishop Amat and Charter Oak should tell the tale of the season.

3. CHARTER OAK: Two years ago, Charter Oak had the top offense in the area. Last year, it had the top defense. This year there’s no clear identity established as of yet, just a good core group of players for veteran head coach Lou Farrar to build around. At some point, this team figures to be very formidable again.

4. LOS ALTOS: The Conquerors allowed just 20 points per game last season. Another defensive effort like that combined with an experience offense would lead to a solid rise in the wins column. Remember, LA beat West Covina last season and lost come close games to solid teams. This is your area surprise team.

5. SOUTH HILLS: Albert “Fuzz” Rodriguez got things turned around in his first season as head coach. With league and likely division relief in the near future, the program has some serious momentum heading into this season. If the line play is still solid, the wins should follow. To be safe, expect something right around last year’s accomplishments.

6. WEST COVINA: Quarterback has generally been a caretaker position at West Covina, but you no longer can have the type of postseason Bulldogs desire in the rugged Southeast Division without at least competent QB production. This team is still loaded with talent and potential, and could make this ranking look like a joke if things break right.

7. DIAMOND BAR: There’s no reason Diamond Bar won’t be in the thick of the Hacienda League race. At times, they’ll make opposing defenses look stupid. At other times, they won’t be able to get off the field against the better ground games. Depth is an issues, but D-Bar stays healthy, it’ll be in the playoffs.

8.SAN DIMAS: It’s hard not to still like San Dimas in the Valle Vista League. There’s still plenty of talent on both offense and defense, and the rest of the league has a large gap to close. Whether San Dimas can make its usual deep run in the playoffs looks murky. Don’t expect 11 wins like last season.

9. DIAMOND RANCH: This has the looks of one of the area’s sleeper teams. The Hacienda figures to be another crap shoot. There’s no reason why D-Ranch can’t win it all. The Panthers have arguably the league’s top talent in defensive lineman Kammy Delp and a home-run hitter in Bryan at running back. If there’s a threat of a pass game, watch out.

10. BONITA: Bonita lost its final three games of the season last year by a combined five points. One of the losses cost the Bearcats a league title and the other sent them packing from the postseason. Expect the defense to be better and the offense to be the same or slightly worse. It all adds up to another season in the thick of the Hacienda race and maybe more.

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Where does John Sciarra rank among Bishop Amat’s all-time QBs?

As Bishop Amat gets ready for its Aug. 30 season opener at home against Santa Margarita, check out the story about former QB John Sciarra, who will speak at the Lancers’ kickoff dinner … Where does Sciarra rank about Amat’s all-time best QBs?

By Steve Ramirez, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
When it comes to high school football, few in Valley history can match the success of Bishop Amat alum John Sciarra.
Sciarra was CIF-Southern Section Player of the Year after leading the Lancers to their second consecutive section title in 1971, was 1976 Rose Bowl Game MVP after leading UCLA to an upset of then No. 1 Ohio State and played in Super Bowl 15 for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1981.

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Breaking News: Bonita Unified School District launches investigation of San Dimas coaching staff, and could Jake Payton return after all this?

Despite the allegations listed below, there is still a chance Jake Payton could return to San Dimas, according to sources. Payton’s family presented new evidence to the CIF-Southern Section section this week in hopes of Payton gaining his eligibility at Upland after being declared ineligible by CIF citing an athletically motivated transfer. If the “new” evidence does not lead to Payton gaining his eligibility at Upland, sources said Payton will likely return to San Dimas instead of sitting out the 2013 football season.

BREAKING NEWS: zernickowBy Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The Bonita Unified School District is in the midst of an investigation into allegations made against the San Dimas High School football coaching staff that it put players on a weight-gain plan and provided them with nutritional supplements in the form of shakes to help them reach weight goals.
The allegations were made by Peter Lyons, the guardian of former Saints standout running back Jake Payton, who transferred to Upland at the end of spring only to have San Dimas challenge the move. Payton was declared ineligible for the upcoming season by the CIF Southern Section office.

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El Monte’s Edward Dominguez has the tough task of replacing player of the year Brandon Martinez

Perhaps the toughest predicament for any local player to be in this season belongs to El Monte sophomore quarterback Edward Dominguez, who will replace reigning Tribune Player of the Year Brandon Martinez this fall.
Martinez will go down as arguably the best player in program history and a CIF record-holder. Dominguez, a 6-foot-2, has the potential to make quite a name for himself, but he just needs seasoning.

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San Dimas bracing for tough non-league schedule

saintspreBy Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow doesn’t like the thought of his team’s regular season being judged by how it fares against its nonleague schedule, but given what overwhelming favorites the Saints are to win the Valle Vista League, that’s probably exactly the situation.
San Dimas opens the season against rival Bonita in the Smudgepot game on Aug. 29 and will follow the lid lifter with road games against Hacienda League hopefuls Los Altos and Diamond Bar before another away game at Mid-Valley Division power Monrovia. Needless to say, the entire Valley will find out it needs to know about the Saints over the month of September.

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South Hills’ Alex Powell becomes eligible on Oct. 7

Senior WR/DB Alex Powell, who left Charter Oak for South Hills, will become eligible to participate with the Huskies football team under the CIF-SS 30-day sit-out-period, making him eligible on Oct. 7. Powell is the younger brother of former Charter Oak standout AJ Powell. Although Alex Powell won’t be eligible when the season starts, it’s a better scenario than Antonio Noodles Hull (West Covina to Diamond Bar) and Jake Payton (San Dimas to Upland), who were both declared ineligible for athletically motivated reasons.

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Tribune Week-by-Week 2013 Football Schedule and Games of the Week

The coveted week-by-week Tribune schedule is ready to go and part of the fun is forecasting the games of the week throughout the season. You can agree or disagree, but at first glance, I think I got it nailed.
Week 0: Santa Margarita at Bishop Amat
Week 1: Bonita vs. South Hills at CDF
Week 2: San Dimas at Diamond Bar
Week 3: Charter Oak at Bishop Amat
Week 4: Damien at St. Francis
Week 5: West Covina at Diamond Bar
Week 6: El Monte at South El Monte
Week 7: La Puente at Duarte
Week 8: South Hills vs. Charter Oak at CDF
Week 9: San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF
Week 10: Loyola at Bishop Amat

Thursday, August 29

Bonita at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 30
Colony at West Covina , 7:00pm
Covina vs. South Hills at CDF, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Chino, 7:00pm
Don Lugo at Walnut, 7:00pm
El Dorado at Ayala, 7:00pm
rematchEl Monte at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Keppel, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Maranatha at Bassett, 7:00pm
Montebello at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Nogales at Rowland, 7:00pm
Pomona at Garey, 7:00pm
Santa Margarita at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Valley Christian at Duarte, 7:00pm
Wilson at Bosco Tech, 7:00pm
Workman at Riverside Notre Dame, 7:00pm
Thursday, September 5th

La Puente vs. Covina at CDF, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, September 6th
Ayala at Monrovia, 7:00pm
Azusa vs. Whittier at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bassett at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Bonita vs. South Hills at CDF, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
broadusDuarte at San Marino, 7:00pm
El Monte at Ontario Christian, 7:00pm
El Rancho at Diamond Ranch, 7:00pm
Ganesha at Garey, 7:00pm
Glendora at Claremont, 7:00pm
Irvine at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Lutheran vs. Damien at OCC, 7:00pm
Nogales at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Norwalk at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Pomona at Don Lugo, 7:00pm
VBULLDOGSRoosevelt at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Temple City at Arroyo, 7:00pm
West Covina at Long Beach Wilson, 7:00pm
Wilson at Rowland, 7:00pm
Workman at Keppel, 7:00pm
Thursday, September 12th

Chino Hills at Tesoro, 7:00pm
Friday, September 13th
Alhambra at Temple City, 7:00pm
Arroyo at La Puente, 7:00pm
Azusa at Maranatha, 7:00pm
Bassett at El Monte, 7:00pm
Bloomington at Pomona, 7:00pm
Claremont at Walnut, 7:00pm
Covina at San Gabriel, 7:00pm
SSDAMIENDiamond Ranch at Ayala, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. Baldwin Park at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Glendora at Bonita, 7:00pm
Los Alamitos at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Wilson, 7:00pm
Marshall vs. Workman at Pasadena, 7:00pm
Montclair at Duarte, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Rowland at CDF, 7:00pm
Ontario at Nogales, 7:00pm
Palm Desert at Damien, 7:00pm
Rancho Cucamonga vs. Bishop Amat at Los Osos, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Mountain View, 7:00pm
South at Rosemead, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Montebello, 7:00pm
South Hills at West Covina, 7:00pm
Thursday, September 19

Gladstone at El Monte, 7:00pm
Friday, September 20
Arroyo at Rowland, 7:00pm
Ayala vs. Glendora at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Azusa at Arcadia, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
snyderChino at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Claremont at Bonita, 7:00pm
Damien at St. Paul, 7:30pm
Diamond Bar at Brea Olinda, 7:00pm
Keppel at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Pioneer, 7:00pm
Northview at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Pomona at Sultana, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Warren, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Monrovia, 7:00pm
charteroaksSan Marino at Nogales, 7:00pm
Schurr at Diamond Ranch, 7:00pm
Walnut vs. Covina at CDF, 7:00pm
West Covina at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Wilson at La Puente, 7:00pm
Alhambra at Wilson, 7:00pm
Friday, September 27th

Diamond Bar at Bonita, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at West Covina, 7:00pm
Walnut at Rowland, 7:00pm
Azusa vs. Duarte at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
La Puente at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Workman vs. Bassett at La Puente, 7:00pm
Covina at Pomona, 7:00pm
Northview vs. San Dimas at CDF, 7:00pm
VPASSINGWilson at Nogales, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at St. Paul, 7:30pm
Damien at St. Francis, 7:30pm
Glendora at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Great Oak at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
Northwood at Claremont, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Maranatha, 7:00pm
South Hills at Monrovia, 7:00pm
Thursday, October 3rd

Ganesha vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Covina (vs. Northview at CDF, 7:00pm
Friday, October 4th
Bonita at Rowland, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Diamond Ranch. 7:00pm
West Covina at Diamond Bar 7:00pm
Gladstone at Bassett, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7:00pm
Workman at Duarte, 7:00pm
azusacelebrationBaldwin Park at Nogales, 7:00pm
Wilson at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Arroyo at La Canada, 7:00pm
Ayala at Kaiser, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Culver City, 7:00pm
El Monte at Bell Gardens, 7:00pm
El Toro at Claremont, 7:00pm
Glendora vs .South Hills at CDF, 7:00pm
Los Alamitos at Damien, 7:00pm
Los Osos at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Maranatha, 7:00pm
South El Monte at San Marino, 7:00pm
Temple City at Rosemead , 7:00pm
Thursday, October 10th

Azusa vs. Workman at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, October 11th
Glendora vs. Upland at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Bonita at Walnut, 7:00pm
Diamond Bar at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Rowland at West Covina, 7:00pm
El Monte at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Gabrielino at Arroyo, 7:00pm
el monteMountain View at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Bassett at La Puente, 7:00pm
Gladstone at Duarte, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Notre Dame, 7:00pm
Claremont at Ayala, 7:00pm
Damien at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Covina at Wilson, 7:00pm
Northview vs. Pomona at CDF, 7:00pm
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
Saturday, October 12th
South Hills vs. Chino Hills at CDF, 7:00pm
Thursday, October 17th

Rancho Cucamonga vs. Glendora at Los Osos, 7:00pm
Friday, October 18th
Diamond Ranch at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Rowland at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Walnut at West Covina, 7:00pm
El Monte at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Rosemead at South El Monte, 7:00pm
Bassett at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
fansamatGanesha vs. Workman, at La Puente, 7:00pm
Gladstone vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7:00pm
La Puente at Duarte, 7:00pm
Ayala at Damien, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
South Hills at Claremont, 7:00pm
Covina at Baldwin Park (CA), 7:00pm
Nogales at San Dimas, 7:00pm
Pomona at Wilson, 7:00pm
Thursday, October 24th

La Puente vs. Azusa at Citrus College, 7:00pm
South Hills vs. Charter Oak at CDF, 7:00pm
Friday, October 25th
Glendora vs. Etiwanda at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Diamond Ranch at Rowland, 7:00pm
Los Altos at Walnut, 7:00pm
West Covina at Bonita, 7:00pm
Arroyo at Mountain View, 7:00pm
gladstoneRosemead at El Monte, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
Bassett at Ganesha, 7:00pm
Duarte at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Workman vs. Gladstone at La Puente, 7:00pm
Alemany at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Ayala, 7:00pm
Damien at Claremont, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at Pomona, 7:00pm
Covina vs. Nogales at CDF, 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct, 26th
Wilson vs. Northview at CDF, 7:00pm
Thursday, October 31st

Glendora vs. Los Osos at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Friday, November 1st
Los Altos at Bonita, 7:00pm
Rowland at Diamond Bar, 7:00pm
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 7:00pm
El Monte at Mountain View, 7:00pm
Rosemead at Gabrielino, 7:00pm
South El Monte at Arroyo, 7:00pm
Azusa at Sierra Vista, 7:00pm
Duarte at Bassett, 7:00pm
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 6:00pm
maggioreWorkman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Bishop Amat at Crespi, 7:00pm
Ayala at Charter Oak, 7:00pm
Claremont at Chino Hills, 7:00pm
South Hills at Damien, 7:00pm
Nogales at Pomona, 7:00pm
Northview at Baldwin Park, 7:00pm
San Dimas vs. Covina at CDF, 7:00pm
Thursday, November 7th

Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey, 7:00pm
Bonita at Diamond Ranch, 7:00pm
West Covina at Los Altos, 7:00pm
Friday, November 8th
Diamond Bar at Walnut, 7:00pm
Arroyo at Rosemead, 7:00pm
Gabrielino at El Monte, 7:00pm
Mountain View at South El Monte, 7:00pm
PREPXTRAAzusa at Bassett, 7:00pm
Duarte at Ganesha, 7:00pm
La Puente vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7:00pm
Sierra Vista vs. Workman at La Puente, 7:00pm
Loyola at Bishop Amat, 7:00pm
Charter Oak at Claremont, 7:00pm
Chino Hills at Damien, 7:00pm
South Hills at Ayala, 7:00pm
Baldwin Park at Wilson, 7:00pm
Northview at Nogales, 7:00pm
Pomona at San Dimas, 7:00pm

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Bonita High looking for revenge in Smudge Pot

By Aram Tolegiansmudge
It’s go time for the Bonita High School football team.
The Bearcats begin preparations for the 2013 season this morning and will have another practice this afternoon. Bonita is just one of several local teams to begin practicing this week for the upcoming season, but the Bearcats are different in that arguably their biggest game of the season is the first when they take on rival San Dimas on Aug. 29 in the annual Smudgepot game at Citrus College.

“As far as game planning for San Dimas, we need to take care of ourselves first,” second-year Bonita head coach Adrian Medrano said.

Bonita has precious few questions as far as job battles. Quarterback is settled with senior Tanner Diebold entering his third varsity season. The defense looks to be one of the better stop units in the area with veterans Thomas Loy, Noah Montoya and Christian McQueen all back.

The Bearcats do have to replace standout running back Reggie Turner, who had a banner senior season in 2012. The heir apparent was thought to be talented junior Angel Verdugo, who was Turner’s primary backup last season. But Verdugo has left the program and is expected to transfer to nearby Damien.

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High School Football Correspondents needed

We’re looking for high school football correspondents to help us cover Friday night games this fall for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News and Whittier Daily News. This is ideal for journalism students and football fans with strong social media skills, a smart phone and twitter account. You also need to know how to compile statistics and have them prepared soon after the games are finished. Basically, we need you to be our sideline reporter and phone the results to us as soon as the game ends. If you’re interested, send me an email at fred.robledo@sgvn.com

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