Bishop Amat’s Torreahno Sweet headed to Western Oregon, Maldonado back at Amat

SWEETPOWBy Aram Tolegian
Former Bishop Amat High School running back, and 2015 Tribune Player of the Year Torreahno Sweet made official his college destination over the weekend.
Sweet will play this fall at Western Oregon, where he’s expected to compete for a starting job. Sweet will also play baseball.
“They had that D-1 feeling,” said Sweet, who was also considering Concord University. “And the campus, it was just beautiful. It was hard not to like it. I met a bunch of teachers. It’s a 100-percent scholarship. Everything’s paid for, so that’s great. Free education.”
Sweet rushed for 1,808 yards and 34 touchdown last season at Amat. Many thought he was surefire Division 1 recruit, but that never materialized. Landing a player like Sweet has Western Oregon feeling like it got a steal.
“We’re very excited, players like him don’t come along very often,” Western Oregon offensive coordinator Brian Harris said. “We don’t recruit the L.A. area a whole lot, so just to come across him and have everything work out, it’s kinda like it was meant to be.
“There’s no question, we believe he has Division 1 talent. We play against FCS schools and there’s no question he belongs on the field with those caliber of players. We have some other players like that and we get fortunate enough once in a while to get them. He’s definitely going to make an impact on our team.”
Sweet will leave for Western Oregon on Aug. 9 and will arrive in time for the start of fall practice. Western Oregon opens the season on Sept. 3 against Sacramento St. Local fans will get a chance to see Sweet in action when the Wolves play Azusa Pacific at Citrus College on Nov. 5.
“I’m ready to go,” Sweet said. “I’ve been working out already. I’ve had their playbook. I’m in shape, I keep myself ready.”

Standout defensive tackle Aaron Maldonado is back at Bishop Amat and practicing with the team after leaving the school at the end of the school year for undisclosed reasons.
Maldonado, who already has an offer from BYU, is arguably the Lancers’ top returning player. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder, had 28 tackles and two sacks in 2015.

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SGVN’s 2016 Week-by-Week High School Football Schedule

2016 SGVN Week by Week-by-Week High School Football Schedule for the Tribune, Star-News and Whittier Daily News
Week 0 — August 25-27
Thursday, Aug. 25

Northview vs. Charter Oak at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m.
Southlands Christian vs. Marshall at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Friday, August 26
Arcadia at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m.
Bassett at Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Buena Park at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
California at Schurr, 7 p.m.
Cathedral at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Chino at Damien, 7 p.m.
Compton at Muir, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Alta Loma, 7 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. South Hills, 7 p.m. at Covina District, 7 p.m.
El Monte at Montebello, 7 p.m.
El Toro at La Habra, 7 p.m.
Garey at Nogales, 7 p.m.
Gladstone at South El Monte, 7 p.m.
Glendale at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Kaiser, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
La Canada at Hawthorne, 7 p.m.
La Mirada vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, 7 p.m.
Los Altos at San Marino, 7 p.m.
Maranatha at Rim of the World, 7 p.m.
Mater Dei at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Monrovia vs. Burbank, 7 p.m.
Norwalk at El Rancho, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Poly at Temple City, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Bonita, 7 p.m.
San Gabriel at Montclair, 7 p.m.
Sierra Vista at La Puente, 7 p.m.
Sonora vs. Whittier at California High, 7 p.m.
South Pasadena at Rosemead, 7 p.m.
Walnut at Rowland, 7 p.m.
West Covina at Colony, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Hoover, 7 p.m.
Workman at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
Bishop vs. Whittier Christian at Whittier College, 7 p.m.
Gabrielino at San Diego Clairemont, 6:30 p.m.
La Salle at El Camino Real, 7 p.m.
La Serna at La Costa Canyon, 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 27
Arroyo vs. Covina at Covina District Stadium, 7 p.m.

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Bishop Amat, Charter Oak struggle at Battle of the Beach? Should both be concerned?

HagsBoth the Bishop Amat and Charter Oak football teams have plenty of production to replace from last season and it showed last weekend as both toiled at the prestigious Battle of the Beach tournament at Edison High in Huntington Beach.
Amat, which has to replace its leading passer, rusher and top two receivers, won one game and didn’t make the consolation bracket. Charter Oak did slightly better, making the consolation tournament before calling it a day.
Mater Dei won the event by beating Corona Centennial in the championship game. The Monarchs visit Amat in the season opener on Aug. 26.
— Aram Tolegian

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Area coaching legend Greg Gano hopes to get things going at Don Lugo

By Aram Tolegian
Most local fans know Greg Gano as the head coach who won four CIF championships while in charge of the Los Altos High School football team.
And despite unsuccessful stops at Damien, Tustin and Wilson since his days at Los Altos, the vibe on the street is that Gano is going to do big things at his latest stop, Don Lugo.
So far, that’s exactly the case. Gano has hit the ground running at Don Lugo and just this past weekend his team won its second passing tournament of the summer by winning the Tournament of Champions hosted by Santa Fe.
“We’ve got some good looking kids and there are some athletes,” Gano said of his team. “But just because you have them doesn’t mean anything. You don’t win anything in passing league, but we wanted to see if our kids can compete. We’ve competed very well.”
The Tournament of Champions was the second passing tournament that Don Lugo has won this summer. Earlier, the Conquistadores won the El Rancho Tournament. They also went 6-1 in the Bonita Air Assault and have only lost two games all summer — both to Villa Park, which Don Lugo finally beat last weekend.
Gano’s coaching staff has some elements from the past on it, most notably former Los Altos assistant Marco Curtis handling the running backs. Longtime Gano cohort Lee Fair, who was Gano’s defensive coordinator at Los Altos and Damien, is also helping out but is limited by knee trouble.
“Lee Fair is a consultant,” Gano said. “He can barely walk out there on the field because of his knees, but Lee will always be part of something I do. He’s a good man. Me and Lee know each other better than any other coaches I’ve been around with.”
Don Lugo has a huge challenge in the form of Colony in the Mt. Baldy League later this fall. But should the Conquistadores make the playoffs, there’s no reason to think Gano can’t take them on a deep run in Division 8.

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