Gladstone comes up short in opener: If Jurupa Hills senior quarterback Julian Curiel was looking to make friends in the 2015 season opener on Thursday night, it didn’t take him long.
Curiel completed passes to seven different receivers and 235 yards in the first half alone, and Jurupa Hills went on to beat Covina Gladstone 32-15 on Thursday night at Citrus College.
Curiel finished with 392 yards and three touchdowns passing in the game. While he spread the ball around early, it became clear who his top target is: Tre’veon Wellmaker, who caught 11 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while running for another score.
COACH FIRED: La Serna High School has fired football coach Margarito Beltran and placed the teacher on paid administrative leave following allegations of an incident involving a special needs student outside a classroom according to Rich Russell, the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for the Whittier Union High School District.
Beltran, a special needs teacher at La Serna, was preparing his team for Friday’s season opener against Eastlake High in Chula Vista.
When the alleged incident took place is not clear.
“Following allegations of an incident involving physical restraint of a special needs student, a La Serna High School teacher, who is also a member of the school’s athletics staff, was placed on paid administrative leave last week pending the outcome of an investigation,” Russell wrote in a press release. “However, after violating the terms of his paid leave, the employee has been removed from his coaching position and remains on paid administrative leave from his teaching position.”
Mater Dei with SGV weapons: If the Bishop Amat High School football team comes up in its season opener against Mater Dei on Friday night, the reasons will likely hit close to home.
In a strange twist, two of the San Gabriel Valley’s most talented players won’t be in uniform for Bishop Amat, but Mater Dei rather.
And the question on a lot of people’s minds is, How did these two get away” Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Ana Bowl.
When Mater Dei throws on Friday night, the Monarchs will likely target 6-foot-5 receiver Andre Collins, who doesn’t live anywhere near Orange Country. Nope, Collins lives in Hacienda Heights.
CIF-SS PRESEASON FOOTBALL POLLS
1. Colony (Mt. Baldy), 2. Glendora (Palomares), 3. Charter Oak (Hacienda), Kaiser (Sunkist), 5. West Covina (Hacienda), 6. San Marino (Rio Hondo), 7. Monrovia (Rio Hondo), 8. Bonita (Palomares), 9. Summit (Sunkist), 10. Ayala (Palomares)
1. Centennial/Cor (Big VIII), 2. St John Bosco (Trinity), 3. Bishop Amat (Mission), 4. Santa Margarita (Trinity), 5. Mater Dei (Trinity), 6. Long Beach Poly (Moore), 7. Crespi (Mission), 8. Alemany (Mission), 9. Orange Lutheran (Trinity), 10. Servite (Trinity)
1. Paraclete (Gold Coast), 2. Sierra Canyon (Gold Coast), 3. Pomona (Miramonte), 4. Northview (Valle Vista), 5. San Dimas (Valle Vista), 6. Viewpoint (Gold Coast), 7. Bell Gardens (Almont), 8. Brentwood (Gold Coast), 9. Montebello (Almont), 10. Baldwin Park (Montview)
PREP LEGENDS AWARDS: The premier high school sports region in the country will now get the world-class treatment and recognition it deserves.
The Los Angeles News Group will present the inaugural SoCal Prep Legends Awards Show in June, a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind yearlong celebration of high school sports in the greater Los Angeles market.Beginning this year, each of LANG’s nine award-winning Southern California publications and their readers will recognize an Athlete of the Year for every high school sport, along with an all-area team.
Those athletes will be invited to the year-ending SoCal Prep Legends show, and will be eligible for male/female Athlete of the Year honors.