Bishop Amat, already thin after graduating several standouts that helped it win back-to-back Mission League titles and advance to consecutive CIF-Southern Section PAC-5 Division semifinals, is losing arguably its best returning senior just a couple weeks before its mammoth season opener against highly touted Mater Dei on Aug. 26.
Senior wide receiver and defensive back Tyler Sweet left school this week and transferred to Upland, sources have confirmed.
Why Sweet transferred so close to the start of the season is surprising, but speculation is rampant that it may have to do with how Bishop Amat handled his older brother, Torreahno Sweet, who graduated this past spring.
Tyler Sweet and his family chose not to comment when reached, and Bishop Amat coach Steve Hagerty hasn’t returned messages seeking comment.
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By Aram Tolegian
Optimism is bliss across local high school football fields at this time of year.
Nobody’s lost a game. Everyone has league championship aspirations, if not more. However, precious few teams will actually their August goals in November. Nogales is bent on making sure that won’t be its story.
The Nobles, as the season nears, are arguably the area’s biggest mystery team. They’ve switched leagues from the difficult Valle Vista League, with Northview and San Dimas at the top, to the more doable Montview League.
And should the Nobles qualify for the playoffs, they’ll be in Division 13 … the lowest in the CIF Southern Section. It’s a much-needed reset for a once-powerful program and one that could pay off big starting this year.
“I think, as a staff, taking a look at the teams we’re going to play, it definitely brings a sense that there’s a chance to make something happen,” Nobles head coach Richard Salazar said. “I think the kids kind of see it, too.”
Another reason for a sunny outlook at Nogales is the return of 15 total starters (eight offense, seven defense) from last year’s team. That includes three-year starting quarterback Matt Olguin and a couple of outstanding in receivers in 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior La Renzo Williams and James Gray. The offensive line is also a veteran group led by senior Joseph Mantilla.
Nogales has to get better on defense, especially against class teams. The Nobles allowed nearly 30 points per game, but that number should come down against lesser competition. It also helps that standout defensive tackle Jonathan Guardado, an all-league selection in 2015, is back.
Nogales doubled its win total from two games in Salazar’s first season to four games last season.
Nogales doubled its win total from two games in Salazar’s first season to four games last season. Baked in those results were some good performances in losses and also a confidence-inspiring win over Azusa, which is annually one of the favorites in the Montview League.
Based on talent, Nogales might be the favorite to win the Montview League. Just finishing in the top three would likely lead to a trip to the playoffs where, again, the Nobles have a fighter’s chance of making a deep run.
“The new division poses a real chance for us schools that need the opportunity to try be successful and build that morale,” Salazar said. “It gives us an optimal way of getting results so that we can show these kids there is an end-product to what we’re doing.
“I don’t care what division we’re in because a CIF championship is a CIF championship. I’ve been a part of a CIF championship as a player and a coach at La Habra and it’s something that doesn’t come easy. Even league championships these days are as tough as anything to get. But again, I tell these kids everyday that success is a byproduct of what you do. You’ve got to put in that work.”
Nogales opens the season on Aug. 26 against Garey.
A San Gabriel Mission High School athletic director, who fled with a 15-year-old student, has been found in Nevada.
Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said police arrested 36-year-old Juan Ivan Barajas in Henderson, Nevada, on Tuesday.
The Pico Rivera teen was found safe with Barajas, Herrera said.
“She was placed in a shelter awaiting pickup by her mother,” Herrera said.LAPD officials said the pair fled July 29 after the girl’s family members found out about the relationship, but Herrera would not give details on when the alleged relationship started or how it was discovered.
The LAPD on Tuesday issued a plea to the public to find the pair and included a description of a car they may be using — a 2001 four-door black Lexus GS 300.A Henderson police officer saw the black Lexus parked on the side of 1500 block of East Galleria Drive at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to Henderson police spokeswoman Michelle French.
By 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.”
MALDONADO BACK AT BISHOP AMAT
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.
Mater Dei could be ranked No. 1 in California when they open at Bishop Amat. What chance do you give the Lancers?
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) July 28, 2016
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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