West Covina vs. South Hills to be televised on FOX Sports …

Although FOX is my future employer, no, I had nothing to do with this – West Covina vs. South Hills on November 2 will be the FOX Sports/Prime Ticket game of the week. How cool is that? The Valley gets a little love in the form of what could be the San Antonio League championship game. I think the game was originally scheduled for a Thursday, but the schools will move it to accommodate TV.

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Semi-breaking news: Aram OUT …

I accepted a position with FOXSports.com today and will leave the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group at the end of this week. In this new position, I will be working behind-the-scenes and learning how a major sports media Web site operates. I’m very excited about this new opportunity, but a large part of me is sad to be leaving the SGV Tribune. I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I’ve had over the past few years. Covering SGV sports has allowed me to come in contact with some truly great and special people. I will miss the long conversations with coaches. I will miss the interaction with the athletes. I will miss all the guys in the office. I will miss the anticipation of the big game. Above all, I will miss the fans/readers. Fred Robledo will take over for me effective immediately … with a Hawaiian vacation mixed in (don’t ask). I’ve already warned him about how nutty this side of town can be, and the passion the readers/fans have for their schools. Freddie knows most of this anyway … he lives locally and went to Edgewood. You guys will be in great hands. He’s got a ton of experience and will be paired with Steve Ramirez to make sure nothing skips a beat. Plus, I will be reading as much as I can to keep up with the latest happenings, so I’ll definitely give them some heat along the way. Lastly, I want to thank all of you who made this blog and our prep sports sites what they currently are. The hit counts have been tremendous and a surefire way for management to gauge just how key preps are to the community. Because of you, the higher-ups are aware of this, and believe me, they are committed to making the coverage even better for years to come. In the meantime, please start hitting Robledo’s blog for all your needs. I’ve been giving him some background on the area and he just might be more excited for Week 0 than, say, Covina or Bonita or San Dimas or Gladstone or La Puente … so long.

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Bill Walsh, 1931-2007

This is truly a sad day. The Genius passed away. In my opinion, Bill Walsh was the greatest football coach ever. He truly changed the game. So much of what we see now has direct ties to Coach Walsh. His breakdown of every detail was something never seen before, and probably won’t be again. What a pleasure it was to watch those NFL Films productions of him breaking down Joe Montana’s footwork and delivery. The precision offense (West Coast) he perfected is and always will be a thing of beauty. None of you have any idea how bummed I am that this man is gone, taking with him the knowledge and comprehension to fill all of heaven. The highlight of Walsh’s career, to me, has nothing to do with Montana or any Super Bowl. It’s his second stint at Stanford, specifically the 1992 season (his first back in the college game). The Cardinal went 10-3 and waxed Penn State in the Blockbuster Bowl. THE GENIUS!

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