Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns selected USC over Alabama, Washington, Georgia, Notre Dame and many others during a ceremony at Bishop Amat today. Vaughns joins teammate Trevon Sidney and Glendora’s Matt Fink, who also are headed to USC.
Minor league baseball player David Denson, who graduated from South Hills in 2013 and was named to the Tribune all-area team, announced that he is gay in a story published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
Denson, who plays for the Brewers’ rookie affiliate, the Helena Brewers, told the Sentinel that his teammates supported him.
“Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them,” Denson said. “They said, ‘You’re still our teammate. You’re still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You’re still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don’t treat you any different. We’ve got your back.’
In his senior year at South Hills, Denson batted .446 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs.
ARROYO READY TO GET GOING AGAIN: The 2014 football season saw the end of a 30-year playoff streak for Arroyo High School, but while the varsity program narrowly missed out on a playoff spot, the junior varsity team went 9-0-1, and now those players will look to get the Knights back in the playoffs.“
A lot of the guys on that J.V. team have filled in roles as starters,” Arroyo head coach Jim Singiser said. “The guys that are getting playing time now have shown at the lower levels that they can get it done. A lot of these guys had playing time on varsity, but were also playing in the J.V. games.”
Big changes to football playoff format could be coming: A CIF-Southern Section football postseason where playoff divisions are determined by teams, not leagues, got one step closer to becoming a reality on Thursday.
The Southern Section Executive Committee decided to move forward with the concept of creating playoff groupings for football based on the competitive equity of teams.
The concept will become a proposal made to the Southern Section Council at its Oct. 6 meeting. That would be followed by a vote of league representatives in January. The new format could be in place by the 2016-17 school year.
By Aram Tolegian
West Covina standout defensive back Isaiah Love is making good progress as he tries to return from an unfortunate offseason neck injury.
According to Bulldogs head coach Mike Maggiore, Love’s neck fracture is completely healed as are two ligaments.
“It looks like he’ll be able to play this year at some point,” Maggiore said. “It just depends on how rehab goes. He wants to play, but no doctor is going to clear him unless he’s completely healed. He also has to get comfortable with it again, too.”
Love hasn’t practiced yet and Maggiore has ruled him out for the Bulldogs’ Week Zero opener against reigning Central Division champion Colony on Aug. 28. Love also is likely to miss the following week’s game against St. Francis.
Love did receive offers from Colorado and Washington State last week and Maggiore estimated Love’s college offers now exceed 10 schools. Love injured his neck when he was involved in a car accident earlier this summer while traveling to UC Berkeley for an unofficial visit with his 7-on-7 team Boby By Tra.