Much is being posted about coaches who do or don’t care about, and/or
who can or can’t motivate their teams.
To assume a high school coach at any level does not care about his
job or his players’ performance is foolishness.
Every coach is aware that, whether it is a legitimate evaluation, the
success or failure of his or her team is a reflection of his abilities
There is little doubt that today’s young coaches are probably better
prepared with the Xs and Os in their sport, but much less prepared
psychologically to deal with today’s young student/athletes.
In the ‘old days’ a coach’s word was law. It wasn’t to be questioned,
and parents supported this approach.
Today’s young student/athletes have more questions and the courage to
ask them, they have more opinions and they get more advice, whether it
be from parents, peer group or television that empowers them to
challenge authority with more aggressiveness.
Dealing with these challenges is not as easy or as simple as it might
appear, hence it is necessary when passing judgment on a coach’s
performance to do so with more logic and sensitivity and not with merely
one’s heart and/or bias.
Granted, this reduces much of the potential for the distribution of
misinformation and rumor and experiencing what becomes perhaps tainted
enjoyment, but then, isn’t that how it should be?
Hopefully, with this consideration …
Folks, keep it clean.
It’s great to have all this interest and the comments and responses it generates, but it would do well
to remember that these are merely opinions and should not be used to or
interpreted as attacking someone personally.
In some cases, the language needs cleaning up, and I’d prefer not
having to delete anyone’s comment because language used to emphasize a
thought might be offensive to others.
Thanks for your consideration and cooperation.
Quarterback Angel Molina (Sante Fe), all-purpose Romeo Pellum (Santa
Fe), running back Jon Potts (La Serna), defensive back Gerg Francis (La
habra), lineman Josh Gracieux (St. Paul) and tight end Robert Arriola
(California) are among a list of 28 area players who are members of the
East team for the 40th annual 605 All-Star Football Classic scheduled to
be played June 2 at La Mirada High School Stadium.
The East roster has been updated and is set, according to East coach Pete
Gonzalez, as set that is, as an all-star roster can be.
There have been late additions and deletions for the East and West
teams, but the “finalized” rosters are loaded with talent.
2007 EAST TEAM
1 MOSE DENTON 6-1 180 WR/DB MAYFAIR
2 MATT CASTANEDA 5-9 180 QB LOS ALTOS
3 MARLON HAWKINS 5-9 165 DB/WR CERRITOS
4 MANUEL LOPEZ 6-0 180 FB/LB SANTA FE
5 LE QUAN LEWIS 5-11 185 DB/WR ARTESIA
6 ROMEO PELLUM 5-10 165 WR/DB SANTA FE
7 RONNIE GOFORTH 6-0 175 WR/QB MAYFAIR
8 JOSEPH REDDING 6-4 190 WR LB POLY
9 TYRONE SMALL 6-4 195 WR MAYFAIR
10 ANGEL MOLINA 5-11 175 QB SANTA FE
11 DANIEL BERNAL 5-10 175 DB/RB HH WILSON
12 ELIAS CUEVAS 6-0 185 TE JOHN GLENN
13 TERRANCE FOSTER 6-1 165 DB SONORA
14 KEITH McGILL 6-5 192 DB LA MIRADA
17 DAVID NEFF 5-10 175 QB JOHN GLENN
18 KELSEY THOMPSON 6-1 185 DB/WR PIONEER
20 MARCUS FARIA 6-0 210 FB/LB CERRITOS
21 LEMUEL JOHNSON 5-11 170 WR/DB GAHR
22 THOMAS MEZA 5-8 160 DB MAYFAIR
25 MIGUEL GARCIA 6-3 200 RB/DE SANTA FE
26 CURTIS BEDGOOD 5-8 155 RB MAYFAIR
28 LOUIS PRESTON 6-1 200 RB CERRITOS
29 MATT MOODY 6-1 200 LB/FB SONORA
30 JON POTTS 5-8 170 RB LA SERNA
32 JOE MORALES 6-0 220 LB/FB ST. PAUL
33 ISSAC GARCIA 5-9 175 RB WHITTIER
34 TYRELL HUDSON 5-10 225 LB MAYFAIR
35 MARION CALHOUN 6-0 220 FB MAYFAIR
36 ANTHONY SANTANA 5-6 165 RB SANTA FE
38 GREG FRANCIS 6-1 180 DB LA HABRA
40 KEITH RODRIQUEZ 5-6 210 FB WHITTIER
42 ROGER RIVERA 6-0 235 DE WHITTIER
43 JOSHUA LOMELI 6-0 180 DB LA MIRADA
44 MATT GRANILLO 5-9 220 DL JOHN GLENN
51 VICTOR LEE 6-0 240 LB CERRITOS
52 JOE AVALOS 5-10 225 DL WHITTIER
53 MICHAEL PEEK 5-9 185 LB ST. PAUL
55 O.J. TAUTOLO 6-2 245 DL LB POLY
56 EDDIE LOPEZ 6-0 190 WR NORWALK
58 ANDRES GONZALEZ 6-0 230 OL/DL NORWALK
60 MIKE TOLEDO 6-0 260 OL ARTESIA
61 JOHNNY REVELES 6-0 265 OL SANTA FE
62 ROBERT PEREZ 6-0 235 OL PIONEER
63 STEVIE LOPEZ 6-4 285 OL CALIFORNIA
66 RICK CHAPIN 6-3 265 OL MAYFAIR
68 ANDREW VEGA 6-0 220 OL ST. PAUL
70 FELIPE MARTINEZ 6-0 250 DL SANTA FE
71 JOSE PEREZ 6-3 295 OL ST. PAUL
73 JOSHUA TUYAO 6-2 360 OL LB POLY
74 JOSHUA GRACIEUX 6-2 285 DL ST. PAUL
75 ALBERT HERNANDEZ 6-4 305 OL SANTA FE
76 JUAN ENRIQUEZ 6-1 275 OL JOHN GLENN
77 JUAN ARIAS 6-3 220 DE SANTA FE
80 GILBERT RODRIGUEZ 5-11 5-11 165 WR LA SERNA
81 JOSHUA LUEVANO 5-10 180 DB NORWALK
82 ROBERT ARRIOLA 6-3 190 TE CALIFORNIA
87 MICHAEL ELLISON 6-0 190 PK LA SERNA
HEAD COACH : PETE GONZALEZ ST. PAUL HIGH SCHOOL
Daily News Player of the Year quarterback Joe Orduno heads a group of
seven players from Schurr’s Division IX championship team who are
participating on the West team: WR/DB Julian De La Hay, RB Steve Cano,
LB Joe Guerrero, Ol/DL richard Duran, OL Adrian Ramirez and DE Adrian
To see the complete “finalized” West roster go to 605allstars.com.
Four area athlets have qualified for Saturday’s CIF Masters Track&Field
Meet at Cerritos College.
What figured to be an outstanding individual
duel in last weekend’s CIF-SS girls Divisional 3,200m finals was just
that, with Whittier’s Alma Martinez finishing third and besting La
Mirada’s Stephanie Felix in fourth place by less than three seconds.
Both qualified for this week’s Masters Meet, Martinez fourth with a
time of 10 minutes, 44 seconds, and Felix eighth with a 1:46.72
The favorite this week for the 3,200m title is Woodbridge High’s
sensational junior, Christine Babcock, but another individual challenge
looms large for Martinez and Felix in what is fast becoming the area’s
best individual track rivalry.
Other locals who qualified for the Masters Meet are Schurr’s Kevin Lau,
who ran the 300 hurdles in 38.14 for third in Division I and fifth place
overall, and St. Paul pole vaulter Dusty Brown, who cleared 14 feet, 9
inches for second place in Division IV and third overall.
El Rancho’s Vincent Tovar is an alternate in the long jump after
finishing sixth in Division I with an effort of 22-3 1/2.
Other area athletes who competed in last week’s divisional finals:
La Serna’s Justine Diaz, who finished third in the Division II 800m in
2:14.10; Cantwell Sacred Heart’s Khamari English, finishing fifth in
both the Division IV 100 (10.76) and 200 (22.52); Whittier’s Luis
Dorantes, eighth in Division II 3,200 (9:38.46); and the rest of St.
Paul’s impressive quartet of junior vaulters, Ryan Cadwalader, fourth,
(13-3), and Pete Romo and Edwin Dedios, who tied for eighth with a
height of 12-3.
Twelve area track and field athletes will compete in Saturday’s CIF
Southern Section divisional track finals at Cerritos College.
Of particular interest is the match up in the girls Division II 3,200m
that includes Whittier’s Alma Martinez and La Mirada’s Stephanie Felix.
Felix has been the area’s dominant runner in the event the past two
seasons, but Martinez had finished ahead of her in their last two
Martinez won her heat in last weekend’s prelims posting the second
fastest time overall (10 minutes, 53.37 seconds). Felix had the fourth
fastest time (10:54.25), close enough to Martinez’s effort to ensure a
battle royale between the two again this week. Felix also qualifed for
Also of note is the finish of St. Paul’s pole vaulters, four of
whom qualified for the finals and three who tied for first place: Dusty
Brown, Pete Romo and Ryan Cadwalader, and Edwin Dedios, who was sixth.
All cleared 12 feet, 6 inches.
Other locals who will compete Saturday include La Serna’s Justine
Diaz (800), Whittier’s Luis Dorantes (3,200), Schurr’s Kevin Lau (300
hurdles), El Rancho’s Vincent Tovar (long jump) and St. Paul’s Jose
Perez (shot put) and Ernie Leon (110 hurdles).
This was posted by one of the ‘Anonymous’ guys, so I don’t know who the
‘guy who runs the 605 game …’ is, but it is the same response
received here when Rich Estrella was contacted, and he’s as close to the
game as anyone.
‘Every year (I go back over 20 years with this game) we have players who didn’t get selected to play in the 605 game, who just show up with gear, hoping to “tryout” to make the team. If you saw players just signing up, that’s “Roll Call.” There are no try outs, never have been any tryouts, never will be any tryouts. Anyone who says they have seen what you saw is just misunderstood. ALL PLAYERS ARE NOMINATED BY THEIR COACHES. Not all make it. If a team is short a position like offensive line and all you have left from your nominees is running backs and DB types, then we reach outside the nominees back to the 605 member schools and get one. That is the only way to get on the squad without a nomination.’
One last Grigsby item from my source:
His name, as well as no other California HS players’, was never given
the selection committee for consideration. More important, even if he
was cleared to play, it wouldn’t be with the West team. Period.
A couple of recent happenings deserve a mention.
La Mirada’s baseball team won its ninth consecutive Suburban League
championship Tuesday. It is not surprising.
Coach Kim Brooks’ program consistently is among the most prepared of any
area program. Fundamentally sound, mentally as well as physically, year
after year is the key.
At season’s start, he always throws down the gauntlet by saying the
Matadores are the team to beat, and how tough the league will be, but
then his players win another league title and make it look easy in the
And as impressive as it is to win league, it merely is another page
in his play book that is built around winning a CIF championship. League
is nice, but his program always has the bigger picture in mind.
The program’s success creates built in pressure, but it appears the players thrive best under those conditions.
* * *
La Mirada coach Rich Trujillo’s softball program got a late start, but the
Matadores girls have been keeping pace with the guys the past seven seasons.
This year, it was Suburban League championship No. 7 in a row. It’s not nine, but seven ain’t too shabby.
Trujillo’s philosophy is simple: Fundamentals and little ball, with some long ball
mixed in whenever available, and it has been like clockwork. Steady,
productive, successful, dependable.
Congrats definitely are in order for both programs.
Remembering this is an offseason all-star game and always subject to adjustment, here is the roster for the East squad in this year’s 40th Annual 605 All-Star Football Classic:
Artesia — Le Quan Lewis DB/WR
California — Craid Taylor DB, Robert Arriola TE
Cerritos — Marlow Hawkins, DB/WR, Victor Lee LB
Gahr — Lemuel Johnson DB
John Glenn — Elias Cuevas TE, David Neff QB, Matt Granillo DL, Juan Enriquez OL
Kennedy — Seth Guarado P/K, Dominic Estrada OL
La Habra — Greg Francis DB
La Mirada — Joshua Robbins WR, Joshua Lomeli DB
La Serna — Jon Potts RB, Gilbert Rodriguez WR, Michael Ellison K/P
Los Altos — Matt Castaneda QB
Mayfair — Mose Denton DB/WR, Ronnie Goforth QB/WR, Curtis Bedgood RB
Norwalk — Eddie Lopez WE, Andres Gonzalez OL/DL, Joshua Werand DB
Pioneer — Diego Sauceda TE, Kelsey Thompson DB/WR, Robert Perez OL
LB Poly — Demetrius Portes LB/FB, Joshua Tuyao OL
Sonora — Terrance Foster DB, Matt Moody LB/FB
Santa Fe — Manuel Lopez LB/FB, Romeo Pellum WR/DB, Angel Molina QB,
Miguel Garcia LB, Mark Acuna LB, Felipe Martinez DL, Albert HernandezOL
Sonora — Terrance Foster DB, Matt Moody LB/FB
St. Paul — Joe Morales LB/FB, Michael Peak LB, Andrew Vega OL, Joe Perez OL, Joshua Gracieux DL
Whittier — Issac Garcia RB, Joe Avalos DL
HH Wilson — Daniel Bernal DB/RB
The game will be played Saturday, June 2 at La Mirada High School.
From too far in the distance, and in no particular order, this what this
fall’s football looks like:
1. Santa Fe.
Because it’s Santa Fe, and until somebody knocks the Chiefs off their
perch, that’s enough. The area’s best back-up quarterback returns,
although he may be pushed hard by the young man coming up from last season’s
freshman team (and no, he didn’t transfer in from anywhere!)
2. St. Paul.
Swordsmen will build on last season and have some new personnel to make
it easier. Quarterback may be a concern.
A prototype quarterback returns, big, strong and experienced. The
question is how the new guy at the helm is accepted by a community that
feels it was robbed of its coach.
4. La Habra.
Because it’s La Habra. If there is an area program that can come close
to mirroring Santa Fe, it is the Highlanders’. Hard to find a weak spot,
and if it has one, it’ll be corrected by the time league rolls around.
I know, I know, but don’t sell the Titans short. A good QB last year
will be better this year, two of the area’s best — and most honest —
running backs return, and increased paricipation that includes more than
a handful of solid prospects are reason for the DRL take a second look.
6/7. La Serna/El Rancho.
New coaches always bring with them renewed optimism. How far they can
develop it is always questionable. But give them a chance.
8. Whittier Christian.
Small school with a big school appetite. Coach/A.D. is legitimate and so
is the program, which dodged a bullet when he almost left but changed
his mind. The stud horse the Heralds have ridden the past two seasons is
gone, and undoubtedly they will feel a draft from the void, but he
leaves a solid legacy on which to build a new one.
Probably should be listed higher, but the question lingers: Was last
season’s remarkable — and impressive — performance a one-shot deal?
Staff says no, merely a stepping stone to higher expectations. Only time
10. La Mirada.
Matadores didn’t achieve early season expectations a year ago, riding a
rollercoast season that was sometimes brilliant and sometimes frustrating. A
strong finish a year ago coupled with a new season brings reason for for
new expectations, hopefully more realistic.
Small school dreaming bigger. Increased participation always a good
sign, and mental approach surely will benefit from rugby program’s
Inconsistency last season makes looking ahead difficult. A lot of
Defending division champions lost many key players. A tough act to
follow, but same coach that got them to the final in ’06 figures to make
them at least competitive in ’07.
Eight local high schools earned berths in the CIF Southern Section boys volleyball playoffs.
Only three of them, El Rancho, Whittier Christian and Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary, will open play at home.
On the road are Montebello,, Whittier, La Serna, La Mirada and St. Paul.
All of them open play Friday night.
Here is their schedule:
Palmdale (11-7) at El Rancho (15-2)
Montebello (10-4) at Redlands (18-2)
Whittier (14-4) at Paraclete (16-3)
La Serna (11-4) at Beverly Hills (12-11)
Corona (8-7) at Whittier Christian (14-3)
La Mirada (11-6) at Torrance (12-14)
MIlken Community (9-9) at Cantwell (10-8)
St. Paul (9-8) at Southwestern Academy (9-4)
Looking at it from a distance, best chances to advance:
El Rancho, La Serna, Cantwell.
Even money to advance:
Whittier, La Serna, Whittier Christian.
Montebello, La Mirada.
Does anyone have a closer look at it?