Taking It Up A Notch

While I was taking in last Wednesday’s boys basketball playoff game between Cal-Hi and South Hills, Condors football coach Jim Arnold, the reigning WDN Coach of the Year, dropped off this year’s finalized Cal-Hi football schedule.

It seems that the Condors have lopped off a couple of easy teams in favor of some stiffer competition.

I spoke to Coach Arnold yesterday and he felt the Condors’ preseason could stand to be a little more challenging, prompting him to make changes.

Check out Thursday’s paper for more of Arnold’s comments.

Anyway, here’s the schedule. I thought it was interesting that both Arnold and Pioneer coach Ramon Juarez felt the need for a nonleague upgrade.

Basically, the Condors dropped Bassett and Buena Park in favor of La Mirada and Pacifica.

How do you think the Condors will fare this season? How does a coach walk the fine line of scheduling challenging squads without burning out his kids before league? When is a schedule too easy or too tough?

2007 Nonleague Schedule**
09/07 v. Rowland (8-3)
09/14 at El Monte (4-6)
09/21 v. Bassett (1-9)
09/28 at Schurr (10-4)
10/05 v. Buena Park (1-9)

Overall Record (24-31)

2008 Nonleague Schedule*
09/12 at Rowland (3-8) Friday, 7 p.m.
09/19 at La Mirada (4-7) Friday, 7 p.m.
09/25 v. Pacifica (10-3) Thursday, 7 p.m.
10/02 v. Schurr (8-5) Thursday, 7 p.m.
10/09 at El Monte (5-5) Thursday, 7 p.m.

Overall Record (30-28)

Bold Indicates Upper Division Opponent
* 2007 Records
** 2006 Records

Remaining Del Rio League Schedule

10/17 at El Rancho, Friday, 7 p.m.
10/23 v. Pioneer, Thursday, 7 p.m.
10/31 v. Santa Fe, Friday, 7 p.m.
11/07 at La Serna, Friday, 7 p.m.
11/14 v. Whittier, Friday, 7 p.m.

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