St. Paul set to make a football coaching change

It was confirmed late this morning that Pete Gonzales will be out as the Swordsmen’s football coach as of Friday morning. At present, he is still the coach, but Friday he will react to the “resign or be terminated” ultimatum given him by principal Lori Barr. He has not indicated what his decision will be but it is well known that part of his program’s philosophy is to “never quit, never give up.”
No specific reasons for Barr’s decision to oust Gonzalez have been given, other than the usual wanting the program to take a different direction. Neither athletic director Marc Hernandez nor Gonzalez would discuss the situation further, and Barr was not available for comment. Gonzalez posted a 21-16 record in three years as head coach. His teams won the Western Division title in 2007 and reached the semifinals in 2006.

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All-Area: 2008 girls volleyball

2008 WDN girls volleyball Player of the Year: Karli Nelson, La Serna, junior, outside hitter
2008 WDN girls volleyball Coach of the Year: Shawn Hunter, Whittier Christian
First team
OH –
Miranda Doing, La Mirada, senior
OH – Tessa Martin, La Habra, junior
MB – Melanie Rangel, La Mirada, senior
Set – Stephanie Palma, St. Paul, senior
Util – Kalcie Randazzo, La Serna, junior
Lib – Emily Atwood, Whittier Christian, junior
Second team
OH –
Chanelle Puou, California, senior
OH – Marissa Sherb, Whittier Christian, senior
OH – Shannon Young, St. Paul, junior
MB – Vanessa Ascencio, Montebello, senior
Set – Stephanie Sinohui, Whittier Christian, junior
Util – Alexandra Ramos, El Rancho, sophomore
Lib – Jeanette Gonzalez, Whittier, junior

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All-Area: 2008 boys cross country

2008 WDN boys cross country Runner of the Year: Pedro De Alba, El Rancho, senior
2008 WDN boys cross country Coach of the Year: Victoria Flores, Montebello
First team

Noah Coppola, California , senior
Juan Gomez, Montebello, senior
Daniel Herrera, El Rancho, junior
Mitchell Moore, La Habra, senior
Elias Rodriguez, California, junior
Juan Rodriguez, El Rancho, sophomore
Second team
Brian Aleman, La Habra, senior
Andrew Garza, La Mirada, senior
Derek Holtz, Whittier Christian, junior
Jason Pang, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary
Paul Mora, Whittier, senior
Jovani Rodriguez, El Rancho, senior
Jonathan Sermeno, Montebello, senior

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2008 All-Area Girls Cross Country

2008 WDN girls cross country Runner of the Year: Christine Cooperstein, Whittier, junior
2008 WDN girls cross country Coach of the Year: Ralph Casas
First team

Sara Biddle, La Habra, freshman
Melissa Byrd, La Mirada, senior
Laura Garcia, St. Paul, senior
Kellian Hunt, Whittier Christian, freshman
Celinda Manzo, La Mirada, sophomore
Christine Verduzco, Montebello, senior
Second Team
Tiffany Dinh, Santa Fe, senior
Veronica Felix, Whittier, sophomore
Natalie Galvan, El Rancho, senior
Lauren McIntyre, La Mirada, jiunior
Kylie Navarrete, Schurr, junior
Laura Perez, California, senior
Paulina Tapia, La MIrada, junior

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All-Area: 2008 Football

2008 WDN All-Area football teams

Player of the Year – Ronnie Hillman, La Habra, senior
Coach of the Year – Frank Mazzotta, La Habra
FIRST TEAM
Offense
QB –
Randall Nygren, La Habra, senior
RB – Aaron Turner, Santa Fe, senior
RB – Joshua Quezada, La Habra, junior
WR – Jeffrey Taylor, Cantwell SH, senior
WR – Anthony Ayala, El Rancho, junior
TE – Nathan Blaikie, California, senior
OL – Willie Mayoral, La Habra, senior
OL – Mike Saenz, La Serna, senior
OL – Nick McDermott, La Habra, senior
OL – Rafael Mendez, Whittier, senior
OL – Mark Gonzalez, Schurr, senior
AP – Cameron Oliver, Santa Fe, junior
PK – Eric Stern, California, senior

Defense
DL –
Victor Rojas, California, senior
DL – Nikolai Crouch, Santa Fe, senior
DL – DL – Jake Peppard, La Habra, senior
LB – Michael Demery, St. Paul, senior
LB – Louie Lozano, La Serna, senior
LB – Adrian Lopez, Santa Fe, senior
LB – Chris Perez, Cantwell, senior
DB – David Arteaga, La Habra, senior
DB – Osagie Odiase, St. Paul, senior
DB – Luis Garcia, St. Paul, senior
DB – Adrian Mahstede, Santa Fe, senior
P – Adrian Montecinos, St. Paul, senior

SECOND TEAM
Offense
QB –
Paul Lopez, St. Paul, junior
QB – Ben Burke, La Serna, senior
RB – Daniel Enriquez, Whittier, senior
RB – Marcus Galan, El Rancho, senior
WR – Jonathan Rodriguez, La Serna, senior
WR – Sean Zherdev, La Mirada, senior
OL – Kevin Casey, La Habra, sophomore
OL – Kyle Peko, La Habra, sophomore
OL – Efrain Riestra, Santa Fe, senior
OL – Eric Erales, La Mirada, senior
OL – Jousha Melendez, Schurr, sr.
AP – Matt Botello, Pioneer, senior
PK- Doug Soriano, El Rancho, senior

Defense
DL –
Jacob Nails, Santa Fe, senior
DL – Anthony Sandoval, La Habra, junior
DL – Mario Obando, St. Paul, senior
DL – Mark Edwards, Whittier Christian, senior
LB – Ramon Pagano, La Habra, senior
LB – Joe Casey, La Habra, senior
LB – Gerardo Avila, California, senior
DB – David Acevedo, La Habra, senior
DB – Terris Jones, California, junior
DB – A.J. Hickey, Whittier, senior
DB – Kimbal Tillman, Cantwell, senior
P – Abraham Torres, La Serna, senior

Honorable mention
California –
Gerardo Avila, LB, sr., Greg Perea, QB, sr., Matt Urquiza, RB, sr.,Mike Rodriguez, OL, sr., James Arriola, DL, jr.
Cantwell – Cesar Hernandez, QB, jr., Jordan Scanlon, OL, sr., Joseph Loara, RB, sr., Christian Espinoza, DB, soph.
El Rancho – Josh Perea, QB, sr.; Tate Harshberger, LB, jr.; Eric Zuniga, DL, sr.
La Habra – Chris Gonzales, WR, jr., Corey Spada, LB, sr., Dominic Sierra, DB, jr., Brandon Benedict, OL, sr., John Rae, PK, sr.,
La Mirada – Christian Perruzzi, WR, sr., Devon Tracy, RB, sr., Daniel Poncedeleon, QB, jr., John McNewy, TE/LB, sr., Charles Whitfield, TE/DL, sr., Roland Lujan, DL, jr.
La Serna – Kyle Gluck, RB, sr., Eric Vanden Dries, LB, sr., Andrew Velasco, OL, jr., Freddie Sanchez, DB, Sr., Carlos Moroyoqui,DL, sr.
Montebello – Steve Luna, TE, sr., Joseph Marron, RB, jr.. Jacob Sifuentes, DB, sr., Andrew Macias, OL, sr.
Pioneer – Michael Crosby, TE, sr., A.J. Perez, DE, soph., Steven Del Villar, QB, jr., Gavin Ramirez, WR, sr., Andrew Ortega, DL, sr.
Santa Fe – Jonathan Pinedo, RB, soph., Ray Pinedo, DL, sr., Andrew Jackson, DE, jr., Aaron Black, DB, sr., Alex Flores, QB, jr.
Schurr – Ricky Mendez, QB, sr., Edwin Molina, RB, sr., Max Ochoa, TE, sr., Angel Sanchez, WR/P, jr., Ropbert Duran, LB, sr., Mark Avila, DL, jr., Sean Abeyta, DL, sr.,
St. Paul – Chris Lopez, OL, sr., A.J. Gonzales, WR, soph., Stephen Carillo, OL, jr., Jason Corpus, LB, jr., Kevin Garcia, DB, sr.
Whittier – Damon Nixon, OL, jr., Guilermo Duran, DL, sr., Alex Gonzalez, RB, jr., Thaddeux Glenn, TE, jr.,
Whittier Christian – Stephen Anderson, QB, soph., Nick Camarillo, RB, sr., Daniel Genberg, DB, sr., Jordan Chaivra-Pearman, WR, sr.

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