Mats’ Anthony Cerillo receives offer from Colorado

The Division I scholarship offers just keep on rolling in for the La Mirada football team.
Offensive lineman Anthony Cerillo is the latest to receive interest from a NCAA FBS program, getting an offer from Colorado of the Pac-12 Conference.
Cerillo is the fifth Matadore to receive a FBS offer. The others are linebacker Koa Kaleopaa, who has nine, including Cal, Arizona and Mississippi; offensive lineman Spencer Ueli Fa’atoalia, (Hawaii, Nevada); tight end Tyler Luatua, who has 18 offers, including UCLA, Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma, and quarterback Kevin Dillman, who has eight offers, including UCLA, Florida State, Colorado and Mississippi.
La Mirada was 8-5 last season and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division semifinals, losing to champion West Covina. The Matadores open the season Aug. 24 with a home game vs. area stalwart St. Paul at 7 p.m.

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Au revoir…I’m off to Pasadena


Here’s a clip from Richard Nixon, who said it best when it’s time to leave.

It is with mixed feelings I let everyone know that as of next week, I will no longer be the prep sports editor for the Whittier Daily News.
As many as you know that our Pasadena Star-News prep editor resigned in June and I’ve been chosen to succeed him in Pasadena. Eric Terrazas will take over here.
I’m sure most of you know Eric, who has been here the past few years, helping out with our coverage. He’s a graduate of La Serna High School, so he certainly knows the area. He will take over this blog and the area, beginning next week, and I’m sure he will do a great job.
I leave here with mixed feelings. I’m obviously looking forward to covering some new schools in the Pasadena area, but I will miss interacting with the coaches and players of our Whittier area schools, especially this coming season, which promises to be one of the better area football seasons in recent memory, with many top games.
I’m sorry I could let people know before, but had to wait until it became official.
I know I will definitely miss the area.
All I can really say is what Richard M. Nixon said in 1974 when he left the presidency, Au revoir — we’ll see you again.

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La Habra defensive lineman Greg Gaines receives offer from Colorado

This is the time of the year when big-time colleges begin their push in football recruiting, and La Habra defensive lineman Greg Gaines, a key player for the Highlanders this season, felt it first hand Monday. He received an offer from Colorado, of the Pac-12 Conference.
Gaines is expected to be the leader of a La Habra defense that loses the area’s best defender – Aaron Porter – to graduation. His presence will solidify the defense and allow the Highlanders to make another run at the Freeway League title and become a player in the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division.
La Habra was 8-5 last season, advancing to the division semifinals.
“He’s just another great kid,” La Habra coach Frank Mazzotta said. “He works his (tail) off, is big, strong and fast.”
Colorado was 3-10 last season, but is considered one of the up and coming programs under second-year coach Jon Embree.

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Who are the top players in the area

As part of the 2012 PrepXtra, we will again publish a preseason All-Area football team. Now’s the chance to give us your picks of who should make the list. I will be deciding the actual list this week, so fill out who you think should make the list.

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Pioneer, Santa Fe to play home games at Pioneer as Titan Stadium redo put off until after the 2012 season

Titan Stadium at Pioneer High School, which has approval for major reconstruction, will be available to the Titans and Santa Fe after all.
Officals at Pioneer and Santa Fe have informed me that the reconstruction will not begin until after the football season, keeping the Titans and Chiefs at the corner of Pioneer and Slauson.

PIONEER
Aug. 30 at Glenn at Excelsior HS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Rancho Alamitos at Bolsa Grande HS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 At Mountain View, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 MONTEBELLO, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Laguna Beach, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 *LA SERNA, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 *at California, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 *WHITTIER, 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 *EL RANCHO, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 *SANTA FE, 7 p.m.
*league game

SANTA FE
Aug. 24 GODINEZ, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 at Esperanza at Yorba Linda HS, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 ST. JOHN BOSCO, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 SANTIAGO, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Chaparral, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 *at WHITTIER, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 *EL RANCHO, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 *at California, 7 p.m.
Oct. 25 *at La Serna, at Cal HS, 7 p.m.
Nov. 2 *at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
*league game

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Rose Bowl Game to host NCAA youth football clinic on Saturday

The Tournament of Roses Association, through its Rose Bowl Game, will host a NCAA Youth football clinic Saturday morning at Jackie Robinson Park in Pasadena.
The clinic, for children ages 5-14, is free and will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is slated for 9 a.m.
Local coaches and former and current players will provide instruction in a variety of football skills.
Robinson Park is located at 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena.
The clinic is hosted by the Rose Bowl Game in partnership with the NCAA Football Youth Initiative.

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Bishop Amat to host youth baseball camp

Bishop Amat High School will host a youth baseball camp July 23-25. The three-day camp is for ages 5-14 and costs $150.
It will be held at the Bishop Amat baseball field from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Cost does not include lunch (snack bar will open) and campers are asked to wear baseball attire and bring cleats, glove, bats, helmet and catcher’s gear.
More information is available by e-mail at zuni24@charter.net or by calling (626) 818-3142.

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St. Paul to host Asante Youth Football Academy this weekend

St. Paul High School wil host the Asante Youth Football Academy, which will include instruction from St. Paul coach Elijah Asante and his staff. Registration for the camp, which is for ages 6-14, is tonight and Friday at the high school, with clinics held Saturday and Sunday.
Registration is $65. The academy will be from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday and from 9-1 p.m. on Sunday. Check in and testing will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday.
More information is available at http://asantefootballacademy.com

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Santa Fe’s Tournament of Champions set for Saturday

Santa Fe High School will host its annual Tournament of Champions passing league tournament on Saturday. The schools scheduled to compete include host Santa Fe, California, Chino Hills, Santa Margarita and Notre Dame.
There will be five pools along with a lineman competition. Pool play begins at 9 a.m.

SANTA FE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
POOL A
Santa Fe
Roosevelt
Beckman
Sage
POOL B
Santiago
California
Bell Gardens
Olympus A
Bosco Tech
POOL C
Chino Hills
Lynwood
Esperanza
Gardena
Webb
POOL D
Santa Margarita
Olympus
Burbank
North Torrance
Rubidoux
POOL E
La Quinta
South East
Canyon Springs
Notre Dame

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Schurr’s “Building Champions” Youth Camp July 13 & 14 …

Schurr’s football program is hosting its “Building Champions” Youth Camp on July 13-14.

The camp is open to kids ages 6-14. Friday’s session is between 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday’s is between 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Pre-registration cost is $30 and day-of registration is $40.

The camp includes speed training, running mechanics, offensive skill development and much more.

For information, contact Schurr head coach Marco Ramirez (323) 474-4479 or Victor Salazar (323) 707-3962 or Anthony Estrada (562) 639-5846.

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