BREAKING NEWS: La Serna has dismissed Margarito Beltran as football coach

Margarito Beltran has been fired. (Whittier Daily News/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)

Margarito Beltran has been fired.
(Whittier Daily News/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)

La Serna High School has fired football coach Margarito Beltran.
La Serna athletic director Steve Hemenway confirmed the dismissal Thursday morning.
Andy George, who was an assistant on Belran’s staff, is the new head coach.
“He was removed as head football coach,” Hemenway said. “There’s not much to day. I don’t know much. I’ve been told it was a district decision.
“On a personal note, I can’t believe it.”
Beltran had built La Serna into one of the top programs in the area. The Lancers advanced to the CIF-Southern Section finals the previous five seasons, including going to three consecutive Southeast Division finals before winning in 2013.
La Serna begins the season ranked No. 3 in the area, and is a strong contender for the division title this fall. The Lancers open the season Friday night at Eastlake in Chula Vista.

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Are you ready for some football? Pioneer kicks off 2015 season, opens new stadium vs. Artesia

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By Stephen Ramirez
Opening Night takes on a whole new meaning for Pioneer High School on Thursday.Not only do the Titans kick off the new football season, but they do so in their new stadium when they face Artesia at 7 p.m.Pioneer is hoping to open the new state-of-the-art facility, which features two-tiered bleachers and an artificial turf field, in style, with a win.“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to have this stadium here”, Pioneer coach Chuck Willig said, “We are preparing to be ready when the stadium opens to make our school proud.”

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La Serna expecting big year from LB Daniel Campos

La Serna football player Daniel Campos during practice at the Whittier campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

La Serna football player Daniel Campos during practice at the Whittier campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER >> La Serna High School’s run to a fifth consecutive CIF-Southern Section semifinal last season was due in large part to its run game and defense.Senior Daniel Campos played a major role in the latter, and he will be key this season for the Lancers, who are expected to keep their postseason string going.“We’re looking for him to step in right where he left off,” La Serna coach Margarito Beltran said of Campos. “He does a good job of putting kids in the right spot. He’s basically like another coach on the field. We have high expectations of him.”

Campos is just a monster on defense. He was All-CIF Southeast Division his sophomore season and despite missing most of the regular season still managed 117 tackles in six games. He had 17 in a 24-21 win over Dominguez in the first round before getting 19 in 41-36 loss to Crescenta Valley in the semifinals.“I love defense,” Campos said. “I always try to make the reads and get there at the right time. I just follow the hips and backs of the guard. We learn that every day. Our coaches get that in our head every day.”

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