It’s April and the biggest high school track meet in the nation took place in Arcadia. The Dodgers are still trying to solve their security issues while the Lakers, losers of five straight, are trying to solve their issues on the court.
In hockey the Kings and the Ducks are in the playoffs in the same year for the first time ever and the Sacramento Kings are on the verge of becoming the Anaheim Royals in a move to become Disneyland’s neighbors. So with all this going on of course we are talking about football.
Andrew Elfers has been working out with former Florida State quarterback Chris Rix in the off season as he gets ready for a big year. Elfers threw for over 3300 yards and 37 touchdowns last year as a sophomore for Maranatha. After those numbers what is it going to take to be considered a big year?
Elfers has been working with Rix every other Saturday at Diamond Bar High School along with other area quarterbacks.
“He looks really good. He stands tall in the pocket and just seems to be in command,” said an onlooker of Saturday’s practice session.
New Coach Pete Karavedas doesn’t have only Elfers to rely on next year. Running back Omar Younger (534 yards), receiver Jeremy Major (32 catches, 639 yards), and Darrien McGee (307 yards rushing, 115 yards receiving) are also back in the fold.
“I’m about to head to my second spring coaches meeting and I am reflecting on the fact that I’m an incredibly blessed man,” Karavedas noted on a recent Facebook post.
Really Coach? You think?
San Gabriel, who always likes to get out in April and start throwing the ball around, hosted a four way toss on Saturday. The four way toss turned into three when Roybal didn’t show up. No truth to the rumor that they couldn’t find their head gear.
Cathedral and Roosevelt joined the Matadors on what turned out to be sunny but cool day – perfect for breaking out the pigskin. Would they have been out there if the predicted rain had come?
“If it was sprinkling? Yes. But if it started pouring I don’t think so,” said San Gabriel Coach Jude Oliva.
Donald Bernard, who was a free agent assistant, has been officially hired as the Defensive Coordinator for the Matadors. It’s a good fit for the Mats and for Bernard who has been a part of the San Gabriel program for years.
The SG quarterback debate might not be decided until opening night kick off. Andy Guerrero and Eric Alvarez both saw time and both looked good. Alvarez will be a junior while Guerrero is entering his senior campaign.
Hayden Rettig, a junior in September and brother of Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig, was throwing the ball for Cathedral. Rettig, (Hayden) has good size, 6’3”, 190, and was firing a nice ball. Hayden also has the pedigree. Chase attended La Salle and San Clemente before receiving a scholarship to BC. Hayden’s only problem was finding a receiver who could consistently catch the ball.
Javier Cid has several players returning to a Roosevelt team that went 6-5 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
“We have a lot of skill guys coming back including our quarterback,” Cid said. The quarterback is Anthony Flores, a senior to be who was a captain on last year’s squad.
If you have any information on the Hall of Fame game please contact Coach Cid. Last year it was played at Baldwin Park High with the East routing the West 40-0. Cid is looking for when, where and all the details on the 2011 game.
As we noted earlier Jerry Lewallan is still the apparent front runner to replace Mark Pasquarella at Glendora. With no teaching position available Lewallan is a logical choice since he teaches at a middle school in the Glendora district. La Puente Coach Brandon Roher, once considered the heir apparent, now seems an unlikely candidate with no teaching job available. Stay tuned.
That’s my principle.
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