The Peterson Principle 3/26/12

Tim Peterson

After all is said and done at the View…it’s Victor Ambruso. It wasn’t the slam dunk like we thought it would be but after several interviews with candidates, declines and even a reposting of the position On the CIF website, it came full circle and Ambruso landed the gig.

Considering he is on campus, his familiarity with the program and the players and his past coaching experience at places like Azusa Pacific, it looks like a great hire.

Remember people were wondering who Ibis Aguilar was when he got hired last year and he took South El Monte to a 7-4 record and a playoff appearance.

As we wait with anticipation to see if the new CIF Division proposals go though one Mid Valley coach said he felt there was no way it would pass. Too many people protesting and too many people upset. I hope he’s right. Is there anyway I, as a member of the media, can cast a “No” vote on this proposition.

I don’t know where Alhambra will finish but with what the Moors have coming back and the enthusiasm of new Head Coach Joe Kanach, you got to like their chances.

I can’t see Schurr, with new HC Marco Ramirez stepping in, being down for long. We all know about Jude Oliva and San Gabriel and Bell Gardens and Montebello should be
better. This just in: Keppel is looking for a football coach. Anybody got anything on that?

Arroyo receiver Hunter Duran is pumped about playing football at Pasadena City College next year. “It feels great to be back on the field running routes and lifting in the weight room. Can’t wait until spring ball,” Duran said.

Who do the Knights have to replace Duran? Well Andre Kerkhoff for starters who had 65 receptions for 725 yards and five touchdowns last year. Yeah, really, Kerkhoff is coming back. And remember this name…Christian Serna.

Speaking of the Southmen, did you know that they have quarterback Fernando Ramirez, key receiver Javier Machuca and running back Leo Artiaga all returning to the fold?

Since we’re in an MVL theme, first year Rosemead Coach Marc Paramo has QB Adan Guillen, receiver Steven San Miguel and lineman Nelson Leon returning.

El Monte? The Lions might be the scariest of the bunch. Quarterback Brandon Martinez, RB/LB Ruben Jimenez, primary running back Bryan Luevano and receiver Abel
Barajas are all back for their senior seasons.

Did you know that Ryan Maddox at Monrovia, four years at the helm, is the dean of Rio Hondo League coaches? Yeah it’s hard to believe. The Rio Hondo, which was once a picture of stability with guys like Mike Mooney at TC, Steve Garrison at M-Town, Ed Smith at South Pasadena and La Canada’s Rich Wheeler, has been a revolving door of late.

Martin Konrad seems to have something going on at South Pas and Mike McFarland has settled in at Temple City. La Canada? Something will be announced soon…we think.

The CIF allows for high school teams to work out 365 days a year if they like but a lot of schools stick to their previous schedules. Due to players involved in other sports, and the fear of burn out, the majority of coaches say they don’t really kick it into high gear until May.

But for players who do want to work out there is another opportunity. Legends of Character at San Gabriel High School is running every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. SG Coaches Oliva, Matt Lopez, Donald Bernard and Dakota Wesleyan OC and former SG star Zeke Prado and company all do a great job in working with the players in a variety of skills. And don’t worry. If you’re from another school you won’t suddenly be donning Matador colors in September.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at

13 Comments to "The Peterson Principle 3/26/12"

  1. weluvthe crest's Gravatar weluvthe crest
    March 28, 2012 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Good grief Interested Observer. I hope you drive better than you make an arguement because you are all over the road man! In one breath you’re giving a hats off to Jude and his coaches and in the next breath you’re calling them cheaters, but that’s ok because you think everybody is doing it. Huh? Take a bus from your cave to San Gabriel and see for yourself that there are still some honest, caring, hard working coaches that are not pushing some devious agenda like you seem to think. Common sense should tell you that if they have been running these camps for 7 years, and recruiting illegally, someone would have dropped a dime to CIF, don’t you think???

  2. March 28, 2012 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    Interested Observer…I am your Father! Ha ha just messing with you! It’s not hard for someone to take a small portion out of a rule and spin it to try to support their position. It really doesn’t work in this case because the note right after the one you quote states what the sponsors can wear. I applaud the effort but without factual evidence to support your claim, I and most other people aren’t buying!
    Something to consider:
    SG won their league outright for the first time in how long? Schurr won or shared the league for the last eight.
    LOC has been in existence for 7 years now. Why have they not had more success than two final appearances in 8 years? If what you say is correct, why the lack of dominance in the Almont at the very least?
    Just a suggestion but why not go out to SG this Saturday meet the coaches and see what they do?
    If you have concrete proof of what you are implying and would rather not share it here, email it to me @

  3. Interested Observer's Gravatar Interested Observer
    March 28, 2012 - 8:49 am | Permalink

    Panther Pride……Feeling Froggy ? Ok, well more than likely, because no one has said anything to CIF or because no one knows the rule. If I was coaching in that League, I would definatly say something. But again, I applaud what they are doing. There are other programs that do it, and are very successful at attracting players from outside their area. So kudos to Mr. Oliva and staff. As for you my feline friend, i could go on about how bad your Panther’s are, and how far you’ll fall this year, but why pour salt in an open wound. All I’ll say is I hope you like missing the playoffs, because it will happen often now. Just Sayin…..

  4. Panther Pride's Gravatar Panther Pride
    March 28, 2012 - 7:00 am | Permalink

    Interested observer- then why have they been doing it for seven years without any problem from CIF…..End of story…just sayin…ha ha

  5. Interested Observer's Gravatar Interested Observer
    March 28, 2012 - 5:51 am | Permalink

    DBarker, Darth Vader, or whoever you are….NICE TRY !!!! Pay close attention to rule 1921.2…And I quote, ” GENERAL COMMUNITY “…The section uses this rule as a guideline, sort of a road map on how to respond to accusations of recruiting or undue influence. More often than not they will error on the side of caution, and inform the accused party to not wear, promote, or otherwise refer to the school they are employed by. If the camp is only for non high school kids, then they can wear there gear and promote their program. And finally, General Community refers to your direct enrollment area and the surrounding area of the city your school is located in. This is not my opinion, but direct from the CIF office itself…Batter UP !!! Just Sayin…

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 28, 2012 - 12:24 am | Permalink

    what ever happened to the punt returner from south?
    i think his name was brian aguilar?

  7. Bonita Alum's Gravatar Bonita Alum
    March 28, 2012 - 12:01 am | Permalink

    This idea of letting players pick their coaches is preposterous, the inmates don’t run the prisons now do they?

  8. The Real Point of View's Gravatar The Real Point of View
    March 27, 2012 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Just for the record Mr Peterson, Mr Ambruso was not the favorite by the players to take over the helm at Mtn View. Looks and sounds like a great hire but not everything you hear from ghernandez is always on par with the entire truth. Yes Ambruso is the coach but let it be known he was not the first choice by his principal Mr Wheelie Wonka.

    March 27, 2012 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Peterson who is you favorite to take the Mission Valley League?

  10. March 27, 2012 - 1:29 pm | Permalink

    @ Interested Observer, not to degrade you or chase you away from posting here and visiting the sight but you are wrong about clinics or camps. Below is an excerpt directly from the CIF Blue Book…

    #1921.2 High schools may sponsor sport camps and/or allow non-school sponsored sport camps to use their facilities.

    * High school students and individuals from the general community can attend.

    * The high school name, nickname and identifying marks can be used in the title and/or promotion of the camp.

    * The principal of the high school must give permission for the camp to take place; non-school sponsored camps must secure a facility permit for use of any facilities and equipment.

    * The camp must comply with all CIF rules, including those pertaining to undue influence and dead period.

    * Non-school sponsored camps should provide required liability insurance for the use of any school facilities.

  11. weluvthe crest's Gravatar weluvthe crest
    March 27, 2012 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    Just sayin, No coach in his right mind would jeopardize a player and/or his schools eligibility for the next year by recruiting at a camp such as the “Legends” camp. The CIF rules on pre-enrollment contact and the wheels that are put in motion by that contact make it impossible to not be labeled as a “athletically motivated” transfer if one should happen. The school risks more than anyone by that contact because of the nature of the “undue influence” rule. The coaching staff at Legends is experienced enough to know that recruiting would not only be very short sighted but would harm San Gabriel High Schools football program. Not something I see tham doing. Take it for what it is, quality coaches interested in improving the sport by improving the players. Hats off to Jude and his coaches!

  12. Interested Observer's Gravatar Interested Observer
    March 27, 2012 - 8:53 am | Permalink

    Oh Mr. Peterson….It seem’s that everyone at the Mid is in agreement that this Legends of Character Camp is all sunshine and roses. Well, as I stated before your kidding yourself If you think this is not a recruiting tool. And, like I stated before, I aplaud them for it. If your going to compete with the big dogs, you need bigger dogs. And a good way to find them is to run a camp where everyone is invited. And finally, all you people out there that will attack everything I just said need to read the CIF rule on running clinic’s or camps. It’s called undue influence. You cannot run a camp, invite players from other schools, and wear your teams gear. You can’t even use your schools name anywhere in the promotion of the event. So, there you go !!! Just sayin !!

  13. A-town's Gravatar A-town
    March 27, 2012 - 7:07 am | Permalink

    I thought Donald Bernard was going to be the new coach at Keppel but I think the ad my become the coach he has coached before

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