Trying out for the KISS

Former Monrovia quarterback Nick Bueno tries out for the Kiss at receiver

Former Monrovia quarterback Nick Bueno tries out for the Kiss at receiver

(Whittier)- The LA KISS held open tryouts Sunday at Whittier College. Over 75 players showed up in all from California and other places. The Players participated in various drills including the 40 yard dash, shuttle drills, linemen competition and passing and receiving skills.

Only a select few were asked back for a second look including Crescenta Valley lineman Sam Campell who impressed the KISS coaches enough that he will report Tuesday at 8:00 am to put on the helmet and pads in practice. Campbell an offensive lineman, graduated from CV in 2011.

There were were some other local players pariticpating as well including former Monrovia quarterback Nick Bueno, who was lining up at receiver, Northview quarterback Oscar Robles, and Schurr wide receiver Chris Chairamonte.

Former Crescenta Valley Falcon Sam Campbell gets physical.

Former Crescenta Valley Falcon Sam Campbell gets physical.

“It was a a great experience. I wish I could have impressed the coaches a little more but it was good to just get out here and participate. I’ll just keep working,” Chairamonte said.

Bueno who led Monrovia to two Mid-Valley Division titles was moved to receiver while playing at Cal Lutheran. Bueno was impressive making several receptions while fighting off defensive backs.

The KISS has lost seven straight games while seeing their record drop to 2-8. Right now they are just looking for players that can help them win games.

“It’s not something that is normally done but because of our record and that we have a bye week why not have open tryouts?” said KISS head coach Bob McMillen. “We found A.J. Cruz at a tryout and look how successful he’s been. I went to four open tryouts before I made my first Arena Football League team. This wasn’t just for fun. We are looking for guys to help us win games and we did see some talent out here today. Even at 2-8 we have a chance to make the playoffs because other teams in the conference are struggling too.”

Keegan Whipkey was the fastest man at the tryouts. Whipkey, who played at Glendale JC in Glendale, Arizona ran a 4.33 40. Whipkey was asked back for a second look and figures to compete for a skill position. Ed Burns, another speedster, ran a 4.39.

Cruz was on hand as assisting the coaches run players through drills.

The KISS will resume play next week when they travel to San Jose to take on the Sabercats.

8 Comments to "Trying out for the KISS"

  1. Seriously?'s Gravatar Seriously?
    June 4, 2014 - 12:30 am | Permalink

    SGV fan. Judging from the first few sentences of your last comment, you do have a lot of hatred for the kid. Let’s not kid ourselves.

  2. SGV fan's Gravatar SGV fan
    June 2, 2014 - 7:38 am | Permalink

    @ My two cents, REALLY? 1st of all APU gets 3 x better athletes, it’s Div 2, 2nd Whitier also gets better athletes, and they have to be good in academics, 3rd as fat as he looks he could not make the Cal State LA team, wait they don’t have one,and rumors are he would skip classes, thus the reason he is not playing .that one is a rumor I am not sure. But one thing am sure I have no hatred toward the young kid, but it is a shame that our area athletes do not fair well in the next level of education. I hope he and others like him prove me wrong. Especially high level QB’s like El Monte QB, Arroyo’s last 2 QB’s, I wish they graduate and represent.

  3. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    June 1, 2014 - 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Nick Bueno still has a few more years of college eligibility. If he still has a passion to play I am sure he can help out a local college team, maybe APU or Whittier College.

  4. Nick Bueno's Gravatar Nick Bueno
    June 1, 2014 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Hahah that wasn’t very nice.

    Thanks for the picture! I appreciate it.

  5. JohnQ's Gravatar JohnQ
    June 1, 2014 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Oscar Robles was there ? Last I heard wasn’t he playing at some d2 or naia out somewhere on the Midwest ? Good for him and all the local kids who tried out

  6. BA84's Gravatar BA84
    June 1, 2014 - 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Well that answered my question about what you are up to these days. I think its pretty awesome actually keep it up Nick, s**t I wish I could try out also but I am too damn old.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    June 1, 2014 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Nick bueno look like Nick Gordo

  8. Ari's Gravatar Ari
    June 1, 2014 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m confused. I sent my nephews garage band to the tryouts. What instruments do these guys play?

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