The western prairie of the United States is not as vast as the newly configured Northwest Division, where it is quicker to travel to the moon and back then to go from Morro Bay to Twentynine Palms.
Six leagues, 31 teams, and a lot of sweet talking of a lot of folks at each end of the division’s boundaries to keep us in the loop, and then we’ll see who the surprises are.
These teams will not be a surprise: Cantwell, Maranatha, Rio Hondo Prep, Mission Prep, Western Christian and dare I say (dare! dare!) Nipomo, Bishop Montgomery, and Whittier Christian.
This is truly the Tom Petty Division, “The Great Wide Open”…If you have an insight, tell us who you like and why. If not, we pledge to get you more familiar with each passing week. If we’ve screwed up a coach’s name or placement of a team…let us know as well.
By League (School & Coach):
South Catholic League
Bishop Montgomery—Ed Hodgkiss: Former HC of the Los Angeles Avengers.
Cantwell—Kim Taylor—He’s got a quarterback.
St. Bernard—John Bibb
Verbum Dei—David Banuelos
Flintridge Prep—Antonio Harrison
Pasadena Poly—Brendan McGail
Rio Hondo Prep—Ken Drain
Heritage Christian—Scott Hurst
Valley Christian—Woodie Grayson
Village Christian—Mark Bates
Whittier Christian—Sergio Gradilla
Mission Prep—Chad Henry
Morro Bay—Jack Greer
Santa Maria—Gabe Espinoza
De Anza League
Big Bear—Dave Griffiths
Desert Hot Springs—Eric Perry
Desert Mirage—Jeff Tebelak
Rancho Mirage—L.D. Matthews—Welcome to the show.
Shadow Hills—Ron Shipley
Twentynine Palms—Ernest Martinez
Yucca Valley—Andrew Amosa
Arrowhead Christian—John Beck
Linfield Christian—DeChon Burns
Notre Dame (Riverside)—Derrick Johnson—Former NFL CB is the new HC.
Ontario Christian—Rick Martin—Replaces Chris Stevens who is now at M-Town.
Western Christian—Kevin Oberlander—Left and returned with the snap of a finger. Has 22-11 record in three seasons for program that had been nowhere since 2002.