The Peterson Principle: 3/7/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson
“The start of the 2016 football season is officially here with our first 7 on 7 competition this morning,” said Arroyo assistant coach Joshua Knight on his Facebook page.
That’s right Arroyo is on the field already.
“Yes I believe for the next six weeks,” Knight said when I asked him about throwing
in March. “We’re still looking for the next #10. It should be a fun off season.”
What off season? The season ended in December, players were in the weight room by January and they’re throwing the first week of March. Such is the state of high school football.
Speaking of Arroyo and head coach Jim Singiser, he is coming back for his 14th season. Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, he isn’t leaving. He was contacted two years ago by Monrovia but didn’t actually apply. It’s safe to say he isn’t going to M-Town now.
“My plans had never changed,” Singiser said.
So where is Monrovia at? As of now they’re still interviewing. The application process closed last week and now AD Randy Bell and the administration will make their decision. Former San Dimas HC Bill Zernickow, who left to take a head coaching job in Oregon last year, has reportedly applied and will be considered for the position. We also know that Wardell Crutchfield did not apply but after that the field is pretty murky. We’re still awaiting word. Stay tuned.

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Zernickow also applied at Bonita but the Bearcats decided to go in a different direction. They have hired a coach but he hasn’t been board approved so his name has yet to be released. Former South El Monte HC Ibis Aguilar was a finalist for the position but wasn’t hired. As soon as we know, you’ll know.
Aguilar, who many people thought would end up at El Monte, has decided not to pursue that position. “The current situation there is not something I want to take on. I have a few other options I plan to explore but I’m sure I’ll be coaching somewhere,” he said.
Who lands at El Monte? Word on the street is that it will be former Keppel head coach Aaron Sepulveda but as of yet Sepulveda hasn’t confirmed.
Elsewhere, Duarte is still interviewing for a head coach to replace Travis Brown and there’s nothing new yet at Gladstone. Baldwin Park? Still waiting…
I watched my first Laker game this season from start to finish on Sunday. I don’t know what everybody’s complaining about. They beat the world champion Golden State Warriors. Go Marcelo Huertas!

That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at or Twitter @tspeterson40.

39 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 3/7/2016"

  1. Oso Viejo's Gravatar Oso Viejo
    March 13, 2016 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    How’d I ever miss THIS mess? What I need is a tablet . . . a waterproof tablet, so I can read this whole thing in the loo where it belongs. Laverne, God love ya, and your beautiful son as well, here’s hoping your boy gets to play every single down he wants as a Bearcat. Maybe as a multiple position player on both sides of the ball and then punting and place kicking in his spare time. I mean, I’ve never heard of such a thing, but hey, anything is possible in La Verne, Laverne. 😉

    As for the other stuff, I can only say that it does a really swell job in making Bonita look just like every other school: focused on the individual, not the team with entitlement, recognition, and rewards based on participation instead of production. Is it too late to bring Kenny Ritchie in from District and unload the PC baggage that helped foster all of these ‘improvements?

  2. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    March 13, 2016 - 11:38 am | Permalink

    La Verne used to have that Blue Collar mentality, it’s too bad the Citrus industry went to hell…

  3. Laverne Bonita's Gravatar Laverne Bonita
    March 13, 2016 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Sarcastic? Well!! I guess you never had a beautiful son FB Fan. If you do you or his mother would understand what I’m speaking of. When your angel tells you he is being overlooked and mistreated at practice it is time for Mama Bearcat to protect her cub. Just look at Bonita basketball to see what a good coach can do and baseball also has a great coach. You folks will be thanking me next November.

  4. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    March 13, 2016 - 10:30 am | Permalink

    I think La Verne Bonita is being sarcastic…. At least I hope so

  5. Just a fan's Gravatar Just a fan
    March 12, 2016 - 11:16 am | Permalink


    You’re a POS parent.
    Unconcealed kids become, unemployable adults…… Then again you probably wouldn’t having little Johnny at home till he’s 40 lol I seriously hate parents like you. You’re the problem, not the coaches.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 12, 2016 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    BONITA ALUM, Your post really struggle to make sense…..

  7. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    March 12, 2016 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    At least come up with a nice handle…There’s no he should or would, it’s a does he. Did he do enough on the field? So what happens when he doesn’t? Bestowing lavish gifts upon your children does little for them and for you. Put that money towards their college fund. It’s none of my business, I’m just giving you free advice, but I should truly be charging you. Read: The Millionaire Next Door.

  8. Laverne Bonita's Gravatar Laverne Bonita
    March 11, 2016 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Yes my first name is Laverne and my last is Bonita. Deal with it. I’am not a helicopter mom and if I give my handsome son nice things that is none of your business. Those two coaches, The Emess I call them are gone. Finally a new coach will come in and see how really good and how much better my boy is than the other players. He should start unless he has a sore muscle or other serious injury and be in every play. Anyway I look forward to meeting the new coach face to face to tell him what’s what at Bonita from Laverne. That is after the principal gets done with him.

  9. Monrovia Fan's Gravatar Monrovia Fan
    March 11, 2016 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping we’d find out by this week who the coach is for Monrovia will be? Any new news Tim?

  10. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    March 11, 2016 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see the real House Wives of La Verne showing their gluteus maximus in here.

    To say Medrano cussed too much and lost the attention of his players. . .you know very little. I definitely don’t know you, and I really could care more, but you need to stop. Medrano was going, if you can’t accept that, then that’s cool. But do me a favor and actually represent La Verne well. Medrano was tough, so was Medina, so were all of the coaches at Bonita. Yet, over time they have evolved and know how to teach and communicate: schemes, game plans, character, etc.

    I’m really tired of the helicopter parents in La Verne. . .yet I suppose I’ll have to deal with you for the rest of my life unless you evolve and start building intelligent, respectful, and tough young men and women. Maybe we stop giving them brand new vehicles to roll into school every day, make them walk a bit. I saw a kid this last January who had Saturday school ask some girls for a ride home instead of walking and not begging. What’s a few miles going to do to you?

  11. March 11, 2016 - 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Assistant coaches are one thing you can coach those guys up… But if the head coach has to try and coach up his coordinators it’s gonna be a long season. Being the head guy is hard enough as it is. Point is a head coach should absolutely hire his own coordinators.

  12. @Monrovia's Gravatar @Monrovia
    March 11, 2016 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    Top QB in the draft this year was a WingT qb in high school

  13. MONROVIA's Gravatar MONROVIA
    March 11, 2016 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    Plain and simple, administration needs to listen to us on this one! Coach Z I am sure is a great guy. We definitely know he is a great coach and has a great track record but MONROVIA does not want the Wing Z in town!

  14. March 11, 2016 - 2:18 am | Permalink

    During the interview process the issue of keeping certain coaches was addressed, but what wasn’t clear was the fact that they had to stay in their current role. Coordinators are a huge deal with coaches these guys got to be the smartest guys in the room probably more so than the head coach even. These are the guys making in game adjustments on the fly, winter installs spring installs practice plans they perform the heavy lifting if you will of the team. You must have full confidence in your coordinators so hiring them should be of highest priority and not given to you. No way would I accept a position where I MUST take on a coordinator.

  15. March 10, 2016 - 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Latest on who El Monte is bringing in?
    I heard Sepulveda but no confirmation. I actually know Aaron and he wasn’t saying much.
    teally gonna behind the ball if we wait any longer. We’re all waiting!

  16. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    March 10, 2016 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    One thing quite obvious is that Bonita had a long list of potential HC’s that applied and then interviewed. One would logically conclude that you go down the list to #2 so on and so forth making the new hire quick and clean. After several days this has not happened. As my sources in the Palomares are generally reliable and fast I have heard nothing. Word might be spreading that this is no longer the place a veteran coach or even a first year coach wants to be. The program itself has been left in wonderful shape as I understand so it must be underlying stuff causing coaches to hesitate. So maybe #1 had his reasons? This drama would not influence me in any way if I were looking to hire a young coach. But that’s me.

  17. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    March 10, 2016 - 8:33 pm | Permalink

    @Nita, it’s pretty clear that you do have a personal vendetta against these two men who are highly regarded by many coaches. I’ll just leave you with this. Coach Danny Lopez at SD is very happy that Medrano is gone and Coach Holman, the head coach is just chomping at the bit of the possibility of Coach Medina leaving. They know that the they would have a hell of a time beating those 2 guys.

  18. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    March 10, 2016 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    @Pac-5 Scout,
    I’m not a Bonita faithful. Medrano was a college friend of mine at ULV as are as are many other head coaches and assistant coaches such as Chastain, Perez, Christos, Guatafson, etc.
    I understand your belief that my characterization may be unfair and I don’t mean to bad-mouth an obviously highly qualified coach and I also agree with you when you say that Bonita is not a great job. I am often here defending coaches. However, I will say that if I were a potential future employer for Coach Hildebrand that this situation may look bad for him because, from an outside perspective, it may in fact look like he is unable to play nice with his boss. Couple this situation with his college history of moving from place to place and it may not bode well for the young man.

  19. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    March 10, 2016 - 5:58 pm | Permalink

    At FBFan” I must take issue with your characterization of Hildebrand as a unreliable kid that bounced around in college and when faced with a problem took the ball and went home . TOTALLY UNFAIR!! No doubt he consulted with his mentors at very high profile Tesoro before he backed out. You cannot fall into the same pattern of so many other Bonita faithful that name call as a first option. Another blog called the Bonita HC job a plum of a job. One of the best in SoCal. That is laughable in the coaching community. It is not a plum but a raisin. Hildebrand will be fine but not so sure about Bonita.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 10, 2016 - 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got the answer to your ? It’s Malachi Dupree from John Curtis High in Louisiana. He was the No.1 WR recruit for 2014 and his team runs the wing T

  21. March 10, 2016 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Someone dropped the ball all this should’ve come out in the interview. Beers and coaches is like peanut butter and jelly. As much work that goes into every every game there’s a is wind down that happens and that’s it. These weren’t getting DUIs or fighting just winding down. those who have never played before hear chatter from a football practice it’ll probably make you cringe a little its vulgar it’s tough its discipline and most of all its NOT for everyone. If its not for you it’s ok there are other sports but the football culture is engrained been that for decades and it’s gonna remain that way. All these years after leaving high school I remember football the most fondly. The heat the 6am’ers two a days the reprimands the lights my coaches and my teamates I played 3 sports and loved them all. But football was special. I’ll leave you with this… That coach that we thought we hated that would never give an inch that was always all over us is the one that taught me the most valuable lessons Coach Troy Parker is the one man I remember and thank the most.

  22. Southeast's Gravatar Southeast
    March 10, 2016 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    People were questioning why would Medrano leave Bonita for a 1-9 ER team, it’s all starting to come out now.

  23. Bohi Fan's Gravatar Bohi Fan
    March 10, 2016 - 2:05 pm | Permalink

    I told you you would bury yourself. In the very first post you made in this thread you said, after using a vulgar term directed at Medina you write, “He cost us a great coach”. How would you or anyone else be able to say that. The 28 year old kid has never coached a practice, a 7 on 7 much less a game as an HC. They only thing you have to go on is the spelling of his last name!! To you this is nothing but personal. And you try to use this thread to spew your hatred. YOU also claim you hate vulgarity aimed at kids and yet you have no problem using it your yourself on a thread and many other threads read by many Bonita students. Now in your last post you point at the beers ALL coaching staffs have together as horrible behavior. What’s next? The taco trucks at the Air Assault? You like FB Fan because he tickled your ear but I see right through to your soul and not by esp but through your own words.

  24. Nita's Gravatar Nita
    March 10, 2016 - 1:40 pm | Permalink


    Thank you for not invoking race. I disagree with a lot of what you say, in particular Medina being one of the best DCs in California. He’s ok, but the comment is laughable. Also, Shouldn’t they have told Hildebrand about the staff he was inheriting before hiring him? I’m sure as a new HC you would assume you’d have the ability to hire your own staff unless told otherwise. At that point he could have negotiated or declined. Now they all look like amateurs.

    Medrano and Medina lost the ear of the players after too many vulgar verbal assaults. Not just the normal chewing out, but personal attacks. At some point you lose the players and they quit on you. It would happen anywhere, not just here in La Verne. Parents, coaches, admin and players are all at fault for not working together more effectively to stop the abuse I guess. However, giving the finger to parents obviously isn’t allowed. Not to mention the out of control drinking in the downtown area was an embarrassment. They all have worn out their welcome in my opinion, and it’s time to start fresh. We have all the pieces, just need the right coach.

  25. Mid-Valley Fan's Gravatar Mid-Valley Fan
    March 10, 2016 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I think alot of coaches coach for the love of the game. The reward of coaching is watching those boys develop. A good coach gets loyalty from his players. Asst coaches dont get much pay. Is there bad coaches yes. Do parents sometimes get upset because they think there kids should be starting or at least get more playing time yes. But the parents who are there only on friday nights dont see how kids practice Monday thru Thursday. Dont see other kids giving there all during practice earning that playing time.

  26. March 10, 2016 - 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Great point about the kids quitting being a direct reflection of their parents. Medrano might be tough on kids but he’s not over the line at all. He puts in crazy hours he loves his kids and genuinely wanted the program to succeed. The kids did openly quit and that is just a shame. Shame on those boys and shame on those parents who allowed it. Understand this Bonita pays very little so the coaches who are there are there because they want to be not because of any financial benefits.

  27. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    March 10, 2016 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    The facts of the Bonita situation are a little off. The admin did not force Hildebrand to keep Medina, it was suggested and he didn’t let the admin or Medina know that he was bringing in his own DC, he just brought him in and told an already very tight knitt staff “here’s my new DC.” This was fine with Medina, he could have moved on perhaps to El Rancho or any other place because he is one of the best DC’s in California. But when the admin let Hildebrand know that he needs to handle these situations better, he decided to take his ball and go home. Much like his college career where he went to 4 different schools. As for Rhorer, Bonita was too big of a paycut.

    @Nita, the Bonita kids did quit on Medrano and Medina but that says a lot more about your parenting and sense of entitlement the la Verne kids have than it does about their coaching. What’s the matter, you didn’t like that your baby was yelled at? The sad part is that Medrano and Medina never quit on them and you guys lost a good coach because of that. Medrano knew damn well those guys quit and it didn’t sit well with him so he decided to move on to a place that just finished the season with a 1-9 record. Those spoiled La Verne kids and helicopter parents like you Nita must have been really bad for him to do that.

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 10, 2016 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Mtown’s choice of Coach Z and his wing T. Could lead to a exit of skill guys to Arcadia and Duarte if Higgins becomes the coach. Monrovia has a lot of skill kids in the 7 on 7 leagues. Well if im Ricky Schroeder why would i want to get under center and hand off 40 times a game and maybe throw 10. If he wants to be a D1 qb he’s gonna want to play in a spread or pro style system.Where he can showcase his skills throw 20-25 times a game. Same with his WRs. Those kids don’t want to block all night and hope they catch a fade or waggle pass. The wing T is a good offense when you are limited in size and skill. The mtownZ? Will lead to all those really good skill guys looking to play else where this yr. I mean when was the last time a WingT skill guy got a big D1 offer?

  29. Nita's Gravatar Nita
    March 10, 2016 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    Bohi Fan or should I say Sharpton,

    I know you’re type, Silence anyone who disagrees by calling them a racist. Not working! Fact is our kids quit on Medrano and Medina last year. It’s common knowledge throughout the program, unless you’re a coach of course. The players openly admitted to it. Oh, Sorry for using their names, I hope it didn’t offend you!! LOL! Podley and just ran off two good coaches because he has to take care of his boy Medina! Damn, I said that word again! That’s not what’s best for the overall program in my opinion. But I’m sure my opinion makes me a racist. At this point Aguilar is our last best option because of the incompetence of admin. We need to show some kind of stability ASAP before the kids start transferring out. Who can blame the ones already looking to leave at this point? Maybe they’re just racist.

    Now go home and get your shine box!

  30. 210 freeway's Gravatar 210 freeway
    March 10, 2016 - 7:04 am | Permalink

    My kid actually went to Glendora. You don’t see us having signing days when they are unnecessary. Hell, let’s have a signing day for every kid who goes to college. But ok have your moment.

  31. @Monrovia's Gravatar @Monrovia
    March 9, 2016 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    That Maury kid from freshmen will be a great WingT rb.

  32. @Monrovia's Gravatar @Monrovia
    March 9, 2016 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Look at the receiving numbers he got athe SD and his QB threw 20tds. Those wr turn into rbs.

    I’m pretty sure once they see the success they’ll stay.

    Not the WingT but the double wing but look at what Sherman did at Dominguez as a WR. He got signed as a WR

  33. Bohi Fan's Gravatar Bohi Fan
    March 9, 2016 - 5:35 pm | Permalink

    @Nita; So after I called out you say you like Aguilar? You really sound like Trump. “”I like mexicans, I hire thousands of them” after confronted with his bigotry. You cannot change your spots now and you have a long record of past posts that make my point and your hate crystal clear plus you still have given no reason for your stand that Medina is a (insert your favorite euphemism). Keep digging your hole deeper. Confident I know who you are now.

  34. 210 freeway's Gravatar 210 freeway
    March 9, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

    In the know….. Go back to the used car lot.

  35. Nita's Gravatar Nita
    March 9, 2016 - 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Bohi fan

    Right! It couldn’t just be that I disagree with how they handle themselves as men or their coaching styles. It has to be the surname and that I’m a bigot!! Bern baby Bern!!!! Maybe we should just build that wall around Bonita!! Lol. Podley is right up there with the other two if it makes you feel better! Dump all of them in my opinion. I’m actually in favor of Aguilar as the next coach. Am I still a bigot? Btw D-Bag is douche bag not dirt bag you dummy! #getoffyourobamaphoneandgetajob

  36. Bohi Fan's Gravatar Bohi Fan
    March 9, 2016 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Not feeling the Bern but i can recognize a bigot through their posts quite easily. Medina is a quiet man that just goes about his business yet you a supposed Bonita insider label him a “dirtbag” with no other shred of substantiation given. You have done that to all latino surname coaches at Bonita with your posts in the past and still you continue.

  37. Trust Me's Gravatar Trust Me
    March 9, 2016 - 4:00 pm | Permalink


    Northview….loaded this year? Skill positions insansely talented? Only going to get better?

    So are we looking at the new preseason #1 in the SGV?

  38. Intheknow's Gravatar Intheknow
    March 9, 2016 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Northview RBs carried the ball over 20 times a game last year and they both graduate so there is carries to go around. On a personal level Sykes could benefit from playing in a real system that he can actually play in College. Northview returns the whole line and a D1 WR and a D1 QB, just imagine what Sykes could do in that offense

  39. March 9, 2016 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Why would Sykes be better at Northview than at SD? He touches the 25 times a game. At NV he would touch it 5-7 times. Believe me when I tell you NV is loaded this year the skill positions are insanely talented. Rumor has is their only gonna get better I hear they’re bringing in a stud RB this summer and a Two lineman as well. Northview is doing everything possible to win it all!!!

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