The Peterson Principle: 5/23/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

We’re going to miss Joe Scherf at Azusa. The Azusa football team is going to miss Joe Scherf at Azusa.

Scherf was always extremely humble as he continually gave credit to his players instead of taking it himself.

Scherf didn’t say a whole lot making what he did say that much more more important. He was a great interview giving you the basics on how or why his team performed as they did. He would cut through a lot of the bull and simply you give you the meat and potatoes. Scherf was always a class act and was willing to talk regardless of whether the Aztecs won or lost. And during Scherf’s run as head coach there was a whole lot of winning.

Did you know that when Scherf first took over at Azusa the Aztecs won 20 straight Montview League games from 2008 until September 28, 2012? That’s four years! Duarte beat Azusa that night 40-14 in what was Scherf’s first league loss as head coach. It was a remarkable run rarely seen these days in high school football.

"Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort." "A page turner...I'm sorry it's over! Is a sequel in the works?" "Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War...compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players..." "A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian's first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community." “This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.” "This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room..." Joe Torosian's high school football novel is available through Amazon.com --click pic-- (Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

“Anyone who has a kid trying out for his High School football team needs to read this book. Torosian has taken his 20 some years of reporting on Prep sports, mixed a healthy dose of San Gabriel Valley insider references and created a very readable first effort.”
“A page turner…I’m sorry it’s over! Is a sequel in the works?”
“Torosian does for high school football what Hemingway did for the Spanish Civil War…compelling look beyond the scoreboard and into the lives of players…”
“A truly great story unfolds in the pages of Joe Torosian’s first novel. With high school football at its core, the story of Dale Andrade shows how a young man grows in all aspects of his life thanks to being a part of a team and a football community.”
“This is a great read for everyone: from those who love high school football to those who have no idea about the game.”
“This book brings you onto the field and into the locker room…”
Joe Torosian’s high school football novel is available through Amazon.com –click pic–
(Cover by Pat Cherry www.blackheartart.com)

He had an overall record of 64-28 during his eight year stint missing the playoffs only once during that span. Scherf decided to step down because he moved to Phelan last year and the drive was taking a toll on him and his family.

Azusa now has a big pair of shoes to fill. It’s not going to be easy replacing a guy like Joe Scherf. A few years ago during Azusa’s league winning streak I asked Scherf if he would come on the Mid Valley Sports Show – a show that we did live on the internet every Tuesday night. In typical Scherf fashion he looked at me and said “No, I don’t want to go on TV. I just want to coach.”

Yes you did coach. And did an excellent job for the last eight years. Good luck in all of your future endeavors.

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Congratulations to Leuzinger who won the Charter Oak Tournament Saturday with a win over Upland. Great tournament, great athletes.

Sierra Canyon HC Jon Ellinghouse would be on the DL if he was a player. He had a brace on Saturday while making his way around the Tournament. “It’s an old heel injury that just flared up. I should be good pretty soon,” Ellinghouse said.

Coaching quarterback Niko Harris should make Ellinghouse feel better quickly. Have you seen him lately? That kid can ball!

Former Covina HC Darryl Thomas has been on the Upland staff for the last four years but has now taken on a new role. He is officially the DC. “With Eric Martinez leaving to take over at Diamond Ranch they asked me to become the DC,” Thomas said. “I was ‘like with all of those athletes?’ Sure.”

After speaking with Buena Park HC Anthony White, BP OC Jude Oliva and La Mirada Media Marketing guy Jim Phillips, we determined that Buena Park and La Mirada are the two most hated programs in the area. So what would be better than a non-league match up between the two?

The Mid-Valley Haters Bowl?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

23 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 5/23/2016"

  1. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 25, 2016 - 12:06 am | Permalink

    Bassett people do go to Board Meeting what need to be done is a whole new board. But then again Bassett district is known to do things behind boards back without there approval. District is like a CULT. It needs a major clean up. The people who get tired of district usually just send there kids elsewhere. District talks a good game about doing things for kids then u look at there getting raises and cutting teaching positions. Parents are just to laid back at Bassett. They could be a VOICE but they tend to be quiet. When a parent ask principal if they can start petition to get Spathais back and he says no. shouldn’t parents have done one just to make noise? Don’t let administration quiet u parents down. Stand up to the District Cult members. Make Bassett a good school with good people. Best of luck to Bassett parents Get involved!!!!!!

  2. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 24, 2016 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    @ Pac5. Low numbers in high school football starts with the numbers being low in youth football in the area. The kids that used to play high school ball started when they were 8 yrs. old. I do agree fear of concussion or injury scares parents away.

  3. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Bassett sup and assistant principal are totally responsible for all this mess! This goes back to last year. With the events that transpired they got they’re way of getting rid of him. But their incompitence precedes them!!! Spathias is the ONLY quality coach that would even take the job at that school (if I was him I wouldn’t). If the admin is smart they’d beg him back. But it’s been evident they’re far from smart. Admin is a joke!

  4. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    May 24, 2016 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    There are roughly 25 to 30 high school programs in the CIFSS that are either not practicing or have dangerously low numbers that could jeopardize their seasons. There are another 30 that have very low turnouts. The concussion fears have taken hold in a big way and the football landscape is forever changed. I doubt no kickoffs, no punt returns, no interception returns and oversized helmets would help at this point. What would help would be an all out ad campaign highlighting the benefits and safety of high school football. Show the other side of the coin. But what do I know.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 24, 2016 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Bring in Coach Z. This could be just the change that is needed for Azusa to beat San Dimas and get to the finals. JT can be the freshmen head coach and it can be just like the good ol days again.

  6. Art's Gravatar Art
    May 24, 2016 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Keppel= John Tuttle PE Teacher

  7. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    May 24, 2016 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    keppel has already hired…. just not announced as he has to clear and be approved by board (rubber stamped)

  8. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    May 24, 2016 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    It would be very interesting if Keppel lands a coach before Bassett. What would that say about the problems at Bassett? Keppel’s admin wants a coach to be on site! Yet nobody has a job yet. Has anyone even applied? How do you coach boys that don’t want to play football? I remember when there were 4 teams at Keppel. The Varsity, JV, the Bee’s and Freshman. Always at least 60 boys at every level. Then again, soccer with no scoring and no losers was not around either1

  9. May 24, 2016 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    At Almont
    We are doing all we can. we’ve been to meetings and hearings… this blog is just another platform to vent our frustrations. A week away from June and we are still without a coach! Hey Almont tell me what you would do?

  10. May 24, 2016 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    I think the Bassett people know the Admin did the kids wrong

  11. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    May 24, 2016 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    how about you Bassett people go and do something instead of just coming on this blog and commenting.

  12. May 24, 2016 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    I guess Bassett loves the old Bassett! Maybe they like losing nine games a year Maybe they enjoy the drama of Bassett Vs Keppel in the bottom bowl game to see who grinds out that lone win of the season. Maybe they didn’t like success a quality competitive football team. Maybe they didn’t like to see the bleachers filled to capacity, students flying the school colors proudly! not sure of all the details… Spathias fault or administration fault. To me it doesn’t matter! Administration you need to find and hire a quality coach to build off what was in place! now it’s on you! Tired of talking about the old coach and trying to justify your actions move forward and hire the best coach you can find! We are all waiting… TBC

  13. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 24, 2016 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Doesn’t Bassett have any senior captains that can organize some workouts?

  14. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 24, 2016 - 9:05 am | Permalink

    Another thing I don’t understand. They got rid of Spathais as coach but he still has the 6th period football class. District is corrupt!!!

  15. May 24, 2016 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    The Bassett sup just got a raise and is making over 300k for a one high school district.

  16. EM's Gravatar EM
    May 24, 2016 - 2:06 am | Permalink

    @football fan
    The sup is calling the shots, everybody else is just a puppet. If things are going to change in that district you have to ride of the sup like El Monte Union did.

  17. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 23, 2016 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Bassett kids ain’t practicing they say they interviewing for head coach. As a parent I say season looks like it’s going to be a waste. They were supposed to meet with parents and let them know what’s going on and they haven’t. Spring ball ruined. No 7 on 7 games how will kids barely learning be prepared.

  18. Longtime LM Fan's Gravatar Longtime LM Fan
    May 23, 2016 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

    To “?”

    Not hating? Of course you are, but that is ok.

    You obviously have never been to a LM game. While I can’t speak for BP, LM comes out big time for their team. I ought to know. I’ve been following this team for decades and have had my sons play there.

    I know you weren’t at the SJB game. Goodman Stadium seats about 10,000. Had to be at least 7,500 to 8,000 there that night. When is the last time San Dimas and Walnut drew that many?

    No atmosphere? Are you kidding me? The stadium rocks on a Friday night. Again, another indicator you haven’t been to ANY LM games.

    Contrary to your belief there is football played outside the East San Gabriel Valley..

  19. May 23, 2016 - 5:15 pm | Permalink

    BG was pretty bad… Long way to go if you ask me. But his former didn’t fair too well either. But it’s 7s when the helmets come on two totally different teams will emerge. If 7 on 7 counted for anything teams like cathedral would be state champs

  20. oiler's Gravatar oiler
    May 23, 2016 - 4:23 pm | Permalink

    @peterson How did bg look at the tournament?
    From T. Peterson: Not too bad.

  21. Jrwhit711's Gravatar Jrwhit711
    May 23, 2016 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Taylor Swift is a sellout.

  22. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    May 23, 2016 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Lol, not sure if you can cover Taylor Swifts 24/7. The Kardashians on the other hand, they have proven you can.

  23. ?'s Gravatar ?
    May 23, 2016 - 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Not hating on BP and LM. It’s just that covering their prancing around and runway modeling when they are so far from being in the Mid-Valley seems needless. While the teams are good they have little community support and atmosphere. The LM-Bosco game at LM last year was 75% empty. BP games same thing. San Dimas draws three times more when they play Walnut. Don’t understand why you feel the need to cover the football version of the Kardashians when you have Taylor Swifts in your backyard.

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