By Tim Peterson
So apparently the requirement to step down as head coach is your team has to lose in the CIF Finals. Dale Ziola of Los Altos, Mike Moschetti at La Mirada and Burbank’s Richard Broussard all fell in the final game and resigned the next week.
So that must mean Jim Singiser is staying since Arroyo won its CIF Final. With Arroyo taking the Division 12 title in dramatic fashion with the win over Rancho Mirage I’ll still keep my eye out. With sophomore quarterback Ernesto Camacho under center for the next two years the Knights will be fine offensively and, heck, why not try to make it back to back titles? One is great but a repeat would be unprecedented at Arroyo.
If you told me back in August that this would be Singiser’s last year at the helm, I would have tended to agree. I mean, coaches simply burn out and this was his 14th season. But when you have a shot at something special you go for it. I say he’s staying.
I got a small wager, I guess it’s a wager, with “anonymous” that he has to admit he’s dead wrong when Anthony White doesn’t take another coaching gig this year. His feeling is that the “Family” thing that White threw out there upon his resignation at Buena Park is all a croc and that White will land on somebody else’s sideline very soon. If he does take a coaching job I have to state publicly that I was “dead” wrong. I’ll confess when I first heard the rumors of White’s departure I thought he was headed to college as an assistant. Maybe a D-1 job at Utah, his alma mater, or another college that would obviously be a promotion in his coaching career. But when White said “I’m not stepping down but stepping up as a father and a husband” I was convinced he wasn’t going anywhere. You don’t make a statement like that if another coaching job is imminent.
I’m sure he will coach again-maybe in a couple of years or so – but for right now he’s taking time off. You can count on it.
Who takes over at Buena Park? The search is on and word is that current OC Jude Oliva is definitely in the mix.
The old Mid-Valley Division is looking good right now. Sierra Canyon (Division 2-A) and Paraclete (Division 3-AA) both former Mid-Valley members, won State championships Saturday night and Arroyo won a CIF title before falling in the State Bowl game a week ago. People used to take shots at the division but it looks pretty good to me.
Nice story at Sierra Canyon with quarterback Niko Harris, out since September with a knee injury, returning to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown to help the Trailblazers beat San Mateo Serra 42-40 and claim the State crown. Oh and of course Bobby Cole ran for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
They keep saying (I know, who is they?) but they keep saying Eric MacIntyre is out at El Monte and Eric MacIntyre keeps telling me it’s not true. So as of now Mac is back!
South El Monte’s 2016 season keeps looking better every day. The Eagles went 11-2 overall and advanced to the CIF Division 13 semi finals before falling to Rancho Christian. Rancho Christian went on to win the CIF and State Championships. South scored 28 points against Rancho which was the most points scored against it in its post season run. South El Monte’s only other loss was to Arroyo, another CIF champion.
Funny how things change. A year ago SEM HC Frank Gallardo was a terrible hire and he didn’t know what he was doing according to critics and now his name is being mentioned for other head coaching positions including Los Altos. Oh the life of a high school head football coach.
I heard from West Covina head coach Mike Maggiore. No, he didn’t resign but he did tell me that the SGV East/West All-Star game is Friday night January 27 at 7:00 p.m. at West Covina. Montebello’s Pete Gonzalez will coach the West and Eric Martinez of Diamond Ranch will be the head coach of the East. There should be no shortage of talent as there have been a record number of nominations.
I’m sure the Rams head coaching search will reach far and wide. Josh McDaniels? Kyle Shanahan? I don’t know…just really doesn’t get the blood pumping. I see Wardell Crutchfield is still available.
I really don’t start thinking about basketball until football is officially over. I did get out to a game last Friday night…when does passing league start?
That’s my principle.
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