The TEN: 5/11/2017



(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles is out for the year with a torn ACL.

2. El Monte wrapped up the Mission Valley League baseball championship this week. Head Coach Steven Urena has been told he will not return next year.

3. The Boston Celtics beat the Washington Wizards 123-101 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi finals.

4. “SG should have stuck it out with Ledesma.” – MVS Commenter “Anonymous”.

5. Former Indiana Pacers coach George Irvine has passed away at the age of 69.

6. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

7. Kathy Berman, wife of long time ESPN Sportscaster Chris Berman, is killed in a car accident in Connecticut.

8. New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey apologizes for his actions last Saturday which led to a three day suspension.

9. On this date in 1963 Sandy Koufax fires his second no hitter in the Dodgers 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

10. “Show me a guy who can’t pitch inside and I’ll show you a loser.” – Sandy Koufax.

15 Comments to "The TEN: 5/11/2017"

  1. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 15, 2017 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I admire the passion Lion Country has for his program.

  2. Lion Country's Gravatar Lion Country
    May 15, 2017 - 12:01 pm | Permalink

    From watching the Lions these last two seasons, Coach Urena has a long career ahead of him. El Monte will be a small dot on his resume when things are all said and done. As for other reasons, I doubt they had to do with Coach Urena. Successful schools do not let go of teachers that have potential, and Championship coaches, who do not recruit, accomplish these things by being great teachers of their sport. A successful Admin, then cultivates those attributes into a successful PE teacher. It’s obvious to all of us observing El Monte Athletics that the Administration is weak and is not an asset, but a hinderance to the success of the programs.

  3. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    May 15, 2017 - 6:03 am | Permalink

    Admin, let him go for other reasons .

  4. enlighten us's Gravatar enlighten us
    May 13, 2017 - 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Since you clearly have inside information how did he fail as a PE teacher?

  5. Lion Country's Gravatar Lion Country
    May 13, 2017 - 8:46 am | Permalink

    This was his first year teaching. I hadn’t realized, this makes the decision even worse. Doesn’t it take several years for a teacher to receive tenure? Here you have a young man who can clearly coach, which means he is a learner, and you had at worse one more year to train him in your stellar PE department, yet you choose to let him go. Not only are you incompetent, but it again proves how lazy this Administration and AD are.

  6. Lion Country's Gravatar Lion Country
    May 12, 2017 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Your embarrassing yourself. The guy taught PE not Chemistry. He’s a championship coach, probably not to difficult to invest in him and make him a good PE teacher. Can’t wait to see you at CIF game!

  7. Anonymous.'s Gravatar Anonymous.
    May 12, 2017 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    Let us understand one thing, Coach Arena’s job at El Monte is that of a teacher, he failed in that position pure and simple. His success on the Diamond is an after thought. Education is tantamount to success, not the other way around. And this idea that the AD is not at the games is inaccurate. She’s attends more athletic events, along with the Principal and Vice Principal, than any other educator from the school. So lets cut her and the administration some slack.

  8. Lion Country's Gravatar Lion Country
    May 11, 2017 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t realize El Monte had such high standards for PE Teachers. The PE currículum must have really changed since I was in school. What a joke. I think the Secretary, I mean AD, should spend less time blogging and more time at games.

  9. MVHS's Gravatar MVHS
    May 11, 2017 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to Coach Urena, Coach Lopez, and the Lions for winning the MVL baseball title. Well deserved. Enjoy.

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 11, 2017 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    Urena was hired as a teacher in addition to being baseball coach this year. Word is he didn’t do his job in the classroom. Being that he was a first year teacher at EMHS, he wasn’t tenured and was let go from his teaching position as a result.

  11. Mid Valley???'s Gravatar Mid Valley???
    May 11, 2017 - 11:03 am | Permalink

    Wow coach told he be let go and he still coached team to championship. Hats off to him for a great season and not let idiot administrators mess up season. They bringing in another friend in to coach? What a joke? Anybody know reason why he gone after season?

  12. May 11, 2017 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    What a joke EMHS

  13. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    May 11, 2017 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    Re; #2, WOW, he wins title and they fire him, SEE Jesse Cisneros what your getting into, if you win CIF, your fired. no loyalty,EMHS admin lady in charge of sports needs to be fired.

  14. My Oh My's Gravatar My Oh My
    May 11, 2017 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris Berman and family at this tragic moment. We also offer our sympathies to all who have been approached about the SG coaching job: don’t take it as an affront, it’s just desperate people grasping at straws.

  15. Lion Country's Gravatar Lion Country
    May 11, 2017 - 7:07 am | Permalink

    #2. First League Title in 25 Years!!!

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