T-Minus-189 Days until “The Mid Valley Classic”
The party for Jake Delhomme really ended a few years ago, not with Carolina Panthers cutting him late last night.
So the Giants Barry Zito puts one in the back of the Brewers Prince Fielder and we’re not even a week into spring training…Blue State must be living la vida loca just about now.
Nogales with a new HC in Sebastian Hernandez, and a non-league schedule of South El Monte, Diamond Bar, Garey, Ontario, could be a fat 4-0 when Valle Vista League commences…
Again I’ve had the name of Keith Boldin dropped in my lap as someone to keep an eye on for the Nobles…but, sorry to say, I have not seen him play…and have no background on him. I’ve only been told he’s very good.
Nogales does get its first action in a scrimmage against La Puente on September third.
Expected to compete in the Montview again this season the Warriors return talent on both sides of the ball in defensive standout Pedro Candia and the versatile Jose Perez on offense.
“That young man (Brandon) Rohrer they got from Glendora is doing a heck of a job,” said new Monrovia assistant Ted Clarke about the La Puente HC.
Last season LP chewed up its non-league opponents and most of the Montview until it met Azusa.
Rohrer’s team will open its season on Thursday, September ninth at El Monte.
“Last year was not fun,” said El Monte football HC Joel Sanchez. “And not what El Monte football is about. These guys are working hard in the weightroom and ready to redeem the Lions.”
Ready to make an impact along with starting quarterback Manuel Santa Cruz are wide receivers Memo Silva (40-catches in 2009) and Juan Ceballos. On defense Sanchez returns a standout at safety in A.J. Jaramillo and a slew of linebackers led by Conner Salazar, Michael Jimenez, Justin Viescas, and Alex Gonzalez.
With the bulk of the players mentioned being underclassmen, Sanchez hopes to return to the playoffs in 2010 using anchors in the trenches in Michael Bustillos and Irvin Lozano.
If EM’s Silva has a big year, can’t you already see the headlines? “Mead Gets the Memo” or “El Monte Sends Memo to Mission Valley”… Oh yeah…and I’ve got all summer to work on them.
Spoke off the record with some Temple City players about the direction they are headed now and the search for a new head coach. As expected they feel in limbo.
“We have a lot of guys who want to play college football,” one player said. “It’s hard right now.”
Lost in the shuffle of the TC saga is the pending graduation of Max Ruckle. After two outstanding seasons carrying the ball, Ruckle is still talking to schools and looking for the right fit.
“Most of the schools are looking at me as a slot receiver,” he said.
He’ll keep us posted.
So will Nick Ponce. The former Arcadia/PCC quarterback, who has received an offer from Texas Southern but is in serious talks with Murray State. The University of Massachusetts is also in the mix.
If Antonio Cromartie’s head is on straight then the Jets practically stole him from the Chargers…Which is breaking the heart of my good friend Bonita Alum.
I know the Angels are happy to have Hideki Matsui’s bat in the DH slot, but I was kind of hoping they’d sign Chili Davis since they seem to be in the market for expensive older guys who can’t run anymore.
Stay thirsty my friends…
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