By Tim Peterson
Everybody’s returning to their roots. Josh Knight is back at Baldwin Park, Travis Brown has returned to Los Altos and Riley Saxon came back as the HC at Temple City last year. Now If I can just get Singiser out at Arroyo I can make my coaching debut at the old alma mater.
No, C.J. Martinez wasn’t the name I was hearing for Cantwell. Truth is, I don’t know C.J. Martinez from J.D. Martinez. Who was I hearing? Y0u know the usual suspects – Jude Oliva, Pete Gonzalez, Hector Spathias, etc. Isn’t Oliva mentioned every time there’s a head coaching opening? And isn’t Gonzalez mentioned every time there’s an opening at Cantwell? Spathias? Well I didn’t really hear him mentioned as a serious candidate for Cantwell but with him being ousted as the Conquerors HC his name will be thrown around early and often now.
What’s his latest destination? What’s the hot stove rumor for Spathias? Bassett.
Speaking of Jim Singiser it doesn’t look like I’ll be wearing the headset for the Knights anytime soon. He’s not going anywhere. He’s back from surgery and already out on the field. “1st full day back with the team. Had a blast. We improved a lot. Found some depth. Great day! And man am I paying for it. The mind was willing, the body, not so much. Gotta call my doc and ask him if he left a scalpel inside me by mistake. I’m hurting. Nap time!” Singiser tweeted last Saturday.
Speaking of ex Los Altos head coaches Dale Ziola is in the mix for the head coaching job at Nogales. It wouldn’t be a bad gig. The Nobles are back on the map after going 10-2 last year and falling to Silver Valley in the second round of the Division 13 playoffs. It used to be when you thought of Nogales you thought rebuilding project. But Richard Salazar did a solid job of establishing a winning culture before bolting for greener pastures. Ziola, who took the Conquerors to the CIF Finals twice only to fall short, could get the Nobles over the hump.
“I have to be offered the job before I could take the job, and that has not happened,” Ziola said Monday night.
Northview has already found a new offensive coordinator. Anthony Silva, who has been on Marcel Perez’ staff for the last four years, and was in the box with former OC Chris Williams, will take over as the new OC. Silva also served as Steven Comstock’s quarterback coach. Brown was signed, sealed and delivered as OC before deciding to take over at his alma mater. Brown was tabbed to replace Chris Williams who left to take the HC job at Monrovia, but now Silva will step in.
Couple of scheduling notes: The Hall of Fame Game, originally scheduled for Los Altos, will take place Friday night, May 11 at Schurr. The Schurr coaching staff – David Ramos, Eric Elias, Jude Oliva, Carlos Arredondo and company will coach the South squad. Adam Colman of Burbank will be the HC for the North.
The Charter Oak passing Tournament is set for Saturday May 19.
Why doesn’t Cleveland take Saquon Barkley with the number one pick? By all of the “experts” accounts, there’s not much of a separation between the top three quarterbacks listed and the Browns can still get a quarterback at number four. Can you imagine getting Barkley and Sam Darnold? Or Josh Rosen? Or Josh Allen? It’s a win, win.
All year I’ve been bored to tears with the NBA but now I admit I’m all in on the playoffs. Anybody up for a Pelicans- Sixers finals? I don’t know if LeBron James will end up in LA but there’s one place he won’t be – Cleveland.
NHL Playoffs? Nah! I went down with the Kings.
Remember when the Angels were red hot and the Dodgers were the scrubs of the league? Going into Tuesday night’s action the Dodgers have lost…wait for it…two more games than the Angels. That being said I’m still not convinced that Kenley Jansen is okay…
Back to high school football for one last thing: Keith Richardson is out at Pomona. He’s been out. But who’s in? Anybody know?
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40