Breaking News! Anthony Ledesma Transfers to TC!

Anthony Ledesma being introduced at Temple City. (Photo by Ben Semloh)

By Grip Teague

Sports Editor, Media Valley News

Anthony Ledesma, El Monte’s starting quarterback the last two seasons, has transferred to Temple City. The deal—pardon—the transfer, pending for several weeks, is now confirmed with a verified change in address. Ledesma officially withdrew from El Monte early this morning.

“We have nothing but good things to say about Coach (Dan) Valencia and El Monte,” said Carlos Ledesma, Anthony’s father by phone. “But with my job change and our need to move, Temple City High School makes the best sense.”

“I’m really sorry to see Anthony go,” Valencia said. “I’ve known this was coming, didn’t want it to happen, but family needs to do what’s best for family. We wish him well, and Lions football is going to be just fine.”

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The El Monte administration said it will not protest the transfer.

Ledesma’s arrival serves as the final piece to Temple City’s strong off-season. After landing sophomore wide receiver, Johnson Jones out of Pasadena and center, Ivan Jakes out of Cathedral, TC HC, Paul Crew scored big with the veteran quarterback.

“Thrilled beyond measure,” said Crew. “The most experienced quarterback in the program, before Ledesma’s announcement, was Joey Prine. I like him, I like his future, but he’s only going to be a sophomore. Ledesma’s got twenty-two consecutive starts under his belt. That’s a lot of reps in football games that count.”

Ledesma passed for 2,877 yards and 25-touchdowns as a junior a year ago. In two seasons as a starter for the Lions, he threw 47 touchdown passes.

“No doubt about it,” said Crew. “He (Ledesma) takes us to another level.”

There will be more on the fallout of this move in tomorrow’s “Read The Blitz.”

(“Temple City & The Company of The Ages” is Joe Torosian’s first follow up to “Tangent Dreams” …It will be released in a few weeks thru Amazon in both hard copy and Kindle formats. Joe can be reached at and also on Twitter at @joet13b)

24 Comments to "Breaking News! Anthony Ledesma Transfers to TC!"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    March 4, 2019 - 10:35 pm | Permalink

    Yes, a parody of recruiting and transfermania in the CIF Southern Section, with supernatural overtones. It should be a real page-turner!

  2. Local Football Fan's Gravatar Local Football Fan
    March 3, 2019 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen Ledesma play. He has quite the live arm and can run. He will do well in Crew’s new offense he is installing. With the addition of Jakes and Jones they are only a couple pieces away. Rumor is that a couple of OL from out of state will be coming in, if SJB or Bosco don’t get them first.

  3. Stranger Days and Stranger Nights's Gravatar Stranger Days and Stranger Nights
    March 3, 2019 - 6:51 am | Permalink

    i don’t understand the picture. Why is he holding up a jersey like a newly recurited college player choosing his school of choice.
    From T. Peterson: Because he’s a newly recruited high school player showing the jersey of the high school of his choice.

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 2, 2019 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I got it. You guys got paid to hype Anthony Ledesma.
    From T. Peterson: Well, yeah. He did have a big year last season.

  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    March 2, 2019 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    The ghosts of past champions inhabit the Temple City Rams’ locker room. That’s an interesting premise for a high school football novel.
    “Friday Night Lights” with a supernatural twist?

  6. EMHS's Gravatar EMHS
    March 2, 2019 - 3:22 am | Permalink

    All League QB last year 10 TDs 1 INT, just saying.

  7. Coach's Gravatar Coach
    March 1, 2019 - 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha!!! Great job!

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 1, 2019 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    stupid post
    From T. Peterson: You still don’t understand it right?

  9. Joe Pulitzer's Gravatar Joe Pulitzer
    February 28, 2019 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Alfred E Neuman to be named CEO of Mid Valley Sports after sale of MVS for 20 billion to Jeff Bezos.

  10. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 28, 2019 - 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Paul Crew is the lead character in The Longest Yard. (Burt Reynolds/Adam Sandler)

  11. Uhh's Gravatar Uhh
    February 28, 2019 - 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Terrible advert. I see Joe’s on his way to selling dozens of copies.

  12. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    February 28, 2019 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    What happened to coach Saxon?

  13. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    February 28, 2019 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Nice plug there for Joe T., I’m sure I will be ordering a copy.

  14. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    February 28, 2019 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    so is this fake or real?

    if real, im glad EM has the balls to respect the family and players wishes to transfer…. if a kid wants to leave, let them go! wish them luck.

  15. JON F B's Gravatar JON F B
    February 28, 2019 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    From T. Peterson: BINGO!! You win the prize! I was wondering how long it would take somebody to figure it out!

  16. Angelos Fan's Gravatar Angelos Fan
    February 28, 2019 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    There is no one named Ivan Jake’s at Cathedral. Nobody from Cathedral transferred to Temple City.

  17. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 28, 2019 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    this is crazy

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 28, 2019 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    wow… who else but TC Rams fans would care? Hate how everyone makes a big deal about where they transfer to… this isn’t the NFL. Pretty soon we’ll see posts about kids transferring to other youth league teams or some stupid ish.

  19. Shame's Gravatar Shame
    February 28, 2019 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    I can’t find any player named in the article on any of the teams maxpreps rosters from last year. And when did Crew become HC at TC? Is it April 1st? Fake news!

  20. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    February 28, 2019 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    Sure looks like Riley Saxon introducing him so who is Paul Crew and when did he become head coach at TC? Regardless, this changes the landscape in Rio Hondo.
    Go Rams!

  21. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 28, 2019 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Funny Story !!!

  22. Rider's Gravatar Rider
    February 28, 2019 - 9:19 am | Permalink

    Don’t see the kid on EM’s roster from last year. Fake News!!

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 28, 2019 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    Is this NFL free agency or High School???

  24. ???'s Gravatar ???
    February 28, 2019 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    Does that mean he will actually attempt to pass the ball? I know EM doesn’t do that so I’m asking.

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