Fanview Lite: May 18, 2010

Memo Silva (right) is looking to build in 2010 on his solid sophomore season.

T-Minus-114 Days until “The Mid Valley Classic”
Good Afternoon!

Oh, I have always been a Boston Celtics fan!

Was that the Orlando Magic or Orlando Woolridge playing the Celts tonight?

Does a 10.5 million dollar contract mean anything in the NFL? The New England Patriots released veteran DB Shawn Springs after signing him to a three-year contract before last season.

Then again Houston Texan wide receiver Andre Johnson collects 25-million of a 7-year-60-million dollar deal—has five years remaining— and now he wants it torn up.

I’m working on a 10-year bi-monthly paycheck deal here at The Mid, and to be honest I’m thinking about holding out this August to see if I can get a better deal.

When told El Monte was having some stadium work done, I thought it was a remodel…After hearing Lions HC Joel Sanchez explain it to me I understand now they are getting a whole new stadium.

Something along the scale of what Gabrielino has, but larger and more in style with the home field at Downey. Besides a significant dollar factor, EM will also pay the price of playing the entire 2011 season on the road.

El Monte QB Manuel Santa Cruz

“I’m sorry for the guys that won’t be here to experience it,” said Sanchez. “But it is going to be nice.”

EMHS Alumni Update: Former quarterback Amilcar Archilla, who could be back on the field for Azusa Pacific this season, is back as an assistant. So is Miguel Zarate, a Univesity of Santa Barbara graduate, to coach the defensive line.

Another former quarterback, Pete Velasquez (all state at ELAC in 2009), has three full ride offers on the table and is expected to make a decision very soon.

“I’m real proud of Pete,” said Sanchez. “He’s come so far. Before he played for us, he had never played football before. I saw him throwing the football on campus and asked him if he wanted to play on the team. We had to show him how to put on his gear and now he’s ready to play and get a full ride. Really proud.”

Not an alumnus yet is current quarterback, junior-to-be, Manuel Santa Cruz who threw nine touchdown passes as a sophomore. More of a pocket passer than Velasquez and Archilla, Santa Cruz will have the advantage of a set of big fellas returning up front in the form of: Michael Bustillos, Jesse Gaytan, and Irving Lozano.

Michael Jimenez returns as the teams leading rusher, while Memo Silva, Juan Ceballos, and the ultra quick Josh Woo return at receiver.

The schedule is favorable for the Lions. With solid play, zero mistakes, no injuries, and a focused squad they could be 6-2, 7-1, or dare we say (Dare! Dare!) 8-0 when they face Arroyo at home game on November 5th, which will be the last game play they on campus (barring playoffs) until 2012.

PSA of the Day

Join Mid Valley Sports staff writer and host of the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale Report Andy Villanueva on KLAA 830 AM this Sunday from 5-7pm.

Andy Villanueva will join host Gordon “Lugnutzz” Stewart on Lugnutzz Radio on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim flagship station KLAA 830AM.

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