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The Peterson Principle

Tim Peterson

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Some thoughts for this Christmas season:


It really is hard making the transition from football to basketball but seeing a player like Covina’s Mike Peters makes it a little easier. The senior point guard, a four year varsity player, can do it all. Last week in a win over Temple City, Peters scored 27 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed nine rebounds Oh and according to master statistician Corey “Corn Dog” Kwok he also had nine steals.


In the Azusa Tournament championship game against Diamond Ranch, he led all scorers with 35 points. Covina ultimately came up short but Peters single handedly kept the Colts in the game. With Peters and another four year varsity player in Matt Hicks, Covina is the team to beat in the Valle Vista.


There is good basketball in the SGV outside of Pasadena and Glendora but sometimes you do have to look.


I thought there was going to be good basketball being played by the Lakers this year too but man, that’s hard to watch. It’s difficult to believe that the Lakers have rested their hopes on a 38 year old guard that doesn’t play defense. We continually hear the cry of “wait ’til Steve Nash comes back!”. Really? A point guard that is well past his prime and has never been known for his defensive prowess is suddenly going to come in on a white horse and save the season? Not likely.


They do make for a good laugh though. It was funny listening to A Martinez gush about a win over the Wizards last Saturday.


Note to Jerry Buss: Cut your losses now, fire Mike D’Antoni, apologize to Phil Jackson and bring him back as coach.


I never thought I’d write this sentence. The Clippers have it together. Nine straight wins and counting.


The USC and UCLA basketball programs aren’t exactly flourishing right now but Saturday they beat their respective opponents by a combined margin of 86 points.


I didn’t really care that Madison (San Diego) won the CIF Division III State championship with a 38-35 win over Marin Catholic on Saturday except for the fact that it made it even more clear that Monrovia should have been the state champs. The Wildcats dominated Madison the week before and Madison winning just made the Wildcats loss that much more bitter. Monrovia held Arizona bound running back Pierre Courmier to 31 yards rushing. Against Marin he had 272 including a 79 yard game winning touchdown run.


There was a sea of Arroyo blue Saturday at the funeral services for Jim Singiser Sr. (Papa Singiser), the father of Arroyo HC Jim Singiser Jr. Current and former players, some dressed in their football jerseys, came up to the front of the chapel at the request of of the head coach and “broke off” a huddle in honor of Singiser Sr. It was a memorable scene. With an overflowing crowd that inlcuded players, coaches and administration as well as immediate family it was evident how many lives Jim Singiser Sr. had touched. If you ever get a chance, ask Coach Singiser to tell you the fishing story. It’s a classic.


I’m not sure what to make of the Angels signing of Josh Hamilton other than it was an obvious response to the big spending the Dodgers have done this off season. Hamilton is the left handed power bat the Angels need, but given his history, $125 million is a big risk.


Does anybody care about the NHL anymore?


Covina is still looking for a 16th team to fill in its bracket at the Covina Christmas Tournamnet December 26-29. If you interested or know a tream that is contact Coach Will Bissman at (626) 484-6383 or by email at

Or as Bobby Knight pointed out in a comment on the site: “If you don’t mind a pushover give Jerry Buss a call.”


That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at


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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
The Peterson Principle