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The Peterson Principle

By Tim Petersen

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You have got to love the Montview this year. We broke it down last Tuesday night on the Mid Valley Sports Show and the three of us there had three different opinions as to who would win league.

Sports Editor Joe Torosian likes Bassett, Show Producer/Staffer Duane Barker went with Azusa and I picked La Puente. First of all you know it’s a different league when Bassett is one of the teams being considered for the championship. When was the last time that happened?

Torosian is going with the Olympians and although I like LP, it’s not an outrageous pick. Hector Spathias and Jerry Urias have breathed life into a team that has only experienced losing for over a decade. There’s a new excitement at Bassett that is hard to ignore. Keep and eye on sophomore running back Ricky Mejia and senior quarterback Nick Colmenero. The offense can score and with no real dominant team in the Montview, the Olympians have a shot. Did you know Bassett had four players last year gain at least 300 yards or more on the ground?

But that’s what makes the league so interesting. There’s no powerhouse. We agreed that Gladstone lost everybody last year including the scorekeepers and head coach, Albert Sanchez. That might be a little too much to overcome. Also, Workman and Ganesha are in rebuilding mode and figure to finish near the bottom of the pack. That takes care of those three but when you look at the top five, it’s hard to pick a clear cut winner.

Azusa has quarterback Jose Ledesma back as well as receiver, Carlos Montiel and running back, Cameron Blackburn. The Aztecs also have Joe Scherf, who until last year, had not lost a league game since he was the head coach. La Puente has a new coach in Scott Morrison but the Warriors have a lot of talent returning. Jacob Tovar steps in for the graduated Ivan Vasquez and TE Julian Lantada and LB Robert Angulo bring a lot to the table. Receiver Jose Ochoa gives Tovar a nice target.

Does Duarte stand a chance? With the athletes the Falcons, they always have a chance and Jason Martin, now in his second year, has the players beginning to buy in. Linemen Alberto Pina and Angel Villanueva will plow the road and skill guys like Samuel Edwards, Devyn Washington and Davante Robinson gives Martin plenty of options. Martin also likes the progression of quarterback, Isaiah Scott.

People forget Sierra Vista finished 5-2 in league last year and made the playoffs. Yes the Dons were bounced in the first round…by Northwest champ Nordhoff. Rumors that Head Coach Don LeGro stepped down turned out to be just that…rumors. LeGro is back as is running back Lee Jones, who rushed for over 1900 yards last year. You want a great name? How about Sierra Vista TE/LB Adonis Miranda Belt. There’s a name to remember. He’s good, too.

The Dons aren’t a marquee team, especially when it comes to winning the league title, but would it really be shocking if they knocked off LP or Azusa?

In an eight team league there are only three nonleague games, so they will be beating each other up every week. Nobody’s safe in the Mountview.

Monrovia is just the latest team that we’ve been charged of “homering” for. I don’t recall providing any more coverage of the Wildcats than we usually do in the summer but the truth is three straight CIF championships sometimes warrants more coverage. It also brings about more haters. Everybody outside of Monrovia hates the Wildcats but I wonder if they would feel the same way if Monrovia wasn’t holding up the trophy every year. Don’t be bitter, be better. Just a thought.

That’s my principle.

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