August 29, 2012 |
The varsity football players at Torrance Bishop Montgomery High might want to start practicing salutes to kicker Jonathan Kim, because he figures to one day join his brothers Michael and Justin at the U.S. Military Academy and become an officer. Michael is a senior and Justin is a freshman playing for the soccer team at West Point. Jonathan has started the process of trying to join them, but in football. He has been a four-year varsity kicker and made a 47-yard field goal last week in Bishop Montgomery's season opener.
April 19, 2012 |
There's a train wreck slowly unfolding in high school sports, and it's time to examine the damage that might take place. Next month, the 10 sections that make up the California Interscholastic Federation will vote on a proposal to revise transfer rules. Under the current rules, an athlete who transfers without moving has to sit out one varsity season unless receiving a hardship waiver. It's designed to prevent athletes from switching schools simply for sports reasons. Now a new proposal, part of a package of changes being sold to schools, would require a 30-day sit-out period as the lone penalty for transferring.
December 15, 2011 |
Quarterbacks, beware when passing the football in the direction of junior cornerback Dashon Hunt of Westlake Village Westlake. He knows how to spring a trap and produce a game-changing interception, as was the case last weekend against rival Oaks Christian. "He swooped in like a hawk after a wounded rabbit," defensive coordinator Richard Fong said. Hunt returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown, the sixth time he has scored on an interception return in two years of varsity football.
September 25, 2011 |
Ryan Alexander is a 14-year-old freshman at Lake Balboa Birmingham who is so small that he could fit in his school locker. He wears size 5 shoes, stands 4 feet 11 and weighs 85 pounds. "I don't think people stop and say, 'Boy, look at that kid. He must be an athlete,' " cross country Coach Scott King said. Underestimate Alexander if you like, but he can probably outrun any football player going three miles or longer. "When he trains, you can tell right away he's a special talent," King said.
April 3, 2011 |
It's pure speculation and gratuitous hype to label a 15-year-old freshman baseball player as a "can't miss" professional prospect. But identifying a top freshman and pointing out that he has the physical and mental maturity to be an immediate varsity standout is fair game, and 6-foot-3, 175-pound freshman Jack Flaherty of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake deserves the early attention. He has the cool, calm, confident demeanor of a young Trevor Plouffe, who started as a freshman for Encino Crespi and went on to become a first-round draft choice of the Minnesota Twins.
October 28, 2010 |
Word has been slowly trickling out about high school freshmen who could be major varsity contributors this season. Fans get excited because a freshman on the varsity means the future is bright. Coaches get nervous because it can be tricky starting a freshman over a senior. Sportswriters get pumped because they think they could be watching the next big star. It's wise to be appreciative, but stay calm as these members from the class of 2014 begin to emerge. They're going to be fun to watch, but starting on varsity as a freshman is no guarantee of a college scholarship.