Football: Q&A with St Bernard head coach John Bibb

Senior quarterback Steven Chavez hopes to lead the Vikings to a break out performance this season. / Ed Gonzalez

Senior quarterback Steven Chavez hopes to lead the Vikings to a break out performance this season. / Ed Gonzalez

[With the fall sports just around the corner and the football summer practices now underway, we at the Los Angeles Sports Journal will bring you interviews with all fifteen high school and junior college coaches on the westside throughout the month of July.

Fifth in our series is a conversation with St. Bernard  head coach John Bibb.]

 

When John Bibb took over as St Bernard football coach back in the middle of the summer two years ago, the catholic school’s athletics program was in chaos.

Larry Muno had resigned as head coach after leading the team to an undefeated regular season and a Del Rey League title. The sudden departure saw football players leave the school in droves forced St Bernard to cancel varsity football for the year and only play a JV schedule.

The man who is known as “Coach ‘Bama”, never seemed to let the setback affect him.

St Bernard went undefeated against other JV teams in 2012 and when varsity football returned last year, the Vikings were a surprising 5-5.

Now in his third year season, Bibb envisions the return of the team’s to their former glory.

That is helped with the return of senior quarterback  Steven Chavez along with offensive weapons Malik Crenshaw and Kyle Harris. The trio could have St Bernard contending for a Del Rey League title which should be an easier path as LaSalle, Mary Star of the Sea, and Bosco Tech are no longer in the conference.

Below is Bibb’s interview about his thoughts on the upcoming season.

Boys Basketball: Windward head coach Steve Smith to join LA Sparks staff

Windward athletic director and recently hired boys’ basketball coach Steve Smith as joined the Los Angeles Sparks as an assistant coach, the organization announced yesterday after it fired head coach Carol Ross.

This will be the third time that Smith as been on the bench for the Sparks. He was on staff during the 1998 season and for two years in 2009-10.  He has also coached for both the Phoenix Mercury and the Detroit Shock in the WNBA.

Smith spent twelve seasons has the girls’ basketball coach at Windward leading the Wildcats to a State Division IV title in 2011 and Southern Section championship in 2006.

Football: Q&A with Culver City head coach Jahmal Wright

Culver City lost few players who transferred to other school this year including star wide receiver Stanley Norman. / Jevone Moore

Culver City looks to defend their Ocean League title after a conference realignment and losing several players who transferred to other schools this including star wide receiver Stanley Norman. / Jevone Moore

With the fall sports just around the corner and the football summer practices now underway, we at the Los Angeles Sports Journal will bring you interviews with all fifteen high school and junior college coaches on the westside throughout the month of July.

Fourth in our series is a conversation with Culver City head coach Jahmal Wright.

Last season started out with a celebration as the Centaurs christen their new turf football field against West Torrance but could not fulfill their fans hopes that night in a 36-15 loss.

It was a sign of trouble as they went 1-4 in non-conference with the only win on the road versus Peninsula.

With their only conference home games against Inglewood and Santa Monica in consecutive weeks, there was a real possibility that Culver City might not win a contest on their new field.

Then it suddenly came together as the Centaurs won all five of their conference game to win the Ocean League for the first time since 2009, and led at halftime against Western Division semifinalist St. Francis before falling 45-28 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Since then, Culver City has had several players transfer to other schools including highly recruited wide receiver Stanley Norman and starting quarterback Armani Rogers.

Wright discuss losing those upperclassmen, the change in conference teams with a league realignment, and his early thoughts for the upcoming season.

Below is Wright’s interview:

Santa Monica Daily Press Managing Editor Daniel Archuleta dead at 38

Santa Monica Daily Press' Daniel Archuleta / Courtesy photo via Facebook

Santa Monica Daily Press’ Daniel Archuleta / Courtesy photo via Facebook

Daniel Archuleta, the Santa Monica Daily Press Managing Editor died yesterday morning at his home in El Sereno, according to his family.

The 38-year-old had been with the westside newspaper for seven years and was responsible for the publication’s high school sports coverage.

Prior to arriving at the Daily Press, Archuleta had work at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

He is survived by his wife Gayatri and two young daughters.

No cause of death was given.

 

[Update: A memorial fund has been set up to support the Archuleta family due to Daniel's unexpected death.  We at the Los Angeles Sports Journal respectfully ask our readers to donate to help Gayatri avoid a very difficult financial struggle  in the coming months. No matter how small the donation, any amount will be appreciated.

A donation can be made at: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/cp6Eb]

Football: Q&A with University head coach Lee Lowe

University head coach Lee Lowe (right) giving instruction to senior linebacker Tavon Duker  at practice.  Duker had a league-high 17 sacks last season. / Ed Gonzalez

University head coach Lee Lowe (right) giving instruction to senior linebacker Tavon Duker at practice. Duker had a league-high 17 sacks last season. / Ed Gonzalez

With the fall sports just around the corner and the football summer practices now underway, we at the Los Angeles Sports Journal will bring you interviews with all fifteen high school and junior college coaches on the westside throughout the month of July.

Third in our series is a conversation with University head coach Lee Lowe.

When Lowe took over the University football program back in 2011, the school had hit a rock bottom. They had lost 24 consecutive contests and students were doing everything they could to avoid being associated with the team.

Those days seem to be over.

University has qualified for the playoffs in the last three years and finished last year with a 5-5 regular season. They also hosted their first playoff game since 2007, the year before they advanced to the Division II title game.

Lowe talks about what he likes about his defense and the difficulty of playing all of this season’s games on the road as work is expected on the instillation of a turf football field in August.

Below is Lowe’s interview on his early thoughts for the upcoming season.

 

Football: Q&A with Fairfax interim head coach Juan Solorio

Fairfax struggled to a 5-6 record in 2013 but look to get back to their winning way despite off the field distractions / Michael Yanow

Fairfax struggled to a 5-6 record in 2013 but look to get back to their winning way despite off the field distractions / Michael Yanow

With the fall sports just around the corner and the football summer practices now underway, we at the Los Angeles Sports Journal with bring you interviews with all fifteen high school and junior college coaches on the westside throughout the month of July.
Second in our series is a chat with Fairfax interim head coach Juan Solorio.

The Lions felt a shake up in April when teacher and head coach Shane Cox was suspended from campus and placed on paid leave by LAUSD pending a non-criminal district investigation.

That elevated Solorio, the team’s offensive coordinator, temporarily to the head coaching position without any idea how long he will be in charge.

While this is the first time that Solorio, a Fairfax alum, has run a program he does have help from an experienced staff.

Former NFL coach and USC assistant under John McKay returns for his second season in charge of the quarterbacks, and well regarded offensive line coach Ed Vega is back. In addition, Larry Wein who dominated the conference in the 80’s and 90’s as head coach at Westchester including winning the 3A title in 1987 will help out on a part-time basis.

Fairfax had a 5-6 overall record last season but finished second in the Western League and lost in the first round of the Division I playoffs.

Below is Solorio’s interview on his early thoughts for the upcoming season.

Football: Culver City’s Handler and Walker to attend prep school in Georgia

Culver City quarterback David Handler and wide receiver Lonnie Walker has decided to attend Georgia Prep Sports Academy, a prep school in Atlanta, Handler said on Tuesday.

Hadler decided to the prep school route because it gives him a chance to improve on his fundamentals and gives him a better opportunity at a Division I school looking at him.

“It gives me another year for more experience and I can get bigger, stronger and faster,” he said.

Georgia Prep plays against other prep school along with college freshman and junior varsity teams. Under NCAA guidelines,high school graduates are allowed to attend a prep school for up to one year without having it count against athletic eligibility.

Handler completed 48% of his passes with 1006 yards and eight touchdowns. He leaves for the Academy next Tuesday.

Walker had 203 receiving yards with three touchdowns on 20 receptions.

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