High-SchoolCalifornia: Bob Ladouceur
August, 13, 2012
By Mark Tennis | ESPN.com
Mark Tennis/ESPNHSRunning backs Dasmond Tautalatasi and Tiapepe Vitale were standout underclassmen last season for CIF Open Division championship team.We won’t bother with a corny countdown because we’d have to be clueless not to have De La Salle, Santa Margarita and Vista Murrieta as the state’s top three to start the 2012 football season.
If you’re in the business of covering high school football, like we have done at Cal-Hi Sports for almost 35 years, preseason rankings are a necessity and they are fun to do.
With CIF state and regional bowl games this season, though, and with more and more top teams seeking each other out in early-season matchups, the preseason rankings don’t actually mean that much. Still, if you’re going to do them, they should make sense.
July, 25, 2012
By Cal-Hi Sports Staff | ESPN.com
Scott Kurtz/ESPNHSSacramento Grant's Mike Alberghini gets the bucket dump after team won 2008 CIF Open Division state bowl game.California could get its fourth 300-win coach during 2012 season as its all-time leader starts to close in on 400. The Cal-Hi Sports state record book list of those with 200 or more seems to grow by three or four every season.
With an expected young team in 2012, it might be tough for coach John Barnes of Los Alamitos to get his career win-loss record up to the milestone total of 300 since he began coaching in 1978 at Magnolia of Anaheim. There also are differing numbers for his win total (due to forfeit wins, losses) so the local celebration in Orange County might not match the Cal-Hi Sports timeline, but Barnes clearly deserves the praise whenever it is celebrated. He would become just the fourth in state history to reach 300, preceded only by Herb Meyer of El Camino Oceanside, Marijon Ancich from St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs and Bob Ladouceur from De La Salle of Concord.
Since achieving his 300th win, Ladouceur has moved past the other two coaches on the all-time state list and projects to reach 400 by the middle of the 2013 season. His teams at De La Salle won CIF Open Division state bowl titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Here is an updated look at the Cal-Hi Sports state football coaching wins category (all those reported with 200 wins or more are included):