From time to time here at ESPNLA.com/preps we'd like to expose our readers to a sampling of the many positive, interesting and well-told stories being produced by reporters and bloggers all over the Southland .
With nearly 700 high schools throughout the CIF-Southern and City sections in Southern California, it's impossible to keep up with everything. Therefore, on occasion we'll try to point you in the direction of some of the best of what we've been seeing out there. Hope you enjoy.
Los Angeles Times prep guru Eric Sondheimer writes an inspirational piece about football at St. Genevieve High and how it's only part of the experience at the school, where they try to do things differently than at most places.
Rashaun Haylock of FoxSportsWest.com checks in on the football program at Avalon High and the challenges of trying to maintain a team while playing on an island -- literally. Avalon, a public K-12 school, is located on Catalina Island.
Longtime Long Beach Press-Telegram columnist Doug Krikorian takes some time to write about Cerritos Gahr High coaches Greg Marshall and Jon Nielsen, two who dare to be different with their philosophy on offense.
Barry Faulkner of the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa has a nice story on Newport Harbor football coach Jeff Brinkley, who has put together quite a career in 25 seasons, counting down his top five moments.
In the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Will C. Holden tells the story of True Homan, the boys' and girls' tennis coach at Vista Murrieta who had to step down recently to battle pancreatic cancer.