Los Angeles Preps: Hacienda Heights Wilson

Whirlwind of SGV coaching resignations

January, 10, 2012
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It has been a dizzying start to the new year in the San Gabriel Valley, where four head football coaches have stepped down in recent days: Bob Burt (Hacienda Heights Wilson), Darryl Thomas (Covina), Eric Podley (Bonita) and Steve Bogan (South Hills).

Bogan won four CIF-Southern Section titles and 13 league crowns in his 19 years at South Hills. He will remain a teacher at the school, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. The Huskies went 3-7 in each of the last two seasons.

Thomas spent the last 15 years as Covina's coach, reaching the playoffs 10 times. The Colts were 11-2 last season, losing to two-time Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia in the semifinals. Thomas will remain as Covina's athletic director and will hire his replacement.

Podley was Bonita's head coach for 12 years, highlighted by the Bearcats' appearance in the 2010 Southeast Division championship game. Adrian Medrano, who served as Bonita's special teams coordinator, will replace Podley, who will remain on the staff as offensive coordinator.

Wilson went 1-9 under Burt in his first and only season. Nick Christos was named the school's new head coach, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Elsewhere, Pasadena La Salle will announce Russell Gordon as its new football coach, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Gordon, who spent 15 seasons at Campbell Hall, replaces Antoine Peterson, who was fired after four seasons.

L.A. South: Helmet stickers, Week 10

November, 14, 2011
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The top five performances in south Los Angeles County for the last week of the regular season:

RB J.R. Nelson (Hacienda Heights Wilson): The senior tailback rushed for 401 yards and five touchdowns to help the Wilson Wildcats avoid a winless season. He needed only 24 carries.

[+] EnlargeBryce Treggs
Blair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comBryce Treggs stepped up for St. John Bosco when the Braves needed him most last week.
WR Bryce Treggs (St. John Bosco): Facing a win-or-stay-home scenario, the senior stepped up in a big way for the Braves. He had eight receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.

QB Christian Smith (St. Bernard): Smith, who also earned a helmet sticker in Week 9, threw for six touchdowns in the Del Rey League title game Friday. The Vikings are 10-0.

RB Ronnie Vaughn (Gardena Serra): The Cavs didn't miss leading rusher Anterio Bateman too much. Vaughn had 221 yards and two scores to lead them to the Mission League crown.

RB Kwame Do (San Marino): Do carried the ball 32 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns to secure second place in the Rio Hondo League.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

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