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Fryer: Tesoro shake-up may have started months ago
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•The video of the hit Tesoro's Parker Wells put on El Toro kicker Roger Howard on the opening kickoff of Tesoro-El Toro last month got all of the attention, but that probably was not what got Brian Barnes ousted as Tesoro football coach. The likely mover (schools and districts do not specify reasons for personnel moves) was a complaint the Capistrano Unified School District received months ago that a Tesoro online studies program was being used as a tool to recruit Inland Empire football players.
•People close to Barnes have been saying for more than a year that Barnes was convinced some school administrators and key boosters were pushing for his departure, and were waiting for an opportune event.
•While the CUSD decided that Barnes deserved being removed as Tesoro head coach, this should not preclude him from coaching again. When his father John Barnes retires as coach at Los Alamitos, Brian should have the opportunity to replace John if Brian would be interested. Smart people learn from their errors and improve, and Brian Barnes is a smart man.
•As for Wells, he is one of the better linebackers in county football and the video clip does not diminish that. If he is All-South Coast League first team, this member of our All-Orange County selection panel will nominate him for All-County. But he, like any other player, must be all-league first team to be a candidate by this panelist's rules.
•San Clemente opened its football season with a 56-0 victory over West Adams Prep of Los Angeles. West Adams Prep, shut out in seven of its eight games and outscored 261-17, last week shut down its varsity football team for the remainder of the season because its roster had been depleted by injuries and ineligibilities.
•Tickets for tonight's Mater Dei-Servite football game, Servite's home game, at Angel Stadium can be purchased at the stadium today. Only reserved seats, at $15, will be sold at the stadium.
•Capistrano Valley Christian football took the big step from being an 8-man team last year to 11-man ball this year. Risky? Well, the Eagles went into Thursday's game against Southlands Christian of Walnut with a 5-4 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the San Joaquin League.
•Tucked away there in the little canyons in south county and overshadowed by the success of its bigger public- and private-school neighbors, Laguna Hills football kind of gets overlooked. So you might not know that Laguna Hills has won seven league championships over the past eight football seasons, including this season.
•The only school to be represented this week in six county top 10s is Dana Hills. The Dolphins are No. 1 in boys cross country, No. 2 in girls tennis, No. 4 in girls cross country and girls golf, No. 5 in girls volleyball and No. 10 in boys water polo.
•The one-week, early-signing period for letters of intent in many sports begins Nov. 14. We shall see an increasing number of announced commitments in coming days. Tesoro senior boys basketball player Tanner Lancona this week committed to Washington State and, though still a junior, Cypress baseball outfielder Elijah Skipps committed to Arizona.
•Sports in the Nov. 14-21 signing period include baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, girls water polo and wrestling. The regular signing period for those sports begins April 17. The letter-of-intent signing period for cross country, football, soccer, track and field and boys water polo begins Feb. 6.
•Two major reasons Santa Margarita's football team has continued to win are linebackers Sammy Gibbs and RJ Mazolewski. Gibbs is averaging 11 tackles a game and Mazolewski is averaging nine.
•CIF-Southern Section schools are in the third year of a four-year league membership cycling period. Before new leagues are configured for the next cycle, which begins with the 2014-15 school year, the area placement process occurs. Areas are quasi-geographical categories to which schools are assigned, and from that pool of schools within an area leagues are then formed.
•A good example of how area placement works: For this league cycle, St. John Bosco of Bellflower was placed in the Orange County Area, the only non-county school so placed. Thus, St. John Bosco was in the same area as JSerra, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and the paired entry of Rosary/Servite so that Bosco could become a member of the Trinity League that was formed from the pool of schools in the Orange County area.
•The CIF-SS office on Nov. 26 will send to member schools its recommended Area Placement configurations for the 2014-18 period. Schools can appeal their area placement until the CIF-SS Executive Committee finalizes Area Placement next March.