AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The schools have switched to the Pacific League, and while Burbank and Burroughs have taken their lumps in most varsity sports through the years, some of the coaches are sad to leave, particularly Burbank football coach Greg Sobiech. “Frankly, I wish we were still a part of the Foothill League,” Sobiech said. “We took great pride in being a part of that league, and I’ve made some very good friends with the other coaches. Now we’re going to a league that doesn’t have the same reputation. I like to play the best, and I think the Foothill League is the best football league in Southern California.” Burbank opens its nonleague schedule against visiting Golden Valley, a second-year program that joins the Foothill League this season. Last year, Burbank defeated Golden Valley 66-0. “I tried to get out of playing Golden Valley again, but I very much want to maintain my relationships with the Foothill schools,” Sobiech said. “Not this year but maybe next year we can play one or two of them in a nonleague game.” Jake Wallace, a 15-year-old trap shooter from Stevenson Ranch who attends West Ranch High, finished fifth overall among more than 200 participants from 43 countries in the World Cup/Continental Cup tournament two weekends ago in Kerville, Texas, near San Antonio. Canyon High’s football team is in a precarious situation because coach Harry Welch isn’t happy. Welch’s top priority over the past few months has been to find a new top assistant to replace Scott Blade, who resigned after the season. Don Scott, a Verdugo Hills assistant, agreed to accept the on-campus position but has changed his mind, reportedly because of salary issues, according to a source. If a new coach isn’t in place shortly after Welch returns from a vacation in two weeks, Welch has said he might leave. Now that school has ended, it’s official: no more Burbank and Burroughs in the Foothill League. Wallace was the youngest contestant to qualify for the final round. “It was pretty cool because there were people from all over the world,” Wallace said. “It was my first World Cup, and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.” New football coach Dean Herrington at Alemany High in Mission Hills has his work cut for him, as the 42-year-old former offensive coordinator at College of the Canyons and Hart takes over a beleaguered program that has won just 16 games over six seasons. That said, a relatively light nonleague schedule could see Alemany start 5-0 or perhaps 4-1 before Mission League competition begins against such annual powers as Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Loyola of Los Angeles and St. Francis. Alemany opens against San Fernando, Desert Hot Springs, Littlerock, Golden Valley and Cathedral of Los Angeles – none of which advanced past the first round of the playoffs last year. “Well, the first game against San Fernando is actually going to be tough because I hear they’re loaded this year,” Herrington said. “We’re going to run the same offense as Hart and COC. We’ve got three quarterback prospects, some scrappy kids and a big lineman who’s getting some (Div. 1) attention.” Herrington continues to run his football camp on Sundays. For information, call (661) 212-8141. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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