Thursday, December 15, 2011

University of La Verne and the End of the High School Football Season

My quest to enable new EuroBall players continued today with a 90 minute drive to the University of La Verne to meet with five of their Seniors who are interested in prolonging their playing careers overseas.

But first, I encountered an interesting EuroBall reversal.

Rich Worsell, University of La Verne
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach

It was interesting to meet Rich because I found his EuroBall experience to be quite unique.

The 2011 season was his first at La Verne after coaching the previous seven seasons at three mid-western colleges (Illinois College, Milliken College and Lakeland College).

The interesting part of Rich's story is that he was born and raised in England. He is a 2003 graduate of the U.K.'s Aberystwyth University. While in England he served as his Alma Mater's Head Football Coach for three seasons. In an effort to learn more about the game, he was also the Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator of the Sussex Thunder and the Offensive Line Coach of the Great Britain Bulldogs.

Rich is a very nice guy who is following his dream.

Also, ATTENTION all EuroBall teams or European all-star teams. Rich is trying to find one of you to come to California the week of September 1, 2012 to scrimmage the University of La Verne Leopards. They are a Division III team located about an hour's drive east of the Los Angeles Airport. They will be able to provide you with housing in the campus dorms during your stay.

Great opportunity!

La Verne Leopard Seniors

A very attentive group of young men who showed some great interest and are all highly recommended by their college coaches.

On the far left is Arsian Erdinc proudly displaying a certificate stating that he was named to the 2011 All-SCIAC Second Team as a DB.

Second from the left is QB Thomas Arguello who has been in contact with me for about the last ten days. Thomas is scheduled to sign a contract this weekend to play in France's top division for the Nice Dolphins.

I hope that they all make the exciting move to EuroBall.

C.I.F. Playoffs

The playoffs ended in the C.I.F. Southern Section last weekend. In our Western Division, Arroyo Grande (13-1) defeated Culver City (10-4) by a score of 42-14 on Friday night.

The following Sunday, the Commisioners from the ten individual C.I.F. Sections met to decide which teams would get to play one more game in the California State Bowl games this Friday and Saturday at the Home Depot Center in in Carson, CA.

These Bowls are a North vs. South affair with each Bowl trying to match up the best two teams based on a combination of school size and competitive level. To be considered for a Bowl invitation a team must have won their Section Championship, no easy task in and of itself.

The North is made up of the following six Sections that represent a total of 590 schools: Central Coast, North Coast, Northern, Oakland, Sac-Joaquin and San Francisco.

The South is made up of the following four Sections that represent 920 schools: Central, Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern.

The Bowl match-ups, with the Northern team named first, are:

Open Division
Concord De La Salle (12-1) vs. Westlake (14-0)

Division I
San Jose Bellarmine (12-1) vs. Santa Margarita (12-2)

Division II
Loomis Del Oro (13-1) vs. La Mesa Helix (12-1)

Division III
Moraga Campolindo (14-0) vs. Fresno Washington (13-0)

Division IV
Le Grand (12-0) vs. Sierra Canyon (14-0)

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