Former Schurr High and East Los Angeles College standout wide receiver Carlos Arredondo (who, by the way, is one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet) has gotten a full ride to play football for the next two seasons at Henderson State University (an NCAA Div. II school) in Arkadelphia, Ark.
And, needless to say, he's thrilled.
"It's great to just get the opportunity to keep playing football at a university," he said by phone as he's already making Arkansas his home. "I appreciate the opportunity."
And how is life going for him in "The Natural State (yes, that's Arkansas' nickname - it's not the razorback state)?"
"I love it here," Arredondo said. "It's stereotypical university life with dorms, school. I'm working out and meeting the guys."
The school's nickname is the "Reddies" and their rival is Ouchita Baptist Univeristy, which is known as the Tigers. Funny thing is, according to Arredondo, the two schools are right across the street from each other.
Arredondo said he is going to study psychology, but he's not sure yet about a career path.
However, he said there is something he was able to take away with him from Schurr football coach Ben Negrete: "He just told us to work hard and there's no substitute for working hard. At the end of the day, you can't fake it."
THERE'S STILL TIME TO SIGN UP YOUR KIDS for basketball camp at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, hosted by Tiger coach Dominic Sermeno.
The camp takes place from Aug. 1 through 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is for boys and girls ages 7 through 14 and costs $150.
And what will happen at the camp?
"The kids will be learning the fundamentals of basketball," Sermeno said. "They'll be learning team play, good sportsmanship and the importance of developing a strong work ethic."
Now in its fourth year at the school, Sermeno said the camp has been growing every year.
"The program has been really popular," he said. "Our numbers are up. More kids are excited to play basketball and we're getting interest from kids in the surrounding areas."
FINISHING OUT THE JUST-CONCLUDED school year, Mark Keppel High swimmer Justin Chiu won a CIF Southern Section individual title in the Division III 100 breaststroke with a spectacular time of 47.33.
Chiu also finished in second place in the 200 individual medley to help Keppel win two additional CIF titles.
In addition, he also helped two Aztec relay teams to second place finishes at CIF-SS.