Author: Manny Alvarez

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST!! IT'S NOT LIKE YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW!!   The 13th episode of the Student Section Report Podcast! Unlucky 13. It seems fitting with what we are dealing with. Anyway, Manny Alvarez talks to co-host Chris Hulme talk to Ruby Trestik and Zach Forbath of the Newport Harbor Tarpit on what it has taken to stay as one of the best in Orange County that goes along with their much improved social media game this year while we discuss the best pizza spots in Newport Beach! We also go back into marching bands and talk to Band Director Victor de Los Santos and his Marching Saints of Santa Ana which includes the Vice President of the Band, senior flute and piccolo player...
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST WHILE YOU QUARANTINE!!!   The 12th episode of the Student Section Report Podcast! I feel so official! Manny Alvarez talks to co-host Chris Hulme talk to Katherine Tong, Gabriella Hosea and Brady Williams of the San Marcos Blue Crew on what it has taken to be one of the best student sections in San Diego and Southern California year after year! We also talk to Moe Orr and Tony Rossignol of The High School Narrative (THSN.app) on the amazing things they do behind the scenes while touching the lives of many high school students. Very powerful that they do with the students. Plus, we break some surprising news with us and THSN. Let’s just say we're going to make a great team! Finally, for the third time in...
  From the time I began covering student sections, I was always told to take a look at the Santa Ana Marching Saints. Not a student section, but I kept being told to check them out. I finally got the chance to see them during a Santa Ana football playoff game last November and man, they did not disappoint.  This band put on a solid show and has that prestige everyone talks about.  With the game coming to an end, I left the press box and began walking down to the field. While walking onto the field, I noticed the Marching Saints playing a familiar banda song. I was floored and hoped one day we can have them on here for Q&A and perhaps on our podcast! We have them on here and we’ll have...
    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST! TRUST ME, THIS WILL CHEER YOU UP!!!   The 11th episode of the Student Section Report Podcast! Thank God for doing a Podcast over the telephone! Manny Alvarez talks to co-host Chris Hulme talk to legendary sports writer Steve Fryer of the Orange County Register as we discuss the COVID-19 situation with the Spring Sports season as well as the history of student sections in Orange County. We also bring back Landon McDonald of the Inland Empire Basketball Student Section Champions Murrieta Mesa Green Screen on taking the title and getting ready for the 2020-2021 student section year. We also talk to the 2018 SoCal Football Student Section Champions, the Rancho Cucamonga Rooters. We talk to Andrea Mejia, Camille Singleton and Isaac Folorunso while figuring out...
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST OR I'M TELLING THE TEACHER!!!   The 10th episode of the Student Section Report Podcast! We hit double digits! With no guest today, again, Manny Alvarez talks to co-host Chris Hulme about the Final 2019-2020 Southern California Basketball Student Sections Top 35 (Yes, 35!) Rankings. We also talk to the 2019-2020 SoCal Basketball Student Section Champion, the St. Augustine Saints Pit of San Diego leader Jacob Northrup. We also talk to the Sacred Heart Comet Crazies of Los Angeles leaders Daniella Haro, Victoria Portio, Randi Reyes and Isabella Paredes as they talk about the fairly new all-Girls Student Sections that is on the up and up! Also, they have a secret weapons to finish strong in the student section year! And while we always talk about food, Chris...
A Top 25 Rankings list wouldn’t be enough. I can’t skip on some of the best student sections. Too many student sections to narrow down to just 25. Even with the Top 35, which is random, but these student sections are filled with weirdos, didn’t do enough justice that we had to recognize five of the student sections that were on the outside on the Southland list. https://www.instagram.com/p/B8SjPi5FzEK/?utm_source=ig_embed Thousand Oaks Green Hole, Riverside Poly Den, Sonora Jungle of La Habra,  University Roman Legion of San Diego and Newport Harbor Tarpit of Newport Beach all missed the cut in the final Southern California Rankings, but I’m sure they’re pleased to be ranked high in their region! Without further or due, let’s close out the Basketball Student Section season with the FInal Top 35 Southern California Basketball...
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THIS WEEK PODCAST! DON'T BE SCARED, IT WON'T BITE!!   Welcome to the ninth episode of the Student Section Report! With  no guest today, again, Manny Alvarez talks to co-host Chris Hulme about the student sections top 25 rankings in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego regions. We also talk about the new 2019-2020 SoCal Basketball Student Section Champion, the St. Augustine Saints Pit of San Diego. We finally talk about the growth of the student section game across Southern California as we prepare to grow nationwide. WANT TO BE A SPONSOR FOR THE PODCAST? MESSAGE US ON HERE OR ON THE SOCAL STUDENT SECTION TWITTER PAGE AND WE’LL TALK BUSINESS! WE’VE TALKED UP FOOD SPOT, WE CAN TALK YOU UP AS WELL!!   Follow us on Social...
The San Diego Basketball Student Sections were pretty even. Eight student sections had a say for the top spot and those eight had something in common. They all worked a solid social media game. Just some simple marketing work can go a long way and it worked. We also have another eight student sections that weren't ranked in last year's Rankings make their debut this season.  This is a loaded group of student sections in San Diego that five student sections missed the cut to make the Top 25. Student Sections like Rancho Bernardo Stampede of San Diego, Vista Panther Pit, Lincoln Hive of San Diego, Montgomery Aztec Army of San Diego, Eastlake Titan Army of Chula Vista came close and hopefully we’ll see them next season. Enough talk, let’s see who made the Top...
While the student section during basketball season are as fun to watch as the football student sections, it can be challenging. The opening month of the basketball season is mostly made up of tournaments at neutral locations, followed by winter break and while league play begins in January, some student sections need a small break for Finals week. While there were challenges in front of these student sections, no one was disappointed with the student sections this winter. This season, we had seven student sections break in the top 25 after missing out last season, one student section going as high as number six. We had so many student sections battle for their teams and their school and we wish we could mention them all. Student Sections like JSerra Pride of San Juan Capistrano, San...
With SoCal Student Sections in its second year covering student sections, some student sections don’t discover you until late in the season. Some student sections haven’t been told that marketing yourselves on social media is extremely important. Hopefully as we grow, student sections will take note. In the meantime, we can’t punish those student sections, especially the ones my podcast co-host Chris Hulme or myself see in person. This season we have 14 student sections that weren’t in the Top 25 Rankings this season that weren’t there last year. Again, as we are growing and student sections are discovering us, the list will change. With a large number of student sections in the Los Angeles and Ventura areas, some fantastic student section missed the cut. Student sections like the Newbury Park Panther Pit, the Royal...