LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Spring practice is a regular, annual routine most often characterized as a time for building team chemistry and familiarizing a football team with fundamentals and offensive and defensive schemes.
For St. Francis High and longtime Coach Jim Bonds, this isn't your regular, annual spring, though.
"It's the most I've ever experienced," said Bonds when asked about the amount of senior turnover he's dealing with.
Last season's CIF Southern Section Western Division quarterfinalists were rife with talented seniors, many of them multi-year starters such as standouts Travis Talianko, Ryan McAleenan and Kristion Grbavac. But, in addition to some lasting memories, the departing class, 27 seniors in all, will also leave plenty of vacancies.
"This year, we've got to fill a lot of spots," said Bonds, whose team finished 9-3 a year ago and 3-2 for third place in the Mission League. "We're not only gonna be young, but inexperienced.