Star-News All-Area wrestling team

Evan Wick/Photo by Sarah Reinegwirtz

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EVAN WICK, San Marino, Sophomore, 120 pounds
There is only one more objective left.
San Marino High School’s Evan Wick has won everything but a CIF State title. He will have two more opportunities to achieve that goal after placing fifth this season in the meet in Bakersfield.

San Marino High School has quickly become the class of the Rio Hondo League, winning its second consecutive league title.
But Gallardo and Azevedo do not have designs on stopping there. CIF-Southern Section and CIF State crowns are their ultimate goals.

CARLOS MONTOYA, Gabrielino, Junior
SEBASTIAN MORA, San Marino, Sophomore
RIGO CORONA, Rosemead, Junior
ZANDER WICK, San Marino, Sophomore
JULIAN FLORES, San Marino, Sophomore
DOMINICK MAGANA, San Marino, Junior
JASON TANNOUS, Duarte, Senior
ISAAC MUNGUIA, Monrovia, Junior
PATRICK GALLAGHER, Gabrielino, Senior
ALEX KNOTT, San Marino, Senior
ALEX BACHE, La Canada, Senior
ALAN CAZARES, Rosemead, Senior
106 Harry Yun, South Pasadena, Junior
113 James Yun, South Pasadena, Senior
120 Nour Elsayad, South Pasadena, Junior
126 Alexander Maldonado, Rosemead, Junior
132 Zachary Lopez, Gabrielino, Junior
138 Sergio Flores, Rosemead, Senior
145: Robbie Franco, Rosemead, Sophomore
152 Anthony Hidalgo, Gabrielino, Sophomore
160 Gabriel Onofre, Monrovia, Junior
170 Patrick Ersig, Alhambra, Freshman
182 Tino Maese Sophomore San Marino, Sophomore
195 Peter Garfield, La Canada, Senior
220 Brandon Olayo, Rosemead, Sophomore
285 Angel Villanueva, Duarte, Junior

Star-News All-Area girls water polo team

Devin Grab/Photo by Walt Mancini
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DEVIN GRAB, South Pasadena, Senior
It’s hard to live up to a tougher standard.
South Pasadena High School water polo player Devin Grab said the 2013-14 season was one in which she had to learn how to live up to that standard. Being a member of U.S. junior national team gave her the dubious honor.
She finished as the third-leading scorer in CIF-SS history with 527 goals.
Robert Echeverria closed out his South Pasadena stint by guiding the Tigers to their fifth consecutive Rio Hondo League title.
Echeverria coached the South Pasadena boys water polo team for eight seasons, leading the Tigers to one title. He stayed on to coach the girls for one more year, helping South Pasadena to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 semifinals where they lost to eventual champion La Serna. It was the Tigers’ second CIF-SS semifinals appearance for Echeverria. South Pasadena has won 40 consecutive Rio Hondo games.
GRACE ALGEO, South Pasadena, Senior
MARISOL DAKAN, La Salle, Senior, Goalkeeper
LIZA ECHEVERRIA, South Pasadena, Senior
MAGGIE IRELAND, Mayfield, Sophomore
LINDSEY KELLEHER, Pasadena Poly, Junior
GABBY SICAT, Temple City, Freshman
ALLISON WOO, Pasadena Poly, Junior
Laura Chun, Arcadia, Sophomore
Aria Hueso, Pasadena, Sophomore
Ellie Karl, Mayfield, Junior, Goalkeeper
Missy McCreary, La Salle, Senior
Miranda Mora, La Canada, Junior
Kate Scannell, San Marino, Senior
Heidi Tan, Arcadia, Senior, Goalkeeper

Star-News All-Area boys soccer team

Ben Cuevas/Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

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BEN CUEVAS, Marshall, Senior, Forward
The goal for the recently completed soccer season was not necessarily to score goals. The goal was to win games.
“The focus was to win,” Marshall High School’s Ben Cuevas said. “It was about being around the team and not just one player.”
The senior forward did not have eye-popping statistics this season. But he helped the Eagles to eye-popping results, and that earned him Player of the Year honors.
Many overlooked Monrovia as a serious threat to overthrow La Canada as the Rio Hondo League champion. But Wildcats coach Mike Williams was confident his team could contend for the title.
“We played these tough preleague games to get ready,” Williams said early in the season.
JAKE ANDERSON, St. Francis, Sophomore, Midfielder
AUSTIN GARTSIDE, La Canada, Senior, Defender
HEVEN GOMEZ, South Pasadena, Senior, Forward
JOSE HEREDIA, Maranatha, Junior, Forward
BRENDAN HILDRETH, Pasadena, Sophomore, Forward
JOSE MADEROS, Duarte, Senior, Forward
IAN McKNIGHT, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Defender
ALEX PALMA, Marshall, Junior, Forward
MICHAEL QUINTERO, Marshall, Senior, Goalkeeper
ANTONIO ROSAS, Monrovia, Senior, Forward
CONNOR SAMS, Monrovia, Senior, Defender
Angel Cortes, Arcadia, Senior, Midfielder
Zack Dunn, South Pasadena, Senior, Midfielder
Filip Franke, La Canada, Senior, Forward
Ali Kamal, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Forward
Graham Labran-Boyd, La Canada, Senior, Goalkeeper
Alfredo Maciel, Monrovia, Junior, Midfielder
Max Medley, Monrovia, Senior, Goalkeeper
Michael Mikirya, Marshall, Senior, Midfielder
Cole Rademacher, Flintridge Prep, Senior, Forward
Frankie Viega, St. Francis, Senior, Forward
Armaan Zare, La Canada, Senior, Midfielder

Star-News All-Area girls soccer team

Noel Askins/Walt Mancini photo

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NOEL ASKINS, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Forward
The goals kept adding up. So did the attention.
But it never seemed to bother Pasadena Poly forward Noel Askins. Despite facing double teams for most of the season, the USC-bound forward, had her best numbers in her high school career.
She had 33 goals and 16 assists and earned Star-News layer of the Year honors.
RAFA MORAN, Gabrielino
It was a season for the Gabrielino High School record books.
Until March 8, the Eagles had surprisingly never had a CIF-Southern Section team championship in any sport. They have won individual titles.
The Gabrielino girls soccer team’s title was the school’s first team title in its 21 years.
KATY COATS, Maranatha, Freshman, Forward
MEGAN DECKER, La Canada, Junior, Forward
EVAN GANCEDO, Pasadena Poly, Senior, Midfielder
DANI GARCIA, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Senior, Goalkeeper
JAQUELINE JAQUEZ, Marshall, Senior, Defender
CHELSEA JOHNSON, Flintridge Prep, Senior, Defender
OLIVIA LEYVA, La Canada, Senior, Defender
RACHEL NATSUME, Gabrielino, Senior, Defender
VICTORIA SAVARE, Gabrielino, Junior, Forward
MEGAN STEINBERGER, Arcadia, Senior, Forward
HAYLEY THOMPSON, San Marino, Senior, Midfielder
Sloan Askins, Pasadena Poly, Sophomore, Defender
Kelly Brady, South Pasadena, Senior, Forward
Kaitlyn Corrall, La Canada, Sophomore, goalkeeper
Katrina Davis, La Canada, Senior, Defender
Kelly Dopke, Arcadia, Junior, Defender
Tatum French, Sophomore, Maranatha, Goalkeeper
Izel Gutierrez, Gabrielino, Freshman, Forward
Ellie Hannan, San Marino, Senior, Goalkeeper
Roxana Hernandez, Marshall, Senior, Midfielder
Christina Holguin, Alhambra, Senior, Goalkeeper
Vienna Rousset, Arcadia, Forward, Senior

Maranatha on the verge of becoming an athletic powerhouse …


Pasadena is there for the taking. I know it. You know it. Maranatha High School knows it. And more importantly, the school is doing something about it.

Pasadena is well known as an athletics hotbed. It’s also no secret that its public school system, especially in terms of athletics, is a bit of a wreck. Coaches are woefully underpaid and the amount of turnover is staggering in terms of coaches and athletes is staggering.

Who better to take advantage of this than Maranatha?

And why not? There’s currently a pipeline of Pasadena football talent extending to the San Fernando Valley and beyond where schools like Alemany, Crespi and Oaks Christian are being bankrolled by our local talent.

What if those kids looking for an alternative to Pasadena public schools decided to stay close to home and pursue their athletic dreams locally? Maranatha, with its growing list of top-notch coaches, is doing whatever it can to make itself look like the top option.

It simply can’t be on accident that in the last year Maranatha has hired Mr. Basketball in Pasadena, Tim Tucker, to head its boys hoops program. And now four-time CIF champion Steve Bogan has been brought in to coach the football team.

It doesn’t stop there. In the girls basketball program, there’s a marquee name on the coaching staff like Tye’sha Fluker, who starred at Muir before attending Tennessee and playing with four teams in the WNBA. Think she can teach the younger generation a thing or two?

The baseball program has former Temple City standout pitcher Ryan Tucker, who had a brief career recently in Major League Baseball with the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers, on staff as pitching coach.

Again, none of these things are happening on accident. The collection of coaches being assembled on campus at Maranatha isn’t by mistake. It’s almost as if Maranatha has realized what so many schools fail to understand — the best way to build a thriving high school is through athletics. Especially for a private school.

And the best way to build a great athletics program is to first start by hiring the best coaches around. Many of Maranatha’s athletic programs are already successful. The football team won a league championship last fall. The boys basketball came close to tying powerful Village Christian for the league title. The girls basketball team won league. The baseball team is currently tied for first.

Simply winning league championships won’t be enough. Bogan will be expected to do that and then follow it with postseason success. It won’t be easy because building a football program is the longest job a coach can have. But Bogan is starting with a good foundation and should some of that Pasadena talent come trickling in, things may get real good, real fast.

Tucker is already well on his way. Maranatha had several transfers into the program last year and there figures to be another good haul this season. The girls basketball team just saw standout Channon Fluker, formerly of Muir, earn Star-News Player of the Year honors.

The ball is already rolling at Maranatha. The city is there for the taking. The coaches are in place to take it both in terms of getting talent in and knowing what to do with it when they’ve got it.

We will never know what goes on behind closed doors at Maranatha, but we don’t need to hear the conversation when the actions are right under our noses. Maranatha is making its move. It’s bidding to become a Pasadena sports powerhouse. And if you’re good here, you’re good anywhere.

In a city where so many other schools are content to sit back and let it happen, who’s really going to bet against the Minutemen?

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East Side sweeps Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic

Glendora's Thomas Rico (#5) with the Tribune All-Stars gets tied up by the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Boys Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Glendora’s Thomas Rico (#5) with the Tribune All-Stars gets tied up by the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Boys Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014.
(Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Which side of the San Gabriel Valley is the best basketball played?
For one night, it appears its the east side that reigns surpreme after sweeping the boys and girls games Friday night in the 11th Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at Damien High School.
The Tribune All-Stars, getting 20 points from Walnut’s Rob Harrelson and 19 from Glendora’s Thomas Rico, rallied to beat their Star-News counterparts, 89-81.
In the girls game, Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley capped arguably one of the top area high school careers by scoring 18 points in leading the Tribune to a 85-60 victory.
Wheatley and Rico were their team’s game MVPs. The Star-News MVPs were Muir’s Dejon Williams, who had 12 points in the boys game, and the Mustangs’ Chy’annea Hodges, who had 11.
The Tribune now leads the boys’ series, 6-5, with the Tribune trimming the Star-News’ lead in the girls series to 6-5.
“This was great,” Rico said. “They were saying we’re undersized, so it’s great to come out and get the win.”
The Star-News, which rallied back from a 21-point deficit to tie the score at halftime, 44-44, looked like it might split the doubleheader when Alhambra’ Miles Ford (13 points) hit a 3-pointer and Keppel’s Adam Thompson converted a fast-break layup for a 70-66 lead. But then Rico, one of the area’s best 3-point shooters, got hot, scoring the next 12 points on three 3-pointers and a 3-point play for a 78-72 lead with 3:23 left.
The Star-News cut it to 87-81 with less than a minute left, but missed back-to-back 3-pointers with 30 seconds to play.
“I just wanted to make sure we got the win,” Rico said. “It got close, and I was able to take over and get us the win.”
The first half of the boys game was two halves in one before the teams settled for a 44-44 deadlock.
The Tribune, which got 13 first-half points from Harrelson, opened with a 34-13 blitz. Harrelson; Damien’s Cade Cunniff, who was a late replacement, and Glendora’s Thomas Rico each hit 3-pointers during the run.
But the Star-News team rallied back with runs of 11-0 and 20-8 to tie it at 44 at halftime.

Bonita's Nikki Wheatley (#10) with the Tribune All-Stars makes a shot as they play the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita’s Nikki Wheatley (#10) with the Tribune All-Stars makes a shot as they play the Pasadena Star-News All-Stars in the Girls Basketball All-Star Classic at Damien High School in La Verne on Friday April 11, 2014. (Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

In the girls game, the Tribune All-Stars put it away early in the second half after opening with an 18-3 surge for a 56-30 lead with about 10 minutes to play. Wheatley, who also had six steals, scored 10 in the second half to put the finishing touches on her high school career, which includes being a four-time All-Area player.
“It feels good to finish with all these amazing girls,” Wheatley said. “It was really fun, and to play with these amazing players was a great way to end my high school career.”
Bishop Amat’s Paulina Santana and Dagmar Ramirez had 15 and nine points, respectively, for the Tribune

USC offers St. Francis’ WR Dylan Crawford

I just got out of Sunday mass and received a text from St. Francis coach Jim Bonds announcing that USC has offered Golden Knight receiver Dylan Crawford.
Crawford, a sophomore, was first team All-Area after helping St. Francis to a 10-3 record and a trip to the CIF-Southern Section Western Division semifinals. Crawford had 54 receptions for 993 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.