BOYS TRACK AND FIELD: Muir’s Thompson is Runner of the Year

South Pasadena’s Hernandez Coach of the Year:

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Above: Muir’s Marcus Thompson competes in the 110 Meter Hurdles during the Pasadena Invitational at Pasadena City College Saturday, March 29, 2008. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/SPORTS)

Runner of the Year: Marcus Thompson
School: Muir
Year: Senior

Accomplishments: Thompson helped the Mustangs to the Pacific League title, winning the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles. He was also was a key figure on the 1,600 relay team. He finished third in both the hurdles races in the CIF-Southern Section Division finals. He ran the 100 hurdles in 14.69 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 38.97.

Coach of the Year: P.J. Hernandez
School: South Pasadena
Year: Second

Accomplishments: The Tigers completed an undefeated run to win the Rio Hondo League dual meet title. They were 7-0 overall. South Pasadena won 10 varsity boys events in the league finals meet.
What he said: “Our seniors really stepped up, and our juniors really improved over their sophomore years.”
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FOOTBALL: Hall of Fame game is not enjoying Fiesta

The annual Hall of Fame All-Star game, to be played at Bassett High School on June 27 is taking a hit from the second-year upstart Fiesta game.

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Above: Muir’s Willie Youngblood.

Among the defections to the game to be played at City Section school LA Wilson, are Muir’s Willie Youngblood and possibly Arcadia’s Kevan Walker. What has usually been a East San Gabriel Valley vs. West San Gabriel Valley has become more of an East vs. whoever’s left. Considering legendary former Muir coach Jim Brownfield hepled start the Hall of Fame game, it’s sad that Muir and Pasadena kids would rather play in a game that’s only been around for two years. The other interesting twist is that one of the coaches of the other game is a San Gabriel assistant.
Last year’s game at Bassett drew an overflow crowd and I expect the same this year.

What Fred wrote:
Where’s the loyalty?
The Hall of Fame All-Star football game is on Friday, June 27 at Bassett High School. A night later, the second annual Fiesta Bowl is at L.A. Wilson High on June 28. Why did the Fiesta, knowing th date of the Hall of Fame, schedule their game a day later? And even worse, the Fiesta is watering down the Hall of Fame East roster with Star-News area kids normally in the Hall of Fame, and now it’s become a tug-of-war, with Star-News kids forced to choose. It’s come down to coaches recruiting against each other for the best players. I have no problem with the Fiesta Bowl, It’s the City vs. Southern Section kids, and a great idea. But the Southern-Section kids are primarily Pasadena area-players, so that game should have been scheduled a week earlier, two weeks earlier, anything, so that they’re not competing. It’s a shame when I see Muir and PHS kids skipping the Hall of fame for the Fiesta, especially since it was Muir’s legendary coach Jim Brownfield who practically put together the Hall of Fame and still has so much to do with it. I know he’s disappointed, and this could have been avoided had players and coaches from the East side remembered how good the Hall of Fame had been to them. Or maybe it’s simply that the Pasadena-area kids are tired of getting beat up by the Tribune-area kids. Maybe they’ve had enough. If anything, if these all-star games continue playing the same weekend in the future, new boundaries need to be created.
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FOOTBALL: A new rivarly game

With the blessing of Freddie, here’s what he posted over on the Tribune site.
This sounds like a great event and should be an outstanding contest.

Like the Bonita-San Dimas Smudge Pot, and the Muir-PHS Turkey Tussle, Monrovia and Duarte are putting together the First Annual, “MD Classic,” on September 12. It’s a great idea and long overdue for the neighboring schools. There will be a trophy for the winner to hold for a year, and an MVP award honoring the memory of Monrovia’s Edward “Tuttie” White and Duarte’s Brandon Lee. What makes it even more special is that players, coaches and members of the community from both schools will be invited to share a picnic BBQ a week earlier on Sept. 6 at Monrovia’s Recreation Park, which hopefully brings the communities closer together. It’s something that everyone should support.
“I think it’s a big deal,” Duarte football coach Wardell Crutchfield said. “When I came to Duarte, I didn’t realize how big the rivalry was. I was at a game one time and heard a Monrovia kid say ‘I don’t care what happens, as long as we beat Duarte.’ It’s something that’s long overdue, and having a BBQ together is great for the community, especially with all the stuff we’ve had going on. It’s a win-win situation.”

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FOOTBALL: Who are the area’s top returning players?

Although the West San Gabriel Valley lost some talented players to graduation, there are many waiting in the wings to take over as the area’s best.

Question: Who do you think are the top players in the area? Here’s a sample list.

Todd Golper, fullback/tight end/linebacker: Arcadia: There’s been enough said about this kid to write a book. He should be right up there as the area’s top player.

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Above: Arcadia’s Todd Golper.

Dietrich Riley, wide receiver/running back/defensive back, St. Francis: A wide receiver, turned running back due to injuries last season, Riley has about as much natural talent and ability as anyone I’ve seen in the area. Look for a breakout season out of him.

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Above: Dietrich Riley, right.

Mitchell Crockom, wide receiver/defensive back, Alhambra: This kid is going to be a headliner as long as he stays healthy. He appears to be a man among boys, and he’s only a junior.

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Above: Ablhambra’s Mitchell Crockom.

Reuben Thomas, quarterback/defensive back/corner, Muir: Thomas has a good arm and plenty of speed. As he goes, so will the Mustangs.

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Above: Muir’s Reuben Thomas.

Marquise Williams, running back, Monrovia: Injuries were the only thing holding this kid down last year because opposing defenses sure weren’t able to. Great size and speed.

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Above: Monrovia’s Marquise Williams.

Tra’ Sumler, running back/linebacker, Rosemead: A kid with speed and natural talent. Look for Sumler to enjoy a solid 2008 campaign.

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Above: Rosemead’s Tra’ Sumler.

Angel Alejandre, quarterback, Rosemead: Alejandre hopes to pick up where he left off last season and lead the Panthers to a Mission Valley League title.

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Above: Rosemead’s Angel Alejandre.

Isaac Valdez, quarterback, San Gabriel: Valdez didn’t know he was going to be the starter until just before the opener against Walnut. He never relinquished the position and had an outstanding year. Look for more big things out of Valdez this season.

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Above: San Gabriel’s Isaac Valdez.

Francisco Villalobos, offensive line/linebacker, San Gabriel: Villalobos was a monster on defense last season for the Matadors. Expect more of the same out of him this year.

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Above: San Gabriels’ Francisco Villalobos, left.

Danny Beckwith, quarterback/defensive back, Maranatha: The kid can throw, and throw on the money, and he’s a solid defender at defensive back.

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Above: Maranatha quarterback Danny Beckwith.

Myles Campbell, wide receiver/defensive back, Muir: Here’s another kid with great speed and skills. Watch out for a big senior season.

J’Quan Hamilton, running back Pasadena: Hamilton was one of those guys who just did what he was asked to do last season and is capable of producing big yards this season.

DaVante La Flora, wide receiver/safety, Pasadena: A kid with great hands and speed. Should be the leader of the Bulldogs receiver corps.

Morgan Hatch, quarterback/defensive back, Temple City: Developed into solid quarterback last season.

Chase Rettig, quarterback, La Salle: Has a solid arm and good leadership skills. If the new crop of receivers step right in and play well, Rettig will be just fine.

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FOOTBALL: San Marino searching for success in 2008

The Titans competed in the Crescenta Valley passing tournament with high hopes for the 2008 season.

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Above: San Marino players urge on their teammates during the Crescenta Valley passing tournament at Glendale Sports Complex.

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Above: San Marino quarterback Steven Wright attempts at pass at the Crescenta Valley passing tournament.

Here’s a look at the 2008 San Marino Titans.
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