The Spartans are coming! The Spartans are coming!

What a game tonight.

La Caada will take on Bishop Amat tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Arroyo Tournament. I will be there on assignment bringing you all the action in Friday’s paper. I hear all these things about “Bishop Amat” ruling girls basketball in the San Gabriel Valley. Well, I’ll just have to find out for myself if that’s true or not. I got to catch Sherman Oaks Notre Dame last night before the Monrovia-Downey tipoff. Notre Dame has a girl (No. 32 or 22) that is strong inside and talk about hops, she’s got ’em. That will be a good game Saturday when Monrovia faces a formidable challenge in Notre Dame. For the record, the Lancers are 6-0 and are coming off a 73-18 drubbing over Kennedy. The Spartans are 6-1 and are coming off a 51-45 win over Flintridge Prep. Certainly, the Lancers will be a test for the Spartans and it’ll be interesting to see how they respond to adversity. La Caada is led by Courtney McCutchan’s 12 points per game.

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WSJ: The Do-It-Yourself Athletic Scholarship Guide

I welcome all stories from bloggers who happen to run into good reads, even if it’s not from our site šŸ˜‰ This read comes from The Wall Street Journal, the link sent via e-mail from a fellow blogger New York. It’s a good read for parents and students struggling to get the attention of recruiters.

Above: Alisha Eckberg’s family followed a Web guidebook to attract recruiters. (Michael Justice for The Wall Street Journal)

From The Wall Street Journal

Kirsten Bladek had a problem.

Three weeks into her senior season on the Monarch High School volleyball team in Colorado, the 5-feet, 10-inch setter found herself warming the bench. Her dream of an athletic scholarship seemed dead — especially since her family couldn’t afford the $1,000 or so that many parents pay these days to hire a private athletic-recruiting counselor.

But then in September, Ms. Bladek spent $39.99 to post her athletic rsum and pictures of her playing on the Web site The shots, combined with videos posted later, highlighted her ability to set the ball from in front of her forehead, with arms thrust out like Superman in flight. That display, combined with some telephone campaigning by Kirsten and her mother, got college coaches to start paying attention.

“I’ve been getting so many calls from random numbers, half of them I’m scared to pick up,” says Kirsten, who recently took an all-expenses-paid visit to New Mexico Highlands University, where she was offered a scholarship.

Ms. Bladek’s experience highlights the changing landscape of athletic scholarships. Coaches and recruiters easily notice top-tier talent in big-name sports. But mid-level high-school athletes or those in lesser-known sports often pay high-priced private consultants to connect them with coaches. With fees ranging from $700 to $5,000, the system has been expensive for students and inefficient for coaches — who get scouting recommendations only on kids who can afford to pay the consultants.

Now, do-it-yourself services have emerged that allow student athletes to showcase their abilities for a fraction of the price. Aside from, other sites include, (owned by CBS Corp.’s MaxPreps unit),, and There are also numerous sport-specific sites.

Click here to read the rest of the story on The Wall Street Journal’s Website.

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Boys Basketball: La Caada Tournament

La Caada Tournament

St. Francis vs. Maranatha at St. Francis, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday’s Games (All games at La Caada)
Schurr vs. Little Rock, 4:30 p.m.
Saugus vs. Maranatha, 6 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Village Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games (All games at La Caada)
Schurr vs. Lincoln, 3 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Saugus, 4:30 p.m.
La Caada vs. Little Rock, 6 p.m.
Maranatha vs. Village Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games (All games at La Caada)
Seventh-place game, 2 p.m.
Fifth-place game, 3:30 p.m.
Third-place game, 5 p.m.
Championship game, 6:30 p.m.

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Steve Garrison comes out of retirement, joins Gano

Freddy Robledo was all over the Greg Gano hiring like white on rice and he’s revealing on his blog that Gano has already assembled a super star staff. So who’s staff is better, Damien’s or Bishop Amat’s?

Damien supporters might be interested to know that Gano already has begun assembling his staff. Former Wilson football coach and athletic director Dave Merrill, who guided the Wildcats to a section championship in 1997, is retiring at Wilson and becoming the offensive coordinator. Former Monrovia coach Steve Garrison, who took the Wildcats to three CIF championship games in the 1990’s, is also joining Gano’s staff along with his longtime Los Altos assistants Lee Fair and John Howing.

So much for Garrison taking over at Pasadena. A legend leaves the WSGV.

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Football: All Rio Hondo League

The Star-News All Area team comes out on Christmas. Until then, I’ll release All-League teams as they reach my inbox or via fax. Yes, I’m calling on you, coaches/AD’s.

MVP: Marquise Williams, Monrovia
Co-Offensive Back of the Year: Scott Dooley, San Marino; Max Ruckle, Temple City
Offensive lineman of the Year: Josh Ouellette, Temple City
Defensive back of the Year: Steven Yortsos, San Marino
Co-Linebacker of the Year: Nick Conora, Temple City
Defensive lineman of the Year: Ryan Watkins, Temple City
All-purpose: Sean Denney, La Canada

Thaddeus Brown, Blair
DJ Cole, Monrovia
Joey Stewart, Temple City
Morgan Hatch, Temple City
Trayvon Wysinger, Blair
Steven Colliau, South Pasadena
Michael Weston, La Canada
Joe McMahon, San Marino
Josh Lowden, Monrovia
Matt O’Malley, Temple City
Ted Kavich, La Canada
Kizz Prussia, Monrovia
Gianni Bruno-Lopez

Terrell Jones, Blair
Michael Rollins, San Marino
Steven Colliau, South Pasadena
Bobby Michel, Monrovia
Robert Schwartzbaugh, Temple City
Jermaine ARnold, Monrovia
Joe McMahon, San Marino
Ben Harwich, San Marino
Grant Haggard, Monrovia
Josh Lowden, Monrovia
Joey Stewart, Temple City
Michael Weston, La Canada
Daniel Cisic, San Marino

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