Boys Basketball: Pasadena still the top ‘Dawg

STAR-NEWS BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

1. Pasadena (14-5)
Still the team to beat in area

2. Temple City (13-6)
Impressive over Spartans

3. La Caada (16-5)

At South Pasadena on Friday

4. Keppel (14-5)

Aztecs were tested vs. Moors

5. Monrovia (13-7)
Lost to SoPas but beat TC?!?

6. Alhambra (12-7)
Moors peaking at right time?

7. Blair (11-7)
Big game vs. Temple City

8. Flintridge Prep (12-6)
Bring on the Panthers!

9. Pasadena Poly (13-8)

Ready to ruin Rebels’ record?

10. La Salle (11-9)
Lost heartbreaker to St. Paul

BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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Boys Soccer: Monrovia finally drops one, still on top

STAR-NEWS BOYS SOCCER TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

1. Monrovia (15-1-3)

First loss comes to TC, 1-0

2. Pasadena (9-1-4)
Omar Reyes to the rescue

3. St. Francis (9-3-4)
Don’t get enough credit

4. La Caada (12-5-2)
Loss to San Marino puzzling

5. Rosemead (8-4-3)
Mountain View comes Thurs.

6. Muir (3-6-2)
Is there still time to recover?

7. Temple City (3-2-4)
Rams are 3-0-1 in RHL

8. Alhambra (4-4)
Bell Gardens will test Moors

9. Blair (5-6-2)
Scored six goals vs. South Pas

10. Arcadia (5-6-1)
Plays Pasadena at home today

BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS

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Girls Basketball: Anybody going to topple Muir?

STAR-NEWS GIRLS BASKETBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. Muir (13-3)
Nine consecutive victories

2. Pasadena Poly (13-3)
Plays at Flintridge Prep tonight

3. Keppel (11-10)
Taking care of business

4. Monrovia (10-6)
Top players need to step up

5. La Caada (16-5)
Plays at South Pas on Friday

6. South Pasadena (13-7)
Keeping pace in RHL

7. La Salle (10-8)
Atop Camino Real League

8. Maranatha (8-11)
Showdown vs. Campbell Hall

9. Alhambra (7-7)
Can it stay with Keppel?

10. Flintridge Prep (9-9)
Needs wins in a big week

Girls Soccer: No change at the top, FSHA still there

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 GIRLS SOCCER RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. Flintridge S.H. (13-3-2)
Tologs keep rolling along

2. La Caada (10-2-3)
Has control of RHL

3. La Salle (11-2-5)
Taking over in Camino Real

4. San Marino (6-4-5)
Played La Caada tough in tie

5. Arcadia (5-5)
Needs big second-half move

6. Maranatha (10-6-4)
Key leauge game on Friday

7. Westridge (4-3-2)
Plays Alverno on Friday

8. Ramona Convent (13-5-1)
Must keep pressure on

9. Alverno (11-1-1)
Four double-digit wins

10. Flintridge Prep (7-6)
Resumes league play Friday

Maranatha: If you park here you will be towed away ….

Imagine my surprise when I park my car near the soccer field and find the sign below:

I just had to take a picture and ask someone what was up with the sign. I ran into Maranatha athletic director Brian DeHaan during the Campbell Hall-Maranatha girls basketball game.

“Explain this to me,” I asked DeHaan. He laughed and said the school raffled off the parking spot. The Schilz family won and instead of a sign reading “This spot reserved for the Schilz Family” the family opted to give it to Matt Schiz, the star quarterback headed to Bowling Green next season.

I ran into Matt Schilz after the game and showed him the picture, too. I asked him to explain that, jokingly, of course, and he laughed, too. I told him I was close to parking there and he replied, “You should have.” Maranatha football coach Joel Murphy jokingly said, “I park there all the time.”

So I did.


Above: Check out my new and beautiful HID lights on my ride. Thanks for the spot, Matt.

I got to watch Lauren Holiday in action. She’s a talented freshman who plays for Campbell Hall. Maranatha lost to the visiting Vikings, 40-31, dropping the Minutemen to 4-1 in Alpha League play. Campbell Hall improved to 16-1, 5-0.

Holiday is the complete package. Well, almost. She slashes past defenders, creates scoring opportunities for her teammates, has a soft shooting touch and is aggressive driving inside. She rebounds well, blocks a lot of shots and dishes the ball well, too. But she fouls a lot and can’t seem to hit the free throws. She sat the last three minutes of the second quarter because of three fouls and she made only 2 of 8 free throws. Still, she’ll only get much better and she’ll be fun to watch. If you don’t know, her brother, Jrue, is a highly-touted freshman at UCLA. One funny play happened with 5:18 left in the second quarter. Dingle was trying to in-bound the ball and when she threw it Holiday slapped it back down to Dingle’s hands. Her act of catching the ball meant turning the ball over to Campbell hall because Dingle was out of bounds. KNBC-4 was there to shoot Holiday (10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals) in action, but another young talented player was there, too. Maranatha sophomore Mian Dingle has a strong presence inside for the Minutemen. She finished with 10 points and could have had more if not for the bounces that weren’t going her way inside. This rivalry will only get better. Campbell Hall has only two seniors, one junior, four freshman and five sophomores. On the other hand, Maranatha’s Mingle is only a sohpmore as is Michell Hsu and Amber Banks. Kristina Newkirk, a junior, will furthermore compliment the offense. She finished with eight points. Lauren McGee, a senior, finished with seven points but I would have liked to see her attack the basket early and often.

Maranatha coach Annie Miller on the blooming rivalry:

“I’m excited for the future. We do both have young teams. It’s going to be a great rivalry, I agree.”

Miller on Lauren Holiday’s style of play:

She’s a hustler. a great player like that will get her points. Our goal was to hold her to less than her (17.5 points) average but she works hard. I was so impressed with her.

Campbell Hall coach Toya Holiday on Maranatha’s basketball team:

“Maranatha is a strong team. Their point guard really good and Dingle, wow, she’s tough.”

Holiday on the blooming rivalry:

“The coach has done a remarkable job. I was just saying to her she has whole bench of JV. Most of the teams we play don’t have a JV team so she’s doing something to get the girls to come out and play. I have to come with something new to beat them (in the next meeting) and that’s (our) senior night (at home).”

Final California rankings from Rivals, Scout.com

Arcadia’s Todd Golper is ranked the No. 25 best recruit in California and Maranatha’s Matt Schilz is ranked No. 91.

Rivals.com California Postseason Top 100 2009 (Last sorted on 1/25/2009)

2009 Rank Pos Ht/Wt School
1 Matt Barkley Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei QB 6-3/226 USC
Earned MVP Award at Under Armour All American Game by passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns

2 Vontaze Burfict
Corona (CA) Centennial LB 6-2/244 USC
Was the third-leading tackler for the West team in the Army Bowl. He also dominated in all-star game practices, capping off an amazing senior season that saw him lead his team to a CIF title and a state championship.

3 Patrick Hall
Ventura (CA) St. Bonaventure ATH 6-1/181 USC
U.S. Army All-America member averaged 9.69 yards a carry as a senior and had 11 touchdown runs in 2009. He made several dozen tackles from his safety spot.

4 T.J. McDonald
Fresno (CA) Edison DB 6-2/200 USC
His physical presence and ability at the U. S. Army All-American practices was reminiscent of his father, Tim McDonald.

5 Randall Carroll
Los Angeles (CA) Cathedral ATH 5-10/175 USC
Speed kills, and Carroll is one of the fastest in the nation. He has recorded a sub-10.5 100-meters. He also had a tremendous senior season with an average of more than 18 yards per catch.

6 Cliff Harris
Fresno (CA) Edison DB 6-0/165 Oregon
Demonstrated the best cover skills of any defensive back during the U. S. Army All American practices.

7 Michael Philipp
San Bernardino (CA) Arroyo Valley OL 6-3/320 Oregon State
Philipp, who was part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, can play guard, tackle or center.

8 Cierre Wood
Oxnard (CA) Santa Clara RB 6-0/192 Notre Dame
Wood, the main offensive weapon for his high school team this past season, rushed for 1,526 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

9 Kevin Graf
Agoura (CA) Agoura OL 6-6/301 USC
A solid senior season was capped off by a strong showing in the Under Amour All-American Game.

10 Morrell Presley
Carson (CA) Carson WR 6-4/215 UCLA
Presley had three catches for 40 yards in the Under Armour All-American Game.

11 Byron Moore
Harbor City (CA) Narbonne DB 6-0/188 list
Moore played his way into the Rivals100 with jaw-dropping performances at the USC Rising Star Camp and FBU Top Gun Camp. He helped Narbonne go deep in the CIF City Section playoffs.

12 Rolando Jefferson
Fresno (CA) Edison WR 6-2/190 list
Averaged more than 24 yards a catch and had 11 TDs in 2007.

13 Richard Brehaut
Rancho Cucamonga (CA) Los Osos QB 6-2/206 UCLA
Completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,248 yards and 22 TDs in 2007.

14 Jemari Roberts
Long Beach (CA) Woodrow Wilson WR 6-3/205 Stanford
Has a 3.97 GPA and speed to burn.

15 Marquis Simmons
Compton (CA) Dominguez LB 6-2/215 USC
Committed to USC as a sophomore and really blew up at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp.

16 Marlon Pollard
San Bernardino (CA) Cajon DB 6-1/160 UCLA
Also an all-state performer in the long jump and triple jump.

17 Shaquelle Evans
Inglewood (CA) Inglewood WR 6-0/203 Notre Dame
Caught 30 passes for 608 yards and three TDs, also returned a kickoff for a score.

18 Tate Forcier
San Diego (CA) Scripps Ranch QB 6-0/184 Michigan
Last two seasons has passed for 4,024 yards while rushing for 1,266 yards.

19 James Boyd
Los Angeles (CA) Jordan ATH 6-4/211 USC
Nicknamed “The Beast”. Threw for 2,499 yards and 23 TDs, recorded 72 tackles and 11 sacks in ’07.

20 Allan Bridgford
Mission Viejo (CA) Mission Viejo QB 6-3/213 California
Threw for 2,508 yards and 22 TDs in 2007.

21 Sheldon Price
La Puente (CA) Bishop Amat DB 6-2/155 UCLA
Tall, rangy corner that has size to match up with bigger receivers.

22 De’Von Flournoy
Van Nuys (CA) Birmingham WR 6-0/178 USC
Has had 61 catches for 1,482 yards and 22 TDs over the past two seasons.

23 Osahon Irabor
Upland (CA) Upland DB 5-10/178 Arizona State
Earned first-team all-league from his cornerback position as a junior.

24 Levine Toilolo
San Diego (CA) Helix TE 6-8/239 Stanford
Had a steallar performance as a TE at the NUC Combine last year and had 13 sacks from the DE position.

25 Todd Golper
Arcadia (CA) Arcadia LB 6-0/225 UCLA
Totaled 122 tackles, 11 sacks and two INTs last year.

Arcadia’s Todd Golper is listed at No. 22 (Note: He opened the season ranked No. 15)

Scout.com Class of 2009 California Top 101 (Final Rankings)

Rank Name Pos High School (City, State) Ht/Wt Verbal
1 Matt Barkley QB Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 6-3/218 USC
2 Vontaze Burfict MLB Corona (Calif.) Centennial 6-2/235 USC
3 T.J. McDonald S Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-1/181/4.63 USC
4 Morrell Presley TE Carson (Calif.) Carson 6-3.5/215 UCLA
5 Cliff Harris CB Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-0/170/4.5
6 Patrick Hall S Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure 6-1.5/185 USC
7 Kevin Graf OT Agoura (Calif.) Agoura 6-5.5/297 USC
8 Byron Moore S Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne 6-1/200
9 Tyler Gaffney FB San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic 6-1/215/4.49 Stanford
10 Richard Brehaut QB Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos 6-2/205 UCLA
11 Shaquelle Evans WR Inglewood (Calif.) Inglewood 6-2/192 Notre Dame
12 Zach Ertz TE Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista 6-6/225 Stanford
13 Michael Philipp OT San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley 6-4/295
14 Marquis Simmons WLB Compton (Calif.) Dominguez 6-1/225 USC
15 Rolando Jefferson WR Fresno (Calif.) Edison 6-2.5/190
16 James Boyd DE Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan 6-5/220 USC
17 Randall Carroll WR Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral 6-0/195 USC
18 Cierre Wood RB Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara 6-0/200/4.5 Notre Dame
19 Levine Toilolo TE La Mesa (Calif.) Helix 6-7/234 Stanford
20 Usua Amanam RB San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep 5-10/180/4.46 Stanford
21 Tate Forcier QB San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch 6-1/190/4.63 Michigan
22 Todd Golper MLB Arcadia (Calif.) Arcadia 6-1/225 UCLA
23 Derek Carr QB Bakersfield (Calif.) Bakersfield Christian 6-3/190 Fresno State
24 Devon Flournoy WR Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham 6-2/180/4.4 USC
25 Diante Jackson WR Walnut Creek (Calif.) Los Lomas 6-3/190 Colorado
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Kentucky coach pleads not guilty in player’s death

I’m really wondering what our area football coaches think about all this. Does this put a strain on your team’s workout regiment? Are coaches going to re-schedule workout times for morning and night and nothing in between?

From The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE (AP) — At a church where he’s a deacon and the high school where he coaches football, David Jason Stinson is well-liked enough to find himself surrounded by supporters despite prosecutors charging him in a player’s death.

On Monday, Stinson pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide in the death of 15-year-old Pleasure Ridge Park High School offensive lineman Max Gilpin, who collapsed at a sweltering Aug. 20 practice after running sprints, sometimes in pads and helmet.

“They’re dragging a very good man through the mud and I don’t understand why,” football booster Rodney Daugherty said of the coach.

A judge released Stinson without bond at the courthouse that attracted at least a dozen community members voicing their support for the first-year head coach. Gilpin’s family also was at the hearing, but did not speak to reporters.
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Girls Basketball: Campbell Hall-Maranatha showdown!

An 11-game winning streak is on the line when Campbell Hall (15-1, 3-0) visits Maranatha (8-11, 4-0) tonight at 7 in an Alpha League showdown. The Minutemen are riding a 4-game winning streak but more importantly they are unbeaten in league with a perfect 4-0 record. I will cover this showdown tonight. This is the first meeting between the two and will play again in the season finale.

There’s no surprise Campbell Hall will try to stop the Minutemen’s Mian Dingle who is averaging 13.7 points per game. The scary part? She’s only a sophomore and is averaging nearly seven rebounds per game. In-N-Out anyone? I kid I kid …

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