“You just can’t pay me enough to work overtime”

Joe Conte, the San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association liaison to the CIF-Southern Section, met Tuesday night with the officiating crew working last week’s Temple City-Arcadia game. I’ll have a much more detailed story in Thursday’s paper, but here’s the gist and some noteworthy quotes.

Conte said he asked each official if they made a comment about overtime pay. The first four officials asked answered “no” and the fifth official (the fellow working the Temple City sidelines) got up and said: Yes, I did say that. The exact quote was “You just can’t pay me enough to work overtime.” That quote was relayed to someone who asked about overtime.

“The officials just made a bad decision,” Conte said. “There was a miscommunication between the schools and officials. The school should have told them (the officials) before the game, halftime, or in the third quarter and it was never asked.

“It was their (the officials’) impression we don’t do overtime. But it was a mistake on the officials part. They should have asked about overtime. They could have said, ‘Hey, it’s 14-14, at halftime. Are we going to have overtime?’ What’s the situation? None of that was done. The officials just made a bad decision. That’s all I can say. They were not informed properly. I don’t know where they got that we don’t do overtimes because there must have been six overtimes this weekend.”

Conte said a board meeting next Tuesday will decide if the officiating crew will be reprimanded even further.

As of now, the five officials will not work any Temple City or Arcadia games the rest of the year and possibly into next year. Conte said the officials association will send a letter of apology to both schools.

“I don’t know what what I can tell you,” Conte said. “It’s going to take us a long time to live through this. I was in disbelief. I could not believed it happened.

“It’ll take years to get over this. This will hang with our unit for years and years and years.”

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MaxPreps.com weighs in on Temple City-Arcadia tie

Former USA Today writer Dave Krider weighs in on the Temple City-Arcadia tie from last weekend. Krider, a senior writer at MaxPreps, caught up with Joe Conte, the San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association liaison to the CIF-Southern Section, who met with the crew Tuesday night. Yours truly makes a cameo in the story as well.

“I was almost in tears facing those guys,” Conte said. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it – our officials should have done a better job asking about overtime. They probably won’t sleep tonight. I can’t tell you how bad they feel. This has affected 85 of us.”

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I definitely feel a year older, but not a year wiser

Above: Villa Sorriso, my favorite hangout spot in SoCal.

Today I turn 26. I not only look older than 26 I also feel older. The look on my face is evidence of that. After knocking out two stories later today I’ll head over to my momma’s house and have some of her famous spaghetti. I’ll let tonight be the cheat night. Starting on Thursday night I’ll be all over Pasadena painting the town with my boys. Birthdays are always fun, aren’t they …

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Star-News Editorial: There’s no tying in football


There were no cascading lateral plays. No running back with the ball knocking over the other team’s tuba player. No field goal splitting the uprights.

Instead of a memorable finish, the Arcadia Apaches vs. Temple City Rams high school football game ended in a tie Friday night, after a mid-field meeting of the referees at the end of regulation resulted in the officials walking off unceremoniously and saying they don’t work overtime, according to a coach who was there.

Even after both football coaches agreed to play an overtime period to break the tie, the referees said they wouldn’t work anymore, according to Temple City High coach Anthony White. So that was that. The game ended in a tie. A tie is not satisfying to players and fans; in fact, in football lore, a tie is described as like “kissing your sister.”

The players left the field shaking their heads. The fans – stunned – booed the decision and eventually filed out of the stadium disappointed, the score knotted after regulation, Arcadia 28, Temple City 28.

A tie.

Though ties were common enough years ago, this is unheard of in contemporary American football, where the two teams, 11 on each side of the pigskin, play hard until the best team wins. This isn’t soccer, where draws happen all the time. This is the gridiron, where the victors get carried away on their teammates’ shoulders and the losing team comes back to try again another day.

This is Friday-night lights, where boys prepared by practicing in triple-digit Valley heat, where fans – proud moms and dads, aunts, uncles, grandpas and grandmas, sisters and brothers – pay to watch the two squads play their butts off until the cheerleaders’ final back flip.

This isn’t a politically correct version of duck-duck-goose where everyone who plays “wins.” These are young men who train to play hard, play fair and try to win. When they don’t, they accept defeat as a tool to make them stronger and with a sportsmanship tip of the helmet to the opposing team.

But the referees took those lessons away from these boys from Arcadia and Temple City, neighboring rivals. And for what? For not wanting to work another half hour?

We thought the CIF, the organization that oversees high school sports in California, was better than that. We used to think San Gabriel Valley football was better than what happened Friday night between two rival teams. In fact, it is, judging by the way these teams played – competitively, excitingly and with heart.

But like the infamous Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2002 that was allowed to end in a tie because no one cared enough to play to the end, this one left a bad taste. This Arcadia-Temple City tie could leave a not-so-flattering mark on San Gabriel Valley football like that All-Star game left on professional baseball. That’s no reflection on the Arcadia and Temple City players and coaches who wanted to finish the game.

The only way to make it right at least for them is to allow them to play the overtime period at a later date. That way, the teams can get out what they put into their efforts. That would be doing the right thing.

Are the CIF and the officials game?

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Officials association to meet over tie game snafu

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

The San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Association will gather tonight in a special meeting in the aftermath of last week’s game between Temple City and Arcadia high schools which ended in a 28-28 tie because game officials refused to stay for an overtime period.

Temple City coach Anthony White and Arcadia’s Jon Dimalante met at midfield after regulation was over and agreed to play overtime. The players wanted it and so did the crowd, which had been treated to an exciting game.

Officials, however, informed both coaches they were not going to preside over the extra period. They then jogged off the field, much to the dismay of a disappointed crowd which booed the officiating crew.

“We don’t get paid overtime, so we’re not going to play overtime,” White said when asked what reason officials gave for not continuing the game. “Our kids are learning to fight through, and I guess we just have to take this one.

“I don’t know what to tell my team.”

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Football: Accidents happen, especially in weight room

If nothing else, high school ballers, learn from this freak accident. It can happen to anyone at any time. Our Scott Wolf writes ….

By Scott Wolf, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES — USC tailback Stafon Johnson was in emergency surgery Monday night after a weightlifting accident when a weight bar he lifted fell on his throat.

“He’s still in surgery, it’s serious,” USC coach Pete Carroll said late Monday.

A spokesperson at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles said Johnson was in “serious but stable” condition. Johnson underwent surgery for more than six hours after being taken to the hospital from the Heritage Hall weight room at USC.

“I saw him when he left here,” USC safety Drew McAllister said. “He might have been in a little bit of shock at first but he looked like he was getting better and better.”

Johnson was working out Monday morning, a routine occurrence for football players on the first day of the week, when he began bench-pressing.

Carroll did not know how much weight Johnson lifted. The bar, according to Carroll, slipped out of Johnson’s right hand and fell on his throat.

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Top 10: Monrovia’s win enough to return atop rankings?

Taking a closer look at how the Top 10 fared in Week 3. New poll released Tuesday.

1. ST. FRANCIS (3-0) — With so much talk and attention focused on Dietrich Riley, opponents are forgetting another stud: Justin Posthuma. He had a huge game over the air and on the ground in leading the Knights offense to a 35-20 win over Burroughs. The only question is, with so much talent on this team is a 35-20 win good enough?

2. MONROVIA (4-0) — Are the Wildcats the No. 1 team in the area? That’s up for debate, but after Monrovia’s 36-17 win over San Dimas, the No. 2 ranked team in the Mid-Valley Division, it’s clear the Wildcats are for real and poised to make a serious run in the playoffs. Really, who can stop Nick Bueno, De’Shawn Ramirez, Derrick Johnson and Justin De La Nuez? They each bring an added element that equates to an explosive offense. It’s a thing of beauty to see how it’s all so well executed. Then you have Josh Lowden and Ellis McCarthy, a 6-foot-5 beast pancaking a poor offensive linemen at a high school near you. Wildcats are a quite the machine, but should they be No. 1?

3. MUIR (0-3) — The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Mustangs. Lets see if they are well rested and ready to defend their Pacific League title. Like I said in the Star Picks thread: Muir is 0-3 heading into Pacific League action, and like many of you it’s hard to gauge where the Mustangs stand against their counterparts. But we’ll get an early indication and depending on how Muir fares Friday night against Burroughs, we’ll know if this truly will be a rebuilding year.

4. ALHAMBRA (2-1) — The Moors prevailed, 21-17, over L.A. Wilson. That’s a respectable showing. Joseph Becerra is lighting it up for the Moors. Opposing defense are so focused on Mitchell Crockom they’re forgetting the Darrian Cazarin-Becerra connection. Lets see if this kick starts the momentum Alhambra needs with one game left in nonleague (South Pas, Fri.) before the Almont League opener at Schurr.

5. SAN MARINO (3-0) — De ja vu? The Titans could go 5-0 heading into the Rio Hondo League opener vs. Monrovia, though San Gabriel (Oct. 9) will have something to say about that. San Marino’s smash-mouth football is providing effective results, and you can bet Benny Hung (355 yards, five TD’s) is thus far having quite the ride.

6. ROSEMEAD (1-2) — OK, so we knew this was going to be a tough year for the Panthers, what with a sub-par performance against Monrovia. But to lose 42 zip? Ouch. Not what you’d expect from the Mid-Valley Division runner-up. Nevertheless, that’s what nonleague is for, to find out what wrinkles need to be ironed. We can agree, however, there are more than just a few wrinkles. Rosemead plains out needs a trip to the dry cleaners. Matt Fregoso was the one bright spot for the Panthers last week.

7. TEMPLE CITY (0-2-1) — Well, what can I say that I haven’t already. Ah, yes. The spread offense has become a thorn in the side of the TC fanbase. If nothing else the spread offense has created a deception the Rams exploited against Arcadia. Fake handoff to Max Ruckle and Justin Smith runs for a 6 yard gain. Then 7, 14, 11 and 35 yards, the last coming in a TD. Ruckle carried the ball 24 times for 158 yards rushing. Smith went 19 for 27 with 178 yards passing. Don’t get blinded by the fact you long for a running game: The Rams are improving, they’re still dangerous, but work is still needed. Goldenarm says La Caada is the only team who has a legitimate shot at knocking off Monrovia. It’s time to look in your back yard, Mr. Mayor. The Monrovia-Temple City game will be a showdown I wouldn’t want to miss.

8. SAN GABRIEL (2-2) — Matadors recorded a solid 28-2 win over Contreras. But lets keep it real: It was Contreras. Nevertheless, this was a much-needed win for a seemingly struggling San Gabriel team. The bye is here. Time to nurse those injuries back to health, give San Marino all it can handle before heading into the Alhambra game with a 2-0 league record.

9. BOSCO TECH (3-0) — Tigers had a bye last week, and with a slated Saturday afternoon game, that means I get a chance to watch them play, then head to the mall to buy a new suit for my b-day party that night.

10. LA SALLE (3-1) — Lancers will more than likely be 3-2 after Friday night, but this will be a quality loss. I know. It’s not PC to write La Salle off with a loss, but that’s the edumacated guess here. Then comes Temple City (Oct. 9) before the Lancers meet Bosco Tech for a shot at the Camino Real League championship. Quite the turnaround, eh?

OTHERS TO CONSIDER: La Caada (1-1); Rio Hondo Prep (4-0); Arcadia (0-2-1); Maranatha (1-2).

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Star Picks: Another week, another chance to get it right

The Stang Fan — Last week: 16-1-1 … You have any lottery numbers for me?
Melendez — Last week (Total): 12-5-1 (31-33-1, ugh)

If nothing else, the Temple City-Rosemead game will be a chance for people to check out the show better known as the Max Ruckle Show. The senior has unbelievable ankle-breaking speed, and he’s one tough dude, too. Any chance this one ends in a tie, too? Don’t get me started. St. Francis’ Justin Posthuma is the big man on campus this week, but can he lead the Knights to a 4-0 start? The guess is he can. La Salle will get a good test in Monrovia. Talk about beefing up your schedule. Wildcats can’t look ahead and dismiss the Lancers, who are much-improved. La Salle’s win last week came at a price though: Mike Novell and Carlos Morales are injured. So Muir is 0-3 heading into Pacific League action, and like many of you it’s hard to gauge where the Mustangs stand against their counterparts. But we’ll get an early indication and depending on how Muir fares Friday night, we’ll know if this truly will be a rebuilding year.

Arcadia at Glendale, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia)

Temple City at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Temple City)
Rio Mesa at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis)
La Salle at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Monrovia)
South Pasadena vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Alhambra)
Hoover at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Pasadena)
San Marino at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino)
Mountain View at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Keppel)
Muir at Burroughs, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir)
Brentwood vs. Marshall at PCC, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Brentwood)
Blair at Hacienda Heights Wilson, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Wilson)
Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Puente)
Gabrielino vs. Pomona at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Pomona)
Flintridge Prep at Malibu, 7 p.m. — Melendez — (Flintridge Prep)
La Canada at Firebaugh, 7 p.m. — Melendez — (La Canada)
Pasadena Poly vs. Webb at South Pasadena, 7:30 p.m. — Melendez (Pas Poly)

Salesian at Bosco Tech, 1:30 p.m. — Melendez (Bosco Tech)
Maranatha vs. Calvary Chapel at Downey, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Maranatha)

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Friday Night Aftermath: Saints marching nowhere, Monrovia wins in rout, 36-17; Unbelievable ending to Temple City-Arcadia game; ‘Natha impressive in win.

Above: Atta boy, Joshy boy. Josh Lowden introduces himself, though his manners are not up to par. You’re supposed to let the kid hold on to the ball. Not. (Sara Reingewirtz / Staff Photographer)



FOR THE RECORD: Not counting the Marshall result, which we’ve yet to receive, I went 10-2-1 on Friday night.

Monrovia 36, San Dimas 17 — ‘Cats are on the run! Maybe there was a reason San Dimas Coach Z wouldn’t divulge his plan to stopping Monrovia’s offensive prowess: He didn’t have one. From Fred Robledo: I never expected this. It looks like like its good times in M-Town again. When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong. Our reporter Scott French said the Cats will go 14-0.

Temple City 28, Arcadia 28 — Something has to come about after the referees completely blew this one. Will heads roll? Probably not, but someone needs to be held accountable. I thought referees get paid by the game, not by how many quarters are played. If I’m Arcadia I let those checks bounce, but that’s just me speaking out of utter disbelief of what I saw unfold. To let this game end in a tie is an absolute slap in the face to both teams and their efforts in what could have been an instant classic. The game was tied 28-28 as both coaches met at midfield. They agreed to play the overtime. The crowd wanted it. The players wanted it. The coaches wanted. Oh, but not the referees, who seemingly had something better to do with their Friday night. “We don’t get paid for overtime” was their excuse. They jogged off the field to a chorus of boos. Believe you me, I will be following this closely when I get into the office Monday.

St. Francis 35, Burroughs 20 — Knights still on top, continue to roll as Justin Posthuma completed 10 of 21 passes for 190 yards and rushed for 110 yards. Dietrich Riley who? Just kidding, Dietrich.

Crescenta Valley 38, La Caada 35 — Good for the Spartans. I thought they would lose this game, but the final score was a great showing.

La Salle 28, Blair 2 — Not a bad showing for Blair, but as predicted the Lancers were going to be too much to handle. The win, however, may have come at a price. Mike Novell (deep bruise or torn ACL) and Carlos Morales (leg) were injured.

Harvard-Westlake 42, Rosemead 0 — Wow. Lets see how the Panthers rebound next week. Our correspondent said he was impressed with Joey Diaz. Give him the ball!!

Azusa 34, Gabrielino 20 — It’ll be a long year for Gabrielino …

San Marino 42, Hoover 7 — Titans off to another impressive start.

Littlerock 55, Duarte 0 — There was a two-hour delay here after Littlerock’s bus got a flat tire on the way to Duarte. The game didn’t start until 9 p.m.

Maranatha 28, Bakersfield Christian 2 — Great showing for Maranatha. I thought the Minutemen were going to get blown out, but not on this night. This victory was much needed. Josh Jones returned a fumble 70 yards for the Minutemen’s first touchdown and Danny Beckwith added two more to lead the Minutement. They trailed 2-0 before taking a 14-2 lead at the half. This was an even more impressive win since Maranatha was missing five starters. Bakersfield Christian was averaging about 300 yards per game. They were held to 150 yards Friday night. Suffice it to say, the defense came up huge.

San Gabriel 28, Contreras 2 — This should have been a shutout but a muffed punt in the end zone earned Contreras the safety.

Alhambra 21, L.A. Wilson 17 — Joseph Becerra had another great game for the Moors. He stepped up. Mitchell Crockom was kept quiet.

Rio Hondo Prep 28, Boron 20 — The Kares are enjoying the ride back from Boron. Big plays by RHP as they earned their fourth win of the season.

Chadwick XX, Marshall XX — n/a

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Football: Arcadia’s Phillip He back after scary incident

Above: Arcadia High’s Philip He, 17, is back playing after a serious bout of pneumonia kept him from two months of practice. (Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

It was supposed be a relaxing weekend in northern California filled with outdoor camping, boat rides and fishing.

The hilly mountains, sparkling lakes and clear blue skies were picturesque on this Fourth of July weekend trip to Bishop.

All was going as planned for Arcadia High School senior Phillip He.

Then came Sunday’s frantic afternoon.

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