Star-Jibber: Monrovia, Rio Hondo Prep back in semifinals

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Here we go again: Monrovia and Rio Hondo Prep are back in the semifinals. Top seed Monrovia (12-0) takes another Olympic League team in Whittier Christian (9-3) in the CIF-SS Mid Valley Division. MaxPreps has this game at Whittier Christian on Saturday night, but Freddy’s got it listed at Monrovia. I’ll make a phone call. Either way, I will be there and once again it’ll be the Star-News Game of the Week. I’m off Friday, but I’m debating whether I should go watch Azusa-San Dimas or make it a rare Boys Night Out on a Friday night during football season. Decisions, decisions. Also on Saturday night, top seeded and defending champion Rio Hondo Prep (12-0) will host Salesian (6-6) in the Northeast Division. I had a chance to chat with Salesian coach Roddie Hiatt, who attended the Rio Hondo Prep-Saddleback Valley Christian game. All this week I’ll bring you notes and tidbits not just on Monrovia (cuz I know you can’t get enough of them) and Rio Hondo Prep, but also on their opponents. If you must know, I’m picking both teams to advance to the finals. San Dimas and Linfield Christian will be the losers in the Mid Valley and Northeast Division finals.

Finals Coin Flips: The coin flips for home games in the CIF finals were held this morning. In the Mid-Valley Division, Monrovia gets the home game over San Dimas, and Azusa gets the home game over Monrovia. Whittier Christian gets the home game in both scenarios if it advances.

Winter Begins: Basketball, soccer and other winter sports have begun or are soon to begin. The Rose City Classic Boys Basketball Tournament begins Monday at Pasadena High School. We will have a reporter covering the marquee game that night, and our boys basketball/girls basketball preview will run later this week. If you have tournament schedules for basketball and soccer be sure to post them here and/or e-mail them to With football still alive, and I suspect it’ll go well into next week, it’ll be tough getting a grip on Winter sports. You can help us by e-mailing updates to me and/or calling in box scores to 626.962.8811 Ext 2242 or 2233.

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