Girls Volleyball All-Area: Mayfield’s Aragon earns top honor; Gabrielino’s Chaun, Apodaca share honors.

Player of the Year: Rachel Aragon, Mayfield, Senior
Co-Coaches of the Year: Cuong Chau and Silvia Apodaca, Gabrielino

FIRST TEAM
Taylor DeGraaf, Arcadia, Junior
Courtney McCutchan, La Canada, Senior
Tara Rallis, La Canada, Senior
Hannah Schraer, Mayfield, Junior
Madisyn Spence, Mayfield, Senior
Hayley Woodford, La Canada, Senior

SECOND TEAM
Alexis Genske, Pasadena Poly, Sophomore
Tirah Le’au, Monrovia, Junior
Taylor McLeod, Maranatha, Senior
Mary Schroeder, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Senior
Ashley Van Oosten, Gabrielino, Junior
Melissa-Rose Villasenor, Gabrielino, Senior

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All-CIF Southeast Division: Charter Oak sweeps awards

All CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division
Offensive player of the year: Adam Muema, Charter Oak, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: Keith Smith, Charter Oak, Sr.
Coach of the year: Lou Farrar, Charter Oak

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB — Gus Viramontes, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
RB — Amari Staten, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
RB — Dalton Williams, Burbank Burroughs, Sr.
RB — Ulises Ochoa, Burbank, Jr.
RB — Terris Jones, California, Sr.
RB — Nick Castillo, Schurr, Sr.
OL — Daniel Reyes, Charter Oak, Sr.
OL — Any Orozco, Charter Oak, Jr.
OL — Sam Campbell, Crescenta Valley, Sr.
OL — Taylor Beyer, California, Sr.
OL — Richard Tejada, West Covina, Sr.
OL — Cody Goss, South Hills, Sr.
OL — Albert Perez, Schurr, Jr.
WR — Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak, Jr.
WR — Ormani Duncan, Muir, Jr.
WR — Cameron Oliver, Santa Fe, Sr.
WR — Ify Umodu, South Hills, Sr.
WR — Carlos Arrendondo, Schurr, Sr.
PK — Tyler Hadden, California, Sr.
AP — Geoffrey Vaughns, South Hills, Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DB — A.J. Powell, Charter Oak, Sr.
DB — Brandon Golden, Charter Oak, Sr.
DB — Elisha Henley, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
DB — Jarron Williams, Muir, Sr.
DB — Josh Onovughe, Rowland, Sr.
DB — Nathan Ayon, Schurr, Sr.
LB — Leon Youngblood, Charter Oak, Sr.
LB — Charlie Hosea, Burbank Burroughs, Sr.
LB — Ryan Seidler, Burbank, Jr.
LB — Andrew Jackson, Santa Fe, Sr.
LB — Rayes Barrera, South Hills, Sr.
DL — Garrett Clapper, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL — Charlie Avila, Charter Oak, Sr.
DL — James Arriola, California, Sr.
DL — Alec Griffin, South Hills, Sr.
DL — Steven David, Rowland, Sr.
DL — Mark Avila, Schurr, Sr.
DL– Justin Mayorga, Burbank Burroughs, Sr.
P — Robert Poage, Charter Oak, Sr.

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Christmas Tournaments kickoff Saturday, next week

We have three area tournaments beginning Saturday. They would be — The La Salle/Temple City boys basketball Holiday Classic, the San Gabriel boys basketball tournament and the La Caada boys soccer tournament. The La Caada girls basketball tournament starts Monday. I only have brackets for the La Salle/Temple City tournament, so if someone has the rest please e-mail the bracket ASAP so we can post them and update them as they go along. For now, here is the bracket for the La Salle/Temple City Tournament:

AT LA SALLE HS
La Caada vs. Franklin, 3 p.m.
Gabrielino vs. Crescenta Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Montebello vs. Chatsworth, 6 p.m.
Paraclete vs. La Salle, 7:30 p.m.

AT TEMPLE CITY HS
Marshall vs. Temple City, 3 p.m.
Alhambra vs. St. Francis, 4:30 p.m.
St. Paul vs. Arcadia, 6 p.m.
Maranatha vs. Keppel, 7:30 p.m.

Second round action is Monday beginning at 6 p.m. at both La Salle and Temple City.

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Dietrich Riley to play in Under Armour All-American Game

In just a few weeks, St. Francis star Dietrich Riley will make his decision on where he’ll play football on Saturdays. He said he’s going to miss the innocence of high school football, such as when little kids run up to him and offer him water during games. “In college it’s all business,” he said. He’ll get one more chance to cherish high school football on Jan. 2 when he takes part in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game. The third annual event quickly has become one of the nation’s most premiere all-star showcase events. The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida and televised live on ESPN. The daily practices and the skills challenge will also be shown on ESPN networks. Riley is one of seven players from California chosen for the prestigious game, and joining him are Corona running back Jordon James; Oaks Christian quarterback Nick Montana; Former La Salle and current San Clemente quarterback Chase Rettig; Lakewood quarterback Jesse Scroggins; Palmdale cornerback Joshua Shaw; and Don Antonio Lugo defensive tackle George Uko. Click here for the complete roster. Scout.com’s JC Shurburtt writes that judging by the early list of players committed to the 2010 Under Armour High School All-American game, this year’s version is on its way to being the best yet. No wonder USC football coach Pete Carroll (below) took in an end zone view of Riley earlier this year. With well over a dozen offers from major Division I schools, USC, UCLA, Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Cal and Washington appear to be on Riley’s top of his list as they all make a final push to get his signature on their letter of intent.

Soon we’ll know.

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All Almont League Football: Valdez shares top honor

ALMONT LEAGUE
Co-Most Valuable Players: Carlos Arredondo (Schurr); Isaac Valdez (San Gabriel)
Lineman of the Year: Albert Perez (Schurr)
Most Valuable Offense: Aaron Cantu (Schurr)
Most Valuable Defense: Mark Avila (Schurr)
Coach of the Year: Ben Negrete, Schurr

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
WR: Mark Covarrubias, San Gabriel
WR: Mitchell Crockom, Alhambra
WR: Alex Lopez, San Gabriel
TE: Scott Williams, Bell Gardens
OT: Chris Salgado, Alhambra
OT: Gonzalo Viera, Bell Gardens
OT: Alex Barrera, Schurr
OG: Luis Villegas, San Gabriel
OG: Anthony Agredando, Schurr
C: Eric Barcello, San Gabriel
QB: Josh Adame, Bell Gardens
RB: Nick Castillo, Schurr
RB: Joseph Marron, Montebello
RB: Daniel Vargas, Bell Gardens
K: Gilmar Tenes

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DT: Chris Salgado, Alhambra
DT: Eric Barcello, San Gabriel
DE: Gonzalo Viera, Bell Gardens
DE: Josh Curiel, Montebello
LB: Alex Lopez, San Gabriel
LB: Justin Munoz, Bell Gardens
LB: Brandon Wilson, Alhambra
LB: Abraham Gonzalez, Schurr
DB: Mark Covarrubias, San Gabriel
DB: Nathan Ayon, Schurr
DB: Arthur Brown, San Gabriel
DB: Mitchell Crockom, Alhambra
DB: Vailele Peko, Alhambra
P: Gilmar Tenes, San Gabriel

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All Mission Valley League Football: Fregoso earns honor

MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Player of the year:
Steven Rivera, Arroyo, QB
Player of the year: Mike Vasquez, Arroyo, RB/LB
Lineman of the year: Javier Lozano, Arroyo
Back of the year: Matt Fregoso, Rosemead

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
RB: Eduardo Moreno, Gabrielino
RB: Rene Flores, South El Monte
WR: Chris Rodriguez, Arroyo
WR: Greg Parham, Rosemead
OT: Luis Nunez, Arroyo
OT: Jose Ambriz, South El Monte
OG: Matt Phillip, Arroyo
OG: Javier Sanchez, Rosemead
OC: Jon Becerra, Arroyo
TE: Luis Diaz, Rosemead
QB: Matt Macias, Rosemead
PK: Rogelio Sotelo, Arroyo
AP: Anthony Miller, Arroyo

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DB: Chris Rodriguez, Arroyo
DB: Greg Parham, Rosemead
DB: Edward Landeros, El Monte
DT: Vinny Martinez, Arroyo
DT: Fabian Ramirez, Rosemead
DT: Salvador Chavarin, Rosemead
DE: Sam Torres, Arroyo
DE: Luis Diaz, Rosemead
LB: Anthony Flores, Arroyo
LB: Jeff Salazar, Arroyo
LB: Matt Eddy Rosemead
LB: Alex Ruiz, South El Monte
AP: Mike Chavez, Arroyo

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Football: Star-News All-Area team wil not run Dec. 25

One of our favorite traditions is running the All-Area football team on Christmas Day, but due to circumstances beyond the sports department’s control, the back page where we feature the 25 all-area players will not be a color page on Christmas Day, it will be black-and-white. We had the option of running it regardless black-and-white, but the consensus was to wait until we had a guaranteed color page, because the players and teams deserve it. So, the football section will be delayed until Saturday or early next week, I will keep you informed. We have run the all-area teams in color every year since 1991, so it was important to at least keep that tradition. Sorry for the delay, I know how much you enjoyed reading it on Christmas Day. The front page is always a color page, so on Christmas we will run the boys water polo team instead, since all pictures in water polo will be kept to the front page.

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Football: Which team is No. 1 when final poll publishes?

The dust has settled and the CIF-Southern Section playoffs are over. You’ve seen and read about the teams making impressive runs in these last playoffs.

St. Francis was short from making the semifinals in the Western Division as was San Marino in the Mid Valley Division. Both teams at some point were leading against their quarterfinal opponents but let the win slip away.

What about Muir? Talk about playing your hearts out and surprising the heck out of everyone, except me of course. Charter Oak was on the brink of elimination in the first round of the Southeast Division playoffs. One play. That’s it. If Muir converts the two-point conversion there would be no back-to-back championships and a fifth CIF ring for the guy they call “The Don” — Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar. You have to wonder what kind of season the Mustangs would have had if they had played like that all year long. Instead, Muir was a bit of an enigma and there was no telling which team was going to show up. This much we know: Muir will be one of the top young guns next year along with Arcadia.

You know about Monrovia’s undefeated season during its run up to the Mid Valley Division finals against No. 2 seed San Dimas. Rio Hondo Prep was no different, taking its 13-0 record and No. 1 seed into the Northeast Division finals against No. 2 seed Linfield Christian. That being said, we will be releasing our final top 10 rankings on Christmas Day, also the day our All-Area team publishes.

So I ask, which team belongs at No. 1?

To be honest, the only teams in contention for the top spot is St. Francis and Monrovia. Muir had a nice late-season run, but the inconsistency leading up to the Pacific League finale rules the Mustangs out of contention.

Don’t you hate the hypothetical questions — Who wins in a Monrovia vs. St. Francis matchup?

Ultimately the winner would truly decide the area’s No. 1 team. They’re not slated to play next year and there’s little to zero assurances they’ll meet in Week 0 next year. That said, I still think Monrovia would not only give St. Francis a run for its money but beat the Golden Knights in a close game.

That St. Francis plays in the tough Mission League and Western Division is irrelevant when the question is asked. Irrelevant? Yes. Because Monrovia’s just as talented overall with insane speed and depth. I know, I know. Monrovia lost in the finals against San Dimas, and I know you St. Francis pundits are saying “They couldn’t beat San Dimas, how can they claim to beat St. Francis, which plays in a much tougher division”. …. Well, that’s why every argument for and against each team is subjective, and we’ll never truly know which team is better. For now, you make the argument.

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New dates set for Star-News All-Area teams

The 2009 All-Area teams have been photographed and area ready to go. We will begin with cross country on Wednesday and continue through early next week with girls volleyball, football, boys water polo and girls tennis.

The tentative publication dates are as follows:

Cross Country, Wednesday, Dec. 23
Girls Volleyball, Thursday, Dec. 24
Football, Friday, Dec. 25
Girls Water Polo, Tuesday, Dec. 29
Girls Tennis, Wednesday, Dec. 30

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