Arcadia the area’s No. 1 team? I don’t think so, at least not with Bryce Rutherford gone from the mound, but Garret Tuck is still a solid pitcher and the Apaches will need plenty from him. Maranatha, Monrovia? Now that’s a good debate. Regardless of how the top 10 looks in few months, I’m hopeful for another exciting Rio Hondo League spectacle. My money’s on Temple City this year, but Justin De La Nuez and Nick Bueno over at Monrovia will surely will have something to say about that. Gabrielino opened some eyes last year in the Mission Valley League, led by then-freshman standout Angel Acosta. Word is he’s matured this year and has become a more vocal leader, which is rare in a sophomore ace pitcher. He should be fun to watch. The big question is, did he finally cut his hair? If you get a chance you should check out this kid they call Dylan Covey. He goes to Maranatha High. The proof is in the pudding: 1.23 ERA; .123 Opp BA; 127 K’s; 7 complete games; 3 shutouts; 11 wins, 2 losses; struck out 13 and allowed only one run in the CIF-SS Division V championship game. He also batted .370 and he’s a hell of an outfielder when he’s not on the mound. I wouldn’t run on him and head for third. Then again, I wouldn’t even make it to first base. Oh, and Covey’s expected to be a top 10 pick in this year’s MLB Amateur Draft. How’s that for a little baseball? The challenge, however, still lies on the top 10? Who’s No. 1?
What was supposed to be a nonleague showdown was anything but, as Flintridge Sacred Heart (11-1-2) showed why it belongs on top and considered an elite girls soccer program with 6-1 victory over Alverno (9-4-3) this past weekend. The game was initially scheduled to be played last Monday but pouring rain flooded Glendale College’s field. For the record, I did not go to the game. In fact, I was out of town. But looking at the scores and how the game went about it was obvious to see Flintridge Sacred Heart is the superior team. It looked as if the game was going to be a tight one, but the Tologs broke the second half open with three goals in a span of six minutes early in the second half. The Tologs led at the half, 1-0. Jessica Capra scored the lone goal for the Jaguars, the CIF-SS Division 7 champions. A lot was being made of last year’s rankings and which team was the better team. Alverno had a CIF championship to dangle over FSHA but the Tologs had the tougher schedule of any team in the WSGV and played in a much higher division. Flintridge won the nonleague meeting last year, 1-0, but this year proved to be much too strong to handle. The Tologs this year outshot Alverno, 37-7. The competition will get much tougher today when FSHA takes on Mission League rival Harvard-Westlake tonight at 5 at Glendale Sports Complex.
Basil Woodruff will be retained as the head coach of Monrovia’s girls basketball program after serving a two-game suspension after an altercation with a referee that led to his ejection after an overtime loss to San Marino.
Monrovia principal Darvin Jackson made the announcement after an hour-long meeting with the first-year head coach on Thursday night. He will be with the team at 5 tonight when the Wildcats play host to Blair.
“We decided to retain him,” Jackson said. “He’s met the requirements thus far that we have set forth for him before he was to take to the court.”
Discuss anything and everything you want to talk about, especially football, which I see some of you have already started doing. For the record, I have the Saints and Colts meeting in the Super Bowl. I went 4-0 in Wild Card weekend and I’m 5-3 heading into this weekend. What the heck, I’ll just say it now: Saints win Super Bowl for Who Dat Nation!