Boys Soccer Rankings: St. Francis’ schedule loaded

STAR-NEWS RANKINGS

1. St. Francis (2-6)
Losses to all but one D1 team

2. La Caada (10-2-1)

Lost to Canyon, Mtn. View

3. Monrovia (6-6-1)
Struggling but still good

4. Pasadena (5-1-1)
Could contend for league title

5. La Salle (3-0-2)
Scored big win over Monrovia

6. Rosemead (7-1-4)
Rare loss to San Gabriel

7. San Marino (5-1-2)
Solid heading into league

8. Duarte (6-1-2)
Enjoying 5-game win streak

9. San Gabriel (4-3-2)
Rosemead win looks good

10. Alhambra (1-1-1
Opens Almont next week

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Girls Soccer Rankings: FSHA still tops in the area

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS

1. Flint. Sacred Heart (8-1)
Beat Beckman on penalties

2. La Salle (9-2-3)
Third in Los Tacos tourney

3. Ramona Convent (5-1-2)
Impressive win over Alverno

4. Alverno (5-3-1)

Must await more challenges

5. Flintridge Prep (4-1)
Can Rebels keep going?

6. Arcadia (1-2-2)
League plays starts Friday

7. Westridge (2-1-2)
Hasn’t hit potential yet

8. La Caada (1-2-1)
Still a Rio Hondo favorite

9. San Marino (1-2-1)
Faces La Salle today

10. Mayfield (5-2)
Played Westridge on Tuesday

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BREAKING NEWS: San Gabriel girls basketball coaches fired after a freshman coach allegedly plays in game

San Gabriel High School principal Jim Schofield confirmed Monday that varsity girls basketball coach Manny Flores, junior varsity girls basketball coach Mark Ho and freshman girls basketball coach Jannie Han were fired early last month after Han allegedly suited up and played in a JV game.

Schofield would not discuss the details, citing privacy issues. Han is a 2007 Alhambra High graduate who is attending Cal Poly Pomona.

“One of the things that high schools struggle with is ethics and integrity and making sure the kids follow academic honesty,” Schofield said. “If something like that was to happen in a program it would be sending out the exact opposite message; that we don’t have to work ethically or show integrity in what we do.”

According to multiple sources at San Gabriel High School, Han played during a nonleague JV road game Dec. 9 against El Monte and attempts to cover it up led to the firings.

Han did not respond to repeated e-mail requests seeking explanation, nor was she available for questions at her home in Alhambra.

Flores, who along with Ho coached two and a half seasons at San Gabriel, did not return repeated messages left on his cell phone.

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Welcome to 2010 …. Tournaments over, what’s next?

It’s the first official school week of 2010, so I ask coaches, parents and boosters to give me a hand and tell me which big nonleague games should be covered this week. Most leagues will dive into action next week. Any suggestions? Boys and girls soccer coaches, now’s a good time to hound me to cover your games since it was all basketball last week, though I won’t necessarily shy away from a good hoops game.

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Happy New Year: Live from the 96th Rose Bowl Game

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year, I’m live on assignment covering my third Rose Bowl and in the press box from the 96th Rose Bowl Game pitting Oregon and THE Ohio State University. We get back into full swing next week with high school sports. The first week back is the final week for nonleague action and then we head right into league action where all the fun is. The Rio Hondo League in boys basketball will be interesting this year. The Pacific League will be good too, and it’s good to see Arcadia doing good again. The Keppel boys basketball team is showing promising signs. The Keppel girls are good too, but ran into a great Chaminade team last week. Speaking of Chaminade, the La Canada girls basketball team gave them a hard time penetrating the Eagles’ full press. Are the Spartans the best team in the area? Soon we’ll find out.

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