Football: Monrovia’s Ramirez suspended, off the team

De’Shawn Ramirez, the elusive running back who dazzled fans with his speed and made secondaries look silly, has been suspended from Monrovia High School and the football team.

The junior-to-be currently is in summer school working to become eligible to attend Monrovia High, said Monrovia football coach Ryan Maddox.

“He’s in the process of going through some issues here on campus,” Maddox said. “He’s gotten himself suspended and he’ll start the year suspended. He’s got a process before he’s eligible to play football for us. Whether he’s part of the team or not we’ll see as we get closer, but as of right now he’s not practiced (with us) or part of the team.”

Maddox added that “there’s a chance for him to come back, yes.”

Ramirez, a 5-foot, 170-pound running back/safety was impressive, athletic, physical and not afraid of contact, adding depth to the Wildcats’ stable of running backs.

As a sophomore, Ramirez rushed for 851 yards on 104 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He broke for runs of 59, 21, 62, 80, 22, 68, 39 and 24 yards, en route to an 8.1 yards average per carry. Ramirez also caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He was just as dangerous on special teams, with five kickoff returns amassing 300 yards.

Ramirez was expected to be an integral part of Maddox’s lineup this upcoming season. Maddox said he hopes the suspension ultimately serves as a wake-up call.

“Everybody involved would hope this serves as exactly that,” he said, “and that he realizes that his decisions have consequences, and start making better choices. He’s a very talented football player. He’s a good kid. He just needs some direction and focus.

“All the coaches are trying to work with him, but he’s gotta want to take the necessary steps to get back in the right direction.”

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All-Area packages resume this week ….

We ran baseball and softball All-Area teams last week, and we resume with the rest of the sports beginning with track on Tuesday. Swimming follows on Wednesday and tennis on Thursday. The Star-News athletes of the year will follow sometime next week….

Below: Last year’s athletes of the year, South Pasadena’s Steven Colliau and Rio Hondo Prep’s Tiffany Horton.

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Friends, family gather to remember coach Brownfield

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM BROWNFIELD’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES – There were supposed to be only tears of joy, but when All-Pro linebacker Chad Brown took to the podium at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hill’s Hall of Liberty on Friday night, the tears flowed. Inger Miller, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist, jumped up to the podium to give Brown a tissue.

Brown was not crying because of the loss of his high school coach, Jim Brownfield. Brown was crying because of what Brownfield, who coached the Mustangs football team for 16 years, did for him. And for the thousands of athletes who were in similar shoes.

“He had a vision for you,” Brown recalled. “You did not know what you could do, but he knew what you could do with your life and he wanted you to do the best you could do.”

The athletes were among the roughly 200 who attended a celebration of Brownfield’s life. Brownfield died May 24 after a nearly 14-month battle after having heart surgery. He was 81.

The celebration featured 16 speakers, including athletes who were coached by Brownfield, those who played against a Brownfield team, fellow coaches, National Football Foundation executives and a former Tournament of Roses director. Ricky Ervins, who played for the Washington Redskins, was able to make two appearances on the podium.

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Football: Talent in SGV continues to rest in the East

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By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer

BALDWIN PARK – The best talent in the San Gabriel Valley continues to rest in the East. That was made abundantly clear Friday night.

Diamond Ranch’s Gus Viramontes had 208 total yards and threw three touchdown passes and South Hills’ Geoffrey Vaughns had 66 yards receiving and two scores as the East won for the second consecutive year and stretched its series lead to 19-10-2 with a 40-0 thrashing of its West counterparts during the 31st San Gabriel Valley Hall of Fame Game at Baldwin Park High School.

The 40 points scored by the East is the most in the series, and the East registered the fourth shutout.

Viramontes, who threw for 150 yards and rushed for 58 more, earned East MVP. Monrovia’s Josh Lowden was West MVP.

The West looked like it might get the early advantage after Azusa’s Kendrec McDade laid the ball on the ground on his own 37.

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2010 Softball All-Area: Forillo’s stellar career ends on top

2010 ALL-AREA SOFTBALL
FIRST TEAM

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jaime Preciado, San Gabriel Mission
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Allie Forillo, La Salle, Sr.
Pitcher: Lauren O’Leary, La Caada, Jr.
Pitcher: Michelle Floyd, San Marino, Fr.
Utility: Katie Clancy, Mayfield, Jr.
Catcher: Catherine Horner, La Caada, So.
Infield: Shelby Gogreve, South Pasadena, Sr.
Infield: Anna Edwards, La Caada, Jr.
Infield: Sterling Shuster, La Salle, Jr.
Infield: Annie Sommers, Maranatha, Jr.
Outfield: Alexis Watanabe, San Marino, So.
Outfield: Jessica Loicano, Temple City, Jr.
Outfield: Colleen McWilliams, La Salle, So.

SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Lauren Cox, La Caada, So.
Pitcher: Nicole Holguin, San Gabriel Mission, So.
Catcher: Marissa Sanchez, San Gabriel Mission, Sr.
Utility: Mireya Hernandez, Mayfield, Fr.
Infield: Sam Miller, Arcadia, Sr.
Infield: Alashanee Medina, Keppel, So.
Infield: Megan Latta, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infield: Erika James, Marshall, Sr.
Outfield: Emily McQuaid, Arcadia, Sr.
Outfield: Megan Martin, La Caada, Sr.
Outfield: Lauren Sanchez, Alverno, Sr.

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2010 Baseball All-Area: Covey, Gewecke earn top honors

2010 ALL-AREA BASEBALL
FIRST TEAM
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Steve Gewecke, Alhambra
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dylan Covey, Maranatha, Sr.
Pitcher: KJ Edson, Arcadia, Jr.
Pitcher: Aaron Murphree, Monrovia, Sr.
Utility: Jonathan Larson, Arcadia, Sr.
Catcher: Dave Hubinger, St. Francis, Jr.
Infield: Nick Bueno, Monrovia, Jr.
Infield: Charlie Baxter, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
Infield: Dusty Sanderson, Temple City, Sr.
Infield: Garrett Tuck, Arcadia, Sr.
Outfield: Branden Pultz, Temple City, Sr.
Outfield: Jonathan Beltran, Alhambra, Sr.
Outfield: Greg Saldate, Alhambra, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Pitcher: Ethan Bramschreiber, St. Francis, Sr.
Pitcher: Chris Calver, Monrovia, Sr.
Catcher: Adrian Velasco, Monrovia, Jr.
Utility: Angel Acosta, Gabrielino, So.
Infield: Bowdien Derby, La Salle, So.
Infield: Danny Beckwith, Maranatha, Sr.
Infield: Robert Nakamura, Monrovia, Sr.
Infield: Justin Smith, Temple City, Sr.
Outfield: Jordan Kutzer, Pasadena Poly, Jr.
Outfield: Justin De La Nuez, Monrovia, Sr.
Outfield: Tim Kim, La Caada, Sr.

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Football: Brownfield memorial set for Friday, Saturday

The impact Jim Brownfield had on his students and athletes alike was immense.

It’s appropriate then that Brownfield, who was a teacher and coach for more than 40 years in Southern California, will have a memorial service spread across two days at three different sites.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” for Brownfield on Friday at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. The public memorial in the Hall of Liberty will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

A capacity crowd of 1,300 is expected to attend the memorial where there will be video tributes and guest speakers from those who were students or worked alongside Brownfield’s career.

On Saturday, Loyola Marymount will have a memorial dedication from 2 to 5 p.m. Some members of the 1969 Loyola University footbal team that won a national championship during Brownfield’s lone year as head coach are expected to attend.

There also will be a memorial at Muir High School’s football field from 4 to 7 p.m. More than 50 former Brownfield students are scheduled to speak. Both memorials will be open to the public.

Under Brownfield, Muir won two CIF-Southern Section football titles in 1985 and 1986. He led the girls Mustangs track team to four CIF-SS track titles and two CIF State titles in 1985 and 1989. He also served as an assistant under John McKay at USC and was enshrined into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998.

Brownfield, who died at 81 on May 24 after heart complications, did not want a funeral. He was cremated nearly two weeks after his death.

Brownfield’s brother, Warren, said the fact there will be several memorials is a testament to the lives Brownfield influenced over his career.

“It’s very touching to see how many people’s lives he’s touched,” he said, “and now they’re all coming back to pay their respects.”

Brownfield coached Muir to national prominence in the 1980′s and 90′s, compiling a 191-41-1 record, 22 league title sand six CIF championships as coach in various sports across 16 years.

Among Brownfield’s former students are 1996 Olympic gold medalist Inger Miller and Linetta Wilson; Ricky Ervins, the 1990 Rose Bowl MVP at USC who helped the Washington Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI his rookie season; and Pro Bowl NFL linebacker Chad Brown.

Brownfield’s memorial was initially scheduled to be held in the Court of Champions at the Rose Bowl, but the site already was booked.

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Softball All-Almont League: Keppel’s Medina honored

2010 ALL-ALMONT LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Lauren Herman, Schurr

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Alashanee Medina, Mark Keppel

FIRST TEAM
Natalie Gutierrez, Alhambra
Carmelita Wimberly, Alhambra
Ashly Lopez, Bell Gardens
Brittani Hirose, Mark Keppel
Cecily Ramirez, Mark Keppel
Brianna Becerra, Mark Keppel
Anisa Carrasco, Montebello
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello
Jaquelynn Hilton, San Gabriel
Jacklyn Zacarias, Schurr
Megan Coronado, Schurr
Aishia Ruiz, Schurr
Monique Troncoza, Schurr

SECOND TEAM
Brittanie Garcia, Alhambra
Donna Lara, Alhambra
Lisette Cruz, Bell Gardens
Angelica Pena, Mark Keppel
Vanessa Mendez, Mark Keppel
Amanda Ruacho, Mark Keppel
Jacqueline Lopez, Montebello
Michelle Contreras, Montebello
Brandy Torres, San Gabriel
Lauren Coronado, Schurr
Jaimee Rivera, Schurr
Jessica Rivera, Schurr
Kandace Mendez, Schurr

HONORABLE MENTION
Mollie Zorrilla, Alhambra
Vanessa Juarez, Bell Gardens
Breanna Jimenez, Mark Keppel
Sabrina Cerventes, Montebello
Gabby Rivera, San Gabriel
BriAnna Bolanos, Schurr

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Baseball All-Almont League: Beltran voted best pitcher

2010 ALL-ALMONT LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Luis Saballos, Bell Gardens

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Beltran, Alhambra

FIRST TEAM
Greg Saldate, Alhambra
Frankie Wright, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Isaiah Marin, Alhambra
Joshua Flores, Bell Gardens
Albert Flores, Bell GArdens
Gilbert Ortega, Bell Gardens
Andrew Fraire, Mark Keppel
Dennis Cisneros, Montebello
Michael Aguilar, Montebello
Christian Madrid, Schurr
David Aguilar, Schurr

SECOND TEAM
Christian Alas, Alhambra
Vailele Peko, Alhambra
Luis Solis, Alhambra
Rafael Barrios, Alhambra
Danny Romero, Bell Gardens
Dennis Orozco, Bell Gardens
Carlos Gonzalez, Bell Gardens
Max Katz, Mark Keppel
Walter Aguilar, Montebello
Alex Guerrero, Montebello
Nathan Delgado, Schurr
Matthew Mayo, Schurr
Dale Beck, San Gabriel
Luis Huerta, San Gabriel

HONORABLE MENTION
Jesus Lopez, Alhambra
Juan Morales, Alhambra
Israel Gonzalez, Bell Gardens
Fernando Colmenares, Bell Gardens
Nick Leonard, Mark Keppel
Anthony Milan, Montebello
Mike Maldonado, Montebello
Carlos Arredondo, Schurr
Oscar Sarabia, Schurr
Jesus Valdez, San Gabriel
Paul Lopez, San Gabriel

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BREAKING NEWS: Vailele Peko transfers to La Habra

A while back I wrote that Vailele Peko would be the more suitable player to run the deception-based offense that is the Wing-T offense, recently installed by first-year Alhambra head football coach Lou Torres. I had written that Peko’s speed, agility and athleticism made him the obvious choice to head the offense. Well, you can throw all that out the window. We’ve just been informed that Peko has transferred to powerhouse La Habra. The news came this morning and was delivered by Torres in an interview this afternoon. This is a big loss for the Moors’ football team and baseball team, but a huge gain for the Highlanders. To what extent this news will affect the Moors is still uncertain. The fact of the matter is there will be a new face and some dry feet taking snaps in the backfield with a sophomore likely to take the reigns at quarterback. The benefit Alhambra has going for itself is the fact it returns an experienced line that will provide protection in the pocket and on the run as well.

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