The Wait Is Over: PrepXtra Magazine debuts Wednesday

PREPXTRA UPDATE: Have already fielded calls and emails saying newsracks are sold out in some areas, and that the wrong magazine was inserted. If you run into this problem, head on over to the Star-News office at 911 E. Colorado Blvd. (between Lake and Colorado) and purchase it for $1. We don’t have an unlimited supply, so get down here today to get your copy. I’m finding out that home delivery had the right insert and the problem is at the newsstands. Can you guys confirm?

Nobody from the Tribune office will admit that our magazine cover is the best, but it is. Nevertheless, we are excited to bring you the first-ever PrepXtra Magazine, which hits the newsstands and on home delivery Wednesday. This project took all summer, but it was well worth it. As much as it was a lot of work it was also a lot of fun to produce. It’ll be fun from here on out figuring out who we will grace on the cover. Below is Monrovia’s Nick Bueno, arguably the most notable returnee, who also was the only underclassman to grace the cover with four other seniors (Dietrich Riley, Mitchell Crockom, Isaac Valdez, Max Ruckle) in last year’s special preview section. So far, the magazine is receiving rave reviews within our newsgroup. I’m confident our advertisers and readers also will be blown away. Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, our fabulous photographer Keith Birmingham shot the covers. The cover below took a lot of planning, throwing ideas here and there before we decided to go with a black backdrop, two fog machines and four lights. The shoot itself took nearly three hours, and in case you’re wondering, that’s mud on Bueno’s face and jersey. We shot it on a hot day early July in a stuffy locker room at Cliffton Middle School in Monrovia where the Wildcstas were holding summer practice. Our thanks to Bueno for his time and Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox for providing us with equipment and free time in the locker room.

  • Observantcat

    Great Cover Miguel. Could’nt have done it better myself. This kid is a legend no matter what anyone who doesn’t know him thinks. Go Nick!! 2010-2011

  • BigFatFan

    The Monrovia Love Fest continues

  • The Stang Fan

    Simply put…GREAT cover!

    Good job Miguel and PSN. Can’t wait to pick it up!

  • Richie

    keep up the good work

  • Pinocchio

    Did I miss the St. Francis on thursday? You said this a couple weeks ago.

    Miguel Melendez said:
    Temple City today, San Marino on Wednesday, St. Francis on Thursday, and Arcadia on Friday. Chill.

  • Miguel Melendez

    Pinocchio:

    We were scheduled to cover St. Francis practice that particular Thursday afternoon, but with a magazine deadline approaching and many proofs still in need of editing, we decided to pull away from covering the afternoon practice and focus on finishing the final proofs. We still sent a photographer to the practice and have posted a photo gallery on our website.

    My vacation was initially scheduled to start the following day (Friday) but I postponed it until Monday to spend Friday editing the final proofs all day. Keith Lair covered Arcadia practice that day as planned, but unfortunately could not get to St. Francis later that week, which brings us to today, when I called St. Francis coach Jim Bonds and left him a message. I hope to have something on St. Francis soon.

  • Pinocchio

    Thanks for explanation.

  • unbiased

    counting the seconds!

    thanks miguel and PSN

  • Anonymous

    go nicky!!!

  • Anonymous

    are you going to do this for the other sports to?

  • star news fan till miguel came

    wow its a kool cover. but damm MM. it seems as you went to monrovia. is nick bueno the only person in your phonebook. or you guys related. i agree with big fat fan.

  • star news fan

    how does he get the cover when dietrich riley didnt get his own cover. and he was d1 and top 25 schools after him. nick bueno is good but no big time offers.

  • FB Einstein

    Looks good. Great work. I’m not a M-town fan but you guys bashing MM for covering Bueno need to look at what this kid has done. Quit hating and just enjoy another tool we can all use to gain more knowledge on SGV high school football.

  • Goldenarm

    The PSN crew went over the edge on this one, the cover and format look dynamite. Nice work.

    The cliche of all cliches, one game, one week, at at time, seriously applies to M-town this year. Though many others will disagree, I do not see an undefeated season for Monrovia…and that is just fine. The preleague is stacked for the Cats, and those who have been there know it is ALL about when you gel.

    For Temple City, the Rams are going to have to dig deep, play good defense and avoid costly game changing errors. In reality, TC sits in a 4th best in the RHL position at this stage of the game, behind M-town, La Canada and San Marino. That is a position the Rams have not been accustomed to over the years. The loss of 5 key starters is big, though McFarland has not dripped a spec of sweat about it, staying focused on things he can control. That residue is what a bad, underachieving year can do to a program…and has nothing to do with anything coach McFarland did or did not do.
    All the hype and players names being mentioned, leave out a kid I saw last year as having great potential in his senior year. He is the only returnee who saw action on the offensive line last year- filling in at guard and tackle.
    His name is Luis Lopez.
    Wherever the coaches have him lined up, this kid will give 100% plus and be an impact player for the Rams.

  • Goldenarm

    FB Einstein, Nervo, Old TC’ers

    Quote below from McFarland regarding Ram horns……

    “When a place like Temple City has a tradition like this,” he said, “it’s important that you acknowledge it and continue with it.”

  • HeadsUp

    Heads up everyone…. We have Pasadena Star News, which is supposed to have WEST Valley Teams PrepX Magazine and we also have the Trubune, which is supposed to have the EAST Valley team PrepX Magazine. Somehow, half of the newspapers out there have the wrong magazine inside of it. I drove down one street and stopped in several stores to see if I was crazy. But NO….I’m not, but someone working at the newspaper IS. Some Pasadena Star News Papers have the correct magazine, but some don’t. It’s hit and miss. Be sure to walk into the store and look inside to make sure that you have the magazine that you want before spending the money.

    Great Magazine though….Lovin’ it!

  • sstress

    I picked up my copy today and at a quick glance it looks great! Ill wait till later on to read in depth of my favorite teams.however; I read the Blair page right away! Thanks MM for all the hard work!

  • sportsdoc

    Fantastic job on this PrepXtra! See you on the sideline.

  • Just Wondering

    How can you preview St. Francis in your magazine, if you didn’t go out to a practice(sans a photographer)?

  • FredJ

    I’m heartbroken over these comments, I believe it’s also happening in reverse in the Tribune area. We have alerted our publisher, and I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. We do have copies at the Star-News office, and again, when I get further information I will certainly send it your way.

    Fred Robledo, Prep Sports Editor for SGVN

  • mtown for life

    Great shot. Nick” The Goods” Bueno was a great choice. He is one of the most
    dangerous players in the Valley.

    Bueno
    Mccarthy
    Johnson
    Henderson
    Craft Jr.
    Frazier V

    Glendora Watch out!

  • BigFatFan

    The home delivery edition of the Star News got it right. I live in Pasadena and we got the correct version of the football insert. it seems to be the vending machine deliveries and store deliveries were messed up?

  • FredJ

    If any of you got the wrong copy (I.E. Tribune copy) in your home subscription or news rack, email mario.ale@sgvn.com. I’m told he can mail you a copy. Sorry for the inconvenience.
    Fred J. Robledo, SGVN Prep Editor.

  • FB Einstein

    GA,

    The decision on the horns was the best thing I’ve heard all year. The guys before did not understand this…or anything else for that matter. Great job Coach Mac…so far.

    I was glad to hear the sophomore was the leading candidate for the QB job. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about him. His freshman year was cut short due to injury but before that he was making plays with his arm and his legs.

    Bring on Arroyo!!!

  • Wildcat Mom

    AWESOME cover! Thanks for coming out to Monrovia’s football practice to take pictures of Nick and the other teammates. Monrovia Cheer and Football parents are excited for the season to start. The cheerleaders are ready to cheer on the boys.

    Good luck to all football players.
    Work Hard, Show Leadership and Sportsmanship, Be Respectful,
    Take Ownership of Your Actions, Play with Passion and Be Mentally Tough.
    Most importantly have Fun.

    Go WILDCATS!

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