Thursday Night: Monrovia is Bueno in win vs. South Hills

Fred J says: You want reality, Monrovia’s 28-25 victory over South Hills means the Huskies could finish 1-9, maybe 2-8 or 3-7 at best. They would have trouble with the best in the Hacienda, so imagine what awaits in the Sierra, not to mention another non-leaguer against Los Osos. Truth is, they’re not the bad, they’re still better than most teams in the Valley, but clearly not among the area’s elite. They can score, but they give up a lot of points too, a trend that could continue with a youthful defense and unforgiving schedule. Also, Monrovia is pretty darn good, it won’t surprise me at all if they go unbeaten the rest of the way and win the Mid-Valley title. They took a 28-17 lead into the fourth quarter after blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead last week to San Dimas. That means gut-check time, and they showed their guts. After South Hills scored and made the conversion to cut it to 28-25 with four minutes left, the Cat’s faced a fourth-and-inches at their own 29 with just over two minutes left. They didn’t punt, they let their offense win it, getting a game-clinching first down. That was a way of saying, what happened last week won’t happen again. M-Town, this is what you needed, watch how it paves the way for better things to come. — FJR

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Alhambra to induct 11 into 2010 Athletes Hall of Fame

Alhambra High School on Sunday will induct 11 former players and coaches into the 2010 Athletes Hall of Fame. Among them is Joe Petralia (above) who coached the Moors boys basketball team from 1996 to 2009. He also coached the boys golf team.

Keppel boys basketball coach Hung Duong (pictured below) also will be inducted. The Alhambra alum recently led the Aztecs to their best season in school history, reaching the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 2A semifinals and an appearance in the CIF State playoffs.

Sunday’s noon luncheon will feature keynote speaker Darrall Imhoff (Class of 1955). Darrall was a member of the 1960 USA Olympic Basketball Team that was just enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in August of 2010.

More than 150 attended the 2008 luncheon and the committee expects to top that figure this year. The location will be at Almansor Court (Lakeview Room, 700 S. Almansor Street, Alhambra).

The cost is $35 per person. You can call 626.570.499 for more information. Checks can be made payable to Alhambra Athletes Reunion and can be sent to Alhambra Athletes Reunion c/o Alhambra Chamber of Commerce (104 South First STreet, Alhambra, CA. 626.282.8481)

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees

*”Pop” Horne, Tennis coach
Tony Morabito (’47) Football
*John Patrick (1948-65) Football coach
Ed Mohr (’49) Football
*Chuck Reilly (’51) Basketball
Dan Arens (’54) Baseball
Eddie Keenan (’57) Baseball
John Venti (’58) Baseball
Hung Duong (’90) Basketball
Kristen Welsh (’96) Basketball
Joe Petralia (1996-09) Basketball coach

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Football: Muir hopes injuries are a thing of the past

Above: Kevon Seymour against Bishop Amat last week. He hurt his ankle in that game.

Muir’s bye last week couldn’t have come at a better time.

They used the time to recover from injuries suffered in Week 1 against Saugus and in Week 2 against Bishop Amat.

Senior lineman Danny Huerta fractured his fibula in the offseason and was limited during fall camp. He was thought to be ready for the Bishop Amat game, but tweaked his right leg in practice the day before the game. Senior quarterback Jeffrey Davis suffered an apparent asthma attack against Saugus and senior wide receiver Kevon Seymour tweaked an ankle against Bishop Amat. Senior Daityevon McFadden had stitches removed from his right before the Saugus game, but had got banged up against Bishop Amat.

“The hand held up well,” Muir coach Ken Howard said. “Two weeks off worked out great. It ended up being nine days of stress-free practice.

Davis showed good movement and is expected to return Friday when Muir (1-2) hosts Burbank.

McFadden and Seymour also are expected to return to the starting lineup, but Huerta still is somewhat in question.

“It depends on how many minutes he can give us,” Howard said. “He wants to play, but right now he hasn’t played contact sport for a while. He’s still sore.

“So we thought we’d sit him out another week and get him stronger. We’re going to see what kind of brace we’ll put on it so he can get around on it.”

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Football: Penalties don’t upset Rosemead’s Matt Koffler, but they can hurt you. Just ask the Green Bay Packers.

The penalties kept piling up but when Rosemead High School’s 21-7 victory over San Marino was complete, Panthers football coach Matt Koffler showed no frustration.

“I don’t really get upset at trying penalties,” Koffler said after learning Rosemead (2-1) was flagged 11 times. “They try hard and they’re getting hard after (plays). It’s just part of the game. We’ll take it and keep our hands inside a little bit (next time).”

Matt Macias’ 33-yard touchdown pass to Christian Garcia with 5:58 left in the second quarter was brought back after the Panthers were called for a false start. The Panthers twice were relegated to field goal attempts in the fourth quarter after penalties stalled drives.

Rosemead was in good position, starting at its 48 with 1:30 left in the third quarter. Two holding penalties negated first-down conversions and the Panthers had to try a 47-yard field goal, which was wide. A 51-yard field goal attempt was short with 3:28 left in the fourth quarter. That drive went 10 plays starting at the Panthers 43 with 6:51 on the clock.

Making the call

Koffler decided to go for it on fourth-and-6 at the San Marino 39 with just more than seven minutes left in the second quarter. Rosemead running back Matt Fregoso took the snap and ran it near the Titans 33. San Marino players and coaches celebrated what appeared to be a stop and takeover on downs. But when the measuring sticks came out, Fregoso had converted the first down by millimeters, much to the dismay of the San Marino coaching staff that thought the spot was rather generous.
Nevertheless, Koffler’s call paid dividends.

“It was something we just needed,” he said. “A little spark. We just needed to score points.”

Fregoso scored six plays later when he broke away from tacklers for a 21-yard touchdown with 4:26 left in the half.

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CIF-SS Polls: South Pas cracks top 10 in Mid-Valley

Rank School (League) Record Result Opponent Score
1. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 4-0 Won St. Margaret’s 38-26
2. Azusa (Montview) 3-0 Won Gabrielino 34-0
3. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 3-1 Lost Hart 3-44
4. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 2-2 Won Monrovia 35-34 (OT)
5. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 1-2 Lost San Dimas 34-35 (OT)
6. Village Christian (Olympic) 3-1 Won Bernstein (LA) 81-6
7. Sierra Vista (Montview) 3-0 Won Mark Keppel 42-12
8. San Marino (Rio Hondo) 2-1 Lost Rosemead 7-21
9. Covina (Valle Vista) 3-1 Lost Walnut 42-49 (OT)
10. South Pasadena (Rio Hondo) 3-0 Won Glendale 27-21
Other: Maranatha (Olympic) 3-1 Won Salesian 29-28
Other: Schurr (Almont) 1-2 Won El Toro 29-28
Other: Pomona (Valle Vista) 3-1 Lost Chino Hills 13-48
Other: La Puente (Montview) 2-1 Lost Wilson/Hacienda Heights 20-36
Other: Bell Gardens (Almont) 1-2 Lost Cantwell Sacred-Heart 46-56
Other: Vallley Christian/C. (Olympic) 1-3 Lost Mayfair 7-18

Rank School (League) Record Result Opponent Score

1. Bishop Union (High Desert) 3-0 Won Rim of the World 31-21
2. Chadwick (Prep) 3-0 Won Kern Valley 20-7
3. Boron (Desert Mountain) 4-0 Won Rio Hondo Prep 36-28
4. Vasquez (Desert Mountain) 4-0 Won Mojave 34-6
5. Salesian (Santa Fe) 3-1 Lost Maranatha 28-29
6. Rio Hondo Prep (Prep) 2-1 Lost Boron 28-36
7. Desert Christian/L. (Desert Mountain) 3-1 Won Silver Valley 42-0
8. Pasadena Poly (Prep) 2-2 Lost Sierra Canyon 28-31
9. St. Genevieve (Santa Fe) 3-1 Won Marshall 21-20
10. Hamilton (Arrowhead) 3-1 Won CSDR 43-22
Other: Bellarmine-Jefferson (Santa Fe) 2-2 Won Malibu 39-14
Other: Mammoth (Desert Mountain) 2-1 Won Calvary Murrieta 10-7
Other: Viewpoint (Prep) 2-1 Lost Villanova Prep 15-36
Other: Mojave (Desert Mountain) 2-2 Lost Vasquez 6-34
Other: Kern Valley (High Desert) 1-3 Lost Chadwick 7-20
Other: St. Monica (Santa Fe) 2-2 Lost Brentwood 18-33

Rank School (League) Record Result Opponent Score
1. Nordhoff (Tri-Valley) 4-0 Won Ventura 26-20
2. Cantwell Sacred-Heart (Del Rey) 3-0 Won Bell Gardens 56-46
3. El Segundo (Pioneer) 4-0 Won West Torrance 36-10
4. Fillmore (Tri-Valley) 4-0 Won Frazier Mountain 48-7
5. South Torrance (Pioneer) 2-1 Lost Palos Verdes 17-29
6. Oak Park (Tri-Valley) 2-1 Won Don Lugo 21-7
7. Bosco Tech (Del Rey) 3-1 Won Santiago/Garden Grove 37-10
8. Templeton (Los Padres) 2-2 Lost Righetti 6-34
9. Santa Ynez (Los Padres) 1-2 Lost Carpinteria 14-24
10. No. Torrance (Pioneer) 2-2 Lost San Pedro (LA) 28-31 (OT)
Other: Lompoc (Los Padres) 2-2 Lost Dos Pueblos 21-45
Other: Carpinteria (Tri-Valley) 2-1 Won Santa Ynez 24-14
Other: Verbum Dei (Del Rey) 2-2 Won Blair 52-13
Other: St. Bernard (Del Rey) 2-2 Won Lawndale 43-36
Other: Bishop Montgomery (Del Rey) 2-2 Won Laguna Beach 48-18
Other: Santa Maria (Los Padres) 2-2 Won Mission Prep 27-0

Rank School (League) Record Result Opponent Score

1. West Covina (Hacienda) 3-1 Won Glendora 33-28
2. Burbank (Pacific) 2-1 Bye
3. Bonita (Hacienda) 4-0 Won Baldwin Park 29-0
4. Rowland (Hacienda) 3-1 Lost Claremont 21-24
5. Norwalk (Suburban) 2-2 Won Morningside 44-14
6. La Serna (Del Rio) 3-1 Won La Mirada 32-28
7. Muir (Pacific) 1-2 Bye
8. Diamond Bar (Hacienda) 4-0 Won Brea Olinda 31-28
9. Diamond Ranch (Hacienda) 1-3 Won Chaffey 21-14
10. Santa Fe (Del Rio) 1-2 Lost Esperanza 7-21
Other: La Mirada (Suburban) 1-3 Lost La Serna 28-3
Other: El Rancho (Del Rio) 3-1 Won Montebello 29-9
Other: Walnut (Hacienda) 2-1 Won Covina 49-42 (OT)
Other: Hoover (Pacific) 1-2 Won Mountain View 45-38
Other: Bellflower (Suburban) 3-1 Won Troy 40-30
Other: Mayfair (Suburban) 1-3 Won Valley Christian/Cerritos 18-7

Rank School (League) Record Result Opponent Score
1. Serra (Mission) 4-0 Won Peninsula 48-7
2. Chaminade (Mission) 3-0 Won Fairfax (LA) 42-13
3. Dominguez (San Gabriel Valley) 3-1 Won Jordan/Long Beach 28-0
4. St. Francis (Mission) 3-0 Won Venice (LA) 31-13
5. Culver City (Ocean) 3-0 Won Redondo Union 21-17
6. Arroyo Grande (PAC-7) 4-0 Won Cabrillo/Lompoc 35-14
7. Gahr (San Gabriel Valley) 3-1 Won Artesia 54-6
8. Atascadero (PAC-7) 4-0 Won Seaside (CS) 30-13
9. Beverly Hills (Ocean) 3-0 Won Hamilton 36-7
10. Cathedral (Mission) 3-0 Won West Adams Prep 45-37
Other: Oxnard (Pacific View) 2-1 Won Buena 14-12
Other: Santa Monica (Ocean) 2-1 Lost Villa Park 29-35
Other: Harvard/Westlake (Mission) 2-1-1 Won Sylmar (LA) 24-14
Other: St. Joseph/SM (PAC-7) 2-1 Won Mater Dei (SD) 48-
Other: St. Paul (Mission) 2-1 Won Garfield (LA) 24-10

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Football: Josiah Thropay finally at QB, where he wanted to be all along after stints at Monrovia and Bishop Amat.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer

A lot is still up in the air about the quarterback situation at Charter Oak High School. But one thing that’s for certain is senior Josiah Thropay will be under center for the Chargers on Friday night against Santa Fe.

That’s because normal starter Travis Santiago is sidelined with an ankle injury that nobody quite knows the extent of how bad it is. Santiago suffered the injury on the second-to-last play of Friday’s loss to Rancho Cucamonga.

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Football: Heartwarming story of the day out of Wash.

Ike Ditzenberger, a junior at Snohomish (Wash.) High School who has Down Syndrome, achieved a major milestone on Friday in a game against Lake Stevens, running 51 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining. The “Ike Special” provided the only points in Snohomish’s 35-6 loss. It was the first varsity touchdown in Ditzenberger’s career, a ramble through an opposing defense that mirrors the end to Snohomish practices every day, when Ditzenberger gets the final run of practice and somehow finds the end zone, through a combination of running guile and intentionally passive defenders.

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Star Picks: Monrovia has the spotlight on Thursday

The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head this week. Still no bet on what the loser has to do…

Melendez: 10-8 last week; total 43-19
Stang Fan: 13-5 last week; total 46-16

Last week was a disaster for me. Say what you want about my picks (John Wayne, Realist). This week is tough. My birthday is Thursday, and if mom finds out I went to a football game instead of dinner at her house this blog may be “From The Sidelines” with someone else. I’m sure some of you (John Wayne, Realist) would like that, but I digress. I’m planning on doing both Thursday. Should be a great game, but as you’ll see in a two-minute drill video later today, I’m picking South Hills for several reasons. As for Friday, there’s still a toss up with who gets our game of the week honors. Your call. Nice to see Arcadia swing into Pacific League action. The Apaches start league play 1-0 with their win over Pasadena, and it is when they’ll show how good they really are.

Thursday’s Game
Monrovia vs. South Hills at Covina District Field, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Hills)

Friday’s Games
San Gabriel at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Rosemead)
Alhambra at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (South Pasadena)
Maranatha at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Melendez (La Canada)
Arcadia at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Arcadia)
Burbank at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Muir)
Bell Gardens at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (San Marino)
Temple City at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Melendez (SEM)
St. Francis vs. West Ranch at Valencia, 7 p.m. — Melendez (St. Francis)
Bosco Tech at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Bosco Tech)
Sierra Vista at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Sierra Vista)
L.A. Roybal at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Gabrielino)
Keppel at Mountain View, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Mnt. View)
Malibu vs. Flintridge Prep at Occidental, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Flint. Prep)

Saturday’s Games
Paraclete vs. Marshall at Pasadena HS, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Paraclete)
St. Monica vs. Blair at Muir, 7 p.m. — Melendez (Blair)

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