Football: Ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at Monrovia

Above: The old Monrovia stadium is old no more.

Monrovia High will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 5:30 p.m. to unveil its newly-renovated football stadium. Monrovia (0-1) hosts Arcadia (0-1) in Week 2, but regardless of the outcome it’s bound to be a special night for Monrovia fans. The state-of-the-art turf field is just one of several new features. There’s a new rubber track, grandstands and press box (wireless internet for yours truly?). The new facility will soon be joined by another spectacular venue — an all-purpose gym that will host countless tournaments in basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Should be a fun night, but there’s still a question that needs to be answered: after who will the stadium be named after? Garrison Field has a ring to it, and all you’d need to complement the name would be a brigade of snare drummers.

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Football: Alhambra’s Torres to be medically cleared Friday, will coach the Moors against Temple City.

Alhambra football coach Lou Torres said he will be cleared to return from medical leave just in time to coach the Moors against Temple City on Friday at Moor Field.

Torres was admitted last week to Arcadia Methodist Hospital, the same day the Moors played at La Canada. He underwent surgery the next day for a skin-born staph infection that spread throughout his body, which he said resurfaced in the Moors’ season opener against Roosevelt and kept him out of school since Labor Day.

Torres was released from the hospital three days later, but has been under care of a nurse at his home. He said he will coach Friday if he’s cleared.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I was ready to jump out the window during the weekend.”

Torres saw video of Alhambra’s 17-0 loss to La Canada, and isn’t buying the idea the Moors face a long season.

“We didn’t play bad,” he said. “Me not being there, when you’re the offensive coordinator, was a piece of the puzzle that was missing.”

John Zabala, the quarterbacks/wide receivers coach, took charge of the offense.

“It made things difficult asking John to call the offense when he rarely spends time with the run game,” Torres said. “But I made sure that no matter what happens I’ll meet with my staff and we’ll come up with a plan so that everybody has a piece of the puzzle, too. When you’re the offensive coordinator and you’re gone the day of the game it’s difficult for everybody else.”

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Football: Bonds impressed with Enterante’s big play

Hook, line and sinker!

St. Francis’ Keith Enterante knew he had to stay inbounds in the waning minutes of the Golden Knights’ 42-27 win over Arcadia.

“We told our guys, `Let’s stay inbounds, move the chains,’ ” St. Francis coach Jim Bonds said. “They know we’re in our four-minute offense. It was a reminder in the huddle not to run out of bounds.”

Enterante ran a flat route toward the St. Francis sideline. Quarterback Brett Nelson threw to Enterante, who managed to stay inbounds.

Enterante, a 6-foot-1 senior tight end, then eluded a fast-approaching defensive back and ran the rest of the way for a 47-yard score to all but seal the win. It was Enterante’s lone catch of the night.
Bonds and the rest of the team jumped with jubilation, not so much that the Golden Knights scored but how Enterante went about doing so.

“I was surprised at the move he made to make the guy totally miss,” Bonds recalled. “I called that play to draw the first down and ice the game, but then you get a score like that and you’re excited for the kid, to stop himself from going out of bounds, going forward, put his breaks and have that DB fly past him and score.”

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Game On for the 17th Wendy’s High School Heisman

I got an e-mail a few days ago from the Wendy’s High School Heisman committee reminding eligible seniors that the deadline to apply for the prestigious award is Oct. 3. The last San Gabriel Valley athlete to be honored was Anthony White, who won the award in 1998 while a football star at Rosemead High.

Wendy’s is looking for the next class of remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics and community involvement. Celebrating its 17th year, the 2010 Wendy’s High School HeismanTM award application process is underway. Now through Oct. 3, 2010, eligible students (graduating class of 2011) can apply and submit their applications by clicking here.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman (WHSH) award is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, host of the Collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy. Just as the Heisman is known for being the top award in college football, WHSH is known for being the most prominent award at the high school level. To date, more than 250,000 high school students have represented their schools.

The elite recognition of the WHSH award also gives students the leverage they need to shine on their college applications and stand apart from their peers in the competitive process. “Being recognized as the Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner has opened so many doors for me and has reinforced my confidence in taking on whatever challenges and opportunities may arise,” said Kyle Pollock, 2009 WHSH winner.

All eligible seniors may submit an application online through Oct. 3, 2010. The first 41,100 applicants will receive a Wendy’s gift card randomly valued from $5 to $50. From the completed applications, one male and one female winner will be chosen to receive the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. For more information, students can visit, call (800) 205-6367 or contact their local high school principal, guidance counselor or athletic director. Students can also visit the WHSH fan page on Facebook at

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Football: Getting to know … South Pas RB Patrick Martin

Background: Patrick Martin is a senior running back for the Tigers football team. He recently led South Pasadena to an impressive 22-9 win over San Gabriel in the season opener last week. More impressive was Patrick’s performance. The captain who also doubles as a linebacker rushed for 137 yards and one touchdown, but that’s not what’s garnering Martin headlines. It’s the fact Martin went berzerk in the fourh quarter when he rushed for 103 yards. He had only 34 yards rushing heading into the final quarter. Yeah, pretty amazing indeed. Martin took some time out of Monday’s practice to let us ask him a few questions about, who else, Patrick Martin.

Born (date and location): 01/25/93, Huntington Memorial, Pasadena

Favorite TV shows: Dexter, Dragon Ball Z, SportsCenter

What’s in my iPod: Linkin Park, Eminem, Limp Bizkit

Dream car: 1979 Corvette Sting Ray

Favorite movie(s): Dark Knight, Anchorman

What I’m reading right now: Blind Side

On my bedroom walls you’ll find: Football posters

I’d love to trade places for a day with: LaDainian Tomlinson

A talent I’d most like to have: Draw

Favorite meal: Steak

Favorite athlete to watch: LaDainian Tomlinson

Dream vacation: Hawaii

Favorite sports team: San Francisco 49ers

Dream date would be with: Jessica Biel

My hero is: Great grandfather

Goal for the season/year: Teamwise to finish 10-0. Personally, rush for over 1,000 yards.

Biggest rival: San Marino

Best advice I’ve received from a coach: Keep working hard all the time.

South Pasadena takes on Hoover on Thursday at Glendale High, 7 p.m.

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Football: West teams drop few spots in latest CIF-SS polls; St. Francis, Rio Hondo Prep highest-ranked team.

1. Arroyo (2-0) def. Temple City, 42-6
2. Whittier Christian (2-0) def. Notre Dame/ Riverside, 49-21
3. San Dimas (1-1) def. El Monte, 55-0
4. Azusa (1-0) def. Bell Gardens, 48-0
5. Monrovia (0-1) lost to Glendora, 7-21
6. Schurr (0-1) lost to Cantwell Sacred-Heart, 28-49
7. Rosemead (1-0) def. Montebello, 17-13
8. San Marino (1-0) def. Gabrielino, 35-0
9. Covina (2-0) def. Gladstone, 33-0
10. Village Christian (1-1) lost to Fillmore, 7-28
OTHERS: Mountain View (1-0); Ganesha (1-0); La Puente (1-0); Sierra Vista (1-0); Workman (1-0);Blair (2-0); La Canada (1-0); South Pasadena (1-0); Pomona (2-0).

1. Bishop Union (1-0) def. Linfield Christian, 38-7
2. Salesian (2-0) def. Bishop Montgomery, 34-24
3. Rio Hondo Prep (1-0) def. Big Bear, 22-12
4. Chadwick (1-0) def. Riverside Christian, 50-7
5. Boron (2-0) def. California City, 71-0
6. Mojave (2-0) def. Coast Union (CS), 27-3
7. Vasquez (2-0) def. Kern Valley, 30-7
8. Mission College Prep (2-0) def. Mammoth, 27-0
9. Pasadena Poly (1-1) lost to Malibu, 14-21
10. Kern Valley (1-1) lost to Vasquez, 7-30
OTHERS: Viewpoint (1-0); Salesian (2-0).

1. Santa Fe (1-0) def. Warren, 20-7
2. Rowland (2-0) def. California, 41-9
3. West Covina (1-1) def. Venice (LAS), 35-21
4. Burbank (1-1) lost to Chaminade, 6-37
5. Muir (1-1) lost to Saugus, 14-28
6. Bonita (2-0) def. Claremont, 42-20
7. La Mirada (0-2) lost to La Habra, 17-23
8. Norwalk (0-2) lost to Cypress, 6-28
9. La Serna (1-1) lost to Downey, 24-35
10. Diamond Ranch (0-2) lost to Damien, 19-26
OTHERS: El Rancho (2-0); Diamond Bar (2-0); Bellflower (2-0); Walnut (1-0); Crescenta Valley (1-0); California (0-1).

1. Serra (2-0) def. Redondo Union, 37-13
2. Chaminade (1-0) def. Burbank, 37-6
3. Dominguez (1-1) lost to Bishop Amat, 15-21
4. St. Francis (1-0) def. Arcadia, 42-27
5. Culver City (1-0) def. West Torrance, 28-14
6. Arroyo Grande (2-0) def. Nipomo, 45-6
7. Gahr (1-1) lost to Kennedy/La Palma, 51-69
8. St. Joseph/Santa Maria (1-0) def. Valley Christian/Cerritos, 46-10
9. Santa Monica (1-0) def. Leuzinger, 42-6
10. Warren (0-2) lost to Santa Fe, 7-20
OTHERS: Oxnard (0-1); Ventura (1-1); Adolfo Camarillo (1-0); Cathedral (1-0); Beverly Hills (1-0); Harvard/Westlake (0-1-1) Rio Mesa (1-0); St. Paul (1-0) Atascadero (2-0); Righetti (2-0); Downey (1-0); Paramount (1-0).

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Star Picks: Searching for W’s heading into Week 2

The Stang Fan and I will go head-to-head in 2010. We still have not figured out a bet, so your ideas still are welcomed.

Melendez: 11-5 last week; total 19-8
Stang Fan: 8-8 last week; total 16-11

The games I lost were Monrovia, San Gabriel, La Salle, Muir and Pasadena Poly. The games The Stang Fan lost were … well, we don’t have all day to go through his debacle. I wasn’t shocked that Monrovia lost, but I was surprised the way they went about losing: turnovers. I pictured a more disciplined Wildcats team, and four fumbles isn’t the making of a true champion. I was surprised to find out San Gabriel couldn’t stop the run against South Pasadena, and I thought they would have an even harder time stopping Burbank’s Adam Coleman. But upon further review I see this as a breakout game for the Matadors, who at some level still are a bit of an enigma. San Gabriel plays tough against Muir and then flops the next week. Still, Burbank isn’t as good as people might make them out to see. Burbank’s Adam Coleman had a subpar performance against Chaminade last week. Coleman rushed for -2 yards and was average at best completing 8 of 21 passes for 155 yards. Sure, Coleman passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener, but the flipside to that is Burbank played Warren. That’s not the worst part: Burbank gave up 39 points before pulling away 41-39. Muir won’t have it any easier with Bishop Amat. Right now they have to focus on staying healthy. I’ll be covering Arcadia at Monrovia. I have the Wildcats winning, but this won’t be a blowout. Much like they did against St. Francis, the Apaches will wreak havoc. Keep your eye on Taylor Lagace. This kid is a one-man show. Not to say he’s the only weapon, but his presence definitely can’t be ignored. The scary part is he’s only a junior. Temple City, Alhambra, Arcadia, Monrovia, San Gabriel, La Salle, Pasadena, Keppel, Marshall and Flintridge Prep still are searching for their first win of the season. That’s way too many for my liking.

Thursday’s games
South Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m. — MM (South Pas); Stang Fan (South Pas)
Duarte vs. Garey at Ganesha, 7 p.m. — MM (Garey); Stang Fan (Garey)

Friday’s Games
Muir at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. — MM (Bishop Amat); Stang Fan (Bishop Amat)
Arcadia at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — MM (Monrovia); Stang Fan (Monrovia)
Temple City vs. Ahambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — MM (Alhambra); Stang Fan (Alhambra)
St. Francis vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m. — MM (St. Francis); (St. Francis)
Rosemead at Rowland, 7 p.m. — MM (Rowland); Stang Fan (Rowland)
San Marino at La Salle, 7 p.m. — MM (San Marino); Stang Fan (San Marino)
Burbank at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — MM (San Gabriel); Stang Fan (Burbank)
Glendale at La Canada, 7 p.m. — MM (La Canada); Stang Fan (La Canada)
Cathedral at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — MM (Cathedral); Stang Fan (Cathedral)
Keppel at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — MM (Gabrielino); Stang Fan (Gabrielino)
Marshall at Pasadena Poly, 3:45 p.m. — MM (Poly); Stang Fan (Poly)
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — MM (Bosco Tech); Stang Fan (Bosco Tech)
Santa Maria at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — MM (Santa Maria); Stang Fan (Maranatha)
Kilpatrick at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — MM (RHP); Stang Fan (RHP)
Flintridge Prep vs. Grace Brethren at Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m. — MM (Flintridge); Stang Fan (Grace Brethren)

Saturday’s games
No games scheduled

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Star-Jibber: No question about it, St. Francis No. 1 in the West, but who gets your vote for athlete of the week?

Discuss anything and everything you want to talk about … As always, we welcome your nominations for boys and girls athletes of the week.

First San Dimas goes down and now Monrovia. So much for that No. 1 ranking in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division. The Wildcats undoubtedly will move down at least one spot after their turnover-marred performance in a 21-7 loss to Glendora in the season opener. I really thought Monrovia would win, and by all accounts the Wildcats were in the thick of it until turnovers stymied Monrovia. As I thought he would, Ellis McCarthy, to put it lightly, made it uneasy for Glendora’s Chad Jeffries. McCarthy had four sacks, and it mattered little that he saw double coverage. I wasn’t sure losing De’Shawn Ramirez would have made this big an impact, but it did, meaning Derrick Johnson doubled his load offensively as our blogger Observantcat noted in a post Friday.

Monrovia definitely gets a good task Friday night when it hosts Arcadia. The Apaches played tough against a solid St. Francis team. Taylor Lagace will be a tough assignment for the Monrovia secondary. He was a nightmare for St. Francis. Arcadia struggled holding on to the ball and in the red zone. Two of Lagace’s touchdowns came on plays longer than 25 yards and he returned another on an interception return. Rodney Arnett looks faster than before. The two-back rotation along with David Maldonado can work for the Apaches, and that’s a dangerous weapon Arcadia didn’t utilize as much last year, what with injuries and all.

St. Francis recorded a couple sacks and interceptions. The defense looks good, but it was clear they were bothered by the big plays given up to Lagace. “We can’t let one guy beat us” was the overall sentiment after a big Lagace play. Lagace is just that good. St. Francis saw it coming, but that mattered little, especially when Arcadia QB Myles Carr connected with Lagace for a 25-yard score. Senior running back Michael Melnick was impressive, but he must start the game with as much intensity as he played with in the second half. Still, Melnick managed to break my new clipboard on a run play that spilled to the St. Francis sidelines. I didn’t like that clipboard anyway.

There was a bizzare play in the second half that resulted in a St. Francis 15-yard penalty. After a long play that would have marked the ball deep into Apaches territory, St. Francis was hit with a sidelines warning when a game official apparently ran into a photographer. The photographer didn’t appear to be with any news outlet, and you can bet he was scolded for costing the Golden Knights 15 yards. This was bound to happen. There always are way too many people on the sidelines who don’t belong, and don’t even get me started with no space in the press box. The penalty, however, only delayed a sure touchdown.

Muir’s would-be showdown against Bishop Amat may have lost a little bit of its luster after news of Jeffrey Davis going down with an injury in the Mustangs’ 28-14 loss to Saugus. We’ll bring you the latest on Davis’ injury.

Too many teams in search for their first win in Week 2. Monrovia, Arcadia, Temple City, Alhambra, San Gabriel, etc. Not sure how I feel about that, and how that speaks about the state of the West San Gabriel Valley in 2010. I think San Gabriel at 0-2 has got to be the biggest surprise. South Pasadena sent shock waves with its 22-9 win, and it was Patrick Martin who garnered the headlines this time around. Finally the Tigers showed they can produce on the run.

Should be an interesting week as the season shapes out.

Thursday’s games
South Pasadena vs. Hoover at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Duarte vs. Garey at Ganesha, 7 p.m.

Friday’s Games
Muir at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Arcadia at Monrovia, 7 p.m.
Temple City vs. Ahambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Rosemead at Rowland, 7 p.m.
San Marino at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Burbank at San Gabriel, 7 p.m.
Glendale at La Canada, 7 p.m.
Cathedral at Pasadena, 7 p.m.
Keppel at Gabrielino, 7 p.m.
Marshall at Pasadena Poly, 3:45 p.m.
Bosco Tech vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m.
Santa Maria at Maranatha, 7 p.m.
Kilpatrick at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Flintridge Prep vs. Grace Brethren at Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games
No games scheduled

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