PrepXtra All-Area Special: Monrovia’s Nick Bueno is Player of the Year; Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox is Coach of the Year. Maranatha’s Andrew Elffers, Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy are selected offensive and defensive MVPs.

The 2010 Star-News All-Area team is in today’s PrepXtra Magazine, which you will find packaged in today’s Star-News with stories online on our preps page. The magazine includes a San Gabriel Valley all-encompassing team, plus the selections from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune as well. Hope you enjoy! You can purchase copies of PrepXtra at the Star-News or Tribune offices as well.

2010 STAR-NEWS ALL-AREA TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Nick Bueno (Monrovia) Sr.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Andrew Elffers (Maranatha) So.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia) Jr.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Ryan Maddox (Monrovia)

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Andrew Elffers (Maranatha) Jr.
RB: Matt Fregoso (Rosemead) Sr.
RB: Joshua Simangunsong (Temple City) Sr.
OL: Patrick Carroll (St. Francis) Sr.
OL: Chris Salgado (Alhambra) Sr.
OL: Alan Felix (San Marino) Sr.
OL: Danny Huerta (Muir) Sr.
OL: Dean Bisterfeldt (Monrovia) Sr.
AP: Blake Edwards (Pasadena Poly) Sr.
WR: Travis Talianko (St. Francis) Jr.
WR: Jay Henderson (Monrovia) Sr.
WR: Matt Nelson (South Pasadena) Sr.
PK: Gilmar Tenes (San Gabriel) Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Nathan Hamming (Pasadena Poly) Jr.
DL: Clarence Irvin (Arcadia) Jr.
DL: Michael Singelyn (St. Francis) Sr.
DL: Ellis McCarthy (Monrovia) Jr.
LB: Derrick Johnson (Monrovia) Sr.
LB: Tim Sanderson (Temple City) Sr.
LB: Nick Preciado (Rio Hondo Prep) Sr.
LB: Oliver Campbell (San Marino) Sr.
DB: Taylor Lagace (Arcadia) Jr.
DB: Charlie Cimmarusti (Monrovia) Sr.
DB: Kevon Seymour (Muir) Jr.
P: Ian Sternau (St. Francis) Sr.

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SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Brett Nelson (St. Francis) Sr.
RB: Charles Quintero (Rio Hondo Prep) Sr.
RB: Patrick Martin (South Pasadena) Sr.
OL: Jordan Pinsky (Pasadena Poly) Sr.
OL: Michael Lind (South Pasadena) Sr.
OL: Darrell Cheng (Arcadia) Sr.
OL: Ryan Teegarden (Monrovia) Sr.
OL: Faustino Macatangay (Monrovia) Sr.
AP: Arthur Brown (San Gabriel) Sr.
WR: Alex Villalobos (San Gabriel) Jr.
WR: Karl Holmes Jr. (Muir) Sr.
WR: Joshua Jones (Maranatha) Sr.
PK: Nick Palmer (Temple City) Sr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Jerome Brown (Monrovia) Sr.
DL: Howard Vaughn (Muir) Sr.
DL: Trent Washington (Maranatha) Sr.
DL: Kevin Figueroa (South Pasadena) Sr.
LB: Victor Wei (Arcadia) Sr.
LB: A.J. Rail (Arcadia) Sr.
LB: George Gonzales (Alhambra) Sr.
LB: Ryan McAleenan (St. Francis) Jr.
DB: Sam Hutchins (Muir) Sr.
DB: Michael Arkfeld (La Canada) Sr.
DB: Tevin Hodges (Pasadena) Sr.
P: Miguel Lagunas (South Pasadena) Jr.

ALL ENCOMPASSING SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TEAM
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

QB – Nick Bueno, Monrovia, Sr.
RB – Jalen Moore, Bishop Amat, Jr.
RB – Chris Solomon, West Covina, Jr.
RB – Matt Fregoso, Rosemead, Sr,
WR – Dennis Rufus, Charter Oak
WR – Jay Henderson, Monrovia, Sr.
OL – Joseph Gibson, West Covina, Sr.
OL – Allen Brown, San Dimas, Sr.
OL – Christian Orduno, Bishop Amat, Sr.
OL – Dean Bisterfeldt, Monrovia, Sr.
OL – Chris Salgado, Alhambra, Sr.
ALL – B.J. Lee, West Covina, Sr.
PK – Brandt Davis, Bonita, So.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Julian Gener, Amat, Sr.
DL – Auston Johnson, Chino Hills, Sr
DL – Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Jr.
LB – Mo Dupleasis, West Covina, Sr
LB – Derrick Johnson, Monrovia, Sr.
LB – KC Huth, Bonita, Sr.
LB – Jose Nunez, Azusa, Sr.
DB – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Chino Hills, Sr
DB – Demetrius Jackson, Baldwin Park
DB – Vinny Venegas, Covina, Jr.
DB – Anthony Molina, West Covina
P – Christian Fulham, Glendora, So.

ARAM’S COLUMN ON TRIBXTRA ALL AREA TEAMS
As you can see, when it comes to this newspaper’s All-Area teams, the spoils really do go to the victors.
To say the Monrovia and West Covina High School football teams dominated this year’s picks of the best players is an understatement.
So, I won’t say it, but it’s obvious that’s what happened.
The Bulldogs went 13-1. The Wildcats went 12-2. Both teams were the last ones standing in their respective divisions and it wasn’t by mistake.
From line play, to skill players to special teams, both Monrovia and West Covina were truly special. For Monrovia, the 2010 team was able to bring home the first CIF championship in school history.
It was not only a season of firsts on the field, but also at the Tribune and Star-News. This year, we produced a season preview magazine that, while great, will be even better with some improvements next season.
And now, to wrap up the season, we’ve gone back to the magazine style and brought the schools of the two newspapers together to produce our first All-Area team that combines players from the Star-News and Tribune zones.
Obviously, these are the very best of the best, in our opinion. These are the players who will not soon be forgotten in a season that will be remembered forever in two different places.
It’s never easy making these lists. It’s an imprecise formula of weighing teams with varying attendance levels competing in divisions that often don’t have much in common.
But after deploying our troops of writers to all the games from September to December, we’ve got a pretty good idea what we’re doing.
As you’ll find in the coming pages, 2010 was a season like no other.
From Nick Bueno’s great all-around effort to Chris Solomon’s running wild to Matt Fregoso’s record-breaking run, the San Gabriel Valley is alive and well when it comes to football.
Now it’s time to honor the individuals who make it happen in the best way possible.

NICK BUENO, PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By Aram Tolegian

Nick Bueno’s illustrious career as quarterback of the Monrovia High School football team would not have been complete without a CIF championship.

That’s why when the Wildcats fell short in 2009, losing in the finals to San Dimas, Bueno hung a picture of himself looking defeated while sitting on the turf in his locker. It was to serve as a reminder. It worked.

In all three of Bueno’s seasons, he put up exceptional numbers. His senior year, though, he wanted the sweetest prize of all to go with his gaudy stats. Bueno got that on Dec. 11 at Arcadia High when he led Monrovia to its first-ever CIF championship.

After throwing for 1,828 yards, rushing for 1,513 yards and combining for 37 touchdowns, Bueno is the Star-News Player of the Year. “It’s really an honor,” Bueno said of the award. “I’m glad I got to finish my season like this. It’s really good for me, but at the same time, I didn’t do this by myself.

“I had a lot of help from everyone. We really came together and that’s
why we won a championship.”

Indeed, Bueno’s teammates did play a huge role in helping the pint-sized quarterback lead his team to the elusive first championship in school history. But Bueno’s numbers paint the image of one of the best-ever individual seasons by an offensive player in local history.

Bueno led Monrovia in rushing this season, but it was his arm that got Monrovia its points when it mattered most, i.e. the Mid-Valley championship against Whittier Christian. Bueno threw for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the 38-8 win.

A week prior, Bueno helped the Wildcats avenge last year’s loss to San Dimas in the championship by putting a 47-17 whipping on the Saints in this year’s semifinals. Bueno threw for 226 yards in the symbolic win, which further boosted Monrovia’s confidence and helped ease the sting of the previous two setbacks.

As great as the numbers were, this year was all about the wins for Bueno and his team. Wins were the only thing that could eliminate the term bridesmaids from people’s vocabulary when they talked about Monrovia football.

But instead of using the spoils of winning as motivation, Bueno used the reminder of defeat in the form of the photograph that haunted his locker until the CIF championship plaque was all his.
“I had the picture sitting in my locker all year long,” Bueno said of the photo from last year’s championship game. “I remember that game ended and I was just sitting there. I felt it was a dream and when I stood up, everything would be fine. But it wasn’t.

“It gave everybody great motivation all year that we didn’t want to feel that way again.”
With his arm and legs, Bueno made sure on a weekly basis that there would be no regrets this year after the final game.

Is he the best player in Monrovia history? The numbers say it. The CIF championship ring says it. But you won’t catch Bueno saying it. “There’s just a lot of relief,” he said. “It felt good to get this done for the community. I’ve been working so hard to get a CIF championship, that if we lost, I would have felt like the last three years were for nothing.”

Instead, they were three of the best in Monrovia history.

RYAN MADDOX, COACH OF THE YEAR
By Aram Tolegian

It’s taken Monrovia High School football COACH Ryan Maddox three years to eliminate a lifetime of tough luck for the Wildcats when it comes to winning CIF championships.

Until its resounding win over Whittier Christian in the CIF Mid-Valley Division championship, Monrovia had always been known as the hard-luck loser when it came to the truly big games.

The Wildcats’ 0-9 record in title games before this year’s triumph spoke for itself. The label the program wore around had built up years of frustration for generations of players. Maddox was just the man to fix it all and that’s exactly what he did in his own subtle way.

For leading Monrovia to a 12-2 record, winning the Rio Hondo League and bringing home a CIF championship, Maddox is the Pasadena Star-News Coach of the Year.

“It was a culmination of three years of hard work by the coaches and the kids,” Maddox said. “This team went through its ups and downs this year, but you could see it in the kids, they weren’t going to be deterred.”

Maddox intentionally made Monrovia’s nonleague schedule one of the toughest around because he wanted the adversity that so many fans thought his team could not overcome to be present right away in their season.

Monrovia started the year with a loss to Glendora. Nobody blinked after that result, but when the Wildcats blew a big, fourth-quarter lead against San Dimas in Week 3 and lost in overtime, all the naysayers were back at it.

As much as the San Dimas loss stung, Maddox was able to use it to convince his team that nothing would come easy if the Wildcats wanted to reach their full potential.

Monrovia rebounded from the San Dimas loss by beating upper-division South Hills the following week, and the Wildcats never lost again.

“The San Dimas loss was the turning point,” Maddox said. “That (loss) crystallized what we were talking about with the kids. It all became evident.

“As coaches, we preached to them all along that you’re going to have to face adversity, and until you get through it, it’s all just talk.”

Once in the playoffs, Monrovia never even had to sweat the type of close game that would have fans doubting their mental states. The Wildcats routed Gladstone, handled Schurr, whipped San Dimas for some sweet revenge, and jumped all over Whittier Christian to win the elusive CIF title.

“I don’t know if it’s relief so much as it’s satisfaction,” Maddox said. “It’s very evident by the outpouring that there’s a lot of people who went through those losses. I don’t want to say it was
surprising the way we played in the playoffs. I think we knew our kids could play that way and they went out and did it.”

ANDREW ELFFERS, OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By Miguel A. Melendez

His numbers couldn’t be ignored.

Quarterback Andrew Elffers almost single handedly put the Maranatha High School football team on the national screen with his week in and week out performances.

His final numbers read like a perennial all-star: Elffers completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,328 yards and 37 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 269 yards and five touchdowns.

Maranatha (8-4) finished second in the Olympic League, arguably the toughest league in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division.

Elffers passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns against Mid-Valley Division runner-up Whittier Christian and 587 yards and six touchdowns against Cerritos Valley Christian in an epic, five-overtime thriller.

During the Minutemen’s first-ever appearance in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs, Elffers passed for 402 yards and six touchdowns against La Puente in the opening round and went 12-for-12 for 260 yards and three touchdowns against defending champion San Dimas in the second round.

That Elffers is only a sophomore makes it all the more impressive.

For carrying a team with such poise and in dominating fashion, Elffers has been selected the Pasadena Star-News’ offensive player of the year.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder finished as the top passer in the Mid-Valley Division and was second behind Claremont’s Daniel Kessler in the entire Southern Section. Among sophomores, Elffers was the passing leader in the state and third in the nation. He finished fourth overall in California.

“It’s a great honor,” he said. “But I’m nothing without my teammates and the whole school to back me up. I’m also nothing without my Savior. I thank them every day.”

ELLIS MCCARTHY, DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By Miguel A. Melendez

Ellis McCarthy’s presence alone commands respect.

The junior defensive tackle from Monrovia High School stands an intimidating 6-feet-5 and weighs 295 pounds. His father, Ed, knew he had something special even at an early age.

“I thought I was raising a wide receiver,” he recalls. “He was always bigger than everyone else. But around the fifth grade he was just getting bigger and bigger, and I had a lineman in my hands.”

McCarthy was brought up to varsity his freshman year during Ryan Maddox’s first year as coach. The raw talent was obvious.

“We had a hard time blocking him at practice,” Maddox said. “He was still pretty green, but we knew he was going to be a beast. He just kept getting bigger and bigger, and he’s now turned into a major Division I prospect.”

McCarthy has caught the eye of Nebraska, LSU, Oregon, Colorado, USC and UCLA. He took part in the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio on the same day his teammates took part in a parade celebrating the school’s first-ever CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship.

McCarthy’s defensive prowess played a key part in the Wildcats’ success this season, earning him 2010 Pasadena Star-News defensive player of the year honors.

When the ball snaps, that’s when McCarthy is at his best.

“That’s my favorite moment,” he said. “The goal is the same next year and win another CIF (championship).”

Natural talent alone is not enough, and McCarthy understood that.

“He really pushes himself,” Maddox added. “He’s obviously very gifted and blessed with size, but he’s really worked hard to get faster and become better.”

As for 2011 opponents, the best is yet to come.

  • Former MHS Coaches

    Congrats to Nick Bueno and MHS, but with all due respects numbers alone don’t equate to the best ever in MHS history. Aram/Miguel you haven’t been around long enough to have seen the greatest players in MHS history. So be before you crown Nick the best ever at MHS, look up the names Keith Lincoln, Fair Hooker, Paul Hewitt, Hardiman Cureton, Obie Graves, just to name a few. Keith Lincoln is consider one of the greatest players in NFL history with San Diego Chargers. I’m a bit older than both of you and have seen most of the Greatest players go though MHS. But your statement that Nick is the Greatest in MHS history just doesn’t have credibility even more it’s just not factual. First thing you learn in journalism get the facts FIRST. Do a little homework or investigave reporting.

    Nick is a very nice player and deserves what he has received thus far. However, the talent level of the teams MHS is currently playing isn’t any where close to the talent MHS played in the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s or early 1990′. Nick Bueno is a great player for his time and your are correct that he is the first to win a CIF Championship. Yes its true that names foremention didn’t win a CIF Championship. But it would have been very difficult for Nick to have even started for the great MHS teams of the past. Again ill give Nick a great deal of respect as a great player for his time but greatest in MHS history is a huuuuuuge reach. I loved reading your stuff this morning I needed the laugh.

  • bigfatfan

    Jay Henderson?? really??? that is a stretch for Aram’s list. Nelson at SP blew away Henderson’s numbers.

  • rdilluvio

    Miguel – I know no matter what you do somebody gets left off and you give the benefit of the doubt to the Seniors but leaving Kristion Grbavac OL from St. Francis off both teams? REALLY? He made First Team All Mission League. A year from know when he is signing his letter of intent to play D1 football these seniors will be watching from the stands.

  • Bronco5

    Nice try with the magazine Miguel but once again you have proven your head is in the sand. I understand it’s just your opinion when it comes to selection but holy crap. You leave kids off that are voted All Cif. It just goes to show you that you are a true non athlete that doesn’t understand the difference between Division 10 to Division 1. You get a D- on your homework.

  • wow.

    Not only was it late, you have kids on here making all valley, and did not make all league nor all Cif. Then some of these players got tourched when they played good teams. They got handle by people who didn’t even make the team… How does that happen? Do you understand 10-15 years from people are going to look back, and won’t truly know who was best in that year. The Star news is just not some blog, it’s a credible newspaper. You missed a couple.

  • food for thought

    Miguel, I know you took a lot of heat for being a Monrovia lover.

    But How did George Frazier Not make your team? Cal Hi awarded him 3rd team all state Sophmore team. also Anthony Craft should have been 2nd team spot. The kid From La Canada did not even make all league nor all CIF. He also did not do anything in the playoffs. Craft had a pick in the Semi Finals and Finals. Locking down Kevin Kolbeck and Cameron Stanley. You have to keep these things in Mind…Come on man!

  • FredJ

    First of all, CIF teams haven’t been formally released and are not official until CIF releases them. Second, what a player does at the next level has no bearing on selecting on all-area team, if it did, the Heisman Trophy winner we would be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. In some instances, the Heisman winner doesn’t get drafted or make it to the NFL. Going further, look at the AP All-American college first team this year and compare that with how the NFL draft unfolds soon, it’s completely different, as is the all-area teams in football. This is a reward for players who have the best seasons on teams that have the most successful years. Now, there are players from teams that struggle that can make it on the list, but those players have to show beyond any doubt they deserve to be on that list.

  • Honest even if it hurts

    Fred you already know who is on the all cif team. Come on you can’t use that one. Most of the teams covered by tribune and star news are local. Most teams are in the same league and divisions. If you did not make at least make all league, how can you make all valley? If two guys are in the same league and same division and Area and one guy makes all league and all cif, and the other guy does not make all league and All Cif, but makes all valley something is wrong. Someone missed one or someone is being politically correct. Sorry When you Choose Rio Ruiz as all purpose on the east side and has 0 stats in any other conceivable area something is wrong…Just say you and Miguel missed a few. It happens.

  • FredJ

    Personally, when I put together teams with help from other staffers, CIF lists play a small role, those lists, more than ours, reward teams that make it to championships or advance to semifinals. I always have felt that our teams are far less political than All CIF, All-League or whatever other all-everything lists there are out there. You also have to remember all league is voted on how you performed over five or six league games, not preseason and the playoffs, which is what our all-area team is — the entire season. I remember way back when I was at the Star-News the Pacific League voted some basketball player from Crescenta Valley on the first team when he never played a league game. The reason given is because he was injured and was such a lock, he would have made the team anyway. That’s why I never rely on league voting, there is more politics involved in that than anything else. Seriously, what agenda does Miguel have other than trying to pick the best team possible? In regards to Ruiz, I explained the reason for that, I felt that quarterback was the most competitive impact position on our side of the Valley, players like Glendora’s Jeffries, Charter Oak’s Santiago, Arroyo’s Rivera, etc, etc, did not make the list because it was such a competitive position. In this instance, I used the all-purpose to award a third quarterback, which was Ruiz, recognizing how deep the position was. We know it’s not an exact science, but we do the best we can and realize we will never satisfy everyone.

  • olt timer

    former MHS coach:

    Bueno IS one of the best to ever play at Monrovia, and I’ve seen them all.

  • WHAT?

    Hey coach,
    Sounds like SOUR GRAPES!!! Bueno brought home your school’s first ever CIF Championship. Yeah he should be considered as one of the best of all time.

    Are you also implying then that Ramirez, McCarthy and Bubba would have had a hard time starting for the old teams??? That’s what I thought!!!

  • Panther Pride

    If Bueno had been quarterbacking those great Monrovia teams, you guys probably would have won alot sooner.

    Congratulations Matt!!!

  • Former MHS Coach

    Hmmm not sour grapes. Bubba might have started at backer…not Cliff Sojka . Ill Take Paul Hewitt over Deshawn any day. Ill Take Will Griffin over Ellis McCarthy any Day. Ill Take Kim Ainsworth over Bueno any Day. Ill Take Chris Hale over any receiver you have this last year or next year. Dale Bunn was a better runner and QB. If fact Ill take Robbie Bartlett over Bueno. You say so saw them all well you better get your glasses checked. Because we didnt see the same player. WHAT? said your a mess

  • Luke Russert

    This all league and all valley stuff is nice but Ill take a scholarship to any DI school over the newspaper reconigtion. This all valley mean nothing in the long run. Im sure that the young men who received scholarship want that more than the fleeting reconignition of the home town newspaper.

  • CerebruM

    Luke… you’re absolutely right. But, you’re missing the point.

    Scholarships are not awarded for hs accomplishment as much as they are for college potential.

    These All-Area, -Valley, -Division, -League teams meant to reward players for their CURRENT achievements. No one is taking anything away from the scholly winners. Congrats to all!

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

  • WHAT?

    former coach:

    Well guess what….Bueno brought home the hardware and those cats didn’t.

    If Maddox was the coach back then, you guys would have probably won. At least, he knows how to judge talent.

    Bueno is a 5-7 150 qb, who was 35 and 6 as a varsity starter. Nearly 4,000 career passing yds, 3,200 career rushing yds and accounted for 80 TDs. If he was 6-2, he’d be a national recruit. Received several D2 offers to play qb and getting serious D1 attention for baseball.

    So you can keep those guys you mentioned, but NO BUENO = NO PARADE!!!

  • M-town fan

    Somebody seems to be a little bitter. Hey coach, been watching games for a long time. Bueno belongs at the top.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Bueno absolutely belongs in the conversation of Monrovia’s best ever.

    HOWEVER

    I want ALL of YOU to consider what type of hardware guys like Ainsworth and Akil Harris if they were in the Mid-Valley Division back then.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Nick Bueno is one of the many special players that I have seen come thru MHS. About every ten years or so one of these special player comes alone and he does something special. Its laughable when I see these kind of discussions about “the best ever” this is kend to the best bubble gum ever. It is pointless…. what defines best every, best QB, best linebacker, best RB, best lineman, best football player on a team. WHO CARES. Give Nick Bueno his do he does belong on the list a very special players that have played football at MHS. Best every is irrelevant. I will say this about the post from Former MHS Coaches:, if you are even a former MHS coach let it go man. Nick Bueno belongs on the long list of great legends of MHS so stop hating.. Im sure in ten years this discussion will occur again. So Former MHS Coach add Nick Bueno to your list and we all can have fun discussing where he should be on that list.

  • Mtown Know it all

    Nick Bueno ranks right up there with all the Mtown greats! Is he the best ever??? Monrovia Football has been so rich in talent , that you can’t just crown one player as the best player ever. All the players mentioned in the comments below, were great in their era. Until you match players up head to head, or see the players compete against the same competition, there is no way to say who was or is better. Is Nick Bueno the biggest winner in Monrovia history? The Answer is yes. 3 League titles, 1 Semifinal appearance, 2 CIF Finals appearances, and 1 CIF Title. No player has accomplished that. For this reason he deserve a lot credit and praise. He also has the chance to be a two time all CIF Baseball player as well. These kids have no control in what era they are born in, or who they play. It’s true that the greats from the past had to play tougher competition, but they also had teams loaded with 5 to 10 D1 players. Nick Never had that kind of Help.

    People Dale Bunn, Bartlett, Hewitt, Hale etc.. they all played 20-30 years ago. They are all legends and never forgotten. 30 years from now, People are going to look back and “Bueno” is going to be the guy that is spoken about. The first guy to win it all. They will be talking about the these next few teams coming up. They are going to have all the hardware. Thats how it is. When we are all old or dead and gone, we are not going to have control over who is viewed as “Best ever”. Best believe this kids name is going hold fast forever. That’s unless some QB in the future wins CIF as Freshman and wins 3-4 titles.

    Next years team, With McCarthy, Frazier, Craft, Bryant, Ramirez, Harris, and Williams, will be somewhat comparable with the loaded teams of the past. Those guys will have a shot at winning 2-3 Cif Titles, and maybe even a state bowl. Then what will people say then about Frazier or Craft or McCarthy? Frazier could be the first QB in monrovia history to to win back to back titles, and 3 total. Then what? Couldn’t we say he was better than Bueno? LOL Personally you should want the next generation to better. This could be argued all day. I don’t think anyone is trying to be malicious or jealous…or I hope not, But it’s fun, and us old cats have a lot of pride… To close Yes, Bueno is one of the best ever. He is a small player, but he has a huge heart. He Balled out during his years in the green and white. On paper he is as good as we’ve ever seen. I was glad he was wildcat.

  • mtown alum

    +1
    Personally you should want the next generation to better.

  • Goldenarm

    Monrovia simply had a great team this year, one with few exploitable weaknesses and an offensive strategy and personnel capable of creating difficuly for ANY defense.
    Combine that with a tirelessly prepared head coach and a solid staff all on the same page – with a group of kids with a severe distaste of losing – it spells out parade down Myrtle.
    It was a great year for Monrovia football and this comes from someone who thought only of kicking Monrovia’s ass for 4 years. I am proud just to be in the neighborhood of the squad that Monrovia fielded this year – and watching kids come up the pipe and play under the lights with 100% effort and execution. It was a gas watching the playoff run and seeing the outcome….
    Also