Signing Day: Who’s signing where on Wednesday?

So far for football we have two area signees: St. Francis’ Patrick Carroll (UNLV) and La Salle’s Kishon Sanders (UTEP). We are shooting our football players at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, and we’re also doing video. As for the other sports, we want to shoot them together at the Star-News. Anyone else want to be part of our group photo? E-mail me ASAP at

Brooks Elby (Flintridge Prep) North Carolina
Ammar Moussa (Arcadia) Colorado
Sam Pons (South Pasadena) Princeton

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Football: Monrovia’s Bueno, Johnson, Maddox sweep top honors in All-CIF Mid-Valley Division selections.

Offensive Player of the Year
– Nick Bueno, Monrovia
Defensive Player of the Year – Derrick Johnson, Monrovia
Coach of the Year - Ryan Maddox, Monrovia
Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Yr.

Back Matt Fregoso Rosemead 5-9 170 12
Back: Giovanni Rivera Sierra Vista 5-8 175 12
Back: Marquise Thomas Northview 5-8 160 12
Back: Amjed Aboul-Hosn Village Chrsitian 6-0 210 11
Back: Christian Blanco Monrovia 5-9 160 12
WR: Vinny Venegas Covina 5-9 165 11
WR: Kevin Kolbeck San Dimas 6-4 170 12
WR: Anthony Miller Arroyo 5-7 140 12
WR: Cameron Stanley Whittier Christian 6-0 175 12
WR: Jonathan Henderson Monrovia 6-0 175 12
OL: Dean Bisterfeldt Monrovia 6-1 215 12
OL: Edwin Garcia Azusa 5-10 195 12
OL: Allen Brown San Dimas 6-4 265 12
OL: Moises Torres Covina 5-11 225 12
OL: Jay Pyburn Village Christian 6-2 290 12
OL: Ryan Wallace Whittier Christian 6-3 270 11
OL: Albert Perez Schurr 6-0 255 12
QB: Nick Bueno Monrovia 5-10 170 12
QB: Aaron Cantu Schurr 6-4 195 12
UT: Steven Rivera Arroyo 5-10 180 11
PK: Jaime Toscano Baldwin Park 5-9 170 12

Pos. Name School Ht. Wt. Yr.

DB: Charlie Cimmarusti Monrovia 5-11 180 12
DB:: Derrin Jenkins Monrovia 6-0 185 12
DB: Anthony Craft Monrovia 6-0 170 10
DB: Mike Amaya Arroyo 5-10 165 12
DB: Demetruis Jackson Baldwin Park 5-9 175 12
DB: Jordan Taylor San Dimas 5-9 165 12
DB: Alejandro Castro Schurr 5-11 170 12
LB: Derrick Johnson Monrovia 6-0 235 12
LB: Rudy Robles Whittier Christian 6-0 200 12
LB: Wardell Crutchfield Baldwin Park 5-10 210 12
LB: Anthony Flores Arroyo 5-10 180 12
LB: Jose Nunez Azusa 5-10 180 12
LB: George Frazier Monrovia 6-2 200 10
DL: Ellis McCarthy Monrovia 6-5 295 11
DL: Edwin Garcia Azusa 5-10 195 12
DL: Sam Torres Arroyo 6-1 180 12
DL: Nick Hynes Covina 6-2 210 11
DL: Jeff Worthy Whittier Christian 6-4 295 12
DL: George Flynn Whittier Christian 6-2 215 12
DL: Albert Perez Schurr 6-0 255 12
UT: Chris Binford Valley Christian/C 5-9 160 12
PU: Stephen Anderson Whittier Christian 5-10 175 12

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Football: All-CIF Southeast Division selections

Offensive Player of the Year
– Chris Solomon, West Covina
Defensive Player of the Year – Maurice Dupleasis, West Covina
Coach of the Year – Mike Maggiore, West Covina
Pos. Name School Yr.

Back: Max Gama La Mirada 12
Back: Elijah Penny Norwalk 12
Back: Ulises Ochoa Burbank 12
Back: Richard Alvarez La Serna 12
Back: Beejay Lee West Covina 12
QB: Chris Solomon West Covina 11
QB: Andrew Buenrostro La Serna 12
OL: Justin Northern Mayfair 12
OL: Joseph Gibson West Covina 12
OL: Isaac Luata La Mirada 12
OL: Dixxon Diaz Norwalk 12
OL: Darrell Cheng Arcadia 12
OL: Mike Cortez West Covina 12
OL: Phil Alonzo La Serna 12
WR: Aubrey Coleman Walnut 12
WR: Taylor Lagace Arcadia 11
WR: Andrew Rosales La Serna 12
WR: Steven Hernandez Santa Fe 12
WR: Matt Gelalich Bonita 12
UT: George Johnson West Covina 11
PK: Pavle Atanackovic Crescenta Valley 12

Pos. Name School Yr.

DB: Anthony Molina West Covina 12
DB:Jerry Smith Mayfair 12
DB: Christian Ballesteros La Serna 12
DB: Christian Mahlstede Santa Fe 11
DB: Jacoby Carter Diamond Ranch 12
DB: Garrett Horine Bonita 11
DL: Justin Meaders West Covina 11
DL: Toionou Faamatua Norwalk 12
DL: Howard Vaughn Muir 12
DL: Ivan Ramirez La Serna 12
DL: K.C. Huth Bonita 12
DL: Nick Brown Burroughs/B 12
DL: John Pale Mayfair 12
LB: Maurice Dupleasis West Covina 12
LB: Craig Jones La Serna 11
LB: Victor Wei Arcadia 12
LB: Ryan Seidler Burbank 12
LB: Eric Mikity Bonita 12
UT: Casey Barbello Burroughs/B 12
UT: Jake Houts La Serna 12
PU: Manuel Meza Santa Fe 12

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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.

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)

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.

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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Star-News frantic rally falls short in inaugural Tribune vs. Star-News Girls Volleyball Senior All-Star Game.


By Miguel A. Melendez
MONROVIA — This much is now clear: there’s rich talent on each side of the San Gabriel Valley.

That message was sent loud as the East withstood a frantic rally from the West to record a thrilling 25-22, 27-25, 23-25, 21-25, 16-14 victory in the inaugural San Gabriel Tribune vs. Pasadena Star-News Girls Volleyball Senior All-Star game at Monrovia High.

The East All-Stars, made up of senior standouts from the Tribune circulation area, were thought to be a more balanced team. But the West All-Stars, made up of players from the Star-News circulation area, proved every bit their worth.

No more than three points separated each team in the first two sets, eventually won by the East. There also were 13 ties in each set.


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BHoops: Maranatha hands Poly second loss of season


By Keith Lair Staff Writer

PASADENA – Those geometry lessons paid off for the Maranatha High School boys basketball team on Tuesday night.

Box-and-one defenses are common in shutting down a scorer. The Minutemen went one better in their 63-58 nonleague victory over visiting Pasadena Poly. They played a triangle-and-two defense.

The goal was to stop the Panthers’ Hunter Merryman and Daniel Wohl.

“What made me think of it was when Hunter and Daniel had like 60 points against Flintridge Prep,” Maranatha coach Tim Godley said. “If they do that to us, we’re going to get killed. So it worked.”

The Minutemen tried out the defense in Monday’s practice session.

“We were not going to let them touch the ball,” the Minutemen’s Josh Chamberlain said. “We’ll let the other guys beat us.”

The Minutemen opened with the traditional 2-3 zone defense and Merryman had eight points and Wohl three in the Panthers’ 14-point first quarter. Then they switched to the triangle-and-two.

“Do I have the guts to do it?” Godley said. “They beat us up in the zone, so I thought maybe it would throw them off a bit.”

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GSoccer: Bishop Amat shuts out La Salle, 3-0.


By Fred J. Robledo
If the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team has visions of winning a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title, it can look directly at its defense, specifically sweeper Jessie Gener and stopper Alyssa Cabral, whose chemistry is growing with each shutout.
Visiting La Salle had its chances in Tuesday’s Del Rey League game that could have forced a three-way tie for first, but it didn’t have a lot of quality chances, firing off just six shots and only a couple that forced Amat goalkeeper Nicole Ragano to work up a sweat.
Bishop Amat’s Selena Quezada and Yazmin Montoya ended the drama late, scoring in the 73rd and 76th minutes respectively to give Amat breathing room in a 3-0 victory.
But more importantly it was Amat’s fifth straight shutout — a sign that the Division’s second-ranked team could be hitting its stride as the playoffs near.

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Former Muir standout Anthony Harris opens up about coming back home to Pasadena as La Salle’s new AD, talks football and joining coach Antoine Peterson.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

It’s easy to understand how Anthony Harris feels about becoming La Salle High School’s new athletic director.

“This is fate,” he said. “Like I was supposed to be here. This is a good fit, not only for myself, but for the school as well.”

Undoubtedly so.

The search for La Salle’s new athletic director was an exhaustive process and, after the school narrowed the field of more than 250 applicants to six finalists, Harris emerged as the “best choice to lead La Salle athletics into the future.”

“He is exactly who we need as athletic director, working to ensure that every Lancer team succeeds on the field and in the classroom, as well as making sure our programs operate with respect and integrity,” La Salle President Richard Gray said in a statement.

Harris, a former Muir football and track star, held the same position at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood for a decade and served as the school’s head football coach for seven years and head track coach for five.

Bob Kohorst, who serves on the board of trustees at La Salle and served as chairman of the athletic director’s search committee, said the school was amazed at the flood of quality applicants. Among them were current Division I athletic directors, a professional women’s basketball coach in New Zealand and a headmaster in Egypt, both of whom had Southern California ties.

“We were hopeful we’d have one or two quality candidates,” said Kohorst, a 1971 La Salle graduate who had two sons recently graduate from the school. “I think we had 10 to 15 very good candidates. The selection was very difficult.”

That the position became highly coveted was by design.

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BHoops: No worries, Muir still No. 2 in Division 5AA

On the surface it may seem as if Muir (10-7, 3-4) is worried about its position in the Division 5AA top 10 poll as it endures a four-game losing streak in the Pacific League.

But such is not the case according to Mustangs coach Gamal Smalley, who said the coaches who vote in the poll that determines playoff seedings know about Muir’s schedule.

“I think people know our capabilities,” Smalley said. “I don’t think we’ll be unranked. The coaches know who we are.”

Muir at one point was No. 1 in Division 5AA. It dropped a spot last week, but remained second behind Flintridge Prep in Monday’s new poll. The Mustangs are coming off a 54-51 loss to Pasadena in a game in which they led by as many as 16 points.

“They know we’re not supposed to lose four straight,” Smalley said. “We had teams beat. We beat (Crescenta Valley) by 18 earlier and Glendale by double digits (both in tournament play), so they know they’re supposed to beat those teams (come league).

“Developing consistency with young teams is where we’re at.”

The objective, however, is clear.

“Our motivation is we have to rally in the second half to get a playoff spot,” Smalley said. “Because once we’re in anything can happen.”


1. Flintridge Prep
2. Muir

3. St. Margaret’s
4T. Mission Prep
4T. Crossroads
6. St. Joseph/SM
7. Brentwood
8. Fairmont Prep
9. Bosco Tech
10. Loma Linda Academy
11. Blair
12. Santa Clara
13. St. Monica
14. St. Genevieve
15. Village Christian
16T. Western Christian
16T. Xavier Prep

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Football: Coaching vacancies at San Marino, South Pasadena, Maranatha, but La Salle won’t be the next.

The facts are this: La Salle’s Antoine Peterson hasn’t had much success on the football field as the Lancers’ head football coach. La Salle finished 0-10 last season and are a combined 6-25 in Peterson’s three seasons as head coach since taking over Ealar Gallagher. Those numbers undoubtedly would make any coach at any level wonder about his job security, but not Peterson.

Anthony Harris, the newly-hired athletic director at La Salle, said Monday in an interview that he gave Peterson his full support. In fact, Harris will join Peterson’s staff as offensive coordinator. And that’s just the beginning.

“We haven’t had a lot of success but we’re getting ready to do something special,” Peterson said.

Harris, who will takeover duties from John Matheus on July 1, said he felt comfortable offering his support despite the Lancers finishing 0-10 last season.

“As a new athletic director coming in I knew he was here,” Harris siad, “but I didn’t want to be a part of the decision on whether coach stayed or went, because I didn’t have an opportunity to evaluate him.

“Then when I met with him after getting the position I felt comfortable supporting him as the athletic director and helping the program as the offensive coordinator. I feel like i can mentor him. I feel like I can find a dynamite staff that’s going to help him take a step back from being defensive coordinator and focus on being a head coach, and getting quality guys as football coaches to really get it done for him.”

La Salle returns 19 from last year’s team, including 15 from the JV team that won the league championship. Also returning are the eight sophomores who started last season.

Peterson said he’ll bring “four or five new guys” and added “we’ll keep five guys who have been loyal to me.” Peterson went on to say that Harris wanted him to be the defensive coordinator.

“But I really didn’t want to do that,” Peterson explained. “He understood where I was coming from. I really want to oversee the program. I don’t want to be tied down as far as calling the game because I have to take you back to last season. I was really never in the flow of the game. I like to oversee everything and run it the way it’s supposed to be run.”

Peterson said the school is close on bringing the new coaches. As for having Harris on board, Peterson said it was a natural fit.

“There’s is a trust factor with Harris on the offensive side of the ball,” Peterson said. “I see big things coming. I guess you have to go through things to become something.”

More on Harris’ hiring in Tuesday’s paper…

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