Finally, our PrepXtra All-San Gabriel Valley Football Magazine to run in Thursday’s paper.


Above: Monrovia’s Nick Bueno graced our first pre-season cover. To get a copy on the All-SGV edition, you have to be a subscriber, buy a newspaper on the rack or pick one up at the Star-News office.

The dates have changed a couple times, but it’s looking like this time we’re all set for good. The All-San Gabriel Valley magazine will run in Thursday’s paper. It’s a definite must-have if you’re a San Gabriel Valley football fan. Also, we’ve mentioned here before that football players who plan to sign on Feb. 2 should e-mail or call me with your destination. So far, nobody has called or texted, but I have gotten a hold of a few athletes, three to be exact, who have said they’ll sign. If you are a football player planning on signing Feb. 2 and want to be in our Feb. 1 Rose Bowl picture with the rest of the Valley football athletes, you must call me at the office (626.578.6300, ext. 4485) or e-mail me (miguel.melendez@sgvn.com) so we can include you on the list.

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BREAKING NEWS: Todd Lewis Jr. out for the season

Just when Pasadena (13-6, 7-0) was getting on a roll the Bulldogs are dealt with a huge blow. Pasadena coach Tim Tucker learned today that Todd Lewis Jr. is out for the season with a fractured right foot. Lewis, a reigning Star-News All-Area first teamer, will wear a cast for the next two months from an injury suffered sometime before the holidays, Tucker said. Lewis went to the hospital earlier today where doctors determined he had been playing with the fracture. Tucker said Lewis reinjured his foot against Muir on Friday when Nick Holden landed on his foot. “It’s a big blow,” Tucker said. “And (Brandon) Jolley is still not out on the court. They’re one of the best one-two combinations. We’ll try to play Jolley sometime next week.” Lewis is one of the best shooting guards in the Valley. His one-handed dunk in the third quarter against Muir sparked the Bulldogs’ late run to help them secure a 54-51 victory. He’s a flashy, athletic guard who attacks the basket with strong will and is a true game changer. The 6-foot-4 Lewis averaged 17 points and eight rebounds last season, playing an instrumental part in leading the Bulldogs to a Pacific League championship, a run to the CIF-SS Division 2A finals and the semifinals of the CIF State Division II Southern California Regional. He scored a game-high 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting in the Division 2A final to earn first-team All-CIF honors.

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La Caada, Maranatha, Flintridge Prep roll in Shootout

La Caada 60, Los Osos 36
Dario CiVon scored a game-high 20 points and Conner Boyd had 14 for the Spartans, who improved to 18-2. Michael McGlashan had 12.

Maranatha 57, Walnut 39
Josh Chamberlain scored 24 points and Jeremy Major had 16 and the Minutemen (16-5) were too strong for the Mustangs (11-8). Bryan Gholar had 15 points to lead Walnut.

Flintridge Prep 103, Covina 54
Kenyatta Smith scored 23 points and Kory Hamane had 21 and the Rebels (14-4) rolled to an easy victory. Edgardo Campos had 14 for the Colts (12-9).

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BHoops: Pasadena avoids first loss to Muir since 2004, storms back from 16-point deficit to win, 54-51.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM FRIDAY’S GAME

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

PASADENA – What will undoubtedly go down as one of, if not the most thrilling, Pasadena-Muir boys basketball games in recent history will also leave coaches scratching their heads.

Pasadena recovered from a first-half shellacking to storm back from a 16-point deficit and escape with a 54-51 victory over rival Muir in front of a boisterous crowd Friday night.

Muir (10-7, 3-4) closed to within 50-48 after Tevin Polk converted two free throws with a minute left.

Pasadena (13-6, 7-0) responded with a Blake Hamilton fade-away jumper that went in with a second left on the shot clock.

Polk drew a foul and converted two more free throws to make it 52-50 with 13 seconds left before Pasadena’s Carl Robinson, checking in for the first time in the game, was intentionally fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, and a scuffle ensued under the basket before Deshawn Hayes was fouled after coming up with the ball and was sent to the line with six seconds left. His first free throw attempt bounced off the back of the rim. He made the second to make it 52-51.

Pasadena’s Chris Hanayan, who finished with five points, was fouled and made both free throws with two seconds left to seal the victory. Muir’s last-second attempt missed everything.

Pasadena did itself no favors in the first half as Muir opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run. The Bulldogs committed seven consecutive turnovers in that stretch, allowing Muir to take a 29-13 lead with 3:47 left, much to the chagrin of Pasadena coach Tim Tucker, who called a timeout to settle his players.

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BHoops: San Marino’s amazing buzzer beater, watch it!

San Marino’s had a tough year. The Titans have lost seven games by six points or less. On Wednesday, San Marino pulled off a stunner in dramatic fashion, and the Titans have junior guard Max Taw to thank for that. The set up: San Marino was up by one with less than two seconds left. Blair made 1 of 2 at the free throw line. Enter Taw. This YouTube clip is worth your time, trust me.

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BSoccer: St. Francis loses first Mission League match

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By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

LA CAADA FLINTRIDGE – The shots came from close range and far out. What they did not do was go in.

St. Francis High School took 23 shot attempts in its Mission League game against visiting Chaminade on Thursday evening. Only one went in.

The Eagles took seven shots. They scored with a minute to play for a 2-1 victory, sending the Golden Knights to their first league defeat of the season.

“We’ve caught some teams in the last minute, so I guess it is our time to deal with that,” St. Francis coach Glen Appels said.

Senior Nick Barbarino knocked in the game-winner with a minute remaining, scoring on a counterattack.

“That was crazy,” he said. “I have never scored so late in the game. It was crazy. That whole finish was crazy.”

He said it was his first high school goal.

“It was very hard,” he said. “I guess that was the best stretch in my life.”

The Golden Knights (8-7, 4-1) were making their best effort to break the tie late in the game. With four minutes to play, Sean Fitzpatrick had back-to-back throw-ins from near the corner in which St. Francis header attempts failed.

Chaminade (6-4-3, 4-2) got the ball to midfield, but a foul led to a free kick by Jake LaPorte 45 yards out with two minutes to play. It was knocked out of bounds by the Eagles and Eric Bocanegra’s corner kick led to a missed header attempt.

Chaminade quickly threw its counterattack with Jonathan Rose leading a three-on-two attack.

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We’re making football signing day special with a photo shoot at the Rose Bowl. Who’s signing where?


Above: A photo of me 18 pounds heavier along with my first football signees three years ago.

Rose Bowl general manager Darryl Dunn has graciously allowed us to take pictures and do interviews for the February 2 football signing day for the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Once we get a list of all the signees together, we will invite them to the Rose Bowl, where players can get a close-up view of the stadium. We will gather everyone together for the shoot and interviews on Monday, Feb. 1, the day before signing day so that on the actual signing day, we can take pictures of the players at the school’s actually signing their national letters of event. I guess you can call it a two-day celebration.

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GHoops: We in the San Gabriel Valley sure are spoiled with amazing talent. Poly’s Michelle Miller selected ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week.

From ESPN RISE

For last week’s performance, coupled with performances all season and academic excellence, Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller is the ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Week.

ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports produces the State Record Book & Almanac, and along with ESPN RISE High School Girls Basketball, is a member of the ESPN RISE family of high school web sites.

The winner receives a certificate that if printed out on heavy stock paper is suitable for framing. It will have the school colors and the No. 32 on it.

The story will be used on the ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports web site and on the ESPN RISE High School Girls Basketball site as well. Once it has been posted I will post the link.

Miller joins Tailer Butler of Narbonne and Johnny Dee of Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, Calif.) as winter semester winners this year.

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Boys Basketball Rankings: Flintridge Prep making noise

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel A. Melendez

1. Pasadena (11-6)
Visits Muir on Friday

2. Flintridge Prep (13-4)
Rebels reign in Prep League

3. Pasadena Poly (15-1)
Panthers struggle vs. Prep

4. La Caada (15-2)
Visits Monrovia tonight

5. Keppel (13-5)
Hosts Montebello on Friday

6. Muir (10-5)
Missing Deshawn Hayes

7. Maranatha (13-5)
Lost to Whittier Christian

8. Renaissance Aca. (11-6)
On 6-game winning streak

9. La Salle (12-6)
Serra on deck

10. Bosco Tech (14-4)
Darkhorse in Camino Real

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Girls Basketball Rankings: No. 2 Keppel on a roll

STAR-NEWS TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. Pasadena Poly (15-1)

Miller averaging double-double

2. Keppel (15-1)
Thirteen consecutive victories

3. Duarte (13-1)
Brown the real deal

4. Muir (11-5)
Showed vulnerability in loss

5. Rio Hondo Prep (12-3)
Plays Pasadena Poly Saturday

6. Pasadena (11-6)
Muir game on horizon

7. Monrovia (8-6)
Four consecutive wins

8. Flint. Sacred Heart (11-7)
Played Flintridge Prep Tuesday

9. Arcadia (8-7)
Four consecutive defeats

10. La Salle (12-7)

Won 2 of last 3

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