Frontline investigates the intensity of high school football

High school football players’ size, speed and strength have increased dramatically in the past 10 years. In “Football High,” FRONTLINE investigates the new intensity of the sport and if enough is being done to protect the kids — who suffer an est. 60,000 concussions each year. On air and online Tuesday night at 6 on PBS. Worth for every high school football coach and player to watch.

In other football related news, check out Aram’s All-Encompassing Top 25, which includes teams from the Whittier Daily News, Pasadena Star-News and San Gabriel Valley Tribune. No surprise Bishop Amat is No. 1. Is Monrovia a little low at No. 6? Click here to check out Aram’s list.

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Star-News All-Area to run starting Tuesday

The Star-News winter all-area teams will run Tuesday through next week. Here are the dates when you should find them in the paper:

Girls Soccer, Tuesday, April 12
Boys Soccer, Wednesday, April 13
Girls Hoops, Thursday’s, April 14
Boys Hoops, Friday, April 15
Wrestling, Saturday, April 16
Girls Water Polo, Tuesday, April 19

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Baseball: Bonita flexes muscle in 8-1 win over Arcadia

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Arcadia Invitational
7th Place:
Nogales 9, Temple City 8
5th Place: Glendora 15, Monrovia 5
3rd Place: West Covina 4, San Dimas 3, 8 inn.
Championship: Bonita 8, Arcadia 1

By Miguel A. Melendez
It took a little while, but the Bonita High School baseball team eventually flexed its muscles to secure a 8-1 victory over Arcadia to win the Apache Invitational on Wednesday night at Arcadia High.
It put an end to the Apaches’ seven-game winning streak, and for the second year in a row lost its own tournament title game. Glendora beat Arcadia in last year’s final.
Any chance of an Arcadia (11-3) comeback came to an end in the seventh when Bonita (11-3) loaded the bases before scoring four runs on four hits in the seventh inning to pad its lead and put the game out of reach.
While the bats came alive for the Bearcats (12-3), it was pitcher Brandon Murfett who was brilliant, going the distance while giving up just five hits, two walks and one unearned run while fanning six with six strikeouts. He earned the tournament’s top pitching award with teammate KC Huth earning the tournament’s most valuable player award.

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Baseball: Arcadia’s KJ Edson too much for Monrovia

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Apache Invitational
At Arcadia High
Today’s schedule

7th Place: Nogales vs. Temple City, 10 a.m.
5th Place: Monrovia vs. Glendora, 1 p.m.
3rd Place: San Dimas vs. West Covina, 4 p.m.
Championship: Bonita at Arcadia, 7 p.m.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

ARCADIA – There’s little that any team can do when Arcadia High School sends KJ Edson to the mound.

The returning All-CIF and Star-News All-Area first-team pitcher proved why he’s highly regarded, throwing seven shutout innings and giving up only three hits in Arcadia’s 3-0 victory over Monrovia on Tuesday night in the Apache Invitational.

Arcadia (11-2) will host Bonita (11-3) in the championship game at 7 tonight at Arcadia High. Bonita beat San Dimas, 9-1, to win its pool after Glendora came up short in a 4-3 loss to Temple City.

Edson (5-1) was dominant from start to finish. He struck out eight and allowed no walks, and 60 of his 70 pitches were strikes.

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Baseball Rankings: Pasadena showing improvement

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

1. Arcadia (10-2)
Six-game winning streak

2. La Salle (8-3)
Bubba” Derby leading way

3. Alhambra (9-2)
Moors could take league lead

4. Pasadena (9-5)
Bulldogs play with moxie

5. Monrovia (8-5-1)
Getting it done in RHL

6. Temple City (7-5)
Perennial powers this week

7. Pasadena Poly (8-2-1)
Ellis earned 400th career win

8. St. Francis (7-5)
Split Crespi in doubleheader

9. South Pasadena (5-7)
Valiant fight vs. El Segundo

10. San Marino (4-8)
Titans are 1-2 in league

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Softball Rankings: San Marino drops after stunning loss

STAR-NEWS RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. La Caada (6-3)
Three consecutive shutouts

2. Duarte (10-1)
Starts heart of Montview play

3. Maranatha (7-2-1)
Defeated Mayfield, Poly

4. Keppel (7-4)
Four consecutive wins

5. Monrovia (8-7)
Big 2-0 win over San Marino

6. San Marino (7-4)
Has the week off

7. Temple City (9-4)
Doubleheader vs. Mira Costa

8. Ramona Convent (6-2)
Plays Alverno on Friday

9. Flint. Sacred Heart (5-7)
Key Mission League week

10. La Salle (5-8)
Beat Amat, Arcadia

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Baseball: Temple City can’t hang on in loss to San Dimas

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Jacob Ehret went 2 for 3 with four RBIs, two doubles and a run scored to lead San Dimas to a 9-4 win over Temple City in the Apache Invitational on Monday afternoon at Arcadia High. San Dimas’ Eric Morrel went 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits. Shawn Kennedy struck out two and allowed just two hits in 3-plus innings in relief. Temple City’s Calvin Copping struck out five but gave up seven runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings pitched. San Dimas jumped ahead 2-0 in the first on Ehret’s double to score Andrew Espinosa, who pinch-ran for Daniel Milwee who singled and advanced to second on an error. Matt Lee’s single scored Ehret to make it 2-0. The Saints added four more in the second with a little help from the Rams. After recording two quick ground outs, Temple City ran into some trouble to close out the inning. Elias Orona was hit by a pitch before Kennedy drew a walk. Milwee’s RBI single to the right-center gap scored Orona to make it 3-0, moving Kennedy to third. Kennedy then scored on a balk to make it 4-0 before Matt Muoz drew a walk. Ehret’s two-run double to left field padded the Saints’ lead 6-0. Temple City scored two in the second and added another in the fourth, but left the bases loaded in that inning before Kennedy struck out Kyle Starling and forced Caleb Halverson to ground out to end the threat.

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BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Ellis earns 400th career win

Wayne Ellis is a giant among high school baseball coaches in the San Gabriel Valley.

The legendary Pasadena Poly baseball coach in his 24th season at the helm etched his name in Valley lore Saturday afternoon after the Panthers swept Ontario Christian in a doubleheader to give Ellis his 400th career win.

Pasadena Poly (8-2-1, 2-0 in Prep League) was led by Hunter Merryman’s game-winning double that scored the winning run for a 3-2 win in the first game. Matt Saeta’s two-run triple and Brad Olson’s three-run home run in the sixth inning of the second game padded the Panthers’ lead before pulling away, 11-5.

Panthers assistant coach Brenden McGrail presented Ellis with a baseball autographed by his players and a bold “400″ in the sweet spot.

Ellis was modest about hitting the milestone, giving all the credit to past players that’s led Pasadena Poly to 15 consecutive league titles. The Panthers tied the state record for most consecutive league titles last season and are expected to set the new state record at season’s end.

“It’s never been about personal records and numbers or any of that,” said Ellis, wearing his trademark Pasadena Poly retro baseball jacket. “It’s about the different kids who have stepped up throughout the years. These guys just want to win and they can’t wait to play.”

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