CIF champions from the WSGV in 2010-11 school year.

FALL SPORTS
FOOTBALL
Mid-Valley Division – Monrovia Story: Celebration 75 years in the making

GIRLS TEAM TENNIS
Div. 2 – San Marino

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Div. 1 – Arcadia

WINTER SPORTS
BOYS BASKETBALL
Div. 3-AA – La Caada Story: La Caada holds off frantic effort, pulls huge upset
Div. 5-AA – Flintridge Prep Story: Crowning achievement for Flintridge Prep

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Div. 5-A – Pasadena Poly Story: Pasadena Poly claws way to championship

GIRLS SOCCER
Div. 1 – Flintridge Sacred Heart Story: FSHA beats San Clemente to win Division 1 crown

SPRING SPORTS
BASEBALL
Div. 6 – Pasadena Poly Story: Pasadena Poly routs Oxford Academy 10-0 to win title

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Div. 3 – Keppel

GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING
Div. 3 – Keppel

SOFTBALL
Div. 5 – La Caada Story: Anna Edwards hits solo HR in the third and Lauren O’Leary strikes out eight as La Caada beats Beaumont 1-0 to win CIF-SS Division 5 championship

Baseball: Two games, San Gabriel Valley vs. San Fernando Valley in KG Sports Training Foundation Underclassman All-Star Game, Saturday at Northview.


Above: David Hubinger (St. Francis) tags out Bonita’s Robert Mier in last year’s game.

The fourth annual KG Sports Training Foundation Underclassman All-Star Game will have a twist this season. There will be two games this time with blue and grey teams from the San Gabriel Valley taking on blue and grey teams from the San Fernando Valley. The game is Saturday at Northview High. The SGV Blue will take on the SFV Grey at noon followed by the SGV Grey vs. the SFV Blue, slated to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m. The game will try to raise two $500 scholarships to give out that day. Admission will be $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids. Below I’ve posted the San Gabriel Valley rosters.

BLUE TEAM
Coach:
Brian Esquival, St. Francis
Sylvestre Sanchez, Montebello
Logan Beerman, Pasadena Poly
Jonah Campbell, Pasadena Poly
Gary Acuna, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Jeff Bain, San Marino
Joe Wills, Covina
Nick Hynes, Covina
Angel Acosta, Gabrielino
Tei Vanderford, St. francis
Jeff Garavaglia, St. Francis
Anders Schraer, St. Francis
Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena
Erik Trask, Arcadia
Brendan Campbell, Arcadia
Elliot Surrey, Crescenta Valley
Kyle Murray, Crescenta Valley
Cole Currey, Crescenta Valley
Troy Mulcahey, Crescenta Valley
Josh Marrs, Maranatha
David McAlister, Maranatha
John Soteropolous, Loyola
Chad Powers, Loyola
David Sanchez, Cathedral
Josh Ibarra, Cathedral
Julian Perez, Cathedral
Chris Flores, Cathedral
Jonah Jarrard, Temple City
Calvin Copping, Temple City
Corey Copping, Temple City

GREY TEAM
Coach:
John Knott, Bonita
Brendan Jauregui, Arroyo
Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park
Justin Garza, Bonita
Thomas Castro, Bonita
Nolan Henley, Bonita
Oscar Montenegro, Charter Oak
Kevin Hides, Damien
Daniel Sandoval, Duarte
Ross Johnston, Duarte
Richard Bradford, Duarte
Aymen Nurledeen, Duarte
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch
Nick Vasquez, El Rancho
Victor Garcia, El Rancho
Ramond Sedillo, La Puente
Ethan Etchecaren, La Puente
Giovanni Morales, Los Altos
Joe Munoz, Los Altos
Steven Chamberos, Los Altos
Kevin Shue, Monrovia
Nick chico, Northview
Niko Castaneda, Northview
Shawn Kennedy, San Dimas
Giovanni Rivera, Sierra Vista
DJ Larios, West Covina
Michael Nijera, West Covina
Caleb Romo, Walnut
Jacob Chonski, Walnut

Football: Monrovia to host youth football camp July 17

Monrovia High will host a youth football camp on July 17 from 1-5 p.m. for ages 6-13 years old. Early registration is $35 (on or before June 17) and $40 for regular registration. Pay with cash or check made out to “Big M Football”. Register early from 3-5 p.m. on June 15, 16, 17 at Monrovia High’s stadium. Instructors will include Monrovia coaches and players. Purchase includes a camp t-shirt, camp certificate and presentation of campers at one of the Wildcats’ football games (date TBA). For more information contact Lorena Wilson at monroviawildcats1@gmail.com.

Softball: Temple City’s Jessica Loicano leads Public All-Stars to second consecutive win, earns MVP honors.

CLICK HERE FOR A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE ALL-STAR GAME

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

TEMPLE CITY – The cycle is complete.

Jessica Loicano began her softball career at Temple City’s Live Oak Park when she was 4-years old. Thirteen years later, the recent Temple City High School graduate likely played her last game in the park in a big way. She hit a pair of towering home runs Thursday night to propel the Public All-Star softball team to a 5-0 victory in the seventh annual Public vs. Private All-Star Game, which involves graduating seniors.

“I think it is great that I started here and I finished here,” said Loicano, who’ll play next season at North Dakota, which is making the move from Division II to Division I.

“It is a great feeling that I was able to finish my high school career here.”

Playing T-ball and softball in the Temple City ASA, which provided technical support for the All-Star game, Loicano previously hit 17 homers at Live Oak Park, but perhaps none was sweeter than her final two, in her final game wearing a Temple City uniform and final high school game.

“I grew up here,” she said. “It’s basically my home away from my home, and I live not very far from here.”

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MLB Draft: Noe Ramirez (Alhambra) and Joe De Pinto (St. Francis) taken in Day 2 of First-Year Player Draft.

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By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

A childhood dream became a reality for former Cal State Fullerton teammates Noe Ramirez (Alhambra High) and Tyler Pill (Covina High) when they were selected Tuesday in day two of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Pill, a right-handed pitcher who also batted No. 3 in the Titans’ lineup, was taken in the fourth round (132nd overall) by the New York Mets. He was ranked 59th in Baseball America’s top 100 college draft prospects list and was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award as the nation’s top player. He went 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA and led the Titans with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 99-19.

Pill, in an intimate setting flanked by his girlfriend and family at their Covina home, received a phone call from the Mets several picks before he heard the announcement on the MLB Network.

“They called me two or three picks before,” Pill said. “They said, `Here’s the deal.’ They laid it out and that was it, to listen in (on television) because I was going to be picked.

“To be honest, it hasn’t hit me yet. It’s definitely going to hit me in the next couple days. It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be drafted. I’m just thrilled right now where I am.”

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Funeral services for Austin Lacy to be held Saturday

Funeral services for Austin Lacy, a senior at Pasadena High School and standout football player who also played for Bishop Amat his junior year, are scheduled for Saturday. Lacy died in a Maryland medical facility Friday from mesothelioma and complications caused by the cancer.
Funeral services will start at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 Fair Oaks Avenue, Altadena. After the service, Lacy will be interred across the street at Mountain View Cemetery, 2400 Fair Oaks Ave. A gathering of friends and family will follow the interment at the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena, 2020 North Fair Oaks Avenue. — FJR

Loyola loses state track title after pole vaulter curses.

How does this one stack up against the one where a South Pasadena pole vaulter was disqualified for wearing a friendship bracelet? Why does this seem to happen in track and field all the time? Check this out from the L.A. Times:

There have been close to 4,000 comments made on a Yahoo.com story about the decision to disqualify Los Angeles Loyola pole vaulter Evan Barr last weekend at the state track and field championships when he uttered a profanity at the conclusion of a jump. That DQ cost the Cubs a state title.

BREAKING NEWS: Maranatha’s Brian DeHaan resigns as baseball coach, will remain as athletic director.

After five years at the helm, four league titles, two CIF-Southern Section finals appearances and one CIF Division 5 title, Maranatha’s Brian DeHaan announced his resignation as the Minutemen baseball coach.

DeHaan in his first season at the helm drastically improved the Minutemen by winning 15 games. He led Maranatha to the second round of the playoffs his second season and won 18 games, the Delphic League title and made a finals appearance his third season. Maranatha’s most successful season came in his fourth season, when Maranatha had the most wins (26) in program history, won the league title and the Division 5 championship with Dylan Covey leading the way on the mound.

DeHaan compiled a 93-52-2 record, including a 15-4 playoff record in his five seasons. After a shaky start this season, Maranatha found consistency in Olympic League play and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 5 playoffs.

DeHaan cited several reasons for his resignation.

“At the core of my reasoning is a need for more time to invest in all of Maranatha athletics and my own family,” he said. “In no particular order, the first reason I am stepping down is because I have a passion to invest in our coaching staff at Maranatha to insure that we are impacting lives for Christ while pursuing excellence on the field or court.

“Secondly, I feel it is necessary to expand our network of college contacts and I want to invest at a new level in all Maranatha athletes who have a desire to play beyond high school. And finally, I have two little boys and a wife that I love with everything I have, and I want to spend more time with them both at home and at Maranatha events.”

DeHaan said he will coach the team through the summer until a replacement has been named. If necessary, he’ll coach into the next school year.

DeHaan will remain as the school’s athletic director. The next baseball coach will be a walk-on position next season, with the possibility of teaching if they’re qualified. DeHaan, however, added there are currently no teaching positions available.

Candidates can send inquiries to b_dehaan@mhs-hs.org.

Baseball: Former Alhambra, Cal State Fullerton star pitcher Noe Ramirez selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth round (No. 142 overall) of the MLB Draft.

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Here’s what Baseball America had to say about him:

Ramirez was lightly recruited and undrafted out of Alhambra (Calif.) High in 2008, but he developed into a top-two-rounds candidate during three stellar seasons at Cal State Fullerton. … Lean and wiry at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Ramirez has gotten stronger since high school, increasing his fastball velocity from the 86-88 mph range to the 88-91 range now, peaking at 92-93 early in games. He generally commands his fastball well, but his bread-and-butter is his offspeed stuff. … Ramirez is a fearless competitor with outstanding feel for pitching and one of the best track records in the draft. He has the stuff and makeup to become a mid- to late-rotation starter in the big leagues.

RELATED LINKS

Red Sox grab RHP Noe Ramirez in fourth round (WEEI Sports Radio Network)

Draft Day 2: Sox take HS OF Jerez No. 81, others (ESPN Boston)

Noe Ramirez’s journey out of Hazard (ESPN Los Angeles)

Football: Myles Carr, Taylor Lagace, Travis Talianko and Ellis McCarthy named to California watchlist for the inaugural 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

It’s looking like the class of 2012 will be an impressive bunch to cover this upcoming football season, and how nice is it to have here in our back yard some of the most coveted recruits. Arcadia quarterback Myles Carr, teammate Taylor Lagace, St. Francis wide receiver Travis Talianko and Monrovia defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy have been named to the California watchlist for the inaugural 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, an event in partnership with the United States Marine Corps and founded by Chicago-based JuniorRank, a company dedicated to the education, evaluation and instruction of America’s next generation of student athletes.

The West San Gabriel Valley foursome are among the 1,500 top national prospects who will comprise the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Watchlist.

The Valley’s 2012 class is led by McCarthy, a 6-foot-5, 311-pound defensive linemen with at least 12 offers that includes Florida, UCLA, USC and Tennessee. The five-star recruit was also recently selected to take part in “The Opening” presented by Nike. Lagace is a two-time Star-News All-Area first teamer and Carr is a second-team honoree. Talinako also is a two-time Star-News All-Area first-teamer.

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