Star Picks: They’re calling it “Showdown for the Crown”

Yup, the Maranatha-La Salle crosstown rivalry has been dubbed “The Battle for the Crown” “Showdown for the Crown” as agreed by athletic directors Brian DeHaan (Maranatha) and Anthony Harris (La Salle). I still don’t get what crown they’re talking about, even though I’m sure it was explained to me a couple times. It’s being called “Showdown for the Crown” because Pasadena is known as the “Crown City”. Nevertheless, the Maranatha-La Salle rivalry’s never needed a name to explain exactly how intense these games can get. It’s one of the best rivalries in the area, and I covered one of the best games in my career three years ago when Maranatha’s Matt Schilz made an impressive final drive to beat La Salle 27-26. What a tough way, though, for La Salle to lose in the season opener last week. The Lancers were up 21-0 in the third quarter and lose to Village Christian, 26-21. Ouch. No doubt La Salle will be hungry and maybe even angry coming into Friday’s showdown. That it’s a rivalry only adds to the dynamic of this game. Of course, before any of this goes down the spotlight belongs to Monrovia, which opens the season at home Thursday against a Glendora team that stood strong against Charter Oak. Looks like the Rogain has penetrated Fred Robledo’s head. He’s picking Glendora to pull off a shocker over Monrovia. If Glendora wins, I’ll treat him to lunch. If I win, well, I don’t really need anything. Here’s a thought: we’ll now have common opponent to see how the Wildcats would rank against Farrar & Co. Our Keith Lair will be there to cover the action. I’m going to say it: Arcadia beats St. Francis. Let’s see how this turns out for me, and whether I’m ever welcomed back to St. Francis. I’m going to just throw this out there: Who grills better food, Arcadia or St. Francis? The Knights do a heck of a job over there, hands down.

LAST WEEK: Melendez 8-4

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE WITH MY PREDICTIONS
Thursday’s games
Glendora at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — Monrovia
Blair at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Duarte

Friday’s games
Maranatha at La Salle, 7 p.m. — Maranatha
St. Francis at Arcadia, 7 p.m. — Arcaida
Temple City at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Arroyo
Alhambra vs. La Canada at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Alhambra
San Gabriel at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — San Gabriel
Saugus at Muir, 7 p.m. — Muir
Eagle Rock at San Marino, 7 p.m. — San Marino
Gabrielino at Bosco Tech, 7 p.m. — Gabrielino
Rosemead at Montebello, 7 p.m. — Rosemead
Workman at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Workman
Flintridge Prep vs. St. Genevieve at Occidental College, 7 p.m. — Flintridge Prep
Big Bear at Rio Hondo Prep, 7:30 p.m. — Rio Hondo Prep
Marshall vs. Douglas at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Marshall

Saturday’s game
Malibu at Pasadena Poly, 3 p.m. — Pasadena Poly

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  • New York

    Crown City (Pasadena nickname). Maybe that’s it?

  • what?

    Dont see how Glendora (a D2 team with 2500-3000 kids) beating Monrovia (a D11 team with about 1600-1800 kids) is considered an upset. Monrovia can win this game but if Glendora wins it is not an upset.

  • New York

    I expect Monrovia to win. It is difficult to predict a “convincing” victory over a typically quality opponent who already has a game under its belt. Nontheless, Monrovia should win this one.

    Arcadia is due against St. Francis and seems to have the horses to pull it off.

    Next week will be big at AHS.

  • Amat Bully

    Miguel you know last week my record was better than yours.

    New York
    Pasadena is the city of the roses.

    Glendora
    Maranatha
    St. Francis
    Arroyo
    Alhambra
    San Gabriel
    Muir
    Eagle Rock
    Gabrielino
    Montebello
    Workman
    Duarte
    St. G
    Rio hondo prep
    Douglas
    p.poly

  • New York

    Even wikipedia recognizes that Pasadena has two nicknames: City of Rose; Crown City…Recall the many establishments in Pasadena who use “Crown City” as part of their names.

  • New York

    Even wikipedia recognizes that Pasadena has two nicknames: City of Rose; Crown City…Recall the many establishments in Pasadena who use “Crown City” as part of their names.

  • Red Leader

    After watching Monrovia scrimmage CV, as well as the green and white game, I am honestly concerned about the passing game this year. We have two QBs that lack accuracy and basically just hurl the ball. Neither one of them have any touch dropping the ball in. The receivers are gonna have to work. All the hype about them being better pocket passers than Bueno are exactly that, hype. Ramirez is a beast and he will need to be. Front four is plain scary.

    Arcadia needs a win against SF to set the tempo. I don’t see all the skill guys that everybody else does. I see Carr, Lagace, Haines and Mckinley. After them the skill level drops tremendously. Their line on both sides of the ball is a major concern. They lack size and experience. I think their biggest lineman is still smaller that Lagace and Haines.

    FR is a knucklehead, he will always go against Monrovia. If the El Monte Jets were playing the Wildcats he would pick the Jets by 2 touchdowns.

  • viking_fan

    Our game against Duarte got moved up to Thursday.

  • In the know

    2 things: One, the game has been titled “Showdown for the Crown,” not Battle. Two, here is a write up on why Pasadena is known as the Crown City

    Why Is Pasadena Known As The Crown City?

    Weve heard viewers and website visitors ask us why Pasadena is known as the crown city- after all, there are many local Crown City businesses such as Crown City Tire, Crown City Hardware, Crown City Veterinary Group and, Crown City News. The official city seal for Pasadena also has a crown with a key in it, but where does the name actually come from? The name actually originates to the name of the city, Pasadena, which means valley in Ojibwa Indian language. Although the valley meaning exists as a definition, others now interpret Pasadena to mean crown (or key) of the valley in the translation.

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