CIF-SS: Alhambra, South Pasadena jump into Mid-Valley Division top 10; Maranatha still No. 1, Monrovia drops to No. 5; Arcadia is No. 2 in the Southeast Division.

Above: South Pasadena and Alhambra last year. The Moors prevailed, but this week’s meeting at Moor Field should be a closer contest.

1. Maranatha (Olympic) 40 Won Salesian 3835

2. Covina (Valle Vista) 31 Won Walnut 426
3. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 31 Won Monrovia 3114
4. Arroyo (Mission Valley) 31 Lost Hart 1742
5. Monrovia (Rio Hondo) 12 Lost San Dimas 1431
6. La Puente (Montview) 30 Won Wilson/H.H. 2813
7. Alhambra (Almont) 40 Won Wilson/L.A. (LAS) 2814
8. Village Christian (Olympic) 22 Lost Bishops School (SDS) 2049
9. Whittier Christian (Olympic) 22 Won St. Margaret’s 287
10. South Pasadena (Rio Hondo) 21 Won Glendale 4921
MY THOUGHTS: It’s too bad that the loser of the Alhambra-South Pasadena game will likely drop a few spots, and in South Pasadena could be dropped. That’s not fair to either team since they’re playing well and should remain in the top 10. Maranatha will stay at the top if it wins the rest of the way, that’s no secret so don’t even give me the whole “jinx” thing. We knew Monrovia would drop after losing to San Dimas. How much grace the Wildcats will get from voters remains to be seen.


1. West Covina (Hacienda) 31 Won Glendora 2019
2. Arcadia (Pacific) 21 Won Temple City 3721
3. Los Altos (Hacienda) 40 Won Ayala 2117
4. Bonita (Hacienda) 22 Won Marshall 5022
6. La Serna (Del Rio) 31 Lost La Mirada 031
7. Muir (Pacific) 21 Bye Bye Bye
8. Mayfair (Suburban) 22 Won Valley Christian/C. 3114
9. El Rancho (Del Rio) 31 Won Montebello 227
10. Whittier (Del Rio) 30 Won Roosevelt (LAS) 2720
MY THOUGHTS: Arcadia could run the table if it remains focused. How Muir drops one spot makes no sense to me.


1. St. Paul (Mission) 30 Won Garfield (LAS) 318
2. Chaminade (Mission) 21 Lost Alemany 1438
3. Arroyo Grande (PAC7) 31 Won Cabrillo/Lompoc 5621
4. Serra (Mission) 31 Won Banning (LAS) 277
5. St. Francis (Mission) 30 Won Venice (LAS) 2717
6. St. Joseph/Santa Maria (PAC7) 21 Won Mater Dei (SDS) 357
7. Culver City (Ocean) 30 Won Redondo Union 4023
8. Dominguez (San Gabriel Valley) 22 Won Jordan/Long Beach 258
9. Atascadero (PAC7) 31 Won Seaside (CCS) 497
10. Ventura (Channel) 40 Won Nordhoff 3520
MY THOUGHTS: St. Francis remains at No. 5, but check this out: three teams from the Mission League are ranked. Now that’s one tough league.


1. Desert Christian/L. (Desert Mountain) 40 Won Silver Valley 526
2. Bishop Union (High Desert) 21 Won Rim of the World 6219
3. Salesian (Santa Fe) 31 Lost Maranatha 3538
4. Rio Hondo Prep (Prep) 31 Won Boron 4038
5. Boron (Desert Mountain) 22 Lost Rio Hondo Prep 3840
6. Mojave (Desert Mountain) 30 Won Vasquez 460
7. Pasadena Poly (Prep) 30 Bye Bye Bye
8. St. Genevieve (Santa Fe) 40 Won Marshall/Pasadena 496
9. Kern Valley (High Desert) 30 Won Chadwick 4739
10. Desert (High Desert) 22 Won Antelope Valley 150
MY THOUGHTS: Rio Hondo Prep’s thrilling win over Boron last week causes a switch between the Kares and Boron, who drop to No. 5. As I’ve said before, Pasadena Poly won’t really be challenged until it meets rival Rio Hondo Prep in League play, consequently meaning the Panthers could have trouble gaining ground in the polls.


1. Lompoc (Los Padres) 40 Won Dos Pueblos 230
2. South Torrance (Pioneer) 21 Lost Palos Verdes 744
3. Centennial/Compton (Pioneer) 30 Bye Bye Bye
4. Carpinteria (TriValley) 20 Bye Bye Bye
5. St. Bernard (Del Rey) 40 Won Lawndale 3914
6. Cabrillo/Lompoc (Los Padres) 31 Lost Arroyo Grande 2156
7. Verbum Dei (Del Rey) 31 Won Blair 5414
8. Santa Ynez (Los Padres) 11 Bye Bye Bye
9. Templeton (Los Padres) 21 Bye Bye Bye
10. Fillmore (TriValley) 31 Won Frazier Mountain 5930
Other Bosco Tech (Del Rey) 40 Won Santiago/G.G. 490
MY THOUGHTS: Bosco Tech’s dominating win (and that’s putting it lightly) over Santiago should have been enough for the Tigers to slip into the top 10. Not so, say the pollsters, who keep Bosco Tech in the same spot as last week. Not buying it, but rest assure, if the Tigers continue to win in similar fashion they’ll be in the top 10 and playoff-bound.

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Star Picks: Now that Maranatha and St. Francis are done invading our airwaves, let’s get back to making Week 4 (or Week 5 if that’s more your cup of tea) predictions.

I went 15-1 last week, the lone loss coming in the San Gabriel-Baldwin Park pick. Big games this week with the Pacific League opener that also happens to be a league showdown. Arcadia visits Muir. You all remember last year the Apaches pulled through to give coach Jon Dimalante his 100th career win at Arcadia. A first half domination allowed the Apaches to rest their starters in the second half against Temple City while at the same time giving the second and third units some valuable playing time. Muir is coming off a bye, and here’s hoping the game isn’t marred with penalty after penalty after penalty after penalty, etc … I still think the Apaches are on a roll and, at this point in the season, are more disciplined. The teams are tied, I think, when it comes to skill players. Muir’s Kevon Seymour, Tairen Owens and Darick Holmes Jr. are formidable weapons just as Arcadia’s Taylor Lagace and Sheldon McKinely. Arcadia, though, has the edge at quarterback with Myles Carr playing like a man on a mission. In the trenches, Muir seems a bit bigger up front but they’re prone to getting drawn offsides and into false starts. In short, this game could be a nail biter. South Hills will give Monrovia another wake-up call Friday. If you don’t think so just look at who the Huskies have played this season and the results: Lost to Colony 30-29, beat St. Monica 61-0; lost to West Covina 35-33. Cal Preps predicts the Wildcats beating South Hills in a close game 31-30, but I just don’t buy it after what Monrovia was selling last week. Blake Hayworth got the start at quarterback, and while the St. Francis transfer proved accurate in his throws, Hayworth’s first five attempts fell incomplete, though he had little help from his receivers. He’s a true pocket guy, but he needs protection and saw his lineman getting pushed back forcing the pocket to collapse. Defensively, the Wildcats were getting beat in the secondary and poor tackling led to extended drives. This is not the Monrovia anybody expected to see: undisciplined and lack for focus. Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox is too experienced and too good a coach to not have these kinks fixed come playoff time, but at this point the Wildcats definitely are in search of their identity: are they a passing team? are they a running team? Monrovia by my count handed the ball just five times apiece to DeShawn Ramirez and Marquise Bias. To make matters worse, defensive lineman Levi Helm dislocated his right shoulder, adding more to Monrovia’s plight when it comes to injuries.

Friday’s Games

Arcadia at Muir, 7 p.m. — Arcadia
South Hills at Monrovia, 7 p.m. — South Hills
Alhambra vs. South Pasadena at Moor Field, 7 p.m. — Alhambra
La Canada at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Maranatha
Burroughs at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Burroughs
South El Monte at Temple City, 7 p.m. — South El Monte
Rosemead at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Rosemead
La Salle vs. Bosco Tech at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. — Bosco Tech
West Ranch at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — St. Francis
Fulton at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Keppel
Pasadena Poly at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Gabrielino
Duarte at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Duarte
San Marino at Bell Gardens, 7 p.m. — Bell Gardens
Marshall vs. Paraclete at Antelope Valley College, 7 p.m. — Paraclete
Blair vs. St. Monica at Santa Monica College, 7 p.m. — Blair

Saturday’s Game
Flintridge Prep at Malibu, 1 p.m. — Malibu

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Football: St. Francis coach Jim Bonds honored as an ABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week.

St. Francis football coach Jim Bonds will be honored as an ABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week tonight on Sports Zone following ABC’s College Football Game of the Week featuring LSU and West Virginia. St. Francis (3-0) is the area’s No. 1 team and ranked No. 5 in the tough Western Division. Look for the Golden Knights, coming off a 27-17 win over Venice, to move up in the CIF poll when it’s released Monday. The award is presented to one coach each week throughout the season. The award honors those coaches who not only stand out because of their coaching on the field, but also for their efforts on behalf of the students, the school, and the community, and is based on nomination letters submitted by ABC7 viewers and school supporters. Congratulations, coach Bonds!

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Friday Night Aftermath: Monrovia falls apart to San Dimas, 31-14; Pasadena earns first win, 21-14; Maranatha squeezes past Salesian, 38-35; Arcadia too much for Temple City, 37-21; St. Francis, Alhambra victorious, too; PrepXtra Live Postgame Rewind!


San Dimas 31, Monrovia 14 — Here’s all you need to know about the Wildcats in the first half: only one first down (courtesy of a San Dimas pass interference call), punted on four of their first five possessions and runs of 55 and 22 from DeShawn Ramirez because of penalties. San Dimas by contrast had eight first downs in the first half. Monrovia rushed for 22 yards as a team. Yup, AS A TEAM. Save for two big plays by Ramirez, the offense was nonexistent. San Dimas relied on Domonic Jollevet who ran circles around the Monrovia secondary. He rushed for 135 yards on 25 carries and scored on runs of 7, 22 and 2 yards. Monrovia needs to clean up the penalties. San Dimas took advantage of Monrovia’s mental breakdowns like a walk in the park. There was a lot of confusion out on the field, especially defensively when the Wildcats were caught off guard. Monrovia was already without Ellis McCarthy (knee) and Justin Jones (shoulder). It got worse Friday night. Levi Helm, a defensive end, left the game in the first half with a dislocated right shoulder. Not good. Want something to be happy about ‘Rovia fans? “The highlight for us to look at is the loser of this game the last two years has won the CIF championship,” Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox said. “We’re not going to keep playing like tonight all year. So we’ll get better.”

Arcadia 37, Temple City 21 — The Apaches put Temple City away in the first half, leading 37-0 at the half. At the end of the first quarter, Myles Carr had three touchdown passes and led 22-0. Carr finished 10 of 13 for 265 yards, all in the first half. The Apaches didn’t throw a single pass in the second half as Temple City put up three cosmetic touchdowns against the Apaches reserves.

Pasadena 21, La Salle 14 — La Salle opened first on an Israel Lacy 12-yard touchdown run. But the Bulldogs came back on the ensuing drive with an 8-play, 80-yard drive capped by a Cleo Bates 3-yard rush. Brandon Cox connected to Marcus Green for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 14-7 lead. Cox then passed to Keith Law for a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7. Cox was 10 for 11 in the first half for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Kyle Lewis capped the Lancers’ scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run. There was a scary moment in the fourth quarter with 4:17 left. Jalen Gray converted a big third down, but had a helmet-to-helmet collision that required an ambulance. He was taken off a stretcher, but he moved his legs and raised his arms.

Rosemead 23, San Marino 14 — Matt Eddy had 213 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, including an 83-yard touchdown run. Kwame Do had a quite night with 110 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown.

Alhambra 28, L.A. Wilson 14 — Ezra Broadus rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries and scored on runs of 10 and 1 yards. Alhambra had a total 352 yards on the ground and 441 total yards. Quarterback Josh Mendoza had three interceptions in the game, but don’t let this performance fool you. Mendoza is a stud QB.

Maranatha 38, Salesian 35 — Juston Coats intercepted a Salesian pass with three seconds left to preserve the victory. Maranatha QB Andrew Elffers finished with 151 yards passing and passed for two touchdowns and also ran for one. Omar Younger had a big game. He rushed for 147 yards on 15 carries and scored on a 33 yard touchdown run. Darien McGee returned a kickoff for 99 yards.

Crescenta Valley 25, La Canada 14 — Tough night for the Spartans. Crescenta Valley took the opening kickoff for a 12-play, 80-yard drive and the Falcons finished with 514 yards of total offense; 336 on the ground and 176 through the air. Crescenta Valley led 21-0 at the half. La Canada was 7 of 23 passing for 120 yards. Like I said, tough night.

Rio Hondo Prep at Boron, ppd. (lightning) — This game was postponed because of lightning. Will be played Saturday night at 7:30 at Rio Hondo Prep


South Pasadena 49, Glendale 21 —
St. Francis 27, Venice 17
Sierra Vista 21, Keppel 14
Bosco Tech 49, Santiago 0
Baldwin Park 26, San Gabriel 22
Gabrielino 35, Contreras 14

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CIF-Southern Section responds to PrepXtra Live broadcast discussing “athletically motivated” transfers.


It didn’t take long for me to get a response from the CIF-Southern Section after this newspaper’s blogs posted the replay of the Tuesday PrepXtra Live broadcast, in which a panel that included myself, Fred J. Robledo, Steve Ramirez and Pasadena Star-News Editor Frank Girardot discussed the ongoing drama in the high school sports world that centers around two words: athletically motivated.

During the segment, which still os available for viewing by going to any of our prep sports blogs, Girardot asserted the controversial athletically motivated rule equates to communism. That didn’t sit well with the CIF-SS, nor has much that anybody recently has to say about the topic. That’s because it’s become very clear, at least to this sportswriter, that whenever people open their mouths about this controversial rule they really don’t know what they’re talking about. Myself included.

Can you blame us? It’s confusing. The rule is confusing. It sounds simple enough: if a student transfers to another school and the reason is deemed to be athletically motivated, then that student has limited athletic eligibility.

But just what does “athletically motivated” mean? The Orange County Register’s Steve Fryer asked that question point-blank to new CIF-SS commissioner Rob Wigod back in August and the answer he got was, “Steve, I do not (have an answer).” Wigod went on to say the rule, or definition of it, essentially is deciphered on a case-by-case basis.

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Girls Volleyball: Lexi Resch, one of the coolest freshman players I’ve met, leads Arcadia to comeback victory.

Above: Lexi Resch (4) is one of the coolest freshman players I’ve ever interviewed. She not only played with such confidence and flair, but she also gave great quotes after the game. And after I was done with my interview, I extended my hand to shake hers. Instead of the usual business-like hand shake, I got the down-low-five-fist-pump. I thought that was pretty cool! Oh, and by the way, she had a game-high 20 kills, so you know she’ll be a force for the Apaches and a major migrane for opposing teams.


By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

GLENDALE – Growing up is part of the process for a young team, and the Arcadia High School girls volleyball team did plenty of it Thursday.
The Apaches took a comfortable lead in the final game but then needed a comeback to preserve a 26-24, 22-25, 20-19, 25-23 win over Glendale in Pacific League action.

Freshman Lexi Resch led the way with a match-high 20 kills and senior Brittney Lee wasn’t far behind with 19. The tandem carried Arcadia (7-1, 3-0) in the final game with Resch recording the final three kills before a return by Glendale (12-7, 1-2) went out of bounds to seal the win.

Arcadia coach Charles Freberg said learning how to win is part of the growing process.

“Our girls had to fight for their wins and they did, which is what we need to learn how to do,” Freberg said. “We act like a young team on and off, and part of learning how to play the game is making decisions that are going to be good for your team and not put them in jeopardy.”


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