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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