The 2011 Pasadena Star-News All-Area Football Team


Coach Jude Oliva

QB Andy Guerrero

WR Alex Villalobos
DT Ellis McCarthy

Player of the Year: Andy Guerrero, San Gabriel, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year: Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Jude Oliva, San Gabriel, 2nd Season

QB: Myles Carr, Arcadia, Sr.
RB: Marquise Bias, Monrovia, Sr.
RB: Tairen Owens, Muir, Sr.
AP: Kevon Seymour, Muir, Sr.
WR: Alex Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr.
WR: Luke Williams, Monrovia, Sr.
WR: Taylor Lagace, Arcadia, Sr.
OL: Kristion Grbavac, St. Francis, Sr.
OL: Kevin Spencer, Monrovia, Sr.
OL: Dave Drain, Rio Hondo Prep, Sr.
OL: Gabriel Rousset, Arcadia, Sr.
OL: Michael Bassette, Temple City, Sr.
PK: Mason Bryant, Monrovia, Jr.

DL: Ellis McCarthy, Monrovia, Sr.
DL: Robby Haines, Arcadia, Sr.
DL: Carlos Purser, San Gabriel, Sr.
LB: Brett Walsh, Monrovia, Jr.
LB: Ryan McAleenan, St. Francis, Sr.
LB: George Frazier V, Monrovia, Jr.
LB: Denzel Talifero, Muir, Jr.
DB: De’Shawn Ramirez, Monrovia, Sr.
DB: Travis Talianko, St. Francis, Sr.
DB: Alex McElwee, Arcadia, Sr.
SS: Joey Villalobos, San Gabriel, Sr.
P: Franklyn Cervenka, La Caada, Sr.

1. Monrovia (11-3)
2. St. Francis (9-3)
3. Muir (8-5)
4. San Gabriel (9-5)
5. Arcadia (9-3)
6. Rio Hondo Prep (13-1)
7. Pasadena (6-6)
8. Alhambra (9-3)
9. Maranatha (8-3)
10. San Marino (7-4)


QB: Brandon Cox, Pasadena, Jr.
RB: Omar Younger, Maranatha, Jr.
RB: Kwame Do, San Marino, Sr.
AP: Darien McGee, Maranatha, Sr.
WR: Riian Simpson, Pasadena, Sr.
WR: Marcus Green, Pasadena, Sr.
WR: Darick Holmes Jr., Muir, Fr.
OL: Rico Perez, Rio Hondo Prep, Jr.
OL: Ryan Campbell, Arcadia, Sr.
OL: Chris Caraveo, Alhambra, Sr.
OL: Henry Crane, Monrovia, Sr.
OL: Freddy Barnes, Pasadena, Jr.
PK: Billy McCreary, St. Francis, Sr.

DL: Clarence Irvin, Arcadia, Sr.
DL: Hunter Garcia, San Gabriel, Sr.
DL: Lorenzo Casas, Monrovia, Sr.
LB: Luke Anderson, St. Francis, Sr.
LB: Nate Quionez, Alhambra, Sr.
LB: Colby Rivera, Rio Hondo Prep, Jr.
LB: Nathan Hamming, Pasadena Poly, Sr.
DB: Anthony Craft, Monrovia, Jr.
DB: Jake Holguin, Rio Hondo Prep, Jr.
DB: Miguel Lagunas, South Pasadena, Sr.
SS: Ezra Broadus, Alhambra, Jr.
P: Jose Esparza, Rosemead, Sr.

Alhambra: Joshua Mendoza, Oscar Gaytan, Javier Covarrubias.
Arcadia: Jake Medel, Nick Pulciano, Brian Ponce, Joe Wong, Maher Domouni, Zan Williams, Kevin Giamalva, Austin Ford.
Blair: Sheddrick Walker.
Bosco Tech: Johnathan Silvas, Dillon Welsh, Adam Uballez, CJ Alvarez, William Yoshida.
La Salle: Israel Lacy, Shane Tierney.
La Caada: Marty Vardanian, Kyle Herron, Brendan Daly, Grant Owen.
Monrovia: Blake Heyworth, Alec Fox, Marquise Harrison, Cade Shultz.
Maranatha: Andrew Elffers, Matt Hall, Sterling Sanchez, Robert Flewelling, Daniel Rasmussen, Matt Payton, Darin Smith.
Muir: Addison Farmer, Lamar McDaniels, Tony Claxton, Jorge Castro, Joshua Muema-Washington, Mark Samuels.
Pasadena: Aaron Easley, Steve Jernagin, Keith Law, Alejandro Gutierrez, Kahri Bailey.
Pasadena Poly: Harrison Hodgkins.
Rio Hondo Prep: Sebastian Rosales, KJ Moore, Alex Tayco, Javier Rodriguez.
San Gabriel: Isa Fernandez, Brian Lopez, Andrew Jimenez, Omar Gonzalez, Joseph Mayorga, Eric Alvarez, Omero Eriza.
San Marino: Matt Wofford, Nick Gott, Garrett Glazier, Ryan Hill.
South Pasadena: Justin Cornford, Ryan Stone, Sean Magill, Nathan Lee.
St. Francis: Jared Lebowitz, Christian Hess, Tyler Marona, Joey Dowling, Joe Marrone, Austin De Los Santos, Raul Castillo.
Temple City: Kevin Cummings, Jared Mendez.


Myles Carr
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Notable: One the most efficient passers in the valley, Carr finished the season completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,484 yards and 30 touchdowns against just six interceptions. Carr, who led the Apaches to a second consecutive Pacific League title and a quarterfinal appearance in the CIF-SS Southeast Division playoffs, is considering Stony Brook, Montana State and Nevada.

Marquise Bias
Running Back
Year: Senior
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Notable: Emerging as one of the most improved players in the valley, Bias became one of the most prominent running backs after rushing for 1,584 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Wildcats’ balanced attack. The Rio Hondo League’s offensive back of the year rushed for 259 yards and scored four touchdowns in leading Monrovia to its second consecutive CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship.

Tairen Owens
John Muir
Running Back
Height: 5’10
Weight: 170
Notable: Owens, who is Washington-bound, rushed for 16 touchdowns and earned first-team All-Pacific League honors after helping the Mustangs reach the semifinals of the CIF-SS Southeast Division playoffs. Owens was a threat at every position, from defensive back, running back, slot receiver and returning punts and kickoffs.

Kevon Seymour
John Muir
Year: Senior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Notable: Seymour, a four-star recruit with over 30 Division I offers, had 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 16 touchdowns. He recorded four interceptions, returned four punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns and forced two fumbles as a defensive back. Seymour, utilizing elusive speed, was a threat on special teams, but it was his versatility, like running the offense out of the Wildcat formation, that made the Mustangs one of the strongest teams in the area.

Alex Villalobos
San Gabriel
Wide Receiver
Year: Senior
Height: 5’10
Weight: 175
Notable: Villalobos broke the state record for receptions with 125 and recorded 2001 yards and 22 touchdowns. His speed and physical style of play was nearly unparalleled. Villalobos was selected the Almont League’s most valuable player and helped the Matadors finish unbeaten in league play and reach the finals of the Mid-Valley Division finals. It was San Gabriel’s second finals appearance in school history. Villalobos is considering Northern Arizona and Division II Western State in Colorado.

Luke Williams

Wide Receiver
Year: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Notable: Williams, a three-year letterman, caught 44 passes for 850 yards and scored seven touchdowns on the season. He was a prime target on deep passes. Williams, who earned first-team All-Rio Hondo League honors, is considering UC Davis, SAn Diego and Northern Arizona.

Taylor Lagace
Wide Receiver
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Notable: Area fans will continue to have the opportunity to watch Lagace as the three-time All-Area selection earlier this week switched his commitment from Washington to UCLA. Lagace, one of the most versatile players in the valley, caught 61 passes for 856 yards and five touchdowns. He returned one kickoff and one punt return for touchdowns while also rushing for one. He recorded an interception, batted down three passes and had 55 tackles as a safety.

Kristion Grbavac
St. Francis
Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 260
Notable: Grbavac earned first-team All-Mission League honors and was the anchor on the Golden Knights’ offensive line. Grbavac’s protection up front allowed for first-year St. Francis quarterback Jared Leibowitz to find open receivers. Grbavac, who is headed to San Diego, led St. Francis to an unbeaten nonleague start and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the Western Division playoffs.

Kevin Spencer
Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 275
Notable: Monrovia’s offensive line made the biggest stride as the season progressed and the reason why the Wildcats continued to improve. Spencer helped anchor the offensive line that opened holes for running backs and provided plenty of protection for Monrovia first-year quarterback Blake Heyworth.

David Drain
Rio Hondo Prep
Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235
Notable: Drain, a three-year letterman, helped the Kares to a CIF-SS Northeast Division championship. Drain earned first-team All-Prep League honors and was one of several big presences up front for the Kares, who once again relied on a strong ground attack thanks to Drain’s relentless effort up front.

Gabriel Rousset
Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 5’10
Weight: 200
Notable: Roussett is a three-year letterman who also was captain this season. He earned first-team All-Pacific League honors and was instrumental in the Apaches’ balanced attack that proved tough stopping.

Michael Bassette
Temple City
Offensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-4
Weight: 320
Notable: Bassette was long regarded as one of the most intimidating linemen in all of the San Gabriel Valley. His tough frame made it tough for defenders to penetrate the pocket. Bassette earned offensive lineman of the year honors in the Rio Hondo League.

Mason Bryant
Year: Junior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 170
Notable: Bryant is a two-time All-Area selection. He recorded six field goals, but his presence was noted throughout. The three-year letterman, who boasts a 4.1 GPA, amassed 500 yards receiving and 28 catches with eight touchdowns. He made 48 tackles, recorded five interceptions, blocked a field goal and six blocked PATs.


Ellis McCarthy
Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-4
Weight: 300
Notable: For the second consecutive season, McCarthy is the Star-News Defensive Player of the Year. The five-star recruit — with offers from Florida, USC, Tennessee among others — was a handful up front. McCarthy seamlessly switched from nose guard, to tackle and defensive end. He recorded 55 tackles and nine sacks despite being double- and triple-teamed and missing three games because of injury. McCarthy’s prsence commanded the attention, allowing for others to make plays, be it making the pocket collapse, tackling for short gains and easy interceptions.

Robby Haines
Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Notable: Haines, the Pacific League defensive player of the year, recorded a team-high 15.5 sacks and two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Haines also had 28 receptions for 385 yards and eight touchdowns.

Carlos Purser
San Gabriel
Defensive Lineman
Year: Senior
Height: 5’11
Weight: 195
Notable: Purser led the relentless push up front, earning Almont League lineman of the year honors. Purser finished the season with 102 tackles and six sacks, leading the Matadors to a trip to the Mid-Valley Division finals.

Brett Walsh
Year: Junior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Notable: Walsh shared linebacker of the year honors in the Rio Hondo League after a spectacular season. Walsh, a two-year leterman with a 4.3 GPA, was the second-leading tackler in the state with 192 tackles (132 solo). He also had eight sacks and four fourced fumbles.

Ryan McAleenan
St. Francis
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 205
Notable: McAleenan was the Mission League offensive lineman of the year at tight end, but his impact also was felt as a stout linebacker. McAleenan finished with 86 tackles (52 solo) and one sack. He is considering UC Davis, San Diego and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.

George Frazier V
Year: Junior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235
Notable: Frazier, the co-linebacker of the year in the Rio Hondo League, finished with 84 tackles. His best game came in the semifinals against Whittier Christian when he recorded two sacks and two interceptions.

Denzel Talifero
John Muir
Year: Junior
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Notable: Talifero was a brusing linebacker whose physical style complemented well on offense, too. Talifero finished with 132 tackles with five forced fumbles and one interception to lead the Mustangs.

De’Shawn Ramirez
Defensive Back
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Notable: Ramirez finished with 1,610 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns (eight rushing, eight receiving, two punt returns, two passing and two interceptions). Ramirez finishe with three interceptions and 33 tackles, earning all-purpose player of the year honors in the Rio Hondo League.

Travis Talianko
St. Francis
Defensive Back
Year: Senior
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Notable: The San Jose State-bound finished with 687 yards receiving and three touchdowns, most of the time with several players defending. The three-time All-Area first-team selection also was an All-Mission League first-team selection on defense after 56 tackles and one interception.

Alex McElwee
Defensive Back
Year: Senior
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Notable: McElwee, who is considering Montana State, Idaho State and Stony Brook in New York, earned All-Pacific League first-team honors as a wide receiver with 22 catches and 534 yards and six touchdowns. As a cornerback, McElwee finished with 53 tackles, four intereptions and three pass deflections.

Joey Villalobos
San Gabriel
Strong Safety
Year: Senior
Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
Notable: Villalobos earned first-team All-Almont League honors as a wide receiver with 637 yards and five touchdowns on 33 catches. But it was his hard-nose defense that kept the secondary intact with 152 tackles (96 solo) and two interceptions.

Franklyn Cervenka
La Caada
Year: Senior
Height: 5’10
Weight: 160
Notable: Cervenka, who will continue playing football at Division 1AA Wagner College, earned first-team All-Rio Hondo League honors as a punter. As a kicker, Cervenka averaged 66 yards on kickoffs and had 90 percent of kickoffs as touchbacks.


By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

Andy Guerrero’s rise as arguably the best duel-threat quarterback for San Gabriel High School had a humbling beginning.

Guerrero admits not taking football seriously since summer, through fall camp and leading up to the season opener against Muir. It showed when Guerrero, a senior, was benched shortly after throwing three first-half interceptions in the Matadors’ season opener against Muir.

It wasn’t long before Guerrero would learn during a meeting with San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva that he was no longer the starter. It was then when a conversation Oliva had with Guerrero back in summer practice resonated on Guerrero, and soon he went to work.

“I wasn’t taking football seriously all the time,” Guerrero recalled. “After the first game it really was a reality check. When coach told me Eric (Alvarez) got the job everything hit me. Here I was not being serious about football and Eric was practicing hard all the time.

“I was the backup for two games and I was getting reps behind Eric. It really hit me and that’s when I started working hard to get it back.”

The conversation is one Oliva, also the team’s offensive coordinator, has had with his previous quarterbacks.

“He said, ‘You work hard with me and I’m going to make you one of the best quarterbacks around,'” Guerrero said. “That I just needed to follow his lead, but I just needed to work hard.”

A two-quarterback system gave way to Guerrero’s return as starter, and despite losses to Baldwin Park and Rosemead, San Gabriel began showing promise with Guerrero at quarterback. San Gabriel not only weathered a rocky 1-4 start to the season, but the Matadors found exactly who they needed to lead them when it mattered most, in the Almont League. Guerrero had his best game against Alhambra, completing 79 percent of his passes for 444 yards and seven touchdowns against a Moors team touted with the league’s best defense. Guerrero showed otherwise as he shredded the secondary en route to a 69-14 win against their rivals and one win away from dethroning Schurr to finish unbeaten in league.

Guerrero was arguably the most feared player in San Gabriel’s lineup, and a survey among CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division coaches came to that consensus. His numbers proved that argument: Guerrero completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,261 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,428 yards and 14 touchdowns.

San Gabriel superceeded expectations like no other team in the San Gabriel Valley, beating traditional powers like Arroyo and San Dimas. The Matadors reached the Mid-Valley Division finals for the second time in school history. In 2003 the Matadors relied on their quarterback to lead them there, and this spectacular run was no different, which is why Guerrero is the 2011 Star-News Player of the Year.

Guerrero’s change in attitude off the field contributed to his success on the field. That he lost the starting job in one half didn’t mean he lost hope. Oliva said Guerrero is ambitious, if nothing else. But losing focus in other aspects also affected how he handled his football duties.

“We gave him an opportunity,” Oliva said. “And watching him grow and mature and develop character, that was the best part about watching him every week getting better, from taking command of the offense to stepping up and being vocal.”

For Guerrero, it goes back to Oliva sitting down with him and getting it in his head that talent alone doesn’t get it done. Guerrero also learned a lot from watching from the sidelines.

“Watching Eric helped me out,” Guerrero said. “His thing was at reading defenses really good, some of the stuff I didn’t do well. He was a really good teammate, actually a really smart kid, too.”

Soon Guerrero earned the respect of his teammates and coaches alike watching his work ethic develop before their eyes. Oliva said he knew Guerrero had the potential, but it was up to Guerrero to meet him halfway.

“When he emerged as our guy we had a conversation,” Oliva said. “We told him, ‘Don’t just be one of the best on our team. Be one of the best in the area and in Southern California.'”

Guerrero, clearly, got the message.

“You want to instill a strong work ethic in kids because that will work for them not just in football but in life,” Oliva said. “It’s all about preparation. The other thing I told him was that attitude is contagious, and I ask him if his was worth catching. I know he took a hold of that later and here he is leading us to the final, and now, player of the year.”

Guerrero wasn’t San Gabrie’s lone offensive punch. His prime target was senior Alex Villalobos. The 5-foot-10 standout is a two-time All-Area selection, and he now adds 2011 Star-News Offensive Player of the Year honors to along with his impressive resume.

Villalobos, one of the most grounded and likeable athletes in the area, broke the state record for receptions with 125 and led the state in yards with 2001 and 22 touchdowns. Villalobos, the Almont League Most Valuable Player, could soon be playing Division I football. He’s drawn strong interest from Norther Arizona, though Division II Western Sate in Colorado also is in the picture.

For the second consecutive season, Monrovia’s Ellis McCarthy is the 2011 Star-News Defensive Player of the Year.

McCarthy, a five-star recruit with offers from Florida, USC, Tennessee among others, was too much to handle for just one player. He often drew double- and triple-coverage, leaving teammates to reap the benefits. McCarthy, a U.S. Army All-American who also is a national finalist for the Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year, seamlessly switched from nose guard, to tackle and defensive end. He recorded 55 tackles and nine sacks despite missing three games because of injury.


By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

In just his second season as San Gabriel High School’s head football coach, Jude Oliva accomplished what many considered seemingly impossible — certainly improbable — after a 1-4 start: reach the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division finals.

Oliva disregarded the notion that San Gabriel was all but done. He wouldn’t concede because, like any good coach, he saw the opportunity to help develop a team with tremendous upside. While nobody else saw it, Oliva knew exactly where he had to get to work if he was to turn doubters into believers.

“We knew we had some good returners and a solid nucleus,” he said, “but we still had some question marks and definitely some growth issues that we were fearful of early on.”

To get his team to realize they needed to grow, Oliva made a pre-emptive strike by schedueling tough, and it showed with lopsided defeats to Muir (44-20) and San Dimas (59-6). With each defeat came Oliva’s opportunity to teach and earn his player’s trust that this was for the better.

“We kept telling the kids, yes we want to win them all but it’s an opportunity to get better every week,” he said. “Our inexperience and immaturity was not allowing us to do some of the things we started doing later on like winning down the stretch.”

During its 1-4 stretch to start the season, San Gabriel lost two games at the end of the game despite holding a lead. And while the rest of the area hit the panic button for San Gabriel, Oliva showed otherwise maintaining poise throughout. His coaches and players followed suit.

“If we looked panicked and confused the kids will as well,” Oliva said. “Kids aren’t dumb. They have a sense of what’s real and what’s not. If you take the right approach every day then you’re going to get better, and they saw that in us in our preparation. They saw that in the way we were practicing and our tempo. They took a hold of it.”

For getting his players to believe, maximizing their potential and for leading San Gabriel back to the finals for the second time in school history, Oliva is the 2011 Star-News Coach of the Year.

Oliva’s first season as offensive coordinator was in 2003 when San Gabriel won its first playoff game in school history, riding the wave of momentum all the way to the finals. Even back then, Oliva knew the importance of schedueling tough.

“You can’t build character and success in a soft environment,” Oliva said. “You get a false sense of who you are. We definitely found a ton of things that needed to be fixed. Part of it was inexperience. We grew up so much in that preseason.”

San Gabriel wasn’t supposed to keep pace with Maranatha’s explosive offense, but it did with a 9-0 win. The Matadors needed a heroic play in the waning minutes to beat Arroyo, and they got it to secure a 40-38 win.

The big question in the semifinals against San Dimas was would San Gabriel find a way to return the favor after a 56-point blowout earlier in the season? The Matadors answerd with an emphatic stop at the goal line to prevent the Saints from running in a two-point conversion as San Gabriel prevailed, 29-28.

The Matadors believed.

And it wasn’t just players who Oliva got to believe in his philosophy. His coaches followed suit, from quarterbacks coach Saile Ramirez, defensive backs coach Alex Fernandez, linebackers coach Daniel Bernard to receivers coach Matt Lopez, running backs coach Albert Fernandez and offensive line coach Brian Ramirez.

“He got all of us to believe,” San Gabriel defensive coordinator Don Bernard said. “We all bought into that and what he was trying to accomplish.”

Oliva learned the values of coaching from his friend and mentor, Keith Jones.

“He really paid a lot of attention to what coach Jones did,” Bernard said. “He was learning how to prepare a program and help it become successful.”

Mission accomplished.

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  • Anonymous

    IMO i dont think big mc carthy did enough to earn Defensive player of the year if anything the kid from Arcadia (Haines) should had won it he had more sacks and tackles and he beat Monrovia head up. But in all this is a great list, Villalobos should had won POY and Guerrero offensive POY Villalobos numbers were best in state he should of had that but again great list just you should of had the top POY switched around with no mc carthy. Not hating on big man but come on everyone know he didnt have that great of a year and he missed 3 games i think i sense a little bias on your end, or maybe those M-town fans got you a little scared.

  • New York

    Congratultions to all these young men and coaches who were honored. I remember learning from a friend’s father my junior that I was on this team. That was before the internet…

    As for the pin-head whose entire post was based around detracting from Ellis’s worthiness, you are clearly bitter and minsinformed. No wonder your argument makes no sense: You claim that honoring the two guys from San Gabriel makes sense, yet honoring McCarthy doesn’t even though Monrovia’s defense held San Gabriel’s offense to two first half scores when both teams were at their peak. Hmmmmmm. Frankly, I think someone from Arcadia should have one of the three spots awarded to one of the three folks from San Gabriel.

    Maybe USA Today is biased from us Monrovia fans as well…this came out three days ago.

    Hey, if his accomplishments were good enough for USA Today, then maybe they are good enough for Miguel.

  • Realist


    Sometimes I wonder how you keep your job. How did Ellis get Defensive player of the year?? Robby Haines has better numbers in every single defensive category. Did he win it because he plays for Monrovia? I can’t seem to figure out how Robbie did’t get that award. Robbie recorded 15.5 sacks, 2 interceptions (one which he returned for a touchdown), and he had more tackles than Ellis. Im not saying that Robbie is a better player than Ellis. But there is no doubt that Robbie had a better year than Ellis. You can’t even make an argument that Ellis had a better year than Robbie!! Not only that, but Robbie played far more competitive teams and still put up better numbers. When are you going to wake up Miguel? Horrible job on your part.

    One more thing. How do you have Arcadia ranked 5th overall. They are behing two teams that they beat in the season! How does that happen?!? Arcadia beat down Muir and they beat up on Monrovia. Then to make matters worse, you have San Gabriel ranked ahead of Arcadia. You know that San Gabriel can’t compete with Arcadia under the lights. Why do you do stuff like that. It makes you look like you don’y know what youre doing.

    If I had to sum up your work this year with one word, the word would be: INCOMPITENT.

    Its time to start doing your job the right way “Miggy.”

  • MonroVian

    WA, WA, wa, Wa, wa, WaaaaaAa…….. Realist you cry more than my new born baby. Seriously you are always crying about something. Dude get over it….. its just High School Football. Merry Christmas to all!!!
    “You Don’t Want No Green And White”

  • Realist


    Merry Christmas to you too! Lets see if you can prove any of my FACTS wrong. I bet you can’t. Facts are facts my friend. Whether you like it or not. The numbers don’t lie. I know how wet all you Monrovia fans get when the name Ellis comes up, I hate to say it, but theres a guy at Arcadia that put up better numbers than your savior Ellis McCarthy. The truth hurts sometimes.

    Oh, and Arcadia did want some green and white when they played week 2 of the season. How did that game end up for the Wildcats?

    All you Monrovia fans are the same. None of you guys know what you are talking about. Thats including Miguel because hes the biggest Monrovia fan there is. Educate yourself then come back on here when you know the facts. Dummy.

  • Do you have one of these?

    Do not be mad at Monrovia or Ellis! Arcadia got lucky in week 2, and if you were there you know it. As for your facts does your boy from Arcadia have the 2 rings Ellis has? FACT no he does not! Rings speak volumes!

  • New York

    Miguel should have articulated his rationale more so you would get that it is not just about stats. Otherwise, our inside backer who had 192 tackles should have gotten it.

    Personally, my critique is aimed at the offensive MVP and overall MVP honors. I think Villalobos earned overall MVP honors with his 2,000 yards receiving and his play on defense. I think Carr could have been named Offensive player, especially for converting on 4th and long to win the game against Monrovia…the game you labeled “beat up.”
    Ellis did not have the numbers he did last year, but he also did not play off the edge as much either. We moved him around to every position up front. His presence created opportunities for guys like Walsh.
    Anyway, you seem to be obsessed against Ellis with the same passion that you obsessed over Lagace last year. They are both graduating and moving on. You will need to pick a couple other players to spend your time boosting and attempting to discredit, respectively.
    Lastly, the most appropriate thing you have done all year is mispell the word incompetent. I know this is not a spelling bee, but I got a real kick out of reading that within the context of another baseless rip against a Monrovia player…dumby (sp)…lol

  • Realist

    You Monrovia fans are something else. Its not based on stats? That is 100% false. It is based on stats. Just because Ellis’ TEAM won a ring, doesn’t make him the defensive player of the year. Thats the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The point is, how can you be named defensive player of the year when there is another kid that plays defensive line that has better numbers in every single defensive category?? It makes absolutly no sense. You Morovia fans sure think you know what you are talking about. The fact that he won a CIF title in division 45 makes no difference. All that means is that he had a few extra games to try to boost his stats. Even with the extra games, he still didnt have as good of numbers as Haines. I mean, afterall, you guys beat SAN GABRIEL in the championship game. Thats more of a joke than Miguels reporting. When Monrovia decides to play with the big boys then you can pull the “ring” card. But that has nothing to do with defensive player of they year. Robbie Haines had jaw dropping numbers for a defensive end. Ill bet that you Monrovia fans dont even know who that is because you people are all stuck in your little Ellis bubble. Do your homework and realize that Ellis is a good player, but it is possible that someone else deserves the award more than he does.

  • Observantcat

    While your at it Realist, you may want to try and convince ESPN of their choice of Defensive MVP (Los Angeles)

    We have had to endure your local chest pump for the past few months as Monrovia was finding it’s way to another CIF Championship game. Like NY said, if not McCarthy it could have been Walsh or Frazier, your guy was good but he isn’t on the level of either of Our three guys with Frazier and Walsh both being Jr’s. You should be proud of your guys but dont waste your time trying to convince the Nation of your foolishness. Keep your conversation at the local In & Out burger. As far as the other picks in this Star News area, I will have to disagree with Miguel on a couple of his picks, I believe that Heyworth should have gotten the Player of the year based on his personal challenges and his final results. If there was such a thing as first team coach, I would have given it to Jude Oliva, but the Coach of the Year clearly belongs to Maddox, He put together a team that needed just much repair after the losses of so many impact players and he did a magnificent job doing so. Maddox has only taken his team to 3 straight CIF Finals and won 2 of 4 as well as taken his teams to 4 straight semis or more. How much more accomplished does Maddox have to be to receive the top honor as a coach? His staff should also be given high praise for making adjustments and preparing themselves to play 14 games and winning the final one going away. Sure San Gabriel put up a great 1st half, but they game up more points than any RHL team did this season and last. Villalobos definitely gets my vote for his efforts but I feel the other 2 seem to be a very large stretch for a team who lost 53-14 in a final game.

  • Realist

    What don’t you people understand? How can you say that Ellis deserves it more than Haines?? What is your argument? Not a single stat of Ellis’ is better than Haines’. Not a single one! He had a better year than Ellis. This isn’t an award for career performances. It is the 2011 defensive player of the year. 2011 is the only year that matters here. And Hanines had a more productive year. What don’t you people understand?? Its a very simple concept.

  • Kan B’alam Son of Pakal

    Ellis was a clear choice for Defensive player of the year. Actually he should have been the MVP. When he was out Monrovia lost. When he was in, Monrovia won the title. It does not matter if it’s the Midvalley or the State Open Finals, Ellis McCarthy requires a double team. That’s it, that’s all, that’s why. You don’t get the to be the top D line recruit in America unless, you are “that good”. Put it like this, If you had to pick between Having Haines or McCarthy on your team, and you had to pick one or the other, who would it be? He’s the best around. He starts at “ANY” school in America. We are glad he stay true to Monrovia. Just stop it. Give him his props. He is Zeus!

  • Realist

    I agree 100%. If we were comparing Haines to Ellis ove their respected 4 year careers at their school, its hands down Ellis. But thats not what we are talking about here. Who had a better year defensively? Thats the question at hand. Nothing else. And the answer is, Haines. He had a better year than Ellis. Thats all, Ellis is a great player. But Haines had a better year. Thats a fact. You can’t argue against the stats. Thats all im saying. Im not saying that Ellis is a bad player, because hes not. But it just so happens that Haines had a better year.

  • New York

    Focus your efforts on getting Miguel to change his mind on Carr for Offensive Player and Villalobos at POY. Haines put up great stats. Was he more of an outside backer? We would need to compare him to the other backers. Ellis played interior line and allowed his backers to have a huge year while shutting down inside runs. He quietly collected his sacks and tackles, mostly as a nose tackle.

    Arcadia escaped a Monrovia team this year who had our all-state linebacker playing QB and, frankly, a team that totally overlooked you guys because of how easy it was the year before. Rest assured, though, your constant jabbering will allow you to see a focused Monrovia next season.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Speaking for:
    Kan B’alam Son of Pakal
    New York

    Directed @ REALIST

    Im going to put all of this nonsense regarding Ellis to bed; each of you have not made an argument that Real, can understand. And Im going to try and do that for each your, Ellis is ZENYATTA and Robbie Hines is the horse that beat Zenyatta in the one race that ZENYATTA lost. And because Zenyatta lost that one race REAL thinks he can claim his horse (Robbie Hines) is a better horse than Zenyatta and deserve to be Horse of the Year.
    What Real misses here is the entire body of work and stats for defensive players mean nothing and without question McCarthy deserves to be Horse of the year.
    Footnote: The best defensive back doesnt always have the most interceptions and thats because QBs know not to throw his way. Im sure Reavis isnt leading the NFL in interceptions for DBs, but without question he is the consensus best DB in the NFL.
    Lastly if he still doesnt get it Ill leave him with this analogy. Imagine having this conversation with the guy that struck out Albert Pujols 4 times in the minor leagues and he is trying to convince all of us that Pujols sucks and cant hit a lick due to that fact that when he faced him he struck him out . YEAH right Pujols just signed for $250,000,000. So REAL you keep betting against Zenyatta and telling us about how great your guy is pitching in the MINORS LEAGUES. Food for thought
    ESPN 150
    LSU etc etc etc etc etc hell all of those guys have Robbie Hines ahead of Ellis too RIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

  • Santa Anita

    Realist, see you tomorrow @ opening day betting agianst ZENYATTA

  • Aram Tolegian

    Screw Zenyatta. She needs to stay wherever she is.

    Guerrero — Had passing numbers to make him the No. 1 QB in yards. Had the rushing numbers good enough to make him one of the top RBs in the area. Put them together and you’ve got 3k passing and 1k rushing. You don’t see that often. Not only that, he beat Arroyo singlehandedly in the playoffs. No Guerrero, no semis for SG. He led them to a win over SD the following week. Come on, the guy had sick ststs and made huge plays at clutch times in big games. Monrovia didn’t have anyone beside Walsh who had what I’d call “sick” stats. The ‘Cats were simply good all over. That’s why they have EIGHT guys on first team. Miggy made this team just right.

    Ellis McC — You have to take into account more than just stats. Just being out there, the guy changed the game. He was a menace. People went away from him, people doubled him. He opened the door for all those tackles for Walsh. I saw it in the Covina game with my own eyes. Nobody was going to let Ellis run over their tackle or guard and pummel their QB. But even that happened sometimes. He’s the defensive player of the year. Other guys like Haines had great seasons, but Ellis was the defensive player of the year.

  • New York

    My intentions were not to detract from Guerrero. He had a great year. I think Miguel could have flipped his and Villalobos(who had a great year on defense and a ton of yards after catch on offense) awards, but then that would have matched what the Almont coaches came up with….then, having a QB at Offensive MVP would open the door for Carr’s consideration.

    I’m glad you got to watch the Covina game and see the Ellis factor first hand. You also saw that our QB had many choices that prevented any of our guys from racking up sick offensive stats.

  • Kennedy Bryant

    Merry Christmas. You must still be upset about how much money you lost. But don’t blame Zenyatta blame Mike Smith. I’ve just grown tired and haters hating on McCarthy. People are going to always look to offset any praise one athlete gets. I’ll just say this about McCarthy and wait for all the haters to respond. There are alot of people that make a ton of money giving evaluations. Believe McCarthy is the real deal. And I agree with those evaluators. And no disrespect to you, the tribune or star news or any kid you guys have put on your all area list. McCarthy will have the best laugh when he signs the NLI 2/1/12Bc

  • New York

    To be perfectly fair and to keep the conversation alive, I acknowledge some of the points that Realist made. These awards should be based on the season, not on a career and not on future projections. Robbie’s sacks and interceptions point to an award-worthy year. Having said that, Aram nailed the McCarthy argument by pointing out how his mere presence effected opponents’ strategies, game planning, etc. Heck, the fumble recovery he made in the Finals was partly due to Guererro’s hesitation to go after the loose ball knownig that Ellis wanted it as well…I suppose this could be referred to as the “intangibles” of a defensive lineman who gets moved all over the place.

  • MonroVian

    Hahahahahahahahaha @ My boy Kennedy Bryant… That was one of the funniest and most cleaver things I have ever read on this or any of the prep blogs. I picture realist balled up in the corner of his room, rocking himself, repeating Robbie Haines for Defensive MVP over and over……

    Realist “LOCK IT UP” You sound desperate…

    Merry Christmas to all my MonroVia Comrades on here, Kan B’alam Son of Pakal, Observantcat, New York, MtownClown, Philly and whomever I my have forgotten.
    And of course Merry Christmas to everyone else on this blog and their familys as well..

    And like ALWAYS-

    “You Don’t Want No GREEN AND WHITE…”

  • Kan B’alam Son Pakal

    Ellis Stretched out Covina’s lineman in the first qtr. He was hurting people. New york Lol…Andy didn’t want to pick up that fumble…that was so funny. Actually Ellis is going to be even better in college against guys his size. He will be faster than them. In high school it’s hard to get lower than 6’1 220 lbs lineman. Ellis has to work much harder to play down to their level. In college he will see more one on one situations. He is going to be good.

  • PacFan

    Ellis just announced he is coming back for another year and has decided not to take his talents to the college level. He wants to prove to Realist that he deserved Miguel’s prestigious Defensive Player of the Year award. He also feel’s that he needs another year to work on his skills because he can’t perfect the swim move on offensive Linemen that are taller than six feet. But in reality he doesn’t want to leave his team to be ravished by the hounds in the Rio Hondo and would prefer to leave them before they move to the Pacific.

    So Realist, get over it and accept the fact that Monrovia is the best team in the San Gabriel Valley. And if you don’t believe it read the articles:
    In Touch
    National Examiner
    The National Enquirer
    Us Weekly

    FYI Miguel.
    “detracting from Ellis’s worthiness…”, “Focus your efforts…”, “My intentions were not to detract…”, “I acknowledge some of the points…”
    This guy is going to take your job.

  • To Pac Fan

    You sound just like a second rate blogger, Arcadia should be truly embarrassed by doo doo balls like yourself. You sound like a frickin idiot. Now maybe if you were to use this to describe your team everyone would take you more serious.

  • Aram Tolegian


    I didn’t bet Zenyatta and nor would I ever. The race you are referring is the Breeders Cup Classic in ’10. I hold my grudge for the Classic in ’09 when I didn’t bet her and was alive to just about everyone else in the field. The last thing I told my dad seconds before the race was “There’s no way a female is going to circle a field of males, go 10-wide and win the race.” Thank you very much!

    And by the way, when I looked at the M-Town guys, I didn’t see one or two dudes that carried them. Big Ellis had the biggest impact, but even after that, this was just a team a with SEVERAL good players who delivered when called upon. Hence the high numbers of ‘Cats on the first team.

    Unfortunately, none of this was good enough to please Big Bob, who called me IRATE on Christmas Eve morning. But I talked Bob off the ledge and I nearly fell off my bed laughing when the convo turned to food (as it always does between two fat dudes) and Big Bob asked me “Have you ever been to a black man’s barbecue?” So now Bob is vowing to show this Armo how to barbecue. The man has obviously never heard of shish kabob. So I may have to show him a thing or two.

  • Realist

    Pac Fan-

    Stop with the “Monrovia is the best team in the SGV.” Thats BS. How are they the best team in the valley when they lost to Arcadia? Not only did they lose to Arcadia, but they played in a horrible division. Stop acting like Monrovia is some powerhouse. Because they aren’t. Just because Miguel thinks they are the best team of all time doesn’t make them the best team of all time.

    If Ellis got the award because he “drew double teams” then Taylor Lagace would have won every award possible on offense. Taylor was double teamed EVERY single game for the whole game. So drawing double teams does not make him the defensive player of the year.

    Let me get this straight. So since Ellis has had a great career at Monrovia, that makes him the defensive player of the YEAR? So, if Matt Barkely had won the Heisman, does that mean he is a shoe in to win the Heisman next year? Absolutely not, because there might be a player that puts up better numbers next year. Which is exactly what happened this year in the SGV. Haines put up far better numbers than Ellis. Stop beating around the bush people. I am not bashing Ellis at all. Hes a good player, but Haines put up better numbers. Thats a fact. What don’t you understand? It is not a difficult concept to grasp. I guess it is pretty tough to grasp with a Monrovia education.


    Like I said in a previous post, Arcadia did want some green and white on week 2 of the season.


  • can 2012

    I just want to congratulate guys and keep on working hard.

  • MonroVian

    Hey (you need) Rx-ealist.

    Well I see you are right where we left you, in the fetal position, in the corner rocking yourself… Hey bro Football and the great Zeus aside; Do you need Charter Mental health Hospital to pick you up? I think you need some “get right” meds a padded room and a some counseling. What do you say?

    LOCK IT UP FELLA, Crazy will get you nowhere……

    TRUST ME: You Don’t Want No Green And White!!!!

  • Realist

    Another brilliant post from MonroVian. Once again he beats around the bush and totally missed the point. Stop saying “You don’t want no green and white.” You sound like a child. Just because your football team plays children, doesn’t mean you have to act like a child. You are better than that. Once again I write the facts and a Monrovia fan replies talking mess. I posted nothing but facts. Not a single part of my last post was opinion. Why can’t you just accept the fact that someone else had better numbers than Ellis? I don’t get it.

  • New York

    That was pretty funny. So sad Realist doesn’t detect nor appreciate your sarcasm. No suprise, Realist is usually the one bashing the merits of a Monrovia education. Point one finger and three are pointing back at you.

    Realist, week 2 is like pre-season in the NFL. I hope we can rearrange the schedule sometime and play Arcadia in week 5 so we are both firing on all cylinders.

  • http://wtedus T-Dub

    Realist…. STOP IT MAN!

    I know Robby Haines and his Dad and they aint tripping like you. Stop it Dude… we all know about stats, but the fact of the matter is that THEY CHOSE ELLIS!

    Give a rest man… and stop blocking up all the space with your ungrateful comments.

    Ellis will be fine and so will Robby. Heck, do you have a kid playing? I know its a blog, but please spare us with all of this negative chat….

    I’m a Monrovia man who happened to be a “Arcadia Indian” as well and aint none of them, nor the Apaches tripping like you. STOP IT DUDE for the real fan sake!!

  • Do you have one of these

    RINGS? Do you got RINGS?

  • Red Leader

    Dang Realist! You’re still at it? Still bringing up a preseason game in which Monrovia was still looking for a starting QB. Just so you know, if Monrovia was in the Southeast, they would have gone further than Arcadia in the playoffs. Oh, I wanted to get your thoughts on Arcadia’s inevitable slide into mediocrity next year. Who are they going to have at QB next year? I ask cause I noticed they didn’t move up the JV QB near the end of the season and all their QBs are graduating. Lastly, I hope you had a nice Christmas and I want to wish you a Happy New Year.

  • 6power


    I have read your posts. In summary – you are pissed.

    Your reliance on facts and stats is a good thing. Bloggers who stick to that rule and are good observers – normally bring the best quality posts to the blog. Your posts however, are laced with insult and hate, two things that muddy facts and weaken your argument severely.

    Something tells me EM will be an ongoing topic for you, especially if the young man falters in the days ahead. If he shines, you would be the last to recognize and be proud of his SGV origins…all because he is from vile, green and white, rotten-ass, overated, played crappy SG in the final, weak divison, generally horrible and insignificant Monrovia High School. Because of Ellis, at least the ESPN people can get our zip code right. Because of Monrovia, the RHL can only be criticized so much until the criticizer has to shut up.

    As far as Haines – the Pacific League defensive player of the year, unreal 15.5 TPG and two interceptions, one taken to the house. Often not stressed is the offensive production – 28 receptions for 385 yards/ 8 touchdowns. WHAT A YEAR! I am sure his family and friends honor his work ethic and athleticism – you should do the same.
    Whatever the week – you beat Monrovia, and that cannot be disputed. Carry that through the summer and try to forget the crushing loss to La Mirada. I was at the game and saw the season slip away from the Apaches…probably one of the toughest losses to take I have ever seen.

  • GoingTribal

    Realist I know you get confused easily so I’ll keep it short.


  • Kennedy Bryant

    Well, I truly like the blogs and I love defending my fellow MHS alums and my MHS Wildcats. Realist I love your passion and you should be commended for defending your guy. See most of the bloggers dont know you personally and I know you love to stick a needle in the eyes of us MHS bloggers. Simple do the fact that we are arrogant, conceded, biased in your eyes, crazy, uninformed and have no clue as to what we are talking about.

    For those of you that dont know REAL, I do know him and he does like McCarthy and just likes pricking us in the EYE. You could say that based on the number of responses he has done a pretty good job of given it too us regarding big EM. At any rate I want to wish all of you a blessed and prosperous new year.

    2012 will be another stellar year for the Cats. WE ARE LOADED again, you might as well start your hating now because you know with that 3PEAT looming we will be even more arrogant, conceded, and biased. FAVOR AINT FARE. Sometimes in life you have to just except the fact rich get richer and we are the ROCKEFLLERS, CARNEGIES, BUFFET, GATES, JP MORGANS, and DUPONTS of the SGV for football.

    I know its going to be a long 5 months but check back every now and again ARAM T. will feed us a little food to chew on. Aram spring ball will be here sooner than a PRACTICE AMBUSH. Cover some track and field this year so you see some of the MHS boys running to get in top shape for their senior season. Well Im signing off until I read something on the blog chaps my backside. I see you all at the PARADE in MTOWN celebrating our BACK2BACK championships. PEACE



    Congrats, to all. Enjoy the moment, you’ve earned it!

    Laurence Todd

  • Apachejoe

    Realist do the Apache family a favor and please put a cork in it. You’re embarrassing us Apaches. Haines, Taylor and Carr are excellent athletes as well so just move on and grow up.

  • coltfan97

    To Realist,

    You can’t be that dense seriously!!!!! McCarthy is 6’5″ 310 basically pure muscle!!!!Do you know what that means???? It means he is getting triple teamed or quadruple teamed on every play!!! This leaves other defenders unblocked!!!! The dude is a manchild!!!!

    Realist stats are important, but its not the only criteria too base an all area team on!!!! By the way, if that was the case how do you judge stats on an offensive linemen???

  • PacFan

    WOW! 6’5″ 310 of pure muscle. OMG! HE’S GETTING BIGGER!
    Now that EM is leaving, what’s going to happen with Monrovia 1-4 defense?

  • Apache Joe

    Whoever the Apachejoe is that posted below.

    That name has already been taken and please do not post under it. I have been a poster on this blog for years and would like to have my decent reputation not hampered by a imposter. 6power and New York can attest to this.

    Thank you.

  • views

    NO ONE IN THE SGV was better this year than
    Kevon Seymour HANDS DOWN best player…
    Seems like San Gabriel took home all the awards dont know how or why especially with the troubles that head coach Dave Mitchell had to endure.
    from being named coach middle of the year
    taking them to the third round of the playoffs
    being invited to the army all american coaches camp.
    but hey muir haters gone hate in 4 years i bet KEVON is still going to be talked about along with McCarthy

    **Watch out for Denzel Talifero** dudes a beast

  • Sighing


    I played against both Robby and Ellis and they’re both dominating players and tremendous athletes. Stats don’t lie, but they don’t tell the whole truth either. Sure Robby had his sacks and INT, not taking anything away from him. He played mostly edge and outside LB and should be compared to somebody like Brett Walsh. Since you’re advocating Robby I’m assuming you watch the Apache games. Almost all the teams, with the exception of San Dimas, that played Monrovia had their run game shut down due to Ellis and Lorenzo. As I recall correctly when Arcadia played Burroughs, they got ran all over. Ellis racked up his stats as primarily a nose tackle. The award is based not just on stats or double teams because you’re right it would probably go to Lagace. It goes to the player who has the most impact on a game. The presence of Ellis on the field is what made that front 7 of Monrovia so dominant. Yes, you’re right by stats perspective that Robby should’ve got it, but this game isn’t about stats because the NFL Defensive Player of the Year of 2011 season didn’t have the most sacks or the most interceptions but he had the most impact when he stepped on to the field and that is what separates Robby from Ellis

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