There will be a celebration of some sorts when Monrovia gets back from Christmas break. It’s looking like it’ll be sometime in January, whether it’s a parade remains to be seen, but Monrovia school officials said a celebration is in order. Last year, Monrovia hosted the Wildcats with a parade that started at Monrovia down Colorado Blvd., and down Myrtle before a grand arrival to Library Park where a sea of fans welcomed the champions. Stay tuned.
Below: The work of Ed McCarthy. I shot this with my iPhone. It’s a hoodie with the artwork front and center. Nice work.
What: Chris Rix Christmas Combine When: Saturday, December 17th, 2011 Who: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs. TOP GUN Division for HS and College players will run from 9am-12pm. YOUNG GUN Division for athletes from ages 8-13 will run from 1pm-3pm. Where: West Covina High School-ThybergField Cost: The cost is $30. There are scholarships opportunities available for families in need. Part of the proceeds from the camp will go to charity for the holiday season.
To register call (626) 646-9594 or (626) 872-0068 and also email athlete info to ChampionTraining@live.com
“It’s the Christmas season. My vision is to provide a fun and inexpensive opportunity for players from the San Gabriel Valley to come out and compete in the great game of football one more time before Christmas break,” Rix said in a press release. “I realize most of them won’t be in this kind of environment again until spring ball. This is for skill players who can’t get enough football, want to continue to grow in their craft and have fun doing it. Football is a game and games are supposed to be fun. ”
“I want this camp to be one every athlete can attend. If a family cannot realistically afford the cost of the camp, they can bring an unopened toy that will be donated to a needy family for Christmas and I will happily scholarship their son.”
Rix’s vision is for the ‘Christmas Combine’ to turn into an annual event. He plans to expand the combine to other positions in the future.
Chris Rix will lead the camp along with his coaching staff from Champion Training Academy.
In my four years selecting the Star-News All-Area team, I have never been this tough a tme making deserving selections. If you don’t believe me, give it a shot. The Star-News All-Area team includes offensive/defensive players of the year as well as coach of the year. If you think there are slam dunks, I’d like to hear your thoughts on why.
Inland Insider Tom Kiss and crew’s postgame highlights and interviews
Above: Brett Walsh (10) jumps into the arms of Matthew Norman (72) as Monrovia celebrates a 53-14 win over San Gabriel in the CIF-SS Mid-Valley Division championship.
MONROVIA TAKES CONTROL, ROUTS SAN GABRIEL 53-14
By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
MONROVIA — The first 24 minutes was a heavyweight bout that saw an overwhelming underdog do everything but take a physical beating.
In the mist of its first finals run since 2003, the San Gabriel High School football team traded punches with defending champion Monrovia, an epic battle that ultimately proved short-lived.
In typical Monrovia fashion, the second half became an offensive clinic while its punishing defense threw San Gabriel’s offense into a wreck. Perhaps it was only fitting that, after pummeling through opponents the last three weeks with strong second-half surges, the Wildcats would score 39 unanswered points in the second half to run away with a 53-14 win Saturday night to win its second consecutive CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division championship.
ARAM TOLEGIAN: Wildcats setting the bar high for rest of division
There are two undeniable signs that pop up when a high school football program makes the jump from being simply good to a powerhouse.
The first is CIF championships and the second is the presence of blue-chip talent on the roster.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the back-to-back Mid-Valley Division champion Monrovia Wildcats.
For the second consecutive year, the Wildcats preside over a division that surely won’t make headlines outside of the 626 area code, but that really isn’t the point. The way the Wildcats have taken ownership of the division and the caliber of players they’ve done it with is.
Saturday’s 53-14 win over San Gabriel was something most fans expected. But why was Monrovia’s stadium packed if the result simply was a formality?
THIRTEEN A LUCKY NUMBER FOR RIO HONDO PREP
By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
ARCADIA – There is nothing magical or unlucky about the number 13. Just ask the Rio Hondo Prep football team.
The Kares scored their 13th consecutive victory en route to their 13th CIF-Southern Section title on Saturday. They defeated visiting Desert Christian of Lancaster, 34-13, in the Northeast Division title game.
No, there was nothing magical or unlucky. Just brute force with maybe a little bit of trickery thrown in.
Quarterback Colby Rivera completed a trick 33-yard touchdown pass to Christian Torrico with 15 seconds left in the first half to put away the pesky Knights, who were making their first CIF-SS championship game appearance
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Below: Classy move by Monrovia’s De’Shawn Ramirez, who consoles San Gabriel WR Alex Villalobos after win.