Record Update: Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller No. 3 all-time in CIF-Southern Section career scoring. She needs just four points to become No. 2 all-time.

Pasadena Poly’s Michelle Miller scored 52 points against Flintridge Prep last weekend and now sits No 3. all-time in CIF-Southern Section career scoring after passingDon Lugo’s Diana Turasi (3,047 points). Miller needs just four points to pass El Toro’s Guiliana Mendiola (3,069) to become No. 2 all-time behind Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller, whose record (3,446 points) has not been challenged in over a decade. Miller’s next game with the Panthers (15-4, 6-0 in Prep League) is on Saturday at 4:30 at Pasadena Poly against Rio Hondo Prep. The Panthers would have five remaining league games before ending the regular season and then the playoffs.

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Football: Muir looking for a new head coach, job posted on; No official word on Ken Howard’s status.

Muir High School is looking for a new head football coach according to a recent job posting on, but the status of Ken Howard — whether he was fired or resigned — is unknown.

Click here to view the posting.

Howard was placed on administrative leave after a physical altercation with a student on Sept. 28 and later was charged with misdemeanor battery. The Pasadena Unified School District at the time was conducting an investigation but has not released its findings.

Adam Wolfson, a district spokesperson, said he couldn’t divulge specifics regarding Howard.

“He’s no longer the head football coach at Muir,” Wolfson said. “I can’t discuss more than that because it’s an active personnell issue and subject to possible litigation. But with this posting he’s no longer the head football coach (at Muir).”

Dave Mitchell took over the team on an interim basis, leading the team to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Howard was in his seventh season at the helm and compiled a 48-24 record. He had spent 17 years as a security guard at the school but was recently there on a voluntary basis.

According to the posting, the job ad expires at 4 p.m. on Friday. Muir athletic director Robert Galvan said the school planned on posting the same ad on the CIF-Southern Section’s website by day’s end.

The school is searching for a walk-on coach who has “successfully coached football at the high school or collegiate level within the last four years” with “college coaching/playing experience and head varsity football coaching experience” as desirable traits.

Muir’s young and proven talent could draw considerable interest with the return of key pieces in junior quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington, freshman running back Darick Holmes Jr. and junior linebacker Denzel Talifero.

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FULL GAME STORY: Muir shocks Pasadena, 64-60; The epic game is marred by an altercation, a fight outside and Muir needing police escort to its bus.

Star-News staff photos by Sarah Reingewirtz

By Miguel A. Melendez Staff Writer

PASADENA – Shock, dejection, disbelief.
Those were the feelings the Muir High School boys basketball team inflicted on crosstown rival Pasadena in a game that did more than send a ripple effect throughout the Pacific League.

It sent shock waves.

For the first time in more than a decade, the Mustangs on Friday night gave the Bulldogs a taste of their own medicine, hitting clutch free throws in waning seconds while an experienced team collapsed.

When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Muir players were joined by a throng of fans and let out a roar to solidify a contentious 64-60 win in front of an overflow crowd that descended upon Pasadena High hours before tipoff.

Muir (18-1, 7-0) handed Pasadena (13-6, 6-1) only its third loss during its nine-year reign as league champion, previously losing twice to Crescenta Valley. Muir coach Gamal Smalley, in his third season at the helm and a 1976 graduate, couldn’t remember the last time Muir beat its bitter rival.

In playoff-like atmosphere where more than several hundred fans were shunned outside during halftime of the girls’ afternoon game, Muir survived woeful free-throw shooting in the third and fourth quarters and having its two most physical players in Andre Frazier and Taturs Mayberry foul out in critical moments of the game.

Muir’s Jelani Mitchell, Deon Nelson, Michael Cockrell and Tevin Polk, who was nothing short of brilliant with 16 points off the bench, carried the Mustangs with key baskets, steals and free throws.


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