SPEAKING THEIR MIND: Rio Hondo League football coaches,
led by Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox, above, will speak Friday
at the Pasadena Quarterbacks’s Club luncheon in Pasadena. SGVN file photo
By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
Monrovia High School has been the dominant football program in the Rio Hondo League the past few years.
San Marino, after starting 4-0 with back-to-back shutouts, believes it might be able to challenge the Wildcats this season.
Area fans will get to hear what the six league coaches think Friday when they speak at this week’s Pasadena Quarterbacks luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, 180 North Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.
Lunch is $23 for Pasadena Quarterbacks Club members and $30 for non-member quests. Valet parking is available for $5 at the hotel.
The coaches scheduled to speak are Monrovia’s Ryan Maddox, San Marino’s Mike Hobbie, Temple City’s Mike McFarland, South Pasadena’s Marty Konrad, La Canada’s James Sims and Blair’s Johnny Lopez. Continue reading →
END OF AN ERA?: South Pasadena will look to end La Canada’s Rio Hondo League streak today. Staff file photo by Keith Birmingham
By Keith Lair, SGVN
The La Canada High School girls volleyball team has been the dominant force in the Rio Hondo League for more than a decade.
The Spartans have won 58 consecutive league matches and are 174-6 in games since their last defeat, in 2006.
The young, injury-plagued Spartans will get an extreme test in today’s league opener at South Pasadena at 3:30 p.m.
“It is open,” South Pasadena coach Ben Diaz said of the league race. “We’re going to try and take their spot.
“We should be able to do some damage and we can definitely beat them.” Continue reading →
SPIKING THE COMPETITION: La Salle, helped by Haley De Sales, above,
leads the area top 10 rankings for another week. Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz
Here’s this week’s Star-News girls volleyball rankings, compiled by staff writer Keith Lair
STAR-NEWS VOLLEYBALL TOP 10 1. La Salle (18-2) — Stirring St. Lucy’s match 2. Mayfield (8-2) — Undefeated in Prep League 3. San Gabriel (5-1) — Lost in Kennedy tournament 4. San Marino (6-3) — Time for league play 5. La Caada (3-7) — Tough times in the OC 6 Arcadia (6-4) — Lost to Burbank in 3 7. Maranatha (4-4) — Knocked off Alverno 8. Alverno (9-3) — Brutal nonleague about over 9. Flint. Sacred Heart (3-3) — Looking for progress 10. Westridge (9-4) — Poly test on Thursday
SWEPT AWAY: La Salle players celebrate after a point during their nonleague match against Flintridge Sacred Heart. The visiting Lancers scored a three-game sweep. Photo By Sarah Reingewirtz
By Keith Lair, SGVN
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – La Salle High School girls volleyball coach Tiare Tuitama covered her face in an OMG moment. Coaches on her bench raised four fingers.
The Lancers were not calling out a play. They were signalling how many times officials had called her team for an illegal rotation.
“That’s the first time we’ve done that this year,” Tuitama said. “We had a couple of bad serves and a couple of shanked shots which gave them momentum. But we held in there.”
The Lancers overcame the alignment, and other issues, to hold off pesky Flintridge Sacred Heart for a very tough three-game nonleague victory on Tuesday evening.
“That’s part of our inexperience,” Lancers sophomore Haley DeSales said. “We have a lot of new people on this team. We all have to adjust to our new rotations. It is still early in the season.”
La Salle (19-2) committed more than rotation errors in the 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 victory. There were service errors and missed sets. Solid play from the Tologs certainly contributed to those miscues.
“We’ve been talking about being consistent and we were a little bit iffy here and there,” said La Salle’s Jessica Kennedy, who had nine kills. “We got it together. It could have been a little more clean, but we did well.” Continue reading →