STAR-NEWS SUPER 23 RANKINGS: St. Francis, Monrovia, earn top spots; La Salle holds on to No. 5; Gabrielino makes an appearance at No. 6

1. St. Francis (2-0) – A five-hour ride couldn’t stop the Golden Knights from their appointed rounds, scoring a 29-22 victory at Righetti. Next up is La Mirada, which nearly upset Bishop Amat
2. Monrovia (1-1) – The Wildcats showed their form in a rout of Arcadia. But now comes the meat of their schedule against San Dimas, South Hills and St. Francis in consecutive weeks. If they are the best team in the area, they have the opportunity to prove it.
3. San Marino (2-0) – The Titans are taking care of business, beating teams they are expected to beat. They get another opportunity against Nogales this week.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (2-1) – The Kares returned to form with a nice 35-19 win over San Diego Parker. Now comes a trip to Boron.
5. La Salle (3-0) – La Salle scored another impressive victory, routing a Village Christian team most thought would end the streak. Now they visit Maranatha in a private-school rival game.
6. Gabrielino (3-0) – The Eagles are the other surprise of the area, running the table so far of a soft schedule. Expect more of the same this week.
7. South Pasadena (1-1) – The Tigers took a step back, losing to Hoover.
8. Muir (0-3) – The Mustangs take a respite from their schedule of death before beginning Pacific League play next week.
9. Poly (2-0) – The Panthers have looked solid during the first two games, including a 42-0 win over Blair.
10. Pasadena (0-2) – The Bulldogs have also faced a challenging schedule, but it will get more difficult now, with star Brandon Cox out three weeks.
Others: 11. San Gabriel (1-2), 12. Maranatha (0-3), 13. La Canada (1-1), 14. Alhambra (1-2), 15. Duarte (1-2), 16. Arcadia (0-3), 17. Rosemead (0-2), 18. Temple City (0-3), 19. Bosco Tech (0-3), 20. Flintridge Prep (0-2), 21. Marshall (1-2), 22. keppel (0-3), 23. Blair (0-3).

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San Gabriel forfeits season-opening win vs. Animo

San Gabriel High School has forfeited its season-opening victory over Animo South Los Angeles for use of an ineligible player.
San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva confirmed the decision today.
Oliva said the player in question is quarterback Mikal Quintanilla, a transfer from Temple City. According to Oliva, Quintanella was approved to play per the CIF-Southern Section website, but the school was imformed the following week that their was a dispute and he was not eligible.
The school is appealing the ruling.
“As of right now, yes, (that game is a forfeit),” Oliva said. “Mikal was cleared by CIF initially, but then we were told otherwise after the first game.”
The forfeit officially drops San Gabriel to 0-3. The Matadors have since dropped setbacks to South Pasadena (49-40) and San Dimas (56-14). They host Baldwin Park on Friday.

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Pasadena’s Brandon Cox out for three weeks with stress fracture of the foot

COX OUT: Pasadena quarterback Brandon Cox will miss
at least three weeks after injuring his foot last Friday.
Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

Pasadena’s all-everything quarterback Brandon Cox, who has committed to Arizona, will miss at least three weeks with a stress fracture in the left foot. Pasadena coach Randy Horton confirmed the injury this morning, saying it occurred early during Friday’s loss to Cathedral.
Horton said either receiver/cornerback Wardell Barry or running back Caleb Devine will fill in until Cox returns.
“Yeah, (it’s a loss),” Horton said. “Other guys have to step up and rally around the (new quarterback). We just have to play much better.”

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Star-News Pick’em: Your picks and ours

Keith Lair and I will go head-to-head in the Star-News Pick’em. Here is this week’s predictions along with how we did last week.

Last Week: Ramirez (12-7); Lair (13-6)
Season: Ramirez (30-17); Lair (30-17)

Last week: Not a very good for me or Keith, who edged me by one game to tie us up at 30 wins each. I lost my lead after coming on the wrong end of Cathedral beating Pasadena and Rio Hondo prep rebounding with a win over San Diego Parker. I got Keith by picking Heritage Christian over Flintridge Prep. Not too many upsets, although Maranatha losing to Azusa and Glendale’s win over La Canada was surprising.
This Week: There are some spicy games this week, led by Monrovia traveling to San Dimas. This is the sixth meeting between the two Mid-Valley Division schools in the last week, with San Dimas holding a 3-2 edge. Both have a championship game win over the other as well. Also, we have Star-News No. 1 St. Francis traveling to La Mirada, who gave Bishop Amat all it wanted last week, and the private school battle of Pasadena when La Salle, a surprising 3-0, visits Maranatha, also a surprising 0-3.

This week’s schedule and predictions:
NOTE: Keith Lair will make his picks on Tuesday
Temple City vs. Hoover at Glendale HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Hoover); Lair (Hoover)
St. Francis at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (La Mirada); Lair (La Mirada)
Monrovia at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (San Dimas)
La Salle at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (La Salle)
Nogales at San Marino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
Baldwin Park at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (San Gabriel); Lair (San Gabriel)
La Canada vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (CV); Lair (La Canada)
Contreras at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Gabreilino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Warren at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Rosemead); Lair (Rosemead)
Glendale at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. – Raimrez (South Pasadena); Lair (South Pas)
L.A. Wilson at Alhambra, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Alhambra); Lair (Alhmabra)
Blair vs. Douglass at Muir, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Blair); Lair (Douglass)
Sierra Vista at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (SVista); Lair (SVista)
Marshall at South Region #2, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Marshall); Lair (Marshall)
Bosco Tech at Westminster, 7 p.m. – Ramirez (Westminster); Lair (Westminster)
Pasadena at Salesian, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Pasadena); Lair (Pasadena)
Rio Hondo Prep at Boron, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (RHP)
Poly at Malibu, 1 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
Flintridge Prep at Villanova Prep, 1:30 p.m. — Ramirez (VP); Lair (VP)

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FRIDAY NIGHT FINAL: San Gabriel no match for San Dimas; Maranatha loses late; Monrovia, St. Francis get big wins, while La Salle improves to 3-0

Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz

San Dimas 56, San Gabriel 14 – Early mistakes lead to three Saints’ TDs as San Dimas, getting three TDs from Jake Payton, led 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Joe Mayorga had two receiving TDs for the Matadors, who slipped to 1-2.
Azusa 14, Maranatha 13 – The Minutemen fall to 0-3 after giving up a late score to lose to the Aztecs at Citrus College. Next up is rival La Salle, which is 3-0.
Rancho Cucamonga 54, Muir 14 – Can we say Muir overscheduled? The Mustangs end the nonleague slate with their third consecutive blow-out loss. But I’ve got a feeling if they psyche is damaged, this is a team that will again be in the running for the Pacific League title.
Cathedral 35, Pasadena 21 – Brandon Cox accounted for 218 yards and two scores, but the Bulldogs couldn’t contain the Phantoms. Pasadena travels to Salesian next week.
La Salle 50, Village Christian 6 – Look who’s 3-0? The Lancers look like the area’s most-improved team after getting four TDs from Israel Lacy. Next up is rival Maranatha.
Monrovia 52, Arcadia 17 – The Wilcats forced five interceptions and cruised past the Apaches, who are 0-3 after losing 29-7 to Rio Hondo Prep, 49-10 to St. Francis and now 52-17 to Monrovia. The Wildcats get a big measuring stick next week when they travel to San Dimas, which has outscored the opposition, 143-57.
Gabrielino 44, Keppel 0 – How about those Eagles? Elijah Peters threw for 186 yards and three TDs as Gabrielino improved to 3-0, and with next week’s opponent — Contreras, losing big, is 4-0 around the corner?
Alhambra 23, Temple City 0 – Sebastian Espinosa returned a fumble for a touchdown, quarterback Armando Amaya threw for a touchdown and Jessie Campos kicked three field goals as the Moors broke through with a win. Temple City has yet to score this season.
Rio Hondo Prep 35, San Diego Parker 19 – Nate Tayco scored two TDs as the Kares rebounded from last week’s loss to Mission Prep with an easy win.
South Torrance 33, Rosemead 27 — The Panthers start 0-2 despite getting 93 receiving yards from Steven San Miguel.
San Marino 27, Crescenta Valley 7 – The Titans improve to 2-0 with a win over the Falcons. It could be the first of many for San Marino, which should be undefeated going into their battle vs. Monrovia later this season.
Hoover 33, S. Pasadena 28 – The Tigers fall to 1-1.
Glendale 21, La Canada 3 — Sparta falls back a peg after last week’s win.


By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

SAN DIMAS - San Dimas High School football coach Bill Zernickow didn’t believe there was any revenge factor when the Saints hosted San Gabriel on Friday night.
It just felt that way.
Jake Payton rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns and San Dimas, which lost to the Matadors in the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division semifinals last season, rolled up 292 yards rushing en route to a 56-14 victory over visiting San Gabriel in a nonleague game.
The Saints (3-0), who also got two touchdowns each from Fausto Martinez and Andrew Espinoza, led 49-0 at halftime. San Dimas forced four turnovers and blocked a punt.
San Gabriel, which got 111 total yards and two receiving touchdowns from running back Joseph Mayorga in the second half, slipped to 1-2.
“This is a preseason game like any other (nonleague) game,” said Zernickow, whose Saints have outscored the opposition 143-57 during their first three games. “I would be a lot more fired up if it was a playoff game.”
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Thursday Night Final: Bosco Tech, Duarte, Marshall fall on wrong side of area trifecta

FALCONS LOSE: Duarte’s Marcus Lewis, right, tries to get past Montclair’s onrushing Dorian Haro during Thursday’s game. (Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff Photographer)

Fillmore 49, Bosco Tech 6 — Collin Farrar rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns as the Flashes were too much for the Tigers in a nonleague game at Gabrielino High School. Max Mora had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead Bosco Tech, which slipped to 0-3.
Kilpatrick 48, Marshall 0 – Kent Lowery, Anthony Murphy and Anthony Turner accounted for two touchdowns each to lead the visiting Mustangs to a victory over the Eagles in an Alpha League game at Pasadena High School.
Montclair 20, Duarte 7 – Sam Rathman’s 14-yard pass on a fake field goal attempt gave the host Cavaliers a 14-0 lead en route to the 13-point win. Duarte fell to 1-2.

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Water polo: Poly holds off Los Altos, 10-9

CLOSE CALL: Pasadena Poly s Omar Dairi, lower left, shoots against Los Altos goalie David Herrera in the first half of the Panthers 10-9 victory on Wednesday.
(Keith Birmingham / Staff Photographer)

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

PASADENA – Pasadena Poly didn’t become one of the better boys water polo teams in the CIF-Southern Section without learning how to dodge a few land mines.
The Panthers showed that prowess Wednesday.
Spencer Rogers scored with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and Poly forced back-to-back turnovers in the final minute to score a 10-9 victory over visiting Los Altos in a nonleague game that featured two of the better teams in Division 5.
The Panthers, getting four goals from Rogers and 14 saves from Josh Ball, improved to 1-1. Poly, ranked No.2 in Division 5, opened the season with a loss to top-ranked La Serna.
Los Altos, which rallied from a 6-1 deficit to force a tie at 9 late in the fourth, received three goals from Justin Contreras. The Conquerors (1-1), who beat Ayala in their opener, are ranked No. 7 in Division 5.
“We called a time out with about three minutes left to remind them about being patient,” Poly coach Ryan Katsuyama said. “It’s just a matter of focusing on our defense, being patient with the ball. With Los Altos playing a press defense, it was going to present opportunities to open up things for (Rogers). He drew an ejection late that ended up giving us our goal.
“We still have a few things to work on, but overall I’m happy with the win. I was proud with how the guys held on to it at the end.”
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Football Notebook: La Salle has doubled its pleasure

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN

Russell Gordon, who took over the head coaching duties at La Salle High School this fall, knew the Lancers were a lot better than their previous record indicated.
La Salle has proven it the first two weeks, opening with back-to-back victories, including a 45-16 win over Glendale last week.
The Lancers were 1-19 the past two years, including 1-9 last season.
“It’s great for the kids,” said Gordon of the Lancers’ 2-0 start. “They worked hard in the offseason and in the summer. They deserve it.”
The keys for the Lancers rest with quarterback Austin Wallis and running back Israel Lacy.
Lacy, who rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown in La Salle’s 27-0 victory over Temple City two weeks ago, scored three touchdowns in the 45-16 victory over Glendale. He had a 22-yard run in the first quarter before punt returns of 93 and 92 yards during the second half.
Wallis, who threw for 115 yards and touchdown in the win over Temple City, had a 29-yard run in the first quarter last week.
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Cross Country Notebook: Fire crews may alter course of meet

By Keith Lair, SGVN

The Station Fire of 2009 forced Bosco Tech cross country coach Sal Perez to change the course at the annual season-opening meet at Santa Fe Dam.
Athletes and other coaches liked the new course so much that Perez hasn’t altered it since. He has not had to think about it until the Williams Fire erupted near Camp Williams along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River last weekend.
Fire crews are back at Santa Fe Dam and Perez said the 12th annual meet might face another altered course.
“We’re not sure about the last mile,” Perez said. “They might be bringing in more firefighters and we’ll have to change that part of the course. It will all work out fine.”
The firefighter encampment, which serves as fire headquarters and as a rest area for weary firefighters, is set up on the north side of the lake. Perez said more crews are expected to arrive and may take up residence along the beach side, where the race has traditionally finished.
“We could finish on some trails away from the lake, but it is desert-like and a bit hotter,” Perez said.
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