It’s officially football season: Star-News Top 10 heading into passing circuit …

1. MONROVIA — Still the most talented team in the area from top to bottom. Expect more of a ground game with considerable depth at RB and a athletic QB in Potts. Wildcats could be special again if Kurt Scoby makes his way into the backfield this fall.

2. LA SALLE — The only thing more disappointing than an 0-10 record is a 10-1 record. But huge strides were made last season under head coach Russell Gordon. There’s a good amount of skill talent to work with, plus some transfers. Where the worry lies is along the lines.

3. MUIR — The Mustangs are making progress slowly but surely under head coach John Hardy. The thing is that they’re not operating with all the talent that could be at their disposal. Depth is a sweat, but who else you gonna like in the Pacific?

4. RIO HONDO PREP — A dynamic senior class was lost, but this program knows how to reload. The new faces will need only some seasoning because they probably already have the system down pat. RB Nate Tayco is one of the best ball carriers around and expect him to be relied on early and often.

5. ST. FRANCIS — The rebuild is on. Knights were the least explosive they’ve been in a while last season and that was with Jarde Lebowitz at QB. Now he’s gone and there’s more work to do. St. Francis needs a serious upgrade in the speed department.

6. SAN MARINO — Here’s where things start to get shaky in local area. The Titans lost an excellent senior class, but reportedly have some nice prospects in the program. Head coach Mike Hobbie certainly knows what he’s doing, so it’s probably a matter of time before SM hit its stride again. Just don’t expect anything close to last year’s level of play.

7. TEMPLE CITY — The Rams started to make strides around the mid-point of last season. With some decent pieces to build around, they could put things together a lot quicker this season and make some more noise, or at least put themselves in position to again, in league.

8. MARANATHA — Former San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva takes over the head job after Pete Karavedas’ abrupt exit. Some will say that Maranatha missed a golden chance to do damage with the classes it had the past few seasons. But Oliva is a proven winner and his teams have been no stranger to the end zone. Don’t expect a breakout, just a solid product.

9. ARCADIA — Things aren’t what they once were, but lots of programs in this area can say the same thing. The Apaches’ only four wins last year came against the lower rungs of the Pacific League. And now there’s another coaching change to deal with. A repeat of last year seems a safe prediction.

10. FLINTRIDGE PREP — Why not? Who do you want to put here instead, Alhambra? San Gabriel? Flintridge Prep has become one of the area’s best in hoops and bases, so why not football? The Prepsters won six games last year, but weren’t close against RHP. Still solid.

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Bacon resigns at Temple City

Temple City High School baseball coach Barry Bacon has decided to resign after 16 years of coaching the Rams.
Bacon said he wants to devote more time to his two children and their activities, including Little League baseball, flag football and golf.
Temple City, in a rebuilding year, went 7-17-1 this season and missed the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for only the second time since Bacon has coached the Rams. Temple City made its first CIF-SS finals appearance last year, losing to Palm Desert, 4-0. The Rams also went to the semifinals in 2006.
He cited the year-round aspect of the sport for another reason for stepping down.
He will remain as a math teacher at Temple City.

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Down to two … Pas Poly and Flintridge Prep carrying local hopes on the diamond …

And then there were two.

Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Poly high school’s baseball teams are all that remain of the local teams in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. Both will be hoping to keep their championship aspirations alive today in the Division 6 quarterfinals.

Flintridge Prep hosts Crean Lutheran at the Glendale Sports Complex at 3:15 p.m. while Pasadena Poly visits Calvary Chapel of Downey at Veteran Memorial Park at 6 p.m.

“All three teams in from our league are still in the playoffs,” Flintridge Prep coach Guillermo Gonzalez said referring to his team, Poly and Webb. “Our league this year has shown a lot. We’re hanging in there. We’re just trying to keep our league up there.”

The Rebels will have ace Brenden McKiernan on the mound today against a Crean Lutheran team that’s scored 17 runs in two playoffs game this season.

Flintridge Prep has also proven capable of putting crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The Rebels have scored 20 runs so far in the postseason, but something has to give today as Crean Lutheran has allowed only one run in the postseason.

“I know we’re seeing their ace on Friday and that’s all I know about them right now,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve been aggressive when we’re hitting and taking advantage of mistakes other teams make.”

Flintridge Prep, Poly and Webb finished in three-way tie for the Prep League championship this season. Poly has parlayed two home games into wins over Bloomington Christian and St. Margaret’s.

The Panthers will be tested on the road today by a Calvary Chapel team that finished third in the Delphic League this season but pulled off playoff upsets over Santa Fe League champ Salesian and No. 2 overall seed Malibu.

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Rio Hondo Prep’s Jake Holguin hauls in three TDs, but it’s not enough as West falls to East in Hall of Fame Game …

PHOTOS OF FRIDAY’S HALL OF FAME GAME

East 42, West 18 — Close to 4,000 fans showed up and Charter Oak’s Aaren Vaughns electrified the crowd with long touchdowns, two on offense and one on defense. Chino Hills’ Matty Ice Simko threw for two scores and ran for another. The East’s defense laid lick after lick, but did catch some breaks in that the West had some drives in East territory stopped on downs. Of course, the East defense had a lot to do with it. Rio Hondo Prep’s Jake Holguin hauled in three touchdowns to lead the West. Don’t anybody give me crap when I rank Rio Hondo Prep high in the SGV(N) Top 25s. I didn’t have my eyes opened to the Kares until this year, but I can tell you they would have done just fine in the Mid-Valley Division or Southeast. Holguin was just one of several all-stars they could have had. The East now leads the series 22-10-2 and has won six straight. Gladstone coach Albert Sanchez goes out a winner and South El Monte’s Pablo Ocegueda provides the feel-good moment by playing despite losing four fingers in a fluke tug-a-war accident earlier this year.

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PABLO!!!

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Westside is ready to go for Friday’s Hall of Fame Game … but will it be a long night?

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When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (GET THERE EARLY)
Where: West Covina HS
What: 34th Hall of Fame All-Star Game
Series: East leads 21-10-2

Aram’s take: With head coach Joel Sanchez and QB Brandon Martinez at the helm, you can expect a lot of up-tempo from the West. That’s their only chance. If the West can catch the East defense as out of shape and not able to keep up, it will have a small shot at the upset. But don’t bet on it. Trouble is, the West didn’t get players from Monrovia or Muir, which would have come in handy. Meanwhile, the East is loaded with some of the best players around. Matt “Matty Ice” Simko of Chino Hills is the kind of strong-armed quarterback who could put on a show in a game like this, especially with Charter Oak’s Bryce Bobo out there at receiver. Gladstone’s Kevin Amezquita is the kind of versatile QB who can improvise in an all-star game and make big plays. The best player on the field might be Charter Oak’s Aaren Vaughns, who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Bonita’s Reggie Turner is also another big-time play maker. Looks like the East is just too fast and diverse for the West to stay with. I see this one getting ugly late.

WEST ROSTER

0 M. Matiarena 6″4 290 T Salesian
1 Wardell Barry 5’7 160 DB Pasadena
2 Albert Llamas 5″8 160 ss St. Paul
3 Brandon Martinez5’7 165 QB EL Monte
4 Peter Aholoka 5’9 165 RB Arroyo
5 Johhny Garcia 5’9 165 WR FS EL Rancho
6 Ruben Jimenez 5’10 195 LB EL Monte
7 Joey Sanchez 5’10 185 QB SS EL Rancho
8 S. San Miguel 6’0 175 WR DB Rosemead
9 Jake Holguin 6’3 205 WR Rio Hondo Prep
10 Lorenzo Mena 5’10 185 LB Gabrielino
11 Nick Downs 6’2 220 LB St. Paul
12 Josh Mendoza 5’11 175 QB Garfield
13 Gabriel Larios 6’0 160 WR San Gabriel
15 Ramon Sierra 6’4 285 DE Garfield
17 Jared Gonzelez 5’8 175 RB Cantwell
18 Ricardo Fonseca 5’9 175 WR SS Schurr
20 Jorge Reyes 5″10 165 FB LB St. Paul
21 Ivan Lezama 5’9 175 LB Schurr
22 Jesse Pina 6’0 220 FB DE Hoover
24 Roger Lemus 5’8 200 RB Lincoln
25 Austin Ford 5’11 205 LB Arcadia
26 Alex Saavedra 5’11 235 OL DL St. Paul
26 Pablo Ocegueda 5’10 165 FS South El Monte
27 Steven Barron 5’7 160 DB Don Bosco Tech
28 Abel Barajas 5’11 185 WR EL Monte
29 Torus Stepney 5’5 155 DB Pasadena
32 Ezra Broadus 5’7 170 RB CB Alhambra
33 Marcus Lewis 6’0 195 RB SS Duarte
34 Eric Alvarez 6’1 215 LB San Gabriel
43 Chris Reed 6’1 205 FB LB Temple City
44 Chris Mendoza 5’10 195 LB Bell Gardens
50 J. Betancourt 5’9 185 C DE Temple City
51 James Rivera 5’10 230 C T Arroyo
53 Chris Cavalero 6’2 250 OL NT Alhambra
55 Adrian Barrios 6’1 225 OL DE Arcadia
65 Flemming White 6’5 315 G Pasadena
67 Bryan Rodriguez 6’2 295 OL Montebello
74 Erwin Melesio 6’3 300 OL DL Linclon
77 Chris Vargas 6’1 245 T Bell Gardens
78 Nelson Leon 5’11 225 OL Rosemead
79 Corey Reaves 6’1 265 OL DL Verdugo Hills
81 Adolfo Sanchez 5’9 165 WR EL Monte
85 Richard Natividad 6’1 205 DE South El Monte

EAST ROSTER

1 Noel Martinez La Puente REC 6’1 165
2 Andy Sherwood Damien REC 5’7 165
3 Muleck Henderso West Covina DB 5’10 190
5 Bryce Bobo Charter Oak REC 6’3 195
6 Aaron Parham South Hills REC 6’1 210
7 Matt Simko Chino Hills QB 6’3 220
9 Jacob Farias South Hills DB 5’10 180
10 Jesus Arteaga Azusa DB 5’9 162
11 Kevin Amezquita Gladstone QB 6’1 180
14 Alex Arellano Chino WR
15 Josh Savage Damien WR 6’2 200
16 Brandt Davis Bonita K 6’0 180
17 Eric Ortiz Charter Oak LB 6’1 239
18 Bahlil Thompson Garey ATH 6’1 175
20 Reggie Turner Bonita RB 5’9 195
21 Aaron Vaughns Charter Oak RB 5’8 170
22 Aaron Sanchez Gladstone LB 5’8 205
23 Elvis Toscano Santa Fe DB 5’7 160
28 Khari Garcia Charter Oak DB 5’11 185
29 Cade Lindsay Glendora RB 5’10 160
34 Aaron Salgado West Covina RB 5’8 205
40 Terrance Manderville Nogales REC 6’2 190
42 Roy Torres Northview LB 5’11 220
43 Justin Buga San Dimas LB 5’11 191
44 Aaron Franklin West Covina DB 5’11 193
45 Eric Noyola Los Altos TE 5’11 215
50 Justin Tumer Covina LB 5’9 230
51 Noah Garcia Diamond Ranch OL 6 263
52 Mike Mora Sierra Vista LB
54 Elia Semu Covina OL 5’11 220
55 Jacob Hughes Whittier Chr. DL 6’3 220
57 Jacob Gamboa California OL 5’10 245
58 Tommy Green Glendora OL 6’3 280
60 Matthew Lopez Bishop Amat DL 6’0 245
61 DJ Theard Bonita OL 6’5 295
66 German Ponce California DL 5’11 260
72 Adrian Solchaga Gladstone OL 5’9 230
74 Dustin Sanford Sonora OL 6’3 260
77 Greg Lawton Rowland DL 5’10 175
79 Christian Lopez Gladstone OL 6’3 255
84 Adam Romero West Covina DL 6’1 190
87 Hunter Grap Don Lugo TE 6’5 220
90 Isaiah Osorio La Serna DL 6’0 245
92 Cody Walsh Chino DL 6’4 240

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THURSDAY PLAYOFFS: Great to be Sparty … Sucks to be just about everyone else …

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BASEBALL

Divsion 4

La Sierra 3, Monrovia 2 — Uh … what?

La Canada 4, California 2 — Spartans coach Alex Valadez changing pitchers like a wizard and getting it right every time. Daniel Del Valle with a big three-run dubby to make it 4-1 in the fourth. Sparty’s dream season continues … PHOTOS

SOFTBALL

Division 4

Dos Pueblos 2, Monrovia 1 — Prom on Friday for Wildcats.

South El Monte 2, San Marino 0

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL WILDCARD: San Marino baseball advances after Bain mows down Fullerton, 2-0 … Arcadia baseball edges Pioneer Valley …

Division 2

Arcadia 6, Pioneer Valley 5

Division 4

San Marino 2, Fullerton 0 — What can you say about Titans ace Jeff Bain? The guy is the best pitcher in the area. That’s my take and I’m sticking to it. He was filthy on Tuesday, striking out seven and losing a no-hitter in the 5th. In fact, Bain hit more batters (2) than he allowed hits (1). And now, the Titans get top-seeded Oaks Christian on Friday.

Division 6

Santa Paula 10, Marshall 1

SOFTBALL

Division 3

Arcadia 10, San Gorgonio 0

La Salle 3, Crescenta Valley 0

Division 4

San Marino 3, Ventura 0

Division 5

Barstow 10, Marshall 3

Division 6

Westridge 15, Desert Chr. 0

 

 

 

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