Roundup: Maranatha beats Western Chr. in five sets

Maranatha 3, at Western Chr., 2
The Minutemen were pushed to the limit before winning in five sets, 25-21,21-25,19-25,25-21,15-10.
Maranatha improved to 3-2.
Pasadena Poly 9, at Pasadena 3

The Panthers won this battle of Pasadena at PHS.
Omar Dairi had three goals and Brock Hudnut and Spencer Rogers two each as Poly improved to 1-1.
The Bulldogs, getting two goals from Edin Memisevic, slipped to 5-3.
At La Salle 12, Azusa 6

Seniors Claire Fitzgerald and Chloe Beauvois each swept three sets for the Lancers, who improved to 2-2. Fitzgerald improved to 12-0.
La Salle plays at Flintridge Sacred Heart today.
Marshall 13, at Pasadena 5
Tegwyn John and Cheyenne Smith each swept three sets to lead the Eagles, who improved to 3-0.
The doubles team of Alene Tashjian and Taylor White swept three sets for the Bulldogs.
Westridge 13, Maranatha 5
The doubles teams of Cameron Hough and Julie Matthiessen and Rachael Dilra and Allegra Gutieruz each swept three sets to lead the Tigers.
Hailey McNall swept three sets at No. 1 singles for the Minutemen.
Keppel 10, South Pasadena 8
Judy Ung swept three sets to lead the Aztecs.
The doubles team of Crystal Qiang and Carmen Thai also swept three sets for Keppel, which improved to 2-1.
Symona Stans went 2-1 for the Tigers, who slipped to 2-1.
Pasadena Poly 14, Temple City 4
The doubles teams of Erin Lee and Gisela Baker and Brooke Olson and Shalini Haupt each swept three sets to lead the Panthers, who improved to 2-0.
Joy Huang swept three sets for the Rams.

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Star-News Super 23 Rankings: Monrovia sets the pace

QB Dejon Williams has Muir up to No. 3 (Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

QB Dejon Williams has Muir up to No. 3 (Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

1. Monrovia (1-0) –
The Wildcats were good as advertised last week, getting solid games from Deshawn Potts and super transfer Kurt Scoby in a 21-13 win over Ayala. The Wildcats, who are at Arcadia this week, likely won’t be touched in the Mid-Valle Division, which makes upcoming games against South Hills and St. Francis their barometer in the court of public opinion. Go 13-1, I think they are bowl bound.
2. St. Francis (1-0) – The question mark for the Golden Knights appears to be solved. Quarterback Ty Gangi, who has replaced the graduated Jared Lebowitz, looked solid in the opener. If he continues this production, they will make some dents in the Mission League and Western Division. All the other pieces are there.
3. Muir (1-1) – The Mustangs didn’t pull the upset against Pac-5 Alemany, but they did push the Warriors enough to earn some respect, at least from this view. Dejon Williams could be one of the better players in the Southeast Division. They will begin the Pacific League as the favorite.
4. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) – The Kares drop a spot, and get leapfrogged by Muir, but mainly due to how Muir played, rather than the RHP’s loss to Mission Prep. The Kares might now lose again. But the run game was halted, which is problem they must fix.
5. San Marino (1-0) – All the preseason talk was that Titans will take a step back after losing their entire backfield to graduation. But they reached the point of plug-in-and-play status, which is what transpired last week, getting nearly 400 yards rushing from two backs. Another 10-win season could be in their future.
6. La Salle (1-1) – The Lancers rebounded from an opening week loss to rout Pasadena. The passing game was again sub-par, but the run game will be good enough on most Fridays. La Salle gets a big test against Northwest No. 1 Bishop Diego this week.
7. Maranatha (2-0) – The Minutemen, now under passing guru Jude Oliva, have looked good during the first two weeks, albeit against lesser competition. They get their first real test, hosting Azusa this week.
8. Arcadia (1-0) – How good are the Apaches? We get to find out when they host No. 1 Monrovia. It will be the second consecutive week where two top 10 teams square off, and it likely might be worse than last week when No. 5 San Marino took down No. 8 Duarte, 39-20.
9. Pasadena Poly (2-0) – The Panthers are up to No. 2 in the Northeast. I’m just not buying it — yet. I like Poly, but don’t yet see them in the same class as two-time division champ Rio Hondo. But they are off to a solid start, which could continue this week against Campbell Hall.
10. Duarte (1-1) – The Falcons took a step back, but this is a group that still has the talent to make waves in the Montview League. Time will tell.
The rest: 11. Flintridge Prep (0-2), 12. Gabrielino (2-0), 13. La Canada (1-0), 14. South Pasadena (0-1), 15. Rosemead (0-1), 16. Pasadena (0-1), 17. Keppel (1-1), 18. Temple City (0-2), 19. San Gabriel (0-2), 20. Alhambra (0-2), 21. Marshall (1-1), 22. Bosco Tech (0-2), 23. Blair (0-2).


1-Eli Snyder, Maranatha, 38 of 56 for 599, 7 TDs
2-Dejon Williams, Muir, 16 of 24 for 375 yards, 3 TDs
3-Johnny Bolinger, Rio Hondo Prep, 13 of 17 for 286 yards, 4 TDs
4-Ty Gangi, St. Francis, 14 of 20, 220 yards, 3 TDs
5-Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, 11 of 19 for 197 yards, 2 TDs
6-Robbie Fueling, La Canada, 6 of 14 for 174 yards, 1 TD
7-James Giambalvo, Alhambra, 13 of 28, 86 yards, 1 TD
8-Nasser Banihani, Temple City, 8 of 23 for 66 yards
1-Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 304 yards, 4 TDs
2-Michael Valenzuea, Alhambra, 187 yards
3-Nate Tayco, Rio Hondo Prep, 180 yards, 3 TDs
4-Baile McDavid, Maranatha, 147 yards, 3 TDs
5-Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, 142 yards, TD
6-James Giambalvo, Alhambra, 134 yards 2 TDs
7-Joe Mudie, St. Francis, 120 yards, 2 TDs
8-Alec Zavala, Rosemead, 114 yards, 0 TDs
9-Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 103 yards, TD
1-Xavius Boone, Maranatha, 11 receptions for 163 yards, 2 TDs
2-Darron McWhorter, Maranatha, 12 receptions for 144 yards, 3 TDs
3-Stefan Smith, Flintridge Prep, 3 receptions for 90 yards, TD
3-Dylan Crawford, St. Francis, 5 receptions for 76 yards, TD
4-John Carroll, St. Francis, 4 receptions for 44 yards, TD
5-Todd Murray, La Canada, 4 receptions for 66 yards
6-Crayton Gillespie, Monrovia, 2 receptions for 59, TD
Stat leaders as reported to

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CIF-SS Ranks: How is Pasadena Poly ranked ahead of two-time champ Rio Hondo Prep?


This week’s CIF-Southern Section football polls are out, with Monrovia the lone area team with a top ranking. The Wildcats, who opened with a victory over Ayala last week, set the bar in the Mid-Valley Division after winning the division each of the past three years. A noticeable bump up is Poly leapfrogging two-time champion Rio Hondo Prep in the Northeast.

1. Monrovia (1-0),
2. Paraclete (1-1), 3. Northview (2-0), 4. Windwward (2-0), 5. Viewpoint (2-1), 6. San Marino (1-0), 7. Arroyo (1-1), 8. Sierra Canyon (0-2), 9. Gabrielino (2-0), 10. Baldwin Park (1-0).
Comment: It’s just one game, but the way Monrovia opened, this division might already be over. For the Wildcats, the season comes down to the preseason, with games later against South Hills and St. Francis. Win those, and they may go bowling again. They might anyways.
1. Mission Prep (1-1), 2. Pasadena Poly (2-0), 3. St. Anthony (1-0), 4. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1), 5. Chadwick (2-0), 6. Salesian (0-2), 7. St. Genevieve (1-1), 8. Capo Valley Chr. (2-0). 9. St. Monica Catholic (1-1), 10. Ribet Academy (1-1).
Comment: How is Poly ranked ahead of two-time champ Rio Hondo Prep? I get the Panthers are 2-0, but the Kares just took No. 1 Mission Prep to the brink. The two best teams in the division are Rio Hondo Prep and Mission Prep, and they will meet for the title in December.
1. Bishop Diego (2-0), 2. Nordoff (2-0), 3. Compton Centennial (1-1), 4. Carpinteria (2-0), 5. El Segundo (1-0), 6. Oak Park (1-1), 7. Whittier Chrisitan (2-0), 8. La Salle (1-1), 9. Bishop Montgomery (2-0), 10. Santa Paula (2-0),2-0).
Comment: This is a tougher division than it gets credit for. La Salle likely wins the Del Rey League again, but I can’t see them getting out the first round. We get a good barometer this week with La Salle at Bishop Diego.
1. Norwalk (2-0), 2. Diamond Ranch (2-0), 3. Downey (1-1), 4. Santa Fe (2-0), 5. La Serna (1-1), 6. La Mirada (0-2), 7. West Covina (2-0), 8. Bonita (2-0), 9. Los Altos (2-0), 10. Muir (1-1).
Comment: The Mustangs, despite a 20-point loss, looked good against Alemany. If they can hang with the Warriors, they’ll mix it up in this division in November.
1. Serra (2-0), 2. Chaminade (1-1), 3. Lompoc (1-1), 4. Harvard-Westlake (2-0), 5. Cathedral (2-0), 6. Camarillo (1-0), 7. Santa Monica (1-0), 8. St. Francis (1-0), 9. Culver City (0-1), 10. Inglewood (1-0).
Comment: The Mission League dominates this division, with five of the top eight coming from that league, including No. 1 Serra and No. 8 St. Francis.

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Star-News Pick’em: Monrovia-Arcadia takes center stage…Go with the Wildcats


Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games.

Ramirez: 25-5 (12-4 last week)
Lair: 25-5 (13-3 last week)

Last Week: Another good week by the both us, with Keith edging me by one, correctly picking Irvine’s win over Rosemead. Both of us missed on Mission Prep holding off Rio Hondo Prep, 24-22.
This week: How good is Arcadia? We find out this week when the Apaches renew a border war with Monrovia, which has surpassed them in the area hierarchy. Arcadia, which opened with a 38-6 victory over Arcadia, looks a bit overmatched by the Wildcats. I like Monrovia, big. The other featured matchups are Azusa at Maranatha, San Marino vs. Crescenta Valley and Righetti at St. Francis. Go with the Minutemen, Titans and Golden Knights.

This week’s schedule and projections

Campbell Hall at Pasadena Poly, 4 p.m. — Ramirez (Poly); Lair (Poly)
San Marino vs. Crescenta Valley at Glendale HS — Ramirez (San Marino); Lair (San Marino)
South Torrance at Rosemead — Ramirez (STorrance); Lair (South)
Alhambra at Temple City — Ramirez (Temple City); Lair (Temple City)
Righetti at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. — Ramirez (SFrancis); Lair (St. Francis)
Azusa at Maranatha — Ramirez (Maranatha); Lair (Maranatha)
Big Bear at Rio Hondo Prep — Ramirez (RHP); Lair (Rio Hondo)
Bishop Diego vs. La Salle at Santa Barbara City College, 7:30pm — Ramirez (BDiego); Lair (BDiego)
Blair vs. Hawthorne at Muir HS — Ramirez (Hawthorne); Lair (Hawthorne)
Bosco Tech at Fillmore — Ramirez (Fillmore); Lair (Fillmore)
Covina at San Gabriel — Ramirez (Covina); Lair (Covina)
Gabrielino at Keppel — Ramirez (Gabrielino); Lair (Gabrielino)
Hoover at South Pasadena — Ramirez (SoPas); Lair (SouthPas)
La Canada at Glendale — Ramirez (LC); Lair (La Canada)
Marshall vs. Workman at Pasadena HS — Ramirez (Workman); Lair (Workman)
Monrovia at Arcadia — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
Montclair at Duarte — Ramirez (Duarte); Lair (Montclair)
Pasadena at Cathedral — Ramirez (Cathedral); Lair (Cathedral)

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Maranatha routs Firebaugh, 56-3, to improve to 2-0

LYNWOOD >> The Jude Oliva era at Maranatha High School couldn’t have started better.
Eli Snyder threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns and the Minutemen routed their second consecutive opponent, scoring a 56-3 victory over Firebaugh in a nonleague game at Lynwood High School. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
Xavius Boone rushed had four receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns for Maranatha, which improved to 2-0. The junior also rushed for 88 yards and a score.
Deandre Pettway rushed for 60 yards for Firebaugh, which slipped to 0-2.
Maranatha put it away in the first half, scoring 30 points in the second quarter for a 42-0 lead at the break.
Maranatha coach Jude Oliva: “I don’t if we’re changing the program, we’re just trying to build off that foundation. I think one of the things we try to do for our boys is to let them know to come out and compete every day. We’re still a work in progress, especially the first half today, where we didn’t play very well. But we cleaned some stuff up in the second half. We’re excited about our progress and build off that great foundation that was already here.”

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Friday Night Final: Muir pushes Alemany before losing; Monrovia, St. Francis get big wins; Rio Hondo Prep drops title game rematch

PASADENA >> Muir High School was hoping to get some redemption against visiting Alemany on Friday night.
But wanting to accomplish something against the Warriors is one thing, actually doing it is quite another.
The Mustangs were routed by Alemany, but still made a good account of themselves before the Warriors pulled away for a 44-24 victory in a nonleague game.
Okalani Langi rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns, and Dominic Davis had 101 yards and a touchdown for Alemany, which improved to 2-0. The Warriors opened with a 30-7 victory over Los Osos last week.
Dejon Williams accounted for 373 yards and three touchdowns for Muir, which slipped to 1-1. The Mustangs beat Salesian, the top team in the Northeast Division, 18-12 last week.


1. 1. Monrovia 21, Ayala 13 — Deshawn Potts passed for 195 and two touchdowns and Kurt Scoby rushed for 140 yards…Yes, the Wildcats are on the road to a 4-peat
2. St. Francis 52, Chino 3 – Tyler Gangi shows he has the answers, throwing for two early TDS in a romp
Mission Prep 24, No. 3 Rio Hondo Prep 22 – Kares late rally comes up short. Who doesn’t think these two won’t meet again.
Alemany 44, No. 4 Muir 24 – Mustangs showed a lot, despite losing. Deshon Williams accounted for 373 yards and three scores
No. 5 San Marino 39, No. 8 Duarte 20 -- The Titans, getting 215 yards rushing from Andrew Ferraco, look as good as ever
No. 6. La Salle 28, Pasadena 0 — Milan Acquaah rushed for 103 yards and TD as Lancers win battle of Pasadena
No. 7 Maranatha – Is at Firebaugh today
No. 9 Arcadia – Idle, waiting for No. 1 Monrovia next week
No. 10 Flintridge Prep – Travels to Las Vegas Meadows today

Other Scores
Irvine 27, Rosemead 3
Arroyo 44, Temple City 6
La Canada 24, Alhambra 13
Gabrielino 34, Bosco Tech 0
Eagle Rock 40, South Pasadena 15

AREA ROUNDUP: San Marino wins big

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Thursday Rewind: Marshall 41, Blair 7

By Keith Lair

PASADENA – The Marshall High School football team’s rallying point sometime this season might be Thursday night’s impressive 98-yard touchdown drive.
Blair’s rallying cry could be that the Vikings, if not hit by three key penalties, nearly stopped that scoring drive.
Marshall completed the touchdown drive on the last play of the first half, Christian Clark scoring on a 1-yard keeper to spark the Eagles to a 41-8 victory over the visiting Vikings at Pasadena High in a nonleague game.
Marhsall coach Jim Arellanes: That is a good thing to sustain a drive like that. We made mistakes on that drive that we can have simple corrections.”
Blair coach Johnny Lopez: “It’s all about practice. We need to tighten down in practice a little more. The numbers did not help, either. Guys were getting tired. But they don’t give up.”
Marshall’s Christian Clark: We drove 98 yards? Coach called a good series of plays and we executed them very well. It was never a single effort. Together as a team, we drove down the field.”

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