Star-News Baseball Player of the Year Marco Briones makes it official with Utah Valley University …

(Photo by Shannon Kha)

Alhambra ace Marco Briones is shown here with his parents Veronica and Marco Sr. and Moors principal Duane Russell and baseball coach Steve Gewecke signing with Utah Valley University.

Briones left Alhambra as the school’s all-time wins leader with a career record of 30-1. He was the Star-News Player of the Year this past season.

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Maranatha hoops lands TWO huge transfers …

Maranatha basketball’s ascent under second-year head coach Tim Tucker is about to take a dramatic leap.

The Minutemen have landed two big-time transfers in guard Tyler Dorsey, who left St. John Bosco, and 6-foot-10 center Trevor Stanback, who left Chaminade, to join Tucker’s team.

Stanback averaged 9 points and 8 rebounds per game last season at Chaminade. Dorsey, a 6-5 point guard, averaged 21 points per game for St. John Bosco.

“It’s a great day for Maranatha basketball,” Minutemen coach Tim Tucker said. “We came here to build a program and any time you get kids like that who want to come here and be student athletes, man, it’s amazing.

“I don’t know where it jumps us (in the SoCal rankings), but I know we’ll be heavily mentioned. We have some talented players coming back and if we get everybody to jell, we’ll have a productive season. This definitely makes us a team to watch.”

Season tickets are now on sale for Minutemen basketball (just kidding).

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Elimination of jewelry ban eases coach’s minds

There will be no more national incidents over friendship bracelets at track and field meets in the San Gabriel Valley.
The National Federation of State High School Associations earlier this week determined wearing jewelry would not lead to disqualifications in future competitions.
“Good riddance,” Monrovia High School co-coach Mike Knowles said of the change in rules.


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A look at the 2014 football week by week schedule, include early Games of the Week

Staff photo By Sarah Reingewirtz

Staff photo By Sarah Reingewirtz

Here is the 2014 week by week schedule, plus an early summer Games of the Week. The latter list will obviously change as the season gets underway and games become more and less important. But it kicks off in Week 0 with Monrovia visiting San Dimas.

WEEK 0: Monrovia at San Diams, Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
WEEK 1: Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.
WEEK 2: Maranatha at Azusa at Citrus College, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
WEEK 3: La Salle at Maranatha, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
WEEK 4: Los Altos at Monrovia, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
WEEK 5: Burroughs at Muir, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
WEEK 6: San Marino at Monrovia, Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
WEEK 7: St. Francis at Cathedral, Oct. 17, 7 pm.
WEEK 8: Crescenta Valley at Muir, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
WEEK 9: La Salle at St. Francis, Oct. 31, 7 pm.
WEEK 10: Muir vs. Pasadena at Rose Bowl, Nov. 7, 7 pm.
Note: Based on schedules provided by

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Looking ahead: An early-summer football top five


We are in the midst of putting together our SGVN PrepXtra football preview magazine. As we gather information, I thought there is no better time to look at a possible area top five. It includes the usual suspects.

Mid-Summer Area Top 5
1. St. Francis (10-3 in 2013) —
The Golden Knights, with Dylan Crawford and John Carroll returning are the biggest benefactor of the re-leaguing and the new divisional alignment. St. Francis will be the favorites in the new Angelus/Serra League and the Southeast Division. Yes, they have key losses, but Jim Bonds usually just reloads.
2. Muir (10-3) — The Mustangs, with returner Taeon Mason, are also in the catbird seat. They are the class of Pacific League and don’t be surprised with a Muir-St. Francis final in the Southeast.
3. San Marino (9-3) — The Titans will battle Monrovia in the Rio Hondo, and you have to tab San Marino, which returns four pretty good skill players, including all-area first teamer Tyler Spitzer.
4. Monrovia (11-2) — The ‘Cats lose their top two producers from a year ago, and now have a new coach. They’ll battle San Marino in the Rio Hondo League, and right now, it looks like their reign is over.
5. La Salle (9-3) — Russell Gordon has won 19 games in two seasons at La Salle. His Lancers take a step up in class this season. But there is a solid nucleus back.

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