Pasadena may have lost to La Salle Friday, but the Bulldogs showed a lot in defeat. They showed enough that the rest of the Pacific League, including Muir, should take notice. La Salle also showed some moxie, showing it can withstand a challenge and still come out on top. Speaking of Muir, the Mustangs dropped a close one, 12-7, to Cathedral. And look out for Monrovia, which throttled Bonita, 35-3. San Marino also won big.
GAME OF THE WEEK
La Salle 28, Pasadena 21, OT
PASADENA — Pasadena High School came up short in another step-up game Friday.
But the host Bulldogs managed to put a scare into La Salle, pushing the Lancers to overtime before losing 28-21 in a nonleague game.
Nico Cantos rushed for 145 yards and scored the game-winner with a 12-yard run in overtime for La Salle, which improved to 2-0 and beat Pasadena for the second consecutive season. The Lancers won 28-0 last season.
Jorge Reyna threw for 263 yards and a touchdown for Pasadena, which slipped to 1-1. But his last three attempts were incomplete as La Salle stopped the Lancers on their possession in overtime at the 9.
Monrovia 35, Bonita 3
Asaph Zamora connected with wide receiver Octavius Spencer for four touchdowns and the Wildcats are starting to look like the team that was so dominant during the summer passing league tour.
St. Francis opens with a bang, 41-7 over Chino
Areg Nazarian rushed for 134 yards and three scores as the area’s top team looked in mid-season form, routing the Cowboys for the second consecutive season.
PASADENA-LA SALLE PHOTO GALLERY
HOW THEY FARED
1. St. Francis (1-0) def. Chino, 41-7
2. Monrovia (2-0) def. Bonita, 35-3
3. San Marino (2-0) def. Duarte, 49-7
4. La Salle (2-0) def. Pasadena, 28-21, OT
5. Muir (0-2) lost to Cathedral, 12-7
6. Pasadena (1-1) lost to La Salle, 28-21, OT
7. Maranatha (2-0) def. Firebaugh, 49-9
8. Arcadia (1-0), idle
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) lost to Mission Prep, 28-27
10. La Canada (2-0) def. Alhambra, 23-7 (Thursday)
Arroyo 42, Temple City 32
Diamond Ranch 27, Rosemead 17
Brentwood 42, Flintridge Prep 14
Gabrielino 49, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena Poly 56, Keppel 18
Eagle Rock 22, South Pasadena 7
The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 26-10; Season Total: 26-10)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 24-12; Season Total 24-12)
Last Week: We were off in so many games we thought were sure-bets like Bishop Amat over Santa Margarita, San Dimas over Monrovia, La Habra over El Toro and Baldwin Park over El Monte. Then there were the surprises like La Mirada over Tesoro and La Canada over Verbum Dei. But Aram takes Week 0, getting me with games like Don Lugo over Walnut, Bonita over Schurr and El Rancho over Claremont, to name just a few.
This Week: Look for Bishop Amat to start 0-2 heading to Texas to face an Aledo team that went undefeated last year and already is 1-0. After big wins last week, La Salle and Pasadena could get interesting, but La Salle gets the edge. I also like Los Altos over San Dimas. As good as the Saints are, they’re still not quite as good as the best in the SGV. They’ll get going again when they get to their Valle Vista and Mid-Valley comfort zone. If Monrovia’s plays like it did in the second half against San Dimas, it will beat Bonita. South Hills will likely get stomped by La Habra, and figuring Charter Oak could get crushed by La Mirada too. What do you all think?
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (Mission)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Alhambra at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (Gabrielino)
Buena Park at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Aram (BP)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Western Christian, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Cathedral at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
Chino at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SF); Aram (SF)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Firebaugh at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Flintridge Prep vs. Brentwood at Occidental, 7 p.m. –Robledo (Brentwood); Aram (B-wood)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Glendale at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (Glendale)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Pasadena Poly at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Salesian at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Troy at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Troy); Aram (ER)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Warren at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)
Eagle Rock at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ERock); Aram (ER)
Reigning Star-News Player of the Year Kyle Leufroy will leave St. Francis and move to the Bay Area, Knights co-head coach Ray O’Brien confirmed on Sunday night. Where Leufroy will play his senior season remains a bit of a mystery.
Leufroy led St. Francis to its best season in school history. The Knights advanced to the championship game of the CIF-SS Division 3-A playoffs.
He averaged just under 20 points per game in the postseason. He reached double figures in points in 32 of St. Francis’ 33 games this season. He scored 20 or more points in 33 games.
Sources say Leufroy will move to Benicia, Ca. and play for a prep school team.
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.
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).
Former Arcadia High School football coach Dick Salter passed away at his Covina home surrounded by his family on Friday. He was 87.
Salter was head coach at Arcadia from 1970-89. In that time he led the Apaches football program to CIF championship game appearances in 1977 and ’78. Prior to Arcadia, he also had a long stint as head coach at Cathedral. Salter later won CIF championships as an assistant coach at Bishop Amat and Upland.
Salter is survived by his sons Tim and Tom, and daughters Linda, Karen and Kathie. Tim Salter is currently the head coach at Upland while Tom Salter recently was an assistant coach at Amat and is now athletic director at Culver City. Salter’s daughter Kathie is the principal at Charter Oak and married to Bishop Amat girls basketball coach Richard Wiard.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Salter was a familiar face at Bishop Amat football games in recent years. He also was close friends with Charter Oak football coach Lou Farrar, who used to visit Salter weekly and go over Chargers game films.
“He was a very good friend,” Farrar said Friday night. “It’s been six or eight years that I’ve been visiting him and going over video of our football games. You have to understand, Dick Salter didn’t miss anything. He was still very sharp. He was just a great friend.”
Among the greats Salter coached at Arcadia were NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews and his brother Clay, and former NFL kicker Mike Lansford. Salter served as athletic director at Arcadia from 1974-92. He played both baseball and football at the University of Oregon and Arcadia named its football field Salter Stadium in his honor.