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.
Temple City is expected to name former Ribet Academy coach Rob Castaneda as its new varsity football head coach.
Castaneda replaces former head coach Mike McFarland, who resigned this offseason after four seasons at the school. Area fans might know Castaneda’s sons Matt and Tim, both of whom played at Los Altos in the mid-2000s.
Aram’s take: Go Rams!
By Aram Tolegian
For a few moments early in the second half, it appeared the East might be in jeopardy of seeing its domination in the Hall of Fame All-Star Game come to an end.
Then, La Serna’s Frankie Palmer took over.
Palmer led two second-half touchdown drives and the East boosted its winning streak in the series to seven with a 24-13 win over the West on Friday night at West Covina High. The East leads the overall series 23-10-2.
“It’s an awesome experience,” said Palmer, who was named East Most Valuable Player. “To be among all these great players and I got (MVP), it’s just an awesome experience.”
The West led 7-3 at halftime and was moving the ball well on its first drive of the second half when disaster struck. Bishop Amat safety Michael Gonzales picked off an errant pass and returned it 64 yards for a 10-7 East lead.
Arcadia and Crescenta Valley’s key Pacific League showdown was halted in the 8th inning due to rain on Friday night with the score tied 4-4.
The question now is whether the two teams will be allowed to resume the game or if it will go down in the record books as a tie. The decision could be key to the league championship race as both teams entered Friday tied with Pasadena for first place.
Pasadena beat Muir earlier Friday and would hold a half-game lead with six to play if Arcadia-CV is ruled a tie. It will be up to the Pacific League to determine whether a game can end in a tie or be resumed.
Aram’s Take: The vibe here is that this will be a tie.