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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Looks like the party’s cancelled for Ellis McCarthy, the soon-to-be UCLA Bruin

Initially it was reported on Monrovia Patch that the Family of Ellis McCarthy would like to give him a world class send off this coming Saturday June 23rd at Eisenhower Park from 11am to 4pm. There will be a dinner/desert plate fundraiser in which proceeds will go to Ellis to ensure his great beginning at UCLA. Please come by and give Ellis your well wishes.

Since then, the patch story has been removed and there is a new one that reads .. On June 23,2012 please come and join us as we celebrate Ellis McCarthy’s 18th Birthday/Going away to College bash. Held @ Eisenhower Park in Arcadia @ 11:00 – till 5:00 pm, Please come and help us celebrate our young man.

SINCE THEN, the evolving story on the going-away bash was removed on Patch again, so there appears to be no party for McCarthy. My hunch is that since the initial story claimed to be a fundraising event, something that would probably be an NCAA violation, the party was cancelled entirely. Smart move, no way you want anything stopping Ellis from wearing his Blue and Gold.

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St. Francis and Monrovia will finally meet, but if I’m ranking the Star-News in 2012, I’m starting with the Golden Knights and Jimmy “UCLA” Bonds

Until there is a new editor in charge, I’m sneaking in and giving my preseason top ten for 2012. Feels like I never left this place. St. Francis has been a dominant force for years and despite Monrovia’s title, I would have ranked St. Francis ahead of Monrovia last season based on quality wins, schedule and the division it played in. Monrovia’s a monster that gets better and better, but not sure if the Cats are on par with St. Francis, just yet. Monrovia and St. Francis will finally meet in Week 5, so the answer will come soon enough, and it’s about time. I always thought Monrovia, St. Francis and Muir — the top three in most years, should play each other every season. This is a start, and to start the year, I’m going with St. Francis No. 1 because year in and year out, they own the best wins on the resume and play the toughest schedule. Look at St. Francis’ record and opponents in 2011 and tell me I’m wrong. In any case, here is how I would rank football starting in 2012.

Rank, Team, Last year’s record
1. St. Francis (9-3)
2. Monrovia (11-3)
3. Muir (8-5)
4. Arcadia (9-3)
5. Rio Hondo Prep (13-1)
6. Maranatha (8-3)
7. San Gabriel (9-5)
8. Pasadena (6-6)
9. Alhambra (9-3)
10. San Marino (7-4)

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And the beat goes on ….

With Miguel Melendez officially leaving on Friday, we’re in transition at the Star-News office until a replacement is named. During the interim, Keith Lair is in charge and working on the Spring all-area teams. Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian and I will post over the summer to deliver up-to-date football news and coaching changes.

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Softball game Rosters set for June 3 game at Mt. SAC … It could be a great battle between St. Lucy’s Danielle O’Toole and La Canada’s Lauren Cox

The Rosters and coaches are set for the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Softball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., a day after the CIF-Southern Section softball finals. Admission is $5 and Parking is $3. Bonita’s Ken Carlson will coach the North and South Hills Scott Fisch will coach the South.

Above: La Canada’s super senior Lauren Cox

HEAD COACH: Ken Carlson, Bonita
Taylor Langdon, Glendora, P
Brandi Wilson, Glendora, OF
Suzette Ortega, Northview, 1B
Emily Newison, Northview, C
Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, P
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, 3B
Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, 2B
Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, SS
Danielle Smith, Bonita, OF
Kayla Papez, Charter Oak, INF
Monique Villasenor, Charter Oak, C
Jasmine Navarette, Baldwin Park, INF
Audrey Serna, Arroyo, 3B
Denise Gonzales, Alhambra, P/SS
Sami Jakeway, Temple City, C
Lauren Alvarado, Gabrielino, OF
Marissa Chavez, Azusa, P
Candice Orozco, Covina, OF
Julia Lupercio, San Dimas, 3B

HEAD COACH: Scott Fisch-South Hills
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, C
Kristen Stewart, South Hills, SS
Liz Mendoza, El Monte, SS
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, SS
Alashanee Medina, Keppel, P
Elaine Brown, Walnut, OF
Alana Orona, Diamond Ranch, 1B
Liz Ruvalcaba, Diamond Bar, C
Tillie Ramirez, Wilson, C/3B
Ania Levanos, Wilson, P/1B
Jessica River, Schurr, CF
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello, C
Lauren Cox, La Canada, P
Catherine Homer, La Canada, C
Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, P
Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, OF
Summer Knight, West Covina, SS
Alex Blaco, West Covina, OF
Taylor Castro, West Covina, 3B
Amida Ordorica, Nogales, P
Marissa Recillas, Nogales, C

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17th Annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game returns to Mt. SAC, Wednesday, June 4

Baseball coaches need to send in their all star nominations to Temple City High School or Nogales High school by Monday May 14th. You should have received the nomination forms in the mail from Nogales High or you can click on the link below. The selection meeting will be Wednesday May 16th at Temple City High room P4 at 6:00PM. P4 is located behind the baseball scoreboard.

Attached is the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Nomination Form that coaches need to fill out and submit to Montanez or Bacon to be considered for the game.

The 17th annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game is returning to Mt. San Antonio College, and will be played on June 4 at 7 p.m. Nogales High assistant Don Montanez and Temple City head coach Barry Bacon are in charge of this year’s game.

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BREAKING NEWS: Muir’s season over after team forfeits 20 games and will miss the playoffs …

The Muir High School boys basketball team’s postseason is over before it even got started. You can forget about the Mustangs’ Pacific League title, too.

Due to not being able to prove a valid change of residence for one of its players, Muir has forfeited 20 games and will be ineligible for postseason competition.

The Mustangs finished the regular season at 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the Pacific League, and in the process halted rival Pasadena’s nine-year run as league champions.

Prior to Sunday’s CIF-Southern Section playoff pairings announcements, the Pacific League resubmitted its order of finish to reflect Muir’s forfeitures.

More to come …

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Ryan Maddox on Petros and Money, saying USC is at the top of Ellis McCarthy’s wish list

Listen to Petros and Money butter-up Maddox, talking about schedules, Monrovia’s title and of course, big-time recruit Ellis McCarthy, whom Maddox is hoping goes to USC. In fact, Maddox sort of broke some news, saying USC is at the top of McCarthy’s list, followed by California and Oregon … That doesn’t sound good for UCLA. Maddox explained Monrovia’s slow start (losses to Arcadia, South Hills and San Dimas), saying it was because of a, “CIF championship hangover,” and goes on to say the San Dimas loss “fired them up.” … I don’t if that’s the case, there’s probably nothing like the Rio Hondo league to get the confidence going again, right?

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BREAKING NEWS: We apologize for NOT having the PrepXtra Preview Magazine in today’s editions, it will be in Wednesday’s paper.

We screwed up. The PrepXtra Preview Football magazine is NOT in today’s home delivery or news rack. I’ll spare you all the details, but a major breakdown in communication caused this. I have been assured that the PrepXtra Football Preview will run in WEDNESDAY’S home subscription and newsracks. Sorry for the inconvenience, it’s embarrassing and we let you down.

For those who don’t know, we print all editions of the San Gabriel Valley newsgroup (Tribune, Star-News, Whittier, Bulletin, Sun, etc) at the Orange County Register, then distribute them to our drivers. From what I understand, there was a mix-up on the dates our drivers were supposed to deliver the magazine. Apparently, the Register and drivers were given a date of Aug. 31 instead of the 30th to deliver the magazine. How that happened after all our promotion of the magazine on the 30th is difficult to comprehend, but it happened. I don’t like making excuses, but what can I do other than say we screwed up, and that it will be in tomorrow’s papers.

– Prep Editor Fred Robledo

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Star-News prep blog not going anywhere

After further consideration, the Star-News blog will not merge with the Tribune blog. There is no other blog like it in Pasadena, nor is there a quicker source for prep news in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. The Tribune and Star-News blogs complement each other well, and will continue dominating high school sports in the San Gabriel Valley with the continued efforts from Miguel Melendez, Aram Tolegian, Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez and myself.

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