Monrovia water polo team making inroads


The easiest game on the Rio Hondo League water polo schedule has always been against Monrovia High School.

“We have always been looked upon as a gimmie,” Wildcats coach Leverette Bates said. “Our whole goal this year is to push them and for it not to be gimmie any more. They will have to win against us.”

The Wildcats have not won a league game since Bates took over the program seven years ago. But there is vast improvement this year. Monrovia is off to a 10-1 start.

“It’s been six, seven years in building,” Bates said. “There has always been adverse behavior and a history with Monrovia. Bizarre stuff. Now we are at a point we can believe in ourselves. We now have a solid parent base and there is faith behind the program.”

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Mayfield retains top volleyball spot in SGV

Mayfield celebrates win over St. Lucy’s (photo courtesy of Mayfield)

Mayfield remains No. 1 in this week’s Top 25 volleyball poll after defeating St. Lucy’s in five games. South Pasadena made the biggest jump, five positions. Los Altos and Walnut entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

1. Mayfield (12-1) Defeated St. Lucy’s in five games (1)
2. Whittier Christian (16-2) Swept La Serna, Brea (3)
3. San Gabriel (8-0) League play begins Thursday (4)
4. Flintridge Sacred Heart (6-4) Took highly rated Mira Costa tp five games (5)
5. La Serna (7-1) Good showing in Whittier tournament (2)
6. Glendora (6-3) Plays at Alta Loma on Tuesday (10)
7. South Pasadena (7-1) Big sweep of La Salle (12)
8. St. Lucy’s (6-7) Opens league vs. Rancho Cucamonga Thursday (7)
9. St. Paul (14-3) Plays St. Anthony in league opener Tuesday (8)
10. Duarte (14-4) Showdown vs. Gladstone on Thursday (11)
11. Gabrielino (11-4) 3-0 start in Mission Valley League play (14)
12. Gladstone (11-5) Time to step it into a top role (15)
13. La Salle (7-10) Opens league with two road matches (9)
14. Arcadia (3-3) Swept through Burbank (16)
15. Bonita (11-5) Lost to Los Altos (6)
16. Diamond Ranch (10-3) Two 3-0 wins last week (17)
17. San Marino (15-3-2) Big showings in back-to-back tournaments (21)
18. Westridge (5-2) Will host Mayfield on Tuesday (18)
19. California (5-2) Waiting for a big matchup(19)
20. Maranatha (10-4) Showdown vs. Village Wednesday (20)
21. West Covina (8-6) Three-game sweep of San Dimas (25)
22. Monrovia (6-5) lost to Glendora and Maranatha (13)
23. Los Altos (8-10) Defeated Bonita in five games (unranked)
24. Walnut (10-6) Defeated Diamond Bar in four (unranked)
25. La Mirada (4-5) Lost last two best-of-five matches at 3-0 (22)

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Penalty-plagued Arcadia shuts out Glendale, 42-0


GLENDALE The Arcadia High School football team found it had to go backward to go forward.
The Apaches were beset by penalties in their Pacific League opener on Thursday night at Glendale. Eighteen times to be exact.
But all of the calls, which resulted in 151 negative yards, never seemed to matter as the Apaches (2-2) managed to push forward in a 42-0 victory. The final quarter was played with a running clock.

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Big changes atop volleyball poll; Mayfield is No. 1

Mayfield defeated La Salle in four games

There is a big switch up in this week’s all-encompassing San Gabriel Valley Newspaper’s Top 25 volleyball poll. Three teams made big leaps:

1. Mayfield (6-0)
Will play St. Lucy’s on Thursday (3)
2. La Serna (5-0) Faces Whittier Christian on Wednesday (4)
3. Whittier Christian (14-2) Third-place finish in north San Diego County tournament (5)
4. San Gabriel (7-0) Swept Arcadia; two road games this week (6)
5. Flintridge Sacred Heat (5-3) Big nonleague match vs. Mira Costa Thursday (1)
6. Bonita (11-4) At Los Altos on Tuesday (9)
7. St. Lucy’s (5-5) Went 2-5 in Durango tournament (2)
8. St. Paul (7-2) Lost to Whittier Christian; swept Santa Fe (8)
9. La Salle (7-8) Finished second in Durango’s bracket No. 5 (10)
10. Glendora (4-2) Should roll through San Dimas Thursday (unranked)
Others: Duarte (10-3)(7), South Pasadena (5-1), Monrovia (6-4), Gabrielino (9-4), Gladstone (8-2), Arcadia (1-2), Diamond Ranch (8-3), Westridge (4-2), California (4-2), Maranatha (10-4), San Marino (7-1-2,), La Mirada (4-3), Diamond Bar (6-8), West Covina (7-6), Charter Oak (7-5).

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San Marino rolls by California, 63-19


WHITTIER >> San Marino and California high schools put on a passing exhibition in Thursday night’s nonleague football game at Pioneer High.

But it was just three second-quarter passes that made all the difference. They turned a nine-point differential into a 23-point San Marino halftime lead and the Titans rolled to a 63-19 victory to remain undefeated.

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